The Chuuni Corner

Anime reviews, Chuunibyou, and other writings

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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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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