Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride) Anime Review

Name: Mahoutsukai no Yome
Media: Anime
MAL Score: 8.21
Episode Count: 24
Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen

May contain story related spoilers for the Mahoutsukai no Yome anime ahead.

Summary

As the Fall 2017 anime season came around, a certain show caught my interest as I had recently read the ongoing manga it was adapted. This show was Mahoutsukai no Yome, being adapted from the manga of Kore Yamazaki into an anime by Wit Studio.

The story follows the 15 year old japanese girl Chise Hatori, who due to the events of her past has given up her own freedom by offering herself up for auction. When a mysterious figure named Elias makes the winning bid, her life is about to change in a way she may have never thought of before.

Story

Set in modern day England, the story follows the character Chise Hatori and her life living with her teacher Elias Ainsworth, a centuries old magus, who at the very start of the series bought Chise at an auction house of magi and sorcerers. This act might initially get the viewer to think dark topics involving slaves might be a part of the series. However, these thoughts are quickly removed as the events goes on and the plot of the show unfolds further.

The story and world building this series brings with it is nothing short of fantastic. It manages to flesh out the world and events that its characters run into while preventing the air from going stale throughout it. Through these characters we get introduced to the way fae and magi interact, assist, and live with each other through their day to day business, built on respect between both parts involved.

A thing that the show manages to do perfectly as the story and plot goes on during the first 3/4ths of the show, is never allowing for the scales and balancing of events to sway too much in either direction, answering periods of bright moments with equally dark moments, both progressing the story and opening up the world to the viewer in both its past and current time, while building up to the eventual culmination of the show in the final part and end of the series.

The characters

What I feel the show does better than the source material it was raised from is the fleshing out of its characters as their story evolves through it. That feels easier to notice with the impact the voice actors has on them. With a highly diverse cast of characters each serving their own position in the story, the show manages to keep them all relevant without causing an overlap in what each character does to progress the story.

As the story evolves with each episode, the biggest character developments can found be with our two main characters. On the one hand, Elias learns to understand the meaning of emotions previously unknown to him that he begins to experience as time goes on. On the other hand, Chise evolving into the character she is meant to be, earning her the sense of belonging she has needed and longed for since her early life.

Art & Soundtrack

Throughout the show the hard labor brought into the adaptation of the source manga for TV shines through clear as day in the artistic efforts provided by the staff working on it, giving the show amazing visuals of the bright idyllic landscapes of the english countryside, the busy everyday life in the streets of London, and the magical world of the shows fairy-like beings. Again and again as every episode goes by, the dedication put into the making of the show by Wit Studio never falters.

Through the characters designs, the world’s environmental designs, and the amazing efforts on everything from even the smallest to the largest of details, The Ancient Magus’ Bride earns its place as one of the few masterpieces of the season. A notable example of the dedication given to this series by the arts team behind it can be seen in the sequence for the phoenix transformation of episode 12, and in moments throughout the show where magic is being performed by the magi and fairies.

As a match to fit with the artistic efforts brought on by the staff at Wit Studio, the sound design and voice acting lies at a level equal to that of the art design itself, bringing life to the world created by Kore Yamazaki with OST soundtracks that even on their own are quite enjoyable and fits in perfectly with the setting, the time in which the story takes place, and during the events of the show as they happen.

Conclusion

Originally having read the manga that this show was adapted from, going into the anime I already had a feeling of what I was going to see come out of it and already had some reservations about what my opinion on it would be, while hoping Wit Studio would not just adapt the manga but also give color, life, and sound to what was already a fantastic story. These reservations were soon blown away by how fantastic the adapting had been done, pulling me deeper into the show and story within than the manga initially managed to do.

With the story, character progression, amazing animations and soundtracks being on point throughout the show and managing to successfully bring the life and magic to the show that I was hoping for, my final score for the show overall is going to be a 9,5 out of 10, and will be giving my recommendations for others to check this show out for themselves.

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Re:Zero Starting Life In Another World Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Re:Zero Starting Life In Another World
MAL Score: 8.38/10
Episodes: 25
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Psychological, Thriller, Isekai.

Only minor spoilers included

Re:Zero Starting Life In Another World aired from 4 apr 2016 – 19 sept 2016 and consist of 25 thrilling episodes. The anime was produced by Studio Whitefox and is another anime of the popular Isekai genre.  

Story

The story starts off with our protagonist Subaru taking a stop at the local gas station when he is suddenly teleported into a fantasy medieval like word. It didn’t take long for Subaru to get himself robbed but luckily, a silver haired woman that calls herself Satella saves Subaru just in time. To repay Subaru decides to repay her kindness by helping Satella finding an insignia that was stolen from her. This results in them getting into a bloody death only for Subaru to discover his power of return by death. He uses this to return to a previous point on his timeline, which allows him to correct his mistakes. This method of time travel often feels like a video game, where he is able to return to a save point anytime he dies until he makes it to another checkpoint. This does not make his journey easy by any means as he usually has enormous difficulty getting through the obstacles set before him.

At first Subaru can acts obnoxious because he believed he was some sort of awesome protagonist destined for greatness in his new fantasy world. However his little bubble is destroyed as he dies several times throughout the first episodes.

Characters

Our protagonist Subaru starts off as a loud mouthed and obnoxious and annoying character that you really just want to punch. However, once you finally hit the turning point you begin to feel for Subaru as he loses his life and has to go through so much suffering. You see Subaru begin to realize the seriousness of this world. He begins to mature as his mind gets completely broken. You see Subaru lose himself to madness only to snap out of it and become this righteous hero, but the hero part doesn’t happen right away. I honestly want to tell more about other characters but it would ruin the whole experience of this great anime.

My opinion on Re:Zero

This Anime might look like just another Isekai anime that brings nothing new to the table, which was also what I thought at the beginning. However as the pace started to speed up, the anime only got better and better and I got more intrigued by the story and the unique characters. The story starts off slow and slowly builds up to those dramatic, emotional and action filled moments that we all know and love.

My personal rating 7,8/10

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist
MAL Score: 9.24/10
Episodes: 64
Genres: Action, Military, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen

Introduction

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” is an alternative retelling of Hiromu Orakawa’s manga, but comparing to the original anime series, it covers the whole story and has a more reasonable ending. This anime has easily taken its top place in all rankings due to its thrilling story, spectacular fights, rich world lore and etc.

Law of Equivalent Exchange

“In order for something to be obtained, something of equal value must be lost”. This is the core, on which alchemy is based. Alchemy is everything in the world of “Fullmetal Alchemist”. It is a local type of magic, that allows to create something out of something. But of course, there are different consequences and there are some restrictions for using it. For example, creating a person or a chimera (mix of different species, abomination) is forbidden, as it is dangerous and it hasn’t been successful before.

The setting

The story is about two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who lost their mother, when they were kids, and who decided to revive her using the alchemy. As expected, it was a complete failure and both brothers lost a lot: Edward now uses the prothesis for his right hand and leg and Alphonse only’s got his soul attached to armor. Now they seek the Philosopher’s Stone, which can overcome the Law of Equivalent Exchange, to return Alphonse’s body. But slowly and steadily, they face the political repressions in the country and they find out the murky history of their country’s government, so their initial task comes on the second place.

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” is rich in interesting characters, who are unique to each other. Edward, while serving the military as the state alchemist, meets a lot of different people and creatures, that behave and live solely on their principles. For example, there are Seven Deadly Sins, who serve their creator, or Colonel Roy Mustang, who is seemingly harsh and cold to his colleagues, but he is really a caring and fair person.

Conclusion

Overall, it is understandable and pretty clear, why
the whole anime community treasures this anime . It consists of everything, that makes the anime really interesting and worth watching (and then rewatching multiple times). Furthermore, there have been several movies and specials, which boosted its popularity. The world of “Fullmetal Alchemist” has a lot of potential for development in novels, other series. Unfortunately, the story is told, and doubt we are getting something else from this universe. The only thing we can do is just rewatching the series – the classics never become outdated.

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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
MAL Score: 8.53/10
Episodes: 12
Genres: Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, Seinen

Caution — There will be spoilers ahead. 

Enter lead character Kaguya Shinomiya: a wealthy and talented student from Shuchiin Academy. Sheltered her whole life, Shinomiya doesn’t necessarily know how to interact with people and sees them as a tool to be used, not as a person to talk to and get to know. After joining the student council, all that starts to change. Don’t tell anyone — even if it’s pretty obvious — but Shinomiya is head-over-heels in love with Shirogane and the feelings are reciprocated! Though neither of them are daring enough to admit it. And so starts the war between two people — who will admit their undying affection to the other?

Story

The story of Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane is one packed with joy and excitement. Although they may not show it on the outside, we get to see the world through the eyes of each of the characters in shifts. We get to hear every thought that courses through the head of Shinomiya and then, in turn, through Shirogane. Back and forth in one episode they argue about who’s going to eat a piece of cake while in the next they argue about where to go during summer vacation only to realize, once they reach a decision, that they’d rather have it another way.

Characters

The development put into Kaguya Shinomiya is phenomenal. In the first episode, Shinomiya is cold and aloof to a point. Due to being smothered inside her whole life with her studies, she is unable to get close to people and make friends. In one episode, we get to see Shinomiya looking out the window of the limousine that takes her to school every day. There, she stares at the kids having fun with envy. By the end of the series, we have Shinomiya in tears because all she wants to do is watch the fireworks with her friends on the student council.

Enjoyment

Who knew that the war between two lovers could be so comedic? Throughout this anime, I found myself overwhelmed with laughter that was spilling uncontrollably forth. From the “love guru” Chika Fujiwara all the way to the hardworking Miyuki Shirogane, I found myself falling inlove with these characters and the story that unfolds.

My final rating for this series would be an eight out of ten. The way that the characters were portrayed works perfectly with the goal of the show. I’m not usually one for romance but I love psychological anime. Who knew the two would mix so well.

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Violet Evergarden Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Violet Evergarden
MAL Score: 8.62/10
Episodes: 13
Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Slice of Life

Caution — There will be spoilers ahead. 

After serving in the war, Violet Evergarden comes out with two things: mechanical arms and hope that she’ll get to see Major Gilbert again. Unbeknownst to her, he had died in the last battle of the war. Throughout this beautiful anime, Violet yearns to understand one thing: what “I love you” means. She wants to feel it — to know what the Major meant when he said his last words to her.

|| Story

Violet quickly learns what she wants to be — an auto-memory doll. Under the guidance of her boss, Claudia Hodgins, and fellow auto-memory doll Cattleya Baudelaire, Violet begins her training. An auto-memory doll’s job is to take their client’s true feelings and transfer it to the page they write on. We watch the trips and falls that Violet makes, but each time she gets back up and tries again. Unable to feel emotion but wanting to so badly, Violet meets client after client and soon becomes the most requested auto-memory doll in service. Day after day she waits for word from Major Gilbert, telling her that it’s time to come back and serve in the war by his side. 

|| Characters

The only one that showed Violet life outside war was Major Gilbert. In the beginning, she was a gift from Gilbert’s brother. Nothing more than a tool. She was unable to perceive emotion and didn’t know how to talk. She was raised as a tool for the army and little more. From day to day, she followed commands and slaughtered countless people with little remorse. Later in the anime, Hodgins tells Violet that she is on fire and has many burn marks due to the actions that she made in the war. She becomes more aware of people’s emotions and feels guilty for the pain and suffering of others, even when she isn’t the cause of it.

We get to feel the soul-wrenching hurt and heartbreak when we find that Major Gilbert has passed away. After finding out that he is gone, Violet feels guilty about living herself and feels that she doesn’t have the right to be happy when he is dead. By the end of the anime, Violet learns what the words “I love you” means.

|| Enjoyment

I loved watching Violet Evergarden grow as a character. In the beginning, Violet is introduced as a weapon that follows the command of others. In the last episode, though, Violet tells Dietfried, Gilbert’s brother, that she doesn’t need orders anymore. She is ready to live her own life.
My final rating of this anime is a nine out of ten. The art and music tie together perfectly for a dramatic effect. The development of the main character is phenomenal.

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Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor! Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
MAL Score: 8.31/10
Episodes: 26
Genres: Game, Psychological, Seinen, Thriller

Potential light spoilers ahead

Do you have a sweet spot for psychological anime? Stories that feature the main character scrapping with others in a battle of wit? If you’re hungry for more mind games from a rivalry akin to Light and L, continue reading. Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji) is probably what you’re looking for.

Story

Kaiji Itou is a lonely, lazy man that is always in debt. His daily routine consists of drinking beer, gambling, and stealing hubcaps from expensive cars. At first glance he may appear to be nothing more than a useless bum in society, but underneath that rugged exterior, is a man with a hidden gift. Kaiji is a genius with a gift for gambling. A unique ability that might have the potential to rescue him from drowning in his current debt. Desperate and out of options, Kaiji is presented with an opportunity to pay off this debt — by competing in a shady game of chance against other debt enslaved individuals. Unbenownst to Kaiji, this is where he would begin to unravel a world filled with cold-hearted deception.

Art

The unusual art style is easily the first thing you’ll notice. Admittedly, I was initially turned off by Kaiji’s gritty, ugly aesthetic. It’s definitely a style that strays from the norm. Thankfully, the story was gripping enough for me to look past this and continue watching. A few episodes in, I actually started to get attached to the hideous world of Kaiji. The exaggerated facial expressions make the tense situations even more gut wrenching. I quickly realized the gritty, ugly aesthetic is all too fitting for the world of Kaiji.

Sound

Both Kaiji’s intro and ending song do a fantastic job at getting you hyped for our hero’s next mental battle. The voice acting is above average, but where Kaiji really shines is its narration. Tachiki Fumihiko’s dramatic narration explaining each character’s thought process is hilarious and gripping at the same time. This narrator could make any mundane task seem epic. There is a recurring “zawa” sound that represents the characters being in uncomfortable situations. This Fukumoto trademark onomatopoeia paired with tense music has you feeling just as nervous as the characters in the show.

Characters

The list of abnormalities in this anime continue to grow as I reflect on the show’s characters. You won’t find a single female character in this anime. The entire roster is made up of men and Kaiji Itou is the only character with any actual development. Kaiji is heroic to a fault, his trusting nature is often his downfall. Betrayal after betrayal, his cynicism grows throughout the story. Hopeless situation after hopeless situation, he has to get even more bold with his tactics in order to survive. You’ll be rooting for Kaiji all the way as the other characters are impossible to like.

Conclusion

Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor is easily one of the most addictive anime I’ve ever consumed. I effortlessly powered through all 26 episodes of the first season in one day. Despite this, be prepared to watch both seasons as the first season has a slightly unsatisfying ending. Also, there is a certain arc in the second season that goes on a little too long for my liking. These minor flaws hardly put a dent in the anime, consequently, I rate Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor an 8.5/10. If you consider yourself a fan of psychological thrillers, do yourself a favor and watch this immediately.

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Dragon Ball Z: Goku Character Analysis

Goku’s Flat Character Arc

Goku essentially is a character that does not change as situations around him change and times change. He has what is called a “Flat Character Arc”, which means “the character starts out already in possession of the Truth—and then uses that Truth to bring positive change to the world around him. As such, the Flat-Arc protagonist is a person who, on the specific level of the Truth, has things figured out.” Goku in that sense is an archetype, representing the epitome of that character style. Goku in his 50s isn’t very different from the Goku that we meet when he begins this journey as a 10 year old, and that’s after he reaches an incredible amount of physical strength and dealing with some of the most insurmountable enemies in the series.

Before we discuss the subtleties of his character I think its best we dispel some myths about the man himself. He is in no way the strongest character in the series for most part of the story line, he has never actually beaten Vegeta in a duel. The reason Vegeta is always on the edge about beating him is not something that’s ingrained in his nature, its just the way his fights with Goku has always turned out to be. In their first fight Vegeta almost killed him after transforming into his Great Ape form. That fight was interrupted by other Z fighters and Goku was more or less defenseless and almost certainly would have lost and most probably died because of it, had it taken its natural course. In their second duel Vegeta in his Majin form wiped the floor with him and left him lying on the floor it was more or less his own fault that, that this particular fight ended in that outcome, he concealed his ability to transform into a Super Saiyin 3, which ultimately let Vegeta to exploit it.

Personality

His naivety has led him to make some decisions which ordinarily in the right state of mind you wouldn’t want to make, like giving Cell a senju bean. To add to this Vegeta is stronger than Goku on multiple instances for example, when he emerges from the Hyperbolic Time chamber to challenge Cell. This explains the rougher edges in the personality of Vegeta more than anything else, because for the good part of the series the outcomes usually indicate that Goku is the strongest Z fighter and possibly the strongest in arc however Vegeta’s essentially higher win rate and his own mental outlook on Goku’s strength stand to contradict this judgement on everyone else’s part. 

His professional record as a fighter only reinforces the belief that he does not always cares about winning in these tournaments, fights or coming off as the strongest fighter of them all. He has won only 1 tournament even though he participated in 9 of them. He has lost to Jacki Chun, Tien. He forfeited in the Cell games, and in the Other World’s tournament was a disqualification. His fights with Vegeta are known to be brutal and not in his favour both times. The only person he has ever defeated in a tournament Finale is Piccolo.

Having said all this, there were times when he was left in a state where he could have died had his bouts continued, the only two times he has ever died are because of self-sacrifice on his part. Both when he first held his brother Raditz so Piccolo can kill him and when he contained Cell.

Characterisation

Goku seems to have attained some sort of metaphorical enlightenment in this series, he does falters sometimes like when he snapped in his ssj3 form when his plan didn’t go as he expected it to, but at for a good part of anime he seems to have some sort of other worldly confidence in his own self and the universe. Many times he showed he was above the entire progression of story line itself for example when he was ready to give up earth in one of the arcs which truly represents Flat Character Arc at its finest. It doesn’t means he is careless or too dumb to actually understand whats going on. It just shows the character is complete without the arc.

This is also one of the trappings of such character. A lot of people would use this as an accuse to bash DBZ and one of its chief protagonist, saying things like “This anime is same as it was in Ep1.”, “Oh he is just going to rely on another power up to solve every crisis…”, “Well it gets really boring because all arcs are so similar”, all this just represents ignorance on the part of the watchers because they fail to notice the emotional and mental maturity Goku goes through as the story line progresses. Yes certain things like his core character is not going to change, but that’s what make him so unique, that doesn’t means he is not going to gain anything as the anime progresses. That’s just false assumptions based on one observation that the character seems way ahead of the arc and confident that all is going to turn out well most of the time.

Yes the 10 year old Goku is very similar to the Goku that appears in the DB Super, but they are both on entirely different planes of emotional maturity. Remember Goku did sacrifice himself on two occasions since the beginning of the series.

This article attempts to draw out some fine points with regards to Goku’s Flat Character Archetype. Such characters are truly rare in anime. In fact Goku can be used as a yard stick for perfect Flat Character Archetypes. We hope you enjoyed the DBZ experience with him if you watched DBZ in past, feel free to come by and discuss about Goku and other characters from any other anime on our anime discord AnimeSoul (WLA).

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Devilman Crybaby Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Devilman: Crybaby
MAL Score: 7.96/10
Episodes: 10
Genres: Action, Dementia, Demons, Horror, Supernatural

There will be minor spoilers for Devilman Crybaby ahead

The anime that took the world by storm in early 2018, Netflix’s Devilman Crybaby. Reception of this series ranges from being called utter garbage to an absolute masterpiece depending on who you ask, but where does it really fall? How successful was director Masaaki Yuasa in trying to give people another classic?

Summary

Akira Fudou is a kind-hearted and gentle boy. He and his friend Miki Makimura both run on the track team in addition to living together while Akira’s parents are overseas. One day, while walking home with Miki, Akira comes across an old friend, being Ryou Asuka. Ryou takes Akira in his car to tell him of a discovery he’s made: devils.

While studying in South America, Ryou had witnessed one of his colleagues transform into a devil. To further look into these devils, the two boys go a Sabbath, which is an immoral party where devils commonly form. Like anticipated, devils begin possessing the guests of this party, until one eventually possesses Akira. Just when it looks like Akira is done for, he is able to overcome the devil, becoming what he dubs “Devilman”. The once gentle and kind-hearted Akira is now vulgar, rude, and tough. However the one trait he keeps is the sympathy he keeps for other people, crying whenever other people feel sad.

Review

If it wasn’t clear already, Devilman Crybaby isn’t a show for everyone. Its heavy gore and sexual nature can be a big turn-off for many. However, looking at aspects like plot and character, I believe Devilman Crybaby does a great job. The plot, while not being super complex, is great. There were some necessary updates to the original script, like Akira crying and the track and field aspect. These were pretty hit or miss for the most part but it worked in making a 46 year old manga feel fresh.

As characters, Akira and Ryou play off of each other nicely because of their difference in morality. Akira still cares for other people, even after his transformation into Devilman. However, Miki felt like a relatively awkward character in the show. She doesn’t really do much until the later episodes, and even then her character wasn’t the best. I can’t say much more without spoiling though.

Now to get into the shows strong point: the directing. Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong the Animation and The Tatami Galaxy) is an extremely well renowned director, and he didn’t disappoint. He brought his unconventional animation style in order to portray devils truly as otherworldly creatures. Unfortunately, Devilman Crybaby isn’t as polished as his other works, having the animation look off at times. In terms of the soundtrack, there’s one very good and memorable song, but there isn’t much past that.

Conclusion

Overall, Devilman Crybaby is a very high quality show. It gives us crazily animated devil fights along with an interesting conflict of morals between Ryou and Akira. Like I said previously, some of the modernization attempts fall flat, especially towards the end, and the animation isn’t always consistent, but that doesn’t take away the good of the show. I would consider Devilman Crybaby to be a very strong 8/10, mostly because of the strength of the main characters and directing.

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Food Wars Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars)
MAL Score: 8.51/10
Episodes: 24
Genres: Ecchi, School, Shounen

Introduction

For some people, the process of food consumption is just a daily task to get yourself some energy, vitamins and etc. Someone consider this as something usual, not even giving a thought about preferring what to eat. But for someone, food is the topic you shouldn’t take lightly. The gourmet world is diverse and you will not find a person that has tasted all the finest meals in the whole world. More and more unique, sophisticated recipes are found all the time. Finding new tastes – that is what Shokugeki no Soma is mostly about.

How it all begins

Yukihira Soma, the protagonist of the story, lives and works with his father in a small family restaurant, serving some nice and simple food for guests. But one day, those peaceful times are over as Soma’s father sends him to Tootsuki Academy – the prestigious cooking school. There he meets a bunch of strong ambitious individuals, each with their own speciality. And from now on, Soma has to adapt his experience, his skills he gained before to an always changing environment to survive and get to the top.

With his experience and impressive creative skills, Soma gradually builds relationships, getting lots of friends and rivals. All of them have their own backgrounds and goals, which are not stupid, but have the actual meaning. The big character palette, formed by all those people, greatly influences main character, making him behave in the most unexpected ways.

Shokugeki – a solution for everything

The core feature of this anime is Shokugeki – a fight between chefs, the result of which is determined by the dishes they prepare. The main condition for this cook-off to happen is the equal compensations from both sides. Like in Fullmetal Alchemist: if you want to get something, you will need to give something of equal price. So basically, if you want to get a higher position, be prepared to lose something as valuable and precious as this. Due to his origin, Soma is getting seriously underestimated , so that is why he has advantage in those cooking matches. He greatly impresses both opponents and judges leaving them fully delighted after tasting his meal. They are getting undressed in their mind, and this provides anime with lots of fanservice.

Summary

Shokugeki no Soma is the food anime, in which you not only get food, that makes you drool intensively. It has greatly designed characters, both main and side ones, a good plot, that keeps you excited all the time. It already got several seasons, which states out the extreme popularity of this title. I would give the personal recommendation: get something to eat for this anime, because you can easily get hungry after you watch it! 🙂

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Run With the Wind Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Run With the Wind
MAL Score: 8.53/10
Episodes: 23
Genres: Sports, Comedy, Drama

There will be minor spoilers for Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteru ahead

When it comes to sports anime, some specific sports are over-saturated. There’s countless numbers of baseball anime and a decent amount of basketball ones too. However, there’s a surprising lack of running or track and field anime out there, despite it being a popular sport. So as a runner myself, I was excited to hear that a running anime was coming in the Fall 2018 season. So did Run With the Wind live up to expectations?

Summary

Run With the Wind, or Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru, features a main cast of 10 college students. These 10 students all live together in the same appartment building together, because of the cheap rent and meals provided. The catch? When they agreed to live there, they unknowingly signed up for the Kansei University Track & Field Team. The issue is that besides from the two protagonists, Kakeru Kurahara and Haiji Kiyose, none of the residents really have running experience. What’s more is that Haiji intends for the team to run at an elite event 10 months away. The event being the Hakone Ekiden. The show then covers the team’s struggles and training to reach the Ekiden.

The show has a relatively diverse cast, and they’re the main driving force of the show. Everyone, other than than Haiji, is initially opposed to joining the team, since they see the goal as completely unrealistic. Furthermore, track and field is a demanding sport, and none of them thinks they have the time. As the show progresses, we watch as the team not only grows to love the sport, but become closer friends with each other.

Review

As I previously stated, I am a runner myself, so I was really hoping to like Run With the Wind. Unfortunately there were some things that stuck out to me which hindered my enjoyment. First of all, some of the character’s times progress way too fast, especially Prince. Even towards the end of the show, his running form is still terrible, and it’s kind of hard to ignore. At first I thought it was a lack of research on the author’s part, but I got the feeling later on that she did know what she was talking about. The time constraint of 10 months just was too short.

It also felt like the show dragged in the earlier episodes a bit, but that’s understandable since they had to introduce several characters immediately. Early on, we don’t get as much of the “sports” part of the show because of this.

After watching 5 or 6 episodes, I was skeptical of the quality, but I really felt that the show improved a lot in the later episodes. The running side of the show was brought up more and the character development began. The running aspect isn’t the most accurate, as I previously stated, but it’s still an enjoyable experience. I think the author was really able to capture the community and culture of running, and the characters all felt pretty realistic within the story. The characters not only grew stronger physically, but also socially and emotionally, and it was overall a pretty inspiring watch.

Conclusion

Looking back, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this show, and I can definitely say it was one of the better shows to come out in 2018. If I were to rate it, I’d give it an 8/10 based off the great character growth and entertaining sports side.

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