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

♣ ♣ ♣

 

 

74945lUshio to Tora

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: 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

 

 

 

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Episodes: 25

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Shoujo, Supernatural

♣ ♣ ♣

 

 

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Episodes: 13

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Shoujo,Supernatural

 

 

 


♣ ♣ ♣ = BEST-LIKED

What Kinds of Baths do Cute, Adult Men Take? (Orenchi No Furo Jijou)

Orenchi No Furo Jijou showcases the cute sides of hot men—or  is it sea creatures? In any case, this might be the first short anime that I’ve actually finished! I’ve never been into short episodes; however, this anime just kept me wanting to see more of what happens in Tatsumi’s bathroom!

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Is it just me or does his hair remind you of Pikachu?

Basically, everything begins when Tatsumi saves a merman that he sees collapsed on the side of the river. Then, he lets Wakasa (the merman) stay in his bathtub after finding out that the river that Wakasa lived in is now polluted with garbage. With an adult merman occupying his bathtub, Tatsumi experiences eccentric events and even more bizarre creatures that all occurs in his little bathroom.

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I can’t stress enough how hilarious this series is. It made me laugh every episode! Wakasa and his friends are so adorable even though they’re all the handsome, adult men type—aside from the jellyfish. So, I couldn’t help but fawn over them. Tatsumi and Wakasa’s bromance is so funny but heartwarming at the same time. I love all the weird antics that Wakasa does, and how Tatsumi just goes along with it. That boy has such a kind soul. Everyone in this anime is so cute. SO CUTE. I just can’t say that enough!

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The visuals in this series really stand out. When it’s not in cartoon chibi mode, the art is fantastic. The handsomeness and cuteness (can’t leave that out) of all the characters really shine through. My eyes were very pleased. Also, I enjoyed how this anime revolves around the bath. Coincidentally, I’ve been wondering if there is an anime that showcases the bath culture of Japan, and I thought that it would be interesting to see one that plays around with that theme. Although this anime doesn’t really focuses on the cultural aspect, it was still entertaining to see the characters take all kinds of baths, including an alcoholic one (I wonder if there are people who have actually immersed themselves in a bath full of wine).

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This anime definitely made my day! I recommend this if you’re in need of some laughter. Since it’s only around 4 minutes per episode and only 13 of them, it’s worth the watch. I actually wish there was more episodes, I already miss all that weird cuteness in this series.

 

Well I Wish I Could Be Psychic Too (Ghost Hunt)

Wow. Just wow. I haven’t been so intrigued with an anime that deals with ghosts and the likes since the time I watched Another. Ghost Hunt is one of the best supernatural animes I’ve seen!

The basis of the anime is about Mai, a highschool girl, who ends up working for the handsome, narcissistic Shibuya Kazuya a.k.a Naru, the manager of Shibuya Psychic Research, after accidentally causing his assistant to be injured. While working under Naru, Mai learns more about the paranormal world as well as discovering her latent abilities.

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It’s a funny coincidence that I stumbled upon this anime when I’ve lately been quite interested in psychic/mentalist stuff after watching a couple videos of Lior Suchard—a famous mentalist. He’s a pretty fascinating guy. If you haven’t heard of him, I highly recommend you check him out! Anyways, the anime reminded me of him since it deals with psychic abilities; however, that’s not all that kept me watching.

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First and foremost, the characters are all excellent. I love how diverse the main characters are—a psychic researcher, a highschool girl, a monk, a priestess, a Catholic priest, a spirit medium, and an onmyoji (yin and yang master). You’d think there would be at least one redundant character but no. I found that they all play an important role in the team and they really complement each other even though they practice totally different beliefs. Not only are they vital players in solving and exorcising spirits, they also provide the comical relief that this anime needs. I really have no complaints with the characters except that sometimes Mai gets ridiculously annoying when she just runs her mouth at Naru. I mean, I can understand where she’s coming from since her reasons can be morally justified, but I can’t help think that she just needs to shut up and have some faith on Naru. Plus, she’s like the newbie in the paranormal world, so she doesn’t know enough about the supernatural to the point where she can just lecture a pro. Other than that, Mai is pretty tolerable and she plays a key role in solving the mysteries.

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For the story, I liked how it’s not the generic solve-one-case-per-episode. Rather, the narrative is divided up into files where they would usually have 3-4 episodes to them, which really gives the cases more substance. I have to mention that there are some cases that gave me major creeps. The most notable one has to be “The Doll House” which is the second file that they tackle. One heck of creepy episode I tell you. It gave me the same feels as live-action horror films do like the Paranormal series. And I think that’s an accomplishment for an anime that takes on the horror genre. Many animes with this genre doesn’t really live up to the nature of it, so I was surprised that I got that spooked when I watched this anime. However, I have to note that not all the files have that horror aspect to it, but that doesn’t really degrade them in any way. All the files have their own engrossing elements that’ll keep you watching.

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I wish this anime had more episodes like Detective Conan does. Not once did my attention or interest falter from watching all 25 episodes in one go. It has all the right components that can keep it going. I highly, highly recommend this anime, especially to those who favor supernatural/mystery genres.

The Mystery Behind Finishing Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro

Detective Conan-demon style? Well, it’s something like that. Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro was interesting enough for me to finish all of its 25 episodes, and I think that already says a lot.

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This anime is about a demon named Nougami Neuro who ate all of hell’s mystery. In order to sate his hunger, he ascends to Earth to hunt for the ultimate mystery. Neuro employs Yoko as a cover since he can’t make it obvious that he is a demon. Yoko is a high school girl who agrees to work with Neuro because of the promise that he will help solve her father’s brutal murder. So as Yoko becomes more famous with each case they solve, the more delicious and complex cases they encounter, including clues to Yoko’s mystery.

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I started this series thinking that I will probably quit on the first episode, but low and behold, I ended up completing all twenty-five of them. What’s odd about it is that this anime wasn’t crazy interesting, nor did it really stimulate me to guess who the murder for each crime was. In actuality, the perpetrators were pretty obvious—to the point where some episodes would just blatantly show 90% of their face during their murderer act. Rather, the anime would focus on how the criminals executed their crime and their motivations. So what kept me watching? Honestly, I think it was because of how easy it was to understand what was going on. Also, I really liked the Neuro-Yoko combo, they provided great comic relief to balance the brutality that happens during every episode. Likewise, Neuro by himself was such a great character to watch; not to mention that he was pretty attractive…his human form anyways. And as usual, I would look forward to any sign of a romantic spark between Neuro and Yoko—if there was any.

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I can’t say that I rate this anime high up in my list though. If anything, it’s a pretty mediocre series. There were some dull cases here and there, and I thought that Yoko’s mystery would have more presence during the show, but it wasn’t really until the last four episodes that it was addressed. Also, I found it a bit inane and repetitive that a lot of the suspects would start laughing as a soon as they were named the criminal and then they would show their true colours which would usually be in a demonic-looking form of their motivation. I guess it was a way to show a juxtaposition between the actual demon who was solving crimes and humans who gives in to their demons and commit the crimes.

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Overall, I don’t know if I would recommend this series, but maybe if a pretty cool demon detective interests you, I think this might be worth the watch.

Where is the Love?: I Want a Second Season (Zombie-Loan)

I really enjoy watching Zombie-Loan. It’s one of those animes that I turn to when I’m craving a light supernatural comedy.

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This anime is about a girl, Michiru, who possess eyes that can see black rings around people’s necks which signifies their impending death. One day, she catches a glimpse of black rings around the necks of the two popular boys, Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana, from her school who are famous for miraculously surviving a viaduct accident where about twenty people died. The two actually did die at the accident but they made deal with a loan office called Z-Loan where they must hunt down zombies if they want to stay alive. When Chika and Shito find out that Michiru is able to see the death rings, they use her to help them with their part time job.

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What I find makes this anime interesting are the characters. I think that Michiru, Chika, and Shito are very dynamic. They have different sides to them and they’re back story is really interesting. I like how they progressively develop throughout the episodes, especially Michiru. In the beginning she used to be a pretty feeble, pushover character, but then her resolve grows stronger and she will try to defend herself when she can; however, I do have a complaint. I don’t understand why she keeps wearing her glasses. I mean, it’s understandable in the beginning, but I would’ve thought that she would be over her trauma after working in Z-Loan. Michiru could have honestly identified zombies faster if she just ditched the glasses. Moving on, Chika and Shito make a great duo. They complement each other and they’re entertaining to watch.

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The storyline is interesting as well; it never really bore me. It’s unfortunate though that they’re not making a second season. I ended up reading the manga just to find out what happens after and there is so much more exciting events that unfold! A lot of things that were left unexplained in this anime are explained and things just start tying together. I have to mention that the anime does play out a bit differently than the manga. There’s some things from the manga that I wish the anime included. In the anime, they don’t really show Chika and Shito’s developing feelings for Michiru, and if they did, it would be pretty ambiguous. The manga, however, makes their feelings show through a little bit more explicitly (blushing, jealousy, etc.). If there is a second season, I think that’s where the romantic sparks would be active; another reason why I think it’s regretful this anime is discontinued.

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Personally, this anime is ambiguous in a sense that I can never be fully satisfied with it despite liking it a lot. So I would still recommend this to anyone because it’s a fun one to watch.

 

I Wish I Could Run Like Them (Prince of Stride: Alternative)

For the most part, Prince of Stride: Alternative was pretty entertaining. It was visually pleasing to watch. I mean, who doesn’t like watching good-looking guys race each other?

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The quick rundown on this anime is it revolves around the Honan Stride team, mainly focusing on the three new first-year members: Nana, Takeru, and Riku. Once the trio joined, the team finally had enough members to participate in Stride competitions which are extreme relay races run in courses made out of city streets. The team’s ultimate goal is to win the End of Summer tournament.

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One of the things I really liked in this series is the art. I loved how vibrant it was. Also, I do like how the characters look— ahem, Kuga-senpai; without a doubt, the anime was full of good-looking racers. The races themselves were very impressive. They kind of inspired me to start vaulting on railings and tumbling in the air, but I’m no parkour practitioner. In any case, the competitions were very exciting and fun. Prince of Stride really makes me wish for Stride races to exist in reality. I would definitely attend them!— as a spectator of course.

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Despite all of the visual appeals and exciting competitions, I have to note that the character narratives were pretty humdrum. I didn’t find any of the characters’ past particularly interesting, especially, Riku’s. Honestly, I think the anime was pretty redundant with Riku’s trauma. The way he overcame his trauma was not that moving. I’m going to be honest and admit that I invested my time watching this anime because I thought I would see some romance between Nana and the members of the Honan Stride team. I mean, one girl in the midst of attractive guys, there’s bound to be some romantic sparks in the air right? In the end, my hopes could only be played out in my imagination. The anime mostly focused on the Stride competitions, the characters’ pasts, and teamwork which, I guess, is really the basis of a sports anime.

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I want to wrap up this review by saying that this anime is refreshing to watch because of the unique sport that it introduces along with stunning visuals. Also, I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Free!– Takeru is almost identical to Haru!

Brothers Conflict

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Brothers Conflict is basically about Hinata Ema who ends up having to live with her 13 step-brothers in a grand residence after her father remarries their mother. The only girl in a midst of the attractive Asahina brothers? Certainly, more than familial bonds are being formed.

I’ve watched other reverse-harem genre and personally, none can ever live up to Ouran HighSchool Host Club. This anime also falls below OHSHC; however, it is definitely one of the more tolerable and somewhat interesting on the list. Having been able to finish this series without a break already says something about its interesting factor.

One of the aspects that this anime  is not up to par with OHSHC is Hinata Ema’s character. Honestly, I can’t stand weak-willed, soft-spoken girls as the main character, especially when they are surrounded with men. Her character needed to tone down her damsel-in-distress pheromones. I couldn’t stand how she could easily be embraced or kissed by the brothers and she doesn’t even fight back! Like honey, where’s your girl power at? It would have definitely been more interesting if she had more spirit when dealing with the brothers.

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One of the main factors that kept me streaming each episode is the Asahina brothers. They definitely kept each episode entertaining, but I have to note on the lack of character development on some of them. I noticed that this season mostly concentrated on the triplet brothers. Of course, it is difficult to have all 13 of them with complex narratives when this series only runs for 12 episodes; so I really hope that this anime will have another season. There was just too many loose ends that needed tying. That being said, this anime did a good job keeping me guessing on which brother Hinata will end up falling for. In this season, like I said, never really confirmed any of my speculations, which is why a second season would be nice. I’m rooting for Louis and Hikaru because I think they are the most compelling out of the thirteen, but sadly, I do doubt that they will ever get the spotlight.

Well, that’s all my thoughts on this series! If you feel like soothing your eyes with beautiful characters, I would recommend watching this!

 

Every Second Counts (Death Parade)

Death Parade is an anime that will trigger so many emotions in every episodes. I was absolutely hooked from the very get go.

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The anime takes place at a mysterious bar where people who just died will compete in games that will decide whether their souls will be reincarnated or sent to an abysmal void. The bartender serves as an arbiter for the games along with a nameless girl as his assistant. Well, that’s the basic gist of it. However, my quick summary does not even cover the very essence of this anime.

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What I enjoyed watching was the various characters in each episodes and the development of their emotions. Every episode focuses on different pairs who each have their own story. While playing the games, shards of their lives and the moment they died unfold before them, and the connection between the pairs become apparent. It’s really gripping watching the connection between their memories. It keeps you on the edge of your seat because you never know who gets sent for reincarnation or to the void, even though it may seem obvious, until the moment the elevators close. That is one of the many reasons why every episode is so riveting down to its last second.

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Aside from the pairs, the relationship between the bartender, Decim, and the nameless woman is so interesting to watch. I love how they complement each other. Honestly, I hoped for more between them-ahem…like romance- but even without it, their relationship was still captivating to watch.

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I can’t forget to mention the OP! It’s probably one of the best I’ve seen. I usually tend to skip OPs since they’re repetitive; however, the OP for this anime is super catchy, along with fun visuals, so it’s a waste to just skip over it when it’s so entertaining.

Anyways, that’s my thoughts for this show. If you haven’t watched it, you’re missing out on something fantastic!