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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: 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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Review/discussion about: Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. / Episode 1 / Kazusa listening and reading along with second-hand embarrassment

A successful maiden voyage

Whether direct or not, we all eventually learn of a biological truth: “the birds and the bees”.

And for the ladies of Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo., evolution chirps and buzzes.

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Review/discussion about: Yuru Camp△

Yuru Camp△ / Episode 1 / The whole group having lots of fun camping together

More than enough healing and laughing to fill a campsite

The girls of Yuru Camp△ are quite adventurous.

In comparison, I wouldn’t deem myself as an outdoorsy person. I prefer listening to my metal music in my comfy room, streaming challenging video games on my consoles, and of course watching my favorite anime at my desk. For the most part, these activities take place indoors, and I relish the solitude they bring.

Yet there’s more to life than just being cooped up inside all the time as I like to do. Indeed, the five laid-back campers of this anime promise a firsthand look-see at the wonder and the happiness that can only be found when taking that first willing step.

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Review/discussion about: Mahoutsukai no Yome

Mahoutsukai no Yome / Episode 1 / Chise and Elias together

Broken vows

Marriage often binds both parties with a single phrase: “until death do us part.”

Mahoutsukai no Yome chooses another phrase instead: “doomed to fail.”

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Review/discussion about: Garo: Vanishing Line

Garo: Vanishing Line / Episode 19 / Sophie and Sword and their wholesome friendship

Vanished away

The phrase “drawing a line in the sand” is used to represent the spot or the threshold that somebody should not cross for fear of consequences.

Garo: Vanishing Line, true to its name, brushes the sand away to pretend as if that line never existed. All so that it may go where it wishes and do as it pleases.

The anime was under the false pretense, though, that nobody would notice its transgressions.

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Review/discussion about: Citrus

Citrus / Episode 1 / Yuzu and Mei meeting one another for the first time

Tacky fun and acidic woes

Citrus embodies its namesake; the ever-present sweet-and-sour fruitiness captures the title well.

But, like a theater troupe booed off stage, it must dodge the oranges and the limes hurled in its direction for the poor showing it offers.

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Review/discussion about: Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san / Episode 1 / Takagi content and Nishikata defeated

Helga and Arnold from another universe

My uncle has a quote which not only has stuck with me my whole life ever since he first said it aloud but also perfectly captures the spirit of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san without any troubles.

“If we ain’t teasin’ ya, then we don’t like ya.”

It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true. Most people are not comfortable being playful with complete strangers, and even more people avoid interacting with those whom they dislike. So, teasing is, in a way, another term for caring.

My family and I tease each other all the time whenever we have get-togethers, yet Nishikata and especially Takagi take the medal for teasing champions as their relationship plays out in kindhearted fashion.

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