My Anime Binge List: December 2016

Not only has a new month started, but a new year as well! With that said, HAPPY NEW YEARS! I hope everyone is off to a great start for 2017. I know it has been awhile (and I mean awhile) since I last posted something on this blog. One new year resolution I have is to be active again on here. Scold me if I don’t follow through. I mean really, please do. It would most likely motivate me.

Anyways, I have here all the anime I binged on in December. I was actually watching a lot of anime last month, even I was surprised myself. Of course, not all those anime made this list because I either did not watch all the episodes within 24 hours, or they were still airing, so I could not finish the anime in one go (so many good anime, it was excruciating to wait for episodes to come out). In any case, here are the binge-worthy anime of December:

*I’ve linked the summaries to the titles for those who are not familiar with any of the series discussed below

79410Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Episodes: 25

Genre: Psychological, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy

 

 

 

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Episodes: 12

Genre: Action, Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural

♣ ♣ ♣

 

 

79409Bungou Stray Dogs

Episodes: 12

Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural

 

 

 

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Episodes: 12

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Fantasy, Seinen

♣ ♣ ♣

 

 

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Episodes: 26

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shounen, Supernatural

 

 

 

81953Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

Episodes: 12

Genre: Harem, Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo

 

 

 


♣ ♣ ♣ = BEST-LIKED

Which anime did you binge on? 

My Anime Binge List: May 2016

A new month is here and it’s time to list the animes I’ve indulged on in May. To those who are not familiar with my binge lists, it’s as straight forward as the title says—a monthly list of anime that I finished in one sitting. This list will be a short one compared to April. I don’t think that means it is necessarily a bad thing because that could potentially imply that I was more productive in this month (I got hired at a new job!), OR I was indulging in my other guilty pleasure (kdramas), which I guess would equally be as bad of a habit. I’m hoping that in the future months my lists will not get any shorter than it is now though. But anyways my rambling is not what you’re here for, so without further ado, here are the anime that I sailed through in May:

*I’ve linked the summaries to the titles for those who are not familiar with any of the series discussed below

kamisama-hajimemashitaKamisama Hajimemashita

Episodes: 13

Genre: Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural

♣ ♣ ♣

kamisama-hajimemashita-2Kamisama Hajimemashita (2nd Season)

Episodes: 12

Genre: Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural

 

 

 

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Episodes: 12

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, Sports

 

 

 


♣ ♣ ♣ = BEST-LIKED

 

오혁 (OH HYUK) – 소녀 (A Little Girl)

I don’t know if you guys know, but I am equally obsessed with  kdramas/kpop as I am with animes. Which is why I do post korean music on this blog too. Also the reason why I haven’t been posting as much anime related content as I used to. I am currently in my kdrama phase as a break from anime. I don’t know if I will be using this blog as a platform to review kdramas. I was originally going to when I first started this blog, but animes alone are already a lot of work. I do have an instagram account: @sojudramas, which is dedicated to the kdramas I watch, so I might just stick with that.

Anyways, this OST is from a drama called Reply 1988 (a.k.a. Answer Me 1988), and it’s a beautiful OST sung by Oh Hyuk.

The Not-So-Colourless White/Silver Hair Characters

Throughout my years of watching anime, I’ve noticed how I was drawn to characters with white/silver hair. I don’t think I know of a character with this hair colour who was not attractive (aside from characters who actually have white, greying hair due to age of course). I think this hair colour just gives characters a mysterious, ethereal charm, along with their entertaining personalities. You will notice that this list only contains male characters. I know that there are plenty of great female characters with this hair colour too, but I’m not as drawn to them. So without further ado, here are my current favorite characters with beautiful fair hair:

*I’ve linked the summaries to the titles for those who are not familiar with any of the series discussed below

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Inuyasha (InuYasha): Inuyasha is half human and half demon who partners up with a human to gather the shards of the Sacred Jewel in order to fulfill his desire of becoming a full demon. InuYasha is one of my favorite animes and also the catalyst of my white/silver hair bias. Although riddled with flaws, Inuyasha is still a dynamic and admirable character. He’s funny, strong, and protects Kagome with all he’s got. I really enjoyed watching him every episode.Tomoe

Tomoe (Kamisama Hajimemashita): A fox yokai turned familiar who serves the new land god, Nanami. He is the definition of loyal. Even when the previous land god left for 20 years, he kept up the maintenance of the shrine and waited for the land god to come back. Furthermore, I really like his aloof personality, and when he shows his caring side, especially when it comes to Nanami, it just melts my heart. Also, I can’t forget to mention how great he looks with long hair!

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Mizuki (Kamisama Hajimemashita): This anime would not be the same without Mizuki. He is a divine white snake who was shrouded with loneliness after his land god perished; however, after meeting Nanami, she relieved him from his lonesome state which eventually lead him to voluntarily becoming her familiar. Mizuki is a great character. Although he can be manipulative, his innocent, child-like self is so entertaining to watch. He also has a good sense of responsibility and loyalty. I enjoy his interactions with Nanami and Tomoe. Personally, the most memorable scene he’s in is when he’s practicing playing on the flute to accompany Nanami’s Kagura dance practice, but he can’t even make a sound! It had me in stitches! Here’s the clip, but I think it’s funnier within the context of the episode.

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Gin (Hotarubi no Mori e): It still breaks my heart when I think of Gin. Gin was abandoned in a forest when he was a baby. Taking pity on him, the forest lord casts a spell to save his life by making Gin’s body age slower than a normal human; however, if ever he comes into physical contact with another human, the spell would break, and he would disappear. It’s such a sad and cruel cost when Gin is such a sweetheart. Watching him is a breath of fresh air. He’s kind of like the boy-next-door. He would be one of my main reasons to rewatch the movie.

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Shiro (K-project): a.k.a Yashiro Isana. He is the main protagonist in the series, and the moment he was introduced to the screen, I liked him immediately. He has an eccentric personality, and later in the show, he becomes a pretty impressive character. Due to his whimsical but kindhearted nature, he is a likeable character, not only to me, but to the other characters in the show as well.

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Gokudera Hayato (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!): What drives Gokudera is his ambition to become the right-hand man of the 10th generation boss of the Vongola Family, Tsuna. And that ambition is what makes him such an interesting character. As a loyal character, he fights with everything he has for the Vongola Family and his comrades. Although he has a bad boy demeanor, he is one of the smartest guys in the gang. I think he is quite the charming character.


Thank you for reading! I’d love to know who your favorite white/silver hair characters are!

My Anime Binge List: April 2016

It’s a new month and it’s time to review what I’ve binged on in April. If you don’t know yet, this is a quick list that contains animes that I’ve marathoned within 24 hours during April, which usually implies that they are good animes if I can finish them in one day. Just a side note, I did not watch as many shows as I did in March (I don’t know, is that a good thing? Am I finally being more productive? *shock*). To be honest, I’m kind of falling off the my anime phase right now. It happens every year where I am all of the sudden not in the mood to watch any animes. If you haven’t noticed, I’m not posting consistently like before; however, I still very much love anime and will try to keep up with this blog. Does this happen to anyone else? Anyways, back to what you’re here for! Here are the animes I breezed through in April:

*I’ve linked the summaries to the titles for those who are not familiar with any of the series discussed below

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Kuragehime

Episodes: 11

Genre: Comedy, Josei, Slice of Life

♣ ♣ ♣

 

 

suisei-no-gargantiaSuisei no Gargantia

Episodes: 13

Genre: Action, Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi

 

 

 

kiseijuu-sei-no-kakuritsuParasyte -the maxim-

Episodes: 24

Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Seinen

 

 

 

ghost-hunt-sub___GqEYpufzdgGhost Hunt

Episodes: 25

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Shoujo, Supernatural

♣ ♣ ♣

 

 

hakkenden-touhou-hakken-ibunHakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

Episodes: 13

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Shoujo,Supernatural

 

 

 


♣ ♣ ♣ = BEST-LIKED

Saint☆Young Men Transcending Religion

To some people, religion is a sensitive topic, and here, we have a film that revolves around two iconic figures of religion: Jesus and Buddha. Heavy on Christian and Buddhist references, yet still maintaining respect for both of the religions, Saint☆Young Men is one of the most unique and charming movie I’ve ever come across.

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The story is about how Jesus and Buddha decides to take a vacation in Japan while trying to stay incognito by living like ordinary humans, which in their case is a difficult job with their godly powers of miracles and enlightenment that would automatically activate depending on the situation.

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Jesus trying to overcome his fear of submerging in water, but ends up parting the pool like the Red Sea.

It’s unique and refreshing to see figures that are so well known and worshipped around the world living in a small apartment and trying to make it to the grocery store in time for the sale events. I’m quite familiar with Christianity since I am Christian myself, so I was able to understand all of the references for the jokes relating to Jesus, which lead me to appreciate them more than if I didn’t have the background knowledge, which was the case with the Buddhism references. I didn’t find those jokes as hilarious compared to the ones about Jesus, but don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed every bit of it and the movie as a whole; my familiarity with Christianity just enhanced the whole experience. So, to those who are very knowledgeable with both of the religion, I think this movie will be even more enjoyable.

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The whole idea of humanizing these godly figures maybe controversial to some, but personally, I don’t think it is offensive at all. It really depends on how you look at it. This movie should not be approached with condescending eyes, but rather, it should just be taken at face value—entertainment. I highly doubt this movie was trying to convert anyone or disrespect the religions. If we’re really looking for some deep implications from this movie, it would be the notion that being empathetic and understanding to one another transcends any religion, culture, and race. Even though Jesus and Buddha have completely different ideologies, they try to understand each other, like how Buddha can’t eat meat and so Jesus will be considerate of that, and those compromises and understanding allows them to have a wonderful bromance. This compassion is not just confined between the two of them; it is also shown through the people that they encounter everyday.

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Visually, I found the movie beautiful. Moreover, it had a peaceful ambience about it. The character designs are a bit cartoonish; however, it seemed appropriate for the movie and it complement the characters and the background too. I honestly don’t think the movie would have the same impact or hilarity if Jesus and Buddha were drawn typical anime style with big, coloured eyes and detailed hair (although, Jesus still has beautiful hair anyways). The simplistic drawing style is befitting for this movie.

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I really enjoyed watching the OVA and the movie. The OVA focuses more on the perspective of Jesus and Buddha’s landlady, and a general introduction of the characters. The movie, then, is specifically centered on the antics of our two main figures. I suggest watching the OVA first to have the full experience. All in all, I definitely recommend this to anyone. I’m really glad I was able to come across this movie. I’m hoping they make a series out of it!