Sayuri Haruno dreams of becoming a pastry chef and enrolls in Fleurir Confectionary Academy, an elite school located in Tokyo’s trendy Aoyama district. At Fleurir, she finds herself surrounded by charming boys, each one distinctly unique. Out of the entire class, Ryou Kouzuki’s desire to become a pastry chef is the strongest. Blessed with unparalleled technique, instructor Mitsuki Aoi acts like a prince and is hugely popular at the school. Gilbert Hanafusa, the mood maker of the bunch, is a student from France. Yoshinosuke Suzumi is not very good at expressing his feelings, but underneath his stony exterior lies a wholehearted passion for Japanese sweets. As far as episodes go, they are five min. clips, more or less like Starry Sky. The opening/ed music sound like those music slogans for ads and sounds pretty catchy. Personally, I would have liked a longer ep. & a bit more substance after watching episode 2. They don’t show much of the actual cooking, but flashy moves/sequences with sparkles or themed backgrounds and bishounen. As a girl, I love the eye candy, but want more story. If you’re looking for something like Yumeiro Patissiere, where you get boys and actual cooking with moral lessons, you may be disappointed. I also hope to see the main character develop some courage or backbone to not accept abuse from the jealous girls and her first partner. It’s okay to ignore the terrible things said to you, or avoid causing a ruckus, but she’s just being a punching bag for insults at the moment.
Amano Ichigo, the main for YP, had moments of insecurities and doubt, but grew in confidence as she developed her skills. I hope to see some form of that character development here. I just hope it doesn’t become another Diabolik Lovers plot; albeit the art is gorgeous. My tolerance level for the typical cliche and marysue plots/characters are pretty high, but I just don’t think that was my cup of tea. Far too predictable, and sexual if you ask me. On the other hand, if you’re here for the boys and voice actors, then this may be your cup of tea. Another cooking-themed plot, though not an anime, would be Kitchen Princess. If you’re familiar with Arisa or Zodiac P.I., you’ll recognize that the art is by Natsumi Andou. The storyline is by Kobayashi Miyuki and is very enjoyable. Anyways, I digress. It’s still possible to enjoy these clips, and it is only the beginning. We’ll see if I can stick around this series until the end and enjoy the closure.
I love the reverse harem anime boy sim game style, and I’m digging the five min episodes. If the episodes were longer they’d have to find a way to fill in the story which could get boring like a lot of slow-paced shoujo anime. The art is pretty and whimsical, they have the anime boy stereotypes, but their character development is lacking, and the storyline isn’t that special. The main character is kind of a blank slate- I wonder what makes her special to the point where all the teachers and guys want to date her. Also they introduce new characters which I wish I could see more often in the anime because they could be more interesting than the main characters even (Like the cutie brother with the long brown hair). Overall, this anime is cute, but not interesting to the point where I get excited for the next episode to come out. I’m still gonna watch it though!
The anime is short and sweet but also needs more/better character development, especially on the main character… I can’t really fault it too much since it is a really short anime. The main character feels a bit mary-sueish, since all the cute/handsome boys and teachers like her. Is it bad that I am more interested in the principal (not shown in the cover art) than the main character? even though the principal keeps thinking that the main character is having student/teacher relationships every time she hangs out with the teachers.
Coppelion is a Sci-fi/Action Fall 2013 Anime based on a manga of the same name. A short ways in the future Tokyo becomes contaminated with nuclear radiation after a power plant suffers from meltdown. Over a decade later the SDF dispatch a group of three genetically modified teenage girls into the contaminated Tokyo in hopes of serving those still surviving inside. Unfortunately these girls are about to find far more going on inside Tokyo than initially believed. As the show continues it becomes constantly hammered into the viewer that the three girls, particularly their leader Ibara, are simply too weak emotionally for their mission. This idea isn’t annoying in and of itself but the show consistently drags with this concept for the next four episodes culminating in one of the most frustrating moments of any show. Watching a character fundamentally fail to understand the situation they’re in and, when confronted with that, continuing to refuse the truth right before their eyes. Personally I find it hard to root for characters that take ages, if ever, to learn any lessons from their journey.
Without question, the series is visually striking. Meticulous attention to detail creates a bleak, ruined city in the first stages of being gradually overtaken by nature. Faint color filtering applied to the scenery saps the life and energy out of the natural setting and furthers the impression that, despite whatever birds we might hear chirping, insects we might see crawling, or moss growing on buildings, this is a desolate place by human standards. The character rendering is no less distinctive, as while the designs are relatively ordinary, the way they are animated is not. They stand in stark contrast to the miniscule detail of the backgrounds, drawn with thick lines, manga-styled shading, and in a manner which gives the feel of them being layered onto the background rather than a part of it; something similar to this effect used to be commonplace back in the late ’90s and early 2000s, but this seems more like a deliberate effort to force a visual contrast rather than the cheap animation and lack of technical skill responsible in that era.
The main villains were actually my favorite characters. The Ozu sisters are Coppelion, just as the heroines, but have gone rogue on their rescue mission due to the hatred of humans they developed over time. Because they were unknowingly cloned from a murderer, they have highly volatile personalities, and the experimentation done to them has caused them to seek revenge. They struggle with the idea that they are less than human and seen as disposable, just as the leads occasionally do. On top of this, they have entertaining personalities and work well on screen together, as well as with the heroines; they went to school together, and bullied Aoi even then. This gives them everything they need to be great villains: motivation, sympathy, and likability. They are given some of the deepest characterization (although that is not saying much in an action series this short) and provide some of the best conflict right up until the very end, which is incredibly satisfying by itself. Without giving spoilers, I can say that it is a fitting conclusion, and gives more meaning to their existence than a simple fight to the death with the “good guys.”
As a thriller, Coppelion is definitely enjoyable, even with the broken plot and shaky background information. When it is given an enjoyable cast, beautiful art, and genuine edge-of-your-seat moments that I will remember for a quite a while, this anime really starts to come into its own. This was one series which I was always waiting for week to week, and would make for the perfect marathon series on a boring Friday night. While there is really nothing too amazing about it aside from the art style, Coppelion no doubt succeeded in what it set out to do: entertain the viewer and keep them hooked from beginning to end.
There are plenty of series with female protagonists and often that is an excuse for plenty of fan service; thankfully that is not the case here. I don’t mind the occasional bit but it would have been inappropriate here given the fairly grim setting. The animators did a great job of capturing the look of the abandoned city with rust and decay in almost every shot. The characters were good too; they may have been genetically engineered in a way that gave them superhuman powers as well as being radiation-proof but they were still human with the emotions and fears that go with that. The story itself seemed to move along at a good pace despite the fact that the action only covers a few days. The conclusion is dealt with well, featuring sacrifice and redemption and neither dragging nor feeling rushed. The biggest surprise is of course the subject given that it isn’t that long since the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Overall I’d say this series is well worth watching.
As the product of a much younger generation of anime fans, I never quite understood the glassy-eyed reverence that overcomes so many 90’s kids when they talk about Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. Now, most new otaku get their start on the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is referred to in hushed tones as “the internet.” However, even as the anime scene evolves further away from the days of cel animation and VHS tapes, there is a list of several shows from this time period that remain relevant to the medium, many of which were brought into the limelight thanks to Toonami’s influence. Cowboy Bebop, Dragon Ball Z, and Ghost in the Shell can all trace their widespread popularity back to their importation to the United States by Cartoon Network, but most of these series had already garnered a strong following in Japan. A show that was left starving by the side of the road until being served a breakfast in America was Trigun, the brainchild of Yasuhiro Nightow, and one of the most critically-acclaimed series in the anime community.
The series follows Vash the Stampede, a former trap that became infamous for leaving a trail of utter devastation in his wake, but never killing any bystanders. After Vash ostensibly destroyed the city of July 23 years before the start of the anime, law enforcement placed a $60,000,000,000 bounty on his head. In reality, much of the destruction Vash is blamed for is a result of bounty hunters after the ridiculous price offered for his capture. He is followed by Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, representatives of the Bernardelli Insurance Agency, so that they can evaluate insurance claims relating to the destruction inevitably caused by Vash. In a way, the plot can best be described as a “never-ending shounen” that has been condensed into 26 episodes. It relies on a fairly episodic format that could have theoretically gone on forever, but sacrifices this potential in order to reveal the “big picture” at a much more rapid rate than say, Yu Yu Hakusho. Vash suffers from amnesia that has caused him to forget most of what occurred during the destruction of July, along with the majority of his past before that incident. Many of Trigun’s antagonists are inexorably linked to his past, and the defeat of each one reveals another nugget of information about our protagonist.
Even so, Meryl and Milly are probably the most relatable characters in the story. Both Vash and his counterpart Nicholas D. Wolfwood, who appears later in the show, continuously remain at a distance from the audience. This disconnect is probably the weakest point of Trigun’s story. It leads to a situation in which viewers end up following along with the show’s plot, but always feel significantly detached from what happens. This isn’t to say that Vash is unlikable or a bad dramatis personae, it’s just that the series tries to have its cake and eat it too by giving us a character we know very little about, and then attempting to develop the aforementioned character by playing upon our understanding of the person in question. However, even with all of this bile, I urge you to not think that Trigun’s plot and characters aren’t worth your time, as they most certainly are. The major opponents Vash faces are all unique and entertaining, and after a rocky start, the show concludes with an absolutely sublime ending that makes the most of the relationships the leads had built up to that point.
Trigun is one of those shows that people can easily recall only the first episode of because they get a hankering to re-watch it every once in awhile, but it doesn’t take them long before they think “Christ, I don’t remember the animation being this bad!” The series hasn’t aged badly as much as it was notoriously low-quality even when it was first released. For a studio as illustrious as Madhouse, the amount of jumpy movement and cheap animation cop-outs is inexcusable. This isn’t helped by the fact that Cowboy Bebop, a show that pushed the boundaries of what could be achieved with cel animation, premiered the same year. Being mostly set in desert environments also doesn’t help, and many of the backgrounds fade into a dull blend of varying shades of brown, all of which feature the washed-out tone indicative of low-quality coloring and shading materials from the time period.
Other aspects of production, however, are mostly great. Besides the aforementioned Bebop and maybe Lupin III, very little else in the genre of pre-2000s anime has quite the soundtrack that Trigun boasts. Its kick-ass, air-guitar-riffing opening theme is supplemented by a great set of slower tunes such as the near-psychedelic “Scattered Rain.” On the issue of subtitles versus the dubbed version, hearing the banter between the characters in English is just so much more rewarding than watching the bottom two inches of the screen on this occasion. Johnny Yong Bosch makes his first major appearance in this show, embodying the role of Vash the Stampede almost perfectly, while Lia Sargent, Dorothy Fahn, and Jeff Nimoy rounding out the main cast as Milly, Meryl, and Wolfwood respectively.
Trigun’s impact on Japanese animation can be felt even today. Besides being part the first wave of shows to reach a widespread audience in America, its narrative, thematic, and artistic elements have found themselves in everything from Desert Punk to Durarara!!. Overall, Trigun is one for the history books, not because it’s a relic of a bygone age, but because it deserves to be remembered as a revolutionary title that has enthralled generations of anime lovers, and will hopefully continue to do so for years to come.
Raishin is a ‘puppeteer’ who manipulates his ‘doll’ Yaya to fight battles for him using magic. Yaya is super cute and, of course, in love with Raishin and doesn’t care that human/doll relationships are not cool. They are enrolled at a magic school and their fighting ability has them ranked (and called by everyone) ‘2nd last’, despite being more powerful than half the school. Raishin has an agenda for being there – he is looking to exact revenge on the man who killed his family, who is ‘number 1′ at this school. The animation is great and the characters are all interesting. Raishin has a whole harem of girls after him, but he doesn’t seem the least bit interested in any of them. Without spoiling the ending, I can say, I think they may be planning a second series, which is cool. Watch this show if you’re looking for escapism that isn’t mentally taxing.
Unbreakable Machine Doll Is my #1 pick of the year. I read the Manga first and the anime stayed true to the script. Set in the turn of the 20th century, the Victorian era to be exact in jolly old England. Now if you have read the manga then you will be slightly let down because they never finished the story. This is all to common because if goes beyound 13 but less than 24 they cut it short. So our hero Raishin Akabane and his and by the way most powerful automation Yaya have come to the Walpurgis Royal Academy. Having come from Japan for revenge, it seems that his older brother may have killed all of his Family which are gifted puppeteers. Raishin on the other hand showed little ability early on but as time goes on become very good at magic and Shoko the inventor of Yaya loans Yaya to him so that he may get into the Academy to do her spying for the Japanese government solve some very strange crimes. The art work is fantastic and the storyline is very believable in fact it fits very well.
The show has three arcs told in four episodes each. This is related to the Evening party main story but the arcs have their own subplots to follow. You’ll often notice how often the anime wanders off from its intended goal and that’s because it’s about to enter a new arc. This happened in the first few episodes of the show. The first episode sets up the Evening party story and how awesome automatons are. The following episodes are about the various flirting Raishin had with this tsundere with blonde hair. It was focused way too much until I realized we’ve entered an arc. I do commend the execution for most of the action scenes in this series, but I got somewhat confused in the end. About the investigative part, they are displayed in the form of conflicts that the main protagonists had to solve – and aside from these, we were shown with questions about the academe, this group of people who hid themselves under their masks, and how a machine-doll is made. I am hoping that this will be answered in the second season. The last episode was just a continued fighting scene with the butler and while overpowered, he didn’t lose as of yet. He flies off with his master who everyone thought was a guy, but was actually a girl. If anything, I smell one hell of a Season 2 somewhere.
“Diabolik Lovers” is a horror anime based on the visual novel by Rejet. Yui is a girl who can see ghosts. Her father convinces her to move in with an old acquaintance of his because he has to move due to his new job. Yui finds out that the house’s residents are six young men who just happen to be vampires. To make things worse, there’s a secret in Yui’s body that makes her blood a delicious treat to them. Will she survive? Besides the fact that it should have been a 26 episode series, it also fails as a dark, edgy romance because most of the vampires act like abusive jerks to Yui. The only ones who show any kindness to her are Shu and Subaru. The anime fails to give the decent vampires the chance to develop a decent, healthy romance with Yui. It’s a shame because the anime does atmospheric horror well and the vampires’ dark past have a great gothic feel.
I loved it for its weirdness but felt like there was some kind of meaning to it and i don’t expect vampires to be kind and gentle. As far as the female character she acts kind of like those in a horror film. She knows she should leave and is scared but still wants too know more. Curiosity killed the cat they say. It also seems like she sorta won them over and they become a bit gentle with her because she trys understand so it seems. The protagonist is basically a cardboard cut out that exists to serve as the audience’s proxy. This is a common problem with the reverse-harem genre, and the harem genre as a whole. She has no real…well, anything. She didn’t seem to have any agency of her own, and just makes noises and looks sad the entire time. On the surface, you have your pick of six flavors of psychopath to pick from. But, once you remove the props and informed differences (Yes, I am so very smart because you can see my room is full of books. But, I act the exact same as all of the other characters), they’re pretty much the same vacuous hole where a love interest’s personality should be covered with a thin, spotty paint job of extreme mood swings and mommy issues as a cover up for poor character development.
Other characters, while being somewhat stereotypical, have a sadist twist to that stereotype. So while clearly based on stereotypes, I feel they do deviate from those stereotypes in interesting ways. Unlike the main character, they do have a some background story shown. Plot wise, the plot moves through out, but doesn’t tell you everything from the get go. This has been mistaken as having no plot to start with. I disagree. You learn a bit more of this mysterious situation with each episode. But it doesn’t all start fitting together until later. As far as animation goes, well I have no right to judge animation. I’ve almost never noticing anything off on animation with any show. But I’ll at least say these guys are quite cute.
This is one of the first reverse harems that don’t completely bore me to death. The plot is lame, but it is all about the boys feeding off a helpless girl which is understandable. Most reverse harems don’t have a nice plot, just boy heaven. This is vampire heaven, where you’re vampires aren’t scared to bite and feed. I love it. They are all what they should be; predators. I like each and everyone of them. I would give this a B+ rating if it wasn’t for the heroine’s stupid, simple and typical personality. All reverse harem girls are like this, typical stuff. I wasn’t expecting much of her when I began the series. But I was also not expecting sadistic, predatory vampires who care less about the girl and more about her blood. I certainly don’t recommend this to those weak at heart and don’t have an open mind to Japanese S&M. If you like smut or anything borderline ecchi, I highly recommend you watch.
Space Brothers is about a middle aged man trying to get to the moon by becoming an astronaut. It won’t be easy, since he has bad luck beside him, and a lot of younger and tougher competitors to become astronauts. To follow his brother Hibito to the moon, Mutta will attempt to become an astronaut at the age of 31. Unaware of his own talent, Mutta chases his dreams to get back in front of his younger brother. Space Brothers is realistic, as expected of slice of life genre, in the way it approach the story and characters. No slapstick, villains, “nen,” “ninjitsu,” “bankai,” nor any form of action in Space Brothers. Yet it can be as exciting, if not more, than current shonen series I follow.
When you watch enough anime, you start to feel like you know what the genre is capable of. Sometimes a show will surprise you, but most fall into a pretty defined categories. What is so amazing about space Brothers is that it goes way outside the normal limits of the genre. The only fanservice here is that every episode is littered with shots of space, rockets, and astronauts. Characters are relatable and well developed, and the story is will keep you coming back to see what crazy hijinks Mutta gets up to in his quest to chase his little brother to the stars. The show captures the imagination and fans the coals of wanderlust we’ve all felt while peering through a telescope, hopefully getting a few young students interested in space in the process. Who knows, maybe a young fan of the show will be the first Japanese man to walk on our moon. This isn’t just one of my favorite new anime series, this is one of my favorite new shows. Period. Fantastic series for viewers of all ages, especially if you ever spent time just staring at the sky in wonder.
As far as other negative points are concerned, I think the story doesn’t need a UFO as a motiviation at the beginning of the series. Just wanting to become an astronaut and go into space is enough in my opinion. Another thing is that even though he’s supposed to be smart storywise, the protagonist comes across as rather dumb. It seemed a bit unrealistic to me at times. I’m sure the creators just wanted to make him human and relatable. They just seemed to have gone overboard with this at times. I mean I often felt like I’d feel ashamed if alien visitors would stumble on him in space and take him to be representative of our species. That can’t be good thing. Jokes aside though, Mutta’s a likeable character and I’m sure that many viewers will be able to relate to him. It takes its’ subject matter very seriously to great effect. I don’t know if you’ll like it if you’re not into astronauts and space at all, though. I’d urge you to try it anyway.
It’s interesting seeing what kind of impression the Japanese animator has on American culture. Houston being my hometown, kudos for a pretty accurate portrayal of the Johnson Space Center and overall feel of the general area. And they sure do wear the whole getup, belt buckles, boots and a cowboy hat. The true story, of course, is greater than a simple story of brothers in pursuit of their childhood desires or realizing the hopes and dreams of an entire nation. ‘Becoming an astronaut’ is a common fantasy for children around the world, with NASA being known and recognized in practically every country. Humanity has always looked to the sky, and so this story follows the lives of everyone who has dreamed of one day going beyond our atmosphere and making those dreams reality. When you watch Space Brothers, I hope you do so while keeping your own childhood dreams in mind, regardless of your current age. This is a story that can connect with so many who have ever wanted something from their lives but felt they could not achieve their dreams. I highly recommend watching it.
A-Channel depicts the daily lives of Run, Tooru, Yuuko and Nagi in high school. The natural airheaded Run spreading her liveliness and indiscretion is just a small part of the four girls hectic life in high school. Tooru takes a test so she can enter the same high school as Run, her childhood friend and the girl she likes. She passes the exam and cannot wait to break the good news to Run. However, when Tooru arrives at Run’s house, she finds Run hugging a girl she’s never seen before. Tooru is introduced to Run’s high school friends, Yuuko and Nagi. As Run, Nagi and Yuuko begin their second year while Tooru begins her first year, their exciting high school life filled with drama and adventure begins for the four friends. Tooru takes a test so she can enter the same high school as Run, the girl she likes. She passes, but when she goes to tell Run, she finds her hugging a girl she’s never seen before.
There have a been a slew of new characters however since that first episode and they all make quality appearances in the finale, with the possible exception of Satou-sensei, who it seems they’ve learned to keep at arm’s reach of the student’s body. Student body. You know what I mean. Yutaka and Miho were nice supporting characters and could easily be featured if they wanted to do more with the series. The teacher’s segments were pretty good, and I even got a kick out of seeing Tooru’s mom. The scene at the burger restaurant was the most enjoyable in my opinion. The slice of life elements, when done well, were always high points of the season for me. Whether playing video games, playing in the snow, or sneaking into school at night, the relationships between the characters were pretty fun to watch. Oh before I forget, Tooru’s dream sequence of particular note, was maybe one of the finer scenes in the whole series. “Earth had nice food! It was good!”
I’m a little angry with how A-Channel ended. I thought the series had its ups and downs, which is fine, but why did it wait to the very last episode to be at its absolute finest? I’ll have some thoughts about the finale, mixing in my overall thoughts and observations about the series. The season finale, in my opinion, was probably the best episode of the series. It seemed to combine the drama, comedy and slice of life ingredients (all the components I’ve enjoyed the most) into one well executed, well paced episode. From Kamade-sensei’s lackadaisical approach to teaching, to Run’s speech (or lack thereof) after biting her lip, and to Yutaka, one of my favorites this season, all the jokes seemed to hit the mark. The quick pacing and the quality dramatic content in this last episode makes me wonder why they couldn’t have produced a better series overall. That being said, the show didn’t always try to emphasize the slice of life part of the show. Specifically earlier in the season, when the fan service took just as much priority as any character or plot development. It was almost as if they didn’t want to alienate the slice of life fan, while they also tried to appeal to the fan who wanted to see loli-style girls in school swimsuits and bloomers.
Overall, I’ll be sticking with my initial impressions of the show and call it mostly ok. It was sometimes good, but never great, but most important for me, it was always easy to watch. The show looked good, but the color palette and backgrounds always seemed to overwhelm the simple and at times limiting character designs. I mean, how many ways could they animate Run being confused? Not too many, and throughout the entire series she spends about half the time with that same blank eyed (stupefied) look on her face. I would say the same about the voice acting. The main foursome were always ok. I don’t think I ever noticed anything horrid, but at the same time, I can’t remember ever marveling at their performances. In contrast the supporting cast, Kamade and Kitou sensei along with Yutaka were a lot more colorful. The music. If you’ve read any of the previous A-Channel reviews, you know how I felt about the creepy inserted songs throughout the series. The lyrics have always creeped me out. It was as if they were written by a fat 52-year-old otaku describing how high school girls should feel. Creepy! In particular the song while they were cleaning the pool in episode 4. I really imagined the otaku-writer, writing that song while peeping through some middle school fence somewhere in Japan. I still haven’t gotten over it. The authorities should put that guy on the must-watch list. I have always enjoyed the opening song along with the whole opening sequence, but the marketing push of the singer and song title in the OP left me keeping my hand on my wallet. The jokes on them though because there’s no money in there. Ultimately, I’ve enjoyed watching A-Channel, but in an out-of-sight, out-of-mind way, the show will probably fade from my memories. Especially with the new season starting as it always does. This includes the characters themselves, who were done pretty well in the show’s environment, especially my Yuuko-angel, but honestly, they aren’t very memorable.
Seika High School, once an all-boys school notorious for its wild students and for generally being a terrifying place for girls, has recently become a co-ed school. With the female population still a minority and living in fear of the over-the-top antics of the males, Misaki Ayuzawa takes it into her own hands to reform the school and allow the girls to feel safe in the rough environment. Training, studying, and even becoming the first female student council president of the school, Misaki has gained a reputation among the male students body as an uptight, boy-hating dictator and as a shining hope for the teachers and fellow female students. However, despite her tough-as-nails appearance, she secretly works part-time at a maid café in order to support her family. Unfortunately, her hard-earned reputation is threatened when the popular, attractive, and somewhat impassive Takumi Usui takes an interest in her after discovering her in a maid uniform after school.
I really enjoyed this anime. I didn’t expect to fall for it so much, but it’s definitely something i’ll watch again at a later date. I found myself thinking of how Kaichou wa Maid-sama! was like a mixture of Ouran High School Host Club and Special A. They’re both apart of my favorites when it comes to anime, and finding something that felt like a combination of the two was just fantastic. The storyline was kept very consistent. Misaki has a fearless school reputation she wants upheld, and does not want anyone finding out that she works as a maid in a cafe. One fateful day the worst happens and the boy from her school (whom she believes to be a bit of a playboy, since girls are constantly confessing their affection for him), Usui, discovers her secret. From then on the fun begins. Misaki goes through the motions of wondering if Usui is going to tell the whole school and ruin the reputation she strongly built for herself. As time goes on she faces trials of what she believes is him teasing her over and over. It was all so well put together. All the while though, the viewers clearly see what’s really going on. Usui is constantly watching over Misaki and never fails in having her back.
Nothing stood out to bother me musically, therefore I have no complaints. I usually get too caught up in what’s going on in the anime itself and lack in hearing the actual music. Characters are fantastic. From Misaki being strong, and sometimes psychotic when it comes to standing up against the guys of her school, to being the hardworking maid at her cafe job, she’s just wonderful. Of course I fell for Usui. What girl wouldn’t want a guy who see’s no one but her? Thinks of her always. Protects her. Has her back. And most of all doesn’t hold back. He spoke his mind and wasn’t too ‘macho’ to tell or show Misaki (more than once) how he felt about her. If anyone knows some guys like that for real life, be sure to let me know. I personally think he’s fantastic.
Although I’m glad the ending shows them finally together, it felt forced to me. Misaki just suddenly blurted all these feelings supposedly suppressed within her since “a long time ago” but honestly, I didn’t feel like she’s been feeling these till just the last three episodes or so… I was waiting for them to finally be together, but this somehow feels unsatisfying. Oh wells, at least it’s a happy, doki doki ending. Aside from the ending, the pace for the rest of the anime was great. I enjoyed all the side stories, too. It would’ve been nice to see the side characters having their happy endings, too. Although I know there probably won’t be a second season, still holding on to hope. As for the rest of the cast, i’ll try to put them quickly. The maids were all so caring and understanding when it came to Misaki and others. They made me want to find a maid cafe and become a regular customer someday, or heck, even work in one. The ‘three idiots’ are hilarious too. Every anime needs those few comic relief characters, and they certainly played their part. There’s also the others in the student counsel, the five boys that began to follow Misaki, her friends and so on. The anime wouldn’t be the same without their roles, even if they weren’t main characters. All well developed and all played their parts well.
Kanade Amakusa – a boy cursed with the mental power who will turn any multiple-choice quiz he thinks about into a reality. However, one day in school, he is given another choice: a beautiful girl will fall before him or he will fall from the rooftop in female clothes. Although he chooses the first option and it comes true, he and his new-chosen love – Chocolat – are in for a hilarious multiple-choice adventure. This show is funny, cute, smart, and has a surprising amount of depth. I thought it was going to be a slice-of-life style show where there is no real overarching plot and the show would just focus on separate things that happen in the main characters life. This was not the case and the overarching story was interesting and drew me in. The show also had me laughing out loud multiple times. It was able to be serious too with good character development and an ending that, while typical for a harem anime, was still satisfying and set things up for a potential second season.
Interestingly, Kanade’s reactions to the first Mental Choice (yes its a pair of perverted choices) is a litmus test of sort for his character. He is constantly internalizing some interesting psychological questions while searching for the best answer. What does a decent person do when faced with a consent series of “lesser of two evils” choices? How do you rationalize and what criteria do you use when faced with a no-win situation? What is really more important: the human heart, or human pride? Do you strip your shirt or your pants? Like I said, comedy. The fanservice is there, but it’s generally tied to some of the comedy and isn’t too pbnoxious (mostly). The series takes time to make fun of other anime of this type, so you can expect all the cliche happenings. Character development is limited to say the least. Story and plot also are suitable to keep things moving and little more, but again this is a comedy and that’s where you will like or dislike the show.
As for the plot, it’s a blast too. It isn’t a grand, sweeping adventure so much as a series of comedic events that seem to build up to giving our protagonist a love life (though I say this having only seen up to episode 8, so I may be wrong in guessing that.) I’m not usually someone who can tolerate the kind of humor where someone is humiliated time and again, but something about Mental Comedy got it right. Kanade handles his situation with the perfect balance of resignation, exasperation, determination, and, yes, embarrassment to keep things from being too hard to watch. I was also surprised by the large amount of filler this early, especially in the first episode, that was not present in the novels at all. Still, if you are not familiar with the light novels, the primary story devices seem to be mostly intact.
My Mental Choices did come off a bit badly with its first episode, or most precisely it came off slowly. Thats not because it was a bad pilot, but just the opposite, it was trying to get as much introductory items off the plate as soon as possible so that way in later episodes there can be less explanation and more immediate humor. Not only that but My Mental Choices isnt your standard harem, if you can really call it a harem. What is the harem? There is only one character so far who has even been introduced to like the protagonist of the series! And Chocolat sure as DerP doesnt like him that way. In the end, My Mental Choices is not very predictable, and if you try to predict it, you will only be able to predict some small details, what some people call predicable in these reviews is called foreshadowing, when the anime leds you to believe something. If you like comedy, this is a great refresher on that genre, but if you’re more of an action person, I dont know why youre even reading this in the first place, seriously the cover doesnt look like an action at all. If anything I think My Mental Choices is underrated and misunderstood, hopefully it grows well in the future!