When going back in time doesn’t screw you over

Review: Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)

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You will rarely find me engrossed in a manga. To date, this has only occurred twice. There are two reasons. One, lazy. Two, I’m sure there are people who can definitely relate to having their anime experiences ruined by poor adaptations of the source material.

So when some scrubs were losing their shit over Boku dake ga Inai Machi (since they already know what could happen from the manga), I was blissfully unaware. Waiting for a new episode every week kept me on edge, sure. At least, my expectations weren’t set as high as the manga readers. Less likely to be disappointed, see?

After getting rid of leftover feels (hah who am I kidding), I went online to read reviews. They were split, almost half-half. The spectrum went from “OMG BEST ANIME EVERRRRRR” to “this sucks [launches into 500-word essay on why]”.

This is going to be the perspective of someone who has not read the manga. Also, if you are looking for a trashing of this anime, sorry buddy but this one is leaning towards the happier side. See that red ‘X’ on the top left of your window? Yup yup, click on it and you’re outta here.

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Chaos in the city

First Impressions: Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront) 

Beware of spoilers below! You have been warned!

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There seems to be a surge in interest towards the supernatural in a couple of shows as of late. Animes like Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront), Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End), Arslan Senki (The Heroic Legend of Arslan) and Kyoukai no Rinne.

Of these, I am mostly enthralled by the curious world of Jerusalem’s Lot in Kekkai Sensen, or fictional New York, if that’s how you prefer to call it.

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I actually watched a basketball anime?

I made it through the semester! One more exam to go and we’re officially done with our first year! I’m not sure if it’s because I have grown accustomed to the fact that a huge part of our grades rely on assignments, but I am facing an old problem while preparing for the exam – procrastination.

I know the stakes are considerably high, yet I can’t seem to motivate myself to do anything. I can hear my inner voice nagging at me as I type this. I really lack self-discipline when it comes to doing individual work I dislike.

On a side note, another reason for my laziness is probably my obsession with Kuroko no Basket. I heard a lot about this anime in the past, but I brushed it off because I couldn’t picture basketball and anime together. Just three days ago, I decided to give it a chance out of boredom. Now? I blazed through the first two seasons with a combined total of 50 episodes in two days. Well… crap.

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Anime wonderland?

Maybe. If it weren’t for the crowds.

This year has been particularly eye-opening to me, both in a cultural and geek-ish way. I went for several conventions such as EOY and STGCC. Last Saturday was my third one. And it also happens to be one of the biggest events in the community, Anime Festival Asia.

There is so much happening this year, according to others anyway. Lots of music, games, art and shopping for merchandise. Plus, there’s a cool Attack on Titan tryout booth.

They even brought in the Oculus Rift for a Sword Art Online VR experience.

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This parasite sure is HANDY!

First Impressions: Parasyte -the maxim- (Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu) 

Now I’ve always wondered how will be like to live with a parasite. When I was much younger, ‘Monsters Inside Me’ was one of the documentary series I’ve watched on Animal Planet. I’ve learnt of creatures that eat your eyes, eat your brains, and eat your flesh… It was cringe-inducing.

But controlling the host? That is some scary shit there. Ever heard of the fungus that manipulates an ant’s movement when it gets to their tiny brains? Or maybe you have seen the game ‘The Last of Us’.

In Parasyte, the Parasytes (obviously) are the culprits. Possibly the worst of the lot. They consume the brain of the host. As if that isn’t enough to satisfy their needs, they use their powers to morph the bodies they reside in into nightmarish monstrosities before proceeding to kill some more.

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