Kuzu no Honkai

Kuzu no Honkai portrays love differently than most other animes.

Anime:
Genres: Drama, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life.
My Rating: 6
Episodes: 12
Episode Length: 22 minutes
Aired: Jan 2017 – March 2017
Rating: R

Manga:
Mangaka: Mengo Yokoyari
Released: 2012
Ended: 2017
Chapters: 53
Volumes: 8

Description: Hanabi Yasuraoka has been in love with her childhood friend Narumi Kanai since she was a little kid. When she finds out that Kanai is going to be her homeroom teacher in high school, she couldn’t be more elated. However, her feelings of joy quickly change when she notices her friend falling in love with the music teacher Akane Minagawa. While Hanabi watches Kanai from afar, another student named Mugi Awaya also struggles with his unrequired love for Minagawa. Hanabi and Mugi both decide that they should use each other to help with their painful unrequired love, but their fake relationship slowly becomes more and more complicated…

Notes:
– I’ve only watched the anime (although I have read bits of the manga).
– Kuzu no Honkai, summed up simply, is about different characters learning what love is.
– Definitely do not watch if you aren’t comfortable with sexual content. This is not an anime you’d watch as a mood lifter. This anime is very realistic and very dark in that aspect. That being said, I wouldn’t say this is depressing, it’s just very human.
– Also, I did lightly edit this. I’ll probably add and edit stuff on here in the future.

And yeah, it has been awhile since my last update. Life stuff happened, but it’s all good. I’ll probably update again in a week, but no promises.

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Boy and The Beast

Movie:
Genres: Action, Supernatural.
My Rating: 10
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Studio(s): Studio Chizu
Released: 2015
Duration: 120 minutes
Main Cast: Kumatetsu – Yakusho Koji, Ren or Kyuuta – Miyazaki Aoi and Sometani Shota.
Rating: PG13

Description: When a nine-year old Ren’s mother passes away, he finds himself running away from his cold relatives and missing father. While fending for himself on the streets of Shibuya, Ren comes across a warrior named Kumatetsu from the spirit realm. Kumatetsu is a candidate for the next Lord, however, he must find a disciple in order to be seriously considered as a candidate. When Ren follows Kumatetsu into the spirit realm, it is decided that Ren will be Kumatetsu’s disciple, despite being human. After moving in with Kumatetsu, Ren takes on the name Kyuta and learns how to adapt to his new home and family.

Notes:
– Also known as: Bakemono no Ko
– This movie had my heart clenching at the end. I don’t think the ending can be summarized as “good” or “bad” because there’s a lot to the ending.
– Please watch this movie. I highly recommend it.
– And yeah, this description sucks. There was too much to say and absolutely no filter in my head, so instead of spoiling the whole thing, I decided to be vague and quick about it. I’d recommend watching the trailer and clips of the movie to learn more.
– Also… Kyuta vs Kyuuta? I used both versions, but Kyuta seems to be more commonly used.

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Samishii Hito

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Manga
Genres: Drama, Shoujo.
My Rating: 8
Mangaka: Saitou Ken
Released: 2013
Ended: 2014
Chapters: 4*
Volumes: 1
Rating: Y

Description: Despite begin fired for something she didn’t do, Kinoshita Rinko finds herself unable to cry. On her way home, Rinko encounters a beautiful woman crying and decides to consolidate her. Capturing the woman’s attention, Rinko is offered a job as a caretaker for the woman’s younger brother. Little does Rinko know that this job will save both her and the younger brother.

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Notes:
– *There is a total of four chapters, but only one chapter has been translated as far as I know. I have read all four chapters, so when I talk about the manga I am referring to the whole thing.
– I found this manga through the mangaka Saitou Ken. Saitou Ken has other cute shoujo works, so I recommend giving them a look.
– This manga has very little romance. It’s pretty much nonexistence (but still there).
– I might change the description later on (because it sounds very vague).

New Years!

Happy New Years!

I can’t speak for everyone, but 2016 was a really long year for a lot of us. Hopefully 2017 will be a better year than 2016. A year with little stress and minor problems…

And to end off 2016 here, I’ve edited some of my old posts so that they’re up to date for the new year! Not all of them are up to date… but here are some of the ones that are: Orange (Takano Ichigo), Winter Woods, Tsubaki chou Lonely Planet, and Catharsis

That being said, Yuri on Ice! is probably the highlight of my 2016. There are a lot of other shows and manga that were special this year, but Yuri on Ice! definitely redeemed 2016 for me. And despite its huge fan base, apparently Re:Zero was still the most popular anime? (according to Crunchyroll)

Oh! And don’t forget Mystic Messenger! (Okay now I’m starting to go on a tangent -_-)

Anyways, hopefully 2017 will be an amazing year for everyone. Bye!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

I really have to thank everyone for putting up with my horrible time management ! These past few years have been really difficult and stressful with college stuff. I haven’t been the most active this year, but I am trying to be more active now. Hopefully I’ll find a posting schedule that will work (because right now I don’t have any T_T).

Unlike the years before, I’ll keep this post short!

Enjoy the holidays, stay safe, and watch Yuri on Ice if you haven’t already!

Bye!

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Yuri on Ice

Anime:
Genres: Sports.
My Rating: 8
Episodes: 12
Episode Length: 23 minutes
Aired: Oct 2016 – Dec 2016
Rating: PG13

Description: After a crushing defeat in the Grand Prix Final, Yuri Katsuki goes home unsure of his future. At the age of 23, Yuri contemplates on retiring from his skating career and looses hope of making a comeback. In the midst of his crisis, a video of Yuri skating to his idol’s routine is leaked online only to become a hit! It isn’t long before Yuri’s idol – Victor Nikiforov – sees the video decides to become Yuri’s coach.

Notes:
– Yuri on Ice (or yoi) is a “revolutionary” sports anime. The characters, story, and realistic depiction of mental illnesses is executed almost perfectly in this anime. In addition, this anime manages to have a gay couple without being a Yaoi or BL anime (which similar to No.6).
Check out the Yuri on Ice homepage!
– The opening of the anime changes bit by bit every episode ^^
– Yuri on Ice is one-of-those-animes. The type of anime where your “meh” or “bleh” about the first couple episodes but then fall madly in love with the rest. Each episode progressively improves and surprises viewers. The anime doesn’t trick its viewers and is pretty straight to the point (as long as you keep your eyes open). It is definitely one of the best animes I have seen in such a long long time.
– This anime was nearly perfect. And I only say nearly because of the ending. Ahh, yes- the ending. By now everyone should know how terrible anime endings can be. It is truly rare to find an anime with a moderately good ending. Now, Yuri on Ice episode 12 by itself was a really good episode. But as an ending… it was a bit salty and disappointing. I felt there were some rushed scenes (which you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve watched the episode), but I do know that this is probably because of season 2. Overall the ending is good. It doesn’t quite live up to the rest of the show, but it still ends off good. For now, I’ll take that.

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Flow

Flow is one of the first few webtoons I read.

Webtoon:
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen Supernatural.
My Rating: 9
Makers: HoneyBee
Updates: ENDED
Chapters: 102*
Released: 2013
Ended: 2016
Age Appropriation: E

Description: In a world where everyone has their own guardian animal god, discrimination against the weak and powerless is strong. Those with stronger guardians rule over those with weaker guardians. Every guardian gives their person a wish; however, the stronger the guardian, the bigger the price. In this unfair world, a young boy is about to change everything when he makes his wish.

Notes:
– I assigned the age appropriation. It could also be seen as Y (10+) for its complex ideas, but in terms of violence and sexuality I think it’s mild/okay.
– * [Season 1- 31 episodes Season 2- 34 episodes Season 3- 37 episodes]
– I really loved this webtoon. Of course, there were parts I was meh about, but at the end of the day, I really enjoyed it. Definitely worth a shot.
– Read it here!

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About Death

Although the name sounds morbid and depressing, this emotional webtoon gave me a surprisingly bittersweet after taste.

Webtoon:
Genres: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Tragedy.
My Rating: 10
Makers: Sini and Hyeono
Updates: ENDED
Chapters: 22
Released: 2012/2014
Ended: 2013/2014
Age Appropriation: T (Teen)

Description: A webtoon composed of different characters’ lives and endings.

Notes:
– I assigned the age appropriation. (I made it Teen because some ideas and concepts of the webtoon were complex)
– When reading on WEBTOON, every chapter comes with a song.
– To be honest, I knew about this webtoon for a couple months before actually reading it. The title made me hesitant to read it because it sounded really sad. And yes, this webtoon was sad, but I think more than tragic, it was all about perspective and living life to the fullest. It was a short read, but definitely worth it.
– The English version in WEBTOON was all released in 2014.

Kamisama Hajimemashita

Despite my initial dislike of Kamisama Hajimemashita, overtime, I’ve grown to like it much more.

Anime:
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo.
My Rating: 7
Episodes: 13
Episode Length: 24 minutes
Aired: Oct 2012 – Dec 2012
Rating: PG13

Manga
Mangaka: Suzuki, Julietta
Released: 2008
Ended: 2016
Chapters: 154*
Volumes: 25

Description: Being poor and racked up with debts, Nanami Momozono is a cheerful high school girl. One day, when Nanami comes home from school, it turns out her father had spent all their remaining money on gambling and that they were broke. While her father ran away leaving her behind, Nanami ends up running away from the debt collectors to find herself at a park. At that park, Nanami meets someone named Mikage, who send her to his shrine to live. There, Nanami’s remaining normal life turns into a hectic adventure with spirits, gods, and a fox familiar named Tomoe.

Notes:
– *Although the manga has ended, not everything has been scanned into English (or other languages) yet.
– I have only read the manga.
– The anime has a second season and an OVA.
– As I mentioned above, Kamisama was manga that I really didn’t like. I found Nanami overly cliché, and I didn’t really like her relationship with Tomoe at first. It took me about 60 – 80 chapters to finally warm up and enjoy the characters and story. I’ll admit that even now I find myself unable to stand reading Kamisama from time to time, but it has definitely improved from the beginning. I would definitely recommend giving it a shot.

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Winter Woods

Eyebrows have never been more important…

Webtoon
Genres: Fantasy, Romance.
My Rating: 10
Makers: Van Ji and Cosmos
Updates: Every Wednesday
Chapters: 106 [2 Seasons+ 2 Previews+ 1 Notice]
Released: 2014
Ended: ONGOING
Age Appropriation: Y (10+)

Description: Winter is created by an Alchemist from thousands of years ago. He is a being that moves and talks, but he isn’t alive. Upon being discovered by people, Winter undergoes cruel experiments, and then is moved onto a bigger and more complicated experiment – living with Jane. Jane is an aspiring writer, who is looking for new inspirations. When a friend of hers drops off Winter at her doorstep, Jane finds a story she just can’t miss. With two strange and unlikely beings living together, what will happen to Jane and Winter?

Notes:
– I assigned the age appropriation.
– I started this webtoon out of boredom, and found out that this webtoon would change everything. I’ve never loved Wednesdays so much before.
– In previous webtoons, I put them under a manga tag and section, but I’ll be changing that from here on out.
– Read the prologue to Season 1 here. And read the prologue to Season 2 here.
– Read Winter Woods here.
– Read the additional chapter (that was published after season 1) to find out more here.

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