Competitive Dancing: A Ballroom e Youkoso Anime Review

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If there was just one thing… something that I could say I love… I could change. -Fujita Tatara Ballroom e Youkoso, also known as Welcome to the Ballroom in English, originated as a manga created by Tomo Takeuchi starting 2011. It is currently ongoing and has a total of 9 volumes so far. Its manga is being released by Kodansha in its Monthly Shonen Magazine. The series got more of its deserved attention as Production I.G adapted it into an anime television series since July 2017. The anime is currently running on MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, and Gunma TV, while have the license for its streaming. Let’s take a peek into the Ballroom Hall Ballroom e Youkoso centers on the life of Fujita Tatara. The series opens with him being portrayed as a middle school student who has yet to decide what kind of […]

Oushitsu Kyoushi Heine: Zien’s Anime Review

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Fast Facts: Oushitsu Kyoushi Heine, also known as The Royal Tutor in English, originated as a shounen manga created by Higasa Akai. Yen Press currently handles its publication. Oushitsu Kyoushi Heine has been adapted into an anime under the same title. Studio Bridge took care of the series’ production. It has 12 episodes which was aired from April to June 2017. Each of them runs for 24 minutes. Zien’s Synopsis: Viktor von Glanzreich, the King of Glanzreich, ascended the throne at a young age. He now has five sons and 1 daughter. While his first son serves as the legitimate heir to the throne by birth right, he thought as a king that it would be best to hone the skills of the other 4 princes just in case something bad happens to his successor. To ensure that his four princes are given equal attention, […]

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Tokyo Ghoul Root A: Zien’s Anime Review

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Zien’s Synopsis Tokyo Ghoul Root A is the continuation of Tokyo Ghoul, an anime series which was aired back in 2014. It is noted that the setting of the last episode in the previous season remains to be the same with Tokyo Ghoul Root A’s first scene. If you aren’t familiar with the series, you may check my previous Tokyo Ghoul review which focuses on its Season 1. Settings The story is set on alternate universe where ghouls exists. These creatures appear to be normal persons. What makes them different is that they need to eat human flesh in order to survive. They also have organs called “kagunes” which serves as their weapon during battles. Given this situation, the government has formed a special organization named Commission of Counter Ghoul, or simply CCG. In order to exterminate ghouls, Each officer is given a “Quinque,” a […]

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Alice to Zouroku: Zien’s Anime Review

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Alice, having drifted in space for a long time, began to feel a bit dizzy. When she knew she was capable of walking again, she felt relieved. “If I can get to the top of that hill, thought Alice, I will have a much better view of the garden.” Synopsis Alice to Zouroku begins with the Red Queen escaping Wonderland, leaving the research laboratory that caged her behind. “It’s cold. Is this how the outside world is like?” After using all her powers in a battle, a mysterious fighter saved her. Restoring her energy back, the Red Queen followed her savior’s advice: to use her powers to jump to the largest city she can imagine. In a convenience store, the clerk asked for help from Kashimura Zouroku, a principled florist who just had the head of a yakuza as his customer. Apparently, the young child […]

Kekkai Sensen: Zien’s Anime Review

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As long as you are trying to take even one step towards the light, your soul will never truly be beaten!!! -Leonardo Watch (Kekkai Sensen)- Zien’s Synopsis: Settings Three years ago, New York was destroyed and was rebuilt all in the same night. Apparently, the gate to the alterworld suddenly opened. It was not without hope though. Thanks to the casters, chaos was halted and the city was reconstructed. Since then, a fog barrier enveloped the place. Ever since that incident, people called the area not as New York but as “Hellsalem’s Lot,” an arcane city where the world and the alterworld intersects. Plot Leonardo Watch, also known as Leo, was living as a normal boy. He has a sister named Michella who cannot walk. His parents were seeking a miracle for Michella, and thus, they travelled to Hellsalem’s Lot which is known for making […]

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Shuumatsu no Izetta: Zien’s Anime Review

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Fast Facts Shuumatsu no Izetta, also referred to as Izetta: The Last Witch or Izetta, Die Letzte Hexe, is an anime series which was aired in Fall 2016, from 1 October to 17 December. Masaya Fujimori directed this show under the studio Ajia-do Animation Works. This series is composed of 12 episodes. Each of them is 25 minutes long. Zien’s Synopsis on Shuumatsu no Izetta Settings Shuumatsu no Izetta is set in an alternate universe of World War II. The war in the story involves a small country called Eylstadt fighting against the invasion of Germania. At that time, the head of the Germanian Empire wanted to expand its territories. On 1 September 1939, it invaded its neighboring country, Livonia. The Republic of Thermidor together with the Kingdom of Britannia declared a war against it but to no avail. Now, Germania is planning to invade […]

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Urara Meirochou: Zien’s Anime Review

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Sometimes, people lose their way to their fate, or the crossroads of life, as they wander through the maze of their everyday lives. In those times, a diviner can present you with an arrow pointing to the right choices. Zien’s Synopsis Settings In the series, a diviner is referred to as an Urara. Every urara can use her preferred method of divination. It can be fortune telling using kokkuri, tarot cards etc. Thus, an urara can sometimes be referred to as a goddess, sometimes a witch. After her fifteenth birthday, an urara receives an invitation and travels to a city called Meirochou, which specializes in divination and fortune telling. Meirochou is divided into blocks which have their respective gates. No Urara can pass through the gate without properly finishing her training and passing the Urara Exam. Unsurprisingly, the main characters in the story met in […]