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Anime For Valentines Day!!!

14 Feb

Anit Valentines Day

So I have to apologize. Its been more than a minute since I have been on here. :c) I have had a major case of writers block/side tracked by MAL. I have been working like crazy on 2 clubs (yes there is a shameless plug coming up) the Anime Bloggers Union and the Pacific NW Anime Club. Trying to take over both from people that haven’t been running it since like forever has been a task and a half lol!!!

Since I felt bad about neglecting my poor blog and the mini handful of readers that actually read this I decided to do a half and half Valentine’s Day Anime List! The reason I am calling it half and half is because half will be for you lovely dovey, card buying, oozing sappiness people. The other half will be for the people like me that think Valentine’s day is a joke of a holiday. I mean hell, you don’t even get the day off and I have to have people at work bug me for candy and I have to see pink everywhere. I HATE PINK! Yeah I’m a girl and I freakin hate pink with a passion.

To start the list, it will be for you people that love to love and love all things pink and red! :c)

1. Ouran High School Host Club

  • I love this anime! Too freaking cute and the different themes that the club puts on is awesome. The love story in it between Haruhi and Tamaki is also cute but really doesn’t come to a head until the end of the anime.

2. Honey and Clover

  • This a longer anime that follow a group of student through art school, graduating and work. There are numerous love triangles in this anime.

3. Fruits basket

Fruits Basket

  • One of my favorite animes and also features a live triangle. Great anime to watch but a word to the wise after the last episode you need to pick up the manga at where it left off to get the full ending.

4. Clannad and Clannad After Story

  • Supposed to be one the best love story anime’s out there. I have only started watching it and its cute. Don’t know if it would call it the best…

5. Paradise Kiss

  • Love, fashion, deceit, fashion, craziness and did I mention fashion? This was an awesome anime that seriously brought a tear to my eye with the ending.

6. Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

  • Love in the music word mixed with college life. You HAVE to watch the OVA in addition to the anime to get the actually ending. Odd how they worked that one but the story is cute and worth waiting to watch the OVA.

7. 5cm per second

5cm Per Second

  • This a short story anime film that is broken into 3 parts. With each part follow the main character through different stages in his life and the stages in his relationships.

The second half of the list is for you fellow anti-valentines day folks!

1. High School Of The Dead

Hish School Of The Dead

  • How can you beat a full worldwide outbreak of zombies?! GREAT relief to the valentine’s madness! There is even a love triangle mixed in!

2. School Rumble

School Rumble

  • Could have put this in the first half but the constant madness that is School Rumble makes it more of a laugh riot than anything else. The mistaken love interest and love triangles make for a very funny plot line!

3. Shikabane Hime

Shikabane Hime

  • Priest falling in love with dead girls that roam the world killing off demons and the possesed? Another great relief from the valentine’s madness lol!

4. Shiki

Shiki

  • A story about a girl that is obsessed with a boy she meets and haunts him even after she dies. Throw in vampires and the undead and you have a great non fluffy romance/stalking story.

5. Dance In the Vampire Bund

Dance In The Vampire Bund

  • A love story between a werewolf and vampire surrounded by death and lies. You also get a story of a fight between vampire clans and a fight to the death between beast people.

6. Big O

Big O

  • No we are not talking about that O! The story revolves around a city that has lost their memories. All that is left are these big mechs that feel the need to beat the crap out of each other. There is also a love triangle between the main character, his android and a woman whos group she works for is working against him.

7. XXXHolic

xxxholic

  • Your avegage nerd that also happens to be plagued by seeing yōkai and ayakashi. He is in love with one of his classmates and does everything he can to fight the yōkai and ayakashi in order to get them to leave him alone so that he can try and pursue her. Well that’s at least the story in a nutshell from the romance point of view.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe valentines or anti-valentines day!

 

My Time Spent Watching Anime

via my personal anime list on MyAnimeList.net

XXXHolic

17 Nov

Air Dates: April 6, 2006 – September 28, 2006

Episodes: 26

Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy

My Rating: **** (4:5 stars)

XXXHolic is one of my favorite Supernatural anime’s. There are no huge fight scene, no big love story (even though there is underlying arc that is about the main character Kimihiro Watanuki’s crush on Himawari Kunogi from his class. Its doesn’t over indulge into the love story but it’s enough to give it some feeling and not keep it so dark).

The plot is based around a highschool kid names Watanuki who is plagued by the ability to see yōkai and ayakashi (spirits, demons…etc.) that for some reason have a very strong attraction to him to the point of almot smothering him at times. He is the only one that can see these spirits and to the people around him they think is a bit ‘off’. For this he has no real friends and is a loner. His parents aren’t around so he lives by himself which makes dealing the ayakashi more difficult.

The story starts off with him stumbling into a mysterious shop as he was trying to get away from a group of ayakashi that were trying to swallow him up one day. This is where the main female character comes in named Yūko Ichihara who is a the owner of the shop. This is a place where she makes deals with patrons that happen into her shop to grant wishes in exchange for something of equal value. Helping her in the shop are two AI’s Maru & Moro along with Mokona Modoki which refers to two bouncy rabbit like things (one black and one white) that were created by Yūko and a cross over character Clow Reed who is a sorcerer and some might say Yūko is one too.

*So to explain the crossover bit for a second. XXXHolic has a strong crossover in the storyline with Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. However in the Anime it is shown more in Tsubasa. The story goes that the soul of a girl names Sakura was taken in another dimension after a fight broke out with warriors from yet another dimension that arrived at a set of ruins, that she was at with her friend Syaoran, through a portal . Her soul was captured and turned into feather that were dispersed out through other dimensions. After her soul was turned into feather and left her, she fell into a catatonic state leaving Syaoran devastated and willing to do anything to try and save her. He along with the now catatonic Sakura, are transported to Yūko in the XXXHolic dimension. In this anime she is referred to as the Dimensional Witch. Syaoran is given the shpeal about make a deal and in exchange I want something that is of equal value. This cost is Sakuras memories of Syaoran. He is willing to do anything for her so he agrees… I will cover more of this one later but this is to help you get a bit of the cross over part.

Ok back to XXXHolic. Yūko learns of Watanuki’s abilities and agrees to help rid him of his plague if he works in her shop. Well working in the shop meant be her B**** lol! He is left with cleaning, cooking, running errands, assisting with people that come in the shop, late night runs to buy Sake since that is ALL she drinks all the time. Yūko even uses Watanuki’s abilities to help other people that are being haunted by ayakashi or possessed by yōkai. Through these customers Yūko helps Watanuki to learn to deal with/control his abilities. Another classmate of Watanuki’s is Shizuka Dōmeki who doesn’t have the ability to see yōkai and ayakashi but, can sense them and also exorcise them ends up coming in about ¼ of the way through the series. His family owns a shine that he lives and works in which has given him this power through his family’s history and shinto practices. Yūko finds out he is like the Yin to Watanuki’s Yang during one of her ‘consultation’ that ended up dragging him into it. He and Watanuki don’t get along since Watanuki is a loner at school and Dōmeki is more popular and friends with his love interest Himawari  which also makes Watanuki jealous of him. The two end up getting paired up more often than not throughout the series and end up creating an odd sort of friendship as they fight off and free people from unwanted yōkai and ayakashi. They also become better friends with Himawari who is oblivious to what is going on but is just a good natured girl that likes the two of them.

This was a really good anime for the fact that it really delved into the darker side of  yōkai and ayakashi. Most of the time I want action action and more action but this was a nice change of pace. The ending of the anime leaves you wanting more but sadly that is it.

***There is a movie that came out xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night’s Dream released on July 20, 2005  which is basically a 60min long episode. To me it could have just been a regular 24 min episode since it seemed to drag on and on. One good thing from it is that you see some the crossover parts with Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. This was also released  on the same disk with the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chroicle movie The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom.

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