There is honestly not much to say about this first episode to be honest. I just found it generic (Even more generic than Akiba’s Trip), mean-spirited and just plain bad. The story follows Makabe Masamune who used to be overweight as a child and because of that he got turned down by his childhood love Adagaki Aki. Flash forward many years and Makabe has improved himself and is now a good looking high school student and when he encounters Adagaki Aki again, he is prepared to exact his revenge by making her fall in love with her and then finally dumping her.
This is one really petty premise if you ask me and the views on body image are not any better. The first thing they state is that if you are not fit and good looking you are a nobody in this world. Sure, the main character will probably learn some kind of lesson which makes him change his views and ways, but I am not planning to stick around to see that happen.
I was not expecting much going in and it seems that I was right in doing so. At the end of the day most harem anime go along the same story track anyway, so there is not much to be surprised by. So I am going to give this one a pass!
Recently I’ve been really into reading yuri manga with adult characters. Not that there is anything wrong with the high school or any other setting. It’s just nice to some times read something with characters who are further along in life and a relationship. That is where Collectors by Nishi Uko hits the sweet spot for me. The manga follows Nitou Shinobu and Tanazaki Takako, two women who are both avid collectors and who are already in a long standing relationship.
What it comes down to is a romantic slice of life story covering the day to day life of these two women and their friends. It’s actually really sweet and has this more realistic style, which is kind of refreshing from the usual cute anime style (Not that there is anything wrong with that). The manga is written a yonkoma format, with each part telling a short story. But all of the parts in each chapter are somewhat tied to each other.
I would also like to quickly touch on the art. It has these really light pen strokes, making it feel really nice and easy on the eyes. The art is as I mentioned above more realistic, but still not super detailed, making it really easy to remember and recognize characters just from their silhouette.
Speaking of really memorable characters, I’ve got to say that I really like Shinobu. Mostly because she kind of reminds me of myself in some way. She’s outspoken and honest almost to a fault and has a tendency to get snowed in on the things she enjoys, being able to spend hours doing just that one thing and still having fun. Which are quirks that I can really relate to.
At the end of the day I would really recommend reading Collectors if you feel like reading something with two character who are already in a relationship. Because it is way to common in my opinion for manga and anime to lead up to the big kiss or the confession and then end. I think that life after getting together is more interesting than the road leading up to it. But that is just my opinion, so please tell me if you agree or have another opinion in the comments.
Akiba’s Strip is a anime based on the game with the same name. The premise is pretty simple, Denkigai Tamotsu is visiting Akihabara with his sister when a mysterious girl falls from the sky and starts to fight what seems to be vampires by undressing them, exposing them to the air which they are weak to. One thing leads to another and Tamotsu is also dragged into fighting these vampires. Simple right?
To be honest, I found the first episode to be really dull and generic. Sure, it’s colorful and well animated in some parts. But I found the characters so unmemorable that I had to google their names right after watching the episode when writing this post. Oh and then there is the character called Arisa Ahokainen who was just annoying to me. Specially the fact that every time a character looked at her boobs they decided to play this sound of a cow mooing. That’s really classy might I say!
But I have to give praise where it is due. One thing the show has going for it is that it is really colorful and well animated when it wants to be. It was really enjoyable to look at, even if the story and the characters really didn’t do it for me. On that fact alone, I am probably going to give this show two more episodes to see if it goes anywhere interesting, even if I am not expecting it to.