Free!

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This review is going to talk about Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club and Free! – Eternal Summer

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I don’t see the reason to separate the 2 seasons of Free! like I do with most animes because the story lines directly follow each other. There is no manga series to accompany this anime, but there is a prequel movie that I haven’t watched.

Now I will admit that I am not a sports anime fan, however, this anime is the furthest from a sports anime you can be while still being in the same genre. We follow 4 childhood friends, Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin, while they work hard in their respective swim clubs. Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa do end up running into a problem of needing a 4th member to join their club. The manage to recruit Rei, a boy who can only swim the butterfly.

 

Throughout the anime, they deal with personal issues, tournament and have a tonne of fun. It does also have a nestalgic aspect to me due to my time in a swim club. This anime bridges the gap between sports anime and slice of life nicely with out forcing down the swimming terms down your throat. I really like this anime and it is a definite watch.

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Say “I love you”

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This movie has both an anime and a manga series that are related to them. Like most live action movies there is a lot that is cut out of the movie because it would just be too long to incorporate everything.

We follow Tachibana Mei (Kawaguchi Haruna) as she gets pursued by Kurosawa Yamato (Fukushi Sota). Tachibana is a socially awkward girl who has been hurt by people her entire life so she ha a hard time trusting people. Enter Kurosawa’s middle school best friend Takemura Kai (Ichikawa Tomohiro), he’s gone through the same things as Tachibana and can relate to her in a way that Kurosawa can’t. Who will she end up with?

I love the story and the cast was perfect in this movie. I’m a huge fan and I can definitely suggest this one to people. However, I will say that you should watch the anime and read the manga if you like this story line.


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Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4)

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So after Charley had a heart-to-heart with Reye’s human father, which led to her being tortured, Charley has never been the same. While dealing with PTSD and feeling hurt after her father’s betrayal, Charley needed a few months to stew. After a client pulls her out of the house to solve the case of who is trying to kill her. Charley is forced to face her feelings and her overwhelming anxiety with life.

Though I have talk with people who complained about how Charley reacted to the end of the last book. I think it was worked with perfectly. Charley was given a layer of humanity which makes her feel a bit more real. Her reaction to PTSD was perfect for the type of person that she’s been written as. We get to see more of the relationships that Charley has formed. She begins to explore her powers more, which opens a lot of possibilities for the future. Though Reyes isn’t a huge part of this book at first, I really want him to become Charley’s partner rather than her protector.

It’s a good book to continue the series. There are some things that rubbed me the wrong way, like Pari’s past, but nothing to stop reading over.

4/5


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Sweetness and Lightning

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This is a very cute anime what is based on a manga of the same name. There are only 12 episodes but it makes you wanting more.

We follow Inuzuka Kouhei, a high school math teacher and widower, as he struggles to become a better cook for his daughter Tsumugi. He and one of his students, Iida Kotori, start meeting and Iida’s mother’s restaurant and learn how to cook together. The three of them bond over their love of food.

This anime depicts fatherly love and parental devotion excellently. We see how much Inuzuka cares for Tsumugi and how rough it was for him to step up after his wife passed away. the animation style matches well with the anime, but I will warn you that you will get hungry watching this show so have a snack nearby.


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Flower Boy Next Door

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This drama took me a while to finish watching because I couldn’t relate to Ko Dok Mi (Park Shin Hye).

We follow Ko Dok Mi’s story. She is a reserved, introverted person, who due to an occurrence in her past makes her fear interacting with other people. She has a crush on the man who lives in the building across from her, Han Tae Joon (Kim Jung San). One day she gets caught by his younger brother, Enrique Keum (Yoon Si Yoon), while taking a peek into his window from across the street. Enrique and Dok Mi start to have a strained relationship while Dok Mi’s next door neighbour, On Jin Rak (Kim Ji Hoon), silently watched on while his feelings for Dok Mi.

This is a slow drama, so don’t expect a quick start. It’s interesting enough, however, I don’t believe that Enrique’s method would necessarily get Dok Mi out of her apartment. I do enjoy the character of Enrique, however. He is fun and energetic while also being very deep at the same time.  It’s worth a watch but I would say that you really have to push through the first 6 episodes.

Ao Haru Ride

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This anime is based off of an anime with 13 volumes and has a live action movie associated to it starring Higashide Masahiro. This is an excellent story that I fell in love with as the manga and I am glad that none of the renditions has destroyed this excellent story.

We follow the rocky relationship between Yoshioka Futaba and Tanaka Kou. Futaba has been in love with Kou since middle school. However, after Kou’s move in the middle of summer vacation causes a misunderstanding she believes that she no longer loves him. In high school Kou reappears under the name Mabuchi Kou and he’s changed.

This is an excellent anime to watch even if you don’t know the story. It’s a very cute and heartwarming anime that even though it deal with some very sad topics you can easily relate to the characters, even if you haven’t had anyone die in your life. I really resonated with Kou throughout the anime. I would say to watch the movie first to get the feel of the anime and then move on from there.


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Jinx!!

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This is the first non-live-action film featuring Yamazaki Kento. From what I can tell there isn’t any source material.

After the loss of her boyfriend, Yoon Ji-Ho (Hyomin) comes to Japan as an exchange student to heal. She meets Yamaguchi Kaede (Shimizu Kurumi) a quiet girl who reminds her a lot of herself. When she finds out that she is in love Nomura Yusuke (Yamazaki Kento), Ji-Ho tries her best to get them together.

I love this movie and the actors. The chemistry between the actors and it was nice seeing Yamazaki in a new type of role. I also love that Hyomin was part of the cast because I love when actors from different countries worked together.


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