Sensate Saturday: Zero The Man of the Creation by Ai Eishi

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s  Zero The Man of the Creation by Ai Eishi!

Plot Synopsis:  There is a mysterious and resourceful man who goes by the name “Zero.” An expert on artworks, antiques and ancient artifacts, Zero is adept at rooting out their histories and uncovering any unusual qualities they possess. Because of this, he frequently gets called on to dispel “curses” and to both uncover and create forgeries.  Zero is a man who will stop at nothing to see a job done, but he will also charge whatever fee he deems appropriate: it might be a billion dollars, or it might just be one.

Plot: The plot of this first chapter was excellent and also really informative, as someone who has studied Art History, although not the subject covered in this first chapter, I was highly intrigued and captivated by this plot. I won’t say it’s the best thing I’ve ever read, but it definitely scratched the Art History itch for me and that’s more than enough to make me pleased. Sadly while the series is complete in Japan it’s only started to be translated, so I’ll probably need to wait a few years (probably more) before reading the rest of the series.

Characters: Zero is a really interesting main character, and while it seems that the rest of the characters introduced in this first chapter are going to be just one time characters, you never know.

Art: The art is excellent, although it’s definitely not like more modern series, but that’s not surprising since the first chapter was released back in 1991! It is a Shueisha publication so I expect the artwork will stay consistent.

Overall: This was a really interesting read, and any Art History buffs will enjoy the series greatly.

For those who like: Mystery, Art History, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Protagonist, Great Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Anime

This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking this summers selection of Anime. It’s my Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Anime!

Fate/Apocrypha: This is yet another Fate series, so I’m intrigued by it. I’ve not read the original Light Novels, but I’ll probably get around to it sometime. It takes place in an alternate timeline from the Stay Night series, so don’t expect to see Rin and Shirou.

Isekai Shokudou: This is a series I know almost nothing about, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Isekai genre in particular. The few things I know about this is that it’s about a restaurant that serves food from other worlds for some unknown reason. Should be interesting to watch.

Knights and Magic: I covered the first original light novel a long time ago in my Thursday column, way back when it was still called Light Novel Thursday. It’s another Isekai/Tensei series, but I really enjoyed the main character for using his knowledge about his hobbies in his past life to achieve his dreams in this new life.

Touken Ranbu: This series is based off a game aimed at women, but since it’s animated by my favorite studio, ufotable, I’ll give this a watch regardless that I’m not the main target audience. The game is about swords turned into young attractive men, so we’ll see. It can’t be more weird than a series about talking to guy lying on your bed with. Plus it’s got ufotable animating it, so I’m expecting tons of action animated into excellent sequences.

Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni: This is yet another Isekai/Tensei series, but it’s about a guy who died by accident. So “God” apologizes and decides to reincarnate him into a world of magic and steel with his smartphone. Yea you read that right, his smartphone is his “Cheat” skill. I’ve read the Web Novel a bit, and it was quite good. That being said it is a definite Harem series, but don’t expect a lot of wishy-washy behavior from the lead character like you’d see in something like Infinite Stratos.

Ballroom e Youkouso: I covered the original source material in a Manga Monday a long time ago, but I always though this might become an awesome Anime. So hopefully it lives up to my expectations.

Honorable Mention:

Koi to Uso: It has an interesting premise in that in a near future Japan, due to the decline in children being born every person at the age of sixteen is given a marriage partner by the government. It sounds almost dystopian, but this isn’t from what I’ve heard and read. Which would be a pity because I hate the Dystopia genre in general, and I’d have to avoid this series like the plague.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday!

Sensate Saturday: Made in Abyss by Tsukushi Akihito

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Made in Abyss by Tsukushi Akihito!

Plot Synopsis: The enormous cave system, known as the Abyss, is the last unexplored place in the world. Nobody knows how deep down goes this titanic pit, inhabited by strange and wondrous creatures and full of mysterious ancient relics which purpose in unknown to modern man. Generations of bold adventurers have been drawn by the cryptic depths of the Abyss. In course of time those brave enough to explore the dangerous pit came to be known as “Cave Raiders.” In Oosu, the town at the edge of the Abyss, there lives a little orphan named Rico, who dreams of becoming as great a cave raider as her mother was and solving the great mystery of the pit…

Plot: This seems to be pretty interesting, although so many flags were raised in this first chapter I’m actually a little apprehensive about later chapters.  I might throw this onto my read in the future pile, but thus far, with just this first chapter I’m not interested enough in continuing to read it right now.

Characters: Rico is a ball of curiosity wrapped in an orphan. I’m intrigued in her fervent desire to follow in her mother’s footsteps, but I don’t find it completely believable. If you were orphaned because your mother died when you were so young you can’t remember her, I just don’t think you’d be that eager to follow in her footsteps at such a young age.

Art: The art is interesting, but it’s not super amazing either. It reminds me of the old GBA game Sword of Manga a bit though so I was intrigued by that nostalgic feeling. Just not enough to put a priority on reading further into the series.

Overall: This might be interesting, especially for those exploration lovers out there, but personally it just wasn’t interesting enough to make me want to continue reading immediately.

For those who like: Exploration, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Interesting Premise, Good Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Delay in Plans

This week instead of the usual Anime Sunday I’m going to make a quick post updating on why I haven’t gotten back to doing a post a day. It’s about my Delay in Plans!

What delay?: Well I really wanted to get back to full steam way back in the middle of May, but circumstances have lead me to be unable to do that. Mostly that’s because I’ve been spending half my time at my parent’s taking care of the family dog who is getting on in years, she’s 13 years old and while she’s still active and mobile she’s started to lose her hearing. This has lead her to being very unhappy when left alone for too long. So any day that my parents are gone for more than 6 hours I end up spending time there. Most of the time before this year I’d have just gone over in the day and walked her and hung out for an hour or two because my folks would be back later that afternoon. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case these past few months and I’ve been spending entire days at my parents. In addition with all the stress of trying to get my data off my old computer, something I’m still struggling with even as I write this, I’ve been thrown off my pace of being able to churn out daily posts.

So what now?: Well for the time being I’ll still be attempting to give out a weekly review, of either a book or game, and I’ll be keeping to every other day posts. I’m hoping to get back to full steam by August, but at this point I’m reluctant to make any solid promises given how stressed out I’ve been.

That’s it for this little update, Anime Sunday will return in two weeks with a look at the Summer 2017 Anime Season!

Sensate Saturday: Nobunaga no Chef by Nishimura Mitsuru

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Nobunaga no Chef by Nishimura Mitsuru!

Plot Synopsis: Ken is a modern-day chef who wakes up one morning in war-torn 16th century Japan. Faced with an impossible situation, he does what he does best – he cooks. Soon, word of his wonderful food reaches the capital, and the ears of warlord Oda Nobunaga, who immediately orders Ken to cook for him…

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, I’ll be the first to admit that this rose pretty quickly towards the top of my reading list after I read this first chapter. Personally this is a lot like Shokugeki no Soma except without the food porn connotations and the blatant fan service.

Characters: If you know anything about Japanese History you’ll be aware that Oda Nobunaga is probably the biggest wild card in Japan’s history. He had a history of doing things completely out of the blue for seemingly no reason whatsoever. He also was known to be one of the most brutal warlords in Japanese History. Ken on the other hand is a rather cool tempered guy who doesn’t really care so long as he gets to cook. I enjoy him. My favorite side character is Natsu, but the reasons why would be spoiling.

Art: The art is excellent, frankly I’d put this up there with some of the best, not the absolute best, but it’s in the top 100 easily.  It’s not even published by Shueisha either, which was a bit of a shock to me, but it’s their loss, because this looks to be an amazing series.

Overall: If you like food and/or history you have to read Nobunaga no Chef.

For those who like: History, Time Travel, Fiction, Cooking, Awesome Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Anime Sunday: My Current Viewing List 2017 Spring Edition

Hey all, I’m back with what I’m currently watching during this Spring 2017 Season for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s My Current Viewing List 2017 Spring Edition!

Clockwork Planet: At an unspecified point in the future, the Earth dies. Then, a genius engineer only known as “Y” manages to revive the Earth using only gears and clockwork. Thus the world is renamed “Clockwork Planet”, with cities being built inside the planet’s gears. A thousand years later Miura Naoto , a student and lover of machines living in the Kyoto gear, finds a crate has crashed through the roof of his apartment. Inside the crate is a coffin containing the broken body of an automaton….

I really enjoy this series, I can’t say why I feel like watching it is a guilty pleasure but it does, but the premise was interesting and I enjoy the romance between Naoto and RyuZU.

Kado: While taking a business trip using a plane, Kōjirō Shindō and his co-worker Shun Hanamori witness the sudden appearance of a gigantic cube called KADO that appears out of thin air…

I enjoy the political parts of this series, but I do admit that the use of CG is really off putting. If I didn’t feel like this season of Anime was rather light I’d not care as much and probably not even bother watching this series. But most of what people were looking forward to are continuations of series that I have no real interest in, or I despise with a passion. I’m looking at you Attack on Titan…

SukaSuka: It’s been over 500 years since the human population went extinct at the hands of the fearsome and mysterious “Beasts”. The surviving races now make their homes, towns, and cities up on floating islands in the sky, to keep out of reach of all but the most mobile of Beasts. Only a large group of youngsters, dubbed the Leprechauns, can wield the ancient weapons needed to fend off invasions from those dangerous creatures. Into the peoples’ unstable and fleeting lives, where a simple call to certain death could come at any moment, enters an unlikely character: a mysterious man…

I really enjoy this series, It had enough tension and drama in the first few minutes to really draw me in. I won’t spoil the why, but I really enjoy watching Willem and Ctholly interact.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday. What are you watching? Leave your answer in the comments below!

 

Sensate Saturday: Densetsu no Yuusha no Konkatsu by Nakamura Takatoshi

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Densetsu no Yuusha no Konkatsu by Nakamura Takatoshi!

Plot Synopsis: The story takes place in a world after the legendary warrior defeats the demon lord. After he brought the peace to the world, he decides to search for a wife….

Plot: The hero, Yuri, is a really interesting guy, and the way he’s kind of just roped into the situation of searching for a wife is pretty hilarious. The whole thing is a fun read, hopefully the series will continue to make me laugh as it continues.

Characters: Yuri is really clueless, and he knows that. Which makes him more interesting then most main characters I’ve read. The rest of his party, Tasen, Sonia and Maho are all really interesting as well. Though Maho is my personal favorite of the three.

Art: Considering that it’s published by Shueisha, the quality is amazing as per usual with any work published by them.

Overall: If you want a Romantic Comedy, Densetsu no Yuusha no Konkatsu will be right up your alley.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Good Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.