ED: Cinderella Step | Sunday Salutations

Happy Sunday everyone!! ūüėÄ I hope you all had a good weekend and are ready to start the work week.

This week’s ED is rather different as, I haven’t even seen the anime.¬† You’re probably wondering how I even found the ED to begin with if I haven’t seen it. But, I’ll tell you a little secret, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately and ran across a podcast that did featured seasonal op/ed’s. I kept looping this part of the podcast because I was so so addicted to it.

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Top 8 Silver (Grey) Foxes

Welcome back to another eye-candy filled MCM to kick off your week! Last week I featured some white-haired men; this weeks goes a few shades darker in featuring my top 10 Silver/Gray haired men. Silver and Gray hair often denotes a type of distinguished, almost sophisticated appeal to a guy. While this may ring true for many of these characters, more often than not – it doesn’t apply!

8. Shogo Haizaki & Chihiro Mayuzumi (Kuroko no Basket)

This list wouldn’t have been complete without a KnB¬†character making an appearance. There are two men in this anime with grey hair. I had a hard time choosing so I decided to leave them in a tie. Haizaki is Kise’s counterpart on the show. Yes, we all know my love for Kise (see my twitter) is undeniable, so why would I pick his arch-enemy to be on the list? He’s the ultimate bad boy on KnB, actually he’s probably the worst guy on KnB, forget being of the bad boy type, he’s a total jerk! He slaps around his teammates and is the most selfish player on the court. He feels entitled because he’s talented; therefore representing everything that KnB does not promote. But still I’d choose Haizaki over Mayuzumi if I really had to. Unfortunately Mayuzumi is just a pawn to Akashi’s plan to win (see my red haired list – he’s number 1) and is easily cast aside when he’s no longer useful.

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Winter 2017: Week 3

I haven’t had as much time to really watch a lot this past week, but I at least caught up with the ones I’m watching this season. Anyways, here’s a recap of the shows I’ve watched this week:

Winter 2017 list

Kuzu No Honkai (Scum’s Wish)


This week’s episode was filled with lots of dark and twisted moments. I’m actually mindblown by the music teacher. Her sweet calm friendly demeanor is clearly a facade. That last scene I think shows us a glimpse of her conniving personality as she and Hanabi have their semi-confrontation. Her eyes half closed with a smirk indicating something like ‘ah, I’ve been caught..time to turn the tables in this situation.’ I think she knows who’s important to Hanabi and may use that as leverage to keep her secret about that guy she was with the night before. I was also shocked that Mugi was completely blind; no maybe he’s completely in denial about what his secret love is doing with that ex-student of hers. It could’ve been him! I like the conflict that Hanabi is experiencing; she sees the mirror image of herself in Ecchan. As much as she looks down upon those who take interest in her when she has no interest in them she’s slowly seeing she’s exactly the same when it comes it her crush. She starts to see that Mugi and her really aren’t the same, which leads me to that scene of them in his room. I’m slightly confused by what transpired when she expressed that she wanted to try to love Mugi. Was that just something she said in passing or did it really hold some meaning? ¬†From Mugi’s perspective I actually felt bad for the guy. It seems his experiences with girls that weren’t romantic partners but more physical partners have just practically used him. I found that scene of him saying he was a toy as his lover and him go their separate ways to be quite powerful of an image as he’s depicted alone and left behind and that transitions to Hana; the newest person to treat him like a toy as she uses his body to experiment since she has never done anything physical with a boy. It was an incredibly interesting episode! My attention has been caught by this and I’m looking forward to next weeks events.

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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen


First off, how adorable is Konatsu’s son?? And what’s this?! Kikuhiko is smiling when he’s with this little boy! I feel like this little boy is thawing out Kikuhikos frozen heart. I would like to see another side of him! This little boy is just like his grandfather Sukeroku. He’s charming, charismatic, and great at Rakugo! Future genius in the making? If Kikuhiko would take him under his wing he’d be a great performer. Konatsu finally got to do Rakugo in front of an audience but due to her being a woman, she won’t pursue it. I know it’s a male dominated profession, but with modern times fast approaching in their timeline, it would be radical for her to pursue such a dream, but I think she’d do well and bring even more attention back to the dying art. I know Kikuhiko wants it to die out with him but with so many people willing to pursue the dream that he and Sukeroku had; he should budge. I know Konatsu hates Kikuhiko, but I wonder if she also doesn’t do the Rakugo out of respect to him and his wishes of her not performing or if she just doesn’t want to get on his bad side.

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I’m a week behind on this one.. so this write-up is about episode 3. There’s still a lot of intrigue going on with this one. I don’t have too mny thoughts on this episode in particular. All the attention is on Jean, but he doesn’t know why until one of the 5 tell him he’s come under suspicion as to him being the one who’s involved with the coup d’etat Seems like there could be a lot of motives for Grossular and the named prince to want the coup d’etat to happen. But I’m still looking for anything that stands out. We’ll see what happens next week.

Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc

Very little action in this episode; the conflict from last week is semi-resolved as we find out who the traitor is and some of the reasoning behind it. ¬†However, I found the confrontation between Bon and Rin to be a bit forced. I get that Rin was triggered by Bon’s fight with his father; but per usual Rin flew off the handle with his flames and keeping his emotions in check. I get that he’s concerned for their relationship; but you can’t forve people to make up even if it’s for their own good and to prevent them from future heartache. ¬†The season over all is off to a slow-start, I hope it picks up a bit in the next few episodes.

Masamune-kun no Revenge


This shows’ plot gets more and more ridiculous and I am loving the silliness of it. I mean Masamune is learning how to exact his revenge via shoujo manga. Priceless. And a new love interest is introduced. Of course it wouldn’t be easy for Masamune to get Adagaki so easily and this early into the plot. Love triangle seems to be a theme this season!

Fuuka

I’ve come to the conclusion that I really really dislike Tama-chan. Honestly, I feel the initial appeal I had for this so how starting to wear thin. The story is a flat one-noted plot. The blushing faces of Tama-chan and Yuu gets old really fast as well as their awkward moments. I wish she’d flat out just say she’s in love with him but of course there’s no real conflict if she’d say it upfront. It does have its cute moments and I like the music, but other than that the show is waning in terms of interest. But knowing me; the ani-masochist in me isn’t going to drop this show.

Super Lovers 2

Haru is as dense as ever to realize his own feelings for Ren. I never realized how slow Haru was in the manga, it’s a lot different seeing this story animated. Is he really that dense or is this some kind of overused trope. ¬†I’m starting to pick up a bit more of the nuances since I couldn’t really tell by reading the manga. ¬†Ah, a new character makes an appearance! And now I’m kinda reminded that I didn’t really like this guy to begin with. I think the more annoying characters in this story are about to appear. And don’t get me wrong I really like this manga, but I don’t know why the adaptation really irks me.

Nanbaka


Nanbaka is pure entertainment to me. The flashy colors and the over the top character designs. My favorite is actually the least conspicuous of the cast: Sugoroku Hajime. He’s a bit of a brute, bald and has a scar on his face. I mainly like him because of his brutish personality and his foul mouth. He’s the strongest in the prison and commands respect; but he cowers around the warden because she’s scary as hell. Not much really going on in this episode except that Hajime and the inmates are investigating what caused a guard and an inmate to behave so violently. I still can’t tell who’s at the bottom of this, and I don’t see it being resolved in the next episode either. Okay, so the architectural style is starting to grow on me and can foresee this being apart of Fantasy Friday sometime soon.

Fall 2016 Continuations

*March Comes in Like a Lions
*All Out!!

Miscellaneous (Backlog)

*Gravitation
*Re:Zero

*Authors note: Didn’t get to watch these this week; but will eventually catch up!*

Hauntingly Beautiful

This weekend was really productive! I did some major adulting and scheduled a bunch of blogs to come out this week! I’m trying to plan ahead since I’m about to get a bit more busy both at work and with studying for the ARE.

I’m picking a song much different than my usual, just because I’m just I haven’t been able to stop thinking about¬†Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu since I started watching season 2.

Title: Imawa no Shinigami  | Artist: Megumi Hayashibara
Show:
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Season 2 is shaping up to be about Yotaro this time around and how he’s affected Yakumo and Konatsu’s life. ¬†It’s one of my favorites this season. This song has a haunting quality to the song, it’s also got an old school crooner’s vibe to it. I like the depiction of Yakumo/Kikuhiko in this because it’s clear he’s lived with pain and regret throughout his life since he lost his best friend. The ending with Sukeroku opening up Yakumo’s robe’s is enthralling as to simply symbolize that Yakumo despite his success in life is not just feeling empty and hollow, but maybe feels dead on the inside. It’s a powerful image that really stuck to me in this OP.

Anyways, hope everyone has a yet another great week! Did any of you guys do anything productive this weekend?

Winter 2017: First Impressions

We’re into week 1-2 of the winter season and I thought that since I probably couldn’t handle doing episodic reviews per show, I’ve decided I¬†could attempt a weekly review post encapsulating all the shows I’ve been watching. I may be adding to this list at some point – I still haven’t gotten around to seeing what other shows have to offer.

Breakout Show:

Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish)
This season so far has been a bit lackluster in terms of first episodes and the spread is a bit sparse. There’s an abundance of romcom’s this season, but while they’re entertaining they’re not gripping. I had a few on my anticipated list found¬†here, and so far Scum’s Wish has pulled me in more than all my other shows.

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Scum’s wish¬†doesn’t fall under the romcom genre, it’s more serious and¬†a bit on the dark side. A story about two teens engaging¬†in a physical relationship to cope with their unrequited love for¬†another person is all kinds of messed up – especially when they start pretend they’re being physical with the person they’re in love with.¬†I had started the manga a few months ago and found the premise a bit dark and twisted but I was intrigued because I love stories like that. I was pleasantly surprised by a number things on the show. The story of unrequited love is quite strong and the despair indicated by both Hana and Mugi is expressed well with their dull expressions, empty eyes and monotone voices.¬†The art style is beautiful, and the sequences of scenes pulls you in. The breakout panels put an emphasis on the character’s demeanor. For example, in the¬†screenshot below, Hana watches her crush engage in a flirtatious conversation with another teacher there are two independent panels that float on screen. One panel shows Hana’s¬†point of view looking at the two from far away, while¬†the other panel,¬†is¬†the watcher’s¬†point of view with¬†Hana just behind her unrequited love’s shoulder. I found this isolation of Hana¬†framed behind him¬†further emphasized her loneliness as an outsider looking in and that as shown, she’s probably furthest thing in the back of his mind. I found this scene to be really powerful in terms of expressing what loneliness looks like to our characters.

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As for the Others this season:


Acca: 13-ku kansatsu-ka
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Right off the starting line, I’m hooked onto this show for some architectural reasons more specifically urban planning. As the show progresses I’ll be paying attention to what I’ve picked up on, and at the end I’ll probably put together a ‘Sunday Special’¬†dedicated to some architectural theory on the urban landscape that makes up¬†the¬†Dowa Kingdom and the 13 districts. ¬†There was a lot of info given in the intro so I made sure to make note of it for a future post! I’m kind of excited about the possibilities this can go into.
Masamune-kun no Revenge
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Ah sweet sweet revenge. The vindictiveness of Masamune-kun is not a bad gimmick for this rom-com. I’ve found the first two episodes to be enjoyable and it has given me quite a few laughs. What I like about Masamune-kun’s character so far is that despite the false bravado that his vanity gives him he’s still the same insecure kid on the inside. I had a feeling that Aki’s subordinate was the one that remembered him; but the twist that she’s willing to help with revenge makes this a bit more interesting. I wonder what her motive is? Tired of being a subordinate? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Fuuka
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The trio is headed to a beach house for a summer job to earn money to buy instruments for the band that they’res starting. Okay, so now I’m getting to see why it’s tagged as ecchi; lots of fanservice, but I think it’s not overdone too much…yet. The love triangle is a bit cliche, but I’m curious who Yuu will end up choosing now that they’ve all met. The spunky out going girl he doesn’t know much about, or the childhood friend that’s been in love with him since forever…I personally don’t think the childhood friend brings anything compelling, sure she’s an idol but…I don’t know, I’m not a fan.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Futatabi-hen
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In an interesting turn of events, Sukeroku struggles as the media brings his past to light causing some trouble for him in the Rakugo world. He’s off kilter in his performance, struggles with practice with Yakumo and has issues keeping the audience entranced. He’s definitely in a rut. On the homefront, Konatsu’s baby finds his way to Yakumo leading him to find Konatsu passed out; as he tries to leave Konatsu grabs him in tears – so he tells a story her father used to tell her to calm her down. My mind went blank for a second and maybe I need to rewatch the first season, but Konatsu’s hatred for Yakumo is really intense – but he’s willing to take on the hatred and to allow her to kill him as revenge for what happened to her parents; but now she’s holding off on her revenge because she wants her kid to learn his Rakugo.¬†I knew she disliked him, but don’t remember any of that hatred¬†from the first season.

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Also,¬†8th generation Yakumo/ Kikuhiko never ceases to command my attention when he’s on screen. His prickly cold demeanor and disdain for just about everything has me hooked on him. But we also got to see a bit of his warm side towards Sukeroku/Yotaro when he told him he needs to embrace his past to move forward. I thought that alone was the best scene of this episode.

 

Ao No Exorcist
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I’m still a bit thrown off by Season 2, since it picks up halfway through season 1. So seeing the character’s re-cope with the fact that Rin is Satan’s son is still jarring. We’re introduced to Bon/Suguros’ family that takes care in the inn, and the conflict between him and his father, the priest. Still don’t know much about what the ‘bad guy’ wants with the impure king’s eyes’ just yet, but we saw that the character had one of them in his left eye. Not too much action in this episode.

Super Lovers 2
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Season 2 picks up where season 1 ended last year, with Haruko suggesting that Ren leave Tokyo and accompany her to Switzerland to pursue his studies there since his learning curve is higher than most typical high school students and the curriculum in Japan can’t accommodate him. ¬†Ren doesn’t want to leave Haru and he has to make the choice. Haru tries to suggest that if Ren did want to go – he should; which pisses Ren off who doesn’t want to leave his side, and he doesn’t want people making decisions for himself.

I know a lot of people aren’t interested in this due to it being¬†of the ¬†BL/Yaoi genre, as well as the fact that there is an 8-year age gap between our two characters. This is definitely not just about the physical part of the relationship but also the two characters’ emotions and how they’re dealing and coping with the age gap and the loneliness they both felt before they met one another and navigating their love on top of everything. I was looking forward to the adaptation of this manga because it’s one of the few BLs that got me into the genre to begin with. But if I had to be completely honest, I sometimes find the anime to be lacking when compared to the manga. I don’t think its necessarily the art style – it just doesn’t grip me the way the manga does. But I’ll still be following this show despite it because, I always finish a show that I start. lol.

Nanbaka: season 2
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Hajime’s little brother comes to work for the day at Nanba, and the gang is curious how they could possibly be related when they’re personalities are so different. This episode didn’t have much to move the plot forward, but it did have some hilarious moments as a filler episode. This one is pretty much pure entertainment – I’m not sure that I’ll get anything necessarily meaningful out of this one.

Continuations from Winter 2016:
All Out!!
March Comes in Like a Lion

I’m still behind on these shows, so hopefully this weekend I’ll catch up and be able to write about them the following week.

WINTER 2017 – Watch List

The Winter anime season is already upon us. I’ve had a few on my “plan to watch list” on MAL for quite some time, but looking back at it now, there may be a few more I’m adding.

My top 5 anticipated are:

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  1. Ao No Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen
    I’ve been a fan of Blue Exorcist for awhile, and am actually surprised to find out that the second arc of the first season was non-canon; so when I saw the latest first episode I was really confused.
  2. Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish)
    The story is intriguing and I had actually started reading the manga recently on a whim and not knowing that it was going to be adapted.
  3. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
    First season was a real hit for me. Tragic but good. I can’t wait to see what Yakumo is up to – he seems to have always been the character I’ve been attached to on this show.
  4. Masamune-kun no Revenge
    When I read the premise of the show I just figured this might actually be a good comedy. So I’m giving it a shot
  5. ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
    The art style is what really drew me into this one; and considering it’s from madhouse, I figured what can go wrong with it?

Other’s I’ll be following/checking out:

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  1. Chain Chronicle
    Intrigued by it just because it’s Fantasy.
  2. Fuuka
    a twitter obsessed kid? I’m in!
  3. Little Witch Academia
    This one was recommended to me by someone. I know Netflix has the movie, and its from Trigger whose artstyle I rather like. So I’ll be checking this one out too.
  4. Super Lovers 2
    I read the manga so….yeah..just gonna leave that one there.
  5. Rewrite: Moon & Terra
    even tho I hated the first season I’ll probably check it out just because I started it – ahh the animasochist in me
  6. Chaos;Child
    …debating because i haven’t seen chaos;head yet – and I’m probably going to binge watch chaos;head before this even starts.

Continuations from Fall 2016 that I’m still following:

  1. 3-gatsu no Lion
    To be honest I need to catch up on this one.
  2. All Out!!
    What can I say I’m really a sucker for the sports genre. Despite its crazy weird sometimes off-putting art style – I’m actually enjoying this one even though it’s got all the sports anime cliche’s and tropes on it. I still like this one. I may end up writing a post about it….maybe…a very huge maybe…

What’s everyone else looking forward to this coming Winter season?