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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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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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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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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Momokuri

Stalking and kleptomania has never been something that I have considered in itself cute. I have always considered it a creepy and disturbing hobby, yet, Momokuri has turned this disturbing act into something completely different. They have made it as cute as a couple of fluffy bunny ears.

The anime is about a girl called Kurihara Yuki. She is stalking a short boy called Momotsuki Shinya, nicknamed ‘Momo-kun’. She takes photos of his expressions and collects items he has touched. She decides to tell Momo how she feels when she hits two hundred pictures. Momo accepts her feelings and the anime is about them progressing their relationship.

The one positive thing that kept me watching this anime was its innocence. They don’t kiss, he only walks her to the bus stop and they do wholesome activities like a BBQ and studying. The clothing that they wear are even more adorable. Momo and his friends wear corduroys and cardigans, whereas the girls also wear cardigans and dresses.

This is where the negatives come in. As adorable and charming it might be, it lacks any reality. The ability to relate to any of the characters are lost the moment the episode starts. Furthermore, the colours are pastel and bright, the art is simple and the voices are incredibly high pitched. One of the factors I take into account when watching anime is the art. Making this rainbow anime unforgivable. You can watch an anime which is simple, yet this was too simple.

4/10