Two New Aime Recommendations
It has been a terribly long time since I have really sat down and watched some new anime. I suppose having a baby will do that to you. But most importantly I honestly haven’t found anything new that I would care to share with you, until this past month or so.
In an effort to save money, my husband and I have decided to ditch cable and use Amazon Fire TV and the huluPLUS app. Well, with the altered television habits I have been cruising the apps looking for something new to watch and I found two shows I think you may like to check out.
The first is Hiiro no Kakera: The Tamayori Princess Saga. Okay, first of all you must know if you are my genuine fan that I love anime/animation of all kinds and levels of maturity. One of my many anime related guilty pleasures is reverse harem. It’s the girl in me, what can I say? Hiiro no Kakera is right up there with the reverse harem greats such as Pretear, Fushigi Yugi, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Hachiyou Shou~. Okay, maybe not that good but it does have a similar tone, and I haven’t found one I like, that I haven’t already watched, in a long time.
The premise is a contemporary high school girl, Tamaki Ugaya, is transferred to a rural community to carry on her grandmother’s role as temple matron—A.K.A. The Tamayori Princess. (Thus, the subtitle The Tamayori Princess Saga) As she struggles to learn her powers, she is protected by guardians that have vowed to honor this duty through descendants throughout the ages (just as Tamaki is descended from the original Tamayori Princess). Well, it took me about three episodes to get into this series, but I began enjoying it quite a bit. I’m only just beginning season 2, yet I’m interested to see where the story is going since the first season seemed so complete…but is it?
My favorite aspect of this show, which is rather silly, is how at the end of each episode they feature one of the guardians. In Asian fangirl promo style, he sends you a special message and then a closeup so you two may have an intimate moment. Too cute.
Now if that sounds too girly for you then my second recommendation, Guilty Crown may be more to your taste. In full disclosure, I’ve only watched a couple of episodes of this one but so far it’s pretty good. It’s part school life and part mecha anime. Shuu, your average AV Club kind-of-guy, tries to get through school with minimal effort, easier said than done in this post dystopian Tokyo. GHQ a pharmaceutical/military organization rules ten years after the pandemic, the “Apocalypse Virus,” is held at bay by their vaccine. Pubic safety has become an excuse to terrorize innocent people. A high-tech, organized group of gorilla fighters oppose GHQ’s oppression of the people. Throw in a beautiful pop idol sympathizer and Shuu becomes reluctantly entrapped in the freedom movement. I would call this…a mix of Full Metal Panic and Eureka Seven…kind of. lol Well, you’ll have to watch it to see what I mean.