Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Episode 1 + 2 Review

Episode 1:

12312.jpgEpisode one opens with a brief introduction of Chunibyo, describing it as a state of mind in which an individual believes themselves beholden to magical powers as a result of a distortion of their sense of reality. This is when we are introduced to our first main character Yuuta Togashi, who was, up till recently, one such individual afflicted by Chunibyo, Dubbing himself “Dark Flame Master”.

However, with the approach of high-school life, Yuuta finds himself severely regretting his previous affiliations with the title. It is during this lamentation that Rikka Takanashi makes her first appearance, in the form of a pair of legs hanging over the edge of a balcony (this becomes a rather common theme). She then swiftly disappears off the edge again. And thus the two main character have become acquainted.

Rikka has fully immersed herself into the world of the Chunibyo going by “Wielder of the Wicked Eye” and d12312ue to one poorly timed exclamation she learns of Yuuta’s affiliations with his old name and swiftly proceeds to attempt to rope him into “joining forces with her”, he then swiftly declines her offer, overcome by the embarrassment. However, it is not long until Yuuta is forced to forgo his plans of making new friends in exchange for taking Rikka home as a result of her losing her wallet.

Episode 2:

Episode two begins with Rikka fleeing from a mysterious silhouette while hiding from the figure she discovers a cat. So Rikka does the only obvious thing and brings it over to Yuuta’s house. Waking him up with a barrage of water sprays.

12312.jpgLater on that day Yuuta finds himself counting equipment with Shinka Nibutani a girl whos had Yuuta’s eye since the day they started school. At which point the pair is interrupted by Rikka, maker her miraculous appearance from behind a plastic model. Rikka and Yuuta then set about trying to find the owner of the cat from the night before. This is when Kumin Tsuyuri is introduced, she claims that the cat’s description matches up with the likeness of her own presently missing cat.

12312.jpgKumin then travels back to Rikka’s house to meet the cat and see if it is hers. As luck would have it however, the cat is not so its back to square one. At that moment, Rikka’s older sister Tooka Takanashi makes an appearance (she also just so happens to be allergic to cats). And so a battle ensues between the two sisters. Tooka then asks Yuuta to take the cat, threatening that if he does not she will publish a recording of him in the middle of his act as the “Dark Flame Master”. After this a fight ensues once again between the sisters, resulting in Rikka’s loss.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!My Review: With a title such as is has I can’t rightly say what I was expecting from Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! I was hoping for something great, but my recent slump into rather mediocre animes I was tentative, to say the least. Well, I am pleased to say that this show had me within minutes. The intriguing concept of a Chunibyo is ripe with ideas and the opening narration does an excellent job of establishing what Chunibyo is. One way I found this was used effectively in the show to use was during the fights scene at the end of episode 2, in where the fight is displayed from both the perspective of the individual as an over the top fight with lots of big explosions and from the perspective of the onlookers as a girls waving her umbrella around. Both of the main characters are very endearing and both have an excellent chemistry, in the way of Yuuta seeing himself in Rikkas eccentricity. I’m loving this series so far and looking forward to episode three and four.

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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Review

01Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is the first feature movie for the SAO series. Released on the 18th of February 2017, Ordinal scale follows the events that take place sometime after the SAO incident four years prior. A new piece of technology has hit the market called the Augma, unlike the nerve gear the Augma immerses the user in augmented reality which is said to be far safer than the previous technology. The game Ordinal Scale is a hit on the system with many of Kazuto’s friends getting in on the action, however, it would appear that there is something else in the works of Ordinal Scale.

My Review: I was very excited when I first heard about Ordinal Scale, and although it took me quite some time to actually get around to watching it I’d say it was worth the wait. Ordinal Scale actually surprised me in one aspect, I was expecting Kazuto to be super into the whole AR thing, finding out he was mostly against it made for quite an interesting character trait. Despite it being that case that he just didn’t want to do much running, it was still good to see him have to actually try to improve his skills, rather than being super OP from the start.

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One area I think the move actually excelled at was in its sound design. There was just so much power and “Boom” in all of the sound effects that it made all the action scenes really exciting, especially when one of the bosses shoots of a big attack or dies.

The story of Ordinal Scale wasn’t terrible, however, I did think fell like we spent too much time getting to the ending fight, and then having it just be over in a few seconds especially considering the grandeur and importance of the boss they had to fight. I just thought it was a bit of wasted potential.

All in all though Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale was a fun time and worth the watch to any fan of the series.

I rate this anime 7/10

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Baccano! Review

atlxaupdmr16stfihb7rzznyoiqBaccano! is a 13 episode series that ran between July 27th and November 2nd of 2007. The majority of the series follows the events that transpire on one particular journey of the Flying Pussyfoot, a luxury train line. All of this started back when a group of alchemists were given the knowledge of the elixir of immortality but after becoming immortals decided it would be best if the elixir was destroyed. Many years later in the 1930s, one of the alchemists has recreated the elixir however it is lost and ends up being mistaken for alcohol by a fair few residents. Who all fancy a drink, but pass it up because of it isn’t actually booze. The now unknowing group of immortals, consisting of eccentric thieves and several Mafia families will be pitted against each other, each attempting to fulfil their own selfish goals, all while stuck aboard the Flying Pussyfoot.

 

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Issac and Miria

My Review: If you were confused by my synopsis of Baccano! then I cant say that I blame you. This series gets incredibly convoluted and detailed as the story goes on, which mostly comes down to the non-linear way in which the story is told. We also have many, many characters who each have their own subplots going on, making this show seem quite hectic. I do have to say though that each character is very unique and is very east to have favourites. For me, I loved all the stuff with Issac and Miria. Another thing to mention is that there is a very unique setting here, one that I don’t think I’ve seen explored in any other series. I watched this dubbed and I have to commend the voice actors who did a spectacular job of bringing the characters to life with their “Good ol’ New York accent”, some great stuff. The action was also solid especially shining through with the train setting. Overall Baccano! is worth a watch for sure, but if you intend to get deep into the plot then it might be worth bringing a pen and paper.

 

I rate this anime 6.5/10

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Gamers! Review

gamersGamers! had its short first run between the 13th of July and 28th of September of 2017. The main plot begins with Keita Amano, a high school student who wants to do nothing more than spending his time playing games. All seems well for Keita until he one day happens upon a chance encounter with Karen Tendou, the schools resident cute girl and idol. As it turns out Tendou is the head of the schools game club and after chatting to Keita about games, she invites him to join the club. And so naturally, he refuses … claiming that the clubs goals are too different from what he wats from gaming, This sends Tendou into a spiral of outrage and confusion vowing to recruit Keita. Meanwhile, Tasuku Uehara and his girlfriend Aguri are living life the way they want too, unaware of the social turbulence they are about to be pulled into.

 

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Chiaki (right) and Keita (left) arguing

 My Review: Gamers! was an interesting show. Interesting in the sense that I can’t really decide how I feel about it. I absolutely hated the first few episodes, but as I continued watching, the show began to grow on me. But then about three quarters the way through I just felt exasperated by the story. The driving factor in almost all of the conflict comes down to lack of communication. One character will make an assumption about another causing them to act on false knowledge, which causes another character to make an assumption, on and on and on for twelve episodes. I found this to be incredibly frustrating and to be honest this is the worst part of Gamers! and I really can’t look past how forced and ill-conceived all the drama is. A show that tries too hard to be funny yet serious and serves only to fail at both, Gamers! is not a show I would recommend to anyone, especially considering the amount of really good shows out there.

 

I rate this anime 4.5/10

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Yona of the Dawn Review

yona_princesse_de_l_aubeYona of the Dawn first aired on October 7th, 2014 and concluded on the 24th of March, 2015. The story follows Yona, a young princess living a life of luxury and lavishment, completely sheltered away from her kingdom. During the lead up to a celebration, Yona’s cousin Su-won visite the castle with evil intentions. While the smitten Yona fauns over Su-won, he betrays her trust by murdering the current king, Yona’s father. Su-won then proceeds to annexe the castle forcing Yona to flee with her personal bodyguard Son Hak, A man dubbed the Lightning Beast for his ferocity and speed in battle. Now believed dead Yona if forced to grow up and face the world that she has been locked away from all these years. If she is ever to regain control of the crown she will need to hunt down and recruit the aid of the four dragons warriors, each who are sworn loyal to the crimson dragon.

Image result for yona of the dawnMy review: Yona of the Dawn had a very strong start. I liked the whole idea of going on a quest to find four people and forming a band of rebels. But when we got to episode 24 of 24 and still only had three of the four dragon warriors, I knew that this series was dead in the water. Which is really a shame considering the promise it showed at the start and considering where we are now I highly doubt there will be a continuation. One thing I will say is that there are quite a few striking similarities between Yona of the Dawn and Nickelodeon’s Avatar. A show that was overall mediocre with some decent moments, Yona of the Dawn is not something that I would recommend to the average anime viewer. However, if you have a personal interest in feudal Japan mythology and warfare then I would absolutely recommend this show.

I rate this anime 5/10

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