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Akari Mizunashi figure arrives

May 1, 2017

When Good Smile Company announced last year that Wing would release a new figure of Akari Mizunashi from “Aria”, could not pass up the opportunity and ordered it as soon as reservations opened.

Although the figure was released earlier in April, my order from Hobby Search only arrived mere days ago. Considering there are but a few “Aria” figures made -especially by more renowned figure manufacturers- was thrilled to add this lovely figure of Akari to my humble collection.

If I were to fault Wing’s rendition of Akari anywhere it would be for its relatively small size, especially when compared to Good Smile Company’s figure of Alicia that was released back in 2007. Although the high base is an integral part of its overall aesthetic and unique look, I do wonder what it might have looked like if they had scaled up the figure and reduced the base height.

Luckily Akari’s pose inspired by the ‘Festa del Boccolo’ story is gorgeous, it has a lively, warm atmosphere reminiscent of summer. Also especially appreciate the soft, gentle facial expression they sculpted Akari with, which seems closer to her design in the original “Aria” manga.

Wish Good Smile Company would create more “Aria” figures in the future, but alas…

Anime spring season 2017

March 31, 2017

The spring anime season is here! Ended up following less series this past season than I had originally planned to watch, so selected under a dozen new shows to sample this spring.

Am curious about studio PA Works new original anime project “Sakura Quest”. The promotional video boldly advertises it as following in the footsteps of the studio’s terrific creations “Hanasaku Iroha” and “Shirobako”, so “Sakura Quest” will have to meet high expectations it is to live up to these two amazing anime. Hence, I’m curious to see if this new show will be a masterpiece like “Hanasaku Iroha” and “Shirobako”.

Another new anime am keen on watching is “Hinako Note”, the trailer for this adaptation of the four panel manga by Mitsuki suggests it may be the style of heartwarming slice-of-life series that is one of favourite types of anime, like “Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka?” or “Wakaba*Girl”.

“Alice to Zouroku” looks like a promising anime with a rather unique premise, it could be a lovely slice-of-life comedy filled with plenty of subtle emotion like “Flying Witch” or “Barakamon”.

Romance anime in a school setting are not the genre of series I tend to watch, will check out “Tsuki ga Kirei” though. The promotional video for this new original anime project from studio Feel looked promising and the character animation style seems to be more unique, perhaps this show will bring us viewers something fresh.
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Dollfie Dream snapshots: Ayuko -3-

February 17, 2017

あなたのバレンタインプレゼントは…わ-た-し。
開けないのですか?開けたいでくれ欲しいよ。

For this year’s Valentine’s Day made a few quick snapshots of Dollfie Dream Ayuko with a small golden wrapped gift prop to fit that day’s theme. Opted for a relaxed, yet still somewhat suggestive pose to make you question which is the real present, the gift box or Ayuko herself?

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The outfit Ayuko is clad in is an off-shoulder sweater with stockings set from Purple Dream previously already showcased her in. Although a practical and easy outfit with a cute mint colour, it is unfortunate that the cloth itself is rather thin, making other colours underneath it very apparent, especially darker ones.

You can see more of my Dollfie Dream photos on Flickr.

“New Game!” second season announced

February 13, 2017
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Following the “New Game! The Challenge Stage” Playstation game release earlier in January, an announcement was made at the “New Game!” fan appreciation event held this past Sunday that a second season of the anime based on Tokunou Shoutarou’s “ニューゲーム” manga is coming!

News of this sequel season was also confirmed on the anime’s official Twitter account. Am ecstatic to see this lovely slice-of-life comedy return. “New Game!” was an excellent series full of humour, and a style of slice-of-life anime that I personally adore, being all about cute girls doing cute things as they go about their daily lives. With the added bonus of featuring plenty of yuri innuendo too!

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Should you visit the “New Game!” anime website on February 14th, you might just be lucky enough to also see a special Valentine’s day illustration of Hifumi that was also teased on the anime’s official Twitter account.

Absolutely adored the “New Game!” anime so can’t wait to see Aoba, Hifumi and the rest of the Eagle Jump crew again up to their usual silly shenanigans. Definitely recommend this lovely, breezy slice-of-life comedy to all.
You can watch the first season of “New Game!” on Crunchryoll.

Urara Meirochou

February 6, 2017

After being disappointed by “Seiren” and consequently dropping that series, started watching “Urara Meirochou”, the anime adaptation of the “うらら迷路帖” four-panel supernatural comedy manga by Harikamo.

Was pleasantly surprised by “Urara Meirochou”, got immediately hooked on this cute show all about a group of moe girls who study to become fortune tellers in a world filled with the supernatural. Being a fan of slice-of-life anime like “Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka?” whose core and main purpose is to showcase cute girls go about their idyllic everyday lives, with enough yuri innuendo to spice things up, this show is right up my alley.

Although some scenes suggest that there may be a few more serious subplots in store for future episodes, the overall tone remains lighthearted and the challenges the girls face as they discover the world of fortune telling are never dramatic, it all has a positive and heartwarming atmosphere. Even the yuri innuendo and fanservice remain rather benign.

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Even though it features plenty of supernatural genre elements with its focus on fortune-telling and divination, as well as references to deities and folklore, “Urara Meirochou” does not seem to offer anything truly original as the comedy and yuri tinted shenanigans are all things we’ve seen before in other series. Even the character designs too almost feel like carbon copies of characters from other franchises.

Luckily, “Urara Meirochou” has solid production values and provides good entertainment, making it well worth the watch for fans looking for a fun, unpretentious anime of cute girls doing cute things.

While not as stellar as memorable series like “Aria”, “Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka?” or “Kiniro Mosaic”, “Urara Meirochou” offers viewers an excellent slice-of-life show filled with moe girls.
You can watch “Urara Meirochou” on The Anime Network.

Seiren

February 3, 2017

Although an anime original project, its omnibus format of different arcs each focusing on a specific heroine and character design style make “Seiren” a spiritual successor of sorts to “Amagami SS”. Considering I enjoyed “Amagami SS”, was looking forward to this new romantic comedy.

Unfortunately, the first arc of “Seiren” that focused on feisty heroine Tsuneki Hikari was regrettably disappointing. Boasting a wimpy male lead character may be normal for this genre, but the character interactions, romance plot and dialogue where all subpar compared to similar shows. Especially the arc’s confession scene suffered from some jarring directing inconsistencies that made this pivotal scene and the story’s conclusion all feeling poorly executed.

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While this type of romantic comedy anime usually bring little in the way of original content, compelling stories or interesting characters, some do offer a genuinely enjoyable viewing experience and am afraid that “Seiren” will fail to do so.

Even though “Seiren” could redeem itself in the upcoming arcs focusing on Toru and Kyouko, doubt it will get better considering that Hikari was very obviously advertised as the most popular and appealing girl of the three. No doubt she is this show’s equivalent of Haruka from “Amagami SS”, but sadly Hikari & Shouichi fall short as individual characters and the pair’s chemistry is severely lacking compared to Haruka & Junichi.

Those of you who like the typical anime high school romantic comedies may enjoy “Seiren”, however I recommend watching shows like “Amagami SS” or “KimiKiss: Pure Rouge” instead.
You can watch “Seiren” on Crunchyroll.

Nyanko Days

January 30, 2017

The anime short format yielded some great shows these past years, series like “Yama no Susume” or “Aiura”, was disappointed to see this winter season line-up did not seem to have any real promising shows among the anime with a short running time.

Nonetheless decided to give anime short “Nyanko Days” a try anyway, hoping it might be a cute slice-of-life show. “Nyanko Days” adapts the “にゃんこデイズ” four-panel manga by Tarabanagi and is all about young high school girl Tomoko and her three cats, with the gimmick that the cats are actually chibi girls featuring cat ears and tail.

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Considering one cannot go wrong with cat girls, was confident I would like “Nyanko Days” but after watching the first few episodes have to admit that the show does not really appeal to me. While the production values by studio EMT Squared are good enough, and the overall premise is as moe as one would expect, overall the show simply doesn’t work for me.

It lacks the cleverness, cuteness or rapid-fire humour that other short running time anime that previously aired have demonstrated. While each of its individual elements is decent, they do not come together as a whole package that makes it stand out enough to be truly entertaining or enticing me to watch more of it.

While this cute anime with its two minute short episodes may be a fun watch for many fans, it may not live up to everyone’s expectations.
You can watch “Nyanko Days” on Crunchyroll.