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…

Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori & Breathing Life into What Japan Values Most: Family & Tradition – Anime Review

Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori (鹿楓堂よついろ日和) is an anime adaptation of the original seinen, slice-of-life manga series written by Yū Shimizu, courtesy of studio Zexcs and director Tomomi Kamiya. It aired during the Spring 2018 simulcast season with twelve total episodes. The story follows a group of four men who are close friends that run a traditional…

Saint ☆ Young Men Volume 1: A Fun Frolic Through Japan with Jesus Christ & Gautama Buddha – Manga Review (Seinen)

Saint ☆ Young Men (聖☆おにいさん) by Hikaru Nakamura is a seinen, comedy, slice-of-life manga series published by Kodansha (Kodansha USA in North America) about Jesus Christ and Siddhārtha Gautama, or Gautama Buddha, as they go on vacation from their divinely duties to travel among humans in the lovely country of Japan. They acquire a small…