Food Wars!, Vol. 1: Shokugeki no Soma by Yuto Tsukuda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My review as of chapter 149.
This manga is freaking awesome! It's got:
Epic battles... with food!
Shokugeki no Soma is over the top, ridiculous, hilarious, and somehow... epic! I love it!
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The Asterisk War was a bit disappointing. It's not that this anime was terrible so much as it was unmemorable. Even though I only finished watching it about a week ago, I can't remember the names of any of the characters; what they were like, what they wanted to accomplish, or why they were even in this anime to begin with. I think the biggest problem for me was that another anime had come out with almost the exact same theme - magical high school - but the other anime was better, which made my enjoyment of this anime wan.
Personal Enjoyment: 5/10
Friday, December 25, 2015
Before I begin my review, I feel like I should make something clear: If you do not like nudity, then you will not like this manga. Go back. Turn around. Stop reading this and find something else. That being said, if you're perfectly okay with breasts being displayed in nearly every chapter, perverse scenarios that border on hentai, and ridiculous amounts of fan service, then this manga may be for you.
Unlucky Everydude. He's also the most accident prone Accidental Pervert that I've ever seen. Period. Despite this flat, one-dimensional-ness, I do think Rito has some good points. For the sake of not spoiling the plot, I won't go into any of those points. Just know that, while falling into the typical tropes of a harem protagonist, he does possess some redeeming qualities.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Chivalry of a Failed Knight is by far one of my favorite series to have come out in recent times. This is a series that, in spite of its sorta cliche'd storyline, breaks many tropes and actually does a good job of developing characters and further telling an excellent story. While there is at least one anime this season that, storywise, could be considered better, in terms of pure personal enjoyment, this is the best.
Personal Enjoyment: 10/10
Saturday, December 12, 2015
A Certain Magical Index volume 4 is probably the weakest of the four volumes that I’ve currently read. Despite that, I do not believe this is a bad story. Indeed, the combination of humor and suspense presented a strangely interesting contrast. I enjoyed reading this volume, even if I don’t think the writing itself was as crisp or the story as good as previous volumes.
Before I get into the bad stuff, why don’t I share what I liked about this volume? Volume 4 starts off with Touma Kamijou going on vacation with his family - only to discover that, one morning, everyone he knows has somehow switched bodies. His mom has turned into Index, his cousin has become Misaka, and Index has turned into his blue-haired friend from school. Everything is messed up.
Angel Fall. That is the name given to the spell which has somehow swapped out people’s bodies, and it is the most unique type of spell I have read about. While the way this spell’s mechanics are described is confusing, I believe the theory behind its conception makes for an enjoyable plot point. It also does a lot for the comedy of this volume, of which there was plenty, such as when Index, her body swapped with the one Touma calls Blue Hair, is seen wearing her one-piece swimsuit while wearing the body of a man. It sounds confusing, but when you read it, it makes sense. The disturbing illustration of a male decked out in a frilly bathing suit also helps.
The story combines a blend of humor, suspense, and action to tell its story. I thought the humor was a nice touch, however, the switch from humor to suspense could be a little jarring occasionally. The shift from one tone to the other wasn’t always smooth. That being said, there were a number of plot twists that I didn’t expect while reading this. Despite having seen the anime, I still found myself surprised at certain points, which I enjoyed because it meant I couldn’t predict everything. On the other hand, certain parts of this story were more tedious to read than they were to watch. The fight scene at the end was a snore fest. I didn’t even care who won, not because I knew what would happen, but because I just didn’t feel anything about the fight.
Another thing I would like to note is that Kiyotaka Haimura is as sloppy as ever. Some of his illustrations were impeccable, and others sucked. I’ve noticed in this volume that Kiyotaka seems to excel at drawing nude females. There are two illustrations in here, one color and the other gray scale, of a naked Kaori Kanzaki. It was really well done. Consequently, all the others vary from just okay to “I want to gouge my eyes with a rusty spork.” Oddly enough, the only other drawing aside from nude Kanzaki that I can say was any good is the one of Blue Hair wearing a frilly one-piece bathing suit meant for little girls. I’m not sure how to feel about that.
Despite the flaws found within this volume, I still enjoyed the story and am looking forward to reading volume 5.
Monday, December 7, 2015
This is a review of the manga from chapter 1 all the way up to it's current chapter of 196.
What is there to say about this manga? I honestly have mixed feelings on it. There are a lot of problems with this manga; continuity issues, plot holes, massive contradictions of previous important plot points in later chapters. Seriously, the number of plot issues that this story has is incredible. Despite only having 196 chapters, this manga has contradicts itself almost as much as Naruto did - and that manga had 700 chapters!
Despite that, I still really like this series. There are several reasons for this, but I'm only going to get into one of them right now. And that reason is badass female protagonists.
Think I'm joking? Yeah. No. This is no joke. Freezing is a manga where every single woman in it can kick a man's ass six ways to Sunday. Actually, if any of these women kicked a man's ass, said ass would be blown into bloody chunks. That's how incredible these women are.
Review will continue as more chapters are released.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Princess Lover is a harem anime that tries to combine action and politics with standard harem dynamics and comedy. I say tries because it mostly fails. Sure, the art is decent enough, and every female is drawn to perfection, but this anime tried to be too many things at once.
Personal Enjoyment: 6/10
Sunday, November 29, 2015
This story is freaking intriguing. Seriously interesting. There are few times where I find myself watching an anime and thinking it's really original. Most of the time, anime simply re-hash other anime. Plots are reused to the point where you know exactly what to expect in an anime, regardless of whether it's your first time watching it or not, simply based on what the genre is. Shonen anime are full of fights, monologues, and power levels that are over 9,000. Harems are all about the sexy shenanigans, fan service, and a bunch of women falling in love with a dweeb because he's nice. Shojos are either about a female who falls in love with an abusive male, or a female who tries not to fall in love with the popular pretty boy who's actually really nice because of... reasons. Anyway, you get my point. Simply by knowing the genre, a person well-versed in anime can predict the course an anime will take. Well, guess what? This was one of the few anime that I couldn't predict.
Let us start with the story. Eita is a young man who doesn't believe in love. Masuzu is a young woman who's popular, pretty, always being asked out by the boys, and also doesn't believe in love. Through a twist of fate otherwise known as blackmail, Eita becomes Masuzu's fake boyfriend, to keep the other boys from constantly asking her out. While this isn't necessarily original, it is rare story line to find in anime, and thus, gets a leg up on other harem anime, which are generally about some random girl falling in love with a nobody because he helps her out once. In this, the main characters don't even like each other at first, much less fall in love at first sight, and I like that. I like that a lot.
This anime's strongest point is most definitely it's humor and characters. Like all slice-of-life, harem, comedy anime, the driving point in this story is the combination of humor, real-life aspects like school and such, and the cast that keeps things interesting. The humor in this anime is surprisingly refreshing, not because it's original, but because it takes what isn't original and makes it witty. It doesn't overuse one joke to the point where it's no longer funny, and there's actually a decent amount of drama to balance out the comedy. Another thing that I liked was the lack of major fan service. While there is a bit, it's not enough to detract from the story itself. This also means that, rather than relying on the tits of their female cast, Oreshura relies on the witty dialogue, intelligent story line, and characters' personalities to keep the series going. And while all of the characters are recognizable by their tropes, there is enough backstory, character development, and personality for each character that I don't think, "that's the tsundere/yandere/kuudere/himedere," every time they show up on screen.
Finally, the last reason I like this anime: the kissing. No, I'm not joking. No, this isn't a prank. Yes, I s**t you not. One of my greatest dislikes of the romance, harem, ecchi, whatever genre is that, in spite of containing a heavy romantic theme, there is almost never any kissing. Some of my favorite anime have been docked points because of this. Fortunately, Oreshura does not suffer from this affliction. While there isn't a kiss every episode, there's no shortage of kisses either. This helps satisfy the romantic fanboy in me, which I am very grateful for. Seriously, that damn inner fanboy, which sounds a lot like Issei Hyoudo for some reason, can get really freaking annoying if you don't feed him his daily dose of romance.
Personal Enjoyment: 10/10
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Because I review anime that I didn't like, along with anime that I did like, I am now reviewing Lances N Masques, which is an anime that I couldn't watch past episode 2. Please remember that everything I write here is my opinion. You are free to agree or disagree. If you enjoyed this anime, more power to you.
Personal Enjoyment: 2/10
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Before I begin this review, can I just say, "Oh, my god! Oh. My. God! OH MY GOD!" There, now that we've gotten this out of the way, I can tell you all that volume 5 of Spice and Wolf was unbelievable. Amazing. Incredible! At least until the end, where the author must have suffered a brain fart.
This volume was definitely the one with the most romantic tension between Lawrence and Holo. In the beginning, we get to see how truly close these two have become. Their banter is delightful, and Lawrence shows that he's beginning to grow used to being in the presence of the wisewolf. At the same time, we can see that Holo still has something of a leg up on him. However, tensions rise and Lawrence and Holo are soon faced with a problem that's been on their mind for a while now, but was never put into words, because doing so would mean confronting that issue.
Despite how the ending was less than I'd been hoping for, I can't say that I'm dissatisfied. I still enjoyed most of this volume, and the drama throughout the rest of the book makes up for the lack of a strong end.