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Ichigo Mashimaro Review

11042l.jpgWatched 11/2016

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12
Aired: Jul 2005 to Oct 2005
Premiered: Summer 2005
Producers: TBS, Movic
Studios: Daume

Ichigo Mashimaro is a manga adaptation originally by Barasui.

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This anime has been described as tooth-rotting sweetness. It’s an apt description. This is about five girls, one who is 20, smokes and is in university (Itou) and four who are still in primary school and are best friends. Itou watches over the four young girls and their antics which often breed trouble. The four girls have fairly distinct personalities which mesh together well.

It’s cute, well designed and the animation is well done. I’m actually quite curious about the manga now because of the story itself. They are just silly little skits but they are very entertaining. There is a standard on about going to a festival, but there are also ones about finding jobs and losing weight.

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Miu, in particular, is a strange mix of adorable and annoying. She’s extremely energetic and random. Which basically means she gets into the most trouble and is often the centre of attention. She does have a soft side too and gets lonely on occasion when the others don’t cater to her madness. Doesn’t stop the watcher wanting to strangle the girl at times but meh.

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One thing which is amusing is the use of cigarettes in the programme. Itou smokes and it is an ongoing thing that she needs a part time job to pay for them and borrows money off her sister. In some ways, it makes it more realistic because people do smoke but I can’t imagine it happening in modern anime.

So it’s cute, has a good plot line and has good animation. Plus I enjoyed it lots. So Gold.

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Kamichu Review

24641Watched 11/2016

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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.

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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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Kokoro Connect Review

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Completed 10/2016

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jul 2012 to Sep 2012
Producers: Starchild Records, Enterbrain
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Silver Link.

Kokoro Connect is a light novel adaptation by Sadanatsu Anda.

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Kokoro is about five high school students who don’t fit into normal clubs. In Japan clubs are a really important thing and as they can’t fit into one, the teachers make a new club for them called the ‘cultural research club.’ One day the students switch bodies and antics ensure.

Turns out an alien called Heartseed is messing with them to seeing what interesting things happen. The first act has some switching bodies, the second has their emotions going haywire. Heartseed is a bit of a jerk who I think really is just a bored godlike creature. He often apologises in advance for his actions but that doesn’t negate the fact they often cause a lot of distress for the main characters.

‘It just so happens you are some pretty interesting people, I guess.’

‘The phenomena will end when it’s no longer entertaining.’

He’s not kidding with the first statement. Ignoring the back they aren’t part of normal clubs they all are unique people with a mostly unique back stories. Appearances aside. Silver Link is low production so I’ve mostly given up on expecting any form of unique character designs from them. Sadanatsu Anda, on the other hand, seems very good at writing characters. There is a lot of character development in this story.

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Not all of the situations are sad or upsetting, some are quite funny. Most are serious through to high school students and cause a lot of fighting. Most of which evoked feelings similar to how I felt when I watched Anohana, which is properly why I have rated it high.

It has good animation and voice acting. It has a good story.It has strong characters and made me feel emotions towards them. All of which rate it a gold to me. It’s one thing to have a good story, another to make the audience actually care about the characters.

Or possibly I relate to Inaba a little too much, but hey! I don’t claim this blog is official. If anything the bad grammar and writing is proof of that. These are just my own personal feelings lol.

As for the ending well. It suited the story 🙂

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Hiyokoi Review

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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Aired: Jul 30, 2010
Producers: Shueisha
Studios: Production I.G

This special is a manga adaptation by Moe Yukimaru.

 

This was a little dash of gold. Admittedly it’s only one episode so it would have been hard to mess up (but completely possible) but it was very entertaining. It’s a shame that it was only a special but there is a 3 OVA also out also which i will hunt down at some point. I only watch this because it came on after finishing  Bonjour♪Koiaji Pâtisserie.

Simply its about a very small girl starting school again after being in an accident and becoming ‘friends’ with a very tall boy. She’s a very timid character but even in this one episode there were signs she was going to develop into more. It typical shoujo but the lass, timid as she is, isn’t a complete wuss which is nice. The guy also isn’t completely 2D too.

I hope at some point it gets picked up again.

 

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World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin

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watched 2010

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jul, 2008 to Sep, 2008
Producers: Production I.G, FUNimation Entertainment, Sega
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

This anime is a spin off from a video game.

I loved this anime. Its funny and has an excellent story. The world as three types of people. Human, Animal and Hybrid. The three races fighting for supremacy over the others. In various parts of the world, different people are in power and we see a lot of themes around slavery and people’s rights as we go though the show. As our travel from country to country and see the extremes of how people live. For the most, the beastmen have control over the humans. With some places where the human’s have rebelled.

From this a woman stand out amongst the rest. A woman who is travelling, hoping to find the secret to the destruct code. A device which will destroy the world and recreate it a new. She doesn’t want to change the world, she wants to end it and let it start again. An interesting premise and one which the other two in her party have mixed feeling about but go along with her anyway. Because if nothing else, its an adventure.

38349lDon’t get me wrong, most of this anime is your stand action plot. But I really liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. Including the minor characters. The travelling salesman is brilliant and I love him. Everything it at a price, though he isn’t cruel about how you can pay him.

A few people have commented that the first 2/3 of the anime is a bit slow and doesn’t do much for the plot, but it does show you the world they live in and show the bonds they are beginning to form. Something which is important given the twist at the end. After all the destruction code isn’t as far away as the characters first believe. 

So Gold from me for entertainment value though I’m not sure how many people will agree.

Binbougami Ga! Review

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Completed 2015 

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul, 2012 to Sep, 2012

Producers: Sunrise, TV Tokyo, Dentsu, FUNimation Entertainment

Binbougami Ga! is a manga adaptation originally written by Yoshiaki Sukeno.

So this anime is tagged as Parody, though I’m not really sure what it is a parody of. There are a lot of really extreme characters. There are also a lot of references to other animes which are hilarious. A lot to dragonball, to many to others as well, including death note, which is shown below because it was brilliantly done. This anime is happy to make jokes out of itself. Binbou Gami Ga 1A basic summary of this anime is the fri-enemy-ship between a girl who has too much fortune and is a bit of a bitch, and a god of misfortune who has been sent to fix the imbalance. Ichiko is a girl blessed with having too much fortune. To many she seems untouchable and an angel. In reality she’s a arrogant bitch who loves getting her own way and doesn’t really care about other people. Though I do love her, I call her a bitch affectionately in this one. I love animes about girls who are not frail and this anime is it. All three of the female leads are not afraid to throw a punch or say something bluntly.

Ichiko had a bad childhood, a rich heiress whose parents had no time for her and her only real carer was her butler. This with the fact a lot of her friends used her as a child meant she struggles to make friends and only really uses people. So when Momoji crashes into her life, things being to get interesting.

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Momoji is a lazy god of misfortune. Not death. Misfortune. Her job to take the masses of fortune which Ichiko has a redistribute it to people who need it. Except who would want to go near that big ass needle? Not Ichiko, she avoids Momoji’s attempted to steal her fortune easily, occasionally letting it happen to safe people. During the rare moments when she is feeling sympathetic to other people. Not that she ever admits it. Ichiko and Momoji’s relationship is a strange one. They are pretty much best friends. Kind of. They insult each other and beat each other up but their is definitely a fondness there. A fondness between two bitches but it exists. Something which only grows as a third girl is added. The tomboy Rindou. Who was brought up pretty much as a boy by her father.Binbou Gami Ga 2

Momoji’s arrival means that Ichiko has to deal with a lot of madness which comes with her including a perverted black monk, and a m-type inugami. Plus a new friend at show shows up.Theses guys are only really in the show for comedy relieve but their appearances are well done and often the only real ecchi type scenes in the show. Despite the fansercive heavy opening and closing. Along with two classmates with their own problems, we watch as the two girls cause choas and try to defeat each other. While watching Ichiko grow slightly into a more well rounded person. She still has a sharp tongue but she slowly begins to understand other people due to accidents with Momoji’s plans.

I found this series awesome and I fully recommend it to anyone who like comedy programs! Gold.

Hataraku Maou-sama! Review

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watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Apr, 2013 to Jun, 2013
Producers: FUNimation Entertainment, Lantis, Pony Canyon, Magic Capsule,White Fox

Hataraku Maou Sama is a light novel adaptation written by Satoshi Wagahara.

I really enjoyed this anime. The art is pretty and the magic well animated. The character designs aren’t that unique or original and pretty much the standard model for a light novel adaptation. Which is a shame, because the story to this anime is really top notch. Sounds clique, is clique, works brilliantly. I definitely recommend this anime. Its hilarious and I love all the characters. All of them, including the minor characters.

We start our story in a magical world where demons are invading. The hero, and half angel, Emilia fights against Satan in order to save the world. Satan and his top general,  end up falling into a magic portal and sent to earth. It becomes clear pretty quickly that magic doesn’t work as well in Tokyo, and the two of them find a place to live and part time jobs before trying to find out more about the world they are in. Satan ends up working at a fictional version of McDonalds (McRonalds) and quickly becomes shift manager as he is very dedicated to his job. Much to the surprise of Emilia,now Yusa, who followed him only to suffer a similar fate of losing her magic and now works at a call centre. Hatagaya Maou San 4This series is fantastic. One of the main issues is that Satan isn’t really very evil. He’s actually quite caring and kind, and often uses the powers in gains from fear to help people or repair the damage done in battles. He’s work working, dedicated and a good friend. Which confuses the hell out of Emilia who has been taught he is evil and will use every excuse to cause pain and suffering. Heck even in their first meeting in the human world (Satan’s demon form is different due to the loss in magic), he gives her an umbrella because of the rain. They strike up a strange friendship, which revolves around her stalking him to make sure he stays good and him being kind to her. And yes they fall in love. But as I stated, this anime is very clique and it works.

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>What I also love about this series is that the big boobed girl, in this case Satan’s work colleague who has a massive crush, isn’t just there for ecchi purposes or fan service. She is an actual part of the story, either as a watcher to the events or as a damsel in distress. But she has a part to play and not the one her character type is normally given. All the characters are well portrayed in this and well developed. We even have Lucifer as a Hikikomori! Yes, i know technically Satan and Lucifer are the same according to Christian lore, but hey, its an anime. You have to take things with a pinch of salt.

Another thing to note is that the ‘church’ in this anime is corrupt and slightly in the grey as to how good or bad it is. There are signs of both as some of the higher ups are very corrupt. It would be interesting for a second season to learn about the world they came from and just how much of Satan’s reputation is the church covering things up. I may invest in the light novels if they have been translated into English. Or maybe in Japanese if I am brave enough.

I give this anime a gold. Maybe a little high for what its worth but personally I really enjoyed this.

Hikaru no Go Reviews

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Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 75/75
Aired: Oct, 2001 to Mar, 2003
Producers: Studio Pierrot, TV Tokyo,Dentsu, Viz Media, Dream Force
Genres: Comedy, Game, Shounen,Supernatural
Hikaru no Go is a manga adaptation written by Yumi Hotta and drawn by Takeshi Obata.
Gold. An unexpected Jewel. This anime is in many ways like so many of its genre and yet in completely different. Or maybe just has more feeling in it.  Like so many games/sporting animes, Hikaru no Go is about a boy who falls in love with a game and seeks to become the best. Except, that’s not how it starts. Really it starts with a ghost. Sai.
hikaru no go 4Sai is a ghost who is about 1000 years old. While alive he worked as the court go master but for various reasons ended up dying before he could achieve his dream and discovering the ultimate move. Or rather the ultimate game. The hand of god. Sai now haunts a go board and when Hikaru touches it while searching though his granddad’s shed, possesses him.
Sai is a childish man. He loves to be over dramatic and pouts when Hikaru won’t let him play go. He is also very curious about how the world has changed and the people who now play go. But he is also very deep and philosophical. He doesn’t know how much time he has left after all, only knowing it will run out and Hikaru is possibly his last chance to achieve the hand of god. Except, something happens that Sai wasn’t expecting. Hikaru starts to want to play himself.
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A minor problem for both of them as Sai wishes to play, though he is more than happy to teach the young Hikaru to play. As for Hikaru, he is known as a genius and for him to suddenly start losing games is more than his rival can take. And so the story unfolds. More than just Sai achieving his wish but Hikaru growing up and his ascend into the Go playing world. Literally watch Hikaru grow up.
Time passes in this anime and we watch as Hikaru grows from being a elementary student, up until high school. He’s a stubborn brat the whole way though, but we do watch as he develops into a young man and the experiences he has. The friends he makes, the trails he faces, they are all part of the world he has unexpectedly found himself want to know more about.  Hikaru is a likeable character and portrays the emotions of a young boy very well. He gets upset when his friends leave him. He is ecstatic when he wins a game. He wants to win and is determined to do so. Also things can be very serious to him, even if they are not as serious to us. This anime is most definitely worth a watch.
hikaru no goThis is not Hikaru’s story though. This anime is full of interesting characters who sweep you up into the world and keep you paying attention. From his childhood friend Akira to his main rival  Akira Toya. Touya especially. Touya is the son of the current master of Go and has been training his whole life to follow in his father’s footsteps. He is frustrated by his boy who has suddenly appeared in front of him who sometimes plays like a pro and other times like a new player. That doesn’t stop him going to Hikaru’s aide when he gives up Go to give him the kick up the ass he needs. Touya has few friends and I think you can indeed class these two are friends. Disjoined as they are.
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The others around them can not help but watch this younger generation as they seek to topple the current gods. The presence of Sai unsettling them all, either though Hikaru or over the net. Especially the net. Everyone wondering who who Sai is and just what is Hikaru’s connection to him?
This anime is platinum to me. Its bold and daring. The emotions raw and true. Everything from the script to the music is exciting and draws you in with a tight grip. The art is a little dated now but the HD version has been enchanted so it is bright and the lines are clear.
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Yowamushi Pedal Review

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watched 2015

Type: TV
Season 1: Completed Episodes: 38/38
Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to Jul 1, 2014
Season 2: Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Oct 7, 2014 to Mar 31, 2015
Producers: TMS Entertainment, Discotek, TOHO animation
Yowamushi Pedal is a manga adaptation originally written by Wataru Watanabe.
Meet Sakamichi Onoda. A massive dork and a otaku. Onoda goes to high school hoping to join an anime club and finally have friends to go to Akihabara with every week. Except the club as disbanded meaning if he want to do that, he needs to reform it! In the process Onoda ends up attracting the attention of the biking club. Making friends and gaining a new skill in the process.
imagesOnoda’s got an undeniable charm which entrances anyone who mets him. He’s a little obvious and very determined. He is also very whole hearted and when he gets something into his head of his, he goes with it. Meaning he needs to be calmed down occasionally. He is also very serious about his duties and if you tell him to do something, he will do it without fail. Onoda is interesting because he doesn’t set being no 1 as his main challenge. Honestly his main challenge is simply to catch up to his friends, which is hard enough given they all have many more years of experience than him. What Onoda has is years of cycling 60 miles to Akiba and back with a children lock on his bike to reduce his distance. Everything which happens after than is just a progression to follow his orders.
Like many sports animes, this anime does have a habit of taking a short amount of time and someone spanning over x amount of episodes. The bulk of the later half of season 1 and the entirety of season 2 takes place during the Interpol race which is set over 3 days. Its the most important race for their age group and its the seniors last chance to win. As well as their last chance to settle old scores. Which brings about another key point of this anime. The main theme? Friendship and teamwork. Clique but its different to most animes.
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In most teamwork animes, the friendship is between the team itself, and between the members of their rivals. However in this anime we also see a lot of friendship between the teams, even before the battle is over. The third year climbers from both teams for example. With a fight which makes you yell and scream at the TV. Seriously I was watching this with my team-mate and we were yelling at the TV for people to win. You get so caught up with all the characters you end up uncertain as to who you are supposed to be routing though. Apart from Onoda. You always route for him, even when he is pulling of the impossible.
Even the ‘bad guys’ in this anime like Onoda and are willing to fight fairly with him. Also they can’t help but like him. He just stumps people by saying the things people least expect. And getting his bearlike teammate to sing that anime song while riding up the hill has got to be one of the most funny scenes I have ever seen in anime. And Onoda’s direct rival is one of the most lovely and well mannered people you will ever met with a positive outlook on life. The last race is fun, not traumatic.
Honestly, this anime was one of the best anime I have watched in a while. I love how sports anime’s manage to get you wrapped up in the tale and locked in for more and this anime certainly ticks all those boxes. Its easy to see why its one of the most popular anime in Japan at the moment and I look forward to seeing more from this anime. I only hope they give the manga enough time to write another season worth before scheduling another season. So gold. Definitely Gold.
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Gatchaman Crowds Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2013 to Sep, 2013
Producers: VAP, Tatsunoko Productions, DAX Production, Sentai Filmworks, Nippon Television Network Corporation

Gatchman Crowds is a anime based of a previous anime in 1972 Science Ninja Warror Gatchman. The 1972 series was written by Jinzo Toriumi. Gatchman Crowds was written by Toshiya Ono.

I have never watched the original series of Gatchman and as such, I can only actually review this as a series and nothing in relation to the original series. Gatchman Crowds is a fun anime which is focuses on the power of friend and how a community can band together to help each other and others in need out.

The lead in this Hajime_Ichinoseanime is Hajime Ichinose. Hajime is a bit of an air head. She’s very unique and has a love for stationary. She is also an optimist to an almost ridiculous level. Like any true anime female lead, she entrances people and has some fantastic friends. Hajime gets granted the power of NOTE. Along with several other long standing Gatchaman, Hajime fights in a special reinforced suits powered of Note against strange beings trying to destroy the city they live in. In particular they fight against MESS.

Hajime’s team mate, and longer running Gatchaman is Sugane Tachibana. Sugane has a samurai type suit and is a bit of a stuck up prick.  A little harsh, he’s just very diligent towards his duties and believes in justice very strongly. It takes him a while to warm up to the teams latest member. Hajime’s easy going character grating against his own. But slowly she proves her worth and he begins to respect her. After all Hajime has a habit of being of the impossible. Including talk to psychopaths with out making them attack more people. She also get the Gatchaman to change their methods and update them to the new world. Something which everyone is resistant to at first but eventually Hajime’s plan works and they improve because of it.

The rest of the team are fun too. Including a few aliens, and a talking panda to boot! And the villian. The villian is fantastic! Berg Katse basically just loves destruction and knows just how to get it happening. Hes very flamboyant and reminds me of a cross between Grell from Kuroshitsuji and Moral from Hamatora. He is also quite taken back by Hajime, not that it stops him trying to destroy the world but it is fun to watch.

The art style for this anime is really cool to. Lots of unique designs and interesting characters. To anime the suits the anime uses a 3D animation program which blends in well with the rest of the world. Unlike most anime who randomly insert the effect in.  This anime is fun and there is plenty going on in the world to keep an eye on. Its not overly childish, nor is it very adult. To me its gold.

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