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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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Movie Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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Summary:

The power to travel through time… It can be used for the good of humanity, or just selfishly abused. While many may fantasize about obtaining such a power, it has become nothing less than reality for otherwise-normal schoolgirl Konno Makoto.

After a fated event, her life takes a turn for the extraordinary. Though she initially uses her power to literally “leap” into the past and change little things in order to make her life easier, she soon has to face the fact that changing the past can have drastic consequences. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

General Information:

Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
Studio: Madhouse
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Release Date: Jul 15, 2006
Duration: 1 hr. 37 min.

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Review:

So I heard and read a lot about this movie before I watched it. I was also meaning to watch it for quite a while. I didn’t get a chance to until few months ago. So yes this review is very delayed.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time I must say that the title itself is quite intriguing. The movie wasn’t what I had in mind. For some reason I thought she would travel to a different life time. Though the time leaps were a mater of days or hours. Though the way the story was presented was quite interesting, and I specially loved the twist near the ending of the movie. I also liked the fact that the character developed after the events that happened throughout the movie. It was pretty interesting to watch. Also, the amount of drama, comedy, thriller factors were just right. I never got bored and everything I discovered was always interesting. The movie was perfect specially the ending it left me speechless. If you haven’t watched it yet… I say it’s a must watch!!

Overall Rate: 10/10

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Animated, Movies

 

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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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Game Review: Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale

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Plot:

Millennium Kitchen’s Kaz Ayabe is known for mesmerizing many Japanese fans with his heartwarming stories in the Boku no Natsuyasumi (Summer Holidays 20th Century) series. In ATTACK OF THE FRIDAY MONSTERS! A TOKYO TALE, he introduces for the first time, a Tokyo-life simulation game where players will take the role of a young boy named Sohta who lives where the giant monsters from the TV shows of Japan’s 1970s come to life every Friday. In this rustic town of tranquil days and idyllic scenery, there lies a nostalgic tale sure to warm your heart. ATTACK OF THE FRIDAY MONSTERS! A TOKYO TALE is the first of Kaz Ayabe’s games to be released outside of Japan.

General information:

Genre: Action, Adventure
Developer: Millennium Kitchen
Publisher: Level 5
Designer: Kaz Ayabe
Release Date: July 18, 2013
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB: E
Website: Click Here

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Review:

After playing Liberation Maiden and Attack of the Friday Monsters! Tokyo Tale, I’m officially a Level-5 Fan. Attack of the Friday Monsters! Tokyo Tale is a beautiful game, the graphics is really good. The game is very enjoyable, you get to discover the town and collect cards to play with other characters. The story is pretty awesome, it goes something like episodes where you have to do a task each time to finish a certain episode. It’s crazy fun! Also, love the fact that when you win against another player in the card game, you get to cast a spell on them. I must say that the spell is the cutest thing ever!!! Also, as a bonus after you finish the main plot of the game, you can customize the spell to your liking. I mean how cool is that? I swear playing this game made me feel 10 years younger. XD
This game is a must try. It’s different than anything you’ve ever played. So, it’s totally worth it.

Rate: 4.5/5

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Gaming

 

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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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Game Review: Liberation Maiden

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Plot:

Liberation Maiden is a full-scale 3D sci-fi shooter created by critically acclaimed developer Goichi Suda. An invading country is stealing all of Japan’s energy. The player controls Shoko Ōzora (voiced by Kana Hanazawa), a high school girl who became President of Japan after her father’s assassination, as she enters the mech Kamui to fight back. It features animated cutscenes created by Studio BONES and the main theme song, “Day of Liberation” performed by Marina.

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General Information:

Genre: Shooter, Action
Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher: Level 5
Designer: Goichi Suda
Release Date: 3DS October 25, 2012, iOS March 7, 2013
Platform: Nintendo 3DS, iOS
ESRB: T
Website: Click Here

Review:

The other day I bought a Nintendo gift card, redeemed the code and logged in Nintendo eShop. That’s when I saw this title “Liberation Maiden” and check out the trailer. I was very impressed with the animation so I bought the game. The reason why I’m telling you this story is because, I never heard about this title before that day. The game was cheap which surprised me. The quality of this game is pretty high, I mean as I started the first stage I had to go back and check the game price. It’s worth every dollar.
The graphics and animation were awesome. The mecha you pilot is incredible. I’ve never played a better pilot/Mecha/shooting game in my life. I might be exaggerating there, but for those that are familiar with good flight/shooter games, it’s as good as the Dreamcast games from that genre. I was a bit disappointed that the language was only English. I would’ve loved to hear the story in Japanese.
I almost forgot to mention the game play. The game is played by the touch screen and moving pad on 3DS. The game is short, it’s pretty easy to beat. Though there was this one stage that I struggled in, because I couldn’t find the enemy :P but once I did it was easy to finish. I strongly recommend this game. If you don’t have a 3DS, it’s now available in Apple App Store. The game is incredibly fun, and so refreshing. It has amazing graphic and the game play feels old school which is the best! It’s a must get.

Rate: 4/5

P.S. For those that already played the game I’m happy to tell you that there is a sequel visual novel of the game titled Liberation Maiden: SIN and it will be released for ps3.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Gaming

 

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Manga Review: Gantz – Manga Olympics for Bloggers (Seinen/Shounen Round 2)

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Summary:

Thought your life was bad? Sometimes, death is worse. There is no salvation, peace, nor god waiting to receive you into their care. But wait, a god? Maybe you are talking about that big black ball stuck in the room with you. Now you are thrown into a game, fighting green aliens and robot monsters for the chance to survive.
When Kei Kurono is killed, he thus finds himself caught in such a game; a test of his skills, morals and will to survive. His life is not his own, his death spat and trampled upon over and over again. What happens if he does not listen? God knows.
A word of warning: Gantz is not for the faint-hearted, but neither is it as simple as it looks. Gore, rape and violence is rampant, as are portrayals of greed, violence, and all the ugliness that one sees in society today. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 37
Chapters: 383
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 13, 2000 to Jun 20, 2013
Genres: Action, Drama, Ecchi, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Psychological, Seinen
Authors: Oku, Hiroya (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Jump

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Review:

Firs of all thank you Sir Hiroya Oku for 13 amazing years of Gantz. I still can’t believe it ended… I kept looking for one more page after the last page of the last chapter. So yeah, I’m a huge Gantz fan. It’s an amazing manga if you haven’t checked it out, you should.

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Now for the actual review. Gantz concept is totally unique. The manga Follows Kei Kurono & Masaru Katou, they are basically the main characters. Due to the concept of the story a lot of characters appear in the manga. The manga is amazing. I loved the story up until the Osaka Arc. It was magical. Though the last arc which is the catastrophe arc, was totally weird. The manga does develop greatly to reach that arc, but the fights weren’t as good as the previous arcs.
The action is absolutely brutal through out the whole manga, I’m not saying that the last arc was bad. It was just a little disappointing for me. Also, I’ve noticed that the whole focus was back to Kurono. I know that Nishi and Sakurai were also main topics in that arc, though it always fell back to Kurono. To be completely honest here, I was disappointed and didn’t like that fact. One more thing I didn’t like in the manga was the fact that we didn’t see most of the characters in action. Specially Reika, did she ever fight?
Supposedly she got 100 point and fought bravely against so many tough Aliens. Though we didn’t see any of that, did we? It was always Kurono this, Kurono that, and her looking pretty in the background of the page… I mean seriously? Well, even with all that its still my favorite manga and it’s the best and brutalist manga out there. Also the story is amazing. I like the idea of Gantz. Is it recommended? Yes of course.

Overall Rate: 8/10


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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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