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 The main cast of Mahoraba.
 The main cast of Mahoraba.

  Mahoraba ~Heartful days~ is an anime adaptaion of the manga, which was created by Akira Kojima.  The show was produced by J. C. Staff and directed by Shinichiro Kimura.  The show consists of 26 episodes.
 

Genres:

comedy, romance, slice of life
 

Plot Summary from Wikipedia

Shiratori Ryushi wants to become a children picture book writer, and he moves to an apartment, Narutaki-Sou (Narutaki Villa), in order to go to an art school in Tokyo. Narutaki-Sou is an old Japanese style one-story house which doesn't fit in urban scenery. The complex is owned by his mother's cousin and the manager of the apartment is his second cousin, Aoba Kozue. They met each other when they were children, although Shiratori doesn't remember much of it. Kozue is in the second grade of a high school attached to Aoba Junior College.

There are seven residents of Narutaki-Sou. The first, Chanohata Tamami, lives in room #1 and she is Kozue's childhood friend and best friend. Shiratori Ryushi, the main character of the series, resides in room #2. In room #3 resides Momono Megumi, a person who goes her own way in life. Kurosaki Sayoko and her daughter Asami, who is in the first grade of middle school, live in room #5. Finally, in room #6, Haibara Yukio lives with his puppet Johnny.

Narutaki-Sou is filled with characteristic and eccentric people. However, the most eccentric person is Kozue herself. She has a secret of which even she does not know; when she is shocked at something, her personality changes. Not knowing this, Ryushi moves to Narutaki-Sou to realize his dream.

Pros and Cons


Pros:
  • A wide variety of enjoyable characters.  From kind girls with multiple personalities, ocult lovers, drunks, womanizers, really lazy, to ventriloquists, they are all entertaining.
  • A very cute, colorful, and charming art style.
  • Loved the crayon story scenes shown through out the show.
  • Enjoyed the zany humor.
  • Loved the 4-panel comics in each episode.  They totally don't need to be there, but they are and they are enjoyable.

Cons:
  •  The animation quality can be bad at times.
 

Who is this for?

If you are a fan of lighthearted romantic comedies with a splash of slice of life like Love Hina or Hayate the Combat Butler, definitely check this one out.
 

Sources *SPOILERS*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahoraba
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4631

 
 
 
 

MANGA REVIEW *Added on October 26, 2010*

Just finished reading the manga of Mahoraba.  Without making this lengthy, I will keep it short.
 
The manga was a great read and totally worth it.  The manga was funny, heartwarming, sad, entertaining, and just plain fun.  Most of the anime episodes were taken from the manga.  Not 100% accurate, but they got the picture just right.  The manga is funnier more serious, and more entertaing then the anime.  I guess it's kinda hard to make a shonen romcom be serious at times since most of the time the humor is just crazy and over the top, but who cares, that's what makes shonen romcoms great.
 
It's a real shame that this and the anime adaptation hasn't been licensed by anyone outside of Japan.  Many fans of the genre are going to miss out on this great series because of that.
 
If you are a fan of the romcom genre, this is definitely worth reading.  If you have watched the anime and you liked it, you have to read this.
 
If you enjoyed shows like Love Hina, Hayate the Combat Butler, or similar shows, then this is worth checking out.

 
 

 
 

Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :) 

What's a Super Duper Mini Review? Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I watch.  For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow (mainly copy and paste  :P) some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia or the Anime Vice wiki.

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Chocotto Sister, aka Chokotto Sister and Chocosis, is an anime adaption of the manga created by Go Zappa.  The show was produced by Nomad and directed by Yasuhiro Kuroda.  The show consists of 24 episodes.
 
 
Genres: comedy, drama, romance, slice of life
Themes: fanservice, lolicon, meganekko
 
 
Plot

The story centers around a Christmas wish made by Haruma Kawagoe after his mother had suffered a miscarriage, followed by an operation which prevented her from having any more children. Several years later, when Haruma is a college student, a woman on a flying motorbike claiming to be Santa Claus delivers his wish, a younger sister. When he remarks that he made his wish a long time ago, "Santa" replies that making a little sister takes a lot more time than just making an android, takes his signature for delivery, and departs. Haruma now has a little sister, who comes with her own instruction manual—a manual for how to be a little sister, that is. When she asks him to name her, he calls her Choco, which refers to the Japanese word for "manual". 

 
Pros:
  • A fun/charming atmosphere to the show.
  • An enjoyable cast of characters.
  • Solid OST and great OP/ED.
  • A goofy sense of humor even though it can be perverted at times.
 
Cons:
  • No real conclusion at the end.
  • The animation can be stiff at times.
 
 
If you are looking for a new slice of life show and don't mind fanservice or lolicon, I say check it out.  Unfortunately, the show isn't in any English speaking territories, so the only way to watch it is with fansubs.
 
Sources:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6674
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocotto_Sister

 Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :)
 

What's a Super Duper Mini Review? Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I review and from time to time, put down some notes and fun facts. For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia, and of course our wiki here on Anime Vice. 


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So I went to GameStop to pick up Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.  After I get the game, my friend texts me to go to Blockbuster.  I said "Why?"  He says "They are selling everything for $5."  So apparently my Blockbuster is going out of business and they have to sell everything quick.  Old stuff to new stuff, $5 each.  I had $25 to spend so these are the games I got.
 
 
If I had more money I would have got a few more, but sadly, I don't.  I was hoping to find Deadly Premonition there, but didn't see it.  If I went right when they opened, I could have got Red Dead for $5.      :(
 
My brother got a shit ton of movies and some games like Crackdown 2.
 
So if you have a Blockbuster in your area, check and see if anything is going on. 
 
Also.......................AWESOME REACH!!!!!!!! 
 
  
  
  
   
 
That is all my friends. 
 
P.S. 
 
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 Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
 Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu

 Haruka on the left and Milan from seeason 2.
 Haruka on the left and Milan from seeason 2.
  Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, aka Haruka Nogizaka's Secret, is an anime adaptation of the ongoing light novel series created by Yusaku Igarashi.  There are two seasons both produced by Diomedea (previously known as Studio Barcelona) and directed by Munenori Nawa.  Both season consist of 12 episodes.
 

Genres:

comedy, romance
Themes: fanservice, high school, otaku, harem, moe
 
 
 
Plot Summary
 

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu centers around Yūto Ayase and Haruka Nogizaka. Yūto is seemingly ordinary, but Haruka is attractive, intelligent, and rich, which prompts other students to idolize her and even give her French nicknames like "Nuit Étoile" (The Silver Star of the Night) and "Lumière du Clavier" (The Shining Princess on the Piano). One day, Yūto wanders into the school library in order to return a book and accidentally stumbles upon Haruka's deepest, darkest secret: she is a diehard fan of anime and manga, in other words, a regular otaku. Promising Haruka to keep this a secret, Yūto becomes her advisor and confidente of some sort and hangs out with her more, though earning some viciously envious glares from his fellow schoolmates.

 
Pros:
  • A really bright and colorful world.
  • A very cute/charming/fun tone to the show.
  • A lot of the cast are common character types, but that doesn't mean the cast isn't enjoyable.
  • Enjoyed the lighthearted take on the otaku world.
  • Speaking of otakus, some references to other anime like Evangelion and Shakugan no Shana.
 
Cons:
  • Some of the episodes are from the romantic comedy/harem check list.  Hot spring episode?  Check.  Beach episode?  Check.  School festival episode?  Check.
  • The animation can be stiff a times.  It could have been a little better.
  • The ending has no real conclusion.
 
 While it's not most original show in the romantic comedy genre, I still had a fun time with it.
 
 
If you are looking for a fun/charming/lighthearted romantic comedy and don't mind fanservice, I say give it a go and see what you think.
 ................moe!
 ................moe!

 
Want to give the show a try?  Crunchyroll has both season available to watch.  LINK TO EPISODE 1
 
 
Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nogizaka_haruka_no_himitsu
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9012 
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10619 
 

Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :)   
 

What's a Super Duper Mini Review? Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I review and from time to time, put down some notes and fun facts. For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia, and of course our wiki here on Anime Vice.

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Genshiken
Genshiken

Genshiken is an anime adaption of the manga of the same name, written by Shimoku Kio.  Season 1 was produced by Palm Studio and Genco and directed by Takashi Ikehata.  The three OVAs where produced by Ajia-do Animation Works and Genco and was directed by Tsutomu Mizushima.  Season 2 was produced by ARMS, Ajia-do Animation Works and Genco and was directed by Kinji Yoshimoto.  Both seasons have 12 episodes.
 
Genres: comedy, slice of life
Themes: otaku
 
Plot summary

This is the story of college freshman Kanji Sasahara and his fellow members of the college club he joins, The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture (aka Genshiken), as he goes shopping for doujinshi, attends conventions and slowly but surely makes his way down the road to fandom.

 
Pros:
  • A fantastic cast of characters.
  • The slice of life aspect is very well done.
  • Since the show does have an otaku theme, lots of reference to games, anime, manga.  Since the first season was co-produced by Sega Sammy Holdings, they should gameplay from Guilty Gear and Puyo Pop which was a nice treat.
  • The comedy is very well done and affective.
  • Love the really long episode titles in the first season.  Really wish the second season did it as well.
  • During the credits of the first season, it shows the members in the club room and it shows what happened in that episode.  While the second season didn't do it, it did change their clothes with the current season in the show.

Cons:
  • After the first season, the quality of the OVAs went down from the first season, but it got a little better with the second season.  I guess changing production companies isn't always a good thing.
  • The ends with no really conclusion.  It just stops.  I guess it's better then some crappy filler ending.
 
 
If you are a fan of the slice of life genre and don't mind the otaku theme, then I highly recommend this show.  This is easily one of the best of the slice of life genre.

Hey, you got your Gurren Lagann in my Genshiken.
Hey, you got your Gurren Lagann in my Genshiken.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genshiken
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4168
 
 
Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :)  
 
 

What's a Super Duper Mini Review? Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I review and put down some notes and fun facts as well. For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia, and of course our wiki here on Anime Vice.



 

Super Duper Mini Review - Manga Edition              (Added on September 25th, 2010)

Wow, I haven't done a manga review for a while.  Instead of making a new blog, I thought I would attach it to this blog since this is going to be short.
 
Everything I like about the anime applies to the manga as well.  The characters are still great in still images.  The comedy still works in paper form.  Blah, blah blah.
 
I'm really surprised how close the anime was to the manga.  Of course it isn't 100% perfect, but it's very, very close.
 
If you enjoyed the anime and want to know what happens next, definitely check out the manga.  If you just want to read what happens after the second season, then start at chapter 43.
 
If you have read the manga, I say definitely check out the anime so you can see it in motion.

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