April 14, 2015

Show Review - Steins;Gate (シュタインズ・ゲート)

Title of Show: Steins;Gate (シュタインズ・ゲート)
# of Episodes: 24 + OVA + Movie (シュタインズ・ゲート 負荷領域のデジャヴ) +
Length: ~20 min per episode, 1 hour 30 min for movie
Recommended: Yes
Tear Rating: 4
Favorite Songs: Hacking to the Gate, いつもこの場所で, and あなたの選んだこの時を
Spoiler alert. Do not continue reading if you don't want the show to be spoiled.

Back to Japanese already! It feels like just yesterday when I started on this adventure to watch a bunch of shows and I've cycled through Japanese, Chinese, and Korean already. This show is quite different from the last Anime I saw (Code Geass) but it does not disappoint in any fashion at all. I loved each and every one of the characters and their personalities were quite humorous. The comedy and humor was very well-done without being too over the top.

A lot of the time travel science stuff was kind of hard to follow, but this image timeline helped me understand it a lot better. It's really awesome how the creators are still creating content for this show that not only stays relevant but also does not disappoint at all. I loved the original 24 episodes, loved the extra OVA episode, thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and even watched the short animated clips online. Overall a fantastic Anime.


On a side note, refer to this blog post if you are curious as to why I am reviewing this show.

Show Review - Reply 1997 (응답하라 1997)

Title of Show: Reply 1997 (응답하라 1997)
# of Episodes: 16
Length: 45~60 min per episode
Recommended: Yes
Tear Rating: 2
Favorite Songs: Memories, 눈물, All For You, and 우리 사랑 이대로
Spoiler alert. Do not continue reading if you don't want the show to be spoiled.

Very satisfying show. Plenty of interesting characters and funny moments that kept you guessing all the way to the end. The end was very happy and left me feeling all giddy inside, which I appreciate from some of the darker shows nowadays. Because I watched this without subtitles, I feel like I missed a few things throughout the show, but it wasn't too hard to keep up even with the 부산 사투리 accents. I even picked up some new Korean slang words, haha.


On a side note, refer to this blog post if you are curious as to why I am reviewing this show.

April 07, 2015

Show Review - Black & White (痞子英雄)

Title of Show: Black & White (痞子英雄)
# of Episodes: 24
Length: 45~60 min per episode
Recommended: No
Tear Rating: 0.5
Favorite Songs: 放逐愛情 and 關於我們
Spoiler alert. Do not continue reading if you don't want the show to be spoiled.

Very underwhelming drama despite the reviews and recommendations from friends and the internet. Unfortunately, the production quality severely detracted from my experience. For example, for an action cop show, a lot of the shooting and explosions were super cheesy and very fake. I found myself fast forwarding through all the action scenes.

The show also takes forever to ramp up. It took around 15 episodes for me to somewhat enjoy the plot and appreciate the story. There were so many instances where characters in the show knew what was going on but would never reveal it to the protagonists for seemingly no reason at all. If I had a dollar for every time someone in the show asked "怎么回事" or some variant of that (到底是怎么回事) and the response was just silence, I would be rich. I don't understand. Is it customary to not answer when asked what is going on in Taiwan? Very frustrating experience.


On a side note, refer to this blog post if you are curious as to why I am reviewing this show.

Show Review - Code Geass (コードギアス)

Title of Show: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ)
# of Episodes: 25 per season, two seasons
Length: ~20 min per episode
Recommended: Yes
Tear Rating: 1
Favorite Songs: Continued Story and 僕は、鳥になる
Spoiler alert. Do not continue reading if you don't want the show to be spoiled.

Hands down the best anime I've seen so far. But that's not to say that I'm an anime expert of connoisseur by any means. I've also enjoyed Attack on Titan and Death Note. If you're a fan of dark thought-provoking themes, then this is definitely a must-see. I enjoyed every single episode (even the light-hearted "filler" episodes) There were many twists and turns that left me speechless and with each end of an episode, I found myself immediately starting the next one.

One of the best endings of a show I've ever seen. A lot of people debate on whether or not Lelouch is dead at the end and I personally really want him to be alive, but of course it's up to interpretation.


On a side note, refer to this blog post if you are curious as to why I am reviewing this show.

Binge Watching

Haven't blogged in a while, so I figured it's a good time to post something about my own personal life. Lately, I've been watching a lot of shows. I am trying to alternate between Japanese, Chinese, and Korean shows so that my language skills stop deteriorating from lack of use. While I'm only two shows in, it's been a fun experience so far.

So I've decided to start a section in my blog where I review the shows I watch. You can find a complete list of these review posts under my Reviews & Guides label. In addition, I also made a YouTube playlist of my favorite songs from the shows that I watch.

The posts will be in the following format:
  1. Title
  2. # of episodes
  3. Length per episode
  4. Recommended? - Yes / No
  5. Tear rating - Amount of times cried
  6. Favorite songs
  7. Comments


On a side note, look out for more game development related things sometime next week! (Hopefully)