The Chuuni Corner

Anime reviews, Chuunibyou, and other writings

Tag: Winter 2017

Review/discussion about: Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon / Episode 1 / Tohru meeting Kobayashi in maid form for the first time

while (true) cout << “Pretty good.\n”;

In Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, Kobayashi herself writes code for a living. She seems to use a language akin to Python. Fine and dandy. But where it’s really at is C++.

Lambdas. Iterators. Queues and deques. The “auto” keyword. Pointers (and now smart pointers). Sure, the language is more verbose than a dictionary, and it can be a pain in the butt with all the object files and explicit data types floating around. But it’s such a fascinating, complex, and strong programming language otherwise. It’s the best one out there. To me, anyway.

Dragon Maid isn’t the C++ of the anime world, but it constructs enough fun objects to make for a very entertaining time.

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Review/discussion about: ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka

ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka / Episode 12 / One of the final shots of the anime

Cool but uncool

ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka features lots of smoking. Thankfully for me, I’ve never smoked a day in my life.

The horrible side effects. The frightening commercials. The wisdom from my parents. Many an influence has made the decision to avoid cigarettes an easy one, indeed. It’s not an incredible feat by any standard, but I’m glad that I did not start something that would only negatively impact my health.

While ACCA itself does not (and literally cannot) smoke, its mistakes hurt it enough that it doesn’t need to inhale nasty chemicals to reach the same unhealthy state.

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Review/discussion about: Gabriel DropOut

Gabriel DropOut / Episode 6 / Raphi, Gab, Satania, and Vigne trick-or-treating

A few prayers answered

My mother and father always had to drag me to church every Sunday when I was a kid.

I hated going. No video games. No running around. No talking. It was sit, stand, sit, and stand again for an hour or more. Singing songs that I never memorized and hearing yet another lady read an aside that I didn’t much care for. I loathed it all.

I was angelic in other ways, like how I would go to catechism and say prayers every now and then. But, when it came to church, I was practically a demon in human form.

Gabriel DropOut (remember to capitalize that second “o”) features characters of a similarly mixed good-and-bad nature – and more than enough comedy to offer.

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Review/discussion about: Seiren

Seiren / Episode 1 / Shouichi trying to hide his depravity

Corrective lenses needed

A woman in glasses really gets me going.

Part of it comes from the fact that I myself wear glasses; I can relate on some level with her bifocal style. Part of it comes from the subtext; an air of intelligence and maturity takes over. Part of it comes from instinct; I simply like the look itself.

I have other fetishes. Ones too private and too personal to share on a public forum. Seiren has its fair share of fetishes, too, but it hides nothing as it gives its audience an average romantic outing – in more ways than one.

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Review/discussion about: Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Demi-chan wa Kataritai / Episode 5 / Hikari, Yuki, and Machi laughing together as friends

Gotta respect ’em all

Another day, another anecdote that I must repeat (to some extent) because it just fits too well to pass up.

One of my favorite film quotes of all time also happens to be said by my favorite Pokémon of all time, Mewtwo. In Pokémon: The First Movie, Mewtwo delivers the following line.

“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.”

It’s a relevant quote and a relevant series given Demi-chan wa Kataritai. An anime that channels both “monsters” and self-worth in wonderful fashion.

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Review/discussion about: Masamune-kun no Revenge

Masamune-kun no Revenge / Episode 3 / Masamune-kun laying down on Aki's lap

No revenge, indeed

When I was a teenager, my mother and I would sometimes try to spook the other for fun.

I can’t remember who started it, but my mother was mad because it often happened near a dangerous area: the steps leading into the basement. The door would be closed, and someone would round the corner after reaching the top, only to find the spookster ready and waiting.

It was initially revenge on both ends. “She scared me, so I’m going to scare her back” and vice versa. But the petty revenge eventually waned and it became more of a “game” that kept us on our toes.

Nowadays, my spooking habits are over. No more revenge either. Yet Masamune-kun no Revenge reminds me of just how far some people are willing to go to exact the latter (minus the spookiness).

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