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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.

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.

Synopsis
Humans once roamed the lands of the world freely until one day creatures known as titans threatened their very existence. Nearly being brought to the brink of extinction humanity has learnt to live behind walls in order to survive. After 100 years of peace titans once again threaten the existence of humanity.

Story
Attack on Titan is pretty unpredictable, sure there may be one or two cases that the outcome is predictable but for the majority of it the manga keeps you guessing. As more mysteries arise after countless encounters with the titans the more complicated it gets. There is information that is with held from the reader in order to make the keep wondering which is an aspect that I appreciate as it keeps the reader interested and wanting to learn more. The downside to this though is that the amount of things that are kept from the reader makes it more confusing on what is going on, occasionally in the story they will skip back 20 hours in order to tell the back story of the events that led to that particular moment, this ends up confusing the reader in some sense but they normally do a good job in reducing confusion by having it noted on the panels somewhere. Sometimes the methods used to build suspense don’ t work very well, in these cases they will with hold information in the middle of a conversation only to skip to another scenario which in turn confuses or annoys the reader.With a lot of back story involving the characters it makes it easy to understand the motives of characters. Overall I give the story a 7/10.

Characters
The Characters in Attack on Titan are really interesting, the majority of them come from different backgrounds allowing for a more variety in characters. I wouldn’t say the characters are relatable as most of them come from situations that are abnormal yet the relations between all the characters are portrayed quite realistically. The hard choices made in a war to protect the existence of humanity are shown in the expressions of characters, to choose survival or to choose to save others in a chance you will die. The character designs on the other hand are quite average and suffer from characters looking identical to each other. With most characters getting their own back story you really do get to learn a lot not just about the characters but also the conditions of the land they live in is like. Yeager Eren is the protagonist of the series, after living through the events of the collosal titan breaking down the wall he vowed to exterminate each and every titian. Often described as the idiot who rushes to the enemy looking for his death, Eren is rather fearless and will never back down from a fight, especially on that allows him to save his friends. Ackerman Mikasa is Eren’s childhood friend and is extremely gifted in combat, she tends to appear rather heartless and cruel to people except to Armin and Eren, through out the time she has known Eren it has been her job to protect Eren and to get him out of the situations he finds himself in. Arlet Armin is the strategist of the trio, being childhood friends with Mikasa and Eren he is the weakest of the three with little muscle power which he makes up for with his ability to assess the situation and narrow down possibilities based on information he has received. Overall I give the characters a 7/10.

Art
The art in Attack on Titan is rather simple, in saying that it tends to be quite “dirty” and what I mean by that is that there is a lot of darkness in the art that allows to portray the story as a dark and heartless world instead of just an action series. This works quite well to get points across to the reader yet it has it’s downfall in the fact that it also makes fights in particular hard to follow. The art does get spruced though in certain panels making the art more clean for yet again more effects. The backgrounds are also very simple or even yet ignored, this makes it hard for the reader to be able to determine what the land looks like. The expressions and emotions shown by characters are neglected though and don’t actually look all that good. The fighs between titans also gets rather confusing as the art style is simple so two titans can look quite similar. The exception to this is that when the squards are fighting the titans with their blades the effect of brutality really shows. I often found myself pitying the titans when their eyes where either slashed or gauged as it always looked so brutal. With the art being the weakest link in the manga is lets it down as the visuals are what help get the reader through the series. Overall I give the art a 5/10

Final Thoughts
Attack on Titan is definitely an interesting series yet with the amount of questions raised it does become complicated but in a good way. It makes you think about everything that has happened through out the series so then you can come to a logical conclusion in the end, well that’s if you can find one at least. With a weak art style it can be distracting to read it time to time but the characters can easily make up for it. Overall I give Attack on Titan a total of 6.3/10 with the recommendation of reading it if you enjoy action packed series with a story to question you every step of the way.

When asked for anime recommendations the one thing I hate being told is that they prefer this genre or only a certain art style. What this says to me is that the person isn’t willing to actually branch out into different anime, that they aren’t willing to give new genres a chance. One thing they all say is that I’m running out of things to watch, well really you can’t run out of anime to watch because according to MAL there are 30, 177 anime that have been released or going to be released. Another thing about this is when people say I prefer to watch in English. Ok I understand wanting to watch in English only but that’s one of the reasons you are running out of anime to watch. It’s a fact there are a lot more anime in Japanese then in English and that is one of the reasons I prefer watching in Japanese. I prefer the voice acting but it also allows me to watch a lot more anime. In summary just reduce your standards or criteria and you will realize that there is a lot of anime to watch.

So far in the past week I have watched Beelzebub, as I said in my review I actually really enjoyed watching it. I have started watching Argevollen which is a mech anime series set during a war. It’s interesting that’s all I’m going to say and I’ll leave all my thoughts and opinions until tomorrow. I ended up spending Sunday catching up on the anime I had been neglecting to catch up on such as Diamond no Ace and Naruto Shippuuden yet I still haven’t caught up to everything yet. I still have to watch the latest episodes of One Piece, Aikatsu, finish watching Akami ga Kill Theater and Pokemon the Johto league. That’s a lot to catch up on.

In terms of Manga I caught up to Kamisama no Iutoori Ni which is the best manga I have read easily. I really enjoyed Death Note but this I just like more. So far I haven’t chosen a manga to review this week. Maybe it will be Death Note, who will know? One thing for sure is that I need to step up my manga game so then I don’t look like a filthy casual.

Any way thank you for reading today make sure you come back tomorrow for my review of Argevollen and check out my reviews from last week. Beelzebub and Kamisama no Iutoori Ni.
Elijah.

Synopsis
Set at the same time as the original Kamisama no Iutoori Akashi Yasuto decides to skip school on the faithful day, at night he gets taken by a second along with all the students who skipped school that day to take place in the games in an isolated cube that no one knows about.

Story
Kamisama no Iutoori Ni, cool a second series set at the same time as the first, this is totally going to be different. At first I thought that this was going to just be a repeat of the original but after getting into it Kamisama no Iutoori Ni is leaps and bounds superior to the original. The story telling is so much nicer, the pacing is smooth and nothing happens no where near as quickly as the original. The solving of puzzles were no longer coincidental, there was a plan of action that allowed for them to survive as long as they can. Obviously the end goal is the same, to survive until the end. Unlike the original the winner doesn’t become a God but instead fights the winner of the students who were at school to obtain the powers of a God. With the trials and tribulations that are presented in front of them it really feels like a do or die situation and at times it really does seem like there’s no way out. Romances between characters and deaths hit you hard as you say to yourself ” no, no this can’t be happening.” The chapters aren’t predictable, there are points where they give you hints of whats going to happen and then it hits you at the moment before it happens and it just wrecks you hard. Kamisama no Iutoori Ni has everything I like to see in a story. Overall I give the story an 8/10.

Characters
The characters in Kamisama no Iutoori are a lot more relatable, each character gets their own back story for why they are how their like in the present situation, a lot of the characters skipped school because they felt unwanted or unneeded and suffered from depression and used the situation to play into the puzzles willing to die at any moment. Its really interesting, Kyioshirou Ushimitsu is a character that at first you dislike and think he is no where near as good of a psycho character unlike Takeru Amaya from the original, that’s until you learn his back story and at that instant you attitude towards him changes and you begin to like him just as much if not more. The character designs were average yet when it comes to school students you don’t have a lot of room to work with to make them interesting. The personalities of the characters differ a lot as time progresses, you could say that a lot of the personalities are just modified variations of one personality but that’s a very bad way of looking at it, when you look at the larger picture you can see that the personalities differ quite a lot. The development of characters happens a lot as the games and puzzles go on in time, you see the characters change in attitude by either becoming more scared and paranoid or taking a role of leadership even if it means they lose their sense of self worth and original personality. With the large quantity of characters that either die or become less important as time goes on your idea of who is reliable as a team member drops as you no longer have as much contact with them while other characters become better because they do have more face time. Overall I give the characters a 7/10.

Art
Kamisama no Iutoori Ni potentially has better artwork than the original, I phrase it this way as the backgrounds don’t really go up in standard yet its the emotions, the expressions and the actions that get better. There are panels where you are just awing at them as the characters expression is just so beautiful and brilliant to look at. Once again this is the strongest point of the art. The emotions are no different, the art really displays a sense of peril or fear in the faces of the characters when they find themselves in unfavorable situations, when you see important characters die to see the expression before their death and the ones who mourn for them it just makes you stop and take a real good look before you go to the next page. Motion is captured really well and you truly have a sense of motion, whether everything is going fast or time is going slow. Overall I give the art an 8/10.

Final Thoughts
Normally with sequels reading the original is a mandatory thing that has to be done in order to understand the story yet Kamisama no Iutoori Ni is different in that sense. Since the story starts in the same time period as the original it’s not like you are really missing on a lot yet I still recommend that you read the original so then you have an understanding of what is really at stake in the early games. Overall I give Kamisama no Iutoori Ni a 7.6/10 and I recommend you read it if you enjoy the slaughter of a lot of characters, smart strategies and planning and a psychological aspect thrown in.

Day Anime  Episodes  Total Episodes  Average Length
Monday Akagi
AkamegaKill
15
5
26
24
23 min
23 min
Tuesday  AkamegaKill
AKB0048
19
1
24
13
23 min
23 min
Wednesday AKB0048
AKB0048 Next Stage
12
8
13
13
23 min
23 min
Thursday AKB0048 Next stage
Aldnoah.Zero
Aldnoah.ZeroSecond Season
5
12
3
13
12
Still Airing
23 min

23 min
23 min

Friday Aldnoah.Zero Second Season
Amnesia
Anisava
Argevollen
3
12
13
3
Still Airing
12
13
24
23 min
23 min
05 min
23 min
Saturday Argevollen 20 24 23 min
Sunday  Argevollen
Arpreggio of Blue Steel
AsuraCryin’
1
12
7
24
12
13
23 min
24min
24 min
Day Manga Chapters  Total Chapters
Monday A Town Where You Live
Action Mask
Apreggioof Blue Steel
31
19
10
270
Still Publishing
Still Publishing
Tuesday Apreggioof Blue Steel
A silent Voice
52
8
Still Publishing
62
Wednesday A Silent Voice
Ajin: Demi-Human
54
6
62
Still Publishing
Thursday Ajin: demi-Human
Buffalo 5 Girls
BaromOne
BokuraWaMinna Kawaisou
22
10
9
19
Still Publishing
10
9
Still Publishing
Friday  BokuraWaMinnaKawaisou
Coppelion
38
22
Still Publishing
Still Publishing
Saturday Coppelion 60 Still Publishing
Sunday  Coppelion 60 Still Publishing