Citrus | 12 Episodes | DUB | VRV

Citrus

So, because I gave yaoi anime a try, I figured I should also do the same for the yuri genre. We first gave this a try back in April with the anime Citrus. It wasn’t horrible, so I figured I’d give it a try like I did with the boys. So, without further ado, first up on the list is Netsuzou Trap.

Netsuzou Trap -NTR- | 12 episodes | Sub | VRV

NTR Cover

I’m going to be honest here — this was the only one that I finished. There were 12 episodes and they were 9 minutes each. The whole idea of the story was the two girls in the center are best friends, but the girl with black hair — we’ll refer to them as Pink and Black because I honestly don’t remember their names — is in love with Pink. Pink and Black both have boyfriends, but that’s… complicated. Pink has what I would think of as a “normal” relationship with her boyfriend. She likes him, he likes her, they end up dating and are all “blushy blushy” around each other. Black is only with her boyfriend to say she has one. In exchange for “dating” her, she has to sleep with him pretty much on demand and he hits her if she doesn’t.

Couple

Black starts making moves on Pink under the guise of “I’m helping you practice for your boyfriend”, but as anyone would probably guess, Black is in love with Pink and Pink starts to realize her feelings for Black. The later episodes deal with Pink coming to terms with her feelings for Black, and trying to date her, although — for reasons I didn’t understand — Black keeps turning her down. They do end up together in the end though.

Black and PinkLiar

For this to be a short anime, clocking in at a total of 108 minutes including the intro and outro, it told a pretty decent story. I didn’t like that Pink was cheating on her boyfriend when he liked her so much and was such a nice and considerate guy. She was also cheating with her best friend, who he obviously thought he didn’t have to worry about — which I think makes the whole situation worse — but he never learns that bit of information. He even tries to work things out with her, but when he calls her, she is getting felt up by Black and he can tell that she’s with someone else. Like… honestly. The way she treated him was just wrong. On a personal level, I disagree with cheating altogether and think it’s unforgivable, so watching this was a bit frustrating. It struck me as annoying how no one but the douchebag boyfriend was honest and upfront about how he felt and how things were between him and Black.

He knows

The storyline was pretty basic and predictable, but for a 9 minute short, it was told pretty well when all things are considered.

Sakura Trick | 12 episodes | Sub | VRV

Sakura Kiss
This was the second and last anime that I tried. The reason being, there was literally no story here other than “girls kissing girls”. And if that’s what you’re into — cool. Everyone is entitled to like what they like, and to not have to explain it to anyone. I, however, am not into girls kissing each other to the point where I want to watch a full series of nothing but that. There was no plot to this at all. The main characters had no other goals other than “where are we going to make out today”.

Girls Kissing

Now, I only watched this anime up to the 4th episode — which was really pushing my limits — but I wanted to give it an honest try. I wanted to like it. I wanted to like this genre, but I just didn’t. And here’s why:

There Were Boobs Everywhere

In every episode, in all the anime, there were boob shots and girls kissing in every episode. There were boob shots in places and scenarios that didn’t even make any sense. Prime example: In Sakura Trick, they were at a school meeting for the sports festival and to convince the president that there should be cheerleaders she — you guessed it — popped out her boobs! Like… what? As an owner of a pair of boobs, I can vouch that this is not an appropriate argument! I just felt like my time had been wasted at that point.

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There’s No Plot Other Than Girls Kissing Girls

This was true for ALL the yuri anime I watched and probably the biggest difference between yaoi and yuri that I noticed. It seemed the primary goal of all the anime with girls was to make out and get handsy with each other in inappropriate places. With the guys, there’s so much less of that and when it was there, it was done in more… “tasteful” ways. Now, that’s just an opinion, but I’m allowed to have one. With the guys, I felt there was more build-up to the moment in comparison to the girls, who were kissing each other in the first episode. Granted, my anime watching experience with the girls is limited to the anime you see listed here, but I saw no story elements in these other than the girls making out, or trying to, in some way or another.

Still kissing
Those two points are deal breakers for me for this entire genre. They wouldn’t be so bad if there was more of other things. More story, or more interesting and developed characters, or more relationship to be built up to the kissing or after the kissing. However, there isn’t any of that, that I witnessed. If I’m wrong or just haven’t come across the right anime for the girls, let me know. I’d love to be able to give this a try with better anime. Based on what I’ve seen though, I’m not convinced that this genre has more it to than what I’ve seen already.

Yurikuma Arashi | 12 Episodes | Dub | VRV

Yurikuma Arashi
Side Note: It was recommended that I try Yurikuma Arashi and this… this was even worse because there was nothing but boobs and kissing AND I was confused about everything else. Giant NO!


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So, as we all know, anime has a way of influencing us from time to time, and I am no exception to this. So after watching Wotakoi, Kiss Him Not Me, and No-Rin, which all feature characters that are obsessed with boy love, I decided to give some boy-love anime a try to see what was so great about it.

Narumi

This journey began by accident, honestly. I watched Wotakoi on Amazon Prime Video and one of the suggestions was Hitorijime My Hero. I clicked on it and it had a pretty interesting description. Add to it Narumi’s obsession and there I was — watching my first boy-love anime. This binge review is all about my experience with that, so if you’re not into boys loving boys, feel free to skip this one.

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This past month, I’ve watched a couple different anime. If you listen to our podcast, you’ll have heard me mention these at least once before, but I never got around to do a full review of any of them – my bad. So, instead of trying to make a bunch of tiny posts about them, I figured it would be better to do a review post of everything I watched this month that I haven’t posted about yet. So, without further explanation, let’s do this!

Code: Realize | 12 Episodes | DUB | VRV
Code RealizeCode: Realize was one of the first anime I watched toward the beginning of August. It was entertaining enough overall, but there was so much potential, with not enough follow through, in my opinion. I’m a fan of a good slice of life anime, but I also love action and adventure. When it’s done well, I love anime that touch on all those aspects. I feel like, this anime tried that but failed – it wasn’t really action or adventure or slice of life – it was just… in the middle and nothing at all? It’s hard to explain.

The story is about a girl who has been locked away and is kidnapped by the British army only to be rescued by a gentleman thief. Her body produces a deadly poison due to the horologium implanted in her chest. It keeps her alive, but it also keeps her from getting close to people. She needs special clothing too otherwise, even that will melt at the touch of her skin. She meets up and joins a group that is opposing the British army and crown. The group has the gentleman thief, the mechanic, the rich funder, the scientist (Frankenstein), the fighter (Van Hellsing) and a vampire (Dracula). With such an interesting line up of people, kidnapping, intricate plans, and the threat of the apocalypse, I wanted more from this anime.

Instead I finished the anime feeling a bit let down. The poison girl goes through training, but she never really becomes useful, other than melting locks with her hands. The thief doesn’t steal all that much but we’re supposed to just go along with the fact that he’s a master. Van Hellsing is a vampire hunter who doesn’t want to hunt and Dracula is a whiny kid with no real purpose at all. The fight scenes don’t provide any kind of rush or excitement and is very “stock” to me – sword fights where the heroes leave without a scratch on them. Frankenstein doesn’t invent much more than smoke bombs and to top it all off, the personalities of all these characters are lacking. While they are distinct to each character, they are the same in the first episode as the last.

I feel like this anime would be better suited to a dating game than an animated show. There’s one girl with a bunch of different suitor options who all fall for her (which feels a bit forced) while rescuing her in some strange incident or another and she picks one at the end of the problem to live happily ever after. Saying all that though, I don’t think this anime was bad. Although they stay the same, the characters are interesting; the situations are predictable, but they are entertaining; the winning guy isn’t a surprise, but it is satisfying to see them get together at the end. I wouldn’t recommend this anime, but it’s decent enough to watch if you’re in between anime at the time.

A Sister’s All You Need | 12 Episodes | DUB | VRV
A Sister's All You NeedA Sister’s All You Need is a pretty deceptive anime but, in a good way. It’s like when you see a swimming pool and think it’s only about two feet deep, but then step in just to fall to the bottom of like twenty feet of water. This anime is a lot like that. From the beginning, you sort of peg it for a pervy anime that is just about a weird kid who doesn’t fit in, being weird with no real purpose to his life. Now, this anime is that, but it’s so much MORE than that too.

The main character is a writer who is obsessed with little sisters. All of his stories include them, so he is a bit weird. But the story is about his life as a writer, the ups and downs of being a published author, and his circle of friends who are all just as weird and eccentric as him. They usually meet up at his apartment for drinks and some type of board game. I really liked this anime because, aside from the over-the-top pervy parts, the characters are really relatable. They all hang out together and are genuine friends, but being in the same field of work really pushes them to work harder and do better. They compare themselves to each other and where they are and where they want to be and we see it from every perspective. And there’s one friend who is the “normal” one in college, but she still struggles because she’s not sure what she wants to do with her life, but is surrounded by people already paving the way to their future.

This anime touches on a lot of good stuff in a relatable and entertaining way. It’s funny in spots, unpredictable at times, keeps you interested with just enough amount information when you need it, and is told with the mindset that you’ll understand the motives of the characters without having to have it explicitly stated to you at every turn. There are a lot of subtleties to this anime which I think makes it great. On the surface, it looks silly and pointless, but there is a lot of goodness to be found watching this. It’s a good “finding your place in life now that I’m not in high school” anime. It reminds me of Barakamon, which is that same type of “not high school” vein — although the stories are vastly different.

Love Tyrant | 12 Episodes | DUB | VRV
Love Tyrant

Love Tyrant is interesting, to say the least. I initially thought it would be a reverse anime of Death Note, but I was completely wrong. The anime follows Seiji as he gets a harem he never wanted. An angel of love — a cupid — knocks on his door asking him to kiss someone because if he doesn’t he’s going to die a virgin. Obviously, not being okay with this, he decides to go along with her plan. This ends him up in the center of a love polygon with the most popular girl in school who is also a crazy psycho killer who carries knives, her half-sister who is in love with her, their crazy cousin who just wants to have fun and is sadistic in the worst way, and the angel.

The anime is all about their crazy antics and the weird situations they get into. Akane (the popular girl) is the only girl who actually cares about him, the others are there just to get their kicks really. Guri (the angel) is there to learn what love is, and Yuzu (the little sister) is there to be with Akane. The cousin (Shikimi) is there as an antagonist of sorts to cause trouble for everyone.

The anime is interesting enough, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s silly and pretty pointless and confusing and it gets kind of old pretty quick. Seiji doesn’t really like any of the girls or “choose” one really, so it’s not super satisfying as a harem anime like High School DXD, and it’s not intellectual like Death Note, nor is it super funny or especially entertaining. The characters are unique for sure, but they didn’t appeal to me at all really. I’d classify this anime as nothing more than a time killer, to be honest. The idea is interesting, but… that’s about it.

Kino’s Journey | 12 Episodes | DUB | VRV
Kino's JourneyKino’s Journey is a beautiful adventure and I truly loved every second of it. For starters, Kino’s journey is beautifully animated. I would easily put it on the same level as Ancient Magus’ Bride or right below it. It was gorgeous to look at. I also loved all the characters in this anime.

Kino is on a journey, exploring the world. Spending only 3 days in each country before moving on, it’s just enough time to learn what the city is about. Kino travels with a talking motorcycle (which is rare) and spends time exploring, getting in and out of trouble, and meeting people. Each country is unique with their own quirks and rules and history and ways of living. Watching Kino navigate it is super fun to watch. Kino meets plenty of people and they each have their own story as well — such as the man and his dog who are looking for a home and travel from country to country trying to find a place that works for them.

This anime is great because there’s just enough mystery; just enough interesting characters; just enough of the questions answered; just enough countries travelled to. This anime is like the baby bear’s porridge — just right. It does what I think Code: Realize failed at, it touches on the genres of slice of life, action, adventure, and mystery and does it masterfully so you feel like you got a lot out of the anime in 12 episodes instead of feeling deprived of every genre. I also loved that the characters, while interesting, they all changed slightly from meeting and interacting with each other, but they still had their own motives and flaws. I liked that the flaws were subtle and that they were just people — neither good nor bad.

I would highly recommend Kino’s Journey to anyone. It’s an adventure from beginning to end. It grabs you and takes you along at a pace that’s quick enough to get the point, but slow enough for you to enjoy it. I would watch this anime again and I hope that it’s lucky enough to get a second season. It’s quality anime in a way that you don’t often encounter at random and I’m really glad that I got to watch it.

Well, that’s everything. If you have your own opinions about any of these anime, feel free to drop a comment below!


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