Lately I haven’t been blogging or reviewing about anime for the past few weeks; Due to large amount of work and afraid I can’t make it to the future Podcasts. The past few weeks I haven’t written a post and haven’t bothered with reviews. The reason why is because, I feel like my thoughts aren’t getting through enough and isn’t expanding to other Anime viewers. I looked through inspirations of others Anime reviewers that got me into reviewing and exploring the Anime media. I had a clever idea that probably my worst or best attempt ever to get my opinion out there. So here it is… Continue reading
Author: Yohan (John)
Artist: Kim Hye Jin (Jenna)
Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Slice of life
Format: Manhwa (read from right to left)
Do you ever feel like your a bird with broken wings and behind your flock, You still move on hoping for a speedy recovery to someday to regain flight to the endless sky above? Yun-Lee is a girl who lost track of time due to a unforeseen accident that took two years of her life away. Before the accident Yun-Lee was only nineteen years old and considered not yet an adult in society standards till reaches the age of twenty, almost near graduation Yun-Lee was studying for University entry exams but due to a car accident on the way she was emotionally scarred and bed ridden for two years. Making her transition from nineteen to twenty one years old and back into society; She is now considered an adult already. She feels lost and isn’t ready for adult hood due to her missing time lapse of her teenage years. Continue reading
Title: Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son)
Directed by: Ei Aoki
Aired: Jan 14, 2011 – April 1, 2011
Genre: Drama, School, Gender Bender, Slice of life
Every once a while flower blossoms, the pedals begin to open for the whole world to view the beauty of sprouting and what lies underneath. Puberty is a transformation for growing up and leap into adulthood; Where boys and girls are at a stage of maturity and finding their gender identity. Hourou Musuko is a tale amongst young children going through “Coming of Age” where boys become men and girls become women. The Anime questions “What are little girls made off?” or “What are little boys made off?”. What distinguished the identity that keeps boys and girls different between each other, what gender qualities I must have to say I’m a boy or I’m a girl you may ask? Is it okay to have different qualities of the different sex that isn’t suspected for oneself to have? Continue reading
As anticipated Fall 2010 season was, Bee Train’s latest anime Shinrei Tantei Yakumo translating from Japanese “Psychic Detective Yakumo” was released. A series I would consider an “Occult detective” with a mixture of mystery and paranormal elements. It was originally a novel original written by Manibu Kaminaga that has adapted into two Mangas, stage play, and a live action. As for novel to get so many adaptations I was convinced that I should check this out and review it for myself. Continue reading
The thought of transferring schools could be a new gateway of meeting new friends, having new chances and working towards the future. Tsuda Takatoshi is a young teenage male student is tranfering schools. Not just any other ordinary High School, Ousai Academy is an all girls that just has accepted to go coed with few male students. Many believe those male students are there for a dream of a harem. Tsuda isn’t the particular kind of guy who is that fond of girls nor a harem, he is quite the kind timid guy. He is the first male student to join the School Coucil along with three other girls: Shino the council president, a talented smart girl along with her best friend Aria Shichijou who is calm gentle girl and not least Suzu Hagimura the smallest girl who is the smartest. Continue reading
Ah! The starting years of High School in Japan! It’s the beginning of Spring and the School year starts in Japan. Cherry Blossoms blooming across the fields and friendship is around the corner. First love is just near the first base! Your life has just pretty much begun and on to the road of your dreams. Well thats what I use to think of High School and to think of Japanese romance stories. Well heres our official Anime review!
Kimi Ni Todoke (君に届け) a title that translates to “Reaching to You” is a story about a young girl named Kuronuma Sawako; a girl thats gentle, kind, smart and pretty but she is misunderstood upon entering High School. She is mistaken as a frightening girl like a ghost or a supernaturalism figure; misinterpreted by her looks and the way she tries to communicate with others. Sawako is a just a girl who enjoys ghost stories and tries to put herself out there but fails to do so… She is only noticed by one person a boy named Kazehaya Shouta a popular guy amongst his classmates and really popular around girls too. He is kind and social person in the series and he understands Sawako and tries to help make her fit in and get to knows her well for who she really is. Sawako manages to be understood better when she meets Kazehaya in High School and manages to make some friends. Delinquents like Yano and Yoshida Chizuru who become major characters in her friendship and Ryu a quiet, small talk, tall and athletic guy. Thus bonding a friendship group between these characters. Continue reading
There is nothing more touching and reminiscent of sisterly love through deep hardships of poverty. The Yamada sisters, Kyo being the eldest at age fifteen and Asu the youngest at nine years old. Lived through a history of tragedies, their mother died from giving birth to Asu and their father ran away from too much in debt from gambling. Leaving his two daughter alone in a small one room apartment.
As you read the summary of the setting and story of the main characters. You expect a linear storyline that evolves into something. But really this anime is a bit of Slice of life anime that runs an episodic movement. Each episodes shows a problem that effects their hard poor lives and they overcome them each time. Their isn’t an arc or a continuation of each problem. So expect this as a small short Drama, Slice of life and a bit of comedy in each one. But don’t expect anything big…. You wonder will they ever talk more of their history, family like will they get adopted or will they find their dad again. That stuff never comes back or isn’t even present in this anime like they don’t care. The anime does have some sad moments, tender moments and laughing moments but they are level that is a bit mild.
Characters in this anime as already know Kyo and Asu Yamada are the main focus of the anime. Since they are the star of the anime you do feel a bit of attachment to them and feel sympathy for them at times. There isn’t really a cast of supporting characters that play much of a role. You see some appearance of characters and some of them appear from time to time but they don’t have much of a supporters role and mostly there for comic relief or kindness. But aside from that let’s talke about Kyo and Asu. Kyo is the a kind care free optimistic teen who works hard for her younger sister. Asu is the younger sister who is pretty mature for her age than her older sister and very kind. Pretty much similar characteristics and some differences.
The problem I have with the cast is sometimes they can be over dramatic at small times it shouldn’t, Like kittens crying over spilled milk. Sequences may be a little bit rushed and isn’t much screen time to get the storyboard in order. Its a small problem then a solution at every episode then repeats. Art is pretty good, characters look good are is a bit vivid and stand out pretty good. But it isn’t a big upgrade compared to other animes at it’s time. Seems to be not be a very high budgeted anime but it still looks very nice. Nothing to flashy or stands out more about it.
Sound is was okay, good melodies are present, they used some top voice actors but felt they weren’t at full potentional. It can be bland at some times or overdramatic. But overall its was livable. Overall the anime is nice short ride and a bit touching, heartwarming. But I felt like they have some good planning but didn’t turn out as it should be. They could of given a better episodic writing. It felt really repetive and very predictable at most times. The problems in the anime seems to be minor and You feel that the girls should be looking for something better or looking for something but they don’t.