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Choas; Head

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Those eyes, who’s are they…you may have heard this line before, that’s because Chaos;Head is in a line of shows that all use that line. Stein’s; Gate, Robotics’ Note and I’m sure Stein’s; Gate 0 and Chais; Child will use that line too.

Chaos; Head takes place in 2008 (yes it’s relevant to the 3 shows and where they fall in the timeline). Takumi is a high school student and an extreme otaku who is living in an unconventional way, in a shipping container with a 2D delusion from hs head as his main companion. One day he hears about murders known as “New Gen murders” but he dismisses it because it doesn’t concern him, or so he thought. He is mysteriously pulled into the center of the occurrences which he believes to be delusions but soon his delusions and reality clash and now he has to figure out what’s going on before his world comes to a halt. Continue reading

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K-On!! (Keion!!)

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I watched the first one so definitely had to watch the second. I’m a guy who tries to watch everything in it’s entirety plus it’s a Kyoto show. I like the way that Kyoto works from their employment tactics to the end product. Not many animation studios are like them and if I’m lucky enough to get my manga turned into an anime, they’re at the top of the wishlist. Anyway….

But ‘Switch, isn’t it just more cute girls being cute? Partially, yes. K-On’s premise is based on the light music club forming, getting people to join, etc. It’s not different from any other slice of life , school show really. The humor is not of the outrageous Seitokai Yakuindomo type, it’s more light humor and the girls personalities. Continue reading

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Mononoke Sharing

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Mononoke Sharing is another from the Cool Kyoushinsha. Yes I read through a lot of his stuff the past few days.

The main character Yata is very much like Kobayashi from Dragon Maid but since he made it, that kind of happens sometimes. It’s about a high school girl who has to find a place to live but she doesn’t have a lot of money. So she moves in with 5 big breasted yokai (that’s how Cool described it so I am too). Continue reading

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Metsuko ni Yoroshiku

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Still running down the library of Cool. Metsuko ni Yoroshiku is one that couldn’t get into. The protagonist is a fighter with a hair trigger and those characters usually have no depth. This one isn’t too much different. She’s the neighborhood delinquent and seems to be the toughest one there. Of course she gets to have a friend so she isn’t a completely one sided character.

The character always gets weird looks, called fat and so on which she is actually but it seems to just play to the stereotype instead of just being the character. I don’t know how to word that better…it sounded better in my head. Continue reading

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Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

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Guess I’m going to read more of Cool’s manga before I get back to writing my own. Who can resist a title with ‘maid dragon’ in it? In the closing of the first chapter, Cool actually tells the story of how this manga came about. I won’t spoil it for you though.

I’m sure you’ve heard the age old story of a woman getting drunk off her ass and climbing a mountain to find a dragon, right? Well that’s how Kobayashi and Tooru meet. I don’t know how many people climb mountain after getting drunk but Kobayashi did and there she meets Tooru in dragon form, I guess because she was drunk, she wasn’t scared. Not realizing what she said when she was drunk, she invited Tooru to live with her. Continue reading

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Ojojojo

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Ojojojo is one that I found by mistake but I’m glad I did. It’s a short 4koma which may or may not get a few more chapters. The mangaka who created it said he was only going to do 1 chapter but was convinced to make another. Just like an anime there are issues in the 2nd part.

The characters aren’t THAT different from other anime or manga but they will grasp you. You have two socially awkward characters, a tall, rich, tsundere who has problems making friends because her poor attitude and a quiet misfit outcast who, over time start to understand more about each other and become friends. The 2nd chapter introduces Continue reading

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What is Cupid’s Chocolate?

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Cupid’s Chocolate is a show out of China. I discovered it while cruising sites, looking for animation houses in countries other than Japan. I’ve been doing research so that I know costs in the future if I can take my manga further than a book. Better to know what you’re in for ahead of time than to wait for the last minute. Yes, if it comes down to it, I’ll do it myself…somehow.

Anyway, this show was one I expected very little from since you always hear that stuff out of China is not high quality. Well the quality on this one is actually pretty damned good. It’s about a high school boy who unknowingly shared “Cupid’s Chocolate” with a few girls at his school. What he didn’t know is that the chocolate will make them all think they’re in love with him. The show actually takes place after the chocolate so you don’t get to see that part. Now he has a harem of girls who all think they love him because the effects of the chocolate. His actions can break the curse or cause the curse to manifest even stronger. It’s a typical harem really but you get time spent on each character for development.

The show runs about 12 minutes an episode and they’re up to episode 12 now. Not sure how long the show runs but they’re going past 12 for sure. Check it out if you can find it.

 

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My Winter 2016 Anime Watchlist

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You’re probably wondering why I didn’t do a preview or anything. Well I had this month long job where I had to be out of the house 15+ hours a day. Try doing that for a month straight with no breaks, it’s a backbreaker. So I didn’t want to write anything at all. Hell, this blog was bare for a while right? Still didn’t finish posting stuff from last season. At least I can do a midway post.

Let’s start with my favorites from this season, Erased, Phantom World and Dimension W.

Erased (Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi) – It has time travel so of course I jumped in. The main character, Satoru, has the power to jump through time, one that he doesn’t realize he has until he jumps back several years. So Satoru tries to fix the things in the past that took some very important people from him.

Dimension W – This one will become the first broadcast dub to air on US TV since it’s going to be on Toonami as soon as Akame Ga Kill ends this week. In 2036, a 4th dimension is discovered and with it comes renewable energy. The energy is harvested into these reactors known as coils. Fast Forward to 2071 and a huge conglomerate New Tesla Energy corners the market which leads to illegal coils being made. This is here Kyoma comes in, he’s a “collector”. Collectors are out to collect illegal coils but he’s a throwback, he’s a progress hating loner who wants nothing to do with coils. One day he comes across Mira who an android powered by coils and the 2 end up becoming partners much to Kyoma’s dismay. I hope they don’t turn Mira into pervert bait. This one has a Cowboy Bebop feel to it if you ask me. Needs more than 12 episodes. I think I just wrote my preview/review for this already, just need to add some sauce and let it simmer.

Phantom World (Musaigen no Phantom World) – It’s from Kyoto so of course the quality is there. In a world where phantoms are now walking around freely, there are students tasked with getting rid of them or putting them at peace. The main character Haruhiko actually has a genie looking phantom who is always with him. Along with Mai (Seems to be this season’s hot girl), Reina, Koito, and Kurumi, Haruhiko and the girls find ways to make sure the phantoms are at peace. Wish I was a teenager in Japan if they fight phantoms, fly, ride in mechs and all that other stuff. Continue reading

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Komori-san Can’t Decline (Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!)

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Komori-san Can’t Decline is another in the line of short anime. Each episode is only 2 minutes and they actually have time to fit a song in there too so it’s run time ends up being like 90 seconds. If you add up everything it’s about 18 minutes, so less than one anime episode.

The show revolves around Shuri who can’t decline any request. Shuri is like a giantess compared to the others and well developed too. She’s supposed to be 14 or 15 and makes the other kids look like they’re 7 or something. She has 2 friends who are always needing something or getting her to help and she always has a “yes” attitude. Halfway through the season they add in Kurou who is probably the most developed of the characters. He wants to be depended on like Shuri and at one point she passes a “job” to him to try to help him. Continue reading

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Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry (Soukou no Strain)

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Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry is a more mecha and less filler except for one episode.

In the distant future, mankind is divided into 2 factions called Union and Deague. Both have military might, the Union uses manned crafts known as Strain and the Deague use unmanned Tumors. Ralph Werec who was 16 at the time, left his little sister behind to become a Union pilot. He said his final farewell since he was going on a mission that would take him 130 light years away. Sara who just wanted to be with her brother, vowed t become a pilot too and find him some day. Years later, Sara became a pilot and ended up in a fight with a Deague assault force. During this assault Sara learned that the leader of this assault is her brother Ralph. In order to find out why he turned his back on the Union and figure out what he’s after, she goes after him through even means necessary, even after losing her Strain (you only get one so if you lose it then you’re done). Continue reading

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