The Good Feels and The Bad: Anime Review

By now many of you have probably scrolled through countless lists of new anime for this season & last season and checked out a few of them. This post is dedicated to a few of those that kept me hanging on to the edge of my seat while screaming at my handy dandy Mac computer, and those that made me want to roll off the bed and downstairs to find food for better means of entertainment.

*THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS*  ꒰ू ऀ•̥́ꈊ͒ੁ•ૅू॰˳ऀ꒱ ͟͟͞ ̊ ̥ ̥

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(Let’s start with the bad and end on a good note shall we?)

Shows I’ve Dropped aka “The Bad Feels”:

Hamatora

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At first I was the kid who jumps whenever shiny things are given too them, but then I realized that all that glitters isn’t gold. I liked it so much that I even wrote a post about it, but after that as the show went on the color scheme that I loved slowly turned into something I disliked. It became so flamboyant that I wasn’t interested anymore, because I expected it in every single episode. Hamatora is about people with special powers called Minimums. Each Minimum is specific to it’s host, so for example, Nice-Kun can manipulate sound & Ratio-kun’s enables him to view his enemy’s vital & weak points by removing his eye patch. The objective of the main Minimum-holders is to defeat Moral, the man creating Non-Inate Minimum-holders. The Non-Inate are artificially created Minimum-Holders. Moral is a serial killer who collects the brains of the Minimum Holders he kills and stores them for his creations. Overall the anime itself wasn’t that bad, I just got fed up with seeing such vibrant colors all the time.

Squid Girl Season 3??

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Where do I begin? … ( ’◉◞౪◟◉`). I guess I can’t really say I dropped this one since it hasn’t officially come out yet, but I figured I’d throw it in here anyway. I’ve seen forums online where people are asking for a Squid Girl season 3 and I just sit staring at my computer screen wondering why. I first watched the first season of this anime at 1am one day when I couldn’t sleep. I found it on Netflix and watched the first few episodes so I could fall asleep; I don’t know if it was the initial intention to fall asleep or the idea that Squid Girl seeks to “inkvade” man-kind. She first appears at the local restaurant on the beach announcing her plans for revenge. She says, “… This land structure is now the base of operations for my inkvasion of man kind…I’m not going to kill you right now, I’m just going to make you suffer as my dedicated servants.” Ironically enough, no one listens to her and the shop owner immediately puts her to work serving customers. I think if she was developed her revengeful ideas more and didn’t have the body of a six year old I would’ve enjoyed it more, but at the time I didn’t take a very big liking to it.

Shows that Gave Me The Feels:

Nisekoi

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I have to admit I was reeled in with the first few episodes of this anime. Interestingly enough, the plot is super simplistic. Master Raku, also known as Raku Ichijo is a teenage boy belonging to a yakuza family. He seeks to find the girl he made a promise to ten years ago. Although he can barely remember what the girl looks like, he holds on to the locket she gave him and searches for the one who holds the key. At first he thinks its Onodera, the girl he’s been crushing on for as long as he can remember. Little does he know, she’s loved him since junior high! He’s always blushing whenever they see each other and Onodera turns as red as a cherry and goes weak in the knees! … Its actually ridiculous that neither of them figured it out early on. What really gets me though is the fact that both of them think about each other all the time, to the point of fantasizing about going on dates and just spending time together… Onodera even has a year book filled with little pictures of them, but even so neither of them can tell the other how they truly feel for fear of being rejected. I guess that’s kind of the way love happens in real life to some extent, but in romantic anime they always play the naive card for a little to long (in my opinion). I mean if you’re with a guy and you’re both flirting all the time or blushing he probably likes you… that’s kinda just the way it goes.

Raku & Onodera

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Despite his hopes, Onodera isn’t the only one with a key. Chitoge, a Japanese-American transfer student, comes into the picture and they become close fairly quickly. Oddly enough, she also has a key that could potentially fit his lock. Like Ichijo she also belongs to a yakuza family and their father’s are good friends, who promised each other that their children would become boyfriend and girlfriend. When she transfers to his school they pretend to date in an effort to stay out of trouble with their families, and everything falls into place after that. They start hanging out more and eventually Onodera and Chitoge become friends. I was shocked when another girl named Marie came to town announcing that she planned to marry Raku.

At that point I thought to myself, “Who has the freakin’ key?!?!?! Is is Onodera, the love of his life? …or Chitoge the feisty Japanese-American blonde, OR the overly pushy Marie who tries to be the perfect woman for her so called husband???????”

Onodera, Chitoge, Marie

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Nisekoi is FULL of funny moments, overbearing girls, shy girls, conflicting love triangles, and much more. If you love chair gripping, screaming at your TV worthy romantic shows checkout this one!!

Haikyuu

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Its amazing how animators can make a quality anime by simply looking at one sport, and they’ve done it time and time again with Kuroko no Baske, Free: Iwatobi Swim and several others. Haikyuu is a sport based anime that follows the dreams of Hinata, a passionate little ball of energy. In junior high he is only able to play one official game of volleyball because he barely receives enough members to create a team. That’s when he meets, Kageyama, also known as “The King” on the court. When Hinata joins Kurasuno High’s volleyball club he sees none other than The King himself. Completely awestruck, the two of them begin taunting and challenging each other. In order to officially join the club as first years, Captain Daichi demands that the two develop a sense of teamwork and win the first year game. If they lose Kageyama has to forfeit his role as setter and to play another position (。•ˇ‸ˇ•。). Thankfully the two get on the team and establish a bond through their unique toss and spike coordination. They bring out the best in each other and are a force to be reckoned with.

Hinata’s top skills are believing and jumping high. He endured all types of training in an effort to become a spiker and be apart of a volleyball team.

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Kageyama is a insanely accurate setter, but he wasn’t always that way. He used to be an arrogant setter who threw lousy tosses and expected someone to spike them. When his “teammates” left him standing there with no one to spike he realized that he needed to change. It isn’t easy, but with Hinata’s faith and a solid senpai support team he is able to achieve successful tosses to his spiker.

Senpai Support Team

(Suguwara “Sugu”, Samuwara Daichi, Tanaka-senpai)

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This anime is full of intense moments, crazy shocking faces, and cool action shots. You should definitely check it out whether you play volleyball or not; its funny and the characters have lots of emotion. (PS: If you’re looking for hilarious faces and side comments watch Tanaka-senpai in all of his greatness!! Lmao he’s great… (✧◑็அ◑็✧)❤  …wish he was my senpai!!! (ó㉨ò)ノ♡ )

Inari Kon Kon Koi Iroha

If you’re tired of action, sports, yaoi, or yuri and you want a change of pace try watching Inari Kon Kon Koi Iroha. I was tired of catching up on Naruto Shippuden and watching episodes of other flashy anime with intense camera angles, when I found this at 12 o’clock at night. Inari Fushimi is a shy middle school student who attends Kyoto Fujinokusa Middle School and visits the local shrine when she seeks comfort. An unexpected turn of events occurs after she rescues a fox spirit from the Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami, also known as Mistress Uka, god of the Inari shrine. Mistress Uka grants her one wish for her saving the fox spirit (the gods’ familiar). Inari says the first thing that comes to mind and wishes that she could be Sumizome, the girl she saw pass a note to her crush. After a night of being Sumizome she realizes that only her appearance has changed and she’s only caused trouble for the ones she loves.

Inari Fushimi’s First Wish

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Due to the rule that gods can’t grant more than one wish to a human within a short amount of time, Uka-sama can’t grant Inari’s wish to turn back into herself. Instead, she gives her a portion of her godly powers that will enable her to turn back. Unfortunately Inari begins using the power more frequently which begins to drain Uka-sama’s power. The two go to the Celestial Plains (where the gods gather) to fix the problem and seek help. Inari Kon Kon is wonderful light-hearted anime with a dash of humor and genuine love.

 

 

 

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