[Rewrite] S2 EP01 – Three Cups of Coffee

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A captivating opening animation from 8bit

Ahh Rewrite… it had so much potential as an anime adaptation of one of the most popular visual novels out there. However, just like Grisaia no Kajitsu (also animated by 8bit), the first season was very disappointing. From the start, it was bound to fail because of the sheer length of Rewrite. In order to condense so many hours of reading into 13 episodes, sacrifices had to be made. Routes were abridged, and we never really get to see the main characters fully fleshed out.

I first read Rewrite nearly 4 years ago, so my memories of finer details are hazy. My mind was able to fill in a lot of the gaps that the anime left out, but a newcomer would probably be quite confused. I wouldn’t recommend the anime to anyone who hasn’t read the VN. At the very least, season 1 of Rewrite brought back a lot of good memories of my favorite VN.

I digress though. This is a new season of Rewrite which just aired over the weekend. It’ll cover the Moon and Terra routes, which are considered the true routes of Rewrite. They are pretty much linear, so there is potential for 8bit to redeem themselves and create a season that’s worthy of the original source. Read on for my thoughts on the first episode of the season!

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[2014-2015] Your Lie in April {Aniplex} – A short review and lingering sentiments

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Originally published 12/14/2015
E/N – The original score was a 8.5, which I have lowered to a 8.0 after some thought. 

Piano prodigy Arima Kousei dominated the competition and all child musicians knew his name. But after his mother, who was also his instructor, passed away, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a recital that resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. Even two years later, Kousei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monotone, and without any flair or color. He was content at living out his life with his good friends Tsubaki and Watari until, one day, a girl changed everything. Miyazono Kaori is a pretty, free spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality. Kaori helps Kousei return to the music world and show that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kousei was used to.

-MAL

Not really a full review or anything, but I finished Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) a few days ago and wanted to share my thoughts on it.

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[2013] Kara no Shoujo – The Second Episode {Innocent Grey}

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Originally published 12/12/2015
E/N – Excuse the spacing and bad formatting. I can’t get the page to show up the way it’s supposed to look through the editor. 

Prewar-era Japan.

Deep in the snowy mountains of northwestern Japan, there exists a settlement called Hitogata, the Village of Dolls. On the night of the festival honoring the clay idol Hinna-sama, a girl is murdered.
The villagers all blame Hinna-sama’s curse. One outside the faith has joined in the festival of Hinna-sama, and brought the painful death of the curse down upon themself.

October, 1957.
Two years have passed since Kuchiki Touko’s abduction from her hospital room.
Tokisaka Reiji’s younger sister saves a man who had tried to commit suicide.
He, too, is the most recent victim of “Hinna-sama’s curse”—–
Tokisaka Reiji begins his investigation, clinging desperately to the hope that Touko can be saved—–
And at the same time, a strange religious group said to have dissolved six years ago begins to move again, to put a certain plan into motion—–

The curse will be carried out, whether by the gods or by human hands.

-Innocent Grey

Kara no Shoujo – The Second Episode (KNS 2) is a direct sequel to Kara no Shoujo (KNS) and the third visual novel of the mystery series by Innocent Grey. It was finally translated and released in English by MangaGamer on November 2015.

Since this is a sequel, there will be spoilers from the previous two VNs in this review but I will avoid spoiling anything in KNs 2. The novel assumes that you have at least read KNS and the KNS 2 Trial (which is more of a prequel), but I do recommend reading Cartagra to gain more background knowledge of past events and a few returning characters.

Does KNS 2 live up to the expectations as a sequel? I certainly think so!

Read on for the full review.

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[Comiket 87] Preview, anticipations, and hype!

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Originally published 12/25/2014

Merry Christmas everyone!

School is finally over for the semester, and that means another Comiket! But first of all… apologies for the lack of posts recently. Its been my hardest school semester yet, but at the same time the most rewarding. I’ve been keeping up with watching the Grisaia episodes of course, but I haven’t had the time to write about any of them since episode 3. The season is nearly over, so I’ll recap with my impressions of season 1 overall sometime later.

KanColle has grown immensely in popularity over the past year and as a result, many doujin groups have started to make arrangements based on KanColle themes. I haven’t heard that many, but foxfactory’s FlagshipS was fairly promising so I’m looking forward to hearing of KanColle. However, I don’t think I’ll get the same connection with the music just because I’m not familiar with either the original themes or the characters of the game. In that sense, I’ll stick with the Touhou albums for the most part.

Anyways, lets see what exciting new albums there are!

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[Grisaia no Kajitsu] EP3 – Sweet Diet

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Originally published 11/1/2014
E/N: I believe this is the last episode that I wrote about before I went back to Touhou music. Would you guys be interested in me writing about the rest of the episodes sometime in the future?

Best part of the episode? The ED with the CVs. Overall the episode was fun to watch, but there are a few things that I would like to nitpick on.  Read on for episode spoilers and thoughts.

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[Grisaia no Kajitsu] EP2 – School Killer Yumiko

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Originally published 10/26/2014

The second episode was pretty good, with the expectation that the anime can’t possibly cover everything that’s in the VN. The animation was smooth overall like the first episode, and I really liked that they included the animated CVs from the VN. The voice acting has been improved upon from the VN, as the seiyuu’s tones change depending on how the scenes are played out in the anime. The best parts were the scenes at the end of the episode, showing the girls as they first arrived in Mihama Academy. Sachi’s introduction was my favorite out of them 😛

Of course I would have loved to hear more of Yuugi’s inner monologues, but we’ll have to do without them. I wish I could remember more of the minor scenes that happen in the VN, but its been too long since I read it.

[Grisaia no Kajitsu] EP1 – Ordinary Academy Life

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Originally published 10/11/2014
Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since my last post. The usual reasons like always. But anyways… onto Grisaia!

Mihama Academy—on the surface, a closed learning environment established to nurture students who find themselves at odds with the world around them; in actuality, an orchard-cum-prison built to preserve fruit that has fallen too far from its tree.

Whatever the circumstances behind its establishment, Mihama Academy is at present home to five female students, all with their own reasons for “enrollment.” For better or worse, each girl has established a routine obliging of her current situation; life moves at an idle, yet accommodating pace within the walls of Mihama.

Yet with the arrival of the institute’s first male student, the nearly preposterously opaque Kazami Yuuji, the students at Mihama begin to fall out of step with their predetermined rhythms. Will Yuuji prove to be the element the girls around him needed to take hold of their lives once more, or will the weight of their pasts prove too steep a wall to overcome?

And in the first place, just who is Kazami Yuuji? While the true nature of the “job” he is wont to alight to at the most haphazard of moments remains shrouded in secrecy, one thing is for certain—his encroachment upon the quiet orchard known as Mihama Academy will prove itself momentous in one way or another. And of course, one cannot discount the possibility that perhaps Yuuji himself carries the weightiest past of any of the students…

-VNDB

Grisaia no Kajitsu is one of my favorite VNs and now there’s an anime adaptation of the VN. Of course there are always drawbacks to adaptations, but once in a while there are successful ones like Clannad, Fate/stay night, and a few others. Some limitations include: censorship of content and H, removal of many scenes to allot for the time limitation, and unfaithfulness to the original work.

So how did the first episode of the anime fair against it’s original work? Read on to find out.

Note: Minor spoilers and NSFW content (at the bottom, with an additional warning). You have been warned! 

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