Saturday, March 28, 2015

Absolute Duo

Absolute Duo is an anime that, when I first started watching, I didn't think much of it. At first glance, it appeared to be your stereotypical Harem Shonen anime. This feeling lasted only until episode two.

Absolute Duo will never be able to claim complete originality. That being said, there is a lot about this anime that I did like. The story is a blend of unoriginal plots and an original concept. The basic idea is that people with the ability to physically manifest the power of their soul as a weapon go to a school where they take on powers and train to reach Absolute Duo. Now, as I've already said, there are many plots that aren't original here, not the least of which is the idea of a bunch of kids with supernatural power going to high school. Despite this, I still found some of the concept they presented enjoyable.

So, the story is okay, but what about the characters? This is a bit harder to determine, because while some of them are quite original, others feel like cardboard cutouts. I guess the first you think should all know is that Julie is adorable. There, I said. She''s probably one of the cutest girls I've seen in a while. She's also fairly unique for a harem heroine. I also like Tor, the male protagonist. While there are some things about him that feel unoriginal, he can, at the very least, claim to have a personality of his own, which is far more than I can say for most harem protagonists.

Like all good anime, this one has a good deal of fan service and comedy. It's something of a prerequisite these days, for anime, regardless of gender, to have these two aspects. While some of the comedy in here falls flat, I will admit that some of what happens is just funny. It's also done tastefully. Unlike most harem anime in this day and age, this one doesn't have exorbitant amounts of fan service, which I actually like. While there is still more in here than your average anime, it isn't enough to detract from the anime itself.

Overall, I would say that this anime is... decent, fun, but probably not something that's going to be winning any rewards. If you enjoy action, cute girls fighting, comedy, fan service, and standard harem anime tropes, then you'll probably like this. If you don't like those things, then you probably won't like this. I give Absolute Duo my personal rating of 7/10. I enjoyed it for what it was, but there isn't much about this anime that really stood out.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Nyan Koi

One of the things about this blog that you should know is that I don't just recommend anime that you should watch, but also recommend anime that you shouldn't watch.

Nyan koi is an anime that you shouldn't watch.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying this is a god awful anime, or that's it's so insanely horrible that it makes me want to go out and murder cats or something. It's just not that good. It's boring. It's plane. It's filled with cliche's. None of the characters feel original. This is the stereotypical harem anime where every character is essentially a cardboard cutout and has no real personality beyond their archetype. There's just so little in this story that's original, that makes it stand out.

So, let's look at the characters first. You've got Junpei Kosaka, who's personality is pretty much what you'd expect of a harem protagonist. I've seen brick walls with more originality than this guy. You've also got Kaede Mizuno, who is the girl next door and something of a Mary-Su character. Of course what harem comedy would be complete without a love rival, a set of magical twins, and a girl who acts like a man, right? Right. Basically, all of these characters have no true personality. You could supplant any name into this anime and it wouldn't make a difference, because these characters aren't really characters so much as they're cookie cutter archetypes with no real development.

The story itself is, surprisingly, somewhat original. Basically, Junpei breaks the Jizo cat statue and becomes cursed. If he doesn't want to turn into a cat, he must help 100 cats in order for the curse to be lifted. It sounds easy, but since Junpei just so happens to be allergic to cats, it's a lot harder for him than it would be for you or me. And unfortunately, while the plot is sort of original, the anime itself is littered with so many cliche's and over used plot devices that the originality of the plot is pretty much smothered by everything else.

One thing that bugs the crap out of me about anime like this is how no one seems capable of confessing to anyone. You've got a guy who likes the girl but can't tell her for some reason. The girl who likes the guy but refuses to admit it. The girl who thinks she likes the guy but isn't sure so she says nothing. The only ones who do confess is one of the twins (and she's a stalker so I don't count her), and the girl who acts like a guy. Seriously people! These are high school students, not middle school brats who don't know how to confess. Maybe I would feel differently if the main character actually had a reason for not confessing, but he doesn't. He's just not confessing because, I don't know, they never say, and that's the problem. If he was shy around girls, then maybe I could see it. Or if he and Kaede were best friends, then maybe it would make sense. But he's not shy around women and he and Kaede are barely passing acquaintances when the anime starts. There is no reason he shouldn't confess, so it bugs the crap out of me when he doesn't.

I can't give this anime a good rating, nor can I recommend it. It's too contrived, too cliche, and the characters are two stereotypical. While it's not the most awful anime I've ever seen. It certainly won't be making any top ten, or even top one-hundred, lists.

I give this anime a 4/10.

A Certain Magical Index, Volume 2

So, I actually finished reading this a while ago, and just hadn't written a review yet. I guess you could say I got a case of the lazies.

Now onto the review!

Having watched the anime before reading the light novel, I came in pretty much expecting to not be surprised--and then, to my surprise, I found myself surprised.

One of the first things I discovered while reading the light novel is that the anime leaves a lot of content out. I almost feel like the anime only has about half the original content of the light novel. It makes sense, considering anime are given a certain number of episodes and therefore might not be able to show everything, but I was still surprised. That being said, it was a very pleasant surprise.

I think what I loved most about this particular volume was how we get to see more of Toma. In the last volume, Toma lost his memory at the very end. In this one, Toma is trying to recall who he was and wondering about the many connections he has. It's interesting to see, not only because he's worried about not knowing who he was before losing his memories, but also because he hasn't really changed much in personality.

Another thing that's interesting are his feelings toward Index. The bond he and she share is something he cherishes even though he doesn't know why. He wants to protect her (no surprise, considering he tries protecting everyone he can), and is worried about what would happen if she discovers that he lost his memories. This also causes him to feel guilt, stating that, whenever Index looks at him, she's looking at the Toma who retained his memories, and that he is not the Toma she remembered.

All this being said, the second volume of this series was fun to read. It had action and comedy, magic and science, and all of the things I've come to expect from the Shonen genre. Reading about it in book format as opposed to anime and manga is really just the icing on the cake for me.

Ashikabi no Shinobi, Chapter

JumpingToastNaruto is hella cynical in this fic but not that I blame em considering his past. Still, love cannot really conquer all but its flame cannot be extinguished and it is not to be underestimated as well. Also, if humanity was really as crappy as Naruto think it is then well... humanity would have killed itself a long long long time ago. Hope the humanoid god realizes that at some point.

Answer: Naruto's jaded by his past. Some part of him probably realizes that humanity isn't as bad as he thinks, but he's seen so many wars, so much death, and so many people killing each other out of greed and hatred that he's grown to despise humanity. It doesn't help that everyone he has loved before now has died, usually at the hands of a human.

JensendDaniels32: This is, as always, AMAZING! You are, by far, my favorite author/fanfiction writer on . I cannot even begin to tell you how incredible it feels to read this. The love, action, activities, the scenes and mentions of how afraid people are of him, the effects that it has had on people (like most everyone leaving the city), THE SEX, and every other element combined are perfect in length and everything else I can think of! Until chapter 33, I had been a impatient about when Naruto would show his true power and share his secrets and life with him, but now, I see that it was all worth it! Now, everything is really exciting! I'm so excited for the next chapter, too! :D By the way, I have a thought, in case you start running low on ideas: Have you considering bringing Hinata back with the Jinki, now that NaruHina is officially canon?

Answer: I will never bring Hinata, or anyone else from Naruto's time, back. While Hinata may be the official canon pairing, it never happened in my fan fic. Naruto and Hinata never got together, and Hinata never confessed her feelings to Naruto. Aside from that, I dislike the NaruHina pairing in general. I write what I like, and that is one pairing that I do not like.

Hakuryukou79Damn! How many Gods did Naruto impersonate? I mean whats next? Odin, Indra, or even Amon Ra? Good luck and keep up the good work.

Answer: Pretty much every religion and every pantheon was created around Naruto's image. Each pantheon of gods is basically Naruto and various sons and daughters. Shinto, Greek, Norse, Hindu, all of these religions started with Naruto.

Angga the blue emperor: To be honest man i’m still disappointed, you know why, cause uzume not in naruto harem but i’m happy cause add miya and kezehana and if you can make uzume lime with naruto, and when tsukumi and naruto in lime scene...

Answer: There will be no UzumexNaruto lemon. Uzume is Chiho's Sekirei, not Naruto's. The thing about Sekirei is they don't love anyone but the person they are bound to. Uzume might like Naruto as a person, but the only one she'll be doing the hanky pankey with any time soon is Chiho.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Love, Chuunibyou & Other Delusions

Adorableness be thy name, get ready for what's probably one of the cutest anime you will ever watch. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai is probably one of the cutest romance anime that I have ever seen, and definitely one worth watching. It's so cute, in fact, that I would suggest even fans who don't love adorable romances to give this one a chance.

Let us first take a look at the artwork. Chuunibyou's artwork, while not one-hundred percent original, is still downright gorgeous. I absolutely love how the characters are designed, along with the color palette they use. You see a very distinct contrast between people and their surroundings, with the people, especially the main characters, having a tendency to be more vibrant. I also love their eyes, as they remind me of the water color look that characters have in manga.

Following the artwork are the characters themselves. All of the characters are very unique, and none of them feel like cardboard cutouts of typical anime archetypes. Rika Takenashi, the heroine of this story, is the best example. She's a Chuunibyou who has impossible delusions and lives in a world where fantasy and reality are hard to distinguish. She's so out there that it's kind of hard to take her seriously at first. Of course, her foil, Yuta Togashi, makes for an excellent tsukkomi, and their interactions are half of what makes this anime so cute.

The story itself follows Rika and Yuta through high school. It seems like a stereotypical slice of life--until Rika starts having delusions that only she can see. The story itself starts off with a healthy dose of humor, and it really is funny to watch Yuta deal with a girl whose Chuunibyou twenty-four-seven. Despite its humorous beginnings, like most good anime, this has a more serious side to it. It deals with everyday issues and mixes it with the problems someone who refuses to face reality might experience.

The anime remains adorable from beginning to end, while also taking on important issues found predominantly in Japanese society. Not only are the main character a riot to watch and endearing to follow, but the supporting cast is just as powerful. All of the supporting characters have their own unique personalities that make them a joy to watch, and each of them sort of deals with their own life issues.

If there is one thing about this anime that I did not like, it would be the slightly disappointing end. Given that this anime had me hooked from beginning to end, I was hoping for something a little more climactic than what I got. Despite this, the anime is one that I would recommend to all anime fans, especially if you love watching a romance with a good plot and a healthy helping of humor. This anime receives a 9.5/10 from me.