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Love Live! School Idol Project season 2

April 21, 2014

Really enjoyed the first season of the “Love Live! School Idol Project” anime, so did not hesitate to pick up the sequel that started to air this spring season.

A multimedia project by studio Sunrise, music label Lantis and other corporations revolving around young girls who form an idol group in an attempt to prevent their school from being shut down, it not only spawned an anime but a manga, music and a game too.

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As an idol genre series, it is of course similar to other idol shows like “the iDOLM@STER” or “Wake Up, Girls!”, though personally enjoyed “Love Live!” far more as it was more entertaining and its lively, upbeat songs lingered in my mind longer.

While the first season did have a few dramatic plot events, overall it had a very positive and uplifting atmosphere. Do appreciate how they refrained from having the characters reach all of their goals, especially the overly ambitious ones, all without leaving the audience hanging or feeling unsatisfied.
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Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

April 18, 2014

Even though am not a fan of four panel manga and am unfamiliar with the original story, simply could not pass up on watching “Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san”, the anime based on the yuri comedy manga “犬神さんと猫山さん” by Kuzushiro.

This series feels similar to “Yuru Yuri” or “Sakura Trick”, though it is somewhat more explicit in yuri terms than “Yur Yuri” but far less so in terms of physical skinship than what was shown in “Sakura Trick”.

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“Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san” does rely heavily on its personalities based on animal traits gimmick, especially for the main pair Suzu and Yachiyo, where shy tsundere Suzu is portrayed as very cat-like and lively, aloof Yachiyo is portrayed as quite dog-like.

Although most other characters’ personalities are also based on animals, do appreciate that the girls’ close friend Aki is not, she is the only sane and grounded person of the bunch, which makes her ideal to be the straight man during many of the silly gags.
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Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to

April 16, 2014

One of the new shows was most looking forward to this season is “Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to”, the anime adaptation of the harem comedy manga “マンガ家さんとアシスタントさんと” by Hiroyuki.

Read the original manga and am also keeping up with the sequel that is currently being serialized. Really enjoyed this comedy manga that focuses on perverted but helpless manga author Aito and all the gorgeous female assistants and editors that flock around him.

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The ecchi comedy sequences in “Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to” are somewhat similar in style to those in “Seitokai Yakuindomo”, and while the story does not especially advertise itself as a harem comedy, there are plenty of hilarious situations that arise with all those cute girls entering Aito’s life.

Although it does have harem elements and features ecchi comedy, overall everything is still innocent and mild enough, making the manga and its anime counterpart a terrific, entertaining comedy that will make anyone laugh. Reading the manga always brought a smile to my face, its classic formula of straight up ecchi comedy and other gags, while not very original, is always well balanced and filled with fun.
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Dollfie Dream goods from Nine9Style & Rajikaru

April 14, 2014

Lucky day as two parcel with Dollfie Dream goods were delivered to my doorstep, including one packed with goods from Nine9Style.
Recently been re-evaluating the wardrobe of my various Dollfie Dream and felt some could use a new outfit or different fashion for a refreshed look.

Always been satisfied with the items purchased from Nine9Style and considering the perforated lace dress set previously bought from them looks lovely on Atsuko, took a chance and ordered similar styled dresses along with a pair of jeans and other assorted items.

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The other parcel that arrived is from ラジカル. Although had often admired the more realistic physics and poses that Dollfie Dream comrades managed to capture of their dolls equipped with Peach Pai, never actually purchased them.

Not especially because of the silicone’s maintenance requirements, but mostly because the default Peach Pai size was too large for my personal taste. Considering Rajikaru added the M Plus type, a size about equal to the Volks L bust but smaller than the standard Peach Pai, took the plunge and ordered a set.
Can’t wait to try them on my Dollfie Dream!

selector infected WIXOSS

April 12, 2014

Had initially not planned on watching “selector infected WIXOSS”, an original anime production by JC Staff and Takara Tomy to promote the WIXOSS trading card game, but sampled its first two episodes on a whim.

In simplified terms “selector infected WIXOSS” feels like a dark, dramatic version of “Fantasista doll”, another science-fiction style action anime where the battle cards were avatars of cute girls that were somehow able to interact with their real-life wielders.

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Even though watched quite a bit of “Fantasista doll”, ultimately dropped it as it became rather ridiculous. Must admit am somewhat apprehensive that “selector infected WIXOSS” too may quickly loose any appeal it has because it feels like such a dark, depressing series.

The overall visual atmosphere with its faded colors in a lifeless city landscape where the buildings and somber skies have a real oppressive feeling to them. In that aspect, the studio manages to create a really powerful atmosphere, but it may become too dark and overbearing for my personal taste.
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Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?

April 10, 2014

Often abbreviated as “Gochiusa”, this new anime adapted from the original “ご注文はうさぎですか?” four-panel manga by Koi is likely to become one of my favorite shows this season.

Even though am not a fan of four-panel manga since their particular comedy style is lost on me, must say that anime adaptations of those four-panel manga franchises revolving around cute girls doing cute things often tend to be right up my alley, like “Lucky Star”, “Aiura” or “Kiniro Mosaic”.

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Absolutely adored the first episode of “Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka”, a lighthearted, slice-of-life comedy all about showing the fun daily lives of a group or irresistibly cute young girls working part time at various cafes in a rustic town.

Considering the animation and character design style of the show, it’s much like “Kiniro Mosaic” but taking place at a cafe instead of a school. The emphasis is all on these cute girls whose sheer moe appeal is enough to make anyone’s heart melt.
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Blade & Soul

April 8, 2014

Originally a Korean mmorpg with an open world environment and a martial arts inspired real-time battle system, an anime adaptation of “Blade & Soul” by studio Gonzo has started to air.

Going through the anime spring season line up, there were several series that although they did not particularly stick out, still seemed worth to sample, like “Mahou Shoujo Taisen”, ”Break Blade” or “Blade & Soul”, hence decided to give the first episode a try.

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Unfortunately, “Blade & Soul” did not really appeal to me at all so won’t be watching the rest of this series. Will not label “Blade & Soul” as a bad anime based on this first episode alone, but it lacked anything original and failed to pull me into the story or have its characters and fantasy-like world setting appeal to me.

The overall atmosphere, level of animation, character designs and plot events were similar to other fantasy genre shows like “Queen’s Blade” or even “Koihime†Musou”, although it lacked the ecchi fanservice of the former and shoujo-ai tinted comedy of the latter.

“Blade & Soul” might still appeal to fans of the fantasy genre or those interested in the original game, but personally will not pick up this series.

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