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

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Under Your Radar: Wish Upon the Pleiades

Stella-rium by Kano

I started my journey whilst sobbing in my cry
At least I feel as if I could reach the sky

As I fought with the tender star-filled night
You were watching me

I don’t know… I want to know… I want to feel it…
If I’m not anything
I’ll become something

Back then, when this throbbing was born
I surfed there along the wave of space-time
It was a miracle that wasn’t scary

Let’s jump into the incomplete
And open the promised door
And welcome the dazzling smile!

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Pleiades Crunchyroll Title Art

Welcome back, it’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’ll be discussing Wish Upon the Pleiades, known in Japan as Hōkago no Pleiades (lit. “After-School Pleiades”). Originally running as a 4-episode online anime (with short episodes) in 2011, it was remade into a full 12-episode anime just last season. Animated by Gainax, this anime is an advertisement for Japanese automaker Subaru. …You think I’m joking, but I’m completely serious. 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