End of February Haul!! (2015)

Hey guys, February brought to me a lot of cool new anime merch… this month’s Haul is quite shojo-esque so I apologize for those of you guys looking for more exciting anime goods. Anyway, here are some close up images from the vlog ^^

Girl’s Haul!!! (Free!, UtaPri, Shoujo and More…)

Hello everyone, it’s been a while! Exams have been killing me for the past two weeks but I’m pretty much done now which means I can’t wait to get back to the wonderful world of anime and fandoms. Today I have a really fun Haul to share with you all. Part 1 of this haul came out last week while Part 2 was released just now. This blog post will also provide you girls (and guys) with any extra pictures you might want to see of your favourite merch PLUS some really fun bonus pieces that I didn’t have time to mention but are super adorable nonetheless. I hope you guys enjoy ^^

Part 1:

Part 2


I didn’t have time to get through EVERYTHING in the haul because it was already split into two parts but I hope you guys enjoy these pictures…

Fangirling is better when we do it together.

– Cloudy

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Cloudy’s Fall 2014 Anime Season Favourites

HELLO EVERYONE, it’s that time of the season again. It’s time to take a lot at the new upcoming anime series!! This post does not encompass ALL the fall season anime releases but a rather large handful of anime I am particularly looking forward to seeing. As always I’d like to point out that these are new series I’ve chosen either because I’ve read the manga, or I had decent first impressions of the story after watching the PV and checking out the Japanese site. Also, each season as a disclaimer – my taste does lean more towards the fantasy-action, shoujo-romance, comedy-high school side of things. I do watch mecha from time to time but I don’t review much of it nor do I review a lot of horror. I love BL and will review it for my own leisure but I’m completely clueless in the Yuri genre. I’m also a huge fan of Japanese voice-actors and actresses or seiyuus when it comes to approaching a new anime. Yuki Kaji is in like… everything this season LOL

To be honest, I’ll watch everything at least once and then review what I like and what’s super popular (hopefully and usually those align). I skipped a lot of the eroge adult visual novel adaptations because I’m not into that stuff but there seems to be a lot of those this season LOL Now with all that out of the way… here’s what I’ve got…

Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade WorksFate/Stay Night (Unlimited Blade Works)- WHOOOOOOO UFOTABLE IS BACK WITH A NEW FATE/STAY NIGHT. If you haven’t watched Fate/Stay Night or know nothing about the series, I’d advise you to go watch the first series in 2006 version and then the prequel for Fate/Zero that aired a few years later. I always live by the “watch the original before the prequel” rule but that’s just me. Fate/Stay Night is an epic action, fantasy story that follows a set of characters that fight each other to the death in pursuit of the Holy Grail which will grant any wish. Heroic Spirits are summoned by each competitor… a young man named Shiro Emiya is accidentally caught in the midst of it all… Honestly, I think that every anime fan has to have at least scene something of this Fate world because it’s such an iconic fantasy series within the medium. I highly recommend you check this out; the Fate world is huge and there is definitely something for everyone. Release Date: Oct 4, 2014

Akatsuki no YonaAkatsuki no Yona- This is a fantasy romance anime adapted from a manga which is currently fourteen volumes long and still running. The story is by Mizuho Kusanagi also known for series such Mugen Spiral (which I read a long time ago) and NG Life. It follows Princess Yona who starts off with everything and who ends up falling in love with her cousin, Soo-won who murders her father and is saved by her bodyguard Son Hak who then escapes with her. We can expect great performances from the main characters who are bother seasoned veterans, Yona is voiced by Chiwa Saito (Homura from Madoka Magica, Chitose from D-Frag, Kuro from Fate Kaleid Liner 2wei) and Son Hak is voiced by Tomoaki Maeno (Camus from UtaPri, Natsume from Brothers Conflict, Kou from Sekaiichi Hatsukoi). Release Date: Oct 7, 2014

Amagi Brilliant ParkAmagi Brilliant Park Kyoto Animation is back this season with a comedy romance anime following Seiya Kanie, a high school student that has it all, looks, smarts and athletics. Cue our new mysterious transfer student ith a musket gun that transports Seiya to an amusement park… Things happen. Comedy and chaos ensue. It’s KyotoAni, you should check it out regardless. LOL Release Date: Oct 2, 2014



Bonjour Koiaji PatisserieBonjour♪ Koiaji Patisserie- Do you miss your otome anime series? Do you love bishounen boys that can bake? Well look no further to satisfy all your sweet tooth cravings. Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie is a romance, slice of life story that follows a girl named Sayuri Haruno who attends an elite school for baking and confectionary. The characters designs are from Utako Yukihiro who also did Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist and the Uta no Prince-sama manga so fans of those two shows can be excited for this new set of characters. This series will include all the charming voices of Yui Ishikawa, Tetsuya Kakihara, Ryouhei Kimura, Kaito Ishikawa, Hikaru Midorikawa, Katsuyuki Konishi and Wataru Hatano. There are so many sparkles in that PV I could just die. Release Date: Oct 11, 2014

Donten ni WarauDonten ni Warau- I am really looking forward to Donten ni Warau being adapted into an anime because it has an FAN-TAS-TIC cast to go with the characters – notably Yuuichi Nakamura, Yuki Kaji, Tsubasa Yonaga, Rina Satou, Mamiko Noto, Kousuke Toriumi, Kenichi Suzumira, Takahiro Sakurai and more. The story takes place in the Meji era’s eleventh year where the ways of the samurai are slowly dying. There is political and social tension because of how power’s changed hands within the government and the country is unstable. With crime rates increasing, many people are brought to these lake prisons. The main story follows three boys from the Kumo family who are tasked with transporting criminals to the prison and well… things happen. The series falls into action, historical, shoujo, supernatural and even tragedy – a pretty wide palette of genres so I think anyone could give this one a try especially if you’re into historical anime. The art style in the manga ranges from wide landscapes to narrows streets, crowds of people and of course, main character close up shots. The panels flow very smoothly in the manga so the anime should have no problem bringing it all into live time. The title literally means “Cloudy Laugh” Release Date: Oct 14, 2014

Gugure! Kokkuri-sanGugure! Kokkuri-san- The story beings with a girl named Kohina Ichimatsu who ends up summorning a low rankied ghost named Kokkuri-san who turns out to be a pretty good looking bishounen fox uh… guy. Kokkuri-sana initially wants to haunt Kohina but ends up being charmed by the little girl’s nuances and decides to protect her. The vibe I get from the initial website and premise is that this is a cute romance, supernatural kind of series. If you liked Kamisama-kiss or maybe Inu x Boku which about have fox-eared male protagonists and some supernatural romance involved, you’ll want to look into the Gugure. This series caught my eye mainly because of Daisuke Ono’s role as Kokkuri. It’s kind of a mixed bag cast because you’ve got Jouji Nakata who’s a bit older and known for supporting roles as well as Takahiro Sakurai and Ryou HIrohashi. All are experienced seiyuus so we can look forward to some great voice-acting. Release Date: Oct 5, 2014

Inou-Battle wa Nichijoukei no NakadeInou-Battle wa Nichijoukei no Nakade- TRIGGER is back with Dive II Entertainment to bring you Inou Battle within Everyday Life that brings us back to the high school life meets supernatural powers story. Five students end up with interesting abilities – control time, manipulate matter and other elements, etc. However, this classic story premise comes with a bit of a twist and… not much has changed with these students. I can imagine some pretty hilarious high school scenarios paired up with strange superpowers so this series falls into comedy, romance, high school and supernatural. I’m intensely looking forward to Nobuhiko Okamoto will be starring in one of the main roles as well as the returning voice of Saori Hayami who we heard for the past two seasons as the lovely Miyuki Shiba from Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei. Nanami Yamashita and Haruka Yamazaki, two newer seiyuus will also be getting main roles in the show so lots of new potential there. Release Date: Oct 6, 2014

Nanatsu no TaizaiNanatsu no Taizai- Also known as “The Seven Deadly Sins,” adapted from a shonen manga. The story goes that a group of knights tried to overthrow the kingdom of Britannia. They were destroyed and disbanded by the Holy Knights who a decade later have captured the king to rule Britannia for themselves. Our heroine is Elizabeth, the third princess who goes on an quest to retrieve the Seven Deadly Sins group to help her retrieve her kingdom… I’m not a HUGE fan of the art style because the characters look very young and very shonen but I am interested in the cast which includes stars such as Yuki Kaji, Aoi Yuuki, Sora Amamiya, Tatsuhisa Suzuki *O*, Jun Fukuyama *uwaaaaa*, and even Mamoru Miyano as a supporting character. Misaki Kuno is a newer seiyuu who will also be part of the main cast. The songs are done by FLOW, GRANRODEO and Ikimono-gakaeri (this band I’m not familiar with), but we can look forward to some fantast music. Release Date: Oct 5, 2014

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro OujiOokami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji- If you are looking for some adorable shoujo this season, this is the series for you. Cue in Erika Shinohara, a rather narcissistic high schooler who ends up lying to her friends about her romantic life. She takes a random photo of a guy and tells her friends that that guy is her boyfriend when in fact that very guy ends up being an actual student named Kyouya Sata. They do end up faking the relationship for a while and Kyouya has a rather… interesting personality. He calls Erika his dog for most of the beginning of the episode and while that bothers me in the manga, there are lots of great scenes with comedy and scenes with heart. Erika will be voiced by Kanae Itou (Elucia from Kaminomi no Shiru Sekai, Yui from SAO, Amu from Shugo Chara) and Kyouya will be voiced by Takahiro Sakurai (Atsumu from AnoHana, Griffith from Berserk, Cloud from Final Fantasy VII). There are tons of manga fans looking forward to this adaption so if you’re in the mood for a romance, check this one out. Release Date: Oct 5, 2014

Sanzoku no Musume RonjaSanzoku no Musume Ronja- So apparently we can also look forward to some more Ghibli style as Goro Miyazaki, acclaimed anime creator Hayao Miyazaki’s eldest son, will be working on this new anime. The original story comes from a Swedish children’s fantasy book called Ronia the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren. Our little heroine is Ronia who gros up living among robbers in the woodlands. There is magic, clan dissension, feuding families, friendship, fairies; lots of whimsical fantasy elements we can look forward to all presented in that classic Ghibli animations style. Release Date: October 11, 2014

Shigatsu wa Kimi no UsoShigatsu wa Kimi no Uso- A-1 Pictures is back again with another romance drama called April is Your Lie adapted from an ongoing manga. If you’re a fan of music-themed anime you definitely won’t want to miss out on this. Arima Kosei is a piano prodigy that has dominated the world stage of music. After the death of his mother and music teacher, he is unable to hear his own piano even though his hearing is perfectly fine. Two years later, he ends up meeting a lighthearted violinist named Kaori Miyazono who inspires and challenges him to return to the music world. I am really excited for this one because the art style looked absolutely amazing in the teaser and the last scene with Arima and Kaori was TOO CUTE. I think this will definitely fill my Ao Haru Ride void after the summer season. Release Date: Oct 11, 2014

SHIROBAKOShirobako- Here we go again with P.A. Work this season, introducing a new comedy anime revolving around five girls striving towards their voice acting dreams. I can say that as a seiyuu fangirl I am really excited to see how this anime will portray the anime industry hahaha. The characters all have refreshing new designs and I’m really intrigued by the scenes in the PV. The girls will be voiced by Hitomi Oowada, Juri Kimuar, Haruka Chisuga, Mami Takano and Haruka Kimura, all of which are fairly new to the industry so we can expect some fun new voice-acting in this playful story. To be honest, after the trainwreck that was Glasslip in the last season, I’m just looking forward to a straightforward story that makes sense LOL Release Date: Oct 9, 2014

Sora no MethodSora no Method- Studio 3Hz will be releasing this lovely new supernatural anime about a group of girls who wished for a miracle that utterly changed the town. A mysterious disc hovers above the town… there aren’t A LOT of details regarding the show but the animation is gorgeous and the song is hella catchy. I get a really whimsical, sweet and somewhat tragic vibe from the PVs so this is definitely one of the new ones I’m looking forward to. Plus, each of the character designs look stunning. Release Date: Oct 5, 2014


World TriggerWorld Trigger- Huge dimension brings monstrous aliens to Earth that humanity must fight against… this plot premise sounds strangely familiar but I’ve heard great thingsabout World Trigger so I’m looking forward to adding somne supernatural shounen action to my fall palette and hopefully you are too. The series is adapted by Toei Animation and features the new seiyuus Nao Tamura and Tomo Muranaka alongside the wonderfully talented Nakamura Yuiichi and “Mr. I’m in everything this season” – Yuki Kaji with supporting voices from Tanaka Hideyuki, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kana Hanazawa and Rie Kugimiya. Release Date: Oct 5, 2014

Shows I ended up watching anyway…

Denki-gai no Yonya-san

Trigger Seven

Yuuki Yuuna Yusha wa Aru

Ore Twintail ni Narimasu (which was WAY too random to review LOLLLLLL)

OVAs I’m looking out for…

  • D-Frag!
  • Nisekoi
  • Hybrid Child
  • Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder
  • Gokukoku no Brynhildr

– Cloudy

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Cloudy Says… What’s up for summer? Time to vote!

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Hey guys how are you all?

Today we’re back with another update. There’s been a crazy storm of new anime in the last two weeks because of all the new seasonal stuff coming out.

I haven’t exactly decided what I’m going to stick with this season and there’s so much I’m having trouble deciding. As per usual, here is a poll of the selections. Everything in the poll is everything I’ve watched (not necessarily posted first impressions). If you guys want me to check out a particular show or make sure I review one of your favourites, hit as many selections as you like and vote because I have changed my list of seasonal shows due to popular demand or lack thereof.

What I’m currently watching this season…

*Finishing from last season – Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Coming soon with CuriousCloudy…

I will be going to ConBravo 2014 this year. Just on the Saturday though. Hopefully I can get some vlogging in and meet some other fun Youtubers. I’m also planning on going to FanExpo Canada 2014 in late August and covering the convention for all four days.

We haven’t done a HAUL in a while but one will be coming soon at the end of the month! As well, with my birthday coming up in August, hopefully I can do another Out of the Box feature with a NEW NENDOROID on its way here. If I have time I want to plan some seiyuu feature posts.

Random Things I’ve been up to…

– Reading Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole

– Reading the Latin version of the Hobbit

– Getting really addicted to sour gummy candies

–  I recently finished a Korean drama called The Heirs. Starting to watch Emergency Couple now.

Thank you guys so much for all your support and lovely comments on my channel thus far! I’m gonna keep doing my best with video editing and improve my vlogs so I hope you’ll enjoy everything coming soon!

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– Cloudy

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Composer Spotlight – Yuki Kaijura

11743Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well. I know I’ve been doing a lot of anime reviews focusing on the summer season new series so I’m going to try and put out some different otaku related content. Today I’m going to be introducing one of my favourite music composers – Yuki Kaijura.

Kaijura’s done solo albums, written insert music for anime, game music, anime score music and even produced albums. What made me really look into her biography was the anime soundtracks that I became addicted to after the anime. The soundtrack is such a significant factor in the anime because it sets the mood, it reinforces the emotions of the story and it overall strengthens the dramatic punch of the plot.

“She is me, and I am her. Our existence is both the same and different. Alice. That was the name we were given. Alice.”


The first time I heard Kajiura’s music is in the Pandora Hearts soundtrack. The manga is one of my top favourites because the story is Alice in Wonderland-themed but the entire plot makes many twists and turns. The music is suspenseful, it’s dark but also hauntingly beautiful. My favourite song has to be Lacie. It’s so tragic and sad but also evokes a sense of nostalgia…

“If someone tells me it’s wrong to hope, I will tell them they’re wrong every time. I could tell them that countless times” – Madoka Kaname

The next two series are Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Sword Art Online. I watched both of them in the same year just as SAO was finishing its second season. Kaijura’s worked with Kalafina on multiple albums, one of which is called “After Eden” which was released in 2011. The track list included the insert song from Madoka, called “Magia.”


“That sword… is the dream all warriors, past, present, and future hold as their deaths approach. A sad, exalted dream. She carries their will as her pride, bidding them to remain steadfast in their loyalty. Now, the undefeated king sings aloud the name of the miracle she holds in her hand. It’s name is…” “Excalibur!” – Irisviel von Einzbern and Saber


fate-zero-ost1-lHave you guys seen Fate/Zero? Fate/Zero is the prequel to Fate Stay Night and tells the story of the fourth Holy Grail War in Fuyuki city. The score for Fate/Zero is both dynamic and forceful to illustrate the violence of the battles and filled with heartbreaking sentiment to reflect the sorrows that come with war as well as the stories of Heroic Spirits. Take the song, “The Beginning of the End,” there is something so forlorn about the tone, but still, you can hear a spell of hope that occurs within the sadness and you can’t help but feel a strong sense of determination and resolve at the conclusion of the song.

“A person is very strong when he seeks to protect something.” – Heathcliff


Sword.Art.Online.full.1341607In Sword Art Online, Kaijura’s most recent work, I actually hear pieces of Fate/Zero and Puella Magi Madoka Magica styled into the anime’s score. Listen to “Survive the Swordland,” “We Have to Defeat it,” and “Luminous Sword” and you’ll get a sense of what I mean.

Aside from three of my favourite anime soundtracks that she’s worked on, she’s also worked on the closing theme and insert songs for Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Destiny, songs for the whole .hack series, Baccano!, Black Butler (both season), Loveless, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles the Movie: Princess in Birdcage Kingdom and the list goes on.

“The best soundtrack music by-passes your mind and goes straight to your soul. It sort of trips something in your brain, you know you’re being transported.” – Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous)


I hope you guys enjoyed this feature. If you did, make sure you hit like and follow for me stuff that’s coming every day! Let me know in the comment what your favourite soundtracks are and whether or not you love Kaijura’s work as well! Thank you guys so much for reading and I will talk to you guys soon! Take care!

– Cloudy

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