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Would you like a do over – Re:Life

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to redo your life or even just certain parts of it . I know myself I certainly do. What I missed out especially in my teenage to early 20s . Things we miss due to what we thought was the best decision or out of fear of failure.

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Sometimes life is all about second chances especially in cases like this anime.

Re:life is based on a web comic of the same name created by Yayoiso.

The story revolves around a 27 young man who has recently  made unemployed after quitting his  claiming that it’s because it “does not fit his highest potential”. As a result of this action, he finds it difficult to gain a full-time job at another company and instead he works as a part-timer at a mini market. One day, a mysterious man named Ryo offers him a new employment prospect but first he needs to become a tester for ReLife: a scientific experiment to make him look like he’s 17 again and attend high school for one year. After the year ends they will forget about anything he said or did .

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There he will be put to the test to see if he help others around him using the experience he’s learned over the years to make sure others don’t repeat the same mistakes that he made.

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This series really spoke levels to me. The way the series deals with serious topics from pressure to have sex to bullying. All topics are dealt with in a mature fashion that you rarely see shows deal with the issues this way. The humor is on point and doesn’t distract you from the concept of the show. The biggest thing about the show was the twist of why characters are involved with the program.

Overall I give this series 5/5 youth pills

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Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? (And you thought there is never a girl online?

Back in early 2000’s you always hear stories of guys falling in love with people in MMOs during the heyday of World of Warcraft. As friends we have always made jokes of these stories that the female avatar was always played by a stereotypical overweight troll who agreed to go out to get some rare items or just for lol.

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This is what I originally thought this series was going to be about . But this series based on the light novel of the same name written by Shibai Kineko that was released in the Spring this year is about a young teenager Hideki Nishimura who not only finds out his team online are real life girls but are also classmates from his school.

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Sounds very Haremeque so far but Hideki has become disillusioned about his life after asking a female player in the game only to discover that the player was a guy.

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I think all of us can identify going on a first date or talking with a potential interest only to discover they weren’t what you were expecting.

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The series is broken down to 2 arcs . The first is the introduction arc where the players meet up in person and the founding of their school gaming club and the Romance arc where Hideki comes to grips with falling in love with character’s wife who in the real world is delusional female fellow student with severe anxiety problems.

High points of the show : Animation is light and bubbly which makes the show an enjoyable watch with plenty of humorous moments.

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Low points : The goal of the show was to help the love interest realize she isn’t married but nothing is resolved here besides the main character falling for her. I wished that she was able see reality for what is was . The main character asked her out , or spoke from the heart it had no emotional effect on her because she already believed they were together.

Final Thoughts : Lacks any emotional impact but still enjoyable 5/10 Boobies

 

Are we living in a Cyberpunk anime future?

Currently there is less than 2 weeks until the U.S presidential election in a new time where we are dealing with a new kind of war which is being fought on all fronts. The war of echo chambers.

Most of us as anime fans and geeks will associate ourselves with similar and like-minded individuals but as we get older times have changed conventions have changed and we have changed.

Conventions have created new discussions on cosplaying , immersion of genres and how they create commentary but we learn to forget this more playing on commentary on the country of origins culture and not the one we live.

These anime suggestions tell us something about our society now even before their time

Eden of the East.

Set in 2010 a series of missile attacks are launched on Japan with no casualties. The incident referred to as Careless Monday . Our main character wakes up in Washington DC naked with no memory and phone equipped with 8.2 million yen.

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Why this show relates to now?

The true meaning behind this show is the level of political games played now a day at the time of its creation was during the events and birth of wikileaks. And whether you believe the information they leak now a days back then it did create a conversation about how we perceive news and process information especially about sabotage, government deals with money .

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Ghost in a Shell

Created in 1995 and set in an alternative future reality of 2029 centers around a group of highly trained cyborgs and 1 unaltered human who are tasked security task force who get wrapped up in a plot with a living urban legend of the mysterious puppet master a hacker that takes over cyborg’s minds.

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Why this matters today?

One of the first cyber punk anime and manga of the time and one of the first anime films to become financial success. This has influenced a lot of our culture from James Cameron films to the Matrix. Even further into the series which was created in the early 2000s we have talked and theorized on the concepts of Gender roles we play or even the concepts of what defines a soul.

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Akira

Considered one of the greatest anime films of all time. Centres between a conflict rogue bikers and society and how one punk bikers gets wrapped up in science experimentation, psychic battles and an ever growing war between ideologies.

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Why it matters today?

Fanatical worship, anti government riots, and groups of crazy religious groups. Remove the science fiction and psychic elements and a lot of what is happening in this world.

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Pyscho Pass Seasons 1 and 2

While many consider this to be a knock off of the Film Minority Report this cyber punk series deals with many topics of stuff we deal with today.

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Plot

Set in a world where members of society are judged by a computer system called sibil on whether their personality and mentality of committing a crime. Akane is a new inspector who joins a team of enforcers who investigate crimes relating to the sibil system called Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division.

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Why it matters today?

While the first season deals on the philosphical topics on whether it is right to judge people by society as a whole. A topic like this wasn’t major at the time but now in a world where idealogies judge others not by lawa they break. Goodwin’s law has no longer a internet rule but society since every one morales are judged by your friends and family . Everyone called Hitler to the point the lines of what is good behavior and bad behavior has been made moot.

The second and often looked as the worst season deals with a more personal concept. How much can one person take before you change.

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In today’s society we judge with whether what we do is truly the right way to do things. In your 20s and 30s we juggle with building a career , student debt, and getting used to our own personalities. What one social group and even your work colleauges may consider normal behaviour other groups may redeem as extreme or odd. In your late 20’s particularlly even though you have become more comfotable with yourself you may not feel comfortable or know where we are going. Saving up to travel to Conventions / Events abroad or planning to travel to go to a far off location as a way to find some inner peace or just your personality is right to find a partner? These are things that may drive you crazy at times especially when every sounds like they are drinking the kool aid a little too often . People change and so have you but its your mission to moderate yourself on not being stuck in a echo chamber of negative opinions or choices . We are all of our bad choices and decisions but we are also every potential of a good future for us all . The world has always had horrible people and events in it . Both commited by men and women. We can only change our actions and try to help the people around us.

 

 

Let’s Repeat – Re:Zero

Subaru Natsuki is suddenly summoned to another world after walking out of a convenience store . With no sign of who summoned him, he soon befriends a silver-haired half-elf girl. When he and the girl are mysteriously killed, Subaru awakens and discovers that he has acquired the ability “Return by Death”, enabling to go back to a previous point before his death took place.

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Based on the light novel series by Tappei Nagatsuki and created by studio White Fox a relatively new studio who previously worked on Devil is a Part Timer and Is the Order a Rabbit?

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Taking the very simple and clichéd premise of transporting someone to another world scenario and running with the game mechanics into story and environment seem like a very tired premise takes a little deeper meaning.

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Through out the show Subaru repeats sections of his path as he dies and tries to overcome the same mistakes the next time.

Later in the series when situations go a lot more complex . This ability becomes a burden. Knowing your mistakes and decisions has led to someones death or has destroyed lives. Subaru desperately  tries to save his friends and villagers from countless deathless which leads to a near madness at one part.

Now the reason why I haven’t explained much of the characters is backstories and introductions to characters constantly change as scenarios change when he repeats his path through death.

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While the story has great approach on dealing with trauma . It does have some major issues with character development. The main female protagonist is introduced early in the show but is barely shown throughout the series as we see backstories for pretty much every other character it gets hard to support the main couple.

Overall the series is still a Fantastic watch from beginning to end and plays with simple RPG mechanics to keep gamers satisfied until the very end.

Fans of dot hack SAO and Btoom will definitely enjoy this series

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Are you Triggered? – Space Patrol Luluco

Luluco is a average normal thirteen-year-old girl who lives in the solar system frontier space colonization zone Ogikubo. All she wants to do is live a normal average high school life with her friends and family. But one day her father who works in the Alien Immigration force gets accidentally frozen and she is roped into helping enforce the law and justice within her school.maxresdefault

The reason why I keep repeating normal and average in this review is because she always repeats that she isn’t special she is normal. But this series is anything but your every day anime series.

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Using very over the top characters and jaw dropping animation are some of the things that makes this show worth watching. Made by Studio Trigger this show plays omage to all the great works that this new studio has made before . From Inferno Cop to Magical Girl Academia. This show has everything to keep you entertained with references to whole episodes dedicated showing how much love and support that the makers of the their shows had for them .

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With shows like Sword Art Online and Dragonball Super now a days following a very specific formulae in order to get their audience.

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This show does nothing like it . It’s bombastic energy that en scopes the raw feeling we get as fans. When we watch a great show for the first time. Or go on a dance floor at a convention dancing to some of our favorite openings.

Fans of Kill la Kill, Inferno Cop and Kiznaizer will really enjoy this show you will be Triggered ?

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How Can anime fan be controversial?

I just finished the 5 day course from a professional niche anime reviewer Lauren Orsini who has written articles for the Daily Dot , Kotaku, and Forbes magazine. The course was a simple premise how to fine tune your reviewer skills to increase your readership.

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Our first lesson which was very vague on the topic   Be Controversial

But there is a simple problem with this message . They never tell you how to write those stories.

Anime in itself can be beautiful strange and thought-provoking bringing new ideas and imagery . But it can also be horrific terrifying and outputting.

This is what I enjoy about the genre . It does push boundaries to another level it gets us to react to cosplay to create . It can shock us, entertain us or sometimes even turn us on.

 

In a world where everyone has become so hot-blooded and our daily lives have become stressful anime has become one of things that has helped many of us deal with the stress

 

So my answer to How to be controversial? Be the Encouraging Fan to a Point

Yes , For every fandom there is a limit . So I use 2 of the most extreme examples.

Harem Genre

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I love Harem anime because personally I take on a lot of stress and anxiety it feels good to turn off your brain and simply enjoy something so silly.

Now there is a distinct problem with this fandom.

Hug pillows at conventions . Most conventions are for all ages yet this is something that always creeps me out. Why sell them at all? It really boggles my mind.

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Just like guys, girls enjoy their smut as much as the next person whether its Antique Bakery , Sex Pistols or some bizarre cases my Sexual harassment. While most of this is mostly harmless there has been some extreme behaviors that really shouldn’t in conventions. First is the hug pillows. I have my complaints on this subject but the same applies to girls . Your Senpai will notice you in a wrong way purchasing this.

But the other is the Infamous Yoai Paddle. The Yoai paddle is a wooden paddle with as a symbol of the Yoai Fandom. It became a little out of control when fans would hit their friends both male and female with the hard end on their asses.

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Almost short of either sexual harassment or something to lead up to a Yoai Fight Club(pictures yoai fans fighting over who’s the best shipping)

I wonder what will be the next Yoai fandom craze ? Yoai teasers , Yoai swords, Yoai whips and chains? Maybe the Yoai fandom needs to relax a little bit now a days and learn to adapt to things that are in conventions. You can use Yoai blow up Guitars something that may not lead to violence.