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Spring Anime Season 2018 – Review July 4, 2018

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This season was mostly full of random stuff I found interesting. There was a few weeks during the season however that I wasn’t watching any animes. Mostly because I was busy with other things, but also because myanimelist.net was down, which I’m very dependent on to keep track of what animes I watch. I didn’t want to watch episodes without marking them down on my list. They have been slowing recovering from a still unknown reason, but at least the website is functional enough for me to use it again. If you want to see a full list of what animes I’ve watched, you can always check out My Anime List. Here is a list of animes that I watched from this season:

Comic Girls

Darling in the FranXX

Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan

Fumikiri Jikan

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These – Kaikou

Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Toutsuki Ressha-hen

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (TV)

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Remember, these reviews assume that you have watched the series, which means SPOILERS will be few but imminent. You have been warned.


Comic Girls

Comic Girls is about the daily life of up-and-coming female mangaka living together in a dormitory. That’s the basic synopsis, but there’s a little more to it than that. Kaoruko “Kaos” Moeta is a new mangaka who is struggling to debut. She is invited to stay at a dorm where other young female mangakas stay, as a way to help her. Kaos is very unsure of herself and her abilities, especially when surrounded by people who to her are pros in their own right. Her dorm mates who eventually becomes her friends help support her by eventually becoming the inspiration for her manga storyboard.

This show is a cute little story of someone trying to get their foot in the door of a competitive industry. She has the drawing skills, but not enough experience of how to put that into a manga that people would like. I can sort of relate; I have skills to do post video production, but I don’t know where to start (besides YouTube) to apply it towards a career. It’s a decent slice-of-life anime, but nothing too special in this day and age to be honest.

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Darling in the FranXX

Review of this anime continued from the last season post.

Because I had just finished watching Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu, during the battle near Mars it reminded me of that show only because of the Klaxosaurs vs. VIRM fighting. You know lasers firing at each other in space. Just wanted to note that as the thought went through my mind while watching that scene.

Darling in the FranXX feels storywise to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in a way. Just like how in Gurren Lagann, humanity thought that the enemy was the Beastmen when it really was the Anti-Spirals, in Darling in the FranXX the Klaxosaurs were the initial enemies, but it turns out that VIRM is the true villain. What cements this similarity is the fact that the Beastmen and Klaxosaurs both faced their respective foes and lost, and because of it went after humanity for one reason or another.

The ending of this series felt sort of rushed. It concluded everything on a positive note, even though I think that VIRM is still alive. I don’t understand what’s stopping them from attacking Earth again, besides maybe that their planet was destroyed. After the heroic sacrifice of Hiro and Zero Two, Earth is once again able to recover and learn from their mistakes, going back to the days of classic human reproduction. It gives closure to the two by having them meet in the next life, as hinted in the last scene.

Overall, Darling in the FrankXX was an interesting show between Trigger and A-1 Pictures. It wasn’t as great as it could have been, but I enjoyed the world building and past story leading up to the present.

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Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan

This short series anime is still ongoing through this season, and only a couple more episodes came out for it but it’s still pretty good. Shirou is still making delicious looking food, all while being surrounded by his friends and acquaintances. I will say that episode 7 showed that as simple as this show is, it still is a Fate series anime, and with it comes some good action with great animation to go with it. PS: I looked into who animates this and was surprised to find out that it’s ufotable, known for their work on Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night UBW, among other shows.

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Fumikiri Jikan

Short stories that take place while waiting at a train crossing. Each episode usually focuses on a couple of characters and how they interact with one another. There wasn’t anything too interesting with this series as a whole, it’s just a short episode format anime to watch to kill time between my other shows I was watching.

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Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These – Kaikou

I initially picked this up because Sawano Hiroyuki did the OP for the anime, but stayed for the tactical space battles. What I initially didn’t know was that this is a remake of sorts, as this series came out as OVAs back in the late 80s to 90s. As for the show, there was a lot of plot and dialogue that I didn’t pay attention much to, such as the background history and politics, but I do understand and appreciate it for its world building purpose. The main event, the space battles, were slow but intense in a different way: Tactics. It was like seeing a chess battle but with the pieces being thousands of ships flying around with weapons. The action would mostly be just ships on either side endlessly firing lasers at each other not doing much, but it’s the decisions by the higher ups that would turn the tides of battle. Whether small or big, these actions can win or lose the battle in an instant. I enjoyed seeing this aspect of the war between the Alliance and Empire, because it shows that half the battle is fought before a shot is fired. If you can manage to plan and predict things out in advance, you may win before you even start.

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Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Toutsuki Ressha-hen

Shokugeki no Souma never ceases to amaze me with its cooking action, even if I don’t directly understand all the terminology thrown around. Things are getting more heated up now that everything is pretty much on the line. If either side loses, then it will be a permanent game over for them. In this second part of the third season, our rebel heroes have the winning edge over Central, and that’s how this season ends. It’s almost a given that we’ll see a forth season in the future. I can’t believe that this anime series started three years ago, and it’s still entertaining none the less. It doesn’t get me to start learning cooking, as this stuff is on another advanced level, but some people out in the world probably does cook like these elites. I’m looking forward to more in the future.

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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

It’s another Sword Art Online anime, and it doesn’t have our usual hero Kirito? Meet Karen Kohiruimaki, a college student who has a complex about her tall figure and has a poor social disposition because of it. To have some relief from it, she decides to enter the VRMMO universe in an attempt to find a virtual avatar that suits her, finding it when entering the world of Gun Gale Online. She becomes LLENN, a short cute chibi avatar who she dresses in an all pink uniform. Armed primarily with a P90, she finds herself on the battle royale battlefield known as Squad Jam.

This show is what I call a battle royale anime. It’s not that great of a show, but it does have some moments that I did find cool. For example, most of the time you see a little pink girl, you would not think of her as a threat, or rather as someone who would be afraid and dependent on others. That’s not the case with LLENN, who when she gets serious, can get a job done in a way only she could manage. Sure she has had times where she was worried about the people around her and about what to do in general, but once she has her mind set, she’s the Pink Devil.

As for the story it’s quite bare, and the ending tones down the importance of LLENN’s mission to “save” someone. Talking about the ending, it really came as not much of a surprise that Pitohui is really Elza Kanzaki as it was hinted a few times in the season. I did like how they tried to throw us off by Goushi saying that Pitohui is the owner of the venue that Elza was performing at, even having her have the same voice as Pitohui. However Karen saw right through that illusion to correctly identify Elza as Pitohui, realizing that only she would have known that Karen was LLENN through a fan mail that was sent to her by Karen.

Overall, it was entertaining and fresh in the world of SAO animes. We’re about to get the third season of Sword Art Online with Alicization, so we got that to look forward to now.

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Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (TV)

This series was pretty solid, despite its premise: Anthropomorphized horse girls. In essence this show is all about the horse races and the hard training that comes with trying to be number one. I found myself liking this anime because you could understand the hardships the characters had that come from working hard towards a goal that almost looks like a dream.

I know that this series is based of the game, but I could see this kind of show working even without the horse girl part; It would end up more like a track running show. Even so it was interesting to have the horse girls based on their real life counterparts. That’s right, if you didn’t know each horse girl in this show is based off of a real horse. For example in real life, Silence Suzuka suffered an injury that led to her early “retirement”, and Special Week was winning races during its very early racing years. It was sad to find out that Special Week had passed away shortly after this show started. His legacy will live on through Japanese anime.

I’m glad that this show turned out to be more sports based than fan service based. I remember watching the PV a couple of years ago, which had way more fan service via yuri. In the TV adaption, it was kept to an absolute minimum, to the point where it’s hard for me to recall any specific scenes, which usually stick to most viewers minds. I’m also glad that the idol aspect was more present as a bonus, rather than a main feature. Overall this anime was better than my expectations, and I would actually recommend this if you are into unique individuals going at it at horse racing speeds.

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Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Unfortunately I dropped this anime, not because it’s bad but because it’s too slow for me. I realized this when I kept falling asleep every time I tried watching this show. It’s basically about office working adults who are all otaku in their own ways. The main characters are dating each other, and so you would think that an otaku dating another otaku would be easy, but love never is.

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Your Name – Review April 11, 2017

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Kimi no Na wa.

(Your Name.)

Remember, this review assume that you have watched the movie, which means SPOILERS will be imminent. You have been warned.

Talking about spoilers, I’m glad I stayed away from them for this movie. I already knew about the body swapping aspect, but the fate of Itomori was something I never saw or heard of prior to watching, nor expected.

So before I review the movie, I want to mention some things beforehand. First of all I watched this movie in a theater English subbed. (Just got back and immediately got to work on writing this up while listening to music from the movie, was thinking all about it during my 15 minute drive back home.)  This was my first time watching an anime movie in theaters, though the atmosphere is somewhat similar to when I’m watching anime at cons in viewing rooms. I decided to watch it at the theaters as I’ve been hearing rave reviews about it, and it was only going to be in theaters for a couple more days. I arrived fairly early for the movie, as much as half hour early for the film. There was only one other person in the room at the time, so seating was no problem. I already ate before I got to the theater so that I didn’t need to buy expensive food from there. I did bring at least some candy and a small water bottle; good thing they don’t search bags at the one I go to. When it was time for the movie to start, there was only about seven people in the room, which was a bit sad but at the same time I’ve got to remember that these films rarely go all the way to US theaters. Also maybe because I was at a 1:50pm screening as well? Probably there would be more people at the later ones.


Here’s a playlist of the music from the film.

Here is a synopsis from MAL.net:

Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl, yearns to live the life of a boy in the bustling city of Tokyo—a dream that stands in stark contrast to her present life in the countryside. Meanwhile in the city, Taki Tachibana lives a busy life as a high school student while juggling his part-time job and hopes for a future in architecture.

One day, Mitsuha awakens in a room that is not her own and suddenly finds herself living the dream life in Tokyo—but in Taki’s body! Elsewhere, Taki finds himself living Mitsuha’s life in the humble countryside. In pursuit of an answer to this strange phenomenon, they begin to search for one another.

Kimi no Na wa. revolves around Mitsuha and Taki’s actions, which begin to have a dramatic impact on each other’s lives, weaving them into a fabric held together by fate and circumstance.

This synopsis does a decent job describing the movie in a very general manner, as it should. Good thing it doesn’t really spoil much, something I hate very much. Watching a movie beyond the synopsis always feels like jumping through a painting; it’s much more deeper than what you see on the outside.

I thought this movie was fantastic; the art was breathtaking, the music was simple yet effective for the scenes they played for, and the story made my eyes widen when things started turning for the worst. The scene that got to me the most was when Taki and Mitsuha were on the mountaintop together, but at first could not see one another, they could only hear each other. It was only when passing right by one another in that space that could sense each other through their red string of fate. Twilight came and for that short moment, bridged the gap between time and space. They could see one another, talk face to face, and hold each others hands. It was that moment where they were writing their names on each other’s hands that almost made me tear up. The abruptness of Mitsuha’s disappearance with the drop of the pen, and Taki’s fading memories made me feel for them.

After the movie I began to think about the paradox theory and how it applies in the situation in the movie. It’s not so clear cut like how movies like Back to the Future shows or deals with paradoxes. For the first half with Taki and Mitsuha randomly switching bodies, there didn’t seem to be no rhyme or reason for it. Or course at the time, we assume that distance is the only thing separating them. It’s not until later that we learn that the events that destroyed Itomori happened three years ago. Because Taki now knows of the comet strike, his hope to change the past will depend on connecting back to Mitsuha. Recalling that she had a family shrine outside of Itomori on a mountaintop crater, he heads to there in hopes that going to it will help him reconnect with her one more time. By drinking the kuchikamizake that she made (and falling over and hitting his head), he wakes up in her body once more on the day of the comet pass by. Taki knows he has a chance to change things, to save these people of a beautiful town. His actions only initiate a evacuation, but due to time and fate resisting, things seem to be destined for what is known in the future. It’s only after the meeting between Taki and Mitsuha at twilight that gives them a fighting chance to truly save the people of Itomori. Once we learn that there are no casualties and that history has changed, we witness their memories of each other fade. Maybe this is how the paradox is handled, similar to how people can disappear if certain events happen in the past. While time may have degraded their memories of each other during those events, it did not destroy the connection they still share, as seen in the ending of the movie.

I stayed throughout the entire movie, even the end credits listening to the music play. Most people left during this time, except for me and one other hoping to see if there was any post credit scene. There wasn’t any but it was best that I knew that I saw all there was to see before I left the theater.


During the movie, there were a couple of times where I heard crying from a nearby movie watcher. I tend to be the kind of person who can never be sure whether or not the emotion coming from someone else is real or not. I’m not saying that this movie is not sad, nor do I think that the times she cried was fake in any kind of manner. I’m just being overly cautious of others’ reactions because I get influenced by others opinions, especially about shows I watch.

While I thought this movie was great in its own right, I don’t think of it as a masterpiece unfortunately. I would rate it a 8.5 out of 10. For me, what would add to the film is if it had more time to flesh some things out. I would have liked to learn more about the phenomenon that gave Taki and Mitsuha the opportunity they had to be together. It sort of reminds me of the movie Interstellar, where love helped the main character transcend time and space to send a message that ultimately saved the human race. I know that the topic was touched on by Mitsuha’s grandmother that it was a family thing, but was that only it? I guess the strings that invisibly trail us is our answer to all in the film. As for the ending, I think it ended well with them finally finding one another again then cutting there. As part of the audience, we can presume a regular life awaits them which doesn’t need to be shown. Leave it to the imagination.

Fall Anime Season 2016 – Review January 16, 2017

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For this season, I didn’t have a lot of time to watch as I used to, mainly due to work and other personal priorities. This actually caused me to stop watching some of the listed animes half way throughout the Fall season. By the time was free to watch, my reduced interest for a couple of them made me drop them. I probably won’t have as much to say about these animes of the season, but I’ll put my two cents in anyways. If you want to see a full list of what animes I’ve watched, you can always check out My Anime List. Here is a list of animes that I watched from this season:

Getsuyoubi no Tawawa

Hibike! Euphonium 2

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2nd Season

Okusama ga Seitokaichou!+!

Shuumatsu no Izetta

Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Dropped at Ep. 6)

WWW.Working!! (Dropped at Ep. 5)

Remember, these reviews assume that you have watched the series, which means SPOILERS will be few but imminent. You have been warned.


Getsuyoubi no Tawawa

getsuyoubi-no-tawawa

This anime short series is such a tease. Tawawa on Monday is a series of short stories about various well endowed women during their usual weekday lives. Mostly seen from the perspective of a male companion, it combines cute and innocent with innuendo like speech and actions, whether or not the women are aware of it or not themselves. The fan service comes not in the visual form, but rather in the imaginative one. It’s one that I’ll admit I liked watching, as many would say, maybe because these kinds of situations are somewhat feasible in real life, not that I’m hoping for anyways…

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Hibike! Euphonium 2

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This anime was one that I stopped watching around midway, mainly due to not having time to watch, but got back to it and finished before writing this post. I had stopped watching right up to when they won their place in the Nationals, so continuing from there was not confusing for me, as there wasn’t any mid story I had to remember.

All the way through, this anime is solid in its art and animation, character development, music, and story. It all culminates to a very good drama anime that very much feels real. As I mentioned in my review of the first season, when I was in high school, I was part of choir. Maybe not exactly the same as a band or orchestra, but I could still relate to the ups and downs that the characters faced when dealing with a competition, because just like them we also competed in choir competition festivals in trips that took us hundreds of miles away from home against other schools of the country. Feeling nervous or doubt as the stage grew nearer, is something I remember feeling, though in the end we did what we practiced over and over again, during actual class or lunch break. And when it came to the hearing the results, the fruits of our labor bore fruit in the form of 1st Gold place. An absolute dream come true, as I felt at the time. Let it be known that I had no intention of pursuing music in college, or for anything professional in my future. I just enjoyed singing in school choir.

I enjoyed this anime because of how relatable it was for me and my past. As for someone who did not experience something similar, I don’t know how well they would connect with the characters and story, but I think that they would still be able to grasp the feeling enough to understand and enjoy some good storytelling.

This anime series ended on a very nice note, as it cleared most if not all the drama that the band faced throughout the year. I like how in the anime, the teachers of the band mentioned that with the coming of a new year, they can start from scratch. With all the drama that happens within their school band, it comes off as a positive thing. Instead of dragging the negatives and positives around of the past, they can continue to learn from them and move forward into the future. I think that’s also good advise in general for how we should live, and how we should thrive towards our own goals in life.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2nd Season

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An ongoing series into the winter season, it continues from where we left off in the first season. I’ll just mention some of the differences I noticed between this season so far and the last. First off, Mikazuki is now more monotone and fiercer in battle than ever before. Of course its because he’s getting more experience with Barbatos, but it also seems to be taking a part of him every time there’s a huge battle where Mika calls upon it. At the end of the first season, he lost his sight in his right eye and use of his right arm. When connected to Barbatos however, he regains full control of his body again. More recently though, in the battle with the Mobile Armor, he ended up losing the ability to use his legs. He’s slowly becoming dependent on Barbatos, as with it allows him to use his full body at will, at the cost of not being able to disconnected from it. Besides that, Mika also seems to be losing his emotions, not that he ever was that emotional to begin with. An example of this was when back in the first season, in the scene right as Orga and Biscuit were attacked by Carta Issue, Mika calls out Orga’s name in a way that almost seems unlike his usual self. He also at least showed more facial expressions in the first season than the second. Maybe in part it has to do with what happened to him in the final battle in Edmonton, I’m not sure.

I’m looking forward to see how this all plays out: The merging of man and machine, and the stabilization of politics of the solar system. Whether or not Tekkadan will be triumphant or crash and burn, we’ll just have to wait and watch.

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Okusama ga Seitokaichou!+!

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In this anime short series second season, we find our hero creating a larger harem by interacting with more of his classmates. Fan service ensues. Yeah not much more I can say about this one.

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Shuumatsu no Izetta

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Advertised as an anime by some people who worked on other animes such as Code Geass, Izetta the Last Witch takes place in a world war where a small country called Elystadt finds itself under attack by the large nation of Germania. Elystadt discovers and rescues the last witch Izetta from Germania, and with her power turns the tide of battle into their favor. With magic used as a deterrent in the war, how will it affect the world? What consequences will it have for victory between all the warring nations? That’s what this anime more or less illustrates and answers in its own way.

I originally was not interested in watching this series, but decided to give it a shot after seeing a bit of it through social media. It was sort of cool watching actual military based weaponry being taken down quite easily by Izetta’s magic, even if it was simple in the extreme. It’s basically the opposite of the anime GATE where modern military might dominated almost medieval level weapons. Towards the second half of the series however, with the introduction of the cloned witch Sophie, it became clear that the end would be a battle between the two; It became predictable. While the ending was positive, it didn’t feel all the satisfying as the buildup throughout the series dropped off when it became clear that this series was just going to be a classic good versus evil thing, with nothing making it interesting in the middle. Overall it was an OK anime, but the battles and story became stale in my opinion.

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Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

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I dropped this series midway as it didn’t interest me much anymore, mainly with it’s characters. I know that this anime is catered more to females, but I was originally attracted to it by scenes I saw on social media. What annoyed me was how you could tell that some of the guys were seemingly attracted to her mainly because of her looks and not for her personality.

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WWW.Working!!

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In this spin off of the Working! series, we find ourselves at another branch of Wagnaria with a new cast of characters. These characters though I felt were random and didn’t mix very well. Because of this, I tended to fall asleep while watching this anime because everyone felt mad or gloomy or superficial. I did not feel like a workplace I’d want to work in.

I was attracted to the original Working! series before I started working at the retail store five years ago, because I wanted to see and feel what it was sort of like to work and interact with co-workers. Mind you of course this is an anime which cannot be applied to real life, but that’s how I wanted to see this anime series back then.