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    Sora no Woto (Anime) Review

    Written by ononoki

    As I’m writing this review, I’m listening to the soundtrack for Sora no Woto. It’s been sitting in my music library since it came out, and not once have I grown tired of it. The same goes for the full show as well. I watched it shortly after it aired, realised it was a treasure, kept it and have since rewatched it many times. The often overlooked and sometimes underrated anime that is Sora no Woto, aired in 2010 and was the debut project of Anime no Chikara, a joint venture between Aniplex and TV Tokyo. Anime no Chikara’s purpose was to produce original anime (without any source material), which is really quite a difficult thing to pull off, and not done very often in the anime production world. Well, they pulled it off, with an excellent mix of writing, animation, music and an overall experience that will leave you like most of the cult following it’s attracted, wanting much more.

    Plot of Sora no Woto

    Sora no Woto follows the story of Kanata Sorami, a new bugler recruit in the army, who is stationed in a remote outpost town in the post-apocalyptic borderlands of Helvetia. She lives in a decaying world, where war has regressed humanity back to early 20th century standards, and has resulted in nations fighting for control as an inhospitable desert wasteland approaches. But for the majority of the show, the war takes a backseat, as we follow the everyday life of Kanata and her squad mates in the idyllic border town of Seize.

    Much of the show is a military SoL, that shows the girls interacting with each other, the locals, exploring the town and surrounding mountains, and generally has a light hearted mood about it. However, we are constantly surrounded by mystery and intrigue. What has happened to reduce the world to this decayed state? What is with the strange mix of languages, cultures and technology? What is the truth behind local stories of monsters and heroines, and where do the girls tie in to this? Some of the questions raised in the first episode remain unanswered, although there are plenty of hints and different points of views to consider. This is one of the things that gave the show so much replay value, the fact that you can go back and pick up on little things you’ve missed, and let the mystery either clear up, or get bigger.

    But not all of Sora no Woto is cheery SoL and charming mystery. At times we are reminded of the brutal reality of this world. Military duties, war orphans, PTSD and tragic pasts serve to take the shows calm demeanor, and turn it into one of deadly seriousness and depression. It is a show that gets you when your guard’s down, and personally, that made it so much more fulfilling and enjoyable for me. Those who go into this show expecting “cute girls doing cute things” or “k-on with guns” (which is probably the fault of the character designs) will be very surprised.

    Plot Rating : 9/10

    Characters of Sora no Woto

    I found the characters of Sora no Woto to be very charming. At first they seemed to be fairly plain, but as the series progressed they open up to us a lot, revealing unique and interesting stories and personalities, that may even bring us something new if we rewatch it. I watched a few minutes of it a second ago, and noticed something new about a character I had never noticed before. Sora no Woto keeps you interested in, and learning about, characters, and this is an important thing for any anime.

    I already discussed our main character Kanata in the Plot section above, so I’ll dive straight into the rest of the squad.

    M/Sgt. Rio Kazumiya:

    The second in command of the group, who teaches Kanata to play the bugle. Her no-nonsense, strict attitude most likely comes from her upbringing, which is the subject of some mystery at the start of the show. She is later revealed to play an extremely important role in the world.

    2nd Lt. Filicia Heideman:

    The leader of the group. A fairly relaxed and laid back member of the squad, despite her important position. Filicia is very kind and caring to the other girls, and almost assumes a motherly figure to them. However, she is haunted by the demons of her military past, which made for a very interesting side to the story.

    Pvt. Kureha Suminoya:

    The youngest member of the group, but probably also the one looking to prove herself the most (besides Kanata perhaps). She is a war orphan, whose father was once a well-known tank commander. She, like Rio, has a strict nature, but her childishness often comes out on top of that. She serves as a good reminder that despite the harsh reality of the world around them, these girls are simply that, just young girls trying to live normal day to day lives.

    Cpl. Noël Kannagi:

    One of the stranger members of the group. White haired, fragile looking, unsociable and seemingly emotionless, I wrote her off as “rei-clone” (Ayanami Rei from Evangelion) to begin with, but I was very wrong to do so. She eventually grows out of her quietness, thanks to Kanata. She, like Filicia, has a very dark past, one that prompts her emotions to come welling back later on in the series.

    There are many other minor characters in the show, most of whom serve to build the culture and lore of the world, but all are pieces of a puzzle that make up a great cast.

    Characters: 8/10

    Animation and Artwork of Sora no Woto

    The creators of Sora no Woto must have felt ambitious when designing it, and so they should since it was the first project of that studio. Not only is the plot and characterisation good, the artwork to go with it is good too. There are many scenes in the show I felt were “wallpaper worthy”, so I screenshotted them and displayed them on my desktop screen for weeks. Whether it be the country side, the old Spanish style town of Seize, dreary ruins of war and ages past, or even the characters themselves, in curious WW2 era military gear and clothing, Sora no Woto always provides something detailed and interesting to look at. The artwork depicting Seize, which was based on Cuenca (an ancient town in modern Spain), was especially worthy of mention.

    The animation quality itself was fairly good. The show is full of fluid movement and was pretty constant in its delivery. Unfortunately, the show only had a few moments that required the studio to really flex its animating muscles, but they performed well in those places, and I can’t think of any moments where the animation disappointed me either.

    One possible downside I must mention though, is the “tanks” used in the army. They are seen a few times throughout the show, and one is stationed at the girls outpost (the girls pilot it). I’m fairly sure these were the only use of CGI in the show, and generally I’m not a big fan of CGI in anime at all. However, Sora no Woto’s use of CGI was acceptable to me. The tanks generally looked pretty good, and moved well on screen. I would’ve preferred regular animation, but I don’t think the CGI ruined the show at all

    Animation and Artwork Rating: 7.5/10

    Sounds and Music of Sora no Woto:

    The very experienced Michiru Oshima was the composer for Sora no Woto, and he did an amazing job in my opinion. As I mentioned before, I very much enjoyed the soundtrack for this show. By itself, the mostly classical music is nice to listen to, but in the show it adds another level of mood and feeling. From its playful tunes, to its haunting and tense orchestral pieces, I find it hard to find an OST that matches the way this one adds to the experience.

    The super catchy, although not at all similar, OP and ED of the show were also something that I would look forward to whenever playing an episode, and would often find myself repeating them.

    The voice acting was fine, although not exactly stand out, and honestly I grew tired of some of the squeaky voices of the younger characters. But, it is a regular thing in the industry, and it suited the characters pretty well, so I found it forgivable.

    Sound and Music Rating: 8/10

    Conclusion:

    Sora no Woto is one of my favourites. It’s a favourite for many others too, and garnered a strong following for a while. Story, mood, music and good production value all came together to make a very enjoyable show, one that stays with you for a long time. It’s unfortunate that we don’t get to see the answers for many of the shows mysteries, but at least we get the awesome replay value that the show provides. It is one of a few anime that I have no problem rewatching over and over, and I would urge everyone to give it a shot too

    Overall Rating: 8/10


  • Nagi No Asukara (Anime) Review

    Nagi No Asukara

    I tried to make this spoiler-free, not lack of detail.

    I honestly found this anime when I finished Anohana and looked at MyAnimeList to find any recommendations. When I saw that Nagi No Asukara was created by the same person who created Anohana, I braced myself for a tear-jerking anime. Though it did make me cry a river, the loss and love that occurred in this anime made it even more beautiful.

     

    Story of Nagi No Asukara

    Nagi No Asukara

    Nagi No Asukara is about two types of humans- one that lives on land and one that lives under the sea. Even though each kind thinks they are superior than the other, they were still both humans and both act similarly. (Besides the whole swimming, fishes, and blue fire)

    This story follows a circle of childhood friends who lives in the underwater town called “Shioshishio.” Many several factors played in their middle school under the sea to close down, and so they had to go to school on the surface.

    Adapting on land wasn’t easy for these four since they had to stay wet (insert perverts here) to keep their Ena, a protective shell given to the sea people by the Sea God, which is what enables them to live and breathe underwater in the first place, alive. Throughout the story, you would see the discrimination and tension between the land and sea people start to rise.

    Also, different relationships and backstories start to appear and makes the story a whole lot more interesting.

    Holy crap, Nagi-Asu has the most complicated romance I have ever seen.

    However, don’t worry, Nagi No Asukara is an extraordinary rare case of romance done right.

     

    Characters of Nagi No Asukara

    Nagi No Asukara
    Unlike 99.9% of romance animes, Nagi-Asu was very unpredictable for ME. (Some people probs be like Sherlock Holmes and guessed all the plot twists)

    For the main character cast, there were many people who I thought were important to the plot.

    I don’t think you can really call one person the protagonist of this anime since there were many different problems that occurred in this anime.

    Hikari is usually depicted as the main character since he gets the most screen time, but I think other wise there are multiple. Above all though, if you were to draw up arrows of the characters and their crushes there would be too much XD. When I finished this anime I discovered that there wasn’t any obvious solution to any relationship.

    Anyway, all the love drama aside, the character development in Nagi no Asukara is fantastic. Each and every character feels like he/she actually serves a purpose, and adds something crucial to the bigger picture. This anime also shows how the characters becomes more mature. I guess the best way to explain it is that the supernatural aspects aside, there is a constant sense of realism when it comes to the characterization in Nagi-Asu and it just kept getting better and better the longer it went because of it.

     

    Animation and Sound of Nagi No Asukara

    The openings and endings were extraordinary and verrry majestic. But regrading the soundtrack, Nagi-Asu is mostly pretty silent. As for as voice acting goes, I think every one pretty much lived up to their characters’ role.

    The first thing you see is that the animations are beyond phenomenal. Everything involving the sea in this anime is breathtaking. Absolutely stunning. The underwater world and its submerged town has all kinds of marine creatures swimming around everywhere in perfect detail, and the lighting coming through the ocean surface (which works sort of like the sky in this case) and how it refracts with the water looked almost futuristic at times. P.A. Works really outdid themselves this time around.

    I’m not saying the surface world was any less beautiful, but I gotta say the underwater world really outshines it. I cannot praise it enough.

    – Mer


  • Death Parade (Anime) Review

    Death Parade Anime Review

    ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ɪs ɴᴏᴛ ᴀ ʜᴜɴᴛᴇʀ

    ᴜɴʙᴇᴋɴᴏᴡɴsᴛ ᴛᴏ ɪᴛs ᴘʀᴇʏ

    ᴏɴᴇ ɪs ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ᴀᴡᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ

    ɪᴛ ʟɪᴇs ɪɴ ᴡᴀɪᴛ.

    ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜ ʟɪғᴇ ɪs ᴍᴇʀᴇʟʏ ᴀ ᴊᴏᴜʀɴᴇʏ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ɢʀᴀᴠᴇ, ɪᴛ ᴍᴜsᴛ ɴᴏᴛ ʙᴇ ᴜɴᴅᴇʀᴛᴀᴋᴇɴ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ʜᴏᴘᴇ.

    ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴀ ᴛʀᴀᴠᴇʟᴇʀ’s sᴛᴏʀʏ ᴡɪʟʟ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴏɴ, ᴛʀᴇᴀsᴜʀᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴡʜᴏ ʙɪᴅ ʜɪᴍ ғᴀʀᴇᴡᴇʟʟ

    ɪɴ ᴀ ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀɪᴏᴜs ᴅɪᴍᴇɴsɪᴏɴ ᴏᴜᴛsɪᴅᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴀʟᴍ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴠɪɴɢ ʟɪᴇs ᴛʜᴇ ǫᴜɪɴᴅᴇᴄɪᴍ, ᴀ ʙᴀʀ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ᴅɪᴇᴅ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ sᴀᴍᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ᴡᴇʟᴄᴏᴍᴇᴅ ʙʏ ɪᴛs ᴇɴɪɢᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ ʙᴀʀᴛᴇɴᴅᴇʀ ᴅᴇᴄɪᴍ, ᴏɴᴇ ᴡʜᴏ sᴜɢɢᴇsᴛs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ɢᴜᴇsᴛs ᴀᴄᴄᴇᴘᴛ ʜɪs ᴄʜᴀʟʟᴇɴɢᴇ, ᴀ ᴅᴇᴀᴅʟʏ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴡɪʟʟ ʙᴇ ᴘᴜᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴜʟᴛɪᴍᴀᴛᴇ ᴛᴇsᴛ. ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀʀᴛᴇɴᴅᴇʀ ɪs ᴀɴ ᴀʀʙɪᴛᴇʀ, a ᴊᴜᴅɢᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ᴅᴇᴄɪᴅᴇs ᴛʜᴇ ғɪɴᴀʟ ᴅᴇsᴛɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴍᴀɴ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ǫᴜɪɴᴅᴇᴄɪᴍ ɪs ᴘᴀʀᴛ ᴏғ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴄᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀᴡᴏʀʟᴅ, ᴀ sᴏʀᴛ ᴏғ ʟɪᴍʙᴏ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ʀᴇɪɴᴄᴀʀɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴠᴏɪᴅ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜis ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ ɪs ᴏɴʟʏ ᴀ sᴍᴀʟʟ ғʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡʜᴏʟᴇ sʏsᴛᴇᴍ. ᴡᴇ’ʟʟ ᴡɪᴛɴᴇss ᴛʜᴇ ᴠᴀʀɪᴏᴜs ᴛʀɪᴀʟs ɪɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴇᴍᴇ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍsᴛᴀɴᴄᴇs, ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ sole ᴘᴜʀᴘᴏsᴇ ᴏғ ʀᴇᴠᴇᴀʟɪɴɢ ʜɪs ɢᴜᴇsᴛs ᴛʀᴜᴇ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ

    Welcome to the Quindecim my guests

    My name is Humble Reaper and I’m a reviewer, judging anime and their worth. You may not read if you wish but I strongly advise you against doing so.

    This is the classy review of Death Parade, psychological seinen from last season that is a 12 episodes series based on the ova movie Death Billiards of 2013. The review will cover the work in its entirety but both the ova and anime series are on the same level. We’re analyzing this according to Graphics, Characters, Sound, Plot and Personal Entertainment. Is the show good enough ? or it should be sent into the void of this industry ?

     

    Art and Animation of Death Parade

    Score 8/10

    It’s undisputed that Madhouse is one of the best studio of all times, we’ve been spoilt by their high standard of quality in all aspects for years and this show is no exception. Although DP is no ordinary action filled anime don’t let this fool you, we’re talking about high production values. The story progression is usually driven through different games like billiards and darts, used as a means by which the true nature of humans is revealed. You’ll be enticed by the splendid and thrilling shots that follow the whole gaming “action”, every movement is wonderfully performed.

    The art is pretty unique and extremely stylish but what surprised me most is the absolutely gorgeous environments, especially the bar and its design.

    Characters of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    Death Parade

    If you read my previous reviews you would be used to a certain expression of mine, that is “the cast is not a holy monster of psychological characterization but it works”. I’m excited to say that this time we are talking about a gem of series where the cast that works amazingly also has a deep and thought provoking profile and this is very rare nowadays unfortunately. The characters are a paradox as they are officially regarded as emotionless beings in the DP universe but they are very like able and especially in the case of our protagonist Decim, unpredictably surprising in the development throughout the story. Every episode introduces new characters and everyone, both main and secondary, has a realistic and well rounded personality

    Soundtrack and Acting of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    Death Parade

    Of course they had to give the show an awesome soundtrack to match the other awesome aspects of this show but I digress. The anime is yes a mix of somber and dark themes, but it’s more like a grim sky that is torn asunder by powerful and radiant rays of hope and regretlessness. The ost is quite small but nonetheless it manages to capture the very essence of the series with its holy tunes, piano and instrumental music, classy jazz and electronic music to accompany the “night club” vibe and atmosphere, everything seems indeed pervaded by a velvet shroud of dream.

    The japanese voice acting does its job wonderfully even with a very young cast. The opening and ending ? the ending is very good and highly symbolic while the opening… stay away from it it’s drug in soundwave form I know it’s so good but it will consume you trust me.

    Story and Pacing of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    These kind of works with such profound psychological and spiritual themes are surely trademarks of some of the most famous Madhouse adaptations. The show’s main focus revolves around the meaning of life which only gains importance thanks to its dark, unavoidable frightful counterpart, death.

    Our existence evolves and changes the closer we are to the end, death is what makes every second of our existence meaningful, the various games are the means by which our worth both of us as a person and our experienced lives are put to test. As the story unfolds with its intricate mysteries we are caught in the storm of psychological dilemmas and our protagonists are gradually shown and explored in their facets.

    What I appreciate the most is the perfect balance among the show’s elements, devoid of any pretentious pointlessly complex, dark and one sided themes, instead we have a realistic approach, rarely a show with so much “death” has been so truthful about life.

    Personal Enjoyment of Death Parade

    Score 10/10

    Why does such a serious and dark show have the most cheerful and random opening ever ? Why is Decim so bae and Nona so moe ? You see people spend their life too focused on asking themselves why when they should say “why not” ? This kind of dissonance also present in the show itself other than the opening manages to break the often tense and sad episodes and the result removes any kind of redundancy. The vibe of the Quindecim and the interactions of its inhabitants are a delight to get into and makes it so that I would be glad if even a second series of our characters doing random stuff came out, that would be enough.

    Shows like this are the evolution of that overrated and over hyped kind of anime called “dark” and no, we don’t even need excessive gore or drama folks we only need Decim bae…

    Overall Score 9.0/10 Reincarnation !

    Well until the next judgement well I mean review…

    Why the score is not higher ? Cause the 12 episodes are surely enough don’t get me wrong but they should never have made a series that makes me cry out “please milk the franchise for countless sequels”


  • Your Lie in April (Anime) Review

    Your Lie in April Anime Review

    Your Lie in April

    Genre: Romance, School life, Music, Tragic

     

    I knew I was going to enjoy this anime. From the trailers I could tell it had music themes which is a big part of my life. To go along with it, the genre was romance. I knew this combo was going to bring a great story. Before I started watching this anime I did not read the manga and did not know the story within. As each episode came out weekly I began to read the manga. I am glad to say that this anime does follow the manga very closely and doesn’t have any major differences.

     

    Plot of Your Lie in April

    Your Lie in April

    Music is everywhere. Arima Kousei is the world’s youngest piano prodigy. Arima’s mother taught him how to play and became known as the ‘human metronome’ by all his peers and the other competitors. When he looses his mother at age 11 he falls into a soundless and colorless world which he had only sought to play to keep his mother alive and well. Years later at age 15, he befriends a girl name Kaori Miyazono who is a violinist. Arima once again sees color as she pushes him to do what his present self won’t hear. With the help of his childhood friends, Tsubaki and Watari, he goes down the path of a pianist once again. What follows with coming in terms with your past and facing toward the future?

     

    Characters of Your Lie in April

    Your Lie in April

    Arima Kousei is a world known pianist that stuck to the score of the music. He is talented on the piano but because his mother was so focused on this hobby, he didn’t get to do a normal kiddoes. When his mother passed away, his next performance,after her death, has a mental breakdown and could no longer hear the music that he was performing. Content with not being able to play anymore, he stayed close to his two childhood friends; Tsubaki and Watari. At a meet up he sees Kaori playing and singing with children at a park. Her performance lights up and colors his dark, black world. He often lacks motivation and isn’t confident about himself. This leads Kaori to be hard on him. He has major character development throughout the series and becomes strong.

    Kaori Miyazono is a violinist who likes Watari. She is a free spirited individual who holds on a dark secret that she refuses to let define her. She does the opposite of what the score was created to make. When her world crumbles around her she still tries to fight and not give up. Her family owns a pastry shop. She gets close to Arima, Watari and Tsubaki.

    Sawabe Tsubaki is Arima and Watari’s childhood friend. She is athletic and plays softball. Tsubaki became the “big sister” for Kousei when things started to go wrong. She doesn’t support his music playing as it takes him away from her. Sawabe is often stubborn and hides her feelings which causes problems for her. When Kousei becomes interested in Kaori, Tsubaki comes in terms with her feelings for him.

    Ryota Watari is the childhood friend on Arima and Sawabe. He often is seen hanging or chatting with girls in the school. He is also athletic and plays soccer. He is there to help Kousei though times when he is needed. He meets Kaori at a meet up and starts to hang with her often.Later in the series it is obvious that he cares for her well being.

     

    Ending thoughts of Your Lie in April

    Your Lie in April

    The animation was really good and visually appealing. The music that was performed was amazing. I love how they didn’t skip the music playing and the whole song was heard. Most of the songs that were performed also had the name in the captions. If you really enjoyed it you can find it online. As we all want to know, “What does Your lie in April mean?”. That question is answered in the last episode. Personally I didn’t care for what the lie was but I guess I can understand the reasoning behind it. This series is one of my favorites and it captured my heart.

    9/10: No sexual themes, blood and tragic ideas are present. ­

    – Inufma


  • Lovely Complex (Anime) Review

    Lovely Complex Anime Review

    Warning: May contain minor spoilers for the Lovely Complex anime.

    Summary of Lovely Complex: 

    Koizumi Risa, a taller than average girl, and Atsushi Otani, a shorter than average boy, have been known as the comedy duo of their class ever since their first year of high school. Although they have a mutual dislike for each other, they soon develop an unlikely friendship when Risa agrees to try to get Otani together with her friend and vice versa.

    When these plans don’t succeed, however, only time will tell what the two outgoing and loud teens have in store for each other.

    Plot of Lovely Complex: 

    The plot, although simple at first glance and at times incredibly cliche, is actually very entertaining due to the actions and reactions that both main characters take/have. I mean, two rash and “mentally-challenged” teens are bound to get themselves into some crazy situations.

    Also, this anime takes a completely different change of pace, which in this case means that the characters don’t get together at the very end of the series, but rather the middle. That gives the show opportunities to build up on their relationship and let the audience follow the two as they struggle through some of the problems that come with maintaining said relationship.

    However, although I liked the plot for the most part, there were some problems with it in general.

    A downfall of the anime is the use of cliches to start off a mini arc in the story and the overuse of unrealistic tropes. I mean, in real life, if your a guy who’s shorter than most girls, there is no way that you’re going to have so many girls crushing on you. Also, they use the SAME PLOT in two separate arcs, just with the roles reversed.

    Overall, still a very entertaining plot.

    Score: 8.2/10

    Characters of Lovely Complex: 

    What I like about this anime is the non-cliche characters (or at least the main ones). Not often do you find a couple where both people are not complete opposites. In fact, Risa and Otani are actually very alike. Yet, the anime is set up in a way that keeps it interesting and have you rooting for them to get together the whole time.

    Risa’s problems, specifically, are very relatable and/or realistic. Never having been in a real relationship unlike Otani, some of the situations that she has to face make sense, which is something I always look forward to in slice of life or romance anime.

    On the other hand, the side characters were all either annoying or underdeveloped. Risa’s friends, Nobu and Chiharu could’ve added more, and Suzuki and Nakao as well. They aren’t necessarily bad characters, just ones that should’ve played an active part in the overall story. Mimi was irritating. She can go jump off a cliff ASAP.

    Score: 8.5/10

    The Animation of Lovely Complex: 

    The art was okay. It’s not my personal favorite, but it does its job well for what it had to offer. I just wish that some parts hadn’t been as choppy as they had been, but I do appreciate that they upped the budget a little for the more important scenes that had to be emphasized.

    Besides, I have to give the animators some credit; those facial expressions are absolutely legendary.

    Score: 7.6/10

    The Soundtrack of Lovely Complex: 

    The music was pretty mediocre though, so it’s not very memorable. It nevertheless sets the mood nicely enough, so I have no major problems with it. The first opening was pretty catchy, I have to admit.

    Score: 7.7/10

    Overall Enjoyment of Lovely Complex: 

    This anime was very enjoyable in the long run. You’ll find yourself being emotionally invested in the main couple, and most of the characters were lovable or likeable in their own right. The plot started off a little cliche, but amounted to something bigger in the end, and the scenery/music was good enough to keep you captivated. If it weren’t for the presentation of the anime, I would’ve given it a much higher score.

    Score: 8.7/10

    And so…

    Plot: 8.2/10
    Characters: 8.5/10
    Animation: 7.6/10
    Soundtrack: 7.7/10
    Overall Enjoyment: 8.7/10

    FINAL SCORE: 8.14/10

    I recommend this anime to pretty much any shoujo fan. This was definitely tons of fun to watch.

    Thanks for reading!

    -Otaku_Cookies


  • From Up On Poppy Hill (Anime Movie) Review

    From Up On Poppy Hill Anime Movie Review

    *Be aware of minor spoilers*

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    I knew that From Up On Poppy Hill was produced and directed by Studio Ghibli so my expectations were high for this film. The plot of the story was simple yet new. The ships, flags and the school life in Japan in the trailer made me hooked. I am a sucker for romance and I heard this a wonderful film that suits the genre.

     

    Plot of From Up On Poppy Hill

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    Umi Matsuzaki is a 16 year old, who each morning, raises a set of signal flags with the message "I pray for safe voyages”. One day, a poem about the flags being raised is published in the school newspaper. Shun Kazama, the poem's author and a member of the journalism club, witnesses the flags from sea as he rides a tugboat to school every day. After a daring stunt for the “Latin Quartier”, Umi gets a negative reaction but later  helps him after he hurt his hand in the stunt. As they worked together after school, they became close enough to where Umi invites him over to her home, which is also a board house. The day he comes over Shun discovers that they are much closer than both of them think. To make sure she doesn’t find out the truth, he avoids her. To make matters worse, the clubhouse that the paper was published in will be torn down! How will the relationships between family and friends solve these unforeseen events?

    — Just as side note, this film takes place around 1963, the year before the Olympics. It is hard to grasp some actions that take place but when you watch this film, keep this in mind. Also, as a reminder to some individuals that are new to the culture of Japan, they are very uptight and are considerate, unlike in the United States. So if you think “ Why is Umi bowing down to her Grandmother?”, that is why. Its mature behavior that is common in Japan and uncommon here in the United States. —

     

    Characters of From Up On Poppy Hill

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    Umi Matsuzaki is a 16 year old student at Isogo High School. She lives in a home overlooking the Port of Yokohama in Japan, which is also a board house. Since her mother, Ryoko, is a medical professor studying abroad in the United States Umi runs the house and looks after her younger siblings Sora and Riku and her grandmother, Hana. She helps get the clubhouse clean to avoid it getting torn down. She is strong willed and caring.

    Shun Kazama is a 17 year old student at Isogo High School. He publishes articles in the newspaper called “Latin Quartier” at the clubhouse. He is good friends with the Student Government President, Shiro Mizunuma. He is adopted by the Kazama family with little knowledge on his biological parents. Shun learns the hidden secret when visiting Umi’s home. Shun decides that he needs to avoid her to ignore the feeling that came with being with her. He is outgoing, passionate and cares for Umi.

    Shiro MIzunuma is the student Government President. He is often seen with Shun as they work on the Latin Quartier together. Shiro is often there for support and is a good leader for the school. He fights to make sure the clubhouse doesn’t get torn down. His name in Japanese means white which reflects his personality in the film- no evil.

     

    After thoughts of From Up On Poppy Hill

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    At first, I was shocked to even have the presence of a possible forbidden love, but after that misunderstanding was clear I liked the story better. It had many roller coasters that were faced and I loved how it was directed. While watching I learn history that facts that I found later are accurate. One of the main historical points are about signal flags. These flags are used to communicate to other ships passing if there was no electricity for phone usage. It is uncommon today, but this made me want to learn more about the history behind what each flag meant. This easily became one of my favorite anime movies, because of the simple and innocent love.

    Rate (9/10); No blood or sexual ideas; family friendly.

    -Inufma


  • Fate/Stay Night 2014 (Anime) Review

    Fate/Stay Night 2014 Anime Review

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    The city of Fuyuki, the bloody stage where hideous tragedies were consumed, engulfed in an apocalyptic fire as a result of the events surrounding the 4th Grail War. In a modern Japan where all that is left of magic is but a synthetic imitation, the greatest families of magi organized this deadly dance of death in a desperate attempt to see one’s own selfish desires come true. Something that could not be expected happened: The infamous battle royale was back after 10 more years. In this night of fate, seven magi will be chosen by the Grail as the pages of forgotten legends and heroes come to life. Fantasy and reality become one in the same. We’ll follow Emiya Shirou in his steep journey to obtain what his father could not achieve, dragged into this new world of violence and mystery…

    What follows is my epic review of Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works 2014 Part 1, modern fantasy show that adapts the arc from the visual novel with the same name (Fate/Zero being the prequel). The anime’s first core contains 13 episode, episode 0, 1 and 12 last roughly 47 minutes. The analysis will follow Animation, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment

    Art and Animation of Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Score 10/10

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    This is Studio Ufotable we’re talking about so there is nothing too surprising, the animation is literally revolutionary, setting a new standard in the industry. A show that was nicknamed Unlimited Budget Works and there is a reason for that, trust me. The fluidity of movement and the sense of speed surpasses anything I have watched so far, even their previous work Fate/Zero is notably inferior to the animated jewel that is this great show. The main focus are surely the majestically animated battles, shadows, clashing weapons and high speed blows (which are rendered perfectly). This sets an unprecedented way to express dynamism and fast paced action. The art is amazing and highly attractive, surpassing the amazing production values of Fate/Zero. At times there are some graphical imperfection but nothing that a bluray edition will not perfect

    Characters of Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    What!? A bunch of children that still go to high school? At least in Zero it was a true war with all cool adults. Yes yes ok, as if age defined the degree of maturity and likeability of a person. I don’t deny how the characters respect certain stereotypical archetypes, even more than Zero, but this doesn’t make them any less interesting. This is the original characterization the prequel borrowed much from, all those interesting and relatable characters we all cheer or hate. What sets this apart from the prequel is how most of the characters are designed to not do the mistakes the adult counterparts did in the prequel.
    We have extremely likeable characters that we grow deeply fond of (yes even Shinji). Their young age means nothing as they mostly prove to have a degree of maturity and sense of responsibility that even exceeds most of the shows about “adults”. Every character is excellently characterized, they all have their own charm and a very deep ideological and psychological profile, the sense of duality and clashing personalities that you perceive is highly satisfying. Rivalry, love, friendship, the relationships between characters reach the near faultlessness.

    Soundtrack and Acting  of Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Unlike many shows, it is important to analyze the whole sound in all the aspects and circumstances they are used. The original soundtrack for the 2006 anime and UBW Movie was composed by the timeless master Kenji Kawai (currently my favorite composer in Fate) and the ost for Fate/Zero is composed by the immensely popular Yuki Kajiura. How does the soundtrack compare to these two? It’s still early to judge effectively since the best of the ost is yet to come. The ost generally works amazingly although its composer lacks the experience of the other two I mentioned. It’s then true how the ost may lack those catchy or iconic tunes but this is a mere beginning. What is the acting like? Do not wait for the dub I order you to watch it in sub, cause there is nothing that is even comparable to the Japanese dubs of fate in all its incarnation. This is a show that features a new concept of speed in battles, the sounds that accompany those extremely quick movements, dodges, sprints, explosions and blows are actually a relevant point to the whole thing, I never have heard such excellent sound effects in an anime.

    Storyline and Pacing  of Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Fate is all about its intriguing fantasy setting and how all plot elements get interwined to create a winning mix of epicness and character interactions. While it’s true that unlike the prequel this series offers an overall less dark and hopeless feeling, what Night does is deeply improve the pacing of the battles that blow Fate/Zero and most other shows out of the water. This series offers a serious and intelligent sphere of elements, it’s just far more natural and climatic compared to the prequel. Drama and slice of life, action and plot twists, they have an incredible sinergy and improve all problems in previous adaptations by far. I grew to feel more for the characters as their background and story is not so far fetched to make it look realistic. While it may be true that those slice of life elements partly break the amazing vibe the show creates, they offer vital characterization to all characters. You can’t do without this, just like plot expositions. I cannot deny how everything is so pleasantly covered with a veil of mystery. Many things are so subtle and foreshadowed, only partly revealed at times, setting our minds in motion making theories and connections. Everything ultimately serves as a means by which everyone can come up with his/her own original interpretations, their perception of characters and themes

    Personal Enjoyment of Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Score 10/10

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    And this is the end of our review at last, my last considerations will all be given here. This is a series with a very unlucky story in the western world, as the previous adaptations of Night are all misunderstood and hated in favor of the far more popular younger brother Fate/Zero. I do not surely deny its prequel’s validity as a show but this is where everything started, and where all did end at last. Fate/Stay Night is a series that requires devotion to get into, an enormous universe you can get lost into and can give you satisfactions. I overall grew more attached to this than Zero, whether it is actually better or not. Insane battles, excellent exposition and interactions and lovably iconic characters. My boy Archer and my girl Rin are one of my favorite duo in history. Everything is overall epic. Knowing the original material and the way this part 1 was adapted, I highly doubt my Part 2 review will be that different. It will be even more awesome, that’s it.
    Overall Score 9.2/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)


  • Fate/Zero (Anime) Review

    Fate/Zero Anime Review

    Fate/Zero

    Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin, Berserker… This is the Holy Grail War in modern world, where magic and heroes become nothing but mere pages of a book in dusty libraries. We have the 4th Grail War. This is where fantasy becomes reality once again, 7 masters and 7 servants compete for the ultimate prize in a battle royale where legendary warriors come to life. This is a story of fates caught in a whirlwind of blood and despair.

    What follows is my magical review of Fate/Zero, 2011 anime produced by Studio Ufotable based on the light novel of Gen Urobuchi and the universe of Fate/Stay Night, sequel to Fate/Zero. We’ll analyze Graphics, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment.

     

    Animation and Art of Fate/Zero

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Zero

    It’s important to state certain things about the studio that produced Fate/Zero: Ufotable. This is a very high budget studio, probably the highest I’ve ever seen so far. It is easy to expect that ultimately we have something with remarkable visual qualities, almost reaching perfection. Beautiful art and fluid action accompanied by so many little details that make other 2011 shows pale in comparison. Light and dynamic effects are astounding and atmospherical. Even though the production values are extremely high, they could have used a little less CG but nothing it does not hurt the experience.

     

    Characters of Fate/Zero

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Zero

    Fate/Zero surely can boast for having a very wide range of characters in its roster, with each of them being more or less interesting. Half of this score is given to our duo Gilgamesh and Kotomine Kirei, jokes aside… this is true. Even though we have many intriguing characters, they are often set on a single frame of mind and characterization, not all of them having actual development. Characters like Waver and Kirei are the most complex in how they become what they eventually are, having the most complicated and realistic personalities. We are humans and as such we cannot be defined so one sidedly after all. The character design is simple but surprisingly effective. The interactions among them are probably the best part of the show. The dialogue is thought provoking and well written.

     

    Soundtrack and Acting of Fate/Zero

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Zero

    Before we go on, I remind you that both ost and voice performance (in Japanese) are what decide the score of this category. The soundtrack is composed by the fan favorite Yuki Kajiura, that is one of my favorites. Fate/Zero’s ost, although excellent with its epic choruses and guitar solos, is not too memorable compared to other works in the franchise, but it does surpass many other shows of the same year in this aspect. As for voice acting, I implore you from the bottom of my heart please watch it in Japanese subtitles! Honestly, the Fate series must be watched in original acting because it’s light years ahead of any alternative and what gets it most of its 9/10 score. We have voice actors that do like playing their characters. Jouji Nakata you’re magnificent…

     

    Story and Pacing of Fate/Zero

    Score 8/10

    Fate/Zero

    This is probably the “worst” aspect of Fate/Zero even though it’s a trivial matter. The series is bound to follow its prequel to Fate/Stay Night. It’s not too hard to expect how certain plot holes and a not so inspiring endings are a very natural outcome but as I said it’s nothing serious. First the series suffers from some pacing problems and it looks like they wanted to save the budget for the second season. This is not saying it is lacking in something serious because it’s already ahead of anything from that period and beyond.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Fate/Zero

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Zero

    The purely fun part of the series is kindly provided with by 5 people exclusively: Caster, Irisviel, Rider, Kotomine and Gilgamesh. They helped me from drowning in the constant and redundant vibe of hopeless despair of the series that could make the show heavy to digest at times. It’s visually amazing, so are the fights and themes, the characters themselves are very likable despite I detest some of them. I acknowledge how Fate/Zero made me so engaged in loving and hating nonetheless. What doesn’t make this score perfection is the excessive and unnatural drama. The “dark” component is often not a natural result of things but forced like in many Urobuchi’s works. It’s nothing that should ring a bell of alarm in you.

    My Final Score 8.6/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)


  • Ao Haru Ride (Anime) Review

    Ao Haru Ride Anime Review

    (Warning, this blog may contain minor spoilers that will probably not effect and/or spoil anything important in the anime. Heck, I wouldn’t even call them spoilers. Just read the review)

    To be honest, this was an anime I was excited to watched when it was released. I hadn’t read the manga so I was excited to see how it played out. Sure enough, I really found it entertaining even for the type of anime that it is, considering people give a lot of crap to the Romance genre. Nonetheless, I say to hell with those people’s opinion, cause you’re about to read about a pretty enjoyable anime.

    Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) is based of the manga first released in early 2011 before being adapted into an anime that was aired during the Summer anime drop. It aired a total of 12 episode, with no information of a second season or any OVAs, but it’s getting an exciting Live-Action movie! Yea…

    Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy, Slice of Life

     

    Plot of Ao Haru Ride

    Score 7.5/10

    Futaba Yoshioka wants to “reset” her life. In junior high, girls ostracized Futaba because too many junior high boys liked her. The only boy Futaba liked, Kou Tanaka, moved away before she could tell him how she felt. Now in high school, Futaba is determined to be unladylike so her new friends will not become jealous of her. While living her new life contentedly, she meets Kou again, but he now uses the name Kou Mabuchi and has a cold attitude. He tells her that he liked her too in junior high, but feels differently now.

    When I first started the anime, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t read the manga before hand or any kind of information so I knew nothing about it. To be honest, I like how the anime started off. It gave an interesting backstory, that was informative, before quickly jumping into the main story. There were a few things here and there that could have been added onto, but overall it was exciting.

    The actual plot was a little bit all over the place, not having a huge storyline set out for the anime. Sure these two people meet up after a couple years and spend together, but there were just little stories in between. I know the story is about these two rebuilding their lost relationship, but you got to give me more. But after with all this said, I honestly still enjoyed it. Yea it wasn’t perfect, but it was still fun to watch.

     

    Animation and Comedy of Ao Haru Ride

    Score 8.4/10

    The animation style reminded me a lot of anime such as My Little Monster, or any Romance anime at that… It’s like they decided to use the animation even at different Studios, but this was definitely a lot better animation than most Romance anime I’ve seen. Anyway, I liked the animation! It was actually really, really well done. I loved the colors they threw in to make it all SUPER colorful (The OP), just the way I like my stuff, and that was great!

    The character designs were well done and background scenery wasn’t distracting and done well enough to be noticed, but never enough to take you away from the actual anime.

    The comedy all around was extremely well done. I liked how this anime had a lot of humor in it, more than most Romance anime, and was able to make a lot of humorous jokes and whatnot. The jokes and laughs were all original and very amusing.

     

    Characters of Ao Haru Ride

    Score 7.9/10

    The characters in this anime were interesting… In a good way. I liked how we were able to see them as their old selves then see them in the future and how they’ve changed.

    The main characters were the most interesting though, considering they constantly went through development once the anime began. You see them start off one way, completely change, then change a little more. It’s nothing too bad so it made the characters fun to watch.

    Futaba Yoshiioka was a little strange, but I liked her. She wasn’t like super weird or anything, but was funny and a good main character. She is strong-willed, stubborn, and passionate, she prefers to be accepted for who she isn’t than ostracized for who she is.

    Kō Mabuchi is an interesting character, haven’t seen a lot characters like him. He is masculine, sarcastic, and crude. In addition, he has extremely pessimistic views about his brother and himself. Sounds like my kind of character.

    The only thing that bugged me was how their relationship never really progressed. Yea they were able to become friends and grow feelings for each other again, but at least do something about it. When the last episode rolled around, I was expecting at least some kind of romantic progression like a kiss? But no, didn’t happen.

    The other characters were enjoyable though, all of them were different and your typical supportive characters. There weren’t any characters in the anime that I didn’t like, so that was good.

     

    Music of Ao Haru Ride

    Score 8.6/10

    Honestly, I think that music was the best part of the anime next to the animation. There haven’t been a lot of anime that I’m watching with music that has stood out, so I’m glad this was able to shine.

    The OP was, to be blunt, fantastic. Easily an instant favorite the moment it started playing. I love how there was just an explosion of colors, so that really drew me in. Next to the animation and coloring, the music was just straight up addicting. It fitted into the anime perfectly and was entertaining to listen and watch every time it came one.

    The ED was arguably good. The music bored me a little, but the animation style they went for kept my attention. Sure there were more colors, but I couldn’t watch it every time it rolled around so I usually skipped it.

    The OSTs were definitely wonderful. Playing at key moments throughout the anime at perfect moments made the anime just so much more exciting to watch. No matter what would be happening, a good OST would most likely be playing.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Ao Haru Ride

    Score 8.9/10

    The moment I started this anime, I knew I was going to enjoy it, but that’s just me. I also had no personal problems with the anime, meaning I didn’t see anything wrong from my prospective. As a reviewers prospective, I had to find what was wrong, which wasn’t a lot, which is really good.

     

    Like every Romance anime, not everyone is going to like it (cough Amber cough) but anyone who enjoyed anime like Say, “I Love You” or My Little Monster so definitely give this anime a shot. I think it’s way funnier and has better animation than both of them.

    If you’re not really into Romance anime, I probably wouldn’t give it a go. The comedy might keep you entertained, but that’s about it for you to enjoy.

    ᑭᒪOT: 7.5/10 ☆

    ᗩᑎIᗰᗩTIOᑎ/ᑕOᗰEᗪY: 8.4/10☆

    ᑕᕼᗩᖇᗩᑕTEᖇᔕ: 7.9/10 ☆

    ᗰᑌᔕIᑕ: 8.6/10 ☆

    ᑭEᖇᔕOᑎᗩᒪ EᑎᒍOYᗰEᑎT: 8.9/10 ☆

    Iᑎ TOTᗩᒪ: 8.26/10 ☆

     

    Final Thoughts of Ao Haru Ride

    From beginning to end, I enjoyed every second of this anime. Sure it let me down in the end, but the manga is still going, and I’m definitely going to read it. Hopefully a season two will get a green light, but I don’t know if there’s enough manga out for it yet. So, farewell friends I’m off to watch Eureka Seven, causing it’s freaking amazing.


  • Kotoura-San (Anime) Review

    Kotoura-San Anime Review

    (Warning, this anime is not exactly sure if it wants to funny or sad, please read at your own risk)

    Brought to us by the Anime Studio AIC Classic, known for it’s amine like Date A Live and Heaven’s Lost Property, Kotoura-san was a manga first released in October of 2010. The manga was adapted into an anime and released in early 2013 airing 12 episodes.

    Genre: Romantic/ Comedy/ Drama/ Supernatural

     

    Plot of Kotoura-San

    Score 7.2/10

    Haruka Kotoura is a girl who was born with the ability to read minds. Due to being unable to tell the difference between people’s words and thoughts at a young age, she would inadvertently expose people’s secrets, leading her to be ridiculed by her classmates and even abandoned by her parents. This had led her to become closed off from others in fear of hurting herself and others. This all changes, however, when she transfers into a new high school and meets Yoshihisa Manabe, a dim-witted boy with a perverted imagination. Unfazed by Haruka’s ability to read minds, Yoshihisa offers her his friendship and vows to stand by her no matter what. Together, they join their school’s ESP Research Society.

    I just want to say before I really dive into the review, the first ten minutes of this anime is freaking depressing. Seriously, I wasn’t expecting Clannad and Anohana to pop out of some trash cans and continuously beat me with some metaphorical baseball bats until my feels were stained all across the floor. But!! This was a fantastic introduction into the show, probably couldn’t have been done any better. That’s all I need to say, onto the review!!

    Anyways, back to the plot, different parts of the plot seem to be lacking in some sort of explanations, so when the show was finished, I felt some things were left out and unexplained. But overall, I still enjoyed how the anime finished up and was still very satisfied.

     

    Animation and Comedy of Kotoura-San

    Score 7.3/10

    The animation is what really caught my attention for this anime that made me really want to watch it. It wasn’t like the greatest animation, but it was interesting enough to catch my attention. I liked how the style was and I enjoyed seeing how it played out as the anime progressed further and further.

    The animation style did bring out some of the life in the comedy, making it pretty exciting to watch.

    The comedy, in my opinion, was probably one of the best parts in the show, it never failed to make me laugh. Also, it was great to know that the show knew when to be serious and when to be funny, but was able switch from one to another in a matter of moments, making different scenes exciting to watch.

     

    Characters of Kotoura-San

    Score 6.8/10

    It’s not everyday when the main character is given the ability to read minds and basically forces her to change and develop substantially throughout the story. Seriously though, this chick went through some serious development.

    Some of our other characters go through a bit of change as well as they adapt to their new friend’s power. First we got the old classic pervert that spends most of the show teasing the main character, giving the show a majority of it’s comedy, while being a romantic interest in the process. I mean come on, if all I had to do to get a girl to like me was to think of her in a bunch of sexual situations, I would probably have a lot of girls liking me.

    Anyway… The rest of the characters are also special in their own way: a chick that at first was a total bitch, but then saw the error of her ways and befriends the main character, a slightly psychotic club president, a really short guy that’s probably the smartest character in the anime, a terrible mother who I don’t even want to get into, heck we even got that pervy grandpa that I always enjoy seeing.

    All in all, the characters were just your normal anime characters. The only really extremely unique character was the main character. Even so, I still enjoy all the characters which made me enjoy the anime more.

     

    Music of Kotoura-San

    Score 7/10

    The OP was very fun and exciting to watch, showing the anime’s bright and cheerful side, but masking the dark and disheartening parts which I’m actually pretty happy they did that. It’d be kind of weird to see really depressing stuff in a OP, drawing the audience away. They didn’t do that so it doesn’t matter, the OP was well made and fun to watch every time it came around, so yea…

    The ED was a completely different story. It was a basically a reminder that this main character’s early life totally sucked. Technically, the show was telling you to be sad, “Hey! Hey you! Cry damnit!! Be sad!!” then it starts beating you with a lead pipe in a dark ally. The ED wasn’t entirely sad, like I said it was a reminder that it is depressing, but then moves into that now she has friends and she’s finally happy. Very well made ED.

    The OSTs at the first ten minutes of the show can’t be put into words. If I had to chose, I’d probably say something like outstanding. It brought out dem feels man… Those OSTs alone made me love the rest of them throughout the rest of the anime. Fantastic.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Kotoura-San

    Score 8/10

    In all honesty, I never wanted this anime to end. I loved it, and loved almost every aspect of it, while never growing tired of watching it. From beginning to end, I thought it was just a very well done anime.

     

    If you enjoyed anime such as One Week Friends, or anything that has dark backstories/introductions, then builds up into a funny, happy anime, than this anime is possibly a show for you.

    ᑭᒪOT: 7.2/10 ☆

    ᗩᑎIᗰᗩTIOᑎ/ᑕOᗰEᗪY: 7.3/10☆

    ᑕᕼᗩᖇᗩᑕTEᖇᔕ: 6.8/10 ☆

    ᗰᑌᔕIᑕ: 7/10 ☆

    ᑭEᖇᔕOᑎᗩᒪ EᑎᒍOYᗰEᑎT: 8/10 ☆

    Iᑎ TOTᗩᒪ: 7.26/10 ☆

     

    Final thoughts of Kotoura-San

    I like this show. I really liked it. I defiantly wasn’t disappointed on how it turned out and think it was an extremely well made anime. Sure, like any other anime it had a couple of flaws, but that didn’t stop me from watching and enjoying it cause I don’t watch an anime to find it’s flaws, I watch it to enjoy it. Truly a wonderful anime.