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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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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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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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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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Happy Holidays!

While me and the bum (Elliot) celebrated Christmas today, we wanted to take a moment to wish all our readers a happy holidays regardless of what everyone’s celebrating this time of year! And even if you’re not celebrating, we hope you have a lovely day!

The festivities were really awesome, though due to work I was unable to do any holiday anime fun, but next year I might be able to! In the meantime, we just wanted to thank everyone who has stuck with this blog so far.

It has been an honor to run this site and have you guys like the work we do here. Well, by we I mean me because Elliot just watches the anime, but you get what I mean. It’s been a lot of fun and even after major re-branding and a lot of other mishaps, it has still been a very fun year for Elliot and I in terms of running this blog. So for all of you supporting us, thank you.

We look forward to making a bunch of new content for you soon and all of the fun for the new year!

Happy Holidays,

Ashley and Ellibum!

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Body Positive Anime Segments!

Welcome back anime lovers! In an earlier post, I’d mentioned that we would be making a body positive series here on the blog! I’m here to announce that this will be a reality. But each episode will be a little different, so I’m going to tell you who’s currently going to be on the podcast for each of these episodes and how we are breaking them up!

The categories are:

  • Body Shape/Size: Becca Davila, Allison Wolch & Adam Barba
  • Disability: Dylan Wickersham
  • Gender: Dylan Wickersham & Adam Barba
  • Skin Tone: Becca Davila & Clover Grayson
  • Body Parts: Becca Davila, Allison Wolch & Dylan Wickersham

Some of these lovely people you may know from previous work done at Black Moor, which is where we host our own podcast as well. Becca has been on Ashley’s Anime before (granted, it was known as Geekery Gears back then) but she also voices Hattie on Bosh & Brave. Clover Grayson also voices Paige Hopkinson and Adam voices captain Alex Stranwood. If you’re unfamiliar with their work, you can check them out here!

Dylan and Allison also work with Black Moor, but on projects that are not out yet. Until then you’ll get to hear their awesome comments in this new series we’re producing. We honestly look forward to it as these topics are something we’re genuinely passionate about. We can’t wait for you guys to join us and listen in! As with last time, there will be an article component to each podcast but you should definitely take a listen!

Also, fair warning, with scheduling issues and other mishaps, this list is likely to change as we begin producing the series. So please stay tuned! Subjects may be added, dropped/fused with other and people may have to back out. Regardless, we will try to hit everything we can within this series. And if we don’t, it only means there’s room for next time!

See you then cuties!

If we missed something and there’s a topic you’d like to hear us discuss, leave it in the comment section below! 

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Check This Out

Midterms left me with very little time to blog and do the things that are important to me! But alas, with the love of the mighty Elliot, I pulled through and returned from war to my sweet, sweet lovers; my readers!

And yet, we cannot celebrate just yet. I know, what a shame! Two weeks of silence and I return to give you… What exactly? Another gorgeously composed list of links for you to enjoy! The last time we did this, I reminded you that it was time to get ready for school, but the semester is almost over which means it’s time to celebrate! And while we’re not quite in the Christmas season yet, here are some articles and gifts to treat yo self!

  • Japanator recently celebrated Halloween with some spooky anime series you should watch, even if the holiday is over. Couldn’t agree more with Sword Art Online. Not gonna say much on this one because once you read/watch it, you’ll understand. And I though I was the only meme in the journalist community.
  • I really liked this editorial on fairy tales in anime by Rebecca Silverman on Anime News Network. The article is long, but it is definitely worth the read, trust me. It’s got two things I love; fairy tales and anime. How can you miss on this one? You can’t. Read it.
  • I may be jumping on late, but I recently saw this new anime feminist website called… Er… Anime Feminist! As a GSS major, I highly recommend this blog to anyone who’s both a feminist and an anime lover. So far, I’ve loved the articles written and the discussions it’s had and I think this group of writers is really hitting some major topics. I urge you guys to follow this new site!
  • Before we go, we’ve got some stuff to buy! ‘Cause you know that if I had money I would have a serious problem! First off, I’ve been getting into Touken Ranbu -Online- recently and I gotta say, the figures for it are pretty amazing. I actually want to collect all if its nendos (which if you’ve seen my Instagram, you probably already know I have a problem). Regardless Orange Rouge is coming out with this lovely Monoyoshi Sadamune figure that I think you guys should pre-order!

Well, that’s all for now all you cute kittens! My hope is that, now that midterms are over, I will have a more regular schedule once again!

Have any links you want me to check out? Leave them in the comment section below! tumblr_me96whp1xs1qdlkyg

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Back From the Dead!

Welcome back to the relaunch of Ashley’s Anime! For those of you who’re just joining us and are slightly confused, let me explain what happened.

In my previous blog post, I explained that I would be re-branding the former site known as Geekery Gears! If you want to see my reasons for why this happened, just read the post.

In the meantime, I’ll be explaining the new changes to Ashley’s Anime and how to fully experience this site; you can also find these instructions on this page!

Not much has really changed in terms of how this site ran before. Some segments, such as Anime Hero of the Month, may become a yearly thing as it does take up a lot of time and takes away from my focus with this site. But other segments, such as Check This Out, and other regular seasonal anime reviews will continue on a regular basis.

Previously, I’d discussed the podcasting situation to be monthly. That has definitely changed due to scheduling issues! I will try to make podcasts a bimonthly occurrence, but this also depends on who I can get for the show. In the meantime, however, the blog will continue to post on a weekly schedule!

Now the one big thing that will change is how I express my thoughts on reviews; the grading process. How will I do it? Through the very love of my cat. No seriously, that’s how I’m going to start grading anime.

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Oh yeah, just when you thought I couldn’t be anymore of a ridiculous human being, I pulled this out of the magic shoe!

As you can see these adorable emojis already convey a lot of emotions. Most of them can explain how I feel in a stable relationship! But instead of using them for selfish purposes, I’m going to use these emojis the same way we use a star-rating system.

It’ll be out of 5; because just like big balls of gas, they are usually measured out of 5. For example: 3 Elliots out of 5. Whether or not that’s a good reading, I’ll leave up to you. However, the emotions will tell you how I personally felt towards the anime. It’ll look something like this:

One Piece Rating

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Super Lovers Rating

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And this can also apply with half-emojis as well! For example:

Charlotte Rating

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Cory in the House

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Got it memorized? And don’t worry, I will be posting this on the About page as well, so if you do forget you can just look there for instructions!

Pretty simple, as you can see. And it’ll be very easy to use in practice. I figure you’re all tired of seeing the same thing over and over again, so it’s time to freshen up the place with something a little different and adorable.

I also would like to thank Adam Barba for the art work. Really, Ashley’s Anime’s design would have not been a reality without them! They not only made my previous logo for Geekery Gears and my new logo, but they also made all the adorable Elliot emojis you see above! Check them out on Twitter and Instagram, I promise you will not be disappointed. They have serious talent!

New posts and reviews will be coming soon, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, enjoy all the obvious hentai you’re looking at when you’re not reading my lovely words!

Let me know what you guys think of the blog’s reboot below! Do you like the kitties? Don’t lie, you like the kitties! tumblr_m9gclpn3pq1qzckow