Anime Recommendation: Kimi ni Todoke

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I haven’t watched much shoujo anime in my lifetime. Simply put, shoujo anime is the chick flick-equivalent in the anime world, meaning they are shows geared for girls and female audiences.

As a guy of course, I prefer to watch the shounen (boy) stuff normally, but there are times where I feel like giving other anime genres a shot out of curiosity. Kimi ni Todoke (you can translate this title a lot of ways, but I prefer to say “Reaching You”) is a very popular shoujo romance manga/anime series. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Plot

Sawako Kuronuma, called Sadako by her classmates for her resemblance to the character from The Ring, has always been feared and misunderstood because of her appearance. There are rumors that Sawako can see ghosts and curse people. However, despite her appearances, she is a sweet and timid girl who longs to be able to make friends with everyone and be liked by everyone else. When her idol, popular boy Kazehaya, begins talking with her, everything changes. She finds herself in a new world, trying to make friends and talking to different people and she can’t thank Kazehaya enough for giving her these opportunities. Slowly, but surely, a sweet love blossoms between the two as they overcome circumstances and obstacles that stand in their way.
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What actually got me to start watching Kimi ni Todoke was after I stumbled across the anime’s first opening song. I found it really catchy, which prompted me to find a couple of episodes to view. From there, I was hooked. Continue reading

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Silent Hill Revelations!!! (Minor Spoilers)

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Note: I’m still really excited and haven’t calmed down from watching the movie, so what I’m about to say will most likely be scatterbrained stuff, so bear with me here. I will give a cleaner, detailed review later when I’m calm. ^^

OK, so yesterday was my birthday. And for my birthday, I got the wonderful present of  the new “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” movie. :D

Now after watching the first one, I had my doubts about this one, especially since Vincent was gonna be Heather’s “love interest” – *shivers* – but wow, was I wrong.


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Rant: We’re All Mad Here (Mini-Review?)

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You know, I really love video games that make me sit back and really think about them … like think about the hidden meaning in them and such. That coupled with beautiful in-game environments and what game do you get? Alice: Madness Returns.

Seriously, who doesn’t love Alice in Wonderland? It has so many odd things that most people find interesting. No matter who you are, I’m sure you can find something you like from the series. :)

Sorry if this turns out to sound review-ish. I’ve just been interested in this game lately so I feel like talking about it. ^^

Madness Returns puts a really fresh, new spin on the series, adding that horror feel to the game, though just enough to send chills down your spine, but not enough to make you too scared to keep playing. Plus the environments are so beautiful. The game designers really outdone themselves in that department, down to the smallest details. It’s jut so fantastic. Even the characters are highly imaginative,  just how I would imagine a trip to Wonderland. BD

Beautiful!

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Random Rant: WTF Bleach

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So I’m trying to get more into the habit of blogging, so time to post random thoughts that linger in my mind. Yay for you, fellow readers. I’m gonna be talking about my feels on Bleach, so if you like that show I hope you enjoy my rant.

OK, so today I was just sitting here watching SpongeBob when I start thinking of Bleach … Yeah, I’m watching SpongeBob while thinking of Bleach. I’m such a TV show slut TAT. (Ugh, that sounded so wrong, but whatevers.) Anyways, Bleach used to be a really good show and I used to enjoy watching it a lot when I was younger… keywords there – USED TO!

I stopped though because sometime after the first couple seasons and the movies, the show just kinda turned into a really bad fanfiction. Seriously, like WTF is going on now with that series? I don’t even know anymore. OH YOUR SWORD JUST TURNED INTO A FAN SERVICE CAT LADY. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT??  *Holds mic.* Though I’m not surprised considering who the sword belonged to. xD (Yes, I know they are called zanpaktou or whatever, I’m not Japanese so don’t expect me to spell it right. It’s just easier to say sword. Hehe.)

I can honestly say I have not gave the newest seasons a fair chance, but every newer episode I’ve seen has been ridiculous. There just a bunch of fan service, mixed with stereotypical Japanese anime, mixed with a crappy fan fic they probably found from the internet.

Icy hot!

Example: One episode I saw was them all going to the beach, so of course bikinis and stuff right. Well, it continued to go into scenes of the girls talking about carrying water with their boobs and stuff (WTF, booby buckets?) and making fun of another girl for having smaller boobs. Like, what the actual hell, guys? LOL seriously, if I wanted a soft erotic hentai then I would have searched on the internet.
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A Thrilling Hunt

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The Huntress is one my favorite, female superheroes. When DC Comics began releasing issues for a special miniseries a few months back (as part of The New 52 era), I of course had to start collecting these books. It is a shame this particular series is only confined to six issues total! 

The plot revolves around Helena Bertinelli, AKA the Huntress, traveling to Naples, Italy, to deal with human trafficking and gun-smuggling activity. One by one, the Huntress must take down the crime lords responsible for these heinous acts by utilizing her many talents.

The Huntress graces the pages with her beauty, her alluring charm, her craftiness and a brutal, yet elegant style of crime-fighting. I am a sucker for gadgets, and Huntress packs her own Batman-esque arsenal of tools to get the job done. Needless to say, when the Huntress has her crossbow pointed toward your general direction, you know she means business!

This six-issue miniseries is a straightforward read from start to finish. The books stick to a simple structure for the storytelling, which was very refreshing in many ways. I appreciated that the plot focused on the essential elements to keep the pacing perfect. The adventure never feels bogged down by anything superfluous.

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A Boneheaded Mistake

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Well, now I’ve gone and done it.

Fact is, everyone has some skeletons in their closets that they are ashamed of, but I just put a fresh set of bones inside my own closet the other day. The kicker is, I didn’t even have to throw that skeleton in, but circumstances led to it due to misunderstandings. Continue reading

Something Fishy (But in a Good Way)

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“Seto no Hanayome” (“My Bride is a Mermaid” for the English dub) is a wacky, comedic anime that actually had me laughing out loud from some genuinely funny scenes (something really rare for me to do by the way). Its appeal lies in its unique, yet bizarre plot that only makes sense in the anime realm. “My Bride is a Mermaid” is a worthwhile series for those who want to dive into an anime title that deviates from the norm a bit.

The plot focuses on a middle school boy named Nagasumi Michishio who almost dies from drowning, but a mermaid named Sun Seto ends up rescuing him. However, it turns out this mermaid is actually part of a mermaid yakuza clan who can all live on land. By mermaid law, either Nagasumi or Sun must be killed because a mermaid’s true form was revealed, but a loophole will spare both of their lives if the two marry each other. And so, the rest of the story centers around Nagasumi and Sun having lots of crazy adventures together as their arranged marriage pressures the two to be together.
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