Sakura Trick – Anime Rendition of Sono Hanabira

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A lot of people, or at least, those who had experienced both franchises, had been comparing both Sakura Trick and Sono Hanabira, especially with their similarities. Even before watching the first episode, I was aware of how similar they are, but now, after ten episodes in, I can even more clearly see why.

Questioning the Significance of Anime Shorts

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What I’m discussing here is about those anime episodes which is only around 3 to 5 mins per episodes in length – thus, anime shorts. Not a side-story of a main anime, nor an OVA or something, purely new anime with only 3 to 5 minutes to wiggle around per episode. I personally don’t watch a lot of them, but for some reason, there are a lot of them this season, ranging from Pupa, to Strange+, to Onee-chan ga Kita; but do they work? Can they even deliver with such a short airing time? This is not the first season where anime shorts are aired together with other main anime titles however, a quick search led me to titles such as Litchi DE Hikari Club, also an anime short adapted from a manga.

Nisekoi – Exaggerated Anime Expressions

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Nisekoi is a romantic comedy, or romcom, for short, as it is more commonly abbreviated. From my general experience of romcoms, it usually involves a slice-of-life setting, and have the characters mess around in the setting. It puts a grin on our face as our boisterous characters had their fun time playing around, and I feel that the latter part of the phrase “romantic comedy” – “comedy”, came about from this very element. It’s an additional term to tell us that this is not your soap opera romance story, but a lighter tale with the characters having fun, telling corny jokes, and dealing with romance in a less stressful and serious manner than that of the former. The second word of the phrase – “comedy”, is something added for that very context, and it does not necessary mean that the anime is actually funny. At least, that’s how I see it personally from most typical romcoms I had watched. But, you see, Nisekoi isn’t just your typical romcom.


A Hipster Gaming History of A Single-Player Gamer


Due to some circrumstances in my childhood, there was a period of time where my perspectives, opinions, tastes and cultural views differ to my other friends. Especially during the later parts of my childhood when my friends started having specific hobbies which weren’t quite as easily accessible – my own hobbies begun to differentiate themselves from the rest. While the rest of my friends were talking about the hottest anime or games, I was playing extremely antique, uncommon games or just stuck studying in general. I never did watch any anime aside from the random bits and pieces of VCDs, or if I was in luck, Cartoon Network might air one. Of cause, this changed once I had internet at home. I easily caught up with the latest episode of Naruto which was still the most common talk around the school, with some other anime to boot, including even the more uncommon titles. However, while I could easily catch up with anime, even when I had internet, I chose not to follow in their footsteps, with my hipster gaming status remaining even to this very day.

To-LOVE-ru Darkness – Konjiki no Yami (Swimsuit ver) by Alphamax

Height: 153 cm
Weight: 45 kg
3-sizes: 75-52-77 cm

English name: Golden Darkness
A dispassionate, withdrawn assassin, Golden Darkness is hired by one of Lala’s arranged suitors, Lacospo to kill Rito, until she breaks the contract, noting the true nature behind her target. Golden Darkness is currently staying on Earth, roaming around the city streets and Sainan High, with a motivation to continue her duty to assassinate Rito, although she has yet to accomplish this (hinting she only said this as an excuse to stay on Earth, which is then confirmed). Commonly referred as “Yami-chan”, she spends her time reading books and magazines, while eating taiyaki (it is the only thing she eats on Earth since it is the first food offered by Rito, prior to spending a night at the Yuuki residence for a sukiyaki dinner). By her planet’s calculations, she is 24 thousand years-old (as shown in season 1 where the job applicant stops Konjiki no Yami just before she was about to say ‘thousand’), despite having the appearance of an 11-year-old (albeit a rather mature one), although this is only mentioned in the anime and has a weakness towards anything slimy.

Like Lala, Golden Darkness’ physical abilities are exponentially stronger than a human’s. She carries a unique ability to turn her body parts into various objects through use of nano machines circulating her body, ranging from swords to dragon heads. Unfortunately, excessive use becomes a hazard to her health. She states she hates “ecchi” people, and does not hesitate to assault a person who looks at her in an obscene way, even if it’s her own fault like when she was using her abilities to increase her bust she attacks Rito when he saw her, mostly out of embarrassment or for many occasions standing at the top of something such as stairs where her panties could be seen by accident. She has also stated, that she doesn’t understand if she can feel love and all its wonders, though she slowly becomes closer to Rito once seeing that he is a good person.

I found out this figure since sometime ago through amiami’s popular item ranking, and only had some free time to unbox her recently. Despite To-Love-ru’s questionable quality, I will always be a fan and supporter of Yami. I haven’t yet watch To Love-ru Darkness however, though I did read the very first few chapters of the manga. Incidentally, I’m also a fan of Eve, a character from another manga by Kentaro Yabuki called Black Cat – the original character whose Yami’s design is based on. So I thought, “Ehh.. why not?” Besides, she looks really fappable, and there goes another big portion of my monies…