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Games and Anime highlights of 2016 (Part 2)

Onwards to Part 2 I will talk about my Anime highlights of 2016 and, well there is quite a lot so lets get down to it shall we?

Here’s some honourable mentions of anime i watched but will not go into greater detail as I will with the others because then we would have a much longer list haha:

91 Days, Alderamin on The Sky, All Out!!, Assassination Classroom Season 2, Days, Cheer Danshi!!, Drifters, Arslan Senki Season 2, Fune wo Amu, Nanbaka, March Comes in like a Lion, Prince of Stride, Kuromukuro, Tales of Zestiria the X, ReLIFE, Occultic;Nine and Haruchika.

Obviously I won’t list every single anime I watched so here’s my MAL if anyone’s interested on what else i watched this year: https://myanimelist.net/animelist/Izanagi-No-Kai

I can say that there are some anime coming out this year that I wanted to watch but didn’t have enough interest at that time and probably will watch in the future (next year maybe?)

Nevertheless, lets start!

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Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

We hit it right off with probably one of the most hyped series of the year lol, Did it live to its hype. In my opinion, absolutely. It completely blew my expectations out of the water.

It took something basic and completely twisted it around in surprising ways. Subaru have become one of my favorite anime protagonists and Rem is my best girl ❤

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Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

I loved the manga and the anime is no difference, they completely nailed the comedy and I laughed out loud so many times watching this. It’s relaxing, fun, consistently funny, and a great show for anyone who wants to unwind and laugh. I would definitely recommend this anime. Bow to our lord Sakamoto.

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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

Speaking of comedies, KonoSuba was also an awesome anime dealing with a lot of comedy. No matter what, I never get tired of “Main character get teleported to a rpg-like world” formula, and this anime proves it, in more ways than one.

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Natsume Yuujinchou Go

The 5th season of Natsume yuujinchou and so far it still remains as one of my all time favorite anime ever, absolutely beautiful.

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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Speaking of getting stuck in another fantasy world, here’s another one! The animation was the first thing to get me sold in this show and then the music… wonderful. The story was also interesting and the characters felt really realistic to me. I can hope for a second season but I guess in the meantime I’ll read the Light Novel.

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

I like Steampunk, I like zombies and Hiroyuki Sawano doing the soundtrack? I’m sold. Now I did hope a bit more from this show and may have set my expectations a bit too high (okay, like WAAY high) But I still enjoyed the show for what’s it worth and again can hope for a second season since I want to know more about their world and the characters.

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D.Gray-Man Hallow

If I have to be completely honest, this season did disappoint me a bit. It might be my Nostalgia speaking (which it probably is) I absolutely loved the first D.Gray-Man anime, and it holds as an all time favorite in my heart along with the manga and I was excited that they actually wanted to continue the show from where it left off. But alas it didn’t hit my expectations for a lot of reasons but I still think it’s a highlight of sorts since I got to see my boy Allen and his precious friends animated again.

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Durarara!!×2 Ketsu

The third and final cour of Durarara!! and oh boy it was a journey. Still can’t believe that the show started in 2011, feel such a long time ago… there is so much i could tell about this show but it would be spoilers so I’ll just say to watch it yourself because this is something that needs to be experienced, this show is truly a gem among anime in my opinion.

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Orange

Dealing with themes like depression and suicide in anime can be quite a challenge and this one really nailed in terms of maturity and deep meaning to it. The anime was so beautiful and sad but also quite heartwarming and I felt really satisfied afterwards.

Suwa is such a sweetheart and the best bro.

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Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

Another hyped up anime that I think (kind of) lives up to its hype. Now granted I haven’t read the manga yet but I still think the anime was really great. Plot-twists, mysteries and time-travel, this show was awesome. And of course the opening gets stuck in my head.

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Kiznaiver

This show was… special in a way, don’t really know how to describe it. The story was okay and the characters were great but I really wanted something more, I wanted to know more than what we got. I doubt we’ll get more of this (maybe an OVA?) but the show still left an impact on me and the opening was absolutely beautiful. Bless Michiyuki Kawashima, you’ll be solely missed.

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Bungou Stray Dogs

I already read the manga before the anime was announced but nevertheless i still enjoyed it. It stuck mostly faithful to the source material and I looked forward to a new episode each week when this show aired.

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Boku no Hero Academia

What can I say that haven’t already been said about this? The animation was on point, the story was awesome, the characters were great and I can’t wait for the second season next year!

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Mob Psycho 100

I absolutely loved this show. It was funny, exciting, heartfelt and just a delight to watch. 100/100 Salt Attacks.

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Yuri!!! On ICE

Ah, Yuri on Ice, a title that isn’t what it seems. Coming into this show, I had high expectations and didn’t have an ounce of disappointment. Perhaps the show isn’t suitable for everyone’s tastes or style but I would recommend it to anyone. This anime takes ice skating and character relationships to a new level that is phenomenal. It truly as the opening said “was born to make history”.

Aaaand that was it for me in 2016, it was as I mentioned before not the best year in general but it still gave us these games and shows that we love and I hope to see even more in 2017.

So until next time, Yami out~ (*^▽゚) /~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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25 Anime Openings I never skipped

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We all have our favorite openings that get us pumped up for new episodes or simply something that reminds you of all the adventures you had with all these characters.

I’m gonna list my own personal favorite openings that I never skipped when the series was still airing and also some I maratoned through and still didn’t skip them no matter what! because even if the last episode you saw ended on a cliffhanger, you just can’t skip that awesome opening!

This was (un)surprisingly a very hard list to narrow down as I had to look at all of the anime I watched (or atleast remember I did haha)

Here’s my MAL if anyone’s interested:Izanagi-No-Kai and from this list, who knows, maybe you’ll find something new to watch haha.

All of the openings are in no particular order and the only “rules” I have for this list is one opening per series.

1. Major Season 1 OP – Kokoroe by Road of Major

This anime is truly underrated and should be watched by every anime fan out there (whether you’re a sports fan or not), I could argue and say that all the openings were unskippable but the first one feels special not just for the lyrics but also for playing in the final season at the show’s most climactic moment and you just feel nostalgia all over again. Also worth mentioning the final season’s opening was was the same song but made by Triplane instead, getting all those feels back as you saw the little boy Goro from his young adolescent years growing up and playing in the Mayor League.

2. Clannad After Story Opening – Toki wo Kisamu Uta by Lia

All the tears are coming back…

Not really sure how to describe what feeling this opening gives off, other than it basically breathes peace and maybe nostalgia? This anime is was truly got me into all the other works done by KEY and also made me cry more times that I can count. The animation is amazing, the lights, the music, just soaking it all in as you watch this and see what lies beyond that flower field.

3. D.Gray-Man Opening 3 – Doubt & Trust by Access

This was really hard because all the openings were really cool and hard to skip, but then i remembered 0:42 and just took this one haha. DGM have always been a dark show but I believe that this was truly when the series took a different turn as so many new things happened. The song is really catchy and the visuals are awesome.

4. Katekyo Hitman Reborn Opening 4 – 88 by LM.C

WASURETEE SHIMAUU DAROUUU

This really brings out memories… I don’t really know what to say about this one. The song is awesome, the transition as you see the characters switching with their 10-years-later counterparts are really awesome and you just gets psyched to whats going to happen to our dear Vongola familia.

5. Boku Dake Inai Machi Opening – Re:Re by Asian Kung-Fu Generation

This was almost kind of obvious it would go into this list haha.

Not only is the song awesome but the clever way at how they hint important things about the mystery the show surrounds is really clever. Just a really solid opening for a solid show.

6. Charlotte Opening – Bravely You by Lia

Holy shit this opening is beautiful.

This was definitely one of my favorite shows when it first aired and Lia as always didn’t disappoint. The visuals are truly breathtaking and I just love this opening *cries*

7. Parasyte Opening – Let Me Hear by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

This band have a distinct style that you easily recognise and probably have heard used in other anime as well, ex: Hunter x Hunter and Kaiji S2. I loved the visuals and how the song timed in, its just awesome.

8. Shingeki no Kyojin Opening 2 – Jiyuu no Tsubasa by Linked Horizon

LE GASP I DIDN’T PICK THE FIRST ONE OH MY GODDD

I really love both openings and I didn’t skip either of them but if I had to choose… I would have pick this one, sorry xD

Linked Horizon just really knows how to make epic music.

9. Boku no Hero Academia Season 1 Opening – The Day by Porno Graffitti

THE DAY HAS COOMMMEEEE

Right at the start it sweeps you in this adventure as you listen to the catchy song and visuals. Just simply awesome.

10. Shingeki no Bahamut Opening – EXiSTENCE by SiM

I have always loved rock music and this one is no difference. I love everything in this OP, the “wanted posters” ish montage at the beginning timing with the music, rest of the visuals, especially at around 1:13 are my favorite segment.

11. Log Horizon Opening – Database by MAN WITH A MISSION feat. TAKUMA (10-FEET)

DATABASE DATABASE JUST LIVING IN THE DATABASE WOW WOW

I don’t have anything to say, this kind of speaks to itself haha.

12. Guilty Crown Opening 1 – My Dearest by Koeda, Supercell

One of the prettiest openings I have seen. The song is calm yet puts pressure, it really fits with the animation as it slowly builds up to the end.

13. One Punch Man Opening – The Hero!! Set Fire to the Furious Fist by JAM Project

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one singing along as you watched the new episode coming out.

Too many things to appreciate in this OP!
– Saitama punches the crap out of that smiley face star and it makes me crack up everytime!
– Mumen Rider going sick on that bike!
– The last part sounding reminiscent of Guns n Roses
– Saitama holding the grocery bag at the end like the ultimate badass and it ain’t no thang!
– That animation!
– That chanting in english!

Just a great opening to get you pumped up!

14. Planetes Opening – Dive in the Sky by Mikio Sakai

I don’t know what it is that I liked about this opening so much that I didn’t skip it. Just at the start the music was amazing and pulled me in. This is another truly great underrated anime that takes a concept and truly goes all the way and makes it seem really realistic and possible!

15. Akatsuki no Yona Opening 2 – Akatsuki no Hana by Cyntia

This opening is just really cool haha, the song is really catchy and the visuals are awesome, it was also at the point of the story when this opening came that just made it that much more awesome when you had to wait for new episodes when this was first aired.

16. X’amd Lost Memories Opening – Shut Up and Explode by Boom Boom Satellites

Right at the start you feel the catchiness (kind of like those shose in the beginning xD) and I just kind of went along with it and didn’t bother skipping it? I just really like this song, ok? xD

17. Neon Genesis Evangelion Opening – A Cruel Angel’s Thesis by Yoko Takahashi

I don’t know if I need to explain this one, the opening itself have become a meme now xD It’s just so iconic and one of it’s kind.

18. Baccano Opening – Gun’s & Roses by Paradise Lunch

It’s so damn catchy! I just really loved this opening and I never skipped it. It’s so clever in so many ways and you haven’t watched the anime already, this opening will probably make you interested.

19. Utawarerumono Opening – Musouka by Suara

Ahhh memories… even though I love the opening as a whole, it was those 3 first seconds with the characters in red that made me stay every episode.

20. Tears to Tiara Opening – Free and Dream by Suara

The irony when this song was done by the same artist who did Utawarerumono’s opening, not that I’m complaining though, in fact it actually just makes it better. I found this anime purely by chance after having watched Utawarerumono and wanted something similar, so I found this and the opening was far too awesome to skip when I binge-watched it.

21. Subete ga F ni Naru:The Perfect Insider Opening – Talking by kana-Boon

This opening was just really stylish and catchy, hard to miss as you just want to get up and dance to the beat!

22. Black Jack Opening 1 – Gekkouka by Janne

This was really hard as it stood between this and Young Black Jack‘s Opening. Ultimately I choose this one, feeling a bit biased hahaha, but I still really love both OPs and never skip any of them when the respective series.

23. Durarara!!x2 Ten Opening 1 – Day You Laugh by Toshiyuki Toyonaga

One thing I love about the Durarara!! openings other than the fact that the OPs are incredible is that fact that every character happens to be in the same place/locality for these 90 seconds, quite similar to Baccano in sense as you see all these characters are connected to each other one way or another. What I really liked about this opening that made it unskippable was; Mikado. One of my favorite characters of the show, and at this point in x2 Ten, it focused on him and the Opening really shines that fact. Don’t believe me?

Mikado appears in:
-0:20(passing by)
-0:28(zebra cross)
-0:39(walking on zebra cross with face hidden)
-1:10(using phone when suddenly Shizuo appears carrying a motorcycle)
-1:25(passes by)

And if that wasn’t enough, The Opening is sung by his Voice Actor.

24. Sidonia no Kishi Season 2 Opening – Kishi Koushinkyoku by Angela

Don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved the first opening, especially the first words of the lyrics that really describes the story;

“I will fight for someone else, I will fall on the battlefield for someone else”

But if I had to choose one of them, the second opening wins my heart. I love Angela, she have made so many good songs that I love and she has this disctinct style that’s easy to recognize. The opening really has a sort of anthem vibe to it, making you pumped up for the incoming battle as you fight for humanity.

25. Haruchika: Haruta to Chika no Seishun wa Koi ga Suru Opening – Niji wo Ametara by fhána

This opening is so happy and makes me smile, the lyrics are also describing the joy of music that really fits with the show.

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Aaannd that’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed this list, maybe you found something new to watch or you might have seen any of these and felt nostalgia again? Feel free leave a comment on your anime openings you never skipped!

Yami out~ (*^▽゚) /~

 


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Assassination Classroom/Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Live Action Movie Review

Okay. I just finished watching the Assassination Classroom live action movie and …..

was more or less not that impressed since they literally took out all my favorite moments in the series. I was pretty much giggling through the entire thing because of how ridiculous some of the scenes were.

Though I did have a lot of fun pointing out who each character was since I actually could tell who was who from the hairstyle and how they dressed. (They did pretty well matching appearance-wise since I could actually tell who was who despite not having the same hair color)

But what they pulled at the very last second near the end I just started yelling: WHAT?! YOU CAN’T DO THAT! THAT’S SEVERE SPOILERS (as in you don’t get to know that until 100+ chapters in the manga) AND YOU’RE JUST GIVING IT AWAY LIKE THAT?!?! AND NO ONE ELSE IN CLASS FREAKING NOTICED THAT?!?!?! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

I wish they focused more on some characters’ background but I understand that filming a live action is really hard and they had only 2 hours.

THE WHOLE CAST SEEMED TO HAVE SUCH A GREAT TIME TOGETHER AND NOW I KNOW WHY YAMACHAN GOT ALONG WITH THE CAST SO WELL

Hopefully October will come and they will get to act together again.

Now for the actual review.

The Story

The movie picks a lot of the noticeable scenes from the manga including multiple arcs such as both transfer students arcs (Ritsu and Itona) as well as everyone’s favourite teacher Takaoka.

I think in terms of content, my guess for the anime it would be up to the first 40-50 chapters and for the live action will be pretty similar. However, unlike 22 episodes, there will only be around 2 hours which is not much. Originally I was hoping that Ansatsu Kyoushitsu would get an 11-13 episode drama instead of a movie, but this ended up like Sukitte Ii na yo and Silver Spoon’s live movies where there was too much content and the movie felt kind of rushed as an result.

The Characters

Okay so I’m going to ignore the common complaints by most anime-only fans when it comes to live action adaptions of manga. I don’t care if you people hate that their hair ain’t blue/red or if they don’t look nearly how the character is in the original content. I’d rather have the characters be able to act the part well than to have them look similar and act the part horribly and ruin the movie.

I was honestly not expecting Yamada Ryosuke to play Nagisa – and no doubt, I know a lot of people didn’t expect it either. Now don’t get me wrong, being a Hey! Say! JUMP fan I love Yama-chan, but I wasn’t 100% on him playing Nagisa’s part. His diverse acting skills can get him playing someone as cold as Ryuu (Tantei Gakuen Q) to someone as goofy as Kindachi (Kindaichi shounen no jikenbo Neo), a lot of people will think he’s overrated and what not and a lot of people who don’t even know AssaClass will watch it anyway because of him, but we’ll leave it to the movie to see if he does Nagisa well.

And I think he did it very well.

I think most people’s complaints at first was about how he doesn’t look “trap”/girly enough. (But even then I’m probably the only person that that doesn’t think the original Nagisa looks like a girl to begin with…) However, I don’t think it will include any of the chapters where Nagisa needs to and will be confused as a girl so it won’t hurt much in terms of story, but more on the original manga fans who want it to stay true to the manga. (But again I think this was a good choice anyway, especially when you think about Nagisa and his horrible mother) I think personally, if he had done the movie a couple years younger he would have suited the appearance of the original content Nagisa more. Not necessarily in his days of Tantei Gakuen Q, but back when his face was still babyish and chubby (them cheeks xD).

Ofc we can just pull out the Risou no Musuko 2.0 and put Yama-chan in some cute girly clothes cause why not xD

And one a side note I laughed really hard at the first Nagisa vs Takaoka fight since he literally just smiled, walked over to Takaoka and went boop to him with the knife to his neck.

The other actors I’m not quite familiar with. I remember Suda Masaki (Karma) from High School Debut, but it’s been a while since I’ve watched that. Haven’t watch it, but I know he’s in Kamen Rider too.

He really does fit more of the delinquent-ness that Karma had and I think I can really take a liking to him playing him – Especially his chill fall of the cliff. I can see a few Karma fans taking a disliking to him just from not looking like Karma.

I don’t understand why they added that OC that interacted with Nagisa to be quite honest …. I mean, do they want to create a sort of menage à trois or love triangle or how do you want to call it!? Did they really have to?!

A lot of the others, I’ve seen them in one or no dramas/movies at all (Takaoka is Ando from Ikemen Desu ne ). Jiyoung is so fucking sexy, ‘kay. Exactly as Irina.

Korosensei

Keeping Korosensei to have his own section. I’ve seen a lot of comments about the CGI being okay or horrible from various people – someone said they should’ve gotten specific people from Weta to do it which is lol because Japan’s films are often way lower budget than your Hollywood ones.

I personally don’t mind Korosensei or maybe I’m just used to the cheaper CGI with watching too much jdramas/adaptations xD He does feel a bit more plastic-y than I imagined.

Overall

It looks like another “too much content into one movie” adaptation and would have been better suited a drama instead.

I watched it anyway as it’s one of my favorite manga and current anime as well as being a Hey! Say! JUMP fan and a fan of Yamada’s acting.

I’m going to say it now, but this movie is definitely not going to please everyone and I can tell a lot of people will be disappointed – especially for the people who will constantly compare original content to the adaptation. (Like me *cough*)

I would stick with watching the anime and reading the manga since it seemed like they didn’t have the budget to really go all out on those really epic scenes in the series (they stuck to one set for most of the movie). But if you’re just a die-hard fan of AC and need to see everything relating to it, I’d say go for it.

It’s not the greatest adaption since the scenes go by really quickly without really having any chance to have the characters in the spotlight. So I felt like I didn’t really have an attachment to anyone. All the epic scenes in the series felt really anti-climactic.

But overall it was interesting experience watching it.

Truthfully I think this will be a fun one to watch if you give it a chance.


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Plastic Memories Review (warning for spoilers!)

Before we begin, I just want all of you to know that, on the first episode of Plastic Memories, I cried like a little girl. I’d like to say I’m ashamed of myself, but the truth is, this anime just has that many feels. I believe that’s why some people call it Plastic Feels instead of Plastic Memories.

Despite how heart rending some of the scenes were, I really did enjoy this anime. The emotional scenes were emotional and never failed to bring tears, but they were also offset by some really nice humor that lessened the, “I just wanna curl up into a ball and cry.” moments.

Story

18-year-old Tsukasa Mizugaki is offered a position at the renowned SAI Corporation, known for its production and management of androids called “Giftia”. Tsukasa’s position is in the Terminal Service Department, recovering Giftias that are close to their expiration date—it is a graveyard department in every sense. Tsukasa is partnered with Isla, a female Giftia whose only responsibility appears to be serving tea to her co-workers.

While the anime is labeled as a sci-fi, the actual sci-fi itself isn’t all that important beyond the idea of Giftia, the androids who can experience human emotions. Society in this anime has advanced to the point where they can literally create robots that replicate human emotions – these androids feel, think, act, and interact as if they were human. In many ways, they are human. However, this anime is also somewhat misleading. While there are a number of scenes that are heartrending, a good portion of this anime is light-hearted, funny, and deals with the awkward romance between Tsukasa and Isla. I didn’t mind this so much, mostly because I don’t think I could’ve dealt with too much heart break, but I know others who might be turned off by this. Also, while this wasn’t a deal breaker for me, there is one thing about this anime that I didn’t like and made much of the story feel a little contrived.

If this wondrous, technological society is so damn advance, then why the hell do they not have a way to store a Giftia’s memory and place it in a new body? This is the one sore point for the anime, and also an issue that makes the feels less feely than they could be. This wouldn’t be much of a problem if they explained WHY a Giftia’s memory couldn’t be stored in some hardcore USB drive, but they don’t, and because they don’t, a part of my disbelief is suspended, which cheapens some of the really heart rending moments.

Animation

I did enjoy the artwork in here. The art style is very bright and vivid, and there’s a wide range of color palettes being used. Some of the character designs were a little bland, but a lot of the secondary characters are just archetypes and don’t get much screen time, so I feel like I can forgive them. I do like Isla’s design, but even I’ll admit that she’s a dead ringer for a long-haired version of Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Sound

I’d say about average. Honestly, there isn’t anything inspiring about the sound, but the quality is nice and I didn’t hear anything wrong with it. Also the op and ed was very good.

Spoilers incoming (for: Plastic Memories, Kyoukai no Kanata/Beyond the Boundary, Angel Beats). 

Well, the good news is my tear ducts are now so empty that I’ll never cry again. I think that’s good news, anyway.

The bad news is that I finished Plastic Memories and I’m fuckin’ sad. This show didn’t even try to attempt some fake happy ending. This was no Kyoukai no Kanata, this shit straight up Angel Beat me over the head with feelings.

And it was stronger for it.  

Because unlike Beyond the Boundary, character deaths in this series don’t come as a surprise. We’re given an explicit timeline for them, and when that time runs out, there are no resets on the clock. No coming back. And, unlike Angel Beats, we actually got to spend the majority of the episodes watching our lead couple meet, connect, and grow together.

There is something immensely powerful about two characters forging ahead in love when they know it’s doomed. I really appreciated the fact that the series allowed romance to blossom before the final few moments, getting the misgivings of the lead couple (and their friends!) out of the way so we could enjoy their last days together alongside them.

This anime isn’t all feels and tears. The humor is actually pretty damn funny. The main heroine in this story, Isla, is a Giftia, an android that possesses human emotions to the point where you’d never be able to tell them apart from a regular human – and she is an absolute riot. Seriously, some of the crap she pulls off in this anime makes me laugh my ass off.

I remember watching her jump off a railing and belly flop into a trash can in one episode. I laughed so hard. Of course, the fun and games is also played up because of how heart breaking this anime is. Isla, especially, is a tragic character, in spite of all the humorous stunts she pulls. I think, for me, this is what makes me like her so much. She’s funny, but at the same time, I really feel for her – because Isla is a Giftia, and Giftia only last for a total of 8 or so years before expiring. That’s what this entire anime is about, and it’s why the story is so tragic.

The show did have a few occasional tonal stumbling blocks – sometimes its humor worked great, but at other times it would attempt to shoehorn in an awkward sex joke at the worst possible time, as if afraid it was taking itself too seriously.

Then there was an entire plot line that revolved around how terrifying the Giftia (androids) were if they were allowed to go out of control that only served as backstory for one character and a relatively unnecessary action sequence. I think the slow degradation into a vegetable state was much more poignant and tragic than a small percentage of Giftia suddenly going berserk and trying to kill people.

But these were small flaws I could overlook in the face of surprisingly meaningful character interaction. The typical archetype characters in particular subverted their natures in ways that brought tears to my eyes – the tsundere going out of her way to help the MCs find love and being brought to tears over it; the emotionless girl quickly being revealed to never have been all that emotionless in the first place, instead trying to protect those around her; the “oblivious main character” proving again and again that he was far more intelligent and considerate than anyone could have guessed.

Tragic or not, there were some really touching scenes in this. I thought the romance between Tsukasa, the main character, and Isla, was downright adorable – incredibly funny and potential deadly for Tsukasa, but mostly adorable. Watching them muddle through their relationship, seeing Tsukasa try – and usually fail – to make Isla happy, really made it worth watching this anime. For those who enjoy watching a heartfelt romance with touching moments that are mired in beautiful tragedy – I’m looking at you Clannad fans – you’ll definitely enjoy this. For those of you who don’t like crying your eyes out, well, you probably won’t want to touch this with a ten foot pole.

This was a show that didn’t rush itself; it moved resolutely and honestly towards its inevitable conclusion. The kind of steadfast journey forward that brings tears to your eyes slowly – first a burning, then a blurring in the eyes, until all of a sudden you’re crying because you want to (not because you were meant to).

It’s a series that celebrates (not mourns) the brightest of loves, the ones that shine too bright and too quick, the ones that are everlasting and never fading, because they ended too soon.


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Shinji Ikari Defense

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When I first got into Evangelion (which was YEARS ago), I had heard from fans that Shinji was a whiny, wimpy emo kid with serious daddy issues. I braced myself and watched the series, preparing to at best tolerate him, and what did I find? A realistic, relatable main character who’s actually very strong (if not in the conventional sense), and someone that I just want to give a hug.

So, here’s my defense of him…

Firstly, I can’t stand it when people accuse Shinji of being “emo”. He has legitimate reasons for being upset. To elaborate on a few of the things he had to put up with:

-His own Evangelion mauled a kid while on autopilot, and he didn’t know that kid was his friend Toji until it was too late.

-He found out that Rei was just an expendable clone, and saw her sacrifice herself for him.

-He was forced to kill the only person to ever say “I love you” to him.

-He lost Asuka to a coma, and later saw her get mauled by the MP Evas.

Are those not good enough reasons for a fourteen year old to be upset, haters? (and since this is Eva we’re talking about, “upset” is a bold understatement)

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Secondly, the most common complaint about Shinji is that he’s a “wimp”. Yes, he does run away from his problems, but keep in mind how much stress he has to put up with, and after all, don’t we all run away at some point in our lives?

Yes, he did refuse to pilot Unit 01 at first, but in my opinion, he was just asserting himself (and he did have a point in saying that he had no idea how to pilot the thing). And, to be honest, he would’ve been a dick if seeing how badly injured Rei was wasn’t enough to sway him.

Then, in Episode 18, he refused to attack Unit 03 because there was a kid in there – an action I interpret as a strong moral stance against killing people. Cue the fandom calling him a wuss for not being a man and going out to fight. Then, after Gendo cut off Shinji’s control of Unit 01 and put the mecha on auto-pilot, resulting in Toji getting critically injured, it was little wonder Shinji never wanted to pilot an Eva again. Yet still, the fandom accuses him of being a wuss.

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Oh, and he definitely isn’t a wuss with all the hell he managed to cope with. It’s actually pretty impressive that it took him until End of Evangelion to snap. If I was in his position, I’d probably be a nervous, gibbering wreck by Episode 6.

Another point I’d like to make is that a large portion of Shinji’s hatedom complains about him not being a typical mecha protagonist. It really annoys me to see them all “Man, if I could pilot an Evangelion, I’d kick all the Angel’s asses, and I’d be banging Rei, Asuka and Misato by the end of day one”. Don’t mean to burst your bubble, mecha fans, but Evangelion isn’t that kind of series. It’s the kind of series that shows the ugly side of mecha, so of course the main protagonist won’t be a super manly macho man. Want ultra badass manly men kicking ass in their kickass mechas? Gurren Lagann and GaoGaiGar are that-a-way.

*Goes back to reading Kawoshin*

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