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August 27, 2012

MeMuMo: Twister

Title: Twister
Artist: Sawa
Year: 2007
Comments: This is the original song of "Twister", an awesome catchy opening tune to the widely popular Nintendo DS game, The World Ends With You. If you have't played the game, then you definitely must play it! If you have but you haven't listened to the OST then shame on you! The OST is pretty awesome and contains all those catchy beats from the game.

Featured Wallpaper: Anti-Skill

I thought I posted this wallpaper already, but it seems I haven't. If you know about and/or use my Anti-Skill Chrome theme then you will instantly recognise this wallpaper here. This wallpaper is based on the fictional security force of the same name that appears in the anime Toaru Majutsu no Index as well as it's child story, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun. The logo looked simple and clean, and it works well with a dark background.


Anime Review: Tokimeki Memorial: Only Love

If you really want a deep romantic comedy story that explores the inner feelings of the characters with some drama and tragedy thrown in then you are looking for wrong anime. Tokimeki Memorial: Only Love is more of a slice of life comedy with a touch of love rather than a fully fleshed-out romance anime.

Tokimeki Memorial: Only LoveSynopsis:

Aoba Riku has just transferred to a new high school because of his father's job, and things aren't quite what he expected. The headmaster's secretary controls the school while espousing the virtues of academic freedom, the teachers are even stranger than normal teachers, and half the student body is walking around with animal ears on. On his very first day, Riku is unfortunate enough to find himself at the center of the student council's latest event, which has him running for his life. All this on top of the normal high school rigour of popularity contests, crushes, and homework makes it unsure whether Riku will be able to survive this new school.

Review:

The anime starts of with a huge bang, but towards the end, all that is left are the fading lights of sizzles. I would say that the story although quite entertaining, really failed to capture the romantic part of the anime. Simply put, the story starts off with a guy named Aoba Riku whom transfers to a new high school. That is quite an awesome start to a love story right? But no, the anime decides to throw him right into the spotlight by making the school quite strange and random indeed. The teachers are all quite abnormal and a lot of students are wearing animal ears. To top it off, Aoba Riku is thrown into the student council's various events that ends up with him being chased around the school. Now with his life pretty much all in chaos, and three girls that start to like him, he is pretty much just running around the place with no direction whatsoever. I felt that the story lacked depth at a romantic level, and more of a slice of life comedy with a touch of love. The anime implies light ecchi and harem, but completely misleads the viewer by portraying a really simple love triangle.

The art was simply amazing, wonderful, bright and happy. I must really mention the character designs and art style in this anime for being one of the most captivating and smoothly animated of all anime. The girls all looked extremely cute in this anime and they were simply wonderful. Character design aside, the various scenes within the schoolgrounds were well designed.

Voice acting was quite well done and suited the characters really well. Although most girls in this anime sound so similar (with their high-pitched voices), there are some distinct differences between them in attitude styles and phrasing of dialogue. Theme songs were what you expect from a romcom, dating-sim style anime. Other than that, I have no complaints here.

Aoba Riku is somewhat of an airhead character that takes little consideration of other people's feeling. The anime does not go really in-depth in any of the characters from the anime so you are left in the dark most of the time. I felt that I couldn't fully understand a particular character's actions, feelings, and thoughts since the anime does very little to provide monologues of the characters. Usually though, its just more daily conversation that seems to head in no direction. The three main girls in this anime however, do have different personalities and situations that does make life interesting for Aoba Riku. However, these three girls somewhat tend to not really progress in their relationships with Riku and everything just seemed stagnant right towards the end. It felt like their personalties didn't really change and that they really didn't read the situation carefully when dealing with Riku.

Overall, I enjoyed the anime mainly because of the cute characters. Story-wise, I felt the romance a bit lacking and the comedy a bit dry after a while. There a few random moments the did try to make the audience laugh, but whether you will enjoy these moments will be determined how humorous you are. The art was simply wonderful and you will love the anime for its high detailed environments and cute characters.

STORY: 7
The story started out so interesting but then slowly diminished to a regular slice of life anime that drags on the romance till the very end.

ART: 9
Characters were cute and detailed. Nice art styles used throughout the anime.

SOUND: 8
Voice acting was particularly good for most of the characters. Theme songs were your regularly romcom type music.

CHARACTER: 8
There was limited character development for the main character and the three girls, but mostly though, it didn't really matter.

ENJOYMENT: 8
Some scenarios' outcomes felt odd and out-of-place. I enjoyed the characters and some bits were quite funny.

OVERALL: 7
Perhaps it is not your strongest romance story, but its silliness makes up for most of the enjoyment of the anime.