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Love is Like a Cocktail – Review

We finally made it friends. We now have an anime about drinking. That’s literally what this entire short anime is about. Seeing as I’ve just turned 21 this past September, I was pretty intrigued by the kind of drinks I’d find. But wait, there’s more…

Love is Like a Cocktail is yet another short anime. Each episode follows a woman named Chi who works as a major editor and holds a lot of responsibility. At work, her hair is up, she barely talks and she works diligently. But at home, her husband, a bartender, makes her amazing drinks to help put her hair down.

The Good:

I really liked that this was a story about a married couple who have a mutual understanding about each other. Chi isn’t very talkative and still seems sort of shy with her husband, but he doesn’t mind that. Just like how she doesn’t mind how forward he is.

I also liked the portrayal of working women, to an extent. I thought it was really cool to see a woman who was in such a position and had a husband who supported her. We usually get men in these business positions and women working more standard office jobs. It was refreshing.

The Bad:

I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of drinking. This may have influenced how I viewed the anime overall. I didn’t really like the notion that Chi could only relax with her own husband if she didn’t drink. The idea seemed a bit toxic to me.

I also am unsure whether I like this idea that working women are uptight in the first place. While I liked Chi’s duality in how she could be a totally different person when she drinks, which many people are, I’m not sure I like the stereotype.

Kitty Review:

This wasn’t a bad anime, don’t get me wrong. And honestly, the stereotypes didn’t even bother me that much. Elliot and I even learned some cool new drinks to try now that I’m of age! But overall, this wasn’t really my pick of poison.

What’s your favorite drink? Leave the recipe in the comments below! 

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Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- Review

I was seriously looking for an anime to replace last season’s Hell Girl; twisted anime are certainly one thing I always look for in an anime season. Thankfully, this new rendition of Kino’s Journey came to fill that cold and lonely void.

This anime follows a girl named Kino as she travels country to country with her motorcycle, Hermès. Each episode takes place in a new country and each country has a unique, twisted story to tell. This season also focuses on characters that Kino interacts with, like her mentor.

The Good:

I really do love this anime’s stories. I even like the way Kino looks, where she comes from and why she became a traveler. Each country has a delightfully dark story and I rarely ever saw the end coming.

I think what’s unique about series is that it has a story without giving you a main character too involved. Kino can be an enabler in these stories, of course. However, I never felt she was so involved that we knew much about her till later on in the series. It was an interesting dynamic.

The Bad:

Some of these stories, I will warn, are disturbing. I personally don’t think this is a bad thing, but I will warn those who don’t have the stomach for it.

That being said, I really don’t find there to be a lot of problems with this show. There’s stories for everyone, which I think is one of the best things about it. If you can withstand darker stories, you’ll like it.

Kitty Review:

I really do adore anime like this. If you really want a thought provoking anime, I’d recommend this one in a heartbeat. This was a really good rendition of a classic that I think most people will enjoy.

What was your favorite country that Kino and Hermès visited? Leave a comment below! 

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BLEND_S – Review

Cute anime girls, maid outfits and little love stories; all the makings of a fantastic anime. BLEND_S knows exactly what it’s doing. If you’re looking for a sugary sweet anime filled with adorable stories, this may be for you.

This is the story of Maika, a girl who has a bit of a nast glare. Due to this, she’s unable to get a job which she needs to save up to travel abroad. That is until that very glare gets her a job at Stile; a cafe that caters to different… Er… Kinks. She makes friends and gains confidence in herself though each episode.

The Good:

I was a little concerned about whether or not this anime was going to have any substance to it. You see a cute anime girl who’s sort of a dork and works at a fetish cafe and can only imagine.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad. There wasn’t as much story as I would have preferred, but for a light-hearted anime that you could just relax and watch, it was pretty good. The characters are cute, the story is fairly humorous and innocent and it’s just fun to watch.

The Bad:

This isn’t a deep anime, so I’m honestly not going to be too harsh on it. I found the manager to be a little odd since he’s a little older than Maika and is in love with her, but nothing too out there happens. I also don’t think he’s much older than her to begin with, so it wasn’t super odd to me.

Overall, I don’t feel like there’s a lot to say on this anime. I wasn’t particularly impressed with it and sometimes I didn’t appreciate how the manager talked about their resident idol, but again, this anime wasn’t a big deal.

Kitty Review:

I don’t have the heart to give this anime a bad review. It was pretty cute and nothing to hard to swallow. If you’re looking for an easy-going and adorable animal, it’s a perfect anime for pastime. Plus Elliot and I liked the outfits; it may be on my next cosplay list.

Who was your favorite character this anime? Tell me in the comments! 

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The Ancient Magus Bride – Review

Hold on to your hats folks, because this may be my new favorite anime. Flaws and all, I felt like I finally got the fantasy anime I wanted after going through so much junk. As a fantasy fiction lover, I just couldn’t stay away.

The Ancient Magus Bride follows a girl named Chise who is saved by a fairy named Elias. She’s lead a very abused life in her past, but Elias shows her kindness. He wants to learn more about humans and she just wants a family. The two grow a relationship and the anime revolves around their adventures together.

The Good:

I immensely appreciate the amount of pure effort that was put into this anime. The story includes so many small details from folklores, traditional fantasy and even twists on old superstitions. Everything from the art to the music was beautiful.

I will get a little more in depth on some of the issues I took with the romantic dynamic between Chise and Elias later. However, despite being a bit problematic, I did enjoy that as the episodes went on, Chise regained a lot of herself. It was refreshing to follow someone so lost on a journey to find themselves. As we go into this next season, I also have a feeling we’ll see Elias also make more decisions that purely benefit her rather than himself.

The Bad:

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the romance between Chise and Elias. I think they get better as they go, but the origin of their relationship sets an odd dynamic between the two I’m not entirely comfortable with. It often feels like Chise really only considered him a master rather than family, which is something she does work on.

Still, I do feel like Elias does hold most of the power in the relationship considering his position. Towards the end, we see he’s going to have to make a huge decision that could benefit Chise at the cost of his own comfort. I don’t like when partners make decisions for their significant other, but I’m all about supporting growth. So… I’m going to wait and see where this goes.

Kitty Review:

Despite some of the disturbing themes in this anime, I still did like it quite a bit. There was this feeling of actual whimsical fantasy that really touched me. More than that, I think there was an actually interesting story.

 

Elliot also likes the talking cats and, I mean, who can blame him?

What kind of fantasy do you like? Tell me! 

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Konohana Kitan – Review

Yeah because who doesn’t want to cry at three in the morning watching an anime? I thought this was going to be some childish loli thing, but no. It just had to get deep.

Konohana Kitan has everyone’s favorite things; fox girls. A level lower than neko girls. But these aren’t just any kind of fox girls. They work at a hotel called Konohanatei. This hotel is in a spirit plane that serves the gods and occasionally gets humans. Each episode, our protagonist Yuzu learns more about her new home and the guests who come through it.

The Good:


At first glance, I thought this was just some cute girl anime. I honestly didn’t think it would be some sort of emotional roller coaster. I mean, it was just one cute clumsy fox girl at first, you know?

But no, this anime has a lot to offer. While it does follow the story of Yuzu, each episode is a different story that comes with each guest. These stories are not only clever and well thought out, but they also are it so hard not to love the consistent characters residing at Konohanatei.

Also it’s kind of gay.

The Bad:

I… Really had to fish for bad stuff about this one. If fox girls aren’t your thing, maybe you’ll stay away from this anime all together. The characters are pretty standard; we’ve seen their personalities before.

That being said, I really do feel like some of these stories are worth it. If you want to look past some of the more standard attributes to cute anime, this anime has something going on.

Kitty Review:

 

 

I think this deserves a good rating. I mean, I did cry a fair amount of times. Elliot was a little salty that they weren’t cat girls (and I think they reminded him of his sisters) but he came around.

Watch this anime if you want to feel again.

Who’s your favorite fox girl pairing? Tell me in the comment section!

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Recovery of an MMO Junkie – Review

Finally, the love story anime I always wanted! To fall in love through an MMO game is the ultimate way to fall in love. Trust me. This anime is great.

Recovery of an MMO Junkie follows the story of Morika; a woman who has quit her job to commit to the life of being a NEET. A former MMO lover, she finds a new game to play only this time with a male avatar. She makes friends with a girl named Lily who also has a secret of her own.

The Good:

I could actually relate to this anime on a lot of levels. As an MMO player myself, I felt like this anime was not only realistic, but something that happens often. This is a love story and honestly, it’s a really good one.

I love the characters and their stories. Each one has things they’re vulnerable about and each one works though their own personal issues. And I liked the way that the guild helped each other out; I used to have a guild like that, so the nastolgia was so wonderful.

The Bad:

The romance does get a tad bit weird. I can understand that Morika wants to get better with other people and try new experiences, which I’m all for, but at times there were awkward obstacles. Some of it just felt like unnecessary.

There’s also this question I’ve had the entire anime; what is her recovery? I understand that she was suffering from some personal issues and becomes a NEET, however, I really do hope that the romance was not supposed to be considered the way to “recover”. I’ll give this the benefit of the doubt and say it had more to do with the friendships and relationship overall.

Kitty Review:

A full five Elliots! Ciall me biased, but I rally did enjoy this anime more than I probably should have. It was just so cute; I mean we all know I love messy gamer girls. But more than that the story just filled me with nostalgia since I play MMOs myself.

Elliot also liked the outfits.

What are your favorite MMOs to play? Tell me in the comment sections!