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

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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Dagashi Kashi Made Me Want Umaibo

Dagashi Kashi Umaibo

For as long as I can remember, watching anime influences my spending one way or another. It can be an anime figure or related merchandises such as DVDs. You have no idea how much money I spent on this hobby, directly or indirectly. I lost count.

Watching Dagashi Kashi though prompted me not to buy any related merchandise or figure but a bunch of Japanese cheap snacks. The first episode really made me crave for Umaibo partly because I have childhood memory of eating something similar. I don’t know the name of the version we have in Malaysia but I remember it costs at most 20 cents. That was when I was about six or seven. I have no idea how much it costs or if it still exists today. Trust me, I tried to find.

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Winter Anime 2016 Mid-Week Thoughts

Prince of Stride: Alternative

When the winter anime season started this year, I followed 15 series including the leftovers from previous season. And then I dropped the total to 13 series after a weeks. I kept watching the 13 anime series until now, but of course not all episodes have been absolutely fun.

As usual, some series will have good episodes and then some bad ones. It’s the overall premise of a series that keeps me going. Anyway, I’m here to write about some of the series I’ve been following this season thus far.

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Rediscovering Anime

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I gotta say this: it’s feels extremely good to be able to sample most new episodes in this new winter anime season. It’s something I haven’t been doing for quite a while. And I said most because I don’t sample second seasons of anime I never watched.

For the past three years or so, I haven’t been spending enough time doing things I enjoy most such as this hobby here. Getting back to this one hobby that serves as stress reduction will always be a positive thing. Believe me, this is not just an excuse to watch more anime!

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