(It’s terrifying to say what I like, but I finally met my true self.) — YOASOBI
Blue Period has officially premiered on Netflix (weekly updated). The story tells about Yatora Yaguchi, a high schooler whose life remains plain before he enters an art classroom. That was the time he authentically realized what has been hidden within him. All conceptual image he could think of, the brush he’d enthusiastically pick, and eventually, the color he’s able to choose for himself.
Then, what’s more important to a soul?
What a soul values, or what the society decides to be valuable?
What is this anime about?
Art school in Japan are expensive and Yaguchi’s parents cannot afford private college. But when a passionate soul pursues a dream, it’s unstoppable. This anime dedicates inspiration. It gets through your deepest heart and the question within you: A boy has discovered what he truly desires and he goes after it. What about you, the other soul lying on this mysterious world? What would you like to chase after and embrace?
Seeing Yaguchi putting every effort to art is motivating. You don’t have to be an artist or an art student to feel closely attached to this emotional aesthetics. I personally think the story can be well conveyed to anyone who desires to embrace their dreams, but are overwhelmed by fear to take action.
Is the anime different from manga version?
The manga version is detailed, respectively speaking, it gives you the strong passionate and enthusiastic atmosphere throughout reading. It talks about the process of making arts such as the principles of art. Subjectively, I think they added this process in detail to bring comprehension to people outside art industry. More than this, it is kindly explained to anyone having a particular perspective that making art is a piece of cake. In fact, it goes through countless processes before being exposed to the public (and I highly appreciate all artists for their hard work).
In anime, these details are removed for the most part. But, I insist to keep following the anime anyway since I couldn’t understand some parts in the manga which they get illustrated in anime instead. My imagination couldn’t visualize their paintings when reading the manga as I don’t experience the art-making process frequently, so, to see all arts in colorfully animated pictures is genuinely satisfying and fulfilling.
Plus, Yaguchi’s character is totally charming and impressive. He isn’t the kind of guy you meet very often in anime. He is assertive, but calm. Never forgetting Ryuji Ayukawa, or Yuka, who wears both girl and boy uniforms. Yuka knows who they are and want to be. The manga artist pinned an intriguing point here. I’m very impressive how their story will be told from now on.
Personal Rating: Currently 4/5 (will be updated after the series get completed)
Recommendation Level: Highly recommend! Both the manga and anime. They have different atmosphere, but both are excellent and worth watching.
In the wild, it is well-known that one natural instinct of carnivores is to hunt for living. Their main dish includes meat which distinctively their bodies are made to perform so. The preys are called herbivores, eating plants and living in self-preservative. BEASTARS represents this term differently by showing how these predators and preys can live peacefully together in the society under the rigid laws controlling carnivores to solely consume vegetables. But instinct is instinct, and the carnivores’ thirst to hunt is inevitable. Some secretly keeps the rabbit’s blood in a small container to boost their energy, some chooses their path to the Black Market to illegally get their fresh meat, and some conceals his monster side, distorting his disastrous reality of killing his own herbivore friends.
Legoshi, a gray wolf, is a humble high school boy in Cherryton Academy and a member of the Drama Club. Because of his towering height along with his threatening appearance, he often gets the wrong impression from both the carnivores and herbivores. Legoshi is socially awkward sometimes. He doesn’t know exactly what and when to bring up a conversation and start making new friends, which increasingly contributing him to be perceived as a quiet and thirsty gray wolf. Without doubt, the Drama Club members suspect him of being one of the murderers of Alpaca Tem’s tragic death.
The story is getting more captivating when he fell in love with Haru, a rabbit and obviously a herbivore. The girl who almost got kill as his prey the first time they coincidently met. Fortunately, Legoshi managed to restrain his natural hunting instinct; otherwise, he would have felt guilty and ashamed his entire life for being as devil as the carnivore who was responsible for Tem’s death. All told, the first season focuses on the love barriers of Legoshi and Haru. Unlike the second season in which Legoshi investigates the murderer for the most part with less of Haru’s lovey-dovey scenes. Subjectively, I find the second season thriller and emotionally overwhelming in a great way.
Why Not Only the Preys Who Are the Victims?
It doesn’t matter whether carnivores and herbivores are represented in our actual world or in BEASTARS. It is solid that herbivores are the victims by the reason that they necessarily always need to escape from the wild predators. Still, carnivores are also unnoticeably the victims behind all those scenes in BEASTARS, not in terms of being the preys, but as the perception of all-time danger species in the society. They helplessly have natural sharp fangs, big built bodies, and stronger in physical ability. However, not all of them have an intense desire for animal flesh, and not every of predators are daredevil like Liz. As well as Bill, the bengal tiger. It became irritating for him every time a herbivore brought up a topic about how untamed the carnivores are, and how his Drama Club’s herbivore members pointed out at the carnivore members without proof as the suspects of Tem’s murder case. Truthfully, even though Bill put himself to the Black Market once and ate a meat, but he has uplifted his awareness to never kill his own herbivore friends. It was very adorable when he held hands with Alpaca Els, ex-crush of Tem, around the ending episodes. He has showed his faithful honesty towards his herbivore friends and gained trust.
Legoshi is in the similar situation as Bill. We can clearly see that he is a shy wolf, living his life in the shadow. He has no harm, and he frankly wants to be friends with herbivores more than anyone else. The undeniable difference from Legoshi and Liz’s characters is their perceptions from others, and their appearances play a significant part in this show. Even though both of them are carnivores, but Liz has some kind of soft and fluffy look as being a bear, which is the reason why the herbivores are unafraid to approach him. To be more exact, the herbivores would likely put Liz in the last name list of being Tem’s murderer.
Tragically, Tem, the real victim in this anime. His death has caused fear throughout the whole school, and even provoked the above to separate carnivores and herbivores into two certain classes. It was real tough when Tem said, ‘All carnivores are all monsters!’ which triggered Liz‘s underlying carnivorous instinct to burst out and finally caused himself to death. Tem was at fault in this part, for saying such an unkind speech, but the truth stays true about Liz’s unforgivable attitude. Liz didn’t admit to himself for uncontrollably attacking Tem. Instead, he distorted the crime scene and made up his beautiful memory which Tem willingly welcomed him to eat. As time went by and the plot got more intense, Liz was horrified about what he did, and he unquestionably deserved it.
Another character who is perhaps the best one so far is Pina, a white doll sheep. He showed his existence in the second season, but he was impressive enough to catch the majority of my attention. Pina is FEARLESS which makes him intelligently stand out from other herbivores that are generally symbolized fragility of being the hunted. Every time Pina speaks, everyone listens. His tongue is as sharp as a sword that could cut off the fights among the carnivores. His bravery is fairly contrasting to Louis, a red deer and the complicated past relationship of Haru. Pina is truly strong from the inside (As being showed in the second season, but there may be more about his background). Unlike Louis, who only acts courageous in front of others to show his leadership ability. Indeed, he stuck in his own emotional weakness and unforgettable bitter childhood past.
To sum up everything, I would proudly say that BEASTARS is one of the best shows available on Netflix. The animation may be unfamiliar to new viewers in the first few episodes, but they are unstoppable when you get used to it.
I would also like to give a big applause to YOASOBI for generously having this song. It sounds brilliant and almost brought me to tears. Every time I give my eyes this artistic visual work and my ears the song, it reminded me of the heartbreaking scene between Louis and Lion Chief.
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“Heaven Official’s Blessing” (天官赐福) is an animated series based on Chinese web novel that was written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu and produced by Bilibili and Haoliners Animation League. They’re streaming on Netflix now with a total of 13 episodes, but they have actually been released since October 2020.
This animated series is about the Crown Prince of Xian Le named Xie Lian who ascended into the heaven to be god since his young age. The third time he arrived heaven in his 800 years, he broke the bell and was asked to turn back to mortal realm to gain merits. The two Deputy Gods, Nan Feng and Fu Yao, came to assist him. During his first task to fight the Ghost Bridegroom, Xie Lian put on stunning red wedding dress to bait the ghost. He met the (handsome) mysterious man who Xie Lian has assumed to be the Ghost Bridegroom at first. The mysterious guy, however, helped and led him to finish the task. It turned out that this man wasn’t a mortal or a typical ghost, but one of the Demon Kings whom the heaven avoided to encounter.
After the first mission, Xie Lian wished to build his own shrine once again after he has lost all faithfulness from the worshipers in his past incident. He met San Lang whose appearance and intelligence reminded Xie Lian of the Demon King, Hua Cheng. Xie Lian let him be part of his god journey without knowing that this Demon King has been waiting and caring him for so long.
My Personal Impression
The umbrella scene along with its music is a brilliant combination. Personally, I’m very into period movie and animation. So, this scene and the songs have given me a different romantic vibe. More than this, I’ve never imagined how Chinese would sound this elegant. It was very pleasing to my ears the whole 13 episodes. When the song came, I felt like I was Xie Lian even though I knew deeply that I was daydreaming. I’ve watched The Yin-Yang Master too and the language made me delightful the same.
The animation is a masterpiece. I’m not exaggerating. They give a pure and charming vibe as how they presented the Chinese culture. Especially when they showed the past scene of Xie Lian being a lovable god of his people before the incident. All I could say was ‘WOW’ because he was very charming.
*This part contains spoilers: I LOVE THE ENDING SCENE IN EPISODE 13! I curiously want to know about the ring Sang Lang gave to Xie Lian before he left the shrine. Yet, they created the animation very well that I only want to wait for the next season instead of getting the novels. There’s still a mystery about the boy with red scar in the earlier episode. I’m willing to know in the animation and to see the Deputy God assistants appear again. They made the story more fun and enjoyable.
I hope everyone would enjoy this Chinese animated series as I do. You can watch them on Netflix and Bilibili (in Chinese). These are the two magical songs that will blow your mind away while listening. Comment down below if you have already watched Heaven Official’s Blessing. It’s a pleasure for me to read your comments too!
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I was very desperate after my final week and it was like searching for a needle in a haystack when it comes to starting a new fun anime. But, luck comes with a sharp eyes of mine. I found this anime called TOKYO REVENGERS on twitter feed at first. They’re legally streaming on Youtube by Muse Asia/Muse Thailand, so I immediately clicked and watched it to get away with my assignment boredom. Astonishingly, it turned out to be… FUN! FUN! and FUN! I’ve been watching them only 6 episodes, but they’re totally amazing. I’m so blessed. My soul has been saved from university assignments.
Now, let me introduce you to Tokyo Revengers which I only started watching them too (hahaha). It’s manga adaptation, and I don’t know any spoilers yet. However, this woman will drive you to the heaven of assignment freedom.
This anime is about a 26-year-old Takemichi Hanagaki whose life isn’t very exciting. He works at the CD store and lives pathetically in a thin wall room. One day, he watched the news and found out that his ex-girlfriend in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, died from the fight of Tokyo Manjikai Gang. Takemichi was quite familiar with the gang name because he was used by some of them when he was in middle school. The gang has expanded its cruel power in the society and caused Hinata to dead.
Accidentally, he was pushed into the railway to death in the following day. Takemichi has been to the past 12 years ago where he was still a boyfriend of Hinata. He met his love one and his old peers. More important that that, he met Naoto Tachibanain the past and told him to protect his sister on the exact day he heard the news. When they shook their hands to make a promise, Takemichi came back to the present world and one thing has changed! He met Naoto who supposed to be dead with Hinata! He learned that by telling the little Naoto to save his sister, he became a police and helped Takemichi from falling into the railway. Naoto at this point became a lead character which I didn’t expect too.
Now, Tachibana and Naoto discovered that their hands are a door to travel back time. They agreed to start saving Hinata’s life and began their first new mission to rewrite the future!
What interested me is the complicated plot… After 6 episodes of Tokyo Revengers, I was very curious why Hinata got killed and why Mikey (a guy whom Takemichi must meet for the first mission, but somehow he coincidently met him. Mikey plays a big role in Hinata’s death.) has changed from being a good gangster into a brutal one. I think there are many complexity waiting for me to follow including what have happened to Takemichi’s friends after his graduation. I cannot say much about this mind-blowing anime yet because it’s been only 6 episodes and I’m not following the manga. But, I’m very confident that Takemichi can absolutely changed the future!
Watch the Trailer Here:
I will comeback and write a 100% review after I finish this season. I’m here early because I couldn’t stop my excitement to share this anime. Before that, please watch the trailer and decide to join the gang!
What Kaguya-sama: Love is war is about? Let me tell you about this romantic comedy anime a little! The story started by Shirogane and Kaguya, a president and a vice president of student council, are secretly in love with each other. However, they could not admit themselves to confess first! Because of this uneasy confession situation, they hilariously started critical emotional games that could possibly lead to confession.
The two main lead characters have absolutely done a perfect job, well-designed in both personalities and background life stories. In each episodes, Shirogane and Kaguya always figure genius methods out to defeat each other in this love war. As I watched through all the two seasons, I think the earlier episodes focus on winning the confession. However, the latter episodes in season one and two concentrates more on their true feelings and other characters’ stories. In the second season, the two lovebirds start showing blushed faces and sweet conversations, which obviously reveal their romantically feelings towards each other.
Instead of only focusing on lead characters’ loving circumstances, other members of student council have their own background stories. A good example to talk about is Ishigami (dark blue hair guy). Shirogane counts on him very much which I have assumed in the first place that he must be a good guy. Even so, I was quite ambiguous to see him all alone and exclude from other students. But, the answer is revealed in season two. I got to know the reasons why. Definitely, I became more and more impressed and love this anime so much.
Lastly, we can’t skip Chika (pink hair cute girl). Most of the animation I watch, I haven’t seen much of female protagonist’s friend acting as a supportive peer to the male protagonist. Some of them somehow rather fall in love with the male lead characters and eventually have a serious conflict with the female protagonists. When I think about this complicated anime plot, I want to close my eyes and perceive nothing because it hurts me so much. Anyway, this won’t happen here! No bestie drama! No conflicts! Chika acts as a very helpful and funny companion in the story, not as a cupid though. During the loving scenes, she is designed to humorously interrupt the unofficial couple which makes me unstoppably laugh.
(Here is Chika as a mother of Shirogane. She has been training our boy to play volleyball and dance Soran Bushi!)
I watched the whole two seasons within 2 days… First, to release stress that I don’t really have. I just needed an excuse to procrastinate university assignments. Second, I watched the first episode and I laugh my ass off. I kept pressing the ‘next episode’ button on Netflix. Lastly, I must inform you that Kaguya-sama: Love is war has been actually published first as manga. If you can’t wait for the next season, which I’m unsure it will be made or not, manga version is available for you to grab!
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Yesterday, I was looking up for new recommendation on Netflix (since COVID-19 started to spread again in my country, I’ve got nothing to do..) I found Hello World movie animation with the total length of 1 hours 33 minutes. It is about a teenage boy and a man claiming to be his future self who came to the past to let the boy save his lover. To be honest, there weren’t much reviews about this anime both on blog reviews and twitter feeds. Today I made a review for anyone who’ve seen the title on Netflix but they hesitate to watch. This contains no spoilers, feel free to read it!
Hello World is a sci-fi animation with unforeseen plot twists. Yes, I intently wrote plot twists with an ‘s’ because at the end of it, I was like “Wow, this is beyond my expectation.” The storyline is well-made. I watched it without seeing the trailer and my mind uttered the word ‘wow’ for countless of times throughout the entire movie. After I finished the movie, there was plenty of conclusions in my mind. I had to look up for the clear answers of my questions about the movie. Somehow everyone has different ideas. We perceived it in various conclusions which made me feel more impressed about the storyline.
The visualisation is very unique. If you watch it, you will see the similar visualisation as in idol anime. I think it’s quite great and I enjoyed the movie very much. However, some people don’t like it. As I looked through comments on internet, many people commented that the plot is brilliant, but the visuals drops it away.
Lastly, the theme song is masterpiece. I found this randomly on Spotify. So when I heard this in the film, I was like, “Wait, I knew this song.”
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In Thailand, the official release announcement of Kimetsu no Yaiba the movie is December 9th. It should’ve been released sooner. But due to COVID-19 crisis, we get to watch it at the end of 2020.
Kimetsu no Yaiba is very popular in Thailand. There was a special round a week ago, but the official one was yesterday. I booked the seat immediately and it was FULL yesterday as I expected. In front of the theatre, there were high school students wearing Tanjiro and Rengoku costumes. It was my first seeing japanese animation this popular aside from Kimi no na wa! Definitely, Thai fans want to see it according to the breaking sales record in Japan.
Now, let’s move on to my personal review of Kimetsu no Yaiba. First of all, the visual animation is FANTASTIC. You can clearly seen by the trailer. I thought the anime is unbelievably awesome, but the team make it more extreme in the Movie. It that even possible!? The fighting scenes are smooth as if this is not an animation! The music choices and audio quality is truly amazing. I could even hear the moving sounds of Tanjiro’s earrings guys.
This part contains some spoilers:
*This is only my personal opinion* I don’t follow manga, only the anime. I like the story line except the dead of Rengoku. In anime, demon slayer corps were represented with strength. The slaying demons scenes of Giyu and Shinobu are still imprinted in my eyes. Because I saw the corps as the extreme strength, I think Rengoku’s dead was too early. It was normal to get defeated, but as being one of the demon slayer corps, I expected to see something more of him. I asked my friend who is a BIG FAN of Kimetsu no Yaiba. She follows both manga and anime. She said that she loved the animation very much and it made her happy just to see the appearance of her favorite characters. However, she also agreed with me to this point about the dead of Rengoku.
Another point is the cut scences between sad and happy. I was really down and about to cry in Tanjiro’s dreaming scence. Then my emotion got switched instantly to hilarity in Zenitsu’s dreaming scence. At this point, my emotions did not reached the peak. You know, my tears were about to ran down and then they got dry. This is quite confusingly a mood swing. So, I think they should’ve arranged this a little bit better.
Lastly, I was worth waiting. If you are a big fan, I don’t think you should miss it! I think only some parts needed to be improved. Thank you so much for reading. It’s my turn now to continue watching Haikyuu the latest seasons! See you on my next post. Have a wonderful day.
Say hi to Haikyuu (ハイキュー), best animation (for my little heart) in 2020. To be honest, I watched this for 3 times and it’s still not enough. As we all know, Haikyuu is a volleyball animation from Japan. It isn’t particularly focuses on volleyball rules, but on friendship and how ones fight for their dreams. Bless my tiny heart for Hinata, my strongest spiritual son, that this animation is widely recognised (Mommy is so proud of you 😢)
Hinata is definitely my most favourite character. He tried so hard to achieve his dream to be in the volleyball field. He truly saved my soul. I love how hardworking Hinata is. I couldn’t imagine myself getting all the negative words like he did. As well as Kageyama who seemed to be so perfect and heartless about other’s feelings. I have to admit that I couldn’t understand what was in Kageyama’s head in my first time watching… I understood him and found my true destiny after my 2nd. (also after me trying to read reviews on twitter and manga. His past story isn’t showed up yet in the anime. Please wait for that guys!)
Friendship is (I personally think) the most unique role in Haikyuu. I love how Hinata can become friend with everybody, even his opponents love him! 😂 It’s so funny to see how each members can get along with Nekoma team especially Yamamoto and Tanaka. In the end of Haikyuu, Hinata and Kenma became such as supportive friend too, I am again blessed.
If you haven’t watch them fighting to be the top team of high school volleyball in Japan, I highly recommend you to. Don’t worry if you aren’t a sport person because that’s me. What I do for my exercising is walking, thanks. There will be instructions and rules during the animation anyway. Lastly, you can find them on Netflix. The latest one is not coming on Netflix yet, but I think they’re available on other platforms. (Unfortunately, I heard some of the Haikyuu fandom say that the latest one is not as impressive as the earlier seasons. I guess I will wait until it comes on Netflix and will definitely give it a review!)
Let me show a little bit of Jump magazine guys! It’s my first time buying books directly from Japan. The posters are awesome! I plan to buy the manga too, but money is still in process..