Posted in anime, gintama, review

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. 

 

Posted in anime, review, yuri on ice

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!

Posted in anime, attack on titan, review

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!

Posted in anime, attack on titan, attack on titan live action movie, review

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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Posted in Hyuna, kpop, review

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. 

Posted in 7 for 7, Got7, kpop, review, turn up

Turn Up vs You Are

After wrapping up their Flight Log trilogy with Never ever 7 months back, Got7 has made a comeback with their mini album 7 for 7 as well as their Japanese album Turn Up. Frankly, this comeback of Got7 has been by far the weakest of all their songs and I’m thoroughly disappointed.

You are makes its impact only in the chorus. Rest of the song is simply bland. The verses are forgettable and the bridge seemed like a misfit with the song. While the rapping is good, it seems tardy and broken. The only saving part of it is the MV. It is an aesthetically pleasing MV that shows us around Hong Kong. A refreshing change from the budget friendly shot-in-a-box MVs. 

On the other hand, is Turn Up, the Japanese title track from their album of the same name, that is produced, composed and written by Jaebum. I think he has done a fantastic job as a producer. Though the track isn’t overtly foot tapping, as a rare idol- producer, I feel JB has done a fine job of it. 

However, the comeback, as a whole, has been a total letdown. 

 While the music is in itself weak, what makes the matter worse is the way JYP has handled the promotions of the tracks. The group has hardly promoted the song by not appearing on variety shows. Apparently, JYP turned down the offer for the boys to appear on Happy Together. Moreover, the boys only promoted for 3 weeks before flying off to Japan. Honestly, nobody’s talking about Got7 or their songs on social media. Their promotion schedule seems as unkempt and disorganised as JB’s hair in the MV. No wonder this Got7 comeback turned out to a total dud.

Frankly, I know Got7 was never really a JYP favorite but at least, they were given some catchy hooks. Now that, that seems to be waning as well, I cannot help but only be fearful of Got7’s future. Got7 was never much popular in Korea and if they don’t buckle up, they may lose their international fandom too. In that case, it won’t be long before got7 is a thing of the past. So if I were in got7, I would start weighing my options.  

Posted in highlight, kpop, review

Couldn’t be better- Highlight

Without getting into their history, I’m just going to give an honest and unbiased review of Highlight’s song Can be better

Here is the billboard article about them.

The song is upbeat and jovial. The entire song is pulsating with some incredibly peppy electronics and the whole tone of the song follows a lighter beat.

The song brings out the better vocals from the team. 

Besides everything, my most favorite part of the song is the lyrics. I love how 

All in all, Can be better wins our hearts with its theme of celebrating oneself and some sassy lyrics. 

I would definitely recommend listening to the song. 

I give the song 4 stars.

Posted in anime, fullmetal alchemist, kpop, review

For I worship a Noragami!

   

 Aah, Noragami!! What can I say about it that would do it justice. 

With only two seasons out, Noragami has managed to fly to the top of my favorite’s list. And the credit single handedly goes to Yato!

Yes, he is one of my favorite anime characters of all time, so much so that I can shout it from the rooftops!

He is hysterical as well as a badass. He is the life of the humour in the anime. And when it comes to serious stuff, he is an ace at it. Moreover, his past of being a God of Calamity adds depth to his character. 

In my opinion, the reason for Noragami’s viral popularity, among all the other factors, is solid animation. 

 The animation quality is a incredible. The fight scenes are neat and sharp.

Now, let’s get into the serious stuff and analyse the two seasons. 

The first season deals with the character development of Yukine which in turn gives us a glimpse of what makes Yato the way he is. 

Though Yukine was sort of given a new life when Yato decided to make him his regalia. However, this new life comes with constraints like no human life, no aging etc. In other words, Yukine is stuck being a teenager with no semblance of a regular, human life. Also, given the fact that Yato is an unknown God as well as practically broke bothers Yukine to the point that he starts resenting Yato. 

What I like about Yato here is he sort of understands Yukine’s feelings and that’s why instead of punishing him, repeatedly tries to warn him. 

Though I would also mention that this part of the series seemed more rushed and therefore, less convincing.

The second season is much more better than the first as well as has more depth. 

It is almost a Norm for anime protagonists to have a dark past and Yato is no different. 

The pacing of the series is good and I like how the second season leaves us with more questions than answers.

I’m curious as to how Yato survived all this long despite of being unknown. Then there is the issue of his father. 

I’m so glad there is so much more of the show!

Talking about the voice actors, Ernesto Jason Liebrecht, who voices Yato is incredibly talented. It is his voice acting that brings out the humour of Yato. If that wasn’t enough to bespeak of his talent, the fact that he plays Levi in Attack on Titan is awesome. I was so surprised to know he lays Levi since it is a completely different character! The same thing goes for Yukine’s voice actor, Micah Solusod!

   

Also, I only recently watched the anime and found out that its mangakar, Adachikota is on leave due to medical reasons. To all those who have been waiting for season 3, I only have this to say 😛

Haha, on the flip side, I envy everyone living in Japan for the simple reason that

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Have a blessed life! 

Posted in kpop, review

Lilili Yabbay- What a concept!

What a time to be alive! Preparations of comebacks by major groups are in full swing.

Among all the precious and swoon-worthy MV’s, the one to pique my interest most is Lilili Yabbay.

 After the leaders’ Change up, Seventeen has dropped another MV featuring The performance team called Lilili Yabbay

Yes, that’s the name!

On the first listen, the song gives off a mysterious vibe. The rythm is an experimental sound and I like that about it. It is a fresh change from the usual sound of Seventeen.

Talking about the MV, there are so many parts in the MV that leave me awe-struck. The choreography as well as the execution of it is impeccable. 

However, if I can suggest changes to the MV, I think the costumes should have been a different color than white . Having an off white background kind of makes it hard for the choreography to come out in flying colors . A contrasting color like black would have lended a sharp edge to the dance movements.

I’m not sure if it is only me but Jun’s falsetto sounds like a girl’s voice. I remember his falsetto in Highlight was a part of the charisma of the song. 

I have always been a fan of Hoshi’s vocals. Now he might not be a vocalist but his singing has the ‘it’ factor. 

Now let’s focus on breaking down the concept of the song. 

 

Well, there are many theories being thrown around.

On googling 13th month dance we get this page and it explains a lot about the concept of the MV.

Amidst the jaw dripping formations and some sleek falsettos, in the end all I can say is..