The Chuuni Corner

Anime reviews, Chuunibyou, and other writings

Review/discussion about: Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku

Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku / Episode 5 / La Pucelle and Snow White leaning on each other's backs

Incorrectly raised

I was raised in a good home, a loving home.

I had my wants and my needs like any other kid, but, looking back on what my parents provided me, there’s absolutely no way I could complain about my upbringing. The family get-togethers. Trips to the ice-cream parlor and the video-game store. Support in my endeavors, schooling, and milestones. I don’t tell my father and my mother every day, but I thank them, with all my heart, for giving me a childhood that led me to a worthwhile adulthood.

Truth be told, my parents never did raise me as a magical girl. And, after watching Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku, I’m gladder than ever that they didn’t.

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Review/discussion about: Keijo!!!!!!!!

Keijo!!!!!!!! / Episode 3 / The women of Keijo

Every butt-lover’s dream

Louis Réard is credited as the inventor of one of man’s greatest creations: the bikini.

He apparently based the name for his unconventional clothing on the Bikini Atoll where nuclear testing occurred. And, when you think about it more closely, the dude’s a genius. He essentially invented public lingerie for women. They are less see-through and laced than their undergarment girlfriends, but they serve the same function of hoisting chests and concealing groins in a sexy manner.

The bikini also serves another purpose: to give onlookers a wonderful view of the behind. Looking at butts is no doubt swell, but Keijo!!!!!!!! (that’s eight exclamation points for those counting at home) proves that they can be used for more than just sitting and pleasure.

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Review/discussion about: Okusama ga Seitokaichou!+!

Okusama ga Seitokaichou!+! / Episode 12 / A group photo of the whole cast

No vows given

My wonderful sister got married near the end of last year.

Her husband (now my brother-in-law) are perfect for one another. They have each other’s backs, putting up with the other’s “baggage” despite their differences. And with him being one of the nicest guys that I know, and her being overly supportive, they are as compatible as can be.

I know they’ll have a successful, happy marriage moving forward. At the minimum, they’ll be a lot better off than whatever Okusama ga Seitokaichou!+! presented.

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Banjo’s Top 10 Summer 2016 Anime

91 Days / Episode 1 / Angelo looking down with a menacing grin dominating his face

Which earned attendance this Summer 2016?

Anime inspires me.

It’s one of the reasons why I love this medium so much. It doesn’t always happen with every show I watch, but there are those times when an anime connects with me, going beyond the fancy visuals or comedic asides on screen.

I had this connection happen in a tremendous manner with this season’s set of shows. After finishing the infamous Orange, it inspired me to approach my once-per-season mega essay differently. I made it less strict and more personal. I called my essay Orange and Learning Life Lessons, and it targets precisely what the title details.

Now, in the end, Orange messed up its execution quite a bit (and barely did not make my list), but I nonetheless found myself inspired by what it presented. I saw part of myself in Naho. I empathized with Kakeru. I found that its thoughts on life and living aligned with my own.

Yes, this prologue is an easy excuse to (shamelessly) self-promote that piece of mine once again. But it also serves to highlight something a lot more important. That is, from the top-tier diamonds to the bottom-of-the-barrel chaff, anime can inspire in ways not thought possible.

Maybe an ultra-grotesque show gets one thinking about religion. Maybe a complete life do-over makes one wonder what could have gone differently in their own. Or maybe it causes one to try out a new style of writing. It doesn’t matter if the show is “good” or “bad.” What does matter is that a strong connection has been made, inspiring like never before.

In keeping with the spirit of inspiration, this season inspired me to (yet again) compose a list of the best of the best. In total, nineteen different anime vied for a coveted spot. Ten tickets were handed out, and only one among them was given the title of Best Anime of Summer 2016.

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Review/discussion about: Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu / Episode 2 / Subaru naming his signature ability for the first time

Death isn’t the end

“What happens after I die?”

I ask myself this question from time to time. Morbid, I know. But I can’t help it. The infinite blackness, the fact that the world will continue turning without me. Death is a concept that I understand but don’t understand, so I quickly stop thinking about it. Frankly speaking, it makes me feel uncomfortable.

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is no stranger to death. However, as opposed to me, it embraces death wholeheartedly – and presents an entertaining, meaningful anime in the process.

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Review/discussion about: Kuromukuro

Kuromukuro / Episode 11 / Ken and Yukina eating together on a mountain

Purposefully forgotten

In Kuromukuro, Yukina’s mother forgets about her phone which ends up being the catalyst for the entire anime.

I did something similar once. I used to own one of those dinky push-up cell phones that exposed a keyboard. I barely ever used it since I rarely reached out to anybody of my own volition, and it had no capacity for apps let alone the Internet.

One day, I plugged it into the charger I kept in my bathroom (for whatever reason), and, in my infinite wisdom, I left it there – for three whole days. When I finally remembered to get it, I had more messages in my inbox than I had ever seen. Texts of the “Where are you?” variety from my cousins, siblings, and grandmother, and multiple missed calls from my parents wondering why I wasn’t picking up.

I later learned that my mother was ready to phone both my apartment complex and even the police to make sure I was safe since I was responding to literally nobody who contacted me. I apologized for my stupidity, and I promised never to do something so careless with my phone ever again.

Kuromukuro doesn’t get to make any more promises since it has officially finished, but its mistakes were more and grander than mine ever was.

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Review/discussion about: Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100 / Episode 1 / Mob's introduction

Calculated

When I was in the fourth grade, I wanted to do what no other kid had done before: multiply together two really huge numbers.

My task was daunting, my obstacles numerous. For both my multiplier and multiplicand, I chose the number 777,777,777,777. My reasoning made sense: I wanted to practice writing out multiplication by hand and working on my sevens. I wasn’t doing this project for school, and I wasn’t getting any reward. I simply wanted to flex my mathematical skills as best as I could.

I failed many times along the way. Carrying the wrong remainder, adding up the totals incorrectly, not giving myself enough room on the paper. Eventually, though, I succeeded. The answer? 604,938,271,603,728,395,061,729. (I wish I had memorized it.) And the byproduct of my product? A tight grasp on my multiples of seven and a sincere appreciation for the existence of calculators.

Mob Psycho 100 does not deal with huge numbers, but that one hundred in the title signifies that it cares about digits to at least some extent.

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Review/discussion about: New Game!

New Game! / Episode 1 / Aoba with an infectious smile

Eekum bokum

While I never aspired to be a music composer, one of my favorite musical artists worked on my favorite video game of all-time. The game being (and as no surprise) Banjo-Kazooie, and the composer being Grant Kirkhope.

Mr. Kirkhope put his heart and soul into that game. He created melodic, catchy, and atmospheric pieces that are a staple in any video-game-music track list. His blending of the music as the player moves between different parts of Gruntilda’s Lair and the overworld entrances stands as a technical and innovative achievement. And he even voiced both Mumbo Jumbo the slightly incompetent shaman and the ghostly voices of the pots within Mad Monster Mansion, pots that may or may not say something rude after an egg or two is “thrown” their way.

Given his work on Banjo-Kazooie, I can only imagine that he is a hard worker and a good person to learn from. And, as New Game! shows, such people exist closer to us than we may think.

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Review/discussion about: Orange

Orange / Episode 1 / Naho picking up the letter addressed to her for the first time

Still can’t compare with apples

I really like the color orange; it’s one of my favorites from the rainbow.

Orange, like any other color, has symbolism attached to it. Happiness, energy, fun. It’s a pleasant color that keeps the mind and body at peace in its welcoming, warming glow.

Orange, the anime, may be a dramatic tale that ultimately tastes more sour than sweet. But, at its core, it is just as warm and happy as the color it channels.

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Orange and Learning Life Lessons

Orange / Episode 1 / The group having fun together

A letter from me to you

Like many people, I have ideals. Tenets that I uphold and morals that I adhere to. One of my biggest is summed up as a singular phrase: no regrets.

I do my best to live a life that I can be proud of. Where I can get up, think about yesterday, and say to myself, “That was a good day; I have no regrets.” Often times, I will step back from what I am currently doing and make sure that it’s something worthwhile. Something that I won’t worry about later.

That’s not to say I don’t have regrets. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to avoid them. I regret staying up too late despite having work early in the morning. I regret not asking Kelsie out in middle-school when we clearly had a crush on one another. I regret not visiting with my grandmother more as she lay lonely in hospice.

I do regret, I have regretted, a lot in my life. I have made small mistakes that have kept me up at night, and I have made royal screw-ups that impacted the very paths I would eventually walk.

However, as Orange claims — and as I reinforce — having regrets is not the end.

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