The Nihon Review - Anime Reviews & Editorials

Something Different

If you’ve been looking for some recent anime that are different from what you’re used to, here’s two fantastic anime from the last few months that are definitely worth a look.

First, we present a review of the excellent rakugo-themed anime Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. Kaikyaku found the character-driven show to be a delight with impressive visuals to backup its complex character development.

Second is a look at the newest entry in the Gundam franchise: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans. While the show has a few holes that it wasn’t able to fill up completely, Kavik Ryx argues that it’s a welcome update to a franchise that was starting to feel a bit dated.

Eight Plus Two Equals Ten (Or, One Awesome and One Horrible Anime for Your Viewing Pleasure)

Don’t let the long title of this post put you off — today we have a wonderful pair of anime reviews that highlights the best and worst of anime that ended over the first few months of 2016.

To give you the good stuff first, check out Kavik Ryx‘s thoughts on a surprise hit from Winter 2016: Hai to Gensou no Grimgar. The setting may be familiar to most of us that watch anime, with its main characters suddenly transported into a mysterious land where the struggle to survive, but it’s definitely got more to it than you would guess by its cover.

In addition, we also review a pretty horrible anime by all standards in Heavy Object. It’s so lackluster that it makes last year’s Aldnoah.Zero look like a masterpiece.

A double dose of Erased

This week, The Nihon Review brings you not one, but TWO looks at the time-traveling mystery adventure Erased. Do you agree with AC that the series ranks among the best of the season, using its sci-fi elements well and keeping the audience wondering what will happen next? Or, did you think the series lost its way and didn’t quite pull off the exciting tale it was going for? Have a look at Reckoner‘s thoughts. Either way, it was certainly one of the most talked about series of the winter season!

Missing the target

Today we have reviews of two series that didn’t quite pull it off. Comet Lucifer, as Kavik Ryx describes, puts a lot of effort into world building but doesn’t come away with something that feel consistent or cohesive. Similarly, Reckoner shares his thoughts on Charlotte, the latest Key series, which doesn’t pack the emotional punch of previous works. We also posted our mid-season impressions last week in case you missed it!

The daily lives of the braves of the six flowers

Kavik Ryx is back with a couple more reviews of shows that left an impression. Monster Musume no Iro Nichijou will tell you everything you want to know about monster girls… and then some. But at least it was entertaining? Rokka no Yuusha fairs better by presenting an interesting mystery sprinkled with seeds of doubt and a touch of suspense.

And if you missed it, be sure to check out out First Thoughts for the Winter 2016 season as well as the latest APR and Anime Soapbox Episodes over on the blog.

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