Angelic Layer Review

Angelic Layer sets its eyes on Suzuhara Misaki, a first year middle school student who moved to Tokyo to begin the first year of her middle school life. Upon getting lost in the highly metropolitan area, she comes across a large screen displaying a fight between what appears to be small robots controlled telepathically by their owner. After a stunning fight, Misaki became quickly interested in this game, of which a suspicious man in a lab coat introducing himself as “Icchan” introduces her to the game while giving her several hints and advice on how to play the game. Little did Misaki know that this game that she just started out will create a chain of fortunate and unfortunate events as Misaki will later realize why this game possesses a major significance in her life.

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Natsuyuki Rendezvous Review

A powerful story in its own right, Natsuyuki Rendesvous tackles upon the relationship between three characters. Hazuki Ryousuke is working at the flower shop in order to get closer romantically to the manager of the store. Shimao Rokka, the manager, is trying to live as freely as she could while giving up on love via the death of her husband. Shimao Atsushi, her husband, wants Rokka to live a free live, yet does not wish to let her go. The conflicting morals and identities of the three characters create a rather unique atmosphere that eventually bloom with character development.

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Holy Knight

Holy Knight sets its eyes on Kishimoto Lilith, a half-vampire who survived during the destruction of her village from those who are known as vampire hunters. Training throughout her entire life to get revenge on those who have killed her family, Lilith finally comes to the age where she is able to perform her final duty is to give birth to a child with the last true-blood vampire hunter and kill it along with him. Little did anyone know that things did not go according to plan.

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K-On! The Movie

After overhearing another club about what they were going to do over before graduation, Yui, Ritsu, Mio, and Tsumugi decide to go on a field trip on their own. Their destination is none other than London, which is rich in musical history in its own right. However, is it really just that? A trip to have fun? Hidden behind the tea, cake, sweets, and giggles lie a wish all four of them want to make come true: a chance to give Azusa a proper farewell gift. But what could it be? A souvenir? A rich sweet? How about a song? Okay, let’s go with that! But, exactly what king of song should we make for her? Something big? Something extravagant? Or maybe, just maybe, something about her, thanking her for everything that she has done for us, from setting ourselves straight to improving our musical talent? While all of them are having fun, the four are very serious about writing the correct lyrics to sing to her – that was the entire point of this trip.

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Tari Tari: Episode 3

The key person with the spotlight in this weeks episode had to be none other than Taichi. Here, we get a quick flashback on the time when he use to be bullied until his over sister saved him. This probably gave him the viewpoint of standing up for himself and doing what he wants to do for his own goals. With that event, his dream is to become a professional badminton player for a national team or going solo. A big dream in his part, but with no members other than himself, there was no way for him to continue playing in the nationals unless his assembles five people to play with him, even if it was going to be by name.

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Hyouka: Episode 13

Kyoto Animation continues to be impressive in making this school festival probably one of the liveliest of festivals ever created. The rich artwork, the music – nearly everything about this episode is ringing “spectacular.” I think is also helps that we get four different perspectives on the festival, each with their own little adventure on what is going on from their point of view. Major props to Kyoto on that part.

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Kokoro Connect: Episode 1-2

It’s hard to believe that such a light-hearted show with a fun class and a silly story can have such a heavy atmosphere and plot in the process. Kokorro concert is set in the lives of fives students who are forced to join together to create a club, since their school requires everyone to be in a club and none of their interest seem to coincide with any of the clubs provided. While all of them are good friends, what drives these five characters’ lives out of control is an unusual phenomenon that happens only to them: soul exchange.

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