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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Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Recovery of an MMO Junkie is anime about a thirty year old professional woman, Moriko Morioka, who gives up her job to become a NEET. She joins an online game called Fruits de Mer, where she becomes friends with a character called Lily and later joins her guild. The anime is about their game exploits and the development of their relationship.

One of the main characters in her real life is called Yuta Sakurai. He is a socially awkward professional worker, who plays Lily. Both Yuta and Moriko cross paths on various occasions. The next character is Kazuomi Fujimoto, a college student who works part time in Morikos convenience store. He knows she plays the game. The last character who has been introduced so far is Homare Koiwai. Yutas co worker and Morikos former co worker. He is only seen a few times in the anime so not really worth mentioning.

The main characters in her game life is Lily, Pokotaro, Himeralda, Lilac and Kanbe, the guild leader. They are mainly seen talking throughout the anime. I would write more but not a lot of information is given about the characters.

When I first watched the anime, I was a bit put off by the art, as it is not usually my style. Yet, the story has kept me entertained. It is good and as an MMO gamer, it kept me interested. What is also interesting, is the relationship between the characters in real life. With the people you meet, you start questioning who is a game character and who isn’t.

When I sit her and try to think of the negatives of the anime, the only thing I can think of the fact that not a lot happens. When I first started watching, I was expecting something full of action like Sword Art Online, but instead I found a mellow anime that relies on its relationships to keep the viewers watching.

So overall, if you like mellow, this is an anime I would recommend.

 

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Himouto Umaru Chan R

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.

 

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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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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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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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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

 

Stewed Hamburger Steak

As well as anime, I am interested in cooking. I have started to read Sweetness and Lightning, as well as watching it. I found this recipe and, it looked absolutely delicious, so I gave it a try.