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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

World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin (Sands of Destruction)30347l

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.

Usagi Drop Review

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Usagi Drop ( Bunny Drop)
watched 2015
Type: TV
Episodes: 11/11
Aired: Jul, 2011 to Sep, 2011
Producers: Production I.G, Fuji TV, Sakura Create

Usagi Drop is a manga adaptation by  Yumi Unita.

Usagi Drop is a strange one. Its an age old story of a man unexpectedly adopting a young child and having to learn how to be a father. At the death of his grandfather, Daikichi ends up looking after his grandfather illegitimate child when none of his relatives will do so. Treating her like a chore, and making him feel disgusted by them so he takes the job himself instead of letting her go into care. Sparking a very cute anime about a man bringing up a young girl and all the troubles that brings.  Rin is a mature girl who understands the things around her a little too well, and Daikichi is just doing his best to be a good father.

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We watch as Daikichi learns to deal with every problem as they occur and as Rin grows from kindergarten and into primary school. The little moments which make a life. Including fun with friends and graduating from daycare. The moments which every parent loves and hates. The ones which need photos, its just a shame Daikichi doesn’t have a camera. But lucky for him, Rin has made friends with a boy, Kouta, who has a single mother and mothers always have these things prepared! Usagi Drop 2
I’m aware of the manga. I dislike the manga’s choice. I choose to ignore the canon.  I think Daikishi and Kouta’s mum would be really cute together. As for the other characters, we watch as some pretty deep issues go on. This is very much from an adults point of view. Including divorce, abandonment and working as a single parent. All issues we never consider as children but are very much issues people have to go though. With or without children.
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Abandonment. Rin’s mother didn’t want her. She gave her up to work in her dream job. Not that it seems to make her happy. Rin hates her mother, and we do see flashes of her mother life as the anime goes on. Her mother cares but she is a very awkward person. It does ring up some issues though. Japan is very bad when it comes to women working. 39% of women RETURN to work after giving birth. Most become housekeepers. To achieve a dream and become pregnant? What would most women do? Its a harsh thought but a true one. And an issue we see several times in this anime.

All in all, this anime is very much a real life anime. It doesn’t pretend to be want its not. It simply a story about Daikichi’s life having taken in this child. So Silver.

Kimi ni Todoke Review

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Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You, Reaching You)

Watched 2014

Type: TV
2 Seasons
Completed Episodes: 25 + 12
Aired: Oct, 2009 to Mar, 2011
Producers: Production I.G, VAP, NIS America, Inc, Nippon Television Network Corporation
Kimi ni Todoke is a manga adaptation originally written by Karuho Shiina.

Why did I watch this anime? Well. I had just finished ‘Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge’ and was looking at the recommendations when this appeared. They are nothing alike but the main characters share one major characteristic. Which connect these two mangas together. Both main characters remind people of  the ghost girl from the horror film “The Ring”.

Considering this is a shoujo anime, not really a good thing. Ignoring that the two animes are nothing alike but both are very amusing. Kimi ni Todoke is a cute, if not sometime trying romance anime about a naive but sweet girl and a boy who has fallen for her. Why trying? I often found myself yelling at them to just get together already! The pace is a little slow but that is part of the charm of it I guess. As anyone who has read my reviews before should know, I’m not that found of shoujo romances. Most of the romances I like are of the shounen variety. But I did enjoy this anime. It was quirky and had some fantastic characters.

Starting with our pure hearted heroine Kuronuma Sawako, who due to her unfortunate resemblance to the girl from the ring has the nickname Sadoko. Sawako is a very shy and socially awkward girl whose dream is simply to make friends. She is very kind and caring, always thinking of other first but rarely gets to chance to make friends due to her nerves. However as her kind nature comes out so does her ability to talk to her classmates. During the anime you watch her slowly come out of her bubble and bloom into a lovely young woman. Even if she does occasionally revert to over thinking situations and scaring everyone with her expressions.

Much of this is due to her having make friends with two class delinquents. Both girls get judged a lot for their attitudes and appearance. But Sawako genuinely doesn’t care and is just happy to make friends. Which endear her to them for life. The three girls relationship is similar to that of Tohru and her friends from Fruits Basket. Two ‘rough’ types and one very naive girl who occasionally needs protecting from the world around her. Which can be very cruel.

Then we have the love interest. Shouta Kazehaya. Kazehaya is outgoing and friends and yes, he has a fan club. One of the most popular boys in the school, Kazehaya fell in love with Sawako at the school entrance ceremony when she smiled at him under the cherry blossoms. Not clique at all right? But Kazehaya is in love with Sawako, but even when he admits it to her, she does not believe him. Leaving the poor boy to have to run around trying to convince her its true, while fending off other rivals.

This love story is full of twists and turns as the school body seemingly try to keep these two apart. From bullies and rumours, Kazehaya will have to fight if he wants to date Sawako. Not least because no one, including Sawako, believes he actually loves her. This is an cute anime to watch which does get very attached to the characters and makes you fun the same emotions they do.

I would argue though that it took far too long for the two to get together. But that might just be my opinion. So silver. I’m not likely to watch it again, but it was fun while the ride lasted.

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Diabolik Lovers Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 5/12
Aired: Sep, 2013 to Dec, 2013
Producers: Production I.G, Frontier Works, Idea Factory, Zexcs, Sentai Filmworks, Showgate

Diabolik Lovers was a video game adaptation created by Rejet.

Believe it or not, I am doing his review using a random generator to decide what so the next. How today I have managed to get though all the major reverse harem shows which I distaste, is some kind of weird luck.

This show feels like a slap in the face to any woman!! Its an abomination!

Yui Komori basically gets abused by 6 vampire brothers who what to drain her blood for 13 episodes. Yui is beyond pathetic. She has no self respect nor any back bone. And no reason to be like this! Her step-father, who is a priest, sends this innocent girl to life with vampires. And by innocent. I mean has no idea how to deal with the girl. She is beyond masochist. She just whines and flails without actually doing anything to defend herself. If this is Rejet think woman are, they should stick to the Boy love genre.

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Kaleido Star Review

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Watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Complete Episodes: 51/51
Aired: Apr, 2003 to Mar, 2004
Producers: Gonzo, Production I.G, TV Tokyo, Hal Film Maker, ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment, G&G Entertainment, Horipro, MediaNet

Kaleido Star is an original anime created by Junichi Sato, and written by Reiko Yoshida.

Kaledio is not your standard anime. Its a anime about a troop of performers who work at the most famous ring in the world. Sora is a young woman who has come to the troop to follow her dream and perform with her idol. Sora is a good performer but what’s her more special is her endless determination. It doesn’t matter what she comes across, doesn’t matter who tries to bring her down. Sora will rise again. She is a wonder female character which as much determination of any of the boys in a sports anime.

Honestly, I love sports anime and that is likely part of the joy in this anime as well. There are obstacles to face. And they all dive head first to over come them. Working together to pull of stunts and create plays which will truly entertain and inspire the audience. In some ways the motivation of these characters are more noble than that in sports animes. Sora wants to be the best, but more than that she wants to make the audience happy. She will literally do anything to put a smile on someone’s face.

It is that fire in her which helps her gain the hearts of her colleagues. Helps her reawaken the love of performing in her idol. And more than anything, inspires everyone to grow and become the best performers they can do. The plot arcs are interesting the performances Sora and the troop but on are beautiful. I’m not sure how many of them are actually feasible in real life, however this anime so you have to accept a couple of things.

This anime is gold to me. It opened my eyes to new set of animes that were sports but showed how powerful passion can be in people. Showed how drive people are to change and succeed in their dreams. Dreams which aren’t just to beat everyone else. But dreams of actually being the best and inspiring others to become the best as well. Kaleido-Star-kaleido-star-7067945-1024-768

Seirei no Moribito

moribito_wallpaper_1280Seirei no Moribito (Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit)

Watched 2011 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 26
Aired: Apr, 2007 to Sep, 2007
Producers: Production I.G, Viz Media, NHK Enterprises,  Media Blasters
Disclaimer: This are my own opinions are in no reflect anyone else. If someone disagrees, feel free to comment with your own

Seirei no Moribito is based of the first novel of the ‘Moribito’ series, written by  Nahoko Uehashi. Originally published in 1996. The story is a fantasy epic containing themes about how letting traditional culture fade, may not always be a good thing. One of the main plot lines of the story is the lack of knowledge due to the old customs having faded. Leaving the only information in such things as nursery rhythms and myths with many versions.
Having never read the novel, I can only review it compared to other Animes and not compared to its original format. It is a good anime, and one which is rather underrated. What this anime has, is what films don’t. Enough time to make you fall in love with the characters.
One of the key differences between this anime and many others is there is a strong female led. Balsa. A 30 year old bodyguard, who has survived against great odds and refuses to kill in order to live up to a past debt. She is a formidable fighter, and the anime does not attempt to ruin this by needless fan service. Arguably maybe more people would have watched it if it had been ‘sexed’ up but I prefer they hadn’t. She is a respectable and solid character. Something which is very rare in anime. She has a love interest. A herbalist, Tanda who is well liked by his people and does his best to ten to everyone’s injuries. Tanda and Balsa’s relationship is bitter-sweet but is a nice side to the story line.
As fantasy stories go, the idea of a cursed prince is a common one and this is no different. Or is it? Believed to be cursed by a demon who his ancestor defended hundreds of years ago, the Emperor secretly orders the execution of his son, Chagum, to spare the land of such evil. The Emperor weeps over his decision but nothing can be done. Luckily, Chagum’s mother steps in and hires Balsa to protect young Chagum. Chagum undergoes many changes throughout the story. Growing closer to Balsa emotionally and learning how to survive himself. Chagum is a pampered prince, but he is not spoilt. He does what he can to help and rarely complains. Without giving the main plot away, eventually things are put to rest and he returns home a hero. The goodbye scene between Chagum and Balsa heart wrenching to say the least, having watched them go though so much together and now they part.

The story contains many characters. All of which are well rounded and well portrayed in my view. The anime was Gold to me, because even after 3 years, I can remember much of the plot. Unlike many of the anime I watched back then. It is a rather unique story, one which i hope to read in paperback now they have released an English translation.

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