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First Impressions “A Centaurs Worries”

Also known as “A Centaur’s Life”, is an anime that follows a group of friends in a world much like our own except for the fact that there are several different races in a broader sense. The races include: Angel folk, Demon Folk, Cat People, Centaurs, Mermaids and a few others. Each race has unique physical attributes but are all equal in the eyes of the government. The history of the world within the anime and manga is nearly identical to our own except that evolution changed and went a different route than in our world.

It is a “slice of life” anime that follows high school students in their everyday life and sometimes shows the world around them and political struggles. The center character as you might have guessed is a Centaur named Hime, along with her best friends a demon girl, a goat girl and a snake girl. They live fairly normal high school lives with friends, events, confessions and other things typical of teen girls.

I really enjoyed the manga as I have a interest in the “Monster Girl” genre to begin with but this series is makes it seem so normal while bringing up a lot of real world social issues that make it a gem among newer series for sure.

Have you watched this series or read the manga? Who is your favorite character or what is your favorite race? Let me know what you think in the comments!

~First Impressions: Anne-Happy~

I am usually drawn to anime series like this with large eyed colorful characters that are in a word MOE. This anime is quirky in many senses but is also a simple joy to watch with little stress. You follow a group of girls who are all very unlucky in different ways. Each of them has entered a new school and in their class the main goal for the year is- to be happy and over come their misfortune.

Some of the misfortunes are wacky and silly but it is fun to watch this cast  of girls deal with each situation.

Have you watched this series? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments!

First Impressions: Haven’t you heard? Im Sakamoto

A quirky anime about a cool and stylish student named Sakamoto who is the subject of resentment from his fellow male students and the crushes from his female peers (and some of his male ones). He handles every situation with grace and style, though many of the situations are a little silly from sword fighting with a Bee to battleing forces of nature.

The series consists of 13 episodes and is packed with zany fun in each one. Since being simulcasted starting in April I have come across many a posting across internet sites of funny moments. A little late to the game but I finally found this series and think it is def one to sit back and watch.

Have you watched  this one? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

First Impressions: Wakaba*Girl

MOE. That is all.

Kidding ha ha. This series is super cute and simple and a joy to watch for sure. Each episode only lasts around 8 mins and you just don’t get tired of watching the silly shenanigans these four girls get in to. The story mainly focuses on Wakaba who is a daughter from a very rich family and who has not led a seemingly normal adolescence. Now that she is in high school she is very happy to have made some girl friends and gets to do the things she thinks a “gyaru” (a girly type) would do. Each of her new friends is unique and they all fit together well. There is the pure and girly Moeko, Mao who refers to herself in third person, and Nao who likes games of the BL type. 0_0.

These four girls have silly and fun conversations and interactions that leaves you giggling and at times shaking your head. I highly recommend watching this is you want a simple relaxing thing to watch.

Have you seen this yet? What do you think of it? Are there any other series you know of that are similar to this one? Let me know in the comments!

First Impressions : Silver Spoon

When “Silver Spoon” first popped up on Netflix I was skeptical but once I began watching it I found it very enjoyable, as did my step daughter. It is a very simple series in a refreshing way. Be warned though this series will make you very hungry at times!

The story follows Hachiken who transfers to a agriculture high school to study and get away from his overbearing family. He seems like a bit of a privileged kid compared to the other students who all come from farming family’s and who all have their minds set on agricultural fields career wise. Hachiken makes friends with many of his classmates and begins to really enjoy his school even though he has to work very hard morning to night. He learns many things about the way farms are run and how to take care of animals. I felt like I was learning right next to him!

Each of his friends is interesting and they all have their individual back grounds and dreams that they are working towards. You get to know each one and the hard ships they face throughout the series. I find the story telling very simple and a nice change of pace from some of the other anime I watch. Defiantly check this one out.

Have you already seen this series? Tell me what you thought about it in the comments!

~Promise not to look back~ (Spirited Away Fanfiction)

It had been 9 years since she had had that dream, the dream that seemed so real but it wasnt…was it? In her mind it was a mere dream but if it was just a dream why was she keeping that promise she made? She never looked back she kept going forward and kept growing. She was a fine young woman now, 19 years old. Her hair was now long enough to pass her waist but she kept it in a pony tail tied with a sparkling band that was of great importance to her, she always felt confident when wearing it. Instead of going to a University she managed to open a small shop where she sold charms and offerings to spirts, she was always quite fond of spirits. Some people didn’t believe that they exsisted but she did, she didn’t know how but she knew they were there watching us.
It was late in the evening when she locked up shop and walked back to the back where she lived, it was a nice cozy apartment that she could read and write in peace in. It was always hard when she was living with her parents but they could be obnoxious and incensitive at times so it could be difficult.
She sat at her kotatsu and began drawing in her sketchbook, for years now she would draw a dragon, not just any dragon but a particular one. She was fond of the dragon and part of her felt like she was waiting for the dragon to come for her. When ever she would feel this she would shake her head and tell herself that no such thing would happen…yet secretly she hoped.
She must have dozed off in her dreaming because she was awoken by the sound of the bell above the entrance door. “I thought I had locked that door…oh well maybe I forgot.” Chihiro stood and tidied up her appearence by brushing away the wrinkles of her dress. She walked through the hallway and into the store. “I’m terribly sorry but we’re closed no…” she gasped and held onto the counter for support. There was a man standing there in the center of the shop, his hair was fine and long tied back into a braid, he wore black pants and a matching top that had the top buttons undone showing his smooth ivory skin. His eyes seemed to look into her very soul, he gazed at her and their eyes met, in an instant her dream became a reality, it was real. She really went to that bath house 9 years ago and met all those spirits…her friends, and most importantly she met him though not for the first time there.
“Ha…Haku?” she asked her voice wavering.
He smiled and gave a slight bow. ” Chihiro it’s been awhile. I must apoligize that it has taken me this long.” She just stared at him, it was so much to take in she didn’t know what to say. She opened her mouth but nothing came out, against her will tears sprang up in her eyes and began to fall to the ground. She buried her face in her hand and lowered herself to the ground as she sobbed.
He chuckled and walked slowly over to her kneeling down and placing his hand on her back. “You can still be a cry baby I see.” She cried and he comforted her. “Hey there, shhh…shhh…it’s all okay now.”
She turned to him and threw her arms around his neck burrying her face into his shoulder. He looked over at her with a loving expression and wraped his arms around her gently cradling her.
After a few minutes her tears dried and she pulled away so she could look into his eyes, she kept her hands on his shoulders thinking that as long as she held him he wouldn’t go away again. ” Haku, I’m sorry…i’m so sorry.” she said almost bring herself to tears again.
He gave her a warm smile. “For what?”
“For forgetting…” she looked away ashamed.
He released her and grabed her chin pulling her face back to his. “You didn’t really forget, you were waiting for me, all this time. I made it to where you couldn’t remember but you never forgot.” he cupped her cheek in his soft hand.
She closed her eyes and put her own hand over his. ” You came…you came…”
He kissed her forehead, she opened her eyes surprised, a slight pink showing on her cheeks. ” I promised didn’t I, im just sorry it took so long. I watched you grow, I watched you and wanted to be with you but I knew I couldn’t until…” he trailed off.
“Until what?” she asked looking up at him with those large eyes.
“Until I became human.” He gave her a smile that seemed to melt her very soul.
“Haku…you mean your…? But…why that means you will…” she searched his eyes.
“Die? Yes I know, as will you one day. Chihiro I don’t want immortality if it means I have to live forever, a forever where your not there. I love you Chihiro I always have.” he gazed upon her with such sincerity and adoration she wouldn’t have minded if time had stopped right there.
She blushed and closed her eyes for a moment thinking over what he had just said, after a time she opened them and smiled. ” I love you too Haku, I was waiting for you.” She slowly leaned forward and placed her lips on his. He put one hand on the back of her head and the other on her lower back pulling her in as they shared their first kiss. An eternity seemed to pass before they parted and gazed lovingly into one anothers eyes. Haku stood pulling Chihiro up with him, he kneeled back down and grasped both of her hands. “Chihiro would you live this life and many more with me as my wife and partner in all I do?”
Tears filled her eyes again and she nodded. “Yes…Yes! Of course I do!.” a wide smile crossed his face and he picked her off the ground and swung her around happily.
“Thank you Chihiro, you’ve made me the happiest man alive, it will be an honor to live and die with you by my side.”

Many many years later
They lived happily for many years, had children and then they had children of their own. Haku and Chihiro always honored the spirits and each other. They grew old together and shared the experience of life with one another. The sad times, the happy times everything they managed to be strong through it all. They never once looked back.
Haku lay on the white futon that was on the floor, the sliding doors were open letting in the spring air , the sounds of the nearby river could be heard. He gazed out at the greenery, his face withered and old, his eyes held such wisdom. He coffed and was joined by Chihiro who was being helped by her grand daughters, once they set her next to him she shooed them away.
She looked down at her husband with calm eyes. She could feel him slipping. She sighed and gazed out to the swaying trees. ” I wonder…if you ever regret giving up your life as a spirit…” her voice was aged but wise.
Haku lifted his hand to her face and held it like he always had before. “Not a day has ever passed where I felt regret, I have lived a full and happy life.”
She smiled sweetly and lay down next to him holding his hand to her heart. “Thank you for loving me.”
They both lay there gazing outside then as if on cue they turned their heads towards each other gazing into the eyes of their life partner. Chihiro closed hers and sighed. “No matter how many lives we live promise you will always find me…”
He turned her head to look upwards and closed his eyes. “No matter what I will always find you…promise me that you will never look back.”
She inhaled and exhaled slowly. “I promise…see you soon…” they intertwined their fingers and held onto each others hand tightly. After a few fleeting moments both of their grips loosened but they still were intertwined. Their last breaths left their earthly bodies and they slipped away…together, like it always should and would be till the end of time.

Say “I Love you” live action

I really enjoyed the manga and anime series of this but the live action version kind of fell flat for me. It was okay and followed the story well but seemed somewhat slow going and dull. It was fairly awkward to me but still cute.

I’m very interested in knowing other thoughts on this movie, so please let me know what you thought. Did you like it, not like it, let me know in the comments!

Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya is a very special series for me. The series ran from 1998 to 2006 and consisted of 23 volumes , it was the first manga series I fell in love with. I started reading the series when I was a young teen and right away I become engrossed in the story and characters. I obsessively awaited the next volume and the three months between them was not fun. Once I got the next volume I just read all the ones I owned over and over again then had to patiently wait for another few months. The year the box set of the anime series came out I got it for Christmas and spent the entire day watching all 26 episodes in one sitting. I enjoyed the anime series but there are some very important things that are changed and the story only goes through about volume 8 of the manga.

The story follows Tohru Honda and the Sohma family who are cursed by the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac plus one outcast Cat. Yuki and Kyo who are the same age as Tohru are the main characters next to Tohru. A few of the members take Tohru in as she is an orphan and for a time homeless. She finds out about the curse after several unfortunate events and is oddly allowed to stay with the family. Usually outsiders are forbidden from learning the secret and avoided. There is so much to the story and each character is well written. They all have their own problems and are all helped by this very special girl to grow and overcome issues.

I can re read this series over and over again, it starts out light and slowly becomes more serious and complicated as the characters grow. It has comedy, romance, and drama. This series will always be high if not number 1 on my favorite manga list. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

What do you think of this series? Who is your favorite character out of the diverse characters? Let me know in the comments.

Clannad (will make you sob often)

Originally a visual novel released by Key in 2004 and made into manga series along with an anime series around 2007 consisting of 24 episodes.  I’ve always liked the art work in “Clannad” and the series from the same company “Kanon”, the eyes and faces are sweet and the settings are calm and very realistic. The characters each have their own problems and the story pulls you in, its not long before you find the feels seeping into your very soul and out your tear ducts.

You follow Tomoya Okazaki a bit of a delinquent student who wants to change, he meets Nagisa Furukawa on the way to school as she is talking to herself. Tomoya meets several other girls in class who are all different but have some kind of draw to Tomoya. He finds himself drawn to Nagisa who is timid and quiet, he learns she is repeating the year since she had missed too much school due to an illness. He learns she wants to join the drama club that is no longer active. Tomoya helps her with her goal of restarting the club.

Tomoya meets the genius Kotome Ichinose and the childlike Futo Ibuki who each have certain problems that Tomoya helps solve. He grows close to all these new friends and he does what he had wished and starts to change. He grows closer to Nagisa and learns more about her. There are so many things that happen it can be a heavy series to watch that will weigh on your heart. It’s mainly a group of high school kids who have very real problems except for a pinch of a super natural plot as well.

I watched this series a few times and bawled every time, its a beautiful story.

What did you think about the series? Do you have a favorite character? Tell me about it in the comments! 🙂

Reference


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clannad_(visual_novel)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1118804/

http://clannad.wikia.com/wiki/Clannad_Wiki

Otome Games

Literally meaning “Girl Games” this genre of gaming is directed at mainly girls, go figure. There are Otome games on pretty much every gaming platform but are mainly only released in Japan with a few exceptions that are released in English. The games usually revolve around a female character who you control by making various different choices that decide the outcome of the game.  You usually have a host of different male characters to pick from in the story who will be your love interest. The style for most are based very much on the Shojo style of manga and the plot lines can be about most anything. The genre is fairly new having the first Otome game released in 1994. Since then the genre has grown considerably and have not only girls but some guys as well play through them like an addiction.

The game is basically a virtual novel where you move the story along with dialog choices.  There are also pictures that provide setting and ambiance. I have played several games from the genre, the first being a DS game called “Princess Debut”. It was fun making various choices to play out your own little story. Since then I’ve played nearly every game and through nearly every character in the “Shall we date” series apps on my touch screen phone. There are also several notable anime series that were made from Otome games, I usually refer to those types of anime as “Harem” anime.

I’ll post reviews and short summaries soon covering various Otome games so stay tuned!

Do you like Otome games? What are your favorites?