As the new addition in the genre of “cute girls doing not so cute girl things,” there is Princess Principal. It’s a historical-ish drama taking place in what could be an alternate Berlin Wall situation taking place in England. The country has been torn apart into a monarchy and a commonwealth. There to make sure the country as a whole does not get overrun by those that what to ruin in are a group of young spies. They are all amazing, well written, and have great chemistry with one another. The story, for the most part, is told out of order, but one can get the gist and see how much they care about one another. It’s a great show that needs a sequel. I NEED to know what happens next. There was such a huge cliffhanger.
I have recently finished the second part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure known as Sentou Chuuryuu or Battle Tendency. I feel that it was just as good as the first part. This adventure stars the grandson of the original JoJo has he needs to go out and face more vampires. The one thing that was really iffy about this part was that one of the heroes is a Nazi. Yes, a Nazi. The JoJo of this part is an American, and the story takes place just before the start of WWII and America’s entry into the war. It’s a very small part, but you also have to remember that this is a Japanese story. The Japanese were allied with Germany. I’ve seen this a couple of times in anime, but it is still such a culture shock whenever I see this thing. Once you get over this fact, it’s an enjoyable part. They aren’t a focal point, and only one has a name. The villains are so enjoyable to see, and our hero is not the gentleman that his grandfather.
At this point, my ratings are:
- Battle Tendency
- Phantom Blood
As I am writing this, I have literally just finished reading the first part of JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken or JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. If you haven’t heard of the is story, it follows different generations of this family known as the Joestars, and everyone’s name begins with Jo. This first part is known as Phantom Blood, and it starts all of the craziness that this family must undergo. It has a maniacal villain with obviously flawed plans, but you continue your love-hate relationship with him anyways. This part and short and sweet with only five volumes. It’s a quick read, but enjoyable the entire way through. I think you will love it too.
I’ll be reviewing every part of this series, so still around to see how I feel about every generation that we follow.
I’m being quite literal with that title. In the anime Akuma no Riddle or Riddle Story of Devil, the Black Class of the prestigious school is made of assassins. What is their mission? To kill this one girl in their class. That’s right. It’s up to twelve different assassins to kill this one girl in their class. But there is a catch. There always is one. And is pretty good, all things considered. It’s kinda episodic with an overarching plot. There are times when I want to bash my head into the table watching one of the protagonists. She’s kinda cringe-worthy at times, but we put up with in for the sake of the show. She’s kinda like Usagi from Sailor Moon in many ways, except for the fact that she has experienced way more things before the start of the show, but doesn’t act like it. Another thing to mention if you are planning on watching this racy anime (because it can be racy at times) is that you have to watch every single ending. All of the endings are different and are there to represent the different characters. It’s amazing how well the songs and visuals capture the essence of everyone. It does a good job of humanizing a lot of the characters as well considering the fact that you may not see yourself emphasizing with a killer. But this anime makes it possible.
Recently I have finished reading The Princess Bride, the book that I have been meaning to read for a long time, but never did. Now that I have, I’m upset that I never did before. Can I say it was anything other than amazing? At this point, I’m going to cross between the book and the movie, because how can I not. I have seen the movie so many times, and I always loved it. I think that the reason that I didn’t read the book was that I didn’t want to hate the movie after reading the book. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The book was amazing, and it just made me love the movie even more, especially when I noticed lines of dialogue that I remember word for word from the movie (you know, that one thing that every fangirl and fanboy rejoices over). The one part of the book that I wasn’t a fan of was when the author would butt into the story. Since the book version that is well known is the abridged “good parts” version, it was helpful when the author explains why he took things out of the book (because there was apparently entire chapters were nothing happened). Other times… he spoils the plot. Had I not watched the movie, there are things that I wouldn’t expect from the genre. It was annoying, but I knew I wasn’t as annoyed as I would have been had I never learned the plot before. Since that is my only grievance, you can honestly skip his notes and pretty much miss nothing. Also, about halfway through the book, he says that he wrote an extra scene. There is no extra scene because of legal issues. If you look for it, all you will find is an apology letter. Trust me, I tried to look for it. But I would definitely recommend that you read this book.
Also, if you have some books that you would like my take on, recommend it to be in the comments. I’m always looking for books to read (even if there are about 1500 books currently on my GoodReads to-read list (I’m not even ashamed about that)). Also, if you want to check out my lists of books, go right ahead. Just know, my book list is a no-judgment zone.
If you ever need a show that completely takes you expectation and then flips on its head, Nanatsu no Taizai or Seven Deadly Sins. For example, I wasn’t expecting this show to be that good, but I proved me wrong. Characters I only knew for a short while made me feel things I just wasn’t expecting. I even watched all of the specials immediately afterward because it was amazing. I can’t wait for the second season to come out this fall. (I think it comes out this fall. I absolutely hope so. The manga is still coming out, so who knows.)