2014: 12th day of Animanga

hunterxhunterlWhat is a story? A journey into an imaginary universe, a mirror that minimizes on certain reflections of our world, thoughts and ideas we cannot otherwise confess and much more. What is more important, however, is what most stories wish but fail to become; an experience that remains unforgettable, one that breathes life into its audience’s heart. HunterxHunter (HxH) is one of the iconic examples of how to make that goal a reality.

*In this article we’re going to talk about the 2011-2014 adaptation that has covered most of the manga, ignoring the latter and the 1999-2004 anime. This isn’t meant as a disrespect to the other installations of the story but rather as a tribute to our favorite version of HxH. Continue reading

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Secret Santa Project 2014: Infinite Ryvius

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This is my first year participating in this tradition and it didn’t start that well. First of all, I had to give recommendations to someone that had watched almost everything I have and deemed worthy of recommendation. I somehow managed some options and the people of Reverse Thieves lent a helping hand, too. Secondly, when I received my list I felt like a fish out of water, since I got Mobile Police Patlabor: Early Days, Infinite Ryvius, Macross: Do You Remember Love? All of them was in various degrees mecha. Mecha is one of my least preferred genres, though. I don’t find giant robots slick or appealing, battles are boring for me and the jargon of moves and who’s attacking who fly over my head.

Due to its famous status and short duration, I picked up Macross. Bad move. Probably because I had no idea of the franchise I was less forgiving to the macho non-sense 25 minutes in the film from that blonde guy. I couldn’t care about anyone. Plus the silly talk about “yuck deculture” had me rolling my eyes. Dropped.

Soooooo… Because I honestly didn’t want to stay with a bad taste, I tried once more. I’ve seen Infinite Ryvius described as Lord of Fireflies in space. I haven’t read this book but a friend liked the anime for its psychological drama and depiction of human nature. That’s how I ended up watching 26 episodes of this series and actually found it pretty good. Thankfully.  Continue reading

2014: 11th day of animanga

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We’ve said this was a great year for comedies for us and we can’t leave out Oregairu (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected) . It was aired just the previous year and with a second season coming out this year, I thought it’d be a good idea to talk about it now than later when we might have regrets with unwanted routes/develoments (see romance, shipping).  Continue reading

2014: 9th day of Animanga

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There are certain genres that are always tough to adapt in anime form. Sports and Musical anime are perhaps the best examples of that category, yet Fantasy doesn’t feel so far away. By Fantasy I mean settings that resemble medieval legends and/or worlds like that of Tolkien. Looking back at shows like Record of Loddoss War, Shaman Princess and Kemono no Shouja Erin one can find some good titles that unfortunately share certain weaknesses (lack of action, budget problems, etc.) and lack a sense of fun and epicness. Shingeki no Bahamut is a brave attempt to create something that contains all of these qualities. Continue reading

2014: 8th day of Animanga

tumblr_mzg8p44mpj1qmlmyuo1_r1_1280Most of our entries for the 12 Days tradition have been shows that follow a well known genre and excel on its basic rules. Kill la Kill follows the same pattern; filled to its very core with cliches, including, among others, the “tough and macho as hell” heroine, “friendship always triumphs” philosophy and the “unreasonably evil” villain, one would expect this to be just another story with fights and fanservice. Yet, in contrast to most shows out there, which feel small and time killers, Kill la Kill was huge and did its best to become unforgettable. Continue reading

2014: 7th day of Animanga

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2014: 6th Day of Animanga

Dddl2014 was a goldmine for comedies. This year’s summer provided us with two masterpieces of the genre, Monthly Shoujo Nozaki-kun and Barakamon. Both anime began with great potential and competed on who’d make our stomachs hurt the most. While Nozaku-kun focused on paroding anime cliches, Barakamon tried to build a story on its own. But what kind of story was that? Continue reading