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REVIEW: The Way of the Househusband on Netflix

*This anime is rated M for Mature*

This show follows an ex yakuza boss, nicknamed “The Immortal Dragon”, and how his life as a househusband is constantly juxtaposed with his past life in the yakuza in hilarious and entertaining ways.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This series has been on my radar for awhile now and I originally wanted to read some of the manga first before diving into this show. However with my mental health and my chaotic work schedule things haven’t been easy.

My fiancé and I watched this together and we both enjoyed it. My fiancé loves violence in humorous shows. For example he loves Santa Clarita Diet and this show even though there weren’t any zombies, he seemed to enjoy this show even more.

I think this anime is a great watch if you like humorous anime, slice-of-life anime, or just goofy violence in your shows. Since they announced they’re making a season 2 my fiancé and I are both excited about returning to our favorite househusband and the antics he either finds himself in or those he makes himself.

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RAPID REVIEW: Pui Pui Molcar on Netflix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This show is a collection of short stories involving these sentient guinea pig cars. I originally thought they were hamsters, but it was later confirmed in an episode that these are part guinea pig part car/vehicle. There is no voice acting so there is no language/culture barrier to worry about.

This is a show that’s perfect for all ages or even the whole family. It’s also a good palate cleanser for someone who needs something unique and cute that’s pure and innocent.

I would recommend Pui Pui Molcar for fans of Shaun the Sheep and Rilakkuma and Kaoru both are adorable shows with little to no dialogue. Bonus if you enjoy the cloth esthetic that occasionally appears in kids shows.

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REVIEW: Dorohedoro

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*No Spoilers* 

*This anime is rated R/MA for Blood, Violence, and Nudity*

In a city so dismal it’s known only as “the Hole,” a clan of Sorcerers has been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious “experiments” in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaidou found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they’re hunting and killing the Sorcerers in the Hole, hoping that eventually they’ll kill the right one. But when En, the head Sorcerer, gets word of a lizard-man slaughtering his people, he sends a crew of “cleaners” into the Hole, igniting a war between two worlds. – IMDb

I first saw the trailer for Dorohedoro on Netflix, and I thought it looked interesting. I don’t mind violence or gore in anime, but there is so much more to this anime than meets the eye.

I had so many questions I had no clue what was going on in the beginning. No matter how little I was understanding, I couldn’t stop watching. Even as Caiman and Nikaido explain what goes on in their universe, I had more questions. For example, why does everyone in this world wear a mask when they go out? Is privacy a significant concern in this universe?

Even though I had only minor questions about the world surrounding the characters, I think the writers did a great job handling the mystery surrounding Caiman, but keeping several cards close to their chest for the next season.

Overall, I found Dorohedoro to be a fantastic anime; the characters are great; there is plenty of humor amongst all the violence. I can’t wait to dive back in when Netflix releases season 2 next year.

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REVIEW: A Whisker Away

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*No Major Spoilers*

**This movie is rated PG**

A girl falls in love with a boy from her school and transforms into a cat to get close to him. But these choices come with consequences, and eventually, the line dividing cat and human becomes vague.

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This movie is emotionally driven. The main character, Miyo, has had a lot of significant changes going on in her life. Her mother left her and her dad, and when they divorced, Miyo’s dad got remarried. Miyo not only feels like her mom abandoned her, but she feels like no one in her circle is taking her feelings into consideration.

Miyo is in love with her classmate Kento Hinode. Her main goal every day is to make him happy by her goofy antics. She feels life without him is meaningless and worthless. On the outside, Kento doesn’t seem to feel the same way. So, when she finds a mask salesman in the woods during a festival, she purchases a cat mask the salesman tells her will turn her into a cat, and she’ll be able to get closer to Kento. However, things aren’t always what they seem.

A Whisker Away is an excellent movie if you are looking for a feel-good and straightforward story. There is a lot of care and attention put into the writing, and it shows as I got emotional at specific points throughout the film. Overall, I would highly recommend A Whisker Away if you’re a fan of mysticism, light romance, and of course, cats.

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REVIEW: BEASTARS: Vol. 1 by Paru Itagaki

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*No Major Spoilers*

At this high school, instead of jocks and nerds, the students are divided into predators and prey.

At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, it’s personal relationships that maintain the fragile peace. Who among them is a Beastar—an academic and social role model destined to become a leader in a society naturally rife with mistrust?

Last night at Cherryton Academy, an herbivore student was killed and eaten. Among the members of the drama club, the herbivores’ suspicions naturally turn to their carnivore classmates… The prime suspect? Legosi, a large wolf. But he wouldn’t hurt a fly—or would he? And will dwarf rabbit Haru bring out the beast in him? Or are his feelings for her…something else?

BEASTARS has been a series I’ve been wanting to get into, however, since the world has ADHD it’s taken me a bit longer than it should have to give this manga a chance. Now with season one of BEASTARS on Netflix, I feel like now is the time to check this exciting series out.

First off, the art style is interesting. It looks like it was painted in watercolors (but of course it’s in black and white). There’s so much detail in each and every character I found it beautiful even though I’m not a fan of watercolor-like styles. The artist definitely took his time to study each animal the characters are based on.

This story touches similar themes that Zootopia touches on, racism in the fact that the carnivores are segregated from the herbivores. Now in Zootopia, they put this in an easy to understand way for children to follow and understand. BEASTARS discusses this in a more grown-up and blatant way. There’s even segregation amongst the carnivores themselves. I like stories that take on social issues, without it taking over the entire story.

Legosi is a character I can relate to an extent. He’s awkward and introverted. He is mourning the loss of his friend while everyone is secretly suspecting him of the crime because he is a wolf. This affects his emotions throughout the story.

The title Beastar is something that is given to one of the animals, much like a class president except it encompasses a whole generation of students. So there’s this popular student, Louis, and everyone is expecting him to become the Beastar. Watching him struggle to rehearse for the play that the drama club is about to put on after an injury makes you realize just how much is at stake in his world.

Overall, I really enjoyed BEASTARS. The story is well written, the art is beautiful to look at, and I can’t wait to continue this series in the future. I will also be reviewing BEASTARS on Netflix soon, so stay tuned for that!

I would recommend this series who love animals, societal issues, low-key mysteries, a slice of life, and looking for something new to read.

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