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

RADWIMPS announces new album release in August 24

RADWIMPS has announced in an email newsletter today that its new album, “Kimi no Na Wa” (Your Name) will be released on August 24. The album title also happens to be the name of the theme song the band wrote for Makoto Shinkai’s latest animated feature of the same name. “School of Rock” will stream one of the tracks, 「前前前世」on July 5. Official site: http://radwimps.jp/discography/post_8451/Continue reading RADWIMPS announces new album release in August 24

Most amazing Mumei fanart yet

  STOP THE PRESS RIGHT NOW. Because while Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a show that anyone looking for good storytelling with gorgeous art direction should watch, the fanart by illustrators like WLOP is taking character design to a whole new level. The original art by this amazing Hong Kong-based artist is available on Deviant Art. He/she is also producing a webcomic called Ghostblade that’s been in production … Continue reading Most amazing Mumei fanart yet

Junichiro Tanizaki’s “Naomi” is a b**tch.

I suppose folks in the anime circuit would think of these two when I mention Junichiro Tanizaki and Naomi: Watch Bungou Stray Dogs, by the way. This series has a nice balance between thriller/mystery and silliness. Sadly but unsurprisingly, real-life novelist Junichiro Tanizaki looks nothing like his cartoon counterpart. But his book, Naomi, was quite something. A quick background: Junichiro Tanizaki (1886 – 1975) is considered to … Continue reading Junichiro Tanizaki’s “Naomi” is a b**tch.

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

30-day anime challenge #8: Favorite anime couple

Taking the liberty to share some fictional relationships that stood out to me the most.

yato x hiyori

Hiyori may not be a favorite among Noragami followers, but without her, the series may not have progressed to where it is now, seeing that she’s a catalyst practically all the arcs. And I’ve personally enjoyed watching her relationship with Yato progress.

Though honestly, this would be my favourite scene in the entire series:

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30-day anime challenge #7: Your anime crush

I’m not gonna lie about the fictional characters I’ve had crushes on for as long as I can remember. But as with all fictional characters, they have retired with the alternative worlds that I set them in, with infinity happier endings than the fates their creators subjected them to. Or at the very least, give them a kind of closure I think they’d be happy … Continue reading 30-day anime challenge #7: Your anime crush

30-day anime challenge #6: Anime you want to see but haven’t yet

This topic came at a perfect time, because I watched One Punch Man for the first time tonight. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this was another typical shounen-type of series. It reeks of Dragonball Z everywhere. But then I sat in for the session with Makoto Furukawa at the Anime Festival Asia, and I was intrigued. I see why now. I’m already on to episode 4, and I … Continue reading 30-day anime challenge #6: Anime you want to see but haven’t yet