Monday, October 14, 2013

A look at Pokemon:The Origin and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Another blog post, guess this snowball is actually rolling downhill by itself now! (If you didn't get that, refer to my first blog post). So, I've been watching Pokemon: The Origin and
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun since the last post, and I can safely say that it was just what I needed after Shingeki no Kyojin. I've also gotten myself a haircut and a new pair of glasses! Turns out, to get both of these on the same day is a bad idea. Some people won't recognize you at first... So, it's a good idea if you want a new identity, I suppose, otherwise, make sure you let it go a day or two in between...

Pokemon: The Origin is a real good, 4 episode series, filled with nostalgia. The series is directly aimed at those who have great memories from playing Pokemon Red/Blue/Green in the past. I mean, the episodes start, and end, with the classic start menu, and the familiar "saving the game" screen.
You know you remember this!
Start the adventure!
Definitely worth a watch if you have fond memories of the first generation of Pokemon. Just be warned, this is an anime also aimed to get you curious about the new Pokemon X/Y for the 3DS, as they do introduce something called "Mega-evolutions" towards the end, which I've been told are in X/Y.

The second series I've watched, as earlier stated was Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun. I went into this series pretty blind, just expecting it to be a comedy. Turns out it's a rom-com, which I'm perfectly okay with. Seriously, my favourite anime-series ever, is Clannad and it's sequel Clannad: After Story. And hey, guess what? Black Ragdoll did a review of Clannad not too long ago! She also was kind-enough to give me a shoutout!. Anyway, back on track! The characters in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun are great. They don't run with as many cliches as one would originally think. The male main character, Haru Yoshida, is honest to a fault, and is a bit eager to start fights. There's also a lot he doesn't understand, but he's honestly trying to be a good person... even if it backfires a lot. 
Pro-tip: Do not punch the girl you are in love with.
Surprise hugs from behind, not always popular.
The main female character, Shizuku Mizutani, is a somewhat cold person, aims for the far future and thus, enjoys doing her homework and being ranked number 1 in her class on tests. Despite being ranked number 1, she is not the typical girl every guy in the class fawns over, because of how cold she can be. She was used to being alone and not thinking that she was lonely, and gradually starts to warm up as the series progresses. There's some drama, but it's usually resolved pretty quick, in favor of comedy. 

Pros:                                                               Cons:
- Lighthearted and fun                                      - Some story elements remain unsolved
- Doesn't take itself too seriously                      - Story goes a bit back and forth
- Likeable characters                                       
- Face animations/expressions are funny

Final verdict: 7/10

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