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October 15, 2012

Anime Review: Acchi Kocchi

A rather cheerful and bright anime to watch, Acchi Kocchi delves into the cute and innocent lives of a group of high school friends as they go through life together in many happy and humorous ways.

Acchi KocchiSynopsis:

Wouldn't you just love to poke in a relationship between two young high schoolers who have a subtle distance between each other? Of course you would. Tsumiki and Io have this subtle distance that anyone would want to jump in between just to bug them. That's what the other characters are there for. Tsumiki, being a tsundere and all, won't be honest about her feelings toward Io. Io on the other hand is unaware of Tsumiki's feelings, hence the subtle distance between the two. Now, let's watch these two and see what events await them...

Review:

It may seem that this anime will be all lovey-dovey, sappy and cliched dialogue at first glance; but I can tell you that it is absolutely not. Not in a sense that would make you shirk away in disgust, but rather it will make you smile at the cuteness and innocent interactions that these characters have. This in turn makes a pleasant love story that will warm your heart and make you happy all day. The story is quite simple to follow as it doesn't involve much action or adventure that many anime pursue. Rather, it can be said as a typical slice of life anime that follows the lives of the characters around, with extra comical elements and melt your heart moments that makes you go "aww". Also, the story tends to subtly bring in many cat phrases, actions, and cute sounds.

The art was simply illustrated and animated. Although it was plain and simple, it suited the characteristics of the anime beautifully. You can instantly tell that this anime will be a cute and innocent anime just by looking at the chibi-esque form that the characters take. The anime also uses a special symbolic meaning to each part of   each episode through the use of arrows; which was quite interesting I thought.

The voice acting suited the characters really well and reflected each and every character's personality perfectly. I must also mention the use of background music in nearly every scene which was subtly playing in the background. I felt that it was well selected and suited the situation perfectly. The theme songs were also sweet and peppy (which suited the anime of course). Everything about the choice of music just sounded right.

The anime is constantly about the relationship that Tsumiki and Io have. What makes it interesting to watch is that Tsumiki is a dandere character that gets easily embarrassed a lot (she does have quite a few tsundere moments, but she is a typical dandere character), whereas Io is a complete dense guy which doesn't realize Tsumiki's feelings for him. Of course though, he finally realizes in the end (somewhat) and they both have a nice relationship.

Overall, I would say that this was one funny anime to watch. The romantic element was not dominant in this anime in a way that would ruin a good story or make you turn away in disgust. The characters were all presented just right, and the overall compilation of the anime was perfect. I had no problems or annoyances at all in the anime. It was a pleasant experience to watch.

STORY: 8
It was a simple story to follow and the romantic comedy elements were integrated well in the anime.

ART: 8
Although it was simple and plain, it suited the anime quite well.

SOUND: 9
The anime ha got the voice acting and music selection just right. No complaints here.

CHARACTER: 9
Cheerful, peppy, and full of life. Just wonderfully presented and will make you instantly like them a lot.

ENJOYMENT: 9
The comedy elements were genuinely funny and the romantic elements were quite good.

OVERALL: 9
Simply a light and wonderful anime to watch that will simply melt your heart (even if you may have a cold one).

IM+ 6.4 update brings new emoticons, improved interface

Popular instant messaging app IM+ was updated to version 6.4 last week, bringing the interface up to date with newer versions of Android and adding new features like Rage Face emoticons.

IM+ is popular with users due to its features and the wide ranges of services it can connect to. Google Talk, Facebook, AIM, ICQ and Jabber are just a few of the features the app supports. The new update brings two new services to the ever growing list: Gadu-Gadu and MeinVZ.

Version 6.4 of IM+ brings some very useful new features in addition to the fun but not so useful Rage Face emoticons. Sleep Mode, for example, is a new feature that allows you to select a time range when you won’t be bothered with notifications.

Users can now bulk export chat history to an SD card, which is very useful if a chat contained important information that you want to make sure isn’t lost. Other new features include the option to further customize notifications and the option to automatically start “off-the-record” messaging.

IM+ has also improved its interface, claiming that it “feels like Ice Cream Sandwich.” While the UI is definitely better for users of Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, the app isn’t fully Holo-themed.

The day after IM+ was updated to 6.4, another update followed, bringing the version number to 6.4.1. This is a maintenance release comprised of crash and bug fixes.

IM+ is a free download in the Google Play Store and works on devices running Android 2.1 and up.  Certain features are only available in IM+ Pro which will cost $4.99, but this version also removes ads and includes extra services like Skype, which is an in-app purchase in the free version of IM+.

[via Android Authority]