Nisekoi is a Giant Tease of Fun

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Not too long ago an anime called Nisekoi came to an end. Adapted by studio Shaft from the manga sharing the same name, it was a harem anime in the purest of senses. Every episode more or less featured the most common clichés you can find in harem series and the whole premise – a forgotten childhood love – is built to create misunderstandings and hijinks. Not to mention how it throws in a forced fake relationship just for the heck of it.

It may sound like the most unexciting series ever created which is not difficult to understand – after all, there is only so much you can do with the barebones framework Nisekoi sets up – yet I still love every second of it. Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas 2013 #08 – A Flower of Evil Has Bloomed

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Anime style.

In 2013, a flower of evil bloomed. This flower, because of its existence, created a gigantic shitstorm that is hard to describe with words. Never before had I witnessed such a massive backlash when it comes to anime.

The anime in question was an adaptation of the manga Aku no Hana. So what did the anime “do wrong”?

It was rotoscoped. Continue reading

How Expectations Can Make or Break Anime

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Expectations are dangerous. If they become too high there is a large risk of ending up disappointed with whatever you had expectations of. As a way to counter this I tend to generally have low expectations and not hype too much, which generally means there are positive surprises to be had.

Yet there will still always be cases where you simply cannot avoid setting expectations, only to later on see them be shred to pieces. Continue reading

Ditch the Source Material – Sword Art Online and Kokoro Connect

Untapped potential.

Now that the anime summer season of 2012 has ended, it is time to look back at a few series that aired during this time. To start, let us look at how Sword Art Online and Kokoro Connect became so much worse due to strictly following their source material.

When it comes to the most interesting anime concepts of this year, I would not hesitate to nominate both Sword Art Online and Kokoro Connect. Their concepts may not be deep or convoluted, but depending on the way they are used, it could result in rather intricate and intellectual series.

Lucky then that both series decides to do jack shit with them. Continue reading

Prejudice Against Video Game Adaptations

Let me start by saying that I am sorry. It has been exactly two weeks since I last posted something, something that was only a simple preview post on the spring 2012 season. The truth is that school has been getting in the way and naturally that is my main priority, as it is my last year in high school. In the little free time I have, I want to take a breather, so sadly blogging has been put a bit on a hold. It is the first time I have felt this stressed and there are a lot of things going on emotionally because of it. No, wait, that sounds worse than it is. In any case, I am starting to feel a little better and will do my best to continue with roughly a post per week!

…Oh, and before I forget, let us get to the actual post! Just click the fancy “Continue Reading”. Continue reading