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Nakata Sae (Amagami SS) vs. Miyamae Tooru (Seiren) vs. Nanasaki Ai (Amagami SS)

Seiren’s eighth episode has come and gone and that can only mean one thing.

It’s time for a romance showdown.

The girls up this time are Nakata Sae and Nanasaki Ai from Amagami SS and Miyamae Tooru from Seiren. All of these girls have one thing in common. They’re all friends with the hero’s sister.

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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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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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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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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Arslan Senki ep 18 – two deaths and a retreat

King Karikala II looks like he’s on the verge of dying, so he calls Rajendra over and asks him to forgive Gadevi. He doesn’t want to die while there’s bad blood between his sons.

Rajendra says that he isn’t going to seek revenge on Gadevi, but place him in a temple somewhere, because the most important thing to do is reunite Sindhura as soon as possible. After hearing those words, Karikala says that he’s happy he yielded the throne to Rajendra and then the quickly dies.

RIP King Karikala

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Thoughts on Arslan Senki Episode 17 – A duel to end a sibling squabble

In the last episode the two armies met. They fight and even though he had war elephants on his side First Prince Gadevi was simply no match to Narsus’s OP power. (OP power that I’m not even angry about.) I did feel bad for the elephants though. Watching them fall down and die was sad 😦

The episode ends with King Karikala II deciding that his two sons should have a duel of the Gods instead of continuing their sibling squabbles on the battlefield. The scene is kind of funny, because it looks like the two brothers fought a lot as kids and the poor King is just sick of having to deal with them now that they’re adults and should know better.

So with Episode 17, the duel between the battles begin and the new King of Sindhura will be decided. I initially thought that Gadevi and Rajendra would fight each other, but it looks like you can send proxies in your place. If you watch Game of Thrones (ps I don’t) then you might recognize this when Oberyn fights for Tyrion’s innocence while The Mountain fights for Cersei.

Arslan Senki - Gadevi, King Karikala, and Rajendra

Rajendra, being the smart guy that he is, realizes that Daryun would be his best chance at getting the throne. Daryun refuses, but Arslan reluctantly agrees so Daryun will fight. Gadevi is annoyed by this, so he decides to send in Bahadur a guy so dangerous that they had to chain him up. Hmm, this actually made me think of the fight between the Mountain and Oberyn. (ps. I don’t watch Game of Thrones or read the books) Hopefully Daryun doesn’t get his head crushed.

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Thoughts on Arslan Senki Episode 15 – Who’s your Daddy?

I’m so behind on my animes and I haven’t even started any of the summer ones *sigh*. If I didn’t have work to worry about I’d be going on an anime fender bender and watch everything that I can, but life doesn’t seem to want that to happen. On the plus side I’ve caught up to Arslan Senki.


In terms of plot, not much happened in this episode. After the alliance between Arslan and Prince Rajendra, the two armies make their way towards Uraiyur so they can overthrow Rajendra’s older brother, Prince Gadevi.

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30 Day Anime Challenge

I saw this over at Fujinsei and thought it would be fun to play along. Plus, Even though I’m doing a bit better, in terms of blogging, I’m still bad at it so this will help motivate me to have a post a day.

30 Day Anime Challenge

Sounds like fun. I already have an idea for some of them, so I’m looking forward to this.

Like Arria at Fujinsei and DT Nova at On the Edge of Enlightenment, I’ll be start on Monday October 6. If you haven’t done this already, then why not give it a try and play along with us?


First Impressions: Terra Formars

Terra formars

When I first heard about this anime, I was seriously hyped up! I’m a huge fan of the manga. Huge fan! The twists and turns that come out of it always has me on the edge of my seat. The crew is great, but the cockroaches are terrifying, but kind of cool too.

And people die! Everyone always dies….

It’s seriously fantastic! If you haven’t read the manga, then you need to do so right now. As you can see, I was really looking forward to this anime. I knew that it would be censored though, that’s a given especially considering how much blood and gore is in Terra Formars, so I was fully expecting black bars here and there.

Not surprisingly, in the first two episodes there are tons of black bars. Like I said, this should have been expected. Thankfully, there is some blood, so not everything is censored and you still get a sense at how terrifying everything is so I do appreciate that.

But as a huge fan of the manga series, I’m feeling incredibly disappointed. They skipped over so much! I get why they did that, truly I do. Mars is where most of the action happens. Not only in the sense of the crew fighting against the Terraformars (giant mutant cockroaches), but also the political side that’s happening on earth. That being said, they still cut off a huge chunk of back story and plot.

It’s important to know these characters, so they don’t come off as cliched. Their back stories, their personalities, their hopes and dreams. They did show a little of it, but it’s very minor. At most, we saw Akari’s story. Considering how important he’ll be later on, it makes sense. I feel like some of the other characters need to be shown too. I mean, a lot of them are going to die so in some ways it may not make sense to do that, but since they’re going to die I want their stories to be shown more. Hmmm, maybe when they’re going to die we’ll get some flashbacks?

I did find it weird that Eva told Maria that she doesn’t have to add the “san” to her name. In Japan, this would show how close the two are, but Maria is from Mexico and Eva is from Germany. The ‘san’ prefix isn’t applicable to either of those countries, so I found it funny that they included that bit.

The second episode was better than the first, but it still suffered some of the problems with the plot cutting. At least we got to see some of the Terraformars. I really love those guys. And I still enjoy seeing some of my favourite characters come alive in the anime.

Hopefully this gets better and does the manga justice!

As a manga reader, I can fill in some of the gaps myself since I know the little details here and there. For those who are coming into this for the first time, I wonder how they felt about the first two episodes? Good things? Bad things? I hope they don’t drop it. And if they do, then read the manga.

Edit: I’ve been reading some tweets about Terra Formars and it’s getting me pretty down. I do love the manga and really want the anime to succeed, but a lot of people are complaining about the censorship. I know it’s annoying, but Japan is pretty strict when it comes to blood and gore. The fact that we even got some blood is pretty amazing to begin with.

People are saying they might drop it for this reason, but I hope they don’t. The story is stellar. I can’t say anything due to spoilers, but the twists and turns always have me on the edge of my seat. So for those reasons I hope the anime gets better and that people look past the censorship.