Review: Familiar of Zero F

Once well-meaning but blundering after being pulled from his high-school life to accompany Louise as her familiar in Halkeginia, this fourth and final season of Familiar of Zero sees Saito Hiraga maturing into his role as the fateful hero. He wears his new lordship well, when he isn’t flip-flopping between ogling and raucous embarrassment in any woman’s presence, and though the petty jealousies, beatings and … Continue reading Review: Familiar of Zero F

Review: Naruto Shippuden Box 24

Box 24 begins one episode into Shippuden season 14 with a continuation of the clash between Gaara and his father, an overall feel for the collection’s strong and weak points crystallised in the conclusion of this standoff. Though the surrounding story’s progression is close to stationery, for the characters this period of stillness holds some seismic shifts and realisations, both in themselves and for their … Continue reading Review: Naruto Shippuden Box 24

Review: Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1 Collection

For bubbly second year student Honoka Kōsaka, high school is everything, and Otonokizaka Academy is the epicentre of her self-confessed ‘perfect life’. But the school is faced with closure in as little as three years. After gawping over provincial school idols A-RISE, Honoka convinces her friends Kotori, the daughter of the school director, and the anxious Umi (a dead ringer for K-On!’s Mio), to form … Continue reading Review: Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1 Collection

Review: Humanity Has Declined – Complete Season One Collection

By its own definition, the setting of Humanity Has Declined defies common sense. The episodes are collected in the wrong order, meaning the series feels mercurial, unfinished and contradictory. It’s difficult to get a sense of the setting, its logic, rules or politics, leaving the acutely observed satire floundering. But viewed in the correct order, it’s a surrealist tour de force. Dwindling birth rates have … Continue reading Review: Humanity Has Declined – Complete Season One Collection

Myriad Colours Phantom World: rejoicing in innocence, discovery and acceptance

I think by now we’ve all scrolled over someone’s disappointed wailings on Myriad Colours Phantom World. Maybe you were even one of those left feeling deflated, because you were expecting more from Kyoto Animation’s latest series. But then again, somewhere along the way, perhaps you caught a glimpse of something in its day-glow shades; something that persuaded you, for reasons unknown, to stick with it … Continue reading Myriad Colours Phantom World: rejoicing in innocence, discovery and acceptance

Review: Hanamonogatari

Now in her last year of high school, Suruga Kanbaru preoccupies herself with basketball and track since her senpais Hitagi Senjougahara and Koyomi Araragi have graduated. When she’s out training, she catches wind of Lord Devil, a kind of urban school myth who’s said to grant any wish. Afraid that she herself might be the devil, Suruga plays detective and discovers that Rouka Numachi, one … Continue reading Review: Hanamonogatari

Review: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works – Part 1

In the suitably serialised episode 0, Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works struggles to shake off its visual novel origins even at the prefacing stage. Think of it like a tutorial, an info dump wherein you have to wade through waves of explanation to get to the meat of the combat and narrative. It does a much better job, and perhaps has its greatest success, with … Continue reading Review: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works – Part 1