First Impression: The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt

Wein (pronounced like “wane” rather than “wine”), crown prince of Natra, epitomizes the idea of being too smart for one’s own good. With his father the king in poor health, Wein is in charge of his small, impoverished kingdom, but in his heart of hearts, he’d much rather just live a life of laziness and… Read More First Impression: The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt

First Impression: Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department

In a world where tokusatsu heroes are real, beleaguered lab assistant Touka Kuroitsu works in monster R&D for the nefarious Secret Society: Agastia. Her boss forces her to give a presentation to the society’s bigwigs on a barebones proposal he threw together at the last minute. The proposal gets rejected; although the supreme leader thinks… Read More First Impression: Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 3: Sword Art Online, Death and Birth

Yo ho ho, piratical Christmas?! I’ve kind of made it a personal challenge as to how many posts I can write out of “Red Nosed Reindeer,” the third episode of Sword Art Online. (I believe this is my third.) This time, I want to explore the contrasting attitudes toward death displayed in the episode. Death… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 3: Sword Art Online, Death and Birth

Review: Sword Art Online The Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night

As the Light Novel Club discussed a few months ago, the original Sword Art Online vol. 1 skipped over nearly two years of events in Aincrad, jumping from the day people became trapped in the game all the way up to shortly before the death-game ends. Short stories in later main-series volumes helped fill in… Read More Review: Sword Art Online The Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night

Light Novel Club Chapter 34: Sword Art Online Progressive, Vol. 1

Yo! In my admittedly limited experience, Sword Art Online seems to be one the most polarizing anime around. People are either “We hates it, Precious!” or “It’s awesome!” Nobody ever says “Sword Art Online? What’s that?” Well, after the original light novel became a series (one which is up to twenty-two volumes now), author Reki… Read More Light Novel Club Chapter 34: Sword Art Online Progressive, Vol. 1

First Impression: Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside

Once known as Gideon, knight and elder brother of the divinely appointed Hero Ruti, the man using the alias Red is now living as a lowly D-rank adventurer out in the distant, rural frontier, far from the war against the Demon Lord that’s consuming the continent. Ares the mage (a strikingly Hamaan-esque character with the… Read More First Impression: Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside