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Outer Space and the Underworld

Today’s two new reviews cover two anime quite different from one another. First, we have Houkago no Pleiades, a somewhat nonsensical sci-fi anime by industry veteran Gainax. Although the studio has created hits beloved by anime fans over the years,  it hasn’t quite seemed to recover its past glory, and this series doesn’t do much to inspire confidence in the studio’s. If you’re interested in moe anime though, this might be a show you’re interested in watching.

Our second review is Hoozuki no Reitetsu, the second anime by anime newcomer Wit Studio known for the first Attack on Titan anime. Hoozuki no Reitetsu is a somewhat dark (?) comedy that touches all the right spots, although its heavy basis in Japanese culture and language makes it a bit indecipherable for your average non-Japanese anime fan. It’s the polar opposite of our other review; not only is its main setting located in the Japanese underworld, but it’s also a lot more entertaining to watch.

Anime Winter is Coming

For those of you who are looking for more anime to watch as nights get colder, we’ve got two new reviews for you that will hopefully help you decide your next animetic adventure.

First, we have Robotics;Notes, which isn’t the best we’ve seen from Production I.G., but definitely worth checking out for its comedic value. Second, we’ve got Shinkai Makoto movie Dareka no Manazashi: a sentimental tale that is poignant without needing to say much.

King’s Court

Two new reviews as August draws to a close. First up is Haikyuu!!, a wonderful series that makes me smile just thinking about it. If you’re not convinced, head over to the blog and listen to the Anime Soapbox review as well. I know I can’t wait for season two!

Next is AC‘s look at the Psycho Pass Movie, which he found to be disappointing, especially considering how much he enjoyed the series. The movie, though, doesn’t have the spark that made the series stand out.

Two great shows for those long summer nights

Happy August, everyone! The days are hotter and the nights are longer; what better way to keep out of the heat than to enjoy some anime? Today’s reviews take a look at two new shows that have come out recently, and they’re both high quality.

Our first review is Kavik Ryx’s write-up on The Garden of Words, which is the newest animated piece from Shinkai Makoto of 5 Centimeters per Second fame. Second is Shadowmage’s review of the latest installment of a beloved series: Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

Rolling One Week Girlfriends

As the summer days get hotter and hotter, most people may choose to have barbecues or go to the beach, here at The Nihon Review we have fun reviewing anime inside the comfort of our air-conditioned Facilities for Extreme Consumption of Anime™ (aka FECA). All jokes aside, summer is a time most of us have fond memories of watching anime during off-days from school. Although not all of us have the luxury of summer vacation as we did in bygone days, we’re still enjoying anime as ever.

For our latest reviews, we’ve got two series that couldn’t be any different from each other. First up is an anime that doesn’t quite do anything interesting with the familiar amnesic main character trope, but is nonetheless a decent watch. Kaikyaku gives her thoughts on One Week Friends. Our second review is Rolling Girls by Kavik Ryx; it’s a quirky and entertaining title that’s bound to be right up some anime fans’ alleys.

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