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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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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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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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Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

Synopsis: Your Lie in April follows a boy named Kousei Arima who throughout his childhood played the piano for the sake of his mother. But one day his mother dies of an illness leading Kousei to struggle to hear himself when playing the piano. Two years have passed and Kousei never really played the piano again, until he meets a girl named Kaori Miyazono during a date he has to fourth-wheel in between her and his best friend, Watari. His encounter with Kaori changes Kousei’s life as she inspires and pushes him into playing the piano again.

My Thoughts

This is the most beautiful anime I have ever seen, from it’s gorgeous and vivid3 animations, beautiful character designs and the way it uses symbolism and it’s inner monologue for each character (particularly Kousei’s). I at first had a problem with the way the series gives it’s character an upper lip (like Peach Girl), but it’s very easy to get comfortable with (unlike Peach Girl).

1The voice acting fits very well with the characters for both the Japanese and the English dub… yes the dub is quite good so you can go either way and it should be fine. This being a music anime, it only makes sense that the music would be fantastic and of course the performance sequences being completely mesmerizing. The first opening is incredible which really annoyed me when they changed it halfway through the series considering the second opening will never live up to the first one. But I do prefer the second ending to the first ending.

What I love most about the series is the relationship between Kousei and Kaori, as I find4 it amazing the way she inspires him and as they say, you should be with someone who inspires you. It’s not just the relationship between Kousei and Kaori, it’s the relationship between all the characters. Most of the characters are very interesting and are well-fleshed out. I loved the character of Kaori especially as she brought so much light and enjoyment to the series, I just wish they didn’t do what they did by episode 13-14. Now without giving anything away, I do understand why they would do this but even so it ends up pushing Kaori to the sidelines more in the series despite being one of the best characters in the show.

5I do also love Watari as he was an enjoyable character and played a great role as the best friend, but I wish he got more development and the show focused more on him at some points. And when I said “most character” I was excluding one character which was Nagi as she was a character I couldn’t care for and although she receives development, her arc is the most uninteresting thing in the anime and the time she gets in the anime should’ve been given to a character like Watari. I did enjoy every aspect of the story, from its pacing to it’s mix of comedy and drama but one problem I did have is at some points of the series, the drama becomes a bit far-fetched, but don’t worry, this is not something that happens often in the series. But one amazing thing about this show is that it has a perfect ending which is both emotional and satisfying.

Do I like it?: Yes! I love the show as it’s one of the most beautiful animes I have seen in a long time. I love the kind of romance they were creating for Kousei and Kaori and of course, majority of the characters made the series amazing.

Recommended: Your Lie in April is an amazing anime. If you like animes with sob stories like Anohana or animes revolving around music, you’ll love Your Lie in April. I recommend anyone to at least try it as it is a popular anime people have spoken a lot about and it at least deserves for you to say, “I’ve seen a bit of it” if not a “I’ve seen Your Lie in April”.

Thank you for reading my review. I have plenty more reviews and discussions I want to get through for the next couple of weeks so you may be receiving more than just something on Tuesday for a bit. Till next time 🙂

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Koisuru Boukun (The Tyrant Falls in Love) Anime Review

Synopsis: Koisuru Boukun is a yaoi OVA series that follows Morinaga who has been in love with his senpai, Tatsumi. However Tatsumi is an outspoken homophobe who believes “all gay men should be wiped out of this earth”. Despite that, Morinaga did confess to Tatsumi, but Tatsumi completely ignored it. With this, Morinaga’s feelings for Tatsumi are hopeless, however a certain event will either bring them closer or drift them away.

My Thoughts

Koisuru Boukun only has 2 OVA episodes and it feels more like an advertisement to the manga.2 This is an example of how most animes are like an advertisement to its original source which is why “read the manga” endings exist. However when watching any anime, even an OVA, I expect a decent ending, which unfortunately this series fails to do continuing the annoying “read the manga” ending trend.

3However I did enjoy a list of things in this series, such as the comedy, although the timing is quite bad, I found its comedy a bit entertaining. This show being a yaoi, has great yaoi fanservice and the relationship between the main couple is quite interesting. The characters are great considering how well their introduced. But one problem I had was the characters still don’t feel completely fleshed out, and I understand its an OVA series adapted from a manga, but I want more from these characters, there are just so many things about them I want to know but I have to check the manga out for it, for example, we never know the true reason why Tatsumi is so homophobic.

I do have up and down feelings with the direction the series takes. Though it starts off 1.gifinteresting making me feel like it’ll add more recognition for the LGBT community, it eventually goes down by the end of episode one only to get really interesting in episode two with it’s drama which was beautifully done. However with it’s inconclusive ending, I really wonder how the story will play out.

Do I like it?: I do like it, but it does fail as an OVA feeling completely empty. I know it’s just an OVA but comparing it to Hiyokoi another OVA adapted from a manga, this one fails as Hiyokoi manages to introduce you to the series and gives you enough knowledge of the characters but of course leaves you wanting much more. Koisuru Boukun feels completely empty despite its two OVA episodes. But yeah, I will be reading the manga anyway.

Recommended?: This OVA is specifically for fujoshis who can enjoy yaoi. Any other audience, I can’t guarantee you’ll enjoy it. When I check out the manga, I’d have a better idea what the series has to offer for its audience as an entirety. But this is an ANIME review, so the manga isn’t relevant.

Thanks for reading my review. Do you agree? What are you thoughts? Well, till next time 🙂

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Yuri!!! On Ice Dub Review

So I ended up forgetting to talk about the voice acting in my review. I will say I love the Japanese dub, every characters voice is perfect. However I only just found out that the English dub exists so I’m here to talk about it.

DISCLAIMER: I have only seen Episode 10 of the dub, since it’s the episode where majority of the characters appear all at once according to my memory, at least. So everything I know about this dub is from ONE EPISODE.

Minami (Trina Nishimura), Sara (Tia Ballard), Emil (Justin Briner), Mickey (J.Michael Tatum), Seung-gil (Oscar Seung), Guang Hong (Howard Wang), Leo (Ricco Fajardo), Lillia (Caitlin Glass), Yakov (Damon Mills), Celestino (Ian Sinclair)

I mentioned all these characters first because we hear from them the least in this episode. But thankfully, all of them sound really good. I couldn’t really pick out any problems with their voices at all.

Mari (Leah Clark) and Minako (Colleen Clikenbeard)

In episode 10, Minako and Mari mainly fangirl throughout the whole episode. Otherwisemari and minako they’re a lot more calmer characters. So basing my judgement on their fangirl sides, Colleen Clikenbeard and Leah Clark both did an amazing performance.

 JJ (Jeremy Inman)

jjI actually love JJ’s Japanese performance and I only just found out Mamoru Miyano did the voice of JJ which explains A LOT. If you didn’t know, Mamoru Miyano is my favourite Japanese voice actor, he always gives it his all in every performance he does, and JJ is no exception. So for somebody to be as good as Mamoru Miyano is VERY difficult considering how high he sets the expectation. But unfortunately, Jeremy Inman fails to. He’s voice acting seems so wooden and he doesn’t sound like he has passion for JJ’s character.

Phichit (Joel McDonald)

Phichit is the equivalent of the YoI fandom, he leads the Victuri ship. He is adorable andphichit to match his personality he requires a more softer, childish voice kind of similar to Kensho Ono’s performance as him. Joel McDonald definitely doesn’t match this kind of voice which is very disappointing. BUT that doesn’t mean he did a bad performance, I actually don’t mind it at all. Sure, it wasn’t perfect and could’ve been a lot better but his voice does somehow work.

Chris (Chris Sabat)

chrisChris is voiced by Chris… haha… funny. So this performance is more hilarious than it is bad or good. Chris Sabat makes Chris actually sound like the stereotypical gay guy and I don’t know if I love it or not. But besides that, Chris Sabat does a good job as Chris.

Otabek (Mike McFarland)

I am not a fan of this performance. I understand that Otabek is generally expressionlessotabek but his voice was never so bland and lazy. I can’t think of anything great to say about this performance which is sad, but it doesn’t really matter as much since Otabek doesn’t talk much.

Yurio (Micah Solusod)

yurioOut of all of the performances, this one is my least favorite. I’m grateful Micah Solusod nailed Yurio’s short-tempered, asshole side but I cannot stand the incredibly forced Russian accent. The forced accent they gave Yurio just ruins everything about this performance which otherwise would’ve been great. At least with Otabek’s voice, it is not something we have to put up with all the time since he is generally quiet and isn’t apart of the main cast. With Yurio however, he is an important character, we’re with him from episode one till the final episode. But again maybe the voice acting is better earlier in the anime.

Yuri (Josh Grelle)

I don’t actually mind this performance. Josh Grelle has done shy, introverted characters yuribefore and usually they’re either great or average. This one is better than average, but is not necessarily great either. One problem people had with this performance was that Yuri doesn’t have an accent since his Japanese but I’m not bothered by that. So overall this is a fine performance.

Victor (Jerry Jewell) 

I saved Victor for last because I have the most to say about him. So how do we describe victorVictor, he is Russian, charismatic but also incredibly adorable, in fact his the most adorable character of them all. The only thing this dub got right was the fact he’s Russian and a bit of his charming traits. I personally think he should’ve been voiced by Vic Mignogna because Victor gives me Tamaki vibes. When I heard Victor’s dub voice, first thing I thought of was Russia from Hetalia, which it is because Jerry Jewell did voice Russia. It was wise of Crunchyroll to choose someone who can perform a great Russian accent like Jerry Jewell but by doing so they fail with every other trait we all love about Victor. Sure he sounds like the charismatic guy he is but he lacks that soothing tone that Victor is suppose to have along with Victor’s adorable side which we all love, which disappoints me most. But he did give it his all which I will praise him for at least, so this is neither a bad or a good performance. And I will get this out of the way, yes Victor sounds like Gru from Despicable Me.

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Recommended Dub?

Overall the dub is okay. Yuri is the only main character who sounds good along with the supporting cast. Everyone else is so-so or just hilarious. I think the part this dub fails at is they try so hard to give their characters accents adding diversity, resulting them to forget about all the other important aspects of each of the characters. I definitely recommend the sub over the dub because it is just near-perfection. However if you don’t like reading subtitles, then I recommend the dub, since it is not horrible and it is tolerable enough. Otherwise, definitely choose the Japanese over the English for this anime.

SORRY THAT THIS WAS LATE! I actually have plenty of reviews planned. Thank you for reading this dub review, I haven’t done one in awhile and I do have an anime in mind that I’m going to do another dub review for. What do you think of this dub? Till next time 🙂

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Yuri!!! On Ice Anime Review

Synopsis: Yuri on Ice is a sports anime based on figure skating. The story follows Yuri Katsuki who is constantly losing in competitions. Yuri is unsure whether to continue ice skating but once a video goes viral of him perfectly mimicking a complex routine by his role model, Victor Nikiforov, Victor flies down to Japan and decides to be Yuri’s coach and help him build his figure skating career.

My Thoughts

Everybody and their mothers have heard about Yuri!!! on Ice. The anime was very hyped3 up and I was the one who hadn’t watched it yet. I watched this anime just recently, especially now that the hype died a bit. But I was always worried the hype would ruin it but it didn’t thankfully. Each episode was very exciting to watch, in fact I don’t dislike any of these episodes at all, I especially love the end of Episode 7. I’ll get this out of the way, I definitely ship Victuri, I am one of those fangirls that got too excited over their relationship and I can’t remember the last time an anime couple made me fangirl that much. Watching Yuri grow more confident and become a better ice skater was such a delight, the anime took so much time to develop him.

1I absolutely adore the individual characters of Yuri and Victor who are both so adorable, Victor especially! My problem though is they have too many characters to the point I couldn’t keep up and the thing is a lot of these characters were interesting and likable but a lot of them also were easily pushed to the sidelines. The characters I got annoyed at though were the triplets, I don’t know they just really annoyed me. Can I also appreciate how the anime doesn’t have a crappy ending, it just ends on a satisfactory level but still leaves you wanting more.

I’ll get this out of the way, I do really love the opening, I don’t need to go on about it4 because everyone else has. The ending sequence is pretty good and so is the OST. The animations although very good and the ice skating sequence as mesmerizing and beautiful as they were, the anime definitely recycles their animations and I’m not usually one to notice it but this anime made it obvious and that just seems cheap. Also I love the character designs for all the characters particularly Yurio who had such a graceful appearance despite the asshole character I love.

 Do I like it?: Yes, yes, yes!! Yuri!!! On Ice is the best anime I’ve seen this year… so far. I loved every episode and I am weak for yaoi ships so that just added a lot. Though I do think the anime would’ve been a million times better if they had a whole Dirty Dancing “Time of my Life” little dance sequence between Yuri and Victor in the last episode…

Recommended: As much as I love Yuri!!! On Ice, it’s easy to pick out who wouldn’t. Though Yuri!!! On Ice has a lot going for it, it’s definitely an anime for the yaoi lovers or in general for anybody who enjoys sports animes like Free!

What do you think of Yuri!!! On Ice. I am prepared for any fangirling or rants, so let me know. Till next time 🙂

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