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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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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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Knight’s & Magic – Review

Knight’s & Magic was the anime I thought would make me happy and ultimately… Well… Let’s just get to the summary.

This anime is yet another one with the theme of a main character reborn into a new world (which has been another trend on the rise lately). This one follows the reborn Ernesti who is absoltely in love with robots. A previous mech figure collector in his previous life, he now has the chance to work with real-life giants in his new life.

The Good:

I was fairly excited about a new fantasy-themed anime. I’m not the largest fan of mech anime, but I was still really excited to see them on this show. The animation is really well done and the art is simply beautiful. To a certain extent, I even sort of like the characters.

That being said, the beauty in the art of this show is purely where I would say the good ends. The only thing I would say is a positive is the mech fights. They’re really big, really well-done and honestly the only reason you would be watching this anime. If you like a lot of mech fights but aren’t too keen on good stories, this is probably the anime for you.

The Bad:

It’s half-baked at best. I felt like someone had made brownies and took them out of the oven before the batter had even caked. So we just have brownie soup like it’s an episode of Drake and Josh and everyone goes home with a stomach ache. There is no story line to compliment any of the fight scenes. It feels like anything that happens in the background is purely there to justify the next fight.

This could have been a well-thought out anime, but overall I feel like there was no build-up or good world-building in the writing. Instead, we gain new villains every few episodes and the same one dimensional characters. Each character has one thing to obsess over, but nothing else to add to their personality. It’s more than disappointing because I had high hopes for this anime.

Kitty Review:

Nothing make me sadder than brownie soup; just watery batter with the glimpse of what could be. A good fantasy mech anime is every nerd’s dream, but unfortunately, Elliot has spoken. Knight’s & Magic is not that anime friends. If you just want to watch well-animated mech fights, this could be the anime for you… But ultimately there’s nothing but bones here. And Elliot is a meat-eater.

Do you like action shows that are purely made up of action? Do you enjoy a good story line in addition? Let me know what you think! 

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Tsuredure Children – Review

This is the cutest short anime I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s almost as cute as Elliot, and that’s saying something. Despite being such a small anime, they really did pack a lot into it and made it enjoyable. So get ready for your heart to go doki doki.

This anime is comprised of several small love stories between awkward characters. Each story is about current relationships, relationships to be and crushes. There’s something for everyone, but they’re so short that I don’t want to ruin the story for everyone.

The Good:

I really loved the stories in this anime. It felt like each one had something unique about it despite each one being a form of tsuredure. Diversity people; it’s what we should strive for.

More than that, I never got the feel that any of these relationships were ill-willed and I honestly never got annoyed with any of the characters. That’s surprising seeing as I usually get annoyed with at least one character.

My favorite couple you ask? The student council president and the delinquent. I could have watched a full anime about them alone.

The  Bad:

While I did enjoy this anime, I always feel a little incomplete at the end of short anime. There’s just that extra layer or that depth that some shows can really thrive on. Short anime usually miss out in this department.

Also, I don’t think all of the couples or pairings ever resolve? Maybe? I’m not entirely sure? There are these little mini pairings in between sections that we never really get to know and aren’t brought up again. Honestly, a huge fault was definitely the uneven distribution between pairings.

Kitty Review:

I’l admit, I have a soft spot for short anime. But more than that, I think these cute little stories are kind of special. Do I wish it was more gay? Yeah. But I wish that with most things. And besides, my current partner and I looked forward to each new episode with excitement.

Cute stuff, really.

Who was your favorite pairing in this show? Tell me in the comment section!