Written by Sakae Esuno, original story by Bokuto Uno with character design by Ruria Miyuki, translations by Andrew Cunningham, and lettering by Brandon Bovia, this story starts fascinating and just gets better. Reign of the Seven Spellblades delivers an engaging journey with action, comedy, and deeper secrets that make you crave the next volume.
I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World and Became Unrivaled in the Real World, Too Volume 1 may be a wordy title (I’m noticing a trend of wordy titles), but I love this light novel from Yen Press. The story is terrific despite one part making me grit my teeth in annoyance. Written by Miku with illustrations by Rein Kuwashima and translation by Noboru Akimoto, I stayed up till the early morning to read this. After all, who would not want to get a skill from a game-like world and bring it here? As a gamer, I hands down love this! I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World Volume 1 has a sweet, clueless central character and a fascinating story.
This Yen Press manga is adorable with a story by Zappon, art by Masahiro Ikeno, character design by Yasumo with translation by Dale Delucia, and lettering by Dayeun Kim. This world reminds me of RPG games, where each person receives a blessing when they are born. Though the first volume does not stand out, Banished from the Hero’s Party Volume 1 entertains and teases enough to make readers wonder where the story heads.
The pacing is picking up, and the interconnectivity between the characters left me reeling. From androids to aliens to vampires, The Detective Is Already Dead Volume 3 continues the comedy—at Kimizuka’s expense—and tension.
The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess Vol. 1 drags near the beginning, but Komari and her world are hilarious, stressful, and page-turning as the story unfolds.
The best parts of Top Gun: Maverick are Tom Cruise and the camaraderie between the pilots and the action. While there is little we learn about the other characters outside of their relationship with Maverick, Top Gun: Maverick is a captivating, exciting sequel that does not tarnish the original film. This film brings a smile to the face.
Jujutsu Kaisen exploded onto Crunchyroll and quickly gained a fan base. Based on the manga by Gege Akutami, each episode had the perfect blend of heart, action, and stunning animation. After the first season, fans awaited a second season. Although we have to wait till 2023 for the second season, Studio Mappa released a prequel film directed by Sunghoo Park, Jujutsu Kaisen 0. I love this movie. From the animation that shines brighter to the characters, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 gives fans more of what and who they love.
Tonally confusing with disconcerting edits, bland dialogue, and low stakes, there is not much here to appreciate. A further issue with Asking For It is the lack of dimension with the characters. That presents a challenge connecting with them. I am a fan of women-led revenge films, but Asking For It misses the mark.
In The Batman, Batman (Robert Pattinson) has to stop serial killer the Riddler and unearth the corruption of Gotham and the connection to his family. It sounds impressive, but on its own, The Batman lacks characters to hold interest, yet the thriller noir atmosphere might be enough. I liked the film because I want them to the fantastic world from this one and add in more character development so I can give a damn about more of the characters. Still, I’ve never seen Gotham like this before.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus gives a mix of action, noir-cyberpunk style animation with an absorbing mystery that leaves you ready…