Regarding Koe no Katachi afterthoughts.

This will be a short announcement about my upcoming Koe no Katachi afterthoughts. Due to how my feelings are a bit all over the place for Koe no Katachi, I went and thought about how exactly I want this to be done. After much thinking, I have decided. I will be doing the afterthoughts in 4 parts.

The first 3 parts will each be a semi-discussion about the three different topics that Koe no Katachi has displayed: bullying and getting bullied, disabilities and illnesses, self-confidence, social acceptance and friends. It will be mostly me talking about the content displayed by Koe no Katachi with regards to each topic and how it relates to me personally and emotionally. As such, there will be spoilers and personal experiences inside, and if you don’t want either one of those, you don’t have to read it.

The last part will be the actual afterthoughts, with minimum spoilers and without the content discussed previous, and will just be on Koe no Katachi as an anime itself.

And there you have it. Hope you enjoy what will come up 🙂

I would also like to once again thank the support given to me as well as the comments on the posts I have made. It shows that some people out there actually enjoyed my content. Thank you all!

-Plyasm

Anime afterthoughts: No Game No Life

Anime name: No Game No Life

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/19815/No_Game_No_Life

Before you start reading, I would just like to apologise for taking so long to write this one. I wasn’t planning to keep putting off writing for No Game No Life, especially since it’s one of my favourite anime of all time. However, many things in life happened between me starting this draft and actually planning what to write, actually writing etc. I was planning to finish my re-watch of No Game No Life before I continue to write this post, but at this rate I won’t even have this out before the movie hits. So, here it is, the extremely overdue afterthoughts. Enjoy.

P.S.:Those waiting for my Koe no Katachi afterthoughts have to wait longer, I’m sorry. I have a long list of things still in draft status, and this post just happened to be near completion. I’ll get it out soon™. I promise.

-Plyasm


Introduction


No Game No Life was a special kind of anime for me, especially for how I started watching it. As far as I can remember, I went and watched No Game No Life out of pure curiosity. There were several reasons why I got curious about it. The first would be the many recommendations and praises I saw online. “No Game No Life is great, you should go watch it.” “Why doesn’t No Game No Life get a season 2? Madhouse really is allergic to the number 1!” were some of the type of things I would see on the internet. The songs of appraisal as well as the heavy recommendations both intrigued me, but that was not all. Another reason why I was curious about No Game No Life was due to the interesting clips of it being posted onto YouTube. These clips interested me greatly. The final reason was its synopsis:

No Game No Life is a surreal comedy that follows Sora and Shiro, shut-in NEET siblings and the online gamer duo behind the legendary username “Kuuhaku.” They view the real world as just another lousy game; however, a strange e-mail challenging them to a chess match changes everything—the brother and sister are plunged into an otherworldly realm where they meet Tet, the God of Games.

The mysterious god welcomes Sora and Shiro to Disboard, a world where all forms of conflict—from petty squabbles to the fate of whole countries—are settled not through war, but by way of high-stake games. This system works thanks to a fundamental rule wherein each party must wager something they deem to be of equal value to the other party’s wager. In this strange land where the very idea of humanity is reduced to child’s play, the indifferent genius gamer duo of Sora and Shiro have finally found a real reason to keep playing games: to unite the sixteen races of Disboard, defeat Tet, and become the gods of this new, gaming-is-everything world.

This synopsis tells us that the MCs were bored with the real world, so when they were teleported from their world into a new world where everything was decided by games, they decided to play along and try to beat the god of this new world. Now, by itself this synopsis already sounds really interesting, but there’s more to it than what it looks like. I, for one, am extremely interested in these type of plot where people participate in unusual types of games. I have no idea why I am, but I’m guessing it’s because of the amount of strategy and planning required by characters to make the content interesting. As such, all these reasons combined raised my interest for No Game No Life to a considerably high level such that I watched it sometime last year, soon after I started watching Anime as a whole.  Continue reading “Anime afterthoughts: No Game No Life”

Trickster is beyond saving

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So, before I start, let me just get the details out first. Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tanteidan” yori (or Trickster for short) was an anime from Fall/Winter 2016 that I watched and eventually dropped while it was still airing. It was possibly the biggest disappointment that I’ve had so far, in which the expectations from seeing the plot and what the anime presents at first completely falls short later on and in the case of Trickster, it went on to become absolute trash. This post will be a rant on Trickster, what it could and should have been, and what it actually became. There will be heavy spoilers ahead since I will need to reveal the contents of the show in order to rant about it and as such consider this a spoiler warning to stop reading if you haven’t and want to watch this show. Continue reading “Trickster is beyond saving”

Anime afterthoughts: Youjo Senki

Anime name: Youjo Senki

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/32615/Youjo_Senki


Introduction


It was actually really surprising for me to run into and eventually watch Youjo Senki. This was due to several circumstances. First, at that time I actually did not use MAL and instead relied on the top charts of another website to decide on what anime I should watch next. This had many MANY flaws and one of them was that only the most popular anime are shown in the front page, as such, lesser known but good anime are hard to be seen. This was the case with Youjo Senki, and as a result I did not notice its existence. The second and third obstacles were with Youjo Senki itself. Despite being adapted from a popular(debatable) Light Novel in Japan, it was being produced by a new anime studio NUT(formed from former Madhouse employees) and has little to no coverage and popularity with the western anime watchers. As such, little is known about this anime and there were not many recommendations nor did it gain a lot of popularity when it first started out. Not only did Youjo Senki have an unimpressive background and fanbase, it also had a very plain and typical type of “packaging”. As you can see from the cover art above and synopsis below, it definitely doesn’t seem impressive on the outside:

Tanya Degurechaff is a young soldier infamous for predatorial-like ruthlessness and an uncanny, tactical aptitude, earning her the nickname of the “Devil of the Rhine.” Underneath her innocuous appearance, however, lies the soul of a man who challenged Being X, the self-proclaimed God, to a battle of wits—which resulted in him being reincarnated as a little girl into a world of magical warfare. Hellbent on defiance, Tanya resolves to ascend the ranks of her country’s military as it slowly plunges into world war, with only Being X proving to be the strongest obstacle in recreating the peaceful life she once knew. But her perceptive actions and combat initiative have an unintended side effect: propelling the mighty Empire into becoming one of the most powerful nations in mankind’s history.

In fact, to me, it seemed like your typical lolibait anime which uses a loli MC and some lewd scenes to attract attention. Thus, even though I saw the anime once, I did not think much of it and didn’t try it out.

However, 4 weeks after Youjo Senki came out, when it was on episode 4, I happened to spot it on the top charts. I decided to take a look at what made this anime popular all of a sudden and went into the first episode not expecting much. And that is how I got into Youjo Senki. Continue reading “Anime afterthoughts: Youjo Senki”