The Subtlety of Storytelling – Yamakawa Aiji

A while back I picked up the manga Stand Up! by Yamakawa Aiji.  I’m not one to particularly notice authors the first time I read a manga.  Unbenownst to the fact that Yajirobee (Balancing Toy) was also by her, a little later on, I picked it up.  I found myself rereading these two quite a few times and thoroughly enjoying them.

When I find myself truly enjoying a manga, I doScreen Shot 2015-09-26 at 5.52.49 PM take the time to do some searching on the manga artist, to find more manga to read.  As I reread these two, I was pleasantly surprised by the reasons why I enjoyed these two so much – they were such a refreshing breath of air within the cliched and overdramatic genre of shoujo.

Her storytelling is very vivid yet subtle.  There is always the underlying tone of chaos, which realistically depicts how life really works-that it won’t wait for you to understand; whether or not you want it to, it will move on.  The setting really depicts how the places are in real life, the classroom is always chattery and in moments when the character gets truly engrossed in the moment, the background fades out.  Her writing manages to encapsulate the way people feel, yet leaves the mystery of wondering what these feelings really mean.  She doesn’t rely on over-the-top drama to get you invested in the story just the characters, up front and honest.

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Charlotte – a copy of Angel Beats?

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I don’t like the word “hype” much, as it is really overused and doesn’t really describe anything, but Charlotte, is indeed one of the most hyped anime of Summer 2015.  But does the hype really have any backing?  Here I’ll try to justify whether or not Charlotte lived up to the hype.

charlotteCharlotte is set in world where certain teenagers for an unknown reason gain special abilities.  Our main character – Otosaka Yuu has the ability to possess someone…but only for 5 seconds.  He uses his ability to cheat his way into one of the most prestigious high schools.  However he soon is caught by a girl named Tomori Nao.  He realizes that he is not the only one with a special ability.

When I first began watching Charlotte, I have to admit I was not impressed.  Charlotte is another Key/PA Works collaboration… as well as Jun Maeda holding the pencil again.  The director and sound director are also the same from Angel Beats.  I watched, and I guess what I got? Angel Beats.  As I wrote in my first impressions post, I hated this.  People loved it for this because they all loved Angel Beats (as do I) and wanted more of Angel Beats.  But I don’t want a carbon copy of Angel Beats.  The story telling was completely the same.  I wanted something different, something that I could differentiate from Angel Beats.  I wanted something new that could stand on its own and not be a copy of something else.

This review will contain spoilers…you’ve been warned.  Click here to watch Charlotte.

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Tamako Market – K-On…but better?


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Spoiler free review!

Tamako Market is a very classic Kyoto Animation anime.  It’s about well…cute girls doing cute things.

Okay, Tamako Market is a slice of life anime about a girl named Tamako who’s family runs a mochi shop in a shopping center…it’s a simple premise.  She meets a talking bird named Dera who comes from a distant island looking for his Prince’s future wife.  And as any slice-of-life anime goes, adventure ensues.

Like K-On and KyoAni’s other cute-girls-doing-cute-things animes, it has a soft and sweet tone to it.  However, Tamako Market has a quirky feel to it that just isn’t present in K-On.  Maybe it’s Dera the (quite frankly annoying) talking bird, or the cast of characters that make up the marketplace.

It really is important to remember while watching Tamako Market, you aren’t necessarily watching it to be intrigued by a fascinating world or complex plot…it’s simply to relax and have fun.  And Tamako Market does that.


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Anime vs. Manga – the Showdown (Noragami Review)

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After picking up the manga on a whim, I decided to also give the anime a shot, after all wouldn’t you love to see a good manga come into motion?  But the anime doesn’t always do the manga justice.  How about Noragami?

noragamiNoragami tells the story of a god, Yato, who is so insignificant that he doesn’t even have a shrine.  Instead, he goes around, completing requests for 5-yen offerings.  He crosses paths with Iki Hiyori, who tries to save him from a bus, but nearly gets killed herself.  From then on, her soul is able to be separated from her body.  Yato finds himself a shinki (a divine weapon), Yukine, and the three of them battle ayakashi (phantoms), revealing Yato’s dark past.

That wasn’t the greatest synopsis ever.  For more information and a more proper summary, head over to MyAnimeList.  The anime, which is produced by Bones (notable works: FMA, Ouran) is 12 episodes long aired during the winter 2014 season.

I personally found this anime rather enjoyable to watch.  It has a good world premise, great art, and incredible music.  But in comparison to the manga, the anime really does fall short.  Noragami suffers from the fact that it’s only 12 episodes long.  It leaves the pacing rushed and awkward.  Sometimes, it feels like the creators are scrambling to pull the story together.  However, the show does pull through to make it enjoyable to watch.

Now if you haven’t seen Noragami, do not let any thing that I’ve said so far scare you from watching it.  It is a fun anime to watch, definitely give it a shot…Personally, my suggestion would be to read the manga first, and see if you like it from there.  And if you do like it enough to pick up the anime, do so 🙂

The review from here on out will have spoilers.

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My Melancholy of Watching Haruhi Suzumiya

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After hearing about this show, its “haruhi-isms” and reading it’s synopsis, I decided to pick up Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)  It seemed like it had an interesting, unique plot.  And Haruhi seemed like an interesting main character.  I read somewhere about the broadcast order differing from the actual story order, which peaked my interest even more…something different from the boring norm?  Of course I’d want to see it.

haruhi3One of the worst things one could do going into an anime is having expectations.  And thats what I had.  Expectations.  I expected great characters, unique story, and a deeper plot than regular animes.  I didn’t quite catch that slice-of-life label this anime came with.  I also didn’t quite watch the anime in the order I intended to (I intended to watch in the broadcast order…ended up watching the first few in chronological order, went on to watch in broadcast order, accidentally watched two episodes from S2, finished up whatever was left of S1)

I understand the writer’s choice for making the anime the way it was, but I would’ve enjoyed it more if it wasn’t a slice-of life.  I just personally felt that the world and story didn’t suit this sort of story telling but that’s just really my opinion.

I don’t believe there are any spoilers…but I’d still watch the anime first. 

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Welcome to my blog

This may or may not be the most boring post you’ll ever read…but please bare with me.  Just so you know who I am – I’m Ivy a somewhat random and sarcastic person.  And I have decided that I needed a fresh start from my old blog.  I’m going to post some of my more favorable posts on here, to give this blog the little push it needs to start


I haven’t decided the “pronunciation” …if it even needs one.  Is it sushime like sushi and anime mashed together?  Or is it like sushi and me?… or is it like sushi and sashimi?  Well, all of them could work…and will work, whichever one sounds the best to you 🙂  And no, I won’t be talking about sushi on here…okay maybe I will.  I don’t know what caused me to choose this name, I just felt like it (I’m probably going to regret this decision within the next 24 hours).

As with my old blog, I’ll be talking about anime and manga and such…but this time with a little more structure, and hopefully some nice graphics and visual aesthetics.  I just wasn’t satisfied with my old blog anymore.  The more important thing was that my original account was linked onto there so all the people I was following was only linked to my horse blog…which wouldn’t have been very interesting to them.

How do I Review Anime?

I personally don’t believe in rating spectrums… you know the number out of 10.  That number doesn’t tell me anything.  An anime could’ve been really enjoyable but had poor execution, which would’ve still resulted in a high number.

Plus I have a real hard time giving a cold hard number to things.  Any of you out there who’s ben to the ophthalmologist’s office (which is a fancy word for eye-doctor) has been through that panic inducing experience where he or she asks “Okay, now tell me, which one is better: 4 or 5?  4…5?”

My writing, tends to be all over the place so I try to give some sort of structure to my reviews.  I tend to start my reviews with a paragraph or two on the general feel and how much I liked it for people who haven’t watched it yet…then I go suggest they watch it, because any more talking would give them too many expectations.  Then I delve in to the details of the plot, characters, and any other points of interest, which usually consists of spoilers

I didn’t do this on my old blog, but I’m going to try to recommend an anime or two at the end that I believe is similar.

I hope you enjoy my blog!  Without further ado,

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