Too Many Feels and Tears: Season 2 of Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East

Oh my, Oh my. So I went back to watch Season 2 soon after finishing Season 1 and I don’t think I’ve ever had such an intense workout before? I swear my heart was about ready to pop out of my mouth and I probably screamed a couple dozen times at 1:47AM

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Season 2 continues off where we left off in Season 1, which was Shino and Sousuke finding the eight gems of Princess Fuse’s Dog Companions. Our characters are starting to draw connections between their flower shaped birthmarks and their backstories, making finding the rest of the Companions slightly easier Continue reading

Season 1 of Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East (By Creator Miyuki Abe from Super Lovers)

Hey guys! So the other day I decided to start watching some anime again because yes, I don’t think I’ve watched much anime in some…3 months possibly? Maybe even more. I’ve actually been sticking to manga and novels

But instead of watching some of the newer stuff, I found myself checking out series like Aldnoah Zero, which I reviewed in 2015 and then I ended up doing some episode by episode impressions for it (2017). I also ended up watching Hakkenden and I was originally only going to watch 3 or 4 episodes…but by the time I checked my clock it was already 5AM, I hadn’t slept a wink and I’d finished season 1!

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The first season of Hakkenden is 13 episodes long and is about a boy named Shino who was supposed to die when he was 13, however, his will to survive was so strong that he was given a choice to save himself and the people he loved. Five years later and he’s doing seemingly well with Hamaji, his younger sister, and Sousuke, his older brother/guardian, if you exclude the small fact that Shino hasn’t physically aged since he was saved and is now the bearer of the demonic sword Murasame  Continue reading

Haikyuu S3: The New Champions!

/SCREAMS INTO THE NIGHT SKY/

It’s happened! I’ve gone and watched the whole of Haikyuu, 60 episodes in some 5 days. And It Was Awesome. You guys have no idea how happy I am that my wait was not long since I started watching s3 when there were 9 episodes and Friday was only 2 days away. Plus, I cheated and went to look at the manga to see how the season would end because I needed to know so bad! Possibly the worst cliffhanger e-v-e-r

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Haikyuu S2: Gearing up for the Spring Tournament Finals!

I can’t believe it took this long to get back to watching Haikyuu! But better late than never, right? So I started watching this series back when it first came out (2015), but I was slowly going through it because I was watching with my family.

Of course, after my brother watched it without me because he couldn’t wait anymore, I was left devastated and put the series on hold. Until just recently.

Also, if you haven’t watched S1, I’d say watch it unless you don’t mind spoilers because S1 spoilers are fair game. I also reviewed S1 here!

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When it was announced that season 2 was going to be airing, I was pumped because it was going to encompass so much character growth, and some of my favorite scenes of the manga: the training camp and the bathroom scene! Continue reading

Haikyuu S1: No Longer Fallen Champions!

Hey guys!

So it’s been awhile since I first watched Haikyuu S1, 2 years ago actually (my how time flies~) and because there’s been a sudden revival of the series, I thought I’d go back and rewatch the whole thing! And with S1 down, I am now ready to watch s3 (pshh, I watched this in the wrong order hehe)

Now, I’m mentioning rewatching because my review now is completely different from when I’d first watched it. You can bet I was screaming and tearing up when I watched this in 2014, but now…well, read ahead~

Haikyuu is a 25 episode anime about volleyball and very thirsty characters. At the beginning we’re introduced to our two main protagonists, Hinata Shouyo and Kageyama Tobio. Continue reading

Empire of Corpses Movie

I can’t believe it’s already the 21st and Empire of Corpses is no longer in theatres! Did anyone besides me go watch it? I’ve been going to watch the Funimation movies pretty faithfully but I always wonder why the theatres they’re shown at are so random. I ended up going to this one place about 1.5 hours away, which, considering how far I am from the city, isn’t that uncommon.

But I always wonder why they can’t be shown at an AMC theatres, that way I could just go somewhere closer…

Empire of Corpses:

Empire of Corpses follows the adventure of John Watson during 19th century Europe. Having been found out for desecrating his friend’s grave and reanimating him using corpse technology, Watson agrees to help the government on the mission to recover Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s notes, which are said to contain the secret to reanimating a corpse with a soul (reviving).

Teaming up with Frederick Burnaby, Watson and Friday end up traveling across countries in search for these notes.  Continue reading

Daiya no Ace: Mid-Season Thoughts

Hey guys! Just wanted to check in on a series I started a while back, Diamond no Ace (Ace of the Diamond). I wrote up a first impression back in August and I thought I’d tell you all how I’m liking the series.

As a note, I usually finish shows pretty quickly (even the longer ones) but this one has just taken me so long. One obvious reason is that I was busy with school between September and November, and even after classes I’ve gotten really bad internet connection.

What about the other reason? It’s pretty simple really, I don’t want it to end! I’ve actually just finished episode 50, which means 25 more episodes until I can move on to season 2! So much for a mid-season thoughts post, I’m already past the mark!

But I thought this would be a good place to stop since the characters have finally gotten a ‘break’ between their games.

Since episode 2 we’ve learned that Sawamura Eijun really only has passion for baseball and that his actual talent is overshadowed by his crazy exclamations of wanting to be the Ace. Coming to Seidou quickly shows him that he’s not the only one who wants to become the best and if he really wants to become Ace, the first thing he needs to do is become an official member of the team.  Continue reading

[Review] GATE: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri

Hey guys~

Today I decided to post up my final thoughts on one of the summer season animes that I started but didn’t finish. Took me long enough, huh? If you’d like to read my first impression please click here (though it’s not that good, I just read over it and cringed a little, haha)

Now, I normally do a first impression and then my final thoughts back-to-back but considering I was out of the anime loop for quite a while, I decided to go back and re-watch everything. I actually just finished earlier today! Today was anime ‘binge day’, since I finally got a day off from work. It felt like I hadn’t had one of those in a while 😛

Summary:

In August of 20XX, a mysterious portal appears in the middle of Ginza, Tokyo and from that portal an army of humans and monsters pours out, attacking all the civilians present. The Japan Ground-Self Defence Force is immediately called to action and the mysterious army is defeated. Youji Itami, a JSDF officer and 33 year old otaku finds himself promoted after he heroically helped civilians evacuate, however, instead of feeling ecstatic all he can do is mourn the canceling of the doujin gathering he was going to attend before dragons appeared in the sky.

Three months later, Itami finds himself sent to the other side of the portal now dubbed ‘Gate,’ with the purpose of making contact with the people of the land and establishing friendly relationships.

I know I mentioned this already, but I’d like to mention it again: the art and animation here is impressive! And I’d like to praise all of the scenes that involve Rory and her giant halberd. Whenever she fought I was just transfixed to the TV like, Ahhhhhh 

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[Review] Digimon Adventure Tri: Reunion

Hey guys! Today I bring you another ‘first impression’ 🙂

After being bombarded on Twitter with screenshots of Adventures Tri, I finally got myself to turn on the Roku, which was living among cobwebs by this point, and sat myself down with some ice cream. Lyn may or may not have also been a force that pushed me towards my comfy chair.

I mean, it’s not like she was sending me in love emoji’s and was screaming out how much she was in love with Tai and TK and other characters. Nope, not doing that at all.

Anyways, when I first heard that this was going to come out I was pretty ecstatic. Whenever people ask ‘Pokemon or Digimon’ I am, without a doubt, a Digimon person. Like a lot of people probably did, I picked up Digimon as a child when it aired on Fox KidsTV. I watched the first season, second, Tamers, and Frontier. Both my brothers are fans and we were just all over the news of Adventure Tri.

So far there are only 4 episodes, which is apparently the first part of a 6 part film. The second part is scheduled for release next year on March 12th and is dubbed ‘Determination.’ According to the run-time, it’s 75 minutes long, so about another 3 – 4 episodes to look out for.

In the meantime, Reunion takes place 6 years after Tai and his friends were first transported to the Digital World and 3 years since the second Adventures season. I won’t go into too much detail in terms of events, otherwise I’d be telling you everything that happened, but essentially, Reunion is like the Digimon Movie. We have Digimon coming into the real world through distortions in space, our DigiFriends coming to fight the evil Digimon, and in general there is much chaos and destruction.

The major difference is that while some DigiDestined are all for fighting this new threat, our very lovable goggles-wearing Tai is in a state of doubt. Are they really doing the right thing? Are the fears and hateful words that normal everyday people feel and say justified? How far until they’ve gone too far?
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[Review] Kuroshitsuji S3: Book of Circus

Guy, I just finished watching (8/13) Book of Circus and I feel like intense feels punched me in the gut and now I’m just foaming at the mouth…

To start off I’m a huge fan of the manga and knowing that the Circus and Murder arc were going to be animated, I was super excited~ (though also slightly scared because season 1 was a total disappointment) and I just binged on it right now. While I was watching I also noticed a sense of deja vu and then I realized that I’d watched the first 2-3 episodes before they’d been subbed.

But yes, this is the third season of Black Butler, however, this season should be taken as the original season 2 (if we follow the manga since season two and a part of season 1 never existed in the original storyline).

Summary (MAL)

In Victorian London, the breathtaking performances of the Noah’s Ark Circus have captured the attention of people all across the city. But the spell of magic and wonderment woven under the big top is not without consequences. Children have suddenly begun to vanish, and some suspect these mysterious performers are responsible. In an attempt to get to the bottom of these disturbing disappearances, the dashing duo of demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, and his young master, Ciel Phantomhive, will infiltrate the circus and uncover whatever darkness may lie at its core!

First off I’d like to say that out of the 3 seasons, this is now my favorite. The main reason is that it was pretty faithful to the manga, which was really awesome because the manga is amazing!

The music was also great, I loved it, and have listened to it nonstop since before I got around to watching the anime (I loved the opening when I first saw the PV and the ending when Akira performed at a con, I even bought the CD, haha). For the opening we have ENAMEL by SID and for the ending is Aoki Tsuki Michite (蒼き月満ちて) by AKIRA! Out of the two I was most impressed with the beginning song’s animation but in terms of which song I liked better…I can’t decide, haha. I would totally recommend listening to them both! The one I leave you with is ENAMEL  Continue reading