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12 Days of Anime: 04 – Spinning Around, Around, Around the World

Kamisama Kiss

Last year gave me Akatsuki no Yona which I was head over heels in love with and left a gaping fantasy shoujo hole in my heart that I thought could never be filled. Well Kamisama Kiss S2 and Shirayukihime sure did the best they could there.

I wasn’t initially excited about the second season of Kamisama Kiss even though I was happy there was a shoujo series I liked finally getting a second season (and so is Shirayuki very soon!). However once I started watching it, I fell back in love and enjoyed almost every minute of that show (the Kurama arc kinda was too long imo).

Now I just have to sit around hoping an s3 gets animated. I’d love to read it but it’s just so long and intimidating to buy all those volumes.

Shirayukihime was something that I tried repeatedly to read in the past but I just couldn’t get into it. Nothing about it hooked my interest and I never made an attempt to keep reading. For that reason, I didn’t even bother with the anime.

Obviously, I did end up watching it. I don’t know why, really. I was already watching a ton of stuff that season. But I did and I absolutely loved it. It was so refreshing to see a couple like Zen and Shirayuki with no gross drama or awful shoujo cliches. They even end up smooching at the end of the first season! Soreseka was kind of similar but that did have some hella uncomfortable and gross moments and also that age difference ugh…

Were there other shoujos this year? Whatever. They were probably shitty anyways.

Fang-tan’s Big Shoujo Jamboree

I can’t think of a more appropriate time to finally finish and post this than Valentine’s. I actually wanted to post this before Christmas but I got so bogged down that I kind of forgot about it. And good thing! Because I read a ton more stuff in that time.

There’s actually an order. My favourite to least favourite. And a separate category for stuff that is licensed and available in North America since supporting the creators and the industry is a good thing I guess yeah.
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Akatsuki no Yona Second OP and ED

Akatsuki no Yona

Despite everything good airing this season, Akatsuki no Yona continues to be my favourite show. It’s a bit disheartening to realize they’re not going to get anywhere close to facing Su-won but apparently the manga isn’t even close to that point, from what I’ve heard.

Actually, I had never really looked at the studio before now. Being done by Pierrot does explain why it’s 2 cour, kind of. They seem a lot more focused on providing a quality show rather than a preview for the manga or light novel (as well as having done plenty of other shows directed at women that ended up with multiple seasons). Maybe Soredemo will even get a second season when it has more chapters then. Still, I’d much, much, much rather have more Yona than another season of Soredemo even though the desert arc is kind of interesting.

(That arc in Soredemo is interesting but if I recall correctly, ends up with more trite Bad Shoujo gimmicks like ‘oh she is so cool and strong and shit we love the rain I must have her so go to hell shota king’)

Alright, wildly off topic. I’m actually going to talk about what I had planned to originally. The new OP and ED.

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Winter 2015 First Impression

(featuring: Kantai Collection, Kamisama Kiss S2, Sisterment, Boeibu, Saekano, Durarara!!x2, Rolling Girls)

WO-Class

A season with two good shoujo shows airing? A sequel to a show I loved for years ago? Milky Holmes is good again? Interesting original shows? 2015 is off to a really promising start.  DON’T BLOW IT.

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12 Days of Anime: #07 – Teenage Dream

I could have picked MANY things from Yona for it to make the list. The cute expressions every one makes, the moe bishounen (#NoHetero), how legit Hak/Yona is, and more, I’m sure. And Yona is going to be talked about lots in the coming weeks because it’s going to get it’s own final post because I love it so much and it’ll be in the year end AOTY post (oops spoilers). So I’m going to try and keep it brief and different (at least compared to the upcoming posts involving it).

Akatsuki no Yona makes me feel like a teenage girl. It makes me feel giddy and it makes me want to squeal. It’s cute and fun and it shipteases in just the right ways. It’s got eye candy from both pretty Yona and the hundred or so bishounen in. And if my last day’s post was any indication, I’m not even into guys so this show is so bizarre for me.

To be honest, I don’t even think I would have given this show a shot in high school. In early middle school I still liked the shows most 13 year old girls liked a few years back but I get really hipster about that stuff once grade eight rolled around. My girl friends would have loved this show to pieces and I would have rolled my eyes, never giving it a chance.

But obviously I’m an adult now and I know what I like, shame or no (as “something a younger me would like” is not always a compliment because I had awful taste as all teenagers do). Not that Yona is anything to be ashamed about. It’s a delight. It’s equal fun, romance and drama. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted and more. And for a shoujo, it sure lacks most gross shoujo tropes! Yona is, as hoped, coming into her own as a tough character and her development has been ACES.

It specifically makes this list for the way it makes me feel though. It was unexpected and I almost missed it but some how this show has become everything I’ve never known I’ve wanted. And makes me feel like the young girl I never was. Stuff like that just doesn’t happen often. Thanks, Yona.

Akatsuki no Yona First Impressions

This season provided many things I didn’t know I needed. Fun, cinematic high fantasy adventure? Thanks Bahamut. Colourful, reverse harem/fantasy shoujo adaption that isn’t problematic and gross? Thanks Yona.

I hadn’t seen anybody talking about or mentioning Akatsuki no Yona so I decided to check it out on a whim, not knowing anything about it. I was shocked that it was a reverse harem but I was more shocked that it was actually good.

See, for some reason I kept allowing myself to get burnt. I watched bad otome game adaptions over and over hoping for the best. I don’t know why, I don’t derive any pleasure or satisfaction from cute anime guys. I’m gay as hell. But for awhile I kept watching probably because I hated myself or something? Who knows.

But even when watching that stuff,  I could have told you what Yona confirmed for me now. Manga adaptions of reverse harems will always be better than adaptions of otome games. I’m sure there is a bad adaption out there (well they aren’t much out there) just like I’m sure there’s a good otome game adaption (like what) but from my experience the ratio of good manga to bad otome in general is overwhelming.

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