Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha First Impressions

IT’S HEREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Be prepared for human selfishness, love, Amateratsu! (<3), Kon (not from Tokyo Ravens). Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha is another shinto-related anime this season, and it’s one of my favorite seinen RomComs manga at the moment.

Before I begin with the impressions, this is like what? The third series with Shinto elements in it? We got Noragami, and Gingitsune already. I’m sure there was another one but I can’t remember the name. I don’t know if the industry just decided to subconsciously promote Shinto through anime, not that I mind.

I’m a sucker for visuals, I think everyone to some extension gives in to anime scenarios. We kind of know this after Non Non Biyori 「のんのんびより」 aired that we were able to appreciate the countryside of Japan through animation–be aware however that not everything in anime reflects Japan in real life; if it was I’m sure each student council in every school would be trying to start some sort of civil war.

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Anyway, going back to the impressions. The start of the episode was gorgeously presented with a beautiful song playing. Our protagonist, Inari is running late to school, as she heads to school she sees a fox about to fall to the river. The little fox, later known as Kon, is saved from falling to the river.

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Uka-sama <3 The best otaku deity in Shinto? Yes, she is! Uka is best, anyone who says otherwise is a heretic and must be purge :c

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Oh yea, how come characters looking around 21+ always hits on school girls? That sort of thing NEVER fails to appear. Cute underage girl is lost? “Let’s hit on her” I wonder if it’s a thing in Japan :\

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I love how everything is placed around the store, the little details in the store is so awesome.

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I think that guy is gonna end up with a Never Nude syndrome... just saying.

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And now, what makes Uka-sama awesome :D Dem bishies!

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Well now… by the way, do you know how useful is to have those foxes transform into PS4 or whatever… I want one of those :(

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Nice try, bro. I beg to differ one the whole “what counts is on the inside” bullcrap they pull. Don’t mind me, just had my share of hard times recently.

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And this is part of the plot. Keep a wary lookout for what’s about to come.

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How does she keeps her mind “pure” from all those ero-games :D that’s what I’m thinking.

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So in this episode where many eventful things have happened. Inari’s selfish has gotten her in trouble, Uka-sama is playing a dangerous game with her divinity and many things have been put into motion. Inari’s brother bad mood isn’t unjustified at the end, he’s in a bad mood but it isn’t because of her sister.

Give the series a try, I shall support Uka-sama to the very end :c My opinion about the series may be biased as I’m a fan of the manga so be sure to check other blogs for impressions.

Iriya No Sora – Revisited (2014)

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It’s been nine years since the anime adaptation of Iriya No Sora. In a way, I’m grateful of having remembered this series. A lot has been said about this adaptation, “flat characters”, “lack of explanations”, “horrible pacing”. I’m not here to defend those “attacks” against the adaptation because they are “correct”. When you see an studio shrinking what was supposed to be 12 episodes into 6 episodes, and the fact that the four light novel volumes contains around 320 pages each. It kind of falls flat at the hellish decisions that were made back then.

I think Iriya No Sora deserved more than that. It had a lot of things going for it, a very steady scenario and plot.

The story starts with Naoyuki Asaba, a high school boy making his way into a swim facility where he encounters Iriya, she’s startled by Asaba after he calls her out and falls into the pool. Little did Asaba know that she didn’t know how to swim.

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The series premise revolves around a secret war against human and aliens, however we find out that there’s more going on than just that. We learn that Iriya is actually a pilot destined to fight aliens.

The character traits Asaba carries are of an spineless boy trying to make himself likeable to Iriya. He’s sensible and doesn’t pretend to know everything. Iriya’s character sits on the clueless girl who just wants to learn how to swim, her background however is deeper than that and we later find out why she acts the way she does.

The cast of support characters are left unpolished throughout the series. We see a lot of jealousy, guilt, treason, and abuse as the series unfolds. They are but momentary glimpses, and it doesn’t develop further than that.

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Iriya No Sora is itself a tragedy that tells the tale of love. The pacing of the story doesn’t help us understand how everything came to be. In many episodes we see that there’s a bigger plot under the surface, but due to the lack of time, and lack of episodes it’s impossible to admire them to the fullest.

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In the end, I feel that the series has suffered by the insane choices made. It’s quite a pity, because for a series that had a lot going for it and there hasn’t been an attempt to reboot it.  Like I said, it deserves better.

Anime Bloggers: Let’s talk about old gems! Iriya No Sora

Recently I’ve been wanting to talk about old anime series. There are a huge amount of people that has recently gotten in anime and they only thing they talk is of Sword Art Online II or Attack on Titan. It kind of saddens me because there’s more to anime than just the surface of the mainstream.

That’s why I’ll be making impressions of old anime series, talking about them and hoping that it somehow promotes enough to get them acquired. For example, Iriya No Sora is a series that never made it to U.S, or any English-speaking region. If the people from Sentai Filmworks or any other company could bring it that’d be awesome. However, that’s not really the main focus, the series is quite old and I doubt they would take the risk anyway.

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If you WordPress.com blogger, or a tumblr, or use LiveJournal to talk about anime. I implore you to talk about old series of your liking. It could be Outlaw Star, Trigun, etc. However those titles are already on the top, so in a way it’s up to you to do a bit of research.

I used AniDB.net for my little “project”. I was able to find titles that I remember watching but they didn’t exactly make it to the top.

I hope you liked the idea, fellow anime blogger.

First Impressions: Non Non Biyori

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It feels good to finish series that have been on your backlog for a while. Although Non Non Biyori is relatively new I’ve been meaning to get myself started, and that I did!

While I finished the series a few minutes ago I still label this post as first impressions because I’m still organizing my thoughts on how to tackle the series. I found it to be a relaxing series and I’m sure a lot of viewers will appreciate what NNB brings to us. The countryside of Japan, breathtaking scenarios and many awesome moments between the characters.

If you have enjoyed series like Minami-ke, or the slice of life genre, then this series if for you. I also recommend it to people who are relatively new to anime, it’s a risky move if the only thing the person watch is shounen stuff.

I’m hoping to sit down next week and write a few anime-related posts. See you around.

Kyoukai No Kanata 10-12 (End)

I think, if we look into every aspect that was shown in Kyoukai No Kanata (referred as KNK after this) world, we all knew KyoAni could have delivered a better, more polished story. But they didn’t try, it was the insane choices of either maintaining comedy routines or concentrate more into the story elements.

It’s been a month now since KNK ended. I’m not going to do any impressions as they aren’t needed, by now you must all know what happened in the story.

KyoAni has single-handedly screwed themselves over by leaving SO MANY LOOSE ENDS in the final episode. Izumi half-youmu discovery we learned from the antagonist. The antagonist’s past is unknown and riddled with mysteries, we don’t even know WHY he wanted things to go that why.

Will Hiroomi propose to Mitsuki as shown in the last ep? Who knows. Okay, fine I made that up. Anyway, let me continue on the loose ends. Uh, well, we don’t even know what was Beyond The Boundary in simple terms, it felt like “Akihito is an entity defined as KNK” but at the same time he has a humane mind. Most of the youmos in KNK who are capable of communicating had human sides, the phenome known as KNK is a loose end, in a way it’s something that will “reset” the world, or “destroy it” .

The biggest mystery of all? Akihito’s mother. She’s the biggest offender in KNK. From the very start Akihito recognized her as his mother. Not only that, we never knew who was his father, nobody mentioned at all who’s his father, maybe because he was always a youmo, not a half-youmo like Izumi.

Which brings me to ask: How did Akihito became Akihito? It seemed to me that his mother is one giant kickass fighter. In the end, Akihito’s mother not only is an offender, but a goddamn troll. “We shouldn’t hurt youmos blah blah blah” then leaves the scene. That’s all.

So… Mirai died, then somehow she was resurrected. I don’t even know how this was possible, many people think this is a happy ending… but jesus, it has no logic behind it… how do we as an audience we felt horrible watching Mirai go, come back as if nothing happened to her.

Izumi became a gutless character at the end of the story and disappeared. Hiroomi is now wearing bigboy pants and Mitsuki might get knocked up soon.

The end.

I’ve enjoyed KNK, despite my complains about it. I think KNK did a lot of things right, at the same time they did mess up a lot of things, but hey we have been on this side way too many times. Tell me an anime series that started really amazing and ended like shit? I’m pretty sure you can come up with a few titles, especially if you are an old anime viewer.

Score? Pfft, who needs a scoring system. Go watch the goddamn series, b-baka! Stop relying on score systems based on personal tastes. :P

Let me choose your christmas gift: Kill la Kill OST

I’m still sort of missing in action. Enjoy this in the meanwhile

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I didn’t enjoy KLK like many people, however this OST is pure gold. Depending on the budget, I may or may not purchase it. College life, screwing your wallet since… ever?