Think about it: going to high school, only to be locked in, and finding a body a couple of days in. You would think that it’s out of this world, but instead it’s Danganronpa. I’ve played the first two games as my computer can’t handle the third, but I absolutely loved every moment that I played.
Danganronpa is an insane story with so many plot twists that revolve around solving murders in a think-tank style of accusing everyone without having a single piece of evidence or shred of logic. The characters are lovable and hate-able and each have their own unique characteristics that make getting to know each character an experience. There is also an amazing villain to top everything off. If you are not into learning more about the characters, you can skip this. The art style is unique in that everything seems 2D in a 3D world while other parts stick with the typical animal style with a sprinkle other others. Ether way, it is a gorgeous experience, but do know that there are some very dark themes that I don’t know if I could explain without major spoilers.
Once again, what has to be the worst high school in existence, is up to its same old troubles. It seems they didn’t learn their lesson from the previous book about gossiping. Or maybe they did?
In One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus, our favorite high school is stuck in a game of Truth or Dare. This time, if you choose Truth, one of your biggest secrets gets out. This book is much more the typical mystery series with plot twists coming out of nowhere. Still, the secrets weren’t too bad this time and didn’t really lead you down some dark roads since there wasn’t the suspense hanging over your head. The real problem is that high school is filled with high schoolers. Another book that leaves me ecstatic that I no longer have to go through that hell on earth, but a great book overall.
Some have nostalgia over their experiences in high school. I am not one of them. In fact, this book encapsulates everything I hated existing for those four years that I had second-hand dread reading from each character’s point of view. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus is one of the most exciting mystery stories I have read in a while.
The premise of this book is that a student is killed in detention one day, and there are four suspects. You, as the reader, aren’t too sure about what’s going on. You do know that everyone is lying. You follow all four suspects throughout the book that lying about something, but you’re never too sure of the extent of it. I do love this because not knowing what’s being lied about allows your mind to wander. To be fair, my thoughts wandered to some really dark places trying to figure out the lies. There is a second book, but I don’t know how it will stack up, especially since the setting is exactly the same. In my opinion, so far, the author is going to have to come up with a couple more lies different from those found in this book.
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.
By reading the title of this post, you should be able to know what anime I’m about to talk about if you have ever heard about it. Yes, I didn’t read it first, but don’t worry, it is on my list to do so. If you have never heard of Ouran High School Host Club, you should because is is hilarious and somewhat heartwarming. And for those who don’t know what a host club is, the best way I can describe it is as a maid café for girls. If that is not correct, that is the best way that I can describe it based on what I say, but definitely, check this out. This anime does the best at making fun of some shoujo themes in a way that is not harsh, especially since all of the boys in this show personalities that run rampant in the same type of anime and manga. Having a protagonist that cares more for who people are explicitly on the inside is also refreshing.