Summer 2016: Cakes and Time Jumps

I’m still finishing up the last bit of spring dramas, but the summer season has already started. There’s not a lot really jumping out at the moment, so I don’t think it will be quite as good as last season, but there’s still a few I’m waiting to air so I’m keeping my hopes up.

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Ayase Haruka leads cast for Watashi wo Hanasanai de

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I’ve sort of been out of the loop with dramas this season, with nothing really catching my attention for more than a few episodes. I think I’m just in a drama slump that will hopefully end sometime before next year because winter’s starting to look good.

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Summer 2015: A Deadly Book, Mysteries, and a Chorus

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There is a startling amount of dramas streaming this season, about six or seven, I think, which is a lot more than usual and even more being subbed, so I’m happy about that, even if I haven’t gotten around to watching everything yet. Now that I have some downtime and the drama season is in full swing, I guess it’s about time to check in on what’s airing.

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Dr. Rintaro: Episodes 1-2

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So recently, k-dramaland had a trend of mental illness dramas, none of which really resonated with me, so I was hesitant to try out Dr. Rintaro, a drama about a psychiatrist and his relationship with a geisha who may-or-may-not-but-probably-does-I-don’t-really-know have a mental illness. Plus, medical dramas aren’t really my thing; I’m pretty sure the only medical drama I’ve ever finished was Code Blue and that was when I was in my extreme Yamapi-fangirl phase, so yeah, definitely not my favorite genre. Dr. Rintaro is definitely sappy, but the mystery, romance, and yes, even the medical (though it’s sometimes questionable) is solidly intriguing.

So let’s set the stage, shall we?

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Kubota Masataka and Yamazaki Kento lead live-action Death Note

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It’s been almost ten years since the hit manga Death Note was adapted into a two-part movie (and that weird spin-off movie that we don’t talk about), so naturally, NTV decided it was about time to adapt it again. Because obviously the anime, musicals, and merchandise wasn’t enough.

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Anime Spotlight #11: Aldnoah.ZERO

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Year: 2014-2015

Studio: A-1 Pictures (Anohana, Shin Sekai Yori), TROYCA

Director: Ei Aoki (Fate/ZERO, Kara no Kyoukai)

I am not a big fan of the mecha genre. There have been some exceptions, but in general, politics plus giant fighting robots just isn’t that exciting for me. However, I was pretty addicted to last year’s Aldnoah.ZERO which dumbed down your normal mecha tropes and still managed to be entertaining. Was it actually good? Yeah, well, I’ll get to that.
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