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Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 08-10 Review

Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 08-10 Review

"Moe" anime is a pretty broad term, but Is the Order a Rabbit? is that particular type of moe series that has always confused me. The shows is classified as seinen, so is primarily directed at older men (who are assumed to enjoy the "woman child" archetype). However, the vast majority of episodes are completely tasteful and don't really exploit the archetype at all.

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Ao Haru Ride: Episode 05-07 Review

Ao Haru Ride: Episode 05-07 Review

I found about the first half of episode 05 to be a bit boring. It involved a lot of exposition and awkward small-talk, but that was sort of just the nature of the orienteering event. The episode definitely picked up, though. I really enjoyed Aya's optimistic view of the whole event as a "happy memory."

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Glasslip: Episode 05-07 Review

Glasslip: Episode 05-07 Review

Although he was likely already aware, Yanagi finally explicity confesses her love to Yukinari in episode 05. It seems that she has already accepted that her love will not be returned since Yukinari confessed to Touko, and although Touko rejected him, Yukinari is still hung up over her.

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Glasslip: Episode 02-04 Review

Glasslip: Episode 02-04 Review

As I mentioned in the last review, the characters are very well-defined. I already feel attached to most of them, and even without the plot twist, their everyday "adventures" are interesting enough to keep me engaged.

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La Corda d’Oro: Blue Sky: Final Review

La Corda d’Oro: Blue Sky: Final Review

La Corda d'Oro: Blue Sky follows the Seisou Academy ensemble's participation in Japan's national ensemble competition. After receiving a mysterious letter at one of her violin performances that reads, "Is this where you meet your limit?" Kanade and her friend Kyoya are pulled into joining Seisou Academy and its ensemble by their childhood friend Ritsu. They, of course, encounter many fierce competitors on their journey—many of whom they befriend—but one in particular, Myoga Reigi, possesses a passionate hatred for Kanade. This merely adds to her troubles, for she and Ritsu are struggling to make their own sounds blossom. They cannot help but think that they should have been more prepared than this before the competition.

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Ao Haru Ride: Episode 02-04 Review

Ao Haru Ride: Episode 02-04 Review

I noted in my last review that the personality of the main characters has not been expanded upon much yet, but it is clear to me now that this is so because the characters are holding back so much of themselves. Futaba is only beginning to come out of her shell, and Kou has a lot of barriers put up.

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Ao Haru Ride: Episode 01 Review

Ao Haru Ride: Episode 01 Review

So far, I have found Ao Haru Ride to be very engaging. I really want for Futaba to be able to right things with Kou, so I find his stubborn mentality to be very frustrating. He seems so nihilistic... This series really seems like it will be very touching - it has been thus far, even one episode in.

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La Corda d’Oro: Blue Sky: Episode 08-10 Review

La Corda d’Oro: Blue Sky: Episode 08-10 Review

Episode seven features the semifinal round of the competition. After this round, Kanade receives additional responsibility for the ensemble (I know this is a bit vague, but I don't want to give too much away).

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Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 05-07 Review

Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 05-07 Review

I found episode five to be primarily dull. The story line was simply mundane. However, I found episode six to be the more interesting episode thus far, primarily because I really like Aoyama....

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La Corda d’Oro: Blue Sky: Episode 05-07 Review

La Corda d’Oro: Blue Sky: Episode 05-07 Review

As I mentioned in my last review, the ensemble competition begins with episode five, so a big highlight of the series takes place rather early on. The preceding exposition was very effective, though, so the series is not too rushed. Rather, it is moving at an extremely interest-maintaining pace.

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La Corda d’Oro: Blue Sky: Episode 02-04 Review

La Corda d’Oro: Blue Sky: Episode 02-04 Review

Lots of new characters are introduced between episodes two and four, but their introductions help further the plot. Primarily, we meet many of Seisou Academy's rivals from other schools that are competing in the ensemble competition, including members from Amane High School and Shiseikan High School.

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Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 02-04 Review

Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 02-04 Review

The biggest downfall of this series is that it does not follow a tight storyline or chronology, so episodes can greatly vary in their ability to hold interest. When it is on its game though, I really love the series.

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La Corda d’Oro: Blue Sky Episode 01 Review

La Corda d’Oro: Blue Sky Episode 01 Review

The exposition of this series is conveyed very effectively; necessary backstory is delivered in a fast-paced, yet mostly believable manner. However, Ritsu suddenly asking his friends to join the academy just to help with the competition seems to be a bit of a cheap move to tie the plot together.

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Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 01 Review

Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 01 Review

Cocoa Hoto has just moved into a new town, and she enters the Rabbit House Cafe in a wonder-filled daze. Inside she meets Chino Kafuu, the granddaughter of the cafe's owner, and they eventually realize that Cocoa has previously made arrangements to be living there - but little did she know that her residence doubled as such a cute cafe!

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Because You Smile When I Sing

Because You Smile When I Sing

Because You Smile When I Sing is a collection of five short stories by Natsuki Takaya, the creator of Fruits Basket. More specifically, the collection contains four dramas-Because You Smile When I Sing (a light love story about two teenagers who are picked on for how they look), Ding Dong (about how a girl adjusts to living with her stepmother and her father’s death), Voice of Mine (about how two talented violinists overcome their classmates’ jealousy and their own lack of confidence in themselves), Double Flower (a tale of how a strange male seamstress finds love; it has a fair share of comedy too)- and one comedy-Dark Princess (a light-hearted parody of Snow White).

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Codename: Sailor V

Codename: Sailor V

Codename: Sailor V is the prequel to the mega-hit series Sailor Moon, which is credited with redefining the magical girl genre into what it is today. Since many elements of Codename: Sailor V are used again in Sailor Moon, it’s safe to say that Codename: Sailor V is a breakthrough manga in itself.

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Kiniro Mosaic: First Impressions

Kiniro Mosaic: First Impressions

KinMoza is all about traveling/living abroad, and since I just got back from a two week trip to Europe this is all fresh on my brain, and KinMoza just captures the essence of being in a foreign country so well. It makes me smile because it’s such a realistic depiction.

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Aiura: Episode 10 Review

Aiura: Episode 10 Review

The characters have all been pretty well-established at this point, and the majority are at least somewhat memorable. Since that's been accomplished, watching "Aiura" has kind of been like visiting a familiar friend.

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Aiura: Episode 07 Review

Aiura: Episode 07 Review

The series is starting to grow on me. It has an extremely loose storyline - just the main characters’ daily lives - but it's starting to pick up as the characters begin to develop.

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Aiura: Episode 04 Review

Aiura: Episode 04 Review

I'm three more episodes (so like 12 more minutes) into the series now, and nothing very memorable has happened. The main character's name is Ayuko, and she is basically devoid of personality, merely serving as the voice of reason for her two friends, Kanaka and Saki (who really aren't even that frivolous…just somewhat annoying).

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Aiura – First Impressions

Aiura – First Impressions

I will say that the artwork is very beautiful, however - it's shaded more than a typical anime and looks a lot like watercolor. It has a very illustrative feel, which makes me hope that the story itselfwill be very smooth, atmospheric, and interesting.

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Alice in the Country of Hearts

Alice in the Country of Hearts

Just minutes after having a disturbing dream about games, an older and more cynical version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice is involuntarily pushed down the rabbit hole by a gorgeous boy with white rabbit ears. The Wonderland she lands in is indeed filled with other gorgeous men, but it’s not the paradise that one might expect; it’s the playing ground of a mysterious philosophical game that Alice is soon forced into. The country is also in the middle of a civil war and none of the natives can be trusted, for many seem to harness secret motives involving Alice. She is warned that the best thing for her to do is stay away from them, but if she wants to win the game and go home, she has to interact with the eccentric locals!

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Koihime Soushi

Koihime Soushi

There once lived a young princess in feudal Japan who possessed the power of the Koihime beam. With it, she could make anyone fall in love with her for a short period of time. Anyone except for her bodyguard Shiro, that is. He must have really hated her to be able to defy the power of the Koihime beam! Yet he was the one that the princess loved the most. So even though he hated her, she couldn’t help but to run away from her arranged marriage and follow Shiro far away from the castle. It did not take long for her to realize just how foolish her actions were, but perhaps her journey really did end up being worthwhile…

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Tokyo Mew Mew

Tokyo Mew Mew

7th grader Ichigo Momomiya’s biggest concern was her crush, Masaya, until she became involved in an [accidental?] science experiment. Her life is turned upside down when a strange, young prodigy merged her DNA with the DNA of an endangered wildcat! How can she impress Masaya or even go to school when she’s eating fish without a fork and keeps sprouting cat ears and a tail?! Thankfully, Ichigo soon learns that she’s not alone. There are four others like her, and they are part of something much bigger than they initially realized: a mission to protect the planet from aliens who are attempting to use animals to destroy it…

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Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts

When Kairi washed up on the shores of Destiny Island, Sora and Riku realized that she must have come from a different world. Years after her arrival, the three friends prepare to set sail and see new worlds together. On the night before their departure, darkness creeps into their island and transports each of them to separate worlds. Sora, Riku, and Kairi quickly learn of their separate roles in the battle against this darkness, for they all play a bigger part in fighting it than they initially realize. However, they do realize that they now need each other more than ever to endure all the action, enemies, and confusion. Will the three friends ever be reunited, despite the barriers between the worlds?

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Genkaku Picasso

Genkaku Picasso

The misanthropic artist Hikari Hamura earned the nickname Picasso from the only person persistent enough to befriend him: Chiaki Yamamoto. Routinely, Chiaki accompanies Picasso sketching at the riverside, but one day a pilot loses control of his helicopter and it crashes into the area, killing Chiaki, but leaving Picasso miraculously unscathed. A few days later, he discovers a miniature, winged Chiaki in his shirt pocket, who tells him that he would have died if she wouldn’t have prayed for his survival in order to preserve his drawing talent. The gods agreed to spare him if he will use his talents to spare people; if he doesn’t, he will rot away. Picasso is originally unsure of how to help others, but he soon realizes that he can now see allegorical visions of troubled people’s hearts. Once he draws the visions, he must then enter the drawing to gain understanding of the person’s psychological troubles and help end their strife through interacting with the drawing.

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Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is a high school girl who became an orphan after her mother passed away. She was living on her own in a tent before the mysterious Sohma family welcomed her into their home. After beginning to live with them, it is accidentally revealed to Tohru that the family is bound by curses and secrets to a closed-off world. The family’s Secret of the Zodiac causes each cursed member to transform into their corresponding Chinese zodiac animal when weak or hugged by a member of the opposite sex. How will Tohru cope as the only outsider who knows of this dark secret? How will the feared head of the Sohma family react to the news that the secret has been discovered? Will Tohru lose her home once again?

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Destiny’s Hand

Destiny’s Hand

Welcome aboard Destiny’s Hand, a ship captained by the chivalrous “Gentlemen Pirate” that is literally unsinkable. The second most noteworthy member of the crew is young Olivia Soldana, a brash sixteen-year-old that can outdo any man. An unfortunate turn of events places Olivia in charge of the ship while the Captain is ill. His dying wish is to seek out the Devil’s Eye, a relic of destructive power that the worst of the worst desire, before it falls into the wrong hands. It is a seemingly impossible task that not only requires four pieces of a map, but a certain veil, a special crystal and a reluctant scholar that hates pirates as well! While seeking these items, Olivia faces the challenge of leading a crew that doubts her authority. This lack of trust is more than just an inconvenience, for the crew certainly needs to be united in order to take on Captain Mulgrew of the Kraken, a vicious pirate also seeking the Devil’s Eye who is not merely a thief, but a relentless murderer. Pirates such as he are causing all of the cities with ports to take action to stamp out piracy once and for all, and even the moralistic pirates of Destiny’s Hand are receiving no mercy. The ship might be unsinkable, but the crew members can easily die, and it seems that many of their deaths are drawing near. Will they be able to carry out the Captain’s wish amongst all of the chaos?

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Chobits

Chobits

Chobits takes place in world where humans and humanoid computers called persocoms live in harmony. Cram school student Hikdeki Motosuwa is broken-hearted because he lacks the money to buy a persocom of his own, but miraculously, he stumbles across a one lying in an alley with some trash! Finders keepers; who wouldn’t take it? Upon powering it on, he realizes that the persocom’s memory has been completely wiped. All she can even say is “Chi,” so that’s what Hideki begins to call her. He is about as experienced with persocoms as she is with the world, but nevertheless, Hideki finds himself teaching Chi about everything that you can possibly think of; even how to speak! As Chi regains her memory and adapts to life with Hideki, she acts surprisingly human-even more so than other persocoms. Hideki begins to question if she has real emotions--could she be a legendary Chobit? Is it possible for a human and a computer to share true love?

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