My Thoughts On: Haikyuu!! Season 1

My Thoughts On: Haikyuu!! Season 1

If you weren’t aware, I’m not by any means a fan of sports. I can count on one hand the number of sports animes I’ve watched and only half of those I actually enjoyed. But this show, for some reason, is absolutely incredible. I’ve only seen season one, as you can tell by the title, but even when I got maybe five episodes in, I knew I wanted to talk about it as soon as possible.

The way I even started watching this show was my friends over at OWLS are, ah, obsessed with this show. I swear, we can never do anything without the name being spoken. I knew about the series long before this, but had no interest since I kind of don’t like volleyball. I have some bad middle school flashbacks of standing in my spot, watching as everyone else scored all the points. My favorite part was serving, which I was terrible at anyway, and I enjoyed spiking practice but beside that I hated volleyball weeks. So, I’m quite surprised that this show was so good I began to enjoy volleyball. In general, I’m not into sports. As an American, it’s almost assumed I’d be really into football, and most people grow up loving a certain team. Not my family. Every one of us is more worried about comics and the latest Marvel movie than whatever athlete is at the top.

And this would be why I tend to stay away from sports anime. All of the ones I genuinely enjoy have been mentioned on this blog before. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy them if I don’t enjoy sports. This seemed to be the case until Haikyuu!! came around. So, the two previous sports animes I’ve enjoyed are Yuri on Ice (no shocker there) and Prince of Stride. Even with both of those, I was wary. Yuri on Ice I seemed to be able to get into because when I was younger I liked watching figure skating on TV and I was in dance classes through all of my elementary schooling. For those unaware, Prince of Stride is about a variant of track, but with the addition of parkour and small, six person teams thrown into the mix. Though I tried doing cross country when I was in middle school and nearly vomited, I still ended up enjoying this show too. It was unique that it created its own sport. The other animes I’ve tried but failed to get into were Free! and Kuroko no Basuke. I know people will want to have my head for saying that but honestly, I didn’t find myself caring much about the characters winning or losing. I had to force myself to finish season one of Free!, and I could barely get through six episodes of Kuroko. Not saying they’re bad shows, I just couldn’t get into them.

Clearly, I don’t have a positive past when it comes to sport anime. So when I decided I’d start Haikyuu!!, I want to say I sat in front of my laptop for two hours, contemplating if I really wanted to watch it. I didn’t want to hate it and have to explain to people why I didn’t like it. But by the time I finished episode one, I had a feeling this would be a good one. I wanted to watch the next episode so badly. It was the same experience when I watched Yuri on Ice, though I hate comparing the two shows. I love them both, and I think they’re good in different aspects. In all honesty, I think I enjoy Haikyuu!! a bit more, but I couldn’t even tell you why.

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Now that my little sports anime rant is over, I’ll get to the actual review.

For those reading who have never watched Haikyuu!!, here’s a little synoposis  for you. You can skip this if you’ve watched it already.

The show begins with a short-statured third-year middle school boy, Shouyo Hinata, watching his idol, nicknamed the “Little Giant.” Seeing someone as short as he is being so successful and respected by the volleyball community inspires him to practice hard and go to a high school with a great volleyball team. Though, the middle school team he is a part of, just kind of sucks. The other boys who make up the team don’t really practice, so Hinata’s on his own to improve. He practices with everyone he can so he can be good enough to make it on a decent team. And in high school, he becomes a part of Karasuno’s volleyball team. The team had been suffering until the new first-years show up, and it gives the team more hope to do well in the coming year.

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He’s such a cutie

That’s basically episodes one and two summed up. That’s about it when it comes to a plot. For the rest of the show, it’s mostly just the team improving, facing difficult teams, and trying to win against those teams. Pretty simple.

Though, my absolute favorite part of this show is the chemistry between all of Karasuno’s players. It’s the reason I’ve given my soul to this show. When everyone meets initially, there are players who don’t get along. It’s amazing to see them grow as people and teammates until they can all communicate effectively and do well.

I know what everyone is probably wondering. Who is my favorite? Well, I actually do have an answer, fortunately. I love all of them, but if I do have to choose one, it’d be Suga. I’m not sure why, but he just stuck out to me as soon as he was introduced. By episode three, I determined I loved him the most, and even with all of the characters introduced throughout the season, he remained my favorite. I’m going to say it’s because in my friend group, I’m the most motherly as he is too. Of course there’s more to him that I like, but I’d rather keep this post somewhat short. I’ll get on to the others now.

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The others I adore the most are Kageyama, Kenma, Asahi, and Oikawa. So there’s that. I have such a hard time determining my favorites because it’s so easy to like the characters. The way they explain each and every one’s goals and past makes it easy to get attached. It also makes it easy to root for everyone. So when Karasuno doesn’t win I don’t really feel upset. Because the other team deserves to win just as much as they do. It’s such a weird feeling, but I love the fact they were able to make everyone so likable.

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This kid, I swear (This is Oikawa for those new)

So, I am in love with this show, and it has pretty much ruined my life now, in a good way. You are definitely going to see more of me talking about this show, though I’m so late watching it. And I’m sorry half of this was just a sports anime rant, I just felt I should explain myself a bit.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

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My Thoughts on RWBY (Vol 1 & 2)

My Thoughts on RWBY (Vol 1 & 2)

For any of you unaware, RWBY is not technically an anime, but is often placed in that category. It’s a web series by the animation studio Rooster Teeth and has been popular for a few years. I’ve been told countless times to watch this show, and about two months ago, I started it.

From the very first episode, I fell in love with it. It’s unique, and the animation in the beginning felt a bit like a video game. I’ve always wanted a show to portray a main cast of women that didn’t sexualize them and wasn’t a slice of life, as I’ve seen plenty of both of those varieties. This show is fantastic, and I recommend every single person to watch it if you haven’t already. No pressure or anything. It has hiccups, as all shows do, but I feel it’s strong in the areas it needs to be.

I have only seen the first two seasons, but I still wanted to discuss it a bit. I’ll be doing a second post about seasons three and four if this one does well, and eventually something on season five when that is released next month.

Let’s discuss a few things the show does beautifully.

For one thing, the sound track is absolutely phenomenal. I never skip the opening or ending, and all of the background music matches with the mood of the scene every time. Even though I would binge this show and hear the opening like five times in one day, I never got sick of it.

The animation they decided to use was a risk. It’s not something you see in most series. It’s more complex, and takes longer to animate. Though, even from the beginning, it was clear they had some idea of what they were doing. The first episode is a bit clunky, but the character designs and background made up for it completely. I have seen a small bit of season three, and let me tell you I gasped when I saw the improvements they’d made. Everything is so smooth by that point, and I’ll probably cry if it gets prettier by season four and five.

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On to characters. I’m very picky about my female characters. All four of the main characters are lovely and unique, and I can’t help but love them. One thing media messes up with “strong female characters” is making them all intimidating and brutish. Why? Why can’t a female be strong and wear a pretty pink dress and lipstick? Those things don’t make women weak, which is what media tends to portray.

What I mean by this is the fact that two of the four wear dresses and heeled boots and are quite feminine, but are still portrayed in a strong way, is exactly what I’m looking for. The other two aren’t as “girly” but they aren’t immediately intimidating or brutish. They all can hold their own.

Now to get into some specifics. The four main characters are Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladona, and Yang Xiao Long. They form the team RWBY, which is an acronym for their first names. They attend Beacon Academy, and are training to become huntresses, who fight off monsters, the Creatures of Grimm. There’s more to the story than just this, but that’s it in its most basic form. There’s a main villain whose name I cannot remember who’s introduced in the first episode, and his accomplices are shown fairly heavily.

The other team the show focuses on is team JNPR (Juniper), which stands for Jean, Nora, Pyrra, and Ren. They are close friends with the members of RWBY and I quite like them as well. I could get into their characters, but I just wanted to state how much I like the fact they were included. The show would be a bit stale without some support characters.

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Personally, my favorite character of everyone is Blake. I was struck by her because of her introverted nature, and her love of escaping in books. She does work together with the others, and comes out of her shell, but something I like is the fact they never try to pull her out of being introverted. They don’t try to prevent her from spending time by herself. But they do let her know that they are there for her no matter what.

I also want to talk a bit about my second favorite, which is Jean. I was a bit surprised by how much I liked him, and when he’s first introduced, I figured he would be a jerk. He’s actually one of the sweetest, dorkiest characters ever and I love him so much due to it. I can’t really put all of my thoughts here, since that could take up an entire post in itself.

So, that’s what I think about RWBY. At least, where I’m at. I know it gets a lot darker and intense after where I’m at, and we’ll explore that in the second part of this. Wish me luck that my heart doesn’t break, and I hope you enjoyed this post! It’s probably one of the shortest posts I’ve ever written.

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My Thoughts On: Seraph of the End (Ep 1-12)

My Thoughts On: Seraph of the End (Ep 1-12)

I’ll say I was a bit disappointed with this show. I heard about it two years ago from a friend but never made any attempt to watch it. Then a few things happened that made me give in. 1) I recognized a few English voice actors 2) I became a bit obsessed with listening to the English cover of the opening by Amalee 3) I looked at how nice the art was. So here we are.

I’m sure if you’ve been reading my posts for a while you’ve noticed that I’m pretty lenient when it comes to anime. I can count pretty easily the number I’ve dropped. While I wouldn’t say this show was awful by any means, it’s just lacking in some important areas. Continue reading

My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 7-12

My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 7-12

I finished this show last night at about 1:40 am. I was determined to finish it so I could write this, but I was also reluctant because that would mean I couldn’t watch it for the first time anymore.

This show exceeded all expectations I had. I’d heard about it sometime in early October before it was aired. I read the description, but it didn’t strike me as something I would love to watch. I would see posts about it on Twitter for months, but I generally ignored it all. Then in December, my friend decided to start it and convinced me to watch it. I didn’t start it until the beginning of this month, but once I did, I knew I made the right decision.

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My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 1-6

My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 1-6

Oh, of course. The show that has blown up my Twitter feed, whether it be voice actors of the show, fans, or bloggers. So, many people have exploded over this show. At first, I didn’t understand. “It’s just another sport anime,” I thought. And then I remembered, “Oh wait, this is the one sport I like. I guess I’ll try it.” And, boy was that a great decision.

I’m doing this in two parts because I just can’t wait until I’ve finished it to begin talking about it. I’ll probably have another post in between this one and the second part.

So, I started the first episode on January 4th, and within the beginning bit and the opening, I fell in love with it already. And my god, the opening blew me away. I’ve had the screenshot-42screenshot-45
song stuck in my head since I watched it, and that’s not even really what I love about it. The art style chanscreenshot-44ge is impressive, and the amount of movement for something like that is rare.  Most openings consist of already made footage, still images, and simple running or walking.  They made a whole routine out of it, and that’s incredibly impressive, and adding the fact that they change from one art style to another is really interesting.  I couldn’t tear my eyes away for two seconds to continue the dinner I was eating.

Enough with that, though, I want to talk about the first “competition” we see. And yes, I’ll talk about art again because that’s what I noticed.  If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m obsessed with anime art, and this show’s art is becoming one of my favorites.

What I noticed in the first “competition” between both Yuris, was that they have this distinctive way of movement that is unique to each of them.  And the way they animated it made it very evident to me. Though I understand the tracks chosen for each of them was supposed to contradict their instinct, they still managed to have their own style to it.  Yuri Plisetsky has a more fluid way of movement, making one move swiftly transition into the next.  This compliments the type of body he has, which is more thin and flexible.  I know this seems a bit weird, talking about their body type and the way they move, but I think it was important as to why the animators chose to animate them this way. Yuuri Katsuki is stockier and not as flexible, so his movements are stronger and bold rather than swift.  Which is fine, and it doesn’t exactly mean that I don’t enjoy watching his routines as much as Plisetsky’s.  This makes them very different, which makes it difficult for me to choose who to root for honestly.  They are both incredibly talented, and with being so different, it’s hard to compare.

Yeah that was probably boring, talking about animation style and body types.  But it really makes sense when they did it this way. Though it seems as though Plisetsky would have a harsher way of moving due yuri2to his personality, that’s not the reality of it. And you would think that Katsuki would have a more gentle style due to his insecurities and lack of confidence, but he’s very strong and sharp instead.

I think this was why those tracks were chosen, to reveal they way they truly skate, even if they didn’t think they could do it.  I say this because even when showing their individual practice, their style remains.

I feel I may be thinking too deeply about this, but this was seriously what was going through my head all of episode three.

As for the rest of the show, I think it’s hilarious, along with inspirational and just all around enjoyable.  The dialogue is very emotional when it needs to be serious, and just awkward enough for me to laugh out loud when the rest of my family is asleep.

So, when I wrote the beginning part of this blog, I had only watched up to episode four, I believe. Now I’m through episode six, so things have changed a lot.  Before anyone asks me about “shipping,” I will tell you that, yeah, I think

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that the relationship between Victor and Yuuri is cute.  I’m not generally one who has gay ships, but I like this one.  I believe I have about three in total, so that tells you something about me I guess. And I don’t have any problems with people who only ship those types, in fact, you could ship a character with a wall and I wouldn’t care. I respect your opinion as long as you respect mine.

 

Now that that’s out of the way, on to what I noticed during the fifth and sixth episodes.

For one, I miss seeing Yuri Plisetsky as often as we used to in the first three episodes.  I yurihappen to like him a lot, I’m not entirely sure why, but I’m hoping to see him more soon. I guess it’s because of his impressive talent at his young age.  And he’s actually the closest to my age. Ooh! You now know I’m somewhere between fifteen and twenty-three. But that’s not important.

Oh, and before you go spoiling anything in the comments, please respect my pace of watching the show. I hate spoilers more than anything so please nothing beyond episode six.

I’ll now talk about Yuuri Katsuki’s development from episode one to episode six.

We know that in the beginning, Yuuri is disappointed with his performance at that Grand Prix competition, and how he had practically given up at that point. And once the video had gone online and Victor saw it, things began to look a little better.  We compare that Yuuri to the one at the competitions, and you can tell by the wayyuuri he acts that he’s a lot more confident in himself. He goes into the competitions with ease and really puts himself into the piece, which makes the same routine over and over again still interesting somehow. Even though in his interview he seems so nervous and shocked by everything, it’s still evident that he feels like he deserves the win.

I don’t know if that was evident to all of you, but I don’t really know what else to talk about besides my initial thoughts. I love this show, and it’s the first sport anime I could get into. And yeah, I actually love the sport part of it, unlike a lot of people watching the show. I’ve been obsessed with everything that’s been happening and I was dying to finish writing this so I can watch episode seven. The whole time driving home today I was thinking about the show. It’s bad because all I ever see is spoilers on my Pinterest account, but yet I still want to look at more pictures.

And let me tell you it was very difficult finding pictures for this, most of the pictures on Google were shipping fanart and I didn’t want to use any of that.

But yeah, we’ll see what I think about the ending, which I’ll probably have done by next Friday or so. I’ll have one other post in between these just so those who didn’t like this show will still have something.

Thanks for reading, I look forward to revisiting this weird and fun show.

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Pictures:

Featured Image: YouTube.com

All opening pictures from YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u3RGhznctE

Yuri Plisetsky skating: randomc.net

Yuuri and Victor: fandompost.com

Yuri Plisetsky: tr.twipple.jp

Yuuri Kastuki skating: karice.files.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts On: Tokyo Ghoul Manga

My Thoughts On: Tokyo Ghoul Manga

I’m a scaredy cat, I will admit.  I don’t like horror.  I can’t stand the thought of intentionally being scared.  So, why would I try to read a manga that literally has “horror” as the genre on the back?  My best friend of about twelve years loves it, and yeah, she can handle a whole lot more than I can.  But I was reading it over her shoulder one day, and I decided to give it a try.  As of now, I’m on the 42nd chapter, in Volume 5.  This would be nearing the end of season one, I believe.  And before you ask, no, I don’t plan on watching the anime.  I’ve decided that I can handle black and white still drawings better than colored animations.

So, don’t think I’m ignorant or something as I’m talking about it, since I have absolutely no idea how the show varies from the manga except for season two, but I don’t think I’m that far yet.

First thoughts: I’m probably going to cry a lot reading this thing.  When I began reading, I knew that things got a little insane later on in the series, but I just wasn’t thinking about it.  And now, I’m getting further and further in, and it’s getting pretty intense already.  When I began though, I immediately became attached to the main character, which was not a good idea.  I’ve heard a lot about what comes later, and I’m not looking forward to it.

Also, I forget almost everyone’s name.  Except the main reoccurring characters.  So sometimes I have to sit there and figure out who it is.  tg

But that doesn’t reflect on the story at all.  I love the concept.  It’s so interesting, seeing as you don’t know whose side you should be on.  The humans are portrayed as being evil and violent toward the ghouls, and seeing as almost all of the main cast are ghouls, you aren’t even on the humans’ side for the most part.  It’s a weird feeling.  I find myself thinking, “Ah, the humans were behind this!” or “Oh no, the humans are going to kill them!” It’s strange.  But of course, if you’re familiar with the beginning of the series, the main protagonist isn’t entirely either, so that makes it even weirder.

Overall, it’s a really great story so far.  It’s well-done.  I constantly want to know what happens next, and it keeps me on my toes.  I have a hard time predicting what will happen, which is a good sign.  I just wish I wasn’t such a baby about getting scared, or I would watch the show too.  I already know the order of what happens is different in the manga since I compared it to the episode list.  Episode 4 is WAY after some of the other stuff that happens in the manga.

Also, I’m aware this isn’t really a fleshed-out (haha) post but I just felt like sharing some of my feelings on the story since it’s so popular.

I’ll probably have a different post later on this week about Fullmetal Alchemist, which I meant to do on October 3rd in honor of Fullmetal Alchemist Day, but I forgot about it.  But it will be coming soon.  And then after that, it’ll be something about the movie Your Name.  Not saying what exactly because I’m not even sure yet.

Anyway, just wanted to update on what’s to come after my hiatus that wasn’t planned.  Sorry about that.  Just been busy.

Thanks for reading my ramble!

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