Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel: Presage Flower – A Stunning foundation

Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel: Presage Flower outclasses its contemporaries with mix of viscerally satisfying action and nuanced depiction of domestic abuse to create what possibly ranks as Ufotable’s finest work to date. Plot Synopsis: The young and idealistic Emiya Shirou is dragged into the Holy Grail War; a death match between 7 heroic servants and…

Rurouni Kenshin: Reflections- A Fractured Reflection

While the talents of Fukuhashi and Iwasaki shine through, the haphazard structure and priorities of Rurouni Kenshin: Reflections has the series end on a largely sour and unsatisfying note. Plot Synopsis: Kenshin and Kaworu have things happen to them. One of the major differences between Reflections and Trust and Betrayal is that while the latter…

Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal- A Transcendent Adaptation

For my 50th post, I felt it appropriate to discuss something special, and having recently bought my favourite anime of all time on DVD now seemed like an appropriate time to reflect on what makes this diamond sparkle. Plot Synopsis: As an assassin with a troubled past, Kenshin (going by the title “Hitokiri Battousai (The…

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Review

Combining a rock solid fundamental narrative with strong social subtext and emotionally evocative presentation, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is a stunning feat of storytelling and a modern masterpiece of animation. Plot synopsis: Upon being released from jail, young yakuza member Yotarou begs Yakumo to let him become a rakugo performer. However, Yakumo has more than…

Angel Beats Review

Angel Beats is an emotionally resonant, distinct series that arguably deserves its popularity and attention, though its a rapid-fire labyrinth of plot points that seem to change at a whim, throwing all logistics out the window, leaving the strong emotional core, though present throughout, unable to be expressed to its full potential. Plot summary: A…

Konosuba Review

It may be easy to be fooled by Konosuba’s uneven animation and superficial reliance on tropes, but with its colourful and memorable cast of characters, unapologetic goofiness and deceptively unique¬†presentation, ¬†viewers will have a hard time finding a more enjoyable way to immerse themselves in a fantasy world. Plot synopsis: Upon dying in one of…

Grimgar of Ash and Fantasy Review

Though the weak start, slow pacing and uncoordinated action scenes may prevent Grimgar from standing as a particularly strong action series, it nonetheless delivers a potently emotional, convincingly harrowing and well presented tale of Ash and Fantasy. Plot synopsis: A group of noobs get stuck in a fantasy world with few memories and have to…

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Review

Though trapped between the genres of a character-focussed slice of life drama and supernatural action series, Seirei no Moribito nonetheless adapts Nahoko Uehashi’s work with stunning production values and tight direction, a potent emotional core and constant intrigue and development that transcends its often slow pacing. Plot synopsis: Believing that Chagum, the prince, is housing…

Lupin III: The Woman called Fujiko Mine Review

The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is a tempest of strong art direction and production values which, when combined with a harsh narrative, adult themes and often shockingly brutal character moments, reinvigorates this age old franchise with a fresh, though at times indulgent, direction. Plot synopsis: Fujiko Mine is a master thief. Figure everything else out…

Hanamonogatari Review

Rich in presentation and emotional intensity, Hanamonogatari elevates Kanbaru to new heights and delivers a stirring character drama grounded with sharp pacing and biting dialogue that explores its dark themes without exploitation or shock factor. Plot Synopsis: Still suffering from a monkey arm, Kanbaru is going about her daily life when Ougi informs her that…

Tsukimonogatari Review

Though the animation and music are polished and the thematic material promising, Tsukimonogatari is ultimately an unsatisfying, unengaging arc that fails to provide any concrete sense of progress. Plot Synopsis: Araragi has no reflection, and his sisters have been kidnapped! Struggling with his vampire nature, it seems that now is as good a time as…

Monogatari Second Season: Koimonogatari Review

Overcoming the fetishised and indulgent qualities that have plagued previous entires and taking the best qualities of the Monogatari series, particularly the witty banter and thematic core, to new heights with a tight narrative which constantly stands on the edge of a razor, Koimonogatari poignantly closes out Monogatari Second Season with an emotionally focused, dramatically…