Winter 2017 Anime Season – My Watch List

It's hard to believe that the Winter 2017 season is already getting ready to come to a close. Time is just flying by, I tell you. Every season, or before every season rather, I usually take a look at what's going to be coming up and find the ones that pique my interest. However, I…

It's hard to believe that the Winter 2017 season is already getting ready to come to a close. Time is just flying by, I tell you.

Every season, or before every season rather, I usually take a look at what's going to be coming up and find the ones that pique my interest. However, I find that I do not actually follow through with keeping up with them through the season. Maybe I do it on purpose so I can watch it all in one go on a Friday night, or maybe it's something else.

This season, I found myself in a unique situation, at least for me. I'm following three anime this season! Rookie number, I know. This is big coming from someone that didnt follow any anime in the last season, though I did follow two the season before. My point being, I do not follow that much anime as it comes out.

So … what am I watching? Well, since you asked, the first and foremost I have to mention is the second season of Konosuba. As soon as I heard it was going to be airing, I had to watch it. It's my feel good anime every week. Especially since it comes out in the middle of the work week. Some laughs are certainly welcomed.

Next, we have another feel good anime, Interviews with Monster Girls. I just happened to see a clip of this on Facebook and thought it was interesting, now I'm addicting. It is completely adorable and funny. This one is another feel good anime for me, but it's more of a recovery anime.

What do I mean? Well, it helps me get over the craziness that happens in the anime I'm about to mention next …

Scum's Wish. Yeah, this one is not on Crunchyroll or anything, and probably for good reason. It's not bad … just the characters are terrible people. It takes on a more … mature … approach to the slice of life / romance anime shows. Catch my drift?

I pretty much spend every episode of Scum's Wish yelling at the screen because the characters are doing something stupid. Thus, the need for interviews with Monster Girls comes in. Happiness to the rescue!

So, there it is. The three anime shows that I am currently following this season. Once everything comes to a wrap, I might check out some of the other ones, but nothing really peaked my interest as of late. Though … I do keep seeing some loli dragon pop up all over social media, may need to see what that's about.

See ya next time!

White Album 2 – Ahhh The Love Triangles (Anime Review)

I've been mellowing on this one for a couple of weeks now, as the ending kind of thread me for a loop, but now I think I'm ready. White Album 2; as the name suggests, this is technically a sequel, but not really. The only connection this makes with White Album is the indication of…

I've been mellowing on this one for a couple of weeks now, as the ending kind of thread me for a loop, but now I think I'm ready. White Album 2; as the name suggests, this is technically a sequel, but not really. The only connection this makes with White Album is the indication of the main character as a famous artist, and the singing of the song. Other than that, they are completely independent.

Haruki is our main guy; he maintains excellent grades and can always be seen helping out others, especially the student council, although he is no longer a part of it. He is also the back-up guitarist for the light music club, which is one the verge of disbanding now that the only members are him and the primary guitarist, Iizuka. Haruki usually practices his … less than optimal guitar playing after the club is done, when he has the room to himself. Every now and again, he gets a treat from the room next door, a mysterious, talented piano player plays in harmony with his guitar, putting him at ease.

Although he does not know who this person is, he find a sense of relief whenever they play together. One day, a third joins them; from the roof, a beautiful voice starts singing along with their playing. Haruki goes to the roof to find Setsuna; a beautiful girl at his school who he had met a while earlier. Occasionally, Haruki finds out that the mystery student next door is Touma, a lazy classmate of his. After some convincing, the two agree to join the light music club and play with Haruki.

Then, our love triangle begins! Well actually, we find out the love of this triangle starts long, long before this, but still. Basically, we have two girls that are both obviously in love with Haruki. Of course, Haruki is in love with one of them, but is not so forward about it, that causing mistakes. Ahhh, high school drama.

The anime takes us on a rollercoaster journey of fun and sadness; of course, along the way we get to hear some incredible music. Although, I do feel like the three would of been better than just staying friends. Of course, that does not make for a good story and when you spend that much time with others, these things tend to happen.

I will say, one relationship in particular forms fairly early. Once it is formed, it becomes immediately handsome that it was a mistake. However, none are willing to admit it. Iisuka, Haruki's friend, I feel plays the voice of what should be done, down the stretch. He wants Haruki to take the safe root, to not her the girl he is with. Unfortunately, that's not the way things end up.

Overall, I would say this was a pretty good music / romance / slice of life show. I enjoyed it. Also, it's not every day that one of these anime shows has a relationship that gets to the point where the two become intimate, that was a surprise. Harden your hearts for the ending, though. It will leave you screaming at the scream as the main character does all sorts of weird, stupid stuff.

But … I guess that's what makes love great.

Top Shows Like Log Horizon (Anime)

Log Horizon. By far one of my favorite shows, for multiple reasons. If you are unfamiliar, the show is about a bunch of players of a popular MMORPG that suddenly appear inside the game, except, it's no longer a game. Somehow, the world they knew as “Elder Tale” has become a reality, and they have…

Log Horizon. By far one of my favorite shows, for multiple reasons. If you are unfamiliar, the show is about a bunch of players of a popular MMORPG that suddenly appear inside the game, except, it's no longer a game. Somehow, the world they knew as “Elder Tale” has become a reality, and they have to learn how to survive in this world. Between learning to fight with their new bodies, that resemblance their old avatars, to figuring out how to manage the relationship between Adventurers (players) and the People of the Land (NPCs). Log Horizon covers it all, and it does so brilliantly.

So what makes it so good? For me, it's the details. Unlike most shows, Log Horizon drills the details home, and I love it for that reason. The fact of the matter is, they are inside a game world. The author explains the story from the players perspective of gamers, using terms like “party” or “raid.” However, it is also their new reality. We get to see the characters struggle between this “reality” and thinking that it's still “just a game.” More importantly, the show heavily goes into player interactions, to the point of self-governing. Behind it all is Master Shiroe, probably the best main character I've seen.

So … that's all fine and good, but you are probably reading this because you know how amazing it is. You want to know what you can watch that will give you that same feeling. I got you. Let's get to the list, shall we?

Sword Art Online

Where there is Log Horizon, there is SAO; that's just how it is. Though, I'm putting it in here for a slightly different reason. SAO and Log Horizon are similar, but focus on different aspects. SAO has the “game” feel that Log Horizon does, but takes it to the next level based on the fact of death being absolute. SAO enacts the drama side of being trapped in another world really well, which is why I think you'll like it.

Of course, there is more to SAO than that, but I want to focus surely on the first season (Aincrad). We get more of the awesome battles that are far and few between in Log Horizon; mainly, boss raids. Although SAO does not go into as much detail as Log Horizon on these raids, the fight scenes are still pretty cool.

I'd recommend you checking out SAO, at least the first season, if you are wanting a more drama out of the show, and do not mind being stuck to the main character (unlike LH where we follow many characters).

No Game No Life

So you like Log Horizon because of the depth. You are in love with it, as am I. Well, you will probably like No Game No Life. If you go crazy, fan girl over some Master Shiro's plans, then you definitely will like this show. I'm not going to lie, this is more of a comedy show, but the depth of the games that the main characters play is second to none.

Basically, the two main characters are beast gamers and they get trapped in a world where games decide everything. You can guess what happens. We get to go along with these two on some amazing, high risk games. Some of which you have no idea how they will win until after the end. The only thing you have to know about this anime to enjoy it: Blank never loses.

I'd recommend giving No Game No Life a go if you are in a lighter mood, you know, wanting some comedy. This anime does not have as much drama attached, but the thoroughness of the games they play is something to marvel at.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

I love me some Grimgar. This is one of those shows that usually flies under the radar, you know, because it's not a high dollar show. This has a very similar preference to LH, meaning that the main characters just appear in another world. Except, Grimgar is far from a game. It has game-like qualities, like guilds or skills, but it is most certainly a reality, and our characters learn that very quickly.

This show does not go as in-depth on things such as combat or strategy, but focuses more on the struggle of life. We are taken on a journey where these teenagers are thrown into a world where they must kill to survive. They have to kill to make money, and, as the main character Haru says, “everything costs money.”

I'd say give Grimgar a go if you are wanting an adventure that is real, not fantasy. The drama present in this show is that of real life and death, and is not masked by a video game. Do try and ignore the fan service in the first few episodes, it dies down after a while (they use it as a comic relief way too much in the beginning).

Konosuba

This show. Let me tell you, will have you dying with laughter. If, like No Game No Life, you are looking for a more fun spin, this is your show. Quite simply, it is pretty much a parody. There is not a single serious moment in this anime, well, maybe the very beginning. Basically, main character dies and gets the option to be re-born in a fantasy, game-like world. Of course, he takes it, and the goddess granting him the wish with him.

Chaos ensues. Hilarious, glorious, chaos. We get to see a dysfunctional party form together, which includes an explosive mage that can only cast one spell a day, mind you. Even the fights with the “evil” guys in this show are not very serious, if that tells you anything. Of course, with fantasy / comedy usually comes fan service, and this show is no exception.

Konosuba is a great breath of fresh, comedic air after the intensive, dramatic shows like LH. Give it a go if you are a fan of the game-like worlds and want to have a good long laugh. Not to mention, it's getting a season 2 as well.

Gate

Lastly, we have Gate. Gate is an interesting show, to say the least. Basically, modern military meets fantasy, medieval-like world. A portal forms in modern world Japan, connecting the modern world to this other world with mages, dragons, and the like. However, they may have magic, but they are no match for guns and tanks!

This show is great because you get a little action, a little politics, and a little of just about everything. You get to follow the main characters perspective as a foot soldier, but also can see what's going on with Japan's leader and the political pressure he is under. This show also accurately depicts the slanderous ways of the media.

Give this show a watch if you are a fan of a good story that covers more than one angle. You get to see so many different perspectives in this show that it is quite refreshing. Plus, we get to learn that war is not all about the fighting, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Also, Rory is an awesome character.

Conclusion

There you have it, the top anime that I would recommend if you are a fan of Log Horizon. You may love or hate some of these, but that just comes with the territory of anime shows and people's personal tastes. I, personally, enjoyed all of them, and thought I would share my thoughts on every show. Happy anime watching!

Weekly Review: Sword Art Online – Final Impressions

Introduction Sword Art Online, or SAO, means a lot of things to a lot of people. The anime practically blew up to the point where at least everyone with a casual interest in anime has heard the name. As popular as it may be, that was also its downfall. Nowadays, any mention of the anime…

Introduction

Sword Art Online, or SAO, means a lot of things to a lot of people. The anime practically blew up to the point where at least everyone with a casual interest in anime has heard the name. As popular as it may be, that was also its downfall. Nowadays, any mention of the anime usually comes with a lot of criticism for lack of depth, character development, and flaws. After all that, I still feel that this series is something magical. It may just be my own bias, as it was one of the first series I ever got heavily invested in. Seriously, I've watched it six times (twice sub, and four times dub), and now I've just completed the first eight books of the series (which is as far as the English translations have gotten). Of course, after all of this, I'm a little burned out on SAO. Of course, that's not going to stop my from giving my final impressions on this series that means so much to me.

Anime – Overall

Just from taking a look at the anime, it's pretty good. The animation, done by A-1 Pictures is stunningly beautiful, it's no Unlimited Budget Works, but it still looks nice. The series progresses from arc to arc very gracefully, as you would expect any anime to do. However, the Aincrad Arc, which is the first and by far the most important one, seems way too rushed. I mean, they cover 75 floors in a matter of 13 episodes. It would have been nice to see a little more detail in this arc, or all of them for that matter.

Despite its being rushed, it's still a better than average fantasy anime for those who like that type. There are plenty of fantasy elements as we follow Kirito through the vast virtual worlds of Aincrad, Alfheim, and even Gun Gale. The problem with this, again, lies in the details. There are minor inconsistency which becomes more obvious if you watch it more than once. For example, Kirito's battle healing stat that is only existent for one episode. Every episode thereafter his health never renews the way it does in that single episode.

Despite the minor flaws, and rushed development, the anime still opens the gateway to a wonderful, fantasy, virtual world.

Light Novels – Overall

My anticipation whenever I started the light novels was the cliche “The books are always better” saying. I have to say, that still holds true, but only someth and in some of the books. Aincrad arc is still way too short, but we learn why. The original book was written for a short story competition, and had a lot cut out of it. Then the author went back in short stories in the second and eighth books in order to make up for it. Thus, the anime is the patched together work of books 1, 2, and part of 8, which even the author admitted there were plenty of inconsistencies. Honestly, who could blame him? Between book 1 and 8 a whole two or three years had gone by.

There were still more detailed moments, though. Scenes that did not make the cut for the anime that were important, and even worse, stories that got condensed. “Murder in the Safe Zone” is one of the most boring parts of the anime in the Aincrad Arc; however, the book it is exciting. The book is far more in depth on this particular story than the anime ever is. For example, the book involved other people such as Agil and Heathcliff, that never made an appearance in this story in the anime. Not to mention Schmidt's personality is completely different in the story from the anime.

It's little things like that that add up and make the books better. Little scenes that the anime thought was not important enough to make the cut, add up into better character development. For another example, there is a whole scene with Kirito and Klein that drastically improves their development in the story, that never made the anime. Quite sad really.

Honestly, they could have easily made Aincrad last a whole 24 episode season if they wanted to. If they did that, people's opinions of the show could be drastically changed.

The future

Now I know I'm burned out right now, but there is still plenty of SAO to be had. The next arc, Alicization, not yet translated to English yet, so I can not read it. Also, with the confirmation of SAO Season III somewhere in the future, you have to bet that it is going to be based on that Arc. Of course, this raises some concerns for me. The Alicization Arc itself is as long as the entire series has been up until now, which means there is a whole heck of a lot of information in there. My concern is that they are going to try and chop it down into twelve or thirteen episodes when it could probably easily be twenty-four as well. Guess I have to hope for the best.

Conclusion

SAO is still one of my favorite anime shows out there, even with its flaws. Because of SAO, I found and fell in love with similar stories such as Grimgar and Log Horizon. In fact, SAO is the reason I got so big into anime in the first place! I owe this series so much, and it pains me to see people criticize it, but I understand why they do. It has its flaws, every show does. Deep down, I truly believe it is an amazing story that everyone should give a shot, at least the Aincrad Arc.

I guess I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes, or partial quote rather, from the one and only Kirito:

“In this world, strength is just an illusion.”

Weekly Review: Akame Ga Kill!

Akame ga Kill is another one of those anime shows that I, honestly, had no idea it even existed. Well, I kind of did. Every time I would look for a new anime to watch my brother would scream at me to watch it, saying, “Have I ever steered your wrong before ?!” Eventually, I…

Akame ga Kill is another one of those anime shows that I, honestly, had no idea it even existed. Well, I kind of did. Every time I would look for a new anime to watch my brother would scream at me to watch it, saying, “Have I ever steered your wrong before ?!” Eventually, I caved; and so, my adventure into the world of Akame ga Kill started. I was not expecting much, in fact, I did not even know what it was about. All I knew is it was supposed to have some cool action scenes.

Why do not I walk you through the first episode? In the beginning we see a couple travelers being attacked by a monster, they are saved by a young man named Tatsumi. Now, based on how easily he dispatched the monster, we assume that Tatsumi is pretty strong. He is on his way to the capital to enlist in the army to send money back to his poor village. In fact, he was traveling with two friends, but they got separated, so he is hiring to meet up with them back in the village. It's at this point that the travelers he saved warn him of the people there, but he takes it with a grain of salt.

Within his first day in the capital, Tatsumi gets rejected from the army and all of his money stolen. This is when a nice young lady takes him in, and allows him to stay with her wealthy family. Tatsumi is finally convinced that he has found a descent group of people in the capital; then, Night Raid attacks. Tatsumi manages to catch up to the young girl and a guard outside of a barn on their property, this is after the girl's mother and father had already been killed. This is where Night Raid catches up to the group; thinking he is doing the right thing, Tatsumi tries to defend the girl.

Within two seconds, you realize that these Night Raid people are on a whole another level than Tatsumi. This is when the real shocker comes in. Since he is not their target, Night Raid decides to show Tatsumi why they are killing this family. They open the barn door to reveal a slaughter house. Hanging in the middle is one of Tatsumi's friend, dead from torture. In the corner, inside a cage, is his other friend, obviously tortured as well, who dies soon after seeing Tatsumi. After seeing his friends brutally tortured to death, Tatsumi cuts down the young lady himself. That is when Night Raid decides that he should join them and practically kidnaps him.

Now I do not know about you, but that alone took a complete one eighty from where I thought the story was going. I almost could not even believe it happened. The story had gone from kind of funny and careful to holy crap people are being tortured and are dead. That's the kind of show that this is. You think it's all fun and games, and then, bam, something unexpected happens that makes you tear up.

This show is quite unique, the only other show like it, I believe, is Attack on Titan. Now before you say they have nothing to do with each other, I would like to say, they do. Plot armor. You know, the mysterious thing that keeps main characters alive? Yeah, neither of these shows have it. Akame ga Kill has even LESS plot armor that Attack on Titan. Meaning not even the main character (s) is / are safe. So, it's pretty hectic whenever a fight starts. This is amplified by the anime explaining whenever two Imperial Arms (powerful weapon) users fight, one must die. So every time you are thinking, oh god, is my favorite character going to die ?!

That being said, there are still some comedic times. Like the whole love thing between Tatsumi and Esdeath. If you do not know, Esdeath is a bad ass that is head over heals in love with Tatsumi, of course, she is also Night Raid's mortal enemy. Even in a show like Akame ga Kill, they have time for a brief swim suit episode. By now, I think that is almost obligatory in every anime show.

What makes Akame ga Kill really special, however, is the moral gray line the show has. The enemy forces do not really seem like the enemy. In fact, the show goes out of its way to show you that they're human too. So when the time comes for the “good” and “bad” guys to fight, you are almost torn about who you want to win. I was honestly sad with almost every death in this show, besides the cannon fodder, fill ins that we do not care about.

The only bad side of this show is toward the end. They incredibly rush the ending, almost tossing in deaths like frag grenades just to get to the ending. For instance, Tatsumi's death in the anime seemed a little … forced. Not to mention that Mine's death appeared a little odd too. In any sense, the ending kind of put a damper on things, but it was still good. The final showdown between Esdeath and Akame was a really awesome battle worthy of the final fight headline.

Overall, this is a good show. It tears away from the norm that there are good guys and there are bad guys. It also proves that anyone, and I mean anyone, can die at any time. It's like an anime that has a bit of reality to it. Pretty awesome, if you ask me.

Weekly Review: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash – ReVisited-

General Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, one of my favorite anime series. Lately, I've found myself going back and watching anime shows that I've seen before. Grimgar is one of them, and also others, like The Irregular. Going back and watching Grimgar again made me realize how much I really love this series, and even…

General

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, one of my favorite anime series. Lately, I've found myself going back and watching anime shows that I've seen before. Grimgar is one of them, and also others, like The Irregular. Going back and watching Grimgar again made me realize how much I really love this series, and even more now that I've watched the dub through as well. This got me thinking, what is it about this show that makes me like it so much? Well, a lot actually. The plot, characters, development, everything is well and good. However, there is also some bad, which many people point out.

Likes

Let's start off with what this anime series does good and that I like. It's pretty easy to start out with saying that the characters are quite amazing in this show. They are not your typical, over powered protagonist that you find in other fantasy-like anime shows. No, they are human. Breakable. Which also makes them relatable. Most of the time our protagonists go out and wreck shit as soon as they enter a fantasy world, but this show is different. We get to see the struggle of their survival, and also they struggle to adapt to this vastly different world. I mean, come on, they were thrown into a world and told to fight or die, it's supposed to be a struggle.

I also love the way they develop the characters, for example Mary and Haru. Haru, the leader of the group, takes over the role after an untimely death. He does not just become the leader, he has to work at it. He realizes his own flaws, and then tries to improve upon them. He messes up, again, and again, but picks him up back up and tries to do better. As for Mary, we get to see her transition from a solo, quiet girl to someone who openly trusts her party members. It's quite amazing to see.

Dislikes

I, personally, do not really have any dislikes as far as the story goes. However, there are a few things that bother me with the animation. Sometimes it just got way too sloppy. For instance, there is a scene where Yume and Haru are talking while Yume is throwing knives. She goes on and on about the knives and how her master bought her one, so she bought one just like it. So that means, one plus one equals two. Exception … she's throwing three knives; come on, man. Another example is when Ranta is running away from Death Spots, his helmet was left on the floor below, so he is running around without his helmet, no biggie, right? Well, except for one cut of his chase scene where he is clearly wearing a helmet. It's little things like these that kind of take away from the overall experience.

Dub vs Sub

I know there are some die hard fans for either side of this debate, but I personally like both. However, if a good dub is available, you better believe I'm going to choose that over the sub. So what about Grimgar, is it good? Yeah, actually pretty damn good. The voices match up very well. The single complaint I have about it is the fact that Ranta's voice actor changes mid-way through the show, which sucks. A lot.

Overall

All in all, through the love and the hate, I really love this series. It's a twist on a already exhausted niche, so it did not get a whole lot of credit. I personally love the way they took something that has been done to death, and put a new spin on it. I can not wait to get my hands on the light novels, if they are ever exclusively translated into English.

My Top Summer Anime Series

3. Alderamin of the Sky This show really took me by surprise. It was suggested to me by my brother; not knowing anything about it, I simply sat down and watched it. Boy, am I glad I did. At this moment, it still has one episode left in the season and I am dying for…

3. Alderamin of the Sky

This show really took me by surprise. It was suggested to me by my brother; not knowing anything about it, I simply sat down and watched it. Boy, am I glad I did. At this moment, it still has one episode left in the season and I am dying for it to come out. The progress of the story line can seem a bit slow, but fret not, every minute of it is amazing. The show has quite a bit of comedy in it, but dark times peer around every corner. Like a light switch, the show can go from making you laugh to making you almost break down in tears.

The main story mostly focuses around two main characters: Ikta and Yatorishino. They are childhood friends; Ikta was an apprentice of a scientist and Yatorishino is a child of the Igsem family, which is known for their exceptional swordsmanship. Ikta companies Yatori when she leaves to take her officer's exam; however, they end up getting shipwrecked along with a few others and the princess of the kingdom. Behind enemy lines, the group finds a way to make it back safely with the princess. After returning, their “reward” is an officer rank, forcibly making them join the military, much to Ikta's disapproval. From there, the adventure only continues to grow more and more complex and dark. Along the way, Ikta proves through his actions that he may be lazy, but he is the best commander this army has ever seen.

2. Orange

I'm on a roll with these slice of life anime series, and this one throws a little bit of supernatural stuff into the mix. Like all slice of life anime series, the series itself lives and dies with the characters. Orange does a terrific job of getting you attached to the characters, especially the main three: Kakeru, Suwa, and Naho. Their friends, acting as supporting characters, also add a lot to the story line. This show will take you on a rollercoaster of happy moments followed by feet that are then followed by you yelling at your TV. Personally, I yelled at the TV for Naho to hold Kakeru's hand several times.

Orange is an anime that holds a basis in alternate, or parallel, universes. A group high school friends, now adults, meet on the tenth anniversary of the death of one of their friends. The friend, Kakeru, died of suicide. The friends talk about their regrets in not being able to save Kakeru, and extremely decide to chance their luck on writing letters to their past selves. They know it will not affect the world that they live in, but maybe, just maybe, there is another world where they can save their dear friend. The story begins with the same group of friends, at high school age, receiving mysterious letters from their future selves.

1. Re: Zero

Technically this show started in the Spring, but it just finished up this summer, so it counts! Boy, was this show a rollercoaster. Every episode had me on the edge of my seat, it's easy to see why it became so popular. The main character, Subaru, gets put through so much hell that you can feel for him. There are times where he is happy, and it makes you happy, and times where he is completely desperate, and it makes you want to cry. The show starts off kind of comedic, that's before Subaru dies for the first time, and you realize that this show is a lot deeper than most of the shows in the same genre. This show is animated beautifully, has deep, loving characters, and just overall a terrific anime series.

Subaru is just your normal, run of the mill guy making his way way life. However, after exiting a convenience store, he is somehow magically transported to another world. As he figures out, he is able to communicate with people in this world no problem, but his clothes and items are mysterious to the people here. He soon meets Emilia after having a run in with a couple of thieves, who at the time introduces herself as Satalia. Emilia is a half-elf, one that resembles the late evil witch and strikes fear into peoples hearts. After meeting their untimely end later, Subaru then realizes that in this world he has a mysterious power. Whenever he dies, he returns to a specific point in the past where he can then do everything over again. How will he use this power? Will he be able to keep his sanity after seeing and reliving deaths over and over?

Well, there you have it. My top three anime series for this season! This season has a bunch of awesome anime shows and I am sad to see them go. I can not wait for the last episode of Alderamin of the Sky. I do not really see anything that peaks my interest for the fall season, but I'll just have to wait and find out!

Weekly Review: Toradora!

Ah, Toradora. What a nice anime. This show is one of your run of the mill, slice of life anime shows that focuses on high school students are their daily adventures. Except, the anime does something a little bit different. Right away, we can tell that the two protagonists are going to end up falling…

Ah, Toradora. What a nice anime. This show is one of your run of the mill, slice of life anime shows that focuses on high school students are their daily adventures. Except, the anime does something a little bit different. Right away, we can tell that the two protagonists are going to end up falling for each other, that's just your typical romantic comedy plot line, but the way that happens is what makes this show interesting.

Our main character is Ryuuji Takasu. He's really a gentle person that enjoys doing housework such as cleaning and cooking; in fact, whenever he sees a dirty room, he can not help but clean it up. His looks are a sharp opposite of his personality; he looks like a delinquent. Those that do not know him take one look at him and run away in fear of being pummeled, which is quite sad when you think about it. The other main character is just the opposite; Taiga is a small girl that looks cute, but is not afraid to speak her mind which includes throwing some fists. I guess it's true what they say, opposites attract.

Upon their first meeting, and after a few run ins, they both figure out that they are crushing on the others best friend. Forming an alliance, they both agree to do whatever they can to help the other, and then a mutual friendship is born. The funny thing about this situation is that we find out later that the Takasu best friend already likes Taiga, and Taiga's best friend likes Takasu. So, in a sense, all it would take is for someone to speak up in the very beginning, but then we would not have a story, would we?

As the story progresses, each character tries their best to help the other and put them in situation fact that gets pointed out by classmates later in the show.s where they can gain some points. This proves difficult as neither Takasu or Taiga are good at talking to their crushes. To add upon that, they never really realize that they are slowly getting closer to one another. In fact, they are almost always together, a

As stated above, it's a romantic comedy, so we already know how it ends and who ends up with who, right? Yeah, there is no twist there. Taiga and Takasu do end up getting together at the end, in a quite bizarre way. First of all, they both are really crappy about telling each other how they feel, and second, they go about it in a terrible way. Their plan, due to some family issues with Taiga and such, is to run away and get married. Your typical high school sweetheart dream, right?

Of course, in the end, they decide together that it would be best not to go through with that. Once they get back in town, however, we get a curveball as Taiga suddenly leaves without telling anyone. She leaves Takasu a note explaining the situation, but it is still sudden and leaves you wondering what the heck happened. She leaves to try and mend things with her family, and herself. Although shocked, Takasu understands, way more than their friends do, in fact. We do get a little closure at the end, upon graduation, Takasu spots Taiga in the classroom window, to which he runs up and finds her standing there, where he is finally able to tell her that he loves her. Quite a cute ending. Definitely rushed, but cute.

So that's the basis of the show, but is it worth it? Yes and no. It's interesting, but typical. I, for one, would love to see a romantic comedy end in the way it started off, of sorts. Meaning, I really feel that Taiga and Takasu make better friends than lovers. It would of been an awesome show still if they stayed friends, and ended up with their relative crushes. As a bonus it would have been different, which is even more awesome.

I guess I'm the only one that thinks that way. In the end, it's still a good anime that has many laughs in it and unexpected feet. It was a good one, so I would suggest you go watch it.

Weekly Review: Fate/Zero

The Holy Grail War. A battle in which seven masters are chosen to command seven servants. The masters are mages of various degrees of skill. The servants are iconic heroes from the past, present, or even the future. Once every master is chosen, and ever master makes a pact with a servant, the war begins.…

The Holy Grail War. A battle in which seven masters are chosen to command seven servants. The masters are mages of various degrees of skill. The servants are iconic heroes from the past, present, or even the future. Once every master is chosen, and ever master makes a pact with a servant, the war begins. In order to win the war, and the Holy Grail, capable of granting any wish you desire, you must eliminate all of the other servants. Of course, a quick way way is to eliminate the master. If a master is defeated, nothing is holding the heroic spirit to this world, so they will disappear from the war.

Fate / Zero takes place before all of the other timelines, ten years before them in fact. It features Kiritsugu Emiya, the “father” to Shiro. We get to see what the war was really like, and the tactics that Emiya employed in order to eliminate the other masters. We know, from the timelines ten years in the future, that he “wins” the Holy Grail, but decides to reject it. Furthermore, he uses two command seals to have his servant, Saber, destroy the grail. We all know what follows, The Great Fire, in which Emiya finds young Shiroe.

So, we know how it ends. What's so special about this show? Well, the show itself is put together quite nicely. We get to see and interact with many different characters through the war. It's this aspect that lets us get different perspectives on the war, and we also learn what the different masters and servants are wanting out of the war. I like the way the show does not focus on the main characters, it's more like all of the masters and servants are main characters, which is nice. We get to know each of them and, extremely, find ourselves rooting for at least two or three of them. I found myself rooting for lancer, saber, and rider.

Just how we get to see the different characters, we get to see how each and every one of them responds to certain situations. We are able to see the varying degrees of action based on the different character's personalities. For instance, Saber's reaction to almost every situation is to either try to save someone who is innocent, and / or punish those that she feels have done wrong. Whereas we have caster and his master, simply do not give a hoot about the war and just go on a killing spree.

Most importantly, we get a lot of back story on Emiya, and why he is the way that he is. This was probably my favorite part of the story since I was expecting him to be completely different. I went a little returns with how I watched the shows, watching Unlimited Bladeworks first then watching Zero. It was nice to be able to see the man that Shiro idolized, and how he became who he was. Not to mention the crazy stuff that he had to do in order to save the majority. Lastly, we got to see the heartbreaking reason for his destruction of the grail.

All in all, this is a very beautiful series. The animation is very well done and the story will certainly suck you in. From this point in the series, it splits up into different timelines, so it's nice to get a good starting point. I would recommend watching this show not only for the characters, but the beauty of the animation. It is certainly very well done.

18 Top Character Design Tips for Animation Films

Character design is not that simple as it looks in cartoons, movies, and animations. It takes long hours of designers to create a character for a particular story. Character designing may have complexities, but the designers always aim to keep them simple. It's more than just readable features, clean lines that are needed in a…

Character design is not that simple as it looks in cartoons, movies, and animations. It takes long hours of designers to create a character for a particular story. Character designing may have complexities, but the designers always aim to keep them simple. It's more than just readable features, clean lines that are needed in a character. It is also about where to emphasize and where to downplay based on the personality of the character in the story. We have seen Disneyland cartoons, Tom & Jerry, Ice Age movies, Jungle Book and so many more, and each personality in each one of the afore mentioned has made a strong influence in our minds to remain alive forever. To start creating a character is very complicated but if one has the idea of ​​the character in the mind then following tips would be helpful.

01. Know the Audience

The audience of the creative project is important in determining its framework. It should be the most significant step on the way to designing characters. The characters designed for kids are brighter in colors and have got very basic shapes. If one is working for clients projects then you need to follow the character specifications shared by your client.

02. Know the Positioning

In which position and how the character will be introduced in the story also plays an important role in character designing. In what medium character will be seen also has a part to show here. Usually small mediums like mobile phone do not need integracies in the characters as the big screens need. Beside, whatever the medium is, character designing always starts with paper, pencil, lots of sketches, ideas and more.

03. Analyze Other Designs

You should make an analysis of why some characters are successful and some are not. Do a proper research and through study of the various characters appearing in cartoon channels, animation movies, advertisements, etc.

04. Your Character should be Unique

Whatever its shape, its personality, its attire or its color, animation characters must be unique to stand out in the crowd. It could be an animal or a human or beast, the character designs need to be interesting to draw the attention of the people.

05. Drawing Line and Styles to Emphasize

Lines whether thick or thin line should be even and easily sculpted to create a personality that is cute, approachable and influencing. People demand for accuracy in the creation and have become very watchful of the perfection of the personality that is projected in the stories.

06. Magnify the characteristics

If the characters area magnified then it captures the attention of the viewers as it appears larger than life. It also helps audience in identifying the character and recalling it forever together enhances the personal traits of the character. It could include – big nose, bulging eyes, hands with 2 fingers, big head sizes.

07. Colors Make a Big Difference

Choose colors carefully; as colors make a big difference and help your creation become noticeable in the crowd. Colors like black, blue, gray projects negative intentions, while light colors – white, blues, pinks and yellows describes innocence and purity.

08. Attire and Accessories

Attire and accessories speaks about the visits of the character in the story, also about its social status. Lots of diamond and jewelleries stands for riches and untidy and messy cloths indicate poor lifestyle. Beside accessories like swords, flying tools just adds to the personality and the role of the character.

09. 2D or 3D?

You need to decide how you want to project your character and how it should look from different angles. 2D or 3D features adds a completely new look to even a flat picture. If your creation is going to run on 2D or 3D platforms then you need to plan the height, weight and shape of the character very carefully as even a small mistake would change the shape of the character and make it look very different from what you envisioned .

10. Personality & facial expression

Personality of the character is a very important rule to follow while creating it. How it reacts in different situations, how it changes its expression reveals the role of the character. Whether the character is dull or sporty or a genius or a friendly one or has a destructive and villainous nature. Facial expression says it all. Movement of eyes, nose or lips can tell whether one is explosive, irritating, jealous, sad, happy, worried or scared. One can read the emotions from facial expressions depending on its temperament.

11. Character with goals

Whether one is watching a movie, reading a story or watching an animation, the goal of the lead character is the driving force behind a character's personality. To create a dramatic angle to the story, character should be given goals like – solving mysteries, helping needy people, protecting people from evil characters.

12. Creating a background

A story to back the character makes it more interesting. Where it came from, what are the life changing events in its life, what made it think about takin up a challenging goal, etc. can add interesting and inspiring angles to the story.

13. Investigate and learn

It is not necessary to follow the rule book every time. It also depends on the mood of the artist how the personality of the character will be created. You should be open to experiments that can lead to interesting results.

14. Using paper and pencil is not a bad idea

It is always good to draw your character on paper first. Most of the interesting characters of yesteryears were drawn when drawing with the help of software was a distant dream. While working on paper many interesting things happen, this may not be possible on computers. Beside, it gives a good feel to the artist of creating something with one's own hands and a feeling of giving life to a picture drawn on paper.

15. Let people share their thoughts

This will help you in understanding if you character is able to interact with the audience or if you are able to put the personality you wanted to in your creation. Whether the character is able to express its hits as planned.

16. Think beyond your plans

It is necessary as an artist to envision your creation on different platforms. How it would look on 2D and 3D platforms. Which platform would enhance the exercises better and on which platform audience would love to see it?

17. Right environment makes it popular

Environment in which the creation dwells and interactions is important to make audiences feel the character. It strengthens the life of the character in the viewers mind.

18. Breathe life into the Characters

Your creation should look a real life character. Its facial expressions, the environment it lives in and the personality traits in every situation that is close to real world characters make it accepted by the audience.

Weekly Review: Owari No Seraph (Seraph of the End)

Family. Family is the single-most important thing in this world of terror and agony. At least, that is what Mika and Yu believe. They are both a mere twelve years old, living with their makeshift family of many children younger than them in a small house within the confines of a vampire plantation. Every day…

Family. Family is the single-most important thing in this world of terror and agony. At least, that is what Mika and Yu believe. They are both a mere twelve years old, living with their makeshift family of many children younger than them in a small house within the confines of a vampire plantation. Every day they must give blood; it is their job as livestock. However, Mika has a plan for their escape. What he did not know, is it would cost the lives of his entire family, including himself, with the one exception that lies within Yu. On the night that their family unfortunately tries to escape the plantation, Yu is the only one that lives.

Four years later, Yu is now a part of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. He has sworn his life to take revenge on the vampires for his family's massacre. The only problem is he has to have a cursed weapon to do so, and only the vampire alien unit has those. Neverheless, he does not give up. He historically is able to join the vampire extinction unit, but learns the horrible truth behind what it means. He must make a pact with a demon in order to use the cursed weapon, and at every second the demon will try to take over him. Even then, with the demon's power at his side, the power gap between humans and strong vampires known as nobles, is still great. Yu is going to have a long, terrible journey ahead of him if he hopes to become strong enough to defeat all of the vampires.

So now that we have the basic story out of the way, let's get down to business. So, it's a fantasy anime, right? Right. Basically, I would consider it an action / friendship anime series, with lots of drama. Lots, and lots, of drama. The overall plot of the anime looks pretty amazing, I mean I was pretty stoked whenever I first heard of it. Powerful cursed humans fighting even more powerful vampires in a fight to the death, let's rumble! Of course, I soon realized that my hopes would be crushed very swiftly. You see, the anime, though it has action in it, does not focus on that. The entire show is more geared toward Mika and Yu, and their desperation to get back to one another after, spoiler alert, Yu learns that Mika is alive. Just one tiny problem though, Mika is a vampire.

The story progresses at a good pace, I would say. We get to see Yu, who does not care about anyone except his now dead family, slowly open up to the people that become his squad, and ever family. Side note, the word family gets thrown around a lot in this series. We get to see him grow, get more powerful, along with his new friends / family. Which is nice. Of course, the anime has a real problem with showing us just exactly how powerful he is. What I mean is in one scene he is uber powerful, then the next he gets smacked around like a noob. C'mon, pick one or the other.

Now, as I said before I would consider this to be within the action genre, however, it is a very bad action anime. The fight scenes in this anime are either completely skipped, or very short and not satisfying in the least. There is also a speed issue that happens a lot. Sometimes the people are fast, other times they are moving in slow motion. Not to mention I think the people producing the show just flat out forgot where people were supposed to be in what scenes. For example, Yu jumps forward, gets into a fight with two vampires, shoots forward again to save his friend, while killing another vampire, all the while the other friends / enemies just standing there looking at each other. Plus, he's on the other side of the room now. In the VERY next scene, they are all together again, like nothing happened. Um … what?

All in all, it's okay. If you are really wanting to watch an anime that has some in-depth fight scenes, skip this one. If you are more into drama and friendship kind of deal, then this may be for you. I would say it's not the anime for me, but that's kind of hard to say after I watched both seasons. Safe to say I'm still waiting for a descent fight scene.

Lastly, I'm pretty sure the humans would of wiped out all of the vampire nobles by now if they would stop trying to get in a last, cool sounding line before striking the enemy. Just saying.

Illustration Techniques for Designers

There are several techniques or styles of making an illustration. Each of these techniques has its distinct process and media specifically used for creating the illustration. The graphic artist must hence familiarize himself with well with a particular technique before adopting and using it for the production of a graphic design product. Examples of some…

There are several techniques or styles of making an illustration. Each of these techniques has its distinct process and media specifically used for creating the illustration. The graphic artist must hence familiarize himself with well with a particular technique before adopting and using it for the production of a graphic design product. Examples of some of the techniques in illustration are:

1. Pen and wash- This illustration technique involved the drawing of the outlines of the illustration in pencil. Ink is used to go over the drawn lines in pencil. When it is dried, a small quantity of the ink is diluted with water in a lighter tone. Brush is used to apply the paint at the darker areas of the drawing. The painted areas are washed to create various tones to bring out the forms of the illustration. The outlines are made stronger by the use of pen lines. It is used for catalogs, village and market scenes, fashion design magazines, book covers etc.

2. Pen and ink- This is the use of pen and ink to draw the outlines of the drawing and using any of the shading methods to bring out the forms in the drawing. It is used for illustrations in books, newspapers and magazines.

3. Flat color painting- In this technique, the colors are painted flat with no gradation in tone. The edges of the sections of the painted drawings are sharp and distinct, setting the difference in the various parts of the drawing. It is used for illustrations in story books, road signs, greeting cards etc.

4. Realistic painting- This is the drawing of objects to show great details as they actually appear in nature. It is used for advertisement, fashion magazine and illustrations in books.

5. Silhouette- This is the creating of the outlines of a drawing in pencil and filling the inner part uniformly with black paint or ink. Silhouette drawings do not show details just the outlines that define the objects are shown. They are used for road signs, package symbols, illustrations in fashion magazines etc.

6. Cartooning- This is the creation of humorous or satirical figures with exaggerated forms. This illustration technique is used for illustrating children books, newspapers, magazines, etc.

7. Photography- This is the taking of shots of real objects and scenes by the use of a camera. It gives the exact likeness of the objects and scenes. Photographs are used for posters, magazines, newspapers etc.

Cosplay Costumes – Overview and Meaning

Cosplay costumes are a common way of dressing in most of the countries today. This word is derived from the two English words, costume and play. This is a style where people adorn the costumes of their favorite characters from various sources and wear matching accessories along with it. This dressing style originated in Japan.…

Cosplay costumes are a common way of dressing in most of the countries today. This word is derived from the two English words, costume and play. This is a style where people adorn the costumes of their favorite characters from various sources and wear matching accessories along with it. This dressing style originated in Japan. People drew inspiration from characters in cartoon, comedy, sci-fi, comedy, films, books, video games, anime and manga series that were hugely popular in Japan. Let us look at some of the concepts around this kind of dressing.

Why do people resort to cosplay style of dressing?

Almost anyone can dress up in cosplay costumes, as there are no gender-specific restrictions here. This is probably one of the main reasons as to why this style of dressing is quite famous with people in most of the countries today. You can dress up in any character that impresses you, without being concerned about its style and mannerism. In some parts of the globe, cosplay style of dress has become more of a sexy costume in the recent past. There are lots of conventions that happen all through the year in various geographies, where people who dress up in various styles and themes of cosplay costumes get together and attract a huge crowd.

This style of dressing gives people ultimate freedom to express their desires and fantasies. They can use this to earn some money at events and contribute to social causes. It gives them a platform to connect with like-minded people and share their opinions freely. People who dress up in this costume are known as cosplayers. There is a fair degree of fame and reputation attached in this field, which make people resort to this method. Many high-level and elite functions have cosplayers performing famous characters on stage, due to which they become instantly famous. While the money that they earn is quite good, it is also worth remembering that one has to invest a good sum for purchasing these costumes and related accessories.

Performing the act

Cosplayers take some time to decide on the type of costume that they want to wear. They watch a lot of shows in all fields to understand about characters that they can effectively portray. They, then choose their costumes carefully, so that they can do full justice to the role that they have chosen. Next, they plan on the venue to showcase their talents. New-comers in this field will target small conventions that are formed with like-minded people. For example, if a cosplayer chooses a sci-fi character, he would first join groups on social network on related themes and attend conventions that are in or close to his locality so that he gets a good platform to showcase his talents.

In a nutshell, cosplay is performed by people who are passionate about a particular character / theme and who love to express their feelings about the same to a wider network. Cosplayers believe that it improves their social skills and erases all sorts of inhibitions that they have in the minds, when they play characters from a wide field, irrespective of gender.

Weekly Review: Aldnoah Zero

Heavens Fall … the day that is still stuck in every mind of every Terran, who are Earth born, and Versian, who are Mars born. It began when human's exploration took them to the red planet of Mars. Once there, a man, the future first king of the Vers Empire, discovered an ancient, alien technology…

Heavens Fall … the day that is still stuck in every mind of every Terran, who are Earth born, and Versian, who are Mars born. It began when human's exploration took them to the red planet of Mars. Once there, a man, the future first king of the Vers Empire, discovered an ancient, alien technology known as Aldnoah. With Aldnoah, the people of Mars were able to advance their technology at a very rapid rate, and soon split from the people of Earth. From the moment that the Vers Empire announced it's split from the people of Earth, the seeds of war were planed.

It came. Utilizing a technology known as the Hypergate, the Vers Empire was able to transport their units instantly to Earth's moon. However, for reasons that are still very unclear, during a battle on the moon, the Hypergate went out of control. This was known as Heavens Fall. The moon was left shattered near in half, and the destruction across the landscape of Earth was massive. Without a way to quickly send out troops, the Vers Empire backed off; however, they still had plenty of troops left in Earth's orbit, namely the Orbital Knights. The Orbital Knights are high members of the army, each with massive ships known as Landing Castles. Unable to properly communicate with their homeland to continue the attack, The Orbital Knights made their home in the asteroid belt. After Heavens Fall, a cease fire was officially announced.

Now, fifteen years later, the princess of the Vers Empire, Asseylum Vers Allusia, is planning on a good will visit to Earth to promote peace between the two. She is a strong believer in peace between Earth and Mars, and wants to do her part. However, The Orbital Knights fear for her safety, in fact, some speak out of what they would have done something “happened” to her. The princess ignores the potential danger, as she trusts the goodwill of the Terrans, and heads to Earth anyway. Once there, during a parcel, she is assassinated.

The Orbital Knights, whipped up into a rage, deploy many of their castles in a full out assault on Earth, without the consent from the ruler of the Vers Empire. Earth now finds itself in a fight again, except this time, it is more apparent than ever that the gap in technology is vast. Earth immediately suffers heavy losses against the power of Aldnoah. How will they survive, if they can not even take down a single enemy unit?

Man! It's kind of rough trying to get the entire plot out there! Anyways, the main line is, Earth has found itself in a war that they can not possibly win. The war was provoked in a manner that may or may not have been set up, wink wink. So how in the world will the people of Earth stand against something like the Vers Empire? His name is Inaho! Inaho is a student / trainee at the time of the attack; ever since Heavens Fall, military training has become a part of the education system.

Inaho is different from his other classmates, meaning he is totally awesome. He is cool headed, thinks situations through, and has a unique ability to see a battle at different angles. Instead of panicking while attacking or being attacked, he tests his enemy. He pokes and prods until he finds a weak spot. This is immediately after after he is thrown into his first fight, along with a couple of his classmates, against an opponent that is seemingly invincible. Inaho, single handedly, is one of those people that can turn the tides of a war.

On the flip side, on the Vers side, the story follows a boy named Slaine. Slaine is a child of Earth, but is serving under one of the Orbital Knights. We get to see the struggles that Slaine has to go through as the Vers people view him as scum. He is very close to the princess, and it hits him deep whenever he learns of her death. However, he is the first of the Vers to realize the truth, and must make a choice on how he will act on it.

There is a lot of information that I am missing, but I do not want to ramble on. Overall, this anime is quite fantastic. The soundtrack alone will have your heart. The characters, especially Inaho, are very well done and it is a pleasure to go on this journey with them. This is one of those anime series where, by the end, it is hard to choose a side that you want to win. You feel for both sides, which is quite rare in an anime. The action sequences are very well done, as well as the dialogue and character developments. I enjoyed watching this anime through in both sub and dub.

If you are a fan of … well, anime. You should go ahead and give this anime a shot. It is an action / mecha, but it dives down deeper than that. You get extremely attached to the characters and the drama and loss of war is very emotional. I would definitely recommend this anime!

Weekly Review: Charlotte

Where to begin! Welcome back fro another week of anime show reviews! This week we are going to be taking a look at an anime series that I really was not expecting a whole lot from. Like some of the other shows I watch, it was suggested to me rather than me finding it. Since…

Where to begin! Welcome back fro another week of anime show reviews! This week we are going to be taking a look at an anime series that I really was not expecting a whole lot from. Like some of the other shows I watch, it was suggested to me rather than me finding it. Since it was a suggestion, I did not even read the description, I just hopped on and hoped for the best. Now, at the time, I was just trying to get over a really gripping anime show, so I figured this would be a good laugh and a filler until I found the next in-depth show, being as this show only has 12 (Egypt 13?) Episodes. Man, was I in for a rude awakening!

So the basis of this anime series is relatively simple, but the plot itself does not really come into affect until about halfway through the show. In this show reality, some adolescents find themselves developing mysterious powers. For example: super speed, invisibility, flying, etc. The powers follow no real pattern, and there is not a whole lot of information about the powers at the beginning of the anime. All we know is that some kids have them, and some kids do not. That's where Yuu comes in; Yuu is our main protagonist, even though he does not act like it. Yuu has a very cool power of being able to take over another person for around five seconds. The downside to this is his body is left limp on the ground while he does so. Naturally, the first episode shows us what any young man would do with such a power: taking over girls and looking at things, having guys fight each other, and causing accidents that makes him look to be the hero.

In fact, all was going to plan for Yuu. He periodically took over the smart kid's bodies in class and copied their scores, rising the ranks as one of the smartest kids in his class. On top of his looks, he had women begging to be with him. That is, until he is called into a conference room and told to take a test, proving his intelligence. Naturally panicking, he tries to evade the problem. It is only after he is forced to take it does he decide to use his power to take over the “teacher” and search for the answers. Except, the only thing he finds is a girly magazine, and upon returning to his body, a girl with a camcorder shoved in his face.

It takes some convincing, by that I mean being chased down by a student that has the power of speed and also being kicked around by a girl with invisibility, but Yuu finally comes around. The two students, from another high school, are Takajo and Nao. They are on the student council of a special school that harbors students with special powers, and those they believe will develop powers. Yuu is forced to not only transfer, but join the student council as they find his power to be “useful.” The job of the student council, as Nao explains, is to go out and find students using powers and get them to either stop using them, or transfer.

Now, why would they go through all of that trouble? Well, you see, people do not like it when certain people have extraordinary powers. So, it is common that if a child is discovered with special powers, they are taken away by authorities and experienced on in order to find out how to harvest those powers. So the student council acts as a buffer to try and prevent such situations.

So that's it? They go out and find peeps? That's exactly what I thought after the first half of the season. Do not get me wrong, it's a great laugh. The situations that they are put in will have you rolling, as well as the main character's personality. However, there will come an episode where the plot does a 360 backflip spin, and will leave you sitting in your chair wondering what the heck just happened.

So to finish this review of Charlotte, I just want to say that I really enjoyed the anime and the plot gets way better than how it starts. You will not expect it, but this is a very emotional anime. There are friends made, romances that bud, and even some lives that are lost. By the end of the anime, you will find your heart aching as you would desire to see a certain two characters be together. Not to mention, this anime has one of the best love confessions I've ever seen in my life. It's amazing. So knowing all of this, you should probably go watch this show and fall in love with it like I have!