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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

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Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo Review: The Consequences of Time Travel and the Value of an Ordinary but Stable Present

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My school’s art club began watching the movie Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, or The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, before winter break began.  Since we never got around to finishing the movie there, I figured I should watch it on my own since the thought of leaving a movie hanging for many weeks didn’t seem pleasant.  The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a movie I’ve wanted to get around to for a while, particularly because I’m a huge fan of time travel anime.  The Girl Who Leapt Through Time feels a lot more down to earth than a vast majority of the time travel stories I’m familiar with and is quite different in nature from the rest (in large part because it focuses on the use of time travel in everyday life as opposed to in stories of a much greater scale with a notable sense of danger).  While it wasn’t the greatest experience out there and I personally wouldn’t rank it as highly as, say, Steins;Gate, it is still a very worthwhile watch with quite an enjoyable story. 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

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

Chobits Review: The Divide Between Humans and Computers

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It is truly a bad thing when I look at my anime/manga history on MyAnimeList and notice that a series doesn’t even show up because I finished it that long ago.  And indeed, the dilemmas of homework, tests, college apps, and all that other wonderful goodness have taken their toll as I’ve fallen way behind on my blogging.  I suppose three/four weeks isn’t necessarily something too long, but it’s not exactly the greatest of ideas to write about it after that much time.  In favor of taking a break from a dull calculus homework run, I decided I better start catching up.  In any case, the series (or at least, one of them, there’s more, unfortunately….) that I’ve finished so long ago that it isn’t on my history anymore is Chobits.  Chobits was quite an enjoyable watch with a nice balance between lighthearted comedy and emotional drama.  Chobits is one I’d known about for a while but only just recently got around to, and I’d say it’s certainly worth it.  That said, it was made a while back so I wouldn’t be surprised if most people already got to it long before I did. Continue reading

Shingeki no Kyojin Review: Humanity’s Fight for Survival

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Well after two long, excruciating, stressful weeks, it seems I finally have an opportunity to write another blog post.  For anyone who might’ve been looking forward to my next post (particularly because I did mention before some of the series I would write about next) I apologize, but at last I have a bit of time on my hands.  I’m quite late in writing about this, 3 weeks late even, but better late than never I suppose.  In any event, what I’m going to write about is what’s probably the most popular anime hit of the year.  The breakout series, incredibly mainstream anime, and widely loved adaptation known as Shingeki no Kyojin, or Attack on Titan.  Shingeki has gotten extreme attention during the past few months of its run, and it’s not too difficult to see why it has drawn so many dedicated supporters.  As for my thoughts?  Well, there’s a lot I can say about this one, so I’ll try to space my thoughts out a bit. Continue reading

No.6 Review: What Lies Beneath the False Utopia

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It’s been about a week and a half since I finished watching No.6.  The premise sounded interesting, though I quickly noticed that it was only 11 episodes long and wondered just how much development could happen with such little time.  While I would say that not everything was as fleshed out as I would’ve liked, the story did a relatively good job of presenting itself with its small episode count.  It wasn’t the most enjoyable watch I’ve had, but it was still a good one regardless. Continue reading