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Typhoon Noruda (anime review)

Title: Typhoon Noruda on Blu-ray

Director: Yōjirō Arai

Studio: Studio Colorido

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: Jan. 23rd, 2018

Format: Blu-ray / Short Film / 26 Minutes

Genre: Sci fi, Fantasy, Slice of Life

Age Rating: TV PG

Overall Personal Rating: B+


In Typhoon Noruda, an unexpected typhoon bears down on a small tropical island, and a group of students trapped at school find themselves forced to put aside their personal issues and work together. Not only to save themselves, but possibly the lives of everyone on the planet! Because there’s something very strange about this storm, and as the driving rain, hurricane-force winds and multiple lightning strikes threaten to tear their world apart, everything seems to revolve around a mysterious girl who appears as suddenly as the storm itself. Only hours before, Shuichi Azuma and Saijo Kunta were at each other’s throats over baseball; now they’ll have to join together to unravel the secret of the ultimate rider on the storm!


Typhoon Noruda is definitely a short film and packs a lot into its 26 minute run time. That is were I run into any issues I have with the film. Typhoon Noruda is just too short and leaves you feeling somewhat left out. There are several heavy plot points that arise during the film and in the end only one seems to get resolved. I think that if the creators would have focused the main plot line and left out the struggle between the boys there would have just been the missing a single plot point and may have been easier to digest but with the other stress points way too much is left up to the imagination.

Overall Grade: B+

Even with the short subject film packing too much into a small space I really like Typhoon Noruda. I found the characters likable and sympathetic. I just wish I truly understood what was going on. I got the basic just of the film and felt like there was a solid effort to give us just enough information that made it understandable.

The animation was above par with a rather solid attention to detail. The overall production quality made the short film easy to watch and help keep your attention on the action. This comes from the hard work of everyone at Studio Colorido. Colorido is a newer studio that has only produced a handful of films and web series. I have a feeling they are trying to establish themselves as something new and more akin to Studio Ghili that some of the other larger studios. It is clear that they have a stylized vision and hopefully will have more time to establish themselves as a studio that has something special to offer.

Typhoon Noruda does stand out as something special to me. I just wish it was 90 minutes or longer. There is a rich story deep inside the film and it should have been given a chance to come out. Even with its failures, Typhoon Noruda is a film work seeing and once you have experienced it you just might want to own it.

Also, you must watch the extra short Control Bear Wonder Garden. It is a true enigma and worth seeing.


KISSDUM-R Engage Planet

Title: KISSDUM-R Engage Planet on Blu-ray

Director: Yasuchika Nagaoka and Eiichi Satō

Writer: Yasuchika Nagaoka

Studio: Satelight

U. S. Distributor: Maiden Japan

U. S. Release Date: Jan. 2nd, 2018

Format: Blu-ray / 25 Episodes plus 4 OVA / 650 Minutes

Genre: Sci Fi, Mecha, Action/Adventure and Fantasy

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: B+


KISSDUM-R Engage Planet the Complete Collection contains episodes 1-25 and OVA’s 1-4.

The destruction of a cruise ship leaves thousands dead, but the body count is only beginning. As researchers try to make sense of the strange new fish and insects appearing around the world, scientist Rurika Yuno and the N.I.D.F. attempt to track down the source of the mutation, a mysterious artifact called the Book of The Dead. When the Book is finally located, all Hell breaks loose. Literally. As swarms of hellspawned fireflies and giant unearthly creatures attack mercilessly across the planet, Rurika is forced to use the Book to resurrect her dead lover, fighter pilot Aiba Shu. But can even humanity’s last desperate line of defense – the Necrodiver – defeat an ancient evil whose only goal is to exterminate all mankind? The final war has begun!

Special Features: Japanese Commercials & Promos, Clean Opening Animation, and Clean Closing Animation.


Okay, Kissdum-R Engaged Planet is something of a real mystery for me. From the opening episode I was intrigued and began to get into many of the characters. A few episodes later I was a broken man and not sure what direction the series was going. As I stuck to the series I found myself hitting his and lows every few episodes. I just felt like I wasn’t sure about getting connected to any of the secondary characters. Shu Aiba was the only one that I could latch onto and begin to bond with his character. I did appreciate that he didn’t fall into the stereotypical male protagonist who wined more than anyone else. Shu was solid and followed through with what he needed to do and I appreciated it very much. Although, his character was a little one sided and felt like a simple shonen hero.

It did take a long time for the series to settle in and start making some progress with the plot line and as it began to solidify I began to warn to the simple nature of the story and action. I began to feel like it was one of those average series that just wanted to give you some action on a weekly basis and there is nothing wrong with that.

Overall Grade: B+

Kiss dun-R Engaged Planted falls under one of the many overlooked shonen series that take a simple story and manages to throw several curves at you right away but eventually settles into a rhythm that makes total sense. I found the animation to be slightly above average and much of the writing to hit the mark. I was somewhat confused in the first 6 to seven episodes as the overall cast changed so much, but one I got into the middle of the series I understood why things had to be that way.

My one disappointment was that Kissdum-R Engaged Planet fell into the battle of the week series and tended to forget the post and series progressing in the middle episodes which I found to be reassuring and somewhat of a letdown but not an overwhelming disappointment.

When it comes to new releases I honestly think that Kissdum-R Engaged Planet will be overlooked and it really shouldn’t be. It has every right to stand next to many of the big budget, heavly marketed series that are coming out.

So, if you are looking for a interesting action adventure series that mixes it up on you right off the bat then you should check out Kissdum-R Engaged Planet.



The Squid Girl (anime review)

Title: The Squid Girl The invader comes from the bottom of the sea!

Distributor: Sentai Filmworks

Format: Blu-ray /24 episodes + 3 OVAs on 5 discs / 675 minutes

Genre: Comedy

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating:B+


Squid Girl is a human looking girl with squid-ish attributes, for instance, hair that functions as tentacles. One day, fed up with the way people trash the water and beach, she comes out of the ocean intending to take over and subjugate the humans. Only, she has no idea of how to do it and she is rather innocently goofy. In her attempt at domination, she damages “the Lemon”, a beach snack shack. The manager, Eiko, isn’t putting up with any of the nonsense and makes it clear that  Squid Girl would have to work at the Lemon to pay for damages. That’s how she ends up as a waitress as well as living with Eiko and her family.

The beach has collected a odd assortment of characters making Squid Girl just another personality to liven things up. Besides Eiko and her siblings, there is Cindy: an alien seeking scientist who of course would have her eyes on Squid Girl. Cindy’s associates; a goofy trio  who have grand ideas and amazing/ extraordinary inventions but never quite think things out to a successful conclusion. Sanae: the Squid Girl-extreme obsessed fan. Goro: the lifeguard. Nagisa: one person who actually is worried about Squid Girl’s threat to humanity. And even still more interesting people who join in the comedy.


Squid Girl is all comedy. Quirky, upbeat, slapstick and loaded with Squid (and ink) puns. It is not really a series intending to tell a linear story, it is all about the comedy and what the characters can bring to it. Actually, you could watch the first episode and a few more in the middle, and get the gist of the entire series. But, I see it more as a presentation to entertain and have some off-beat fun, nothing more developed than that, nothing serious to commit to. So basically, a light hearted enjoyment. It was a fun show to watch, but its quirky light-heartedness isn’t what I’ve been watching much in anime. So, I wasn’t quite ready for it and I think I was looking for more story. I’ve just gotten used to that. I’m glad there is an English dub, because this seems appropriate for younger ages and you got to have a dub for that.

To me, the characters are the main focus in the anime. I suppose the beach setting is necessary because it is what physically connects Squid Girl to the land, but it becomes important as an attraction for all sorts of people whether it is the people who are there everyday or someone just wandering in for the afternoon. Either way, it opens up the possibilities for the characters to shine. The bumbling “scientist” are at the top for comedy. To start with, it’s rather quirky that the ” scientist” hang out there, but it is after all a comedy, so we just go with it.

As an anime, another thing that I thought was great was how well it works cohesively. It is a bubbly, quirky comedy and everything from the music to the color and style of art support that. The bold saturated colors have that up-beat comedy feel. The characters were either very comedic, of the mirror that reflected and enhanced the humor. Their dialogue, personalities and situations create a world unto itself that we just don’t need to believe in to have fun.

Overall Grade: B+ 

A silly comedy ready to make you smile (or groan), rich in goofy slapstick and everlasting puns.

Initial D Legend 1 Awakening (anime review)

Title: Initial D Legend 1 Awakening

Director: Masamitsu Hidaka, Tomohito Naka (co-director)

Studio: Sanzigen & Liden Films

Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

Release Date: Dec. 5th, 2017

Format: Blu-ray / Feature Film / 60 minutes

Genre: Car Racing, Coming of Age

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: B


In Initial D Legend 1: Awakening, when aspiring racer Koichiro Iketani witnesses an unplanned street duel between Keisuke Takahashi, a member of a rival race team, and a mysterious Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86, Koichiro’s totally blown away by the skill of the 86’s driver. What Koichiro doesn’t know is that the driver is fellow gas station attendant Takumi Fujiwara, who was making a late-night tofu delivery for his father, a legendary Mt. Akina driver himself.

Unforeseen events are about to springboard Takumi into the center of the street-racing world, turning the rivalry between Iketani’s Akina Speedsters and Takahashi’s Akagi Red Suns into an all-out street war! The legendary series that introduced the west to the sport of drift racing is reinvented in an all new feature film that’s even faster and more furious than ever before: NEW THEATRICAL MOVIE INITIAL D LEGEND 1: AWAKENING!


Initial D is one of those series that has lasted the test of time even though the cars have shown their age there is something very real about teenage boys and cars. That is really the only thing that Initial D Awakening has going for it. I know that if I were still in my 20’s or even my 30’s I would be all over this film, but I found it rather single minded and lacked a depth that I was hoping for. The fact that the natural racer (Takumi) doesn’t really care about racing and is just doing it to get home faster. There is also the connection between Takumi’s father and his racing history that is way to easy and somewhat disappointing.

The plot does hold up and Awakening does a great job of setting us up for the second film. The animation is good and the work that went into the races really paid off. There is also an attention to detail on the cars that I found interesting and reassuring. The voice acting was much more typical and fell apart at time and lent itself to the typical American answer of overacting for some of the core characters that tend to add a tension that isn’t needed.

Overall Grade: B

Initial D Legend 1: Awakening has everything any Initial D fan will need to make them very happy. It is also a great film for any young man between the age of 15 and 40 who is into cars. This gives a very special depiction of Drifting and what made it so very special in the 80’s and 90’s.

It is always fun to get a feeling for the beginning of a story line and get a sense of what these beloved characters were all about before the original series began. Initial D Legend 1: Awakening does several things very well and a few thing not so well. The biggest issue for me is that the film is broken into two films and maybe should have been edited so that it is just one full length film.

Initial D fans get your motors running!

Flying Witch Anime Review

Title: Flying Witch Anime Review on Blu-ray

Publisher: Sentai Filmworks

U. S. Release Date: 10-24-17

Format: Blu-ray / 1-12 Episodes / 300 Minutes

Genere: Slice of Life (magical)

Age Rating: 13+

Overall Personal Rating: B+


Makoto is a teen witch who goes to live with her relatives, the Kuramoto family, as part of her training. They aren’t a magical family, but they really welcome her and treat her like one of their own. Her parents still want her to finish school, so she begins attending the local high school with her cousin Kei. His little sister, Chinatsu, takes some time to warm up to Makoto, but soon admires her and also wants to become a witch too.

True, the magical world is supposed to be kept secret, but Makoto is pretty open about it. When she makes a friend, the “secret” is out. Soon, her sister Akane comes by for a visit and lingers on and on. Mostly she sleeps, but she offers a lesson now and then for Makoto and even Cinatsu.

The supernatural is hidden all around, and we tag along as Makoto and her family discover the wonders and beauty. There are non magical things to discover for her as well, especially as Kei shows her the ways of living with the seasons and finding food in nature and growing things on the farm.


An easy way to describe to Flying Witch is Kiki’s Delivery Service expanded and updated. Makoto leaves her family to set off on her own as part of her witch’s training, working towards her own independence. This time however, her parents expect her to finish high school, so she moves in with relatives and attends school instead of working. Both young witches are kind, happy, and motivated. They really embrace this part of their lives. They both have a cat companion who she communicates with and acts sometimes like a guide.

I like the look of Flying Witch. I enjoyed the backgrounds, the attentions to details, even making them look just a bit more interesting than reality. Composition and design were actively employed. So, visually there is an extra story to be appreciated. Just looking at the case cover can illustrate what I mean. Instead of a straight shot image, there are intersecting planes, angels and layers that really enrich the whole anime. Often with an emphasis on nature, it was beautifully portrayed, better than a camera could ever do. It is a modern look heavy in realism which I like. The characters had a nice look also. I really appreciate when an anime has easily identifiable characters. The only minor complaint I have, and I’m mentioning it because, well, I don’t want to imply perfection, was a weird shadowing on the folds of peoples clothes. Seems like a odd thing to be weak on. Like I said, minor.

There were several aspects in addition to the overall look which I enjoyed or thought particularly clever. The food hunting and preparation was really enjoyable to watch, I don’t know if it is true or acurate, but it was interesting. There are really cool effects like “ground fish”, basically they are magical fish that swim in the earth. The mixing of the two was well done. I also like the way the magical side of the world seemed so natural, like it really could be a part of the world. Sometimes, the story wasn’t about magic at all, and just about ordinary life, and how interesting that alone can be.

The characters are easy to connect with and and pleasant to be around. Makoto is learning and discovering the world in her new home. She is a really sweet and confidant young lady. She is directionally challenged for comedy’s sake (in other words, she easily gets lost) but she is aware of the issue and works to overcome it. Even when others keep trying to help her, she insists to do it and learn. The Kumamoto family is also wonderful to be around. I always find it uncomfortable, when in English, the character, in this case, the dad, has a southern accent. The only wild character is Makoto’s sister, as she drinks a lot. That got a bit old towards the end. I didn’t want to see her drunk again, and don’t see how it benefited the story.

There is a soft ending, and by this I mean there wasn’t any build up to a climax of the completion of a goal. It just sort of pleasantly ends as life continues to roll on. I enjoyed the series and feel that they can add on to the series successfully if they want. Every thing was still fresh and I’m left hoping the characters continue to do well.

Extras include “petite” episodes, where SD forms of the characters sort of do silly little short skits.

Overall grade: B+    Definitely a pleasant way to spend your time. Beautifully depicted world, nicely animated, and characters we’d want to be friends with.



Haikyu!! 1st Season (anime review)

Title: Haikyu!! 1st Season on Blu-ray

Director: Susumu Mitsunaka

Studio: Production I.G.

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: Nov. 14, 2017

Format: Blu-ray / 25 espisodes / 625 minutes

Genre: Sports, Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, High School

Age Rating: TV 14 (really it should be PG)

Overall Personal Rating: A


Shoyo Hinata isn’t a large guy, but he’s got huge ambitions. Ever since seeing a small player score in a National Championship, he’s been determined to become the next big thing in High School Volleyball. Unfortunately, the one time he was able to pull enough players together to form a team in junior high, they were completely trashed in their first and only match against a team led by up-and-coming setter Tobio Kageyama.

Now, enrolled at the same high school where his idol once played, Shoyo’s finally going to get his shot to join and play with a top team. There’s just one problem: Tobio Kageyama’s decided to attend the same school, and he’s already considered one of the best players in the game. Can a kid out of nowhere hold his own against the King of the Court? Or could the rivalry and competition actually be the best thing for both of them?

In the wake of the blistering practice match against the Nekoma High School team, the Karasuno High School volleyball squad digs in and vows to bring their game up another level. Prior to the arrival of the new freshmen, the general belief was that Karasuno’s day in the sun was over, but while the ongoing rivalry between Hinata and Kageyama has inspired everyone to push themselves even further, there’s still a lot of friction that’s ultimately slowing down their game.

It’s not until the announcement of the brackets for the Inter-School tourney are announced that the reality of what they are attempting to do finally takes hold. As talented as each of the team members may be individually, they have no chance of winning unless they can finally come together as a seamless unit. Can Hinata and Kageyama put their battle for dominance on hold long enough to take on the overwhelming brilliance of the Aoba Johsai squad?


The number of sports anime that are being released in the U.S. has managed to hit an all time high and Haikyu!! is a pleasant addition. The story is simple and and the outcome is easy to guess, but the way it is coming together is pleasing and fun to watch. Shoyo reminds me a lot of a Naruto on the volleyball court. He is the little engine that can and with his desire to be on the court he manages to infect everyone around him. On the other hand Tobio is rather talented and arrogant but once these two are forced to be toghter they discover that they balance each other out and a natural team is born.

My only issue with Haikyu!! is that it falls into the trap that most sports anime fall into. This is another down and out team that has a bigger heart than talent and it comes down to the fact that they must rely on each other to make it happen. The first 13 episodes take us to that point were they discover that they still have a long way to go and set us up for a big comeback as the rest of the series develops.

Sports anime tend to make everything seem really hard and then pull out the magic at the end to prove everyone is a super hero. Haikyu!! takes a little different approach and just makes these wannabe champs and makes them something much more believable. They just become flawed heroes who try their best and long to stay on the court.

This passion to win is what makes the series worth while. Not all of the team members are superstars and those with natural abilities have issues. They learn the importance of trust and believing in themselves and come to understand what it means to be a part of something that on the surface may be meaningless to most, but ends up being important to them just because of each other.

Overall Grade: A

The great thing about Haikyu!! is that you get a blending of characters that make up the team and how they manage to work out the problems they face. I also like the fact that Shoyo has that never say die attitude but is only a little annoying. Most of the time you want him to succeed.

Most anime fans don’t really line up for sports anime and to be honest Haikyu!! is a true sports anime. The thing that sets it apart is the fact that these players have are human and it is very easy to identify with because they are rather typical students who know they have to try harder to be better.

The series is full of feel good moments with an ending that speaks to more of us than those who are the superstars in life. The writing gets a tad preaching from time to time and maybe that is just the way it should be. I just think that some of the growth they have is a bit melodramtic with overall the development of the main characters is worth watching and rooting for.

Haikyu!! is a wonderful series that is a true feel-good story that takes on a hopeful ride and reminds us that even great stories don’t always end the way we might want them to.

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (anime review)

Title: Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto on Blu-ray

Director: Shinji Takamatsu

Studio: Studio Deen

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: Nov. 21, 2017

Format: Blu-ray / 13 Episodes / 325 Minutes

Genere: Slice of Life, Comedy

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: A-


Step into classroom 1-2 and meet the coolest guy in school. In fact, Sakamoto may just be the coolest guy ever. And that’s not just because he makes his student uniform and glasses look like a fashion magazine cover. There’s also the fact that nothing ever seems to surprise or rattle him. The girls are all crazy for him, of course, but even the most macho delinquents start to feel a little funny when he’s around.

However, Sakamoto never seems to notice, let alone take advantage of the attention. He’s too busy being cool and mysterious without even trying! This does drive some people crazy, but the more someone tries to challenge Sakamoto, the more they start to fall under his spell. Intrigued? Then come join the class and get a lesson in cool from the master in Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto!


Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto! is something of a dilemma anime for me. On one hand I think it is great and makes you want to be that extra cool Sakamoto, but on the other hand I feel like it is a one note anime. There is just too much thing to upstage or discover any flaws in Sakamoto that I feel as though the series is missing a great opportunity to make a average person manage to get through High School by just being very cool. Instead they make Sakamoto cool without trying to be cool.

I know it may seem petty and in fact I see the series as a true hit and yet I still don’t connect with the character they way I wish I could have. Of course it is more important to connect with the other characters to make the series worth while.

Overall Grade: A-

I realize that this is a high grade for a series that I believe has some serious flaws and in a way I am just another hypocrite falling in line with all of the other anime fans who like this series. I did find the other students to be worthy of my fandom and also enjoyed seeing them fail at all of their attempt to trip Sakamoto up or even discover his first name. I am just a weak as everyone else that has seen and enjoyed Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto.

As far as the animation, voice acting and overall production of the series, I would have to say that it was above average but not something to write home about. I could say there was any real standouts or major failure. That for me is a job well done and should be recognized for the effort put into the series to make it work a seamlessly as they did.

If you always wondered how the really cool kids managed to be really cool then don’t watch Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto because, it will only fool you to think they didn’t even try. If you want to watch a series and realize that you are just like all the other students then Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is just the medicine you need.


Mezzo Forte (anime review)

Title: Mezzo Forte

Director: Yasuome Umetsu

Studio: Arms / Green Bunny

U. S. Distributor: Softcell, Section 23

U. S. Re-release Date: Nov. 14th, 2017

Format: DVD / 2 episodes OVA / 60 Minutes

Genre: Action, Girls With Guns, Erotica, Sci Fi

Age Rating: 18+ (sex and violence)

Overall Personal Rating: C


In Mezzo Forte, mob boss Momokichi Momoi has one way to deal with those who fail him: he kills them. Even when they’re not criminals, but simply people who work for his legitimate businesses, no one is safe. Needless to say, that kind of poor employee relations has earned Momokichi a lot of enemies, and someone has recruited the elite Danger Services Agency to take him out of the picture.

But the D.S.A., comprised of ex-cop Kurokawa, tech guru Harada, and the lovely but lethal Mikura, is going to have their hands (and other body parts) full handling this case. Because while Momokichi kills for profit, his daughter Momomi is even worse and kills because she gets off on it! Two ultimate bad girls face off as the blood and bullets fly in the adult-only anime classic that tops sex and violence… with a side helping of EXTRA violence: MEZZO FORTE!


I guess it has been a long time since the original Mezzo Forte was released in the U. S. and that release did not contain the pornographic footage. This release has it all along with the original edited version just incase you don’t care about the sex. I for one found the sex scenes to be distracting and pointless. I guess it was a way to show how good they are at animating sex scenes, but they ended up being more sexist and violent than anything.

The story was a little better but had a hard time defining itself. The Danger Services Agency is borderline criminal and at times straight up wrong. The only redeeming aspect was the humor that ran through most of the action sequences. There is a real tongue and cheek aspect to the violence and that is a positive in my mind.

Overall Grade: C

Mezzo Forte is a great look back at the Girls with Guns genre and also points out how much of these violent anime also have the propensity to be rather one sided in both the violence and in the pretrial of women and sex. In todays society anime like Mezzo Forte is a solid reminder of the work that is still needed to be done to get over the violence to and from women.

Other than that I guess I found the action to be rather fun and at time well animated. The sex or pornography was not my bag but I see how Mezzo Forte could make some fans very happy.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Seasons 1 & 2 Complete Collection (anime review)

original reviews provided by Katie and Andrew

Title: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Season 1 & 2 on Blu-ray

Director: Tatsuya Ishihara

Studio: Kyoto Animation

Author: Jukki Hanada

U.S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks / Section 23

U.S. Release Date: Nov. 7th, 2017

Format and Length: Blu-ray / 26 Episodes / 650 Minutes

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life

Industry Age Rating: 14 and up

Overall Personal Rating: B


Yuta Togashi has a huge problem. He is a former “chunibyo” (literal translation; Eighth Grade Syndrome) one of the thousands of Japanese students so desperate to stand out that they have literally convinced themselves that they have secret knowledge and hidden powers. However, since he is starting high school he is determined to put aside his delusions and face life head on.

The biggest problem is his upstairs neighbor, Rikka Takanashi. She is just a little bit chunibyo herself and she knows all about his hidden past. Yuta thought all his delusions were behind him and now he is not so sure. Will Yuta be able to hide his embarrassing past or will Rikka be the downfall of his normal high school career? You will have to watch Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! and find out!

Yuta Togashi thought he had problems dealing with one delusional girlfriend in the person of Rikka Takanashi, but now things are about to go totally insane as his former “one true soul mate” from when he was a chuni himself returns with a vengeance! How bad could Satone Shichimiya’s re-entry into Yuta’s chuni-verse likely to be? Let’s just say that she’s so epically off the deep end of the chuni-scale that she prefers to use the name Sophia Ring SP Saturn VII and that she’ll joyfully tear Yuta’s real world to pieces in order to get him back in her imaginary one!

Some girls just want to have fun and some want to break down the walls between their boyfriends and themselves. But when a girl’s idea of fun is breaking down the wall between their presumed boyfriend and reality, retreating into a fantasy world might just be Yuta’s best option. Especially since Satone knows where ALL the skeletons from his past are buried. Toss Rikka’s equally delusional friend Sanae into the mix and girl-crazy begins to take on a whole new meaning!


As a lot of us can attest, our teenage years were hard, and we all probably have embarrassing moments we would all want to forget about. Yuta is no exception, as he goes to extreme lengths to forget his previous life as the chunibyo, Dark Flame Master. He even goes as far as transferring to a school none of his previous classmates go to, and completely leaving his previous life, in hopes for a fresh start. Unfortunately is seems that chunibyo follows him like a bad curse. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! The Complete Collection follows his new life as a ‘normal’ teenage high school student, if there is such a thing.

All is going well, as he looks forward to leaving his embarrassing past behind, until a cute girl in cosplay, and an eye patch, falls from the sky, or at least repels from the balcony above with a rope. Meet Rikka, a first year high school student, still very deep in her chunibyo. She catches Yuta, unbeknownst to him, in one final act of chunibyo before starting his new life. Much to his shock, he finds she is in his class. And now that she knows of his chunibyo, she instantly finds him as a possible ally in the battle against the dark organization known as the Invisible Boundary Line Administration Bureau. Not only is love blind, but in this case, it’s also stark raving mad.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! The Complete Collection is a must for romcom fans. Every character is likable, well developed, and brings something to the story. Yuta, the former chunibyo, looking to get away from it and to being a normal teenager. Rikka, a fully fledged chunibyo, follower of the Wicked Lord Shingan. Dekomori, the pig tailed middle school student, servant to Rikka, and wielder of the Mjolnir Hammer. Nibutani, the seemingly popular girl, cheer leader, class president, and general fantasy of all the guys, that seems to be the oddball-out in this group. And Kumin, who just wants a club she can nap in. They all bring a high level of moe, and you will quickly fall in love with them all. Watch as imaginary fights come to life, with overactive imaginations of the chunibyo. Plus you get a taste of the fascinating martial art of cooking utensils. If that’s not enough for you, enter the comedy. Well thought out 4koma style gags, mocking of cultural clichés and overall random insanity assist the whole thing along. Need some drama? Well aren’t you demanding… Well guess what, it has that too. There is a lot of love in this story too, so you know. How can all this work together? They did a great job of combining it all together, and giving it a balance of reality, and the fantasy of escaping reality. They also included some cultural clichés than have transcended Japan, like capcom code, role playing, slapstick comedy, and issues more serious in nature like dealing with loss and the pains of growing up. Some of us may not understand that last one, since we never actually grew up, but that’s a story for another day.

Overall Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! The Complete Collection offers a lot, from a touching story, well developed characters, heartbreaking truths, emotions that everyone who has led a normal life can relate to, and with comedy and fantasy colliding in a massive accident, the ones you do not want to stare at, but you find you can’t look away. Some of the craziest weapons you can imagine from umbrellas, to cookware, to weights on the end of long hair. Even the music is catching. There is something for everyone or everything for that someone who wants it all in a good anime.

I really liked the first season and I was quite happy when Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Heart Throb was released but now I wish I would not have been so excited because I believe I had too high expectations for this season. The storyline was not as deep nor complex as Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions but it was still cute and funny. I really wish they would have progressed the romance between Yuta and Rikka in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Heart Throb as I was looking forward to it after watching the first season. But instead, Yuta and Rikka are awkward and shy around each other even though they have been “dating” for six months. This is a slice-of-life series that is mainly episodic but some episodes to flow into the next one.

There was also a new character introduced, Satone Shichimiya. She is a childhood friend of Yuta and she takes chunibyo to a whole new level. She adds a large amount of drama between Yuta and Rikka that really was not necessary. Plus, she is kinda in love with Rikka and that makes Rikka jealous. But I think that would make anyone jealous. I really wish they would have given Nibutani some more attention but instead she was relegated to the background during the important scenes as a sort of cheerleader who pushes Yuta and Rikka forward because they are too childish to take that step themselves.

The animation was pretty and vivid. The colors jumped off the screen and the characters and backgrounds were well drawn. The music was catchy and enjoyable. I found myself humming along after a few episodes. The voice actors did a good job bringing the characters to life and made the series enjoyable.

Overall Grade: B
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! is an interesting and amazingly cute anime that is fun to watch.

While Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Heart Throb has some issues, it was still interesting to watch and it had some cute moments. I recommend this series if you have seen the first season and want to see what happens next.

The Dragon Dentist (anime review)

Title: The Dragon Dentist on Blu-ray

Directed By: Kazuya Tsurumaki

Produced By: Hideki Anno

Studio: Khara

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: Oct. 31st, 2017

Format: Blu-ray / 2 Part Special Film / 90 Minutes

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: A


Going into war against a dragon takes incredible courage, but even that danger pales in comparison to the hazards of young Nonoko’s job. As a Dragon Dentist, she’s charged with venturing into the jaws of the country’s dragon protector to keep its pearly canines free of plaque, decay, and other debris. One day, Nonoko discovers an unconscious soldier between her dragon’s teeth instead of a cavity, and she finds herself caught up in a series of events that have been foretold to bring disaster to her people! Get ready for an incredible brush with destiny that leads two young people through the mouth of hell and towards certain doom as the creators of the new EVANGELION feature films unleash an epic unlike anything you’ve seen before in THE DRAGON DENTIST!


It has been some time since I was introduced to a anime that took me by surprise. The Dragon Dentist is one very unexpected 2 part film. In some ways I am still not sure what to think. The plot and overall story is very unusual and at times almost was too surreal. At other times there was some rather profound moments that seem to give purpose to the storyline.

I am still not sold on the idea of Dragon Dentist and what their purpose really is. I get the fact that they take care of the dragon’s teeth, but I also see them as a metaphor for something very deep and meaningful. I just can’t make the complete connection.

The Dragon Dentist is full of some rather cliche connection and tropes, but just underneath the story is a rather poignant meaning of life anime that makes you ponder more than just what you are watching.

Overall Grade: A

I knew that it would be weird with Anno being the producer, but I never thought it would take me on a journey that would leave me confused and satisfied at the same time. The Dragon Dentist is a must see for anyone who enjoys a good mind game anime and if you liked Evangelion then you will love The Dragon Dentist.

The production and animation is also a bit different. I can’t say that it was beautiful like a Shinkai film or imaginative like Ping Pong. I would have to call it interesting and very suited for the story. It takes on a bit of a Post-Modernist viewpoint and artistic perspective and still provides plenty of visual interest to keep your eyes pealed to the screen. At first I was distracted by the break in the middle between the two episodes, but now that I think about it, I see the break as being rather clever. It provided time to stop and think about what you just watched and helps set you up for the second half. It also draws you to the point that makes you desire more.

The Dragon Dentist is a hit in my book and I think anyone who likes anime that makes you think will see it as a hit too.