Sensate Saturday: From Nine to Five by Aihara Miki [Quick Review]


This week for Sensate Saturday I’m doing another quick review. It’s From Five to Nine by Aihara Miki!

Plot Synopsis: Junko Sakuraba, a 27-year-old lecturer at an English conversation school has no boyfriend. Her parents set up a marriage interview for her with a man who turns out to be a Buddhist monk. However, Junko has no intention of becoming a temple wife, so she refuses to do the interview. Soon afterward, the man signs up to become her private student.

Plot: The plot is decent for this first chapter, though I feel like Junko is too passive in this chapter for too much of it. That isn’t to say she isn’t impulsive, the last few pages make it clear that she can be, but despite that I’m not fully captivated by the series and probably won’t continue reading it.

Characters: Junko is a decent enough female lead, although she seems to have attracted way too many suitors for it to be such a spontaneous thing to occur for her. Which breaks the suspension of disbelief for us readers pretty fast. The rest of the cast is interesting though.

Art: Pretty good for a Shoujo series, I’d honestly thought this was a Josei series, but it’s not and the art reaffirms that.

Overall: Interesting, but not enough for me to continue, it may however be good enough for you. So it’s all up to your personal tastes.

Sensate Saturday: Dance with Devils Episode 01 Impressions


This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a series I found somewhat interesting! It’s time to play the accompanying part with Dance with Devils Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Ritsuka is a rather normal high school girl going to an elite academy, when he here life is turned upside down when she’s called to the Student’ Council’s room, which happens to be one of the school’s giant librarys.

Plot: This first episode was pretty interesting, and it leaves plenty of plot threads for the later episodes to deal with, which is always good in my opinion. It ends on a pretty sharp and despairing note, which is also good.

Characters: Ritsuka isn’t as clueless as the rest of the Reverse Harem heroines I’ve seen, which is a huge relief. She’s honestly interested in finding out what’s going on and doesn’t just let other’s push her around, too much. The rest of the cast is great, and I’m looking forward to seeing them expanded upon in later episodes.

Art: Pure Shoujo and it’s very well done.

Music: Here’s where the series get’s really interesting, the characters will occasionally burst into song and while it’s full of Engrish it’s still pretty decent for an Anime. It’s not a Broadway musical, but it’s better than some lesser one’s I’ve seen or listened to. The rest of the soundtrack is great.

Overall: Well worth the watch if you love a good Shoujo series.

For those who like: Shoujo, Mystery, Romance, Drama, Action, Musicals, Great Artwork, Excellent Music, Fantastic Plot, Awesome Cast of Characters.

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