Senryuu Shoujo Anime Review – Watch out for cavities with this one.

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Say It With Senryuu Shoujo

This is going to be a short review, which makes sense given the nature of the anime being reviewed. Senryuu Shoujo is about Nanako, a high school girl who doesn’t speak but communicates by writing poems. Instead of being a story about a lonely girl who is bullied, this is the story of a cheerful girl surrounded by supportive friends and a love interest who seems to enjoy every day.

While there are hints of a dark and lonely past, this isn’t the focus, and really this anime just wants to leave you smiling at the antics of these adorable dorks.

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In fairness, it is hard not to smile. I’m not really into slice of life, or comedy, or anime set around high school clubs, and Senryuu Shoujo is all of these things and yet still hit the mark for being cute and fun to watch for me. There was something infectiously charming about the main pair in this story, Nanako and Eiji, and the support cast were stellar as well.

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That isn’t to say this is a slice of life better than any others. As is the case with the genre, the appeal of slice of life is highly subjective. Without a plot driving forward to carry the audience along, it is left to the tone and cast to be the draw and what one person likes and appreciate won’t necessarily work for another. During the Spring Anime season many anime fans loved Hitoribocchi but that was pretty much a swing and a miss for me. Whereas, Senryuu Shoujo seemed somewhat underappreciated given just how sweet it was.

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Visually this one leans heavily toward bright and pastel colours. They suit the tone and the characters just fine but make this one fairly unremarkable in terms of standing out from other similar stories. The exception is for Nanako herself. While her character design is fairly ordinary, there’s something truly striking about her smile and I absolutely loved how her whole face lit up. For a character who never speaks she is incredibly expressive even when not writing her poems.

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On that note, characters who communicate in alternative ways is something of a theme as we also have the art girl in the story that comes in midway. She only communicates through drawing and regularly holds her art book over her face with a cute girl drawn to express whatever the girl wanted to say.

The acceptance these somewhat oddball characters experience in their group is astounding and while it is clear that not everyone in this anime universe is equally nice, all the cast members we spend any time with just take each character as they are.

It isn’t nuanced or subtle but it does add overall to that feeling of sweetness and the idea that this anime just wants you to feel better for having watched it. It isn’t wanting a deep dive into social commentary about ‘normal’ or ‘ableness’ though the themes are definitely there.

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The one sour note on the cast is probably Nanako’s father who is just a little too over the top. Fortunately the family only feature in a few episodes and generally he’s fine in small doses.

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There’s not a lot more to say about this one. Short episodes running around 12 minutes are the perfect length, the tone is very mellow and relaxing, and the characters are super nice and fun to spend time with. While Senryuu Shoujo isn’t about to change the world it is an anime well worth trying if you missed it.

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What are you waiting for?

Images from: Senryu Shoujo. Dir. M Jinbo. Connect. 2019.


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

Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie Review

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Leshy is a writer from Raving Otaku, where she writes anime reviews, recommendations and roundups.

Alternative Titles: Bonjour♪ Koiaji Pâtisserie, Bonjour♪Sweet Love Patisserie, Bonjour♪恋味パティスリー

Aired: 2014

Genre: Comedy, Harem, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Studios: Silver Link, Connect

Bonjour♪ Koiaji Pâtisserie is a short anime series (OVA) with 24 episodes filled with sweet moments and mouth-watering desserts. Each episode only last 5 minutes and for that reason, it does not take up a lot of time from the viewers. 

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But is this anime about food worth watching even with its short duration?

Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie Plot

Sweet Love Patisserie revolves around Sayuri Haruno, a girl who wants to become a renowned Patisserie to open her confectionery shop. Sayuri worked hard to obtain a scholarship to attend the famous Fleurir Confectionary Academy to achieve her goal.

Sayuri must face different challenges through her period in the Academy, where she will compete against her classmates specialised in certain types of desserts. 

However, this does not impede Sayuri to achieve her dreams. She is ready to face all the challenges that the school throws at her. 

A sweet story but was it enough?

Bonjour♪ Koiaji Pâtisserie did not leave me a great impression. I wished that the anime would have developed the relationship between Sayuri and a specific male protagonist (in my opinion, with Ryou because that chemistry they had was amazing) a little more. I know this anime is supposed to be a reverse harem, but somehow it did not feel like one at all. 

I usually prefer when they develop a relationship between two specific characters and not the female protagonist with the entire male cast because sometimes the girl does not choose anyone and by doing so, their relationships end in a friendzone or are just left behind. 

Did we get interactions between the female protagonist and male protagonists? Yes, but still, they did not develop a “romantic” relationship between each other. They did have a lot of cliched scenes, but I think that was all because there is no further development, except between Ryou and Sayuri.

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But the two did not end up together. And from what I could understand from the ending, Sayuri did not stay with any of the other male protagonists either, which I found to be pretty sad and disappointing. 

We’re left to wonder what will happen to their relationships, unless we get to have a second season which I do not think will happen soon. This anime was supposed to be the TV series for an upcoming otome mobile game, but it never came out. There is also no further news or information about it, leaving us high and dry.

Great character designs but cliché personalities

The characters all look adorable, as expected of an otome game-inspired show. But sadly, it also falls victim to bland characterisations that come with adapting these games into anime.

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Sayuri Haruno: The thing that I liked the most about Sayuri was her design. Aesthetically, she was cute and the different outfits she wore were beautiful. Her personality is nothing remarkable, she is the typical otome game MC who is a sweetheart that tries her best to achieve her goal.

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Ryou Satsuki: Ryou is Sayuri’s classmate. He might appear to be a bit cold and mean at first, but in the end, we could agree that he is a kind and sweet guy. He really cares about Sayuri, and they shared almost the same goal (I think that is how Sayuri caught his attention). In addition, I think he was the one that had the most chemistry with her. 

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Mitsuki Aoi: Mitsuki had a great character design too, and yeah, my heart is weak when it comes to this type of anime boy. He is one of the teachers in Fleurir Academy who is known for being an excellent patisserie when it comes to desserts made of chocolate. His personality is charming, truly cares about his students and wishes them to succeed in their profession.

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Gilbert Hanabusa: Gilbert is a teacher at the Fleurir Academy who specialises in French desserts. Gilbert is known for being an energetic and charismatic guy, catching everyone’s attention. His past is a bit sad, but he does not let it get him down and he always puts a smile on his face.

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Yoshinosuke Suzumi: Yoshinosuke’s design reminded me of Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul. That aside, he is also a teacher in the Academy specialising in Japanese sweets. His personality is shown as someone emotionless and mean, but the truth is that he is really passionate about his profession and a wonderful man.

Beautiful Art

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Koiaji Patisserie has a strong point when it comes to its type of art, it is what I liked the most about this OVA. The character designs are good and they added a lot of details. I like the line art and the palette of colours they used for the different sceneries like the city, parks and shops.

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The academy design is cute and it shows all the facilities that a confectionary school needs to have, like classrooms, kitchens and ground areas. It also shows a great implementation of lights and shadows in the different scenes.

For its animation, I cannot mention many things because it does not really have a great impact. As it only lasts five minutes per episode, there is almost no time to develop a lot of movements to show off their animation.

Forgettable soundtrack

Personally, I did not like the soundtrack of Koiaji Patisserie. It did not fit the kind of story that was unfolding. The openings and endings were fine, but still, I think they are extremely forgettable.  

However, I did like the voice cast for the characters. The voice actors did an amazing job and each one of them suited perfectly to their different types of personalities. 

Conclusion:

For me, the ending of this anime was disappointing, and the story is not really well-developed, but I think that was because each episode only lasts 5 minutes. Despite that, I will give this anime a 6/10 because it was still fairly enjoyable and it is not that bad compared to other reverse harems. 

Images from: Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie. Dir. N Akitaya. SILVER LINK + Connect. 2014


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Null & Peta Episodes 6 + 7 Review

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Is Null Just Inside a Simulation?

While there have been plenty of questions to contemplate in this otherwise amusing short anime prior to now, episodes 6 and 7 seriously take it to the next level all while presenting what on the surface is a standard beach and haunted school style story lines. Where previously I was wondering what Peta actually was, now I’m wondering whether or not everything we’ve experienced in this anime is just a simulation Null is inside of; that in turn makes me wonder whether Null is actually alive and if she is, where is she?

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There’s certainly been evidence before in regards to some of the things Null has created and invented and the fact that she has no family other than the robot Peta she created. Also, despite Peta’s insistence that Null go to school there’s no other consequence of her not going. Nor does anyone ever check on the house after one of the explosions that have occurred there. Basically, the world has been a little odd from the start but seemed like it could be shrugged off as anime.

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However, this episode, where the people leaving the beach obviously glitch and then the virus that infects Peta, as well as her dire warning that the school will be no-more, before we see it glitch as well, seems like they are finally ready to pull back the curtain and maybe let the audience in on what is actually going on. And I’m pretty keen to find out because Null and Peta, while it has remained relatively silly, has proven time and time again to have surprising depth.



What episode 6 also brought to the table was a rare glimpse of Null interacting with someone other than Peta. It was almost the beginning of an actual friendship and while I’m not overly hopeful that the unnamed girl will return later, it brought out a different side of Null.

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But these episodes most definitely leave us with more questions than answers and I really want to know where it is going. However, what is more important is that it has been a lot of fun getting to this point and this one has been an ongoing surprise this season as it continues to be very entertaining.


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Null & Peta Episode 5 Review

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Who Is Peta?

Null & Peta has been surprisingly enjoyable for a comedy short, but there have been glimpses of more emotional depth as Null is nagged by her robot sister. These glimpses come to the forefront in episode 5 as the jokes are swapped out for a clear instance of denial followed by a heart wrenching plea. Null is one incredibly lonely girl and the loss of her sister, even in robot form, isn’t a pill she’s able to swallow.

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Admittedly, in the short time frame this one doesn’t pack quite the punch of some longer form anime that build up characters over many hours of viewing before pulling such a poignant moment, but for the time given Null & Peta is doing its best to take the viewer on a journey with Null. While most of the time this seems to be your standard anime hijinks with a super-powered robot trying to feed her sister purple fried rice and drag her to school, the underlying theme of feeling like she’s the odd one out and alone continues to surface adding just enough depth to keep this series interesting.

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This week Null is confronted with the possibility that while she might be able to recharge Peta she’s unable to back-up her data. At first she dismisses this as unimportant and claims she’ll be happy that the new robot won’t nag her about school and the like, however it is very clear this is bravado and the facade crumbles pretty quickly.



Ultimately though the situation resolves itself through a comedy of errors and we realise once again that while Null & Peta is willing to dip its toes into emotional depth, ultimately it is just a bit of fun. However, the conclusion here doesn’t cheapen the reality of Null’s emotional moment even a little bit.

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I know some people don’t watch short anime, but so far this one has been a treat this season. Not to mention, it is a very small time investment to give it a go.


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Null & Peta Episode 4 Review

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She Should Have Gone To School

This episode is framed by Null’s thought that she should have just gone to school and it works very well in terms of giving us five minutes of entertainment. After seeing Null’s initial thought against the backdrop of a space station we cut to Peta having made fake Sakura trees and blowing petals at Null to give her the illusion that it is the first day of school. It is sweet in an overbearing kind of way.

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Null however, despite being in her school uniform, isn’t buying it and attempts to return home but her backpack suddenly turns into a rocket and begins to fly her to school. Turns out she thinks she’s a step ahead of her robot sister this time and she’s already modified it so that she can go get ice-cream. Null is really kind of pleasant to spend time with in this series. I kind of wish we’d get a bit more depth into why she is on her own but her motivation is always really clear and her actions make logical sense within the context of the show at least.

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However, Peta isn’t having it and when they fight for control the rocket launches Null into space. Which you would think would make her safe from Peta’s nagging except it really doesn’t.



Again, I wonder about the programming of Peta as she nearly kills Null by trying to feed her in space where removing her helmet will definitely kill her. Not long after that though, tragedy strikes and we are left wondering how Null will get out of the situation or even if the anime will try to get her out of it or whether we’ll just reset as we have at the start of most episodes.

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It’s all just kind of sweet nonsense but underlying it you can kind of sense that Null is in real pain. I’d love to give her a hug and I think that’s the reason I keep watching this. I want to see Null eventually get free of the pain she is in. Probably won’t happen given this one seems to be a strictly formulaic comedy but I can hope.


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Null & Peta Episode 3 Review

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Bed Time Stories With Maths

I always thought Maths existed to put people to sleep and episode 3 of Null & Peta does exactly that but turns it into a really sweet and touching moment for a troubled and lonely genius child inventor. And this is why I can’t discuss anime with people who aren’t used to it.

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Alright, our five minutes this episode are continuing the saga of Peta, the robot with the sister’s personality, trying to lean on Null to go to school. However, unlike the previous episode which have resulted in almost Saturday morning cartoon levels of silliness, this time we get a more direct conversation regarding Null not wanting to go to school. Admittedly it is framed around a bath scene but after all it is anime so of course it is.

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And it isn’t as though all the humour is thrown out the window. We still get plenty of antics from the offer to massage her scalp before bringing out instruments that look like they will kill her to the robot overflowing the tub, there’s levity here. It’s just that Null’s genuine desire to not go to school now makes sense. We see her experience in the classroom through her eyes, this keen and bright young girl, and we realise exactly why she has no interest in being there even if she is very interested in learning.


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This episode made me genuinely wonder whether Peta actually existed or whether she’s a product of Null’s over-active imagination. It would certainly explain why this robot can literally do anything and seems to have taken on way too much of Null’s sister’s personality. Of course, that might be a bit too much for this story to deal with in five minute snippets but it would certainly be an interesting twist.

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This anime continues to be a bit of fun each week and with the soft touch on emotions this week it has pretty much secured its spot until the end of the season. Hopefully it continues to deliver some light laughs and maybe a few more poignant moments.


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Null & Peta Episode 2 Review

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Breakfast: The Most
Important Meal

You don’t expect much from a five minute short so Null & Peta delivering a basic set up gag and repeating with escalation for its run is fairly much expected. There’s a few cute moments to be had, the escalation works well enough and the finale is suitable for the run time. There’s really nothing to complain about given what the show is, though it isn’t exactly must watch material. More a brain break inbetween watching more involved stories.

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I actually enjoyed the set up though. Seeing Null dreaming about her sister waking her up was nice as it does help you to feel her loneliness and the reason why she tried to build a robot sister. The process she has waking her up and preparing her for the day is reminiscent of the Jetsons and was kind of adorable. I’m just wondering where her parents are and how she funds all these inventions. Also, why does a girl who can build a sentient robot even need to go to school?

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Still, Peta’s bait and switch with the hologram breakfast and then producing the purple fried rice of death (I still want to know how anime characters manage to produce purple food with such regularity) before pursuing Null to try to force her to eat it is more or less where the episode becomes an episode of the Road Runner. Only in this case the Road Runner is chasing Wile E Coyote and it ends with Null blowing up one of her inventions in order to stop Peta. Too bad she designed Peta to be pretty durable.

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It doesn’t do much but it is enough. There’s some sweetness here and some cute moments as well as some that will hopefully make you smile and then it comes to an end. Short and sweet.


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Null & Peta Episode 1

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Sugar and Spice and
All Things Nice

Short anime don’t get a lot of time and Null & Peta seems well aware of it five minute run time as it drops us straight into watching Null throwing her ‘ingredients’ into some kind of machine to make her robot sister. We’re left to assume that her sister for whatever reason is no longer around and parents don’t feature anywhere here. It isn’t long before we get a blinding light and an explosion and then the appearance of the robot sister that isn’t what Null, or the audience, probably expected.

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I enjoyed this first episode. Null was cute on her own and it really did feel like the nursery rhyme as she mixed the different attributes she wanted for her sister together. While it doesn’t even vaguely hold up to the sci-fi tag MAL has on this show, because there’s no science actually happening and it is more pseudo magic or plot development through wishing, it is kind of cute how earnestly she is working and even when it isn’t quite right Null is still delighted by the presence of her sister even if she has some interesting new features.

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In the final minutes, the robot learns that Null hasn’t been attending school and hugs her before capturing her tightly and flying off toward the school. It is a cute sisterly moment and works well enough. I think if this went for twenty minutes I probably couldn’t stomach it but at five it worked really well and it certainly made me curious as to what Null and Peta will get up to next.

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Amazing Stranger Anime Review

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Not So Amazing, But Not Trash Either

There was something fairly intriguing about the premise of Amazing Stranger (of Chou Kadou Girl 1/6) as an anime figure who still has full use of all of her weapons and skills from her story coming to life in the modern world could have been really interesting. Particularly initially when she still believed she was an intergalactic explorer and Bouida was taking her around to show her Tokyo.

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Unfortunately the story didn’t really want to dwell on this and quickly shifted gears with Nona learning the truth and then having a bit of an existential crisis. Once again, this could have really worked as a story as she came to terms with her existence, but they rapidly jump beyond panic and denial and straight into Nona becoming an anime and manga addict and settling in just fine to her life.

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Plus, the story then felt it had to be a harem anime and so more and more figures were introduced, all of which were characters Bouida really liked from anime and games and all became Nona’s rivals for his affection.

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Do you see the problem? Any one of these ideas could have been fun but in a short anime format with barely 12 minutes an episode the pace at which we move through these ideas and themes leaves no time for any kind of depth or exploration. Ironic in an anime about a galaxy explorer.

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What did surprise was that they actually built an ongoing plot in the background of the comedy set-ups and shenanigans. Every so often they would return us to the story of the one creating the moving figures and his plot and then the final episodes dealt with Nona’s character and how her anime ended. In this there were some good moments that hinted at a much better story that could have been told.

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During my episode reviews I mentioned a few times that this anime confused me as I didn’t know who it was targeting as its audience. Certainly the living figurine girls provide fan service moments but this is nowhere near of prominent as it might be if they were attempting to appeal to the ecchi fans out there. In all honesty, it is kind of tame considering the premise and some episodes are utterly devoid of fan service moments.

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The comedy elements are there but again don’t seem to be prominent enough or funny enough to actually be the selling point. MAL lists it as a comedy and a romance and certainly the relationship between Nona and Bouida is romantic but with the harem elements there it doesn’t exactly sell the story.

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Basically, this anime functionally works and the short format makes it tolerable. There are some moments that will shine and a lot of very average moments that dominate the run time. The best I can say about it is given some of the subject matter, this could have been a lot worse, but that’s hardly a recommendation. And yes, the review is short but there just isn’t much to say about this one.


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Amazing Stranger Review Episode 12

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The Perfectly Silly Conclusion To A Silly Story

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Amazing Stranger Episode 12

Okay, there was a point to showing us how the anime ended last week and they did actually use that to bring us a fairly interesting conclusion to the story of the moving figurines. It wasn’t amazing and like everything else in this anime the touching moments are buried under generic comedy and then all the other figurine girls come in and all of them declare their love for Bouida undermining any of the emotion of the moment, but at least it did bring us to an ending.

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Bouida uses his knowledge of the anime timeline and characters to enter Nona’s anime in pursuit of her and then essentially writes a fan-fiction conclusion where Nona lives and they both get a happily ever after. How they achieve that is still a little illogical given the nano-bots still go out of control and try to eat her but then just kind of stop. Guessing it was a power of love thing but there was definitely a lack of logic backing this one.

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As for the overall narrative, there’s still not a whole lot of reason why Bouida’s friend was making moving figurines other than he did and Bouida still has the whole pack of them living in his house. Really, business continues as usual, as is the standard case in this kind of comedy story because upsetting the status quo will permanently end the situation.

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Did we really need another one?

While Amazing Stranger never actually got all that good, it was certainly a lot better than it could have been, and while that isn’t a glowing recommendation if you are after something short and silly, this one might work for you.


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