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Final Thoughts: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

I’m finally done AnoHana and my feelings didn’t really change much after watching the final four episodes. While I do think that episode 11 was the strongest one in the series, I just couldn’t find myself getting into it as much as I wanted to.

Overall, I’d probably give this a 6.5 out of 10.

The art is fantastic, the voice actors sold their character and really brought a lot of emotion in to their roles and I also quite like the cinematography here too. And even though I don’t really care for the story, I do find it okay. It’s just a bit shallow at the same time.

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Cold Case jdrama – a remake done right!

Episodes: 10
Release Date: October 22 – December 24, 2016

Synopsis: Set in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, “Cold Case” follows Yuri Ishikawa (Yo Yoshida) and her team as they try to crack unresolved cold cases. (Source)

Initially, I wasn’t even planning on watching Cold Case. I never watched the American version of it, for reasons unknown since I love these sorts of dramas, and I was a bit nervous about it being a remake. Then I found out that it had Yo Yoshida in it, so I decided to check it out. My expectations were low going in, but wow did this drama surprise me.

The stories chosen here are heartbreaking, depressing, and every other synonym that you can think of for being sad. It’s not your typical police drama where there are happy endings and we see witty exchanges between the police officers. Each story hits you hard by focusing on racism, pedophiles, abuse, and of course, murder.

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Final Thoughts: Live Action Death Note 2015

Before going into my final thoughts about the series, I thought I’d share some exciting news. There will be a new Death Note coming out in 2016. This one will be using the Six-Note rule that was found in the manga.

One interesting note is that L and Light will not be a part of this sequel. Instead, it will be their successors who have their DNA. And cyber terrorism will be a major theme in the movie. so I’m kind of interested in seeing what kind of story this will have. Ryuk will be back, so that’s good. The movie will also deal with cyber terrorism, which could be interesting.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the 2015 live action drama that recently finished.

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tvN’s Valid Love episode 20 – Final Recap & Review

Final episode! So what do you think will happen? Seems like Kim Joon is out of the picture now, but will the bromance live to see another day? I hope so. As for Il Ri and Hee Tae, I don’t really mind it as long as it doesn’t happen right away. After the near death experiences, they need to work out their problems and take things slow before getting back together again. They’re still technically married right?

In any case, as long as things are not rushed and are properly developed then I’m fine with whatever happening. I don’t care if Il Ri ends up with Hee Tae, Kim Joon, or alone, it just needs to make sense and not feel like an afterthought.

With that said, here’s the final recap for Valid Love! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog and my recaps. I truly appreciate it 🙂 We may not agree, but it’s always fun seeing all of the different points of view about the show.

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5-Line Recap:

1. Il Ri and Hee Tae talk to each other.

Show, don’t go into misunderstanding territory for your last episode. After twenty episodes of Hee Tae and Il Ri not talking to each other, please let them talk to each other as adults and not have any more secrets. Il Ri should tell him that she isn’t leaving with Kim Joon and that she’s alone. It doesn’t have to start up something between them, but still…

Hee Tae gives her the chair, but Il Ri doesn’t want it. Considering what she knows about it, it makes sense. He tells her that he felt sorry for her during their marriage and he mistaken that for love. She’s gets the feels, so she makes him dinner. They eat together. They cry together. They feel thankful and Il Ri stays the night.

Aww. Kim Joon may have lost his relationship with Il Ri, but at least he has Min Ki….if only it was Hee Tae 😦

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Anime 2014: The Surprises

So after naming my favourite animes I needed an excuse to mention a few more that I really liked I thought it would be a fun idea to mention the animes that surprised me. In a good way.

The Surprises:

D-Frag!

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D-Frag! is a show about games? You know what, this show doesn’t really have a plot but what makes it excellent is the characters and how over the top they are. It always made me laugh, in ways that were expected and in ways that weren’t.

After finishing the series, I was disappointed that it took me awhile to actually watch this. I’ve seen the manga a few times, but it looked like a typical club room romcom, so I thought that it would start out okay but then get annoying as the harem starts to come together. Now that I know how awesome it is, I feel like I should have looked this up right from the beginning.

At least I know now.

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

It’s a tender rain!

I think Soredemo is a shoujo done right. The characters fall for each other, but it’s done at a natural pace. There are a few ehh? moments, but it’s a cute love story. It’s my first time watching a shota anime and sometimes I wasn’t sure if Liv was meant to be eight or 15, but it was cute. Like sports animes, shoujos are actually hard for me to finish. I’ll watch a bit while it’s airing, but then stop watching it for one reason or another. If I remember it, then I’ll come back and finish it off but it’s a struggle. Not here though. Somehow I was able to remain on pace with this and finish it along with everyone.

I think that’s a testament to the story though. Even though this is a love story, it doesn’t feel forced or annoying. Just cute, which is what a shoujo is suppose to make you feel.

Barakamon

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This isn’t actually much of a surprise since I like the manga….but I’m going to include it here, because I was actually worried about this adaptation. I thought that it would be a short anime, like four minutes or something, but it was 24. That surprised me…..

…I loved the anime. I just couldn’t decide what to take out for the hits to include this so I put it here. Plus two animes where Ono Daisuke is the lead voice seems unfair, so that’s why it’s here. Surprise!

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Um…this one isn’t a surprise either since I like the manga as well, but I did think it was also going to be a short anime…can I use that excuse again?

Tokyo Ghoul

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I think this series benefited from me not reading the manga before hand. I did read a few chapters, but not enough to remember the story. Since I didn’t know much, I really enjoyed this and was surprised because I didn’t think I would. I didn’t watch it when it first came out, so I never had a problem with censorship or anything like that. Plus, I didn’t get to hear how bad it was until Terra Formars came out.

It’s not the greatest thing ever and I can definitely understand the frustrations viewers had of it. The plot is a bit weak and some of the characters get forgotten about, but I still had a great time watching it. Plus, it gave me motivation to read the manga. I’ve since finished it, which makes me worried for the second season because I know how the studio messed up the first one. I still liked it though.

Nobunaga Concerto

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Unlike Karen Senki, the CGI here isn’t something to write home about. The character’s have no facial expression, so a lot of the times you’re going by the seiyuu’s voice to properly convey the theme. The backgrounds were lovely though, but I do wish more effort went into the characters more. That being said, I had such a blast while watching it. It took some time for it grow on me, but I was surprised by how quickly I got hooked on the story.

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

 

This anime was so cute and another love story that was done properly. I did get annoyed Mashiro at first, but grew to love her and all of the characters by the end of it, especially Hakuya. A man of few words, but lovely nonetheless. Like Soredemo, the love story here doesn’t feel forced and happens gradually. I suppose the situations are the same since both couples are engaged, but still. It was just so darn cute.

Wake Up, Girls!

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I don’t watch idol animes, mainly because I don’t think I’d like it all that much. I don’t know what convinced me to watch Wake Up Girls, but I took the plunge and was surprised by how realistic it was. The way the girls got picked, the fact that some can’t sing, their struggles, and their hardships seemed real. The top girl band thing seems overly restrictive and I’m not sure if that’s how it is in real life, but in terms of the WUG crew, I feel like it gave a fairly realistic portrayal of a budding idol group.

Honourable Mentions:

Samurai Flamenco

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For the most part, when it comes to animes reading the synopsis or watching a few episodes is enough to tell you what the story is about. Not here though. One moment this seems like Kick-Ass, the next it’s like Power Rangers, then there’s aliens, and it ends with a villain that no one can see but the hero.

It’s strange, but I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it. Other than the the scenes of the idols (I hated them, especially Mari worse character ever!) I couldn’t get enough of this anime. I just wanted to know what happens next. Plus, I love the bromance between Gotou and Masayoshi and the ending involving the cellphone.

 

…I’m going to have to think up a different method to doing this for next year.

Anime 2014 – The Hits

I’ve mentioned what animes I didn’t like, so now it’s time to mention the ones that I did. It’s hard to just pick five though. Really hard to just pick five.

The Hits:

Haikyuu!!

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This was the first sports anime that I finished. I have this really bad habit of starting a sports anime, enjoying it, but never completing it. Haikyuu!! wasn’t like that though. The moment I started to watch it was the moment that I knew I had to finish it. Maybe it’s because the games seem more realistic, maybe it’s because it’s about volleyball, maybe because the Hinata had orange hair. I don’t know. but I loved every moment that I watched this series. The second half of the show was breathtaking. Every emotion that the players felt, I was right there with them. I cheered, I felt nervous, and I teared up a few times. The scene when Asahi hits the ball is still one of my favourite scenes of the year.

Selector Infected WIXOSS & Selector Spread WIXOSS

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The WIXOSS series was fantastic. Lots of twists, lots of turns, and lots of screwing with its characters in horrible ways. I loved it. Despite it’s life and death situation, the show is pretty much a coming of age tale about teenage girls. Their hopes, their dreams, and their feelings are all wrapped up in a card game, but by the end of it they’ve all grown as characters and become stronger people.

The characters are fully fleshed out, the plot is deep, and the psychological aspect always had me on the edge of my seat. It still surprises me that a show about a card game was able to suck me in so quickly, but I enjoyed it.

Tonari no Seki-kun

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I love the manga, so when I heard that this would get an anime I was over the moon. Since it has such a simple premise, it’s hard to mess it up. Even if the studio tried, they wouldn’t be able to. That’s the magic of Tonari no Seki-kun. Thankfully, the studio did a good job and the anime was even better than I could have hoped for. The humour was on point. The games were just as funny seeing them animated. And the characters, they were perfect.

In terms of overall enjoyment, I think this would be my favourite of the year. It was a perfect adaptation to an already great manga.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san

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What can I say about Gugure! Kokkuri-san that I haven’t said already? It’s funny. It’s cute. And Shigaraki is my new anime crush. I loved every moment of this strange anime. My only complaint is that it’s over.

Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

Sekai Seifuku - Bouryaku no Zvezda (1)

Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda is about a terrorist group trying to take over the world. Their methods are extreme, their ideas are extreme, but they’re hilarious so I think it’s okay. I think the smoking episode really sealed the deal for me. It starts off fine. Kate is someone who hates smokers because second hand smoke is horrible, but it quickly turns into something else. After a horrible, but amazing, inspirational speech from Kate all of the non smokers decided to become hooligans in their rush to destroy every smoker in their city. Even though they hate smokers, they became worse and that’s why this show was amazing.

Plus, it produced what might be the greatest moment in anime history. The treasure dance.

I still laugh whenever I see it.

 

There’s still a lot more that I liked. 😦

Anime 2014 – The Misses

With the 2014 anime season now gone, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and mention my favs, my misses, and my surprises of the year. This is going to be hard, because there were a lot of great animes that came out, so I’m not sure what to pick. It’s easier to just talk about the animes I didn’t like, so let’s start with that.

The Misses:

Wizard Barristers Benmashi Cecil

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Wow, I completely forgot about this anime. I think the most disappointing thing about Wizard Barristers Benmashi Cecil is that it had a lot of potential, but it didn’t know what to do with it. Not only do we get a weak plot, but the animation became so bad that it actually ruined the story. A pretty important character died and we don’t see anything. His father killed him and no emotion. He died protecting Cecil, and she just looks around and does nothing.

That…that doesn’t even make sense. The picture above is the only thing we see, for the entire scene. I think that says it all really.

Psycho-Pass 2

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After the first season, I was expecting a lot from Psycho-Pass 2. Even if the original writers weren’t a part of this, I still thought that it would work out. How wrong I was. How oh so very wrong. As a standalone show, it’s not bad. If you knew nothing about the Psycho-Pass world, then it’s not that bad. The plot doesn’t really make sense, but it does have elements that make you keep watching.

But if you watched the first season, then Psycho-Pass 2 is just a mess. Not only do we get a rehash of a villain who can’t get picked up by the system, but Kamui is a poor man’s Makishima. He says that he wants to reform the system, but at the end it’s mostly about revenge. I don’t understand why the Sybil System wanted to turn Akane black. To kill her? Why when she said that she’d work with them back in the first seasons? Why were the officers able to keep their cool after killing so many people? I just don’t get it. Everything we learned from the first seasons gets pushed aside, but by the end it doesn’t matter because we’re back to the beginning. I think that’s what annoys me more. If the season is now at a reset, then what’s the point of this season?

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Like Psycho-Pass 2, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren is another sequel that I was hyped for but left me disappointed. At least with Psycho-Pass 2, I can still watch the movie and ignore that seasons since it wasn’t written by the same writers from the first one. I can’t really do that here.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren is a show that I thought I wanted, but made me dislike the series. Rikka and Yuuta’s relationship, at the same place. They have problems, but quickly get over it. The biggest obstacle for them, other than Rikka’s stubbornness of not using her Chuunibyou to run away from her problems, is Shichimiya. She’s a new character that was friends with Yuuta back when he was always the Dark Flame Master. She also has feelings for Yuuta, but it’s okay because she solves the problem herself.

That’s right. Yuuta and Rikka never have to deal with a third party that would make their relationship stronger, because the new character does everything herself. That’s why Shichimiya was the best thing on this show. She’s a chunni like Rikka, but is able to set it aside from time to time to just be herself. She’s mature, she’s cool, but she’s way too good for this show. Even though I loved her, her entire arc didn’t really need to be here. It didn’t hinder, change, or do anything to the other characters so it was useless.

What I hated the most was how Makoto, Yuuta’s only guy friend, got shafted. He use to be part of the gang and in this seasons got pushed to be a one scene per episode gag. That’s not right.

Mahou Sensou

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This anime now makes me wary of magical school themed shows. When Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei came out, I watched one episode and couldn’t finish because I kept thinking of Mahou Sensou. When Trinity Seven came out, I watched one episode and thought “This looks stupid,” and then remembered Mahou Sensou.

It’s not because of the lack of noses. It’s not because the main character is annoying and that the others are useless. It’s because nothing made sense.Why did the mom let her two sons hate each other when she was the one to blame? Why does no one use their power? You have a magical sword, why do you insist on doing kendo?? What is the point of another school, when you don’t even go to it? What is the point in anything?

Pupa

I’ve talked about this show before, but it still gets me annoyed whenever I think about it. I thought Mahou Sensou was bad, but nothing compares to Pupa. The sad thing is that I was actually looking forward to this adaptation, since I’ve read some of the manga. It’s not the greatest thing, but the horror aspect is quite nice.

Then the previews started and I got nervous. It seemed like the studio would be pushing the whole incest vibe of the little sister eating her brother. While that does happen in the story, I feel like that’s pretty much all we got here. Their parents didn’t play a role in the anime. And while we saw their dad a lot, the show never told us who he was. There’s so many things cut out from the manga, things that make the characters actually feel real and not just cardboard cut outs.

Maybe we were graced with Pupa so that Mahou Sensou doesn’t look so bad in comparison? In any case, Pupa is the worse anime of 2014 for me. Maybe of all time?

 

Now with that out of the way, I can talk about my favourites and what surprised me.

Fall Anime Rundown part 2

Just like before, this will only mention shows that started and ended or ended in the fall season. Considering how easy it is for me to start an anime and never finish it, I think I did fairly well this season.

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken – my favourite anime couple

I wasn’t expecting much from this show, but it was really nice to watch. Even though it seems like every episode would center around Hajime’s otakuness and Kaoru’s inability to understand her husband, but it wasn’t. Instead, we got a show about a young couple who truly love each other and accept each other’s quirks. Maybe it’s because they’re older, but the show seemed more mature and thus less angsty and annoying.

Some episodes were confusing though, but I’m early anticipating the next season!

Karen Senki – best looking anime of the seasons, but it did have a bad beginning

I think this was the best looking anime of the fall season. Yes, it’s CGI, but wow it is CGI. There were times when the show was simply stunning to look at and what’s great is that the animation remained consistent. The first few episodes were horrible though. We had tons of action, but no real plot. Once the other characters showed up, the show seemed to have found its footing and got better. There were still a lot of questions that weren’t answered though.

Orenchi no Furo Jijou – I always have bath envy when I watch this

Another cute show that always made me smile. It was short, but it fully utilized its four minutes to always tell a coherent story. The characters were funny, the friendship between Tatsumi and Wakasa developed nicely, and I just enjoyed it. It’s refreshingly sweet with tons of bishies.

 

Fall Anime Rundown part 1

I’m just going to mention the shows that are not continuing on in the next season. So just shows that started and finished in the fall seasons, or finished in the fall season.

Amagi Brillant Park – stopped watching, but not sure why

I think I watched three-four episodes of this and then never went back to it again. I don’t think anything was wrong with it, but it didn’t really do anything for me. Maybe I’ll get back to it and finish it one of these days, but for now it’s on hold.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai – Will eventually finish it

I watched until episode seven and while I was interested in the mystery aspect, I never got around to finishing this anime. Whenever I’d see a new episode, I’d acknowledge it but then do something else. I do only have a few episodes left though, so I’ll probably finish this within the next few days and then update my thoughts on it.

Denki-Gai no Honya-san – DNF

I thought I’d like this one a lot, especially since the characters are an eccentric bunch that work at a manga shop, but didn’t like this at all. Some parts are funny, but a lot of the jokes seemed forced.

Donten ni Warau – Now that it’s done, I guess it’s time to watch it

I still haven’t seen this one yet, mainly because I didn’t want to wait a week to see what happened next. Now that it’s done, it’s time to buckle down and watch it. I’m looking forward to it. Will update this once I’ve finished watching everything.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san – top pick of the fall season

Definitely part of my top three fall anime shows. I love that it doesn’t take itself so seriously and the characters were always fun to watch. Plus, I’ve developed such a crush on Shigaraki. He may be an alcoholic deadbeat, but he’s awesome. I kind of wish we got to see more of Tengu, since he was shown in the promotional photo, but considering how he’s a proud pedo I guess it’s okay that they confined him into such a small role.

Loved this show though. It hit all the right notes and I was never disappointed. If only there were more episodes!

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de – the synopsis and promo picture lied to me

Here’s my problem with this show. If the synopsis and promo picture didn’t emphasis the superpower aspect of the show, I think I might have enjoyed this more. But they did, and so I kept expecting something awesome and it never really happened. In the end, it was just your generic run of the mill club room slice of life show. The powers that they got served no purpose, so much so that if you removed it from the plot only two, maybe three episodes would take a hit. Plus, my favourite girl got pushed to the side when she seemed like someone with huge potential. The harem takeover was a bit much, but I did enjoy it enough to finish it. Hatoko’s freak out is definitely a must watch though.

Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu. – a parody show that understands that it’s a parody show

A parody show about fetishes. I shouldn’t like it and yet I did, even when the animation took a nose dive for episodes 8 and 9. The show doesn’t take itself seriously and some of the moments are just too silly that I can’t help but like it. The fact that Souji had a conversation with his twintail, who sounds like an old man, and regained his confidence after that pep talk was hilarious. It’s a fun show, as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

Psycho-Pass 2 – a disappointing sequel

As a standalone series, it was fine. But as a sequel, it fails to live up to its potential. By the time I finished this I was left feeling disappointed. I think the problem here is that a lot of the stuff that was established in the first seasons gets thrown out the window for reasons unknown. The Sybil system always had its issues, we knew that from when it failed to kill Makishima, but at least it was rational. For the most part. Here, it just seemed overly evil just to prove Kamui’s point. Only, what was his point exactly?

It doesn’t matter anymore, since the ending did a hard reset just in time for the movie release. Hopefully Gin actually has something to do there, because he did nothing here. There was one moment that I did find it funny. In the last episode Akane said, “You’re under arrest” to two people and they both ended up dying.

Selector Spread WIXOSS – a great addition to the series

Fantastic! This is what a sequel should be like. There are some plot holes, but I still loved every moment of this show.

Sword Art Online II – GGO, good. Calibur, meh. Mother’s Rosario, needed more episodes

I quite liked GGO and the character of Sinon. The idea of players from SAO’s murder guild coming back and killing people in real life actually makes a lot of sense. It does say something that they never got therapy, but what can you do. The Calibur arc was okay. Mother’s Rosario could have been better. Some of it was good, but some of it really needed more episodes to develop its story. After complaining that she got shafted since the second arc of the series, I was glad that Asuna actually had her own storyline.

Terra Formars – the manga is good

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. The manga is so good, so when I heard that this would get an anime I was all for it. Only, the studio decided to focus more on action than the characters and plot. The Adolf arc was the turning point though and it was brilliant. Even though the animation took a hit, the emotions and story that Adolf shared was great to watch. The last episode was lazy though. Overall, it was just okay. Definitely read the manga though. It is amazing!

5 Line Recap – Time Spiral ep 8 + review

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Final episode!

5-line Recap

  1. Kentaro lectures Tatsumi about not giving up, since faith can change fate.
  2. The main professor, who only shows up to discuss time travel, showed up to talk about time travel with Natsuki and Tatsumi.
  3. Tatsumi and Natsuki kiss before he goes back to his own time – speaking of the kiss, it really looks really awkward, like he’s trying to eat her face or something.
  4. Tatsumi is back in his own time and Mami is alive; she’s also marired to Kentaro.
  5. Natsuki is also alive, but she doesn’t know who Tatsumi is…..only she does.

I guess this is the end. Only eight episodes, so it was short and sweet. The episode was mostly about Natsuki trying to convince Tatsumi to go back in the past and not save her. Her reasoning for this is that if he doesn’t go back and let things happen organically, then only him and Mami will suffer in the end.  She does make a good point here. The time travel business is clearly having a toll on Tatsumi and Mami keeps dying, so if Natsuki dies then two people will live on.

Her reasons made me feel like a bad person though, because I would probably tell Tatsumi to do something different so that we all live in the end. I may want to save others, but not at the expense of my own life.

With the way things were going, I thought that at least someone would die in the end so I’m a bit surprised by the happy ending. There’s still a few plot holes that were never solved, but I suppose that’s how it usually is with time travel stories.

As a whole, I don’t think I really liked this drama all that much. Initially, I thought it started well and I liked how things were playing out. I am a fan of time traveling stories, so I was really looking forward to how it would be used here. At first, I was all for it, but things are never really explained. I don’t know how Tatsumi started to time travel. I don’t know why he was the only one who could use it. I don’t why Natsuki was the only one who had deja vu like experiences, even though the other characters were part of the two time lines.

Nothing is really explained and while that would annoy me a great deal, the main fault with Time Spiral doesn’t lie in the story. It’s the characters who fall short and make the experience quite lacklustre. I don’t know if this is due to the acting or the direction they were given, but everyone felt very distant and cold. They were just like dolls really. Everyone had the same expression for every situation and that never really changed.

This not only made the story feel off, but it also messed up the romance aspect of the show as well. Natsuki was with Kentaro and I guess they were dating long enough that he wanted to marry her, but the moment Tatsumi shows up it’s like Natsuki doesn’t like or care about Kentaro anymore. It was like she didn’t even like him. I just didn’t get that. When Tatsumi told her that he’s going to make her fall in love with him and drive a wedge between her and Kentaro, she just accepts it because he’s the man who saved her.

That’s fine, but at least show us that you cared about Kentaro.

Speaking of Kentaro, he’s only purpose was to be with Natsuki and then Mami. He served no real purpose except for being a prize. Ah sorry, he was more like a chess piece for Tatsumi to use in order to save Mami. But that’s it. I also don’t know why those thugs in the beginning were trying to go after his family.

Even Gackt started to check out as the show continued to go on.

I’ve seen these actors in other things before, so I know that they are all capable and great actors. It’s just that nothing worked here in terms of properly conveying emotion or anything really. Even in this episode when Natsuki and Tatsumi kiss, it didn’t feel like two characters who are completely in love with each other. This was a kiss of goodbye, so it’s meant to be sad, powerful, and passionate, but it just felt like two people who decided to kiss for some reason or another. I was more focused on the tongue action from Gackt and how a simple kiss could look like he was devouring Meisa’s face.

I felt bad for her lips. That’s not how a kiss of that nature should come across.

The only character that had some life to them was Natsuki mom, played by Kayoko Kishimoto. Everyone else just felt flat and lifeless.

I think Time Spiral started off strong, but it slowly fell apart as the show progressed. This is mainly due to the characters though and not so much the plot. Even though there are plot holes, I was still interested to see how the story unravels. This had so much potential, which is why I’m disappointed by how everything turned out. For me, the characters simply ruined the experience.

 

Rating:

Characters: 2

Story: 7

Overall Experience: 5

Final Score: 4.7/10