Monthly Melodies #1 – My Review Playlist

Hello, Everyone!!

Welcome to my first music feature this year, Monthly Melodies. This feature would be about me sharing a couple of songs to you guys. I used to post a similar music feature like this last 2017, which I discontinued. Why did I discontinue?? Well, I released that feature weekly, which was a huge hassle on my part.

Good thing I had other plans for this new music feature of mine as I won’t only post about japanese or korean music only but everything I listen to. I will also share some themes too (if I feel like it). Rather than hassling myself in making this feature weekly, I will be sharing music to you monthly instead. Heh.

I won’t prolong much anymore and share some good music to you guys.


For this first ever Monthly Melodies, I will be sharing some songs that had helped me during my review last year. These are not really new songs as I wasn’t able to update my music very much because I was too focused on my studies. Still, these songs were there for me and I still listen to them intensively.

First up is a ballad of Goosehoose called, VOICE. This was one of the first ever songs of GH that I really liked. The blending of the 2 voices were very heartwarming and full of feels. The lyrics hit me hard too.

It was its lyrics that comforted me during my down times while I was reviewing. Well, it wasn’t just during my review, but my daily dose of depression. And yes, I cry everytime I listen to this song during my down time. Lol. I just can’t help it. This song is that powerful.

Another painful song I listened to was an idol song that I didn’t expect that would slap me with feels. That song would be juice=Juice’s It’s Okay to Cry.

Me liking this song is really unexpected. Last year, I proclaimed this song as my least favorite Hello!Project song because i find it boring and meh. But after few weeks, I found myself crying to this song. LOL.

It was around the time I was having a hard time on my studies and myself when I heard this song again and cried. The lyrics resonated with me hard and I can’t help but just cry. I now love the song. Even until now, I still feel alot of feels listening to this song.

From sad songs , let’s go on to some hopeful ones.

I want to share is a hopeful song, Bokutachi no Mirai by Leo Ieiri. I first discovered this song while watching a music show from Japan and Leo Ieiri was singing this song alongside her “nakamas” C-ute’s Suzuki Airi and Momoiro Clover’s Kanako Momota. Their rendition of the song blew me away and ever since then I had been a fan of the song.

This song is like an energizer to me. From Leo’s vocals to the hopeful lyrics and music arrangement, they motivate me to stand up again and reach my dreams. It moves me everytime I listen to this song. Its that powerful.

If Goosehouse’s song comforts me when I am down, it’s this song that helps me stand up again and believe for my tomorrow.

I don’t think I would completely share my collection for today until I share some feel good songs that I enjoyed listening last year.

I want to share this simple ED song from an anime I love, Zetsuen no Tempest, called Bokutachi no Uta by Sakou Tomohisa. I really love this song.

Well, my reasoning as to why I love this song my sound really cheesy and I really don’t want to grind cheese here. But yeah, my reason would be because I feel like a main character of a slice-of-life romance anime while listening to this song. LOL. I mean, whenever I listen to this song, my imagination goes overdrive and it makes me imagine alot of anime cliche stuff that I also want to experience irl. Heh. Me and my cheesy imagination.

Next on my feel good song to share is AAA’s Hallelujah. It was because of this song that I discovered the amazing group, AAA, years ago.

I continue to listen to this song until now cuz it has this amazing force that energizes me. The song had a positive vibe that get me going. I listened to alot of AAA music during my review, but it was this song that continues to support me.

Lastly, is a recent song I discovered while watching the animated movie, Flavors of Youth, last year. The title of the song is WALK by Vickeblanka.

I had been listening to this song nonstop since I had seen the movie lastly. This was even on repeat during and after my exams, this song was that powerful to me. There was something about this song that comforts me. From the calming vocals of the singer to the simple melody of the song, it feels like this song summarized my whole life or something. It’s carefree and hopeful lyrics motivates me to move forward and live everyday. Damn this song is really good.


It seemed I only shared Jpop music this time. Well, it can’t be helped as it was the only thing I was listening the whole time last year. Lol.

I also didn’t put much idol music because I wasn’t listening to any during my review, as I was also refraining myself into exposing my mind into other stuff other than my studies. Though, there were some exceptions. Lel.

So yeah.

I guess, that’s it for now.

Stay tuned for my next month’s Monthly Melodies.

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Weekly Watch delayed.

Yo!!

Sirius here!

This is just an update.

Due to some personal family affairs, I won’t be able to post Weekly Watch today. I went home to my hometown with my family last weekend and got a chance to bond with my cousins and relatives. I also got a chance to visit my old school and other important places in my hometown. So yeah, I barely watched any anime. Lol.

But fear not!

I’ll try to post my Weekly Watch entry before this week would end so stay tune. I can’t really specify what date yet but it is before the weekend. Heh.

Anyway. That is all for now.

See ya!

Free! Dive to the Future: Quick Thoughts

After seeing the prequel movie of Free, I thought I wouldn’t see anymore of this franchise but here we are, another Free anime.

Yay. More half-naked guys swimming. And more water animation porn.

Cool.

Jokes aside. After the movie, I didn’t expect any from this franchise anymore. I thought it had offer everything it could give, but it seems this franchise is not stopping yet as a new season was announce and it will be released on 2020. Olympics 2020. Coincidence? Lel, I don’t think so.

Anyway, I won’t prolong this longer, here’s my thoughts about the new anime.


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 12, 2018 to Sep 27, 2018
Premiered: Summer 2018
Studios: Kyoto Animation, Animation Do
Source: Original
Genres: Comedy, Drama, School, Slice of Life, Sports
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: In the new series, Haruka, who is attending college in Tokyo, meets Asahi again and reawakens his memories from his middle school years, including those of Ikuya. Makoto is working toward a new dream while he is in Tokyo together with Haruka. Rin has an unexpected meeting in Sydney. As they await their new futures, will they see a new fight ahead? Or will they instead confront the past they left behind?


For this new season of Free, it follows the main characters as they become college students and reunite with their old pals. It was nice to see all of the relevant characters from the previous seasons and the movie come together in one series. It was also nice to see them reminisce and bond like brothers. And of course, drama is also here.

It seemed that there was an issue after the happenings in the movie which put a rift into the friendship between Ikuya, Makoto, Haru and Asahi. Good thing, it was then resolved in the middle of the anime, as I might throw a fit if they prolong it alot more. I mean, there was never a fight between them but it was more of no ones talking with each other. No one dared to understand each other. Anyway, atleast everything was resolved.

I do find the next arc abit weird. Compared to the Ikuya arc that was well paced, the remaining episodes felt like a rollercoaster ride of happenings. It would have been nice if these episodes were also well-paced and had a good ending. The last episode didn’t feel like the last one so it was hard to take it seriously. I know that they plan to release another sequel to this, but they should have end this season better.

Overall, this anime was a good continuation to everything in Free. I enjoyed it well, even though the drama in the Ikuya arc did annoy me. Still, it served a purpose and now, everything is ready for the next season on 2020.

Thanks for reading!

Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san: Quick Thoughts

Last season was one of the best season of anime. Almost all the animes released were quite good and were enjoyable to watch. I haven’t watched all of them yet, but I did, however, watched this hidden gem, Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san.


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2018 to Dec 24, 2018
Premiered: Fall 2018
Studios: DLE
Source: Web manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
Duration: 11 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: The comedy manga’s story centers on a skeleton named Honda who works in a bookstore. Hilarity ensues daily in his work at the shop’s manga counter. 


I really enjoyed this anime. Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san was a short anime that everyone didn’t expect to love.

As I was doing my usual rounds of watching the first episodes of the seasonal animes when I discovered this anime. It’s been awhile since I enjoy any short formed animes so this Honda-san anime was a breather from the norm.

I find the story really nice. I always had dreamt on becoming a staff of a bookstore before (me and my weird goals in life), so seeing an anime about it made me happy. The anime showed me what its like to work in a japanese bookstore, exaggerated or not. From giving customer service up to stocking up the books, watching this anime was an enlightenment. Lol.

But what made me like the series more was on how they handled the censoring of the known titles in manga and LN. I mean, it can’t be helped that they’ll be mentioned. Rather than renaming it, they just censor 1 syllable of the name. It’s funny cuz you can still tell what they were saying no matter the censoring. Lol. I also love the exaggeration of the characters on some mundane situations. It adds alot of fun to it and it made the scenes more “anime”.

The characters were really likeable too. Each one of them are different and relatable in alot of ways. Though I wasn’t able to take note their names other than Honda-san, their character designs were really unique and noteworthy.

Overall, I really enjoyed this anime and I’m abit sad that its only 1 season. I wish I could see more of it as having a short format works so well with this anime.

I totally recommend this to everyone. 😀

Thanks for reading!!

Movie Feature: Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Movie – Dear My Sister

A “cute girls doing cute things” movie, eh?

I didn’t expect this anime would have a movie sequel. The series ended well and I haven’t heard any news about the existence of this movie and yet here we are, me reviewing this.


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 11, 2017
Studios: production doA
Source: 4-koma manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
Duration: 59 min.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older


I had always adored Gochuumon Usagi desu ka?? series. The characters were really cute, the story was cute and everything was very cute. This anime had brought alot of fuwa fuwa feelings to me and I cherish them greatly.

I expected the movie to be the same with the series in a lot of ways and I was right. The cuteness of the anime was still overwhelming and I can’t stop smiling while watching. All the characters that were relevant in the series were, at some point, appeared in the movie. The art and animation too was quite similar to the anime so I am happy about it.

The story, however, was quite new and interesting. Kokoa went back home to her hometown to help out her family in their business, and the remaining lead characters live out the rest of the days trying to fill the void of Kokoa’s absence with their cuteness. I really like that in this movie we got to see Kokoa’s family and her relationship with her mom and sister. We also got to see her as the little sister for a change. It was nice. I also liked the bonding moments of the other lead characters all through out the movie while Kokoa was absent. Her absence was indeed felt, but rather than moping around, they bonded together and become closer.

I really like the little cute heartwarming moments of the characters and they also never fail to make me laugh.

Overall, this movie was full of cuteness. Fluffyness overload. I guess, I could only recommend this to people who had seen the series already to be able to appreciate this simple joy of a movie.

Anyway, that’s it for now.

Thanks for reading.

Weekly Watch!! Winter Anime 2019 – #2

We are now on the 2nd week, and I think I am enjoying this weekly watching. I had dropped some animes last week, and I think I will drop more if some of the animes continues to be a disappointment.

This is going to be interesting.

Anyway, let’s start.


3D Kanojo Real Girl

The episode was cute. Alot of developments on all the ships in the anime. Most of their it felt natural and real. I didn’t expect Ito would crossdress, of course he is going to be a “hottie”. The beauty contest was meh. I was expecting it to be more challenging or visually appealing, but it wasn’t. I do like Igarashi’s speech, it was nice and unique. Seeing the main character so proud of his gf, it was so cute.

I think I’ll continue watching this weekly.

Bang Dream S2

This was a nice episode. It started sad as the band, Popipa, was told off by the Roselia’s frontman the harsh truth in sponsoring a show. This made the Popipa members think about the reality of everything, and be able to move forward and make it as a goal of the group, no matter how hard it was. We also got to know more of the new character even though I didn’t ask for it. Lol.

It seemed Roselia got scouted by a producer, though the said one looked really shady. She was pushy on producing Roselia to stardom, and of course, the group decline. Her presence definitely would spark some tension in the later episodes.

Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue

In this cat anime, we got see the typical doing of a cat, which happens to be them sleeping on the laptop. I can’t really say for sure that all cats do this, but most of the cats I know does this so yeah. I find this quite cute, but also a hassle to the owner of the cat. The naming part of the episode was nice. In some ways, naming your pet is indeed important as they became part of your family.

I wasn’t able to comment much on the cat POV thing from last episode cuz I didn’t mind it much. But in this episode, I find that POV quite intriguing. The POV of the cat definitely changed the original narrative of that episode. Knowing its thought made the series more entertaining.

Anyway, I guess I will continue watching this one.

Go-toubun no Hanayome

Ooohohohoh Miki shined in this episode. We got to know her a bit more, with her liking warlords and have vast knowledge in Japanese History. We also know how each sister seemed to be good at one subject, which made the series alot more interesting. I am looking forward to how Futarou applies this information and teach the quintuplets.

Meiji Tokyo Renka

I really liked this episode. We got to know more about the main girl, personality-wise. We also got to see her interact more to the first 2 guys in her harem. At first, I find the painter guy boring, but it seems there is more onto him that I realize. The docto’s hair is also warming up to me.

I am quite happy we got to know more about the main girls’s situation. It seems she’ll be staying in the Meiji era for a month, and for the mean time, she’ll use her “talent” to solve some interesting problems. This is going to be interesting. Can’t wait for the next episode.

Girly Air Force

Huh. Interesting, but a bit cliche.

I had seen quite alot of animes like this, but I still hope this anime would be better. Rather than showing more about the girl and plane, this new episode focus more on developing the main guy and girl’s relationship. I appreciate that they gave us some insight to to their personalities but I wished they would dive more on the main plot and the problems surrounding the girl.

Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Now, this is a better episode compared to the 1st one. We got to see the continuation of the first episode cliffhanger, Naofumi buying a slave. He was quite harsh to her, Raphtalia, but he shown care to her afterwards. Raphtalia had a tragic past and with his guidance, she starts to change for the better. I can’t wait to see more of this anime.

Yakusoku no Neverland

Damn. DAMN. This is getting really interesting. I was kinda curious as to how the story would flow since the first episode, and so far, it had been really great. The intensity and horror of the setting is felt in every corner of the episode, I love it. Though, I do want to point out that there’s too many clues all over the episode that it sometimes spoils the impact of the upcoming horror. Still, everything is still great and I can’t wait for the next episode.

PS: I didn’t expect one of the main guys, Norman, to confess. Whether he likes Emma romantically or on a different light, his feelings definitely added more depth to his actions.

Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!

Okay. I’m on the border with this. I really do wanna like this but the borderline pedo nature of the main character is pushing me to not like this one. Compared to the Uzamaid, its jokes didn’t hit me and I’m disappointed with it. Though, yeah, I am happy that “mom” appeared for a split osecond, still, it would be nice if this series was a bit funnier.

I also do want to point out that it seemed having a side character who wants to be the cutest in the room is a staple trope in this borderline pedo animes. I don’t know if I like it or not, but at least this character in this anime was less annoying than the one in Uzamaid. I’ll need to see another episode of this anime to determine if I should continue with it or not.

Grimms Notes The Animation

Sigh, this was disappointing.

It’s negative points are clearer than ever. There were alot of dumping of info about the characters and the world they currently in, and its not sitting well with me. It’s roots as a game adaptation is also showing which is the main negative point of the series. The character seemed dumber that they should be and its disappointing. I do like that they featured Don Quixote’s tale, but its other factors is affecting my viewing. Especially, now that they “introduced” the antagonist in the most boring way. I might not continue watching this. I don’t think its worth it anymore.

Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2019)

Oh boii, that was a strong episode. It actually made me go speechless, in a good way. I mean, the first 3 episode were great as an arc, but I do admit the first episode was really weak. Especially as an intro to the Boogiepop world. Now, damn. This arc is going to be LIT. We have a new antagonist and a new problem to get on to. What’s really good about it too is the fact that my fav VA is voicing the current antagonist. YAS. Anyway, this episode was really good. It was a good introduction to the new arc. We also got to see new characters, and know bit by bit what’s the looming problem in this current arc, at the same time, not spoiling much. It made me excited to watch the next episode and I can’t wait for it. DAMN.

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai

UUgggghhhh I so love this anime. It had been adapted well. Even though its been few years since I read these panels in the manga, this anime reminded me how fun these mini-story arcs of the series. The narrator never fails to amaze me with its convincing voice and the VA’s of the main characters performed well. The confession arc is one of my favorite and the adaptation didn’t disappoint. So happy.

Though, I do find the intro part annoying, cuz its on repeat. I hope they won’t do this on every episode. Well, that is just me.

Domestic na Kanojo

Oh boii. I really don’t know what to say. Well, it adapted the manga well, and I’m still not a fan. I thought I might “re-like” this series but nah, I know my best girl would not win.

Btw, I might not watch this more weekly as I have no mood for it. I don’t want to spoil my enjoyment every week too.

Manaria Friends

Okay, it seemed I had seen the episode a bit early. With it now officially broadcast, I did see some changes. There was an additional footage after the credits, which is not really that important but it might be in the future. The changes were minor and it didn’t affect much my impression of the series.

I will still continue to watch this series as it got my attention.


Oooohohohoh, that is all for now.

You guys might have noticed I didn’t post my thoughts about some animes, well, that’s because I haven’t got a chance to watch them. Still, I’ll find time to watch them as long as I want to.

Anyway, that’s it for now.

See you next week.

Chrome Shelled Regios: After Thoughts

Watching underrated and not known animes gives me happiness. Knowing that a hidden gem exist within a spectrum of mainstream and hyped animes, its amazing.

But unfortunately, there are also animes that were quite disappointing, even though it had alot of potential. And yes, Chrome Shelled Regios anime is one of them.


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2009 to Jun 21, 2009
Premiered: Winter 2009
Studios: Zexcs
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, School, Sci-Fi
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic world overrun with mutated beasts called Limbeekoon or Filth Monsters, humanity is forced to live in large mobile cities called Regios and learn to use special weapons called Dite, by harnessing the power of Kei to defend themselves. In the Academy City of Zuellni, Layfon Alseif is hoping to start a new life and forget his past. However, his past has caught the attention of Karian Loss, the manipulative Student Council President and Nina Antalk, a Military Arts student and Captain of the 17th Military Arts Platoon, who instantly recognizes his abilities and decides he’s the perfect candidate to join her group. However, with a secret past that won’t leave him alone and unknown powers beyond normal, Layfon just might not take it.


Chrome Shelled Regios was a hot mess that had alot of potential.

I first knew about this series through a friend of mine. He gave me alot of light novel e-books and CSR was one of those. I got intrigued by it cuz it was the only series that was complete, but I never got to finish the first volume (life happens, bruh). Years later, I saw this anime being available so I grab a copy immediately, thinking that rather than reading the light novel, I’m just going to watch the anime instead. Sigh, Nice move, Sirius.

The story wasn’t told really well. In the first few episodes, I had a confused look in my face because there were alot of stuff I didn’t understand. I was able to catch up on it later on, but questions are still bugging me from time to time, especially when it was the focus of the episode. I mean, the anime didn’t even explain WTF happened to their world and where these alien-ish beings came from. It was confusing until the very end, even tohugh the anime tried to end it in a happy note (why??).

Oh boiiii… Don’t get me started with the pacing. With an erratic story, of course, the pacing was very very VERY inconsistent. I was not also a huge fan of jumping from one story arc to another, it made the anime more confusing than it already was. Uuuugggghhhh… there was also a story arc of the anime that seemed to be the “prequel” to the main story arc. Those scenes were really awful and random as the characters keep on speaking in English like there was no tomorrow. I think if those parts were removed and were released as an OVA instead, I guess the anime would be abit better.

Now for the characters. I’ll be honest, I actually liked the cast. They seemed interesting and likeable. But as the story goes on, most of them didn’t get enough character development needed to make the series alot more enjoyable to watch. I mean, the main characters did get tons of development, but I also felt it was too much already. I also not a fan of the fact that they made this anime a harem. Like WITF, they really can’t think of anything else, huh.

The art was quite okay for its time. I mean, it is a 2009 anime, I didn’t expect much. I do find the character design rather unique and interesting, I haven’t seen any animes with that kind of designs. If I am right, the designs seemed to be quite similar to the illustrations on the LN, I am not sure. Heh.

The animation seemed abit stiff but understandable, like I said, it is a 2009 anime. I do wish the fight choreography would have been better. At least, that way I can say there are still good points about this anime. I like how they used the 3D animation on the alien-ish beings, they don’t look disgusting but it made these beings alot more out of this world.

Overall, this anime was a disappointment. Yeah, I did enjoy it but I used up alot of my brain cells just to figure out the story. I might continue reading the LN of it and see the differences.

Anyway, that is all.

Thanks for reading!!