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!

Action, Anime, Comedy, Drama, Emotional, Horror, Romance, Slice-of-life, Supernatural, Tragedy

My Top 5 Anime Mother

“Look at the date, it’s Mother’s Day!!”- Is something that my mom might say any moment now but I guess she’s just taking her time figuring out if I remember it or not (Rest assured mom, I do have a present for you…….. I’m just waiting for the right time).

Hello everybody, it’s Ryuji Tatsuya and today I will be writing a ‘Mother’s Day Special’ post as a tribute to all the lovely angels in the world who sacrifice most of their needs just to keep their children happy. Anime has portrayed moms in almost every way possible; Gentle and kind, Self-sacrificing, Free loading and careless, Drama queen and in some cases, Cruel af too. Of all these unique characters, today I will be pointing out 5 of them who were able to make me realise how important a mother is in our life. So without any further delay, let’s get right into it!

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILER:

  • Yasuko Takasu (Toradora):
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    The list starts with Ryuuji’s mother Yasuko from Toradora. Although she isn’t that popular for portraying a responsible mother, she sure is known for her loving nature. No matter how childish she gets we can never get angry on her, she’s just that special. She’s not the only single mother in Anime history but what makes her special is the fact that she isn’t perfect and that’s how our moms really are; their imperfection makes them the perfect mother for us.
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  • Sanae Furukawa (Clannad):
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    Moving on, we have Nagisa’s mother Sanae Furukawa from Clannad. Sanae is maybe the meekest mother I have ever seen, in real life or anime. No matter how much we love our mom, let’s be honest, she gets pretty scary at times (Even more if someone else tries to interfere), however this mother……. What should we do to get her angry? (Not at her husband, but at her child). I really liked the part where she would get really dramatic and run out of the shop every time Akio said something about her cooking; it kinda also showed her sensitivity and childish behavior. But the reason I included her in this list is because she accepted to take care of Ushio after the tragedy in Tomoya’s life; being a mother once again to the child which was partly the cause of her daughter’s death needs a really big heart and an even bigger courage.
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  • Naruto:
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    Maybe the most loved mother of all time, Kushina deserves all the praise and affection she gets. Growing up as a Jinchuriki and then sacrificing her own life just for the better future of her child needs an incredible amount of love and guts. Maybe she wouldn’t have been the most ideal mother if things were different (As shown in the film ‘Road to Ninja’) but no matter what we say, she is the best mother that could handle a problem child like Naruto. She wasn’t given as much screentime as Minato, but even within that little time her character and story made me feel lucky to have a mother and give my mom a big hug.
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  • Nobuko Izumi (Parasyte):
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    Then we have Shinichi’s mother from Parasyte. We all know the fact that there wasn’t any strong female character in the series who could deliver a good impact on the viewers, except Tamiya Reiko. But the reason I’m putting Shinichi’s mother in this list is because she is really crucial for the plot development of the story. I admit that her character wasn’t that developed but that doesn’t stop us from feeling Shinichi’s pain in the scene when the parasyte, who took over her brain, attacks him. The attack was ironical but the speech he delivered before experiencing the fatal blow, while ignoring Migi, was a really impactful scene.
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  • Clara Jeager (Attack on Titans):
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    At last, we have Eren’s mother from Attack on Titan is another example of self-sacrifice. Unlike other series, she wasn’t even given one complete episode to develop her character and relationship between her and Eren. But still, when she sacrifices herself to the titan just so Eren and Mikasa can get to safety shows her extreme mother nature and has a great impact on us, mentally. What actually made me like her more than Kushina is the fact that Kushina was shown dying with a smile on her face, she was satisfied by the fact that Naruto will live. However, if you remember the scene when the titan was about to eat Eren’s mom, it didn’t show satisfaction, it showed fear; She wanted to live too and that, in fact, is the reality. No matter how many time we say that a mother would readily sacrifice herself for her child (Which is true), we have to remember that she is a human too; she wants to live too. The slap of reality in that small scene made me like her more.
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With that I will be ending this ‘Mother’s Day Special’ post. Be sure to let me know which anime mother you like the most. Thank you all for reading!

30 Days of Anime Challenge, Anime, Drama, Emotional, Romance, Slice-of-life, Tragedy

30 Days of Anime Challenge (Post 25)

Hello everyone, welcome to another post of the ‘30 Days of Anime Challenge’ by one and only (Weird af guy) Ryuji Tatsuya. This is the third post that I’m publishing and just like the one I published before, this one also has a sad element to it. What a great way to reminisce all those forgotten pain.

Saddest Anime Death:

Most of the tragic and sad anime series or film out there delivers shock and depressing af plot to us in 3 steps; First, they make us see a possible story which is so beautiful and happy that at times it seems unbelievable, then they take the story to a point where we technincally beg for the story to get even more happy and the protagonists to be even more successful, and then at last they bring out their weapon which has been the cause of depression in the real world too, to completely destroy our small and happy eden, and that weapon is called  ‘This is life! Deal with it!’. Today we will be talking about a series where this little weapon made us cry over and over again and made me cry my eyeballs off in a particular death, gaining the title of the Saddest anime death from me.

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For those who are new in this community, ever heard of ‘Clannad’? If you have and watched it then continue reading, if you haven’t then stop reading because the spoilers will make you avoid this amazing series. Anyway, let’s continue. Clannad has always been an anime which has made us cry or has at least moistened our eyes somehow. This anime made me cry in many scenes but one of the deaths made me so sad that I didn’t eat anything properly for almost two days. Yes, the death of Nagisa was just too much for me. Not only was that death shocking af, but also sad af. I mean, all Tomoya wanted was a happy household, and after all these moments when he finally got what he needed, the anime creator used his ‘This is life! Deal with it!’ weapon and snatched away everything from him in a split second. Tch…… Life….. Why do you do this???

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand with that, I’m gonna end this segment without saying anything else as my heart has already started to ache. Be sure to tell me about the saddest death for you, in the comments below (If you want to relive your sadness once again). Thanks for reading my gloomy post!

30 Days of Anime Challenge, Action, Anime, Drama, Emotional, Supernatural, Tragedy

30 Days of Anime Challenge (Post 24)

Good day to all of you, It’s Ryuji Tatsuya with the second post of the day for the ‘30 Days of Anime Challenge’. Today, the topic we’re gonna talk about has some pretty shocking spoilers, so If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read this post! You have been warned~

Most Shocking Moment In An Anime:

When I saw this topic for this post I thought, “Was there any moment when I was shocked?” and to find the answer I went through all possible nominees, basically the sad anime like ‘Your lie in April’, ‘Kimi no na wa’ and some sports one like ‘Haikyuu S1’and stuff. However, I more or less knew what is gonna happen in all these anime. But the one series I chose for this segment shocked me not only once but today again too. What is that anime? Keep guessing. (Hint: It’s an underrated one)

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#ToneDifference

The anime series that had the most shocking scene for me, is a little underrated series called ‘Tokyo Ravens’. I have talked about this anime many times in my previous blogs, because I really liked it and maybe I would be the happiest person on Earth if it got its much needed second season. But today, what I’m gonna talk about is something that happened in episode 20. I just randomly clicked on this episode and I was watching the scenes where Harutora was forced to wear the Raven cape and he got berserk and all and then I remembered the horrific shock that I received when I watched it for the first time. There was this scene after the one I mentioned where Natsume jumped off from sky (While riding her Pegasus K) at Harutora and kissed him to remove the seal that was limiting his powers. However, while doing so, she got hit a couple of times with his berserk mode attacks. I was actually thinking that it won’t be a big deal cause the injuries didn’t seem to be fatal. But then BOOM! She died. Yeah, I know right….. WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF???????!!!!!!!! Probably the biggest shock I got in my anime watching career.

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And with that I’m gonna end this shocking second post of the shocking Anime Challenge. Be sure to tell me your most shocking moment in anime, in the comments below. Thanks for shockingly reading this blog!

30 Days of Anime Challenge, Anime, Drama, Emotional, Romance

30 Days of Anime Challenge (Post 17)

Hi there, everyone; It’s Ryuji Tatsuya with the ‘30 Days of Anime Challenge’. Before we start, I would say that the two posts for today will be quite ‘supporting’ to this challenge. (That was an extremely bad pun which you guys will get in a minute)

Best Male Supporting Character:

So, as I said before, supporting….. Get it? (I need to stop humiliating myself in front of others) Ahem! Supporting actors are actually pretty important element of a story. While sometimes they help in continuation of a main love plot or as helper in an action film, sometimes they are also there to apply a big plot twist to the story. Today, let’s talk about my favourite male supporting character.

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The character I’m about to talk about today was maybe the best character of the series. Yes, my favourite male supporting character is Hiroto Suwa from ‘Orange’. To be honest, I didn’t find the lead characters in the same league as him. I personally believe that he should have been a main character. Yes, he cried too (Like everyone else in that anime *Sigh*) but at least, he didn’t cry for no reason. When Suwa sheds tear, it means shit just got serious. Apart from that, he was practical, he sacrificed his love for the sake of his friend, he had a leadership charm and the best thing about him; he was a bundle of positive energy. At times, I wonder why he wasn’t the protagonist.

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And with that, I would like to end this segment for today’s challenge. Be sure to tell me who would you have chosen for today’s question. Thanks for reading!!

 

 

30 Days of Anime Challenge, Anime, Drama, Emotional, Romance

30 Days of Anime Challenge (Post 16)

Bonojour! It’s Ryuji Tatsuya. (I didn’t use the French word for everyone because I don’t know it K) Today’s second post is about something that is maybe the main reason that most of us are following anime right now. What is it? Let’s check out!

Anime With The Best Animation:

The anime with the best animation; whenever we write a review, there’s a small space where we rate the animation or art style of an anime, because it’s a really important aspect of anime. Today I’ll be talking of about two anime movie, both from the same creator, which was able to enthral me with its excellent animation. (I kind of have this feeling that you can already guess who it is)

I’ll be betting that at least 60% of the readers will be able to say the name of the creator on my mind; yes, it’s no one other than the great Makoto Shinkai. His works ‘The Garden of words’ and ‘5 cm per second’ was just so beautiful that I can’t mention any other anime for this segment. (Don’t get me wrong there might be some anime series with really good animation too, but knowing Shinakai Makoto, even his poop would look good).

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Kotonoha no niwa’ was such an amazing piece of art. For someone who is a rain lover, like me, this movie is an absolute treat to the eyes. The sound of the falling raindrops and the flowing water, the graphical representation of the rain and of course, the characters were so amazing that at one point you feel like this is something created in heaven. I didn’t actually like the story that much compared to the next work I’m gonna mention, but animation and art style? 1000/100.

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Coming up next, we have an epic movie ‘5 cm per seconds’. Where should I even begin with to tell you how amazing this movie is! Shinakai Makoto aced the story, aced the portrayal of characters, aced the implementation of the song ‘One more time, one more chance’ and of course he excelled in the art style. If there was just mediocre animation for this movie, then maybe it would have been one of those works whose hype just remained for a couple of months. But no, what he did made this movie, one of the best movies of Shinkai Makoto and as well as the rest of the anime industry. (Sometimes I think that even ‘Boku no pico’ would have become a legend if Makoto Shinkai made it)

And with that note, I’m gonna end this segment for anime with the best animation. Be sure to tell me which anime, according to you, has the best animation. Thanks a lot for reading!

 

30 Days of Anime Challenge, Anime, Drama, Emotional, Tragedy

30 Days of Anime Challenge (Post 12)

Heyya my fellow otakus, its Ryuji; presenting you with my attempt to conquer the ‘30 Days of Anime Challenge’! Even though the occasion is happy, today we will be talking about some sad stuff. Even though most of the post of this challenge has spoilers, Today’s post has quite main spoilers, if you don’t want to spoil the fun of your favorite sad anime then stop reading this. You have been warned.

Saddest Scene In An Anime:

I usually try to avoid sad anime series, that’s because I get mad and depressed af when my dreams of a successful ship or a good ending gets trampled on. Even though I do admit that these series usually produce some quality story, and that’s the reason that today, I will be talking about 3 anime series who were able to make me cry and earned the title of ‘The Saddest Anime for me’.

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First up, we have the last scene from ‘Ano Hana’. You see, in this series, it wasn’t the story that made me cry, it was the BGM that was going on while everyone read the letter which was left by Menma to them which did the job. There’s no doubt that the scene was sad, but if that BGM wasn’t playing, I probably wouldn’t have shed tears. I urge you to complete the series and don’t let it go if you think it’s slow because the end moments are worth it! (If you would like to hear the BGM then click here)

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Second in the list, we have a scene from the series which, if you haven’t even shed a single tear to, then I think you are no longer human; yes, I am talking about ‘Clannad’(Season 1 and 2). Like seriously, how can you not cry while watching this series? Sometimes I feel as if the creator was a huge sadist who just wanted us to die crying. Well, I’m not saying all sad scenes are tear jerking, but for me, I lost the control on my tears when, in Clannad: After story, Ushio was crying in the field and told his dad that she wasn’t crying because she lost her toy but because it was the first gift she ever got from her dad. GOD, YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO DO THAT!!! I also cried when Ushio died in the end episodes, I was seriously crying and banged my head to the desk because I wanted Tomoya to die too; He had suffered enough 😥

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At last, we have some scenes from ‘Your Lie in April’. We all kind of had an idea that Kaori is going to die (WHY?????????????), but it didn’t hit me hard enough. Maybe, somewhere in my mind I was hoping that she won’t die. But when the creator made sure that we cry out eyes off, by showing Kaori and Kousei share the stage together, which Kaori promised to do (Even though she is dead!! WHY??????) *Sob* And no no, the creator didn’t stop there, they just had to go and make Kaori write a letter to Kousei explaining everything. I literally went to a withdrawal syndrome when the anime ended, I was too shocked and depressed over losing Kaori. *Cries bitterly*

*Wipes my tears* And that ends this sad af segment. *Wipes nose* Be sure to share your sad anime series so that I can check them out and cry even more. *Sniff* Thanks for reading this post…… Now, excuse me.
*Lies down*
*Tries not to cry*
*Cries a lot*

Action, Drama, Emotional, Horror, Review, Sci-fi, Tragedy

Parasyte- Part 1 (Movie Review)

*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Name of Movie: Parasyte: Part 1

Year: 2014

Runtime: 1hr 50 mins

Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Gore

Review: I have watched only a couple of live action films so far, but I have to say that this movie was comparatively better than the others (Especially Attack on Titan live action, that was the worst) There were some changes made in the story which kind of bothered me, as I loved the anime storyline, but somehow, the first part turned out to be good. The story of the live action is basically about Shinichi who gets his right hand captured by a parasytic being, named Migi and how both of them gets engaged with many other parasytic activity while trying to hide the existence of Migi. While the story is pretty much the same, there are some slight changes in some point, for example, Shinichi lives only with his mother (Wonder if she’s a widow or a single mother) and A-kun is shown as the one who kills his mother. I will have to marvel at the acting of Shota Sometani playing the role of Izumi Shinichi; just like the anime, he portrays the scared and confused Shinichi nicely but his character starts leaving its impression from the time A-kun, in the body of his mother, tries to kill him (I will have to admit his acting at that point made me a little teary eyed). What came as a surprise to me was the character of Murano who was much….. much better than the anime version. I was waiting for the performance of Tamiya Ryouko, but I was not impressed of the acting of Eri Fukatsu in portraying her character. The live action has now piqued my interest for the second part and I will be writing its review as soon as I watch it.

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Weakness: The weaknesses that I spot in the movie were mostly performance related:
1) The acting of Shota in portraying Shinichi was good, but only after he survives the attack. Before that, I was actually annoyed by his acting in playing the confused soul.
2) The one acting Tamiya Ryouko deeply disappointed me. The parasyte Tamiya from the anime series was the coolest character for me; emotionless at first but a feels trip in the end. However, in the live action, she was grinning, smiling and showing most of the emotions thus, losing the charm of the character.
3) The live action tried to accumulate most of the events from the anime into it by the second half, as a result, the slow but detailed storyline suddenly got all fast paced and somehow it made me a little confused of what was going on.

Best scene: I think all of you can guess it by now, it’s the heartbreaking scene where Shinichi gets attacked in the heart by none but his own mother. The things that he said of how he was sorry and how he tried his best to illusion himself that she is not a parasyte was incredibly sad.

Favourite character: Honestly, in the first part no one’s acting was that good except Shinichi. The other important character failed to achieve their heights. Even though Murano was portrayed better than the anime, Tamiya wasn’t that good. So obviously, my favourite character from the first part was Shinichi.
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Rating: The subtitles that I got for the movie were bad af. It was the first time I came across such a bad subtitle, but even after that obstruction I found it good. That’s why I rate this movie 7 out of 10.

That’s all for this review. Have you watched this movie? What were your thoughts on it? Would you like to point out any more faults or plus? Let me know in the comments below!

PS: I have decided to watch some live action movies for a change of pace. If you have some that I could check out, be sure to tell me.

Action, Drama, Emotional, First Impression, Historical, Horror, Romance, Supernatural, Tragedy

Attack on Titan (First Impression)

Anime: Attack on Titan

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That’s Awesomeness!!

PLOT SO FAR:
A Hundred of years before, first appeared the Titans, a giant like monsters whose only aim was to prey on live humans. After bringing the whole human race to the verge of extinction, the survivors were able to defend themselves by trapping them inside an area defended by three walls. After this mishap, humanity has now experienced peace. Eren, Mikasa and Armin are a group of three friends living in this era of peace, but still Eren and Armin yearn to venture outside these huge walls and want to join the Scout Regiment who are able to do so. However, this moment of peace and dreams were short-lived, because suddenly a Titan, called the collosal titan, of height more than the 50m wallcreated a hole in the wall and allowed many other Titans to devour these humans. In the state of aggression, panic and a state of emergency,  Eren along with Armin and Mikasa decides to drive out every titan from their land and joins the cadet training group to do so.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THE SERIES:
‘Attack on Titans’ won over a million hearts of the anime community on its release in the year 2013. Even though the fact that I avoid action and gore anime is still there, I couldn’t turn a deaf ear to all the other bloggers and anime viewers who can’t help but praise the series. But while I’m watching it, I realise that unlike my most resented gore anime, Mirai Nikki, this show is actually able to make those scenes legit. I’m now watching episode 5 and I have to admit that the series has made me sit to the edge of my seat. It’s been a long time since I actually enjoyed an action anime and maybe that’s the reason for everyone’s complimenton the series.

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EXPECTATIONS:
I heard about the anime for a really long time, but the main reason I started watching it was its live action movie. At first, I thought that the live action was pretty good, so I was bound to check out the real thing; however, now I think that the live action was pretty shitty compared to the anime. The story is better, the action scenes are good, the characters are good, the OP/EDs are amaizing and the best thing of all is that there are no annoying dialogues in the middle of the fight. So, I expect that the series will turn out as good as everyone told me and that I will be eager for the second season scheduled to release this April.

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

To The Forest of Firefly Lights (Anime Review)

Name of anime: Hotarubi no Mori e

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Review: Anime never stops fascinating me. No matter if it’s a series, movie or short OVA, they somehow manage to give us a unique piece of art, and that uniqueness is what makes anime, ‘Anime’. Somehow, this month of December, has made me think about anime more differently than before; maybe because I gave more time to anime films than series. It makes me wonder how the 45 minutes long film, ‘To the forest of firefly lights’ made me relive those emotions which I encountered when I watched the 24 episode long ‘Your lie in April’. This anime is one of those films which won’t be there in the top 10 or 20 anime movie list, but is surely one which will leave a deep impact in your heart for the rest of your life. The story is of narrative style and is told by a High school girl named, Hotaru. When she was 6 years old, she visited her uncle’s house in the summer and wandered off into the forest while playing. There, she met Gin; a spirit which looks like a young boy of 16. Both of them started to hang out, and promised to meet each other every summer. As Hotaru starts growing up, she starts having feelings for Gin, but she shudders to succumb to those feelings, she can’t touch Gin because if she does, Gin will get obliterated. This short but romantic movie is to die for and as long as you are in love with anime, this movie is one which you definitely can’t forget to check out.

Best scene: The anime shared one joke when Hotaru was little. While Gin was taking helping her out of the forest, she said, “It’s just like a date” to which however, she got a reply that it’s not so romantic. Ten years later, when both of them are in a summer festival (Organised by the spirits, of course) she once again said, “It’s just like a date” but this time the reply was, “This IS a date”. That scene was the best romantic scene of the movie.

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Favourite character: The female character in this anime had a powerful and leading role which was carried out nicely, but somehow it failed to be as impactful as Gin. Though he always wears a mask (Makes me think that he was an ANBU member from Naruto) his face, when revealed, was perfect for the character. His voice acting was great to bring out his loneliness and craving to touch a human.

Art style: A good art style, perfect for a romantic-sad anime movie. I loved the fact that they used their time to focus on vivid colours of forest flowers and fireflies to increase the impact of the movie. What I loved in this movie was Gin’s character, it was so well made that I can’t even consider anyone else for the favourite character nomination. Overall, the art style was something that suited the anime plot nicely.

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Gaps: Every time Hotaru came to his uncle’s house, she would go to the forest and hang out with Gin. Though it seems easy, it’s still hard to digest the fact that she would remain outside all day, every summer, for 10 years but yet no one ever judged or asked her about it. Except that fact, I have no more point which made me twitch in the middle of the movie.

Rating: ‘Hotarubi no mori e’ is a romantic movie with that late sad element which makes us cry and wish for a happy and satisfactory ending. Though the ending actually pretty good, knowing the fact that, that kind of ending was inevitable, a little prologue of hope never hurts anyone, so I rate it 8 out of 10.

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A big thanks to Arria Cross for recommending me this anime, knowing your taste I knew it would be a great watch and hopefully it did. Thanks again and wishing you all a belated Merry Christmas.