Batch #10

This batch is the shows I dropped during this winter season. I didn’t pick up all this time, but I think I gave the majority available in Sweden on Wakanim and Crunchyroll (combined) a try.

Boogiepop and Others
An urban legends tells that Boogiepop will relieve you from life, but few knows the truth. One who does know though, is Keiji Takeda (CV: Chiaki Kobayashi) because it turns out his girlfriend has Boogiepop (CV: Aoi Yuuki) sleeping in her subconsciousness, waiting for the abnormalities to show up and to remove them from this world.

This seemed like a good psychological mystery/horror show and I watched a lot of it at once. But then I just got bored after a while and stopped watching. And I guess that says enough.
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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

102691lKousei Arima (CV: Natsuki Hanae) used to play the piano, but after his mother died he lost the ability to hear himself play and he stopped. One day he is asked to go as Friend A with his friends Tsubaki Sawabe (CV: Ayane Sakura) and Ryouta Watari (CV: Ryouta Oosaka) and the fellow classmate of Tsubaki and young violinist Kaori Miyazono (CV: Risa Taneda). The young violinist start to violently and forcefully changing Kousei’s life after their meeting, and little by little Kousei is forced to deal with all his past demons and the ghost of his mother.

67177lThis is a story by Naoshi Arakawa that really wants to tell you something and the original comic is well made although I saw a few issues in the art once in a while. The pacing was messed up in the anime as they too religiously followed the original work, but it doesn’t change the beauty of this work. The story ends in my favourite way – bittersweet – and the general theme here is classical music. A question it rises for a fellow classical musician, as myself, is “Should you play as you wish, or follow the score to every point?” Another question that would go for everyone is “Are you ever ready to give up?” Continue reading

Love Lab

50257lOne day when Riko Kurahashi (CV: Manami Numakura) is asked to deliver some papers to the student council, she finds the de facto president, Natsuo Maki (CV: Chinatsu Akasaki) practising kissing on a dakimakura with a drawn face. Due to her own carelessness she says she has experience with boys and is forced to join the student council as the advisor. Now she is studying love together with the student council and although the lie hurts sometimes, she’s loving the fun days. Continue reading

Batch #1

Batch posts are (mostly) early impressions on shows I dropped along the way over the season. Most shows which I stop watching are dropped within the 3 first episodes or I watch through it, but there are times I drop them further in (usually longer shows). The following four are all from this ongoing winter season.

56589lSaikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiin da ga.

Or ImoCho for short. In English it’s “Recently, my little sister has been a bit weird” (ignore the fact I just translated the title as is, which isn’t what I’ve actually the English title, as far as I know).

These little sister light novels are going to kill me. I thought that after torturing myself through 12 episodes and a recap of Disgusting Wifebeaters (aka Diabolik Lovers) I could watch anything. I was wrong and ImoCho slapped that in my face only days after I thought I could watch anything. Life is cruel.

Well, ImoCho seemed to be liked by my boyfriend after a single episode (I didn’t check his rating on it on MAL. Nope.) but as I’m not interested in a combination of following ingredients:
Step-siblings (older male, younger female) alone in a house (well, will be – parents are leaving for India)
Chasity-belt
Ghost masturbating while possessing girl
And more stuff like as above. Yeah, I admit I couldn’t write more without being at loss of words.

I guess the first episode could basically be described as tasteless soft porn. I’m not into that. I’ll take on those vampires any day, as long as I don’t have to watch ImoCho. Continue reading