4/14/17

Tsuki ga Kirei (First Impressions): The Anime Romance that's Closest to Real Life
tsuki ga kirei first impressions

One thing I noticed about most romance anime series is how the MCs unrealistically met and fell in love with each other. I've read too many manga and watched too many anime with the following romantic plot:

- Guy discovers girl's biggest secret, asks her to be his GF or else secret will be leaked, falls in love.

- Girl does something unforgivable to the guy, guy makes the girl his slave, falls in love.

- Guy accidentally falls on top of the girl, lips kissed, got interested, falls in love.

- Girl punches or kicks the super hot guy, guy gets interested, follows girl around, falls in love.

- Guy makes a promise to his childhood friend, grows up, finds each other, falls in love.

Yea, yea, it's anime - where the unusual becomes so uncommonly usual. I'm not complaining. In fact, I love those romance anime even with these unrealistic types of plots as long as the story grabs a hold of my maiden heart. 💖

However, out of all the romance anime I've watched, Tsuki ga Kirei has the most believable romance plot - one that's closest to real life. So let me tell you first about its story.

Tsuki ga Kirei is a developing romance between two junior high school students who became classmates for the first time. Akane Mizuno, the Girl MC, noticed a bunch of guys who are happily and loudly talking to each other during their first day of being a third year student in junior high. And among the loud bunch is the timid Guy MC named Kotarou Azumi. There's no special reason but Akane suddenly finds herself absentmindedly staring at Kotarou, which is also the same case for him. Little both MCs know that this is the start of their love story. 😇

Without going the unusual love comedy route, or having too hot guys and super cute girls to take the main roles, Tsuki ga Kirei delivers a strong first episode portraying the awkwardness and uneasiness when you're around with the person you like.

While Akane and Kotarou are not aware of their feelings yet, they are nervous and uneasy when bumping to each other. They don't talk (if it's not needed). They do their own business in school. And they only exchange furtive glances.

The build up of romance in this series is rather slow which somehow reminds me of Makoto Shinkai's Garden of Words. But because of their super slow love development (which is pretty normal in real life), you look forward to watching the next episode.

So if you're up to some anime romance this Spring 2017 season, Tsuki ga Kirei won't disappoint.

2/20/17

Manga Recommendation: Tenkuu Shinpan
What would you do if you suddenly wake up in a different world?

No. You're not an otaku turned hero. And you're not a gamer who entered a virtual world either.

While Tenkuu Shinpan is all too similar with the usual "waking-up-in-another-world" story, this manga is definitely on a more unique level.

Honjo Yuri, a "normal" high school girl suddenly woke up in a parallel world where access to the ground is literally impossible.

She's on top of a high-rise building where each building is connected by suspension bridges.


 The view from the top might look majestic, but she needs to get out of the building fast.


Or else, she will be chopped into pieces by this masked mad man.


Just by looking at him, Yuri needs to definitely run for her life. Unknown to her, there are other masked men or women around who are also blood-thirsty killers.

What can a "normal" high school girl do to defeat them?

Tenkuu Shinpan really got me with its unique setting --- high rise buildings... suspension bridges... and of course, the scary masked antagonists.

If you love horror, gore, and witty and powerful women, I highly recommend this manga.

1/31/17

Do You Remember These Old Anime Songs?
So many new anime series. But only a few great anime OSTs. I'm not saying that I am better in composing anime music because I'm only a spectator.

But for 14+ years of being in the anime fandom, I could say that anime OSTs are far much better during the 90s and early 2000s.

Dragon Ball Z Opening 1 - Cha-La Head-Cha-La by Hironobu Kageyama


Dragon Ball Z Ending 1 - Dete Koi Tobikiri ZENKAI Power! by Manna


Dragon Ball Z Opening 2 - We Gotta Power by Hironobu Kageyama


Dragon Ball Z Ending 2 - Boku-tachi wa Tenshi datta by Hironobu Kageyama


Digimon Adventure Opening 1 - Butter-fly by Kouji Wada

Rurouni Kenshin Opening 1 - Freckles by Sandy Fox

Yu Yu Hakusho Opening 1 - Hohoemi no Bakudan by Matsuko Mawatari

Sailor Moon Opening 1 - Moonlight Densetsu by DALI

Berserk Opening 1 - Tell Me Why by PENPALS

Inuyasha Opening 1 - Change the World by V6

Inuyasha Ending 2 - Fukai Mori by Do As Infinity

Inuyasha Ending 3 - Dearest by Ayumi Hamasaki

Inuyasha Ending 4 - Every Heart - Minna no Kimochi by Boa

Inuyasha Ending 5 - Shinjitsu no Uta by Do As Infinity

1/30/17

Kuzu no Honkai Anime: First Impressions


This is the best first episode I have watched so far for the winter season.

OP - fantastic

Art - great

Emotions - super, great job seiyuus!

Background music - spot on!

ED - awesome

Story - mediocre/common, but it turned out to be above average because of the aforementioned elements

Now, I've been reading a lot of negative reviews because of its NTR nature. Yea, you could see boobs and French kissing which is not really for kids. But to me, that's just plainly okay. I could handle it. Great to be an adult.

It's R-17+ with violence and profanity.


Fuuka Anime: First Impressions
What's happening to the anime world? It seems that most of the anime today have weak first episodes.

Fuuka looks like a pretty cool manga about music, yet its first episode lacks the impact to captivate the audience.



If the production staff thinks that the best way to get a hold of the audience is through using panty shots and ecchi stuff right off the bat when in fact the focus here is about music, then they did a rather lame job.

Not a reader of the Fuuka manga but I checked it out to confirm if it really does have a very weak intro plot. But no.

I just wish that Fuuka's script writer had done a better job on retelling the story. Cut which scenes are not essential, and highlight those which are.