1/27/15

[AOW] Assassination Classroom (1/25-31/2015)

Well... this has turned more into "anime of the whenever Akia feels like posting one" :/ Gomen, gomen! ANYWAYS, here's the first AOW of the new year :3

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I am probably one of the very few who has not read the manga for this anime, but I've known about it since like I became an otaku online back in 2009. My excitement for this show when it was announced was the most excitement I've experienced since Oreimo and The World God Only Knows were announced to be getting new seasons. I rarely get super excited for an anime because I like to keep my hopes and dreams low so any series can be at least watchable for the first few episodes... but this one just screamed "Alicia (aka Akia) you will LOVE me!!"

 
Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Shonen, School, Supernatural
# of Episode(s): 22 + episode 0
Synopsis:
A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher—an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth—unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had!
Read more at MAL.

1/14/15

Desk (more like room) Diary #1 // Some Otaku-esque Ramblin'

Hey there all my Nettaversers~ Sorry I've been gone from blogging since October 2014! Seems like the past few months went by in a flash mainly because of the holidays and my recent achievement of finding a pretty fantastic partner to spend my days with (aka a "boyfriend"). I've stayed active on my FB fan page and over on Instagram, so you should go follow me on those for your R//W[G] fix during these blogging dead periods I tend to go through. Also I've been playing some Idol maker games lately such as LoveLive! School Idol Festival (add me with this code -> 480629603) and some Im@s games; it's been fun playing as producer. Nice break from always being a lawyer (I really like the Phoenix Wright series). Since I've gotten a new day to day partner who tends to come over a lot, I ended up having to change around my room so I could add a second desk (though its a folding card table, but this has allowed me to add some figures for display), this also helped with my packing. I'm getting prepared to hopefully join the Army or some other branch of the military so I've started packing away a lot of my otaku goodies for storage. I know, that sounds really sad but it had to be done! I'm sorry if the post ends up really long (& if the images are sub par quality... I used a camera phone) and doesn't go anywhere... I just felt like posting something that wasn't an AOW as my return post~ Enjoy Minna-san.

My new laptop wallpaper :3
View of the bed when you walk into the door.
Oh look, Lavender is relaxing~~

Lately I've been trying to find some VN/Eroge to play when I stumbled on an article that stated Neko Paradise had received an official English translation thanks to the lovely folks over at Steam Greenlight. I got it, so now it's on my desktop ready to play (as you can see from the cat paw icon on the right). If you'd like to snag a copy for yourself, head over here. I'm not sure if a physical copy can be bought. This is also a very short eroge (only about 2-10 hours of gameplay) so if you're looking for something as lengthy as say Fate/Stay Night you're getting the wrong game! I've had a pillow from the game for a few years before learning it was from a little series called Neko Works. I don't know much about it beyond this, but I've called the pink haired girl Sakura and the darker haired one Lavender... but now I know their real names are Vanilla and Chocolate. I'm going to stick to my names for the pillow tho cause they've been given personalities over these past 5 years that I don't think the game will change for me. Lavender has always been my #1 waifu (don't get me wrong, I like dudes but even I know when a girl is cute. If I was a guy I'd tap that!) with Nia following in second place.



From Left to right: My main "claw machine" girlies are a Lucky Star x Yuki from Haruhi cross over figure, Elsie from The World God Only Knows and Maid Nia from Gurren Lagann. I wanted to get the Yoko one as well... but I had to choose one so of course I'd go for my anime waifu Nia! Next to them sits my Luna pillow and some ASVAB study guides plus a few other odds and ends. I'm currently using a Saber mouse pad and a handy star clip to keep my wired mouse in check. I used to use a wireless mouse, but the batteries would often die at the worst moments such as when I was in the middle of a League of Legends match! If you'd like to add me, my summoner name is MashimaruSan. I mainly play mages such as Annie, Ahri, Vel'Koz and Nami but I'm trying to broaden my horizons when it comes to champions and lanes I play.


Mushi-uta is one of my all time favorite anime even though it was highly unliked when it came out. I haven't really gotten around to ready the light novels because I'd really like a second season one day... even though it's going on 6 years since the first season was released back in 2009. Since my hopes will probably never be meet, I've kept an image from the series as my laptops lock screen since getting it. My spare phone is used as an anime clock for no real reason other than I like the visual. I do have the MiraiClock app as well which is made by the same company as the one you see in this picture, but I'm in a cat girl mood right now so I'm keeping this one on for now.




My second desk has a much simplier set up cause it's mainly used by my partner. He's been playing a lot of Battlfield lately. I originally had the TV on the book shelf beside the desk but he refused to play Xbox on the bed, so I moved it onto the desk. I have a extra computer screen stored where it was for now until I can find a power cord for it that seems to have been misplaced when my roomates moved out. He has a much nicer laptop than I do, but I still love my Vaio. Put Sonico on the deck for him cause she's a cutie and Toad just cause he needed a nice place to sit. You can see the main chunk of my game collection on the shelf. I love my 3DS more than anything I own because it's gotten the most use out of all my tech.


Well I'm going to end here. One of my favorite wallscrolls is the one I have of Kirino cosplaying. Oreimo is possibly my all time favorite anime about an otaku, it really started my craze with anime of it's kind and helped me not be embaressed for liking galgames and eroge even if I was playing to get some girls heart despite being straight IRL.

10/18/14

[AOW] DearS (10/12-18/2013)

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Yes, those are crickets you're hearing because this show is a HUGE waste of space. What was suppose to be Chobits but with aliens ended up being so bland and try hard there was nothing really to save it other than mediocre animation and a lack luster sound track. You're better off watching Sora no Otoshimono which has some funny jokes despite the lacking story. The only reason to watch DearS might be because it's by Peach-Pit (creators of Shugo Chara and Rozen Maiden), yet I'd have to say you'd be pushing the reason bank if that's the only reason you watch this... or you might be a perv cause this anime trys too hard to be "sexy".


Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi, Harem, Seinin
# of Episode(s):12
Synopsis:
Ikuhara Takeya is a high school student living a normal life. He is not interested in the commotion around a UFO filled with beautiful alien females that crashed on earth a year ago. The aliens, known as DearS, are deciding to take permanent residence on earth. What no one knows is that these aliens are a slave species whose sole purpose is to serve and please their masters. One day, Takeya spots a person shivering behind some bushes. This person, Ren, is one of the DearS, and after being saved by Takeya she chooses him as her master. Takeya, who doesn't know about the master-slave relationship of DearS, tries to teach Ren the normal lifestyle of the people on earth, though he constantly fears that Ren is an evil alien who's trying to brainwash him. Ren, however, isn't like other DearS. She is in fact malfunctioning and is being tracked down by their leader. Meanwhile, Takeya begins to learn more about DearS, and a mythical DearS relationship called “Gift” begins to develop between them.

10/7/14

[AOW] Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken (10/5-11/2014)

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Last season my favorite anime (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun) was a short series about a manga creator and the girl who happened to fall for him, and a cast of wacky characters who helped make their life's fun. When that anime ended, a piece of my anime loving heart needed filling. I have yet to watch a single episode of Danna ga Ken, but I have a feeling it's going to be a wacky series that can fill that Nozaki-kun sized hole in my heart.


Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinin
# of Episode(s): ?
Synopsis:
 Kaoru is a serious office lady who's passionate about her job. Her husband Hajime, on the other hand, is a hard-core otaku who lives a nearly shut-in lifestyle. Kaoru worries about her husband, but they get along better than you'd think.

9/23/14

[AOW][Why'd I Bother?] Love Stage!! (9/21-27/2014)

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*sigh* Ok, so this anime isn't bad... the premise is just what get ...s me. I'm not a fan of guy x guy at all so the only reason I even gave this a chance was because I went to a pair of friends apartment where they decided to watch a few episodes (by a few, I mean 6 out of the 10) because of DAIGO being the brother in this show. If it had the main character actually be a girl I'd prob enjoy this series more- in fact, I kind of liked it... then a scene would come into play where the character was basically getting raped. No bueno! ... I might finish this one since I only have 4 episodes left to watch :/ Tho I already know how it ends.

 
Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Shounen-ai, Comedy, Romance
# of Episode(s):10
Synopsis:
Daydreamer Izumi Sena is the black sheep of his family. With a model for a mother, a singer for a father, and a brother who fronts one of the most popular bands around, you'd think Izumi would be destined for stardom. Despite being born into a family of stars, Izumi has no desire to be in the spotlight, and his only dream is to become a world-class manga artist. But in an unexpected turn of events, Izumi finds himself not only pulled onto the set of a commercial, but forced to dress as a girl! In case the situation wasn't awkward enough, Izumi stumbles into his costar, the handsome Ryoma Ichijo, and it's love at first sight. Or, at least it is for Ryoma, who is so convinced by Izumi's costume, that when the shoot is over, he makes it his life mission to track down the “actress” that sets his heart aflutter. But when Ryoma discovers Izumi's secret, will it be sparks that fly or fists? And will Izumi be able to avoid his destiny as a superstar, or will he be sucked into the same fame-filled life as the rest of his family?
 

9/16/14

[AOW] G.T.O. (9/14-20/2014)

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Lots of today's older anime fans got their start with anime that came out between 1990 through the early 2000s; GTO came out during the last year of the 90s into the first year of the 2000s so this is a prime example of what made anime good during those days... though it is a much more adult series than a lot of the over the top ecchi we get today that is considered "too adult" for children. Honestly, I think too much anime these days have to cater to the otaku who stay at home most of the time either being an actual NEET or borderline; too much anime these days have to focus on the extreme moe nature or being so sexual its as close to the real thing a NEET is going to get :/ This is really disappointing to me because well I'm a girl who happens to have a life outside of watching anime so when I do watch anime I don't want to have to go through episode after episode of cleavage and girls being all turned on for guys... I like anime for the story... though I am guilty of liking some fan service aimed at me every so often (you know like FREE). Anyways, while GTO is full of fan-service and perversion, it's done in a way even I was OK with because the story is just so good. By the way, this anime has the best opening themes ever.


Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Shounen, Senin, Comedy, Romance, School
# of Episode(s): 43
Synopsis:
Onizuka is a reformed biker gang leader who has his sights set on an honorable new ambition: to become the world's greatest teacher... for the purpose of meeting sexy high school girls. Okay, so he's mostly reformed.
However, strict administrators and a class of ruthless delinquents stand between Onizuka and his goal and they will use any means, however illegal or low, to drive the new teacher away. Perfect, because Onizuka's methods won't be found in any teaching manual; he cares about the difference between legal and illegal activities about as much as he cares for the age difference between himself and a high school girl.
So get ready for math that doesn't add up, language you'd be slapped for using, and biology that would make a grown man blush... unless of course, you're the Great Teacher Onizuka.

9/10/14

Over the Top/ Underground Anime you Should Watch! [Pt.1]

To be considered an "over the top" or  "underground" anime, 
a series has to have a few things from this list:
+Ridiculous amounts of action without have to be a shounen series
+A plot so up there you don't really need an explination for it
+Sometimes an animation style that doesn't follow the norms
+One most people would skip because it isn't a "popular" series 

I would love to have Kill la Kill, Panty and Stocking plus a couple other series on this list
but I'm tying to stick to series I don't think a casual or American anime fan may have
seen because they're too busy watching the hype anime.

((Please excuse my weird grammer and wording in this post >.<
I just felt like posting a list of anime I felt like reccomeding
but am not really spending the time to make this post perfect.
Also, I'll be posting another one of these later.))


Kemonozume
Finding a suitable screen shot that was work safe was really hard for this anime; most of the good quality screen shots I found were either of boobs being groped, people with chopped off limbs or straight up clips from sex scenes (which all are good chunks of what this series is about). Kemonozume is an anime my friend recommended to be almost 5 years ago because he happened to be a really big fan of it despite the really odd style. I find this anime most weird not because of the animation, but because it's suppose to be a love story mixed with a violent, guro plot line:
Since ancient times there has existed a race of flesh eating monsters called shokujinki (lit. "Man-Eating Ogres") that can assume human form or otherwise live in the shadows while feeding on humans. The Kifūken ("Ogre-Sealing Sword") martial arts style school was created to hunt down those creatures and its teachings have been passed down through the generations to the Momota family. The story revolves around the forbidden romance between Toshihiko, the latest heir of the Kifūken school and Yuka, a young woman who is also a shokujinki.
This series is hard to watch for a few reasons beyond just the weird animation style, but if you can stomach the first few episodes and get into the plot you're in for a really unique experience. While you're at it, why not check out a few other anime made by this director such as Mind Game, Kaiba and most recently the anime that was made because of a kick starter Kickheart.

Rin -Daughters of Darkness-
This one is based loosely on some Greek mythology,but only really in concept rather than execution. I may have put this anime on this list but while short and to the point, it also felt like somewhat of a waste of time to watch. It's pretty well animated and the op/ed themes are really good but the story doesn't really get going until towards the end. Most of the series was just used to be violent because it felt like it. I used to be a big fan of shows like this (Elfen Lied is a good example, but at least that one spent some more time on somewhat of a plot than just "oh lets say this is plot so we can show lots of blood and guts!") but since I've grown older in my anime watching days, series like this just aren't as appealing anymore. Anyways, here's a synopsis:
Rin Asogi is an immortal private detective with a thirst for vodka and a talent for attracting things that go bump in the night. In a series of nightmarish vignettes spanning sixty-five years, Rin's lush body is sadistically pierced, blown up, and mulched to a bloody pulp. The fiend behind her tortured existence is Apos, an eternal being obsessed with sacrificing Rin to Yggdrasil, the tree of all life. While Rin struggles to unravel the secrets of her endless agony, Apos lurks in the shadows, eager to tear into her ripe body and devour the memories of her countless lives. Rin's no stranger to the realm of the dead, but her next visit could last forever. 
 
Ergo Proxy
I love this series so much that I ended up buying a collection of it when one came out for a cheaper price (I don't exactly "roll in the dough"). It had the feel of Ghost in the Shell combined with Serial Experiments Lain, which were two of my favorite anime at the time that I first watched this anime. A lot of people that I asked who ended up dropping this series said they did so because it was too slow for their taste, which seems to be the case with a lot of the series I'd consider 'under-ground' anime. This one is easy to reccomend to people who have the patience to watch it, but for the most part I don't really go around reccomending it because I know people are looking for something that has more action or plot early on. Anyways, here's a synopsis:
The world is bigger than you think...
After the explosion of the methane hydrate layer, the remaining members of mankind are forced to live in isolated domed cities scattered across the arid and inhospitable planet. They live in a controlled society and are assisted in daily life by autonomous robots called AutoReivs. In one of these cities, Romdo, Inspector Re-l Mayer, granddaughter of the regent, leads an investigation concerning AutoReivs that have gone mad after being infected by the Cogito virus. In the process, she comes in contact with a monster called Proxy. Elsewhere in the city, immigrant Vincent Law is on the run after being framed for involvement in several Cogito cases. Together, along with the adorable child-AutoReiv Pino, they set out on a journey to the dome city Mosk in order to unravel the mystery of the Proxies.
By the way, this anime has the most interesting take on what I call the "Jesus Christ Syndrome" that I have EVER seen. I really do recommend this series if you have enough patience to watch an anime that is more than 13 episodes that spends more time seemingly wasting time than getting anywhere. The ending is well worth the watch.
 
Kurozuka
I really dislike this way the anime adaptation was animated; especially the character redesigns. I haven't finished reading the manga because honestly at the time I watched this I was reading and watching so many things, a lot had to be dropped. I'm surprised I even finished this anime at the time! Other than the bad character animation, this series still had an interesting enough plot that I ended up finishing it. Please check out this comparison review I did of the first few episodes and chapters. Also, here's a synopsis:
Kurou flees into the mountains after losing to his brother Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first Shogun to rule all of Japan. History records that he committed suicide, but instead, Kurou meets a strange, beautiful woman named Kuromitsu in her mountain hermitage. Eventually, Kurou falls in love with Kuromitsu, but then realizes she conceals a dark secret. He learns that he is unable to die and continues to live for a thousand years as Japan evolves into a future society.