Koe no Katachi

The past can come back to haunt you

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It’s not often you come across a manga where a person has a disability, and this is what drew me to Koe no Katachi. The huge difference in what you usually come across in the world of manga and anime, you know your fantasy worlds, typical high school romance stories and what have you,  is a nice breath of fresh air, and after coming across it via tweets when the movie was what everyone was talking about and seeing a couple of clips, I just had to get in on the hype.

And it truly is amazing. Koe no Katachi follows Ishida Shouya, a boy who’s bored with life and tries to add some excitement to it by becoming somewhat of an adrenaline junkie. His fearless actions are adored by his friends even though they aren’t really fans of what he does, if you get what I mean. Nevertheless, they want to be around him. Continue reading

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

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

The definition of laziness

If you think you know what laziness means, look it up again and you’ll see Tanaka. He’s the MC in Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, and all he wants to do is lead a peaceful and lazy life that doesn’t concern any of the stuff that comes with being the MC. Tough luck Tanaka, you are the MC so you can’t wish it all away.

I’ve been wanting to check this out for a while, and since I had no particular anime to check out since Amnesia, I thought I might as well get round to watching this. And I love it. Apart from the very abrupt ending though. But that’s just me. Continue reading

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

My Little Monster

Sweet and funny romance…with a side order of rooster

I’m not kidding about the rooster either; you see it in the opening and it shows up in all but one episode. And it has a name by the second episode! If that isn’t progress, I don’t know what is. Oh and it gets its own mini show at the end of each episode.

Anyway, moving on.

So I kept seeing this on Crunchyroll, and I don’t know why but this time I decided to check out the summary. And I can say that I enjoyed the show.

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Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu

Status: Complete

You can have it all if you have brains and find romance

My second time reading the manga, and it’s just as good as reading it the first time round. It’s similar to Horimiya in the sense that what you see is not exactly what you get, and it’s these types of manga which I enjoy reading over and over.

Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu has an interesting main girl called Hibino Tsubaki. She’s a smart cookie but fails to get into the elite high school she’s been wanting to go to and fails to be the top student in the high school she’s able to get into. Bad luck much? I guess you could say her hopes aren’t completely dashed when she meets the student who beat her to first place in this school’s entrance exams, but then that’d be lying…to a certain extent. He’s called Tsubaki Kyouta (also a strong main guy and I hope the names don’t confuse any of you!) and turns out to be a rude guy to Tsubaki when they first meet in school, resulting in her cutting his hair in disgust. As punishment, he vows to take all her “first times”, but little do they know that this blossoms into something they soon learn to cherish. Continue reading

Horimiya

Status: Ongoing


Don’t judge a book by its cover, cos romance and friendship can blossom from anywhere

It’s true, and Horimiya proves that with a strong main guy and girl who are nothing like those you find in romance manga. And I may say that about all the romance manga I have read so far, but this time I mean it.

Hori Kyoko is popular, beautiful and smart, and Miyamura Izumi is the type no one wants to associate themselves with due to his appearance, and his grades aren’t all that. This is them during school hours though. After school, Kyoko dresses down and looks somewhat like a simple housewife, and takes care of her little brother Souta since her parents are busy most of the time. Then there’s Izumi, who ties his hair back, revealing his many ear piercings, takes off his glasses, and wears short sleeved tops which reveal his tattoos. Yes, he has tattoos! And they’re not just on his arm; he also has some on one side of his body. See now what I mean by don’t judge a book by its cover? Continue reading