Free!: Your Dose of Fan Service and Swimming

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In a commercial that aired 4 years ago, four shirtless anime boys appeared. This commercial became popular due to that fact alone. So, a brand new anime was on its way in which features these four men. Then it came true, the anime goes by the title Free. And, as you may have expected already, Free is a shameless cash-in — though it doesn’t make for an unwatchable show. Free is just one of those animes that’s quite a challenge for me to review since I’ve always identified myself as a straight guy, most definitely not the target market for this review. However, I am willing to take on a female perspective when it comes to making this review. In line with this, let’s take a look at Free in two different ways, as a sports anime and as a fan service anime (for those […]

Competitive Dancing: A Ballroom e Youkoso Anime Review

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If there was just one thing… something that I could say I love… I could change. -Fujita Tatara Ballroom e Youkoso, also known as Welcome to the Ballroom in English, originated as a manga created by Tomo Takeuchi starting 2011. It is currently ongoing and has a total of 9 volumes so far. Its manga is being released by Kodansha in its Monthly Shonen Magazine. The series got more of its deserved attention as Production I.G adapted it into an anime television series since July 2017. The anime is currently running on MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, and Gunma TV, while Amazon.com have the license for its streaming. Let’s take a peek into the Ballroom Hall Ballroom e Youkoso centers on the life of Fujita Tatara. The series opens with him being portrayed as a middle school student who has yet to decide what kind of […]

Hajime no Ippo : Anime Review by Rafiki

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Review on Hajime no Ippo Hajime no ippo (also referred to as “The first step”) is a boxing anime series. George morikawa wrote this inspiring manga series. It is composed of 76 episodes. Each episode is approximately 25 minutes long. Synopsis Makunouchi Ippo, a very shy high school student who has no friends in school because he is always helping his mother run their family fishing charter business. He has been bullied his entire life. One day, the bullies gave him a serious beating. A professional middleweight boxer who was passing by stopped the bullies and took ippo to kamogawa gym to treat his injuries. After regaining consciousness, he is astonished by his new surroundings. To cheer him up Takamura places an image of his classmates on a punching bag and makes him punch it. After punching it, He feels something stir inside him and […]

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The Prince of Hasetsu’s Ice Castle: A Yuri!!! On Ice Review

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I got bored of feeling depressed, so I got to thinking… I wanted to get my love for skating back. – Katsuki Yuri (Yuri!!! On Ice) A Sneak Peek on Yuri!!! On Ice: Katsuki Yuri is Japan’s top figure skater who even moved to Detroit to be trained by Coach Celestino Cialdini. He was so depressed after messing his performance at the Grand Prix Finale that he didn’t do well in his next competitions too. Being already 23 years old, he finally goes back to his hometown after a year, to assess whether it would be better to give up figure skating and do something else. The direction of Yuri’s skating career suddenly changed after he let Yu-chan see him skate a copy of Victor Nikiforov’s performance. Victor Nikiforov is the top Russian figure skater in the world. He has been his idol since he […]

Ookiku Furikabutte – An Anime Review by Wakeida

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Synopsis Mihashi Ren is a less an average pitcher just joining high school. Due to a fall out with his middle school baseball team he is scared to play baseball again. However, he is immediately dragged back into the world of baseball at Nishiuro High School which has just formed its first baseball team. Under the guide of a strong, cheerful coach and a sly catcher, Mihashi’s high school baseball experience begins! Ookiku Furikabutte Cast List Mihashi Ren He is quite the meek character which hides a deep resilience despite challenges. Mihashi gets easily upset or flustered. However, all he needs is a steady and comforting hand to guide him. Unfortunately this tempts him to leave his troubles in the hands of other people but he snaps out of it in good time. He loves baseball and despite his previous bad experiences still wants to […]

3-gatsu no Lion: Lylia’s Anime Review

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3-gatsu no Lion or “March Comes in like a Lion” is from a manga series that  Chica Umino wrote. Chica Umino is also known as the writer of Honey and Clover. The manga series began on July 13, 2007 and is still publishing as of the moment. Shaft adapted the animation for 3-gatsu no lion that is aired from October 2016 to March 18 2017. BUMP OF CHICKEN is the singer of the first opening “Answer” and also the singer for the first ending song “Fighter”. YUKI sang “Sayonara Bystander” which is the second opening theme of 3-gatsu no Lion. Kenshi Yonezu is the second ending theme “Orion”. Lylia’s Synopsis on 3-gatsu no Lion Kiriyama Rei is a pro shogi player that debutted in his 2nd middle school. As one of the youngest shogi player, he is always compared to Souya the greatest shogi player in Japan. He […]

Yowamushi Pedal : An Anime Review by Wakeida

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“To stop or keep going, the one who decides is yourself,” – Shokichi Naruko Synopsis Yowamushi Pedal is a sports anime that explores the world of competitive cycling. Sakamichi Onoda was a closet otaku until he enrolled in high school. Therefore anime and manga are passions he thinks he can finally share. Unfortunately, the anime and manga club has been closed! He takes it upon himself to recruit new members despite his awkward personality. However, he is working against fate. Onoda-kun attracts the attention of cycling fanatics. They are fascinated by the potential they see in him as he cycles his bicycle to and from Akihabara. Little by little Onoda is dragged into the world of competitive cycling where he finds opportunity, friendship and adventure. Yowamushi Pedal Main Characters *by order of appearance Sakamichi Onoda   He is Yowamushi Pedal‘s sweet main character. Onoda has […]