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April 2014

I Aimed Too High

Hey everyone. It’s Deven again. I’m here to tell you that things are  going to be slow starting around here because my internet’s down at home. Due to that I can’t really watch the anime that  I’m going to be reviewing plus that darn International Dateline screwed up my brains on which anime are coming out when.

See as most of you know I live in America and Japan is across the International Dateline so they are one day ahead of me. So an anime that is supposed to launch on the fifth there would come out on the fourth here and that screwed up my timing. However that’s not the main point.

The point is that until my internet is back up, I can’t really do any reviews. However once everyone’s all green again, I’ll upload all the reviews at once. Then I’ll start a new style of reviewing which is basically when I can see the anime, I’ll drop a tweet on Twitter that I’m watching it then the next day the review will come on here at 7:17 am American Eastern Time.

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So please bare with me until my internet’s back up. My landlord says that it should be back up by the end of the month at least.

First Impressions: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Okay, last but not least Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei.

Magic is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people. Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician.” Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.

Here’s the PV.

I can’t deny that I’m coming into this anime completely and utterly blind which is good. It means that I have no expectations. I’ve read some polls on the internet and it said that Mahoka Koukou no Rettousei is something to look for. It was rated the top anime to watch this season so I definitely had to check it out. Plus it’s got Saori Hayami as the female lead so that only draws me in further. So I’ll be watching this alongside you guys and hope it’s going to be a knockout.

Make sure to check out the reviews when they come out!

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You can also ask me questions at ask.fm/deven_luca

First Impressions: Love Live Season II

Okay, next up is Love Live Season II. 

Honoka Kōsaka is a girl who loves her school, Otonokizaka Academy. When the school is planned to be closed down due to a lack of applicants, Honoka becomes determined to save it. Learning that school idols are popular, Honoka and her friends start up a school idol group called μ’s (pronounced muse) in order to attract new students.

Here’s the PV.

Now I came in on this one based on a recommendation from my friend Nick Corps and that alone is enough for me to check out this out. That being said, I haven’t seen the first season so my first impression is going to be total improv.

It seems that it’s a really music based anime…then again you can see that with the name.  I definitely love the idea of an idol group. If they do a song every episode like Phineas and Ferb, I’d definitely fall in love with it.

The premise seems very interesting.  It’s a definitely a something that I’ve never seen before.

I can’t really make a good assessment of the anime without watching the first season which I obviously haven’t done yet. I’ll make sure to watch it though.

Make to come around here when the reviews come out!

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @deven_luca

You can also ask me questions at ask.fm/deven_luca

First Impressions: Isshuukan Friends

Okay, next up is Isshuukan Friends. 

Kaori Fujimiya is always alone because all of her happy memories, including time spent with her friends, disappear every Monday. Deciding that he wants to be friends with her anyway, Yuuki Hase tries to get close to Kaori each week, wishing that she would one day call him “a friend”.

Here’s the PV.

Now this is definitely something that deserves a anime adaptation. Isshuukan Friends is a sweet and nice little shojou-esque manga where the lead female protagonist, Kaori Fujimiya, is completely alone because she loses her all her fun memories by Monday, making her unable to connect with her classmates. However our male protagonist Yuuki Hase keeps trying to be her friend by befriending her each and every week.

Based on the PV and the first chapter I read, Isshuukan Friends looks an anime that will really tug at the heartstrings which is really important for me. After all you can’t have all your anime be battle to the death shounen.

Make to come around here when the reviews come out!

Isshuukan Friends comes out on April 5th.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @deven_luca

You can also ask me questions at ask.fm/deven_luca

First Impressions: Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Okay, next up is Gokukoku no Brynhildr

The anime revolves around high school boy Ryōta Murakami, who cannot forget his female childhood friend whom he let die in an accident. Feeling that he must fulfill their promise of proving the existence of aliens, he has continuously looked up at the sky as a member of the astronomy club. One day, a girl named Kuroha Neko who looks exactly like his childhood friend appears as a transfer student. It turns out that she is a magic-user that has run away from a research lab.

Here’s the PV.

This brand new anime coming out this season has an anime so being a dedicated review I checked out the first chapter. It’s really good, very tugging and the heart strings type of chapter. However as I kept reading on, I learned two things. One, this manga comes from Lynn Okamoto, the guy that created Elfen Lied, a manga that ran between 2002-2005 with a great anime adaptation by Studio Arms. Now if you’ve heard of Elfen Lied, then rest assured about one thing, the levels of violence you got used to with Elfen Lied is still there!

Like the synopsis above, the story starts out with Ryōta Murakami and his childhood friend Kuroneko. Kuroneko believes in aliens but their entire school doesn’t believe her not even Ryōta. One day, she offers to show him where the aliens. While walking there over a dam, Ryōta slips and Kuroneko grabs him to pull him back but they both end up falling into the water. Unfortunately she dies.

Ten years later, our man Ryōta determined to prove that aliens exist in order to apologize to his dead friend but a new girl Kuroha Neko confuses the crap out of him, looking exactly like his old friend.

This has to be a really difficult anime/manga to classify. It has some slice of life parts to it but it can also be very horrific and violent so I don’t think it really fits into one of the vanilla categories. If I had to put it somewhere it definitely be in psychological with a hint of slice of life.

The premise seems very interesting.  It’s a definitely deserves a look if you liked the gore of Elfen Lied.

Make to come around here when the reviews come out!

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @deven_luca

You can also ask me questions at ask.fm/deven_luca

First Impressions: Date a Live II

Okay, next up is Date a Live II

Thirty years ago a strange phenomenon called a “spacequake” devastated the center of Eurasia, claiming the lives of at least 150 million people. Since then, smaller spacequakes plague the world on an irregular basis. Shido Itsuka, a seemingly ordinary high schooler comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spacequake and learns from his sister Kotori she is one of the “Spirits” who are the real cause of the spacequakes that occur when they manifest themselves in the world. He also learns that Kotori is the commander of the airship Fraxinus, crewed by the organization Ratatoskr, and is recruited to make use of his mysterious ability to seal the Spirits’ powers thus stopping them from being a threat to mankind. However, there is a catch: to seal a Spirit’s power, he must make her fall in love with him and kiss her.

Here’s the PV.

Now I came in on this one based on a recommendation from my friend Nick Corps and that alone is enough for me to check out this out. That being said, I haven’t seen the first season so my first impression is going to be total improv.

It seems really harem-like but then again one of my favorite mangas is Sekirei so I’m used to a harem anime/manga.

The premise seems very interesting.  It’s a definitely a new way to do the harem type show that I’ve never seen before. It’s like the harem that saves the world which is pretty interesting.

Date a Live’s also has Marina Inoue as the female lead, Tohka Yatogami, and that gives me even more of a reason to watch.

The character designs are look awesome and the premise is definitely grabs me in. I’ll make sure to watch the first season before the season comes out.

Make to come around here when the reviews come out!

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @deven_luca

You can also ask me questions at ask.fm/deven_luca

First Impressions: Akuma no Riddle

Okay these are going to be what are called First Impressions. I’ll read the description and watch the  PV(Promo) of an anime and give my opinion on how things are going to go.

Okay, first up is Akuma no Riddle. It’s set at the private all girls’ boarding school, Myoujou Academy. The second years have 12 assassins with their sights set on one target, Haru Ichinose. Tokaku Azuma is a recent transfer student targeting Ichinose, but starts to develop feelings for Ichinose.

Here’s the PV.

So based on this it seems a more bloody fighting anime, similar to the style of Mirai Nikki, with a love story. I’m not sure if Tokaku is willing to abandon her hunt for Haru based on love. After all we don’t know the reason why the students are hunting down Haru. So let see how things play out.

The character designs are look awesome and the opening looks great. I can’t wait to see how they’re going to go about the plot. Make sure to check it out.

First Impressions: Fairy Tail 2014 Reboot

Okay, next up is Fairy Tail 2014 Reboot.

Lucy, a 17 year old girl, sets out on journey to become a full-fledged wizard and joins the strongest and most famous guild Fairy Tail where she meets Natsu, Happy, Gray and Erza, who treat her more like family than friends. This epic series takes us through all the dangers that the members of fairy tail face and eventually overcome through mutual love and friendship.

Here’s the PV.

Now this is an anime that I’m caught all the way up with. When Fairy Tail ended back in March last year, I wasn’t feeling anything, mostly because I hadn’t got into it yet. However my trusted senpai Sarroush from Mangafox talked about it a few times and it got me curious. I watched a few episodes of the dub and soon I was hooked. About two weeks later, I reached episode 175 then I despaired; I couldn’t believe that a great anime Fairy Tail was over. I threw myself into the manga to get rid of my feelings and then anime was brought back.

Enough of my yapping, let’s talk anime. Now for those that have seen it, the art style of the anime has had a complete retool. It’s exactly the same as the Fairy Tail Movie: Phoenix Priestess which is totally awesome! Now we’re getting movie quality animation every week.

Another great part is that all the original VAs from the first incarnation of the anime are returning. I can’t deny that I was bouncing especially once after I finished I searched the internet from top to bottom for info. I found a lot stuff about the scandal with Aya Hirano and thought that she wasn’t coming back after the anime was coming back. It’s good to be wrong.

In short you can see that I can’t wait for Fairy Tail to return. In fact my first review will be Fairy Tail! So stick around and check it out!

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @deven_luca

You can also ask me questions at ask.fm/deven_luca

What’s up? Time to Start.

Hey everyone. It’s me Deven Luca. It’s time for AnimeThief to start!

Now to explain how things work here and how things will work in terms of Thief Fantasy and other Mystical Happening.

I’ll be reviewing a few of this season’s and later seasons’ anime as well as some mangas that I particularly like. However that doesn’t mean that you guys don’t have a voice. If you leave a comment and ask me to review an anime or a manga and I have the time to read/watch it then I’ll review it.

The schedule for AnimeThief’s reviews will be the morning after it aires. So say the anime aires on Tuesday evening, then the review will be posted on Wednesday morning by 7am Eastern Time.

As for Thief Fantasy and other Mystical Happenings, the current schedule will be Daily Mythological Creatures on Mondays and Fridays with Character Sneak Peek on Mondays and Thief Terms on Fridays.

 

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