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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!

Thanks for reading!

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 8, Vita Sexualis

The cat is out of the bag and everyone knows about Kotarou and Akane’s relationship. In typical Tsuki ga Kirei fashion, we’re made to feel as if this could be really difficult for the pair, when in fact, of course, their interactions with everyone else are quite mundane.

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Most of this episode focuses solely on the main couple as Akane comes to Kotarou’s taiko practice before they go to a shrine festival. If you haven’t enjoyed Tsuki ga Kirei up to this point, this episode won’t change your mind with its romance/slice of life genre continuing along with some fairly questionable animation (what is with that run?!). However, if like me, you’ve become fully invested in the overtly normal development of Akane and Kotarou’s middle school relationship, then this is another episode to be savoured.

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 6, Run, Melos!

Back to my favourite new show of the season, Tsuki ga Kirei. What with work, my episode five review never came into being, but we’re back and raring to go for the second half of the season!

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Contemplating life: looks just like me before I start writing a blog post.

Akane and Kotarou’s relationship has gone through the opening couple of episodes of painful awkwardness to reach a stage where the awkwardness is clearly quite an enjoyable thing for them both. What I’m really enjoying about this anime is that in most shows this would be the end game. Awkward or not, once the couple end up together, there usually isn’t anything else that can happen. What’s more is that Tsuki ga Kirei is taking it’s responsibility in this area seriously and making serious things happen even though the relationship has already started.

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 3, Howling at the Moon

I’ve been falling behind a bit with my episode reviews in this past week, but I wanted to write this one up straight away because Tsuki ga Kirei is showing itself to be the dark horse of Spring 2017!

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At the end of this weeks episode we’ve reached a bit of crossroads – on the one hand we might be heading for nine episodes of coming to terms with the idea of a relationship or alternatively, nine episodes of seeing a relationship flourish (my preferred option).

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 2, A Handful of Sand

Our weekly dose of pure slice of life romance is back this week with episode two of Tsuki ga Kirei. Nothing that happened in this episode was particularly surprising and because of that nothing was disappointing.

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Not disappointing for me, but this may have been disappointing for Kotarou.

It’s time for the school sports festival and as we saw last week our two lead characters feel very differently about sport. Akane, one of the starts of the track team, is excited, if nervous, for the event and everyone has high expectations on what she can do in her events. Contrastingly, Kotarou doesn’t care one bit about the festival and is more focussed on his novel submission for the best newcomer award.

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Episode Focus: Sakura Quest 2, The Gathering of the Five Champions

If you didn’t get a good idea of what Sakura Quest was going to be like after episode one last week, episode two will leave you in no doubt as to what you’re getting.

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This week’s episode served two purposes:

  1. Introduce the other main characters who will end up working with Yoshino in the tourism agency;
  2. Create a vaguely realistic scenario to keep Yoshino in Manoyama.

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Episode Focus: Sakura Quest 1, Off to Magical Manoyama

Anime about people working aren’t particularly uncommon, in fact Sakura Quest’s studio, P.A. Works, is somewhat familiar with the genre after releasing Shirobako in 2014/15. Many in the community who had Shirobako have been going a bit crazy waiting to see the exploits of the working women of Manoyama’s tourist bureau and although I haven’t seen the former, after episode one, I can sort of see why.

Our protagonist will not come across as the most original of characters: Yoshino Koharu is trying to find jobs in Tokyo as she prepares to graduate college – having originally come from the countryside and hating it, she wants to find any kind of job in the city. Surprise, surprise, she doesn’t appear to be the most switched on of characters (though applying to lots of jobs and being rejected doesn’t mean you’re a failure kids) and as such isn’t accepted onto any after 30 applications. The lack of originality in her character didn’t particularly bother me, there’s plenty of mouldability with a character like that and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll make good use of it.

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Responsibility as a coping mechanism in School-Live!

If you only take one thing from this article then it should be this. Watch the first episode of School-Live right now and don’t read anything about it. I guarantee you’ll thank me for it afterwards. (I haven’t even tagged this post properly for your benefit!)

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Review: Kokoro Connect

When picking out anime to watch I tend to go for action heavy shows with lots of drama, conflict and intrigue. Every so often however, I feel like it’s worth rewinding, picking up a slice of life school drama and enjoying the ride it provides. Kokoro Connect was a show I decided to watch in just those circumstances.

Background and plot

The world of Kokoro Connect is, to no one’s surprise, largely a high school club room. The Cultural Research club is essentially the place for students that didn’t really fit into anything else, a situation which is taken advantage of by the ‘villain’ of the piece.

Serious issues and comedy are mixed together perfectly.
Serious issues and comedy are mixed together perfectly.

But what is the show actually about I hear you ask? Well, on one completely normal day two of the five club members swap bodies only for it to later be revealed that the event was not a one off and other similarly strange occurrings happen. The reason? A vaguely supernatural being known as ‘Heartseed’ wants to conduct experiments and thought the group were particularly interesting candidates.

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Review: Plastic Memories

I’m 20 and male and am not ashamed to say that every so often it’s nice to sit down and watch something that doesn’t have guns, swords, dragons, bad guys or a cataclysmic event. An example of such a show is Plastic Memories, with the simple point of the show being romance – sure things happen but the main reason for the show is it’s love story.

What you see is what you get with Plastic Memories.
What you see is what you get with Plastic Memories.

Background and plot

Somewhere in the not too distant future the world is populated by humans and Giftias, fully intelligent androids who are completely integrated into the world. The story focuses on the retrieval service of the SAI corporation, the organisation that is responsible for recovering Giftias at the end of their lives. Tsukasa, a young man who has recently finished college but failed because of illness gets a job in the Retrieval Service.  Enter Isla, a giftia who also works at the retrieval service and becomes Tsukasa’s partner.

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