[Review] Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday is a 1991 film from Studio Ghibli written and directed by Isao Takahata, also known for Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko, and Princess Kaguya. Only Yesterday was only recently released in the U.S. in 2016. It’s for this reason that I finally got the chance to watch it for the first time. It didn’t take long for me to realize I should have watched it at least ten years prior while I was just starting into my 20s, even if some of the messages wouldn’t have resonated as strongly with me back then.

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[Game Review] Tales of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria is the 15th title in the main Tales timeline, and my sixth in the franchise. While the 2015 Japanese role-playing game follows many of the same tropes as others in the line, it differs in key areas of gameplay. The title also garnered a two-cours anime series, Tales of Zestiria the X, that loosely followed the same events (read my review here) as the original. Avoid the anime if you are at all interested in playing Tales of Zestiria, or even its prequel, Tales of Berseria. Enough of the same events are presented in Zestiria the X to spoil some of the more dramatic scenes in either game.

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[Review] Mary and the Witch’s Flower

I can think of no better way to start off 2018 than with a movie review of Mary and the Witch’s Flower, a first from the newly formed Studio Ponoc. Brought together with former animators and staff from the renowned Studio Ghibli, Studio Ponoc ventures into a realm of fantasy straight from the British Isles. Mary and the Witch’s Flower takes inspiration from a 1971 novel by Mary Stewart called The Little Broomstick. In it, Mary Smith explores her new home and stumbles across a very special flower.

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I Love and Hate Devilman Crybaby

If you were paying attention at all to social media over the past couple of weeks, you’ll have noticed the hype surrounding Devilman Crybaby, a Netflix original release at the start of the winter 2018 season. Instead of forcing viewers to wait months to watch the Yuasa/Nagai love child, they did the opposite and provided all ten episodes at once. Doing so fits right in with the Netflix binge mentality, as well as suits the addictive flavors of this show. Devilman Crybaby bombards the viewers’ senses with sex and violence, and while this may repel some people, the barrage also acts like a super drug with an immediate high that carries you straight to the end.

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Fall 2017 Season Wrap: Elegant Yokai Apartment Life, Love is Like a Cocktail, & Love Live! Sunshine!! S2

We’re almost there! We’re at the penultimate wrap of the fall season, and I appreciate those of you still reading, or who have just joined the discussion. The following three series are a mixed bag of the supernatural, alcohol, and idols, but they share a talent for warming you up from the inside.

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Fall 2017 Season Wrap: Girls’ Last Tour, Kino’s Journey, Children of the Whales, & Animegataris

Happy New Year!

I hope your holiday was filled with warmth and cheer, and that you’re ready for more fall anime reviews. We have four more shows to discuss, so sit down, read up, and let me know which ones you saw!

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Fall 2017 Season Wrap: Konohana Kitan, Inuyashiki, & Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond

The weekend’s finally here again, and we’re back with fox girls, alien technology, and Neo Yoki-wait, Hellsalem’s Lot. The first two surprised me in different ways, one being better than expected, and the other having turned out not as good as I had hoped. Regardless, I enjoyed them all and will even go as far as to recommend you try a couple of them if you hadn’t already. Hit the jump to find out which ones!

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Fall 2017 Season Wrap: Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Welcome to the Ballroom, & UQ Holder!

There’s no rest for the anime blogger, and with 12 Days of Anime and Anime Secret Santa behind us, it’s now time to get on with the fall anime reviews. Some shows finished up early with only six episodes, like the already reviewed Yuki Yuna: Washio Sumi Chapter, while others are still wrapping up their final episodes. I’ll be starting here with three solid entries, one of which was a runaway with its awkward adult romance. Let me know which of these shows was your favorite!

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