In Another World With My Smartphone

If you ever woke up and found out that you were accidentally killed what would you do? What would you do if you were then told you would be resurrected in another world, where you would have magic and can make one request? Well apparently Touya kept his cool and chose to ask for his smart phone. This anime is about him navigating this fantasy style world with his smart phone, whilst gaining a harem along the way.

When Touya first joins this new world, he comes across a pair of sisters in the street. They are Linze and Elze Silhoueska. Linze is a magic user who can only use light, water and fire. Elze is the oldest sister, who uses a gauntlet and a neutral spell which allows her to cast ‘boost’,which enhances her physical attributes. They end up as travelling buddies and they help Touya discover that he can use all magical attributes,which is part of an apology from god. Later, they are joined by a Samurai called Yae Kokonoe, who is travelling trying to become stronger, and a girl with mystical eyes called Yumina Urnea Belfast. Yumina can see a persons true nature and, seeing that Touya is a good person, she decides to become his fiance. She is the first one to admit her feelings for him.

These characters form the first main group to join Touya and eventually fall in love with him. Later, more women join him, including a 400 year old Fairy. When watching the anime, it only becomes apparent in the last few episodes that it has become a harem anime. They all fall for Touya and decide to become his brides. I found this annoying, as it appears that females cannot travel with males without falling in love. Another thing that bothered me about this anime, is the fact that Touya is so overpowered. He never comes to the verge of loosing in any battle and he wins in silly ways which makes the most powerful entities think he is strong. An example of this is when he uses ‘slip’, to make a monster they are having trouble with slip over and over.

Even though I have been piling on the negatives, I did like the background music to the fights. They chose a folk violin sound, which makes me feel like I am in a real time fantasy world. The voice actors also suit the characters, which helps with the immersion. Sadly, I find this the only redeeming factor.

Overall, I would not make the effort to watch this, unless you are a fan of Rosario Vampire.

 

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Himouto Umaru Chan Season 2 Release

As an Umaru fan, I am happy to announce that Himouto Umaru Chan will be hitting Crunchyroll this fall! This time, it will be streams of Anime Strike! sorry Crunchyroll!

We will continue to follow Umaru Doma, as she gains friends and slowly starts to release herself from her Himouto title. Having read the manga, I cannot wait to see how it goes!

Look out for next week, when I will be reviewing In Another World With My Smartphone!

A Restaurant to Another World

A Restaurant to Another World, is a light novel turned anime, that has just finished its twelfth episode on Crunchyroll. The anime focuses on a western style restaurant, that opens up to a fantasy world on the day of Satur. There is no explanation in the anime about this particular day, but one can only assume it is our equivalent of a Saturday. The rest of the time, the restaurant is open on our side to the normal people of Japan.

There are many characters that appear throughout the anime,  but the ones I like the most are Alleta and Kuro. Aletta is a down on her luck demon, who stumbles on the door one day. That day she is offered a job in the restaurant, but just for that one day of the week. Kuro is a dragon of death, who lives on the moon so she doesn’t hurt anyone, as creatures are sensitive to her death magic. She is forced upon the master by her other dragon friend Red, who she comes across in the restaurant. She suppresses her magic by turning into an elf, which means she is able to be with the other diners. She talks telepathically to the diners, Master and Aletta.

Regarding the story line, there doesn’t appear to be an ongoing theme. Each episode shows each character as they stumble upon one of their doors and, the reaction they have to their food. The characters order the same thing every time they go, so the food name is their nickname to the other diners. As someone who is interested in cooking, this peaks my interest the most, as you see snippets of master making the food. However, their reactions can seem a little over dramatic and hit in the food porn category. These reactions remind me of Shokugeki no Soma, but without the stripping scenes.

The voice acting is right on par with the character. Each voice actor suits the character and their personalities. The voice actor choices for these roles were Junichi Suwabe (master), Sumire Uesaka (Aletta) and Saori Onishi (Kuro). The character designs on the other hand, are pretty basic. The master is in normal chef whites and the girls are in french maid outfits. The elves are in green and the lizard men only have loin cloths. This part makes me think that the anime was relying on the food to carry them throughout the series, when there is more that could have been done.

Overall, the anime is a good watch. You learn new recipes and get get immersed in different characters individual stories each week.  I will worn you now though, it can make you pretty hungry!

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New Game! Season 2

For those of you that haven’t seen New Game! season 1, this is an anime about a young girl who joins a gaming company right out of high school. Her name is Aoba Suzukaze and she dreams about becoming a great character designer, like her leader and creator of her favourite game, Ko Yagami. The last season ended with the next installment of Aobas favourite game series, Fairies 3.

For those of you who do not know the characters, there are a great amount of interesting ones to keep you watching. Ko Yagami, her leader, has a habit of sleeping under the desk with no trousers on. Rin Toyama, the art director, is Kos best friend and has a habit of getting jealous whenever she gets close to someone else. Yun Lijima, another character designer, wears Gothic clothing and loves to take tea breaks. Umiko Ahagon is a military obsessed programmer who has a love for airsoft weapons. Hajime Shinoda is a motion designer who works in the character design department. She spends most of her money on prop weapons. Lastly, There is Hifumi Takimoto. She is a shy talking character designer who prefers to speak via email. She has a pet hedgehog named Sojiro and secretly enjoys cosplay.

Three new people join Eagle Jump this season. One of which is Aobas closest friend, Nene Sakura. The other two are interns from the local gaming school, Tsubame Narumi and Momoji Mochizuki. They both have been friends since childhood and live together. Tsubame is an outgoing girl who joins the programming team, whilst Momoji is a quiet girl who joins the character team and is a direct rival of Aoba, much to Aobas dismay.

One of the positives about this anime, is the fact you don’t feel the fact there was a production gap. The first episode takes off like it started from the episode before. It allows people who haven’t watched the first season to start it up very easily. One of the other positives is the female empowerment angle. Every employee in Eagle Jump appears to be female and, you watch them come together to create something great.

Even though there are a couple of positives, there are also a some negatives. Even though the anime is bright and colourful, it starts to feel unbelievable. You don’t see the pressures of working full time in the gaming industry, you don’t see the emotional progression of any of the characters. It just feels all bright sunny rainbows. Even though there is a twist in the first few episodes, which adds some pressure, you don’t see a true believable reaction.

When it comes to writing the conclusion for this, I am torn on which way to decide. A part of me wants to write about how amazing this anime is and how much you should watch it, whilst the other part of me thinks that the lack of believable nature and character development makes it fall short. All in all, if you haven’t watched the first season, I probably wouldn’t watch the second.

 

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And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online?

As an online gamer, who happens to be of the female variety, this title stood out to me. This is not a new release, having the whole twelve episodes, but after binging it, I thought it would be something to write about.

Hideki is a teenage boy who plays a free to play online game called Legendary Age. One day, he falls in love with a girl in the game and proposes to her. After finding out she is actually a man, he swears off online marriages. Yet, he ends up being married to a girl called Ako, due to her persistence. They are part of a guild of four members called the Alley cats. One day, their guild leader Apricot decides to arrange a meetup. Its then, that Hideki learns that they are actually school mates, one of them being his student body president. He also meets Ako, who thinks that she is in the game in real life. She thinks that Hideki is actually her husband and calls her guild mates by their online names. The anime follows them, as they play and try to get Ako to face reality.

One of the things I liked about this anime, is the fact that it puts you in the game. They look like they do in real life whenever they play, with the games clothing. It allows you to immerse yourself in the game along with them. One of the other things I liked, is the creepy moments Ako has. Whenever they mention people they call normies (people who are not otakus), her eyes go dark and she starts to giggle in a creepy way. As I am also a fan of of yandere personalities, I started to warm to her.

The downfalls of the anime is that even though Ako is supposed to think she is in the game, she doesn’t really act like it. The only thing she does is think that Hideki is her husband. When the anime started, I was prepared for more eccentric things than that. Another downfall is the actual game League of Age. When you see them look at the screen, the characters are flat chibi cartoons. It becomes unbelievable, that people would spend all day playing a game like that.

Overall, if you want to see people play online games, it is for you. If you were hoping for eccentric yanderes, you might want to try Future Diary instead.

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A Centaur’s Life

A Centaur’s Life is about a Centaur called Himeno Kimihara. She is polite and quite girl  with  long red hair, which is rare for a Centaur. She is friends with a demon girl called Nozomi, who is a tom boy and Kyouko a half Satyr with a cool personality.

This anime is a slice of life, but with fantasy creatures. You can tell the author of the manga really put some thought into every creature, from their personalities to the structure of their clothes.  I found this refreshing, as this is rare of anime these days. As for the art, it is simple, yet when it matters, the details are there.

The downfalls of this anime falls with the voice acting and the plot. As you go through the episodes, due to the softness and being too high pitched, you soon find the voice acting annoying.  As for the plot, or shall I say lack thereof, you will also soon find it boring.

Overall, this is an anime that I would not recommend, if you want something that will keep your attention.

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Summer Anime Choices

I know this post is probably, if my calculations are correct, two months late, but here you are. I could make excuses, but even though I have had an operation, my fingers still would have worked. But that is enough of the groveling from my side, here are my choices for all of you lovely people who chose to follow me. Also thank you!

A Centaur’s Life

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A Centaur’s Life is about a group of demi human girls experiencing the ups and downs of high school. This anime explores what would have happened if evolution went a different way. This is explained in the first episode, showing all sorts of creatures that exist in this what if world. There is Centaurs, Pixies, Antarticans (aka lizard people), angels, satyrs and demons.

New Game! Season 2

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I have reviewed this anime when the first season came out. But I loved it so much I wanted to watch the second season. This anime follows Aoba Suzukaze as she continues her career in the gaming company Eagle Jump.

Restaurant to Another World

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If you want an anime to make you hungry, or if you have an interest in Japanese cooking, this is for you. This anime is about a Restaurant Called Nekoya, that is closed to the public once a week. This day, called the day of satur, has doors that open in random places in another world. In this world, there are dragons, fairies, dwarves, elves and dragon people. It is a world, that you will relate to if you like your fantasy.

My First Girlfriend is a Gal

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As I am a closet pervert, I could not help myself when I saw this in my feed.  This anime is about a high school boy called Junichi, who gets his first girlfriend, who is a gal. If you don’t know what a gal is, google it, it is worth looking at.

Angel’s 3Piece!

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Kyo Nukui is a high school student, who refuses to go. He spends his days composing music and publishing online. This leads him to meet three orphan girls, who have started a band and want to do a concert, with Kyos help. Due to being impressed with their skills, he decides to help them.

In Another World With My Smart Phone

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Out of all of my choices, this is the one that I look forward to being updated the most. The anime starts with Touya being accidentally struck my lightning. To apologise for his mistake, god brings him back to life in another world. Asking for anything he would like, Touya decides to ask to keep his smart phone. The anime follows him as he navigates this new world.

 

Hinako Note

Hinako note is a cute, artistic anime that hit Crunchyroll.com last season. It is about a young country girl called Hinako, who has social anxiety. Whenever people she doesn’t know try to talk to her, and when she is in socially awkward situations, she stands like a scarecrow. She gets along with animals really well, so she always has the cutest little bird sat on her head or on her shoulders. The anime focuses on her moving to Tokyo, to join a school with a great drama club.

Upon arrival to her apartment building, Hitotose, she learns that the drama club disbanded last year and she must work in either the bookshop or cafe to stay there. For someone with social anxiety, this is a difficult task.  Yet, she makes friends with the members of the apartment building and manages to slowly overcome her anxiety.

The members of the apartment building are a strange bunch. First we have Kuina Natsukawa, who works in the Hitotose Bookstore. She always has a large appetite and will eat the pages of books that she loves. Then there is Mayuki Hiiragi, who works in the Hitotose Cafe. She is a small girl for a second year high school student and, loves to wear maid attire. Lastly it is Chiaki Higano, who is the land lady of the apartment building. She is also a second year student, whose father owns the building. She is the celebrity of her school, due to her appearance and acting ability.

When it comes to cuteness, this anime has it top notch. They transform into small chibis in each episode on a regular basis, with cute movements and voices. The colour scheme is light and pastel and looks like it has just jumped out of a tea party. Liking this depends on your tastes. If you are a girly girl, this is for you. If you are someone who likes action, I would not recommend this.

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Keijo

Keijo, otherwise known as Hip Whip Girl, is about a gambling sport which hit Japan over the 21st Century. The Keijo sport involves a group of women, fighting to knock each other off the floating platforms on a pool, otherwise known as land. The only catch, is that they can only use their breasts and bums.

The anime revolves around Nozomi, a starry eyed gymnast, who graduates school and aims to become the richest Keijo player in Japan. She comes across a former judo champion in a Keijo arena, Sayaka, and soon they become friends and rivals. They attend the Western Keijo School and work together to become the best.

This anime focuses on character development as well as fan service. There is a girl called non, who has a soft butt, so she has the ability to knock people off with their own impact, otherwise known as counter. She starts off as afraid of the other players, but soon gains confidence and moves to the top ranks with the other girls in her dorm. Sayaka compensates for her small breasts and works towards becoming the fastest Outfighter in Japan, using her speed and her butt. Kazane starts out soft spoken and unsure of herself, by the end of the season she becomes a strong player with her scanning hand, the ability to copy anyones’s once she places her hands on their butt.

The whole idea of Keijo seems to be very sexist with a main male crowd. In the manga, the professional races start with parading the butts so that the gamblers know who to put their money on.  Yet the anime makes up for that misgiving when you see the abilities the girls have. They are so silly yet incredibly entertaining, it is like they have super powers.  I wont give the entertainment away to my readers, but it is something to be thoroughly enjoyed.

Overall, this anime is right up my perverted ally. It has the right amount of character development and boobage, with some typical yet amazing anime fight scenes. I can’t wait for season 2 to get here!

What did you guys think?

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