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I’ll get this out of the way up front: Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki is my favourite currently publishing light novel series. The way each volume builds upon the last by developing its characters and consistently changing the status quo cements it as an instant classic alongside similarly themed works like My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU! and ReLIFE. By revolving around the intricacies of high school social dynamics, these works examine how those social dynamics reflect our own developments as people and communities at large.

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki frames this development around the Venn diagram of video games and navigating adolescent relationships. Fumiya Tomozaki is the world’s best “Attack Family” (read: Super Smash Brothers) player and views life itself as a garbage-tier game with broken rules, unfair balancing, and a far-too-steep difficulty curve. Under the improvisational tutelage of Aoi Hinami, the most popular girl at his high school, however, Tomozaki resolves to change his outlook and see life as the god-tier game everyone touts it as. …


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The following review was originally published on March 27th, 2020 on AniTAY’s Kinja site. It has been republished in anticipation for The Quintessential Quintuplets’ second season.

How do you write romance and make it both affective and believable? The answers to this question are as numerable as there are romance-based manga. Our own Protonstorm, for example, rightly credits Kaguya-sama: Love is War’s willingness to evolve its structure and progress from a “romantic comedy” to a “comedic romance” as key to making the manga one of the best contemporary rom-coms.


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The following review was originally published on April 29th, 2019 on AniTAY’s Kinja site. It has been republished in anticipation for The Promised Neverland’s second season.

The Winter 2019 season has come and gone, but The Promised Neverland staked its claim in the anime community as one of the season’s best. Several members of the AniTAY community had a variety of thoughts on the show, proving it to be a show simultaneously well-loved, heavily debated, and interestingly divisive. Read on as Dark Aether, DilKokoro, Doctorkev, Koda, RedStripe118, and myself, TheMamaLuigi, share what we took away from The Promised Neverland!

Note: This review contains fairly heavy spoilers for The Promised Neverland, so if you haven’t seen the show (and we recommend you do), continue at your own discretion.

About

Reid Braaten - TheMamaLuigi

Master of Arts graduate with a focus on anime and representations of otaku culture in Japanese media. AniTAY’s resident editor. Finding time to do something.

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