Reading Between Manga Review: Boku Wa Mari No Naka

Reading manga is an interesting journey.

I don’t know what it is,  but every interesting manga I hear about tends to be one that’s psychologically, thematically, and ethically…weird, to say the least.  I’ve actually made a list of such strange stories in manga, for the simple reason that they’re so, so common.  And, with Boku Wa Mari No Naka, or “Inside Mari,”I can add yet another manga to that list.

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Reading Between Reviews: Your Name

Okay, so I’m hopping on the anime bandwagon with this one, sorry, but it’s gotta be done.

Kimi No Na Wa has been making HUGE waves ever since its premiere in Japan, in July of 2016.  From that beginning, it’s outdone the Miyazaki classic, Spirited Away, to become the most profitable anime movie of all time.  On top of this, it boasts essentially universal critical acclaim, from basically anyone you ask.

Moving over to America on April 7th in theaters across the country, Your Name continued to receive buckets of positive reception, from critics of all kinds, and as of this moment, is still out in theaters.  But really, how good can it be?  An independent anime film, in actual Western theaters?  It can’t be THAT good?

…I’ll be honest here, this review is just a chance for me to say how DAMN good Your Name is.  There will be no spoilers in this review, for those who happen to not know about the movie themselves!  That said, let’s get to it.

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A Review of: Orange (2016)

What does it mean to have depression?  What does it look like?  And how can we help stop it?

Orange is one of those feely anime.  You know the ones- through some way or another, they aim to make you cry, convey a message, and make some meaningful, powerful statement that makes you think about life.  Normally, these anime tackle powerful, crippling backstories, relationships that make the characters tackle huge moral questions, or romance that forces the characters to face their innermost demons.  However, Orange is not quite like that.

Simply put, Orange deals with depression.  It’s rather tame, as far as feely anime go, but that doesn’t stop it from being profound and powerful in its message.  Orange has many things it does wonderfully, and others that, honestly, I found a bit of fault with.  There’s a lot to say about it, and so, let’s get to it!

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A Review of RWBY Volume 4!

I know that Fridays are usually for analysis, but man, RWBY Volume 4 just wrapped up, and I’ve gotta talk about this crazy, crazy ride.

Another winter season, another volume of RWBY wrapped up.  After the emotional mess that was Volume 3, the story of RWBY seemed to gain so much scope than before- there was a new, unheard of villain, Maidens with supernatural powers, and a whole world yet to be explored.  The world of Remnant had opened up, the plot had began to move, and the characters we knew and loved for three volumes already now had a chance to grow.  So, riding off the hype of Volume 3, how did Volume 4 do?

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Reading Between Reviews: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

The recent revival of an original series that many people thought was long gone, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions brought back the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series for a final ride, the theoretically final chapter in a beloved franchise.  At first, many people were skeptical- the original series had ended in a great, definitive way, how could a reboot possibly work out?

Well.  As an avid fan of the original series, and someone who just recently watched the movie, here’s a short answer- it definitely worked out.  The movie had its flaws, to be sure, but man, it was a ride from start to finish.

This review won’t contain any real spoilers for the movie, so.  If you haven’t watched, don’t worry!   But also, because of the nature of the movie, I’ll be including two different ratings- one for how the movie is on its own, and another for fans of the series.  That being said, let’s get to it!

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