How to Keep a Mummy

This is the most cutest anime I have ever seen. When you watch an anime and a character gets a nose bleed from pure cuteness, that happened to me. Every week, I was on the edge of my seat engrossed in this cute nirvana.

In the beginning of this series, the main character Sora was sent Mii-kun, a small Egyptian mummy by his father. He approached the coffin with caution, as he has been sent some dangerous and terrible things before. Yet, he was met with something small and cute and so he adopted him. The series follows his adventures with Mii-kun and his friends, as they meet more small fantasy creatures, who hide from the humans around them.

Compared to the manga, the anime is much better visually. It does not have a lot of detail but it strangely works. The animation works to not take away from the creatures, who are the centre of this shows attention, along with the relationships that they have with their owners.

When it comes to the dynamic of the creatures and the characters, you find that they are strangely dependent on them. I find this weird, as the creatures spent most of the time on their own until they met them and now they are practically pets. This turns the show into a pet show and if the creatures were real PETA would have a field time.

Overall, I find that this show has great entertainment quality, yet when it comes to an actual story line, it is dry. The show relies too much on the small creatures, that they forget about everything else.

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Laid-Back Camp

Laid-Back Camp is a manga series turned anime, about two young high school girls Nadeshiko and Rin, who become the most unlikeliest of friends. After moving from Shizouka to Yamanashi, Nadeshiko decides to cycle up to see Mount Fuji. Half way there, she falls asleep by some toilets due to tiredness and then wakes up later in the dark. Not knowing what to do, she approaches the lone camper Rin, who after a scare, looks after Nadeshiko until her older sister can come pick her up. The anime follows the girls as Rin has her lone camping adventures invaded and Nadeshiko joins the Outdoor Activities Club.

The first character, Rin, is a generally quiet girl who enjoys camping by herself in winter, due to it being quiet and bug free. She has a loud best friend Ena, who tells Nadeshiko where Rin camps. Rin has long black hair and often wears it in a bun. Nadeshiko is a pink haired energetic girl who befriends Rin. After being saved by Rin, she decides to join the Outdoor Activies Club. She enjoys all food and makes everything she eats look delicious. Her sister, Sakura, is often the one to take her places and save her. The last two Characters are Aoi and Chiaki, the members of the Outdoor Activies Club. They teach Nadeshiko about camping and finally do club activities now that she has joined.

Now, as you all know from reading my posts, I love laid back anime. With this having Laid-Back in the name, it drew my attention. Yet, this anime is so laid back it is in danger of putting me to sleep. What the characters get up to is not interesting in the slightest and you start to ask yourself after a little while, why would someone let their sixteen you old daughter go camping on their own? It is essentially the anime of bad parenting.

Another thing that bugs me about this anime is the visuals. Everything is in block colours with no shading or detail, all of the characters heads look like squashed eggs and once you see it you just can’t unsee it.

A positive thing about this anime is the effect it has on the audience. After watching three episodes I now have a strange desire to go camping and eat hotpot, Nadeshiko makes it look really good.

So overall, I don’t think it’s a great anime. I have read the manga to compare and I can say that it is a lot better and has much more detail.

 

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This Seasons Choices

Hi readers!!! thank you for being patient with me and welcome to Otakuroses’ year of 2018!! that’s right, this year is going to be the greatest year ever and I am going to remain positive about this, mainly because last year sucked mega hard.

Now, lets start with the amount of anime that has been released this season. The choices have been phenomenal this time round and I may have bitten off more than I can chew. But, as a true anime/manga lover I shall persevere!!

Otaku roses choices this season consist of:

  • Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card
  • A Place Further Than The Universe
  • Laid-Back Camp
  • Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles
  • Citrus
  • Slow Start
  • The Ryuo’s Work Is Never Done!
  • Dagashi Kashi
  • How To Keep A Mummy
  • School Babysitters
  • Takunomi

Welcome to 2018 and I hope you stay with me on my reviewing journey this year too!!

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It’s Christmas!

To all of my readers who have been patient with this retail worker over the festive period. Have yourself a merry Christmas and read more of my posts in the new year!!

Konohana Kitan

Konohana Kitan is a Japanese manga series, that has hit the screens this season. After ten episodes in, I am still unsure about what it is actually about. From what I can gather, a young fox girl called Yuzu gets sent to an inn by her guardian. This inn, is primarily run by fox people. The first few episodes cover her training and brings the personality of the other characters through, whilst the other episodes after that focuses on  the visitors. This is when the strange begins, with things happening in the inn that I am not entirely sure about myself. Sometimes I blink and stare at the screen blankly, trying to absorb the mystery of it.

When it comes the characters, even though they are fox people, they are primarily like young teenage girls. Satsuki is a serious minded workaholic who dreams about becoming a Miko (a shrine maiden). She works harder in order to make up for her feeling of incompetence, kind of like I do with my job. She has a soft spot for Yuzu but she tries not to show it. Natsume is the prince fox girl. She is an attractive tomboy who is playful but courageous at times and she stands up for her childhood friend Ren. Ren is a perfectionist and very feminine. She takes pride in her appearance and the appearance of others, and often gives the girls make overs. She performs her work well and sees Natsume as her boyfriend figure. Throughout the episodes, the anime hints at her having a crush on Natsume. Sakura is the small fox girl who doesn’t say anything and often has a blank expression. She is often seen doing strange and sometimes genius things. She has an obsession with Okiku, who is a cursed doll that is brought to the inn for purification. Lastly there is Kiri, who is the oldest and the head of the group. She is the most experienced and often tells the others what to do.

This anime is set in a fantasy world, full of magical creatures and gods. This leads to questioning who the visitors are and what they do. The visitors are often from Japanese folklore. This with the tradition inn, gives it a very oriental and relaxed feel. These, mixed with the realistic characters, makes the anime very likeable.

The negatives of this anime are the lack of structure and plot in every episode. This leads to staring at the screen trying to figure out what is going on, when you should be enjoying the anime.

Overall, I feel that the lack of plot hinders the anime to the point where I do not feel that it is even watchable.

 

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To My Otakurose Readers…

Unfortunately this week I have been shot down with the deadliest of illness, the common cold. I have been snuffly and very unwell, so unfortunately I have not been well enough to write a blog post this week 😦 I am sorry to all of my readers, but I will be healed up by next week promise!!

 

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Twin Saga, A Game Review Part 1

Twin Saga is a free to play MMO JRPG, that is available from Aeria Games. The story follows your character, as he/she assists the Queen of Sanctopolis Sapphire, to get her powers back and regain her throne from her evil ruling sister Ruby.

When it comes to getting the game, it runs in the same way that World of Warcraft used to run,where you download an engine and log in there. Then, you pick a channel. There are 10 channels in total and, I recommend that you pick the channel that says smooth, for a better gaming experience. This is your realm.

After choosing your channel, the game will lead you to creating your character. You can choose between being a male or female, the class you play and your appearance. In this game you start off with Swordmaster, Mage, Gunslinger, Monk and Dragonknight. As you progress through the game, you can unlock Paladin, Cleric, Rogue, Berserker and Occultist through quests and dungeon challenges. For my play through I started off with Gunslinger but finished with Swordmaster. You can change your class at any point and level it up. Your weapon will even change to match the class which is a great feature, as you spend less time farming gear.

A few things make this game unique, one is its Terracottage system. When you reach level 20, you get your own transportation and space called a Terracottage. It is inside here, that you can farm ingredients, use alchemy and cook. These are your in game professions. You can also open ‘Chests’, that you get from dungeons. These are called community chests and you need another player to be in the Terracottage with you to open it. You can visit other peoples Terracottages from your friends list or from your Guild.

Another unique part of the game, is the Senshi. These are like your minions, who fight with you, but they are human shaped. You get about three from the story line, then you have to do daily quests or buy contracts to get the others. In order to summon one, you need 10 contracts in total. You can level them up with Senshi Shards, that you get from killing monsters and you can choose which one to summon even if in a middle of a fight. Even though the Senshi is unique to this game, I do not agree with having to pay for certain ones. I know that game creators have to make their money, but it puts people without money at an in game disadvantage.

What I have noticed when playing the game, is that it is full of bugs. I hit a point when I was playing for three days straight and I didn’t level up. Then, I hit a part where I couldn’t progress because I was so low level but I was in the right part of the quest line. I had to spend a few days doing dailies in order to level up, which was incredibly difficult. The game also goes into a lagging phase, which makes playing incredibly difficult sometimes too.

This is part one of my review of Twin Saga. Stay tuned for part two as I progress further into the world of Sanctopolis!

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Love is Like a Cocktail

Love is Like a Cocktail (Osake Wa Fuufu Natte Kara) is a web manga series turned anime about a young professional woman, who turns into a adorable woman when she drinks. Due to this, she avoids drinking outside. Her husband, who is a bartender, makes different cocktails each episode and shows the audience the ingredients it takes to make them. `

The main character Chisato Mizusawa, is a young professional, with long blonde hair and glasses. When she doesn’t drink, she is quiet, reserved and career focused. When she does drink, she blushes and becomes a cute woman. Her husband, Sora Mizusawa, is a bartender and house husband, who looks after Chisato and loves to see her drink. He makes her a cocktail every episode, with the ingredients appearing on the screen and is presented by a lemon with a face. The only other character you come across in this anime is Yui Shiraishi, who is Chisatos rival.

The anime itself is only two minutes long. Each episode is a skit about a different type of cocktail presented by the husband. The positive thing about the anime is the fact that it shows a variety of cocktails and the ingredients you need to make them. The relationships between the characters seem strong and, they each have their own dominant personalities.

The play time is an issue for me, mainly because as soon as you get into it, it is over. When you factor in the beginning and the end credits, you only get about a minute or so of actual anime. Another thing is the lack of backstory on the husband. He appears to give her cocktails and looks after her, but you don’t actually know anything about him or if he is a bartender at all.

So overall, I feel the aesthetics of the anime are good enough to make me want to drink, even though I don’t. But, I it could improve with more details into the characters lives.

 

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BLEND-S

Maika Sakuranomiya has trouble finding a part time job, thanks to the scary look of her eyes. Yet, with a stroke of luck, she gets scouted for a cafe called Stile, where the waitresses take on personas such as yandere or younger sister. Maika is given the sadist persona and the anime is about her developing her sadist personality and the people she interacts with in the cafe.

The main characters of this anime consists of mainly odd balls. The first one is Kaho Hinata, a high school girl who has been allocated the tsundere personality. She is addicted to video games and the arcade, which often results in her running through her money pretty quickly. When customers talk about games, she has trouble keeping her personality and feels the need to join in. Mafuyu Hoshikawa is one of my favourite characters in this series. She is a college student with a petite figure, which resulted in her being given the little sister personality. She rarely shows emotion, but loves anime. Her favourite is ‘Magical Frill’. Miu Amano is a doujinshi artist who fulfils the older sister trait in the cafe. She is often seen wearing glass and loves to watch people. Dino is one of the most important characters as he is the owner of the cafe. He is an Italian chef, who loves anime and often stays up late to watch it. His nose bleeds whenever he gets excited and he soon develops feelings for Maikia, even though she is unaware of this fact. The last character, is Koyo Akizuki. He is also a chef at Stile and loves Yuri. He wants to be out front, so he can see female customers being friendly to each other.

This anime consists mainly of chibi people and light humour. Each episode is a skit and doesn’t follow any real plot line. This is one of things I like about it as, it is something light hearted to cheer me up after a long day at work. The personalities all fit the cafe they work at and all seem to be very well developed.

One of the things I do not like about this anime, is the fact that they make a point of Maika saving up to visit foreign countries in the beginning of the anime but then, it hardly ever comes up. This is something I feel that the anime could have developed and could have possibly made a plot line of. The anime focuses on the hobbies of the other characters more than Maikas, the main character, which is a real let down.

Overall, the anime is light hearted and funny. It is something that I would recommend if you are feeling particularly stressed and feel like forgetting about life.

 

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