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Interviews With Monster Girls – Review

It has finally made its way to our screens everyone. Monster Musume came back with a vengeance, only this time it’s younger girls in short school girl uniforms. Yes, ladies, gentlemen and others, Interviews With Monster Girls feels like an exact replica only with a fresh story and some new perspective. Realistically, the demand for monster girls is pretty popular and I can get it. Monster Musume kicked off a lot of love for new and interesting waifus. The only problem is, I didn’t ask for these waifus. Let me tell you a bit about this anime.

Interviews With Monster Girls revolves around a teacher, Takahashi, who is interested in monster girls, otherwise known as “demis”. With four demis at his school, Takahashi decides to try and interview each of the girls in hopes of gaining new information about their lives as well as proving some of his own theories. Along the way, friendships are built and crushes on the oh-so-buff teacher with a bored expression grow.

The Good:

I suppose the show was cute. No one can deny that the girls and their uniqueness really brought to life something that I found both informative and interesting. Really what surprised me was how much thought was put into the design for each individual “monster”; for example, how dullahans eat or why vampires are living more comfortable lives. Really, this was fairly thought out. I can’t rag on something original and creative in that sense.

The girls were sweet and I admired the issues they decided to personally overcome. I’m also really glad, as perhaps some of you might be, that towards the end of this series (spoiler) the teacher clarifies to Sakki that he’d never be interested in his students because they are children. That set my heart a little at ease, despite the premise of the story being a little creepy and certain interactions that kind of counteracted that.

The Bad:

Um. Hm. Where do I start? So despite the girls being cute (in an innocent way), I found the whole show to be a little uncomfortable. Machi and Yuki were honestly annoying, in my humble opinion. I just felt like they were very similar and their interactions with their teacher bothered me quite a bit. Hikari, surprisingly, was my favorite and she was supposed to be a little annoying; extremely loud, a failing student but quirky and cute. I suppose I’m always a fan of characters who put for an honest front and are aggressive at what they want. Perhaps this is a bias, but none the less, it did impact how I watched the show.

I’ll come out and say it: I’m not a fan of the “hot for teacher” theme. In any kind of media, be it a live TV show, an anime or a book, I find these relationships to be an extremely dangerous trope. I don’t mean to get dark, but I seriously feel uncomfortable with storylines that revolve around this. I was curious to see how a harem anime would be able to get away with it. Sure, he doesn’t choose a girl, but that doesn’t mean his interactions with them are innocent or not. His clarification to Sakki at the end didn’t really make up for all of the previous interactions.

The most frustrating thing about this show to me really was that he didn’t end up with Sakki, a fellow and adult teacher, nor did he have many romantic interactions with her. The only girl he really should have been with wasn’t even a girl but a full grown woman. Now, this isn’t to mention that the story line itself takes a nosedive towards the end. An episode or two later it decides it’s going to get really deep for no good reason and throws you through a loop; no not in a good way. I feel like it was poor fanfic writing in terms of genre, rather than romcom.

Kitty Review:

So despite literally being a copy of Monster Musume, I just felt like this anime was both frustrating and overall a little inappropriate in terms of content. And I don’t mean inappropriate as in “not safe for kids!” but as in “really shouldn’t be sexualizing kids!”. I know some may consider this an overanalyzing factor, as a lot of anime do have this kind of theme, but I really wouldn’t stand by it.

So me and Elliot gave it some disturbing emojis and a two and a half star rating. I just cannot do it guys, I just cannot do it. I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t even let Elliot watch it through all the way. It wasn’t that anything bad happened in the show, but the theme was just… Gross. And frustrating when there was clearly one choice to go with. So. Yeah.

Do you like school girl x teacher anime? Why? Don’t even comment.

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New Stuff From Ashley’s Anime! – The Admiral of the OTP

Hello there lovely followers! As you may or may not have known it has been a pretty hectic few weeks for me and the squad. Between finals and trying to finish up all of my work, we’ve had a couple of intense months but it looks like there will be some clear skies ahead! That being said, some new things are being added to Ashley’s Anime in order to bring all kinds of fun content to read. But first, a few updates.

For those of you who follow our Facebook page, we did go to LVL UP EXPO! Here is my exclusive coverage for Las Vegas Informer that you should check out and read. It was a really fantastic convention, and I have to say it was a seriously huge place to find some of the best cosplays in town.

That being said, the Community Gallery has been updated with photos of cosplayers, so if you got a card from us and know your photo was taken please check it out! If anyone is missing any photos, please let me know and we will correct the issue right away.

We also decided to dedicate an entire page to some of the artists who were at LVL UP EXPO. We’ll be adding to this as we go along for different conventions, but if you’re an artist who would like to be on the page please feel free to fill out one of our contact forms and I will get back to you right away with what we need! Ashley’s Anime is a huge supporter of independent artists, so we want to show our support by showing them off! If you’ve ever wondered where we buy some of our merch… There you go.

So what else are we adding to Ashley’s Anime? Well, for one, new writers. No, this does not mean I’m giving up Ashley’s Anime but I do need some help with the content in order to maintain running it. I currently run the company Black Moor Productions, where our podcast is also hosted, and it is getting a lot bigger than I had anticipated (which isn’t a bad thing by any means!). This does mean, however, that I do have to dedicate more time to it. I will also be opening up a new zine coming very soon so please stay tuned for that!

We will also be adding a new column to Ashley’s Anime!

For those of you familiar with Black Moor, you’ve probably heard of Clover Grayson. Well, Clover also goes by The Admiral of the OTP and she will be starting her own shipping log here on the blog very soon! I’m really excited for what the Admiral will bring to the blog; she is both funny and has a lot of really good points when it comes to your ships.

So pleased stay tuned to Ashley’s Anime, there are so many new and exciting things the blog is going to be trying out in the next few months. I want to thank all of the lovely cosplayers who let us take their photos at LVL UP as well as all of the artists who you should all check out as soon as you can!

Thank you guys, and Elliot and I will write to you soon! 

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Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid – Review

So guys they finally made the best anime ever. If anime were to die with this anime, I would die along with it happily. This was the best show of the 2017 winter and I will gladly stake my life on that statement. If it were not only for its growth in popularity, specifically that Luca cosplay, I would love this anime no matter what. It’s gay dragon maids guys. That’s all I’ve ever asked for.

Torhu is a dragon, found wounded by Miss Koboyashi who decides to take her in one drunken night. Her obsession of maids worn off on Torhu, the dragon tries to be the perfect maid for her new master. But as we see, the every day life of these two grows more and more complex (or perhaps even simpler) with each episode. A feel good anime, even if it does have its strange moments.

Without further ado, let me tell you exactly why this anime was perfect in every aspect.

The Good:

I don’t even know where to begin, everything was so great. The animation was fantastic, the music is always playing in my head and the story itself makes you’ve wrapped yourself in a warm mental hug. The characters made this show really come to life with the variety of amazing personalities and colorful dialogue.

The relationships felt almost realistic, in terms of anime, and what I loved was how you saw beyond the inherit silliness towards real issues each of them was facing. In fact, I think that’s my favorite part about this anime is that even though it clearly has silly moments and even a silly premise, it actually surprised me to see there was a balance in the seriousness of the characters and their goal. Really, it was an innocent and pure goal that to me, made everything feel relatable; the want to have a normal life.

Toru is a dragon and a maid; two of my favorite things. But even better, she is this amazing character who grows into this loving personality while she’s with Koboyashi. Koboyashi, on the other hand, goes through this entire lifestyle change from a workoholic to this more family environment. And while they’re never completely stated as a couple, they do treat each other as such and Toru does come out as more attracted to women in the very beginning of the series; the kind of representation I’ve been waiting for.

The Bad:

Now I can see the flaws in this anime very clearly. One of the biggest issues is that it does go over the top and plays off of some very generic anime tropes we see all the time. That being said, I don’t feel that’s always a bad thing when done right. For me personally, this show did it in a fun, humorous manner. But it might not be for everyone. The big boobs thing can get tiring after a while, I get it.

The one thing I can say I had an issue is that, yet again, another queer “couple” was never explicitly stated. Toru and Koboyashi never really say that they’re together. While Toru clearly loves Koboyashi and, we see towards the end, that those feelings are fairly mutual, we’re not given enough to really stake them permanently. Sure, you don’t always need to say it, but it can get frustrating when you’ve been waiting for certain representation and feel as though you’re not getting it.

Kitty Rating:

Elliot and I are giving this anime a full five Elliot Emojis. I was in tears over how much I loved this anime and I feel like it was so well done. Even though some may argue it was just a generic or silly anime, I have to argue that it brought something fresh to the table with an idea that must have been hard to pitch at the table.

I really feel like this was what I was personally waiting for. I felt like there was a couple I could relate to and a story that was just downright entertaining. There’s really nothing more I can say on the subject other than the fact this whole thing was so fantastic. I may be over shooting it, but if you’re looking for something that makes you feel a little normal when the world is so out of place, please watch this anime.

Did you like the representation in this anime? What was your favorite thing about it?

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Cheap Ways to Love Anime

Our love for anime can be tricky to show off, and there’s a good reason why:

Merch is expensive as hell.

Which is reasonable enough. Figures, shirts, keychains and everything in between is taxed like crazy when it comes to shipping to America. Even beyond that, some items are extremely well crafted and deserve to be of the high price range. I’m never surprised with the cost of my nendos, let me put it that way.

But as a broke college student, and I’m sure many of different ages and socioeconomic statuses can agree, purchasing things from your fandom can be extremely tough! Especially if food for you and your cat (cough, cough, Elliot) is burning a hole in your pocket. So here is a list of ways I’ve kept the price low when it comes to my expenditures to show off my fandom!

Cosplay: 

It’s no lie that we all love cosplay. Whether it’s wearing it or just taking pictures at cons, we all love seeing the work and effort that goes into a good cosplay. But if you’re the one wearing a cosplay, the price can wreak havoc on your wallet. As someone who makes most of her cosplays and has only ever bought one, I can tell you now, buying a cosplay alone is quite the expensive endeavor! So how do we fix it?

Firstly, if you feel you are craft impaired and cannot possibly make your own cosplay items, perhaps investing in one really good pre-made cosplay is the best option. You don’t want to waste money on items that you feel you’re not using right. However, building your own can be very easy if you take the right steps! Here are a few ways to put together your own, cheaply.

  • Chose a character that wears simple clothing you can buy or modify if need be. Think of a character that might be in a school uniform, for example, or one that wears generic clothing. Always remember: wigs can be as cheap as 10$ on Amazon. Also, keep in mind that the more generic a character might look, the less likely you might be recognized at cons or gatherings.
  • If you are going to attempt at creating weapons and armor, take a pro tip from your friendly neighborhood cat lady; FOAM IS YOUR BEST FRIEND! And cereal box. A little cutting, some glue and spray paint will do wonders to create awesome armor and weapons. Let me direct you to my new best friend on YouTube: epicfantasy. Storm the Castle is a great site for finding patterns and even learning how to make some video game weapons out of affordable material. The YouTube videos have helped me out so much when it comes to creating cosplay stuff and I like using the patterns I find to help me size stuff and build off it.
  • Speaking of patterns ALWAYS LOOK FOR THEM! I cannot stress this enough. Sure there are always people selling patterns for certain weapons, but there are also good dudes who make free patterns. Try to find a free version first to print out. Even if it is not exact, you can always modify it to create the look you want.

If you’re not too certain about your cosplay making skills, have no fear! We all have to start somewhere and what better time then yesterday? Get to work and don’t be afraid of the glue gun! (But please don’t burn yourself, I don’t wanna get sued).

Figures: 

There will never be a good way to really save money when it comes to anime figures. And to be honest, the amount of time and effort along with the incredible detail that goes into figures, you can really never go wrong with a fine purchase. Now, I would say that if you don’t care about the quality of the figure, or the manufacturer, you could always buy a fake. HOWEVER, you really shouldn’t buy fake anything!

Buying fake goods does real damage to the sellers who manufacture these goods in the first place. And take it from someone who’s accidentally bought a few fakes; the real ones are way better. I once purchased an L nendo that I thought might be fake because it was cheaper, and while I will always love him, he does fall apart easily and it is so obvious he wasn’t an official nendo. I’m scared his big head will break my class case. So to avoid fakes and still get good with cash, here are some other options!

  •  Make sure the figure you’re buying is real and is high quality. Don’t go wasting money on figures that won’t look good in your case in the fist place is what I always say. Here’s a good tutorial on how to spot some of them! Do some additional research on how to spot fakes to get egg salad (excellent) results!
  • Always look at pricing options on stores like Amazon that might give you other deals for used items. It’s a gamble, but at the very least you can save a few dollars by buying used.
  • BE CAUTIOUS WHEN PURCHASING AT CONVENTIONS AND SPEND WISELY! Convention vendors may unknowingly (or knowingly) sell you fakes and they may also be full price! I’ve also noticed that items I’ve found online can be way cheaper than they are at cons. While I fully want to endorse vendors, and I do end up buying some goods that I can’t find anywhere else, I’m certainly more careful these days when I arrive at the con for a good time. I get really swept up with the dealer’s room and all the fun stuff, but my wallet knows that some of these things I could find cheaper somewhere else.

Clothing and Other Goods:

This is sort of my last, broad topic, but it is certainly one worth noting! If you are tired of buying cheap, overpriced clothing at stores like Hot Topic to get your fandom fix, try a few of these tips to help you save a few bucks!

  • You can always look online for whatever you’re looking for to see if it is offered at a lower price (as I suggested with the figures above).
  • You can also support a local artist (or an online one you know) by purchasing fandom-made clothing items, posters, art and keychains you can personalize your life with. I always love the art dealers I see at cons and other small gatherings, but it’s also just as exciting to find their online stores and purchase from them. ART IS BY NO MEANS FREE AND DESERVES TO BE A PAID PROFESSION, but sometimes you might find the artists are much cheaper than other vendors depending on what they sell! I’ve seen a lot of great deals on keychains I adored from artists who were much more cost effective for my wallet and even cuter than the others I’d seen in a dealer’s room.

It can be really hard to save a few bucks when it comes to being a part of the anime fandom, but it’s certainly worth it to learn restraint and wise purchasing. As someone saving up for Elliot’s college fund, I can tell you now that a few dollars makes all the difference!

What other tips do you guys like using to save a few dollars when it comes to your fandom fix? 

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Spiritpact – Review

I have a slight secret to admit to the world; I personally don’t prefer yaoi. Contrary to jokes and other instances where a yaoi is actually good, I feel like most the yaoi I’m watching was made to be fetishized by women. As a queer woman who understands how that feels when the opposite occurs, I’m not really big on watching it unless it seems remotely realistic. Let’s be honest, there’s a ton of random yaoi out there that makes no sense. This is one of those yaois.

Spiritpact is about a guy named You who dies and ends up making a pact, as a spirit, with this white-haired dude you see before you. The two of them begin on this amazing journey being exorcists together, cursing the evil spirits of the land and as a surprising romance blossoms between the two. A relationship of dedication and loyalty comes to light as a series of random events, a result of a poor story line, lures victims into a trap.

Every season, I try to pick at least one anime to really rip into and my friends, this is that anime. It almost beat Charlotte in how much I despise the writing in Spirit Pact. I saw that some people liked it, but… I really feel like at this point some people will like any strange yaoi thrown their way. With that in mind, let’s get to the review.

The Good:

I really… Don’t even want a ‘The Good’ section to exist when it comes to this anime… We could go down a few avenues about how it was useful for friendship or had some decent characters, but that was just it. There were so many continuity errors that I couldn’t even keep track of who had a character mold or not. They switched their dynamics too often to keep track. What I will say is some of the women looked like they could have been serious characters, had their outline ever been fleshed out.

Alas, that did not happen. So we can only imagine what could be. I would say this is just a really bad yaoi version of Yu Yu Hakoshu… And even then, I feel like I’m insulting an anime I loved growing up. But I suppose if you love a yaoi, no matter how bad it is, you’ll watch it no matter what I say now. Ignore the review and go forth. Find a love that was not only one sided but also made no sense what so ever.

The Bad:

Here we go boys, girls and other. This is were I get into THE DANGER ZONE.

In all my years of watching anime, I have never, not even once, seen something so all over the place. If I’m being honest, Elliot and I watched all ten episodes and not even he can give you an accurate summary of what this show is about. It seemed as though it changed the story line every episode. If I had to guess, I would say that the writers started with a concept but did not flesh out exactly what kind of back story they wanted. Towards the end we were still being introduced to new characters whose overall influence had no purpose in the total arch.

Not only were some of them new, but ones we’d seen from the very first episode were being changed as time went on, and no it wasn’t like a change of heart or character development. I could not, for the life of me, tell you who the antagonist was in this show. I have this odd feeling that everyone who wasn’t You and his angry boy toy was, in some way, a villain. You know what wait, even You was a villain. Never mind, everyone in this anime was at one point or another some kind of antagonist.

Which is great and all (sarcasm) but what exactly am I do think of this story? There were so many changes in the ultimate goal that I’m still not sure what I was supposed to be watching. Really the biggest issue with this show was simply the continuity of it. It didn’t know what it wanted to be, and honestly? I really hated that it had some potential with the female characters (whether they be antagonists or antagonists) and it never tapped into that.

It felt like no one really grew as a character and by the end the writers tried to push it off like they’d been building through this whole journey. I call bull on that by the greatest power vested in me, but whatever floats your boat.

 

I can’t… I would have given it the sad Elliot emoji for how many tears of just agony I spilled over having to watch this anime. I literally watched the timer more than I was reading the subtitles. I could not, for the life of me, find any good in this forced yaoi that really had no business being… Whatever it was trying to be. But okay.

It was just so frustrating to watch and the more I watched, the more I felt like I was wasting my time when there were other shows I needed to get through this winter. So, without going on for too long, what is the over all consensus on this anime and would you personally enjoy it? If you’re a masochist with a death wish and a bunch of free time on your hands, go ahead. I almost didn’t want to even rate this anime. I was filled with hopelessness from the first five minutes and it continued for a full ten episodes.

Good luck, my dearest friends.

What’s an anime you guys personally find frustrating? What about it makes it so uncomfortable to watch? 

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Let’s Talk: Body Shape/Size

Anime has always been known for it’s specific art style and the various artists with their own take on it. But what we don’t often think about is how that style can sometimes be portraying real stereotypes we find within out own society. The squad here on Ashley’s Anime, Adam Barba, Becca Davila and Allison Wolch, discussed what being body positive in anime really means and what it does for its audience.

I’ve seen this happen a lot in anime, but after last season I sort of saw the need to host a podcast discussion about body positivity in anime. The recent show Kiss Him, Not Me was an anime that really did plus sized women no favors in the portray of Kae, the main character who’s a large woman that loses weight and gains the attention from several of her peers. Now, sometimes when people lose weight, it can change a person’s attitude in a positive way and that brings more people around. But that’s not really the case with this anime. Kae stays consistent in her personality and thinks very little about her size and figure; the attraction is purely physical.

I’ve heard a few arguments in defense of Kiss Him, Not Me. It usually revolves around how some of the characters realize how they like Kae regardless of her size, even though there are a few characters who already liked her no matter her size. But that doesn’t really stop some of the unnecessary attributes that are given to Kae; her voice is a perfect example of this. As a plus sized woman, I can confirm that I too always sound like I have inverted hamster cheeks (this is sarcasm for those in the audience who are not mature to view this blog).

But Kiss Him, Not Me is only one anime amongst the many that give poor portrayals of plus sized people, not just women. As you’ll hear in the podcast, the squad had some pretty interesting points to bring up about the issue at hand, but we all came to the agreement that this issue can be seen in almost every anime show, especially one’s that have plus sized characters. It’s a trope you can find happening often, and one that makes me feel like a I just ate a tub of acidic slime.

For anime that doesn’t portray any plus sized characters, the narrative still plays off of an ideal image that men and women “need” to conform to. Men are always extremely muscular (sometimes to a ridiculous size) and women are always big in areas like breasts, but skinny in their waist. This isn’t just a part of an art style; the look is too much like the stereotype and it still causes the same damages.

We might not think that an animation can cause any sort of damage to people’s mentality, but it very much can. It still perpetuates and idea amongst the populous that people need to fit a certain size in order to be desirable. And if that wasn’t enough, just look at how it effects the cosplay community. Plus sized cosplayers can be met with scorn for not looking like a character because of their weight.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. By criticizing and calling out anime that pedals certain ideas of plus sized people, we can start to critically think about how we chose to consume anime and what sort of bottom line messages it’s trying to tell us.

For more on the podcast, listen to it here! And to read more into what I thought about Kiss Him Not Me, read the official review here! And also be sure to check out Becca’s cosplay page on Facebook!

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Winter Anime 2017!

And here we are again! Another new year and a new season of anime to check out and have a lot of fun with! Since I actually find this season to be more than enjoyable so far, I’m going to be doing more than my usual four reviews. It might be a little tricky, but Elliot and I picked out a lot of fun stuff to cover and are looking forward to all of it!


Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid:

This anime is everything I could have ever asked for; next to Izetta, that is. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect because the title seemed random and confusing. And then I found out the title really did convey the entire plot of this anime. It’s literally about a dragon, named Toru, who is the maid of Ms. Kobayashi. No literally, that is what this anime is. And I fully expect this anime to become one of my favorites. It’s like late night blogging/fanfiction writing became its own anime and I cannot, for even one second, ignore this. It had to be on my list, and so it shall be! Elliot and I have very high hopes for it!

Interviews with Monster Girls:

So, to be very honest, I was expecting something along the lines of Monster Musume not only because it was about monster girls, but also because it looked like another bad harem. So far, according to the first two episodes I’ve watched, I was half right. While it follows the story of high school monster girls versus adult monster girls (women???) I don’t really know if that makes this any better? I mean, it revolves around them and their biology teacher so… I’m sort of struggling with what kind of plot this is going to be. So far the teacher isn’t doing anything creepy and isn’t returning feelings (though most the men in harems never really do) but… I don’t know. I really don’t know what to expect with this anime. I feel like I’m going to hate it but another part of me already loves the little vampire so let’s just hope for the best.

Spiritpact:

What. Is. This.

What even is this anime? Judging from the first episode, I really do truly believe, from the very core of my being, that this is someone’s yoai fanfiction come to life. And unlike the dragon maid anime, I don’t think this was a good fanfiction. I sincerely feel like I’ve read this Yu Yu Hakusho fanfic before one late night that was filled with regret. And while I didn’t even understand what was going on in this first episode, which may be because everything bounced around so much, I am going to give it a chance. A chance, okay? I don’t think I’m going to like it, but the worst that can happen is I will rip into it on my cat blog so that’s not the end of the world. On the other hand, I may be giving up a piece of my soul by just watching this. It’ll be like Super Lovers all over again… I don’t think I can take that torture anymore.

Nyanko Days:

THIS IS IT BOYS! THIS IS WHAT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! I am so hyped for this, and apparently so is Elliot. He is a cat after all, so can you really blame him? To be honest, while it is another short anime, I really do feel like it’s going to fill that void Kaju Girls left me from last season. I gotta say, this trend of short anime is really nice in its own unique way because I can spend a few moments in my day watching something a bit mindless that makes me smile. And boy oh boy to neko girls make my pearly whites gleam! In all seriousness, this looks like it’ll be adorable and I sincerely look forward to the little moments in my day where I get to see adorable cat girls on my screen.

Saga of Tanya the Evil:

I think Tanya is the reflection of the very dark version of myself. It is another war themed anime,  and while I’ve never really been a huge fan of that genre myself, I do think I will like and appreciate this anime. Not only does it seem interesting but I think Tanya is everything all women and young girls should aspire to be. She is now my self-appointed guardian… Maybe. Anywho, while I’m not really into the entire plot so far, and it did lose me at times, I do like the character and I think it’ll make for an interesting anime to review. Elliot likes the explosions anyway, so may as well watch for the entertainment of the kitty!


OneRoom:

Now this one I am super fascinated in because it isn’t like your normal anime. SMIRAL Animation is here to bring us a virtual anime experience where we get to be the protagonists ourselves! I’ve never actually watched an anime like this, but I’m very excited to watch OneRoom purely because I love otome games! Now, to be fair, I feel like the episodes are too short for what the project is trying to convey. But I might get into more as this new project goes on. I picked this one because I don’t really review otome games and this is as close as I’m going to get. So gosh darn it, I’m gonna take it!

I’m really looking forward to this season, as it looks like it’s going to be filled with mostly good anime. And while I’ve chosen to take on more anime to review this time around, I’m sure it’s going to be a fun experience so be sure to subscribe and revisit for more! As per usual, we will have a seasonal review done around the time the anime season ends so please stay tuned to check out our posts. Gifs, puns and cats galore, we will have it all on this site!

What anime are you guys watching for the winter season? 

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The Cosplayers of Otakon!

Hey there everyone! Otakon Vegas is over, and I am so exhausted, but the con was so much fun! Everyone there had so many amazing cosplays and I’m so happy and thankful for those of you that are letting me post them here on the site. The following gallery has every photo the Ashley’s Anime team took over the last few days! A special thank you to Clover Grayson and Adam Barba for all their spectacular help!

The convention was amazing, and we were all extremely excited to meet new people and have such a fun time. Honestly, I’ve never seen this many amazing cosplayers in one place! Some I’ve seen before at previous cons, others were completely new faces. Otakon Vegas was an experience I would advise to anyone, especially if you want to see some amazing cosplays! And, just in case you missed it, we also live streamed each of the three days on our new Facebook page!

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If you guys were contacted and given a card, but you don’t see your photo, feel free to message me and I will see if I missed anything! Also, check out my coverage on Las Vegas Informer. I look forward to next year and hope to see you guys there! The next convention our group is expecting to hit is LVL UP EXPO in May so please let me know if you are going and would like to have any photos taken!

Thank you to everyone and I hope you had just as much fun as we did!

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Kaiju Girls – Review

An adorable monstrosity, I have to say this was a cute little anime that was easy to watch and even easier to enjoy. Even though these short, five minute anime confuse me a little (it’s gotta be tough pushing a story line into a five minute episode) I still found this to be like Pringles. Yeah, one chip isn’t going to be enough so you have to keep eating more in order to fill up your stomach, and your loneliness.

Too real? Too bad. Let’s get on with the review!

Their happiness is my happiness.
Don’t let your memes be dreams guys.

The Good:
For five short minutes, I found myself falling in love with the characters pretty fast. Miku is my absolute favorite! Not only that, but I can see their outfits being seriously adorable cosplays. If I don’t see one at Otakon I will be very upset; if you cosplay any of them I will ask for a photo and your first born. I have to commend creators who take on making small anime like this. For the length, there’s not really a lot you can do. While Kaiju Girls is in no way deep or meaningful, I never felt like I was wasting my time watching it.
It was certainly worth the watch and definitely cute. I think if anything, it was really nice to look at. It’s sort of like my expensive vase or trophy spouse in terms of anime; no, not a lot is going on and it’s not really worth as much as you’d think, but it’s nice to look at and fills my soul with purpose, even if for only a second.

The Bad:

I literally couldn’t get mad at this anime.

The biggest issue I’ve been having with short anime is that they don’t necessarily evoke anything in me. Kaiju Girls is certainly adorable and cute, but I never felt like I fully backed the girls on their decisions or their desires. I sort of felt indifferent to the story line and character struggles the entire season, and I feel like it didn’t have to be like that.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When you keep in mind the time restrictions, I think it makes sense as to why you’re not really feeling anything towards the characters and their overall quests as people; you simply don’t have time to! It’s like when your teachers give you an essay where you get to actually write about your opinion. Sure, you have a good argument and you’re passionate, but do you really have the time to spend making it? Better yet, do you even want to spend the time to do it? I think not. And to be honest, I think this anime would only work as a five minute anime; any longer and it might not have been as good.

Kitty Rating:

I can never give small anime like this more than three Ellibum emojis; it really wouldn’t be fair when I think of other great anime that put a lot more story development and animation into their series like Izetta or knock-off Magi Madoka. That being said, I still think if you have the time you should watch this anime. It’s certainly cute, just like Elliot. And if you think Elliot is cute (which you all do, else wise you wouldn’t be here) you’ll think this is cute!

When you getting ready to go to the club with the squad…

What do you guys think of these short anime? Do you like them more than full length anime?

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Kiss Him Not Me – Review

This is it guys. This anime threw dirty kitty litter in my mouth and called it pop rocks. That’s all I really have to say on the subject… Actually, that’s not true. I have a lot to say on the subject.

How do you even end up with this situation??? UM???

I personally did not like this anime in its entirety. I was actually surprised to see it had its good parts, but I found that there were other aspects of it that overshadowed the good and made it just downright a generic reverse harem with nothing new to add to the table. To make matters worse, it added some shallow attributes that it seemed to be teetering on as to whether or not it was going to fight for or against. It was overall an odd experience for me, one of the weirdest people to ever walk the dino lands.

The Good:

The only TRUE pairing.

The one thing I was pleasantly surprised to see that the humor wasn’t all poorly founded. In fact, there were a few parts that made me laugh pretty hard! While I didn’t agree with all the ways that this anime utilized its humor, I will say that it definitely had its moments were it didn’t make jokes to put down people. Rather, it was almost tasteful! It was like I ordered a good dessert at a greasy spoon.

I also loved Shima Nishina and Kazuma Mutsumi’s representation in the anime. In a lot of reverse harems I’ve seen, there’s usually never a girl being portrayed as a rival; if there is a female role, she’s usually not seen as a threat. But she was taken seriously by the other boys and she was legitimately caring towards Kae. Kazuma was a legitimate multi-sexual character who didn’t see gender at all (yes, I need more characters like this) and it was pretty fantastic to see! His younger brother was also one of my favorites. I was rooting for him after Shima simply because the two of them didn’t care what Kae looked like.

The Bad: 

It was no secret that I found Kae’s representation to not only be offensive, but also just awful overall. For character development, for story building, for really anything, I have to say it was just done in poor taste. From the way she talked when she was bigger to how she was drawn as “less attractive” it was clear the writers were taking a jab. What was confusing was that they had plots to consider whether or not her love interests would still like her if she was big; the answer to some being yes and others leaving us uncertain. I couldn’t tell if they were trying to make up for the representation given, but if so they should recognize there are other ways to portray plus-sized characters without making them seem goofy, unattractive or undeserving of love.

That aside, this was a classic reverse harem that ended exactly how other harem stories end. I really hoped, somewhere deep down in the caverns of my very soul, that there was going to be a definitive ending, but no. I got my hopes up yet again. Plus, it felt as though there wasn’t a lot of character development for some of the characters. It seemed like some drastic changes came for characters like Asuma or Yūsuke, but a lot of the other boys seemed to stay the same or they didn’t really grow much in comparison. You could see at the end when she showed her thoughts about each guy, it was sort of like this:

“Asuma is so sweet and charming; he’d help me finish my salad if I couldn’t eat all of it… He’s thought a lot of this through and knows what it means to be in love.”

“Hayato is… Trying his best.” 

Who even was this guy?

By far, there was a drastic difference and I think the creators could sort of see that by the end. I think some choices would have been obvious for her with no contest (Shima or Asuma) because they clearly fit better in terms of personality as well as their care for her without a thought on her appearance.

Kitty Rating:

Thanks but no thanks.

Okay so I can’t really overlook some of the issues this anime posed. And overall, despite having beautiful art and animation, I think the story as well as the development of characters was just poorly done. This greasy spoon just did not do it for me. I usually don’t mind reverse harems, but this one bugged me a lot for some of it’s clear tropes and downright rude humor. Elliot liked the boys though, they were pretty. And we were big fans of Shima; she was pretty fantastic. But I couldn’t, in good conscious, give this a better review. I would be lying to my demon overlords if I did.

What did you guys think about Kiss Him Not Me? Tell me in the comment section below!