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Gokukoku no Brynhildr/Brynhildr in the Darkness

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This one was on my list from the start as it sounded pretty good. The first few eps were good too, well I liked them, the story was dark, mysterious, Kuroha is really hot and things were looking promising. Things started to change though and the dark and mysterious vibe slowly became less so and things were just turning into another anime. By the end I was disappointed as I was hoping it would’ve stayed serious through all the way. Honestly it just ended up like a harem actually and there were way too many boob related jokes and references for an anime about magical girls created in some lab by a psycho dude. So yeah it didn’t end up like I was hoping and yes I’m annoyed by that.

What I liked: Probably Kuroha is the best part of this anime. She’s pretty hot, well in the first few eps she is, but as things go on she’s not exactly as she was at first. Character development I guess, more or less. The mystery and suspense was good too for the first while, but that died off through the second half and to the end bit.

What I didn’t like: Lack of the dark, mysterious plot like in the first few eps is probably what I didn’t like the most about this anime. Kazumi and her incessant sexual advances were getting really old fast and they just became annoying after a while. Also the introduction of Hatsuna was kinda just thrown in there and we don’t really learn that much about her, aside from the fact she can regenerate. Another point, the censoring in this was a bit much in some parts. I’ll have to watch the Blu-Ray (especially for those hot springs scenes) but most of the kills had some kinda wacky censoring here and there. Meh, just felt annoying at times. Also the final ep wasn’t all that great either, two key points being that guy getting pumped full of bullets and still surviving long enough to talk for a bit after. Seriously, both of them would’ve been dead a billions times over at the amount of bullets being shot into the guy’s back; that and the fact the bullet’s would’ve gone through him too. The other part I didn’t like was that Kuroha loses all her memories at the ending, damn it I HATE when that happens.

Final thoughts & score: So while it’s a pretty decent anime, it just didn’t carry through till the end for me. I want to like it more because Kuroha was so hot, but I don’t think she can even make that big a change at this point. Gokukoku no Brynhildr or Brynhildr in the Darkness is a 6.5/10. It’s got a bit to like, but not enough to carry it through till the end.

Hitsugi no Chaika/Chaika -The Coffin Princess-

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After ep 1 I was left with a bad taste in my mouth. Ugh, this wasn’t really all that good, but I pressed forward and kept watching, thankfully I did as it turned out to be actually pretty decent and I found myself looking forward to each new ep every week. This is the other anime of the spring season that is by Bones, and honestly this felt very unfinished and just lacked the overall polish of a good anime. Captain Earth looks fantastic in comparison to this one. Story wise it took a bit before I was really into the story, but once I was liking it, it became a lot better to watch. Season 1 ended with a cliffhanger and season 2 will pick things back up this October, so I’ll be watching this one for sure! As much as I enjoyed season 1, I won’t be reviewing the second season of this one.

What I liked: I liked how Toru was actually a very capable guy who could handle himself pretty well. He was highly trained in combat, so he could actually fight his way out of a tough spot, unlike other MC’s, and when he and his sister Akari joined forces, they became an unstoppable force. Makes me wonder what they were like back during the war then. Of course Chaika was so cute too and I love her innocence about things. She’s one of those girls you just want to hug because she’s so cute. At least I felt that way… Lastly I really liked the fight scenes; Toru really excelled in these parts and was able to always bring a hard fight to everyone who crossed paths with him. Nice stuff there.

What I didn’t like: Probably the animation was the biggest thing to not like about this anime. There were times where it was just downright terrible, especially when it came to background characters. Oh God were they barely drawn at all! Next up I wasn’t really all that into the politics going on too, they felt out of place and only really came to light during the last few eps.

Final thoughts & score: Despite the slow start, once it got going, Chaika turned out to be really good and worth watching. If you haven’t checked it out yet then be sure to give it a shot. Season 2 starts in October, so you’ve got lots of time to watch it over the next few months. I’m looking forward to more epic Toru fight scenes, Chaika being cute, Akari dropping more of those wincest jokes and more action and adventure. Tallying things all up, I’ll give season 1 of Hitsugi no Chaika or Chaika -The Coffin Princess- a 7.5/10. Season 2 here we come!

Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

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I didn’t have high hopes in this one and after watching it I got exactly what I expected. Honestly I did want a bit more yuri, but after the first couple of eps they laid off it somewhat and just had other strange stuff happen. Being 3:30 long, you can’t exactly expect greatness, so if you go into this one hoping the that, I’ve got news for you: don’t.

What I liked: I liked hearing Nao Touyama again as she voices one of the characters in here, but other then that and the small yuri stuff here and there, I didn’t really like much from this one.

What I didn’t like: Hmm, just lack of yuri stuff in the later eps really made this already forgettable experience, less entertaining.

Final thoughts & score: I’d say not to watch this one as it’s not worth spending even 3 minutes on. There are much better short anime to watch, so don’t waste your time with this one. Looking at it all, Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san gets a 4.5/10. Not worth it.

Isshuukan Friends./One Week Friends

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I like watching feels anime. I enjoy some drama and I like the emotion shown by the characters. One Week Friends presents us with a perfect set up for some hardcore feels as we follow Kaori Fujimiya, a girl who loses her memories of her close friends each week, thus making it impossible to make friends. Enter Yuuki Hase, a boy just wanting to be friends with this girl, not knowing the truth about her memory loss. Kaori is cold towards Yuuki at first, not wanting to talk with him because she knows the end result of making friends, but Hase keeps talking to Kaori and keeps trying to be her friend. Points for determination. When he learns of her secret, Hase vows to help her overcome this by getting her to write down her memories in a diary so she can read them and remember her past week. This turns into the basis of the rest of the anime, as Kaori goes through the weeks, experiencing more and slowly, but surely gaining her memories back. All in all it was set up to destroy everyone’s soul in the last few eps, but that never really happened. I kept hoping there would be a part where something just awful happens and she forgets her memories for good or something like that, but no, they didn’t go that hard with us. That’s gotta be my only big complaint with this anime as I was hoping for some hard feels, but I just didn’t get them.

What I liked: I really liked Kaori a lot. She’s so cute, innocent, friendly and outgoing (more so as things progress) and she really is just a girl impossible to not fall in love with. The music is also really good too, the OP/ED being some of my favorites of the season. I recommend you download (or buy) them at some point and listen to them. I also like the overall charming feel to this anime. It wasn’t in your face or laying down overused joke after joke, but everyone was pretty calm for the most part and things were talked out when problems came up. I’ve also gotta mention Shougo Kiryuu too, yeah he was so awesome with his laid back personality and overly calm about things. So cool.

What I didn’t like: Like mentioned, I wanted more feels out of this anime. I was hoping and expecting them but they just never hit home. Maybe for some this is a really emotional series, but I just couldn’t get into it that much with regards to feels. Also, I really wanted to see Yuuki and Kaori kiss at least once, I think that would’ve been a good thing to have in the final ep.

Final thoughts & score: So looking back on all this, I’m a bit disappointed at the lack of feels and kiss, but there is still a lot to make up for that. Kaori is by far one of the cutest girls this past spring season too. But still… the lack of feels is really something that I’ll be thinking about for a while after. Hmm… so tallying things up, I’ll give Isshuukan Friends. or One Week Friends an 8.5/10. It was good, but I think it could’ve been better.

Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2

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For me, the Love Live experience started way back on December 30th of 2013, that’s when I began the first season. From the moment I finished season 1 on January 12th of this year, the only thing I wanted was to watch season 2 right away. Now that’s happened and season 2 has finally ended, it’s a huge collection of emotions now. Love Live rose to become one of my all time favorite anime very quickly, and season 2 took something that was already amazing and made it even better. How Sunrise did that, I’m still not sure, but I give them mad respect for doing what they did. From start to finish of season 2, things kept getting better and better and I was just blown away at how well crafted season 2 is. In my opinion this is exactly what a sequel should be, a continuation to the story without rehashing the first one all over again. Love Live did just that, continue the story, but not only did they do that, they also took time to explore characters were might not have known much about.

A prime example of this are the Nico, Rin and Nozomi episodes. I really enjoyed those so much as they gave us insight into those characters and added more depth to them. I think the Rin and Nozomi eps were the best as little was really explained about the two of them in season 1. From there season 2 also had some amazing performances, my personal favorite (as I’m sure many others loved it too) has to be in episode 9, ‘Snow Halation‘. Wow that ep was just a masterpiece! The emotion, music, everything about that ep is just incredible and it’s gotta be my favorite of the season for sure. Ep 12’s performance of ‘KiRa-KiRa Sensation!‘ is probably a close second as it was the one that got them the win. All in all Love Live exceeded my expectations and had me enjoying every second of it. This one is a must watch for sure!

What I liked: Well for starters, you can’t watch an idol anime and not love the music. I love the music in Love Live so much, every song is just so awesome and you find yourself humming them over and over again throughout the day. The OST is also really great too and I’ll be downloading the season 2 OST once it’s out. Next it has to be the characters. Every character brings so much to the table and adds to the anime in their own way. Obviously Maki is my top favorite out of the 9 girls as I just love her so much! From there I also enjoyed the animation too, especially in the performances too. Being that the performances are part CG part usual animation, some people might not like that, but I really like the use of the CG here as it keeps all the movements looking good and we don’t run into any quality issues (like Wake Up, Girls did, all the time). The plot this time around is handled really well too as it continues things from season 1 with the girls all working hard to reach the goal of winning Love Live.

What I didn’t like: Surprisingly there are things I didn’t like about season 2. I’d really have liked for there to be a Maki ep, mostly because I love her so much, but I had a conversation with a guy on Twitter and he brought out a point along the lines of: Maki originally wasn’t going to be an idol because her parents wanted her to go to medical school, so there should’ve been an ep about her dealing with that. Honestly I’d have really enjoyed that but I was kinda chapped that they didn’t give us that. Another thing I wasn’t too happy with was the lack of A-RISE bring a more central character this time around. Through season 1 they’re held as goddesses, and with good reason, so this time around when μ’s faced them, I was really excited for that. But on a whole A-RISE wasn’t really around for that much of the season (aside from their few performances) and I think they should’ve been there a bit more challenging μ’s along the way to victory. Another thing that may sound strange, but I think it would’ve been nice to see this, would be to have an episode about Umi. Yes she’s a core character and we know a lot about her, but if there was an episode about her, diving into her personal life and just see what she’s like when not hanging around with the rest of the girls. Lastly, this one is for fan service reasons, but lack of a swimsuit ep was something that I really was upset about. I was really hoping to see Maki in a swimsuit this time too.

Final thoughts & score: All in all though I enjoyed season 2 so much and it just was an amazing experience through till the end. It’s an amazing anime and season 2 really proved that and then some. For me, Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2 is my Anime of the Season and I’ve gotta give it the 10/10. μ’s, Music…. Start!!

M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane/M3: The Dark Metal

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This one nearly breezed by me as it started after most of the spring anime and was just a low key one. I picked it up not knowing a clue about it and for the first few eps it was pretty confusing and hard to understand. Didn’t help that the rip I was watching happened to be super grainy as shit and being that this anime has a very dark art style, adding grain makes it a billion times worse. Thankfully I found another sub group who is subbing this and it made the viewing experience a lot better. So overall it’s a bit hard to really describe the plot that much, but I will say it’s a mech anime, so if you like mechs, then this could be one you’ll enjoy. As it’s still on-going, it’s a 24 ep anime, I can say that as of ep 10 I’m enjoying it and really liking where it’s going. I’m sure as it continues it’s going to get better too as the mystery deepens.

What I liked: I really love the OP for this one a lot. The story is another thing I like too as it’s full of unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing about what is really going on with everyone. Speaking of everyone, the characters are quite the crew in this anime. I actually really like the fact that nearly everyone is just so fucking insane, as that adds a level of thrill to the anime because you’re not sure how someone will react to a situation or how insane they really will be. Heito Isaku is a really good example as the guy is out of his fucking mind crazy, but I love that about him because he’s never a boring character to watch.

What I didn’t like: It’s confusing at first and it will take a few eps before things start to make sense. While I like that it’s a pretty dark anime, sometimes it just hard to see things with all the shades of black and gray, so the Blu-Ray should hopefully make the needed changes and add the sharpness and crispness to make is really look nice. That’s probably about all I have to say in terms of cons to it; I”m sure if I was to pick it apart a lot more then I’d bring out many more points, but I’ll leave it at this for now.

Thoughts & score: So after 10 eps, I’m liking things in this anime and it’s become quite exciting to watch. Going forward I hope they dive deeper in the mystery and we learn more things about the mechs and the Lightless Realm and what terrifying secrets it holds. As it stands now, I’ll give M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane or M3: The Dark Metal a 7/10. More terror for you!


So that brings part 2 to a close. If you watched any of the anime mentioned here, what are your thoughts on it? Were they something you liked? Did they reach your expectations that you had? Anything you didn’t like about it? Let me know your thoughts on these in the comments below, I’ll be sure to reply to each comment!

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