Anime Review: Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro

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Hey everybody! It’s time to (chill out…) for one more anime for Anime Short Features Month! To recap, we embraced otaku culture of the mobile generation in Hackadoll, relaxed with comfort food and a smooth beverage in Wakakozake, and explored one of Japan’s most treasured art styles combined with the nation’s most contested historic periods in Sengoku Chojyu Giga. This time, we are bringing together different cultures in urban Japan in Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro.

I actually think this is one of the most creative anime short features that gives us a different flavor of a slice of life. I may have a bias toward the setting given where I live, but urban life hardly gets represented in anime, especially considering how many of these shows take place in Tokyo. But this series also combines two things that aren’t always seen together. Who knew that fried cooking and disk jockeying had so much in common?

The animation and music melds perfectly together for one funky anime short. And if nothing else, this series always gives me a craving for some tonkatsu.

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Anime Review: Magic-Kyun! Renaissance

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Happy White Day everyone! As promised about a month ago (has it been that long?), I have decided to review a series that features a bunch of guys, and what better way to discuss it than with another romantic anime?

Now just to clear the confusions, this series is the anime adaptation for an otome visual novel for the PS Vita that was released simultaneously with its original broadcast in Fall 2016, and no, I haven’t played it. Now I would slap a SPOILER warning on this review, but I have to be honest: the only real spoilers are ones for the game, once you play all the routes. That and honestly, I try not to take this one too seriously.

If you let go of the idea of expecting a critical analysis, complex characters, and whatever judgment you have about stuff that’s not meant to make sense, Magic-kyun! Renaissance is very enjoyable. After all, it’s a lovely story about one girl that changes the life of six guys in an art academy… and occasionally magic stuff happens.

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Anime Review: Tribe Cool Crew

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It’s been about a year since this anime aired, and truth be told, I actually like this series. In fact, in its four-season run, it became one of my favorite shows from 2015. The only reason I haven’t gotten around to it was mainly because I needed some more clarity on some of its more critical points. And I personally believe that it can’t be fully appreciated until you see it for yourself.

Now keep in mind: Tribe Cool Crew is an original anime that is made for children. But since I am known for making things a bit more complicated, this review is for my mature audiences, as the series does present a lot of different ideas, from dance routines, to the pangs of growing up, to political conflicts that bring about resistances that can change the world. But of course, all of this is in playfulness to me. And sometimes, theory can get in the way of what makes a show like this one so much fun!

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Anime Review: Miss Monochrome

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Last time, I talked about an anime about idols just starting their careers with realistic concerns. This time, we will be looking at a series about an idol who pushes her way to the top in the unusual, but “so typical” anime fashion. Now I will warn you that some of what I say still involves some critical discourse; but you may go ahead and say that I’m overthinking things, because I probably am.

This review is comprised of all three seasons of Miss Monochrome, a series that I personally grew to like over time. However, saying that I like it now implies that I actually disliked it before. I will attempt to remain true to all those feelings, for as I see Monochrome’s progression from beginning to end, she has come very far from being a poor android to a star worthy of competing against the top idols.

But let’s be honest: the real star of the show is Monochrome’s Roomba companion!

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Anime Review: Million Doll

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I admit that I’m not a big idol fan. In fact, I don’t feel like I’m a big anime fan either. It’s hard to feel like I’m part of a bigger crowd when I find myself retreating from dialogue than engaging in it. Or maybe my investment in this phenomenon is different from the loudest of fans.

This review is a critique of a short anime series that is an example of what many consider a “bad anime.” It’s too short, the animation seems rushed, and the characters leave something to be desired. Oh, and there’s that whole “all too real” thing going on, which some of the louder fans detest because anime is supposed to be fantasy. But instead of focusing on what makes this series hard to watch, I want to give it a chance to be real. I hope that by the end of this review, you will realize that I still have a lot of hard feelings about how this series was handled by production and so-called fans, but I still enjoyed it. Because if it’s going to be “all too real,” then it had better at least be genuine.

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