Summer 2012 First Impression

Wew, It’s summer season already! First thing first, I must admit there’s many last season anime I haven’t finished watching. Oh you know, the kind of anime that didn’t make it to my watch list because of time allocation and several other reasons, but still interesting enough to earn the privileged to get “marathoned” later when it finished airing. I should be doing that, right? Instead, here I am, cannot resist the temptation and decided to take a peek at the summer shows. Sigh, can’t be helped, this season does have some promising titles, and I need to pick some for my new watch list, after all.

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Chihayafuru Review

Title: Chihayafuru
Genre: Drama/Sport
Number of episodes: 25 episodes

Plot Summary: Chihaya Ayase is a frank and ebullient girl who becomes fascinated by the obscure world of competitive karuta, a card game based on Japanese poetry. Introduced to the aggressive style of the game by a quiet and thoughtful elementary school classmate named Arata Wataya, the two quickly become close friends. They start playing as a group with Taichi Mashima, Chihaya’s smart and athletic childhood friend, until they have to part ways during their middle school years due to several circumstances. As their high school life begins, they meet once again.

What pop first in your mind if you were asked to think about anime that blend Josei drama and sport in the form of Japanese card-game called Karuta? If you think “It must be really boring”,or “it’s not going to work” then think again. Chihayafuru say hello, and it’s surprisingly engaging.

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Nisemonogatari Review

Title: Nisemonogatari
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Number of episodes: 11 episodes

Plot Summary: In Bakemonogatari, the story centers on Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who has recently survived a vampire attack, and finds himself mixed up with all kinds of apparitions: gods, ghosts, myths, and spirits. However, in Nisemonogatari, we pick up right where we left off and follow Koyomi as the psychological twists delve deeper and deeper…

Bakemonogatari is one of my favorite anime in 2009 (and arguably one of the best that year), so everything when crazy in my mind when they announced a sequel. Naturally, with Nisemonogatari I expect at least same quality, if not better, from this Shinbo Akiyuki’s latest adaptation anime. But, instead a great follow-up, we got a wasted potential.

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