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Random Thought (April 23, 2014 at 10:46PM)

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I know it's only Wednesday but I wanted to do a little throwback since I've been watching Durarara!! again. This attached photo was from my 7th Random Thought almost 2 years ago when I was still starting myself onto watching Durarara!! Time sure flies. I wasn't even starting my 3rd year in college back when I posted this.

I can't believe that I have forgotten 40% of what happened in the series already after only finishing it 2 years ago. Still, I'm glad that I'm still getting hooked from this anime. Durarara!! has one of the best characters ever. I really like the connections of every character this anime that at first you will think that they are completely unrelated to one another then you just find out that you are wrong. This anime has so many characters but still successfully makes you feel acquainted to them in no time. They are just so unique to one another that familiarizing with them all isn't quite that hard. The only thing that is hard is memorizing all their names. Luckily we the Opening theme sequence that shows all the characters including their names.

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Random Thought (April 22, 2014 at 08:18PM)

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Can't believe that Usagi Drop anime actually adapted everything in the first half of the manga. Chapter 25 of the manga, which takes place right after where the anime ended, immediately starts the 2nd half aka the 10-year timeskip. It still saddens me how this manga will end but still I want more of Usagi Drop so I think I should continue it. There is a 90% chance this won't get adapted into anime anyway.

I'm not sure if I'm going to read it from Chapter 25 or start over. I believe the anime adapted the manga really well that everything was perfectly told.

On the other note, I still haven't started the manga BTOOOM! so I'm having a dilemma right now which one to read first. But before all these, I need first to catch up to some of my ongoing manga.

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Random Thought (April 21, 2014 at 11:00PM)

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Is it me or is it my room just the hottest place on earth?

Anyways I just went to the movie house to watch the 2nd movie of Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission. In my opinion it was a lot better than Phontom Rouge movie which I also watched in the cinema last year. Obviously this movie is a filler story but then again it's nice to see something out of the Hunter x Hunter universe once in a while. To be honest I'm not really sure when this took place. But most probably it's safe to say that it took place between Greed Island arc and Chimera Ant arc, though it's still a bit questionable since Chimera Ant took place immediately after Greed Island. Anyways, everything is almost the same with regards to the TV anime in terms of soundtrack and character art style. There's enough budget for the animation which was quite solid in my opinion. Fight scenes were superb though I really wanted to see more of Bisky's and Wing's. Leorio's still fun as hell, I still feel sorry for him for not having a nen ability, all he did were just throwing knives. Also the late voice actor of Netero-san, rest in peace. This is likely the last anime film he ever voiced in for. All in all the movie is still worth the watch, I highly recommend this to all Hunter x Hunter fans or even non fans who are also updated with the ongoing anime. If I'm going to rate it, for me the movie deserves an 8 out of 10 score.

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Random Thought (April 20, 2014 at 09:52PM)

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Finally got myself to finish the live action movie of Space Brothers. Well no matter how much I loved the anime series that doesn't mean the live action was able to do the same for me. To be honest I'm quite disappointed from this movie. Perhaps I just expected it to be faithful to the source material. It just felt weird for me that around 40% were different from the anime/manga. There's nothing we can do about it since they are restricted with a 2 hour movie. Though, I really appreciate the effort of using American actors for the American characters which felt more realistic. They also did the effort of using English here and then. I liked the fact that this movie showed Mutta finally going to the moon which has yet to be seen in the anime/manga. It says year 2031 when the two brothers first went together to the moon. I guess it took Mutta 6 years of tests and trainings to go to moon.

For something I love, I found this quite underwhelming. IDK if people who haven't heard or watched or read Space Brothers anime/manga will like this. But I guess there's a higher chance that they will like it since they don't know what to expect from the movie unlike me who watched the anime.

For the casting, I have no problem except for some characters. But I really like the two people who acted as Mutta and Hibito. It really sickens me to see Kenji like that though. Yes, he resembles him in a way but there's something missing from him. He kinda looked a bit gay. LOL!

All in all I give this movie a 7/10 score.

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Random Thought (April 19, 2014 at 09:33PM)

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Alrighty! Continuing from last Wednesday, here are my final thoughts for the anime I watched in the previous season(s) that ended during the final weeks of winter.

Space Brothers (10/10) [Attached Photo]
-I only started watching last November last year. During that time I had no idea that it was already ending in winter 2014, I wished that I will be able to enjoy it for a longer run. Everybody already knows how much I loved this anime. My final thoughts for Space Brothers is that, when is the sequel going to air? I hope the sequel won't get that long. Space Brothers is one of those overlooked shows that is surprisingly very good. I want to recommend this to everyone I know though it's quite hard since it has too many episodes. 99 episodes to be exact. Seriously watching all 99 episodes was really worth it for me. You won't regret it also!

Log Horizon (7/10)
-This is one of the shows that I regret watching but still there are still some good points for this show that it still got a 7/10 from me. First off, the reason why I kinda regret it is that I was expecting to be closely like SAO or Accel World or even perhaps like Summer Wars or BTOOOM!. In the end the anime felt a bit more fantasy rather than MMORPG anime for me. There was too little information as to why they are trapped in the game. I hate we still have to wait for the 2nd season just to learn more about it. I'm still having second thoughts if I'm still going to continue this anime or not. Maybe I'll just look more into some reviews when it already aired.

Golden Time (7/10)
-I know most people like it but then again I guess I expected too much from it because of Toradora! that it made me pretty underwhelming. It could have been better if the focus of the story isn't only about Kouko and Banri. The other characters were merely supporting cast. They didn't do much for the series maybe except for the final parts of the anime. Still I didn't feel any attachments within the other characters like what I had with Toradora! I also think that the amnesia thing for a story is getting pretty old already. They should stop it. I really don't like the fact that they added a supernatural part in the story. It could have been better without that. It kinda felt a bit unrealistic for me because of that. The anime already covered the whole light novel so there's no chance to redeem itself for a 2nd season. I'm quite disappointed by this.

Nagi no Asukara (9/10)
-Animated by P.A. Works, the studio that brought to life to Angel Beats! and Hanasaku Iroha. Fair enough, they didn't disappoint me by their another original anime that is Nagi no Asukara. Just its first episode was already enough to hook me. Though to be honest there are some moments during the last episodes of the 1st half (Cour 1) that felt kinda boring for me. Thankfully they were all forgiven since the 2nd half was really really good. It turned everything you believed in upside down. LOL I was just exaggerating things but I really meant to compliment it. To be honest, I really was expecting for that route of the story to happen but still they were able to deliver it well. Still, it bothers me as to why Hikari and friends' middle school got closed down. Maybe it was explained but I wasn't really paying attention? Anyways that's the only thing that bothered me. All in all I was truly happy that I picked this anime for my Fall 2013 list. Also, did I mention that it has one of the best songs every. Yes, I'm talking about Ray and Nagi Yanagi's song for the OP and ED.

Well yep that concludes my final thoughts. Just looking at my Spring list now makes me feel overwhelmed already since I'm going to review them as well before Japan summer season comes. LOL. Anyways until next time! Also, watch out for my top favorite OP and ED songs for the Spring 2014 anime season.

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Random Thought (April 16, 2014 at 09:40PM)

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I know it's a bit late but you know as promised, finally here's my final thought for the winter 2014 anime as well as the other anime that ended this winter. Since I have quite a lot of shows this past season I will divide it into two. For this entry I will be giving my thoughts on all the winter anime I've picked. Next time would be all the anime that are not winter 2014 anime but rather anime that been airing for a while but ended as well this past winter season.

Noragami (7/10)
-Truth be told I was kinda tricked with its all plot. I thought this anime would be centered through the girl named Hiyori. If I remember correctly in the plot the I've read Hiyori's a victim of bullying and then she finds a cellphone number written on a mirror. I don't know what happened but this wasn't what really happened in the anime and maybe as well as the manga. Right now I cannot find the exact plot that I've read. Probably it was a mistake that's why everything was edited now in all the plots written that I can find online. Anyways, it has action which is really good. I'm not quite fond of supernatural anime that deals with gods and demons, maybe that's why I didn't enjoy it that much. The premise reminds me of Yu Yu Hakusho although this time, the girl gets hit by a car and began possesing spiritual ability. In the end I gave it a 7/10 since I think it was actually good in some ways, it wasn't a waste of time, plus the action was pretty good for me. Nice OP and ED song if I might add.

Hamatora The Animation (6/10)
-Another anime that tricked me again for being like Durarara!! since K the anime. Ah dammit! I don't know why I even watched this. The only good episode is probably the first episode. The animation looks awful. The name of the characters are "really" well thought of. Pretty Nice isn't it. Yep! Pun intended! I really don't like anime that introduce you to so many characters right off the bat in the first episode. Yeah, I know Durarara!! was also like this but I ended up loving it anyway. Perhaps the problem I see here is that, this anime has so many characters that it feels like most of the characters are fine not existing in the anime in the first place. Pretty much that I can think of right now is that they have no real role at all. They are just there to fill in the anime. To be honest, I would rather watch an anime with only 1 or 2 characters than this with so many characters but you just can't know them all in just 12 episodes. I think it would work if they did it in 2-cour. Yes I know that it's going to have a 2nd season but they could have just focused more on their characters first. It's just so confusing for the viewers when you are introduced to these characters and expect them to know them all in just one episode. In the end, I felt 6 hours of my time was taken from me without getting something out of this anime. The only good thing this anime was able to produce are the very catchy OP and ED songs. That's just all there is to it. 6/10 anime for me. Still pretty high in my opinion but since I'm quite generous these days, 6/10 is the highest I can give.

Silver Spoon 2nd Season (8/10) [Attached Photo]
-The only anime that shined for me this winter season. The first season aired in summer 2013. So it is a requirement to first watch the 1st season. Truth be told, I actually liked this better than the 1st. Everything was adapted beautifully from the manga, just exactly what I liked it to be. The drama was executed nicely as well. It wasn't off and forced at all. I was actually giving it a higher score if it wasn't for the fact that it ended in an open-ended way. Well there's nothing we can do since the manga is still ongoing but you know, I just hope and have my fingers crossed for a 3rd season anytime soon.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren (7/10)
-This is a sequel that I wouldn't recommend anyone from watching. It just painfully ruined the series. It ruined how beautiful the 1st season felt for me. Long story short, there is actually no need for a 2nd season to begin with. There wasn't anything worth remembering at all. Though the comedy are still there which is a plus, I felt the romance between Yuuta and Rika were too forced. It felt forced that they just do it for the fact of showing the romance part of the show to its fans. In short, this 2nd second season is purely a fanservice season. If you are a huge fan of the series, then fine give it a try but don't blame me for not giving a warning if you didn't like it in the end. If you just enjoy this series for the moe girls then you will most likely like this as well.

Space Dandy (7/10)
-I'm not really a fan of episodic anime especially when an episode felt very pointless to the entire series. I found the episodes pretty bland to be honest. The only episode that struck me the most is the 5th episode. I'm always a sucker for heartwarming drama so that's probably why I loved the 5th episode. That one episode gave me hope for the series but sadly it went back again to its usual flow after that episode until the season finale. It was announced that it will get a 2nd season by summer 2014. For the sake of completing this franchise and in hopes of redeeming itself, I will still watch it.

Sakura Trick (7/10)
-I would lying if I watched this anime for the story. I'm saying it right now, the only reason I watched this anime is to have an experience or background with a yuri anime. To be honest, I quite enjoyed some episodes of it, well most of it in fact. I have never seen too many kissing scene in an anime that isn't hentai before. I also actually like the art style and animation. It kinda reminded me of Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts anime. Overall this is an anime not to be watched very seriously. It's just some anime that you can watch when you feel lazy and you want some good laughs here and there.

Advisory: No Random Thought for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. It will resume on Saturday with the continuation of my final impressions for the anime I watched that ended last season.

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Random Thought (April 15, 2014 at 11:54PM)

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Really getting bored of life. Good thing I have plenty to watch this whole summer. I just finished Honey and Clover II and Golden Time. Just a few minutes ago I just finished watching the first episode of Planetes. Not really what I was expecting but it's pretty good. I guess it's much more futuristic than Space Brothers. I've read so much positive feedback from it. I guess that's something to look forward to. Now I have a very high expectation from Planetes.

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