JANUARY’S ANIME RECOMMENDATION – Princess Jellyfish Review

I’m a bit late with this, but here it is! Last month, I put up a poll for Josei anime reccomendations, and this one came in first. So, without further ado, here’s my review of Princess Jellyfish!

PLOT

Kurashita Tsukimi loves jellyfish to the point of obsession, which is why she can’t bear to see a jellyfish being mistreated in a local pet store. When the socially awkward Tsukimi fails to speak up for the jellyfish, a beautiful woman steps in, sparking the beginning of an extremely unlikely friendship.

Tsukimi and her nerdy friends (who are also her roommates) are swept off their feet by this newcomer in their lives. She’s everything they’re not: effortlessly stylish, incredibly confident, and a part of a social circle the girls only dream of joining. She might also not be quite what she seems to be…

With the help of her new friend, Tsukimi becomes confident enough to take on the world, protect her home from destruction, and attempt to achieve her life-long dream of becoming a designer. This little Kuragehime is on her way to becoming a queen.

No issues with the plot. I loved how it was mostly focused on developing Tsukimi as a person and helping her achieve her dreams.

 

CHARACTERS

I LOVED how the main character wasn’t just some generic shoujo/josei heroine. Watching Tsukimi deal with everyday life reminded me of myself. A LOT. All off the members of the Sisterhood kept me laughing throughout the whole anime. Honestly, there wasn’t a character that I didn’t like.

Favorite Character:

Kuranosuke Koibuchi

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Although I loved everyone, Kuranosuke captivated me at first sight. His different personalities and styles really made my day. And when he started having feelings for Tsukimi, his denial and jealousy was soooo cute! Overall, he’s a really solid character. Plus, he looks fabulous in drag.

WRITING

AWESOME. I do wish that we got a better ending though.

GRAPHICS/ART STYLE

Ehhhhh. There were quite a few moments where the graphics looked kind of odd to me. Compared to the cover art, the actual animation was a huge dissapointment.

However, the facial expressions definitely deserve an A+.

MOE

I felt like Tsukimi was a cute little catterpillar who needed to be nurtured and guided so she could turn into a butterfly.

ORIGINALITY

Unlike most anime, the herione wasn’t drop dead beautiful. Plus, the whole jellyfish this was definitely unique.

FANSERVICE

I don’t remember seeing much fanservice.

OST

Loved the opening and the ending themes! I feel like both really captured the awkwardness and ridiculous humor of the anime.

 

BISHIES

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Kuranosuke was beautiful at all times.

HUMOR

OH MY GOSH. This anime had me rolling on the floor in laughter. The situations Tsukimi gets herself into are a certified recipe for laughter.

FEELS

I wanted Tsukimi and Kuranosuke to kiss SOOOO bad. As a result, seeing her with his brother pissed me off quite a bit.

UGH, AND THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN TSUKIMI AND KURANOSUKE.

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PURE BADASSERY

Kuranosuke’s absolute diva-ness was totally badass.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m really glad that you guys reccommended this to me. Hand me the manga, because I need more!

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This was a great anime to binge-watch and snort at. Honestly, I died of laughter while watching it. So if you’re looking for a ridiculous slice-of-life show that will make you laugh, Princess Jellyfish is a must-watch.

If you liked January’s Monthly Recommendation Review, check out the poll in my sidebar and vote on this month’s anime!

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IT’S GAY AND I LOVE IT – Yuri!!! On Ice Review

Yes, my friends. The time has come. After half an hour of being emotionally unstable, I am finally ready to share my review of one of this year’s most captivating anime – Yaoi  Yuri!!! on Ice.

As I type this, my fingers are still shaking from the amount of trauma that this show has inflicted upon me. With that said, please excuse any sudden ranting, thirstiness, or excessive fangirling that may appear in this review!

Enjoy, my little pork cutlet bowls!

PLOT

Reeling from his crushing defeat at the Grand Prix Finale, Yuuri Katsuki, once Japan’s most promising figure skater, returns to his family home to assess his options for the future. At age 23, Yuuri’s window for success in skating is closing rapidly, and his love of pork cutlets and aptitude for gaining weight are not helping either.

However, Yuuri finds himself in the spotlight when a video of him performing a routine previously executed by five-time world champion, Victor Nikiforov, suddenly goes viral. In fact, Victor himself abruptly appears at Yuuri’s house and offers to be his mentor. As one of his biggest fans, Yuuri eagerly accepts, kicking off his journey to make it back onto the world stage. But the competition is fierce, as the rising star from Russia, Yuri Plisetsky, is relentlessly determined to defeat Yuuri and win back Victor’s tutelage.

The entire plot of this anime had me shook as fuck. That is literally the only way I can describe my feelings towards this. Each moment was dramatic and just explosive. Every episode has me sitting on the edge of my couch waiting – no – craving to see the next one.

Also, there was the whole story behind Yuri and Viktor’s relationship. Most of us didn’t realize it until much later in the series, but the two characters described in Yuri’s  “Eros” performance were actually representations of his relationship with Viktor. Viktor was the scorned lover that the playboy (Yuri) had forgotten about. I just LOVE how the order of events was shown through the anime and the real intimacy shown there.

And that last episode…it did things to me. I didn’t expect Yurio to win. I didn’t expect Yuri to get second place. I didn’t expect Viktor to skate in competitions again.

AND FUCK. There was no way in hell, that I was expecting Yuri and Viktor to do a fucking couples skating routine together.

Hence, me being in a shook state for about an hour.

CHARACTERS

I LOVED EVERYONE. From my little katsudon Yuri,  to my father Viktor, my little snow angel Yurio, my sexy strippers, my little Korean baby, and my adorable Taiwanese twink.

Every character in this show can just become part of my dream harem.

WRITING

GOLLY FUCKING GEEE. The writing was epic. The writers made this show so fucking yaoi without actually stating that it was yaoi.

GRAPHICS/ART STYLE

So beautiful, especially the faces, legs, and rear-ends.

MOE

If I could, I would gladly kidnap every male character in this anime and hide them away.

ORIGINALITY

Raging homosexual ice skaters with major  inferiority complexes and stripping habits? Very original.

FANSERVICE

OHOHOHO. Was there fanservice, you ask?

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Vkusno!

OST

CAN YOU FEEL MY HEARTBEAT?

History Maker – Dean Fujioka

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Shall We Skate 

BISHIES

EVERY. SINGLE. SPECIMEN. IN. THIS. ANIME.

Yes, that includes Yakov.

HUMOR

Honestly, I laughed every time Viktor and Yuri got cockblocked and that time when Yurio called that one lady “an ugly hag'”.

FEELS

SO MUCH FEELS.

Times Pink cried during YOI:

. when Yuri skated

. when Vikor skated

. When Yurio skated

. When JJ skated

. When any other character not stated above skated

. Any scene where Viktor and Yuri are together

. Any scene with Viktor in it

. That stripping scene

. When Yurio was being a tsun

. When Yurio did warm-up stretches

. When the screen zoomed in on someones legs or ass.

. When Maccachin choked on buns

. When any male character showed up on screen

. During the opening theme

. During the ending theme

. Basically the whole show

This anime satisfied my fujoshi side so well. Excuse my crudeness, but honestly, I just wanted Viktor and Yuri to fuck so bad. SO BAD.

 

PURE BADASSERY

Viktor’s savage moments of roasting people and Yurio’s savage moments of roasting Yuri.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Well, if it wasn’t obvious by now…

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Seriously, how is it remotely possible than an anime that hasn’t even been classified as yaoi yet is gayer and more passionate that actual yaoi?

In all seriousness, I had a blast watching this anime. It was exciting and just utterly beautiful. And if the creators don’t make a season two….

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Dead Center! – Deadman Wonderland Review

Okay. So I fell in love with this anime at first sight, but never actually finished it. Last weekend, I got together with some friends and watched the whole anime together. Because it’s Halloween, I figured that this would be a nice treat for you guys.

MY RATINGS

PLOT

As most of you know, there are two types of plot. There’s “plot”, which refers to the storyline, and there’s “plot”, the fanservice kind. This anime has plenty of both. I loved the storyline of this so much, I could not take my eyes off the screen for even a second. There was just so much excitement and action! I did have a slight problem with the ending, though. It seemed a bit…incomplete.

CHARACTERS

This show had the best characters I have ever seen. EVER. It was impossible for me to hate anyone in the anime because everyone had their own inner badass. My two favorite characters were definitely Senji and Minatsuki.

WRITING

OH MY GOD. For the record, I watched the dub, not sub. And boy, was I impressed. There was crude humor, perverseness, and so much swearing. My God, there was so much swearing. I thought I cursed like a sailor, but I’ve ever said half the words that are used in this dub. Hell, I’ve never heard those words used in a dub before! I just fell utterly in love with the writing of this anime. Every line was either hilarious as hell or completely badass.

GRAPHICS/ART STYLE

The anime’s art style definitely fits the theme. This is a gory anime, so there was lots of blood and guts, which I loved. I literally got to see someone get their eye pulled out.

MOE

In a dark show such as this, I wasn’t really expecting much moe. But Shiro’s naivety was just too adorable! Plus, there were shotas in this show. And you know I love shotas.

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ORIGINALITY

Overall, this anime was one of a kind. I could not predict what was going to happen next.

FANSERVICE

Lots of fanservice in this one. Abs, butts, and boobs everywhere.

OST

The opening theme, One Reason, has been on my personal playlist since even before I saw the anime. The lyrics and tune just send  delightful vibes in my direction.

BISHIES

Senji. Duh.

Now, I can’t type the exact quote here, but it is said in the show that every inch of his body is covered in rock-hard muscle. EVERY. INCH.

HUMOR

I lost track of how many times I almost died of laughter while watching this. I’m a very perverted person, so the jokes and innuendos were definitely awesome .

FEELS

Towards the end of the season, there were some points where I wanted to cry.

PURE BADASSERY

SO MUCH. I’m not even exaggerating. Every minuted of this dub was badass. Kudos to the creators.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

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I loved this anime so much. Even though I expected a bit more from the ending, the overall show was entertaining, gritty, and just downright perverted. Deadman Wonderland has definitely climbed its way into my favorites list.

 

Ajin: Demi-Human {REVIEW}

Synopsis

Ajin are humans that cannot die. Seventeen years ago, they first appeared on a battlefield in Africa. From then on, more of their kind are discovered within the human society. Their rarity in appearance means that, for experimental purposes, the government will generously reward anyone who captures one. In the present day, for what a certain high school student expects to be a typical summer holiday, his life is about to turn unexpected…

My Review

This anime had my attention from the very start. I liked the concept that was created. From my analysis on this show, I deduced that there were four groups of people. There’s the government (human) who label Ajins as criminals in order to secretly experiment on them. Then, there are the Ajins that try to hide from the government and the Ajins who attempt to rebel against society and commit terrorist acts in their goal to wipe out the human race. In the midst of this mess, there are the normal everyday citizens who think the problem with the Ajins doesn’t concern them at all. Despite the interesting idea for the plot, it was very hard for me to tell which characters were the good guys and which weren’t. Eventually, I found out that the characters I thought were good were either bad, or had a very nasty dark side. It also turned out that the characters I had immediately singled out as “bad” were even worse. Seriously? I liked the plot, but the confusion just gave me a huge headache.

The main character, Kei, intrigued me throughout the whole season. He spent his life working and studying to be an upstanding citizen, only to be classified as an “untouchable” due to his inability to die. Kinda ironic, right? Towards the end of the season, he does become kind of an asshole. However, I do feel that Kei played his role perfectly. I mean it, he’s like the prince of character development.

After he finds out about his identity as an Ajin, Kei says that despite what they have done to others like him, he could never hate or want to kill humans. After all, he still sees himself as one. This resolve, however, slightly changes when Kei is captured by the government and killed countless times (in very gruesome ways) as a lab experiment.

After he escapes, Kei still shows a slight care for humans, but treats saving them as some sort of unnecessary task. However, he shows little to no sympathy towards the general public. This continues to the point where he willingly stands by and allows the main antagonist to massacre an entire building full of people. Although his actions seem bit harsh, some people, like me, can agree that Kei is a fine example of what effects violence and oppression have on young minds.

Overall, the characters, both good and bad, are what made me like this anime so much. Definitely keeping my fingers crossed for season 2.

 

 

 

Soul Eater vs. Soul Eater NOT

I know I promised to post this review months ago, but the procrastination monster caught ahold of me. Besides, isn’t it better to post a Soul Eater review right before Halloween? I think so.

On a good day, I can comfortably say that Soul Eater is one of my favorite anime of all time.  So I was uber-excited to rewatch the show so that I could compare it with Soul Eater Not!

Years ago, when I finished watching Soul Eater for the first time, I was obsessed with anything related to the anime. Then I stumbled upon Soul Eater Not. As soon as I saw the cover for the anime, I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like it. So when I saw the first episode, I HATED it. It was nothing like Soul Eater, and I despised that. And since then, I’ve always sworn to never watch Soul Eater Not. Until now, that is.

In order to get you folks in the Halloween spirit, I’m going to compare these two anime. Now, on with the review!

Soul Eater

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Synopsis

Death City is home to the famous Shibusen, a technical academy headed by the Shinigami–Lord Death himself. Its mission: to raise “Death Scythes” for the Shinigami to wield against the many evils of their fantastical world. These Death Scythes, however, are not made from physical weapons; rather, they are born from human hybrids who have the ability to transform their bodies into Demon Weapons, and only after they have consumed the souls of 99 evil beings and one witch’s soul.

Soul Eater Evans, a Demon Scythe who only seems to care about what’s cool, aims to become a Death Scythe with the help of his straight-laced wielder, or meister, Maka Albarn. The contrasting duo work and study alongside the hot headed Black☆Star and his caring weapon Tsubaki, as well as the Shinigami’s own son, Death the Kid, an obsessive-compulsive dual wielder of twin pistols Patty and Liz.

Soul Eater follows these students of Shibusen as they take on missions to collect souls and protect the city from the world’s threats while working together under the snickering sun to become sounder in mind, body, and soul.

Soul Eater Not

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Synopsis

Soul Eater NOT! is a spin-off and side story that takes place one year prior to the events of the original Soul Eater. At the Death Weapon Meister Academy, humans born with the power to transform into weapons and those with the power to wield these weapons (Meisters) train to hone their natural talent. The characters of the main series are enrolled in the Especially Advantaged Talent class, where they train to become warriors of justice capable of defeating what threats prey on innocent lives—or even the entire world.

Other students at the DWMA are less talented. Members of the Normally Overcome Target class focus less on being warriors of justice and more on controlling their powers so they don’t hurt themselves or anyone around them. Tsugumi Harudori, a new halberd-transforming student, meets Meisters Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn and quickly grows indecisive about which of the two new friends should be her partner. As they learn to use these powers and settle in, their lives as everyday students will be far from normal.

My Ratings

Plot

Soul Eater – Although I could tell that the creators censored out some parts from the manga, I was very impressed with the plot. This anime took a sharp turn from the manga towards the end, though. Unfortunately, I have to say that I was very disappointed with the ending. I felt like they could’ve given us more than some life-lesson about bravery.

Soul Eater Not – At first glance, I thought that this anime was going to be all moe, and no action. Well, I was wrong. However, I was kind of upset to see that 80% of the show was made up of filler episodes. There was no conflict until the second to last episode.

 

Characters

Soul Eater – The characters were hilarious and most certainly admirable. Both Maka, and Black Star annoyed me at some points. Stein was my hands down favorite character.

Soul Eater Not – Because this show takes place before Soul Eater, I expected to see many old and new faces. I was very excited to see cameos from the main characters of Soul Eater in this show as well. In Soul Eater Not, we were also given a clearer view of Liz and Patty when they first met Death the Kid. Boy, was I surprised about that one. Overall, I just really liked how they portrayed the perspective of the NOT division of the DWMA.

Writing

Soul Eater – I was disappointed to see that they had censored out most of the bad language from the manga.

Soul Eater Not – Not much to say on this one.

Graphics/Art Style 

Soul Eater – The art was dark, creepy, and imperfect, which I liked a lot. I felt like it really reflected the whole madness theme of the show and amplified it.

Soul Eater Not – Although the art was beautiful, some part of me was highly disappointed. While I can appreciate the ironic contrast to the original Soul Eater’s art style, I feel that Soul Eater Not! moe-fied their characters a bit too much.

Moe

Soul Eater – Not too much in the moe department. Maka was adorable, though.

Soul Eater Not – WAY too much in the moe department. The Soul Eater universe is supposed to be dark, isn’t it?

Originality

Soul Eater – Definitely original. I admired how this anime was able to become mainstream without exploiting all of those recycled anime tropes.

Soul Eater Not – It’s not a direct copy of Soul Eater, which I can appreciate. It’s like the creators took the world of Soul Eater and used it to show the perspective of the kids who didn’t do all the fighting.

Fanservice

Soul Eater – The only reason I can’t watch this with my mom is because of the fanservice. This anime was full of boobs, boobs, naked catgirls, nosebleeds, and boobs.

Soul Eater Not – If you like girl-on-girl action, this show is definitely for you. There was so much interaction between the female characters, I could almost call this anime yuri.

OST

Soul Eater – The first opening, Resonance, definitely fits right in with the theme and art style of the show. To this day, the second opening, Papermoon, is still my favorite anime song ever.

Soul Eater Not – I expected the songs to be cutesy, and they were. But for some reason, I loved them. The opening theme, Monochrome, is definitely pleasing to the ears.

 

Bishies

Soul Eater – I have a Soul body pillow and a Stein one. That’s all I need to say.

Soul Eater Not – The two secondary character guys were cool.

Humor

Soul Eater – Freaking hilarious.

Soul Eater Not – The main character says the made-up word “gagantous” so many times and it never stopped amusing me.

 

Feels

Soul Eater – I shipped so many people together, it got painful.

Soul Eater Not – I felt pretty bad for Meme.

 

Pure Badassery

Soul Eater – A scythe-wielding heroine and humans that turn into weapons: What’s not to love?

Soul Eater Not – Although the show was full of moe, I was definitely surprised at how badass the characters where. Especially Kim.

Final Thoughts

Soul Eater will always be number one in my heart. But I do have to admit that Soul Eater Not was an incredible anime to watch. So if you’ve been struggling to watch this anime, here’s some advice: Once you get past the moe and cutesy stuff, it get much better. I swear this anime will definitely surprise you.