Sakamichi No Apollon – Review

Anime Review – Sakamichi No Apollon 

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Name – Sakamichi No Apollon / Kids On The Slope
Genre
– Slice of Life, Romance, Drama, Josei

Episode – 12
Status – Complete

Story – Nishimi Kaoru has moved from city to city and school to school because of his father’s job, so having his first day at a new school was just routine for him. Being intellectual in addition to being a transfer student all the time, he has always been seen as an outcast. All he has had to do was bear it as usual until the next time he moved.
But things were slightly different this time. First, he started to get close to the class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and secondly, unlikely as it seemed, he grew closer to Kawabuchi Sentaro. Sentaro was infamous for getting into fights, skipping class and was an overall bad boy. Strangely enough, the three of them find common ground in music, namely jazz, and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town. *Source Mangafox

My review / Thoughts – 

Ever wanted to just sit back and escape from reality by diving into the depth of love, friendship & melody? Then ‘Sakamichi No apollon‘ is the best choice for you. The show being a bit under-rated, I was really surprised by how much I loved it. In my opinion it’s one of those few Anime around that are true to their manga counterparts, or even better in some aspects. Intense story, real-life characters, ups and down of emotions and lastly, Music; all these features instantly made the show one of my favorites. This anime is something that I will remember for many many years.

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Kdrama Review – I Can Hear Your Voice

I Hear Your Voice – Review

Drama – I Can Hear Your Voice / I hear your voice
Starring – Lee Bo-Young, Lee Jong-Suk , Yoon Sang-Hyun.
Genre – Drama, Romance, Comedy, Tragedy, Angst.
Episodes – 18
Status – Complete
IMDB Rating – 8.4/10

Summary – After overcoming poverty and a difficult childhood, Jang Hye-sung (Lee Bo-young) becomes a lawyer, specifically a public defender, but she is pragmatic, self-preserving and jaded. Her life changes when she encounters Park Soo-ha (Lee Jong-suk), a high school senior with the supernatural ability to read other people’s thoughts by looking into their eyes, and cop-turned-lawyer Cha Gwan-woo (Yoon Sang-hyun) who is cheerful and idealistic, though a bit of a dork. Soo-ha gained his mind-reading ability after witnessing his father getting murdered ten years previously. His father’s death had initially been dismissed as a car accident until Hye-sung, then a high school girl (Kim So-hyun), gave decisive testimony in court despite the killer’s threats (Jung Woong-in), and Soo-ha has been searching for her ever since. As Hye-sung works with Soo-ha and Gwan-woo, she gradually lets go of her pursuit of money and glory. Together, this unlikely team use unconventional methods on their cases, proving that while sometimes justice is blind to a fault, she can still hear your voice. *Source Wikipedia

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My thoughts on Splash Splash Love

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Name – Splash Splash Love
Genre – Romance, Fantasy, History

Episodes – 2 (10 short episodes)
Status – Complete
IMDB rating – 8.6/10

Story – Dan-Bi (Kim Seul-Gi) is a senior high school student. She has a special ability which allows her to transport to anywhere on rainy days. For her university entrance exam, Dan-Bi can’t deal with the pressure and runs off to a playground. Without knowing why, she goes into a puddle and finds herself transported to the Joseon period. There, she meets Lee Do (Yoon Doo-Joon). He is a young King of the Joseon period. Lee Do is in a difficult situation due to droughts and the spread of an epidemic. *Source asianwiki

My thoughts – The drama was downright enjoyable. It was only 2 episodes long but it managed to capture all the positive aspects. I used to avoid historical dramas cause I had this feeling that they tend to be somewhat boring. How wrong I was! The fusion of history and present life was thoroughly fun to watch and the romance between a high school girl and a king was like the cherry on top. 🙂 Starting from the very first moment the drama managed to get me hooked and the enjoyment remained till the last moment of the show. 

Yoon Do-joon and Kim Seul-gi were the perfect casts for the characters. Their chemistry, comedic performance and acting made the show worth watching multiple times. Kim Seul Gi gave life to the character ‘Dan bi‘, who was a funny & quirky high school girl burdened with pressure from studies. She had the potential within, but was not confident enough regarding her entrance exam which made her want to disappear to a distant land. Which is what happened, and we got to see our King Yoon Do joon. He was charming, caring and funny as well. I enjoyed every screen time of the main leads. Their connection was pure and heartfelt. Whether it was doing maths together or hugging, they looked adorable in everything. 🙂

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Hirunaka No Ryuusei – Gallery (Favorite Moments)

A Gallery dedicated to one of the most wonderful Manga ever. ❤ I don’t own the manga-caps, I only collected and edited them. 🙂  


~ Memories of First Love ~ 


~ Few ‘Mazume’ moments in between ~


~ Confession and Rejection ~


~ Moments where Mamura won my heart over ❤ ~


~ Few favorite moments of my 2nd Ship ❤ ~


~ Blooming love ~


~ And Mamura strikes back with his awesomeness again ❤ ~


Ta-da~ That’s all for now. Will upload rest of my favorites images in part 2. So do check back later. 🙂

Meanwhile don’t forget to check out my other articles on HNR – Review & Quotes

My thoughts on ‘Hirunaka No Ryuusei’

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Name  – Hirunaka No Ryuusei
Author – Yamamori Mika
Status – Complete (2011-1015)
Genre – Romance, Slice of Life, Shoujo, School Life, Comedy.

Summary – Suzume Yosano has lived deep in Japan’s countryside all her life until she’s forced to move to Tokyo to stay with her uncle. A new city, a new crowd, and a new tall, dark haired peculiar stranger that just happens to be her homeroom teacher.
Daytime Shooting Star is about a young girl’s experience of the heartbeat of first love, and the agony of what comes after. *Source Mangafox

My thoughts – Before I start with my thoughts on this Manga, let me tell you beforehand, I knew about the ending right from the beginning. To be honest the ending was what made me think “I need to read this Manga”. So there are chances that my review is biased. Deal with it okay. 🙂

Okay so how do I put it, I don’t know if words will do justice expressing my feeling for this Manga. To me, ‘Hirunaka no Ryuusei’ was probably one the most wonderful Manga I’ve come across till now. It was not just another typical shoujo Manga with full of cliche stuffs, rather it was matured and more realistic. The way every single pages of this Manga touched the deepest parts of my heart, the way it made me cry over fictional characters, I don’t remember when was the last time I felt like this while reading a Manga online.

The name of the Manga ‘Hirunaka No Ryuusei’, which means daytime shooting start, itself had a lot of meaning in the Manga. Suzume Yosano, the main female character of the Manga was an adorable brave girl, who moved to Tokyo from the countryside. With the passing of time she fell in love with her homeroom teacher Shishio. To Suzume, Shishio was like a daytime shooting star. The whole ‘falling in love for the first time’ thing was so beautifully executed that it still aches my heart. The story may not seem anything extraordinary, main girl falling in love with the main guy, what was so different about it? The ans is, it was the beautiful execution of the plot. It was a story that made readers realize that it’s okay to move on in life and find new love.

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Hirunaka No Ryuusei – Quotes

Hirunaka No Ryuusei/Daytime Shooting Star – Quotes

A collection of all my favorite quotes from ‘Hirunaka No Ryuusei’. This Manga is my current obsession, so I tired to post every single quote that touched my heart, even a little bit. So there are quite a few of them and all the quotes won’t fit into this article alone, so I’ll probably finish updating all the quotes in part 2. 🙂

Don’t forget to check out my other articles on ‘Hirunaka No Ryuusei’ – Review & Gallery

# “He emitted a light as bright as that of a falling star..” – Suzume
# “Being by yourself is actually very lonely. Where did yesterday’s happiness go?” – Suzume

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Tamako Love Story – My thoughts

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Name – Tamako Love Story
Genre –
Romance, Slice Of Life, Comedy
Director: 
Naoko Yamada
Writer: 
Reiko Yoshida
IMDB Rating – 7/10

Story – As she edges toward the end of her high school life, the energetic but generally clueless third year Tamako Kitashirakawa has only one major concern: pulling off a stunning baton performance at the Usagiyama Marching Festival. But all too soon, she is confronted by the reality that all her friends have big plans for their futures; she, on the other hand, just operates with the moderate goal of continuing to work at her family’s restaurant. Under the same brilliant sky, Mochizou Ooji intends to study at a university in Tokyo, leaving behind his family, friends, and most importantly, his first and only love Tamako. Unfortunately, the shy admirer cannot bring himself to declare his love, and Tamako is yet unaware that she is the source of such anguish. With time quickly running out, Mochizou must confess his feelings to Tamako soon, or his dream of romance will never be fulfilled.*MyAnimeList


My thoughts
– ‘Tamako Love Story’ is a sequel to the Anime Series ‘Tamako Market’. However I didnt watch the series, so for me the movie was sort of like an introduction to the characters and the story. But that didn’t make me enjoy the movie any less. From the beginning till the end, the movie was fun to watch.
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Kill Me Heal Me – Review

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Drama – Kill Me Heal Me
Genre – Romance, Comedy, Drama, Tragedy
Episodes – 20
Status – Complete
Rating – 8.6 (IMDB)

Story – A romantic comedy between a third-generation billionaire with Dissociative Identity Disorder and a first-year Psychiatrist resident who treats him secretly. After a traumatic experience in his childhood, Cha Do Hyun suffers memory lapses and his personality then fractured into seven different identities. He tries to regain control over his life with the help of Oh Ri Jin, a first-year psychiatric resident who treats him secretly. But Ri Jin’s twin brother, Oh Ri On, is a famous mystery novelist who investigates about Do Hyun and his family. *Source Dramawiki


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My thoughts –

‘Kill Me Heal Me’ was undoubtedly one of the best dramas of this season. It’s awesome from almost every angle. The drama itself was a complete package of romance, humor, tragedy, excitement & suspense. The plot was unique, well-written & wonderfully executed. The consistency it maintained throughout the last episodes was worth complimenting. Even though the story was a little stretched somewhere at the end, yet the last few episodes were no less exciting than the first ones. That’s what makes the drama worth watching several times. Continue reading “Kill Me Heal Me – Review”

Kamisama Hajimemashita Review

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Kamisama Hajimemashita/ Kamisama Kiss Review

Episodes – 13
Status –
Completed
Genre –
Comedy, Romance, Supernatural

Summary –  After Nanami’s father runs away due to gambling debts and she is evicted from her apartment, Nanami meets a strange man named Mikage. She saves Mikage from a dog and tells him her story. He gives Nanami his house as a thank you for saving him. When Nanami arrives at Mikage’s home, she is shocked to see that it is not a normal home but a shrine for worship. After that she is greeted by both Onikiri and Kotetsu who are the keepers of the shrine. She then meets Tomoe, Mikage’s familiar, and she learns that Mikage used to be the Earth Deity of the shrine and has bestowed upon her his mark so that she may be the new deity. At first Nanami is reluctant, but as she lives with Tomoe, Onikiri and Kotetsu she begins to understand and works hard in her new position as the Earth Deity. As the story progresses Nanami finds herself falling in love with Tomoe, but he rejects her because the love between a human and a yokai is taboo. Despite saying that, Tomoe finds himself falling in love with her too. *Source Wiki

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My Review/Thoughts – 

Set in a supernatural theme, Kamisama hajimemashita was a different kind of Shoujo anime. God, Shrine, protector, ghosts all these supernaturals elements gave the viewers a new flavor. The story mainly covered how Nanami tried to overcome the difficulties she faced as the God of the shrine and how Tomoe & Namai got closer day by day. Nanami had no extraordinary power and on top of that she was clumsy. However Tomoe was always there to protect her. Well to be honest Kamisama kiss had loots of cliché moments, but if you are a Shoujo lover like me, you will probably love it. Plus it had some good comedy. 😀 Tomoe’s shrouded past was one of the interesting parts of the show, and I was always looking forward to know more of him!! (Which made me want to read the manga :3)

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Akatsuki No Yona Review

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Akatsuki No Yona Review

Episodes: 24
Status: Complete
Genres: Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Adventure.
Rating: PG-13

Story – King Il of Kouka, a land said in legends to have been founded by four dragons, has only one remaining heir, a daughter named Yona. She lives a happy life in the palace with her cousin Soo-won, who she loves in spite of her father’s opposition to them marrying. Her life is turned upside down when Soo-won murders her father and steals the throne. Yona, with her childhood friend and bodyguard Hak, must retreat to gather allies and reclaim her place as ruler of the kingdom. *Source ANN

My Thoughts – Akatsuki No Yona is one of the most wonderful shoujo Anime I’ve watched recently. There were a lot of action, humor, emotional moments, adventure and romance in the show, literally everything that I’ve been looking for in an Anime these days.yona screenshots (6)

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