Anime Reviews: MM! and Kamisama Kiss

I really need to force myself to write these up more often, anyway…

MM!

This is not the type of anime I’d normally watch (as it looked like harem trash), but a friend of mine recommended it and I decided to give it a try while being all anti-social this winter break. It’s about this guy named Taro, who’s a super masochist and wants to get rid of his masochism so he can have a normal life. The blonde girl, Mio decides the best way to fix that is by beating him senseless, which he loves.  The other girl, Yuuno, also tries to help him, but she’s afraid of men because of an abusive relationship she was with and involuntarily assaults any man who touches her. Taro’s best bro is also a cross dresser who developed a princess complex when he’s in drag. There are a few other girls, but they were annoying so I’ll talk about them later.

MM! had it’s moments, I really liked the relationship between Yuuno and Taro. Long story short, she treated him like her dog (sadly she never walked him on a leash but we’ll forget that for now) so she wouldn’t be afraid of him. But now let’s get to….

Why you shouldn’t like this

  • It’s harem trash
  • Taro’s not really a convincing masochist, he’s much too eccentric. It works for the sake of comedy, but more realistically he’d be a bit more humble and subtle about it.I would have liked something a bit more serious with comedy thrown in.
  • It’s not really that unique.
  • It’s harem trash.
  • For whatever reason, Taro’s mom and sister are in love with him. This was more creepy than funny and it made no sense at all to me, but this was harem trash so…
  • There was also a perverted nurse who only liked taking pictures of girls, it would have been funnier if she liked taking suggestive photos of everyone, especially during the episode Taro was accidentally made gay by hypnosis.
  • The end, which I won’t spoil, had too many December birthday feels for me to handle. You’ll only understand if your birthday is in December.
  • It’s harem trash.

For my final note I’d say, if you are a guy that likes harem trash, you’ll probably like this. If you are looking for an anime with a spash of femdom you’ll also probably enjoy this a little. But overall, not really worth watching.

Kamisama Kiss

This also wasn’t an anime I was immediately interested in, but I saw the second season was airing now and decided to give this a try after reading the description. It’s about a girl, Nanami, who finds herself homeless after her dad ditches her and their house is repossessed to pay off his gambling debts. Soon after, she accidentally becomes a god. When she gets to her shrine, a fox spirit familiar, Tomoe, is there, but he’s still emo about the last god vanishing for over 20 years. Eventually Nanami finds out if she kisses Tomoe, that will seal the contract making him her familiar, and she can then get him to do anything she wants. She forces that contract on him so he’ll help her not get killed by a demon, much to his disappointment.  The rest of the anime is about her learning to be a god, Tomoe getting annoyed humans are so frail and that he has to protect her, and a bunch of other youkai that find their way into the story. It’s a little bit reverse haremy but it’s obvious Nanami really only has feelings for Tomoe not too far into the series.

Why You Shouldn’t Like This

  • I saw this series subbed, and then I found out J. Michael Tatum voices Tomoe in the dub. I am sad no one told me this and that I did not see the dub to begin with as I may have liked Tomoe more because Tatum’s voice is sex.
  • Nanami is too nice at times, and really doesn’t order Tomoe around as much as I would in her situation.
  • She also should have just dropped out of school and focused full time on being a god, but she’s still in school for no reason.
  • A few of the other spirits are absolute jerks for no reason.
  • I think there were other plot holes I’m forgetting.

My final words would be, if you’re looking for a cute romantic comedy and if you like Japanese folklore you’ll probably like Kamisama Kiss. At times it reminded me of Okami and Spice and Wolf (but it was no where near as amazing as either of those titles). This anime was worth watching, but I’m not sure if it’s worth watching a second time to hear Tatum voice Tomoe.

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I Believe I’m Back For Real!

Ok, I know I posted lies about being back when I wasn’t actually back. This time I forced myself to churn out some reviews first. Now I want to write more reviews… so yeah I’m pretty sure I’m back. I’m gonna give you some updates on my life now.

  • We got engaged in July 🙂 🙂 🙂 No plans on a wedding I need to graduate first.
  • If I don’t screw anything up, I should be graduating in May.
  • My GPA is pretty sweet right now. And I’m still working as an adjunct, which I really enjoy.
  • I’ve been watching less anime and playing more video games lately.
  • I’m still spending too much time on tumblr.
  • I pretty much burnt out after my oral exams last semester.. I kind of just want to graduate now.

And that’s all I can think of for now. I think I’ll write a post on how my oral exams went along with tons more reviews soon 🙂

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Review: Potatopia

The other week when Scott and I saw The Tale of Princess Kaguya we had trouble deciding where to get dinner, then I got lucky and remembered Potatopia. I had heard about this intriguing place on the news some years ago. I remembered it being a build your own potato place that was relatively inexpensive for the area. And I remembered that I really wanted to try it.

Here’s how they work. First you pick your style of potato, they have options like baked, curly fries, au gratin, and more that I’m not fully sure of. Then you get to add unlimited veggies, two types of cheese and two sauces (or maybe more, I forget) to your potato. If you want some kind of meat (bacon, shrimp, vegan chili, etc), you pay extra depending on what kind you get. They also have prefixed menu items but I don’t see how that’s fun when you can build your own perfect potato.

Pictured below are the potatoes Scott and I got.

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baked potato with butter, shrimp, garlic, onion, scallion, broccoli, mozzarella and pepper jack cheese with chipotle sauce.

I tried some of his. It was pretty damn good. Here’s mine.

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baked potato with bacon, extra broccoli, scallion, red onion, garlic, corn, pepper jack and cheddar cheese with sour cream.

Mine was also really good. I forget exactly how much we spent, it was around $8+ a person, so it wasn’t cheap, but not too bad for the area. If I really felt like being cheap I wouldn’t have ordered the bacon and just loaded lots of extra veggies onto my potato, and potatoes are pretty filling to begin with, so it’s not like you’re going to leave hungry.. unless you were extremely hungry to begin with. You’re probably better off with Chipotle if that’s the case. And now for…

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Like This

  • It’s in the land of hipsters
  • There’s not much room to sit
  • I have no idea what half of the potato styles are, and they offer no information on them on their website. I like to plan meals in my mind in advance and crave them for days before I get them. That simply isn’t possible here. Having the people who work there explain it to me when I’m under pressure to order because there’s a line doesn’t let me create ideal delicious combinations in my mind. It makes me default to baked potato because I know what that is.

All of those things aside I still want to go back. I just really wish it was easier for me to visualize their damn potato options without having to ask an employee right before ordering.

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Review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a retelling of a traditional Japanese folk tale, sometimes called The Bamboo-Cutter’s Daughter, in the wonderful way only Studio Ghibli can do.

I remember first hearing about the folk tale on an episode of Ancient Alines, which prompted me to look up and read the actual story. It starts when a bamboo-cutter finds a glowing stalk of bamboo. He decided to cut it and found a miniature girl inside, since he and his wife weren’t able to have children they saw her as a blessing and raised her as their own. The bamboo-cutter finds more glowing stalks of bamboo that have small gold nuggets inside them, and uses the money to provide for her. As she grows older she gets extremely beautiful, and even though they try to keep her sheltered in the mountains, word of her beauty spreads and five princes show up at once to propose. She sends all of them on “impossible” tasks to delay getting married. Then at some point she gets depressed and finally reveals she remembers she was from the Moon and sent to Earth as a punishment, or for some other purpose. What comes next differs in different versions of the myth, sometimes she would have married one of the suitors, and gives him a potion for immortality before she’s taken back to the Moon by her people and forgets her time on Earth. The prince burns it because he’d rather die than live without her. They say the smoke can still be seen today (Mt. Fuji was more active back in the day). In other versions she didn’t want to marry anyone and leaves after both her parents die because she was sent to take care of them. And in other versions despite her parents trying to protect her, she is taken back to the Moon against her will leaving her parents in tears.

I learned they were making a movie after reading the myth, and couldn’t wait to see it. Then I was informed that it would be premiering on October 17th at a booth in NYCC, so Scott and I decided to get tickets for that Friday 🙂

I won’t say which version Studio Ghibli adhered most strongly too, but I will say that I was happy they didn’t Disneyfy the ending. They gave Princess Kaguya a personality along with hopes and dreams that made her relate-able as an almost real person, but that’s exactly what anyone should expect from Studio Ghibli. They did have her parents choose to make her a princess instead of keeping her sheltered, like in most versions I’ve read of the myth, because they believe it’s what’s best for her and what will bring her happiness. But she’d rather be free than confined to the life of a Japanese noblewoman. The artwork got noticeably different when her emotions become more intense, and it added a lot to the film. Movies like this are what animation as an art form is meant to be. I won’t say much more as I don’t want to spoil the ending, but this is definitely worth seeing, even if you have to trek into some special indie theater. And now reasons…

Why You Shouldn’t Like This

  • I had travel into the land of hipsters to see it.
  • It was kind of expensive because I was in the land of hipsters
  • One of her childhood friends turns out to be kind of a huge jerk later in the story. (Spoiler)Basically he’s willing to abandon all of his responsibilities (his own child included) for Kaguya.
  • The sense of mystery towards the end was frustrating, but the myth is like that too, so the movie can’t really be blamed.

But those reasons really aren’t much, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it if you want to see something different that’s beautiful and makes you feel.

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Update On My Life

Welp, it looks like I haven’t posted in over a year now. So let’s talk about what’s been going on… 

In Terms of Nonsense:

  • I’ve watched a lot more anime, but that’s since died off
  • I’ve played some more games here and there, but not too many
  • I’m spending too much damn time on tumblr

In Terms of Productivity: 

  • I got my Bachelors degree
  • I’m working as a math adjunct 🙂 (teaching college is a million times better than teaching high school)
  • I’m now a graduate student working towards a Masters in pure math. 
  • I got my first A+ ever in the Spring 2013 semester, in graph theory 🙂 

Besides that I’ve totally slacked at being a bzzagent… and I’ve also slacked at some research I started with a professor this past summer… I’d rather not think about it. It makes me feel bad despite all of my accomplishments. 

Also all of those plants I’ve blogged about in the past are dead… my orchid never bloomed before it was put to rest. And those baby Oak trees didn’t make it 😦 I suppose it fits that quote from Wuthering Heights: 

“He might as well plant an oak in a flowerpot, and expect it to thrive” 

And more trees on my block have been cut down. It makes me sad… I think I’ll end here before I depress myself too much. I’ll be back with an anime review shortly. 

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I’m Back!

It’s been long enough since I’ve blogged here… and I will get back to it I promise. I have a huge backlog of things to bitch about, most of them happen to be animes, but there are some restaurants and other things thrown in there too.. so stay tuned 😀

 

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Live Blog Review – Sukitte Iinayo Episode 1

Well I’ve never done one of these before, but they amuse me so I thought I’d give it a try. Anyway, Scott and I decided to give this anime a shot after finishing Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. One of Scott’s friends suggested he watch it with his girlfriend. In fact she she described it as “Watch it With Your Girlfriend TM,” so why the hell not? I don’t mind having something to “d’awww” over.

Also I don’t even think I can say Sukitte Iinayo correctly and it’s hard to remember so I’ll be keeping up my usual habit of nicknaming animes with confusing Japanese names. I’m referring to this one as “Shit Romance 1” (the 1 is there because I may watch more shit romances). I think the actual title means “Say I love you” but it was dubbed “Shit Romance 1” long before I found that out, too late to change it up now.

Let’s start this! (Contains episode 1 spoilers, but don’t let that discourage you, since you’ll probably never watch it anyway)

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Anime Reviews: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia and Black Butler II

So I’ve been watching way more anime than I used to. I blame Scott. Anyway, time to review the most recent crap I watched.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Tasogare Otome × Amunejia)

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This anime is something of a super natural romance between the MC Teiichii and Yukko, the school’s ghost. He can see and touch her, and she can touch him. The anime follows their amusing relationship as they solve mysteries and try to figure out how Yukko died, because as the title implies, she has amnesia. It’s 12 episodes long, some are light hearted, some are dark and some are a combination of both. Over all I enjoyed it and loved the ending and now…

Why You Shouldn’t Like This

  • The harem bullshit. One of the other girls is stupid, annoying, and contributes absolutely nothing. She’s the type who’d die first in a horror movie, but does not. The other girl is pretty good, but she looses points for being jealous and self conscious. For once can’t we have a strong female character without stereotypical girly weaknesses??
  • The fan service  I guess this goes with the harem bullshit. Still, I’ve always felt this takes away from good romances.
  • The fact that their relationship is based on nothing (like most anime romances). Well I guess you could say it’s based on sex because of them being able to touch each other and what not, that’s a step up from nothing. But even so, they’re cute together and the show’s amusing enough.

One final word I’d like to slip in is that Yukko is slightly taller than Teiichi, in fact Scott and I could pull off their height difference perfectly if I wore small heels. If they didn’t look so normal we’d cosplay them. Being slightly taller than my boyfriend has taught me to appreciate any fictional couple where the girl is slightly taller. We really need more of them.

Black Butler II (Kuroshitsuji II)

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I first gave this a try when my power was out. I had it all saved onto my laptop and with no internet, I finally got around to watching some of it.

Basically it throws the ending of Black Butler season 1 out the window and comes up with more crap. It’s just amusing and gay as ever, only now we have more douchebags than just Ciel, we also have blondie and his Butler. Again, I went with the dub, because J. Michael Tatum is amazing. Also the sub Grell sounds like a gay Lelouch/Kraft Lawrence… I think I’ll have to do a sub vs. dub post sometime in the future.

I can’t say much more about this season without spoiling you, but there’s a lot of NTR going on with who gets to eat who’s soul. I liked this season almost better than I liked the first one except for one thing….

Why You Shouldn’t Like This 

  • THE ENDING WAS HORRIBLE. If it was a visual novel, this end would be the BAD one. I did not want this ending at all. I did not contrive of this ending. I hate whoever came up with this ending.
  • It’s a clit tease. They imply so much gayness but we don’t even get so much as a kiss. I suppose that’s what doujinshis are for.  I just wish I could find filthier SebastianXGrell ones. 

My final recommendation would be to watch it (only if you’ve seen the first season of course), but skip the last episode. It’s just heart breaking. It’s not sad but… I was extremely unhappy. I’m just going to pretend it never happened.

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Long Overdue Sandy Blog

It was about a month ago, that hurricane Sandy hit. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as it was. They overreacted with Irene in my opinion, and I figured this would be the same. I thought it was bullshit that they shut down the MTA and closed all the schools. I still believe I could’ve gone to school that Monday, it was just really windy… but what followed Monday night, I was not expecting at all.

I was doing fine, but Minnie was freaking out and Zelda was calm. Zelda usually freaks out during thunder storms and Minnie is calm, but I guess this was different. We had to get a box for Minnie.. she kept trying to hide in the most random places. She liked the box for a while, then left, then liked it again.

 

I couldn’t sleep because of the wind, and my dogs walking around so I stayed up pretty late. I started freaking out when news reports came in of trees killing people in Queens. Then a tree fell and took out half of my block’s power. My mom forced me to sleep in her room since my room had risk of a giant tree falling on it, I obliged, but didn’t get much sleep that night.

Next morning was time for the surveying. It turned out two trees took out the power on my block, one fell on top of the other. I guess you could say they’d been staring at each other for all these years and one finally decided to hug the other 😀  There were a lot of other down trees. It would have been amazing, but I had already seen stuff of the like when we had that tornado a few years ago. I like to think the damage in Manhattan is their karma for not giving a shit about Brooklyn and Queens when the tornado destroyed a few of our neighborhoods (and in only 15 minutes, not 30 hours like it took Sandy).  Here are a few pictures, if you know me personally, you can see the rest on my facebook.

it’s hard to see, but these are the hugging trees

Things were ok, but then Halloween came, first they said they were postponing the parade. I later learned it was canceled for this year 😦  But I had no school, so I happily carved my pumpkin. Then sometime in the middle of the day we lost power. We had half power, and it was pretty awesome. We had internet and the refrigerator which was more than enough for me. But then Con Ed decided to shut everything off. And day 1 without power began. (rest of this post is gonna get long, but it’s an accurate description of post-apocalyptic hurricane life)

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BzzReview: Glade Expressions Collection

 If you’ve been reading my blog you might know that I’m a BzzAgent. That means I get to try out new products for free or at a great discount, this time around I got to try out the Glade Expressions Collection.

I received two coupons for a free fragrance mist and oil diffuser. Sadly I will only be writing about the fragrance mist because I was not able to find the oil diffuser in stock at any of my local pharmacies or supermarkets.

I used my coupon to get the only scent of the fragrance mist my local CVS had in stock, Cotton and Italian Mandarin.

Here’s a picture of it in my bathroom!

When I first got it, I had some trouble figuring out how to use it, as did the rest of my family. It doesn’t work like a normal spray can, it’s actually much more ergonomic, you just grip it and squeeze, almost as if it were a hose nozzle. I already think that would make this much easier for some one with arthritis to use than a normal spray can.

After using it for about a month my family’s come to the following conclusions:

-it has great staying power

-you don’t need to use a lot for it to be effective

-it works great on covering up pet odor (we’ve got two dogs, we know all about pet odor)

My mom’s also happy about it being refillable.

Now for why you shouldn’t like it:

If you are like a normal person who doesn’t read directions you will have trouble figuring out how to use it, and it’s a little on the pricey side, but it’s worth it since you don’t need to use much to get the job done. That’s about it, I don’t really have anything else bad to say about it.

That’s all, and if any of you want coupons feel free to hit me up because I’ve got loads of coupons for $2 off!

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