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 Season Choices 2016

Shokugeki no Soma Season 2

This starts from where it left off in last years anime season. The Autumn Election finals are under way, with strong characters like Soma and Megumi representing the misunderstood Polar Star Dorm! Who will be the ultimate winner?

Momokuri

In this anime you get a lovely mixture of cute and damn right crazy. This is about a girl called Yuki Kurihara, a second year high school student, who falls in love with Shinya Momotsuki, a boy a year below her. She takes secret photos of him for her ‘Momo-kun Photo Collection’. When the collection hits a hundred, she decides to confess to him. He agrees to go out with her and, the anime follows them as they progress in their relationship.

This Art Club Has a Problem!

This Art Club Has a Problem! is about a group of middle school students who are a member of the schools art club. One member, Uchimaki Subaru, uses his skills to create the perfect 2D Waifu, whilst another member ,Usami Mizuki,  pines over him whilst drawing normal things. The president sleeps all the time on the sofa, whilst a strange foreign student called Colette, pops up every now and again. This anime is random and sometimes hits on dangerously boring.

NEW GAME!

After graduating high school, Suzukaze Aoba gets a job at a gaming company called Eagle Jump. It is not any ordinary gaming company though, as it is the company that produced ‘Fairies Story’, the game that she obsessed over as a child. The anime is about her getting her footing in the company, learning design and making new friends.

Sweetness and Lightning 

Kohei lost his wife six months ago and is now a single father of his young daughter Tsumugi. He can’t cook and has trouble balancing his professional life as a teacher. Over a chance encounter at a flower festival, he meets Kotori, a student in his class. Her mum is a busy professional cook and owns a restaurant, yet she can’t cook herself. The anime is about them learning to cook together with his daughter and, trying yummy food!

Amanchu!

Last but not least is Amanchu, an anime about a young girl nicknamed ‘Teko’, who moves to a new school is a new town. She meets a girl nicknamed ‘Pikari’, who is a diver at the local diving school, of which her grandma owns. Pikari introduces Teko to the wonderful world of diving, accompanied by their new friends at the schools diving club.

Anne-Happy

Tennomifune Academy, is an elite academy. There are three groups of students; one that studies academics, one that studies sports and lastly, the happiness class. These students have been assessed based on their luck and have been deemed unlucky. Every lesson is a ridiculous task to increase their happiness, led by an overpowered bipolar home room teacher and a small rabbit robot called Timothy, who Anne tries to hug all the time, but always fails.

The main characters consist of five girls;  Anne Hanakoizumi (mentioned above), who is terribly unlucky with pretty much anything. Ruri Habarigaoka, who is in love with a construction sign, so deemed unlucky in love.  Botan Kumegawa who cannot stand physical activity and anything really, without falling to pieces, so unlucky in health. Lastly are the childhood friends Hibiki Hagyu and Ren Ekoda. Hibiki is unlucky with navigation, so gets lost twenty four seven, whereas Ren,  has a condition where females of all species are attracted to her. She wakes up every morning with female animals on her, when she sleeps with her window open.

This anime is incredibly colourful, simplistic and as you may have guessed it, happy. The whole anime reminds me of rainbows , confetti and sweets. The characters are adorable teenage girls, with huge eyes and cute natures. Their voice acting is incredibly charming and very realistic. The only thing I did not like about it was its story line, or lack of. Each episode is a random adventure, spouting about dreams and friendship. It is more of an anime for a child. It had so much going for it, yet due to this points, it went down on my list. Overall, it probably earned four out of ten.

 

Girl Friend Beta

Girl Friend (Kari) started off as a dating simulator Japanese game, that was released on smart phones in 2012. The game became so popular, that an anime was released in 2014. The anime looks at high school, through the point of view of different cute high school girls.

The first character that is introduced is Kokomi Shiina. She is a second year student, who is part of the rhythmic gymnastics club. She goes to school every morning before classes, to train for her competitions. She pops up now and then after the second episode, taking part in the other girls stories. There is also Akane Sakurai, who is part of the broadcast committee. She is the host of her lunchtime radio show.

My favourite combination of girls are Erena Mochizuki and Fumio Murakami. Erena is an outgoing girl who is part of the photography club. She takes photos of girls that she finds cute an interesting. Her best friend is Fumio, who is a quiet girl who manages the library. The episode on how they become friends is interesting and slightly hits the yuri category, in a good way of course.

The last girl that will steal your heart is Chloe Lemaire. She is a French transfer student, that has been living in Japan since her first year at high school. She always spends her time researching Japanese culture in the library and, loves all things Japanese. She makes mistakes in her Japanese, of which her friends often end up correcting her.

As an anime, I love the premise of it. It is a light hearted anime, that shows adorable girls running around leading their lives. The colours are light and beautiful, with lovely and outstanding characters, who shine through. Their character design is ten to none. The only thing you may notice is that all the characters sound the same. You need to persevere through this, as they introduce new characters and break them up as the series goes on.

Overall, I recommend this anime to anyone who is feeling low. It will cheer you up in a second.

 

 

New Game!

New Game!, is not usually the style of manga I go for. I find the two rows hard to read and kind of annoying. But, I soldiered through in the name of this manga.

Aoba Suzukaze, is a high school graduate about to start her first job in the gaming industry. She is small, cute and full of hope. She is even wearing a suit that looks like a school uniform. The only thing working against her, is that she looks like a middle schooler. Lucky for Aoba, her new workplace turns out to be something totally out of the norm. The Character Designer and Team Leader, Yagami Kou, sleeps in the office five days a week, only going home on her days off. The Artistic Director, Tooyama Rin, looks after Kou like a big sister, Takimoto Hifumi  who can only talk to people via messenger, The lolita obsessed Ahagon Umiko and the animator and tom boy Shinda Hajime. They turn the work place into a circus, but they get the job done.

I have only read the first 17 chapters, as that is all that has been released, but I enjoyed it extensively. It was adorable, funny and it was the type of art that I love. The characters are relate able and, they are the kind of people we secretly want to be. If you like seinen, you will love it.

Infinite Stratos

With this anime, I was warned that it would be ecchi. Yet, as time went on, it was more overflowing with action than anything else. The robots, the fighting and the amazing uniforms create an anime that will keep you hooked to the end. The only downfall of this anime would be the dub. Hearing a Russian, French, Chinese and British voice actress in one show is enough to drive you insane. I persevered, but if you cannot I would recommend the English dubs!

The story is about a machine called the IS (Infinite Stratos), the anime makes it unclear to its purpose, but it is known that only females can operate them. One day, during the exams to entire high schools, Ichika gets lost and comes across an IS. He manages to make it move, one of the first men to make it move since its creation. This leads to him being entered into the IS Academy, where he learns to operate it with his class mates (his all female classmates).

The anime takes him on an adventure his new found friends, which soon turns into a harem of women fighting for his affection. He gains the interest of his childhood friend, a Chinese, British, German and French girl also. They are all representatives of their countries and, they are all trying to win Ichikas heart.

I wont say much else, but if you want to see how awesome the robots are, give it a go!

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Omamori Himari

I have only read the manga of this mainly because I am on strike with the fandom of the bouncy boob anime. The story is about a boy named Yuto. He lives on his own as his parents died. His is looked after by his cute neighbour Rinko. One day, they are attacked by their school friend. A cute girl jumps in with a sword, but she has cat ears and a tail. It turns out that Yuto’s seal has just broken and now he is the target of all the ayashi. He comes from a long line of demon slayers, yet his parents moved him away so he wouldn’t have to face it. Now that everyone in his family has died, he is the next in line to become a demon slayer. The cute girl with the adorable cat ears Himari, has been entrusted to protect him until his powers manifest. Her family has served his for years, so she has a devout loyalty to him.

The story of Omamori Himari is more of a fantasy romantic harem than anything else. Yuto has ayashi falling in love with him, along with his cute human neighbour. With the stress of girls and being attacked by demons, how could he possibly cope? the story has humour mixed with fighting action. But overall it is just humour.