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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

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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

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai Review: The God of Conquest and 2D vs 3D

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I mentioned before that I’ve been watching Haruhi for my school’s anime club, and this time around I’ll be talking about the other series I’ve been watching there.  A week before the club actually got around to finishing it, I watched through Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai, also known as The World God Only Knows, on my own.  It has been a while since I finished TWGOK, as it has been nearly a month since I finished it myself, though I am definitely catching up to my series as far as the blogging goes, even if that list continues to increase as I see more series.  Just like Haruhi, TWGOK ended up being a pretty enjoyable watch for me.  The two definitely had their share of humor and both were great ways to spend some time relaxing after a long day of school.  Of course, the two series are very different aside from that.  TWGOK is, well, an interesting case.  I suppose one might consider it an unconventional harem, though I would need to provide more elaboration on that as this is a very vague description.  It’s often a silly series but it does have its share of touching moments when necessary. Continue reading

The Breaker Review: A Martial Arts Disciple’s Growth

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About a month ago, I read through a manhwa called The Breaker.  Some of my AIM friends have a lot of love for this series and demanded I get to it as soon as possible.  It took me a while, and sadly I still have only finished the first part of the series, but it was quite a fun read.  The Breaker is my second manhwa, the first being Tower of God.  While both are action manhwa, the two are very, very different series and Breaker certainly feels more like a manga than ToG did.  I say that Breaker’s style is more reminiscent of manga, though truth be told I don’t know a whole lot of manga quite like it.  I guess that part of it is simply the fact that I haven’t read a whole lot of martial arts manga to begin with (only ones I’ve read much of anything for are probably Baki the Grappler and History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi, both of which have their similarities to it but aren’t quite the same deal).  Apparently the early stages of Breaker are supposed to be similar to Great Teacher Onizuka as well, though I’ll have to see just how similar GTO is once I actually do start that.  In any case, The Breaker was quite a good series and I look forward to seeing what New Waves has to offer as well. Continue reading

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Review: The Whims and Escapades of a High School Girl

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My school’s anime club has been watching two anime, one of which is Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, better known as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.  While we actually have yet to finish it, I went ahead and watched through the entirety of season 1 during Thanksgiving break.  Indeed, I know I am very late in watching this, but as the cliche goes, better late than never.  Haruhi’s a series that pretty much any anime fan has at least heard about, and while it definitely hit its prime popularity a while back, it’s still quite well-known today.  As I am quite fond of Kyoto Animation works for the most part, I was excited to finally watch through Haruhi after all this time.  While I wasn’t quite as blown away by it as I had expected to be, it was still quite a fun watch.  That said, more than anything it’s The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya that I’ve heard such great things about, so I’m aware that I have not yet seen all that Haruhi has to offer by any means. Continue reading

Toradora! Current Impressions (Chapter 49)

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So I started reading the Toradora! light novels a few months back and figured I might as well give some of the other related material a try, mainly because I didn’t want to get to the source material and then deem any other adaptation to pale in comparison or anything of that sort.  I’m supposed to get around to playing Toradora! Portable since that recently got a translation, though chances are I probably won’t get to that for some time.  I did, however, read through what has been translated of the Toradora! manga and I can certainly say I enjoyed it.  About a year ago (during last year’s winter break, in fact, which is interesting since some of Toradora!’s events take place around Christmas time) I watched the anime on a friend’s recommendation and really loved it.  Toradora! reminded me a lot of Clannad (a personal favorite), though it felt more down to earth and certainly had a very different style.  Toradora! was such a fantastic watch and it was one of the highlights of that winter break, along with Higurashi and Molester Man (which….sounds like a horrible series by its name alone, but if you’ve read it you know as I do just how captivating a story it is).  Fast forward a little less than a year, and I caught up to chapter 49, the last translated chapter of the manga up to this point (besides a special chapter after it, but that doesn’t really count).  Having read a little bit of the novels, I can say that the manga did quite a good job of staying close to that material (it did start before the anime after all).  I’m not quite as attached to the manga as I was to the anime, but that really isn’t the fault of the manga itself. Continue reading

Angel Beats! Track Zero Review: The Beginning of the SSS

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Wow, it’s been almost a month since my last post, and probably a great deal longer since I read through what I’m going to be writing about this time around.  The last month and a half or so has been extremely hectic for me due to schoolwork, college apps, and whatnot.  It was certainly very stressful and my free time was severely limited, but luckily for me that’s all come to pass.  Well, mostly, I do have one more semester of school to live through and one more class to attend tomorrow (though my work is all done so it’s mostly obligatory attendance stuff) but for the most part, I’m off to the freedoms of winter break, and with that I’ll actually have time to make more blog posts about the variety of series I’ve seen recently (and not so recently).  Anywho, all that aside, this time around I’ll be taking a look at Angel Beats! Track Zero, the prequel light novel to the Angel Beats! anime series.  Track Zero may not be the greatest display the series has to offer, but it provides some nice insight on the background of the SSS that the anime never got a chance to show and it’ll do a pretty good job of giving fans something to enjoy while waiting for the release of the upcoming Angel Beats! game, which I’m extremely excited for. Continue reading