Anime Review: Chihayafuru Season 1-3

Chihayafuru Season 1-3


Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Shoujo, School

Rating: 4 stars

(Review)

Season 1 (5 stars)

Chihaya lives in her older sister’s shadow and likes playing Karuta – inspired by the anthology of a hundred poets, she is reunited with her childhood friend, Taichi and doesn’t forget Arata, the boy who taught her the game she loves.

I’m sorry to all Taichi fans, but I stood on the Arata ship since the first episode (I saw the opening title like 6 years ago and predicted that she would end up with Arata). I did want to root for Taichi, but him having a crush on Chihaya and still having a gf threw me off, A LOT.

I love how all of them play differently and to their strengths, Oe, Tsutomu and Nishida join them. and I love that they were so passionate while playing. I seriously love the passion in this anime and it was infectious. I love that it’s really fast paced but also really emotional at the same time, and I don’t usually get emotional about anime or connect too much with them, but those few that I do connect with, I remember them forever.

I didn’t expect to like this anime as much as I did and honestly cried so much.

“A person who has never had a teacher can never become one.”

I loved that the ending brought an opening for the next season, which I definitely will watch!

 

Season 2 (3.5 stars)

It’s Chihaya’s sophomore year and they will recruit new members into their club, Hanano

What I hated in the first season was that Arata barely got any screen time because he is in a different school. I love that we see all the character’s character arcs.

I was definitely crying in this season as well, especially during the mum gifting a hakama and when the band played to cheer them.

I like that the love triangle is obvious but it also doesn’t take centre stage. I would definitely love to watch season 3 to see where it is going, hoping thatChihaya is going to be Queen and Arata the Master.

 

Season 3 (3.5 stars)

“Learn the pain of creating something. And once you have learnt it, resolve. yourself to show leniency to others.”

In this season, we see the characters progress and play better, we also see them start to question and decide on their futures.

In this season, I did feel that Chihaya made quite a lot of regretful choices and honestly I questioned then quite a bit. I didn’t like Taichi after season 1, but season 2 changed my mind a little but in season 3 I’m back to how I felt in season 1. We definitely see more progress in the romance this season, but I loved that it didn’t take center stage.

There is so much passion in this series that I found really endearing, the only other anime I saw this passion in was La corda d’oro and Kono oto tomare! This season was dramatic as hell, did I like it? Yes, did I think it could be improve? Also yes. I was frustrated at the romance but knew that the focus is Karuta.

I did get really emotionally invested in this anime. I starting full on SOBBING and crying when Chihaya broke down in front of the teacher. I love that we get to see Arata growing some more!!

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Anime Review: Psychic Princess

Psychic Princess


Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance

Rating: 4 stars

(Review)

Yunxi was sent to Mount Ling Yun for being abnormal, but she is to take her sister’s place although she was originally the oldest daughter in the first place to marry Lord Ye Youming.

he animation is nice though and I love that she isn’t weak, something Chinese anime has been doing very well with strong protagonists. I swear the heroine has punched all the guys she meets throughout the show lol.

It has the Love to hate romance and It’s definitely pretty entertaining. That silk scene in episode 11 was so nice. I would honestly love to watch a second season!

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Anime Review: Karneval

Karneval


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.5 stars

(Review)

Nai is searching for his friend Karoku and ends up being seduced by a woman, Gareki is stealing from her house and the woman transforms into a cannibal monster. The two escape to a train where they meet people from Circus – a government defence agency.

I love the animation style and THEIR EYES ARE ALL SO PRETTY. Okay, I totally like Gareki haha, he is such a mood. I like the fast pace although I am a little confused tho.

It’s pretty rare I like all the characters in an anime, but this is the first anime that did it for me!  (Maybe because they all look so beautiful) This anime mainly talks about friendship. I enjoyed it quite a bit with its fast pace and beautiful characters.

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Anime Review: Persona 5 the animation

Persona 5 the animation


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.5 stars

(Review)

I have never played the game or watched any of the older ones, but I loved the concept of this one because it feels like Six of crows? And the animation looks BEAUTIFUL.

Ren had a criminal record and is expelled, when something weird happens and another student (Ryuji Sakamoto) is about to die, he unlocks his persona (rebel soul of a person that is locked away), Arsene.

The story is told in flashbacks as Ren is interrogated. It’s definitely dark. This reminds me of Qualidea code plus fairy gone. I like that each character is gradually introduced tho I think that the pacing is really quick tho.

The Black sun OVA actually continues from the cliffhanger and THANK GOD FOR THAT. It ended pretty nicely.

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Anime Review: Planetes

“Tanabe-san, you can always spot a good astronaut. They’re the ones who come home safe, no matter what happens.”

 

“Space is never gonna be developed by guys who are afraid to put their own dreams first.”

Planetes


Genre: Sci-fi, Romance

Rating: 4 stars

(Review)

Ai is assigned to the Technora Debris department as the people of Earth work to clear up the space debris surrounding it. The first episode is kinda hilarious.

The space debris as a concept is really interesting because it’s real. I’m not a big fan of the animation (I’m really picky), but will watch on to see the rest. I like that the stakes are pretty high. Though most of the stuff that happens are kinda random at the same time, it does have comedic elements though, but it also has some really deep and dark moments too.

The emotional scenes actually get better during the middle portion of the anime. I like that each character has a backstory and it’s actually fleshed out. I DID NOT EXPECT TO BE SO EMOTIONALLY AFFECTED BY THIS ANIME OKAY.

This anime’s storyline was very well thought out and I think that was it’s strongest point. I’m still upset at the way Hachi treated Ai, but it does push him to suddenly this villain character at the end of the show. I love how this show really pushes the characters to the ultimate limitation and forces them to make choices there.

I LOVE THE ENDING. I was pleasantly surprised, I overlooked the animation style and absolutely loved the story!

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