Anime: IDOLiSH7 Episode 1 + 2 Summary + Review

“Hey now, you’re an idol”

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(True fantasy: working your way up to manager without previous experience)

Tsumugi Takanashi is the new manager at an entertainment agency. Her new role? Managing seven boys in a new idol group! She sets out to meet her new assignment.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Musings: The direction of “Things” and Commitment

“Where are we going now..?”

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It’s been a while since I’ve openly discussed the direction of this blog. What’s new, what’s in the works, and how updates will be arranged?

It’s been my lifelong ambition to Stick With Things. I think, I let a lot of opportunities go by, because I didn’t commit to it for long enough, or I just let my standards fall, or let things drift away.

Well, I am quite proud that I have stuck by this review blog for almost two years. I started  this blog at the beginning of 2012 (back when I got zero views), and yet by some miracle, it’s still going, and has daily visitors.

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Thankyou, for that.

As conceited as I can be, I originally put up reviews to share my opinions with the rest of the internet. I never dreamed that people would actually follow this blog, or check back daily, or even leave a comment.

Whether you agree or disagree with my opinions, I am glad that people treat this site as a source of information. It’s a real honour.

There’s no dark side to this post. It’s actually very positive (albeit fumbling) in a way, that I am trying to say that I will commit to this blog, that there will be updates.

Updates, updates… Anime

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I’m not sure if I want to finish the reviews for Sukitte ii na yo/Say “I Love You”, and Tonari ni Kaibutsu-kun/My Little Mosnter. You see, the manga of those two series are being released in the UK soon, and I would actually prefer to read the story. Especially since I finished watching Say “I Love You”‘s anime, and it didn’t strike me as amazing, but seems like good material for manga. A lot of pacing issues in slower anime tend to not be as obvious in the manga, because it depends on your reading speed.

And then in direct contrast to that, I would love, love to review all of Noragami, even though the anime is being is released. And Inari, Kokon Koi Iroha struck a chord in me that an anime hadn’t done for a while.

Books

I have recently finished (re-re-re-)reading the Old Kingdom Trilogy/Abhorsen Trilogy, which are the three books by Garth Nix: Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorson. Reading an old favourite rejuvenated me. It was great to read something “perfect” instead of diving into yet another new fantasy world, and wondering if the author will let me down.

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I previously reviewed A Confusion of Princes, another book  by Garth Nix, which was okay but not as good as the Old Kingdom Trilogy. Most people will know his work from the Trilogy.

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I also want to put up my thoughts on the rather brilliant The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling. It will be a review of my second reading, the first time, I didn’t feel like I’d gotten to grips with the characters enough. It’s an unfair advantage Rowling has, to have readers not discredit her work straight away. I’m aware that other authors wouldn’t get the same treatment. On the other hand, I feel that bias is part of having opinions, so it’s okay.

Pictures of stuff…

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And lastly, I really enjoyed waffling through endless of descriptions of packaging. I don’t know how much people pay attention to packaging of anime, but I feel like this area needs to be criticised. Besides, when you buy overpriced anime stuff, you deserve to analyse every inch of it.

News: “Sanzoku no Musume Ronja/Ronja the Robber’s Daughter” Studio Ghibli Announcement

“Not your average Ghibli girl..”

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Studio: Studio Ghibli, Polygon Pictures

Genre: Adventure, Age: Children’s

Released: August 31st 2014 (Japan Version)

The internet is positively abuzz with the announcement of Studio Ghibli’s first TV series.

The series will follow the adventures of Ronja, a young girl who lives in a forest, and is based on the books by Astrid Lindgren. The production will be directed by Goro Miyazaki. More details have yet to emerge.

This is an exciting new venture for Studio Ghibli, especially since Goro Miyazaki is taking the helm of this project. I find his work to have a very different feel from the rest of Ghibli’s projects.

See more information at this source.

Anime: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“There’s a deity in my local shrine…”

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(“Please don’t poop on me… please…”)

Studio: Production IMS

Genre: Romantic, Comdey, Fantasy, Supernatural Age: 13+

Released: January 2014 – onwards

Inari is a middle school student, who is sweet and clumsy, and loved by her two best best friends Keiko and Chika. On the way to school Inari rescues a “puppy” from the river bank, but her friends believe that Inari fell into the river due to her clumsiness.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Purchased: Tiger & Bunny Limited Edition DVD + Blu-ray Volume 1 (UK Edition)

“That’s not a hero!”

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Studio: Sunrise

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Comedy, Superheroes, Science Fiction, Age: 12+

Released: February 2013  (UK version)

Tiger & Bunny has to be be one of the best series made in recent years. So much so, that I watched it multiple times in the Japanese subs, and was ecstatic when it was released in the UK. For once, I have no complaint that a “guy’s series” was being released, since I love superheroes. This series has so many lovable characters, and has original superheroes with their own unique costume design. The only thing that is evil is the cost of each of these volumes.

Since I purchased this when it came out in February last year, it was at full price. Since this is an ultra-lux “Limited Edition” (no, it isn’t, explanations at the end), so let’s see what the buyer gets for their money. Especially since there are four of these volumes to collect.

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First of all, there is a cardboard sleeve with the outer designs of the volume on it. Inside is another cardboard sleeve which holds the disks.  Each side features a superhero from the series. Everything is nice and glossy, and this is one of the major factors for buying this set.

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Anime: Noragami – Episode 2 Summary + Review

“How to live with a tail…”

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(“Oh no! How am I going to get home without my body!”)

Studio: Bones

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Comedy Age: 13+

Released: January 2014 – onwards

From the previous episode, Hiyori is carrying on with her normal school life, but her body and spirit are still seperating at unpredictable moments. Her spirit senses have been getting stronger, and she can see the small phantoms that surround everyone’s daily lives.

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Anime: Noragami – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“Who you gonna call? Yatogami!”

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(Bullies target the only blonde girl in school)

Studio: Bones

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Comedy Age: 13+

Released: January 2014 – onwards

Bad feelings cause phantoms to appear in the world, and there isn’t a worse time than during exams. Yato, an unknown and poor god, helps out a girl being bullied by her classmates. Tackling the phantom seems to be one step too far for his Divine Weapon (who is also a woman). She decides to quit, leaving Yato not only dirt poor (he doesn’t get much business) but also defenseless against the phantoms.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Purchased: Princess Jellyfish Collector’s Edition DVD Box Set (UK Edition)

“Super Anti-Nerd Makeover Time!!”

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Studio: Brain’s Base

Genre: Josei, Romance, Drama, Age: Adult

Released: 3rd September 2012  (US version)

I mentioned the release of the Princess Jellyfish Collector’s Edition in a previous post, and I remember rushing out pre-order it. It arrived sometime last year, but I haven’t yet put up any pictures of how stunning this collection is.

This edition comes with the Clara toy, which is a massive keyring-type plush. I always seem to have grubby hands whenever I come near this box, and haven’t had the nerves to take the plush toy out. It sort of rolls about in the box. From my initial impressions, I was expecting it to be larger, but the toy is no larger than the palm of my hand. That’s pretty big for a keyring, but not really for a plush toy.

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So far there is no BluRay release of this in the UK. The actual DVDs are contained in a cardboard slip inside the larger box. This slip features some truly stunning artwork. I’m not sure if this is from the manga, but it does look in a similar style. Unfortunately, there is no way of securing the cardboard slip when traveling, and my method is to place it inside a folder is it ever needs to be transported. (The larger box feels too awkward to carry around).

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 25 Series Finale Summary + Review

“End of the virtual road?”

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(Kirito plays a dangerous game of tag with Sugou)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Asuna has woken up from the hospital and Kirito is on his way to see her. Danger is lurking the hospital carpark in the shape of Sugou, who was killed by Kirito in Alfheim Online.

Kirito is stabbed, and has to fend off a knife that could end his life before he has a chance to see Asuna in the real world.

Sugou has finally lost his mind, and although Kirito eventually beats him, Kirito chooses to spare Suguo’s life.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 24 Summary + Review

“Let me make things gruesome”

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(“Yo! Secret Epic Fairy Bro-fist, sucka!”)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Yui has opened the gate to the top of the World Tree, and Kirito is just baby steps away from rescuing Asuna.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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