Game Over

Today we have a review of a popular but divisive No Game No Life. It’s escape fantasy as its purest, and while it can be entertaining it can also be distasteful.

On a more artsy spectrum of things, we have Harmonie which is an OVA worth your time if you’re into a bit of creativity.

Killer Phantoms

Today, I’d like to introduce our two newest staff members along with their first contributions to the site. Please give them a warm welcome over on our forums. First is hayama’s dissection of Boogiepop Phantom, an older show that may have flown under the radar of those who become anime enthusiasts recently. He’s got some nice things to say about the show. Second is CNile’s rather scathing analysis of Kill la Kill in which he talks about his disappointment with the series.

Telescope into the 80s

Kaikyaku takes on double duty this week with two anime from the 80s.  The first is a classic that has relevance beyond just the anime medium. Though it is a harrowing experience, Barefoot Gen is something worth experiencing, and Kaikyaku explains just why. The next review tackles a less known anime movie with They Were Eleven. If old school science fiction anime is your thing, you may want to check this out.

Gundam Inverted

Hello, friends! We’ve got new reviews all ready for you! First up is Shadowmage‘s look at the latest Gundam project, Mobile Suit Gundam UC. He says it’s the most fully realized Gundam series ever created, with lush visuals and wonderful music to go along with a clever story. A must see for mecha fans. Next is Reckoner‘s look at Patema Inverted, which he says has interesting ideas but fails to execute on them, leaving the movie an unsatisfying experience.

Two Takes on Perseverance

May has arrived and we’re back with two new reviews. Shinmaru took a look at Kuroko’s Basketball 2 which improves upon the first season in some ways and not so much in others. Meanwhile, I dove into the past and checked out Ie Naki Ko, a gem from the 1970s based on a classic French novel.

Also, a reminder that we are looking for a pair of talented new writers to join our team so if you would like to be part of the Nihon Review staff, check out the recruitment post and be sure to send in your application by May 16th. Come on, you know you want to!

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