I do know, that it has been ages since I did this the last time, but I just didn’t have the time and didn’t really feel like writing another one of these updates, so after 2 months or being too fucking lazy to write any of these, the BLOG IS BACK and I hope that lasts longer this time…
So as you might have seen in my tweets, which you can follow @korigaming on twitter (shameless self-advertisement ftw), I have of course not only been watching the seasonals for this and last summer and even though I admit that I have been pretty busy doing so, I also have been watching and of course reading some more stuff! Ladies and Gentlemen….screw it this is not a Review! Let’s go on!
The first show that I wanted to talk about is something that I’ve actually been talking about last time already (even though I don’t think anyone remembers that…). Last time already, it got away quite good and as I finally finished both seasons of Toaru Majutsu no Index, plus the movie “Endymion no Kiseki“, I can safely say, that I really did enjoy the Anime! Of course I had quite some problems with it and of course talking about these pretty much is my job on this Blog! The only really big problem that I had with the show were the two main characters, being Index and Kamijou Touma. It certainly was fun watching Touma punch people in the face and I have to admit that his epic inspiring speeches were kinda cool at times, but for a main duo, the two just felt way too generic. They were really boring to watch and their interactions were really predictable. Even standing on their own, they had some standout scenes, but just were overwhelmed by the sheer amount of side-characters. These side-characters often were what made this show really enjoyable, since every single one of them was really well fleshed out and almost none felt one-dimensional, making for a supporting cast that was a lot more interesting than the main cast itself. That said, it got a lot better to the end of each season and I did get attached to them eventually, just not as much as to some supporting characters. Another reason I really liked this Anime was the pacing of the different archs. You can say a lot about the characters and how blant they feel at times, what you can’t deny is the really good climaxing that the author and the script writers had in every given arch, making for a really enjoyable experience in total. I am now waiting for a third season to be announced and if J.C. Staff isn’t gonna hurry up soon, I’ll probably gonna go and start reading the Light Novels, as I got into reading them a lot recently (more about that later though)
As a huge fan of Psychological Anime and shows that have Horror elements in it, I was really looking forward to the first OVA of Corpse Party. I watched the first OVA, being Missing Footage, around a few months and didn’t really know whether or not, this was supposed to be an advertisement for the game or the trailer for an actual Anime. A few weeks later, I found out, that a second OVA for Corpse Party was going to be animated and now that it finally got released and subbed, I have to say, that Tortured Souls, is a lot better than it’s predecessor and kept me entertained for the whole time. IT was really creepy at times and the eerie atmosphere was really well done. There were only few problems that I had with it, for one being the character development, which I wasn’t always able to follow. There were some parts, when I was rather confused why characters were acting the way they did. Also due to the short runtime, I wasn’t really able to get attached to the characters and as the death rate in this Anime is damn high (which you probably already figured out due to the Anime’s name), it didn’t have any impact on me. The surprise factor of the deaths was quite good though, since there were many scenes where you couldn’t really be sure whether or not the character was really dead or not. It was nothing to amazing, but something I’d definitely recommend checking out, if you are a fan of Horror and Psychological Anime!
I am a huge fan of 7th Expansion and the stuff that they have done, even though you might argue that some of the adaptions by Studio Deen haven’t been as good, but rather shit. Still it is an undeniable fact, that at least the Higurashi Anime is really damn amazing and now, finally I found the subs for a specific new part of the franchise, being Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kaku: Outbreak. Outbreak is a new entry to the franchise and as such my expectations for it were rather high, even though the last two OVAs either didn’t have anything to do with the actual franchise or were just good for half of it’s time. For this one, it’s less about how long it’s good and there is no such thing as fanservice in this OVA, but it actually is quite good. It just is not as good as I wanted it to be. Outbreak is something that doesn’t really pick up the Anime at all, but rather goes it’s own route without even referencing anything that happened in the Anime, meaning that while there are a few scenes that remind of the two original seasons, they are few and it only is the reasoning that remains similar. That itself is not a real problem, as I am completely open for something new to the Higurashi franchise, but the problem I had, was that it just didn’t feel like Higurashi anymore. The characters where a little flat and didn’t show anything of th amazingness they had in the original Anime. The Voice Acting sounded as if the VAs themselves had either forgotten what to do with these characters, as the old trademarks of them (looking at Nippah and the word repition of Rena) are still there, but they just sound empty and don’t have any of the appeal that they used to have, making this feel as if it was something different than the actual show. Not a Horror Mystery that has Psychological Elements to it, but more like a gory shounen. I had fun watching it, but it just didn’t convince me to give it a high score!
I am still rather new to the Anime community, only having started to watch Anime a little less than a year ago and as such, there are still many people that I don’t know about, that I’ve never heard of, or that I have not seen anything by. One of the latter part, was until really recently the immensly famous Satoshi Kon, who unfortunately already died at a young age. Now I finally did see something that he directed and the only thing I really have to say about it is “He certainly deserves his fame!” Perfect Blue for me was a hell of a ride, mindfucking me again and again, impressing me with an amazing story, one of the best paced character developments ever and direction that made everything even more confusing than it originally was. The movie in total blew my mind and I don|t have any huge complaints about it. It made for an amazing experience!
The next Anime that I want to talk about probably is the one that is both the most popular and the most impopular! K-On! is an Anime that did get a lot of attention both when it aired and a lot later. It is one of those Anime, that you either hate or love, but there is nothing between that! For me, it was a Love that I found, as I enjoyed the hell out of it! The interactions of the characters were amazingle well done, the dialogues well written, the characters themselves really damn cute and everything just fit for the genre that K-On! is. It’s the perfect example for a Slice of Life Comedy or Moe show done right and I do love it for that sooo much! Adding music that I really liked and endings that belong to my favorites. This show was the one that turned me into a Kyoto Animation fanboy and ever since I watched the first season, I have a huge liking for the style that Kyoto Animation uses in it’s endings, plus it actually went as far and made me SAD! I didn’t know this was possible for a show like this, but K-On actually did it…I thought it was amazing and I am now really looking forward to watching the Movie in a few days!
The last Anime that I want to talk about for this post, is something that I only started watching yesterday and is strangely close related to one of the upper Anime that I listed. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun is the Spin-Off of the Index Series and so far, I do really enjoy it. So far, it doesn’t have any overarching plot, but was for the most part only the four main characters either solving a crime or just having random fun. I have to say that the beginning of the Anime certainly is a lot slower than that of Index, but as I said earlier I do still really enjoy it, even though it might not be as much as I did Index in the end. But for the start it is perfectly fine and it has something that helps it out a lot more than the fast start that Index had, which is the main characters. The four characters that the show was focusing on for the most time so far do work a lot better than Touma and Index did, as their relationship always seemed somewhat generic. For Railgun this is not true at all. Actually rather opposite is what happens in Railgun, as it does have really good and likeable characters and they all do have their own little place in there heart (Yes even Kuroko!). I hope that they will start focusing on a plotline quick, since that is what I am currently missing for this show!
The first Manga for this post, is something that I planned on picking up for quite some time and now I finally had the money and time to actually buy and read it. Limit is a pretty unpopular Manga, that for some reason got published in Germany while stuff like Attack on Titan still didn’t get here…Anyway, I only read the first volume so far and it certainly does look quite interesting to me. The characters do seem a little illogical though and I am a little confused, just how much school kids can actually hate each other to end up the way they are at the end of Volume 1. It for the most part seems to be going into a Psychological Direction, diving into how cruel people can be, once they attain power and what kind of assholes power can bring birth to. I do quite like it though and I’m most likely gonna continue buying it.
The second and last Manga this time is a more popular one that I did hear a lot about, but that I never actually started reading. Doubt is another Death Game scenario (which I love), that tries to take a look inside a human mind and read what might be going on in there and how people could get as fucked up as possible. It does feature really good characters, has an amazing story for the most part, including many twists and turns and an ending that actually is quite satisfying while definitely leaving room for more (which is coming in the Manga Judge). The psychological aspect of it is well done, leaving you on the edge of the seat and never boring you. It definitely is an amazing Manga that I really did enjoy and I guess now I gotte borrow Judge…
(With this little section I’ll probably lose all credibility that I did have (if I ever had any)…)
I have officially found my own Guilty Pleasure. In the Spring Season of 2013, there was an Anime airing called Date a Live. Back then I despised the Anime for the longest time, thinking of it as a bunch of crap, a fanservice centred show, that had really bad humor that I could not laugh about. Then two particular episodes came around, actually showing a Plot Twist (unbelievable, I know) and the biggest surprise, the plot twist actually was well done! I did enjoy these two episodes and you know what the show did then A FUCKING BEACH EPISODE! What Date a Live did really horrible was that it showed some surprisingly well written Drama and then suddenly went back to it’s original state of a damn fanservice show. Now, almost half a year after that show ended, I decided to pick up the Light Novels of Date a Live, only for the sole reason so that I had something to laugh about and for around the first half of the 5th Volume (That’s where the Anime ended and I started), but after that I suddenly seemed to have turned off my brain and I really started to enjoy reading the Light Novels, to the point, where I almost started hyping it! I admit that it is really bad and that the Drama, even though it actually starts out really well goes to shit in almost every single Volume. I have by now finished Miku Lily (Volume 6) and am patiently waiting for the translators over at BakaTsuki to translate the continuation of it!
In the Meantime of me waiting for the Miku Truth Light Novel (Date a Live Vol. 7), I needed something else to read and I found it in the pretty impopular but still quite hyped Sword Art Online, that I started to read only a few days ago! So far I have to say, that it actually is a lot better than I thought it would be, given I have only read around 120 pages of it, the characters so far still seem pretty interesting and I do enjoy it a lot more than I thought I would from what I heard from others. Maybe that is only the Light Novel though and the Anime really is as shit as people say it is, but for my part at least, I so far did quite enjoy the Novel and most of all the Setting, which is by far the shows strongest point! It is really cool to see all the Game Mechanics that I know from my old World of Warcraft days being implemented in a novel, making it a lot of fun for RPG-gamers! I am gonna read more of it and then inform you if it did turn to shit or if it stayed as good as I thought it would. Also I am probably going to start it’s Anime quite soon.
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