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 ❤

 

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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

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