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.

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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.

 

 

Being into Anime and Manga

I have loved anime and manga ever since I was in college. I remember when I was first shown Naruto, Bleach and all the other generic shows you first get into. To me, it was a magical world, where I could escape and be who I wanted to be. It allowed me to have new ideas on myself.

When people ask what I am into, I will always tell them the truth. The sad thing is, when I do, I am usually greeted with an ‘ah OK’ or my personal favourite, ‘I thought that was a boy thing’. I wonder when that stereotype first entered the world? when was it not OK for a woman to like this stuff?

This is why I love expo. No one will judge you, they encourage you to be who you want to be, to like the things you like. You get the chance to indulge in the things you want to, to spend money and add to your collection. It is also a good chance to gather info on new releases and, in some cases, to try the new games if you can get on one.

My personal collection consists of yuri manga. Every time I go to expo, I am always on the look out for new manga books I don’t already own. Sexy figurines and yuri dvds will sometimes make it into the collection. The sexy figurines tend to be more of my partners area of expertise. I love the stories, the cute girls being shy with each other. I love the anticipation, along with the way they look. Yuri has the rawness that some of the popular anime lack.

So I thought I would write this, I don’t know why really. I was just in the mood to write and share.

Nozoki Ana

Kido Tatsuhiko moved to Tokyo to attend an art school. He moved into an apartment building, to start his new life. What he didn’t expect, was to find a hole in his small room and a woman peeping on the other side. The peeping woman, Emiru Ikuno, turns out to be a new class mate and starts a rota for her peeping habit. With this in place, she causes problems for Kido, at his school, in his relationships and, feeling comfortable in his new home. The manga is about how they both deal with this new habit and, how they develop feelings for each other.

This is a manga that I found hard to follow, the art is not of the normal manga variety and, the speech was so relaxed and a little dirty. The art falls into a raunchy category, but the man parts and the lower woman part are cleverly missed out. Yet, even though it is dirty, raunchy and hard to follow, I somehow became captivated. Every waking moment, I was sat on my computer rapidly pressing the right arrow button. I needed to see the next scene, I needed to see what happened next. It just turned out to be deliciously addictive. So much so, that when I came to the end, I felt unsatisfied. I find that this is a good thing in a manga, even if the art isn’t to your taste, it can still take your interest and turn you into an avid reader. I recommend this to anyone who is over the age of 18, just in case.

Abnormal Kei Joshi

This manga is a new release and, the ultimate in yandere. If you like Yuno from Mirai Nikki, you are going to love this manga.  Shiina Shinya is a high school student that thinks all women are good for nothing. The only woman he is interested in is his sister, who happens to be banning him from all friendships. Yet, despite this, he is surrounded by yandere girls. Tsubasa Tooka is the cute girl in school who everyone loves but, happens to be his stalker. Shikimura Masami is into masochism, and has Shinya as her willing partner. Ikari Satsuki is his childhood friend who happens to be a serial killer. Banjou Yoruko thinks she was his night in their past lives so has sworn to protect. That just leaves Okui Akane. This one thinks she is a vampire and asks for Shinya’s blood on a regular basis.

The amount of yandere characters makes it hard to keep track of what’s going on. There  are so many situations that you can’t keep track of and, it makes it hard to enjoy. The only good thing about this manga is that the yandere girls running around. There isn’t much of a story either so far. Maybe it is too soon to judge, who knows. All I know is I don’t like it much at all.

 

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