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Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department Review

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While episode 1 of Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department was one of the worst things in anime I ever watched, the rest of the season isn’t anything like that, even more strangely, it’s probably one of the best anime I’ve seen in a long time and should really be considered a hidden gem.

So what I should have probably looked into more while reviewing the 1st episode is the actual name of the series… This anime is about Kuroitsu that runs together with another doctor and a monster they created with a major flaw. They gave the monster a female body and a male brain. Over the course of the show, he comes to terms with it and becomes more of a lab helper that gets put into weird situations than an actual battle monster.

Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department has a lot of “typical tropes” with its power ranger-type characters, but luckily they don’t really focus on them a lot, but the more they show up it’s kinda more like a comic break from a situation that they need to fix.

Sadly the anime did not jump into some of the side stories enough to really make them feel complete while early on it did seem like it was going to be a bigger part, so maybe if we get a 2nd season they will get more into it. There are 2 interesting side stories, 1 being our main character with a restaurant person (who is not who he seems to be) and the 2nd one is even more interesting and that’s about a girl with no friends that does side jobs as a henchman for different evil organizations. This 2nd story did kinda wrap up and had a good call back that helped them in the final episode, but it wrapped up a little bit too quickly and it was kinda random.

Every episode felt like its own contained episode but when you watch the whole show it does kinda connect to it all with characters coming back and working towards something that just kinda came out of nowhere in the final episode.

The animation is really good and the character art feels more like a 14+ kid show with its design sometimes but it was a nice look and really fit the anime. Every character feels super unique in its design and was something I myself have not really seen in anime.

Jujutsu Kaisen review

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The 1st season of Jujutsu Kaisen came out in the Fall 2020 anime season, but I just got finally time to watch it after I saw Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in the cinemas. While it’s not as spectacular as the movie, Jujutsu Kaisen stands on its own very well and is definitely an outstanding anime worthy of being one of the best anime to come out of 2020.

Jujutsu Kaisen is from the well-known and loved studio MAPPA which is known for other masterpieces like Attack on Titan, Banana Fish, and the upcoming Chainsaw Man.

We follow the story of Itadori, a pretty “normal” guy with some over the top power and speed that he has for no real reason, after eating a finger to protect one of his newfound friends he is turned into the vessel of one of the most dangerous curses Sukuna.

During the anime, we learn more about Itadori and the forces he faces, something that doesn’t always end well… Everyone feels unique and the powers they have are unlike any other basic power we usually see, other than Itadori’s super strength. We got a girl who shoots nails with a hammer, someone who claps and switches places, a guy who has some animals helping him out and so much more.

There is this perfect dynamic between Itadori and Todo, I really want a slice of life spin-off with those two, it would just be perfect to see how their relationship evolves and what Todo can teach Itadori, because Gojou isn’t the most reliable at times…

While the rest of the story is good, it does have its rough patches where it’s pretty boring, especially around the middle of the anime where nothing important really happens other than some teaching moments after the main 3 get separated for a bit to train. During this time some of the characters from Jujutsu Kaisen 0 come back and help the 1st year students train, and I do love that big panda so that for sure is one of the highlights to look forward to.

Visually the anime feels fine, there really isn’t anything that special, especially with the characters. Personally, I would have liked to see some more unique characters like the panda or the mecha robot that was controlled by a curse user with some unlucky past.

Somewhere around episode 18, there is a slight shift in color and animation that was a nice twist, when a veil is activated on an area the whole one shifts and everything becomes a lot more serious and you just know stuff is about to go down.

5 Locations In Amsterdam Any Anime Fan Should Visit

We might finally see the end of this COVID-19 stuff on the horizon, but that can’t stop you from planning a nice trip. Thinking of going to Amsterdam? then check out these 5 Locations In Amsterdam Any Anime Fan Should Visit!

5. Atariya Foods

If you are looking to pick up some Japanese foods and drinks this is the place to go. At Atariya Foods you can find anything from special KitKats to Demon Slayer candy to drinks and just so much more. The store is so great, some of the things they have can’t be found anywhere else in the Netherlands.

4. Game Over?

Game Over might be a store that is quickly overlooked because its in a small alleyway, but in between that alleyway is a legendary store filled with videogame, anime and Kpop greatness. In the Game Over store is so much stuff in such a tiny space, if you are looking for any retro console from EU or Japan you can probably find it there, but most importantly, they got a ton of Anime stuff as well. Most of their stuff is 2nd hand, but they do have new kpop albums.

3. Henk Comics

Henk Comics in the center of Amsterdam is also a cool place to check out, not only do they sell manga, but they also sell a ton of comics, Funko Pops, and other “nerd culture” stuff. Sadly the times I was there the store was completely packed with people and the anime statues were a bit overpriced for my liking. But this still is a fun place to check out and get some manga.

2. Ramen-Kingdom

Just like Atariya Foods, this isn’t really anything you can use, other than eating, but in Ramen-Kingdom you can have some amazing Japanese food that you should try when you are in Amsterdam. They do have some gatcha at the entrance so you can try your luck there and hopefully get some anime goodies.

Check out Ramen-Kingdom on Facebook!

The Otaking Amsterdam

1. The Otaking

Otaking is one of the coolest places in Amsterdam I’ve been. The store itself is not that big, but they have so many gacha machines and anime figures that there is always something new when you visit the place. Recently they also started selling anime shirts and gunpla. I personally had never heard of gunpla before, but since Otaking has gotten it, I got addicted to getting a few and building the statues when I can. The store is just so great that I regularly DM them on Instagram to keep something in the back for me when I see them post some of their new shipments. This for sure is the place you need to check out when you are in Amsterdam

5 Reverse Isekai Anime You Need To Check Out

Every anime season has like 10 isekai’s these days, but some reverse isekai are still pretty rare to see. So why don’t we take a look at 5 Reverse Isekai Anime You Need To Check Out!

5. Restaurant To Another World

Restaurant To Another World has a pretty simple concept, while the doors to the public close, some other doors open. The doors to another realm open up and instead of the typical human guests he gets visitors from that other realm. There is not really any action but it’s more of a chill anime to watch to calm down. It does feature 2 different foods per episodes that just get you hungry and wanting to eat that specific food.

Season 1 and 2 are now available on Crunchyroll.

4. Gabriel Dropout

In Gabriel DropOut you follow a fallen angel, in this world angels live among humans to see the world, but this one has a problem, she becomes addicted to video games. In this comedy, you will follow her adventures and the attempts of her demon friend to bring her back to her old self before the video game addiction. If you like the Umaru-chan anime this will probably be something you will like as well.

Season 1 is now available on Crunchyroll.

3. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

One of my personal favorites from last year on this list other than number 1 is Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. Kobayashi has helped a dragon and removed a sword stuck in her back, as any normal dragon would, she becomes Kobayashi’s maid. In this anime, you follow the adventures of Tooru and more importantly another dragon that got shunned out from the dragon world for pulling too many pranks, Kanna.

Season 1, 2, and the shorts are all available now on Crunchyroll.

2. The Devil is a Part-Timer!

Ever wanted to know what it’s like for a demon to work at a McDonald’s? Well, here is your chance to finally see it in The Devil is a Part-Timer! Follow his route while he is powerless to try and climb up the ladder and get bigger and bigger in the company.

Season 2 is coming out in the summer 2022 anime season.

1. The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!

The dark realm is destroyed and that leaves Jahy all alone in the real world, with the help of her new human friends at work she learns about the human world and becomes more and more “human” and a good person. Follow her journey to find crystals to recover the dark realm and find the dark lord in The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!

Season 1 is now available on Crunchyroll, but want to learn more about the anime? then read our review on it!

Those were the 5 Reverse Isekai Anime that we recommend you should watch! Want some more lists of stuff to watch? Check out these 5 Anime based on games. Let us know what you think about these anime in the comments below.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 review

Jujitsu Kaisen 0 is the prequel to the highly popular Jujutsu Kaisen anime from 2020. The movie Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was released in Japan in December 2021 but came to the EU cinemas in March 2022. Produced by TOHO Animation and animated by MAPPA. Please enjoy our Jujutsu Kaisen 0 review.

As someone who loves anime movies but doesn’t have a chance to see a lot of them due to them not being released in the Netherlands I just had to jump on the opportunity to check it out in the cinema. This movie will not disappoint and will be a blast to watch even for people that have not seen the anime yet, like me.

The story of Jujitsu Kaisen 0 starts off before the events of the anime, Yuuta Okkotsu gets to the curse school after some “problems” he got into at his old school. This fully closed him off from the outside world but then Satoru Gojou swoops in and teaches him that he can use his Curse for good things when he learns to control it.

Suguru Getou quickly finds out how special Yuuta is and wants him for himself to kill everyone who doesn’t have curse powers. Of course, Yuuta doesn’t want this, and together with his new classmates Panda, Toge Inumaki, and Maki Zenin, he takes on Suguru.

The characters in the movie are just so funny and it just gets you off guard at random times in some hilarious ways, especially Panda. Panda was probably my favorite character in the movie, not only was he just super funny, he was cute, badass and at his final battle he went Super Saiyan and it was nothing but epic.

The powers of all the characters are just epic to see, every character has just something so unique and special, with their amazing visuals they are all really fleshed out and you cant get it better than seeing it on the big screen. Seeing it on the big screen just made it feel so much more special.

The visuals are just an amazing spectacle to look at, especially near the end of the story when all hell breaks loose and powers start running rampant. It’s bright and colorful while at the same time being really dark, especially for some of the monstrous curse monsters they will need to defeat.

Want to read some more reviews? Then check out this page!

Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department Episode 1 Review

Something different this Winter season is Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department, following the story of a scientist and her creation. Animated by Quad. Please enjoy our Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department Episode 1 Review.

So the episode starts off with a montage of how all the other villain groups are being beat by power rangers for some reason? The dark-ish tone changes straight away after the opening when people start presenting their monsters.

Not sure where they are going with this, but they pitch this horrible-looking dino/dragon monster with a sword… I think it’s supposed to be funny, but it isn’t. This goes all over the place and randomly they are in a battle with the strongest henchmen of the boss, but instead of targeting the monster, he targets the scientist who made the monster and then randomly pops back into the meeting.

Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department Episode 1 Review

of course, the monster is rejected and the girl goes back to the lab, but the henchmen comes in a bit later as well and is concerned about what’s happening in the lab. Instead of talking down on them, he says they worked too hard and could have pushed the deadline… not sure if this is supposed to be funny again because again, it isn’t.

they start creating their 2nd monster, its some “cool” (it’s really not) looking wolf monster and simulate battles with it that he easily wins. When his body is finally finished, its not a male body, it’s a cute wolf girl with massive boobs… all because the boss walked in and wanted her to look like that.

At this point, I realized halfway into the episode that the girl in the middle of the poster and focuses on in the poster isn’t the main character, but the scientist… there is another 20-second skit where she puts on the monster costume and is against the power ranger, not really any reason for it, it’s just there.

earlier the scientist meets a guy that is interested in her, turns out, he is the fricking power ranger, and at this point, I finally saw something in this anime that I honestly already had written off.

during the after credit scene, the wolf and power ranger are in a fight, but for some random reason that is supposed to be funny again, she turns completely naked… and says “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature”… I’m so done with this show already…

The theme song is so nice, it has a cool montage and it just is so chill while at the same time being so energetic. It’s totally different from what I expected from watching the start because it was so grim, but the opening is the total opposite of that

Akebi’s Sailor Uniform Episode 1 Review

The 3rd CloverWorkshow this Winter is Akebi’s Sailor Uniform. Animated by CloverWorks and produced by Aniplex. Please enjoy our Akebi’s Sailor Uniform Episode 1 Review.

Akebi’s Sailor Uniform is about Komichi Akebi, a girl that is transferring to a new school for 1 reason, a sailor uniform. It’s a slice of life, so it doesn’t really need more than that to make for an interesting story, but it’s really chill to watch if you wanna take a break from everything. It really gives me a Non Non Biyori vibe with how chill it is actually.

So it was her dream to get into a school with a uniform like that her whole life, but her little sister is a little bit sad about it because now they are not going to the same school anymore. I didn’t know this was a thing in Japan, but her mother is making the uniform from scratch all on her own and Komichi is so happy about it that she is doing all the chores around the house so her mom can work on the uniform more.

Akebi's Sailor Uniform Episode 1 Review

When she finally does get to the school, she is the only one in a sailor uniform and the rest is all wearing blazers. This of course makes her very sad, but because this was one of the main reasons she went to that school, she is allowed the wear the sailor uniform.

She is a bit scared because she is the only one that is going to be wearing that uniform but goes with it anyway. but when she does go to school, the 1st person she sees… is clipping her toenails and smelling the clipper? it’s a bit weird. After talking to the girl for a bit she finds out she does it when she gets anxious, and she even smells her own feet to make her feel more comfortable

There is something with the art that makes it look really interesting, it’s not the usual crisp and sleek style that you see most of the time these days, but everything feels really detailed and on point with every frame you see. The art of really normal, but it does have these weird feet shots at the beginning that are kinda off-putting sometimes. there are also some weird shots that stand out with a totally different artstyle that looks more like the images from the manga.

My Dress-Up Darling Episode 1 Review

A unique anime launching this Winter is My Dress-Up Darling, a cosplayer and a doll dressmaker become partners. Animated by Cloverworks. Please enjoy our My Dress-Up Darling Episode 1 Review.

Wakana the main character is inspired by his grandpa and his Hina dolls creations and wants to make them himself as well. White making the dolls themself are still his learning point, creating the clothes is something he is great at. These skills can be useful for making cosplays as well.

Our main character doesn’t have any friends, he never had. But this seems to change when a girl literary comes flying over to him had first. It’s Sydsnap! uhhh I mean Kitagawa.

A few days after their first interaction they run into each other again, but Wakana is in shock because he is in the sewing room making an outfit for his Hina doll. Kitagawa catches him in the act and Wakana thinks it’s the end for him. To his surprise, she thinks it’s awesome that he knows how to use the sewing machine.

As it turns out, Kitagawa is terrible at making clothes and Wakana feels terrible for insulting her badly made cosplay. She begs him to help her make cosplay and they team up to do it.

While the anime is super basic, it looks really crips and calming, no extreme things that keep popping up all the time and it just feels a bit realistic in some ways. I guess it does include some “minor” lewdness that does totally catches the eye when it happens.

The opening of the anime with its visuals looks great, it’s not as “impactful” or visually impressive as others, but it still manages to grab you with a bunch of different things and even gives a small look into what you can expect of My Dress-Up Darling this season.

The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest Episode 1 Review

Fantasy fans have it good this Winter season with The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest. A world where wordless magic is no more. Animated by J.C.Staff. Please enjoy our The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest Episode 1 Review.

Is rebirth the same as isekaid? Because if it is, we got another isekai on our hands, but either way, this anime feels a lot like one with its overpowered main character Matty. He has the worst “crest” in the world but still is super overpowered for some reason. Because of the crest, everyone thinks he is weak. He is so strong that he can cast magic without saying the spell and even do some sick enchants on weapons.

Matty is enlisting in some school to get even powerful, but on his way, he already meets 2 new friends that he helps out by enchanting a new sword for one of the friends, who he has a crush on. At the school, everyone finds out how powerful he is after blowing up a shooting range and defeating a captain in a sword battle.

The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest Episode 1 Review

After being called into the office of the boss of the school, he finds out that casting spells without saying anything is lost to history, and he gets tasks to teach others. But to be able to do that he needs to prove to another school that wordless casting of spells are better.

I’m a bit confused about the art style so far. While it does look great, it’s super basic, but that’s not the confusing part. While they seem to be in some fantasy world, it does have some type of modern vibe to it due to the people wearing suits and the students wearing some more traditional Japanese school clothing like suits and skirts.

As it turns out, demons (like most of the time) are against humans. There are demons that are among the humans to eradicate wordless casts and make them as weak as possible. During his battle, he finds this out when his opponent doesn’t say anything when he casts something.

I have no clue where this is going, but I feel like this will be one of the better anime’s this season, just 1 episode in I feel like I got a season’s worth of story. So with that, im excited to see where this is going.

Cue! Episode 1 Review

Winter 2022 starts its first anime coming from a game, Cue! It’s about a group of girls hoping to become voice actresses. Animated by Yumeta Company and Graphinica. Please enjoy our Cue! Episode 1 Review.

Straight away, this anime is not what I expected it to be. I thought based on the image I saw that it was going to be an Idol-type show, but no, it just starts with a jetski battle while rockets are being shot. They go to a door and teleport to some tree from medieval times… So totally not what I expected. Until it switches to a studio where someone is speaking these lines for an anime recording…

So the anime is about a new agency called AiRBLUE, which only signs people with no experience to help them achieve their dreams. So there are a total of 15 girls they signed, and that’s a lot to focus on. Straight from the get-go, their new vocal teacher walks in and they will start a surprise special lesson.

Cue! Episode 1 Review

They perform Hamlet, and during it, the scene changes to a setting that fits it perfectly. I really like how they are doing this, instead of the usual tense talking back and forth it actually transports them to another scene.

Sadly there is not really anything more then that in the episode. I know it comes from a mobile game so maybe thats why they didnt really focus on that because they think most of the game players would watch it. But im having more hopes for next episode.

A few of the characters definitely stick out above the rest of them, and i do hope they keep the focus on a few of them and not all 15, otherwise, the development might be really slow and a bit pointless, but I think there will be 24 episodes, so that might even it out a little bit.