The Chuuni Corner

Anime reviews, Chuunibyou, and other writings

Review/discussion about: Rewrite

Rewrite / Episode 6 / Akane, Lucia, Kotori, Shizuru, and Chihaya

Redo, please

“Rewrite” is a word that I am intimately familiar with.

I cannot tell you how many times I have rewritten paragraphs within my reviews. Entire sentences. Even singular words. Each instance of rewriting getting me one step closer to a piece that I feel comfortable sharing. One that I can be proud of and say, “Yes. This looks good.”

It’s never perfect because there is always something that can be rewritten. But what matters is going through that process in the first place.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe Rewrite got the memo.

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Review/discussion about: Amanchu!

Amanchu! / Episode 2 / Teko and Pikari drifting in the cherry-blossom-petal-filled pool

A life-changing dive

Our “diving” in the Jamaican waters was worse than we expected. The shanty was rusted and beat up. The snorkel masks we used looked like they hadn’t been washed in weeks. The spot chosen did not let us see anything interesting let alone memorable.

Wanting only to get back on the cruise ship, we headed back its way. There, still sitting near the end of the dock, was the lady from before, continuing her chant as though it was her God-given destiny.

“Watah one dolla’. Two bucks for da big one!” That’s all she said in her thick, native accent. Over and over. That, and a “thank you” when she was given her money in exchange for the bottled water.

I may have told this anecdote in the past, but it’s relevant to Amanchu!. Not just because of the diving but because of the situation. For, like Teko and Pikari, I choose to look at this one differently. I see it as a time where I tried something different and where I earned a quirky memory.

In contrast, and thankfully, Amanchu provided nothing but joy.

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Review/discussion about: Berserk (2016)

Berserk (2016) / Episode 4 / Guts standing in heroic fashion

No rest for the wicked

Berserk (2016) (or just Berserk for short) has this “soup” that one of the characters tries to eat. A soup filled with sludge, unidentifiable remnants, and a finger or two.

It looked downright nasty; just thinking about it makes me want to puke. It reminds me of the cough medicine my mother used to give me when I was kid. She would fill the cap with the purple, foul-smelling liquid, hoping that I would down the grape-flavored concoction.

I hated the taste. To the point that I would put the medicine in my mouth, shake my head at her, and spit it all back out into her cupped hands. Unsurprisingly, I got sick quite a lot.

Berserk does not provide a cure for anything, and it doesn’t exactly “taste” horrible. But it certainly is not the easiest anime to digest – in more ways than one.

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Review/discussion about: Love Live! Sunshine!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! / Episode

Sunny with a chance of idols

Have you ever thought about how important sunshine is?

Sunshine heats you up. It gives you nutrients like Vitamin D. It even lights your way during the day, keeping darkness at bay with many a ray.

Sunshine, the anime, is not like regular sunshine. But, as it shows, it took some inspiration. Bringing warmth, goodness, and a path worth following.

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Review/discussion about: Tales of Zestiria the X

Tales of Zestiria the X / Episode 10 / Sorey using his sword to purify

Swing and a miss

Tales of Symphonia is one of my favorite GameCube games that I played when I was kid.

I don’t remember it all too well now, having not gone through it for many, many years. But I do recall something silly I did with it.

I read a strategy guide that stated (and I had to go online to make sure I was remembering this right because I wasn’t) if I only used Lloyd’s wooden blades up until a certain point, I would unlock a special title. Being unable to pass up on such a sweet deal, despite being well into the game at this point, I erased my file, started anew, and became the “Eternal Apprentice.” (Not the most flattering of achievements.)

Thinking back on it, it was not a good move to do that at all. It wasn’t even necessary. But I liked the game so much, I didn’t care. It gave me an excuse to play the opening sections again and enjoy the experience once more.

Tales of Zestiria the X instantly reminded me of Symphonia for obvious reasons. Sadly, I won’t be remembering Zestiria quite as fondly.

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Review/discussion about: Taboo Tattoo

Taboo Tattoo / Episode 2 / Seigi learning about what triggers his tattoo

Inked itself

“What is it? What is it? Show us!”

Our class clamored. Mr. E, the best fifth-grade teacher this side of elementary school, was loved by everyone. Students and teachers alike. Clean-cut hair, green polos, khakis. Alongside his beaming smile, he always looked professional and cool.

And he also hid a secret on his left bicep.

“Maybe once you guys and girls graduate and go on to sixth grade. Until then, no deal!”

We always wondered what kind of tattoo he had. Something personal about himself? Something naughty? Something he accidentally got? Throughout all of fifth grade, from the class trips to the assemblies held in the main hall of the school, we tried sneaking peeks to see what it could possibly be. But to no avail.

Thankfully, Mr. E kept his promise. The mystery he professionally and cooly hid for the whole year was made known to us during one of our last days as his students. It was Dopey from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. He was walking down a sidewalk, a lamppost in the background and a careless expression fitting his face, wearing his usual green robe and purple hat.

I speak of Dopey and tattoos today for one reason only: Taboo Tattoo. For this show is as fun as Dopey – and perhaps intentionally half as smart.

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Review/discussion about: Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin / Episode 2 / Ikta honoring some fallen soldiers

A middle-of-the-sky ride

Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin localizes to Alderamin on the Sky. While the anime itself doesn’t take place in the sky, I’ve been up there myself a handful of times when flying to other states.

I don’t hate flying, but I much prefer to be on the ground. It’s safer, has better Internet, and I don’t have to share an armrest with another. Also, fast food. I can go get some tasty McDonald’s whenever I want; can’t do that on a plane.

Alderamin is like flying on a plane: It has its perks, but it could improve in certain areas.

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Review/discussion about: ReLIFE

ReLIFE / Episode 10 / Kaizaki supporting Hishiro during a certain conversation

Maybe needs its own second chance

I’m happy with the life I have.

My family is wonderful, I’m in relatively good health, and my interests are rewarding to me on many different levels. Sure, some aspects could be better, but I don’t like to think negatively. Instead, I tend to think with my eyes on the future and what I can do right here, right now.

ReLIFE provides a shot at such happiness, but, for the here-and-now, it does not quite succeed.

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Banjo’s Top 10 Spring 2016 Anime

Flying Witch / Episode 12 / Makoto flying with Chito in the sky

And the winners of Spring 2016 are…

I should preface my list here by saying that it’s kind of weird.

For the first time since I started writing these Top 10 posts, I am including anime that I technically wouldn’t recommend to others based on how I score. In fact, the tenth-ranked show is the lesser of three evils.

These less-than-ideal anime are still included because the criteria for the list is simply being the best from the season. For me, though, such a development says a lot about how much I got out of this set of shows.

Positives still exist. Shows featuring the number one-hundred or massive metal trains have a lot of flaws attached to them, but that doesn’t mean they lack strength whatsoever. Maybe they have a particular scene that is super memorable. Maybe they try for something unique despite failing. Maybe they connect only with a niche group of people.

Regardless, it’s important (perhaps necessary) to not only have one’s own perspective on anime but also have an understanding of the other side (whatever that may be).

Yes, there will be those shows that we view as so deplorable that it’s basically impossible to do so. And, no, that doesn’t mean we must automatically concede and flip opinions. But so long as we do our best to think beyond our mindset, we will certainly find our anime-watching adventures a lot more worthwhile.

Keeping all this in mind, this season, eighteen different anime stepped up to the plate. Nothing managed to hit a home-run, but some hit a nice double and a couple even a noteworthy triple. Yet only one walked away with the title of Best Anime of Spring 2016.

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Review/discussion about: Kiznaiver

Kiznaiver / Episode 9 / Nico, Yuta, Tenga, Agata, Hisomu, Chidori, and Maki together

You just remember what your old pal said….

Like everyone else (and that’s not hyperbole), I’ve experienced pain.

After my first day at my first ever job, my shin splints made me unable to move my legs. When I was a kid, my heart sunk when my mother read some mean words I wrote about her in my journal. Continuous strep throat crippled me for months of my fifth-grade education.

Pain has this remarkable ability to make us react to the world around us. However, pain is often not something felt individually. Rather, it’s shared. Shared between random people or the closest of family members.

Kiznaiver depicts pain shared between friends – and what such sharing not only brings but means.

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