Mid Spring Anime 2016 Thoughts


Compared to last season, this spring anime season I’m only following five new series. Perhaps subconsciously I was feeling a little burn out by the amount of titles I was watching so I made an effort to scale down the number of series to remain on my list. That being said, I find myself not knowing why I following some of the series I follow…

Anyway, I shall share with you (I know you’re not asking but I still want to) my thoughts on the anime I’m watching thus far.

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Anne Happy: Handling Misfortunes

Anne Happy Hanako

Anne Happy is an anime that follows a class of unfortunate students in Tennogofune Academy. They’re deemed to have bad karma and attract misfortune. Among a class filled with such students, Hibari, Hanako and Botan seem to have the worst fortune of all.

While Hibari and Botan are aware of their unfortunate situations, Hanako insists she’s lucky and sees good in everything. Depending on how one handles misfortune, something bad can be viewed as something positive. And that’s how Hanako handles her misfortunes.

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Thoughts on Boku dake ga Inai Machi


Endless eight. Steins;Gate. A lot of words relevant only to anime fans popped up in my head when I watched the first episode of Boku dake ga Inai Machi, or also known as Erased. Fujinuma Satoru’s revival threatens to repeat events over and over again since he’s reliving the past with chances of changing them.

Thank goodness none of events were repeated and Satoru’s revival still happens.

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Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Shin vs Bon

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

There are two things very obvious at the start of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku did not live til old age and Kikuhiko did not end up with Miyokichi. And these are the two things that would pop up in my head trying to figure out the how and why as I continue watching the series.

Both abandoned at young age and apprenticed by Yakumo to study rakugo, Sukeroku (Shin) and Kikuhiko (Bon) have a lot in common only on the surface. In reality, these two men couldn’t be more different.

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The Quest of Understanding NaruHina


I finally watched The Last: Naruto the Movie after it was released more than a year ago in December 2014. Well, it’s better late than never. I’m interested in this movie primarily because it’s marketed as the story that happened before the last chapter of Naruto manga. Also, Naruto mangaka Kishimoto Masashi plays an important role in the movie production. For the most part, the movie feels a lot like any other Naruto movie in the sense that there are events outside Naruto’s world’s norm.

Personally, I see The Last more of a love story between Uzumaki Naruto and Hyuuga Hinata.

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Thoughts On Tamayura: Graduation Photos Part 3 – Akogare

Tamayura- Sotsugyō Shashin

To really appreciate Tamayura movies, one really has to start watching the franchise from the first episode of the anime series. Otherwise, whatever emotions the characters are going through in the movies will have lesser impact.

One of the best things about all the three movies released to date is the focus on emotional struggle the characters are going through. Tamayura has always been focusing more on playing with emotions, but the third movie, Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 3 – Akogare, is especially emotional because it’s about uncertainties, separation and longing. Nothing is more conflicted than those three combined, I think.

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Hai to Gensou no Grimgar: Mourning Manato

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

For those who are already watching Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, we all learned about the unexpected death of Manato several episodes ago. Several episodes later, Manato is still very much present in the series, in the hearts of his beloved comrades.

When it comes to death in anime, I can’t help but being reminded of the many deaths in Akame ga Kill.  Unlike Grimgar, the characters in that series seem to be dying for shock value rather than as plot device. And the characters who died are easily replaced by another new member and quickly vanished from the minds of viewers.

I believe this is where Grimgar excels.

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