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[Fall 2019] Beastars

Defy and embrace instinct

After Dr Stone, I think the continuation of serious toned anime really brings down the atmosphere at times.

Beastars is an anime which depicts the society of herbivores and carnivores trying hard to resist premitive instinct while struggling to accept who they are.

Was it wrong? What changes do they want? Was it anger or fear?

This series truly set itself apart with the CG animations; one which doesn’t seem awkward and even brings out the character more than anything else.

Legoshi the wolf and Haru the rabbit, each have their own dark past and motivation gave a good starting point to the series: can they be close without the relationship of a predator and prey?

Nothing was clear cut and no character was replaceable. Each voice in the story shows a small part of humanity, between tolerance, honesty, sarcasm, bullying and even the good guy character in every circle, society could not shy away from the harsh reality while they live on.

There were good questions and acceptable answers. I believe there will be more to see in Beastars, going to the root of problem and getting our main protagonist to embrace adulthood.

Recommended for those who likes deep stories.

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[Spring 2019] Kimetsu no Yaiba

Extreme grit

It’s been a while since I last seen some shounen fantasy anime. Ufotable plus the water and fire animation was great. The subtle 3D CG looks decent enough and thanks to the story of the manga, it was well paced and quite engaging from the start.

Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko no doubt would get fans of their own and the new recruit threesome, boar-head and crazy yellow is funny as it is.

A nice plus is Yuki Kajiura with her ost and Fictionjunction feat Lisa in their opening and ending song. Those were nice enough for me to skip it at bare minimum whenever I watch a new episode.

Fans of such genre should not miss this series. It felt nice to root for Tanjirou and slightly embarrassed of the determination that I have when compared to him. I hated pushing my own limits and dislike chasing certain things when I am not that interested or keen of it.

Maybe I should try harder. Maybe. XP

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[Summer 2019] Given

Nice OST and insert song

The guitars were the things that piqued my interest. Luckily it was a short 11 episode series and truthfully nothing too cheesy for a shounen-ai tag.

It’s like first love for all the guys. Plus a few background stories that seems to add depth to the characters. I could totally imagine a “Nana” like manga series.

If you are a fan of band or just simply know Nana or Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, then this is surely a recommended choice. Otherwise, unless you are opened to slice of life, romance with a tinge of music and boys love, then give it a try.

The worst you can do is drop it. XD

 

Spoiler song ahead:

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[Fall 2017] Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

Post-world war apocalypse and still surviving

What would be left to talk about when the world ends? Apparently still ample to make it a proper series.

The last journey of two girls Chito and Yuuri relying on each other to live and relocating frequently for source of fuel and food, the word ‘ryokou’ sounds surprisingly light-hearted as it more or less meant vacation.

There was so little sign of life that throughout the series, only a handful of actual living person (or a fish) appeared. Realistic Chito and mood-maker Yuuri managed to strike a balance, even when the situation looks devastating, there was always a faint hope between them.

Little stories and lessons like the beauty of nature, drinking ‘golden liquid’ (er-beer-hem) and the mystery deity was certainly one of the more memorable things I loved about the series.

I guess this kind of anime would not be as welcomed as the main stream ones. If you tried the first episode and found it boring, this might not be the thing for you. But if you liked Kino no Tabi or Ookami no Koushin ryou, I’d recommended you to try this.

Spoiler scene!

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[Spring 2019] Carole and Tuesday

Studio Bones and their songs

It doesn’t felt like a japanese made anime. The songs were well written and sung by natives. Voice actors were well chosen and even the galactic feel of the artists in this series were well spread out and balanced.

It took a long time to have this series completed but it was enjoyable.

As if we’d forget the pure intention of melodies at its roots, Carole and Tuesday may have depicted the way we all started out in our passion. Plain fun and happiness.

Recommended for whoever enjoys musical, song writing and especially for those who had never tried watching anime, it might be the thing for you.

Spoilers

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[Summer 2019] Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note

Fate background mystery anime, no complaining if that was not what you were anticipating

The art was good. Music was done by Kajiura Yuki (one of the reasons, fate world wouldn’t be complete without Kajiura’s ost). The setting was decent with minimal reference, solid character and yet knew it place to never overshadow the main Fate franchise’s Holy Grail war.

I took the series up due to curiosity but it did exceed my expectation. The mystery isn’t something over the top but I still tend to look forward to the next arc.

So I like to root for the underdog and the series writer was good enough to give him a powerful disciple.

There was no need to rush. It’s been a while since I started and continued watching an on-going series. At some point, this anime did well in making me comfortable at its own pace.

If you are those kind of people who reads fanfic when you are into Harry Porter series, Lord El-Melloi II Sei would be a proud side story to its Fate franchise.

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[Winter 2018] Slow Start

Four girls K-On formula

My reviews doesn’t serve a good judgement on anime. Especially when all I wanted to do was to sit back and fool around (teh heh).

For those that loved the slice of life and girls doing girl stuff, this is a small variation to the whole genre.

Even when the background story is about Hana Ichinose dropping down a year due to some unforeseen trouble, the daily life interaction, different characters and the small events which follows is as predictable yet still fun to watch.

Introvert with limited self-confidence + hyper cooking girl + level headed big sister + cute relying little sister = a mixed bunch of sisterhood

Recommended for in between serious series.