A swimming anime??! : Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Disclaimer!!

Woahhhh!! Have I been away long. What was it 3 months! =__= Oh my goodness!! I apologize to everyone for having to wait so long for my next update. Juggling school and work is killing me and I barely have enough time to get some shut-eye when I get home!

Hopefully, I will continue to update you on the newest animes that are coming out this summer. And what better way than to introduce an anime that fits this season perfectly?

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Watching the PV to Free! a few months back (and of course seeing the people I follow on tmblr spam numerous gifs of these pretty boys), I was excited to see the series’s potential.

First of all, I have never seen a swimming anime before. Sure I’ve read Rough and Dive!!, two great mangas that have had the chance to adapt into their own live action movie, but none successful enough to become their own anime.

The second reason is because of Kyoto Animation. We have seen beautiful creations come from this company, along with a wide variety of storylines, characters and genres.

For one thing, this anime is a total “fan-service” anime, and is mainly targeted towards females. So if you think Kuroko no Basuke opened up alot of windows for fanfictions and shipping, Free! took it on a totally new level. You’ve got abs, butts, bromance hinted moments. Heck, you’ve got guys swinging their hair back and forth like their the models to loreal shampoos or something.

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And you have to admit, the way the director controls the shots is…well, let’s just say we got a very GOOD look of the lower torso of the body.

Plot: Free! revolves around a boy named Haruka Nanase who “lives” for water. He loves swimming, taking long baths, I mean this dude even wears his swimsuit under his clothes most of the time! As he continues to grow throughout the years, his swim club is cancelled, his teammates parts ways, and slowly he starts to lose his love for swimming. This is until his long time bestfriend/rival returns from Australia and challenges him to a PVP.  After the defeat, however,  Haruka begins to rekindle his passion towards swimming and invites his long estranged friends Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka, and also a new recruit Rei Ryugazaki , to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club.

Artwork: Kyoto Animation does not disappoint. You’ve got the natural flow of water, to the detailed structure of the human body. (Well, maybe a bit TOO over-exaggerated, but you get the point.)

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I mean look at that. Seriously??! =.,= *nosebleed*

Characters: Now, I’m particularly found of all the characters in this series. You’ve got Haru-chan, who acts like your typical “cool” boy, but really he’s just a big kid who still wants to play with his childhood toys.

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Makoto-kun is your scaredy cat/weak hearted but genuinely kind character. He provides a sort of comical and refreshing feel to the anime, as well as try to put most of the characters in line.

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There’s also Nagisa-kun (my personal favorite) who just a fun loving and eccentric guy. He’s the guy who does things to the extreme. (Okay….he went skinny dipping on the first episode of the anime!!)

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Badam! Then we have the villian-yet-soon-to-be-good-guy Rin-kun! After their victory in the past, Rin moved to Australia to perfect his talent even further.  He now enrolls in Samezuka Academy where he’s now a top-notch Ryan Locte of his generation.

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The episode where Rei-kun (aka Mr.Glasses) comes out is still to be aired, but you can probably infer from the PVs is that he is a hardworking and determined student, trying to juggle both track and field and swimming at the same time.

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Whoops! Let’s not forget Gou-chan, Rin Matsuoka’s sister, who kinda balances the series cast by adding a female (if not already) touch to the anime.

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Another little thing I though that was cute about the anime is that the creators decided to give all the male characters a sort of female name and the female a male name. (which is frequently joked about throughout series) Goodness, if I was named Bob or Richard instead of my own name….=_= urghhh…the humiliation…

First Episode Impression:

First let me say that I watched this anime is 720p and….oh my goodness….was the animation spectacular. The way the animators captured the sport of swimming was just amazing. I thought I was watching an anime movie, with the artwork being so perfectly drawn. What I noticed about the episode is that the animators are trying to take a sort of friendship and bonds route with the characters. Since the sense of deep passion is already present in the series characters, I can tell that the story will play out very well towards an anime that can show you the true meaning of doing what you love to do and how you can’t easily grow out of something when you start to age.

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So what do you think about the new release of Free! ? Have you watched it yet? What do you think. I do believe that the next episode will be aired tomorrow. (Or in 8 more hours according to my time :P)

For those of you who haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend you to watch the first episode, even if you don’t enjoy the concept of the series, just looking at the splendidness of the animation is enough to leave you satisfied. I’m glad to say though that this is an excellent anime for the summer and if you want to see something a bit more sporty with a cute sense of humor and just a load of fun, then check Free! Iwatobi Swim Club out!!

And until next time!!! Nyaaaaaaaa~~ =^..^=

A Reverse Kimi Ni Todoke?: Kimi Ni Koishitei Desu Ka!!

It’s like love at first sight. The first time I saw this manga, I couldn’t help but click the link and start reading the first chapter.

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Have you seen Kimi Ni Todoke? Or Toradora? (If you have not, where in the world have you been you sad person?) If you liked/love/are obsessed with the two stories I have stated, here is Kimi Ni Koishitei Desu Ka, a story about Chigira Ruiji, a highschooler whose face is pretty…unique. (He has been known to have a face similar to an Oni Mask or Hannya) Ruiji is frequently feared because of demonic appearance and what to make matters worse is that because of his unfamiliarity of social engaging with people normally, he is usually mistaken for either a creep by the girls or a delinquent by the boys. Therefore, he has already accepted the fact that he is fated to be….

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Until one day….a certain girl walks into his life….

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Background: 

Kimi Ni Koishitei Desu Ka is a newly published manga (and by new I mean it’s only a month old!) by Shueisha in the Margaret magazine. You remember, the same magazine that published Hibi Chouchou and Switch Girl. The mangaka is Shiiba Nana whose previous works have been mainly one shot volumes. Although I haven’t read her previous works, I can tell from the storyline that Kimi Ni Koishitei Desu Ka will be a somewhat long ongoing work.

Artwork:

This is the first manga I’ve read by Shiiba Nana. I could tell that she is a very clean and simple artist, not emphasizing too much on her details but instead on character traits, in this case, trying to portray Ruiji kun as a total outcast. Unlike other shojos though, Shiiba-San does not use chibi characters, which makes the story feel more realistic but still adding a few comical facial expressions here and there.

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Plot:

The plot is pretty straight forward. A socially awkwardly guy looking to win over his one sided love interest while also understanding the true meaning of actually “being in love”. The thing that really makes this story stand out however is the main character.
The lovability (that’s not even a word) of Ruiji is off the charts. Although quite timid in understanding our modern romance, Ruiji tries his hardest to fulfill his love life of that of a manga, one full with doki doki moments and lovey dovey scenes.  His kindness, creativity, honesty and determination in the story seems so real compared to other series that try to push these noteworthy quality on their characters.

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And!! Finally a shoujo male who isn’t either :

✘ Rich
✘ Playboy
✘ Posy
✘ Bishounen
✘ Attractive
✘ Stupid
✘ Horny

Or the typical “I like you but I don’t want to hurt the feeling of a girl who likes me and will kill herself if I reject her or is too ill for me to turn away so it is my duty  to take care of her, therefore I will tell you I have no feelings for you and let you go with another guy (who treats you like an angel) until I realize I really love you and come crawling only after being pushed by either a talk from my best friend of brother” kind of guy.

Like I said, the plot reminds me of a male version of Kimi Ni Todoke, but unlike Sawako, Ruiji has to win over the heart of Watsuki Sana who sees him already as a crazy psychopathic demon and learns BY HIMSELF the true meaning love. (Awww, poor guy > <)

Characters:

Our main protagonist, Ruiji, is so so so so (I could say this an infinite amount of times) adorable !! One of the other reason I love him so much is for his high level of respect and esteem for the opposite gender, even towards something he doesn’t understand…in this case love.

In one scene (I will try hard not to spoil it this time!) someone gives Ruiji the saying that the most important reason we “fall in love” is because our need for physical intimacy and to use people to our disposal, where then Ruiji replies that although he hasn’t experienced “love” before, he believes there is so much more than to love than what people try to believe they see. He kinda reminds me of a more shoujo-ish version of Ryuji from Toradora (even their names are SIMILAR! O.o Coincidence?) Although both are great guy, somehow, they’re mistaken as delinquents thus resulting from them being isolated. Man they have it hard!

Another thing that really got me about Kuiji is that he is very relatable to the reader.
We’ve all experienced the time when we had our crushes. We didn’t know how to act and when we tried we either: 1.) failed miserably 2.) made a complete fool of ourselves 3.) creep them out

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The only thing I could say about this manga is….And you are going to kill me for this but….it’s currently only on it’s 5th chapter. So yes, although this is quite early for a review, I couldn’t help but post it. It’s just one of those mangas that you feel good reading through the determinations of a gullible character and watching him work his way up towards victory with his sweet perseverance.

So if your just looking for a fresh new manga with an honest and heartwarming male protagonist,  give Kimi Ni Koishitei Desu Ka a try and I promise you, you’ll be waiting for the next update just like me XD

Until next time…..Nyaaaaaaa~ °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

2013 Spring Anime part 2!!

Nyaaaaa~ Sorry it took so long for me to update part 2 of the 2013 Spring anime news. I’m going to make this fairly short and concise as I notice I tend to overwrite my summaries somehow. *gomen gomen* I’m currently writing this a2t :51 am so I apologize for any grammar mistakes, I don’t have enough energy to proofread my writing. T^T

I’ve decided to organize the animes this time with 4 different categories. The season 2’s, the LN adaptions, the manga adaptions and the originals (meaning it was an original work not adapted from either media and instead were made by the animation studios themselves)

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THE SEASON 2’s

Oreimo Season 2 a.k.a Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai Season 2 !

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Most of you have been waiting for me to write a post on the second season of Oreimo and I couldn’t be more happier! ^ ^ I’m super excited to be able to see Kuroneko again! After that last episode (SPOILERS) with Kyou and Kuroneko, I just couldn’t wait for the second installment.

For those of you haven’t watched Oreimo or have heard of it but don’t quite know what it’s about, here’s just a basic story. > <

Oreimo or My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute tells the story about Kousaka Kyousuke who maintains a cold and distant relationship with his sister Kirino. Surprisingly, he comes across a DVD case that contains a H-game! Under her tough, pretty and smart exterior…who knew that his 14 year old sister can be so…….!!! Through complications, trust and friendship, we enter the world of Orimo and the growing relationship between this unusual brother and sister pair.

Oreimo comes off as an “otaku” comedy with a slice of reality. It expresses a view point that watching eroge games or having an interest in the perverted genre is alright, and that there are numerous amount of people who share the same interest as yourself. Just those points by itself is why you should go to your nearest search engine and type Oreimo episode 1 ! Now!

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Yes:
The overall atmosphere of the atmosphere itself is so funny and heartwarming. With an addition of a variety of characters and some of anime’s funniest and embarrassing situation, Oreimo is definitely a must watch for anime lovers.
Imoutos! You know you love them!
The animation quality is superb! Glossy, complete, colorful and well designed.

No:
Hmm…considering a 14 year old girl watching/playing adult video game…this is definetly not a show where either 1.) Your offended by the content or 2.) Your a 14 year old yourself. BEWARE!!

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Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W Season 2 !

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As I’m happy for Oreimo’s second season, I can’t help but scream to see Nyaruko back!! Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is about a Cthulhu-deity of chaos who takes the form of a silver haired girl named Nyaruko. Mahiro Yasaka on the other hand is just your normal teenage boy (as light novels always like to start off with) until he is attacked by a lovecraftian alien one night. With the help of Nyaruko, and a thorough explanation of how H.P Lovecraft’s fictional works are indeed REAL ALIEN RACES, she and her other alien partners help to prevent Yasaka from being kidnapped by an alien trafficker. What….the….heck right?! XD

The first time I ever watched this series, I couldn’t help but think that Japanese people really love Lovecraft’s works. I mean, Saya no Uta, Fraken Fran, Demon Bane and this as well? Personal fetish maybe? Surprisingly, it’s one of the few light novels that I’m still reading at the moment as the comedy mixed in one of my favorite book genres always seems to prevent me from putting the book down.

Arghhh!! And it was released on the 8th!! I’m going to be staying up till late today just to make room to watch the first episode T_T

Yes:
Our heroine, Nyaruko-chan, is probably one of the most adorably funny characters I have ever watched. Her optimistic personality as well as her strange way of thinking (you will not believe what things are going through her head)
Fans of Lovecraft, enjoy your Cthulos Mythos universe with a hint of comedy.

No:
The story is very “light novel-ish”. It has a basic story but with a few different settings and theme. But you can feel just how predictable and simple the concept is.

Uta No Prince Sama – Maji Love 2000% (April 2013)

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Is this the year of bishounens??! O.o Once Amnesia was over, I wasn’t expecting another reverse harem for quite awhile but it seems as though Uta no Prince Sama is releasing their second season.

For those of you who don’t know the story yet, our main heroine Nanami Haruka, wants to become a critically known song writer. The school that she attends, which is known for the bishounens, has a mandatory rule that each aspiring song writer must be paired with idol but Nanami is paired with 6! Another rule is that she is not able to date any one of her partner. Pffft!! Rightttttttttt. We all know there are so much more you those guys can do than “date” her XD

And….uh…I don’t know if the creators wanted to switch from a girl’s harem to THIS but……. ahahaha #_#

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Yes:
Boys, Boys, Boys. Pretty Boys. Must I say more? :P
Overall, I think the color theme of the story is a must watch. The anime is based on becoming idols and chasing one’s dream, so there’s a lot of sparkles, love dovely colors, strobe lights, all the works.

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✖ Oh my goodness. Please make them dance more manly. Please. Hip thrusting and booty swaying is great…for girls.

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride (April 5th 2013)

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Hyakka Ryouran : Samurai Bride is the sequal to Samurai Girls, a story about a boy named Yagyuu Muneakira who rebels against the student council who have been oppressing the schools due to the Tokugawa Shogunate regime. By his side are girls whose ancestors are famously known samurai heroes.

I didn’t need to tell you the story and you’d know it was a harem! Unfortunately as a previous viewer of the first season, I have to inform you that there are both a censored and uncensored version on the anime. The reason I said “unfortunately” was because unlike “fan service” censoring (e.g having a leg block a pantie shot) the parts are censored with tiny black dots, which not only distracts the viewers but it’s actually pretty annoying.

I don’t know if they are going to do the same thing with the second season, but if you don’t like any censoring your pleasure…ehem I meant the beautiful artwork, then this might make you feel a little bit frustrated.

Yes:
The animation is produced by ARMS, the same studio that brought you Elfen Lied, Pandora, and Trinity Blood (Production Coopertation) . I can assure you that they are pretty good at drawing battle sequences.
Great artwork! All the heroines look adorable!

No:
✖ Let’s face it, this is a boy’s anime. Fan service, harem, cute girls, things bouncin’ up and down. If your more into deep stories, a core plot and unpredictable characters, then I don’t recommend this anime.

THE LIGHT NOVEL ADAPTIONS

Hentai Ouji Warawanai Neko (April 13, 2013)

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Youto Yokodera is a pervert. He’s always following his desires but for some reason, instead of people being disgusted by them, he gets misunderstood as “doing good deeds”. Therefore Youto decides to pray to the cat statue, known for it’s mysterious wish granting powers, that he will be able to express his lustful thought whenever and whereever he wants. Along the way he meets Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, who has a wish that is the exact opposite of Youto; that she will be able to hide her true intentions.

Okay, basically an anime about someone who WANTS TO EXPRESS THEIR PERVERTEDNESS??! What??!

For Seiyuus, we have the adorably voice Yui Ogura which most of you might known from High School DxD as Katase and Ro-Kyu-Bu! as Hinata. Let me just say this, Yui-san voice, both as a seiyuu and in real life, is extremely anime like. Small, childish and kawaii. Yuki Kaki on the other hand had voiced Shuu in Guilty Crown, Lyon in Fairytail, Yoh in Deadman Wonderland, Alibaba in Magi, and Issei in Highschool DxD as well as Eren in Shingeki no Kyojin, my current favorite anime. The one special thing about the seiyuu is that they have such a strong chemistry after voicing main character roles in both Ro-Kyu-Bu! and Highschool DxD that I think they’ll do an amazing job with this anime.

Yes:
A title with “hentai”, “ouji”. and “neko”? Hmmmmm….
Yui Ogura and Yuki Kaji as a seiyuu?? Holy crap!!

No:
✖ I admit, the only thing I see in the story is ecchi, slice of life, moe and comedy. Standard much?

Red Data Girl (April 2013)

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Considered more as a “novel” instead of a light novel, Red Data Girl is based on a Japanese Shinto legend. Our protagonist, Suzuhara Izumiko, has been raised and protected in a shrine located in Kumano mountains. When she decides to leave her isolated life and relocate to the big city. Her guardian, Sagara Yukimasa, tells Izumiko that she should move to Tokyo and has his son Miyuki become her personal servant. For Life. (You ain’t going anywhere dude) Miyuki and Izumiko are polar opposites but as the story progresses, they begin to learn more about each other; Izumiko as the yorishiro of a Himegami goddess and Miyuki as the guardian yamabushi to the Izumiko household.

I didn’t watch the anime yet but I did pick up the manga. The artwork is adorable and the way the sceneries are displayed are amazing! I might give this anime a shot.

Yes:
The story by itself looks quiet interesting, and I haven’t heard of a novel turning anime before.
Great scenery work and they way they portray Japanese tales. Very traditional and elegant.

No:
✖ There are a lot of Japanese legends and wording in this anime, which might make viewers quite confused.
The characters come out as unlikable at first, Izumiko being the doormat and Miyuki being the sadist bastard. If you don’t like animes where the characters start out like this and gradually become better (Progessing storyline) then don’t take a chance with this anime.

THE MANGA ADAPTIONS

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge (April 3, 2013)

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Sure, there is the imouto, the sister complex, but have you ever thought of….a fetish for cutting hair?! Meet Kiri Haimura, a boy who has a weird obsession for seeing his scissors, the Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, cut through people’s hair. If you didn’t think that was weird enough, he meets a girl named Iwai Mushanokōji who, bipolarly opposite to his hobbie, is prevented from cutting her head because of an ancient curse. But did that stop him? Nah. Enter the “Hair Queen” game, an old killing game where weilders of the “killing goods” are on the hunt for Iwai. Can a fetish boy save this modern day Sadako? We will find out!

Yes the story does sound…..very very weird, but it interested me nonetheless. I will post my review on the first episode in the near future, but for now….What are your personal opinions on hair fetishes?

Yes:
The coloring style really sets the mood of the story, giving it a sort of dark and mysterious feeling.
I don’t know if this is a plus or minus, but–as I’ve said it a hundred times–this anime is very weird! If your looking for something just randomly outrageous, try watching the first episode of the anime. I mean it….weird!!

No:
✖ This is my personal opinion but I am annoyed by the heroine’s sin gle hair coming across her face. Ack!! I just wanna wrap it around her ear or find a clip for her !! O.o

Aiura (April 9, 2013)

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Adapted from a 4-koma, Aiura is about the normal yet not normal lives of Amaya, Iwasawa, and Uehara. Basically the motto is “what happens when there is nothing happening.” So what we’re going to see here are 3 ditzy girls just….goofing around in high school! Simple yet hilarious!

The first time I saw the preview to anime, I felt very familiar with the artwork. My first guess was that it looked similiar to Kyoto Animation, but I knew that the story was too “cutesy” for Kyoto’s taste. Then I noticed it looked like the same artwork that Sword Art Online has! After some extensive research, I found out they came from the same studio! Liden Films. Another thing I was surprised to see was that Ryousuke Nakamu directed it. We’re talking about the guy who directed High School of the dead and Death Note. Pffft! Mind Blown !! @__@

Yes:
Love Azumanga Daioh? Similar feeling with similar crazy girls XD
Liden Films have a great animation style, all with adorable characters and realistic movements.

No:
✖ This is a feel good series with a bit of the slice of life genre attached to it. If your not up for a day by day episode, then…you probably will be bored out of your mind with this.

Namuichigiwa no Muromi San (April 2013)

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Follow the adventures of Muromi-san, a mermaid who so happens to speak with a kansai dialect!

I don’t know much about Tatsunoko Production, so I can’t give you much info about that. Although, I’m quite interested in the voice actors as we have Yukari Tamura (Nanoha in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and Pandora Hearts as Alice) as Muromi-san and Takahiro Mizushima (Furuichi Takayuki in Beelzebub) as Takurou, a boy in a highschool fishing club that catches Muromi-san in a net.

For some reason….the story reminds me on Ponyo….

Yes:
If you’ve ever seen Ika Musume, then you know what kind of feeling people of the sea bring….except this series is without the world domination portion of course.
Muromi-san is hallarious in the manga! Looking forward to how creative the animators are going to be about her expressions, as well as emphasize her Kansai tongue.

No:
✖ Being mostly a comedy and slice of life, it leaves me questioning if this anime is worth my time or not.

THE ORIGINALS

Kakumeiki Valvrave (April 12, 2013)

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Due to the development of space cities, over 70 percent of the human population is living in space. Our protagonist, Haruto, is a student in Jioru, a neautral nation between the Dorushia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Rings United States a.k.a ARUS, powers. (Hmmm….Britania and now the United States…the west is getting pretty preoccupied with mecha) When the Dorushia army starts invading the nation, Haruto encounters the mysterious weaponized “Valvare”

If the blurb didn’t give you much of a hint (for me it didn’t anyways) here is the anime’s PV:

Kakumeiki Valvrave is produced by Sunrise  the same studio that brought you mecha series such as Gundam, Crush Gear Turbo,Vision of Escaflowne, and famous series such as Cowboy Bebop, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Gin Tama, and Accel World. O’ comon. From all those name, you know the animation is going to be good!Another thing is that the anime is directed by Kō Matsuo and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, who wrote Code Geass. Umm, I have to contain myself from letting out a crazy squeal but…..IT’S GOING TO BE EPIC!! 

You know your gonna get a quality mecha animation since it comes from the same studio as Gundam!

Written by Ichirō Ōkouchi??! That’s straightforward right there.

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And that concludes our part 2 spring manga list!!Starting from May, I will also be posting another anime list including some of your favorite manga/LNs/Games that might get animated in the coming month!!

Stay tuned and as always…..Nyaaaaaaaaaa~

First Episode Reviews of 2013 Spring Anime!!

DISCLAIMER : I apologize for having some still photos and gifs combined. I can’t figure out how to work this dang thing! If any of you know how, please feel free to share T^T

It has been a week since my last post! A week! Where the heck have I been?? O.O

Well, after watching the first episodes of…and I’m surprised to say that after watching the first episode of a certain anime…I have dropped it. Yup. On the first episode, and I will tell you the reason why. So…without further or due, let’s go on to our first review !

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Amnesia Episode 1

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THE EPISODE : I know the anime finished airing but I couldn’t help watching the first episode one more time.

My opinions on the animation first was how the animation was very professionally drawn, with the eyes being my focus of attention. They were just so beautiful! I became so preoccupied with trying to examine how they were colored in that I missed some conversations the characters had. The only thing was when the characters were out of focus, they lost all artwork and they then became distorted. Me being a fan of animators putting in every little detail on their characters, no matter how far or out of focus they are, was quite disappointing. Brain Bran had amazing artwork when it came to close up animation, but it seems to me they became lazy after halfway throughout the anime. There was even a scene where a guy was switching to either being taller or shorter than a nearby tree.

There were some other downfalls the story had for me however. First would be the lack of personality our main heroine has. Ok, I know you can be confused after having no memory of who you are or where your at…But having amnesia is not an excuse for not having a personality. (@_@) Ai ya yaaaa!

THE OPENING CREDITS : Loved it! Beautiful opening credits with an amazing vocals as provided by Nagi Yanagi. If I could somehow find a way to buy the score to the anime I would. My keyboard suffered a major pushing attack after I constantly kept repeating the song over and over. (rest in piece play key)

THE CONCLUSION : Although the anime did have it’s somewhat flaws in between, the sound quality, character designs and the animation studio’s determination to grant it’s fan a little service towards their OTPs was highly respectable. A key aspect that this anime did amazingly was the fact that it left your heart pumping and thumping whenever a little physical contact came in between our heroine and her 5 bishies. And let’s face it…who wouldn’t want to be in her shoes?

I give Amnesia a rating of NYAA-GOOD!! 3/5

Hataraku no Maou Sama! Episode 1

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THE EPISODE : Me myself being not familiar with the light novels, I could say that my first impression on Hataraki no Maou Sama was great!

Our story begins as a very serious and tense introduction on how evil Maou Sama is/was, so much that I was wondering if I was watching the correct anime or not. (O.o) As the story progresses to Earth, we then begin to experience the comedy field, one were our Lord Satan is working at McRonald. XD (their twist on our little own McDonald) The storyboard writting in my opinion was quite snappy, it didn’t hold out for too long to try to explain where things were going or how this lead to that. Instead it was to the point and firm, a trait that I think most animes have trouble trying to do. (Either they’re elaborating TOO much on the matter or they cut TOO much corners in telling a story) The characters complimented each other well and it was hilarious to see Maou sama turn from a refined demon king into a silly shonen protagonist.

There was however certain scenes which left me questioning after viewing. Scenes such as when Maou Sama begins learning Japanese. At first him and his underling/partner speak their native language (I’m guessing it’s Gibberish as some random words in different languages were thrown in there) but then switch over to speak Japanese. Once they meet the locals however, they begin trying to communicate with them but with little avail…which left me wondering. I thought that they already have learned it? If so, then when did they learn it? There were no scenes which indicated them learning the language. Did they use their magical powers?

THE  CREDITS : There weren’t exactly any opening credits to begin with, just an introductory story of how our main hero (well, he’s suppose to be a villain but you get where I’m going) ends up on Earth. I don’t know if there is going to be another opening on the second episode but for now, I have no comment.

THE CONCLUSION : Hataraki no Maou Sama epsiode 1 left me wanting for more. The fact that the episode ending with a surprising outcome only increased my appetite for the next epsiode. If your looking for a friendly, feel-good comedy, go check Hataraku no Maou Sama out. ^ ^

Hataraku no Maou Sama is certified NYAA-AWESOME!! 5/5

Devil Survivor 2 Episode 1

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THE EPISODE : The first episode of Devil Survivor starts off by basically introducing the whole concept of the devil survivor franchise. It explains what it is, who is involved, how it came to be…the works. Being a gamer of the series, I could see that the animators have shortened and elaborated on the storyboard, making the series not overly repetitive for past otakus while still maintaining the basic plot for first time viewers, something that I have to say is greatly admirable. The story will most likely turn out to be a progressive storyline as we see that the characters are still afraid and reluctant to help utilize their powers to aid the human population. We can expect to see some character development here and there so if your beginning to become annoyed by certain characters, wait until they get their time to shine before deciding to drop this series.

I enjoyed how the episode evoked a sense of mystery to the viewers involving the Nicaea cooperation. Other than us having to hold onto our seats for our heros to survive from man eating monster, we also have to try and think…”Why the heck would a company release a youtube video of people before they die?!”

THE CREDITS : The opening song and design was an ideal match for the anime itself. I especially liked how in the end it showcased all the characters you are to encounter throughout the game and how they didn’t include a slideshow the game’s monsters itself. (whew, thank goodness! We wouldn’t want another pokemon rip off now would we?) I did however like the ED more than the OP, mostly because the singer’s voice is so sexy….uhhh…i mean, it was artistic! Yeah that’s it! (」゚ロ゚)」

THE CONCLUSION :Animation wise is good as for the demon summoning effects which I am happy to say the special effects looks great! It doesn’t look to cheesy or overused and the color patterns match the darkness of the episode perfectly. If your looking for a series to kickback and just watch to ease your tiresome day with a simple plot, but with still a eerie mysterious atmosphere, by all means try Devil Survivor. But if your more into in-depth characters with a hidden past, plot twists and a complex storyline, this is not for you.

I give Devil Survivor 2 a rating of NYAA-GREAT! 3.5/5

Karneval Episode 1

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THE EPISODE : I have to give credit to the voice actors! The voices had perfectly matched the character’s personality perfectly. Perfectly I’m telling you. We’ve got Kamiya Hiroshi (Araragi in Nisemonogatari, Izaya in Durarara!! ), Shimono Hiro(Keima in the World God only Knows), Ono Daisuke (Midori-kun from Kuroko no Basketball), Miyano Mamoru (my personal favorite and Riku in the Kingdom Hearts Series), and Suwabe Junichi (Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist). 

The setting was amaaaaazing. I just love an anime with an ahistorical Victorian background. The way the animators used such vibrant colors and emphasized the use of magic was a delight to see. In addition, the story reminded quite a bit of the book “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. Hmmm….Karneval?? = Circus?? Coincidence??! As for the characters themselves, the art is elegant and the action movements are drawn very gracefully, given the example of Tsukumo’s kick jump. Karneval and Amenisia are really neck and neck for having the best drawn anime eyes, even I couldn’t come on a conclusion to which one I like best.

The only thing that was bugging me with the first episode is that the animators decided to make Nai’s highlighted features more noticeable (in this case, his cat-like side hair) a little too….den??! I mean, it looked pefectly balanced when it was drawn in the manga but having it being emphasized  a bit much seemed to be like he became either a relative of Yugi Mouto from Yu-Gi-Oh or that they simply went to the same hair salon.

Also…it in my great delight to say that the animators had a little fun with the episode in hinting a Yaoi pairing. A feminine shouta hancuffed and dominated on a bed gets rescued by a robin hood like hero?? Ahahaha, you know where this is going.

THE CREDITS : Okay. Hands down. From all the anime opening and ending I have reviewed t day, I’m going to have to say that Karneval is the best. The opening was given a sort of post-Victorian type tone with orchestrator music and what’s makes it so different was how the title was actually tied in between the story line. The ending , although quite simple, was eye candy; a colorful background with a sort of sparkly-poppy effect emphasizing on the meaning of “Karneval”

THE CONCLUSION : Karneval is a promising plot, meaning does not introduce it’s views on the series plot until latter out in the storyline.

I give Karneval a rating of NYAA-VERY GOOD! 4/5

Date A Live Episode 1

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THE EPISODE : I haven’t read the light novel myself but when I saw Kotori-chan change from a cute desirable little sister with a bro-complex to a sadistic commander, I was shocked! O.o Did not expect that coming. Overall, I think that the one thing that somehow made me enjoy the series is it’s wide variety of character personalities. We have a cold…. By far I would have to say mine is the lolicon vice commander Kyouhei

Plotwise, I thought the story was a bit unoriginal. Action shots with panty shots here and there, tsundere characters, predictable stereotypes, a clueless shounen hero who runs a life threatening harem….There wasn’t really anything new for me to pick out.

The artwork, although looking quite generic, was clear and complete and did not have any distortion or out of focus downfall.

THE OPENING CREDITS : Ehem. The ED credits were…..WHAT THE HECK?! O.O I really have no way to put how I feel in words, so you should check it out yourself. Although I do think that it compliments the comedy in the anime for some reason.

THE CONCLUSION : Date-A-Live came off as your standard harem story with adorably designed characters and humorous side characters but that’s about it…I can’t really see it as an anime that I will stick around to watch but something more as a medium in making good signatures or avatar set that I can be really devoted to. I will however give it a few more episodes before I make my final decision on whether the anime still catches my interest or not

I give Date A Live Ep.1 a rating of NYAA-GOOD! 3/5

Shingeki No Kyojin Episode 1

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I was lucky to be able to watch the pre-release in raw japanese last Wednesday, and I was soooooo happy to be able to review the subbed version today!! T_T

THE EPISODE : First of all, being the brilliant animation team Production I.G is, the artwork was AMAZING. From character lines, to scenery, to movement,the studio never seems to let me down. I was thrilled to see that the animators used the original manga designs on the anime. As you can see from the gif below, (which I still haven’t figured out how to make it automatically go off :/) the character lines are so crisp and full that it almost seems like your looking at an animated manga! It’s rare to see an anime be so similar to it’s predecessor or keep a manga’s tone and strength, but Shingeki no Kyojin did it!

Second, because the animation was superb, we as the viewers then become engulfed in the story. SPOILER ALERT>> Whether it was the scene where Eren’s mother is eaten alive (which i busted out in a never ending cycle of tears by the way) or when the 60 meter giant shows up, I could feel an immense amount of feeling being built up inside me. I felt fear, sadness, loneliness, curiosity….the story was so moving that it pained me (in a good way) to see just how beautifully it was put together.

Another thing I would like to point out is the cinematography. Oh my goodness! The focus, light, color completely covered the  mood of the story, being a heavy and depressing apocalyptic series and contributed to the overall tone of the episode. Props for I.G Production. Props for them indeed.

THE OPENING CREDITS : I really loved how the opening included some drawn scenes from the manga itself. Not only did it show the viewers of the action-packed setting of the series but also that the animators admired the original artwork from Hajime Isayama himself.

CONCLUSION :  I was astounded with the animation quality Production I.G had to offer. It was pure perfection. Although the first episode was a bit slow due to it only covering the first and half of chapter 2, the way the story of the anime unfolded made you get sucked into it’s pure awesomeness and begging for new episodes. If your looking for a fresh yet dark tone, brilliantly directed animation and breathtaking scenery, get your butt to the nearest online anime website or torrent you can find!

Plus, seeing Mikasa beating the crap out of Eren was so enjoying to watch. Mwahahaha!!

I give Shingeki no Kyojin Ep.1 a NYAA-AWESOME rating! 5/5

Aku no Hana Episode 1

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And the winner for most let down anime of 2013 (so far) is Aku no Hana. This is literally what I thought like after seeing the first ten seconds of the anime.

Here are just the differences in the manga and anime to prove my point. Oh goodness…they decided to go with rotoscoping….a technique from the early 1900’s.

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Now, I don’t hate an anime being rotoscoped. Anastasia and Snow White by Walt Disney was rotoscoped as well, but look at how detailed shadow and color wise it was! This is just looked like a horrible dump-paint coloring you do on your computer class’s free time! The other problem is that the mouth movement, arm movement, (and whatever movement our body can do) do not match or flow with the character. It’s like I’m watching a very horrible dub of a Japanese live action film. Not to mention the story was sooooo slow compared to the anime. Weird right? Usually an anime is suppose to progress faster because….
1.) It’s a reason not to bore the viewers 2.) Animes tend to remove some material out to not have the content be too repetitive.
Urghhh. I’m sorry, after fifteen minutes into the anime, I just had to stop. T__T The horror!!
And for those out there who say that the artwork is unique… I do repect you for being able to like something like this, but for myself, I’m going to have to decline on all points. Being unique or having a different animation visual doesn’t necessarily make anime anime “Good”. For us readers, we don’t ask for “human-like” character designs, we just ask for an original storyline, less cheesy character lines, over the top “power of friendship” power-ups, or excessive irrelevant much fan service. Not….Badly colored in photoshop cartoons !! Don’t get me wrong. I love Aku no Hana as a manga, and after watching the anime, I’m temped to ONLY stick with the manga from now on.

THE CREDITS : I didn’t think it would get worse than this but….not only was the artwork horrible but the opening credits DID NOT MATCH THE THEME OF THE STORY AT ALL. *facepalm* I can’t…I don’t even…..

THE CONCLUSION : Go and read the manga. Just go. Please.

I give Aku No Hana Ep.1 (and the rest of the series) a NYAA-NO WAY! rating.  1/5

Suisei no Gargantia  Episode 1 and 2 Pre-release

I was lucky to snatch some snap shots from the raws of Suisei no Gargantia thanks to some friends over at seventh style!

After looking through the screen shots of the raw episodes, I had come to the conclusion that Suisei no Gargantia has a sort of “Slice of Life” addition to it.  There are scenes where our main protagonist, , is constantly trying to find a way to “fit in” with the Islanders and Amy, a optimistic and cheerful young lady who teaches Red (or Redo as it is pronounced in Japanese) of the beauty of living in a peaceful and “breathable” planet.

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Although looking at the snapshots have made me feel prepared to step out of my comfort zone (of watching anime based SOLELY on Sci-Fic Mecha like gundam or Gurren Lagann) having a slice-of-life addition to it might not be such a bad idea. We still have to find out though!

The Good: Shingeki no Kyojin and Hataraku no Maou Sama!  stole the spot in this post.

Shingeki no Kyojin won the spotlight for having an amazing anime adaption with beautiful scenery and remarkable character outlines while Hataraku no Maou Sama! blew me away with their ditzy comedy as well as an overall interesting plot.

The Bad: check comment below.

The Ugly: Aku no Hana

Oh goodness! For the ugly (animation wise), I have to go with Aku no Hana. Not only was I disappointed on how much they changed the character’s distinct features and the manga author’s original artwork, but on how they emphasized the background SO much that they forgot about the characters themselves!! I could not get into this anime at all. A anime is great if they have beautiful scenery, but to do it while leaving the main characters looking like crap still equals a crappy animation, no questions asked.

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As for Saya no Uta, Gargantia, Arata Kangatari and Spaceship Yamato, I’ll be sure to post another 1 episode review after watching all four series. I’m hoping to put up my 2013 Spring anime review part 2 up tomorrow morning or no later than midnight @__@ Sorry I have been away so long, and thank you so much for those who like and post comments on my reviews! It means so much to me that people are actually reading my horrible writing. T___T Thank you again!! *hails!!*

Tamako Market : Episode 12 (Final)

It was 2:15 am when I finally had time to watch the last episode of Tamako Market. =.= Although my eyes look worse than L’s, I will try to do this review as best as I can ! Oh! And for those of you who haven’t watched the last episode of Tamako Market yet, beware! There are spoilers in this post so don’t say I didn’t warn you!~ >O</ (And my spell check and grammar are probably going to be horrible as I don’t have the energy to double check it.)

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Yup end. After 12 episode of Kyoto Animation’s slice of life series, Tamako Market has come to an end. To my personal opinion, I thought the ending was a bit weak and just didn’t have me satisfied as I would have liked it to. Strangely though, I was guessing that this is what was going to happen. The episode instantly starts off with the Prince giving Tamako her lost medallion-coupon thingy. Tamako is then seen to be confused of what to do until Dera asked her straightforwardly what she thinks of marrying the prince. After a long explanation of a short story on her market’s citizens,Tamako finally confronts her true feelings.Once Tamako tells the prince and the market townsfolks that she doens’t want to marry Mr.Ouji here, the prince, and his Angelina Jolie lips bodygaurds make their way back home. I mean just like that! Talk about a fast rejection and acceptance scenario! Dang you Kyoto Animations! (count 1)

There was also a scene where Tamako runs throughout the Market and sees that her neighbors have disappeared. (They were at the Bath House with the Prince and Choi-chan) Tamako remembers that the only time an incident like this has happened was when her mother passes away. For that moment alone, I thought, was one of the best scenes in the episode. Seeing Tamako, a cute, bubbly and optimistic girl lose character at a past memory made my heart clench. I could almost feel Tamako’s pain. With the scene, it also made me have some hope that KyoAni. may open Tamako Market up for another season, although I highly doubt it, a girl can dream can’t she??But as you can guess, the anime then ends within 5 minutes. Noooooo!! I wanted to learn more about Tamako’s past! Dang you Kyoto Animations! T__T (count 2)

As for having a romantic ending….well, Mochizou finally brought of the courage to….give Tamako a birthday present! (you thought I was going to say confess didn’t cha??) Yup, that was all. It ended with just that. *sigh* Although I did somehow know that Kyoto Animations loves to leave their fan clubs dangling, I was really hoping for at least SOMETHING to be concluded between Tamako and Mochizou. Dang you Kyoto Animations! >___</ (count 3)

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As for Choi-chan and the prince, it is seen that Choi-chan could actually be the bride candidate, as she was seen reaching for her necklace indicating that she was trying to hide the mark by wearing one in the first place. But as for this couple, nada. (count 4)

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Dera and Shiori? Not a chance. (count 5)

Overall, although the ending didn’t quite make me happy and it pained me to see that neither one of the couples having a had a conclusive ending (Bah! I was probably wishing for too much but still….), Tamako Market will always remain as a subtle, “chill” feeling anime that I can always hope to come back to watch because of it’s amazing animation and sugary characters that make you just want to plunge right in and hug to death. Image

And with that, I’m off to bed!! XD I can’t even write a good conclusion…I’ll just leave Mochizou ‘s zoned out face, as I believe this is what I look right now!!

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And until my next anime review…….Nyaaaaaaa…..no energy….\( ̄□ ̄)\

Blast from the Past Thurdays #2 !! Marmalade Boy~

Wow! It’s already been a week! How time flies! Today we have one of our old favorites here which is actually a manga that inspired Taiwanese and Korean dramas to adapt mangas into live actions series. (That’s right! Your “Devil Beside You” and “Boys Over Flowers Ramen” were inspired from this series right here!) Without further or do, I present to you….Marmalade Boy! *O*/

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Marmalade Boy is a melodrama-comedy manga about a girl named Miki who discovers that after her parent’s trip to Hawaii, they have decided to get a divorce and remarry. Nobody likes their parents remarrying to some stranger right? Neither does moving sound pleasant. Well, as you can tell, her parents decide to do both, but here’s the catch, they decided to swap partners with the couple they met on their trip. (I know what your thinking, what the heck??!) Miki isn’t taking this too well. As keeping up with confusing family affairs, school work,  and tending to a previous relationship with her best guy friend wasn’t enough, now she has to deal with Yuu….her newly-turned cunning and mischievous stepbrother.

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Background:

Marmalade Boy is a manga written by Wataru Yoshizumi (Handsome na Kanojo, Ultra Maniac) published by Shueisha in 1992. The manga ran with Ribon magazine, one of the top shoujo magazines of the generation, comparable of being the “Shonen Jump” of the shoujo genre. Mangas that you might have read from the magazine include Full Moon o Sagashite, Aishiteruze Baby and the current Zekkyou Gakkyuu. Because of it’s high popularity, Marmalade was adapted into a light novel consisting of 10 volumes, anime, live action film, anime film, live action tv series, and game. And as I have stated above, it was the first manga to start the trend of Asian dramas using manga as the source of their media series.  (Although I wouldn’t recommend the live action series to the manga because of it’s lack of content and how they altered the characters too much)

Artwork:

A notable trait in this series not only of the shoujo artwork in 20 years ago (sparkly eyes, skinny physique, pretty looking boys) but of is it’s reflection on attire and fashion in the early 80s-90s generation. Girls wearing overalls casually topped with bonnet hats or headbands and guys with high waist trousers having their shirts tucked in along with a sweatshirt wrapped around their shoulders. Reading through the story along with examining the mangaka’s remarkable attention to detail in clothing made me feel like I was living in the particular era. And what do you know….I went down to the store and bought the first dress skirt I could find after seeing it on Miki.

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Plot:

Now, reading Marmalade Boy, I couldn’t help but think of it being similar to a soap opera or drama series. A normal girl, having normal friends and enjoying her normal life….until a shocking events shatters her “ideal” normal conduct. We have Yuu, a attractive young male who just happens to walk into her life like a real life prince charming, and then it turn out he isn’t and blah blah blah. You get the picture. That’s how I initially thought it would turn out. Just like an everyday life situation with a few drama situations inserted in between. BUT NO! It was so much more about it. Marmalade boy might start off as your typical real life turned fairy tale scenario but as the series progresses, you begin to realize how REALISTIC the story is. The characters begin to become more alive and human. You realize that they have their ups and downs, their strengths and their weaknesses. Relationships and unexpected connections are sewed together, giving a more overall feel of why some characters are in the story in the first place, and truths are—ironically—being both uncovered and hidden. The romance part is very sweet and subtle, which makes the reading experience filled with refreshing and just innocent heartwarming moments.

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In my heart, Marmalade Boy will always be known as a classic. It became one of the first mangas I have ever collected in complete takoban volumes, and although the books are located somewhere in another dimension of my closet, I will always have the distinct pastel style drawings in my head.

Characters:

A running gag in the series other than Miki’s awkward household situation is the difference in her character to Yuu’s. Miki, being a non-attrative, somewhat tomboyish girl clashes with Yuu a “Marmalade boy” as Miki would call him; pretty looking, and sweet only on the surface, yet bitter on the inside. I’m pleased to say that Marmalade Boy did an excellent job with sharing background stories throughout their cast of characters. Although the story did revolve around the main characters Miki and Yuu, the side characters such as Miki’s best friend Meiko also has a painful past which she is reluctant to share with both her best friend and the readers. Thought various chapters, we slowly see the story along with it’s characters being more and more open, going through hardships, all the way to discovering the true meaning friendship. Another character that is worth mentioning is Ginta, Miki’s previous love interest. His involvement in the story has provided both a metal drive towards the main characters as well as act as a sort of comic relief to the already drama-ish outcomes. Though his character is seen first as an annoying bastard (you will agree with me once you read it), he learn about his weaknesses and negatives as works his way to become a better man bit by bit. We also have Arimi, Yuu’s previous girlfriend who starts out as the main antagonist of the story, but again, as the story unravels, we understand WHY she is acting the way she is and through her OWN resolution she becomes a more sincere and respectful character.

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I really would like to emphasize the latter because I believe that some mangas have the main characters changing the perspectives of the characters of the story a bit too much that it leaves the side characters as well….just useless and not important. For Marmalade boy, it’s different. We learn about the emotions and ambitions of the characters and watch them as they try to discover who they truly are by struggling and failing, then picking themselves up and improve on their OWN ACCORD, not by any 1st, 3rd or whatever party that might be present.

Overall, I believe that if your looking for a manga that really portrays strong emotions, lots of plot twist (trust me, there were alot XD), a melodramatic feel and a storyline that gives even importance to their side character, then by all means, go search Marmalade boy on Google right now!! ^O^/

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On our next installment, I’ll be reviewing an old shonen manga that I made me actually start getting into the martial art genre! I’m pretty excited for the series, as I also have a complete manga volume set of this stuffed somewhere in another dimension of my closet. (I’ll be sure to find it someday. :P)

And until then………Nyaaaaaaaaaa~  =^..^=

2013 Upcoming Spring Anime News !!

Now that we have passed the year of earth’s destruction, we can now focus on more important things. Hot animes of 2013! Although 2012 was a great year for anime (we got Hyouka, Accel World, Sword Art Online, K, Zetsuen no Tempest, Sankarea, Madoka Magica, Kimi ni Todoke…the lost is endless) 2013 is coming in strong. Here are just some of the animes that will be appearing this early Spring!!

DISCLAIMER:*I also added a yes and a no fact after the short summary, be sure to check it out as well !! :)

Amnesia: January 7, 2013

Although this series has already aired, it was inevitable not to include it on my list. Amnesia started off as a visual novel by Ideal Factory and later adapted to an anime by Brain Base. The anime is basically like a Otomate game, the heroine is surrounded by incredibly hunky guys who are all in love with her. The creativity of the series is that all her choices are represented by “Card Symbols”, we’ve got the Hearts, Spades, Clubs, Diamonds and even the Joker.

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Yes:
All the male protagonists are extremely cute, and all of them have their own distinct personalities.
A LOT, and I mean alot, of “heated” scenes. You might feel a little….steamy >////<

No:
✖ This is not an anime for those who are into OTP (One true pairings) Yes, it’s a Harem fest for the ladies. Let her have her fantasies.

Date A Live: March 30, 2013

I’ve been confused as to read it as date-alive, or date a live (as in live my life), but let’s put that aside for now. Date A Live is about Shidou, who meets a girl named Touka who—well not to be cynical—but had preciously almost wiped out the entire human race 30 years ago! The only way for him to save mankind from this horrendous destruction is, as the name implies date her.Well, well, well. Harem and light novel just rings through my ears as I watch the PV. You know how when you watch an anime, you can tell whether it’s an original story (not adapted from a LN or a manga), a manga adaption, or game adaption? You’ll probably get that light novel feeling once you watch this.

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Yes:
Girl Action !! Whooooo!

No:
✖ Meh. Just your basic fan service, harem king, with some fantasy elements.
✖ Not for viewers who don’t like light novel adaptions.

Karneval: April 3, 2013

Karneval is about a boy named Nai and Gereki and under unusual circumstances, are deemed wanted criminals. They soon encounter “Circus” The country’s top defense organization, one with some…bizarre members….
Karneval is a manga published by Square Enix, a company which I always thought were very distinct in style from their other competitions. (Kodansha, Shuiesha) I’m happy to say the anime looks great! Being an anime adaption of Manglobe (Samurai Champloo, Deadman Wonderland), which are known for their fluid animation and choosing  the best voice seiyuu for characters. All the characters are lovable and have their own kawaii trait to them, especially Nai.

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Yes:
The details are remarkable. Great character designs and scenery.
If you enjoy Pandora Hearts, Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji), or 07 Ghost Karneval gives off that same feel :3
Let the Yaoi fest being! Lot of Nai and Gereki shipping going on here. (What did you expect? It’s published by a josei magazine!)

No:
✖ The storyline is quite standard, not too much action, and the plot twist are quite limited.

Devil Survivor 2: April 4, 2013

Oh Yeah! It’s getting animated! For those of you who love the Persona  (last year’s persona 4 was stunning) and well as Shin Megumi Tensei series, I’m guessing your really excited about the new spin off. For those of you who haven’t played the games, Devil Survivor is about forming contracts with demons/monsters and having them basically be your fighting partners. In this new saga, we explore the world through Hibiki Kuze, eyes as he has to defeat the Septentriones in a period of only 7 days. Devil Survivor 2 is the only one in it’s series to be animated, so you know it’s going to be awesome!!

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Yes:
You can expect to see some awesome action scenes from both the players (protagonists) and their monsters. Kinda reminds me a bit of Digimon…hmmm

No:
✖ Devil Survivor is based on a game, and unless they release a sequel, you can expect this anime to last for only 1 season.

Hataraku no Maou Sama! : Apr 4, 2013

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Demon King Sadao is close to concurring the world until he gets his butt kicked by Hero Emilia and sent to present day Tokyo. Alright! Tokyo domination time! But…how the did he end up working as a fast food employee??!
Hataraku no Mau Sama is based on a light novel of the same namewhich is currently on the 7th volume. It is produced by White Fox, the same studio that made Steins;Gate. I’m curious to how the anime producers will run this as Stein;Gates compared to Demon King Sadao are on completely different genres. Guess we’ll have to see to find out!

Yes:
Great for viewers who just want to sit back and relax to ridiculous and hearty comedy.

No:
The story is not too complex  so you’ll probably end up watching day-by-day scenarios.
Not for viewers who don’t like light novel adaptions.

Aku no Hana: April 6, 2013

To tell you the truth, the whole time I was reading the manga, I was going “What the heck am I reading??!” Aku no Hana is a….very weird and depressing manga. Although I was surprised when they announced the anime premier, I still couldn’t put my mind on how they were going to pull this off. To break it down, Aku no Hana is about a boy who falls in love with a girl, and during in infatuation process, he steals her gym clothes. Apparently, another girl caught him doing it so she has him abide by a contract in return to her not spilling out his secret. Pretty simple huh? You have no idea.

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Yes:
The manga and anime are based on the works of Baudelaire himself, (The Flowers of Evil), and it tackles the question of “What is the tue meaning of living? Reproducing? Living a life with no distinctions from others? “
Suspense, suspense, suspense. If your into “artistic” styles of anime, then you should check out Aku no Hana. You will be awed.

 No:
✖ If your not into mangas that are 1.) severely depressing, 2) the art and characters are very…2 dimensional so if your a fan of great artwork, your not gonna get it  3) Excuse my language, but the series is just freakin’ CRAZY! (This can be a plus and a negative, based on your opinions)

*I’m actually thinking of doing a review on Aku no Hana in the near future, so if your still unsure if you want to do a little experiment with a new series, then stay tunes !! O_O/

Shingeki no Kyojin: April 6, 2013

I admit, this anime takes the cake for my most anticipated manga of 2013. The manga had captured my heart since it’s first chapter and the PV to the anime looks amazing! Well, why wouldn’t it be? It’s created by the same animation company as Ghost in the Shell and the Tales saga, all series which have stunning and jaw dropping animation graphics. If you want to see so yourself, the PV is down below. :D

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Yes:
Badass story. Badass heroine. Badass artwork. Badass animation. What else? Oh, Badass action sequences!
The story is highly original and unlike most manga/animes, the series tend to shift focus to other characters, giving you an overall knowledge of each person’s perspective. It is done is such an efficient way that you don’t lose focus on who is the main character as well.
Great attempt on the post-apocalyptic universe. (if your into that sort of scenario)

No:
If you don’t like seeing people get ripped apart by 30 foot giants, I suggest you try not to experiment with this anime.

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199: April 7, 2013

I seriously screamed when I found out it was going to be remade. Uchuu Senkan Yamato is a remake of the classic space opera anime from 1970. Writing this review man not seem much compared to all the commotion Japan is currently facing now (yes, it’s that big of a deal) but if you grew up watching Space Battle Ship—also known as Star Blazers—then you’ll understand what I mean. It’s Basically the Star Wars of Japan, except on a more prominent level!! So yes, this is also on my list of most anticipated animes of 2013. Although I would love to write more about this anime, I’ll save it for my next post…trust me, I can keep going on and on.

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Yes:
Space Battle Yamato , nuff said!! > </
BRILLIANT (in caps lock and bold) graphics, great ballads, backgrounds are very detailed, story plot is…just….breathtaking.
The anime and the whole Space Battle franchise is a symbol to Japanese culture and values. Therefore, I must say it represents Japan’s pride, bravery and honor.

No:
Produced by AIC and Xebec, who are well known for their bad production values and not so high rating show. But all in all, (and I’m bias), their production seems to have improved quite a lot from making this anime.

Arata Kangatari: April 8, 2013

It has been quite a long time since Yuu Watase works were adapted into an anime. (I believe her last anime was Aya no Ceres in 2000)Anyway, here’s the short blurb: Every 30 years, a female from the Hime family is chosen to serve the Hayagami. Unfortunately, the only person who is available for the role is Arata, who happens to be a male. There, he has to disguise himself to attend the ceremony but instead witnesses the assassination of the of current princess by the hands of her own personal guards, the Shinshou. As Arata runs for his life, falsely accused of murdering the princess himself, he switches places with an Arata  from another world, who is trying to deal with his own life problems. Will these tow be able to help each others scenarios?
I have always admired Yuu Watase’s work and respect her effort to begining her journey across a shounen genre.  Arata Kangatari has been an amazing manga read for me and I believe the anime will be quite promising.

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Yes:
Great Story if your into feudal type themes.
Amazing power plays, action scenes, a light comical presence and some romance here and there.

 No:
✖ We have a regular shounen hero here, and he gonna make friends with his enemies. If your into that, “die die bad guys!!” then that’s not gonna happen.

Saya no Uta: April 2013

Not only is 2013 a year for great new animes, but for the WEIRDEST year to adopt certain content INTO an anime. If you haven’t read the visual novel, you are missing out on some of the most gruesome, horrid and disturbingly good series ever published. Being a fan of Lovecraft himself, I was quite surprised how adequately good the producers were able to incorporate their work to this famous author. The story is about a student named Fuminori Sakisaka whose life turns upside down when he gets into a car accident that kills both his parents. Luckily he was able to servive but his vision has been impaired, granting him agnosia….of meat vision. So his whole life is in a nightmare and he sees everything and everyone as just monsters in a terrible lovecraftian horror story. The only one he sees a a normal person is Saya. Now let’s stop there. If he sees everyone normal as a monster but in turn sees Saya as normal then that would mean…….!! And I’m going to stop there. Interested? Then definitely check this one out!

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Yes:
Mind blowing story.
There has been no stories where I could think comes close to the plot line. Highly original.
Great for fans of H.P Lovecraft.

 No:
✖ Oh Goodness. Just. If your not into grotesque things. DON’T, JUST DON’T.
✖ Ahaha…well… the visual novel includes some Hentai Scenes, but I am not quite sure how the anime will play it off. If your not into that sort of thing, watching this anime might upset you.

Suisei no Gargantia:  April 2013

Suisei no Gargantia is about a boy named Redo who comes from a distant future where fighting bad guys with mecha machine co-exist. During one of his fights Redo ends up being swallowed up in a distortion, where he is thrown back to Earth, now a water flooded planet that survives by salvaging relics from the deep sea. He meets Amy, one of the messengers above a ship named Gargantia, where then he begins his life without having to worry about whose Gundam ship he’s going to blow up next.

It’s been awhile since I watched an mecha anime, and this one looks great! Like Shingeki no Kyojin, Suisei no Gargantia is also produced by Production I.G. In addition, we also have Kazuya Murata who provided the musical script from Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, Makoto Ishiwata (Dominator in Psycho-PassRobotics;Notes) and Gen Urobuchi who directed Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero (both superb animes from 2012)

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Yes:
Great mecha design!!
Animation by I.G Production + critically acclaimed directors, designers, and scores= awesomeness. ghgh
Some pretty big names here.

No:
✖ If your not into the mecha-sci fi genre, you probably won’t enjoy this.

There are so much more animes that I have to cover for this season, but here’s a portion of them now :) Can’t wait to update part 2 next week. After watching through the animes on this list, I’ll be sure to write another post on my opinions of each anime’s first episode.

Andddddddd~ until then….Nyaaaaa~ d(=^・ω・^=)b