Bungo Stray Dogs (Season 2)

Where it all began…

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…for Dazai at least.

Season 1 of Bungo was amazing with its weird but wonderful characters and storyline, minus the part where Nakajima Atsushi was able to improve his combat skills without warning. It’s still a jump in the story that annoys me. Continue reading “Bungo Stray Dogs (Season 2)”

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Sweetness & Lightning

Food really is the way to a person’s heart

I am so glad I finally watched this! It’s just so adorable and funny that you pretty much say “aww” and laugh throughout. Totally recommend!

If you like anime such as Flying Witch and Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, you’ll love this done. It’s a family friendly, feel-good slice of life anime, and you learn stuff from it too. Talk about win win.

Sweetness & Lightning is based on Inuzuka Kouhei and his kawaii daughter Inuzuka Tsumugi, and how they strengthen their father-daughter bond through cooking while making friends. Kouhei is a single-father and high-school teacher, and he doesn’t know how to cook. So to get by he and Tsumugi basically ate store-bought bento everyday, whether at home or for school. One day he sees Tsumugi glued to the TV watching a food ad/show (I can’t remember ^^’) for a nearby restaurant, and that’s how Kouhei’s determination to learn to cook came to be. Helping him along the way is Iida Kotori, daughter of the woman who runs the restaurant featured in the ad/show, who turns out to be a famous cook. But Kotori doesn’t know how to cook either, so she uses this opportunity to cook with Kouhei and Tsumugi and learn through her mother’s recipes for dishes they want to make. Continue reading “Sweetness & Lightning”

Bungo Stray Dogs (Season 1)

Such a lovable but strange bunch

I checked out Bungo after seeing Tweets about Season 2 episodes being aired, and I didn’t know that Season 1 had aired earlier this year! Talk about being behind the times.

But there is a good thing about that: you’re not aboard the live hype train and you can enjoy the anime without anyone spoiling stuff via Twitter. Although I am currently aboard the Yuri on Ice hype train. Quite a contradicting statement there…

Ok so Bungo. I’ve only seen Season 1 for now since Season 2 is still being aired (am I cheating?), and I love it. There are some parts I don’t like (we’ll get to that), but overall I do love Season 1.

Bungo is based on MC Nakajima Atsushi, the first orphan I’ve seen in anime and from what I can remember, and who has the strangest hairline ever. The poor kid is kicked out of his orphanage from the very beginning, and with no money and nowhere else to go, he decides to live his life on the streets, that is until he meets the very funny and strange Dazai Osamu after saving him from the river. Turns out he was trying to commit suicide, and failed at it. Continue reading “Bungo Stray Dogs (Season 1)”

Sakamoto desu ga?

Coolness needs some limits

Here we have a high school MC by the name of Sakamoto (haven’t you heard of him? XP), who seems to be “Cool, Cooler, Coolest” in everything he does. Whether it’s hiding from a mother who becomes obsessed with Sakamoto, making a fire drill an intense situation, or pulling off random acts to get through the school gate on time, Sakamoto is the guy to call to make them cool. And the one to help you get out of any situation. He is cool after all.

But, while there were some really good moments, others made me wonder what was going on. So like, Sakamoto, you can be cool, but try not to be in everything that you do. It just doesn’t work for you. Continue reading “Sakamoto desu ga?”

Haji-Otsu

When you don’t attend a mixed school…

 …or ever interact with the opposite sex. Add some Manga drama into the mix and you have Haji-Otsu.

This was the first time I ever knew about a Manga with this idea, and it got my attention. Like, yes you have separate sex schools in Manga, but how many (that I know of) base it around someone whose perception of guys is totally off the radar?

Our MC is Ashihira Himari, a high school who, yup you’ve guessed it, has never interacted with guys. Blame it on her attending an all-girls school, and/or that she doesn’t have any male family members around the house, from what I remember that is. Anyway, because of her lack of socialising, Himari is unable to speak to guys, walk close to guys, or think about them. The final one seems to freak her out, because she assumes that every guy on the planet eats messily, has never heard of hygiene, is super strong and highly aggressive. Until, that is, she “confesses” to a guy who walks the same route to an all-boys school that’s just opposite the all-girls school, and showed her an act of kindness that one time. Continue reading “Haji-Otsu”

Parasyte -the maxim-

Status: Completed


For some reason I stayed away from this anime, but it was one worth waiting for.

Izumi Shinichi is our main character and victim of Parasyte (Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu) which, as you would’ve guessed, concerns parasites. This supernatural species take the form of a green snake-like thing with a mini drill on its head, which seeks out humans in order to survive by taking over their brain. Shinichi comes across one when it enters his right hand, and stops it from going into his brain. As a result, it takes over his right arm and matures, complete with eyes and a mouth. It can also change its form so it can stand on its own and what not. Anyway, after 1-2 days, Shinichi somehow gets over the shock of having his right arm eaten away and replaced by this thing, and names it Migi (because it’s his right hand). Over time Shinichi learns more about Migi’s kind and what they’re capable of, whilst Migi learns more about humans through research and talking to Shinichi. Continue reading “Parasyte -the maxim-“

Tenkuu Shinpan

Status: Ongoing

This is the first horror manga which I thought I’d give a try, and I can say that it does not disappoint. Tenkuu Shinpan, or High-Rise Invasion, is set in a world which sort of reminds me of Mirror’s Edge in that it’s all rooftops with the addition of some suspension bridges connecting them. Soon after, it started to remind me of Hunger Games, Battle Royale and Btooom!, and here’s why: main character Honjo Yuri suddenly ends up in this world and realises that it is somehow real, and consists of one goal: to reach the helicopter to leave this world or die trying. The rooftops and suspension bridges come into play as those who end up in this world can only travel via rooftops and bridges to get to said helicopter, and have access to the buildings to some extent as signs prevent them from travelling down further to reach the ground floor.

What’s more, as the image shows, people wearing masks and wielding a variety of weapons are scattered around the world to kill off those who they see alive or don’t try to kill themselves by jumping off the rooftops. Yuri is unlucky as she sees someone get killed by one of the masks as soon as she ends up there, and remembered what advice she received from her brother about running away from strange people. As you can also see, she learns to defend herself against said masks and uses guns in her attempt to survive and reach the helicopter.

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ERASED

Status: Completed

A past event in your life may be crucial to your future

With a main character who seems to speak in a very monotonous tone and doesn’t show much expression until necessary, ERASED has a very strong story.

Fujinuma Satoru is a Manga artist struggling to make a name for himself, and works in a pizza shop to make a living. But what makes him special is that he experiences what he calls Revival, an ability that allows him to go back a few seconds into the past in order to prevent a catastrophic event from happening, such as a car accident involving a child.

It’s not that simple, however, as soon a tragic event which occurred during his elementary school years regarding a fellow classmate links to future events involving Satoru and his family, and his life takes a turn for the worse. Continue reading “ERASED”