Saturday, November 30, 2013

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi (2013)

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

the story took place in a world where god abandoned the world. thus on this day onward, no one could die or reproduce. Ai was the Gravekeeper of the village. she dug 47 graves for the yet to happen deaths of every member of the village. one day, a man came to the village, identified himself as Hampnie Hambart. it was the same name Ai's mother had left behind to be the name of her father. but before she was able to get the to bottom of the mystery, he started slaughtering everyone.

while god abandoned the world, he left behind Gravekeepers, the only ones capable of putting the soul to ease by burying them on these days. Ai was 12-years-old and the last generation of humans since god abandoned the world 12 years ago. she was in the beginning quite frustrating to look at, but as her growth and character development started, she became a lovable character. in many ways, the series managed to have us felt emotionally connected to them, sharing their pain and suffering. with such a different plot that started out complicated, the series brought out the best in it by engaging us and being unique.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Premeditated (2013)


Dinah was very close with her cousin Claire since childhood, until she had to move away to another town. one day, she received the news that Clare cut her wrists, fell in the washroom and hit her head. since then, Claire had been in coma, while Dinah waited for the miracle of her waking up again to tell her what happen. with the intention of staying close to Claire, Dinah moved in with her Uncle and Aunty, even enrolled in Claire's high school. accidentally she found Claire's diary and discovered the story behind. she sought out the killer, waiting to bring him to justice.

the book started out slightly overwhelming as it introduced quite an amount of characters. but as soon as these characters formed their images in my head, the book became a very fast read. it was unexpectedly intense, trailing behind Dinah in search of the killer. while she could use the name to track, Brooks didn't feel like the bad guy since the very beginning, which had gotten even worst as the book neared its end as more and more good sides of his were exposed. in a way, it felt rewarding knowing the bad guy wasn't who we anticipated it to be, or at least led to believe through Dinah's eyes.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku (2013)

Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku

when Natsuki was asked which club she was going to join, she confidently responded "The Go-Home Club", which means she wouldn't join any of it but go home right after school. to her dismay, the club actually existed in her high school and she just signed herself up for it. soon, she found herself joining the club consisting a small group of school girls. before she found out what the club actually do, she was introduced many bizarre characters.

there were no actual plot for the series to expand upon. like most high school club series, it focused on girls doing nothing but random things to draw laughter to its viewers. despite having nothing special about it, it remained entertaining to watch. the characters was slightly generic and had very little development to make them memorable, but fortunately they worked great together. the focus of the series was obviously humor and in some part, they succeeded with flying colors.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Millroad Academy Exorcists #1: Exorcising Aaron Nguyen (2013)

Exorcising Aaron Nguyen

Aaron was a student at a Catholic Academy who got his head smashed in the toilet. his murder caused the boarding school to shut down for a week, for the police to find the killer. but before they managed to get the to bottom of the case, another student plunged down the school building and barely alive. Georgia and her friend, Hiroki who could see ghosts, wanted to uncover the mystery as they watched Aaron's spirit took vengeance into his own hand.

i received a free e-book from the author in exchanged for a review and managed to finish the book in one sitting. it took a little getting used to as the story started, circling the life of Georgia and Hiroki, the odd if not awkward duo. while Georgia was fond of Hiroki, he never showed interest in romance towards anyone. it was actually fun and believing watching them. when things started involving Aaron's spirit, things suddenly flew by in a very fast pace, which made it somewhat surprising when i reached the end of the investigation. i was pleased to find the book a satisfying read, which made waiting for book 2 even more difficult.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2nd Season
八犬伝 -東方八犬異聞- 2 (2013)

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2nd Season

the story was a continuation of Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun (2013). the first season focused on Shino, a boy who looked 13 but was actually 18. it was because he was a holder of a living sword named Murasame. his task was to travel from village to village to find different gems. the second season focused more on the plot and details that brought the characters together. while they still travel through villages, it had more character developments and depth to it. more than its previous sequel, this installment was more engaging due to the connection between the characters and their individual backdrop. the rushed ending was slightly disappointing but not unexpected, while the potential remained high as well for a possible Season 3.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Demon Kissed #6: Assassin: Fall of the Golden Valefar (2012)

Assassin: Fall of the Golden Valefar

after Ivy defeated Kreturus and became the Demon Queen, she was trapped in the Underworld with no physical form as it was her curse of using the Satan's Stone. originally an Angel, Eric too used the Satan's Stone to stop the previous war. his curse was to live his life feeding of fears from others. after he was brought back by Ivy, he transformed from a Martis, to a Valefar, now a Golden Valefar. having limited amount of fear for Eric to feed off, Ivy sent Eric to the surface. he was more powerful than before, but also became more and more desperate to stop the monster that he was becoming.

Natalie was not what she appeared to be. on the outside, she seemed innocent and sweet, but she was an assassin. she had been tracking Eric for years, knowing all about his past but not the recent changes. she had to get her revenge but he was so gentle to her sometimes yet so murderous the next, it confused her. the most delicious twist in the plot was Natalie being a Succubus, the child of a fallen angel and mortal. while Eric needed fear to satisfy his thirst, Natalie needed men.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rozen Maiden (2013)

Rozen Maiden

Jun refused to go to school after being traumatized by an embarrassing incident at school. one day, he received a mysterious letter and chose to go along with it, receiving a living doll named Shinku. his lonely life soon transformed, travelling between the boundary of fantasy and reality as things took turns, bringing him problems that he never thought possible before. to make things worst, he had to deal with these problems whether he liked it or not.

while the old Rozen Maiden (2004) created its own plot, the new Rozen Maiden (2013) followed strictly the plot of the manga. on the surface the new series seemed like a recap of the old series, it was actually a whole new version of it. in some ways, the new series assumed that its viewers were already familiar with the details of the previous series. new viewers would appreciate the series somewhat lesser in comparison.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Demon Kissed #5: The 13th Prophecy (2012)

The 13th Prophecy

having almost destroy Kreturus, the Demon Lord, Ivy was left feeling helpless but still refused to give up. the plan was to summon Kreturus in its human form, who was Collin, Ivy's Valefar boyfriend. however, when Ivy brought Collin back from the dead last time, she infused part of her soul with Collin's, thus saving him from the eternal death that was supposed to destroy him together with Kreturus. Ivy then escaped into the Lorren with Eric, and found out that Eric was a fallen Angel that was given a human life. to win against Kreterus, they needed the location of the Satan's Stone, held in the memories of Eric before he was turned human.

the fifth book of the series took my breath away since its very first page. while it was easy to label the Martis good and the Valefar evil, Ivy was surrounded by Valefars she called friends while the Martis shut her out. being half Martis and half Valefar made things complicated, being the Prophecy One only made it worst. in this installment, she finally came face to face with Kreturus, which brought everything to a whole new level. despite circling the plot for 5 books, i was both pleased and surprised to find myself drawn completely into the series while falling in love with Ivy more and more as their romance drew more tears into my eyes.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Kokuriko-zaka Kara (2011)

Kokuriko-zaka Kara

Umi was a shy teenage girl who lived in a boarding house by the seaside. her father was killed in the war and her mother were constantly travelling. besides attending high school like most teenagers, Umi must also run the family business of managing the boarding house. Shun was her classmates. he was an orphan who lived with a few other students in the school's old clubhouse. part of the school modernization project was to demolish the clubhouse. Shun together with his schoolmates refused to let it happen.

while its drawings never did try to compete with the newer and more recent style of being both clean and colorful, the film with its matured plot turned out to be entertaining enough to engage us until the very end. the 2 main characters were likable if not for being too matured for some high school students. the supporting characters however, were much more impressive as they spiked things up whenever the 2 main characters kept it too dull. the main plot was originally not so clearly stated until more than half of its airtime. it wasn't exactly exciting or memorable but it was just enough to keep the story going.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Demon Kissed #4: Satan's Stone (2012)

Satan's Stone

Ivy was half Martis, half Valefar, and also the Prophecy One. while Celestial Silver could killed the Valefar and Brimstone the Martis, Ivy could only die from Sapphire Serum. when she decided to end herself to remove the role of the Prophecy One, she was saved by Lorren the Angel. the Prophecy would took place with or without her as the Prophecy One. finally accepting who she was, Ivy was determine to end Kreturus life, but before that, she need to find the Satan's Stone, a stone that stored the demon lord's power and had the ability to absorb the remaining Sapphire Serum that Lorren was unable to remove from her body.

unlike the previous sequels, this book started out with Ivy on her Eric-killing mission. after being stopped by Lorren, she escaped the Underworld with her Valefar sister, Apryl who happened to be waiting at the portal she was approaching. Collin, her Valefar boyfriend that she could no longer trust, had been hiding most of the Valefar abilities from her, because every ability had its price, a pain to suffer, a price to pay. now that Apryl was with her, together with the Demon Princess that lured her into a bargain, Ivy was finally revealed the many abilities she never knew she had. throughout the series, the most memorable moment had to be when Ivy realized how important Collin was to her, their bloodlust was nothing compared to the bond they shared and it made my eyes watered.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Monogatari Series: Second Season (2013)
〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series: Second Season

the story picked up from where Nisemonogatari left off. the story continued its style of focusing on various characters, giving them each an equal airtime, focusing on their problems and how it managed to relate to the other characters. first it was Shiro, where Hanekawa faced her personal obstacles, also previously explored in Nekomonogatari -Kuro- (2012). refreshingly for this installment, the perspective shifted from Araragi to Hanekawa, giving us a different view from Araragi's usual fast-paced and often humorous view. through Hanekawa, a more mysterious view was revealed, also introducing a newly awakened spirit animal, together with her troubled thoughts and emotions. despite the slow start, like most Monogatari sequels, things ultimately ended in a satisfying manner.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Demon Kissed #3: Torn (2011)


the story picked up from where Cursed (2011) left off. after going through mazes in the Underworld, Ivy finally met Kreturus, the Demon Lord deep in Hell who wanted Ivy as his bride. but the prophecy said Ivy would defeat Kreturus and became Demon Queen herself. as confusing as that was, Ivy was shocked to find Kreturus took no physical form. with her Valefar boyfriend, Collin trapped by Kreturus, Ivy couldn't risk saving him as Kreturus took possession of his body just moments ago, she decided to remove herself from the prophecy by killing herself. but when she woke up, she found herself half healed by an angel named Lorren.

while the second book focused on Ivy's adventure in the Underworld, facing different challenges and terrifying creatures, the third book started out with the introduction of an angel. the added twist was discovering Lorren lived in the Underworld. like its previous sequels, the first half of the book started out being over elaborated, sometimes long-winded due to the repetitive circumstances that it got slightly suffocating. but again, curiosity pulled me through the book and it was absolutely rewarding. it had become easier and easier to finish each book of the series in one sitting, enjoying every second half of it to its extend. the plot never did stray far from the path that it was expected to take, yet with the added twists and turns, they were completely impossible to predict as well.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu (2013)

Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu

Yura was a new student at the Stella Women's Academy. she met Sonora, who immediately invited her to join their club called C³. Sonora was a third-year student who just became the leader of this club that was about military survival. the other 4 members including second-year students Karila and Honoka, and first-year students Rento and Yachiyo.

while action wise the series lacked fluency, story wise it made up for lots of fun and genuinely clever tactics and charm. among the 5 girls, only Sonora was interesting enough to capture ones attention, while the remaining characters were unfortunately easily forgettable. even Yura failed to outshine Sonora despite being the main character. each character was given their own time to reveal a background story about themselves. the growth among the girls was obvious and became more and more entertaining as the series neared its end.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Demon Kissed #2: Cursed (2011)


the last prophecy had mentioned that a girl would taking down the Demon Lord, Kreturus, and became Demon Queen herself. it was said that the prophecy girl would appear with a violet mark, instead of a blue mark for a Martis, or a red mark for a Valefar. originally a Martis, Ivy bore the violet mark since she barely escaped death in the hand of a Valefar. Collin, her Valefar boyfriend, sacrificed himself by jumping into the pit opened by the Valefars to save her from being sucked into it, where Ivy survived by helping the Martis to close up the pit. since then, she had been having nightmares and visions of Collin in the underworld, tortured by Kreturus with the intention of luring her to him. to make matter worst, the Martis still doesn't consider her their ally.

while the first book had its backdrop set on a modern day high school, the second book was moved to an ancient building where the Martis headquarter was at. lacking the familiar atmosphere, the story started to lose me as it became more fantasy than relatable. i hung on for it to capture me again like it did the first book. fortunately the wait was worthwhile as i was soon absorbed into the story after going through half of the book. the twists were difficult to foresee and it came as a pleasant surprise, bringing the story to its climax when least expected.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Blood Lad (2013)

Blood Lad

Staz was the vampire boss in the demon world. but he had little interest in human blood, but was obsessed with Japanese culture. one day, a Japanese teenage girl, Fuyumi accidentally wandered into the demon world, he jumped at the opportunity. but when he was distracted with another invasion, Fuyumi was killed by a monster and became a wandering ghost. Staz was disappointed and promised Fuyumi that he will find a way to bring Fuyumi back to life.

with such a dark and unique plot, it was surprising that the series was more of a comedy. with plenty of humors, the series had its fair share of climaxing moments as well as weird situations. the story never did left the duo formed by Staz and Fuyumi, nor did the plot ever strayed from Staz wanting to bring Fuyumi back to life, where everything else evolved around it. to make things even more interesting, the series was fast paced, making it entertaining and having no dull moments.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Demon Kissed #1: Demon Kissed (2011)

Demon Kissed

Ivy was a Martis, humans selected by the Angels for their loyalty and courage. one night she was lure into kissing Jake, a Valefar. when a Demon kissed a human, the human soul would be stripped away, leaving behind a space for the Demon to infuse the human body with demon blood, creating Valefars, animated corpses that looked exactly like human, also the only beings capable of killing the Martis. having survived the near death experience, Ivy was drawn into the war between the Martis and the Valefar, especially for being the only person who ever walked away from a demon kiss alive, furthermore gaining unique abilities from it.

despite being long-winded, it was a pleasant read. curiosity got me through the pages quite easily. in many ways, Ivy was a sad and negative character. but seeing the conflicts she had to struggle through, it was understandable and tolerable. but the moment she finally accepted herself, she became such a tough and lovable girl. from there onward, things got even more interesting between the trio, formed by Ivy the half Martis half Valefar, Eric the Martis, and Collin the Valefar. it was especially intriguing that when evil and good was originally so clearly separated into two sides, it wasn't the case for Ivy.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Kiniro Mosaic (2013)

Kiniro Mosaic

the story followed Shinobu, a Japanese girl who did a homestay in Britain. she became great friends with Alice, the daughter of her host family. after returning to Japan, she missed her time oversea. one day, and airmail arrived from Alice, telling Shinobu that she will be coming to Japan.

the series that started out simple turned out to be unexpectedly heartwarming and enjoyable to watch. while the first episode showed a rare side of Japanese speaking English, it was somewhat painful to witness. later into the series, things became much more entertaining as the humors started to surface. there were no actual storyline for the series, it was a slice of life series. in some ways, the series remindede me of A Channel (2011) and Yuru Yuri (2011), where a group of friends went through their everyday lives filled with humorous situations.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Beauty World (2011)

Beauty World

the story started with the mysterious death of the Emperor's newborn daughter. her mother Meiniang was ferocious. and since the princess was last visited by the Empress, she was the most suspicious person in the palace. before she was sentenced to death, her former lover Chongyan and her best friend Xiner, came into the palace to investigate. one case lead to another, they soon found out that the palace was far more complicated than what they expected.

the series was unexpectedly enjoyable, having little dull moments since the very beginning. the mysterious cases and its investigation kept the story going. i was slightly disappointed with the little involvement from Meiniang, who later became the Empress. but fortunately Xiner and Chongyan continued to be entertaining if not mysterious with a hint of fantasy and supernatural twist. at some point, even the Emperor seemed like the bad guy and it kept us guessing until the very end.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation (2013)
超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ THE ANIMATION

Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation

the story took place in a world with 4 states, Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox. these states were each ruled by a Goddess. for years, these countries fought each other over the Shares, which was the source of the Goddess power. however, as these conflict eroded their countries' strength, the Goddesses signed a Friendship Treaty to prevent each other from taking the Shares by force.

the series represented the Gamindustri (Game Industry), where Planetune represented Sega, Lastation represented Playstation, Lowee represented Nintendo, and Leanbox represented XBox. the story did a clever mix of each of the video games stories, where the ultimate plot being taking revenge against Gamindustri. the series lacked detailed explanations of these representations, making it confusing at times. but in overall, the characters were lovable, making it far easier to watch even without representations.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dark Prophecy #1: Reckoning (2012)


Kat had a secret she kept for 17 years, she could see and hear the dead. up until now she had ignore the strange images and whispering voices. but things were not so simple anymore. increasingly frightening nightmares haunted her, spirits appearing and disappearing, locking her attention on them, making her froze in her steps, even resorting to physical contact. in the meanwhile, a new neighbor moved into the empty house next to theirs. Lovell was good looking yet mysterious, he seemed to have the ability to appear when he was most needed, and held disturbing amount of knowledge regarding her.

with plenty hint of romance and action since the very beginning, the book was easily read in one sitting. the climax was completely unexpected, while the cliffhanger was enough to leave me wanting more from the next book. Kat was a lovable character. following her perspective, it was easy to see why Lovell turned out to be both charming and disturbing. his honesty since the very beginning would be perfect but then, things would definitely get less interesting if he did. with the perfect flow of storyline, i just couldn't get enough.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fantasista Doll (2013)

Fantasista Doll

Uzume was a former champion of trading card game competition. she was trusted with a special device that contained 6 powerful Fantasista Doll. these dolls were virtual beings who resided in the cards, controlled by their master.

at first glance, the series felt like a mahou shoujo anime, but to be exact, the dolls were all part of a program, making it somewhat Science-Fiction as well. with such an unusual plot, it took some effort to truly appreciate the series. the card fights between card masters was performed with the intention of obtaining the cards of the opponent by winning. card masters were assigned a set of dolls, which were basically life-sized artificial beings that materialized as they were summoned. Uzumu was a likable character that bonded with her dolls through the episodes, between some card fights. though the series wouldn't exactly stood out, but in overall, the series was still enjoyable enough to sit through.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Avril Lavigne: Avril Lavigne (2013)

Avril Lavigne: Self-Titled Album (2013)

Avril released her fifth album just 2 days ago. the album title was self-titled. the singles included in the album were Here's to Never Growing Up (2013), Rock N Roll (2013) and Let Me Go (2013). other than featuring Chad Kroeger of Nickleback, her husband, she also featured Marilyn Manson. while her last album Goodbye Lullaby was more mellow, the next album will returned being more pop and fun.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! (2012)

Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!

Yuta was an university freshman. he lost his parents since young and was raised by his sister Yuri. after Yuri got married, Yuta had been living alone. one day, Yuri visited and asked her brother to take care of her 3 daughters. he unwillingly accepted the job until he was informed of the missing plane Yuri took with her husband. in order to prevent the 3 children from being adopted separately, Yuta decided to take in all girls, where the life of a strange family began.

having to take care of 3 children, Yuuta basically put his carefree life behind him as he grew overnight into a big brother, even father at once. the major storyline was very much predictable, but with 4 very different characters to complicate things, every episodes turned out to be quite an enjoyment. Sora was the oldest sister of the 3, she was shy yet tsudere towards Yuta. Miu was the middle child, she was the most matured. Hina was the youngest sister, the most adorable and childlike. despite the seemingly light theme, there were responsibilities and impacts that targeted Yuta's life.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Mary Hades #0.5: My Daylight Monsters (2013)

My Daylight Monsters

Mary was newly assigned into the psychiatric ward. she had always been able to see strange beings, people that warned her of the coming danger, kept her save. But talking about them had brought trouble for herself. Meeting the other patients had made things easier for her, but when the death toll increased without explanation, Mary was determined to find out who or what was responsible behind.

i received a free e-book from the author in exchanged for a review. the book was a very fast read and had been engaging since the very beginning. with hospital as its background, the spooky atmosphere never did ended. while it was sometimes difficult to know who among the patients to trust, even the ghosts didn't seem to be reliable at some point, but the mysteriousness kept the edge on as Mary struggled between being sane and dazed from drugs. though it was slightly disappointing that the bad guy was a human, i was still pleased to not have seen him the bad guy.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Border:1 Ghost Pain (2013)
攻殻機動隊 Border:1 Ghost Pain

Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Border:1 Ghost Pain

the story took place in a futuristic world, after the end of the war. New Port City was still recovering from the aftermath of a bombing that was caused by a mine. during the investigation, Aramaki met with Motoko, the cyborg hacker assigned to the military secret unit. Batou suspected that Motoko was the one behind the bombing. Motoko was being watched by the secret unit's leader Kurutsu, and other cyborg agents. in the meanwhile, police detective Togusa was pursuing his own case of shooting death and prostitute's murder.

the movie was divided into 4 parts, following the story of the original Ghost in the Shell series. this new series added details to what happened before the team became tough vigilantes. when the murders and bombing were investigated, they found Motoko related to the cases, involving mysterious virus and politics. this time round, Motoko became the focus. she was given an entirely new backstory, especially the one involving her family. instead of being the leader she was in the original series, she was here, still a lone longer. the plot remained consistent, only added more actions that didn't detract too much.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Defiance #2: Deception (2013)


with only a handful of people surviving the attack of the Cursed One, Logan was voted the new leader and led his people into the dangerous wasteland, away from their walled city Baalboden. their ragged group of survivors struggled to reach Lankenshire, another city that hopefully will accept them. the cruel Commander and his Carrington's army remained constant on their tail, chasing after the device that had the ability to control the Cursed One, now hanging on Logan's neck. but their problems intensify when someone inside their own group was killing them one by one.

while i thoroughly enjoyed its first book, the series became unexpectedly dull in this second installment. while it was interesting watching the new leaders trying to sort out their people, protecting them, figuring out who the enemy was, it dragged on for slightly too long as i waited and waited for them to reach Lankenshire for another new phase of story. unfortunately almost right after they reach the new town, the book ended, left me feeling somewhat disappointed. while Logan and Rachel remained in the spotlight, Quinn however, became the most lovable character in this installment.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% (2013)
うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ マジLOVE2000%

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000%

the story continued where it left off in the first season. Haruka continued her effort to become a famous composer, together with her friends Otoya, Masato, Natsuki, Tokiya, Ren, Syo, and Cecil. the boys wanted to become idols, but it won't be easy for them as they had to pass a strict exam, supervised by idols Reiji, Ranmaru, Ai, and Camus.

for those who enjoyed the first season, this installment would be equally entertaining. surprisingly while most sequels failed to impress or overtake its predecessor, this season proven otherwise. the series continued to be lighthearted and fun to watch. even though the series had so much potential and coverage to explore, with only 13 episodes and so many characters, it was difficult to go into every background. but with only 1 girl in the center, each viewer would eventually root for one guy to successfully get the girl.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

War of Desire (2011)

War of Desire

Fengyan was an orphan girl adopted into the Ning family. she became great friends with Caidie, the only child of Ning family. they were both in love with Feihung, their childhood friend, where Feihung returned Fengyan's love. one day, due to certain circumstances, Fengyan replaced Caidie on her tasks of entering the palace to become the emperor's concubine. being in the palace, Fengyan slowly changed as she schemed for attention and power among the concubines, where Caidie joined soon after.

despite having 49-episodes, the series was fast paced and easily watched in one sitting if possible. it was a tale of 3 friends, focusing on their friendship and love as they went through trials in the palace, fighting for survival. things were much more simpler before Caidie joined Fengyan in the palace. her original intention of fighting against Fengyan soon became purely survival. in the end when they thought things could returned to them being children, they couldn't. in many ways, Fengyan and Caidie were opposite characters. Fengyan was tough and often reflective, while Caidie remained innocent and idealistic at times. as for Feihung, he often gave up everything for these 2 girls, even the Emperor's seat. he remained the most frustrating character to watch among the trio.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Aura: Maryuuinkouga Saigo no Tatakai (2013)

Aura: Maryuuinkouga Saigo no Tatakai

Ichirou called himself Maryuin Koga, behaving like he was a hero in a fantasy world. this strange behavior caused his classmates to bully him, where he eventually left the school. in the new school, he tried to behave like a normal boy. one day he met a girl with a blue cape, who called herself a researcher travelling from the other world. at first, Ichrou rejected Ryouko for she reminded him of his embarrassing past. but the moment she got bullied, he couldn't help but to regain his role as Maryuin Koga.

despite the seemingly ordinary plot that focused on Chuunibyo and its victim, especially the bullying part, the film was evenly paced thus enjoyable in its very own way. there were almost no twists to its plot, everything being completely predictable, yet still remained surprisingly entertaining. in many ways, the film remained believable and natural. the dialogues especially, helped along the way. drama wise, it was sweet and sincere, even heartbreaking at some point.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Blemished #3: The Unleashed (2013)

The Unleashed

Mina were surprised to find her supposedly-dead mother paying her a visit at the compound. she became angry that her father had lied to her, furthermore, her mother was from the GEM, the organization that wanted to destroy all Blemished. while the other Freaks felt unsure towards Anna, Mina completely adored her elegant mother. when Anna drugged her into leaving the compound with her, Mina was more than happy to comply. in his mission to find Mina, Daniel and the remaining Freaks got involved with the Resistance, who was planning a war against the GEM.

i received free e-books for the series from the author in exchanged for a review. among the 3 books of the series, i found myself enjoying the first book the most for its innocence. third book into the series focused more and more on other individuals whom i was less attracted to. in a way the perspectives was interesting, but none too difficult to imagine. as helpless as Mina was in her situation, she continued to be a likable character. the only part that was less believable was how short her grief for her father's death was after shutting down with shock. at this point, everything felt rushed and less engaging. fortunately the urge of wanting to know how things end pulled me through until the very end. it was pleasant to know that things fell perfectly into place after all the struggles.