Eromanga-Sensei – They’re Not Blood Related, So It’s Not Incest!

  • Title: Eromanga-Sensei ( エロマンガ先生 )
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Ecchi
  • Studios: A-1 Pictures
  • Episodes: 12 – 23min (Completed)
  • Date: 9 April 2017 — 25 June 2017
  • Source: Light Novel

Summary

While caring for what’s left of his family, Masamune earns a living as a published light novel author with one small problem: he’s never actually met his acclaimed illustrator, Eromanga-sensei, infamous for drawing the most lewd erotica. Through an embarrassing chain of events, he learns that his very own little sister was his partner the whole time!

As new characters and challenges appear, Masamune and Sagiri must now face the light novel industry together. Eromanga-Sensei follows the development of their relationship and their struggle to become successful; and as Sagiri slowly grows out of her shell, just how long will she be able to hide her true persona from the rest of the world?

(Source: MyAnimeList)


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Hinamatsuri – The Yakuza And The Alien Girl

  • Title: Hinamatsuri / Hina Festival / ヒナまつり
  • Genres: Sci-fi, Comedy, Slice of life, Seinen, Supernatural
  • Studios: feel.
  • Episodes: 12 – 23min (Completed)
  • Date: 6 April 2018 — 22 June 2018
  • Source: Manga

Plot Synopsis

One day in his home, a yakuza member – Nitta – stumbles upon the super-powered alien girl – Hina. With nowhere else to go, Hina relies on Nitta to take care of her. To avoid the public eyes, Nitta forbids Hina from using her powers in public. But trouble strikes when Nitta is forced to raid an enemy gang’s hideout all by himself as punishment, essentially a death sentence. Hina realises the threat Nitta faces, and uses her psychic powers to help him. Thus ensuing the father-daughter like relationship between the two.

Quick Review

There’s a lot about this anime that I liked, especially pertaining to its style of humour. The jokes aren’t excessive, and in fact were in quite the monotonous fashion, yet had great delivery and impact. There’s all sorts of quirky gags and ridiculous moments to keep the show entertaining and hilarious. Even the characters were entertaining to follow. Some radiated charisma, some were quiet, some were wise, yet they were all funny and impactful in their own various ways. This anime is light, but with enough substance to keep you invested and most importantly, entertained.

trust me, i too was reluctant at first, but its really good
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The End Of A Desolate Era

You know, I hadn’t really noticed that the end of this year would usher in a new decade. Everything just went by so fast, and the coming of 2020 feels just like your usual new year. But let’s face it. It’s not. It’s 2020 for crying out loud, and that signifies the start of a new decade. So it’s time we gather around to chat about the end of an era. But not just any era, the Desolate Era web novel by author I Eat Tomatoes (Zhu Hong Zhi)!

Ha. Okay sorry for the lame intro (and title).

I’ve finally finished reading it all after months of active binge reading! It took way longer than I expected, but it was my first time ever completing a full length wuxia novel. Now that I’m done, I only have good things to say about it.

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Inuyashiki – What Would You Do If You Had Unparalleled Power? (Anime Review)

  • Title: Inuyashiki: Last Hero
  • Genres: Action, Psychological, Drama, Sci-fi, Seinen
  • Studios: MAPPA
  • Episodes: 12 – 24min (Completed)
  • Date: 13 October 2017 — 22 December 2017
  • Source: Manga

Summary (MAL)

Ichirou Inuyashiki is a 58-year-old family man who is going through a difficult time in his life. Though his frequent back problems are painful, nothing hurts quite as much as the indifference and distaste that his wife and children have for him. Despite this, Ichirou still manages to find solace in Hanako, an abandoned Shiba Inu that he adopts into his home. However, his life takes a turn for the worse when a follow-up physical examination reveals that Ichirou has stomach cancer and only three months to live; though he tries to be strong, his family’s disinterest causes an emotional breakdown. Running off into a nearby field, Ichirou embraces his dog and weeps—until he notices a strange figure standing before him.

Suddenly, a bright light appears and Ichirou is enveloped by smoke and dust. When he comes to, he discovers something is amiss—he has been reborn as a mechanized weapon wearing the skin of his former self. Though initially shocked, the compassionate Ichirou immediately uses his newfound powers to save a life, an act of kindness that fills him with happiness and newfound hope.

However, the origins of these strange powers remain unclear. Who was the mysterious figure at the site of the explosion, and are they as kind as Ichirou when it comes to using this dangerous gift?


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Kanata no Astra (Astra Lost in Space) – Surviving The Journey Through Space

  • Title: Kanata no Astra (Astra Lost in Space)
  • Genres: Sci-fi, Adventure, Space, Shounen
  • Studios: Lerche
  • Episodes: 12 – 24min (Completed)
  • Date: 3 July 2019 — 18 September 2019
  • Source: Manga

Summary

In the year 2063, space travel is feasible and commercially available. As part of a school learning trip, a select group of teenage students are brought to a camping excursion on the distant planet McPa to camp on their own for about a week.

Upon arriving at their campsite, the group encounters a dangerous unexplained phenomenon with the sudden emergence of a strange sphere of black light that devours and exiles them into the vast reaches of outer space. Stranded in the emptiness of space with seemingly no hope, they chanced upon an abandoned ship nearby that provides them refuge. However, they soon discover that they are not as close to their campsite as they initially thought, but are in fact thousands of light-years away from home.

To survive, the nine members must now cautiously manage their resources, maintain their strength, and unite as one to journey and conquer the treacherous darkness of space together. What exactly happened that caused them to be sucked many thousands of light-years away? How are they going to survive with depleting resources? These are questions that the group must confront if they wish to somehow return back home.


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Kakegurui (Season 1) – Seductive, Alluring And Charming

  • Title: Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler
  • Genres: Game, Mystery, Psychological, School, Drama, Shounen
  • Studios: MAPPA
  • Episodes: 12 – 24min (Completed)
  • Date: 1 July 2017 — 23 September 2017
  • Source: Manga

Summary

I couldn’t quite remember why I had stopped watching this in the past, but after completing this anime recently, I’m in utter awe at the thrilling spectacle the anime was from start to finish. So here goes my attempt at summarising this show for you.

Kakegurui takes place in the highly prestigious Hyakkaou Private Academy, where the richest and most established figures in the world send their representatives to prepare them for the real world. Except, instead of focusing on education, the academy has its students take part in many gruelling gambles, staking their reputation, wealth and their lives in the hopes to attain victory. Success would allow them to stand at the highest ranks of the academy, with social political benefits that very well extends outwards into the real world. Failure would thrust them into an endless pit of debt, becoming the lowest of the low and becoming playthings for the rest of the regular students.

Enter Yumeko, a beautiful transfer student whose monstrous talent and desire for gambling threatens the roots of the entire academy. Her brilliant insight and insane lust for gambling is eventually noticed by the student council, who are themselves the elite among the elite of the school. They now see Yumeko as a threat and an interesting new challenge, and seek to plunge her into the depths of despair. Little did they know that Yumeko is not one to shy away from such challenges.

Just in case my summary wasn’t convincing enough

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Zombie Apocalypse? Close Enough

  • Title: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Kotetsujou no Kabaneri)
  • Genres: Action, Horror, Supernatural, Drama, Fantasy
  • Studios: Wit Studio
  • Episodes: 12 – 22min (Completed)
  • Date: 8 April 2016 — 1 July 2016
  • Source: Original

Summary (MAL)

The world is in the midst of the industrial revolution when horrific creatures emerge from a mysterious virus, ripping through the flesh of humans to sate their never-ending appetite. The only way to kill these beings, known as “Kabane,” is by destroying their steel-coated hearts. However, if bitten by one of these monsters, the victim is doomed to a fate worse than death, as the fallen rise once more to join the ranks of their fellow undead.

Only the most fortified of civilizations have survived this turmoil, as is the case with the island of Hinomoto, where mankind has created a massive wall to protect themselves from the endless hordes of Kabane. The only way into these giant fortresses is via heavily-armored trains, which are serviced and built by young men such as Ikoma. Having created a deadly weapon that he believes will easily pierce through the hearts of Kabane, Ikoma eagerly awaits the day when he will be able to fight using his new invention. Little does he know, however, that his chance will come much sooner than he expected…


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Terror in Resonance – Spectacularly Stylish But Somewhat Shallow

  • Title: Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)
  • Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Thriller
  • Studios: MAPPA
  • Episodes: 11 – 22min (Completed)
  • Date: 11 July 2014 — 26 September 2014
  • Source: Original

Summary (MAL)

Painted in red, the word “VON” is all that is left behind after a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility in Japan. The government is shattered by their inability to act, and the police are left frantically searching for ways to crack down the perpetrators. The public are clueless—until, six months later, a strange video makes its way onto the internet. In it, two teenage boys who identify themselves only as “Sphinx” directly challenge the police, threatening to cause destruction and mayhem across Tokyo. Unable to stop the mass panic quickly spreading through the city and desperate for any leads in their investigation, the police struggle to act effectively against these terrorists, with Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki caught in the middle of it all.

Zankyou no Terror tells the story of Nine and Twelve, the two boys behind the masked figures of Sphinx. They should not exist, yet they stand strong in a world of deception and secrets while they make the city fall around them, all in the hopes of burying their own tragic truth.


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Amagi Brilliant Park – The Resurrection Of A Magical Theme Park

  • Title: Amagi Brilliant Park ( 甘城ブリリアントパーク )
  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Magic
  • Studios: Kyoto Animation
  • Episodes: 13 – 24min (Completed)
  • Date: 7 October 2014 — 26 December 2014
  • Source: Light Novel

Summary (MAL)

Seiya Kanie, a smart and extremely narcissistic high school student, believes that the beautiful but reserved Isuzu Sento has invited him on a date at an amusement park called Amagi Brilliant Park. Much to his chagrin, not only is the location a run-down facility, the supposed date is merely a recruitment tour where Sento and Princess Latifa Fleuranza, the owner of the theme park, ask him to become the park’s new manager. Their cause for desperation? As stipulated in a land-use contract, Amagi has less than three months to meet a quota of 500,000 guests, or the park will be closed for good and the land redeveloped by a greedy real-estate company.

Seiya is won over by the revelation that Amagi is no ordinary amusement park; many of its employees are Maple Landers—mysterious magical beings who live in the human world and are nourished by the energy created by people having fun. Entrusted with the hopes and dreams of this far-off enchanted land, Seiya must now use his many skills to bring Amagi back on its feet, or watch it crumble before his eyes.


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Beelzebub – A Funny Tale Of Demons And Delinquents

  • Title: Beelzebub ( べるぜバブ )
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Demons, Supernatural, School, Shounen
  • Studios: Pierrot Plus
  • Episodes: 60 – 24min (Completed)
  • Date: 9 January 2011 — 25 March 2012
  • Source: Manga

Summary (MAL)

Ishiyama High is a school populated entirely by delinquents, where nonstop violence and lawlessness are the norm. However, there is one universally acknowledged rule—don’t cross first year student Tatsumi Oga, Ishiyama’s most vicious fighter.

One day, Oga is by a riverbed when he encounters a man floating down the river. After being retrieved by Oga, the man splits down the middle to reveal a baby, which crawls onto Oga’s back and immediately forms an attachment to him. Though he doesn’t know it yet, this baby is named Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV, or “Baby Beel” for short—the son of the Demon Lord!

As if finding the future Lord of the Underworld isn’t enough, Oga is also confronted by Hildegard, Beel’s demon maid. Together they attempt to raise Baby Beel—although surrounded by juvenile delinquents and demonic powers, the two of them may be in for more of a challenge than they can imagine.


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