Mischievous Itazura and Badass Jane: 'Hour of Mischief

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Hour of Mischief

Author: Aimee Hyndman

Born in a whorehouse in the slums of Fortuna and burdened with a prosthetic arm, seventeen-year-old JANET REDSTONE doesn’t think she owes the Clockwork Gods anything—which is why she makes a living stealing from their temples. But when she lands her team in prison, making a pact with the God of Mischief, ITAZURA, is the only way to right her wrongs and free her friends.

Janet doesn’t trust Itazura as far as she can punch him, but with her soul in his hands, she has no choice but to do what he says. The clockwork gods and the bad-tempered elder gods of the ancient past are locked in a game of cat and mouse and the human realms are caught in the middle. If Janet can’t somehow convince the gods to step in a save the world, humanity is in an abyss of trouble.

Using her unconventional wits, an impressive tolerance to alcohol, and a strong right hook, Janet has to convince the gods that humanity is worth saving. Unfortunately, it’s a lot more difficult to stop an apocalypse when you’re slowly being driven crazy by the Lord of Mischief, especially when he starts growing on you.

I read this for my book club at school. I wasn't a big fan when I first started it. But I got into it. And it wasn't too bad.


  • Janet and Itazura are cool. They are both really sassy. Their sarcasm was amazing. I loved their light banter. Both of these characters were really cool. Janet had a lame name, though. But she was the type of female character I like. She didn't back down. She fought. She stood up for herself. She was a brave soul. And I loved her for wanting to save her friends. I treasure friends a lot, and this made me smile.


  • The romance was expected. But...it was kinda cute. I didn't get massive feels or anything. The two of them were cute together. They joked and made fun. It was hilarious. I want a friend like Itazura. I imagine it'd be fun.
  • The world was confusing. There were too many gods. And the system was confusing. 12 gods? Why not...I dunno...14? I don't care if there are 12 hours on a clock face. Give me something interesting. And why is everything about the clock? Is there some deep time thing that I'm missing? Explain. Explain!
  • How boring can a plot be? Randomly going out and asking gods for help? Yawn. Sure, there were small fight scenes, but I wasn't a huge fan. I wanted more action. Fight! I like fighting scenes much better than seduction ones.

One Year Anniversary? Thank you!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Oh my gosh, guys. It's a year since I started this blog. (Waaay back.) It's been an insane ride. I love blogging. Even if I complain a lot and get really down. I think I'm up for the challenge now! Yay!
Thank you so much for reading this!

Why I Started

Okay...so you'll probably hate me for this. But I started because of...drum roll...ARCS. 
Hahahah. Don't hurt me. 

But the thing is...I stay because I love it. I know my Twitter feed is full of me complaining and whining and threatening to go. But I've stayed. For a year. And maybe for more years to come!

Things I Did

You may or may not know that I like doing stuff. And stuff is vague for a reason. Because 
I've done blog stuff to anime stuff to book stuff. So yeah. A lot of different things. 

Convention stuff?

I went to BookCon 2015!
And I did TWO recaps.
Day Uno
Day Dos

Photo by Wren

Another book festival/convention I went to was North Texas Teen Book Festival. (My haul HERE!) I met so many amazing people: Naya, Liv, Avery, Sarah, Lizzie, and Whitney. Check them out!
I also got hugged by Adam Silvera. Life. Goals.

And blog stuff!

I started to do anime reviews. I'd link them all...but then I'd have to look for them. (And I'm now this anime addict. Sorry not sorry.)

I started a podcast for discussions as The Bookmato Chronicles. (Check out some episodes HERE!)
But I stopped. And changed my blog name.
BUT good news! I'll be doing a podcast called The Litaku instead! Which will be anime/book reviews, top ten/top five lists, updates, and whatever else. It'll be fun. I might slowly become a podcast, but I'll keep going with my blog.

I also started an (unsuccessful) YouTube. But check it out anyways. I'll do anime commentaries and all on there.

I started another blog called Bookish Eventravaganza. There are two events with this event blog. 
Check them out!

I also started a street team for my favorite author ever Victoria/VE Schwab! It's called the VElites. Check it out.

And now...the only writing thing I did during this time! NaNoWriMo 2015! 

And I won! (No clue where my certificate is. SOMEWHERE.) 

So onto some life stuff.

First things first...I moved! To Texas! Yay? So I met new people, of course, and i got new teachers and all. It wasn't too bad, I guess. But it wasn't FANTASTIC or anything.

I went to a Japanese festival. For the first time in my life. It was awesome. See my haul HERE

In case you're wondering, yes, I did go to Japan. I stayed in a capsule hotel. 

Photo by Wren
And I went to a rabbit cafe. Fun stuff really. I hope to go back one day!

Now, I am a blue belt in TKD. ALMOST THERE, GUYS. (I started a green when I moved to TX.)

I broke my glasses. For the first time in my life.

And I struggled without them. (As I write this, I have no glasses. So it's goddy awful.)
Also, it's TKD's fault for them breaking. True story.

I started to do page designs for my school newspaper! They look awful, by the way. But I'm working on it!

Editor applications came up, and I signed up to be the page editor. So yeah...gotta brush up on those editing skills.


Sigh...here's where I start to cry. My sad, sad stats.

Followers (Bloglovin' + GFC + Feedburner): 89

Views: 14,727

Twitter Followers: 489 (ALMOST THERE)

GR Friends: 154 (I'm not really on this one...)

Top Five Posts

These posts are the posts with the most views on my blog. Maybe you can add another???
Why I Love Being a Blogger
An Interview with Brittany from Book Addicts Guide
BookCon 2015 Giveaway (CLOSED)
A Discussion about #booksfortrade
An Interview with Rachel from A Perfection Called Books


Okay...now onto the good stuff. I'll be thanking all the bloggers who have helped me. SHOUTOUT TIME.

Thanks to Mishma from Chasing Faerytales. You are one of my best friends in the blogging world. You are so sweet and so kind. I love everything you do. Especially VE Schwab things. Our little, fictional family is so awesome. #Schardas4Life ;) You're my blogger waifu, and I can't believe I've never met you before. One day! Love, your #Schardas ally Wren.

Thanks to Em from Piplup's Shadowy Bookshelf. GIRRRLL. I love you so much. You introduced me to Haikyuu. You introduced me to one of my main anime loves Nishinoya. And we talk anime and drawing together. Thanks for lending your artistic eye to things and for my AMAZING profile picture. I hope we continue this awesomeness. Love, your anime buddy Wren.

Thanks to Briana and Angelina from TV Bros. You guys are so sweet. I'm sorry you left blogging (but have sorta come back.) I miss youuu. I know I kinda abandoned Miitomo (because I abandoned my iPad basically.) You guys are great. I love your support and kindness. Love, your kohai Wren.

Thanks to Joan from Fiddler Blue. You are my IBC queen! Your ideas are amazing. And your stories are always funny. Thanks so much for helping me with IBC. I love everything you've done. Love, your lost co-host Wren.

Thanks to Emily from Emily Reads Everything. You gave me the best gift a person could have. An ARC of TSS. Thank you. And thanks for all the support. I love it a lot. You're a great person to talk to. Love. the person forever in your debt Wren.

Thanks to Fallon from Seeing Double in Neverland. You heard me. And you gave me advice...and books. Thank you for this. It really makes me smile everytime I get a package from you. Love, your blogger without the books Wren.

Thanks to Nori from Read Write Love 28. You have SST. You have RQWN. You are the queen of blogging, Nori. And I admire you. You set the bar high for me, and I strive to be better. Love, your lowly friend Wren.

Thanks to Cait from Paper Fury. You are an inspiration to me. I love your stories. And your enthusiam. I can't wait for your next post, and I greedily gobble it up. I want to be that crazy writer who writes books in a day. But I gotta accept who I am. Thanks for making me reach for the stars. Also, food. Love, your dessert lover Wren.

Thanks to Christina from Books and Prejudice. You have been here from the start. You're always chastising me and really making me rethink all my name changes. But I know this one will stick. Love, your indecisive friend Wren. 

And I might be missing people out, but don't get down! You all are my FAMILY. Thank you so much for all you've done. 

Thanks to you! For reading my blog. And being my friend. Hope we continue this wild adventure until the end. Love, your Litaku Wren.


And no anniversary is awesome without a giveaway...or two.
So here they are!

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Why Didn't I Watch This Sooner?: 'One Punch Man' Review

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

One Punch ManOne Punch Man

Studio: Madhouse
Producer: TV TokyoBandai Visual,LantisAsatsu DKBanprestoGood Smile Company
Genre: Action, Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Superpower, Supernatural
Episodes: 12 
Episode Length: 24 min per episode

The seemingly ordinary and unimpressive Saitama has a rather unique hobby: being a hero. In order to pursue his childhood dream, he trained relentlessly for three years—and lost all of his hair in the process. Now, Saitama is incredibly powerful, so much so that no enemy is able to defeat him in battle. In fact, all it takes to defeat evildoers with just one punch has led to an unexpected problem—he is no longer able to enjoy the thrill of battling and has become quite bored.

This all changes with the arrival of Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg, who wishes to be Saitama's disciple after seeing what he is capable of. Genos proposes that the two join the Hero Association in order to become certified heroes that will be recognized for their positive contributions to society, and Saitama, shocked that no one knows who he is, quickly agrees. And thus begins the story of One Punch Man, an action-comedy that follows an eccentric individual who longs to fight strong enemies that can hopefully give him the excitement he once felt and just maybe, he'll become popular in the process.

'One Punch Man' was the it anime of 2015, but I didn't jump on that trend. Only now did I look into it. I was looking for a newer anime with a lot of love. And, man, did I find it.
And I am stunned. It's completely amazing. Why did I watch it sooner?


  • Saitama was smart and understanding. He was humble. Even though he had insane powers, he didn't flaunt it. He called himself a hero just for fun (as in the sub.) He would let others take the glory. And he didn't care about that. He would give them the glory on purpose. And he was so lax. His daily life was hilarious. And not to mention his hilarious reactions to battle. He would say things about his chores or whatnots. And that one scene where he freaks out over missing a sale? Hilarious! I loved it. I smiled and laughed while I watched this anime. Not that I thought I would.
  • The god modding isn't bad. I could ignore it because of how good he was. That world doesn't deserve Saitama. He was too good for that world.
  • Genos isn't given enough screentime. He was a completely likable character. Not to mention quite cute... I thought he was adorable when I first saw him. And he was funny too. He took notes on Saitama's teachings (even if Saitama was just making something up.) I loved it when he let himself get hit by acid spit to save a little girl. It was admirable. Honestly, there should be more Genos-es in the world. He was kind and caring and highly intelligent. He didn't flaunt his status as a hero, and he really did try to protect the world. Saitama might be the protagonist, but Genos does deserve more credit. He isn't some cyborg sidekick; he's a hero in his own right.
  • And then Mumen Rider. Gosh, I didn't care for him at first, then I fell for him. (Not in that way. Stop thinking that way.) He was so caring. He was different than Saitama and Genos. He wasn't that strong; he was a C Class hero. (Even though he was the top C Class hero.) But he jumped into all sorts of situations. He didn't hesitate to risk his life for the citizens of the city. He was admirable. (In a different way than Genos.) I respected him. A lot.
  • This show was too funny. As I mentioned, Saitama had this sort of humor that made me laugh every time. I couldn't help it. He was oblivious to what was happening around him. His comments before, during, and after battle were unrelated to the situation. A good example is the mosquito swatting scene. He was so strong but couldn't kill a little bug. (Which contradicts what happens in the rest of the episode.) I cracked up each time. The laughs worked well with the darkness of the whole show. They were a good counter to the gore. Kudos to the show's creators.


  • If you don't mind 'Attack on Titan' level gore, 'One Punch Man' is for you. When Saitama punches things,  they explode. No seriously. The blood splatters everywhere. The guts spill across the floor. It's dark. Really dark. While I can stomach that, I know some people might not be able to.
  • Puri Puri Prisoner is stereotyped. Really bad. He's gay (as seen in his obsession with the other male heroes.) He was this sparkly character with 'angel forms'. I couldn't help but gag. How stereotypical can you get? Very, I'm guessing. The gay-ness of PPP, I'm guessing, is because the creators wanted a character for levity. This is how NOT to do it. I cringed every time he was on screen. Sure, he was powerful, but that is negated by the stereotype. And not to forget the fact that he has a boyfriend and avidly chases after other people. Are you implying that gay people are all infidels? (But this could be me taking it too far.) And, one more thing, WHY IS HE NAKED?
  • The plot is focused on small battles with strong people. Only at the end do you get an overarching plot. I wanted more of a story. The battles were cool; that's true. But I wanted a more well-rounded experience. Create an experience. That's what I wanted. The end's overarching story was much better. It was more interesting, and it really got me excited for the next episode. (Though, I'm not a huge fan of cliffhangers.)

What in the World Just Happened? Aka My Thoughts During the Entire 'Wink Poppy Midnight'

Friday, May 13, 2016


Wink Poppy Midnight

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

This is not the book that pulled me out of my reading slump. But I still loved it. It was complex and confusing. It didn't make any sense. I did love part of it, though.


  • The toxic relationships intertwined. And I loved them. I'm not condemning toxic relationships, but I loved the way the three teens interacted. Poppy's domineering push towards Midnight. Midnight's shyness and submission towards Poppy. Poppy's confusing relationship with Wink. Wink and Midnight's love story. There was a web of tangled relations. I had to sort through the complicatedness of it all. And the toxicity of the relationships was awful. Truly. You couldn't help but feel for Midnight. But things weren't simple. There were so many sides to each relationship. It was super interesting to see how things played.
  • I typically don't like artistic-y stories. They confuse me. I'm left behind. But the way the story was told was understandable for me. I write in the same manner. Repeating words. All that sort of thing. I understood this story much better.


  • The plot wasn't the type of plot I liked. It was kinda dull. There wasn't much pizazz. I wanted more scenes of Poppy in the Roman Luck house. I wanted more conflict. There was conflict, but it wasn't interesting. I wanted more Poppy on Wink. I wanted more of their story. Even if it's not action-y at all. I wanted more Hero and Villain action. There wasn't enough for me.
  • The ending was super confusing. What happened? How did Poppy prove it? I wanted more information. Would Midnight go home? Where was home? What was his motivation? I had too many questions and no answers.

Jump On the Parade with 'Death Parade'

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Death Parade

Studio: Madhouse
Producer: VAPDAX Production,Nippon Television Network Corporation
Genre: Drama, Game, Mystery, Psychological, Thriller
Episodes: 12
Episode Length: 23 min per episode

After death, there is no heaven or hell, only a bar that stands between reincarnation and oblivion. There the attendant will, one after another, challenge pairs of the recently deceased to a random game in which their fate of either ascending into reincarnation or falling into the void will be wagered. Whether it's bowling, darts, air hockey, or anything in between, each person's true nature will be revealed in a ghastly parade of death and memories, dancing to the whims of the bar's master. Welcome to Quindecim, where Decim, arbiter of the afterlife, awaits!

Death Parade expands upon the original one-shot intended to train young animators. It follows yet more people receiving judgment—until a strange, black-haired guest causes Decim to begin questioning his own rulings.

The girls at TV Bros have been bugging me to watch this. I had it on my to-watch list, but I was waiting to watch it. I finally caved in and WHOA. This show is insanity. But in the good way. Is there a good insanity, though? I think so.


  • The meaning behind the show was deep. I had to look at my life after watching it. And I began to think. 'Why am I here? What am I doing? Am I living a full life? Where will I go? What am I proving?' I asked all these questions. But I had no answers. This show made me look at my life deeper. Made me question things I hadn't questioned before. And that's a good thing.
  • The feels! I would almost-cry a lot. It was a very emotional show. I couldn't help but feel for the guests. They had feelings and backstories. And, sometimes, history between each other. I loved the bowling episode the most. It was very sweet and caring.
  • Dislikes:

    • The art wasn't the best. I didn't like the longer faces or anything. It wasn't very appealing to the eye. At least for me. I loved the games, though. Especially the body part times in the games. Those were super cool.
    • Decim didn't get enough focus. I wanted more of Decim's thoughts. I wanted his feelings and emotions. We could only see the outside. We didn't see his emotions or anything. I wanted to know his feelings. A human arbiter? Seems impossible. But it happened. I saw it. The truth. What did he go through? What did he think? What did he feel? The grasping of fabric was nothing special. Show me more.
    • There was a lack of plot. The story was based on the games. Even though there was the unnamed woman, we didn't get much of a story. It was episodic and driven mostly by the guests. I wanted more. What's up with Nona? And the other arbiters? There could have been something there, but it was never explored.

    Genius Kids Make Me Jelly: 'Genius the Game' Review

    Sunday, May 8, 2016

    25689033Genius the Game

    By Leopoldo Gout

    Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together.

    The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India's youngest CEO and visionary.

    The Players:
    Rex- One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother.
    Tunde-This14-year-old self-taught engineering genius has drawn the attention of a ruthless military warlord by single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village.
    Painted Wolf-One of China's most respected activist bloggers, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father's new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.

    The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run.


    • Wow. The characters were downright amazing. I fell in love with Cai's sassy personality, Rex's devotion, and Tunde's enthusiasm. They problem solved differently than everyone else. I loved that. I could ignore the fact that they were geniuses. Their characters were so amazing. I wanted to be friends with all of them.
    • The tension was palpable! I rarely say that, but, with this book, it's true. I was always on the edge of my seat. Would they fail? Would they win? What would happen? I had to know. The author was very skilled in writing the tension. I was so nervous during the competition!
    • And the ending was so full of tension. I was freaking the flip out. What would happen? What is Terminal? What is Kiran's plan? I gots to know! (And I slyly inserted a How I Met Your Mother reference. Self five!)


    • The story didn't have a lot of time for the Game. Which sucked. I wanted more of the Game. Maybe more levels? Something! It was an interesting concept. Young geniuses battling it out? Intriguing. Give me more. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of information about the Game. To me, it passed by too fast. Slow down, bro.
    • I didn't understand some of the Nigerian words Tunde used. Okay...I didn't know any of them. There was a lack of knowledge about Tunde's words, and I couldn't really discern what he meant. Was omo a friend? A partner? What did it mean? Typically, books add in a section for definitions. But this one had nothing. I was super confused about this, and I, admittedly, wanted to know more. Sorry for being curious and inquisitive.
    • I hate genius kids. I hate them so much. They might be amazing people. I admit that. But I hate their genius-ness. This is mostly because I'm not a genius or even a prodigy. I'm normal. In the most abnormal way. I admit, begrudgingly, that these little geniuses were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.

    Leopoldo Gout
    About the Author:
    Leopoldo Gout is the producer behind many films including Days of Grace, which A.O. Scott of the New York Times called "a potent and vigorous film." He is also a writer, artist, and filmmaker. Leopoldo is currently involved in various film and television projects including major adaptations of the Alex Cross series, with the author James Patterson and the upcoming film adaption of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.

    Quote Time!

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    Magical Sailing Ship? Yes Please!: 'The Girl From Everywhere'

    Thursday, May 5, 2016


    The Girl From Everywhere

    Author: Heidi Heilig

    Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination. As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
    But the end to it all looms closer every day.
    Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
    For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
    She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
    Or she could disappear.

    This book was one of the most anticipated 2016 debuts. Not just for me but for a lot of people. I'd seen the rave reviews. But when I first started this, I was in a slump. A very bad one, I might add. While this didn't pull me out of said slump, I did quite enjoy this book.


    • Kashmir was the bomb dot com. He was sassy and brash and loud. I adored his character. (Not that I'd date Kash. I'm spoken for. Twice over.) He was somebody I'd like to be friends with, though. He'd be a good support system. He really did care for Nix. I could rely on a person like Kash. Honestly, if this book was in his perspective, I'd love it a lot more. (Because I don't love Nix. More on that later.)
    • Blake had his moments too. He was shy but sweet. His ideals, though, were a bit of a sour point for me. If I had to choose between Kash and Blake, I'd choose Kash as my best friend but Blake as my boyfriend. Why? Blake was steady. A rock. Kash would fly free, but you could fall back to Blake. Always.
    • I love fantasy. The dragons and monsters. Ah, just thinking about it makes me happy. And a time traveling pirate ship? Score! While I loved the idea, the actuality was less than lacking. There wasn't a lot of time traveling. Which stinks. I was looking for an adventure. Not a we'll-stay-here-for-the-rest-of-the-book. I don't even know what that is. But I'll still give the idea brownie points for creativity.


    • The plot was kinda dull. I wanted something with more action. I mean...a time traveling pirate ship and no trouble? Impossible. I wanted swashbucklers on swashbucklers. Not boring heists. (And they were very boring. Nix doesn't get to do anything fun.) I wanted more time travel. Where was the time travel? Moreeee please!
    • Nix was smart. I'll give her that. And very resourceful. But other than that...not very amazing. I didn't love her relationship with Slate. She didn't understand. He loved Lin. And he wanted nothing more than to return to her. What would you do as Slate? Have a broken heart forever? How about no? So I sorta agreed with Slate. (But he wasn't a saint either. He did do some bad things.) I found Nix was too whiny for my tastes. She was just a mopey, teenage girl. Not my favorite type of protagonist. But Kash would be fantastic as a protagonist. Just switch their roles and life would be better.

    I Can't Get 'Erased' Out Of My Mind

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Boku dake ga Inai MachiBoku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)

    Studio: A-1 Pictures
    Producer: Aniplex, Dentsu,Kadokawa Shoten, Fuji TV, DAX Production, Kyoraku Industrial Holdings, Kansai Telecasting Corporation
    Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Seinen
    Episodes: 12 
    Episode Length: 23 minutes per episode

    When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back several minutes before the accident occurs. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon, which he calls "Revival," to save many lives.

    However, when he is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, Satoru is sent back to the past once again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past. Soon, he realizes that the murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates, the solitary and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, that took place when he was a child. This is his chance to make things right.

    Boku dake ga Inai Machi follows Satoru in his mission to uncover what truly transpired 18 years ago and prevent the death of his classmate while protecting those he cares about in the present.

    This anime seemed to go under the radar for me. I didn't hear too much about it, but I saw that it had amazing ratings. This got me intrigued. So I started to watch it.
    Rhis anime pulls you in. You can't help but binge watch it. (Which is what I did.)


    • The art is gorgeous. I loved the character designs. The young Kenya was adorable. (Admittedly, he was my favorite character. A genius and a cute one to boot.) And the gloves! So adorable. I wanted a pair. Knitted gloves...a great present. (Though, I'd prefer a jacket over gloves any day.)
    • Murder mystery? Hm...interesting. This definitely intrigues my inner murder mystery fan. (I do love Castle and NCIS and all.) But...I guessed who was the murderer early on. The red eyes were pretty obvious. (Not that the main character could see it.) I didn't like the lack of clues, though. I wanted more murder mystery. The story revolved around the prevention of the murder. But there was no mystery to solve. I love solving mysteries! There just wasn't enough of the mystery. Even though I loved the little wisps of mystery we had.
    • The emphasis on friendship and family was amazing. Friends can pull you through things. That's true. So I was happy that this anime had the element of friends. And the power of mothers! Wow. I loved how the main character's mom really stood up for him and plowed through his problems. Respect.


    • The supernatural elements were confusing. I really didn't like the Revival. There were many questions. How did it work? Why? What changed? Can anyone else do it? And the switch back to reality in the middle was even more confusing. Why did it happen? Why didn't it happen again? I wanted the reasons why. There has to be a reason.

    Get You Into Haikyuu Review

    Monday, May 2, 2016


    Studio: Production I.G
    Producer: Mainichi Broadcasting,TOHO animation
    Genre: Sports, Comedy, Drama, School, Shounen
    Episodes: 25
    Episode Length: 24 minutes per episode

    Inspired after watching a volleyball ace nicknamed "Little Giant" in action, small-statured Shouyou Hinata revives the volleyball club at his middle school. The newly-formed team even makes it to a tournament; however, their first match turns out to be their last when they are brutally squashed by the "King of the Court," Tobio Kageyama. Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama, and so after graduating from middle school, he joins Karasuno High School's volleyball team—only to find that his sworn rival, Kageyama, is now his teammate.

    Thanks to his short height, Hinata struggles to find his role on the team, even with his superior jumping power. Surprisingly, Kageyama has his own problems that only Hinata can help with, and learning to work together appears to be the only way for the team to be successful. Based on Haruichi Furudate's popular shounen manga of the same name, Haikyuu!! is an exhilarating and emotional sports comedy following two determined athletes as they attempt to patch a heated rivalry in order to make their high school volleyball team the best in Japan.

    I worked together with my friend Em to create this awesome review! I loved this anime to death. I'm so excited to share my thoughts with you!


    Hinata isn’t a bad main character. I love his pure determination. Sure, he might not be the best receiver, but does he let that drag him down? No! He actually uses it to his advantage, wielding his faults like a pro. He doesn’t back down from a challenge. Hinata would make an amazing role model.
    Kageyama is a child prodigy. Let’s not attempt to dumb it down. He’s amazing. I love his character development. He is originally a stubborn king who doesn’t pay attention to anyone else, but, by the end of the series, he trusts everyone else. He plays on a team at last.
    Kageyama and Hinata are awesome together. I love their teamwork. The two of them work well together, complementing each other’s skills. Just watching them practice is amazing. I’m in awe.
    Overall, the teamwork in the entire anime is strong, even with the other teams. They work together, as an unit not as a single player. Each has their own part to play. And they do it very well.
    Sugawara is awesome. He’s calm and collected. But has so many emotions. You never see the yearning within him. He’s very good at controlling his feelings. He is very smart, and I admire him. He lets Kageyama take the setter position. But he watches from the sidelines and learns so much about the other players.
    Daichi is kinda ignored at times. But he’s a super cool character! He’s the captain. While, the series focuses on Hinata and Kageyama, Daichi’s there. A strong and steady leader who offers up his best advice and supports the team. I’d like to be a leader like him, one day.
    And not to forget Asahi. He’s a quiet and kindred soul. But he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. He took the brunt of the loss to the Iron Wall Team (whose name I forget currently.) He feels so much. He looks like a roughhousing bad boy, but he’s so quiet and nervous.
    Nishinoya is by far one of my favorites. He’s a delinquent. And he’s a perv. But he’s a fantastic libero. Without him, I surely doubt that Karasuno would be able to receive a lot of the serves. He’s creative in his receiving, even using his shoe to throw the ball into play. Sure, he’s a comedy character, but I love him nonetheless.
    When you are first introduced to Nekoma, you think, ‘Wow. They’re exactly like Karasuno!’ I know this was on purpose, but the similarities just showed the vast differences between the two teams. The two of them are so vastly different. Not that Karasuno is weak and Nekoma is strong. But they have different strengths and weaknesses.
    I love Kozume's story. His story reminded me of...well...me. I saw a part of myself in him that I’d never seen before in any character. He was a loner. And it seemed like it didn’t faze him. But he had friends and a team to support him. So maybe there’s hope for me after all.
    I didn’t particularly understand the introduction of the girls team. Why did we need to know about them? They didn’t become cheerleaders to the boys team or anything. While they had an interesting story, it wasn’t expanded, so I felt like they were useless.
    Oikawa is kinda boring. Cute and smart doesn’t mean a lot to me. Plus, I hated how he antagonized Kageyama. Sure, his story is fascinating, but that doesn’t mean that an eager kohai is bad.

    These characters are so adorableeeeeee. I love them all! In this season, the main characters are mainly the only ones developed due to the short time span. But Hinata and Kageyama are amazing. Individually they learn and grow so much, it makes my heart hurt. It’s like watching children grow and ahhhhh. Their banters and relationship grew and developed so much throughout the story that I was hooked and eagerly awaited the next season to see where their abilities would take them. But that aside, I noticed a lot of common sports anime tropes in this one. Of course, I wasn’t surprised because I mean what is an anime without its stoic, dark haired, sports-obsessed- genius boy. I know for me, I didn’t mind too much because I quite like that character trope lol. While this anime does have all those commonalities, this one does something quite different. Haikyuu made me root for all the teams playing, even if they were against the protagonist team. In Kuroko no Basket or Diamond no Ace, I would always root for the main characters team because the author pointed that slant. I feel that Furudate-sensei left it open for viewers to interpret and that’s what I loved about this one.


    The episodes leave off a lot and force you to watch the next one. It really builds up the tension, even ending an episode in the middle of a match. Which is a so so for me. I don’t mind furiously watching 3 or more episodes a day, but I have a life (sorta). I gotta do my homework and all.
    The first half is super boring because they aren’t in tournaments. They go through a lot of practice matches. Which aren’t REAL matches. Well, sorta. They do act like they are real matches. In the first half, we see a lot of slow-motion and a lot more dramatization. Which I didn’t really like.
    On the other hand, the second half is much more interesting. The matches speed up, and you really get to see Karasuno in action. I loved this half much more. It felt like watching an actual tournament. And there was a lot of tension because of this.
    Somewhere in the middle, the show introduced the opposite of Karasuno. By this, I mean, showing the game from the opponent’s viewpoint. And it was amazing. You got to see the people who lost and their emotions. (Especially the team that Daichi’s friend was on.) It made me love this show.
    And right about there,(ep 16, I think) this show acknowledged it was a show.
    Life isn’t about winning and losing. It’s about learning from your mistakes. And changing your ways. This show proclaims this message loud and clear. You have to get up when you’re knocked down. It’s a fact of life. And this show is by far the best example of getting back up I’ve ever seen.

    Okay, so this anime is sort of a typical sports anime. There are those cliffhangery moments at the ends of episodes and they make you keep watching which is great. But it’s not great WHEN YOU HAVE TO WAIT A WHOLE NOTHER WEEK FOR THE NEXT EPISODE. Well at least when I originally watched it, that’s what happened. At least this time I got to binge watch it lol. Personally, I was hooked from the beginning. After watching Kuroko no Basket, I needed a good sports anime to get me going and Haikyuu started airing around that time. The plot I found, picked up right away and had these amazing lessons that were packed into beautiful animation and characters. As Wren said, the message is loud and clear with this one. And it’s absolutely beautiful.
    Okay...I’m not a huge fan of the art. At times, it looks off. The proportions don’t seem right or something. Plus, the shading on the characters is really distracting for me.
    Also, that ball animation! It’s great. I love how they gave the ball life and motion. Like a really volleyball.

    Oh my Lordy, the art was magnificent for this anime. Furudate-sensei has this amazing and unique style of drawing which I love so, so much. It’s so different from the other major sports animes since it has all the extra lines that make the story so much more fun and cute! Honestly his style is absolute goals.
    The first OP is insane. I love it. It sets the perfect tone. I’m ready for an awesome battle. I got pumped up. I wanted some awesome volleyball action. I was ready!
    The second one is much more tame. Which I don’t like. The second half is made up of the tournament. The calmer OP doesn’t match the intensity of the matches. The first OP would suit the second half much better.
    Admittedly, I didn’t listen to the endings. I’m not a huge fan.
    But in the second half, there was this background song that I ADORED. It was so cool. I don’t remember what episode it starts in, though.

    I don’t really pay attention to the music all that often lol. I loved the OP and EP from what I remember. The in-episode music was pretty good. I sometimes watch anime without sounds since it doesn’t make a big difference to me lol.