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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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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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Anime Review: Suisei no Gargantia

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Summary:

The story begins in the distant future in the far reaches of the galaxy. The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a grotesque race of beings called “Hidiaazu.” During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Ledo and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space. Waking from his artificially induced hibernation, Ledo realizes that he has arrived on Earth, the planet on the lost frontier. On this planet that was completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas’ depths in order to survive. Ledo arrives on one of the fleets called Gargantia. With no knowledge of the planet’s history or culture, he is forced to live alongside Amy, a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the Gargantia fleet. To Ledo, who has lived a life where he knows nothing but fighting, these days of peace continue to surprise him. (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Alternative Titles: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Suisei no Galgantia
Type: TV
Directed by: Kazuya Murata
Written by: Gen Urobuchi, Kazuya Murata
Episodes: 13
Aired: Apr 7, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013
Producers: Production I.G, Viz Media.
Genres: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

I really enjoyed this anime. It had a strong beginning and keeps you interested till the end. The ending was very sad for me. Though i don’t hate sad ending. I like the fact that the Mecha had its own personality it’s something that I haven’t seen in Mecha anime before. I also liked the fact that through out the anime you actually see how the main character adapts with the new environment he’s in. There was some awesome action going on there. Not to mention, I loved the character design as well as the animation. The story was amazing, with a sad ending. *sobs*

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I almost forgot… There were a lot of unexpected things that happened in the anime which makes it that much more interesting to watch!! I totally recommend it! You won’t regret watching it!

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Date A Live

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Summary:

Itsuka Shido is a high school boy. On the last day of the spring holidays, an explosion destroys the town and a girl in armor appears in front of him. Shido’s sister-in-law, Kotori, tells him that the girl is called “Special Disasterous Designated Creature: Spirit”, which causes a timespace quake. Kotori disclosed that she is the commander of the anti-spirit organization Ratatosk and orders him to go out on a date with the spirit girl. Kotori says, “I don’t ask you to beat the spirit. Just let her fall in love with you and save the world.” (Source: MAL)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2013 to Jun 22, 2013
Producers: FUNimation Entertainment, AIC Plus+, Nippon Columbia
Genres: Comedy, Mecha, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Harem
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity

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Review:

I believe this anime is all about fan service. The characters are so cute, as you can see in the pictures above. Though the story is kinda weird. Basically, it’s about “spirits”, an organization that fights against them and another organization that’s based on a gal game which is kinda with and against them. The main character is kind of a perv and all the girls fall for him still. Was the story great? No, but for a Harem anime it had a decent story. Am I excited that there is a second season? Yes, for so many reasons. Oh, I almost forgot… The anime was actually good, and there was something good in the story. Not great, just good. Is the anime a must watch? No, though it is a nice anime to watch. So if your interested, watch it. If not, then don’t.

Overall Rate: 7/10

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Movie Review: The Great Gatsby

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Summary:

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

General Information:

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Based on: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release date: May 10, 2013
Running time: 143 minutes
Country: United States, Australia
Language: English

Review:

I like this style of movies. They are so interesting no matter what kind of story it is. As the movie started I wasn’t found of the fact that Tobey Maguire is the story teller. Though I got used to it later on. The director was amazing I loved every scene in the movie. It was such a beautiful movie. Amazing story! I love the way the story unravels. I was also surprised to see Amitabh Bachchan in the movie. I’m so in love with the camera work and directing of this movie that I would see it again anytime! I totally recommend it. It’s a beautiful movie!!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Live action, Movies

 

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Anime Review: Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru

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Summery:

Eita enters high school aiming for the National University School of Medicine. Because of his parents’ divorce—and his goal—he shuns anything to do with romance or love. One day, Masuzu, the school beauty with the silver hair who has just returned to the country, enters his life in a most unexpected way. Chiwa, his childhood friend since elementary school, will not let this go without a fight. (Source: MyAnimeList)

General Information:

Alternative Tittle: Oreshura
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2013 to Mar 31, 2013
Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Harem
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

I believe this is one of the best Harem anime I’ve ever seen. The most popular girl in school doesn’t believe in love. Eita (the main character) doesn’t believe in love either. Don’t you think these two are a perfect match?
In order to not spoil anything I’ll just say that I love how in the anime has Jojo’s Bizarre adventure as a romantic reference. The anime is incredibly funny, and has a surprisingly deep story there. By deep I mean as deep as it can get for a Harem anime. It also had an interesting ending! So it’s not your typical Harem anime.
The animation was okay. As for the soundtrack I kinda didn’t like it, it was right for the anime though. Also I believe that Masuzu is the perfect girlfriend no matter what. Watch the anime it’s funny and very enjoyable.

Overall Rate: 7/10

P.S. I would love to hear what you think about Masuzu… Feel free to comment.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

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Summary:

The school romantic comedy revolves around a second-year high school student named Sorata Kanda who lives in Sakurasou, the dormitory for problem children at Sorata’s school. One day, Mashiro Shiina—a cute girl who happens to be also a cosmopolitan, brilliant artist—moves into Sakurasou. Sorata thinks to himself that he should protect Mashiro from the weirdos at Sakurasou, but Mashiro has a surprising secret: she has no idea how to take care of herself. She gets lost if she goes out, and her room is a complete mess. Sorata’s dorm mates designate him as the “master” of Mashiro, and thus, an ordinary boy and a brilliant girl must live like “a master and his pet.” (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Directed by: Atsuko Ishizuka
Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Original Run: Oct 9, 2012 to Mar 26, 2013
Producers: J.C. Staff, Genco, Media Factory, Sentai Filmworks, ASCII Media Works
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

First thing first, the anime has cute arts and some comedy aspect to it. Then the story is very inspiring its about sakurasou resident chasing their dreams. You have the mangaka, the voice actress, the game developer, computer programmer, the anime artist, and the playwright. They say that sakurasou is for troubled students, but in fact they are the best at their own fields. It’s really amazing how hard they work to achieve their dreams and yeah of course there are love stories in the mix… Which I don’t care for. So, it’s a great anime. This anime will make you laugh, cry and you would want to try your best in life. I’m fascinated by the fact that the anime is not so cheery cheery, but it shows you that life isn’t always fair and it will knock you down some time. I strongly recommend it.

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Most Notable Spring 2013 anime

These aren’t all the spring 2013 anime, though I believe those are worth watching. I have to say that I’m glad that there are many mecha and fantasy anime this season. I’ll write down reasons why you should watch them so if your interested read the whole post.

PS. The anime are classified in alphabetical order

Aku no Hana

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Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Psychological
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

The anime is based on a popular manga with the same title. I read like the first chapter of the manga, I liked the art it is good. Though the anime has different kinda art, it’s kinda difficult to swallow at first but you’ll get used to it.

Arata Kangatari

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Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

There wasn’t anything particularly unique about this anime, though it has some good action and its a good watch.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

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Genres: Action, Fantasy, Romance, Seinen
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

I really liked this anime, the story it pretty weird and the main character is a weirdo. So, basically that was the reason I liked it. The anime is based on a manga with the same title, that is worth checking out.

Date A Live

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Genres: Comedy, Mecha, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

As I was watching the first episode I changed my mind about the anime like 3 times. I just must say that it’s awesome. You’ll be surprised, entertained, and wouldn’t want the episode to end.

Devil’s Survivor 2

Must Watch

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Genres: Demons, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Devil’s survivor is part of the Shin Megami Tensei series. The anime doesn’t have a prequel. It’s a stand alone anime titled Devil’s Survivor 2. The art of the anime is pretty awesome and I have high hopes for the story. It’s a must watch.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

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Genres: Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is story is a bit unusual for a Mecha. It’s about the worst team of robot pilots there is. It’s really interesting to watch.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W

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Genres: Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

This is the sequel of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, it’s a funny anime. Very entertaining to watch.

Hataraku Maou-sama!

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Genres: Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime reminded me of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha the way it basically began from where stories usually end, and it’s about a demon king that is good. It’s insanely funny.

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.

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Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Seinen
Rating: None – I’ll rate it as PG 13 since its less Ecchi than the manga buts it’s probably R.

From the title of the anime you can tell its pretty Ecchi, though leaving that fact aside it’s a pretty funny anime.

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride

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Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity

It’s the sequel of Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls. It’s a nice combination of action and comedy.

Kakumeiki Valvrave

Must Watch

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Genres: Action, Mecha
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

The ending of the first episode was so shocking I don’t know what to expect next. Must watch.

Karneval

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Genres: Action, Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Shoujo
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

The anime title and posters are so deceiving… I though it would be a reverse harem kinda anime. Though it turned that it has awesome action, and fantasy. Not to mention that the art was incredible.

Mushibugyou

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Genres: Martial Arts, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

It’s nice to see a Martial Arts/Supernatural anime for a change. There weren’t any anime like this for a while.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

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Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

So Kirino is back!! Need I say more?

Photokano

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Genres: Ecchi, Romance, School
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is a bit weird, I believe it’s based on a video game. The main character gets dragged into joining an Ecchi photography club.

RDG: Red Data Girl

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Genres: Fantasy
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

I like the art of this anime and I love it’s fantasy. It’s promising.

Shingeki no Kyojin

Must Watch

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Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Super Power
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Love the violence in this anime. the story is promising. Love the art and the idea of the anime. Absolutely amazing. Must watch.

Suisei no Gargantia

Must Watch

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Genres: Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is so interesting. I totally recommend you to at least check it out.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S

Must Watch

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Genres: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Super Power
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is the sequel of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun and it’s part of the Toaru Majutsu no Index series. I loved the first season of this anime so I’ve been looking forward to this one. I must say that this one seems… I mean has more action which is awesome.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.

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Genres: Comedy, Romance, School
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime reminded me of Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru but like a better version. I very much enjoyed the first episode and totally love the art.

Zettai Bouei Leviathan

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Genres: Fantasy
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Since the first episode was surprisingly good, I’ve decide it to add it to the list. It’s delightful to watch.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Charts/List

 

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