The Chuuni Corner

Anime reviews, Chuunibyou, and other writings

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Review/discussion about: Given

Given / Episode 2 / Mafuyu and Ritsuka sitting and talking together at their favorite spot

Some thanks are in order

As some of my readers and followers may know, I’m an avid fan of the metal genre of music.

It’s a major part of my life: I listen to it every day, I collect physical vinyl media from underground groups, I discuss it on the various platforms I’m found on. From the technical skills to the filthy riffs, its intensity and diversity knows no bounds, so I have found myself drawn to its amazing musicality.

Metal also gives me the chance to think about and look inwards into myself, contemplating those harsher, more suppressed thoughts and feelings that tend to get bottled up. Given features a band more akin to pop-rock rather than metal, but their own personable journey still demands self-reflection.

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Review/discussion about: Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. / Episode 1 / Kazusa listening and reading along with second-hand embarrassment

A successful maiden voyage

Whether direct or not, we all eventually learn of a biological truth: “the birds and the bees”.

And for the ladies of Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo., evolution chirps and buzzes.

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Review/discussion about: Yuru Camp△

Yuru Camp△ / Episode 1 / The whole group having lots of fun camping together

More than enough healing and laughing to fill a campsite

The girls of Yuru Camp△ are quite adventurous.

In comparison, I wouldn’t deem myself as an outdoorsy person. I prefer listening to my metal music in my comfy room, streaming challenging video games on my consoles, and of course watching my favorite anime at my desk. For the most part, these activities take place indoors, and I relish the solitude they bring.

Yet there’s more to life than just being cooped up inside all the time as I like to do. Indeed, the five laid-back campers of this anime promise a firsthand look-see at the wonder and the happiness that can only be found when taking that first willing step.

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Review/discussion about: Mahoutsukai no Yome

Mahoutsukai no Yome / Episode 1 / Chise and Elias together

Broken vows

Marriage often binds both parties with a single phrase: “until death do us part.”

Mahoutsukai no Yome chooses another phrase instead: “doomed to fail.”

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Review/discussion about: Garo: Vanishing Line

Garo: Vanishing Line / Episode 19 / Sophie and Sword and their wholesome friendship

Vanished away

The phrase “drawing a line in the sand” is used to represent the spot or the threshold that somebody should not cross for fear of consequences.

Garo: Vanishing Line, true to its name, brushes the sand away to pretend as if that line never existed. All so that it may go where it wishes and do as it pleases.

The anime was under the false pretense, though, that nobody would notice its transgressions.

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Review/discussion about: Citrus

Citrus / Episode 1 / Yuzu and Mei meeting one another for the first time

Tacky fun and acidic woes

Citrus embodies its namesake; the ever-present sweet-and-sour fruitiness captures the title well.

But, like a theater troupe booed off stage, it must dodge the oranges and the limes hurled in its direction for the poor showing it offers.

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Review/discussion about: Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san / Episode 1 / Takagi content and Nishikata defeated

Helga and Arnold from another universe

My uncle has a quote which not only has stuck with me my whole life ever since he first said it aloud but also perfectly captures the spirit of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san without any troubles.

“If we ain’t teasin’ ya, then we don’t like ya.”

It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true. Most people are not comfortable being playful with complete strangers, and even more people avoid interacting with those whom they dislike. So, teasing is, in a way, another term for caring.

My family and I tease each other all the time whenever we have get-togethers, yet Nishikata and especially Takagi take the medal for teasing champions as their relationship plays out in kindhearted fashion.

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Review/discussion about: Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni / Episode 3 / Akira and Mr. Kondou standing together

An extraordinary rain

“It’s always calmest before the storm.”

This phrase is known and used for those situations when the good times must surely predate (or even predict) an encroaching ugliness. It’s succinct in usage, and it’s easy to understand. But it’s also rather pessimistic. A doom-and-gloom approach to what life brings on the horizon.

Because that which follows a storm can have a balanced sense of optimism. The warmth of sunshine. The colorful image of a rainbow. The smell of fresh nature. So, those ugly times may arrive without remorse, but goodness can prevail. If nothing else, Koi wa Ameagari no You ni adheres to this stance, promising a phenomenal anime containing a similar happiness.

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Review/discussion about: Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau

Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau / Episode 12 / The Mud Whale facing a red-purple sunset

Shipwrecked

Whales are intelligent, majestic creatures. Rulers of the sea by size and by power.

In comparison, Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau has no size. It has no power.

All it really rules over is the bottom of the ocean – right where it belongs.

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Review/discussion about: Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou / Episode 1 / Yuuri and Chito staring in awe as the nighttime sky before them

A splendid “vacation”

Unlike the leading ladies of Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, I probably would not survive the apocalypse.

It first assumes that I’d make it through whatever horrible catastrophe would befall humanity, and I would just-so-happen to be lucky enough to have a fighting chance. But then my prospects would reach zilch real quick when most everything else has disappeared: life’s pleasures, family, some semblance of health.

I wouldn’t know what to do with myself, and I’m sure my mental state would degrade as hopelessness sets in. However, after finishing this anime and seeing the ways in which these girls approach such a world, I’ve learned that there may yet be optimism left to cling onto.

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