Anime Reviews

Himouto! Umaru-Chan

 

Ratings + Additional Info:

 

Episodes: 12

Animation: 6.5/10

Soundtrack: 5/10

Character Development/Plot: 2/10

 

Himouto! Umaru-Chan is about the life of a young high school girl who drastically changes at home and at school. At school she’s an athletic straight A student and at home all she does is game and eat. It’s a funny and lighthearted slice of life anime in which Umaru goes through many minor struggles and makes many friends. If you’re looking for something quick and interesting to watch, this would be a good choice. Each episode has a completely different plot and struggle. Umaru goes through school, home life, and interactions with people. 

 

The animation style is a pretty classic one and the coloring, while pretty, isn’t very special. I’d rate it a 6.5/10. It matches the genre and does justice to the plot. The soundtrack as well isn’t anything interesting but I really like the opening. It’s adorable and funny. So the soundtrack is a 5/10. Umaru doesn’t ever really seem to learn anything but she becomes a bit more aware of her surroundings and the struggles and circumstances of those around her. Her older brother who is constantly cleaning up after her messes and dealing with her guilt tripping and tantrums gets some respite at times. Due to the small moments where she becomes aware of her going overboard, I’m giving the character development a rating of 2/10. That’s an overall rating of 4.5/10.

 

Your Lie in April 

 

Ratings + Additional Info:

 

Episodes: 22

Animation: 8/10

Soundtrack: 10/10

Character Development/Plot: 9/10

 

At a young age, Kosei was well known to have dominated piano competitions and gained fame among other young musicians. The tragic loss of his mother left him unable to play the piano without being terribly off key, claiming he couldn’t hear or read the notes anymore. His life starts to take a turn for the better two years after the event, when he meets the violinist Kaori Miyazono. His greyscale world, as depicted throughout the anime, gradually regains color throughout the course of time. 

 

The animation style in Your Lie in April is unique and very pretty. The color scheme greatly contributes to the mood of the current scene and/or episode, and overall strengthens the feeling that is trying to be delivered. Overall, the animation in this anime was above average, and it stood out to me while watching. This is why I rated it an 8/10. The soundtrack in Your Lie in April is one of the best I have heard in an anime. The entire plot revolves around music, so it can be expected that the soundtrack would be impressive. The first opening was something that can easily get stuck in the listeners’ head, and was something I found myself always looking forward to when watching another episode. As for the music that was played on the piano and/or violin during the anime, I thought that was equally as impressive, as it also contributed to the mood of each scene. These are the reasons why I rate the soundtrack in Your Lie in April a 10/10. The character development in this anime is also very clear and well planned out. It’s not rushed, and the challenges at the beginning that Kosei must face are things he will eventually surpass. The character development he goes through is well paced, and isn’t unrealistic. And the last episode ties the entirety of the show together in a bittersweet way. Overall, I rate this anime a 9/10, I personally really enjoyed it and is something I would highly recommend watching.   

 

TBHK

 

Ratings + Additional Info:

 

Episodes: 12

Animation: 10/10

Soundtrack: 9/10

Character Development/Plot: 7/10

 

Nene Yashiro, a young girl who’s had multiple misadventures with romance decides to seek the help of the local ghost at her school, Hanako, and is pulled into something through her own mistakes. Hanako and Nene later defeat other supernatural beings and make friends along the way. Hanako, however, has an unknown backstory which is later revealed towards the end of the show and is still somewhat a mystery to this day with the manga it’s based off of. I recommend you read the manga as well if you can’t wait for the second season.

 

From the coloring to the drawing style, I loved everything about the animation. It gave the show so much life and tied into the supernatural and mystical theme. The drawing style in the animation and the manga both never change which I’m very grateful for. (The manga has 70 chapters and counting right now.) The character designs as well fits perfectly with their personalities. So I’m giving it a solid 10/10. The soundtrack is another big yes from me and a rating of 9/10. The opening, while not something I expected to hear from the series, is pretty great. The ending I liked a bit more simply because of my preference for softer songs, but both were good. The plot brings it all together. It’s wonderfully intricate yet simple to understand. I’m not going to spoil anything but once more I recommend the manga it was based off of. It has a bit more detail and continues a lot further. Since the plot of the anime is a bit more downplayed, I’m giving it a rating of 7/10. Overall, that’s a rating of 9/10. As you can see I really enjoyed watching this anime and hope to share it with more people!

 

Erased

 

Ratings + Additional Info:

 

Episodes: 12

Soundtrack Rating: 7

Animation Rating: 6.5

Plot/Character Development: 8.5/10

 

A 29 year old aspiring manga artist named Satoru Fujinuma possesses the ability to travel back in time to prevent terrible events from taking place. Typically he is only brought back a few seconds, but after the murder of a loved one, Satoru is brought back much further in time in order to prevent the tragedy from taking place. 

 

Erased is a captivating anime that will keep you on the edge of your seat. As a mix between the supernatural and murder mystery genres, this anime is filled with many plot twists that will keep you engaged while watching. I would consider the soundtrack slightly above average, as it certainly had a catchy opening, but nothing that would likely stick after finishing it. This is why I gave it a rating of 7/10. The animation was also relatively average. Although it was fitting for its genre, it didn’t quite stick out, which is why I rated it a 6.5 out of 10. There is definitely character development evident in Erased. The viewer will watch Satoru grow from an apathetic person to someone that strives to always make good decisions that will benefit others. This is the reasoning behind why I rated the character development an 8.5/10. Overall, this anime stands at a 7.3 rating. It’s an interesting show that I would definitely recommend watching.