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~~ =^..^=

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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….\( ̄□ ̄)\