If My Heart Had Wings: Asa’s Route

Have you ever wondered what it might feel like if your partner was a bit younger you, but looked ten years younger? Do you wish that the special person in your life would refer to you using honorifics only? Was your answer to either of these questions yes? Then today I will be talking about the visual novel route for you – Asa, from If My Heart Had Wings.

Asa only joins the visual novel half way through after the club has been formed and Amane has left the Soaring Club. She initially arrives at Flying Fish Manor with her sister, Yoru, as a way of trying to live away from her wealthy family, experiencing life for herself. It is convenient then that when the two arrive, the glider also needs to find a new home – and they just happen to have a hangar to house it. The cost? Membership in the Soaring Club for Asa.

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Before I talk about the romance in this route, I want to talk about some of the aspects that distinguish Asa as a character. Compared to all of the other characters in the story, Asa has very few special talents to distinguish herself from a crowd. Ageha is practical, Amane is intelligent, Kotori is obnoxious and Aoi is a boy. More than any of these things though, Asa struggles because of the comparisons we are invited to make between her and Yoru, literally identical in looks, but far more intelligent and supported by her successful and demanding family.

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 11, An Encouragement of Learning

When living with your parents it can often be difficult to understand why the make some of the decisions that they do. What Tsuki ga Kirei shows well in episode 11 is that they usually have a good reason for doing so, and even after making decisions initially, they’re flexible enough to adapt when it’s in the best interest of their children.

Last week, we expected that Kotarou’s parents, particularly his mother, wouldn’t take well to his decision to go a school two hours away in order to follow a girl. It wasn’t surprising then to see that when Kotarou announced his school of choice at a parent meeting with his teacher, his mother wasn’t best pleased.

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Summer 2017 anime to look out for

The anime of Spring 2017 are coming to an end and it is time to look forward to the next season of TV anime. I’m going to talk about the shows I’ll be watching as well as some of the others than I may or may not go for depending on their initial reception.

Fate/Apocrypha

This is the show I’m most excited for this summer. Take the core concept of Fate/Stay Night and turn it on its head, turning a battle royal between seven masters and servants into a war between teams. The Red team – the Mages’ Association versus the Black team – the rebellious Yggdramillennia faction. I haven’t read the light novels, so there are lots of specifics I don’t know. I’m certainly looking forward to a new anime entry to the Fate franchise and hopefully A-1 Pictures won’t let us down! (Oh, and Egoist likely performing the opening, so there’s another tick in the box!)

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Seraph of the End: Volume 12

I’m not going to lie – despite the big line up from the Spring season of anime that’s just finishing airing at the moment, it’s been a little while since I’ve been able to get really invested in a truly enticing action fantasy series. For me, it’s even more the case with manga as I tend to choose manga that has been adapted into anime – much like the subject of today’s article. However, why I was, and after reading still am, so excited about the 12th volume of Seraph of the End is because it’s a story I really enjoy (whether rightly or wrongly) and still one I don’t know! Attack on Titan is playing on my mind here, because although I was excited to watch the second season, it has lost something now that I know the story from reading the manga (or perhaps that’s just a result of poor season?), which is something Seraph of the End can now deliver on in whole volumes!

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Synopsis (spoilers to follow):

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Episode Focus: Attack on Titan S2 12, Scream

The final episode of the second season of Attack on Titan has aired after four years of hype with another reveal of sorts and some more emotional moments to boot.

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At the end of last weeks episode the titan that ate Eren’s mother appeared threatening to lead them to the same fate. This week starts with Hannes getting in the way and thanking his luck for giving him the opportunity to avenge Carla. Meanwhile, Erwin is stranded as titans close in from all sides with scouts falling fast. I won’t go through everything that happened as I usually do in this articles, but suffice to say it felt like a lot happened in this episode.

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Episode Focus: Eromanga Sensei 11, How the two met and future siblings

After two episodes without Sagiri, Masamune comes back from his beach trip and the two prepare for the release of their new book. Cue reminiscing and flashbacks.

Eromanga Sensei set itself out as a ‘sibling romantic comedy’, though at this point I think calling it a rom-com of any kind is unfair on the genre. If, like me, you’ve stuck with this show through it’s highly inappropriate and awkward middle episodes, the biggest compliment you might give it is an overly cutesy fan service harem.

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Attack on Titan season 3 to cover more manga material than season 2?

The long anticipated second season of Attack on Titan finished today with episode twelve with yet another significant reveal and no shortage of death and carnage for Eren and the Scouts. I’ll come to review this final episode and the season as a whole in the coming days, but now I want to talk about the announcement that sometime next year, we might, just might, get a season three.

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 10, The Setting Sun

Every single week after I’ve watched this show I’ve wanted to jump up and down shouting; I will support Akane and Kotarou until this, and every other blog on WordPress, is no more.

There is little to discuss when addressing tone in episode ten as things continue on for a couple much as they have since episode five when they’re relationship came out into the open. Potential problem arises, problem threatens to be troublesome, someone takes actions to deal with the problem, problem averted, everyone is happy.

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This week that problem was Hira as Akane and the track club went to the festival where Kotarou was performing. If you were looking to find a problem with this show overall, it would be the weird love square that it attempted to present as meaningful in the middle episodes, though saying that it has served to strengthen the relationship of the main couple no end, so I shouldn’t complain. Anyway, Hira: this week it was his turn to confess to Akane and as to be expected things to quite work out how he would have dreamed.

Things for Akane are swell then? Well not quite as Kotarou takes issue by displaying a little customary jealousy (well he is 14) and, rather unfairly, taking that out on Akane by ignoring her for the rest of the evening.

Fortunately though, the magic wasn’t dead in this episode as the moving/new school fiasco continues as Kotarou attempts to come to terms with Akane moving to Chiba. One of the central points of Kotarou’s character throughout the series has been his lack of interest in studying in favour of writing novels – Akane’s news seemingly changes this however as we see him more at cram school and taking an effort to improve his school work. Why could that be? Because he’s going to try and get into the school Akane is going to go to and to do that he needs to improve his grades. Despite how unrealistic this feels, I feel like I can relate to this action somehow, even if my circumstances ten years ago were somewhat different to Kotarou’s.

As I said, there isn’t much to comment on in terms of the shows overall thematic development. What I would say though is that the relationship between the Akane and Kotarou continued to grow this week through a disagreement (even if it was one sided) and a big decision to change an aspect of his life on Kotarou’s part. Whatever happens in the final two episodes, I’m sure that specifically choosing a high school to be with your partner cannot be a good thing, but this is fiction and anime at that, so I want it to work out for them, because, frankly, at this stage nothing should stand in their way.

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What did you make of episode 10 of Tsuki ga Kirei? Are there any important overarching developments that I missed or were you just enjoying the minutiae that make up each episodes? And finally, are you feeling at all nervous for Akane and Kotarou in these final two episodes or are you confident everything will work out? Let me know in the comments!

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First Impressions: Durararax2!! Shou

Occam’s Razor. When you have two or more possibilities, the more obvious one is usually the most likely.

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I start my first impressions post on the second of season of Durarara because it is one of the biggest cases of what you see is what you get I can remember in an anime sequel. The  first season of the show followed a host of different characters in district of Ikebukuro, Tokyo, with stories that rarely crossed over the course of 25 episodes, only to all come together fairly well in the final few episodes. When I was wondering what I was going to get from this second season, I shouldn’t have thought quite so hard – it’s by far the most obvious possibility: much more of the same.

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Episode Focus: Attack on Titan S2 11, Charge

Sorry, let me hold myself a moment.

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Just Attack on Titan.

I’ve been somewhat critical of Attack on Titan’s first 10 episodes. Sure, there have been good moments, even good episodes, but on the whole, I’ve felt largely underwhelmed by a second season of a franchise I love and expect so much from.

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