Anime Day 8

September 23rd, 2015

Acchi Kocchi

Day 8 – Anime you remember most fondly

Of course the answer to this question would be a slice of life anime. Slice of life anime are very fuwafuwa (fluffy) and light hearted. Some are funny, other make you tear up, but Acchi Kocchi makes you go awwwwwwwww. Based on a 4 coma manga, each episode of Acchi Kocchi presents us with a number of gags, misunderstandings, and just silly moments in the relationships (friendships) of the above 5. And then we got Io and Tsumiki, who are like the perfect couple, but are too shy to admit they have feelings for each other. Oh and did I mention that Tsumiki is a cat? Like whenever Io pats her on the head, she grows cat ears and a :3 mouth.

Of course there are other anime which warm up my heart, but Acchi Kocchi has done it in a way that on only makes me go nya, but also in way that makes me go HHNNNNGGGGGG.

Anime Day 7

September 22nd, 2015

Day 7 – Favorite anime opening theme song

There are hundreds of great anime opening themes songs out there. Starting with EVA and ending with the numerous Manogatari series songs. Even though I would love to mention all the FMA Brotherhood OPs, the Eden of the East, Steins;Gate, both Nichijou OPs, Ping Pong, Love Hina, Chobits…. the list goes on. I am going to go with Tatami Galaxy.

Why? Because not only is this song by Asian Kungfu Generation amazing, but the unique art style also makes this one of the most recognisable and memorable OP in anime history. Of course the show itself is rather niche and not that mainstream, but everyone who has seen it rates it highly, not just cause of the plot and the characters, but because the OP and ED are both top tier level. The chill music, together with the combination of realistic backgrounds and weird art style of the characters make this OP my favourite and I have it on the top of my playlist.

Anime Day 6

September 21st, 2015

Takeo and Yamato

Day 6 – Favorite anime couple

Oh I have a lot of favourites. Such as: Ryuuji and Taiga, Araragi and Senjo, Izaya and Shizuo, Isaac and Miria… etc… But I guess at this point in time I would have to say Takeo and Yamato from Ore Monogatari. Why? Well because their love is genuine and out of pretty much every anime I have seen, this is the only one which focuses about 20 episodes on the relationship after they have become a couple; the hurdles of being in a relationship and the overall satisfaction when overcoming these obstacles. Thats what puts the as my favourite anime couple. Because they are the most realistic one, not over dramatic and crazy, just plain rabu rabu and cute.

Anime Day 5

September 20th, 2015

GuiltyCrown

Most annoying anime character

I am not going to go on a ramble on how a lot of anime MC’s are useless and annoying. I will just mention one, which in my opinion ruined the show. Ouma Shu from Guilty Crown. He was worse then Shinji in Eva… just annoying and clueless. The show was great, music was epic, art was beautiful, but Shu.

I don’t have much more to say, without fully bashing the guy, so I will leave it at that. Tomorrow will be an interesting one.

Anime Day 4

September 19th, 2015

wolf-children

What is the LAST anime you watched that made you cry?

Crying isn’t a manly thing, but god damn even I have feelings. So to put it simply: Wolf Childern. Why? Well ever since first watching the movie in Japan back in 2012, I have always thought that this is one of the most touching family stories I have ever seen. And watching it over and over (4 times now) makes me appreciate it even more with every re-watch. And every time I cry and a few particular scene. I don’t want to go into spoilers, so all I can say is that there are multiple moments throughout the movie which will bring a tear to anyones eye. So my last re-watch of this was in 2014 Autumn, so yes, this would be the last anime I watched that made me cry.

Want to read my non-spoiler review of the movie, click this link.

Anime Day 3

September 18th, 2015

Aisaka Taiga

Day 3 – Your anime crush

What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more.

Disclaimer: I was still a teenager (18) when I watched Toradora, so please understand that me adoring Taiga (who is 17 in the end of the show) is perfectly fine.

But yes Taiga, so small, so cute, so waifu. But to be more serious, the reason why I had a crush on Taiga, was not just because of herself, I was more thanks to Ryuuji, who I admired and wanted to become so that I could support my own Taiga. Basically if I wish I were in Ryuuji’s shoes and have Taiga as my waifu.

Taiga is small and cute, but she is also a Tsundere. While I like tsunderes, sometimes they are a bit too violent, and Taiga is no exception. However the concept of love from hate has always been something that I thought was amazing and to be one of the most strongest forms of love. Also her growth throughout the series is something I would love to see in any girl I am with. Taiga started off in a dirty house by herself, not knowing how to take care of herself or interact with people, but thanks to Ryuuji, she grew into a fine girl with lots of friends and housewife skills that can only match Ryuuji himself. One thing I still can’t forgive her for is leaving him for 1 year, I think there could have been a better compromise, but thats not something I can change.

So thats why Taiga is my first anime crush and my top waifu. If there is a real life version of her, please introduce me to her!

Anime Day 2

September 17th, 2015

Continuing on with the daily my daily anime questions.

Toradora

Day 2 – Favorite anime you’ve watched so far

This is a hard one. Picking a favourite anime out of this list… But if I had to chose one, I’d probably stick with Toradora. It was my very first favourite and I want to keep it as my most favourite because of the plot, characters and general atmosphere of the show. Though I wouldn’t go around and recommending it to every single person I see, and I won’t say that all other anime aside from it is bad, but it will always have a soft spot in my heart.

Aside from Toradora, I’d say my other favourite would be the Monogatari series, as it a beautiful peace of animation,with great character development, engaging dialogue, thought provoking themes, deep plot, intelligent humour, symbolism…. meanwhile at Shaft. I also guess that Taiga and Shinobu are the sole reason why I love tiny girls so much. But thats a discussion for another post.

Essentially anything I give a 10 on my list is a favourite of a genre, or has something unique, that other shows have not been able to show me. And I of course would recommend you take a look at those shows, if not all then at least some.

100 anime days – Day 1

September 16th, 2015

In 2013 when I just became an exec in anime@UTS, Anthony and I started this “game” where every day we would post 1 question on the club FB group and all the new and existing members would reply to. These questions ranged from favourite anime characters, to most hated moments, but were always related to anime. We called it 100 days of anime. Now, almost 3 years later, the list has found me again (thanks to a certain kiri bird), and I decided, why not do it again, this time on my blog. It would give it new life, and honestly when was the last time I blogged about anything anime related?

Chobits

Day 1 – Very first anime

Ok, so this one is a bit tough, mainly because when I was a kid and watched Cartoon Network and Jetix, I had no idea that some of the shows I watched were actually anime (Japanese made animated TV shows). So excluding stuff like Pokemon, Digimon, Shaman King, etc. my first anime would be Chobits. Its a romantic comedy about a guy in modern Japan, who falls in love with a robot (I know crazy right…. We shall see who has the last laugh in about 20 years when that becomes the norm). Its a rather touching story about love, hardships and life in general; spiced up by sci-fi and echi.

Why did I watch it? My friend Andrew from the UK (well he is actually Ukranian, but lives in the UK) came over to Latvia for a visit and he just got into anime himself. What better way to share your interests then to spread them around. We opened up YouTube and watched my first ever (proper) anime, English dub though.

Then I watched Love Hind, Ouran, Umisho, Hayate, Zero no Tsukaima, Index, etc…. etc…

Kiev Metro – rooftop view

September 2nd, 2015

And that, my friends is how to catch a free train ride. Not just jumping the gates, or evading the inspectors, thats kids play. Sydney, you thought riding on the metal hook between carriages was hip, try tiding on the roof.

Обережно, двері зачиняються, наступна станція Лiвобережна.

PS: Please don’t try this at home kids.

anime@UTS does hanami

August 30th, 2015

As per tradition, every year anime@UTS heads over to Auburn to experience the beauty of the Japanese sakura trees.  This year was no different. Unfortunately due to the large storm that hit Sydney the previous Monday, there weren’t many blossoms left, but enough to get us excited and to take so many beautiful photos. This year it wasn’t just UTS who attended either, all of AnimeSydney  was there together! I was also accompanied by my  girlfriend Amy, wearing a yukata. If you have never seen Japanese sakura, you should defintelly check out Auburn next year in September. I know for sure that we will be there again.

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