The Perfect Insider: A Dialogue-Centric, Deliciously Cerebral Locked Room Mystery Series – Anime Review

Please note: This review shall discuss an inappropriate relationship between a thirteen-year-old and an adult male. Please read at your own discretion. (The section shall be marked) The Perfect Insider (すべてがFになる) is a seinen mystery anime series that adapted the original 1996 novel by Hiroshi Mori. It was produced by A-1 Pictures, directed by Mamoru…

The Perfect Insider – First Impressions: A Curiously Intelligent Locked-Room Mystery that Explores Existentialism

The Perfect Insider (すべてがFになる) is a seinen mystery anime series that is an adaptation of the original novel from 1996, written by acclaimed author Hiroshi Mori. It aired during the Fall 2015 simulcast season and was produced by A-1 Pictures, with direction from Mamoru Kanbe (The Promised Neverland). The music was composed by Kenji Kawai,…

Ninja Scroll: The Series – First Impressions: A Surprisingly Low-Quality Sequel to the Original Motion Picture Classic

Ninja Scroll: The Series (獣兵衛忍風帖「龍宝玉篇」) is a seinen jidaigeki supernatural, martial arts anime series that released in Spring 2003. It was produced by Madhouse, directed by Tatsuo Satō, and written by Toshiki Inoue. The story takes place fourteen years after the original film and follows Jūbē on his wanderings. One evening while trying to rest…

Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams by Naoki Urasawa: An Excellent Rollick that Explores How Personal Perception Influences the World of Individualism

Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams (夢印-MUJIRUSHI-) by Naoki Urasawa is a seinen, mystery, drama manga about a father who evades taxes to save money so he can take his family on a cruise, but then he gets caught and loses everything, including his wife. One day, while he wanders the streets with his daughter, feeling…

Ninja Scroll & the Blood-Soaked Criticisms of Japan’s Corrupt Government During Pre and Postwar Era – Anime Review

Ninja Scroll (獣兵衛忍風帖) is a 1993 seinen, jidaigeki-chanbara (period samurai film) motion picture that was produced by Animate Film and written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust). The film takes place in feudal Japan and revolves around a rōnin named Jūbei that gets caught up in having to battle the Eight Demons…

BPS: Battle Programmer Shirase & the Colossal Disaster of Humdrum Humour & Slapstick Idiot Characters – Anime Review

BPS: Battle Programmer Shirase (BPS バトルプログラマーシラセ) is a comedy, sci-fi series about a guy named Akira Shirase who’s a freelance computer programmer that takes on jobs in exchange for rare computer parts. Because he’s absolutely brilliant, he’s contacted often by many individuals to complete various hacking and security related tasks. In my First Impressions of…

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…

Goblin Slayer: A Clunky & Crass Homage to the Genre that Revolutionised Gaming – Anime Review

The Basics Goblin Slayer (ゴブリンスレイヤー) is a seinen, dark fantasy anime adaptation of a light novel series written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatsuki. It aired during the Fall 2018 simulcast season with twelve total episodes with production from White Fox Studio and direction from Takaharu Ozaki. This is an anime that I…

the gods lie. by Kaori Ozaki: Understated Yet Affectingly Artistic – Manga Review (Seinen)

the gods lie. (神様がうそをつく。) is a single-volume, seinen, drama, romance manga that takes place during summer vacation and follows an eleven-year-old boy named Natsuru Nanao. Then he encounters a girl named Rio Suzumura who is the tallest girl in his class. Through chance encounters, they begin spending their summer together until one day Natsuru learns…