Laura’s Anime Journey: Loveless

Plot (Via Wikipedia):

In his first day at his new school, a then twelve-year-old Ritsuka Aoyagi meets a mysterious twenty-year-old male named Soubi Agatsuma. Soubi claims to be a good friend of Ritsuka’s brother, Seimei, who was murdered a 2 years earlier. Upon the inspection of Seimei’s abandoned computer files, Ritsuka discovers that an organization called ‘Septimal Moon‘ (Nana no tsuki 七の月) was responsible for Seimei’s death.

As Ritsuka quickly discovers, Seimei and Soubi acted as a pair involved in spell battles invoked by carefully selected words. Now Soubi is Ritsuka’s ‘sentouki’, or Fighter Unit, and Ritsuka is his ‘Sacrifice‘. Together, they challenge Septimal Moon to find out the truth behind Seimei’s murder and the reason for Ritsuka’s amnesia, and form an intimate bond as they unravel the mystery.

My Thoughts:

Okay, so this ones going to be a bit different than the rest. Normally, I watch one episode and then explain my thoughts on it, but this time I watched the available episodes.

I first heard of the anime because of my younger sister, who is much more into things like this than I am. She tried to explain to me about the fighter and sacrifice, and other aspects of the show, but I didn’t quite get it. I’m not 100% if I even do now, but wow is it entertaining.

I think what I liked most about it was that it had a romance in the storyline, but it wasn’t exactly the soul focus. It focused more on Ritsuka trying to figure out what happened to his brother, and I loved that. Focusing on JUST the romance seems to make anything, whether it be anime, book, movie, or TV show, a bit substance-less, which is why I loved that it focuses on more than that.

I also believe it was so enjoyable for me because I grew up with Pokemon, and am a huge fanatic about it. I liked watching the battles, and the battles in Loveless are somewhat like the ones in Pokemon.

The only thing I had an issue with is something that seems to happen to many animes I’ve gotten into: it ended on a cliffhanger.

The anime ends with Ritsuka’s brother making his first appearance, watching Ritsuka and Soubi from a hiding spot in the bushes. After spending an entire season trying to piece together of the mystery of his murder only for him to show up and it not be continued was beyond frustrating. I wanted to know. 

Despite that, it was a create anime was a nice plot and creative world building. I highly recommend it!

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Laura’s Journey: My Little Monster

This week, I watched My Little Monster. 

I really enjoyed how the episode was introduced; it caught my attention right away and I wanted to know what all those ‘hims’ and ‘hers’ had to do with the story, since it’s something  Shizuku Mizutani says she has to talk about.

When Haru Yoshida, fist showed up on the screen and we got a first glimpse of what he’s like, and Shizuku decides her first impression is that he’s ‘disturbing’ the only thing I could think was same. There have been some weird ways a character is introduced in anime, but jumping right out of a freaking window is probably the strangest way I’ve seen so far.

my little monster

Shizuku

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him at first. When he first called Shizuku his friend, I first thought nope, no don’t do it, abort mission, he’s dangerous. And, well, I wasn’t wrong, considering once she convinces him to go back to school all he does is get into fights.

This feeling only furthered when Haru’s “friends” used him for his money while he was out with Shizuku and she tried to tell him that they weren’t good friends if they were going to treat him like that. He reacted by dumping his drink on her and calling her a bad person.

As we get to know him more, I feel a little bad for him. He doesn’t seem to have any ‘real’ friends and everyone is scared of him, because he got into a fight with a few upper-classmen and won.

my little monster 2Shizuku is urged by a teacher to continue to talk to him so she can get him back into school. If he keeps skipping, he’ll be expelled. Shizuku originally refuses, because she finds friendship to be a waste of time. I thought this to be a bit cold hearted, but could understand; if I was put in that place, I don’t think I’d want to hang around him either.

However, she gives it a chance and even stands up for him when his “friends” say some rude stuff behind his back. She gets him back into school and gets used to his weird ways.

When the first episode came to an end, and everything turned out nice and extremely adorable, I was sad that the episode ended. I definitely enjoyed this one!

Laura’s Journey: Anohana

I watched the first episode of Anohana.

I’ll admit, I was a little freaked out about the boob talk going on outside of Jintan’s house, and was kind of put off by his ‘women are stupid’ comment. 

As time went on, though, and I realized what he had to deal with Menma, I felt a bit bad for him. At first I thought she was his little sister because, being an older sibling myself, I understood the annoyance. When Menma thanked Jintan’s father for letting her stay, I began to think she was just an annoying relative that had come to stay for a visit.

As it progressed, I slowly caught on to Menma’s whole, not being alive thing. My sympathy for Jintan quickly switched to sympathy for Menma. She didn’t really seem to understand that she was dead, or that that was why her friends couldn’t see her. It was kind of heartbreaking to watch her face fall every time her old friends didn’t acknowledge her.

It kind of frustrated me that Jintan only saw her as a hallucination. I mean, I get it, most, if not all, of us are brought up to not believe in things like monsters and ghosts, but it was still hard to hear him repeatedly call her a hallucination. I also kind of wanted to shake him and tell him that it’s pretty obvious that what she wants/needs from him is for her wish to come true, not for an apology. (Though, I definitely think she deserves one, I mean he called her ugly; that’s not exactly nice.)

The first episode was nice, and made me really care about the characters quickly. I made a small whining noise when Menma visited her family and her mom set out food for her, despite her having been deceased for what seems like a few years. It was heart-wrenching (which is great, because I live off of stuff like that.) and entertaining.

I know I’ve only ever done one other one, but this one is my favorite so far.