Masks

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 “Who am I?”

As my eyes fluttered open, that was my first thought of the day. It had been my last thought the night before and the trend seemed to be continuing, as much as I didn’t want to think about it. I had no time to think about all these personal things. There were too many things that needed to be done today.

With a yawn, I swept the thought to the side. Without looking at the mirror, I got ready for work. When I was done I put on my first mask of the day and headed out the door. As I listened to my heels click against the pavement, the question I tried to push back made it’s way back to the front of my mind.

“Who am I?”

I am a secretary at the office. I always speak clearly and use the most formal speech possible. I want to appear professional and set a good example for my co-workers. My hair is well washed and neat. There isn’t a single hair out of place. My shirt is always buttoned and my clothes always follow the dress code. The other people who work on my floor are very fond of me. Some people have even asked me out, but even if I weren’t in a relationship, I would say no. I don’t want to cause any unnecessary issues in the workplace.

Even when the people that call our phones are a bit much for most to handle, I keep a level head. Screaming at people who don’t know what they’re doing doesn’t help after all. Today, I worked diligently throughout the day and did my best to tune out my angry boss. He was shouting at the whole floor angry that one of his business endeavors didn’t work out. For a brief moment, I entertained the thought of making a suggestion but I quickly dismissed the idea. I wouldn’t want to anger anyone, especially with an idea that might not even work. It was best to just mind my own business and continue my own duties. I readjusted the mask that I had felt peeling its way off when I entertained the ridiculous thought.

No..I don’t feel that this is me, at least not exactly. This mask is too tight and stuffy for me and so hard to breath as well! As I make my way home, watching the sun set, the evening breeze blew across my face. I began to think again.

“Who am I?”

I am someone with good friends. When I get home I sigh and smile to myself a little. Now with all the work done, I can finally relax. All work and no play isn’t really fun, you know? I put on a much looser mask and sit in my computer chair, relieved as I feel the tightness fade. I already have a missed call from one of my friends on skype. I adjust my mask a bit and wait for them to call me back.

The moment they call back I automatically feel less tight. They smile and joke around making me laugh, and I feel relaxed for a moment. So much so, that I almost feel comfortable, even with my mask coming off my face again. I hear another ding from skype and check to see who it is. The mask on my face suctions itself back into place. My other friend wanted to talk to me as well.

I hesitate, even when the friend that had called me first said it was fine if that was what I wanted to do. I’m not even entirely listening. I duck down, out of view from my webcam and pull out my box of masks. I put it on and make sure it’s on perfectly before I start the group call.

Even though both of my friends like me, they don’t like each other very much. I do my best to split time equally between the two of them. We don’t often hang out altogether because it always ends like this. They always start arguing over something silly, politics being the one for today. They try to drag me into it, asking who I agree with. I feel he mask begin to split in the middle and I quickly panic and cover my forehead. “I..I think both of them have their merits..” I mumble, just loud enough for the mic to pick up.

They seem to think for a moment, eyes looking up and to the side, tapping a finger against the desk. They both seem to agree on that and they come to a compromise about the whole thing, agreeing to disagree. They apologize for making me feel nervous which surprises me. How did they know?

I look into a mirror near me and notice that my mask had cracked in a few different places, revealing parts of my sad and nervous face. I shake my head and try to smile. “It’s fine, don’t worry about it, guys.” I hear my front door’s lock click open and I spin my head around. I didn’t notice that I was talking for so long, it must have been nightfall by now if he was home already! I tell my friends that I have to go for now, and close the skype call.

The chair creaks as I get up and walk across the carpet towards the door. I quickly put on another mask just as the door opened and moonlight flooded in. I smile from under my mask, clear enough for them to see. This mask is my most comfortable one, pretty and the perfect size. As I smile, though, the thought still jabs itself into my brain like a needle. Each decisive prod seems to form a syllable in my mind.

“Who. Am. I?”

I am someone who is in love. I hug and kiss my significant other after he takes off his coat. I apologize for not having dinner ready yet and laugh about how time seems to get away from me these days. My significant other has never been upset with me for not having things ready on time, but I still feel like I should apologize. He just laughs at my musing and kisses me back saying that he’ll help me with dinner and that we can do it together.

As I start cutting up the meat though I begin to think. I really love my boyfriend. We’ve been together for a very long time. I would never want to break up with him, but I feel like there are some things that we should talk about.

I feel like he should try and work another job so we can spend more time together. He is more than qualified for a better position anyway. I want to commit to him, marry him, and one day even have a family with him! I know he does as well, but I don’t feel like that we’re ready just yet. After we ate dinner, we sat on the couch watching a movie together.

The more I thought about telling them about what I was thinking, the more I felt my mask crack. He noticed and tried to take the mask off. “Are you alright?” He asked me. “You seem stressed out.” His voice was gentle and sweet. I nod stiffly. “I’m fine, don’t worry about it.”

He smiles and then looks to the side. “You know…we’ve been so busy with work lately. We haven’t had time to be…intimate.” He leans close and smiles, trying to tempt me. I blush as I watch him. His eyes were so magnetic and beautiful. He was definitely right, and I wanted to spend some well…one on one time with him as well. He reached up and brushed against by mask. It was so delicate now that he managed to pull a few pieces away when he pulled his hand back.

I pulled away from him when I noticed that. I didn’t want him to see me like this, it was too easy for me to start spilling my guts. I didn’t want to upset him, or make him feel bad. Things were going so well, I didn’t want to be the one to ruin them. “I’m sorry…tonight might not a be a good idea. I’m already kind of tired.” He pouted a bit and sighed. “Alright, I get that. Maybe tomorrow?”

I bit my lip and took in a shaky breath trying to compose myself. “Yeah, tomorrow for sure. It is a weekend, after all, we can make a date out of it.” He got up from off the couch. I could hear his joints pop as he stretched out his tired muscles. “I’m going to turn in. It’s already midnight! Time really does fly so fast.” As I listened to the stairs creak as he went up, I could feel my mask returning back to its original state. I sighed in relief. He hadn’t tried to pry too much. I think if he had any more, I would have spilled out everything I was thinking. I couldn’t let him see that. I had to make sure I kept it together, for his sake if not mine.

After about an hour or so of flipping through channels, I yawned. I wished I had gone upstairs a little earlier. As I brushed my teeth and got ready for bed the question repeated itself over and over in my head, louder and louder. It was impossible to ignore even as I drifted off into a deep sleep.

Who am I? Who am I? Who am I!? Who am I!? WHO AM I!?

My eyes fluttered open. I was in my neighborhood, and completely alone, tears running down my face. All the lights inside the houses were off and the streets were completely empty. The fog was my only company here. I looked around confused. With hesitation in my every step, I kept walking. Maybe if I kept walking and pretended everything was the same, I would be OK.

There was no such luck for me, though. Soon the sound of footsteps caught my attention. I tensed and looked up to the source of the sound. For some reason, it made me feel uneasy. After a few more clicks a figure broke through the fog. With every step, they changed shape. I recognized every new shape. A girl from work, a boy that lived next door, and many other people. I squinted at the figure confused. It stopped and stared back at me, now looking exactly like me.

It was ridiculous but I felt compelled to ask the figure the question. It was almost as if the question pushed its way up my throat without permission.

“Who am I?”

The person smiled in response. It was a wide unsettling grin that made me want to turn and run, but I didn’t. Something about its eyes made me stay stuck in place. Wordlessly it reached it’s hands up to its face and pulled off what I thought had been me. Instead, it was nothing more than a hard plastic mask. It threw it away from its face like a candy wrapper. It’s face looked like a piece of clay that been squeezed and pounded a few times. The creature held out its hand and a new mask formed.

It grabbed my shoulder and shoved the tight uncomfortable mask onto my face. It leaned close to my left ear and whispered in a raspy and almost broken sounding voice, an answer to my question.

“You are whoever or whatever is acceptable to me.”

I sat upright in bed, heart pounding in my chest, sweat dripping down my body. I looked around the room expecting to see the figure. After my heart rate slowed I let out a relieved sigh. It had all been a nightmare. It was probably just because I was stressed as all.

Still, though…

As I got out of bed I realized that answer was true. I certainly couldn’t let anyone see my bad side. I would be in trouble if I did. No one would accept those flaws. I had to hide them, conceal them in the best way possible. My own feelings don’t matter as much as everyone else. I don’t want anyone to worry about me, or be upset with me. I want to look amazing to people, be admired by everyone I meet. I just want to be successful and keep out of trouble.

My phone rang and I went to check who it was. It was my boss. Confused, I picked it up. “Hello?” I asked in a drowsy voice. “It’s me. I need your help today. Can you come in?” As I blink I feel the tight and familiar sensation around my face. “Yes sir, if I can be of any help then I want to be there.” My boss thanked me and hung up the phone. I began to get ready to leave. Hopefully, this wouldn’t take too long, I did promise my boyfriend I would spend time with him as well.

I made my way to work getting used to the tight sensation on my face. In fact, today it wasn’t so bad. I felt a nice cool liquid from the inside running down my cheeks and down to the floor. I looked down at it and smiled. The substance that flowed out looked like the clay creature from my dream last night. I’m probably just imagining things, though. I don’t have time to check anyway.

The boss needs me.

Authors Note: Here is my first ever short story posted on this blog. It’s a Creepypasta story/dark story. I’m not sure if I should count it as a creepypasta since it’s more metaphorical, but in all honesty, I would say it is. It is pretty creepy if you realize what everything represents after all.

Please give feedback on this! If you have Tumblr a reblog and/or like would be a huge help to me as well! Reposts/likes on any other site would be helpful as well! If anyone wants to narrate this, feel free, but please leave a link to the original story and give me credit for it!

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Charlotte Anime Review

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Today we’re going back not to long ago. This is from the last Summer season for Anime. It was probably the most popular one for the Summer anime season. It was hyped up a lot especially since it was directed by Asai Yoshiyuki. Before this, he was known for his work on Angel Beats and Ah my Goddess, two other very successful shows. This show winded up pretty successful as well but is it worthy of the praise it gets? Let’s break this show down!

Plot:

The moment the show started it pulled me in. I became determined to finish the whole thing in one night and slowly, I worked my way through. I started to get attached to the characters and was excited to see what would happen next. We got awesome character development for the main characters and some pretty cute comedy relief between the other two. We even got to see an awesome song by a supporting character and then..it was straight downhill a rocky mountain from there.

Up until that point, the only thing that annoyed me was the fact that the main characters were pretty much a superpower lynch mob but it was doable. After the first half though it was just plot twist after plot twist after plot twist. Character development from before swept away by a simple and extremely abrupt time reset subplot and the main character having a new ability he didn’t know about and the ending…

Good god, that ending made me want to flip a table and then break the damn thing into a million pieces. The last episode was an absolute train wreck and by the end, I was angrier than I have ever been at a show for a good long time. Basically, the plot of Charlotte started out good and all that goodness plummeted to the ground like a comet (if you got the joke than awesome). It became completely lost in plot twists and subplots and new characters being introduced and then not being developed much at all. It was pretty much every tenet of bad writing wrapped up in one nice little bow for me to find.

The plot was the worst kind of bad because it was one of those things that started being awesome and then quickly started loosing quality by the second. I wanted to be merciful with the series flaws at first but after it becoming a train wreck like it did, I feel comfortable saying a lot of the comic relief was annoying and if not that, repetitive. They also killed my favorite character about 3 quarters of the way through so yeahhhhh..there’s that. Yay.

Characters:

For the most part, the characters were nice. Especially during the 1st half of the show. The only complaint was how Takejou’s character development came to a screeching halt the moment Yusa (the idol girl for the fanservice and comedy relief) showed up.

After that, he was pretty much, for the most part, a foil to Yusa and her fanboy and that pissed me off immensely. I also don’t care what anyone says Ayumi was annoying, not “I want her to die” annoying. More, “Please focus more on other things instead of this high-voiced annoyance I beg you-” annoying.Nao and Yuu, on the other hand, were handled very well and I liked watching them get to know each other, learn about their backstories and see what they turned out to be.

Then…the dreaded 2nd half came…and took that all away.

The only good thing that came out of it was my favorite character’s identity. Other than that though booooring. Everyone else was an underdeveloped sidekick or came straight out of left field. The only one that wasn’t this way other then Kumagami was Shunsuke. Everyone else was bothersome and I hated them for sweeping Nao aside and making her a side character. I also hated the fact that Yuu quickly became the bland hero type and then went back to his insane bitch phase during the last episode. His personality in this show changed more times then a fucking Otome Game character with multiple personalities.

No, it wasn’t character development. It was just stretching Yuu out like clay to make him fit the personality type they needed for the next dumb plot twist. Again, it started out great but was quickly botched in the second half.

Art and Animation:

Higashiji Kazuki was the art director behind this series and his animation and art was flawless. I’ve always loved the art that this dude was involved in making and bravo for him! He did good work once again, nice colors and everything you would want out of an animation.

Sekiguchi Kanami was the character designer and Chief animation director on this show. I have seen some of her work before and bravo to her. She’s done yet another awesome job! Watching this show and seeing the way they looked was one of the best parts. I have no complaints at all about any art or animation related things.

Music:

The opening theme is called Bravely You and is preformed by Lia. I really loved this song and I’m actually listening to it again right now while I write this. It is a really good song. The ending theme is Yake Ochinai Tsubasa by Aoi Tada and is also very nice to listen to. The music by Zhiend was also amazing.

The other music in the show is done by Jun Maeda. Most of it is also good and fits the tone of the show and it’s scenes but quite a few of them sound like you just walked into a Skrillex concert. It’s annoying and hard to listen to for me in all honesty.

Voices:

I loved most the voices and performances in this show. The only voice I found annoying was the voice of Yuu’s younger sibling, but her line delivery was good otherwise. There are a lot of good voice actors on this show, actually!

Some of them include Maaya Unchida (Hiyori from Noragami), Momo Asakura (Rin from Witchcraft Works), Kouki Uchiyama (Raku from Nisekoi) and Muzushima Takahiro (Rolo from Code Geass). Overall, there was good work here!

Overall:

Overall this anime is not as good at it was hyped up to be. I’m giving it a 2.3 out of 5 stars. Yes, the animation, music, and voices were all pretty good but the plot failed in pretty much every way by the time it got to the end making it an annoyance instead of an enjoyment. It also couldn’t decide what kind of show it wanted to be and bounced between comedy and drama very quickly.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Please leave feedback and if there is something you want me to review, feel free to ask! If I’ve seen there’s a good chance I’ll wind up doing it!

TMNT 2014 Movie Review

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After doing a bunch of anime reviews, I think it’s time for a movie review now! I’ve been a huge fan of TMNT since I was 9. I have seen pretty much every TMNT cartoon, movie or god forbid Christmas Special in existence. I’ve seen these guys at their best and the worst.

So naturally I watched this as well pretty soon after it came out. So was this on the best end of the TMNT scale or the bad one? Well….let’s just start shall we?

Plot:

I want to find something good to say about this. I really do but I pretty much hated every aspect of it. Things in it happen way to conveniently, and it’s very bland. This movie has Michael Bay in it to give you an idea. To me, it was pretty much like Transformers but with giant turtles.

Heck, Shredder even looks like a transformer. For a turtle movie, this thing was bland and boring as hell. It’s the typical action movie plot. Yes, the TMNT movies are like that but they still have a unique flair to them. This is just typical Michael Bay stuff. Bland writing, lots of CGI and did I mention explosions? That’s in here too.

I wanted to try and avoid mentioning the old series in this review for personal reasons that I might talk about later in other TMNT blog posts but it has to be said. This is nothing like the original. The turtles don’t look even remotely like teenagers, the foot is more of a military group, April is now involved in their backstory from childhood and it’s all annoying to me. I don’t want it to be exactly like the original but this movie made way to many changes to a perfectly good thing in my opinion. When the heck will the people in the movie making business realize that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Characters:

Everyone in this movie was to me unlikable, bland and/or annoying in some fashion. Even my favorite character Donatello was made into a pretty much bland and nerdy caricature. Yes, they were probably trying to make them relatable and cute to some degree but in my opinion, it failed immensely. Everything was one of the above things to me.

Poor writing of the turtles bugs me immensely. I hate when the turtles are brought down to a very vapid and underdeveloped character. This happens a lot in action stories from what I’ve seen. Character development is thrown to the side for the sake of all the fight scenes. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves.

CGI, Filming and Character Design:

The high point of this movie. It’s CGI is very good as you would expect. It does look realistic and all the things you would want in CGI for a movie. The movie is filmed pretty well too, especially for the action scenes.

However, I must be blunt about what thing. The designs for the turtles and Splinter is god awful. I get it realism and all that stuff but do the turtles really need to look like hideous steroid pumped green gorilla’s to be “””””realistic”””? I don’t think so. The designs for Shredder and the TMNT are over the top as heck. The turtles wear way too many objects and again Shredder looks more like a transformer than a dude in armor.

Music:

A lot of the music is an orchestra sort of deal. It’s done by Brain Tyler and it was good. Well composed and such and epic like you would imagine it would be. When you start hearing it alot though all the songs kind of meld together and start sounding the same. It was good and well performed but also very same old, same old.

My favorite song was the one that was played during the credits. The Shell Shocked rap. I don’t like rap very much but this was OK to listen to. Then again maybe I liked it more because it signaled the movie had FINALLY ended.

Actors/Voices:

The acting was fine for the most. I mean Megan Fox’s delivery was bad and she always looks dazed whenever she’s acting to me and I’m 90% they just hired her because she’s considered attractive by most folks. Will Arnett as Vernon was also pretty annoying to me. There’s also the fact that I didn’t like what they did with Shredder. What happened in this movie was there was a rich businessman dude named Sacks. He created the Shredder suit but is the adopted son of the real Shredder.

Why such a weird twist? Well because originally Sacks was going to be the Shredder. The fans were angry because Shredder shouldn’t be white so they hastily shoved some new guy in the plot to shut us up and it shows. I didn’t like the acting of the shredder very much at all. Other than that, though, everyone else was fine.

Overall:

I don’t care what anyone thinks. I’m giving this movie 1 out of 5 stars. It’s just another one of Michael Bay’s typical movies. Character development that is shoved to the side for the sake of awesome CGI and fight scenes, Megan Fox’s butt, Annoying changes and just a generally bad reboot movie.

I would have been able to excuse the way the turtles looked had the plot been better, but it wasn’t. It was boring and bland. I don’t recommend watching this movie at all, it’s a waste of time. If you really do want to see this, though, then it’s most likely available on Amazon. Thank you for reading this review, if you can feedback is appreciated. If there is something you want me to review you can mention it in your comment. If I’ve seen it, I might do it.

Anime I’m Watching For Winter Season 2016

So if I started this blog before the anime season started, I would have posted this sooner! Here’s the list of shows I’m watching now, on my Tumblr, I might post little comments as I watch it other then the anime pictures and such so if you like that sort of thing, you should follow! This is the most anime I’ve ever watched in one season to be honest. For the most part I’ve been enjoying it!

Prince Of Stride Alternative

Musaigen No Phantom World

Sushi Police

Norn 9

Active Raid Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hakkei

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

Ojisan to Marshmallow

Dagashi Kashi

 Divine Gate

Durarara x2 Ketsu

Nijiro Days

Ooya-San wa Shishunki

Dimension W

Hai To Gensou No Grimgar

Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Li Desu Kara

Kono Subarashii Sekai Ni Shukufuku Wo

Aijin

Kono Danshi Mahou ga Oshigoto Desu

Rilu Rilu Fairilu

Serial Experiments Lain Review

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Today, I’m going to review a classic show that I for some reason didn’t watch until recently. This is a series written by Chiaki J. Konaka and has been received for the most part in a positive manner. People have said that it’s one of the best anime’s out there, right up there with Neon Genesis Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop. Let’s find out if that’s true! As always be wary of spoilers~.

Plot:

The unique thing about this show is that it follows a nonlinear format. That is either annoying or interesting depending on how you look at it. In my opinion, the show is better as a nonlinear one but still could have been easier to follow. Don’t get me wrong I still really liked following it and, for the most part, was able to, but certain parts of this show just left me confused.

The plot of this show and the pacing is actually really good! I actually winded up watching the whole thing in one night, I wasn’t able to sleep until I was finished! Granted I could have, but I definitely didn’t want to. I don’t recommend watching it all at once, though, especially late into the night. It just adds to the confusion this show already has.

This show knows for sure how to keep it’s audience engaged and curious. Other than the obvious plot right in front of you, there is interesting subtext. The show covers a wide range of topics like religion and society and provokes a lot of thought provoking things that no one should miss. It’s also somewhat hard to tell what the message of the show is, like if it’s an allegory for something else, or meant to be taken in a figurative way.

This anime to me is the Five Nights Of Freddy’s of Anime. People speculate about it even to this day, all of us trying to go all Game Theorist on it trying to figure out what it’s trying to say. It’s fun to speculate about and even I came up with a theory on what it’s saying…but that’s for a later date. The plot on this show is, for the most part, good, and it has A LOT of staying power and brings something to people now even though it’s almost 18 years old now.

Characters:

The characters on this show are great. There aren’t many main characters, if you really think about it Lain is the only one. Even though I do like shows with a lot of characters to focus on, I don’t mind the fact that this show doesn’t do that, in fact, it works in its favor.

When it comes to characters, this show uses them sparingly. Each character has something to do with the plot in some way. The show itself has little to no filler at all and the same goes for it’s cast.

Even for minor characters, I can remember them all. Each character will most likely make an impression in some way. For this though I’m only talking about the main characters.

Lain is an awesome and very relatable character. I loved her very much and if I can, I’m definitely going to buy a figurine of her. I normally don’t buy a lot of figurines, unless I really loved the show/character I want a figurine of. Her personality is hard to explain but isn’t your typical dere personality type I assure you. She is far more deep and complex than that and probably one of my favorite protagonists of all kind.

Her best friend was also a good character. I loved the relationship they had in the show. Her friend Arisu (Or Alice depending on which version you watched). She is very good hearted towards Lain when other characters aren’t and is also a very relatable character. The relationship between them is more important in the second half of the story but I absolutely adored how much they cared for each other. They definitely leave a lasting impression, which is always important for a good series!

Art and Animation:

The character art in this show is done by ABe Yoshitoshi and good god do I love it. Some people find his art style creepy but I strongly disagree. I love the colors in it and it’s one of my favorite anime art styles of all time.

The animation is good as well and is a bit more fluid compared to other shows of it’s time in my opinion. It can still be a bit awkward but nothing to terrible. It’s mostly enjoyable to look at and the way it’s colored and drawn fits perfectly and is absolutely stunning.

Music:

The opening of this anime is a song called Duvet by Boa. This opening is one of my favorite anime openings of all time and I started looking into Boa’s music because of it. It’s a very good song and the ending by Tooi Sakebi is also very good. I don’t remember if I mentioned this before, but I normally don’t like both the opening and ending but I still have them both stuck in my head even now.

The actual soundtrack is by Nakaido Reichi also known as Chabo. It fits the show well and is pleasing to listen to but can also give off a mysterious disjointed sort of sound that can be confusing and hard to adjust to. It is good, though, regardless.

Voices:

I watched both the dubbed and subbed version of this show and loved both voices. In both versions, they fit the characters well and Lain in the dub was voiced by Bridget Hoffman, one of my favorite female voice actors which was a huge plus for me. Her Japanese voice actor is Kaori Shimizu and she has done voices for Fruit Basket, Inuyasha, and a few other well-known series!

Kirk Thornton (or Sho Hayami depending on which version you’re watching) are also involved when it comes to voices. A lot of the cast members didn’t have a lot of roles but they do them very well! The only one that could be a bit cringe-worthy was Alice’s. Only when she was screaming or upset, though.

Overall:

I’m pleased to give this show 4.9 out of 5 stars! This show to me is damn near perfect and definitely lives up to its reputation. Even if you don’t agree with the messages it sends out, it is still an amazing show in all regards and is very unique. It makes very few mistakes in its delivery and I highly recommend it even if you aren’t a fan of anime.

You can watch the full series subtitled on Funanimation’s Youtube Channel and can find the DVD/Blu-ray with the dub on it on Amazon, which is where I got it.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review! Please leave feedback and if there is something you want to see reviewed don’t hesitate to ask, if I have seen it, I may wind up reviewing it.

Amnesia Review

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So here’s something I wanted to review for a long time. This anime was what lead me to play the game it was based off and get more into date sim shows. Not to be mistaken for the horror game of a similar name, here is my review of Amnesia! Be wary of obvious spoilers.

Plot:

This is the double-edged sword part of the show to me. On one hand for a dating sim, it’s a more unique because it has a plot that uses parallel dimensions and to me what is considered sci-fi themes which I have always been a sucker for. There is also the fact that unlike most date sims, you get to see her being romantic with all the characters, instead of being pushed into “I don’t know if I love them! I’m going to dodge serious romance scenes and just do the best scenario’s from each route for the whole series” or “lets just all be friends!” territory. Most date sim anime adaptions seem to use those from what I’ve seen so far, and I’m glad this one didn’t do that.

Because parallel universes are involved, all the pairing are technically canon. Everyone gets to see the couple they wanted from the game together. It was interesting to watch for me and unique. On the other hand, trying to cram 5 different routes into 12 episodes does not work very well, amazingly enough. The characters don’t get equal screen time. Kent only gets one episode while most of the others get 2 or 3. If you ever see the game based off of this you’ll see a lot of great scenes from the game were left out. What’s going on with parallel dimensions isn’t even explained until almost halfway through. Before you even start you choose one of the worlds to play through in the game.

Speaking of things being explained Orion is used for pretty much exposition only in the anime. In the game, he is also a comedic character but for the anime he kind of only plays a role when something needs to be explained (and should have been explained a long time ago). Some exposition is OK but this show and even the game is guilty of doing that a bit more than needed.

Despite the story being unique, it’s pacing is pretty bad. It would have worked a lot better if the show was a 24 ep series as opposed to 12. You probably could have added all the other stuff, and added new things had you really wanted. Because of how rushed it can be, it makes it seem like just a huge promotional video for the game and while that might be why they did that, there should still be more effort put into it to make it a good adaptation!

Characters:

For the most part, I find the characters to be pretty nice and enjoyed watching them all. The design is very nice if not over the top, but more on that in the next section. Personality wise I found..most of them appealing.

The heroine was a bit bland. I understand she has Amnesia and that she is supposed to be more of a blank slate so she represents, however, the player is. However, she is very frail and fragile and never really fights back even when she should. Since it’s an anime she should also have some of her own traits to make the show interesting. The whole blank slate thing doesn’t translate very well from game to anime.

There is also the fact that at most 3 of 5 members of the cast have a colder approach to Heroine. I mean they all are different and have different reasons for being the way they are but that irked me a little. The supporting cast was fun to watch though but I feel like they should have appeared more since again they play a bigger role in the game.

None of the characters irked me…except one. I’m not going to name names because I try to spoil as little as possible but god damn if you don’t like possessive, crazy people just skip episodes 8,9 and about half of 10. I’m sure you’re probably thinking “Oh how bad can it be?” PRETTY BAD. Not like AWFUL per say but BAD. The stare at the screen with your mouth open and then yelling “DIE ALREADY” after the shock wears off kind of bad. Don’t say I didn’t try and warn you. He was absolute scum and I wanted the anime to kill him School Days style.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, though, I had to write a whole paragraph just for this adorable little cinnamon bun. He’s the character I used for the thumbnail and damn it he’s the best one in there. He appears last and I won’t spoil anything about him but he loves the protagonist more than anything and does a lot for her sake. He deserves to have her the most in my opinion and he’s very nice to watch whether it’s the anime or game.

Art and Animation:

OK, this is definitely the show’s high point. The designs for the characters are based around cards (hearts, spades, joker etc) and it’s a very intriguing design choice to me. The clothes on the characters can be a bit over the top but are undeniably nice to look at. All the characters are designed very nicely and are very pretty to look at, a plus for any date sim adaptation. The art for this is absolutely my favorite part.

When it comes to animation, though…meh. It’s not bad or atrocious to look at or anything but it isn’t the best thing ever either. It’s not something you have to bear through and cringe at (though there are some awkward faces that they freeze on for what feels like an unbearably long time in my opinion) but it won’t be the thing you pay the most attention to either.

Music:

I like the opening theme and I find the ending theme pretty nice as well. It isn’t as catchy as the opening and has a different sound to it that you have to grow accustomed to, but it’s a good song. The background music is nice too, it doesn’t stand out exactly but it’s nice to hear and is very relaxed and soothing for the most part. The songs, for the most part, fit the scenes but they can be a bit repetitive and don’t always fit in my opinion.

Voices:

I liked all the voices of the characters. All of them fit nicely and weren’t annoying to listen to. The only thing some people might find a tad annoying is Mine, but for me, it was OK and fit her character well. The only complaint about voices I have is that Ukyo’s voice might actually be too feminine. I know he looks androgynous and everything but I think his voice should be slightly deeper. Not even that much deeper just a very tiny bit. That’s just a personal opinion of mine.

Side note, though, a dub of this exists. It’s the worst dub I have ever seen in my entire life. I’m not counting it towards the review but I have to mention it. It’s extremely bad, delivery voices all of it. Please watch the subs if you do watch this, you’ll be so much better off I promise you.

Overall:

It pains me to say this, but I have to give this show 3.9 out of 5 stars. I love this series, especially the game but the anime feels like a watered down condensed version of the game. It doesn’t do it justice at all and I understand completely why the fandom isn’t exactly thrilled with it. I don’t exactly not recommend it per say but there are definitely bad elements that can not be ignored about this adaptation.

There are good ones too but whether you watch it or not, I seriously recommend the game which I will write about in another review. If you like date sims you will like the game and heck, maybe even the anime too! If you want to see it you can watch it on Crunchyroll and Hulu since I’ve seen it on both those sites. The game is on steam and is called Amnesia Memories.

Thank you for reading! If you can be sure to leave feedback (likes, comments etc) and if you have something you want me to review, I might review that as well!

The Most Overused Romance Trope?

I’ve actually seen this trope twice in the past few days, but way more before this and it’s annoying me a tad. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

A man is a douchebag. He is the biggest asshole ever. He meets a girl and she’s the sweetest most innocent little thing in the history of the world. They start dating for some reason but he treats her terribly. The girl loves him anyway. Bonus points if you also see one or both of the following

He’s a douche but it’s just dismissed because he had a TRAGIC PAST :dramatically throws head back:
The girl teaches him how everything is LOVELY and AWESOME and he CHANGES and they all fall in love and kissy kiss end of series blah blah bla.

Yes. It’s fun sometimes when executed well but it’s irritating to me now because I’ve seen it so many times. Over and over and over with that same type of romance. There are so many other dynamics that can be used, so many different ways you can execute them and yet it always seems to be this one over and over again.

Even the one I reviewed a day or so ago has shades of this! The only reason I’m excusing it is because Tomoe isn’t human. He doesn’t like anyone very much, not just the girl and he does have plenty of development if you compare him back when he was a wild fox to him at the end of the first season.

What do you guys think? What kind of romance dynamic annoys you the most in anime or otherwise?