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Anime Review: Samurai Flamenco

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Summary:

Masayoshi Hazama: a man who has become a superhero “by himself” with no superhuman powers or any sort of high-tech conversions, NONE!!

Hidenori Goto: a cop who found out the true identity of “the superhero” by a strange twist of fate and thus constantly gets in trouble thanks to Hazama, the superhero.

This is the story of the birth of a true hero featuring these two young men with a touch of comedy and serious drama, while they come face to face with hardships as they search for the true meaning of becoming a hero of justice in this world! (Source: Aniplex USA)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Aired: Oct 11, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014
Producers: Aniplex, Manglobe, Fuji TV, Aniplex of America
Genres: Action, Comedy
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

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Review:

I found Samurai Flamenco to be unexpected. The anime was all over the place, yet the story is good. It was unexpectedly deep and had a lot of values in it. The main character is very admirable. I think it would be safe to say that the anime had 3 different arcs. Each arc had its own direction. I think the anime would feel ridiculous to super hero fans. Though I enjoyed it very much. It had a good amount of action and was pretty funny at time. The twist and turns in the story were totally unexpected. Overall it was a good anime.

Overall Rate: 7/10

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Kuroko no Basket

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Summary:

The Teiko Middle School Basketball Team. The class that produced three perfect seasons in a row, with five once-in-a generation players, called “The Generation of Miracles.” There was another player who all of them respected… A legendary 6th player. An up-and-coming power player, Taiga Kagami, is just back from America. When he comes to Seirin High School, he meets the super-ordinary boy, Tetsuya Kuroko. Kagami is shocked to find that Kuroko isn’t good at basketball, in fact, he’s bad! And he’s so plain that he’s impossible to see. But Kuroko’s plainness lets him pass the ball around without the other team noticing him, and he’s none other than the sixth member of the Miracle Generation. Kuroko makes a pact with Kagami to defeat the other members of the Miracle Generation, who have all played basketball at other schools. A battle of light (Kagami) and shadow (Kuroko) begins!

General Information:

Type: TV
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 25 each
Status: Break
Aired: Apr 8, 2012 to Sep 22, 2012 – Oct 6, 2013 to Mar 30, 2014
Producers: Production I.G, Bandai Visual, Lantis, NAS
Genres: Comedy, School, Shounen, Sports
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

This is one of the best sports anime I’ve come across for a while now. Though both seasons ended with cliffhangers, I cant wait for season 3. Kuroko no Basket has an amazing storyline. It keeps you wanting more. I liked how you get to see everyone’s story not just the main characters. I also like how the anime had a somewhat of a slice of life aspect to it. Its not always about winning. Its not always about perfection.  Its about the passion for the game which it a great message to convey. I highly recommend this anime. Its one of the top must watch anime ever made. I should also mention that the Special episodes were a cute change to the seriousness of the anime. So you might want to check them out as well.

Overall Rate: 9/10

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Book Review: The Alchemist

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Summary:

The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, Santiago decides to travel to a Romani fortune-teller in a nearby town to discover its meaning. A gypsy woman tells him that there is a treasure in the Pyramids in Egypt.

Early into his journey, he meets an old king, Melchizedek, who tells him to sell his sheep to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend (which is always capitalized in the book). Your Personal Legend “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is”. He adds that “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”. This is the core theme of the book.

General information:

Author: Paulo Coelho
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Self-improvement
No. of pages: 163

Review:

The Alchemist is one of the best stories I’ve ever read in my life. First of all the writing style was just magnificent, because it felt like someone was telling you the story. There were few sentences in that book… that were life changing to me. For example:

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

It was amazing how the boy learned from everything around him. It was inspiring how knowledge could be one’s greatest weapon. and it was sad how one could lose sight of their dream without even realizing it. This book should be if every household’s bookshelf and everyone should read it.

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Books

 

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Anime Review: Sakura Trick

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Summary:

The story revolves around Haruka and Yuu, two girls who go to a high school that is slated to be shut down in three years. To share something special between them, they share a kiss, and their relationship deepens from that moment onward. (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Aired: Jan 10, 2014 to Mar 28, 2014
Producers: Studio Deen, Pony Canyon, TBS, Sentai Filmworks
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Shoujo Ai, Slice of Life
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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 Sakura Trick is the gayest anime every created after Strawberry Panic… yes its that gay. I’m not against that. The anime talks about Yui and Haruka mainly. There is this side couple which are Kotone and Shizuku. There is an actual love story between Kotone and Shizuku. On the other hand, there is nothing between Yui and Haruka… Its pure fanservice which I don’t approve of. I get that the anime is a Slice of Life and I like Slice of Life. I didn’t get why they used it this way though. I wouldn’t recommend this anime to be honest but I did like Kotone and Shizuku relationship. If their story was the main story then I would’ve recommended the anime. Since its not the anime is not really worth it.

Overall Rate: 6/10

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Witch Craft Works

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Summary:

Takamiya Honoka is a regular student whose only problem seems to be that he sits next to Kagari Ayaka, the school’s #1 beauty. They have never spoken to each other before and any small interaction between them immediately results in her fanclub beating him. Yet when a falling part of the school’s building is about to send him to the afterlife, it’s Kagari that comes to his rescue. Only… she’s dressed as a witch, carrying him in her arms and floating on a broom?! Kagari tells him it is her mission to protect him and that now she can finally protect him openly rather than undercover. (Source: MU)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Aired: Jan 5, 2014 to Mar 23, 2014
Producers: J.C.Staff, Lantis, Kodansha
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Magic, Supernatural, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

 Witch craft works is a very entertaining anime. The story is a bit unexpected, since the girl always protects and saves the guy. The anime is pretty funny and serious all at the same time. The character development was pretty very good. The anime was never boring, it always kept you wanting more. The anime Keeps you on edge till the very last second of the last episode. Yet its very entertaining and chaotic. Basically, it had a good balance between everything… character development, plot, soundtrack, and animation. If you like fantasy anime, you will like this show.

Overall Rate: 7/10

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Kill la Kill

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Summary:

Ryuuko Matoi is a vagrant school girl traveling from place to place searching for clues to the truth behind her father’s death—the “woman with the scissor blade.” The journey has led Ryuuko to Honnouji Academy.

Honnouji Academy—where an elite group of students is granted superhuman power by their special uniforms called the “Goku uniform.” With the power of the uniform, the student body president, Satsuki Kiryuin rules the students with unquestioned power and fear.

Satsuki holds the secret to the “scissor blade” and Ryuuko confronts Satsuki to gain information but… Was their encounter a mere coincidence or fate? The clash between the two will soon consume the whole academy!(Source: killlakill.com)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Aired: Oct 4, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014
Producers: Aniplex, Aniplex of America, Trigger
Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, School
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

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Review:

Kill la kill is an anime that’s created by the same team that created Gurren Lagann. Kill la kill is absolutely ridiculous and all over the place. I don’t mean that in a bad way though. The anime is hilarious and yes I mean incredibly funny. It is also very chaotic. You may forget at some points in the anime that it has a story, but I assure you it does have a story and its sending a very strong message. That’s why its hectic and all over the place. I believe that’s the only way to convey that message and they did a great job at it. The anime is about people being prisoners to their cloths, and Matoi Ryuuko is trying to change that. I believe in the message that the anime is trying to convey. cloths have no power over you, you have the power over your cloths. I cant go into much detail to explain this, I rather you would watch the anime and tell me whether or not you agree with me. Kill La Kill is no Gurren Lagann but its still a masterpiece.

Overall Rate: 10/10

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Movie Review: Annabelle the Conjuring

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Summary:

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia – a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle. (Written by IMDB)

General Information:

Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton
Director: John R. Leonetti
Written by: Gary Dauberman
Genre: Horror
Run time: 98 minutes
Release date: October 3, 2014

Review:

The other day I went to Grand Cinemas in Kuwait to watch Annabelle. It was my first time to Grand Cinemas I must say the movie theater was nice… but that’s about it. The movie started around 2:15 pm and ended at 3:30 pm if I remember correctly. What I’m trying to say is that more than half of the movie was censored. The censorship was extreme and unnecessary, I mean she was walking down the street then cut. She in front of her building then cut. She in the apartment cut. She hears a voice cut. Someone flies off cut. She is crying cut. Credits…

That was pretty much the whole movie its supposed to be an hours and a half but they only shown around 35-45 min of the movie. Its so not wroth watching the Cinema if you’re in Kuwait… I suggest you wait for the DVD release. I can’t rate the movie because I hardly watched anything from it and it would be unfair to the Director if I gave it a rate now. So that’s that.

Overall Rate: -

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Live action, Movies

 

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