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Sakura-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru

October 9, 2015

Also known as “Beautiful Bones -Sakurako’s Investigation-”, was looking forward to this new autumn anime based on the “櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている” mystery novels written by Outa Shiori.

The plot premise suggests this might be a rather unique show, and after seeing the promotional trailer a few weeks ago, knew I definitely had to watch this anime. Not unlike “Hyouka”, “Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru” mixes mystery and detective elements, has interesting characters whose interaction is full of depth thanks to solid dialogue and excellent visuals.

Although am confident several characters from the supporting cast will interact with main characters such that those scenes provide plenty of character development and witty dialogue, one of the primary appeals of this series and a key to its success for me is the bond between Sakurako and Shoutarou.


There is lots of chemistry between the eccentric Sakurako and younger Shoutarou, their verbal banter similarly entertaining and intriguing to the interaction between Chitanda and Oreki from “Hyouka” and the verbal sparring of Holo and Lawrence in “Spice And Wolf”. Sincerely hope the rest of this series continues on that trend of having such dialogue between its main characters.

Was struck by Itou Shizuka’s voice work as Sakurako, she perfectly embodies the characters’ personality and how she voices Sakurako combined with the character’s design, is somewhat reminiscent of Haruka from “Amagami SS”, though what would be an older and darker version then of course.

Animation by studio Troyca is quite good, especially so in key scenes and with some striking backgrounds throughout the episode.
Definitely watching the rest of “Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru” and I do recommend it to those of you looking for a more serious anime to watch that isn’t too dramatic either, but rather builds on character interaction and dialogue.

You can watch “Beautiful Bones -Sakurako’s Investigation-” on Crunchyroll.

Yuru Yuri San Hai!

October 7, 2015

ゆるゆりさんハイ始まるよー! Already the third season of the anime adaptation of Namori’s comedy manga, the events in “Yuru Yuri San Hai!” follow directly after the two episode “Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!+” anime that aired this summer.

Fans will rejoice as “Yuru Yuri San Hai!” is off to a good start, bringing us the typical slice-of-life school setting comedy and suggestive shoujo-ai this franchise is known for and excels at.

Noticed that the four girls of the student council were prominently featured and had plenty of airtime in this first episode, something which I can appreciate as the larger group’s dynamic, its potential for gags, suggestive yuri situations and other shenanigans only increases when Ayano, Chitose, Sakurako and Himawari join the main cast of Yui, Kyouko, Akari and Chinatsu.


Judging by the opening sequence and the fact Sakurako’s younger sister Hanako appeared in this first episode, we might see the various girls’ siblings appear more throughout this third season. Am quite keen on discovering what sillyness and hilarious situations girls like Chizuru, Akane or Kaede may cause.

The animation by studio TYO Animations was quite good, especially when considering the more simple design style of this show. Am glad there’s a definite sense of contunuity between their animation style and studio Dogakobo’s earlier work on the first two seasons.

Can’t wait for next week’s episode! You can watch “Yuru Yuri San Hai!” on Crunchyroll.

Kozue Amano’s manga Amanchu! gets anime adaptation

October 5, 2015

Spotted an article at Dengeki Online announcing that an anime adaptation of Kozue Amano’s ongoing manga “Amanchu!” will air in 2016! An official website has been launched for the anime and currently features a first teaser video, showing the anime designs for Futaba & Hikari.

This is excellent news, am overjoyed that “Amanchu!” will get its own anime adaptation! While it is a very different story than “Aria”, “Amanchu!” has the same enchanting, leisurely slice-of-life atmosphere where its endearing characters take you along for a wonderful journey through their world.


Considering “Aria” ranks among the highest of my all time favorite anime, am ecstatic to see “Amanchu!” in anime form.
Studio JC Staff will produce the anime. With Junichi Sato -who also directed the “Aria” and “Tamayura” anime- on board as chief director am confident this “Amanchu!” anime can have the same flair and uniqueness as those two series.

With the “Aria” anime journey coming to an end with “Aria the Avvenire”, am looking forward to the new journey that the “Amanchu!” anime will bring.
For now, will keep track of the official “Amanchu!” Twitter account for news.

Japanese input with Azerty in Windows 10

October 1, 2015

Considering wrote a brief guide for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on how to enable Japanese language input as well as detailing the registry modification required to set another default keyboard layout for Microsoft IME, thought it would be convenient to add such a guide for Windows 10 as well.

Actually, nothing has really changed how to enable Japanese input or change its default keyboard layout in Windows 10 compared to how it can be done in Windows 8,1.


The fact that when you activate Japanese input in Windows 10, the default keyboard layout of Microsoft IME is Qwerty remains unchanged compared to the previous versions of Windows, which is rather inconvenient when that layout does not correspond to the keyboard you are using.

But this can easily be corrected by following below method which describes how to set the default keyboard layout to Azerty Belgian (Period) .
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Anime fall season 2015

September 28, 2015

The autumn anime season is here! This past season, ended up watching a lot more series than had initially expected, however the new season promises to be different as not many shows in the fall line-up piqued my interest.

Two shows I will definitely watch are “Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka??” and “Yuru Yuri San Hai”.
Am looking forward the most to “Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka??”, the second season of the wonderful slice-of-life anime based on the manga by Koi. Absolutely adored the first season of this enchanting and lovely slice-of-life anime.


The other show I simply must watch is “Yuru Yuri San Hai”, the third season of the leisurely yuri school comedy full of silly shenanigans by its cast of oddball characters. Generally do prefer yuri genre shows that are more committed to showing genuine yuri relationships, the “Yuru Yuri” franchise however like its title says delivers ‘easygoing’ yuri where most emphasis is on the comedy and innuendo.

Am looking forward to “Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru”, the promotional video of this anime based on a mystery light novel series looks like it may have a unique atmosphere, and the relationship between its main characters Sakurako and Shoutarou might provide plenty of depth and verbal banter.
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Sundress Sachiko

September 25, 2015

Here’s a few photos of Dollfie Dream Sachiko in the ‘Flower Lace Dress Set’ outfit made by Volks in their Tenshi no Sumika collection.

Have recently taken a liking to such sundress styled summer themed outfits for some of the DD in my collection, thought this particular set would suit Sachiko quite well considering her blond wig color.

Sundress Sachiko

Of course, the main reason first tried this outfit on Sachiko was to gauge its look on her DDDy body type equipped with a soft Peach Pai aftermarket bust part, which creates a rather enticing look.

This effect was due to the multiple strong elastic bands sown into the top part of the dress, do think this dress could look equally as good, perhaps even better on a DD with a default Volks solid bust piece. In fact, have since tried it on Tsukiko.
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Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!+ 2

September 21, 2015

Watched the second and final episode of “Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!+”, the “Yuru Yuri” special that bridges the gap between the franchise’s summer themed OVA and “Yuru Yuri San Hai!”, the third season of the anime that will air soon.

Enjoyed the “Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!” OVA and first episode of “Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!+”, so was anxious to see this second episode. While I do feel it was not as good as the previous episode, it was nonetheless terrific fun with the show’s typical humor and the cast’s usual antics of silly shenanigans.


Do like how this episode was split in two parts like the previous one, although this time not in separate halves, but rather as two intertwined story lines, showing us the Yui, Kyouko, Akari & Chinatsu as well as Sakurako, Himawari, Chitose & Ayano, each grouo having their own sleep-over party.

Especially liked how they spent time showcasing a more caring side of Sakurako’s character, revealing she’s more than a feisty brat and does care about Himawari, Chitose & Ayano. As expected, much like with Kyouko, Sakurako’s typical behavior is never far off.

Now on to the third season “Yuru Yuri San Hai!” which is scheduled to begin in a few weeks.


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