Kill la Kill (Anime Review)

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Summary: Honnouji Academy, where an elite group of students is granted superhuman power by their special uniforms called the “Goku Uniform,” is ruled by student council president Kiryuin Satsuki. Matoi Ryuko transfers to Honnouji in search of the person who killed her father. Ryuko confronts Satsuki, who seems to have some information.

This is a really, really, really awesome anime! It’s definitely a must watch. It’s full of action, comedy, and some fanservice. I really love the plot. The truth behind all of this is gonna blow your mind, well at least it blew mine.

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My favorite character is Mankanshoku Mako. Mako is Matoi Ryuko’s bestfriend. She is seriously funny. There would be a dramatic and emotional fight and all of a sudden Mako just pops up and throws in some comedy in it. Mako is a hyperactive, carefree, and loving girl. She can also be very lazy. In episode one, you see her sleeping immediately after she eats. Actually you see her sleeping everyday in class. In Honnouji, your rank is based on stars. The more stars you have, the stronger. The highest rank is a 3 star I think. The higher your rank is, the better your life will be (bigger house, more money etc). Since Mako is a no star student, she’s very poor. But her family is the funniest. They may be poor, but they’re a happy family.

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I swear I love everything about this girl. She’s just so random. There’s a war going on behind her, and she’s just eating. Mako lights up the mood. She brings a smile to people’s faces. When Ryuko is in trouble, she doesn’t hesitate to jump in danger to save her. She cares so much about the people she loves. She’s basically the comedian of the show.

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(STORY TIME!) The Mankanshoku family loves to eat. They always eat the same thing everyday but they don’t seem to get tired of it. Her family actually reminds me of my own. In one of the episodes, Mako and her family becomes wealthy and greedy. They act like one of those rich people who just throws money around. They don’t even eat at the same table anymore. Money changed them and the fun disappeared. My family and I used to eat together and it was so fun. Now, we don’t even eat at the same time anymore. It’s still fun sometimes, but everybody has their own thing going on now that they rarely have time for each other.

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These four are called the Elite Four. They’re the top members of the student council, answering only to Kiryuin Satsuki. They all have 3 star Goku uniforms. They’re very loyal to Satsuki and are very protective of her. If you need bodyguards, they’re the best you can have. But they’re not just following Satsuki out of fear, they care about her for real.

Sanageyama Uzu – (Athletic Committee Chair) Sanageyama relies on his eyes too much that he was defeated by Ryuko so he had his eyes sewn shut so he can rely on his other senses more.

Gamagoori Ira – (Disciplinary Committee Chair) Gamagoori is the “Impenetrable Shield.” He is a large, and muscular young man and often shouts when a rule is broken. He is very honorable and has a strong resolve. When he was defeated by Ryuko, he was about to kill himself when Satsuki stopped him. Gamagoori’s relationship with Mako has evolved over time. At first, he viewed her as just a regular no star student but towards the end, it is implied that he has romantic feelings for her.

They’re so cute though, I totally ship them together! One time when Mako was lost, he vowed to her family that he would find her. He even put his life in danger to protect her >.<

Inumuta Houka – (Information and Strategy Committee Chair) Inumuta wears a collar-neck suit, which at the collar, opens whenever he talks. Inumuta usually wears clothes that have collars that can cover up his mouth and he wears blue glasses. Inumuta is a hacker. You can say he’s the brains in the Elite Four. He cares about his data a lot and he likes to collect people’s data when battling.

Jakuzure Nonon – (Non-Athletic Committee Chair) Although Nonon looks cute and sweet, she is highly manipulative. She often teases and mocks her fellow Elites. She calls Sanageyama a monkey, Gamagoori a frog, Inumuta a dog, and Mako an underachiever. Nonon’s 3 star Goku uniform represents that of a drum major and she’s the conductor. Nonon has known Satsuki since kindergarten so she believes that she is closer to Satsuki than the others.

I like Nonon. She has her annoying moments but her voice is somewhat cute. I don’t know why but I like her voice. :3

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Ryuko doesn’t like how Satsuki does things. She challenged her every chance she gets. I would like to tell more about them but that would spoil the show so you are just gonna have to watch it. 🙂 It’s really good. It only has 24 episodes and it’s totally worth your time. Was their meeting fate or a coincidence? If you don’t already know, you will find out the truth about Goku uniforms and the truth about these two. So I recommend you guys watch it. See ya 😀 -R!n

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Haikyuu!! (First Impressions)

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Haikyuu!! is finally out and I am loving it! I’d never thought I would watch volleyball anime. This sport has never really been my thing but it’s really cool how it’s Boys’ Volleyball. So I was thinking, “Wow, it’s kind of rare for me to see guys play volleyball so Imma watch it.” And it turned out better than I expected. The first episode was like “WOAH” for me. I didn’t know volleyball could be that exciting cuz I mean I’ve always been terrible at volleyball, always scared of the ball. I just really like it, the first episode was exciting. 

Summary: A chance event triggered Hinata Shouyou’s love for volleyball. His club had no members, but he somehow made it into his first and final middle school match with a team he made at the last minute. He ended up playing against Kageyama Tobio, a superstar player known as “King of the Court” and was sadly defeated. Vowing revenge, Hinata applied to Karasuno High School Volleyball club only to come face-to-face with his hated rival Kageyama.

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Shouyou (orange hair) is energetic and positive and Kageyama looks like the “always pissed off” type so I guess you could say they’d be the kind who hates each other. In the first episode when they did a match, nobody took Shouyou’s team seriously, nobody except Kageyama. I guess everyone in his team besides Shouyou didn’t really know how to play volleyball so their opponents were very laid back. Shouyou shocked Kageyama with his jump and how fast he was. Shouyou’s team lost in the end and the game didn’t last long but it was a good game. I really liked how Shouyou would always dive for the ball and run for it even though there’s no way he could make it. 

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Shouyou specializes in jumping to compensate for his lack of height. Honestly, when I saw him he did look like a shrimp but when I saw him jump, I thought he was pretty cool. So right now, he’s my favorite character. I mean look at that pose…. perfection!

So I recommend you guys try watching episode 1. It’s still ongoing of course, it’s only in it’s 1st episode.

Man, sports anime just grabs me and don’t let go. Have you ever felt that way? -R!n

Kuroko no Basket

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So I just finished Kuroko no Basket S2 today so I thought I’d write this. Did I mention that I love sports anime? Basketball is one of my favorite sports so I really enjoyed watching this. It really inspires me to just go out there and start playing. I really enjoy watching them play against each other and it’s funny too. Kuroko no Basket is a must watch anime. Sometimes when I see their new tricks I’m like, “Can people in real life actually do that?” They look so cool! :3 And…… muscles!

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(Left to Right: Seijuro Akashi, Midorima Shintaro, Aomine Daiki, Kuroko Tetsuya, Kise Ryota, Murasakibara Atsushi.) The Generation of Miracles is an all-star team of Teiko Junior High. The team won the Junior High Nationals for three consecutive years. They are recognized as the best players in the league. Their talents are far beyond a regular player. After graduation Junior High, all 6 players are now scattered across 6 different schools.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but all their names have colors in them that match the colors of their hair with the exception of Kuroko (Kuro=black). People are wondering why Kuroko’s hair isn’t black. Well, I think it’s because the meaning behind his name doesn’t refer to his hair but to his role. He said that he was a shadow and shadow’s are black. This is just my opinion though. Aomine (Ao=blue), Midorima (Midori=green), Murasakibara (Murasaki=purple), Kise (Ki=yellow), Akashi (Aka=red), and Momoi (their manager in Teiko) (momo=pink). 

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Seirin High’s basketball team only consists of 1st years and 2nd years. It was formed by Kiyoshi Teppei. Their coach is a high school girl Aida Riko who is also the daughter of a trainer. Seirin High is noted for having exceptional high-leveled run and gun style. Their offense is considered one of the best in the region. Their main line up is composed of the rookie duo Kuroko and Kagami, “Iron Heart” Kiyoshi, Clutch Shooter Hyuuga, and Control Tower Izuki. I like their team, they’re fun 🙂 I also love their coach. Because of her gender and age, people think she’s the manager. Because her dad’s a trainer, she’s good at identifying your physical status. 

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This dog is Tetsuya #2. He’s named that because of how his eyes looked like Kuroko’s. He’s so adorable! Both him and Kuroko.

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My favorite player is Aomine Daiki. I just love the way he plays. Aomine was the ace player of the Generation of Miracles and the former partner of Kuroko. When they were still in Junior High, Aomine was outgoing and friendly. He actually smiled a lot back then. Because he loves basketball, he trained and got stronger up to the point where he often completely crush his opponents’ will to play. He searched for someone who could possibly beat him but never found them. Because of this, he got to the conclusion that nobody will be able to beat him. His famous quote is, “The only one who can beat me, is me.” Aomine showed some kind of admiration towards Kuroko. (I love both of them! especially when they’re together and playing basketball!)

Aomine is literally a monster in basketball. He’s extremely fast, extremely strong, and extremely skillful. Aomine learned to play basketball on the streets without lessons. He’s play is known to be limitless. He uses many feints, unnecessary movements, and doesn’t play a standard form of basketball. He can score many creative baskets and can also get a shot off from essentially any position on the court, therefore making him unpredictable. And this is why he’s my favorite 😀

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Because they’re so cute in this picture! >.< They’re all so happy, I wish they’d be like this in the end.

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Yeah, you should definitely watch this, both season 1 and season 2. Season 3 probably won’t be out for a while. I get the feeling that I’m gonna have to wait for another year. *sigh* Well, hopefully it’s gonna be good. I can’t wait! :3 -R!n

Non Non Biyori

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Non Non Biyori is a slice of life anime. It shows you what they do in their everyday lives. Ichijou Hotaru and her parents moved from Tokyo to the middle of the country. She goes to a school where there are only a total of 5 students and a teacher in the whole campus. The school consists of a 1st grader, a 5th grader, a 7th grader, an 8th grader, and a 9th grader. This anime just basically shows you their lives in the country. I like it. It has a soothing feeling to it and it’s funny. I mean seriously, imagine you going to a school with only 5 people. That’s…wow. And there’s barely any stores in here. The closest you can get is a candy store. It’s like a one big family in a little village where people don’t have to lock their houses because everyone’s that nice. In the school, one of the teacher’s student is her sister and 3 other students are siblings. I would actually love to live in a peaceful place like this once in a while. 

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My favorite character is this girl right here, the one holding a recorder and has purple hair. Her name is Miyauchi Renge. Renge is a very random child who likes to make up her own words (like what she’s saying in the picture. It’s her own way of saying good morning) and songs. She usually wears a poker face but she also shows other expressions. Despite her blank expression, she is very friendly and social. She is loved by all characters, I mean it’s kind of hard not to. She is so cute and I love how random she is. It’s especially cute when she starts staring at one of the characters. :3

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(From left to right) Ichijou Hotaru, Koshigaya Natsumi, Miyauchi Renge, Koshigaya Komari. Ok so judging from their height, you’d probably think that the tallest one is the oldest. Well you’re wrong, Komari is actually the oldest (the one on the far right). Hotaru is actually a 5th grader, Renge’s a 1st grader, Natsumi’s a 7th grader, and Komari is an 8th grader. When you get to one of the episodes where they go to the beach, it’s really hard to tell that Hotaru’s a 5th grader. 

ImageOk so this is Hotaru now.

Image This was Hotaru last year.

Like seriously, how does someone grow that fast?! I wanna know her secrets T.T Hotaru also admires her senpai, Komari.

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My second favorite is Natsumi. She is seriously hilarious. She is really energetic and irresponsible. She can’t sit still and she likes to make everything fun and that’s what I like about her. She is often scolded by her mom about her grades and stuff like not cleaning her room. When her mom starts getting mad she calls it the Armageddon. I love how she exaggerated that, it’s so funny. She usually hides her report cards and test scores from her mom. I mean who wouldn’t with those scores? My mom would kill me if my grades were that bad. Natsumi is such a comedian.

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Then there’s this guy, Suguru, Komari and Natsumi’s older brother. He’s a ninth grader and her never talks in the anime. He participates in some stuff but you never hear him say a word. There was a time where he almost spoke but was interrupted by someone. He’s actually really good at guitar and some other stuff too, like studying, falling into a hole in the school, and making anime cat figurines out of clay. This guy just seems like he has no care in the world. He let his sister make him into a scarecrow. 

So you know if you have time you should watch this. It may be boring in the beginning but it gets funnier. It only has 12 short episodes. I watched this in one day so you should be able to make some time. If you’re looking for an easygoing anime to watch, you should watch Non Non Biyori.

Ok STORY TIME: There was actually this one part in the show where one of the girls (Natsumi) was putting some pepper in her noodles. You know how there’s like little holes on the container so that only a little pepper would come out? Well the cap fell off so all the pepper inside fell in. And my brothers and I laughed at this. And while we were laughing I was putting some pepper on my breakfast. I was all like, “How stupid,” while I laughed and then the same thing happened to me, the cap fell off and I ended up eating a bowl full pepper. Haha

-R!n

Angel Beats! (with TK’s Story)

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Angel Beats is one of the funniest and saddest anime I’ve ever seen. Although it didn’t make me cry as much as Clannad After Story did but it made me laugh so hard. It’s a 13 episode anime, it’s really short so you should watch it. There’s action, romance, tragedy, and comedy (my favorite genre).

In this anime, Otonashi awakens to learn that he is dead and can’t seem to remember anything about himself besides his name. A girl with a rifle, Yuri, explains to him that he is in the afterworld. Yuri is the leader of the SSS (Afterlife Battlefront) who wages war against a girl names Tenshi (Angel). Otonashi joins the SSS and tries to make peace with Tenshi. He finds himself being drawn to her. While trying to regain his memories, he discovers the truth about the afterlife.

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One of my favorite characters is Iwasawa. Although she only appeared in the show for a short time, she was awesome. I love the way she played the guitar. It really showed how much fun she’s having. Her songs are amazing too. She’s in the band called Girls Dead Monster (GirlsDemo for short). One of the things that I love about Angel Beats are the songs. They’re so touching and I love listening to them. One of my favorite songs are My Song, My Most Precious Treasure, My Soul Your Beats, and the Brave Song. I especially love playing Brave Song in the piano. Iwasawa was one of the reasons why I started playing guitar again. I just really love her. When she sang My Song, it really left an impression on me. 

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Hinata and Yui are my favorite pairing in this anime. They argue a lot, they fight a lot, but you can really tell how much they care about each other. They’re the funniest pair in the anime. The way they fight is so funny. 

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The Yui Disappearance Scene was the saddest moment for me. The way Hinata confessed his feelings for Yui was so touching. When Yui said that nobody would want to marry her because of her disability, Hinata argued and said that he would. Hinata said that even when she can’t wal, she’ll love her. He even made up a story of they’ll meet in real life. Since Yui is always in bed, it’s gonna be hard for them to meet. But Hinata plays baseball, and one day Hinata’s gonna hit her window with the ball and then he’s gonna have to go inside to retrieve it. Then, they’ll meet. That story is so cute. I literally cried in this scene. 

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So a lot of people (including me) think that Angel Beats was too short. Not all of the characters’ past were explained. And then everyone was like, “What is up with TK?” I found him weird too at first until I read his story. I’m not 100% sure this is true.

TK’s Story:

He was an American citizen who fell in love with the daughter of a Yakuza boss. When the Yakuza boss found out, he kidnapped them both and threw them in the cells underground. Their cells were right next to each other, but it is heavily soundproofed that neither of them knew they’re so close to each other. They starved for one week and were then taken out. The girl’s father told TK that he had to dance. If TK stopped dancing the girl would lose a part of her body one by one: toes, then finger, then legs and arms. TK danced for five days without sleep until his body was unable to move. His girlfriend died by the end of the week. TK was then tortured to death, his death drawn out over the course of one month. When TK appeared in the afterworld, he lost his entire memory, remembering only the first English sentence his girlfriend had ever learned, “I Kiss You.”

True or not, the father’s crazy. I mean killing his own daughter? Why? 

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This anime’s ending was really good honestly. I like it when shows leave you hanging cuz it lets your imagination run wild. You think of what will happen next. But I do wonder what happened to them but I like the way it ended. I’m not complaining. I think the way it left you hanging left an impression and it’s hard for you to forget. 

All in all, I like the anime. Some of you might not like it, but my opinion won’t change. \(^_^)/ -R!n