Anime I’m Watching This Season

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I have plenty of anime that I’m watching this season. What are you watching? Is there any you would recommend?

There were certain anime that I enjoyed in the previous season like Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? High School DxD BorN and Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma. There were more that I watched but those three are the ones in particular that I especially liked. However, I found that once I started to review them I was subconsciously analysing my thoughts and feelings as, in my head, I was going to annotate my thoughts.

I wasn’t planning to speak about every episode, it just sort of happened. In a way, that probably did take away some of the enjoyment of watching anime, especially Dungeon Girls. I find that I’m actually enjoying Dungeon Girls ten times more since it stopped airing. Why? Because I can sit back and enjoy it and not concern myself of blogging about each episode.

That’s where this anime summer season comes in. So far, I’m really excited and impressed. I genuinely believe that this is going to be my favourite anime season of all time.

Summer Season List 2015

Street Fighter Food Wars Parody

Bikini Warriors: It’s Not a Bikini If It’s Armour

Bikini Warriors anime

Initial Thoughts: When it came up with that sequence of majestic music and the girls displaying their fighting style I thought that was going to be the opening theme. As soon as it finished I was like “Is that it? Seriously?” Haha.

This is going to be a fun and light-hearted anime. The girls are wearing special armour in the form of bikinis. Haha. I didn’t realise that this was only a five minute episode.

I don’t really know what’s going to happen but I’m more than happy to spend five minutes of my time watching this weekly. =)

Non Non Biyori Repeat

Non Non Biyori Repeat anime

Initial Thoughts: I’ve been looking forward to this for a very long time and I wasn’t disappointed.

I was very confused at first. Why was Renge re-joining the school? Did she move up a year? What happened to Hotaru? Why was Hikage still in the country? I was left very puzzled for the first ten minutes until Hikage got on the train to Tokyo. This is a flashback showing what happened when Renge enrolled into the school. Then it showed Hotaru right at the end moving in. I could then relax and enjoy everything.

It was funny but very unfortunate when Hikage left her mobile phone behind! Haha.

Everything from the characters, the scenery, the music, it’s all as I expected it to be. Relaxing and tranquil. I really like that march that the four girls do in the opening song. I think so far I prefer the opening and ending songs from the first season but I think it’s the case of letting the new songs grow on me. I have no doubt that they will. =)

MONSTER MUSUME EVERYDAY LIFE WITH MONSTER GIRLS

Monster Musume anime

Initial Thoughts: As a Monster Musume fan I was very concerned on how this was going to be adapted. But those concerns completely left me the moment I started to watch this.

It’s much, much better than I thought it was going to be. I didn’t burst out laughing as I normally do with the books but I think that’s because I knew what was coming. However, I still let out light chuckles. I’m really pleased that they kept the charm and have the eyes of the main guy all plain white as that’s how they are portrayed in the manga.

I find this anime really cute and in some ways touching. It’s more than just comedy but there is little to no drama in it and quite frankly that’s my kind of story. I kept almost welling up as I felt touched at Miia’s happiness.

It’s a shame that I had to watch this as soon as it was released, as now I have to wait for next week. I can tell that I’m really going to enjoy watching this show. I can’t wait. =D

Rokka –Braves of the Six Flowers-

Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers anime

Initial Thoughts: I’ve never heard of this show before but I really did enjoy the first episode. The girl with the bunny ears is really cute. I sort of guessed straightaway that she was going to be an outdoors type of Princess. Haha. It’s going to be worth watching this just to watch her bunny ears bounce. =)

SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

Shimoneta Anime

Initial Thoughts: This is incredibly daft, eccentric but very funny. The style of humour and quick pace does remind me of D-Frag. I never thought I would see the day where a perverted girl would walk around wearing a pair of knickers on her head. Haha. It’s a clash of impure thoughts verses pure thoughts. Who will come out triumphant? I can tell already that this show isn’t going to take itself seriously and I’m certainly going to enjoy watching this.

THANKS FOR READING

Miia

Normally I would probably review the first episodes of Non Non Biyori Repeat and Monster Musume straightaway, but I have decided that I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m just going to sit back and bask in each episode as they come. I won’t rule out anime reviews but I will just see how I feel. I will probably continue reviewing Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma weekly. It’s partly because I’ve made a commitment but mostly because I want to. In any case I’ll just see how it goes. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

High School DxD BorN Anime Review

High School DxD Born

  1. SYNOPSIS

High School DxD is back in the brand new sequel with the word “BorN” attached to the end of the title. Haha. Issei, Rias and the rest of the gang join this party which not only host devils, angels and fallen angels but the mythologies like the Norse too.

A new threat has emerged from this party and they are called the Chaos Brigade and Loki, from the Norse mythology and son of Odin is spearheading the vengeance and war against everyone who is relevant to the plot.

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[1]
  • Harem[2]
  • Romance
  • School

[1] This Manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[2] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

  1. EPISODE THOUGHTS
    • Episode One (LINK)
    • Episode Two (LINK)
    • Episode Three (LINK)
    • Episode Four (LINK)
    • Episode Five (LINK)
    • Episode Six (LINK)
    • Episode Seven (LINK)
    • Episode Eight (LINK)
    • Episode Nine (LINK)
    • Episode Ten (LINK)
    • Episode Eleven (LINK)
    • Episode Twelve (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I think what I really liked about this series was the growth in certain characters, especially Akeno and Koneko. I think they really needed to grow as they were carrying a lot of weight on their shoulders, especially in family matters. Akeno resented her dad and didn’t want to use her Fallen Angel powers and Koneko didn’t want to use her Nekomata powers.

All of these problems were all family related. However, Issei helped them get over their problems and now Akeno is on amicable terms with her Dad and can unleash her Fallen Angel powers without restraint. Koneko now displays her cat ears and can use her Nekomata powers and has completely softened up with Issei, to the top where she sits on his lap and sleeps in the same bed as him. I think Koneko had more of a growth than Akeno did. In the previous season I did see a starting progress with Akeno being “accepted” for whom she is but the route is completed here. But, with Koneko, it seemed that she started and finished the progress all in this season.

I’m not sure if I would say that Issei and Rias grew as people but I am certain that their worries and doubt will make them move forward in the right direction. I view growth as how people get over their worries and self-doubt. In my case, I’m no longer self-conscious over the fact that I’m autistic, and since then, I’ve been living a life with no worries. In this case, Issei is over his “weakness” of worrying how girls perceive him and Rias is over the worry of Issei calling her by her real name… because he did. Even though that step was little in comparison to Issei’s, to her, it will feel like a big achievement. So, I deduce that they have in fact undergone humongous progress. =D

Issei also got over worrying about Raynare so that’s a major bonus for him.

I think my favourite moments in the show included the fights and when the ladies show their affection towards Issei. I got really pumped up every time Issei powered-up his Balance Breaker to beat the likes of Diodora and Shalba and tamed Loki with Thor’s hammer. He survived that dog’s attack thanks for Ravel’s Phoenix Tears. Her role in the anime was short but very significant. I hope to see more of her in the following season. My favourite fights included the one where they all fought Diodora and his Evil Pieces and where Issei fights Rias as he’s fighting to save her rather then beat her. That was a nice metaphor in my opinion.

The fights weren’t always serious, like the one before the fight against Diodora. Issei used his new Booblingual technique which allowed him to communicate with boobs… I never thought I would hear myself say that. Haha! I wonder if Issei can develop an advanced technique involving Boob Translation? I would most certainly like to see him go one step further.

I’m glad that all the girls managed to get their own time with Issei. Rias’ progress with him was the most significant in my eyes as it was a huge weight off her shoulders. I think it’s only a matter of time when she becomes Issei’s life partner. She shared a kiss with Issei as did Asia and Akeno. Issei’s date with Akeno was definitely one of my favourite moments in the show and I like how Koneko has become relaxed with Issei to the point of sitting and kneeling on his lap like a kitten. Xenovia had her moments with him every now and then.

Rias, Akeno, Asia and Koneko have all had character growths and progress with Issei in this season so I think Xenovia, Irina and possibly Rossweisse will get their chance in the next season. We haven’t really learned that much about Rossweisse except that she’s cool and has a cute ribbon at the side of her head. =)

I think the little things that I didn’t enjoy so much were the more intense parts of this show and the new characters being introduced. Things like the characters going berserk in battle, Asia being kidnapped, Issei going on a berserk and Rias being brainwashed and sent to the Dimensional Gap. Whilst I got pumped up at those moments I was also nervous. I couldn’t really keep up with all the new characters being introduced one after the other. I found that I couldn’t really remember who they were, expect Rossweisse. I remember Rossweisse straightaway because she is beautiful and nice. Haha.

I think Rossweisse is the best new character of this show. She is gracious and beautiful. I have no idea why she can’t land herself a man at the present time but the same can be said to all of the girls in this show. Then again, a lot of them are being reserved for Issei’s eventual harem so I like to think that’s why Rossweisse hasn’t found a man yet, because she is probably meant to be part of Issei’s harem.

I’m speaking with the assumption that Issei will get all the ladies by the end of the story but I’m more than certain that it will be a harem ending. We shall see. Oh, I really like Ross’ battle skills. I think Ross becoming Rias’ rook will be a blessing. Odin’s loss is Rias’ gain. =) I decided to call Rossweisse Ross now as typing her full name is giving my sore fingers. Haha.

High School DxD being High School DxD finished in a unique way… Issei appearing on a TV show singing with children the “Boob Dragon Song.” Haha. You have no idea how much I cracked up at that part. To me, that was a great way to end the show. It was light-hearted and fun. That and Issei woke up with all five girls in his bed. Being a devil is not all doom and gloom, just ask Issei. =)

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Rias Eyecatch

I speculated for a while why the word “born” was part of the title. Was somebody going to be re-born? Was it a metaphor? Or, was it just a title with no hidden meaning? So far I choose to believe that it’s probably the latter as I can’t really relate the title to anything that has happened in this show.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] This Manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[2] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

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High School DxD BorN Episode Twelve Thoughts

Rias Eyecatch

That fight was pretty intense. I kept on getting pumped up about Issei. In the end I’m glad that he managed to pull through and snap Rias back to reality. It was touching when he said that he loved her and it was especially touching when he shared a kiss with Rias. I was wondering there and then if they were an official couple in the series.

Alas, as soon as they left the Dimensional Gap they forgot everything that had happened. How convenient… I’m glad that Issei managed to beat the fake Issei in one blow. I wonder what happened to Loki? Did he get arrested once and for all? I’m glad that they managed to get out of that Dimensional Gap, and the Great Red, of all characters, led them to the right path.

Great Red looks pretty awesome but I do think that I would prefer him in 2D rather than 3D. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with his look in the anime but I do think he would look more natural if he had a 2D look rather than 3D.

I’m really happy for Rossweisse. I don’t think there’s any better place for her to be than in the same household as Issei. I actually thought that you have to be on the verge of dying to become an evil piece. However, Rossweisse became Rias’ rook of her own accord. People like Rias and Issei will appreciate her for who she is, much more than Odin. Odin doesn’t deserve to have her by his side. It makes sense that she joins the school as a teacher as she does seem pretty savvy when it comes to general knowledge.

I couldn’t stop laughing when Issei started to sing The Boob Dragon Song with the children. That is one unique way to make your TV debut. Haha! It’s more amusing that Sirzech, Azazel and Serafall were all part of the act. Well, Azazel wrote the lyrics, Sirzech did the music and Serafall did the choreography. I just knew Issei was going to make his TV debut like this but it’s still amusing nonetheless.

You know… I was just wondering what happened to Issei’s Mum and Dad. Were they just lounging around the home? Nope. Of course not. Rias sent them all around the world so they can “enjoy” themselves on their “holiday.” Haha. I still think it’s nice though as in that situation, everyone wins. It was nice to see that the parents think of Asia like their very own daughter, even if they were not blood related. That’s the way it should be. =D

I think Issei is on the right path to becoming the Harem King. It looks like that he has overcome the weakness in his heart. Now I think he can face all the ladies in his life with no worries or doubt. That and all the girls clearly have the hots for him. At some point he will have to make room for Irina and Rossweisse in his bed. Haha.

Speaking of Harems, I think there’s going to be a pecking order in this series now regarding Issei’s harem with his beautiful ladies. I think… Rias will be number one, Asia is number two, Akeno is number three, Koneko is number four and Xenovia is number five. I think Rias is going to be number one because I think she and Issei will be a couple and I think Akeno is going to be number three because I recall her saying that she doesn’t mind being Issei’s “number three.”

Back on topic-

Rias’ doubt has also disappeared now that Issei called her by her name. It’s just a shame that neither of them will remember their “moment” until a later date. I think it will be only a matter of time before they become a couple.

Lastly, I’m pleased that Issei and Asia have completed the three-legged race. I’m glad they won the race… well, I’m not sure if they actually won but I’m assuming that they did.

Overall, I really, really enjoyed this series. It had everything. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy as much was probably the more dramatic parts but everything else was really, really good. =)

Thanks for Reading
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

High School DxD BorN Episode Eleven Thoughts

High School DxD Born

I still don’t really understand why or how Rias is being mind-controlled or is in a confused state, I just know that she is. However, she does look pretty cool in her own Balance Breaker armour. I think that shows how deep her feelings for Issei are, by wearing his own armour. I think there’s a metaphor there somewhere that her red hair is connected with Issei’s Sacred Gear. I’m not altogether sure what it is though.

Issei was looking at the prospect of fighting Rias all wrong. He’s not fighting to beat her he’s fighting to save her. Granted, his emotions and mind are in a confused state so he probably won’t think rationally. I’m glad he didn’t hesitate to save Rias. However, I do think it would have been cooler if he said something like, “If it means that I’m the enemy of the underworld and of the devils, then it’s a price to pay to save Rias and see her smile return.”

Alas, Issei will probably never think of a quote like that as Issei was just being Issei. Haha.
Is it really possible for a devil to become a Fallen Angel? Maybe Fallen Devils exist? They probably don’t as it doesn’t sound right. Haha. I wonder what Ajuka did to Issei. Did he give him a power-up? It’s probably something like that Fafnir object that protected Asia.

It’s nice to see Kuroka again. She clearly cares about Koneko even if she has become a criminal. I was really expecting a fight to break out but in this case there wasn’t enough time for Issei to duel with Vali and Kuroka.

I hope Issei and Rias make it back in time to the real world, that is, when they stop fighting.^^/

Thanks for Reading
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Final Fantasy VII Game Review

Final Fantasy VII Logo

I found out this morning that SquareEnix are going to remake Final Fantasy 7 and decided to write a little blog about my thoughts at the prospect of this big news.

  1. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE THOUGHTS

I must admit that I have mixed feelings about this.

The more passionate roleplay gamers will know that SquareSoft are the original makers of Final Fantasy 7 but they’ve now merged with Enix to form SquareEnix. In one way, I feel that it could be one of those ‘best left to the imagination’ situations. In my opinion it’s one of the best games ever made and it’s most certainly among my favourite games of all time. It was of its time too and I know I can play it again and enjoy it now as much as I did back then.

How will SquareEnix go about this? Their battle system style is much different than SquareSoft. Will they apply the battle system like they did with Final Fantasy 14? Or, will it be exactly like it was in FF7? The staff said that it will be a complete remake but in the modern version so I think they will try and capture the original story as much as possible, but, in this era.

I will give SquareEnix a chance though as we have only seen glimpses of the trailer. It’s certainly given me another reason to look forward to winter and find out more about it. The other reason to look forward in winter is Christmas. =D The graphics look pretty cool and I can hear the music that sounds identical to the original game.

Part of me is thinking that FF7 should have been left alone, but part of me is very excited at the prospect of playing it on the PlayStation 4. =D

  1. FINAL FANTASY VII GAME REVIEW

Final Fantasy 7, as I said before, is one of the best games that I’ve ever played.

I first saw it in 1997 when I was watching my brother playing it. I really enjoyed watching it, almost as much as watching Thomas the Tank Engine. =D It took me a while to start playing the game myself, without Bro’s assistant. I started sometime in 2003 and I think I completed it in the same year.

The gameplay is really fun and the story is really good. It had everything from drama to comedy moments. The stories behind the fights were great too and I liked how I could travel to different destinations on the big map. You don’t have to just walk on the map as well. You can travel by submarine, the big airship and the chocobo. Hehe. I think one of the best things about it were the side games based at the arcade, especially the snowboarding game. My Dad even played that snowboarding game and was really good at it. =D

The music is pretty darn good as well. I could just listen to that soundtrack all day and never get tired of it. Sometimes I would just stop playing the game for a minute just for the sake of listening to the music. It’s like when I play the Super Mario and Atelier Escha game. Sometimes I just stop the gameplay and enjoy listening to the music.

I like how it’s not just one plot. The main villains are the Shinra Corporation but the main antagonist is Sepirioth. I must say that I think he’s quite possibly one of the best villains that ever existed. He’s got a good look and he was a good guy turned bad due to certain circumstances. I think he’s one of those not evil but misunderstood type characters, like Magneto. Still, I didn’t approve of him killing Aerith.

All the characters are likable. Tifa was one of my first crushes back then and I’m sure it will rekindle once the game comes out. Haha. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I heard about the FF7 remake and drew a quick sketch of Tifa. I think my favourite character though has to be Red XIII. I thought he was cool as he was like a Lion. In the battles and storyline I tend to favour Cloud, Barrett and Red XIII. I did like Tifa and her kickass combat skills but I just preferred using Barret and Red XIII.

In some ways playing this game was like watching a show but I could control the plot and flow of the story. I didn’t really know what happened at the end but I somehow managed to complete the game and I was left with a black screen. The music was playing the main theme of FF7 and it was just like stars zooming in towards the viewer. I’m not really sure what happened then, and I’m not really sure now. Haha. Did the world end and explode? Or, was it just an ending credit?

I especially enjoyed re-naming the characters. I’ve always been a creative person and I especially enjoyed coming up with my own names in my own way. I can’t really remember the names I gave all the characters but I know I named Cloud after myself. =D I would welcome the prospect of choosing the names for the characters but I can’t really see SquareEnix making this an option. I wouldn’t have any complaints if choosing names wasn’t an option but it would be nice if this was.

To sum it all up… this is definitely one of my favourite games of all time. It will definitely go in my Top Ten, or possibly my Top Five.

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumb’s-Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

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I intended to write this blog to talk about my thoughts on the thought of FF7 being remade but I sort of turned this game into a little review. Haha. Roll on winter. =)

Thanks for reading. =)

Ryan

High School DxD BorN Episode Ten Thoughts

High School DxD Born

Asia’s Sacred Gear was pretty awesome to watch. Her abilities have certainly got stronger. I think her Sacred Gear is now in the form of that ring which randomly appeared on her finger. If it is, then I think it’s more than appropriate. =) The only thing that topped Asia’s healing ability was her sudden direct kiss to Issei. That was nice to see.

Poor Rias, it’s a shame to see her in that state. I thought it was a bit strange how Issei hugged Rias like that but then the scene switched to Issei and Asia doing their training. It all started to make sense.

Anyway, it looks like Loki made an Issei clone and that Issei clone had some sort of brain wash ability of some effect. So, maybe he kissed Rias or something like that and took her to the Dimensional Gap. I wondered if Loki was perhaps trying to kidnap Rias or use her for his own game but it seems like her just wanted her dead. That was why Loki created the Issei clone, in order to get her to the Dimensional Gap.

It’s starting to make sense to me why Issei was having those nightmares about Raynare. Perhaps he knew that the girls were getting close to him. Whilst Issei is enjoying the attention he probably has some self-doubt whether the girls like him or if they were just fooling around. The nightmares of Raynare or visions of Raynare have manifested since Loki places a curse on him, which increased his self-doubt and made him scared about how girls feel about him.

I think Rias’ insecurity and fear is about Issei. I’m not sure if she’s necessarily jealous of the other girls like Akeno and Asia but it seems like she wants to advance her relationship with Issei even further. Maybe she feels that she’s not keeping up with the other girls. She wants to be useful to Issei, just like how Asia was when she brought him back from a coma. Little did Rias realise though that she was the one who calmed Issei down and returned him to a normal state. A day will come when Issei’s relationship will go one further with Rias I’m sure, and I know the day will come when Issei calls her by her name, not by her title. =)

I’m now wondering about that black stuff that Orphis took out of Issei from the last episode. I thought that was the result of having nightmares of Raynare but now that I think about it I actually wonder if that was actually Loki’s curse. If that’s the case then my hat goes off to Orphis for helping Issei out.

I do feel sorry for Rossweisse. It’s no wonder she’s insecure of herself. She did play a big part in this episode, especially when Issei had an epiphany about his biggest fear. That came about when he was talking with Ross. I really wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up living in Issei’s house, there’s plenty of room in it I’m sure as the rest of the residents are sleeping in Issei’s bed. XD

Thanks for Reading
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

High School DxD BorN Episode Nine Thoughts

High School DxD Born

So, it turns out that Asia was actually “killed” by this fella called Shalba Beelzebub. I got pumped up here when Issei went on that huge berserk and actually killed this Shalba chap. I didn’t really think Issei should kill anyone but I didn’t mind him killing Shalba as I do feel that he deserved it, especially as he killed Asia. He beat and killed Shalba but using the Divide Dividing that he borrowed or stole from Vali.

I was really concerned when Rias went after Issei in an attempt to calm him down and make him return to his original body. I was especially worried when he hit Rias. However, I did have my faith in her. I knew that if anyone was going to calm Issei down, it was going to be Rias. It looks like that it was her tears that touched his face and her sad voice that made Issei’s mind click. It was a lovely moment. Their hugs were nice too.

That new girl, Orphis, implied that there was some sort of dark matter magic that was sealed within Issei. It seems like it was that material that made Issei dream bad dreams of Raynare. It looks like that Orphis removed it and that was what helped Issei recognise Rias and return him to his normal state. All was well as Asia wasn’t really killed but somehow sent to that Dimensional Gap by teleportation. It was a good job Vali saved her and managed to supress Issei’s rage.

It does make me question Vali’s allegiance. I thought he was a villain but this episode suggests otherwise. It turns out that his true goal is to beat the Great Red, who lives in the Dimensional Gap. He looked pretty badass, I must say. He doesn’t seem to be interested in fighting though. He just ignored everyone and continued flying in that Dimensional Gap thing.

I was confused a little bit. Orphis’ true purpose is to bask in silence and if that’s the case why doesn’t she just seclude herself in the mountains with no one else around? Perhaps I misunderstood something.

I am getting confused at the new characters that keep on appearing and I found that I can’t remember their names. I can remember Rossweisse as she is pretty and she is nice who is rather insecure and sensitive about not having a boyfriend. I can’t understand why she can’t get a boyfriend as she is a beauty. Then again, the same can be said to all the other girls in the series but quite a lot of them will be with Issei in one way or another so they don’t count. Haha.

All ended well minus Issei’s arm. It looks like his Boosted Gear didn’t transform back completely.

Thanks for Reading
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.