Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017

Anime Movie Review: NARUTO: THE LAST | and the BEST! (le fangirl reaction)



Disclaimer: This post was originally posted in my first ever BLOG. Migrated it here to keep it organize. This was posted last March 2015.

I am a big fan of NARUTO. 

Naruto is a part of my childhood (together with all the 90’s anime aired for free in the Philippine national television) up until now. I was in sixth grade, if my memory is serving me right, when I got hooked with it. It was a bad-ass, smart show for me. Naruto may not be the perfect hero, he is sometimes dumb, short-tempered and a failure but that means his character is very significant to me. I am not perfect and I failed a lot of times. The story of Naruto is just too awe-inspiring for me that’s why when it ended, my feels when the last Harry Potter book and the last installment of the movie was released came back. Another fandom ended which means another part of my childhood ended too. It saddened me a lot *a moment of silence for me* but life goes on. 

----SPOILER ALERT---



Movie Synopsis: 

The moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth!


Unless something is done, the moon will disintegrate, showering the earth with gigantic meteorites. 
As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the earth from this crisis?
 
The final chapter of Naruto's story unfolds!




The story started with a flashback of Hinata and Naruto.

So, all I can say is, HINATA this movie is yours! You shined liked the moon that almost destroyed in the movie. lol! She is so pretty in the movie. Character-wised, I still like Sakura but hell, spotlight is on Hinata and after all these years, you deserved the best. And of course, Naruto’s realization on his feelings towards Hinata *squeals at the top of my lungs*




FAVORITE SCENES (According to appearance)


·         NARUTO-SENPAI, NOTICE ME!

-          Surely, Naruto gained a lot of admirers from the female population after the great ninja war. It was funny how girls flocked over him when at first he was treated like some sort of a monster.
·         THE I-WILL-GIVE-THIS-SCARF-TO-NARUTO-NO-MATTER-WHAT OR MAYBE-TOMORROW  

-          After finishing the scarf she made for Naruto, our shy Hinata is in a state of confusion on giving it at the very moment or maybe later. It was my favorite scene because it was like the scene from Disney’s Tangled when Rapunzel was confused if she should go back to her tower or follow Flynn.
·         THE INSENSITIVE NARUTO-KUN!

-          Sakura: Why don’t you walk her (referring to Hinata) home?
Naruto: Walk Hinata home. Why?
Sakura: You can’t let a young girl walk home alone at night.
Naruto: Huh. Hinata’s really strong. No one in the village would dare mess with her.

                          Packsheet, you Naruto!

·         HINATA’S CONFESSION REHEARSAL

-          Kokuhako is a very thrilling scene but surely Hinata looks like a fool rehearsing alone and then Naruto came and her stomach growled.
·         THE GENJUTSU THAT SHUTS THEM AWAY IN A WORLD OF MEMORIES. PRISON OF CAGE MEMORIES. SAKURA RESISTANT TO GENJUTSU

-          In this scene where Naruto, Hinata, Sakura, Shikamaru and Sai were trapped in a genjustsu where they were shown some memories. It actually focuses on Hinata and Naruto’s memory.  Naruto realizes his feelings for Hinata.
·         THE DATE-LIKE AROUND THE ABANDONED SHINOBI VILLAGE

-          Naruto and Hinata wandered around like a date on an abandoned shinobi village. It was, aheem, romantic and seriously, they were teamed up to looked for Hanabi (Hinata’s little sister). Full of NARUHINA feels. *Come on, NaruHina fans, come and happy dance with me* 

The fun and ~kilig part is when Naruto stumbled a few steps (He is a ninja but can actually fell) and hurt himself, Hinata lends her ointment to Naruto (the same ointment she gave to our hero during the chuunin exams, remember that?) but Naruto, can’t actually reached some part of his back and Hinata had to apply it for him  (Heller, why didn’t he use a bunshin to help him, huh? LOL. Vianna, you are a romance writer! *slaps self*)

·         NARUTO’S CONFESSION BUT WAS GOODBYE-ZONED!

-  Yes, our dumb Naruto confessed first! But the bad guy came and Hinata willingly went with Toneri, the villain and was goodbye-zoned! Yes, heartbroken Naruto! You will see a side of Naruto so dejected! Hahaha. Saya!

·         STOP THE WEDDING! NARUTO OBJECT!
-  Not gonna say something about this because I spoiling you too much… hahaha!
·        
       KURAMA VS THE MOON BEAST XX NARUTO VS TONERI VS TONERI ON THE MOONS SURFACE

- yeah, fight scenes are still the best when you watch a shounen type of anime! And way to go Kurama! Fight! Fight! Kyaah. Such smooth fight scenes animation.

·         KURAMA’S CALLIGRAPHY

-          Kurama can actually write! Hahaha. He was given that task in order for the shinobi’s on earth can see that the mission to save Hanabi and the earth was accomplished properly! And I should never forget my favorite sensie which is the current Hokage in this movie, KAKASHI-sensei! He is awesome ever since!

·         THE KISS

- Aheem, rejoice NaruHina fans because there is a kissing scene here!

·         NARUTO AND HINATA’S HAPPY FAMILY

-          I was crying on the ending credits and cried more after it because the best part was shown—the happy family of NaruHina. First screen appearance of Bolt and Himawari! I was really touched by the idea that the characters you have been watching ever since you were a kid (I was actually around 11 or 12 years old) are now grown up and has a families of their own ( and I’m like here, loves food, anime and manga). I grew up with them and my emotional attachment to the series is unexplainable. LOL. I’m happy yet a part of me is sad! (I need a hug!) and the family picture! Kawaii and sugoii!

FAVORITE LINES from the movie: 

Shikamaru’s BANAT (How do you even translate Banat in English)

1. 
Shikamaru: Did something happen between you and Hinata?
Naruto: No. Not really.
Shikamaru: You keep groaning her name. Hinata. Hinata. As well as some other embarrassing things. But I got to listen in on your mushy side.               

2. 
Is it hard to see the woman who dumped you? So, Naruto’s strong as a Shinobi but he can’t handle a broken heart. – Shikamaru

3.
Sai to Shikamaru: Are you going to depend on Sakura to heal not only his body but his heart as well? 
Shikamaru: Can you do it?
Sai: You have a point. 

4. 
ever thought you’d confess your love first. Remember long ago, when you said you loved me? But wasn’t that because I love Sasuke-kun? You didn’t want to lose to him. It’s real this time, isn’t it? Hinata is a great person. She’s almost too good for you.  - Sakura


5, 
When a girl truly falls in love, her feelings don’t change that easily. They cant change. I understand how she feels very well. – Sakura


6. 
Hinata, this big idiot finally understands. The meaning of the scarf you gave me when you went to Toneri. I know now, from the scarf you painstakingly knitted and took so long to finish that your love can’t be unraveled so easily. Wait for me. You loved someone like me forever and ever. Now, as a man, there’s something I’ve got to say. – Naruto

7. 
My hunches usually end on a high noteKakashi




There’s a lot actually but that would be too much spoiling spree, right?
I rate this movie a 9.5 out of 10~! Bias Vi because I am a NaruHina.

It has THE BEST ENDING CREDITS EVER! *exaggerating at this moment because it is just so epic* It showed the modern Japanese wedding of Naruto and Hinata under the sakura trees. It was just so beautiful, so surreal though it was just basically black, white and pink with selected awesome photos. The song is perfect!

I WILL DEFINITELY WATCH IT AGAIN ON CINEMAS! I WILL BUY A COPY!

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I'm sorry, this is really not one of my best review as my fangirl self took over me when I was writing this. Anyway, I'm just so happy my ship sailed and that I'm still seeing the couple up to now because of Boruto: Naruto The Next Generation

Feature Photo credits to: https://za.pinterest.com/explore/naruto-hd-wallpaper/

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017

Manga Review: Your Lie in April




Disclaimer: This post was originally posted in my first ever BLOG. Migrated it here to keep it organize. I was the one also made all the gif images. ha! those day. This was posted last March 2015.



I met the girl under the full-bloomed cherry blossoms and my fate has begun to change.

That was the catch phrase or the English title or whatever, basta of the newly ended manga series that made me feel again of what I feel on Clannad, AnoHana, Angel Beats! and all the anime who made me feel like riding a roller coaster of emotions.

This is purely my personal opinion of the series so read at your own risk. If you find some grammatical and clerical errors, well, sorry, grammar nazis, I'm not perfect but I'm doing my best in expressing myself in this language. Hahaha.

If you haven’t watch or read Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, I am warning you, this blog entry might contain spoilers that are bad for your heart.


----SPOILER ALERT----


The PLOT/TEASER:

The story is about Arima Kosei, a piano prodigy at a young age who always wins on all the piano competitions and every child musicians knows him. But when his mother died, he had a mental breakdown and suddenly stops playing at the middle of a piano competition. After that he hadn’t played the piano ever since. The death of his mother resulted him not to hear music anymore even though his ears are perfectly fine. It’s like he psychologically acquired a hearing illness.  Years later, he still didn’t played the piano but was contented with the companionship of his friend Tsubaki and Watari not until she met the girl under the full-bloomed cherry blossoms that changes his fate—Miyazono Kaori!


Kaori is a lively, pretty, free-spirited violinist who plays the violin the way her personality reflects her. She made Arima played the piano again and led him back to the world of music and discovered that there is more to playing the piano, following every notes written on the score but rather playing by your heart and how the audience wants to remember you while you are on the stage being you.

HOW AND WHEN DID I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE SERIES?

So basically, I found out Shigatsu when the summer animes were almost done, I’ve read it on the Fall 2014 charts and thought to myself that the plot is quite interesting.

MY REVIEWS

The first episode was so entertaining. The art is so awesome and Kaori is just so pretty. Plus, the opening is one hell of a catchy song! I was like, ‘Gosh, this is like Nodame Cantabile young version’, but it was nothing like Nodame in the next few episodes, very different. The idea of comparing the two said series might came from the idea that the two series involves classical music, piano and other instruments. But whatever, as usual the agony of waiting for the next episodes is a very tedious cycle, so I decided to read the manga in advance.

MANGA READING TIME!

It was after the fifth episode that I decided to read the manga. It was so awesome because it updates every week. The advantage of making Shigatsu into an anime is that we have the chance to listen to what these certain classical pieces are, I mean when I was reading the manga, I can’t really fully sympathize with the characters on how sad Chopin’s works are or how lively Mozart’s pieces is, vice versa, not all are musically inclined or loves classics, some might even thought that classical music are boring or just for lullaby purposes only. Though, in my case I have little knowledge about it because of Nodame Cantabille and all the music anime out there and from my MAPEH class in high school. It really feels so good listening to these pieces on the anime played by the characters.

NOT SO SPOILERS AND MY VIEWS

It I’m not wrong (somebody correct me!) the manga ended at Chapter 44 and the anime right now is on episode 20. I’m guessing it will be a 24 to 26 episodes and I’m sure it will be until the last chapter of the manga.



It was so good! I’m sure I will be crying again when the last episode of the anime comes out. It’s a worth-reading series. It’s like an endless roller coaster of feels! I like how the transition and the back-story of of how Kosei became a piano genius with the help of his perfectionist mother, who was like a bit villain-ish to me. I really hate the ‘Death Flag’ scene(almost all of the fans and readers hate this too), when Kaori suddenly falls and there’s blood, the ‘Death Flag’. It was the turning point of the series for me, it’s like meeting the future of Shigatsu, I knew this scene. I keep screaming in my head the word no. This can’t be happening. Though, after reading the last chapter, I still can’t accept it, even if deep inside me I knew that it was meant to be, that it was all part of Naoshi Arakawa-sensie’s plan.

And then there’s this letter Kaori wrote, a bloody tear-jerker letter! Heck, why did Kaori wrote a damn letter? Why not say it to Kosei personally, huh? Drama? No!

I really like Tsubasa’s character too, she was a well planned character for me and most of the time I can see myself in her. She’s a tsuntsun but not so, she is quite pretty too but the boyish type and I know she will take good care of Kosei. Watari is awesome at some ways but he didn’t leave me a certain impact, I think Aizawa Takeshi and Emi Igawa was cooler, aside from they were voiced by my favorite seiyuus! All the other characters are awesome.

Kaori will forever stay in my heart; her character will be my inspiration, how she changed Kosei for the better, how she led her back to light.

So my personal interpretation of the Title, Your Lie in April, is that it all boils down on the lie Kaori made to Kosei, not only to him but to everyone else, in order for her to get close to Kosei. And that lie is in Chapter 44, read it. It was a heartbreaking lie, why did you lie Kao-chan? It could save up all the tears and the paper where you wrote the letter, nah, kidding on the paper. Truly, love changes people.

I just think that it will be good if there’s a bit of straightforwardness in the characters but I guess it was all planned out and it will never be that awesome if something happened out of hand, well, everything happens for a purpose; nevertheless, it was a 10/10.

LESSONS LEARNED

I always write what I learned after reading or watching a series. I get irritated a lot when people say that what otakus usually do is wasting time. Well, the time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. And we really learned a lot from watching and reading.


So, I learned in this series that always be yourself. Play or do things with all your heart without minding the people around you, never do things half-heartedly because you really don’t know what might happen, what if the chances of redoing it will never come. Live everyday as if your last day because you will never know what tomorrow brings. Cliché but it’s true. It really reflects on the anime.

Do what you love, there’s no excuse in doing what you really love. Ika nga, kung gusto may paraan! No matter how frail you body is, even if your body is giving up but your mind and soul are pushing you, move forward.

One heartbreaking scenes in the manga is when Kaori said to Kosei this lines while pushing herself to stand up and played air violin (because she wasn’t holding a vioin at all, like air guitar, playing imaginary guitar),

“Stop, looking down… Look, you’ll have your miracle soon.”

So, that’s it, sorry if it was a bit like ranting already but whatever, I enjoyed writing this, finally I can let go of the feels this series gave me, err, maybe not!

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I managed to finish reading the manga before the anime ended. It was a good idea for me as I felt more ready to experience the ending. I accepted it wholeheartedly, though, it was more surreal in the anime because it's 2D plus all the music. Have you guys read Your Lie In April guys? What's your thoughts?

Friday, September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017

Anime Review: Bokura ga Ita Review (A dose of Shoujo-Romance series)



Disclaimer: This post was originally posted in my first ever BLOG. Migrated it here to keep it organize. This was posted last June 2014.

It's been awhile since the last time I watched a shoujo-romance series. I've been drowned with all the shounen, sports and crime solving series lately. So, I decided to watch Bokura ga Ita. When I filtered by genre on my anime downloading application (Animania: it's a good app but it’s not perfect) from shoujo and romance and If I remembered it right, it was part of the top ten, so I decided to give it a try.

It wasn't really my first time to hear about the series. I knew from the start that it was from a manga series but I never had the chance to read it because I thought it wasn't good enough. Ah, why did I judged a manga by its summary. I am the type who would read all types of manga and I don’t know why I miss this or maybe I miss a lot more. Got to catch up, Vi!


----SPOILER ALERT----



So, my rating for this series is 8/10.

Bokura ga Ita means We Were There

I don't know where but they were there. Nah, I'm just derping again. I can't explain so much about the title here, I may write longer than this.

Nanami Takahashi, Yano Motoharu, Takeuchi and Yamamoto were the main characters. But the story basically revolves around the first two I have mentioned.

For me, it wasn't the typical boy meets girl type. I think the story has a deeper meaning to it. It’s all about relationship and tackles the issue of trust and betrayal which is a very complex topic (or am I just overreacting.) It is not just about the rainbow, fuwa-fuwa and kirakira feels on entering a romantic relationship.

It also tackles the hard to understand feelings of a girl/woman. (In a perspective of the opposite sex) How a girl complicate some simple things because sometimes their emotions and mind mixed up together. Yeah, sometimes girls’ emotions are unstable. (Based on my experience with girl friends and what I have observed in the series as well)

But, nonetheless, it is about young love and how they manage to overcome all the problems, the scars in the past, making their bond strong. Making serious decisions not only for the both of them, but for the benefit of everyone.

I may be  more or less a decade late on this series but one thing that is sure, this is worth watching and reading.

Kudos to the mangaka-sensei! The characters are awesome, as well as the story and plot.

The opening, ending songs and the OST's were the best. It really fits the series and pleasant to the ears. 

The animation is so cool too. There's a particular distinct feature of the series for me, the not showing the half of the character's face at the end of an important scene. It's sugoiii.

The last episode is heartbreaking. It left me hanging and it feels like someone just squished my kokoro. But it's a kanpeki ending for me. It gives you a feeling of wanting more and you have no other choice but to read the manga itself. 

I've search that the anime series ended on Chapter 31, I forgot the volume. I am planning on reading it soon. It has a Live Action Movie last 2012 and I think it continues from where the anime left off. 

Wish my heart a good luck because I'm guessing that the manga would be one hell of a feels trip again...

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That's my impression after watching the anime series. It was a roller coaster one for me as it's not the typical shoujo series I usually watch. Do you have any shoujo anime recommendation guys? please leave it at the comments.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

Summer Anime Recommendation 2015



Disclaimer: This is a repost. Migrated it here from Normie Blog

Time flies so fast, right? It seems like I’m still into the spring anime (with some series still continuing until now) and it feels like yesterday when I posted my spring anime 2015 recommendation. Now some of it ended and you might want to marathon but can’t decide what title to watch, you can check out my recommendations here: Spring Anime Recommendation 2015

This Summer the anime world offers us fans again some awesome titles that’s worth our time. This may be late because it’s mid-summer already and some series are halfway with their stories and such. Huhu #theSlothInMe.

By the way, I am not really a critic and I basically watch everything as long as it has a solid plot and it catches my interest. My aim is to give my honest review on a certain series and share my thoughts about it to my fellow fans. So without further shingalings, here’s my SUMMER ANIME 2015 RECOMMENDATIONS (in alphabetical order)

1. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime



Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

In the kingdom of Tanbarun lives Shirayuki, an independent and strong-willed young woman. Her resourceful intelligence has led her become a skilled pharmacist, but her most defining trait is her shock of beautiful apple-red hair. Her dazzling mane gets her noticed by the prince of the kingdom, but instead of romancing her, he demands she be his concubine. Shirayuki refuses, chops off her lovely locks, and runs away to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines. There, she befriends a young man named Zen, who, SURPRISE, is also a prince, although with a much better temperament than the previous one. Watch as Shirayuki finds her place in the new kingdom, and in Zen’s heart.

Source: FUNimation | Watch it on FUNimation

My Review/thoughts:  Shoujo manga fans, rejoice, all hail for the Snow White with Red Hair’s anime adaptation. I am a fan of the manga and following it for more than 3 years already. Seeing it with full colors and in 2D is just too much fan service. Aside from the lovely characters, you will also love the story because it’s light and beautiful. Shoujo/Romance fans would surely love this. As for me, after watching the first episode, it gave me the urge to read the manga all over again. I never thought Prince Zen could be so awesome in anime. Shirayuki is also not your usual damsel in distress princess wanna-be. She fight her own fight and does what a badass heroine should do.

2. Aoharu X Kikanjuu


Genres: Action, comedy

Themes: Crossdressing, survival game

The story follows high school student Hotaru Tachibana, a girl disguised as a boy. Through strange circumstances she finds herself drawn into the world of survival games by a host, Masamune Matsuoka. The two form a team with ero-manga artist Tohru Yukimura and aim to be the best in Japan.

Source: ANN | Watch it on Crunchyroll

My Review/thoughts: Well, I have no prior knowledge to this series but hell, badass hero—ine is badass. Chara were so cool, geddemit! It was from the manga and a must watched! This anime is so cool, not just full of action and comedy, it’s actually kinda deep, read the one-shot manga version (just last week) and yeah, my kind of shounen. Toy Gun Gun for the win sa Top Combat Game! UPDATE 9/12/2017 Still following on the manga and it gets better and better.

3. Charlotte
Genres: Comedy, drama, magic

Themes: school life, superpowers

Special abilities occur among a small percentage of boys and girls in puberty. Yū Otosaka uses his power without others knowing, and lives a fairly normal, average school life. Before him suddenly appears a girl, Nao Tomori. Due to his meeting with her, the fate of special power-users will be exposed.

Source: ANN | Watch it on Hulu or Crunchyroll

My Review/thoughts: Another PA works masterpiece (yes, for me it’s a masterpiece). The first episode is so interesting. It was never boring but let’s see with the following episodes. PA works could also be genius at times but they also make half-baked series. It really depends on the viewer thoo. I got traumatize with this anime. TT.TT // internal scream.

4. Classroom Crisis



Genres: Comedy, drama, romance, science fiction

Humanity has successfully colonized all the planets in the Solar System, with intentions to continue into new frontiers. Individuals live stable lives in these colonies, including young high school students living in 4th Tokyo on Mars. Two of these students are Iris Shirazaki and Mizuki Sera. Iris is finishing her last year of high school while studying to be a test pilot while her friend Mizuki also works as a mechanic on the aircraft. Her own brother, Kaito, oversees Mizuki and Iris as their homeroom teacher and program director.

Source: ANN | Watch it on Hulu or Crunchyroll

My Review/thoughts: Ha! A scifi at it’s finest. I actually like the first episode, there’s nothing much to say because when there’s ‘classroom’ in the title, it really reminds of Assaination Classroom. Shizz, I miss Koro-sensei. Anyway, Classroom Crisis has awesome potential, definitely following this.

5. Dragon Ball Super



Genres: Action, fantasy, science fiction

Themes: Aliens, developing powers, fighting, martial arts, superheros
After defeating Majin Buu, life is peaceful once again. Ordered by Chi-chi to earn money, Goku works even as he wants to train even more. Meanwhile, Goten, about to become a brother-in-law to Videl, sets out on a journey with Trunks to find her a present.

Source: ANN

My Review/thoughts: This is the continuation after Goku defeated Majinbu. Childhood feels. I really like how this DBZ was freshly drawn. But seriously, I’m really used to the Tagalog/Filipino voice actors of the characters. But, hell, gonna follow this. // joins those scream like Goku events on public places.

7. Gangsta



Genres: Action, drama

Themes: Crime, mafia, violence

In the crime-ridden, mafia-governed city of Ergastulum, Worick and Nicolas are two “handymen” known as “Benriya” who would take any dirty job from either police or mafia — for a good price. After an assignment from police the two met and later joined by Alex, a former prostitute who got interested in the mysterious background of the team, in particular of Nicolas’ abilities.

Source: ANN | Watch it on FUNimation

My Review/thoughts: My favorite this season. It’s violent but beautifully created. It’s really out of the norms but heck it’s badass! The plot and the story is more than interesting. I’m totally hooked. I like the setting. Good job, Manglobe! I’m more amazed to know that the mangaka is a woman! // FAVORITE GUYS! SO MUCH ACTION.

7. Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou


Genres: Comedy, romance, supernatural

Themes: bishoujo, ecchi, harem, mythical creatures

Three years ago, the world learned that harpies, centaurs, catgirls, and all manners of fabulous creatures are not merely fiction; they are flesh and blood – not to mention scale, feather, horn, and fang. Thanks to the “Cultural Exchange Between Species Act,” these once-mythical creatures have assimilated into society, or at least, they’re trying. When a hapless human teenager named Kurusu Kimihito is inducted as a “volunteer” into the government exchange program, his world is turned upside down. A snake-like lamia named Miia comes to live with him, and it is Kurusu’s job to take care of her and make sure she integrates into his everyday life. (from manga)

Source: ANN | Watch it on Crunchyroll

My Review/thoughts: Teh, to those who are into harem, this series is for you! Haha. I’m not really into the harem genre but the girls in this series is really something!

8. Okusama ga Seito kaichou!



Genres: Comedy, romance

Themes: Ecchi, school life

High school freshman Hayato Izumi lost the campaign for student council president to Ui Wakana, a girl who shocked the entire student body by promising “will remove all restrictions on campus romance” and gave away free condoms. Later that day Wakana the president-elect brought her belongings to Izumi’s residence and claimed herself his betrothed fiancée.

Source: ANN | Watch it on Crunchyroll

My Review/thoughts: Ohohoy! Ecchi (Hair away from hentai). One of the funniest series this season. R18. I face-palmed myself after watching the first episode! Very kinky anime. Watch also the season 2.


9. Prison School



Genres: Comedy

Themes: ecchi, school

There was a time when the Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls’ boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo but a recent policy revision is allowing boys into the student body. On his first day, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers that he’s one of only five boys enrolled at the school. Completely overwhelmed by the thousands of girls on campus, the few boys find that their situation is less than ideal.

Source: ANN | Watch it on Crunchyroll

My Review/thoughts:  I dare you to watch this anime and not blame me for something. I also face-palmed myself after watching the first episode but hey, let me tell you something, I was actually entertained. I laughed. Sometimes it gets so mature but well, just cover your eyes and ears and think of happy thoughts.

10. Rokka no Yuusha


Genres: Adventure, drama, fantasy, mystery

Themes: Mythology

When the Majin awoke from the depths of darkness, the deity of fate chose six heroes and bequeathed them with the power to save the world. Adlet, a boy who proclaims himself the strongest on Earth, was selected among the Rokka no Yūsha (Braves of the Six Flowers), and he goes to the rendezvous point — but seven have gathered there. The heroes suspect that someone among the seven is the enemy, and the initial suspicion falls on Adlet.

Source: ANN | Watch it on Crunchyroll

My Review/thoughts: Yes, this series is a must watched. I really like the setting and the visuals. Some episodes might be boring and annoying but it's worth your time, promise.

11. Ushio to Tora


Genres: Action, comedy, supernatural

Themes: Demons, ghosts

While cleaning out his family’s Shinto temple, middle-school student Ushio Aotsuki stumbles upon a hidden cellar which houses a dangerous yokai. The yokai, pinned by a legendary weapon called the Beast Spear for 500 years, attracts many other supernatural creatures to the premises. Ushio is forced to free the creature – whom he names “Tora” – in return for his help in defeating them. Tora, who wishes to eat Ushio but is stalled by the Beast Spear, begins to haunt the boy in the hopes that an opportunity will present itself. However, Ushio’s possession of the Spear seems to result in trouble after trouble, and Tora finds himself an unwilling ally to Ushio in his battles against various supernatural foes. Meanwhile, a greater danger lurks in the form of Hakumen no Mono, an incredibly powerful yokai with a thirst for destruction who is about to awaken from an extended slumber. (from manga)

Source: ANN | Watch it on Crunchyroll

My Review/thoughts: I read somewhere (I can’t remember when and where) that this is already a remake. I never heard of the previous series but hell, I like the theme. I like yokai and stuff. And the plot, heck it was great. Looking forward for more.


So, that’s it for my Summer Anime Recommendation 2015. I know there’s a lot of series to watch this season but #TimeManagement. Anyway, leave your recommendations below at the comments and I will check it out!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 17, 2017

Anime Review: Cardcaptor Sakura OVA | Sakura and the Two Teddy Bears


Cardcaptor Sakura is one of my beloved anime of all time. Thanks to our local channels here who decided to broadcast the anime. I don’t know about anything about the manga and whatnot because those forms of media seems hard to penetrate in our country on the past years, not until the age of internet, it wasn’t long ago, about 5 years I guess when I finished reading the manga.

Although, Cardcaptor Sakura is not the first anime I watched, it holds a special place in my heart ever since I was in fourth grade. I’ve watched a lot of mahou shoujo (magical girls) type of anime but Sakura is one of the cutest out there. Everything about Cardcaptor Sakura is pleasing to me. The manga ended almost 20 years ago. CLAMP did mention that they never intend to make a sequel at all.


20 years later, a sequel was announced! Imagine how happy I am hearing the news. A surge of nostalgia came in to me. The Clear Card Arc is one of the best things that happened last year in my otaku life. The anime is slated to air on Winter 2018.

When I found out that an OVA is on the making, I wasn’t sure how to feel at first? Will they follow the anime? Don’t get me wrong I also love the alternate endings from movie 2. But now we know, it was faithfully adapted from the final chapter of the manga itself and a prequel for the upcoming Clear Card Arc Anime.

Animation wise it was just pure high-quality art. Very light and striking.  I don’t really mind how modern the art of course it may have some differences from the art on the anime as it was on the 90’s, the Sakura vibe is there. Madhouse, thank you so much.

The main cast of the anime reprise their respective roles and it was just the most nostalgic part the OVA.


As for the plot, as I have mention earlier, they stays close to the manga, though, there were scenes that did not make it to the OVA (Rika and Chiharu scenes and more) but very unnoticeable not unless to hardcore fans. We have to bear in mind that it’s only more or less 20 minutes so I understand that they need to cut some scenes and include only the most relevant ones that are essential as the episode is a prequel for the upcoming anime.



Memorable scenes are definitely Syaoran and Sakura’s confession, the bus stop scene is very touching. Sakura and Syaoran’s reunion as the epilogue of the episode completes it all.


My personal rating would be 10/10 of course! Kudos for bringing the child back in me. So who’s excited for the anime next year? Let’s wait together fellow CCS fans!

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