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Chuunibyou is a slice-of-life, romantic comedy anime revolving around one young man trying to leave behind a childhood phase of role-play and imaginary adventures to move forward with his high school years, and the young woman he meets who retains her phase of live-action role play adventures despite being in high school.

This one has interested me for a while. I thought it was really a sci-fi sort of thing, but I'm not disappointed for what it turned out to be.
The story deals a lot with what it means to grow up, what it means to be different, and whether happiness and normality can really coexist. In truth, it covers a lot about what it's like for many of us (otaku) to deal with life in a world where not many people are all that familiar with anime, and don't really get it even if they are familiar with it. Not that all of us do goofy role-playing sort of things just to get by in the world, but it feels like we're that sort of different, sometimes.

The lead male role, Yuta Togashi, enters high school hoping to start fresh and live a 'normal' life, declaring his 'chuunibyou' years to be embarrassing and packing away everything that could be considered evidence that it ever existed. When he meets Rikka Takanashi, the memories come back to him, much to his chagrin, at first. She is out on daily adventures, seeking 'invisible boundary lines' for a purpose left unknown for a while.
At first, he will have nothing to do with her. The last thing his 'normal' high school life needed was a 'chuunibyou' hanging around him, repelling all the 'normalcy' he desperately seeks. That is, until Rikka's elder sister black-mails him into befriending Rikka, and helping her return to acting like a 'normal' person.
Much of the story has him learning how best to interact with Rikka and her crazy 'servant' Sanae. How he can interact with them such that they understand him, and how he can understand them in return.
Every episode leaves him questioning further what it really means to be 'normal', and whether happiness can truly only be achieved by being 'normal'.

Honestly, if you asked who my favorite character is, I would have to say Rikka, as basic and obvious as that sounds. I like her crazy way of dealing with life. It's unconventional, but it didn't hurt anyone, and it kept her more sane than being 'normal'. She's quirky with an interesting view of the world, and her story is just perfect. She chooses to be happy in life, no matter what. And that's the sort of person I would like to be.

The opening and closing songs irritated me, to be honest. Although, if the opening was remixed to be just a voice and a piano, I think that would be lovely,
The actors were all wonderful. If I haven't yet noted Jun Fukuyama's talent as an actor, let this be the first: I adore his versatility as an actor, and the way he does a comedy role is one of my favorite facets of this acting gem!

This is a very good feel-good anime for anytime of year and anyone in the anime community could enjoy it. I recommend it to those looking to get into anime, as it shows that not all anime is about OP fights and explosive powers and crazy eye and hair colors. It's a different side of anime that puts a lot about modern nerd/geek/otaku life into perspective.

I liked this show very much. It's difficult to find good slice-of-life anime that doesn't have so many over-used tropes. This isn't the usual 'boy-meets-girl' drama, and I like that. I hope I can find more like this.

Eagerly watching,
Tatsuno13
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair) is a romance-adventure anime, where in our leading lady is forced to leave her home kingdom for fear of becoming a slave to the prince. As she flees, she meets a man who will eventually save her from slavery and offer her solace in his own kingdom.

I've always been a fan of fairy tales re-told. While this one holds very few elements from the original story that I can see, it was something different from the usual Shojou romance anime. It deals very much with the workings of a kingdom: Trade, crime management, and the giving and rescinding of titles. Adding to it, there are fight scenes. Good ones, too. No Shojou anime I've ever seen has gone beyond a shove or a slap in the face, but there's sword-fighting, hand-to-hand, and other interesting styles in these fights. Real fights.

Not many of the characters are super remarkable, in my opinion. In the first season, Shirayuki is a resourceful girl, very used to making a run for it and finding a way out of tough situations her appearance causes her. She's knowledgeable and smart, only a little clumsy, and is generally kind and encouraging to most people. Season two kind of turned her into the more common Shojou protagonist, which bothers me to no end, but she's not bad, as the main character goes.
Zen is also much better in the first season. He's the prince, the knight in shining armor, and he's mostly useless to the girl who handles herself well, which he seems to like very much. He does what he can to be there for her, and accepts that she can usually handle herself. I began to dislike him a bit near the end of season one, but, I'll cover that next.
Of the character lot, I'm fond of Kiki, as she's very different from other girls in Shojou anime. Cold, indifferent, and impeccable with a sword. She can beat all the boys, and I love it!
Mitsuhide was very funny, and Obi was kind of adorable. But, once more, there were only a few characters I really liked as they were.

Overall, the story is mostly episodic, with a few longer adventures in there. Much of it was just as predictable and cheesy as any Shojou anime would be. I do praise the moments where the girls were not helpless, where they could actually hold their own. I honestly feel like that's lacking terribly in anime, lately. After all, even Sailor Moon needed a man to save her life, it seemed. I'm not crazy feminist, but it is annoying that girls in anime are always depicted as weak and delicate. This show breaks away from that, more so in the first season, but the second season shows some of Kiki's shining moments. I just like a little Girl Power if I'm going to watch a show aimed at girls and women, you know?
Minor rant aside, the art of the show is also to be praised. It's a little more neutral to look at. Not everyone is just skinny and ropy, there are women with different sized curves and levels of modesty, men are depicted a bit more muscular than is common for this genre. It's all notable.
The romance... honestly bothered me. Obviously, I went in wanting to ship characters. I was all for Shirayuki and Zen, waiting on her to notice how much he liked her and come to her own realization that she liked him back... And then he kissed her. And decided he might as well ask her to consider him. Told her to take her time, but who would be able to after that? A shock like that would make one feel obligated to say yes. Obligation is not the same as having return feelings for someone! I was really disappointed in it, anyway. I liked how they were together, but the way they came together was just... stupid.

Breaking away from that, the music sounded familiar to me. Looking up the composer, it turns out that she's done music for FMA, Little Witch Academia, and Rokka no Yuusha, just to name a few. She sets a good mood for the show. Better than the opening and credits songs, in my opinion. I couldn't really get into either of the openings, and never really sat for the endings after hearing the first few notes. They're pretty basic.

In the end, I like the show pretty well. It's different from what I was expecting, only sort-of maintaining the more annoying tropes. I don't recommend this to romance fans, but people who want to see a Shojou anime with a bit more fast-paced action may enjoy this one quite well! I know I did!

Eagerly watching,
Tatsuno13
Re:ZERO - Starting Life in a New World is a fantasy-adventure anime in which a hikikomori (a shut-in) is magically transported to a fantasy world, seemingly at random. In the midst of learning about this new world and the people living in it, he gets pulled into the more sinister workings in the shadows of the brightly shining world while trying to save all his new friends and the woman he loves.

Honestly, I watched because Akidearest is such a big fan of this one. It seemed cool enough, but I really couldn't jump on this bandwagon by myself.
On the surface, it looks very similar to the usual harem anime with fantasy elements and a conflict-esque thing going on to make it look like something other than a man finding some way to grab or mash his face into some girl's inordinately large breasts. For the first few episodes, it didn't look like I was entirely wrong in presuming such, but I trust Aki quite well as far as anime taste goes, so I stuck with it.

It's really a very clever piece. I didn't expect the most important aspect to come into play (HUGE merits to not actually reading up on a show before you watch it), and it shocked and confused me when it first happened. It's a different sort of way to show a character growing and changing. It's a bit of a cheat, but, at the same time, it's just a new and unique way of telling a story. And it also caters to some of the questions fans ask from time to time about their favorite shows. 'If this character had walked that way instead of this one, would his ending be different?' or 'If she'd said this instead of that, would they still have fought so badly?' sort of questions. I know I'm one to think about these things.

The plot starts off pretty simple. Just the boy trying to help the girl that saved his life. But things get more complicated as we learn more about the girl, and meet new characters. For a moment, it looked like this anime would consist of trials for the title of Supreme Ruler. But even that gets more complicated and other things develop in the wake of it.
This show has left me with many questions, though the ending was pretty good, nearly final. Things like why Subaru is there, why he has the power that he has, and what the true villain is out to accomplish are all still up in the air. We're not even sure of all the rules of Subaru's power.

As far as characters go, they're all pretty cool. The main character, Subaru Natsuki, is a little too lame for my interest, like they over-shot how pathetic a shut-in ought to be in his situation, but, otherwise, likable enough, and with some pretty good character development.
The girls were not all completely useless or stupid, either. Aki claims Beatrice to be 'Best Girl'. Honestly, I agree. She's the only one who isn't super fond of Subaru, and is mostly cold to everyone except for Emilia's spirit familiar, Puck. Her powers and knowledge are really cool, too.
A close second would have to be Rem. I love her powers. While it's exceedingly sad that she is all too willing to fight for Subaru's cause without regard for her own safety and well-being, I thoroughly enjoyed watching her in fight scenes.
I was not partial to Emilia. Her powers were cool, but she never seemed able to do anything on her own. She never once tried to take matters into her own hands, pleading victim half the time. It's really irritating how many characters just like her turn up in popular anime in this day and age.

The animation was adequate. Smooth all over, only beginning to brush over exceptional in fight scenes. The art is nice, though I see a lot of styles just like this one, these days. It does blend a nice mix of creepy horror elements with elegant beauty and perfect innocence. There's more blood than I would've expected, but not too much for the light-of-heart I would say, as I have a low tolerance for gore, myself.

All of the voice over was pretty good, but my favorite job had to be of this season's own villain, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka. I had no idea he was in this until today (spoiler aversion tactic of mine), and, while he's played some characters I really didn't care for, he truly is a brilliant actor. The role of Betelgeuse Romanee-Conti is a fine example of his work, in my opinion, as the character both scared me and had me rolling at the same time!

Overall, not a bad anime. It's not the best, but there are definitely some remarkable things about it, and it is worth the watch. I would've liked more out of it, once I realized what everything was leading up to. I would also have liked some things to be different, but that's a rant for another day.

Watching on,
Tatsuno13
Yuri!!!! ON ICE is a sports anime surrounding a young men's figure skater on the verge of quitting the sport entirely after a rash of painful losses in competition. By chance, he performs a routine choreographed by his idol for a friend, and a video of said routine is recorded and uploaded, going viral instantly. Seeing the video, his idol travels to his home and insists on becoming his coach.

Honestly, I would've put this off for other shows that I've been waiting to see for a longer period of time. But, with all the spoilers and clips and fan raving going on, I had to know what the fuss is about. Usually a mistake on any good anime-watcher's part, but this time, not so much.

The plot is pretty simple. You usually can't expect much of a sports anime in that department anyway. If anyone has any suggestions of sports anime that do otherwise, please leave me a recommendation in the comments.
More than anything, you get the characters and their current struggles with past and present events. It's a bit bland for my taste, but one might also call it a pallet cleanser in anime.

The characters are pretty realistic with a few twists of humor. My only issues with any of the characters are usually to do with their nationality and the lack of terms used from their mother tongue. I know they must all speak Japanese (you couldn't pay me to watch the English dub, really), but when the Russian man uses more terms in English than in Russian and the Swedish man's only foreign language term is a French one, it bugs me.
That aside, all of the characters were pretty good, relate-able and deep in their own ways. Yuri Plisetsky is a little angrier than I'd like, but even he was a cool enough character.

The voices are almost all-star, whichever version you watch, though the Japanese version introduces more new voices I've never heard before than the English dub does.
The music here is impressive. Fun and gravitational... not sure if that's the word I want, really. I mean to say that it pulls you in, and moves your heart a bit. And, the language nerd that I am, I love that Japanese men are singing in any language not their own! It's probably my favorite!

This show is visually stunning. The biggest part of the show, arguably. If only in the skating scenes, they move like real athletes would, all the gestures, jumps, I even cringed at some of the falls because they looked so realistic! This animation is a truly beautiful piece to capture so much movement and make it look so close to the way real people make these movements!

In short, I liked the anime well enough. Cool to listen to. Gorgeous to watch. The fan in me feels a little empty for a lack of Shonen-ai, but, otherwise, I'm not entirely disappointed.

Watching on,
Tatsuno13
Really vague question here. I remember finding this really short doujinshi somewhere. I don't remember what characters, what it's called, or exactly what was going on. But, one character makes a request, something like 'scare me', probably to get rid of hiccups. The other character replies 'mm-kay' and makes a scary face. I think this is what happened. Can anyone help me out with this?
Chuunibyou is a slice-of-life, romantic comedy anime revolving around one young man trying to leave behind a childhood phase of role-play and imaginary adventures to move forward with his high school years, and the young woman he meets who retains her phase of live-action role play adventures despite being in high school.

This one has interested me for a while. I thought it was really a sci-fi sort of thing, but I'm not disappointed for what it turned out to be.
The story deals a lot with what it means to grow up, what it means to be different, and whether happiness and normality can really coexist. In truth, it covers a lot about what it's like for many of us (otaku) to deal with life in a world where not many people are all that familiar with anime, and don't really get it even if they are familiar with it. Not that all of us do goofy role-playing sort of things just to get by in the world, but it feels like we're that sort of different, sometimes.

The lead male role, Yuta Togashi, enters high school hoping to start fresh and live a 'normal' life, declaring his 'chuunibyou' years to be embarrassing and packing away everything that could be considered evidence that it ever existed. When he meets Rikka Takanashi, the memories come back to him, much to his chagrin, at first. She is out on daily adventures, seeking 'invisible boundary lines' for a purpose left unknown for a while.
At first, he will have nothing to do with her. The last thing his 'normal' high school life needed was a 'chuunibyou' hanging around him, repelling all the 'normalcy' he desperately seeks. That is, until Rikka's elder sister black-mails him into befriending Rikka, and helping her return to acting like a 'normal' person.
Much of the story has him learning how best to interact with Rikka and her crazy 'servant' Sanae. How he can interact with them such that they understand him, and how he can understand them in return.
Every episode leaves him questioning further what it really means to be 'normal', and whether happiness can truly only be achieved by being 'normal'.

Honestly, if you asked who my favorite character is, I would have to say Rikka, as basic and obvious as that sounds. I like her crazy way of dealing with life. It's unconventional, but it didn't hurt anyone, and it kept her more sane than being 'normal'. She's quirky with an interesting view of the world, and her story is just perfect. She chooses to be happy in life, no matter what. And that's the sort of person I would like to be.

The opening and closing songs irritated me, to be honest. Although, if the opening was remixed to be just a voice and a piano, I think that would be lovely,
The actors were all wonderful. If I haven't yet noted Jun Fukuyama's talent as an actor, let this be the first: I adore his versatility as an actor, and the way he does a comedy role is one of my favorite facets of this acting gem!

This is a very good feel-good anime for anytime of year and anyone in the anime community could enjoy it. I recommend it to those looking to get into anime, as it shows that not all anime is about OP fights and explosive powers and crazy eye and hair colors. It's a different side of anime that puts a lot about modern nerd/geek/otaku life into perspective.

I liked this show very much. It's difficult to find good slice-of-life anime that doesn't have so many over-used tropes. This isn't the usual 'boy-meets-girl' drama, and I like that. I hope I can find more like this.

Eagerly watching,
Tatsuno13

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Thank you for faving my crochet Inuyasha and Sakura dolls ^-^
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What can I say? I love cute work! Seriously, great job, friend!
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:love: Thank you for the favorites, it really means ever so much to me that you enjoy my artwork! I invite you to add me to your watch so that you can see all the future beaded and stitched pieces I have planned! :blowkiss: Just think of the sparkles... :squee:
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Thank you for the lovely comment on my review! :D
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