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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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….

Subete ga F ni Naru

Saikawa Souhei’s smoking habits.

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First Impressions: Peeping Life TV: Season 1??

Woo! Fall Anime season is well underway and yesterday was my blogiversary. What better way to celebrate it then with a First Impression of a weird anime.

What I was expecting: Clearly I’ve been living under a rock, because I’ve never heard of the Peeping Life series before. So I did what any normal person would do in this situation, I looked up a previous season of it and checked it out first.

After watching a few episodes of Peeping Life – World History, I think I have two main expectations for this show. The first expectation is horrible animation. I mean really bad boxy weird arms and faces animation. The second expectation is a fun time, because even though this show deals with mundane things, it’s hilarious. I’m glad I checked out a previous season of this show, because it helped get me excited for what’s to come.

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Eid Mubarak (Happy Eid)

عيد مبارك

Today marks the second Eid on the Islamic Calendar. Unlike the first Eid, which marked the end of Ramadan, this one, Eid-ul-Adha, marks the end of Hajj season (pilgrimage to Mecca). I haven’t been to Hajj yet, but hopefully one day. Watching it is pretty exciting, so I imagine that being there would be a worthwhile experience. Kind of like how watching a sports match on TV is nothing compared to going there live.

I’m planning on making some sweets for the family, but can’t decide on whether I should make cookies or cheesecake. Maybe both?

Hope everyone enjoys their Eid and has a wonderful day. 🙂

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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5-Line Recap: Yong Pal ep 14 – Revenge!

This is late, because Steven Universe has taken up most of my time. The good news, I’m almost caught up. The bad news, I’m almost caught up 😦

Anyways, let’s see what happens in episode 14 of Yong Pal:

5-Line Recap:
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5-Line Recap: Yong Pal ep 13 – Yeo Jin is revenge crazy

Let’s get straight into it!

5-Line Recap:

1. Tae Hyun arrives at the funeral and tells everyone that he’s now the legal guardian of Yeo Jin.

The 3 minute mark would have been the best way to end the last episode. Oh well. Once Tae Hyun interrupts the ceremony of Yeo Jin leaving, her plan finally goes into motion and Do Joon loses everything. He gets arrested, loses the secretary, and gets embarrassed in front of all those high ranking officials at the funeral.

President Go also gets arrested as well. Also Kim Young Mi, the female worker who committed suicide and then had her identity taken for a bit by Yeo Jin, was honoured at the funeral.

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Makura no Danshi ep 10 – playing find the flower with twins

Makura no Danshi decided to give us two Pillow Bishies for the price of one this week. Meet twins Chigiri Yonaga and Chigiri Yayoi, According to their title card, “they’re hobbyist twins who are filled with wisdom.” Wisdom to troll, wisdom of flowers, wisdom of the cure to cancer? I don’t know. But they’re full of that precious wisdom.

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