Anime Review: Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

Year: 2014
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Romance

Story: 7/10 and Characters: 8/10
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei is a show about the Yonomi sisters and how they deal with the fact that one of them, namely Kobeni, is forced to marry and live with Hakuya, one of her childhood friends. Now, years later, she doesn’t have any memory of him anymore and also has no idea about his family’s secret.

Other than their siblings, Kobeni and Hakuya, other family members play a big part in this show as well. In fact, Benio (Kobeni’s sister) and Mashiro (Hakuya’s sister) usually play bigger roles than the apparent main characters do, but we’ll get to that later. My absolute favorite character of the whole show is undoubtedly the great Benio-sama, who is a big stalker, a lolicon, and also a siscon. This might all sound pretty creepy and weird, and I won’t argue with that, Benio is indeed really creepy, but most of all, she’s hilarious! No other character made me laugh like she did, and hardly any character from the last anime season can reach her level of yuriness.

The character that I least enjoyed is either Hakuya, who barely had anything to say at all or Mashiro. In her case, her unreasonably high cuteness level saved her from being my least favorite character, and made her score above her older brother, but she was still pretty annoying most of the time.

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It seems I’m resistant to cute lolis.

As stated above, Kobeni and Hakuya, who should be the main characters, were often overshadowed by Benio and Mashiro, who make such a great comedy duo that it is admittedly quite hard to keep up with that~

Surprisingly, the ending of this season doesn’t show Kobeni and Hakuya as mutual lovers, and their relationship is still only on the level of friends. Most anime like this will show quite a different outcome, but I’m pretty happy with this. They take their time and get closer very slowly, something that makes a lot of sense for characters like this. So, I guess even though the ending didn’t feel special at all, this outcome is way better than Kobeni and Hakuya suddenly jumping head first into a love relationship.

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(from left to right) Mashiro, Kobeni and Benio.

Lastly, I’d also like to talk about the supernatural themes of this anime. Since the title of this show can be translated as Engaged to Unidentified most of you probably expected this to not just be a normal Romcom, but I for one didn’t really get this obvious sign, and not even the opening made me realize that I was in fact watching a show about aliens. So when they revealed the fact that Hakuya and his whole family are not humans, I was pretty surprised. Hopefully, you guys weren’t as absent-minded as I was….

Animation: 8/10 and Sound: 8/10
Alongside Sakura Trick’s opening theme, this shows opening theme, called Tomadoi→Recipe, was probably my favorite of the past anime season. Seriously, it’s so damn catchy! Furthermore, I really loved the animation style of this anime. It’s bright and colorful, the animation mostly looks fluid, and the characters look absolutely great.

Yuri: 4/10
Undeniably, this rating was only made possible thanks to the great Benio-sama, who might have creeped out her whole family with her siscon and lolicon tendencies, but she also managed to creep right into my heart, as well as the hearts of basically all of her classmates. All her numerous attempts to capture the heart of her beloved sister unfortunately never worked out, but that luckily didn’t stop her from trying it over and over again~ Good luck for the future, Benio-sama. May your hard work pay off someday.

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Sometimes it’s even too much for her….

Total Enjoyment: 8/10
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei is funny, lighthearted, relaxing, and it even has a reasonable amount of drama mixed into the story every here and there. This show really never bored me, and even though this whole alien thing might feel a little weird at times, it’s still an interesting addition.

Yuri Anime 2014 [Completed]

Since my Yuri Anime List of 2013 kind of sucks, I decided to make a better one for 2014. Right now, I can of course only list the few shows with yuri or at least yuri subtext that are either airing right now or that are announced to air sometime this year. So this list will be updated whenever I see a new yuri show or hear about one from other people.

Still, since it’s just impossible for me to watch each and every anime that is airing, I’d also appreciate if you’d just tell me whenever you feel like something in my list is missing. Finally, I’d like to tell you that I’ll add a “Yuri Rating” to each and every show I’ll list. This will be my personal impression of how much yuri the show has to offer, so if I still haven’t watched the show that is listed, I’ll add this rating a little later. If you suggest a show, it is always appreciated if you could give the yuri rating a score from 1-10.

With that said, let’s move on to the list, and even if it’s just the beginning of 2014, it’s already quite huge~

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Anime Winter Season 2014: First Impressions

This is the first time for me to pick up that many shows in a new season. I’m usually someone who finds and starts watching specific anime when they are already done airing.

So for me, this season is pretty special. 
I’ve picked up about 10 shows and after watching the first few episodes of each of them, I already know that I’m keeping a lot of them.
I think it’s not only thanks to Sakura Trick that I love this anime season, even if we disregard this show, there are still a lot of other great and promising ones out there.
So let’s start with the first one I picked up.
And what show might this be?

Of course it’s Sakura Trick.
I’ve made a whole blog entry dedicated to my first impression of this specific anime already, so click here if you wanna read it.
After episode 3 I’m still pretty happy with how things are going.
The anime very much sticks to the manga version, which is a very good thing.
Still, since there are only 6 chapters of the manga translated yet, I can’t really predict how this anime is going to continue. Is it going to stay the cute and ecchi “girls doing cute and random stuff” show or is it going to develop an actual plot with a real conflict?
I can’t really see the latter happening, but it’s still possible, isn’t it? I think I wouldn’t mind either way as long as the amount of sweet kisses won’t decrease~

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