Dragon’s Dogma is a 2020 Netflix Original seinen, dark fantasy anime adaption of the video game of the same name. It revolves around a man named Ethan who returns home to his village to find that it’s been decimated by a vicious dragon attack. Overwhelmed with grief and rage, he pursuits the dragon, who feels amused by the human’s desire for vengeance.
Sword of the Stranger (ストレンヂア -無皇刃譚-) is an original anime film that released in Fall 2007, was produced by studio BONES, and directed by Masahiro Andō. In all of my years of watching anime, I have never seen a more masterful and artistically brilliant creation. Today, I want to share with you all of the reasons why you should watch it if you haven’t already.
The traits that I love about The Big O are exactly some of the reasons why the series probably wasn’t very popular in Japan, and instead has become a bit of a cult title within Western otaku audiences. Some of these include the gorgeous animation style, the perception of how toxic it is to bury our pasts for the sake of our future, and the toss-backs to classic Western media and literary sources.
Jōran: Princess of Snow and Blood is an original seinen, politically intrigue-infused historical drama taking place in 1931 that follows a Tokugawa prince who holds absolute power. On one side there is a rebel group that’s determined to assassinate the prince and re-take the regime that he’s built via that power. Then there’s the other side, consisting of a consortium of secret government executioners that seek to extinguish the rebel group before they can make their move and demolish all that has been erected under the Tokugawa rule
Berserk (剣風伝奇ベルセルク) is a Fall 1997 anime adaptation of Kentarō Miura’s masterpiece manga series, Berserk. This seinen, epic dark fantasy, sword and sorcery series was produced by OLM TEAM IGUCHI and directed by Naohito Takahashi and Kazuya Murata, spanning twenty-five episodes. Recently, I’ve been reading through the manga for the very first time and after being completely mind-blown by its scope and artful creation, I knew that I had to look up the anime as soon as possible.
Dr Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist (怪病医ラムネ) is a seinen, fantasy about a highly energetic doctor living in the city who takes on patients with unique and mysterious illnesses that normal doctors cannot diagnose or even see the existence of.
So I’m a Spider, So What? (蜘蛛ですが、なにか？) is a seinen, isekai, fantasy anime about an unnamed girl who falls asleep in her class one day and finds herself waking up as a spider hatching from an egg in a different world. Given my vehement distaste for spiders, I tried to avoid this anime as much as possible, but my morbid curiosity won out in the end. I’m happy that I gave it a shot because this is quite possibly one of the most ridiculously amazing things to air this season.
When the first season aired three years ago, I loved everything about it. I don’t typically gravitate towards moe-type things. However, I enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and the camaraderie that Laid-Back Camp offers. Based on the first segment for this second season, I expect things to be just as comforting and kind as they were back in 2018.
My Home Hero (マイホームヒーロー) by Naoki Yamakawa & Masashi Asaki is a seinen, psychological crime thriller manga series about a forty-something year old salaryman that also writes mystery novels during his free time. During lunch with his eighteen-year-old daughter one day he learns that she is being physically abused by her boyfriend. Unable to stand the thought of someone harming his little girl, the salaryman does the unthinkable with the intention of protecting her.
Japan Sinks 2020 is set in modern-day Japan and follows a family who are trying to survive in the wake of a catastrophic earthquake that causes the archipelago of Japan to start sinking into the ocean. I read the novel earlier in the year and positively loved it for how incredibly realistic and plausible it is, as well as the depiction of the political and cultural context of 1970s-era Japan. After watching the first episode, I can tell that this shall probably become one of my favourite anime serials to hit the airwaves in recent years.
Ikebukuro West Gate Park revolves around a fruit vendor named Makoto who gets involved in some questionable shite thanks to his mate Takashi, the leader of a large group of hooligans residing in the city of Ikebukuro known as the G-Boys.
When the Spring season began, this was one of the few serials that immediately caught my eye due to its premise, genre, and overall artistic style. While the finale was not exactly satisfying, the anime as a whole was quite excellent, especially for more mature watchers of the medium.
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…
Wakakozake (ワカコ酒) is a seinen, cooking short anime that released during the Fall 2015 simulcast season. This adaptation of the original four-panel manga was produced by Office DCI with direction from Minoru Yamaoka. It follows a lady named Wakako Murasaki, who is a 26-year old office worker. After a typically humdrum and usually exhausting workday,…
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,…