MORE Life Updates Nobody Asked About: 100 Subs, Manga & Algebra.

5So after an entire week of dicking around doing absolutely nothing but draw, eat and going to the beach, It’s only unfortunate to say that it’s time to go back to school, “learning” things I’ll never ever use in the future except maybe being able to handle that annoying co-worker or the freeloader that does even less than I do.

Still, inspiration strikes when I least want it, apparently, so I have a few irrelevant things to say about the blog itself and where I want to go with it, see here:

1. Visual Novels – I’ve mentioned it before but now I’m actually writing it. DRAMAtical Murder will be the first to go under the figurative knife, as in, I’ll be talking about it and make it interesting somehow.

2. Manga – Specifically, manga and\or mangaka spotlights. Pretty simple concept: It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while as I make it a habit to read whenever I’m stressing out, so understandibly I’ve read ALOT of them. Keiko Suenobu’s award winning bullying manga LIFE will be up first.

3. 100 subs – Yeah, 100 subs is not alot compared to the majority of bloggers, but for me personally it’s a milestone done in a 7 month period, no, I don’t have a 100 yet, but I’ll get there somewhere next month probably. Anyway, what I’m getting is that, since the very beginning I’ve wanted to wait for this number to get ambitious: Yes, this blog will get it’s own domain and no, I’m not selling out. I’m just an underaged middle-class higschooler who wants to go to university and would like this blog to maybe, maybe become a small source of income for that goal.

I spend alot of time writing about these Chinese cartoons, so I don’t think it’s unreasonable. As always, thank you for reading these pointless life updates, cheers.

 

The Rigtheous Three-Episode-Rule Of Doom. Spring 2014 “First” Impressions. Issuukan Friends

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Oh what a surprise this is.

Instead of giving us a Clannad-esque borderline-tragedy, Isshuukan Friends instead goes on a road that I’ve (almost) never seen walked, and does it masterfully while it’s at it. Yes, objectively speaking, this may be the best show of the season, especially if dives further into the drama.

Presenting a light-hearted drama revolving around friendship, Isshuukan Friends knows how to balance cute with drama and style: The characters are the very personification of innocence, and so this series succesfully makes me feel fuzzy episode after episode. Don’t get me wrong though, episode 3 proved us that it can be down to earth as well, and I’m loving it.

Naturally, I will watch it to completion and check out the manga afterwards, ’cause Isshuukan Friends is just that good, even without romance.

The Rigtheous Three-Episode-Rule Of Doom. Spring 2014 “First” Impressions. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei.

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If this MADHOUSE’s attempt in correcting the horribad failure that was Mahou Sensou, I can say that with three episodes on my concious, they have succeeded.

Yeah, I didn’t expect myself to like this show either: It’s superficial, cliché and weird, but it’s the most anime show I’m watching: OP Main character, incest, magic, guns. And, for one reason or another, it works for me. Sure the incest is almost guaranteed to go absolutely nowhere and with 26 episodes this show can go under at any given moment, but for the time being, I’m enjoying the tranquility of Mahouka and accepting it with all it’s ridiculousness and flaws. Besides, the action looks just awesome.

The Rigtheous Three-Episode-Rule Of Doom. Spring 2014 “First” Impressions. Gokukoku No Brynhildr.

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Oh Gokukoku, how Elfen Lied you are. This is show is edgy, and not in a good kind of way. I guess 13 year old angry kids new to anime could get a kick out of this as it does have the shock-factor and tits, for, as I said; 13 year old angry kids new to anime.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the fuck out of this show, but by the end of the day I can’t take it seriously at all. Lynn Okamoto and ARMS  seems to have a hard-on for making every series be as “shocking” as possible, hilariously so, I mean, death pills? girl’s about to drown in a pool? can cut anything within a 6 meter circle? paralyzed lolita tsunderekko who loves caeki~?, all with it’s (in)appropiate fanservice overload?

If you’re hormonal and\or looking for a gore-but-not-really fest, Gokukoku No Brynhildr and it’s amazing opening is the way to go, and even if you’re like me and can’t take this seriously, it’s sure to get some laughs out of you. For now, I’ll predict that it’s going to try one-up the previous episode and boy, am I looking forward to it.

The Rigtheous Three-Episode-Rule Of Doom. Spring 2014 “First” Impressions. Captain Earth.

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And here comes the first dissapointment of the Spring season: Captain Earth.

Allegdy being the most hyped anime of the season and it being BONES, it’s fair to say that I was kind of excited for this show that’s effectively done by the exact same team that did the fabulous clusterfuck that was Star Driver.

And man, is this show dripping of that:Star Driver, except that this one actually take itself seriously.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I really don’t hate Captain Earth, but it’s a tad bit overwhelming. For now almost nothing makes sense, and I don’t mean in plot, I mean the character’s behaviour.

It’s flashy, the animation is superb and the momentum is definitely there, but by the end of the day, it falls kind of flat on it’s face with it’s nonsense and tyring antics (Yes, I say it’s tyring and we’re only on episode 3, this is not a good thing.)

I will watch it for now, but unless it picks up very soon I foresee myself dropping this, ’cause the budget and Teppei alone is not enough for me to keep up with Star Driver 2.0.

 

The Rigtheous Three-Episode-Rule Of Doom. Spring 2014 “First” Impressions. Haikyuu!

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Replacing the Kuroko no Basket void of the previous season, Haikyuu can pride itself in being a hopeful, exhilarating and fun show that’s on par with Naruto when it comes to the message “Never give up.”

Forreal, I got what I expected: Another sports show with boys that sweat alot that makes me go “ooooooooh snap” atleast once an episode, and even then Haikyuu is taking a somewhat different approach to the other sports anime I have watched. All in all, I expect this to go down the Dragon Ball Z-ish route of Kuroko No Basket when it comes to the over-the-top and positive nature of the show very soon and I can’t wait.

Haikyuu was the safest bet to become something awesome, and for the time being it’s doing exactly that: Becoming something awesome. If you haven’t checked out Haikyuu yet, I recommend you do so immediatly.

The Rigtheous Three-Episode-Rule Of Doom. Spring 2014 “First” Impressions. Kamigami No Asobi.

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Warning! If you don’t like sexualized gods, despair, Tamaki from Ouran Highschool Host Club and\or pretty boys being dumb, leave this first impression right now.

So, Kamigami No Asobi is a thing, it’s a reverse harem, too. I don’t generally like reverse harems, but Kamigami is an exception to this.

Why? ‘Cause it feels less like a reverse harem whose point is to make the viewer pick a favourite and more like a show similar to Free! Iwatobi Swim Club: cute guys doing cute things.

Naturally, this is one of if not my favourite show of the season. The comedy is spot on and it makes me giggle like an idiot, the boys are pretty, the heroine is actually great, the visuals are bright and the music… god damn, the music. Utapri anyone?

So that’s that basically, it’s feels-material that makes you forget about all your problems for 24 minutes and engrosses you completely in the world and characters of the show. And that, is a sign of an anime well done.

 

The Rigtheous Three-Episode-Rule Of Doom. Spring 2014 “First” Impressions. Akuma No Riddle.

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What if Danganronpa had lesbians? The answer is this. This is Danganronpa with lesbians.

Akuma No Riddle\Riddle of The Devil\The Devil’s Riddle\Riddle story of The Devil is a show about, you guessed it, riddles. Okay but not really, it’s more about girls slaying other girls while simuntaneously having a competition of who can use the most mundane item to kill Madoka Haru.

Okay, seriously now. I am really, really, really liking this show so far for what it is and I don’t understand the hate it’s getting. It’s different, it’s weird, it’s interesting.

The characters for one, are exactly that: Characters, and, apart from maybe Mekaku City Actors I will dare to say that they are the most amusing ones of the season and the most fun to watch. Because that’s all this show really is to me: Fun. And sometimes, what else do you need?

So yeah, with the balls-off-the-walls fantastic opening\ending, fun characters and a plot that’s all over the place, I can safely say that I will watch this to end.

 

The Rigtheous Three-Episode-Rule Of Doom. Spring 2014 “First” Impressions. Selector Infected WIXOSS.

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To be honest, one could see Selector Infected WIXOSS as a try-hard and “edgy” show featuring cutesy moe stereotypes, and, to be honest, they could be right. But for one reason or another, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the hell out of this.

It’s Madoka Magica with cards, basically. And while it might not be the most original thing out there, I appreciate it for what it is despire it’s flaws. Still, Mari Okada is directing this show so I expect alot of melodrama to go down withing the next five episodes or so, and that about sums up my impression of Selector Infected WIXOSS. Sorry for being boring.