Review : Ginban Kaleidoscope

So this is my own opinion on the anime, I don’t actually have the heart to critisize anything too harshly but when I do, it gets…painful. ^^” I’m not threatening minna-san, so don’t worry. I’m reviewing this because it has to be one of the best anime I’ve ever watched. Before I even start, let me say that I’m a definite 100% certified shoujo lover, even if my favourite anime as of this year happens to be Code Geass. Before i digress any further, let me begin my review on this awesome anime :3 Oh yeah, I forgot to mention one thing. I’m EXTREMELY emotional. Especially when it comes to anime, manga and drama. So don’t blame me for being overdramatic ; that’s just the way I am.

Story 9/10 :

I heard this anime had a low budget. I so badly want to read the light novels, since it’s the anime’s foundation. The plot was actually unique, I mean, how many anime do you have where a figure skater is possessed by a Canadian ghost? It’s even rare to have an anime with a figure skater o( ><)o Either way, I loved the story but the ending really killed me. I ended up writing a fanfiction for it (; ̄Д ̄. I love this anime because you can actually see how Tazusa changes from that arrogant girl to someone who can respect others. I loved that moment when she was talking to Pete and her friend appeared everytime, then misunderstood and ran away in sparkles ^_^ Hilarious. Even if the change was sudden/abrupt, she actually changed over the course of 6 hours ( 12 episodes people ). So the plot was quite unique, not groundbreaking either, but above average and eye-catching.

P.S. HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN THE TOMATOES?!

Animation 3/10 : 

The animation was terrible. To actually hear myself say this…Yup, it was that bad. I can take that stiffness but not the overused twirls and leaps and movements. If there was a bit more fluidity, it would have looked really beautiful but we’re talking about low-budget here. Sometimes, the characters looked uneven/improportionate ( does this word even exist in the dictionary ? ) and this is quite…You get the point. Either way, the story and the characters, as well as the voice acting are good so, animation can be neglected to some extent.

 

Sound 7/10 : 

Not groundbreaking, to say the least, but not terrible either when talking about the OSTs. But, BUT, I absolutely LOVE the opening and ending songs. It’s Maji Love 1000%, I tell ya. The voice acting was good, especially the first episode, Tazusa’s Japanese accent when speaking in English was so funny. Need I explain anymore?

 

Characters 9/10 : 

Tazusa ; first impression – BRAT. She was a brat. And then she changed. I like her, it takes a completely different, awesome kind of person to claim that she is a 10 billion dollar beauty. I loved seeing her ice skate and the problems she faced were partially realistic ( it’s called anime for a reason ). Pete is so cute. Like that adorable puppy cute. He really is. He can really understand her and my heart broke at the ending. He was such an awesome male lead. Needless to say, I enjoyed seeing Mika’s reactions to misunderstanding that Tazusa’s anger was directed at her. And the looks on Coach Takashima’s and her sister’s faces when they see her “talking to herself”, they’re just priceless. Her coach and Direcor Mishiro are really fun characters in the story, they add some real spice. It’s so funny how she deluded herself into believing that Nitta and Takashima liked her. Either way, the leads and supporting cast are really enjoyable characters so this anime is made worthwhile because of them.

Overall, I give this anime an 8.5 and I’m satisfied. Ja, matta ne!

Review : As You Wish

As You WishAs You Wish by Jackson Pearce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was really amusing and sweet, I haven’t really read many books about wishing but this one was great. The ending really satisfied me and I’m rating this 4.5. That missing 0.5 was because I was sometimes confused when Jinn’s and Viola’s POVs switched. It took a little time to get adjusted a few times but other than that, it was really awesome. For once, you get to understand the guy’s viewpoint on this. The love developed wonderfully and what’s more, Lawrence remained a good friend of Viola’s even after they broke-up. I love how he and Jinn became friends as well and the three of them together are like, the perfect circle of friends. So, in case you haven’t realised yet, I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book. And totally recommend it.

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Review : The Council of Mirrors ( The Sisters Grimm #9 )

The Council of Mirrors (The Sisters Grimm, #9)The Council of Mirrors by Michael Buckley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have no doubts this was the best book, despite the fact that it was the last. I even cried, I can’t believe this series is over. Sabrina’s battle with Mirror was really sweet and I was so happy it ended just like that. (view spoiler)[I cried when Seven died and when Puck crashed the wedding TT_TT My heart went “doki doki” (hide spoiler)] I loved the ending, don’t worry, it won’t leave you disappointed. Everything was described so beautifully and I really enjoyed this book the most. I recommend you to read the entire series, it won’t disappoint, trust me.

Review : Living Dead Girl

Living Dead GirlLiving Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh god, I’m trying to wipe my tears blow my nose before my mom discovers me crying. I read a lot of positive reviews before reading this book so I was compelled to read it. This book is so gut-wrenching and the style of writing is so bizarre and dead-straight on Alice’s feelings. It’s so true it really hurts.

(view spoiler)[Why didn’t you tell someone?

Why didn’t you ask for help?

Why didn’t you leave him?

Why didn’t you respect yourself enough to get away?

All our fault, always. (hide spoiler)

When I reached the end, I was so happy for Alice, so happy. Ray wasn’t such a bad guy, inflicting pain on Alice was a result of his mother’s treatment of him. I can’t and never will be able to blame Alice for wanting “Annabel” to take her place so that she could be free, so that someone else could understand what she was going through. This book is more suitable for mature readers, though. I want others to read this book and understand how Alice felt and I thank her for giving me her perspective on this problem. I honestly admit I never want to experience what she went through and that I will never understand what she went through. But I’m really glad that she got what she wished for. (view spoiler)[I’m free.
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Everytime I see those words, I just want to burst into tears again. This book was an amazing experience and insight. I recommend this book if you’re mature enough to read it.

Review : Coffeehouse Angel

Coffeehouse AngelCoffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe I finished reading this in a matter of hours. Right now, I feel like screaming and laughing and crying at the same time. That’s right, I think this book deserves 5 stars because in my opinion, it totally it italic text: does. This story was absolutely refreshing and amazing to sum up. And now follow my reasons…The cover didn’t really attract me, to tell the truth but you know that saying

Don’t judge a book by its cover

so I took to reading it. It was so different, how do I explain this? You might think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. Katrina is an average girl who works at a coffeehouse owned by her grandmother. Her parents were killed in a car accident when she was young. Her unsuspecting act causes a a great change in her life and this book explores the topic of actually finding what your worth is and friendship, family and love. The first part was more on the humorous side but as it progressed, it took on a more serious tone. ( Not that it was bad ). I enjoyed this story so much it hurts. The ending satisfied me and I’m really relieved there isn’t a series. It’s so difficult to find a book these days that isn’t part of a series that doesn’t get crappy as it progresses into each book. I don’t intend to be so harsh but it’s sadly true. But, there still are great series books out there, I mean. Now I’m digressing =.= My point has been conveyed though. I adored this book to the bottom of my heart and I recommend it; strongly.

Review : Give Up the Ghost

Give Up the Ghost

Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It was different from the books I’ve been reading recently which all amount to pretty girl liking insanely handsome boy and all those worldly worries. I’m not saying that it’s necessarily bad but sometimes it’s just too much and too cliché.  This is about a girl who was betrayed by her best friend in Junior School and as a result, becomes reserved, I would say quiet. She can see ghosts ever since the death of her sister four years ago . I immensely enjoyed that there was sufficient humour and not too much romance and snogging. I mean, it’s nice when you read a book once in while that doesn’t include kissing when you’re not even halfway through the book. I love how the characters all developed ( even if it wasn’t thatmuch considering the short time span this story took place in ) and came to a realisation of their own. I would definitely recommend this book. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion and this is mine. ( ⌒o⌒)人(⌒-⌒ )v

WARNING !!! THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS 

Kobato.「こばと」 Review

I don’t know much about reviewing profesionally but I’m going to express my opinions here.

Story 9/10

The storyline was great, it was original. I mean, I know all stories are unique in their own sense but this idea was greatly developed and put into something that made sense and actually touched my heart. I go about watching anime and enjoying it but in reality, there’s only a few that touch my heart to the core and Kobato is one of them. Certainly, it migh not be the best but it definitely is one of the best.

Art 10/10


I surprised myself by giving the art a 10. It was different, in a sense and I noticed that most of the main women had long hair 😛 I know that the art of some things like K-On is a new style but the chibi moments and Ioryogi-san were really well-drawn. The art style is quite different from normal and caught my attention immediately.

Characters 9/10


The characters were well-developed and pretty simple, not so complicated. Kobato is your usual naive, innocent and pure girl with a big heart. She can stand up for herself and others, which I really admire in her. Kazehaya-kun is also another cliché character who is cold and aloof to Kobato in the beginning but gradually warms up to her. Sayaka-sensei is awesome in the sense that she totally understands the main characters’ feelings for each other and her love for her ex-husband. Ioryogi-san is one of the best characters that spice up and liven this story. His temper and genuine ( hidden ) care for Kobato is really sweet. The rest of the characters contribute in their own way and are one of the reasons I enjoyed this manga.