A first for me!

So I came across this BEAUTY on Facebook  today whilst killing time at work…

Underexposed Anime Masterpieces

Whilst looking over this list it came to my surprise that I’ve not seen a single one of these series before. This was a first for me! The title of the post is Underexposed Anime Masterpieces so here’s the question. Who’s is in charge of an anime’s exposure? Why are some series more exposed than other’s? And why are there so many fantastic series out there that were never recognised for their quality? Needless to say I’ve added all of these series to my list and I plan to watch them all this weekend.Of course I’ll tell you all about them once I’ve finished watching. Have look for yourself and tell me if you’ve seen any of these before.

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Thank you Akemi Mokoto and Goboiano

Dusk Maiden Of A Ummm..

This was supposed to be the second part of my previous Valentines double post but, the demands of a working life never allow anyone to do things as planned. Anyways here is a romance series that was never meant to be.

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Series Information

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Tasogare Otome × Amunejia)

Directed by: Shin Ōnuma

Written by: Maybe

Studio: Silver Link

Anime based on the Manga of the same name.

Genre: Supernatural and Romance is the key themes in this series. It does have a bit of Drama,Horror,Harem and Comedy on the side with a dash of Mystery. It’s a fantastic balance of Dreary and Lively

This one has a great mixture of gorgeous visuals and a gripping story-line.

Here’s the gist of the plot. Teiichi Niiya has just enrolled at Seikyou Private Academy… Yes I know I know this is how every High school anime starts off but please read on. He meets a girl named Yuuko Kanoe who reveals herself as a ghost with no memories. Teiichi then decides to investigate her death by looking through the school’s seven mysteries revolving around her. Throughout the story, Teiichi and Yuuko discover the truth about these ghost stories while helping those who are troubled. It is discovered that Yuuko has no memories as she forced her entire reason for existing into another dark form referred to as “Shadow Yuuko”. If she can accept this part of her, she can remember why she is still trapped as a ghost, i.e. her final wish.

So why should you watch this ?

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I have to admit I was a bit surprised by the lack of interest in this series when I first discovered it.Whilst browsing through a list of series that was recently release that year I found this little gem at the bottom of the list.It looked interesting enough so I started to watch it. Please note that this list was in order of popularity, after binge watching all 13 episodes a couple things came to mind. Firstly why is this series so short and secondly how have I not heard of this series before?

This question still eludes me to this day seriously Dusk Maiden has so much to offer. I’ll start with the animation and atmosphere. The name says it all ‘Dusk Maiden’, the animation is fantastic and does a really good job of capturing that alluring feeling of twilight. Yuuko Kanoe is in-fact a ghost and a very beautiful one at that. The animation style perfectly portrays her ghostly movements, her hair flows beautifully and the orange and red of the twilight against her pale skin is mesmerising. The whole series is bathed in this beautiful twilight feel and it gives it a whole other dimension.

Next is the characters; while I’m not going to dive into much details and spoil it for you, what I will say is they are all very likeable if not lovable, especially Yuuko she’s the best. While I have to admit there were some points where I felt kind of annoyed at the character’s decisions throughout the series, I did come to realise why they chose the path they did.

Finally the story-line, when watching the series there were many points throughout in which I felt a slight twist in my stomach either because of fear of what was going to happen or realisation of what did happen. The series isn’t all like this however, there are lots of light hearted moments and lots of comedy woven in. What I will say is there are some very unsettling dark parts within this series. The horror element does show itself quite vividly in this series. A word of warning watch until the very end of the credits otherwise you will miss key moments.

You can find this series at Crunchyroll.com

Please tell me what you thought about this series in the comments below.

I am always open to suggestions and constrictive criticism please leave a comment below.

Will you be my Valentine ?

Just joking, I’m hoping I’m not the only one who despises Valentines day. Anyways since it’s Valentines I thought it might be a good idea to talk about a couple of lesser known or not as popular Romance Anime.

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Series Information

Mysterious Girlfriend X (Nazo no Kanojo X)

Directed by: Ayumu Watanabe

Written by: Deko Akao

Studio: Hoods Entertainment

Anime based on the Manga of the same name.

Genre: This series is a strange mix of Romantic comedy, school story, slice of life and supernatural

Okay where do I begin with this one, ummmm lots of saliva swapping. This series is a bit on the weird side but it grows on you. So what makes this series weird you ask?  I shall explain. New student Mikoto Urabe transfers into a new class, has a weird sleeping pattern and laughs randomly from time to time, nothing majorly weird here. However,when main Protagonist Akira Tsubaki walks into the seemingly empty classroom in the evening to find Urabe sleeping on her desk, things get really weird. After waking her he stays behind after she leaves staring at a pool of drool left on her desk. He then dips his finger into this drool and tastes it.

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That is a very good question!

That same night Akira has a strange dream in which Urabe is leading him by the hand through a strange town. Then a couple of weeks later Akira gets ill and passes out at school. Whilst recuperating Urabe visits him explaining she knows everything about the ‘Incident’. She then further explains he is suffering from withdrawal symptoms and was now addicted to her spit… It was at this moment the romance between these two slowly began to blossom. The question is will it survive High School life ?

So why should you watch this ?

This series has a great mix of comedy and romance spit shined to perfection. It portrays this young couples development from an addiction to spit into genuine true love. There is a high level of trust found between these two and the feelings these characters have for each other feel so genuine. Whilst I have to admit there were some really weird parts I feel as if the peculiarity of this series is what makes it stand out so much.

You can find this series at Crunchyroll.com

Please tell me what you thought about this series in the comments below.

I am always open to suggestions and constrictive criticism please leave a comment below.

Increase in the amount of Anime being produced

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I thought it would be a good idea to start of my blog with a look at the actual Anime industry itself. I always find myself in my spare time browsing through ANN and Crunchyroll looking, for interesting topics on Anime and Manga. At the beginning of the year I found an interesting story on Crunchyroll by Scott Green showing the amount of anime being produced. According to this story the amount of anime being produced since 2010 has almost doubled. According to the graph created by ultimatemegax in 2010 around 125 anime shows were produced and that doesn’t even include anime films. This number has almost doubled, that’s a lot of anime being produced !

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What I’m trying to say is, it’s no wonder a lot of people tend to stick to Popular anime they know and love. Names like Dragon Ball,Naruto,Gitama,Bleach etc. They know they will enjoy these series and they will stick to them. There’s just too much to sift through and for the average person they would rather stick to the bigger name they know than risk wasting what precious free time on a series they might not like.

I believe there is an Anime out there for everyone but there’s just too much to look through. For those of you Interested I’ve posted the link to the Crunchyroll’s story for you to have a look at.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/01/18/charts-illustrate-who-is-making-the-most-anime-plus-how-many-artists-it-takes

Thank you Crunchyroll,Scott Green and ultimatemegax

@aicnanime @ultimatemegax