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Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 2

Finally I did it! I finished watching last week’s episodes just now tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg As I said in my previous post, I had an important exam, but gladly I passed it (yay!) so I hope I’ll be able to stick to my watching schedule this week!

Since I already wrote about my first impressions for each anime, I’m going to change the format a bit and just talk briefly and in general about what I think about the second episodes~

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I didn’t even know about the existence of this animal! 

Starting from Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu, the second episode focused a bit more on a technical side, but it is still definitely a relaxing slice of life. Unfortunately, almost everything is cliche and predictable, but this episode was less boring than the previous one. Switching to Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel, I’m so disapponted. This episode was sooo boring. It had the exact same concept as the previous one. The charaters are still stereotypized and not developed at all. I think this show would benefit a lot from a bit of focus on the characters, to let us connect with them more. Instead, Kemono Friends was a nice surprise! I’m actually starting to feel interested in what is going to happen next! I’m surprised that the animals depicted are somewhat unusual? Like, I’ve never heard about some of those before! Even though it’s a children show, somehow it makes me curious tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

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So scary!

The second episode of Little Witch Academia was good, but it fell a bit flat in the first half. Well, I guess we had to expect an introductory episode to let us get acquainted with the setting and the other characters. The last part was good, it had those old-school anime vibes which I was yearning for some time ago! Masamune-kun no Revenge is still going strong! This was a great episode, it kept my attention throughout it and I’m really interested in what is going to happen next. Kuzu no Honkai had a great week too, but somehow… I feel like too many things happened at once? I had already read those events in the manga, so I’m okay with it, but I don’t know if the same goes for a first time viewer? However, I’m so hyped! I was waiting for this part to come! I really liked reading Ecchan’s story and I’m looking forward to the next episode, where it deepens! Actually, I like almost everything I read ’till now, so I’m going to get hyped quite often! tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

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What kind of shorts are those?!

Now, speaking of Seiren, things are getting interesting! Sadly, not much of a romance is developing, so I’m still worried about a possible rushed ending, but I’m getting more invested in the characters and events. Unfortunately, I’m not really fond of the male main charater; I quite like the first heroine, but sometimes she gets on my nerves. tumblr_inline_mpl4ntsuZO1qz4rgp The second episode of Onihei faced completely different events compared to the first one. From what I could see until now, I’d say this is going to have an episodic format. However, the stories depicted are really interesting for me, so I’m not complaining! Speaking of Gabriel DropOut, this was a nice episode! It’s so hilarious! I love the characters and the comedy. It brightened my day!

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How the hell are boxers on a sakura tree??

On the opposite, Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang is starting to get quite boring already. Since the focus seems to be on the everyday life at school, it doesn’t feel different from any slice of life comedy anime. Luckily, in the second half some parts were crazy and it managed to make me laugh a bit, but I think my interest is steadily decreasing. Fuuka is doing pretty well; Koyuki’s soooo cute!!! I think I love her already. The male main character is a bit plain, but Fuuka is a great character even though she’s not a favorite of mine by now. I’m still looking forward to the next episodes! Last but not least, ēlDLIVE released a brilliant episode! It was funny and kept me entertained. I like that this show doesn’t spend a lot of time trying to explain what is happening and goes quickly into action. I don’t think I would like it as much if it didn’t do so, since I’m not that into sci-fi to begin with!~

Now it’s time to reveal this week’s ranking! Which show will be dropped this week?

  1. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  2. Gabriel DropOut 
  3. Kuzu no Honkai
  4. Fuuka 
  5. ēlDLIVE
  6. Little Witch Academia 
  7. Onihei
  8. Seiren
  9. Kemono Friends
  10. Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang 
  11. Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
  12. Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel

It seems this is the end for Schoolgirl Strikers! Unfortunately, this show disappointed me a lot and I don’t feel like watching another episode; I don’t expect anything anymore. Maybe I’m wrong (and I hope so!) but as far as the tournament is concerned, this show won’t be taking part in it anymore!

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And that’s it for today! Stay tuned for the third week’s results! _apple__by_ebonred-d51uswt

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Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 1

I’m a bit late with this, but still in time!

Actually, I’m happy I managed to watch all of the episodes, since this period is a bit chaotic for me. I don’t know if I can do the same for the second week, since I have an exam on Saturday, so I might postpone the ranking post a few days.

Without further ado, here’s my ranking for this week!

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  1. Gabriel DropOut

Chief Angel has come to Earth! However, she became so used to the life on Earth that she skips school and keeps playing online games, thus into self-destruction. It’s a school comedy that Gabriel turns into a lazy angel! (Source: MAL News)
Okay, this one could have been a great success or a big flop. And I’m happy to declare that it was a SUCCESS! It is not easy for me to find the right comedy anime, because it’s hard to make me laugh. Well, it succeded! The first episode was hilarious and I hope the next ones will be as brilliant as this one! I looove the art, it’s a pleasure to watch it! I didn’t expext I would like it so much, but as for the first episode, this is surely my favorite out of the batch!

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2. Kuzu no Honkai

Seventeen-year-old Mugi Awaya and Hanabi Yasuraoka appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don’t know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness. Mugi is in love with Akane Minagawa, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share physical intimacy driven by loneliness. Will things stay like this for them forever? (Source: MangaHelpers)
This is identical to the manga. The freeze-frames are colored manga sketches and it sometimes uses a manga layout. I must say that I like that. Also, I love the voice of Mugi, it’s exactly how I imagined it. The first episode was okay; I already knew what to expect and the animated form didn’t disappoint me. I was worried they might change something to make it more suitable to younger audiences, but I’m glad they didn’t. I’m looking forward to the next episodes!

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3. Masamune-kun no Revenge

As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him “Piggy” due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance. (Source: MyAnimeList)
The first episode was really nice; it was better than I expected and I’m eager to see more. The script is pretty good; I didn’t feel bored throughout the episode, which is nice because sometimes everything happens in ten minutes and the rest of the episode is only an introduction of characters and/or a prologue. In this episode, we meet a good bunch of characters, without feeling overwhelmed. Each one of them is characterized and has its own place in the show. I don’t know how well they will develop during the show, but I like what I’ve seen so far. The art is good and pleasing to the eye and the animation is well executed. I can’t say much about the plot since I’ve seen just the first episode, but the starting point is good and I hope for a great development.

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4. Little Witch Academia (TV)

Having been inspired by a witch named Shiny Chariot, a girl named Akko Kagari enrolls at Luna Nova Magical Academy to become a witch. The anime follows Akko and her friends, Lotte and Sucy, as they experience many magical adventures together.
This was sooo cute! It reminded me of majokko series, for example Ojamajo Doremi! I think this anime is good for any age; it’s really funny, carefree and positive, it’s perfect to cheer up! I really like the art, simple as it is. I’m looking forward to the next episode!

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5. ēlDLIVE

Chuuta Kokonose is an orphan who lives with his aunt. For as long as he can remember, he’s had a voice in his head, but other than that he’s a normal boy—right until the day when a strange-looking thing follows him home and teleports him to a place filled with more fantastic creatures. It’s a space police station, and Rein Brickke, the Chief of Solar System Department, tells him that he’s been chosen by the computer as a possible candidate to join the police force. Misuzu Sonokata, a girl from Chuuta’s school with an angelic face and ill temper who turns out to be one of Rein Brickke’s subordinates, doesn’t think him suitable for such a job. Chuuta, who was shocked at first, decides to take the aptitude test after being urged by the voice in his head and to prove Misuzu wrong. (Source: MyAnimeList)
This was a lot better than I expected! I was so worried about the space and sci-fi elements, but in reality the focus is on the characters and there’s a bit of comedy here and there. I think this is addressed to a young audience – in my opinion, it fits perfectly in the shounen category; however, it was refreshing and pleasant. It’s a good choice to pass the time if you want something light and carefree.

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6. Fuuka

Yuu Haruna just moved into town and loves to use Twitter. Out on his way to buy dinner, he bumps into a mysterious girl, Fuuka Akitsuki, who breaks his phone thinking he was trying to take a picture of her panties. How will his new life change now? (Source: MAL News)
Nice episode. It had some over-used tropes here and there, but it was pleasant overall. It made me occasionally smile and I didn’t feel bored, which is good, because it “is” a slow start, but a good one. I’m saying a slow start because there isn’t any clue on which direction will this anime take; it was basically an introductory episode. It reminds me of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya in some ways, since Fuuka is presented like a weird hyperactive girl while Yuu is just a normal guy, although introvert and with asocial tendencies. I wonder if this anime will go more in-depth with characters; I certainly hope so (especially for Fuuka, because by now she’s a bit unrealistic and bidimensional, but it’s “waaay” too early to judge). I’m looking forward to the next episode, during which we will probably get to know Koyuki!

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7. Onihei

In 1783, the heart of the Tenmei era, Hasegawa held the office of chief director of the department charged with sustaining safety in the region, suppressing the most vile of thieves and criminals, an individual largely feared, renowned as Devil Heizou… (Source: MAL News)
This was pretty serious and… brutal actually. It took me a while to grasp what was going on, but when I did it, I enjoyed it. I think it may have some potential; I hope we get to know better the characters because I find them interesting and I want to know more about their background and so on. This is quite different from what I usually watch, but I don’t dislike gruesome scenes or grave plots. I also hope for some kind of deepening in addition to the action scenes!

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8. Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang

On February 13, as snow flurries dance in the air, a new idol unit is born at Pythagoras Production. They are the idols who will deliver their kiss to the ends of the galaxy: “Marginal #4.” Its members, Atom Kirihara, Rui Aiba, L Nomura, and R Nomura, put all their effort into their entertainment career for the sake of the fan supporting them! They continue to mature as idols along with the senior unit pulling the entertainment industry forward, Lagrange Point, and the younger unit preparing to make their debut, Unicorn Jr. But when they step off the stage, they’re ordinary high school boys with some chaotic student lives! (Source: Crunchyroll)
Yaoi & Fanservice, I like that. I don’t know why, I seldom watch anime with fanservice aimed at girls. I need more of that in my life. However, this episode was nice. Nothing spectacular; the characters do not stand out much yet, but the comedy is quite on point. It focused more on the high school life, so I wonder if this will be the norm or if there will be an alternance with episodes focusing on the idol life.

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9. Seiren

Shoichi Kamita is an ordinary high school boy, who is faced with the university entrance exam and worried about his future. This campus romantic comedy, “Seiren”, which means honest in Japanese, depicts his pure relationship with three different heroines. Each story is the unique and mutual memory between him and the heroine. (Source: Crunchyroll)
In the first episode, we get to know the first heroine in the series. I’m still unsure on whether I like her or not, but I have at least another episode ahead to clear up my mind, I guess. However, this episode was quite bland. I even forgot what happened a few hours after watching it. The relationship between the main character and the heroine is still vague, so it’s a slow start for an anime said to be focused on that. I hope the development won’t be rushed: having three heroines means that only four episodes will be focused on each of them. As I said in my introductory post, there are clear references with Amagami SS so I’m inclined to think that the quality will be good. Even so, that doesn’t necessarily mean this anime will be enjoyable.

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10. Kemono Friends

The anime’s story takes place in Japari Park, a “gigantic integrated zoo.” In the zoo, due to the mysterious “sand star” substance, the animals start turning into human-shaped creatures called Animal Girls. Japari Park is a place where many people visit and have fun at, but one day a lost child wanders into the park. The lost child starts a journey to return, but because so many Animal Girls join in on the quest it becomes an unexpected grand adventure. (Source: ANN)
I don’t have much to say about this one. It’s cute, it’s clearly for children and you may watch it if you want something relaxing before going to bed. I don’t know for how long I will keep it in my watching list, but by now I don’t mind watching another episode!

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11. Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel

It’s the near future. The newly established girls’ private school Goryoukan Academy has another face. This school has a special unit, Fifth force, who is assembled and selected from the school’s student body in order to fight an enemy called Oburi.
This is a story about love, courage and friendship about the girls called Strikers. (Source: MyAnimeList)
I… don’t know what I watched. Half of the time, I watched boring and unnecessary scenes where the girls were blabbering about trivial things, and I don’t know if this was an attempt to make people laugh or to introduce the characters, but it failed on both cases. The action scenes were minimal and they didn’t impress me. There were something so off, from the majokko style transformations to the smartphones used to communicate from different dimensions (like wtf?). There wasn’t even a hint of plot development and I seriously wonder where this is going. The five main characters were presented all at once, but I still haven’t connected with any of them. Let’s see, there’s the loli one, the “crazy” one, the mature one and…? Ah, yeah, the plain protagonist with an obscure past. And… the fifth one. I can’t even remember her face, that’s so bad.

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12. Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu

The story begins with Hiromi Maiharu, a girl who moved from Nagasaki to Kamakura. She begins her new life in Kamakura and her first day in high school by bicycling to her school, but she has not ridden a bicycle since she was young. On the way to the ceremony for the first day, she meets Tomoe Akitsuki, and Tomoe helps her train to be better at bicycling. (Source: ANN)
I was wondering why Tomoe should help Hiromi train to be better at bicycling. Well… if anything, the fact that she needs to realize that to move a bycicle you need to hit the pedals should give me a hint… I hoped for a better start, that’s for sure. The backgrounds are enchanting, but this isn’t enough to keep me watching. I’m not the biggest fan of SOL and this is so trivial that it was a snoozefest. I admit I sped up the episode to finish it off. The main character is an exaggerated airhead; she was so hopeless, she made me smile out of pity. During the episode, we got to know only Hiromi and Tomoe and we had a first encounter with Mori-sensei. By now, they are pretty flat and I don’t expect a deep character development anyway. Probably this will focus more on bicycles during the next episodes and I’m not interested in that either. What a pity.

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13. Hand Shakers

The anime takes place in Osaka in “AD20XX,” and revolves around the Hand Shakers—partners who can summon “Nimrodes,” weapons born from their deep psyche by joining hands. In order to grant the pair’s wish, the Hand Shakers compete with and fight other Hand Shaker pairs. (Source: ANN)
This episode was really bad. I’ve already said that I disliked the art. There are also some major points in the script and in the characters that I didn’t really like. The fanservice is everywhere and sometimes is disturbing. The female main character hasn’t done anything yet, apart from joining hands with her partner. She’s like… there. I particularly dislike those kind of character. I imagine there could be a (predictable) plot twist at some point regarding her, but I don’t think I can stand it for so long. The events were rushed, I feel like everything happened too fast. Nothing was explained, so I’m kinda curious about what was happening… but I think I can search about that on the net.

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I didn’t expect that Gabriel DropOut would have conquered the first rank! Will it drop or will it stay? We’ll see! On the other hand, it’s time to part ways with Hand Shakers. I can’t say I’m sad about that, but I wish I had seen the idol character in action because I’m still a bit curious about her. Next week, twelve shows will be still in the game! _apple__by_ebonred-d51uswt

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Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 Edition

Hi everyone!

I’m here to introduce you to a new feature: the Anime Elimination Tournaments!

This is how it works:
Thirteen anime are chosen randomly. For twelve weeks, I’m going to watch, comment and make a ranking of each episode. Each week, the lowest-ranking anime will be removed from the tournament. So, in the first week I’ll be watching a total of thirteen anime, decreasing each week, and in the last week only two shows will be still there and I will declare the winner!

Only full length television anime are eligible; they must be composed of 12 episodes at least. Sequels are not eligible.

ELIGIBLE ANIME:
1. ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
2. Akiba’s Trip The Animation
3. Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari
4. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
5. ēlDLIVE
6. Fuuka
7. Gabriel DropOut
8. Hand Shakers
9. Idol Jihen
10. Kemono Friends
11. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
12. Kuzu no Honkai
13. Little Witch Academia (TV)
14. Marginal#4 Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang
15. Masamune-kun no Revenge
16. Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
17. One Room
18. Onihei
19. Piace: Watashi no Italian
20. Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel
21. Seiren
22. Urara Meirochou
23. Youjo Senki

I’ll veto Granblue Fantasy the Animation and BanG Dream! because they start too late compared to the others, so it would be difficult to make weekly posts.

SELECTED ANIME: (using random.org)

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1. ēlDLIVE
Action / Sci-Fi / Shounen / Space
Studio Pierrot // Trailer
Chuuta Kokonose is an orphan who lives with his aunt. For as long as he can remember he’s had a voice in his head, but other than that he’s a normal boy – right until the day when a strangely-looking thing follows him home and teleports him to a place filled with more fantastic creatures. It’s a space police station, and Rein Brickke, the Chief of Solar System Department, tells him that he’s been chosen by the computer as a possible candidate to join the police force, although Misuzu Sonokata, a girl from Chuuta’s school with an angelic face and ill temper who turns out to be one of Rein Brickke’s subordinates, doesn’t think him suitable for such a job. Chuuta, who was shocked at first, decides to take aptitude test after being urged by the voice in his head and to prove Misuzu wrong. (Source: MyAnimeList)

Let’s see. Judging by the trailer, it seems a rather typical shounen anime. I really like the graphics. But, the synopsis doesn’t strike me and I don’t like the space / sci-fi side. I wouldn’t have chosen this anime to be on my watching list. Hype: 2/10

2. Fuuka
Drama / Ecchi / Music / Romance / School / Shounen
Diomedéa // Trailer
Yuu Haruna has transferred to a school in Tokyo so he can live with his sisters after their parents moved to America. Introverted and unskilled at socializing with others, Yuu’s main mode of communication is Twitter. As he’s scoping out his new surroundings with his eyes on his smartphone, he crashes into Fuuka Akitsuki, a girl who appeared in front of him out of nowhere. Centered on the awkward and unsocial Yuu Haruna, the mysteriously charming Fuuka Akitsuki, and Yuu’s childhood friend Koyuki Hinashi, a brand new love story woven through music is about to begin (Source: Crunchyroll)

Actually I’d have added this anime to my watching list of the season! It seems pretty good and I never say no to some romance! I could do without the ecchi scenes, but they doesn’t seem excessive, so it’s okay I guess. Hype: 7/10

3. Gabriel DropOut
Comedy / School / Shounen / Supernatural
Doga Kobo // Trailer
Chief Angel has come to Earth! However, she became so used to the life on Earth that she skips school and keeps playing online games, thus into self-destruction. It’s a school comedy that Gabriel turns into a lazy angel! (Source: MAL News)

The art is so cute! The plot seems interesting, but the trailer fell kind of flat. I’m still interested in this, if it turns out to be a good comedy anime! Hype: 6/10

4. Hand Shakers
Action
GoHands // Trailer
Tazuna is a high school student, living in Osaka, who loves to fiddle around with machines. One day, he receives a repair request from an university laboratory. He accepts the request and ends up meeting a girl named Koyori, who has been bedridden for a very long time. Guided by something unknown, Tazuna touches Koyori’s fingertip, and they create a weapon called “Nimrod”. After creating the Nimrod, Tazuna hears a voice: “Those of you who’ve overcome many battles and difficulties, who’ve had a revelation, and who intend to challenge Me are “Hand Shakers.”
Suddenly, Tazuna and Koyori get pulled into a whole different world called “Ziggurat”. In this world, there are Hand Shakers, two people who touch hands and create the Nimrod. Their goal is to defeat other Hand Shakers in order to gain an audience with “God”, who will grant them wishes. Bewildered by this new world before him, Tazuna tries to comprehend what’s happening. At that moment, Tazuna and Koyori are attacked by an unknown assailant. Protect with your own Hands! (Source: Crunchyroll)

I’m not sold on this one. The backgrounds are really good, but I hate the charaters design. The synopsis doesn’t impress me either. There’s an idol among characters, so I might watch this because of her. We’ll see. Hype: 1/10

5. Kemono Friends
Adventure / Comedy
Yaoyorozu / Trailer
The story takes place in Japari Park, an enormous integrated zoo built somewhere in this world. A mysterious substance found there, called “Sand Star,” causes the animals to turn into humanoid beings called “Animal Girls”! These new creatures spend every day peacefully with the zoo’s visitors… but after some time, a lost child turns up in the park. The child’s attempt to find the way home turns into a great adventure with the Animal Girls! (Source: Crunchyroll)

Is this… a children show? Oh well… Maybe it’s cute enough to keep me watching. Hype: 0/10

6. Kuzu no Honkai
Drama / Romance / School / Seinen
Lerche // Trailer
17-year-old Awaya Mugi and Yasuraoka Hanabi appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don’t know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness. Mugi is in love with Minagawa Akane, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share a loneliness-driven physical intimacy. Will things stay like this for them forever? (Source: MangaHelpers)

Oh my God, this show. I was actually hoping it was among the selection. I read a couple of chapters of the manga. It isn’t a favorite of mine, but I like it and I like what I saw so far in the trailer. I love the art. Hype: 9/10

7. Little Witch Academia (TV)
Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy / Magic / School
Trigger // Trailer
Shiny Chariot attended. In this new town she meets new friends and starts a new school life. At the school she has lessons on riding brooms and the wonder of magic, but Akko and her friends Lotte and Sucy keep getting wrapped up in tumultuous events. (Source: Anime News Network)

Reading the synopsis, I wasn’t particularly interested, but I LOVED the trailer! Now I’m really looking forward to it! I still haven’t see the OAV but I plan to do so soon! Hype: 9/10

8. Marginal#4 Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang
Music
J.C.Staff // Trailer

There isn’t much info about this anime, but I guess it will rely almost entirely on characters with little to no plot. Well, I like idols and I certainly don’t mind some ikemen dancing on my screen! I kinda fell already for the red haired one tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg Hype: 6/10

9. Masamune-kun no Revenge
Comedy / Harem / Romance / School / Shounen
Silver Link // Trailer
As an overweight child, Makabe Masamune was mercilessly teased and bullied by one particular girl, Adagaki Aki. Determined to one day exact his revenge upon her, Makabe begins a rigorous regimen of self-improvement and personal transformation.
Years later, Masamune re-emerges as a new man. Handsome, popular, with perfect grades and good at sports, Masamune-kun transfers to Aki’s school, and is unrecognizable to her. Now, Masamune-kun is ready to confront the girl who bullied him so many years ago and humiliate her at last. But will revenge be as sweet as he thought? (Source: manga synopsis via Seven Seas Entertainment)

This anime seems pretty good! I’m interested in watching this one. I’m not sure about the female main character, Adagaki Aki. From the trailer, she doesn’t seem a type of character I like, but I might be wrong. Looking forward to watching the first episode! Hype: 8.5/10

10. Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
School / Shounen / Sports
A.C.G.T x J.C.Staff // Trailer
The story begins with Hiromi Maiharu, a girl who moved from Nagasaki to Kamakura. She begins her new life in Kamakura and her first day in high school by bicycling to her school, but she has not ridden a bicycle since she was young. On the way to the ceremony for the first day, she meets Tomoe Akitsuki, and Tomoe helps her train to be better at bicycling. (Source: ANN)

There are quite a lot of anime about bicycles lately, am I right? I don’t really like bycicles or sports anime in general, but it seems to focus on the everyday life, so I hope it proves to be a cute and relaxing anime. Hype: 3/10

11. Onihei
Historical / Seinen
Studio M2 // Trailer
The blade arts of the “Devil” tasked with stiking down evils threatening a peaceful Edo! Heizou Hasegawa, upholding the role of chief officer protecting against crime and arson! In 1783, the heart of the Tenmei era, Hasegawa held the office of chief director of the department charged with sustaining safety in the region, suppressing the most vile of thieves and criminals, an individual largely feared, renowned as Devil Heizou… (Source: MAL News)

Judging by the trailer, it seems interesting! I like historical settings; I don’t know if this is the kind of plot I might like, but I’m happy to give it a try! Hype: 7/10

12. Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel
Action / School
J.C.Staff // Trailer
The newly established private high school for girls, Goryoukan Academy, has a hidden face that people on the outside don’t know about…
Mysterious apparitions called “Oburi” have appeared from a rift in space-time. The only ones capable of fighting this enemy of mankind are girls known as “Strikers,” who have the ability to sense the fifth dimension. Goryoukan Academy is actually an organization that seeks out girls who are more than meets the eye and trains them up for the “Fifth Force,” a combat force created to subjugate the Oburi. The story of the battles and friendships of five girls who comprise the newly assembled team “Altair Torte” is about to begin! (Source: Crunchyroll)

I don’t know what to think about this one yet. It seems cute, yet it seems to have sci-fi elements which I don’t really like. The monsters are so cute and I’m not sure I should think that since they are the “enemies of mankind”. I’m pretty curious! Hype: 5/10

13. Seiren
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Shoichi Kamita is an ordinary high school boy, who is faced with the university entrance exam and worried about his future. This campus romantic comedy, “Seiren”, which means honest in Japanese, depicts his pure relationship with three different heroines. Each story is the unique and mutual memory between him and the heroine. (Source: Crunchyroll)

I know EXACTLY what to expect from this anime. Everything SCREAMS Amagami SS (in fact, they are related). The success of this anime depends strictly on the characters and if it is split into arcs like Amagami, each one of them may be nice or bad independently. I just hope the heroine I like is in the first episodes; if not, I might drop it before it gets to the section I may like. Hype: 6/10

*Since some of this anime aren’t airing yet, I don’t have full info, so this list might change.

Well, this is it! Starting from Sunday 15th I will update each week with a comments + ranking post. Which anime will I drop first? Which ones will I still be watching in 10 weeks? Let’s find it out together! _apple__by_ebonred-d51uswt

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2017 reading challenges

Hey everyone!

This year I was interested in a looot of reading challenges, so I thought… why not?

I’m going to join eleven different reading challenges, but opposed to previous years I won’t be basing my reading on them. So, at the end of the year, I’ll see if I did well and if I have to widen my reading zone! I hope to be able to make monthly updates, but I don’t promise anything!

Here are the challenges I’ve chosen:

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
Every year, I look forward to the prompts of this fantastic reading challenge. It offers lots of idea on what to read next and in the Goodreads group you can find a lot of books recommendations! You don’t have to read a book for each category, but I like doing so. I don’t expect to complete it, but I’ll do my best!

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2017 Around the year in 52 books
Here is another prompt challenge! I like the idea of reading a book each week on average and I think it gives you lots of ideas to what to read next as well! Since I won’t be basing my reading on challenges I don’t know if I can complete all the topics, but I hope so!

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2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
For this challenge, I need to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet, for a total of 26 books! I’m very curious to see which spoonfuls I’ll complete and for which ones I’ll need to pick up a specific book!

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Retellings Reading Challenge 2017
I’m really excited to join this one, as I love retellings! I will aim to the easy level (1-4 retellings) but I will move up a level if I complete it ahead of time! I should write some thoughts on the books I read for this, so I really hope I’ll be able to make monthly wrap-ups or something like this (since full-length reviews aren’t my thing).

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2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge
Two years ago I was a big fan of dystopian novels, but last year I didn’t read many of them. For now, I will aim at the recruit level and move up a level if needed! I won’t be completing the Bingo because I have way too many prompts already with the Popsugar and the Around the year challenges.

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2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2017
Ah, romance books. Often I feel like a warm, bubbly romance novel would be exactly what I need. But I don’t read this genre really often and I lack good books in my bookcase (so, if you have recommendations, please tell me in the comments!). Once again, I aim at the first base (1-5 books) and I’ll aim higher if I can!

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2017 Victorian Reading Challenge
Here is another challenge I’m really looking forward. I love Victorian Era and Victorian Literature. I hope to read a good bunch of books. To complete this challenge, I need to read a minimum of 4 books. In addition, there are 32 prompts. Sadly, I don’t think I will be able to complete all of them, but some of them are really stimulating and I might just search specifically some titles to complete those ones.

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Back to the Classics 2017
The goal for this challenge is to read 12 different classics, one for each category. I really like classics, so I’m happy to have something that pushes me to read them! There are several interesting examples in the sign-up posts and I hope to be able to read the ones that inspire me the most.

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Banned/Challenged Books Reading Challenge
This is a topic I’m really interested into. As in the other challenge, I will aim at the lowest goal, which in this case is only a book, but I surely hope to be able to read more!

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Mental Illness Advocacy (MIA) Reading Challenge
This is another topic I’m really interested into. I really want to read more about it. The first level of the annual challenge, acquainted, is only of four books. In the sign-up page there’s a great list of recommendations that I totally plan to use.

Last, but non least, I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 52 books! A book each week is a good average and I absolutely want to complete it (and maybe read even more).

What do you think about those challenges? You can sign-up for any of them if you’re interested! Just click on the titles to be redirected to the sign-up pages. Happy reading! _apple__by_ebonred-d51uswt

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Hello!Project Awards 2016

Hey everyone!

I wanted to do something like a recap / review for the whole year, but talking about each release / member is too time consuming (I tried last year and I failed tumblr_inline_mto5g32IQF1qid2nw) so I’m going to show you only my favorites of 2016!

There are six categories:

  1. Best song
  2. Best choreography
  3. Best MV
  4. Best outfit (singles / albums)
  5. Top 10 members
  6. Top 3 kenshuusei

Please note that this is based purely on my tastes!

BEST SONG

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Dou Datte ii no (Country Girls)

A lot of good songs came out this year! It was really hard to choose only one of them. I really liked Dou Datte ii no from the first listen, because it’s upbeat and full of energy and I really like the meaning of the lyrics!

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

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Mukidashi de Mukiatte (Morning Musume’16)

Mugen Climax (°C-ute)

A tie! I’m not an expert in terms of dance, so this was an hard category for me. The ones I chose are cool and have an interesting concept behind them. Too bad I can’t dance at all, I would love to learn and dance them too!

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

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Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~ (Country Girls)

The quality of MV has increased this year and we have several gems in terms of effects, concepts, entertainment… But I love this one SO MUCH! I love that it is tied to the lyrics and it tells a story; there are a lot of cute and funny moments and… it’s simply awesome!

BEST OUTFITS

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A tie, again! We have the outfits of Mugen Climax, which are simply gorgeous; I love the gothic style and they go so well with the song! Then, we have the outfits of Otona no Jijou, which is a digital only releasy and has no MV, but they wore it for the drama and in concerts. This one is also really beautiful, something you rarely see in H!P; it’s really idolish and I love checkered patterns! Finally we have the outfits used for the MV of Kedakaku Sakihokore. Well, I kinda cheated on these because they were actually the outfits of the Countdown Party 2015, but they are so beautiful that I wanted to include them. The lace decoration are really cute and lady-like and I’m so glad they decided to use them not only for concerts!

TOP 10 IDOLS

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Basically, to do this ranking I made an average of their positions during my monthly rankings – so it doesn’t reflect my December top ten. This is more like a “how they did during the year in my rankings” tumblr_inline_mg16go8gBg1qdlkyg Soo, let’s see. First spot, obviously, my H!P oshi, Kudo Haruka. She ranked first in every monthly ranking this year. Then we have Ogata Haruna and Hagiwara Mai. They are basically on the same level, so it’s interesting to see that on average Haachin ranked better than MaiMai! Then we have Hamachan! I liked her from the first time I saw her, so yeah, she’s always pretty high. Sayubee, Maachan and Murotan usually rank in my top ten, while Sasaki Rikako and Oda Sakura don’t, so it’s nice to see they ranked well throughout the year. As 9th, we have Yanagawa Nanami. She’s my new Country Girls oshi after the departure of Manakan (who would have been there if she hadn’t left, sigh) and she started rank in my top ten around mid-year, so that’s probably why she’s lower than Rikako. It will be interesting to see how this will change next year!

TOP 3 4 KENSHUUSEI

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This is the same as the regular members, I just did an average of their positions in my rankings :3 Takase Kurumi is my favorite kenshuusei. She has replaced Kaga Kaede sometimes this year. Kaga would have been there too, but she’s a member of Morning Musume’17 now, so she’s not a kenshuusei anymore (yay!). I was expecting Ruru to be on my top three since she’s pretty stable in my rankings. And… surprise! A tie! I quite like both Sakiko-chan and Kirara-chan and actually this is a perfect result because I can’t tell the one I like the most between them!

This is it for my 2016 Awards! Did you agree with some of them? Which ones would you change? Let me know in the comments! _apple__by_ebonred-d51uswt

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2016 Books Statistics Survey

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Hello everyone! Let’s see how my 2016 went in terms of reading!
In 2014 Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide and Andi from Andi’s ABC came up with their first annual Statistics Survey, inspired by Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner. They brought it back once again in 2016 and I’m ready to do it now!

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  • Number of books read…
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas): 8, counting Goosebumps. If they don’t count, only one.
    • Between 400-449 pages: 3
    • Between 450-499 pages: 2
    • Over 500 pages: 12
    • Over 1000 pages: 0
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 0 (don’t usually read audiobooks)
    • Re-reads: 7
    • DNFs (did not finish): 0 (yay)
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 22
    • One/Two Stars: 2 two stars
  • Number of authors met in 2016: 0
  • Number of book events attended in 2016: 0 (actually I don’t know about any book event near my town)
  • Number of books you read in one day: I don’t know actually. I binge-read a lot of Goosebumps this year since I had them on my Kindle. Excluding them, since the other books were pretty big, I’d say 1 for sure (I did it for my readathons), maybe two.
  • Number of books that made you cry: Usually I don’t cry while reading, but if I’m not mistaken 2 or 3 books got me teary-eyed.
  • Number of 2017 books you have on pre-order: 0 (I don’t usually preorder tumblr_inline_mto5g32IQF1qid2nw)

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  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): Uhh, Anne of Green Gables. I was in vacation near Switzerland.
  • Book that took you the longest to read: Well… Gone with the Wind? I guess. Since I stopped midway to join the Make Me Read it Readathon and I picked it up again like three months later…
  • Book that you personally connected with the most: None on a personal level.
  • Book that made you love the villain: I re-read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and in that book there’s a great part about Tom Riddle which I think it helps understanding him a bit more.
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: In 2015 I didn’t finish Madame Bovary because there were some pages missing. I wanted to find those pages and pick up the book again but I still haven’t done so.
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: None, I think.
  • Book you read on your birthday: None I think, since I was busy with my friends all day! I think I was reading one of Anne of Green Gables novels at that time.
  • Book with a character who shares your name: None, but I share a nick-name with Melinda from Gone with the Wind (Melly)!
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I think, since I gave it 5 stars only because it’s a Harry Potter book. It obviously isn’t on the same level of the other books in the saga.
  • Book you read in 2016 but already want to re-read: None at the moment, but I might re-read something if I pick the sequel too late.
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: None I think, I usually give back books right away, because I hate it when other people don’t return my books.
  • Book you wish you could go back and read for the first time again: Any of the Harry Potter books I re-read this year.
  • Most books read by one author this year: R.L. Stine, but I don’t know exactly how many, 9 at least.

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  • Happiest & saddest: Happiest – Anne of Windy Poplars; Saddest – Gone with the Wind (I didn’t read anything really happy or sad this year, everything is so… sadly hopeful?)
  • Longest & shortest…
  • Best & worst…
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2016: First – Roots; Last – Un Nuovo Regno
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): I don’t have a bookcase right now
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise: Disappointing – The Grove; Pleasant surprise – Roots
  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned: None?
  • Series you picked up & series you quit: I picked up Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children and I’m not going to quit anything!
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings: Lenient – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Harshest – Allegiant
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Most hyped – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Furthest under the radar – quite a lot actually!

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  • Book you read that is red: Il mio angelo segreto
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z: None
  • Book you hugged when you finished it: I can’t remember, but I definitely did that!
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room: Insurgent and Allegiant.
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: Nothing in particular
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: Kafka on the Shore
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone: None, I decided to stay in my comfort zone the whole year.
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): Roots, recommended by my mother
  • Forced yourself to finish: The Grove (thankfully it was short!)
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps; I was in need of something easy to read

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