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Anime Review: Kyoukai no Kanata

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Summary:

The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai. (Source: ANN)

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General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Dec 19, 2013
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis, Pony Canyon, TBS, Sentai Filmworks
Genres: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Kyoukai no Kanata where shall I begin… Its amazing in a very unexpected way. The anime is both brutal and filled with fan service for a PG-13 rated anime. The story is very good both beautiful and sad.There are many amazing stuff in the anime I cant pin point one thing that made it special. To simplify it, its a Slice of life anime with a hint of comedy that takes an action turn of events. I must mention that the animation is gorgeous. Also the characters never failed to surprise me. I really enjoyed getting to know their powers and personalities. I believe that the director and writer are very creative specially with the way they laid down the ending. I totally respect them for that. I wished that the anime had more action in it or more like I wish that some fights have lasted longer. Nonetheless its a great anime.

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Overall Rating: 8/10

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Simoun

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Summary:

In the peaceful theocracy of Simulicram, everyone is born female. At age 19, each maiden undergoes a special ceremony where she chooses her sex. However, only Pairs of maiden priestesses can synchronize with the ancient flying ships known as Simoun needed to defend Simulicram. These Pairs refrain from undergoing the ceremony as long as they wish to keep piloting their Simoun.
Aer is recruited to be a Simoun pilot after a terrifying attack by an enemy nation decimates the squadron known as Chor Tempest. To earn her wings she needs to find her way into the heart of Neviril, Regina of Chor Tempest. But Neviril’s heart still belongs to her previous Pair, lost in the battle when she attempted a forbidden Simoun maneuver.(Source: Media Blasters)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Aired: Apr 3, 2006 to Sep 25, 2006
Producers: Bandai Visual, Studio Deen, Media Blasters
Genres: Drama, Magic, Romance, Shoujo Ai, Military
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Simoun had a very unusual story. I cant call the anime Shoujo Ai or Yuri though. The characters in the anime are genderless and they can choose their gender once they are 18 I guess or something like that. So there are a lot of stuff about this anime that you need to consider when watching it. Like the Mecha, which I love there. The story had so much depth in it. I wasn’t expecting that. Also it addresses some serious issues which was very entertaining for me, In short, It exceeded my expectations in a very good way. I also loved the fact that I got to see every characters story they didn’t just focus one the two main characters. There was something about the ending that I didn’t quite like. It would be a major spoiler if I mention it so watch the anime and enjoy it. It has a pretty good story. The ending isn’t bad or anything like that. There was just something there that I didn’t like.

Overall Rating: 8/10

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Manga Review: Shoujo Kakumei Utena

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Utena Tenjou had a tragic childhood – her parents died when she was young, and she almost drowned, had it not been for her prince who came and rescued her. Because of the impact this prince had on her life, Utena strives to be just like him – to grow up to be a prince, not a princess, and to spread nobility, ultimately finding her prince and bringing revolution. (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 24
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 1996 to 1997
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Psychological, Shoujo, Shoujo Ai
Authors: Be-Papas (Story), Saitou, Chiho (Story & Art)
Serialization: Ciao

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After watching Utena’s movie I had to know more about the series so I watched the anime and then read the manga. The anime is kinda unimportant compared to the manga. The manga is absolutely amazing. There are some stuff in the manga that are not included in neither the movie or the anime which I think are important. There is more character development in Utena in the manga. The ending was beautiful. It also made me understand Anthy more I think. I fallen in love with Utena after reading the manga, not that I wasn’t already in love with her but she seemed more real to me. I also loved how straight forward the manga is. The special chapter were pretty good too. The stories there were better told in the manga than the anime. Therefore I highly recommend the manga. Also if you are interested in knowing the difference between the manga and the anime just watch the last 3 episodes of the anime. I should also mention that the ending of the anime is different from the manga and different from the movie. Though the essence of the story is the same in all of them.

Overall Rating: 9/10

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Hanasaku Iroha

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Summary:

After her single mother decides to run off with a boyfriend to dodge debt collectors, the young and energetic Ohana is sent to live with her grandmother. However, her grandmother is the strict owner of a hot springs inn and requires her to work at the inn to pay for her living expenses. Although Ohana is unhappy about this situation at first, she decides to make the best of her situation and work hard. Ohana’s life is suddenly filled with fun, mischief, and drama! [Written by MAL Rewrite]

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Aired: Apr 3, 2011 to Sep 25, 2011
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

I’m a huge fan of [Slice of Life] anime. Hanasaku Iroha has an amazing story. Its so heart warming and very beautiful. The story is about family, friendship, change, love and hard work. You won’t be able to have enough once you start the anime its just beautiful. Specially how different characters blind in together and how they can work together to achieve their own goals. Also, how a place that helped them meet each other hold certain values to those people. I very much recommend this anime, you won’t regret it and you will wonder why did it take you this long to watch it. Its a great anime.

Overall Rating: 9/10

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Kiniro Mosaic

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Summary:

The story begins with Oomiya Shinobu, a 15-year-old, seemingly pure Japanese girl who actually did a homestay in Great Britain. Even after coming back to Japan, she still misses her time overseas. One day, an airmail letter arrives from Alice, the girl in Shinobu’s host family in Great Britain. The letter reads: Shinobu, I’m coming to Japan! The Japanese/British girls’ mixed comedy follows the lives of Shinobu, Alice, and other girls from both Japan and Great Britain. (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Aired: Jul 6, 2013 to Sep 21, 2013
Producers: Media Factory, Sentai Filmworks, Studio Gokumi, Showgate
Genres: Comedy, School, Slice of Life
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Kiniro Mosaic is a very entertaining anime about a British girl that goes to study in Japan. The Japanese main character is fascinated with the English culture while the British girl is fascinated with the Japanese culture. That’s what the comedy in this anime revolve around. Also since the main characters are all girls and its a show about friendship, there is always these yuri moments. The anime was hilarious at first but then it got kinda funny. The anime is not bad nor Great. There is nothing there that it would make it a must watch but it is entertaining. If you want something easy to watch and would make you laugh you should watch this.

Overall Rate: 7/10

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Blood Lad

url Summary: Staz is the vampire boss of a section of the demon world, but he has little interest in human blood. He’s more infatuated with Japanese culture. When he learns that Yanagi Fuyumi, a Japanese teenage girl, accidentally wanders into the demon city, he jumps to the occasion. However, while Staz deals with an intruder on his turf, the oblivious Fuyumi is killed by a monster and becomes a wandering ghost. The disappointed Staz vows to her that he will find a way to bring Fuyumi back to life. (Source: MU)

General information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 10
Aired: Jul 8, 2013 to Sep 9, 2013
Producers: Brains Base, Viz Media
Genres: Comedy, Demons, Vampire, Supernatural, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

I was looking forward to Blood Lad, and it wasn’t disappointing. It was a bit too short though. the anime is only 10 episodes. They were awesome 10 episodes though. The most interesting thing about the anime were the fights. The characters were pretty interesting as well, specially wolf & Liz. The anime is very entertaining. Its funny, a little dramatic and most importantly its full of action!

The only problem was that I’ve read the manga so I couldn’t help but compare it to the manga. The anime didn’t do the manga any justice. So I recommend If you liked the anime, go and read the manga. The anime is good but the manga is great!

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Tiger & Bunny

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Summary:

Sternbild City is home to people called “Next,” who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. These heroes solve cases and save lives so they can wear sponsor logos or acquire “hero points.” Their activities are documented on the popular program “Hero TV,” which picks the “King of Heroes” in a yearly ranking. The veteran hero Wild Tiger has always preferred to work alone, but now he’s been assigned the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero. (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Aired: Apr 3, 2011 to Sep 18, 2011
Producers: Sunrise, Viz Media
Genres: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Super Power
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

When I read the title of that anime I imagined something different. The anime was recommended to me by a lot of people. They all said it was good, they didn’t mention anything else about it. It was good!!

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I so regret not watching this anime when it was first released. The title got me fooled. It’s the most refreshing anime I’ve seen for a while now. By refreshing I mean great action, right amount of comedy and drama, and most importantly it was based on good morals and doing the right thing. The anime is about a superhero show, thus it’s absolutely interesting. I liked how all the anime talks about all the heroes not just Tiger and Barnaby. Also the anime had a crazy ending, totally unexpected. There wasn’t anything that I disliked but, it left me wanting more. Even though the ending was good. I highly recommend it you won’t be disappointed.

Overall Rate: 9/10

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Manga Review: Venus Capriccio

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Summary:

Takami and Akira are childhood friends who attend the same piano classes. Compared to the rough and tomboyish Takami, Akira is more nice and sweet and is also more skilled in piano. But even though they are close, suddenly one day Akira kisses Takami, and says he likes her…?! (Source: Manga Abyss)

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 29
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 17, 2006 to Sep 19, 2008
Genres: Romance, School, Shoujo
Authors: Nishikata, Mai (Story & Art)
Serialization: Hana to Yume

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Review:

I’m not a fan of Shoujo manga but I’m a fan of Nishikata, Mai. She’s one of the best Shoujo mangak I’ve read for so far. The thing I enjoyed most about Venus Capriccio is that the events are pretty unique and the whole story doesn’t resemble any other Shoujo manga I’ve read before. There was always something that surprised me there. Also I love the fact that it was about music. I wish it was turned into an anime so I could hear the music. Still yet I felt like I heard the music due to the way it was described. I highly recommend this manga. Its a delightful read and totally worth the time.

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Manga Review: Shinyuu to Watashi no Suki na Hito

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Summary:

She was her best friend and he was her first love… she didn’t plan to change that. Ayu and Kaho were friends since kindergarten. They were the exact opposite and even if both them were cute, they hated men. But one day, Kaho found someone she loved. (Source: Chibi Manga)

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 6
Status: Finished
Published: 2012
Genres: Romance, Shoujo
Authors: Yagami, Rina (Story & Art)
Serialization: Sho-Comi

Review:

This manga is pretty cute its actually 4 chapters not 6. The manga is about the bounds of friendship. I haven’t read anything like this in quite a while thus it was really refreshing to read something like that. Also the story is not yuri or Shoujo-Ai which surprised me. This is almost the first manga I’ve read with a normal relationship between two girls.
The art of the manga was okay. The storyline is good. As a Shoujo story it’s good I believe it’s worth checking out!

Overall Rate: 7/10

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.

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Summary

This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he see his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters: “They’re a bunch of liars.” When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds: “Not working.” A teacher gets Hachiman to join the ‘Volunteer Service’ club, which happens to have the school’s prettiest girl: Yukinoshita Yukino. (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Alternative Titles: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Oregairu, My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected.
Type: TV
Directed by: Ai Yoshimura
Episodes: 13
Aired: Apr 5, 2013 to Jun 28, 2013
Producers: Brains Base, TBS, Sentai Filmworks
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

I finished watching Oregairu a while ago, around the beginning of the month to be exact. The anime is a comedy as it says in the genre. It’s pretty funny, and entertaining. I think they missed calling it psychology, because the main character seems to hate the wold and is always opinionated. The anime has a very interesting point of view on things and I really enjoyed it.
Yukino is the best ever. I’m totally a fan. She adds this charm to the anime. Totally adore her. Over all the anime was very good. It surprised me a lot of times. It was never predictable. It always kept me wanting more. So you see it’s awesome! I highly recommend it!

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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