Posts Tagged ‘ Romance ’

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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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

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

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

Rurouni Kenshin Review: Abandoning a Violent Past

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About a week and a half ago my family went on vacation to San Francisco, and at the time there was the Japan Film Festival in which a number of Japanese movies (both anime and live-action) were presented.  Sadly, we were not there for very long so I only got to see movies on one of the days.  However, we went to see two movies.  The first one is the live-action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin.  While I have seen a few scattered episodes of the anime on Toonami long ago, the truth is that for the most part I haven’t seen much of any of this story, whether in anime or manga form.  As such, I’m not that familiar with the original story (besides the basic idea that almost anyone with any awareness of the series already knows) so I could not judge how good this movie was in comparison to its previous forms.  That said, however, I certainly enjoyed watching this film and though I may not be aware of how properly it adapted the source material, I feel that it was made into a very enjoyable movie regardless and one that definitely makes me more interested in reading the manga or watching the anime. Continue reading

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo Review: Following Your Dreams and Moving Past Failure

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Just finished watching Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo last night, and wow what a series that was.  I actually haven’t watched all too many of the school rom-com drama type stories (with probably the only ones I’ve seen being School Rumble and Toradora, both of which I enjoyed quite a lot), and this is yet another reason why I feel like I really should watch more.  Sakurasou is a brilliant mix of wacky comedy, touching drama, and various romantic developments, and though it might not seem amazing at first it steadily proves why it’s such a lovable story. Continue reading