Thursday, 15 September 2016

New Releases

Picked up these beauties today!

 Most exciting is the limited edition boxset of Sailor Moon Crystal. It comes with a booklet and some gorgeous art cards. I love Crystal because it's so darn PRETTY, and so is this set. 

I got the Attack on Titan movie collection on blu-ray. I've heard many people say they don't like these films, but I saw both at the cinema and found them entertaining. I guess if you're a die-hard AOT fan and are super attached to the characters in the anime, then I can see how the live-action would be frustrating or disappointing. But since I am neither, I can sit back and enjoy both for what they are: ass-kicking action with scary giants, and uncomplicated plot and characters.

Studio Ghibli's 'Only Yesterday' finally got a blu-ray release. I look forward to watching this again, it's been a while. Now I just need 'Ocean Waves' and my blu-ray Ghibli collection will be complete!

And lastly I felt it was time to start collecting Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood because it's a pretty great series.

Now, with the Summer simulcast season coming to end soon, I'll be updating my final thoughts on the 6 or so series I've been watching, so stay tuned :-)

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Umaru-chan and Tanaka-kun

The last 2 series I finished watching were 'Himouto Umaru-chan' and 'Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge'.

Umaru-chan was so darn cute! I had so much fun watching this series and I felt compelled to buy all of the merchandise. So far I have a cloak and a squishy cushion. I'm sure I'll find more merch on my upcoming trip to Japan. I found her character really relatable. Well only the lazy, potato-chip-eating, otaku part of her personality. I'm pretty much the opposite of a beautiful, athletic, popular schoolgirl! I guess after a while the novelty of this show kind of wore off a bit, it never felt like a chore to watch. Although if it was a longer series it would probably get boring pretty quickly.

'Tanaka-kun is Always Listless did bore me just a little bit at times. But I like the characters and the general feel of the show. Like, it wasn't just Tanaka, but the whole series that was kind of listless. It had a quiet, calming feel to it. I like the soft colour palette, simple drawings and also the music, especially the ending theme - 'Bon-Bon'. Overall it was a fairly decent anime, but I feel like if I didn't watch it I wouldn't be really missing out... kind of take or leave it.... I guess you could say my thoughts on this one are rather....listless.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Summer 2016

So we're about halfway through the season and I thought I'd share some thoughts on what I'm watching. The series I was most excited about this season (like WAY too excited) is 'Love Live Sunshine!'. 
Love Live has become my 'comfort anime' - you know something you put on when you're feeling a little down or under the weather...? So when I heard about this spin-off I was like a kid at Christmas. I actually couldn't sleep the night before the first episode. And it really hasn't let me down, but I'll say this - they have a formula. 
In the beginning I found myself naming the characters like "Chika - that's the 'new Honoka' and "Mari - her family is rich, she's the new Maki". But the characters are different enough that I'm beginning to do away with these comparisons... slowly..
Something I like about Sunshine so far is the way the girls are so inspired by Muse. And I like the setting of their small town very much.
I could go on about Love Live! a lot more, but apparently not everyone adores it like I do, so moving on...

'ReLife'. I'm always keen for a series which has characters closer to my own age group. I found this series much more relate-able than most high-school anime. I'm glad it was a short series too because I think I would have gotten bored if it went on too much longer. And without dropping any spoilers, I will say that the 'twist' in the last episode took me by surprise. And that doesn't happen often. Overall it was a good series, but not a great one.

Speaking of great series, my favourite so far is 'Orange'. I sort of wish I waited till this finished airing so I could binge-watch it. It's very addictive. I love all the characters and I can't wait to see how the story pans out. Although I have a sneaking suspicion that it's going to break my heart...

I started watching 'Rewrite' too. I knew nothing about this one, but in the first ep I was like "this looks a lot like 'Key'" and sure enough, it's based on one of their visual novels. So I was pretty pumped. So far though, it hasn't really drawn me in the way it's predecessors did. The protagonist is kind of a pervert, and it's got a much more 'ecchi' vibe rather than being just downright 'moe'. But I'll keep watching and hope it improves....

And lastly I'm watching 'Days'. I really don't like sports, but I occasionally enjoy a good sports anime. Perhaps only for the eye-candy. But the main character, Tsukushi, is genuinely really interesting and so far I'm liking this series more than I expected to.

I'll be back with my final thoughts at the end of the season :-)

Sunday, 7 August 2016

2 New Figures!!

Since I posted about Kotori, I now have another 2 additions to my Alter Love Live! collection. For my birthday I got Rin. She has a 'neko' outfit of course, and it's so cute! Her little cat ears look so soft and fluffy, and I love her poofy yellow bloomers!

Then there's Nico. For some reason I wasn't as excited about Nico as I was about some of the others. But in person, she is actually exquisite. I think she's my favourite so far. Her pose is impossible, the fact that she stays balanced is a testament to the quality of these figurines. She looks as though she'll come to life at any moment. She comes with a spare arm, so you can choose to display her with or without her hat. I think what I like most about Nico is the thin, delicate ribbons in her hair. She is just so incredibly detailed, and I'm so glad she's part of my collection!

I have pre-ordered Nozomi and Maki, so stay tuned for reviews and more pics once they arrive!

Monday, 4 July 2016

End of Spring 2016

I just completed everything I was watching this season, and I have to say there's not much I was terribly excited about.

I dropped 'Anne Happy' early on because it bored me. It was just the same old stuff I'd seen a hundred times before. The characters and plot really didn't have enough substance to keep me interested.

I completed Joker Game. The thing I liked most about this one was the character design. I loved the look of each of the spies, but I would have really liked to get to know them all better. They were all super cool as far as being a spy, but none of them were really given much personality beyond that. The animation quality was pretty good, and some episodes were better than others as far as storyline. I liked the mysterious feel it had, and the way it kept me guessing until the end of the episode. There were times, though, that it felt like a bit of a chore to watch. I definitely wouldn't say Joker Game was a 'must watch'. If you gave this one a miss, you're no worse off.

Then there was Bungo Stray Dogs. I really didn't mind this one. It was action packed, full of interesting characters and didn't take itself too seriously. There were a couple of funny moments and overall it had a fairly light-hearted feel to it. But that vibe made it difficult for me to really have an emotional connection with the show, and the more serious scenes didn't hit home as much as they might have in a darker series. So while I don't think this one was really anything special, it was enjoyable enough that I'll probably watch season 2.

I also watched Pan De Peace, and it was cute and made me hungry. And season 3 of Sailor Moon Crystal was actually my favourite season so far. I love how PRETTY this anime is! I got a bit too excited when Tuxedo Mask had his own 'mini-transformation-scene' and I definitely shed a few tears in the final few episodes. Also that cliff-hanger at the very end has me very impatient for the next season!!

Last but not least, my favourite series from this season (and I'm very surprised by this) was Assassination Classroom. The beginning of Season 2 didn't start off too well for me. I was getting a bit over it and even considered dropping it altogether. But I'm glad I didn't because I really enjoyed the final 5 or 6 episodes. Anime endings are not usually known for being satisfying, or even for making a lot of sense. But this was a refreshing exception. Not only did the story feel complete, but there was also a nice explanation of what happened after that. Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to go buy a bunch of Koro-sensei merchandise, it wasn't an amazing series. But it's one that I am glad I watched!

Summer 2016 is looking to be a lot more exciting than Spring, for one reason only: Love Live! Sunshine! Bring it on :-)

Monday, 27 June 2016

Spring Season coming to an end...

I've watched the final episodes of 2 series from the spring line-up so far. And I have to say I wasn't really thrilled with either of them.

The series I've been most disappointed in this season in 'Mayoiga' or 'the Lost Village'. I loved the idea of this show. I thought it was going to be super creepy and mysterious, with lots of plot twists and interesting characters. It started out well enough, but by episode 7 or 8 it felt like the pacing became very rushed, almost as if the creators were making it up as went, and were desperately trying to reach an end by the 12th episode. It became kind of a chore to watch. The characters bored me and over-all it was anti-climatic. While I think it's best to make up your own mind about a series, I would recommend saving yourself a few hours and giving this one a miss.

The second series I completed was 'Kuma Miko' or 'Girl meets Bear'. Again it started off well. It was funny and cute. But the main character, Machi just got really annoying. She is incredibly shy and timid and also so sheltered and completely naive. At first it was endearing, but then it just got frustrating. and the other characters weren't much better. There's Machi's cousin, Yoshio, who only seems to care about the 'revitilization' of their tiny village. He has little to no concern for Machi's social anxieties and is also completely oblivious to the feelings of his childhood friend Hibiki. Hibiki is a tsundere character, and her shyness and embarrassment when it comes to her crush on Yoshio is also very frustrating to watch. But the redeeming quality is the bear, Natsu. I liked him. He's like an over-protective father figure to Machi and the only character I found relatable at all. I didn't feel like this show was a complete waste of time, but I certainly won't watch it again in a hurry. And if there's a second season, I'll probably give it a miss.

I still have I think 4 series to complete in the next week or two, so stay tuned for my final thoughts on those :-)

Monday, 13 June 2016

Oops!....I did it again!

Sorry for the Britney reference, couldn't help myself. Anyway I just purchased 4 new anime. Can you believe 'Death Note' wasn't already in my collection? So of course I had to rectify that.
I got the 4th episode of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled. I've only watched the 1st one so far. I decided it's be best to wait until they're finished being released. So i'm potentially buying something that sucks, but I doubt it. I'll buy anything 'Code Geass' since it's one of my top 5 favourite anime EVER.

Of course I bought the latest Sailor Moon release Season 2 (R) part 2. I haven't watched any of the original Sailor Moon series it's re-release in Australia, but I find it comforting to know it's there when I need it!

And the purchase I'm most excited about is.... 'Terror in Resonance' on blu-ray! I think this series is completely under-rated. I really, really enjoyed it. If you haven't seen it, it's about 2 terrorists that pull of multiple attacks in Japan, but manage to avoid killing or seriously injuring a single person. As the story unfolds you find out about their mysterious past and their motivations for the attacks. There's a real 'cat'n'mouse' element to the series, complete with your typical 'outcast-misunderstood-slightly eccentric-always smoking a cigarette-detective. The story builds up to a really good final episode. The ending is pretty epic in my opinion. I can't wait to watch this one again, and I hope you'll check it out too!