GATE: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri

I was expecting another anime similar to The World Only God Knows or Outbreak Company, where the MC otaku’s skills plays a major factor in series.  I was expecting Itami to become an fantasy character, such as a warrior, mage or archer or use his otaku knowledge to solve problem. However, I was completely wrong. Itami work-life as JDF officer plays a bigger part in the series.

Itami’s fantasy interests and day job come together when a mysterious gate materializes in the middle of his city. The gate, which spews out soldiers and magical monsters, connects our world to the unknown. How and why it exists has yet to be discovered, but the Japan of GATE makes the swift decision to close off its entrance and commence with exploration of the other side. Stepping through is like entering a magical RPG or fantasy novel.

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Hibike! Euphonium

I have never seen a series about cute characters playing instruments before, so this is a first for me. I haven’t seen K-on yet. I was expecting this series to just showcase cute girls doing cute things while music was an add-on. This anime did more than that. It did an amazing job of in terms of using its artwork to showcase the characters’ emotions and personalities through their facial expressions.  The show did a good job of using its MC: Kumiko to show these emotions as she goes through them. And the twelfth episode of Hibike! Euphonium probably featured the most emotion from Kumiko yet, ranging from confusions to admiration to speechless to determination to angered to confident to desperation to enlightenment of her passion. Kumiko became our story teller not only her role as the MC, but through all her cute reactions,  emotions and action.  When Kumiko and Reina are together we see this more clearly  because Reina is less emotional. The scene with the two of them at the lake showcases the best of art and animation.

The thing I like best is the show way of  presenting a world that isn’t fair – where success for some means that others will be left behind. In other words, a world that is heartbreakingly real and overwhelmingly close to home.

Psychological anime

What is a psychological anime? An anime that has to deal with the psychology of the characters like Welcome to NHK. The story’s protagonist , Saito is a 22-year-old hikikomori and NEET of nearly four years. He is highly unstable, easily manipulated, obsessive, and often blames the N.H.K. conspiracy, a fabrication of his mind, for his shortcomings. He lives in a rented apartment, but depends on his parents’ allowance to live. Within the novel and manga, he engages in fairly hard drug use, which is the cause of his delusional visions.

Are Memories really plastic?

As I was watching the final episode of Plastic Memories. I want to know if people really can treasure their memories and experiences? What happens if we suddenly ” restarts” and become a new person? From the moment, we lay eyes onto another we will judge their  career, or role in society, and assign them a place in our minds. Rarely, do we change our views of that person as a person, with a life outside of the of such a mod we made.

We all do this, even with our own family members.

I view my father as only that: the father of me and my brother. Until one day, I went with him to work. I saw a man, who is intelligent in his business decisions to give me and my brother a good education, and a kind friend, who supports his friends.

Plastic Memories, through the Giftia explores this idea of the reincarnation: what were their role in their past life? Who are they now? It almost seem like Buddhism and sci-fi had a child in the form of this anime.  Tsukasa Mizugaki is newcomer to field of Giftia retrieval by “destroying” their memories at the end of a nine year cycle.  It is a setting of for emotional drama and social commentary – especially with how corporate everything is. Some episodes are a bit slow, but the show still manages to ask the question: what does it  means to start all over to you and those left behind?

Tsukasa and his Giftia partner Isla’s first order of business is to retrieve Nina, a model who is about to expire, from a woman named Chizu Shirohana. It is abundantly clear to both us viewers and Tsukasa just how close Nina and her owner is despite having no blood relation or Nina being a machine. This situation clearly illustrates that some times blood is not the only thing that makes a family.

In the episode, Nina shows a great deal of how losing her memories will affect her grand mother rather than worrying about losing her sense of self.

Some times, the saddest thing is not forgetting, but that flickering of remembrance and felling like you lost a bit of who you are. Plastic Memories has shown me that the end maybe painful, but as long as there are people who each remembers a small part of who we were and while we are alive to keep create memories real and plastic with the people we love. Plastic Memories gets it right. Simply spending time with one another can be heartbreaking, but so important.

Ushio to Tora

Do you miss those good old Shonen-action anime with their old and gritty art style and design? Well, you are luck because we have ushio and Tora from Mappa. This show is definitely a shout-out to those classic anime. Ushio to Tora came roaring in with its similar retro feel yet definite grittier appeal, as a another adaptation of old manga from Mappa like Parasyte. The source material started around the 90s in form of a manga. This is a second anime adaptation of series with the orginal being an OVA, while having that feel good shounen action attitude and promises plenty of growth between the two main characters that are presently on opposite ends of the board. This remains me a lot of my favourite- childhood  youkai series Zenki.

Anime is too hard-boiled

As there are a anime in recent years that has become darker and edgier than the anime before, but when it is too dark? When you look at a genre, edgy or hard-boiled anime is usually link with a specific emotions: fear, action and suspense. Then when it comes to the audience to experience these emotions, it’s difficult to feel it strongly while watching a show. Who has ever said that a show has too much action or too much humour? No One! Not everything will be funny or action pack for everyone. Different things resonance with different people, so we as an audience need more than simple surface things  to captivate us. We need more than our daily dose of feels.

A good story needs to speaks to the audience within their emotion and can conveyed a clear narrative while allowing them to read between the lines to think for themselves. A great story must allows the audience to take something away with them, but it doesn’t need to over-filled them with all of the emotional spectrum. An anime that doesn’t what it is and what it trying to do has already failed.  For example, a threat in to a city should be take serious, and not be off- balance by humour or fanservice. Shows like Hellsing, Soul Eater and FMA all have humour in them, which I do find funny, but too overuse. Dark comedy should be and make use of the characters actual emotion not to make it of character.

This happens a lot of time in harem comedies too when there are too many sub-plots in the shows to actually get anywhere. We as the audience ship these relationship even if they are forgotten a few episodes.

There are too much anime that put the feels down your throats. The show should be a well- crafted experience not only feels. We need to be able to use an imagination to judge a series.