Seraphim call

Seraphim call isn’t what usually comes to mind when the phrase “Sunrise anime” comes up, as it’s a relatively old series that wasn’t all that popular even in its own time. Every episode focuses on a different heroine, each with her own style and story. This led to a lot of directional freedom, but also rather restricts the amount of story that can be told. In this case, I wouldn’t say that the length undermines the story, as even the silliest story (involving saving the world and giant robots) can be analysed somewhat. The meat of this series, however, are contained with the darker tales. Episodes 5 and 6 are my favourites, as they’re nearly identical, but the differences between the twins present the biggest mindscrew I’ve watched this year. Every story involves an interesting set up or a twist of some sort, and this is definitely a series to be rewatched. My main complaints are about the lackluster soundtrack and the last episode. There was such potential to tie all the stories together, or have one story unlock plot points for another, but that option wasn’t taken advantage of. Overall, it’s a nice little series, and it’s definitely worth a watch if you don’t mind the high variance in episode quality.

 

Death by moegasm

Inu x Boku SS is cute. Reeeeeeeeeeeally cute. Karuta brings moegams, Ririchiyo is just hhnnnnnnnnnnnng, and the cutesy fluffy romance sprinkled in between the comedy is just tooth-rottingly sweet. But Soushi is just delicious. From his normal look, to his casual sweater with glasses look, to his shouta look, to his smiling and sadistic 天然黑 tendencies… Ohohoho I can’t remember the last time I liked a male character this much. My only complaint is that the anime ended before the meat of the plot set in. What a waste…

 

Iris Zero: kinda like Hyouka on drugs, in a good way

I’ve been watching Hyouka. But, I admit that I don’t have any particular reason to watch it other than the fact that the art is pretty and Chitanda is cute. The characters are moderately interesting, I suppose, but the mysteries mostly fall short of being interesting. When I started reading Iris Zero, I thought it was going to be the same thing. I mean, both stories are about a guy who’s rather antisocial and detached is forced to solve mysteries that an overly eager/helpful girl drags him into after all.

But OH HO HO HO HO was I wrong.

It takes a few chapters, but the drama quickly overwhelms the mystery aspects of the story, which serves as an excellent backdrop to presenting a whole sleuth of twisted human interactions. While there are little breather episodes in between the longer arcs, they introduce little nuances to the story along side a great mix of comedy and romance. I don’t want to spoil anyone with a specific example, but to see society degrade perfectly normal children into twisted, manipulative individuals surrounded by oodles and oodles of drama is something to be relished.

This is one of the more light hearted scenes. I’ll let you find the murder-y and rape-y stuff on your own.

Read it with me and suffer the long agonizing wait for the next chapter!

Natsuzora Kanata review

If I had to name a few games that really piqued my interests in Visual Novels early on, Natsuzora Kanata would definitely be near the top of the list (alongside Toheart 2 and Aster). The moment I saw the promo art I went “WHOAAAAAA I GOTTA SEE MOAR OF THIS”. Serendipitously, a Chinese patch got released JUST as I made myself promise to not open Baldr Sky until my exams are over. So of course, I set out to play it immediately. Overall, I’d say that this is a pretty good game, as far as these types of heroine-centered games go, and at the very least I like it more than Tenshin Ranman (I played Sana’s route, got bored, skipped around a bit, got to the ending, and then deleted the game. Sana’s fans can try to murder me now).  Continue reading

TOMOE IS GETTING ANIMATED. FINALLY!

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Happy days ahead for me.  I have long been in love with the manga Kamisama Hajimemashita.  Its got a fun, tough and spunky heroine and a drop dead gorgeous kitsune demon.  Not to mention a fun supporting cast of characters, mostly youkai, with a smattering of humans here and there.  Basically its my kind of deal and apparently (fangirl squealing starts to commence) its getting animated!

Even better Akitaro Daichi will be directing. I was always a huge fan of Fruits Basket and Kamisama Hajimemashita has quite a bit of humor in it, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he’ll do with it 🙂