Ao no Exorcist

 

I was first introduced to the difference between anime and cartoons in fifth grade. I didn’t really understand it, and there wasn’t anyone who got the difference either, so I angrily denied its existence mockingly as people who suddenly wanted to be mature and grown up would call cartoons anime as though they were now justifying how watching cartoons as “adults”.

Only when I was in seventh grade did I begin to understand how anime is different from cartoons and acknowledge it as its own thing. Sure, there are some major exceptions there where in my head Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Beyblade just don’t count as anime. It’s only because I saw them aired first hand when I was little and watched all of it understanding that they were cartoons.

But nonetheless, come seventh grade, I gave it a chance. And clearly, I liked a lot of what I saw. From what I remember, Ao no Exorcist is one of those beginner must sees of anime, and I think I started it in the summer vacation of seventh grade or something like the beginning of eighth. Either way, I loved it and it was one of those binge watches where I started midday, watched like most of the show and then continued watching the next morning after I slept. But I felt like I’d watched it too quickly- that I had breezed through it. I wanted to savour it more. So even though I was already on episode 21 (out of 25), I came to a sudden halt.

 

I don’t remember perfectly well what happened after I decided that I would watch one episode per day until I finished it, but I never did. And I never went back to it either. Don’t get me wrong- I didn’t forget about it. I thought about it loads. It’s always one of the first anime that come to mind when I get bored, feel like watching something old, feel like finishing something I haven’t, etc etc.

And approximately five or six years later, I have. I started from episode 15 with only the intent to finish it, but after so long…I didn’t want to cheat myself out of some serious enjoyment again. I went back, watched from episode one on to- the last one.

This post isn’t here as a place for me to blab my thoughts and reactions of that ending at all. It’s just here to say I did finish it. And now I shall loop the openings for this classic anime as I search up pictures I like of it ❤

 

#Fabness

A Different Kind of Finals Week

Last week and this week are when the final episodes of the Autumn season of anime are being released. What kind of finals week were you expecting me to talk about?

Onwards to discussing in no particular order baqwaas/terrible endings. [Spoiler Alert!]

I Diabolik Lovers More Blood

Okay, so this anime short is a total guilty pleasure and I totally called what happened in its final when ranting to my brother about the show. Basically, there’s no plot the first season, so when somehow the show got a second season, the producers probably thought if they wanted  a third season, they’d better get started on some ideas for a plot. So at an attempt to have a story line, they threw in whatever they felt like, which ended up being too much to conclude in twelve episodes. So they just…didn’t. Yeah, the show ends with the Mukami and Sakamaki brothers sort of realizing that they need to work together to fix the second major conflict (which they don’t, so there might be hope/fear? for a third season).

II Dance with Devils

Man, this is definitely one of those anime that I categorize as so bad that it’s good. It’s so utterly terrible that even though its not at all intended to be watched for comedy, it does indeed entertain one with that genre in mind. This anime is a stereotypical demons versus vampire supernatural anime with musical numbers. Yes, you read that right. The characters spontaneously burst into song, complete with costume change and different settings. It’s wonderful.

It’s ending of course was as successful as its (nonexistent) seriousness to the plot. Ritsuka is saved, blah blah, time to get to the important part: Rem confesses to her and she confirms that the feeling’s mutual. Magically and suddenly, Lindo is totally cool with their relationship and decides that he will protect Ritsuka from afar, loving her continuously. But Rem then declares how now that there’s no Grimoire to chase after (yeah, it suddenly disappears after midnight. It’s not like everyone was desperately worrying about it for eleven episodes. No biggie.), he no longer has any reason to stay in the human world (um, Ritsuka?). So he invites Ritsuka to come live with him in the demon world (which she can cuz she have devil). Ritsuka must not question why Rem can’t just live with her, but must now choose between her world and his.

Plot twist/no surprise there after her episodal breakdowns about wanting to be human and living in the human world: she chooses to live as a human in the human world.

Rem leaves and she goes back to being a normal, boring human teenager (which she was told she could never become again since she was half demon but whatever).

The end.

III Star Mu/ High School Star Musical

More musicals! Also stamped with my its so bad its good label, Star Mu is the Free! (Iwatobi Swim club) of music. With less plot, less female characters, much more music, and unintended comedy, this show is a must watch if you can tolerate a bad anime and appreciate its failure.

 

It was the first musical anime I saw of this season (or ever, maybe?) and its spur of the moment musicals are, as Ayesha puts it, “next level”. I mean, when there’s a character riding a giant magical whale dolphin hybrid and singing, you know shit’s real.

And although I haven’t really discussed its lack of an ending, I’d really like to end on that magestic note. I mean, look at that picture. What more could you want in life? (Except a second season? Which they sorta implied, so fingers crossed? xD )

-Ze

 

One Punch Man: I called it!

After watching the final episode of One Punch Man, I said that there needed to be at least something to tie up the loose ends left from the final.

Guess what I found uploaded to my anime site approximately 24 minutes ago?!

A One Punch Man special. Which I am loading up and about to watch so pardon me~

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I’m….not sure what I just watched. Like, I don’t know what their doing with these specials at all…

[Spoiler Alert!]

I just saw the first episode and it was only 12 minutes long and kinda gave you a behind the scenes of Genos’ investigation with Saitama after he asked to be taken on as his disciple for the first time, but before he actually visited Saitama’s apartment to do so (day five of his investigation, apparently).

And even though I loved the story of the french fry thief, I hope there’s more to these specials than just funny extra details and anecdotes from episodes and scenes in the show. Don’t drag it on without telling us there’s going to be a second season…

I hope this doesn’t turn out to be a major fail and disappointment like the No Game No Life specials…I mean, I couldn’t even finish them. They were THAT bad.

-Ze

Anime Recommendation Accomplishment

Yesterday I managed to finally complete a task I have been working on on and off for more than two years (or has it been three..?) and the reality of the situation is hitting me now.

So regardless of how I am completely aware that my brother isn’t an anime fanatic like me, he does watch the odd one or two anime. Which is why whenever I fall in love with one, I always tell him if I think he’ll like it or not when I rave about it to him (because that shall inevitably happen). Aaaand so I started Fairytail like two years ago and was head over heels for it. I watched nothing but that anime for most of the winter break and I almost caught up to the show. (Quite the feat considering how it had 175 episodes out then. This is also when Fairytail was put on hiatus. When I found out that, I abruptly stopped at somewhere around ep 90-something.)

Anyways, ever since I started it, I told my brother, Que, to watch it. But he’s neverrr, not once, tried it! Sure, it being Fairytail, he’s heard of it, and scene pictures of it, but he hasn’t tried it at all.

Yesterday he started it. And he likes it!

There’s a huge deal of satisfaction involved when a suggestion or recommendations is taken both seriously and then becomes loved by the one you recommended it to. Which is the mellow version of how smug and accomplished I feel right now :3

It might even be possible that once we start discussing the episodes he’s seen, I’ll want to revisit this anime and continue off where I was. But, gosh, that’s a looot to catch up on…at least it’s better than DC, huh?

-Frostie
the magical as hell snowman

Ze One Punch Man Ending

I know I’m a few days late (my pll binge is a total obsession),

but I just finished One Punch Man!

But before I get to the actual final episode I just saw, there’s the anime in general to discuss. Like it’s totally unique art style.

 

There’s Saitama, the simple guy with apparently two faces?

And then Genos, the cyborg most commonly mistaken to be stronger than Saitama. HAH.

There’s a reason Genos spent so much time trying to convince Saitama to be his shishou.

THAT LINE THOUGH. When in the after credit scene (yes, there is indeed one. Go watch it now. Spoiler Alert!) Genos answere’s the useless monster’s question of who’s there with “The Strongest Man in the world…and his disciple.” I was dying. It was such a great moment!

BUT THE ENDING- UGGGGHHHH.

Why did it have to be so so….inconclusive? Saitama isn’t given credit for saving the world (again), defeating the Dominator of the Universe, or ranked S-class even! At least there are a few people that have acknowledged his strength throughout the show…But it’s still not enough :Y

(I mean, even when City whatever was almost completely destroyed by that sea creature king, and Saitama was the one to defeat and save everyone, he didn’t take any of the credit. Hell, he made sure the public saw him as a cheat of a hero since he wanted the other heroes who fought so hard and were defeated so easily to have been taken seriously since he defeated the beast, naturally, with only one punch.)

Then there’s the Genos thing. Some other S-rank robot guy told him that Metal Knight was his “enemy”. Upon hearing that, I instantly thought of how Genos is hunting down the cyborg that went rogue and plundered his home and terminated his family. But they didn’t address it, even when Metal Knight showed up late to the party!

Then there’s the cases of the other S-class heroes. I wanna know more about theeeem! I wanna know about Metal Knight, Child Emperor, and especiallyyyy Mr. Metal Bat Thug. (When stupid rank 1 of the A-class heroes shows up at the end from his drama shoot, (shoot indeed -.- ) he really shines as a wonderful character to me.) We still haven’t seen rank 1. Rank 2, Tornado, hasn’t acknowledged Saitama yet. BRAT, how dare you. Even though once you do, you’ll be kinda cool. So do it alreeeaadyyy!

Pfffff, they better give this an OVA or a special to tie up these loose ends. I mean, I’d love there to be a second season, and there’s definitely enough hype and popularity for there to be one, but I don’t want the series to get messed up with a not-so-great second season if they can finish things up well in some episodes less than that. Time to go on the look out for information on any of this! Maybe manga reading time if not…?4

Clearly, there aren’t a lot of seinen anime I watch, but I bothered to try and stick to this because I loved it ❤

Anyhoo, it’s time I say night and get in bed. (I say that as though I’m not already typing this while sitting in it.)

-Ze

 

 

 

 

Lurking in the Library

Just about everyone I know has finals this week, or the next. BUT I DON’T. (I ended a week earlier, so I’m done with those icky exams!) So when my younger sister was told to go study at the library, I decided to tag along. Why? Why the heck not?! It’s a library! To quote Arthur, having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card! And I totally did, so time to go find books~

And so to the book I found! I stumbled across a Doctor Who book. No surprise there. But guess who the author is? Hm? IT’S DOUGLAS ADAMS, AAAH! Yes, the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy wrote up, according to the book blurb a book: “based on the scripts for the original television series written by Douglas Adams, Shada tells the lost adventure of Doctor Who that never made it to the screen.”

And I sorta read a third of it right there and then- damn my reading speed TT^TT But besides my epic book find, there was so much going on in that library.

One, as soon as I walked in, I saw the sign that said how the study rooms A through C were open for any students to cram in. And then came the overflow of high schoolers taking up just about every sitting surface in that library! There were so many of them. To be honest, it warmed my heart to see so many people needing to study and knowing that I had zero intent to do that and that I was only there to read for reading’s sake and to enjoy myself. (Let’s ignore how Euler’s equation and sigma particle decay came up in my book.) Ah, it was wonderful. But after I found my book and a sofa to sit in, I actually started paying somewhat attention to the overly loud and zealous high schoolers around me. Ugh, there was this one group of Desis sitting right in front of me that were discussing Bollywood actors and saying their names wrong. Like, COME ON, GUYS. Ugh. They were annoying.

(I also talked to Hibah for a while on my phone and walked around since walk while you talk. #Telenor)

Then the people behind me got kicked out for talking too loudly and eventually these other dimwits showed up. They were discussing having to apply to unis next year and all that, so I’m sure they were juniors. They read off topics from their syllabus- stuff like combustion, metallic bonding, and some sort of reactivity (I zonned out for a bit). But then one of the girls said hey, let’s just focus on one thing at a time and start with something hard. To which they discussed balancing equations. Like, bro, that doesn’t even count as chemistry!! And they genuinely struggled with it. I couldn’t take it anymore and ran to look for more books.

Once they were gone, I came back to my sofa and read some more. But when I realized I was about to finish the book before I even left since I still had another two hours to go, I stopped reading and explored the library. (They had moved the manga shelves and I was determined to find it! Which I did, surprisingly quickly.)

Anyhoo, when it came time to gather my sister and leave, I went to find her, and in the process found some girls that were a year my juniors in high school! Tehreem, Nusrat, and some of their friends were at a table and just chilling. That was the only moment I thought it maybe wasn’t the brightest idea to wear my neon yellow oversized cardigan…(Pun intended.)

Needless to say, I ran for it as soon as I recognized them, and I’m hoping they didn’t see me. I know I didn’t make eye contact with any of them. Now, I wouldn’t have minded saying hi to them, especially as I was leaving anyways, but I know Tehreem has some dholki thing going on for her cousin’s wedding and my cousin told me that she had somehow invited me. And I kinda really don’t wanna go…So if I saw her and she invited me in person, I’d either have to come up with a convincing lie on the spot which I didn’t want to. So I just ran for it instead. Yup.

And that was my library adventure today! Honestly, I can’t wait til tomorrow since I’m going again 😀

-Frostie
the magical as hell snowman

 

 

Working!!

…I started another anime ^_^;

Who knew I’d ever end that sentence with such an emoji…

Anyhoo, I sorta felt like watching a random slice of life sort of anime, and then I remembered that Working!! had gotten a third season this Summer, so I took a look at it from the beginning.

And that’s how I kinda saw all of the first season and half of the second. Ehehe… (At least each season is only single cour!)

There’s not a single normal character working in this cute story set in a family restaurant. Add in love triangles, “ideal family” relationships (and the lack of them), and all the quirks you get an entertaining little anime that makes you smile if not laugh :3

Taneshima speaks to me with her constant struggle for not looking her age and being so short. YOU ARE NOT ALONE, POPURA!! But even I’m not that short, so…it does make me feel a little better to know I’d probably tower over her if were were able to compare heights :’D

Takanashi, not gonna lie, kinda creeped me out when he was first introduced. He just acted incredibly shady around poor Taneshima and I was like- “ruuuuun! This loony’s about to kidnap you!!”But he didn’t. Thank gosh.

AH!

I reeeeaaally wanna talk about this one character though- lookie in the first picture. You see how there’s that one dark haired girl way in the back? With glasses? Look, she’s there- I swear. Yeah, her. 

The anime shows her interacting with the customers in background shots, and working her normal waitress job all the time, but they not once introduce you to her until the absolute freaking LAST episode of season 1! Aaargh, talk about infuriating!! They introduce all the workers and focus on their interactions so it was rather strange that they never really show you her until then. She also apparently keeps her distance from all the other workers because she thinks they’ll “taint” her normalcy xD The funny part is, one, she’s not wrong, and two, she isn’t normal either! But she’s convinced she is. Oh well.

Then there’s this gem.

Satou-kun, you are the bomb. So you can get a lot from this picture even xD He’s super cool and nice, but he also bullies Takeshima whenever Yachiyo (the one with the katana) puts him in a bad mood by gushing over Kyouko. Now, why would he care? Because love triangle. Duh. Satou fancies Yachiyo, but Yachiyo fancies Kyouko. And Kyouko…her heart, much like her stomach, is filled with food and only food.

But oh my gosh, can’t Satou please get with Yachiyo?! The poor bloke totally deserves it by now!

There’s so much more to ramble on about. I’m a little curious about Yamada’s actual story- like, not how she’s very pathetically lying about having run away from home. But her determination to find her own ideal family is insane, especially since she keeps attacking Otoo-san to bring her back adoption papers so she can be his kid xD

And Souma! He’s like one of my favourite characters. Seriously, he’s up there with Satou. He’s so evil, but he is so cordial and polite, it’s terrifying! He seems like he’d be friendly, but just as Takanashi learned, all it takes is half a conversation for one to truly realize how diabolical this guy really is. Inspirational ❤ Just kidding! But I do love to see it so much :3

Inami orginally really repulsed me and irked me SO MUCH. But she’s sorta alright now. I think. Meh. But you know which characters till are very ugh-inducing? Takanashi’s family -___- Well, everyone except Nazuna. Though we all know she’s about to grow up to be the evilest of them all, just as Takanashi envisioned.

And Takanashi cross dressed xD Oh my gosh, that’s hilarious!

Okay, that’s about it on this 😀 Imma go back to finishing season two. Then maybe I’ll continue Akagami no Shiryuki-hime? I’m not sure about that…but it’s getting a second season this Winter! Ugh, what to do, what to do? Then there’s Gate too…

Meh, one thing at a time, for now! So, back to Working!! season II :3

-Ze

 

Aoharu x Kikanjuu

I’m attempting to get better at being flexible with my anime, so I decided that I would try simultaneously to binge a completed anime like Sailor Moon and continue to stay up to date on the current Autumn anime. But then I sorta got into a slump of watching so much Sailor Moon in a go, but there weren’t enough releasing episodes to keep me super interested, soooo I went back to this anime that I had found the picture off of anichart to look interesting!

Now after reading the kikanjuu part of the name, I did admittedly groan internally about this being a cliched military sort of gender bender, buuuut I was pleasantly surprised by the anime’s actual story line!

Hatoru was mistaken as a guy, and didn’t actually try to fool anyone, at least not at first. Still sounds pretty cliched up until now. But the machinegun thing was actually a reference to survival games- combat games where you simulate a real battle but with fake guns that shoot BB pellets. Now that’s a tad unusual, huh?

Through very valiant and idiotic means of avenging her best friend getting supposedly conned by Matsuoka, Hatoru ends up invited to play in the survival games with Matsuoka’s team, Toy Gun Gun. Yes, clearly the name strikes fear straight into any opposing team’s heart.

Though seriously, they ARE pretty dope as a team. Once Yuuki decides Hatoru is worth being friends with and saving. But then they do get to a happy teamwork state, even though Hatoru didn’t want to join at first.

To the point she had to sometimes be kidnapped for tournaments ^_^

Just kidding! But she seriously was for her first one. Way to go, Host-san- kidnapping high schoolers at six in the morning.

Now, Hatoru turns out to have a shit ton of potential for these sort of games, despite being a terrible shot. Her sense of justice keeps her sticking around until she pays off her debt (cliche alert, cliche alert!), but realizes she LOVES the games too much to not return playing them.

Time for some serious conflict~ Introducing Team Hoshishiro, the four time champions of TCG (basically the national tournament for this sport).

They’re super skilled, somewhat creepy, and dang, they like to match! But that isn’t enough for the plot. Oh no. So Midori actually has managed to psychologically traumatize Matsuoka in the past and continues to torture him whenever the two compete on the field against each other. Now that makes for a great story, don’t you think?

Hatoru becomes possessed with the purest form of bloodlust and becomes an egotistical lunatic when she’s in the zone which leads to some pretty fun and intense matches.

All in all, I started  and finished it today, and I totallyyyy loved it! I’m on the look out for a season two declaration now :3

(And yes, I realize most of this was a summary instead of me rambling/reacting to what happened, but this feels about right for this anime ^_^ )

Anyhoo, back to a hilarious musical- Star Mu, here I come~!

-Ze

 

 

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Start!

Straight from the 90s, in all its classical galore- I started Sailor Moon todaaay~!

I’d type out more about it, but that would require me to pause watching it for far too long :3 So that’s about it for this post.

Hee hee ^_^

Ciao for now~!

-Ze

 

 

Anime Updates- Summer to Autumn ’15

*Still not addressing that year long absence…*

This summer I kinda made a decision on a whim that totally messed up my anime plan for the summer, and has kinda affected even my Autumn plans sorta, but I’m getting back on track now! Kinda. (And about to go flying off the rails again pretty soon too…)

Okay, time to explain. Traditionally, Alya and I pick out the anime we want to watch and follow for the upcoming season, and then decided which we’ll be watching together. We make compromises, deals, and wagers to figure out our anime schedule for that season.

And after I’d decided (and agreed) to watch all of the following:
I  Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (paused. Manga’s totally much better!)

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II Aoharu x Kikanjuu (never started)

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III Charlotte (finished…tonight, as is pretty evident from my last post.)
IV Classroom Crisis (finished)

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V Gangsta (TOTALLY DROPPED. no.)
VI Gate: something something. Don’t remember the added on Japanese stuff. (haven’t finished)

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VII God Eater (Ugh, the rest got postponed to this Winter…)

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VIII Rokka no Yuusha (finished)

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I ended up putting just about all of those on pause or whatnot because…I’d started Detective Conan (DC). And I was obsessed. Within two and a half weeks I was at around sixty or seventy episodes. By two months, I was at a hundred and fifty. Then I paused because, you know, UNI.

But being me, I still managed to find myself completely drowning in anime again and got to around episode 200 and something. But then midterms and finals, so I never really got into it after how I’m pretty sure I’m past 300 now…

And that’s why about a week ago (yes, I know I’m like nine weeks late!) I dove back into this Autumn’s anime season. Which is what I’m trying to catch up on now- although the only thing I have left to catch up on is Owari no Seraph season two! (Though that was what I was most excited about this season, excluding Haikyuu season two. But finals. So I’ll catch up on it soon!)

Plans for winter break besides catch up and finish this Autumn season? Weeeeell, that’s where I take action on another bad move….

I’ve decided to watch Sailor Moon! Since I haven’t, and hopefully binging all two hundred episodes should be doable. As well as watch Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (FMAB).

And Star Wars.

Maaaaan, I’m going blind, now aren’t I?

-Frostie
the magical as Hell snowman