Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Top 5 Anime Opening Songs of Spring (2019)


The second season has arrived and with that, more songs have also arrived. Time to dive into some of the ones I love. I have missed a couple out due to them being out later or hard to get onto blog.

Well here we go, my Top 5 and my one honourable mention. 
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Honourable Mention #1: 
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Opening 5 - Golden Time by Fujifabric



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#5
Midnight occult civil servants
Opening 1 - dis-communicate by Jun Fukuyama


Opening 1 - Again by Beverly


#3
Fairy gone
Opening 1 - KNOCK on the CORE by (K)NoW_NAME:Ayaka Tachibana & AIJ

Opening 1 - Gurenge (紅蓮華) by LiSA


#1
The Rising of the Shield Hero
Opening 2 - FAITH by MADKID



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I bet the number one wasn't that surprising after last season. When I knew that MADKID was going to be doing the second opening for The Rising of the Shield Hero, I knew it was going to be good. LiSA nearly topped my list but MADKID won again. I did want to add the opening for Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season but I couldn't get a clean enough video for it, if it were on here it would be number 5 or HM.


I will be back with a new post next season with my Top 5 Anime in Spring and then my Top 5 opening songs in Summer. The year is going way to fast.


Tara
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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

My Top 5 Anime in Winter 2019

The start of the new Anime year has begun and oh boy did it start in a really good way. Was it a perfect season? Well read on and you shall see.

Only Anime that ENDED in this season counts, ones that are going into the next season and end in that season, will be rated in that corresponding season post.

Without further delay; here is my Top 5 Anime of Winter and 1 honourable mention.


Honourable Mention #1
Kakegurui 2nd Season (12 Eps) – 4 Stars
After how amazing the first season was, I was worried it wouldn’t be able to be as good, and unfortunately I was right in being worried. It started off in a really strong way, but then as the series went and the “gambles” went, I kind of got confused, bored and confused once again.

I also felt they added way too many new characters in this season, without developing current characters further… like a certain male character that … still hasn’t really had a time to shine on his own, like EVER. He has only been important in like one or two episodes this season. COME ON.

The opening song was so much better than last season and it was just so fitting, catchy and amazing. The ending song wasn’t as strong as the last seasons ending song. So I guess it evened it out. I think in reality I have rated this higher than I should have, as the ending was a lot to be desired.

 If a third season does happen, then I really hope it gets back to the spark season one had and actually develop characters they haven’t managed to as of yet. 

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#5
B-PROJECT: Zecchou Emotion (12 Eps) – 4 Stars
I never though an Idol show would have so much drama, but then at the same time actually disappoint me at times. It started of really strong, and I was honestly thinking it was going to be so much better than the first season. Introducing the new band to join the big B-Project band was such a great idea and it meant we got to see new interactions and see new bonds created, tested and fawn over new boys. The drama I was talking about was going to such heights and I was so invested in it but then it suddenly felt flat; all the effort to suddenly become insignificant.

I did enjoy the moments where they were reminding the girl that she’s just as part of the group than they are. It showed they care for her and understand sometimes things go wrong, especially when you are looking after so many boys. The main girl is strong willed and does try her best with everything she was doing, and she honestly didn’t deserve any blame or hate at all during this season.

The animation is good, I mean for an idol Anime it’s good, but I don’t like the CGI that they use when they are performing on stage, it looks horrid and tacky and I know they do it to a lot of Idol Anime but I feel this show does it the worst of what I have seen so far or what I remember. The opening song was catchy and the ending song sweet. The insert songs were really well written and giving to the correct band members to sing.

I would actually like to see more from them, but maybe just as an OVA or Movie. 

#4
I thought this was going to be another one of those reverse harems where the main girl is useless, weak and just pines for all the boys’ attentions. This one wasn’t like that at all. The storyline was of course similar in the fact multiple boys get to have some time with the main character and also that the guys were cute and all have a different talent and reason for why “she” should chose them. This one though shows not only her learning from them and gaining confidence from them, but them also learning from her. The pacing of the Anime was done in a good pace and I never felt it was rushed or too slow.

The main character was clueless and weak to begin with, I’m not saying she wasn’t, but she started to grow from episode two and progressed in such a way that I became really proud of her. The main male character was interesting and I did like him, but I felt like he could have been there a lot more and had more presence at certain times.

The opening song was catchy and interesting and I didn’t like it at first but it grew on me by episode three/four. There was more than one ending song, and I did enjoy them all, but they just weren’t as memorable as the opening song.

Overall I did love this show, but the ending may have taken that half star away, along with other minor issues. Would I like to see a second season? Yes I would, but I have a feeling it won’t happen. But even if a second couldn’t happen, I would like to see an alternate ending or two in OVA form maybe.

#3
Radiant (21 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars
I went into this Anime thinking it was going to be childish, boring and have nothing unique about it. I was wrong. Even though I tell myself not to judge Anime before I watch a few episodes I still end up doing that. I loved the storyline, from the moment the whole situation was explained I was hooked. Was this Anime perfect? No. There were multiple times it was slow, there was times it dragged on, but also times it rushed. No matter the case it was still really entertaining.

The characters really helped with that. Every character was different and unique, having something that only they could pull off. Seth being the main character really did annoy me at times, but then he kind of grew on me. Reminds me of so many other young boys in Anime...

 The animation was actually not bad at all, was it top notch; no but it wasn’t rubbish or bad like other Anime I have watched. The opening song was really catchy and although this was a two season Anime, it only had one opening song which to me was a great idea. The ending song although cool and nice it wasn’t something that I would listen in my own free time. 

Overall I am so happy I watched this show and knowing there’s going to be a season two makes me happy as it ended terribly if that news wasn’t out.

#2
Sword Art Online: Alicization (24 Eps) – 5 Stars
I went into this thinking it was going to be airing for a whole year and not split between half a year, so when I suddenly realised it ended I had to think of what to rate it. I am only joking with thinking part; there was no need to think. It is by far the best Sword Art Online series to date, and other than the Movie that I rated 5 stars this is the first time I have rated a SAO series 5 Stars. This series started with a crazy situation happening, which actually caused Kirito to be in actual danger and for the only way of surviving was to go into a game. The thing about this series is, I actually felt invested into this storyline to the point that I forgot Kirito is in a game. The storyline was thought of really well and managed to hook me into it; especially when high tension plots was implemented into it. I did start to feel with the past couple of ARC’s from SAO that they might be losing their touch with telling a good storyline but this series put my worries to rest. The pacing was done in a really good way and I never once felt like it was rushed.

 Kirito being the main character obviously was written way better than the past few ARC’s just like the storylines. Eugeo being the other main character was shown to be weaker than Kirito but where Kirito lacked at times, Eugeo did show his strengths, especially to the latter half of the season. His growth was one of the things that made me like him. The bond between the two males was done really well and it was great to see to male leads rather than a male and female or female and female in the franchise of SAO.

The Animation was pretty decent in my eyes, though I am not expert, so I normally only notice the quality of Animation in certain cases. The two opening songs were amazing and fit for the show, and although I loved the first one, the second one will have to be my favourite. The ending songs were also good, and I will have to give it to the second one as well.

I can’t wait until the second half of this series in Fall. Let the wait begin.

#1
I wanted to watch this the moment I saw the announcement and watched the trailer. I never thought I would find an Anime that can hook me in from just the first five – ten minutes. I always like an Anime that has a unique storyline and also a pace that isn’t too rushed and also not too slow.

I have never felt the need to protect Anime characters as much as I did watching this; it didn’t help that the majority of the cast are children and me being an adult and especially an adult woman I felt the need to protect them like they were my own children. All of the children play a part in this incredible story and although that is the case; you had three main children who stood out in the spotlight. All three of them had a role to play and a reason to like them and get on board with all their thoughts and ideas. Emma is most certainly my favourite character out of everyone in the show.

This Anime does everything perfectly; from the stellar animation, to the amazing soundtrack and the unique way they used camera angling when walking through corridors etc. The opening song is perfect for the show and it makes you get into the mood for crazy journey with the children. The two endings were amazing and pretty. They helped with the emotion the episode was trying to put across.

I am not afraid to say that I cried multiple times during this show and I can’t wait to go on this incredible ride again when the second season airs next year. 


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I have to say that I was mainly pleased and happy with how the Season ended. The Fourth and Third was hard to put in the right order, so I would say they are joint if I could.

See you for my Top 5 Opening songs for Spring post.

Tara
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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Top 5 Anime Opening Songs of Winter (2019)

The first Season of Anime of the year 2019 and with that comes a range of new openings. I actually think it's started in a really good way. I love these 7 songs, but I also love a few more that I couldn't add to this list, or didn't feel it were as good as these ones.
I am also trying something new with my Top Opening lists as I never used to use a Image at the top of the post, but I now am. ((love more work :P))

Well here we go, my Top 5 and my two honourable mentions. 
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Honourable Mention #1: 
gen:LOCK
Opening 1 - Belgrade by Battle Tapes


Honourable Mention #2:
B-PROJECT: Zecchou Emotion
Opening 1 - Zecchou*Emotion by B-PROJECT


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Opening 1 - Tsuki Akari no Rhapsodia by KENN



#4
Opening 2 - RESISTER by ASCA

#3
Kakegurui××
Opening 1 - Kono Yubi Tomare by JUNNA



#2
The Promised Neverland
Opening 1 - Touch Off by UVERworld



#1
Opening 1 - RISE by MADKID

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Ordering this list was so hard, as at least the top 4 is just AMAZING. I say that, but my number 1 was always going to be this. gen:LOCK is a animated show that Rooster Teeth best known for the show RWBY has recently created. The link is going straight to where you can watch it for free. 1 week behind if you don't pay.


I will be back with a new post of my Top 5 Anime in Winter and then my Top 5 Opening songs of Spring.

Tara
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Friday, 25 January 2019

My Top 20 Anime In 2018

I can't believe it's been another year of Anime and life... but mainly Anime. It's been a crazy year but also a really interesting one for Anime. I actually found a really good way to sort my Anime in order without it being to complicated. Although it was just as hard to put it in order.

Once Again, I will have no honourable mentions this year, as those are for my season posts, not my end of year. Instead though, this year instead of having Gif's on my Top 5, it will be for my Top 10.

If an Anime you like isn't on this list, it could be on my Season Top Anime Lists, which I do at the end of each season. (WinterSpringSummer and Fall). 

Without any more delay, this is My Top 20 Anime in 2018. 

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20. Tokyo Ghoul:re (12 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars {Second Part: 3 ½ Stars – Avg.: 4 Stars}


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I loved all the Anime on this list, and it was hard to order, but in the end I just went with my heart. I will be back with new posts soon.

Hope you enjoyed the list and don't forget to check out my Anime lists on my Anime sites which are located on the right side of my blog :) 


Tara 
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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

My Top 5 Anime in Fall 2018


Final Season of 2018 is now over. This season had a mix bag of stuff for me to enjoy. The ones I have on here is the ones I finished this season. My top 5 plus my honourable mention.
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Unfortunately I still haven’t finished this season, but of what I have seen; it’s good, entertaining and funny. I wished I had time or had my mind set to finish this, but I have had other Anime and other stuff to do. The manager is the funniest character I've experienced recently in Anime.This is such a unique Anime; I feel if I finished this it would be a lot higher on this list. Opening song is catchy but I hate that they kept the sound effect on the opening song and the ending song is pretty. 
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#5
I really enjoyed the 1st season of :re but this season just went crazy, confusing and everything else that means I didn’t know what was going on the majority of the time. I haven’t read the Manga, but that shouldn’t stop me from enjoying it or understanding it, but it did. It was written and paced so terribly and it’s not fair, because I know how successful the manga is and how everyone was disappointed at this poor attempt at an adaptation. Why then, have I still rated it pretty high when I am talking so negative about it? For me the fight scenes that did happen, even if I didn’t know who they were, were good and very well animated. The episode with a certain romance scene was done really well and I didn’t feel awkward watching it. The ending was also really good, even if I felt it was a bit rushed.  The opening song was amazing and the ending song not really memorable for me. I think myself and others were disappointed and if ever in the future someone wants to adapt the Manga CORRECTLY then please PLEASE do.

#4
When I read the synopsis for this; I was immediately interested in it. I didn’t want it to be the same as other Anime I have watched with the same Genre, I wanted something unique and that’s what I got. It wasn’t boring, it wasn’t cliché but it was cute and amazing. At times I did think it was going slow and it could have been at a quicker pace but other than that I loved it. The two main characters had two totally different personalities but for some reason that’s what made it work for them as a couple and for us as an audience to watch. I did find it slightly awkward on some scenes but that’s kind of expected for this kind of genre. Seeing the reality of what it is like to be in showbiz or whatever it’s called was kind of sad, as they weren’t allowed to be open etc. I adored the opening and ending song and I really fell in love with the ending animation too, as it had those two dancing…so cute. Do I think it should have a second season, I don’t know... I feel their story is complete but would I mind seeing another two characters from this season play main roles, hell yes.

#3
I don't know what drew me into wanting to watch this, it's been a while, so I can't remember, but whatever did get me to want to watch it; I am glad i did. Was this the best Anime ever; No, but it was unique in so many ways. The storyline was in my way, so unique and different to other storylines, especially for the season. The pacing was really well done, and even in episodes that wasn't exactly the main plot, it still felt needed and relevant. In other Anime when they push the mains storyline aside, you don't really see why, or enjoy it most the times. The action scenes were done really well and the emotional scenes were done just as good. I am not the greatest comedy fan, when it comes to anything at all, whether that's in Anime or any other forms of entertainment. This Anime though managed to make me laugh in so many ways; without it being to much or too forceful like other comedy related stuff has done. The character were all developed throughout the whole show especially Doug and Kirill. The opening song was good, but the ending song stole the show, with an amazing catchy song that just fit with the show so well. I would 100% love this show to have a second season, though I don't know if it will happen. Fingers crossed.

#2
SSSS.Gridman (12 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars 
I went into this show thinking it was going to be childish, disappointing and boring. I came out of it thinking I was so wrong with what I first thought. This Anime took me by surprise in a really good way. I fell in love with the storyline and plot development instantly and I was hooked on it by at least episode 2-3. Going from lighthearted to serious in a matter of moments doesn't work with a lot of Anime, but with this Anime it does. It worked really well. The characters were all unique and they explored their differences and they quirks to a really high level. The interactions that they all had with eachother, as a whole group or just one to one was written so well. The emotional scenes had me shocked, sad and I honestly felt my heart go out to them a few times. The Animation was really good and for a Mecha, it has to be decent at least or it get's to clunky, so I am glad they didn't fail on that. The opening song was catchy and the ending song was also really good. The only thing I didn't like was the very end scene...I am not going to spoil it, but if you have seen it, you will know what I mean. I would love a second season, but I feel it would work best with a new set of main characters but maybe the same side characters who were part of Gridman. 

When I first heard about this and read the synopsis, I was half wanting to and half not wanting to watch it, but my wanting half won, and I am so glad it did. I fell in love with the storyline, characters, music, basically everything. Waiting a week after every episode and even at one point two weeks nearly killed me as nearly every episode ended on a cliff-hanger. The pacing, action was spot on. Animation was great, and there wasn’t a scene where I was like that’s terrible and the voice acting was terrific and they definitely nailed the emotional scenes. The opening and ending songs were AMAZING and fit well with the Anime. My favourite songs were the ones sung by Survive Said the Prophet, which was the first opening and second ending. Survive Said the Prophet is my new favourite band, and it’s all thanks for banana fish that I found this band. Last but no means least, the characters… the amazing characters. The bad guys suck and I hate them but their voice actors were good at their role. Ash and Eiji were my two favourite people, along with Shorter and Sing Soo. Ash and Eiji were two opposite kind of guys, but the saying goes; “opposite attracts” and in this case they 100% were attracted to each other. Whether you like BL (Boy’s Love) or not, it was romance and no-one can tell me otherwise. I could go on, but I will leave that for a future review for now I am going to say, THIS Anime had me crying, angry, frustrated and in the end emotionally drained. Now please NO MORE Anime that gets me so frustrated. I am only joking, bring it on.

PS. please if you haven’t read the manga, read the epilogue at least in the manga, because it will give the Anime a more complete ending. 

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Banana Fish was never going to be booted off 1st Place, no matter what good Anime was coming my way. So that's it... I am only joking. I am not done with 2018 yet. I still have my Top 20 Anime of 2018 coming out. Either late January or early February.

See you then.

Tara
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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

I'm sorry - Delayed Posts


Hello,

I am so sorry everyone. I said in my last post, that I would have my Top 5 of Fall and Top 20 of 2018 done by January. Although I still have time to post them, I am worried. I may not do both in time, so just in case. I am sorry. 

I have had a hectic time in my personal life and work life and although I have kept up with watching Anime, reviewing them and listing them; I have not. 

I will soon be back with my regular uploads and I am hoping to bring new stuff to the blog. 

Don't forgot if you want to know how I am doing with  my Anime, check my Anime Planet Profile page or my Twitter; Link's on the side of my blog. 


Tara 
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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Top 20 Anime Opening Songs of 2018

I enjoyed doing this last year, so I am back again with my Top 20 Anime Opening Songs for this year. Unlike last year there is no Honourable mention(s). I have been harsh and it's been hard, but I have managed to narrow it down to 20. The Top 5 were really easy, but the rest was so hard but in the end I am happy with how it ended.

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1) Banana Fish
Opening 1 - Found & Lost by Survive Said The Prophet

2) Garo: Vanishing Line
Opening 2 - HOWLING SWORD by Shuhei Kita

3) Black Clover
Opening 3 - Black Rover by Vickeblanka


4) Banana Fish
Opening 2 - FREEDOM by BLUE ENCOUNT

5) Sword Art Online: Alicization
Opening 1 - ADAMAS by LiSA


6) Free! Dive to the Future
Opening 1 - Heading to Over by OLDCODEX
7) Caligula
Opening 1- Paradigm Box by Ritsu Shikishima (Chiharu Sawashiro), Shougo Satake (Shunsuke Takeuchi)
8) DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-
Opening 1 - Fukanzen Monochlogue by Tomohisa Sako
9) Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season
Opening 1 - katharsis by TK from Ling Toshite Shigure
10) RWBY *Volume 6*
Opening 1 - Rising by Casey Lee Williams
11) SSSS.Gridman
Opening 1 - UNION by OxT
12) My Hero Academia 3
Opening 2 - Make my Story by Lenny code fiction
13) Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Opening 3 - It's all in the game by Qyoto
14) Devils' Line
Opening 1 - Eclipse by Shouta Aoi
15) Persona 5 The Animation
Opening 1 - BREAK IN TO BREAK OUT by Lyn
16) Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
Opening 1- CLEAR by Maaya Sakamoto
17) Violet Evergarden
Opening 1 - Sincerely by TRUE
18) Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
Opening 1 - Stray (ストレイ) by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets
19) Sanrio Boys
Opening 1 - Seishun Interlude (青春インターリュード) by Sanrio Danshi
20) DARLING in the FRANXX
Opening 1 - KISS OF DEATH by Mika Nakashima x Hyde

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There you have it, my top 20 Anime opening songs of this year. All links go to Anime Planet bar RWBY in which case, I have linked it to go to where you can watch it for free 1 week after it's out for members who pay. If there is a song that you love and isn't on this list then it could be on my top 5 Anime Opening songs of; Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

I will be back with a new post of my top 5 Anime of Fall 2018 and then after that the big one, which will be my top 20 Anime of 2018. Be warned it could be late to be put out, but early January/mid January the latest.

Tara
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