Anime Taste Testing: Spring 2018 (Part II)

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As I noted last week, my usual first impressions post covering the premiere episodes of the new anime season was split into two this season, as I ended up checking out around 20 titles – double my usual number. This second post covers all titles released from April 8th onwards, while everything released before that can be found here. Continue reading

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Anime Taste Testing: Spring 2018 (Part I)


Wow, there’s a lot going on this season – in total, I’ll be looking at over 20 titles – so unusually, I’ll be splitting my initial anime taste testing post into two parts. This first one will cover those titles released from April 1st to April 7th, and the second will be out around this same time next week to cover all the rest. Also unusually, I’ve decided to write about each anime in order of official release date rather than in ascending order of score this season, just for a change of pace. Enjoy! Continue reading

Drinking in Japan: Part III


Taking a small break from talking about anime this week to instead continue my sporadically ongoing Japan drinks series. Despite being one of the largest consumers of coffee in Asia, Japan is still very much a tea kingdom – “the ultimate mental and medical remedy … to make one’s life more full and complete” according to Japan’s oldest tea specialty book, written by a Buddhist priest in 1191. Continue reading

Really That Bad?: Isuca


You voted. We watched. This is the fifth installment of a series of conversations between Watson and myself about anime shows that have been deemed worthy contenders for the title of Worst Anime of All Time.

As with Mirage of Blaze, Hand Shakers, Vampire Holmes, and Diabolik Lovers, we’re not aiming just to poke fun at widely unpopular anime for our own amusement (though we certainly hope these articles are fun to read), but rather to have a frank discussion about what exactly makes these shows so bad in the first place. We’re also genuinely curious to find out whether or not these anime are indeed as bad as their reputations suggest.

So sit back, enjoy, and do let us know your own opinions in the comments. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Winter 2018 (Part II)


10 shows came in, only 5 of them came out the other side with another possible drop on the horizon. Yes, we’ve made it to around the halfway mark for the winter season, which means it’s time to check in with the titles that were still standing after their premiere episodes. Continue reading

10 More (Allegedly) Unpopular Anime Opinions

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I’ve been meaning to get around to writing a part two to the original post for some time now, which I wrote back in 2014, but kept putting it off for other blog ideas. I guess the title is fairly self-explanatory; the ‘allegedly’ is there because, while I’m fairly confident that plenty of anime viewers would argue with many of the below statements, there are probably also plenty out there who wouldn’t. I don’t claim to have carried out any kind of survey on the matter. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: Winter 2018


Another year, another anime season. For the most part, I don’t think it’s going to be an overly exciting one, but I’ve been wrong before despite my obviously impeccable taste. This time around I checked out 10 different premieres – and wonder of wonders, 6 of them have made the cut for at least a second episode. Find out below which titles made the cut and which have been consigned to the trash pile. Continue reading

Best J-Pop/J-Rock Albums of 2017

This year’s list is a little lighter than in 2016, when I listened to 18 Japanese studio albums total (in comparison to 13 this time around). However, I think that’s more of a reflection on my own time constraints as opposed to any particular dip in the Japanese music industry, and I managed to find a handful of albums that really stood out to me regardless. As always, the following list, arranged in order of release date, is comprised solely of full and original studio albums by a single artist or band – no covers, compilations, collaborations, EPs, or live albums. Continue reading