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Ica ~ the World though my Glasses
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Fujita Tarata is average in everything he does, and is being bullied a lot. His life changes when Sengoku Kaname pulls him into the world of ballroom dancing.

Apologies for me using other anime to describe others, however I do get these vibes. Here it felt like a mix of Yuri on Ice and Beck.
As for this one... I get that every person gets motivation differently. But when you have a teacher, mentor or something, and that person only blows you off when you make a mistake... I wouldn't want to go back to that place.

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Setagawa Masahiro spent his life as a delinquent, being the errand-boy of bullies. His life changes, when he meets high school teacher Ooshiba Kousuke.

Normally I would be all over a new yaoi. However now it just doesn't fit with my mood, some parts are jumping back and forth between past and present, which confuses me, and I couldn't get much from the manga, to maybe decide for it, after knowing the story. I might get back to it later, but for now, pass.

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The story revolves around the Mizuki Diving Club (MDC), which is on the verge of closing down after having financial troubles. The club's new coach persuades the club's parent company to stay open on one condition: that the club sends one of its members to next year's olympics as part of Japan's olympic team.

Now this is just a hunch, but feels like Dive!! wants to ride on the waves of Free.

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The Hinano City is a tranquil area that cultivates fruits, but has lost its vitality. For the town she loves, high school girl Shirogane Misaki and other girls become local heroines (at the urging of Misaki's aunt, the prefectural governor) and vow to produce action live events. The teen story depicts their strenuous efforts to revitalize their town.

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Tsukishiro Haruto wakes up in the dream world, where witches plague the dreamscape and manipulate everyone who enters their world. In truth they are souls of young women, who rejected reality. When someone dies by the witches hand in dreamworld, they will die in real. But Haruto gets help from one of the witches, Lily and Kanzaki Katsumi, a professor who researches the dreamworld.

It is not a bad story overall, at last till the point where Haruto wins against the first witch, who in turn gets naked on her knees before him. T_T I think that part wasn't necessary at all.

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Just came back from the new Spiderman movie. It came as a surprise, but I enjoyed myself. Sure, I found a few issues here and there, that I'll mention under the cut, but overall I would recommend this one to watch. Michael Keaton was an awesome villain, and I enjoyed every minute when he was on screen. I'm guessing him flying into the Moon was an international pun, for which I just loved it that much more.

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To change up what I see, I checked a few remakes from old classics like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.

First I saw Assepoester een modern sprookje, from 2014, a modern remake for Cinderella. Unfortunately I only saw the first part here. If anyone knows where to watch the end, I would be grateful, cause it's a nice film.

Next I saw a version of Cinderella I haven't seen before - it is quite a feat that this oldie hid so well from me till now: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella from 1965. The songs though were familiar from a live action Disney movie with the same title, from 1997.

Lastly I saw George C. Scott's Beauty and the Beast from 1976.

I really like the language from these old versions. But the acting is mostly not that good.

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Just like as by the shorts, here I'll post the sequels from 2017 summer.

Fate/Apocrypha
A new story in the famous Fate/stay night franchise, based on a light novel. Even though you don't need to know anything about the Fate franchise, I like to see the stories made before this, before I start with this one.

I like the medieval setting, but then they always change it to modern times, and takeover, to which I'm just not the right audience. ~~"

Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic

The original series, Luck and Logic ran winter 2016. I personally don't remember watching it at all. What I see is that this new season might be for a more young generation.

Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi

I really liked the original series. The victim catching was always so creative, and Enma Ai is such an impactful character... However with time, the possibilities turn on the story, when it really becomes "work", where humans make mistakes by the victims, etc. Sure, we talk about humans, so they will make mistakes... and now a mysterious child appears who questions this work of Enma Ai... Because I can't image where it can end, I'm hooked.

Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu

This is, probably a side-story of Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, that aired autumn 2016. Based on Touken Ranbu, collectible card browser video game by Nitroplus and DMM Games.

New Game!!

Summer. 2016 the anime New Game! came out. This is it's sequel, the two exclamation marks want to show that it's the 2nd season. >.>"

Saiyuuki Reload Blast

Sequel to Saiyuuki Reload Gunlock from Spring, 2004.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ

Sequel of Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX from Summer 2015

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In this world spirits and humans coexist and can fall in love with each other, however many spirits must so see their loved ones die. Even reborn, the previous memories of their past life is erased from their memory, so the lovers can't bond. Suusu as a fox spirit has the ability to revive lost memories of former lovers. She just escaped from her sister, who wants to force her into an arranged marriage, when she meets Haku Gauche.

This one is actually just a dub version from the cartoon Hu Yao Xiao Hong Niang. How I saw the series has 13 minute episodes by the original (I think it's Taiwanese, but might be Chinese), with it's 3rd season starting at episode 41 at the end of this June.
The tragic and funny moments are mixed in the story without any transition, just like past and present, to which you need a type of mood to like. I'm not at that place at the moment, but might get back to the story later. The reason? The Japanese dub, and the first few lines:
"What is Love? To believe and wait? To enforce your will even if it means throwing your life away? To go against destiny? To wait though lifetimes?..."

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Humanity is struggling to survive in a world overrun by mysterious invaders called the Irousu. The Earth's only hope lies with the students of Shinjugamine Girls' Academy, a school where Star Guardians train to fight the Irousu. Together, these brave girls work to develop their skills to fight against the invaders, when a new team-mate, Misaki joins.

Based on COLOPL's school action role-playing game. I don't know anything about the game, but the anime starts quite random. The girls are all in the school, we don't know from where they got their powers, how they were chosen, after just 3 minutes into the anime they are already transforming and fighting. I would be grateful for the in medias res, if the action would be nice... but it is really "child-friendly" as by the first touch with their weapon the enemy turns to dust and then disappears. Also, didn't get why the transformation, when everyone in the city knows who they are.
As to from where they get their power, I assume the tree by the school has something to do with it - though the transformation with the flower-field looks even so quite strange.

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Again I'll create one post for all shorts, and edit it when I find another one - so you might want to re-check this post later, if you are interested. If I don't forget it, I'll have a link for it by my last post for the season.

Aho Girl
In a 12 minute episode there are about 4 scenes about random situations, that happen because the high-school girl Yoshiko is stupid. Her only hope at surviving... well, life is her childhood friend and neighbour Ak-kun.

Just by the trailer I felt like this will be about Tenma from School Rumble. Turns out, it's not. The girl is really stupid. But the randomness in which the episode is handled makes it so funny! I still had some stress from work, but just watching this made me all smiles. I can def. recommend this one to watch.

Clione no Akari
Minori is an illness-stricken, constantly bullied orphan girl. After one rainy day, she doesn't turn up at school, having been admitted into a hospital in a distant town.

This one is shockingly dramatic. It is not enough that the girl is bullied, she is an orphan... it is not enough that she is an orphan, but she is also ill. There are 2 around her, who would like to be friends, but are afraid of the classes reaction, so they stay silent though the bullying.

Ikemen Sengoku: Toki o Kakeru ga Koi wa Hajimaranai

CGI with SD characters from the time of Oda Nobunaga, in fun scenarios.

Kaito x Ansa

Again a sequel. This one is made after Nazotokine, a shortie from Autumn 2016. The first follows Amino Tokine (haha for the name) a young woman who gets transported to a dimensional world to solve puzzles and has to wear skimpy clothing. In the next two guys, Kaito and Ansa join her.

Musekinin Galaxy Tylor

This is both 3 minute / episode, and a sequel to Musekinin Kanchou Tylor: Chijou yori Eien ni.

Netsuzou Trap: NTR
Yuma and Hotaru have been friends since childhood, so it's only natural that when Yuma is nervous about her new boyfriend, she asks Hotaru for advice. But when Hotaru starts coming onto Yuma for what feels like more than just 'practice'.

Though I haven't seen the manga, I would say, it's full blown yuri.

Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart
Patricia, princess of the underworld turns high school boy, Nora into a cat. His family and friends try to find a way to turn him back.

Feels so rushed. ><

Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita
Kominami Shizuka is having trouble adjusting to city and college life. One day, she meets Kirishima Ryou, who at first feels for her like an older sister. Shizuka gets the shock of her life when Ryo begins to seduce her. Shizuka initially assumes that Ryou is a lesbian, but Ryou is in fact a man who dresses like a lady.

I am so annyoed with this one. Even though I have seen it almost a week ago, I'm still not over my anger. The - for the watchers - obvious guy uses a girls look to make the girl comfortable, makes her drink cocktails and then goes after her... Even though just 2D I want to hit the guy.

Tsurezure Children

LOL, at first I wrote tsundere. X3 The scenes are cute high school ones. If you like romantic scenes, and don't mind that every one gets spoiled by fear, childishness, etc. then this one might be for you...
Okay, so the last scene got me a bit - but that was because at last one from the two handled it as an adult.

Teekyuu (2017)

This really short anime started in 2012, since then almost every year a new season came out. Well, it's not even 3 minutes long, and really random. If you just want to have a short break, it might be good.

Yami Shibai 5
Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.

Yes, it's already the 5th season. I like the stories, but don't understand why the pictures are needed. It would be so great as a Drama CD!

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It started, the new anime for 2017 summer are starting. I was really looking forward to this, thinking that I'll see some bittersweet summer story, typical Japanese - and this time I would actually have time to watch everything, because school is over.

I think I saw just a short trailer from Koi to Uso before. The anime is about a society where the government decides whom you need to marry, and you get faced with this reality just as you turn 15. Our "hero" of the story Nejima Yukari is in love, and is in Heaven when he confesses, and his love gets returned. But their short moment is cut off, when right at that moment he turns 15, and gets the government notification of his appointed wife, who is sadly not his love.

This might sound a bit rough, cause I'm in a bad mood, but productions like this makes me disappointment in the future of anime. The CG animation, the story about you can't go against the Big Brothers word, the conspiracy, how manipulation is all around, etc. These type of stories, mixed with harem are one of the worst, for me. I felt really uncomfortable while watching it, and will def. not recommend it, or give it another look.

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This week I saw the promo of a film, that I haven't heard about before, called Big Game. Somewhat like Air Force One, only with Samuel L. Jackson as the president, and having a Finnish hunter child as a protector.
This type of film is entertaining to begin with, but to have Samuel L. Jackson as the president... that puts it on another level. X3

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Yesterday I didn't post because of two reasons:
One was that I wanted to bake a cake and that can take some time
Two, because I knew that the next day I'll be late in theatre, I cleaned the house - what I normally do Friday evening to have a clean house for the weekend. (Ain't I great? XD)

Anyway, the theatre today, I went to see the stage play version of Shakespeare in Love. A friend of mine is a fan of Shakespeare, and I got the tickets as a type of surprise. As imaged, other then the stage settings I didn't like it much. Not much what bothered me the most, and I don't want to rant this late into the night, so if anyone is interested in detail, write a comment, and I'll answer any question about the piece.

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This series ended... but I'm not sure if it can really be called a series, as there was no real story, character development or anything other then characters with their mouths moving. T_T
As you all know, neoromance stories are one of my guilty pleasures, but this one really offends the genre and my taste as well. I'm hoping the summer season will hold some awesome stuff to compensate for this.

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Today as I got home, I spent all my free time on the game Beautiful Japanese Scenery - Animated Jigsaws that I recently bought on steam. At first, I thought, this is a simple game, the animated pictures of Japan give me a nice nostalgia, and it's simply fun to relax... but then got my lesson when I finished with the 60 and 240 pieces pictures, and got to the 350 pieces ones. It took me 2,5 hours to finish a waterfall. And this was the easier one - I have a picture from Tokyo where the scenery changes from day to night and back - after 3 days I'm still just halfway though. ~.~"

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Just as I thought - and how I didn't like HP - I didn't like this either. The main character wasn't reliable at all, the actor was overkilling it. And while watching fantastic beasts can look cool, there was not much fantasy in the creatures, at last for me. Also it's not explained why are there basically no people who would protect these animals. The writer might also need to read a bit more about New York at that time, cause it just looked like a few old movie cliché.

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Originally after I finished university I planned to go though the long list of things that I planned to do. First was to check out the films of Mark Ruffalo. But as you have it all the time, I met a distraction, when Youtube recommended me this video.



So now I'm all into the Korean variety show Fantastic Duo 2 - but only cause I couldn't get my hands on the first season yet.

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Thank you for those few, who waited with me patiently. Yesterday I successfully finished the final exam, and spent the rest of the day cleaning everything university related from my room. X3 It feels so much roomy and bright! ^^
Now up to new things! ^^

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As many of my friends talk now about the newly begun American Gods series, I checked it out too. I have many problems with the story, plot and even the way it looks.
Looks, I got to hear is something that happens with this studio & director. The story didn't hold much possibilities for me, so that's nothing to help again. The plot... after one of my friends read the book, and without spoiling the ending tried to erase this issue of mine, so I gave it a try. Might have to read the book to actually decide if I'll watch the series more or not. But that will only happen after my final exam.
By the way, due to that I might disappear from LJ again... it'll be a month till then, so after that I'm back again.

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