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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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Mahou Sensei Negima! Review

Mahou-Sensei-NegimaMahou Sensei Negima! (Magical Teacher Negima!)

Watched roughly 2009

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 26/26
Aired: Jan, 2005 to Jun, 2005
Producers: Xebec, Starchild Records,FUNimation Entertainment
Negima! is a manga adaptation originally written by Ken Akamatsu.
Disclaimer: This are my own opinions are in no reflect anyone else. If someone disagrees, feel free to comment with your own

In summary an almost ridiculous show with too many characters and far too much going on. We have cyborgs, witches and more. You name it, this show has it. The characters are half fleshed in and this show attempts to take on the highs and lows of an entire class, in 26 episodes. Giving everyone ‘unique’ powers that are often almost the definition of a ‘Mary Sue’ character.

We follow a 10 year boy, from Wales of all places, as he becomes teacher at an all girls boarding school. Negi Springfield. A mage, whose dream is to become a master mage and find his father.  Class 2-A. A class of 31 girls. Honestly, this show would have been twice as good if they had cut the girls by half and actually thought about them a bit more. They are just walking tropes. Down the girl who will destroy the girl by her very existence.

The ending was sweet and the show does give some excellent laughs. As a comedy it succeeds. It’s just not an anime I would actually recommend because it lacks in pretty much everything else in my opinion. Also it is classed as romance. Lots of not right situations with the girls and their 10 year old teacher. Some are funny, others are just a little uncomfortable.

I give it a silver because it is worth a watch for the comedy.

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Review

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Watched roughly 2008

Type: TV
Aired: 2004-2007, 2015
Producers: Geneon Universal Entertainment, Seven Arcs, A Line, FUNimation Entertainment

This anime was the second ever Magical Girl Anime I watched, the first being Sailor Moon. Nanoha was something, is still something, that I have a special place in my heart for even years after watching it. I squealed with delight once I learned it is getting a fourth series this summer (2015) and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing how the writers combat the change in Magical Girl genre. Will they change their formula or stay true to the Nanoha franchise?

So Nanoha. Nanoha is a sweet pure heart girl who ends up on a quest to save the earth. I didn’t say the plot was original, I said the show had a special place in my heart. Nanoha is such a heart warming character, who more times than not, tries to make friends with her enemies. She is a power mage, despite being from earth and forms a close bond with the boy she is trying to help, Yuuno.

The first series is set while she is still very young. Not even in junior high yet. Nanoha stumbles upon an injured talking ferret after hearing his telepathic cries for help. The ferret turns out to be Yuuno, an archaeologist and mage from another world who had accidentally scattered the dangerous Jewel Seeds throughout Earth. Stuck as a ferret until his powers return, Yuuno recruits young Nanoha to find the Jewels Seeds before they fall into the hands of evil. Granting her a red jewel which allows to use magic to defeat the monsters. However someone else is looking for the Seeds as well.

Enter, Fate. Fate’s mother is the villain for much of the first season. Wanting the seeds for her own gains and not afraid to use her daughter in order to do so. Fate is stubborn, strong and bad ass. She also comes with her own fox familiar who helps look after her. Arf.

The first season is cute and heart warming with some sad moments. Eventually ending with Fate’s mother defeated, Nanoha becoming friends and Fate getting arrested for her mothers evil deeds. Yuuno leaving Nanoha to go home. Nanoha left to her own devices on earth. Though she is able to keep in touch with Fate.

mahou-shoujo-lyrical-nanoha-asSix months later and Second two starts :Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A (2005)

We are introduced to Nanoha, who is eagerly awaiting the day she can be reunited with Fate. However her peaceful life is once again shattered as a powerful mage attacks. Fate appearing to help. With a new found enemy, Nanoha must once again team up with Yunno, Fate, Arf and more to keep her home safe.

This season was sadder than the first in many ways, though it does have a happy conclusion. A group of violent mages have been attacking anything with magic power for their own goals and when they attack Nanoha, they set out to stop them before they can hurt anyone else. Fate enrolls at Nanoha’s school and there is a very cute side plot about all their friends. Including one very sick friend, Hayate Yagami, who turns out to be connected to the mysterious mages. Another im230px-Magical_Girl_Lyrical_Nanoha_A's_DVD_volume_1_coverportant thing is that the mages are so powerful, Nanoha and Fate have to upgrade their equipment to a much more dangerous version. They are both warned not to over do it or it could cause massive damage to their bodies.

Back to Hayate. Hayate is a lovely character and as sweet as Nanoha and Fate. Which is partly how she has gained the loyalty of these mages. Hayate is suffering from a family curse, with no obvious way to fix it. As the story moves on, we learn more and more about the intentions of the mages.

As stated earlier, there is a happy ending and everything is fixed. But not before some pretty heavy angst considering these girls are all still 9 years old. The ending points to the future.

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Set 10 years after. Yes. 10 years. Our girls are all grown up now and teaching the next generation of fights. All with some really cool weaspons of their own. Nanoha is a famous hero and well respected teacher. And things have not been easy. She may not be the naive little girl any more but she is still a strong believer in right and wrong. And still able to break the hearts of many.

Seeing these girls grow was a fantastic idea and they did not ignore the ten years in between. Nanoha has suffered. She overworked her body and due to the upgraded system of her weapon, almost died. We learn this as the guys explain to the students just why Nanoha is so strict with them and doesn’t let them overwork too much. She almost lost the ability to walk. To fly.

Nanaho is a strong character who evolves and grows with the challenges she faces, while never losing that part of her with is truly special.

And I look forward to watching the fourth instalment. Four years later. How will Nanaho be now?

Anywhere, this little universe is Platinum for me.

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Ah! My Goddess Review


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Ah! My Goddess

Watched 2009 roughly.

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Jan, 2005 to Jul, 2005
Producers: Bandai Visual, AIC, TBS,Media Blasters
Disclaimer: This are my own opinions are in no reflect anyone else. If someone disagrees, feel free to comment with your own

Standard anime tropes from this era. Bare in mind, I watched this anime soon after watching ‘DearS’ and ‘Chobits’, this anime was not all that everyone made it out to be. I am willing to admit I am more a Shounen person than a Shoujo but this. Okay, this anime was properly considerably better as a Shoujo then anything else. Enjoying a time when not every romance had to have a harem or ecchi scenes in it. This show was a fine anime. At best, I’d give it a silver.

So the plot. Well. I can remember the beginning and the end. So I guess I watched it all the way though, but considering I remember little else, I can’t say it was a brilliant story. It was a good story. Refreshingly light hearted even. Especially when compared with more die hard romances where they fall in love in five seconds flat. The story starts out with a recently rejected young man attending college who accidentally calls the Goddess Hotline. In this world, the Goddess’ are supposed to bring happiness to people and in order to this, Heaven has set up a hotline where people who are good but suffering misfortune can call up to make a wish. Yep, that’s a thing now. So how many of you can guess where this is going?

To be fair, the young man, Keiichi Morisato does not say ‘Stay with me forever’ because he actually wants the goddess, Belldancy too. He thinks this is all a joke. And is more than a little surprised when the wish is granted and Belldandy remains with him instead of going back to Heaven. This of causes a number of problems, first of which being housing as he lives in a male only dorm. Though everyday problems and not so everyday problems, (Belldandy has two sister who both show up to create more trouble), the two fall in love and eventually live happily ever after. After the big finale mind you but that would give the plot away. Kind of.

The story is an odd mix of cultures and ideas. Most of the ideas and names seem to come from Nordic and Celtic origins, which only make things stranger when put into context with the Japanese setting. Belldandy and Keiichi are a sweet couple. Both very pure hearted and do genuinely seem to fall for each other. Even with the rest of the cosmos seemingly trying to get in the way. Its just nothing overwhelming special to me. But remember it had been some time since I watched this. The outfits were pretty cool though.

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