[Anime Review] Norn9 – When Anime can’t decide between story and romance…

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When anime can’t decide between story and romance… you get Norn9: Norn+Nonet.

That’s really everything that I can say about it.

*feels stares of anticipation at the back of her neck*

FINE! Want development? I’ll give you development! (not coming from Norn9, because it seriously had none). (Edit: not a decent one anyway) (Edit2: Not to say it was fairly painful) (Edit3: But not THAT bad anyway).

Episodes: 12
Aired: Winter 2016
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Kinema Citrus
Source: Otome Game

SynopsisThe story takes place a little in the future. Guided by one particular song, young elementary school student Suzuhara Sorata, from the Heisei Era, is warped through a time skip to an unfamiliar place that looks much like the towns from the Meiji or Taishou period from his textbooks. In this world, he meets three young ladies and nine young men and joins them on a journey aboard the mysterious Norn ship, a giant globe that floats in midair. (MAL)

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[Anime Review] The anime that proves reverse harems can be more than just romance [Hanasakeru Seishonen]

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Episodes: 39
Aired:2009-2010
Source: Manga

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I’ll start this by stating that I am aware that Hanasakeru Seishonen is ultimately a “romance anime”, however it doesn’t stop it from having quite a few interesting sub-genres that just don’t usually happen to turn into the focus of the story for a very long time like it did in this anime.

But oh boy, Neko actually enjoyed a show!

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[Anime Review&Let’s talk] Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – Why did this anime divide the anime community?

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When going on MAL or in any comment section regarding MKNR or by its English title, The Irregular at the Magic High School, you’re going to have to face a debate between two groups of people: those that hated it and those that loved it (most of the time, not trying to generalize). I remember that when it was airing back in 2014, the anime community kept talking about it; some referred to it as “one of the best animes as of late”, some others referred to it as “an overrated piece of sh*t”. That usually tends to happen whenever there is a hyped anime, but the “hate” regarding this one in particular was triggered by two main concepts of the anime itself that goes beyond being simply subjective and beyond claiming it as just another “lame story”.

Note: I would like to note that this is simply from my personal experience with the anime and its fanbase. If you did not encounter the same hostility towards it, you might have been one of the lucky people. haha

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[Anime Review] Dance with Devils [Why do I even trust Rejet anymore?]

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Episodes: 12
Aired: 2015
Studio: Brain’s Base
Creators: Rejet

Synopsis

Ritsuka Tachibana has always been a good student, so she is completely shocked when she is suddenly summoned by the student council. Even more, they seem to think of Ritsuka as a troublemaker. Led by the handsome Rem Kaginuki, the student council—also consisting of Urie Sogami, Shiki Natsumizaka and Mage Nanashiro—tries to question her, but it soon becomes clear that they have ulterior motives.

However, this is only the beginning. When her mother gets kidnapped, her life is turned upside down, and Ritsuka gets drawn into a world of vampires and devils. Both groups are searching for the “Grimoire,” a forbidden item allowing its owner to rule the world. The return of her brother Lindo from overseas gives her hope, but even he appears to be hiding something. In a world filled with secrets, Ritsuka questions whom she can trust in this dark musical tale, while the handsome and dangerous members of the student council compete for her attention.

Opening video

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[Anime Review] Gakuen Heaven : The BL school!…Literally.

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Episodes: 13
Aired: 2006
Producers: Geneon Universal Entertainment, Visual Art’s
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: Tokyo Kids
Source: Visual novel

Synopsis: Itou Keita, an average guy, is shocked when he’s invited to attend the elite institution, “Bell Liberty Academy.” Unnerved by the mystery, he’s further distracted by the school’s social dynamics. In a sea of amazing young men, Keita struggles to find out what makes him unique, and how he can possibly deserve to be treated as an equal by the boys of BL. Lacking any particular ability, just why has Itou been welcomed into the privileged world of the talented and the beautiful?

Along the way, he develops intense relationships with the almost everyone at school but he is terribly drawn to the friendly, over-caring but very mysterious classmate, Kazuki Endou.

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Mouryou no Hako (Goblin’s Box) – Let’s sit down and talk- THE ANIME [Review]

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See this picture? Look at it. It’s the only thing that you’ll eventually remember. And one of these characters is a lie (he never actually joined the others).

Aired: 2008
Episodes: 13
Studio: Madhouse
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Synopsis: The story follows a series of bizarre murders of schoolgirls who have been dismembered and stuffed into boxes. The private investigator hired by a missing daughter’s mother joins forces with an antique book seller and others to unravel the murder spree.

(Source: ANN)

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[Anime Review] Noragami Aragoto – Corruption vs Loyalty: Which one is the most dangerous?

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Episodes: 13
Studio: Bones
Synopsis: The world consists of two parts: the near shore and far shore. The near shore is the place where people reside, while the far shore is the place for deities and ayakashi, which are emotional fragments that can possess humans and cause trouble. So it is a deity’s responsibility to remove those ayakashi from the near shore with the help of weapons called Shinki, made from the spirits of dead people. Noragami Aragoto continues the adventures of Yato in his quest to obtain a shrine and reinstate his God status. (MAL)
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Noragami is one of those series that managed to bring a set of conflicting feelings inside my heart, especially when it comes to this second season. Usually, I don’t get conflicted easily, but this season managed to do it through several elements.

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[Anime Review] Diabolik Lovers More, Blood

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Episodes: 12
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Zexcs; Rejet
Synopsis: Yui Komori may (or may not) have attained vampire status, but due to her inexplicable links to the Sakamaki clan her life remains somewhat unchanged. Yet troubled by new dreams and apparitions mentioning a mysterious “Eve,” Yui’s life is suddenly once again – quite literally – turned upside down when she and the Sakamaki brothers are involved in a fiery car crash. The incident heralds the appearance of four new vampires, the Mukami tribe, and to her dismay these dashing young men have their eyes and fangs set on Yui as well!

(Source: YTV)

Ok, so, only me finds that comma in-between “more” and “blood” to be awfully distracting? I wanted to bite my fingers for having to put it there. Like what does it mean? “More” Diabolik Lovers, version “Blood”? *sighs* First review of the year and a bad one… Continue reading

[Anime Review] Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Revolutions

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Producer: Showgate
Licensor: Sentai Filmworks
Studio: A-1 Pictures

 Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Revolution is the third season of the popular otome game series adaptation of the same name, commonly shortened to UtaPri; and like the previous seasons, this too focuses on the idol career and growth of the 7 members of j-pop guy group, ST☆RISH and their song composer, Nanami Haruka, this time with the add of other 4 guys to the “harem”: the Quartet Night members!
Now,  UtaPri was always and still is to a certain point something that, similarly to Free!, resulted in very contrasting opinions: you either hate it (just generally or because of the hype around it) or love it.  Even though I watched both the past seasons of UtaPri religiously and started watching this third series when it first aired this year in Spring, after the first episode I was never able to make myself come back to it till now, end of the year. And not because I think it’s bad ! I’m one of those rare people that doesn’t love, but neither dislike UtaPri; I’m somewhere in the middle. I don’t think it’s anything out of the schemes, but definitely entertaining enough to not bore. And it has a certain charm…(LOOOOOTS of bishies!)

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[First Impressions] High School Star Musical [Episode 1-2]

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I’m quite late with this one because my university and internship program went crazy, but on to cheerful subjects! High School Star Musical is a successor to the UtaPri-wave.

Synopsis: The series tells the story of the five students; Yuuta Hoshitani, Tooru Nayuki, Kaito Tsukigami, Kakeru Tengenji, and Shuu Kuga as they struggle to enter the musical department of Ayana Academy, a school focusing on music. They need to be accepted to the Star Frame Class, which is directly taught by the members of Hanasakura-kai, the most talented from the musical department who stand at the top of the pecking order within the academy. Luckily, they are spotted by Itsuki Ootori, one of Hanasakura-kai members.

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