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  • Irregular Magic High School (Anime) Review

    Irregular Magic High School Anime Review

    : Minor spoilers are present; they are marked.

    Irregular Magic High School

    Before I watch any anime, I read the plot from the manga or light novel it was based off of. This anime sounded like it would be great with the jam packed action and trying to defy someone above you as well as trying your hardest to fit in with society. While reading therewas some talk about how the relationship of the main two characters would pan out, as they were brother and sister. In the first place, the idea, didn’t turn me away but I stayed open minded to the potential outcome.

     

    Plot Irregular Magic High School

    Irregular Magic High School

    In future Japan in 2095, there are schools that focus on Magic. Instead of using spells, these magicians use a Casting Assistant Device, or known as a CAD, to perform various specialties in magic. These CADs using psions, that are found in the air, to use and depending on how you can use these particles, determines your status in school as well as what degrees you can get in college. That is where Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba couldn’t be anymore different. They attend a private magic school called First High in which you have to take 2 standardized tests before you start class that determines your placement. Miyuki is placed in Course 1 and Tatsuya in Course 2. As the negative feelings toward Course 2 students cause havoc in the school, Tatsuya and Miyuki try their best to keep it under tabs with the help of the Student Council and the Public Morals Commitee. As one event leads to another secrets are reveled and not everything is what is seems. As the siblings try to protect their school and friends, can they keep the fact that they are related to the Ten Master Clans?

     

    Characters of Irregular Magic High School

    Irregular Magic High School

    Tatsuya Shiba

    Irregular Magic High School

    The older son of the known Yotsuba sisters; however this is a secret to the world. It is commonly mistaken that he is twins with Miyuki but he is born in March and she was born a year later in April, making them in the same grade Tatsuya was born unable to use conventional magic but, when he was very young, his mother used her unique magic to perform mental surgery on him which gave him the ability to use conventional magic at a very basic level. A side effect of the surgery he lost his ability to feel any emotions strongly (with the exception of his love for Miyuki) and the unnatural ability to read activation sequences. Due to this ability to read sequences, he is recognized by the Student Council and the Public Morals Committee. From birth he has what is two super power magical abilities, forms of decompositionand reconstruction. This concept is very deadly and the knowledge of him obtaining is classified.He is skilled in martial arts and received lots of animosity for being the first Course 2 student in the Public Morals Committee. Outside the school life, he is a world known engineer by the nameMr. Sliver. Since he is under the care of the Yotsuba Clan, they dictate what he can and can’t do in terms of what is known to the public. He is often perceived as being cold and can’t take any positive praise well so in which Miyuki likes to gloat about him to see is aware of how stronghe is.

     

    Miyuki Shiba

    Irregular Magic High School

    The daughter and youngest of the children that the known Yotsuba sister had. She is a prodigy in magic and school work making her name known as a secretary in the student council as well as being the class representative for placing first in the entrance exam. She is often seen being jealous when it comes to Tatsuya and assumes the worst in terms of relationships. It is implied that her feelings are deeper then the normal sister ­brother bond. She specializes in temperature control magic which often leaks out because she is unable to control it. Later is was revealed that she placed a limiter not only on herself, but on her brother as well to help control the psions they release. This means that she actually is much stronger then what the show leads us to believe. Miyuki is one of the heir apparent to the Yotsuba family which strives on mental magic; which is a huge controversy. To keep this a secret the last names of Tatsuya and Miyuki are different to protect her: Shiba instead of Yotsuba.

     

    Ending thoughts Irregular Magic High School

    Irregular Magic High School

    This anime was very great in terms of combat and battling with the social aspect of what should be thought of someone depending on their grade or status. The whole magic concept was confusing to understand due to how they explain it in the show. When they did explain went by so fast I had to pause to take it all in. I like how there is also a lot more to it just being “Magic”. There are different types as well as how it can be use which pertains to each person or family. As for the relationship between the siblings­(**Spoiler**) can’t happen. Even if Miyuki felt love for her brother more then being siblings, Tatsuya is incapable to actually love her any more or less then a sister. If this was the main reason for being hesitant to watching this show, don’t let it. Before the anime takes place, there was an event in which Mikyuki should have died and in which Tatsuya saves her. Due to this situation her feelings toward him can be more adoration then the story tries to let us believe. (**Spoiler over**) I don’t like how the anime perceived this two to be more like lovers then siblings because that is not how it really is.

    ­As a side note, I found that the light novel for this anime series, explains a lot of ideas that are hard to decipher in the show. If this anime peaks your interests I would highly suggest reading the light novel. After you watch the anime.

    Rating: 7/10 little blood is shown. Few swear words and minimal sexual ideas are present.


  • 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


  • Beyond the Boundary (Anime) Review

    Beyond the Boundary (Anime) Review

    Anime fans often pose this question to the general public of its industry: “What makes an anime so great?” Or, “Which characteristics are essential to you within a series?”

    (…Okay, maybe not in those words exactly… but thanks for asking!)

    Well, while this might be a tad unfair of me to say, artwork and animation take top priority over everything else by a landslide. If any amount of visual style is presented so poorly that it distracts and/or confuses the audience at first glance, we have a major problem. And friend, you’re reading the blog from someone who takes pride in being a very, very picky audience member. Art, story line and character development are what I tend to to put in the spotlight upon reviewing an anime (or any sort of film, to be honest).

    Fortunately for this series, it seems to pull through enough for each of these categories. I present to you 境界の彼方,  Kyōkai no Kanata, or more commonly known in English as Beyond the Boundary.

     

    Story Line and Pacing of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 8/10

    The first episode opens up with one evening at sunset, when a high school boy by the name of Akihito Kanbara witnesses one of his fellow classmates standing precariously atop the ledge of their school building. Assuming she plans to commit suicide, Akihito hurriedly rushes to her aid, approaches the girl from a distance, and shouts, “At any rate, someone who looks as good in glasses as you do simply should not die!” The young freshman, later known in the series as Mirai Kuriyama, then proceeds to take on the rational solution of stabbing him in the chest with a sword made entirely of her own blood. Strangely enough, Akihito kneels over in extreme pain… but does not die. Mirai learns that the boy is actually a half-youmu – the offspring of both human and youmu DNA – and utilizes this ability to her advantage by using Akihito for batting practice. Because as a Spirit World Warrior like herself, she is still unequipped with enough courage to kill another youmu for the good of humanity.

    Confused yet?

    In the interesting world of Beyond the Boundary, these odd creatures called youmu are actually raw manifestations of all mankind’s negative emotions, such as hatred, sadness, jealousy and the like. Therefore, it is said that so long as humans exist, youmu will continue to thrive as well. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can even take the form of a common person. Their abilities may also vary, though the basis on which they exist remains the same. And while most youmu can co-exist peacefully and unknowingly among humans, every so often a few of them will upset the balance of nature and need destroying, thus is the job of a Spirit World Warrior like Mirai. When one of these rotten creatures is finally terminated, their remains take the form of a small stone which is then traded as currency among other Spirit World Warriors.

    This is a very unique, and rather symbolic idea. You could go as far as to say that these youmu represent how human kind’s imperfections, if not dealt with properly, can cause the downfall of society, and even the world. Much later in the anime, this notion is visualized quite literally and I personally like it. A lot.

    The only thing I don’t particularly understand about the world itself is that most of mankind isn’t even present for the majority of the series… Hello? Where are all the people whose negativity supposedly created all these hideous monstrosities!? And why is no one alarmed that a handful of attractive teenagers are wielding weapons, playing with magic and essentially bleeding to death? Oh, Japan…

     

    Art and Animation of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 8/10

    While I’ve seen better eye candy prior to viewing Beyond the Boundary, Kyoto never seems to disappoint regardless. The characters were built to move with exceptional fluidity; my inner artist still cried tears of joy every time someone did so much as lift a finger. From motion, to lighting, to color, to scenery… this anime had everything relatively down-pat and polished. It’s no wonder you see so many Mirai fan drawings – they’re all quite beautiful. And while its physical aesthetic was often skewed due to lack of action sequences where an art style like this one truly reaches its full potential, you can’t say even its still composition wasn’t absolutely stellar.

     

    Characters of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 7.25/10

    Our main character, Mirai is a first-year high school student with the unique ability to use her own blood as a weapon. Despite its great power, however, Mirai is constantly shamed by other Spirit World Warriors due to the dangerous consequences of this rare talent when she was only a child. After accidentally murdering her best friend as an adolescent, Mirai’s had an intense fear of killing and often complains about her life via Internet. (Don’t we all?) “How unpleasant,” is her appropriate catchphrase. On the side, Kuriyama’s hobbies are raising small plants, blogging and mooching off her friends. She bears a fearsome appetite due to her deadbeat lifestyle, and timidly asks people to treat her from time to time.

    So she has a history, a dark past… and it’s adorable. Classic, even. As one of my favorite female roles thus far, Mirai has the look, the personality and the skills which make her an excellent main character. She has a problem, a fear, and must overcome it to save a loved one. She has a goal, a longing, and must achieve it in the end, otherwise face an ultimate peril. Mirai the protagonist changes throughout the embodiment of the series. Perfect. 10/10. I love her.

    Her possy, on the other hand…? Ehh.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I adored Akihito’s no-nonsense personality from the get-go and knew his voice of reason meant well to the story as a whole. The banter between him and Hiroomi (far left) is priceless and without both of them, the plot would not have thickened the way it did in the first place. However, what do we truly understand about any of the supporting main characters other than their own strengths and weaknesses? Nothing. There were so many necessary questions left unanswered. And with a seemingly great cast like this, that is a huge issue. Their sorry excuses for back stories were unbalanced, whereas one character got a few lines of exposition, and others were never mentioned once. And for what? They seemed to be of pretty equal importance to me. Why one over the other? Of course within a certain time frame, not everyone can be fully described to a ‘T’, but some helpful information about each character in order of said importance would still be appreciated.

     

    Soundtrack of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 7.75/10

    The very eerie original soundtrack for Beyond the Boundary was written and brought to us by Hiarku Nanase, a Japanese vocalist and composer from Ibaraki prefecture. She’s developed soundtracks for several other television shows in Japan and is part of a few different bands. The sound of this series consists of both the traditional positive slice of life bounciness we all know and love, with its own blend of strings and choir hymns that will leave you chilling with excitement, knowing something equally breathtaking is just around the corner.

    The moment I heard the very first hum voice the entrance of Mirai perched atop the school, wind blowing through her hair, it immediately felt like pure fantasy. The tracks grow more and more suspenseful as time passes, and while it does emulate what an anime soundtrack typically has to offer, some parts of it were so charming and mysterious, they reflected the intentions of each individual quite nicely and almost forced the plot to slow, focusing intently on a single moment in time between two characters. Definitely a work of musical art worth listening to, twice!

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 7.75

    I have to say, my motivation to watch this traveled in waves rather than an actual build-up. Usually I don’t take pure interest in an anime until about episode four or five, and after that I’m hooked ’till the very end. In the case of Beyond the Boundary, however, I’d been hooked, dropped, hooked again, and then left limping to the finish… then hooked a third time. There were moments of tension, frustration and bad-ass fight sequences, however few (not to mention one of the most amusing filler episodes I’ve ever seen)… and then there were episodes so stagnant and still I didn’t know whether to call them boring or just downright puzzling altogether. I’m not so sure if writers were scrambling to provide proper information while still making this anime fun and original, but again, it was a bit unbalanced.

    All in all though, I completed the series and was satisfied with its ending, which I can’t say for most. A nice little thumbs-up to those who may want to watch it in the future. It was solid. Not perfect, but solid.

     

    Overall Score: 7.75/10

     

    Your Friendly Enthusiast,

    -Lew


  • 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


  • Legend of the Legendary Heroes (Anime) Quick Review

    Road to Legendary

    Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    This is a somewhat review of the anime Legend of the Legendary Heroes. A series that I really like, but not often shows up on Anime Amino – so why not do somewhat of a review on it.

    Plot of Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    The plot of Legend of the Legendary Heroes is debatable. As mentioned the characters and soon to be mentioned animation contributes in my book very good.

    Having that said, of course there’s flaws. If you were to watch this without knowing anything of it, then you’d probably think this series is a comedy to begin with. From comedy to a somewhat gruesome medieval drama-ish. Sure there’s some plotholes and the change in characters can be considered bad – that however shouldn’t stop you from continuing. You can see series getting a 10/10 but even those has flaws in different aspects. Having this said (and hopefully well formulated) the plot is in my book acceptable – if I’m to be picky. Overall a great plot.

    Do keep in mind that there’s two intertwining plotlines which differs.

     

    Characters of Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    Ryner Lute, the main male protagonist. He’s considered the best mage in all of Roland. An awesome character with awesome abilities – holder of Alpha Stigma, a mysterious ocular ability. Often sleepy and pretty much unmotivated.

    Ferris Eris the heroine of this series. A swordsman designated to guard the king of Roland. A really charismatic character. She pretty much babysits Ryner and she loves Dango. She’s self-absorbed over her beauty and can be pretty emotionless sometimes.

    Sion Astal, currently king of Roland and best friends with Ryner. His ideal of a perfect empire is very alluring and he wants the best for the people. The people loves him and he strives for peace. Yet naive since he knows that sacrifices needs to be made to achieve these goals.

    There’s a lot more characters which is one of the strengths in this series. Their journey make you laugh, cry you name it – the core.

     

    The Art of Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    The art of Legend of the Legendary Heroes  is actually not that bad. It’s perfect in humorous and pretty violent scenarios. While the art doesn’t stand out, the animation is pretty well done. I was surprised at how fierce the fights are, and it certainly goes hand in hand with how brutal the setting can get. A stable animation overall.
    Now, I’ve seen it both subbed and dubbed. Sure this is a matter of opinions but the Japanese voice actors were better to be honest. The English ones didn’t quite get to me in different scenarios – couldn’t take it seriously.Is this an anime which is worth your time? Yes, yes it is!

  • From Up On Poppy Hill (Anime Movie) Review

    From Up On Poppy Hill Anime Movie Review

    *Be aware of minor spoilers*

    from up on poppy hill

    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

    from up on poppy hill

    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

    from up on poppy hill

    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

    from up on poppy hill

    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)


  • Eureka Seven (Anime) Review

    Eureka Seven Anime Review

    (Warning, this blog contains something so amazing, you might not survive by the time you finish it. Prepare yourself)

    Before I even started Eureka Seven, I knew I was going to enjoy it. I didn’t know anything about it, so I don’t know why I had that feeling. Because I knew I was going to like it, I actually refused to watch it so I won’t suffer in the end. Well, I decided to throw away the thought and just watch the damn thing, and I was not disappointed. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Eureka Seven. Let’s get started.

    Eureka Seven (also known as Psalms of Planets Eureka seveN in Japan) is an original idea brought to us by the anime studio Bones, well known for its works such as Soul Eater and Fullmetal Alchemist. It aired a total of 50 episodes from April 2005 to April of 2006. Followed by a bunch of manga, light novels, and games, before a movie was released in April of 2009. A sequel series, Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean was released in April of 2012 and aired 24 episodes + an OVA.

    Genres: Adventure, Action, Military/War, Mecha, Romance

     

    Plot of Eureka Seven

    core 8.4/10

    The series centers around Renton Thurston, the fourteen-year-old son of Adroc Thurston, a military researcher who died saving the world. He dreams of joining the renegade group Gekkostate, led by his idol Holland Novak, a legendary lifter. An opportunity to do so practically falls into his lap, when a large mecha, called the Nirvash typeZERO, and Eureka, its pilot, and a member of Gekkostate, crash into Renton’s room. Renton’s grandfather orders him to deliver a special part to the Nirvash called the Amita Drive.

    Afterwards, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, where he quickly discovers that the behind-the-scenes life of Gekkostate is hardly as glamorous or as interesting as printed in the glossy pages of their magazine, ray=out. Only one thing makes it all worthwhile for him: the presence of Eureka, the mysterious pilot of the Nirvash. Renton, Eureka, and the Gekkostate embark on an adventure that will shape their future as well as the world’s.

    When I first started the anime, I didn’t have any idea what it was about. After the first few episodes, I got a general idea what it was about, but a problem was that some things were left unexplained. It kinda threw you into the anime expecting you to understand some stuff, like Trapars for example, but there’s a lot more stuff that you need to understand. I basically got a general idea of what it was, but it was never really explained to me until later, which I was actually fine with.

    Even with these minor unexplained things, most of the plot carries out smoothly, which is surprising for a 50 episode anime. It managed to avoid filler and stay on the main storyline. And eventually, things are explained later in the anime, but some people might not be patient enough to wait for it. In the end, it all falls together perfectly.

     

    Animation and Action of Eureka Seven

    Score 8.8/10

    What really made this series great was that it was actually based in like a time of war and rebellion, which really brought a lot more action then I expected in the anime. It didn’t take long for there to be any action in the anime and it was always enjoyable to watch.

    Being a Mecha anime, it made the action much more exciting, but they didn’t just focus on the Mecha side. They had some “normal combat” as I would say, with just people shooting at each other (for reasons obviously) and I liked that. They didn’t just focus on one which was great.

    Being an anime from 2005, I didn’t expect the animation to look SUPER amazing. For being a 2005 anime, the animation was actually very well done, especially in the action and the Mecha parts of the anime, which surprised me.

    The character designs and background animation were also well done. Nothing was really distracting, so I was able to keep my attention to whatever was happening instead of stuff like, “Hey look at that rainbow… That’s a pretty rainbow…” and miss all kinds of stuff. All in all, the animation and action worked together perfectly.

     

    Characters of Eureka Seven

    Score 8.9/10

    A lot of the characters were fairly interesting due to the setting of the anime. Most of them had lived out harsh lives or experienced hardships which lead them up to where they were. Most of the characters were likable, even the villains in some cases, which put a bit of a different view on things. Sure there were a few characters here and there that got on my nerves, but it didn’t really have a huge effect on anything.

    The main characters were definitely the ones that shined brightest though considering at first, there was absolutely no kind of relationship between them, so it was great to watch them grow closer to each other over time. Of course the anime centered around the love story between these two, but things really needed to fall into place before all of that.

     

    Renion Thurston

    Renton is your typical kid that wants to do something exciting with his life. He is a very outgoing and emotional person possessing strong ideals and compassion yet is naive and tends to jump into matters before understanding what’s going on. As a main character, I see him just like most main characters, but most main characters don’t turn out in the end like Renton does.

     

    Eureka

    Eureka is something interesting considering I haven’t seen much like her character. Near the beginning of the anime, she is basically emotionless and cares about nothing. Not only that, but she’s not even (wait, don’t want to spoil) and that makes a HUGE difference. I really like how that changes almost everything in the anime and we get to see how her character changes into something much more special.

     

    The Gekko Crew

    Gekkostate is an anti-government militia and counterculture collective led by Holland Novak. Members include:

    Stoner – is a photographer who writes Gekkostate’s illegal magazine, ray=out.

    Talho – the head pilot of Gekkostate’s aircraft, the Gekko and also ray=out’s covergirl and Holland’s girlfriend.

    Hap – Holland’s childhood friend and the second-in-command of the Gekko.

    Ken-Goh – the weapons specialist and owner of the Gekko.

    Jobs and Woz – the ship’s engineers, for hardware and software.

    Mischa – the resident doctor.

    Moondoggie – a secondary pilot and operator of the launch catapult.

    Hilda and Matthieu – pilots of the Gekkostate LFOs Terminus typeR808 and Terminus typeR606.

    Gidget – communications operator.

    Gonzy – fortuneteller.

    The character development in anime was extremely well done. Showing the effects of war, we are not only seeing the characters learn more about themselves and their world, but ours as well. Almost every character was able to experience a huge amount of development, being very different kinds of characters by the end of the anime.

     

    Music of Eureka Seven

    Score 7.6/10

    The music was one part of the anime that wasn’t all that great. Some of the music was enjoyable, but most of the OP music had a strange feeling to it and made it kind of boring and not really relating to the anime. My favorite out of the four OPs would have to be “Sakura.”

    The EDs were a bit better than the OPs in a way, but not super enjoyable to where I would stop and watch them a lot. Usually I skipped over them because I wanted to watch the next episode.

    The OSTs saved the music part of the anime. The OSTs managed to stand out at crucially moments in the anime and made things either a lot more dramatic or a lot more entertaining. Playing at key moments and being enjoyable to listen to was awesome.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Eureka Seven

    Score: 9.7/10

    In all honesty, it has been an extremely long time since I have enjoyed something as much as this, maybe I haven’t ever enjoyed something like this before. Everything was just perfect for me, the romance, the action, just everything was amazing to me. There wasn’t a single episode that flew by that I didn’t completely enjoy. And after I finished this anime, it easily became my new Number 1 anime, which wasn’t very surprising when I was finishing up the anime and movie. I knew I’d love the anime, but I never thought it’d be this good.

    Also, the anime wasn’t just constant violence and love story being thrown at you, but actually just being fun to watch. The main pastime in the anime was literally “surfing on air” or lifting, which is a huge theme in the anime, but that alone is very fun to watch.

     

    When I look at it, I think it’s actually hard to not like this anime, but I know there’s always that one person out there that probably thinks it’s shit just because of the love story. Well, it’s better than Kirito and Asuna. So, if you enjoy any such as Gurren Lagann or anything really Mecha related, I definitely recommend you watch this anime. Also, it’s a classic, who doesn’t love the good old stuff?

    ᑭᒪOT: 8.4/10 ☆

    ᗩᑎIᗰᗩTIOᑎ/ᗩᑕTIOᑎ: 8.8/10☆

    ᑕᕼᗩᖇᗩᑕTEᖇᔕ: 8.9/10 ☆

    ᗰᑌᔕIᑕ: 7.6/10 ☆

    ᑭEᖇᔕOᑎᗩᒪ EᑎᒍOYᗰEᑎT: 9.7/10 ☆

    Iᑎ TOTᗩᒪ: 8.68/10 ☆

     

    Final Thoughts of Eureka Seven

    I’m sad that this anime is over, but I’m also glad I watched it. Something like this was truly remarkable to watch, and I still get to look forward to Astral Ocean because I just watched the movie, which I will be doing kind of a detach review all on its own apart from this one. But now, I get to sit here and accept the that it’s over, but I will definitely be buying this anime, no matter the cost. So, I hope you enjoyed the review and give the anime a watch, you won’t be disappointed.


  • 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.