Monday, June 26, 2017

Hyakuman en no onna tachi Episodes 10+11

EDIT: Ooops. I assumed there was no episode 12 because there was no preview at the end for the next episode but bframe just informed me there's one more and I should not get my hopes up for it. Its probably going to be a week before it shows up on streaming sites.
 
And so it ends not with a bang but a whimper. We finally found out who the mastermind is and my only reaction is... eh? There is no finality, no aha or omfg moments. I was sitting there thinking, "That's it? After all that build up?"

It so disappointing to see a show with interesting characters and story possibilities end with nothing. Hyakkuman en no onna tachi kept me on my toes through the series but a mystery show is as good as its ending and this was a let down. A big meh from me. I wonder if the original manga has a better ending?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kenja no Ai Eng subs out at d-addicts!

Kenja no Ai was one of the best shows of 2016 and the English subs have finally surfaced on d-addicts, freed from the chains of private livejournal groups. I bloody recommend it cause its just so good. The torrents at nyaa don't seem to have seeds but you can get it from avistaz or doramax265 if the links still work. If you like jdoramas, you have to watch this and not knowing Japanese can no longer be a reason.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Chiisana Kyojin Episodes 1-5

Chiisana Kyojin is basically the cop version of Hanzawa Naoki, which means overabundance of stirring music, overacting villains and unnecessary posing and shouting. In other words, its a good cop vs bad cop show where the word subtlety does not exist.

It doesn't mean that Chiisana Kyojin is all bad though. What kept me watching throughout the five episodes were the actors involved, especially Yasuda Ken although the overacting did grate on me somewhat.

Playing my 3DS which watching also helped me though the cringeworthy parts. I did enjoy the first story which was about Hasegawa Hiroki trying to uncover the police mole, shades of Infernal Affairs except its not half as good.

Chiisana Kyojin is what it is. Those who liked Hanzawa Naoki will enjoy it the colourful villains who have a neon sign above their head saying 'I'm a bad guy' and those who have Hanzawa Naoki will find this to be a tolerable version.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Midnight Diner / Shinya Shokudo movie 2 2016

The second Midnight Diner/Shinya Shokudo movie is finally here, and can be gotten at avista! Like the first movie, its more of a collection of short stories instead of mixing being one two hour story.

However, I found the three stories to be pretty good and fun to watch, especially with the subtle jokes that long time fans of the series will enjoy very much.

The third and last story is the longest and features a lot of the supporting characters all doing a small role which made me enjoy it more.

While I would still prefer the Shinya Shokudo movies to mix their stories together a bit more, the second movie is a lot more satisfying than the first.

This series can never get old and everytime I watch it, its like revisiting old friends. Must watch cause its better than the first movie.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hyakuman en no Onna tachi episodes 6-9

NOOOooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WTF! WTF! WTF! WTF!

What is this show doing to me??!!!!! I can't remember the last time a harem dorama has had me at the edge of my seat and caring about all the characters. The ending to episode 7 is bad enough but the ending to episode 9 had me screaming at my computer screen.

There better to be good explanation for everything! Can't decide if its a must watch or not until it finishes but every episode is appointment viewing. You can stream the show from 7tv7dorama. Doesn't look like anyone has uploaded episode 2 and above on nyaa.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Kuzu no Honkai Episodes 1-3

What happens when a girl, Mugi likes her oniichan who is also her teacher and a guy, Mugi likes his music teacher who was his ex-tutor but both their one-sided loves are unrequited?

They both decide to become a fake couple and use each other to relieve their sexual frustrations.

At first, Kuzu no Honkai felt like a cheap generic shoujo manga show with but every episode ends with a very exciting reveal and I rather enjoyed how 'adult' the dorama was.

While I wish they had a bigger budget to make make it more beautiful, Kuzu no Honkai's story  so far has been surprisingly interesting and well paced.

The acting is kind of meh but nothing off-putting.

I'd rate the first three episodes as surprisingly watchable.

I'm interested in seeing where the characters go from here.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Reverse episodes 1-4

The mystery part of Reverse feels very tired; People keep repeating the phrase that incident 10 years ago like that crappy dorama Triangle and Kinpachi sensei keeps haunting the people involved in the incident just like in Byakuyakou.

Revelations about the incident are slow to come by but even then doesn't get my excited because it feels like the show going on a merry-go-round where everyone has motive and is a suspect for an episode and it doesn't feel like all the clues are building up to something.

However, there is one good thing that prevent Reverse from becoming another Triangle which is exploring how the incident has haunted the characters who were involved. I quiet enjoyed the characters from Toda Erika wanting to be with Fujiwara Tatsuya despite his past haunting him and the teacher who is all too aware how lies will always come back to haunt the liar.

Unfortunately, the characters aren't enough to get me to sit through the boring flashbacks and I've decided to give up at episode 4. Meh.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jmovie review: Destruction Babies

Destruction Babies is the most violent Japanese movie I have ever seen and I've seen plenty of B grade blood and guts movies like Ichi the Killer. What makes Destruction Babies so violent is not the blood but the sheer rawness and grittiness of the fight scenes.

The kid from Nobody Knows plays the older brother of two siblings Taira, who is a force of nature and spends the whole movie picking fights with everyone and for no good reason. Soon, Suda Masaki and Komatsu Nana's characters get involved him Taira and crazy things happen. Suda Masaki plays a delinquent who is drawn to Taira propensity for violence and Komatsu Nana is a shoplifting hostess

I love how the fight scenes are filmed. They are freaking raw, almost from an observer's perspective. A huge part of the movie is about people's reaction to the violence. I could not look away in disgust as fists and knees pummel skulls again and again, almost like watching a car wreck.

Storylinewise, Destruction Babies is very nhilistic especially with a wtf ending but to me its about how people react to violence. We are disgusted but yet we cannot help but look and take videos and watch in awe.

Destruction Babies is not for everyone but if you're into violent and nihilistic jmovies like me, its a godsend. Very watchable. Destruction Babies and Himeanole show that Japan can continue to make excellent movies.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hyakuman en no Onna tachi episodes 1-5

At first glance Hyakumen en no Onna tachi seems like your typical harem.


Shin is a struggling writer when one day, 5 women turn up at his house.


All five received a mysterious invitation to stay with Shin and to pay him hyakuman en every month for rent.

What are the contents of the mysterious said letters that made these 5 women spend so much money to live together with Shin?

What are the true identities of the women who clearly must be loaded enough to pay hyakuman a month in rent?

Who is the person who sent the letters and what is the purpose of the exercise?

We slowly get glimpse to the women's back story one by one and they turn out to be interesting.

I'm just happy its not the typical anime sob story problem where the main character fixes it by being nice and going Dr. Phil on the problem.

Up until episode 3, Hyakuman en no Onna tachi was ok but as it is bframe's recommended show of the season, I soldiered on.

Then the end of episode 4 happened and now I could start to see the show heading into interesting places. I don't care its got a harem premise as long as it leads me down interesting places.

I downloaded the first episode from nyaa. You can stream the series from 7tv7dorama. I've got a add-on for downloading streaming videos on my Opera browser so I can download the episodes. Very intriguingly watchable and could potentially be very good in my book.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Big anime reviews roundup 18/5/17

BERSERK EP 19

If you look on the internet, you could be forgiven for thinking that Berserk was the worst anime ever with all the complaining and moaning about the stiff CG and animation. While the complaints may have some merits, its still Berserk which means its better than 99% of all anime out there. I love how we finally get to see Guts' new group in action! I look forward to it every week.

ZANKYOU NO TERROR

Nicely paced 11 episode anime about two teenage terrorists and this girl who gets caught up in their plans. I watched this based on a recommendation and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mature and beautifully animated, Zankyou no Terror is why I like anime. While watching I kept thinking who was this producer who got this show greenlit with a very good budget cause its not a shallow popular anime. Very watchable but I hope they never turn it into a jdorama.

YOUJO SENKI

Don't let the loli main character full you. She's actually a Japanese salaryman stuck in this alternate reality world war scenario with magic and flying witches. The main appeal of Youjo Senki is that we have a smart, pragmatic main character who knows what he wants and schemes to get there instead of the boring nice characters who luck their way to saving the world. My only complaint is the whole loli thing is so unnecessary but its Japan so whatever. Watchable.

SHINGEKI NO BAHAMUT

Beautiful anime with fantastic character design. Based on a smartphone game, the story is generic and sometimes headscratching but its saved by nice character dynamics and very good pacing. Kept me entertained until the end. Surprisingly watchable fantasy anime. I wish the story and characters were from an old school RPG game instead of smartphone trading card freemium game. Watchable. Did I mention it looks so pretty?

GANGSTA

Gangsta at first glance looks like my kind of anime. Its about two handymen who do all sorts of jobs in this city where lawlessness rules. My big problem with Gangsta is the world building. We've got the four factions and anti-twilights stuff but the world doesn't feel real. The characters explain a lot about the world but don't really see any world building stuff. You can say I feel like the world is lacking in details. I gave up 3/4 of the way. Meh.

SHINGEKI NO KYOUJIN S2

I've kept my expectations low and its been surprisingly watchable and even at times exciting.

EROMANGA SENSEI

This feels like a crappy version of Ore no Imouto mass produced for the otaku masses with no soul. ZZzzzz.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Final Fantasy 14: Daddy of Light Episodes 1-4

My must anticipated jdorama of the season and it does not disappoint. The plot is simple. Son does not have a close relationship with his father, Osugi Ren who just retired but introduces him to Final Fantasy 14 as a means to get close to his father.

My favourite thing in this show is about how problems that Osugi Ren encounters in the game are used to solve real life problems that the son faces. For example, in episode 2, the Osugi Ren declares that he is quitting FF14 and the reason he gives is a hoot but so Japanese and it helps the son solve this problem at work.

Daddy of Light is simple, not preachy because of the runtime and gamers will totally enjoy the Final Fantasy music and real life gaming experiences. Most of all, the characters feel real and relatable compared to stupid shows like Tokyo Tarareba Musume.

Daddy of Light is not available for non-Japanese Netflix at the moment. I've been watching at jplovetv. If you've got basic Japanese, I'd encourage you to give it a go. (Its called Hikari no Otousan) Who knows how long the links will stay up.

On the whole, a very watchable show I would equate to nice, warm chicken soup.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Onna no Naka ni Iru Tanin

Based on a 1966 movie, The Stranger within a Woman is about a wife (Tanuma Yuriko) who finds out her husband has accidentally killed his lover who happens to be the wife of his best friend and instead of leaving him, helps cover up the crime to protect their family.


I was really attracted to the premise of this show. Anything dark and nihilistic is right up my alley. Unfortunately, I did not like the execution very much. Firstly, its very soap opera-ish. Not just the acting but also things like characters doing inner monologues out loud and directing style.

Secondly, the pacing is too slow and 7 episodes is too long for a movie adaptation. They presumably added the subplot about the wife's old best friend but it just distracts from the main story which is the psychological breakdown of the husband and the wife who wants to save her family at all cost.

I still finished Onna no Naka ni iru Tanin. I haven't watched a jdorama with Japanese subs in a while its great for Japanese study. Thanks to keiko1981 for timing the subs. The show can be downloaded from the private tracker AOX. Other than watching a show with Japanese subs, I would not go out of my way to watch it. I just feel WOWOW would have done a much better job with this adaptation. Meh.