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Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 10

I can’t believe this season is near its end.

This is the first time I actually manage to follow some series weekly. I’m quite proud of myself.

This week’s ranking:

1. Gabriel DropOut & Little Witch Academia
3. Kuzu no Honkai
4. Masamune-kun no Revenge

 

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It seems she doesn’t like it.

I really liked this anime so far, but one has to be eliminated from the tournament. Masamune-kun no Revenge is about (as you can tell from the title) the revenge of Masamune Makabe against Aki Adagaki, a childhood friend who rejected him because he was fat. Masamune suffered a lot and so he decided to become an handsome boy and make Aki fall in love with him to break her heart soon after. The anime is basically a comedy slice of life with some romance here and there; I’ve really enjoyed it, I like the characters and the facts depicted and I laughed a lot. It worsened a bit during the last episodes, but I still find it enjoyable enough. Do I recommend it? Yeah!

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Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 9

Only three weeks to go. Four anime still going.

  1. Gabriel DropOut
  2. Kuzu no Honkai
  3. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  4. Little Witch Academia
  5. Onihei

Bye bye, Onihei.

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Best pic of the year

I was mildy excited for this anime. There wasn’t much info around, I only knew it was a seinen with an historical setting. The story is about a Heizou Hasegawa, known as Devil Heizou, the chief officer of the safety department. This show has an episodic format; each one focuses on a different story, with lots of flashbacks involved. The action scenes aren’t the most important part of the story. It focuses a lot more on the characters and their relationship with each other, which is nice.Some of the episodes were really entertaining and that’s how it managed to be at this point in the tournament. The graphic quality isn’t amazing, actually it’s quite poor, but it’s effective since this show focuses more on the plot than on the art.

Do I recommend it? If you’re a fan of the genre, then yes. If you don’t like historical dramas, then, this anime might not be for you.

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Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 8

Establishing a ranking is getting more and more difficult with each passing week. I’m going to regret each anime that gets eliminated at this point.

I don’t really know which anime I liked the least, actually. Each one was pretty good in its own ways, but there needs to be a decision.

Here’s the ranking:

  1. Gabriel DropOut
  2. Little Witch Academia
  3. Kuzu no Honkai
  4. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  5. Onihei
  6. Fuuka

Bye bye, Fuuka.

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A generic screenshot for a generic show

Haruna Yuu, the main character of this anime, is an introverted boy who spends a lot of time on Twitter. One day, he meets Akitsuki Fuuka, who is your typical bright cheerful girl. Fuuka loves to sing and pushes Yuu and other people to form a band with her. Fuuka is a big fan of Hinashi Koyuki, who happens to (conveniently) be Yuu’s childhood friend.

Predictably, an awkward love triangle develops. Perhaps not even that, since it seems that Koyuki is the only one conscious of her own feelings. The show was pretty interesting at the beginning, but the lack of character development made it quite boring already. At the end of episode eight we are left with a cliffhanger: maybe something is starting to develop… but I had enough.

Basing on the previous episodes, I fear that whichever cue won’t be developped as well as I wish it to be, and the anime that are still in the game are all quite good, so there is a certain level to keep  by now.

Do I recommend it? Actually, yes. It’s by no means a bad show; don’t set your expectation too high and it should be a good anime to spend your free time with.

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Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 7

Seven week into the tournament, we are approaching its end!

Let’s see this week’s results!

  1. Kuzu no Honkai
  2. Little Witch Academia
  3. Gabriel DropOut
  4. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  5. Onihei
  6. Fuuka
  7. ēlDLIVE

We are saying goodbye to ēlDLIVE.

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The new characters won’t spare it.

This show is about a boy, Kokonose Chuta, who gets chosen as a component of an alien police force. Chuta has always heard a voice in his head that no-one could else could hear. I was a bit distrusful towards this show, since it seemed filled with sci-fi elements which I don’t particularly like. In the end, the show is much more focused on the comedy, with some ecchi scenes here and there.

The quality of the show itself is pretty good. I liked the art design and the animations. During the first episodes, I really liked the story too, but then it suddenly dropped and started to bore me. The plot isn’t evolving, the characters are quite plain and I didn’t see anything new during the last episodes. Which is quite a problem since two new characters were introduced just an episode ago.

Do I recommend it? Well… I won’t know if it will get better in the next episodes, but the first ones are worth a try.

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Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 6

Hi everyone!

This week, I’m posting ahead of schedule! I caught up with the episodes and I hope to continue like this in the future!

We are half-way through the tournament. Things are getting difficult, now all of the episodes are quite enjoyable and it’s hard to choose which one to eliminate.

Without further ado, this week’s ranking!

  1. Kuzu no Honkai
  2. Little Witch Academia
  3. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  4. Gabriel DropOut
  5. Fuuka
  6. ēlDLIVE
  7. Onihei
  8. Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang

Although I find it quite funny, I have to say goodbye to Marginal #4. I’d rather focus on the other series, so I’m going to let it go.

I’m cutting the comment section because I don’t like to talk in detail about what happens in the episode, because I feel like I can spoiler something to a possible viewer or something like this. For this reason, I think the comments are going to be very similar in each post of mine. Instead, I’ll try to do a little wrap-up concerning the eliminated anime.

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A date with a statue? Only in Marginal#4!

Marginal#4 is a show about a male idol group who is rather successful. When I started this anime, I was expecting cool bishounen and events regarding their life as idols. Actually, it’s a slice of life anime focused on comedy. The events depicted are usually set at school and we follow the four main characters during their daily life. Since it has an episodic format, there have been good episodes and bad ones. At this point, I feel attached to the characters and this is the main reason I find it hard to let it go. The music is cute; I like the art even though is simple and the animation isn’t of the best quality, but it is watchable.

Do I recommend it? Only if you are a fan of the genre.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books from my childhood years I’d like to revisit

I decided to join this weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (if you don’t know what is it, check it here!). This week’s theme is really interesting for me. I started reading when I was just 5 years old, so I have a lot of sweet memories about books null

Without further ado, here is my list!

1. Tutte le fiabe by Luigi Capuana – This is a storybook and was a present from an acquaintance. I was five and at first I didn’t want to read this book for anything in the world. Why? Because there were no pictures in it. null As soon as my sister read me a pair of them, I fell in love with it. I read it again and again during the years, until I broke it null Now I’ve lost all the pieces, but a little time ago I found the entire work on internet. I was so happy! null

2. A Little Princess by Frances H. Burnett – This is the very first book I’ve ever read. I wasn’t five yet and I remember clearly I read it five or six times consecutively  This book is my sister’s and I still have it in my shelves 3. La bambina della Sesta Luna by Moony Witcher – I can’t explain with words how much I loved these books. I completely fell in love with the entire series. I was about ten and the main character had the same age as me, so I felt really connected to her. At that time, the series was composed by 4 books. Recently, Moony Witcher published two more books and I immediately bought them (I hate to have incomplete series)… but of course my emotions reading it are no longer how they used to be. null
null4. La piccola Lady Jane by Cecilia V. Jamison – I can’t count how many time I re-read it. It was a lucky buy among the classics. I loved EVERYTHING, from the characters to the setting. I really love historical fiction (I don’t know if this is the proper term, but whatever), especially when there’s an enigma and orphans are involved. Actually it’s quite similar to “A Little Princess”!
5. Polenta Fritta by Gianni Rodari – A collection of funny stories, similar to fairy tales. That was another present by an acquaintance and at the beginning I looked at it with suspicion (as usual ). In the end, I loved it as well. I’d really like to read it again.
6. The Baby Sitter Club by Ann M. Martin – A completely casual purchase. At the beginning I bought only two or three books from the series, then day by day I enlarged my collection. Unfortunately, here in Italy they weren’t really common, so I currently have only 10-15 books
7. Goosebumps by R. L. Stine – I grown up with them. I have a decent amount of printed books and they would be a lot more if they had not disappeared from the shops  some of my favourites are “Welcome to Dead House”, “One Day at Horrorland” (the first book of the series I read), “A Night in Terror Tower” and “The Haunted School”.
8. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter – I borrowed this one from the library. I love the story of this cheerful and optimistic girl, especially in the sequel, when her willpower is severely tested due to her accident. For a certain time I tried to apply her principle to my life, without significant results. I should try again…
9. The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson – Jacqueline Wilson was one of my favourite authors when I was younger. I have just a pair of her books, but I liked all of them. In particular, I fell in love with The Lottie Project, because it involves the Victorian Age, a period that I really love.
10. Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine – This was a present from my father. Another period I really like is that around the Second World War, especially concerning the Holocaust. It was a short story, yet emotional. Unfortunately I lent it to an acquantaince and I doubt I’ll ever see it again.

I decided to put the italian covers because I have an emotional bond with them. For some of you I’m sure it will be strange seeing a different cover from usual tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg There are also a lot of books from italian authors, I’m surprised, actually!

That’s all for today!~

Melacchan