Love so Life – Mia’s manga review

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General Information Love So Life, also titled Rabu sō raifu (ラブ・ソー・ライフ) or Rabusora (ラブソラ) is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Kaede Kochi. The series was serialized in Hana to Yume from 2008 to 2015. Overall, there are 17 volumes of this manga. How the story goes Shiharu Nakamura is a high school girl who works at a daycare where twins Aoi and Akane Matsunaga go. The twins are in custody of their uncle, Seiji, because their father abandoned them after his wife suddenly died. One day when Seiji goes to pick up the twins from day care, he notices that they are particularly attached to Shiharu in comparison to the other workers. He hires Shiharu as their personal babysitter as he is very busy with work and this begins the love story of Shiharu and Seiji. This manga is full of […]

Fleeting Rain: A Review on Kotonoha no Niwa

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“A faint clap of thunder, clouded skies. Perhaps rain will come. If so, will you stay here with me?” – Yukari Yukino ⌈ General Information ⌋ From renowned director Makoto Shinkai comes Kotonoha no Niwa, a 2013 anime drama film starring Irino Miyu and Hanazawa Kana. Also known as The Garden of Words, the film is a product of CoMix Wave Films. Additionally, this anime movie acquired a manga adaptation with illustrations by Motohashi Midori. ⌈ Synopsis ⌋ During rainy mornings, 15-year-old shoemaker Takao Akizuki visits the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, he meets the mysterious 27-year-old woman Yukari Yukino. The pair has personal reasons as to why they regularly come to the garden. Takao skips his morning classes to design shoes and Yukino avoids work due to personal problems. While Takao freely opens up about his life, Yukino tells him nothing about herself. When […]

Eureka 7

Eureka 7: A Mecha Anime with a Twist

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Today, I decided to review Eureka 7, one of the few mecha anime shows out there. The entire show is about two main characters and their relationship with one another. The real question is, did they get things right? Well, that’s a bit complicated in my own personal opinion. I’ll just cover it all here in my review. Now, let’s get on with the review. Eureka 7: The Good First of all, Studio Bones is the creative mind behind Eureka 7. Although it doesn’t really take any chances. In terms of design, they’re very well-made. The characters are east to differentiate because all of them are quite unique. To add, the themes that this show presents also proves to be one of its strong points. Compared to mecha shows that came before it (and even after), Eureka 7 handles a range of extraordinary themes to […]

Koe no Katachi: A Glimpse Of The Life Of Shoya And Shoko

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Makoto Shinkai, Your Name’s director, has described Koe no Katachi (The Shape Of Voice) as “too cool”. Can this tale of disabilities, school bullying, friendships and growing live up to such a high praise? Opening the film a song from The Who, My Generation, is either an act of supreme confidence or extreme folly. Fortunately, Naoka Yamada’s Koe no Katachi more than manages to live up to the promise set in those opening minutes (add in Shinkai’s praise). Koe no Katachi: Kids Can Be Quite Cruel To One Another Shoya Ishida’s less complicated life becomes a lot more confusing when a deaf girl, Shoko Nishimiya, joins them in his elementary school class. It’s not long before his curiosity, and that of his classmates, turns into something nasty. When Nishimiya eventually transferred to another school, the blame for bullying her falls squarely on Ishida’s shoulders. It may […]

Death Notice – Mia’s Manga Review

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We have Death Notice in the list. This manga is both thrilling and exciting at the same time. I had followed this series from the beginning and I love how the story flows. I hope you can feel the same as you read along my journey. Let’s begin 😉😉😉 General Information Death Notice is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Motoro Mase. This manga was serialized in Shogakukan‘s Weekly Young Sunday. In 2008, it was adapted into a live-action film titled Ikigami with Tomoyuki Takimoto as director. Synopsis Ikigami, or Death Notice in English, is something that Japanese between the age of 18 to 24 will receive. This happens after a national prosperity law was announced by the government. The government believed that the threat of unexpected death will increase prosperity and productivity in its citizens. Japanese in those age will die randomly because […]

Emma – A Victorian Romance

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Emma – A Victorian Romance, also known as Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma, is a classic anime which some of you may know already. Its first season was released in 2005 while the 2nd season was aired in 2007.  For the sake of others who are not yet familiar with the series though, I’ll try reviewing it without spoiling as much. I’ll be reviewing the two seasons together in this article, in order to give you a full coverage. Emma’s Story The story is happening in 19th century so if you are a lover of this era just like me, then you will probably love it. Our heroin is none other than Emma. She is a maid working at the house of an old teacher since she was a 15-year-old. One day, a former student from a rich family named William came to visit his teacher. He […]

Just Because

Just Because: Remembering Your High School Days

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Just Because, an original animated series by PINE JAM will surely take you back to your days in high school. Hajime Kamoshida, the author of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou light novel series, is the creative mastermind behind the series. Kiseki Himuro, the author of Sword Art Online Progressive, is the person behind the original character designs. Furthermore, Hiroyuki Yoshii, author of Getsuyoubi no Tawawa, is the one responsible for the anime character designs. When you look at it, that’s a pretty nifty line-up there for an anime series. In North America, Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series and they stream it in Amazon’s Anime Strike service. Just Because: The Story In A Nutshell Eita Izumi has finds himself in the most peculiar place for a high school student. After moving away four years ago, he ended up transferring back for the last semester. Do note that […]