Yume Oukoku to Nemureru Hyaku-nin no Ouji-sama (Yume100) Ep. 1 Review – Watch out for that ax

Hi guys, I’m alive again. I’m going to try reviewing episode by episode rather than by threes or fours like I usually do for this series.

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Yume100 is an anime adapted from a puzzle game of the same name. The princess of Troymare is an ordinary salary girl transported to the Kingdom of Dreams, where she found out she has the power to buff princes to fight against Yumekui (dream eaters) and thus begin her journey to collect husbando—–I mean, save the world.

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Terra Formars Gaiden: Rain Hard Review

Why did I even put myself through this…? Why am I hurting my own feelings? Should there be a space between the word Rain and Hard or no?

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Rain Hard is a one volume spin-off of Terra Formars, focusing on Adolf Reinhard’s secret mission just before going to Mars. He meets his childhood friends and reflects on many things about life.

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Houseki no Kuni Ep 1-3 Review: their hair shines brighter than my future

Weeeellllpppp I’m pretty late in watching this but if I might say, Land of the Lustrous is easily the best anime I’ve seen in a while.

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In the distant future, Gems inhabit the earth.  Looming over them are the Lunarians, creepy skinny Asian angels that fly in on a UFO, whose goal seem to be turning the Gems into trinkets. Phosphophyllite, the youngest gem, struggles to find a place where they belongs in the community of immortals.

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The Legend of Muay Thai: 9 Satra Review (+ a brief history of Thai animation)

Come to Thailand this past week and no doubt you’d have run into a poster of 9 Satra, the new and booming Thai animation with a budget of 230 million baht. The reason this movie is the talk of the town isn’t because of the budget or because it’s something made by Thai people. The movie itself is a real deal.

Official Website: http://www.9satramovie.com/

9 Satra is available in both English sub and dub. (The sub is accurate, and the dub has really good feedback, some say the ENG dub is better than the Thai dub.)

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9 Satra is the story of Odd, a humble and sweet young man destined to save the Kingdom of Ramthep from Yaksas, ogres who enslaved and kill humans for no apparent reason. Odd’s mission is to bring the “9 Satra”, a weapon used with the arts of Muay Thai, to the Prince of Ramthep in order to free the kingdom. Accompanying him are the sassy&badass sky pirate caption Xiaolan, first prince of the fallen monkey kingdom Vata, and a Yaksas in exile Asura (Crimson Ogre). However, the King of the Yaksas, Dehayaksas, will not let his rule of the kingdom get shaken by a mere boy…

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My Anime/Manga of 2017

100th post!

This year has been eventful and a major turning point in my life. It has also been a year of finishing anime I keep putting off since 2013. Rules are the same: no one title gets more than one award, spoilers are marked, recipient can be released any year but I have to start/finish it in 2017, and every award is based solely on my preference.

Unlike last year, there are many good titles I’ve watched/read this year, so strap on and let’s go!

First, Best Action (anime) goes to: Youjo Senki (2017)

Tanya the child soldier is actually a Japanese salary man reincarnated. Will she survive Being X’s trials or will she fall to the madness of war?

Youjo Senki is something that I didn’t even think was going to be good, but it was a love at first sight and I still like it a lot. My reviews on Youjo Senki are here.

Honorable Mention: Juuni Taisen (2017)

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It was really hard deciding which one I liked better. I love Juuni Taisen’s characters better than Youjo Senki’s, but action-wise Juuni Taisen is more of a realistic one-slash-death and Youjo Senki has more exciting battles, so too bad. Reviews here.

Best Action (manga) goes to: Gunka no Baltzar (2011)

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Baltzar is sent to be an instructor at a crumbling military academy in a neighboring nation. Faced with strained alliances, riots, and enemy attacks, will Baltzar be able to lead his students through perils?

Blend of politics and military, each chapter filled with tension, Gunka no Baltzar is a very enjoyable (and educational) read.

Honorable Mention: Killing Bites (2013)

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Giving literal meaning to the phrase, “The honey badger doesn’t give a shit.” Killing Bites is a guilty pleasure that I find more entertaining than Terra Formars.

Best Sci-fi goes to: Paprika (2006)

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Things go wrong when you poke around in people’s minds.

Paprika is very imaginative and vibrant. I saw it twice this year, one time alone and one time with my friends at college and I still did not understand the ending. But it was really well-told, much characterization is subtle, and it takes more than one time to kind of understand it.

Honorable Mention: Blame! (2017)

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In an endless city, Killy, a man in black, searches for human with the Net Terminal Gene.

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