Review: The Royal Tutor

Review: The Royal Tutor

Right off the bat: this show surprised me, as it did many other people as well. I figured it would just be another show I’d watch on the side, nothing I really cared too much about. But I found myself anticipating the next episode every week. The music is great, the art is beautiful, the characters are lovable. Not much to dislike here. Oh, and it’s set in a kingdom, with princes as some of the main characters, which is my one weakness.

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Black Butler Season One: Review

Black Butler Season One: Review

I’m a little late on this anime, I know. I just finished it a bit ago, and overall, I enjoyed it. I only began watching it because I had met Sebastian’s English voice actor at Youmacon last November. For some reason, I felt obligated to watch the show he is most known for, and I don’t regret my choice. In fact, I just got the DVD of season one in the mail a couple weeks ago. And I got to see Book of the Atlantic last week which was super weird and awesome.

It’s unique, definitely. It’s such a strange concept, and I honestly didn’t think I would like it. I’ve known of the show for years, but I’d always thought it was not for me. I got the first manga for Christmas and enjoyed reading it, so I continued to the show.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the show, it’s been quite popular for a while. But, I guess if you’re not aware of the concept, I’ll give a brief summary.

The main protagonist is Ciel Phantomhive, a twelve-year-old earl to the Phantomhive family and owner of the Funtum toy company. This is due to a tragedy that happened roughly two years before the beginning of the show. Someone set fire to his family’s estate, purposefully killing his parents. He is then tortured by a strange group of hooded people, forcing him to become vengeful and furious. He wishes to kill the people who killed his parents, but the problem is he’s only a child, and he needs extra help for this task. He forms a pact with a demon, whom he calls Sebastian. Sebastian becomes his butler, and will do anything Ciel commands him to do. When the people guilty of killing his parents is dead, Sebastian may have Ciel’s soul.

6Though this show seems dark and violent, it’s very lighthearted for the majority of the show. Nearing the end it becomes much darker and serious.

I’m not really sure what part of the show I enjoyed the most. I enjoy the comedy, historical setting, supernatural creatures, and action that it offers. There are many aspects of this show that are unique to itself, and that’s what makes it stand out so much. I can say for sure this is the only anime I’ve watched set in Victorian England, and has the youngest main character from what I can recall. The fight scenes are very interesting, due to the unconventional techniques Sebastian uses when fighting. It’s quite something to watch a butler throw butter knives into people’s heads.

The premise is weird, I will admit. There are also a slew of bizarre characters. Obviously, we have the revenge-driven twelve-year-old who runs an entire company, and a demon acting as a butler. But the other characters that work for the Phantomhive manor are Mey-Rin, a clumsy maid with terrible eyesight, Finnigan, a gardener with superhuman 1strength, Baldroy, a chef who burns anything he touches, and Tanaka, a butler who doesn’t do much but sit and drink tea. I think these characters are what keeps the show from being too much of a downer. Sebastian constantly has to pay close attention to their antics, and often must fix anything they fail at, which is almost every task they are assigned.

Other characters are Elizabeth, Ciel’s fiancee, Grell, a flamboyant reaper, The Undertaker, a not-so-serious grim reaper, Pluto, a werewolf (sort of), and yet many more. I wouldn’t say this show is heavy on character development, since for the most part, they all remain static throughout the show. Though, there are some themes that are thought-provoking.

Considering the entire end goal is revenge, there are a lot of branches of this topic that can be explored. If Ciel were to change his mind about avenging his parents, he would still be stuck due to the pact he made. It’s clear that this is not the best solution for his grief, but he is still a child, and to him, that was his only option. Throughout the show he is told that this may not be a good idea. He knows that going through with it will lead to his death, and he’s told he will be missed, but he doesn’t think he will be. He feels he won’t be happy living without his parents, or with the person responsible for their deaths to be living. He often says, “I forgot how to smile,” which is a strange thing for a child to say. He thinks he will never feel happiness again. It makes me feel bad for him until I realize how much of a jerk he is.

This brings me to my next point about the show: it’s hard to tell who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy. Yes, Ciel and Sebastian are the main characters, but when you look at their characters, they’re kind of terrible. Obviously, Sebastian is a demon, which automatically puts him on the bad side, and though Ciel seems like an innocent child, 4he’s far from it. He could be nice if he wanted to be, but instead, he chooses to boss those who work for him around more than he should. Practically to the point where he doesn’t end up lifting a finger. Yes, they agreed to work for him, but he doesn’t hardly give anyone a break. He’s constantly unhappy with their work, no matter how hard they try. He never seems to give a thank you or a chance for them to relax. I don’t exactly hate Ciel, since all people and characters have their flaws, but I do wish he was a bit more lenient. And, due to his past and age, it makes sense he would take advantage of them.

On to Sebastian. He’s a pretty cool dude, I’ll have to say, but this would be due to his immortality and demon powers. He is shown to be able to do practically anything, and when he gets hurt, he heals almost immediately. He has an extreme amount of patience 2for what Ciel makes him put up with. This is most likely due to being a demon, but it’s still somewhat impressive. Ciel is a nightmare to handle, along with the other servants of the Phantomhive manor. He basically has to run the place himself at some times. I ended up feeling sympathy for him, though he’s a demon.

One thing I want to say about Book of the Atlantic (don’t worry it’s not that much of a spoiler): at the end, after everything that had happened and Sebastian had saved the day (as he always does), Ciel tells him to take a break. Which is probably the most kind thing he’s ever said to Sebastian. I was honestly shocked when I heard it. This never happens in the show. Actually, Ciel is a lot more kind in the movie now that I think about it. I won’t say much more than that for those of you wanting to watch it in the future.

And, something about this fandom as well: I know a ton of people ship Ciel and Sebastian, but even if I completely ignore the wrongness of it, I still can’t understand 5where that makes sense. I feel they have an understanding of each other, but there’s nothing intimate about it. This doesn’t make me angry with the people who do ship them, but I just don’t understand it.

In all, I entirely enjoy this show in all of its silliness and uniqueness. I do suggest it to others, though I would say it’s not for everyone. And, it’s not my absolute favorite but it’s definitely near the top of my list. There’s just something charming about its quirkiness.

I hope you enjoyed this review, and again I’m sorry for not posting more, but for sure there will be a post on Friday, which will be my very first tour post with OWLS! If you don’t know what OWLS is, it’s a group of anime loving, kind people who accept everyone for who they are, what they believe, and what they like. There’s a blog tour every month focused around a theme and bloggers can participate in when they are part of the group. This month’s is TEAM in honor of June being Pride/LGBT+ month and I will be participating this month, along with next month, so look out for those!

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Review: Fruits Basket

Review: Fruits Basket

I am genuinely sorry about the long, long wait.  I started working last Wednesday, and everything has been hectic since then.  I may need to cut the updates down to either once a week or once every other week just because of how busy I am and my lack of time.  But hopefully, I’ll have a cool post next week, since over the weekend I’m cosplaying at my local convention.

Just so you are aware, I’m writing this on a time limit.  I have about 45 minutes to complete this before I leave school and then I have a ton of stuff to do at home.

So, let’s see how this goes.

I chose to talk about this anime in particular because I have memories about it.  About 4 years ago, my friends came over to my house for a sleepover.  My friend had just started watching anime, and she knew one that we would enjoy watching.  It was on Netflix at the time, and I was kind of wary, since my parents had no idea that we would be watching anime.

But, we watched about three episodes and then my mom came in the room.  She watched

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Yuki Sohma

an entire episode with us and determined that whoever thought of it was high.  (She still thinks this and I don’t understand why)  Anyway, my dad also came upstairs and his literal words were, “Is this a ‘pretty boy’ anime?”  For those of you who don’t know the characters, Yuki was the one on screen, and here’s what he looks like.  It was a pretty safe guess on my dad’s part.

During that night we watched eight episodes.  And in the morning, we watched more and my brothers were in the room.  They loved it.  At the time, they were probably about 7 and 9 years old.

Not only was this show one of my first animes, but I have a very vivid memory of when I first watched it.

Onto the actually show itself, not my sentimental memories of it.

This show aired in Japan in 2001, and is now considered a classic according to Funimation’s website.  It’s very likely that you’ve never heard of it, I probably never would have if it weren’t for that day 4 years ago.

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Screenshot I took

At this point, I’ve watched every episode around three times, and I’ve read the manga all the way through once, along with reading some chapters multiple times.

Now, you may be asking why I didn’t put this on my My Top 5 Animes list, but I did that based on how often I revisit that show.  I also thought of putting this on my Top 5 Comedy Animes list, but I think there’s a better list for this show.

The show is very funny, but it’s probably equally sad, and character driven.

I’ll give a basic summary, since I’m sure some of you have never seen this show or even heard of it.  But at the time I’m writing this, I have about 15 minutes to complete this post.

Tohru Honda (the girl in the photo), was recently orphaned when her mom died in a car accident.  Since then, she lived with her grandfather, until the house needed work done on it.  She began living in a tent in the woods by herself.  One day, she found a house and was greeted by Yuki Sohma, the prince of her high school.  They walked to school, and she began to talk to him.  Later, as she emerged from her tent, him and his cousin find her and offer to let her stay at their house.  She starts living with them and finds out that their family has a curse placed on them.  She has to swear to never tell anyone else about this, since they are all ashamed by it.

As she lives with them for longer, she meets more members of the Sohma family and she discovers how strange of a family they are, not just because of their curse.

I know this doesn’t give a whole lot of information, but I don’t want to spoil much.  I’d rather you be surprised by what the curse is and everything, though by looking at the banner photo, you might be able to figure it out.

Oh, before I leave this, there’s a new manga the author started recently that picks up probably about 20 years after the manga completed.  Though, don’t read it if you haven’t read the manga, you’d be helplessly lost, there are a lot of new characters in the manga that aren’t in show.

The manga is Fruits Basket: Another, written by Natsuki Takaya, same mangaka as the

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Fruits Basket: Another cover

original Fruits Basket.  I’ve only read the first eight chapters but it’s decent, and makes me pretty happy since I loved the manga more than the show.  I shouldn’t say much more, since even the premise kind of spoils the original manga.  Anyway, just read the original, then the new series.  It’s all great, hope you enjoy it.

I’ve got about 5 minutes now, so I’ll update my new post asap, and I hope you enjoy this one.  Sorry about the entirely too long wait, I promise I’ll say if stuff changes.  For now, enjoy what I’ve put up.  Next post should be cool.  It’ll include pictures of my cosplay making process, plus hopefully some of my full cosplay.  Bye!

*I’m cosplaying as Maka Albarn from Soul Eater in case you didn’t know. :)*

Top 5 Comedy Animes

Top 5 Comedy Animes

*Sorry this one was late, I was super busy yesterday and didn’t have the time to write this*

Comedy!  One of my favorite genres.  Almost everyone can appreciate a comedy show, since there are just so many of them, there’s one for everybody.

Personally, when watching a serious anime, I like to watch a comedy anime as well, to balance things out.  I can guess that I’m not the only one.

As the last list went, I’ll present my list, then write a bit about each.  Enjoy!

I’m not going to put these in a specific order this time, I’m unbiased to these for the most part.

  1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  3. School Rumble
  4. Assassination Classroom (Season 1 mainly)
  5. Lovely Complex

For the most part, these are romance as well as comedy, since most of the time, they pair well together.

(Also notice Ouran is not on this list.  I don’t want to talk about it too much, and I have a special post coming up about it.  You’ll see why when it comes out.)

  1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
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(Left to Right) Itzuki Koizumi, Yuki Nagato, Kyon, Haruhi Suzumiya, and Mikuru Asahina

This show follows Kyon, as he enters his first year of high school.  On his first day, he’s introduced to Haruhi Suzumiya, a strange girl who is only interested in the supernatural.  He tries talking to her, and ends up involved in the SOS Brigade, a club designed to find supernatural beings.  They recruit Itzuki Koizumi, Yuki Nagato, and Mikuru Asahina to have a total of five members of the SOS Brigade.

Through the show, Haruhi gets he club into multiple situations of trouble, and they must get themselves out of it.  All of the members beside Kyon and Haruhi possess some sort of power, but Haruhi is oblivious to it.

The personalities among the club makes for quite an interesting experience.  Haruhi is bossy, outgoing, and independent.  Kyon is passive and pessimistic.  Yuki is soft-spoken, a bibliophile, and intellectual.  Itzuki is polite and friendly.  Mikuru is shy and reserved.  Clearly, their personalities are very different, making them clash often.  There’s no real hatred in the group, but Kyon and Haruhi tend to bicker often.

2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun

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(Left to Right) Hori, Kashima, Sakura, Nozaki, Mikoto, Seo, Wakamatsu

The only way I can describe this as is an anti-shoujo.  Any time I tell anyone about it, that’s what I tell them.

Sakura has a crush on Nozaki, she confesses to him, but to her surprise, she receives an autograph instead of an answer.  Why?  She finds out the serious, reserved guy she has a crush on writes shoujo manga as a hobby.  She ends up helping him out by inking the sketches he does.  Through this, she tries to get closer to him.

Though that is the main concept, it’s not really focused on.  This show has no plot, is what I’m getting at.  But I laughed so hard my stomach hurt during every single episode.

As for the other characters: Hori is in the drama club, making backgrounds for their plays.  He’s insecure about his short stature, and deals with Kashima clinging to him when she has the time.  He acts annoyed by her bothering him, but he still is fond of her.  Kashima is the main star in the drama, popular with the girls for playing princely characters.  Though they are all aware she is a girl, they still act as though she is a prince.

Seo is a basketball star, and also has an angelic singing voice.  Though violent by nature, she is part of the choir club and is loved by the whole school.  Wakamatsu is drawn to her voice, but has no idea it’s her.  She still hangs around him, and he’s terrified of her.

Mikoto, well, he’s a bit weird to explain.  He’s very suave and good and flirting with girls, but once he’s realized what he’s said, he breaks down.  And he is the influence to the main female character in Nozaki’s manga.

Through the show, there are many references to cliche shoujo themes, and they never work for any of the characters.

3. School Rumble

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Another somewhat romance comedy.  Kind of.  Again, nothing really works for any of them.

Tenma Tsukamoto has a crush on Oji Karasuma, and plans to confess to him. (yes it’s another one of these, just hear me out)  She has a hard time figuring this out but finally writes a letter (a quite lengthy one at that).  He reads it, but completely disregards it.  He has no interest in her, only his curry.  (Also he likes to wear turtle costumes so yeah he’s kinda weird)

Kenji Harima is a delinquent who’s repeated some grades a couple times.  (He’s like 20 something) He likes Tenma, making an unfortunate love triangle.  He tries to separate Tenma and Oji, and confess his love to her but, it fails every time.

Kenji is also a manga artist, and Tenma’s sister, Yakumo, ends up helping him out with it.  He ends up having some romantic problems with her and one of Tenma’s friends, Eri.  I’ll leave it to that, since it’s a bit more complicated, and I’d like to prevent spoilers.

Also, I’d like to point out that the dubbing for this show is amazing.  Tenma is played by Luci Christian, Oji played by Eric Vale, Yakumo played by Caitlin Glass, and Kenji played by Brandon Potter.  If you’re into dubbed anime, I highly recommend watching it that way.  Also, season 2’s ending is a duet sung by Luci Christian and Caitlin Glass.

If you aren’t into dubbed shows, then none of that made sense to you, and that’s fine.

4. Assassination Classroom

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Yes, I’ve already talked about this show.  But don’t expect me to stop talking about it for months.  I’m in love with this show right now.  If you don’t know what this show is about go read my summary in My Top 5 Animes.

You’ve read it?  Alright, we can continue, I have a little more to say about the comedy in this show.

Looking at the title alone, you’d never think “comedy.”  You’d think it’s about a bunch of hardcore, violent, scary people learning to kill other people.  Wrong.  This show is bright and colorful, with a wide variety of characters, and only gets dark in the end of the first season and second half of the second season.  It’s hilarious.  I’ve had to pause the show just to laugh so I didn’t miss anything.

Even knowing that they have to kill their teacher, you’d never think of comedy being associated with this show.  The class likes to come up with creative ways they plan to kill their teacher, and some of them are quite out-there.  And some of the things they do together are entertaining.

Basically, I don’t care who you are, watch this show.  It has comedy, action, school life, sad backstories, a tiny bit of romance (seriously, it’s almost nothing), it’s perfect.  I went in the show not knowing a whole lot, and concerned that a main character was a giant yellow octopus employed as a teacher.  But, as I began watching it, I began liking it more and more.  By the end of the first season, I loved it.

Though I’m talking about a lot of non-comedy things, trust me, there’s plenty of it.  The second season is much more serious, but it stays light-hearted  as much as it can.

5. Lovely Complex

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Alright, here’s the last one.  This is definitely romantic-comedy, though not until about half-way through the show.

This show is about Risa Koizumi and Atsushi Otani (I’ll refer to him as Otani).  Risa is tall-172 centimeters (about 5ft 8in), much taller than the average Japanese girl.  Otani is short-156 centimeters (about 5ft 1in), much shorter than the average Japanese guy.

Because of their height complexes, they are given the nickname “All Hanshin Kyojin” after a popular comedy duo.  Though they argue often, they quickly become friends after bonding over a favorite band.

Though I’ve watched many different romantic-comedy shows, this one stands out to me.  I loved it the moment I finished the first episode.  This is another one where I laughed so hard my stomach hurt.  I had to silence my laughter since I watched this at 1 am while everyone else was asleep.

For anyone not fond of the romance genre, don’t be too worried.  It isn’t so heavy on romance, and comedy is its main focus.

Alright, that’s my list.  I hope you enjoyed it.  This is based on the animes that I’ve seen, so if there are any comedy shows that didn’t make it on the list, comment and tell me.  I may or may not have watched it.  I’d say I’ve watched about 10 comedy shows, that’s just a rough estimate.  Clearly not all made it here.

Thank you for reading and I’m very sorry I was late.  I might not post until Tuesday, to give me time to plan and write up the next, but I’ll try to post as soon as I can.  And Friday’s won’t be up until about 11 pm (I live in the Eastern Time Zone in the United States).

Pictures

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: thesouthbankreview.co.uk

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: http://static.zerochan.net/

School Rumble: http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/

Assassination Classroom: http://cdn32.sptndigital.com/

Lovely Complex: tvfiles.alphacoders.com

Cover: wallpaperscraft.com