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Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari – the town’s people are the worst

I’ve never played Chain Chronicle, but the show sounded interesting enough that I decided to take a gamble and check it out. In it, we’re instantly thrown into a world where a Black King is trying to corrupt the light in people’s lives and take over the world. Our heroes, who try to stop him, fail. Not only do they fail, but they fail badly.

It’s almost like the band of merry men and women reached level fifty and thought that they were now strong enough to face the Black King, only to discover that the King has a level of over 9000. He’s also the final boss and someone you had no business going against since you’re still on part two of the story when you still have parts three, four and five to play through.

This is definitely a unique spin on the classic good vs evil story that most rpgs of this nature follow. Once the heroes face off against the big baddy, you almost expect the heroes to save the day. Only they don’t. And all of this happens in the first episode.

Ouch.

Our heroes have nothing else to do, but to regroup and try again. They have no choice, because that is what heroes do. They save the day. That level of burden that is on the shoulders of our main hero, Yuri, is a burden that causes him to go to the dark side. The bad guys don’t really play fair here and target people’s insecurities in order to have them succumb to their own darkness and fall.

It’s fantastic and I really love the mind games and psychological nature that this show is trying to display here.

Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari has a lot of good things going for it, but if I was going to be perfectly honest here….there’s one thing on this show that I hate.

The town’s people.

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Rakuen – When Trying to do The Right Thing Isn’t Always The Right Thing

Synopsis: An incident is talked about all over Japan. The case involves the Doisaki couple that killed their 15-year-old daughter and hid her body under their house for 16 years.

One day, housewife Toshiko Hagiya visits Shigeko Maehata (Yukie Nakama) who works for a small editing company. Toshiko tells Shigeko that her 12-year-old son Hitoshi might have a special ability to see other people’s memories. She pulls out a picture drawn by Hitoshi. The picture has a girl with a grey colored face lying in a house that has a bat shaped weather vane on its roof. The picture seems to depict the incident involving the Doisaki couple. Shigeko decides to do some research, but Hitoshi dies in a car accident.

Meanwhile, the attorney for the Doisaki couple tells their second daughter Seiko that the couple has cut off all ties with her. Around that time, a female high student is confined.

In six episodes, Rakuen weaves a disturbing tale of murder, abuse and the struggles that parents and children go through, the underlining theme in the story, at least to me, is how doing the right thing isn’t always the right thing.

Good intentions sometimes cause more hardships and suffering, even when all you were doing was trying to help.

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Unpopular Opinion: Hand Shakers isn’t that bad

Yea, that’s right. Hand Shakers, the anime that currently has a  4.99/10 rating on MAL, a 2.5/5 on Crunchyroll, a 45% average score on AniList, and also showcases that despite it still getting in some views that doesn’t mean that the ratings is getting better.

score vs. watching - taken from AniList

score vs. watching – courtesy of AniList

Ouch.

But despite all that, I gave the show a chance and found that it’s actually…kind of…not that bad. In fact, I’m kind of enjoying it. It may not be the best anime of the winter season, but it’s far from being the worst anime ever. Then again, that’s not hard to do when you’ve watched Pupa and Mahou Sensou.

Perhaps the reason why I’m still somewhat enjoying Hand Shakers is because of all of the negative comments and reviews that I read before watching it. I didn’t start watching this until four episodes had already passed and by then I was expecting the worst.

preparing for impact

preparing for negative impact

Other than one or two overly long and awkward ecchi moments and the fact that one of the characters must take a lot of painkillers due to her constantly moving breasts, I somehow found myself thinking, “hmm, this isn’t as bad as I thought it would be.” The story isn’t anything special and the characters are ones we’ve seen countless of times.

Other than the animation, which is gorgeous as long as you ignore the random lens flares and the fish eye camera technique, Hand Shakers is very much a show that sometimes feels like it’s been there done that. Tazuna is a typical hero, Koyori is the typical cute heroine who doesn’t do much, and the other characters have their typical rehashed assigned roles as well. And the story is one we’ve seen time and time again.

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a typical scene from Hand Shakers

In all honesty, I completely understand why the show gets a lot of hate. If it had a harem, I think I’d hate it just as much. Thankfully it doesn’t, which is seriously rare when it comes to this genre, but I dunno…. maybe it’s because I went in expecting the worst. Like Pupa level terribleness, but I never really got any of that.

Preparing for the worst actually help me enjoying the show, because I wasn’t expecting anything from it.

Who knew.

So that’s my unpopular opinion. I, Mochi Rochi, don’t think Hand Shakers is a bad show. It’s definitely not my favourite, or even my favourite of the season, but I’m enjoying this and I like that fact that Koyori can die if Tazuna doesn’t hold her hand…..even if the show keeps kind of forgetting this part of the story.

Morishima Haruka (Amagami SS) vs. Tsuneki Hikari (Seiren) vs. Kaoru Tanamachi (Amagami SS)

Initially, I wasn’t planning on watching Seiren. For some reason I felt like it would be like Makura no Danshi only the female character would be a real person and not a pillow. Turns out I was wrong. It just a regular romance anime, only during the duration of four episodes the male lead falls in love with a special someone, then pulls a Higurashi and resets with a different girl for the next four episodes. Who needs a harem when you have a reset feature?

But then I noticed the low score on MAL (as of writing this, it’s at 6.66) and some of the commenters there said this show paled in comparison to Amagami SS (which is kind of like Seiren’s prequel). I haven’t watched that show either, so I thought to myself, “Why not watch both and then compare them?”

What a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday.

Since Seiren has 12 episodes to Amagami’s 25, I decided to have a three way battle. Morishima Haruka (Amagami SS), a popular sempai, vs. Tsuneki Hikari (Seiren), a popular classmate, and Kaoru Tanamachi (Amagami SS), a friend of three years.

Guidelines I’ll follow:

The Girls – how are they and do I like their personalities
The Romance  – did I feel the love and did it feel authentic
Was it a satisfying ending – was it a nice payoff
Overall – who did I like best

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Shuumatsu no Izetta made me appreciate Youjo Senki

You know that feeling that you get when you read a synopsis of a show, then see a preview and the only thing that you feel deep inside is pure hype. That is how I felt about Shuumatsu no Izetta. I know some in the anime world are going to read this and say, “Really?”

And to that I answer, “Really.” The idea of a magical girl in a WWII setting as she fights for a small country that is posed to being taken over by Germany Germania seemed really interesting to me. I’m a fan of magical girl animes and I love history.

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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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Anime Rewind: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

One of my resolutions this year is to watch some animes that have been on my “To Be Watched” pile. So in an effort to make this happen, I started watching Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, or AnoHana for short. An anime that came out in the spring of 2011. I haven’t finished the series yet, I just finished episode 7, but thought I would share my thoughts on what I’ve seen thus far.

Synopsis: Jinta Yadomi is peacefully living as a recluse, spending his days away from school and playing video games at home instead. One hot summer day, his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He pays her no mind, which annoys her, but he doesn’t really care. After all, Menma already died years ago.

At first, Jinta thinks that he is merely hallucinating due to the summer heat, but he is later on convinced that what he sees truly is the ghost of Menma. Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart after her untimely death, but they are drawn together once more as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Re-living their pain and guilt, will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma move on—but themselves as well?

Many in the anime community love AnoHana and it has a fairly high score on MAL (8.61), so my expectations were quite high. There’s mystery in finding out what Menma’s wish was, friendship angst, since everyone went their separate ways and haven’t spoken to one another in years, and feels. Because a friend died and you know that this will bring the waterworks.

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Subete ga F ni Naru – Smoking Habits of Saikawa Souhei

So I’ve been watching Subete ga F ni Naru and I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit. At first, I was a little iffy since it started off slow, but it’s been great so far.

I do have some suspicions as to what’s going on. I haven’t watched the live action (I’ll probably take a look after the anime is over), so I’m completely in the dark here, but I won’t mention it. Why? Because there’s an even bigger issue when it comes to Subete ga F ni Naru….

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Saikawa Souhei’s smoking habits.

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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.

– expect spoilers

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Super Mario Maker unboxing with Miles “Tails” Prower

Even though the tagline for this blog mentions gaming, I don’t really talk about it much. Weird.

Anyways, Super Mario Maker came out today and I decided that the best course of action was to buy it. Considering how badly the Canadian dollar is doing it might be better for me to buy it now instead of waiting for a cheaper price….Games that are popular like this tend to remain expensive and will only go up the more our dollar goes down….*sigh*

So for economic reasons I decided to buy it now. And since Tails lives in my room, which is where I took these pictures, he decided to show up and give Mario his support. It’s been 30 years for Mario and Tails has lived in my room for 3ish years now…so it makes sense for him to be here. 🙂
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