My Anime List of 2016

Hey guys, how are you all? It’s been over a year since I made my last post. One of the reasons is because life and school has swamped me entirely. Another reason is because there are logistical issues with WordPress that … Continue reading

K: Return of Kings Episode 1 Impressions

UGHHHHH ALL MY FEELS FOR K PROJECT AND NOW ITS BACK TnT …The music, the art style, the characters, love it all… Rating: 4/5 curiously excited clouds  K: Return of Kings doesn’t hesitate at all to play with your emotions … Continue reading

Cloudy’s Fall 2015 Anime Favourites

Hello everyone, how have you been?

It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve done reviews and really, this absence wasn’t intentional. I moved to a new apartment, started a new school year, flew across the world for family and fought jet lag for an entire two weeks. I’m back now and it seems like despite the jam-packed nature of my day to day schedule, the anime world moves on… which brings me to my next point…

WELCOME TO THE FALL SEASON OF ANIME!!!

The Fall season is always one of the most anticipated season. For fans who really slogged through summer with many of its slow-paced slice of life and plethora of romance anime, action and mecha fans will rejoice to hear of all the newly adapted series from this season and really there are A LOT of them. Today I’ll be introducing some of my favourite anime selections. The ones I’ll be spotlighting are the select series that I particularly take an interest in, if you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of everything you’ll have better luck checking out something like Ani-chart for an entire run-down of new releases. No anime fan can watch everything or would want to watch everything. For me, I stick a lot to fantasy, action, romance and slice of life and while there four genres are my preferred and comfortable range of series, there’s two or three more suspenseful mystery anime or completely unique series that I’m immensely interested in. That being said, I will dip my toes into episode one of almost all new releases and first impressions posts will be published accordingly. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s… get… started…

[As always, my most anticipated series are at the top of the list while others will be listed alphabetically. Also, an extra smaller list of anime series will be listed in the recommendations section at the bottom of this post.]

K Project Return of KingsK: Return of Kings (Season 2)- THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SECOND SEASON OF K PROJECT IS FINALLY BACK!!!!!! Now if you’re into supernatural action and gorgeous animation you’ll want to check out the First season of K Project which released back in 2012. Since then the franchise has really taken off with a movie and otome game subsequently released after season one. The world follows different groups ruled by “Kings” who possess supernatural powers who vie for power within modern day Japan. While the first season follows the mystery of the “missing King” and the memories of Isana Shiro, the second season picks up pretty immediately after the pseudo-concluded storyline of season one. The K movie released later on, served as a minor interjection and bridge between the two seasons and the Red and Blue Kings are once again brought together in season two when disruptions bubble up around the city concerning the Green. With voices such as Kenjirou Tsuda, Daisuke Ono and Mamoru Miyano reprising their roles fans will be ecstatic for more of this exciting and mysterious story.

(As of right now I’ve seen the first episode and the animation is JAW-DROPPINGLY STUNNING)

Release Date: Oct 3, 2015

Osomatsu-sanOsomatsu-san (おそ松さん)- Osomatsu-san is actually one of my most anticipated new anime series. At first glance the art seems rather simplistic and reminiscent of childhood anime series reminiscent of Chibi Maruko-chan and Crayon Shin-chan however the genre is mainly shonen and its over the top comedy will largely appeal to the male demographic. What intrigued me about the series was the vibrant colours and dynamic designs of the poster. The promotional video is engaging and fast-paced and the new adaptation of such an old series (its manga originally published in the 60s and 80s), is the stunning A+ veteran cast comprising the voices and talents of Jun Fukuyama, Yuuichi Nakamura, Kamiya Hiroshi, Daisuke Ono, Kenichi Suzumura, Miyu Irino and Takahiro Sakurai who all have great chemistry from previous series. Osomatsu-san is MUST WATCH!!

Release Date: Oct 6, 2015

The Comet LuciferComet Lucifer (コメット・ルシファ)- One of the rare new gems of the anime world is Comet Lucifer, a new series produced by 8-Bit which falls into the fantasy and mecha genres. It takes place in a futuristic world called Gift where beautiful crystals called Giftium are develop deep within the earth. Sogo Amagi is an average boy who comes from a town called Garden Indigo which thrives off of the mining industry. He ends up wandering into the mines and discovers an underground lake where he meets a mysterious girl… This fresh new anime comes with a fresh new cast starring Yuusuke Kobayashi and Ayaka Ohashi as the two leads. It’ll be interesting to see their chemistry develop.

Release Date: Oct 4, 2015

Concrete RevolutioConcrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou (コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~)- Right off the get go the colourful art grabs your eye. The production studio is diverse. The cast is curious. Most recently, we’ve seen Bones bring us shows like Akagami no Shirayuki and Kekkai Sensen. Now this season Bones will be producing the second season of Noragami as well adapting an action-packed manga series with story by Shou Aikawa and art by Nylon. Concrete Revolutio takes place in different version of Japan were superhumans from all avenues mingle and mix in this strange new era. With so many superhumans and super abilities, there’s bound to be trouble. Cue in the Superhuman Bureau whose mission is to manage and protect superhumans so that they might coincide peacefully.

Release Date: Oct 4, 2015

Diabolik Lovers More BloodDiabolik Lovers More Blood (Season 2)- Ah… with the train wreck finale that ended the first season of Diabolik Lovers it’s curious as to how and why production studios were given another chance to adapt this reverse-harem game into an anime. With only twelve to fifteen minutes per week it seems difficult for an anime adaptation to properly shed light on each of the characters (not to mention their mysterious and often traumatic back stories). Nevertheless, Yui Komori is back with a new group of cute-girl loving vampire pretty boys for another round of snack time.

Release Date: Sept 24, 2015

Gakusen Toshi AsteriskGakusen Toshi Asterisk (学戦都市アスタリスク)- Gakuen Toshi Asterisk happens to be one of the earlier releases this season and at the time of this post I have indeed watched the first episode… on a whim, I might say but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I have to say that this series begins with a much more complex world premise than usual and reminds me a bit of magic academies such as that of Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei and Mahou Sensou though not nearly as technical as the former nor as convoluted and sidetracked as the latter.

The series takes place on an island named Asterisk at an academy called Seidoukan Academy which basically trains the new generation students to fight for supremacy against one another and between the six famous schools at a yearly tournament called Festas which attracts huge worldwide reception. Our awkward and somewhat uncertain character Ayato Amagiri has recently transferred to Seidoukan on a scholarship. He ends up meeting the beautiful and fiery Princess Julis-Alexia von Riessfelt among other interesting characters… and school life goes on.

Release Date: Oct 3, 2015

KowabonKowabon (こわぼん)- Kowabon has one of the most interesting promotional videos I’ve ever seen. It takes live action and turns it into animation, featuring a story that has a horror and paranoia kind of theme. The website is vague and the teasers are even more mysterious but if you’re into something new and eclectic, definitely check this one out.

Release Date: Oct 4, 2015

 

 

Owari no Seraph NagoyaOwari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen (Season 2) (終わりのセラフ: 名古屋決戦編)- The first little arc of Owari no Seraph as seen from the Spring season was not enough to satisfy fans and left EVERYONE on a cliff-hanger. Owari no Seraph takes place in a fantasy-apocalyptic world where vampires and humans battle against each other. Humans contract demons in order to wield weapons powerful enough to slay vampires and one boy, Yuuichirou Hyakuya (after a long back story) ends up joining the army against the vampires while his childhood friend Mikaela Hyakuya ends up on the side of the vampires (again due to a long back story). Trust me, that wasn’t a spoiler because if you read the manga, it’s all revealed in the blink of an eye. If you’re interested in checking out season two you’ll definitely need to catch up on previous material or power through the twelve episode of season one. A later release date means you’ve still got a few days to catch up! And without question all voice actors are returning for their characters and hopefully season two will pick up in pace.

Release Date: Oct 10, 2015

SakurakoSakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている)-  With a long-winded title that translate to “A Corpse is Buried under Sakurako’s Feet” this anime series has arguably the most intriguing premise of the season. Judging from the name you can already tell that this series falls under mystery. The story follows a bow named Shoutarou Tatewaki who meets a girl named Sakurako Kujou who has the ability to analyze bones and discern clues. As a result the two team up to solve mysteries around the city… To be honest it reminds me a little bit of Gosick but with less Lolita frills and a much more detailed art style and more grounded story-telling. The animation is quite aesthetically pleasing to say the least. Average cast all around.

Release Date: Oct 8, 2015

Shingeki Kyojin SchoolShingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou (進撃!巨人中学校)- Fans of the popular Shingeki no Kyojin apocalyptic action shonen anime series will be excited to see their favourite characters chibi-fied and placed in an Attack on Titan middle school. This spin-off series doesn’t take itself too seriously (despite the impending doom of giant man-eating monsters) and serves as great light-hearted and endearing material for fans of the originally dark franchise to kick back and enjoy.

Release Date: Oct 4, 2015

 

 

Subete ga F ni NaruSubete ga F ni Naru (すべてがFになる THE PERFECT INSIDER)- The Perfect Insider- Adapted from an original mystery light novel by Hiroshi Mori published way back in 1996, another adaptation for this popular story is out this time in an animated medium. The story follows a professor named Souhei Saikawa who will team up with Moe Nishinosono to solve a murder case. For those interested in reading other adaptations you can check out the stand-alone manga or Japanese television drama recently released last year with a total of ten episodes. This season, Subete ga F in Naru will be animated and produced by A-1 Pictures and will feature the voices of Ibuki Kido, Atsumi Tanezaki and Yasuyuki Kase in the three main roles with voices such as Yui Horie, Yoko Hikasa and Tatsuhisa Suzuki in the plethora of supporting roles. With so much popular history in the entertainment world, this story is definitely worth checking out.

Release Date: Oct 9, 2015

Recommendations:

Shonen action: One Punch Man (Release Date: Oct 5, 2015)

Popular comedy: Ketsuekigata-kun! Season 3 (Release Date: Oct 13, 2015)

Otome and reverse-harem recommendations: High School Star Musical (Release Date: Oct 6, 2015) and Dance with Devils (Release Date: Oct 7, 2015)

– Cloudy

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Cloudy’s Favourite Anime Soundtracks

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all well…

Last week was really hectic for me. I had a family emergency and truth be told, I don’t feel completely myself but I decided to film a music vlog for you guys… I didn’t think much for this vlog and simply wanted to share my favourite soundtracks with you guys. I find that the instrumental tracks always help me de-stress or unwind when I’ve got a lot on my mind. Below is the video as well as some sample tracks from each soundtrack for you guys to get a better sense of what I’m talking about…

Nagi no Asukara – 母の手

 

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – 弟みたいな存在 (Piano Solo)

 

Fate/Zero – Let the Stars Fall Down

 

Pandora Hearts – Lacie

Pandora Hearts – Will

 

K Project – K’s Theme

K Project – Mikoto Suoh’s Theme

 

Zankyou no Terror – Von

– Cloudy

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April Mini Box Haul + Youtube Video

Hey guys, today I wanted to do another mini anime haul that basically featured mini figures or just little accessories. I’m trying to figure out a name for this haul so leave a suggestion in the comments if you think of something. This haul features merchandise from four different animes and two Vocaloid merchandise collection series. This post actually goes with video on my channel at youtube here and the pictures are for reference because the products are so small, it was really hard to get a clear look at them.

Yes, I am also on Youtube now. It’s a bit nerve wracking for me because I’m usually sitting behind the screen and behind the camera, not in front. Thank you guys for dropping in every once in a while and for your support.

Nendoroid Petit Character Vocal Series 01 Hatsune Miku

 

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Soul Gem Cell phone Strap

K Project Rubber Cell Phone Strap

Sword Art Online Mini Character Keychain: Silica

Hatsune Miku X Shumai-Kun Collection

Free! Character Collection: Rin Matsuoka

– Cloudy

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The Little Things~ Animate USA Mini Haul

Hi guys! It’s been a pretty busy week for me since I had to get all my work done before I returned home for my grandma’s birthday. Luckily, my package from Animate USA came right on time so I got to grab all my new stuff before I return to my apartment in Kingston. This time I was really surprised at all the super fun bonus cards and stickers that came with my order.

The goods…

The Brothers Conflict rubber cell phone straps of Tsubaki and Azusa Asahina were a real treat. They’re just the perfect size, the detail in the designs go right down to the little diamond colours on each of their sweater vests and I’m once again impressed at the pristine condition of Japanese goods. Now that I’ve seen how well done these two straps are, I’m tempted to order the Natsume strap as well but having three (or maybe thirteen) on my phone might be a bit overboard 😉

I decided to get the Vocaloid clips on a whim because I’d never really seen official hair accessories that weren’t cosplay accessories for Vocaloid. The Anniversary bonus Meiko card and Kagamine Rin sticker had absolutely gorgeous art. They are just so adorable and I can’t wait to wear them around. And finally, the random single K Project coaster… I actually have Mikoto Suoh and Reisi Munakata K Project coasters that go with the design of this set. When I originally got the Red King and Blue King in Japan, they didn’t have Kuroh so I was just ecstatic when I found this coaster online.

Well, that’s about it for this post. Like the title suggests, this was a really small package because I’m waiting for some online sales around Christmas season, as well, there will definitely be new merchandise out after the completion of this season’s anime series. As always, I love ordering from Animate whether its the Japan site or US site. The American site is easier to handle because it’s in full English and shipping doesn’t take as long nor is it too expensive. It’s absolutely fantastic that Animate is expanding into the North American market.

Hope you guys liked this haul, more to come when I order more stuff which will be soon ❤

– Cloudy

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FanExpo Canada 2013 Photography Part 1

Memories may fade and convention hype may die down but PHOTOGRAPHS ARE FOREVER! Here’s the first part of the photos that I took on Thursday and Friday! (I really tried to tag everyone and everything that I could possibly think of)

I hope you guys like these photos. If you use them on Facebook or anywhere else please credit me and my site in the comments! Thanks a ton!

The following batch of photos were the ones that my dad grabbed with his camera!

– Cloudy

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Cloudy’s Otaku Workout Playlist

2945306348-1Hey guys! I’t’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a Light Otaku Living piece. I’ve been working on this post for a while now. Part of what pumps me up during summer is the fact that the sunny weather just motivates you to go outside and do exercise… Just kidding! Who wants to do exercise when we could curl up the corner with our favourite anime plushie and marathon our all-time favourite anime series for hours on end? Okay, that all sounds good and well but you have to get up SOMETIME because you need to eat, drink, handle other bodily functions and sleep… well, maybe not that last one when it comes to an anime marathon.

I’ve been noticing that I’ve been getting really antsy from holing up in the house all day for work or blog writing so one morning I decided to head down to my basement (where it’s the coolest in temperature) and start exercising.

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All I did was compile a list of my favourite upbeat anime songs and start moving my body. Here’s what I use for my mini workout at home. I have exercises I do from 1-10 but songs 11-15 are other songs I use for cardio.

I love my otome game songs and I know the Fate series lean more towards shonen but you can’t NOT put Carnival Phantasm and Fate Zero in there! Also, Sword Art Online, anything with vocaloids and Touhou Project are also ones that stands in the middle of both shojo and shonen.

For the shonen playlist, I tried my best find all the best songs from a wide range of animes. I threw in a bit of Madoka because for some reason, all the guys I know absolutely love that series… as well as some K-On for you light music lovers 😉

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Cloudy’s Shojo Otaku Personal Workout Playlist

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1) Carnival Phantasm Opening; Super Affection- Running (on the spot, on the treadmill in circles, outside, anything that gets your heart pumping)

2) Ouran High School Host Club Ending; Shissou- Jumping Jacks

3) Fate Kaleid Liner Closing Theme; Prism Sympathy- Skipping Rope Jumps

4) Brothers Conflict Closing Theme; 14 to 1- Air Punches

5) Starry Sky Closing Theme; Starry Sky- Side Knee-Up Jumps

6) Uta no Prince-Sama Closing; Maji Love 1000%- Leg Kicks (Cheerleader style LOL)

7) Hatsune Miku; Senbonzakura- Crunches

SAO_4_OST18) Sword Art Online Opening 2; Overlfy- Sit-ups

8) Hyouka Ending 2; Mystery Surrounding You- Squats

9) K Project Main Instrumental Theme- Stretching (quads, calves, arms, legs, splits, etc.)

10) Fate Zero Ending 2; Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau- Deep Breathing, Cooling Down

11) Uta no Prince-Sama Character Song- Eien no Tristar

12) Black Butler Opening 2- Shiver

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13) Free! Ending- Splash Free!

14) Toradora Opening 2- Silky Heart

15) The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Ending- Hare Hare Yukai

271Cloudy’s Shonen Otaku Workout Playlist

1) One Piece Opening 1; We Are

2) Naruto Opening 3- Kanashimi wo Yasasshiani

3) Gurren Lagann Opening 2- Sorairo Days

4) Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Opening 5- Rain

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5) Code Geass Opening; Colours

6) Blade Opening; Slashing Through the Night

7) Magica Madoka Insert Song- Magia

8) Gintama Opening 10- Dilemma

9) Guilty Crown Opening 10- My Dearest

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10) Deadman Wonderland Opening- One Reason

11) Hatsune Miku- World is Mine

12) Shingeki no Kyojin Opening- Guren no Yumiya

13) K-On Insert Song- Fuwa Fuwa Time

14) Fairytail Opening 10- Towa no Kizuna

15) Bleach Opening 13- Ranbu no Melody

Originally I was planning on around eight or nine songs but they ended up DOUBLING after I did some research. I hope you guys like what I’ve compiled here… I just realized I forgot to throw in any Inuyasha into the lists but feel free to add your own selections to what I have so far. I tried really hard to get a mix of some oldies and some newer ones.

Thank you guys for reading this really long post and I hope you found something fun to listen to. Hopefully I motivated you just a bit to throw in a few minutes of exercise every day. Comment below on the songs you like from the lists or a song that’s not on the lists. I would love hear your favourites! Have a great day!

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– Cloudy

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Animate!!

DSC_1130Hi guys! Today I’m really excited to review this AMAZING store in Japan called Animate. It’s the largest retailer of anime, manga, hobby and game goods in Japan. Though I do love scoping the streets and stores for deals on figures, Animate is probably one of my favourite stops in Electric Town, Akhiabara just because it has all the new anime merchandise that I’m looking for this year (i.e. K Project or Karneval).

There are seven floors in total with each level specializing on a certain aspect of goods. The uppermost floor is a special feature floor, below that there is one floor for audio CDs, one for video and visuals, two for merchandise – separated into shonen and shojo goods, as well as one floor for manga and a ground floor for weekly manga magazines souvenirs and art books. From what they showcase in the store, you’re also given a pretty expansive outline of what animes are a hit, which games are new and what manga is being anticipated. It’s also a great place to look for cosplay!

I would definitely advise a trip to Animate if you’re looking for some sweet new merch and considering that there are thirty-eight stores spread out across Japan, it won’t be hard for you to find one wherever you happen to vacationing.

Check out these cool photos I snapped while browsing through the store!

 

– Cloudy

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ANIME NORTH 2013!!!

Here are some photos that I took of the awesome cosplays I spotted at Anime North 2013! It was a pretty amazing three days and I don’t think I’m ready to return to the real world yet… there aren’t enough people with cat ears…

Can you name all the characters? 😉

– Cloudy

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