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Outbreak Company Series Review

I know that I’ve been making episodic reviews of anime up until now, but, truth be told, that takes a lot of time (20 mins per episode+around 2 hours for reviewing) and, right now, time is a luxury commodity for me ^^’ (as you could have noticed from my prolonged absence). As such, I plan to make episodic reviews of only one or two series and then put up a review for the other series as a whole, which is kinder to my schedule.

So, Outbreak Company was one of he series in the past season’s to-watch list. I started watching it knowing that it would be your typical moe-filled anime, and, although I do enjoy moe, there is so much I can take in a single season until I’m fed up. However, never once did Outbreak Company felt like it was exaggerating the moe-factor, and it made for a very decent watch :).

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REVIEW

Plot: (6/10)
As expected of a moe-anime, the plot was fairly nonexistent, being mainly an episodic series without much of a “main-arc”. Still, it was a fairly decent watch, not even a single time did it felt boring. The idea of Japan exporting Otaku Culture to an undeveloped land is interesting and something new in the recent outbreak of Highschool-Slice-of-Life-Moeshit that spammed the industry in the past few years. Even more, they made it more interesting by adding an otaku (even more, a hikikomori) as the cornerstone of the endeavor.

I agree!

I agree!

Also, this series managed to approach some unusual themes, like equality, racism and class differentiation in society to a certain extent. All in all, the story was pretty much interesting, even if the main plotline was close to null.

Characters: (7/10)
In general the characters where very likeable (mainly Miusel (>.<))

Shinichi is your typical male MC, devoid of any social skills and very awkward at first (and a hikikomori to boot), a unexpected “Harem-King” (because, let’s face it, every MC like that ends up becoming a “Harem-King”), yet quick of mind and hero-ish when it is needed (perhaps due to reading too much manga and watching too much anime). However, he is fairly powerless, so he ends up being saved by the girls all the time. Not really that much of a memorable character, but he’s likeable.

Miusel is the main moe-source of the series. A half-elf who has lived her entire life bearing the stigma of being a mixed breed, she developed feelings for Shinichi due to him treating her like an equal and not just as a maid/”lesser being”. She is very capable in all house-keeping tasks, proficient in attack magic and cares about the MC a lot. Also, her moe-level is high, I must say :P. Although not an outstanding character (you probably won’t remember her in a year or so), she is, by far, the most appealing character in the whole series.

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Miusel…

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Miusel!

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MIUSEL!

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MIUSEL!!! MIUSEL!!! MIUSEL!!!

Petrarca fills both the tsundere and loli roles in this series. She is a petite girl (ok, she’s as flat as a plank) that rules over the kingdom of Eldant. She starts developing feelings for Shinichi due to his over-openness and lack of restraint with her. Sincerely, I really disliked her. She was pretty much there just for the loli-moe (although she had her moments), not really adding much to the series overall.

The onli pic of Petrarca I can stand, 'cause Mahou Shoujo FTW!

The onli pic of Petrarca I can stand, ’cause Mahou Shoujo FTW!

As for supporting characters, we had Minori, the female JSDF officer responsible for Shinichi’s safety and a BL lover. She was a very amusing character throughout the series, and portrayed well the struggle between doing your job and doing what is right. Out of all the support characters, she was the best one. As for the the others, no one stood out much (not even the inumimi-girl whose name I can’t remember and I’m too lazy to look it up).

Them maids... :3

Them maids… :3

Visuals: (6/10)
As for the illustrations and animation, the art style is clearly not my favourite, although one cannot call it bad. it is well done overall, although some more attention to details would have been a good improvement. The animation was pretty normal, nothing out of this world, although some scenes could have benefited from more attention and care (and a few more frames) in the animation.

Overall, it was an interesting and enjoyable series. I give it a 6,5/10 (you can round it up to 7)

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Rosario + Vampire ending [Warning! Spoilers!]

[WARNING – Contains spoilers!]

So, R+V just ended… and FFS, it was a god awfull ending! WTH? Outer-Moka was nothing more than a “copy” of Akasha’s personality? Really? In the end, all the pain he endured was for nothing? Why didn’t he at least end up with Inner-Moka+Outer’s memories or something? GAAAAAHHHHH, I’m pissed as hell! It should have been a lovey-dovey ending!!

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Damn it, i’m really pissed…

Still,  one heck of a story… I’ll give it a 10/10, it really deserves it.

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Non Non Biyori Episode 2

Time for some more Non Non Biyori!

I know I didn’t write much about it the first episode, and I believe I will never write much about it because, let’s face it, it doesn’t have anything of interest asides being filed with moe and cuteness (which is always good :D)

This episode is, again, cute girls being cute. It begins with a popular blackboard eraser-trap backfiring and hitting Komari in the head, only to be “cleaned” by Hotaru, who, instead of cleaning the chalk dust off her head, ends up “molesting” (as in patting the hell out of her head) Komari in a scene that reeks of yuri.

Afterwards, Komari goes to Hotaru’s house to play, and Hotaru, that has a huge “crush” on Komari, gets all dressed up to meet her, to the point that Komari can’t even recognise her and mistakes her for an older person. And yeah, that sums it up. More moe, more light-hearted comedy. Always fun 😀

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To be honest, their teacher is amazing… How did she managed to not be fired is just awesome!

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Is it just me, or does she seem similar to Aisaka Taiga?

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I smell yuri! 😀

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There, there… Hotaru, pat my head too *.*

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Wow, I’ve never seen anyone react like that over a simple candy…

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Really, Komari doesn’t want to be called little, but she dresses like a little girl! (Still, she’s cute as hell! ALL HAIL THE LOLIS!)

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And that’s pretty much it. I’ve already finished writing my Outbreak Company review, just gonna add some pics to it and will upload it one or two days from now! 😀

Yours truly

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Non Non Biyori Episode 1 Review

So, I just started watching Non Non Biyori because I felt like having a change of pace and watch some moe anime… And Non Non Biyori doesn’t disappoint in that regard.

The serie's main loli

The series’ main loli

While the first episode is completely devoid of any plot whatsoever, we get to see cute girls being cute just for the sake of it, and that’s always nice.

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The series takes place in a very small rural town, with only 4 students, each of a different grade. Every student is placed in the same classroom, due to insufficient number of students to have a class of each grade. And then a transfer student comes from Tokyo, a breath of fresh air in town. The girls all become interested in this new student, who is a very shy and cute girl. And then the girls do more cute stuff, a guy gets stuck inside the school’s foundations, more cute stuff, a sakura tree scene, and Renge realizes that they “live in the sticks”. And that pretty much sums the episode.

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All characters are cute, although none of them has, as of the first episode, that memorable feeling of some characters. Also, the directing/animation is nothing extraordinary, it is your typical low-risk high-gain moe anime.

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Probably the first episode’s most interesting thing was the appearance of this racoon dog ^^’

Well, twintails and a loli are a sure-fire recipe for moe

Well, twintails and a loli are a sure-fire recipe for moe

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And that’s pretty much it. Cute girls doing cute stuff. Always nice once in a while, but I’m getting tired of all this moe-shit anime that fills the season roosters… Japanese Authors/Animators/Directors/Franchise owners, PLEASE be a bit more risk friendly! You are drowning the entire anime industry in moe-shit due to being scared of introducing something new and different!
Yours truly

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Rosario + Vampire Season II Manga Ending in February

Unfortunately, I received the news that one of my favourite manga series is going to end… I really loved Rosario+Vampire, it went from a typical romance manga to a battle manga, while retaining each and every inch of what made it unique in the first place. It is sad to see it go, but it is with happiness that I see it ending, because it will be (I hope) the happy ending of a struggle of love between Moka, Tsukune and everyone!

Original article: Rosario + Vampire Season II Manga Ending in February (ANN).

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Steins;Gate Movie Review

So, I’ve just seen Steins;Gate – Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu (Steins;Gate The Movie – Burdened Domain of Deja vu), and I really came crashing down…. THE MOVIE IS AWESOME! I even cried! It was a feelings-rollercoaster, with a big dose of emotion-punch-in-the-gut! Really, the idea of making Makise save Okabe, making her acknowledge what he suffered during his time-leaps and making her come to terms with her own feeling is a stroke of a genius!

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The story is just awesome. One year after the anime’s timeline, Makise returns to Japan to pay a visit to our friends from the Future Gadget Lab, only to return to her tsundere self as soon as she sees Okabe. Then Okabe is assaulted by a series of “delusions”, glimpses of his experiences in other time lines that are creeping into his mind, which seem too real to be just “dreams” or illusions, until suddenly PUFF, Okabe is no more, leaving a completely freaked-out Makise to save his ass 😛

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Her tsundere side is just… hgnnnh

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Scratchy, scratchy

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Okabe getting his mind all f*cked up

Okabe getting his mind all f*cked up

Whoever says that she isn't sexy as hell, I'm gonna find you, and kill you!

Whoever says that she isn’t sexy as hell, I’m gonna find you, and kill you!

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Tsun Tsun

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I cried in this scene...

I cried in this scene…

In a saddening turn, everyone forgets about him, as if his existence was entirely removed from the Steins;Gate world line. However, a lingering feeling of loneliness, of something-is-not-right-ness takes the entire crew, leaving hints that he once was there

Then, our beloved Amane returns, just in time to make Makise regain her memories of Okabe, and “rescue” him from the R world line. Makise remakes the Time Leap Machine (I don’t remember it’s Future Gadget number, sorry ^^’) and tries to save Okabe, just to have him tell her to forget about him and move on.

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Unfortunately, Makise is still the same stubborn girl as always (although I must say I love her tsundere side 😀 ), and due to her uneasiness to come true with her own feelings for Okabe, she decides to continue living in this kind of world, without him. However, *tuturut!* Amane to the rescue! She grabs Makise, makes her ride the Time Machine built by the future Makise and Daru, and sends her back to 2005 (a date chosen by Makise), only to make Okabe die. She then comes back and, to no surprise, is in shock and decides to not try to save him, to just accept reality.

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However, everyone starts to have deja vu’s, remembering bits about Okabe and she makes her own resolve to save him, by (god knows why) kissing the young Okabe after telling him about Hououin Kyouma (also, isn’t kissing a young boy rape? XD)

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Mad Scientist Makise Kurisu… not bad 😛

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This is clearly child abuse….

Apparently, that one kiss was enough to make Okabe realize that he was living in the “real” world, forcing his Reading Steiner to stop fluctuating and keeping him in the Steins;Gate world line.

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Man, what a great movie… I really loved Steins;Gate, it was one of the best series I ever saw, and this movie just brought back that feeling of awesomeness and mental breakdown I had when I watched the anime…

And now, back to 3 school reports due tomorrow and finishing my Outbreak Company review!

El. Psy. Kongroo.

Yours truly

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