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Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000%

1000% isn’t enough for these guys!

Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 2000 logo

Name: Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000%

Japanese Name: うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ マジLOVE 2000%

Air Date: April 3 2013 – June 26 2013

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Episodes: 13

PLOT

Entering her Master’s course, Haruka Nanami is facing an even more difficult time. And she isn’t the only one. The main six members of ST☆RISH are assigned new seniors to watch over them! But the seniors aren’t having the best attitudes about it.

Watch Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% and find yourself completely engaged in a whole new adventure mixed in with comedy and romance!

UTAPRI HAS RETURNED! Oh my life was so bland until you came bouncing back into my life, I’m crying with joy o( ╥﹏╥ )o I can hardly contain my excitement! I love UtaPri so much because of the extremely catchy songs and of course the handsome fellas who pop up! I mean, who doesn’t like to fawn over gorgeous male cartoons? Name one person who doesn’t. UtaPri is my bundle of joy and no one can take it away from me no matter how hard they try!

I can guarantee that I will be singing along to every song that pops up, it’s hard NOT to right? Please excuse the many faces I will pull in this review… it’s so hard not to, but it must be done. If you don’t pull faces like these whilst watching UtaPri, then you my friend have something wrong with you. Oh, and please excuse the excessive amount of photos I post… I really can’t help it.

First Impressions

Haruka and crew are back and this time instead of being students at the prestigious Saotome Academy, they’re budding idols! The first episode just gets back into the swing of things and re-introduces us to our darling guys, who’ve been absent from our lives for nearly two years… come here Tokiya and Ren, come into my arms and give me a BIG kiss (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ mwuaaaa! Well, our boys have gotten seniors to help them hone their skills as idols. Their seniors are none other than the group seen at the end of season 1. Turns out, they’re a popular group named QUARTET★NIGHT; Reiji Kotobuki is Tokiya’s and Otoya’s mentor, Ranmaru Kurosaki is Ren’s and Masato’s mentor, Ai Mikaze is Syo’s and Natsuki’s mentor and Camus is Cecil’s mentor. Oh, and did I mention that Cecil joined the Master’s Course? Yeah, even I was shocked. I do however, have taken a liking to the fellas of QUARTET★NIGHT; especially Ranmaru and Reiji… Tatsuhisa Suzuki and Showtaro Morikubo FTW. QUARTET★NIGHT’s song (POISON KISS) is really catchy AND the lyrics are kind of sexual if you listen closely and translate them… it doesn’t help that Ranmaru and Camus’ voices are literally in your ears; it’s unbelievably sensual… is it wrong to say I almost had an eargasm listening to this? This is my favourite song now. Done and dusted, no arguments! \(^o^)/

Quartet NightWork it boys!

The opening song by Mamoru Miyano is probably one of the best I’ve ever heard. In fact, I love it so much that I downloaded it the moment it was released! The song is called ‘Kanon’ and I have to say, the lyrics and composition are spectacular. Heck, I even know the lyrics off by heart. I need to get a life. If only I bothered. But you know what really caught my attention? The ending song ‘Maji Love 2000%’ by none other than our ST☆RISH boys. It’s just as catchy (maybe slightly more!) as the season 1 ending however this time, they have some sexy new dance moves to show off! You’ll know what I mean when you watch them do their thing… I want them so bad (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ you don’t believe me? Oh ho my dear friends, watch the ending credits and you shall be taken into a world you’ve always dreamt of. No jokes:

Natsuki: I need you… S…
Tokiya: I feel you… T…
Cecil: I miss you A…
Ren: I kiss you R…
Otoya: I believe you I…
Syo: I hold you S…
Masato: I want you H…
All: ST☆RISH forever!

My favourite episode so far has to be episode 4. Masato Hijirikawa is the main lad in this and he has an audition for the leading role in a historical drama. Problem is, there’s a scene where he passionately embraces the leading female and being…urm, Masato, he gets incredibly flustered about it. So the ST☆RISH boys help Masato practice and the result is… Tokiya dresses up as the female. TOKIYA MY BABY, WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOU?! Their efforts are all wasted since Masato can’t embrace the female, especially because that said female is Tokiya. My poor poor baby got rejected 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。on the bright side, Masato manages to pass the audition! All he had to do was imagine that he was embracing Haruka. Oh, you player… you have crawled your way into my heart ❤

Poor Masa-chanThey all had to hold in their laughter… Tokiya wasn’t exactly the best cosplayer プッ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵

Midway Impressions

Otoya is just a big ball of sunshine. He’s so adorable that I could hug him right now! He’s such a pure soul, I personally think we’re related somehow! Otoya was helping out at the orphanage he grew up in because they were having a fundraiser or something and then the children came up with the brilliant idea to host a haunted house! I thought it was super cute when he held hands with Haruka as she was so scared, although now that I look back on it, there was nothing THAT scary. Anyways, the fundraiser wasn’t getting much awareness so Otoya sings. Then the rest of the group turns up… in teddy bear suits ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ how adorable is that?! I just wanted to squeeze them go to sleep whilst cuddling them… wouldn’t that be nice?

Teddy bearsKAWAIIII!~❤

Is it me, or has Ren gotten even SEXIER than the last time I saw him? That man will not stop at any lengths to make me love him even more than I already do. He just oozes sexual pheromones and it doesn’t help that Junichi Suwabe voices him with that low, teasing voice. It’s always Suwabe-san who voices the flirty, playboy types… but it’s not like I don’t enjoy hearing that voice! Honestly, what am I going to do? Seriously episode 6 was just… I can’t even put it into words. And when I re-winded the episode to watch it again, I hear this:

Ren: “I had no idea my songs were making you so hot.”

(O_O) … *nosebleed* \(//∇//)\

Holy crap. I think I just died.

What makes this even better is that Suwabe-san used that REALLY seductive voice. You know the one where he’s practically saying “it’s sexy time!”. It rung in my ears (I was wearing headphones so it was like he whispered to me!), gave me another eargasm \(^o^)/ and it actually made my cheeks flush! My mum thought I had a fever and nearly took my temperature, god bless her… but I can’t exactly tell her that an animated character is seducing me… she’d get slightly worried. Unless I can get her into anime, then she can see why I’m always wetting myself laughing; what a lovely thought! Anyway, this particular scene happened during Ren’s episode where he participates in a fashion show and suddenly, a power-cut happens. All the girls and fans attending whine before Ren decides to sing his song – Orange Rhapsody. Let me tell you now, this type of song suits Ren best. It was incredibly jazzy and I couldn’t help but dance in my seat as I listened. Here’s some advice, to get the most out of this episode (and Ren’s gorgeous voice), watch it with headphones in… it’s much better that way! (๑´ლ`๑)

RenThat wink is a crime against humanity.

The music is even better than the first season! They’re more catchy than before and they’re even more fitting for the characters. Problem is… where’s Tokiya’s? Everyone else has had one so far and he’s the only who hasn’t had the chance to sing… he’s left out. And I was so looking forward to hearing Mamo-chan’s harmonic voice (-_-) if I don’t hear his idol song within the next two episodes, I am going to lose it. I really am. It’s more likely that they put Tokiya’s episode towards the end of the series… because I am totally shipping Tokiya x Haruka. Maybe not TOTALLY because I love him dearly too and I have hope that he’ll one day be mine (highly improbable, but I can dream), but because I think he and Haruka look cute together. Oh, but then she looks good with all the other guys… Otoya x Haruka, Syo x Haruka, Natsuki x Haruka, Masato x Haruka and Ren x Haruka… I CHANGED MY MIND. THEY’RE ALL PERFECTION, SHE SUITS ALL OF THEM. I SHIP THEM ALL.

Overall Opinion

Reiji: “Give in to temptation.”
Ai: “My promise to you.”
Ranmaru: “I rock you hard.”
Camus: “With my deep emotion.”

I gave in to temptation (damn) and watched Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000%. And they surely did what they said. Please read my review for the first season if you have not read it yet.

The plot continues from the previous series where Haruka Nanami and ST☆RISH – composing of Tokiya Ichinose, Otoya Ittoki, Masato Hijirikawa, Ren Jinguji, Syo Kurusu and Natsuki Shinomiya – have now become professionals after their successful debut, and must now win the prestigious ‘UtaPri’ award in order to be recognised as true idols. It isn’t going to be easy though, because first of all, they have to train with their new senpais in the Master Course! Plus with the addition of Cecil Aijima, a new and formidable rival for Haruka’s affections appears! This plot was rather lighthearted and simple like the first season, but that is what’s needed in anime nowadays; not too OTT or underrated. However there was indeed more plot in comparison. As like before, the episodes were separated so each one focused on one particular character or the entire group. The way this was carried out was particularly good, as we viewers get to know each individual more and each episode connects to the other to form one, fluid plot. On the downside, the predictability was quite obvious and there was not much tension or suspense in the build-up to the final challenge: rival group, HE★VENS vs ST☆RISH. At this point, we all knew who was going to win. What made up for all of this was possibly the comedy. Humourous scenes were executed well one after the other, and constantly made me laugh non-stop; the jokes and comedy was similar to Ouran High School Host Club.

Animation was pretty much the same as the first season – none of the characters have had any significant changes so it’s all good. The animation maintained its usual splendor and elegance we all loved from season 1, and our ST☆RISH boys haven’t changed a bit! Backgrounds weren’t as visually stunning, but they were still appealing to look at (perhaps stare if they boys were there…) and the buildings looked grand as they should. Architecture is important in anime after all otherwise, where would all the characters live?! xD

TokiyaTokiya, you know you’re my favourite right?

Character development is something I have difficulty reviewing with this series. Haruka may have been the driving force behind ST☆RISH, but it was the guys who pulled through and had the most contribution to this series – I am NOT saying this out of favouritism. With the addition of Cecil into the group, he also brought along the flair and conflict needed… I say conflict because, he is a love rival after all! There is also the senpais from QUARTET★NIGHT: Reiji Kotobuki, Ranmaru Kurosaki, Ai Mikaze and Camus who act as mentors. Admittedly the senpais didn’t really help with ST☆RISH’s progression and development, they were just there for the sake of it and barely interacted with each other let alone ST☆RISH. The only one who made the most effort was Reiji, with the last three slowly warming up to them towards the end of the series. There was also the introduction of rival idol group and favourite to win the UtaPri award, HE★VENS, consisting of Eichi Otori, Kira Sumeragi and Nagi Mikado. Although they acted as the antagonists for ST☆RISH, they just seemed like a bunch of pretty faces thrown in for more fanservice. I really hoped QUARTET★NIGHT and HE★VENS would get more screentime and development, but sadly this wasn’t done.

HEAVENSThat was a… fiery performance?

Being a series about music, it’s fairly obvious that the music had to be… well, amazing. The composition this time round was perhaps even better than the first season, and when left in the hands of Elements Garden – a famous group of Japanese music composers – you get a whole horde of fantastic tunes. The opening theme song Kanon – sung by none other than Mamoru Miyano – features more guitar and piano than the first season opening (Orpheus), and was leaning more towards rock. Nonetheless, it was still a great song to listen to. However the animated sequence left me going “what the actual…?” at certain points: at one stage, Haruka and the ST☆RISH boys fly around underwater covered in sparkly stuff… and then Haruka leaps out the water NAKED. Was that really necessary? Insert songs were actually much better than the ones in season 1. Some may argue with me, but it is my honest opinion. I view it this way because the songs suited the characters more, and reflected their personalities properly. The BGM remained the same as the first season; always matching the mood and atmosphere of the situation. Finally, the cast ensemble is brilliant. Their voices portray the characters well and make them come to life – they really make them their own characters, so it’s no wonder the seiyuus are fond of them!

If you watched and enjoyed the first season, then it’s almost a given that you’ll enjoy the second season too! Sequels are notoriously known for not living up to its predecessor’s standards, but surprisingly, Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% has managed to exceed the greatness of Maji Love 1000%! UtaPri is a series for everyone and is not just limited to females… males can enjoy this too! I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and I’m hoping that there will be a season three… because that ending is illegal.

Nisenpaa (Hey!) Saikoo na LOVE (Get you!)
Kimi to dake (Jump!) Yes! Happy PULSE (Syun! Syun!)
Kakumei STARLIGHT
Maji de suki da yo (Yes, we love you)
Eien ni…
Zenryoku zenkai de nisenpaa kimi no koto wo Love you
Ba, Bang! Ja, Jan!! Love you☆

NB: We all knew from the beginning that I am biased towards Mamoru Miyano… so Tokiya is obviously my favourite! He’s just too ASDFGHJKL; I can’t ignore him (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧.

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Quickie: Brothers Conflict Premiere Date Revealed!

Brothers Conflict has finally gotten a premiere date! This is great news and it couldn’t come any better for us girlies! We’re in for a treat this summer, because a lot of anime is coming for us… get this date slated in, because you’re going to need it if you want more men to drool over.

Brothers Conflict is set to air in Japan on July 2nd; the day before the long-awaited premiere of Kouji Ouji’s Free! meaning that first week of July will indeed be a bishie fest. These two shows would be battling it out for ratings then! It’s also a coincidence that Brothers Conflict‘s premiere is on the same day as my prom, which is just… I can’t put it into words, but maybe the correct word for my mood right now would be ‘ecstatic’.

What anime series are you looking forward to this year? There are plenty to look forward to, but I have to say, I’m excited for Kuroko’s Basketball season 2… not forgetting Free! too. I do like swimming… especially if hot men are involved.

2013 is going to be a good year for anime! I just know it!


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Quickie: Key Visual for Brothers Conflict!

Ok, I know this is REALLY late but I do have a valuable excuse! With revision underway and my first exam beginning next week, things have gotten pretty hectic for me!

Anyway, a key visual for the upcoming anime adaption of Brothers Conflict has been released online. Take a look!

Brothers Conflict key visual

What have they done to you Fuuto and Kaname?! T-they look so weird! Excuse me while I pick myself off the floor and plonk myself back into my chair. I think I had a heart attack. They better not turn up in the anime looking like that, they need to show off their attractiveness! I better get back to revision, I’m too ashamed to look at this anymore…


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AMNESIA

“Who am I?”

AMNESIA logo

Name: AMNESIA

Japanese Name: アムネシア

Air Date: January 7 2013 – March 25 2013

Studio: Brain’s Base

Episodes: 12

PLOT

This story takes place in a fictional town, in a fictional country, in a fictional world. One morning, a young lady awakens to find that she has lost all her memories prior to that morning. Her life, her relationships, her very name—all gone. All that’s left is a cell phone with numbers and names she doesn’t recognise and Orion, a young boy that only she appears to be able to see. With Orion’s guidance, she struggles to make sense of herself, a boyfriend she doesn’t know and the thousand and one little things that make up a daily life. But with no memories left, the only alternative is to forge new ones, even if that means leaving old loves behind.

[via Sentai Filmworks]

I have been waiting for the anime adaption of AMNESIA for quite a while now. As long as I can remember really! When the first episode aired, I went straight for it; completely ignoring my backlog and my conscience. I’m not joking, it was screaming at me to wait until I’m finished with Polar Bear’s Café but I have no reason to apologise. I only wanted to see and hear my darling bishies brought to life since I’m unable to play the game!

First Impressions

If you want to read the individual character routes, then read Rin’s blog. They will help to understand the plot of the anime in some way.

You wouldn’t be able to understand my happiness when I heard that AMNESIA was going to be adapted into an anime but the big question that’s eating away at my mind is, who’s route are they going to base the anime on? The highly probable answer would be Shin since he’s the poster boy of the entire franchise but I’m hoping they’ll follow Ukyou’s instead. Why? He’s the canon of the game and his plot in the otome game is just epic. Words can’t describe how epic his route is. It just is and that’s why he’s the canon of the game. I also think that you can get more out of Ukyou’s plot and to be honest, I think that the heroine and Ukyou are made for each other. They’re too adorable together that you can’t possibly ignore them! But I have a hunch that she may end up with Shin which gives me mixed feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Shin, Toma, Kent and Ikki but most of their routes contained bitchy fangirls which I can’t deal with bitchy fangirls can piss off and burn in hell. Nonetheless I still love the guys, no matter what hardships we have to endure in their routes ❤

The opening theme song is amazing. It starts off slow and then builds into this heavy guitar rock kind of thing which adds suspense to the series. It’s called ‘Zoetrope’ by Nagi Yanagi. The animation sequence that accompanies the song is somewhat psychedelic but it really caught my attention with the bright and vivid colours. Shame that Ukyou barely appears in that sequence though, I was quite disappointed to be frank. It’s like they just tossed him aside and that’s not fair because he’s like the main show! *Sob*

I think the animation is gorgeous. It really does bring the characters to life and I have to admit that Ikki is trying seduce me… why do you talk with such a sexy voice (*´ω`*) it’s too much! If you look at their eyes, you can see that they’re tinted with two colours which is very unusual yet so pretty and alluring. Also, their hair is dip-dyed if you pay attention. You can see green in Kent’s, blue in Ikki’s, yellow in Toma’s and red in Shin’s. It’s quite cool. I hate that these guys aren’t real. I have to slap my face to remind myself that they’re fictional characters xD

Heroine and IkkiOh Ikki, if only you weren’t so persistent of Heroine…

I definitely think that Brain’s Base are following Shin’s route after watching episode 2. Those events happened in his route but they’re misleading me because there are hints of Ikki’s, Toma’s and Kent’s routes as well which is confusing me. Worse, WHY NO UKYOU?! He needs the love. It must be obvious that I show a special fondness towards Ukyou and I would apologise, but I won’t. He’s too asdfghjkl!!! Fangirl rampage!!!!

Midway Impressions

I must have mentioned Ukyou about ten times now. I’m not giving up hope yet! The reason why I’m not giving up is because so far, they’ve been through Shin, Ikki and Kent’s routes or ‘worlds’ and at the moment, the current episode I’m watching is Toma’s. It’s a mixture of all their routes. Now, I’m getting slightly paranoid since this is our yandere nii-chan we’re talking about here and I know what he does to the Heroine later on O_o oh well. I’ll just have to endure it for now. But seriously, when that flower pot almost hit the Heroine, Toma’s reaction was the most scariest thing ever. He looked like he was about to bloody murder someone Σ(゚д゚lll)I’ll stay away for a bit…. but that’s only second to Ukyou’s dual personality. He scared the living daylights out of me! And his voice sent shivers up my spine! It was awfully scary! Looks like I’m not sleeping tonight then…

Toma clearly suspects something is going on though. When the Heroine asked if they were going out, did anyone else notice how his upper face was shadowed? Yeah, I did. He looked really suspicious then and I can only imagine what’s going to happen in future episodes. I pretty much know his route from the game off by heart (how sad) BUT IT’S SO GOOD! I can’t stop watching this series because it leaves me on edge after every episode, and I just love the thrill of that! I literally sit on the end of my chair in anticipation. Nothing says thrilling like a guy who’s out to kill the woman he loves O_o did I really just say that?

Locked inSo that’s what you were planning Toma (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧.

I’m wondering what the final episode will be like though since the anime is almost coming to an end. Who will she choose or will she choose ANYONE for that matter. I guess the director will probably leave that decision to our wild fantasies. UKYOU ALL THE WAY BABY!! *Ahem* oh I’m excited now! And before I forget, Waka is a badass manager. I may just fall in love with him xD

Overall Opinion

AMNESIA is based off a Japanese otome game of the same name by Idea Factory. As such, the series stars a main female protagonist as she encounters several hot guys that represents a different suit of a card deck. She becomes the centre of attention with her bonds with the other guys in several supposed routes/arcs that proceed the story.

The story has two main issues: the pacing and the Heroine. The pacing moves by slowly, to the point when episode 9 aired, practically nothing is known about the plot or what is going on. The story is meant to be about the Heroine collecting her memories and finding herself but that’s probably the least she’s done throughout the show because she HARDLY DOES ANYTHING OF USE.

The Heroine herself is the second issue. This girl is so bland, has barely any personality, and is used as a wish-fulfillment device that she doesn’t even have a name. None. She’s just ‘you’. Having no name makes it all the more better for the female audience however. It makes self-insertion much easier so all of us girls can imagine ourselves being cuddled by those hot bishies. Heroine isn’t your usual heroine – she provides little to no advancement to the plot and has to rely on the other characters to push her towards any direction. I understand that the girl has amnesia and all, but she could have made a bit more effort to act normal in front of the others. I mean, her voice had no emotion whatsoever. She can barely complete a sentence let alone a conversation! But we do know a few things about her: she’s around 19 years old, she has no memories prior to August 1st, she has a job at a café called Meido no Hitsuji and she is clueless with no knowledge of the world or even herself. However, all of this adds up resulting in her weak character.

Speaking of the Heroine, another issue is raised: she’s submissive. Overly submissive so to say. Almost all the guys do extremely improper things to her, like pushing her against a tree in the middle of the dark or forcefully kissing her, getting too close to her etc. She takes it and she just accepts all of this. She never fights back or sticks up for herself, and is even willing to stay with a man who she knows will eventually dump her when the time limit is up. Yes Ikki, I’m on about you \(^o^)/

The positives? The animation was beautiful and captivating as expected of Brain’s Base. The eyes look downright gorgeous and the opening theme is eye-candy for the ladies. The men are attractive, which is a key for these sorts of anime, and the backgrounds are well-created. Soundtrack was quite good and mysterious especially the melody that plays whenever the Heroine is with Ukyou. I have to give bonus points for the awesome opening song by Nagi Yanagi. The hard rock riff and suspenseful violins will never get out of my head. The way these two instruments mixed together was astounding since it’s one of those things you’d never expect. The seiyuu did a terrific job with their voice acting. Even Heroine who can rarely complete a full sentence is portrayed in a direct way to show how real and that she suffers from amnesia. All the other male characters’ voices fits their personality as well and furthermore made their characters believable.

Hide and seekHide and seek isn’t Heroine’s best game.

Back to the men, they are presented as the guys that the Heroine had connections with in the past. Each of them represent a different symbol: Shin (Heart), Ikki (Spade), Toma (Diamond), Kent (Clubs), and Ukyou (Joker). All of them are dressed in a flamboyant and interesting way with their stylish clothing which I thought were appealing, extravagant and unusual. Unfortunately though, they don’t seem to hold any more meaning to that. There are the odd occasion where a memory does return to the Heroine but that’s all. The main problem here is the story. It’s based on a game so of course there would be alterations but I feel like the series is rushed too fast due to the amount of episodes given.

SPOILER: Ukyou’s evil persona takes over and attempts to kill Heroine before the clock strikes twelve so he can survive. Heroine is terrified and accepts here fate but Orion encourages her to fulfil Ukyou’s wish: to keep on living. Ukyou returns to normal for a brief moment and tells her to run. Heroine takes the opportunity and runs. Evil Ukyou eventually catches up to her and is about to stab her when Ukyou returns to normal and stabs himself in the heart. After a long confession, Ukyou dies but his wish is fulfilled so both Heroine and Ukyou are saved. Orion then reveals the reasoning behind the leap between parallel worlds and time reversing. Orion and Heroine part ways and she goes through a door where she sees five cards floating: heart, spade, joker, clubs and diamond. She chooses one of them unknown to the audience and returns to that world.

Although AMNESIA got generally poor reviews, I have to say that I personally loved it. Way to be the odd one out Jimmy (-__-) I loved AMNESIA not only because it’s based off the popular otome game, but also how it manages to keep the mystery and suspense from the game itself. It’s like they’re deliberately with holding information from us in order to shake up the plot, which is why it’s hard to understand. Yes there may seem like no plot at all, but I think that it’s the directors way of saying “figure this out yourself”. I admit that I’m slightly disappointed at the outcome but it’s done and over with. If this series had more episodes than a better conclusion could have been done. Again, the director left the ending to our imaginations.

I wouldn’t recommend this series for anyone who isn’t into the whole otome game thing, and those who’ve already read reviews that’s said this series was probably one of the worst. I even heard people saying that AMNESIA should just be forgotten. Uh, how about no?

Orion“Thankyou Jimmy for saying we’re ok!”

So after all that, who were my favourite guys?

1. (tie) Ukyou and Toma… apparently I prefer creepy and overly protective characters?
2. (tie) Kent and Ikki
3. Shin

I don’t have anything against Shin personally; I love the boy and everything, but I can’t seem to get my head around the reason why he’s my least favourite out of the dateable characters. Maybe it’s because I’m not a major fan of poster boys and how they’re always the one who’s most likely to get the girl. It just seems unfair to the others. Ukyou and Toma are my examples for this. My babies need the love.

UkyouLook how much my baby is suffering (´;ω;`)

As some of you may know, I’m watching Sword Art Online now. I have to plead guilty here since I’ve only watched… two episodes. Eek! I’m sorry! I’ve been distracted by so many things like Kuroko’s Basketball. No really, this is like the millionth time I’ve re-watched it. Major obsession with basketball at the moment! So, the review for Sword Art Online may take a while. We’ll never know!


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Hiiro no Kakera Dai-ni-Shou

With 2013 upon us and the new anime season arriving, I’m getting myself into the otome game mood ready for the première of AMNESIA.

Hiiro no Kakera 2 logo

Name: Hiiro no Kakera Dai-ni-Shou

Japanese Name: 緋色の欠片 第二章

Air Date: September 30 2012 – December 23 2012

Studio: Studio DEEN

Episodes: 13

PLOT

As the monster within Takuma begins to rise, Tamaki realises that she loves him. However, Logos and allies they once trusted will do anything they can to separate the two. Everything from the past is revealed and all that’s left is to clear the way for a bright future. That is, if it’s still possible.

[via Anime News Network]

I have returned my beautiful bishies! Why am I watching this when I said that I won’t watch any anime during the holidays? Because I can’t wait that long to watch anime again after a long period of time. Plus I have nothing better to do in this holiday period. I may as well do something to relieve my boredom and torture. Yeah, I did say torture. My family are driving me crazy! I’m almost up to that point where I may run up the wall in a fit of madness!

Well I can’t live without anime, it’s a huge part of my life! The sad child I am. My reason for watching Hiiro no Kakera again is because I wanted to see Yuuichi, Takuma and Ryou again and hear their wonderful voices as quickly as possible… they move me.

First Impressions

Gah, she’s back! She’s back! The girl with the worst haircut on the planet has returned! I was hoping I wouldn’t have to see her face again but I stand corrected… I have to bear with it for another twelve episodes. Yeah, I’m talking about you Tamaki and your bowl cut fringe. Seriously I thought her hair would have grown out a bit but nope, it decided to stay that way ( ಠ_ಠ) thanks a lot. And her voice. Don’t get me started about her voice. It’s even more annoying than the first season! What on earth has happened?! Can I still cut her hair? The offer is still there if you want Tamaki. *Evil grin*

TamakiDon’t look at me like that. I’m not happy to see you (-_-)

My darling Ryou has returned ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ oh I love him with a burning passion and it’s quite evident that he’s one of my favourites with the amount of photos on my phone! Ryou shows up in episode 2 for a brief moment when Shinji Inukai goes for a walk. When Ryou does appear, he sniffs Shinji Σ(゚д゚lll)eh? Did I miss something here? But then he calls him a traitor and walks off. Keeping it real Ryou. However, Ryou is correct. Whilst Shinji is talking to Vier, it’s revealed through flashbacks that he has been working for Logos all this time; it was him who admitted the locations of the artifacts to Aria. Then Suguru Oomi appears as he heard the whole conversation between the two. Suguru then defects to Logos and is no longer a part of the Guardians protecting Tamaki. Oh my god. WHAT?!

Tamaki, Takuma, Mahiro and Yuuichi are shocked at the revelation of Suguru’s betrayal. It’s unlikely that Suguru would do something like that when they need him most so the question is why? Why did Suguru leave? What was his reason? These are the questions that taunt them. They are no longer the five Guardians that protect the Tamayori princess and keep the Onikirimaru sealed. I will not ramble on anymore and just go straight to the point… TAKUMA AND YUUICHI ARE STILL HOT o(≧▽≦)o they’re both kinder and gentle towards Tamaki which causes me to rage with jealousy. Why can’t I have them? 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。I deserve them more than you! I still have my hatred for Tamaki and that will never change! Grrr. Maybe I’ll like her if she changed her hairstyle, anything but that fringe would make me happy!

Yuuichi and TamakiYuuichi, you’re breaking my heart 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。

Oh yeah, turns out that Onikirimaru wasn’t sealed properly. It’s just sleeping. So now the world is doomed again… that reassures me a lot. Nothing calms me down like knowing that the world is coming to an end because of a dumb headed twit! Thanks Tamaki for making me feel at ease ( ಠ_ಠ)

Midway Impressions

At the end of each episode, one of the main male characters talks directly to the audience saying romantic things to please the ears of many girls. I’m glad they continued this from the first season because it was like seeing another side of the characters. My favourite at the moment has to be Yuuichi’s from episode 4:

Yuuichi: “I can fall asleep anywhere, but I sleep most at ease… when I’m by your side”

“That’s how comfortable it is to be next to you”

Oh Yuuichi, you know how to make a girl blush! I fangirled so much that I got a fever… again. I really shouldn’t fangirl too much, this is the millionth time that it’s happened and I’ve probably reached my limit by now. I can’t help it, it’s those sweet words they say to you; it’s like they have no shame of saying them! But knowing me, I won’t even bother trying to control my inner fangirl. It’s a part of me. There’s no helping it \(^o^)/ I would love to fall asleep to Yuuichi’s and hearing it again first thing in the morning. I’d be in heaven. Now that sounds pretty good to me! A drama CD would be nice…

On second thought, another one of my favourites was Ryou’s from episode 5. My heart skipped a beat and I found my temperature rising a little bit as well as being slightly embarrassed too. No shame, no shame at all:

Ryou: “My owner smells lovely as always. I want to always be able to enjoy your scent”

“All right?”

After that, he gets closer towards the camera and then…the episode ends. Wait. Does that mean you’re my pet Ryou? And I’m your owner? *Faints* haaa~ that was…unbelievably romantic if not a bit perverted at the same time. What are you playing at Ryou? Naughty boy eh? I like that about him *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・*

Tamaki’s grandmother is really winding me up. She puts a protective barrier around Tamaki’s room, forbids her from leaving and tells Takuma he is not allowed to see Tamaki anymore. Why are you keeping these two apart?! Can’t you see that they’re in love? Star crossed lovers, they’re like Romeo and Juliet who were tragically kept apart because of their differences. I can see the similarity because Tamaki is the Tamayori princess and Takuma is a demon. It’s not meant to be. It’s not fair. It’s too sad! Stupid old woman, why do this? (-_-) well stuff you! Love will prevail, Tamaki and Takuma will be together no matter what anybody says even if it’s against my wishes. I’m not giving up on Takuma that easily; I will not give up without a fight Tamaki! Prepare yourself!

Takuma Onizaki

Takuma, what are you angry about? It’ll be a fair fight don’t worry (^^)

Overall Opinion

This is the second season of Hiiro no Kakera. I’ve already written a review for the first one so if you would like to read it, click here.

The second season continues the story of Tamaki – the Tamayori Princess – and her Guardians. Where as the first season had no real plot and barely contained any action, season two makes up for the lack of plot and action that was missing from the first season. It’s still a slow paced anime and feels like forever to get to the ending, but overall, this season was much better. The first season is very slow and you have to be extremely patient with it if you actually had the time and patience for it.

The plot was good but in my opinion, it could have been put into one season only instead of dragging it out into a second season. It took too long for Tamaki to reach the potential of being the Tamayori princess and have the power to seal away the Onikirimaru. However it did give enough time to fully develop the characters. Tamaki was still as useless as ever but she’s grown a bit in terms of mental strength; she’s not as thoughtless as the first season where she hurried herself into being the Tamayori princess. Instead, Studio DEEN made her grow into a stronger character and the words she speaks to inspire the Guardians were encouraging. Even the antagonists pasts were developed, mainly Eins, and that was what I really liked about this series.

The animation was beautiful as always. Settings were realistic and magical with the red leaves indicating the season which the story takes place in. Every little detail was immaculate and nothing looked out of place. It truly was a wonderful thing to see for my eyes and it left me with a good impression. You could almost certainly recognise this as a shoujo anime with the handsome bishies lurking around!

The opening theme song for the second season was as good and soothing as the first one which I totally like. It was the perfect choice for this series and fitted very well with the image that Hiiro no Kakera originally portrays. I loved it so much that I’ve already downloaded it! It was more fast paced than the opening from the first season but still relaxes me whenever I hear it. The ending theme song was also as good with a more upbeat feel to it as expected from Shuhei Kita.

SPOILER: Ryou reveals that he is the true Guardian of the Inukai household. His mother hid him away when he was young so he wouldn’t have to go through the pain so Shinji was taken in and made the Guardian. Oh the lies! So where did Shinji’s power come from then?

Ryou KutaniOh Ryou…you make my heart beat faster every time I see you ❤

SPOILER 2: Drei is in possession of the Onikirimaru and plans to destroy humans who are inferior to the power of the gods. In an ensuring battle, Eins sacrifices himself to protect Aria which results in his death. Drei transforms into a hideous creature and proclaims himself a god. With Tamaki giving them strength, the Guardians set out to end Drei’s dastardly plan and manage to kill him. Tamaki then wishes Onikirimaru to disappear to which it does. Onikirimaru is no longer within the reach of humans and no one can sought out the demonic power ever again. The world is in peace at last. Thank the lord for that. Amen.

I definitely enjoyed the second season more than the first one because there was more plot and characters to build a story on. The plot was really developing and you could see the anime’s potential. Although the ending lacked a little bit, everything was improved on and I couldn’t of asked for a better season 2. I will definitely be re-watching Hiiro no Kakera many times because of the animation, music and characters. I’ve grown to love them very much! I’m gutted that Eins’ sacrifice was overlooked by the Guardians victory over Drei but it wasn’t meaningless or anything! I’m proud of Eins and he will live on in my memory. He deserves to be remembered!

Hiiro no Kakera Dai-ni-Shou exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more. What I ask now is, what is going to happen next? At the end of the final episode, Ryou says their duties as Guardians are not over yet as the Bureau of Medicine will become active. With my judgement, if a possible season 3 were based on what Ryou said, then that would be something I’d watch. I would hate to see Hiiro no Kakera end when it’s just improved. It just seems abrupt and sudden in a way. What do you guys think? Let me know by comment!

Happy New Year’s Eve! Enjoy the last moments of 2012 and I shall see you all in 2013. I’m off to watch the New Year celebrations on my TV, yay for fireworks! I hope that you’ll continue reading my blog too (^_^)


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Hakuouki Sekkaroku

Here is the review for the Hakuouki OVAs! This post will be longer than my other posts because this has less episodes, I’m giving a summary of each episode, giving my thoughts on each episode and then my overall opinion on the OVA series.

Hakuouki Sekkaroku

Name: Hakuouki Sekkaroku

Japanese Name: 薄桜鬼 雪華録

Air Date: August 5 2011 – July 27 2012

Studio: Studio DEEN

Episodes: 6

Episode 1 – Souji Okita (CV: Showtaro Morikubo)

Chizuru Yukimura is goaded by Souji Okita to be an undercover geisha again. Souji’s tuberculosis starts to plague him. Commander Isami Kondou becomes worried and orders Souji to be grounded. Chizuru goes out with the gang to celebrate her successful undercover mission and Shinpachi Nagakura gets into a drunken brawl on the way back. Isami personally dices spring onion into the porridge he asks Chizuru to cook for Souji and the latter finishes it all despite his distaste for the plant.

Episode 1 - Souji Okita

~My Thoughts~

Souji, why are you so adorable? If I counted how many times I giggled or fawned over you in that episode, it would probably be over ten times. That’s how much I love this man. Souji appears to be more manipulative and playful in this OVA than the anime. He’s obviously torn over his illness but he still tries to live life to the full by fighting. That’s the only thing he can do. He wants to be by Chizuru’s side but he doesn’t know how much longer he’ll be around for 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。Souji’s true personality begins to shine through here; it’s obvious that he’s devoted to Isami and he’s such a joker especially towards Chizuru. He also hates being kept behind during missions because of his health so he gets bored easily but he should realise that Toshi and Isami are only doing this because they care about him. They don’t want his condition to worsen because it was really difficult to cure tuberculosis in those days. Yes Souji, you are loved! Mainly by me (*´ω`*) I really enjoyed this episode as Souji’s personality cheered me up instantly and his facial expressions were adorable yet gentle. There was a hint of sadness and fondness in his eyes which made me realise that he’s suffering so much. I would wrap my arms around him and stay like that forever if that would comfort him. Souji is not the person I originally imagined at the start, he’s a strong character but he’s also weak. My only problem was that Saito appeared in this episode… too bad he did! His smile was so cute that I blushed; it was completely unexpected that I was taken back by surprise. Damn you Saito! I was praising my love for Souji and then you turned up *grumble* YOU’RE IN THE NEXT EPISODE SO WAIT PATIENTLY! Be a good boy please? This episode instantly cheered me up from my bad mood because I saw my beloved Souji, Saito and Harada again. And also the LOLs that came with it! Anyways, moving onto episode 2…

Episode 2 – Hajime Saito (CV: Kousuke Toriumi)

Hajime Saito is attracted by a fine sword in a display case and rattles on about the importance of a good sword to Chizuru, who starts laughing at his passionate outburst. Flashback at the Shinsengumi, Chizuru is asked to be an undercover geisha by Isami and Toshizo Hijikata. Chizuru becomes extremely uncomfortable at the thought of the dangerous mission, but Saito immediately proffers himself and Susumu Yamazaki as bodyguards for Chizuru. Two lecherous men try to get fresh with Chizuru and are grounded by Susumu and Saito respectively. Upon seeing the beautifully dolled up Chizuru, Saito becomes oblivious to the surroundings and prepares to stutter a declaration of love, but is rudely interrupted by his attacker’s allies. The next day, Saito and Chizuru converse on the road about what Saito wanted to say to Chizuru, but Chizuru wanders off to the topic of whether Toshizo suits having a beard. At night, Toshizo apologises to Saito for sending him off on a long and dangerous reconnaissance mission. The next morning, Saito admires the snow together with Chizuru, who gives him a snow rabbit.

Epsiode 2 - Saito Hajime

~My Thoughts~

Saito is unbelievably cute isn’t he? Unbelievably cute. He’s passionate about katanas and knows so much about them it actually baffles me, it must be because he is a fantastic swordsman himself! Here in the OVA, Saito is more relaxed and true to his feelings than the anime where he’s cold and pretty much keeps to himself. He smiles more frequently and I love that face when he does; it truly makes me happy! Who doesn’t fangirl when Saito smiles? When Saito, Susumu and Chizuru run into some trouble on their mission, Saito comes to Chizuru’s rescue however he gets caught in the moment and is blushing like the cutie he is (๑´ლ`๑) d’aww!! How can you resist that gorgeous face with one of the most adorable blushes ever? I found it hilarious when he was trying to confess to Chizuru because he punches the guy creeping up behind him as he continues his attempt to declare his love. Then the guy gets up again whilst Saito elbows him in the stomach as he tries to confess to Chizuru again xD Saito is a bit of clutz ❤ the guy’s allies arrive and Saito is obviously pissed off that they’re interrupting his ‘important’ conversation so he beats the crap out of them ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ you should never interrupt Saito when he’s talking… it’s a death sentence. The journey home was even funnier because Saito tries to confess to Chizuru again but being the dope she is, she rambles on about Toshi having a beard ( ಠ_ಠ) really? How did the conversation change from love to beards? Poor Saito…give up on the girl and settle with me. She’s clearly not interested if she steers the topic! Apart from the rudeness of a certain heroine *evil eye Chizuru* I really loved this episode! It is definitely my favourite one because Saito is friendly and warms up to the others; the complete opposite of his serious demeanor and hostile attitude which makes me love him even more! Also, he accepted the snow bunny from Chizuru which is so kind of him; a real gentleman who doesn’t care if it looks stupid… I LOVE YOU SAITO!!!

Episode 3 – Sanosuke Harada (CV: Kouji Yusa)

Sanosuke Harada takes Chizuru out shopping for groceries and meet Bakufu inspectors on the way back ripping apart the belongings of civilians during checks and roughing them up. Chizuru becomes affected and so does Harada. When a man loses his letter for home, he is stopped by the inspectors and accused of treason. The incensed Harada attacks the officers trying to arrest the hapless man and vouches on seppuku that he will bring the letter back. Kyou Shiranui sees the commotion while on a watchtower and helps a flustered Chizuru overcome the man who stole the letter. The letter is brought back and satisfies the gruntled inspectors, who lodge a complaint to Toshizo. Harada takes a half-year pay cut as punishment, but keeps mumbling about the incident. Shinpachi takes Harada out for drinks.

Episode 3 - Harada Sanosuke

~My Thoughts~

Pwahaha! Now that was funny! Harada and Shinpachi are having a drink when a geisha comes in and talks to Harada. When she leaves, Shinpachi is very annoyed at how Harada is popular with the ladies… well of course he is, he’s a ladies man! Women always flock to him! The two talk about how they shouldn’t say the Shinsengumi name so loudly as it could put Chizuru in danger. That’s right, she’s on an undercover mission to collect information. Harada then dismisses it saying that Heisuke is with her and that they shouldn’t worry, suddenly that said person opens the sliding doors and screams “where’s Chizuru?!” プッ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ LOL. The two were dumbfounded and ashamed at the same time! Harada is pretty much the same in the OVA; he’s still the lovable and gentle man I love! However, his determination stands out the most in this episode. A man wants to travel to see his sick mother but the inspectors say that he doesn’t have an official document. Harada gets really angry so he steps in front of the man and tells him to look for the document which had been stolen by a suspicious man earlier. The man and one of the Shinsengumi members dash off to search for the guy who stole it. The head inspector asks Harada what he will do if the man doesn’t return so Harada boldly declares that he will commit seppuku. So Chizuru runs off to help find the stolen document keeping in mind that Harada’s life is on the line. When they find the guy who stole it, they chase him only to lose him. Then Kyou Shiranui comes to the rescue and beats the crap out of the guy claiming that he “bumped into him without apologising”. Kyou’s not being honest! Again, I really loved this episode because Harada is a true gentleman and he’s always helping others even if his life is at risk (๑´ლ`๑) I will never tire of you Harada! You’re the perfect example of a man!

Episode 4 – Heisuke Toudou (CV: Hiroyuki Yoshino)

Heisuke Toudou gets into a brawl on the street while out with Chizuru. Chizuru tries to stop him, but Harada holds her back. Heisuke later catches a duck for dinner and Chizuru makes stew with it. While snatching a piece of duck with Shinpachi, the meat flies onto Toshizo Hijikata’s forehead. Shinpachi quickly moves to another table while Heisuke makes things worse by rattling non-stop and ultimately blaming Toshizo for it. Toshizo gives Heisuke a thrashing. Flashback to the geisha episode, where Heisuke barges into Chizuru’s room in the geisha house and is overcome by her beauty. He dashes off to demand Isami and Toshizo take Chizuru off this dangerous mission. In his absence, Chikage Kazama arrives and tries to kiss Chizuru, but is whacked by an abrupt entrance by Osen on the head. Chizuru flees. Meanwhile, back at Shinsengumi headquarters, Heisuke complains loudly to Isami and Toshizo the inappropriateness of Chizuru’s mission. Isami gives his go ahead to terminate the mission, and Heisuke runs back to Chizuru. Finding her not there, he hears the voice of Susumu Yamazaki upstairs and joins him in the fight with the drunken lechers. Next morning, Heisuke has a snowball fight with Chizuru, Shinpachi and Harada, but the latter two grab Chizuru and hide behind a tree when Toshizo appears demanding to know what happened to that the tattered screen doors.

Episode 4 - Heisuke Toudou

~My Thoughts~

Heisuke sure likes to pick fights doesn’t he? *Sigh* and it’s no help that Harada and Shinpachi don’t do anything to stop him. Toshi scolds Heisuke for being reckless. Later on Chizuru wants to cook duck stew for the others so she and Heisuke go to catch some ducks. Heisuke’s way of getting ducks is quite…extraordinary if not a bit strange! When everyone is eating the stew, Heisuke and Shinpachi grab the same piece of duck with their chopsticks and a fight between men ensues! Heisuke and Shinpachi are as childish as each other since a normal person would get another piece… but not these two ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ this is where it gets funny because the duck slips out of the chopsticks as Toshi opens the door. And guess who gets hit? Toshi. Haha! He was not pleased at all xD Heisuke tries to explain himself and starts to blame Shinpachi who’s now sitting with Harada acting civilised unlike a certain person! I like Heisuke, not just because he’s funny but also for the fact that he never backs down. He goes into things head on without thinking about the situation which gets him into trouble but even though he does that, I like his resolve and determination. I also love his bond with Harada and Shinpachi! They’re like brothers as the older two constantly tease and mess with Heisuke, real brotherly love there! Heisuke is a child at heart as he puts his own feelings above everything else but sometimes it can be for the best especially regarding to Chizuru dressing up as a geisha and infiltrating the geisha house. This makes him pure which is what appealed to me about Heisuke. My favourite part of the episode was the snowball fight at the end where Shinpachi boasts about his muscles being able to cope with the cold weather only to have a snowball thrown at his chest by Heisuke as he shivers from the coldness xD another good episode! Let’s hope it continues…

Episode 5 – Toshizo Hijikata (CV: Shinichiro Miki)

Toshizo Hijikata wakes up to first snow and sees Isami inviting his comrades leaving their first foot imprint in the snow. He composes a haiku and is overheard by Chizuru and Souji, and Souji teases him about it while asking Chizuru to compliment on his poetry. Toshizo becomes embarrassed and covers it up with angry words. Chizuru and Souji leave for breakfast. At night, Isami and Toshizo discuss about the defecting Edo, and Toshizo tells Isami about his plan to ask Saito to defect. Heisuke barges into their room and Toshizo leaves to take care of things. He arrives at the geisha house to be greeted by chaos. Saito tells Toshizo to take Chizuru away, and her dressing causes a commotion when Toshizo is walking with her towards the door. A man demands money from Toshizo for taking away a geisha, and Toshizo flares up, declaring his status as Shinsengumi vice-captain and yanking Chizuru away. Upon return, Souji teases them at the door, and Hijikata hurriedly asks Chizuru to hide away. The next day, Souji catches Toshizo hiding in a back alley observing Harada on his gate duty with the Bakufu inspectors. Saito and Shinpachi are invited for a drink with Itou, and Shinpachi is highly irritated. Toshizo meets Chikage Kazama on the streets and draws his katana when Sannan appears and stops him. Next morning, Kondou brings dangos to Toshizo’s room and everyone suddenly appears to share them. Souji grabs Toshizo’s haiku book on the table and starts reading the haiku of the snow from that one morning. He then compares it to the dango he has in his hand and Toshizo becomes embarrassed and tries to grab his book back from Souji, much to the amusement of everyone.

Episode 5 - Toshizo Hijikata

~My Thoughts~

My my! Toshi, what is there to be embarrassed about? He is so easy to embarrass, just like me (๑´ლ`๑) I think that he’s a romantic person in general although he doesn’t look it. I say that because he writes haikus and in my opinion, poems are ways of communicating your love of someone or something. I sounded very old fashioned there! No wonder though, poems are indeed romantic and Toshi’s voice perfectly suited the haikus well. It’s rare to see him smile so I was glad to see him do something that made him happy. Ah, the wonders of poetry! When Toshi sneezes and shivered because of the cold weather, I randomly said “aww” out loud. What? It was a cute sneeze. Toshi is a considerate man but he too rushes into action as he walks back to headquarters, he draws his sword when he sees Chikage Kazama. He is also the type of person who doesn’t deal with popularity well especially with women because he was hiding to keep an eye on Saito when some women spot him and gossip about him resulting in Toshi hating his new found popularity. This all happened because he was walking Chizuru home whilst she was still dressed as a geisha causing rumours to go round. Thanks a lot Chizuru for troubling poor Toshi At the end of the episode, everyone barges into Toshi’s room to eat dango that Isami brought back and the former appears very annoyed. However, I think he’s hiding that he’s glad to have company! Then Souji takes his haiku book and reads it aloud for everyone to hear ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ Toshi pulls a really attractive face here xD it was amusing to see Toshi getting flustered and chasing Souji around to get his precious book back プッ(※థэథ)∵.*. he acts like a child here which I thought was really sweet. I love Toshi as a character and I was glad to see many sides of him in this episode. From kindness to bluntness, this man is definitely in my top 3. If only Souji, Saito and Harada didn’t appear and take the spotlight… THIS IS TOSHI’S EPISODE! YOU HAD YOUR OWN!

Episode 6 – Chikage Kazama (CV: Kenjiro Tsuda)

Chikage Kazama stumbles across Chizuru at the geisha house where she’s working undercover. The two are alone in a room and Chikage tells Chizuru that she can’t fool his eyes. He says she’s beautiful enough to be his wife as he draws closer to kiss her. Osen interrupts and hits Chikage on the head telling Chizuru to run. Osen then talks to Chikage telling him what a woman wants as he dismisses it saying he doesn’t need her advice. Ignoring what Chikage says, Osen continues talking about Chizuru to which Chikage responds with how Chizuru is from the original bloodline and how the birth rate of female Oni is very low. Their conversation is stopped by the disruption of Chizuru escaping. Osen leaves the room to see what is happening, telling Chikage to wait as their talk is not over. Chikage leaves afterwards. Next morning, Chikage announces to Kyuujyu Amagiri that he will not support the Satsuma clan. The next day, Chikage meets Osen in the forest where they are overheard by Kaoru Nagumo. After a tense confrontation Kaoru demands that Chikage, Kyuujyu and Kyou leave Chizuru alone. Kaoru flees. Chikage then says the snow will fall and in his mind asks Chizuru what she will do once Oni cut off relations with humans. Next day, Heisuke and Chizuru go to the temple to pray on New Years. Heisuke goes off to fight whilst Chizuru bumps into Chikage. Chikage walks Chizuru back to headquarters but Chizuru thinks he’s acting weird. Ideals clash as both have different views on humans. They reach headquarters and Chizuru thanks him. As Chikage leaves, he talks about destiny as he walks towards Toshizo.

Episode 6 - Chikage Kazama

~My Thoughts~

Chikage has a deep, sexy voice. Enough said. My body temperature has risen, not because I have a heated blanket on my lap – which I must say is very lovely – but because of Chikage. I loved him in the first two seasons but now I love him even more! Is it a crime to be so hot? Let me love you baby! Ahem, sorry about that. Shall I continue properly? This episode mainly continues from the previous OVA episodes and one episode from the anime. Chikage may seem coldhearted but he’s also kind at the strangest times. Honestly, I never saw that coming. I’m used to seeing him being a complete jerk towards Chizuru and the Shinsengumi so it was an absolute shock to see him being so nice. I prefer that side of him rather than the coldhearted persona. From this OVA, he is very different than the anime; his intentions are revealed unlike the anime where it was shrouded in mystery. In fact, he cares about his own race and is willing to use anyone to help him reach that goal. There are so many things that I want to say about Chikage but the list is practically endless! I often wonder what he’s really like personality wise and my conclusion is that he’s lonely. What? Does that sound extremely weird? I shall explain… have any of you guys noticed how he never smiles around anyone? Or that he always speaks in a cold manner even to his subordinates? Well that’s what I mean. He only smiles at Chizuru and geninely shows her his gentle side through the smallest things. Like how he walked her back to headquarters because it was dangerous for a woman to be walking around on her own. I may be looking into this too much but that’s how I see it. I really love Chikage and I’m surprised at how many people like him; he’s a popular character. His looks are intriguing too, especially his red eyes. They’re captivating ❤

Overall Opinion

My overall opinion will be quite short as I’ve written quite a lot already!

Hakuouki Sekkaroku was an astounding OVA series complete with gorgeous bishounens, wonderful animation and fantastic music. I loved every single bit of it!

Every episode never failed to make me smile, giggle or laugh out loud. I honestly have to say that for an OVA series, this has done me proud. It was unique too as each OVA episode was based on the dateable characters from the otome game complete with their own ending theme song at the end of each episode. The songs suited the characters well and fit with their personality etc. Character development was good this time round! In the anime series, there was practically none at all really so it was nice to see the characters letting loose and having a breather here. We all need it sometimes! Studio DEEN have really made the effort this time round!

Hakuouki Sekkaroku is an OVA series that I would recommend for all! It’s light and not too heavy compared to the anime which is good when switching in between the second season and the third season. Of course you’d need to get the serious stuff out of your mind before moving on and you just want to relax a bit. Definitely give this a try, you won’t regret it at all! The characters alone are good enough to make you watch this (^^) I will watch this over and over again… that’s how much I love these OVAs!


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Hakuouki Hekketsuroku

“You’re Hakuouki.”

Hakuouki Hekketsuroku

Name: Hakuouki Hekketsuroku

Japanese Name: 薄桜鬼 碧血録

Air Date: October 4 2010 – December 6 2010

Studio: Studio DEEN

Episodes: 10

PLOT

The continuation of Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan.

The Edo Era has ended after 260 years of history and the Meiji Era begins. However, bitter strife still continues between the soldiers of the new government and former Tokugawa retainers. This is the stage in which the surviving members of the Shinsengumi find themselves upon their return to Edo following their defeat at Tobafushimi.

[via ANN]

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas so naturally I’m excited! I love this time of year because I get loads of presents…I feel like a kid again. After the holidays, I’ll only have 22 weeks of secondary school left before moving on to college… how weird is that? It feels weird growing up. I still can’t grasp the fact that I’m 16 let alone college! Man time flies.

I’ve been mentally preparing myself before watching this mainly because I know that loads of my favourite characters will die; the probability of me crying my eyes out is very high. I swore to myself that I won’t cry but I doubt I’ll be able to. One of my friends gave me some major spoilers and I’m angry at her for telling me. Now I know who dies which is not a good start, I’d rather be caught by surprise than go through every episode waiting for those fateful moments! Enough of the depressing thoughts, here’s my review for Hakuouki Hekketsuroku!

First Impressions

Goodness me, has anyone else noticed how handsome the guys are in western clothes? Harada, Shinpachi, Heisuke, Toshi and Saito now wear western clothes because they’re fighting a western battle but they all look really good! I’m a bit sad they cut their hair but I like this new look! It’s out with the old, and in with the new. Saito was adorable when he realised he buttoned his top wrong (๑´ლ`๑) Harada complained about the amount of buttons xD he felt like he was being strangled. I can tell, it does look a bit tight! Chizuru was gaping at them because THEY LOOKED THAT GORGEOUS. Haha! Good reaction! I did the same thing! The little girl is growing up (^^)

Saito Hajime and Chizuru YukimuraAww! Are you a bit shy Saito? (๑´ლ`๑) STAY AWAY FROM HIM CHIZURU. HE’S MINE!!

Chizuru’s twin brother – Kaoru – wants to revive the Yukimura family by using Rasetsu to destroy all humans with help from Koudou. However, Kaoru’s plans are thwarted by Chikage who kills him in front of Chizuru before he could kill Souji. It was quite a sad death actually because Kaoru had tears in his eyes as he reached out to Chizuru as she remembered their childhood together. Gosh, he had a strong love for her. He loved her so much but that was most likely because they were separated for a long time. A tragic beginning and a tragic ending. How could Chizuru forget about her own brother? I would love to do the same to my brother but I can’t; even though they’re annoying as hell, we’re still related. Poor Kaoru, he must have suffered a lot. I feel for the guy but I can’t forgive him for using Rasetsu to gain his goals. I feel like crying…

Chikage Kazuma and Kaoru YukimuraKaoru’s death…

What, what, WHAT?! Harada and Shinpachi left?! I don’t even know why but they just left! Great. Harada, you’ve just broken my heart. You know how much I love you and yet you leave without saying anything. My darling Harada, I just pray that you will come back. Come back and make me happy! If you don’t, then I’ll hunt you down *mischievous grin*

Toshi becomes more open about his emotions, he’s not as closed as he used to be but he’s still a bit reserved. The poor soul has many conflicts with himself and can’t seem to put his mind at ease even if Chizuru tries to comfort him. He feels guilty about everything, I wish there was something that can help him *ignores Chizuru in the background* I think that Toshi is the most fragile character out of all of them. I know that sounds weird as he’s one of the strongest, but that’s how I feel. He has a bigger burden to carry than any other character so it’s not surprising if he becomes stressed and bothered. After all, he’s second in command of the Shinsengumi and a lieutenant, that’s a lot of pressure.

Midway Impressions

Rasetsu get their powers from their life force. Therefore if a person turns into a Rasetsu, they would be shortening their lifespan. Once they use up their lifespan, they crumble to dust. I thought they researched this properly? That is why you should never become a Rasetsu. You’ll waste your life quicker. No thanks, I’d rather live a normal life until I’m 90 years old.

Harada! You’ve appeared again! I’m so glad I get to see your beautiful face and hear your wonderful voice again o(≧▽≦)o it was only for one episode though because after he and Kyou Shiranui fought against Koudou’s army of Rasetsu, they were both never heard of again… wait. Does he die?! NOO!!! My life is over. I never expected that at all. I’m so upset 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。you’ll be sadly missed Harada.

Souji! You’ve finally come! I haven’t see you for a while! Now it’s episode 6… you’ve kept me waiting! He’s still as adorable as ever but he was torn after hearing that the person he admired – Kondou – was beheaded. He starts to blame Toshi for not being able to save him and then leaves after talking to Chizuru. Later on in the episode, Souji overhears a conversation where some people were planning to assassinate Toshi so he waits until the time has come to prevent it. Before he fights, he coughs up a load of blood and then turns into a Rasetsu knowing that he is going to die anyway. Toshi and Chizuru rush to the scene but realise they were too late as Souji had already crumbled into dust with only his sword left stuck in the ground. Now they’ve really done it. Studio DEEN have really done it. When Toshi turned around and spoke, there was sadness in his voice. I knew something bad happened and I realised too late as well. That’s what set off the waterworks for me. I couldn’t believe Souji was gone. I cried buckets! Also, they put Harada’s in the same epsiode… it’s too much for me to bear 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。

Souji OkitaGoodbye my love ❤

Not Saito too! After losing Souji and Sanosuke, I don’t think I’d be able to cope with Saito gone as well. Well, we all know that he’s my favourite! At the end of episode 7, Saito is seen charging towards the enemy on his own. His fate is unknown but I have a horrible feeling that he died. I think that’s proven true as he doesn’t appear throughout the rest of the series except in flashbacks. I’m awfully sad now, what else do they want to do to me?! I’m a wreck already. 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。don’t you just hate it when directors kill off your favourite characters? You feel like your heart is teared out and it feels painful. Then you’re stuck with that feeling of loneliness. This is why I hate watching anime series with tragedy, the waterworks will never end. It’s Lockon Stratos all over again! All my feels, ALL OF THEM!

Overall Opinion

It feels really weird that I’ve finished Hakuouki Hekketsuroku. Really, really weird.

I found the story very interesting. I never thought the anime was boring whilst watching it. I like the way that they make the series last over a couple of years, rather than in a short amount of time like other anime. Part of the reason why I enjoyed Hakuouki so much is because it’s more serious and realistic; if you’re the type of person that likes something silly and fun than this is definitely not for you. I think that is another reason why some people found Hakuouki boring. Most anime nowadays are filled with silly little moments (that are also rather unrealistic) which are supposed to amuse the audience. Hakuouki doesn’t have any of that so once again I suggest that you should only watch this anime if you enjoy serious story plots. Hakuouki Hekketsuroku contains a lot of sad moments which aren’t suitable for those who don’t like depressing anime.

The animation continues to look beautiful in every single way. Of course our main Shinsengumi guys were as hot as ever but there was a lot more blood in this season. I’ve probably grown sick from the sight. Never in my life have I seen as much blood as I have in this series. Lots and lots of it. Yum. It’s going to be incredibly hard to get those images out of my head…I’m scarred for life.

The theme music was absolutely beautiful and moving. They were perfect choices for Hakuouki since this series is filled with tragedy and despair. Both songs had a hint of sadness, especially the ending ‘Akane Sora ni Negau’ by Mao. I bawled my eyes out watching the sequence that accompanied the song; the characters come and go hinting their tragic fates  which really got me going with the waterworks.

Personally, I really like the characters in Hakuouki. I love how everyone acts realistically and they have a strong bond between each other. What I see a lot of is people hating the main female character; Chizuru. True, she’s not as likable as the other main characters but she was stronger here than in Shinsengumi Kitan. She’s definitely grown after seeing the horrors of battle. Sometimes I found myself saying “Come on Chizuru! Try to protect yourself!” but I thought it was realistic at the same time since back then women were treated as inferior to men. And since Hakuouki is pretty realistic as far as the way they make the characters act and the way they stick to history, I had nothing against Chizuru for being like that. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I’ve gained some respect for the girl. Who knew right? However, she still says “eh?” a lot which really annoys me. Don’t you have any other vocabulary to use? More sophistication y’know Chizuru!

SPOILER: In the final episode, Toshi and Chikage confront each other. During the face-off Chikage recognises Toshi as a real Oni, not a Rasetsu and gives him the demon name ‘Hakuouki’. The fierce battle between them begins and results in Chikage’s death. Toshi collapses afterwards and lies unconscious on Chizuru’s lap as she reminisces the past.

Now what really bugs me is the ending. I mean seriously, why end it like that? ( ಠ_ಠ) I have so many questions left like “does Toshi die or survive?”. It is left unclear and I’m sat in my room pondering the problem over and over again. My brain hurts from thinking too much! I hate cliffhangers like that so my only dislike of Hakuouki Hekketsuroku is the ending. Endings are lacking in most anime so I was very disappointed. Also, this season only had 10 episodes whilst the first had 12…what’s going on? If Hakuouki Hekketsuroku had 12 episodes, I would of been much happier; a proper ending could of been done. I demand an answer Studio DEEN…does Toshi die or not?! I heard that there are two films scheduled for 2013 and I’m curious about the plot. Will it be a continuation or a prequel? If it’s a live-action then I won’t be watching them. Sorry guys, I only do anime!

Toshi HijikitaAlive or dead? Keep on living Toshi! For my sake please ❤

Hakuouki is definitely one of my favourite anime series ever so the main question is…who are my top 5 guys? The answer is quite simple really:

  1. (tie) Hajime Saito and Souji Okita ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ
  2. Sanosuke Harada
  3. Toshi Hijikata
  4. Chikage Kazama
  5. Kyou Shiranui <– even I didn’t see it coming xD

I wonder if that order will change after the OVAs and Hakuouki Reimeiroku… highly doubt it. My opinions rarely change unless something makes a REALLY big impact on me. I wonder if Heisuke can change my mind? He did make me LOL most of the time and he’s a great guy.

After watching the first two seasons, I’m moving onto the OVAs and prequel. I can tell that the OVAs will be super cute! I have a hunch! I just need something to get my mind off the sadness I endured watching this and a distraction from all the blood that’s been engraved in my brain… oh how we all love Studio DEEN.

On a lighter note, I know what I’m getting for Christmas! The complete series boxset 1-5 of The Big Bang Theory… BAZINGA!

Much love for Sheldon Cooper.


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Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan

I know I said that I’ll be watching Campione! but… I can’t resist those handsome men (^_^;) damn you sexy bishies!

Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kiten

Name: Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan

Japanese Name: 薄桜鬼

Air Date: April 4 2010 – June 20 2010

Studio: Studio DEEN

Episodes: 12

PLOT

The protagonist – Chizuru Yukimura – is the daughter of a doctor who works in Edo. Her father leaves Edo to work as a volunteer doctor and moves to Kyoto without his daughter. As time passes by, Chizuru starts worrying about losing contact with her father so she decides to go to Kyoto in search of him. On the way Chizuru is attacked by some criminals and witnesses a fight between an Oni and the Shinsengumi. Taking her into custody and saving her, the Shinsengumi debate on what to do with Chizuru when they discover that she is the daughter of the doctor they are also looking for. So they decide to become Chizuru’s protectors and help her look for her father (the doctor). Lots of events happen whilst she stays with the Shinsengumi, as they discover mysterious secrets and also fight against the Bakumatsu group. The story is overall romantic with a historical and political background.

[via Hakuouki Official Website]

This is the first season of Hakuouki. I-I’m so sorry! It’s just that these men were calling for me and I couldn’t help it! They tempted me and I gave in to them… *scolds myself* I need more willpower. WILLPOWER!

First Impressions

God Saito is hot. And he kicks ass! Perfect o(*゚▽゚*)o he is really beautiful though, his long hair suits him very well but imagine if his hair was short *nosebleed* holy crap! I’ll be right back, I must dash off to the bathroom immediately! I’m back. I ran so fast that my brother was spinning around in circles xD bless him. Saito’s long hair and serious attitude reminds me of someone…HAYATE FROM PRÉTEAR! That’s why his voice sounded so familiar! Saito is voiced by Kousuke Toriumi who also voiced Hayate O_o I take it that Saito is my favourite? Yeah, definitely.

I love how the whole group ganged up on Toshizo in episode 1. Let the poor guy think a little alright? It’s not everyday that you stumble across a girl and decide to let her live in the same house as you \(^o^)/ I can’t be bothered to call him by his name so I’ll just call him Toshi like the other guys do. He seems cold and distant but who cares? I love him regardless though. All my love goes towards you Toshi! Well, not all of it exactly… maybe part of it? I still need to give some to Souji Okita, Sanosuke Harada, Shinpachi Nagakura…

ShinsengumiThe cavalry have arrived!

Chizuru winds me up already. She’s such a bitch! Please excuse my foul language but that is the best way to describe her. You know who she reminds me of? Tamaki from Hiiro no Kakera… a defenceless, good for nothing who relies on people’s protection too much. Honestly, something called grow a pair and whoop their asses? All she does is go “eh?” like the bumbling idiot she is. I really despise heroines like that ( ಠ_ಠ) why are most heroines like this? It’s very rare that you get one that can actually stand up for herself and do something for others e.g. Misaki Ayuzawa from Kaichou wa Maid-sama! She was an awesome girl who stood her ground and had so much determination it was unbelievable. The girl had no fear.

The animation is gorgeous, as expected of Studio DEEN. The cherry blossoms in the opening were really pretty, I almost reached out my hand to grab them xD you know when you watch a film in 3D and everything comes flying at you? I have this habit of reaching out and trying to grab things before I realise what a complete and utter idiot I am!

Midway Impressions

The plot is now slowly unravelling as more is revealed about the ‘medicine’ that Chizuru’s father was working on. It can enhance a person’s strength and healing abilities but can result in them going mad and turn into a Rasetsu. This is proven true when Sannan-san drinks it to heal his left arm and goes insane before strangling Chizuru. How frightening does that sound? Losing your humanity for the sake of incredible abilities. That’s mental! Why would you want to do that?!

In episode 7, Saito smiles for the first time ever and the Shinsengumi have a physical exam which was definitely nosebleed worthy. Shirtless… \(//∇//)\ Saito looked yummy whilst Harada and Shinpachi had a muscle flexing contest xD I wonder who won? Of course, Chizuru takes the opportunity to spy talk to the doctor doing the exams because he knows her father. However she overhears a conversation between the doctor and Souji. The doctor then confirms his diagnosis… Souji has tuberculosis.

Souji

There’s a hint of sadness in his eyes..

I want to cry because that means he won’t live much longer 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。I love him so much to the point of curling up into a ball of depression. It’s strangely odd how he sounds like Izaya Orihara though. I’m a bit creeped out, did anyone else notice this? Or is it just my imagination? Izaya randomly pops up in my head when I hear Souji so I naturally think “the sadist is back!” except without the furry coat and black hair. It’s not the same voice actor, phew. In any case, Souji is really adorable! He makes me giggle everyone I see him (๑´ლ`๑)

I’ve fallen for Toshi. Enough said. I don’t know what it is about him but I’m drawn to him. Maybe because he does sweet things when you least expect it. It’s quite romantic and makes my heartbeat go all over the place! The same goes with Harada, he’s so gentle and caring when you don’t expect it. I thought that he would be like Toshi because of his serious demeanour but I stand corrected… he’s a not so obvious flirt with a good sense of humour ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ I am deeply in love.

ToshiMmm… look at that hotness ❤

Overall Opinion

Hakuouki is an otome game series developed by Idea Factory which spans many platforms – PSP, PS2, Nintendo DS. It is very popular in Japan and is beginning to get translated into English. The first game to hit the U.S was Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom.

The plot was absolutely fascinating with the historical background which was influenced by the actual Shinsengumi and the events which occurred at that period however, the story was completely fictional. This sparked an interest within me as I am a huge fan of history so this series was a hit for me the moment I started watching the first episode. There was nothing wrong with the plot but at times it left me confused and… bothered about a few things. The thing that left me thinking was Rasetsu. I’m bothered at the idea of using ordinary humans and transforming them into these unnatural creatures. Now there’s some food for thought.

Where do I begin with animation? Studio DEEN never fails to amaze me. They succeeded with the use of lighting to create mood and atmosphere. From the hazy moonlight to the orange glow in the daytime to a bloody red sunset, the light always seemed to shine from one direction and matched the atmosphere they were trying to create. The characters were animated beautifully and they never made me say “that looks weird”. None of them looked out of place and they fitted together perfectly with the scenery and locations. Plus, they made the main male characters look gorgeous so they’re definitely eye candy for the female audience! That alone satisfied me because y’know, I’m a girl xD

Saito, Shinpachi, Souji and HaradaMy imagination the moment I saw this scene:

Saito: “I know I’m good looking so will you stop gawking at me?”

Music in slice-of-life scenes had a serene, calming flow that worked very nicely in the background which intensified in plot twists or confrontations, enhancing drama in every occasion. Powerful drum beats are added in action scenes, which not only fit the era well, but also made them all the more exciting. I love excitement!

The theme songs were good choices for this series. The opening song had an extremely catchy tune, elegant lyrics, and great vocals. The ending was pretty good, the somber song worked nicely for this series since many episodes ended with a tragedy. I wasn’t a fan of the opening but it will do since it suited the series’ image.

What I loved about Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan the most was the characters. I grew to love every single one of them – apart from Chizuru… I will never like that girl – but there was barely any development or depth. Throughout the entire series, I often wondered to myself their reasons to fight. It sounds silly but in retrospect, everyone must of thought this at least once after watching this, right? Putting that aside, Studio DEEN know when to make a girl really emotional. Deaths of people close to the main characters tear at your heartstrings such as Yamazaki-kun at the end of episode 12.

SPOILER: Chizuru is a pureblood Oni from the prestigious Yukimura family. The entire family was annihilated and only a small amount of purebloods exist therefore Chikage Kazama – the strongest Oni of the west – is after Chizuru so they can mate and have strong Oni babies. His reasons are unknown. Chizuru also has an older twin brother named Kaoru.

No matter how many times I plan to watch this, I will never like Chizuru. She is literally helpless and can barely fend for herself without relying on the Shinsengumi; that’s what infuriates me the most (ノ`д´)ノ〃┻━┻ at least make their jobs easier by learning how to wield a katana and fight with it! I never imagined that I would get this annoyed at a herione but it was upsetting when she cried over her fallen comrades. That was the only time I felt sympathetic towards her. Other than that, she’s rather dense and doesn’t think of situations rationally like Saito. I really love this dude. Nothing will ever change that.

These Shinsengumi have no sense do they? Sannan-san, Heisuke, Souji and Toshi have all drunk the ‘medicine’ which resulted in them turning into Rasetsu. Why was such a twisted thing created anyway? It’s sickening if you ask me.

Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan was the definition of a bishounen fest with elements of tragedy, history and drama. Although slow at the start, the plot begins to build only to be rushed and mashed together towards the last few episodes which could only mean a second season. There were too many sudden story developments in between events which can get awfully confusing at times! Along the way, girls are instantly pleased with the fanservice the show presents as well as the charming looks of the main male characters. Personally, I loved this series and I can’t wait to watch the second season! I’ve just realised that I’m a huge history boffin; I actually searched up all of the Shinsengumi and the events that occured… I’m a weirdo.

After watching season 1 I’m desperate to buy the game now but before I do that, I’ll have to get my PSP working. The game will have to be imported from America and has to work with my PSP which is going to take a lot of effort and time. Maybe I could persuade my dad to fork out over £45 to buy the game? That’s likely (-_-)

If I remember correctly, my friend has a costume party in January 2013 and the theme is ‘Film and Cartoon characters’. I have the urge to dress up as a Shinsengumi, walk in casually and be like “yo”. But I might be going as Lara Croft from Tomb Raider… we may have to see! I was chatting to my friend about this because I didn’t know who to dress up as and this was what happened: ( T_T)\(^-^ ) what a great friend she is.

Don’t like my opinion? Well too bad. I ain’t changing my mind for no one. Fact.


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La storia della Arcana Famiglia

“I will decide my own path!”

Name: La storia della Arcana Famiglia

Japanese Name: アルカナ・ファミリア

Air Date: July 2 2012 – September 16 2012

Studio: J.C.Staff

Episodes: 12

PLOT

The Arcana Famiglia is a powerful organization that keeps the peace on the trading island of Regalo. The most unique trait of this prestigious ‘family’ is their mastery of the Arcana—mystical powers derived from tarot cards. The current leader of Arcana Famiglia – Mondo – wishes to choose a successor through a tournament called the Arcana Duello and as an added incentive, the winner will take the hand of Mondo’s daughter, Felicità. However, two young men among the family – impetuous Libertà and serious-minded Nova – are more interested in protecting Felicità’s freedom than letting her be someone’s trophy wife. Together, Liberta, Nova and Felicità get to know each other better…but with Felicità’s ability to read people’s hearts, she may discover more than she bargained for in Liberta’s violent past and Nova’s troubled family history. Can the trio remain friends, or will the growing tension between them be too much to bear?

I’ve been dying to watch this ever since it premiered but my backlog has been increasing and of course I was watching other series as well, namely Durarara!! and Starry Sky. I can’t multitask very well to be honest. Multitasking is possibly one of the most difficult things to do. Ever.

Negative reviews again. What is it with all the negativity around here? Well, all I can say is…STUFF YOU HATERS. I’m only messing, but seriously I’m a bit worried too so I’m being biased here (^_^;)

First Impressions

Why, hellooo~ there! Fancy hearing your voices again ❤

Jun Fukuyama as Libertà.
Tsubasa Yonaga as Nova.
Hiroyuki Yoshino as Debito.
Tomakazu Sugita as Pace.
Yuichi Nakamura as Luca.
Jurota Kosugi as Dante.
Koji Yusa as Jolly.

Basically, episode 1 starts off with a fight/chase around Regalo which introduces the Arcana Famiglia. Then it moves onto the party and they just introduce what’s happening; it goes straight to the point about Mondo’s retirement and Arcana Duello. It also explains about their contracts with the Tarocco cards. At the moment, I know:

Libertà has a contract with the first card, Il Matto – the Fool.
Nova has a contract with the thirteenth card, La Morte – Death.
Felicità has a contract with the sixth card, Gli Armani – the Lovers.
Debito has a contract with the ninth card, L’eremita – the Hermit.
Pace has a contract with the eleventh card, La Forza – Strength.

Must. Know. Luca’s. Jolly’s. And. Dante’s.

The family have a dance party and all of the men were looking forward to seeing Felicità in a dress…even Luca – her personal attendant – tried to convince her but to no avail. She just had to wear her mafia outfit. So not cute. Anyways, when she arrives, everyone present at the party is clearly disappointed…apart from Debito who clearly wanted to look at her “long legs” ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ of course Debito, nothing says pervert like wanting to look at a woman’s legs or in this case, a girl’s legs. Felicità looks into Libertà’s heart and sees that he’s thinking dirty thoughts so she kicks the poor guy xD Luca’s reaction is jokes:

Luca: “She read Libertà’s heart?”

*Points at Libertà*

“Does that mean you were thinking of oujo-sama in unbecoming ways?!”

*Libertà’s face goes pink*

Libertà: “The hell you mean ‘unbecoming ways’?!”

Luca: “W-well…”

*Luca goes completely red and steam comes out of his ears, then Felicità kicks him into the wall* プッ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵

*Luca’s face is in the wall and continues to talk with a muffled voice*

Luca: “My apologies, oujo-sama”

Debito: “My condolences”

ROFL.

Midway Impressions

Pace is so adorable! He really does love lasagne and he’s such a darling it’s unbelievable. What a glutton! Yes he seems as childish as Libertà but that’s one of his charms and it suits him very well (๑´ლ`๑) I really do adore Pace, plus Tomokazu Sugita voices him which makes it all the more better. I think that Pace is too nice to Felicità. His kindness is too much for her own good; you’re spoiling her Pace! Spoil me instead please sweetie?

Debito you ladies man, stop making me fall for you! It’s wrong on many levels! The way he says bambina makes me turn into a puddle of goo…it’s too sexy for my own good! Beware girls! Debito also has a foul mouth as in he uses a lot of foul language and he’s rather rude in some ways. It’s a part of him so he can’t change that. Debito wears an eyepatch because he has an amethyst eye which helps him to control his Arcana power and guess who gave him his powers and artificial eye? None other than Jolly. This is why Debito hates Jolly. However under that rough exterior, he’s kind and is naturally good with children so no wonder I’ve fallen for him – that deserves a thumbs up from me o(^_^)o his voice reminds me of Allelujah Haptism but that’s because they have the same seiyuu…the man that is Hiroyuki Yoshino! Thankyou for bringing such a…nice character into the world xD is that the best way to put it?

Luca has been Felicità’s personal attendant ever since she was born. The lucky bugger. Poor Luca. He’s the subject of everyone’s anger. They always take it out on him whether it’d be kicking him into a wall or forcing him to bake lots of lemon pies may I have one please? I feel sorry for the guy. It’s understandable why they want more lemon pies though…they were very delicious! On the plus side, Luca has been best friends with Pace and Debito since childhood and…they all have a hatred for Jolly \(^o^)/ they have something in common!

Luca, Pace and Debito = Best friends forever ❤

Libertà and Nova are a comedy duo. Maybe they should become comedians? Their interactions with each other are amusing and cute so I found myself laughing whenever they bickered about something ridiculously stupid like when Libertà nicknames Nova ‘chickpea’ xD I think my laughter was quite loud so my parents stood outside my door to make sure I’m not delusional LOL. But what they have in common though is tragic pasts. Libertà was in an orphanage that did tests on him which lead him to not use his Arcana power whilst Nova was used by his parents to overthrow Mondo so then he uses his Arcana power unknowingly to put them to sleep. They’ve been asleep for seven years 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。

JOLLY! You super hot thing! Anyone else insanely in love with him? Everyone I know either loves or hates him…it’s Marmite (^_^;) so far, Jolly is my favourite in terms of looks. It’s the sunglasses, they make him look so mysterious but sexy ❤ he’s sexy and he knows it xD however, it’s also his looks that make him…odd. Jolly looks like the type of person who schemes things and manipulates others. Everyone pretty much hates his guts. I’ll be keeping an eye on you O_O

*Gasp* JOLLY TOOK HIS SUNGLASSES OFF *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・’(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・*

Overall Opinion

No way. Did I really just finish twelve episodes? That was too fast!

La storia della Arcana Famiglia is a visual novel series developed by HuneX. Currently there’s one game, one fandisk and a second game is in the works. If you want to read the individual routes of each character then you should read Rin’s blog! They’re all very detailed posts so READ (^-^)

The main factor that brings this series down from what it could have been is the way they neglect to explore any character. In almost all of the episodes new characters are introduced with a bit about their personality and background. Not one of them throughout the whole series is properly explored. There was quite a bit shown to know that ‘there is a lot more to know’. Not even the main characters are properly developed, which left me at a loss as of what pasts all these people have and share. Only glimpses of their pasts are revealed and it is never properly explained what really happened between any of them. Felicità remains as a background accessory, whilst none of the male characters seems to be interested in her above the point of cheering her up when she is depressed – which basically happens in all later episodes. This depression is also the only REAL emotion she expresses, which is kinda sad considering this is supposed to be a love story. Where’s the romance?

SPOILER: Felicità is the host of two Tarocco cards – the Lovers and Wheel of Fortune. Thirteen years ago, Felicità used Wheel of Fortune subconsciously in order to save her mother, Sumire. As a consequence, she lost her memories so Mondo sent her away from the mansion so that she would never use it again. Well tough luck Mondo! She used it again to save you (ノ`д´)ノ〃┻━┻

However, the comedy was what made up for this. After the first few episodes, there are ‘punishment sessions’ where the family members gather and decide who should get punished. What they have to do is to name the card and the holder of that card will get punished. The funniest had to be Debito’s in my opinion…Luca made him drink some potion and then suddenly, Debito started to talk politely xD Pace and Luca were seriously creeped out! Dante’s was just WTF though. The artwork and animation were amazing throughout. The fight scenes were well done and looked fluid. The voice acting was solid, at times it was a bit off but hey! They’re still brilliant, credit to the seiyuus once again (^^)

La storia della Arcana Famiglia starts out with great potential and the very interesting character gallery which ended up being wasted due to the lack of progress the characters made and none of them being properly introduced or explored. It was disappointing that the series didn’t have a proper ending, I’m hoping that there will be a season 2 in future because this had so much potential but failed miserably in terms of character development. I demand a season 2! I’m keeping my eyes peeled for any news but whilst I wait, I shall go and make myself a hot chocolate for my reward.


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Starry☆Sky

As you’ve noticed, all of my header photos have been of Starry☆Sky and there’s an obvious reason for that…IT’S MY FAVOURITE ANIME EVER! This post will be insanely long so I apologise in advance…

Name: Starry☆Sky

Japanese Name: スターリースカイ

Air Date: December 23 2010 – June 16 2011

Studio: Frontier Works

Episodes: 26

PLOT

The heroine, Tsukiko Yahisa, enrolled at a school that was recently changed from all-boys school to co-ed. Since the area where the school is conveniently rural and the rather exclusive curriculums the school has, up until now Tsukiko is the only female who has enrolled to the school. In Starry☆Sky, the thirteen constellations of the Zodiac are personified into handsome young men.

Happy Birthday to me! In order to celebrate my 16th, I shall celebrate in style with…a bishie fest! What could be better than this?! Consider this a present from me to you (^_^;) although, shouldn’t it be the other way round? Where’s my present guys? I mean, I deserve something right? A token of appreciation maybe…

How many bishounens can there be in one anime series? This is going over the limit! And an all star cast too? Wow. This is going to be a long review filled with tons of fangirling! Most of my favourite seiyuus are in this series so I’m overloading with excitement. This may be the best present I ever got…total bliss!

First Impressions

Starry☆Sky is an otome game series developed by honeybee that was adapted into an anime. There are four seasons in the game series: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter as well as after seasons. They’re only released in Japan so I’m hoping that someone would translate them and bring them over to the English market. I would love to play these games! For some reason, I prefer Yoh in the anime than the game…is it because he’s animated differently?

See? He looks more attractive now, but he still doesn’t appeal to me.

I shall list the cast here if anyone wants to know:

Hikaru Midorikawa as Yoh Tomoe.
Tomokazu Sugita as Kanata Nanami.
Daisuke Ono as Suzuya Tohzuki.
Soichiro Hoshi as Homare Kanakubo.
Hiroshi Kamiya as Ryunosuke Miyaji.
Jun Fukuyama as Azusa Kinose.
Daisuke Kishio as Naoshi Haruki.
Akira Ishida as Kotarou Hoshizuki.
Kouji Yusa as Iku Mizushima.
Yuichi Nakamura as Kazuki Shiranui.
Daisuke Hirakawa as Hayato Aozora.
Kenichi Suzumura as Tsubasa Amaha.

The secret 13th character is *drumroll* Mamoru Miyano as Shiki Kagurazaka! *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・*

I’m a Libra so my character is Kotarou (๑´ლ`๑) he’s a freaking hot nurse. Doctor, check my temperature…I think I’ve got a fever!

Kotarou…my body temperature has risen ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ

I realised that there are two episodes for each character – they’re around 11 minutes each – so it starts off with Yoh and finishes with Shiki. I couldn’t wait for Kotarou’s and Shiki’s; surprisingly I was excited about Kazuki’s and Kanata’s too. Their looks caught my attention the most \(^o^)/ but I love Suzuya and Ryunosuke as well, they kind of look identical ❤

I wonder how the romance will be done. Since there’s one girl and thirteen guys, I figured it was going to be rather difficult. Reverse harem! She’s so lucky! I wish I had that many hot guys around me, I would make all the girls jealous (^^)

No no no. Wait. IT SHOULD BE ME! I should be in Tsukiko’s place…she looks like an airhead (ノ`д´)ノ〃┻━┻ take me instead boys! I’ll make you happy!

Midway Impressions

Don’t forget that all characters have two episodes each. The order of episodes are:

  • Yoh – Capricorn
  • Tsubasa – Aquarius
  • Kanata – Pisces
  • Kazuki – Aries
  • Homare – Taurus
  • Iku – Gemini
  • Suzuya – Cancer
  • Naoshi – Leo
  • Hayato – Virgo
  • Kotarou – Libra
  • Ryunosuke – Scorpio
  • Azusa – Sagittarius
  • Shiki – Ophiuchus

Kazuki…the super hot school president ❤

Frontier Works, why did you do this to me? Why do I have to wait until episode 19 for Kotarou?! Halfway through and I’m still hyperventilating…WHERE IS MY GORGEOUS KOTAROU?! It’s been 13 episodes and I’m still waiting for him 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。at least I’m still entertained by the other characters…Kanata’s reactions to Yoh’s attachment towards Tsukiko is really amusing and childish whilst Kazuki’s and Tsubasa’s constant bickering in the student council room leaves Hayato with no other choice…he resorts to whipping out a chalkboard and scraping his long nails across it プッ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ Thank goodness he puts ear plugs into Tsukiko’s ears, otherwise she would have died from the sound! That’s one way to shut up annoying little children xD I’ll try it on my younger siblings LOL.

Well, I’m glad I’ve watched Kanata’s, Kazuki’s and Suzuya’s episodes. They all stirred emotions inside me. Kanata has a heart disease and he wants to spend his remaining time with his childhood friends, Kazuki knew Tsukiko when she was small but she doesn’t remember him anymore due to an incident and Suzuya loves Tsukiko but he can’t do anything about it because he knows that Kanata loves her as well. It’s all so sad 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。

Suzuya and Kanata: the protective childhood friends.

Kanata is one of Tsukiko’s childhood friends and has protected her since they were young. He’s brash and impulsive and does not get along very well with Yoh. Kanata suffers from a terminal illness that leaves him in a lethargic state, which is why he often skips classes and faints without reason. However, he refuses to seek medical help and often gets into school fights that worsen his health to protect Tsukiko. Kanata only cares for Tsukiko and Suzuya so that is why he fights. He doesn’t want to be seen as weak and hates it when people worry about his illness.

Kazuki is the outgoing president of Seigatsu Academy’s student council. He’s overly confident in his abilities and likes to pick on Tsukiko a lot but he deeply cares for her as this is shown when he forsees a window breaking and protects her from the damage. It is also known that Kazuki is gifted with the power of foresight although it doesn’t allow him to see everything. When he was young, Kazuki foresaw his parent’s death but he couldn’t do anything about it so he constantly blames himself leading him to hate his power. Because of this, Kazuki was often involved in fights to prove his own strength, but one day he met Tsukiko who told him that people who think they are weak try and show their strength through brute force. He then became friends with her, Kanata and Suzuya however an incident occurred where Tsukiko was locked in a dark room. Kazuki rushed to get her out but by the time he got there, Tsukiko was in tears. This incident was caused by none other than Kazuki himself. Suzuya never forgave Kazuki and their friendship became strained.

Suzuya is another one of Tsukiko’s childhood friends who protects her alongside Kanata He’s calm and friendly and often watches out for them like an older brother. He is very good at cooking and often uses the school’s kitchen to prepare food for his friends. Suzuya is also in love with Tsukiko, but because he knows that Kanata also loves her, he holds himself back. Beneath his warm exterior, Suzuya has a dark side and worries about Tsukiko constantly. When they were young, Suzuya often learnt things beforehand so that he can help Tsukiko and Kanata.

My least favourite character has to be Iku. He has a duel personality I guess? Since he’s a Gemini, one minute he can be really sweet and lovely then the next he could be turning into the devil and being horrible to Tsukiko…you make my blood boil Iku! Sorry to any Iku fans but I really don’t like him. And his hair gets on my nerves too, it looks bushy. This paragraph makes no sense so I might as well delete it. Nothing on this planet will make me change my mind. I just hate him with a passion.

I shall wait patiently for Kotarou, Ryunosuke and Shiki. All good things come to those who wait right?

Overall Opinion

There really isn’t a plot at all. Just 22 minutes about a character, flashbacks of their past and links to how they all seem to know each other. This, of course is foolhardy because the director/producers were trying to condense a few years worth of drama CDs and visual novels into 20 minutes for each character. As a result, not much is learnt about each character. Nothing really happens and nothing feels satisfactorily resolved. They’re never fully developed. It was basically staring at colourful pictures for 10-20 minutes. To make matters worse, Starry☆Sky is riddled with poorly executed clichés and plot devices ( ಠ_ಠ)

What caught my attention in this series was the fact that each character represents one of the astrological signs. Their personalities are all based on the theory behind those of the astrological signs and the episodes are in order of the months the astrological signs are assigned to starting with Capricorn and ending with Ophiuchus. As for Tsukiko, I think she has the least development out of all the characters and is a huge eyed mystery to me.

Artwork was alright. The characters and settings were eye-catching but weren’t remarkable as other anime series. Of course the bishounens still looked gorgeous enough for all us girls to drool over. There were indeed some pretty hot bishounens so I won’t complain. It was like looking at a rainbow because of the variety of hair colours. Eye candy. Rainbow! No reverse harem is complete without a range of multicoloured haired bishounens \(^o^)/

Sound is probably the best in this show. The cast are all well known seiyuu. They grace this anime with their voicing talent. The ending theme is an instrumental piece that grabs my attention so much that I must listen to it after each episode. It’s a catchy tune so I end up humming it around the house xD

Starry☆Sky was quite disappointing. Fair enough that this series was full of gorgeous guys, but the lack of story and character development failed to show through. The voice acting, sound and art is what pretty much saved this show from being credited as absolute rubbish. Credit goes to the seiyuus! If you want proper character development for this series, then play the games. Each character is explored more deeply through their respective routes.

Personally I still love Kotarou, Kanata, Suzuya, Kazuki, Ryunosuke and Shiki. They’re just so different and eurgh, I can’t describe how much I adore them. I’ll still love them no matter how bad this anime was! I’m just watching this for the boys…I’m just kidding. I’m not that shallow! I’m here to write reviews for you guys (^^)

I’ve been looking forward to seeing you (๑´ლ`๑)

I wouldn’t recommend this series to anyone, unless you’re that interested in those bishies then be my guest and watch. Nonetheless, it’s still one of my favourite series (^_^;) yeah, I really do have a bad obsession with bishies…I should get some help, but I don’t want to purely because I love my random fangirling! What is a fangirl without her fangirling ways? I’d be plain and boring if I weren’t an otaku so I have to thank anime for being such a huge part of my life. Oh, it’s just like thanksgiving!

My friend just told me that I didn’t necessarily have to watch every single episode because they’re not all relevant…WHAT?! You mean that I forced myself to watch Iku’s for NO APPARENT REASON? Iku is the devil himself! I could have just watched Kotarou’s, Kanata’s, Kazuki’s and Suzuya’s straight away but I’m writing a review so I really shouldn’t skip episodes. I could miss something out if I skip!

I’m currently watching La storia della Arcana Famiglia and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: Awakening of the Trailblazer. It’ll be a while before reviews for those two will be out so I-I’m sorry! Any other series that you think I should watch? Read my backlog first before recommending anything…I may have it on my list! I’m always open for suggestions, but no horror please…I don’t cope well with that genre xD

Bye for now!

*Immerses myself into the world of Regalo…*