Monogatari Series Review, Part 2 of 3

In my review of the previous season of the Monogatari novels, I mostly praised its strange writing and its weird and complex characters, while showing disdain toward its slow-pacing and “smart-sounding” dialogue. But wow, this season is really where the series gets good. Nekomonogatari: Shiro I alluded to disliking Hanekawa in my previous review. So,Continue reading “Monogatari Series Review, Part 2 of 3”

Isekai Rebuilding Project Volume 1 Review

Isekai has definitely entered a new era of subverting its own tired tropes, all with varying success, and with each one seemingly more ambitious than the last. To that effect, J-Novel Club has just published the most ambitious attempt to subvert the genre yet: Isekai Rebuilding Project, the sequel of every bad isekai. “Wait, howContinue reading “Isekai Rebuilding Project Volume 1 Review”

There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One Myself! Volume 2 Review

Last time on There Was No Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!) so I Made One Myself!, Kimemitsu Sago gains some phenomenal cosmic power. He decides to use those powers to form both a crime-fighting organization, as well as said organization’s enemies, which he fashions out of telekinetically manipulated water. He meets up with a rich chuunibyou namedContinue reading “There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One Myself! Volume 2 Review”

Saint Young Men First Impressions (Volumes 1-4)

I’ve heard mixed things about Christianity, and know a limited amount of only one country’s iteration of Buddhism. As such, I had no idea what I was getting into when I began to read Saint Young Men, published in English by Kodansha Comics.  “Christianity? Buddhism? What does any of that have to do with this?”Continue reading “Saint Young Men First Impressions (Volumes 1-4)”

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki Volume 1 Review

This isn’t the first time I’ll say that I don’t like factoring relatability into quality, and it won’t be the last. And despite how much I can relate to the titular character of Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki (published in English by Yen Press), I will absolutely not factor it into the final score of this series.Continue reading “Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki Volume 1 Review”

Bakuman Full Series Review

I know that working in the manga world can be harsh; I’m even aware of how it’s literally killed people. That’s why I never read through Bakuman (published in English by Viz) until just now. And wow… where has this been all my life?! Bakuman stars Moritaka Mashiro, whose uncle died from overworking during hisContinue reading “Bakuman Full Series Review”

Smile Down the Runway First Impressions (Volumes 1-3)

I don’t know about you, but for me, manga is the one medium that can explore real-world themes that I would normally find boring, and make me like them. Shokugeki no Soma– about cooking- to ACT-AGE– about acting- are two great examples. But what about something I wholly resent- like the fashion world? Well, there’sContinue reading “Smile Down the Runway First Impressions (Volumes 1-3)”

There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One Myself! Volume 1 Review

There are SO MANY isekais out there, that it can become a reflex to assume that every new light novel is automatically an isekai. I read through the first chapter of There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One Myself!, published in English by J-Novel Club, constantly asking, “So when does thisContinue reading “There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One Myself! Volume 1 Review”

Monogatari Series Review, Part 1 of 3

The Monogatari light novel series is one of the few that have been adapted, in their entirety, into anime form. However, I heard that the show uses an artsy directing style that sounds really distracting and pretentious, so I’ve been reading the light novels instead of watching the anime. Published in English by Vertical Inc.,Continue reading “Monogatari Series Review, Part 1 of 3”

Ascendance of a Bookworm Volume 1 Review

This is my first volume-by-volume review of a light novel series. Therefore, this review will be much shorter and simpler than the review of Dendro. It seems you can’t be a member of an online anime community without coming across heated discussion over the quality of the isekai genre. Particularly the relatively new trend ofContinue reading “Ascendance of a Bookworm Volume 1 Review”