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Top 5 Fall Anime 2014

With the end of the fall anime I know some of you want to know what is good to watch! I can tell you for certain that this season was sprinkled with so many delightful series that it will be hard to just narrow it down to 5. But without further ado lets get started with my one honourable mention.

Honourable Mention: Shirobakoshirobako

 Shirobako is the fall-winter series that PA-works has decided to work on. It’s anime about making anime’s. It is an original anime with no previous adaptations from manga or visual novels. Surprisingly redeeming from the work that they did in the summer (Glasslip). This work in contrast is just really interesting to watch. From drawing, to voice actors, to episode directors we follow the life of five girls (however only really one) in the anime industry and the struggles that come with it. It’s not really an intense show and its a good one to watch when you are feeling laid back and not really a lot of excitement.

Genres: Anime-making, Slice of Life, P.A.Works

Number 5: 月物語 (Tsukimonogatari)

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Tsukimonogatari (The moon story) is another addition of SHAFT’s monogatari series that aired in full on Dec 31 (RIGGGGHT on the end of the fall season). If you like the monogatari-series this is a no-brainer choice for you as it will dive again right back in the world of araragi-senpai. This story I believe takes place before Hanamonogatari which was released in the summer. In particular I thought this was a very average monogatari story but for fans I’m sure the story was amazing. Personally I miss watching senjougahara but due to the nature of the Monogatari series I wasn’t expecting to see her a lot anyways. Without dealing out too many spoilers this arc deals a lot about Araragi and Yotsugi. The main reason why I watched tsukimonogatari is because of how I am such fanboy for Claris. Their new single border was the ED song for this anime and it was amazing.

Genre: Mystery, SHAFT, Drama

Number 4: Amagi Brilliant Park

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Amagi Brilliant Park or Amiburi is the KyoAni work of the season and it is a very good one. It is a 13 – episode spread that really feels like a 12 episode spread and an OVA. This work is basically about our main character Kanie trying to save the horrendously built park that we know as Amagi. This show is related to basically every kind of work that Kyoto Animations does. Free!, Tamako Market, K-on, It really has that kind of slice of life feel. The art is the same typical Kyoto Animations art and the main character looks like he was taken straight out of  Free! and Hyouka. This is solid choice to pick up if you are searching for a good comical slice of life.

Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, KyoAni

Number 3: Parasyte the Maxim

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Parasyte or 規制樹 is a work done by Madhouse. Similar to Tokyo Ghoul, the MC shares a symbiotic relationship with an organism that we call parasytes. Now, the show itself has a lot of action, a lot of drama and it’s filled with mystery as to what the objective of the parasytes are. The biggest objective is that the Parasytes want to take over humans bodies. Our MC, Izumi is a lucky person, since his parasyte failed the objective and could only take over his hand. Nicknamed Migi(“Right” in English) the two of them work together in our story and tackle on all sorts of problems caused by the Parasytes. The story itself is very interesting and has kept me wanting the next episode for weeks. If you haven’t already started watching this show, it is a very easy pick-up.

Genre: Action, Mystery, Madhouse

Number 2: Psycho-Pass 2

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The sequel to Psychopass created by Production I.G. Now if you’ve seen the first Psycho-pass perhaps you should think about picking up the second. There are a couple things that people did not like about the show, one, is that it had nothing to do with our previous heroine Kougami, and two, The conclusion to the series was a little awkward for some people. I personally thought this show was amazing. The amount of tension and drama that occurred in the show was enough to draw me into it. There is a couple years space in between the first and the second season so you might be surprised at a couple of the changes made between the characters. For one, our MC Akane Tsunemori, has a more cold-hearted, confident, unwavering heart. I feel her head is stronger and her heart more secured in this season compared to the last, and a lot of that has to do with the experience she has gained in the field. If you don’t think watching the second season will ruin your conception of Psycho-Pass I would definitely give it a go because it has a wonderful story.

Genre: Action, Mystery, Drama, I.G. Productions

Number 1: 四月は君の嘘 (Your Lie in April)

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Shigatsu ha kimi no uso or Your lie in April is the creation of A-1 Pictures. This music and dramatic slice of life will blow you away and you must pick this anime up. This anime is filled with dramatic moments, romance, and tonnes of classical music. You are going to instantly fall in love the characters. Arima Kousei our male protagonist is a piano player who’s life is colourless, monotone, and greyscaled. On a fateful day in April he meets the girl who fills his world with colour. Our female protagonist, Kaori Miyazono, a violin player who plays her music with emotion and life. The two of them enter competitions and tackle on life struggles. This anime sits at my number one for the season… This has the potential to sit at the number one spot of my whole anime list. There is so much drama, so much emotion in this anime that you will not be able to stop watching it. You don’t need to know classical music but it would be a plus if you like it. If you are looking for a heart-wrencher, Look no more because I think this might even top Clannad After Story(King of sadness).

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, A-1 Pictures

Sword Art Online 09

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Oh my goodness my SAO nerd senses are tingling because this episode was so sick. So epic, I don’t even know the words to describe my emotions while watching this show. The animations done by A-1 are perfect and fluid as Kirito moves and dances with his sword. The crazyness that is SAO has appeared and I am loving it. There is a lot of suspense, a lot of action but there is also a lot of downtime when they are just literally talking. I don’t mind that they are taking their time with the series and I really don’t mind the talking an explanations. I think some of it is really good and some of it not so good, but put the not so good parts aside and we get a lot of really good quality content.

Shinon, She is clearly falling in love with our hero kirito. How do I feel about one more person being drawn into the harem? Not bad at all, I mean cmon, were talking about kirito here. He’s the James Bond of SAO. I don’t have a problem with this and to be honest, fans shouldn’t have a problem either. There are people out there who believe Kirito is apart of his own harem…. Grow up… you nerds who really think Kirito likes himself are just disgusting. Trolls will be Trolls. I don’t know why the trolls watch an anime they “don’t like”. Just don’t watch it. Simple. That’s all I have to say about that.

So typical of SAO to leave us off with a nice cliffhanger. Sometimes I wish that I didn’t watch this while it was airing so I can just watch it all in one go. Shinon NOOOOO!

Glasslip 08

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As I said earlier in the midsummer blues post, I believe Glasslip IS the most underrated anime of the season. There is no reason why it should be getting sub-7 on MAL and there is no reason why people who enjoyed PA-works should dislike this one. After recently completing PA-works first anime, True tears, I have come to see that this anime is also styled more like true tears rather than Nagi no Asukara. Nagi no Asukara had more of a plot and direction to fuel the need and desire to watch. This is really more like True tears in a sense because it is less about the plot and more about the drama. If you are just watching for a good original story-line I don’t think this one is going to appeal to your inner liking, however Glasslip has a really nice charm that other anime don’t. This time around the focus is more on the small symbolism that they brought in, the “future” aspect of the anime.

I don’t actually believe what they are seeing are future fragments. In the past two episodes they start calling them future fragments, but are they really future fragments? I mean sure, there was the one time where Touko saw Sachi in the hospital bed, but other than that, I haven’t really seen any of the other fragments come true. If that were the case, then I really hope Okikura really does fall to his demise >=). That being said, I feel that there is a lot of missed symbolism that I did not start looking for until after watching True Tears. I feel like “Running” has a lot of symbolism. Glass. Maybe a couple other things I missed as well, but the point being, is that these symbols that we are seeing within the anime, don’t resolve themselves until the final episode.

The Snow in this episode HAS to have some sort of symbolism. There is no way that they would call this episode “yuki”(雪)and not have something about snow. The latest fragment was pretty trippy, so I don’t really have much to say about it. What I do have to say is that I really enjoy this series and if you can get past basically that this doesn’t have a straight plot like Nagi, then you will enjoy this a lot more than the average viewer. Try watching it for the symbolism, the drama, and of course just because it is PA works

Feel free to bash my thoughts below!
-Cyanime

 

True Tears Review

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This review will contain spoilers, read at your own discretion

 

When my friend approached me and recommended me this anime I knew I had to watch it right away. He said that it was PA works’ first anime that they ever created and it was one of the best. If you are unfamiliar with PA works, they produced Glasslip and Nagi no Asukara. Since I really enjoy both works I really wanted to check this one out. It really did not disappoint and it started off with the typical love triangle that PA works loves to do. There was also the “original chicken girl”. (PA works must love their chickens) In anycase, I just finished watching the whole anime and my friend wanted me to note down all the symbolism that I saw during my time watching. He currently is on vacation so I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it, but maybe I will edit in his response later.

The meaning of True Tears, the title of the anime. “Tears occur when your heart wavers”. That was probably one of the most significant lines of the anime that occurred in the last episode. The whole anime was based on a lot of themes. To point out a couple we have the sky/drawings, flying, chickens, and last but not least we have tears. The first three are re-occurring themes that are interconnected with one another. The sky, the ultimate dream that we want to achieve and the drawings were a play out of those dreams. Flying, the event that takes place once we be true to ourselves and be able to let go of our emotions. The chickens, were a representation of two characters. Raigomaru was Shinichiro, and Jibeta was Isurugi Noe. The final symbol we have were the tears, the representation of how our heart wavers for each other. If you notice when and where these characters cry you can see where their feelings lie in this anime.

How does this all connect? From the very beginning we have Shinichiro drawing even before he met Isurugi Noe. “You would have drawn even without me”- Noe. What exactly did he draw? It is implied that he was drawing the tears of Hiromi. His goal from the start was to create those wavering tears, to be able to move Hiromi. Next, we have the whole interaction of Jibeta and Raigomaru. Raigomaru had struggles flying (in the story book). Shinichiro also had trouble revealing his true feelings towards Hiromi, so what is the catalyst? In the story book, we have Jibeta be a great friend towards Raigomaru, he encouraged Raigomaru to take flight, but in the end fell short of his own death by trying to fly himself. This juxtaposes basically what happens in the anime. Isurugi encourages Shinichiro to fly, to realize his true feelings, and he realizes that he’s actually not in love with Isurugi, which lead to the death of my ship. (My ship sank REAL HARD) So even though they were dating, Shinichiro broke up with Noe to be with Hiromi who also revealed her true feelings.

I was honestly pretty thrown off by the ending, I really thought that Noe and Shinichiro would end up together, that he would make her cry through joy instead of pain. But now that I see the way the author wrote this, I can see where the beauty in the anime comes from. However, I am still quite upset. My ship sank, although I do like Hiromi, she kinda crashed my world a little. It does make sense though why this ship works better than mine, but I feel like the author could have swung it either way at the end. But in the end, Shinichiro rememberd why he did everything, he did it all for Hiromi, he did it to see “those eyes”.

At the end he said, he could draw because of Noe. I believe Noe was the catalyst for Hiromi and Shinichiro. At the end he cries when telling Noe that he loves Hiromi because it was painful for him to tell her that.

All that said and done, I still don’t know the significance of “the snow falling”

This is of course my own view of the symbolism, if you think I missed something or would like to argue about it, feel free to leave a comment

 

-Cyanime

Ao Haru Ride 07

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Relationships are hard, this is the most common theme within all shoujo’s and romances. What makes a true friend verses a real friend? This is what we see with Futaba and Yuuri. In fact, it’s really the common theme between the whole anime so far. Futaba is a girl who really puts up a front of emotions and likes to hide her true feelings. I guess it’s really her personality, she wants to come out with what she really feels but she is scared to know what her friends think. On one hand if she comes out with the truth, she might lose her friendship, but on the otherhand if she hides her feelings she hurts her friendship even more. Let me say this, if she really was friends with Yuuri, she would come out with the truth. Is your friendship so weak that you lose a friend because of a single guy? It’s kind of the same thing as Sakurasou’s theme where the NEET says this “Is our friendship so weak that the only bond is us living in the same building?” It’s kind of the same idea. Kind of the same theme, but I hope that Futaba-chan realizes this soon. I really don’t want this to be a sad ending and I want the relationships to stick. PLEASE ANIME TEACH US THE GOOD THEMES

Whenever I watch Shoujo’s like this, I think wow, being a girl must be tough sometimes. The choices that girls have to make and what influences them really makes you think how hard it is to stay true to yourself. Well, if there is any piece of advice you can take away from this, is stay true to yourself. Be who you are and don’t let others out you down and say otherwise. Everyone has different tastes and different likes, that means you shouldn’t have to hide yourself because you’re different. At the same time, don’t judge others based on their tastes and likes as well!

For Futaba-chan and Yuuri-chan staying true to themselves is difficult to do, but I really hope they can solve this struggle and drama!

Happy Anime Watching Cyanimers

-Cyanime

Mid Summer Blues 2014

The summer anime season of 2014 has never felt so good than at this moment. While the sun is shining and the birds are singing, I am inside working at my summer-job while sulking because I do not have the time to write about anime. That being said, I have watched so many GOOD anime this season and have been reading some of the more prolific anime bloggers on their opinions. I have to say, that seventh-style is just a little too harsh on the anime that they really dislike. Upon reading these blogs I said to myself, I must undo this injustice and bring back and revive my insignificant blog to better my emotions and hurt feelings of those from the seventh-style blogging community. And thus, I will begin my recommendations for this season.

Sword Art Online II

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Among all the anime this season, this was definitely the most anticipated one for myself and many other viewers. Not only is it the most loved anime this season, it has gotten the most hate and heat from critics, bloggers, otaku and other people. I will start of by saying this, Anime is only as good as you want it to be. The wide popularity of this show has created a massive surge of people who ask… why? Why is this anime so widely liked, it is easy to answer, because it’s about VRMORPG’s. People quickly say “the plot is bad, character design is bad” and so on and so forth. However I want to point out right here and now I like where this anime is going.

The pacing of the second season is MUCH slower than the first season. This is not a bad thing, I think the first season of SAO went way too quickly, it was probably why it got so much hate in the first place. The animators decided to animate this novel much slower. Thus, we have a slower paced show, but good quality.

Spoiler alert, Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard by now that Kirito’s avatar looks like a girl in GGO. Now, he actually isn’t a girl, his avatar just looks like one. For all of you who are freaking out about Kirito being a girl or not being a girl, stop. Let’s take into perspective that the man actually looks nothing like a girl, and that he just as longer hair. Also, If I were making a character in an MMORPG, lets be honest, I would make some sexy chick.

Asuna’s role is greatly diminished in this season of Sword Art, however, did she really play a big role in Alfheim online? No I think not. Plus Sinon is a great addition to SAO. She has a good character design and she isn’t as shallow as some of the other people take her to be. Alot of people watching SAO get caught up with how the characters emotions react about a game…. well lets save that for another blog post, I have many more anime to post about….

All in all, Sword Art Online II Brings it’s A-game to the table, no disappointments so far, slow movement, but each episode is filled with anticipation and excitement. I am really looking forward to the future episodes of this show and already I am hoping for a third season. You can watch for a post from me every week without a doubt about this show.

Recommended for:

People who enjoyed the first SAO

 

Ao Haru Ride

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The shoujo-romance for the season. It has a really good story and it is really refreshing to watch. It is about two people, a guy and a girl, who in elementary school really liked each other. They knew each other well, they were friends, they really embraced their time together. However, as time went on, they went to different middle schools, different towns and different places. Finally in Highschool they are re-united only to note that they no longer know each other, and that they are incredibly different people from who they used to be.

The anime is about how they slowly start to find those lingering feelings deep down inside, and how they piece together the emotions we call love. There’s a little bit of drama, a little bit of romance, and a little bit of our typical slice of life. It’s refreshing to watch something that is in the more normal spectrum of shoujo’s and romance. I like to think that I enjoy a wide variety of shoujo’s and I can say that this one will not disappoint you.

Recommended For:

People who like slice, romance, drama. This is your standard shoujo

 

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

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The Rom-com for the season. The plot of the story is nothing overwhelming but it is definitely a good show to watch. The plot is missing mostly because this is a parody of shoujo’s in general. I have to say the humour in this is done very well. The heroine Sakura, likes our manga artist Nozaki-kun. Seems like your typical rom-com right? Well, not really. I don’t want to spoil most of the humour so I will save the synopsis for a later review, but I can definitely recommend this show for anyone who is looking for a good laugh this season.

The anime is nothing deep, but if you like manga anime like bakuman, you might enjoy this anime as well. It has the right mix of comedy and it is appropriate for everyone. The romance is really not apparent in this anime, so I would not recommend it for those of you looking for a romance.

Recommended For:

People looking for a Parody of Shoujo’s
Slice of life addicts
Manga – anime lovers

 

Glasslip

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This is probably one of the most underrated anime’s of this season. A lot of people did not like this series, and I can see why a lot of people didn’t like it, but what I don’t get is why they REALLY didn’t like it. To me, it’s just your average slice of life PA-works that really focuses on a lot of drama with a bit of a fantasy twist. To be fair, I don’t really like the fantasy twist, but it plays a small role, and it’s really just used to bring two people together. Other than that though, I find this series is quite enjoyable especially if you are a fan of PA-works. It really plays to the same style as PA-works other anime’s and it is really similar to them in that sense.

I would not recommend this anime to people who do not like a little bit of un-organized plot. It is a little messy and sometimes the direction is lost a bit, but despite all that, I would still recommend this anime if nothing else because it is by PA -works and they have amazing art.

Recommended For:

People who enjoy PA-works
Slice of life / Romance / Drama

 

Zankyou no Terror

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Of all the anime this season, this is the one that I find to be one of the better written and most interesting anime’s this season. I don”t really want to give away too much of the plot, but essentially this anime is a mix of Deathnote but replace it with bombs. The show features a tonne of puzzles and mystery and really keeps you on edge for basically the whole episode. Each episode feels like a puzzle piece to solve the episode and it really is quite an interesting concept. Also, the intentions of the heroines are also part of the overall arching puzzle as well. All in all, it is a good anime to enjoy if you like watching a little tension mixed in with mystery.

Recommended For:

Deathnote fans
Mystery / Thriller / Psychological

 

Ald Noah Zero

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Mecha mecha mecha, and a good one at that. This one is done decently well, my only qualms is that the main character is very emotionless, but if you can get over that, this series is a real treat. The setting for the war is almost identical to the story of gundam seed, at least, it will feel like that for the first episode. The show however really feels like the main character is some-what of a zero. He has the same kind of smartness to him that makes the episode interesting and innovative. The main character finds some sort of cool and innovative way to defeat the martians who have kataphrakts (gundams) of a stronger level. In any-sense, this is a pretty good mecha and it is a must see for those who really like to watch fighting robots.

On another note, for those of you who like to watch anime for the soundtrack. If you enjoyed the music from shingeki and KLK, you will definitely enjoy ALd Noah Zero’s soundtrack. The sound track is made by the same composer, SawanoHiroyuki. If you guys are a big fan of any of these anime’s you should definitely check out Ald Noah for the soundtrack if anything.

Recommended For:

Mecha anime lovers
People who loved the soundtracks from Shingeki no Kyojin, Kill la Kill (Sawano Hiroyuki)

 

There are a couple more honourable mentions I would like to point out such as Tokyo Ghoul and Akame Ga Kill. If you guys want to check those out be my guest, theyre pretty sweet as well! Well, that’s all I have for now, look out for me to start posting a little more frequently now.

Cheers,
Cyanime

Naruto Shippuuden 372

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I don’t normally blog about naruto, but when I do, you know crazy stuff is happening in the anime. To be perfectly honest with you guys, I have not read past this point in the manga so I have no idea what is going to happen and I do not want to know, but right now, this episode was worth bringing my attention to. This review will contain spoilers and if you don’t like spoilers stop reading, and go watch the episode.

 

Minato turning into kyuubi form??! I was NOT expecting that. I am a huge fan of Minato. Especially when he uses his teleportation jutsu. Him showing up at all in this episode was a treat in itself, him turning into kyuubi mode was icing on the already perfect cake. It was so nice to watch. In general, Naruto is what I like to call a super anime. (A shounen that goes on forever) In these so-called super anime, generally only one exciting thing happens in the episode and then it stops there. However, this episode was jammed pack with excitement because Sasuke also appears in this episode. Now if you guys didn’t know I am totally shipping Sakura and Naruto, and that ship has probably sunk 50 times over already, so Sasuke’s anticipated return was bittersweet.

A lot of people struggle with Sasuke’s return to Konoha so I will lay it out for you guys. Sasuke’s original hate is towards his brother, then he finds out the truth about his brother and it points towards konoha, but then he discovers the truth about konoha and madara so now his hatred is pointed towards madara and rebuilding the village in a way that he sees fit. He wants to declare a Hokage war against Naruto and in the end it becomes a full circle. Naruto represents Senju clan. Sasuke represents the Uchiha. If you remember the talk about the uchiha and senju trying to coincide together in the village, he wants to make sure what happened to his clan never happens again. He never resented naruto nor his friends. I mean yes, his emotions seem a little unnatural, but I can work with it, it’s an anime were talking about here not some class A novel…

On a completely different topic, I like how I just realized that sakura naruto and sasuke were all taught by the three legendary sannins. I’m an idiot.

Signing off
Cyanime

 

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