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Spring 2014 Anime: Final Thoughts

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It seems the spring anime season has pretty much come to an end, as all of my one-cours have finished and all but one of my two-cours have reached the halfway point.  For the most part I’d say the spring season was an enjoyable watch, and while there were some series I found to be pretty disappointing, there were also many others that proved to be phenomenal watches and I can definitely say that I was entertained by quite a few of the ones I watched.  Considering I have an insanely huge backlog (which, given the fact that I have Anime Expo and a trip to Japan ahead, will take a very long time to get through), it will definitely take me a while to actually get to the individual reviews for each of these series so I’ll try to give a good idea of my opinion on each one.

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Monogatari Series: Second Season Review: Conclusions, Shifts, and Self Discovery

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Since I had watched through the rest of Monogatari last summer, it’s no wonder that I decided to pick up the (at the time) ongoing second season (which, in actuality, is more like the fourth season given the weird release nature of the other installments) when it was only a few weeks in.  Keeping up with Monogatari weekly for the first time had been quite a bizarre experience and I was quite impatient since I had gotten so used to being able to watch the previous seasons at my own pace without having to wait every week.  In spite of that setback, however, Monogatari S2 proved to be an absolutely fascinating watch that built tremendously upon the foundations of previous seasons and truly made the most out of a majority of its characters.  Monogatari S2 ultimately proved to be by far my favorite installment of the series and impressed me in a variety of ways.  While there are some complaints I have about some parts of S2, they are quite minimal in comparison to the great enjoyment and fantastic developments I received from the watch overall, and I’d say there’s no doubt in my mind that those who enjoyed previous installments of Monogatari will find something to love from this season.  Monogatari S2 remains one of my favorites of 2013 and there is but one 2013 anime that I enjoyed more (and I do plan on writing about that as well in due time).  Monogatari S2 has so many merits and it’ll be difficult for me to explain just how much love I have for this season of the series without giving spoilers, but it must be said that Monogatari S2 really is a brilliant story and, in my opinion, the epitome of the Monogatari experience as of yet. Continue reading

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Review: The Struggles of a Magical Girl and Accepting a New Life

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Since I was planning to complete the rest of the Fate/stay night visual novel (which I’ve long since finished and can hopefully write about soon), I figured it would be a good idea to jump into some of the other Fate material beforehand.  As such, one of the installments I ended up watching was the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya anime, which turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  Prisma☆Illya definitely feels like the magical girl series it seems to be, though that’s not to say it is a completely lighthearted story.  While it may not be as dark as, say, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, it can definitely be a serious story when necessary and gets pretty intense at times.  I’m no expert on magical girl stories so I can’t say whether Prisma☆Illya is lighter or darker than most other stories of its kind, but it’s definitely a fun watch even for people not accustomed to magical girl series and as a Fate fan I’d say Prisma☆Illya is very much worth watching. Continue reading

Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu Review: The Disappearance of Rintarou Okabe and Kurisu’s Time Travel Endeavors

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Steins;Gate is among my favorite anime, and as such, I was incredibly excited about the idea of a new movie installment, Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu.  All the more so because it was not one of the great many recap films but rather a new story, a sequel to the TV anime.  While I was worried about how such a thing could be done considering how well the TV series had concluded, I couldn’t help but anticipate the release of the movie, and I remember watching the trailer many times, excited about the great potential the movie had.  The wait lasted many months, and eventually, come winter break (which now seems so long ago), the movie was subbed and I at last had the opportunity to watch the movie I had been so excited for.  Ultimately, the movie proved to be a very worthwhile watch and a strong sequel to the series, and while it didn’t entirely live up to its full potential and could have added a bit more to contribute to the quality of the story as a whole, it was still an incredibly enjoyable experience and far from being a disappointing flop that drags down the rest of the series.  It should be mentioned that it is necessary to watch the Steins;Gate TV anime and its special episode sequel to understand much of what takes place in this movie, and S;G in general is such a fantastic series that it should be watched regardless of this movie.  While I don’t intend to give massive spoilers, it is almost impossible to describe the foundation of the movie’s story without alluding to the ending of the series and specific events leading up to it, so do keep that in mind if you plan to read the rest of my review (and if you haven’t already, go watch Steins;Gate since it’s such a fantastic story). Continue reading

BlazBlue: Alter Memory Review: Time Rewinds and Jumbled Perspectives

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Another series I kept up with during the fall 2013 season is BlazBlue: Alter Memory.  While there were a great many I enjoyed keeping up with, I honestly can’t say the same for this.  There are a great many words I could use to describe my experience with the BlazBlue anime, most of which simply aren’t positive.  To begin with, video game adaptations have a tendency to be frowned upon by the anime community, and finding out that this would only have 12 episodes certainly did not help.  From what I’ve heard, the anime covers two 20 hour (if not more than that) games in that amount of time, and this definitely shows in the rushed pacing and very confusing storytelling.  People seem to complain a great deal about adaptations, though I find it difficult to think of an adaptation more disappointing than this one, and this comes from someone who has never played the BlazBlue games. Continue reading

Summer Break 2014 Recommendation Requests

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So as it happens, today was the day I graduated from high school and I’m…..still not sure how I should feel.  I mean, on one hand, it feels so liberating to be free from high school, preparing for the glorious world of college, and at the start of a long, beautiful, relaxing summer with a lot in store.  At the same time, however, I’m really gonna miss my friends and the other fabulous people I’ve met at school.  I never thought much about it, but my class was really amazing and had some of the greatest people I’ve ever met, and it’s sad to think I won’t be seeing some of them for a very long time, though I know they’re capable of great things and I’ll definitely be seeing the results of that in a few years.  Feelsy reminiscing about high school aside, however, the long summer vacation has arrived.  So what does that mean for you all?  Well, this shall be the first time that I ask for recommendations from everyone who is reading my blog. Continue reading

Spring 2014 Anime: Halfway Impressions

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Oh dear, it seems that it’s already been almost a month since I made my last post.  It’ll be just a bit more before I can get back to the regular schedule of posting what I’ve wanted to for a while, but since I’ve actually picked up a pretty decent chunk of the anime this season, I figure it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to give my thoughts on what I’ve watched so far.  I would definitely say that I’ve been enjoying the spring anime and 2014 looks very promising.  While I feel the greatest of the year is still ahead, the anime from this season have been very enjoyable and there’s still lots of potential for development and improvement.  There are some that I’m not all too fond of, but for the most part I’d say this is quite a good season.  As of now, however, my thoughts are as follows: Continue reading

Anime Anemoscope Anniversary Year 1: A Year of Blogging, Updates, and What’s Ahead

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First and foremost, I would like to apologize for the extreme delay in my posts.  It’s already been over two months since my last post and I imagine it’s pretty clear that I’m terribly behind on my blogging.  Already the spring 2014 anime have been set into motion yet I still have not even gotten the chance to write my final thoughts about those fall 2013 anime, and this fact hurts my soul immensely.  I must say that contrary to what I’ve heard from many sources prior, senior year is a terribly stressful and time consuming year.  If it were up to me I would’ve gotten through all of the posts I planned a long time ago by now, but my schedule has not been friendly at all and while there’s a bit of breathing room this week, I have AP testing, presentations, and a lot more busy work to worry about from next week on and it’s just killing me.  I have but 6 weeks left until the freedom of summer and the future of college are upon me, and I can only hope that I succeed in my classes and that everything goes well until then.  Putting all of that aside, however, I am still alive (well, clearly) and I have not forgotten about nor abandoned this blog.  Once I find the time to regularly post again, I have every intention to catch up on all that I planned to write about and I look forward to the opportunity for that.  That may not be for a while, but as it stands I do have a very good reason to interrupt my schedule to make at least one post now: To celebrate the very first anniversary of my blog.  It’s scary to think that it’s already been a year since I made my blog, the time has gone by a lot faster than I realized.  Since I’m taking the time to write about that, I figure this is also a good time to write about a bunch of other stuff as well to make up for lost time so here goes nothing. Continue reading

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012) Review: The Fabulous Beginning of the Joestar Tale

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So it seems that I’m still very much behind on blogging about the series I’ve completed (as there are a great many I’d love to write about, one in particular that recently blew me away like no other), but I’m slowly catching up (or at least, I’d like to believe that I am anyway).  Like I said before, I’m gonna be writing about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012) this time around.  I mentioned that JoJo 2012 is a JoJo adaptation done right, and that it truly is.  I still remember first hearing the news about a new TV anime for JoJo at the time and I was utterly shocked, I simply could not believe the news.  Of course, I was in no position to complain as JoJo had been one of my favorite Shounen manga (interestingly enough, one written as far back as the 80s, at that) and it was finally going to get a full-length, serious adaptation from the very beginning.  Almost a year ago I watched the first 7 or so episodes of the anime with some friends for my birthday, and I was very much impressed with the anime’s take on Phantom Blood.  Unfortunately, with a lot of other series I had to complete at the time, I was distracted quite a bit and didn’t get back to it for a while.  Back around October or November, a friend came to my house and (as huge fans of the manga) we decided to give some more of those JoJo episodes a good watch and we got through a decent bit of the Battle Tendency episodes, and it was amazing as always.  Having gotten through more, I decided that, once and for all, I had to watch through the rest of the 2012 anime and I did just that at the beginning of winter break (which seems very far from me now, and a big sign I’m really slow about my posts….).  JoJo 2012 was a fantastic way for me to relive the nostalgia days of early JoJo with flashy new animation, and it really is one of the best ways for newcomers to jump into the JoJo series. Continue reading