Love, Chuunibyou and Other Delusions! (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!)

Genres: Slice of Life, Romance, Comedy, Drama

Summary:
Togashi Yuuta starts high-school as a normal student, leaving his embarrassing chuunibyou past as the self-proclaimed ‘Dark Flame Master’. However, just when it seems that he might be able to live a normal high-school life, he is approached by Takanashi Rikka, who believes herself to be in possession of the almighty ‘Wicked Eye’.

Review:

Personal Opinions
This anime was quite hilarious. I became interested on the topic of chuunibyou (aka Eighth Grader Syndrome) after I watched Steins;Gate, and combined with my curiosity on the eye-patch girl who appears quite often on the internet, it led me to watch this anime. I must say that this is one of the better slice-of-life anime I have watched, and as I write this I am watching the sequel. I was planning to write a single review for both of them…but I ended up deciding against that.
Also, during some of the sadder/slower/romantic parts of the anime I usually felt a bit bored, and I think I’ll go into more detail in the review. Continue reading “Love, Chuunibyou and Other Delusions! (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!)”

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Running Into The Sky

So this is probably one of the first poems I ever wrote, and it was one of the things that really sparked my love for poetry.

Running into the Sky

Look up, into the sky.
Gaze into it’s depths.
A blue deeper than the seas,
Dotted with powdery white.

Reach up, towards the sky.
Take hold of the many winds.
A gentle whisper, a powerful roar,
The tears of life fall down.

Look up, into the sky.
Wander into the blue.
Another place, another time,
Scary, yet beautiful.

Run up, into the sky.
Don’t stop, won’t stop,
Falling, forever and ever.
Falling into the sky.

Steins;Gate

Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Summary:
Okabe Rintarou, a self-proclaimed mad scientist and founder of the Future Gadget Laboratory, spends his days developing (rather useless) “future gadgets” with Supah Hacka Daru and ditzy childhood friend Mayuri. But, through serendipity, they develop a machine that can send emails to the past.

Review:

Personal Opinions
This anime was pretty good. However, while I was watching, I noticed that there was a lot of exposition missing, as well as some plot holes and convenient occurrences. The anime was no doubt great, but I feel like you can’t get the full experience if you don’t read the visual novel (which I did while watching the anime). If you read the VN while watching the anime, they work together and make the story and experience soo much better. If I wasn’t reading the VN I would’ve been confused out of my mind, but if I wasn’t watching the anime, I would’ve found the story lacking tension or thrills. The way the anime depicts the events of Steins;Gate is spectacular.
Anyways, this was the second anime that I managed to get my mom to watch with me. I’ve been trying to get her into anime (which is hard! she’s probably way out of the age demographics!). The first anime was Death Note, which she only liked the first half of (I seriously don’t know why so many people dislike the second half!), but she liked the entirety of Steins;Gate which was good. Continue reading “Steins;Gate”

What I’ll Be Watching – Spring 2018

So the Spring 2018 anime season has started. Since I have school and other things to worry about, I won’t be able to watch too much anime from the new season (plus I have to finish other anime that I’m watching). I also have a MyAnimeList list, but I haven’t finished it yet and it only has a few titles, unlike the anime list on this blog.

So this season I’ll be watching:
Tokyo Ghoul:re – I’ve been super excited about this because I’m a huge fan of the Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul:re manga.
Boku no Hero Academia – Let’s face it, I’m pretty much obligated to watch this. It’s pretty good.
Steins;Gate 0 – Okay, I won’t be exactly watching this right from the beginning. I’m actually still in the midst of watching Steins;Gate, and reading the VN as well, so I’ll watch this when I’m done those.
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online – SAO wasn’t the best series, I admit, but it was probably the second anime I ever watched in my life, and at the time my bar for good anime was pretty low (SAO leaped well over that bar, that’s how low it was). But basically, I’m just hoping that this will be good.
Devil’s Line – This is the only series I’m watching this season without any foreknowledge of what it might be like. It seems interesting, and you know, maybe I’m just slightly, very slightly, interested in Romance anime. Just a little bit. Shut up.

I don’t own any of the anime mentioned above – they belong to their rightful owners!

Act 4: Looking In (Poem About DDLC)

Looking In

I sit on the outside, looking in.
Watching colours merge and blink.
Though small, a whole new world
Takes form before me.

I spare no time entering.

In here, the walls block off dangers.
The people make me smile.
It’s all so lively, so warm.
So fake.

And that’s the way I like it.


Looking In, Part 2

I sit on the inside, looking round.
Watching, listening, feeling.
Grinning, laughing, breathing,
The air so hard to breathe.

What’s happening? What’s wrong?

The lights are fl cker ng
Music is twstiinggggggg
gg
Girls are sCReaMING

And the walls are

collap

sing

Me a song.

Before you’re gone.

 

Okay, I don’t know why it took me so long to do this, but I hope it’s decent.  I sort of wrote out of my butt for all of the poems, but I hope they were all at least half-decent and that you enjoyed them.

I don’t own Doki Doki Literature Club – it belongs to it’s rightful owners! I do own the poem though – more info here.

Charlotte

Genres: Drama, Slice of Life, Superpower, Comedy, Romance

Summary:
Devilish, high-school student Otosaka Yu has a secret superpower – the ability to possess someone for five seconds – and he shamelessly uses this ability to improve his reputation at school.  However, this all comes to an end when his ability is discovered, and he is taken away to a new school specially made for people with special abilities.

Review:

Personal Opinions
Honestly, I actually really enjoyed this anime.  I didn’t watch this knowing who the creator (Jun Maeda) was, and I didn’t even think of Angel Beats! during this anime, which is a bit strange because Charlotte and Angel Beats! are quite similar.  I actually thought that this anime was better than Angel Beats!.

Story: 8/10
This anime’s tone was very strange.  I didn’t read the description of the anime before going in, and only saw a few pictures.  I kind of thought it was going to be a bit of a darker story…which wasn’t exactly wrong, but the first episode completely threw me off.  The anime started out seeming like a cringe-worthy slice-of-life comedy anime.  And if the anime continued like that, I definitely would’ve stopped watching.  In the next few episodes, the anime got interesting enough that I didn’t leave, but they weren’t spectacular or anything.  It still gave off that slice-of-life feel.  However I got really interested when the anime suddenly took a dark turn, turning the anime into a completely different genre…and then it changed back again.  And then it got dark again.  Basically, the tone of the anime was rather inconsistent, which, in most cases, I dislike.  But for some reason this sudden changing of tone didn’t affect my opinion of the anime in any way, and I really have no complaints about it.
I enjoyed the story.  The first half was nice, the second half made me cry (just a little bit at the end!).  Being the kind of person I am, I enjoyed the second half better.  My only are with the first and last episodes.  The first episode, as I mentioned above, made me cringe.  As for the last episode, I think it should’ve been stretched into two episodes.  I don’t have as much of a problem with the pacing of the final episode as other people do, but I think they should’ve extended the beginning of the finale and the ending of the finale, putting it into two episodes.  However, I’ve never seen a 14-episode anime, and honestly I’m pretty fine with the last episode being how it is.
Yes, this show does have minor plot holes and convenient occurrences.  But, seeing as this is mainly a drama/slice of life anime, none of this should affect your experience greatly.  The purpose of this show isn’t to create the next Steins;Gate.  It’s to make you laugh, to make you cry.  The show wants to use drama to entertain you.

Characters: 7/10
The main character’s personality was a bit strange, as his personality is a bit obscure at times – but, he really does have a personality.  He is not some bland, boring male protagonist, and I thoroughly enjoy how he changes throughout the series.
Nao, the female lead, has an enjoyable personality as well.  The way she reacts to different things helps you understand what kind of person she is.
However, the characters in Charlotte are definitely not the best.  A lot of them are lacking in character development and are mainly defined by one or two traits.  If some of the main characters got more screen time and character development, this anime would’ve been a lot better.
Even so, the characters were, for the most part, interesting and it’s not like I hated the characters or anything.

Art: 10/10
Pretty darn good.  It’s not the best animation I’ve seen for a show, but it’s still really good.  Enough for a ten.

Sound: 9/10
Wait, let me go listen to everything again.  Brb.
Sorry I’m back.  For some reason I only tend to enjoy the music after I finish the anime, unless I really really like the music.  So the OP was actually quite fitting for the anime, more so for the second half than the first half.  The ED for most of the anime, ‘Yake Ochinai Tsubasa’ also really fits.  I’m definitely getting both of these songs on Osu.  The rest of the music was nice as well.  The second ED, used for episodes 3-4, fits those specific episodes quite well.  The third ED, episode 6 (geez this episode…) was just beautiful instrumental music.  The fourth ED, for the finale, was a nice, mellow ending for the series.  No complaints, really.

Conclusion:

Final Notes:
My rating for this is actually lower than how I would rate it if I just based my review on purely how much I enjoyed it.  It’s a really nice anime.

Overall Rating: 8/10

Other Information:
Source: Original
Length: 24 min/episode, 13 episodes.
Studio: P.A. Works
Rating: PG – 13
(Info from My Anime List)

I don’t own Charlotte – it belongs to it’s rightful owners!