Thursday, 23 January 2020

Anime Recommendation #4: If you like Kuroko's Basketball you might like...

If you liked Kuroko's Basketball:

They were known as the 'Generation of Miracles' – five basketball prodigies who helped lead Teiko Middle School's basketball team to glory, defeating anyone who got in their way. But a mysterious rumor tells of a sixth, a phantom player who the five prodigies respected greatly. That boy is Tetsuya Kuroko, a freshman at Seirin High and the newest member of the basketball club. Alongside strong teammates such as Taiga Kagami, Kuroko will use his unique skills on the court to help the team defeat old rivals and make their way to the championships.






You might like Haikyuu!!:

Shouyou Hinata began playing volleyball after seeing the "little giant" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio Kageyama. So, Hinata joins Karasuno High School's volleyball team, vowing revenge against Kageyama. However, Kageyama is also on Karasuno's team. The former rivals form a legendary combo with Hinata's mobility and Kageyama's precision ball-handling. Together, they take on the local tournaments and vow to meet Karasuno's fated rival school in the nationals.





Reasons/Similarities:

  • Shounen
  • Production I.G Studio
  • Sport 
  • Mainly males
  • Tournaments 
  • School Club
  • Tense moments
  • Little comedy 
  • Main guy being underestimated because of height or body size
PS. I could have did the recommendation anyway at all, as one has been watched more and one is rated higher on Anime Planet. Both Anime are well loved and watched and if you like one, you will like the other. I did it this order, as Kuroko's Basketball came out first. 


Sunday, 19 January 2020

Anime OST Spotlight #6: Fairy Tail

Anime Title: Fairy Tail
Opening/Ending/Other: Ending #6
Artist: w-inds.
Song: -Be As One-


Lyrics
Woe Woe Woe...

Donna toki demo  omotteiru yo  aenai hi mo Everytime I Feel
Ah attaka na tenohira kurumareta Heart&Soul
Hanarezu ni  koko ni aru
Nanigenai yasashisa ni meguriau tabi  subete wo dakishimetaku naru yo

I Will -Be As One- kimi wo mamoritai
Stay With Me suki da yo Yes You itoshii hito
Afuredasu omoi kakusazu  tsutaeru kara
Tatta ichido deatta kiseki sa
Hoshitachi ga musubi kagayaku you ni  amatsubu yagate umi ni sosogu yo ni
Futari kasaneaou Love kimi ga subete

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Friday, 10 January 2020

My Top 20 Anime In 2019


Another year bites the dust and with that another year of Anime is over. I watched a lot of different and varied Anime.

Once Again, I will have no honourable mentions this year, as those are for my season posts, not my end of year. Just like last year, my Top 10 Anime will have Gif's.

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 2019. 

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1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (26 Eps) – 5 Stars

2. The Promised Neverland (12 Eps) – 5 Stars

3. Dr. Stone (24 Eps) – 5 Stars

4. The Rising of the Shield Hero (25 Eps) – 5 Stars

5. Fruits Basket 1st Season (25 Eps) – 5 Stars

6. Sword Art Online: Alicization (24 Eps) – 5 Stars

7. Given (11 Eps) – 5 Stars

8. Attack on Titan 3rd Season: Part II (10 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars

9. Ultraman (13 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars

10. Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld (12 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars

11. Fire Force (24 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars
12. Psycho-Pass 3 (8 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars
13. Radiant (21 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars
14. Meiji Tokyo Renka (12 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars
15. High School Star Musical 3 (12 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars
16. Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season (12 Eps) – 4 Stars
17. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II (12 Eps) – 4 Stars
18. Midnight occult civil servants (12 Eps) – 4 Stars
19. Fairy Gone 2 (12 Eps) – 4 Stars
20. B-PROJECT: Zecchou Emotion (12 Eps) – 4 Stars


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I loved all the Anime on this list. It really was a struggle ordering it but in the end I did it.

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 :)

See you soon in my next post.


Tara 
xxxx

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Anime Recommendation #3: If you like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood you might like...

If you liked Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood:

The foundation of alchemy is based on the law of equivalent exchange; you cannot produce something from nothing. As such, alchemy is bound by one taboo - human transmutation. Four years ago two young brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, broke this taboo when they tried to resurrect their dead mother. During the process Al's body disintegrated and Ed lost his leg. In a desperate attempt to prevent his brother from disappearing completely, Ed sacrificed one of his arms so he could affix Al's soul to a suit of armor. When his missing limbs are replaced by auto mail parts, Ed bears the name of the Fullmetal Alchemist - the youngest ever State Alchemist and dog of the military. Now, alongside his brother, Ed uses his status within the military to attempt to find any way that he can return their bodies back to their original state.

You might like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba:

Bloodthirsty demons lurk in the woods, and nobody dares to venture out at night, save for the demon slayer of legend. Surviving in this harsh world, young Tanjirou takes it upon himself to protect his family–until the day that everything is taken from him in a vicious slaughter. Now, all he has left is his sister, and she’s not even human anymore.










Reasons/Similarities:
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • Shounen
  • Violence
  • Based on a manga
  • Sibling bond - in both Anime...the bond between siblings are shown to be strong and both sides to the bond is willing to anything to help the other.



Monday, 6 January 2020

My Top 5 Anime in Fall 2019

The season is over and so is the year. This season I did try to watch more than I could handle and ended up dropping some Anime; but did the Anime I kept watching, worth it?. Here is my Top 5 Anime and Honourable mention. 


Honourable Mention #1
Assassins Pride (12 Eps) – 3 Stars 
Talk about being confused after a couple of episodes. When I got what was going on; I enjoyed it. When I was lost and just really confused; I didn’t enjoy it at all.  I haven’t read the source material and from what others have said; the source material is so much better. Knowing this I can now figure out why I was so lost and confused. Not only did they just rush things; they also skipped things which included friendships being formed and just location changes and development. With that said; the pacing was awful and the storyline although interesting when I could follow it; lacked a lot of things. All the issued just went to the fact that the people behind this Anime adaption rushed this whole thing and it all fell apart. There were moments that I enjoyed and was entertained and some nice fighting scenes.

The main character Melida does grow in strength, courage and ability but a lot of this growth is off screen due to the issues I have stated in the first paragraph. I do like her; but I do find her annoying at times. Kufa is the main male character and I just like him in a whole. He knows what he must do to get his job done but he also has rules he bends if he feels it would be best. I just love how a hard, strong and capable character is swayed by a young child. I found Elise annoying, Rosetti funny and Nerva being a character I hated to begin with but then started to like her for reasons shown in the Anime.

Did I love the opening or ending song; not really. Was it catchy; yes it was, it fit the Anime and the characters, and I did start to try to sing along with it by the end of the season. Do I want a second season; no. What I want is for them to do a reboot and do it the justice people want and what I secretly want too. Will this happen; most likely not. 

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#5
Fairy Gone 2 (12 Eps) – 4 Stars
After watching season 1 of this show, I honestly wasn’t looking forward to this season, but I just wanted to watch it and finish it; to complete it. I said all the things that went wrong in season 1 and I have to say that they improved on so many of those problems. I mentioned in the previous season that I was confused with who was who and what was what and although it was confusing still at the start of this season; I did managed to get to grips with who actually was good and who was bad. I managed to get the gist of the plot of this whole thing, but I was still confused on why it took this long for me to finally make sense of this whole thing. The pacing of this season was done so much better and I am really impressed with how much they improved from last season to this season. That certain thing I was annoyed with as it was constantly being flung in my face was still mentioned a lot but this time it was less annoying as it was being developed while being mentioned. The fight scenes were just as good if not better than last season. 

Character development is something I look to, especially in a second season as they have more time to develop said characters. Not only did they develop Marlya in the most amazing way; giving her more likeability and strength. They managed to develop other characters that never got any spotlights last season. I still found some characters to be annoying and not needed but I find that most Anime makes me feel this.

The OST in this Season was just as amazing as the last; which makes sense as it’s the same Artists as last season. The opening song was weaker than last season, but I did prefer this ending song. I said for season 1 that I was dreading season 2 but I am glad I watched it and it had an ending I can be pleased and happy with. This wasn’t the perfect Anime, but it manged to improve and make me happy that I stuck to it. No more though please, we don’t need any more seasons.

#4
Psycho-Pass 3 (8 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars 
I was surprised when a 3rd season was announced and then I was also stupid as I never got around to watching the 3 movies that were released throughout the year. I did find out that it wasn’t the end of the world without watching them, but I will get to watch them at some point. I am still confused as to why certain things happened and if that is due to the movies then please let me know in the comments below. I didn’t like how it was going to be a shorter season but then thrilled to find out that each episode was going to be roughly 45mins long. I loved this season with the twists and turns and seeing more characters and learning more about things. I did feel at times the pacing was a little off for me. At times I felt like it was going to slow, then too fast and then too slow again and I was starting to wonder where it was heading. 

The main two characters are opposites of each other but I did start to enjoy both of them for those two different personalities. I do admit I prefer Arata over Kei but that’s due to the fact I enjoy his personality more. You did have some characters that were in previous Seasons which was great too see them again.  

I really loved the opening and ending songs. The opening being very catchy and addicting; I did feel that the opening was underrated in my opinion. The ending song was just fitting for Psycho-Pass. Overall, I did enjoy this season, but I need more; not just because of the ending but because I just love this series. With only a compilation film announced and not another sequel it makes me nervous if there will be more. Hopefully there will be either a season 4 or a sequel movie. Until then I will watch those 3 movies I didn’t get to watch and wait for more from this amazing franchise. 

#3
Fire Force (24 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars 
I honestly thought this Anime was going to be just another average show with fire and fighting. I was hooked from the get-go; the way it just dragged me in from just one episode. The only things in this Anime that made me not enjoy it was the random fan service moments and sometimes the pacing was a little bit weird and jumbled up. The storyline does have similar elements to other Anime; but made unique. They managed to make fire abilities unique with every character. In my head before this show was; fire is fire. After watching this show; I see how fire abilities can differ and how some ways of using fire could be useful in one situation but not another. The pacing of the Anime was at a steady pace for most of the Anime. It was only now and then did I find the pacing too slow or too fast. The fighting in this Anime was done in such a wonderful way. I enjoyed every fight that happened; even if it weren’t the main character. 

Shinra is the main character in this show and I love him to bits. He isn’t dumb yet he does sometimes make mistakes. He does everything in order to be a hero. I love his creepy smile; it makes him unique. He strives to be stronger and will even help people when they don’t even ask to be helped. Arthur is dumb, silly and definitely the comic relief but that’s not all he is. The further this Anime goes; you get to see him get better in his fighting and skills. Iris is such an innocent and cute girl who may not be a fighter, but she is essential in this show to be the support role. Maki is a crazy, strong and in my opinion; best girl. Tamaki is good at fighting but can be the comic relief also; especially when it comes to the fan service moments. Hinawa at first seemed a little too cold and only obey rules but then there’s an episode that changed my mind. Oubi even without powers is such an amazing leader and strong in battle. Other than all the main characters, I also loved; Hibana, Vulcan and Flare & Sputter.

There was two openings and two endings for this fire Anime. If I had too choose based on the music fitting with the Animation, then I would say the first opening was better. If it was just based on song and song only; I would give it to the second opening. Both endings were amazing and fit with the show. I would choose second ending as my favourite based on the lyrics alone. I am so glad that I don’t have to wait to see if there will be a second season; as it was announced after the finale. I am so pumped and hyped for season two and I hope that I can rate the second season 5 Stars. 

#2
Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld (12 Eps) – 4 ½ Stars
I knew going into this Anime that it would be more focused on Alice rather than Kirito but I didn’t know that it was only going to be 12 episodes. The storyline was continuing from the season before both in the Game world and Real world. The pacing was perfect, and I never felt like it was being rushed. The animation within the fights that happened were amazing and I felt like if the Animation wasn’t good then the fights might not have had the same impact. The ending of this season was a little annoying as I just felt like it ended as if it were to continue but it wont until April. I hate saying this because we should let other characters get the spotlight, but I really miss Kirito being in action. 

Alice is the main character in this season and I really loved how she protects Kirito and does everything to help others. She’s a capable fighter and she came into her own a lot more this season. Asuna gets to be in this season a bit more as they find out that something is wrong with Kirito and they can only potentially help him if they go into the game themselves. She volunteers to go into the game; no surprises there. There were other characters in this series, but I really felt they all had small parts but in those small parts they got to show off their personalities and fighting skills. 

The opening song wasn’t as good as the past openings, but it was a good song. The ending song was a beautiful song sung by the amazing LiSA that nearly always gets to sing something in the SAO franchise which is just amazing that they keep her involved. I am looking forward to the last season of SAO. 


#1
Dr. Stone (24 Eps) – 5 Stars 
When me and my partner decided to watch this; I honestly had a feeling it was going to be average and nothing too special but oh I was totally wrong. The storyline itself is unique in the sense it’s not all about the action, the characters; but also, science. For someone who wasn’t the best at science and found it boring; this show managed to make science seem fun and interesting. Was the first few Episodes slow; yes, but after a bit it started to pick up pace and the entertainment value just went higher and higher. The comedy in it was also amazing and not overdone unlike some Anime. 

Senku is the main character and at first it seemed like his friend was getting more of a spotlight, but it ended up shifting to Senku, but there was a reason why this had to happen. He was a very well thought of character that I started to fall in love with after a few episodes. He isn’t your typical main male protagonist. I would summarise that in past Anime the main male character is either very overpowered from the get-go, or very weak from the very get go and then they grow to be stronger. Senku is smart; from the very start. He didn’t grow in the sense; he was dumb before this situation happened, but because he was smart from the get-go; he managed to turn this horrible situation into a situation that can be improved and some how move on from. He is a hero in the sense that he has the brain power and science knowledge with him that the others didn’t possess. He still makes mistakes, overlooks things and is weak in other situations; no one is good at everything, unless you are super lucky. Other characters that I also loved were; Chrome, Kohaku, Gen and Suika. I hated Tsukasa and Mantle

This Anime had two amazing openings and two amazing ending songs. If I had to choose my favourites; I would have to say the first opening was my favourite and then the second ending was my favourite. There was also a song that was sung in a certain episode that so beautiful; I don’t want to go into too much detail as it’s spoiler territory. I am so excited that a second season was announced right at the end of the last episode. I am now going to wait patiently (maybe?) for the next season. 


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I found it really hard to order 4-2 as I enjoyed all 3 in different ways. All 3 had something I wanted more of and hope I get more. In the end, I placed Psycho-Pass lower as I don't know if there is going to be a sequel vs the other two which have sequels announced.

My Top 20 Anime of 2019 will be up by the latest January 31st; hopefully earlier.


Tara
xxxx

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Anime OST Spotlight #5: Banana Fish

Anime Title: Banana Fish
Opening/Ending/Other: Ending #2
Artist: Survive Said The Prophet
Song: RED


Lyrics
In spite of how the world decides to see my life
Would I still have the chance for us to say goodbye?
Over and over again
If I decide to burn instead of fading out
I still would like the chance for us to say goodbye
Over and over again

If we can be found, we sure can get lost
Through all the madness of falling in love
If we're truly lost, I don't want to be found
Here dying alone

The stain of RED that colors the pavement
Painted with blood of somebody you love
Is this the sacrifice for the broken
Losing the purest of what's in your heart

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Anime Recommendation #2: If you like Your lie in April you might like...

If you liked Your lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso):


Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.













You might like Plastic Memories:

After failing his college entrance exams, 18 year-old Tsukasa Mizugaki is offered a position at the renowned SAI Corporation due to his father’s connections. SAI Corporation is known for its production and management of androids that possessed human emotions called Giftia. Tsukasa’s position is in the terminal service department where the main job is to recover Giftias that are close to their expiration, a graveyard department in every sense. To make matters worse, Tsukasa is ordered to work with Isla, a female Giftia who is never given any responsibility other than serving tea to co-workers.





Reasons/Similarities:

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Tear-jerking
  • A Journey between a boy and a girl
  • Heartbreak
  • Funny moments
  • Emotional
  • Needing tissues...a lot of tissues...

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