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Streaming Allegiance: Crunchyroll
Reconnaissance Report by: Ellen Li
Progress: Episode 04


gsnk24While a series that leans against the fourth wall and pokes fun at a specific manga genre isn’t exactly anything special to write home about (though I seriously beg to differ in this case), when it comes to its cast, Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-Kun has the ‘colorful and interesting cast’ part in spades. Episodes 2 through 4 are pretty much dedicated to introducing new cast members, each one just as interesting and unique as the next.

Episode 2 kicks off the character introduction conga line with the entrance of Nozaki’s other assistant, Mikoto Mikoshiba, called “Mikorin” by Nozaki. Instead of the “pure, sensitive, and delicate person” Nozaki described, Sakura is faced with what appears to be little more than an unruly playboy-type. Not a split second after Mikorin finishes flirting with some girls, however, does Mikorin’s character-defining moment happen. As the girls’ squeals slowly fade away, Mikorin’s face gets redder and redder to the point where he ends up almost collapsing into a pile of “oh my god, I can’t believe I said that” embarrassment on the floor. The biggest whopper in the barrel of laughs that is Mikorin is the fact that Nozaki outright admits that the heroine of his shoujo manga, Let’s Love!, is based on none other than Mikorin himself. At least we know Nozaki wasn’t lying when he first described Mikorin to Sakura, right?

The second half of episode 2 keeps the ball rolling with the introduction of Yuzuki Seo, a girl who has about as much tact as a baseball bat and the delicacy of a wrecking ball. While there could be worse character traits for Seo to have, combined with the fact that she is utterly clueless about how socially inept she is, it makes for one pretty destructive package. Nothing could better sum up Seo’s character than her conversation with Nozaki, where Seo more or less monologues about all of her good traits as she does things that indicate the complete opposite (but with no ill intentions, mind you). One positive thing that Nozaki will (reluctantly) concede to in regards to Seo, however, is that the girl sings with the voice of a goddess. Nicknamed “The Choir Club’s Lorelei”, Seo is pretty much a siren who gains amusement from destroying the hopes and dreams of every boy who hears her voice and expects to find an angel.

Episode 3 sees the introduction of the last two characters in the series’ roster thus far. The first is Yuu Kashima of the school’s drama club, Mikorin’s best friend and rival, and the kind of person who would fit right in between the pages of a shoujo manga. Kashima’s looks, charm, and smarts have crowned them with the title of “The Prince of the School”. You’d think Nozaki would be falling over himself to use Kashima as material for Let’s Love!, right? Well, the catch is Kashima is a girl, and it’s not exactly a fact she hides, either. Despite her boyish haircut and handsome (androgynous, really) looks, Kashima wears a girl’s uniform and speaks in a very feminine voice and manner. Obviously this isn’t a problem for the girls, who fawn over her nevertheless.

Kashima’s popularity does raise problems for the final character to be introduced in episodes 2-4, Masayuki Hori, the president of the drama club whose work is always being ruined by Kashima in one way or another. If it isn’t Kashima herself shirking her drama club duties, it’s her fangirls that are wrecking things. Regardless of who is to blame, it changes nothing and frustrates Hori to the point where he reacts with violence against Kashima, as that seems to be the only way of getting her to listen and take him seriously. In contrast to Kashima’s silliness, Hori is down-to-earth, serious, and undoubtedly the straight man of the duo. The dynamic between these two characters is not only comedic, but really refreshing – especially when the series just gets too overloaded with the shoujo aspect from time to time.

I do have to say, with a little bit of disappointment, that in comparison to the first half, the latter part of episode 4 is a bit of a letdown. Although the mock group-date premise is amusing to think about, the joke itself felt a bit too drawn out to be funny for longer than a few minutes at best, in my opinion. It’s not much of a surprise, really, given how it’s kind of hard to top – or at least match – something as funny as the idea of two boys (Nozaki and Mikorin) playing a dating sim and spending the entire rest of the night drawing a doujinshi based on said game. And, no, the doujinshi isn’t at all what you probably think it is. Or maybe it is, but it doesn’t make the joke any less hilarious.

Overall these episodes were as funny as I had hoped they’d be and I look forward to seeing more. As not all the characters have been introduced just yet, judging by the opening credits, I can only expect even more laughs to come.

Score: 8.50/10.00

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episodes 02-04 Review Streaming Allegiance: Crunchyroll Reconnaissance Report by: Ellen Li Progress: Episode 04 While a series that leans against the fourth wall and pokes fun at a specific manga genre isn’t exactly anything special to write home about (though I seriously beg to differ in this case), when it comes to its cast, …

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Captain Earth: Final Review

Captain Earth: Final #Anime Review

captain earthGenre: Mecha
Format: 25 Episodes
Allegiance: Bones
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Vintage: 2014

Intelligence Agency Report by: Dr. Magnanimus

Daichi Minatsu, following in the footsteps of his departed astronaut father, willfully takes on the duty to pilot the Earth Engine and join the fight to repel an interstellar invasion by the immortal Kiltgang, an alien race subsisting on human life-force to maintain…

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Captain Earth: Episode 20-22 Review

Captain Earth: Episode 20-22 #Anime Review http://www.animesecrets.org/captain-earth-episode-20-22-review

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Reconnaissance Report by: Dr. Magnanimus
Progress: Episode 22

The final confrontation is at hand for Captain Earth. There were a few surprises here and there to be had, but the series is still wrapping things up for the most part, and there were some resolutions that seemed to be surprisingly rushed that could have been spread out more evenly across episodes.…

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Persona 4 The Golden Animation: Final Review

Persona 4 The Golden Animation: Final #Anime Review

persona posterGenre: Fantasy, Mystery, Supernatural
Format: 12 Episodes
Allegiance: A-1 Pictures
Director: Seiji Kishi, Tomohisa Taguchi
Vintage: 2014

Intelligence Agency Report by: Dr. Magnanimus

Transfer student Yu Narukami arrives in the quiet rural town of Inaba, where rumors abound of a mysterious “Midnight Channel” that appears during rainy nights. Together with several new classmate friends, Yu discovers a…

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Captain Earth: Episode 17-19 Review

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Reconnaissance Report by: Dr. Magnanimus
Progress: Episode 19

The story is moving quickly to the final battle in Captain Earth. The perpetually arrogant kiltgang, now thoroughly frustrated by humanity’s fierce resistance, conspire to launch an all-out offensive to take the planet once and for all. The Intercept Faction of Globe and the Midsummer Knights near the…

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Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 08-10 Review

Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 08-10 Review

Also known as: GochiUsa, Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka
Streaming Allegiance: Crunchyroll
Reconnaissance Report by: Jessica Craven
Progress: Episode 10

OrderRabbit9a-255x260“Moe” anime is a pretty broad term, but Is the Order a Rabbit?is that particular type of moe series that has always confused me. The shows is classified as seinen, so is primarily directed at older men (who are assumed to enjoy the “woman child”…

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Tiger and Bunny: Rad and Bad Anime Dads

Tiger and Bunny: Rad and Bad Anime Dads

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Since its inception, the superhero genre has been the playground of the male power fantasy. With their extraordinary abilities, superheroes exert control in an uncontrollable world. They function outside the law and society, beholden only to an honor code they impose upon themselves. Instead of being limited by their tragic…

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Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 08-10 Review

Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 08-10 Review

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Reconnaissance Report by: Dr. Magnanimus
Progress: Episode 10

Persona 4 Golden is now moving along into uncharted territory, with the Adachi arc concluded. It seems there is still a lot left to do, and the series has kept its fun, humorous tone even as events of a darker sort are about to emerge, once again involving the tragic heroine, Marie.

Episode 8 brings out…

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Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 05-07 Review

Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 05-07 Review

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Reconnaissance Report by: Dr. Magnanimus
Progress: Episode 07

One of the main reasons I was drawn to the Persona series in general was its central theme on the denial of self. On one hand, denying the aspects of the self that we abhor about ourselves is the surest way to lead to self-destruction. On the other hand, self-acceptance of our failings and reaching out…

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