Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – Review

The 2014 anime series Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei reviewed! Find out who is the nominee from this series for the Most Overpowering Character Award!

Light Novel Adaptations, Are They Worth It?

Light novels mostly have and operates on the same modus operandi. Take for example, A Certain Magical Index. The setting is in a totally unrelatable world, being set in a world where supernatural powers exist. Although magic and the supernatural are recurring subjects even in manga or anime, light novels make no attempt to join the dots or to relate the real world with the light novel. Most of them do not even touch on real life themes, and even if they do, they don’t put it in a relatable fashion. In other words, light novels are completely pure works of fiction, with no relatable information or knowledge inserted into the plot or setting. With that being said, I would like to review one of the Light Novel adaptations that was quite popular, that is Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei aka The Irregular at Magic High School.

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The Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei series is set in a world where magic exists and has been utilized as a technology for nearly a century. Rather than casting spells with chants or other traditional forms of spellcasting, mages use a Casting Assistant Device, better known as a CAD. Mages infuse the CAD with psions, a non-physical particle and known as a psychic phenomenon, then the CAD provides an activation sequence, which is used to construct a ritual in order to invoke the magic. The magic rituals target the Idea, the platform on which Eidos are recorded. Eidos refers to a form of information that is attached to a phenomenon. Modern magic uses false signals to manipulate the Eidos of a target, which in turn modifies the phenomenon and causes physical changes in the real world.

(WHAT??!!!)
(WHAT??!!!)

In 2095, Tatsuya Shiba and his sister, Miyuki Shiba are new students enrolling at the Private Magic University Affiliated High School (First High School). Students are ranked according to their test scores. Students with the best grades are enrolled in the Course 1 curriculum, while those with poorer scores are enrolled in Course 2. These streams are known colloquially (and against school policy) as “Bloom” and “Weed“. Miyuki topped the entrance exams and is selected to be the first years’ representative, while Tatsuya is placed in Course 2 due to his low practical test scores, despite scoring highest in the written/theoretical portion of the exams. And so, the discrimination of the Weeds by the Blooms ensues. Of course, that is before Tatsuya Shiba arrives at the scenes…

Ah…now we come to the juicy parts. Shiba Tatsuya is no ordinary sucker nor is he an underdog in any way, even if he is in the inferior Course 2. Nope, you don’t wanna piss him off cause he will kick your sorry ass without lifting a finger.

* Mild spoilers from here on*

1. He wield guns like a boss. Seriously, he can snipe you off a rooftop…with a handgun.

2. He doesn’t need them guns too anyway. He can kick your ass…by snapping his fingers.

Look, there's a mosquito by your ear.
Look, there’s a mosquito by your ear.

3. If you think he’s dead…Think again.

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4. And even if he’s didn’t even bother kicking your ass, don’t worry. His harem will do it for him… Here’s a slideshow of his harem girls!

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There’s more! He’s so powerful and strong that his SISTER fell in love with him. Nope, I’m not joking. Yup, his awesome and top-of-the-class sister. Fell. In. Love. In. Him.

Come on, kiss already! Chu!! CHUU!!!!
Come on, kiss already! Chu!! CHUU!!!!

In fact, she’s so in love with him that she uses the honorific “-sama” to address him while irritating the shit out of the rest of us normal people with no appetite for incestuous relationships.

Of course, it’s all fun and games for Tatsuya-sama who is so overwhelming and powerful that he might as well be a god. For the rest of us, it’s like a walk in the park whether you like it or not. Seriously, Tatsuya-sama is surely the most reliable person on Earth. Broke a leg? He’s there. A bad night? He’s there. No substitute for the National Sports Competition? He’s there. Feeling a little wet? No offense, but he’s there.

In other words, he’s a prince. Too bad he only has feelings for his sister. Too bad, girls…

So, is this anime good? It depends actually. On you.

If you like light novels or other anime adaptations of other light novels’ series like Sword Art Online or A Certain Scientific Railgun, you might like this. If you hate those, there’s a good chance that you may hate this too. In every other aspect, this anime is only so-so. The character development is fine, the plot is fine and the setting is not exactly very refreshing. Even the harem is only averagely interesting.

If there’s one thing I’d like to say about Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei and other LN anime adaptations, it’s that they are too superficial. Too shallow and rarely go beyond the surface of the plot. They rarely explore worldly themes nor go beyond the main character, which is sometimes a shame. For example, Durarara!! How many of you DRRR!! fans out there are disappointed that the author didn’t explore the side characters’ back story? I am.

I’m not saying to avoid LN adaptations altogether but I just wanna point out that most LN are like that. At least if you hate this sort of stuff, now you know why.

And if you’re wondering, just how strong Tatsuya-sama is, well, let me tell you: YOU DO NOT WANT TO FIND YOURSELF IN THE BELOW SITUATION.

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So, until my next post. Sayonara! (And yes, it’ll be a lie if I say that Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is not all about Shiba Tatsuya.)

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Anime Music Ichiban! 其ノロク!! Part Six!!

Do you think you’re a savvy anime music fan? If so, why don’t you check out these songs and find out whether you know these songs!

The Best Japanese Songs You (Probably) Don’t Remember

Anime openings and endings are sometimes the only way to promote Japanese music outside of Japan. I mean, how many Japanese songs do you remember that do not come from an anime? Undoubtedly, Japanese music owes a lot to the anime industry, but sometimes, even anime isn’t enough to promote the Japanese music overseas. Hence, good Japanese songs that are good, sometimes even better than conventional anime songs are left out due to the lack of exposure. So, here today, I bring you the best Japanese songs you (probably) never heard of!

欲望を叫べ – OKAMOTO’S

Best known for performing the opening song of the second season of Durarara!!: Headhunt, OKAMOTO’S was already in the industry for quite some time. Known for its monotonal, coarse and heavy rhythm-based sound, OKAMOTO’S was your conventional rock band trying to make it big. Before Durarara!!, OKAMOTO’S performed the 18th Naruto Shippuden ED. Starting things off with an explosive looping chorus, the song already had an edge over the long line of Naruto Shippuden EDs. EDs of long running anime, such as Fairytail, Bleach etc tend to be left out as viewers tend to skip the EDs in favour of catching up with the story as fast as possible. However, with that explosive opening to the ED, viewers were entranced by it and tend to continue to listen instead of just skipping it. Immediately after such a high, it proceeds to introduce its trademark sound throughout the verse before racing off to the explosive chorus once again and ending with a bang, literally. Too bad nobody takes notice and tend to forget about the song after they finished listening to it. OKAMOTO’S was considerably catchier and enjoyable than the multidutes of EDs out there. In fact, it was so good that the 19th ED, place to try by TOTALFAT which was quite good, seems mild in comparison!

エガオノマホウ – MAGICPARTY

When one thinks of Fairy Tail openings, one thinks of the fan favourites, such as OP 1, Snow Fairy by Funkist, OP 6, Fiesta by +plus, OP 8, The Rock City Boy by JAMIL and last but not least, strike back by back on.

Fairy Tail openings are known to be more pop-infused compared to other openings of long running anime series. For example, Bleach uses rock music more frequently whereas, Naruto adheres to its own choice of music in each of its openings and even endings.

However, there is a gem of a song among these Fairy Tail openings. Strictly speaking, almost all Fairy Tail openings are spectacular specimens of J-pop at its best but if we talk about the most pop-infused song of all those openings, I’ll say it’s OP 5, Egao no Mahou by MAGICPARTY. The vocals, the melody, the background music, all of it screams “POP!!!” throughout the song. The style of music in the song adheres rather strictly to the boundaries of pop yet is soothing to the ear. The music reminds me of American pop bands such as Maroon 5 etc. and the song is finely tuned to register with pop-lovers. The sad thing is Egao no Mahou is directed at the wrong place. J-pop is significantly different from conventional pop songs in the West, as the style of composition are way too distinct. However, if this song were to on American radio, I daresay that this song could very well be a hit in the USA. Hmm…isn’t this a song title?

Dream of Life – 伊藤祥平

One of the most uplifting songs and the first ever anime song I downloaded, Dream of Life is one heck of an inspiring song. Dream of Life is the 2nd opening song for Bakuman. For a show that is based on comic drawing and manga, Dream of Life truly manages to draw out the intense pressure and atmosphere between the manga artists. Too bad nobody took much notice of this song that it simply disappeared from sight instead of being given the attention it deserves. In the beginning phrase of music, the song starts off with acoustic plucking that immediately transforms into an electric guitar riff with clear vibrato. The melody wasn’t exactly very challenging but when the chorus drops, the vocals begin to soar and hit the sweet spots pretty nicely. Inspiring and a hard-hitter, Dream of Life can very much be the best underrated anime song ever.

ツナガルオモイ – 蓝井エイル

If you’re wondering whether or not you’ve heard this in the popular anime series, Sword Art Online, well, you have not. Unlike the songs before this, this song is not from any anime whatsoever, however if this would be an anime song, this would suit SAO the best. As you probably already know, the artists singing for SAO openings, aside from Asuna’s voice actress, are only LiSA and Eir Aoi. While Innocence by Eir Aoi is pretty good, Ignite, the 1st opening for the second season can be dismissed as a normal offering by Eir Aoi. Most of the songs in the second season are pretty lacklustre as well, with the exception of Shirushi by LiSA but Tsunagaru Omoi, although not used, is quite good and combines the much needed explosiveness yet natural melody that was lacking in Ignite. In a nutshell, I think that they should have used Tsunagaru Omoi as a opening instead of Ignite. But no point crying over spilt milk, is there?

For Fruits Basket – 岡崎律子

I am never a fan of shoujo manga. My first attempt at shoujo was Kaichou wa Maid-sama and I couldn’t make it past the first episode, in spite of constant prodding by my friend. I’m not saying that shoujo is bad but somehow, everytime I see a bishounen speaking in a princely manner, I tend to get air-headed and not concentrate on the show. In the end, I wouldn’t have watched anything and end up daydreaming throughout the show. Not about the prince, mind you. I hate skimpy bishounens, not that I’m one to talk. I’m quite skinny.

Anyway, this song is close to convincing me to watch Fruits Basket. For Fruits Basket by Ritsuko Okazaki, the opening song for the shoujo anime, Fruits Basket. The song is a standard shoujo anime opening songs, soft, loving and yet powerful. I loved it from the very beginning I heard it, and yet, for some reason, this OP isn’t talked about very much. So, I take it that it’s not well-known. Well, I don’t care what people say but I love the song. That’s that.

So, there you have it. What’s your take on this topic? What do you think is the most underrated anime song on Earth? Let me know through your comments and of course, all are greatly appreciated. If you like this or any other post of mine, do feel free to support me on my blog, https://seeanimeondaniel.wordpress.com

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5 Centimeters Per Second – Review

Sad, relatable and stunningly illustrated. Read all about it in this review! 5 Centimeters Per Second Movie!

Cherry petals travel at the speed of 5 cm/s, true or false?

Gravitational acceleration on Earth, provided that there are no other forces acting on the object caused by friction or obscure sources is 9.81 ms-2. However, according to the animated movie ‘5 Centimeters Per Second’, cherry blossom petal falls to the ground at a speed of 5 centimeters per second, which is equivalent to 0.18 km/h, which is 0.11 mph, rounded off to the nearest two significant figures. This implies that the acceleration of the petals falling to the ground are actually close to zero, isn’t it? Or does that mean that 5 cms-1 is the final velocity?

Using the formula a=(v-u)/t, we can find out the time taken for the petal fall to the ground! First, let me determine the approximate acceleration of the petal. Given that the normal reaction, R, caused by the frictional forces is 60% of the gravitational force acting downwards on the petal, using the formula, F=ma, we can determine the approximate time taken for the petal to reach ground…First, we use the formula…. Then we determine the … After that, using the earlier stated….

And so, the petal uses a period of 50 hours, 3 minutes and 28 seconds to reach ground.

How did I arrive at that conclusion? I made it up. Convenient and simple to understand, isn’t it?

(Insert rebuttal, insult and inappropriate hand gestures)

5 Centimeters

5 Centimeters per Second is a 1 hour, 2 minutes and 45 second long movie (I didn’t make that up,by the way.) and is considered by some communities out there to be the King of Sad Anime. I dare say that there are some that would go to the extent to say that it is sadder than Angel Beats, Air and even Clannad Afterstory! Well, it could very well be the case as it is superior to some of the aforementioned series in a few aspects.

First, let me be brief and tell you the story.

It is about a guy who fell in love when he was 13 years old and continued to be in love with the girl throughout the years gone by.

There you go. Not anymore can be said to avoid spoilers, not that there is5 Centimeters 2 anything to be spoilt in the first place. The briefness of the movie is not uncommon, because many other sad anime series out there apply the same technique of being brief with the exception of maybe, Clannad which has an approximate 50 episode of the two seasons combined. This one is about 2.54738945th the length of an average episode of the average anime series, which is approximately 25 minutes 45 seconds, rounded off to the nearest second.

Well, ridiculously long and complicated numbers aside, 5 Centimeters per Second is truly beautiful in more than one way. It is visually a feast to the eyes. When my friend introduced me to the movie, I was skeptical. But when he said that if I didn’t like it, at least every frame of every screen would be a beautiful wallpaper, he wasn’t kidding.

If I were to describe every single scene of the movie with words and try to write a novel out of it, I could very well be on a journey to write a 600 page-long novel with the font size 6. Seriously, heard of the saying, ‘A picture paints a thousand words’? The pictures from this anime paints two thousand words. I cannot even begin to imagine how much hard work the illustrators poured into this short movie.

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Now, this begs the question: Is this movie good? Now, that depends very much on your point of view. If you are extremely agitated on that day you watch 5 Centimeter Per Second, you won’t be able to savour it. If you hate sad movies, all the more reason for you to bug out of this. Unless–!!!

Unless you are willing to try to indulge into the world of sad movies WILLINGLY, I REPEAT, WLLINGLY, do try this out. Shove out all possible distractions, shut yourself in your room and kick your baby brother out. Make sure you’ve went to the loo and won’t be going in another 3 hours. And no matter what happens, don’t complain or think about what you would do or whatever. Think of nothing and take in the sights.

I did a little experiment watching this anime. I tried watching it with my family…and it was a disaster. My baby brother climbed all over my face, my parents looked at me funny and I pretended that I didn’t enjoy the movie despite the fact that I can’t even concentrate enough to even understand what the heck was going on. And so, I had the impression that this movie sucks, to the extent that I stopped watching halfway through the movie.

On the second attempt, I tried watching it on bed with all the lights, except for the table lamp turned off, with everyone in the house asleep and with my headphones on. It turns out despite the slow pace of the plot, it was pretty good for something claiming to be sad. For a change, being normal seem quite enjoyable and much, much more relatable than the usual buff that involve flying dragons and talking dogs. In Tohno Takaki’s, the main protagonist of the movie, own words, “the pain was palpable even through the phone receiver (in our case, the screen) but I couldn’t do anything…”

So, if you ask me if you should watch this, I’d say, yeah, go ahead, try it out. In my opinion, it’s a very old school sad love story that can touch your hearts at best and annoy the **** out of you if you’re unprepared. And I dare say, it can surely touch your hearts even if you think you’re a pretty cold-blooded person. You just have melt that stone heart of yours and take in everything. If you watch it with a heart of stone, then you surely won’t enjoy it, that much is certain.

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So, yeah, the illustrations are gorgeous, the plot is minimal but relatable and sad and the atmosphere is stunning. I won’t go to such lengths to say that this is better than Clannad Afterstory or any of the sad anime you had in mind but no doubt about it, this is sad and at the end of this movie, you will have a warm feeling in your heart. I encourage all of you, no matter you like sad anime or not, to try this out and if you don’t like it, at least every screenshot will make a wonderful wallpaper.

There you go, then. Feel free to comment on my post to let me in on what you think about this movie, topic or even introduce to more anime! All comments are greatly appreciated! If you liked this or any other post of mine, feel free to support me on my blog at https://seeanimeondaniel.wordpress.com

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Cowboy Bebop – Review

A(nother) Review of Cowboy Bebop. Need I say more?

Cowboy Bebop Reviewed (For the 1,827,026,329th time. Don’t even bother attempting to read that figure aloud.)

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You talk about anime in half of the anime communities out there, the name Cowboy Bebop will probably be brought up every three minutes or so. Ok, maybe that’s exaggerating but Cowboy Bebop is one of the revered classics of modern anime. No instrumental anime opening can surpass the Cowboy Bebop‘s opening and only a handful of anime main protagonists can even begin to challenge Cowboy Bebop‘s Spike Spiegel in terms of suave, collective coolness. In an attempt to put down the legend being the @$$#()!3 that I am, I’m ended up putting this anime on my list of favourite anime. Why? Ever heard of the story about the lawyer who tried to debunk the Bible and ended up becoming a Christian? Because it’s that %^@&ing good, that’s why.

Now, time for some jam!! (For maximum effect, please refrain from watching the video directly and  read the review while listening to the music. The TV size OP will be embedded to the end of this review so don’t worry.)

3, 2, 1, let’s jam! Spike and Jet are bounty hunters, living in their spaceship, The Bebop, in the distant future bebopin which the Earth is left in ruins after a stargate explosion. Due to Earth’s condition and the reliability and convenience of space travel at the time, humans have mostly deserted Earth and migrated to the other parts of the Solar System. In this vast areas of space, criminals roam free and the police force lack the sufficient manpower, thus getting the help of bounty hunters to hunt down criminals in return for a bounty. If you ask for a plot…I’ll give you…Tede tede tede tedede~~~ ‘Cause there’s fricking no plot!!!

Throughout the entire series, all you’ll see is Spike and Jet running all over place, attempting to catch criminals, meeting all sorts of people from different cultures and backgrounds, not forgetting having their past catching up with them. Throughout 26 episodes, Cowboy Bebop does absolutely nothing other than have the bounty hunters run up, down and all over, hunting down different villains, oddballs, criminals etc, even sometimes just messing around. On paper, it would seem like a space version of slice-of-life genre and somewhat boring. On paper, that is.

Trust me, watching the suave, carefree, happy-go-lucky yet stubborn Spike try to kill a immortal being in the form of a six-year-old kid is anything but boring. Watching Spike and Co. try to kill a mutated sea cucumber thing in their very ship ain’t bad either. In space, no one can hear you scream, eh?

So, this is all about Spike, is it?spike_spiegel Yes, most of Cowboy Bebop is about Spike. I don’t see how I would enjoy Cowboy Bebop without the one and only Spike, but no, this isn’t all about Spike. In everyday life, Spike would resemble the deranged @$&* sitting next to my cubicle, grumbling about every little thing in life, ranging from the lizard living in the office that leaves droppings on his table or the smell of the detergent the office cleaners use. The reason he is well-liked in the first place is the stuff he does. The way he walks, the way he fights, the way he talks, every move of his reminds me of the opening track, “Tank!”. Jazzy, suave and doesn’t seem to give a damn about everything and those characteristics only show when he’s doing something crazy. And he does stuff like that in almost every episode!

The fact is that the setting and the characters we meet in the show are so fun-filled and surreal that it seems so crazy. And crazy setting plus crazy characters plus crazy Spike equals to crazy stupid wacko stuff that makes me jump up and down, gets my blood pumping and gives me a high. Yup, it’s that crazy.

Is there anything else other than crazy shit? Surely, you cannot make an anime series that does nothing but do crazy stuff all day? Even if you made one, how are you going to end it?

(Please pause the OP and carry on reading, but this time, read it with the ED in the background for maximum effect. Don’t worry, the TV size of the ED will be embedded at the end of the review.)

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Here is one of the most iconic scenes in the entire series even if it remains unmentioned when Cowboy Bebop is brought up. Here’s a tip of what happens during this scene: It has been foreshadowed throughout the entire 26 episodes, even IN THIS VERY REVIEW.

The ED song, “The Real Folk Blues” is sad, it implies that Spike has a pretty sad past, that much is certain. The problem is his past isn’t concluded yet and has a tendency of catching up to him too and it will. All the crew members of the Bebop have their own back story and they all are kind of sad in a way (except for the dog) but none is more violent and depressing than Spike. Every time you see Spike’s past catch up with, someone dies and even Spike is injured badly, whether it’s from explosions or knife wounds. How long can he continue to withstand this physical stress? I don’t care if you’re Spike or Levi or the damned bloody Terminator, you’re gonna get worn down eventually.

And remember what I said about how there is no way to end an anime like Cowboy Bebop? There is one way, and your mind is blocking the idea away. I mean, there’s no way something like that can happen, right?

Sorry, no can do, friend. That’s not how the world works. Even though I did mention that Cowboy Bebop is a fun-filled anime, it can be pretty sad in a way. The ending makes you feel that everything is only temporary and are like fireworks in the night sky: Blink, and it’s gone. It makes you question your existence in the world. What am I doing here on Earth? Why am I alive? What purpose do I serve? To make the world a better place? Or the opposite?

When you’re done with this anime, you’ll probably start acting like Spike ’cause he doesn’t worry much. He doesn’t worry about death but looks it in the eye even when he knows his death is imminent. No worries, no regrets. Don’t worry ’cause your days are numbered and that number’s not gonna change just because you’re paranoid.

So…if you’re still wondering whether if you should watch Cowboy Bebop, seriously, don’t be like me, ever the skeptic. No regrets. Don’t die wondering whether Cowboy Bebop is good or not. Just watch it.

you’re gonna carry the weight…
see you, space cowboy.

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Anime Music Ichiban! 其ノゴ!Part Five!

When we talk about Chinese New Year, some of us think Chinatown and lion dances, some of us think a long journey back home to spend time with family and friends, some of us think fireworks! And do you know why the Chinese don’t use conventional fireworks that are beautiful and less noisy? You know, fireworks that you shoot straight up to the sky and explodes into a frenzy of bright colours? For those in the dark, the Chinese don’t use fireworks but instead, they use…FIRECRACKERS!!

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But what for? Why use these noisy little suckers that produces nothing but loud noises and bland white sparks? Because they’re loud.

To commemorate the Lunar New Year, I made this little playlist with nothing but songs that are loud. Just plain loud. Why? Cause they’re loud. No point, just loud.

FLCL ED Ride on Shooting Star – The Pillows

Naruto Shippuden ED 18 Yokobou no Sakebe – OKAMOTO’S

Arpeggio of Blue Steel OP Saviour of Song – Nano ft. My First Story

Death Note OP 2 What’s Up, People – Maximum The Hormone

Akame ga Kill OP 1 Skyreach – Amamiya Sora

Kuroko no Basuke OP 2 Rimfire – Granrodeo

Strike the Blood OP Strike The Blood – Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets

Beelzebub OP 1 DA DA DA – Appare☆Banchōsanjō!

Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus OP 1 Enamel – SID

Kaiji OP Chase the Light! – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Tonari no Seki-kun ED Set Them Free – Akira Jimbo

Daniel Sees Anime will be resuming weekly posts as per usual this 21st of February 2015, Saturday. This is a slight detour and will not affect other postings.

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Happy Holidays and have a Happy Chinese New Year!