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With a plot that sounded interesting, this anime grabbed my attention long before it even started to air. I love books and reading, so I was happy to see that this would be incorporated in an anime. The promotional poster made it look like it was going to be a gothic-like, dark anime, and let’s say it at least tried to be that. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve talked about this specific scene before, in my post Anime Music that Inspires Me. I think the most epic scene ever has to be the final fight in Sword of the Stranger. It contains all the elements that are needed to make a scene amazing: epic music, two enemies facing each other, a fight, swords, and an eerie, foreboding environment. Read the rest of this entry »

I can’t help but think that when I see ‘reverse harem’ among the genre aspects of an anime that I am in for quite a stereotypical series. This also appeared to be the case with Hakuouki. I am dumbfounded that characters like Chizuru exist: how can you possibly completely ignore the fact that you are surrounded by lots of handsome young men? And instead of acting like a responsible girl, Chizuru calls upon the protective feelings of those men by being helpless and naive… Way to go, Chizuru. Read the rest of this entry »

A visual masterpiece with a strong story and amiable characters: an anime that fits all these descriptions is rare, and that’s why I count Sword of the Stranger amongst the few anime that have truly stunned me. One would almost regret that this is a movie, and not a full anime series. But maybe this is for the best: it’s sometimes better to present a story in a brief, condensed way, rather than to endlessly go on and on and on and on (yes Bleach, I am looking at you). Read the rest of this entry »

Be honest: who wouldn’t want a handsome young butler who is capable of making any dish you want and who can clean your house in the blink of an eye? How much that costs, you say? Nothing! Nothing at all! Oh… wait, that’s not true… He actually wants your soul. Read the rest of this entry »