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Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss) is a romantic-comedy anime following Nanami Momozono, who has, by chance, inherited the powers of a Land God and the Shrine and duties that go along with it, as she works to earn the approval of her new familiar - A fox named Tomoe, - and still maintain her normal high school life.

This one has been on my radar since before it was an anime. My sister was reading the manga, and I certainly thought about it, but I never acted on the notion. When I first saw a few clips from it, I thought it would be interesting, at least. Dramatic for certain. And possibly, sweetly romantic. And I was not entirely disappointed.

I love the situation given here. I compare it favorably to InuYasha, one of my personal favorites. It's quite hilarious how it all comes together, one of the nicest comedies I've seen in a while!
Plot-wise, it doesn't have much going yet. It seems to be in the stages of figuring out the characters, how they fit together, and what they're like. If it goes any further than that, there hasn't been much of a hint yet. Season 2 should hold something, however.
The romance was not anything special to me. Perhaps because the main character was a bit boring and annoying, even if she had moments of hilarity. I didn't root for her to be with anyone. Just sat by watching her blunder through figuring out how she felt like any other romance anime would have the main heroine do. If anything, I would've liked the show to stay on Tomoe more.

From there, I start on characters. Nanami Momozono is kind of basic. All the usual tropes of the leading heroine in a romance anime. Spunky, kind, willing to do all sorts of stupid things in order to help her cause. She's like a bold and slightly angry version of Tooru Honda from Fruits Basket. She isn't actually good for much, other than having all the pretty boys fall for her for almost no reason. She's kind though, and relatively brave and bold. So I can't hate her character too much.
Tomoe was fairly basic as well. Rude, cold, tries to be indifferent about Nanami's attempts to be a good Land God, and eventually shows a tender side after she's been repeatedly kind to him. Nothing truly unusual about his character either, but I do so love that he's a fox. Bits of his back story are, as of now, still cloudy, so he could become more interesting in the next season, but I won't hold my breath.
I wasn't particularly fond of any of the pretty boys. All of the characters are put into some funny situations and made interesting for that much. Kagehime was probably my favorite, and I still didn't entirely care for her.

As I said, there isn't much plot. The writing was mostly done in episode-to-episode adventures, with a few endeavors that spanned a whole two episodes to finish them. But, I wasn't completely irked by this. The show was cute and funny and that's all I really needed it to be, though I hoped to feel the romance a little more.

The visuals are so-so, not particularly amazing. Still, nothing really happened that they needed to be any better than they were, so, it's not much to note.
The music was fine. Not great. Just fine.
The voice over was fairly good. I was subjected to both sub and dub, alternating according to whether or not I could find certain episodes subbed, and I was rather impressed with both casts. I still cringe at the dub, though. Not many of the voices fit, even though the actors all did very well.

So, over all, this anime was so-so. It was alright, but it didn't do some of the things I hoped it would. So, yeah.
I recommend this to those looking to see what the generic fantasy-romance anime looks like, and the others who want to see some good comedy. This show is rather basic, but also hilarious at points, and is totally worth the watch for this much.

Watching on,
Tatsuno13
Sailor Moon Crystal is an action-Magical Girl series following Usagi Tsukino, an ordinary middle school student, who rescues a cat with a mysterious crescent mark on her forehead. This cat, - Luna, by name, - returns her kindness by awakening her dormant powers as the Guardian of Love and Justice: Sailor Moon!

Probably not necessary to go through that whole spiel up there, but I do understand that there are total newbies out there that wouldn't know who Sailor Moon is, or why she's so popular. Those of us who grew up with her show being the coolest thing on TV for years... I hate to break it to you, but we're adults now. Yeah. The 'A' word.
All jokes aside, this season picks up where the last one left off, and brings us into the new arc. There's a lot more comedy this season, which made this infinitely easier to watch. Plus, they finally got rid of the CG transformations for some more elegant hand drawn sequences that makes it feel more like the animators cared about what they were rebooting.

Albeit, I still find the drama and romance in this show exceedingly cheesy. The writing in general, really. I loved the way they introduced the characters in the first season, and I like how they're all individuals, no two characters exactly alike. I just cringe at the romance and the drama. Usagi has to sit and cry about the least little thing, rather than try to help the situation like we know she's supposed to. But, everyone knows that triggers me, to some extent. Anyone who read my other reviews on this series knows I hated this bit.
Other than that... why is Haruka flirting with Usagi? Even right in front of Michiru? They're the first Yuri couple I ever shipped and Haruka is proving that she would gladly cheat on her girlfriend to be with a girl who already has a boyfriend? I don't accept the 'Haruka is both male and female' answer. I might accept 'Haruka and Michiru aren't a thing yet'. But... why does everybody have to fall in love with the main heroine?
I liked the friendship themes. I liked some of the backstories. Hotaru in particular was far deeper and more interesting this go than she was in the first series. Her situation in the final couple of episodes this season, however, leave me a little miffed. That's all.

I'm very pleased with the animation. Everything looks prettier. I love that the pacing is a little faster. It keeps me from giving up on the series. All over, though, this isn't one I'd rewatch. It's fine the first time, for me, but I wouldn't watch this one over and over.
I can appreciate the themes and inspirations in the show, and respect the road that Sailor Moon has paved for all Magical Girl shows. But, Sailor Moon is one where I could only watch it once. There's not much more I can say on the matter.

Watching on,
Tatsuno13
Death Note is a scifi-thriller anime following high school genius Light Yagami after he finds a mysterious notebook with the power to kill anyone once their name is written in it.

Obviously, everyone knows this one. I've known of this one for almost 10 years myself, I just hadn't gotten myself to watch it yet. I blamed on fear, when I was young. It was dark, semi-realistic, and had the potential to be pretty gory. Then, as I got older and realized I could tolerate more, I suppose I was just tired of hearing about it. I'd gotten all the spoilers I needed to go 'well, I don't care anymore!'.
But, finally, after hearing the uproar about the casting for the American series... scratch that, the fact that there will be an American series at all has caused an uproar... I had to know what everyone has been raving about for the last decade.

It starts out fairly simple. High school kid sick of crime and violence around the country finds this notebook that can kill people and starts writing the names of criminals in it. Good kid, if a little twisted, right? But, too simple. Too boring.
So right away, when the police can't seem to figure out what's going on with all these criminals dying, a quirky genius is brought in to investigate. He's brilliant, and Light can't keep up from where he is. So what's the next logical step? Team up with your ultimate enemy, of course!
From there, it's really humorous, watching Light dance around being caught, always one step ahead of everyone, only a few very special geniuses able to keep up with and/or surpass him.
It's kind of brilliant. More so in the earlier episodes, as you get to see the hints of the plans being dropped before they're revealed as a whole, and the later episodes just give you explanations that you're just supposed to go with. Perfectly plausible, I just would've liked to see more little hints to make me think, and then go 'oh! So that's how that fits in!'. Maybe they were there and I didn't notice? Not sure.

Of most anime characters I've seen, Light is probably the biggest douche bag I've ever seen. Mad genius, yes. But a complete douche. And absolutely psychotic in the end. But the build up was gradual. He starts out truly wanting to help the world, even if he aims to become 'God of the New World', but in the end, he's lost sight of that, and is just doing everything he can to kill off those who pose a threat to him. It's interesting to watch.
I'm torn on whether I like L or Near better. Both are rather brilliant. Near didn't get the same chance to gradually figure everything out as L had, it was practically all handed to him. But, between them, their quirk sets are equally endearing, minds equally calm and calculating.
I was disappointed in the lack of clever or independent women in this series. I didn't expect to like Misa, but I also didn't expect to hate her as much as I did. Kiyomi had a chance, but even she was more willing to just wait and let Light rescue her than do anything to help herself. It's bothersome that the most competent women were side characters, barely given two minutes of screen time.
Otherwise, the character set is pretty good. All pretty individual, with the side characters not having to be completely stupid in order for the main characters to be brilliant. A breath of fresh air in the realm of 'genius battle' anime.

The music was good. I liked the choir voices in the important moments. Very moving. It creates a feeling of tension - I believe to be - similar to what it would feel like to be in those situations in real life.
I wasn't partial to the openings or credits songs. Somehow, Japanese scream-o doesn't jive with me. Or I haven't found the right song yet. All the songs are dark, suiting the air of Death Note. Just nothing I would listen to regularly.
The cast is all-star. Anyone who has read my previous reviews ought to know how much I love Mamoru Miyano. This is one of his finest works. I hated the character, as anyone ought to, but he was played beautifully!
Kappei Yamaguchi is also a favorite of mine. This was a new one for me to hear from him. Calm, quiet, extremely polite (going by how formal L's Japanese is). Fine work on his part! Very well done!
So many people in the Japanese cast are veterans, people who've been in the business for years. They've honed their craft, and displayed much of their prowess in this anime.

The animation is really sharp, exactly what I would expect out of a cult-classic like Death Note. It's dark, with a slightly more grounded art style, where the characters are drawn to better resemble people and carry the weight of the show. There's minimal use of CG, for traffic scenes and panning around the city, and it doesn't stand out too much. The designs of the Shinigami are grotesque and unique, and I liked them rather well!

All over, a really good show. I don't find myself loving it as much as others have, but it was certainly enjoyable! Clever, to say the least, thrilling, for certain, this show keeps even the semi-spoiled user guessing. I came in knowing a couple of important deaths that would happen. I didn't know how they happened, nor did I know what all would happen in getting to them. That was enough for those two deaths to still carry the same weight with me.
So, even someone like me who has known about Death Note for years, never watched it but knows the spoilers, can watch this show and still find a surprise or two in it.
I believe it's safe to recommend this to most any anime fan, as it is a cult classic, a basic show that most of the veteran anime watchers will have seen already, and a good stepping stone toward all the best stuff in anime.

Watching on,
Tatsuno13
Hunter x Hunter is an action-adventure-fantasy anime following 12-year-old Gon Freecss as he travels the world in search of the father he's never met, meeting many friends and enemies along the way.

This one had not been on my radar long. Obviously I'd heard of it, but I was having trouble becoming interested, even knowing who made the original manga. Perhaps it's the rash of boring/terrible anime I've been subjecting myself to lately. But, that's beside the point.
I came at this anime as a fan of Yoshihiro Togashi's YuYu Hakusho anime, having watched that for the first time only a few years prior. In that time, I forgot just how good his work was. How carefully he came at his stories. How much detail his characters were made to have. Reading about it, and watching the first opening, I only expected a different play out, I knew it would be pretty good. I suppose I expected there to be no real conflict. It was a boy looking for his father. Nothing more. But then, it evolved. He took a few detours from his primary mission for the sake of making friends, helping those friends, and getting stronger in order to keep them safe from the enemies that rared their ugly heads. Not to say that I believed them all ugly, but that will come a little later.
In all truth, the first couple of seasons were fun enough to watch, but it took a bit before I was invested in the plot of the show. I stuck to it for the characters. This one has many very interesting characters in it, and I loved all of them. With maybe one exception.

All of the characters are great. Of our main heroes, I loved Killua the most, but even more so when he was with Gon. Those two were just such great friends, I loved seeing them hang out together!
I honestly wish Leorio and Kurapika had been a little more prominent. Backstories fleshed out some with flashbacks, people they knew when they were young, that sort of thing. I wanted to like them more than I did, but I had to just be happy that they turned up again and seemed to be gradually working toward their goals with some success.
Of the female characters, I liked a fair few. Senritsu (Melody) was a good one. Alluka along with Nanika (Something) was a very intriguing character, and I wish there'd been more on those two. Palm was hilarious, and showed a cooler side in the later half of the Chimera Ants arc. In the end, though, I think Komugi was my favorite. She didn't fight. She had no special powers. She had moments where she was particularly wise, but she didn't know that herself. She was perfectly adorable, a very special character with a very special place in my heart.
Right next to her, I loved Meruem. He was a very touching story to watch unfold. I could watch his story again and again, and probably feel the same as I did the first time I watched.
Of the bad guys, I was fond of Hisoka, but who isn't? He's slimy, perfectly smug because he knows he's better than everyone else, and is loyal to no one in particular. His only goal is to fight the strong people of the world and kill them when he wins. Merciless, narcissistic and smug, he's a deplorable creature unfit to be called a human being... and I love that. He makes you cringe a bit, but you can't look away for fear of missing what he'll do next.
Chrollo is a close second. Along with Illumi. Both were pretty foul human beings, but they didn't get as much time to prove themselves as interesting as he was. Illumi looked like he was about to have his chance in the last arc, but things were cut short. I hope they pick back up soon.

Plot wise, the whole thing is pretty good. Clearly, some things that were said to have been there long before the story started, were only thought of well after the story had begun, but that's a common thing and he explains their absences well enough that I didn't think too hard on these.
The Hunter Exam arc was a nice introduction to the type of world they live in. I had expected more powers, fancy weapons, mysterious creatures, a myriad things that didn't actually turn up. But, with patience, and love for the characters presented to the viewers, things of that sort were introduced in the next arc.
The Zoldyck Family arc was a nice little detour, with a good look at why Killua is the way he is and how he survived his childhood as the youngest son of a family of elite assassins. Personally, I thought it was too short to call it a full arc, but it was cool enough.
The Heavens Arena arc was also fairly interesting, tying in the introduction of Nen to a few things we'd seen in the Hunter Exam, and showing how it could be used to do so much more than they thought possible. I would've hoped to see more fights than I did, but they spent every spare moment on the explanation of what Nen was, how it manifested differently in each person, and how to use it to their own personal strengths. There was a good revenge match in this arc, though, and that was good enough for me.
The Yorknew City arc brings us back to Kurapika's story, showing how he's gotten himself in line to find his fallen people's eyes and reclaim them for the tribe. In the midst of it all, the people responsible for obliterating his tribe - The Phantom Troupe - have made their presence known, and Kurapika's objective switches more toward vengeance. It's an exciting arc with a lot of intricate planning and several brutal battles and deaths. The ending of this one was quiet but very tense as well, I felt.
The Greed Island arc was probably my least favorite arc. I was irritated by the 'real-life-video-game' spiel. I've always hated things like that. And a lot of things went really fast. Like, the return of the Hunter Exam. It's annual, right? I missed nothing right? So... how was a certain character able to take it again without aging another year first? A small issue. I can get past it. Other than the video game stuff and the time-passage flaw, the action was pretty good. I'll note that I didn't care for Biscuit Krueger at all, but that's a matter of personal preference. The fights and plans were exciting. Certain twists sent me reeling. It was pretty solid, even with all this stuff that I didn't like or care for putting me off.
My favorite arc. The Chimera Ants arc. There was much evolution of the characters going on. In both their powers and their personalities. The most brutal villains I've seen in this series were introduced here. At the same time... I gained a new OTP that beat out OTPs that I'd kept for years and years before this arc. The battles here were the most exciting I've ever seen. And in the end... I cried hard and ugly for a few minutes at the end of the arc. I haven't cried like that for an anime in quite some time. I didn't expect it to hit me that hard, either. But it did. And I loved it. Both the heartbreaking and heartwarming moments. I love to cry for an anime. That always means it's good, for me.
The 13th Hunter Chairman Election arc is short. In the time that it was on, however, I grew to love Killua even more than I already did, and I got to see the lengths he would go to for his best friend and for the only family member he truly loves. Obviously, as the name suggests, there's an election going on, involving the strongest Hunters in the Hunters' Association working to find out who will head the company. While I tried to be interested in that, I think it needed a few more episodes to be truly interesting, particularly after its twist ending. A lot happened over this election, and some of it was never discovered before the end of the series. I'd like to see them get back to this and fill out some of the things they'd only just touched upon. But, other than just wanting more from the series, this series was pretty thrilling and heartfelt and well-thought-out. A very balanced anime.

The opening took a bit for me to get into. I think I had to hear the second version before it really reached out to me. It's a very exciting song, too. Perfect for a heroic adventure through mystical lands to battle powerful enemies.
The credits songs all fit the main emotional conflict of each season nicely. So, if the ending turns sad, be wary, for your feels are about to be preyed upon.
The score struck me as familiar somehow. Something about the particular sound. So, I looked up the composer. Turns out, he's done a fair few other anime scores that I'd heard before. I don't usually pay that much attention to the score of anything, in order to recognize a composer's work. This was a special case that sneaked up on me, and I was pleasantly surprised!
The Japanese cast for the show is pretty much all-star, and the English dub cast is working on doing the same. While I'm not partial to some of the English dub picks, they're all fairly good actors and actresses that are good at what they do, and I would expect nothing less. Obviously, I watched the Japanese version, not that I had a choice if I wanted to watch in English. But this is one that I'd gladly watch again in English just to see if the cast measures up. They won't, but still.

The animation is more fluid than I would've expected. Obviously, some of the fights were just so smooth, I couldn't help getting excited. Particularly in Killua's fights, but some of Gon's were pretty good, too. But, they did reserve some nice animation for some of the slower things. Moments of emotional tension and moments of humor got more special attention than they usually do in an anime of this style. The fights are not the only important thing in this show, and I love that.
As a side note, there's an instance in the early half of the Chimera Ants arc where a woman appears in a room, and she looks exactly like a Sailor Moon character. I loved that! No doubt, Togashi-sensei made that as something of an homage to his wife, Naoko Takeuchi! So cute!

Over all, this anime has revived my soul to some extent. I've been so exhausted for so long, but this show made me feel a lot better, even when the characters broke my heart. The writing is smarter than most of the stuff I've seen lately, with far more engaging characters and a good balance between light and happy moments as well as the dark and heavy moments. It is not without flaw, but I don't expect it to be. I never expect an anime to be flawless. But, I do expect it to be held to a certain standard. Hunter x Hunter met that standard easily. I haven't been this happy with an anime in a long time. I'm so glad.
I realize there's also a 90s anime series, an OVA series, and a couple of movies, which I will promptly seek out once I've finished another series on my watch list.

I recommend this show to any anime fan. This one covers pretty much all the bases. The obvious action, adventure, fantasy and mystery. But it also holds some horrific elements that made me cringe, and tragedies that tore my heart to shreds. There's friendship and romance. There's humor and clever-thinking. A very well-rounded show, perhaps made specifically for those who like a little bit of everything in anime. It does a nice job of blending everything together without becoming an awful mess, and I hope to find more shows like this one if possible.

Eagerly watching,
Tatsuno13
Was watching an anime, about to finish and review it for everyone. Terrible show, hated every minute... and then I find out it's the first half of the second season. That explains half of my issues with the show... Really hating Netflix right now. Now I have to seek this thing out online and watch it in full.
Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss) is a romantic-comedy anime following Nanami Momozono, who has, by chance, inherited the powers of a Land God and the Shrine and duties that go along with it, as she works to earn the approval of her new familiar - A fox named Tomoe, - and still maintain her normal high school life.

This one has been on my radar since before it was an anime. My sister was reading the manga, and I certainly thought about it, but I never acted on the notion. When I first saw a few clips from it, I thought it would be interesting, at least. Dramatic for certain. And possibly, sweetly romantic. And I was not entirely disappointed.

I love the situation given here. I compare it favorably to InuYasha, one of my personal favorites. It's quite hilarious how it all comes together, one of the nicest comedies I've seen in a while!
Plot-wise, it doesn't have much going yet. It seems to be in the stages of figuring out the characters, how they fit together, and what they're like. If it goes any further than that, there hasn't been much of a hint yet. Season 2 should hold something, however.
The romance was not anything special to me. Perhaps because the main character was a bit boring and annoying, even if she had moments of hilarity. I didn't root for her to be with anyone. Just sat by watching her blunder through figuring out how she felt like any other romance anime would have the main heroine do. If anything, I would've liked the show to stay on Tomoe more.

From there, I start on characters. Nanami Momozono is kind of basic. All the usual tropes of the leading heroine in a romance anime. Spunky, kind, willing to do all sorts of stupid things in order to help her cause. She's like a bold and slightly angry version of Tooru Honda from Fruits Basket. She isn't actually good for much, other than having all the pretty boys fall for her for almost no reason. She's kind though, and relatively brave and bold. So I can't hate her character too much.
Tomoe was fairly basic as well. Rude, cold, tries to be indifferent about Nanami's attempts to be a good Land God, and eventually shows a tender side after she's been repeatedly kind to him. Nothing truly unusual about his character either, but I do so love that he's a fox. Bits of his back story are, as of now, still cloudy, so he could become more interesting in the next season, but I won't hold my breath.
I wasn't particularly fond of any of the pretty boys. All of the characters are put into some funny situations and made interesting for that much. Kagehime was probably my favorite, and I still didn't entirely care for her.

As I said, there isn't much plot. The writing was mostly done in episode-to-episode adventures, with a few endeavors that spanned a whole two episodes to finish them. But, I wasn't completely irked by this. The show was cute and funny and that's all I really needed it to be, though I hoped to feel the romance a little more.

The visuals are so-so, not particularly amazing. Still, nothing really happened that they needed to be any better than they were, so, it's not much to note.
The music was fine. Not great. Just fine.
The voice over was fairly good. I was subjected to both sub and dub, alternating according to whether or not I could find certain episodes subbed, and I was rather impressed with both casts. I still cringe at the dub, though. Not many of the voices fit, even though the actors all did very well.

So, over all, this anime was so-so. It was alright, but it didn't do some of the things I hoped it would. So, yeah.
I recommend this to those looking to see what the generic fantasy-romance anime looks like, and the others who want to see some good comedy. This show is rather basic, but also hilarious at points, and is totally worth the watch for this much.

Watching on,
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