Nov 1, 2014

Posted by in Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso episode 04

I told myself that I should always write honest reviews. I don’t plan on changing any time soon, so this might actually be the first negative Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso post. I am truly very disappointed by what I saw this week, making it painfully clear that this is not like the Nodame Cantabile series.

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.41_[2014.10.31_23.07.07]They rushed and rushed in order to make it in time for kaori’s gig. They pretty much turned Kousei’s life upside down without even thinking it through, but hey… they made it. They were just in time, as one could already expect. I don’t really like it when characters make it just in time. It’s so cliché. Just let them arrive and do what they have to do.

Anyway, I would like to tackle the ending first before I start another one of my rants. So Kaori collapsed at the end of the episode. Nice cliff-hanger. Am I curious? Not really. She’s fine. She was probably just tired, didn’t eat a lot and maybe the pressure just got to her when Kousei couldn’t keep up with her at one point. Either way, she’ll be just fine. We already know that much.

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.12_[2014.10.31_23.07.32]Now then, what about this episode? What about the music that they played? I am kind of hoping that this was a one-time thing since Kousei has only just begun to play the Piano again after all these years. The guy panicked and could no longer keep up with Kaori, causing him to come at a complete standstill. This, apparently, came as no surprise to one of the judges, whom knew about Kousei. He said to himself that it was no surprise that two soloists couldn’t perform flawlessly right from the beginning, which is true. Both Kousei and Koari are soloists, which is kind of why I am hoping that this was a onetime thing and that Kousei will continue to grow on his own (with the help of his friends of course).

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Oct 25, 2014

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso episode 03

I think this episode basically just answered every single one of my questions. That is quite impressive. Normally I’d have to wait a few weeks before my questions get answered one by one. God bless Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.26_[2014.10.24_22.48.58]So Kaori, as I pretty much already expected, knew exactly whom Kousei was. It seems that he is too much of a celebrity to remain unknown for long. Not only does she know about him, she actually wants him to become her accompanist. That is beyond straightforward. I still remember her getting freaked out when she thought that he was making a picture of her panties, which, of course, was not the case. I can also clearly remember how she went nuts for Ryouta and asked Tsubaki to introduce them to one another. Now it’s all heading in a completely different direction.

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.33_[2014.10.24_22.49.46]It surprised me even more when Tsubaki and Ryouta supported Kaori in her quest to drag Kousei behind a piano again. That I definitely like! If he is indeed a truly talented pianist that is destined to make great music, why not? Let them stalk him as much as they think is necessary if it were to help him play again. Go nuts!

Now then, let’s see if I can predict what is going to happen in the future. It is my guess that Kaori and Kousei really will fall for each other. It is also my guess that Ryouta and Tsubaki may become an item. I doubt that that Tsubaki’s flame will still burn strongly when she finds out that Kousei has a thing for Kaori. Rough times are ahead…

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Oct 18, 2014

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso episode 02

I knew from the moment I started watching Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso that I really wanted to write about this show. I almost gave in and read the manga, but I managed to hold on. I just really want to know how this is going to play out…

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.57_[2014.10.17_23.05.40]This masterpiece caught my attention right away. It isn’t one of those happy music-genre anime where things rarely go wrong. Oh no. This is filled to the brim with drama and the characters, from what I can tell, will have to face many more hurdles in order to succeed in the world of classical music. Nodame Cantabile had its fair share of drama as well, but I believe that this is going to be a little bit more hectic than that.

I mean, did you see Kaori play? She knows the pieces and she knows how to play them. She knows, but she wishes to play her own music instead. The pieces she could play during this episode were limited and they weren’t her own, so she decided to pick a piece and actually make it her own by playing it differently. Yes, it was beautiful, but she still did not win because that sort of thing isn’t allowed.

[HorribleSubs] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.56_[2014.10.17_23.05.57]Arima is somewhat the same, I think. He doesn’t play anymore since his obsessive mother passed away, but that is obviously about to change. He is getting eager to play once more and now that he seems to have a little crush on that violinist… Well… It is only a matter of time before they team up and make a name for themselves.

That being said, I wonder if Kaori knows who Arima is? She must have known… The majority of the people present there knew who he was as soon as he walked in. That is just one of the things that’s being going through my mind ever since I finished watching the second episode. Does she know? Is she after something after all? I really want to know…

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Oct 17, 2014

Posted by in Fall Anime 2014

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Thank you Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. You made me realize why I love anime so much. This show is so incredibly amazing that one season of this won’t be enough to satisfy me. The Nodame Cantabile series made me fall in love with music-genre anime and I am sure that this one will only make that stronger.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no UsoThe artwork is sublime. It is truly, truly good stuff. The characters look wonderful, especially Kaori, that blonde beauty. It is incredibly detailed and I honestly wouldn’t dare to change a thing as it is right now. Wonderful…

The story is good, interesting and it shows a great deal of promise. I can see where they’re going with this and I can honestly say that it sounds dramatically romantic. It is something that I definitely want to see.

You are a true fool if you don’t watch this. You may as well give up on anime altogether. It looks so incredibly good and the story just compliments all of that. It is a must see show.

Plot Summary: Kōsei Arima was a piano prodigy until his mother died when he was eleven years old. The shock of losing her made him lose any interest in piano, and his life has felt monotonous ever since. Then, when he’s fourteen, his childhood friend Tsubaki introduces him to her classmate Kaori, a free-spirited violinist. Her enthusiasm reignites his interest in music and in life.

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Jul 4, 2014

Posted by in Summer Anime 2014

Bakumatsu Rock

I am just going to put this out there right away; I will not be watching this. I probably won’t even other to try out the second episode. I’ll see what I’ll do when the time comes. Bakumatsu Rock is officially this season’s first lemon.

Bakumatsu RockThe artwork… Shoot me. What is this? Is Japan going to turn Wednesday into some kind of gay pride day? The characters just looks dreadful. It’s like they invested all of their resources into the characters instead of creating an all-round great show.

The story… Shoot me again! Incredible amount of bullsh*t going on with this one. Completely inaccurate story where characters have electric guitar’s in an era where electricity wasn’t even used yet. Not to mention all sorts of historical inaccuracies that, I think, disrespect the Japanese culture. This is like a bad Gintama replica.

I definitely won’t be watching this, so why would you? Of course, everyone has different taste, but I definitely do not recommend this. It was dreadfully uninteresting and painfully inaccurate. What a damn shame.

Plot Summary: In the Bakumatsu era, at the end of the shoguns’ rule over Japan in the middle of the 19th century: the Tokugawa shogunate uses the brainwashing Heaven’s Songs by the top idols in Shinsengumi to subjugate the country and its people. In this Japan, writing or singing any songs besides the Heaven’s Songs is a capital offence. Sakamoto Ryouma and the other rockers rise up and change the world with rock ‘n’ roll for freedom and justice.

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