Norn9: Var Commons

I have needed you for a long, long time. You are the one–the only one–I have been searching for.
Come. Stand up and dry your eyes. I will guide you. Leave everything to me…

2016-11-19-162123Sorata Suzuhara (CV: Atsushi Abe) is on a field trip to the Diet Building with his class when something strange happens. He hears the voice of a girl and then a song, but no one else can hear it. Suddenly he’s not there anymore but at a strange place where everything is in monochrome, without the ability to walk and his body is turning cold. But to his rescue comes a pink haired girl. She tells him he’s in the Taishou era and then takes him to a flying ship, when she learns he’s from the future. It turns out the ship is full of espers, the girl being one of them, but just as they are starting to get settled the day after getting on it, there’s an attack… Continue reading

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Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~

Who am I?

What am I?

Where did I come from?

Where am I going?

Loved by no one.
Needed by no one.
If my existence
holds no meaning,
then why am I here?

2016-01-14-131618The year is 1853 and the Royal Guard is on a mission to catch a monster. They have found the unkept mansion and there they find a girl. A girl with poisonous skin and blood. Without any resistance Cardia is captured and to some extent she is relieved as she thinks that she might be killed. She has spent the past two years alone after all. She needs to be alone to avoid hurting anyone. But the girl, who is not supposed to know love, is taken away from the Royal Guard by the Dashing Gentleman Thief and her story of love is beginning. Continue reading

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

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

42773lAlibaba Saluja (CV: Yuuki Kaji), a runaway prince, wants to conquer a dungeon, and when he meets a small boy named Aladdin (CV: Kaori Ishihara) who is a magi. Together they go to conquer a local magi and with the money Alibaba gets he buys all the slaves in the town free. He then starts a journey hoping to once again meet with Aladdin who went missing after they conquered the dungeon. Continue reading

Strike the Blood

56163lThe legend says that the strongest vampire is the Fourth Progenitor, but it’s just a legend, because there is only three progenitors. For his entire life, Kojou Akatsuki (CV: Yoshimasa Hosoya) has been your average male student, nothing more and nothing less. But one day the Fourth Progenitor sent her spirit into Kojou and he’s now the one of legends. Keeping it secret isn’t an easy feat as his eyes turns red when he gets urges for blood, but he can’t let anyone know he became a vampire either. And now Yukina Himeragi (CV: Risa Taneda) was sent from the Lion King Organization to supervise Kojou and kill him if he is evil. Continue reading

Ace of Diamond

54235lEijun Sawamura (CV: Ryouta Oosaka) lives at the countryside and loves baseball and is the pitcher of his middle school team. His team, however, isn’t that great and they lose a match in the preliminaries, in which Eijun throws a stray ball the catcher couldn’t catch. But on that math, a scout happened to be there watching and she tries to recruit the young pitcher to Seido. During a visit at the school Eijun gets angry at one of the players and duels him, winning the duel and changing his life. He decides to go to that school and become their pitcher. But on his first day, he’s late and isn’t even allowed to practice with the team, but has to run and that’s all he can do. Now Eijun has to prove he’s good enough to practice with the baseball players and prove he’s the one to stand on the mound. Continue reading

Noragami

From now on I will write out scores for the shows I’ve watched. For anime these scores will include Story, Characters, Animation, Music, Total and Average. I’m, for now, using a 0-5 system. 5, is awesome, 4 is good, 3 is neutral, 2 is bad, 1 is horrible, 0 means I can’t score it. Scores and what I score might change over time.

58139lHiyori Iki (CV: Maaya Uchida) is your everyday girl, who loves watching wrestling. One day as she and her friends are going from school, she sees a guy running in front of a lorry. She jumps out to save him, but in front of the lorry, her soul is separated from her body and although she’s unsure how reliable the guy is, she has to ask him – the god Yato (CV: Hiroshi Kamiya) – to help her with her problem. But Yato isn’t fulfilling her wish although she did pay him 5 yen and while she’s waiting for her wish to be fulfilled she learns how the world of the gods work and befriends Yato and his regalia Yukine (CV: Yuuki Kaji).

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Batch #5

Batch posts are posts where I write early impressions on shows I end up dropping or about OVAs, which I can’t write a lot about.

54783lNatsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni

Takashi Natsume (CV: Hiroshi Kamiya) is able to see demons. One snowy day he sees a demon who is searching for something, but doesn’t know what it’s searching for. Takashi tries to help it, but it’s hard when all he knows it’s something nostalgic, new, sparkling and warm. When the demon finds it, it became a flower and disappeared.

It’s typical to Natsume Yuujinchou and filled me with emotions – as the show always done. I loved this little OVA and when I watched it earlier this spring, it was really fitting. All in all, it’s a lovely OVA which captures the essence of the entire show, music, pacing, story and feelings included. I should write about NatsuYuu in the future.

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Kono Danshi series

Kono Danshi series is a series of stand-alone episodes. Rather than writing about one at the time, I figured I should write about both. Be warned though, this post is full of spoilers. But first some general information.

Kono Danshi series is very artistic in a sense of style. It uses the art to show feelings complemented by great voice acting and some musical pieces. Both of the episodes are boys love… kind of. If you watch these, you’ll know what I mean. I guess reading the summaries of the entire episodes could work too.

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Shingeki no Kyojin

47347lTitans have conquered the earth and humans have fled into tall walls to keep themselves safe from the threat. The only ones that can leave the walls are a special unit of soldiers, but the majority of them never return from their mission. One day the outer wall, Wall Maria, falls and the titans enter. People are evacuated, people are eaten by the titans, and Eren Yeager (CV: Yuuki Kaji) was there to see it. He saw his own mother get eaten and he couldn’t do anything about it.

This makes him determined to kill all the titans and to reach his goal, he becomes a soldier. He’s refuses to accept defeat, but the day before the trainees are supposed to choose which unit to join, the titans attack again. And this time, Eren himself is eaten while his best friend Armin Arlert (CV: Marina Inoue) can’t do a thing. Continue reading