Anime Review: Flying Witch

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One of the strengths of the slice-of-life genre in anime is that it lends itself to offering a wide variety of experiences to the viewer. Many of us have our favorite slice-of-life romances, dramas, comedies, and even harems. But until this past season, I had not heard of the sub-genre of slice-of-life known as iyashikei, or “healing-type” anime. I had seen last season’s Tanaka-kun is Always Listless described by some as iyashikei, but when I watched it, I found that I had trouble distinguishing any relaxing elements in the show from any other fairly laid-back anime comedy. However, once I caught up on last season’s other iyashikei entry, Flying Witch, I finally understood the phrase “healing-type”, and why so many people of late seem to be going crazy over this unassuming sub-genre. Continue reading “Anime Review: Flying Witch”

Anime Review: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

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As a long-time fan of fantasy and science fiction books and movies, I often find myself drawn towards those types of stories in anime as well. So it should be no surprise that Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress was easily my most highly anticipated anime of the Spring 2016 season. Continue reading “Anime Review: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress”

Anime Review: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

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Recently, I’ve been finding r/anime to be a veritable font of information for anime otaku like me who have major blind spots when it comes to certain genres and concepts that have not made it too far outside of Japan.  As a result, I’ve been learning quite a bit I did not originally know about several of the shows I’ve been watching this season.   Continue reading “Anime Review: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless”

Anime Review: Space Patrol Luluco

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Over the past several years, with the rising popularity of anime simulcasts and the ever-increasing number of streaming sites at our fingertips, many varieties of anime that may not have made it to Western audiences even half a decade ago are now available to us.  One of these varieties which has garnered a bit of an uneven reputation is the short-form anime.   Continue reading “Anime Review: Space Patrol Luluco”