Recently got a whole lot of anime BDs from Rightstuf thanks to their Christmas sale, and probably going to get some
a lot more before it's over... I bought all four seasons of The Familiar of Zero, Cowboy Bebop, both seasons of Little Busters, Kiniro Mosaic, and the 3rd season of Hayate the Combat Butler (which I think is actually a reboot?) Expect me to be talking about them a whole bunch soon.
Watching Kiniro Mosaic as we speak! Cuteness! Cuteness everywhere! I'm so glad I got this. I recently learned this anime is an example of 癒し系, or "healing" anime (it has a lot of overlap with slice of life). What an accurate name for this genre. Definitely my favorite kind of anime, period; so many of my absolute favorites except for some hot-blooded shonen titles like One Piece fit into this category (although I would argue much of One Piece is great for its own kind of healing
), including Non Non Biyori, K-On, Barakamon, and Is the Order a Rabbit.
I need the reminders of all the little wonderful things in life which, we here at CAA happen to know are gifts from God. And all this moe and gentle comedy in Kiniro Mosaic certainly soothes the soul. My biggest complaint is that there are only 12 episodes. There's also some
"shoujo ai" themes, though nothing too bad at all; if you can handle anything that's in K-On, Is the Order a Rabbit or Non Non this friendship stuff wouldn't bother you in the least. It's also very noticeable that English isn't the first language of Nao Toyama or Manami Tanaka, the voice actresses for the characters from England in the series (Karen Kujo and Alice Cartelet) so some early scenes where we're supposed to believe they don't understand much Japanese felt a tad awkward. If anything though, that just makes Karen and Alice all the more endearing, and you have to give the seiyuu some credit for their English efforts. Overall fantastic stuff.
I've also finally started watching the Toriko DVDs that I've had for a while. Amazing story that's grown on me the more I watch. I'm guessing it's influenced a lot by One Piece, and far as I'm concerned even comparing it to that is giving it high praise. I'm not really quite sure how to describe it though other than pointing one to some offical synopsis, given just how weird it honestly is. It's... EPIC FOOD ADVENTURE. Idk. All I know is I'm destined to be disappointed, since afaik Funimation never got the rights to put the rest of the show on DVD, and the rest that can be streamed on Crunchyroll apparently has a filler ending. Looks like another case of me having to get a hold of the manga to get the rest of the story.
TL;DR: Go watch Kiniro Mosaic
if you need some cute in your life.