Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fifteen Thoughts

Ikumi and Aldini Eyecatch

It was good to see Soma’s dad again and he kindly prepared the dishes for all the residents of the Polar Star Dormitory. It’s interesting to note that he used to be called Saiba. This is just a guess on my part but maybe his wife’s surname was Yukihira and he used that name once he married her. I heard that in Japan the guy takes on the lady’s family name when married. I really didn’t expect for him to be an alumnus of Totsuki Academy. I wonder why he didn’t graduate.

I did enjoy seeing Megumi, Ryouko and Yuki reacting to Jouichirou’s dish. They all looked really dashing in those Arabian clothes. I wonder if it’s possible to fall in love with someone through cooking. If it is possible then Jouichirou will have a group of female fans straightaway. I grinned when Soma misread the glances from the girls. If he can improve his cooking then he will get a flock of groupies in no time. Haha.

Erina’s reactions to Soma’s antics I think were hilarious. I never expected for her to be a fan of Jouichirou though. I immediately thought it was cool but weird. Surely Erina would have made a connection that Jouichirou is Soma’s dad. But, seeing as he went with the name Saiba it sort of makes sense why Erina wouldn’t make that connection.

I wonder how she will react once she learns of the father and son connection. Will she still treat Soma coldly or will she show him a little more respect?

I’m looking forward towards the impromptu Shokugeki battle between Jouichirou and Soma. However, I still think that the Dad will come out on top.

THANKS FOR READING

Food Wars End Card

I was very late in posting this because I’ve only just watched this. Haha. I decided that I will keep posting my thoughts on Food Wars on a weekly basis. I like the new opening and ending songs, I think they’re rather catchy.

I’m impressed with this anime season so far. I enjoy watching the new Non Non Biyori series and I’m enjoying Monster Musume a lot more than I thought I would. I re-watched episode 2 three times. =) I wasn’t planning on watching SHIMONETA but I’m definitely enjoying that as I keep on cracking up laughing whenever I watch it. =)

Thanks for Reading.^^/

Ryan.

My Manga Series Rankings

Nisekoi Volume Five Cover

I was planning on creating a blog similar to my Anime Rankings post but it will be based on my Manga Rankings.

I intended to write down a list of my favourite manga volume books like this:

TWO THUMBS-UP

  • Monster Musume Volume One
  • Monster Musume Volume Two

ONE THUMB’S UP AND A PINKY

  • Nisekoi: False Love: Volume One
  • Nisekoi: False Love: Volume Two

ONE THUMB’S UP

  • Omamori Himari: Volume One
  • Omamori Himari: Volume Two

However, when I actually wrote it like this I didn’t like the outcome. I felt that it looked untidy and unsophisticated. In the end I decided to rank the manga by the series instead of the volume books. It does beat my original idea as I intended to link all of my reviewed manga to this blog, but, at the end of it all it doesn’t really matter that much.

Here is the list of My Manga Series Rankings:

TWO THUMBS-UP

Two Thumbs-Up

  • 12 Beast (Vol 1)
  • D-Frag! (Vols 1 – 3)
  • High School DxD (Vols 1 – 4 plus Spin-Off)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Vol 1)
  • Is This a Zombie? (Vols 1 – 8)
  • Monster Musume (Vols 1 – 6)
  • No Game No Life (Vol 1)
  • See Me After Class! (Vols 1 – 2)
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Vol 1)
  • Witchcraft Works (Vols 1 – 5)

ONE THUMB’S UP AND A PINKY

Thumbs-UpPinky

  • Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends (Vols 1 – 9 plus Spin-Offs)
  • Nisekoi: False Love (Vols 1 – 5)
  • Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows (Vols 1 – 2)

ONE THUMB’S UP

Thumbs-Up

  • Citrus (Vol 1)
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary (Vol 1)
  • Omamori Himari (Vols 1 – 9)

SO-SO

Thumbs So-So

  • N/A

THANKS FOR READING

High School DxD Volume One

I won’t necessarily stop reviewing volume books of certain manga series but I won’t plan to review them either.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Anime I’m Watching This Season

Monster Musume anime 2

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

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime Review

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime

  1. SYNOPSIS

When Bell was little his Grandpa would often tell him tales about heroes and how they always saved the girl from a monster. Bell kept the tales about Argonaut told by his Grandpa close to his heart. When he was old enough he became an adventurer, not only to become strong but to pick up girls in the dungeon. However, he came across a Minotaur which resulted into being saved by a beautiful girl with golden hair and golden eyes called Aiz Wallenstein. His current goal now is to catch up to his saviour and be as strong as the person that he admires.

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Game
  • Harem[1]
  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)
    • Episode Thirteen (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I look for certain things in an anime. When I look for slice of life stories with no drama I find stories like Non Non Biyori and Locodol. When I look for humorous comedy I find D-Frag and Sabagebu: Survival Game Club. When I look for good fantasy stories that involve beautiful ladies and chess pieces I find High School DxD. When I look for battles or games that don’t involve physical fighting I find No Game No Life and Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma.

Now, another requirement has been crossed off my list. I have looked for an anime that is based on a roleplaying game like Final Fantasy online but it’s more of a story than an online game. I find that aspect in the form of this anime, Dungeon Girls.[2]

It covers many aspects of online gaming when it comes to conquering certain levels of the dungeon. The adventurers come from all kinds of races from human, to elves, to animal people and so on. They can also buy armour, collect dropped items from the monsters and have weapons and armours made for them by blacksmiths. The biggest shout out to the game aspect is the levelling up. Instead of being part of link groups the adventurers are part of Familias but they can still form their own parties with other adventurers.

I pretty much like everything about this show really, especially the characters and the fights. Bell had a great growth as a character and it wasn’t all down to his Realis Phrase ability. There were times where I wanted him to get a grip but I then remind myself that he’s only fifteen years old. He’s still a young man so it’s natural that he won’t be the bravest dude in the dungeon as he’s still learning about life and the nastiness in the dungeons. However, his growth grew at a tremendous rate as he delved into the dungeon. It was literally thanks for Aiz. Because of Aiz saving him it made him strive to become stronger. He literally went from strength to strength and grew at a quick rate thanks to his ability, Realis Phrase.

His ability made it awkward for Hestia so she hid that fact from him, both to protect him for himself and from other Goddesses who might be watching in secret. She is always severely jealous of the fact that Aiz is the reason why he’s getting stronger, not her. She’s still happy for him by all means but she probably is resentful of the fact that Aiz is the cause of his growth.

I feel that Aiz isn’t the sole reason for his growth. Everyone played their parts really well. Aiz not only gave him a reason to get stronger but she also physically trained him and his combat skills improved as a result. Hestia gave him a reason to protect someone precious and one of his important people is Hestia. Not only does he see Hestia as a Goddess but he sees her as family.

Everyone at the Mistress of Abundance, Syr, Mia and Ryu all played their part by encouraging Bell and being good friends. Eina helped by introducing him to a good shop of armours which led Bell to finding an armour outfit crafted by Welf Crozzo. Lili helped by becoming his supporter, without her, he wouldn’t be able to collect so many stones. Without Welf, whom he eventually meets, he wouldn’t go down to the lower floors to fight the stronger monsters. Welf also crafted him the Ushiwakamaru weapon which was moulded from a Minotaur’s horn.

Freya played her part strongly, albeit, indirectly… if it wasn’t for her, Bell would never have learned the Firebolt move, and if it wasn’t for her, he would never have faced and beat that Minotaur. She was also the reason he overcame his fear of Minotaurs. As a result he also gained the Argonaut special manoeuvre. Freya is a wicked Goddess, yet, she probably is among the characters of this show who contributed the most to Bell’s growth. I really do like that aspect of the story. A villain who is helping a hero get stronger I think is really unique. Is it really for her own gain? Or, does she genuinely want to see him get stronger? It’s no secret that she desires him but it seems as though she’s willing to be patient, until she can get what she wants. I think Bell can feel her gaze from a distance, but he doesn’t necessarily know that she’s the source. Does he know that she exists? It will be interesting to see what happens if or when Bell meets Freya.

Freya is doing good deeds for Bell, but not necessarily for the right reason…

Apart from the nasty men who picked on Bell I do actually like all the characters from this show. I really like Hestia as she’s both cute and very, very funny. I especially enjoy the moments when she gets jealous of the other girls who come into contact with Bell. However, she’s serious when she needs to be. I also find it touching whenever she embraces Bell through comfort and relief. I think she’s the perfect Goddess for Bell. I also really enjoyed when she activated her Arcanum divine power to stop the fighting in episode 12. That was a really cool moment.

I think developing relationship with girls on all levels is the underlining theme of this show as the title is about picking up girls. Haha. Bell’s Grandpa told Bell that he can be a hero and protect girls and I think that really stuck with Bell when he grew up. I think at this moment Bell really does have a pick from all the girls in this anime.

All the ladies are really nice in their own way. Hestia is great. Syr is just really cute and innocent and has a lovely personality. Eina is very considerate but is probably a little awkward at times. The Amazon Twins, Tione and Tiona are really cool and they have really cool Amazonian looks about them. Demeter is a beauty and it’s a shame that she didn’t appear more often. Aiz is strong but very, very innocent in nature. Riveria is really cool and I like her green hair as it gives her that nature look. Ryu is awesome both in appearance and in combat. Mikoto is cute but I can’t help but wonder why she looks sad all the time. Lili was not very nice at first but she eventually came around to be a good supporter for Bell. I even somewhat like Freya… she’s beautiful and all but I do think she has a little bit of a crazy side about her and I think I’m actually intrigued by that crazy side. Haha.

If there’s one thing that I probably didn’t enjoy so much it was the way that Bell screamed every time Aiz or another girl touched him affectionately. Never mind potions or an antidote I think what Bell really needs is a throat lozenge. With the amount of screaming that he does he’s bound to get a sore throat one of these days. In all seriousness, I think it will do him good if he didn’t overreact as much as he already made Aiz sad when he ran away from her. Then again, he is fifteen so will it be expected for a boy to run away?

I think the more girls flirt with him, the more he will get accustom to it and take it in his stride. If a girl wants to show her affection towards you, you should let them.^^/

The fights were pretty awesome too. My favourite ones included the time when Bell beat that monkey to protect Hestia, to beat that Minotaur to show his growth and when he beat that Monster Rex along with Ryu, Welf, Asufi and Mikoto. They were all really intense and in my opinion they showed Bell’s growth as a person and as an adventurer.

I would have like to see Naza more and I definitely would have liked to hear her speak. She sounded like a really interesting person and I enjoyed visualising her voice when reading the Light Novel books. Sadly, the anime didn’t show her as much as I would have liked.

  1. CONCLUSION

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

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Bell, Hestia, Lili and Welf Endcard

In all honesty, I could talk about this forever but I feel that it would be wise if I to make it as concise as I could.

What I would really like to see is a special episode or an OVA about the time when Bell and Hestia first met. I read the epilogue in the first LN[3] book and I really, really enjoyed it. I really hope that that small chapter gets animated someday. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

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

[2] The correct abbreviation of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is DanMachi. However, I prefer to call it Dungeon Girls. =D

[3] Light Novel.

Monster Musume Volume Six Review

Monster Musume Volume 6 Cover

I really like the anime character designs for Miia, Cerea and Papi. I think they look really cute and I actually spent the entire day illustrating Miia. Every time I read MonMusu[1]  or any other of my favourite manga, I get a big urge to draw a character or two. At this moment, I spent some time drawing Miia and I’m really pleased with its progress so far. =)

  1. SYNOPSIS

The Hunter has become the Helpless! After Kimihito helped out the self-proclaim Grim Reaper it came to light that she descended upon this “realm” for one goal in mind. Her goal is Kimihito’s life.

  1. THEME
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[2]
  • Fantasy
  • Harem[3]
  • Mature
  • Romance
  • Seinen[4]
  • Slice of Life[5]
  • Supernatural
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

The Technicolour side-story was awesome. It’s really fun to see the liminals taking part in Rachnera’s bondage play, albeit, against their will. I didn’t think it was physically possible to bind Miia’s whole body, but I was proven wrong. Of course Mero enjoyed it as she’s a masochist. It makes sense that Suu couldn’t be held in a web bind. At this moment in time I can’t see a weakness in Suu. Well, that’s not quite true, if she falls into a huge lake or water, she dies. So, that’s probably her one and only weakness.

Back on subject.

In those dialogue panels where it was narrating the action, I sort of pictured David Attenborough’s[6] voice. It’s his sort of niche so I can see him going all the way to Japan and commentate for a BBC documentary. Haha. In all seriousness though, I think David would be among the first people in the world to welcome and accept the liminals with arms open wide… not before me though!

I was really excited when the Dullahan lady made her appearance. I’ve been waiting for a Dullahan to appear for a very long time. I began to wonder what sort of character she was going to be. Was she going to be scary? Serious yet sensitive? It took me a while to figure out the things that she was saying. It was like she was speaking in modern poetry. Her speech actually added to her menacing yet beautiful appearance.

I did enjoy the comedy and bondage moments but I found that I was more focused and gripped with the whole Dullahan character. I personally think that Lala, the Dullahan, splits personality when the head is detached from the rest of the body. I think the head is the main personality and when it leaves the body the body becomes meek and defenceless. Literally.

Poor Miia. I should start a faint count. It was pretty funny when all the liminals were questioning the existence of Dullahans whether they’re real or belong in a fantasy. I don’t think any of the monster girls should question the existence of other monster girls. Haha.

It got more intense and exciting after that. Lala is going to reap Kimihito’s soul and all the monster girls were determined to save him. However… they are the ones who are causing him to be on the brink of death all the time. I burst out laughing at the part where Cerea proclaimed that she will protect Kimihito…only to punch him accidentally. That was really funny. It was also funny when Cerea was dragging him along the street whilst she was running. She was too caught up in her own thoughts to notice. Haha.

I wonder how Lala was able to catch up to Cerea so quickly. A teleport ability? I’m not sure what to make of Mero… She wanted to breed with Kimihito and have his baby before he died. That’s a bit steep. Even if it is funny. Like everyone else she was too caught up in the moment.

I did get touched when Miia offered her own life to Lala so she could be with Kimihito when he gets reaped… turns out; it was all an act on Lala’s part. Kimihito somehow recognised this and just played along with it. He related strongly to Lala’s playful attitude as he liked to dress up and play a character of his own back when he was in middle school. I wonder how serious he was when he suggested to Miia that they should get married if they “make it out alive.”

I really did enjoy the food shopping chapter. I sort of learned that a centaur’s taste buds are more sensitive than a human’s, whilst a carnivore’s taste buds, like Miia, are less sensitive. Sensitive is probably the wrong word to describe taste buds but I know what I mean and that’s all that matters. Haha. It was amusing how the story was describing Miia’s cooking problem.

I do wonder about Mero’s background. She emits a humongous aura of royalty no matter where she goes. It was very considerate of those market people to pack up their stock so they don’t offend the liminals. Mero and Papi wouldn’t really care since their cannibals and eat chickens and fish. Haha. Cerea wouldn’t eat anything flesh since she a vegetable lover. I didn’t think you could eat horse meat though, but apparently Japan sometimes sells them at market stores.

It was a really sweet gesture on Suu’s part to try and take the strain from Kimihito. However, since she is part of his family Kimihito is not prepared to give Suu any less. It was really humorous when she started to be blunt and rude after she consumed poison. I was bit surprised at first since being rude is very out of character. I didn’t expect Draco to make an appearance like that. It was a good job that Suu was by Kimihito’s side. I wonder how long Draco will have to serve her probation.

It’s great to see the M.O.N squad. I didn’t think I would see them in this volume. It was pretty comical when Kimihito shoved his face in Suu’s body. I wasn’t sure if it was out of annoyance or out of disbelief. Kimihito could have been reimbursed plenty of times but Ms Smith, being unreliable as ever, never told him this. They went to the Okayado restaurant and got banned for life after dining for a couple of days… That was pretty amusing. =D

I think Rachnera is mentally strong. When I think about it she’s probably the most mature and street wise out of all the liminal guests that live under Kimihito’s roof. She’s the most cunning too which is probably why she is able to catch Miia and co in her webs so easily. I thought that Ren girl wanted Rachnera back out of guilt, but really it seemed like she wanted her back as she feels like it’s her responsibility. She took all these “trials” she set herself whilst unintentionally insulting all the residents. Haha. In all seriousness she was treating Rachnera more like a nuisance than a house guest. She was handling the whole situation wrong. Kimihito played it very cool.

I nearly forgot that Miia, Papi and Cerea all received letters at the same time as Rachnee. I always wanted to see what their Mums were like in personality and appearance. I’m now twiddling my thumbs in anticipation. =D

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumbs Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Miia and Papi

The moment I picked this book up I read the whole volume in one swoop. I even went so far as to stay up half the night. So much for an early night, haha! I even re-read the whole book this evening.  The Omake Musume at the end with the sofa was great, as was the information about Lala the Dullahan. Lala’s a great addition to the MonMusu story. Volume 7 can’t come soon enough.^^/

Thanks for reading.
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] MonMusu is the abbreviation for Monster Musume.

[2] This manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

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

[4] The target audience of this manga is towards an older gentleman with the age range from 18 to 30.

[5] Every day mundane life.

[6] David Attenborough is a famous English broadcaster and naturalist.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Episode Three Thoughts

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime

This episode had everything. I thought it was both heart-warming and exciting. This episode covers the whole of chapter six from the first Light Novel of DanMachi.[1] I was really pleased with how this whole scenario was animated. I felt it was all completely spot on.

Did anyone else enjoy the way that Bell was carrying Hestia? I know I certainly did. It’s just like Hestia to forget the bigger picture. Haha.

Before I go on I need to ask myself… Is it me or did Aiz just smile? I thought there was dust in my eye but it turns out that what I saw wasn’t dust but Aiz’s smile. I think her smile is sweet and genuine. I didn’t picture her to be a smiling type, and I certainly don’t recall her smiling in the first LN[2] book. I thought she was going to be like Saber and Ayaka Kagari in which we would never see her smile. Yet, I can happily say that I have witnessed it in this episode.

I do wonder if they could have shown Freya in more scenes. In the book it showed her more sadistic side and how twisted her mind was. I especially would have liked to see that side of her but so far we’ve only seen glimpses of what she’s really like as a person, well, Goddess. It’s not too much of a big deal as I enjoyed this episode very much.

Bell’s growth is pretty cool, and I’m not just talking about his fighting abilities. Whilst he still lacks some confidence he didn’t just run away from that silverback, he sort of lured him away from Hestia so she could be safe. He probably did give up a little bit too easily but I just bear in mind that he’s only 15. Realistically most lads of that age would be cowardly in that situation.

I like the mechanics behind his new blade, the Hestia Knife. I think Hestia had to basically write her own symbols and attach pieces of her hair into that knife in order to make the knife work for Bell. If I recall correctly, they’re called hieroglyphs.

There were parts of the epilogue of the first LN book that were animated. They were shown in still picture frames and when Bell met Hestia for the first time. I really do hope we get an OVA or a special episode which concentrates on the epilogue because I really like it. =) I didn’t know that his Granddad was killed by an unidentified monster but I did get the impression by what Bell said to Hestia that his Granddad was dead.

The fight between Bell and that silverback was cool but I especially liked the ending part of the episode. I did gasp when Hestia fainted but I secretly knew it was because she was tired, so I probably wasn’t as worried as I should have been.

It was sweet when Syr whispered to Bell that she fell in love when he beat that monster and he heard that very clearly. I think Bell, unlike most blokes, does process those little hints but he probably doesn’t over-think them. Like the part from episode one when Hestia mentioned that she wouldn’t mind living alone with Bell. I think Bell took that on board but he probably didn’t read into what she said.

Then we have the part where Bell goes into Hestia’s room and has a nice one-to-one time. He got teary and hugged her. That was a really nice moment. I especially liked it when Hestia said that she loved him. That could have been interpreted either way. However I interpret it is irrelevant as Bell’s bond with Hestia is endearing.^^/

Hestia looked good in that alternative maid outfit. Does this mean that she’s going to work for Hephaistos now? Or, was she just playing dress up? I wonder who that “supporter” was. I recognise her but I don’t know who she is yet. I’m pretty sure I’ll find out more about her in the next episode. =)

OFF-TOPIC: MONSTER MUSUME NEWS

 Monster Musume TV

The voice cast has been announced for the Monster Musume anime. Judging by the current line-up so far, it looks like they’re going with a young cast.

Sora Amamiya is going to voice Miia. Her more well-known roles probably include Akame from Akame ga Kill, Kaori Fujimiya from One Week Friends and Elizabeth Liones from The Seven Deadly Sins. I heard her briefly voicing Kaori and she sounds like she has a sweet yet clear voice. Her singing vocals sound lovely too. I wish her great luck. =D

Ari Ozawa is going to play Papi. I’m particular excited about this role as Ari played Chiyo Sakura from Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun as well as Millicas Gremory from High School DxD BorN. She portrayed Sakura as very sweet who can be very sensitive from time to time. She actually comes close to how I picture Papi’s voice to sound. I think she will be great. =)

Natsuki Aikawa is going to play the role of Cerea. She voiced Petra Ral from Attack on Titan. I quite liked Petra, she sounded like a good leader, brave, sincere and caring. I’m looking forward to hearing Natsuki voicing Cerea. =)

The producers will be Lerche and TOHO animation. I’m neutral about the staff announcements but I’m pleased that manzo is going to get involved in the music side. He was part of the music staff in the anime Is This a Zombie? and performed a duet for the ending song with Rie Yamaguchi. She performs the role as Taeko Hiramatsu in that same show.

THANKS FOR READING

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Up until now I knew everything that was going to happen based on what I read from the Light Novel book one. I won’t have a clue what’s going to happen from episode four onwards.

However, my copy of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? volume 2 should come within the next couple of days. If it comes before episode 4 airs then I could read the whole book two so I can keep on top. That and I just can’t wait to get my own copy. =)

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] DanMachi is the abbreviation of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

[2] LN is the abbreviation of Light Novel.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Three Thoughts

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

I really do like Megumi. She is very sweet girl who lacks a lot of confidence and self-esteem. She went to the Tootsuki Culinary Academy to make her family proud only to end up failing upon her first exam. Haha. Her shocked expressions are cute and endearing. I’m just really pleased that she was able to pass Roland Chapelle’s test along with Soma.

I’m impressed with how quickly Soma adapts to the situation. Some of the current students appear to be out to get him. All except for Megumi, who until now, has simply just been trying to avoid him rather than degrade him. However, Soma didn’t feel sorry for himself he just got on with it. It turns out that his additional recipe, the honey, made that beef extra delicious. Megumi’s extravagant visualisation was quite… funny. I kind of knew at that point that she was going to be covered in honey. I didn’t anticipate that there were going to be little Somas, disguised as bees, pouring honey on her. Haha.

Those mean students eventually got their come-uppance. I’m really pleased about that. It makes Soma and Megumi’s victory that much sweeter. The best part of all is that Soma didn’t retaliate or care about the other students who tried to mess with his cooking. All he cared about was his own dish and working together with Megumi. I think that’s a very good attitude to have.

Soma is still showing his crazy quirks by force feeding Megumi squids glazed in honey… it reminds me of that line General Melchett spoke in the last episode of Blackadder Goes Forth.[1] Haha. Poor, poor Megumi… mind you, it might be naïve of me to feel sorry for her. She probably secretly liked it, just like Mayumi did when Soma force fed her that weird girl. Haha.

I think Erina is being somewhat in denial. I think she secretly likes Soma’s cooking but her pride is preventing her from being true to her own feelings. Her resentment towards Soma is probably going to grow deeper for the next couple of episodes. The sheer name of him makes her go bananas, and in a most humorous way. Haha. Soma doesn’t appear to care about being disliked or resented. Either that or he’s too much of a scatterbrain to even notice. Haha.

I don’t think Soma will take Erina’s spot as the number one chef at the academy just yet. He still has a long way to go and he probably needs to overcome many odds before that happens.

I wonder what Erina’s grandfather’s relationship is with Soma. Do they have a link that we don’t know about yet? It seems that he is the only one who is behind Soma being at this academy. I think that’s really cool as he clearly doesn’t care about Soma’s status in life. Being lowbrow or highbrow is completely irrelevant as long as the student can cook delicious food, and Soma has proven that. Soma’s dad is quite famous so perhaps Erina’s granddad knows him personally? Thus, that is why he is lenient with Soma and giving him a chance when everyone else isn’t.

I felt that this episode ended much too fast… that’s how much I enjoyed this episode. =)

THANKS FOR READING

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I started watching Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches episode one not so long ago. I think its ok so far and there were some humorous moments in it and I will probably watch more. I don’t have any particular enthusiasm to write a separate blog about episode one so I just thought I’d mention it here. =)

Monster Musume Volume 6 came at my house last night. I’ve not had the chance to read any of it yet as I’ve had a busy day watching The Premier League games and the FA Cup Semi-Final between Arsenal and Reading. I feel sorry for Federeci for letting in the goal like that. He looked completely devastated and hopefully it won’t become a stigma in years to come.

I knew Arsenal would beat Reading and reach the final, but who will join them? Will it be Liverpool or Aston Villa? I think Villa are going to give it a real good goal but will come up short. I think the score will be 2-1 to Liverpool.

Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] Blackadder Goes Forth was a British Sitcom in the 1980s. The character General Melchett was played by Stephen Fry.

Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary Volume One Review

Dr Hitomi Monster Informary Volume one cover

  1. SYNOPSIS

The school nurse, Dr Hitomi, is a cyclops that welcomes you to her monster infirmary any time of the day. If you have a health problem or going through adolescence, Dr Hitomi will offer a gentle and logic solution to the student in need.

  1. THEME
  • Comedy
  • School
  • Supernatural
  • Seinen[1]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

This manga raised my spirits.

What I gathered by reading this is that there are a number of students and general people in this story that have a problem with self-confidence. Whilst this story is somewhat set in a fantasy, since it involves a bunch of fantasy type characters, it deals with real life problems as well. We usually worry about ourselves and self-image when we’re growing up, mostly in school and college.

We create these worries through self-doubt and over-thinking. We grow up in different ways, we act in different ways, we think in different ways. I think the main focus of this story is individuality and acceptance.

There is no one better to reassure the self-doubting students then Dr Hitomi. She is a wonderful person. She might be the school’s nurse but she heals more than just cuts and bruises. She helps her students overcome their own problems. All the students have unique monster-esque features as well, so self-acceptance does come slowly for each character.

I think Hitomi does a great job making her students feel better and it isn’t because she’s perfect, it’s because she goes through her own problems as well. She cares about her students deeply, and they appreciate her kindness and sensitive nature. I nearly said it’s because she’s human like everyone else, but I’m not sure if a human actually exists in the story, haha. Sometimes Dr Hitomi needs reassurance herself even if she is the best at reassuring and helping others. It is human nature. Saying the word “human” is probably not appropriate but there’s no other way for me to describe it. Haha.

She’s really cute as well. She might be a cyclops but I think her glossy eye is gorgeous. It’s also hard to not smile at her innocent nature, especially when she begs her dad for ice cream. I didn’t expect her Dad to be a bear, I actually thought that was her date. Haha. Who would have thought?

  1. CONCLUSION

One Thumb’s-Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

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THANKS FOR READING

Dr Hitomi and Manako

I think this is a rather cool picture between Dr Hitomi and Manako from Monster Musume. It’s a crossover that I highly approve of. I definitely approve of this monster girl niche. =)

Oh, by the way, this is my 100th blog post. I was aware that my 100th post was just around the corner so I was planning to post a review of No Game No Life anime or High School DxD volume four. However, this defeats the object of doing things in the ‘moment’. And as I’ve already written this blog, I decided to post it here and now. And I will continue to do this. =)

Thanks for reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] The target audience of this manga is towards an older gentleman with the age range from 18 to 30.

Monster Musume TV Anime

Monster Musume TV

I just found out some very exciting news. Monster Musume is finally going to be adapted for TV. =D I don’t know much of the details so far but I do know that it’s somehow linked with Tokuma Shoten and it’s going to air at some point this summer.

I like the look of the anime art as well. I think it’s cute and it nearly matches the same art style originally portrayed by Okayado. I actually recognise the TV art style but I can’t quite put my finger on how.

For the past year or so I have been trying to guess which voice talent will portray certain characters.

When I listen to Miia, in my head, she sounds the sort of character that either Haruka Tomatsu or Kana Asumi would portray. Miia is someone who is flirtatious, affectionate but also very innocent. She reminds me a little bit of Lala from To LOVE-Ru, who is voiced by Haruka Tomatsu. So, that is probably why I hear her voice when I read Miia’s lines. Haha. I’m pretty sure either Yoko Hikasa or Marina Inoue will voice Cerea. Cerea is the type of character who is honoured bound through royalty or protection and is very strong but she also has a very awkward/innocent side.

I see Ms Smith as the mature but unreliable type. With that in mind I hear someone like Eri Kitamura portraying Ms Smith. For someone like Papi, I hear someone who is a fun-loving younger sister type. Perhaps someone like Inori Minase? Ai Kayano? For Kimihito…I don’t really have a voice for him apart from my own.

Will MonMusu just feature the first three girls, or will it feature the other girls as well? I picture Mero as someone as gentle, kind and perhaps with a bit of a masochist side. Perhaps someone like Satomi Akesaka or Azumi Asakura? I think Shizuka Itou will do a brilliant job as Rachnee. She is very good at portraying girls who are a little lustful in nature but mature in the head. A bit like Akeno from High School DxD. I can’t picture Suu’s voice very well. I constantly picture her voice as slightly monotone.

If the MON squad appear… I hear Aki Toyosaki as Tio, Kana Asumi as Zombina, Yui Horie as Manako and Rumi Okubo as Doppel.

Will the Monster Musume anime be a success? I’m not sure. On MonMusu’s official twitter page they did a fan poll asking what scenes they wouldn’t want to be “omitted.” In other words, which scenes we, the viewer, definitely want to see in the TV anime. I did raise my own questions, I must say. Why would you want to omit scenes from the manga? If anything, I would want to see some scenes extended, including when Kimihito and Miia met for the first time.

In all fairness though, it really does depend on who is producing this show and how much budget they have for the project. I know the source says that it’s going to be TV anime but will it necessarily be a TV series? I seem to think that it would, but, I’ll just wait and see what happens. =)

It might not be as good as the manga but I certainly won’t pre-judge. Even if it isn’t as good as the manga I will still support it as much as I can, however I can. I’m even prepared to buy the DVD when it comes out in Japan. There might be a bit of a language barrier, but it will still be worth it.

This news has made my day. =)

THANKS FOR READING

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This is a really good week for me so far, and it’s not just about Monster Musume getting an anime.

I got a response from Britt Allcroft! I wrote to her last October and linked her to my Thomas blog. She responded to my message a couple of days ago to thank me for writing to her. She also told me that by reading my blog she has gained a lot of insight on how an Autistic person thinks. =)

And, finally… I’m going to be an Uncle. My brother and his partner are going to have a baby come September. I think “Uncle Ryan” has a very nice ring to it. I have nothing really more to say about this, just that my week is getting better and better. =D

Thanks for reading. =)

Namaste.^^/

Ryan.

Monster Musume Volume Five Review

Monster Musume Volume Five Cover

New Year Tidings.^^/

I decided to begin my year of blogging by reviewing one of my manga that I got for Christmas. =D Before I begin I just want to say congratulations to Monster Musume for winning the Best Manga category of 2014.[1] I’m not too bothered about awards but any award that MonMusu[2] wins is always deserved. =)

  1. SYNOPSIS

Kimihito’s life is now in danger. An anonymous someone or something sent him a threatening letter, “Get married and I kill you.” The only clue from the evidence [the threatening letter] is that the writer is named, “D.” In order to draw out the perpetrator Kimihito must go on dates with his liminal guests to act as bait. How will his potential brides to be cope as they go out with him?

  1. THEME
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[3]
  • Fantasy
  • Harem[4]
  • Mature
  • Romance
  • Seinen[5]
  • Slice of Life[6]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

3.1. Technicolor Bathing Beauties

We have four colourful pages right at the beginning. None of which are relevant to the main plot. It’s interesting to note that the bathroom to Kimihito’s house has once again been modified for the sake of his liminal guests. It’s nice that they even have a bath for Suu, since she is technically still residing in Kimihito’s house illegally. Everyone in the story seems to have forgotten about that and accepted her without judgement. Including, I’m assuming, Ms Smith.

3.2. Chapter 19

Miia goes on a date once again with Kimihito, but with a catch… Mero has tagged along. Haha. I wonder if Mero had an ulterior motive to coming along or if she just fancied an outing with Miia and Mr Darling. An aquarium setting did set a good mood and vibe. I mentioned before that Miia is more relaxed if her ‘rivals’ are not present and I feel that this ‘fake’ date represents that. If it wasn’t for Mero, Miia could have smooched with Kimihito. It was rather humorous since Mero misread the mood and situation. Haha. I also learned that eels are actually fish, not serpent. It really does make me curious about Mero’s background. She got into the aquarium for free and she was a special guest on the dolphin show. =D

This is where the drama comes in… I was immediately suspicious and concerned when Miia went out with that… lizard person who turned out to be a Dragonet.[7] Haha. Tionishia, as cute as she is, I don’t think she was the ideal choice for bodyguard duties. She stands out far too much (due to her humongous physique) and took part in the patting of the dolphin. Haha.

Thankfully, Miia was saved, thanks to Kimihito and Mero. I didn’t know she [Drago] was a girl though. I felt that I should have known, given the nature and humour of this manga. The ending was like a light romcom. It was humorous when Kimihito used his jacket to wrap around Miia, but it was already drenched so it was useless. Haha. Buying that serpent pendant for her was a heart-warming moment. They looked like a nice couple in those couple of pages. They looked very natural together and lovey-dovey. I wonder why Mero looked down. It looks like that she’s having second thoughts about being his ‘mistress’. It will be interesting to see what’s going to happen with Mero in future chapters.^^/

By the way, after a few re-reads I noticed that in this chapter Mr Darling wore a T-Shirt that said “Twelve Beast” which is an obvious shout out to Okayado’s other manga, 12 Beast, which is released this coming April. =)

3.3. Chapter 20

I found this to be the funniest chapter of the book. Suu grows big, turning into a slimezilla if you will. This was a highlight for me. It was especially funny when Kimihito and Papi held onto her boobs as if their lives depended on it. I always wanted to see this kind of scene in a manga, and MonMusu delivered my wish. Haha. I’m not sure why Papi needed to hold on though, she can fly. Of course, there was only one way for Kii to shrink back in size and it had to happen in a… sensual way. Haha. Still, good for Kimihito though, he stepped up to the plate and delivered.

That bondage scene at the end… I have no words, only a loud chuckle. XD We found out that Kii is not the one who sent out the threatening letter to Kimihito. So far, we can eliminate Drago and Kii as suspects. At this point, I still think it will be a Dullahan.[8] Let’s see if I’m right. =)

It’s interesting to note that this is the first time that Miia has failed to appear in a chapter.

3.4. Chapter 21

And it’s Cerea’s turn to go out with Kimihito whilst Rachnera lurks behind the scenes. It seems like we have female pairings now, Miia and Mero, Papi and Suu and Cerea and Rachnee. In that regard, it was sort of predictable, but, no less humorous. It was funny to see Cerea gearing herself up in her actual knight’s armour, haha.

I felt a little sorry for Manako as it’s quite clear that she’s conscious of her one eye. I think it’s really cute and enchanting in its own way, but I can see why she would get insecure.

There have been many classical animal puns in this book, since it’s a MonMusu tradition, but my favourite came in this chapter. Cerea blasting the wild boar to save Kimihito, and his response: “Thanks. You really saved my bacon.” …amazing quote and timing. XD

I hate to see Cerea like that though, being insecure. Kimihito did all the right things and said all the right things to wash her insecurities away. She’s more at home when she’s in her knight mode but very awkward when it comes to being intimate. Still, I bet she’s amazing at preparing salads… the ending was most humorous. Miia and Papi didn’t want the salad so they used Suu as a garbage disposal. The other bondage scene was hilarious, Lilith is a masochist, it seems. XD

3.5. Chapter 22

Kimihito’s date with Tio and Zombina were cute and funny. Despite being a giant Tio is very feminine when it comes to personality and taste. It was a nice moment when Kimihito offered to adjust Tio’s dress through the art of sewing. He really is the epitome of the modern man and demonstrated his skills when he sewed Zombina’s hand back to her body. It’s quite evident that Zombina has never been treated like a “normal” girl before. Kimihito is having that effect on all of the liminal girls.

Then we have the date with Manako… I wouldn’t really call this a date but their interaction was nice. It seems that even in the pro office Manako is being victimised because of her one eyeball. It’s quite sad and I can imagine why she would be insecure. Some of the liminals are freakishly strong in various ways but I feel they’re more vulnerable than humans. I’m talking about psychological and confident damage and the likes of Miia, Manako and Zombina, it seems, have all been discriminated in one way or another.

Once again, thankfully, Kimihito breaks the mould and looked Manako straight in the face. This was followed by the person who “secretly” followed Mr Darling.

I was quite surprised that “D” turned out to be Doppel. I felt that I should have seen it coming. It’s interesting to note that Manako is so far the only person who refers to Kimihito by his real name, everyone else gives him a pet name. He received two more in this book. “Snookums” and “Loverboy”.

I was wrong in the end that the “D” represented Dullahan. However, a mysterious person appears right at the end! Then, it turns out that Doppel never wrote that second threatening letter. Then, we’re left at the end where the scythe of some kind was placed right in front of Kimihito’s neck. Eeek! I’m nervous but excited.

  1. BONUS

We learn some interesting facts about Polt and she features in one of the bonus chapters with the new “D” characters. I find her entertaining and I adore her enthusiasm. I’m glad she made a cameo. Speaking of extra chapters, there’s a 4-koma[9] chapter involving the MON squad and some fun facts about Manako’s suitcase gun. Despite what Zombina thinks, I think it’s a genius invention.

  1. CONCLUSION

We finally have a bit of a plot on our hands. It’s all exciting stuff. Dare I say that this is perhaps my favourite MonMusu book yet? Before, I thought the MON squad liminals were just ok. I didn’t give them much thought as I was enjoying reading about Miia and Mero, the main characters. However, they have really grown on me, especially after reading chapter 22.

All the minor suspense moments did get me nervous. I was convinced all the while that the mysterious “D” was a Dullahan. However, my theory was crushed when the D turned out to be Doppel. But, the true threat came in person… I’m 99% now that that person was a Dullahan. =D

All the girls, as expected through time, grew closer to Mr Darling. It’s still probably a bit premature to guess which route this story will go towards. All of his house guests are his potential brides to be, but, who is to say he’ll marry just one? If there’s a horse race (no pun intended) I would say that Miia and Cerea are probably in the lead. Why Miia? It’s because she genuinely seems to have a connection with Kimihito and we see this every time they go out, alone. Why Cerea? Well, she had a lot of moments of affection when she was dating, well, guarding Kimihito. Haha. That and she’s starting to help out with the food preparations, albeit, salads. Haha.

Just thought that I would mention as well, you can find clues in the chapter covers of which new characters will appear in certain chapters. I didn’t notice this until I re-read this book for the fifth time. In the cover of Chapter 22 you will see an emblem of some sort and writing underneath that says “Dullahan”. So yes, I’m 100% certain and correct. =D

It was wonderful to read and I will choose to give this, Two Thumb’s-Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

  1. MONMUSU MISTAKE

I like to take this opportunity to admit a mistake. In my past reviews I stated that MonMusu was the acronym for Monster Musume. This is incorrect. The word I meant to use was actually ‘abbreviation’ not ‘acronym’. I knew what I was talking about but I got the words wrong, haha. I could take this opportunity to rectify the past MonMusu reviews, but I won’t. I want to see all of my blog writings as progress, and the past reviews to the current reviews will highlight that fact. =)

THANKS FOR READING

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I told myself that I wouldn’t really annotate much about MonMusu, but, I genuinely have a lot of say. I really enjoyed reading this and there’s a lot that I want to speak about. I decided that I will not keep the same style when reviewing each anime, manga and film. I will review them base on how much I have to say and want to say. =D

2015 is very peaceful so far. I’m spending most of the time just watching Football (it’s FA Cup week) and playing Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit. =D

Thanks for reading.
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] Uk-anime.net. The 2014 UK Anime Network Awards. Best Manga. [Accessed 4th January 2015].

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[2] MonMusu is the abbreviation for Monster Musume.

[3] This manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

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

[5] The target audience of this manga is towards an older gentleman with the age range from 18 to 30.

[6] Every day mundane life.

[7] In MonMusu, Drago Dragonet is a dragon with wings, scales and a long tail. Dragonets, in real life, are actually fish.

[8] In certain mythologies Dullahans are headless knights or headless riders. In some popular culture Dullahans either carry their heads if not attached or the heads are completely absent.

[9] 4-Koma (also known as four cell manga and Yonkoma Manga) consist of comic strips of four panels on each page.