Nyarth’s Top 16 Moments of 2016

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I had planned to post this on New Years Eve but because of ~things~ I had to delay it until now, happy belated 2017! Please treat this post as if it was the final day of 2016.

Another year another retrospective post to sum up things highlighting said year like clockwork just to make it feel like it was yet another productive year and not just a reason to update my blog after a long period of inactivity or anything. But who’d have thought I’d have cranked out two blog posts after so long?

To be frank I’m sick of 2016, 2016 has been an awful year and I don’t even need to explain why as everyone seems to have an idea. That’s right, the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2016 was fucking rigged by the alt-fujos. This year all of the usual best of, retrospective and look back on the year – most if not all have been regurgitating the same depressing and tragic news happening all over the world.

This post however isn’t going to be like that at all. Nuh-uh. This post is going to happy. 100% happy. You might say, 100% Anne Happy. Remembering bad events that happened this year from the endless string of celebrity deaths to the death of Harambe to the death of the 30 young men and women slaughtered in Mayoiga and to the death of Harambe will always be clear as day because negative thoughts always stick to the mind. In this post we are going to look back on the under-reported moments of fun as I count down my personal Top 16 Best Moments in 2016 within the anime and manga and weeaboo realm. Why 16? Because screw doing Top 10s; taking the lower incremental numerical value of the year of the orbital movement of the Earth around the Sun sounds a lot cooler than the number ten.

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Magical Girl Raising Project Review

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I’ve had my dose of “misfortunate” anime that are all the rage nowadays; Madoka Magica, Gakkou Gurashi and Yuuki Yuuna to name a few. These shows are brutal in their own right but at least mercifully gives you some time to take a quick breather from all the anguish before shoving it all back down in your throat again twenty seconds later. Magical Girl Raising Project (Mahoiku from here on) is kind of like that but without the generous timeouts.

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Your Name Review

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Warning: Your Name movie spoilers and 5 Centimeters Per Second flashbacks ahead, this (shit)post is intended for readers who have already seen the film.

Walking around the immense dry heat in Akihabara and various other places in Tokyo this summer (That’s right, I went to Japan! Blog posts coming soon…) I noticed the persistent promotion of Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming film “Kimi no Na wa.” (titled the English counterpart Your Name from here on) both in-stores and outdoors. In-store promotions would typically take up a respectable amount of aisle space reinforced with flashy sign boards advertising the film. Laid out throughout the aisle featured of promotional leaflets, reservation slips to go see the film and a bunch of related Shinkai goods including the novel edition of the film. Japanese stores seem to have an endless supply of portable DVD players I’d notice as there would always have one blaring out the PV on an endless loop on its tinny speakers (which is why I had the song Zen Zen Zense ingrained to the back of my mind throughout my trip in Japan).

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Nexus 6

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Let’s talk about phones!

Over the past two years I’ve been rocking the Samsung Galaxy S4; which is a great all-around high-end smartphone that can do any job fairly fast and consistent – at the time. However, as a fan of clean system UI design I was not a fan of Samsung’s TouchWiz skin they apply on top of the Android operating system. It’s ugly, clunky, and ridden with countless bloatware apps that are non-removable and even some non-disable-able (seriously I couldn’t even get rid of Samsung’s terrible calendar app). Because of the nature of Android it always gets system updates very late, or if anything at all. I would waste hours, installing apps that would customise the feel of the operating system such as Nova Launcher and configure them to customise the software aesthetics my phone so that it would look like stock Android, but low-level customisation can only go so far. Rooting my phone and flashing a custom ROM such as Cyanogenmod was another option, but one I always avoided as I am not familiar with that area and didn’t want to risk damaging my phone.

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Review

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While going through the usual process of watching a tonne of anime at the start of a new season and then narrowing down my selection to a select few I’m interested in, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso for some unknown reason was kept out of my radar back in Autumn last year. It was only until April (funnily enough) that my friend from university recommended it to me and I accidentally the entire forty-four chapter manga. I was hooked. It -that- good. Shigatsu is the first series in such a long time that has kept me this hooked and eager to find out what happens in the next chapter. As a result, this review is aimed at the series as a whole, while comparing the differences between the anime and manga.

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Bocchi na Bokura no Renai Jijou Review

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After an abysmal year in 2014 in terms of post entries due to university and related, in an attempt to write more in 2015 I’ll aim to write at least one blog post every month this year. So for my first article of the year I’m going to review a sweet and innocent romantic comedy manga that I’ve been reading that recently finished; Bocchi na Bokura no Renai Jijou!

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Nyarth’s Top 14 Moments of 2014

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It’s been months since I had the proper time to settle down and write up a blog post about anything. Well, I imply I’m settling down now and it isn’t as if I have a bunch of untouched assignments to complete hue hue hue.

From vanishing planes and ebola to favourite Love Lives and Nature Valley bars, 2014 has been a pleasant year for anime, I can’t say for all because this is the first year I’ve seen less anime than the years before, and most of the ones I followed were ones I found the most interesting to stick with till the end (coughGLASSLIPcough). I was planning to do a ‘12 Days of Anime’ type of posts but I wanted to had done it properly by starting on Christmas day, but then I realise that would overlap new years day which would defeat my intentions of rounding everything off I wanted so say before the new year. So I decided to fight the system and just make a good old fashioned ‘Top XX’ moments of the year.

Below lists the top anime moments that happened to me throughout this year as well as my top 14 list of best and worst anime and songs followed shortly after!

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