Up Close with Saitou Kazuki

This week I'm returning to Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens to look at one of the characters who manages to appear in almost every story, play a fairly central role in a lot of the resolutions, and yet gets the absolute least attention. Yes, it is the luckless Saitou Kazuki who after suffering some kind of trauma … Continue reading Up Close with Saitou Kazuki

Up Close with Xianming Lin

From the moment we are introduced to Lin in Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens we know a few things about him. He has zero attachment to anyone, will do whatever he has to do, and for some reason he likes to cross dress. As the series continues to weave its tale of assassins, betrayals, and baseball Lin … Continue reading Up Close with Xianming Lin

Tuesday’s Top 5: Anime From 2018

Tuesday's Top 5

Here it is. The countdown of my favourite anime from 2018. Love to know yours so please share.

Tuesday’s Top 5: Male Anime Characters from 2018

Tuesday's Top 5

Last week we counted down the female characters that I liked in 2018, and this week we have my favourite male characters. There probably won't be a surprise at number one, but I'd love to know who you liked last year.

Tuesday’s Top 5: Anime Duos of 2018

Tuesday's Top 5

This week I'm counting down my favourite duos from 2018. These are characters who complete each other and are a joy to watch interacting. So have a read and let me know who your favourite duos are.

12 Days of Anime Characters – Lin Xinming

12 Days of Anime Title Image

On the 8th day we turn our attention to Lin Xinming from Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. This cross-dressing hitman has a troubled past and doesn't like making friends, but he's still going to find people who are going to force their way into his life one way or the other.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Series Review: Fun Times With A Group of Killers

For an anime I expected nothing from, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens delivered a fairly compelling story full of fun and interesting characters. What did you think of it or did you miss this during the Winter 2018 season? Review: There was no doubt that one of my favourite shows from the Winter 2018 season was Hakata … Continue reading Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Series Review: Fun Times With A Group of Killers

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 12: They Set It Up And Bring It Home

This anime didn't disappoint. As we went into the final episode it delivered yet another cohesive resolution to its plot bringing everything together in a highly satisfying manner. Of course we get plenty of Lin and Banba, which probably explains part of what I liked about this episode. But mostly it was that all the … Continue reading Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 12: They Set It Up And Bring It Home

Friday’s Feature: What Makes Something ‘Near Great’

As a self-proclaimed anime fan, it is sometimes hard to step back from something and really think about it. Aiming for some form of objectivity in reviews, which is never overly objective, compared with simply letting out my inner fan-girl and letting her scream "I love you anime" at the top of her lungs. Anyone … Continue reading Friday’s Feature: What Makes Something ‘Near Great’

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 11: Betrayal By Any Other Name

Banba, Lin, and all the other hitmen, torturers, assassins, hackers and other unsavoury characters continue to enthral as this anime enters its final stage. There is blood being spilled aplenty in this episode as well as some sweeter moments and some funny moments. Somehow the balance is just right and we continue driving smoothly toward … Continue reading Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 11: Betrayal By Any Other Name