The Chuuni Corner

Anime reviews, Chuunibyou, and other writings

Review & Discussion About: Darwin’s Game

Darwin's Game / Episode 11 / Kanama seeing a myriad of butterflies

Unfit

Charles Darwin is the man who discovered (or at least made most famous) the theory of evolution: that natural selection has led to all known life on the planet. In essence, the idea explains that, for a given environment, the strongest (or at least most able-bodied) survive, passing on their genes to their offspring. They go through the same survival steps to pass on their genes, and so on and so forth.

Darwin’s Game puts that survival mentality to the test, but it misses the selection process by a wide margin.

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Review & Discussion About: Azur Lane

Azur Lane / Episode 2 / A stylized showcase of the warring factions

Shipwrecked

The ocean is a vast expanse of salty water that supplies us, the animals, the plants, and the Earth itself with necessary benefits. Indeed, we thrive on its presence. I’ve had a few trips to the ocean myself, using it as a chance to enjoy the relaxing air and appreciate its impossible horizons. And so upon this blue alley does Azur Lane set the stage for its numerous conflicts.

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Review & Discussion About: Nekopara

Nekopara / Episode 1 / The main cast of the anime

Catastrophe

In the land of domesticated pets, two sides have almost always waged war. Maltese, Labrador, and Golden Retriever fighting against Bobtail, Savannah, and Sphynx. They only agree upon a single thing: asking everyone a question. “Are you a dog person or a cat person?”

Me? I like dogs more. Nekopara clearly chooses the cat corner, considering its cat-centric content.

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Review & Discussion About: Kyokou Suiri

Kyokou Suiri / Episode 11 / Kurou and Kotoko working together to predict the future

Half of a full investigation

Yokai, demons, ghosts. This trifecta of supernatural beings (and more) come from the urban legends and the mythical tales we tell each other. I’m not one who believes in these out-there stories, but they can have an appealing allure when considering their fantastical nature.

Kyokou Suiri not only upholds these fantasies but argues for their manipulative powers.

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Plan To Watch Plan-To-Watch

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai / Episode 5 / Rikka triumphantly holding Kumin's special pencil in the air

“Eventually” may be right now…!

I hope everyone is staying safe out there amidst this tumultuous time in history!

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Those Special Favorites

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai / Episode 2 / Rikka inspecting the keypad for her place

A thank you to those most-special anime

One of the not-so-fun things when it comes to anime (or any other artistic medium) is the realization that I won’t be able to watch every single project or see each show available to me. I just don’t have the time in my life to do so, and anime will still be here after I’m no longer around, creating new stories for people to enjoy in my absence.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Far from it.

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Banjo’s Official Suggestion List

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai / Episode 3 / Rikka attempting to catch a piece of paper

So many anime, so little time

Over the years, people have wanted me to watch specific anime.

To honor such suggestions, I’ll now be tracking them as an official list here!

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A Simple Truth

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai / Episode 4 / Rikka in complete awe

Shoutouts to anime

With the start of a new year and the new decade, I wanted to kick everything off with a more informal post than I normally do. To remind myself and others of a simple truth.

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Review/discussion about: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Kimetsu no Yaiba / Episode 26 / Tanjirou facing forward with determination

Without celebration

Kimetsu no Yaiba claims to slay demons.

But the only thing it really puts to rest are its chances at being a worthwhile anime.

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Review/discussion about: Given

Given / Episode 2 / Mafuyu and Ritsuka sitting and talking together at their favorite spot

Some thanks are in order

As some of my readers and followers may know, I’m an avid fan of the metal genre of music.

It’s a major part of my life: I listen to it every day, I collect physical vinyl media from underground groups, I discuss it on the various platforms I’m found on. From the technical skills to the filthy riffs, its intensity and diversity knows no bounds, so I have found myself drawn to its amazing musicality.

Metal also gives me the chance to think about and look inwards into myself, contemplating those harsher, more suppressed thoughts and feelings that tend to get bottled up. Given features a band more akin to pop-rock rather than metal, but their own personable journey still demands self-reflection.

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