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Anime Wrap Up [ #15 ]

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Happy Friday the 13th! ūüĖ§
I just really felt like starting this blog post in this way, so here we are. ūüėā

It’s been a few months since I have done an anime wrap up. To be more specific it’s been since July, so about 5 months. The reason for the long pause between my anime wrap ups, aside from the fact that I didn’t watch anime (obviously), is because I got into BTS (at the end of July) and I only watched Run BTS! and other BTS stuff for over two months. ūüėā Now I have finally finished enough anime to wrap them up in a post! With all of that being said, let’s just get into the anime that I recently finished.


yu yu hakushoYuu‚ėÜYuu‚ėÜHakusho

Episodes: 112

Action | Supernatural | Martial Arts | Comedy

My rating: 6/10 (Fine)

One fateful day, Yuusuke Urameshi, a 14-year-old delinquent with a dim future, gets a miraculous chance to turn it all around when he throws himself in front of a moving car to save a young boy. His ultimate sacrifice is so out of character that the authorities of the spirit realm are not yet prepared to let him pass on. Koenma, heir to the throne of the spirit realm, offers Yuusuke an opportunity to regain his life through completion of a series of tasks. With the guidance of the death god Botan, he is to thwart evil presences on Earth as a Spirit Detective.

To help him on his venture, Yuusuke enlists ex-rival Kazuma Kuwabara, and two demons, Hiei and Kurama, who have criminal pasts. Together, they train and battle against enemies who would threaten humanity’s very existence.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Yuu Yuu Hakusho is one of those anime that I have know about for years and have always wanted to check it out. I had heard so many amazing things about it! Also, the creator of the manga (from which this anime was adapted) is the same man who created Hunter x Hunter, which is one of my favourite anime ever. For that reason as well I was very exited to watch this one.

I can’t actually say anything about how well this anime was adapted, as I haven’t read the manga. (I just wanted to point this out beforehand.) As you can see by my score, I didn’t enjoy Yuu Yuu Hakusho as much as I hoped I would. I just didn’t click with the story all that much and for some reason it felt really repetitive to me after a while. I don’t know why that is or how to explain it better, so I shall leave it at that.

I didn’t care about Yusuke at all. That isn’t a great thing as he is the main character and the person we follow the most throughout this anime. I just didn’t connect to him at all, most of the time I didn’t like him either. Two characters that I did like, or at least found very interesting, were Kurama and Hiei. I enjoyed learning more about those two. There were quite a few side characters that I didn’t care about either. Many of them annoyed me and I don’t think they were supposed to.

Side note: This is an old anime, so the animation isn’t the best and the fight scenes didn’t feel all that impressive (which I’m sure they are, just the animation didn’t make it seem that way). I just don’t think this anime has aged that well? Or at least it wasn’t really my cup of tea. With all of that being said, I didn’t hate this anime or anything like that. There were interesting things that happened and I really enjoyed the tournament arc. I guess I just expected more from it, after hearing how much people loved it.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes and no. Yes, it’s one of those anime that many consider to be classics. No, the animation weren’t that great and if you are used to modern day anime this would feel very choppy and old. I’m really torn on if I should recommend Yuu Yuu Hakusho or not.

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Mahoutsukai no YomeMahoutsukai no Yome

Episodes: 24

Fantasy | Magic | Slice of Life

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Chise Hatori, a 15-year-old Japanese girl, was sold for five million pounds at an auction to a tall masked gentleman. Abandoned at a young age and ridiculed by her peers for her unconventional behavior, she was ready to give herself to any buyer if it meant having a place to go home to. In chains and on her way to an unknown fate, she hears whispers from robed men along her path, gossiping and complaining that such a buyer got his hands on a rare “Sleigh Beggy.”

Ignoring the murmurs, the mysterious man leads the girl to a study, where he reveals himself to be Elias Ainsworth‚ÄĒa magus. After a brief confrontation and a bit of teleportation magic, the two open their eyes to Elias’ picturesque cottage in rural England. Greeted by fairies and surrounded by weird and wonderful beings upon her arrival, these events mark the beginning of Chise’s story as the apprentice and supposed bride of the ancient magus.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Mahoutsukai no Yome is an anime whose story I was familiar with before I started watching it. I have read some of the manga, like the first volume or so (I definitely plan on continuing reading the manga at some point in the future). Plus it’s an anime that I have heard about a ton and that I see all the time on my anime tumblr blog (is it a blog? I don’t know). Basically I was familiar with it, before I started watching it.

This anime was simply beautiful in all aspects. I was impressed by it from episode one and from then on I was invested as well. I just couldn’t stop watching this beautiful anime. The animation and art is beyond amazing, it’s some of the best that I have seen in a really long time (or ever really). The opening animations and songs are gorgeous as well!

The characters were very interesting. The two that I liked the most were Chise and Elias, which is to be expected as they are the main characters. There was so much character growth for Chise and it was really wonderful to see it. Don’t get me wrong, the other characters developed and grew as well, but Chise’s journey was just outstanding. There were many interesting and multi-dimensional characters in Mahoutsukai no Yome, even the side characters and antagonists.

The lore in this anime was very interesting and I enjoyed learning more about it as the story progressed. The magic was interesting as well, plus the way the magic was animated was simply gorgeous. This anime was slow at times, but that also allowed us to connect more to the characters and the story. Mahoutsukai no Yome made me really emotional and I teared up many times while watching it.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would highly recommend this anime. If you couldn’t tell by my short review of it, I completely adored Mahoutsukai no Yome. It’s become one of my new favourite anime and I’m so happy to have finally watched it!

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GivenGiven

Episodes: 11

Music | Drama | Shounen Ai | Romance

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

“It’s stuck deep inside me and I can’t get it out of my head. Mafuyu’s voice is an insane and dangerous weapon.”

That day, Ritsuka Uenoyama started to feel that playing the guitar and playing basketball, both of which he liked very much, were becoming boring. He then encounters Mafuyu Sato, who’s holding onto a broken guitar, and decides to fix it. The moment Uenoyama finishes fixing the guitar, Mafuyu becomes completely attached to him. However, after hearing Mafuyu sing it leaves a deep impression on him.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Given is an anime that I saw on my anime tumblr a ton when it started airing. Finding out that it’s a gay romance that focuses on characters in a band, I was intrigued. I don’t usually watch a lot of anime about music, but sometimes they grab my attention and I decided to give them a chance. This is one of those instances and I’m really glad for that, as I enjoyed this anime quite a bit.

Before I actually get into my thoughts on Given I need to preface this by saying that this anime has big trigger warnings for suicide. Be aware of that, if you decided to watch this anime. The characters in this anime were interesting and I enjoyed learning more about them. Given was more of a character focus than a story one. There was a very nice friendship group that formed and I enjoyed watching them interact with each other. The music was good, but not my favourite (which I honestly didn’t expect it to be).

I found this anime to be very slow. I get that this should help us get to know the characters and all that, but I got really bored of it at points. I just wanted more from this anime. I felt that something was missing for me, which I can’t really explain. There were many heartwarming, but also heartbreaking moments. Given was a very good anime, just not one of my new favourites.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend Given. While it wasn’t one of my new favourite anime I still enjoyed it a lot. Plus I think the problems that I had with this anime are rather personal, so there is a big chance that you would enjoy it even more than I did.

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Boku No Hero AcademiaBoku no Hero Academia 3rd Season

Episodes: 25

Action | Super Powers | School | Shounen

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

As summer arrives for the students at UA Academy, each of these superheroes-in-training puts in their best efforts to become renowned heroes. They head off to a forest training camp run by UA’s pro heroes, where the students face one another in battle and go through dangerous tests, improving their abilities and pushing past their limits. However, their school trip is suddenly turned upside down when the League of Villains arrives, invading the camp with a mission to capture one of the students.

Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season follows Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, an ambitious student training to achieve his dream of becoming a hero similar to his role model‚ÄĒAll Might. Being one of the students caught up amidst the chaos of the villain attack, Deku must take a stand with his classmates and fight for their survival.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I finally got around to watching the 3rd season of Boku no Hero Academia. As this is the third season there might be some small spoilers for the previous season in this review, so be aware of that. Boku no Hero Academia is one of those anime that I really enjoy watching, that has very interesting characters yet I don’t consider it to be an all time favourite of mine. There has just been something about each season so far that has bothered me. Now, let’s actually talk about this 3rd season.

I found it very interesting seeing the students work on their Quirks, especially since the majority of them have very different ways of improving them (I can’t really explain that better). Quite a few new major villains were introduced in this season, which I found to be very interesting. My favourite is Dabi, there is just something about him that very much intrigues me. (I have some theories about him already, which I won’t go into.)

In this season we got to learn more about All Might and his past. This was an interesting aspect of this season. We also got to know more about One For All, which I was very much interested in as well. I won’t go into any detail about that, I just want to say that One For All has some of the best music out there – those classical pieces gave me chills.

A lot of this season was focused on Bakugo, which I do get but it’s not something I enjoyed. If you didn’t know, I really hate Bakugo. He is my least favourite character in this whole anime, I just can’t stand him. I just don’t care about anything related to him, which is why I didn’t enjoy this season as much as I thought I would. The Big Three were introduced in this season as well and I really want to know more about them. I have so many questions regarding them and I’m looking forward to learning more about them in the future.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I definitely recommend Boku no Hero Academia. Obviously start with the first season. There is a reason that this is one of the most popular anime out there at the moment. If you enjoy stories about superheroes and superpowers, then this is one anime you definitely need to check out.

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91900lMade in Abyss

Episodes: 13

Sci-Fi | Adventure | Mystery | Drama

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

The Abyss‚ÄĒa gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.

Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Made in Abyss is an anime that I heard a lot of people raving about, but never actually knew what it was about. Recently I decided to read a synopsis for it and it intrigued me, so I decided to watch it. I can definitely see why so many people adore this anime, sadly I just wasn’t one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this anime but I was overall just underwhelmed by it. I don’t know, I guess I was just expecting more from it.

First of all, don’t be fooled by the cute art style Made in Abyss is a very dark anime. It was interesting seeing the contrast between the cute art style and the dark story. I was intrigued by the world of this anime at the beginning. The more I learned about it, the more I didn’t care? I honestly have no idea why this happened. I just got less and less interested in it, the more I watched. The same thing can be said about the characters. I liked them a lot more in the beginning, but the more I learned about them the less I cared.

I don’t actually have anything else to add to this. I didn’t like Made in Abyss as much as I hoped I would. I guess this anime just wasn’t for me, which I’m very bummed about. I also don’t plan on watching more of this show (like the movie, or future seasons), as I already mentioned I just don’t care about it enough.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend Made in Abyss. Despite writing about it rather negatively in my review I think this is an anime that a lot of people might like. With this anime I think it’s more of a case it’s me not you, so I would definitely recommend giving this anime a chance!

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Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Many Sequels and Some AMAZING First Seasons!! || Anime Wrap Up [#14]

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Apparently I have been watching a lot of anime lately. The last wrap up that I did was in March and I have already finished 6 other anime. And it’s not like I only watched anime in my free time (so I’m a bit confused how I managed to watch this many). Anyway, the point of my rambling is the fact that I ended up watching a lot of anime and it’s time for another wrap up!


Run with the WindKaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru

Episodes: 23

Sports | Drama | Comedy

My rating: 8/10 (Very good)

Kakeru, a former elite runner at high school, is chased for stealing food. He is saved by a Kansei University student Haiji, who is also a runner. Haiji persuades Kakeru to live in the old apartment “Chikuseisou” where he plans to team up with fellow residents to enter Hakone Ekiden Marathon, one of the most prominent university races in Japan. Kakeru soon finds out that all of the residents except for Haiji and himself are complete novices.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I have a huge weakness when it comes to sports anime. I love watching them and I consider many of them my all time favourites. I find this a bit weird, as I don’t watch any sports at all. (Even though my mom does.) When I heard that there was going to be an anime about running, I knew that I had to watch it! Mostly because I had no idea how an anime about running was going to work, Run With The Wind pleasantly surprised me. I ended up enjoying this anime a lot!

The group of characters that Run With The Wind follows is very eclectic. First of all, they are all university students – which is something I have never encountered when watching a sports anime, as it’s usually set in high school. This change of pace was amazing! All the characters go to the same university, but they have different majors and life aspirations. I loved learning more about each and every one of them as the story progressed.¬†I must say that there were tropes that are often found in sports anime, but they didn’t bother me all that much. (As already mentioned, I have a weakness.)

The anime did feel slow at times, but that was mostly due to the fact that it was very character focused. Each character got developed and they all felt very realistic. They all had their own strengths and weaknesses, and they all grew as people by the end of the show. There were many heartwarming and funny moments between them and I loved seeing that! They all became such amazing friends and I adored seeing them interact with each other. Run With The Wind was such a fun anime and I’m very happy that I decided to give it a chance.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime. If you are someone who enjoys sports anime (like I do), this is a show that you definitely need to check out. Even if you don’t care that much about sports anime I would recommend this one, as the characters and their relationships between one another were amazing to watch! Plus, who doesn’t need a good heartwarming anime from time to time?

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Boku no Hero Academia Season 2Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season

Episodes: 25

Action | School | Superpowers | Shounen

My rating: 8/10 (Very good)

At UA Academy, not even a violent attack can disrupt their most prestigious event: the school sports festival. Renowned across Japan, this festival is an opportunity for aspiring heroes to showcase their abilities, both to the public and potential recruiters.

However, the path to glory is never easy, especially for Izuku Midoriya‚ÄĒwhose quirk possesses great raw power but is also cripplingly inefficient. Pitted against his talented classmates, such as the fire and ice wielding Shouto Todoroki, Izuku must utilize his sharp wits and master his surroundings to achieve victory and prove to the world his worth.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I have mixed feelings towards this season of Boku No Hero Academia. The first half I had a few problems with and I would give it a 7/10. The second half was a lot better and I enjoyed it a lot more, it would get a 9/10 from me. So I decided to go with the middle ground for my general rating. (I feel that this was both necessary and unnecessary to mention?)

I’m particular when it comes to tournament arcs in anime. (Or in any other media.) There need to be certain things in place for me to enjoy them. Sadly, Boku No Hero Academia Season 2 didn’t have them. Also, I find it ridiculous how valued that sports festival is – it’s just strange to me. It “replaced the olympics” so it’s basically: lets watch teens fight it out instead of organising an olympics with quirks. What? As I mentioned, I didn’t enjoy the first half of this season that much. Though there were some amazing moments that I did enjoy, I didn’t hate it or anything like that.

The second part of this season was great! I loved seeing more from the other characters and what they were up to. Tsuyu is one of my favourites, so I’m very happy that she got more screen time. Plus, the final exams were very interesting and I loved seeing the characters work with one another to pass. In general I just enjoyed learning more about the other characters of Class 1A, I can’t wait to see more of them in the future seasons! Todoroki is my favourite character (in case you were curious), I adore elemental powers so you can see why I would have a soft spot for him.

When I wrote about the first season¬†Boku No Hero Academia, in another Anime Wrap Up, I mentioned how much I hated Bakugou and Mineta. That hasn’t changed at all. If anything I dislike Bakugou even more now! Also, I have seen online that many people adore him and consider him their favourite. I don’t get that at all? I seriously can’t stand him. (Also, another character joined the I hate them club, but I won’t be mentioning who as it would be spoiler-y.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime – or rather I would recommend the first season first. For obvious reasons. This is one of the most popular anime series at the moment and it’s rightfully deserved. If you haven’t checked Boku No Hero Academia out yet (which I doubt you haven’t), I would highly recommend it!

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95662lFukigen na Mononokean 2nd Season

Episodes: 13

Supernatural | Demons | Comedy

My rating: 5/10 (Average)

The start of Hanae Ashiya’s high school career has not been easy‚ÄĒhe has spent all of the first week in the infirmary, and his inexplicable condition is only getting worse. The cause of his torment is the mysterious fuzzy creature that has attached itself to him ever since he stumbled upon it the day before school began.

As his health continues to decline and the creature grows in size, Hanae comes across a flyer advertising an exorcist who expels youkai. Desperate and with nothing left to lose, he calls the number and is led to the Mononokean, a tea room which suddenly appears next to the infirmary. A morose-sounding man, Haruitsuki Abeno, reluctantly helps Hanae but demands payment afterward. Much to Hanae’s dismay, he cannot afford the fee and must become an employee at the Mononokean to work off his debt. And to make things worse, his new boss is actually one of his classmates. If Hanae ever hopes to settle his debt, he must work together with Abeno to guide a variety of dangerous, strange, and interesting youkai back to the Underworld.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I was actually very disappointed by this season of Fukigen na Mononokean. I remember enjoying the first season quite a lot, but I wasn’t that impressed with this one. It’s true that I watched the first season years ago and I don’t remember too much about it (aside from the main plot points and characters), so I can’t say if I just didn’t like this season or if it was bad. My biggest criticism about this season was that I found the majority of episodes boring. I struggled to get through some of them.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some great moments as well, but they were outweighed by the boring ones. I did enjoy learning more about the world and seeing the new youkai was interesting. Another weakness of mine, aside from sports anime, is anime about youkai. (I just always find them interesting, which is the reason I watched this one as well.) I don’t really have that much more to say about this anime, I just didn’t enjoy it. I won’t be continuing Fukigen na Mononokean, if it gets a season 3. I just don’t care about the characters anymore or what is happening to them.

Would I recommend this anime?

Not really. As you can see by my review I didn’t really enjoyed it, sadly. The first season I remember enjoying, but that was years ago. So I’m not sure if I would recommend it? But this also could be the case of it’s me and not the anime, so if it sounds interesting do give it a chance. Hopefully you will enjoy it more than I did.

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Zombieland SagaZombieland Saga

Episodes: 12

Comedy | Supernatural | Music

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Sakura Minamoto dreams of becoming an idol. Unfortunately, reality hits her like a truck, and she dies in a sudden traffic accident. Ten years later, she wakes up in Saga Prefecture, only to find herself a zombie with no memory of her past. While still coming to terms with her demise, she meets a man named Koutarou Tatsumi, who explains that he has resurrected her and six other zombie girls from different eras for the purpose of economically revitalizing Saga by means of an idol group. Assuming the role of an abrasive manager, Koutarou begins scheduling events; the girls go along with it, eventually deciding to name their idol group Franchouchou.

An absurdly comedic take on the idol genre, Zombieland Saga tells the story of Franchouchou’s heartwarming struggle to save Saga Prefecture while hiding their zombie identities and rediscovering their past lives.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Zombieland Saga is ridiculous in the best way possible. Why do I say that? Because Zombieland Saga is a parody of two genres that I never thought could/would go together. Those two genres are idol anime and zombie anime. For some reason this combination worked excellently? I really don’t know how to explain that, this anime is just one that you need to experience for yourself to understand what I mean. I ended up having a lot of fun with this anime, even though I was a bit skeptical going in (I just don’t watch or care about idol anime).

The female idol group consists of 7 members, who are all zombies. Most of them are from different time periods, which makes for interesting interactions between them. I found all of the girls to be interesting. All of them got their spotlight throughout the show that allowed us to get to know them more. There were many heartwarming moments between the girls. They formed such amazing friendships and it was great seeing how much they cared about each other and how much they supported each other. The unusual circumstances their lives turned into just brought them closer.

The most eccentric character in this show is their manager Koutarou Tatsumi. I don’t usually mention voice actors, but for this character I really need to. Mamoru Miyano’s performance was spectacular, he is such an amazing voice actor. Anyway, I found the best description of Koutarou on the fandom wiki page:¬†An arrogant man who won’t let common sense get in his way.” I think this description is enough for you to know why I called him the most eccentric character. There were also many great moments between the girls and him, which I enjoyed seeing.

The music in this anime was great! It is a big part of Zombieland Saga, after all it is an anime about idols. I really enjoyed the songs in this show. What I found a bit weird was the fact that the performances were in 3D (not all of them), while the rest of the show was in 2D. I found the transitions sometimes a bit weird, though I didn’t mind it and I got used to it rather fast. This was just something that I thought I needed to mention. I really hope that this anime gets a second season, as I would love to see more of these characters and their crazy story!

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend watching Zombieland Saga. This is one of the anime with the weirdest synopsis, that I have watched. I honestly thought I wouldn’t enjoy this anime, but it pleasantly surprised me. Even if you aren’t a fan of idol or zombie anime I would still give Zombieland Saga a try. It’s an anime that you really have to experience for yourself!

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Bungou Stary DogsBungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season

Episodes: 12

Action | Mystery | Super Powers

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

For weeks, Atsushi Nakajima’s orphanage has been plagued by a mystical tiger that only he seems to be aware of. Suspected to be behind the strange incidents, the 18-year-old is abruptly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, homeless, and wandering through the city.

While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi saves a rather eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning. Whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, Dazai has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorising the boy. Together with Dazai’s partner Doppo Kunikida, they solve the mystery, but its resolution leaves Atsushi in a tight spot. As various odd events take place, Atsushi is coerced into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on unusual cases the police cannot handle, alongside his numerous enigmatic co-workers.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the third season of Bungou Stray Dogs, as the name of the anime already says. I won’t be able to talk much about the plot, as any details that I could go into would be spoilers. (So much has happened plot-wise in these three seasons that I don’t even know how to avoid spoilers.) Basically I’m going to keep things about the plot as vague as possible.

This season was filled with tension. Many organisations had conflicting goals, which lead to many confrontations. (I’m trying so hard to keep everything vague.) New antagonists were introduced and they were very interesting. The main antagonist of this season is my favourite one, I just find him really fascinating. In general, Bungou Stray Dogs has some of the most interesting antagonists.¬†There were so many amazing moments in this season! The animation was great as well, it was more polished than in the previous two season. (Though there was a weird amount of fish eye effect, if you have watched this show you know what I’m talking about.)

Now, let’s talk a bit about the characters. Dazai Osamu is my favourite anime/manga character ever. (If you are following my tumblr, you might be able to tell that from my feed.) I adore him so much, though I can’t exactly go into the reason why as that would be spoiler-y. The characters from the Armed Detective Agency are all amazing and I loved learning more about them as the season progressed. I just love seeing them interact with each other, they are a big family and I adore seeing how much they care for each other.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime! (Or the first season that is.) Bungou Stray Dogs is one of my favourite anime ever, though I find the first season to be the weakest one. More people need to watch this anime. I’m very much hoping that there is going to be a fourth season! As someone who reads the manga, I know what crazy things are going to happen next.

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One Punch ManOne Punch Man 2nd Season

Episodes: 12

Action | Sci-Fi | Comedy | Parody

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

The seemingly ordinary and unimpressive Saitama has a rather unique hobby: being a hero. In order to pursue his childhood dream, he trained relentlessly for three years‚ÄĒand lost all of his hair in the process. Now, Saitama is incredibly powerful, so much so that no enemy is able to defeat him in battle. In fact, all it takes to defeat evildoers with just one punch has led to an unexpected problem‚ÄĒhe is no longer able to enjoy the thrill of battling and has become quite bored.

This all changes with the arrival of Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg, who wishes to be Saitama’s disciple after seeing what he is capable of. Genos proposes that the two join the Hero Association in order to become certified heroes that will be recognized for their positive contributions to society, and Saitama, shocked that no one knows who he is, quickly agrees. And thus begins the story of One Punch Man, an action-comedy that follows an eccentric individual who longs to fight strong enemies that can hopefully give him the excitement he once felt and just maybe, he’ll become popular in the process.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This was the second season of One Punch Man, as you can tell by the title. The first season of this anime I consider to be one of my all time favourites. This season, on the other hand, I found lacking. It just wasn’t as exiting or as interesting as the first one. There is also the fact that the studio changed, which means the animation quality changed as well. And I don’t mean for the better. The battles just weren’t as smooth as they were in the first season. Everything just looked worse. This isn’t the biggest reason I didn’t like this season as much, but I still wanted to mention it.

The main reason that I didn’t like this season, as much as the first one, was that I wasn’t interested in the actual plot. The majority of this season focuses on Garou and I neither care about him, nor do I like him. Because of that I just couldn’t bring myself to care all that much. To be honest, I expected this since I have read the manga and even then I didn’t particularly care. Also, there was too little of Saitama in this season (who is my favourite character). The tournament was the most interesting aspect of this anime for me.

With all of that being said, I still enjoyed parts of this anime. It was great seeing some great moments animated. I hope that there is going to be a third season for One Punch Man, as I’m very interested in the next arc. (Even though I don’t think it’s even finished in the manga? I might be wrong about that.) If not, I can always rewatch the first season.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime. The first season is amazing and I recommend it to everyone! I didn’t like this season as much, but I didn’t completely dislike it either. Take that as you will! (I really don’t have anything more to say about this. So I shall leave it at this.)

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Sooo…It’s been a while! || Anime Wrap Up [#13]

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It’s been a while since I have done an Anime Wrap Up on my blog. Since November of 2018 to be more precise. I did watch anime in the months between my last wrap up and this one, but apparently I haven’t been finishing enough of them to write a whole post (thought that has obviously changed now). It’s about time that I do another one of these wrap ups, to be honest I have missed them quite a bit.

Anyway, enough rambling. Lets get into the anime that I have recently finished!

Boku no Hero AcademiaBoku no Hero Academia

Episodes: 13

Action | Super Powers | School | Shounen

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

The appearance of “quirks,” newly discovered super powers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80 percent of humanity possessing various abilities from manipulation of elements to shapeshifting. This leaves the remainder of the world completely powerless, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual.

Since he was a child, the ambitious middle schooler has wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku’s unfair fate leaves him admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can. But it seems that his persistence has borne some fruit: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. All Might’s quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku to be his successor!

Enduring many months of grueling training, Izuku enrolls in UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program, and this year’s freshmen look especially promising. With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

So, I finally watched the first season of Boku no Hero Academia! I have wanted to watch this anime ever since it first started airing (which was in 2016, so two years ago, wow) but never got around to it. Mostly it was because the anime was sooo hyped, and when something is too hyped I don’t feel like watching/consuming it. What a mistake that was! I’m completely OBSESSED with this anime now! Wow, it was so amazing and I was a fool for waiting so long to watch it. At least there are two more seasons, so I don’t have to wait to watch more. (There is always a positive in any situation.)

First of all I need to say that I have a weakness for stories about people with super powers and stories about superheroes. So basically this anime was perfect for me in that regard. I enjoyed learning more about the world that this story takes place in and the Quirks from the different characters were fascinating, there are sooo many interesting ones. The story was also interesting, though also slow in the beginning. Which was understandable, as it is setting the whole story up for the bigger things that are going to happen in the future. (I just thought I would mention it.)

The characters in this anime are AMAZING so far! There are so many characters that I¬† already love and many that I’m very curious about. I can’t wait to watch the second and third season of this anime to find out more about them! Midoriya is definitely my favourite so far. He is such an amazing character and he has already grown a lot. I can’t wait to see his growth in the future episodes. Another character that I love is All-Might, he is also amazing and I really want to know more about him. Honestly, I really like all the characters (aside from Bakugou and Mineta, who I both hate) and I can’t wait to see more of them in the future!

Would I recommend this anime?

Obviously I would recommend this anime. As if you couldn’t tell that by the way I already wrote about it. I did end up waiting a long time before actually starting this anime, but it was definitely worth the wait. Boku no Hero Academia is a FANTASTIC anime and I would highly recommend it to everyone! (It did also make me cry, so there is that as well.)

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OverlordOverlord II and Overlord III

Episodes: 13 per season

Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Game

My rating:

Overlord II – 7/10 (Good)

Overlord III – 8/10 (Very Good)

The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has come. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his last few moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. To his surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight, Momonga is still fully conscious as his character and, moreover, the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own!

Confronted with this abnormal situation, Momonga commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, with the hopes of figuring out what has caused this development and if there may be others in the same predicament.

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I watched the second and third season of Overlord one after another. That is why I decided to write about them together in this post and not separate. They just feel like one season to me, as I watched them very closely together. (I literary started the 3rd season the second I finished the 2nd one.)

There is a lot of dialogue in this anime. A lot of strategy and planning. That’s why Overlord can feel rather slow in the beginning, as the anime takes time to build the world, characters and conflict. Also, it has quite a bit of gaming terminology, which is only logical since it’s about someone being trapped in the game. None of these are negative things, I just wanted to point them out. Another thing that I NEED to mention is the names of the characters. The characters in this anime have the most ridiculous and unnecessary long names that I have ever encountered¬†(okay, ever might be exaggerating, but you get my point).

I enjoyed the plot of the third season a lot more than the second season. The story was more compelling and I was very interested in the different sides to the conflict. It was fascinating to watch all the things that happened in the third season. Don’t get me wrong, the second season wasn’t bad but at the same time it wasn’t that special. The third season, however, was amazing! I’m hoping that more of the anime will be adapted, as I’m very interested to see where the story will go from here (though we shall see, as nothing is announced at the time I’m writing this).

What I really enjoy about the whole Overlord series is the question of morality and how we perceive it. Obviously I can’t go into much detail about this, as it could contain spoilers, so I’ll keep it brief. You really don’t know who to root for in this anime. Usually that would be the protagonist, but Momonga isn’t a hero rather he is very morally grey (even villainous at times). It all depends on from whose perspective you look at when it comes to his actions.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend the first season of Overlord. It is a very interesting anime and it’s especially great for those who enjoy games. (As basically the whole plot is a guy being stuck in the game.) I would definitely recommend giving this anime a chance, I find it to be a lot of fun. Plus there is a reason that it’s as popular as it is.

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Free!!Free!: Dive to the Future

Episodes: 12

Sports | School | Comedy | Drama

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

In the new series, Haruka, who is attending college in Tokyo, meets Asahi again and reawakens his memories from his middle school years, including those of Ikuya. Makoto is working toward a new dream while he is in Tokyo together with Haruka. Rin has an unexpected meeting in Sydney. As they await their new futures, will they see a new fight ahead? Or will they instead confront the past they left behind?

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the third season of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club (or at least the first season was called that), plus there is a movie that takes place before this season as well. Because of that I won’t be able to get into too much detail about things, as there are many characters and stories and I don’t want to spoil things for people who want to watch this anime (or any of its previous seasons). So I shall keep this brief, or as brief as anything I write is.

I really like the characters of this anime, especially the ones from the first season. And I say especially, since they are the ones that we already got to spend a lot of time with. Also, if I didn’t like the characters would I continue watching all the seasons of this anime? The answer is no, so I have no idea why I felt the need to mention it in the way that I did (I’m a bit scatter-brained today). My favourite character is Matsuoka Rin, in case you were curious about that.

It was interesting seeing all the new characters that got introduced in this season (or rather the movie, but they were small children then so I’m not completely counting it). Though I also feel that I didn’t get to know them as much as I wanted, but there is going to be another season of this anime so they are going to get an opportunity to develop more. The pacing was a bit off with this season. There was nothing happening for a long time and then suddenly things happened and then nothing again. That did bring me out of the story a bit.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend the first season of this anime! Well, this one too but you would need to watch the first two seasons first, obviously. I just enjoy seeing the friendship between all of the characters and how much they have grown throughout the series. Plus I do have a weakness for sports anime, so there is that as well.

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Natsume Yuujinchou RokuNatsume Yuujinchou Roku

Episodes: 11

Supernatural | Drama | Fantasy | Slice of Life

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Takashi Natsume has grown accustomed to his encounters with youkai through the Book of Friends, which contains the names of youkai whom his grandmother, Reiko Natsume, has sealed in contracts. These encounters allow Natsume to better understand the youkai, Reiko, and himself.

The Book of Friends is a powerful tool that can be used to control youkai; it is sought after by both youkai and exorcists alike. Natsume just wants to live out his daily life in peace but is constantly disrupted by these experiences. If he is to end this torment, Natsume must explore more about the book and the world of exorcism, as well as begin to open his heart to those who can help him.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Natsume Yuujinchou is one of my all time favourite anime ever. I have loved every season of this anime that I have watched, and this one is no exception to that. (This is the sixth season, as I haven’t mentioned that yet.) There is just something so charming about this story and the characters. I completely adore it! ‚̧ This anime always manages to make me tear up and if that doesn’t prove how attached I’m to it, I don’t know what does.

I can’t talk much about the plot of this anime, mostly because it’s episodic. That means that each episode focuses on another story, starring the same main characters. There is also an over-arching story, but I can’t write about that either since that would contain spoilers. Basically the plot isn’t really something I can go into right now. I can say that I’m really liking the direction the story is going and some exiting things got revealed in this season. I love the world of Natsume Yuujinchou. I love learning about the different youkai and seeing Natsume interact with them is always fascinating.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would highly recommend this anime! (Obviously the firsts season first.) Though I need to say that it is a rather slow one and it focuses more on the characters than the plot. I can’t wait to watch the movie that comes after this season of Natsume Yuujinchou, as I have heard amazing things about it. (Hopefully there are going to be more seasons of this anime in the future as well.)

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Tokyo Ghoul reTokyo Ghoul:re and Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season

Episodes: 12 per season

Psychological | Drama | Horror | Supernatural

Tokyo Ghoul:re – 5/10 (Average)

Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season – 5/10 (Average)

Two years have passed since the CCG’s raid on Anteiku. Although the atmosphere in Tokyo has changed drastically due to the increased influence of the CCG, ghouls continue to pose a problem as they have begun taking caution, especially the terrorist organisation¬†Aogiri Tree, who acknowledge the CCG’s growing threat to their existence.

The creation of a special team, known as the Quinx Squad, may provide the CCG with the push they need to exterminate Tokyo’s unwanted residents. As humans who have undergone surgery in order to make use of the special abilities of ghouls, they participate in operations to eradicate the dangerous creatures. The leader of this group, Haise Sasaki, is a half-ghoul, half-human who has been trained by famed special class investigator, Kishou Arima. However, there’s more to this young man than meets the eye, as unknown memories claw at his mind, slowly reminding him of the person he used to be.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Tokyo Ghoul is one of my favourite manga out there. The anime on the other hand I have always found lacking in some way. The same can be said about Tokyo Ghoul:re season one and season two. I haven’t read the entirety of Tokyo Ghoul:re¬†yet (the manga, obviously), so I can’t say how well these two seasons were adapted. I do plan on finishing the manga some time in the future. (Though I have no idea when that is going to be.)

My problem with the anime is that it always leaves me wanting more. I know that adaptations can’t be 100% accurate, but there is just something that bothers me when it comes to all of the Tokyo Ghoul adaptations that I have seen. To be completely honest I can’t pinpoint what exactly I’m having problems with without spoiling the entirety of the story, so I shall leave it at this. I must say that it was great seeing some of my favourite scenes animated.¬†(As was the case with the previous seasons as well.)

I don’t have much more to say about this anime. Any of my other thoughts are very spoiler-y, especially if you haven’t seen the first season of Tokyo Ghoul. This is an anime that I find addicting, in the sense that I have to watch it. But at the same time I have problems with it and I don’t enjoy it as much as I hope I would.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes and no. I personally don’t enjoy this anime too much, but I know many other people do. So this might be a case of it’s me not you. I would give this anime a chance (or rather its first season), as you might enjoy it more that I did. The manga is amazing and I would recommend it! Though it’s gory, bloody and violent so be aware of that. (There are many trigger warnings for it as well.)

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Movies That I Recently Watched! || Anime Wrap Up [#12]

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Recently I ended up watching quite a few anime movies and I wanted to talk about them. (Because why not?)¬†I have also decided to start doing separate wrap ups, one for movies (like this one) and one for anime tv shows. I just like it better that way, there really isn’t any other reason for it. Now, let’s get into the movies that I recently watched!


KuroshitsujiKuroshitsuji Movie: Book of the Atlantic

Length: 1 hr. 40 min.

Action | Historical | Demons | Fantasy

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Whispers turn into screaming headlines in Earl Ciel Phantomhive’s morning paper as word of the dead being resurrected takes society by storm. But when the unsavoury details of the business reach Ciel’s ear, he and his superlative butler, Sebastian, book themselves on a luxury liner to look into these alleged miracles and the “Aurora Society” conducting them. As the waters lap and crash all around the vessel, mysterious individuals gather under the banner of the “Phoenix.” Ciel and Sebastian may be one step closer to the truth, but have they sealed their fates by conducting an investigation on what could easily become a floating coffin?

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

As you may already know Kuroshitsuji is one of my all time favourite manga! I just adore the characters and the story. This is also a manga that I have been following for years! The first two anime seasons were okay, but nothing too special. I was beyond exited when they adapted Book of Circus and Book of Murder and made them fantastically! (Basically exactly like the manga!) And then there is this movie, Book of the Atlantic, which was amazing as well!

So, I obviously enjoyed this movie! It was action packed and the animation was amazing. The story in itself is great as well, there were so many revelations in this movie (from characters backgrounds to past events) and the development for certain characters was great as well. I can’t go much into detail about more than this, as this is set deep in the story and would spoil anything¬†that happened before.

This is also the last arc that I have read from the manga (I just had no time to read it and then fell behind and then was too lazy to catch up). It definitely gives me motivation to continue reading the manga soon and I can’t wait to see what will happen next!

Would I recommend this movie?

You should actually watch season 1, (you can skip season 2 as it’s anime original), Book of Circus and Book of Murder before getting to this one. So I can’t really recommend it that way, as you need to be caught up with the story so far. But if you are already familiar with the story of Kuroshitsuji and have yet to watch this movie I HIGHLY recommend it! It was such a fantastic movie!!

(Trying to find a non-spoiler GIF for this one was seriously hard. So here’s a GIF of Grell!)

Kuroshitsuji


Persona 3 the Movies

Length: 1 hr. 40 min. per movie

Action | Supernatural | Fantasy

  1. Spring of Birth || my rating: 9/10 (Great)

  2. Midsummer Knight’s Dream || my rating: 7/10 (Good)

  3. Falling Down || my rating: 7/10 (Good)

  4. Winter of Rebirth || my rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

At the stroke of midnight, the Dark Hour appears‚ÄĒa secret hour which most are unaware of. Those not trapped in coffins during this time, unfortunate enough to find themselves conscious, are met by dangerous creatures known as Shadows. A select few, however, possess the potential to wield Persona: a special power used to defeat these beings. This secret group is called SEES (Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad), and their mission is to uncover the reason behind the Dark Hour’s appearance.

Only a short while after transfer student Makoto Yuuki begins his residency at Iwatodai Dorm, his Persona awakens after an attack by a strong Shadow. Now recruited into the ranks of SEES, he begins fighting alongside his comrades, as only they can protect humanity from Shadows and prevent the anomaly that is the Dark Hour.

(Summary for the first movie taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I loved the first Persona 3 movie! It was really exiting and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out what was going on and how the personas would come into play. (I also remember reading this in manga format years and years ago.) The animation and art were beautiful as well. Plus I liked the main character, Makoto, a lot. Which honestly wasn’t difficult, as he wasn’t that developed (he was a rather bland character) – which was expected, as this is adapted from a game where the main character is mostly a silent protagonist. (As far as I’m aware.)

The second and third movie were definitely the weakest in my opinion. They went into some character development stuff and some of the character backgrounds. I can’t say that I enjoyed that, it was actually pretty annoying as I wasn’t that interested in them. Most of the characters in these movies frustrated me. (Aside from Makoto, but he doesn’t really have a personality.) So getting through these two movies was a pain. The upside was the action and the introduction of two new characters that I really liked. I won’t mention who they are, because of spoilers.

The last movie was good, not as amazing as the first one but also not as “bad” as the middle two. I can’t actually say much about this one as it’s basically all spoilers. I will just say that there were some revelations that I didn’t expect and that I enjoyed the actual conclusion of the movie. There were also a few moments when I got very emotional, apparently I did get attached to some of the characters.

Would I recommend these movies?

I would definitely recommend these movies! They were a lot of fun, the animation is great and the art amazing as well. These movies do have guns and shooting yourself (not suicide, but I can’t get into much detail about that), so if that bothers you I would stay away from it. If it doesn’t I would definitely give them at least a try!

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Bungo Stray DogsBungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple

Length: 1 hr. 30 min.

Action | Mystery | Superpowers | Comedy

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Power users around the world are suddenly committing suicide one after another, in all cases after a strange fog appears at the scene. At a request from Ango Sakaguchi, the Armed Detective Agency head out to investigate Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, a power user who calls himself “collector”, and a man suspected of being tied to the incident.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I finally watched this movie! (And I ended up enjoying it a lot!) Bungou Stray Dogs is one of my favourite anime. I adore the characters within this anime series and the story is always interesting. Plus I do have a weakness for stories based around super powers. I just always end up enjoying them. Bungou Stary Dogs is also filled with many literary references, as all the characters are named after famous authors and their powers have some correlation to them as well. (This is also an aspect that I adore!)

This movie was a lot of fun! I have wanted to watch it ever since I fist saw the trailer for it, as it looked amazing. Honestly, this movie didn’t disappoint. The visuals were phenomenal and so many scenes were amazingly animated. (The GIF I choose for this anime is from the movie and you can see it a bit!) The art style is also beautiful, but that I already expected as I have seen the two seasons this anime has. It was also interesting to learn more about the backstory of certain characters. The characters in this anime are fascinating and I always enjoy learning more about them.

The things that I didn’t enjoy about this movie would be considered spoilers, so I can’t go into any detail about them. Though I have to say that it wasn’t anything major, I just had a few minor gripes with it that I can easily overlook. (I really can’t say more than that.)

Would I recommend this movie?

Yes, I would recommend this movie. Though you need to watch the two anime seasons first, because you wouldn’t understand what is going on and it has spoilers for the things that happened in the first two season. (Or you could have read the manga, either way.) Still, this movie was a lot of fun and I definitely recommend it.

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Detective ConanDetective Conan Movie 22: Zero The Enforcer

Length: 1 hr. 50 min.

Action | Mystery | Police | Drama

My rating: 6/10 (Fine)

In the film’s story, there is a sudden explosion at Tokyo Summit’s giant Edge of Ocean facility. The shadow of Tooru Amuro, who works for the National Police Agency Security Bureau as Zero, appears at the site. In addition, the “triple-face” character is known as Rei Furuya as a detective and Kogorou Mouri’s apprentice, and he is also known as Bourbon as a Black Organization member. Kogorou is arrested as a suspect in the case of the explosion. Conan conducts an investigation to prove Kogorou’s innocence, but Amuro gets in his way.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I don’t have that much to say about this movie. I just didn’t enjoy it all that much. Though it’s always a coin toss of wether I would enjoy a Detective Conan movie. As I don’t want to spoil the anime I can’t talk about that many details, so I shall keep this short.

I felt that the plot was just pushed together, that there was no rhyme to most of the things that were happening. It just felt all over the place. Also, I need to mention that this movie was concentrated on characters that I don’t care about. (Not counting Conan, him I really like.) I really don’t care about either Kogorou or Amuro, so I did find most of the movie boring as well. But I still wanted to watch it, as I have watched all the previous movies as well.

Would I recommend this movie?

Kinda? It really wasn’t the best Detective Conan movie out there. Plus it’s the 22nd movie and it came out this year (so there are A TON of anime episodes that were released for it) so I have no idea how accessible it is for someone who hasn’t watched a lot of Detective Conan.

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(Not really a GIF from the movie, but it still fits.)


Free!High‚ėÜSpeed!: Free! Starting Days

Length: 1 hr. 50 min.

School | Slice of Life | Sports

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

This movie is the prequel to Free!

Summary for the first season of Free! (taken from MyAnimeList):

Haruka Nanase has a love for water and a passion for swimming. In elementary school, he competed in and won a relay race with his three friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. After claiming victory at the tournament, the four friends went their separate ways. Years later, they reunite as high school students; however, Rin couldn’t care less about returning to the way things used to be. Not only does he attend a different school, but the sole thing important to him is proving that he is a better swimmer than Haruka.

After the bitter reunion, Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto decide to form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club, but they will need a fourth member if they hope to take part in the upcoming tournament. Enter Rei Ryuugazaki, a former member of the track team whom Nagisa recruits. As the time to compete draws near, the four develop a close bond while training intensely to come out on top and settle things between Haruka and Rin once and for all.

My thoughts:

This was a really cute movie!¬†It’s about the childhood adventures of Haruka and Makoto, with other characters that they meet thrown into the mix. Or rather their adventures in middle school. These new characters appear in the third season of the anime, which is why I wanted to watch this movie first. (Which I did end up doing.)

I enjoyed this movie, as much as I usually enjoy Free! I find the anime to be fun and I enjoy seeing the interactions between the characters. Though I also have some problems with it (as you can probably guess seeing my rating) and I can’t go into detail about them because they are full of spoilers. Also, the visuals in this movie were amazing! I especially enjoyed the shots we got for the scenery and some character movements (like the GIF I added).

Would I recommend this movie?

Yes, I would recommend this movie. You should probably watch the first season of Free! first though. That way you’ll know some of the things that they reference, as the firsts season deals with things that happened before they go to middle school. Though you could watch this movie on its own as well, since it is a prequel to the original series.

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Sword Art OnlineSword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale

Length: 1 hr. 59 min.

Action | Game | Adventure | Romance

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

In 2026, four years after the infamous Sword Art Online incident, a revolutionary new form of technology has emerged: the Augma, a device that utilizes an Augmented Reality system. Unlike the Virtual Reality of the NerveGear and the Amusphere, it is perfectly safe and allows players to use it while they are conscious, creating an instant hit on the market. The most popular application for the Augma is the game Ordinal Scale, which immerses players in a fantasy role-playing game with player rankings and rewards.

Following the new craze, Kirito’s friends dive into the game, and despite his reservations about the system, Kirito eventually joins them. While at first it appears to be just fun and games, they soon find out that the game is not all that it seems…

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Sword Art Online is an anime that you either love or hate, according to many people online. (That’s at least what I have seen.) Personally I find the anime enjoyable, though I do not love it. The anime has it’s flaws, but I always have fun watching it. Now let’s talk about this movie!

The concept of Ordinal Scale (basically the game of this movie) I found to be weird. I did get it and all that jazz, but I still found it really weird. Mostly I found its popularity weird. If I lived in that world I wouldn’t care about Ordinal Scale, I would rather play the other games that they have with virtual reality. But that is just me, it’s not an actual fault of the movie. Also, I find the stories when they are centred around virtual reality games a lot more interesting, which is why I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as I hoped I would.

I enjoyed seeing the familiar characters again and their interactions were fun to watch. Honestly, I don’t have much more to say about that. (That doesn’t contain spoilers.) The antagonist was obvious from the start, from the first scene that he was introduced in. Somehow that bothered me, as I would have liked to have a bit more mystery and suspense about what was going on. I did understand the motivation of the antagonist, but I really couldn’t sympathies with him (not that you’re supposed to). I found him annoying in many instances.

Would I recommend this movie?

Yes, but you would need to watch the first two seasons of Sword Art Online first. This movie takes place after the two seasons and it contains spoilers for them. Even though I didn’t completely love this movie it was still a lot of fun and I would recommend it.

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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

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Finally Finished Some Anime!! || Anime Wrap Up [#11]

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It’s been a while since I have done an anime wrap up! Mostly because I hadn’t finished any anime to talk about. The last one I did was posted at the beginning of July. Just recently I finished my fifth anime, so I decided to do a wrap up (as I have enough of them to talk about). Three of the anime I watched were sequels, so it came to no surprise that I enjoyed those. I also watched two new to me anime, both of which I found to be okay, but nothing too exiting.

With all that being said, lets get into the anime that I recently finished!


Hoozuki no ReitetsuHoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season: Sono Ni

Episodes: 13

Comedy | Fantasy | Demons

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Hell is a bureaucracy, and business is running smoother than ever thanks to the demonic efficiency of Hoozuki, chief deputy to Lord Enma, the King of Hell. Whether offering counsel to the Momotarou of Japanese folklore or receiving diplomatic missions from the Judeo-Christian Hell, the demon who runs the show from behind the king’s imposing shadow is ready to beat down any challenges coming his way into a bloody pulp. Metaphorically, of course…

The poster boy for micromanagement and armed with negotiation skills worthy of Wall Street, Hoozuki no Reitetsu follows the sadistic and level-headed Hoozuki as he spends his days troubleshooting hell. With an abundance of familiar faces from popular Japanese legends and East Asian mythology working middle management positions, this referential and anachronistic dark comedy brings new meaning to the phrase ‚Äúemployer liability.‚ÄĚ Just how hard could it be to manage employees from hell, anyway?

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This was the second part of the second season. I found it weird that they decided to split the season, but I guess this way they had more time to work on it. (Though I have no idea the real reason they decided to split it up.)

Personally I didn’t enjoy this part as much as the first one. I just didn’t find it as funny as the first one. Also, more weird things happened which doesn’t usually bother me, but for some reason in this season I had some problems with them. (Nothing too major, it just bothered me a bit and I wanted to mention it.) Though I have to say that this season had some fantastic moments as well that I completely adored. Hoozuki is still my favourite character, he is just amazing and I love following his adventures. Not much more I can say about that since that would contain spoilers, so I shall leave it at this.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend the first season of this anime! Though it’s not an anime for everyone, as it is about demons and hell. Plus it’s a comedy and that genre is rather subjective. Still, I would at least give it a go and see if it’s something that you would like.

Hoozuki no Reitetsu GIF


Shokugeki no SomaShokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Toutsuki Ressha-hen

Episodes: 12

School | Shounen | Ecchi

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

This is the second part of Shokugeki no Souma season 3. So here is a summary for the first season:

Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.

Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.

As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the forth season of Shokugeki no Souma (or the second half of the third, no idea how they label it). I was very exited about this season to be adapted, especially since it covers my favourite arc of the manga. It was great to see some of the amazing fights of this arc, they were seriously exiting! I seriously can’t wait for the next season to be released, as this one ended on a rather big cliff-hanger. (Though as I’m caught up with the manga I know what will happen.)

In general I enjoy Shokugeki no Souma for the most part. The part that bothers me is the ecchi stuff that happens in this anime. Personally I find it unnecessary and it would definitely be a 9 or even 10 anime without it. Though that is personal preference, I just felt like mentioning it here.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend this anime! (Well, obviously the first season of it.) Though I don’t recommend watching it when you are hungry, as the food in this show looks mouthwateringly delicious.

Shokugeki No Souma GIF


Gabriel DropOutGabriel DropOut

Episodes: 12

Comedy | Demons | School | Supernatural

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

For centuries, Heaven has required its young angels to live and study among humans in order to become full-fledged angels. This is no different for top-of-her-class Gabriel White Tenma, who believes it is her mission to be a great angel who will bring happiness to mankind. However, Gabriel grows addicted to video games on Earth and eventually becomes a hikikomori. Proclaiming herself a “Faillen Angel,” she is apathetic to everything else‚ÄĒmuch to the annoyance of Vignette April Tsukinose, a demon whom Gabriel befriended in her angelic early days on Earth.

Vignette’s attempts to revert Gabriel back to her previous self are in vain, as Gabriel shoots down any attempt to change her precious lifestyle. As they spend their time on Earth, they meet two eccentric personalities: the angel Raphiel Ainsworth Shiraha, Gabriel’s classmate with a penchant for sadism, and the demon Satanichia McDowell Kurumizawa, a clumsy self-proclaimed future ruler of the Underworld.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Gabriel DropOut was a funny and cute anime. It follows the everyday lives of teenage angels and demons who have come to earth to experience human culture. It was interest seeing the way the angels and demons were portrayed. Especially since they didn’t act as you would expect them to, rather their personalities and behaviours were switched. It was a funny anime at times and one that was very light-hearted, which was exactly what I needed at the time I watched it.

Still, I didn’t completely love this anime and I had some problems with it. Beside being funny and cute there wasn’t much more to this anime (in my opinion). I was always left wanting something more from it, which I sadly didn’t get. Though I think this is more of a “it’s me not you” situation, since I know many people who completely adore this show.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime! Especially if you are looking for something cute and light-hearted.

Gabriel DropOut GIF


Persona 5Persona 5 the Animation

Episodes: 26

Action | Supernatural | Fantasy

My rating: 6/10 (Fine)

Ren Amamiya is about to enter his second year after transferring to Shujin Academy in Tokyo. Following a particular incident, his Persona awakens, and together with his friends they form the ‚ÄúPhantom Thieves of Hearts‚ÄĚ to reform hearts of corrupt adults by stealing the source of their distorted desires. Meanwhile, bizarre and inexplicable crimes have been popping up one after another‚Ķ

Living an ordinary high school life in Tokyo during the day, the group maneuvers the metropolitan city as Phantom Thieves after hours. Let the curtain rise for this grand, picaresque story!

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Personally I love the concept of Persona and I always end up watching its anime adaptation. I just have a¬†weakness for the series. This adaptation of Persona 5 wasn’t my favourite. I enjoyed parts of it, while other parts I didn’t like at all.

The main character was great, the others annoyed me – which is kind of usual when it comes to the Persona adaptations. (I have no idea why, but I always end up being annoyed with most of the characters.) The story and characters in itself weren’t as fleshed out as I hoped they would be. I just felt a disconnect from both of those aspects of this anime. The animations were (mostly) great though. It was still very fun to watch and some scenes were wonderful, I just expected a lot more from it. I also didn’t like the ending. (Which I can’t get into because it would definitely have spoilers.)

Would I recommend this anime?

I don’t know if I would recommend this anime. It was fun and all that, but nothing too special. Maybe give it a chance if the premise sounds interesting to you? (And if you have a weakness for the Persona series, like I do.)

Persona 5 GIF


GintamaGintama.: Silver Soul Arc 2

Episodes: 14

Action | Comedy | Sci-fi | Parody | Historical

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.

However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This was the final season of Gintama. (At least I think it was. This anime is seriously confusing at times.) And it was beautiful and amazing and crazy, as expected from this anime. As you may know, Gintama is one of my all time favourite anime so obviously I’m sad that it’s over. Still, there were so many great moments in this final season and some huge revelations happened which I didn’t expect. The comedy was on point, as it usually is when it comes to this show. There are so many characters in this series that I adore, it was amazing seeing most of them in this final arc. (The opening and ending were both amazing as well!)

I need more Gintama in my life. That’s why I have decided to reada the manga as well (which was something that I contemplated for the longest time). I have no idea when exactly I plan on starting this manga, but hopefully it will happen soon.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend this anime! (The first season of it, to start things of.) Though if you are just getting into anime this isn’t the anime for you. Mostly because it parodies other anime¬†(and pop culture things) and you might get overwhelmed because of that. (There are definitely references that I don’t get and I have watched a ton of anime.)


Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna‚ô•

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One NEW series and many SEQUELS!|| Anime Wrap Up [#10]

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This time around I ended up watching many sequels and just one new to me anime. Not that I’m complaining about that, as with sequels I’m more likely to enjoy them since I’m already familiar with the story and characters. This wrap up has so many amazing anime in it and I would recommend all of them.

With that being said lets get into the 5 anime that I have recently finished!

Hoozuki no ReitatsuHoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season

Episodes: 13

Comedy | Fantasy | Demons

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Hell is a bureaucracy, and business is running smoother than ever thanks to the demonic efficiency of Hoozuki, chief deputy to Lord Enma, the King of Hell. Whether offering counsel to the Momotarou of Japanese folklore or receiving diplomatic missions from the Judeo-Christian Hell, the demon who runs the show from behind the king’s imposing shadow is ready to beat down any challenges coming his way into a bloody pulp. Metaphorically, of course…

The poster boy for micromanagement and armed with negotiation skills worthy of Wall Street, Hoozuki no Reitetsu follows the sadistic and level-headed Hoozuki as he spends his days troubleshooting hell. With an abundance of familiar faces from popular Japanese legends and East Asian mythology working middle management positions, this referential and anachronistic dark comedy brings new meaning to the phrase “employer liability.” Just how hard could it be to manage employees from hell, anyway?

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I really loved the second season of Hoozuki no Reitetsu. I was already a fan of the first one (obviously, since I decided to watch the second one as well) and this one was even better, which I didn’t expect. I already knew and adored most of the characters of this show, so getting to see even more of their crazy adventures was amazing. Some new characters were introduced as well and they were all very interesting – I wanted to know more about them, which is always a plus.

The story continued being fun, as it was in the first season. Hoozuki no Reitetsu is an anime about everyday life and the adventures of the characters, particularly Hoozuki – but it’s set in hell. This season had an amazing opening as well! The openings for this anime are very cheerful and happy, nothing like you would expect from reading the premise and I love them! I can’t wait for the continuation of this season to come out!! (As they have split the 2nd season in two for some reason, I don’t really know.)

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend this anime! Well, the first season at least since there is no point starting with the second one. This anime is a lot of fun and has some amazing comedy. Though I need to mention that it’s rather violent and has lots of blood in it as well, so if that’s something that bothers you I would stay away from Hoozuki no Reitetsu.

Hoozuki no Reitetsu GIF


GintamaGintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen

Episodes: 12

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi | Historical

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

(This is the fifth season of Gintama.)

The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.

However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I have mentioned Gintama quite a few times on my blog by now. I consider it being one of my favourite anime. (I definitely need to pick up the manga at some point.) This is the latest season of the anime. It’s also the adaptation of the last story arc, or rather the first part of it (the arc got split up and will continue in another season later this year).

I really enjoyed this season of Gintama, not that it’s any surprise. It definitely isn’t my favourite one, but I enjoyed it a lot. (Obviously by my rating.)¬†So many things are happening and so many characters are involved in this arc it’s seriously fascinating! And exiting and terrifying. I loved so many scenes and moments in this season, though I can’t talk about any of them (because of spoilers). I can’t wait for this arc to continue and I’m exited to see how the series is going to end!¬†(Lets be real, I’m also terrified.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend Gintama. Obviously the first season, since this is the fifth one. This show has amazing characters, action and humour and is definitely worth checking out! (Though I’m not sure the humour is for everyone.) If you’re just getting into anime I wouldn’t recommend you to start with this one – simply because it references other anime and you wouldn’t get as much out of it.

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Quan Zhi Gao ShouQuanzhi Gaoshou (2018)

Episodes: 3

Action | Game

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Widely regarded as a trailblazer and top-tier professional player in the online multiplayer game Glory, Ye Xiu is dubbed the “Battle God” for his skills and contributions to the game over the years. However, when forced to retire from the team and to leave his gaming career behind, he finds work at a nearby internet caf√©. There, when Glory launches its tenth server, he throws himself into the game once more using a new character named “Lord Grim.”

Ye Xiu’s early achievements on the new server immediately catch the attention of many players, as well as the big guilds, leaving them to wonder about the identity of this exceptional player. However, while he possesses ten years of experience and in-depth knowledge, starting afresh with neither sponsors nor a team in a game that has changed over the years presents numerous challenges. Along with talented new comrades, Ye Xiu once again dedicates himself to traversing the path to Glory’s summit!

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is actually a sequel to Quan Zhi Gao Shou and it features the events of the All Star Tournament. (Which might not mean anything to you if you’re unfamiliar with the story.) I say “a sequel” as this is not the proper second season, but rather a shorter filler until the next one comes out. It’s still important to the story though!

Anyway, with that out of the way, what did I think of this anime? Personally I enjoyed it a lot! The animation was a lot better than in the first season, which was one of my biggest problems. The art was slightly different, so it took me a bit of time to recognise some of the characters. (I think the animations studio is different, that would explain the changes.) I found the story within this one very interesting – it featured an eSports event and I have never watched one before (in anime or real life). There were some epic moments within this season, which I can’t get into because of spoilers. I can’t wait for the next season to be released!¬†I NEED it in my life!

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend the first season of this anime! (Well, this one as well but you need to watch the first season first.)¬†It’s seriously a lot of fun, plus it’s one of the better anime about games, if that is a topic that interests you. This anime is in Chinese – just thought I would let you know that as well.

Quan Zhi Gao Shou GIF


WotakuWotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Episodes: 11

Comedy | Romance

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Narumi Momose is a petite and cute young woman who loves idols, games, and everything anime or manga-related, especially in the boys’ love genre. In other words, she is a closet otaku and more specifically, a fujoshi. After a breakup due to these kind of interests, she quits her job and joins a new company. At her new workplace, the only colleagues who know about her secret are her childhood friend Hirotaka Nifuji, a blunt gaming otaku; Hanako Koyanagi, a cool and mature-looking beauty; and Tarou Kabakura, an attractive guy with a scary face who always gets into fights with Hanako.

While having drinks to catch up, Hirotaka advises Narumi to date someone who would understand her hobbies. But she is hesitant‚ÄĒotakus are typically perceived as gross, and the only ones who can understand them are otakus themselves. Or could a relationship between two otakus work?

(Summary for the manga taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This anime was sooo amazing! I loved every second of it. Romance isn’t a genre I typically watch, mostly because it doesn’t interest me (I just prefer action things). A person I trust recommended this anime to me, as they thought I would enjoy it. And they weren’t wrong! From the first episode I was invested in the story and characters, I couldn’t get enough of it. I ended up watching 4 episodes after each other¬†even though I was very busy at the time, I just couldn’t stop. If that doesn’t show you how much I loved it, I don’t know what will.

The main part of this anime is its characters, as the whole story follows their everyday lives. Each character that was introduced was amazing and I love all of them! They all have their own interests, quirks and flaws. I adored learning more about them and seeing them interact with each other. Their relationships were great as well! Both friendships and romantic relationships are portrayed in this anime and they were both wonderful done. I just adore this anime, as you can tell by my gushing of it.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend this anime! It’s one of my new favourites and one that I know I will re-watch in the future. Especially when I’m feeling down, as this anime just makes you feel great. Also, the opening of this anime is sooo catchy and amazing! (Just go and listen to it!) I hope that there will be another season of this anime in the future.

Wotaku GIF


Saiki KusuoSaiki Kusuo no ő®-nan 2

Episodes: 24

Comedy | Shounen | Slice of Life

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

To the average person, psychic abilities might seem a blessing; for Kusuo Saiki, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Gifted with a wide assortment of supernatural abilities ranging from telepathy to x-ray vision, he finds this so-called blessing to be nothing but a curse. As all the inconveniences his powers cause constantly pile up, all Kusuo aims for is an ordinary, hassle-free life‚ÄĒa life where ignorance is bliss.

Unfortunately, the life of a psychic is far from quiet. Though Kusuo tries to stay out of the spotlight by keeping his powers a secret from his classmates, he ends up inadvertently attracting the attention of many odd characters, such as the empty-headed Riki Nendou and the delusional Shun Kaidou. Forced to deal with the craziness of the people around him, Kusuo comes to learn that the ordinary life he has been striving for is a lot more difficult to achieve than expected.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the second season of Saiki Kusuo no ő®-nan, so I already knew what I was signing up for before starting this anime. The first season was amazing, so I was hoping there would be another one. I was SO HAPPY when they announced the second season. And it did not disappoint! The second season was wonderful, even better than the first one.

This anime follows the everyday shenanigans of Saiki Kusuo and his friends and acquaintances. This is a comedy manga, where the main character is a physic who is overpowered. If that doesn’t sound like something you would enjoy, then I don’t recommend you to watch this anime. Personally I ADORE Kusuo! He is such an amazing character and I love following his adventures and daily life. His thoughts are hilarious as well and I love how deadpan his expression is most of the time.

There are many weird characters in this anime and they find themselves in weird situations most of the time. I enjoy the humour of this show a lot, but it definitely isn’t for everyone. It’s over the top a lot of times and that might turn you away from it. Personally I enjoy it a lot, mostly because I find Saiki Kusuo amazing and hilarious. (Which I have already mentioned.)

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend the first season of this anime! (This one as well, but it’s a sequel, so you should watch the first one first.) This anime is one of my all time favourite comedies and I think more people need to watch it! Or, at least, give it a try and see if the humour is to their liking.

Saiki Kusuo GIF


Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them?

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna‚ô•

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The LAST Wrap Up of the Year!! ||Anime Wrap Up [#9]

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This is going to be my last anime wrap of this year!¬†(Obviously, as it’s literary the end of December.) Not going to lie, I have watched some really amazing shows this year and that makes me very happy. I’m also delighted that I have shared all of them with you, here on my blog. (Because that also means I can look up what exactly I watched and when.)¬†Lets get into the anime that I recently finished, as that is the actual point of this post.


Hozuki no ReitetsuHoozuki no Reitetsu

Episodes: 13

Comedy | Fantasy | Demons

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Hell is a bureaucracy, and business is running smoother than ever thanks to the demonic efficiency of Hoozuki, chief deputy to Lord Enma, the King of Hell. Whether offering counsel to the Momotarou of Japanese folklore or receiving diplomatic missions from the Judeo-Christian Hell, the demon who runs the show from behind the king’s imposing shadow is ready to beat down any challenges coming his way into a bloody pulp. Metaphorically, of course…

The poster boy for micromanagement and armed with negotiation skills worthy of Wall Street, Hoozuki no Reitetsu follows the sadistic and level-headed Hoozuki as he spends his days troubleshooting hell. With an abundance of familiar faces from popular Japanese legends and East Asian mythology working middle management positions, this referential and anachronistic dark comedy brings new meaning to the phrase “employer liability.” Just how hard could it be to manage employees from hell, anyway?

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Before I get into my actual thoughts on this anime I need to mention the opening. It was very happy, which I found to be unexpected, especially when you know what the anime is about. I was beyond surprised the first time I heard it! Though that’s not a bad thing, I really liked the opening, it was very catchy and I never skipped it.

I really enjoyed this anime! It was basically a slice of life anime that takes place in hell. Not much happened story-wise, but rather we followed the everyday adventures of Hoozuki and the other characters. It was very interesting seeing the “Japanese Hell” and how everything works there. All the characters were very interesting and I was interested in their backstories and their adventures.¬†So every episode was fun for me to watch, no matter which character it focused on. Hoozuki was definitely my favourite, I loved how different he was from everyone else around him! The humour in this anime was right up my alley as well and I enjoyed that aspect of it as well.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend this anime! It’s one of the uniquest anime that I have ever seen, plus it’s simply a lot of fun. Though I should mention that it’s rather bloody and violent, after all it takes place in Hell – so if that’s something that bothers you I would stay away from it.

Hoozuki no Reitatsu GIF


MononokeMononoke

Episodes: 12

Historical | Horror | Supernatural | Mystery

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

The “Medicine Seller” is a deadly and mysterious master of the occult who travels across feudal Japan in search of malevolent spirits called “mononoke” to slay. When he locates one of these spirits, he cannot simply kill it; he must first learn its Form, its Truth, and its Reason in order to wield the mighty Exorcism Sword and fight against it. He must begin his strange exorcisms with intense psychological analysis and careful investigative work‚ÄĒan extremely dangerous step, as he must first confront and learn about the mononoke before he even has the means to defeat it.

The Medicine Seller’s journey leads him to an old-fashioned inn where Shino, a pregnant woman, has finally found a place to rest. The owner has reluctantly placed her in the last vacant room; however, as she settles in, it quickly becomes clear that the room is infested by a lethal band of mononoke, the Zashiki Warashi. With his hunter’s intuition, the Medicine Seller begins his investigation to discover the Form, the Truth, and the Reason before the Zashiki Warashi can kill again.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This anime has such a unique style! It’s very colourful and pretty. It also incorporates some traditional Japanese art from time to time (which doesn’t happen often). Mononoke’s art style is a combination of very detailed and minimal – both from the characters to the setting. I really can’t describe it better than this, but definitely check out the opening if you want to know what I mean. (Plus I think you can see it by the cover and gif I used.)

I tend to love anime about youkai and ayakashi, so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this one.¬†(Those anime just fascinate me and I’m always searching for more to watch.) The main character was fascinating and I liked him a lot. I was also very interested in seeing his adventures. All the stories were interesting and had their own twist.¬†I couldn’t stop watching this anime, I just needed to watch more and see what was going to happen next. I ended up finishing this anime within two days. I just wish there were more episodes, as I ended up loving it. (Though it took an episode or two to get into it.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime! Though this is not an anime that I would recommend for someone who is just starting out with anime. I just feel that this one is a bit on the weird and confusing side, if you don’t have prior experience with anime. This anime was also rather bloody and violent, just though I would point that out as well.

Mononoke GIF


Juuni TaisenJuuni Taisen

Episodes: 12

Action | Mature (violence and gore)

My rating: 6/10 (Fine)

Every 12 years, mercenaries who possess the highest caliber of brute strength, cunning wit, and deadly precision gather to participate in the Zodiac Tournament. Each warrior bears the name and attributes of one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. With their pride and lives on the line, they engage in vicious combat until only the victor remains.

The 12th Zodiac Tournament begins in a desolate city, devoid of any evidence of the half million people who recently lived there. To raise the stakes, each warrior ingests a poisonous gem, thus setting a time limit on the tournament‚ÄĒand on their life. With one wish for the victor up for grabs, the Zodiac Warriors start their cutthroat battle for survival.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

As soon as I read the synopsis for this anime I knew I had to watch it! It sounded amazing and action packed, it was just what I wanted at the time. This anime didn’t disappoint me, I got exactly what I expected¬†(and wanted) to get. The tournament and battles were exiting and I was anticipating each new episode. But I still didn’t completely love it and I had some problems with it.

I simply didn’t care for the characters (aside from one that is). I wasn’t invested in their individual stories and couldn’t care less about their background and past – which was delved into with each episode (mostly in the style of one character per episode). The battles were definitely the most interesting part for me and I enjoyed them a lot! It was also a lot fun guessing who would win the tournament and who would die (and when). I really can’t say more about it without spoiling stuff, so I shall leave it at this.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime. It’s a fun one that manages to capture your attention. It’s also action packed and fast paced, though you don’t really get the time to connect with the characters. As this is a killing tournament there is a lot of blood, violence and death – just though I should warn you about that as well.

Juuni Taisen GIF


Shokugeki no SoumaShokugeki no Souma: San no Sara

Episodes: 12

School | Shounen | Ecchi

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.

Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.

(Summary of the manga taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the third season of Shokugeki no Souma and it was an amazing adaptation! I’m all caught up with the manga (have been for a while) and I have been looking forward to this season for a long time. I’m really happy that some of my favourite scenes from the manga have finally been adapted! The next season is going to be even more exiting and I can’t wait for it to start airing. Though I’m getting ahead of myself there, lets get back to this one…

The animation, art style, humour and story have all been amazing.¬†All in all I really enjoyed this season. Some of my favourite characters from this series have been introduced and have finally gotten their spotlight¬†(or at least a little bit of it) – I’m beyond happy about that! It was amazing seeing more from the Elite Ten, as I have always been interested in them and their style of cooking. The food in this anime always manages to make me hungry and I can’t watch it on a empty stomach. I can’t go into any more detail, as I don’t want to spoil anything about this season.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend Shokugeki no Souma. It’s a really fun anime with interesting characters. Plus there is also a lot of food! (I can’t even describe how many of those meals I want to eat.) My biggest problem with this anime is the ecchi element, but I can look past that and just enjoy the show.

Shokugeki no Souma GIF


GintamaGintama.: Porori-hen

Episodes: 13

Comedy | Sci-Fi | Action | Historical | Parody

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Sixth season of Gintama

The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.

However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

It’s Gintama, which is one of my favourite anime, so I obviously enjoyed it a lot. This season wasn’t my favourite, especially since the past two have been masterpieces. This season focused a lot more on the comedy and parody aspect of the series instead of the story aspect (which was the focus of the past two seasons), so I was a bit disappointed with that. I wanted to know what was going to happen next with the story and I obviously didn’t get that.

Still, this season of Gintama has been amazing! The jokes and comedic timing were on point, as they always are. I loved seeing all the characters rather happy and light-hearted (because if you’ve been following the series, you know it’s not like that right now) having their crazy and bizarre adventures. And while this season wasn’t my favourite, it was still amazing and I had a lot of fun watching it. (Which isn’t surprising, as it’s Gintama.)

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend Gintama! It’s one of the funniest and best anime out there. As I always say, when I’m talking about Gintama, I wouldn’t recommend this anime to someone who is just starting out with anime – there are a lot of reference to other anime, so I don’t think you would get as much out of this anime as you could, if you’re just starting out.

Gintama GIF


Kekkai SensenKekkai Sensen

Episodes: 12

Action | Comedy | Superpowers | Supernatural

My rating: 6/10 (Fine)

Supersonic monkeys, vampires, talking fishmen, and all sorts of different supernatural monsters living alongside humans‚ÄĒthis has been part of daily life in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City, for some time now. When a gateway between Earth and the Beyond opened three years ago, New Yorkers and creatures from the other dimension alike were trapped in an impenetrable bubble and were forced to live together. Libra is a secret organization composed of eccentrics and superhumans, tasked with keeping order in the city and making sure that chaos doesn’t spread to the rest of the world.

Pursuing photography as a hobby, Leonardo Watch is living a normal life with his parents and sister. But when he obtains the “All-seeing Eyes of the Gods” at the expense of his sister’s eyesight, he goes to Hellsalem’s Lot in order to help her by finding answers about the mysterious powers he received. He soon runs into Libra, and when Leo unexpectedly joins their ranks, he gets more than what he bargained for. Kekkai Sensen follows Leo’s misadventures in the strangest place on Earth with his equally strange comrades‚ÄĒas the ordinary boy unwittingly sees his life take a turn for the extraordinary.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Everything about this anime seemed like something that I would love. I adore stories about superpowers and the premise sounded amazing. Sadly I didn’t enjoy this anime as much as I hoped I would. That doesn’t mean that this anime was bad per se, I think it’s a situation of “it’s not you it’s me“. I was still disappointed, as I expected to really enjoy this anime. (Plus the GIFs that I had seen on tumblr looked amazing!)

I just didn’t connect with any of the characters. While I did like Leonardo, I just stopped caring about his story half way through. The other characters I didn’t like all that much, there was just something about each one of them that annoyed me. (I won’t go into detail about them, as this wrap up would be way too long then.) In the beginning I was really interested in the story and I wanted to know what was going on. The more I watched, the less interested I was. This whole anime was simply okay for me, nothing too spectacular and nothing too bad either.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend you to at least give this anime a try.¬†Personally I didn’t enjoy this anime much, but it has a lot of potential and I have a feeling a lot of people would enjoy it.¬†There is a second season to this anime, but I don’t plan on watching it – as I already mentioned, I’m just not interested in either the story or the characters.

Kekkai Sensen GIF


Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them?

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

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Discovering some new favourites!! || Anime Wrap Up [#8]

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Once again I have managed to finish five anime, so that means that it’s time for another Anime Wrap Up!! (Obviously that is, as you are reading this post.) This time I ended up watching quiet a few good ones. Most of these anime I would consider new favourites of mine! So this time the selection has been rather good, if I do say so myself.

I have decided to start adding GIFs after every anime that I mention.¬†(Obviously the gifs will be from the anime that I’m writing about.)¬†Why? As you may know, if you are following my blog, I love gifs and tend to use them a lot. So I thought I should incorporate them in this as well, especially since you also get to see a bit of the animation at the same time!¬†Plus it does serve as a nice transition between the different anime that I’m writing about. So, it’s basically a win-win situation.

Now, with that out of the way, lets get into the anime that I recently finished!


AnimeKobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Episodes: 13

Slice of Life | Comedy | Fantasy

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

As Kobayashi sets off for another day at work, she opens her apartment door only to be met by an unusually frightening sight‚ÄĒthe head of a dragon, staring at her from across the balcony. The dragon immediately transforms into a cute and energetic young girl dressed in a maid outfit, introducing herself as Tooru.

It turns out that the stoic programmer had come across the dragon the previous night on a drunken excursion to the mountains, and since the mythical beast had nowhere else to go, she had offered the creature a place to stay in her home. Thus, Tooru had arrived to cash in on the offer, ready to repay her savior’s kindness by working as her personal maidservant. Though deeply regretful of her words and hesitant to follow through on her promise, a mix of guilt and Tooru’s incredible dragon abilities convinces Kobayashi to take the girl in.

Despite being extremely efficient at her job, the maid’s unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up horrifying Kobayashi and at times bring more trouble than help. Furthermore, the circumstances behind the dragon’s arrival on Earth seem to be much more complicated than at first glance, as Tooru bears some heavy emotions and painful memories. To top it all off, Tooru’s presence ends up attracting several other mythical beings to her new home, bringing in a host of eccentric personalities. Although Kobayashi makes her best effort to handle the crazy situation that she has found herself in, nothing has prepared her for this new life with a dragon maid.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

First of all: that’s seriously a long synopsis for this anime. I don’t really know how to summarise it better, so we shall leave it at that longwinded one.¬†I very much enjoyed this anime! I had previously heard amazing things about it and, while I didn’t love it as much as other people, I ended up having a lot of fun with it.

The whole premise of this anime sounds amazing! A dragon that is going to be a maid? Obviously hilarious situations will occur. And I wasn’t wrong with thinking that! This anime was so much fun and the humour within it was great. All the characters were really interesting and I loved learning more about them as the story continued. Tooru did annoy me from time to time, but I could deal with that. Also, Kanna is the CUTES character ever!! I seriously adore her! ‚̧

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime! It had a fun story, amazing characters and great character development as well. The animations were simply fantastic, especially the fighting ones (they seriously blew me away). It’s definitely an anime that’s worth checking out!

Kobayashi GIF


AnimeQuan Zhi Gao Shou

Episodes: 12

Action | Game | Adventure

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Widely regarded as a trailblazer and top-tier professional player in the online multiplayer game Glory, Ye Xiu is dubbed the “Battle God” for his skills and contributions to the game over the years. However, when forced to retire from the team and to leave his gaming career behind, he finds work at a nearby internet caf√©. There, when Glory launches its tenth server, he throws himself into the game once more using a new character named “Lord Grim.”

Ye Xiu’s early achievements on the new server immediately catch the attention of many players, as well as the big guilds, leaving them to wonder about the identity of this exceptional player. However, while he possesses ten years of experience and in-depth knowledge, starting afresh with neither sponsors nor a team in a game that has changed over the years presents numerous challenges. Along with talented new comrades, Ye Xiu once again dedicates himself to traversing the path to Glory’s summit!

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

First of all this is a Chinese anime – so the voice acting is in Chinese and it has subtitles in English (and also Japanese). This is just something that I thought I should point out before I get into my thoughts on it, as this was the first ever Chinese anime that I have ever watched.

As soon as I read the synopsis for this anime I knew that I was going to like it. Anime about games and gaming just draw me in and I always have a lot of fun watching them. This was obviously no exception to that! The King’s Avatar (which is the name of this anime in English) has a unique premise that I haven’t encountered so far – especially since it’s about gaming and it’s following an older character. (If I remember correctly he is 25.) It was very interesting to delve into the world of professional gaming and seeing how everything works.

The characters in this story are very interesting! (There are quiet a few weird ones.) There are too many characters that I ended up liking to make a list – my favourite however was Ye¬†Xiu. There are also quiet a few annoying characters that got on my nerve all the time. (But those need to exist as well.) There was also some weird background animation going on – it seemed like a combination of animation and real life images (just look it up, I don’t know how to describe it better). The story was a bit repetitive in the beginning, but as it progressed it got more and more interesting.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend this anime! Be aware that it’s a Chinese anime, with Chinese audio (as I don’t know if that’s something that would bother you). This anime was very easy to get into and the main character is very likeable, so I would definitely recommend you to at least check it out.¬†I can’t wait for the next season to come out, I NEED it in my life!

Quan Zhi Gao Sho GIF


AnimeSaiyuuki Reload Blast

Episodes: 12

Action | Adventure | Supernatural

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

At last, the Sanzou Party has arrived in India. In this foreign land, where the anomaly’s influence runs rampant, their battles only heighten in their violence.

And also awaiting them is their tragic fate from 500 years ago‚ÄĒ

What will they find at the end of their long and treacherous journey?

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the third or fourth season of this anime, I’m really not sure how they are counting it and I couldn’t find an official number for this season.

Saiyuuki is one of those anime that I have been watching for a long time – and reading the manga as well. It’s actually one of the first anime that I got into, when I discovered what anime was and when I actively started searching for things to watch. So when I saw that a new season would be coming out I was BEYOND exited!! I have really missed all the characters from this story and I’m very glad that they decided to make another season!

Obviously I was already a fan of this anime, so I knew going in that I would enjoy this season as well. So many unexpected things happened this season and quiet a few interesting characters were introduced! We also got some more backstory for the main characters, which made me very happy (especially Goku’s, as he is my favourite). All in all this season was amazing and I hope that they make more in the future! I just NEED to know how the story will continue!!

Would I recommend this anime?

Now this is a tricky one. I don’t know if you can watch this new season without having seen anything of the original anime. The original anime aired in 2001 (if I’m not mistaken) so it’s quiet dated and I don’t know if old animation is something that bothers you. Still, seeing as this is one of my favourites I would definitely recommend it!! (Though it’s definitely not an anime that’s for everyone.)

Saiyuuki GIF


AnimeKakegurui

Episodes: 12

Psychological | Game | Drama |Mystery

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

Unlike many schools, attending Hyakkaou Private Academy prepares students for their time in the real world. Since many of the students are the children of the richest people in the world, the academy has its quirks that separate it from all the others. By day, it is a normal school, educating its pupils in history, languages, and the like. But at night, it turns into a gambling den, educating them in the art of dealing with money and manipulating people. Money is power; those who come out on top in the games stand at the top of the school.

Yumeko Jabami, a seemingly naive and beautiful transfer student, is ready to try her hand at Hyakkaou’s special curriculum. Unlike the rest, she doesn’t play to win, but for the thrill of the gamble, and her borderline insane way of gambling might just bring too many new cards to the table.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I honestly have no idea where to even start with this one. The whole concept of this story is very unique and as soon as I read the synopsis I knew that I had to watch this anime. After all I have never before encountered an anime about gambling. It was very interesting to see all the different types of gambles and games that they played in each episode. (As you may already know, I like anime that are about games.) It was also very interesting to see the extreme versions of the games – that was probably my favourite part of the anime.

All the characters were…interesting? Or more along the lines of fascinating? Basically everyone was seriously crazy and it was very interesting to see how each character thought and made decisions while playing the games. (I really can’t word that better.) I didn’t really like any of the characters, even though I found them fascinating. I just didn’t find anyone likeable and most of them annoyed me a lot. Also the expressions they make are BEYOND extreme! (Definitely look that up, if you want to know what I mean.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime. It’s definitely a unique one with fascinating characters. The animation is amazing as well, though the art style might not be for everyone. It’s also quiet dark, so be aware of that!

Kakegurui GIF


Bungo Stay DogsBungou Stray Dogs Season 1 and Season 2

Episodes: 12 per season

Action | Mystery | Supernatural

My rating:

Season 1: 8/10 (Very Good)

Season 2: 9/10 (Great)

For weeks, Atsushi Nakajima’s orphanage has been plagued by a mystical tiger that only he seems to be aware of. Suspected to be behind the strange incidents, the 18-year-old is abruptly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, homeless, and wandering through the city.

While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi saves a rather eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning. Whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, Dazai has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorizing the boy. Together with Dazai’s partner Doppo Kunikida, they solve the mystery, but its resolution leaves Atsushi in a tight spot. As various odd events take place, Atsushi is coerced into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on unusual cases the police cannot handle, alongside his numerous enigmatic co-workers.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I have been seeing a lot about this anime around for ages, especially on tumblr. I was always curious about it and wanted to watch it, as the art and gifs seemed really interesting plus people seemed to like it a lot! So I just randomly decided to watch it one day and I ended up loving this anime!

The first season was interesting, though it didn’t hook me completely. I completely loved some of the characters, while some I didn’t like as much. (I don’t think there is one character that I hate.) The story, while interesting, wasn’t anything special. It felt more like an introduction to everything, the characters, the powers and the world. Also I tend to enjoy anime that feature people with special abilities a lot and this was obviously no exception to that.

The second season on the other hand was amazing!! I really loved where the story went and I couldn’t stop watching. I finished the seconds season in two days, that’s how obsessed with it I was. I loved finding out more about Dazai’s past, especially since he is one of my favourite characters! The second season really blew me away. The character development that happened within this season was AMAZING, especially since it didn’t happen “only” to the main characters.

Would I recommend this anime?

Obviously I would recommend this anime! I ended picking up the manga as well. I NEEDED to have more of the story! I’m all caught up with it at the moment and I’m desperately waiting for an update, many serious things are happening! This anime has also SO MANY literary references (especially to Japanese literature) – don’t worry you don’t need to know anything about that to watch it. I just happened to read up some of them after finishing the anime and found some of the parallels fascinating.

Bungo Stray Dogs GIF


Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

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So much EXITING anime!! || Anime Wrap Up [#7]


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If you have been following my blog for a while, then you will know that I do these Anime Wrap Ups from time to time. Usually I wait until I finish at least 5 anime before doing one of these. My last one was in February, so it’s been quiet a while – I just haven’t been watching that much anime lately. (I just recently got back to watching it again.)

Anyway, onto the anime that I recently watched!

AnimeKono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Episodes: 10

Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy

My rating: 6/10 (Fine)

When Kazuma Satou died, he was given two choices: pass on to heaven or be revived in a fantasy world. After choosing the new world, the goddess Aqua tasked him with defeating the Demon King, and let him choose any weapon to aid him. Unfortunately, Kazuma chose to bring Aqua herself and has regretted the decision ever since then.

Not only is he stuck with a useless deity turned party archpriest, the pair also has to make enough money for living expenses. To add to their problems, their group continued to grow as more problematic adventurers joined their ranks. Their token spellcaster, Megumin, is an explosion magic specialist who can only cast one spell once per day and refuses to learn anything else. There is also their stalwart crusader, Lalatina “Darkness” Dustiness Ford, a helpless masochist who makes Kazuma look pure in comparison.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This anime was a bit of a disappointment for me. I watched the first seasons a few months ago and, even though I didn’t completely love it, I enjoyed it greatly. Don’t get me wrong, the second season was fun and the humour from the first season was there as well. BUT it just felt as if the whole anime had no direction, no clear path as to where it was going with it’s story. I really don’t know how to explain that better. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the first season. (Though I will definitely watch the next season, when it comes out.)

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend the first season of this anime!¬†While it’s not one of my favourite anime a lot of people completely adore it – so I would at least give it a try. It’s one of those anime where the main character gets stuck in a fantasy world, but this one makes fun of that trope¬†in the best way possible – so if you enjoy that kind of anime I would definitely recommend it.


AnimeAo no Exorcist: Kyoto Saga

Episodes: 12

Action | Supernatural | Fantasy

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

The ExWire of True Cross Academy are beset with shock and fear in the aftermath of discovering that one of their own classmates, Rin Okumura, is the son of Satan. But for the moment, they have more pressing concerns than that of Rin’s parentage: the left eye of the Impure King, a powerful demon, has been stolen from the academy’s Deep Keep. After an attempt is made to steal the right eye in Kyoto as well, Rin and the other ExWires are sent to investigate the mystery behind the Impure King and the ultimate goal of the thief.

While this mission has them cooperating for the time being, Rin has never felt more distant from his fellow exorcists. In his attempt to reconcile with them, he undergoes specialized training to control his dark power. However, when the right eye is stolen not long after their arrival, the unthinkable threat of a traitor amongst them leaves them in need of all the power they can get.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this season of Ao No Exorcist! I have been reading the manga for a while now, so I was very exited when they announced that there would be a second season of this anime! (I didn’t think they would be making another, as the first season aired in 2011.) I’m beyond happy that they made this arc of the manga into an anime, as it is one of my favourites. We got a lot more development with this seasons, to various characters but also to the world their live in. I loved the character development that Rin got within this arc! He is definitely one of my favourite characters from this anime.

Would I recommend this anime?

Well, to watch this one you would have to watch the first season first. Honestly, I don’t remember how well done it was. I do remember that I enjoyed it a lot, but I watched it years ago so I’m not sure on the specific bits. Still, I would definitely recommend you give it a try! (Or read the manga, which is fantastic!) The ending of the first season was anime original, so don’t get confused by that if you decide to watch it.


AnimeSenyuu. and Senyuu. 2

Episodes: 13 per season

Action | Comedy | Parody

My rating:

7/10 (Good) Рfirst season

8/10 (Very Good) –¬†second season

Once upon a time, the demon lord Rchimedes spread terror throughout the world, until he was eventually sealed away by the legendary hero Creasion. Since then, a thousand years have passed peacefully. However, a mysterious hole has opened up between the demon and human spheres, and countless demons have surged into the human realm once more. Coming to the conclusion that Rchimedes would soon return to wreak havoc, a human king summons the possible descendants of the legendary hero‚ÄĒall 75 of them. Unfortunately, after so long, it was too difficult to pinpoint his true descendants.

Among the lionhearted prospects is the amateur adventurer Alba Fr√ľhling. His skills may not be top-notch, but he is accompanied by the talented soldier Ross, who helps the young hero whenever he is in a pinch…or at least, he is supposed to. Though undoubtedly a skilled warrior, Ross is actually both sarcastic and sadistic, and hence revels in Alba’s suffering.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This was such a fun little anime! And by little I mean that each episode was only around 4 minutes long. I had heard many great things about it from people whose opinions I trust, so I decided to watch it. It definitely wan’t a mistake!! This was such a good anime and I ended up enjoying it a lot. The story is very cleverly done and I liked the characters a lot. The second season was even better than the first! (I definitely NEED another season!) I really hope they make more seasons of this anime in the future.

Would I recommend this anime?

Definitely yes!! It’s very short, so it wouldn’t require that much commitment. And it’s a fun story, with great humour and interesting characters. So why in the world wouldn’t you at least check it out?


81473lYoujo Senki

Episodes: 12

Military | Magic

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Tanya Degurechaff is a young soldier infamous for predatorial-like ruthlessness and an uncanny, tactical aptitude, earning her the nickname of the “Devil of the Rhine.” Underneath her innocuous appearance, however, lies the soul of a man who challenged Being X, the self-proclaimed God, to a battle of wits‚ÄĒwhich resulted in him being reincarnated as a little girl into a world of magical warfare. Hellbent on defiance, Tanya resolves to ascend the ranks of her country’s military as it slowly plunges into world war, with only Being X proving to be the strongest obstacle in recreating the peaceful life she once knew. But her perceptive actions and combat initiative have an unintended side effect: propelling the mighty Empire into becoming one of the most powerful nations in mankind’s history.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Youjo Senki was such a fascinating anime! As soon as I saw the trailers for this anime I knew that I had to watch it. The premise of it sounded very interesting as well. There have been quiet a few reincarnation anime in the past, but this one was unique in many ways and I enjoyed that a lot. Youjo Senki has an interesting art style as well, it took me a bit to get used to it – but I ended up loving it, Tanya’s animations were especially well done. Speaking of Tanya, she was such an interesting characters and I loved learning more about her as the anime progressed. I HOPE that there will be another season of this anime sometime in the future!

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend it. Youjo Senki is a fascinating anime and one that definitely took me by surprise. (Both with its story and how much I enjoyed it.) This anime is quiet dialog heavy and has a lot of talk about military strategies. So if you dislike that, then I really wouldn’t recommend it. Otherwise definitely give it a try!


83528lGintama.

Episodes: 12

Action | Comedy | Historical | Sci-Fi

My rating: 10/10 (Masterpiece)

This is the 5th season of Gintama.

Here is a summary for the 1st season:

The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.

However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.

My thoughts:

I loved this latest season of Gintama! If you have watched this season, or the previous one, you know how serious and tense things have gotten. Each episode kept me at the edge of my seat! So much has happened during this series and it’s fascinating seeing everything come together. We also get to learn more about each characters motivation and their pasts, which was beyond amazing! The humour, as always with this anime, is on point. Gintama is one of my all time favourite anime, I simply adore it. This season is also one of my favourites that have aired so far. (I need to start reading the manga soon.)

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend Gintama! Why wouldn’t I, it’s one of my all time favourite anime. Though if you are only starting with anime, I wouldn’t recommend this one. Why? Because it parodies a lot of other anime and makes references that you wouldn’t understand – and I have a feeling that you wouldn’t get the full experience because of that. But if you have watched some anime already, I would HIGHLY recommend this one! (Or rather the first season of this one.)


AnimeSailor Moon Crystal

Episodes: 26

Magic | Romance | Shoujo

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

Though a little clumsy and easily brought to tears, Usagi Tsukino is a typical 14-year-old girl in her second year of junior high. However, all of that changes when an encounter with Luna, a mysterious talking black cat, whose head bears the mark of a crescent moon, results in the animal bestowing a magical brooch upon her. Now Usagi can transform into Sailor Moon, a magical girl in a sailor uniform who protects love and peace!

Usagi is appointed as a guardian of justice and is tasked with the search for the legendary Silver Crystal, a magical artifact that holds immense power, as well as finding the other Sailor Guardians and the lost princess of Luna’s home, the Moon Kingdom. Her mission isn’t without opposition, however; Queen Beryl, ruler of the Dark Kingdom, wants to claim the Silver Crystal and take its power for her own.

Though she still has to worry about her school, family, and love life, it is up to Sailor Moon and the other Sailor Guardians to save the day!

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is a remake of the original Sailor Moon anime. (It aired during 2014 and 2015.) I decided to watch this purely for nostalgia reasons. I talked about the original one with a friend recently and then I remembered that they made this remake and I knew that I had to watch it.

It was a good anime. Nothing too mind blowing or anything like that.¬†Not that I expected it to be, as I was already familiar with the story. It was simply great being back in this world with the characters from my childhood. The animation was really good and it was great seeing the scenes in a “better quality”. The transformations were a bit weird thought, as they were in 3D while the rest of the anime is the usual 2D. I got used to it after a while, but it was definitely weird seeing it the first few times. (Just look up the transformations and you’ll know what I mean.) And I forgot how annoying Usagi was – she frustrated me a lot throughout the anime, so I had to mention it!

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend Sailor Moon Crystal. It was a fun anime, that reminded me how much I loved the original one when I was little. If you already love Sailor Moon, then definitely check out this remake version. And if you have never seen Sailor Moon give it a chance! (Though I do think that the original one was better, but that might be the nostalgia talking.)


Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them? Do you plan on watching any of them? Do let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna‚ô•

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Once again I have finished some anime! || Anime Wrap Up [#6]

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Somehow I have managed to accumulate 8 anime that I recently finished and that I need to talk about.¬†(I honestly didn’t think there were that many.)¬†It’s great that I planned to have these wrap ups feature the most recent 5 anime I finished. I was basically too lazy to write this post earlier and it turned out like this.¬†So once again, we are in for a long post and a lot of my rambling. Apparently I have been in the mood to watch anime a lot lately, not that I’m complaining after all I do it. Now let’s get into the anime I finished recently, as this post is going to be long enough without me rambling in this beginning part!


AnimeSaiki Kusuo no ő®-nan

Episodes: 120

Supernatural | Comedy | School

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

To the average person, psychic abilities might seem a blessing; for Kusuo Saiki, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Gifted with a wide assortment of supernatural abilities ranging from telepathy to x-ray vision, he finds this so-called blessing to be nothing but a curse. As all the inconveniences his powers cause constantly pile up, all Kusuo aims for is an ordinary, hassle-free life‚ÄĒa life where ignorance is bliss.

Unfortunately, the life of a psychic is far from quiet. Though Kusuo tries to stay out of the spotlight by keeping his powers a secret from his classmates, he ends up inadvertently attracting the attention of many odd characters, such as the empty-headed Riki Nendou and the delusional Shun Kaidou. Forced to deal with the craziness of the people around him, Kusuo comes to learn that the ordinary life he has been striving for is a lot more difficult to achieve than expected.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

First of all, yes this anime has 120 episodes BUT they are all 5 minutes long, so it isn’t as long as it appears. Okay? Okay. I adored this anime, it was hilarious and very clever! It doesn’t have the best art or animation, but I enjoyed it non the less. The story, characters and humour made up for it. I found myself laughing out loud a lot while watching this anime. I flew through all episodes and I always eagerly anticipated more episodes to come out. (Yes, I watched it while it was airing.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes and no. Don’t get me wrong, I adored the anime. But I don’t think that people who have¬†only started watching anime, and haven’t seen¬†many shows,¬†will enjoy it much. Or rather won’t get as much out of it as they can. But to those who have already delved into the anime world, I would highly recommend giving this anime a chance, it’s seriously fantastic! (Plus each episode is only 5 minutes long, so you definitely have the time to try it!)


AnimeHaikyuu!! Season 3

Episodes: 10

Sports | Comedy | Shounen | School

My rating: 10/10 (Masterpiece)

Obviously this is the third season, as does the title imply. What is it about you ask?

It’s about high school boys¬†playing volleyball and competing in a tournament trying to get to nationals. You know, your usual sports anime mould.

The third season portrays only one match. Yes, 10 episodes of one match of volleyball. Obviously a lot of stuff happens and someone wins, as is usual in any competition.

A summary by me.

My thoughts:

Seeing as I gave it a 10/10 I obviously LOVED it! Not that I was surprised by that, for two reasons actually. Number one: I loved the previous two seasons. Number two: I had read this part of the manga and have (surprise surprise) loved it as well. I was actually looking forward to seeing many scenes from this match animated. So there was basically no chance for me to not enjoy this anime. I love Haikyuu!!

Would I recommend this anime?

I would obviously recommend it! Though you should probably start with the first season. (For many obvious reasons, I have no idea why I’m even mentioning it.) Anyway, seeing as this is one of my all time favourite anime I see no reason not to recommend it.


AnimeMob Psycho 100

Episodes: 12

Action | Comedy | Supernatural

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Eighth-grader Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama has tapped into his inner wellspring of psychic prowess at a young age. But the power quickly proves to be a liability when he realizes the potential danger in his skills. Choosing to suppress his power, Mob’s only present use for his ability is to impress his longtime crush, Tsubomi, who soon grows bored of the same tricks.

In order to effectuate control on his skills, Mob enlists himself under the wing of Reigen Arataka, a con artist claiming to be a psychic, who exploits Mob’s powers for pocket change. Now, exorcising evil spirits on command has become a part of Mob’s daily, monotonous life. However, the psychic energy he exerts is barely the tip of the iceberg; if his vast potential and unrestrained emotions run berserk, a cataclysmic event that would render him completely unrecognizable will be triggered. The progression toward Mob’s explosion is rising and attempting to stop it is futile.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I had heard amazing things about this anime before starting it and a lot of people recommended it to me. It’s from the same creator as One Punch Man, which is one of my favourite anime that I have ever watched. So I was beyond exited before even¬†getting into the first episode. And Mob Psycho 100 didn’t disappoint! It was an amazing anime, with very interesting and intriguing characters, unique art, wonderful animations and amazing story.¬†(Yes, I’m praising it quiet highly!) Mob is definitely my favourite character, I adore him – it was very interesting seeing his progression and character development.

The biggest and only problem for me was one of the characters – Reigen – I hated him and since he is one of the main characters I had to endure many scenes with him in them. Even by the end of it, I haven’t come to like him – though I do appreciate him as a character a lot more than I did in the beginning. That’s basically the only I couldn’t give it a 10, otherwise I would have without any hesitation.

Would I recommend this anime?

Definitely! This is a very fun anime, with amazing characters and psychic powers. What more could you ask for? Though I should mention that it doesn’t have the prettiest art style and it might take you some time to get used to it.¬†Still, I definitely think you should give this anime a chance and watch it!


AnimeKono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

Episodes: 10

Fantasy | Comedy | Adventure

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

After dying a laughable and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game, high school student and recluse Kazuma Satou finds himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua. She provides the NEET with two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s dream‚ÄĒa real fantasy world! Choosing to start a new life, Kazuma is quickly tasked with defeating a Demon King who is terrorizing villages. But before he goes, he can choose one item of any kind to aid him in his quest, and the future hero selects Aqua. But Kazuma has made a grave mistake‚ÄĒAqua is completely useless!

Unfortunately, their troubles don’t end here; it turns out that living in such a world is far different from how it plays out in a game. Instead of going on a thrilling adventure, the duo must first work to pay for their living expenses. Indeed, their misfortunes have only just begun!

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I’m quiet disappointed with this anime. Everyone who I know seems to love it and consider it one of the best comedies.¬†Sadly I don’t agree with that, at all. It was funny at times, but not as hilarious as people have said it is. Or at least, it wasn’t to me. The only two characters that I like from this anime are Kazuma and Megumin. And I freaking hate Aqua!¬†(I wanted to hit her soooo many times while watching it!) She frustrates me with each episode more and I simply hate¬†her. She has her funny moments, but they don’t redeem her from everything else she does throughout the episode. All in all, it’s a fun anime – it just wasn’t as good as I expected it to be, which was very disappointing.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would as people seem to adore this anime. Even though it wasn’t completely my cup of tea you might enjoy it more! Plus it has a lot of potential and two (in my opinion) amazing characters that you definitely need to see. So yes, I would recommend it and I hope you enjoy it more than I did. (Though I think the disappointment hindered me from enjoying it as much as I could.)


AnimeShokugeki no Souma Season 1 and Season 2

Episodes:

first season 24 and second season 13

Ecchi | School | Shounen

My rating: both 8/10 (Very Good)

Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.

Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.

As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I honestly had no idea what to expect from this anime. I only knew two things about it. One: It’s about cooking. And two: The food looks freaking delicious.¬†Why did I decide to watch it when I knew nothing about it? EVERYONE was recommending it to me and saying how amazing it is. As the second season had just finished airing, I decided to give it a try and see what I thought of it.

I ended up watching both seasons and reading the manga. Yes, I obviously did enjoy it. I didn’t think a cooking anime could interest me as much as it did, I was pleasantly surprised! So why did I give it only an 8 and not something higher? The fan-service and ecchi elements were too much for me, they really started bothering me throughout the anime. I’m not the biggest fan of either and this anime takes it to another level. Or at least it seemed that way to me, as I don’t usually watch anime in that genre.

I did like a lot of the characters, they were very interesting and quirky in their own way. Plus it was very enjoyable learning more about their pasts and seeing their motivation for cooking. I also like the school that they all attend and how it’s structured – especially the Elite Ten and the legacy of it. My favourite character by far is Soma and a character I dislike is Erina (though that’s an unpopular opinion as a lot of people seem to adore her.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would. As I already mentioned, it’s a fun anime and one definitely worth the watch. Plus a lot of people love this anime and that has to mean something. If you dislike ecchi anime, I would still give it a go and see if this is one you are interested in.


AnimeNatsume Yuujinchou Go

Episodes: 11

Slice of Life | Supernatural | Drama

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

This is the 5th season. As far as I know go means five¬†in Japanese, so it’s as the title implies.

So you definitely need to watch the first season. I say definitely because it’s freaking amazing and one of my all time favourites.

What is it about? Natsume Takashi can see youkai (if you don’t know what it is, look it up) and¬†in this anime we follow his daily life while he deals with them and tries to survive.

There’s also a talking cat. (Kind of.) And what more could you ask for?

My thoughts:

I loved this season of Natsume Yuujinchou! As I already mentioned in the summary, this is one of my all time favourite anime and I knew I was going to love it. Why was I so sure? Because I have loved all the seasons so far and I simply ADORE ALL the characters. So there was basically no way I wasn’t going to enjoy this season of it. Some really crazy and exiting things happened in this season (not that I can write about them, as those are major spoilers), but it was mostly as it usually is – portraying¬†the daily life of Natsume Takashi. And I loved every moment of it! Plus we get more backstory on another important character in this season, it was very interesting.

Would I recommend this anime?

Obviously I would.¬†(And I mean the first season, as if that isn’t obvious as it is.) If you have read my thoughts on it, you already know I loved it. Why wouldn’t I recommend one of my all time favourite anime?


AnimeTanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

Episodes: 12

Slice of Life | Comedy | School

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

For high school student Tanaka, the act of being listless is a way of life. Known for his inattentiveness and ability to fall asleep anywhere, Tanaka prays that each day will be as uneventful as the last, seeking to preserve his lazy lifestyle however he can by avoiding situations that require him to exert himself. Along with his dependable friend Oota who helps him with tasks he is unable to accomplish, the lethargic teenager constantly deals with events that prevent him from experiencing the quiet and peaceful days he longs for.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This was an anime I had my eye on for the longest time. I really enjoy watching Slice of Life anime and the art for this one seemed really cute (and it was cute, now that I have watched it). It always intrigued me. I finally decided to watch it a few days ago. It was simply amazing! This is a rather relaxing anime, with lovable characters and some very humorous moments. I found myself laughing out loud a lot.

The interactions between all the characters and their friendship were amazing, especially between Tanaka and Oota. Those two were definitely my favourites. All in all, I really enjoyed this anime and I’m very happy that I decided to give it a go. I watched it at the perfect time, when I was just in the right mood for this kind of anime.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes I would definitely recommend it, especially if you enjoy Slice of Life anime.¬†It’s a great one and I don’t hear a lot of people talking about (sadly that is). I will most likely be picking up the manga, as I need more from these characters in my life!


Well, that was a rather long wrap up!

A QUESTION for all of you:

Would you prefer for me to write my summaries the way I did with Haikyuu and Natsume Yuujinchou? Or would you like the usual summary with a lot information about the anime? Let me know!

Those two were very much¬†improvised, as MyAnimeList didn’t have summaries for them – probably because they are later seasons of the anime. I had a lot of fun writing them that way though, so I was interested in seeing if you would prefer them to be that way. And I really don’t mind doing them either way.

Thank you ver much for reading (especially if you made it through all my rambling). I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna‚ô•