Blue Exorcist is back! Season 2: Kyoto Saga

 

I’m so excited!  Blue Exorcist is back after 5 and 1/2 years with a second season!

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the first season, OVA and the movie.  It sure doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, but time flies by before you know it.  We just watched the first episode of Season 2 on Crunchyroll.  To not spoil it too much it starts right off with the Exorcist’s trying to stop someone who stole something that’s, of course, very dangerous and very hidden in True Cross Academy.  They take a trip to Kyoto hence the name of the season: Kyoto Saga.  Right away they dive right into some of Yukio’s “demons” of the past (no pun intended).  Some of the emotional strife’s he’s had since he was little, dealing with his brother Rin.  As we were watching we were totally thinking how we needed a re-cap since it’s been so long since we watched this show.  We couldn’t remember what was going on to cause some of the tension within the group of students Rin was a part of.  Be patient!  Because they finally do give a pretty nice re-cap that really helps remind us of the previous story.  I wouldn’t mind re-watching the last few episodes of the previous season so I think I will still do that.  🙂

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So to finish this up, if you haven’t seen Blue Exorcist at all I do recommend it!  If you have then I highly recommend this episode.  This episode was not slow at all.  They jumped right into the action and right into some of the emotions issues of the main characters.  I definitely give it a thumbs up.  I hope the momentum keeps going like this.  Also, I don’t know if anyone else cares about the opening and ending themes of anime, but I love them and judge them as well.  I really like this Season Season ending theme!  The animation looks great and it’s a little dramatic and isn’t too revealing of future events.  It just makes you curious for what’s to come.  That’s how it should be!

Here is a link is you would like to watch it on Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/blue-exorcist

Okay friends,

Good night!

-Little Neko

The Calm After the Storm that is Dragon Con

Hello All,

I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from Dragon Con.  It usually goes like this: You come back home, drag all or some of your belongings from the vehicle, plop them down in the living room, then don’t unpack for about a week or so.  You find what little you have left to eat and try to make a meal for yourselves or order pizza.  For us it was ramen noodles!  You pass out on the couch.  Then finally comes a feeling a dread when you think about going back to work.  Sound familiar?  That’s right.  You are experiencing what we like to call PCD or Post Con Depression.

Dragon Con, in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the biggest conventions on the East Coast.  We’ll discuss how big in a minute.  First I have to say there is something magical about this convention.  People just go nuts to prepare some of their best or most obscure costumes.  They even get excited to create original designs and it’s one of the places where original designs can get appreciated.

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There are so many ups and downs to the epic costumes!  You usually get all these amazing ideas after going to Dragon Con the year before or a couple months before the con.  Or suddenly your friends ask you to join them in an amazing group.  Then all of a sudden you have 6 costumes when you planned on doing only one new costume because you didn’t want to stress so much…..  Oh wait!!  That was my prep experience!  😉

For myself and most of my friends the convention is all about the costumes and hanging out with good people.  It’s always fun and a bit awkward explaining to my normie friends what one does at a con.  Of course at Dragon Con you can usually see a plethora of celebrities and the fun part is running into them in the elevator or on the floor.  I think I rode with one of the guys from Almost Human.  Funny thing was I just recognized him, but didn’t know what he was from.  I just chatted casually with this handsome guy.  🙂

Something very exciting and a little stressful for us this year was being in the Dragon Con parade for the first time ever!  My boyfriend joined me in the Borderlands costume group and we marched with them.

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The Borderlands group has been such a fun and friendly group the last two years.  They were fun in the parade as well.  We had Tiny Tina’s skipping around and talking to the crowd.  We had psycho bandits making creepy banter with the kids on the sidelines.  It was the BEST DAY EVER!!

So if you went to the con this year, you know there were some problems that arose, some not surprising.  If you have a fear of crowds, then run away!  You thought it was busy last year?  Oh no.  It was ridiculously packed.  So bad that on Saturday a lot of people felt like just staying in their rooms and partying to get away from the crowds or going to the Aquarium to get away from the con for a bit.  Thursday has become the new Friday and Friday has become the new Saturday and well…, who the hell knows what Saturday has become.

I didn’t run into any creepers luckily, but i heard some people did.  I imagine in a crowd of 70,000 people that is bound to happen unfortunately.  We just need to remember to continue to use common sense and protect ourselves from idiots.  Another downer is how busy and confusing the dealers rooms are to get around.  Luckily I heard from a dealer they are moving the dealers rooms and making two large rooms next year, in a different building.  I think this will be better.

By the way, cheers to Dragon Con for having the fastest and most awesome registration line ever, this year!!  It was amazing.  We were in there so fast, I almost didn’t have my ID and such out by the time I was at the front of the line.  Much improved from the 4 1/2 hour wait I had about 2 years ago.  Thank you!

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So I have more I could say about the con, but I’m sure you’ve had enough for now.  I’ll wait to make another post where I can talk about ma costumes!  Yay!

So have a good one!  I’m gonna get back to catching up on life now.

Ja Mata!

-Little Neko

PS:  Dragon Con picture gallery soon to come!

 

MTAC 2014, The Great, The Bad and The Lines

Hey everyone in Internet land!

If you’re interested in Middle Tennessee Anime Convention (MTAC) then you probably follow them on one of their associated Facebook pages and have seen all the negative comments about this year’s convention.  I wanted to give my thoughts on the weekend.  Of course it’s based on the things I’ve done, but that’s what I got.

SIDE NOTE: I’ll be posting again soon showing off the costumes I’ve been working on.  We got some great pictures so stay tuned!

MTAC was held this year in Murfreesboro, TN instead of downtown Nashville, like last year.  Let’s go with the positives first.  Over all, I personally had a great time, but a big part of it was my friends and me making it what it was.  Besides friends being awesome, I loved the hotel despite how small it was to house the now three thousand plus in attendance at MTAC.  I wish every con could be held at an Embassy Suites!  The room was amazing with bedroom, kitchenette, microwave, good-sized mini fridge. and pull-out bed in the living room.  We all loved the free, full breakfast each morning that usually ran till 10 or 11am!  I’m talkin’ fruit, yogurt, cereal, sausage links, bacon, home fries, omelets, coffee, tea, juice, soda, etc.  Then they had a “Manager’s Reception” from 5pm – 7pm every night–in other words free drinks (beer, wine, and liquor). To top off all of these bonuses they had a free shuttle that took us to our restaurant of choice in Murfreesboro.  We tried to make sure to tip as much as possible.  Along with the hotel, was its friendly staff.  Everyone we dealt with was very helpful and friendly.  We also didn’t experience the always annoying elevator wait.  We never waited too long for an elevator.

So I really have little to complain about when it came to the hotel, the only exception being the obvious lack of space to support the crowd.  Now how can you blame the hotel and its staff for the size of the convention?  I think they handled it as best as they could.  So if people are complaining about the hotel staff, they need to look elsewhere.

I’ve also heard people complaining about the MTAC staff; there might have been issues, but I personally didn’t have any negative experiences.  Oh, by the way, the dealer’s room had a good selection for being downsized.

Now we’ll go for the negatives.  Like I’ve already stated, the hotel wasn’t big enough to support the convention, but it’s had to move from hotel to hotel because of it’s own dramas.  I’m not on the staff so I can’t be specific, but there’s been tales of drama behind the lines and people leaving and/or stepping down.  But anyway, the obvious size issue caused ridiculous lines for registration, to get into panels, game rooms, the dealer rooms, etc.  The Walk-In Registration had to turn people away at some point after hitting their limits each day.  My boyfriend tried a few times to get into the dealer’s room and gave up because the line was so long.  The game room was very tiny and most of the time too many people were on games so one wouldn’t have a chance.  Some of my friends felt it to be so crowded they didn’t even feel like taking pictures and just didn’t want to try to go into some of the rooms.

Now, I’ve gone to MTAC the last six years and almost every year there seems to be some idiot who destroys hotel property, drinks too much, or someone involves drugs into their con experience.  This year was no different as the rave was shut down again.  I’ve heard it was due to two people over dosing on something.   I just don’t understand how people can’t just come in, dance and have a good time.  This isn’t the streets of Oakland, it’s an anime convention.  And yes, my friends and I have drinks, but we’re adults and have never caused any public disturbance.  By the way, don’t ever lay your hand on a cop….no matter what!  Yes, someone did that this weekend and found themselves on the edge of being arrested.  Idgit…

You wonder why we keep having to find a new hotel for the con and you wonder why the people causing all the problems can’t get it through their idiot skulls that there will be no more convention if we keep having to move around like this.  This all becomes extremely frustrating and at the same time I can imagine it being very difficult to keep people like this out of the convention.  My boyfriend and I actually sat at dinner the other night trying to think of how they can regulate this and we couldn’t come up with any great solutions.  We both agreed, as big anime fans, who actually listen to anime music, that they should have a rave with mostly anime dance music and a little bit of electronic.  I know we’d be happy.  😉

So basically, I loved the hotel and its location.  One thing I didn’t mention was there were some great open areas around the hotel that allowed us to get some great pictures.  The lack of space for the size of the con was what caused most of the problems.  If you really have an opinion, let MTAC know instead of just venting online!  I will too.  They have a survey on their website right now where you can let them know what you think.

Goodnight!

Kat

 

 

Anime You Need to Catch Up On from 2013

Hey Everyone!  Happy New Year!!  That 2013 I tell ya… WHAT a bugger.  Heh..

Are you excited about 2014?  I am, but personally, I try to ignore all the happy and positive posts online around New Years.  It’s just sad watching how most of the time people can’t follow through with all of those goals.  I did feel a little kick of inspiration though, thinking about how I would really love to take control of my life, this year and change my stars.  I really haven’t done that.  I know I’ve been lazy and scared that I’m too old for certain things.  I really want to loose that mentality.  If anyone has any life advice for that one feel free to contact me.  I know I want to definitely post more contact on LittleNeko this year and post content that will be helpful to others.

So movin’ on!  My boyfriend and I have been pretty good about watching new anime and I thought 2013 was a fantastic year for anime.  Now these will not really go in dated order, but if you haven’t watched them yet then it shouldn’t matter too much.  I will post them in my own favorited order and links to where you can watch them.  🙂   I won’t get into describing each anime, but a brief synopses can be found at the website links.

It’s very very difficult for me to pick a favorite anime and put them in order!  I love all these shows and have a strong affection for the top 6 I’m listing with the top 3 being my favorite.  Lol.   So here it is!

  1. Beyond the Boundary (Kyokai No Kanata)
    Watch here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/beyond-the-boundary
     This is another anime made by Kyoto Animation Studios.  I absolutely love their animation style and I really love the main character Mirai Kuriyama!  You will enjoy little bits of comedy, romance, drama, an interesting story & some great fight scenes. My only negative on this one is the last episode.  Some things were left unexplained which were needed and it could used a little more umph.
  2. A Certain Scientific Railgun (Toaru Kagaku no Choudenjihou) Season 2
    Watch here: http://www.funimation.com/shows/a-certain-scientific-railgun/videos/episodes
    The Railgun series is one of my favorite anime series.  It’s a spin off of A Certain Magical Index (which I didn’t like as much).  You should watch Season 1 before watching Season 2.  Season 2 isn’t really a continuation from the first season.  The episodes tend to revisit and explain more about Misaka Mikoto origins and why we see clones of her in A Certain Magical Index.  Both seasons both have great strengths, but Season 2 really has some great climatic moments and even gets dark with the story, which makes it all the better.  Once again, I’m a big fan of the main character also know as Biri Biri.
  3. Arpeggio of Blue Steel (Aoki Hagane no Arupejio)
    Watch here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/arpeggio-of-blue-steel
    We just finished watching this anime and once again enjoyed the character and animation style.  Who doesn’t love girls who are sentient battleship and submarines?  The anime moves along pretty quickly through each episode and it truly needs to have a second season since there are still so many unanswered questions.
  4. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou (Sakurasou no Pet Na Kanojo)
    Watch here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/the-pet-girl-of-sakurasou
    This is another anime set in high school.  I’ve watched a lot of these type and do enjoy them.  There are some better than others and this is one of them.  What I keep wondering is if Japanese people think life is over after high school?  😉  I remember having some laughs and shedding a few tears while I watched this one.
  5. Tamako Market (Tamako Māketto)
    Watch here: http://www.hulu.com/tamako-market
    Another Kyoto Animation gem!  This show is simply adorable.  I’ve written a small review on it previously (here).  Please check it out!  You’ll feel the warm fuzzies too!
  6. Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren’t they?  (Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?)
    Watch here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/problem-children-are-coming-from-another-world-arent-they
    An anime with a really long name, which I just call “Problem Children” for short is a fun, fantasy!  I’m sad to hear that this show didn’t do well in Japan, but did very well here in the United States.  The problem with that is it will probably not get a second season which it really needs.  The anime has so many possibilities for an interesting continuation.  I still think if we got more people to watch and it became more popular, maybe it would receive a second look from Japanese audiences.  I mean, come on!  It has an adorable Bunny character who changes color?!
  7. Kill La Kill (Kiru ra Kiru)
    Watch here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/kill-la-kill
    This show is blowing up!  I wrote a little bit about it in October (here).  This anime is fun, humorous and has some epic risque costume changes.  The animation is exaggerated and reminds me of Soul Eater.  Sounds good?  Then get to watchin;!
  8. Gintama (Silver Soul)
    Watch here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/gintama
    Gintama is a long running anime like Naruto.  We are really behind on the episodes but just keep watching it when we can.  Gintama is comedy about a Samurai and his friends.  Gintama tends to live a bum live half of the time, but then completely shines in the bleakest moments.  We often laugh out loud while watching this one.  🙂
  9. Love Lab (Rabu Rabo)
    Watch here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/love-labz
    This anime is another high school comedy.  It’s really cute and fun if you enjoy kawaii.  🙂
  10. Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
    Watch here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/attack-on-titan
    If you watch anime pretty regularly or go to conventions then you know Attack on Titan is really popular.  It is a darker anime about the last of humanity trying to stay alive against these giant creatures known as Titans.  I think it’s pretty dark for myself and my boyfriend, but we have watched every episode.  I don’t know if we keep hoping there will be a little light at the end of the tunnel or??  Well, I believe we watched it all because it has some pretty intense “Holy Shit” moments and it is animated well.  The story is pretty interesting, but it takes a while for it to move along.  If you like some gore and to watch characters in constant misery you are in for a treat!  😉

So there you have it!  I hope this helps out those who wanna catch up on some anime from 2013 and I’m a bit of a completest so I always advise people to watch something through to the end.  Sometimes it takes an anime a little bit of time for the story to get going because the creators take some much care into the detail of the characters and story.  It’s something I truly love and appreciate from anime.

Till next time,

Happy New Year!!

-Little Neko

 

Kill La Kill, Next Anime for You to Cosplay the Crap Out of!

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We started watching Kill La Kill last week with dinner and found it really entertaining.  We’ve gotten two episodes in (which is what has aired so far on Crunchyroll).   The first thing you’ll notice, watching it, is the anime style it’s drawn in.  I love the way it looks and how emotions are visualized.  It has that in your face kind of feel to it, with a nice sense of humor added.

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We couldn’t help thinking about how people are gonna cosplay the crap out of this show!  The characters have some very interesting outfits & they are super appealing to the cosplay eye.  To give you a tiny bit of incite into the show:  An academy, which is very militant, rules the land on high.  Members of the academy wear these Goku uniforms which gives them power.  Of course we don’t know why the heck they need these uniforms…probably for world domination or something.  The uniforms are unique for certain characters and some of them accentuate with spikes or just ridiculously extended features.

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I can’t help but think of Soul Eater when I watch this show!  The characters and the animation style give off that feel.  You know some people will try to squeeze themselves into Ryuko Matoi’s sexy Kamui!

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That one’s daring even for the Queen’s Blade cosplayers.  😉  Oh yeah, guess I never mentioned the lead character, that’s Ryoko Matoi.  She likes to come in town and stir things up.  I like her.  🙂

Alright I’m out.  Here’s a link to Kill La Kill on Crunchyroll if you wanna check it out: http://www.crunchyroll.com/kill-la-kill

Watch it with me gang!!  It’ll be fun and I’ll have some peps to talk about it with.  😉

Night,

Kat

 

Review: You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin

I finally made it through all 50 episodes of “You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin”!   The show debuted in Korea March 9th on KBS2.  The drama is about a family devastated after the sudden death of the father, but who learn to find the true meaning of love and happiness, self-discovery and reconciliation.  This is probably the first Korean Drama I’m not huge on promoting.  This is mainly because it was such a downer for most of the show.  It didn’t cheer up till the last episode.  There was a lot of screaming, yelling and crying there for a while & that takes a toll on the viewer emotional.  It calmed down towards the end, but sheesh!  Eventually there were a few happy moments sprinkled here and there, but I needed more.  I couldn’t watch this before bed or I would lay there emotional distraught, thinking about how I wanted to punch Soon Shin’s grandmother in the face.  Or maybe 50 episodes was too long to get the happy ending.  Who knows.

On the positive, you can’t help but become attached to the characters and get emotional with them.  I enjoyed watching Mi Ryung’s (actress Lee Mi Sook) transformation over the course of the show and Soon Shin (actress IU)!  By the way, IU is her stage name.  🙂  I liked many of the characters in the show and a different story than most of the dramas I’ve watched.  It was nice to have a mother daughter relationship as one of the main focuses.  You are truly reminded of how many layers a person is made of by their life experience and how it can affect them.

So to finish this one off if I had my rating system, it would be 3 3/4 cat heads out of 5.  🙂  My prediction would be you will get hooked into it and will want to keep watching.  You will get pushed back a bit by all the screaming and crying, but will want to keep watching.  Some of you will give up and some of you will make it to the end wanting to see what happens and will be happy by the ending.

If you would like to check out this show, here is a link: http://www.hulu.com/youre-the-best-lee-soon-shin.  I’m sure it is available on other many other sites.

Have a nice Wednesday!

-Little Kat

 

 

 

Anime Reviews! Peeks out of Winter, Jumps into Spring!

There seems to be a lot of folks excited about Spring time this year.  Probably since we had such a boring and mediocre winter, at least here in Tennessee.   Our weather is pretty boring besides tornados and thunderstorms.  I really could do without the tornados.  SO…. Who else enjoyed the Winter Season of anime as much as I did??  I thought it was really good!  Today we’ll do some reviews for you on five different anime we watched this past season.  Mr. ChinkyD from AnimeMeme.com will be joining us today.  He’s kindly provided  two of the five reviews.  Arigato Mr. ChinkyD San!  Links will be provided to the anime if they are available on streaming services for you to watch.  Also, we try to review in a way that doesn’t spoil the show for you.

So first up is Kotoura-San!

This is a romantic comedy that involves our main character Kotoura Haruka who can read people’s minds.  She is a cute and petite girl who has a very kind disposition.  To start off the series Kotoura has a very difficult relationship with her mother when she tries to deal emotionally with having a daughter so different than everyone else.   Kotoura ends up moving away from her home and tries to separate herself from her family (before she meets all of the smashing good people you see above).  She is given the impression that her power tends to hurt people so stays to herself.  She attends a new school and meets one of the male students, Manabe.  Manabe finds Kotoura’s unique ability exciting and she begins to feel at ease enough to make a friend.  Important note:  Since Kotoura can read thoughts she can see Manabe’s “perverted” thoughts all the time!  The thought bubbles give way to some cute fan service visuals of Kotoura (to her dismay I’m sure).  She eventually ends up being recruited into a club called the ESP Research Society.  Convenient you say?  Well yes, the club president has some alterior motives for Kotoura’s ability.  As you can predict the club members end up having some grand adventures, some that go back into the serious realm of things.

Whoa…, WHOA! Not that serious Kotoura!!

I really enjoy when an anime series has what I call a “serious to comical yo yo” that goes on as the episodes progress.  This show definitely has that and it hits it right at the first episode.  This show is fun and the characters are likeable!  I love the catchy intro.  If you like anime that’s light-hearted and fun you’ll enjoy this.

Watch Kotoura-San on Crunchyroll.com here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/kotoura-san

  • If I had a rating system, I would give it 4 cat heads out of 5 (cute anime cat heads….I can see them now).  

Next up is Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT.

Review by ChinkyD @ animememe.com

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT, AKA Haganai AKA I Don’t Have Many Friends (got all that?), is the second season of the harem/comedy hit.  It introduces new characters, but not so many that you say “I DON’T CARE, WHY U NO SHOW MAH FAVORITE?”  The cast gets into hilarious new scenarios (I’d say the amusement park episode was probably the funniest anything I’ve seen this season.)  Then of course, by the end of the season there’s all sorts of new drrrrrrama.  So a little bit for everyone here.

IMO, seeing the first season is an absolute must if you plan on following Haganai NEXT.  You’ll be confused, and you won’t give a damn about any of the characters by the end.  You’ll be essentially like this guy:

But for the uninitiated, the plot line involves the “Neighbor’s Club”, which focuses on helping students develop the skills they need to make actual friends.  Each member has issues, like Yukimura having sexual identity issues, Sena being so popular that she has no friends (huh?), and Yozora hating nearly everyone around here (yet somehow she’s the president of the club).  Super-genius Rika (my fave character in Haganai), Catholic “sister” Maria, and middle school sister of the main character Kobato round out the club.

The main male character of the harem is Kodaka, an outcast due to his “Yankee” appearance, and also due to several honest mistakes that scare most of the students away from him.  The show does a great job of showing how he screws up, and how he feels about it.  But of course, this means all the girls in the club end up falling for him (Hi harem anime, nice to see you falling into your familiar patterns!)  

Now, when you’ve got a show like this you really have to have characters that are likable.  At the very least you need to care about their existence.  Fortunately, all the characters have memorable moments–you’ll even want to know what’s up with the characters you hate.  

Not going to give away the ending, but the last few episodes definitely drop some drama bombs, which is a departure from most of the rest of the series. Some people I know found it irritating, and yes, they do leave it open for another series.  In this case, it’s a good thing.  Haganai is huge in Japan, popularity and ratings-wise, so we’ll very likely see the next chapter some time in the future.  

The heart-felt moments feel genuine.  The comedic parts are flipping funny.  This is just an all-around great series (for anime peeps that like this kind of show).

You can catch it streaming at Funimation’s website (subscription required!)

  • I guess I’ll use this alternate-universe rating system as well…5 out of 5 delicious cat heads for Haganai NEXT.  I really enjoy this series.  It falls into a couple of standard situations at the end, but it’s great throughout.

One of my favorites of the season is Tamako Market!

Review by Kat

Tamako Market is created by Kyoto Animation Studios.  The same studio who created K-ON!, Inuyasha, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Nichijou and many more!  I’m a big fan of Kyoto Animation since they have made many of my favorite anime.  Tamako Market is drawn in the same style as K-ON! and another recent show Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.  It’s a Slice Of Life anime that is suppose to give the viewer a soft reminiscent feel of an older time and it does just that!

 To give a quick description of the storyline, The show is about the happenings of a high school girl named Tamako who lives with her family in a small town Shopping District called Usagiyama where her and her family run a Mochi shop.  The series follows the everyday life of Tamako, her friends, family and neighbors, and a talking bird named Dera.   That’s right, a talking bird just shows up in town suddenly and loves Usagiyama and Tamako’s Mochi!  I have talked about the show before on my Tumblr because I was right in the middle of the season and was really enjoying it:  Tamako Market gives you all the warm fuzzies that a Slice of Life anime should!  It’s so adorable and drawn in a way that’s so.. (I say again) warm.  It’s just gives you a feeling of comfort and makes everything look unbelievably inviting.  Heck, I’ve had some mochi in the past (probably not the best) and didn’t like it, but after watching Mr. Kitashirakawa make some, I wanna try some right now.  You just want to jump into this world and feel the simple joys they experience in what we feel are common every day occurrences.

Like drinking that perfect cup of tea or enjoying silly moments with good friends.  Kinda like when Tamako goes into the little shop down the street to have a coffee.   Of course there is a very hip guy running the place & he may just have some words of wisdom for you.  He also seems to play random records to set just the perfect mood for you!

So yeah…. you can say I’m a fan!

  • And for my magical, imaginary rating system, I will give Tamako Marketo 5 out of 5 cat heads!!  

OreShura 

Review by ChinkyD

Many people say that the opposite of love is hate.  That’s not true–it’s apathy.  By the end of Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru, or OreShura, or My Girlfriend and Childhood Friend Fight Too Much (seriously Japan?) I was chock-full of “don’t cares”.

By the end of the series this was me:

Let’s say that Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai is the Transformers of rom-com-harem.  That would make OreShura the Go Bots.  It feels cheap, generic, and ready to break down at any moment.  Let’s discuss:

OreShura focuses on Eita Kido, another ruffled-hair guy in high school, who has given up on any romantic relationships due to his terrible social life in middle school.  His crap middle school life was directly caused by his 8th grade delusional fantasy world he lived in, which caused him to act exactly like Yuuta in Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!

He’s fine playing lonely-bro until silver-haired super-popular Masuzu lets Eita know that he’s her new boyfriend.  Why the hell would he accept?  Well, of course, she has his journal from 8th grade when he was playing Japanese D&D.  He accepts, then WACKINESS ENSUES LOLOLOL.

But it’s never that simple.  His orange-haired “friend from childhood” Chiwa lives next door, and is semi-dependant on Eita(and of course is in love with him).  Black-haired Himeka, a still-delusional high schooler stalks him until she can get close to him.  Then we get pink-haired Ai, the mad-with-power hall monitor wrap up the final piece of the harem. (MORE LIKE HO-HAR-HUMM AM I RIGHT?)

Where do all these girls (and one guy) end up?  WHY THE YOUNG MAIDENS CLUB OF COURSE!  This club’s purpose is to clean women up so they’ll be desireable or strong or something…hell, I lost track and stopped caring about halfway through.  Like Haganai, all the pieces are dropped into the club room, and then the dynamics swirl round and round till someone, or no one, wins the game.

Except in Oreshura it’s not really that interesting.  Silver-hair ends up being an asshole to Eita most of the series, and then the show tries to explain it away due to a lifetime of bad experiences.  All the other girls are pushed as conflicts to Eita/Masuzu’s relationship, but Eita and Masuzu are so annoying to watch as a couple that you keep hoping something bad happens.  Masuzu will start reading from Eita’s 8th grade dream journal, he starts feeling embarassed, and then she gets her way.  You feel somewhat sorry for the dude, but then you don’t because he keeps making stupid decisions.  

One big failure in the plot–at one point, it seems like everyone at the school already knows about Eita’s past, yet he still works overtime to hide it.  The entire reason he’s her fake boyfriend is because he’s trying to hide his past…but it’s all out there.  What the hell?  It gets annoying and confusing.

I stuck with this show to the end, hoping it would improve.  It never did.  It actually seemed to start out OK, get slightly better, then fall apart at the end.  I think the fact that Chuunibyou preceded this show by a few months made me like it even less.  I enjoyed the former so much that this show had a huge mountain to climb.  Chuunibyou had funny, cute, and serious moments that I cared about.  OreShura took these same ideas and made them boring and abrasive.

If you really want to, you can try out Oreshura for yourself at CrunchyRoll’s website.

  • How would I rate this in “cat heads”?  2 out of 5 I guess–2 feral cats that go around annoying the neighborhood with their howling at 3 in the morning.

So I hope you enjoyed the reviews.  I thank Mr. ChinkyD for helping us out with the reviews.  He did a swell job!  There is more anime from the Winter Season that we wanted to put on here, but we are out of time right now and this post would end up more like a book.  We might be able to post more reviews if anyone comments and enjoys this.  I will say that this was a really great season.  Other shows you need to watch that we didn’t get a chance to review are as follows(including links to where you can watch them):

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Have a great night!

-Kat

Start of the Black Rock Shooter TV Series

I’m happy to say after watching the first few episodes of the Black Rock Shooter TV series, I’m excited to see where it goes!

If’ you haven’t seen the original OVA, also called Black Rock Shooter, you should definitely watch it first!  It’s an interesting story concept and the art in the animation is creative and beautiful.  Before I even watched it I agreed to be in the Black Rock Shooter cosplay group with my friends because the characters looked so amazing.  I’ve said it before…who doesn’t love girls with ginormous………..WEAPONS!  ;P

I had been a little concerned since I hadn’t heard anyone say anything about the new TV series (not that I really tried looking that hard.)  Then again it hasn’t been widely released on major channels for anime like CrunchyRoll or on Hulu.com, etc.  How did I get to watch it, you say?  It’s a mystery….  😉

The story is darker in this new anime series which I’m sure most people will like.  It  is different and other characters that didn’t make an appearance in the OVA are introduced to make things interesting.  The series still stars middle school student Mato Kuroi (AKA the Black Rock Shooter) and revolves around new relationships she builds at school.  But the conflicts she and her new friends face are far from ordinary.  Her new classmate Yomi Takanashi has some major (really REALLY major) issues involving a life long friend.  Also I’m not convinced that their school guidance counselor isn’t putting something into the coffee.  Or that she’s trippin’ herself.

The twist that makes this anime more than “girls with problems at school” is the dark alternate world where their alter egos battle.  The emotional trauma the girls experience in the “real world” is reflected in the battles in the alternate world.  The show will often bounce back and forth as the tension rises.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone so I won’t go into too much detail.  I’ve watched the first three episodes and it’s very promising so far.  I love the anticipation to learn more about the characters we are getting introduced to in this beautiful and dark felt,  fantasy world.  They’re all thrown into some epic large scale and fast-paced battles with ridiculously wild arsenal at their will.

On a side note, I’ve got a whole new appreciation for line of figures that have been announced and released for this series.  Now that I’ve seen them engage in some amazing battles all the accessories and weapons make much more sense 😉

And that’s my all for today!  Have a great weekend!

Ja Mata,

-Kat