Promare

Is there anything better than Hiroyuki Imaishi & Trigger paired with a Hiroyuki Sawano OST? This film knows what it is and leans into it to perfection.

10/10

Seiyuu Radio no Uraomote (The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio)

A small peek behind the scenes (regardless of how realistic) is always fun. Felt more grounded than your typical “Cute Girls Doing…” show.

7/10

Yoru no Kurage wa Oyogenai (Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night)

Amazing original story with superb animation & direction. Doga Kobo really hit it out of the park with this one. Between this and Girls Band Cry, it’s been an amazing season.

9/10

Nokori Ichinichi de Hametsu Flag Zenbu Heshiorimasu: Zamaa RTA Kiroku 24Hr

An excellent, 3-volume manga that gives you all the comeuppance you could ever want in a villainess story.

8/10

I recently pulled my old Keyboard Folio for the iPad out of the closet, thinking that I would appreciate the weight difference when compared to the Magic Keyboard — I had forgotten how much I didn’t like the keys on the Folio despite the weight reduction (which is quite significant). I’m typing this to see if I could get used to the keyboard again.

My ideal iPad keyboard:

  • Folio form factor (no trackpad, no cantilever hinge, lighter, two fixed tilt adjustments)
  • Key switches from the latest MBP
  • Backlit keys
  • Small function row

I’m actually surprised how much the lack of backlit keys is bothering me… I’ll probably stick it out with the Folio, but if the iPad finally gets a legit Terminal or the ability to virtualize macOS, I’ll most likely switch back to the better typing experience despite the increased weight.

Yagate Kimi ni Naru Saeki Sayaka ni Tsuite (Bloom Into You: Regarding Saeki Sayaka)

Lovely side story and fitting capstone to the franchise. The third volume was way too short – is an OVA too much to ask for?

8/10

Girls Band Cry

Why no one picked this up is beyond me. Don’t let the CG anime dissuade you… It’s incredibly well done! Great music and awesome characters. Between this and Jellyfish, this season is an absolute feast!

Majo to Yajuu (The Witch and the Beast)

Interesting hint at world building, but I have a feeling this was just a teaser to get people to buy the source manga (which is apparently on hiatus, so make of that what you will). The “overlap” between episodes was too much for what was really a brief narrative.

6/10

Sousou no Frieren (Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End)

One of the best anime adaptions I’ve ever seen. Characters, pacing, direction, art, music (OMG the OST is incredible) all represent some of the best work in the industry.

10/10

Ore dake Level Up na Ken (Solo Leveling)

Come for the Hiroyuki Sawano OST, then dive into the web comic for maximum god-tier artwork.

7/10

Kusuriya no Hitorigoto

A visual feast with one of the most captivating protagonists of all time. Hilarious, seductive, and sweet wrapped in a brilliant color palette and immaculate design.

10/10


Hikikomari Kyuuketsuki no Monmon

Fun in the absurdist sense, but very one note.

5/10

Yoru no Kurage wa Oyogenai (Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night)

Holy Shit! Don’t sleep on this one! Brilliant first episode and I’m excited to follow another great show from Doga Kobo.

Futaribeya

One of my all time favorite slow-burn romances. After 9 years and 10 volumes, I will miss this adorable cast of characters.

10/10

Koushin Koinu ni Koibumi wo

Sweet love story in a very loose definition of a “historical military” setting. Quick read at only five volumes, but no official translation yet.

7/10

As an introduction to the series, Yakuza 0 truly goes all out and I’m absolutely here for it. Not sure why I skipped over this series for so long, but now I have an epic backlog to make my way through. Also, it’s a perfect game for the Steam Deck. Highly recommend!

I can instantly tell if an app has been written in SwiftUI — my scroll wheel works only 50% of the time when scrolling any list.

Feels like a superpower…

Screens 5 is leaving Setapp for the Mac App Store. I think this is a first in the few years that I’ve been using Setapp. I use Screens a lot so I have a vested interest in them succeeding, but I got tremendous value from them in my Setapp subscription.

Genjitsu no Yohane: SUNSHINE in the MIRROR

Fans of Love Live! Sunshine!! will be ecstatic but anyone new to the series will be a left in the dark. Animation and music exceed expectations.

6/10

Watashi no Oshi wa Akuyaku Reijou (I’m in Love with the Villainess)
One of my favorite yuri romances of all time. Absolutely love the light novel and this was a solid adaption (bit of a bias creeping in). Unrealistically hoping for a second season to adapt the full Revolution arc.

9/10