KanColle Anime Review

KanColle

For a good year or so there has been a lot of hype and popularity about KanColle. I didn’t know much about this except that it was a card game and that each character represented certain ships. Either way I decided to give this a watch. =)

  1. SYNOPSIS

In this world humanity has lost control of the oceans to the “Deep Sea Fleet”. A group of fleet girls, who possess the spirit of past iconic warships, are called the “Kanmusu”, and are humanity’s only hope. The story revolves around Fubuki, a little destroyer who comes to the naval base to train with other Kanmusu to hone her skills and go off to battle.

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Military
  • Sci-Fi
  • School
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

In my head I thought KanColle was going to be a mixture of Girls Und Panzer and Strike Witches. My thinking was right except for the obvious difference, girls battling with ship parts attached to their body. The ship parts that are attached to their body act like battle armour. I also gathered that each character in the show is based on past Japanese warships.

I really like the concept of this show. It’s very quirky and refreshing.

One of my favourite charms of the show is the way the girls rejuvenate themselves after being damaged in battled. It’s both fun and quirky. I was confused at first when Akagi and Atago kept referring the huge baths as ‘docks.’ I eventually figured out that these ‘docks’ actually ‘repair’ the characters when they’re soaking in baths. It usually takes Akagi longer to heal since she’s super strong but if the Admiral gives her special water then she can heal in a matter of seconds.

I was surprised and saddened by Kisaragi’s death, or in Kancolle’s term ‘sunk.’ You can expect death in action type anime but as this was a light-hearted show I assumed that no deaths would occur. Mutsuki was somewhat in-denial and didn’t want to accept Kisaragi’s death as a possibility. Deep down, everyone knew. Fubuki eventually helped Mutsuki to come to terms with the loss.

I heard a lot of hype centring about this girl called Shimakaze. She is quite cute and eccentric. She even has her own gun type mascots. It’s all quite funny. She has great battle style and she sort of works well together with her mascots. She seems to be a very carefree type who isn’t necessarily rebellious but is not good at being punctual.

I like pretty much all the characters really as they’re all unique in their own way.

Kongou is among my favourite characters and it’s a big bonus that she came from Britain. I’m probably a little biased in that regard. Haha. I noticed in anime that generally most characters that are British or American are depicted with blonde hair. This is probably to show that these characters are definitely from the western continent. It’s not a criticism, far from it, but I do find it refreshing to see a British character with light brown hair. =)

My initial view on Kongou was very much like Fubuki’s. I thought she was going to be strong and cool like Akagi but with a more bubbly personality. However, she has turned out to be very eccentric and a happy-go-lucky type of girl who wants to get it on with the Admiral. Haha. In fact, I actually like her more than my initial views. She actually helped Fubuki to reach a closure with Kisaragi’s death. That was a sweet moment.

I didn’t know what I was expecting really, but I certainly expected to see the Admiral as a character. But, he never appears in the normal way. It’s difficult to explain but it’s like the Admiral shares the same perspective as the viewer. So, I could easily imagine myself as the Admiral and interacting with the characters of the show.

Kongou started to grow on me after a couple of episodes. She really is cool and energetic. I love it especially when she breaks out English words like “what” and general curses in English. Haha. It is nice that she nominated Fubuki to be in charge of the Carrier Squad One… I think that’s what they’re called. I naturally assumed that Kongou was going to be the leader as she is probably the strongest in that group.

Akagi is showing a lot of her innocence too. In the curry episode she didn’t pay much heed to the competition and just munched away at the ingredients. That was especially cute. I felt a bit sorry for the teacher that lost. I felt that Nagato should have let the teacher won as it clearly left a mental scar.

One of my favourite moments in this show is the introduction of Yamato. I think she is an absolute beauty. I love her personality and the colour of her plum hair. I think by this point I started to understand the concept of this show more. The heavier the armour on the girl, the hungrier she will get. So, Yamato would need more food than Akagi as she wears more armour. I’m under the impression that food acts more like their fuel. Yamato’s food needs are bigger than Akagi’s, but Akagi’s food needs are bigger than Fubuki’s. Girls are really cute when they eat, probably because they pout and cheeks puff out whilst they munch.^^/

In the same episode of Yamato’s introduction, Kongou corrects Fubuki on how the world “hotel” is pronounced. It’s not “ho-te-ru” it’s “hotel!” That was such a good moment. My favourite English word she uses is still “what!?” Kongou is slowly becoming my favourite character at this point. =D It was sweet how Fubuki was trying to encourage Yamato to venture out into the ocean, even if it meant facing punishment from Nagato.

Aww, Yuudachi upgraded into a new model design. She looks cute. For some reason, I seem to think she grew more innocent both in personality and in appearance. Perhaps it’s her hairstyle that looks like a pair of rabbit ears?

I really did feel for Fubuki. One minute she went from being the flagship in her unit and receiving a pat on the head from Akagi to being sent back to the navy district. Once again it was Kongou who comforted the crying Fubuki. She is eccentric and cute but she also very talented when it comes to comforting people, evident in this scene. The clue does come from the opening song video where we see Fubuki in the rain. She looked to her side to find a smiling Kongou with an umbrella. To me, that part of the video shows that no matter how hard the rain falls, Kongou will always be the sunshine in Fubuki’s rain. The sad scene was followed up by “Sssh, quiet please!” I can’t help but smile and laugh every time she breaks out an English phrase.

I did suspect that Fubuki was going to be called back for a strong reason. It turns out that she was going to be upgraded to a stronger model.

In other news, the ending song is really growing on me. The title of the song “Fubuki” is aptly named. I can’t get the song out of my head. It’s literally the first thing I hear when I wake up in the morning.

Well, will you look at that. The Admiral has gone missing. My response comes in the form of me shrugging my shoulders. Haha. I can’t really get behind the Admiral character as we don’t see him. I really do think that the Admiral is supposed to be us, the viewer. So, I could be the Admiral. If I was the real Admiral though I would get out of my office and spend more time with the ladies. I’d also invite Yamato onto my lap all day long.

Ahem-

Enough of my delusions!

Fubuki had one of those moments where she is completely caught up in her own importance. This was highly demonstrated when she didn’t stop to talk to Akagi, one of her most important people.  She realised her mistake in the end. It happens to the best of us. One never stops learning, no matter how old you are. =)

It was nice when Akagi asked Fubuki to be her escort. I did see it coming. Does Akagi even need an escort? By what I’ve seen, she seems plenty of strong enough. Still, it’s nice that the two can spend some time at sea together. It was a good endurance test for Fubuki and in the end she came out triumphant. She completed Kaga’s “test”. Not only did she become Akagi’s escort, she even got a new model. Her armour looks cool but her physical appearance stayed the same. I’m especially pleased about that.

Oicchi’s obsession for Kitamara is really not healthy. I know they’re sisters but I think Oicchi needs to give Kitamara some space, but Kitamara doesn’t look like she minds too much. I like how laid back she is.

Eep, Akagi is trying to change the fate of everyone and is leading the fighting group. It looks like she’s in a lot of trouble in episode 11. Cliffhanger time. I wonder why Fubuki and Kongou are left behind. Perhaps they’ll come in time to save the day? With Yamato? I’m pleased that she ended up going out to sea in the end. She looks very sophisticated and cool when she was ready to launch. =)

I wonder what the enemy girls are like. When I look at them they appear to be robotic, as if they’re being controlled. It makes me wonder if these enemy girls have emotions or individuality traits. I am especially intrigued about the Airfield Princess. At this moment I think she is the enemy’s trump card.

The last episode was good. It was a very intense battle and all the fleet girls were trying their best to change their fate. It was especially exciting when Nagato appeared at the battle scene. I thought she was a complete badass when she was fighting. We find out in the last episode as well that the Admiral is back and alive. My response to that… comes in the form of shrugging my shoulders. Haha.

I really enjoyed this show and I’m looking forward towards the future sequel. =)

  1. CONCLUSION

One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky. (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

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THANKS FOR READING

Yamato

I was actually expecting this show to air 24 episodes in this season and was somewhat surprised to find that it’s only 12. I’m not exactly shocked but I’m more disappointed because I did enjoy this anime. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Witchcraft Works Volume Three Review

Witchcraft Works Volume Three Cover

  1. SYNOPSIS

The first stage of Honoka’s seal, the “white stuff” has been broken and has been unleashed in the form of a powerful maiden who goes by the name “Evermillion”. What will happen now that Evermillion has surfaced? Can Honoka keep Kazane in the dark or will she be able to sniff him out before it’s too late?

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Supernatural
  • Seinen[1]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

My oh my, that Evermillion sure is powerful, to be able to destroy a building and cause a landslide in a matter of seconds. I wouldn’t be surprised if she is actually the most powerful character in the series, perhaps more so then Kazane herself. Kazane’s reaction was funny. I seriously would not want to get on the wrong side of her. I like Evermillion already. My initial thoughts were that she looked and acted like a wicked witch from a fairy tale. However, up until now this hasn’t been the case. I especially like the way she told Honoka off as he kept on doubting Kagari’s ability, which caused her to be petrified by Medusa.

Those kissing on the cheek scenes were lovely and my favourite part of this volume.

I did cringe somewhat when Kagari made Takamiya the School Council President by abusing her own authority as “princess”. I did laugh but I cringed through embarrassment as I felt empathy for Takamiya. If I was in his position, I wouldn’t know where to put my face. Haha. Touko was the only one in the council team that didn’t show any animosity towards Honoka when he was made the President. I actually thought that Ayaka was going to kick her out of the team as I got the impression that she didn’t like Touko very much. I’m glad she stayed part of the council.

Oh boy, Kasumi… she’s very brave to try and take out Ayaka. I think the tranquiliser would have worked if Ayaka hadn’t had a connection with Honoka. I do wonder about Kasumi’s obsession with her brother though, it’s quite extreme. I didn’t like the way she shouted at her mum though. Granted, the mum’s sensitivity is cute but I don’t think shouting at her was very nice. Honoka was right to scold her.

I laughed hardest when Ayaka spotted the teddy bear carrying a tied up Honoka. Something like that should have been more dramatic with sound effects, but yet, it felt very casual. To me, that’s what makes it more hilarious. What I especially found funny was at the end page when Ayaka bribed Touko to hand over her seat as vice president.

Medusa is quite an ok character, she seems fairly laid back. Probably a little bit too laid back at times. Her underlings, Tanpopo and co, are severely weak. I don’t even know why they bother to get involved as you just know they’re going to lose. Ayaka doesn’t even see them as threats, thus choosing to ignore them, even when they went out of their room. I don’t even see them as villains, even if they are tower witches.

…oh dear. Kazane has finally discovered that Medusa and her underlings are living in Honoka’s house.

I’m really looking forward to the fight of Ayaka with Medusa’s form to fight against Kazane. I reckon that’s going to be a clash of two power houses right there. I also get quite engaged with Kazane’s intensity, it’s like she’s roaring when she shouts. She’s the type who wears her heart on her sleeve and is very expressive, quite the opposite of her daughter in fact. Anyway, I think I’m right in thinking that Medusa indirectly blackmailed Ayaka into combining their bodies together…

My reason is that Medusa knows that the first stage of Honoka’s powers [Evermillion] has been released. If Kazane finds out then that means that Honoka could be sealed and Ayaka wouldn’t want that, and I don’t think Honoka would either. Plus, Medusa, being the tower witch, will probably grass Honoka up since she actually witnessed Evermillion’s appearance. So, in order to keep Medusa quiet, Ayaka probably offered herself as Medusa’s vessel. I wonder what’s going to happen there. It’s going to be good, whatever may happen next.

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumb’s-Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Witchcraft Works Thanks for Reading

I’m really enjoying the manga version of Witchcraft Works; I especially like the back pages and facts about the story. I’m not sure if I prefer the anime version or manga version at this moment, I just think that they both have their own charm. During Evermillion’s appearance I pictured her theme music that was aired in the anime. I find it really catchy and exciting; it gives you the vibe that a strong character has made his/her presence known. It suits Evermillion very well. =)

Thanks for reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] The target audience of this manga is towards an older gentleman with the age range from 18 to 30.

High School DxD: Asia and Koneko’s Secret Contract!? Manga Review

Asia and Koneko Secret Contract Front Covetr

I’m now reviewing one of my many recent manga purchases. =D

  1. SYNOPSIS

Asia Argento, a former nun of the church, has been reincarnated into Rias Gremory’s bishop. Now she must grant the requests of her clients with the help of fellow devil and Rias’ rook, Koneko Toujou. Can these two devils grant the desired wishes of their clients or will the devil’s work prove too much for them to handle?

  1. THEME
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[1]
  • Fantasy
  • Seinen[2]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

The main series is not exactly serious like Attack on Titan but it’s not on the cheesy side either. For me High School DxD has the correct balance of humour, suspense, action and fanservice. In this spin-off it’s just plain humour and full of light-hearted cuteness.

I know that this is technically a spin-off but I feel like this could have easily happened in the main story. Since the protagonist is Issei it’s usually always from his point of view as the story mainly revolves around him. But in this story it revolves around Asia and it’s from her own point of view. This spin-off gives us the idea the sort of jobs Asia undertakes with the help of Koneko.

The art is impeccably cute and it especially highlights the demure and gentle personality of Asia. The art I think has that effect on all the characters. Usually I think Rias is hot but I just find her too cute in the story to think “hubba, hubba” and wail like a wolf. Haha. The front cover told me straight away that this was not going to be a serious story. Whilst it’s not overly serious I find it just as enjoyable as the main story.

I like it how Asia wears her habit. She seemed to have pretty much ditched this in the main story. But by wearing this in this particular manga it highlights her innocence more, since being reincarnated into a devil. I seem to think that all of this happened between Asia being revived and Riser’s introduction. Then again, this could have easily happened any time, but only after Asia was reincarnated into Rias’ bishop.

All the tasks are very simple and the system has similar principles to callisthenics where the clients would stamp on the devil’s piece of paper. Asia needs to get so many stamps and smiles so she can qualify as a devil. She may be fragile and gentle but she has shown that she is willing to go out of her comfort zone like dressing up in various outfits and performing in front of a group of children.

The fanservice was tamer then I expected but there were still cheeky moments in certain scenes, mostly in the hot springs chapter. It felt somewhat peculiar as Issei’s involvement was less frequent but I find it refreshing that the spotlight was on Asia. However, whilst he was just a supporting character he is still in her fantasy thoughts, so he’s still relevant in that manner.

  1. BONUS

There were a few 4-Koma[3] chapters and extra chapters that appear sporadically throughout this spin-off.

  1. CONCLUSION

This was very relaxing to read. This might be a spin-off but I feel that this could have easily have happened in the main story. The fanservice was much tamer then I thought it would be and the art was adorable. I nearly forgot that Koneko is the other main character of the story, and yet, I’ve been nattering about Asia all this time. Oh well!

I can read this hundreds of times and never tire of it. To me, this is a perfect spin-off of a perfect manga. =D

Two Thumb’s-Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Non Non Biyori Wallpaper

I’m looking forward to certain anime this year, especially High School DxD: Born which is going to air in April. Hopefully Crunchyroll will sub this. =) I think I’m going to enjoy KanColle. I’ve heard a lot about it and it appeals to me, so, I’m going to give it a watch. =)

Thanks for reading.
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] This manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[2] The target audience of this manga is towards an older gentleman with the age range from 18 to 30.

[3] 4-Koma (also known as four cell manga and Yonkoma Manga) consist of comic strips of four panels on each page.

Senran Kagura Skirting Shadows Volume One Review

Senran Kagura Skirting Shadows Volume 1

  1. SYNOPSIS

To the average eye Hanzou[1] National Academy is a prestigious school. However, unbeknown to the average student this school educates five special female students who are training and learning to be ninjas. Asuka and her friends represent the good ninja and strive to bring justice and peace to Japan. However, Hanzou’s rival ninja school, Hebi[2], have opposite views on this matter. How will Asuka and her friends handle Hebi’s slithering advances?

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[3]
  • Martial Arts
  • School
  • Supernatural
  • Seinen[4]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I was slightly hyped up for this when I saw the advertisements for the game and after I played the game. It’s one of my favourite games for the Nintendo 3DS. If I enjoyed the game then I would probably enjoy the manga as well. So, I’ve acquired myself the first volume of Senran Kagura.

What I enjoyed the most here is the action and all the girls beating each other to a bloody pulp. Haha. Whilst it’s no secret that there’s heavy fanservice in this manga I do think there is a hidden agenda to this manga. As well as going through physical battles with one another, each character is going through personal battles as well. Katsuragi desires a strong opponent to push her to the limits, Hibari is battling her low self-confidence in her abilities as a ninja and Ikaruga has family issues.

I like all the characters. Katsuragi is your perverted girl who acts like a lecherous old man. Despite her in-your-face attitude she is someone you can depend on and will get serious if she needs to. She also seems to have a bit of a sad history that involves her dog. She also has a kickass fighting style that involves a lot of upside down helicopter kicks. I tend to do very well when I play as Katsuragi in the game. Haha.

Hibari is a very sweet girl, and like Hinata from the Naruto series she isn’t really cut out to be a ninja due to her kind personality. However, much like Hinata from the Naruto series she is determined to hone her skills as a ninja and go beyond. I think that she might be holding herself back because deep down it isn’t in her nature to hurt people. Ironically, I’m not sure if it’s because of her alias with the Rabbit, but she seems to have very heightened senses.

Then we have Yagyuu, who is very cool and very strong. Probably a little bit too over-protective of Hibari but she really rocks that eye-patch. Was she secretly assigned to look over Hibari? Or, is Yagyuu looking over Hibari of her own choice? Asuka is a nice girl, but I would like to learn more about her. It’s funny and quirky that all the girls hide their scrolls in their chests and up their skirts. How does Katsuragi manage to hold the scroll in her skirt in the first? Actually. It would be best that I remain ignorant, so I will withdraw my own question. XD

Finally, we have Ikaruga, the mature and big sister type character. She is my favourite character. Whilst she is mature and dependable I do get the sense that she might be a little bit naïve, almost to the point where she isn’t really that street wise. Perhaps it’s because she was adopted into her family and had a hard time growing up. I also get the sense that she often wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s mature but she’s also very cute when it comes to expressing her emotions.

The students of Hebi, or at least certain ones, invade Hanzou and battle certain students like Asuka and Katsuragi. So far, it seems like it’s a bit one-sided. Kiryuu’s choice of words to his students was interesting. I think his mind was a bit conflicted. I think he was about to praise the girls after they survived Hebi’s onslaught, but thought otherwise. In his mind he probably thought that reassuring them might do more harm than good. So, he decided to give them a bit of tough love treatment. Evidently, it seems like it had the desired effect judging by their reactions.

  1. BONUS

There weren’t really extras at the end, just comments by Mori, the PR and in charge of advertisement and Kinichiro Takaki. There is a postscript and a page describing Yagyuu’s daily activities. That’s worth a read in my opinion. =)

  1. CONCLUSION

Despite the heavy fanservice I do think we have a potential plot on our hands. Haruka appears to be interested in Hibari. It’ll be interesting to see why. When you look at the ‘evil people’ you would think that they are literally evil. However, I think in this case they act pretty normal and some of their reactions to situations are rather comedic, especially Haruka’s.

I must say that it’s pretty much what I’ve expected. It’s just full of girls beating the snot out of each other but with the juicy bonus of exposing skin. What were the odds of that happening? Haha. It’s pretty much like the game but this is the 2D version of the 3D (obviously) haha. I’ve enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would but at this moment in time I do think I prefer the game over the manga. Probably because the game has a lot more story material then the manga. I do think that is to be expected though.

One-Thumb’s Up. (My Rating System)

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  1. OFF-TOPIC

High School DxD BorN

The airing date for High School DxD 3rd season has been confirmed. It’s going to air in April 2015 and its official title is “High School DxD BorN”. Many theories come to mind why the word ‘BorN’ is present but for now I’ll keep those thoughts reserved. I’m just delighted that we finally have a confirmation date. Hopefully Crunchyroll will air this online. 🙂

Monster Musume Volume 5 is also number one in the New York Times for the second week in a row. I can’t express how happy I am to see MonMusu doing so well in the western market.

I also think that SevenSeas is slowly becoming my favourite manga publishers. They’re practically licensing all the manga that I like and they interact with the fans via Tumblr and Twitter. =)

THANKS FOR READING

Senran Kagura Burst

It’s quite ironic since I never planned to review this manga at all, but all of a sudden I just felt like reading this. Reading Senran Kagura has suddenly tempted me to play the Senran Kagura Burst game.

I really enjoy that game but I gave myself a break as I’m a bit stuck. I’m doing very well playing as Ikaruga and Katsuragi and doing fairly well with Asuka. However, I must say that I’m really struggling getting past the first few hurdles with Hibari. I could go on further with Ikaruga but I want to try and have Hibari catch up and reach her level. At this moment in time thought it’s proving to be difficult. Haha.

On that note, I’m going to play Senran Kagura Burst. I’ll see you folks around. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] Hanzou Academy is named after the famous samurai and ninja of the Sengoku era, Hattori Hanzō. He was credited to saving the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu and assisted him to become the ruler of united Japan.

[2] Hebi is Japanese translation for “snake”.

[3] This manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[4] The target audience of this manga is towards an older gentleman with the age range from 18 to 30.

Mushibugyou to release multiple OVAs

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Konichiwa.^^/

 

I’m pleased to hear of the news that the anime, Mushibugyou, will release a couple of OVAs in the near future. The first one will be released on 18th July. July is going to be a very good month for me, in more ways than one.^^

 

For those who haven’t seen the anime or read the manga, Mushibugyou is set in Tokyo during the Edo-era. Tokugawa Yoshimune, the eighth shogun, created a new magistrate unit, the Mushibugyou, to protect the civilians from giant insects. Mushi is another term for insects/bugs and bugyou means Magistrate. =)

 

I first saw this on Crunchyroll and I must admit, my expectations were low and they didn’t really grow much for the first 8 episodes or so. I started to enjoy this a lot, lot more when a certain character made her debut. From then on, I would wait excitedly for each episode to be released weekly. All the characters are quirky, the fights are very good, the girls have beautiful designs and there is no heavy drama involved. This became an instant favourite of mine and I was severely disappointed when it ended. I also enjoyed the relationships that the girls had with Jinbei. They were all unique and endearing; the forbidden love between Jinbei and Kuroageha was especially interesting.

 

Apparently, the whole season of Mushibugyou covered a good 100 chapters of the alternative manga; Joujuu Senjin!! Mushibugyou. I heard as well that the conclusion of the fight in the anime differed to that of the manga. I wasn’t too surprised when I heard this because the same situation happened with Sekirei. In the latest season, Sekirei: Pure Engagement, in order so as not to run ahead of the Manga, the production crew created a conclusive storyline. Ironically, I find it interesting that Seven Arcs produced both Mushibugyou and Sekirei.

 

If I were to change anything, I would have divided the anime show into more than one season. If the anime had covered all the arcs, it would have caught up with the timeline in the manga. I would assume the anime would have missed out a lot of the plot from the manga and likely added a few anime-only materials in order to conclude the story. Apart from that, I have no qualms.^^

 

It makes me wonder what will happen in the OVAs. If they really did catch up with the events in the manga then it would mean that these OVAs will be anime-only materials. I anticipate that we will get a beach episode because there’s official artwork of the beautiful female cast wearing bikinis and have that “beach” feel to them. Plus, it seems imperative for most anime to have at least one beach orientated episode. Haha. =D

 

It would be nice if Mushibugyou was released in English, perhaps licensed by Seven Seas or Kodansha. Sadly, it doesn’t look like this will happen, at least not in the near future. It even has a game out for the 3DS, but I can’t get it, since its Japan only. My only hope really is for Mushibugyou anime to be licensed by America, then the UK. I think MVM will more likely go after this anime rather than Manga Entertainment, I don’t know why, it’s just an inkling. =)

 

At some point I will write a more comprehensive review of this anime as I really, really like it and have a lot to say. I have two music CD’s sung by the characters Hibachi and Oharu and the 2014 calendar of Mushibugyou. It’s currently May/June and it is a collage photo of Jinbei. What fun. =)

 

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Grudges

ImageGood Friday! ^^/

 

Are you the type of person who holds grudges? I was, I had many in fact.

 

Growing up was painful in many aspects, especially if you can’t communicate well. I sometimes would say things that were rude and not realise that they were rude. Or, I said things I knew were rude but I didn’t know how to explain myself. I was a bit scared to explain why I said things in case I was being judged. I didn’t want to do anything that was deemed as “wrong” or do anything to tarnish my ‘polite gentleman’ reputation known to everyone.

 

It did feel that I was often judged because of the things I said. I would receive a stern telling off for being “rude” and “ignorant” and generally having no manners. I was always fighting a losing battle and not being able to explain my actions was extremely painful and it somewhat scarred me. Later on in life I received harsher warnings and criticisms if I made a mistake or messed something up that put everyone out.

 

So, I ended up having a grudge against many people, especially my teachers. From my point of view they showed no interest in trying to understand my needs. Or rather, they thought they knew me but really they didn’t know a thing. I felt they were being cruel for no reason. It was always a losing battle. I would sit back and let them tell me off for being “rude” because I knew if I attempted to explain, or I would be accused of “answering back”.  It always a ‘heads you win, tales, I lose’ situation.

 

They looked from their point of view and never tried to look from mine. Did they think that I wanted to be rude? How did they think I would feel when they were constantly reminding me of my mistakes? It’s not like I ever intended to be rude or deliberately get things wrong. So, why did everyone have to yell at me for doing something or saying something unintentional? Many emotions and many thoughts ran amok through my mind.

 

I think really, because it was an SEN school we were bought up to be polite “ladies” and polite “gentlemen”. When we greeted anyone, we were expected to shake hands as it was the “right thing” to do. But realistically shaking hands would only happen during formal occasions not on a daily basis. All in all I think that they were trying hard to make me into a “man” that they lost sight of me as a person. So, if I said anything “rude” or did anything “wrong” my teachers were quick to let me know.

 

As you can imagine, I had little confidence when I left school. I was scared to have my own personality and make friends with people in case I was judged or I said the wrong thing. This is where some of my grudges came from. I had a grudge towards many people as I felt I was never given the freedom to be myself, instead, I had to act in different ways to meet certain people’s “expectations.”

 

Now I’m a lot older I realised, naturally, that there are many people with many colourful personalities. So, why could I not have my own personality? My confidence sky rocketed towards the latter part of my Uni days and I like to think that I have an identity that I call my own. Many different people accepted me for the person I was and this made me feel more confident about myself.  I gradually relaxed more and made some friends. =)

 

It still felt bitter though, because I felt that I did miss out on making friends in my younger days.  Not now though. How I am right now has nothing to do with my past self. I’m in a good place and I have no need to bear grudges against the “scars” of my past. We can think about the past, we can consider what happens tomorrow but we all actually live for the moment. So that’s why I’m no longer caught up with living in the past. I am here, right now, sharing this story with a smile on my face. I’m in a good frame of mind.

 

It’s important to bear in mind that people who misunderstood me did not necessarily act out of malice, but out of ignorance and lack of consideration. That’s how I see it.

 

Ahem-

 

I’m not thinking about the past (at least until I was writing this blog, haha) I’m thinking; which food shall I eat now? Which new Anime shall I watch now? I hope Date A Live is available on Crunchyroll. Should I re-watch D-Frag? I fancy writing some notes of my story. I partly fancy drawing a fanart of Kirisaki Onodera from Nisekoi: False Love. I also want to watch the Simpsons on Sky One. Haha.

 

What do I feel like doing now?

 

That’s the question I always ask myself, and it’s the question that I’m asking myself right now. =D I felt like writing this blog so I wrote this blog in the given moment. But this moment is going to turn old in ten minutes time. So that’s why I never think about the past or future, I just live for the now. =)

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Easter is finally here. =D I’m going to have a hot cross bun for dinner, will you? I wonder if the Easter Bunny will bring me chocolate this year? I guess I’ll find out next week. Haha!

 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a wonderful Easter.

 

Namaste^^/

Ryan