Ikoku Meiro no Croisée 異国迷路のクロワーゼ

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Ikoku Meiro no Croisée is saccharine sweet. I didn’t pick it up when it premiered in Summer 2011 because there was a bumper crop of other shows – Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou, Kamisama no memo chou, Natsume Yuujin-chou 3, Mawaru Penguindrum, Usagi Drop, No.6, Dantalian no Shoka, Baka to test 2. So chances are, you haven’t seen Ikoku yet and then the next season of shows came along. But you should spare some time for Ikoku, especially if a show rated G has never crossed your mind as ever being worth your time before. How exciting/interesting can a show be if it’s so general and viewer-friendly (i.e. for kids)? Continue reading

Usagi Drop うさぎドロップ

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Sometimes, a show’s just so simple it shines through in a matter of minutes into a first episode. But hardly does a show stay consistently good and tug at your heart strings just enough to make you want more feels for the soul with each episode. That’s what Usagi Drop did to me, so much so I had to finish the entire series in a single sitting (putting aside Hyouka, another very addictive series mind you) and leaving such a lovely sweet aftertaste. Continue reading

Free!: Season One Review

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Summer is upon us and along with Summer 2014 is the return of Free! (I seem to have a penchant for exclamation points, hmm..). Anyway, before diving into the reviews for season two, what better way to celebrate the return of our much loved Iwatobi swim team than with a walk swim down memory lane, featuring some of season one’s most tantalising moments? That’s right, it’s a one stop feast for the eyes as we recap with screencaps of summer’s hottest show *fans self* try not to drool fangirls and fanboys, you have been warned~

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Natsuyuki Rendezvous 夏雪ランデブー

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Natsuyuki Rendezvous was a bittersweet romance anime back in Summer 2012. Produced by Doga Kobo, it was probably under most viewers’ radar. After all, that same season had Sword Art Online among many other high profile shows. Also, Natsuyuki counts as josei (yup that’s me) which usually has a smaller viewership crowd compared to shoujo (Hakuoki was also Summer 2012), shounen and even seinen. But if you’re in the mood for some bittersweet adult romance (albeit with its slower pacing than shoujo romance), watch Natsuyuki. It’s a love triangle revolving around 2 different love stories connected by 2 guys falling for the same girl, one after another. Not the most intriguing plot except, one of the guy’s dead.  Continue reading

NAGI NO ASUKARA: MID-SEASON REVIEW

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Nagi no Asukara: lush, serene and visually calming.

I have to admit that I was very excited initially to start watching Nagi; the plot line seemed like the relatively cut and dry, star-crossed lovers kind of show, and the PV looked absolutely stunning. There came a point, however, where I just felt like I was waiting. Waiting for it to get better, waiting for something to happen, waiting for some of the characters to just stop being so gratingly irritating, while at the same time really enjoying and investing myself in several of the characters stories and idiosyncrasies. Before I let my words get away with me, I’ll start out with the plot.

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