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Weekly Round-ups: Nisekoi 2, Hamatora 3 & Nagi no Asukara 16

Nisekoi

Episode 2: Encounter

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Since the two rival yakuza gangs are not convinced about Raku and Chitoge’s relationship, the two of them have to go out on a date. After watching this episode, I do think that Nisekoi is funny after all. The yakuza stalking the fake couple was funny, especially with Claude standing next to the “Beware of Stalkers” sign. I also like manga-like parts especially during the date when Onodera sees Raku at the park. It was really frustrating for Raku since he was aware of the yakuza around but didn’t want Onodera to misunderstand what was going on. Nisekoi has the most interesting love triangle. Raku has to pretend to be Chitoge’s boyfriend (it might be a bit cliche, but I like it) but he made a promise a girl when he was young who turns out to be Onodera. I don’t know who I’ll prefer Raku to end up with, but knowing how romance anime usually are, it’ll probably be Chitoge.

The extra bit after the ending song was amusing. Raku and Chitoge has such strange ways of naming animals. I think I prefer Raku’s. Although he gives the animals very long names which are hard to remember, at least they are proper names. It’s much better than calling them “Number One”, etc.

Hamatora

File 3: Those With and Those Without

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Three episodes into this mystery anime, I’ve taken a liking to the plot right now. Perhaps it’s because the anime I’ve been watching recently are too normal that I need to watch some insane characters for a change. The serial killer in Hamatora is one of the most twisted characters I’ve known for now. The rest come from Durarara. I still dislike the animation whenever a Minimum Holder uses his powers, but it’s not so striking to me now compared to the first episode.

Over to the actual episode, that Itou-san is seriously disillusioned. She thinks that she’s doing the best to protect her son and the rest of the youths but in reality, she feels that her son is useless and wonders why he doesn’t have a Minimum. Fortunately there aren’t any Minimum Holders in real life. Who knows how many psycho parents will there be? Anyway, it was interesting to learn that Art graduated from Facultas Academy as well despite not having a Minimum. Nice being the top graduate of the academy is pretty predictable after watching so many shounen anime. The serial killer reminds me of the Colourless King from K, personality-wise. By researching into non-innate Minumum Holders, he wants to create an equal society whereby everyone has Minimum powers. Yeah right. Leave your twisted ideas away from the rest of the society please.

Nagi no Asukara

Episode 16: The Whispers of the Faraway Waves

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Hikari goes back to attend school, telling the rest of his classmates to call him “Senpai”. It’s nice to know that he has accepted his situation. When tasked to get Hikari’s new uniform, Miuna invites Sayu along but the two of them get into a fight because Sayu is still sad that Kaname hasn’t returned. When finds Miuna at the abandoned shipyard, one of the cranes broke apart and Miuna falls into the sea. Fortunately, Miuna manages to breathe underwater. I think that the shiny parts in the sea are Ena. Since Miuna’s mother is from the sea, perhaps her Ena can be activated at some time.

I felt really bad for Sayu in this episode. She misses Kaname a lot and has not seen him for five years. Yet, she’s invited to accompany Hikari and Miuna and is envious of Miuna that Hikari is back but not Kaname. The end of the episode shows Kaname back in the town, naked, in fact. The old man at the cafe was so shocked. By the way, the name of the cafe, Triangle, is so fitting. Kaname definitely still likes Chisaki, but so does Tsumugu. There we have a love triangle! To be honest, I used to really like Kaname x Chisaki. He’s such a nice person but Chisaki always treated him only as a friend. With Kaname back, things are going to be so interesting. What is Sayu going to do?

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Weekly Round-ups: Hamatora 2 and Nagi no Asukara 15

Since I’m watching more series this season but lack the time to write complete reviews for each of them, I’ll be writing weekly round-ups for some of them. Log Horizon and Noragami will continue to have complete reviews, while Hamatora, Nagi no Asukara and Nisekoi will have short reviews in the Weekly Round-ups.

Hamatora

Episode 2: Beloved Bastard

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I must say, I’m getting used to the bright colours of Hamatora. I still dislike the extremely bright colour changes whenever the Hamatora guys use their powers but the rest of it is fine. Also, episode 2 is funnier compared to the first episode, especially what happened to Birthday. That poor guy just had to be at the wrong place at that time. I have ambivalent feelings towards the news of the serial killer. It was what caught my attention at the end of episode 1 and was the reason why I decided to continue watching the series. After watching episode 2, I learned that the serial killer kills Minimum holders and steals their brains. That’s… gross. Despite some of my complaints about Hamatora and the creepy revelation of the stealing of brains, my curiosity about the serial killer stops me from dropping this series.

Nagi no Asukara

Episode 15: The Protector of Smiles

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I never knew about Hikari’s age, but it turns out that he was fourteen before the hibernation. Thus, Miuna and Sayu are now the same age as him. Things are really shocking for Hikari. He has to cope with all the changes around him, knowing that he’s the only one who hasn’t changed. All of his friends have grown up now, including Chisaki, while the rest of the Sea People are still asleep. In Fairy Tail, even though the main characters were frozen in time for seven years, they still had one another when they woke up. However, in Hikari’s case, he was the first to wake up and he came to the surface alone.

The theme for this episode is change. Hikari was afraid of all these changes and was afraid of meeting Chisaki because of that. Chisaki was afraid of meeting Hikari because she knew she has changed. It’s nice how they got to meet each other in the end because of the ‘5 o’clock song’ and that they’re still good friends.

Nagi no Asukara seriously got me into the shipping mode. I’m not usually like this. So let’s see, I like Tsumugu x Chisaki (my favourite), Hikari x Miuna and maybe Kaname x Sayu. I’m sorry Manaka, but I’m very sure Tsumugu likes Chisaki now.


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What I’m Watching this Season: First Impressions

It seems like I’ve picked up more new anime than I initially planned to. Here are my thoughts on the Winter 2014 and continuing Fall 2013 anime that I’m watching, based on the first episodes aired this year. For Noragami and Log Horizon, I’ve already posted my actual reviews so only a summary of my thoughts are shown here.

Definitely watching:

Noragami

Episode 1: A Housecat, a Stray God, and a Tail

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With the awesome animation, interesting plot and likable characters, Noragami has a very strong start. Hopefully the rest of the series will be as remarkable as the first episode.

Log Horizon (Fall 2013)

Episode 14: World Fraction

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I like how this episode explains the connection between Elder Tale and the real world. The arrival of the adventurers have created a huge impact on the world of Elder Tale without them knowing. The tiny pieces of the huge puzzle of Elder Tale are starting to come together.

Nagi no Asukara (Fall 2013)

Episode 14: The Promised Day

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In the beginning, I felt that it was strange how Chisaki looked different, especially her hairstyle. Then it got to the opening song and when I saw Miuna and Sayu, I was really surprised. They look so grownup now, plus they’re wearing middle school uniforms. The five-year time skip reminds me of what happened in Fairy Tail after the incident at Tenroujima, except that it was a seven-year time skip for them.

I never really thought about the shipping for Nagi no Asukara, but watching episode 14, I feel that Tsumugu x Chisaki is awesome. They understand each other very well. Even before the incident five years ago, Tsumugu was the one Chisaki chose to confide in. Chisaki might still like Hikari, but it seems like Tsumugu likes her now.

Maybe:

Tonari no Seki-kun 

Episode 1: Dominoes

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I feel that each episode will be quite similar, with only a difference in Seki’s antics. To be frank, I’m not fond of hearing Yokoi freaking out and screaming for around 5 minutes. (Okay, it might be less than that but it irritates me too much) I like the opening and ending songs though. The part about the manga is interesting and that pencil-drumming is awesome! (I should pick up drumming one day instead of merely drumming my fingers on the table everyday) Back to my point, Tonari no Seki-kun will be staying on my “Maybe” list for now.

Hamatora the Animation

Episode 1: Egg of Columbus

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I was interested in why some people commented on how Hamatora was trying to be similar to Durarara and K, so I watched the first episode to see what it’s like for myself. Indeed, the pictures of an online chat messenger and talk about a serial killer are very Durarara-like. That part is okay for me and I don’t mind the Durarara similarity. What I mind is the animation. There’s an over-use of bright colours. Perhaps the animators wanted to make it look like K  but couldn’t make it work. K strikes a good balance between the colours used and has the best animation I’ve seen so far. On the other hand,  nearly everything in Hamatora is brightly coloured. It’s too striking. That aside, the plot itself is not bad.

Planning to watch:

Nisekoi

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The first episode of Nisekoi isn’t aired yet, but the synopsis looks interesting so I’m planning to watch it. A full review for Nisekoi episode 1 will be posted soon.

Synopsis (adapted from My Anime List)

Raku Ichijou is an average high school student who also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. Ten years ago, Raku made a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will “get married when they reunite”. Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him. One day, a beautiful girl named Chitoge Kirisaki transfers into Raku’s class. There was not a moment where they were not fighting. But by a weird turn of events, Raku and Chitoge agree to become fake lovers.

So, these are my thoughts on the first episodes of the anime I’m watching this season.


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Wrapping Up the Year 2013 with Anime

With 2013 ending, here’s a post to wrap up all of the anime I’ve watched this year. The list may look short, but that’s because I’m only including anime that are released this year.

Spring 2013 – Karneval

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I think the reason why I watched Karneval is the animation. The characters are well-designed with cool costumes, or at least for the Circus members. On to the plot… I find the beginning of the anime well… awkward. I was debating whether or not I’m watching something very wrong but it turned out fine (phew). Throughout the series, one thing I noticed is that Karneval spends too much time introducing so many characters that the actual plot does not have enough development. For example, I find episode 11, Ice Cream Parade, redundant. It doesn’t contribute much to the plot and it’s like the characters forgot about their important mission. Then in episode 12, they suddenly remember that they’re supposed to save Karoku. In other words, I feel that the ending was too rushed. Perhaps without episode 11 there would have enough time to make the plot run smoothly.

Nevertheless, Karneval did cover enough of the main characters’ backgrounds so I did watch the anime with some feelings instead of being an emotionless ice block that I can for anime I seriously cannot stand. For girls, yes, Karneval has a lot of bishies (it’s josei after all) so if you watch anime based on its animation, Karneval might be for you. Ok I should admit that I do squeal over bishies as well. (Kyaa Gareki!) *cough* If we’re judging on the plot, the 13 episodes should have been spent more focused on the actual plot.

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Here’s an anime that requires no introduction. It’s an anime that both anime and even non-anime fans around me have been watching. SnK is probably the most popular anime of this year. At first, I was quite hesitant to watch it because I was afraid that it would be very gory. Once I watched episode 1, instead of being scared of the Titans, I cried when Eren’s mother was eaten by the Titan. There’s only one word to describe Shingeki no Kyojin: AWESOME. What I really like about this anime is its originality. I’ve never heard of anything like it. Besides, the fighting scenes are epic. Watching the characters fight the Titans while moving around using their 3D maneuver gear makes me want my own 3D maneuver gear so I can join in the fight. In addition, the openings and endings of Shingeki no Kyojin match the mood of the anime perfectly.

Every single episode was great. With such popularity, I really hope that there will be a second season for Shingeki no Kyojin. If you haven’t watched it, what are you waiting for? Watch it now!

Fall 2013 – Kyoukai no Kanata

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I feel that this one had quite a lot of potential, with an unusual plot. The first few minutes of episode 1 were baffling. I mean, what’s with Mirai suddenly stabbing Akihito with no explanation? At first, I planned to drop the anime due to that insanity but a part ofme wanted to know what happened next. Hence, I stuck around. Episodes 1-5 were slow and I was getting a bit bored but then came along episode 6. It didn’t contribute to the actual plot, but it was really funny, especially the ending.

Things finally started falling into place in episodes 10 and 11 and it was getting more interesting but then episode 12 arrived, being the finale of the series. Like I said, Kyoukai no Kanata had a lot of potential but there were too many plot holes. It has been a bit too draggy that many matters were left unexplained. Usually, at the end of a series, I will feel very strongly that there should be a second season. However, in this case, I’m not sure if I actually really want another season.

Kyousougiga Kyousougiga

Here’s one rare anime that manages to start and end off well despite having only 10 episodes. It’s the shortest anime I’ve watched so far, but every episode is a pleasant watch. Nothing is too slow or fast and the pacing is just right for an anime about a family like this. The character’s backgrounds are well-explained and every one of them is unique. I wasn’t very fond of the main character, Koto, at first, but when the story progressed, I began to like her because she’s not really just the troublemaker that she seems. In fact, she’s the key to bringing the family back together. Kyousougiga has amazing animation and a wonderful story as a whole.

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Log Horizon (On-going)

Many people compare Log Horizon to Sword Art Online since both of them are based on a MMORPG then drop Log Horizon because they find it boring in comparison. In my opinion, that isn’t fair. The two animes talk about different aspects of a MMORPG and the two games themselves are different. Log Horizon focuses more on governing the players. Though I’m not fond of politics, Log Horizon is more interesting in the sense that it doesn’t turn out to be a harem like SAO. (I’m not saying I don’t like SAO. The first half was awesome.) To those who prefer action, Log Horizon might be less exciting to watch. However, if you’re interested in another side of a MMORPG game, Log Horizon is worth the watch. The anime is only half-way through, so hopefully the second half of the series will be more exciting.

Naji no Asukara

Nagi no Asukara (On-going)

I’ve just finished watching the latest episode today. Nagi no Asukara has the most complicated relationships I’ve seen. To sum it up, it’s Kaname likes Chisaki. Chisaki likes Hikari. Hikari likes Manaka. Manaka likes Tsumugu. If this isn’t enough, add in Miuna likes Hikari and Sayu likes Kaname.

That aside, Nagi no Asukara is one of my favourite animes of Fall 2013. I like how it’s about people of the sea and the people on the surface are starting to get along after being rivals for a long time. To those who haven’t watched this anime, the people of the sea aren’t mermaids. In fact, they look like regular humans and are humans. What’s distinct about them are their bright blue eyes and their Ena, which enables them to breathe underwater. At first, I did not like the main character Hikari due to his bad temper. However, I like how he changed his attitude throughout the anime. He’s now a dependable person who can get along with the people of the sea and the surface. After watching shocking episode 13, I’m looking forward to what Nagi no Asukara will bring in 2014.

So, that’s 2013 in anime. Hopefully I’ll still have enough time to watch and blog about anime next year. There’s still a few more hours to 2014 for me, but Happy New Year to those who are already celebrating the new year!