My blog~

So I started up my blog again that I had from last year (on wordpress)~ I’ve started reviewing anime so far and I’m so excited to be doing this again!

I’ve only done two anime series reviews and I’m working on a review of the animated film 言の葉の庭 (The Garden of Words).

If you would like to check out my blog, you can find it here:

https://twilightsprincess.wordpress.com/

If you would like to read my first review of the anime Pupa, you can read it here:

https://twilightsprincess.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/pupa/

Or if you’d like to read my review of the anime Noragami, you can check it out here:

https://twilightsprincess.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/noragami/

Anime Boston 2014!

Coming up in March is Anime Boston 2014 and I’m so excited!! It’s not coming fast enough!~

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One of the only good photos I took of the test run makeup~

This year is my first year legit cosplaying and I’m kind of nervous but I can’t wait to finish it to see how it comes out. My cosplays this year will be the female titan (Attack on Titan), Yukine (Noragami), and maybe Yuno (Mirai Nikki). The cosplay that I got for Yuno I’m not so sure about though because it doesn’t fit slightly so before I decide anything, I need to fix it first. I also have to style/wash the wig for her too so hopefully I can get that done before the con!

Anyways, yesterday I did a test run of the makeup I’ll be using for my female titan cosplay to see if it could last a long period of time and it looks like it can!

Right now though, I haven’t bought my Yukine cosplay and it’s kind of last minute so hopefully once I do that, it’ll come quickly in the mail!

Noragami: Review

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ノラガミ

Tamura Kotaro

Akao Deko

2014 (Japan)

Another Winter 2013/2014 anime release, Noragami is definitely one to notice with a well balanced blend of comedy, action, and drama.

Noragami tells the story of Iki Hiyori and Yato, a god who dreams of having shrines where people can go to pray. Their lives intertwine when Hiyori tries to save Yato from being hit by a car, but instead gets hit herself and becomes a “hanyou,” someone who can easily lose their soul. When they cross paths with a phantom, an evil spirit, Yato finds a uncorrupted spirit naming him Yukine and making him his Regalia, a weapon used in the fight against phantoms.

Yato in his dream of becoming a god people would pray to.
Yato in his dream of becoming a god people would pray to.

This anime is another adaptation from a manga and only has 7 out of 12 episodes out so far. What’s so great about this show is how comedy and drama mix so well together. This is because among the tensions between each of the characters, the writers placed comedic jabs at just the right moments. It doesn’t take away from the show either. They’re able to have the emotional connection between characters and in the scenes, but have those moments where you can take a step back and enjoy the sarcastic interludes.

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This art shows a Nora, a kind of spirit that has a role in the show.

The pacing of the show has been pretty good although right now I don’t feel like 12 episodes is enough to cover the story. Even if they do space out the last few episodes very well, I don’t want the show to end. I really wish it was a ~22 episode anime so that I can keep watching it.

I loved the opening and ending themes for this show! It’s definitely a good feeling when you’re watching a great show that has an opening that makes you want to die from excitement. Throughout the opening video, it highlights the main characters and their relationships between each other and each of the supporting characters.

The name of the opening is “Goya no Michiawase (午夜の待ち合わせ, Overnight Appointment)” by Hello Sleepwalkers, a Japanese rock group.

You can listen to the opening here:

The ending, however, is “Heart Realize (ハートリアライズ)” by Japanese artist TiA.

You can listen to the ending here:

So far, I love this anime! It’s a great show and I can’t wait to find out what happens! I do really like all the characters, but I have to say my favorite is Yukine. I don’t really have a good reason why though. I think I like how complicated his character is and he isn’t just some pure spirit, that behind it all is a delinquent. His voice actor also has a nice voice which adds to the character.

Yukine, Yato's Regalia.
Yukine, Yato’s Regalia.

I’ve decided that I really want to cosplay this character because I love him so much so I’ll be putting that all together for Anime Boston which is coming up next month. I’m really looking forward to this and I think I’ll be posting photos of it after the con~

My Rating:

Out of a scale of 1 – 10, I give this anime (so far) 9 Nora’s!

General Reception:

It seems that, from what I’ve researched, people who watched the show generally liked it. For those who didn’t watch it, they don’t because they feel it’s just like any other anime that has gods and ghosts. But that’s not the case! It’s a definite much watch so please check it out!

If you’d like to catch this awesome series, you can watch it here:

http://www.anime1.com/watch/noragami/

If you have any questions, comments, things you want to add, please comment below! Just keep in mind about spoilers!

Pupa: Review

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Pupa

ピュパ

Mochizuki Tomomi

2014 (Japan)

On the long list of anime coming out for the Winter 2013/2014 season, this one caught my eye. An intriguing story with beautiful concept art, this one was something to check out.

Originally a manga (Story & Art by Mogi Sayaka) adapted into an anime, it tells the story of Yume who contracts the Pupa virus, turning her into a monster with an unsatisfied hunger of human flesh. Her older brother Utsutsu, in hopes of deterring his sister from killing, sacrifices his body to feed her.

Since, unfortunately, I have not read the manga, this review will be solely based on the anime adaptation.

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One of the pictures shown in the opening.

So far, only 6 of the projected 12 episodes have come out. What sets this apart from the other anime that have been released is the amount of time per episode: 5 minutes with 1 of those minutes taken up by both the opening and the ending (each only 30 seconds long).

Even though with each episode being so short, the story moves along quickly and gets straight to the point, it loses the emotional connection to the characters. The plot though is set up in a way that it creates the desire to know what happens, but it doesn’t have that absolute need of ‘I need to know what happens now or I think I might die.’

Despite what the concept art might look like, this show is a part of the horror genre with gore and fantasy. What this anime did pretty good on was the creepiness factor. A the moment the title of the episode is shown, there’s the sound of an insect crawling and then flying away that made me shiver.

pupaThere’s also flashbacks to the birth of Yume that makes you kind of squeamish with how eerie it is. And the sound of her eating her brother was done very well as it made me want to crawl out of my skin.

Something that I regrettably do is that, whenever I’m watching anime, I mostly skip over the opening themes and I don’t really bother with the endings. I am trying to stop the bad habit by using them as a part of the reviews.

The opening itself, as it is only 30 seconds long, doesn’t have much to offer. The video only consists of showing six pictures going down the screen and at the end, it just shows the title.

The theme song that’s played is titled “pupa” and it’s by Ibuki Kido and Eri Yamazaki which, for someone who usually skips over the theme songs, I really enjoyed. You can listen to it below:

As for the ending, it had a little more content to the video and was a little more eye catching. With that so, it probably should have been used for the opening instead.

The ending song was “Dare yori Suki na no ni (誰より好きなのに)” by Kusuma San Shimai. The song itself was okay, but it didn’t seem to fit with the fact that this is a horror anime. You can listen to it below:

So far, this has been an ‘okay’ anime. It’s not my favorite per say, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life. I am keeping in mind that there are only 6 of the 12 episodes out so I’ll be doing another post once it has aired fully.

I do look forward to watching the rest as I do want to know what happens and the reasoning as to what’s going on.

My Rating:

Out of a scale of 1 – 10, I give this anime (so far) 6 Pupa’s!

If you want to catch the series and see what this is all about, it’s streaming on Crunchyroll here:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/pupa

If you have any question, comments, or things you want to add, please comment below! Just keep in mind about spoilers!