Goldentime

Top 5: Anime Characters

I know I already have a Top 5: Anime Girls section, but that’s really kind of old and outdated. Plus it kind of includes girls that are from really popular series and girls that are fawned over by many a person. In this new list, it will also include and represent the male population, (except I only have one male character). This list could also change as new characters are churned out by the season. This review unlike others will contain spoilers due to the nature of the topics.

Honourable Mention: Aoyama, Nanami

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Nanami is a character from Sakurasou and she is one of the better characters in the show. She has a cute quirky Japanese accent when she gets frustrated and she is a hard worker. She wants to achieve things on her own which creates this unique personality of her. The way she acts when she talks to Sorata is very cute and I like the way she responds to it. It’s really disappointing to see her get rejected but at the same time she was never an opponent for Shina. She’s pretty, funny, hardworking and an independent individual and you are going to notice a trend with my favourite characters because they are generally all like that.

Number 5: Linda (Nana)

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Linda is a character from Goldentime and possibly the only redeeming factor of the whole anime. Despite the ending of the anime being the most disappointing ending, you can’t help but fall in love with Linda. She is the reason we all watched Goldentime in the first place. To be honest, I think I liked the high-school version of Linda the best (but don’t we all). She’s the best friend girl-type that will always be the only the best friend. Due to the nature of how timings worked out in Banri’s life, he couldn’t date Linda and honestly she was definitely the best choice. She was a down-to-earth girl who was pretty, smart, not high-maintenance and she was independent as well. I’m still pretty upset that Banri didn’t choose Linda because they had such amazing scenes together but, it makes for a good number 5 on my list.

Number 4: Ayuzawa, Misaki

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Misaki is the main character from Kaichou wa Maid-Sama. It helps that the whole anime is focused on her for the whole time so that we can view Misaki’s personality in a large extent. She is the same kind of girl as Aoyama, a tackle on everything girl who can do everything by herself. She has a black-belt, and she can take on any unwanted guy. You don’t want to be on the bad side of Misaki. She again is very independent, but the best parts about her is when she wants to be dependent. It takes a very special person for Misaki to be dependent on him and I guess Usui would fit that description very well. Their relationship goes above and beyond the word cute, and I have to say that if it weren’t for Usui that Misaki would be a fairly one-directional character. Misaki is stunning in a maid, she is head-strong, street-strong, an independent hrd worker and has a funny personality.

Number 3: Miyazono, Kaori

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Kaori from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. I think one of the main characters from an amazing anime such as Shigatsu deserves a spot in my top 5 anime characters for sure. Kaori is the definition of colour for our heroine Arima. She is energetic, lovely, and spontaneous. The way she talks about music and how it affects us is correct in so many ways. If you are a musician, the way that Kaori talks about making music is the way we should all exemplify when we play whatever we are. “What’s your image”. What is the image that you want to project to people when you play music. Speak, sing, through your music and you will go places. For Kaori she does this at every appearance on the stage because she knows that life is too short to not express what you want. She always wants to take every opportunity for everyone to hear her performances and she doesn’t waste any expression in her music. She is always positive and always cheerful, Never a dull-moment when you are near Kaori Miyazono. *I hope she doesn’t die*

Number 2: Mashima, Taichi

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Taichi from Chihayafuru. Where do I start with this character. I am going to go into manga spoilers in this review of taichi so please don’t read it if you don’t want to be spoiled. He is the only male character on this list and he is well deserved of this spot. I think I aspire to have most of the personality traits that Taichi has. For one thing, this guy has it all but really has nothing he wants. He has the looks, he’s very good at sports, he is the top of the class but he cannot obtain Chihaya’s love and he cannot beat Arata at Karuta. He exerts all of his time and all of his energy at both of these goals. He wants to beat Arata at something in his life. Whether it be winning at Karuta or winning over Chihaya, at the very least one of these two factors will come true. The fact of the matter is, Taichi has tried everything in his power for the past two years or so to obtain one of these goals. We also know that Taichi has had the most character development in the manga for any character including Chihaya herself. Taichi is the most dynamic character and what he does is what drives this manga. Now recently he has been rejected by Chihaya and says “I am not made out of stone”, steals a kiss, and runs off and quits Karuta. Well wait a second, does this mean that Taichi has completely lost out on his goals for the past 2 years of his life?! Maybe, but I see this as a turning point in the manga. These two goals have always unattainable in Taichi’s eyes. He can’t beat Arata no matter how hard he tries. He came to the point where he got desperate and confessed with his last chance on his Birthday. He gets rejected, but now all Chihaya sees is how much pain she brought Taichi. How she ignored him for years even though he was always right beside him. And now, even Chihaya has quit the karuta club and maybe, just maybe, we will see a turning point and success for Taichi in at least one of the aspects. Getting Chihaya, or beating Arata in becoming meijin. For me, I think the manga is going in the direction where he will win Chihaya and lose to Arata in the meijin fight because really, all Arata cares about is becoming the Meijin. He does care for Chihaya but would he be the best fit for Chihaya? I think not. Do you think the author would write so much about Taichi just so he could lose in his life objectives? I think not. This manga still has about another year or two left of material before we really find out what happens and hopefully by that time I will have accomplished learning Japanese so that I can read the chapters faster than they are translated.

Number 1: Kirisaki, Chitoge

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Chitoge is from the very popular shounen Nisekoi. I thought long and hard about who should sit on top, if it was going to be Taichi or if it was going to be Chitoge. I really ended up choosing Chitoge because she is a female who represents a lot of the female type characters that I enjoy watching in anime. This would be of course the lovely Tsundere model. I love tsundere’s, from Kirisaki, Kirino, Asuna, Misaki all of these girls are so perfectly created to fit in this false stereotype. I don’t actually think girls act like a tsundere which makes it really extra special towards this genre. It is amazing how cute a girl is when she is madly in love, doesn’t realize it, and gets angry at the boy. For Chitoge herself, I love how amazingly pretty she is drawn and honestly love the way that she acts around Raku. I really don’t like Raku, but besides that, I think that Chitoge really defines the reason why Nisekoi works with the false relationship. It just wouldn’t work without a Tsundere lead. It would just be so weird to watch this anime interaction with anything else. Of course the manga has gone off to be nothing but a School-time harem shit show (pardon my french) but it really isn’t good right now. There is a lot of good material in the manga but recently it has not been. I hope the second season will pick and draw out the main plot of the story rather than all these filler arcs we’re getting from the artist.

Top 5: Relationships that will never happen

This is a sad topic for me, I really love relationships and when they don’t go my way I’m a sucker for the other person. It almost makes me depressed to the point where I feel like I was the one who got rejected instead of an anime character. Call me a Romance Otaku pls. I rated this on these criteria, the amount of pain that it caused when they didn’t get together and also how well they would have looked together. Let’s take a look at my top 5 relationships that will never happen. I pretty much have a love hate relationship with love triangles… By the way, I’m going out of my way and making guesses for the relationships that are obviously not going to happen. At this point in time, I’m guessing that three of the five aren’t going to happen and I know for sure that two of the five aren’t going to happen. So yes, I will be speculating that they will never happen. But this post CLEARLY CONTAINS SPOILERS. So if you don’t like spoilers then don’t read. But if you are butt hurt about some relationships like I am then go right ahead and read…

Rolling in at number 5….

5. Nisekoi: Ichijou and Onodera

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Now, I know the anime isn’t over, but let’s face it fans this isn’t going to happen. I mean, look at where the anime is going with the show. We are ten episodes in and they are slowly pulling Kirisaki and Ichijou closer and closer. I mean the whole premise of the show is to make the false-love into a real one. But without getting into too much of a debate lets talk about Onodera and Ichijou.

Cute, so cute. The reason why this isn’t a little higher is because they just don’t really have that much interaction between them. Yes they get a lot of screentime together and yes they like each other a lot, but there really isn’t too much depth behind the love. I mean a 10 year ago promise? That has no depth if you don’t remember the person or their name. WHAT KIND OF PROMISE IS THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE IF YOU DON’T KNOW THEIR NAME… Also, they look cute together, they really do. But they just have that reaction to each other. I like that feeling sometimes, but at the end of the day, what really matters to me the most is how much depth there is in our friendship and what it means to me. I could go on about friendship and more, but this is just too much. Onodera and Ichijou will never happen.

Reasons being:

1. Kirisaki is the main premise of the show, she is the main girl and she will fall in love with Ichijou
2. Onodera and Ichijou would be a “cute” couple but a couple with no depth to it.
3. Ichijou is definitely falling in love with Kirisaki, he knows her quirks and her quarks and this is clearly the direction of the show.

Heart breaking for me, but I like kirisaki more anyways if you couldn’t tell. I think either matchup would fit, but kirisaki and Ichijou work way better

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4. Toradora: Ryuuji x Minori

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Ahh everyone loves a classic. I don’t have as much to say about this since it’s already done.. BUT, the whole point of the show was supposed to be to get together with Minori and somehow turned around and he went for Taiga… GO FIGURE!

Well, what’s so sad about this is that she has a beautiful heart and she really liked Ryuuji in the end. I think she is so kind a thoughtful. Her personality is sparking and energetic and I like girls who are like that. I think she will learn a lot from this heart ache and we can take a lot from this anime.

3. Golden Time: Banri and Linda

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When the rain falls, when the wind blows… When the flowers scatter, when the shadows loom… In every sign I’ll search for your voice. – Banri

Well, it’s been a couple days since I posted about Linda and Banri and I think it’s time to face the fact that they are probably not getting together in the series. It just wouldn’t make any sense. Koko and Banri are written all over the OP’s and ED’s and there’s like a 1000% chance that they are not getting together. Does this mean I think Koko is a better fit for Banri? HELL NO. Linda was 100000% better choice. She stuck beside him thick and thin. How is it her fault that he fell off the bridge. THATS NOT LINDA’S FAULT. I mean, of course we don’t know what she was going to say on that bridge but still. LOOK AT HER NOW. I love linda, her personality is off the charts awesome. Her interactions with Banri are OFF THE CHARTS AWESOME. Look at Koko, she is SUCH A B%@#! “Oh I broke up with you yesterday, lets be friends” Okay, that’s not how it works Koko. You are being a total…. AIUHF. I was actually warming up to the idea of Koko being his girlfriend but now I can’t handle it. It’s too much. She doesn’t deserve Banri. Banri deserves Linda… Case closed #teamlinda

2. Sakurasou: Sorata and Nanami

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私ね、ずっと、ずっと、ね。。。ずっと好きでした。大好きです。

“You know, I’ve always… always… loved you… No, I really I love you” – Nanami

I LOVED THIS ANIME. The love triangle in this was too much for me to handle sometimes. It’s almost DEPRESSING to see how much Nanami loved Sorata and didn’t say anything. I think it’s the most painful thing to HOLD IT IN. How can you love someone so much and not tell them. It’s probably the most painful thing ever. EVER. I’ve experienced it before and it’s not fun. Probably the worst regret in my whole life is not telling someone that I loved them. You can’t get over them until they reject you. That’s just how it is.

Again, the anime is just set-up for Mashiro. Nanami really almost had 0 chance to take it away. I mean, she is probably the most sincere, best couple material for Sorata. But how can you NOT LIKE MASHIRO. But I was pretty damn sad in this anime. I felt Nanami’s pain 100% of the way. Probably portrayed in one of the best ways possible. This might sound weird, but I love watching the heart ache, I love watching the pain. Not because it’s fun, but because I’ve been there before and knowing that someone else knows my pain and shares it makes everything feel better. If you can connect to an anime like this, it’s the best.

1. Chihayafuru: Taichi and Chihaya

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おお、ダメだおれは、チハヤが好きだ。

Yeah, I’m hopelessly in love with Chihaya. – Taichi

I think I’m going to cry. This one is the most heart breaking one by far. I’m going to sound like I’m yelling at Chihaya for a second… This guy, has had it out for you since he was a kid and he might have done some stupid things in the past as a kid but look at him now. A full grown man, ready to do anything for you Chihaya. This guy’s love for you is UNBREAKABLE and yet you don’t even see him. He has been playing Karuta all his life for what?! To become a master?! I don’t think he could care less about becoming a master to be honest. He’s doing it for you. He’s doing it for his own conviction, to prove that talent doesn’t beat hard work. That hard work can overcome those who do less. He strives to become the person who will achieve this goal. He’s done all of this for you Chihaya and you don’t see it. You don’t see him. All you see is a distant man, who really, has never been there for you. He may love you back, you may even stay with him forever, but you are going to lose the one asset, the one friend, the one support you have had YOUR ENTIRE LIFE if you go with Arata. Open your eyes Chihaya, the boy you once knew before you is now a man.

omg. I’m almost tearing up because its so sad. ITS SO SAD. The mangaka is CLEARLY headed towards Chihaya and Arata. I still have hope, that the mangaka has a soul… I still have hope that she will pick hardwork and determination over “destiny love”. That’s literally how I feel that Arata and Chihaya are like. It’s like DESTINY. THEY WERE MEANT TO BE. BULLSHIT. (excuse my french) I hate that. I HATE THAT. In-fact most of these love triangles were like that. Destiny love… ugh. Makes me sick. This guy has fallen head over heels for Chihaya and I can’t take it anymore. The manga comes out way too slow. If you haven’t watched this anime… WATCH IT WHAT ARE YOU DOING. GO.

Classic example of Hardwork vs Talent and of course we all cheer for Taichi. I literally can’t accept Arata. I can’t fathom or understand why Chihaya loves Arata so much that she is blinded to the fact that Taichi is there. I just hope that she realizes what she does if she does go out with Arata. If she goes with Arata I seriously hope that Taichi stops being friends with Chihaya…. I actually hope that happens. If she picks Arata over Taichi I hope Taichi leaves her. It’s not healthy to stay around someone who ignores your every move. [aka my ex-girlfriend before we started dating] At this point in time, Chihaya has no boyfriend. But I hope that it will end up being Taichi… please… Arata doesn’t fit the picture.

I think I’m going to go watch some depressing AMV’s about Chihaya and Taichi now.. T_T sob. sob. sob.

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Golden Time 22

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Don’t worry guys I have yet to have forgotten about blogging. Just been swamped with work and I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be able to blog as much… That being said, I’ll post out here every now and again. Probably won’t do every episode but just the good ones ^^

WOW. WAHH. THIS EPISODE WAS AMAZING. The best episode BY FAR of the show. I mean, I was practically crying with the Banri and Linda. There is so much to talk about this episode I don’t even know where to start.

I guess we can start where Koko is a complete douche bag. Yeah, I said it, she was a complete douche bag. I don’t like to say nasty things on my blog, but that was just HORRENDOUS. I was starting to really settle into the idea that “Oh… Koko is a really great match.. Wow, such a good couple…” Well after watching that opening scene at the university I have to say my heart will not even tug once if they get back together. SCREW THAT. GET OUT. YOU DON’T DESERVE BANRI. All high and mighty and acting like that, like seriously. I know she is probably breaking up with him for his own sake, but being a douche bag about it and over-reacting like that was a bit too harsh. I mean, he is FULLY IN LOVE WITH YOU KOKO. WAKE UP. But I digress, what was done in the last episode was done. Banri, I hope you get together with Linda.

LINDA! YOUR RESPONSE WAS 10/10. I have to say to the author of golden time. I love you. That was perfectly written. I can’t believe how good that was. Linda was holding back for maybe the better part of the year so that Banri can give his undying love to Koko. She loved Banri so much that she didn’t say anything and let her love show by letting him be happy in his own way. And now that they broke up. BOOM, SHE IS PISSED. And why you might ask? Because all that effort of holding back not saying anything and not doing anything and Banri just GIVES UP. Such an emotional part for me. I was like DAMN THIS SO GOOD. That whole time I was on the edge of my seat and then the ED hit. I can’t believe how short these episodes feel. Oh and when Linda was shouting out her feelings. I was going YES, YOU TELL HIM. YOU WAITED THIS LONG AND NOW IS THE MOMENT TO TELL HIM. PERFECT

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10/10 FOR STORY!

10/10 CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

btw… Koko is a freaking psychopath after this episode… LIKE SERIOUSLY…

10/10 MUSIC

1/10 FOR ALL THE DAMN CLIFFHANGERS

9/10 OVERALL

I just want next week to happen already. please…. time…. next week. faster…

#teamlinda always and forever

hell banri, I’ll go out with Linda if you take Koko

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Golden Time 19

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Uh oh, the opening scene. Does this mean that Old Banri is gone? I think so. I also think Banri and linda are also done for in this episode. I’ll tell you why in a moment but first let’s talk about how damn straight forward Yana is.

I would not be so straight forward with anyone like that, especially one of my best friends. “Are you hiding something from me?” Well, is it really any of your business in the first place? And what is going on with Oka-chan. I know you feel bad for Yana but again you are just way to straight forward and you don’t even know the situation that Banri and Linda are in. Just because they are close doesn’t mean he’s hiding it from Koko. I’m pretty sure that Koko knows that Linda and Banri were talking in fact he even said “I’ve been summoned to a super secret conversation” What is with Banri’s friends man. There is too much push and shove coming from Oka and Yana. I guess it is an issue in their eyes but that doesn’t mean you can just accuse someone without knowing what’s going on.

Next, Here is why I think that Banri and Linda are done for. They act to each other like best friends rather than lovers. To be honest, I have a best friend who is a girl who I would never date. I consider her my sister. That’s how I feel Banri and Linda are right now. They have past the point in their relationship where they can date and have been put in each others friend zone. To be honest, I really like this dynamic and it keeps the show realistic. I really hope Linda doesn’t fall for Yana though. He seems like a jerk to me. I wouldn’t want Yana and Linda to get together.

Episode Rating +/-
Overall Rating 9/10

Golden Time 18

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Wow, finally done with all my assignments and exams and such. I’m so relieved everything is over and that I can just talk about anime. Golden Time as you guys know is one of my favourites this season and finally we get to see more Banri and Linda. To be honest, not too much happened this episode which I was a bit disappointed but that being said it was a fairly hilarious episode. Not many people can say they’ve been in that super awkward situation like Koko has been.

I think the little things like seeing how Banri will react in the highschool was a big deal for Banri. I think it’s almost cute how Linda and Banri interact with each other. Here I thought, aw she’s holding Linda’s hand. I just died of second hand embarrassment when I saw the end result. Too fuunnny. I want more linda, more flashbacks, more past. Don’t just shove it in my face and then not show it to me. Ugh. I kinda wish I wasn’t following this anime and waited til it came out all the way through. I would have watched the whole series in less than a day for sure. Probably skipped class and life and eating for the end of the anime.

The end is drawing near. I wonder how they are going to develop this last quarter of the show. I hope they end up with more seasons but I doubt that will happen. I’m not sure how far the light novels go. In anycase, next episode should be a good one I’m hoping. I kind of want a little more drama.

Episode Rating -1
Overall Rating 9/10

Golden Time 17

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MMM. I get so excited after watching an episode of Golden time. Every single time I end up yelling at my screen or something. my housemates probably think I’m insane sometimes. This episode was really good, why? Because it marks the beginning of Banri and Linda being alone together and totally unrestricted to hang out together. OHH THIS IS GOOD. This means drama, I mean, all that time thinking about the past with your ex-crush, something has GOT to kick in. I am so excited to watch these next episodes because I’m almost positive we will get some sort of flashback to more Linda/Banri and of course I will be SO happy.

Another thing I was happy about this episode was the fact that my heart was racing the whole time Yana and Linda were alone together. That little clip may not have been very long, but we have ALL been waiting for that scene for a VERY long time. I think they showed us that like two episodes ago and they never resolved the issue. NOW WE KNOW. Sorry, that this has contained a lot of spoilers but I guess by now if you’re reading this I might as well spoil it even more. Thank God the whole Yana/Linda thing is ONE SIDED. SO HAPPY. You have no idea how badly I went YESHHHH.

I swear, every time Linda is on the screen good things happen. I just can’t wait to hear what she has to say every time she opens her mouth. It’s like new DRAMATIC words come spilling out of her mouth that create some sort of chemical reaction to my heart. My heart never stops beating wondering where this anime is going to go next. I’m really excited to see what happens next. I also want to see something go down between Yana and Banri now that Yana is starting to investigate a little. I’m just bursting with emotion right now I can hardly wait for the next episode.

Now I will comment on why this show is amazing for me but not amazing for other people. I find that this show touches on a lot of hot-topics that relationships go through. Heartbreak, pain, fights, arguments, misunderstandings(but thank God not a lot of misunderstandings), general hardships of a relationship. If you have ever been in a tough relationship, or maybe even close to a relationship but heartbroken then this anime REALLY speaks to you. I have been in Banri’s situations a lot (except the memory loss) and sometimes have come out of it in worse situations than he does. He seems to have the perfect answers to all the questions and perfect responses to Kaga whilst most guys won’t. That being said, if you haven’t been in a relationship or heart broken you will probably still like this anime. Probably think it is your average Rom/Drom/Com. But in reality, this anime is a pure masterpiece. If this doesn’t let me down by the end of the series it will become one of my all time favourites. FOR SURE

Episode Rating +1
Overall Rating 10 /10

I’m sorry, just not enough linda for me not to post more of linda. So here is a picture from episode 8.

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Golden Time 16

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How have I not yet posted about one of my favourite shows?! Golden time this week was alright. I really miss linda…. I’m having linda withdrawels. Bring linda back. I actually was really tempted this week to find out if Linda was coming back to the show.. So I did a bit of digging around to look for the light novels. Thankfully I didn’t ruin the show for myself because the light novels aren’t translated. Lol.

The whole time I was shouting at my screen. BREAK UP! DO IT! I WANT LINDA! but that never happened. If you actually listen to what they say they both have fairly good points in their argument. Just saying girls, tell your boyfriend what you mean when you get angry at them. Don’t just say, “I’m mad at you, you should know why”. I’ll tell you what, unless you picked up a magician/mind-reader for a boyfriend they won’t know why you are mad.  Boys are concerned for the girls and want to be sorry for something they did wrong, give us a chance to understand why you are angry girls!

That being said, these two have the perfect fights and the perfect get back together moments. I may not like Kaga-san as much as Linda, but they do make a really good couple. Maybe if they didn’t spend so much time on how CUTE LINDA/BANRI look together I wouldn’t be so upset.

Watching goldentime really makes me want to pick-up Nana again. I realize now that nana IS the nana from nana and the other nana is nana from nana too. Soo.. Nana.

Episode Rating +/-
Overall Rating 9/10