Review: Kimi no Na wa (Your Name)

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Makoto Shinkai might be one of the greatest talents of modern day, and as a writer and anime fan myself, I don’t say that lightly. He has deemed us all worthy of this marvellous feat that is Kimi no Na wa (Your Name), and it’s exactly a film like this that makes me grateful to be alive. The story is the true masterpiece here; Shinkai shows mastery in the art of writing, managing to interweave multiple storylines into one bigger picture. This is a film about love, but also so much more.

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Fall Anime 2016: First Impressions

It’s that time of year again, and this time I am on it! The fall season of 2016 has brought us a series of new anime, some promising and some trash, as per usual. I found that the overall quality is low, but there are a couple of gems between the masses. So here’s a rundown of the shows I’ve seen so far and what I think of them.

All Out!!

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Episodes seen: 1

The two main characters are obnoxious and the art style is an eyesore. I thought I could look past the visuals at least, since I’ve felt this way about every sports anime in the past, but man, I don’t know. The voice acting is a bit off as well. In my experience, sports anime need a lot of warming up to, so I’ll try to stick with it, but I’m honestly not sure this one is going to be that great.

Prediction: 5/10 

Cheating Craft

Episodes seen: 1

I don’t. what?

This is the stupidest premise I’ve seen in a long time.

Prediction: 4/10 

Dream Festival! 

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Hinata’s Bishies

It’s time for another list of attractive sports anime characters, and this time I’m pulling out the cast from Haikyuu!! to find the hottest guys. Now, this one is tricky, because there are a lot of characters in this anime. Luckily, all the cute ones are mostly on the Karasuno team itself, so it makes things a bit easier. Without further ado, here are the hottest guys of Haikyuu!!, complete with their compatibility with the main character, Hinata.

#10: Kozume Kenma

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I really like Kenma because I can relate to him so much. He’s shy and unsociable, and prefers spending time playing video games rather than seeing his friends. However, his dynamic with the team shows a trust between characters that really speak to the heart. And his friendship with Hinata is adorable!

Compatibility with Hinata: 8/10

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Haikyuu!! Seasons 1 & 2

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For a long time, I felt like Haikyuu!! was grossly overhyped. But when Kuroko no Basket came to an end, I picked up the volleyball anime in an attempt to fill the void. It didn’t work. In fact, I was so turned off by the idea of Haikyuu!!, that it stayed on-hold on my list for over a year before I picked it back up. I even thought of dropping it at points. But man, am I glad I didn’t.

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Kimi to Boku.

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It had been a while since I watched anime; lifestyle changes and coursework deadlines greatly contributed to that. But when I found myself in Asia, tired from spending long days in the heat and just wanted to unwind for a bit, there was little else to do. I searched the net for an easy-going, episodic anime to watch occasionally as I travelled the world. Something I could put on for 20 minutes before going out to dinner.

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Another

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I watched Another during the early hours when I couldn’t sleep. Perfect time for a horror, really. And honestly, I found it surprisingly satisfying to watch. It’s been a long time since I marathoned an anime, especially in a single night.

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How I feel about Phoenix Wright

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I played Phoenix Wright just last year, and I really enjoyed it. When I saw the anime coming out I was in disbelief: these games are old. Nevertheless, it excited me. Finally a show where I’m actually familiar with the source material.

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