Review: Hyouka – Part 1

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Right from the get go, and under the glittering façade of Kyoto Animation’s visuals, we’re introduced to jaded highschooler Hotaro Oreki, who sees himself in shades of grey. Imagine that instead of being simply listless, Tanaka-kun was nihilistic, and you’ve got a fair approximation of Oreki, who shuns school clubs, […]

Review: Owarimonogatari – Part 1

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Few of us will be unaware of Monogatari, SHAFT’s idiosyncratic adaptation of NisiOisiN’s light novel series. Its fascination with theology and mathematics are well documented, while the different iterations at once conform to genre clichés and stand totally separate. I’ve been mulling over Monogatari for as long as I’ve been […]

The shame and the power: bloodlines of the anime vampire

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Anime and manga have had such a torrid romance with the vampire, you’d think Japan would have had some deep blood ties to its legend. Funny thing is, the vampire or the beast’s equivalent appears almost everywhere in Asian myth, except for Japan. Besides the ghoulish shadow spreading across the […]

Review: Hidamari Sketch Series One Collection

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The first few episodes of Hidamari Sketch don’t give a lot to go on as to why to keep watching, or where the series is going. Based on a four-panel strip manga by Ume Aoki, that same sparseness of animation and themes is present in the simplistically designed, almost creepy-looking […]