Your Lie in April Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso ( Your Lie In April)
MAL Score: 8.87/10
Episodes: 22
Genres: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen

About the anime

Before we start let me warn you, there is going to be quite an amount of spoiled parts from anime.

Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima dominated various music competitions and has become famous among child musicians, but also controversial. After the death of his mother, he had a mental breakdown at the age of eleven while performing at a piano recital which resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. 

Four years later, Kōsei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monochrome, without any flair or color. He resigns himself to living out his life with his good friends, Tsubaki and Watari, until, one day, he meets a girl who changes everything in his life.

Kaori is later discharged from the hospital. Later on, she invites Kōsei to play at a Gala with her. However, Kaori fails to show up on the day of the Gala, and as her health worsens, and she begins to give up on life. This time, Kōsei is the one who inspires her after playing a duet with Nagi Aiza, the pianist sister of a fellow rival of his named Takeshi Aiza. After shedding tears and listening to it, Kaori opts for a risky surgery that may kill her if it fails.

What happens next, is up to you to find out.

Overall I think the anime was ok, each person has their own taste. If you have anything to say, don’t be scared, feel free to drop it in the comment box.

Written by Laimed.

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Initial D Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Initial D
MAL Score: 8.29
Episodes: 87
Seasons: 10 (Movies included)
Genres: Action, Cars, Drama, Seinen, Sports
About the anime: 

Before we start let me warn you, there is going to be quite an amount of spoiled parts from anime.

The protagonist, Takumi Fujiwara, is a gas station attendant working with his friend Itsuki to buy a car, which they plan to drift on the twisting roads surrounding nearby Mount Akina. Unbeknownst to his colleagues, Takumi moonlights as a tofu delivery driver for his father’s store before sunrise each morning, passively building an impressive amount of skill behind the wheel of the family car, an aging Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86.

Shortly after the story begins, the Red Suns, a racing team from Mount Akagi, challenge the local Speedstars team to a set of races on Mount Akina. Dispirited after watching the Red Suns’ superior performance during a practice run, the Speedstars expect to lose. Later that night, the Red Suns’ driver, Keisuke Takahashi heading home after the last practice run, is defeated by a mysterious Sprinter Trueno, despite driving a much more powerful car, Mazda RX-7. After an investigation into the identity of the driver leads to Bunta Fujiwara, Takumi’s father. The Speedstars beg Bunta to help them defeat the Red Suns, but he initially refuses, later relenting to “maybe” show up at the race. At the same time, Takumi asks Bunta if he can borrow the car for a day to take a trip to the beach with a potential girlfriend Natsuki Mogi. Bunta allows Takumi to go on a trip to the beach, borrowing his car and giving a full tank of fuel on one condition that he needs to beat Red Suns driver.

On the night of the race, the Trueno does not show up, and the Speedstars enlist a backup driver for the first run. At the last moment, before the race starts, the Trueno arrives. Takumi steps out of the car to the bewilderment of the Speedstars, who were expecting Bunta. Without any further arguments, Kouichirou Iketani lets Takumi drive, realizing several facts from previously heard rumors and trusting that Bunta won’t send Takumi without any consideration. Later on, in the race, he easily defeats the Red Suns driver Keisuke Takaha by utilizing a dangerous technique on the mountain road’s hairpin corners.

The Red Suns’ embarrassing defeat sets up the plot for the rest of the series: drivers from neighboring prefectures come to challenge Takumi and the “Legendary Eight-Six of Akina” and thus prove themselves as racers.

Eventually, the plot moves away from Mount Akina as Takumi becomes bored with racing solely on that road.

Several events happened with a lot’s of victories for Takumi but at one moment in the battle against Kyoichi at Akagi Sprinter Trueno motor can’t handle the huge load, which causes the engine to blow out.

Takumi was shocked, looking at AE86 as the steam is coming out of the engine… Later on, Buta comes with a truck and picks up Takumi and Sprinter Trueno. Although Takumi wasn’t expecting the event like this, Bunta knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Thanks to the contacts from different organizations Bunta gets powerful race engine for Sprinter Trueno. At the time Takumi was delivering tofu as usual but with a different car. One night Takumi was shocked when he saw the same AE86 on the road passing him with such a speed. Later on, Takumi finds out that the engine has been replaced and after a while, he can participate in the events again.

Later on, he joins an experimental racing team formed by the disbanded Red Suns also know as Project D and challenges more difficult opponents on their home courses in the pursuit of his dream to be “the fastest driver out there”.

After several events, Takumi manages to damage the car again but this time they could fix it. At that time Takumi finds out there is are people who try to act as Project D members. Later on, they got revealed and got their lesson.

At the last event, Takumi drives again a powerful AE86 driver, which leads to several difficult problems in the race…

The first seasons might not be as good in quality as the following ones, if you would ask me, this was one of my favorite anime of all time, I could judge it in several factors although the story itself was fun and intense. You couldn’t even predict what might happen at the some of the races.

This might not be the best review from my side, but I tried to tell at least some part… it is easier if you watch the anime and see it yourself.

Written by Laimed.

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Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice)
MAL Score: 9.04/10, IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
Movie:1
Genres: Drama, School, Shounen, Romance
About the anime:

Before we start let me warn you, there is going to be quite an amount of spoiled parts from anime

One day in elementary school, in which the main character Shouya Ishida was studying, got a new transfer student named Shouko Nishimiya(deaf student).

After that, she tries to make several friends but in the end, gets bullied which leads her to transfer to another school.

Of course, in the middle of that, there was an incident where the teacher was looking for the bully who destroyed or throw away several hearing devices which resulted in Shouya Ishida getting all the blame on him while his friends denied that they had participated in any of it.

After several years Shouya Ishida meets Shouko Nishimiya again. This time Shouya Ishida have learned sign language and tries to apologize to her but instead, she runs away. Later on, they get over it and get to be really close friends. Of course, several events happen during the movie which leads to some arguments between their friends, but in the end, after the accident, all of them stayed together.

It is hard to review the whole movie, it won’t be fun at all to watch it otherwise… The movie has a pretty deep meaning about the life of several different people from real life. This might change your view on the world’s society. As much as I can say this movie represents a lot of things that only you might understand (I hope you would). I rated this anime really high (as score it is 9 but I might think over this and rate it to 10 maybe). This anime will awake your dead emotions that’s for sure.

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No. 6 Review

Media: Anime

Name: No. 6

MAL Rating: 7.72/10

Description

Six city states rose after a long and bloody war waged in the world. Life, for a time, seemed perfect, utopian but there were many evils hiding under the surface. No. 6 follows the story of a young boy by the name of Shion who has lived his life in the wealth of city-state No. 6 along with his mother who owned a bakery. After a loud ringing sounds in the distance during a large storm, a mysterious boy enters his room. Shion agrees to help him with a wound, who introduces himself as Nezumi, or Rat, who is also a fugitive. This chance encounter changes Shions life who is then banished from the city losing he and his mother’s elite status within the city. The change of location made Shion learn a lot about the differences in life style and how life may not be as utopian as he once thought.

Years later and the two meet again and work together to expose the secrets behind the increase of mysterious deaths within No. 6.

This, personally, is one of my favorite anime. The anime adaptation differs slightly from its light novel counterpart, but both are enjoyable.​

Written by Eos.

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Death Parade Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Death Parade
MAL Score: 8.26/10
Episodes: 12
Seasons: 
Genres: Game, Mystery, Psychological, Drama, Thriller 

About the anime

Before we start let me warn you, there is going to be quite an amount of spoiled parts from anime.

After death, there is no heaven or hell. Whenever someone dies they get sent to the bar(s). When the souls leave the elevator and enter the bar they will meet mysterious bartenders (also known as arbiters). They will ask questions and gives them several explanations till the time comes when they tell them to play a game. The bartender threatens the souls with an illusion of them in an unfortunate situation. With this, he tells them that if they don’t play the game that might happen to them.

As the souls accept to play the game, the bartender gives them a button, in which case the game will be chosen. Whilst the game starts the bartender starts to judge the two souls. While playing the game each soul will remember bits from their last moments before their death. When the game ends bartenders will decide which soul will go to the void and which soul will be sent for reincarnation.

Of course, without the pain, there is no game! As the souls play the game they might get a different pain in their body, as thanks to that, they get to remember the last bits before the death. In some cases, the game might lead to huge conflicts which might end with the other soul wanting to kill the other one.

Several things get explained. In the end, one of the bartenders, which did not have any emotions, finally manages to find them thanks to a soul which was working in a bar at that time, but what happened to the soul, that might be interesting.

I personally enjoyed it, rated it with a score of 9. There have been rumors around the websites from people, that there might be a 2nd season. As I didn’t want to spoil much about each game and each soul history the review ended up kinda pretty short. I think I didn’t miss much about the anime.

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No Game No Life Review

Media: Anime
Name: No Game No Life
MAL Score: 8.40/10
Episodes: 12
Seasons: 1 + Movie
Genres: Game, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi, Fantasy 
Movie: Game, Supernatural, Drama, Romance, Fantasy 
About the anime:

Before we start let me warn you, there is going to be quite an amount of spoiled parts from anime.

Sora and Shiro are two hikikomori siblings who are known in the online gaming world as an undefeated group of gamers named Blank. 
One day, they are challenged to a game of chess by a god named Tet who comes from another reality.

As they believed it was a joke, believing it to be a joke, and are summoned to a reality known as Disboard. There, a spell known as the Ten Pledges prevents the citizens of Disboard from inflicting harm on one another, forcing them to resolve their differences by gambling with games whose rules and rewards are magically enforced.

In-game, rule enforcement only occurs when the method of cheating is acknowledged and outed by the opponent, allowing players to cheat through discreet methods. Sora and Shiro travel to Elkia, the nation inhabited by humans, and befriend the duchess Stephanie Dola. Learning about Elkia’s decline, the two participate in a tournament to determine the next ruler. After winning the crown, they earn the right to challenge the Disboard’s other species as humanity’s representative. Sora’s and Shiro’s goal is to take over every one of the species in order to challenge the god Tet in a game.

As for the movie (No Game No Life: Zero)

In the past guy named Riku tries to save humanity from sixteen sentient species fighting to establish the “One True God” amongst the Old Deus. As the time goes Riku finds several strange things, but as a cost of that, he loses a dear friend, who sacrifices himself just to let the 2 others get out of the danger.

Later on, Riku finds a powerful female Ex-Machina, whom he names Schwi, in an abandoned elf city. 

Moving on, Riku finds out that Schwi was researching human emotions. He was sure that humans have survived that long only because of the power of feelings.

After quite some time Riku and Schwi form a partnership. They manage to organize a plan which would lead the humanity to better life. As the plan goes on several events happens. Thanks to that humanity extinction has been eliminated but what happened while they were progressing in their plan is up to you to find out!

The movie and the TV series were interesting to watch, the TV series might have more fun included in it than the movie. Each person has it’s own taste, as for me I enjoyed it! I gave the movie solid 9 as for the TV series I am still thinking which scores is better.

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One Outs Anime Review

“No one wins, but I!”

Media: Anime

Name: One Outs

Rating: 8/10​

Note: This review contains spoilers for the first 2 episodes. Although I believe your enjoyment won’t change even if you know how the first two episodes end up.

One Outs is a story following a gambler by the name of Toua Tokuchi, who is a new pitcher the last place Saitama Lycaons. His journey to lead them to become the champions of the Japanese Pacific Baseball League.

The story of One Outs begins when the star player of the Lycaons, Kojima Hiromichi, holds a training camp in order to help his team out of the last place. When the pitcher injures himself, they have to find another one. That’s when they meet our protagonist, Toua Tokuchi, and the game of One Outs. We are shown he’s the master of this game, but after many matches we the Lycacon members, we finally defeated for his first time. After this, he joins the Lyacons, and his time with the Lyacons finally begins. 

After he joined, it is revealed who the antagonist is, Saikawa, the owner of the Lyacons. Saikawa is only doing this for the money and doesn’t care for about winning or losing. So, when Tokuchi revealed to him the One Outs contract, it seems all too good for him; the owner gives Tokuchi 5,000,000 yen for every one he gets while pitching but loses 50,000,000 he gives up. Now, the main premise is shown and the battle between Tokuchi and the owner has begun. The owner will use interesting ways to try to get his own team to lose, and we get to watch how Tokuchi combats this. This fight in this comical situation will always bring out laughs (and amazement) as we see the Tokuchi plans to interrupt the Owner’s plans.

And now, we watch the story of how Tokuchi, using his strategies, deals with other teams while making a profit with the One Outs contract. It is always fun seeing how he faces the other team’s strategies, whereas those other teams might use superstar players or downright cheat. Seeing Tokuchi’s thought process, which is full of high intellect and observational skills, is always a blast when he’s on the field. I fully recommend to those who like mentally overpowered main characters and see how they dominate their craft. I, even more, recommend this to those who have a deeper understanding of baseball, since you’ll enjoy how these unlikely loopholes in the baseball rules are taken advantage of, although you don’t need to know a single thing about baseball in order to enjoy this anime.

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Made In Abyss Anime Review

MediaAnime (Movie)

Name: Made in Abyss

Rating: 9/10

Description 

​Made In Abyss season one takes you on a journey. From a marvelous score to capture each scene and feed into the emotion of the characters to the graphic nature of the animation it is a show you can’t press pause on. With only one season in the books and a second season scheduled in the future the wait is frustrating to say the least. MiA stands out from other anime because of how it told the story in reference to the manga. Not a direct correlation, but it stayed true with the bonus of episode 13 being twice as long. 

MiA did an excellent job in terms of pacing, storytelling and character development. As the show progressed one could draw from each of the characters into their own lives; being underestimated, picked on, a desire to prove yourself, a nigh impossible journey, the love of a parent, having to leave everything you know behind to journey into a world unknown.
The Abyss itself, what a marvelous creation, each level having its own surprises extending down beyond human imagination. I really liked the concept of the Abyss in how it affected people. Similar to a diver who gets the bends after diving and resurfacing, the effects can be life threatening. 
For myself, the most memorable moment would be the episodes spent with Nanachi. How her demeanor changed upon getting to know our main heroines from hostility to friendship and uncovering her story instilled such emotion. MiA is an anime that once begun, can’t be put away. You want to know what happens next and can only look forward at what is to come in season 2.

To those wishing to follow the story without waiting for season 2, there is a manga available with 47 chapters released to date

Written by Fang.

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Wolf Children Anime Review

Media: Anime (Movie)

Name: Wolf Children

Rating: 8/10

Description:

Wolf Children is narrated by daughter Yuki and i would recommend it to those that like a coming of age story. A person who enjoys simple themes centered on life and the challenges one can face. Wolf Children adds it’s own twist to these themes as we find out Hana (mother) meets Wolf Man (father) in college and as they grow close the truth is told that Wolf Man is a werewolf. An incident immediately after the birth of their second child Hana’s husband is killed leaving her alone to try and raise two half-human, half-wolf babies. Daughter Yuki and son Ame experience their own challenges as they grow older, along with mother Hana as she is forced to adapt to a new life in the mountains to limit the risk of their secret coming out. Before either of them are in school, Yuki shows her likeness to wanting to be a wolf, running around the house and off into the mountains seemingly embracing the wolf within. Ame, however, shows distaste at the thought of being a wolf having read a children’s book, thinking wolves are perceived as “the bad guys” and thus not wanting to be something people hate and fear. 

With some pestering from YukiHana allows her to attend school, fitting in at first given her initial wolf behaviors (collecting dead animal bones instead of jewelry) is a hassle, but with a dress made by her mother Yuki is able to adapt and begins to make friends. This all changes after a new transfer student Sohei starts pestering her resulting in the climactic event of her turning partly into her wolf-form and clawing his ear. Yuki takes this incident to heart and vows to never turn into a wolf again.

Ame’s first dislike of being a wolf changes during Yuki’s first year at school. Being a year younger he instead follows his mother to work where he meets a captive wolf and starts to learn about the mountains. Three years pass showing Ame’s difficulties in school. He doesn’t fit in and with his change of character he starts to skip class to instead go explore the mountainside. Here we discover ‘Master’ a fox that teaches Ame all about hunting, tracking, everything needed to become a wolf (or rather a fox). The swap in personalities of Ame and Yuki comes to a climax as the two have a dangerous fight in wolf-form. Ame’s eyes glow red and personally i feared he was being lost to his wolf instincts.

Everything comes to a head with a giant thunderstorm. Yuki is away at school while it happens and parents were called to pick up their children. Hana prepares to leave and calls out to Ame but he is gone, he ran off into the words concerned for Master and presumably any other animals he might come to help. Hana, instead of going to the school begins a desperate search for Ame, scrambling up a weather-torn mountain before falling down a cliff-side into unconsciousness. Yuki, meanwhile is at school awaiting her mother’s arrival. By this point her and Sohei had formed a tentative friendship and with neither of their parents showing up at the school they are left alone after hiding from officials seeking to take them home. A touching scene and Yuki shows her wolf-form to Sohei who takes it extremely well saying that he already knew and planned to keep it a secret.

The movies comes to an end with Ame rescuing his mother from the mountain and bringing her to safety. He gives a final glance before racing up the mountain, clearly choosing his path in life. Yuki goes on to attend middle school, moving into the dorms their, leaving Hana at their mountain home alone. She is seen expressing her love for passed father and husband via the long-kept Identification card present on a headboard, as the scene happens a long-howl is heard (no doubt from Ame). The significance, being a resolute end, proving that both parents dreams of letting their two children grow up to be who they wanted to be whether wolf or human had come true.

Written by Fang.

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Deadman Wonderland Anime Review

Media: Anime

Name: Deadman Wonderland

MAL Rating: 7.40/10

Description:

Warning: contains some spoilers!

Deadman Wonderland is a shonen based in Tokyo after a large earthquake wipes out the entire city. From its ashes a prison called Deadman Wonderland is born. In it are some of the worlds hardest criminals that are then housed within the prison that seconds as an amusement park. Visitors came come from all over the world to watch the criminals fight to the death in a series of games and competitions.

After the earthquake, a number of people exposed to red, crystal like shards find themselves with new-found powers. Deadman Wonderland follows the story of a young boy named Ganta Igarashi who also finds himself with the mysterious power to manipulate his blood. His school is attacked and Ganta is blamed for the death of his entire class and then sent to horrendous amusement park prison to pay for his crimes. Little did he know that there was much more afoot than a simple frame job. Ganta must stay alive and prove his innocence while surrounded by psychotic and dangerous individuals.

Thing is… the inmates aren’t even the worst. The guards and warden are just as hardened as the criminals, in fact worse. A system is set in place to ensure the cooperation of the inmates, a device around the neck that can kill on command but also poisons the inmates every three days. Without the antidote, a specialized piece of candy, which can be earned through the events or stolen from others, encourages the inmates to kill and claw their way.

Deadman Wonderland did not receive its deserved attention in Japan upon its release. It only became popular with its US debut but is still one of the highly recommended horror shonen.​

Written by Eos.

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