REVIEW: Ten Count [Manga] (Vol 1-3)

TEN COUNT | テンカウント  [MANGA]
PUBLISHED: 2013-2018
VOLUME 1-3

Rihito Takarai’s popular 6-volume manga Ten Count is soon ascending to the exclusive ranks of Boys’ Love anime adaptations, and no surprise. Licensed in English by SuBLime, the series has garnered quite a reputation for its love story postmarked with mental illness. Ten Count is so mainstream I found my copies on the shelf at my local public library. (Thanks for the yaoi, tax-payers.)

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There are ten things this mysophobic secretary really doesn’t want to do, and one thing he really wants to do: his therapist.

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REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 24 – FINALE)

Episode 24: The Catcher in the Rye | ライ麦畑でつかまえて [FINALE]

The finale is here, under the banner of J.D. Salinger’s most famous work – and Salinger, of course, is also the author of A Perfect Day for Bananafish, the series’ namesake. The Catcher in the Rye’s famous imagery has already been used for the second ending’s visuals, in which Ash watches over Eiji in a field. This innocuous metaphor turning titular screams an ominous literary device as the curtains part for the final time.

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Since it’s the last episode, let’s play a drinking game: drink every time you want things to be okay, and every time things aren’t actually okay.

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REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 23)

Episode 23: For Whom the Bell Tolls | 誰がために鐘は鳴る

We’ve reached the penultimate episode, which means this is the final chance to watch the unlucky romance of Ash Lynx and Eiji Okumura and assume everything will work out exactly the way you want it to next episode.

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REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 22)

Episode 22: As I Lay Dying | 死の床に横たわりて

It’s a mean title for a mean episode.

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Would I watch an entire anime comprised of Ash’s facial expressions whenever Eiji effectively confesses his love to him? I’d fucking fund an entire anime comprised of Ash’s facial expressions whenever Eiji effectively confesses his love to him.

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REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 21)

Episode 21: The Undefeated | 敗れざる者

“Undefeated” is a pretty lofty title when you’re reaching the finale of an action epic. I’m already wincing, but that might just be whiplash from the fact that episode 21 has a fuck ton of ground to cover and only twenty minutes to do it.

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REVIEW: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill (Episode 10)

Episode 10: Failed Detective, but Pure! | はずれ刑事、純情派!

Wait a second, episode title, who are you calling failed, and who are you calling pure? Oh, I know you’re not throwing shade at my boy Kirill.

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That moment when someone randomly tries to buy sex with you but only offers thirty bucks.

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REVIEW: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill (Episode 9)

Episode 9: Don’t Think, Feel So Good! | ドントスィンクフェールソーグッド!

The protagonist’s awesome Engrish catchphrase gets title cred this episode, which is a nice way to jetpack back into the actual plot of the series after a slogging through slew of character filler.

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Pictured: a literal double-decker. Fuck yeah, jetpacks!

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