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01 January 2017 @ 09:25 am
Won't be crossposting here from DW anymore. (I've archived everything from LJ...just have to find a good importing tool.)
 
 
29 December 2016 @ 08:05 pm


Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan 91-120! the end of this season. Saiki's visit with his grandparents was cute. Love the show's cute cliffhangers. His brother and his summer vacation were also covered in these episodes. While the production value was pretty mediocre, I enjoyed the dry humour. ~7/10 rating~ for silly short episodes.



Natsume Yuujinchou Go 7-11! the end of this season. Episode 8 was a flashback episode focusing on Natori at a time where he tries to educate himself on youkai and exocism. He also met Matoba along the way. The flashback to Touko and Shigeru's past was sweet, too. ~8/10 rating~ for another pleasant season. The elaboration on Natori and Touko's pasts were interesting. After 5 seasons, I shouldn't expect too much conflict, but I wish Natsume did have some sort of end game. We'll see what season 6 brings.



3-gatsu no Lion 7-11! The shogi cat song was cute. Rei and Nikaido tried to teach Hina shogi in episode 7. Episode 9 started off potentially depressing but had an amusing end. The episode after 11 is a recap episode, so the next new episode won't air until next year.
 
 
26 December 2016 @ 11:43 am
Here's a list of curious winter anime...

Youjo Senki: A story featuring a salesman who annoys God and becomes reincarnated as a young bratty-looking girl in a world of war and magic. I like the tag 'Saga of Tanya the Evil'...I'll probably watch the first episode because the premise sounds funny.

ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka: based on a manga by Natsume Ono is about a government inspector who does his job. The world looks interesting for a slice-of-life manga.

Spirit Pact: a fantasy BL story based on a Chinese manhua...actually looks fairly mediocre, but we'll see.

Tales of Zestiria the X season 2: more of the high budget fantasy anime.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou Hen: A return to the manga's plot rather than original anime fillers. Hoping for some fun shounen action.
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23 December 2016 @ 08:30 pm
..there's a fair amount of buzz about this show...

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Yuri!!! on Ice 1-12! the end. (yes, this should be called OMG-Binge-Watch-the-sh*t-of-out-this-Fanservice-on-Ice) This is very cheesy (from the theme songs, the characters, dialogue, episode 10! the end!!!...), so much so that it is quite funny and fairly likable if you are open to the fujoshi genre. A young Japanese man named Yuri idolizes a five-time world champion Russian ice skater, Victor, and becomes a professional ice skater himself. Victor sees Yuri in an online video and goes to Japan to coach him. In the first plot arc, a young Russian skater also named Yuri (dubbed Yurio) follows Victor to Japan. Both Yuri's get Victor to choreograph a program for them to see who gets Victor as a coach. Japanese Yuri then competes with Victor as his coach. There's plenty of skin (Yuri's family owns a spa), manly tears, and BL fanservice. ~9/10 rating~ for a fast-paced, surprisingly funny, heart-warming show. The production is pretty high quality considering the target audience and the subject matter. The skating sequences are watchable.
 
 
23 December 2016 @ 08:19 pm
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Chef: Mitsuboshi no Kyushoku 4-10! the end. Chef Mitsuko decides to open her own restaurant/food stall after she learns that her former boss is preventing her from getting hired anywhere else. She also continues to work at the school's lunches, too. Her character's energy and passion are fun to watch. The conflict between Mitsuko and Araki in episode 7 was pretty interesting as Araki's food truck seems to defeat Mitsuko's food stall for much of the episode. The show was one of the most uplifting shows I've seen in a while. Mitsuko and the other school lunch workers are a fun group, and they are able to defeat all the problems that come their way. ~10/10 rating~ would watch again. I enjoyed the way she danced to her own tune while the other school workers did their morning exercises, and how she interacted with the soccer kids.
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15 November 2016 @ 08:47 pm
The Full Metal Alchemist live-action trailer is online. Looks nice! I hope it's entertaining like the Kenshin movies, and not like the badly-written Attack on Titan movies.

ClassicaLoid 2-6! Beethoven continues to obsess over gyoza while Mozart is convinced Kanae is in love with him. Sousuke tries to find out what triggers their 'muzik' transformation. Chopin/Cho-chan shows up in episode 3 as a painfully shy character. Liszt also shows up as a busty woman. Schubert is a character obsessed with Beethoven. We find that they were created by Kanae's eccentric father so she doesn't feel lonely...or something like that. Though unusual, the show gets repetitive as Kanae continues to worry about money and continually tries to kick the classicaloids out. Dropped.

Drifters 2-4! We learn that the ones pulling the strings are the megane blond, Murasaki, and evil-looking, black-haired girl, Easy. Episode 2-3 continues scenes of extreme violence with weird comedic breaks. 3 was pretty confusing with all the different Drifters showing up, but near the end, they reveal that they are wanted to fight the 'Enders' who are insane and evil Drifters. I don't know enough of the historical figures to care. Dropped.

Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan 41-90! 45 was about how Saiki can sorta cheat on exams to stay unnoticed at school, and how it backfires on him when he places below brainless Nendo. The next story arc covers the school trip to Osaka. It's nice to see that despite his internal grumblings, Saiki somewhat cares for his classmates. Looks like this show got more episodes on order which is fine by me since each 4 minute episode is fun to watch.

Fune wo Amu 3-5! Majime's landlady's granddaughter comes to live with her and becomes Majime's love interest. The characters also overcome the threat of the dictionary becoming cancelled.

Natsume Yuujinchou Go 2-6! Small youkai children are the cutest and Natsume can't help himself from solving their problems. In episode 3-4, Matoba manipulates Natsume into doing what he wants but fails to get him to join the Matoba clan. Unfortunately, there are some large plot points like Natsume's grandmother, Matoba's grand plan, if any, and Natori's shiki tattoo that seem to be forever unanswered.

3-gatsu no Lion 2-6! We are introduced other shogi players and their outgoing personalities. Episode 4 was about how Nikaido meets the sisters and it was adorable. And Rei tells us about his past and how he was adopted into a shogi-obsessed family after his biological family passed away in a car accident in episode 5. This anime hasn't really educated the viewer on how to play shogi yet, but apparently Rei is very good. Ah ha, the live-action movie trailer is up. Looks good!
 
 
12 November 2016 @ 06:40 pm
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Moonlight Drawn by Clouds 15-18! the end. The show continued being a struggle to watch until episode 17 or so when Ra-on's father was put on trial. And when the Prince's bodyguard got killed, I was pretty darn angry for the 5 minutes they led me to believe he was actually dead. Anyway, the Queen's baby switcharoo and Prime Minister's plots were unraveled fairly quickly. And the Prince now King lives happily ever after. ~6/10 rating~ for a fun premise, but predictable and rather not-so-fun kdrama.

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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo 14-20! the end. The flashbacks were cute in episode 15. With the 3rd prince back from the dead and on the throne, he decided to get rid of potential problems including some of his brothers. The 10th prince and wife brought a little levity to all the backstabbing, and their deaths were unfortunate. The 3rd prince quickly went crazy, and died leaving the 4th to take the throne. The pace rushed through different plot points during the second half of the drama, and this sorta resulted into the 4th prince now king's personality deteriorating. I wish writers took the original Chinese story-turned-drama, and filled some of the plot holes. They spent a lot of time developing the 8th's prince's love for Hae-su rather than the 4th's. (maybe she's just falls for Lee Jun-ki's charming looks and pushy personality over the 8th's stoicism) Hae-su was the weakest part of the story. She began as 21st century girl with spunk and then rapidly turned into a weak female lead whose only purpose was to stare doe-eyed into the camera. Thankfully, the supporting female characters were awesome and also beautiful (even the evil princess)...unfortunately, they all get killed off. The song they used for all the deaths was pretty lovely. ~8/10 rating~ for a drama that had so many high quality aspects to that it was lovely to watch. The costuming was really beautiful for both the men and women. None of the supporting characters were potato-looking actors, so it was a feast for the eyes to see them in the costumes. You could tell by the actors/kpop stars that they hired that this was a big budget drama. The fight choreography and outdoor scenes were also quite above your average drama. I suppose we're supposed to be satisfied that the 4th Prince did not turn out to be the blood-thirsty King Hae-su remembers in the history books, but really, they should have shown his reincarnation when they returned to the present time.

The Moon that Embraces the Sun 1-20! the end. Wanted to watch a sageuk kdrama that had super-high ratings to compare it to the other two. This had some strong lead characters and the female love interest was refreshingly intelligent. This does suffer from overly complicated evil plots and the beginning with the kids was weird when the 16-17 year olds were wanting to marry the 12 year old. And then it got weird when they all grew up and some of the cute kids turned out to be unattractive adults. Anyway, this was about two princes (the two suns) and two candidates for princess (the two moons). Both the Crown Prince and illegitimate Prince fall for a pretty girl while the Queen, evil ministers, not-so-pretty girl, the Crown Prince's sister use a shaman's black magic to kill off the pretty girl. The shaman only half-kills her and they all grow up to meet each other again. ~7/10 rating~ for a pretty standard drama. The two main leads had some good banter and character chemistry (not real romantic chemistry, but good compatibility). The side characters all got was due to them..even the illegitimate prince...who redeemed himself for being a dull character at the end, but still deserved that lame death scene.
 
 
03 November 2016 @ 10:44 pm
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Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku jmovie! starts out with Chihaya and Taichi going to see Arata to find out why he quit karuta. Taichi is an awesome, nice guy. I do enjoy hopelessly rooting him on. The movie follows Chihaya as she obsesses over the queen, and the inevitable match. Shinobu appears more likable in the movie versus the anime. ~9/10 rating~ for highly engaging movie about a card game I have no desire to play. And for near-perfect casting. There will be another movie next year. The manga is still incomplete, so I look forward to more.

Ie Uru Onna 1-10! the end. This jdrama is a fun, episodic show about a female real estate agent, Machi Sangenya, who can sell any home. Her robotic and over-the-top, go-getter personality makes her appear cold to her coworkers, but she consistently helps her clients buy and sell homes. ~7/10 rating~ for a light-hearted drama with quirky characters. Yeah, I'm never going to afford a house in Tokyo.

Chef: Mitsuboshi no Kyushoku 1-3! jdrama. is about an arrogant, 3-star, female chef who is fired after the restaurant owner frames her for food poisoning. She isn't able to find a new job until a reality tv producer asks her to make school lunch more appetizing for children. It's fun to see the different challenges she faces as she deals with her pride, the school restrictions, and the children.
 
 
28 October 2016 @ 11:29 pm
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Fune wo Amu 1-2! Proof that Japan will give a decent budget to create anime out of any subject matter. The story starts with a dictionary editor who is trying to find his replacement after he takes an early retirement to care for his wife. He finds a promising candidate in a bland, book-loving salesman, Mitsuya Majime. The opening made me think of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, a BL anime, but it isn't BL. A little annoyed that it is on Amazon Prime UK but not Amazon Prime US...c'mon, what's the hold-up? This is based on a novel and was an award-winning live-action movie in 2013 in Japan. It was a little hard to find the movie online, but of course, I found and watched it...

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Fune wo Amu jmovie! stars Ryuuhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki and Joe Odagiri (others too, but those three are the most recognizable actors). The movie is a little slow and lacks the visual prettiness of the anime, but there's something very innately Japanese about the care and dedication in which the characters produce the dictionary. ~6/10 rating~ for quiet, unassuming storytelling. (yes, mildly boring).
 
 
09 October 2016 @ 11:01 am
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ClassicaLoid 1! one of the most absurd anime premises I've seen since Penguin Revolution. Kanae lives in her late grandmother's mansion with two friends of her father, Beethoven and Mozart. Her 'musician' childhood friend, Sousuke, also spends an awful amount of time at her house, too. In episode 1, she has to sell the property due to financial reasons. Just as the construction crew starts, they cause Beethoven to drop the gyoza he was cooking, and he angrily does a Sailor Moon transformation into a Classicaloid. He magically convinces them to leave and Kanae et al continue to live in the house. There's even dancing mech. Cut to Bach sitting in the dark who looks like the bad guy. The production and background music are very colorful and fun.

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Drifters 1! Seemingly random Japanese military figures are plucked out of history and thrown into a new world by a mysterious guy in glasses. The elf-eared locals call them Drifters. The show starts off with some serious & violent fighting, but after the halfway point you get some silly comedy. It's a stylish and unique.

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Natsume Yuujinchou Go 1! the 5th season seamlessly continues where the they left off three years ago. Natsume continues to encounter the supernatural and helps them. In episode 1, Natsume seems to be focused on learning more about his grandmother, Reiko. Maybe we'll get her whole story this season?

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3-gatsu no Lion 1! Can't go wrong with the production by Shaft. It's visually lovely. This is about a young shogi player, Rei, who lives by himself. There's an overly genki family who tends to watch out for him. I'm fond of Bump of Chicken, so I enjoy both the opening and ending songs. I also liked the French song in the beginning. A two part live action movie is a scheduled for 2017.