Hanayamata, a piece of art

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Hanayamata is an anime about Yosakoi, a unique style of dance originated from the city of Kochi, Japan in 1954. Yosakoi combined traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music. We can say that Yosakoi is the combination of both traditional and modern Japanese culture. And that is what Hanayamata try to introduce to us. So, the concept of the idea is quite original although the progress on the story is not something new. Aired between July 8, 2014 to September 23, 2014 makes this anime about one year old by the time I write this post. The total number of episode is 12.

There are 2 characters who become the central characters in this anime. One of them is Sekiya Naru, a 14-year-old girl in 2nd class of Middle School. She is a very average girl with no strong point at all. She is also seems to be very shy which makes her difficult to get friends. The other one is Hana N. Fountainstand, also a 14-year-old girl but she is totally different than Naru. Hana is from United States, shown by her blonde hair. Hana is very energetic and very positive. She is the one who introduces Naru to Yosakoi. Naru has 2 closest friend. They are Sasame Yaya who is on the same class with Naru and Nishimikado Tami who is Naru’s senior at school. Continue reading

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Vividred Operation, brings the power of friendship to next level

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Vividred Operation is anime about young girls fighting alien beings. The basic concept of the story is similar to Sky Girls and Strike Witches but Vividred Operation added the elements of Sci-fi. The story itself takes place in Japan in the future, unlike Strike Witches which takes place in the past. The character design in this anime is Kazuhiro Takamura, the one who designed in Strike Witches anime. However, the concept of Vividred Operation is not created by Shimada Fumikane, the one behind Strike Witches and Sky Girls.

Vividred Operation was aired in January 11, 2013 to March 29, 2013 with length of 12 episodes. This anime gives a fierce competition with other anime(s) aired in 2013. In my already watched list, this anime is one of the best anime from 2013 along with Love Live!, Minami-ke Tadaima, Tamako Market, Kin-iro Mosaic, Ro-Kyu-Bu SS, and (of course) Hidamari Sketch. Continue reading

Ginga Sengoku Gunyuuden Rai, an anime about art of war

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Ginga Sengoku Gunyuuden Rai (also known as Thunder Jet in several other countries) is story about a man, named Ryuuga Rai in a space war era. This anime has 52 total episodes and was aired in April 8, 1994 to March 31, 1995. That means this anime ended roughly 10 years after I make this post. Actually, I watched this anime started from episode 38 to 52 back then. Why the hell, I suddenly watched this again? I was thinking about something after I bought a new Smart TV and for not so specific reason, my mind remembered this anime. And after that, I realized there was something captured my interest, the space battle. The space battle in this anime is totally different than other anime I’ve seen until now. Continue reading

Tamako Love Story, everybody loves somebody

Tamako Love Story - TitleTamako love Story is the sequel of Tamako Market and seems to be the ending of the series. The title clearly revealed the genre of the story itself, a love story. By the time I write this post, October 25, 2014, I’ve just finished watching the Bluray movie.

Tamako love story is a bit different than mainstream love stories you can usually find, especially on bishoujo games. Mainstream romance usually have a plot where the boy or girl confess, the other accept his/her love, they become a couple, sometimes having a sex, and finally happy ending! Do not expect that kind of mainstream plot here. Tamako love story won’t take you as far as that. But it focus on between the first and second part of mainstream plot. That is where the boy/girl confess his/her love and the other one accept it. However, the unique and also the beautiful part of it is where we can see from the point of view of an innocent, cheerful, and energetic high school girl which have no experience about love. That’s the beauty of this story. I won’t spill more about the story so you can enjoy it even more when you watch it by yourself. Continue reading

Tamako Market, a story about life in shopping street

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Another awesome anime from Kyoto Animation! Tamako Market is a 12 episodes TV anime aired in January 10, 2013 to March 28, 2013. The story is quite lightweight just like most anime I usually watch. This is one a few anime that deserves the title of 「アニメの力」 or “The Power of Anime” because this awesome anime wasn’t adapted from other media.

The story of Tamako Market takes place on a shopping street called Usagiyama Shoutengai. The story itself is actually focuses on Tamako’s daily life and her interaction with her friends in school or in Usagiyama Shoutengai. There are a lot of elements that built the story and that makes this anime really amazing. Continue reading

My thoughts about Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari

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Judging how the audience react, this is the best anime movie in 2013 with no doubt. But that’s not according to me. I’ve watched several anime aired in 2013, and my feelings said this is the worst anime in 2013. The TV series of Madoka Magica aired in 2011 was already terrible in terms of storyline for me. And it turns out that this movie is not much better. Another complicated story where more than 70% part I don’t understand. And the ending doesn’t satisfy me enough. I don’t even have the chance to understand it. Oh… maybe I am not otaku enough to handle this kind of Movie? At least this movie (and the series) didn’t end up in the lowest of the low on my anime chart. That still belongs to ICE, the worst anime ever…

But hey, I didn’t say this movie is totally terrible. In fact, I like every aspect in this movie (besides the storyline which I hardly understand). This movie was designed professionally with no doubt. I can feel everything looks very good and excellent (again, except the storyline). The BGM is very good, if not, better than that. The image quality is excellent. The detail of the background is very crisp, looks like a photo taken with professional camera with Super 35 Sensor and tuned with some professional post processing (it sounds silly, I know). You often find artistic and confusing background as well most of the time. That just how Madoka Magica is. Another strong point is the character design. I always like Aoki Ume’s art! Thanks to Hidamari Sketch, of course.

In the end of this anime, what are the conclusions? I don’t know… Human’s emotion is too complicated. And this movie is just as complicated, if not, more than human’s emotion. So, was this a bad movie? Definitely not! But if the question was, was the storyline good? My answer would be the same, definitely not! It was too complicated. I couldn’t say the story was bad. I just didn’t understand it. How do I rate this movie? Look down below. I am sure Madoka Magica fans will hate how I rate their favourite anime, especially the story. But hey, I still try to be more subjective in the other part at least! I have my own favourite anime as well. For magical girl, I still prefer Nanoha over Madoka. But magical girl isn’t my favourite theme or genre in anime. Why the hell I spent waste my time watching this kind of anime then? The answer is because I already watched the TV series and the ending didn’t satisfy me. I was hoping the movie can correct it, but I was wrong…

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Story 4
Artwork 9
Visual 9
Sounds & Music 8
Characters 8
Voice Acting 8
Overall 6
Rated as Decent

 

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd A’s

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha was based on Triangle Heart Series, especially Triangle Heart 3 ~Sweet Songs Forever~. However, when it comes to anime (TV Series), the concept of the story was totally different than the original concept. The Movies are based on the TV Series with slight improvement. I think a lot of people like the anime. I don’t really it was because they like Triangle Heart or totally new Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha universe. Me and a friend whom introduced me to the anime did not know the original concept. Just found the first episode of the TV Series interesting and than watch the rest episodes. However, when I finally know about Triangle Heart, I try to dig the original concept of the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha universe by playing Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha PC Game which is part of Triangle Heart 3 Lyrical Omocha Hako released in 2001. Later I also played Triangle Heart 3 ~Sweet Songs Forever~. And seriously, both are fantastic! Have a very deep story and impression and makes disappointed with the All 3 Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha TV Series. But how about the Movie? Well, I am here to talk about the 2nd movie and not the TV Series or the game. Let’s get to the topic.

The story takes place 6 months after the first movie. Pretty much the same with A’s TV Series. The characters are also the same with some role disappeared. But no big deal. It’s actually makes the story more focus and clear for me. Yagami Hayate becomes the Master of The Book of Darkness. The enemies are Wolkenritter, the guardian knights of The Book of Darkness. And the final boss is Nachtwal, the automatic defense system of The Book of Darkness. Those who already watched A’s TV Series will simply know the story. I wouldn’t talk much about the detail. But the story in the movie is overhauled and I like the story in this Movie more than the story in A’s TV Series. The impression is much deeper in this Movie.

The Graphic Quality is one of the best you can get in 2012 anime. I personally found the computer graphic quite awesome! The duel scene is pretty much improved! The duel scene in this anime is really awesome! The magics, effects, environments, etcetera, etcetera are very well designed! Oh yeah, the design of the devices are also new.

Musics and Sounds are amazing. The Original Soundtracks are very nice and pretty much match the situations. The ending theme is BRIGHT STREAM by Mizuki Nana. There are also 3 insert songs, Snow Rain ~Ver. Holy Night~ by Ueda Kana, Sacred Force by Mizuki Nana, and Hohoemi no Puruumaju by Tamura Yukari. The insert songs are very well positioned and really boost the impression of the scene.

Compared to the original A’s TV Series, the movie is a step forward in story, 3 steps forward in graphics, and a step forward in sounds and musics. I personally found this movie exciting and enjoy it. There are several non sense though but I think I’ll just let it go.. Just let the creators play with their imagination. Most story in anime and manga are very far from reality. And most of the makes no sense at all. This Movie is no exception but it’s still very enjoyable.

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Story 8
Artwork 8
Visual 10
Sounds & Music 9
Characters 8
Voice Acting 8
Overall 9
Rated as Excellent