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Kamichu Review

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Kamisama de Chūgakusei

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jun 2005 to Sep 2005
Producers: Aniplex
Studios: Brain’s Base, Production Reed

Kamichu is an original adaptation written by Tomonori Ochikoshi, Koji Masunari, and Hideyuki Kurata.

Gold

This is was a delight to watch. The main character Yurie is adorable and a real sweetheart who ultimately does her best in the new role she has found herself in. The show is heavily influenced by the Shinto believe that there is a good for everything in existence. One morning Yurie wakes up and knows she is a god. Not quite understanding or believing what has happened, she accidently summons a typhoon and from there her new life as a god begins. Alongside being a middle school student.

 

What’s really amusing is that everyone just accepts the fact she is a god and the first middle school student god. Not to mention teasesher mercilessly (in a good natured way). Kamichu is a hopelessly sweet anime which is hard to pin down in one genre. We have aliens, cats and boats from ww2 which all need Yurie’s help and she goes about it happily. With the occasional hitch in her own life.kamichu 2.png

She is still a mostly normal girl though and has to deal with her crush and trying to keep up in school. Her two friends are with her throughout her adventures, one who has grown up in a shrine and understands matters of the gods a little better than Yurie and another who unfortunately often ends up being possessed by gods to do their bidding. For example putting on a rock performance.

There is nothing which fazes these girls.

Music wise, it’s good. The opening song suits the anime well. The animation itself has its own flare which makes its unique. Not in a way which is bad, I actually really liked the anime style. It’s great to see a style where the characters actually more with a bit more freedom. The way the characters move really adds to the flavour of the anime.

I don’t quite think it makes my favourites but I certainly enjoyed the anime more than some I’ve been watching lately.

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Isshuukan Friends Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV

Complete Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Apr, 2014 to Jun, 2014
Producers: Brains Base, NAS, Pony Canyon, DAX Production, Sentai Filmworks, TOHO animation
Isshuukan friends is a manga adaptation and is originally written by Matcha Hazuki.

 

This anime is what happens when you combine 50 first dates and Japanese romance concepts. The Japanese, as least currently, view your first love as the most special. You can see this in how many of their romances are set in high school. It is part due to that idea that love at during high school time is the most special. In many ways Isshuukan friends only increases this assumption. It is sweet, and touching. Despite it being technically shounen.

Kaori Fujimiya is a seeming cold but beautiful girl in Yuuki Hase’s class. One day he works up the courage to ask her if she will be his friend. Except he is rejected. The next week he tries again only for her to blank him. Eventually he learns that she is always alone because all of her happy memories, including time spent with her friends, disappear every Monday. Meaning she can never make friends. Still wanting to be friends with her anyway, Yuuki Hase tries to get close to Kaori over the course of every week. Hoping one day she will remember him, all the while falling in love with her.

Yuuki is such a babe. He’s nervous and sweet. He also gets jealous and does some pretty silly things. Yuuki and Kaori don’t talk during class so people don’t know they are friends. But when he can’t met up with her, he stands up and shouts sorry much to the amusement of his classmates who have no idea what he is talking about. He is so determined to be her friend that when she loses her diary, he refuses to go to school and spend the days searching for it. Kaori’s a sweet character too. What caused her amnesia is really sad! But she is such a nice person who just wants friends again.

This anime is gold to me. I recommend it highly. Its very rare to find a love story as innocent as this one is. Both of them get so flustered and embrassed, its adorable! There are some real gems in his anime. Though it still take me a while to warm up to Saki.

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Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Oct, 2012 to Dec, 2012
Producers: TV Tokyo, Aniplex, Brains Base, NAS, Kodansha, NIS America, Inc.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a manga adaptation written by Robico.

Shoujo is a strange genre to me. I like romances but I don’t like typical boy met girl animes. Rather I hate flimsy female characters who can’t stand for themselves. Shizuku is not a flimsy female character. Indeed her nickname in the anime is Dry Ice. She does not appear to care about anyone or anything, ignoring getting top grades. Though better blackmailed by her teacher, (or rather bribed) Shizuka agrees to drop of some note to the class delinquent, Haru. Haru is described as a monster who got suspended from school on the first day and has yet to show up again.

Haru is like an adorable puppy. He’s naive, doesn’t really understand things but he’s very clever and strong. Because Shizuka brought him the notes, this instantly makes them best friends in his eyes, much to Shizuka irritation. And it is irritation. She does not want someone distracting her from her studies. But life doesn’t work out like that and she gets pulled unwillingly into the life of a normal high school. Aka having friends and hanging out with them.

They fall in love slowly but surely. A few love rivals along the way. They are adorable as a couple. Both inexperienced in love and just sort of stumbling along. Shizuka is adamant she does not want a boyfriend however her heart says different things and well. Haru too cute sometimes.

All in all I give it Gold for a fresh take on boy mets girl and the comedy in it. Including a chicken. You can’t hate an anime which manages to get a chicken into the main cast.

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Amnesia Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 4/12
Aired: Jan, 2013 to Mar, 2013
Producers: Geneon Universal Entertainment, Frontier Works, Brains Base, Movic, AT-X, DAX Production,Sentai Filmworks, Showgate

I wanted to like this. It was pretty. Visually, Amnesia was stunning, which some of the most unique designs I had seen in a while. I would also like to comment at this stage that I watched Amnesia soon after getting back into anime again. This almost made me stop and back out.

The only way I can justify this is that it works better in a game format when you are playing the Heroine instead of watching her. Most of the boys are dicks to her. Also Shin killed sort of killed someone. No he didn’t. There is so much angst in this anime! I imagine that is the reason it is so popular with teenage girls. To me, its honestly just grating.

 

 

The girl is having memory problems and none of them notice. Wait a tick! The girl you love isn’t acting her normal self? None of you notice? She barely specks up for herself. Something which again I assume is to do with the fact this was adapted from a game where you would pick the responses. I hope. Its hard to tell if people actually think girls should act like this or if its just a bad character design they like to use.

The mystery element is the Heroine’s memory. Kind of. There is more to it then that. I actually guessed what was happening and looked it up. The plot for the mystery is not bad at all. But the crappy attempt at romance, and a flimsy led female character just made this almost unbearable to me.

So to me. Stone. Its not even worth a bronze in my eyes. I know people will disagree but this is my opinion. I shall now continue to live my life.

 

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Kamigami no Asobi Review

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Kamigami no Asobi (Ludere deorum)

Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Apr, 2014 to Jun, 2014
Producers: Frontier Works, Brains Base, Broccoli, Movic, Sentai FilmworksL, Showgate
Kamigami no Asobi is a Video Game Adaptation.

Kamigami no Asobi is the next in line a recent trend of making animes from dating simulator games. Amnesia and Diabolic Lovers, being two other examples of this particular type. Namely one girl and 6+ hot guys to pick from. The different between this one and Amnesia and Diabolic Lovers is, this one is actually quite good. The girl, Yui, actually has a back bone and is willing to stand up for herself. Which is more than a lot of anime heroines.

The plot is pretty standard. In this case, Yui gets chosen by Zeus to help teach certain gods how to love humans before the world ends. In this line up we get Hades, Dionysus and Apollo(n) from Greek mythology, Balder, Loki and Thor from the Nordics. From the Japanese gods we get Takeru and Tsukito. Oh! Also for their teacher they get Thoth from the Egyptian. Anbis also makes an appearance occasionally as another classmate. Thor and Dionysus aren’t actually love interests but are there more to be fill in characters, still its an interesting mix of mythologies they went for.

The gods are a mix of personalties, normally reflecting their counterparts. Someone did their research before making this show! Loki is playful and mischievous and also destined to kill Balder. Still they are best friends so. Thor is arguably more out of character due to his stoic nature but given Marvel’s take on ‘Thor’ it is an interesting contrast. Not going to lie, the Nordics are normally the ones to bring the lever down to gloom. Which is odd given Hades is the the super emo and angst one. Why? Plot.

Yes, there is plot. Its cute, funny and a little sad.But there. And its not all about romance! Sure there is flirting. Often bad flirting. There are also some fan service scenes. But a lot of the story line is more Yui trying to help the god overcome their own problems, and getting the others to help and make friends. There is a lot of bromance and adorable scenes in this anime. Jealousy as well. But not always for the reason you would first assume.

All in all, this anime is special if only because it is the first of its kind I have actually enjoyed. Most times when I see boys with cool designs, the female character is awful and I don’t want to watch the show. Yui was a well written female led and I hope some other series take a leaf out of this one’s book. Likely not, but one can hope!

Oh! Silver. It’s good. Not out of this world. But good.

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Baccano! Review

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– Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jul, 2007 to Nov, 2007
Producers: Aniplex, FUNimation Entertainment, Brains Base, Aniplex of America, Sakura Create, Happinet Pictures
Baccono is a a Japanese light novel adaptation written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Katsumi Enami.
Disclaimer: These are my own opinions. If someone disagrees, feel free to comment with your own.

Its awesome and amazing. Its Platinum. What more do you need. Go watch. Shoo!

Still here? Baccano is strange to me. Considering I started watching anime in 2008, and Baccano was released in 2007. How the hell did I miss it? Lack of knowledge maybe? Possibly because this is one of the most underrated anime’s ever. It is a gem. The characters are distant, well rounded and unique. It is a shame it was never given a sequel but considering Durarara is the next project, that is possibly an acceptable fill in.

Baccano is something truly different. Set from different view points though out the episodes you really get an idea of how intertwined all the characters are. It can be a little hard to get the time times sorted, as it flips between three/ four time periods. Relationships and actions which connect people. Baccano in many ways show just how complicated the world can be. One action affects a lot of people in different ways.

Then we have the music. Oh! The music. This is an anime set in 1930s New York and the music is amazing. From the sad moments to the comedy moments, this is a show who paid decent money to get the best. The opening is inspired as well. I don’t normally pay much attension to sound tracks, but the music is as much as part of the story in this as any other aspect.

Plot! I haven’t even started on the Plot! Right, so immortals, demon, Mafia families, blackmail, random bunch of murders who just want to kill people, thieves. Errr. A child trying to meet up with someone. Lets not forget Maria and Isaac! And the train. Much of this story takes place while a significance portion of the characters are on a train. Most of them heading to New York to met up with old friends. The other part takes place a year before in New York. Time lines get a little complicated but everything gets straighten out in the end. Pay attentions to the years!

Maria and Isaac are by far my favourite characters. They are a comedy relief/married duo who literally do what they want. But they are good guys, they only do things which they think will help people. Which is why the police have never really arrested them. These two are always at the centre of all the chaos, somehow some where. They are idiots but loveable ones in a anime where there is a significance amount of blood and gore. And torture.

If you haven’t watched, go watch! Now! If you have, I hope you liked it as much as I did.

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