My Anime/Manga of 2020

I looked through my list and realized that even if it’s a year with lockdowns, I barely have any titles to add here. So this year I will do something different and just comment on everything I started/finished this year.

Here goes!

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Le Chevalier D’Eon – bonutzuu’s manga archive

“I am Sphinx, the creature of riddles. The only fate awaiting those who cannot answer my question is death.” – Chevalier Sphinx

Welcome to another entry in my Manga Archive, where I log the obscure and the well-known manga I’ve read in print or as eBooks. Today I take a look at Le Chevalier D’Eon.

Apparently, the manga is an almost completely different story than the anime, which I’m not surprised because the anime looks more like an animated documentary which would be a huge stylistic clash with the manga’s story.

Le Chevalier d’Eon is a fantasy/action manga with some horror elements mixed in.

Mysterious killers called ‘poets’ haunt the city of Paris. They use real human blood to write out verses, which were magical words with tremendous power. Lia de Beaumont, D’Eon’s older sister and former French secret agent, fell victim to one of these poets. In order to exact her revenge, Lia’s vengeful spirit takes over D’Eon’s body at night, becoming Chevalier Sphinx, the Lady in Blue.

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Taisho Otome Otogibanashi Ep. 1 Review – this. this is just so wholesome.

After we had takt Op. Destiny, we have another anime about a guy with a disabled right arm who’s sort of a pessimist shut-in, who comes to view the world better because of a girl. That’s pretty much the premise of Taisho Maiden Fairy Tale, a story about a girl sent to marry the unwanted bocchan of the Shima family, Tamahiko.

A self-dubbed pessimist hikkikomori, after a car accident that robbed him of both his mother and his right hand, Tamahiko was exiled to a mountain mansion in Chiba to rot away into obscurity. He spends his days imagining and replaying horrible remarks from his family and his nights tossing with insomnia. Until one day, Yuzuki showed up. Yuzuki was bought from her debt-ridden family and sent to become Tamahiko’s bride/caretaker. Her optimism and determination will slowly cause Tamahiko’s life to change.

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takt Op. Destiny Ep. 1-2 review – Pathetique is not pathetic, mind you

Once upon a time, a weird black meteorite fell and along with it came D2, alien thingies that attack whatever that makes beautiful noises, be it a huge symphony or a simple piano.

Takt’s father died during the Boston Tragedy, where the D2s attacked during a concert. Since then, he’s been a shut-in, only playing the piano for himself. However, due to a turn of fate, he is now traveling to New York with his friend Anna and ‘Destiny’, a Musicart that’s able to fight the D2s.

We have another anime with the main guy being a shut-in missing his right arm, with the other one being Taisho Otome Otogibanashi. Also, Takt’s seiyuu voices 2 other animes this season. Wowwwww.

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So I read Higurashi in reverse

I didn’t do it intentionally. When I was 12 or 13, I had no clue how to Japanese and could not remember the name of the first arc, so I went with whichever arc popped up first on the search.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Matsuribayashi-hen (Higurashi When They Cry:  Festival Accompanying Arc) Image #2357258 - Zerochan Anime Image Board
final manga volume of matsuribayashi

It was Matsuribayashi-hen’s manga, the final answer arc.

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Mijika de Okita Kowai Hanashi – bonutzuu’s manga archive

It feels like another volume of Screaming Lessons. That’s my overall opinion of this manga.

Mijika de Okita Kowai Hanashi is a short story collection of horror tales geared towards young girls. Many stories have almost the same plot as some of the stories from Screaming Lessons, but there are some other goods ones.

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Hakoniwa Yuugi: bonutzuu’s manga archive

Six years have passed since grade schooler Shokai Manato disappeared during a school trip. One day, Manatos’ sister, Mari, returned to the city where her brother disappeared and reunited with Azuma, their childhood friend. However, Mari’s return triggered a series of horrifying events. Manato, or whatever is left of him, is back and crying for the truth to be revealed…

I went in expecting a Higurashi kind of manga, and that’s pretty much what I got (although it’s nowhere as complex and compelling). Hakoniwa Yuugi is a supernatural revenge tale with some plot twists that made me go ‘huh’.

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Gun Princess: Sincerely Night – bonutzuu’s manga archive

Welcome to another post in bonutzuu’s Manga Archive, where I log the famous and the obscure manga I’ve read either in print or as eBooks.

Juuhime: Sincerely Night is the prequel manga to Takadono Madoka’s light novel series, Gun Princess (Juuhime). Long ago, the gods took magic away from mankind. However, a few chosen ones are able to seal magic into bullets and use them in battle.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash – I’m confused but it was a good movie

At this point, the only Gundam series I’ve watched in entirety is G Gundam (when I was 4 years old). I’ve watched a bit of OO and Seed Destiny while it was airing on TV but was kinda meh. Last year, I also watched Narrative and was thoroughly confused. I don’t know what made me watch Hathaway, but I gotta say, for a non-Gundam fan, it was a pretty good movie.

The movie is about this Hathaway Noa guy, who’s actually a leader of a terrorist group. He befriends a military officer and a weird girl who seems to have like, 3 personalities in one person. Stuff happened.

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Stray Cat Doors Review

Stray Cat Doors is a game where you solve puzzles and unlock doors. It’s the story of a girl and a bunch of cats.

The puzzles start off super easy, but gets harder as you go on, to one point I had to consult a walkthrough.

The game has a warm color tone and the aesthetics is super cute. The story is heart-warming yet a bit sad at the same time.

If you want a relaxing puzzle game, Stray Cat Doors is a good choice.

That’s it. Don’t ask me why this review is so short, I don’t have a lot to say lol.