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Tetsugaku Letra Review

Tetsugaku Letra Review

Tetsugaku Letra manga series cover art
Tetsugaku Letra

Basketball and Flamenco

Tetsugaku Letra (鉄楽レトラ) is a drama manga primarily about flamenco dancing. There’s also some basketball in there too. But, that’s on the side. If you’re looking for a sports manga, this isn’t going to be the manga for you.

But, I didn’t know any of that when I started reading this series. I had no idea what it was about at all. Someone recommended it to me, so I added it to my list. I don’t remember who that person was. However, I can now say for certain that, whoever you are, you need better taste in manga.

I have a lot to complain about with this series. So, let’s ease our way into it by starting with the art. The art’s not great. It’s passable for a forgettable manga that you’re never going to think about again. But, it’s very bland.

Kimitaka and Takara throwing away their shoes from the manga series Tetsugaku Letra
Kimitaka and Takara throwing away their shoes

This bland art style also doesn’t help with the two main activities being performed in the manga. Both basketball and flamenco dancing have a lot of movement. This doesn’t come across in the manga, at all. All the basketball and flamenco scenes are very simple. And, most of the time, they’re done “off page” so we don’t see them anyway.

That’s a bit weird for a manga about those activities, right? It would be if this was a sports manga. But, again, this is a drama manga first and foremost. Basketball and flamenco are just used to illustrate how you should try new things.

In the first chapter, a boy and a girl run into each other on a school rooftop. The girl planned to throw away her dancing shoes and the boy planned to throw away his basketball shoes. Instead, they trade and each begins learning the other’s prior hobby.

Why Are the Characters Like This?

So far, you might not think anything I’ve said makes this series sound that bad. You might be fine with the art style and you’re more interested in the drama anyway. That’s all fine. But, now, let’s get into the major issues with Tetsugaku Letra.

The characters don’t act like real people and everything is spelled out for the reader. These two issues are connected, as the spelling out of everything is why the characters don’t act like real people. Nothing in this series is left up to interpretation. It’s all right there in the dialogue.

Let’s say a character is upset about something. Do they show this to the reader through their actions? Do they imply that they’re upset and leave the reader to understand why via context? No. They say exactly what’s wrong in dialogue that no real person would ever say.

Tsubura Ichikawa talking to Yuzu from the manga series Tetsugaku Letra
Tsubura Ichikawa talking to Yuzu

Okay, there are a lot of manga that have dialogue like this. You know what I’m talking about. It’s when a character goes on some monologue about the meaning of life and stuff. I find that pretty annoying because people don’t do that. But, in this series, it’s every character doing that all the time.

It doesn’t stop there, though. Every little thing has to be explained through dialogue. It’s as if the author doesn’t think the reader is smart enough to “get it,” no matter what “it” is.

For example, at one point, there are obvious parallels between how Kimitaka’s grandfather and another character are acting. They’re both coping by purchasing new clothes to make themselves feel better. Well, it couldn’t just be left up to the reader to recognize that. Kimitaka has to verbally explain it so there’s no doubt about these parallels being intentional.

Does This Count as a Romance Manga?

According to MyAnimeList, Tetsugaku Letra is not a romance manga. And, I have to agree with that. I wouldn’t count it as a romance manga. But, it almost feels like it wants to be a romance manga, which was weird.

First, there are Kimitaka Ichinose and Takara Fujimoto. Throughout the whole series, they want to see each other again. They’re each the reason the other is trying so hard. But, there’s never any actual romance between them. After Chapter 1, they don’t meet again until the second half of the final chapter of the manga.

Because of how they spoke of each other, I kept expecting something to happen between them. Like, surely they’ll actually get together at some point, right? No. The author explained everything else in the series. But, Kimitaka and Takara ending up in a relationship? Nope, that’s one’s only implied.

Takara Fujimoto playing basketball from the manga series Tetsugaku Letra
Takara Fujimoto playing basketball

There’s one other potential relationship in the manga I want to mention. This is Tsubura Ichikawa’s one-sided love with Yuzu. Yuzu’s in a relationship with a guy who openly cheats on her with multiple other girls. And, he’s generally verbally abusive toward her, too.

The obvious direction this subplot is going in is that Tsubura and Yuzu are going to end up together. But, that doesn’t happen. Yuzu sticks with her abusive boyfriend and that’s the end of that storyline. What makes this even weirder is that Yuzu has a twin sister, Tsubaki.

If Yuzu’s going to stay with her boyfriend, why not use that to set Tsubura up with Tsubaki? That would have been a satisfying conclusion. Instead, the fact that Yuzu and Tsubaki are twins only comes up once. It’s used to explain that Yuzu was always compared to Tsubaki, and because of that she has low self-esteem.

Final Thoughts

Tetsugaku Letra is a 4/10. After finishing it, I tried to justify giving it a 5 because it’s not a terrible read. But, I can’t. I don’t feel like it did anything well. Everything about it is sub-par, from the art to the characters to the themes. It’s a manga that just falls short.

Now, I didn’t read the manga, but I watched the anime of Dance Dance Danseur. And, if you’re looking for a very similar series (drama and dancing), I’d go with that one. At the very least, it didn’t feel like it was patronizing the viewer in the way that this one does.

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Carnival Phantasm Review

Carnival Phantasm Review

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Carnival Phantasm

Fate Meets Tsukihime

Carnival Phantasm (カーニバル・ファンタズム) is a series that combines Type-Moon’s various works into one. The biggest of these works is obviously the Fate series. And, the second biggest is Tsukihime. So, if you ever wanted to see these two series smashed together, Carnival Phantasm might be for you.

Of course, Fate and Tsukihime aren’t the only two Type-Moon series. But, as far as I know, they were the only two with much content in Carnival Phantasm. I could be wrong about that since Fate is the only Type-Moon series I’m familiar with. I might have thought characters from another series were from Tsukihime.

But, I didn’t notice anyone like Shiki Ryougi from The Garden of Sinners. And, that’s despite her being listed as a supporting character for this series on MAL. So, I guess a lot of other Type-Moon series characters were in the background.

Gilgamesh messing with Artoria (maid) from the anime series Carnival Phantasm
Gilgamesh messing with Artoria (maid)

Now, as someone who hasn’t watched (played?) Tsukihime, those characters were interesting to me. They’re new and therefore fun. Arcueid is the least interesting, much like Artoria in Fate. But, the other girls are pretty cute — specifically, Akiha, Kohaku, and Hisui. There’s also Ren, but she didn’t have much screen time. She might have shown up once.

So, this is leading into one of my main issues with this series. Each character doesn’t get that much screen time because there are so many characters. The one with the most screen time might have actually been Cú Chulainn (Lancer).

Overall, though, it felt like the Fate characters were in the spotlight a lot more. And, that could be because there are so many more of them. But, for me, I already know all the Fate characters pretty well thanks to Fate/Grand Order. I’d rather see the “new to me” characters more.

Not What I Was Expecting

It’s time for the second major complaint I have about Carnival Phantasm. It doesn’t actually mix the characters from different Type-Moon series very much. For example, we never get to see Artoria and Arcueid interacting with each other. The main crossover interaction is Shirou and Shiki.

In many cases, episodes are dedicated to characters from one series or the other. There are Fate episodes and there are Tsukihime episodes. There are episodes with both. But, even those episodes tend to be split up into different segments built around one of the two main series.

That’s not at all what I was expecting from Carnival Phantasm. I thought it was going to feature all the characters mixed together. I thought I was going to see some wacky hijinks with characters who have never interacted before. But, that’s not what I got and it’s disappointing.

Souichirou and Medea from the anime series Carnival Phantasm
Souichirou and Medea

With that said, it’s not as if there isn’t wacky hijinks in the series. There absolutely is — that’s still what the anime is about. We got to see the Fate characters participate in a gameshow and a race. And, we got to see the Tsukihime girls play beach volleyball.

If you’ve seen Carnival Phantasm, what are your thoughts on this? Did you go into the series expecting there to be more crossover content? Were you fine with the lack of crossover content? And, which Type-Moon series were you familiar with before going into the series?

It’s possible that my opinion of the series could have been very different if I was more familiar with Type-Moon works beyond Fate. So, keep that in mind if you’re considering watching this series. It could be like Fate/Apocrypha, which I think is a lot more fun if you’re already really into Fate/Grand Order.

Focusing on the Good Parts

Alright, so far, I’ve said a lot of things I didn’t necessarily like about Carnival Phantasm. But, I don’t want you to think it’s bad. It’s not. I enjoyed it and I think it’s good. So, what’s good about it?

The first thing I liked is that the episodes are only half-length. They’re 14-minutes long including the OP, ED, and next episode preview. That’s bad when it comes to giving characters screen time. But, it’s good when it comes to keeping a series like this from getting stale. The episodes don’t overstay their welcome.

Something else I liked is that the series is funny. It would have been easy for it to try to play too much to the Type-Moon fandom. It definitely plays to that. But, not to the point that it stops being funny, which I’ve seen some other comedy series do.

Arcueid Brunestud wearing a bikini from the anime series Carnival Phantasm
Arcueid Brunestud wearing a bikini

The episode in which Heracles goes shopping for batteries was a good one. That might be my favorite of the series. It plays on inside jokes from Fate. But, the core comedy of the episode is something that anyone can enjoy. It’s absurdism and physical comedy.

My favorite skits from the whole series, however, are the Grail-kun skits. I think there were three of them in total. In these skits, a character comes to Grail-kun with an issue they need help resolving. And, in every case, Grail-kun’s solution is to give them a knife and tell them that violence is the answer.

Of course, I can’t leave out some of the more obvious things I liked about Carnival Phantasm. The OP is good — and fun. And, because this series is all about Type-Moon properties, it has a lot of cute female characters. That’s never a bad thing.

Final Thoughts

I gave Carnival Phantasm a 7/10. As I said, it’s a good anime. It certainly has things that could be improved. But, overall, I liked it and would recommend it to Type-Moon fans. Even if the only Type-Moon series you’re familiar with is Fate, you’ll still probably like it.

Watching this series also made me want to watch the newer Fate/Grand Carnival. From my understanding, it’s the same thing but focused on characters from FGO. So, I assume I’ll like that one even more. Who knows when I’ll actually get around to watching it, though.

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K-ON! The Movie Review

K-ON! The Movie Review

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K-ON! The Movie

This Is Not a Sequel

K-ON! The Movie (K-On! Movie / 映画 けいおん!) wasn’t the movie I expected it to be. Going in, I assumed that this was a sequel to K-ON!!, the second season of the series. But, that’s not actually the case.

If you’ve seen the series, you’ll know that it ends with the four main members of the Light Music Club graduating. And, not only that, but they all got into the same university. So, I was expecting this movie to follow them post-graduation. That seems like a logical assumption to make.

Of course, I already knew that this movie was about the girls going overseas to London. But, that and the four main girls being in university aren’t mutually exclusive. The trip could happen before they leave for university. Or, it could happen during one of their breaks.

Ho-kago Tea Time traveling to London from the K-ON! The Movie anime
Ho-kago Tea Time traveling to London

Well, as I said, this isn’t a sequel. The movie actually takes place toward the end of Season 2, but not after it. It takes place before graduation. The girls go on this trip to London as a way to celebrate their upcoming graduation. And, naturally, they invite Azusa along, too, even though she’s not graduating.

Now, with that all out of the way, this movie was better than I thought it would be. Though, I guess the average rating for it could have told me that. It has a higher average rating than either season of the TV series. And, I have to agree with that.

The main series is good — especially the second season. I’m not going to pretend that it’s not. But, I can’t remember it making me laugh out loud or anything like that. This movie did. It’s genuinely funny and improves on the series in pretty much every way.

Ho-kago Tea Time Hits London

What’s the best thing about K-ON! The Movie? It’s seeing the girls of the Light Music Club in unfamiliar places and situations. It was fun watching them as they explore a new city in a new country where they don’t speak the language.

Even things as simple as them trying to figure out how London taxis work were enjoyable to watch. To me, it’s those little things that highlight how they’re tourists. And, that’s cool to see. It wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining if the girls didn’t seem out of place in a country they’ve never been to before.

Watching them stumble around London makes me feel like that’s how I’d be if I went to many cities in Asia. Sure, I’ve been to other countries before. But, the people in those countries still generally spoke English. And, the culture wasn’t that different.

Ho-kago Tea Time in a London sushi bar from the K-ON! The Movie anime
Ho-kago Tea Time in a London sushi bar

Why London, though? Obviously, Mio wanted to go there. And, there are a lot of famous bands and musicians who are from there. So, it makes sense as a destination for a music-focused anime. And, that’s probably the main reason for choosing London. But, it didn’t have to be London.

Sure, Mio lists off some places in London that have to do with music that she wants to visit. However, we never actually see the girls go to any of those places. It’s not like we got to see the girls recreate the iconic Abbey Road album cover or anything like that.

If they had gone to New York instead of London, nothing would have changed. The destination didn’t actually matter. What mattered was that they went to a major western city and were out of their comfort zone. And, again, the movie did a great job illustrating that.

The End of the Light Music Club

Let’s move on to the things I didn’t like about this movie. I have two major complaints, and they’re somewhat related to each other. The first is that the movie is too long. And the second is that it retreads content from the series.

So, how long is K-ON! The Movie? It’s 1 hour and 50 minutes. That’s not the longest anime movie I’ve watched. But, at close to 2 hours, it’s on the longer side. And, one of the reasons I don’t watch movies very often is their length.

1 hour and 50 minutes is equivalent to about five episodes. Back in the day, watching five episodes of a single series in a row was easy for me to do. But, today, I rarely ever do that. Though, part of that is because I watch so many anime weekly.

Yui and Azusa playing in their final concert together from the K-ON! The Movie anime
Yui and Azusa playing in their final concert together

The thing is, K-ON! The Movie didn’t need to be this long. They could have cut maybe 20 minutes off the movie without losing anything. Why? The movie also basically includes the final episode of the series in it.

At least, I believe it was the final episode of the series. It’s whatever episode in which the four main girls write a song for Azusa before graduating. Throughout the movie, the girls are thinking about what to give Azusa as a gift. And once they decide on a song, they’re writing lyrics, music, etc. for it.

That’s all fine and it’s a nice sub-plot for the movie that ties into the main series. But, then, at the end of the movie, we see them perform the song and everything surrounding that. Why? We already saw that content in the series. There’s not much of a point in adding it here, too.

Final Thoughts

I ended up giving K-ON! The Movie a 7/10. If it wasn’t as long as it was, it could have been an 8. By the final 20 or 30 minutes of the movie, I was ready for it to end. Once the girls were back in Japan, there wasn’t much I was interested in.

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Eroge! H mo Game mo Kaihatsu Zanmai

Eroge! H mo Game mo Kaihatsu Zanmai

Saving a Failing Game Developer

Eroge! H mo Game mo Kaihatsu Zanmai is a 6-episode OVA about a small game company called Flower. It aired between 2011 and 2016. And, I believe this is the third anime I’ve reviewed about making video games.

The first similar anime I reviewed is New Game!, which has the most in common with Eroge! Both series are about all-female development companies. But, Eagle Jump (the company in New Game) is larger and more successful than Eroge!’s Flower. Other than that, though, they’re pretty much the same series.

After New Game!, I reviewed Saekano, which is one of my favorite anime. Unlike Eroge! and New Game!, Saekano is about high school students developing a game. But, where Saekano is more similar to Eroge! is in the genre of the game being made. New Game! is about making an RPG. Eroge! and Saekano are about making dating simulators.

Iori, Kisara, and Momoka from the anime OVA Eroge! H mo Game mo Kaihatsu Zanmai
Iori, Kisara, and Momoka

So, I mentioned that the game company Flower isn’t very successful. That’s because their first game flopped. They barely sold any copies and, as a result, can’t pay their employee’s salaries. But, the president of the company has an idea. And no, it’s not filing for bankruptcy.

Only failures file for bankruptcy. Flower isn’t a failure. They just need a little help. That’s why the president hired a new employee with extensive dating sim experience. But, when I say extensive experience, I mean experience playing games, not making them.

Why would the president do that, though? Well, the current employees of Flower are actually good at their jobs. The real issue is that none of them have experience playing dating sims. How are they supposed to make a fun game if they’ve never played one before? That’s where the new employee comes in.

Flower Staff

Tomoya Mochizuki is the protagonist of the series and professional dating sim player. He doesn’t actually bring any other experience to Flower. Basically, he’s a glorified play-tester. But, his presence does shake things up at the company which was once entirely comprised of women.

Kisara Himeno is one of the three main girls. I’d argue she’s the female lead as she’s the one who gets the most character development. Kisara is one of two artists at Flower and specializes in line art. She’s also a tsundere, which makes her the cutest of the girls.

Momoka Fujiwara is the next main girl. She’s the script writer for Flower and she writes BL doujinshi in her spare time. While I do prefer Kisara’s appearance and personality, Momoka is the girl I would choose. She’s more adventurous, which makes her more fun.

Tomoya, Iori, and Reina on the beach from the anime OVA Eroge! H mo Game mo Kaihatsu Zanmai
Tomoya, Iori, and Reina on the beach

Iori Kousaka is easily the worst girl of the series. She’s also the third main girl and works as the second artist specializing in coloring. But, what makes Iori so bad? First, there’s her sense of style. She wears a skirt over jeans — who does that? And second, she’s a bit too adventurous.

Nene Sonono is the president of Flower. Despite her appearance (she looks like a child), she’s actually in her 30s. Nene could have been a decent character. But, she doesn’t get as much screen time as the others. And, as a result, her character never gets any development.

The final character I want to mention is Reina Otori. We’re never actually told what Reina’s role at Flower is. But, she doesn’t work in the office with the rest of the employees. From my understanding, Reina is the owner of the company. She also appears to have money, despite Flower’s situation.

There’s No Replacement for Experience

Thanks to Tomoya, Flower’s second game is a resounding success. It’s amazing what a little experience can do. However, that doesn’t mean we should praise Nene for hiring Tomoya. Her gamble paid off, sure. But, who caused the problem in the first place?

As the president of Flower, the blame probably lies with Nene. To me, it seems like Flower’s main issue is poor management. Why did they develop a dating sim when none of the employees had ever played one before? That seems like a recipe for disaster — and it was.

With that said, I can’t say for certain that Nene was the problem. Based on Reina’s personality, it’s possible that she pushed Flower in that direction. I can definitely see her deciding that a dating sim is the way to go and not listening to any feedback.

Nene handing out trial copies of Flower's new game from the anime OVA Eroge! H mo Game mo Kaihatsu Zanmai
Nene handing out trial copies of Flower’s new game

Something else to keep in mind is that Tomoya wasn’t the worst possible hire for the position. He actually wants to make Flower’s next game a success. And he’s willing to put in the effort to ensure that happens. He’s more than a dating sim snob like Keima from The World God Only Knows.

At the end of the series, the employees of Flower go on a trip to an onsen to generate ideas for their next game. Unfortunately, we’ll never get to see what that next game looks like. I don’t see there ever being a true sequel to this series.

But, there is another OVA called Ero Manga! H mo Manga mo Step-up♪ from the same creator. From my understanding, it’s the same idea but with mangaka instead of game developers. So, maybe I’ll have to review that one in the future.

Conclusion

I ended up giving Eroge! H mo Game mo Kaihatsu Zanmai a 7/10. It’s a good series with at least two likable girls. But, I feel that it could have been even better if Iori wasn’t in it. Replace Iori with Remon Aizawa (a voice actor who appears once) and it could have been an 8.

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Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl

Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl

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Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl

Electromagnetic Wave Woman and Adolescent Man

Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko / 電波女と青春男) is a comedy anime. This review also covers the 13th episode bundled with the Blu-ray release.

Before I get into the series itself, I want to mention the title. The official English title is Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl. But, the Japanese title actually translates to Electromagnetic Wave Woman and Adolescent Man. Clearly, the English title is the superior one.

Hitoma Iruma, who also wrote Adachi and Shimamura, wrote the original story of this series. But, Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl and Adachi and Shimamura are very different.

So, what’s this series about? A high school student moves in with his single aunt when his parents go overseas to work. He then finds out his aunt has a daughter (his cousin) nobody in the family knew about. She’s a strange girl who believes aliens abducted her. And she spends all her time searching for signs of alien life.

Erio Towa wrapped up in a futon from the anime series Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl
Erio Towa wrapped up in a futon

At the start of the anime, I thought it was going to turn into a romance series about these cousins. But, it never actually gets to that point. And that’s because this isn’t a romance anime, despite how it may seem at times.

What the series is really about is not being afraid to believe. That could be believing you can win a low-stakes sports match. Or it could be believing in aliens. If you believe in something enough, it will come true — at least, that’s what the story is trying to say.

Something else I want to point out is that Shaft animated this series. Shaft is my favorite animation studio, and this anime came out during peak Shaft years. It aired only a few months after Madoka Magica back in 2011.

Main Characters

Makoto Niwa is the protagonist of the series. And as a male protagonist in a series with a lot of cute female characters, he’s not that interesting. The most important thing to know about him is that he’s obsessed with the idea of adolescence.

Erio Towa is Makoto’s mysterious cousin. A year ago, Erio disappeared for 6 months before turning up in the ocean. Ever since her return, she’s claimed that aliens abducted her. This led to everyone around her thinking she was crazy. She eventually stopped going to school and started wrapping herself in a futon.

Meme Towa is Makoto’s aunt and Erio’s mother. The best way to describe her is that she’s 40 going on 20. Despite being the adult of the household, she’s the one who acts the most like a child. And she’s also the best girl of the series.

Ryuko "Ryushi" Mifune wearing her helmet from the anime series Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl
Ryuko “Ryushi” Mifune wearing her helmet

Ryuko “Ryushi” Mifune is the first friend Makoto makes at his new school. She’s a very outgoing girl who plays basketball and has a crush on Makoto. If you were going to point to one girl as the primary love interest for Makoto, it would be Ryuko.

Maekawa is another female friend of Makoto’s from school. A running gag is that she’s so tall she frequently gets light-headed. But, at only 5’9″, she’s not that tall. Her defining characteristic is that she likes to walk around town in cosplay. But, her idea of cosplay usually involves a strange mascot outfit.

The final character of note is Yashiro Hoshimiya. Yashiro shows up later in the series. She’s a young girl with white hair who wears a space suit and claims to be an alien/esper. Her stated goal is to find her brethren and she believes Erio is one of them.

Shared Universe

Have you seen both Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl and Adachi and Shimamura? If so, you may have noticed there are characters in both series who are very similar. The former has Yashiro Hoshimiya. And the latter has Yashiro Chikama. Both are young girls who wear the same space suit.

What’s unclear is if both these Yashiro are the same character. At first, you may think they’re different because their surnames are different. But, their surnames are actually just made up. For example, Hoshimiya refers to the meteor striking the shrine in Episode 13.

What this means is that it could be the same Yashiro present in both series using a different surname. But, these Yashiro could also be different characters who are looking for each other. As I already mentioned, Yashiro Hoshimiya claims she’s looking for her brethren. That could be Yashiro Chikama.

Meme Towa smiling from the anime series Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl
Meme Towa smiling

Now, let’s focus on the final episode of Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl. It’s a bit odd because the 13th episode came bundled with the Blu-ray and DVD releases. But, the series isn’t finished without it. Episode 12 leaves off without resolving anything or finishing the story.

The most important part of Episode 13 is that we find out Yashiro was telling the truth. She predicted the meteor strike that happened in this episode when she first met Makoto. Back then, she said he’d die when the midnight sun appeared. And if she’s telling the truth, it means Erio could have been, as well.

But, if the final episode is so important, why was it left off the end of the series? Did Shaft run out of time? It’s possible. But, I also noticed this was the only episode in which Erio’s dress is sheer. Fan service is a powerful marketing tool.

Conclusion

Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl is an 8/10. If you’re a fan of Shaft’s other work, you’ll probably be a fan of this one, too. Also, both the OP and ED for this series are good, which is always a bonus.

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