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Wait, I’m Returning?!

Posted: June 23, 2017 in Anime, Manga, Uncategorized

Introductions are strange, in one light they are required when meeting someone new but in another they are a repetitive task we find ourselves in. In an essay or written piece an introduction is crucial to retaining the readers who may pray their eyes upon it. In turn this is my attempt at an interesting introduction to this post.

A few years have past and I have grown older and hopefully wiser. The original reason of my hiatus has already been discussed in the past but nothing more about it. The reason for such an extended hiatus was due to a multitude of reasons. One being that I haven’t watched all that much anime, a shocker I know. I found myself constantly being frustrated by the lack of anime I indulged in and kept questioning whether or not I was past my days as an anime lover. The answer to this is no, in fact I feel like my appreciation for it has grown even more.

So what changed? I think I found myself no longer having as much time on my hands and wanting to explore other hobbies I wanted to try or neglected. As someone who works a lot I found myself being more “tired” than I once was at the end of each day. I had many hobbies I had also been neglecting that I wanted to dedicate my time to as well.

My approach to anime had also changed. I once had a dream to watch every anime that was available. One which people could say is rather pointless, what is the point of watching every anime? There isn’t really, I think this dream stemmed from frustration at a friend who once said they have a better opinion on what good anime are and what bad anime are due to them having watched more than what I had. A silly reason for me to be irritated but none the less I was and hence my dream was born. I felt that if I had watched every anime possible I would be the expert in the field. Someone that others looked up to due to my vast knowledge on anime.

Of course, I was wrong. What I have learned is that it doesn’t matter how much anime I have watched. All that matters is finding a group of people who share the same ideas as you. Just because I watched x amount of anime doesn’t mean everyone will think I’m always right. In fact it’s very elitist to think such things, to think that my opinion is greater than most others is rather arrogant.

So let’s get to the important topic, the fact I’m returning to writing anime and manga reviews. Expect two reviews a week, an anime one on Monday and a manga one on Wednesday. I hope to see you all reading the new reviews and posts I will be bringing in the near future.

Your Otaku friend Elijah

Synopsis
20 years after the nuclear meltdown in Tokyo, the once capital city has become a ghost town due to the high levels of radiation. After a distress signal being sent the self defense forces dispatched three girls who are part of the Coppelion unit.

Story
Coppelion is a fascinating story to say in the least, with a similar setting to Deadman Wonderland in terms of an earthquake being the cause of the current problem. One thing that Coppelion establishes quickly is the fact that each arc is long and forces the reader to care about the survivors and the Coppelion. Being a story where the characters themselves aren’t too sure of whats going on behind closed doors they mainly focus on evacuating the survivors left in Tokyo. The arcs at times do feel like they drag on a little bit but in the long run you end up appreciating the story even more becuase it went that extra bit further to explain things. You can almost look at each arc as the story of evacuating the different groups of survivors, there is always a story behind the reason why they stayed behind or why they don’t want to go back to the world of the living. Coppelion really emphasizes the idea that in the face of death or in the face of salvation past actions will always make the final decision. This makes the characters face themselves and ask the question of is what they are doing the right thing? For a story that somewhat focuses on the psychological aspect of the nature of humans they don’t exactly do a great job at it, I often found that the answer that a character would choose was quite predictable and didn’t exactly make the characters question themselves as much as I had hoped. The biggest downside to the story would have to be the fact that for a lot of the problems that the Coppelion would face at the most crucial point in evacuating survivors it could always be solved by sending Haruto to the rescue. Overall I give the story an 8/10.

Characters
The Characters in Coppelion are detailed and intricate, a lot of characters have a deep back story that gives them more depth. Surprisingly after 186 chapters not every character has a deep back story to have been told. Characters like Taeko you really don’t know what they went through, while others like Ibara have hinted back stories. Each survivor has their own stories of the past that shapes the very reason why they stay in the city of death that is Tokyo. Unfortunately Coppelion does suffer from having a main character who doesn’t really do a lot. This character is Taeko, sure she has done things in the past that are crucial but other than those she really doesn’t play a major role. Aoi is also another character that doesn’t play a major role despite being a main until the shelter 109 story arc. Ibara is an unwavering main, for the most part but when she does waver in her goal it is for a good reason, often ignoring what people say in order to save survivors that are still in the city of death. She is also already prepared to either save anyone and everyone or to trust other Coppelion. Aoi is the air head who loves her food, having no powers unlike the other Coppelion she often sees herself as a hindrance on the team, despite this she makes sure to cheer everybody up and keep the mood positive. Taeko is a more quite character compared to Aoi and Ibara but she is also well versed in medical knowledge and procedures. Effectively being the surgeon of the group she also has great eye sight that allows her to be the scout of the team. Overall I give the characters a 7/10

Art
The art in Coppelion is interesting, there are times where the scenery is ignored completely but only to suit the tone of the panel in the action that is with in it. I really enjoyed the art though, the scenery was actually one of the biggest positives in the anime, since there is so much that is explored the scenery had to be kept at a higher quality and it worked out wonderfully. The character designs were nice, they reminded me of Bakuman characters mainly in the way the hair and expressions are drawn. The art helps the pace of the manga and really depicts the flow of movement quite nicely. Overall I give the art a 7/10.

Final Thoughts
Coppelion is a manga that takes time to read but once you have taken that time it is worth it. My only real problem is that I can’t find where to read Volume 20 so then I don’t skip any of the story. Either way I recommend Coppelion to those who like long stories and a lot of action. Overall I give Coppelion a total of 7.33.

So through out the day I tend to think to myself “Am I watching enough anime/ reading enough manga?” Well if I wasn’t running this website I wouldn’t be that’s for sure but since I have been writing reviews I find myself watching less and less anime and reading less manga. I think to myself that my goal will never be obtainable at this pace but on the other hand it makes me happy cause I get to share my opinions on different anime and manga and it makes it some what worth the sacrifice. Even though I am constantly thinking of ways to read and watch more my life is at peace currently.

For anime this week I have started Encouragement of Climb season 1 and from what I have seen the animation is splendid and I’m in love with it already, Day Break Illusion was really too lack luster for my tastes so this feels like the medicine I needed to make sure I don’t overload on sub par anime.

Manga is an interesting story, since I didn’t have the time to read Coppelion last week there wasn’t a review so this week I want to try and read both Coppelion and Death Note and release both of them as reviews to make up for last week, Coppelion is actually really interesting and Death Note as always is fun to read so I look forward to writing reviews for them.

Click here to read our review on Day Break Illusion

Day Anime  Episodes  Total Episodes  Average Length
Monday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Tuesday  Bleach 20 366 24 min
Wednesday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Thursday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Friday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Saturday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Sunday  Bleach
Bodacious Space Pirates
3
17
366
26
24 min
24 min
Day Manga Chapters  Total Chapters
Monday Space Brothers 60 Still Publishing
Tuesday Space Brothers 60 Still Publishing
Wednesday Space Brothers 60 Still Publishing
Thursday Space Brothers
Star Light Woman
Spirit Circle
23
15
22
Still Publishing
15
Still Publishing
Friday  Spirit Circle
Shindo
The Seven Deadly Sins
11
46
3
Still Publishing
46
Still Publishing
Saturday The Seven Deadly Sins 60 Still Publishing
Sunday  The Seven Deadly Sins
The Diary of Ochibi
55
5
Still Publishing
Still Publishing

Normally this time this week I have something that I want to talk about or rant about but nothing is really hitting me this week. I am attending an anime convention in 11 days and I am super pumped for that, I plan on the first day just to go and splurge all my money on manga, what I have in mind is the entire Bakuman collection and issues 4-7 of Deadman Wonderland. Other than that if I find any cool figures I will buy those. My plan for the second day is to spend it in the video games area and compete in the Tekken Tag 2 Tournament. I won it last year so lets hope that this year is also prosperous.

In terms of the anime I have watched in the last week I was originally intending to watch D.Gray-man as I purchased it back in December but just haven’t gotten around to watching it but since Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou took so long to read, not that it was a bad thing. It was going to be to hard to watch all of D.Gray-man so that is why I decided Day Break Illusion. I don’t know how to feel on Day Break Illusion, normally I have a certain idea when I’m halfway through an anime but not with this.

For manga I was thinking of attempting to read Coppelion yet it’s rather long so I might not get through it all by Friday. I could also do the Light Novels for Campione because I am rather interested to see how that compares to the anime adaption.

Click here for our reviews on Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou and Campione!

Day Anime  Episodes  Total Episodes  Average Length
Monday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Tuesday  Bleach 20 366 24 min
Wednesday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Thursday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Friday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Saturday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Sunday  Bleach 20 366 24 min
Day Manga Chapters  Total Chapters
Monday JoshiKausei
King’s Game: Origin
Kiss Him, Not Me
Kippo
My Wife is Wagatsuma-san
14
19
21
5
1
Still Publishing
Still Publishing
Still Publishing
Unknown
111
Tuesday My Wife is Wagatsuma-san 60 111
Wednesday My Wife is Wagatsuma-san
Mysterious Girlfriend X
50
10
111
96
Thursday Mysterious Girlfriend X 60 96
Friday  Mysterious Girlfriend X
Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen
Murder Incarnation
Maga-Tsuki
26
510
19
96
Still Publishing10
Still Publishing
Saturday Maga-Tsuki
Orange
Okitenemuru
25
17
18
Still Publishing
Still Publishing
Still Publishing
Sunday  Okitenemuru
Present for Me
Persona Q Shadow of the labyrinth side: P4
Recollection
Space Brothers
5
7
23
43
Still Publishing
7
2Still Publishing
Still Publishing

Synopsis
After his parents go overseas to work Usa Kazunari moves into the Kawai complex where lives a few strange renters but he also finds himself living in the same complex as his crush at high school Kawai Ritsu.

Story
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is your stereotypical romance comedy yet it has a twist, they already live together. Normally we find the boy and girl in interest only knowing each other at home but in this scenario they already live under the same roof meaning that we get to see them after school interacting with each other and how hard Usa tries to get closer to Ritsu. This story is very captivating and you easily find yourself absorbed wanting to learn more. It does it’s job to explain everything in the situation and setting that we found ourselves in and fulfills everything the reader wants to see, sure the romance does go slow but that is the very nature of the characters so it really didn’t bother me as it made the story all the more sweeter to read. The chapters at first follow a series of events that happens in daily lives but as you get further into the story the chapters start to flow off one “arc”. I say arc but it’s better to say scenario, and this scenario may not be solved for 2 chapters, sure the scenarios aren’t very long but when you compare them to those of real life it’s an accurate depiction of what happens. As you are reading the idea of predictability and can I hypothesize on what happens next doesn’t enter the readers mind, in fact all you are concerned about is will Usa and Ritsu’s bond grow closer as the chapters go on? With a rather simple story you aren’t having to write notes or back tracking so then you have the entire gist of the story as you are reading, its really nice as it allows you to focus on other details like dialogue and artwork. Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is brilliant if you want to get excited and giggle like a group of teenage girls when they discuss boys as you will often find yourself wrapped up in the present, there are many examples that can be given when emotion isn’t expressed well but Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou does it perfectly. Overall I give the story a 10/10.

Characters
The characters are brilliant in Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou, my only complaint would be that you don’t get to learn about the supporting characters all to much just a few details here and there, yet if they were to focus on the supporting characters entirely it would hurt the progress of Usa and Ritsu but they do explore the supporting characters just a little so then it’s not just two characters throughout the entire story. The relationship between Usa and Ritsu is really enjoyable to watch as you can really see how close the two actually get. Kawai Ritsu is the book loving girl who would rather read books then make any unnecessary interactions with people, the fact that she is shy and antisocial adds to her charm as she can often get flustered when something happens and she doesn’t know how to deal with it. Usa Kazunari is your average teenager, he likes manga and video games yet he is madly in love with Ritsu and tries really hard to close the gap between them so then he can date her, Usa’s development through the story is rather big as he tries so hard to get Ritsu’s approval, you see him go through stages of happiness to depression. The manga does have a lot of characters that they introduce through the chapters and even though some characters may not be all that relevant in the here and the now they become very relevant later on in the series. The personalities of the characters are actually really good, normally I find them rather unoriginal but I didn’t find that with this, sure Usa is a stereotypical teenager it’s still enjoyable to see him try so hard for Ritsu. Overall I give the characters a 9/10.

Art
The art is rather simple and is the weakest link in the manga but it fits the majority of scenarios rather well, the story doesn’t demand for brilliant art that blows you mind away but it gives you what you want at the best moments, normally this is when you are given portraits of Ritsu and these are very well drawn and make me just want to admire the art for a few minutes before moving onto the next panel, they make an effort for nice art where it counts and the readers are all the more happy for it. When the art isn’t super high quality it defiantly is simple making it easier to make a sense of motion with the characters, when reading this you find yourself reading to the pace of the scenario and that’s a reaction that I like to see. When the art makes me read to its pace, sometimes the art demands lots of attention and sometimes it makes you want to read faster to get a feeling of fast motion. The art allows you imagination to travel as you read which is an effect I don’t get all to often when I read manga. Overall I give the art a 7/10.

Final Thoughts
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is a must read for anyone who is a fan of romance manga, at first I admit I didn’t think I would see anything out of the ordinary romance even though I love the genre but after getting absorbed into the story I realized that it was by far the best romance I have ever read, allowing me to give Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou a total of 8.6/10.