Taku’s Top 15 Anime: #4

Awwwww yis, I was waiting for this one! Good writeup Taku, I felt the same way when I first watched Madoka myself.

Taku Reviews

#15: Selector Infected/Spread WIXOSS
#14: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
#13: Ouran High School Host Club
#12: Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
#11: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
#10: The Devil is a Part-Timer!
#9: Hibike! Euphonium
#8: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
#7: Clannad + After Story
#6: FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
#5: K-On!

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#4: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

(Spoilers ahead, you have been warned)

Madoka Magica is a very special title for me as an anime watcher. I first watched Madoka almost three years ago now in June of 2014. At the time, I had only ever watched anime casually on and off. I had been working through Soul Eater during the semester before, but had all but dropped it and only really watched things I saw on TV. Everything changed when I discovered GRArkada one weekend and heard him talk about the show. On a whim, I binged…

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Taku’s Top 15 Anime: #8

Funny, I started off with the Phantom Blood manga and I really enjoyed it even though the art wasn’t to my taste, certain scenes also were more emotional than in the anime adaptation though the PB anime albeit truncated was better in a lot of ways. Battle Tendency is when I /really/ got into the franchise though.

I’m currently in the process of watching DiU but I put it on hold for a bit. Gonna wait until school is done to just binge through it. I absolutely love it so far, though I still think I might be a bit too attached to the characters of Stardust Crusaders to rank it above it. But we’ll see! And I gotta get on with reading the manga.

Glad you’ve been enjoying JoJo! Can’t wait to hear about Steel Ball Run and JoJolion once you’re all caught up.

Taku Reviews

#15: Selector Infected/Spread WIXOSS
#14: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
#13: Ouran High School Host Club
#12: Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
#11: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
#10: The Devil is a Part-Timer!
#9: Hibike! Euphonium

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#8: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

(Spoilers ahead, you have been warned)

So, I love JoJo. I’ve become a huge fan of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure franchise over the last few months and it’s something I’ve been able to connect with a lot of people through. I personally wasn’t that big a fan of the first season, featuring the Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency arcs. I thought it was perfectly alright, but I didn’t get too much into the franchise and it took another six months before I decided to watch Stardust Crusaders. I then proceed to binge through the entirety of Stardust Crusaders and Diamond is Unbreakable over the course of a…

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Symphogear AXZ Premiering This Summer

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH BEST NEWS I’VE GOTTEN ALL DAY BRING ON THE SYMPHOGEAH HYPE ❤

The Yuri Nation

Spring 2017 is pretty much a “breather” season for the Nation, time for us to relax, finish up shows we weren’t able to from past seasons and enjoy whatever other non-yuri shows we planned on doing. I say this because we’re going to be really busy this coming Summer and Fall.

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With NTR, most likely Citrus, the Kase-san short and Symphogear 4 it is safe to say Summer 2017 will be the best season of 2017 for the Nation or at least the most hyped. On a related note, if the latest Symphogear arc is 2 cour and Symphogear 5 is not a new adventure then I hope we won’t have to wait till next Summer for the 5th season.

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“Umineko”: Gulls, Cats, and linguistic associations thereof

Absolutely fascinating. Still need to read Umineko tho, lol.

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Recently, I was talking with fisharson and Phazys about upcoming shows, and Umineko No Naku Koro Ni, the English title of which translates to “When Seagulls Cry”. Both noted that the title certainly didn’t seem quite as sinister as it’s predecessor, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni (lit. “When Cicadas Cry”). I pointed out that, being a coastal city dweller myself, the long and somewhat mournful call of a seagull was incredibly evocative and very closely associated with the location, and I felt it was plenty appropriate. Still, fisharson wasn’t quite impressed – the most recent seagulls that featured prominently in animated media after all are the button-eyed sort in Pixar’s Finding Nemo. While certainly menacing to the fish, their design is such to elicit amusement from the viewer – certainly, couldn’t a better choice have been made for a horror anime been made?

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Yuri Talk: My Gripes, Dislikes and Hopes for the Future of Yuri (By Your Average Joe)

Ahhhh yes Amnesian, the “true” sequel to Kannazuki no Miko that never finished scanlation because the TLs squicked out on it after chapter 12 or 13. I honestly enjoyed that trash when I first read it, though I have no idea if I would now. Still, since I started it, I’m hoping one day I can read it again and finish it so I can finally know the ultimate fate of the last incarnations of Chikane and Himeko (and Murakumo).

Guys in yuri anime don’t really bother me, and neither do girls with hetero proclivities who are in/interested in same-sex relationships with another female. I do wish that yuri relationships would stop being used as “fanservice” in a lot of harem and ecchi anime though, but it is what it is. If anything, I wish that the male would function as the intermediary to bring the two girls together, because that’s what actually SHOULD happen when they’re interested/involved in the same guy. Watch films like The Women and Stage Door which are considered queer cult classics for their lesbian undertones and all female casts despite the frequent mentioning of men (yet they never appear onscreen or are merely side characters) making it so that they wouldn’t pass the Bechdel test, and you’ll see what I mean.

Subtext I’m hit or miss on. I feel like my definitions of what I would consider “canon” differ from other yuri fans’. And that’s fine. I don’t need a whole lot to fuel a yuri ship, honestly. Just see those girls interacting together onscreen, framed together in two shots, always looking each other in the eyes, maybe even flirting a bit. That’s all I really need. And of course if its a love and admiration for one girl powerful enough to destroy the world, then there’s not a question in my mind of the canonicity there.

I don’t consider one-sided relationships enough justification to make a ship canon though. Others might, but that’s just me.

I am not interested in the tone and subject material of the Citrus and NTR manga, which is why I will probably not be reading them anytime soon (though I do have a volume of Citrus, so I might change my mind on that). I will be watching the anime adaptations for both, in the hopes that despite how trashy they are they still manage to be enjoyable and well-produced enough to be successful, and open up opportunities for other superior yuri manga to finally get the adaptations they deserve.

The Yuri Nation

I am and have been super busy lately, so my next Manga review will be a while. But since one of the hype shows of year (Netsuzou Trap) has been announced with a premiere date, I figured this would be the best time to talk about this.

So, this post will just be a big rant about Yuri Anime/Manga and it will be heavily based on my likes/dislikes. Hopefully you enjoy reading this but at the very least you learn some new things about me as a Manga reviewer and Anime watcher and maybe this post could start some discussions.

Just as a disclaimer, this will be very long. One more thing, reading back on this I realise I repeat myself a lot, but please understand that I really want to get my point across and was probably a little mad. I’d love to read your opinion on…

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Taku’s Top 20 Anime OPs Part VI: #3

I ain’t even mad. All 3 are God tier. Audio speaking, Exterminate is my favorite, but Vitalization’s visuals take the cake. However, Synchrogazer’s waves and tunnels of audio and light just define this franchise for me, and are completely unforgettable in every single way.

Great write-up once again!

Taku Reviews

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(All videos taken from reddit.com/r/animethemes)

#3: Synchrogazer/Vitalization/Exterminate – Nana Mizuki (Senki Zesshou Symphogear)

So…yeah, I kinda cheated here. When I was making this list, one of the hardest decisions I was trying to make for the entire list was which Symphogear OP would make the cut, since I try to limit myself to one per franchise. Each OP is amazing in its own right and I couldn’t bring myself to pick one over the rest. Every time I thought I had made a decision, I doubted it when I re-listened to the three. So, it’s cheating a bit, but I decided it would be appropriate to have the three share the spot. Since this write-up would carry on for a very long time if I were to analyze each three OP with the…

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Taku’s Top 20 Anime OPs Part V: #4

Great analysis of one of my all time favorite anime OPs.

Taku Reviews

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(All videos taken from reddit.com/r/animethemes)

#4: world’s end, girl’s rondo – Kanon Wakeshima (Selector Spread WIXOSS)

(Light WIXOSS Spoilers)

The Selector WIXOSS franchise is definitely one of the more formative series in my growth as an anime watcher. It was one of the original shows I got involved with other parts of the franchise, picking up and learning the card game the show is based around and later bringing my friends into it, and the second season of WIXOSS was the first show I watched in full while it was airing. The WIXOSS franchise definitely holds a special place in my heart and no small part of what makes me love WIXOSS so much is the opening sequence to the show’s second season, “world’s end, girl’s rondo”. The OP has stood as one of my absolute favorite OPs since I first watched the show over two years ago and for…

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