[ANIME] PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA

Summary: There exist familiars who have the power to grant one wish to a chosen girl. However, in return that girl must then become a magical girl and fight against witches, evil creatures born from curses that are responsible for murders and suicides. A schoolgirl named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki are approached by a familiar named Kyubey and a magical girl named Mami Tomoe with offers of becoming magical girls. Another mysterious magical girl named Homura Akemi tries to prevent Madoka from agreeing to the contract.

“Remember this… and take it to heart: kindness sometimes leads to even greater tragedy.”

  • Other names: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, Magical Girl Madoka Magica
  • Studio: Shaft
  • Genre: Dark fantasy, horror, magical girl
  • Episodes: 12
  • Status: completed

“It’s not what you thought i1fe88af96511cad349bdb92202b91ad4-image-354x500t would be,” said friends who recommended this show to me. In 2011, Madoka Magica was advertised as a “high school girl show” before its release. But after 3 or 4 episodes, it turned out to be something completely opposite. Madoka Majica took Japan by storm that year. Of course, if you watch the show much later (like me), there is less of the surprise factor since you know what to expect. Still, Madoka Magica with its amazing plot and art is so mind-blowing that I hope to share some of my thoughts here. (Side note: There’s no spoiler in this review. However, I do talk about the central themes that are revealed later in the show. If you want to enjoy the anime WITHOUT any source of expectations or preconceived opinions about the, I suggest skipping this review and going straight to the show. And come back to read later! (´∀`•) )Read More »

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[MANGA] DENSHA OTOKO – HITORI NAKANO

Summary: A nerdy otaku saved a beautiful girl on a train, and later that night posted an urgent query on the Internet forum called 2channel – How the heck does he talk to girls? What should he wear on their date? Where should they go? He was nicknamed Densha Otoko (Train Man) and the girl as Hermes on the Internet. The forum’s response was overwhelming, and the thread continued to grow along with their relationship.

Time and money can take care of stuff like studying English and going abroad, but travel agencies don’t sell tickets bound for Hermes’ house.

  • Full name: Densha Otoko – Net Hatsu, Kakueki Teisha no Love Story
  • Author: Hitori Nakano; Illustrator: Hara Hidenori
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Seinen
  • Chapters: 27
  • Status: completed

I finally decide to take a break from overdosing myself on Higashino-sensei’s detective novels, and do my first Manga review! I just finished reading Densha Otoko 2 hours ago. It was a total train of emotions. And if you ever feel like you need to believe in love again, this is totally the one. It was originally a real-life forum thread that got so popular that it was later published as a book, adapted into a movie (trailer here), a TV series and eventually this manga.

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