2013 MRC Review: 100% no Kimi e (100% to You)

100% ni kimi e

Brought to us by the same pen that is currently drawing everyone’s favorite card game anime of the moment (Chihayafuru) is 100% no Kimi e, or 100% to You, a short, two volume shoujo that tells the tale of a high school girl who adopts a puppy with a guy in her class, and, as all shoujo go, gradually finds herself falling in love with him. For the most part the story is pretty standard with a few spins. Though the ending leaves a bit to be desired in terms of satisfaction, in its entirety the manga is pretty satisfactory with a heroine that isn’t one of the manga brainless dunces that plague the genre and a story that is well executed in terms of its sweetness.
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Kyoko’s Despair

I’ve always been strangely fascinated by the emotion of despair or depression in characters. I think it’s one of the most interesting emotions because it’s one that can absolutely cripple a person, yet it’s one that can provide the grounds for change. The angst, the drama, I drink it all up (not a fan of tragedies though, go figure). Although I know you’re all absolutely enthralled reading about by my love of the depressed, I promise am actually going somewhere with this. Continue reading

Nagareboshi Lens (OVA) Final Thoughts

The main reason I watched this OVA is because I’m a huge shoujo and romance fan. When I first started out watching anime, that is pretty much all I watched. For that reason, even though my standards are somewhat higher today and it takes a little more to impress me, I still have a soft spot in my heart for those fluffy, silly, sweet shoujo stories.

Nagareboshi Lens is an 18 minute OVA about a shoujo couple. That was basically the whole OVA in a nutshell. I’m completely serious. The impressive thing about this OVA is how it manages to fit just about every single shoujo stereotype (missed the usual bully bit, though) into 18 minutes. You had the spontaneous meeting, the instant spark of feelings, all the couple junk on campus, the usual questionable group of guys hitting on the girl, the big eyes, and sparkles…lots and lots of sparkles. This OVA had sparkles flying from the characters and corners of the screen about every two minutes, the only explanation for this being because, you know, love is so sparkly… Continue reading