Is It Magic, Art, Or Science? Why do some first episodes in anime appeal and others leave you reaching for the escape key?

First Episodes in Anime

I recently read Irina's post on 'That Brand New Anime Feeling' where she discussed what she is looking for in the first 10 minutes of an anime. It made me wonder what it was about first episodes in anime that can appeal or cause me to walk away.

Make A Wish, But Will That Help The Story?


Make a Wish... Many characters make wishes in stories but is this the best way to progress a plot?

Friday’s Feature: 3 Lessons To Be Learned From Bleach Movie Adaptation

Netflix Live Action Bleach

Sometimes adaptations don't really work out. Sometimes they change things too much - frequently they don't change things enough for the source material to work in a new form. What are three lessons we can learn from the Bleach Movie adaptation?

The Importance of the Final Impression


With the recent ending of Seirei Gensouki which kind of left a sour taste in my mouth at least, I decided it was timely to revisit my thoughts on the importance of the final impression of a story. How important are endings to you?

Critiquing Is Not Hating – You Can Love Something and Still Critique It.


As an anime reviewer I kind of expect that people will disagree with my opinion from time to time. I also get, that even when I love an anime to pieces, I'm still going to offer a critique of it (if I can) because otherwise I'm not reviewing so much as gushing over it. What I think is fairly important for people to realise is that critiquing is not hating.

That Time I Decided To Take An Adventure-Comedy Anime Too Seriously

That Time I Decided To Take An Adventure-Comedy Anime Too Seriously

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is coming to the end of the second part of its second season (and can I just ask that anime stop splitting their seasons) and I have to wonder if I'm just taking this anime too seriously. Be sure to read the full review.

My Experience Following Two Light Novels Turned Into Anime This Summer Season: Realist Hero and Seirei Gensouki

light novel adaptation - Seirei Gensouki and Realist Hero

Justin is visiting the blog today to share his thoughts on two light novel adaptations this anime season. He'll be discussing how Seirei Gensouki and How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom have been adapted and the pros and cons of both. Be sure to read the full post.

Guest Post – Bonjour Koiaji Pâtisserie Review: A sweet moment for the eyes

Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie Review

Leshy from Raving Otaku shares a review of Bonjour Koiaji Pâtisserie. Is this short form anime about food worth giving a try? Be sure to read the full post.

Is The Energetic Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi The Most Underrated Anime of Summer 2021?

Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi Article

Post sponsored by Mechanical Anime Reviews. Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi has been one of my favourite anime for the Summer of 2021. Which made me wonder why so few people were talking about it and why the scores for it were so low. Is The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace the most underrated anime this season? Be sure to read the full review.

Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei – A spin-off focusing more on the group than a main character

Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei - Article

Post sponsored by Crow's World of Anime. Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei isn't the first spin-off series to develop more of the supporting characters rather than focusing in on a single character. So what is behind this kind of decision making? Be sure to read the full article.