Yuri!!! on Ice – the big yawn

Frankly I don’t where to start. There’s no dispute that Yuri!!! on Ice was spectacular in many ways. Its animation sequence is next to flawless, the BGM and theme songs uplifting. Accuracy in its resemblance to competitive figure skating, yup. I understand the plot. Katsuki Yuri is down, depressed, lost and needs someone to help him get back up on his feet. He meets his idol, Viktor … Continue reading Yuri!!! on Ice – the big yawn

Winter 2017 feature: Youjo Senki

This angelic doll-face conceals a heartless, cunning, vengeful maniac.

There’s no other way to describe Tanya von Degurechaff, the protagonist of Youjo Senki (幼女戦記“Saga of Tanya the Evil”). Continue reading “Winter 2017 feature: Youjo Senki”

First Impressions: WWW.Working!!, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Bungou Stray Dogs 2, Haikyuu!! Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa, Occultic; Nine

It was nice that the finale of some of the shows in the previous season ended on different weeks, so it felt like there was no “break” in the momentum in between.

Jumping right into Fall’s line-up, here are my thoughts on the ones that I originally shortlisted, and then some.  Continue reading “First Impressions: WWW.Working!!, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Bungou Stray Dogs 2, Haikyuu!! Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa, Occultic; Nine”

Anime summer season afterthoughts (aka. ASSA)


No way am I walking out of September without posting anything! (evidently too late at the time of publishing)

Just because I haven’t been writing doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching anything.

The truth is I’ve been diverting practically all my writing energy to work (having taken over my company’s regional monthly newsletter) and studying (I’m taking my JLPT N2 exam in December, so am practising my kanji an hour a day).

But when I’m not doing any of those, I spend my Tuesdays and Saturday nights catching up with six shows a week.

And now, to cut to the chase, these are my ASSAs, starting with which one aired first at the start of the week. Continue reading “Anime summer season afterthoughts (aka. ASSA)”

Anime watchlist – Spring 2016

I missed my chance to share what I watched during the winter season, though to be honest the only two shows that stood out were Haikyuu!! season 2 and, unsurprising to many, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (or simply, Erased). The first was a continuation of a past favourite, and the latter was picked up because I read the synopsis on Anichart.net. It probably goes without saying that Erased was … Continue reading Anime watchlist – Spring 2016

30-day anime challenge #10: best fighter anime 

I wish I could include pictures, but as I’m updating from my phone, I’m afraid it’s just going to be all text. Sorry. But on the bright side, there’s nothing you haven’t heard of and you would have definitely seen them before. I used to think Motoko Kusanagi was kickass. She was a revolution when Ghost in the Shell was released. But these days Saitama … Continue reading 30-day anime challenge #10: best fighter anime 

30-day anime challenge #9: Best anime villian

Aw crap. I’m real sorry for the MIA in a month, guys. Nov-Dec is the worst time to blog because it’s my peak period at work, and things are gonna get more intense for the next two weeks. But hey, at least a couple of exciting things happened: I got my first iPhone ever, after four years of Android. It’s forever pink to me. I … Continue reading 30-day anime challenge #9: Best anime villian

Kuroko no Basuke – not quite Slam Dunk Beta 2.0.

I’m not a basketball person.

I attended my first NBA game over 10 years ago. It was a match between Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves. I caught a glimpse of Shaquille O’Neal from the corner of the highest seats in the stadium. Thanks to him, I now know what a 2-metre giant looks like.

The rest of the game, unfortunately, was paltry. I didn’t understand the game, nor did I get to see many three-point shoots, alley-oops, or slam dunks.

Fast forward to 2015, when I was asked to check the translation for Kuroko no Basuke. I’d done it for Haikyuu!! last year, so I suppose the editor thought it would be good for me to continue along the sports genre.


This would be Kuroko’s third season. I’d heard of the show and I’ve seen its protagonist, Kuroko Tetsuya, in several magazines. Not again, I thought. I’d already seen the basketball craze Slam Dunk caused in the 90’s. And it was unrealistic. I wasn’t sure how this spawn of a series would work.

I hate to admit it, but 19 episodes in, I am starting to like this show, but not for the reasons I expect.

Continue reading “Kuroko no Basuke – not quite Slam Dunk Beta 2.0.”

Parasyte Episode 12: The (unmissed) death of Kana Kimishima

Part of me needs to open this properly without jumping in too fast. The other just wants to take Hitoshi Iwaaki by the collar and shake him hard. Parasyte (or 「寄生獣」Kiseijuu in Japan) is set in a world where an alien species insidiously infiltrate and seek world domination/human annihilation, at first as worm-like creatures before infecting their hosts and consuming their brains. Like wasp larvae are … Continue reading Parasyte Episode 12: The (unmissed) death of Kana Kimishima