The Apothecary Diaries, Vol. 1 This is quite a different light novel from what we’re used to seeing. It features a unique setting inspired by a historic Chinese imperial palace, complete with consorts, eunuchs, internal politics, and people of varying levels of morality. The protagonist, Maomao, is a teenage girl and apothecary worker in a… Read More Reader’s Corner: Frozen 2, Those Not-So Sweet Boys, and My Friend’s Little Sister Has it it for Me!
Welcome to Doki Doki News, your source for updates in the world of anime, gaming, and otakudom, for the week of January 31st through February 6th! Check out latest episode in our player below, or subscribe to us on SoundCloud, where you can also find breaking news episodes! Will you miss Black Clover? Excited for… Read More Doki Doki News: Howl’s Real Life Moving Castle, Black Clover Ends, and Demon Slayer to Sci-Fi Romcom?
The Elusive Samurai is the newest series by Yusei Matsui, creator of Assassination Classroom. Instead of a science fiction series set at a school, The Elusive Samurai is a piece of historical fiction about a real life samurai named Hojo Tokiyuki and set in the year 1333. The manga begins by introducing the heroes of… Read More Manga First Impression: The Elusive Samurai
My Hero Academia seemed to arrive at just the right time. The anime premiered just as many of the shounen greats of the past were coming to an end, and there was a need for a monster one to replace them as the show that would define a generation of young anime fans. MHA was… Read More Eri the Bruised Read
Kensei Maeshima is living a lie. Athletic enough to be a star in several sports, he feigns laziness to hide hurt and shame associated with his elementary days as a figure skater, when budding star, Reo Shinozaki, was unrelenting in placing ahead of him in every competition, and for a final time during championships following… Read More First Impression: Skate-Leading☆Stars
The 2021 winter season is just ahead of us and it can’t get here any sooner to help us move on from a rough 2020. Not that 2020 didn’t bring us great shows like Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) and hyped sequels like Re:Zero, but I’m looking forward… Read More Winter 2021 Anime Season Preview
Welcome back to Light Novel Kindling! Here, I will take a look at our next Light Novel Club selection and give my thoughts on something related to it. At the end of this post, I will also announce the light novel we’ll be reading for the meeting afterwards, which in this case will be in… Read More Light Novel Kindling: The Shoujo Light Novels are Omnipresent
One of our Twitch streamers, negativeprimes, recently tagged a number of our staffers on a Twitter post that’s making the rounds asking users to name their five favorite non-shonen anime. Non Shonen anime that are excellent: A Place Further Than the UniverseHinamatsuriJuni TaisenInterviews with Monster GirlsGATE Turns out there's quite a few! https://t.co/JLlaIXAyKH — Black… Read More What Are Your Five Favorite Non-Shonen Anime? Here are Ours!
Ao Haru Ride, Vol. 13 After thirteen volumes, Ao Haru Ride has come to an end, but instead of celebratory feelings, I couldn’t shake an irksome question: Why is it that this story just never really works? The unlikeable lead characters are one reason, with Kou and Futaba hurtling forward, especially in this volume, without… Read More Otaku Reader’s Corner: Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, TPN Side Story, and the Final Ao Haru Ride
It’s on! And it’s Ami! Our next Toradora watch party is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 9th at 7pm Central / 8pm ET! Come join Chickennuggee as she hosts episodes 5 and 6 of the classic series and chats with you as we stream. We’ll post the link shortly before airtime on our watch party… Read More Watch Episodes 5 and 6 of Toradora with us on Wednesday!