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Welcome to the NHK Review

NHK ni Youkoso! (Welcome to the NHK)52675l 

Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Jul, 2006 to Dec, 2006
Producers: Gonzo, ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment
Welcome to the NHK is a novel adaptation originally written Tatsuhiko Takimoto.

The closest thing I can compare this too is Catcher in the Rye. By no means do I think this is any where near as good but the themes are similar, if only with a Japanese twist in it. Watching a character which a serious social problem, spiral worse and worse. Sometimes getting better only to regress. The people around him struggling with there own problems. This anime is about the issues everyone faces and a bunch of people who learn to overcome them.

As you can tell, this anime is fairly deep at times. It has moments of funniest, moments of pervertedness, but at the heart, this anime is very realistic in how the world works. Some people leave school and swim easily. Others sink. The world can be very cruel and harsh at time but people learn how to get though it all. In many ways parts of this anime can be very sad. Dreams don’t always come true, as much as we would wish it otherwise.1388940823_6260

The main character is a hikikomori. Plain and simple. Satou Tatsuhiro is 22 years old and has dropped out of college. He is an example of a growing social problem in Japan of a NEET who never leaves his house and lives off his parents. However things can’t remain like this forever. Satou desperately wants to get a job and be normal but is terrified of doing so.

Like anything Satou’s mind spirals out of control, and he comes to the conclusion their is a conspiracy around him in order to keep him as a Hikikomori. The Nihon Hikikomori Kyoukai, aka the NHK. Or for those unable to speak Japanese ‘The Japan Hikkomori Association’. A company which does its best to keep hikikomori’s as such in order to give society something to laugh at. When things are going bad, the NHK are shown by purple creatures. If they show up, bad things are happening.Welcome to the NHK 1

This is a fairly important thing and not something too far from the truth. The idea of someone panicking to the point where conspiracies become real and they are obsessed there is one against them I mean. When people lock themselves away from the real world, it’s not that hard for them to become paranoid of the world outside. Our mind can’t really cope with being stagnant, which is why people are better off with some form of job. Its not just money, but giving ourselves a purpose. For a lot of people, all they really need is a purpose, or in the case of the Hikikomori, a kick to get started.

Part of the problem with being Hikikomori is that parents enable the consideration by continuing to pay for their children once they are adults.There is no need to go out because everything is always there. Obviously there are other factors but parents are often part of the problem and not the solution from what I have read and studied. This in itself is another key issue which is played out in Welcome to the NHK. As money becomes tighter, parents are less and less able to help their children out. Gone is Japanese golden age where such things were possible.I+was+expecting+you+to+reply+to+that+_e003715ba87218a4b4a96795140dd67d

So how will this particular NEET overcome being so? For reason unknown at first, a beautiful girl has taken interest in him. Misaki has chosen him for a project which will hopefully save him from being a Hikikomori. This girl crashing into his life with more effects than he could have foreseen. She is mystery and basically a stalker. Seriously, between Misaki watching him from her house on the hill to Sadou’s sempai and old crush almost getting him to commit suicide, I was very tempted to stop watching this anime. The themes just a little too twisted, but I persisted, given this anime has a very good reputation on the net.

Misaki grew on me, especially as it grew obviously she was as socially awkward as he was. She wasn’t just a girl out for kicks, though she does seemingly grow obsessed with him. At first I wondered if we were going to end up with a character with Yuno levels of obsession. However, it turned out to be less obsession and more a kind of dependence. Everyone has one friend right? Misaka’s friend is Sadou and she gets very worried when he goes off with other people without mentioning anything to him. On the other hand, she is the only one to check up on him and make sure he is still alive. Even feeding him when his allowance gets cut.Welcome to the NHK 2

As far as the animation style goes for this anime, its not beautiful or sleek. Its plain and drab. Honestly it just adds to the story. This is a real world story, despite the conspiracy, nothing particularly amazing happens. Ignoring the episodes when Sadou gets hooked on to online games on the hope of making money. The different between the virtual world and the real world are stark. Especially when you compare the bright colours of the computer world to the dim of the room Sadou is hiding in. All in all I give this anime a gold. It is an excellent anime with some pretty strong characters and themes.

Zero No Tsukaima Review

Zero No Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)20680l

Watched 2008

Type: TV
Season 1
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jul, 2006 to Sep, 2006
Season 2
Completed Episodes 12/12
Aired Jul, 2007 to Sep, 2007
Producers: J.C.Staff, Genco,FUNimation Entertainment, Media Factory, Shochiku, Sentai Filmworks, Happinet Pictures
I watched this anime while I was still pretty green to the whole ecchi/harem genre layout. So we have a ‘beautiful’ noble, Lady Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière, who can’t use her magic properly and summons a human from another world to world as a familiar. Aka something to channel her power though. As a side note, she is well known for not being able to use her magic well and was nicknamed “Louise the Zero” by his classmates because of this. Lousie is a spoilt girl who honestly is still high up on my ‘Anime girls I would love to slap’ list. This lady is queen of being a tsudere. I don’t care that her type is tsudere, she’s a bitch who needs taking down a few notches.
As for the poor guy who gets summoned, Saito Hiraga he ends up with an abusive woman for a ‘master’. Because he is a familiar, the proof being the runes on his hand, he is basically treated like an animal by Louise. And like a pervert because he occasionally looks at women’s boobs. You know that thing all young single men do when its practically shoved in front of them. Lousie beats him often and its not always funny. Heck, the only reason he can talk and understand them all is because Lousie miscast a silencing spell, giving him the ability to understand them.
Whats more, turns out it actually a pretty good familiar. The runes on his hand means he some kind of super solider able to use any weapon given to him with a high level of skill.  Including a Jet fighter plane which fell though to that world once. But does he try to stop Lousie beating him? No! Does he fall in love with her? Yes!
Wait what? I have some serious issues with this. When did they fall in love? Saito has opinions over that Louise. I swear its some like of Stockholm syndrome and if it was the other way round this anime would be getting a lot more hate. Why is it suddenly sexy/funny for a flat chest little girl to beat the hell out of some poor bloke who has no chance of getting away? At least most tsudere character’s signant other wasn’t forced into a relationship. (Yes he fell in love, but he had to live with her and such for the series). At the end of season 2, they get married. I didn’t bother going back for season 3.
Now, all being said, I do remember sort of enjoying the anime. Its very beautiful and the characters were cool. I just hate the main girl is all. So Bronze.

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge Review

7701lYamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge (The Wallflower)  

Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 25/25
Aired: Oct, 2006 to Mar, 2007
Producers: Nippon Animation, ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge is a manga adaptation originally written by Tomoko Hayakawa.

tried to watch Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge twice. The second time I succeeded. The different between the two times? Well the first time was after watching Ouran Host Club and these two animes are often recommended together despite the female leads being exceptionally different to each other. Why? Well the story revolves around beautiful boys and a unladylike girl. Other than that, I’m not personally sure why. Though both are excellent anime. I do like this anime, despite the fact I didn’t finish it the first time around. I think exams got in the way the first time.

yamato_nadeshiko_shichi_henge_43As previously mentioned, the story is about beautiful boys and an unladylike girl. In Ouran, Haruhi is a cross dresser. In Yamato Nadeshiko, our leading lady is a recluse. Having been told by her middle school crush that she was ugly, Nakahara Sunako gave up being a lady. Instead becoming obsessed with the occult and horror films. Not to mention looking like the girl from the ring, Sunako is infamous for scaring everyone. Her room is full of scary items, including a skeleton and an anatomical model who serves as Sunako’s best ‘friend’

For various reasons Sunako moves into her aunts mansion. Currently living in the mansion are four beautiful boys for for various reasons can’t live at home so Sunako’s aunt as collected them effiectly. With their own quirks, Sunako’s aunt makes a deal with them. If they can master the task of turning Sunako into a lady in one month, they don’t have to pay rent. But if they fail, they have to pay threetimes as much. They agree, not having met Sunako. From the moment they met her, it soon becomes pretty clear, this is an impossible task.yamato 1

Sunako is reluctant to enter the world of light. In face because she has locked herself away for so many years, she lets nosebleeds whether she is confronted by the boys. Sunako’s character is an interesting one because she is pretty much the anti shoujo girl in many ways and yet still one. She has been hurt by boys and wants nothing to do with him. She is stubborn and fights viciously to not go along with the schemes that the boys come up with to make money. Sunako is also surprising sensible. She is smart and can cook. She also is very self aware. She knows she scares people, she even won’t her father in her room because he’s scared of the occult.

This anime is enjoyable, watching as the boys try to make Sunako become a lady though blackmail and bribes. Not to mention all the stuff that occurs when a not so pretty girl lives which 4 stunning boys who have their own fanclubs. Honestly my biggest problem with this anime is the style. Sunako’s fine, there is visible differences between when she is not trying and when she is in beauty mode. But the boys. The boys are drawn weirdly to me. They are stylize and I understand that it is anime but the boys look more like girls than most of the girls do. Plus they aren’t that attractive to me. They are sweet though and have there own problems to add to the story.

So Silver. Its a good story if you can over look the art style.

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Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo Review

Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo ( La Corda D’Oro)7228l  

Watched 2009

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct, 2006 to Mar, 2007
Producers: Aniplex, Yumeta Company, Hakusensha, Koei, Sentai Filmworks
La Corda D’Oro is a video game adaptation developed by Koei.

I had almost forgotten this anime classes as the genre as the likes of Kamagami no Asobi and Amnesia. A collection of boys all trying the gain the heart of one girl, Hino. Why? Because I watched this early on before I was aware of this genre being a thing. La Corda D’Oro is a fantastic anime and one which I personally was very touched by.

Hino is a normal student at a elite school where the school body is spilt into the two sections. The normal students and the music students. A collection of gifted students who focus their attention on perfecting their music.   Every year, the school has a music competition. On day Hino bumps into the school fairy Lili. Lili decides that Hino has talent and want her to take part in the competition. Because she can’t actually play any instruments, he grants her a music violin which allows her to play any tune from her heart.

corda-d-oro.jpgShe doesn’t actually want to play at first. But Lili is determined and after listening to everyone else play she decides to take part. As the series  goes on, Hino is amazed by the magic of the violin and as the competition goes on, she becomes more and more attached to the people she is playing with. While all the boys are love interests, there are more who have more of a role than others. Personally my favourite boy is Ryotaro. Ryotaro is in the normal section, head of the soccer team and also Hino’s best friend. When Hino’s accompanist for the first round quits on her, Ryotaro plays for her, surprising everyone with the fact he can actually play! Which leads to him playing in the competition as well.

This anime is shoujo. Hino is outspoken and stubborn. She says her mind and isn’t afraid of any of the boys. Even the cold rich boys who like scaring/threatening her. Hino’s still a girly girl, and she is still very dramatic. The drama whipping up even more with the music. The music is beautiful and dynamic. They picked their songs well for this anime. Ava Maria plays an important part in this as we watch Hino grow and change. As well as watch her change the lives of her friends though the magic she plays.

Hino is a fantastic character and is one of my favourite shoujo girls. This anime is Platinum to me. I realise some will disagree but this anime was beautiful to me and made me wish I could play the violin.

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