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Munto TV Review

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Also known as – Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai (The World Reflected in the Eyes of a Girl Looking Up at the Heavens)

Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 9/9
Aired: Jan, 2009 to Mar, 2009
Producers: Kyoto Animation

Munto Tv is the continuation of a two part original OVA which was released by Kyoto Animation in 2003 and 2005.

I was watching this feeling like something was missing and it many ways it was. Music. Its there occasionally, but I can not help but feel this anime would have been better with a better soundtrack and more actually used. Take ep 3, there is music during the magic scenes, but none during the dramatic river crossing. Making a what should have been a dramatic and heart warming scene, rather than dull and disinteresting. They should not have limited the music to just the magic scenes. munto 1

Munto was cool. Yumemi was sweet in her own way. She seemed like she was going to be pathetic but then stood up and proved me wrong. She fought. And I have admiration for that. Yumemi is still very much your shoujo girl. She’s pretty and falls in love easily. People also fall to her charm easily as well. But she’ll do what it takes to protect her friends.

I guess the main problem for this anime to me was that the ‘normal world’ was portrayed very dully, despite one of the main characters living there. The magical world got all the cool music and effects. Plus the bright colours. I get its to make a contrast, but it does make the magical world a lot more interesting than the normal world. It also makes the normal world slightly more boring to watch.

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The relationships are interesting in this anime. Yumemi and Ichiko’s relationship especially. Verging on Yuri, Ichiko is very protective of her friend. Wishing she could see what Yumemi can see, and doing her best to support her. Begging her not to go because she couldn’t protect her. There are lots of different relationships in this anime which are different to normal animes. Its a shame really we don’t get to learn more about some of the side characters. We learn a lot about Yumemi and her friends, also about Munto but not much about the characters in the magic kingdom.

All in all, a silver. The story is entertaining despite it’s weaker points and the side characters are amusing and interesting as the main characters.

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Nichijou Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 2/26
Aired: Apr, 2011 to Sep, 2011
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis, Kadokawa Shoten, Movic, Rakuonsha,

Just your typical anime about everyday life for a bunch of atypical characters. It has a similar set up to lucky star in that in the two episodes that I watched, not a lot actually happened. The characters are terribly normal in there not-normality. Dull and not really well formed in my opinion. Its random but that it. Nothing to really pad out the randomness. I can see this working a comic strip and even as a week by week anime to pad out action. But watching this is one day just wouldn’t work

Maybe one day I will return to it when I’m a little less slice of life animed out. But this was just kind of boring for me. So Stone.

Weekly Challenge! Week 3: Kyoto Animation

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Name: Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Release Date: Aug-Nov, 2003
Genre:Comedy, Military, Romance (12 Episodes)

Name: Air Release Date:  Jan–Mar, 200522059l
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance (13 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆

Name: Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Release Date: July 13, 2005–October 19, 2005
Comedy, Mecha, Military, Romance (13 Episodes)

Name: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Release Date: April 2, 2006–July 2, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Science fiction, Supernatural (14 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating:☆☆☆

Name: Kanon Tatsuya Ishihara Release Date: Oct, 2006–Mar, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance (24 Episodes)

Name: Lucky Star Release Date: Apr–Sep, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (24 Episodes)

Name: Clannad Release Date:  Oct, 2007–Mar, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance (23 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating:☆☆☆☆

Name: Clannad After Story Release Date:  Oct, 2008–Mar, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance (24 Episodes)

Name: Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai Release Date: Jan–Mar, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy (9 Episodes)

Name: K-On! Release Date:  Apr–Jun, 2009Amagi Brilliant Park1
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (13 Episodes)

Name: K-On!! 2  Release Date: Apr–Sep, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (26 Episodes)

Name: Nichijou Release Date:  Apr–Sep, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (26 Episodes)

Name: Hyōka Release Date: Apr–Sep, 2012
Genre: Slice of life, Mystery (22 Episodes)

Name: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Release Date: Oct–Dec, 2012
Genre: Romantic comedy (12 Episodes)

Name: Tamako Market Release Date: Jan–Mar, 2013
Genre: Comedy (12 Episodes)
Status: UNFINISHED 5/15

Name: Free! Release Date: July–Sep, 2013
Genre: Sports, Drama, Slice of life (12 Episodes)Kyoukai no Kanata 1

Name: Beyond the Boundary Release Date:  October 2, 2013–December 18, 2013
Genre: Dark fantasy, Romance (12 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆

Name: Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- Release Date:  Jan–Mar, 2014
Genre: Romantic comedy (12 Episodes)
Status: Unfinished 1/12

Name: Free! Eternal Summer Release Date: Jul–Sep, 2014
Genre: Sports, Drama, Slice of life (13 Episodes)

Name: Amagi Brilliant Park Release Date:  Oct–Dec, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic comedy (13 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆

Ongoing Anime:

Name: Sound! Euphonium Release Date: April, 2015–?
Genre: Music, Drama, Slice of life (12 Episodes)

Air Review

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Watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jan, 2005 to Apr, 2005
Producers: Kyoto Animation, ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment, Pony Canyon, TBS
Air is a video game adaptation developed by Key.

Air’s a weird anime. Its sweet in its own way and unlike so many anime’s of its genre doesn’t have a thousand girls for the main guy to pick from. Yukito Kunisaki is a man on a mission! That mission is to locate the winged maiden. A story told to him by his mother and one he wants to prove is real. He is basically a hobo who ‘works’ as a travelling puppeteer but fails miserably to actually get any money. Yukito ends up in a small coastal town and meets three girls who all potentially could help him with his quest.

Our main female interest is a high school girl called Misuzu. Misuzu is seemingly your stereotypical blond girl. Clumsy and naive. Yukito ends up working as her babysitter as her adoptive mother is busy doing something. Misuzu and Yukito’s story is a powerful one, filled with ups and downs as Yukito discovered Misuzu’s illness and has to comprehend just how such a girl is so optimistic in the face of so much sadness.

I have to admit, I remember more about the beginning of air than the ending. This is one of those animes I remember enjoying at the time, but little of the plot has remained with me. Other than the ending is one which was very bitter-sweet and didn’t actually answer all the questions the anime brought to life about this sleepy town. I do recall Air is an anime which can be very confusing at times.

Considering his anime was made in 2005, Air is a stunningly beautiful anime. The lines were clear cut and the animation for the scenery was amazing. They really put some time and effort in to making this world come alive.

At first I wasn’t sure what to give this anime, but I think at the end of things I will give it a silver. Its beautiful and the story touching. One day, when I have time, I fully intend to re-watch it.

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Kyoukai no Kanata Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct, 2013 to Dec, 2013
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis ,Pony Canyon, TBS, Sentai Filmworks
Kyoukai no Kanata is a light novel adaptation originally written by Nagomu Torii.
Kyoukai no Kanata is your atypical demon and curses story. Except really not. So our leading character is half shade, half human. A teenage boy called  Akihito Kanbara who has a megane fetish (glasses for anyone not used to the term). Akihito is a pervert simply, but hes a loyal friend and seemingly has a lot of good friends around him. Due to his half demon nature, he is also impossible to kill. He is walking home one day from school when he sees a girl about to jump of the roof of the school. In a panic, he runs up the stairs and declares anyone who looks as good as she does in glasses shouldn’t die or else it would be a waste! Her responible. Well Umm.

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So she stabs him with a sword made from her own blood. Turns out Mirai Kuriyama is from a demon hunting family which is cursed with the ability to manpilate their blood. Becuase of this everyone in her family was killed and Mirai lives her life isolared from everyone because of the misfortunes which come over her. Mirai, to be blunt, is a bit of a twit. She’s clusmy, rude and doesn’t think before she speaks. She has no friends, and no money either.  She then spends her days challenging Akihito to battles in order to improve her skills and eventually Akihito manages to befriend her though a method which has never failed! Feeding her.

This anime is full of issues. No one is entirely happy, either cursed, suffering from family issues or just messed up. But still the pull together to life a happy but atypical high school life. All while waiting for a big evil to appear. Despite being short at 12 episodes, they still manage to waste some with fillers, which do dampen the story a bit. Though the Idol episode was amazing.

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Those outfits! And within the plot as well. All in all, I enjoyed this anime. I liked the blossoming romance between Akihito and Mirai. I enjoyed watching as they all slowly grew and worked out their issues and I certainly was not expecting the twist at the end. Akihito feeling towards his friends as well. It was different take, I think, to a commonly used trope. I.e someone’s half demon and theoretically could go berserk but we can’t actually kill them.

The art was very standard but clean. What you would expect from a light novel adaptation really. The magic was very well done, very sparkly and glow-ey.  I can’t say I had any real problems with this anime. Even the ‘Onisan/imoto’ fetish was done at reasonable levels and more of a joke than anything else. Akihito mother was inspiring as well, though the fact she’s the human does lead the question about his father and just how he came to be.

Anyway. I give this a silver. Its entertaining and enjoyable. What more could you want from a 12 episode series?

Amagi Brilliant Park

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Oct, 2014 to Dec, 2014
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Avex Entertainment, TBS, DAX Production, Sentai Filmworks, flying DOG, Mobcast.

Amagi Brilliant Park is a light Novel Adaptation written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Yuka Nakajima.

I enjoyed this anime. It made me laugh and I genuinely enjoyed the plot of this short anime. It is no masterpiece. It is not one I will buy merchandise for or even really recommend to anyone unless I am out of ideas. However it was a fun anime to watch. Those two standards would seem to contradict themselves but in the end there are plenty of anime that I have watched and

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enjoyed but are just that. Entertainment. I rate this anime as silver because chances are in a five years I will not remember its name but I will remember its plot.

At first glance it is not particularly special. Slightly different from the normal anime set while the characters in high school, in that is it not actually set at high school.

We start there. A seemingly normal boy, Seiya Kanie, is forced to go a date with a new student. Isuzu Sento. By forced, I mean by gun point. The location of this date? Amagi Brilliant Park! Well, not so brilliant. The bus stop is at the wrong place, most of the attractions are in despair and the food is awful. Except the croquettes. Made by the parks very own princess. Latifa.

Latifa is pretty much a typically young princess. Big hearted and thinks the best of people. She is also the princess of a magically land and the park works as a battery for the magic of that land. With this in mind and considering the park is in danger of being closed meaning the denzions of the park would dissappear, Sento is given the task of saving the park. Why? He’s 1) a perfertist, and 2) a former Child Star who has lost his way.

And so the tale begins. The epic journey Sento takes to whip the park into shape and get  250,000 vistors to walk though the park gates in under 3 months. A seemingly impossible task. But one Sento undertakes. Trust me, he has his work cut out for him. And the story unfolds. There is romance, but honestly I love this more for the comedy and just the everyday problems of running a theme park.

Update *23/7/15

Having finished university for the summer I decided to go hunt down some anime only to find a new OVA of Amagi. It was delightfully mad as the series. Which all the best characters at the least featuring in a cameo as the park attempts to run its day to day operates. With the added bonus of people having to switch up some roles and failing at it, having to compete at an annual fight to the death *coughs* perform at a kindergarten and arrange a birthday party. The OVA manages to capture the light hearted but wacky nature of the series and I hope it gets renewed for the second season.

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