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Death Parade [anime]

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Death Parade

After death, humans are either sent to the void or reincarnated. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim. He challenges them to the Death Game, wherein they wager their lives and reveal their true natures. Decim himself is the ultimate arbitrator of who wins and who loses, who will go to the void, and who will be reincarnated.


I'm not gonna lie, I started this anime because I saw gifs on Tumblr and it looked pretty ¯_(ツ)_/¯. Thankfully, it was more than just pretty!

The story was interesting, the atmosphere dark and mysterious, somehow reminded me of Jigoku Shoujo. The idea of using very inoffensive games (air hockey, arcades, twister...) and turning them into devilish games for a judgement was very entertaining and smart. All in all, it's an unique anime and even though most episodes aren't related, you're still curious about what is going to happen next. That is also because through the episodes, you can see the characters evolve, especially the two main ones, but all of them also slowly show their goals or purposes. The relationship between Decim and Onna is nicely developped and nothing feels rushed. As for the animation, it's also great but, well, it's Madhouse. The sound was also very good, the + being the joyful OP, surprising considering the anime's atmosphere but I really loved it.

Now, onto the enjoyment, I really really liked it, all the characters were interesting and so were the games. I do have a regret, being that I hoped to see more of the side characters, who are the ones behind the deeper storyline. I feel like we didn't see enough of them and I still have many questions. Meanwhile, Decim and Onna's storyline is well handled, so I guess you could say that it's more the context in which they evolve that deserves more attention. So, it's getting from me a 9/10, since it's great but not perfect yet.

Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie [anime]

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Bonjour♪Koiaji Pâtisserie

Sayuri Haruno dreams of becoming a pastry chef and enrolls in Fleurir Confectionary Academy, an elite school located in Tokyo's trendy Aoyama district. At Fleurir, she finds herself surrounded by charming boys, each one distinctly unique. Out of the entire class, Ryou Kouzuki's desire to become a pastry chef is the strongest. Blessed with unparalleled technique, instructor Mitsuki Aoi acts like a prince and is hugely popular at the school. Gilbert Hanafusa, the mood maker of the bunch, is a student from France. Yoshinosuke Suzumi is not very good at expressing his feelings, but underneath his stony exterior lies a wholehearted passion for wagashi (Japanese sweets).

As Sayuri pours her heart and soul into making her dream a reality, she encounters many happenings...


So this is an anime I started because it looked cute but I honestly never thought I would watch it until the end and yet, here I am. Which is not that difficult considering that the episodes are only 5 minutes long. Waiting every week for it, maybe not, but watching everthing all at once is quite pleasant.

The story is the basic one of an otome game, really. Girl + harem of boys + being oblivious 99% of the time. Okay maybe not, she has a relationship a bit more developped with one of the boys. Anyway, you get it, you won't be surprised by the story. The guys cooking like it was a magical boy transformation was probably the most surprising part of this ONA. The characters are those you know for that kind of anime. I'd like to say though that French people aren't like Gilbert, I swear. Also, that is not a name used here since at least 3 generations, get it together, Japan. The animation is really pretty, honestly, if you like that kind of animation, of course. It's cute without being too much. The sound is okay, it fits the scenes, the OP and ED songs were nice as well.

The enjoyment! Here comes the surprise because I actually enjoyed it? It made me laugh and I got attached to the characters, I even was rooting for one of the boys. Like for real, not just "hey that one is not so bad, good luck bruh". The thing is to not take anything seriously, it's just cute and fun. And it's doing great, considering that it only has 5 minutes per episode. It doesn't have an awesome character development but the characters have a BG and the story itself is decent, following the usual anime slice of life tropes. So I'm giving it a 7/10 because, even though it wasn't extraordinary, it was good and I spent a nice time watching it.

Donten ni Warau [anime]

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Donten ni Warau

When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji Era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumoh line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement — but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?


I'm probably not the only one who does that: watch the first episode of the new animes of the season and decide which one to continue. Donten ni Warau was on that list back in October but... the first episode was also a bit of a disappointment so it took me a while to actually watch the rest. Do not do like me, it actually gets better right away! Before we start, I'll just say that I haven't read the manga(s) so I didn't have any expectations. But, from the comments I saw by the readers, it seems to be a faithful adaptation.
The story is not exceptional, it has all the themes we already know from all the other works about ninjas and samourais. I wasn't much surprised by the twists and other things happening. That aside, I was still curious about that mysterious prison and what would that Orochi would do. If I think the prison deserved more attention, the Orochi storyline is well done. The characters were very stereotypical but still interesting and/or touching. The animation is quite nice, the characters aren't suddenly awful once seen from afar, which is rare nowadays. I'd say the animation is the best thing about this anime, the fight scenes especially are well done. The sound is okay, not something really noticeable but blending perfectly with the rest. I do remember though a dubstep-ish moment that felt a bit out of place.

Finally, the enjoyment. I wasn't fascinated by that anime, especially since the first episode was a bit too funny to me. I expected something a bit more serious and mysterious and it comes once you survive the first episode. Overall, I liked it, it had both cute and awful moments. I do regret that the prison wasn't given that much attention, sometimes the characters only talk about it and it's forgotten. So I'm giving it a 7/10, it was good but it also has room for improvement.

The anime only has 12 episodes so I hope I didn't spoil too many things with this review!

Zankyou no Terror [anime]

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Zankyou no Terror

In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population.

While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children—children who shouldn't even exist—masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form "Sphinx," a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber—and pull the trigger on this world.


Shinichiro Watanabe strikes again! It's a very short anime (11 episodes), so it's hard to say something without spoiling (but making a review with only "watch it" isn't very interesting now, is it?). Let's try to give some points according to different criteria.
The story starts really well, I admit that I was hooked right away. I wanted to know how they were going to do their attacks as much as why they were doing it. Every sides of the story makes you curious. It's a personal opinion, but I think a longer season would have given us more of everything but 11 episodes also gives a fast rythm that is really fitting here. The characters are all different and subtle in their own way. Again, twice the number of episodes would have allowed more character development but that's maybe just because I wanted to see more of everyone. The animation is nice, not the best one ever, but quite lovely and you could say that it's enough to carry the storytelling well. The sound is on the other hand really amazing, the opening and ending are both great but the OST in general is awesome. Another way to carry the story and make it even more enjoyable than it already is.

The last but not least, the enjoyment! Well, obviously, since I'm posting about it, I liked it. I'm giving it a 9/10. As awesome as it was, you can see that I'm regretting its length, it deserved to be longer and, after talking about it with some friends, it's a shared feeling.

Tokyo Ghoul [manga]

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Tokyo Ghoul

Strange murders are happening in Tokyo. Due to liquid evidence at the scene, the police conclude the attacks are the results of 'eater' type ghouls. College buddies Kaneki and Hide come up with the idea that ghouls are imitating humans so that's why they haven't ever seen one. Little did they know that their theory may very well become reality.

When Kaneki is almost killed in an attack, he transforms into a half-ghoul, half-human hybrid and is forced to adapt to their lifestyle in order to survive.


The latest "recommendation" I made was Shingeki no Kyojin, if I remember correctly... Which means that it was more than a year ago. I'll be honest, I haven't watched a lot of stuff since SNK... until August this year, that is. I caught up on many things, watched new stuff, but I believe Tokyo Ghoul really is the one that I enjoyed the most (and some few others that I'll try to talk about next time).

Manga: If I had to compare Kaneki to another hero, it would be Shinji Ikari, let's be real here. The boy struggles a lot with what he has to do but refuses to do (*coughs* piloting an eva) until at least chapter 60; considering that the manga has 143 chapters, it means that he struggles with this during basically the first half of the manga.

I don't have much to say because: I don't want to spoil anything and several of you watched it or read it. But the style is really nice, it reminded me of Blame!, Deadman Wonderland and even Dogs: Bullets & Carnage sometimes, the characters are all very interesting and the story itself is good. Negative point? It doesn't end, or better say that the last chapter leaves us on many questions. The mangaka will have a new manga soon though, so maybe it's not over yet, we just don't know. BUT, even after reading the last chapter, I didn't regret it at all and I'm even going to buy it anyway. 9/10.

Anime: If I had to describe the anime adaptation in two words, it would be probably terrible censoring. The animation itself is good, especially on the first and last episode (to me) but the censoring... well... it sometimes cover the entire screen in black or white to hide what is happening. It can become a turn off at some point. Then it's really rushed compared to the manga (12 episodes for 60+ chapters...) but I don't think it's that noticeable when you haven't read the manga so I'm guessing that it would be better to watch the anime and then start the manga? The anime is still a good 7/10 in my opinion.

That's all I have to say without being too spoilerish!