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Recovery of an MMO junkie – First Impression

Among the abundant teenage protagonists and regular superpower themed animes, Recovery of an MMO Junkie is a breath of fresh air. It is refreshing, mature and puts NEETS in a whole new light, at least in my eyes.

A short introduction!

A short introduction to the story is due. So we have Morioka Moriko who is an elite NEET, meaning she has dropped out of the real world of her own choice to fully devote her time to the online world. She is in her thirties and is, or rather, was a working professional before she decided to quit her corporate life to become a full-time NEET. She opts to play a guy online named Hayashi who meets another girl avatar named Lily. They both become partners and Morioka finds more friends online but what awaits her is a nice twist to the story.

What works for the anime?

As I mentioned in the introductory para of the post, the anime is a breath of fresh air. Not many times do we get a female protagonist playing a NEET. To top that, she is pretending to be a guy online which only complexes things further making for a riveting storyline. Secondly, she is a woman in her thirties. The series deals with an older protagonist and shows to us life from an older person’s perspective. In fact, as an adult myself, Morioka Moriko is so relatable that it only makes it a good watch.

What I like about the anime – First Impression

What I mostly like about the anime is that it doesn’t have a storyline pertaining to one thing, instead it branches out to talking about personal aspect of an adult life to romance to gaming culture and social responsibilities.

This picture basically sums up my life as an ani blogger

Then what I like is how the series puts forward the reality of online life. In Japan and around the world, being a NEET and having an online life is looked down upon. But in reality, it offers us an escape from the mundane brouhaha of real life. Plus it finds us friends, whether for long or not, that is conditional, who are a different set from people we usually meet in our daily lives.

To make a confession, I have a crush on Sakurai Yuta. He is everything you can ask for in a man. He is gentle, smart, working and handsome. I don’t understand why Morimori chan turns him down for a date!

The sheer credit for the success of the series goes to Morioka for having the guts to quit her suffocating corporate job and become a full-time NEET of her own accord. She is so relatable as a reserved NEET that there are times where I yell out, “I would do the same!”

What fails miserably for the anime! Things I didn’t like

The biggest plot fail for MMO junkie is that Yuta turns out to be Harth too. I mean just how many coincidence can one have in life! It was okay and believable that Lily was Yuta and Hayashi was Morioka. It is okay to have one coincidence. Coincidences make for a riveting storyline but MMO Junkie has stretched it a bit thin by proclaiming that everyone Yuta gets close to online is always Morioka. If Yuki would have been someone else, it would have added some depth to story as well as Yuta’s character. To make it worse, even Kanbe is the guy from the grocery store. The online world is supposed to be random and vast, something our writer seems to be unaware about.

Secondly, the humour of the anime falls flat on its face. MMO junkie tries very hard to provide some comic relief but fails miserably at it. If only the comic scenes would have been better, I would have given this anime a good rating but sadly I can’t.

These two take apologizing to a whole new level

Stars – 3 out 5

In conclusion, the Recovery of an MMO Junkie is still an interesting watch. It is serious and playful at the same time. Though I’ll admit due to lack of any real pace at times, makes it bit of a bore to watch, it has its moments. So anyone looking to take a break from the shounen world of action and clich├ęs to find some peaceful, slice of life shoujo anime to watch, my recommendation goes to this anime.

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Gintama Silver Soul Arc – Episodes 342 and 343 Review

Well what we learned from these two episodes is that

And also don’t mix hot sauce and Mayonnaise together or you will end up pooping your pants!

To start off, the silver soul arc brings in a lot of emotions. I’m excited to finally see some Gintama action but it comes along with a sense of bereavement since it is the last arc of the series. Ever since the arc was announced I have been anticipating it with a ball of emotions and it is finally here for me to see. 

So we finally know Utsuro’s ultimate plan. He wants to start a war engulfing the entire universe and leading to the destruction of Earth. Gintoki along with his friends teams up with allies to save the planet from total destruction.


The arc starts off with Hasegawa doing what he does best. He makes us laugh but this time a bit differently. He invokes hope with all that is going around in Edo. By collecting loose change, he hopes to bring back the Yorozuya to save earth from the tyrant liberation army.

It is nice to see how the Yorozuya is the beacon of hope in everyone’s life in Edo and how everyone is anticipating their timely return.

Next up is episode 343 and it is beyond funny. The whole episode is about poop without any poop jokes! It is funny as hell.

Well taking away Nobunobu’s freedom to poop is one way of getting back at him for everything he has done. 

It is especially hilarious in comparing disembowelment to something as powerful as nukes. The entire episode is beyond hysterical and I have no words to sum up how I was cracking up laughing. 
So it is a great start to what is going to the the most tearful ending of the most hilarious anime. I, for one, is definitely going to be sad for I have looked forward to watching the anime for years with much anticipation and fervor. 

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Gintama Gets Serious – Shogun Assassination Arc

Before I dive into reviewing what is possibly one of the best arcs of Gintama, I’d like to warn you that you are in for some major spoilers if you haven’t watched it yet so beware.

Like I said, the Shogun Assassination Arc is one of the best arcs of Gintama and there is just no denying that. Gintama has always been known for its comedy so seeing it go serious for a change was a nice surprise and the way the action fiesta was handled, it only made me love the series even more. 

As the name suggests, the entire arc is about Shogun’s intended death and all throughout it, you’re left wondering if he is really dead. The whole plot has been so cleverly written that the drama keeps you on the edge and at no point can you predict if Shigeshige has really been assassinated by Zenzou or the ninja tribes or any other bully out for his blood. 

The twists and turns are especially riveting. From Zenzou’s apparent betrayal to Kamui’s smacking of the enemy behind Kagura etc are very well handled and proves that Hideaki can do much more than just comedy. 

The major draw of the arc, however, is the action and mind you, it is top notch. The advantage of watching shounen fights is that the action sequences are always very well executed. The writers always seem to understand the nuances of what makes a fight nail-biting and Hideaki Sorachi is not far behind. Every fight, be it Gintoki vs Takasugi, Kagura vs Kamui, the Gintoki parade vs the Yato clan or Zenzou vs Kiheitai, is dynamic and very fascinating to watch.

The action takes off with Okita facing Kamui. Both are insanely strong and coincidentally both revel in violence. No wonder it makes for a gripping match. To top it, the solid animation and the sadist personality of Okita up the excitement ante. 

I would specially like to mention the part when Okita bluffs Kamui into believing he had lost his arm when in reality he uses the deception to severely injure Kamui’s hand. 

We also unravel a new side to Kagura in her sibling spat with Kamui. We have so far known her as a super strong, gluttonous girl but with Kamui around, she is mature. She talks about bringing him back and about Yorozuya being her family. It is heart-warming to see her lecture her brother in that cute, childish voice of hers.

 

The sibling spat is closely followed by the most anticipated fight of all, Takasugi vs Gintoki and gladly, it doesn’t disappoint. The fight is gruelling, raw and savage. We see the resentment that was bottled up in Takasugi due to Shoyo’s death finally bubble up to the surface in the form of incessant punches. 

I love how Gintoki talks about saving Takasugi ‘s soul and faces the brunt of his anger head on. We also, for a flitting moment, foresee redemption for Takasugi. 

Don’t teach him any more non-sense!

Another exciting fight was between the Yato clan and Shogun, Gintoki gang, Hijikata and Kondo. I love how they are far outmatched in sheer numbers by the Yato, yet they outperform the enemy with combo attacks and watching each other’s back. 

The plot is augmented by the flashbacks and past sequences of the bond forged between Shigeshige and the ninja tribes when they were kids. The part especially talks about Zenzou’s friendship with Shigeshige and how he wants to fight alongside his friends for the peace of his country. 

In addition, laced with Gintoki and Takasugi’s fight are the flashbacks of how all three of them, Gintoki, Takasugi and Katsura came to know Shoyo and what was it about him that compels the three so much to pursue their respective agendas. We also get to see the chemistry between the three friends and why they play such important roles in each other’s lives.

But the most heart wrenching was Gintoki’s story. It wrecks me to think he as a kid ate on the battlefield field with dead bodies lying around until he was found by Shoyo. Then to make it worse, he is forced to either save his friends or his sensei who practically brought him up. Of course, Shoyo wanted gintoki to save Takasugi and Katsura and gintoki knew it well. It is tragic to see how powerless Gintoki chops his beloved sensei’s head as Takasugi in the background screams for him to not. This puts in a lot of things in perspective and we finally understand why Takasugi us obsessed with power and the reason behind the equation he shares with Gintoki. 

Never trust the sadist, Toshi

Despite of it being more of a serious and mature arc than what usually Gintama caters, there were enough comedic moments to keep the laughter kicking. It is hilarious to watch Gintoki pretend to be Shogun’s double. Then there is the revelation of Momochi’s real identity which tickles the funny bones. There are enough moments to provide that much needed comedic relief. 

In conclusion, I loved this shift in content genre that Gintama had. This arc was incredible for it was full of action, comedy as well as emotions. I loved watching Takasugi reflect on his decision to turn evil and the fight with Gintoki was, needless to say, awesome. Everything about this arc was perfect. And in the end I just want to say, Shigeshige you were the only Shogun for us and we will miss you. We love you. Sayonara! 

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The Laugh Riot that Gintama’s Live Action Adaptation is!

If you thought Gintama, the anime was hysterical, you ought to see its live action version!

That’s exactly what it does to you!

It is just as hilarious, if not more, as the anime and shoots down its haters with some major sass. No wonder the movie has made the kind of box office collection the way it has.

The comedy is just as crazy as the anime!

Honestly I was afraid to watch the movie since I was afraid it might not be able to live up to the reputation the anime has garnered over the years. But alas! It indeed does and how!

What I surprisingly liked about the movie is that the plot is faithful to the anime, something that made me cringe in other live action versions. The movie directly translates everything from the manga inculding the humor. One of the plus points is that it retains the kind of humor Gintama has and takes it a notch further as the live action.

The plot is simple but I feel the introduction of the characters was a little rushed. Anyone unfamiliar with the anime may have had a hard time keeping up with all the characters the movie introduces. The movie is faithful to the Benizakura arc but also assimilates the beetle hunting arc which sets the tone of the humor early on. It is needless to say every character is well portrayed. I especially like Katsura’s introductory scene where he beats the shit out of Shinsengumi single-handedly.

Go Zura! Get that action

When the movie was announced last year, I was anxious since I worried how the plot of aliens and Amanto will be handled but Yuichi Fukuda has done a great job of adapting the movie. He made sure to keep in mind every little detail that generally a fan would, like Okita’s eye mask or Hijikata’s mayo lighter or even just randomly filling the screen “justaways”.

The CG and special effects are good if not at par with those of hollywood. In fact some scene like when Takasugi stands below the full moon are very well done. While in other scenes, the CG helps bring out the over the top humor of the comedy. I would especially like to mention the megane flying scene which was hilarious.

Then is Elizabeth or should I rather say a man wearing the customer of a weird penguin looking character. At one point the character in the movie itself mentions about how it is a man underneath! Eli adds to the already messed up storyline of strange looking Amanto and flying spaceships.

Sadaharu is also pretty well done and it nowhere looks out of place in the movie. Kudos to the director!

The Benizakura arc is nicely done tying up all the loose ends neatly in the end. The action is solid and it is very well directed. The fighting scene between Gintoki and Nizou is breathtakingly crisp.

The comedy, given it is so close to the original work, is the biggest plus of the movie.
All in all, regardless of whether you follow the anime or not, gintama will have you in splits.

I give the movie a good 4 stars out of 5!

It is definitely recommended!

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Gintama – The Rollercoaster

Given you are here, either you have already watched Gintama or doing your homework before diving into the world of thjs much talked about anime

In either case, you’re in for a treat.

This sums up the plot of Gintama and no, I’m not kidding!

Gintama is absolutely bonkers. It is a laugh riot but has the potential of making you teary-eyed as well! Once you get into the anime, you’ll be crackling to the point of tears in no time. 

First of all, I’d like to applaud Sorachi Hideaki for deferring from the downtrodden path of high school settings and teenage protagonists. It is such a refreshing change from what the industry usually presents in the form of a concoction of its so called winning formula. Especially when it comes to comedy, every risible situation that could tickle the funny bones in the said settings has been stretched too thin by now and there is absolutely nothing left to explore anymore. In the light of the circumstances, Gintama has managed to defy all odds touting itself as one of the best comedy animes of all time. 

Set in the historical Edo in Japan, the story follows around Sakata Gintoki, a former samurai who carries around a wooden sword and is accompanied in his shenanigans by Shimura Shinpachi, an average teenage boy and Kagura, an alien with super impressive strength. How they go about their everyday life is worth watching. 

The series in essence mocks and parodies almost every anime out there in addition to making various references to different parts of Japanese entertainment culture and their icons. This is one reason why it is almost impossible to dub the anime and so hard to sub it either. Hence, sometimes, the joke may not outright strike you for you might not be familiar with the shows or personalities the references are being made to but the gags make up for the loss here. 

 

Though there was no particular plotline in the beginning, the anime has taken shape in the past few arcs. The fillers, in the meanwhile, are just as amazing as the episodes if you ever do manage to differentiate between them. It is a silly amalgamation of fillers, cannon, serious arcs, random arcs and everything in between!

I love how they even make of themselves

 One of the strongest points of the anime in terms of its comedy is its ability to surprise its viewers. Even though you know something rib tickling is coming your way, you just can’t guess it until it hits you and that in my opinion is what has sustained Gintama for so long. 

Though like I mentioned, the plotline has gotten serious over the previous few arcs, there are so many random arcs that have nothing to do with each other but are a part of the underlying big picture.

Some of these arcs, though being serious in nature still manage to evoke a laugh or two which is why Gintama is the greatest. The humour is so consistent throughout the series that it’s hard to get away from it. 

Next up is the animation of the series which is top notch. Some of the gags in the anime work because of the visual quality of the anime. I would also like to credit the seiyuus of the show for the delivery of the comic lines. Without the timing the show would have fallen flat on its face. 

Another great factor is the character design of the various stars of the show as well as the chemistry between them. From the Gintoki himself to his yaoi partner Hijikata, it is a ball to watch them interact in various situations. Then Hijikata’s tussle with Okita to his chemistry with Kagura, it all adds up to total fun. 

 All in all, gintama will definitely appeal to the shounen fans.  It will get you hooked from the word go and you’ll be addicted to it. So if you are in a bad mood or stressed out from work, do yourself a favor and take a peek at the episodes. 

 

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This is Yuri!!! On Ice in a Nutshell

Well I don’t know what to call it if not one of the best animes ever, in fact it’s even better! Yuri on ice has knocked every other anime on my list of favorites out of the park. 

Victor’s sarcasm here is on point

There is a bucket full of reasons why I love this perfection of an anime and I am going to list exactly that. 

Warning: Major spoilers ahead!

1. Victuuri

The reason this anime stands tall in its character design and plot advancement is Victuuri’s chemistry. Not to mention the entire fandom just worships them. Victuuri has be one of the best bromances/romantic couples/abstract relationships on screen and there is no denying that. 

There are so many ways their relationship can be interpreted. Are they boyfriends? Are they best friends? Are they what an ideal coach and athlete’s relationship looks like? Or is their relationship simply what ideal relationships should be? What is that keeps them so close? The comaraderie of the characters is blissful and I couldn’t be more happy. 

In my opinion, the anchor of the relationship is definitely Victor. He keeps Yuri on his toes. Like Yuri says “He meets him where he is.” Otherwise introverted and reserved, the only person Yuri has come to open up is Victor and that’s all because of Victor! 

In my very biased eye, Victor is the life of the anime. He is charming and witty. Who wouldn’t fall for him!? I certainly have, heehee.

This is basically all of the anime

There are so many moments including the ambiguous liplock that sent the fans into a frenzy that keeps the audience on edge. 

How I wish to see this.. my Victuuri hearteu!

Then the couple rings or the so called lucky charm ( rolling eyes in private ’cause we know what they are Yuuri ) that again keeps the romance ambiguous. It is this dichotomy of their relationship that keeps me intrigued. 

2. Perfect rival – Yurio

The success formula of any major shounen manga is to have the protagonist pitted against a rival that is  in every way as good as the protagonist if not better and is there to give a hard time to the main character.   Yurio plays that part perfectly. The Ice Tiger of Russia is brash, rude and has a short fuse and that is enough to make an entertaining character.

It is interesting to see the Russian punk butt heads with the Japanese piglet, not to mention his banter with Victor. 

What came as a nice surprise was when Russian Yuri offers Japanese Yuuri some tasty Katsudon Pirozhki paving a way to a meaningful relationship between the two rather than just random bickering. 

This is probably the first time in the entire anime that we see Yurio smile.

3. The absolute plot twist

Everything makes sense once it is revealed. Why Victor was so friendly with Yuuri since the very beginning. From being a star athlete to becoming his coach, what inspired him to do that. Why was he so hell-bent on getting emotionally close to Yuri? All the questions are succinctly answered after the reveal. Also stalling it so late into the series allows this part to be seen as a comical aspect which nicely turns out to be a major plot twist! How clever, isn’t it? 
4. Love

As is the theme of Yuuri’s skate program, this anime is also centered on love. Victuuri is such a great step in that direction that I can’t laud the writer enough. Regardless of how one perceives their relationship, in the end it is about love and how love can make one do things they consider impossible. Yuuri is inconfident and reserved but after his idol shows him great affection and some good ol’ love, he believes in himself better and finally scores the silver medal in the Grand Prix Final! 
Yuri on ice has to be the best sports anime of recent times as it leaves no stone unturned to make for a refreshing turn of events throughout its run of 12 episodes. 

Lol, in all seriousness, I will recommend everyone, whether you are an anime fan or not, to watch the series for it is sheer fun and frolic!

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Attack on Titan in all its gore.. err, glory

Well, after I did the review of the live action movie of the anime series, I thought it was high time I reviewed the anime itself. Though it has been long since I finished watching the anime and my memory of it is hazy, I will try my best to give an honest account of the impression it left me with. 

Alright, let’s start by listing reasons explaining why the anime is so popular.

1. The Storyline

1. No, seriously, the Storyline

I think one of the reasons for the explosive popularity of the anime is its compelling storyline. To have giant man-eating creatures that keep humanity locked inside walls is a great plot to start with and makes for an eye catching synopsis. 

Moreover, the anime keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the broadcast. 

2. The Characters

The anime boasts of some of the most well thought of characters. Starting with Eren, he is ambitious and hot headed. He wants to explore outside the walls, curiosity that is fuelled and equally shared by Armin. He already hates the Titans with a burning passion. Then to see his mother eaten by one only combusts his hatred. Next up is Armin who is one intelligent boy. His strategies and deducing skills are amazing.

 The most badass and hence, popular of the three friends is Mikasa. She kills Titans left, right and center without so much as flinching. I love that we have an anime where the shounen hero is weaker than the heroine for a change. 

Then is there Levi. He is short, a clean freak and a total kick-ass character. His one and only goal is killing Titans and he does that with chilling panache. 

3. The Relationship between Characters

 Another great strength of the anime is the relationships that the characters share. From Mikasa’s devotion to Eren to Levi’s respect for Erwin, I love watching them interact on screen.

 Then Levi’s relationship with Hange or be it Eren’s relationship with Jean, they are all amazing. 

4. The Character Development and the Back Stories

Out of all the characters that have seen some growing up in the anime, the most impactful for me has been that of Levi. 

From a lowly thug to becoming Humanity’s Strongest, Levi has had some major upturn in his life and it is all thanks to Erwin. This is also the foundation of the fantastic relationship that the two share.

Erm, don’t believe the picture. 

Besides, Mikasa’s hardcore devotion to Eren is, well, well explained in the anime. She went through a traumatising experience as a young girl where she lost both of her parents so it’s understandable.

4. The Blood and Gore Personified – the Titans

For people who like gore, it’s a definite plus! The titans are intimidating and deadly and to be honest, that is the life of this anime. 

The first season nicely set the pace for the anime with its intriguing and mysterious twists and turns. The character came out good with their little quirks and fetishes here and there. The biggest plot twist was when Eren turned into a Titan himself! 

Not revealing too much, I think the second season is better than the first. We finally have a lot of new answers to questions we never even knew had to be asked but it’s all good. We find out about the mystery of the Armored Titan as well as about Titans in general. It’s good to see the story is moving forward. Also, we see some of the characters real identities. 

All in all, Attack on Titan is one hell of an anime that you should watch. It is one of the best best animes of the recent times and it is worth celebrating. Cheers!

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Attack on Titan Live Action Movie’s One Horrible Movie

I just recently watched the first part of the live action version of Attack on Titan and a major warning, I’m going to go on a major rant for all the reasons I hate the movie.

Before I do that, to be fair to the movie, it is isn’t that bad. In fact, Attack on Titan when not compared to the anime is a pretty decent movie to watch. But for the likes of me who are definitely going to look for the semblance of the anime in the movie, it fails.

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Hyuna – Lip & Hip Review

After her splendid performance at MMA’s, we finally have Hyuna’s MV for Lip & Hip and in one word, it is bonkers! 

While the song is catchy and all that, it is the MV that is stealing the show. Well, let’s take things in order.

Talking about the song, the rapping part is its life. While I was already hooked to it with its first listen in MMA, it does an even better job with the MV. The pre chorus is the best part of the song and the build up to the hook is perfect. 

The MV!

Well, being politically correct, the MV is different from what you expect from a popular Korean song. No wonder there is such a debate on the concept. However,it is nothing new for Hyuna. In fact, she is only upping the ante with every comeback. 

I like how the MV talks both literally as well as visually about loving yourself and your body and being confident about it.

I  know there are people both for and against it right now for the kind of concept it is. I, in my personal opinion, think it is perfectly suited to the concept of feeling confident of your body and feeling good in your skin. Also I don’t think it is exposing in any way. The nature of the business can take things to the level where this MV would seem like a work of a novice. So we have it settled. There is nothing trashy about the MV. And it is all in just good fun. 

On a side note, I think these are exciting times for Kpop. After BTS’ phenomenal success and acts like Hyuna getting appreciation for expanding their music horizons, the genre is seeing prolific leaps in terms of being inclusive of different concepts in one genre. While it is a matter of time before it becomes a norm, it is encouraging to see how the public is becoming accepting of the change.