Anime, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Harem, Review, Romance, Slice-of-life

Saekano S1 (Anime Review)

Name: Saekano

No. of episodes: 12

Genre: Slice of life, Comedy, Romance, Ecchi, Harem

*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Review: While I had downloaded this anime way back in early 2016, I finally decided to check it out now, since its second season just ended. Well, at least for now, I would say that I don’t particularly regret that decision, but I’m not proud of it either. ‘Saekano’ is based on the usual high school genre with the generic otaku protagonist, the generic twin tailed tsundere childhood friend, the extremely sexy upperclassman and the sudden main heroine. However, the thing that makes it a little different is the fact that the main heroine, doesn’t have that much of a presence (Heck, she doesn’t even shows much emotions too). So, Tomoya (Ze protagonist) has a fateful encounter with Katou (Ze heroine) in a spring day, which gave him the sudden urge to create a game ‘That will touch the heartstring of every guy out there’; and for that he consults Eriri (Ze childhood friend) and Utaha (Ze Sempai~) to help him achieve his dream. While he didn’t have any idea who that girl was, he wanted to make sure that he finds her out and approaches her to be the main heroine of his game; later, he found out that she was his classmate and she has been approaching him for various works for the past one year, but thanks to her lack of presence, she has been savagely ignored by everyone. Tomoya takes it upon himself to convert her into the perfect ‘Dating sim heroine stuff’ while completing his game with the other girls who are bound to lose in the harem competition.

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Weakness: For an anime with a huge amount of clichés, there were bound to be some pretty obvious mistake:
1) The story drags a little too long in showing the part where Tomoya tries his best in convincing Eriri and Utaha to join his project (It almost takes up 3-4 episodes).
2) There were some moments when the atmosphere was supposed to be tense, but sadly, they weren’t able to interpret that darkness quite well to make us anxious about the next episode.
3) Tomoya’s cousin, Michiru, is introduced in the story in the later half, but there wasn’t anything that significant for her character except for stretching the length of the story, to end the season at a cliffhanger.

Best scene: I ship Utaha and Tomoya, so obviously, the best scene would go to the time when the Utaha route was at focus. I loved the scene where Tomoya and Utaha were in a hotel and were working on the story that he wanted to get featured for the first ending of his game. While it was fun, what made the fun really awesome was the, HOT FANSERVICE OF UTAHA IN A BATH ROBE *-*)/ (Nope, just kidding), chemistry that they shared while working together all night in something serious, still finding time to joke around a bit (The ship almost felt real at that time).

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Favourite character: After what I said in the Best scene thread, need I say more about this question? Of course it will be my new bae, Kasumigaoka Utaha. What really is amazing about her isn’t the fact that she has a great figure and dressing sense (Well I do admit they are part of her waifu points tho), it’s her sadistic yet cute attitude and chemistry shared with Tomoya that makes her so freaking awesome. Wew! I don’t think I could stop talking about her, she’s just so amazing!!

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Art style: No doubt about this attribute of the anime, the art style and animation are fucking awesome!! The female characters are just way too cute and the details spent on each of them is plausible (Especially the red and black gradient eyebrows of the characters). Apart from character design, the background was really well done too and it really made me salute A-1 pictures for providing us anime series with such beautiful art.

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OP/ED/BGM: Well I’m a fan of rock and other loud songs, so this anime’s OP or ED wasn’t that good for me. Yes, it was good but it was way too slow for me to like it. I do have to admit that certain BGMs at the serious part of the story really hyped me up and it made me realise how important BGM is for certain series (I really swear I heard  the BGM used for Sasuke in 6th season of Shippuden, in here too).

Ratings: This anime was filled with clichés, generic characters, awkward statements and situations; but still what made it kinda good was the fact that it constantly broke the fourth wall and joked around about its own series and story building a couple of times, showing it’s sport spirit. Still, I would rate it 7 out of 10 because it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. However, I expect great things from its second season.

And with that my review about the 1st season of Saekano. What do you think about this anime, would you like to watch it or not? What were your thoughts on it (If you have already watched)? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

 

Anime, Drama, Musical, Slice-of-life

Some Anime Cliches (Musical Genre)

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After my post about the clichés that are repeated again and again in Romantic and Comedy anime series, today I decided to continue that trend and came back with another ‘Anime Clichés’ post. This time, I have chosen the genre ‘Idol’ or ‘Musical’. If you guys don’t know what that is, it’s generally a slice of life anime that centers around a musical background, which means it might be about playing in a school band, or playing in a middle school band, or in a high school band or….. Well, I think you get what I mean. That’s why, without any further delay, let’s get right into it!

  • The Goofy Protagonist: 

    Be it horror, slice of life, romance, action or even thriller series; we always come across at least one goofy character. I don’t know what’s with the creators and their ‘Carnal Attraction’ with these kinds of characters. Well, in the musical genre, they just have to make the main character goofy or hyper energetic. For some reasons, she just HAVE to be lazy about important stuff, HAVE to get a sudden desire to form a random club and just HAVE to be the one who EVERYONE magically listens to. I swear to God, I will never be able to figure them out.

  • The Strict Character:You guys know what’s a Equilibrium, right? If there is something negative, introduction of a positive substance equalizes the net value. What I want to say with this sudden science stuff is that 1, Science is the only thing that I have to think about after I entered High school, and 2, if we have a goofy main character, there has to be a strict character that will be there to scold the Protagonist as well as the other associated characters; only to get ignored by everyone XD
  • Fewer members and the hunt to find more:As I mentioned before, the main character just HAVE to get this sudden desire to create a new club about something they have zero idea about. Since it is of musical genre, of course the club has to be regarding music and stuff, but the thing that pisses me off real bad about this cliché is the fact that the protagonist just suddenly decides to create a club and start something new and SOMEHOW manages to find all the required members (Oh yeah, they are always shown to be in some kind of member crisis, until a sudden character shows up, saving their club) and learn everything about it and just happens to get the whole band ready by the Cultural Festival. Bruh……… It took me 3 weeks to learn how to play a basic song in guitar (Well I’m slow so nevermind that example ._.)
  • The Almost Failure First Performance:
    Well it was easy to get the idea to start a sudden music related club, gather members and practice hard for the day of their first performance. It’s not necessary that it would go that smoothly all through the season (Well, K-On! was smooth throughout the entire story, *SPOILERS* it still came across a tiny bit of crisis when Ritsu and Mio had a fight). In most of the idol based anime series, the first performance either starts with an empty hallroom or a nervous breakdown. When all of us are convinced that it’s gonna be a failed performance, suddenly things starts to change and well, it turns out to be an ‘Fair enough’ show. How did they manage to do it? Magic.
  • Cute Girls doing Cute Things:Musical anime = Cute girls. Like, that’s just completely obvious, no one watches these anime for the music, it’s all for the loli like characters who are wasting their time having a pillow fight or eating cake and practice for their performances only for a few days. I mean, come on, wouldn’t it be boring as hell seeing them just practice all day? To hell with logic, we want these cute girls to do certain cute things……. Like saying “N-Nyaa” while wearing cat ears in their clubroom.
  • The Sudden Dream:While the protagonist had this sudden urge to make a band, its hunger for more doesn’t stops there as he/she suddenly decides to perform at a certain ‘Oh-So-Big-And-Famous’ stage. What’s more, the member of that band agrees to set that as their target without much of an opposition, and then suddenly starts to get ready for it……. Well, after finishing their cake, that is. God, I must say, Musical/Idol genre is the only genre that exploits the ‘Protagonist power’ so much. The side characters could literally do nothing but accept his/her orders.
  • The great final performance:Guess what comes after months of practice, tea time breaks, soap drama and stage lives? Why, of course, their dream show! The live that they were all waiting for, the place where all of them wanted to perform at. Now, just like the sports cliché, they would try to enter this tournament before too but might get knocked away by their rival, however, by the second season, here they are, having the time of their lives. It’s beautiful and heartwarming, but at the same time, it’s very repetitive.

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And with that I’m summing up this topic. Wew, it really was fun to write it again, even though I have a feeling there still are some clichés I think I have missed. What do you think of this post? Is there anything that you would like to add? Let me know in the comments below.

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Anime Plot: A second preference?

I hope that most of you are familiar with a small proverb, “All That Glitters is Not Gold”, it means that everything that looks attractive isn’t necessarily good too. While we might follow this rule in most part of our daily lifestyle, sometimes we tend to forget this moral when watching anime.

Agreed that anime has gained popularity mainly because of its overwhelming story, beautiful art style and liquid flow animation techniques; there are some brilliant series out there which get neglected only because of an art style that’s not as appealing as the other mainstream anime series. That’s why today I will be talking ranting about how important the art style, story, animation as well as the OP/EDs are for an anime.

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The face I make when I realise that I have chosen to watch an anime with good animation but awful story

In these past 3 years of my anime viewing, I have met different sorts of people who have different preferences when it comes to watching anime series. While story remains the main focus most of the time, there are some examples where the mass gets attracted to a series of extremely beautiful animation even if the story is pretty shitty; they sometimes like it. Well, I won’t comment of someone’s personal taste and preferences, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it does happens.

My latest review of ‘Kuzu no Honkai’ showed how I struggled to criticize the first two episodes only because I liked the art style (Even though the story was killing me). It’s not just this anime, there are many series out there with not that great of a story (Like Trinity seven, Saekano, Mayoiga), who got their fame thanks to the amazing amount of details and brilliance in the artistic side (Totally my opinion on the story liking part).

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Have a look at the amazing Art style of ‘Ping Pong: The Animation’

While on the other hand, there are low budget anime series (Like Tatami Galaxy, Welcome to the NHK, Uchouten Kazoku, Ping Pong: The animation), who have excellent story but were not able to gather as many audiences as the mainstream ones, reason? Well of course it’s because the art was so mediocre (Or different in some cases) that the audience decided to bail out even before they could complete the series. As a result, these anime don’t get to earn much and the producers drop the idea of continuing the series (This shit is the main cause of the end of most series in the very first season).

OP/EDs also play a main role in the popularity of an anime series. Personally, I get the feeling of watching a series if I find their OP/EDs to be enjoyable. Even though the story of that series is shit, I couldn’t stop myself from ending it; something keeps telling me that an anime with a song this good can never be bad (That thinking of mine has made me suffer a lot tho). Like for example, I wasn’t actually planning to watch ‘Tokyo Ghouls’ at first, but as soon as the hype of its OP ‘Unravel’ swallowed the whole community, I also decided to watch that series with that same ol’ philosophy of mine (TG didn’t appeal to me that much). Anime like ‘Kuzu no Honkai’, ‘KnB’ and ‘Toradora’ are some more examples of me following this trend; Toradora, thankfully, wasn’t a mistake, and I still find myself get all excited to watch that series whenever I listen to its first OP ‘Pre Parade’.

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A small advice: Choose. Watch. Think. Judge.

Anyways, in the end, I would like to advice you guys (As well as myself) that every anime, no matter how it looks or rated by most peoples in the community, if it fits into your preferred genre, must be viewed and judged by you before you put a label of ‘Not worth the time anime’ on that series. Remember, a diamond is always found in the coal shaft. You could neglect a series based on how it looks like at first, but that might deprive you from experiencing something that most mainstream anime doesn’t gives us.

Thanks a lot for reading this post. Yeah, I know I’m not being much active but things have been quite busy over here after I got admitted into this new school. Well, I still am doing my best to provide you with some of my rants,  bear with me for a little longer please XD

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Celebrating The First Anniversary of This Blog!!

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It was just another day of the week when I decided to log in to WordPress, but as soon as I checked the notification tab, I realized that today is actually a day that needs to be celebrated. This day marks as the first anniversary of my blog, Ryuji’s Anime Review. I really have a hard time believing that it’s already a year old now.

I still remember the day I decided to start this blog. It was around 5 to 6 PM when I just finished watching ‘Your lie in April’. At that time, I had a habit of discussing the pros and cons of anime I finished watching in a closed room; however that day, my mother walked in and on seeing me talking about anime to myself with such enthusiasm, she advised me to start a blog about anime. To be honest, I was looking for a platform to talk about this stuff in a more official way, so I didn’t hesitated much into searching for a site to do it; and within two hours, I had posted my first post of my site, Ryuji’s anime review. Thanks to all of you for following my blog and giving me the strength to continue.

 

So what have I planned to do for today? Even though it’s not something really grand, I do hope that you guys would have fun reading this Anniversary special issue. At first, I will be sharing with you guys, some facts related to my blog, followed by some of my posts which I actually enjoyed writing (Told ya, not much). So without any further delay, let’s get right into it!!

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SOME FACTS OF THE RYUJI’S ANIME REVIEW:

  • Even though my first post was made in 29th of July, my blog actually became active in the month of September, when I started writing anime reviews more often.
  • At first, the name of the blog was ‘Chat with Ryuuji’, but after a while, when I realized that my reviews are hardly anything like a nice chat, I changed it into Ryuji’s Anime Review. Though I think I might change this name again as my blogs aren’t only about anime anymore.
  • I used to have a page where I decided to update my Top 10 anime list every month. But I never actually updated it and the rankings remained stuck in their for 8 months, before I finally deleted it.
  • I actually tried to manage a second site known as ‘Ultodurbin’ for some weeks but then I decided to focus more on my main site and didn’t post for a while in Ultodurbin. Presently, my mother manages that site and posts some of her photography occasionally (Shameless publicity: Do check her out here).
  • I had no idea that I could use GIF images in a post until December. The same goes for using the VLC screenshot feature too (I used Google Images for pics in the earlier posts).
  • The Ryuji’s Anime Review site has changed its layout more than 10 times, the current one has survived for the longest period of 4 months.
  • The day I got my first award, I skipped the nomination part of the post at first because I thought that there was no way for me to be in that list (I found that out later when I was linked to the post).
  • The ‘30 Days of Anime Challenge’ actually got finished in 28 days instead of 30 (I cheated a lot XD).
  • My first completed Episodic review was ‘Kuzu no Honkai’ I tried to write episodic reviews of some series earlier, a couple of times, but they were never completed.

Well I hope that you enjoyed these facts (I don’t know why I wanted to share them but meh). Moving on, I will be talking about some of the posts that I really enjoyed writing and got pretty good response from you guys as well, be sure to check them out later if you haven’t!

  • Your lie in April (Anime Review): The reason I have included this post here is pretty obvious, isn’t it? Because no matter how much my blog and my experience develop, I actually started from this little review of a great anime. When I read it again, I realized that the way I wrote this anime is pretty amateur-ish (Which it still is but to be honest, it’s comparatively better now), it really was fun going down the memory lane and see how much I have grown up.
  • How I came to love Anime: Next up, is a post which is really really close to my heart. Maybe I was feeling nostalgic that day or something, whatever the reason might be, I took the time to write down my feelings here and I really am lucky as it got great reactions from you guys. This post, which shows how I got in contact with the anime culture and how far I have come since then, is the most viewed post of my site and to be honest, I really can’t thank you guys enough for stating your thoughts clearly in that post.
  • Some Anime Cliches ( 1, 2): Maybe one of the most appreciated works of mine, the ‘Some Anime Cliches’ series were the reason I got a sudden boost in the number of followers as well as views in my blog. While I want to post more of the same pattern but this time of different genre, I want to be sure that I could surpass these posts by a long shot.
  • A Look Back On 2016 While this post didn’t get as much views and likes as the other posts, I personally enjoyed creating it. Not just the post was really lengthy but the picture collage that I decided to try out took a huge load of my time (I actually stole the idea of collage from D….. thanks for the idea bro XD). Well, after this post, I didn’t tried to do the collage work again, but I do have to admit that if I weren’t so lazy, my posts would look really good (Just like it did with D and other fellow bloggers).
  • A Big surprise: Sunshine Blogger Award: Lastly, I slipped in my first award reaction post. This post meant a lot to me, mostly because it was at that time I realized (I fucked up…. Sorry I couldn’t resist that XD), that my works are actually being spread out to other bloggers out there. It made me feel that there are some peoples who actually enjoy reading my posts and that it’s not worthless. That moment, when I found out that I got an award, was one of the one of the greatest moments of my life!

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That sums up my First Anniversary post of this blog. I would like to thank all of you for being there for me all these days and for appreciating my work and encouraging me to write more. This is just a small step for a better future of this blog and I hope that you guys will be there to see this through. Thanks a lot!

Anime, Comedy, Drama, Emotional, Romance, Slice-of-life, Supernatural

Some Underrated Anime You Should Check Out!

After I ended the torture series (Kuzu no Honkai), I found some series which I have not heard about from many people; in fact, they were either personal recommendation or just a lucky encounter in Google. When I completed them, I realized that these works are quite exquisite but failed to make the cut only because of lack of recognition or promotion. That’s why, today I would be writing about some underrated anime which deserves to be checked out. So without any delay, let’s get right into it.

  • Spice and Wolf:

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    If you have been following my blog for quite some time then you are sure to have come across this name before. This anime is basically about a merchant who decides to drop a Wolf deity (In female form, of course) back to her home in the North while fighting off various business related problems with their combined wisdom; a romantic plot is also followed which basically gets spotlight in the second season. The beauty of this anime is that it manages to keep us at the edge of our once you start watching it for real (Even though it may seem monotonous at first). Not to mention that Holo (Wolf deity) is seductive, even though she isn’t that lucky in some proportion :3
    So yeah, do give this anime a try if you like the slice of life genre with occasional stressful moments.

  • Welcome to the NHK:

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    It’s the oldest anime in this list and maybe that’s why it’s not that much known among the current generation; but that doesn’t means you should ignore this series. The story is about a college dropout, Satou, who has now become a Hikikomori or a shut in. One day, he is approached by a high school girl, who keeps persuading him to let her help him as she has full confidence that she could turn him into a normal guy once again. Even though he came up with various excuses at first, he eventually agreed and thus, started their counselling to turn the perverted shut in into a confident normal adult. Welcome to NHK is sure a pain to deal with in the first 3 episodes, thanks to Satou’s cringe worthy decisions and delusions. But once things get settled up a little, then we start to enjoy the situations Satou goes through as well as the romance that stirs up between him and Misaki, the female high schooler. The idea adopted was quite new to me, but then again, it was a really good anime that could use some recognition too.

  • Uchouten Kazoku:

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    A few months back, Karandi recommended me to watch this series. Even though I downloaded it some days after that, I decided to watch it a lot later; and I do not regret that decision. Set in Kyoto, The Eccentric Family is about a Tanuki (The animals who stroll the land while having the power to shape shift), Yasaburou, and his daily adventures as he deals with his master, the Tengu (The creatures who fly in the sky and regard themselves better than humans and Tanukis) who can’t fly anymore, his 3 brothers and mom while handling the constant trouble caused by the branch family, the Ebisugawa’s, and continue interaction with the humans (Those who are practically stronger than the Tengus and Tanukis and are also known to devour Tanuki). The interesting thing about this series is that it manages to get us habituated to their absurd world as if it’s not a big deal and lets us understand the problems that the family runs into from time to time. The art style of this anime is pretty unique and has a refreshing feel to it. I recommend this anime to anyone who would like to loosen up a bit with a normal family drama mixed with a little bit of fantasy.

  • The Tatami Galaxy:

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    I found this anime in a post of Goboiano which gave us a list of anime with an out of the box animation style. While most of the titles in that anime looked pretty much normal to me, the art style of The Tatami Galaxy stood out way too much. I downloaded it thinking it to be a short series or that maybe the story will be complete shit; I was wrong. The story is about a college freshman who desires for a rose colored college life and on his attempt to find that, he chooses different clubs only to get wasted every time at the end of two years. However, every time he reaches that time and asks for another chance, he travels back to the very first day of colleges and chooses a different path (Of course, he has no idea of that fact; even though he gets a feeling as if it has happened before from time to time). To be honest, the concept really blew my mind; who would have thought that an anime with that kinda art style has a foundation like this (Now that I think about it, the art style is not bad…. it’s different). The interesting part is that even though the basic story is repeated is repeated every episode, with some changes in the follow up, we don’t get bored of it and actually ask for more (Provided that you have the talent of not bailing out in the very second episode and can read subtitles really fast because damn the dialogues are fast). I would recommend all of you to watch this anime more than any other in this list and would advise you all to watch it to the end as it would all be worth it then. If you haven’t watched this then you’re missing out on an amazing experience in the anime world.

And that sums up my list for some underrated that you should check out. What do you think about this list? Are you familiar with any of these series? Are there any more series that should make the cut? Let me know in the comment section below! Thanks for reading!

Anime, Drama, Ecchi, Review, Romance

Kuzu no Honkai (Episode 12 Review)

Have you ever managed to pass a subject by only one mark or margins low like that? Well, if you have been through that kind of a situation then let me tell you this, ‘Kuzu no Honkai’ is feeling the same way.

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STORY OF 12TH EPISODE:

The finale of this series starts by letting us know that it’s November and autumn has just started. After 2 episodes, Hanabi finally gets a natural screen time. She’s shown buying a drink when two of her classmates ask her to be a stage hand for the preparation of the Cultural Festival. Her attitude kinda shows that she’s not that much interested, but a sudden flashback of Mugi advising her to try to blend in more makes her agree to their request. A little later, she sees Mugi walking down towards his class. She tries to call out to him, but for some reasons, she doesn’t do it.

The main story starts with Kanai declaring his wedding date to Hanabi’s household. Kanai and Hanabi decided to take a walk while talking about the wedding and many other stuff, that includes him switching over to contacts. While things were sweet and it seemed as if nothing is wrong between them, it would be incorrect to say that the tension was actually pretty high. Kanai breaks the fake happy situation by asking if she would come to his wedding but thankfully, things went to his favour as Hanabi acted mature and promised him that she would go.

The next day was the cultural festival and things became quite busy for Hanabi as well as the other peoples in the preparation committee. In her break time, we see Hanabi somehow watching the fashion show organized by one of the classes and THERE we see the reason why Moca was created. Actually, that character was created ONLY to teach us the lesson that if you love someone from the bottom of the heart and don’t expect anything in return, even if that love doesn’t succeeds, you would still feel refreshed from your side (I do have to admit Moca looked incredibly beautiful in that fashion show). Later in the show we see Hanabi trying to take a breather from the strenuous working schedule by sitting inside the gym. While she was thinking about the past and searching for the reason she met Mugi and made that pact (The Friends with Benefits pact), she somehow falls asleep; and wakes up to find that Mugi was also there at the other side of the gym.

Now cut to some months after the cultural festival (Anxious about what happened in the gym? You won’t get to know that yet. SUFFER!!). The class is holding a ‘Congratulations for getting married’ kinda event for Kanai and Akane. We get to see another guy who, in the cover of helping Hanabi, tried his luck to confess to her……. Only to be interrupted by none other than, Ecchan (Yes, the girl who needed to be away from her for some time). He never got to confess, but his feelings were carried and politely TURNED DOWN by Hanabi. Now, the main focus for now is Ecchan who claims to have recovered from the heartbreak and is now ready to continue her friendship with Hanabi. Ecchan has cut her hair now because it has many memories associated with her unrequited love. Hanabi is really happy to have her best friend back; Ecchan on the other hand, feels refreshed.

Back to the event hold for Akane and Kanai, we get to see everyone really happy for them (But they’re NPCs, to hell with what they feel). Hanabi still stays a little away from the croud. Kanai tries to approach her but Akane stops him and goes to her, only to poke her with a rose (Her childish side is so cute);  on her way back, she advices Hanabi to make sure he doesn’t gets stolen from her in next life.

As we reach the climax scenes, we see Hanabi and Mugi at the school entrance. They make a small eye contact, and as she walks towards the door, we wonder if she would talk to him or not. Then again, cut to the cultural festival evening where they meet each other in the gym.While Hanabi wonders if there is a chance for them to come back to each other, now that both of their love has ended, her thoughts get interrupted by a sincere apology from Mugi; an apology for leaving her all alone when it mattered the most. Hanabi accepts the apology with a mocking smile. They both talk to each other a lot, maybe to make up the time they lost, but when it was the time to go separate ways, they share this one last hug and then they decide to end things for real.

Now, I guess you have the clue to how Hanabi and Mugi reacted in front of the school gate. Yes, they acted like perfect strangers and carried out their business. While they knew it would hurt a lot and they would be glad to start again together, they also knew that what they’re searching for is true love, and for that, they will have to let go of these old feelings.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

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I kinda guessed this episode would just show how everyone fared after Mugi got rejected and stuff. The story didn’t have a very romantic and ‘All is well’ kinda ending, but that ending surely proved that this anime was not targeted towards kids. While the sudden and almost useless fan service from the beginning to the middle episodes were a huge pain, they somehow made it natural and easy to digest in the last episodes. Honestly speaking, the amount of excellence the story offers in the end makes all the torture we have been through, somewhat acceptable (Even though I would still say the story is a torture). I’m actually glad that they didn’t gave in to the pressure of high ratings and showed Mugi and Hanabi get back together, because let’s face it, their love wasn’t true. The art style and other aspects remain top notch; in fact, they went up another level when they got paired up with a good story in the end. Voice acting for the female characters was good, but the male voice cast didn’t feel that fitting (Did I mention that I have fallen in love with Hanabi’s voice?); the opening and ending remains enchanting and fitting for the series. While we were in the middle of the series, I had my mind made up to rate it 3/10. But their excellent recovery in the last 3 episodes, especially the 11th episode made sure that they get a tiny bit of appreciation for doing well in the end and secure 5/10 from me (Don’t ask for more, this series still is pretty fucked up). I would recommend you guys to see this series, but a big warning to those who are pure sadists, have just started out dating, like happy endings or hate seeing things fall apart.

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FINALLY IT’S OVER!! Thanks a lot to all those who stuck with me through this torture series, it really means a lot to me. Be sure to tell me what you thought of this series as a whole and do you mind if I keep calling it the torture series or not XD.

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Kuzu no Honkai (Episode 11 Review)

Today’s review would surely take you all in for a surprise, because instead of ranting about how bad and cringe worthy the certain episode of this series is, I would actually be praising this particular episode of Kuzu no honkai.

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The Transition Screen is White now…

STORY OF 11TH EPISODE:

This episode, just like 10th episode, starts with a small flashback of Akane’s life; this time, it was about how one of her previous boyfriend reacted when she cheated on him. She says she has a hard time realizing why people get sad when she does those stuff and at the same time, she yearns for those negative and frustrated emotions so much, that she keeps on cheating. However, she surprisingly admits that she doesn’t actually like doing it, it’s more of a habit. At that time, an imagery of Kanai asks while hugging her, Why should she do it, if she doesn’t likes it?; basically that imagery was just her asking herself the same question again and again.

Akane promised Mugi for a date but before that, he went on for a one day hot spring trip with Kanai; mostly to seek answers about what he actually meant that day as well as what his true nature is. They checked in to a nice hotel room. While Kanai was delighted with the beautiful view and the windy weather, Akane was thinking of ways to seduce him; she failed miserably in that though.

Later that night, Akane asked him what he meant by the statement that Akane could continue being as she is, to which he replied that, it’s something she loves so he doesn’t minds that; as long as the people he loves are happy, he is happy. Akane feels guilty as well as surprised as to what he just said, she couldn’t understand what he meant by that but at the same time, she was shown whining and being bashful for the first time in this story and she clearly showed it that she doesn’t wants to continue being as she has been for so many years; she has found her first love and wants to be with him (Dunno if it’s necessary but Kanai and Akane had sex), The next day, Kanai musters up courage and proposes to Akane, who, obviously, was shocked by the sudden confession but she accepted it in no time.

The next part of the story focusses on Akane and Mugi’s date. While it’s their first date together, Mugi has a feeling that this would be their last date too. Mugi reveals an obvious fact about Akane, he says that the reason Akane acts like that is because she actually wants to escape boredom, and her way of doing it is assigning herself to a certain role, be it a teacher or just another woman. His desire to be with her all the time made him almost confess to Akane (I think) but just as he was going to say anything, Akane declared that she’s gonna get married; shaken, even though he was by the sudden news, he congratulates her and tries to handle the case in a mature way. However, when Akane was leaving, his feelings weren’t able to be suppressed anymore and he confessed his inner feelings to her, to which Akane smiled and said, ‘Thank you’ (Damn, I’m starting to hate this sentence). And thus, Mugi’s unrequited love came to an end.

MY THOUGHTS:

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And the female lead only got 1 min screen time………. Yay

I have always been honest with my feelings whenever I’ve reviewed an anime and I would like to continue that trend here too. I have absolutely no shame in admitting that this episode was good. Even after all I have been through it would be bad to label it good in comparison to the previous ones; it’s honestly good as a normal anime episode. Yes, there were sex scenes in this episode too but unlike the other ones, these weren’t forced; in fact, this episode’s sex scene was a great way to foster the Kanai x Akane ship.

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Finally….

What I liked about this episode was that we feel happy for the Akane and Kanai but we also feel bad for Mugi as his love was also true but it didn’t get to that stage. Overall, I would say that if this anime gets a good rating then it would all be because of these last few episodes. I’m really excited to see the last episode and how this painful series comes to an end.

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He’s stupid… But still I feel bad for him….
Anime, Drama, Ecchi, Review, Romance

Kuzu no Honkai (Episode 10 Review)

Welcome to the phase of the story where the whole focus suddenly shifts from Hanabi to Akane and Mugi, for absolutely no reason. Damn, Akane even took the protagonist power away from her.

STORY OF 10TH EPISODE:

The beginning of this episode told us that there will be lots and lots of fanservice this time. The episode starts with Akane and Mugi having sex in his room…. Why, you ask? Because it’s bound to happen when a woman and a man are alone and there is no one in the house (RIP Logic). While Mugi keeps saying that he knows the reason she was here was just because she wanted to do it, dude, just shut the f**k up; you, yourself, are responsible for falling into this mess.

In the later part we see a small backstory where Akane tells us who were her first time. The one who took her virginity was an upperclassman in high school that was the crush of almost every girl in the school. While she enjoyed the gentle and shy sex, the thing that she enjoyed the most was the feeling of superiority that she got after trampling over the dreams of the other girls of her class; and THAT feeling became the reason she became what she is now. Then, cut to present where she is with Mugi in his….ahem… bedroom. As Akane was preparing to leave, Mugi tries to take an inititative and invites her to a date but Akane on  the other hand, pleases her sadistic side by saying, “That day is Kanai sensei’s day” and leaves (God I love it when she is being a pure sadist). Mugi, however, spends the rest of the day feeling irritated and wondering why he succumbed to his desires. But he doesn’t gives up and again confronts her. He calls Akane to an empty room and asks her to not to go out with Kanai the next day. Akane, as usual, uses her “Sweet and seductive” attitude to infuriate him more and as expected, he snaps and…… kisses her and pins her to desk whining about the same thing (Like, WTF bruh? Is that all you can do?), but to no avail.

Now, what we’re gonna talk about next is the exciting part of the story, Akane x Kanai ship. Akane and Kanai were on a date in an aquarium. While Kanai was happily reciting his facts about Penguins, Akane, on the other hand, was feeling dejected and anxious because it was the first time a guy didn’t ask for sex after doing it with her once; her pride was hurt and noticing how boring he was, in comparison to others, she decided to make this date her last one, BUT, things didn’t go quite that well. On their way to home, they crossed paths with “The guy seen in the family restaurant”. He thought that Kanai was one of the other guys she fooled around with and thus (Maybe out of jealousy or spite), he reveals every fact about her. Even though after spouting all those stuff about her, he ran away, Akane didn’t try to use any excuse and tells him that it was all true and that’s why, she would like to call it their last date. She was walking back towards home, thinking about returning to the same old world that she belongs to…… BUT, surprise-surprise, Kanai pulls her back and says that she can be as she is and he doesn’t minds that at all, as long as he could spend time with her and know about her more.

Akane returns to home and calls Mugi over, still wondering why Kanai said that. Meanwhile, Mugi was jealous and a pissed at her attitude and then he snapped (This time for real) and said that he can’t act to be matured anymore, he wants her attention and wants to go on a date with her. It was Akane’s day of surprises, but she handles it well and agrees to go out with Mugi.

MY THOUGHTS:

Things are settling down and now, it kinda looks like a love triangle. Mugi and Kanai, both are in love with her, but their approach is completely different; while Mugi wants to change her, Kanai desires for her to be as she is.

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It was fun to see her bashful side for once…

For the first time in this whole torture series, I’m actually excited about where the story is headed. Even though the unnecessary sex scenes are disturbing, the story seems to be on track for now. Let’s see what happens next.

Anime, Drama, Ecchi, Review, Romance

Kuzu no Honkai (Episode 9 Review)

You know what? I have had enough of this anime, today I’m gonna end it all. All four episodes will be ended today. Hell yeah!

STORY OF EPISODE 9:

If you all remember, at the last episode we see that Mugi ditches the appointment with Hanabi because…. Ahem…. He got ‘selected’ by Akane, while our Hana chan gets respectfully declined. Now, the episode starts with her getting a message from Ecchan who asked her out for a trip. Hanabi agrees because she wanted a change of pace to get over all of the shocks (Little did she know that it’s not the end yet).

Ecchan and Hanabi arrived at Karuizawa to spend the rest of the three days in peace with her “Best friend”. While Ecchan thought that they would be alone and she would have all the “Fun” she want with her “Best friend”, she was in for a shock when she found out that Atsuya has been waiting for them in the vacation house and will be staying with the two of them. Of course, Ecchan is terribly mad by this situation because she also planned to make Hanabi her, as she just suffered from a heartbreak. Atsuya serves the purpose of clearing the delusions in Ecchan’s mind as well as give somewhat comic relief by expressing his one sided love to his lesbian cousin (This sure is the strangest sentence I have ever wrote).

That night Ecchan and Hanabi did it (I wonder why and how Hanabi does that). The next day, however, Atsuya had a chat with Hanabi and told her clearly that she should continue her relationship with her if only she feels that way; Sanae isn’t a replacement, it’s about time somewhat said that. The next 5 minutes Hanabi monologues the usual stuff, she knows she is wrong, she doesn’t wants to lose Ecchan, blah blah blah. But the main point of the story comes later at night, when Ecchan realized that Hanabi would never have feelings for Ecchan in that sense, and decided to side herself away from her as, let’s face it, Friendzone sucks. Hanabi still whines about how much she means to her and stuff and then bam, Ecchan snapped (About time), and let out everything that was in her mind. In the end, both of them decided to avoid each other until they feel comfortable and share a parting kiss (You know, like every “Normal” couple). Then, we are shown Hanabi, attending classes as the vacation ended. Moca is also shown for some seconds, however, her cute and princess type style doesn’t exists and she claims to have started to change and feel refreshed as she at least loved Mugi more than anyone else. The creator then inserted a one minute scene which fills us in with the story of Mugi and Akane, well basically they are just shown having sex which makes us understand what their relationship is right now.

MY THOUGHTS:

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Well I realized one thing, this anime tried to do everything in a different way and failed miserably. In most anime, the series starts gently but becomes wilder and wilder as the story continues. Here, the story was so wild in the beginning that now, even something which is absurd af, seems to be gentle in comparison to that. Atsuya’s character only served the purpose of voicing the words of us viewers in some cases, clearing the delusions of Ecchan and of course, a little hint of romance doesn’t hurt anyone. But still, I would say I liked his character more than the others. The story was pretty meek in comparison to the previous ones, but still I dunno what the significance of the last minute fanservice was. And Akane (Or whoever made you), WTF is wrong with your logic. If you have ever seen ‘Shinchan’, there has been tons of cases where the teacher went to Shinchan’s house for a home visit but there wasn’t anyone in the house, and I swear I don’t remember them fucking cause of that reason. Damn girl, wtf is wrong with your logic.

Anime, Drama, Ecchi, Review, Romance

Kuzu no Honkai (Episode 8 Review)

I want to summarize the 8th episode in 3 expressions:
“Uhhhhhhh…….?”
“Awwwwww…”
“HAAAAAAAAAAAA???????”
Yeah, you guys will know what I mean in a bit.

STORY OF EPISODE 8:

The 8th episode started off with Mugi and Hana doing their homework and Hana sulking over how hard it has become and stuff (You know, like all the students in this world), until Mugi breaks the news that he will confess to Akane after they finish their homework. Hana also tags along the idea and decides to do the same, following up with the idea they set at the previous episode, “Breaking old bonds and starting anew”.

After the Epilogue, the story now focusses on a new character (I know right….. now??) named Atsuya. Now, Atsuya is a relative of Ecchan and I will continue to say that one sentence that I used all the time while doing the review of this series, The creator likes to surprise us with more than anything else, and here too he did the same; Atsuya loves Ecchan (INCEST!!!!!!! I will rant about this later).

 

Atsuya and Ecchan reunited after a certain family event and the first word that she said to him was, “You are huge” (If you know what I mean :3) well obviously because he has grown up to be really tall and shy af. However, no one would have guessed that he would suddenly confess to Ecchan and get slapped with disgust at a split second (Kinda saw the slap coming); but still, Atsuya remained to be the closest guy for Ecchan and knows about her the most, that includes her sexual orientation (Still, he refuses to give up and THAT actually made me a little happy). The story continues with what I believe was fanservice with a slight hint of story. Hanabi and Mugi completed their homework and were on top of each other (Wow! So unexpected (-_- #) ), that was fanservice, but then after some exchange of words we get to know that at some point both of them stopped imagining their partner as their crush (Like they agreed before), THIS part was the story which gave a slight that they might actually start anew.

The second part focusses on the individual attempt of the duo to get flatly rejected. Hanabi and Mugi decided to confess on Sunday and then meet up to comfort each other and also start dating for real. Now, even though Mugi went first, I’ll talk about that later.

Hanabi called Kanai to a park which I’m guessing was the place where she ran away too and was found out by him back when she was a child. She slowly discloses her feelings and tells him how she felt for so long and savours every moment as he Kanai tries to hug and comfort her and then at last says those two cruel words that end every confession, “Thank you” (I’m serious when I say that this was the only real love in the whole series, Kanai x Hanabi); and thus came an end to the long unrequited love of Hana-chan.

Now here comes the main story, Mugi’s confession. First of all, we all knew that this is NOT how the creator would let it end. I mean come on, if things end right, how would he be able to sleep peacefully? Mugi meets Akane and tries to end stuff quickly but then Akane manages to take the lead (Because she’s awesome in that) and takes the matter into a café. Mugi, however, remains calm at first and bluntly confesses. Akane tells him how she knew that and Mugi too discloses how he felt and some of her antics slowly, but he was falling more and more into the trap. Unlike Kanai, Akane isn’t the type who would let go off such a handsome young di-


Anyway, things start to get out of hands, Akane says that she likes him too, which, even though he knows has no worth, melts his heart and……….. Guess what they do? I won’t say it but leave a hint, every character is doing it for no reason in this series. The B part of this episode was a mixture of these two confessions but it ended with Hana’s part as she is seen checking her mobile with Mugi’s screen on it saying, “I’m not alone anymore…..” (Seriously that broke my heart).

MY THOUGHTS:

Guys, I won’t lie. On seeing how things were at the epilogue, I thought that for once, things will be normal because let’s face it, in anime, High school problems = Normal life ‘-‘. But the creator gave us this first jolt in the disguise of Atsuya; like, seriously?? DID YOU JUST HAD TO ADD ANOTHER CHARACTER AND THAT TOO AS AN INCESTUOS RELATIONSHIP?????? (I needed to do that). Ok ok, it didn’t seem that bad so let’s skip that and focus on his love, which is really sweet and sooooooooo not gonna happen; that’s why, no point in going further into detail. I see a small scene where Moca is seen tying up her bow before going to sleep, but as soon as she remembers that she wore them the day she and Mugi went on a date, she removes them (This scene has a great significance later).

 

The story was really normal in comparison to how it had been till now but…… GAH!!! Excuse me. WHY DAFAQ DOESN’T MUGI HAS CONTROL OVER HIS DESIRES? I mean, he knows that he will remain a pawn of hers if he goes in any further but still he leaves Hanabi alone and agrees to be nothing other than a sex toy of Akane. I was frustrated and disappointed when he did that and that frustration grew darker when Hanabi said that she isn’t alone anymore. *Sniff* Hana chan, you don’t deserve a guy like him ;-;.