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Oct 3, 2016
Although I really love both anime and music, music-themed anime has always seemed to let me down. From over-dramatic and sappy Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (which I absolutely loathe) to all-flash-and-no-substance idol series like Uta no Prince-Sama and Love! Live The School Idol Project (as well as shows like Kiniro no Corda which fall somewhere in-between), music anime often fails to convey what music is really all about. Regardless of how many times I've heard all these characters say how much they love music and how it brings them together, I've always had a really hard time believing them. Until now, that is.

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Aug 20, 2016
When you're a 20-year-old woman who enjoys watching the animated adventures of Japanese school girls, then you know that there either must be something with you that is seriously wrong, or that the creators of this anime must be doing something seriously right. Personally, I like to think it's the latter, and I hope that this review will not only illustrate why, but that it will also encourage you to watch Love Live! The School Idol Movie.

As with the original series, the art and animation used in this anime are truly outstanding. The dance sequences (as well as the outfits and the facial read more
Aug 20, 2016
As much as I love and adore anime, I wouldn't really call myself a Studio Ghibli fan. On the contrary, I'm more of an anti-Ghibli kind of gal, so to speak. Before you stop reading my review or call me a lunatic, however, I would like to point out that I did watch over a dozen Ghibli films before coming to this conclusion. Although most people would like to argue that every single Ghibli piece is a masterpiece, I beg to differ. Out of all the films produced by this studio which I have seen, there were only two that I really liked and only read more
Aug 20, 2016
- Haruka, what's so great about Starish?
- They sparkle, and that makes me want to watch them forever.

Although it may sound silly as an inspirational quote, the reality is that it sums up this anime pretty well. While you may not find great life lessons or cultural facts to be learned from this show, you'll definitely find some sparkle in it (lots of it, in fact), so if that's your thing, then Uta no Prince-sama 2 is definitely for you.

Having gone from being 1000% about "real love" to being 2000% about it, things definitely get more intense. From the extra sparkle to the read more
Aug 15, 2016
Clannad (Anime) add (All reviews)
I'm gonna be honest. The only reason I watched Clannad was so that I could eventually get to Clannad After Story which everyone seemed to have deemed the best thing since slice bread. While the second season did not live up to this reputation or my expectations, the first season was certainly just as bad as the MAL reviews claimed it to be, if not worse.

In the beginning, this show had potential. Sure, the school setting may have seemed repetitive, but the characters looked pretty and quirky enough to be interesting and have actual backstories and personalities. Turns out I was wrong. And very much read more
Aug 13, 2016
Before taking an anime hiatus, the name "Black Butler" seemed to keep popping up everywhere I went. From fan art to posters and symbols, the name had been etched into my mind before I even got anywhere close to watching this show.

Seeing how boring my summer actually was, I decided to go back to watching anime and the name Black Butler was the first thing that came to my mind. After doing a quick Google search, I saw a bored kid with a weird eyepatch (was this show about classy sassy pirates?), and also skimmed through the description of the first episode read more
Aug 11, 2016
When an anime is so full of pleasant surprises, there's only one word to describe it — delightful.

Since I first started watching Chihayafuru after finishing Death Note, I honestly wasn't expecting much from it. Sure, it had some good reviews and an interesting premise about some obscure Japanese card game, but I still couldn't see it turning into something amazing (or even remotely entertaining).

If anything, I thought I might learn something new about Japanese culture. After all, 15 years of watching anime had already taught me a bit about Japanese food, festivals, traditions, etiquette, and honorifics, so why not learn about card read more
Jul 31, 2016
While I was watching Death Note, there were many questions which kept popping up in my head, with the main one being, of course — "why did it take me so long to get to this show?"

Since it first came out 10 years ago, I have not only heard about this anime and its concept (as well as its huge fan base), but have also constantly stumbled upon drawings, pictures, merchandise and many other things depicting L, Misa, and Light Yagami as well as the Death Note itself. Even though that should come as no surprise for a show that has managed to earn many read more
May 15, 2016
When I first heard about Hetalia, I thought it would be my next favorite show. As someone who loves to travel, has lived in different countries and regularly interacts with people from different cultures, I found the idea of personified nations coming together in one show simply brilliant. Hetalia, however, is far from being so.

From the idea that Italy is the most helpless and useless country in Europe to the concept of China always setting up Chinatowns wherever it goes, this anime has its fair share of Japanese stereotypes as well as the right amount of racism and prejudice to make it kind of read more
May 15, 2016
The only times I ever binge-watch anime is when I'm either extremely bored or the series is extremely entertaining. Although the 2nd season of Love Live! School Idol Project is far from being a masterpiece or one of my all-time favorite shows, it's oddly addicting and, most importantly, far better than the first season.

Despite being turned off by the many problems the first season had, the positive reviews and the amazing art made me want to continue watching this show. Luckily, I was not disappointed.

Although the music is still a bit too generic and immature for my personal taste, there are lots of fun read more