The Girl From the Other Side OVA – Review

The Girl From the Other Side OVA is a 10-minute animated short based on the manga.

The first I noticed was the art. It’s very similar to the manga. I think this is very unique. Another thing is that the characters don’t talk. Instead, they convey everything through their actions.

We see an encounter between a human girl and a beast.

Whenever the beast touches a living thing, that thing is cursed. In these 10 minutes, we see that the little girl lives with the beast. The beast acts as her guardian. They live peacefully but the beast tries his best to avoid touching her, even though he wishes he could.

If you have 10 minutes to spare, I recommend watching this. It’s only 10 minutes. In fact, my only complaint is that it’s too short! I hope we will get an anime adaptation of the entire story.

My Top 5 Songs by Yutaka Yamada

I was surprised to read about Yutaka Yamada’s works because I realized I liked his music from different anime but didn’t know it. Suddenly, it all made sense.

1. Glassy Sky (Tokyo Ghoul)

Tokyo Ghoul gets a lot of hate for being a bad anime adaptation. I like Tokyo Ghoul a lot but I’ve realized it’s because of the soundtrack.

Glassy Sky helps me fall asleep. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve listened to it.

2. Promise (Death Note: Light Up the New World)

This is from the live-action film, Death Note: Light Up the New World. I watched the film in June 2017. This song inspired me to draw this:

3. On My Own (Tokyo Ghoul)

I rarely listen to English songs too.

4. Licht und Schatten (Tokyo Ghoul)

5. Great Pretender Opening

This song is a very different from what you would hear in Tokyo Ghoul. I was surprised to learn that it was composed by Yutaka Yamada. He’s insanely talented.

Great Pretender is an amazing anime, by the way. You can read my impressions post here.


I was also surprised to learn that he did the soundtracks for Babylon, Vinland Saga, and the Inuyashiki live-action. I’ve been listening to his music on Spotify. Maybe I’ll have an updated list in the future. 🙂

30 Anime Characters – Appreciation Post!

1) Kaiji from Kaiji

If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that I love Kaiji and other FKMT series.

Chang and Mario would be on this list if Kaiji got a season three. I am hoping for it to happen…

2) Turtle from Rainbow

Turtle from Rainbow is the best friend one could have. He deserves so much recognition.

RAINBOW: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin – 21 – Random Curiosity

3) Ayanokoji from The Classroom of the Elite

I’ve written about Ayanokoji before, but he’s the most unfazed character I’ve seen. Having him as the MC was a breath of fresh air.

4) Seiya from Cautious Hero

Cautious Hero’s a funny anime. You can read my impressions of the first episode here.

5) Mafuyu from Given

Mafuyu’s voice is so good. I’m really impressed with his VA. I can’t wait to watch the Given movie.

Given Episode 6 Preview Stills and Synopsis | MANGA.TOKYO | Anime, Anime  screenshots, Aesthetic anime

6) Tanjiro from Demon Slayer

Tanjiro is so sweet and caring. I’ve written about Tanjiro before (click here to read the post). He inspires me to never give up.

10 Best Quotes Said By Tanjiro In Demon Slayer | CBR

7) Nezuko from Demon Slayer

Nezuko is adorable. She feels the same amount of care towards Tanjiro and she’s very strong.

10 Reasons We Love Nezuko Kamado | CBR

8) Haru from My Roommate is a Cat

In my review of the anime, I wrote that in the second half of each episode, the story is retold from the cat’s point of view. Haru seems more mature than the human MC in some ways.

Appare-Josei! on Twitter: "My Roommate is a Cat, a new anime streaming on  Crunchyroll!… "

9) Naofumi from The Rising of the Shield Hero

Naofumi went through so many cursed events, which resulted in a great change in his personality. He went from being naive to cynical. He was the true hero while the rest did more harm than good.

10) The Queen from Shield Hero

Thanks to the Queen, Naofumi got justice and cleared his name.

Queen Mirelia Executes Poetic Justice | The Rising of the Shield Hero  Episode 21 Review - YouTube

11) Levi from Attack on Titan

Who doesn’t like Levi?

What Attack on Titan Character Are You? | Attack on titan anime, Attack on  titan levi, Anime

12) Izaya from Durarara!!

Izaya is my favourite anime character. I wrote about the reasons I like him in a post. I even have a DRRR ita bag because of him.

The coat / jacket of Izaya Orihara in Durarara!! | Spotern

13) Sakurai from Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Sakurai is so wholesome.

Do it for Yuuta Sakurai! | Kawaii anime, Cosplay anime, Anime

14) Hirotaka from Wotakoi

Yes.

pat on Twitter: "blessing your tl with hirotaka's face ✨✨ #wotakoi  #WotakuNiKoiWaMuzukashii… "

15) Mii-kun from How to Keep a Mummy

Mii-kun is adorable.

Second Impressions - Miira no Kaikata - Lost in Anime

16) Airi from Erased

Airi’s really cool. I wish we saw more of her.

ERASED Episode 12 Review (Treasure) » Yatta-Tachi

17) Satoru from Erased

Erased is about a man who goes back in time to prevent a series of murders. He goes back into his body from when he was a child but everything else (memories as an adult, cognitive skills, etc.) remains the same.

ERASED English Trailer - YouTube
ERASED' Anime Episode 3 Review: Satoru Tries To Save Hinazuki | Anime,  Anime episodes, Aesthetic anime

18) Aizawa from My Hero Academia

This was a good episode.

Image about boku no hero academia in ☆.。.:*𝘼𝙉𝙄𝙈𝙀.。.:*☆ by ♡ 𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒆  🩹

19) Conan from Detective Conan

Like Satoru from Erased, Conan is also transformed into a kid.

Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet Film Releases New Trailer Previewing  Tokyo Jihen Theme Song | Manga Thrill

20) Laboon from One Piece

One Piece has a lot of characters. In fact, there’s over a thousand of them. Here’s a few of them.

Laboon | One Piece Wiki | Fandom

21) Chouchou from One Piece

It was characters like Chouchou that made me like One Piece so much.

A Siren's Journey (One Piece! Various X Reader) - [6] - Orange Town Arc ~ 3  - Wattpad

22) Ace from One Piece

Dork ;) | One piece manga, One piece ace, One piece drawing

23. Luffy from One Piece

Luffy pre time skip takes on Ace. - Battles - Comic Vine

24) Juuzou from Tokyo Ghoul

Juuzou is one of my favourite characters.

Suzuya Juuzou / Tokyo Ghoul on We Heart It

25) Ye Xiu from The King’s Avatar

Ye Xiu is a cool protagonist. I really like “starting over” and “secret identity” type of shows.

Ye Qiu? Ye Xiu? (2017)

26) Senku from Dr. Stone

Senku is a genius.

Stone Formula | Dr. Stone Wiki | Fandom

27) Reigen from Mob Psycho

I loved Mob Psycho, especially the second season. I don’t remember the context for this at all…

Internet Sex Symbol Reigen Arataka on Twitter: "Your toes. Hand them over."

28) Tokuchi from One Outs

One Outs is a really good psychological anime.

Anime Review: One Outs | The thoughts of the wild

29) Saiki from Saiki

The Japanese VA who voiced Seiki also voiced Izaya and Levi. I love his characters.

30) Twelve from Zankyou no Terror

The bike scene in this anime is amazing.

Twelve | Manga, Anime, Zankyō no teroru

Two-thirds of these characters are main characters. To me, a likeable protagonist makes all the difference.

Changes to the Blog & New Twitter!

I’m participating in a graphic design workshop hosted by Jon Spencer Reviews. I made a new blog header and graphic for my About page and I’m pleased with the final results!

I have to thank Jon because I wouldn’t have done this if it weren’t for the workshop and all the support from fellow blogger friends!

These feel more personal – not just because I created them but also because I used my drawings.

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The next task is for your partner to create you a Twitter post. I thought about it and made a Twitter account. If you’ve known me long enough, you probably know that I was super active on Twitter a few years ago. I wasn’t very happy on there at the time so I left. I think I will primarily use this new account to tweet about anime and share my blog posts. I think this move will also help me feel more connected with my online friends (especially with COVID right now and because I graduated university).

My username is @melo__nsoda (two underscores, the same as my personal Instagram).

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Last but not least, here’s a photo of my latest clay creation. It’s Wooper, one of my favourite Pokemon. I’ve been playing Pokemon SoulSilver on the Nintendo DS every single day… I am obsessed with this game.

Great Pretender (2020) – First Impressions

Episodes watched: 3/23

First, can we talk about how pretty this anime is?

Episode 1

Episode 2

I don’t know of many anime that have such vibrant colours! The art alone made me want to continue the show.

Synopsis:

Makoto Edamura is a Japanese con man who is tricked into going to Los Angelos by a man named Laurent Thierry. There, he gets caught in an elaborate scam and needs to find a way to survive from the target, a mafia boss, and the FBI.

Thoughts:

As I mentioned earlier, I was deeply impressed by the art. It is by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, After the Rain) which explains it. I thought the first two episodes were interesting but weren’t enough to “hook” me in. Things really picked up by the end of episode 3. I just finished episode 3 and am wondering what will happen next. If you’re looking for something to watch, I recommend checking out this series!

Air dry clay

I attended a virtual workshop hosted by my university’s anime club. These are my first two creations.

Luffy’s devil fruit from One Piece (Gomu Gomu no Mi)

Chibi No Face from Spirited Away

Let me know what I should make next!

Day 15: 15 Days of Death Note Challenge

This challenge is from Ryuugi’s Tatsuya’s Anime Corner.

Day 15: What would you do if you got a Death Note?

I’ve actually thought about this question before. Let’s start from what I thought when I was younger (childhood and adolescent years).

When I was younger, I thought that I would keep a Death Note if the shinigami cared about you. For example, the way Rem cared about Misa and even gave up her life to save Misa. Lots of anime protagonists have companions (i.e. Sailor Moon, Hikaru no Go, Shaman King, Cardcaptor Sakura, Shugo Chara, Full Moon o Sagashite). I saw it as the same thing but only if the shinigami cared about you. After all, they are gods of death. I wouldn’t want a menacing shinigami to follow me everywhere. I would not write in it though.

At the time, I thought that a Death Note would be useful for self-defence. I think differently now. What are the chances of actually needing it? Furthermore, you would have to 1) recognize that you’re in danger and be certain of it, 2) have enough time to write down their name, and 3) know their face and name (assuming you don’t have the shinigami eyes). I don’t think we need one for that reason.

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If I picked up a Death Note today, I would give it up. If possible, I think I would destroy it because we don’t need such a destructive weapon in the world. No good follows those who use them.

Take Minoru Tanaka from the Special One-Spot from this year. (You can read my review here). He didn’t have a grand vision like Light did. He was more selfish, like most of us. He was smart enough and succeeded in earning a lot of money by selling the Death Note. He was never caught and his memories of the Death Note were erased. Spoiler alert: He meets a bitter end.


That’s a wrap! I actually blogged for 15 days in a row. Next month, I’ll be participating in Inktober. We’ll see how far I go with that. As always, thanks for reading.

Day 14: 15 Days of Death Note Challenge

This challenge is from Ryuugi’s Tatsuya’s Anime Corner.

Day 14: Favourite Theme

Favourite OP

the WORLD – Nightmare

This song used was my ringtone for years. I’ve only had two ringtones. My current one is Next to You (Parasyte).

Favourite ED

Alumina – Nightmare

Favourite Character Theme Song

L’s Theme (A)

Favourite Instrumental Song

Boredom (Taikutsu)

I think that Death Note has one of the best anime soundtracks.

I watched Death Note when I was around 11 years old. I’m turning 24 next month. In a way, this blogging challenge is nostalgic for me. Death Note is that memorable, and that includes the music.

Day 13: 15 Days of Death Note Challenge

This challenge is from Ryuugi’s Tatsuya’s Anime Corner.

Day 13: Favourite L Tactic

My favourite L tactic is also my favourite scene of L’s (Day 2). You can read it here.

It’s the scene where L tricked Light into revealing that 1) Kira exists, 2) he does not need to be present in order to kill, and 3) he lives in the Kanto region of Japan.

Monomi + Monokuma Fan Art

I drew Monokuma and my friend drew Monomi and the amazing background. I told my friend I didn’t like Monomi’s underwear so that’s why they’re wearing clothes.