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  • 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


  • One Piece (General) Review

    One Piece: The Greatest Adventure

    One Piece

    What is the meaning of this Shogo?

    One Piece

    If you know me by now, then you should know that I’m a huge, and I mean huge fan of One Piece. It’s as the title says. This however doesn’t mean it’s my favorite – since it’s so freaking hard to rank. Thus I leave out One Piece when it comes to lists – goes for other ‘bigger’ series as well. You can say that this blog is a ‘fanboy blog’ if you want, but I think I’ve earned to let some love out.

    But yes, you can say that One Piece is kinda my favorite.

    The Best Series Ever?

    One Piece

    The ‘big 4 or 5’ whatever comes up often – which I really couldn’t care less about. Aye this be true.

    One piece can and will make you shed tears of joy and sadness. When you watch one piece you get a sense of adventure that no other manga/anime delivers quite as well. You will always find yourself wanting more (This Jikan would back me up on with joy).

     

    One Piece Overall

    One Piece

    The amazing thing about one piece is that its writer found a way to tell a HUGE story that got twist plots and so much glamor while giving the audience a feeling of adventure that will never make you lose interest in the characters or the story. You will be sad when the characters are sad you, will laugh when they laugh and you will cry you eyeballs out when something happen to them.

    The animation seems to bug a lot of people. Why is debatable but as most of the cases – the manga is better. The anime is of course in my eyes still amazing.

    Inspired by Caitlin, devoted to Jikan.


  • Kamigami no Asobi (Anime) Review

    Kamigami no Asobi Review

    Kamigami no Asobi Cover Art

    Kamigami no Asobi is a reverse harem anime that involves gods from many different mythologies. It incorporates Greek, Japanese, and Norse mythology, as well as their gods and powers. Each god is related to the thing that they are patron to in some way, and they each act like a personified version of that item. It is very interesting to watch each character interact with one another, as the gods’ personalities sometimes will clash with each other… not always in a good way.

     

    Kamigami no Asobi Plot

    The Crystal Ball Appearing

    Kamigami no Asobi centers on the gods from the three different mythologies and one human. They are all sent to a mystical garden setting, where the gods find out that they must learn about and love humans. The human, which is a girl, will do most of the teaching, alongside another god from Egyptian mythology. The girl teaches more about feelings while the Egyptian god teaches them about general human things. There is a crystal ball that shows the gods’ progress on learning about humans. Should the gods not fill the crystal ball by the end of one year, then they will be stuck in the garden forever, along with the human girl.

     

    Kamigami no Asobi Characters

    (Only Some of the Characters) Back: Apollon, Tsukito, Baldr; Front: Hades, Takeru, Loki

    The human within Kamigami no Asobi is called Yui Kusanagi. She is very kindhearted and cares for pretty much everyone. She develops a strong relationship with the Greek god Apollon. Apollon Agana Belea is the Greek god of the sun, and also the student council president. His father is Zeus Keraunos, the Greek god of the gods who created the garden which everyone is trapped in. The other two Greek gods in the garden are Dionysus and Hades. Dionysus Thyrsos is Apollon’s stepbrother and the Greek god of wine and fertility. He is a proud member of the Gardening Club. Hades Aidoneus is Apollon’s uncle and the Greek god of the Underworld. He feels as if he is the cause of all misfortune, so he usually stays away from everyone else. Takeru Totsuka is the Japanese god of the sea and storms, and a member of the Kendo Club. His brother, Tsukito Totsuka, is the Japanese god of the moon. He is not a member of a club. Balder Hringhorni is the Norse god of light. Loki Laevatein and Thor Megingyoruzu are his childhood friends. Loki is the Norse god of trickery and Thor is the Norse god of lightning. They are both members of the Going-Home Club, while Balder is in the Tennis Club. Thoth Caduceus is the Egyptian god of knowledge and the professor at the school.

     

    God Powers

    Three Gods in their God Form

    Each god in Kamigami no Asobi has its own “god form” and set of powers. When they first found out about being trapped in the garden, all of the gods attempted to attack Zeus using their powers. This made Zeus put a shackle in the form of jewelry on them, preventing them from using the power in both their normal form and god form, as well as preventing them from being able to turn into their god form. After the god has learned a significant amount about humans, the shackle will disappear and they are free to use their powers again. Each time a shackle falls off, the crystal ball showing the gods’ understanding of humans fills considerably.

    Kamigami no Asobi is a very fun anime with very likable characters. The art within the anime is pretty good, and the OP and ED are amazing. Though this is a pretty relaxed anime, the ending of the anime is very suspenseful, which provides a lasting impression on the anime.

    Overall Score: 7/10


  • Say “I Love You.” (Anime) Review

    Say “I Love You.” Review

    Say “I Love You.” Cover

    Say “I Love You.” is one of those simplistic romantic anime involving a couple and some drama. In my mind, it does a good and accurate job of portraying a “normal” high-school couple. Say “I Love You,” also known as Sukitte Ii na yo, falls into the same category of anime as Peach Girl and Kaichou wa Maid-sama: school life, romance, and shoujo.

     

    Say “I Love You.” Plot

    The guy getting kicked

    The plot in this anime was not at all rushed and did a good job at pacing the relationship between the two protagonists. The relationship between them begins when the guy’s friend attempts to make a move on the girl, causing the girl to think it was the guy and kiss him. The guy attempts to talk to the girl, but she ignores him. However, later in Say “I Love You,” the girl needs the guys to come help her with a stalker. The guy comes and kisses the girl in order to protect her from a stalker. She takes the kiss as a sign that he cared about her, so was disappointed when she found out that he has a girlfriend and has kissed everyone in the school but his girlfriend. She then proceeds to follow him when he decides to hang out with some friends and his girlfriend after school, waiting for him to leave the building he was in with his girlfriend. However, he leaves by himself and notices the girl right away. He then proves his love to her through multiple kisses and they decide to get to know each other better, leading up to them going out. Once they are going out, they encounter several obstacles that end up strengthening their relationship in the long run.

     

    Say “I Love You.” Characters

    Guys (left to right): Kenji Nakanishi, Yamato Kurosawa, Masashi Tachikawa, Girls (left to right): Asami Oikawa, Mei Tachibana, Aiko Mutou

    In Say “I Love You,” there is really only the two protagonists, their family and their friends. The girl in the couple is Mei Tachibana. She is very shy, quiet, and introverted. Before meeting her future boyfriend, she had no friends due to a betrayal in her past that is not really touched on. The boy is called Yamato Kurosawa. He is outgoing and friendly, as well as caring. He likes to make girls feel happy and better about themselves, hence the reason why he has kissed so many of them. He also hates rejecting them or refusing to do something with/for them. The other couples in the anime, who are also Mei’s and Yamato’s friends, are Asami Oikawa and Kenji Nakanishi, an interesting couple involving a perverted guy and a girl who is big in certain places (I am trying to think of how to say it politely…); Aiko Mutou and Masashi Tachikawa, a strong, somewhat cold-hearted girl and a loving guy; and, they are not necessarily a couple but I think something could form from it, Megumi Kitagawa and Kai Takemura, a famous model and a really strong and athletic guy.

     

    Say “I Love You.”

    Mei and Yamato

    The title of this anime makes it sound like it would be a cute romantic anime, which it is. As I mentioned before, the girl in the couple, Mei, is very introverted. She does not show much affection towards Yamato and usually does not respond in any way when he shows some affection towards her, other than blushing. In fact, for majority of Say “I Love You,” she chooses to not even tell anyone that they are dating. When Yamato told Mei that he loves her, she did not reply with “I love you too.” Instead, she just turned away blushing. Yamato then decided to make it his goal to make Mei say that she loves him, which is why the title is Say “I Love You.”

    Say “I Love You.” is a really sweet and realistic romance anime. It did a good job of executing the plot in a way that was not rushed, as well as add a bit of trouble for the couple to overcome. At times, it was a bit frustrating, but other than those few moments where you think “Just do it,” it turned out to be a relatively good romance.

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    Overall Score: 7/10


  • Diabolik Lovers (Anime) Review

    Diabolik Lovers Anime Review

    Diabolik Lovers
    Diabolik Lovers

    When I had first heard about Diabolik Lovers, I was extremely excited. Vampires + Romance… what could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, this anime did not meet my expectations, and I was a little disturbed by the sadistic behavior of the vampires.

     

    The Plot of Diabolik Lovers

    Yui Komori
    Yui Komori

    Yui Komori, the female protagonist of Diabolik Lovers, has just moved into the Sakamaki household, a mansion that is currently the home of six vampires. As she gets to know them in ways she probably didn’t want to, she slowly learns about their pasts. This takes up a majority of the episodes. The main plot does not occur until the last few episodes, but the ending hints at a possible second season.

     

    The Characters of Diabolik Lovers

    Sakamaki Household Inhabitants

    Diabolik Lovers characters are mostly vampires and a few humans as well. Yui Komori is the only human female that lives in the Sakamaki household. The Sakamaki Vampires include Raito, Subaru, Ayato, Shuu, Kanato, and Reiji. Each of the vampires’ personality is different, which calls for some really interesting situations. The main similarity between them all is the fact that they only care about Yui’s blood until the very end of the anime.

     

    The Sakamaki Vampires

    Sakamaki Vampires
    Sakamaki Vampires

    The six vampires are very strict and obsessive when it comes to Yui. They wish to be treated with respect, and do not accept it when she refuses to give her blood. Each of them has their own form of “punishment,” which usually involves them taking her blood in painful or uncomfortable ways. They also do not care for it when Yui tries to run away, or when she is seen with another one of them. The most understanding of them is probably Subaru, who offers her a knife and tells her to run away from them when only he is around.

     

    As I said, Diabolik Lovers isn’t at all what I thought it was going to be. If you’re going to watch this, beware for some parts will definitely make you shiver out of discomfort. This is not recommended for the weak ones.

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    Overall Score: 6/10


  • Kaichou wa Maid-sama (Anime) Review

    Kaichou wa Maid-sama Review

    Kaichou wa Maid-sama

    A friend of mine actually recommended Kaichou wa Maid-sama for me once she found out I enjoy romance. I was reluctant to watch it at first, because it seemed like the typical “good girl falls in love with popular guy” type of plot, so I was surprised at the fact that I couldn’t stop watching it.

     

    The Plot of Kaichou wa Maid-sama

    Misaki and Usui
    Misaki and Usui

    Kaichou wa Maid-sama is centered on how Misaki Ayuzawa and Takumi Usui’s relationship grows over time. Usui first becomes interested in Misaki when he finds her in a maid uniform outside of the maid cafe where she works. He continues to pester her and visit the maid cafe everyday, calling himself her “stalker.” He continuously shows different forms of affection towards her, but she either ignores him or yells at him. Finally, after what she seems like forever, she confesses her feelings for him.

     

    The Characters of Kaichou wa Maid-sama

    Hinata, Misaki, and Usui
    Hinata, Misaki, and Usui

    Misaki Ayuzawa is the school president and one of the main characters of Kaichou wa Maid-sama. The other main character, Takumi Usui, is the school’s most popular guy and a favorite among every student. His rival is Hinata Shintani, who joins the school in the middle of the year. He is Misaki’s childhood friend and obviously likes her, which causes jealousy to spark within Usui. Misaki’s friends are Sakura Hanazono and Shizuko Kaga. Her fan club includes three members of The Moron Trio, who also catch her in her maid uniform but are scared off by Usui. Since then, they have joined Usui in visited the cafe everyday.

     

    Maid Latte

    Maid Latte Staff
    Maid Latte Staff

    Maid Latte is the cafe where Misaki works in Kaichou wa Maid-sama. She works there in order to help support her family. She tries to keep her working there a secret in order to protect her reputation as the president, but occasionally students from her school show up there. Whenever someone she does recognize comes, she usually will hide in the locker room. Exceptions to this are Takumi Usui and The Moron Trio, who have promised to keep to the secret of her working there safe.

     

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    Overall Score: 8/10


  • Loveless (Anime) Review

    Loveless Anime Review

     

    Loveless Soubi and Ritsuka
    Loveless DVD Cover

    I came across Loveless by mistake when I was looking for cute neko anime characters. I loved the art style of the manga, but could only find the anime at the time. I watched it not knowing what to expect. Even though it leaves an opening for a second season and never officially wraps things up, it was a good anime. It was a bit hard to get into at first, but it was worth the wait.

    The Plot of Loveless

    Loveless Anime Plot
    Beloved and Loveless

    Ritsuka’s older brother was murdered and devastated him so much that he created a “new” personality. His mother went insane and beats him, saying he is not her Ritsuka. This just furthers his belief that he is not this Ritsuka. Even worse, he is placed in a new school. Yuiko is the only girl who speaks with him and they soon become friends.

    Soubi is waiting for Ritsuka on his first day of school. He grabs him on his way out and tells him he knew his brother Seimei. Ritsuka becomes enthralled with this and immediately trusts Soubi. Soubi tells him he is Loveless and that Soubi was there to protect him. Ritsuka was his sacrifice in this underground battle. Since Soubi once belonged to his brother Beloved, that made it illegal for him to have another sacrifice. Someone is after Ritsuka and wants him for their own cause. They must get rid of Soubi to accomplish this.

    The Characters of Loveless

    Loveless Main Characters
    From Left to Right: Yuiko, Shinonome, Ritsuka, Soubi, (top) Kaidou, (Bottom) Yayoi

    Ritsuka is the main character of Loveless, and also goes by the name of Loveless. He is only a 16 year old kid and has been through a lot. He always has his defenses up, but not so much around Soubi. Soubi claims to be his fighter and previous fighter of Ritsuka’s brother Seimei. He is an adult and very mysterious. He constantly says he will do anything for Ritsuka, but this is only due to Seimei’s order.

    Ritsuka has many supporting friends which come along the way. Shinonome is his teacher and actually has a crush on Soubi. She is picked on since she stills has her ears and tail. Yuiko is the happy go lucky girl who follows Ritsuka around, making him at times feel like someone cares for him. She is always happy and has a crush on Ritsuka. Yayoi happens to have been in love with Yuiko (and still is), but she rejected him because he is to short. He therefore does not feel as threatened by Ritsuka because he is short as well.

    Then there are those who are trying to get a hold of Loveless. The two to show up first was Breathless. They were both teenagers around Ritsuka’s age. Sleepless shows up as well, failing to bring Ritsuka into the boss. Another pair of children show up calling themselves Zero. They feel no pain and therefore are much harder to beat. They actually become friends with Soubi and Ritsuka. Eventually another pair show up claiming to be Zero as well. These two females are the original Zero’s and therefore much stronger.

    The Cats of Loveless

    Loveless Cat Ears and Tail
    School of Cats

    Kemonomimi is a type of anime in which the characters have cat features such as a tail or ears or both. In Loveless, the kemononmimi characters serves a purpose on an adult level. When people lose their virginity in this anime, their ears and tails fall off. Therefore it is easier to tell if someone is an adult or not. Shinonome is one of the few adults in the anime that still has her ears and tail and is constantly picked on due to this. Some teens will wear fake ears and tails to hide it from their parents or schoolmates.

     

    Loveless was a good anime, and honestly it should have gone on to a second season. The anime is different at some points than the anime, because the manga was not complete until after the anime was. Therefore only the first four volumes are what the anime is based after. So if you want the rest of the story, just read the manga. I know I am.

     

    Overall Grade: 7/10