Place to Place Review

place to placeStory:
Tsumiki and Lo are in love with each other but too shy to admit it. As they spend their high school days with their friends, they slowly grow closer…

Violence:
Slap stick is as serious as it ever gets in this show, this does mean we see some blood from “injuries,” but it is always in a comedic fashion and never taken seriously.

Language:
Nothing worst than a few d-mns and a shit or two. It’s very uncommon though.

Nudity:
We really don’t get much of this thankfully, besides some comedic flashes referencing some cliche romance scenarios. No details are shown.

Theology/mythology:
Aside from the usual shrine visits, we don’t have anything going on in this section.

Personal impression:
Another very cute and wonderfully healthy relationship on screen! This was a series I actually didn’t hear about when it first aired, a shame as it’s cute, sweet and comedic. The music, visuals and characters all work together to keep thing extremely light and sugary.
We even got character growth by the end, though it’s very tame and slow. Then again, that’s perhaps more fitting to the age group than most shows these days. It’s a really nice romance and I wish we got more of these and less of the usual drama one-trick-ponies. Then again, our teeth might rot out of our heads if that were to happen….

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Language: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Slice of life, romance, comedy
Studio: AIC
Company: Sentai Filmworks
Official streaming: Yahoo View 

 

 

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This Boy is a Professional Wizard Review

thisboyStory:
Chiharu is a wizard who works himself near to death, unable to trust those around him to help and believing he isn’t worth anything without his abilities in magic. When he runs into a traveler named Toyohi at a local bar, he begins to finally smile and even fall in love. If only his insecurity would allow him to trust…

Violence:
Pretty low stuff. We hear about things going wrong off screen, requiring wizards to interfere and save others, but we never see any actual violence occur.

Language:
A bit of negative self-talk and maybe a d-amn, but tame overall.

Nudity:
There is an almost implication of two characters sleeping together, but it turns into nothing and we don’t really see much besides a bit of bare chest. No details.

Theology/mythology:
If the idea of a world where magic exists bugs you, this isn’t a show for you. But if you’re chill with that, there’s really nothing deeper going on in this section.

Personal impression:
This is a wonderful, although sadly short, series. The animation style is very odd, moving more like a visual novel with swirling backgrounds. The story, tone and colors are nice enough to make up for it and it was refreshing to see one more healthy and somewhat natural relationship on screen.
The only downside? This is more of a mini-series, likely meant to promo a manga run. It’s a shame more of this won’t be seen on screen, or in a more fully animated format. Even so, it’s a great little story, sweet, to the point and lovely to look at.

Personal rating: All ages

Episodes: 4
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Romance, fantasy
Studio: CoMix Wave Films
Company: CoMix Wave Films
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

The Place Promised In Our Early Days Reviews

565f866da841c21e33f400259b3f5f7a1267231176_fullStory:
Three friends in middle school make a promise to fly a plane towards the mysterious tower looming over the city. But before they even graduate, one falls into a sleep she never awakens from. The boys split up and take different directions in life…

Violence:
The violence in this movie doesn’t really hit until the very last part, when war gets declared and, well, something… bloody… hits the plane. Blood gets all over the windshield and it’s pretty sudden and disturbing. Though it thankfully doesn’t last long. Still… that alone bunked this movie to a YA rating.

Language:
Nothing worse than some d-mns. Pretty light stuff, actually.

Nudity:
Our lead heroine is naked in her hospital bed, but we never see anything. A few shots of her sitting in her uniform are a bit revealing. Nothing too concerning though.

Theology/mythology:
Ideas of parallel universes, subconscious communication and such get bunked around, but everything remains as theory and no one really comes to much of a conclusion or explanation.

Personal impression:
I had watched this movie years back when ADV films was still a thing and anime was booming here in the states. This movie was one of the more literary fiction approaches to storytelling, aka character based, much like 5 Centimeters per Second and Voices of a Distant Star. While all these films have some science fiction/fantasy elements to them, overall these movies are based on the relationships of the characters to one another, rather than the settings themselves. And, overall, this works great. The worlds are richer for their stronger characters and the stories leave a bigger impression too. I was surprised when I re-watched this movie only to find I recalled almost everything. Considering how long it’s been and how much anime I watch, it’s pretty amazing that such a strong impression was left.
Of course, if there is one flaw in this show, it’s right where its strength is: show don’t tell. This show is committed to not explaining itself. Which is great! …If you’re fine leaving this movie with a few questions that will never be answered. I kinda enjoyed that part myself, sick as I am of being spoon fed plot by most shows these days. Still, I can see how this aspect might be frustrating for those that enjoy getting all their threads tied up nicely at the end. Because that won’t happen with this show.
If you enjoy more realistic characters and are chill not getting every question answered, I recommend this film. But be warned! This is the kind of world you’ll get tossed in rather unceremoniously. So be prepared to pay close attention, especially to the “news” stations playing in the background of many scenes…

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: movie (4 episode parts)
Language: sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Fantasy, literary fiction, romance, science fiction
Studio: CoMix Wave Inc
Company: ADV Films
Official streaming: Crunchyroll 

Love is like a Cocktail

love-is-like-a-cocktail-8824Story:
Do you like drinks? Do you like cute couples with no drama? Then you’re gonna love this three minute episode series complete with drink recipes and teeth rotting fluff.

Violence:
Doesn’t really exist here.

Language:
Not really a thing either, though d-mn might be used once. Generally it’s not a thing for this little show.

Nudity:
Again, not much of an issue aside for one or two characters having large chests. And one scene which cuts away though it’s implied our lead is getting physical with her husband. But nothing gets shown, which is nice.

Theology/mythology:
Nothing to report here at all, really.

Personal impression:
This series has almost no story, but that hardly matters as it’s incredibly sweet and cute. Maybe I’m just getting old, but shows with cute girls doing cute things isn’t really…. cute to me these days. But a show with two happily married adults? 10/10 cute. I guess I’m just getting sick of the endless teen drama in other titles and this was a light breath of fresh air I was looking for.
That said, there’s little to nothing actually happening here. Aside from getting the lead’s backstory of how she and her husband met, story just doesn’t exist for this show. So if you need to have more structure to your anime, this isn’t the place for you. But if you want something extremely short and very sweet, this is a refreshing title for sure.
ps – I did notice quite a few commenters on this show being concerned the lead was an alcoholic. We actually see early on she is not, as she can and does refrain from drinking during work and big projects, some lasting for days. And when she does drink it is only with her husband, who can look after her since she gets tipsy fast (she even turns down coworkers offering her drinks numerous times as she doesn’t trust herself to do so in public). In fact, she’s smarter about drinking than most people I know, come to think of it…

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 13 (3 min each)
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Romance, comedy, drink mixing?
Studio: Creators in Pack Inc
Company: Yomiko
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

Convenience Store Boy Friends Review

convenienceStory:
Two friends fall in love with two female classmates. Their stories will span an entire year.

Violence:
Pretty much nonexistent here. Not even nose bleeds. There is a character death off screen, but nothing scary is shown.

Language:
Another tame sector. Outside of sh-t and the occasional d-mn, nothing to report here.

Nudity:
Yet again, tame stuff. Nothing worse than bare man chests for swimming are seen. No fanservice at all, really. And I won’t lie, it was nice.

Theology/mythology:
Outside of one character making good luck charms for her classmates, nothing to put here.

Personal impression:
By all rights I could have marked this as an all ages show, but I’m erring on the side of caution due to the serious content, which isn’t kid centered stuff. And, yes, that does mean that this title drags a bit in places. The combination of serious tonality with a lack of any firm plot means we get a decent amount of aimlessness, at least at first we do. However, I found this show to be surprisingly grounded for a drama. The relationships actually make sense a decent amount of the time. So aside from a “plot twist” at the end, everything that happens is completely within the realm of possibility. In turn this made the emotional pull a bit stronger for me. I prefer logic to the over-the-top grandeur some shows are so addicted to these days.
All that said, overall this is still a pretty bland show. It has some decent ideas, but applied them in such a laidback manner that little gets done overall and some plot points just straight up get forgotten in the mix.
The animation reflects the tone well, decent enough at times but lacking in consistent quality, especially at the end where production takes a rather sharp drop (still backgrounds in place of moving animation, for example). The music is also all over the map, going from rather nice soft piano and violin to strange arcade-like music you’d find in Harvest Moon (I’d swear that was the “going into town in spring” theme).
Overall, this isn’t a bad show. But it was definitely rushed and likely a fuller title meant to waste time between higher grade shows rather than actually contribute anything new to the genre.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: PG
Genre: Romance, drama
Production: Studio Pierrot
Company: Dentsu Tech/BS TBS
Official streaming: crunchyroll

Tsuredure Children Review

tsuredure_children_6591Story:
High school is the main stage for multiple love stories. Some will stay strong, others fade. This show goes over multiple love stories at one school and the various comedic situations they cause.

Violence:
Slapstick stuff only. A bit of nose bleed humor, but extremely tame overall.

Language:
D-mns and sh-ts are the worst and not too common.

Nudity:
This is where that TV14 comes into play. Besides some bath scenes and some innuendo between characters (some of which is pretty blunt), there’s one character who corners another and zips his pants down. Nothing is shown and he doesn’t actually do anything, but this scene is quite sexual and uncomfortable. If anything had actually occurred, this show would have been WZed.

Theology/mythology:
Nothing to report.

Personal impression:
This show surprised me quite a lot. Usually I dislike half episode shows because they meander too much, never seem to make any actual progress and generally tend to be written ill. But there was hope in that this series was at least a comedy. And boy did it take that chance and run!
The short format of the episodes actually works in this series’ favor as it splits the narrative between a handful of different exiting and would-be couples. While each bit of story is short, little time is wasted. Issues and struggles are revealed right away and while a few focus on love being confessed, more than half focus more on the after effects and growing relationships than on the budding ones. Also, the types of relationships are shockingly varied. We have demure and calm couples and those far more risque and sexual. Yet none of these relationships go into the dangerous assault or toxic area. Even one that starts out with warning bells turns out… surprisingly safe? It’s refreshing to see that even the more sexually charged relationships still have a healthy amount of consent and restraint for the sake of one another. It’s a wonderful break from the typical romantic fare we get in anime so much.
All that said, the art and music really don’t make much of an impression at all (although a few establishing shots are rather artistically handled), so this show is riding almost exclusively on it’s characters. And jokes. Ah yes the comedy. While this show’s true shine lies in the relationships, it can’t be ignored that a few “joke” couples give this series a huge boost as well. One flamboyant character in particular, calling himself the “dating master,” is a comedy gold mine and beyond entertaining. A great break from a few of the more serious, although often still rather light hearted, couples.
Overall, if you want a comedy, or even some sweet romance without the drama, this is a really great show and one of the few that I hope get another season or so.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12 (half episode length)
Languages: sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Comedy, romance
Company: Gokumi
Production: ADK
Official streaming: Crunchyroll