Hibike! Euphonium – Shipping Kumiko x Reina

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Note: There are spoilers in this post.

Hibike! Euphonium is a great anime. It sparks nostalgia for a lot of anime viewers, and also detailed realistic concert band issues. Some members felt ostracized, some members became unmotivated; eventually setting ambitious goals to participate in the following competitions to come-this led to even more internal strife-from Taki leading everyone like a strict merciless military commander, to certain band members who felt they had their spotlight taken away by having their solo part played by others. I personally had never joined a concert band before, but I feel these are all very realistic issues which could very well happen, as with most large-group management circumstances.

By the end however, it felt gratifying, especially how their performance was just so perfect. They practiced hard and even some of the more inexperienced band members had to stepped down just so they could have the optimum performance, something which they ultimately came to terms with in the end, and even provided outside support. With the band coming together; right after the last performance, I felt a sense of conclusion, an end of an exhilarating journey, a journey where the characters grew not just as musicians but as people-to truly try to accomplish something; but also a start of another journey, as Kumiko always says, “The next piece begins.”

And of course, there’s the yuri.
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Kuroko no Basuke is the Generation of Miracles… at Building Atmospheres

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I thought of this on season 1, and by season 3, I just had to mention this-Kuroko no Basuke is a psychological expert in manipulating viewers’ immersion and building atmospheres.
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Liar Game Review

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Liar Game is a manga of trust and deception, it’s a manga about mind games which employed the aforementioned two opposing ends of the spectrum. Liar Game is written and illustrated by Shinobu Kaitani, and was just completed by the beginning of the year.
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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair – The 3-Character Dynamic and Best Girl

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Note: This post requires readers to be in the “Danganronpa mindset”, and is written with the assumption that you had finished Danganronpa 2. Obviously contains major spoilers as well.

What’s the 3-character dynamic? It sounds cool and almost like an officially-coined term, but it’s a term I came up with myself just for Danganronpa, because I think it best described the rapport between the characters.
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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review

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Remember that game where you play as one of the fifteen students isolated in a school forced to commit murder to escape (Forget the anime though, doesn’t seem as promising as far as I had heard)? There’s a sequel, but now instead of a school, this time it’s on an uninhabited island, as Monomi would put it-“lovey-dovey, heart-throbbing school trip”.
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