*:・゚✧Anime Spotlight: Free! is NOT a Sports Anime

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Haruka Nanase has a love for water and a passion for swimming. In elementary school, he competed in and won a relay race with his three friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. After claiming victory at the tournament, the four friends went their separate ways. Years later, they reunite as high school students; however, Rin couldn’t care less about returning to the way things used to be. Not only does he attend a different school, but the sole thing important to him is proving that he is a better swimmer than Haruka.

After the bitter reunion, Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto decide to form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club, but they will need a fourth member if they hope to take part in the upcoming tournament. Enter Rei Ryuugazaki, a former member of the track team whom Nagisa recruits. As the time to compete draws near, the four develop a close bond while training intensely to come out on top and settle things between Haruka and Rin once and for all.

From MAL

 

Free! is being tagged wrong as a sports anime, but what I believe it is (a slice of life and drama with sports as background) it does it extremely well. While it doesn’t have the passion and intensity I crave, or at least the first season didn’t with many shots of empty places, people walking, the gang having fun. Plus also 50% of the scenes are indeed drama and full of angst, hence me labelling it as not a sports anime.

But let’s clarify what a sports anime is for myself,  everyone has their own gauge, so it’s fine if for you it IS a sports anime.

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*:・゚✧Anime spotlight: DanMachi Has Unusually Complex Characters For a Harem

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In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon. But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans. He wants to pick up girls. Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth–even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!!

From Kitsu

Also known as Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, this anime really isn’t about dating or being a harem, at all. If anything it simulates dungeon crawling RPG’s so well, that it gave me pangs to go and play one, though I haven’t because I was watching this.

I also find the “harem” tag is kinda…not really what this anime is about, at all. While in most harem anime the guy is surrounded by girls but he doesn’t like anyone, so they’re all good, in this one Bell likes Ais since the beginning of the show. She’s the girl he wants to impress, and make her think he’s cool and also date and kiss. In fact, he’s pretty clueless and hasn’t noticed any of the girls like him, his eyes are set and only see Ais.

Bell is a newbie adventurer, as in Level 1, poor and only got inside Hestia’s family because there was literally no one else in that familia, and she was kinda desperate herself :’D In that regard, it is very typical shounen anime, but I find Bell is a total cutie, and really sweet, so he doesn’t scream typical shounen hero. He’s a cute little roll that I just wanna nibble on, and protect, so whenever he faces off against foes far greater than him I’m always rooting for him. Plus he looks really adorable while concentrating and trying hard, okay? x)

This is based on the light novels by the same name, which I haven’t read, and of course, there’s a manga adaptation too, which I haven’t read, but I do feel like this show is super intended as an anime. In fact, the anime adaptation might be where it shines the brightest, as we can see all the flashy moves, the pretty nice animation, accompanied with a good OST. But hey, if you disagree, tell me! Since as said, I haven’t experienced the originals or other adaptations hehe

I think what I really enjoyed the most were both the rpg elements, I’m a total sucker for those, but also the story and the characters. Perhaps I’m wrong but I find none of them are stereotypes or cliches, instead they all have their own darkness, and complexities. Even side characters you might not think much of, have them. So I got pretty surprised by it, in the end I got even more curious for the rest of the characters background to be discovered. I’m expecting some very juicy bits for them, especially for the Gods and Goddesses ;P

I think if you aren’t as into flashy anime, or into RPG elements, but still like good characters, this might be for you. Don’t expect super deep complex plot, that’s not where it’s strengths are at. They’re definitely the characters from than anything else.

You can watch this on Viewster just like I did (highly approved!), or use Because Moe to find where else it’s showing.

Have you watched this yet? Or did you dismiss it as another harem cliche, like I did at first? Did your opinion change after watching, or is this just another harem cliche to you still? Tell me all, I’m curious!

 

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*:・゚✧Anime Spotlight: Time of Eve is Feels Packed in 6 Episodes

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In Eve no Jikan, The Three Laws of Robotics are held above all else in a world where android housekeepers have become commonplace. Although they look human, they are treated the same as lesser technology such as toasters and alarm clocks. Not everyone feels this way, however. Android sympathizers, known as “android-holics,” have been labelled as heretics and problematic members of society.

Rikuo Sakisaka was raised to believe and uphold society’s tenets about androids, and is perfectly aware they are not human. Then one day, he finds abnormal data in his family android’s activity logs. This leads him to a café that has only one rule that its clientele must follow: there must be no discrimination between humans and androids inside. Curiosity drives Rikuo to discover more about this strange place and its regulars, even though he has no desire to befriend machines.

From MAL

Directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Produced by Tom Nagae
Written by Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Music by Tohru Okada
Studio Studio Rikka
Runtime 15–27 minutes
Episodes 6

This is definitely a show that will grip from the very beginning, and will make you have feelings from the start to the ending. I teared up, cried, or got choked up in multiple episodes. The only thing I was sad about was that 6 episodes were not enough, and the show doesn’t have an end-end, but an open-ended one. Regardless, the feels are real, too real for me to not speak good about it.

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Enjoy DiaLovers Anime Like a Comedy

Warning: I watched the show like this and I found it to be an hilarious experience that shouldn’t be hidden way, but in no way do I mean to trash the show!

Watch it Dubbed.
The dub is a miracle on this world, it’ll make you howl in laughter each time they say anything. DiaLovers was not gifted with a good dub, but it just means it makes the show even funnier!

Watch with a group of people

You’ll both be laughing together, and bring about about the best of each other. While I watched it with a group of friends, I kept rewinding to parts that made us laugh extra hard. It made the experience even better!

Marathon it

That’s right, the less you think of it and the plot, the more enjoyment you’ll get out of it. Also must admit the show is pretty to look at, and there were some sexy scenes that had me shook and had to rewind back /remembers it, /mops sweat. I’m weak to thigh bites, okay? 😹😹

Just enjoy the ride

Not gonna lie, I know there’s a lot of hate, but there’s way worse shows out there. Take it for what it is, sexy vampires being hilarious (and douchebags at times) cause all their actions were just so random I almost peed myself laughing 😹😹😹👌

Fifth and last: It’s just an anime, don’t take it so serious

No, really. I know anime can be serious, and thought provoking, doesn’t mean all the content can be. Also, realize that this is a fantasy, and girls can have unsafe fantasies. There’s no issues with that, don’t trash the girls or the fandom for liking it.

And those are my five tidbit advice’s for that. In no way am I trashing the show, or the fandom, or the fans, I’ve not only done this to DiaLov, I’ve done it to other otome anime adaptations like Amnesia, Brothers Conflict, because sometimes it’s just nice to pull back and laugh, we’re here to enjoy this media!

Have you seen DiaLov? If not, if you will are you gonna do it the comedy way or the serious way? Do you hate it? Love it? Neutral to it? Have you played the games? Tell me all, I’m curious!

 

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*:・゚✧Anime Spotlight: RWBY Volume 1

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The future-fantasy world of Remnant is filled with ravenous monsters, treacherous terrain, and more villains than you can shake a sniper-scythe at. Fortunately, Beacon Academy is training Huntsmen and Huntresses to battle the evils of the world, and Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are ready for their first day of class.

From RoosterTeeth

Genre Action, Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Science Fantasy
Created by Monty Oum
Written by
  • Miles Luna
  • Kerry Shawcross
  • Monty Oum
Directed by
  • Monty Oum (Volume 1–2)
  • Kerry Shawcross (Volume 3–current)
Theme music composer Jeff Williams
Composer(s)
  • Jeff Williams
  • Steve Goldshein
  • Alex Abraham
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 48

I’m not going to be saying if this is anime, or debating the semantics of anime, go ahead if you want to, but I don’t really care as long as I can watch~

This is the introductory season, we get to meet all the characters one episode at a time, good and bad, the world and its terms, and get an inkling of what’s on stake. We also get to see the teams emerge, their issues and resolving to get a stronger bond. A bonding season, you could say.

One of the things that attracted me to this show was that it was made by Monty Oum, rest his soul, maker of the Dead Fantasy which I love and felt sad it couldn’t be finished by him, another was that Pink and Lilli kept talking about it. Talk about one show enough with me and you’ll end up convincing me to give it a shot /winks suggestively xP

Coming to this show was jarring for multiple reasons. First was the English voices, I’m not used to them aside in cartoons. Second, the 3D graphics. Third was that the show starts kinda weirdly, it half plomps us in the middle of the story and tells us to figure it out, and in the other half slows down and barrel disposes all the exposition :”D

After I got used to the 3D, which is really good!, the English voices, also really good!, and the show started picking up pace, I must say I got quite hooked. Not to the fever point I’ve seen of some die-hard fans, but it’s definitely fun and super enjoyable. My favorite parts are the comedy scenes and the kickass battles. Monty Oum showed he could epic battles in Dead Fantasy, and he definitely demonstrated it here again, claps and props to him and all the team at RoosterTeeth that got involved in this show!

There’s not much that can be said, since this is a “meet the characters, the world, their relationship” type of season, there isn’t too much plot, it’s more of a setup, but definitely a good one. I ended up wanting to continue to Season 2, which is where, hopefully, the setup will blast open into non stop epic badassery. Or something of the sort xD

The episodes are also pretty short, good or bad things depending on tastes, to me they felt pretty good since I like quicker things. One thing can be said is that every episode is never dull, there’s always some action, some comedy and engagement between the girls, and occasional dude, yes GASP, this ain’t an all girl show and there’s plenty of focus on guys too. They’re hot and good looking too, specially undressed /winks ;P

I’m curious who has seen this, and what they’ve thought of it. Did the English voices put you off? Maybe the 3D graphics? Or maybe you liked all those? I’m curious, so tell me all!

You can watch this on RoosterTeeth, Youtube or use Because Moe’s.

 

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