5 Favourite Japanese Book Covers that Remind Me of Spring

Spring is in the air, unless you’re living in California. In that case, Summer is here in full kick-you-in-the-allergies-and-burn-your-flesh-off glory. With Spring arrives the fragrance of fresh flowers, a cool breeze to abate the morning sweat, and tons of vibrantly bright colours just flourishing everywhere you look. Normally, I’m someone who doesn’t really care for…

Phi Brain: Puzzle of God: First Impressions – An Entertaining Action-Adventure Shōnen with Neat Puzzles & Funny Folx

Phi Brain: Puzzle of God (ファイ・ブレイン 神のパズル) is a 2011 shōnen, adventure anime series that was produced by Sunrise studios. Due to its popularity, it spawned a total of three seasons, a manga adaptation, and a video game for the PlayStation Portable. I came across the anime when I hit the Randomiser button on Crunchyroll…

5 Awesome Reasons You Should Play the Horror Puzzle-Platformer, Little Nightmares

Content Warning: Disturbing imagery Little Nightmares is a horror action-adventure puzzle platformer that was published by Bandai Namco Entertainment in 2017. This single-player game follows a little girl that is dressed up in a yellow raincoat. We quickly learn that she’s trapped in a place referred to as the Maw, which is a mysterious ship…

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 1 by Io Sakisaka: A Fresh & Fascinating Exploration of Love & Friendship

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 1 (思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ) is the first instalment in a shōjo, coming-of-age manga series written by Io Sakisaka (Blue Spring Ride, Strobe Edge). It follows two main characters, Yuna and Akari, who bump into one another at a local train station. Through a moment of selflessness, one helps the other and…

6 April Book Releases on My TBR!

Since April just begun, I thought it’d be fun to go ahead and share some of my anticipated book releases for the month. I did one of these in March and I enjoyed it quite a bit because it helps me to stay in touch with current book offerings. My habit is to read older…

Bungō and Alchemist: Gears of Judgement: First Impressions – A Messy Pilot About Japanese Authors Having a Romp Through Literature (Spring 2020)

Bungō and Alchemist: Gears of Judgement (文豪とアルケミスト ~審判ノ歯車~) is the historical fantasy anime adaptation of the browser-turned-mobile game of the same name, and it’s being produced by studio OLM with direction from Toshinori Watanabe. When I saw notifications for this go live on AniList by fellow users, there was one distinct word that caught my…

Kakushigoto: First Impressions – A Drab Comedy Series with Refreshingly Beautiful Art Styles (Spring 2020)

Kakushigoto (かくしごと) is an anime adaptation of the shōnen comedy, slice-of-life manga of the same name authored by Kōji Kumeta. It’s being produced by Ajia-do Animation Works with direction from Yūta Murano. The show revolves around a dad who’s a mangaka of adult stories that decides to hide his profession from his daughter out of…