Mahou Tsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus' Bride)OAD 1-3! The series has an attractive design. It's a little like Kiki's Delivery Service, Natsume Yuujinchou, and Harry Potter. This starts off with Chise already being a part of Elias's household (ie. his bride). The OADs covers a story from her past. Chise didn't get along with her foster family since she is able to see things others can't. She finds refuge in a magical library. The show has a pleasant tone...maybe a little bittersweet. I like her animagus dog. I look forward to the tv series.



Ballroom e Youkoso 10-11! While it's unbelievable that a person who has only been dancing a couple months could be a real rival to couples who have been dancing since childhood, it's still entertaining. The ending of the amateur competition was so satisfying. I'm glad Mako won her brother back. Apparently the red-headed girl is important. Looking forward to the next story arc.
Pretty sure these two shows stuff each episode with a whole volume's worth of story.

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Shoukoku no Altair 2-8! It's a little tough keeping track of all the characters and their loyalties, but it's fast-paced, and still fairly interesting. After the fallout of helping his friend in a border town and preventing war, Mahmut loses his Pasha position for not realizing what the higher-ups really wanted. He then becomes a spy for Zaganos Pasha and travels to other countries. While I think many of these characters are based on real historical figures from the Ottoman Empire, the anime moves much too quickly for any history to be learned. It rather focuses on Mahmut's ability to gain experience and knowledge.

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Knight's & Magic 1-10! Not sure why that apostrophe is there in the title, but hey, it makes it easier to google? The story was originally a web novel which got picked up as printed light novels, then manga, now anime. A modern day programmer who is admired by his coworkers is killed in a car accident after a busy day. As he dies, he laments over the fact that he cannot finish building his toy mechs. He is reborn as a young boy in a medieval world where knights, magic and mech exist. He takes to his new life quickly and enthusiastically. It's not an original set-up as there are plenty of anime with otaku boys who get stuck in alternative fantasy worlds, but Studio 8-bit produces top quality anime, and the main character, Ernesti (Eru), is quite adorable and likable. There's no dwelling over his past life. He excitedly focuses on building mechs to defeat demons and the enemy kingdom.

School is back in session...time for a new season of anime:
Inuyashiki: A middle-aged man becomes a younger man. The actor, Kanata Hongou, will be voicing the main (young) character in the anime and playing the same character in the upcoming live-action movie.
Houseki no Kuni: Genderless people are made up of gems...weird.
Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou: the day-to-day lives of a couple little girls who are the last survivors of humanity.
Black Clover: the 'pre-teen boys who beat each other up' show of this season
Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World - The Animated Series: Another welcome remake.
3-gatsu no Lion S2: more please...when can I see the live-action movie?
A lot of this season's anime have really pretty characters...with pretty clothes...

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Katsugeki Touken Ranbu 2-10! New pretty boy characters are constantly being thrown into this story. And while consistently very pretty, it's moving sort of like an RPG now rather than a show with a plot. The mindless demons aren't really doing anything for the show. In episode 7, we get introduced to Unit 1 who have much stronger members than Unit 2 who are basically the main characters. It would be nice if there were 'bad guys', but we find in episode 10, that the anime is really about the character's internal struggles with being time travelers who try to prevent distortions in history based on their master's decisions whether they agree with them or not. The writers are terrible at conveying the plot.

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Ballroom e Youkoso 2-9! Generally speaking, the set-up of the show isn't unique. There's the hard-working, naive, main character; the strict, but knowledgeable teacher; overly-serious & talented rival(s), and possible love-interest. The above-average production with its exaggerated facial expressions comedic and otherwise along with the stylized dancing scenes probably make this show stand out. Unfortunately, none of the dances were animated in full. They relied mostly on still frames. In episode 3, Tatara stumbles into a competition. The set-up was a little too obvious, but the tension and portrayal of stage fright were pretty brilliant. Tatara's feelings are portrayed well; you feel indirect embarrassment with him. The show moves quickly as Tatara starts an amateur competition with Makoto against her brother and Shizuku.

Hitorijime My Hero 2-9! Episode 2-3 focuses on the dense idiot and moody, quiet guy. Of course, the moody one forces a kiss(and more off-screen) on the dense one. Episode 4 turns its focus back on the older brother turned teacher and main character who of course, is an excellent cook. The anime does a nice job of creating some semblance of a story out of the almost-PWP manga. Wish they had aged them up to college students, but it's a nice, fluffy BL love story with some really funny moments.

Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou 2-9! The parallels to Natsume Yuujinchou are numerous, but this show has a more slapstick sort of humor. A lot more supporting characters/Inaba's neighbors are introduced in episode 2. Inaba also develops supernatural powers. I read some of the manga to see if this was supposed to be a shonen anime, but it's not. It is a supernatural slice-of-life story. Inaba's dorm is eventually fixed and he moves out of the yokai apartment...but naturally realizes he misses the place and returns. There's an odd BL aura around his best friend that I think is supposed to be humorous, but is cute...I guess. In episode 6, he acquires a tarot book a la Cardcaptor Sakura and is able to command the creatures inside. I think the show tries to be a parody of the magical book shows?...but doesn't try hard enough for the laughs.
Looking for a good kdrama or jdrama to watch...I think I've watched so many that the new ones look so bland.

Anyway, finishing up some anime...


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Owarimonogatari S2 1-3! resolves the open story items up to this point; Araragi's death in Koyomimonogatari, Hachikuji who ended up in hell, Oshino Ougi's identity, and Hanekawa's search for Oshino Meme. This actually seems like a good end to the series as the season ends with Araragi accepting his weaknesses/dark side and graduating high school. It's pretty impressive that the novels go on to his university and young adult years. So after ten years, the anime has only gone through about half the author's intended novels. The narration, wordy conversations and fanservice get a little tedious, but at the core, the characters are interesting. I'm also fond of the stylized backgrounds. It'll be interesting to see how they can keep the series fresh going forward. ~7/10 rating~ the date with Senjougahara was cute. The wiki page is helpful since the jump in timelines and the wait-time between each season makes following all the details confusing.

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Kizumonogatari Tekketsu, Nekketsu and Reiketsu movies! Finally got around to watching these. These are basically prequels to the whole Monogatari series. It tells the story of how Araragi saves a vampire, Kiss-shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade, who later becomes Shinobu, and how he gets his vampire powers. The movie takes the stylish sets, gore and pervertness of the tv series and ramps it up even further. There's more action as there are three vampire hunters who try to kill Kiss-shot and Araragi. I usually find Hanekawa pretty uninteresting eye-candy only existing for the male audience, so her overwhelming presence in these movies was fairly annoying. ~8/10 rating~ for an overall decent prequel trilogy...the action scenes were probably a 9; plenty of blood splashing for all.

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Last batch?

Jul. 9th, 2017 07:30 pm


Made in Abyss 1! On an island somewhere there is a town built around a large abyss. The orphanage uses its kids to scavenge the abyss. The better the findings, the deeper the kids are allowed to explore. A young girl finds a robot boy who has lost his memory and decides to keep it. This has lovely production, but is a too slow for me.

Hey, most of the new, popular anime shows are on Amazon's Anime Strike...well, not this next one...



Hitorijime My Hero 1! Thought this sounded like a bad, cliched BL story, but the first episode is quite cute. A young loser, Setagawa, is used as a go-fer/servant/dog by a local gang. The notorious 'bear killer' randomly beats up the gang allowing Setagawa to leave the gang; he become's Setagawa's 'hero'. Setagawa unknowingly befriends the bear killer's younger brother due them being in the same class. The bear killer later ends up a math teacher at their high school. It looks like there are two main couples from the opening song. The production was pretty good for this genre and I'm up for a cute BL romcom.
The stylish characters...



Ballroom e Youkoso 1! Fujita Tatara is a junior high school student with no plans for his future. He randomly follows a classmate to a dance studio and gets dragged in by an aggressive, enthusiastic dance instructor. He suddenly decides to take lessons after watching a dvd of a professional ballroom dance competition. The production is pretty good with quite detailed character designs; loong necks, lovely eyelashes...haha. Anyway, I feel this will be as flamboyantly fun as Yuuri!! on Ice. The opening theme by Unison Square Garden is one of the more likable songs this season, too.



Vatican Kiseki Chousakan 1! Nicholas Roberto and Josef Kou Hiraga are Vatican Miracle Examiners which are pretty much what their titles imply. They are sent to investigate an immaculate conception case. The premise was promising, but the production was rather tedious. The pacing of this show is noticeably uneven. The characters don't bring anything new to the supernatural religious story genre and there's no humor. Dropped.



Shoukoku no Altair 1! has some fanciful turbans. Young Mahmut becomes a pasha in the anime-version of the Ottoman empire, Turkiye. There's war brewing and he wants to stop it. This reminds me of Arslan Senki in how it feels like it is somehow based on history, but thankfully, I know nothing of that history, so I can't criticize this anime-fication of it. The main character is young and naive...and has a trained eagle(?). I enjoy historical fantasy, so while the production is a tad mediocre, I think I'll keep watching this. I also enjoy the costuming.


Isekai Shokudou 1! is about a restaurant that serves beings from other worlds. In the first episode, the owner/chef finds a homeless demon girl sleeping in the kitchen and gives her a job. It should be a cute slice-of-life fantasy, but it's also boring.



Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou 1! a young man graduates middle school. He looks forward to starting high school and moving out of his uncle's house (his parents died in a car accident). He is unable to find a cheap apartment until he finds one occupied by various youkai. The first episode was unoriginal and dull, but there might be some potential in the supporting characters.



Fate/Apocrypha 1! Not sure what the timeline is for this Fate story, but instead of one holy grail war, two factions are warring each other to be the group that will have a legitimate holy war. So eventually your comrades will be your enemies. The animation studio A-1 tries its best to live up to ufotable's quality, but it's apparent that they can't reproduce the smooth and sleek style. And accordingly, you don't have Saber, you get half-price Saber..Mordred. That being said, it was ok. I'll see if any of the characters stand out in the next episode...because the first episode is stuffed full of forgettable characters.



Katsugeki Touken Ranbu 1! is pure visual eye-candy due to ufotable passing on the show above. This show is based on a RPG game where you play pretty-boy, sword-wielding time cops to fight demons who threaten to disturb the past. The first episode introduces Kane, Kimihiro (his junior) and their mascot fox-like thing, and later in the episode, their boss and supporting pretty boy characters.

Random: This article's title basically sums up my thoughts on photobucket. They should not have implemented their policy retroactively...or on photos uploaded before their new policy took place. Oh well, there goes 9 years of screencaps.


Kabukibu! 9-12! Kurusu's infectious enthusiasm for kabuki lures some fun characters into his club. Unfortunately Studio Deen took a cute premise and created a lame paint-by-numbers high school anime. It should have been more like Chihayafuru in how it teaches the viewer about kabuki and how the characters developed. CLAMP's character designs were wasted on very poor animation quality. ~6/10 rating~ While a mostly cute anime, it failed to get me interested in kabuki.



Natsume Yuujinchou Roku 8-11! the end of another season. This continues with sweet one-shot episodes. Episode 10-11 again features Natori. Natsume and Natori go to the house of a deceased exorcist in search of his research papers. Natsume tells Natori about the book. ~9/10 rating~ for a great season. The episodes about his school friends and the last Natori arc were very good ones.



Attack on Titan S2 35-37! The end of season two. Ymir's past is covered. I wouldn't recommend reading the manga since all tension is lost when you know what happens and why people say and do what they do. And there are pretty cool plot points that come up later that I wish I didn't know right now. Mikasa continues to be a badass character. Since Levi is out of commission, Erwin has stepped up in the cool leader department. ~8/10 rating~ *spoilers* We learn that Eren has a or is a 'coordinate' and can command some of the titans. I'm sure it will take another season or longer for him to learn how to use this power. He's still rather a dunce-like character. It's a true shame that the animation quality isn't consistent.



Koe no Katachi is a 2016 jmovie about a young bully who gets shunned by his peers when his antics against a deaf girl goes too far. The movie is clocks in over 2 hours and we see how Ishida slowly matures and learns what friendship is again. You can tell this is based on manga because there seems to be some supporting classmates who seem to be important, but whose problems are not addressed clearly. Anyway, there's a realistic portrayal of the repercussions of bullying. The end isn't too overly saccharine either. The production is decent. My only qualm is that the character design could have used more originality and less shoujo-leanings for such a serious subject matter. ~7/10 rating~
Summer anime:

Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu: I don't know what this is about but ufotable makes anything look good. It'll be on Netflix, too.

Fate/Apocrypha: Since ufotable is behind the above series, A-1 has this Fate/ series. It looks ok...

Vatican Kiseki Chousakan (Vatican Miracle Examiner): the title is enough to make me curious.

Isekai Shokudou (Restaurant to Another World): Food genre anime...yum.

Shoukoku no Altair: the ridiculously large turban in the promo lured me in.

Ballroom e Youkoso: is probably trying to ride on the success of Yuri on Ice...we'll see if it's as ridiculous.

Aho Girl: is a short form anime about a stupid girl.

The Reflection Wave One: doesn't sound original, but it's Stan Lee's collaboration with Studio Deen which isn't saying anything, but hey, I can watch one episode.

Owarimonogatari 2: can't not continue to watch this.
Atom: The Beginning 1-3! is a prequel to Astro Boy and has that nostalgic style to the character designs. Two robotic students are working on a powerful robot with a possible soul. I think the one's sister has a crush on the robot. The first couple episodes are cute enough, but meh. Dropped.

Kado: The Right Answer 2-4! Shindo and the alien talk to the human race. The political blabbing is tedious and this is a little slow. Dropped.

Fukumenkei Noise 1-3! is a typical shoujo love-triangle story where a young girl, Nino, befriends a young boy, Momo, through music. The boy leaves town. The girl can't forget him. She befriends another boy, Yuzu, through music...he also leaves, but they meet again in high school and she joins his band. She still can't forget about Momo. Momo and Yuzu are both songwriters. Yuzu is inspired by Nino. Momo avoids Nino thinking that she will stifle his writing ability. There's tons of angst. Nino has a unique but very irritating voice. Dropped.

Kabukibu! 2-8! Kuro is able to recruit enough to form a school club; a girl who is the class 'prince' and a boy who laments being too manly to dance female roles, a short, fat girl who loves sewing costumes...she's not really fat. So far the characters are pretty cute, but gawd, the animation production is so terrible.

Attack on Titan S2 27-34! Other than Eren, more humans who can turn into titans are hinted at and revealed in this season; the armored titan and colossal titan. You can see that the titans are some sort of human/alchemy/science experiment turned bad, so I wonder when the past will be revealed. The crazy relationships that create crazy scenarios shouldn't be so engaging, but the constant action helps. The fight between Eren and the two titans again is unreal. Cliffhangers are so tough to handle each week.

Natsume Yuujinchou Roku 1-7! continues with episodic one-shot stories. The first is about Natsume as a child after a youkai mistakenly thinks he's doing Natsume a favor by making him a child. Episodes with Natori are interesting. After 6 seasons I still think he might betray Natsume. Episode 6 is a touching episode about Nishimura and Kitamura's initial interactions with Natsume.


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Tales of Zestiria the X 16-25! the end. Sorey finally finds out that Rose is an assassin, gets over it pretty quickly, and she becomes his squire via contract like Alisha. This season begins a little slowly in terms of action and plot development. This season has focused on Rose and Alisha who have predictably angsty issues that are more political than action-driven. Things get better by episode 20 when everyone heads towards the north to face the Lord of Calamity. Sorey gets a book from Laila written by the prior Sherpard which is about Velvet Crowe. I was hoping for another flashback. Like the other 'Tales of' anime, the wrap up of this series is rushed and a bit of a letdown. I supposed the anime makes far more sense to a fan who has played through the game. *spoilers* Sorey sacrifices himself to save the world in a high-budget, but completely lame final fight. The fight lasted about 5 minutes and the rest of the episode were scenes of the epilogue. ~7/10 rating~ for a nicely set-up, but terribly executed plot. Sorey x Mikleo xoxoxo.


Boku Unmei no Hito 1-2! jdrama. is about a young man, Kame, who has bad luck with women. God, Yamapi, shows up and tells him who his destined other half is. Their future child will save the earth, so God tries to help him out. It's a romcom, not a scifi show. Unfortunately, this is entirely too slow and the comedy is nonexistent. Yamapi is cute, but isn't there enough to keep the show interesting. Kame and the main female character are entirely too bland. Dropped. BUT if you can find the theme song performed by Kame to YamaP, it's adorably bad jpop in the best way.
'Shuuji to Akira' after 17 years have formed 'Kame to Yamapi' and perform the theme song for 'Boku, Unmei no Hito desu' in which they also star. While Yamapi still looks like his adorable self, I think Kame got a nose job which got rid of that identifiable bumpy nose and his face has fleshed out. Anyway, the song is cute. I can't find the drama online yet. :(
It's going from 30 to 70 degree weather this weekend...at least it's upwards.

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Granblue Fantasy 1-2! a standard fantasy anime based on an RPG. A young girl with a mysterious power falls from the sky and is found by a young boy who has sword fighting skills. He dies protecting her in episode one, but is brought back to life with her power. They call a dragon to help. Of course, Bump of Chicken is responsible for the opening theme. The show checks off all the boxes for a proper fantasy anime, but the production quality isn't very good and there's nothing original. Dropped.

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My Hero Academia S2 1 (14)! reminded me why I wasn't going to watch this. zzzz. Dropped.

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Boruto 1! starts off with an older Boruto and enemy facing off a la Naruto and Sasuke. You see that Boruto has Sasuke's head gear, a scar over his eye like Kakashi and one somewhat familiar special eye that I couldn't name...maybe Orochimaru-related?. Jumping back to the past right before Boruto starts ninja school, we are introduced to a new character, Denki. Boruto saves him from bullies and later on from trouble when he is posessed by some evil black fog. Boruto is presented as a pretty good kid with daddy issues that make him appear like an attention-seeking brat. The quality of the production is pretty basic and theme songs are pretty forgettable, but overall, it was a likable episode. But dropped...I still need to finish Naruto.

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Alice to Zouroku 1! I was intrigued by the santa-claus-like grandfather character. A young scantily-clad girl with special powers escapes a research facility with them in pursuit. She coerces an ojisan to help her. After the successful escape, the grandpa figure helps her while providing a refreshingly fun scolding. Knowing Japan, it may turn into something hentai...Anyway, cute premise, but not quite fun enough. Dropped.

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Clockwork Planet 1! A girl falls from the sky into the home of a young boy...already lost me. The planet is made up of clock gears. Dropped.

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Kado: The Right Answer 0-1! A plane is sucked up into an alien-like cube. We see how the government and scientists respond. Employees from the Ministry of Internal Affairs were on the plane. An overly kind government employee, Shindo, emerges from the cube. Episode 0 was about how Shindo goes out of his way to negotiate while being kind to those involved in the political/business situation he's assigned to. The characters seem overly bishonen for the style of story, and the pacing is a little slow, but it's interesting.

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Kabukibu! 1! A young first year highschool boy and his bff try to recruit classmates into a kabuki club. They meet resistance. There are some lovely promotional images for this show, but ugh, the animation production sucks. Usually episode 1 has some quality, but nope.

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Attack on Titan S2 1(26)! they discover titans in the walls and a monkey/beast titan that can talk intelligently. Still as gorey as ever.
Just one winter show lingering on...

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3-gatsu no Lion 15-22! the end of season one. Yes! for another season this fall. Shimada and Gotou face off while Rei deals with some school attendance issues. And after Shimada wins, Rei joins his workshop. Shimada faces and loses against the current Meijin, Souya. Another season passes for Rei. Gotta love/hate relationship with the sports/game anime. Love that they lure you in with engaging characters only to have them lose. ~9/10 rating~ for a beautifully animated anime series that wasn't too much about shogi, but more about a young boy who seems to get stuck in a dark place in his head every once in a while. The supporting characters are well-developed the show does a superb job in showcasing their struggles and triumphs. I like that I can now identify the manga scenes in this 2014 Bump of Chicken Fighter music video.

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ACCA 3-12! the end. The king and prince are introduced in episode 3. There's a coup d'etat in episode 4, but not the one Jean is looking for. And he finds out that his friend was ordered to watch him and is okay with it; insert subtle BL. The pacing of this show is pretty slow, but it's intriguing and the show makes me hungry for sweets and breads. We learn about Nino and Jean's past in episode 8, but you could see the plot twist due to the color of Jean's hair. ~8/10 rating~ for a stylish, laid-back anime. I wish the production had been better, but it was one of the more unique shows to watch this season. From everyone's summary of this show before it aired, I was expecting it to focus on Jean's cigarettes. :/

Youjo Senki 4-7! The show concludes Tanya's back story as she gets her own battalion and trains them. And then catches up to episode 1's timeline. It gets a little tedious with all of strategy talk. While Tanya is an intriguing character, the show represents the war and the supporting characters rather poorly. Who is fighting who for what in particular is still unclear and at this point all the other characters are rather bland. Dropped.
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Signal 1-16! 2016 kdrama. the end. Ooohh, how did I miss this? Ah ha, no pretty boys..that's why, but the characters are quite compelling. This reminds me of the Erased or Orange anime, but instead of one mystery, this covers several mysteries/crimes. The first is quick to lure you in this thriller. A young boy, Park Hae-young, sees his classmate get picked up by a strange woman. The classmate is found later found dead. The boy tries to tell the police about what he saw, but they ignore him. Years later, Hae-young is a criminal profiler who finds an old walkie talkie tied to the past. A detective, Lee Jae-han is able to talk to him from around 1989, and gives him a clue into finding the murderer. The case's statue of limitation counts down, but after some extreme suspense, they are able to catch the murderer (though not in time to convict her of the girl's murder...the criminal's then-boyfriend's murder). Cha Soo-hyun, a female detective, is a straight-laced character who was a subordinate under Jae-han in the past and is currently stuck in the cold case unit with Hae-young. Because of episode 1's case, the statue of limitation law changes. The cold case unit is next assigned to an old serial killer case. The cliffhangers are great. The small moments of humor are fun, too. The best part is that each episode felt short; the pacing was superb. ~9/10 rating~ for a solid criminal drama. All the timey-wimey stuff has its consequences and it's great that the drama pays attention to the details. *spoilers* the last episode leaves us with a cliffhanger, too...I think they were leaving it open for another season or leaving it up to interpretation. I believe that it things worked out for them in the end.
Just started watching a really good kdrama....
And I saw that Naruto Shippuden ended with its 500th episode, so I may binge watch this. I already binge-read the manga which was fun. Thankfully, there are nice guides out there that cut the fillers out of the 500 episode anime. I think I left off on episode 138...

But let's see what's kind of anime is on this spring:
Boruto: Naruto's son and gang in a ninja world with tech...this looks like a pale-imitation of Naruto. I tried to watch the movie...it was very mediocre. I probably won't watch more than one episode.
Gran Blue Fantasy: A nice looking RPG fantasy anime
Clockwork Planet: Interesting sounding sci-fi anime
Kabukibu: Kabuki club in high school anime.
Atom The Beginning: Prequel-ish anime to Astroboy?
Natsume Yuujinchou Roku: More chubby cat
Attack on Titan 2: More hungry giants
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Legend of the Blue Sea 1-20! kdrama. the end....is almost The Little Mermaid. A young Joseon nobleman helps out a mermaid. His reincarnation, now a guy who cons rich people out of their money, meets her again in present day Spain. She follows him (ie. swims) to Seoul. This has some really cute moments as the mermaid tries to figure out how to navigate normal human behavior. Enjoyed the part where she steals candy from a child and later tries to mug a little girl. She makes some unique friends along the way. Like Goblin, the show does itself a favor by jumping between the past and present day often enought to story interesting. The doesn't fill the story with too many side stories...though the evil step-mother plot does rear its ugly head. And it does suffer for mid-series lag (sometimes 20 episodes is just too long). ~8/10 rating~ for a fairly unique and entertaining drama. Kudos to Jeon Ji Hyeon if she did all the swimming scenes herself. Also kudos to her for all the awful fashion she had to wear.

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Junseon Gunman 1-22! kdrama. the end. An older (2014) Lee Jun-ki historical drama that promises pretty good action. Needed another Jun-ki fix after the mess of Scarlet Heart. Yoon-kang starts off a skilled swordsman, but uses his skills for entertainment and tricks. His love-interest is a sharp young woman who embraces progress in Joseon Korea. He becomes an assassin's target when his father, a king's military leader, is labeled a traitor and is killed by a gunman. Yoon-kang escapes to Japan and after a time jump forward comes back as Hanjo, a merchant with sharp shooting skills including the ability to shoot alot of rounds without reloading. He does many stupid things to get revenge and Soo In, the love interest, deteriorates from a smart, likable character to one who constantly needs saving. The last third of the show (again, another show that is drawn out too long) becomes messy as 80% of the characters flip from good to bad and politics get in the way. The king could have been an interesting character if he weren't so easily fooled by the queen and practically every guy around him. Yoon-kang has a few dozen chances to kill his father's murderer, but never goes for the kill shot even when standing directly in front of him; how many times can he shoot the guy's arm and leg? ~7/10 rating~ for another drama whose sole purpose is to make Lee Jun-ki look good. Hopefully, his choreographer and wardrobe people are paid well.
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Goblin 1-16! the end. kdrama. Sponsored by Subway..the characters love their Subway sandwiches. This is an interesting drama that thrives on the cute interaction between the male characters. A successful military general, Kim Shin, is killed by his king out of jealousy, and becomes an immortal 'goblin' (not sure why 'goblin' is used. He's not that ugly.) He can only die blah blah when he meets his bride. The romance between the goblin and high school student is not as tearful as the bromance between the goblin and grim reaper. Their conversations are amusing and more sweet than the tsundere between him and the female lead. Episode 10's New Year's humor was so cute. There are a lot of small twists and minor plots that are paced steadily through the show, but one of the largest secrets, the identity of grim reaper, is fairly obvious early on. Despite the predictability, the show was consistently enjoyable. The show doesn't have any awful tangents like love triangles or interfering evil parents, and focuses on the two main couples. ~9/10 rating~ for a totally rewatchable drama. My only gripe is that the goblin keeps meeting his bride when she is a high school girl; Gong Yoo is getting a little too old to be paired up with someone playing a character that young. Random tangent...I'm pretty sure the characters wear at least 5 different stylish winter coats each per episode.

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Nounai Poison Berry live-action jmovie! is based on the 2009 manga by Setona Mizushiro. It resembles the 2015 Disney movie Inside Out, but it's not a kid's movie. A 30 year old female author, Ichiko Sakurai, has a spontaneous fling with a younger man which leads to an up and down relationship. Inside her head is a council of five personalities; optimism, pessimism, a person who lives in the past, a person who lives in the present and a chairman who leads the group in making decisions. There's also another personality that overrides the others and makes impulsive decisions. The people in her head make an otherwise bland movie interesting. *spoilers* as implied by the title and possibly by knowing the mangaka's writing style, the end is rather bittersweet. Sakurai concludes that the relationship is bad for her and she breaks up with the guy. I don't think the manga had a very good following online, so I'm not sure if the movie follows the manga accurately or not. ~7/10 rating~ for a decent movie.


ACCA 1-2! builds an interesting world where a monarch rules 13 independent districts. Jean works for ACCA as a sort of government auditor who inspects the various districts. Madhouse still produces top-notch, visually interesting animation and this fits that bill. The episodes are a little sleepy. A day in the life of Jean in an unreal world should be more interesting that it appears. Episode 2 introduces us to his best friend who is spying on him since his bosses think Jean is planning a coup d'etat. Each district seems to have its specialized food and oddities which makes this intriguing despite the slow pacing.



Youjo Senki 1-3! The first episode shows us a seemingly psychotic little girl, Tanya, who is the most powerful mage in the army...like seriously, if she can blow up the enemy like that, why are there so many non-magical ground troops? Anyway, it's a crazy anime, but the first episode spent a little too much time on the army leaders just standing around talking 'army stuff'. In episode 2, we see Tanya in her former life as a ruthless Japanese businessman who lays off an employee. The employee pushes him onto an oncoming train. At his moment of death, he converses with 'God' and God decides to see if he will learn faith...or something like that. He is reincarnated into a magical little girl in an alternate Europe-like world in the midst of war. She still retains his former life's memories and moves up the ranks quickly.



3-gatsu no Lion 12-14! I usually enjoy Yuki's anime pop songs, but her new song has a little too much autotune and cuts off oddly. We pick up after Rei has recovered from his flu. He starts a new competition and we get to see some new players. I continue to love the detail in the animation; they really try to make Chica Umino drawings come to life.



Tales of Zestiria the X 13-15! picks up where it left off with Sorey traveling with Rose. The episode focuses on her general likability amongst the people of hometown, and her darker side as an assassin. We learn a little about Dezel the wind seraph who is loyal to Rose. So far, the 2nd season is rather lackluster.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Saga 1! In the first episode of this season, Yukio heads off to pursue an exorcist-turned-demon who steals the Left Eye of the Impure King while Rin plus classmates go after the Right Eye in Kyoto. Hm, this is only mildly interesting despite the nicely animated episode. Other than Rin's cat, all the characters are stuck in a rather teenage-y drama. Dropped. Will not stick it out this season.

Spirit Pact 1! I would think that a Chinese-Japanese collaboration would be a tad more interesting, but this is pretty mediocre. A young pseudo-fortune teller gets hit and killed by a truck. He wakes up as a spirit, and a exorcist tries to recruit him because of his innate spiritual powers. I think this is trying to be a comedic version of Mirage of Blaze, but most of the jokes fail. The production was quite bad. Dropped.



Doukyuusei jmovie! was something I forgot to write about last year. It apparently was the first full-length BL anime movie shown in theaters....or that's what the internet says. Anyway, it's a standard boy-meets-boy/first love/opposites-attract story. The only conflict being that both boys have differing plans after they graduate. It's pretty charming and the highlight is that the anime captures the mangaka, Nakamura Asumiko's unique drawing style. ~8/10~ for a cute and sweet time-waster.

Bye Bye LJ

Jan. 1st, 2017 09:25 am
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