Anime Sunday: Kujira no Kora Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering one of the last series I watched this season. It’s my Kujira no Kora Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The story focuses on a boy called Chakuro, who lives on the giant vessel called a Mud Whale that drifts over the sea of sand. In the Mud Whale, society is divided into two kinds of people: the Marked, who can move objects with their minds using a strange power called “thymia”, at the expense of shortened lifespans, and the Unmarked, people who lack thymia but enjoy longer lifespans. Chakuro and his friends have never seen anyone from the outside world, and they spend their days yearning to explore and learn about it. One day, the Mud Whale encounters a lonely island…

Plot: The plot is very mysterious and I got immediate Shin Sekai Yori vibes from the story. Whether the story ends up going in a direction similar to that particularly depressing series I have yet to determine, but I’m absolutely not hopeful for a happily ever after ending. I won’t go too much into the plot, but I will say I’ll probably end up watching this later when I’m not so stressed out with life, the Holidays are supposed to be relaxing right?

Characters: The main character Chakuro seems to be a bit of a misfit, actually no he is definitely a misfit. He is deemed too emotional by those around him and that gets in the way of his job on the Mud Whale as the Archivist, who must record his observations without emotion according to the rules set down by the elders. The rest of the cast is also fairly interesting.

Art: The art is pretty good, not ufotable quality by any means, but it’s definitely not poorly done either.

Music: It fit the series very well.

Overall: Worth watching at least the first episode, though whether you should continue or not I’ll leave up to you and how well you handle depressing stories.

For those who like: Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action, Adventure?, Interesting Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Average Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or possibly overly depressing stories.

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Sensate Saturday: Witch’s Hammer by Miyamarun

This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a series I came across recently. It’s Witch’s Hammer by Miyamarun!

Plot Synopsis: The chivalrous thief Chloe spends her days and nights acting on behalf of those in need, resulting in her being seen as the hero of the poor, but Chloe herself feels guilty thinking of how a mere thief like her is regarded so highly. However, meeting the witch named Meifa will change her fate…

Plot: This is a fairly creepy series, and while there are only two chapters out thus far, I was thoroughly hooked. I won’t go too much into detail since that’ll take away the fun of reading the chapters for yourself, but I’ll say that everything is not as it seems.

Characters: The entire cast is pretty interesting, with the Guard Captain being a stickler for the rules even if he does sympathize with the masked woman thief, Chloe. Chloe on the other hand seems fairly shallow thus far, but that will probably be taken care of in future chapters. Meifa is just plain creepy. Monica on the other hand is kind of a bitch, although whether she is right in doing so or not remains to be seen. That is pretty much the entire cast in a nutshell.

Art: The art is great, easily reaching Shueisha level of quality.

Overall: While there aren’t many chapters out as of right now, in the future this should prove to be a very interesting series. Definitely worth a read.

For those who like: Fantasy, Chivalrous Thieves, Great Plot, Amazing Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: Magus’ Bride Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering my first look at a Manga series I covered a long time ago. It’s my Magus’ Bride Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Hatori Chise is a lonely teenager who has no family and is shunned by society so she sells herself into slavery. During the auction numerous mages bid large sums of money for her, only for the auction to be interrupted by a strange mage named Elias Ainsworth who immediately outbids every other buyer by bidding 5 Million Pounds…

Plot: The plot is pretty dark, and really faithful to the original source material. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Characters: Chise and Elias are our two leads, and they are pretty interesting characters. Chise is incredibly somber and soft spoken due to her past, while Elias likes to do things with a flair. We don’t really get introduced to the rest of the cast in this episode.

Art: The art is pretty good, although not as good as a ufotable series.

Music: The music is pretty amazing, especially with the opening theme being performed by JUNNA who is a very talented young woman. If that name sounds familiar it’s probably because you’ve heard her sing as Mikumo Guynemer from Macross Delta.

Overall: A good adapatation, hopefully it stays true to the source material, although I wouldn’t mind seeing a happy ending.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Awesome Musical Score.

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

Manga Monday: King’s Viking by Fukami Makoto

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s King’s Viking by Fukami Makoto!

Plot Synopsis: 18-year-old Koreeda Kazuki is a genius hacker whose only real skill lies with computers. Into his aimless life steps Sakai Daisuke, a wealthy man who makes him a proposition he finds impossible to refuse: that he will become Koreeda’s investor on the condition that Koreeda use his abilities to help him “conquer the world.”

Plot: The above synopsis makes the plot sound a bit more dramatic than it really is, but this first chapter was still pretty darn interesting. Frankly I’ll probably end up reading this series once a big stock of chapters is accumulated.

Characters: We are really only introduced to Daisuke and Kazuki in this first chapter, although we’ll probably see more people who weren’t really introduced in this first chapter later on. That being said Kazuki and Daisuke are pretty interesting, Daisuke is a seriously driven person and Kazuki even though he’s essentially penniless is still an incredibly smart kid. I like them as leads quite a bit.

Art: The art of this first chapter is pretty great, not quite Shueisha level quality, but darn close.

Overall: This looks to be a pretty interesting series so I’m going to continue reading it, eventually.

For those who like: Seinen, Psychological, Mystery, Drama, Interesting Plot, Awesome Lead Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Retro Game Friday: Deja Vu II

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering the sequel to game I covered a while back. It’s Deja Vu II!

Plot Synopsis:Sometime after the events of Deja Vu I our hard-boiled hero Theodore ‘Ace’ Harding once again regains consciousness, this time in a bathroom at the Las Vegas Lucky Dice Hotel and Casino, with his memory intact. It soon becomes apparent that the Vegas mobster Tony Malone is missing a hundred grand and that Ace has become the scapegoat; he is to return that money within a week or face the classic “or else”; in other words, his death…

Plot: I honestly didn’t remember much of the plot until I read the entry on Wikipedia, but I remember thinking it was pretty well done. Thinking back I had quite a deal of fun, at the time I had been reading the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew quite a bit so I was on a mystery binge.

Gameplay: The gameplay was pretty hard. In fact I was more into the game for the story. I’m pretty sure I ended up having to look at a strategy guide online or in a magazine at some points. Either way I had a good time.

Music: I don’t remember a whit if I even ever listened to it, as is the case with most games on handhelds I played while I traveled and having the music on was rude to other travelers.

Overall: A good sequel, frankly now that I’m writing about this I kind of want to find my old copy.

Sensate Saturday: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead by Hiyodori Sachiko

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead by Hiyodori Sachiko!

Plot Synopsis: Kishida Jun is a sickly high school student who can see dead people. One person in particular is following him around: his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko…

Plot: The plot is very messed up. If you can’t handle horror don’t read this series, it will probably give you nightmares. I personally won’t be continuing to read the rest of the series after this first chapter, I have enough nightmares to deal with normally and I don’t particularly want to add to them by reading this. If you like Horror though, this will probably be an awesome series for you.

Characters: Jun is an odd main character, I get the feeling that he just sort of goes through life, not really attempting anything. Although being sickly I guess that’s enough of a reason to do so. Ryoko is a silent character the entire time in this first chapter, but still I found her to be interesting. Just not enough to get over my aversion of the Horror genre.

Art: The art fits the series perfectly, tons of shading make the entire chapter feel incredibly dark. No complaints really on a technical side I could see.

Overall: If you like Horror this will probably be amazing, but for those who don’t like it they should stay away.

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.