First Impressions – Pretty Derby

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I really do not know what I was expecting from this anime, I was thinking maybe it would be some weird sports anime like Keijo was, with it’s own made up sport with these horse girls. It kind of is but at the end of the day it feels like this is going to be another generic idol anime.

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Now I must confess I am not a huge fan of the idol genre of anime, and I have given them a chance and from all the ones I have given a go, which only were a couple because I was not enjoying them. The only one I got some enjoyment from Uta no Prince sama being the only to date that I have watched all the way through. Still the horse girl concept for this series is interesting and the scenes in the first episode with the trainer being called a pervert did give me a giggle.

Not quite sure yet if I am going to continue watching this series but I might give it a few more eps to see how it goes, one thing is obvious though. I am not the target audience for this series but there is another anime airing this season which I most definitely am the target audience for…

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First Impression – Small World

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I had been meaning to check out the website LINE WEBTOON for a while now and seeing as I was looking through the app store last night and came across the sites app I figured now was as good a time as any to check them out. There is still a hole in this fujoshi’s heart when it comes to Lezhin Comics, I still have their app on my phone but I have not touched it since the end of January for reasons… The only reason I still have the app is that of Koogi and Killing Stalking in all honesty, but enough depressing stuff. I want to tell you guys about a really adorable little webcomic I found on Webtoon called Small World. This webtoon is pure fluff and I love it!

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As soon as I opened the app this little webtoon caught my eye with its two cute characters of Robin and Julian, they are just soo adorable! Each episode is not very long just a couple of panels but that is ok because this is a short gag comedy series. Now I must admit gag comedy is something I am not a huge fan of. With the exception of anime like Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh, and Excell Saga not much else in the genre has really grabbed me, but this sweet little webtoon brought a smile to this fujoshi and I just know I will be coming back every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday for new episodes!

 

First Impression – BJ Alex

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One of the newest Manhwa to catch my attention on Lezhin Comics has been the recently released BJ Alex by Mingwa. Also BJ does not stand for blowjob my fellow yaoi lovers but Broadcast Jockey. So please get your minds out of the yaoi filled gutter for a moment, don’t worry you can jump right back in when you read this manhwa, you got Mistress of Yaoi’s promise on that one. Most famous in the west for the phenomenon known as Mok Bang there is more to the world of Broadcast Jockey’s in South Korea and it makes sense that a story about one would be told through the medium of manhwa. It’s kind of similar to seeing something very Japanese in a manga like shrine maidens.

BJ Alex tells the story of timid Dong-gyun a lonely collage student who every night at 10pm locks the door to his bedroom, grabs a box tissues and watches his favorite live cam show hosted by BJ Alex. He is in love with the BJ’s ripped body and his openess to talk about all sorts of sexual experiences with his audience, Alex has all the confidence Dong-gyun wishes he had and a chance encounter at school leads to going out to drinks and possibly finding out the true identity of the mysterious and sexy Alex. Will this creep the BJ out or will this be a meeting of fate?

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So far this manhwa for me has been very sweet and seductive without coming across as sleazy which can be a nice change when reading a good yaoi story. I love slow burns and I’m kind of hoping for that with this one. The art style is also very enticing especially those piercing yellow eyes. (If my review of Wolf in the House is anything to go by you should know by now that I love character designs with intense eyes) i look forward to reading more of this manhwa and I hope this first impression has given you enough incentive to give this manhwa a go as well.

 
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Wolf in the House – Manwha Review

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What we want and what we get in life is constantly changing, but there are some things we find in life that we want to keep a hold of. The things we don’t want to change in life are the most precious of all and we would do anything to protect them. I started reading Wolf in the House mostly because I thought the blue-eyed guy on the cover was hot, that is what drew me in but the story I got was an amazing and emotional journey.

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Don’t worry it’s not ‘that kind’ of romance

After being ghosted by his off again, on again partner of ten years Munsik on impulse upon seeing an advertisement online to foster a husky at the local shelter, but when he leaves the husky at his apartment to go buy the dog some food he returns to find a handsome man in his apartment and his dog missing! The man who shares the name of his new dog Baxon tries to convince Munisk that he is a werewolf. Human by night and a husky in the day, and so begins a story of self-acceptance, acceptance from others and the hard choices life throws at us.

One of the things I love most about this manwha as well as the characters in the world building and lore that goes into this world and one of the most amusing conversation at the beginning of the story when Baxon is trying to explain why he believes other werewolves exist where he is going ends in a hilarious punchline about of all things kangaroos.

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Wolf in the House is the first manhwa on Lezhin that has stuck with me emotionally and is the first BL story in a long time to bring a tear to my eye. If you are a fan of unconventional love stories and yaoi you are going to love this manhwa. The main pairing of Munsik and Baxon are beyond adorable whether Baxon is inhuman or dog form and as a Husky, he is downright adorable. I also really love the simple art style of the manhwa the minimal color pallet make the times where intense color is used a lot more mesmerizing, like Baxon’s beautiful blue eyes. If you need a break from the darker side of the BL on Lezhin because you have been reading Killing Stalking I would recommend giving Wolf in the House a read to balance things out with a little fluff and some really hot yaoi scenes.

 

First Impression – Make Me Bark

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Sungjoon was pretty happy with his new life in the city. He has just bought his first apartment and has a job at a convenience store to cover his rent, things were looking up for him and his new life. Till one day at work he is warned by a workmate that there is a fire nearby and upon leaving work for the day he finds out that fire is at the apartment complex where is living. To make matters worse he doesn’t know anyone that well in the city… no wait that’s not true he does know one person. A rich kid he went to university with, with nowhere left to go he calls him and then things start getting weird for him.

I have been binge reading quite a few more BL manhwa on Lezhin over the last month and I was looking for other stuff to read while I have been reading Killing Stalking, which I must confess is where all my coins I purchased on the site have gone to. I have loved supporting the artist Koogi for her work on the site and have been looking for other BL titles to read and Make me Bark caught my attention for its gorgeous art style. I have so far only read the first four episodes of this story, which are the free ones available and will be most definitely be reading more of this story once I get some more coins.

21042122_136428033635739_99774452518092800_nAs a yaoi fan who enjoys stories with a touch and sometimes a bit more elements of BDSM I was intrigued by this manwha due to images I have seen floating around the net of this series, but it was very different to what I expected. I was expecting this rich friend to be some arrogant asshole looking for a roommate to have as some sort of ‘pet’ with a title like Make me Bark. What I got so far is a story about two very socially awkward young men that is escalating into something more interesting at a slow burn. There wasn’t even any action until the fourth episode. The art for this one is also very gorgeous and is something any fujoshi could fall for so I can understand why it is so popular and I am very much looking forward to seeing where this series will go and will definitely give this one a proper review once I am done.

Also, I must ask to any of you who have read further along with this story… please avoid spoilers in the comments below, please.

 

First Impression – Haikyuu!!

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I am beginning to believe that a certain blog group, is secretly a cult to recruit it’s members to praise and share the love of Haikyuu!! All joking on my part aside, Haikyuu!! is an anime I have put off watching for a long time. Which is strange when I think about it. Anime Youtubers and Anibloggers have sung it’s praises for years now and that might have been part of the reason I avoided it. Nearly every time I have gone into a hyped up praised anime over the last few years a lot of the time I have found myself disappointed.

It also seems a lot of the stuff I do find myself really loving there never really seems to be a big audience for it. I’m not saying I hate mainstream anime titles, but I must confess there are a lot of big name mainstream series I don’t like. Back when I was younger it was anime like Bleach and Inuyasha that all my acquaintances that watched anime were talking about. Meanwhile I found myself loving anime like Serial Experiment Lain and Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 and truth be told I don’t see too many people talking about the second, Lain seems to have a cult following on the net these days. Now it is series like Sword Art Online, Re: Zero and Erased that I find myself unable to get into, so the question is this. Have a jumped upon the band wagon that is Haikyuu!!? Or is this another popular series I will walk past and continue watching something else?

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Right off the bat I can see the appeal of this series. It is a classic under dog story with an interesting twist with the character of Hinata. He is a character with the drive and the talent to take himself to the top of the sport he loves, which in the case of this series is volleyball. He just lacks two things, height and experience, both of which seem to cause many of those around him to under estimate his potential and I love characters like this! The under estimated under dog is one of my favourite kinds of characters in the sports genre of anime. Characters like Ippo in Hajime no Ippo or Kuroko from Kuroko no Basket are the kind I love because they are just so full of surprises.

I have only seen the first five episodes of this series and so far I am loving what I have seen, so I can definietely say it. Yes I am going to keep watching this series. In fact chances are that when this is posted I will watch a few more eps of this awesome sports anime and I am kicking myself for not watching this sooner!

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Laughing Salesman New – First Impressions

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Every kind of animated series these days seems to have an over arching plot. From animation in the west like My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, South Park and Adventure Time to the latest anime epic. I must admit I find myself missing the episodic format of entertainment from my childhood. Maybe that is why every so often I pull out a dvd copy of Undergrads or Aaagh! It’s The Mr Hell Show and just sit back and giggle without needing to follow some sort of over arching plot that I need to watch every episode in chronological order to fully understand.

It was for this reason that I found myself ecstatic that a classic lesser known anime from the past was getting a new season.  I discovered the original Laughing Salesman a few years back when my wonderful other half suggested it to me, after all he knows my slightly twisted sense of humor so well. I love and adore the original series of Laughing Salesman. The older art style of the series reminded me of when I was reading Black Jack back in my early twenties and the twisted morals at the end of each episode reminded me of a twisted version of those childhood cartoons with a moral at the end of every episode.

Our title character, the laughing salesman himself Mugoro – well I think it may be an obvious statement is not exactly human but does enjoy humans. Each episode is split into two separate tales of the salesman helping the client. An over arching theme I have seen throughout the original series and this new one is this simple message; if it seems too good to be true it most likely is. Do not push your luck with the salesman because if you do it will be bad for you and hilarious for the audience.

One thing I have picked up from the new season is that this is indeed a completely new remake of the original series as I have already noticed one recycled plot from the original series. I won’t give away which one in case anyone who has been watching the new series wants to track down and watch the original. (though not on any legal streaming sites sadly with a little digging it can be found online) The opening theme ‘Don’t’ is also my favorite anime opening this season and is such an ear worm that I find myself humming the tune to myself hours after watching the latest episode.

One thing that does disappoint me about this series is that I don’t see that many anime fans writing or talking about this little hidden gem this season. So far I have only seen it mentioned on one of the anime blogs I follow and have seen hardly any online discussion for this series. The lessons within this series can open up so many discussions on morality as well as good story telling and I find myself disappointed I cannot really talk with anyone about this series. I hope my post here however encourages more anime fans to give this series a serious shot.


Also this will be the last of my first impressions, there will be no post on Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine as I feel I would not say anything different to the other first impressions of the show I have already read and really all I would be doing is mostly repeating my reaction to Kabukibu!

What anime are you loving the most this season? For me it goes to My Hero Academia and The King’s Avatar and tied in third with Attack on Titan and Laughing Salesman.

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Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni… – First Impression

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It’s censored porn….. and other than looking pretty it’s kind of really boring.

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I’m not saying it has to have a deep story but if this anime was not as pretty as it is I would have dropped it before now, that being said I am four episodes in of a show with very short episodes and I find myself bored watching it. I have been ‘lucky’ enough to see the censored and uncensored versions of this show and with both I felt nothing but boredom.

There is also an issue of consent I am finding with this series and this is coming from a yaoi fan who has sat through ‘My Sexual Harassment’. (Yes there is a review of this yaoi classic and in that review I will be discussing consent in anime) So what is the ‘plot’ of this series? At a class reunion a girl I can’t even remember her name meets the guy she had a crush on in school once again, only he is a priest now. This set up alone had so much potential, exploring themes of sexuality vs religion, instead we get a priest who by the end of the first episode says he is also a man with needs. There is not enough sex even in the uncensored version for this to be used as that kind of material but at the same time given each episodes short run time there is not enough plot there to keep me as a viewer engaged.

A short run time however does not mean a series has to lack plot, both This boy is a professional Wizard and She and Her Cat everything Flows last year proved this, the team behind this anime however should perhaps stick to more adult animations.

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Eromanga Sensei – First impression

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I cannot write about this series and my first impression of it, without writing about my history with another anime. That anime being Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai aka Oriemo. When that anime came out it became the second anime for me to have a personal connection with. Like how I saw myself in Serial Experiments Lain as a teenager I saw myself when I first became a fujoshi in Kirino. From her excitement within the fandom, wanting to make new friends and even a rival with opposing views, my particular offline rival over ten years ago now, did not like yaoi but loved tentacle hentai.

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I know it was not a perfect anime but when it came out it was the perfect anime for me. I have gone through big changes since first seeing Oriemo all those years ago. I’m not as public about my loves as I once was and could even be considered a shut in at this point. A lot of this has to do with social anxiety I have had since I was younger that for a time I was on top of which left me feeling on top of the world, but became worse after certain life changing incidents over the years.

Upon watching the first episode of Eromanga Sensei upon seeing Saguri I felt that connection once again. I come across as confident online much like Eromanga Sensei but like Saguri I feel the fear and pressure of the world outside of my bedroom and knowing that the creative team behind Oriemo was behind this series I have no doubt there will be laughs and tears in this series for myself.

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Quan Zhi Gao Shou / The King’s Avatar – First Impression

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Going into this one I must admit, my first thought was the following – Oh god not another trapped in a video game anime. Of course, I now see the idiot I am for thinking that now that I have seen the beginning of the series but you must admit these days when the term video game is mentioned in the synopsis of a series you instantly think of this cliche.