Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Manga: Frau Faust


Frau Faust Vol 1
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

From the creator of The Ancient Magus' Bride comes a supernatural action manga in the vein of Fullmetal Alchemist! With electrifying art and a gripping story, Frau Faust reimagines the protagonist of the classic tale who makes a deal with the devil as a tenacious female scholar. 

More than a century after an eccentric scholar made an infamous deal with a devil, the story of Faust has passed into legend. However, the true Faust is not the stuffy, professorial man known in fairy tales, but a charismatic, bespectacled woman named Johanna Faust, who happens to still be alive. Searching for pieces of her long-lost demon, Johanna passes through a provincial town, where she saves a young boy named Marion from a criminal’s fate. In exchange, she asks a simple favor of Marion, but Marion soon finds himself intrigued by the peculiar Doctor Faust and joins her on her journey. Thus begins the strange and wonderful adventures of Frau Faust!


I wasn't 100% sure what to expect with this new series, but this wasn't it...and I mean that in a good way! It was actually such a fun read and after meeting all the characters in this volume, and being introduced to the world and settings...I'm so excited to see where this series is going to go! I'm expecting good things for sure! 

I liked the fairy tail vibe to the storytelling on the opening page, and the storytelling throughout to be honest! Faust cracked me up, her character was brilliant and a little bit crazy! I'm intrigued as to what the real story is when it comes to her and Mephisto! We get a lot of hints but I need mooooreeee! I want to know so much more about their relationship! I'm really loving her as an MC, she's intelligent and a little bit badass in a nerdy, intelligent way! 

Marion is a fellow book nerd and loveable for that very fact! He wants to learn...and he may or may not run away screaming at some point in the future! Bless him. As for Mephisto? Full disclosure, when I read "Mephisto" my brain went to good ol' Mepphy from Blue Exorcist, but this Mephisto is a more dark and mysterious than that. Poor guys missing his head, and things are really rough for him. Then at the end of the volume...well it would seem he's been a very bad boy. Nico...she's a lot of fun and I'm hoping we'll see more of her. 

I really liked the art, the characters are well drawn with hints of cute when they pull certain expressions. There's a nice amount of detail to the settings too, enough to create an atmosphere anyway! The setting's based on Germany or a past Germany as far as I can tell. Not sure on anything more specific. Either way we're definitely in a different time period. 

This first volume moves at a nice pace while filling in some of Faust's history. There's little hints and tidbits of intrigue that are dropped throughout the volume for you think about and guess at what they're hinting...there's some veeerrrryy ominous hints in there too! It's all added up to make me super intrigued and I have so many questions that I need answers for! 

The cliffhanger ending made me want to scream because you can't just drop a bomb like that and then say "see you next volume"! So cruel. I'm so intrigued to see where this story is going to go. So far it's interesting and has well and truly hooked me in. I have questions upon questions and while I'm making some guesses and theories...I need answers. Solid, concrete answers! I'm trying to piece together Faust and Mephisto's history with the tidbits dropped and that ending...but I'm coming up with multiple possibilities and I just want to know. 

There's a really nice amount of detail to the world, the mythology of it and the history, not to mention character backgrounds too! The creator is building a really intriguing and rich world so far! We also have a quest vibe going on as Faust is trying to find all Mephisto's missing pieces, so we've got a combination of mystery and quest! I really like how it's coming together, it has the potential to go quite dark too. I'm not sure if it will though. 

The characters have a nice amount of depth for a first volume, and room to explore them more. The story is intriguing and definitely makes you want to know more, and it's sprinkled with humour. It's a solid first volume! 

I just have one problem. The bonus story. Sure, it's interesting...but I don't see how it has any bearing on the main story, it seemed to be one of those stories with a moral/lesson to be learned and I couldn't work out the purpose for it. I would have given this volume 5 stars if not for it. The more I thought about it, the more I decided that the bonus story really had nothing to do with the main story and it was pretty lengthy for a bonus story. It was at least the length of one of the main chapters and took up space a fourth chapter could have had and I really don't understand it's inclusion. There's no mention of it in the authors bit at the end either...so I'm assuming it has nothing to do with the story although it could be linked I suppose...and I just haven't worked out the connection. But I marked the volume down because of it...sorry! 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Summer Anime Round-Up

Hai guys! 
So. I watched quite a few new anime series for the Summer season, and I thought it'd be fun to do a round-up blog post, with what I thought of each one. Kinda like mini reviews! Which ones I loved, which ones where a bit of a miss for me, that kinda thing! Because the chances of me ever reviewing an anime episode by episode are super slim, let's be real! I'm gonna be starting with the ones I liked at the top and steadily going downhill....

Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu

Okaaaay so I freaking loved Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu! I gave it 5 stars in the end. There was an episode or two that gave me pause but I looked forward to each and every episode of this. It's my first time watching anything Touken Ranbu, and I really enjoyed the music and the art and the animation. There where lots of badass fight scenes, and I loved the historical aspects too! Super hoping for a second season, although I do know they're doing movies! Yaaaaay! 


Elegant Yokai Apartment Life

So, for this one, I hit a couple of episodes that where kind of eh but overall I really enjoyed the first cour and I'm looking forward to the second! I ended up giving it 3.5 stars but that might change with the second cour, we'll see! I thought it was a lot of fun, it makes me chuckle, the art is cute, and there's even a hint of creepiness to it when it comes to some episodes. The plot moves forward well but does sometimes stall a bit! 


Knights & Magic

So, I'm still watching this there's like two episodes left because I'm watching the dub, and I still can't decide how I feel about this show. Like at first I was all yaaaassss it's like Transformers: Fantasy Edition, but like..with people controlling the autobots, and then we hit a part of it when I was struggling to make myself watch it and I kinda watch it but I'm messing about on my phone if that makes sense? It's engaging me more as of episode 10 but we'll see what happens, I've given it a 4 so far! The art's really good, and it has a fab opening theme...or so I think!


Chronos Ruler

Righty. There's one more episode left of this and for the most part I've found it fun and interesting, and a little bit different. The character art is cute, and it's quite colourful, and I  liked the settings. The plot's interesting if not a bit confusing at points, and it's driving me mad because I want to know who Mina really is?! Is she really Kiri's mother?! Like I doubt it but still! The first episode really hooked me in and blew me away, but then it reached a point midway when I was a bit eh. I' beginning to wonder if I wasn't in an anime slump actually! But anyway, it's finishing, it's been quite the journey and I'd actually quite like a second season! I've given it a 3.5! 


Princess Principal

This one was quite the surprise of the season, I wan't too sure what it was going to be like. I went in expecting one thing and it ended up being a little bit different! The episodes jump from case to case going to different points in time! I wanted to watch this because I'm a sucker for anything steampunk or even a liiiitttlee bit Steampunk! I found myself getting so hooked in to this show! The art, the world, the characters...badass female spies..it was everything I'd hoped for and more! I ended up giving it 5 stars and the series is a lot of fun, check it out! 


Saiyuki Reload Blast

I'm not going to lie....I didn't realise there was an entire Saiyuki series, so I went in to this without having watched any of the other Saiyuki shows..I mean, I got on with it okay. I wasn't confused or anything, there was a flashback that filled in their history so if I am missing anything...I wouldn't know! Like I don't even know if it's supposed to be watched without having seen the other ones, I just thought it sounded fun. The art's not quite as cute as everything so far, and it's kinda dark too! I liked the way the characters where drawn, and the pace of the show was really good. There was plenty of action, some nice flashbacks to flesh out the characters, and a great finale! I gave iiiiittttttt 4! 


Gamers!

Gamers! is probably the single biggest surprise show for me. I don't usually do slice of life, but as a gaming nerd I kinda figured I'd watched the show and relate to it or something. Like I thought it might be fun but the first couple of episodes I was thinking "Okay...I think I'm going to be dropping this". I usually give an anime 5 episodes to wow me before I drop it, I reluctantly carried on watching to give it it's 5 and you know..it wasn't that bad I was just thinking it might not be my thing. Buuuuttt once we hit like episode 4 I was hooked. Gamers! is really freaking hilarious. Like..it makes me laugh out loud and I have been known to be nearly crying with laughter when I'm watching this. I've actually ended up really loving this show because of the humour, and it's pretty relatable too! I'm praying this gets a second season and as I write this I'm about to go and watch the finale episode which I've been putting off for as long as possible! Totally gave this 5. 


Hitorijime My Hero

And thus we have my first foray in to BL. I wasn't actually sure what this was when I first started watching it but I was there for the romance either way. The first couple of episodes, and a certain characters behaviour was kind of questionable. But from like episode 4 I was hopelessly hooked and I had ships and I binge watched the entire backlog of episodes I had left...then had the agonising wait until each new episode. I just really like some romance okay, and I don't care what form it comes in! I gave it 4 stars because the first couple of eps really had me side eyeing Hasekura. 


Classroom of the Elite

At the time of writing this, there's one episode left to watch, and unless something mind blowing happens in the finale, I'm giving this 3.5 stars. I was kind of expecting things to be a bit darker or something after the big reveal in episode one about how the whole thing works. I was kind of envisioning a Lord of the Flies aspect to it, and we did hit that when it came to the final arc of the series. It just wasn't quite what I was expecting and there was a thing with this one character threatening the other that wasn't really resolved, and I don't know. I feel like this entire story is a prologue to the real stuff happening. If that makes sense? The art was interesting though.


Convenience Store Boyfriends

Literally only decided to watch this because I fancied something light and cute and I'm a sucker for some romance. Considering I don't usually do slice of life type shows, I actually got surprisingly in to this. I'm watching the dub so I've got 2 episodes left, but I've given it a 3.5. I'm not a big fan of the art in this, it and the animation really aren't the best, but there are some cute warm and fuzzy moments which was my main motivation for watching this. One of my issues with this show is that the opening and closing makes it look like there's about 6 couples/romances. The show only really goes in to two of them, the others are featured but I feel like we only get a glimpse and you want to know more and see how it turns out, but you don't. You get the one glimpse for like an episode and that's it. I'd have liked the other stories to have been fleshed out a bit more...or just not included because it started to drive me mad at one point!


Welcome to the Ballroom

For those who don't know, I used to be a dancer, so when I saw a dancing anime I knew I had to watch it! Sure it's ballroom and not ballet or anything else I did...but still. I wasn't that big a fan of the art style, but I liked how the dancing was animated. Not so much a fan of how one dance that's only a couple minutes takes like the entire episode, and I did find a few episodes where my attention was wandering. I guess I didn't get as hooked or as invested as I wanted because I've dropped it and won't be watching the second run of episodes...I'm kinda sad it didn't wow me to be honest! I did give it 3.5 though. 


Dive!!

I was envisioning this filling the Yuri on Ice shaped hole in my life but I basically ended up forcing myself to keep watching it. Like I feel like there was some BL baiting and once it became obvious that wasn't going to happen, and all the silly drama at the beginning was over...I got kinda bored. I literally forced myself to finish it because I was curious as to how it was all going to turn out. So...I gave it 3 stars but it was kinda disappointing. 


A Centaur's Life

Unpopular opinion swiftly incoming. I know a lot of you guys loved this anime. I started watching, I loved the opening and it all looked good...but I just couldn't get in to it. And normally I'd give a show five episodes to wow me...but I dropped this after one. I just couldn't see myself getting in to it and it was a struggle to watch just the one episode and I was barely paying attention as it was. 


Cleak Freak! Aoyama-Kun

I was getting really in to this at the beginning, it seemed like it was going to be fun and it did make me chuckle quite a bit.....but I ended up having to force myself to watch it and losing interest quite quickly. I dropped it after 6 episodes and gave it 3 stars! 


In Another World With My Smartphone

To be quite honest, I dropped this after 1 episode and gave it 2 stars....I'd say more about it but I genuinely can't remember much of the episode. It's all a blur and I think I was on my phone most of the time because I was bored....sorry guys! 


Fastest Finger First

I thought this would be quite fun, and it was for a little while, but I got bored of it quite fast. This was another one that lasted 6 episodes before I dropped it and I gave it 3 stars...I'm just not a fan of having to force myself to watch an anime and I couldn't face forcing myself through another 6 episodes when my interest had dwindled preeettyyyy fast! 


Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars

In the least mean way possible...all I have to say about this anime is that I gave it 1 star and I only made it 5 minutes in to the episode before deciding I was done and dropping it. 

Restaurant to Another World

Everyone and I mean everyone that I've seen talking about this show has been raving about it. So I watched it because I figured it might be fun...but it hit 5 episodes and I still wasn't that bothered about it, it hadn't grabbed me...and then I was forcing myself to watch it and hoping I'd end up loving it because everyone else has. I didn't. I basically used the time to catch up on my Instagram comments and draft posts and wasn't paying attention at all. It did make me hungry though! I gave it 3 stars aaanndd made it to 8 episodes before dropping it.


Altair: Record of Battles

Okay, so, I love the anime Heroic Legend of Arslan. Like it's one of my favourites...and I was kinda thinking "ooohh this is going to fill the Arslan Senki hole in my life" and I was all eager to watch it but I just didn't click with it. I gave it a 3.5 and made it to seven episodes before I had to quite watching it because I was forcing myself to watch it each week and then I just had a backlog of episodes and I just couldn't bring myself to make myself watch them! I did like the art though and there was some good intrigue going on...it just wasn't enough to keep me hooked.


Vatican Miracle Examiner

I was expecting good things from this, it sounded freaking awesome. It was creepy and a bit chilling at points and I was getting so hooked on this but then it reached a point when it started to let me down. It got boring, I wasn't as invested as the story arcs continued, and I was once again forcing myself to watch it. I gave it 1.5 so it's kinda a miracle itself that I made it to 9 episodes. I was going to force myself to finish it because I was close to being done with it but....I just couldn't do it. 


So it's been a bit of a mixed bag for the summer season of anime, I have to say my favourites really where Touken Ranbu, Yokai Apartment Life and Gamers! So not the ones I thought would be! Curious to know what you guys favourite of the season was! Comment, or tweet me! 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Fall 2017 Anime

Hey guys! 
A brand new anime season is starting, duh, because it's Fall and everything! So I thought I'd share with you guys all the anime I'm going to be watching for the upcoming season! Most of them I'm going to be watching dubbed but there are some subs in there too...and to be honest, if I end up really loving a series I'll be doing what I usually do and watching the sub and dub because I'm impatient...anywaaaayyy! Most of these are starting this week or next week, the dubs are starting later as far as I'm aware! But there aren't any dates yet for the dubs so I'll edit this and update when I know! I'll give you the sub start dates though! 

Black Clover (Crunchyroll/Funimation)


Asta and Yuno are two orphans who want the same thing: to become the Wizard King. Locked in a friendly rivalry, they work hard towards their goal. While Yuno excels at magic, Asta has a problem uncommon in this world: he has no powers! But, on the day they receive their grimoires, they surprise everyone. To reach their goal, they’ll each find their own path to greatness—with or without magic. 
Okay so, I was eyeing up the manga version of this a few months ago and couldn't decide if it was my thing, so I figured I'd give the anime a go! It's from the same studio as Naruto, and I've seen one review of episode one saying it's kinda like Naruto so fans of the show might want to check this one out! 
Sub: Airing Now!
Dub: TBA


Code: Realize (Crunchyroll/Funimation)


Cardia has spent her life locked away in solitude, hidden away from others due to a deadly poison residing inside her. But one day everything changes when the royal guards suddenly abduct her! Before she can despair, she’s rescued and swept away by Arsène Lupin, a dashing and chivalrous thief. Together, they travel to London to find her father and answers about her mysterious condition.

I'm envisioning some Artful Dodger type character with Arsène and some romance...plus it's set in London so you know...have to watch something set in my hometown! I'm also liking the look of the art for it!

Sub: Airing Now!
Dub: 24th October!


Dies Irae (Crunchyroll/Funimation)


At the end of World War II, sorcerers use the lives lost in battle as a sacrifice to conduct a ritual. If successful, the ritual would resurrect a group of supermen whose coming would signify the world’s end. The war ends, and no one knows whether the ritual was a success. Decades pass, and it’s all forgotten until present-day Japan when Ren Fuji has a disturbing dream of black-clothed knights.  

I'm a bit of a history nerd so as soon as I saw "World War II" I was like yep...I'm watching you! It sounds like an interesting premise and I'm really expecting good things from it! 

Sub: Airing Now! 
Dub: 24th October!




Zodiac War (Crunchyroll/Funimation)


For one wish, they’ll risk it all. The time has come for the Twelve Tournament—held every twelve years. For twelve proud warriors, each baring a name from the Chinese Zodiac, they’ll prepare to fight in a bloody battle royal. The victor gets any one wish they desire, but they’ll have to do whatever it takes to earn it. Blood and tears will flow on this battlefield—who will be the lone survivor 

I mean....I'm basically going to be watching this because I think it sounds awesome, and I haven't watched a solely fighting anime in forever. 

Sub: Airing Now!
Dub: 18th October!





Kino's Journey (Crunchyroll/Funimation)


In an imperfect world, the stories make it beautiful. Meet Kino, a traveler exploring beyond her boundaries into unknown mystical places! With only her guns and talking motorcycle Hermes by her side, she learns about unique people and their customs through the fascinating stories they weave. But to see everything, she can only spare three days to each land before moving on to the next adventure. 


I'm not going to lie...I pretty much added this to my list because I liked the look of the art and I was like "ooohh stories!" Yep. I have some seriously deep reasons for adding anime to my list haha!

Sub: Airing Now!
Dub: 26th October! 




Ancient Magus Bride (Crunchyroll/Funimation)


The award-winning manga comes to life with a highly anticipated anime series! Suffering a tragic childhood and sold at an auction, Chise Hatori has little hope for a better life. But when a mysterious sorcerer named Elias takes interest in her aptitude for magiche decides to make her his apprentice—and his bride. 
I've been eyeing up the manga for ages, but I feel like I'm too far behind to catch up with it so I'm super excited to get stuck in to the anime and see what I've been missing! 
Sub: Airing Now!
Dub: 30th October!





King's Game (Crunchyroll/Funimation)


One night, all 32 members of a high school class receive a text message on their cell phone. It welcomes them to a game where they are given specific tasks to carry out in a 24-hour period. The tasks seem simple at first, but soon the tasks go beyond what the kids are comfortable with. Furthermore, they learn that the cost of failure is death. Will they be able to find a way out before more die?

Okay so, this kind of gives me Classroom of the Elite vibes but darker, so I'm interested to see where this goes. It could be what I was expecting from CotE which would make me veeerrryy happy!

Sub: Airing Now!
Dub: 21st October!



Sengoku Night Blood (Crunchyroll)


One day, Yuzuki is enveloped by a mysterious light suddenly emanating from her cell phone and finds herself in an unfamiliar place. The scenery spread out before her almost resembles Sengoku period Japan..but this is another world known as "Shinga" where non-human creatures such as vampires and werewolves reside. Long ago, the various tribes of Shinga lived together peacefully under the protection of the Himemiko who possessed special blood. However, one day the Himemiko suddenly vanished. With the protection of the Himemiko gone, the world has fallen in to a period of strife. 

Pretty art and pretty characters are my deep and meaningful reason to watch this anime! I just fancied adding something that had the potential to be fun, and have a little bit of romance possibly. Although I've actually seen a reviewer saying this is like the anime version of Twilight and I hate Twilight so this should be interesting. 

Sub: Airing Now!

Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (Second Cour) (Crunchyroll)


Yushi Inaba is forced into an awkward living situation at his uncle's house after his parents pass away. He decides that when he goes to high school, he's going to live on his own, and finds an ultra-cheap apartment named Kotobuki-so. But it was a monster apartment, filled with monsters, humans, and ghosts! At first, Yuki doesn't know how to deal with these eerie monsters, but after spending time with these strange creatures his closed heart gradually begins to open...

I loved the first cour of this, it was enjoyable and a lot of fun, and it took some twists and turns I hadn't been expecting! So I was super stoked to find out it was getting a second cour yaaaaay! I'm expecting good things from this second cour, like exploring Inaba's powers more! 

Sub: Airing Now!



Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Crunchyroll/Funimation)


Morioka Moriko is 30, single, and a NEET. She has dropped out of the real world. Searching for a safe place, the place she ended up... is the online world!! In this online game, Moriko starts a new life as a handsome young man with silky hair named Hayashi. However, she’s an obvious noob and ends up dying numerous times when a lovely girl named “Lily” lends her a helping hand. Meanwhile IRL, she ends up having a shocking encounter with a mysterious handsome salaryman named Sakurai Yuta. After meeting him, the real world starts to change and starts affecting her online world as well?! 

I kinda debated whether or not I wanted to watch this but I've decided that this is probably going to be entertaining and funny so I'll give it a shot! I always give a show five episodes to impress me before I give up so we'll see what happens! 

Sub: Airing Now!
Dub: 30th October!
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