Welcome to an opinionated guide where I smash on a keyboard for an hour frantically churning out a paragraph or two of uninhibited rage and spelling errors.
This is where I'll be be doing first looks before I post a full episode breakdown,
I'll try to keep these as spoiler free as possible but be warned as soon as an episode guide hits spoiler warning well be be in effect.
We have two upcoming guides so lets get to work!
Guide one: Sweet Blue Flowers / Aoi Hana (SUB)
Primary Genre: Yuri / Shoujo - ai
Secondary: Slice of Life
I admit I don't read much, but I wasn't unaware of Aoi hanas existence it just kept getting pushed to the side, but with lucky penny (rightstufs new publishing wing) putting out a subtitled DVD of the anime I was quick to snap it up. just be aware I'll be looking at this from the perspective of an outsider. The story focuses on Fumi and Akira two childhood friends reunited after a decade apart having a chance reunion at a train station with neither realizing who the other is. Fumi is a tall girl with glasses and has just moved back to town attending her first day at the public highschool, when while waiting for the train she bumps into Akira who saves her from a groping passenger with a swift stomp on his foot, Akira however attends a nearby all girls Catholic School, that's the basic setup, exploring the relationships between the girls and those around them. Secondary Genre is Slice of life, meaning there won't be any monsters, giant robots or magic being flung around, its a character study and a drama. I've only seen the first four episodes but I'll be watching them all before going back through for a proper guide. If you're a fan of Yuri you'll eat this up, so long as you can stand reading subtitles.
Guide Two: Persona 4 - The Animation
Primary Genre: Fantasy
Secondary: Slice of Life
Persona 4, what can I say about it? its BIG, I played it back on the PS2, I own The Golden on Vita, being one of the two reasons I bought the console when I did. After spawning a popular stage play and being hailed en masse by critics for its story and characters what could possibly go wrong with porting that story to a 24 episode anime? We'll if you're coming in from P4G you'll be right at home, PS2 owners should know the P4G version of the game had to redub two of the major characters (Chie, Teddy) but almost all of the P4G Voice actors are there so you'll fall right into it, I got used to the new voices quickly but it may be off putting for so just be aware of that.
For those who are just joining us allow me to break it down for you. Yu Nakamura is a high school student who recently moved to the small town of Inaba after his parents went to work overseas. for a year he'll be staying at his uncles home with him and his daughter. Yu makes friends quickly people seem to open up to him at the drop of a hat so he becomes quite popular. but all the while, a rash of bazzare murders have hit the region and he soon finds himself in a world that shapes itself based on the minds of those who fall into it.
I'll try to have the first part of the Aoi Hana guide done ASAP as I don't have the second half of Persona 4 quite yet. Stay Tuned!
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