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Anime Review: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 1

Alternate Names: Tenshi Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken
Year: 2018-2019
Episodes: 25 (English dub version)
Genre: Isekai, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Earlier this year, various anime recommendations led me to watch the first series of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. The show begins with the sacrificial death of our protagonist Satoru Mikami, whose rambling, delirious last words result in him being reincarnated in a different world as an OP sentient slime. Under the guise of “Rinmaru”, our bouncy protagonist goes about defeating bad guys, making friends and builds his own forest-based nation in spectacular style. All the while, he learns that he isn’t the only one that has been brought to the world, some of which were summoned alive, and that there are powers at work to summon a powerful demon lord.

The strength of this series is in how our protagonist goes out of his way to help others, in the process founds and expands his own nation. This creates its own share of issues due to the collection of monsters, humans and demihumans inhabitants, both friend and foe. He also has to deal with trade routes and other necessary requirements for a functioning government. As the nation grows, it gains the ire of other parties, including foodie Demon Lord Milim Nava. All the while, we see the machinations of powerful individuals naming monsters in an attempt to summon Demon Lord Kuro. This teaches the audience about the world and its inhabitants as it becomes relevant, avoiding info-dumps seen in a lot of fantasy series.
Although I loved the main arc, it quickly leads into an out-of-place arc where Rinmaru goes to a different country to save the lives of off-worlder students of the young warrior he uses as a template for human shapeshifting. As cute as this arc was, it deviated too much from the central themes that got me interested in the series in the first place, the big picture effect of Rinmaru’s arrival. However, it would have fit well as a standalone OVA series, preserving the main arc ahead of the second season arriving in 2020. That being said, a single-episode origin story about Shizu is a good introduction to the character we will no doubt be seeing in the second season, Demon Lord Kuro.

In Conclusion, I loved this series but one of the small arcs seemed out of place. That being said, it was a fun watch. If you don’t have an issue with OP leads, love both isekai and fantasy, then I recommend this series. It is also accompanied by the main manga and several spinoff manga as well which are sure to add to the world-building and character development.

 

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Manga Review: After the Rain Volume 1

Alternate Names: Koi wa Amaagari no You ni, Love is Like after the Rain, After the Rain (MAYUZUKI Jun), Koi wa Ameagari no You ni
Year: 2014 – ongoing
Author/Artist: Jun Mayazuki
Genre: Seinen, Romance, Drama, School Life, Slice of Life

Yes, I have finally decided to read this sucker, after circling this title for several weeks. What tipped the scales was learning that the series was recently adapted into an anime. Anyway, I liked the premise of this series and, shock-horror, the first volume was a delight to read.

Akira Tachibana’s life took a turn when she had an ankle injury. This forced the promising runner out of the sport and led to her working at a family restaurant. The seventeen-year-old has developed feelings for her fourty-five-year-old boss, Masami Kondou, a divorcee with a young son. We learn, over the span of the first volume how much his presence has impacted her life.
Masami Kondou is well aware that he is not a young man anymore. Whilst he doesn’t know that the mature young woman is in love with him, he is clearly attracted to Akira and spends a bit of time worrying and thinking about her. We also see Akira trying to decipher the meaning of his actions towards her, the product of her lack of experience in matters of the heart.
How will their mutual attraction for each other fair in the light of day. How will the two move forward?

The organic manner in which the relationship between Tachibana and Kondou develops over the span of the first volume is such a delight to watch. They are such relatable characters, and it is easy to root for them. The age gap is not a big deal because Akira is an adult, with a maturity well-beyond her seventeen years. She sees something in Kondou that others are too blind to see. Kondou has some mild flaws, but he is such a kind fellow that shoulders the burden of the entire restaurant. In this, he shows his sense of self-worth and responsibility.
In the background is Akira’s schoolmate and long-time admirer Takashi Yoshizawa. As adorable as he is, Takashi spends most of his time trying to mold himself into what he believes Akira likes to be in order to get her attention. The poor thing doesn’t stand a chance but I cannot help but wish for his happiness because he is such a good-hearted character. The introduction of several other female characters provides some hope for this energetic little bunneh. (Why on earth does he remind me of Tamaki Suoh?) 
The minimalistic nature of the storytelling so far works as reality isn’t just going from one disaster or drama to another. Those lulls in the chaos can tell us almost as much about one’s character as when they are dealing with family problems or trouble at high school. This is certainly the case with Tachibana, who spends a lot of time reflecting on her life now that she cannot run anymore. Whilst she is sad to see an end to that part of her life, her strong character dictates that she has to move forward rather than live in the past. It also gives her a chance to make sense of her feelings for Kondou.
Artwork? The linework and character designs are gorgeous. A lot of folks have commented on the design of Akira in particular. Whilst I concur that her design is awesome, we can’t overlook the wonderful contrast with that of Kondou. He is a little dorky, but I keep smiling when I see the two characters in a scene together. (so cute!!) In any case, the artwork does an excellent job of showing rather than telling us about the characters and the world that they inhabit.

I could go on with some other points about the series based on the first volume. However, I think that you guys should just dive right in. The first volume is a lovely read, with no “lewds” and some solid character development. My verdict? I am willing to give this sucker a rating of nine out of ten. I look forward to reading more of the series in the weeks and months that follow.


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Manga Review: Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun Chapters 11-15

Year: 2011 (ongoing) [English translation]
Author/Artist: Izumi Tsubaki
Genre: Shounen, Comedy, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life

Reviewer’s Note: Chapters 11-15 covers the first half of the second volume of this manga, which covers material from the anime as well. Please note that I’ve also decided to provide an overview of each chapter read, leading to spoilers.

  • Chapter 11: Chiyo and Nozaki go to a shopping mall. They visit various stores eventually heading to a toy store where they meet and discuss figurines with Mikorin. After going back to his place Nozaki tries to get Chiyo to wear a sailor uniform as a reference for his manga. Yes, he does find it difficult to talk about stuff other than work – thanks for noticing!
  • Chapter 12: Ahead of a meeting with Ken, Nozaki, Chiyo, and Mikorin discuss Maeno’s editorial practices. Nozaki offers his usual scathing review of his former editor, citing examples. We see a flashback to his first meeting with Ken after being transferred to a new editor. At the current day meeting, Nozaki and Ken have a meeting about new installments of Let’s Fall in Love.
  • Chapter 13: It is a Seo and Waka chapter this time around. Nozaki, Chiyo, and Seo discuss the way that people react to Seo’s “alter ego” Lorelai. Waka shares his trauma at being targeted by Seo with Nozaki. On a visit to Nozaki’s place, he falls asleep to the music of Lorelai, not realising it actually Seo singing. Waka volunteers to become a part of Nozaki’s manga team in exchange for Nozaki’s song by Lorelai.
  • Chapter 14: In continuation of the events of the previous chapter, we see Waka discussing how to get back at Seo for her constant bullying. He makes the mistake of using one of Nozaki’s shoujo books for tips, managing to compliment her and give a gift of mittens instead of duel-declaring gloves without realizing the mistake… BECAUSE HE IS A MORON! But hey, he is an adorable moron. As for Seo, she is her usual oblivious self as well, but what can you expect?
  • Chapter 15: This chapter begins with Ken pointing out the lack of depth in Nozaki’s male and female protagonists Mamiko and Suzuki. We see Ken prompt Nozaki to think about Mamiko’s motivations, leading to Nozaki bringing Bento lunches to school, him getting into shenanigans with Kashima.

This week’s five chapters play out as they did in the anime series, but it isn’t an issue because the various moments are, at least for an avid fan like myself, repeatable. Love it! Love it! Love it! Time to let out a fangirl squeal of approval… *squee*
I’ll soon be coming to the end of the material adapted for the anime series. It feels a little bit weird but I am also oddly excited to meet some of the other characters, such as Chiyo’s younger brother and Nozaki’s younger sister. I want to see what other silliness this series can provide as well. I am really looking forward to it.

As a side note, I am considering changing my ratings for comedy categories to Aguris or Mikorins based on who the lead is now. I believe it is fitting given that these two idiots exemplify a spirit of whimsy and silliness. In any case, enjoy this adorable gif of Mikorin.


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Anime Review: ReZero

Alternate Names: Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World (English name), Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Japanese name), Re: Life in a different world from zero (English synonym)
Year: 2016
Episodes: 25 (English dub version)
Genre: Isekai, Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Psychological

Warning: Spoilers below.

Back when this series was first being released, I decided to wait for an English dub of the series to be released. Then, I somehow forgot about it. Well, hubby and I have been going over old shows and learned that ReZero did indeed get an English dub at some point. So, we jumped in headfirst.

When otaku Subaru Natsuki gets sent to another world whilst grabbing snacks from a local quickie mart, he meets a monarchy candidate named Amelia. The stigma of looking like the Witch of Envy creates numerous problems for the kind-hearted young woman, including gaining the attention of the witch’s cult who are trying to bring back the object of their worship. Suburu has fallen head over heels for her and quickly learns that he has the ability to come back to “save points” if he dies. How will he rise above his own fears to help her fulfill her dream of becoming the Queen?

The unusual nature of this Isekai series was a big factor in drawing people’s attention to the series in the beginning. That weird mechanic of coming back to a save point after death sounds appealing in theory. However, in practice… Natsuki’s desire to help Amela is easier said than done. He will need to die over and over again to gather information on numerous threats, but like any sane person, he is afraid of dying. As put forward in at least one of the episodes, he isn’t sure of the parameters of the return from death power. This uncertainty is an understandable concern. Also, his deaths tend to be quite horrific. Most people prefer to die in their sleep rather than disembowelment or torture by people you believed to be allies.
Natsuki is a relatable protagonist. He isn’t good at everything. Instead, he has to learn things over time. He makes mistakes along the way, but at his core is that love of Amelia. Folks will likely ask, “What about Rem?” Yes, Rem is the best girl of ReZero but Subaru was in love with Amelia from the start. Rem is played beautifully throughout this series, her own love of Natsuki reflecting how he feels for Amelia. They understand each other on this fundamental level even if Natsuki’s own affections are directed elsewhere. He never pretends otherwise even if he does talk of running away with Rem in order to reduce the chance of causing more harm to those around him. At this moment, we see one of the best pep-talks in anime and manga by Rem. It shows the strength of her character and how much she wants him to be genuinely happy.
“But Keiko, what about all of the violence?” Yes, there are some really violent sequences in this series. It can be confronting at times, but this gives Natsuki incentive to fight even more to avoid such fates for himself and the various people that he cares for. Some of these scenes also give us insight into the inner world of other characters as well. A great example of this is his relationship with the demon twins Rem and Rom. On several occasions, he is attacked by them resulting in at least one death. Multiple perspectives of situations often play a huge part in some of the conflicts. The stakes are even higher given that a lot of the series relates to the political situation of a kingdom.
The voice acting and characterization for this series was excellent. Sean Chiplock knocks it out of the park with his voicing of Natsuki. Given how he rocks this character, I am wondering why the hell he doesn’t do a lot more voice acting. The oddly named Brianna Knickerbocker is perfectly placed as Rem, with another unfamiliar voice actress, Kayli Mills doing a great job as Amelia. Of all of the cast members, the standout for me is Sarah Williams’ voicing of Felix Argyle. She does an awesome job of his vocal mannerisms and injects an ample amount of mischief into this odd character.

In conclusion, this is one of the better Isekai series out there. It also easily fits into the romance category because of how it approaches the love triangle of Natsuki, Rem, and Amelia. That approach to character and worldbuilding makes for a genuinely enjoyable experience. I absolutely adore this series.


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Anime Review: My Hero Academia Seasons 1-3

Alternate Names: Boku no Hero Academia (Japanese)
Year: 2016 – 2018 (ongoing)
Episodes: !3, 25, and 25 (English dubbed versions)
Genre: Shounen, Superhero, Action, Drama, Comedy

Warning: Some spoilers below.

I first came across this series back when the first season was being released. There was a bit of hype in the lead-up but I was heavily distracted watching rom-coms and other nonsense at the time. I ended up watching the first episode on AnimeLab and absolutely adored it. However, it was about a year later that I managed to convince hubby to watch the show with me. The big selling point was that it was one of several popular series from the same anime season that got an English dub. As expected, he loved the show as well. She shoots… SHE SCORES!!!
I have decided to write this review for the first three seasons of My Hero Academia because I think that just covering one season wouldn’t do it justice. Whilst most of you are already familiar with the series, below is a short overview for those that are not.  

My Hero Academia is a show set in a world where people with powers (aka quirks) are commonplace. The series follows an intelligent young man named Izuku Midoriya that is born without a quirk but really wants to become a hero. When he is given a quirk by the most powerful and popular hero in the world (All Might), Midoriya sets about becoming a hero. His path is made difficult by the antagonism of former childhood friend Katsuki Bakugou and by the machinations of All Might’s archnemesis All for One.

The world of My Hero Academia is an alternate Earth where people at some stage started manifesting powers. Because of the chaos, various governments implemented rules for using powers, which includes the hero licensing system. This system is one of the major elements that Midoriya will have to negotiate due to it being illegal to be a vigilante. The entrance into these academies is hard enough, but the training is even tougher especially when you are still learning how to learn how your powers work like our protagonist is.

Along the way, Midoriya will come into contact with a host of heroes and villains with their own unique powers and personas. The motivations and backstories for many of these characters are often just as compelling as that of our protagonist. These characters also do a great job of helping move the plot forward whilst offering a nice contrast to Midoriya. The characters are given the chance to shine and fail, the latter giving them a chance to learn from the experience.
And this brings us to seasonal versus series arcs. Whilst each season has a major arc, it ties into the series arc. Little events, such as an attack of a group of villains are shown as often being a part of something bigger. As the characters learn more about the problem, they are forced to adapt. This results in our heroes having to train harder, become stronger and more versatile. Whilst we see a lot of growth on the part of other characters,
Midoriya and Bakugou’s joint arcs are the most compelling because of their shared history and hero worship of All Might. The latter often holds both back significantly more because their actions tend to be related to what All Might would do. However, neither are All Might. When All Might inevitably lose his powers, Bakugou is forced to rethink his relationship with Midoriya, who has been keeping a secret from him. On the other hand, Midoriya is forced by an injury to fight differently where before he was emulating All Might.
To the subject of the artwork, the character design does a good job of conveying the bizarre physiological traits of many of the characters in this world whilst at the same time have a whimsical element one comes to expect from a series about a hero with a positive outlook. The colors are bright and fit well with the themes of this series. I also love the equipment design we see throughout the series. A good example is the shoes that Midoriya has made in the third season. They aren’t as extravagant as the ones worn by Tenya Iida but they fit well with their purpose. The action sequences are put together well, conveying character in the process.
One thing I will say is that whilst some sites online list this series as a comedy, I feel that it is more of a drama than a comedy because of how the show deals with conflict. That’s okay, though, as the moments of both humor and drama provide us insight into the characters without watering down the story.

In conclusion, this show did a great job of managing a large cast of characters and building upon complexity throughout the series. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a good superhero series that is among other solid anime series such as Tiger & Bunny. All in all, a must watch.


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Anime Review: Gamers!

Year: 2017
Episodes: 11 + 1 epilogue (English Dub version)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life

In the great search for comedic romance anime series, I stumbled across this gem from 2017. How I hadn’t heard of the series before a few weeks ago is baffling but I suppose that other series received a lot more attention at the time. I have a few theories. Anyway, time to discuss the show itself.

When perfectly average gamer Keita Amano strikes up a conversation at a gaming store with the most popular girl at school, secret gamer Karen Tendou, both of their lives will change forever. Over time, their social group expands to Tasuku Uehara, his girlfriend Aguri and eventually Chiaki Hoshinomori. How will the lives of these five school students deal with a crapload of misunderstandings and over-active imaginations? Also, what is up with Chiaki’s younger sister? Seriously, I need to know.

First off, this series uses the hobby of gaming as a setting. Whilst the first episode initially came off as a little forced, I was hooked by the end of the second episode. We see the characters began to show the huge diversity of the gaming community. We see arguments about gaming platforms and genres, as well the more recent debates over DLC, microtransactions and loot boxes. We also see the differences in how people play games, be it casual or hardcore.


Whilst the first episode was a bit weak overall, I was pretty glad that I stuck with it because it was a heck of a lot of fun. Gamers! this is a comedy that relies heavily on characters misunderstanding and overthinking things. We also see some of the humor derived from the gaming lifestyle as well. This promise is delivered in epic fashion without feeling mean-spirited.


The characters in this series were solid overall. They were different from each other without it feeling convenient. The characters also worked well together as a group. The voice casting was pretty damn good as well. For those interested, my favorite character was Aguri, so much so that I think I might just make a new rating system. It is like a normal rating system but I call it Aguris. Not very original, I know, but I must pay tribute to the awesomeness that is Aguri. All hail Aguri!
Plot progression? I think that this series did a good job of showing the relationships of two couples in different stages of their romance. In the case of Tasuka Uehara and Aguri, we see how little Uehara knows about his own girlfriend, who has only had eyes for him since before he became one of the cool guys at school. We also see how even people that don’t necessarily share the same pastimes can often share commonground. Whilst some of the situations faced by the characters are over-the-top, these scenes helped progress storyline and made for an entertaining series.

One of the big draws of this series is how the writers made use of mundane situations in amusing ways. Something as simple as playing a board game is run with. The epilogue story dealing with the subject of DLC kicked this idea up a notch, at the same time showing self-awareness that the episode was an epilogue or after story, which is effectively DLC for anime.

 

BEST OF…
To the best guy and best girl award goes to our male protagonist Keita Amano and pink-haired Aguri. Whilst these two may not have been a couple in the series, they were both adorable idiots that are easy to ship as well because of various conversations. Call this the “Natalie Effect”.

Come to think of it, I wonder how many people have made fanart and/or fanfiction depicting such things, lewd or otherwise… *taps search into google* *eye light up* Well, I’ll be damned… It appears that there is a bunch of fanfiction featuring this ship on sites such as Wattpad.

CONCLUSION
In conclusion, I loved this show. Whilst I had issues with the first episode, I found myself addicted to this silly show in short. I do, however, recommend watching the first few episodes to see if you like the style of comedy and the characters. I give this series 9/10 Aguris. Will watch again!


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Anime Rewatch: Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-Kun

Alternate Names: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Year: 2014
Episodes: 12 (English-dubbed version)
Genre: Shoujo, Comedy, Romance

Back in 2017, I came across this anime and decided to review it. Whilst many of my views from that first viewing of the series still hold true, this rewatch review contains several other aspects that I didn’t notice at the time. I also broke down some more information about the anime adaptation because I felt like it. This time around, I also “suckered” my husband into watching it with me which might have impacted some of my perceptions.

When Chiyo Sakura screws up a confession to the straight-faced giant that is Umetarou Nozaki, she somehow manages to get his autograph and is invited to his place where she is asked to become part of a team making shoujo romance manga. Shock-horror, Nozaki is a popular manga artist using the pen name of Sakiki Yumeno. Chiyo will go down the rabbit hole of weirdness and stupidity that is the world of Umetarou Nozaki.

First up, this series may begin with the confession, it expands to a larger cast in an organic fashion. The cast of the anime predominantly consists of high school students and three adults that give us an idea of the business side of the manga industry. The cast is as follows:

  • Umetarou Nozaki: Our male protagonist and the object of Chiyo’s affections. He is so focused on creating shoujo manga that he misses the obvious fangirl in his midst… or does he? He has no experience with romantic relationships and what you see is pretty much what you get. He has a younger brother who makes one or two cameos during the anime.
  • Chiyo Sakura: The friendly and cute female protagonist who has had a crush on Umetarou since the entrance ceremony of high school. She accepts Umetarou for the idiot that he is and still loves him.
  • Mikoto “Mikorin” Mikoshiba: Mikorin is adorable if a bit of a moron. He has issues with girls but made matters worse by playing nothing but dating sims and trying to emulate best friend slash rival Yuu Kashima’s flirtatious lines. He has real issues talking to anyone but Chiyo and Kashima normally. He helps Nozaki with manga and is the inspiration for Nozaki’s character Mamiko because of his shyness. [Mikorin is a good example of nature versus demeanor.]
  • Yuzuki Seo: Seo is Chiyo’s friend. She is a force of nature and oblivious to how her actions affect others in a destructive fashion. She takes special glee in harassing Waka from the basketball team.
  • Yuu Kashima: Kashima is a young androgynous woman that taken on the role of the school “prince”, delivering cheesy lines to the girls of the school. She also has a bizarre desire to have Hori praise her alone after he invited her to the drama club during the entrance ceremony. She is also friends with Mikoshiba.
  • Masayuki Hori: Hori is the head of the drama club. He doesn’t do acting anymore because he has stopped growing. He has a dysfunctional working relationship with Kashima who has to micromanage because she has very limited personal drive. Hori has a working arrangement with Nozaki, wherein he helps with Nozaki’s manga in exchange for scripts for school plays. He helps out at different times to the rest of Nozaki’s helpers as he doesn’t want Kashima learning about it.
  • Hirotaka “Waka” Wakamatsu: Waka is a member of the basketball team and is the target of Seo’s harassment.
  • Yukari Miyako: Yukari is one of Nozaki’s neighbors and fellow manga author that is also a college student. As one of Maeno’s longsuffering “clients”, she is commanded to draw ridiculous amounts of tanukis in her creations to satisfy his bizarre whims.
  • Ken the editor: Ken is Nozaki’s editor. He is round and he comes off as exhausted by those around him, especially the fanboy Umetarou.
  • Maeno the editor: Self-absorbed and uncaring of what his “clients” think, Maeno is obsessed with Tanukis and later elephants. He was dumped as Nozaki’s editor a year before the start of the show. Alas, Yukari hasn’t rallied enough willpower to do so as well yet.

Next, we see the use of a social network to give us insight into the cast members. Think of it as the six degrees of Kevin Bacon but with cross-dressers and people with mental problems. This aspect also helped us see several characters in a different light. I was considering using a diagram to show this in detail but I decided against it because I am slightly lazy and didn’t want to learn new software. Instead, I’ve decided to show a few examples in short form, focusing on Wakamatsu and Hori as they relate to Chiyo and Umetarou.

  • Hirotaka Wakamatsu – Utemarou Nozaki (former member of the basketball team)
  • Hirotaka Wakamatsu – Yuzuki Seo – Chiyo Sakura
  • Masayuki HoriUtemarou Nozaki
  • Masayuki Hori – Yuu Kashima –  Mikoto “Mikorin” Mikoshiba – Utemarou Nozaki – Chiyo Sakura

Rewatching this series was a lot of fun and I can see myself doing so again soon. Promises are made in the first episodes and those promises were delivered upon with relative ease. It avoided adding too many things that can date it, reducing the cringe value of say a giant cell phone. The humor is light-hearted and playful as well, avoiding mean-spirited mockery that I’ve seen in several other series. Characters are allowed to be themselves, as mentally ill and/or oblivious as they are at times. No apologies are made and the series doesn’t take itself too seriously. That makes for a really fun experience that makes me excited to watch the series again in the not-so-distant future.

BEST OF…
Okay, it is time for my ratings of best girls and best guys. The eight students, which includes a college student, will be objectified for the general amusement of myself and others. Some of my ratings will not surprise people that have known me for a while. If you have your own ratings, I welcome you to post them in the comments section.

Best girls?

  1. Chiyo Sakura: She is kind and accepting of those around her. If only she had enough courage to confess properly to Nozaki.
  2. Yukari Miyako: Long-suffering and kind, Yukari aims to make others happy. Unfortunately, she lacks enough self-esteem to stand up for herself.
  3. Yuu Kashima: Whilst Kashima is assertive, her behavior tends to be all over the place when it comes to Hori. The whole “prince” thing is a bit weird as well.
  4. Yuzuki Seo: Whilst assertive, Seo lacks empathy and care for those around her. One might also argue that her “reality” is different from the objective reality of those around her.

Best guys?

  1. Umetaro Nozaki: What you see is what you get with Nozaki. Whilst a bit of an oblivious idiot, he is hard-working and seems to care for those around him.
  2. Masayuki Hori: Whilst his relationship with Kashima is a little strange, he is good-looking, assertive and smart. He is also hard-working.
  3. Mikoto “Mikorin” Mikoshiba: Mikorin is good-looking but lacks genuine self-confidence when it comes to “the ladies”.
  4. Hirotaka “Waka” Wakamatsu: Wakamatsu is a bit of an idiot but is good-hearted and good-looking.

CONCLUSION
This rewatch has placed this series as my all-time favorite anime series. I appreciated the humor and found the characters adorable even years after first watching the series. It also led to me recently picking up the manga series. All in all, I still love this show and look forward to watching it again soon.