Category Archives: Slice of life

Cross Game Review

I suppose this is the review where I’m supposed to say that Cross Game is the best thing since slice bread. Except I don’t think Cross Game is the best thing since slice bread. I liked Cross Game, although I definitely enjoyed the first season the most, but I still had things I didn’t like. It’s also hard to review this in that it’s been part of my life for a year. It’s kinda like trying to explain why I like milk. I love milk, but since I drink it every day, it’s hard to know why exactly. It’s just part of the routine. That doesn’t mean I won’t try though.

Summery: In fifth grade, Kou’s best friend/girlfriend Wakaba dies in a swimming accident. However, it seems that the night before her death, she had a dream of Kou pitching in Koshien. Now in high school, Kou and the rest of the team are struggling to make that dream come true.

Why I Picked It Up: The Null Set talked about how great a show it was, and I had the flu when I read it, so I figured ‘Why not?’

Why I Finished This: Cross Game really is an example of slice of life at its best. Most of the characters are incredibly captivating, and go through some amazing character development. Despite its large cast, most of the characters still get a lot of focus.

But: While the slice of life part is great, after the first few games, the sports part becomes incredibly weak. The games are drawn out, and a tad boring, especially the final game. Also, the show repeats itself a lot.

Who I would give this to: Slice of life fans, anyone who claims that sports anime sucks as a starting point to disprove the sterotype.

Final Rating: 4/5 I loved it.

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Kobato Review

Kobato ends up on earth with no memories or common sense, with only a stuff dog called Ioroygi for help. A lot of her is shrouded in mystery, as all the viewer knows if she has to fill a bottle with candy to get to where she wants to go. How she receives the candy is by healing scarred hearts around her. Along the way on her journey, she meets up with Fugimoto and Sayaka, and ends up working at a nursery.

Why I Picked This Up: CLAMP series.

Why I Finished This: I nearly didn’t. Around episode 8 or 9, I seriously considered dropping this. However, I pushed through, and was rewarded. The episodes improve considerably in the second half. Not only to the episodic stories improve to that they’re no longer cheesy and boring but actually compelling and relatable, the characters improve too. No long is Kobato just clueless, or Fugimoto just a jerk, and so forth, but over the second half, the characters are fleshed out and turned into compelling characters. The character development even dwarfed that of Cross Game, also airing this season, in my opinion.

What truly made this show refreshing above that were two things. One, it was blunt and honest. Kobato creates a setting, and sticks to it, never transcending it to fit a cliché, for example the Valentine’s Day episode, or twists things to make sure that everything is happily ever after. Much of what happens is bittersweet, as it tends to be in the real world. Every once in a while, it’s a wee dramatic, but for the most part remains a realistic slice of life.

The second thing is the character of Kobato herself. She goes from a boring airhead to a genuine character that it’s hard not to love. Which is good, as she’s the main focus of the show. Kobato’s selflessness and caring for the world around her is part of her personality, and it’s hard to not be touched by her as she interacts with the world around her. As she develops, she only becomes more endearing.

But: While some of the episodes in the first half are pretty good, on the same hand, some of them are pretty bad. This is a series that one has to push through to get to the real joy of the series. It’s totally worth it, but still, the initial weak first half is what is causing me to give it a 4/5 rather then 5/5.

Who Would I Give This To: Who wouldn’t I give this to? Anyone how is patient enough to get through the first half, and enjoys slice of life. There are some fantasy elements, but they’re on the side to the slice of life.

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Sora no Woto review

Sora no Woto is a story set in an alternative Earth. It follows the day to day lives of five  young platoon members in the quiet town of Seize.

Why I picked this up: As a fan of K-On, it was hard not to be intrigued by the picture of a bunch of girls that looked like the K-On characters, and the description of them being involved in a war.

Why I finished it: This story was nothing like K-On beyond having slice-of-life elements. It was much darker, and an extremely compelling story. Characters that started off as flat eventually became much more complex.  The interactions and development of not only the main characters, but the people of Seize were well done. There was the presentation of young girls attempting to be soldiers that stays with you even when the show was over. Most noteworthy was that of Kureha, while the most serious of the bunch about her job, she’s also the most immature, and really gives off the feel of just being a child. The story was an original story of living in a war torn world, where in anime, originality is rare. However, what stood about above all was the setting of Seize, a city marked by war, and trying to move on, trying to take on a lifestyle of normalcy in a world where it may not be possible. There’s a lot of mystery going on in this setting, in the making of this world, and parts of it, and while it answers some, it doesn’t answer everything. The most fun I had with fellow bloggers while watching it were the possibilities of the world.

But: While great in the first 2/3, the story fell flat in the end. Too much tried to happen in too little time, and it came off feeling like a jumbled mess that didn’t make as much sense as it should. It worked, but it really could have used more episodes to better build up to these things rather then stuff it in at once. It’s like all these great ingredients were thrown in for a cake, but near the end, too much was thrown in, and it never rose properly.

Who Would I Give This To: Bliss Stage fans. So Bliss Stage buddies, if you’re reading this…

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Adventureland review

Yes, I should be watching by backlog of anime. So sue me.

Adventureland is a story of coming in age and falling in love with the backdrop of theme park rides and carnival games. It’s not a fast paced film that you watch with at a get-together to get the excitement going, but rather a low-key contemplative quiet film to watch on a day you want to relax.

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Wake by Lisa McMann

Wake by Lisa McMann is a fairly innovative and enjoyable title. The basic premise is fairly simple, Janie has a special ability that she can’t control that results her being sucked into people’s dreams. Throughout the book, with the aid of a love interest, and a dead woman, she learns how to use and control her powers.

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Out Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

This isn’t the first of Elizabeth Scott’s book I read, but the third. The other two were rather average, but had potential, and it was nice to see the potential finally come out in Stealing Heaven.

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