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Top Anime Villains: A Requiem

Thursday, April 29, 2021 / No Comments
In film, heroes are well positioned to receive adulation and credit. Indeed, it is my perspective that there are many who find it essential for a successful film to contain within its narrative a well crafted hero. However, I feel that it is equally -and perhaps arguably even more- crucial to celebrate the caliber of the villain; and that a powerful, intelligent and charismatic villain is a super ingredient for the grand dish of success. A super ingredient that is not only significant because of the flavour it contains but also because of it's ability to unlock and enhance the accompanying flavours by providing the occasion for valor and justice to surface and flourish. A well crafted villain may then, from this vantage, be elevated to be the Yin to the Yang, an indispensable feature that constitutes one half of this dualistic ideology and the sine qua non for an eventful, impactful and delightful narrative.

As such, this writing will be looking at the top three villains that are currently most prominently perceived in my mind. Without further ado, below are my top three candidates.

1. Meruem( King of the Chimera Ants)


Meruem is the main antagonist of the Chimera Ant arc featured in Hunter x Hunter. A monster that wielded inconceivable power, he is undoubtedly one of the fiercest fighters of the anime with enough might to give credence to his ambition of world domination. Although his individual strength alone is worthy of awe, his omnipotence is magnified further by the outright control he possesses over his Royal Guards whom themselves are beyond the thresholds of top tier hunters in the anime. In addition to raw power, Meruem is also a brilliant thinker that easily outwits professionals in strategy games he is new to with little calibration required.

His strength and intelligence is sufficient to distinguish himself from the sphere of ordinary villains but there is a third quality that, I think, makes him special. He is a sophisticated villain in that he pursues a course of action that stems from a warped sense of justice. His version of justice self corrects as he matures but his constant struggle with himself presents a dichotomy that is realistic and enthralling. Predatory instinct, the desire to rule, love and a full range of human emotions vibrate vibrantly in his decisions and his story reminds one of what it means to be human.

2. Light Yagami


A prodigy that stumbles upon a book that is capable of sentencing humans to death, Light is a decisive, scheming and phenomenal thinker and killer. His intelligence is highlighted from the beginning where he is portrayed as a top student and is evidenced later on by his dealings with the authorities. Determined and resolute, Light kills individuals he has judged to be evil at an unparalleled speed (as compared to previous owners of such books) and seeks to create a better society by murdering the scourge of humanity. His sense of justice is, at the very least, understandable and his moral rectitude is reinforced mostly by his confidence and temerity but also to a significant extent by his fan base that supports his judgements.

However, his version of justice does not tolerate those who seek to oppose him and he executes, perfidiously, police officers and other authorities of justice that declare his massacring to be a crime. The villainous attributes start to surface more flagrantly at this juncture and his decisions become more questionable as he faces greater adversities that reveal his increasingly unbounded will to kill. A complex character that regularly violates the bounds of hero and villain, his unique psyche exhibits an intricate web of human emotions that are not entirely aligned to a singular purpose.

3.Stain


Where better to find villains than in an anime that features a society with an actual occupation for heroes? Stain the hero killer is another sincere and dedicated ideologue that acts for his perceived good of humanity. He kills heroes who are out to make a name or profit for themselves and those he perceives to be unheroic 'fakes'. Although he is quite a force to be reckoned with, the anime makes no effort to portray him as a prodigy but rather, an ordinarily endowed individual whose assiduousness and tenacity makes him stand apart from the rest. His unfaltering determination and unwavering endurance is an appealing combination and his will is so invincible that he presses on undaunted till the bitter end. 

Although there is less complexity in his character as compared to the other two, simple does not equate to trivial, and he nonetheless remains a very charismatic and charming principled villain that never relents in the face of mounting adversity.

That concludes the blog for today. Who are the top anime villains simmering in your mind? Do they share any particular attributes? Feel free to discuss below in the comment section below.

Written by Z



5 short 2020 anime you should watch

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 / No Comments

Are you looking for short anime to binge watch? Or maybe you're looking for new and short anime to feed on while waiting for that new anime to air? In that case, you have come to the right place. 

In this article, I will be sharing some short anime that are no longer than thirteen episodes. These anime that I am about to share are of different types of genres ranging from romance to psychological thriller. If you are curious, read on to find out. 


1. My Next Life As A Villianess: All Routes Leads To Doom!

Genre: romantic comedy, harem, isekai 
Number of episodes: 12, 1 season 
Status: completed
Category: Spring 2020

Adapted and animated by Silver Link Studio, this anime is also commonly known as "HameFura" for short. The plot follows the main protagonist, a 17 year old otaku who was hit by a car on her way to school. When she awakes, she found out that she has now reincarnated as the villianess in her favorite otome game, Fortune Lover. Because of her extensive knowledge of the game, our protagonist must now carefully choose her actions and maneuver her way around the game so as to not end up being hated, which will ultimately lead to her death or exile. In an effort to avoid the usual fate the villianess who suffer, Caterina, the protagonist, worked hard to establish good relationships with each character. As a result, the characters fell for Caterina's kind nature. 

As someone who is not an avid fan of the isekai genre, I found this isekai anime to be quite refreshing. Granted that it still has the plot of the main character getting reincarnated after getting hit by a moving vehicle and then proceeding to have magical powers, this anime isn't like your typical isekai anime where the plot gets repetitive and boring after awhile. If you are an avid fan of ikemen characters or simply want to have a good laugh, this anime is definitely for you. And unlike most other reverse harem anime where the main character is portrayed as weak and helpless and needing the help of the good looking guys around her, HameFura has a strong-willed and independent main character, which is rather refreshing. 

If you liked this anime, be sure to be on the lookout for season two, which is scheduled to come out in July 2021. 


2. Runway De Waratte (Smile Down The Runway)

Genre: drama, slice of life 
Number of episodes: 12, 1 season 
Status: completed 
Category: Winter 2020


Animated by Ezo'la Studio, this anime follows the story of Fujito Chiyuki, a girl who strives to represent her father's modelling agency in the Paris Fashion Week despite her unconventional height. Meanwhile, Tsumara Ikuto is a high school student who has a talent for designing clothes. However, with no means of supporting himself in the pursuit of his dreams, he is forced to give up on his ambition until he meets Chiyuki. 

At a glance at this anime, it may seem like a generic slice of life anime, but what lies behind this show is a story of determination and hard work, with a little bit of everyday drama. When I first watched this anime, I was immediately drawn to the personalities of the two main characters. If you ever need a dose of motivation, try giving Chiyuki and Ikuto's story a shot. 


3. ID: Invaded 

Genre: science fiction, crime 
Number of episodes: 13, 1 season 
Status: completed 
Category: Winter 2020


Even if you are not a fan of science fiction, ID: Invaded is a must watch. The story follows a detective-turned-convict named Narhisago Akihito after tragedy struck. The Mizuhanome System is a highly advanced system that allows a person to enter the human mind- but not anyone can enter. The condition for entering is that you must have killed someone before. This leads to the detectives of the special police squad, Kura, to enlist the help of Akihito who is known as Sakaido inside the "well". 

In this anime, viewers follow Sakaido as he is tasked to solve one mystery after another. The intriguing plot and different crimes that were committed is enough to get you hooked. After the first episode, I found myself binge watching the entire series due to the characters and interesting crimes that Sakaido had to solve. As the anime progresses, it will leave you wanting more at the end as he uncovers something sinister behind what seems to be the numerous standalone crimes.


4. Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle  

Genre: music, action, science fiction
Number of episodes: 13, 1 season 
Status: completed 
Category: Fall 2020


Originally a rap/song project developed by King Records under their Evil Line Records Label, Hypnosis Mic was so successful that it was subsequently adapted into three different manga, a rhythm game, as well as an anime. 

The Hypnosis Mic anime focuses on four different rap teams, each representing different division of Japan- Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Shibuya, and Shinjuku. In a world dominated by women, the use and creation of weapons were strictly forbidden and instead of using violence to solve conflicts, the men are given hypnosis microphones to battle for territories outside of Chuuouku, where the women live. In this case, the notorious rap crew, The Dirty Dawg, have now disbanded and formed their own crew, each of them seeking to fight for the pride of their respective crews. While this may seem like a show with no hidden meaning, behind each rap battle leads to hidden intentions. 

Apart from the engaging rap battles and bright colors, this anime uses a combination of CGI as well as 2D animation to execute the rap battles that added to the excitement of the show. While there are many different views on idol anime and the plot of Hypnosis Mic, this anime is great if you just want to have a change of pace. If you are looking for more Hypnosis Mic music that are not shown in the anime, you can always find them on Youtube and Spotify.  

5.  Munou Na Nana (Talentless Nana)

Genre: psychological thriller, horror, supernatural  
Number of episodes: 13, 1 season  
Status: completed 
Category: Fall 2020

When I first watched the first episode, another anime immediately came to mind- My Hero Academia. Much like the latter, Munou Na Nana surrounds a bunch of students called "Talents" who had superpowers. They were being kept on an island, where they train to fight against creatures who were called "enemies of humanity". 

The anime started off with a boy, Nakajima Nanao who is supposedly without talent. This causes him to often be the target of bullying. Soon after, when two new students were transferred to the island, strange occurrences started happening, and their classmates disappeared one by one. 

If you are a fan of psychological thriller, Munou Na Nana is the show for you. With an unexpected plot and the mind games between each of the characters, this anime is definitely worth a shot. 


Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this article and found it useful! 

Until the next time, 

Rika ^-^


Anime review: Jujutsu Kaisen

Sunday, April 18, 2021 / No Comments

Warning: this post contains anime spoilers. 


When Jujutsu Kaisen was first released on 3rd October 2020, it became instantly popular among fans. The twenty-four episode anime was animated by Mappa who also animated other shows such as Shingeki No Kyojin season 4, Terror In Resonance, The God Of High school and popular gambling anime, Kakegurui. Recently, Mappa has also announced a possible sneak peak of Chainsaw Man on its 10th anniversary event on June 27, 2021. 


So what is Jujutsu Kaisen about? Jujutsu Kaisen, translated into English as "sorcery fight", follows our protagonist by the name of Itadori Yuji who got caught up in the jujutsu world after he decided to eat one of Sukuna's finger in an attempt to fight off the cursed spirits that were drawn to Sukuna's finger after it was unsealed. 

Shortly after, Itadori was introduced to Gojo Satoru who more or less did not give Yuji any other choice then to choose his own death. But when Yuji was able to eat another of Sukuna's fingers and still have claim over his body, Gojo had the brilliant idea of bringing Yuji back to Jujutsu High. 


Yuji informing Gojo that he ate Sukuna's finger

Prior to watching the first episode, I expected Jujutsu Kaisen to be a twelve episode anime where Yuji would travel around with Megumi and Nobara to exorcise cursed spirits and then having fun, but what was ahead was so much more unexpected and darker than I thought it would be. Instead of a wholesome high school anime, we're faced with Yuji and his friends going on missions and having to face powerful villains like Mahito, Jogo and Hinami. And while we follow Yuji as he faces the fact that he cannot save people who were turned into cursed spirits, it allows us to understand where Yuji is coming from and experience the feeling of helplessness when faced with the tough decision of having to exorcise them. 


Apart from the intriguing plot and amazing animation that Mappa has provided, one thing that really struck me was the backstories of the characters and the fact that Gege Akutami, the mangaka, portrayed the female characters as strong and independent who can match up to their male counterparts, while still retaining their femininity, causing fans to compare Jujutsu Kaisen and Shingeki No Kyojin with each other in terms of having independent female characters in a show that is targeted mainly towards males. While the anime provided us with strong female characters who instantly became popular such as Nobara, Maki and Utahime, we were also given Miwa, a character who is typically seen as useless. However, Miwa's character was the one that never fails to amaze me. Even though she considers herself useless, she has proven herself to be considerate, hardworking, determined and although not as physically strong as the rest as seen when she battled against Zenin Maki in the Kyoto Goodwill event arc, she is strong in a way that she does not give up easily. Overall, I personally feel that Miwa is one of the more underrated characters alongside Shoko Ieiri, the doctor of Jujutsu High. 

 

Nobara demonstrating her cursed technique 

While many fans were spoilt for choice when it came to deciding who their favorite character is, ask anyone who is one of their favorites and the name "Gojo Satoru" is bound to come up. It is easy to see why Gojo is easily everyone's favorite- tall, good looking, funny and most of all, the most powerful sorcerer in the Jujutsu world, this man who has the sky in his eyes easily raked up a good number of fan girls across the world. With his stunning character design, he is easily the most popular character throughout the entire show. In addition, his complex character makes him all the more interesting. The amount of cursed technique and power that Gojo holds is also enough to convince you why he is one of the best characters in Jujutsu Kaisen. 

Gojo showing off his cursed technique, hollow purple

While the anime is filled with heartbreaking and exciting moments, we were given a snippet of the characters relaxing and having fun at the end of each episode which is called "Jujutsu stroll". Jujutsu Stroll is definitely one of the highlights that made Jujutsu Kaisen even more enjoyable. Much like taking a hot bath at the end of a tiring and stressful day, Jujutsu Stroll allows viewers to escape from the pain that the main anime has given us for a little while. 

All in all, Jujutsu Kaisen doesn't lack anything- amazing animation and visuals, well written characters and side characters that are not outshined by the main characters and catchy openings and endings, Jujutsu Kaisen will definitely go down as one of the best shounen anime of our time. 


Thank you for reading this review, I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I had fun writing this! 

Until the next time, 

Rika ^-^






Sk8 the infinity - that one Winter 2021 sports anime that everyone is talking about

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Anime : Cells at Work

Sunday, April 11, 2021 / No Comments

Have you heard of the anime called (Hataraku Saibo) Cells at Work? I chanced upon this anime in Netflix while looking for some nice anime to enjoy during the weekend.

I have completed season 1 and I find it is a cute and interesting anime to watch. The characters are drawn so well especially the dramatic expression seen on red blood cells. It does give me a good laugh just looking at the expression.


When she sees a bacteria


Have you ever wonder how each different cells function in your body? When you are sick, how your body works to heal itself to gain immunity and prevent infection or virus from recurring? When you have allergic reaction, how will your body react and overcome the allergic reaction. When you are injured, how and which cells react to quickly heal your wound?

This anime shows each different cells how they function and what they do. The most amazing part is how all the cells work hand in hand to help the body functions in daily life.

I feel that this anime is very educational for students who are interested in biology or someone who is interested in biomedical or medical field. For example, sneezing is a kind of mechanism to push out the bacteria/ virus out of the body system. It is illustrated like a machine system in missile style to sneeze out. I like it how the anime is described and explained so! In each episode, a small introduction of each cells is indicated and also mentions what are their function within the body.

Let me introduce some of the favourite characters I like! 


Red blood cells

When her other members and her see the bacteria


Initially, AE 3803 (her red blood cell code ID) is over dramatic and she is often lost during her delivery of oxygen and carbon dioxide. I guess she is weak at directions, she can’t even differentiate where the delivery of oxygen or carbon dioxide location is. I realised that she is the one that gives me the most laugh because of her different expression. Each of her expression is expressed in the way of what situation she faced.


Platelets


Platelets starting to work

Don’t they look like kids attending kindergarten school? Well, they are the problem solver! I love their positivity and quick actions to quickly solve the situation at hand. Small kids with big solution.

White Blood cell (Cool guy, hope I can see his other eye)

White blood cells reporting that he has eliminated the bacteria

He and his team are consistently looking out for bacteria to kill. They can be everywhere in different parts of the body roaming around like hyenas searching for prey. This is their job to keep bacteria at bay and prevent them to further attack body immune system.

Macrophage


The smile she gave while killing the bacteria


I like how she fosters young red blood cells and educating until all the red blood cells graduate. It is such a tough task. No wonder, she is given the ‘motherly’ aura. Well, not only does she foster young red blood cells, she uses big sword to kill off bacteria with a smile. How eerie..

Well, this is season 1 review! My rating for this anime is 8/10. Reason being is that I like watching medical-related shows. I hope that they can add different storyline for each cell and not always too focused on red blood cells. It would be wonderful to begin the storyline from the "platelets".

There is season 2! Sadly, Netflix has not added season 2 yet. I am so excited for season 2. I hope there will be more variety and more information added in. Never stop learning and adding new knowledge to your dictionary!


Written by meowmi


Kiss... Goodbye?

Saturday, August 15, 2020 / No Comments

Hello everyone! It's been a while, I hope all of you are keeping well amidst this crazy period~

Recently, I have heard news that the kissanime site will be down forever, and obviously, I couldn't believe it at first. But alas, when I went to check, it seems that the news has certainly proven to be true. :( 



I'm sure for some, it might not be that much of an issue, considering how many anime titles are in Netflix right now, but for someone who has grown up under the likes and nostalgia of kissanime, kissmanga etc. it definitely made me a bit melancholic. I still remember my first anime binge on that website; it was Anohana


I remembered being curious at first--I only got into anime at a later part of my life (about 5 years ago) so kissanime was the go-to site to watch this. Over time, I grew accustomed to pressing the "next episode" button, and I would be able to watch the next episode quickly without any buffering issues. I would also look forward to hearing the iconic kissanime intro at the start of each video: 



Ah, the memories :')

Over time, I gradually began to love watching anime, and even found my favourite anime and fandoms to be in. Most importantly, there were a lot of anime that I could only exclusively find on kissanime. (I'm sure there are other streaming sites, but kissanime was still a site that I find myself gravitating to) 

Anyway, I guess just like the website, it's time to accept it and move on. And who knows, maybe they'll come back again sometime!

For now, we still have Netflix. Granted, they don't carry a lot of titles (at least for me, because most of the anime I watch are a bit more secluded (or just, a little less talked about)--e.g Nana, Princess Principal, Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu... And it goes on. And even some popular titles aren't there yet, at least for now. 

Well, on the bright side, at least there's still plenty other good anime to stream and watch. Here are some of my favourites that I have binged on Netflix so far! I'm a little biased towards the slice-of-life/cute girls doing cute things genre, so if you like those type of anime too, maybe you'd like to check out some of these! Or if you already have, then that is nice! 


Zombieland Saga


So many memes have come out from this anime, and it's amazing because it's a really fun-loving and entertaining anime. I mean... Zombies and idols?! It really doesn't get any better than that. Here's one of the rap battles they did which truly encapsulated the entire series.  



Asobi Asobase 


Another super fun anime~ I find myself cackling at the antics these girls share, and it's really just a light-hearted, comedic watch without much intensity of a storyline to follow through.

Carole & Tuesday


This anime is one of the most underrated anime I have seen. It might be a slow watch for some people as it goes through 24 episodes but the production quality and voice acting are amazing. The friendship between Carole and Tuesday is so wholesome, and well developed that it made it such a comfortable watch. Also, the music is amazing!

Little Witch Academia


Another long episodic anime. But one that is so wholesome and colourful that it makes you want to keep watching to follow on Akko's journey as an eager, wide-eyed witch student.


Shirobako


And another long episodic anime. I seem to have a knack for these type of animes huh? Shirobako is essentially an anime about making anime. I think that's the best selling point I can give out, haha. But well, we get to take a peek of what it's like to work in an anime industry, as we revolve around a few high school friends. Friendships and passion makes the dream work~

Violet Evergarden


One of the more popular animes out there on netflix. I'm sure we all know by now the beauty of KyoAni, and it is further reflected here in Violet Evergarden! Despite its beautiful production quality, the story isn't compromised because it is equally as engaging and heartfelt. A really beautiful anime that is worth all their praise is all I can say. 

And now, a bit on the more... Grip-on-the-edge-of-your-seats anime.

Scum's Wish 


This anime was such a wild ride. It's lethal, it's heartbreaking, but it's also so emotionally charged. There's something that just draws me to this anime, despite how many times I feel myself wanting to tear away at the screen for the dangerous decisions the characters make. But really, it's a nice watch.

The Tatami Galaxy


I was really happy when this anime came out on Netflix. When I first watched it on kissanime, it was quite an obscure anime because of its quirkiness, to the point I felt like I needed some level of intelligence to watch it. But it's definitely an interesting watch, and we learn some valuable life lessons too. 

Kakegurui 


And yes... Kakegurui, our favourite anime about high school gambling which can go to the... Extremes. Looking forward to the third season! 

Well, to conclude, although kissanime may be ending, I'm sure there's still resources out there to fuel our anime needs. Netflix is a good option, but hopefully you'll be able to find some of your favourites on there. And hopefully, I've managed to introduce or allow you to revisit some anime listed here!

Have a good day and stay safe everyone~

Written by Kimizomi 

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: A Celebration of Humanity

Sunday, August 2, 2020 / No Comments


WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

 

My mum and I always had a tradition of watching anime together ever since I was a little kid. And because of the COVID-19 situation, both of us had been relegated to staying at home for ungodly amounts of time since, as far as possible, telecommuting has become the norm, and I had three months of summer break before my next semester of school started. So we thought, in the midst of a global pandemic, what better than to start (and complete) a new anime series?

 

A quick scroll through MyAnimeList found Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to be the top rated anime of all time, standing at a solid score of 9.23/10 above other classics like Stein’s Gate, Hunter x Hunter and Gintama, which generally averaged around 9.12. Of course, I knew that ratings were subjective and tried not to pay them more heed than necessary, but the fact that I’ve so often heard of the masterpiece that is FMAB and to see it unanimously agreed upon to be the best anime/manga of all time no doubt caught my attention very much. So it was decided, that that would be the next show we would watch.

 

I know I’m late to the show (literally), but FMAB it is undoubtedly one of the most complex shounen series I’ve watched. In essence, alchemy is, as the narrator frequently reiterates, the science of understanding, deconstructing, and reconstructing matter. However, it is not an all-powerful art. It is impossible to create something out of nothing. If one wishes to obtain something, something of equal value must be given. This is the law of equivalent exchange; the basis of all alchemy.”

 

Simply put, alchemy involves the manipulation of natural and man-made resources, such as water, fire, ice or metal, and many more. It’s a similar concept to elemental bending in the well-known Nickelodeon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, except that it veers more in the direction of science and modernity.

 

Edward transmuting his metal arm

Roy Mustang basically fire-bending

 

At this point, one might think that alchemists are overly-powerful, given that there seem to be almost no limits to what alchemy can achieve. That would almost be true, if not for the great forbidden taboo amongst alchemists, which is human transmutation. In short, the only thing that alchemy cannot create is human life, because nothing of an equal value can be exchanged for the gift of life. That is exactly the taboo that the main characters, two brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric, commit as they engage in a naïve attempt at human transmutation as children to bring their dead mother back to life. Not only does it fail terribly, Alphonse loses his entire body and is relegated to using a suit of armour as temporary vessel for his soul, while Edward loses both an arm and leg that has to be replaced by “automail”, the show’s term for prosthetics. The rest of the story revolves around their journey to get their bodies back, no matter the cost.

 

Alphonse loses his body

Ed loses his leg


The Elric brothers' new forms

 



Yet, despite the supposed emphasis on alchemy, the show slowly but surely makes clear that power derived from alchemy cannot be the main goal of the characters. The real beauty of the show lies in its ability to encapsulate both the humorous and uplifting traits of a shounen anime, while delving into complex issues of the human condition that have plagued humanity since the beginning of time, such as the value of life and the strength of human conviction and familial love. These are the lessons and experiences that the main antagonist fails to grasp in his self-serving and devastating pursuit of power at the cost of great destruction. The main antagonist, referred to as Father, is one of many homunculi in the series, artificial human forms created through alchemy. Arrogant and prideful to the point of playing god, he craves divine power over the world and sees himself as unquestionably superior to the entire human race, who become nothing but pawns to him in his quest for power. He also spawns seven other homunculi from himself, which are named after the seven deadly sins: Lust, Greed, Pride, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Gluttony.


Father and the Seven Deadly Sins

 

But what sealed the deal for me was no doubt the ending of the show. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been emotionally invested in an anime only for it to have ended too abruptly (or lazily). FMAB, thankfully, did no such thing and in fact, managed to conclude on both an unexpected, yet completely believable and extremely heart-warming note. While the brothers start off the anime vehemently believing that only alchemy will get them their bodies back, to the point of obsession, they mature considerably throughout the series and demonstrate impeccable character growth by the end, understanding that alchemy is not the all-powerful and infallible art form they once thought it was. In the end, the answer is simple: Edward gives up his alchemy in exchange for getting his brother’s body back as he finally comes to the conclusion that he does not need alchemy to be truly happy – what’s most important are the relationships he forged along the way with his brother, his friends and his many mentors.

 

Ultimately, both Father and the Elric sought the truth; the difference was that while the Elric brothers had to undergo the inescapable trials and tribulations of life and learn from their failures with the help of the people who cared for them and loved them, Father sought the easy way out, opting for power and allowing his hubris to get in the way of experiencing the variety of life.

 


Father fails to see the truth and dies


Ed gives up his alchemy for Al


Al gets his body back


The brothers are back

 

The experience of FMAB cannot be possibly encapsulated within a single blog post, but I hope that I’ve sufficiently interested you in the show. FMAB is a wonderful testimony to the strength of humanity even in the most of trying of times, and is that not apt in the current reality that we live in right now? We can’t say we’ve truly lived life if we haven’t experienced both the good and the bad. Although times may seem bleak, let’s try our best to take things in our stride and overcome whatever life throws at us!

 

Thanks for reading and take care everybody!

 

 

 

Written by Gin

 

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Review

Thursday, July 30, 2020 / No Comments
During the circuit breaker period, I started feeling bored out my mind, so I thought I should probably start watching a light-hearted, comedy anime to feel better. My friend recommended Kaguya-sama: Love is War to me, mentioning that it made her laugh on multiple occasions, so I decided to give it a shot.



It immediately reminded me of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, where the episodes were short, standalone skits featuring the main characters. It was immediately very dramatic, the way Shinomiya and Shirogane calculated their every move in order to avoid embarrassing situations that would expose them as being interested in each other.


Shinomiya scheming and plotting against Shirogane

From small things like what kind of birthday present to get for each other, to simply following each other online, the anime heavily dramatizes how each small action they take would lead to the other finding out about their crush.

Shinomiya contemplating the very small decision of whether or not to go to the movies with Shorigane as if her life depended on it

The anime is not as relatable as Saiki K, because Shuchiin Academy itself is full of elite students from rich families, or extremely talented and hardworking students like Shirogane.

Shirogane flexing his perfect grades

Shinomiya standing humbly in front of a collage of her achievements

Shinomiya, daughter of the esteemed Shinomiya Group, who has so many expectations pinned on her not only from her family, but also from the public, acts completely differently when she’s hanging out with the student council, or when she’s panicking over her feelings for Shirogane.

Shinomiya secretly freaking out over Shirogane's cat ears

That is what makes this anime quite amusing to watch, I think. While the two of them maintain composed and professional on the outside, their internal monologues are very relatable, and it is fun to see them have their own personalities outside of being the school’s model students.




Shirogane doing an excellent job at hiding his feelings for Shinomiya

Even Fujiwara, who many people find annoying because of her complete ignorance to the unspoken war between Shinomiya and Shirogane, started to grow on me throughout the series.
Fujiwara dancing without a care while Shinomiya tries to talk to her

She can be annoying at times, when her ignorance and naivety completely ruins the plans of both Shinomiya and Shirogane, but no one can deny the fact that she is absolutely adorable, and her ignorance is even endearing at times.

Fujiwara looking cute while not knowing things


A dance that she did for one of the ending songs went viral, and people all over the world reacted to the video and even shared their own covers of the dance. You can watch it here.

My favourite character of the series, however, is Ishigami. Originally, I didn’t really like his character design, because he just looks like a sleazy loser who plays video games and smells bad (which might actually be true), but I also found him the most relatable out of the main cast.

A dramatic low-shot with cinematic lighting of Ishigami shamelessly declare his desire to play video games and nothing else

He is lazy, unmotivated, and constantly has bad grades, which is something that I think a lot of us have experienced before. His outlook on life is also very depressing, which is something that I relate heavily to. It’s also funny sometimes how melodramatic he can be about things.

Ishigami turning to death at the slightest inconvenience

He does not care about things like reputation and appearance, but he gets the job done as the treasurer of the student council.

Shinomiya and Fujiwara reacting to Ishigami's passionate speech about his opinion on men who wear boxer briefs

During the sports festival arc, a major incident in his past is revealed, and it really confirmed for me that he is my favourite character in the anime. Despite his sluggish and gloomy behaviour, he has a strong sense of justice and will not back down when it comes to standing up for the right thing, which I think is really respectable.

Ishigami speaking his truth, with not a single care in the world

While there are some episodes that make me laugh, there were also episodes that tugged on my heartstrings and made me feel really emotional.



The student council making it just in time to watch fireworks together

Although this is considered a gag anime, I think it definitely has a lot more to offer as well, and I think it’s definitely worth a watch if you’re in the mood for something light-hearted and wholesome.

The student council gathering to take a wholesome group picture



Written by yin