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Teen Machines

Teen Machines Teen Machines

Teen Machines

The studio behind Kill la Kill rides into the danger zone with DARLING in the FRANXX. Set in a post-apocalyptic desertscape where teams of teenage mecha pilots protect massive domed cities called Plantations from marauding bands of giant robots known as klaxosaurs, DARLING in the …Read more  »

Manga Review: Descending Stories Vol. 2 – “The Parable of the Talents”

Manga Review: Descending Stories Vol. 2 – “The Parable of the Talents” Manga Review: Descending Stories Vol. 2 – “The Parable of the Talents”

Manga Review: Descending Stories Vol. 2 – “The Parable of the Talents”

Read Austin’s review of the manga’s first volume here! While the second volume of Haruko Kumota’s Descending Stories manga delves more deeply into Yakumo’s tragic past and so into more sensitive psychological territory than the first volume did, it still retains the coarse emotional framework that …Read more  »

Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions Deluxe Edition Review – “Fatal Fantasies”

Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions Deluxe Edition Review – “Fatal Fantasies” Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions Deluxe Edition Review – “Fatal Fantasies”

Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions Deluxe Edition Review – “Fatal Fantasies”

Title, subtitle and premise all suggest that  Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions  is another negligible addition to the  isekai  fantasy subgenre so prominent in anime and light novels these last few years. “Grimgar” is exactly the kind of name a teenager obsessed with a particularly violent kind of power fantasy might ascribe to the …Read more  »

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volume 1: “Falling into Place”

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volume 1: “Falling into Place” Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volume 1: “Falling into Place”

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volume 1: “Falling into Place”

I anticipated the first volume of Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju with a mixture of joy and dread. Nick Creamer, one of my favorite contemporary critics, had recommended the anime adaptation’s first season with great enthusiasm, but not without reservation. “The larger than life... …Read more  »