For those unfamiliar with the Persona series, Persona are fighting beings formed from one’s alter ego and summoned to fight Shadows in the alternate/ dream world.
I’d say I did not begin watching Persona 4 with any expectations at all, seeing the Genshin Impact Specialist meme made me curious what Persona 4 was about. Despite these initial expectations, and a slow start, somewhere along I started to enjoy watching it a lot. Episode 14 especially had me realise that I really liked the story telling and had grown to like the characters in it. Skip to spoiler-free if you’re spoiler-concerned.
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Mikadono Shougo, son to a rich and powerful company chairman, has to attend school to find a girl he is serious on before he can inherit the company. On his father’s funeral, a mysterious girl claiming to be his sister says she has come to marry him before disappearing. When he attends his new school, he finds out that his sister might be amongst the girls around him. How will he choose when he is not sure who is his sister?
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There’s three parts to this anime movie, all interlinked and one continuous story. We see the main protagonist, Takaki in three phases of his life.
Part 1 begins by telling us a romantic love story of two children, who grew apart as the girl, Akari moved away to a different school elsewhere in Japan. A pure story of unrequited innocent first love. Soon, the boy, Takaki enters middle/high school.
Part 2 starts from the perspective of another girl, Kanae, who has fallen in love with the same boy, Takaki. At first, we think that Takaki continues to send texts to Akari. This makes Kanae wish that the texts were written to her. It is revealed however, that the texts were never sent, since Takaki did not have Akari’s mail number but continued to write messages not sent.
Part 3 is of Takaki as an adult who realises his initial pure and earnest feelings to work and protect something has withered over the years.
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Note: This visual novel consists of a few R18 scenes at the end of each route.
I did promise a D.C. III review, but I’ll get to it another time. I need the time to play through it! So before that, here’s a writeup of a route, in a visual novel that I think is highly underrated. Continue reading →
Shakugan no Shana (灼眼のシャナ). Nietono no Shana is the name of sword that the Flaming Hair Burning Eye Hunter wielded. Thus she was given the name Shana by the Mystes Sakai Yuuji, hence Shakugan no Shana, as in Burning Eye Shana. Continue reading →
Mayoeru Shitsuji to Chikin na Ore to (迷える執事とチキンな俺と, The Hesitant Butler and Myself the Chicken) revolves around Kinjirou Sakamachi, a 17-year-old high school boy who suffers from gynophobia (abnormal fear of women), which makes his nose bleed every time he has physical contact with a female. While using the men’s washroom, he accidentally discovers that the popular and handsome butler Subaru Konoe is in fact a girl. Now that Kinjirō knows about Subaru’s secret, he must work together with Subaru and her sadistic mistress, Kanade Suzutsuki, to protect Subaru’s secret from being discovered. Continue reading →
Seiyuu Ka is a story of Hime Kino, a 15-year-old girl who attends Hiiragi High School Academy, for its voice acting department. Her biggest dream is to become the voice of a main character in one of the most popular shoujo manga series in Japan, “Mahou Senshi Lovely Blazers”. This is difficult to achieve, however, as her voice is not suitable as a professional voice actress, resembling that of a gorilla, thug or even an old hag. Continue reading →
The Boy Who Cried Wolf Tells a Lie Today Also (Ookami Shounen wa Kyou mo Uso wo Kasaneru) begins with Keitarou Itsuki a junior high school student unhappy about the menacing look of his eyes. Keitarou tries to confess to the girl he likes, Aoi Tokujira, but she rejects him flat out. Thinking that his eyes were the reason why she rejected him, he confides in his older sister about it at her salon, who helps by giving him a complete makeover, into a pretty girl! Forced to head home like this, he runs into Aoi in town, who doesn’t recognize him and asks him to help her overcome a problem she’s had for many years: an intense fear of men, androphobia. Continue reading →
Medaka’s Box follows Medaka Kurokami, Zenkichi Hitoyoshi, Kouki Akune and Mogana Kikaijima, members of the student council, during their various adventures to honor suggestions presented by academy members in order to better the academy. Except that they have Abnormalities, superhuman abilities, which can be classified as Pluses or Minuses, when they become warped by their ‘negative’ powers. Continue reading →