This is the first show that actually got its second season reviewed first. Granted Magi, and Love Live are also going to be reviewed. Anyway second season onwards are going to be done a little differently compared to other reviews. It will maintain the same structure, but the character portion will only focus on two main characters or characters that changed a lot as well as a part that does not affect the score and is my personal opinion on what I thought compared to the previous series. So, without further ado, time to go and review the second season of my favorite Shojo series, will it be better than the first? Also season one review can be found here.
Day 17: Favorite Harem/Reverse Harem
This is one of the cases where I will give two responses. One will be a Harem, Date A Live, and one will be a reverse Harem, Kamisama Kiss. Although Date A Live was already a main focus for this challenge, it does not change the fact that it is my favorite harem and is only one of two that would make it into my top fifteen shows. I would also like to say that I do not count D-Frag as a harem mostly because it focuses of comedy and it would be like saying Seitokai Yakuindomo is a harem, when it is just dirty jokes on steroids. Anyway, Kamisama Kiss although I gave it an average score in my review, it is a little forgetful, but the charm to it does not change it in anyway. I really like that show, that and the only other Reverse Harem I seen was Yona of the Dawn, which I have no idea if it should be considered a reverse harem although it should.
So, what is your favorite harem/reverse harem? Added bonus, what series is a harem but does not feel like one?
Wow, this is the first series I am reviewing that I actually watched on purpose since my second review. With the new season currently airing and the fact that I hardly remembered season one since I watched it nearly two years ago I decided to revisit this series. So far the new season has the charm that I remembered the first season had which made me like it to begin with. However sometimes watching a show you have not seen in a while can shed new light onto something old in this romantic comedy.
The Shojo anime series, I feel do not get as much limelight compared to most. In reality when I look back at all the series I watched, ones that I thought fit into that category did not. At most from what I have taken note of from the past several anime seasons only one and two at most fit into this category. Sure, this is a guy talking about his interest in shows aimed at the female audience, but who cares. This is my way of looking at series that might not get as much attention for a genre that does not get a lot of attention. I am also discussing the plot for the series as well for that reason. This is also my way of preparing for the literal face palm for next week’s Top Five.
Number 5: Yona of the Dawn
This series I mentioned several times before, even one of the main male leads made it into my Top Five Favorite Male Characters of 2014. This series has the potential of being later on the list, but since it is still airing it can still have room for error and is thus at number 5. I binged watched the first eleven episodes before watching episode twelve, I really enjoyed it in that time.
The first episode to me was very memorable, since for ninety percent of it I was screaming, “He is the bad guy!” It seems like that has happened a lot recently with the girl too blind to see it, the other case is the episode in Parasyte, but that has nothing to do with this conversation. Despite my constant screams of pointlessness, I enjoyed the fact that I was right. It also allowed a great way to give a major change without warning to Yona.
This series is about Yona, a princess in a peaceful kingdom. One day her father is killed, I will not tell who killed him, but it is in the first episode. Thus she goes into hiding as her kingdom is taken over by her father’s killer. Although she is more focused on protecting herself and those she cares about she goes on a quest to find the four dragons that protected the kingdom over 1000 years before.
This has been one of my favorite series of the fall and I am glad I got into it late. Funimation is currently streaming this series if anyone is curious.
Number 4: Sabagebu!
This was easily in my top five comedy series of 2014. There is just a lot to talk about when it comes to the comedy of this series. The final episode was easily the funniest and easily one of the best in terms of over the top references and really just about anything. The series as I mentioned is just funny in general. This was one series that I really got to look forward to on a weekly basis, since I knew I was going to go in and come out laughing.
There is not much of a plot for this series. It is really a parody series. However it deals with the survival club and their activities as a survival club.
Number 3: The World is Still Beautiful
So, here is a little back story on why I watched it. The fall and winter season one romance series that I got to look forward to on a weekly basis was Golden Time. When that ended I really wanted to watch another romance based series, this fit the bill, since it started that spring season. A part of why I enjoyed was the fact it filled the void of Golden Time, but that is not all. This had its own way of being on its own. I really enjoyed it and I was not really sure what to expect when going in other then a romance series, but I got a lot more out of it. It easily became one of the shows of that spring that I had to watch on a weekly basis and looked forward to. The characters and how they acted around each other as well as the emotional spending of mine with this series makes it at number 3.
The World is Still Beautiful tells the tale of Nike Lemercier, the Principality of Rain. She basically gets married off to the king of the sun kingdom Livius. Both are nothing a like and deal with this new life together of theirs.
Number 2: Kamisama Kiss
This was the first Shojo series that I watched. This was also the only one I watched until a year later when The World is Still Beautiful came out. Not only that this was the first reverse harem as well, the only other being Yona of the Dawn. This series has its own charm to it. I mostly like it for the comedy, at least what I remember. Looking back on the first season there is very little that I remember and now that the second season is airing I am really attempted to go back and watch it once more for a refresher. This was also a series that I watched within my first year of being into anime, most series in that time period I only remember vaguely, although I wish I remember more about those series in general. This series was easily viewed within the first fifty or shows that I watched, and I would consider putting it into my top twenty five, that is if I remembered more about it. Regardless this series I still find enjoyable despite not fully remembering it as this new season airs.
The series is about Nanami, whose father has a gambling problem and left her with the debt. It reminds me of Hayate the Combat Butler, only instead of becoming a butler she becomes a land god of the local shrine as the old land god bestows his godly power to her. She then has to deal with being a god and such. That is a pretty straight forward description of the series from what I remember.
Anyway, the series has a dub, and is being streamed by Funimation with its new season.
Number 1: Sailor Moon/Sailor Moon Crystal
For starters I might have mentioned this at least once before that I was not allowed to watch anime as a child. I watched Pokemon, Yugioh, and Megaman, but that was it. Shows that nearly everyone had as their gateway like Sailor Moon, One Piece, and DBZ, I was not allowed to watch. So unlike most people I do not have that nostalgia attachment to Sailor Moon. I do have a super vague memory of it being one once when I went to see a cousin, but that was only for about five seconds. But, because I do not have that nostalgia I like Crystal over the original, since about ninety percent of the comments for the series I see are hate comments. I just wanted to say that, and it is because of that nostalgia for so many people that are one reason why it is at number one.
Anyway, my reason for putting at number one for myself is that I just like Crystal. I have been watching several episodes every once and awhile for the original series, but I just cannot get into it as much as I can get into Crystal. I can clearly see why people like the original series. It just seems like the newer adaptation is aimed for people that grew up with it and is following the manga fully, which the original did not. I love the story, the whole past lives thing I have worked with in my own writing in several cases and enjoy playing with that, especially as a means to bring two characters together. I will talk more about my thoughts with it in my review or more than likely a discussion comparing the two first arcs for the series at some point. Either way I just like Crystal more because it focusses more on the romance element and their lives rather than the monster of the week and the problems caused by that monster.
I really doubt I need to do a summary of Sailor Moon, seeing it is more than likely the most known Shojo series of all time.
There are a few Shojo series I was thinking about checking out, if anyone has a recommendation feel free to comment. I am mostly looking for either a comedy or romance series.
So, this will be coming out in parts as well as more than likely coming out later in the day then I am used to posting. I am also going to try to do this in groups of three if that is possible. At the end of each part it will be connected to the next one. At the same time there will be several series discussed in each part. I will also only be covering series that are licensed to stream, which one series that I know of I will not discus. In this part I will be discussing Kamisama Kiss Season 2, Yuro Kuma Arashi, and Absolute Duo. I am only going to talk about the plot of Kamisama Kiss, since the other two did not really show any major signs for the plot of the series, it will be like that for some series over others.
Kamisama Kiss Season 2
I have had a little bit of a weakness for Shojo series, since I first watched the first season of this series. Granted I have not seen a lot, since most of the shows on my “to watch list” tend to get ignored and I really only go to when I feel like it. Anyway enough about why I have only seen few Shojo shows despite liking them.
As I mentioned I watched the first season when it came out, and I kind of forgot about what happened. I know I enjoyed it; I still have the opening theme stuck in my head, as well as a few other things that I remember about the series. Since this is the second season I will just go out and say it if you have seen season one watch it, if you are thinking of checking it out, it is up to you. I already know I will be watching this series in full.
So, not much really changed since season one. Nanami is still trying to be a land god and has acknowledged the fact that she is in love with Tomoe. The starting episode does not waste any time in getting into what will be the main plot for this season as man-lady-man aka Otohiko is tasking Nanami with a Shinigami egg to take care of to test her in order for her to attend a meeting of gods. That is pretty much all there is needed to know in terms of plot for the episode. As I said before I plan to keep watching since I enjoyed the first season, and this episode had the same way of doing things as it did in season one. Funimation will be streaming this series.
Yuro Kuma Arashi
Well, I went into this show not sure what to expect. I knew it was going to be a Fantasy and Yuri series, and well, what I got would probably be the best definition of anime. It reminded me of Attack on Titan in the sense that you replace the titans with bears, the wall is now known as the Wall of Extinction, and the Survey Corps is replaced with girls wielding snipers. With how random the plot is, bears now eating people due to a meteor exploding, I am really unsure if I will watch the whole series. It is not a comedy yet some of the key points for the plot make I sound like it will be. The yuri factor was quickly established seeing it is an all-girls school, so what is exactly going to happen in this series? I do not know in any way, this is an original work. But, I will do what I normally do, in some cases if I really do not like it I will drop it after episode one, if it is too soon, which is the main case; I will keep it for the first couple of episodes to try it out. Because it is too soon for me to know if I am going to watch it in full or not, that can either mean check it out if you planned to, or just do whatever you feel like. Funimation will be streaming this series.
To me watching the first episode it really felt like a generic harem anime waiting to happen. To top it off the first episode really had a mellow ending, with only knowledge of what is happening at the school in the sense of what is a Duo. Not much is really explained about really anything. Really this show, I already know how generic it is and how it will not be the greatest series of this season, but I will watch it anyway since not much is ever on Tuesdays, since Yona of the Dawn I watch Wednesday mornings. I also do not have much to say other than that. As to all the ones before watch it if you want to, as of right now if you do not watch it you are not missing much. This show is also going to be streamed by Funimation.
Part 2 is here
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