Top Ten Anime of 2015

 

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There were plenty of anime that I enjoyed this year. In fact, the title of this blog is misleading as I wrote about 11 anime, instead of 10. Whoops! Haha. There’s just too many to blog about…

Anyway, here is my list of anime that I’ve enjoyed in 2015.

 

Anti Magic Academy 35th Platoon

Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon

For me personally, this was refreshing to watch.

All the characters have burdens to carry. Takeru is especially good. He doesn’t try to change people’s perspectives like a cliché character but instead offers a hand and a shoulder to cry on. I think that’s definitely refreshing and that attitude has had an effect on the main girls around him.

This might have been dark at times but there was always a light at the end of the tunnel, especially with the humorous parts. This was definitely good to watch. =)

The Asterisk War

The Asterisk War

I really liked the action and duals in this series. Once more I found the visuals very colourful, especially as the main academy is near the water.

I found the fights to be eye-catching and sophisticated, especially the sounds effects and the swordplay. My favourite dual was Ayato vs Kirin as I enjoyed how they both cancelled each other out and I enjoyed seeing their swords clashing against each another. Kirin’s swordplay is definitely very cool and badass.

I think Kirin is cute but is very cool. I like that sort of character. In fact, I was actually motivated to draw a fanart of her. It’s in its colouring stages but it will be complete come the New Year. =)

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

I didn’t know what I was expecting when I first heard of the existence of Food Wars but I definitely wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.

It’s like a humongous battle in a school among students but instead of physically battling with each other, it’s like having bake offs, but on a much larger scale. It may sound strange but I really enjoyed watching what the chefs cooked. They looked delicious and realistic.

I think it helps that this show has made me laugh on a numerous of occasions and all the ladies are very easy on the eye, especially when they visualise the food that they tasted. Haha.

High School DxD Born

High School DxD BorN

I’m a humongous fan of High School DxD and I did enjoy the third season.

This series did make me nervous more than the previous two as some of the characters completely snapped and went ballistic. That was rather sad and intense to see. However, it was all resolved in the end and everyone was sane and lived happily ever after, haha.

As well as the ladies being easy on the eye, the action, and the funny moments were good. However, what I especially liked was the character growth in Issei, Rias, Akeno and Koneko. All of those characters have been carrying burdens but in this series the weight of the burdens on their shoulders had been lifted. I was very pleased when I saw those moments. =)

I vote for Issei to become the Harem King. Haha.

Ps, I just want to make a shout out to Yoko Hikasa to congratulate her on her marriage. It’s a wonderful thing but I hope she stays in the industry as I can’t imagine anyone else to voice Rias.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

If I had a top five list than this show would probably be in it.

It had pretty much everything in it that I liked. It has a likable main character, a bunch of pretty girls, plenty of comedy values and good fights and action in the dungeon. It has that feeling of an RPG game as you don’t necessarily have to fight to earn gold coins. Plus, there’s a bunch of gods from different mythology coming together and forming their own familiars. Without a doubt, my favourite goddess is Hestia.

The story is good and has plenty of comedy, touching moments, exciting moments and situations that made me nervous. It’s a pity that a second season hasn’t been announced so far but I’m now collecting the Light Novels and the manga so it’s all good. =)

Non Non Biyori Repeat anime

Non Non Biyori Repeat

I knew that the second season was going to be as good as the first season. I like it how there’s no strong plot, it’s just about a bunch of girls conveying their daily lives in the countryside. The addition of the new music and soundtrack was refreshing and added to this beautiful anime.

I watched this together with my Mum as she’s also a fan of Non Non. My bro is even started to watch it… my 2016 goal is to convert my entire family to Non Non Biyori. Haha! This is definitely among of my favourite anime of all time. With good reason too.^^/

Monster Musume anime

Monster Musume

Admittedly I was nervous when it was announced that MonMusu was going to get an anime adaptation but to my surprise it was much, much better than I had expected it to be.

Everything in it happened exactly as it did in the manga with only a few cuts here and there. I was especially impressed with how they portrayed the characters. The show was both funny and quite touching at times.

I would welcome a second season but I don’t think it will happen for at least another year.

Shomin Sample

Shomin Sample

I found this anime to be extremely funny.

Poor Kimito has to pretend to have a muscle fetish in order to stay at a school in which he’s been kidnapped to stay in. Haha. It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I found the characters and the situations they got themselves into to be humorous and quirky.

All the ladies are socially inept as they don’t have a clue about the real world but I especially thought it was funny when Aika taught them and Reiko about “Gets”. The “Gets” gag was the underlining factor in this show. Haha.

Shimoneta Anime

SHIMONETA

I shouldn’t have found this funny, but I did.

There were plenty of innuendos and rude jokes in this anime and that is literally the main theme of this show. The antics of certain characters were both funny and disturbing at times. Haha.

I think it was an interesting concept how they tried to monitor everyone in an attempt to set good standards in modern society. Is that really good for the people though? I’m all for good standards but I personally think that that’s robbing people of their freedom and I think this show explores that very well, even if it is… crude. 😉

The Testament of Sister New Devil Anime

The Testament of Sister New Devil

I really enjoyed watching the two series back to back this year.

In some ways this show reminds me of High School DxD, and Mio especially reminds me of Rias. It’s because of the similarities that made me watch this show, and I’m glad that I did.

There’s a lot more action than I thought there was going to be and I feel that the risqué moments happen appropriately, rather than happen for the sake of making the viewers go blind. Haha. I think it’s a good story where Mio wants to live a normal life but it was never going to be easy as she is the daughter of the past devil king.

I’m sure one day she will live a peaceful life without any worries. =)

 

Anime in 2016

 

At this moment in time there’s no particular anime that has caught my eye to watch in 2016. I know The Asterisk War second season will be aired at some point in April but that’s about it. For now, I will just have to wait and see what comes along and go from there.

 

If you want to recommend an anime by all means do. I’ll be happy to hear from you. =)

 

Ryan.^^/

Monster Musume TV Anime

Monster Musume TV

I just found out some very exciting news. Monster Musume is finally going to be adapted for TV. =D I don’t know much of the details so far but I do know that it’s somehow linked with Tokuma Shoten and it’s going to air at some point this summer.

I like the look of the anime art as well. I think it’s cute and it nearly matches the same art style originally portrayed by Okayado. I actually recognise the TV art style but I can’t quite put my finger on how.

For the past year or so I have been trying to guess which voice talent will portray certain characters.

When I listen to Miia, in my head, she sounds the sort of character that either Haruka Tomatsu or Kana Asumi would portray. Miia is someone who is flirtatious, affectionate but also very innocent. She reminds me a little bit of Lala from To LOVE-Ru, who is voiced by Haruka Tomatsu. So, that is probably why I hear her voice when I read Miia’s lines. Haha. I’m pretty sure either Yoko Hikasa or Marina Inoue will voice Cerea. Cerea is the type of character who is honoured bound through royalty or protection and is very strong but she also has a very awkward/innocent side.

I see Ms Smith as the mature but unreliable type. With that in mind I hear someone like Eri Kitamura portraying Ms Smith. For someone like Papi, I hear someone who is a fun-loving younger sister type. Perhaps someone like Inori Minase? Ai Kayano? For Kimihito…I don’t really have a voice for him apart from my own.

Will MonMusu just feature the first three girls, or will it feature the other girls as well? I picture Mero as someone as gentle, kind and perhaps with a bit of a masochist side. Perhaps someone like Satomi Akesaka or Azumi Asakura? I think Shizuka Itou will do a brilliant job as Rachnee. She is very good at portraying girls who are a little lustful in nature but mature in the head. A bit like Akeno from High School DxD. I can’t picture Suu’s voice very well. I constantly picture her voice as slightly monotone.

If the MON squad appear… I hear Aki Toyosaki as Tio, Kana Asumi as Zombina, Yui Horie as Manako and Rumi Okubo as Doppel.

Will the Monster Musume anime be a success? I’m not sure. On MonMusu’s official twitter page they did a fan poll asking what scenes they wouldn’t want to be “omitted.” In other words, which scenes we, the viewer, definitely want to see in the TV anime. I did raise my own questions, I must say. Why would you want to omit scenes from the manga? If anything, I would want to see some scenes extended, including when Kimihito and Miia met for the first time.

In all fairness though, it really does depend on who is producing this show and how much budget they have for the project. I know the source says that it’s going to be TV anime but will it necessarily be a TV series? I seem to think that it would, but, I’ll just wait and see what happens. =)

It might not be as good as the manga but I certainly won’t pre-judge. Even if it isn’t as good as the manga I will still support it as much as I can, however I can. I’m even prepared to buy the DVD when it comes out in Japan. There might be a bit of a language barrier, but it will still be worth it.

This news has made my day. =)

THANKS FOR READING

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This is a really good week for me so far, and it’s not just about Monster Musume getting an anime.

I got a response from Britt Allcroft! I wrote to her last October and linked her to my Thomas blog. She responded to my message a couple of days ago to thank me for writing to her. She also told me that by reading my blog she has gained a lot of insight on how an Autistic person thinks. =)

And, finally… I’m going to be an Uncle. My brother and his partner are going to have a baby come September. I think “Uncle Ryan” has a very nice ring to it. I have nothing really more to say about this, just that my week is getting better and better. =D

Thanks for reading. =)

Namaste.^^/

Ryan.

Cat Planet Cuties! Complete Series Review

Cat Planet Cuties DVD

I bought the DVD series of Cat Planet Cuties![1] at a comic-con event from the Manga Entertainment booth. =D …or was it Sekirei that I bought? Did I get it for my birthday? Hmm, I’m not 100% certain on that. Regardless! I have the series collection in possession and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Haha.

Here it is. =)

  1. SYNOPSIS

It all started when Kio Kakazu and his badass Uncle (he has shades and a moustache, need I say more) were holding a memorial party for Kio’s great-great grandfather. At that point, Eris, a cat girl from space, somewhat gate crashes and joins in with the gathering.

Eris came to Planet Earth to play and establish ties with the planet’s government on behalf of the Catian felines. Not everyone is as open minded as Kio though  so Eris needs to keep a low profile as the dog aliens were conspiring with the government to take Eris out! During all of this commotion Kio had to accommodate the needs of his voluptuous yet naïve guest, including her mating season.

Good luck Kio!

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[2]
  • Harem[3]
  • Mature
  • Romance
  • Sci-Fi
  • Slice of Life[4]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

What’s the most charming feature in this show? Cat girls of course. 😉 You’ve got to love cat girls, and if not, why not? I adore mermaids, angels and lamias but cat girls do give them all a healthy competition for the top spot. All the cat girls from this show have done their race proud. All the cat girls in this show, which are called Catians, come in different shapes and sizes. They’re all nice to boot.

Eris is especially wonderful, but man oh man, isn’t she tall! In fact, there are a lot of tall ladies here, and there’s even one that makes Eris looks small. So, the question is…is Eris tall, or, is Kio (the main male) small? My answer, both.

Unfortunately, cat girls don’t exist in real life. However, for some reason, I feel that this could have happened in real life. I think it’s because technology and spaceships were used rather than magic. With the way with how the technology was deployed is no different to that of Iron Man and X-Men.

What adds to the realism to this show is not the story per se, but, the art. In most anime you will note, the eyes of the female tend to be bigger than the face’s overall proportions. Likewise, the noses tend to be very, very small, and in some art they don’t actually exist. The proportions in this anime are realistic, to some extent. I thought Eris looked a little bit stretched though, but you have to remember, she’s taller than the average girl. It would be natural for her to be a little bit longer, especially in the department of her legs and stomach. Haha. I have drawn her couple of times and I thought “this doesn’t like right”. But, as I compare her to her actual self, I actually think its ok. =)

I couldn’t get the same vibe with the English dub as I could with the Japanese dub. It’s always a tall order for the English voiced actors to capture the same charm and essence as the Japanese voice talent, so they do deserve some credit. I will always prefer the original Japanese though, since it feels more natural and I get more enjoyment from it. =)

Lawry’s melody with the whole cast joining in with the singing was proper cheese-on-toast. XD It felt like one of those Disney movie moments when the cast suddenly break into song. I wasn’t so keen on that, in all honesty. I felt it would have been more sentimental if Lawry had just sung the song herself, I could tolerate it though. =) Minori Chihara, the voice of Lawry, seems to play a lot of roles who specialise in singing. It makes me wonder if she’s a professional singer in her own right.

Talking of singing, it leads nicely to the opening and ending theme songs. Kanae Itou (Eris), Haruka Tomatsu (Manami) and Kana Hanezaka (Aoi) all showed off their wonderful vocals and performed in these openings and endings. I actually like it when the cast lend their vocals to the theme songs of the anime, especially when they’re singing in character. It feels more personal and appropriate since the songs coincide within the realms of the story. It’s more personal when the characters sing it, especially when they sing about the boy that they like.^^/ Romance is quite key in this anime, so the songs were about soft romance, very appropriate.

I can usually distinguish Kana Hanezawa’s voice. When she is speaking or singing, she has that sweet, humble and underlining innocence about her. Most of her roles, by what I’ve observed, don’t differ too much from each other. If you listen to her other characters carefully, like Onodera from Nisekoi, Charlotte from Infinite Stratos, Nadako from Monogatari, Ruri from OreImo and Kobato from Haganai, you will notice that all of her vocals are the same. And, they certainly sound no different than her role in this series, Aoi Futaba. =)

Actors like Youko Hikasa and Saori Hayami are professional singers. When they sing in Anime shows, they tend to sing in their own voices rather than sing in their characters. This doesn’t necessarily detract from Kana’s singing talent though; I’m more or less observing the fact that she usually sings in character, and she does this very well. I can’t sing in my own voice, let alone in someone else’s voice. Haha.

I couldn’t take the villains seriously. The doggy lady is rather yummy and Muttery is clearly a character who is based on Hanna Barbera’s Muttley.[5] XD!

When romance is involved I tend to route for the girl to get her “man” rather than rooting for the guy… this show was no different. I don’t like drama or heartbreak so I tend to route for either a happy ending or a harem ending. If all the girls are after one guy, and the guy chooses one girl, then, he will break everyone else’s hearts. By choosing all of them, everyone is happy. However…

Whilst Kio attends to Eris’ beckon call and needs, a love-triangle started to develop. I was somewhat rooting for Eris above everyone else. Not necessarily because she’s a cat girl, but, because of her humble and lovely personality. Heck, I was even rooting for Chaika and the nice and mature Kuune to get involved in the action. Younger men with older ladies can be a nice change of pace from time to time. But! Everything untangled itself nicely. I’m very content with the hinted harem route. =)

Moral of the story is- if you’re dense and you’re having a hard time choosing between a cat girl, a potential mutant and a gun-girl freak, become a cat man and have them all as life partners… just make sure that you reside on Catian soil, otherwise they’ll lock you up and throw away the key.

  1. BONUS

I noticed a few cameos of characters that appear in this show that belong to other anime. Look out for characters from Kampfer, The Sacred Blacksmith and The Familiar of Zero. =) I also think I saw the Light Novel covers of both Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends and No-Rin. Don’t quote me on this though, I might have imagined it.

The special features include textless openings, textless endings, episode commentaries, extra bonus endings, another ending, and special commentary from a key background character, Ichika.

We also have the unaired episode where all the characters play games. Some of these games had simple risks at stake; other games involved stripping. It’s all just needless fanservice really, but, you don’t see me complaining. Haha.

There was a lot of breaking the fourth wall here, especially when Ichika was involved.[6] Ichika plays quite a pivotal role, her VA, Ayaki Takayaki, is actually the show’s narrator, and so they sort of played on that. It was a lot of fun though. We also found something interesting about Ichika in the last episode of the series. She was nothing more than a background character as far as I was concerned, but, I want to know a lot more about her after I’d seen some interesting glimpses.

  1. CONCLUSION

Cat girls using technology in a Sci-Fi programme is a very nice combination. I propose that I connected with this show as I feel it’s within the bounds of realism. The action was good too. Aoi is no alien but she can certainly hold her own in a fight, so it makes me think that she could be superhuman, like a mutant if you will… Hmm, I somehow neglected to talk about the action, oh well!

To top off the cat girls and Sci-Fi you have a romance brewing and a problem with the government. Kio might be dense but he did well to keep on his toes. I like all the characters really, especially Eris and the Catian army.

The eye catchers were nice too. Usually they’re pictures, but here, they’re animated with different characters saying “asobi ni ikuyo”.

Oh, and the sound was crisp too, especially when the characters are speaking inside their thoughts. It’s clear that they’re thinking. Haha, so many things I forgot to mention in the actual review…

I give Cat Planet Cuties! The Complete Series… One Thumb’s Up and a Pinky. (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

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That’s right; you’ve heard it here first. Why rate it like this like? Well… I like it more than a Thumb’s up but not as much as Two Thumbs up. Thus, I resorted to a happy medium in the form of One Thumb’s up and a Pinky. Haha.

THANKS FOR READING

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I must say, I really enjoyed this review and I enjoyed this anime too. D-Frag Volume two is out now on Amazon.co.uk so I should get my very own copy in the next couple of days. =) It’s hinted that the production crew wants to continue with Cat Planet Cuties! It’s been about three or four years since it’s aired in Japan, and unfortunately, there’s no indication that there will be a follow up to this series. I’ll keep my fingers crossed though. =)

The new anime season is upon us. None have caught my eye as of yet but I will keep my eyes peeled. I’ve still got my High School DxD Blu-ray to watch. I decided that I will spend an entire day watching this anime back to back, so, I will choose the time and day when it’s convenient for me. =)

From time to time I’ve been tempted to review Locodol, Non Non Biyori and Nisekoi: False Love. I’ll see how I feel in future. =)

Thanks for reading.
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

[1] The Japanese title of Cat Planet Cuties! is Asobi ni Ikuyo! This roughly translates to “We Came to Play!”

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

[3] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

[4] Based on a person’s everyday life.

[5] Muttery is basically a tribute to the character Muttley. Muttley is best known for his appearances in the Hanna-Barbera Productions of Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines and Wacky Races. Muttery even uses Muttley’s trademark snigger. =)

[6] On a stage of a room there are usually three walls. The fourth wall is presumed to be there, but it’s invisible. The audience is watching the TV/play on that fourth wall. The fourth wall is “broken” when the actor/performer engages with the audience through the fourth wall. Think of British sitcoms like Miranda and Mrs Brown’s Boys.