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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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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! 

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Summer Anime 2017!

Another summer is here to greet us! In Las Vegas this means it’s time for the heat to boil our faces off and Elliot to shed more fur than I thought possible. Of course, not all is lost! We always have anime! And so, here is the list of new anime that your favorite kitty and I will be doing this summer.

A Centaur’s Life

You just couldn’t let it die could you? You just had to keep begging and begging for more like a bunch of dogs at the dinner table. And now look where we are. Look at what you’ve done. Look at what you’ve cursed us all with.

I suppose I’m going against popular opinion since it seems like everyone finds this anime to be adorable. And I suppose I can see the appeal. Hey man, neko girls are dead right? We’ve evolved as a species to get to this point. Horse girls is where its at now for the cool kids.

Well you’re lucky I care about my readers otherwise I wouldn’t give this anime the light of day. I will watch this anime diligently and, much to my dismay, there will be a review of it up on this blog. I guess anything will do after Spiritpact, but still… We should have just stopped at the first fifty monster girl anime guys, come on.

My First Girlfriend is a Gal

I… Don’t know what I think about this anime upon my first initial reaction. To be honest, I don’t know if I should even touch it. So far it has some pretty risky humor, which I actually don’t mind, but it does it in a way that I’m not entirely sure I like just yet.

Still, I do see an odd charm to it. Romcoms are fairly entertaining and I can’t really see myself having too bad a time based off the first episode. Again, I’ll have to see where it goes with its choice of humor and how it’s utilized, but thus far I think I can stomach this.

Tsuredure Children 

‘Tis the summer for all the awkward love stories, my dears! If there’s any major theme I’ve seen with this particular season it’s that there are a lot of anime about people dying and traveling to other worlds and awkward, funny romances abundant.

This is the one that definitely takes the cake when it comes to any kind of romantic comedies. The entire thing is literally a compilation of a various relationships. So far? I love it. It’s been humorous, wholesome and adorable and that’s just the first episode alone. I’m so ready for it. Let’s do it.

GAMERS! 

I was surprised to find that I really like the first episode for this. I don’t know what vibe I originally got, but I was worried it was just going to be another harem about a nerdy guy that finds himself in a weird situation. I wasn’t ready for that redundancy. But boy was I wrong!

The first episode was definitely eye-catching enough to make me want to stick to the anime. Although, I will say, with all of these funny love stories this season I have to wonder if I’m going to get bored. There is by far already too many romances on this list but they all seemed pretty good thus far.

Netsuzou Trap -NTR- 

So this… Anime…

I’m sure we all thought that I would be super excited about it. To be fair, I was when I was first notified about its existence… But to be very honest after the first episode I am a little worried. Thus far, I sort of get a fetish vibe about it, and I really don’t jive with that kind of anime.

However, I think this is exactly the kind of anime I need to watch. Is it going to be one of my favorites? I doubt it. What I will say is that so far the relationship between the two girls almost seems to be abusive and as hard as that may be to watch, it’s not bad representation. In fact, we need some representation when it comes to abuse in same-sex relationships. I can’t completely condemn it just yet, but I do not have a good feeling about it. Be ready for blood.

Knight’s & Magic

I’m excited for this one! If you know anything about me, you know I love fantasy. It’s the other half of my career. So when anime and fantasy combine, it usually amounts to the stuff of dreams for me. Fantasy-themed anime is probably my favorite thing in the world. I’m ready.

I liked this first episode, though I will say I was a little disappointed with the origin story. It reminded me a lot of GATE and I couldn’t get through that one because of how… Stale it was. I get really bored with the “otaku becomes a bad ass and leads a new life of adventure where his absurd skills suddenly apply” trope. It feels a little silly to me. Once I got beyond that, I thought it was pretty okay. Still, I will save my final opinion for the review!

Well, my lovely fair readers, that is the list for the summer season of 2017! I’m so excited for all of the new shows coming out as well as the awesome stuff Ashley’s Anime is looking to bring to you. Elliot and I will see you soon!

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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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Fall Anime 2016!

It’s that time again kitty-lovers! Time for me to pick out what anime I will be watching for the season of cold morning and cornucopias amounts of homework and exams! It’s fall, and that means there will be rushed blog posts and Elliot will most definitely be getting “fluffier” (guys, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner are just gonna do it for him) but fear not! We will be doing our job to provide you with the best reviews and content for the blog!

So what will the bum and I be watching this fall? tumblr_me96whp1xs1qdlkyg

izettaIzetta: The Last Witch: 

Is it finally happening? Am I finally going to find a lesbian couple that doesn’t pander to a male audience via anime? Because the last time I saw that happen it was Magi Madoka and even then, I’m not so sure they ever really made it canon. I’m not entirely sure that that’s the direction this anime is going to go in, but boy howdy, I sure hope it does! Listen guys, every yuri or girl love thing I see in anime is always really young girls or its really not meant for queer women. With that in mind, I’ve always wondered if I was ever going to find a healthy, adult relationship between two women without it being fetishistic. I’m not sure if this will be that anime in terms of shipping, but regardless of the “romantic” aspect I love the story so far. Episode one really drew me in and even if the two don’t end up together the story will still be worth the watch. Needless to say, I have high hopes for this anime.

kaiju-girlsKAIJU GIRLS:

This. Is. The. Cutest. Thing. Ever. I know that this means I will have to review another very short anime, but I have no issues with this. In fact, I’ve been so busy lately that this might be a blessing in disguise. I really love the art for this, it’s so chibi and adorable and it makes me want nendos. If I don’t get nendos for this anime, I might cry. Regardless, I watched the first two episodes for this short anime series and it looks like it’s going to be a good way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Nothing heavy or serious, in fact it’s mostly humor, but I do think that it’s going to be a great “time waster” for lack of a better term.

kiss-him-not-meKiss Him, Not Me:

I have a problem with this anime. I have a problem with this anime to the point that now me and the crew are going to be doing a podcast series discussing this issue. Right away, within the first few minutes of this anime, I just knew I was going to have an issue with everything that followed. What is this mysterious issue, you may ask? Fat. Anime. Character. Tropes. “She said whaaaat?” You heard me. And the sad thing is, when I saw the gifs from this anime I thought that it was going to be a really great, funny anime. But instead they placed the lead female in this position where her weight was a deciding factor in her attractiveness. This may not seem like a problem until you realize that none of this story would have happened if she’d remained plus-sized. I will have to dig into this much more when the season is completely finished, but for now I will leave you with a scowl and some bitterness; I am really tired of seeing this trope. It needs to stop. In the meantime, I will try my best to just watch the anime.

magical-girlMagical Girl Raising Project: 

This series. I don’t know where to start with this series, if I’m being honest. For the record, the only reason that I would be even remotely harsh on this new show is because I’m a serious Magi Madoka fan. And while these two series are respectfully different, I still saw some similarities between the two shows and it made me feel slightly defensive. Like a house cat and it’s food (I mean Elliot). Magi Madoka is my sealed can of goodness and when I see the bag of kibble I kind of just turn my nose at it. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have the potential to be good though! I pushed my bias aside as much as I could because I found that I actually liked the art style and animation for this show. It looks like it will be good, so if I can relive my Madoka days vicariously through this, I will.

And that’s it for the fall season! I think it’ll definitely be a good one and I’m looking forward to watching all of these series and reviewing them for you like the piece of anime trash I am. This will definitely be a great way to procrastinate on the large amount of work I need to do to stay alive (note: this is a lie, if I stop working I die, so therefore I will not be procrastinating, but rather, working diligently at all times). Elliot and I will be dutiful to our reporting for you, the readers, as always!

What series will you be watching while you wait for Santa/Krampus to come? Tell me in the comment section! tumblr_m9gclhodl61qzckow