Tsukigakirei Review

Tsukigakirei Review

I’ve never done a review on a romance anime, but here we are now.

This show’s title translates into “As the moon, so beautiful” which I didn’t quite understand at first. I get it now, and it reminds me of a certain scene from my favorite manga of all time. So this show won me over just with the title.

Going into it, I thought it would be a generic, cliche-filled slice-of-life romance. But, I feel there’s something about it that makes it stand out. The animation was definitely not what won me over, like most shows. The main animation is fine, and the style is unique, but for some strange reason the animators decided it was a good idea to animate the background characters with CGI. It was a horrible decision. But still, the content of the show makes up for the awkward robot background characters.

 

I think my favorite part about this show is that both main characters get to pursue their passions separately. The male lead, Koutarou Azumi, is a writer and participates in a drumming club that performs at festivals. He reads avidly, but has average grades. The female lead, Akane Mizuno, runs track and has excellent grades.

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They are clearly very different people, and do not meet in a club, as most animes show. It was a chance meeting. They both knew of each other, and coincidentally, their families both decided to eat at the same restaurant one night. They try avoiding each other, but somehow their families both realize that they know each other.

Eventually they end up exchanging LINE IDs and text fairly regularly.

I have a rule when it comes to pairings. I feel it’s fair, but maybe this is just because of my lack of dating knowledge. I will never pair two people together if they are not somewhat close friends first. Though, if I’m a fandom that has a million pairings and some like barely interact at all but people still pair them together, I’ll still respect it. Please tell me if this rule is fair, because I may just be oblivious. I’ve been flirted with, and let me tell you, it makes me incredibly uncomfortable if I’ve never met the person before. I just don’t get it.

Alright, sorry for that tangent.

The two characters were friends before plunging into the dating zone. So, we’re already off to a good start.

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The interactions between Koutarou and Akane are very stiff and awkward for quite some time. It’s only near the end of the series that they become entirely comfortable with each other. I think that’s pretty understandable and realistic, correct me if I’m wrong. They aren’t always touching, in fact it’s a rare thing for them to be physically affectionate until the last few episodes. I’ve seen this in a few other romance based anime, though I’ve seen overly affectionate more than anything. I actually prefer it when a couple is portrayed as less physical, because every interaction seems more meaningful.

As for the actual plot of the show, which I probably should have started with, there really isn’t a set goal. Both characters have dreams, but majority of the show is just their relationship gradually growing.

As I’d said earlier, Koutarou is a writer. He’s shown frequently typing away at his laptop, and actually gets to talk to a publisher. He’s very passionate about his writing, but is embarrassed to show anyone what he’s written. He wants to make it perfect before it’s out anywhere. Being a writer aside from this blog myself, I can understand this mindset. I used to put all of my writings on Wattpad, but recently, I’ve been keeping them to myself. I want to be able edit them and get them to the best they can be before even a friend reads them. I want to be able make a little bit of money off them at some point, considering how many hours I put into them. So, I understand this part of Koutarou.

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Another thing I really like about his character is that he will add little quotes from an author in his narration of the show, which always relate to the topic of the episode. Generally, this would seem a bit cheesy and unnecessary, but all of the quotes are a bit obscure, and take a little bit to understand why they were said. It added a layer to the show that I really liked.

On to Akane. She’s really into track, and is very focused on it. She’s also quite intelligent and does very well in school. Honestly, anybody who can balance a sport and schoolwork is amazing to me. Even as a fictional character, she impresses me. Another thing that instantly made me love the show. Akane seems very put together and organized, but has some sort of anxiety. She keeps a little toy to fidget with when she’s nervous, and worries about things constantly. There is a scene where she explains this to Koutarou, and though it somewhat annoyed me, I also really liked that they included it.

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The things I didn’t like about the show:

There were shorts after the ending song, which I didn’t realize until about episode six, but they didn’t really add anything to the main story. Why did they exist? I have no idea. I said earlier I thought it would be cliche, and yes there are definitely cliche things in this show. Both main characters have a secondary character crushing on them. Of course. Have to make things more complicated than they already are. Akane’s best friend likes Koutarou, and a boy that’s been on the track team for years likes Akane. Okay, whatever. I absolutely hate this trope. But something that gets me going even more is how often adults would say things like “Oh, good job on getting a girlfriend” to Koutarou. I hate this. It sounds as if he just won something. No, because that’s not the point of relationships. It’s a mutual understanding between two people and take a good amount of work to maintain. Can we please destroy this cliche? It makes me so angry. Why don’t we say like “Oh, both of you are cute, you seem happy” or something like that?

But anyway, those are my only problems. It’s really not that bad.

Overall, I feel this was honestly one of the best romance shows I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think I was going to love it as much as I did when I started it, but the ending is what really got me. Of course, I can’t say much about it, but just know the ending was much more satisfying than expected. So, if you enjoy watching romance shows, I’d highly recommend this one. It’s cute, and awkward, and more realistic than a lot of romance shows I’ve seen.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

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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