2023 Quick Reviews

by Rakka   Tags: review anime manga books

Quick reviews of 2023 media. Will be updated throughout the year.

Scale used for reference:

  • 1/5: not really worth looking into; you won’t see many of these because I’ll just drop it without bothering to review it.
  • 2/5: probably not worth the time, but you may enjoy it regardless.
  • 3/5: an average to above-average series; may be a 4/5 to fans of certain genres or themes.
  • 4/5: a strong recommendation with some flaws or shortcomings.
  • 5/5: a universal recommendation; one of my favorites. Not necessarily flawless, but has something extremely compelling.
  1. Anime
    1. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury
    2. Princess Tutu
  2. Manga
    1. Oneshots
      1. 君のヒーローに
      2. 持ち主の女のコと、恋する人形のお話
    2. Series
      1. No Guard Wife
      2. Stand by Me ちさたきアンソロジー
      3. 旅するリコリス 恋するリコリス
      4. 私の中でいちばんに光る、貴方
      5. ユリコリス・ユリコイル 総集編
  3. Novels
    1. Dead-End Memories
    2. I Will Forget This Feeling Someday
    3. Our Missing Hearts
    4. There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job
    5. Vivy Prototype
  4. Short Stories
    1. Collaboration?

Anime #

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury #

You don’t need me to tell you why this incarnation of the franchise is amazing.

Princess Tutu #

  • Season: Summer 2002
  • Source: HIDIVE
  • Rating: 3/5

I found the concept (magical girls, except having ballet dance battles) interesting, and the story gets unexpectedly dark (though that seems to apply to a lot of old shojo shows?). Unfortunately since I mostly watch anime on the side while doing something else, I wasn’t able to give this show the full attention it deserved.

Manga #

Oneshots #

君のヒーローに #

He wants her to be his hero…she wants him to be her boyfriend!

持ち主の女のコと、恋する人形のお話 #

  • Author: @nekohariko22
  • Source: Twitter
  • Rating: 3/5

A cute oneshot from the perspective of two dolls watching their owner’s love blossom.

Series #

No Guard Wife #

(Dropped) A somewhat racy series about a straightforward husband and his 0 defense wife. It got somewhat repetitive after a while, and it unfortunately writes its ostensibly adult married couple like a pair of teenagers.

Stand by Me ちさたきアンソロジー #

A Lycoris Recoil fanbook collecting stories from various authors, both manga and short stories, as well as fan art.

旅するリコリス 恋するリコリス #

  • Author: @2015chaosgroup
  • Source: Pixiv BOOTH
  • Rating: 3/5

A Lycoris Recoil fanbook featuring Chisato/Takina going to Kyoto.

私の中でいちばんに光る、貴方 #

  • Author: @yatosaking
  • Rating: 4/5

CONTENT WARNING: sexual assault

A collection of somewhat twisted yuri oneshots from YATOSAKI Haru. While not generally explicit, the stories can get racy, and of course there’s the content warning. If that’s not a deal-breaker, the art is exquisite, and the stories are quite interesting because they depict relationships that are slightly off the beaten path.

ユリコリス・ユリコイル 総集編 #

  • Author: @2015chaosgroup
  • Source: Pixiv BOOTH
  • Rating: 3/5

A mildly ecchi Lycoris Recoil fanbook featuring Chisato/Takina gags.

Novels #

Dead-End Memories #

  • Author: Banana Yoshimoto
  • Rating: 4/5

A quick collection of short stories generally revolving around relationships and reflecting on life.

I Will Forget This Feeling Someday #

  • Author: Yoru Sumino
  • Rating: 2/5

(Dropped) A fairly boring story about a loner and a supernatural girl that just didn’t hold my interest.

Our Missing Hearts #

  • Author: Celeste Ng
  • Rating: 5/5

A near-future book about where the anti-Asian racism in America could all to plausibly lead. It draws on history both recent and distant, and frankly was just difficult to read at times because it’s terrifyingly realistic, and you just feel powerless. I would say the ending was a bit of a letdown—but frankly, there isn’t any way there could be a satisfying ending, not one that would actually fit.

There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job #

  • Author: Kikuko Tsumura
  • Rating: 3/5

A comedic account of a woman who goes searching for a simple, easy job and finds anything but. It’s decently funny and somewhat reminded me of George Saunders, with a sort of matter-of-fact approach to rather ridiculous events, but for me it started dragging a little at the end.

Vivy Prototype #

  • Author: Tappei Nagatsuki, Eiji Umehara
  • Rating: 3/5

(Dropped) The light novel version of the anime. Doesn’t really have any differences with the anime, so just watch that instead.

Short Stories #

Collaboration? #

A fever dream where it’s hard to tell what’s going on or even how one paragraph follows from another.