We’re delighted to bring you our first pair of reviews for the new year! Shadowmage offers his analysis of two popular anime from last season.

First is Beyond the Boundary, a series that seemed to have a bit of an identity crisis due to the way Kyoto Animation handled its creation. Second is coverage of quirky title Kyousougiga, a title that we’re glad made it out of the brainstorming phase and into our living rooms.

A Happy New Year and A Year in Review

Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone for The Nihon Review, and 2013 marked our eighth full year reviewing anime. For those of you with a slow first day of work or dreading the return of school, we’ve got our annual tradition up and running: a review of the year’s best and most controversial anime. Whether you’re still trying to catch up with a number of titles or perhaps looking to discuss your favorite series, we hope you enjoy our 2013: A Year in Review.

Thoughts? Questions? Stop by our forums and tell us what you think!

Indexing Your Movies

Good morning, friends! (Or afternoon or evening, depending on where you happen to be when you read this.) We’ve got reviews of two movies today, one from a classic series and the other from a … not-so-classic series. First up is my review of the first Cardcaptor Sakura movie. It doesn’t add much to the overall story of the series, but as a standalone story it is a fine watch that has many of the same charms of the show proper, with the added bonus of Madhouse pushing its visual prowess even further. Next up is AC‘s review of the Toaru Majutsu no Index movie. For better or worse, it also has many of the same qualities as its parent series: excellent visuals, a nonsense story, and as many characters as can be stuffed into the plot.

Also be sure to check out our Fall 2013 Mid-season Impressions!

Sakura and a Movie

Although we’ve been reviewing anime for years now, there’s still plenty of classics that we’ve never covered. Among them is the world famous Cardcaptor Sakura, which Shinmaru has taken the chance to write up his thoughts on. Even if you watch it in today’s age of CG and computer-generated effects, it’s bound to provide a lovely few evenings.

Next, we have AC’s Blue Exorcist: The Movie review. It’s a movie that seems like a film made for fans of the series that hasn’t taken the chance to improve the less entertaining elements of the TV series.

Reviews In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music …

More reviews? Of course! This week, however, we come with shows that probably only a select number of people would want to watch. First up is kevo‘s review of Symphogear G, the second season of Senki Zesshou Symphogear. It’s definitely more Symphogear, which means a totally ridiculous story, paper-thin characters, and dumb attacks galore. Fun times! Reckoner has a less favorable view of Ore no Kanojo to Osanajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (aka OreShura). He’s not fond of the show’s boring plot and unsympathetic characters, nor did he like the flimsy excuse for the harem aspect of the series. It is an anime that is best avoided.

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