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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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Top 5 Anime Opening Songs of Fall (2018)

Onto the last season of the year and what year it has been. It's time to tell you my favourite opening songs of this season. I know this post is late and I do apologise, but I have been poorly and busy. Once again though, it was a hard to order my top 4 but in the end I did it through my enjoyment of the song, and how much it went with said show too. 

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Honourable Mention #1: 
Radiant
Opening 1 - Utopia by 04 Limited Sazabys




Honourable Mention #2:
RWBY *Volume 6*  (I count it...Deal with it)
Opening 1 - Rising by Casey Lee Williams



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#5
Opening 1 - UNION by OxT


#4
Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season
Opening 1 - katharsis by TK from Ling Toshite Shigure



#3
DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-
Opening 1 - Fukanzen Monochlogue by Tomohisa Sako



#2
Sword Art Online: Alicization
Opening 1 - ADAMAS by LiSA



#1
Banana Fish
Opening 2 - FREEDOM by BLUE ENCOUNT


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There was some other opening songs that I did enjoy but just not as much as the above. All links go to Anime Planet apart from RWBY which links to the site where you can watch it for Free 1 week behind paid members.

If you want to know all the Anime that I am watching then click here and then you will know what other opening song's I missed out.


I will be back with a new post of My Top 5 Anime in Fall.

See you then.


Tara
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Monday, 22 October 2018

My Top 5 Anime in Summer 2018

The third season has now ended and only more left for this year. It's crazy how fast it's going. This Season was the most weird, crazy and unfortunately for some Anime, so disappointing. Anime such as Banana Fish will be on the Top 5 Anime of Fall, but I do want to highlight how amazing the show is.

This list will be a combination of Anime I finished from last season, and Anime that was only 12-13 Episodes long. 


Honourable Mention #1
Persona 5 The Animation (26 Eps) – 3 ½ Stars
What a roller-coaster this show had me on. I was really hyped for this show, right from when it was announced. I do have to admit, I have only played part of the game, so after a certain point I was going in blind. I am very impressed with some parts of the show, how they changed things from Game to Anime. I love the soundtrack and the Animation was good 50% of the time, average 30% and really poor 20% of the time. Some of the episodes was really stupid and not needed. Though with all the ups and downs, the ending was the huge disappointment of it all. To the ones that have completed the game, they may not care but to those who can't or unable to, we are left on a cliffhanger and we have to wait for an OVA near the end of the year. You are kidding me....after 26 episodes, we are left to wait... WAIT!!!. If I have something to say, it's if you don't know what chose, out of Game or Anime...Choose Game 100%. Also I know it's not impossible as Persona 4 The Animation did so well and I loved that one.

Honourable Mention #2
I got hooked in this crazy world from the get go but little things here and there was just not needed. I loved the horror, creepy parts of it and I also loved the relationship that started forming between Rachel and Zack. There was moments where I was bored or found it not needed. Some parts dragged while others was rushed. I do admit that the main part of the lower rating is because it ended on a cliffhanger and you had to wait for the final 4 episodes in a separate series. So I will quickly point out, if I had the final already, this may have been number 5 or higher instead. 

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#5
This show was actually surprisingly good for the most part. It had a decent plot, interesting characters and good Animation. There was a lot of cliche moments and boring parts thrown in, which really annoyed me and made me disappointed. The majority of the characters were unique and interesting, even the bad characters. There is a certain female character called Ryoko that a lot of people found annoying and not needed but to be honest, she kicked ass and did as much as she could. Not once did I feel she was in the way, if anything, there was other characters that I felt wasn't needed. I loved the fight scenes, and I mean I adored them. I secretly hope for a second season because the ending wasn't the best and I do hope they can do more, but if they don't I can understand why. 

Although this season was amazing, it just couldn’t live up to how good the first season was. There was parts and moments that made me feel disappointed in this show, but then there was moments that reminded me why I love Steins;Gate. The character's were all amazing and portrayed in the right way depending on how the plot was progressing. I felt the first half was really slow and some things just dragged when it could have been done in less episodes and had more episodes focused on situations that needed more time. The tension and being made to sit on the edge of the seat was still present throughout the show and the emotions it had me feeling reminded me of how I felt watching the first season. The ending was actually really neat and awesome. Did I enjoy this show, hell yeah I did, but it just wasn't as good as the first season. Now please no more. Let it be. Time is not to be messed with.

I may be biased when it comes to this show, because any show with hot men… I mean with talented men is a must for me.When this Season was announced I was so happy but also scared to see what will happen as all the Characters were doing different things and aiming for different things. Although at times I felt they were adding in things that weren't needed and dragging out parts and also not enough Rei and Nagisa, I was actually surprised with how AMAZING this was. The character progressions in this series was done really well and I was actually surprised how they managed to put everything together. The opening song was done by OLDCODEX just like the other seasons and it was just as catchy as the others. The ending song was also done by Style Five (the Main 5 Characters VA's). Although I did love the song, it just doesn't beat the other two ending songs they have did. I was slightly disappointed with the ending as it ended mid dive, but because of the text saying more in 2020, I kind of forgive it but.. 2020... 2 years.. we have to wait 2 whole years and of course everyone links it to the Olympics which if it is, that was cleverly done.

I will never not love My Hero, unless they mess it up big time. The only thing that nagged me this season, was I didn't feel as hyped and invested in the second half of the season. The pacing was done really well and I didn't feel like things were rushed, although I kind of wished some parts did go faster. Just like with Free! some character developments and changes were done really well and I love how they take time to not only develop the main character but also the other characters because without the other characters it just wouldn't work, at least not in my opinion. I love the opening and ending songs, although I preferred the second opening and ending over the first ones. After the final two episodes, I am all hyped and ready for the next season that was announced at the end of this season. Until then "PLUS ULTRA!" 

#1
Finally I can rate a Attack on Titan Series 5 stars. I have been waiting for something more in this show and I got it this season. There is certain characters I really wanted to grow up, develop and become something more than just a name. There is two characters that stood out to me as being developed, one developed more as main story where the other was literally just one/two episodes. Those two being Armin and Historia, I will not be saying anything more as I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't watched this season yet. The pacing in this season was amazing and the storyline was so well put together. The action in this season is so much better than last season and that could be partially the reason why I loved it so much more. Although I loved the opening and ending song, it just isn't the same as Season 1. I can't wait for the next part of this Season in April. Until then, Slay some Titans. 

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This season had a lot of sequels and less new Anime. I do have to admit the sequels did do better than the new ones. I didn't cover a couple of Anime from this season, so if you want to know more about that then just check out my Anime Planet link on the right side of the blog. Can't wait to be back with my Top Anime Opening songs of Fall 2018.


P.S.   Sorry it is out late, I have been ill all month, so I have been taking my time with this. 

Tara
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