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 […]

Time Travel and Murder Mystery in Erased: A Review

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Losing a loved one would certainly leave almost anyone stricken with confusion and grief, although both self-condemnation and thoughts of preventing such death are only a couple of things that would cross anyone’s mind. Fortunately, when it comes to Boku Dake Inai Machi, or Erased, Satoru Fujinuma (protagonist) finds himself in an unusual situation. Satoru was able to travel back in time to prevent such tragedy from happening. It was the time when his classmates died. However, the death of Satoru’s classmate may also have a possible link to that of his own family. Erased: The Plot Of The Anime Erased is the story of Satoru, a 29 year old aspiring manga artist. He spends most of his time working as a pizza delivery guy. However, his life is not without a hint of the supernatural. Satoru often finds himself a few minutes in the past. […]

Classi9: A Manga Review

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Meet your favorite musicians of the past in a modern perspective! Join Taki Ren as she strives to become one of the greatest musicians and fulfill a promise. “Neither great intelligence nor imagination nor both together go into the making of genius. Love, love, love is the soul of genius.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ⌈ General Information ⌋ Published between April 2015 and December 2016, Classi9 is a manga created by Yoshimura Tsumuji. In the manga, the author combines composers and musicians from different time periods in the same class. Some of the characters are even from completely different centuries. The author also created Class S¯, a special class designated for eccentric yet talented musicians. ⌈ Synopsis ⌋ Taki Ren travels from Japan all the way to Vienna, the City of Music. There, she intends to fulfill a promise to her late father: attend the Melite Conservatory of Music. […]

Boku wa Ookami: A Manga Review

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“You are my favorite… Ookami-san who was raised by a wolf.” – Kuramoto Rina (Boku wa Ookami) ⌈ General Information ⌋ Boku wa Ookami (I Am a Wolf) is a manga created by Nachi Yuki. It was first serialized in 2010 by Ribon magazine and was completed in 2012. ⌈ Synopsis ⌋ Kuramoto Rina despises perverts. According to her, all men are wolves seeking to devour women. Rina can’t seem to find her prince until the day Ookami Jin transfers to their school. She mistakes him for someone else but she discovers that he is actually wolf! Rina and Jin are sure to face hindrances in their strange wolf-bunny relationship. Is this the beginning of Rina’s wild lovelife? ⌈ Overview: Eny’s Perspective ⌋  › Story Boku wa Ookami is a lighthearted and comedic manga. Though not widely known, it boasts a rather unique concept. The heroine hates perverted boys, similarly […]

Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedagure – An Anime Review by Wakeida

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“Being angry consumes energy and makes me tired. So I’d rather apologize, even if I’m not at fault. Besides, we get along, and we both want to stay friends. Prolonging an awkward situation out of stubbornness is just silly.” – Tanaka-kun A Description Tanaka-kun, is always listless. His primary goal in life is to achieve a state of constant relaxation. As a result he has specialized knowledge on the best way to sleep and relax. Much to the despair, amusement and fascination of his friends and others around him, he can sleep anywhere and in any situation. His friends are very capable people but have given up trying to make him an active member of society. Follow Tanaka-kun and his friends as they navigate school and the misadventures that life throws at them. The Main Characters Tanaka He is always falling asleep and is basically […]

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Shenanigans: A Yuyushiki Anime Review

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“Hey… Don’t you just love the word ‘potato’?” – Yukari Hinata Nothing beats wasting time with friends in high school. Yuyushiki is about three girls who enjoy messing around and being lazy, always finding fun in everyday life. A school life anime, Yuyushiki is similar to shows such as A-Channel, K-On!, and Lucky Star. Synopsis: Yuzuko Nonohara, Yui Ichii, and Yukari Hinata are three friends who form the Data Processing Club in high school. They spend their time after school researching various information on the computers in the club room, but mostly, they just fool around. Jokes aplenty in this high school comedy about three girls with differing personalities who still get along. Thoughts on Yuyushiki: Animation: The animation is not particularly bad, but it’s not particularly good either. It does not stand out in either way, really. As for the art style, it bothered […]

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Literature Unveiled: A Book Girl Light Novel Review

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“When you close the book, does the story end? No! That’s such a bland way to read. Every story goes on forever in our imaginations, and its characters live on.” – Tohko Amano What would you think if on your school’s opening day you saw a girl in the shade eating a book? You’d probably think something along the lines of, “that’s weird,” and decide to avoid her. While the first part was true for Konoha, the second was  Synopsis: Konoha Inoue is a second year student in high school. When he first entered the school, he met Tohko Amano, a yokai girl who eats books. The two currently attend the school’s literature club, but as the only two members, they tend to slack off. Each day Tohko prepares writing prompts for Konoha so that he may write for her a story that tastes good. […]