Thursday, 21 July 2011

Nyan Koi!

I've had this anime on my hard drive for a while now but I've never really worked up the motivation to watch it until today. Nyan Koi was originally a manga but was serialized as an anime in late 2009. I know I'm a bit late to be reviewing this but my blog intention was never to be reviewing all the latest anime and manga. I just put up animes I watch and see what you guys have to say. Or you could recommend me a anime/manga to review. 

The plot isn't very original and again there are cats involved (oh lawd). The general gist is that the main protagonist Junpei, has a severe allergy of cats and as a result despises them. However one day, he accidentally breaks the local cat statute representing a spiritual guardian of some sort, and he gains the ability to understand and communicate to cats. He soon learns that he was placed under a curse to grant 100 wishes to cats and shall he fail, he himself would be transformed into a cat.

I don't adore or dislike animals but I never understood the obsession with them, the idea just seemed so hypocritical because it tends to only be directed at a specific type. Usually the obsession is caused by media perception and a belief in a deeper bond. Let me tell you now, that pigs have been scientifically proven to be smarter than dogs and are ranked 4th in a scale of intelligence, humans being the first then apes and dolphins. Dogs were only chosen to be a domestic pet because of a combination of luck and appearance. In an alternate reality, we could just as well have pigs as dogs.

Not that I hate dogs or anything, but if I do choose to like one it'll be because of it's independent personality or character trait. I believe dogs, like humans also have individual personalities. Just because you like one dog doesn't mean you like all dogs. It's like saying that because you liked Fred the Caucasian, you instantly assume you like every Caucasian in the world.

But let's not talk about animals and get back to the anime. The story begins with a scene from a dream (again?!) and it's a confession between the protagonist and his romantic interest. If you're not already shaking your head at this point then let me help with this picture.

Yes, that is a hair sticking to his nose

I have no idea where to begin. Can a show really be executed this badly and with such a major turnoff? Well, here you have it. They say a picture tells a thousand words and although I was never one to turn over to silly meaningless quotes for comfort, there really is no other way to explain.



The animation is decent although some things about the character designs irk me. I enjoyed the voice acting of the female protagonist Mizuno, but most if not all the voice acting done for the cats really got on my nerve. Perhaps the idea of cats talking just doesn't sit right in my head.

Anyway, Nyan Koi is your typical light-hearted school romance delivered with an irrelevant side plot just to make the whole experience seem less typical and boring in general. Not the worst anime I've seen for it's genre but there are countless other animes in the same genre that I can list that are better than this one.


Seems like the only thing driving this anime forward (this genre actually) is a heavy reliance on creating the perfect anime girl with the most unrealistic personality possible in a pathetic attempt to reel in sex deprived otaku virgins living in the basement of their mother's va- house. In case you don't know, otaku is a Japanese term for people with an obsession for anime and/or manga... why are you looking at me like that?! I'm not an otaku!... Ok, maybe I am. But unfortunately this tactic has been overused to the point of irritation that it only served as another aspect to direct my contempt towards.

Another thing that bothered me were the differences in sizes of the character's pupils. The guy's eyes are like dots in a vast ocean of nothingness while the girl's eyes are god damn HUUGGEE. Some scenes are drawn so poorly that it just looks completely out of the ordinary.

cats and "stuff"
Why does the cat have a "M" on it's forehead?

To sum it up, I didn't laugh much, smiled at a few scenes but this was very poor for an anime that is supposed to be part "comedy". Most of the jokes were bland and predictable, nothing I haven't seen before.

Nyan Koi, be happy with a borderline 4/10. This is pretty much my average rating for animes. And as always, I will review again once I'm finished with the series to see if it gets any better.

Rating: 4/10

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

First of all, I was never interested in underaged magical school girls prancing around in some colourful parade of girly-ness. Ahem, Sailor Moon.

I only decided to check out this anime after constant urging by other anime-obsessed friends who persistently claim that it's not at all about how friendship is the best thing ever and lovey dovey.

So basically it's about an average school girl called Madoka (she's 14 mind you) that one day sees a strange dream about a black-haired girl fighting some sort of monster. She goes to school the next day to find out that the girl transfered to her school! Surprise! (not really...)

After a series of events, Madoka is then given a choice to become a Puella Magi which literally translate to girl of the sorcerer (or as I like to call it, magic girl), in exchange for any wish in the world! Yep anything! However she soon realises that there's a lot more to being a Puella Magi.

The first episode begins with a scene from a dream (how cliche) about some girl running through what appears to be a mess of weird meaningless symbols and other random objects.

What on earth is going on?!
Where are the colours?!

If you can't see, there's a little school girl running through the checkered floor. I've seen this technique used in other animes where there are just a bunch of circles to represent some sort of "other dimension", perhaps? I've never really understood the concept of random explosions of circles to represent another dimension but quite frankly I don't care.

There's some good soundtrack going on in this anime I've got to admit, but I have no idea what is going on at all. In the next scene she appears to be at a battlescene where some other girl is getting hammered by... uh...

Is that a flying castle?!

And if you can't see, there's a black-haired girl flying towards the castle. She then engages in a battle with said castle and there's just a lot of flying projectiles being thrown at her. Okay, I've got to hand some credit to the animation team, the fighting scene was pretty well done, lots of movements, camera shots, etc. But why a talking cat?!

Captain Obvious to the rescue

Oh god. I'm not going to spoil anything in case some of you guys like to watch animes about underaged magical school girls and talking cat-like creatures but don't expect logic in this anime. Maybe the producer was high while he was working on Puella Magi Madoka Magica but I can't stand animes with a crappy first episode. The first episode is supposed to pull the viewer in for more! Not make them pull their hair out in frustration. =_=

Madoka, our protagonist! Isn't she cute? =3=
Japanese designs... Why can't our houses be like that?

All in all, good voice actors, fitting soundtracks and an impressive display of animation but where these aspects excel, the plot fails. There's a lot of cliche going on in this anime, I mean seriously... a talking cat? That's already been done by Card Captors for god's sakes!

Oh wait, it's a flying teddy bear...

The opening is pretty cool, check it out! Although I have no idea why someone would upload it mirrored.

I would give Puella Magi Madoka Magica a 4/10. I will be reviewing this anime again after I finish the whole series (first episodes are always usually quite deceptive). Tell me what you guys think!

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Yandere and Tsundere

I've seen many different types of anime girls but the two prominent ones that have stuck to my memory are yandere and tsundere girls. Now everytime I think about a normal relationship, the image of a boring and cliche girl comes up. I just can't stand normal girls in an anime! Haruna from To Love-Ru for example.

Yandere is a behaviour (not limited to girls) in a romantic relationship where the guy or girl loves the partner so much that obsessed would a more suitable term.

Tsundere is when the guy/girl's behaviour in a relationship consistently alternates between cold and shy/warm. You can see an example of this in Zero No Tsukaima.

Sometimes I wonder if anime and manga has affected my real life preferences for girls.

Here's a picture I dug up from google images to help your understanding.


Apart from watching anime, playing video games and lifting, I also write literature in my spare time! If you enjoy a good read and love anime, check out my story on fictionpress. It's written from the first perspective of a guy who asked a girl out, only to realise that she hides a dark past and in addition to that she's a psychotic yandere! Tell me what you think.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Subs vs Dubs

So guys when you're watching an anime, do you prefer subs or dubs (assuming both are available)? And if you don't know, subs mean English subtitles while dubs is when they replace the Japanese voices with English ones.

I've always been a subs person myself as I find it a lot more pleasant on the ears to hear the original voice actors and some of the tones seem to only sound right in Japanese. However I know a lot of people that only watch animes if they have dubs, if not they don't even bother to check it out.

I guess it just depends on which one you were first introduced to, sort of like the pepsi vs coke debate.

My Top 10 Anime and Manga List

10) Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoiyo!! Masaru-san
A comedic anime about a teenage boy who trains in an ancient martial arts called Sexy Commando. Instead of relying on the basic fundamentals of fighting such as punching and kicking, Sexy Commando relies solely on creating an opening in the opponent's defence and ending the fight with a single attack through that opening. So how does one create such an opening? How about unzipping your trousers and throwing them down your knees in front of your opponent.

This anime has to be one of the funniest anime if not the funniest out there. Each episode is only 7 minutes long and although the art is a bit shabby, it's really worth the watch. It took me a long time to settle for an anime for 10th place but I chose this simply because of it's clever humour and original wit.

9) Zero No Tsukaima
A romantic adventure where your average bloke gets sent to a world of magic through a spell cast by a girl magician. This anime was a lot of fun to watch and the art is wonderful. It was also my first time seeing a tsundere-type character.

The only bad thing about it is that the anime gets worse as the season progress with season one being the best so this ranking only goes out for the first season.

8) Mirai Nikki
A manga about a teenage boy who keeps a diary in his cellphone. One day he wakes up discovering that his diary has entries about events even before he writes them - in other words future entries! He learns that he is actually part of a survival game with eleven other future diary holders with the objective being to be the last one alive.

He also finds out that one of the eleven future diary holders is a girl from his school who has a huge crush on him... or an obsession. The girl's diary contains events every ten minutes of events surrounding him, including where he is and what he is doing!

The girl was what made this manga special for me as she is a complete yandere-type character where she stalks the main character and even breaks into his house. She is also an expert at killing people. Now I have an obsession with yandere girls.

7) Higurashi Ni Koro Ni
Higurashi Ni Koro Ni is an anime about a guy who moves into a rural village called Hinamizawa from the city. He quickly befriends a group of friends but slowly learns that the village isn't all that it seems to be and his friends aren't all that they claim. The anime is separated into arcs in which the main character or one of his friends become paranoid and a crime is committed. More and more about the story and the truth behind Hinamizawa is revealed after each arc.

The anime does a really good job at building suspense and the voicing for the characters are done brilliantly. This anime actually made me notice its unique background noise that it uses to help build up to the climax. There is gore involved and the anime gets creepy at times but shouldn't be a worry for someone over 18.

If you liked this you would also like Umineko no Naku Koro ni as it is done by the same author.

6) Ichigo 100%
A school romance revolving around an aspiring movie director and several girls in his life. The story spans through the course of several years and unlike most harems the main character actually chooses a girl in the end.

This wins the title of best romance manga of all time for me. Everything I've seen in romance anime/mangas basically come back to this. There is also an anime version of it but I'd recommend just reading the manga one seeing as the anime version isn't complete and the art wasn't as good.

5) Monster

This is a realistic and dark anime/manga about a young Japanese doctor who had everything in life going his way. He was a highly accomplished brain surgeon, had a promotion in the offering and his fiancée was the hospital director's daughter. However he grows unsatisfied with the political bias of the hospital for treating patients and seizes his chance to change things after a strange massacre brings in two twins, one fatally injured from a bullet wound to the head.

This decision leads to the death of the mayor who was also in the hospital at the time but came later than the two children. He then loses all his social standing and his fiancee breaks the engagement off.

There's a lot more to the plot and the storyline spans through the course of ten or so years I think. The plot flows logically with the story and there are a lot of intelligent twists that really sets the anime going. This is a series that has both an anime and manga adaptation that are actually equally as good.

4) Elfen Lied
Elfen Lied takes place in an era of Japan where a new strain of human race, the Diclonius, are being developed. Diclonius are similar to humans in appearance but have a pair of horns protruding from the top of their heads. They also have the ability to control invisible hands that extend from their body with the power capacity to shred flesh and obstacles to pieces.

The character development in this manga is beautifully done with the end result being an emotional thriller that keeps you on the edge. I loved the fighting scenes and the whole design of the Diclonius. Although it is rather sadistic and dark with gore being abundant throughout the whole manga.

There's an anime version but the manga version as usual is much longer and just simply better.

3) Code Geass
Code Geass is set in an alternative present where the world is split between the three superpowers - the Holy Britannian Empire, the Chinese Federation and the Euro Universe. The story takes place after the Holy Britannian Empire's conquest on Japan with their newly developed weapon that is giant robot vehicles (something like Gundams).

Lelouch, an exiled Britannian prince, is sent to Japan as a hostage. He vows to destroy the Britannian empire after the death of his mother. In the series he meets a girl who grants him the power to issue a single irresistible command to anyone that he can make visual contact with. He uses this power to start a revolution against Britannia adopting the mask of a disguised figure called Zero.

The art is quite unique to animes I've seen with the arms and legs looking like long skinny sticks but the fighting scenes are quite an eyesight and the plot is wonderfully done from start to end. Surprisingly the second season is just as good as the first if not better whereas most animes degenerate throughout seasons. I guess that's just because it still involved the same plot. And yes this is an anime.

2) Great Teacher Onizuka
Great Teacher Onizuka, as the title suggests, is a manga about a man aspiring to become the greatest teacher in all of history. The thing is, he's also 22 years old, an ex-gang member and a virgin. He is eventually hired as a long-shot teacher in a privately operated school to tame a class that has driven one teacher to suicide, one to a nervous breakdown and another to joining a cult.

Although most of the things that the main character does are just plain outrageous, the author does a really good job at bringing out a deeper message amongst the hilarity and chaos that happens throughout the manga. The art is absolutely awesome and the manga really makes you think about your own life.

There's an anime version that I haven't watched but seeing as the manga is longer I'd say the manga one is better. Not to mention the art is better.

1) Death Note

Death Note is about an intelligent young adult named Light who finds a notebook that would end the life of any name written down in it's pages. He then decides to take it upon himself to rid the world of crime and evil after seeing how imperfect the justice system is by writing down the names of criminals across the world. This starts an intellectual battle between Light and L, the greatest detective in the world.

This is another anime that rivals its manga counterpart and the art is just fantastic. The whole thing that makes this anime so great is how clever the plot is done with each scene logically flowing with the next. The character's are also very realistic with the things they do and the way they think. Real life issues are also raised in the anime and I really had to sit down and re-evaluate my own life and values after finishing the series.

Honorary mention: Dragon Ball Z, Ranma 1/2, Fullmetal Alchemist, Inuyasha, Love Hina

Dragon Ball Z would have easily been in my top 10 list but I don't really consider it as an anime, more so a cartoon. Maybe it's because I watched it with English dubs but meh.

And this list is just a personal favourite, not official or anything so don't feel hurt if you don't see your favourite anime up there.

Thursday, 14 July 2011


Hey guys, this is J's Anime and Manga corner (JAM blog).

Will be posting personal reviews of animes and mangas that I find review-worthy or maybe if someone sends a PM suggesting an anime/manga to review.

I enjoy long walks on the beach and video games.