Mary and the Witch’s Flower review: A magical debut flight for Studio Ponoc

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It’s easy to get excited about an animated feature when you hear its coming from some of the creators behind Studio Ghibli’s greatest works, and in almost all respects, Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) meets expectations.

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Sakura Quest Ep.4 Review: Promotional Problems and Marketing Missteps

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With the establishing arc out of the way, Sakura Quest delves into more of Mayotama’s issues, and it does it with smart exposition and an economic focus.

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Sakura Quest Ep.3 Review: What Makes a Small-Town Community Special?

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Sakura Quest steadily eases into its narrative this week with a bit of introspection from Yoshino about the small town she commits to live in.

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‘Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid’ Series Review for Enthuse.ca

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I’ve got a full review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) over on Enthuse.ca today.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid strikes a confident and consistent tone that meets and exceeds the animation and story pedigree set by previous episodic Kyoto Animation shows.

It tells the story of shapeshifting dragon Tohru, (Yūki Kuwahara) and her sudden ambition to freeload in the apartment of Kobayashi (Mutsumi Tamura), a female programmer by day and occasional, maid-otaku drunkard by night. Read more

If you want to read my full thoughts on one of the best Kyoto Animation anime ever, definitely check out my full series review on Enthuse. Of course, if you want to follow along as my heart fell for the characters in each episode, my weekly reviews are still live.

Still in Enthuse’s editing pipes: A fun podcast breaking down Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name.

List of 4 Great Winter 2017 Crunchyroll Streaming Anime For Enthuse.ca

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I’ve got a list of some of my must-watch shows from the winter 2017 anime season live on Enthuse.ca today.

Last season, anime streaming service Crunchyroll broadcasted subtitled simulcasts of 40 of the 46 new anime debuts from Japan, but here in Canada, those free, ad-supported streams only stay up for 13 weeks after they air. So before those episodes are locked away behind the $6.95 per month vault door of Crunchyroll Premium, here are four great shows you should watch from winter 2017. Read more

Still to come from me and Enthuse.ca, a podcast breaking down Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, and a full series review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.

Spring 2017 Anime Preview: Sakura Quest

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P.A. Works’ latest slice of life show, Sakura Quest, takes a recent university graduate’s job-search woes and spins it into another fun take on its real-world “Working” series of anime.

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Spring 2017 Anime Preview: The Royal Tutor

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While the first two episode of studio Bridge’s The Royal Tutor (Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine) fall squarely into the genre of comedy, they also do an excellent job of charting a path of character discovery to give its jokes some weight.

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