Under Your Radar

Under Your Radar is a column that’s meant to shine a bit of spotlight onto works that have gone unjustly under people’s radars. Reasons for this tend to include either the obscurity of the work itself, or due to misconceptions commonly held about a work’s content. I should note that, due to my own personal interests, works featured will be heavily skewed toward video games, anime and manga.

I was unsure as to how I would handle this column until the Symphogear coverage on July 7th, 2012. I have left my posts from before then up for archival purposes, but they’re very much non-indicative of later posts. Starting from the Code of Princess feature that ran on October 27th, 2012, I have begun to cover works that may or may not be up to par, not just ones that I believe are, and make a judgement at the end of each post as to whether its position under your radar is Unjust (as in, the work is good) or Rightful (as in, the work is bad). If I can’t decide, I use my later-introduced Debatable rating to indicate a work is in the middle. Prior to that, I simply wrote to inform.

New posts go up whenever I feel like it, but used to follow a weekly schedule.

Works previously featured in this series are listed below. Coverage from before I made this into a review column and before I introduced my rating system are in sub-headings further down.

Next Feature: Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson


August 2nd, 2017: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
July 28th, 2017: Rune Factory 4
October 31st, 2016: Stella Glow
May 26th, 2016: Chaika –The Coffin Princess-
September 29th, 2015: The Rising of the Shield Hero (web novel)
August 16th, 2015: Maria the Virgin Witch: Sorcière de gré, pucelle de force
August 9th, 2015: Witch Craft Works
August 2nd, 2015: Etotama
June 26th, 2015: Wish Upon the Pleiades
June 14th, 2015: Symphogear G
January 24th, 2015: When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace
January 17th, 2015: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!
January 10th, 2015: Tales of Hearts R
January 3rd, 2015: Demon Gaze
December 16th, 2014: Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star
December 16th, 2014: Cherry Tree High I! My! Girls!
December 14th, 2014: Mugen Souls Z

Prior to Debatable Rating

November 20th, 2014: Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus
November 5th, 2014: Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed
October 7th, 2014: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1
October 5th, 2014: The Guided Fate Paradox
September 4th, 2014: Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel
July 30th, 2014: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
July 29th, 2014: Atelier Rorona Plus ~The Alchemist of Arland~
July 4th, 2014: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection
July 1st, 2014: Love Live! School Idol Project (2nd Season)
June 24th, 2014: Deception IV: Blood Ties
June 6th, 2014: Monster Monpiece
May 30th, 2014: Atelier Escha & Logy ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~
May 29th, 2014: Yes Lolita! but Father?
May 8th, 2014: Oreshura
April 30th, 2014: Atelier Ayesha ~The Alchemist of Dusk~
April 29th, 2014: Croixleur Sigma
April 28th, 2014: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
March 24th, 2014: Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation
February 23rd, 2014: Senran Kagura BURST
December 24th, 2013: My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy
December 23rd, 2013: Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland
December 22nd, 2013: Bodacious Space Pirates
July 30th, 2013: Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland
July 13th, 2013: Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory
June 19th, 2013: Saki: Episode of Side A
June 7th, 2013: Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!
May 15th, 2013: Medaka Box
April 28th, 2013: Girls und Panzer
April 5th, 2013: Love Live! School Idol Project
March 28th, 2013: Ebiten
March 6th, 2013: He Is My Master
February 26th, 2013: War of the Human Tanks
February 20th, 2013: LAGRANGE – The Flower of Rin-ne –
February 8th, 2013: So I Can’t Play H
February 5th, 2013: Saki
January 23rd, 2013: Croixleur
January 22nd, 2013: Cherry Tree High Comedy Club
January 18th, 2013: Love, Election and Chocolate
January 15th, 2013: NAKAIMO – My Little Sister is Among Them!
January 12th, 2013: To Loveru
January 5th, 2013: OniAi
December 29th, 2012: Who’s That Flying?!
November 10th, 2012: Accel World
November 3rd, 2012: Fairy Bloom Freesia
October 27th, 2012: Code of Princess

Prior to Rating System

October 20th, 2012: Oreimo
October 6th, 2012: The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
September 22nd, 2012: Nagasarete Airantou
September 8th, 2012: Neptunia (original game covered more in-depth with Re;Birth1)
September 1st, 2012: Tales of Graces f
August 25th, 2012: Mysterious Girlfriend X
August 18th, 2012: Gosick
August 11th, 2012: Toradora!
August 4th, 2012: magico
July 28th, 2012: Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
July 21st, 2012: Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!
July 7th, 2012: Symphogear

Prior to Format Maturity

June 30th, 2012: The World God Only Knows
June 23rd, 2012: Negima! Magister Negi Magi
June 1st, 2012: The Smallest Hero!? Ratman
May 22nd, 2012: MAOYU
May 10th, 2012: No Time To Explain
May 9th, 2012: Angel Densetsu
May 8th, 2012: Oreshura (covered again on May 8th, 2014)