After watching the amazing three-episode saga that was Gunsmith Cats, I just had to read it. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the original manga, but I was able to read the sequel. I still found it fantastic. All of the characters were well written and had such different personalities. There is an overarching storyline that flows so well together. I did find it a bit slow towards the middle, but it picked back up at just the right moments. This manga is a bit on the mature side, but it’s not too bad in my opinion. Considering the fact that this manga takes place in America – Chicago, in fact – you don’t need to have intimate knowledge of the area like I was expecting. It just happens to take place in America. There was just a diversity of characters, but I do feel like I was missing some background on the characters and some of their motivations. I do wish that at some point I can find the original manga so that I can get the information that I think I missed by only reading the sequel. If anyone knows where I can find it, please please please tell me. It would be very much appreciated.
This post should really be called “Through a Mirror,” but I think you guys get the point. This is the sort-of sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol, Through the Looking Glass. I say sort-of sequel because I’m not completely sure that it was the exact same universe. Yes, Alice recognizes some people, but they don’t seem to recognize her. This is still a weird book. There were times that I had to reread chapters because I was confused by what is going on, but I think that is the point. Is it truly supposed to be understood? It still gave me a headache though. And I absolutely do not understand what happened at the end, and I think it’s going to stay that way.
This the super duper adorable anime Tsuredure Children, you meet – I want to say – eight different couples with completely different stories. At first, I thought it would be annoying switching between at least four relationships every single episode, but all it did was make me want to watch more. When you leave a couple, you are left on a cliff-hanger or with a major case of the feels. Every single relationship is different, which also makes it really interesting. If it was the same relationship, every single time, it would not be as cute as it is. I feel that this show did everything right. This show is the right amount of cute and angst from all the feels. This show is for every lover of romance ever.
A new app game that is taking my heart way is Miraculous Ladybug and Cat Noir – The Official Game. The set up is very much like Temple Run, but it isn’t a endless runner, and that is a possitive. Instead of endlessly trying to best your score every single time, there are goals to accomplish in every single time. Completing the goal of every single level with a three-star rating. For me, that is more of an incentive than beating a high score each and every run. The locations change up a tiny bit and you get to see different versions of your favorite characters. I also love how based on who you are playing as, the movements change to better reflect the characters. That is my favorite part of the animation. There are also scenes from the show that is a tribute to the source material. Truely brilliant and adorable.
When your co-workers are getting on your nerves, it time to sing some death metal, like Retsuko in Aggressive Retsuko (ONA). This Netflix original show had everything (in my Stephan-voice): cute, fuzzy animals, horrible bosses, and that annoying co-worker that never gets anything done because she is too busy opening a jar. This anime is a take on how you would probably deal with the stress of work if you were an animated red panda. This is based on the original shorts, but in this version, there is an actual plot. (Don’t you just love plot). And this show is decently short at just ten 15-minutes episodes that justs gives death metal some life.
In any great romance, there are some funny moments (I assume at least. I’ve never been in a relationship.). That’s where the webcomic My Giant Nerd Boyfriend by fishball comes in. It follows a real-life couple as they go through their everyday lives as artists and nerds. It’s not complete, but it is updated very often. I have finally gotten up-to-date with it (after binge-reading it for a day). I personally think that they are so cute together. Apparently, they have been together for four years, and are still so cute together. I personally think that they should get married, but I don’t want to force that on the two of them. When the time is right, they’ll do it. My shipping heart wants it to be soon though. Tell me if you agree!
In the webcomic set in the future, there is an amazing one known as Always Human by walkingnorth. It’s a beautiful romance between two very different girls with different goals for life. Every moment between them is beautiful; every moment is believable. One thing I enjoyed was that not every moment of their lives was not wrapped up in one another. They have struggles and friendships outside of their relationship. Not every moment is filled with fluff, even though the fluff was the cutest thing ever. And when the couple fought, it was over meaningful stuff, and their arguments were reasonable. They weren’t too nasty to one another, which made them even more adorable. I definitely would recommend reading this again and again.
If you want a borning anime to watch (and I honestly don’t know what you would), there is Kokkoku or Moment by Moment. And by boring, I truly mean boring. The first episode set up the premise pretty well, but after that, it went downhill pretty quickly. For episodes on end, the characters would just be walking around. And having tiny bouts of dialogue, but that would be it. When they would try to world build, it would often be the same person explaining something that they already explained before in the exact same way. Also, their reasoning would be one of the stupidest things ever. Trust me. When the “villain” finally explains why he is doing what he is doing, it is a literal facepalm. The whys and hows just never make any sense.
I just finished watching the great anime known as Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna or Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. When I watched this, I was told that it was a prequel to the Lupin the Third series, which is good that I didn’t have to watch anything else to understand it. Everything that you need to know is answered within the series, making it a great stand alone. Not only that, but the story was amazing. It kept my attention the entire time. At the end of every episode, I wanted more answers to what was going on. There is just so much mystery going on. Warning, though: it is a very mature anime. Lets’ just say that the protagonist is very comfortable with her body and likes to show it off. There are also some trigger warnings of suicide and abuse towards the end, but it is not very explicit. I feel like I should tell people that. If you can get past that, it is a very enjoyable anime.
In the cute little anime known as Gugure! Kokkuri-san, the fox god known as Kokkuri-san helps raise Kohina, a girl who believes that she is a doll. It has an amazing cast of characters that are hilarious and heart-warming at the same time. With a supernatural and slightly creepy twist of a family drama, this family has to get through day-to-day without accidentally ending the world. Maybe not end the world but definitely trying to kill each other. They kinda fail at that one quite a bit. It’s a cute little show for a shounen (It makes sense as to why it’s a shounen after a bit.). Have a mentioned how amazing the characters are by the way. Their interactions with each other are the best.