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Back From the Dead!

Welcome back to the relaunch of Ashley’s Anime! For those of you who’re just joining us and are slightly confused, let me explain what happened.

In my previous blog post, I explained that I would be re-branding the former site known as Geekery Gears! If you want to see my reasons for why this happened, just read the post.

In the meantime, I’ll be explaining the new changes to Ashley’s Anime and how to fully experience this site; you can also find these instructions on this page!

Not much has really changed in terms of how this site ran before. Some segments, such as Anime Hero of the Month, may become a yearly thing as it does take up a lot of time and takes away from my focus with this site. But other segments, such as Check This Out, and other regular seasonal anime reviews will continue on a regular basis.

Previously, I’d discussed the podcasting situation to be monthly. That has definitely changed due to scheduling issues! I will try to make podcasts a bimonthly occurrence, but this also depends on who I can get for the show. In the meantime, however, the blog will continue to post on a weekly schedule!

Now the one big thing that will change is how I express my thoughts on reviews; the grading process. How will I do it? Through the very love of my cat. No seriously, that’s how I’m going to start grading anime.

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Oh yeah, just when you thought I couldn’t be anymore of a ridiculous human being, I pulled this out of the magic shoe!

As you can see these adorable emojis already convey a lot of emotions. Most of them can explain how I feel in a stable relationship! But instead of using them for selfish purposes, I’m going to use these emojis the same way we use a star-rating system.

It’ll be out of 5; because just like big balls of gas, they are usually measured out of 5. For example: 3 Elliots out of 5. Whether or not that’s a good reading, I’ll leave up to you. However, the emotions will tell you how I personally felt towards the anime. It’ll look something like this:

One Piece Rating


Super Lovers Rating


And this can also apply with half-emojis as well! For example:

Charlotte Rating


Cory in the House


Got it memorized? And don’t worry, I will be posting this on the About page as well, so if you do forget you can just look there for instructions!

Pretty simple, as you can see. And it’ll be very easy to use in practice. I figure you’re all tired of seeing the same thing over and over again, so it’s time to freshen up the place with something a little different and adorable.

I also would like to thank Adam Barba for the art work. Really, Ashley’s Anime’s design would have not been a reality without them! They not only made my previous logo for Geekery Gears and my new logo, but they also made all the adorable Elliot emojis you see above! Check them out on Twitter and Instagram, I promise you will not be disappointed. They have serious talent!

New posts and reviews will be coming soon, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, enjoy all the obvious hentai you’re looking at when you’re not reading my lovely words!

Let me know what you guys think of the blog’s reboot below! Do you like the kitties? Don’t lie, you like the kitties! tumblr_m9gclpn3pq1qzckow

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Taboo Tattoo – Review

But I so wish this anime had…

I’m sorry if I don’t have the most to say on this anime review, my dear, sweet, loving followers. I just… There’s such a weight on my heart that I can no longer get out of bed in the morning without feeling the heavy regret of ever having watched this anime. It wasn’t so much the anime itself… Okay, I can’t lie, it was the anime itself. It was awful. Elliot threw up a mouse; which means it wasn’t that bad, but bad enough. Let me explain…

Taboo Tattoo is… About… I’m actually not really sure because there were moments the plot seemed to jump around. But basically, it’s about the American government creating these tattoos which are also related to some ancient magic and they pretty much just give you insane powers. One kid in Japan ends up getting this weird tattoo (that looked kind of like an edgy version of one of those fake tattoos you put on with water) and finds himself in a whole world of trouble.

The Good: 

This girl should run for president.

I will admit, maybe this anime just wasn’t my cup of leaf water. Maybe it was just the way I viewed it. Maybe Elliot was in front of the screen too much and I never really got the full experience. But whatever it was, I did not enjoy this anime. Regardless, I will tell you some of the positive aspects it had to offer. For one, it was very action packed; there was always something going on. The animation for it wasn’t half bad either. So if you like well-done fight scenes, this may be the anime for you.

If this anime were a flavor, I would describe it as spicy. Lots of zest going on in the mix. I liked that part of it. In terms of story, I personally may not have been satisfied but I have to admit that there was always a plot and always a goal. Granted, Charlotte also had a plot and a goal, but that’s another story… Regardless, it did have something going on. Just not sure what that is…

The Bad:

Just grabbin’ girls… K Donald.

Finally, in my zone and ready to rip. Like Beyblade. Or Elliot with nice furniture. The point is I did not like this anime at all. Really, I felt it lacked in so many areas. And you guys saw my post on how excited I was for summer anime; I really did go in hoping to like this show. I think the only thing somewhat “positive” about this anime was that princess, and let’s be real here, she kind of was like Donald Trump at times. Just grabbing chicks left and right. Seriously.

I felt like the story was half baked, mostly. Like so half baked you could still taste the eggs. And those eggs were a no-go my friend. There were certain plots, like love interests, personal relationships and backgrounds (oh wait… That’s the entire story) that made you feel like you’d entered the series half-way through. And just so you know, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be a season two because at some point the group does buckle down and get to business. But how they get there just seemed awkward, like a rough transition from an ugly caterpillar to an even uglier butterfly. Also, while I liked some of the character’s blueprints, a lot of them felt like they needed other character’s to complete them or that they depended on them for development and basic existence. No literally, it felt like some of the characters wouldn’t have made sense if another wasn’t there to level them out. It was weird. Like a guy who carries too many pens weird.

I wish he’d promised this anime would’ve been better.

Kitty Rating:


Yeah so… We were pretty unamused the whole anime. And I got pretty upset because I felt like I’d watched a filler anime. It just had so very little construction to it’s overall story line and it’s characters made me feel so uncomfortable, if not agitated, with their poor decisions. In fact, the majority of the time I spent watching this made me feel like every character was making one bad choice after the next. And I’ve drank orange juice after brushing my teeth, so I know a thing or two about bad decisions. However, this may just be me. If you like a lot of action and a story story that makes little sense, if it even exists in the first place, then this may just be the anime for you. But if you want to wake up in the morning and feel like you really can make a change in the world, don’t watch it.

What makes it hard for you to wake up in the morning? Tell me in the comment section below! 

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Mob Psycho 100 – Review

Me to Elliot when he’s being a brat.

The world can finally be at peace now that this anime has come into your dreams and found your most inner desires. Did I love Mob Psycho 100? Let me ask you; is the sky blue? Is the world round? Is One Piece still running? The answer, my dear followers, is yes. This is a fantastic anime and I think everyone should watch it because Mob is precious and we need to protect him.

Mob Psycho 100 is about the most precious kitten of them all, Mob, who has incredible psychic abilities. On the outside he looks like a grass-nibbling bunny, but his powers reach far beyond face value. Throughout the series, we see Mob grow as a person and as a psychic with the help of his mentor, brother and the various friends we meet along the way.


The Good: 

Firstly, even if the story wasn’t good (which it was) the characters are so perfect that I feel it couldn’t go wrong no matter what. I loved most of these characters and Elliot couldn’t stop purring every time Mob or Reigen came up on the screen. My love for Reigen knows no bounds. I want to marry that man. Said and done. He is my #1 husbando.tumblr_m9gcy6mxn61qzckow And Mob is such a sweet and innocent unicorn puff that we must ban together and preserve him in a jar. I love him. And that other kid. The blonde one.

But it wasn’t just the characters that were lively. The story itself had so much to offer out of a concept I would have never thought to have been so appealing. I really didn’t think I’d like a psychic themed anime because, despite it sounding cool in theory, I usually get let down with that genre. But Mob did it right. There was a real story there and you could see what was going to drive the plot for each episode. I wouldn’t say it was predictable, but it did give you pleasant hints as to what was going to come next. Like 2016 political scandals. Not only that, but the lessons you learned in this anime were way different than what you thought they were going to be. I felt like while I was expecting something to happen, at times it went in another direction that was actually better. Which is unlike the 2016 political scandals.

The Bad: 

No, don’t save Shadow the Edgehog…

I kind of didn’t like Mob’s younger brother, but that may just be me. As much as he drove the plot in the right direction, I did get sick of his crud a couple of times. I just felt like he became more bratty than the troubled intellect they tried to make him out to be. I was watching this anime for soft, smol cinnamon buns like Mob and I ended up with Shadow the Edgehog for more of the series than I would have personally preferred.

Other than Linkin Park showing up to help me relive my middle school days, I did also feel that there were some missed opportunities. At times it felt like some of the characters didn’t really get a chance to grow. I felt like certain characters were just given things so that they could move on with the story or that perhaps their own personal growth was rapid so that season one could end on a good note. That being said, this isn’t that uncommon for anime series to do, so I wasn’t that bummed out about it. Believe me guys, I’ve seen worse (Charlotte).

I most definitely am!

Kitty Rating: 


A full five! This was the anime of the summer season that really deserved five Elliots! And each one, as you can see, is very satisfied. This anime really made me want to continue watching and gave me something interesting to do with my day. Usually I’m watching trash (anime) but when I watched Mob I was watching high quality trash! I loved this anime and for anyone who’s on the fence about watching it, I urge you to check it out. It really deserves all the good things in life. I’m so in love with Mob it’s crazy; he is the softest of characters. And Reigen is one fine piece of salmon, let me tell you!

How many Elliot emojis did you think Mob Psycho 100 deserved? Let me know in the comment section below! 

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Orange – Review

Yes I do, it’s called cuddling Elliot!

After watching this anime I decided that I no longer needed feelings or a heart for that matter. I ripped it out of my chest then I set the pot to a low boil so I could cook it for Elliot to eat. Trust me, serve it with some caramelized onions and you have a delicious meal right there. I like to call it My Will to Live, which is exactly what this anime took away from me. Have no fear, I will now explain why.

Orange is a feel-good anime about a young girl, Naho Takamiya, who receives a series of letters from herself in the future. The letters contain instructions on saving a dear friend and love interest, Kakeru Naruse, from his own despair. As the series goes on, we see how Naho and her group of friends grow stronger together to combat a common cause.

The one look every anime girl does at some point.

The Good: 

Okay, this anime was really amazing. I had some problems with it, but overall it was a really warm-feeling anime. I liked it enough that I watched the whole thing and I honestly don’t regret it. I don’t feel it was as appreciated as it could have been, but that may be because there’s anime out there that has hefty themes and hits home for a lot of people, similar to this one. That being said, I don’t feel it’s an excuse to overlook Orange.

I like to compare Orange to your grandma’s cookies. But like, if your grandmother was already dead. The cookies are warm, freshly baked and still somewhat gooey. You take a bite out of it. You feel everything from love to utter loss within one bite. That’s all it takes. Just one. As you pull away, you look at your ghost-ma and ask, “Why do you still haunt me?” Well, in this very relatable example, Orange brings up a lot of feelings. To get serious for a second, I will have to say for anyone with depression, this anime may cause some triggers to go off. But I advise you to watch it. As someone who’s struggled with some of the themes in this anime, it really did put some things into perspective. I’m really glad to see an anime focus on themes like mental illness.

The Bad: 

UGH the greatest heartthrob ever!

Orange really was great; everything from art to story really made it enjoyable to watch all the way through. But I did have some serious issues watching it. Firstly, without giving much away, there were some explanations that just didn’t make sense. If you’ve already watched the anime, you probably know what I’m talking about. The ending tried to explain why things were happening and I just felt that it didn’t have very good reasons. The Bermuda Triangle? Hm… Maybe if I throw myself in there I can stop myself from existing by meeting my mom. Stay safe kids!

The other thing I will say is that this anime mixed a lot of romance into a mental health/depression theme which I feel is a bad mix. Now while I liked everything the anime did and I also don’t think that they ever really crossed the line where romance “fixes” mental health, I did feel it was a little too close for comfort. I also was NOT OKAY with Suwa. OH NO. I squeezed Elliot and cried way too many times over that boy. He was my favorite character next to Azusa (whom I deeply ship with Hagita to the point that it’s religion). I guess I just felt that some of these “ships” were a little unhealthy all around. I just felt that certain things were lost in this anime and, to say the least, I had some disappointments.

Just a couple of pals!

Kitty Rating: 


Overall, we liked it! I just have to give it that “unamused” emoji for that ending and it’s reasoning. Really, I just felt that it didn’t need it. It could have gone on unexplained because, as my mother always said, “If you’re going to explain it, at least make sense. And stop wearing leggings as pants; they’re not pants.” (Note: For the record, I have never stopped wearing leggings as pants, they are way too comfortable). And of course, crying and tears of joy Elliot emojis should explain exactly how I feel towards the entire anime overall. It was by no means bad, but it was definitely a splash zone. So with that, I recommend that if you have the heart and mindset to do it, because I certainly did not, watch this anime.

What anime made you a sobbing mess? Tell me in the comment section below! tumblr_m9gcvqtoxy1qzckow

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The High School Life of a Fudanshi – Review

When you start watching anime.

If ever were a show that described my otaku fanfiction experience, it was probably this one. Think I’m lying? Try me. The High School Life of a Fudanshi may have been short, but it didn’t need to say much in order for your soul to resonate with it. While I wanted to watch this anime to bash it, as is customary of me, I don’t think I have it in me to really do it with this one. It was just too real.

This anime follows the everyday life of Ryou Sakaguchi who likes boy-love anime/manga fics. Often thought to be gay, Ryou constantly has to explain that he doesn’t swing that way, he just likes the stories. Because of fear and stigma, we see Ryou’s everyday struggles as a fudanshi; and the results are pretty relatable.

Me too buddy.

The Good: 

Pretty much Tumblr in a nutshell…

If it wasn’t already obvious, the humor in this anime really got to me. If you’re an otaku, or you like any kind of yoai or fundashi stuff, you’d probably relate to this series too. The jokes made throughout the show weren’t ever really meant to bash on us but rather just acknowledge that we’re all a little strange. A little.

I’m lying. We’re really strange. But that’s not the point.tumblr_m9gclpn3pq1qzckow

If it wasn’t the humor that made me happy, it was definitely the fact that I felt like this wasn’t entirely catered to women. Some might argue with me, (and I have to agree that to an extent it still felt like the audience may have been primarily female) but I still really liked the fact that it showed it was okay for guys to like this stuff too. There is definitely a stigma around otaku culture and especially when it comes to the genders. So even if it did have some female pandering, I really thought it was a step up from what I usually see.

It wasn’t Super Lovers, thank our lord and savior Elliot.

Every con, every time.

The Bad: 

I’m not sure what the trend is with extremely short anime, but this was definitely one, each episode no longer than five minutes. I didn’t really mind this, but I felt that it had the potential to be a full scale anime with at least 15-20 minute episodes. That’s just my opinion, however.

No caption needed.

On the other hand, some episodes really proved that it was just a series of funny moments that happen to your everyday otaku/shipper. And if the characters had more drama going on or more depth to their overall layout, then yes, it did carry the potential to be longer. But some episodes made you feel like you were just watching just to watch.

And there were only so many ships I could do, man. Not as many as I thought there would be for an anime about a fudanshi… It was somewhat disappointing for someone who strongly identified with Rumi.tumblr_me96xanykh1qdlkyg

Me ft. my crush.

Kitty Rating:



As you can see, Elliot and I clearly loved this anime for what it was. And I think, if you’re into this sort of thing, you’ll like it as well. While it was short and essentially a way to waste time, it really did have the makings of a fine anime. It’s humorous, not to mention light hearted, and if you’re an otaku, you probably see a lot of yourself in each episode. Elliot sure does; just look at that face. But alas, I could not give this a full five kitties. I think it’d have to be a much larger anime for me to do that. Regardless, it did a great job of drawing in it’s targeting audience and doing what otakus do best; ship.

So other than being an otaku, what are you guilty pleasures? Tell us in the comment section below! 

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Summer Anime 2016!

Summer anime… It’s what you do when you have no life or the life you currently have is kicking you right where it hurts. I’ll let your vivid imaginations guess which one my situation is. Oh, and neither is mutually exclusive.

So what will I be reviewing once the entire season is over? Let’s take a look at the four I’ve taken fancy in recently.

Mob 1.gifMob Psycho 100: This was going to be an obvious choice. It’s from the same people who brought us One Punch Man, how could I not take interest in it? We’re going to have to get down to business to defeat the huns on this one. I have seriously high hopes for it. After watching episode one I can tell it’s going to be something I’m interested in. I actually have a thing for anime with interesting art styles, like Soul Eater or… Er… One Punch man… So this should be great.

Orange 1.gifOrange: I can assure you this anime is going to make me cry. I can just feel it in my soul. Episode 1 did a really good job of pulling the audience in and making them interested in the story line. I’ve always asked myself, “If I could give advice to a younger me… Would I do it?” And the answer is always, “Well Ash, look where you are now… Should probably start figuring out time travel now so you can prevent your existence.” So… I just have a feeling this is going to make me get in touch with my inner demons.

Taboo Tattoo 1.gifTaboo Tattoo: This season seems to be filled with great animation and art style, in my opinion. And Taboo Tattoo is no exception to that. I really do think it looks like a great anime that might actually gain a lot of popularity. Really it just looks like it’s worth my time. After watching it’s first episode, I got really pumped. Finally, a lead anime character that has trained to fight and wasn’t just shoved into a situation where they miraculously learned how! Plus, the neko girl scene made me fall in love!new_piskel__4__by_kyokomagika-d9qfjxa.gifLet’s just hope this isn’t another Charlotte… Ew.

Fudanshi 1.gifThe High School Life of a Fudanshi: While I always pick an anime to hate on, and I thought this would be the one for this season, I actually think I’ll end up liking this anime. No one comment that there may be a pattern with Ashley picking anime that may be yaoi… Actually, go ahead. I don’t mind. I just wish there was more yuri for my own personal preference (haha Ash likes girls, what a surprise). tumblr_me96wptli51qdlkyg.gif But anyways. I really hope that this is better than the anime I picked last season. I’m shivering just at the thought of ever having to watch Super Lovers ever again. I’m really hoping this one makes me laugh while also making me fall in love. So far, I’m interested despite the short length in episodes.

Well, that’s about it for this summer! I actually have high hopes for all the anime I picked out this time. While you wait for the seasonal review, I hope your lovely eyes enjoy the other things we will be doing here on the site! Until next time, you gorgeous people! tumblr_m9gcl3DN2F1qzckow.gif

Tell me what you guys are watching this summer in the comments below! Or, I mean, if you’re not busy doing actual things in society… 

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Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto – Review

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He is beauty, he is grace, he is the epitome of the human race; haven’t you heard? He’s Sakamoto!

I’m genuinely sad that this anime is over. It may have only been twelve episodes, but it was twelve episodes that defined my life. When I think of Sakamoto, I think of flowers blooming in the spring. And no, it’s not just because of the current gif headlining this post. He is Sakamoto-kun and he is simply the greatest.

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is about the coolest high school student ever. Think back to your high school years and tell me, where you as cool as him? Fool! Of course not. I just told you, he’s what we as humans can only aspire to be! This anime follows the coolest kid around in his everyday life at school. And trust me, it’s far more entertaining than this definition. Just look at the gifs.

The Good:

If you haven’t guessed it by now, this was by far one of my favorite shows this season. Of course, please don’t watch it if you’re expecting anything even remotely close to serious. This isn’t Clannad.

Sakamoto 5 Gif.gifNo, this is definitely something different altogether. Which is why I loved it so much. I kept expecting things and then I’d find that I was pleasantly surprised at every turn, and that always came with me laughing uncontrollably. It was that element that really made this anime what it is. For example, every time one of Sakamoto’s friends had an issue, he helped solve it, but it was always in an unexpected way. If you ever guessed right at what he was going to do next, you have some serious super powers dude.

And really, there wasn’t much to this anime other than it’s random story lines for each episode. It was simplistic if we just took the theme of a high school student’s day, but that depends on the student right? Sakamoto is definitely and interesting character to the point that his day isn’t what your day will ever be like! I loved this character, and even the others, because the reality was that none of these high school students could really be called “normal”. At least in my humble opinion. Most of them had a quirk, and I think Sakamoto being around had a lot to do with that standing out.

The Bad: 

For what this anime is and what it was striving to be, I don’t think there was anything very off about it. I would argue that in the end, we still never really got to know who Sakamoto really was. But I still think that this part adds to the appeal of the show. It certainly gave an air of mystery to the character and to his overall agenda. But I will admit that I did get a little frustrated that we never really delved into his own story. We really only got to see some development at the very end, noticing that Sakamoto truly does care for all of his friends.

Sakamoto 4 Gif.gifAgain, I didn’t really think too much into this anime. It’s a comedy that wasn’t really meant to have any kind of serious undertone or main story. The basic objective in this series was to simply show the audience the coolest guy they’ll ever meet and how he interacts with his friends on a day to day basis, helping others accomplish and overcome their own struggles.


You should definitely watch this if you have the chance! It was worth it to take time our of my day for this anime. I never really felt anxious to watch another episode, nor did I ever shiver with anticipation when another one released, but I found it was good for down time and when I needed something light to watch and enjoy. Comedy for comedy’s sake.

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Where you the coolest kid in school? Are you still? Tell me how you failed your mother in the comment section below! 


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Bungo Stray Dogs – Review

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Ladies, gentlemen and other distinguished individuals, I have found the love of my life. It is this anime. I think it is now one of my favorite series, actually. Really, between the story line, the art and music… I think it was great. I look forward to another season as well as my marriage to Dazai…

Bungo Stray Dogs follows the tale of the adorable Atsushi, an orphan who got kicked out of the orphanage for some strange reason and is now left to survive on the streets. Which he can’t seem to manage. Near the brink of death, he meats Dazai through a series of strange, suicidal events. And through another series of strange events, Atsushi is invited by Dazai to join the Armed Detective Agency. This agency is composed of those with supernatural powers, taking on the cases no one else can.

The Good:

What wasn’t good about this anime? Literally, everything about it to me was like mac & cheese, but like, the good kind that gets all gooey and has bread crumbs on top… Okay I have to stop myself before I get hungry.

BSD 7.gifI usually don’t comment on art style or soundtracks because, for a lot of the anime that’s been coming out in recent years, it seems to fade in the background and most of it looks the same to me, if I’m being honest. I know there are differences, do not get me wrong, but you can’t deny that some anime just seems… Generic. Like a white t-shirt. Bungo Stray Dogs did good in that it made itself more eye-catching and distinguished amongst the other anime that’d been released this season. If I could compare it to anything, it sort of reminds me of Persona; even the music makes me want to barge in to Tartarus or marry Mitsuru.

And the story kept me interested. I always get concerned with anime that revolves around anything superpower-esque, but this one did it right and I didn’t find it boring or disorienting. It wasn’t like Charlotte. On a scale of one to Charlotte, one being the best and Charlotte being… Charlotte… It wasn’t Charlotte.

BSD 6.gifI fell in love with the characters and I found it easy to remember what was going on with each new episode. Usually I have to remember where I left off, but Bungo Stray Dogs didn’t really make me do that. Instead, I found it so engaging and the characters so lovable that everything just got me really excited. And then there was the ships… So many ships… The Admiral of OTPS had to stop me on several occasions.

The humor of this anime was also very well balanced with the darkness it conveyed in the story. I never felt like it was purely humor or purely dark at any point in the season. It was like the baby bear porridge of anime.

The Bad: 

BSD 3.gifBecause nothing is without its flaws including myself which is why I cry at night! And this is not the appropriate place to talk about it so let’s talk about anime instead! (This is how I deal with most of my issues). What I will say I was disappointed with was that we never really got into depth with some of the other characters. And that may have been out of time restrictions, so I didn’t look too far into it.

BSD 5.gifI think that, because it was only twelve episodes, it had to move at a fast pace to keep up with all the information and the story’s direction. While there were episodes I could say were “filler” I don’t entirely believe that because it felt like each episode was trying to tell us just a little bit more about each member of the agency.

Maybe it’s just my bias or my need for more episodes, but I didn’t really find there to be anything necessarily bad about this anime at all. I think it was, for the most part, very balanced and well done.


I think you already know the answer to that question. This anime was awesome and I got really into it. I think what really brings it together is the fact that it’s very character-driven and the characters have great designs as well as dynamics. Overall, this is a must watch.

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Dazai is mine, you can’t have him… Don’t even argue with me in the comment section… 

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Joker Game – Review

Don’t you just love when something is surprisingly pleasant and you just want more of it after the fact? It took me two episodes, but I am actually in love with this anime. I feel like this could have been my Law & Order SVU for anime because I could have continuously watched episode after episode and never complained. While also eating food that I have no memory of.

Joker Game takes place just before and during WWII, following the story of a Japanese spy group known as the D-Agency. This is a team of elite spies, men whose real names we will never know, and the show tells us how each of them deals with their different missions as Japan enters a time of war. And boy, I could make so many awful jokes about the D-Agency’s name and its attractive members, but I have to leave something to the imagination so… Let’s get on with the actual review!

The Good:

I would have never thought that spies were my thing, let a lone an anime that takes place in WWII but, I actually found myself loving it. I love the fact that each episode talked about a different character and their stories as they were put in the field as spies.

joker-game-4Not only that, but it was really good at building in terms of time. It starts out when the D-Agency had just finished coming together and training was wrapping up, so when we finally get to episode 3, we see these men go out and do the job they were trained for. It also didn’t really bounce around in with different events that happened during the war; it was very linear and straight, unlike my sexuality.tumblr_m9gclpn3pQ1qzckow.gif

Each episode also stuck to the theme of the Joker game. In episode 1, we see the agency play this game and in the second episode we see it actually applied in practice. But the game is continuously relevant throughout the entire show. Which was also what kept it so amazing because the ending was already somewhat of a surprise.

joker-game-6Well, at least for me. Perhaps I am not as observant as some of the other viewers. It sort of felt like when my mother used to tell me things when I was a kid and I never found them relevant until I was an adult. The episode would give us hints, but unless you were perceptive and could see that far ahead into the plot, it was always one step ahead of you.

The Bad:

So this anime was not without its flaws. I knew Joker Game was going to be good, but I did not anticipate it to be my cup of tea since I’ve never been much of a spy fan. What also threw me off was its presentation of the first two episodes. I could have done without Sakuma, he sort of killed my buzz. But Miyoshi… Whew… What a cutie… He gave me the strength to go on.

joker-game-3And for as smooth as the members of the D-Agency are, there were some episodes that I found somewhat awkward or that didn’t totally make sense to me from a real-world point of view. For example, the episode titled Ceberus had a really awkward ending, in my opinion. I liked the story, it was really well done in it’s mechanics, but I felt that giving up her child to a strange man at the end so she could turn herself in was… Odd?

Like, really lady? We’re just cool giving this kid to some dude you just met? And he was totally fine just taking this little girl and her dog in? And then later, when we see the members all together again, I’m pretty sure that guy was still there. W-what? What happened to the girl? Where is she now? W-w-what???

joker-game-5This sort of thing happened a couple times throughout the season, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. Really, I didn’t find it to be problematic, mostly because I realized emotional turmoil of that level would throw the show off the steady beat it had built throughout the series. I guess the only other  thing that was really bad was that one dude’s face. You know the one I’m talking about.


Watch this anime. It is definitely worth it. I think, not only was it well done and suspenseful, but for the amount of episodes you got, it was definitely an accomplishment I’ve only seen a few anime achieve. Sort of like college students trying to get a job in the field they got their degree in. Keep trying, buddy.


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Super Lovers – Review


I clearly was insane when I said that I would watch this anime for review. To be very honest, while I tried to keep an open mind, I still felt very uncomfortable watching this show start to finish. Although, it probably isn’t for the reasons any of you will think. I tried to push aside some of my personal feelings and take the series at face value, but it continuously threw a lot of issues in my face that I really couldn’t ignore.

Super Lovers is basically about a guy, Haru, and his younger brother, Ren, and their growth as a couple. No, you didn’t read that wrong. Ren and Haru are not related, the younger being adopted into the family (which, by the way, has some weird dynamic I didn’t even fully understand) so this theme is constantly played out for the entirety of the series to make the relationship seem okay. But Haru has also known Ren since he was a very smol child. So… There’s that.

Let’s just… Get this over with…

The Good:

So I before I get into some of the disturbances this anime consistently brings up, I will tell you about some of the things I took from the story itself verses it’s presentation. As a love story, and one that I think catered more towards yaoi fan girls than anyone else, I think it didn’t do bad in it’s dynamic in terms of personalities.

super-lovers-1I don’t mind love stories, despite my demeanor. In fact, I like watching sappy love anime in my free time. But I also find that in anime, obvious tropes are always played off of. This actually was the same story, just with some different plot lines. It was the same dynamic (almost exactly) played out in Say “I Love You”, Ouran Host Club, Aoharu x Machinegun, not to mention it’s a very basic one in same-sex love anime as well. These ones were just off the top of my head.

It’s always the dashing and loving lead who’s charismatic and sometimes childish with the more reasonable, if not slightly awkward, partner who tends to take the submissive role in the relationship. Granted, Ren takes this to a whole other level, but at it’s basic value, this love story wasn’t actually awful. If I could I look past certain things, I might have actually liked it.

super-lovers-4I guess, what I can say in totality, was that it made me laugh. I usually laughed when they blamed Ren’s social awkward tendnacies on the fact that he’d spent his childhood in the mountains of Canada. I have family up there, and let me tell you… This is not a Canadian thing… At all… But hey, Haruko was like, the best character ever. Literally. I would marry her if I could. I want a show just for her, no one else. Just Haruko.

The Bad:

Here we go. The reason I even thought to review this anime was actually a tweet from Lauren Orsini that I’d seen after the first episode had aired. She discussed that what had bothered her about the show was that it felt as though Ren was being groomed as a romantic partner right from the start. After watching the show in it’s entirety of the first season, I have to agree.

super-lovers-3I understand that this is a certain type of anime that, for some reason, a lot of women in particular are attracted to. But it disturbed me a lot in the fact that, not only did I get the sense that Ren had been somewhat primed as a love interest, but Haru actually admits to this more and more towards the end of the season.

And throughout the entire show, multiple characters were also concerned for the closeness of Haru and Ren, but at some point just decided everything was SUPER COOL and overlooked it. Granted, I recognize that these two aren’t actually related by blood and that the way they see each other isn’t actually in the same familial sense that siblings do (at least that wasn’t how I viewed it).

super-lovers-5I actually don’t mind age differences so long as everyone is legal, and as a queer writer and lover of anime, I wish that there were more shows tailored to my community. However, I had to consider what consent actually looked like in this relationship and I felt that the whole thing was just… Wrong… I wish I could have had more jokes to say about this anime, but really… I just felt too uncomfortable. And when it wasn’t the story line, it was the awkward placing and timing of every scene… Sometimes it felt like it just wanted to add drama just for drama’s sake. Other times it felt like it just wanted to fast forward time, but really that just made it hard to invest in any relationship or character… It was all just bad.


Eh, if you’re into the brother soft yaoi thing, I mean… I won’t judge. To your face at least. It was bad, but I can see that a lot of people like this sort of thing so… If it’s your kink, I guess that’s okay? I don’t know?

Me personally, I could have gone without. I actually just feel sort of slimy for watching it. I could have gone deeper into more details as to why I don’t like this show but I have a feeling that it would be an entire essay and wouldn’t be worth some ten episode anime that didn’t get much attention.

What kind of yaoi do you watch? Was it better than this? Tell me in the comment section below!