Tag: romcom

  • Horimiya is STILL the Best Rom Com

    It’s been quite some time since I last talked about Horimiya, in a way. Last year around this time, I lauded the anime adaptation’s ability to trim the excess and give itself a breakneck pace that separates it apart from other romance anime. However, in another, truer sense, I also talked about Horimiya in January, […]

  • Is Fruits Basket Overrated?

    I understand that I am pushing my luck here. When I rip into Evangelion or Death Note, I am spared by the fact that those shows have a fair number of detractors. Mushoku Tensei is controversial, to say the least, so the ratio of comments agreeing with my points is about 1:1 with comments telling […]

  • My Dress Up Darling Proves Horny CAN be Wholesome

    My lack of interest in ecchi anime is well-documented. Generally, the more an anime goes out of their way to be titillating, the less invested I am. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord bored me to tears, while I watched High School DxD for the plot, and I do mean the plot. Food Wars: […]

  • Love of Kill Review: Comedy Assassination

    Studio: Platinum Vision Director: Hideaki Ooba Streaming on: Crunchyroll I don’t often get to time my posts well; I stick to a strict schedule, so anything coming out at an opportune time requires a lot of hassle and even more luck. It just so happens that I accidentally saved this season’s dark romcom Love of […]

  • Sasaki & Miyano: Pure Cotton Candy Fluff

    Studio: Studio Deen Director: Shinji Ishihara Streaming on: Funimation I’ve been wracking my brain. I wrote an essay about Given, where I disparaged the musical romance for failing to offer up any good music or romance. To sum it up, romance anime is an oversaturated market, so yaoi gets a crap hand; if you aren’t […]

  • My Dress-Up Darling Review: Work Hard, Cosplay Hard

    Studio: Cloverworks Director: Keisuke Shinohara Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation In my essay “How Anime Excels in Making You Care” I wrote about the niche genre of anime; a subgenre that focuses on hobbies, games, or Japanese art forms that fall outside of the mainstream. Chihayafuru, Rakugo Shinjuu, and others like them are all about people […]

  • Blue Box Review: Shonen Jump’s Sports Romcom Scores

    Art and Story by Koji Miura All chapters available on the Shonen Jump app I’ve been doing my best to catch more manga in the early stages so it feels like I’m actually reviewing a new series, not just what’s out there and popular. Unfortunately, that’s pretty hard if you’re not fluent in Japanese; by […]

  • Girlfriend, Girlfriend Review: That’s Just Polygamy with Extra Steps

    Studio: Tezuka Productions Director: Satoshi Kuwabara Streaming on: Crunchyroll If you’ve seen my essay where I praised Rent-a-Girlfriend for being an ecchi harem comedy with excellent writing, you may think I’d be enjoying this season’s Girlfriend, Girlfriend. You’d be incorrect there, as I put emphasis on the part about good writing. In the competition of […]

  • The Detective is Already Dead Review: No Spoiler Warning on That Title?

    Studio: ENGI Director: Manabu Kurihara Streaming on: Funimation I have been an earnest fan of the classic detective stories for most of my life. My personal library is filled with the complete collections of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, and Edgar Allan Poe’s Dupin, plus a lot of manga, but that’s not my […]

  • Does Toradora Deserve to be a Classic?

    I love romcom anime. Kaguya-sama and Horimiya rank among my favorite manga of all time, and I even came around on Oregairu when it recovered from a disappointing first season. This is just a genre that anime performs particularly well in. The long-form nature of the medium means that it isn’t as suffocating as its […]