What I’m Watching: Summer 2016 Anime Season

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Another anime season, another What I’m Watching. Now with a little extra! Continue reading

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Under Your Radar: Chaika -The Coffin Princess-

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DARAKENA by Iori Nomizu

We don’t want a freedom with restrictions,
Covered in patchwork.

I can go on living because of days like these;
That’s how I feel…

I can get through it because someone like you is with me;
That’s how I feel…

I’m a love fool, my vision clouded,
But what can I do on a night like this?
Reaching a dead end, we make a promise,
Reflected in our mirrored surfaces.

We don’t want a freedom with restrictions,
Covered in patchwork.
We have no interest in an answer that can only be found through parting,
So we’ll search until we can meet again.

Chaika Blu-Ray CoverIt’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’ll be covering Chaika -The Coffin Princess- (Hitsugi no Chaika), a light novel by Ichirō Sakaki and published by a child company of Kadokawa. Other child companies of Kadokawa have handled the manga and anime (animated by Bones), including the manga being licensed for English release to Yen Press. Sentai licensed the anime for the West. There are also two spin-off manga. The anime will be my focus here, having had two seasons (the second being one subtitled “Avenging Battle“) and having completed the story in its run of 22 episodes (and a bonus episode that takes place at an unspecified earlier point). Continue reading

Under Your Radar: When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace


OVERLAPPERS by Qverkett:|| (voice actors of the literature club girls)

Reality has somehow become a super version of our everyday life…

The mysterious fortune broke into a run,
And I told you not to laugh – something just came over me
I wonder why I feel like I’m about to change, but can’t
Awakening power…
Unawakened feelings…
…Don’t go wild on me now!

Really, everyone might actually like it,
So over the top and cool: I wanna be like that! I wanna be like that!
Hearts that can fully transform are so wonderful! (What boys and girls dream about!?)

Reality has somehow become a super version of our everyday life in overlap!
Just wait for it… and, before we realise,
Even that’s fun in its own right! (OVERLAPPERS)
Surrounded by this exciting secret,
I’ve started desiring your touch… what should I do!?
I want to be the one to give you kind words,
Though it’s probably too late for that… Ahh, there’s probably no chance…
I love you…

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Supernatural Battles Promo ImageIt’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’re covering When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, known in Japan as Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de, which is also officially translated as Inou Battle Within Everyday Life and Inou-Battle in the Usually Daze. It’s on ongoing light novel series by Kota Nozomi, and it has a manga adaptation, but I’ll be focusing on the Fall 2014 anime here. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!


VOICE by ZAQ

I wanna fall in love…

The dream will continue
We made a promise, but, deep inside, I’m still scared it might all disappear
Even though I want to believe you’ll always be there

Being in love with each other isn’t happiness all by itself
Even if I pretend that it’s all that matters,
You just laugh

And you always give me strength,
But if one simple word can change your whole world,
Then two loves will start to progress,
That’s the truth

Every time I got lost and asked myself what I should do,
You always led me to the answer

Even if I can’t work up the courage to do it,
I want to tell you everything
(All that my heart feels, with a sparkling voice)
Let it out, and let it ring loud!

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Chunibyo CoverIt’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’re covering Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, whose Japanese title is Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! (lit. “Despite the Eighth-Grader Syndrome, I Want to Fall in Love”). It is an ongoing light novel series by Torako, with three volumes to its name, but it has also been adapted into two anime seasons, the second being titled Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! – Heart Throb – (Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!: REN, lit. “Despite the Eighth-Grader Syndrome, I Want to Fall in Love: LOVE”). Continue reading