Posts Tagged ‘ Slice of Life ’

Kyoukai no Kanata Review: Confronting One’s Inner Demons

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Slowly but surely I’m catching up on my blogging, and at last I’m writing about one of the ongoings from fall 2013 that actually finished.  The first one of those that ended was Kyoukai no Kanata.  Kyoukai no Kanata was one I was curious about since, for starters, I tend to enjoy Kyoto Animation anime a good deal.  Having watched and loved Chuunibyou, I wondered about seeing KyoAni handle an action-based anime considering how glorious the chuunibyou fights were.  Learning that Kyoukai was going to be a KyoAni action series, I was incredibly delighted and had high hopes for what was ahead.  Now that I’m finished with it, I can definitely say I feel a bit conflicted about this one.  As expected, the fights looked really nice and there were some fantastic ideas from this series, though there were a few reasons I was more disappointed with Kyoukai than I wanted to be. Continue reading

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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

Katawa Shoujo Review: Disabilities and Defining Oneself

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Well ever since I finished Lilly’s route I’ve been pretty much done with Katawa Shoujo, only needing to go back for one scene.  This last week has been pretty busy with projects and finals to deal with so I didn’t get time to post again, but now that I’m out on summer vacation it’s a good time for me to write about my final impressions on Katawa Shoujo as a whole. Continue reading

Katawa Shoujo: Lilly’s Route Review: My Final KS Adventure

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Yesterday night I managed to complete my final route of Katawa Shoujo, and with one scene after that 100% completion of the entire game.  Now Katawa Shoujo was definitely quite the experience and there’s a lot I could say about it, but before I go on to post about my final thoughts on the game, I think it’s better to focus on the girl of my last route: Lilly Satou. Continue reading

Katawa Shoujo: Shizune’s Route Review: Relationship Issues and Bonds Between Friends

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With schoolwork and the like I haven’t been able to play as quickly as I would prefer but yesterday I finally completed Shizune Hakamichi’s route, leaving me with only Lilly’s.  As I had feared from what I heard about this route, Shizune’s route ended up being my least favorite yet.  Of course, that’s not to say that it’s a bad route, but I certainly enjoyed the others more. Continue reading

Katawa Shoujo: Hanako’s Route Review: The Scars of the Past

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My third route of Katawa Shoujo is complete, which sadly reminds me that I’m getting closer to reaching the end of this adventure.  Two more routes left to go and I hope that they’ll match up to the three I have played.  More importantly though, the latest route I’ve completed is that of Hanako Ikezawa, which was refreshing because she made very few appearances in my previous two routes. Continue reading