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Anime Reviews

Review – Interviews with Monster Girls

There has been a growing popularity for shows that portray a cast of women oddities such as monsters, animals and the like. Usually these anime would be set in the harem-genre where a normal, human male main character is surrounded by women with special physical attributes. However, Interviews with Monster Girls takes it to a more fluffy and wholesome approach.

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Anime Week Spotlight

“I fall in love with you through a robot” should be anime

Last week, an animated promotional video advertisement for a Yusuke Yamada’s light novel titled “Boku wa Robot Goshi no Kimi ni Koi wo Suru (I fall in love with you through a robot” began streaming.

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Anime First Looks

Eromanga-sensei – Episode 1

FIRST LOOK – Eromanga-sensei focuses on two step-siblings who are now living by themselves after their parents die in an accident. The older brother, Masamune Izumi, is a light novel author studying in high school while his little sister, Sagiri, is a shut-in who hasn’t left her room due to her mother’s death.

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The funniest thing about this is that Izumi realizes that his little sister is, in fact, the anonymous online illustrator “Eromanga” that contributes to his light novel’s art. So yeah, Sagiri opens up to her older brother about the whole “Eromanga” business (although she’s a bit embarrassed about her pen name) to which Izumi accepts the entire thing.

The thing about this series is that it portrays a sibling relationship that is too perfect where both siblings are pretty much one step closer to romance (I’m looking at you, Oreimo). Some argue that a situation where two siblings agree on each other is very rare, and I, personally, agree on that being that I have my own sibling and we get along pretty nicely (seriously).

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This series is not at all unique when it comes to its story, its animation but it is definitely entertaining. If I were to bring up a comparison, it would be similar to Oreimo – a series where a brother realizes that her goody two shoes of a sister is actually a hardcore otaku.

With that comparison and the exchanges that Izumi and Sagiri were having in their whole “opening up” scene, I am led to suspect that the little sister has some romantic feelings for her older brother. I won’t even be surprised if it takes that turn because of what we’ve witnessed from Oreimo.

Plus points since the original author of Eromanga-sensei is also the same one who made Oreimo. So, yep, we know where this is going, lads.

Well, at least, the little sister isn’t that much of a brat compared to Kirino. Sagiri is much more reasonable and logical to deal with than “I love my onii-chan and no one will have him.” But that still remains to be seen.

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Overall, this first episode was definitely something entertaining to watch. If you ever watched Oreimo’s first episode, you’d probably get the similar vibe. Now, on to the second episode!

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Anime Discussions

Twelve minutes of SAO: Ordinal Scale

DISCUSSION – Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale has just been theatrically released in Japanese theaters on February 18, 2017. A preview has just been released by Sony of the first twelve minutes of the movie.

After viewing the video in roughly-translated English, it seems to show the events leading up to Kirito’s involvement in the augmented reality MMO, Ordinal Scale. Throughout the video, the movie’s setting shows how much has changed since the events of SAO and GGO.

People have gotten more reliant on augmented reality in their day-to-day life. It now serves as the upgrade from smartphones to even more advanced technology. Smartphone functions can now be done in a simple movement of your arm with the new augmented reality gadget, Augma.

Gaming has changed as well. People have gotten hooked into augmented reality gaming rather than the full-dive consoles – much to Kirito’s distaste.

He’s shown a strong displeasure when it comes to augmented reality and comes around when he’s heard news of some odd happenings in the augmented reality game, Ordinal Scale.

It is revealed at the end of the video that the odd thing about this game is that some of the bosses are the same ones from the first game, Sword Art Online. Kirito sets to find out the identities of Yuna, the diva of the game; the second ranked player and the game as a whole.

Go ahead and view the first twelve minutes of the movie yourself. It shows a lot of promise.