Hello, world! I’m not dead! Yeah. That’s right. I’m sorry for not posting anything for literally 3 months, but a lot of things happened on a personal level; I’ll probably write more about it later on, so without boring you anymore with my issues, let me get into it.
For those that have lived under a rock the past few weeks/days, Suicide Squad is a DC movie based on the same title comic book that came out at the cinemas on the 5th of August in the USA. From its release it has been met with a lot of contrasting opinions; the critics purely despised it, saying it was chaotic and technically horrible, the RottenTomatoes 26% critic appreciation just further proves that. As for the fans, I’ve read quite a few mixed reviews, some appreciate it regardless of its faults, some others totally hate it, some others find it amazing. Me? Even though I see what the critics mean by “chaotic”, I found it a guilty pleasure and despite feeling lied to by the trailers and then further lied to by the same movie, I still love it and plan to buy the Blu-ray once out.
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).
Synopsis: The 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)
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.
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
Episodes: 12 Aired: 2015 Studio: Brain’s Base Creators: Rejet
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.
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.
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.
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) Opening:
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.
Episodes: 28 Country of origin: South Korea Synopsis: Lee Kang To is an ambitious and callous Korean officer employed by the Japanese colonists. Despite his mother’s disapproval of his work and his own brother’s antagonistic history with the Japanese, Kang To continues to play by the colonist’s rules in hopes of becoming successful and bringing his family out of poverty. However, a mysterious figure wearing a traditional Bridal Mask always seems to get in Kang To’s way. The Bridal Mask appears as a Zorro-like figure who protects the people from the Japanese colonists’ oppression and abuse of power. An unexpected turn events brings Kang To to cross paths with the mysterious Bridal Mask, changing his future and the nation’s history forever. ~~ Based on the hit manhwa series of the same name. (MDL)
Do you know that moment when you expect something amazing because the premise sounds good, the historical period is rarely touched, there’s a pressumed amazing cast, amazing costumes, a story pretty much Asian Zorro/Robin Hood themed and then, when you start it and as further and futher in you go, you just realize everything is crumbling right before your eyes? That is exactly what I feel about this drama. WARNING: I don’t deny that I’m a bit butthurt about this drama, so don’t read further expecting me to nice about it. lol (And this is my second review of the year and omg..it’s once again bad. Please, don’t think that I’m unable to appreciate anything, I’m just unlucky. XD)
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!
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 →