Friday, March 29, 2013

[Anime Review] アムネシア Amnesia

Title: アムネシア Amnesia
Episodes: 12
Date Aired: January 7, 2013 –March 25, 2013
Category: Shoujo/Romance/Otome
My Rating: ★★1/2
You can watch it on Crunchyroll for free.

Description: When the unnamed heroine regains consciousness in an unfamiliar place, she loses all her memories that occurred before August 1st.  Accompanied by a fairy only she can see, she sets out in an attempt to find out who she is, and what sort of life she lived.

The premise of the show is pretty interesting. Girl traveling between parallel worlds and having a different boyfriend in each (Yay reverse harems!). However, I could not sympathize with the main character at all. Classic example of a female protagonist I want to beat to death with a rusty crowbar. She was way too passive. One of the guys ended up drugging her and putting her in a cage for "her own protection." And she still was like, "It's okay. You did it because you love me." (You hear that pounding noise? That's me bashing my head into the desk.) I mean, who doesn't like a bit of male domination from time to time? But that's stretching it a bit too far.

The only really good thing I can say about it is it's pretty. Since there are only 12 episodes, they were able to put their all into the animation. Also, it's a shoujo, which tend to be pretty anyway (it's a shame they don't have better plots). My favorite characters are Orion (the adorable little fairy guy) and Shin (the one in red).

I think they could have expanded the anime more. 12 episodes was just too short. Of course, they're following the visual novel (which was apparently an interactive game on the PSP where you can choose one of the dudes and follow that story line), but I just felt everything happened too quickly. If they had delved into it more, they could have strengthened the plot.

For some inexplicable reason, the show kept me entertained, but overall, it was just kind of meh. This is why I stick with shounen.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

[Update]

Konnichiwa! Hisashiburi da naa (Been a while, hasn't it?). I've been pretty busy with school, though that's not the only reason I haven't been posting. Honestly, I haven't felt like blogging. Or reading anyone's blogs. I've been in a meh kind of mood lately.

I guess there's not much point to this post but to let you know I haven't died. Yet. Also, I'm procrastinating. Tomorrow I have a 5-6 page paper due on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean writing systems and how they're considered some of the "worst" and "best" of world writing systems. Naturally, I wait until the night before it's due to work on it. I also have a five minute interview with my Japanese teacher tomorrow afternoon. Basically, we're going to talk about the custom of gift giving in Japan and how it's different than from the US. Should be terrifying.

Spring break is next week, so hopefully I'll be able to get some posts written. However, my biggest goal over break is to get some research done on my 20 page paper that's due at the end of the semester. Depending on how it turns out, I might post part or all of my essay, since I'm not going to pour my sweat, blood, and tears into writing the cursed thing without sharing it with the world. Here's my tentative thesis statement if you're curious:

Buddhism—and to some extent, Daoism and Confucianism—has had a distinct influence on Shinto, Japan’s indigenous religion. Most Japanese these days would have no qualms professing they consider themselves both Shintoists and Buddhists and, though we might not easily see it at first, both Shinto and Buddhism play a large role in Japanese people’s everyday lives, their perceptions of gender, and the government. From Shinto’s earliest conception, through the Pacific War, to modern day Japan, this paper attempts to show the progression and influence of Japan’s syncretic belief system.

Actually, I take that back. My biggest goal over break is to finish revising book one of my series, so that I can finish book two by my 23rd birthday in April (holy balls, I'm getting old). I'm having a lot of fun revising it, and I'm smoothing out a lot of the kinks. In some parts, it's hardly recognizable, which is great. I've already cut out about 5000 words and I'm only done revising chapters one through eight. Feels great getting rid of all the excess crap.

Sorry to those on Critique Circle! I'm ashamed I'm so behind on crits. You all must hate me.

Anyway, I hope to post again sometime soon. Perhaps on something more interesting.

How's everyone else doing?