My Anime/Manga of 2016

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I can’t believe it’s already my 3rd year on this blog. Time sure flies. Since I’m set on doing this every year, might as well lay down some rules for giving awards to anime/manga I’ve watched/read.

  1. One award per one franchise in one year (so Yuri on Ice can’t get every award on the list, and neither can Ghost in the Shell)
  2. MINIMUM SPOILER
  3. The recipients can be released in any year, but I have to start/finish it in 2016
  4. Awards are based solely on my opinion. Recommendations for next year are welcome! (If you want to see which ones I’ve already watched, check here.)

Since I haven’t seen or read as much as last year, this list might not fill every award, and I might add new ones.

To start off:

Best Sci-fi goes to: Ghost in the Shell

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You can never go wrong with GITS. Its questions about humanity can be endlessly discussed. Live action starring Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow!) coming this year.

Best Historical goes to: Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari

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Kaguya-Hime is an atmospheric and aesthetically pleasing anime movie. The art style is unique and the story of Kaguyahime’s struggles is fantastic and real. Kaguya-Hime is a break-off from traditional princess stories and you will find yourself rooting for the princess all the way while learning ancient Japanese culture.

Best Drama (anime) goes to: Re: Zero kara hajimaru isekai seikatsu

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What’s better for drama than a hell loop? Although Re: Zero is a combination of the time loop and different world trope, it managed to get its own standing and became a very emotionally intense anime. (It may appear like harem but it’s not quite harem…)

Best Drama (manga) goes to: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Onisarashi-hen

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This twisted hell of a side story brought Higurashi back to its throne on my favorite manga list. Although a side story, Onisarashi has all the charms of the original Higurashi manga.

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Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls! Review – WTF did I just watch

Can we call this an anime? Although Naria Girls is not as brutal to watch as Pupa, I find it really…weird.

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In Pupa it started off okay but went off into incest masochism. Naria girls started off okay but went into talk show mode with irrelevant plot details and poor story telling (by poor I mean very, very, very terrible). But unlike Pupa, it does not attempt to take itself seriously at all, talking about topics from nose hair to Full Metal Alchemist. One of the most entertaining aspect of Naria Girls is that it pokes fun at most of the Mahou Shoujo anime to ever exist.

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Amnesia Memories: Ikki Memories

80.pngThis extra part covers what Ikki told the heroine about their relationship after she confesses that she has amnesia.

There isn’t much going on. Ikki just goes off about how cute the heroine is and what he might’ve done for her if she had told him earlier. Ikki teaches the heroine how to put sugar in a cup of tea and draw a little heart in it as a finishing touch (I can’t seem to imagine drawing a heart in a teacup…) Because she’s so cute he just wants to spoil her because he caused so much trouble during the game and confesses his weaknesses. In hopes to win over her heart, he wishes to do everything to be with her forever. The End. Continue reading

What is ‘BEATLESS’? – anime 2018

“I am an object in human form.”

If you’re a follower of redjuice-Guilty Crown’s character designer-then chances are you might have come across a blue-haired girl carrying a giant black coffin. That’s Lacia from Beatless, a sci-fi novel written by Satoshi Hase and illustrated by redjuice.

Official Website: http://beatless-anime.jp/

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Described as a ‘human’ and ‘object’ boy-meets-girl story, Beatless tells the story of a fateful encounter between human Endo Arato and extremely advanced humanoid AI (called hIE) Lacia. For what purposes were these hIE, far more powerful than any human can comprehend, created? Continue reading

Amnesia Memories: Ikki day 26-31 (Bad end 3) + Replay for all endings

Warning: this post covers every ending. It’s gonna be looooooooooooooong.

Ikki asks for a breakup. The heroine and Orion goes home.

Meanwhile, Ikki and Ken talks about going to the beach. It is revealed that the heroine is Ikki’s first love whom he’s been chasing after for ten years.

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Yay I got the bad ending!

Replay for good end:

Turns out I have to go back to the second day and fix many of the minor choices I made, particularly those that makes me sound more serious about the relationship. An example of a scene I missed is this holding hands scene from day 8

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Ukyo also gives a good warning on day 11 to be wary of bad people…

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Ikki hears about that and goes to ask Ukyo about what he talked about with the heroine. Orion praises him for acting when he thinks his girlfriend is in danger. Ukyo’s talk also made Ikki aware that his fanclubs might seriously be thinking of harming the heroine. Continue reading