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.

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, Comedy, Drama, Slice-of-life

30 Days of Anime Challenge (Post 30)

Konbanwa minna and welcome to the Last post of this 30 Days of Anime Challenge. Yes, the last one! *Throws petals everywhere* Thank you all for keeping up with my posts, I wouldn’t have made it this far if only it wasn’t for you guys. So, let’s not waste any more of our time and enthusiasm and end the challenge.

An Anime That You Wished Would Never End:

What a perfect topic for today’s post! It’s said that all beautiful things come to an end, just like my awesome Anime Challenge posts (#SWAG……… Jk tho). But honestly, there are some anime series out there which we always wished for it to never end. Well, I won’t be writing about how I wished for Naruto or DBZ to never end, no sire; but instead I will be writing about some small series which didn’t get much season but would have been awesome if it just continued.

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First on the list is ‘Sket Dance’. Well for someone who desperately tries to be a good comedian and binge watches comedy series like there’s no tomorrow, this series just had to make the cut. Sket Dance is one of those series which was funny as hell, really long and showed some chance of continuation. But, since there are many reasons for it to not get any continuation series, I couldn’t help but wish for it to get more and more seasons for the rest of my life. I would do anything if I could keep watching that awesome comedy series. Is there anyone who could support me on that?

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Then, we have ‘Hyouka’ in this short list. Well, there are many detective and thriller series out there which surely have had cases even more trickier and fun than this series, but the reason I chose it over the others was because of the fact that, it cannot get boring. In most of the thriller anime, there is one absolute villain set to cause destruction and stuff to the world. But in this series, it was just a bunch of high schoolers (Well, 4 actually) trying to solve some small cases which are tricky yet fun. Actually, it would be fun to see them complete cases and continue their passive romance story as long as I am alive.

And with that, I, Ryuji Tatsuya, finally end this 30 Days of Anime Challenge’. Thank you all so much for accompanying me in this journey, especially Acacia and Karandi. It was fun and I’m sure the fun will escalate even more as I continue blogging and do even more challenges. Be sure to tell me your answer for this topic as usual, in the comments below. Thanks for reading guys! See you soon!

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!

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

Rainbow Days (Anime Review)

Name of Anime: Rainbow days

Genre: Slice of life, Comedy, Romance

No of episodes: 24

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Review: For some reasons, most of the anime that I decide to watch are shorts. My last few series were Plastic nee-san (5 mins), Okusama ga seito kaichou (8 mins) and then Rainbow days (12 mins). All these series were better than I expected, but on the same time, they failed to hold onto the reputation they earned by the very end. For now, let’s talk about ‘Rainbow Days’. The story revolves around four high school boys (Because any other setting will not be anime like) who enjoy their daily life which is filled with funny events and much romance. The series starts with Hashiba talking to his friends about the cute girl dressed at Santa whom he fell for because gave him tissue at Christmas Eve, when he got dumped. Just like his friends, I was like, “That’s it?” but on the other hand that silly love plot bloomed into a good romantic story. The series became more and more interesting when everyone found their pair; the blonde guy with his Santa girl, the intelligent quiet guy with his over enthusiastic girlfriend, the player with the male hating female lead’s best friend and the sadist with the masochist (If that made you guys cringe then sorry). No matter how strange it sounds, the anime managed to use the characters really well, the kissing scenes were awesome and heart stopping at times and the story actually made me pray for more. However, I won’t say I’m satisfied with the anime, or should I say, WTF GUYS?? About which I’m gonna say more in the weakness segment.

Weakness: Ever heard of partial self-destruct? Well, Rainbow days demonstrated how to ruin a really good story with their Partial Self-Destruct moves:
1) This series had 4 or 5 filler episodes. I mean yeah, if you have more than 500 episodes about a ninja, then 70% filler episodes won’t hurt, but dude! This is a short series, with a 12 mins runtime, why do you want filler episodes here? Just finish the story.
2) Rainbow days used a device called “We won’t tell you” which is really cringe worthy. They made a setting of telling the backstory of a character and then all of a sudden… BAM! We won’t tell you that in this season, bruh! (I wonder if they will even get a second season)
3) Slow and bad ending. I have not watched many series which have that slow ending thing, because somehow I get to know it all beforehand, but now I think I know how it feels to have a slow ending. Till 16th episode, the series was about to be on my Top 10 list, but then as the ending approached, the story became slow AF and then gave, what I think, the worst possible ending for the first season.

Best scene: The romance of Rainbow days was top notch, until a certain number of episodes, and the couple whom I was rooting for all the time was Mattsun and Mari. One of my best scenes was between these two people where Mattsun gave the best threatening, “I will kiss you again!”


Favorite character: One of the best things about this anime was the characters, who were full of life. My favorite from them all would be Keiichi (And trust me the decision was not easy) as his sadistic side mixed with innocent smiles were hilarious. Sometimes he felt a little bit relatable, I mean girls really do run away when we try to tie them up. (Nobody else had that problem?)

Art style: Comedy series are generally known for their laziness in the artistic side of anime (With some exceptions) but this anime, in comparison to other mainstream comedy series, had a pretty good art style. (Even though it was not as good as Sket Dance, but yeah it was good). The background showed traces of their laziness in that field, but the character design was really good, especially that of the female characters.

 

Rating: Rainbow days is that anime which you can watch to relax and release your tension, but may also get hooked up to the story but still, due to the series of wrecks in the end episodes, it becomes quite cringe worthy and that’s why I rate it 6.5 out of 10.

That sums up my review for ‘Rainbow Days’. Have you watched it? What are your thoughts on this series? Be sure to tell them to me in the comments below!

Comedy, Drama, Slice-of-life

Handa-kun (First Impression)

Name of Anime: Handa-kun

PLOT SO FAR:
The story is about Handa Seiyuu, a young prodigy in calligraphy, who seems to be in the list of the popular peoples of his High school. Even though he has talent, good heart and fan following, there is this small little drawback that he has which makes all of these sought after qualities nothing but a blockage in his path, he has socio-phobia. The story progresses with the comic note of how Handa, with the passive ‘help’ of his supporter, manages to not only save himself from the ‘bullying’ but also win over those who decides to strip him off his popularity; that’s what they think at least.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THE SERIES:
If I remember correctly, there was a episode from the popular kids T.V show called ‘Doraemon’ where the main character, Nobita, at first tried to help others but ended up making them angry and on the other hand, when he finally decides to make everyone mad at him, Doraemon’s gadgets enabled everyone to be happy of his deeds as they turned out to be life-saving help in some or the other way. In the same way, this anime also pictures Handa-kun as someone who only wants to run away from everyone’s ‘Bullying’ (Popularity), however somehow he manages to make everyone so happy that his popularity only keeps on increasing. If you liked the anime, ‘Sakamoto desu ga’ and crave for hilarious comedy themes, then you should give it a go.

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EXPECTATIONS:
The story being about the early life of Handa Sei, who later becomes ‘The Famous Calligrapher’ Handa Sei in ‘Barakamon’, I expect some really good comedic scenes from these series. Even though ‘Barakamon’ was not that focused on comedy as it was on slice-of-life, the fact that some of its jabs were hilarious cannot be neglected; So when ‘Handa-kun’ on the other hand makes his main theme comedy, then I bet that it’s gonna be a top notch series! So for now, let’s cross our fingers and hope for a promising stress buster anime.

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Comedy, Drama, Review, Slice-of-life, Sports

Haikyuu S3 (Anime Review)

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Name of Anime: Haikyuu Season 3

Genre: Sports, Comedy

No of episodes: 10

Review: 2017 has kicked off perfectly for me and it’s mostly because of this huge gift I presented myself with, The Third Season of Haikyuu! I can’t believe my must watch list is starting to get shorter so early, and what a great way to begin this than by watching my favourite sports anime. The ‘Haikyuu’ franchise has always amazed me by its great animation and good, tough storyline, which was even more escalated this season. After going through all that training and drills, Karasuno finally found their momentum and now they are one step away from the nationals. But what stands in their way is no one but the team who have gone almost every time to the finals, the powerhouse Shiratorizawa. The match between these two was 10 episodes long, but I never felt that it was being too stretched or anything, that’s the beauty of Haikyuu, and that’s why once I got the series, I just had to binge  watch it all in one go. I love it!

Weakness: ‘Haikyuu’ doesn’t really have many faults like the other sports anime, but still there are some gaps:
1) The tension in the match is not as much as it had with the one against Aoba Johsai, somehow we don’t feel like they are playing the best school in the prefecture.
2) Kageyama and Hinata are the main characters, but they were not given the time to shine in this season. (But Tsukki owned the stage, Woo hoo!)

Best scene: The match between Haikyuu and Shiratorizawa was a tense one, but that doesn’t means that the humour will disappear, at least not when Tsukki is here! Best scene of this anime, every time Tsukki lets out his sarcastic side.

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Favourite character: I think all of you can guess it at this point, my favourite character is Tsukishima. Even though he wasn’t given enough screen time in the previous season, he sure shone bright like a diamond in the third season. Go on Tsukki, I support you!!

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Art style: Now that I have seen Durarara, I realised that the art style in both the anime is almost same, I wonder if it is from the same creator or not. But so far the art style goes; I have no complaints except the fact that the female characters are not as appealing as they are in other art style. Also, is it just me or Tendo looks really similar to Hisoka (Hunter X Hunter)

Rating: I was waiting for this season for really long time, and now that I have caught hold of it, I will not let it go without a huge rating. So, sorry if you think I’m over exaggerating it, I rate it 9 out of 10.

 

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.