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.
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!!
This season Himouto Umaru Chan Season 2 hit our screens. This time, it is available on HiDive. The anime follows Umaru as she carries on being a Himouto and living double lives with her friends.
For those who haven’t watched Season 1, I will break it down for you. Umaru is a perfect high school girl when she is outside, beautiful and smart, the envy of everyone. Yet, when she gets home, she is a slob who only cares about potato chips, cola, manga and games. She wears a hamster hood and becomes a chibi with a different voice. As the anime progresses, Umaru becomes friends with people but hides who she really is through being different personalities. The first to see of this is with Kirie, when she discovers Umaru at home with her hood. She thinks she is Umarus little sister. This is when Umaru develops the personality Komaru. The second is when she becomes friends with Sylphynford through a game tournament. To protect her identity, she wears a mask and is called UMR.
Compared to Season 1, the opening theme is not as catchy. It has more of a jazz theme, with Umaru in black suits posing. In contrast to the opening of Season 1, it doesn’t sum up the anime at all. Another thing I do not like, is the story line. I know that it follows the manga, but it all seems very random and it doesn’t blend into an episode at all. Overall, it feels like mini episodes smashed together.
Out of all the negatives, the one thing I am happy about is the fact they kept the voice actors from the last season. Aimi Tanaka plays Umaru, Kenji Nojima plays Taihei and Akari Kageyama plays Ebina Nana.
So overall, even though I am a huge fan of the Umaru Saga, I feel Season 2 is a bit of a let down.
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?
A few days ago, whilst roaming through Crunchyroll, I found an image. This image was of a cute girl, with big boobs and a clumsy look. I am not usually into that kind of anime (being a small boob lady myself), but it looked so happy, I had to give it a try.
Super Sonico is a mascot for Nitroplus, the computer and video game company. She has appeared in games such as SoniComi (2011) and SoniPro (2014). She hit the big screens in early 2014, in SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation.
When I started watching it, I had no idea Super Sonico was a game idol (I thought it was a every day life anime, of a cute shapely girl in interesting clothes) Yet, when you watch the anime you get little clues. In the anime she is referred to as ‘Super Sonico’ and, most of the end credits are in 3D.
The anime itself is happy, bouncy and very ecchi. You get an insight into a life of a hard working girl, with very far fetched jobs. You come across interesting people, with interesting friendships and interesting personalities. It is colourful and energetic. Overall, I am happy to say, I love it.