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December 2016 Bokksu Review

Gotta say, I’m a big fan of the kind people over at Bokksu. They’ve sent us yet another of their Japanese sweets boxes, this one being the December 2016 box. As we’ve mentioned before, Bokksu is a little different in that the focus of the box is to send you sweets and treats from specific regions in Japan. Less focus on what you may find anywhere in the country, more Mom & Pop sweet shop sorts of snacks. So without further delay, let’s jump on in to the review. One more small delay though. I have to mention this every time we get a box from Bokksu; the box and...


Bokksu November 2016 Unboxing and Review

This week we received a new subscription box from a company we have yet to come across, Bokksu. Bokksu, which comes in a little orange box, has a bit of a different perspective on the whole Japanese subscription box fad. Much like Snakku, they focus mainly on providing snacks that people from Japan actually eat. Not just your run-of-the-mill plethora that can be purchased from a corner store, Bokksu pairs this with a theme and a tea. Yes, that’s right, a tea. Out of all the others we have reviewed in the past, this is the first one to have a tea paring. So from that perspective is pretty neat....


Drifters Episode 5 Review

Drifters Episode 5 was perhaps the most direct episode of the series we’ve seen to date. While interesting, the plot followed a very linear path as we watched Toyohisa and his group progress from one battle to another. While it’s a bit different than what we’ve seen, I wouldn’t call it a back thing. The episode was broken into two categories: combat and planning. Within the combat sections we saw two battles happen as well as the aftermath of the slaughter at the beginning of the episode. Seeing the Drifters organize the Elves into a militia and enable the abused people to fight back was fantastic. It was like watching...


Drifters Episode 4 Review

Drifters Episode 4 was different than anything we’ve seen from the series so far. Being that we’re only four episodes in, that shouldn’t be too surprising. Every episode could feasibly be different at this point and to some extent they are. However there has been one thing each episode has had in common until now: pacing. Drifters Episode 4 really pumped the breaks and brought the pace of the series down to something of crawl, focusing on different groups of characters actions at the same point in time. Additionally, the majority of this episode was spent on dialogue between characters rather than events or actions that actually pushed the story...


Drifters Episode 3 Review

Drifters Episode 3 was a natural step forward for the series. Our main characters have been introduced, the setting has been at least partially established and the plot has motivation to move forward with Toyohisa leading a new group of followers in the form of Elves that have been wronged. So what do we need? A villain of course! (Well one for the protagonists. We met Easy in episode two but she’s fighting with Murasaki.) The Black King and his “Ends” made a hell of a debut this week. While we don’t know much about the Black King, there are some small details to be found and others we can try to deduce. We know he speaks...


Drifters Episode 1 and 2 Review

Oh how I’ve been waiting for this one. But the wait is over! The anime adaptation of Drifters is finally here and I’m happy to say I’ve really enjoyed it so far. If that’s all you need, go on and watch it. For everyone else, let’s jump right in. Drifters is based on the newest manga by Kouta Hirano, the creator behind the popular Hellsing manga series and the two anime series that followed. This is huge for me; the original Hellsing anime was the first really dark, violent anime series I ever watched and it’s always stayed with me. To this day I can always throw on an episode and enjoy it, even if...


Food Wars! The Second Plate Episode 13 Review

Episode 13 : Pomp and Circumstance It feels rather sad that this series has now come to a conclusion. Here I was hoping for a full 25 episodes (like last season), but it does not appear to be so. At the very least, we at least had a solid season to make up for it. Food Wars! The Second Plate has certainly finished on a high note with the potentiality to give us so much more down the road. Now all we can do is play the waiting game until we hear about another possible season.   I think what was best about this episode was that the development we got...


To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 2 Review

After finishing the first volume of To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, I found myself enthralled in the story and anxiously waiting for new volumes to be released. That time has come and I’m happy to say that To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 2 was no less of an enjoyable experience. We rejoin Schaal and Hank a little further in the future from where we left them as they make their way to Whitechurch by train in search of Cain Madhouse. On route, we get to learn a little about Hank’s history that I found pretty interesting. Most importantly, we learn that three people are responsible for the beasts: Hank’s love Ellaine is responsible...


Food Wars! The Second Plate Episode 12 Review

Episode 12: The Magician Once More Isn’t nice when things that you are hoping for come into fruition? Well Food Wars! The Second Plate brought to the table this week exactly what I was hoping for. For the first time ever we see Soma struggling to keep up in the high pace of Shinomiya’s kitchen. It isn’t often we see him get into a (real) bad spot. At least not for long. With Soma quickly picking up on certain techniques, it will be fun to finally see his own style materialize. He may still be the grumpy villain from the first season, but it is nice to see that Chef Shinomiya does...


Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 Review

So before we proceed with this review, it’s probably worth noting that what we see in Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 has been covered (for the most part) in the Twin Star Exorcists anime series. So if you’re the type that reads manga solely to catch up to a series, this may not be for you. Yet. But if you like the written format,catching the details that anime series inevitably glossed over, or are basically anyone else, PROCEED! Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 picks up right where the last volume left off; Seigen revealed to Benio that Rokuro killed everyone at the Hinatsuki Dormitory and is apparently responsible for the Hinatsuki tragedy. Except he’s...


Ninja Slayer Part 4 Review

Ninja Slayer continued its story of chaos within the city of Neo Saitama and its most ferocious denizens. (Ninjas.) After Part 4 of the manga, Ninja Slayer is assumed dead and the focus shifts towards a new cast of characters. The “protagonists” of the volume would be a Yakuza boss named Yamahiro, a petty thief named Taro Mazuda, and a masked vigilante known as Yakuza Tengu. The story opens with Yamahiro meeting with a ninja named Burglar whom he’s looking to do business with. Burglar requests half the proceeds of the venture, Yamahiro objects, watches his gang be wiped out, and then proceeds to get his ass kicked by Burglar. It’s a way...


Berserk Episode 2 Review

Episode 2: The Holy Iron Chain Knights It’s still amazing to me that we’ve finally got another Berserk series. I’ll stop gushing and get over it soon. It’s still awesome though. “The Holy Iron Chain Knights” may be the second episode but it’s the first episode to feel like it’s part of a story. “The Dragonslayer“ was awesome but it was definitely a standalone episode that was focused on getting us back into the world of Berserk and reminding us of how badass and tortured Guts is. “The Holy Iron Chain Knights” took us into the next main arc of Berserk, which is known as the “Conviction” arc. It did skip over a part of...


The Elder Scrolls Legends Review

Finally! I’ve been waiting weeks to share this review with all of you and that time has finally come. My application to the The Elder Scrolls: Legends Beta has been replied too. To be brief, this game doesn’t disappoint. As soon as I loaded up Legends, the game welcomed me with an awesome opening sequence which hooked me right away. No matter your medium, the hook is always of great importance; it’s what makes you stay to see the rest of the package has to offer. When I first started The Elder Scrolls: Legends, I thought it might just be like any other card game. That it wouldn’t be so cinematic. Turns out I was wrong. It is...


Food Wars! The Second Plate Episode 3 Review

Episode 3: The Generation of Prodigies It appears that we spoke too soon. Food Wars! The Second Plate has finally shifted the tone and added another side plot to the mix. This is a nice enough change considering episode 2 didn’t feel as strong. This week around, the competition to make it into the Elite Ten are slowly coming closer to a close and now we have a fun new villain to deal with. In a way, it is relieving that Megumi lost this battle. Had she won, this would have made the show feel not nearly as viable. I think it is great that they are going to maintain the (somewhat)...


Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Season 1 Review

Through Blood and Iron Disclaimer, this review will have spoilers for the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress series. Consider yourself warned. For some time now, people have been waiting (not very patiently) for Studio Wit to produce a new season of Attack on Titan. Instead, they gave us Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. From the previews, it seemed like a clone of Attack on Titan. I am happy to say (now that it has ended), it was anything but a simply clone. Prior to diving into review, I will say this; I can only hope that there will be more. I want to start by quickly point out the differences between the two. Attack on...