Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace & the Whimsically Macabre Examination of Systemised Subjugation – Anime Review

Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace (乱歩奇譚 Game of Laplace) is an original seinen, mystery, psychological anime series that aired during the Summer 2015 season as a 50th anniversary tribute to Rampo Edogawa’s passing and centred on the author’s most well-known character, Akechi Kogorō. The series was produced by studio Lerche and directed by Seiji Kishi…

Midnight Occult Civil Servants & the Spirited Message of Coexistence – Anime Review

Midnight Occult Civil Servants (真夜中のオカルト公務員) is a shōjo, urban fantasy anime adaptation of the manga that was originally authored by Yōko Tamotsu. It simulcasted during the Spring 2019 season and was produced by Liden Films with direction from Tetsuya Watanabe. There were twelve total episodes, with the thirteenth episode scheduled to release at a later…

Chihayafuru: First Impressions – A Beautifully Impassioned Portrayal of Youth & Culture

Chihayafuru (ちはやふる) is a josei, slice-of-life, sports (karuta), romance anime adaptation of the original manga series written by Yuki Suetsugu. The series was produced by anime powerhouse Madhouse with directorial support via Morio Asaka. It is one of my all-time favourite anime in existence, superseded only by Initial D and possibly even Natsume’s Book of…

The Imperial Alchemist by A.H. Wang: An Ordinary Yet Culturally Rich Historical Adventure – Book Review (#OwnVoices Chinese Fiction)

The Imperial Alchemist by A.H. Wang is an #OwnVoices Chinese historical thriller that alternates between two time periods. In 210 B.C.E. China, we follow the country’s most powerful emperor and his search for the elixir of life while his existence dangles on the brink of death. In the present era, we get acquainted with renowned…