What lurks in the dark?: Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin Review

Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin (or Midnight Occult Civil Servants) is a supernatural mystery anime that aired during the Spring 2019 season. Produced by LIDENFILMS (who also produced Koi to Uso and Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo), the series follows the latest recruit of Shinjuku Ward Office's Nighttime Regional Relations Department - Miyako Arata. If you're looking for a show that's quick-paced and has lots of fighting scenes, this isn't the show for you. It's also not the show you're looking for if you want a show with the greatest animation you've ever seen. However, Mayonaka is a show that's still underappreciated for what it is - an easy-to-watch supernatural mystery show.

Spring 2019: Am I still watching?

We are currently halfway through this season and I'm really surprised about the quality this time around. Usually, seasons are filled with quite a few mediocre shows, but Spring 2019 really does seem like a top season. Regardless, being halfway through the season means it's time to reflect on the past six/seven weeks and begin to form an opinion on the shows I've been watching. Some of these shows really have surprised me and, uh... not always for the better.

Your Pain? My Pain.: Kizu Review

Kizu, written by Otsuichi and drawn by Hiro Kiyohara, follows the life of Keigo. Like most other children, Keigo attends school, but his school is different. All of the troubled kids - the troublemakers, the abused, the scarred - are grouped in one class. This manga is a really short story. It's only 4 chapters long! But, despite that, it's a really impactful story.

My Spring Vacation 2019 Anime Wrap-Up

Working as an ESL teacher at a university in China... you don't really get much time off. Work is constantly there. So, once I learned about the fact that I was going to get an entire week off with no teaching and hardly any students to deal with, it's safe to say I was quite happy. During this spring break, I've managed to somehow fit time in for eleven different shows and I have thoughts for all of them...

5 Anime That Have Made Me Cry

What an easier post would be is "5 Anime That Didn't Make Me Cry" because there are a lot fewer anime that I haven't cried at, that's for sure. I'm just a big crybaby, what can I say? Now, because I cry at literally everything, some of these, I feel, are probably predictable. Some others? Probably not. But I certainly have my reasons for all of them.

Spring 2019: What am I watching?

It's been an entire year since I've last done a "What am I watching?" post and that's because I've been avoiding seasonal anime so I could catch up on my backlog a little bit better. This all changed with The Promised Neverland, though and, admittedly, having something to look forward to watching every week really did wonders for my mood as well, as trivial as that sounds, so I've decided to get back into the swing of seasonal anime! Woo!

A Creepy Compilation: Ito Junji – Collection Review

In the light of day and in the dead of night, mysterious horrors await in the darkest shadows of every corner. Ito Junji: Collection is a compilation series of horror stories that were originally written by Ito Junji - a popular mangaka known for his stories and art style, often making him one of the most talented horror creators. However, perhaps I should have just gone for the medium it was intended to be enjoyed as.