Those Who Hunt Elves (herein abbr. TWHE) is another lost classic of sheer lunacy mixed in with some tender moments. The plot is dog simple, allowing many self-contained slice of life episodes to entertain us until they have to wrap it up and put a bow on it in the last couple of episodes for the season. An interesting swerve characterizes the ending. The main characters are quite funny, doubly so in the English dub which soon parts ways with the subtitle script about halfway into the first season. Unfortunately, TWHE is a joke that is funny only once--too bad the series doubles down for a second season with the same jokes and set-ups as t
Midori Days sounds like a normal story about a schoolgirl who has a crush on a boy and is too shy to declare her love to him, and the boy, in turn, has a bad reputation and isn't used to such female attention. Eventually, they clear the air and confess to each other, and they live happily ever after. What saves Midori Days from terminal normalcy and boredom is the device--worthy of a Kafka story like "The Metamorphosis" or The Trial--of the girl shrinking down and becoming the guy's right hand, thereby allowing both of them to get to know each other in ways they never thought possible. (Don't get ahead of me with the obvious off-color joke
Steel Angel Kurumi (herein abbr. SAK) is a weird compromise between a steampunk setting (Japan during the Taisho era in the early 20th century) and a harem rom/com. Sure, there's a plot, and there's some heavy duty narrative about a player from the future trying to solve a problem in the past. Mostly, though, it's a harem rom/com with a young boy gaining three cute female androids (angels, in the story's parlance) who compete for his favors.
Fans of Saber Marionette J (like me) will get the shock of the familiar with the set-up of SAK. Like SMJ, SAK's Japan has something old and something new. SMJ has the latest computers and weapons of