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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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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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GAMERS! – Review

This anime is frustrating, adorable and ultimately a wonderful show. Praise be to Gamers! as it brings to life one thing we never get to see; a gamer who just wants to play games. For once, it’s not about a genius gamer who can beat anything he puts his mind to. It’s not about being competitive or winning. It’s just about having fun.

Oh yeah, and dating hot girls.

Gamers! is an anime about Keita Amano and his friends getting into a mess of trouble. Amano just wants to play his games in piece, but the most popular girl in school just wont seem to let that happen. Karen Tendou is desperate for him to join her competitive gaming club, for more than just his skills. Through a series of events, we find friendships and romance blossom around the shared love of gaming.

The Good:

Honestly, I’ve never seen a character, let alone a main one, who wasn’t aggressive with their gaming. Amano loves video games with a passion, but he doesn’t feel he needs to prove it through beating everyone. At the end of the day, it’s all about loving and appreciating the game itself. It’s about having fun. Even in the real world, I think we have too many competitive gamers out there who aren’t remembering what’s important.

More than that, the characters, despite being so thick-headed, are actually really charming in their own way. I love most of them, well… Except one. While some of the romance felt really force and rocky at best, there were still wonderful moments that really grabbed at your heart. I think it’s best attribute, however, was definitely the love for video games itself.

The Bad:

I have to say, I did not like  Hoshinomori. At first I thought she was adorable! I love gamer girls with messy long hair and tired eyes; it’s my thing dang it! But Chiaki got progressively worse throughout the show and I have a major problem with characters, especially women, being thrown into romance plot for friction. Spoiler alert, she finds peace with herself at the end of the anime, which I was proud of, but overall I felt like she just kept trying to interfere with other people’s relationships which is an awful trope in anime.

I also wasn’t a big fan of Tendou and Amano’s relationship; yes really! It felt a little forced on his end. I didn’t get the feeling that Amano actually liked Karen at all.  Even when he said sweet things about her, I felt like she just intimidated him more than anything. And the confusion of the romance, while meaning to be funny, just came off as a lot to digest and too much frustration. It’s a lot for Elliot, my dudes.

Kitty Review:

Four whole happy Elliots? Absurd! But true. I actually did really like this anime despite my frustration. And sure, Elliot had a bit of a nervous tummy after watching it, but sometimes that means the anime is actually really good! I would recommend this one to any gamer/anime lover in my life. Overall, it’s still a really cute anime. Watch it!

Do you like playing video games for fun or are you a competitive player? Tell me in the comments below! 

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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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A Centaur’s Life – Review

I knew when I clicked on this anime, I was going to regret it. After my run in with Interviews with Monster Girls, I said “Never again!” And yet, Elliot and I were sitting there on a Friday evening… Watching this… Because as soon as I saw a centaur girl on the front, I knew this was going to happen. We were just going to have to watch this.

A Centaur’s Life shows us the everyday life of Hime, a centaur (do I really need to explain this?). Hime does a lot of stuff; she hands out with her friends, she goes to school, she… Does stuff! If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be half human and half horse, this anime is for you bud!

The Good:

Yes, much to your surprise there were things I actually did like about this anime. Namely, I like that I could tell the writer put a lot of thought into the world around their characters. This anime takes place in a sort-of second world setting where it’s the same earth but our population consists of humanoids; half animal peoples, angelic and demonic peoples and even some snakes thrown in there because why not?

This world surely sounds ridiculous, but if you paid attention, you noticed that they put care into how these people would dress, how much they’d need to eat, what their work/school environments looked like and even what sort of cultural practices made sense for their race; i.e. centaurs and archery. It was honestly a very well-thought out world that I could appreciate and admire as a viewer.

The Bad:

I… Yeah… So there were a few things. Namely, this is yet again another monster girl anime that just decided to be even more ridiculous. But besides them jumping on this bandwagon, I really didn’t feel like there was a story. At times, I felt inspired, but other times I felt like the title wasn’t kidding me. I was surprised I wasn’t watching Hime do even more boring tasks like brushing teeth.

I mean, this anime went as so far as to have a literal rendition of WWII and showed us an honest-to-god internment camp. I’m not making this up. That is in this anime. And while there was nothing wrong with this, it just felt so out of place. It showed you that this world was so deep, but we didn’t even get into it that much because people would rather watch this centaur go to gym class like? I don’t? Know? Overall, it just was super anti-climactic and I feel bad because a lot of thought really was put into this world.

Kitty Review:

Yeah I just feel odd after watching this anime, and rather indifferent to it as well. While I can admire where the creator’s were coming from I don’t feel like I gained anything. At the end of the day, it felt like it was just another anime jumping on the monster girls trend, and I’m not about that noise.

Elliot wept.

Do you like monster girls? Is this a trend you want to see grow? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Netsuzou Trap -NTR- Review

… I don’t even know what to say about this anime… So let’s just get into it.

Netsuzou Trap -NTR- is about two girls, best friends since middle school, who start falling in love. The catch? They both have boyfriends and one girl had no idea how she truly feels. It’s a rough go, but this short anime is all about coming out, domestic abuse and abuse all around. Yup.

The Good:

I was, honestly, very excited to watch this despite the negative comments I’d heard about it going in. Keep in mind, I had no idea what NTR meant going in; in fact, I didn’t find out about it until recently which changed my entire perspective on who this anime was made for. Despite these… Elements… I found that I really did appreciate how the topic of domestic abuse was handled as well as how our main character, Yuma, comes to terms with her feelings.

 

As a queer woman, I actually get what Yuma is feeling. You watch some girl you love just go down these weird, sometimes dark avenues, and feel like you need to follow. It’s because you’re friends right? Wrong. You like her. Said and done, the story always ends with some kind of broken heart. And while these were some of the great elements I felt brought some kind of awareness, I also felt like they were degraded by some of “the bad” in it.

The Bad:

 

There was a lot wrong with this anime; most of the comments I read going in weren’t totally wrong. Firstly, Hotaru is extremely abusive towards Yuma, I don’t care what anyone says. And while I feel like this anime could be a good example of abuse in queer relationships, I also feel like this was supposed to be one of those elements that made Hotaru “sexy” and “alluring”. I disagree, but maybe this is someone’s thing?

This whole thing was just one long negative experience. I really loved that Yuma was coming to terms with her feelings, I just wish it hadn’t been for such a horrible person. Granted, Hotaru is a victim herself and is often in terrible situations, but her controlling behavior was just… Nasty.

 

Kitty Review:

This anime probably did deserve less than what I’m giving it, but the emotions were just all three of these. Honestly, this just wasn’t really worth it to me. But hey, I’m actually kind of glad there’s anime out there that could spark a discussion about negative queer relationships? I just wish it wasn’t for a fetish-type of show.

 

What kind of representation do you want to see in you anime? Leave a comment below! 

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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! 

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My First Girlfriend is a Gal – Review

I was skeptical with this anime, if I’m being very honest. When I looked at it, I was distracted by attractive anime girls in bright colors. But after officially watching it, I can tell you that I’ve never been more unsure on an anime in my life. There are certainly things about it I detest and other parts I find a little charming. And yet, when it comes down to it, this is still just an anime about getting laid.

My First Girlfriend is a Gal is an anime is about a high school student name Junichi, who is an consistently shamed virgin. After a bet and a push from his misfit friends, he ends up asking out Yame; a gal. Gals, as defined in Japanese culture, are girls/women who are fashion conscious and usually very done up; lots of eyeliner, over-done nails, bleached hair, you name it. While I couldn’t find a definition specifically online, the anime treats gals with the attitude that they may also be very promiscuous.  If you can glean anything from this attitude, you know exactly what Junichi’s intentions are.

The Good:

There were a lot of issues I had with this anime, which I will get to, but it wasn’t all bad. There was a message embedded in the show that I actually both agreed with an appreciated a lot. Yame was a really well thought out character. Both she and her friend Ranko dealt with huge stereotypes. As stated above, gals seem to have this “slut” stereotype thrown on them that make men, including the main character, attracted to them for easy sex.

Spoiler alert, just because women look a certain way does not mean they are interested in sleeping with someone. The overall theme seemed to be Junichi realizing that his girlfriend, abet messing with him, really did like him. Despite being kind of rough on the outside, Yame just wants to go on dates and have fun with her boyfriend. You can tell that when he brings up a stereotype about gals or when she’s confronted with something that bothers her, it really hurts. The fact that she has such a side shows me they really put some thought into her creation. Also, Ranko is in love with her and I just think that’s fantastic ’cause the more gay women there are in anime the better.

The Bad:

I had some serious problems with the humor in this anime. It had a few funny moments, but some of it was just downright wrong. I’ll reveal a few spoilers that really have nothing to do with the story line itself, but are ongoing jokes in the anime. First of all, this guy [Minoru Kobayakawa]. I hate this guy. They have a full on pedophile in this show; no not just a lolicon or something where they just like older women who look like girls, a full on pedophile…

I think most people still find this kind of humor to be… Funny? But it’s not. It made me so uncomfortable anytime he opened his mouth or called high school girls “old hags”. I think this was an attempt at raunchy humor, but I wasn’t at all impressed. Alongside that, the entire anime really did revolve around one guy just trying to get laid. I think the ending was the saving grace where he actually figured out she wasn’t a bad person and just because she looked and acted one way didn’t really mean she’d sleep with him. But again, some of the jokes just felt like a middle-school boy wrote them. I wasn’t super impressed.

Kitty Review:

Me and my wonderful cat/son Elliot were not impressed. I love Yame and how sweet she is as a character, but only admiring about two or three characters out of a whole series just won’t cut it for me. I need more than that. This was a romcom anime that had poor excuses for romance and, overall, poor humor.

Did you like this anime? What would you have changed about it? Leave me a comment!