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Happy First Birthday, Anifile: Our Top 5 Posts from 2014!


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So I was sitting here and realised that today was a special day. Not only because it’s the premiere day of my third show for Anifile, but it marks the first anniversary of AnifileReviews.com. Yeah, on January 11th 2014, I set up this website. A year later and we have three video shows, over four hundred and fifty thousands hits, a committed support network on Patreon and we even got quoted on Animax for their Parasyte marathon promotions. Neat!

So how to celebrate? Well, apart from the cute birthday cake and sketch we got from my friend Dawnrie, I thought it would be a cool idea to list the five most popular posts from our first year. It’s a varied mix but here I’ll list them all and post links [so they can get even more popular!]

Before we begin, I do wish to thank you all for sticking with Anifile and enjoying our content. Without you guys, there wouldn’t be anything here, so I give you thanks from the heart of my bottom. Right, let’s begin!

#5 – Our Top Ten Page [as of September 2014]

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Anifile’s top ten page generated over four thousands hits in the past year. It chronicles my favourite ten anime of all time and has generated a fair range of debate while it’s been online. One of the first pages I created for the site, it’s updated semi-regularly. It depends if an anime has made a big enough impact or whether an anime has fallen from grace. I’m looking at you, Attack on Titan.

#4 – No Game, No Life REVIEW

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One of the first reviews I wrote for the Spring 2014 season proved to be one of the most popular. Over five thousand hits for this one. Despite the fanservice, the colour palette of this anime has proved to be a massive hit and I’m even now seeing the manga getting an English release after barely a year. In any case, this is one of the most iconic anime of the year and one of the most relatable.

#3 – Knights of Sidonia REVIEW

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Six thousand hits later and this show is just raking in the kudos on this website! The review was a little reserved at first but after I’d watched more for my video review, the praise skyrocketed! It is the most popular single anime review on the website for 2014.

#2 – Bad Fanfiction Theatre: Fusion vs Fusion VIDEO

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Now we stretch out to eight thousand hits for the most popular Bad Fanfiction Theatre entry. Naturally since it’s Dragonball Z and has Broly in it. Yeah. Plus PurpleEyesWTF’s excellent cameo. He’s a cool guy and this was a funny fanfiction to read and this got a lot of hilarious comments.

#1 – Our Top 5 Anime of Winter 2014

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Wow. This single article got OVER THREE TIMES more posts than the number two post! Over twenty eight thousands visits to this page. Granted this was posted back in March but it got a lot of traffic from a lot of interested readers. Since this was my first list for the website for current anime, I had a lot of pressure to make it good yet fair but it looks like it worked! Yay!

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So what does 2015 have in store for Anifile? Well, we have Googledegook getting off the ground and a second season of Bad Fanfiction Theatre plus the return of Anifile video reviews and articles. So we do have varied content for you guys for the year ahead. We shall be here to help you choose cool new anime to watch as well as be your anime internet pal.

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Anifile’s Top 10 Anime of 2014


So the end of 2014 has come and all the anime are wrapping up for a Christmas break before another year of anime begins in 2015. I apologise immensely for not getting out my reviews for the Fall season…

[this video explains why in more detail]

In short, professional work took precedent and TeamFourStar content ate up the rest of the time. HOWEVER – I have been able to catch up on some of the anime and tabulate them into this list. Two make the cut! The Top Ten Anime of 2014 according to Anifile. Let’s waste any more time and get on with the show starting at number ten.

#10 – I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying

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Despite this anime being only four minutes in length per episode, it is a sweet story of two people who marry for convenience and their mutual feelings of futility which quickly becomes a genuine fondness for one another. It’s short, sharp and mostly funny despite the cultural divide between East and West. If this had been a full length show, maybe it would be higher up this list; or maybe not. Its brevity makes its potent. It’s four panel comic origins have been sustained and indeed improved upon. Definitely give this anime a watch, the whole series will barely take up an hour of your time. Especially if you love otaku gags!

#9 – Gugure! Kokkuri-san

One of two anime from this season that I didn’t get to review fully but I did keep an eye on it and I’m so glad that I did. It’s a hilariously dark comedy which is also a four-panel comic in origin; but it works in a full-fat episode. Cleverly pacing its comedic elements with endearing touches which have quickly become an internet smash and one that Sentai Filmworks shall spread further. There’s the whole gamut of comedy here – from slapstick to wordplay to one-liners to seriously macabre skits. If you’re looking for something different, then the tale of a hermit-like elementary school who summons a fox spirit after playing a game of Kokkuri and their journey together shall satisfy you a lot!

#8 – Majimoji Rurumo

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I think this year has seen anime which start to buck the trend of their respective genres and instead choose to satirise them or bring new life into them. Indeed, the fallen witch Rurumo is a prime candidate for this notion. You think that when she comes into Kato’s life, she’ll be the typical transfer student; nope! She works in the school cafeteria. Unexpected! There are lots of moments in this series which don’t follow the traditional route of harem anime [although it DOES come close at times] but it staves off convention enough to present something truly unique which can only be good! I recommend this to anyone wanting a light-hearted magical comedy that wants something new!

#7 – One Week Friends

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One Week Friends is one of those shows which makes me proud to be an anime fan. It’s an example of how the medium can tackle a serious issue like mental trauma and turn it into a tale which is laced with positivity and love. Brains Base has produced an animated gem along with Matcha Hazuki’s brilliant premise. It might not be as action-packed or filled with gut-busting comedy to satisfy most slice-of-life fans, but it’s a touching and pragmatic story. It marks what true friendship really is; stand by your friend and help them through their woes, be there for them in their darkest hour and in their moments of happiness. I was blown away with how well this whole package came together and this is definitely a candidate for my top five list for this season.

#6 – When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

What an interesting concept. Instead of making people with superpowers a rarity, why not make them common and those without powers the figures of interest or derision. Jurai, our main guy, has to deal with something worse; a lame power. A pithy fire…blob. This series may be unpredictable, but perhaps that’s what we need in a show these days; something we don’t expect. One episode could be action-packed, the other quite relaxed. You don’t know for sure! There is a smattering of character development but this anime is clearly meant to poke fun at the likes of Haruhi Suzumiya, D-Frag and all other school club anime be they imbued with superpowers or not. I can dig it!

#5 – Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

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Ah, yes. This had to be on this list. It’s such an adorable show with an amazing soundtrack; so peppy! An adventure into the world of manga with a team of quirky individuals who work together to produce an acclaimed creation free of any awkward suggestiveness or nuances of sex. It’s simply a joy to watch and will generate a smile and leave audience members pleased to have dedicated their time to it. I was so glad that I got to see this and by the huge amount of requests I got to review it. I was not disappointed in the slightest. Tsubaki’s four-panel work has easily generated a four-star anime. Perhaps five stars for some. A must-see; it’s easy to pick up and understand and requires little background knowledge to fully appreciate.

#4 – Nobunagun

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This anime is absolutely bonkers. Despite the alien threat, there are ridiculous heroes with absurd names and powers which creates an aura of epicness which is hard to emulate anywhere else; you can’t explain it, you have to see it to believe it. I may not be a gun aficionado, but I like some farcical action from time to time and the way that Shio [a gun fanatic] conducts herself both in and out of action means that I want to get behind her as she is not a whiny wimp or a callous prude; she’s a scared little girl who has felt out of place in the world and now she has found her calling. It’s wonderful to see her so happy, blasting aliens into itty bitty pieces. How sweet.

#3 – Sabagebu (Survival Game Club)

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This comedy is amazing. It wrong-foots you every step of the way; what you think is going to happen doesn’t and instead you’re left with hilarity. Sabagebu is one of those shows that you simply have to see. I was sold after only a minute when I witnessed in admiration Momoka effectively giving the bird to tradition and carving her own path in the narrative. Girls packing heat! Not only that but it’s more accessible than most anime as most of its tropes and quirks are framed around Hollywood action movies and as such feels familiar to American audiences.

#2 – Kiseijuu (Parasyte)

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Parasyte. THE standout anime of the second-half of 2014. A twisted and graphic romp which doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to detailing the sheerly horrifying idea of a parasite infecting humanity and turning them into terrifying abominations [If you watch episode one, then you might want to cover your eyes when a dog gets infected. Yeah].The package is mostly perfect; a right balance of horror, intelligent plot devices, emotional capacity and even a little bit of comedy here and there. Despite the iffy soundtrack in some places, the feeling of tension is spot-on. The buddy act of Shinichi and Migi quickly turns into a formidable team from what was a bumbling one-sided duo. It’s a manga from the late eighties which has now had its chance to shine and it shall now cements its place in the pantheon of manga and anime.

#1 – Knights of Sidonia

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Yes. Despite the constant takedowns of my reviews praising this show [Thanks, Molebeat.] I will stand by this fantastic series and celebrate the fact it’s spearheaded Netflix’s recent sojourn into anime on its streaming platform. A ‘Netflix Original’, the story of Tanikaze answering the call to protect humanity from the evil Gauna menace is an accomplished tale using cutting-edge technology to present a wholly 3D anime experience in a polished way. I’ve exhausted all I can say about this anime as I’ll be repeating myself; check out my main review for all of what I love about the show.

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So there we have it. Anifile’s top ten anime of the year. You might be wondering what were my worst anime of the year. Well…hold on and you’ll find out soon enough.

I once again apologise for the lack of reviews from this season but I’ll work on rectifying that in the new year, ready for our first anniversary! Stay tuned!

Lootcrate: November 2014 Unboxing – BATTLE!


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Today we are preparing for BATTLE! Or just opening a box with neat stuff in it…then I BATTLE!

Denkigai no Honya-san REVIEW


Akihabara [or more commonly known as Electric Town] is a hive of activity in the Japanese capital. Every day, small fortunes are spent in the pursuit of finding the latest gadget or rare artefact to complete one’s collection be it a figurine or DVD or even a book. One bookstore plays host as we gaze into the world of Denkigai no Honya-san and read up on it and skip to the pictures!

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Umanohome, the name of the store the story is set in, has a rag-tag team of employees which deals with the patrons of the Akihabara district. They range from the greenhorn newbie Umio to the jaded manga artist/manager ‘Sensei’ [the term is ironic for she is actually quite lazy and lacking in confidence] and even the mute Sommelier, a master of manga matchmaking. These characters are led by the perverted Kantoku, a very sexually confident head of operations. With him at the helm, the team manage to generate a good amount of business in the area hosting midnight releases of new manga volumes and tending to the demands of fussy customers. This is a workplace anime sitcom with plenty of slapstick comedy and a distinctly older teen vibe about it. Yet despite the savoury content, it’s remarkably restrained.

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When I first watched this show, I was taken back to when I watched the cult classic anime Genshinken. In that show, a bunch of young adults in college hung out together, each with a different level of affinity with anime and manga ranging from lots to barely any at all. Denkigai no Honya-san seems like a variation of sorts, like what would happen if the setting was a bookshop instead of a club room. It has a adult feeling whilst yet not being pornographic; it’s got that sense of maturity whilst also being pretty ridiculous. It’s not meant to be a hard-hitting analysis of what goes into running a doujinshi store [fan manga store] and reconstruct it in every single way; but it uses the more relaxed and open-minded scenery to create a bunch of characters that would be dubbed ‘socially awkward’ in the real world and see what would happen if you got them working with each other. When you do that, you get some very amusing yet oddly familiar characters such as the mute Sommelier with the paternal instinct [reminds me of Mori-senpai from Ouran High School Host Club]. Each one of these characters has a personality which contributes to the overall story; no-one is superfluous.

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I will give this show credit for tons of charm. These co-workers aren’t just pay-cheque collectors, they are a family. They get on famously and help each other out when times gets rough. With each episode, I am filled with a sense of warmth and comfort, it’s comfort food. I await each episode and feel satisfied after each outing. Each of these outings consists of two or three minisodes within a full twenty-four minute slot so the pacing is kept at a reasonably fast level. Despite the lightning pace though, the show doesn’t half be clever sometimes. On the surface, the show looks very simple and soft but it can actually be quite self-aware about the moe genre and fanservice as a whole. Nothing feels biased or wrong. You expect to be thrust something offensive or striking, but it never comes and instead we get a bout of philosophical debate about the genre. For example, Sensei takes the tried and tested theory of “Schrödinger’s Cat” and swaps the feline with underwear. What’s better, to see or not to see? Sensei and the show takes a popular theory and puts an anime spin on it which is rather surprising.

One figurehead character and the potential candidate for “main character” is Sensei herself. A lot of the plot focuses around her and her ambitions of being a manga artist. However, the show doesn’t make her a prodigy; she’s adequate. Average. Meh. Nevertheless, she ploughs on even though she’s not the best in the business and her hapless friends aren’t much better and may be a hindrance rather than a blessing. I am pleased to see this as it is a facsimile for a lot of people there who have tons of ambition and dedication and may lack the skill at this time; they do it for the fun of it and take it seriously…well, they try! You will become very used to seeing Sensei cry, Shin-Ei Animations must have had tons of practice in how to draw tears after producing this anime; she’s crying all the time over deadlines, comradeship, anything! It’s not annoying, but just very different and a distinguishing feature.

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In the end, Denkigai no Honya-san is a cute anime with a lot of personality and little accuracy; but that doesn’t matter because you can’t get over the friendship on display. It’s not a hard-hitting anime, but it’s a delightful and amusing slice-of-life about a little manga store in the centre of Tokyo. Nothing more. You will find a character you’ll like with no trouble at all; I actually like nearly all of them for different reasons. The fanservice that does show itself is tempered and equally geared towards all persuasions, not just the guys. That’s rather refreshing and I’m glad I got to see that the ladies were catered for just as much. Equal opportunities FTW!

Denkigai no Honya-san is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CONTINUE [Simple, straightforward comedy with oodles of charm.]

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I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying REVIEW


There are hobbies out there that most couples have where one party cannot comprehend what their partner does or even what they’re talking about. In this case, office worker Kaoru and otaku blogger Hajime live together in ‘matrimony'(?) despite the fact there are far too many instances where Kaoru thinks I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying.

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This series is split into four minute episodes with very fast comedic elements thrown at the screen concerning the lives of Kaoru and Hajime, two newlyweds with differing tastes in entertainment and outlooks on life. Kaoru is a very cynical and ignorant office worker and Hajime is a closeted recluse who relies on the internet and anime for his social activity and fulfilment. Somehow, these two opposites attracted each other [it helps that Hajime is pretty buff!] and the pair got married despite the fact they seem to show little affection towards each other in their day-to-day existence. Each episode throws up a brief story involving either Hajime’s brother[?] coming to visit, Kaoru dealing with her drunken behaviour, Hajime finding a job; all these plots seem dull when condensed like that, but all these stories are laced with madcap comedy and a hint of sweetness which really comes from within.

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Sure, these two may have differing interests, but they have a common characteristic – they’re both lonely individuals. Through their solitude, they found each other and figuratively snuggled together for companionship. Even though Kaoru can barely understand what Hajime does and likes, she’s not depressed or frustrated. She tries to understand and she begins to pick stuff up like a caring spouse should; be interested in their partner. Hajime too does change a little, although it’s more subtle. He becomes more open to real-life pursuits like finding a desk job and even going drinking with his wife. Being social? Never! Well, things change. It leads to a very sweet and touching anime which warms even the coldest heart. I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying is a simple story but it crams a lot of plot into very little time, it could be considered to be too short. It would’ve been neat to see this show done like Sabagebu and have three ‘minisodes’ per week each lasting seven minutes. That being said, that might be why it’s the length it is; it leaves people wanting more. It keeps things simple and uncluttered and I respect that decision. I’d rather be waiting in anticipation for the next episode rather than wanting to know when one is going to end.

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Not all of this show is perfect though. There’s the issue of Hajime’s brother Mayotama, who regularly cross-dresses as a girl and acts like one online [there’s even a skit where one of Hajime’s friends finds this out all too well]. The issue isn’t the cross-dressing; people are free to be whoever they feel most comfortable being, but Mayotama’s character as a PERSON is all over the place. I would much rather he wasn’t in the story as he barges in obnoxiously and throws the plot into disarray. Instead keep the narrative focused on Kaoru and Hajime and their routines. That would be much nicer; but I suppose the need to mix things up is why Mayotama is there…doesn’t mean I like him. The animation can be a little iffy at points, but most of the time this is excused due to the show’s brevity and sketchy style; if this were a longer episode the quality would have to be better. Seven Studios have struck a good balance of efficiency and detail for what they’ve got.

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The most touching moments are when Kaoru looks to Hajime and becomes all brooding and maternal; her husband is a big kid [she’s actually two years older than him too] and she’s there to look after him and his impetuous nature. She may not be the most lovable person out there, but she does convey care and empathy in her own unique way which shines through often, usually at the end of each episode. Like she’s learnt some kind of moral. They are figuring each other out and how they’re going to make this marriage thing work out for both of them. Hajime is relatable to most of the Japanese audience; he is what most otaku want to be – a married man and yet still maintaining his blazing passion for all things two dimensional! He is their vessel and perhaps a glowing beacon of aspiration for which to encourage people to find a partner; it’s not impossible, people!

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In all, I adore this show. It’s short, sweet and downright charming. It’s been overlooked by most review sites and it shouldn’t be; just because it’s short doesn’t mean it’s impotent. It’s not about the size, but what you do with what you’ve got and this show does a lot. Some characters could be fettled from the lineup in my opinion, but the overall package is adorable and funny. A lovely little comedy for when you’ve got a spare few minutes. Or mainline the entire series in an hour! You won’t be disappointed.

I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CONTINUE [I adore this little anime. I want more of its charm.]

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