La Corda D’Oro -Blue Sky- Review

Kiniro-No-Corda-Blue-Sky-la-corda-doro-36990533-880-609Story:
A bunch of guys and one girl are entering a huge musical competition for little actual reward beyond saying “we won this huge thing.” Supposedly love ensues as well, but not really and, well, it’s pretty obvious this was a cash grab by this franchise to make more off the well known game La Corda D’Oro. REALLY obvious.

Violence:
There is an episode that shows some typical anime bullying and such, but we don’t see much actual violence, just implied through dialog and tone.

Language:
Nothing much here besides some sh-ts. Tame overall.

Nudity:
Another clear area. Some characters make a few very vague innuendos, but it’s tame enough that you can miss it pretty easily.

Theology/mythology:
You know how the original anime adaption had the whole fairy and magical violin thing? Well, toss that right out the window because we only see that fairy at the very end (we’re talking the last two minutes of the entire series) and it plays no role whatsoever in the plot. So if you’re super sensitive, maybe skip this, but for everyone else this really shouldn’t be an issue.

Personal impression:
This is another show I’d play while reviewing my kanji compounds and doing chores. Again this shows you exactly how riveting, or lack thereof, this was to watch.
Even if shoujo trash is your thing, this show is incredibly boring. The “romance” is a joke as it really doesn’t occur at all. And normally I’d actually be chill with that except there’s not much else going on either. The lead is already super talented, though she lacks a bit of confidence. In fact, the only growth she had was her looking someone in the eye and saying “no.” Eeeexcept she wasn’t super crippled by her ever so slightly lower confidence to begin with. So the change is so small, if you blink, you miss it.
And the male characters are even worse. Otome games are known for their bland stereotype male leads, but this show was so flat it hurt. The only interesting dynamic was perhaps between two male violinists and how one looked up to the other to the point of doubting his own skill set, but the show somehow managed to water even that down.
Then there’s the “drama.” Which is a joke. Truly. The first anime of this franchise showed some cheesy visuals of what people would imagine while music was being played and, yeah, it was cliched, but this spin off left “cheesy” lightyears behind. The musical finals near the end show visions of a solar eclipse. A giant solar eclipse. I couldn’t make this up if I tried. There was a solar eclipse as the lead “villain,” complete with cape, bemoaned how he had to survive for years with a “humiliation worse than death.” Spoiler alert: the heroine pitied him once.
…People got paid for this….
Anyway, I suppose if you, like me, enjoy having some background noise on while doing chores or homework, this is a clean show and pretty toothless (thus the All Ages rating). But otherwise… pass on this (even the pretty boys aren’t that pretty. Just sayin’)

Personal rating: All Ages

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Drama, fantasy, otome/romance
Company: TYO animations
Production: NTV/Sentai Filmworks
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

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Flying Witch Review

flying witchStory:
Makoto is training to be a witch, but she still has quite a bit to learn! For now she’ll be staying with a normal family in the beautiful Japanese town of Aomori.

Violence:
You couldn’t get more slice-of-life if you tried. So, yeah, no violence in this one.

Language:
Aside from a d-mn or two, nothing here either.

Nudity:
We have some tight clothing here and there, but very tame stuff.

Theology/mythology:
This is where some will draw the line. If the title puts you off, leave this one be. Because spells and such do occur in this show frequently. It’s almost all cutesy and herb based stuff, but it’s magic nonetheless. If you aren’t chill with that, best to leave this series alone.

Personal impression:
Good gravy was this show slooooooow. It was also very pointless. Very. I can’t even stress that enough. Think slice-of-life with zero plot, zero tension and no introspection of the characters. Nothing. Notta. Zip. Honestly, the only thing this show has going for it would be the steady art. It was very clean and smooth, I’ll give it that. But there’s nothing else about this show that stands out. Besides it being…. boring. Very boring.
At first I watched thinking somewhere down the line there would be pressure for the MC to suddenly get better at a spell or overcome some obstacle, even a small one. Something. But no dice. Nothing ever happened in this show. Not even the smallest character development. Nothing.
I once described this show to one of my faithful readers as a “plateau.” And having now watched the whole thing, I can saftly say I’m still right. It’s just flat land as far as you can see. No hills, no character, just flat nothing for miles. That’s this show in a nutshell.
Again, that might be your ticket if you like super laid-back shows to unwind to. It’s a very calming series. It just isn’t anything else…

Personal rating: All ages

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: PG
Genre: Slice of life, fantasy
Company: NTV
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

The World is Still Beautiful Review

world is still beautifulStory:
Princess Nike may belong to a vastly poor country, but she has some amount of pride. Enough to know that if her country needs an ally, she’s more than prepared to give everything she has to secure her nation’s future. Even if that means she must be married off to the Sun King, whom she has never even met. With her power of rain as her only defense, Princess Niki travels to the land of the sun, praying for the best and expecting the worst.

Violence:
There are some assassinations, planned murder and cuts with blood. But that’s as bad as it ever gets. Black Cat has more violence, so this aspect isn’t all that bad.

Language:
Aside from the usual d-mns and shits (with one or two instances of the b-word), this show doesn’t have anything to worry much about.

Nudity:
This is the part that ranks this a 10+ instead of all ages (beside the one instance of the b-word). You have a few “jealous of your larger chest” jabs, the young king sleeping in the nude (“supposedly,” as we never see lower than the stomach), a court member who is known for being a womanizer and is actually shown in one scene naked in bed (again, only the stomach up).

Theology/mythology:
The two kingdoms we see in the show have very different world views that hinge on what they are known for. The rain kingdom is known for.. that. And The Sun Kingdom is known for, well, the sun. We don’t know much on the religion of the rain kingdom, but the sun kingdom seems to worship the sun (big shock). The “how” isn’t really explained at all, but there is a temple, priests and theology on whether rain does or doesn’t disrespect the sun.

Personal impression:
I was honestly surprised a bit by this title. Sure it still follows the major shoujo lines, but at least the heroine has a bit more to her than the last few shoujo shows have had. She doesn’t fall for drama instantly like most heroines do these days and she has a habit of cutting straight to the point. Which quickly takes care of most silly shoujo plot points in record time.
That said, this show in and of itself isn’t that unique. The parts that are, such as the political maneuvering and finding ways to both honor Nike’s traditions/powers and the sun king’s authority, are never pulled to their full potential. A shame as those parts were pretty interesting. But, alas, the art, music and story are rather bland overall. In fact, the music is very bland. Nike “sings” to bring the rain, but her music is traditional pop with random English thrown in for no good reason. Which really takes away from the feel of the show. Badly.
Again, this show is decent for a shoujo title. The heroine has a personality and there’s even actual character development by the end. So if you like romance titles, this is a good one to try out. Especially if the reign of wimpy, spineless shoujo heroines is getting you down.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: PG
Genre(s): Fantasy, romance
Company: NTV
Legal streaming: Crunchyroll
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