Mayoiga(The Lost Village)- Review

This is an anime which aired in 2016 so its a bit old but i recently binged it so here i am writing about it. I came across the anime when i was searching for some mystery, thriller sort of anime and put in my to watch list.

Synopsis:

A bus full of eccentric individuals is headed towards the urban legend known as Nanaki Village, a place where one can supposedly start over and live a perfect life. While many have different ideas of why the village cannot be found on any map, or why even the police cannot pinpoint its location, they each look forward to their new lives and just what awaits them once they reach their destination.

After a few mishaps, they successfully arrive at Nanaki Village only to find it completely abandoned. Judging from the state of disrepair, it has been vacant for at least a year. However, secrets are soon revealed as some of the group begin to go missing while exploring the village and amidst the confusion, they find bloody claw marks in a forest. As mistrust and in-fighting break out, will they ever be able to figure out the truth behind this lost village?(From MAL)

 

Lets talk about the anime, so i have a bit of mixed feelings about this anime, while it keeping me enthralled with some form of mystery i had already deducted the whole plot probably because it was something that i had seen before or it was just not well hidden. This anime is something that requires a broad mind cause while being a thriller it is a kinda comedy cause overall the plot is interesting but the execution is not up-to the point.  The whole story is kinda interesting but the characters are not. While having a lot of characters their personality are more or less non existent and there is no development at all. Now lets focus on the mystery part, while there being a mystery it was not well explained. The anime leaves quite a part of information out, it just assumes that you will understand stuff from literally episode 1.

Soundtrack: Now the OP and ED are nothing really that outstanding but the actual background soundtrack are pretty good, they are the only thing which is keeping the mystery alive.

Characters: There are over 30 of them and the anime will focus on just 5-6 of them and there is no proper character development of any sort.

Animation:Well its normal not really good and not the worst i have seen.

Enjoyment: I went in thinking i will be watching a show about people going to an Empty village and something horrible might happen so yes i was kinda let down by the ending but i am not mad i am just not satisfied .

In the end it is an anime that tries a lot of stuff in a very short duration and while having a good base plot they went with a whole different idea, i might would have enjoyed it if there were cannibals and monsters but they went with a whole different idea and were unable to actually make it stick.

Tokyo Ghoul RE: Anime Review(Some Spoilers Ahead)

Well Tokyo Ghoul Re is the sequel to Tokyo Ghoul√A  . 

You can start seeing some similarities there in terms of Art style and Stuff. Now Tokyo Ghoul Re is still carry’s a dark theme but it also has some comedy in it, something like in  Black Butler, where the whole theme is dark but you also have those chibi faces and quirky comedy, that was kinda different from what i was expecting but i’ll just say that it doesn’t really bother me but it might bother some fans( I don’t know if it is the same in manga but its there in the anime).

Story: So the direction of the story is kinda different with Kaneki now know as Haise is fighting with the CCG to fight against Ghouls. So when i actually started watching it i was left a bit confused, i had a lot of questions in my mind which most of them were answered after watching the 12 episodes but some of them still linger. The Pacing seems a bit fast probably because they only had 12 episodes to work with. I wonder why do they get just 12 episodes, Tokyo Ghoul is a pretty popular anime.  

Characters: So most of the older characters are still present here but we have some addition like Saiko, Urie, Shirazu,Tooru etc. Well basically these new characters are from Haise’s own team and i personally like Shirazu. Each of those guys have unique personalities and unique motivations to fight against Ghouls.

Soundtracks: Well nothing can top “Unravel”, so the soundtrack are well lets say Nice, nothing more nothing less. 

Animation: There are noticeable  downgrades from previous Seasons, Particularly during Fight scenes. The style which was present during the fights in the first and even some of the second season is now missing, those fight scenes don’t make a huge impact like previous ones.

Overall i liked binge watching the anime but only because the story was moving ahead and i was too lazy to read the Manga. Trust me i’ll read the manga eventually but till then i am  continuing with the anime. I just feel that the whole story is moving really fast with less explanation overall.  Also i know i am very late with this review but as of now the second season is airing so i thought it would be a good time to watch this season and then continue with the second one.

Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san- First Impression

This anime takes place in a book Store where the main protagonist a “Skeleton” works as a bookstore guy. The anime focuses on the hilarious and unique kind of characters that visit the Book Store(more like a comic Store).

There are people coming from all walks of life and Honda(skeleton) has to deal with them, sometimes they might be foreigners and sometimes very eccentric manga fans. The way he deals with them is pretty hilarious. 

The anime is around 11 minutes long with two short stories in each episode. So overall a really good anime, very light hearted and just funny overall, and i also like how they refer to other anime’s.The other people working in the store are also a bit unique in their own way. All in all i had pretty fun time watching this.

It was a like a breath of fresh air, since i have not been watching anime for a while, this one was perfect to start from.

 

Honda-San.
One of the hilarious Customers.

Initial D First Stage(Review) (No spoilers!)

This is one of the anime which every car-person knows about, because this is a really good anime.

This one has got small details about cars right, it also has an really good MC who is a really good driver. This anime was also which introduced many kids to the car culture. This anime did a really good job of portraying the drifting and racing scene in Japan at that time. It also includes real-life  locations which are used for races in the anime.            I also liked how the characters would give explanations for some techniques which they used or something about the car setup etc. This explanation really seems helpful.

Soundtrack:

I can’t confirm if Initial D was the reason why Eurobeat music got popular or not but i can say that it was the reason why i started listening to Eurobeat more. The soundtrack used are really fitting to the scenes when they are played. Some popular songs are “Deja vu” And ” Running in the 90’s”. Those soundtrack paired with racing and drifting really set the mood for the anime.

Synopsis

Takumi Fujiwara is an aloof, spacey high-schooler who does delivery runs in his dad’s Toyota AE86 in the dead of night. Despite working at a gas station and having friends who are car nuts, he doesn’t know a single thing about cars.

Takumi is introduced into the world of street racing and his natural talent draws attention from all across Gunma. Will Takumi face the challenges or back out from the call of the mountain passes? (Taken from Myanime list).

All in all this is a really good anime and everyone should give it a shot.

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AE86 and Takumi(MC)

Every PS4 owner should play Persona 5(No spoilers)

I have been away from the anime scene again but now for a good reason. I was at the end part of persona 5. It takes a lot of time and every hour i spent playing it was worth it.

I know this is not about an anime but still i would like to discuss my opinion on it.

So this Jrpg game and my very first jrpg game that I actually completed. The thing is that i never really liked the world setting for other Jrpg games but Persona 5 has the world setting which i really liked.

Persona 5 takes place in present time Tokyo, so i felt like i could relate to stuff happening. Our Main protagonist is an high school student which is again something i can kinda relate to.

This is a game so you would actually have to play through it. Depending on the way you play it you can complete it in minimum 60 hours(skipping cut scenes and stuff) ot like me who spent 85+ hours(watched cut scenes and things but didn’t max all stats). If you are a hardcore Jrpg fan then you will easily take 130+ hours to complete it.

Those 85 hours that i played through the game felt full filling. The story always manages to keep you on the edge of your seat. The game also manages to convey emotions in a pretty good way.( If the in-game character are frustrated so am i).

There were absolutely no times when i felt really bored, the game has really good pacing. It manages to keep the players entertained.

The thing i felt that makes it standout from the other Jrpg thag i have played (somewhat) is that Persona 5 has pretty different art-style then other Jrpg i have tried and it has pretty amazing Sound track. This i feel helps in making the player more immersed in the gameplay.

Also this game focuses more on the friendship. It is a key element of the game.

The combat is turn based and there are a lot of puzzles in the game like many other Jrpg games.

There are some flaws in the game too but they cannot be just told, these are something that you just feel while playing the game. Some of the flaws that i felt the game had, would probably not even be flaws for others. Any flaws that infelt were really minor and quickly forgotten. One thing i know is that it takes almost 5 hours to get going. Like the introduction and stuff will take around 5-7 hours but be patient and you will be fine.

I just feel that anyone who owns a PS4 or PS3 should play this game. It is really amazing.

Tsukumogami kashimasu Episode 1 Review

This an anime takes place in the old era. It is about a shop which rent’s out some objects which can be ornaments or charms etc.

When an owner of a certain object cherishes the object very much then the objects soul takes a materialized form which is known as Tsukumogami.

Tsukumogami can be seen but they don’t respond to humans, only to other Tsukumogami.

This anime actually is about solving mystery using the Tsukumogami. Which i find interesting. It is supposedly an episodic anime,solving one mystery at a time. I guess the shop is also a part-time detective agency of sorts.

The animation style looks pretty good. I also like how the narrator explains certain objects from the past by comparing it to its present counterpart.

I also think that they will show the back story of each of the Tsukumogami in the shop, which would be interesting to see.

I liked the anime, it is something new and a bit different than the usual.

The shop owners

Tsukumogami in the shops

Aguu: Tensai Ningyou Episode 2 impression (spoilers)

In this Episode we see Ai talking to Machi about her Aguu. Then Machi in turn tries to bribe Ai by giving her one of the Aguu that she has.

For doing this Machi takes Ai to the Aguu Market. There we meet the owner/tailor “Sherlock” who apparently sews Aguu to people for a deposit.

At first Ai agrees to get an Aguu sewed to her but later on realizes that it is the wrong thing to do. So she uses the Talisman given by the grampa on Machi but is later cornered by Sherlock the tailor. Then gramps and the annoying brat come in to save Ai. It is also revealed that Gramps and the brat have special powers which they use to save Ai and beat Sherlock.

It is also revealed that there is a huge demand for Aguu and there are a lot of markets all around the world. Which suggests that there is a huge world surrounding Aguu which is unknown to most common people.Aguu seems to have a very interesting environment which i hope is explored more in the later episodes.

Aguu market

Sherlock

The kid who has transformed

Banana Fish Episode 3 impression (spoilers)

So we see Ash has been imprisoned and Max has been asked to take care of Ash.

Max Lobo was in the military with Ash’s older brother and was the one who shot the brother. Ash finds out about it and is furious.

Later we see Eiji has come to visit Ash and Ash slips a capsule which has a secret note in it to Eiji. This note is about how the Drug that he had asked the doctor to analyze was really dangerous and he should hide it.

We also find out that Banana fish is actually a person as per Max. Anyways we don’t know for sure yet but as the story moves forward i hope we will soon find out about this unique name.

Max and Ash

Angolmois: Genkō Kassen-ki Episode 2 Impression(spoilers)

The second episode was very interesting, it had quite a lot of action in it and we were introduced to variety of new characters.

In this episode we saw the Mongol actually attack Tsushima island. The king of the island and the his army at first is able to defend against them also were able to push them back. But all of this was to lure the king and the army into a trap where all most all of the army was annihilated including the king.

Now it is in the hands of Kuchii Jinzaburō and the other exiles to defend the island from Mongol for seven days till reinforcement arrives.

The way the king charged into the battle with optimism was exciting but the outcome was pretty obvious. The army had just 300 men(not spartans though) and the enemy had over a 1000.

Honestly it was a tragic end to once a great king and his army.

This episode really hyped my up for the third one.

Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes Episode 2 Impression (no spoilers)

The second episode actually showed us some of the ability of Kiyotaka as he solves a case with ease.

This case as such was not a hard one. But the good thing is that from now onwards we will get to see much more of crime solving.

Well i really hope there are much serious type of cases in the future. The case we saw this episode has been used a quite a lot. I already knew who the real culprit was even before they revealed it. I feel that the cases should be more complicated and challenging. Nonetheless a decent episode