Gakuen Handsome

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This short anime was amazingly funny, though you need to get past the animation style. I will say that the animation style is unique with the pointed hair style and faces on all the handsome men.The main character is faceless and a bit more of a traditional anime character.

We follow Yoshiaki Maeda as he transfers into a new school filled with handsome men. He gets pressured into finding true love and he is reluctant due to it be an all boys school. He has 4 classmates and a teacher attracted to him. We have the bad boy, the childhood friend, the other transfer student, the student council president and the art teacher. Though each episode is only 3.5 minutes long, we get to see them play with some very common Shoujo tropes. This anime was not made to be a shonen-ai but rather a comedy based on how unrealistic the shoujo tropes are.

This is totally worth the watch, and I can recommend it. Though it took me some time to get over the drawing style, it doesn’t distract from the story at all, if anything it adds to it.


Otaku Talks Anime – Gakuen Handsome

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Shopping King Louis

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This drama takes a few episodes to get into, but once you’re in you’re hooked. This is an excellent drama. Natalia, from @soju_nights, was raving about it so I had to watch it. It’s a simple premise that is added with a few k-drama tropes. However, the 2 main characters are so cute that you forgive them right away.

We follow Kang Ji-Sung Louis (Seo In Guk) a materialistic rich boy, who after being carjacked looses his memory. He stumbles across Ko Bok Sil (Nam Ji Hyun), a country girl, who after the loss of her grandmother, she moves to Seoul to try and find her missing brother. Together, they live together and work through their individual issues while they grow closer together.

Seo In Guk is an excellent actor and I have reviewed a few of this other works, but this show he got to portray a completely different type of character which I find is refreshing. His character in this drama is cute and bubbly, at least it is when he has memory loss. With Bok Sil is written as a naive character but her character has the opposite issues to Louis, who is just inept at taking care of himself. I must say, though, this drama has a few little twists that aren’t hard to see coming but are interesting all the same. I enjoyed this drama as a whole and though I want to go into more details about the underlying plot, I would hate to ruin anything.

This drama is definitely worth the watch and has my stamp of approval.

Say “I Love You”

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I love this story. It’s a very cute anime that is based on a manga by the same name. Though I enjoyed the movie, the anime is so much better.

We follow Tachibana Mei, a quiet girl who has trouble trusting people because of a traumatic experience as a child. This, however, doesn’t stop Kurosawa Yamato from falling for her and forcing himself int her life. Slowly their relationship grows as they get to know each other. Tachibana starts to come out of her shell and starts interacting with people more.

I’m pretty sure I found the anime first before starting the manga. Though the movie is a great jumping off point, the anime really fills in some of the holes left from the movie. This is a really cute anime and the story is very real. I love the characters in this story and they are not so over the top that you can’t relate to them. Overall, I love this anime and it’s worth the watch.


Say “I love you” Live Action Movie
Otaku Talks Anime – Say I Love You Podcast

Vampire in Love

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This is a really cliché movie and another one containing Kiritani Mirei. She does a fantastic job, I just wish the movie was better.

So we follow Kiira (Kiritani Mirei), a young vampire who is in love. However, due to an attack on her parent’s mansion resulting in their death, Kiira’s pulled away from everything that she’s known grandfather, Sojiro (Emoto Akira). This also pulls her away from Tetsu (Totsuka Shota), the boy she fell in love with. She is constantly looking for him after crossing paths for a moment years before.

The premise is cheesy so I don’t know why I expected any more from this movie. I’m going to blame it on the fact that I’ve been spoiled by the good movies that I have been watching lately. The filmography is fantastic and most of the actors acting was good. Maybe it’s because Totsuka has the least experience acting, I found some of his scenes awkward, but since this was his 2nd time acting and 1st as a lead I’ll let him slide. Also, Vampires who run a bakery is a little weird in my humble opinion. Overall, it’s fun but not something to put at the top of the to watch list.


Otaku Talk Movies – Vampire In Love

Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5)

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So what is our favourite Grimreaper up too? Well after finding out that Reyes moved in next door, she must fight her sexual attraction to him while figuring out who is being the arsonist targeting his old residence.  Meanwhile, she has to track down the reason why dead women start appearing in her living room in all different states of catatonic shock. Just what Charley needs, a serial killer.

I ate this book up.  I started and finished it in a day. I fall more and more in love with the series as it progresses. I’m a little sad that I’m already 1/2 through the released books as of this date. With Charley starting to explore her powers more and Reyes there to help her through the tough times, it’s getting really fun. The more she finds out more about her role in the world. The writing is still on point and other than Garett’s trip to hell that doesn’t really help the story along past the fact that he believes Charley more. I am looking forward to seeing what will happen now that Reyes lives next to Charley, especially after the ending.

4.5/5


Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4)
Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6)

Taboo Tatoo

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I’ll be honest, I left this till the end because it confused the hell out of me. I would love to say that I followed this perfectly but that would be a lie. I watched it all the way through and still had questions and felt like I missed something. This is based on a manga by the same name so maybe it makes more sense when reading that.

The concept is simple and interesting. We follow Seigi Akatsuka, a young martial artist. One day he saves an old man on the street from some thugs and is given a gift. This first is a tattoo that is imprinted on his palm. This tattoo, however, is a weapon that has gives Seigi a set of supernatural powers. This drags Seigi into a cross-national conspiracy and he must decide who he’s going to side with.

It starts off pretty interesting. Had they stuck with the 1st plot line I would have loved it, but when the princess was introduced it get really weird. I’m going to sit down and read the manga because I feel like I might have missed something. The art style is interesting as is the story line. I think this anime just might not be for me, even though I really was hoping I would like it. It ends up making sense, in the end, however, I feel like something might be missing in the middle.

The Lover

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This is a drama I found through the twitter account Outofcontext Doramas (@oocdoramas). I didn’t know this existed until I saw their post.

We follow 4 “couples” through a period of their life. The stories run pretty independently, however, there is some overlap because they all live in the same apartment building. I’m going to try and make a little resume of each of the 4 couples with their room numbers. (Similar as to Asian Wiki)

609: The first couple is Oh Do Si (Oh Jung Se) and Ryoo Doo Ri (Ryoo Hyoun Kyoung), they have been dating for 5 years and though Do Si is an unemployed voice actor, Do Ri keeps them afloat with her review job. They have their ups and downs, but they are always looking out for each other. And even when they fight their love is obvious.

610: The second couple is Jung Young Joon (Jung Young Joon) and Choi Jin Nyeo (Choi Yeo Jin), there is a 12 year age gap between the pair. Though Young Joon is the guitarist to a not so famous rock band, he tries to work hard to try and make it work. There is a 12 year age difference between him and Jin Nyeo she really acts like more of an old lady than 33 years-old.

510: The third couple is Park Hwan Jong (Park Jung Hwan) and Ha Sul Eun (Ha Eun Sul). There are a new couple and Sul Eun always tries to act the part of a lady as much as she can in front of Hwan Jong. They are living together while they wait for their apartment to be ready and to plan for their wedding.

710: The fourth “couple”, this is where the air quotes are coming in, is Takuya (Terada Takuya) and Lee Joon Jae (Lee Jae Joon). Takuya moves in with Jae Joon to make the rent easier. The plan is to only live together for 3 months, however, the more that Takuya gets to know Joon Jae the more he wants to get him out into the world. The entirety of the drama we get to see their bromance play out.

This drama is pretty funny. It’s a slice of life and a lot of misunderstandings happen because of Takuya and Joon Jae. They are probably my favourite “couple”. Oh Jung Se does an excellent job in this drama, I had only ever seen him in Vampire detective, but his role in this is perfect for him. This is not a drama suitable for all ages, though everything is blurred out, some of the jokes will go over younger people heads. There are a lot of sex jokes and reference to sex as well. Be warned that if you don’t like hearing about sex to not watch this drama because it’s about healthy relationships that contain sex. The struggles that the couples have to go through are quite realistic and you can relate to all of them. I quite liked this drama and found it quite funny.