The Chuuni Corner

Anime reviews, Chuunibyou, and other writings

Tag: Winter 2016

Review/discussion about: Dimension W

Dimension W / Episode 12 / Kyouma and Mira looking off into the distance

In need of energy

When I was a kid, I would play video games so much that I had to constantly beg my parents to keep a reserve of batteries in the house. We actually stashed them in the refrigerator, believing that having them at a colder temperature would somehow make them last longer.

Whether or not that’s true, though, I cannot say. What I can say is that Dimension W needed to replace its own batteries at some point but never got the memo.

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Review/discussion about: Erased

Erased / Episode 9 / Satoru looking up at the wintry sky

Time to believe

Erased reminds me of my own time working in the pizza business.

I didn’t deliver the pizzas, though. I was the Shift Leader. I wasn’t there for too long, but I remember it vividly. I managed the phones, created the pies, directed my drivers, took the orders, and tabulated the register.

And the cleaning. My gosh, the cleaning. Every nook. Every counter. Every flippin’ bin. While I did not work there for very long, I cleaned so much it felt as if I had antibacterial liquid oozing out of my hands.

As an anime, Erased was not pristine, but it certainly ended up being a very clean experience nonetheless.

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Review/discussion about: Sekkou Boys

Sekkou Boys / Episode 1 / The Sekkou Boys introducing themselves for the first time

Sculpted but imperfect

The Thinker. David. Lincoln of the Lincoln Memorial.

Sculptures, like those above, have been a staple form of art ever since people realized that they could manipulate stone. Either to immortalize legends or demonstrate the intricacies of the craft, sculptures are more than just heavy pieces of rock.

The sculptures of Sekkou Boys are the same. While they likewise have the status and the looks backing them, they also bring their charm to this animated medium.

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Review/discussion about: God Eater

God Eater / Episode 11 / Lenka after being instrcuted by Tsubaki to save Rindou

GPS required

Compasses are basically tiny magnets that are attracted to the magnetic poles of the Earth.

They’re fascinating. They don’t usually look like much – a round casing, some lettered markings, and a red-white dial rotating about the center – but their ability to guide, to lead. They are an invaluable tool for any adventurer. Any person, really.

God Eater has a compass. Believe it or not, it actually has symbolic purpose. But the anime still misdirects itself regardless.

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Review/discussion about: Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu / Episode 12 / Atomu, Bunta, Yuuki, Kuroda, Ando, and Yuuki in their club room, waiting to hear news about how their VN performed on the market on its first day

Stuck somewhere in the wasteland

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu features a cast creating a visual novel (often denoted as “VN”). And it’s the perfect opportunity to (briefly) talk about my first (and only) VN that I have ever completed: the famous Katawa Shoujo.

For those that don’t know, Katawa Shoujo is a VN created by a random yet passionate group of people from the Internet (mostly from 4Chan). It’s about a boy discovering life, learning about himself, and finding love along the way. The twist? He and the other girls have a specific handicap.

Without spoiling anything, I will just say that the whole experience is wonderful. In fact, I technically consider it the best VN I have ever played.

While Shoujo-tachi has some strengths and it’s not a VN, I cannot technically say the same about it.

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Review/discussion about: Ojisan to Marshmallow

Ojisan to Marshmallow / Episode / Iori and Hige at the local fair

A slightly squished marshmallow

Ojisan to Marshmallow contains, not surprisingly, a lot of marshmallows.

I recently purchased some. The multicolored, multiflavored kind. I’m actually eating them as I type out this paragraph. The anime inspired me to pick them up from the grocery store to see what all the hubbub was about.

After eating a few handfuls, I am not too keen on having more. While it’s watching instead of eating, the same can be said of Marshmallow.

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Review/discussion about: Dagashi Kashi

Dagashi Kashi / Episode 6 / Hotaru stylishly showing off her monster ohajiki candy

Half a treat

One of my favorite candies is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Although not just any Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I am not a fan of the regular-sized ones let alone the mammoth kind. Also, I don’t much care for the miniscule ones from the orange, portable bag. No, they have to be the bite-sized kind with the golden wrappers. Their peanut-butter-to-chocolate ratio is superb; I could eat them for hours.

In other words, Reese’s cups are just not the same without the gold. Similarly, Dagashi Kashi is nothing without its dagashi-driven damsel.

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Review/discussion about: HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun suru

HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun suru / Episode 11 / Haruta and Chika giving each other a high-five after seeing their school's banner congratulating them on making it to regionals

Mistuned

One of the very first crushes I ever had was on my fourth-grade teacher.

Let’s call her Ms. C. While I wouldn’t say it was love, my ten-year-old self certainly liked her. She was pretty, funny, and smart. I had had female teachers in the past, but they were either too old or lacked an attractive personality. Maybe that was part of the reason why I liked Ms. C; she was not like the other teachers who taught me before.

But when I discovered that Ms. C was actually Mrs. C, my crush ended.

HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun suru features students who have stronger feelings for their own teacher. AndHaruChika also gets similarly crushed.

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Review/discussion about: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season / Episode 2 / Zen saying goodnight to Shirayuki the night before she leaves for Tanbarun

Not quite ripe

I’ve never liked apples.

Sure, their outer casing is both shiny and biodegradable. But it’s a literal chore to completely peel the skin off (if one does not have a utensil or does not like the taste). Plus, they hurt my teeth. The acidity has always ruined any chances of me eating anything more after consuming these “toxic” fruits.

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season features an apple of sorts. But, thankfully, it is an apple that is far from toxic.

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Review/discussion about: Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut

Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut / Episode 2 / Lux showing Lisha a relaxing and private spot high above the city

Definitely defeated

I think it would be cool to investigate some ruins.

Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut has a couple of them. Strange structures filled with pillars, moss, and secrets yet found. The trade-off, of course, is a lot of danger. Creatures may be protecting the place. Latent, unknown devices may be itching to go off after lying dormant for hundreds of years. So long as I could avoid all of the risk and reap all of the rewards, I would try to trek through one.

Sadly, for Bahamut, it does not just have ruins. It’s in ruins, too.

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