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Die a Hero or Live long enough to become a Villain – One Punch Man

Here it is. The anime I’ve been trying to review since April. 2015’s most popular anime, One Punch Man.

One Punch Man is an anime that doesn’t need a detailed synopsis, it follows a man named Saitama who can literally defeat anybody with only one punch and with this power he decides to become a hero only for fun.

Now before I get into discussion I want to briefly discuss some great elements as well as flaws with the anime; I love most of the characters (just didn’t like Tornado, too annoying), they were all interesting and unique, this includes Genos who is the depiction of most shonen leads when you get down to it, learning how to grow to be as strong as Saitama, regardless he isn’t the central character. Also need to comment that Sonic is on my husbando list, he is gorgeous. The anime was overall entertaining and the story is easily an amazing comedy and surprisingly doesn’t have a shitty ending despite being incomplete.

Now to discuss my topic. As we see in the anime, Saitama is no doubt a strong character. On the surface you can easily criticize the anime for making Saitama too strong as he makes every other heroic character appear inferior and weak in comparison, when clearly they’re not actually weak. What makes this an easy criticism is that it makes every other character seem like a more suited lead then Saitama as they have the largest opportunity to grow stronger and we can follow them on their journey, in fact it’s more natural to have Genos as the lead rather then Saitama but that’s the thing, having Saitama as a lead is perfect (I word I don’t throw around too much) and makes this series unique.

Saitama is undeniably a hilarious character from being relaxed at all times, even during a big fight, he never gets out of control and is always confident that he’d win. But it’s the fact that it’s inevitable for him to win that becomes an issue. Saitama barely passed the test to become a legitimate hero as he isn’t as suited intellectually but physically he is much better then any other class C hero furthermore S class hero and this is just the start of Saitama’s issue. Because Saitama is so strong, he isn’t acknowledged as a class S hero, people often underestimate him and criticize him, despite him saving everybody and doing a better job then any class S hero. It leads to the fact that Saitama despite being a great hero and is what any other hero should look up to, he is in fact too strong for his own good.

Saitama always saves everybody and it’s never out of his way, he does it for fun. But he is seen more as troublesome and a cheater rather than a hero. Saitama is almost as invincible as a god, he excels in all physical areas when it comes to in general hero qualities and to often gets frowned upon rather then praised, which is slowly going to be the thing that destroys Saitama. I haven’t read the original source and I know season 2 is coming out soon but from what season 1 is showing us, Saitama is only starting become a villain himself, maybe even a more powerful villain than a hero (kind of a Madoka type of thing). That is One Punch Man’s strongest quality, Saitama as a character, both his personality and his trials.

I overall do recommend you to watch One Punch Man if you haven’t. It is an epic anime with lots of great qualities from its animations, story and characters, especially its lead and his problems. I really did like it and I’m looking forward to Season 2 that’s coming out soon.

Thanks for reading my reviews! I have another one I’m hoping to release on Sunday as well as 2 top 10 lists! Till next time 🙂 

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Why a Death Note movie Could Never Work Anyway

So about a week ago, Netflix released their adaption to Death Note. I haven’t see it mainly because I lost faith in the movie becoming great after it’s trailer came out but I began to think to myself, did this movie EVER have a chance at turning out good? Now keep in mind I haven’t seen the Japanese live-action to Death Note (though I own the DVDs and I do plan to eventually come around to watch it).

What made Death Note so amazing is it’s perception on good and bad. Light, our anti-hero starts off as a genius who’s intentions was to end crime in the world but only to become crime itself and furthermore develop a selfish god-complex. L, Light’s rival on the other hand although had the pure intention of bringing Kira to justice, in order to do this he does many things that are questionably unethical to the extent of being almost criminal. Death Note spends so much time focusing on this cat and mouse game but nobody is genuinely good or entirely bad in this anime and it’s this endless game Light and L play with each other that makes Death Note so notably amazing to almost everyone and of course made it popular enough to attract American filmmakers into adapting this series.

However when you get down to it, there is no chance of an American adaption to ever work. For most animes being adapted to American film, it should work, even if the whole thing is being whitewashed, it should still work as long as it’s reasonably faithful to the story and characters and only making some reasonable changes. For Death Note’s case, it never will because of the story that was portrayed in the anime. Where it all starts is simply changing the setting. I know such significant change shouldn’t make an anime like Death Note any more different, but really it does. Death Note as an anime and furthermore as a manga is so entirely refreshing and well-done, say what you will about it being similar to Code Geass or whatever, Death Note is one of the most iconic and one of the most original animes out there and a live action can never live up to it unless it is completely and truly faithful to the original source. Where the Japanese live action can go right is of course, it’s Japanese, much like the original series where it’s set in Japan, it already has the opportunity to be great as long as it is faithful to the original. An American adaption however doesn’t have the same opportunity to be entirely faithful, even the smallest changes can feel like you’re taking so much away from an already very unique series.

So with that being said, Death Note really has always been doomed to fail. But I can’t judge too harshly since I haven’t watched Netflix’s adaption. Maybe it turned out great, maybe it doesn’t need to follow the original source so faithfully and can make something of its own out of an already fantastic series, maybe I’m overthinking this whole discussion. Either way, I want to know what you guys think of Netflix’s Death Note, did it turn out well or did it turn out badly. Is the Japanese adaption any good or any better. May do a comparative to the two adaptions in the near future. Just let me know!

Till next time 🙂

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Where a Harem Anime can go Right – Renai Boukun Review

I’m back!!! With a new style of my reviews, where I’d have a discussion topic.

My problem with most harem anime is their cliches that are always done over and over again. I’ve seen a fair bit of harem anime and I don’t hate most of them, and the ones I do hate is not for their cliches. But I get annoyed way too quickly at all their cliches from, tsunderes, constant misunderstandings, awkward situations, oblivious male, clumsiness is cute, indecisive lead etc. All these are presented in the anime I’m reviewing today.

Renai Boukun is an anime that aired early April of this year and has ended late June with3 12 episodes. It follows Seiji Aino who gets involved with a cupid, Guri who has something called a Kiss Note (parodying Death Note) which can make two fall in love through a kiss. Guri gets Seiji to try and kiss his crush, Akana Hiyama who as it turns out has always liked Seiji (heck even more deeply than Seiji’s feelings towards her). Guri then decides to put herself in their relationship as well as Akane’s younger sister, Yuzu who is in love with Akane.

What Renai Boukun did so perfectly is how it executed it’s jokes. The anime is so self-aware at how cliche it is and how ludicrous it is that it turns itself into a satirical anime. The first part of the series focuses exclusively on these elements its only by the second half the anime takes a turn where they want to develop its characters which is does so beautifully. But it’s not a great plot that mocks its own cliches that’s the only ingredient to a great harem anime.

Every harem involves AT LEAST 3 love interests but it’s always obvious who the main one is. For Renai Boukun it is not as obvious. The harem obviously involves Guri, Akane and Yuzu mainly. However you can’t really tell who Seiji will choose since it could easily 2end up being either Guri or Akane, but it’s because of this that it’s more fun to choose a side, for me, I’m all for Guri. Every moment with Guri is fantastic, she is one of my favourite characters in all of anime and her development through the anime is so well-done. The other characters were all likable too, at first I found Yuzu whiny but I grew to like her and she actually is really adorable. I do like Akane but at some points I got annoyed at her and I’m not generally a fan of some yandere characters. Shikimi was interesting but not the most likable. I wish I had a better understanding of Akua, Seiji’s younger sister who is afraid of this penguin character. Speaking of the penguin character, I did get annoyed at how the anime constantly reminds me how he speaks from his eyes since they overuse the joke and he’s never fully explained but it only further emphasizes the anime’s ridiculousness.

Finally I need to talk about Seiji. He is a kind and quite plain teenage boy, you know like every other harem lead, he’s also very oblivious, like every other harem lead but it’s him being Guri’s voice of reason that makes him so much more likable… until the last episode, he really annoyed me, even if he did redeem himself in it, he still made me angry. But I do like his relationship with Guri and hope it is developed further in the manga.

I do highly recommend you watch Renai Boukun, it’s a very funny anime and is my favourite harem anime out there for executing every joke perfectly, having a character like Guri and not making its cliches feel so worn out. It’s an anime you can watch if you just want a simple comedy anime or a cute harem even.

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Blog Update: SEE YOU IN AUGUST!

If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t made a blog post in the last 2 months. My reasoning is pretty much a loss of motivation to post stuff. I’ve been looking at all my blog posts and questioned myself, “How many people are actually reading and enjoying my blog?” and it makes me feel a little bad about how my blog is progressing.

Last year, I made a post called, What Anime Should I Watch? and basically I wanted to celebrate the day I get 50 followers on my blog, and I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but when I think of 50 people following my blog it’s almost like the size of two classrooms, and when you put it that way it sounds great. But even so, 50 isn’t much at all. I knew that deep down, but I don’t want to obsess over how many people follow my blog but it feels almost discouraging knowing that 50 really is not a big number.

But then I thought about the true reason I made this blog. It’s so I can express my opinion about certain animes. So I can discover more animes and be more open-minded towards the opinions of others when it comes to anime. I also wanted to discuss movie, but even till today, that’s not going so well. But because I want to talk about anime, I haven’t said goodbye. But at the moment I’m going to be making sure all my reviews+top 10 lists and so on are worth being posted which is why obviously I’m not going to post anything every Tuesday as it doesn’t give me enough time to make good quality posts. This time it’ll be twice a month starting from mid August (as suggested by takutoanimecafe early this year). And the reason why I’m doing this in August, is because I haven’t watched anime in a month and I have a lot to catch up on.

Thank you to all of you who have been following my blog. It means a lot to me and it fulfills that need I have which is why my blog is still alive. Till next time 🙂

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Top 10 of the Best Moms in Anime

Introduction

So Mothers Day has passed but even so I felt it was necessary to make this list. There aren’t a lot of great moms in anime, usually cause their dead and we know very little detail about them but the ones I’m here to talk about are moms who have proven to the audience that they are fantastic.

DISCLAIMER!

  • Spoilers!
  • Adopted mothers do count

Honorable Mentions

Haruko Kamio (Air), Ryouko Miyazono (Your Lie in April) & Akiko Minase (Kanon)

10. Sukuyo Mankanshoku (Kill la Kill)

I feel like people never praise this mom enough. The thing that Kill la Kill hassukuyo mankanshoku highlighted is that Ryuuko has never had a proper family but when she moves into the Mankanshoku household, she’s introduced to a warm, family environment especially during family dinners. Sukuyo proves to be this great mom for all she does for the family and those who eat with them by making them great food and taking care of everyone, as well as disciplining her Matarou in a comedic fashion.

9. Hiroko Katsuki (Yuri!!! On Ice)

hiroko katsukiNo matter what has happened to Yuuri, it’s Hiroko who continues to encourage him with his career in ice skating and maybe even his relationship with Victor considering her reaction during the iconic kiss scene. One thing I find even more precious that goes to show how great this mom is, is the fact both her and Yuri’s father named their inn specialty (katsudon) after Yuri knowing that it’s his favorite food.

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8. Shiho Fujimiya (One Week Friends)

Shiho clearly is very concerned for her daughter who’s memory restarts every Mondayshiho fujimiya in result causing Kaori to distant herself from making friends. We see how she cares from all the effort she puts into Kaori, particularly when Kaori brought friends over for the first time in years. Kaori’s mother is in short a supportive and hardworking mom.

7. Noriko Irie/or as I call her, Mama Irie (Itazura na Kiss)

noriko irieIt’s not only her role as the mother of both Naoki and Yuuki but also being a mother figure to our protagonist, Kotoko. Mama Irie may be incredibly manipulative, bossy and in general someone you shouldn’t mess with, but she just wants what she believes to be best for her children. But what makes her so amazing is the support she has for each of her kids being the one who did support Naoki’s choice of becoming a doctor, Yuuki’s choice of eventually taking over the company and most importantly, helping Kotoko with her relationship with Naoki. Sure she may be overbearing but in the end Mama Irie is an amazing mom with her heart in the right place.

6. Queen Serenity (Sailor Moon)

Okay bear with me considering my memories on Sailor Moon may be a little bit shakyqueen serenity but one thing I’ll never forget is how amazing Queen Serenity is as a mother. When Queen Beryl attacks the moon kingdom and everyone including Princess Serenity die during the battle. Queen Serenity decides to send her daughter to earth to be reborn again and live her life normally. But what makes this more sad is that Queen Serenity was left to die alone but even so what she did for her daughter is truly amazing and goes to show how much she cared for her.

5. Chitose Hibiya (Chobits)

For those who haven’t seen Chobits this is a big spoiler. So Hibiya was married to Ichirochitose hibiya Mihara and together they created persocoms. Unfortunately however, Hibiya was unable to have children but her husband decided to make her a special persocom, Chobits which they named Freya. Because Freya was unhappy, they decided to give her a sister, Elda (who we all know as Chii). Because of Freya’s ability to fall in love, she ended up falling in love with Ichiro but because of the deep pain broke down but of course beforehand, her sister entered her body. To make things more unfortunate for Hibiya, her husband passes away. But what makes Hibiya a great mother is not only the deep love she had for her daughters but also her desire to make sure they’re happy, which is why she made a book for Chii to guide her to happiness and to realization on her true feelings towards Hideki.

 4. Kyoko Honda (Fruits Basket)

kyoko hondaAlthough Kyoko died prior to the series, the impact she has on Tohru’s life proves how amazing she is as a mother. So Kyoko started off quite reckless only to meet Katsuya Honda, fall in love and eventually marry him. Then they both had Tohru but a few years later, Katsuya died and Kyoko broke down feeling completely alone. But when Kyoko realized she had Tohru she brought herself back up and raised her daughter on her own to be the most amazing female role model in anime. Kyoko not only impacted on Tohru’s life but also Tohru’s friend, Arisa who looks up to both Kyoko and Tohru. Kyoko Honda is truly an amazing mother who raised an amazing daughter.

3. Mama Higurashi (Inuyasha)

From the very start, Mama Higurashi has been an amazing mother from the way shemama higurashi supports her family and how many times she had to cover up for Kagome considering all the illnesses she and the family had to come up with. I think what’s even better is in the end of the Final Act, Kagome had to choose between being with Inuyasha or staying in the present with her family, Mama Higurashi being aware of Kagome’s love for Inuyasha, lets her go despite knowing very well that she may never see Kagome again. That is a great mother right there!

2. Sanae Furukawa (Clannad)

sanae furukawaAgain, big spoilers! I think to be able to not only raise a frail daughter but also raise your granddaughter and guide Tomoya is impressive. Sanae is a strong mom who gave up her job as a teacher to be able to take care of Nagisa whilst owning a bakery with Akio. Sanae is the one to come to Nagisa’s rescue when she needs something and supports her family. When her daughter dies, which is unbearable for any parent, what Sanae does it fix things for both Tomoya who is extremely depressed and unable to take care of his daughter and as well as raise Ushio. If that is not a great mother, I don’t know what is.

1. Junko Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

More major spoilers! Junko and Sanae were very close but Junko was just a bit morejunko kaname impressive.. in my opinion. Not only did Junko raise up a strong and wonderful daughter but also the bond she has with her family, including the one she has with Madoka. Junko guides Madoka giving her advice whenever she needs it most, even as a business woman, she’ll always be there when Madoka needs her. In the last episode when Homura is fighting Walpurgisnacht, Madoka decides to go out there and save her, and Junko tries to stop her but Madoka manages to convince Junko and Junko knows she can’t stop her, letting her go. This all ends with Madoka saving the world, becoming a goddess but also ended up being removed from everyone but Homura’s memories. In the end it was the right choice, Madoka’s unselfish personality all came from Junko’s amazing parenting, which is why Junko Kaname is a truly fantastic mother.

Thank you for reading my top 10 list, hopefully you and your mom’s Mother’s Day was great. Should be making a new review very soon. Till next time 🙂

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Discussion: Why do People Ship Sangwoo x Yoonbum/Is it Love?

I know Killing Stalking is more of a yaoi manWHA not a manga so I shouldn’t really talk about it but because it became so big with the Yuri!!! on Ice fandom more specifically the fujoshi community, I had to talk about it.

Disclaimer: HEAVY SPOILERS (From chapters 1-20)

1So if you don’t know the story of Killing Stalking, it’s a psychological horror story with some yaoi content, it follows a boy named Yoonbum who is obsessed with a boy named Oh Sangwoo, to the extent of stalking him. Yoonbum’s obsession with Sangwoo escalates when Yoonbum breaks into Sangwoo’s house only discover that the charming and friendly man he’s infatuated with is a murderer, in result Yoonbum is held captive in Sangwoo’s home.

Now obviously one of the genres Killing Stalking falls under is yaoi, attracting a lot of fujoshis but what separates Killing Stalking from any typical yaoi is that the relationship between Sangwoo and Yoonbum is beyond abusive and unhealthy. But the thing is there are three types of fans of Killing Stalking;
1. The ones who don’t ship Sangwoo and Yoonbum and ship Sangwoo x Prison and Yoonbum x Happiness (or any ship like that)
2. The fans who fully support the relationship between Sangwoo and Yoonbum some to the extent of calling them “relationship goals”
3. The ones that don’t know if they do or don’t ship Sangwoo and Yoonbum

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If you didn’t know, I am apart of the third group; I don’t know if I do or don’t shipIMG_8084 Sangwoo x Yoonbum, however for me I am leaning towards the second group. Someone has already explained that Killing Stalking’s intention is to only scare yet entertain it’s readers and that it never romanticized the dysfunctional relationship between Sangwoo and Yoonbum, the problem lies with the fujoshi’s who are willing to fetishize any gay relationship. Although this is true for many fujoshis, I don’t think this is the case for fans like myself, as I didn’t feel comfortable with many bad relationships in yaoi, like in the first episode of Maiden Rose, I didn’t like the romance in it. Also in a one shot manga I read, Glamorous Lip, I don’t like the relationship between Kira and Letty because it took a dark and more violent turn when it started off quite adorable. So I don’t think all fujoshis who support Sangwoo x Yoonbum fall into this statement.

I looked into Killing Stalking a lot and I don’t think it’s right to say Sangwoo DEFINITELY does love Yoonbum, at least for now. Because what makes there relationship so fascinating is both them are incredibly unstable. Sangwoo, not only being a murderer, but also clearly having a split personality and Yoonbum in general is emotionally unstable and can barely even think straight; in other words, they’re both very unpredictable, especially Sangwoo. Sangwoo’s intentions don’t seem clear, at least as of Chapter 22. Because there is a possibility he is using Bum for an end goal, but honestly I have doubts this is the case.

My doubts on Sangwoo using Bum actually leads me and many other fans to believe that what Sangwoo feels for Bum is actually more than lust, rather it may be love but a rather disturbing and creepy type of love instead of the kind of love we’re used to hearing about. Though most fans justify Sangwoo’s love for Bum based on the fact he hasn’t killed Bum yet, I believe what truly shows this is the scene where Sangwoo can’t find Yoonbum

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In this scene Sangwoo is shocked and quite angry but when he finds Yoonbum at his house he is completely relieved and embraces him tightly, in a way that says, “don’t ever leave” “stay with me”. I think what made Sangwoo feel this way about Yoonbum is that Sangwoo hasn’t felt loved since the death of his mother, think about it, every time Sangwoo lures in and murders a woman, she is screaming at him (which is obviously a natural thing to do), this is a pure example when Jieun, who had romantic feelings for the Sangwoo that she thought she knew, came to Sangwoo’s house, they have sex and then Sangwoo exposes his true self to her and she displays pure anger, fear and disgust towards him (which again is completely natural). Compare this to when Yoonbum broke in. Despite Sangwoo breaking Yoonbum’s image of a gentle Sangwoo, Yoonbum still confesses his love to Sangwoo and shows obedience even in the chapter where Sangwoo was talking about his mother and said out loud “I love you” and Yoonbum responded by saying “I love you too” and  this happens after like a week of being with Sangwoo. This obviously must’ve made Sangwoo grow to like Yoonbum and the idea of being loved unconditionally.

As for Yoonbum, his obviously afraid for his life. I mean everyday he is scared that Sangwoo will snap and kill him which to him seems inevitable. However throughout the manwha, Yoonbum still shows that he has feelings for Sangwoo despite his image of him being destroyed. One scene that proves that Yoonbum loves Sangwoo is when in Chapter 19 when Sangwoo tells Yoonbum to leave if he no longer needs Sangwoo… HE HAD A CHANCE TO ESCAPE! But Yoonbum chose to stay. Furthermore adding to my point about Sangwoo, Sangwoo could’ve easily killed Yoonbum rather then just kicking him out.

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So in conclusion, I do think the two love each other, but in a more unmutual way and in a more creepy way that we are not generally use to even from yaoi. I see Killing Stalking as a psychological horror, it is a romance but a very unsettling type of romance, which is exactly what makes the horror in the manwha stand out more. The love shared between Sangwoo and Yoonbum is more disturbing and creepy rather than cute and “lovey-dovey”. But to answer the question, the reason why other fans support this relationship is not because we fetishize all types of yaoi relationships, even abusive ones, rather all we want is for something more to come of this relationship. Sangwoo seems to displays feelings for Yoonbum and although it’s slightly diffferent, Yoonbum does display feelings to Sangwoo. The two are just as bad with each other as they are without each other. Yoonbum obviously is the only one making Sangwoo feel loved and Sangwoo does do something for Yoonbum which I can’t exactly point my finger at. For me personally, that is the reason why I’m in the middle and maybe why other fans ship these two. But again it’s too soon to properly clarify everything, so eventually when more chapter are out, I can make a better analysis.

Thank you for reading this detailed discussion. I tried making it as brief as possible but that didn’t go so well but hopefully you can understand what I’m trying to say. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Let me know what you think about the whole topic. Till next time 🙂

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Nichijou Anime Review

A series requested by you guys… 2 years ago… (this is the last one)

Synopsis: Nichijou is a story about the ordinary yet not-so-ordinary lives of multiple characters, specifically three high school students, Yuko, Mio and Mai and a 5-year-old professor, her robot, Nano and their talking cat, Sakamoto. So pretty much, it’s another slice of life anime.

My Thoughts

Nichijou’s goal for each episode revolves around humour, nothing more and nothing3.gif less. This is most often easily achieved as Nichijou is honestly one of the funniest animes out there, and the humour is either clever or stupid which I find enjoyable. However where the comedy falls short is some jokes easily drag on for too long to the extent of it no longer becoming funny. Regardless though, a lot of the scenes are over-the-top and absolutely epic, Nichijou is not afraid to approach the most outrageous borders and I love it for that.

1The anime doesn’t have much of a story being a slice-of-life anime so it’s nothing significant. I do believe Nichijou was given more episodes then it needed considering this anime is solely revolved around comedy, but that’s not to say I got bored of the series, it never felt tedious to watch. The animations were mostly great especially the more epic scenes. Though the character designs were far too similar to each other having each character share the same face. The first opening is amazing and watching it again made me so happy, it’s unfortunate it got replaced.

The best part of Nichijou though was its characters, all of them were so unique, 2memorable and extremely enjoyable. Our lead characters were all fun and the bonds they share with one another is so genuine and enjoyable, particularly the bond between Hakase (professor) and Nano. The supporting cast stood out just as much and I honestly may of liked them a little bit more than our leads.

Do I like it?: Nearly three years ago I put this anime on my top 10 best animes of 2014, so yes, I do like it. However I won’t deny that although at the time Nichijou was more remarkable considering it was something I recently watch, now it doesn’t have the same impact especially compared to the animes I’ve seen afterwards.

Recommended?: DEFINITELY! I think most people can enjoy the humor in Nichijou. Key words are MOST PEOPLE. Like all anime, there’s always gonna be that group that don’t like the shows I recommend, which is completely fine. If you want to watch a comedy/slice-of-life I highly recommend you give Nichijou a go.

Thank you for reading my review and being patient with me! Till next time 🙂

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