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

Amnesia

Teams Toma and Shin all the way!

I say that, but Kent is the most sweetest and genuine out of the four (bless him), followed by Shin. I say Team Toma cos he’s my favourite, but I’d take either Shin or Kent to be my BF if they were real. With Toma’s looks.

So Amnesia. I came across the game first on Vita since it was free on PS Plus last month, and because I’ve never played visual novel games before I thought I’d try it out. And wow was it gripping. I started off with Toma and the Diamond Route, followed by Ikki and the Spade Route. After it was Shin and the Heart Route, and finally sweet sweet Kent and the Clover Route. Respectively I got a bad ending, a bad ending, a normal ending, and a normal ending. Now I’m playing through Toma’s Route again to see if I can get a better ending with him. Hopefully I do. It seems to be going well (for now).

I then went onto the Amnesia Wiki to see what else is in the game (there’s another Route which I haven’t unlocked yet), and turns out there’s also an anime. So of course I’d check it out, and the first thing I’ll say is that it needed a couple more episodes. Continue reading

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

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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Diabolik Lovers II: More Blood

Even shorter episodes this time round (down by about two minutes), Diabolik Lovers II: More Blood brings back main character Yui with the ever-fighting Sakamaki vampire brothers. But now Yui is more a family member this time round – no not as a vampire – as she’s grown accustomed to their habit of just appearing next to her whenever they want blood, and the fact that now they ever so slightly treat her more like a human than prey. The story isn’t about that though, as now the brothers and Yui must deal with a new threat in the form of another set of vampire brothers.

The new season is comprised of the story of Adam and Eve with a twist, as Yui is supposedly Eve; Adam remains unknown. This is according to the new vampires who are introduced in the first episode, who turn out to not be pureblood vampires. As you get to know them, you see that their personalities remind you of some of the Sakamaki brothers: the second brother (quiet but strict), the fourth brother (flirty but evil brother who likes to give Yui degrading nicknames), fifth brother (the supposedly cute brother out of them all but is actually creepy) and the sixth brother (the hot headed one who hates everything/one), collectively known as the Mukami brothers. They’ve now taken Yui away for their plan, consisting of the need to find Adam. Continue reading

Diabolik Lovers

Think of a vampire romance, but with added mystery and a family of vampires. Not Twilight (never Twilight), because the girl is much different in this. Add a hint of Vampire Knight, and you sort of have Diabolik Lovers. By sort of I mean that’s not the entire description of the anime, which you’ll come to understand as you read on and probably check out the anime.

In this we have main girl Yui Komora who shows up to a mysterious mansion not knowing exactly why she’s there, after moving house due to her father’s work. And neither do the people that live there know why she has suddenly arrived. Her first encounter with someone there is Ayato, who we later find out is a vampire (as are the others there, not sure about the servant though) and is brother number three out of the six Sakamaki brothers. The other brothers meet Yui too and a few are quite interested in her due to her scent and the fact that a mortal has appeared unexpectedly in their home.

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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