Where it all began…
…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
Who said the game was over?
So after watching one episode, I reviewed Overlord and then dropped the series. I didn’t give it the benefit of the doubt back then, but I did this time, and I realised how much I was missing and how bad my first review must have been. Overlord is definitely better than what my review (may or may not) say, but then again I haven’t gone back to check what I wrote. You can check it on my Blogger (not giving you a link because this review will sell Overlord to you). Continue reading
A treat for all the Fruits Basket fans out there!
I absolutely love Fruits Basket, and for those of you who have been with me since the beginning will know this from one of my very first (and very dull) reviews I posted back when the blog was called Only Animanga. But times have changed, and I hope my posts have changed for the better and are keeping you guys interested and awake while reading them.
So, Watashi no Ookami-kun. I came across this when I went to Forbidden Planet in London and was checking out what manga they have (and wow do they have a big manga collection!). The synopsis did mention that this is a manga for fans of Fruits Basket, and it didn’t lie. I really enjoyed it.
It’s a very short series though, only four volumes long I believe. Now I like stories of different lengths so I’m not fussed about this because you do find hidden gems in the short series of manga and anime out there, and this is one of them. Continue reading
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
Sha la la laaa
Is the first thing you’ll remember before you realise what a gem this anime is. Flying Witch is a nice breath of fresh air from all the anime and manga that scream action, death, adventure, blood, violence, fantasy etc., instead giving you lovely, calm and slow-paced moments with a lovable witch and her cat in the form of 15-year old Kowata Makoto and Chito.
Before I go into that, here’s the story. Makoto is in-training and moves from Yokohama to Aomori where her second cousins are living in order to become a fully-fledged witch. They’re a laid back bunch who are pretty chill with all the supernatural things that come their way since Makoto stays with them, after all the surprises the kids go through before it becomes the norm for them. It brings a nice twist into the story as Makoto’s life intertwines with theirs, yet at the same time their lives are intertwining with hers as she learns some skills that’ll assist in her witch training. Continue reading
One does not simply play video games
Yet the older generation complain about how they aren’t good for us. Well, No Game No Life has proved them wrong. Apart from being completely antisocial like our MCs and siblings Shiro and Sora, to the point where we’re unable to survive beyond the protection of the dark enclosure sealed by 4 walls with a small square emitting light and pictures in front of our very eyes. I have yet to get that far, but I do sometimes prefer being at home playing games rather than out and about. Continue reading
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
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.
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