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Sola

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Sola is a show I picked randomly while snowed in. I had no expectations going into the show but I saw drama tags and a few others and thought it was going to be a slow meandering show but then there was another tag that caught my attention. Supernatural.

Yorito has an unexplained obsession with the sky. He loves taking pictures of the sky at different times of day. Sunsets, sunrises, the clouds and anything sky related. On one of his early morning trips to try to get pics of the sunrise he bumps into an awkward girl who seems to be fighting with a vending machine when her tomato juice gets stuck. Yorito helps the strange girl but while he has his back turned she disappears. This mysterious girl is surrounded in mystery and Yorito wants to figure out who she is. Continue reading

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Charlotte (Shārotto)

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When I saw the name Charlotte on the summer anime list, I thought it was just going to be some cutesy moe anime (I avoid previews when I can unless it’s a second or third season). Charlotte was not even close to being a moe anime though the Yuu’s little sister is a really cute kid with big saucer eyes, then again, everyone had saucer eyes ESPECIALLY the girls. His little sister is like the epitome of moe with sugar and honey added.

Yuu is a model student with great grades and a bright future. Ok, maybe he’s not. He’s using a supernatural ability to take over bodies for 5 seconds at a time. He keeps using this ability over and over until one day he’s caught by the Hoshinoumi Academy student council head Nao Tomori. Nao Tomori forces Yuu to transfer to Hosihnoumi Academy where they can protect students with supernatural abilities. Yuu joins Nao on the student council and helps her to locate and secure other supernaturals. Continue reading

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The Fruit of Grisaia/The Labyrinth of Grisaia/The Eden of Grisaia

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So I finally decided to watch the Grisaia trilogy again. Well it’s not truly a trilogy since it’s a 13 episode first season, a 45 minute movie and then a 10 episode second season. That movie could have been chopped into a few episodes and merged into the second season. Let’s get into it.

The Fruit of Grisaia/Gurizaia no Kajitsu starts out like a typical harem anime. You meet the guy and some of the girls and the others stat coming into the picture. This first season follows Yuuji and his integration nto an all girls academy. Along the way he meets some really odd girls who each have their own issues. Yuuji’s mission is to help the girls with their issues which of course leads to forming bonds and getting him to break out of his own shell. If you’re only looking for your typical harem anime then you will want to stop here, the rest of the series takes a more serious turn though t still has comedy since comedy is part of the harem formula. Continue reading

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Love, Chunnibyou & Other Delusions! (Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai)

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Love, Chunnibyou & Other Delusions! is a show that gets high marks from many people. It’s a romantic comedy with a heavy emphasis on the comedy side. If you know the quality that Kyoto Animation brings to the table then you know what you’re in for.

Season 1 brings us into the story where Yuuta who used to suffer from chunnibyou comes in contact with a girl who is going through it. Rikka is seen as an odd outcast that no one should be around but Yuuta ends up forming a contract with her. Yuuta’s new ordinary life is now going to be turned upside down by this event. While the families seem to be trying to pull them apart, Yuuta is committed to following through on his contract. This is only the beginning of Yuuta and Rikka’s adventures with an oddball cast of characters going along for the ride. 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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Seraph of the End: Battle in Nagoya (Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen)

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Seraph of the End: Battle in Nagoya is the second season of Seraph of the End. Not too much changes here as it’s a continuation from the first season. A direct continuation.

If you remember the first season, the vampires came hard and fast after the Moon Demon Company but this time they’re bringing to war to the vampire’s doorstep. It’s pretty much a number of flashbacks, battles and more battles with some infighting too. There are also a lot of intersecting storylines with different people with different agendas so there is a bit of intrigue.

While I did like this season, it failed in several categories. Continue reading

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Rec (Rekku)

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Rec is a short anime that came out a decade ago. It actually started airing in February of 2006. One look at the show and you can tell it’s from that timeline but it doesn’t look as dated as a lot of older shows do. If I said it came out this year, you might actually believe me.

Fumihiko is just an average working guy with no girlfriend. He invites a woman out from work and she stands him up. Another woman, named Aka, who happens to be passing by when he’s about to throw out the tickets, gets him to go see the movie with her instead. The two of them have dinner and then he walks her home when they find out they live in the same neighborhood. Unfortunately a mere few hours later there was a fire which burned her apartment down. Fumihiko being concerned, went to go see if Aka was okay but he finds her there in the rain, holding onto the last of her possessions. Fumihiko invites her to stay at his place and they begin a new relationship “more than friends and less than lovers” which they hide from their coworkers. Can the two co-exist with all the tensions growing between them? Continue reading

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Onegai Teacher and Onegai Twins (Please Teacher and Please Twins)

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Onegai Teacher and Onegai Twins has a lot of carryover in characters. In both series, the main protagonist is put in a situation which is seemingly impossible but of course he figures out what he has to do. It is TV afterall and not real life where things never go as planned.

In Onegai Teacher, a boy with an issue of blacking out sees an alien landing but of course, he blacks out so he doesn’t believe it’s real. Then the next day he’s at school and the alien that he saw land is hs new homeroom teacher. Through a series of events, he learns of her origin and vows to protect her in any way he can. What he desn’t know is that it’s going to come in the form of marriage. The two get married and have to keep things a secret from everyone so that she doesn’t lose her job as a teacher. There are other consequences but her being his teacher and wife are their main worries. Can they keep the secret with so many things getting in the way? Continue reading

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Yuki Yuna is a Hero (Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru)

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The cover art is so misleading on this show. While they are schoolgirls, there is a lot more to this show than that. The story takes place in Shikoku, an island of Japan in the distant future. Though if you read previews you will notice it says the year 300 but it’s in another era. Yuna and her friends Mimori, Fu and Itsuki are members of a ‘Hero Club’ at Sanshu Middle School where they help people with small tasks like finding cats, etc. One day the Hero Club is caught in a burst of light and transported to a forest where they encounter these creatures called Vertex which are out to destroy the Shinju, a deity that protects humanity. Yuna and her friends are transformed into magical girl heroes to save the Shinju and the world. But there is more to the story than that so, tune in. Continue reading

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Tokyo Godfathers

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Tell me if you heard this one before. A transvestite, an alcoholic and a runaway girl find a baby on Christmas Eve and try to raise it. Yes, this is the premise of this show. While foraging through the trash, they stumble upon a baby and though they want to “raise it”, they do set out to find it’s parents.

Throughout the show, they each come face to face with reminders of their past by coincidence and happenstance. Does anyone ever truly become homeless by choice? Well they have to face the factors that lead to them becoming homeless. It’s not all a riches to rags story though, there are different reasons for each being homeless and it’s not all flashbacks, they actually meet some of the faces of their past. Continue reading

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