Otoyomegatari- by Kaoru Mori

tiichan_otoyomegatari_chapter_5.otoyomegatari_chapter_5_04-05I am so happy to talk about this manga. Otoyomegatari roughly means the Young Bride’s Story. I had no idea this existed, but it was recommend to me on Goodreads so I though I would give it a chance, and I was not at all disappointed. This is amazing and wonderful, from the stories to the artwork, I loved all of it!

The story focuses on the arranged marriage of twelve year old Karluk and twenty year old Amir. Amir comes from a distant and semi-nomadic mountain clan. She moves to her husbands home and becomes a part of his family. You learn about the everyday family life as Amir and Karluk become closer. The setting takes place place in 19th century Turkic Central Asia prior to a possible Russian attack. The story also focuses on Mr. Smith, and linguistic anthropologist, who used to live with Karluk’s family but must move back to England (because of Russian/English hostilities). As he travels on the Silk Road through to Persia, you here the stories of everyone he meets all of different cultures and religions. All the little stories in between make you fall in love with every character, and allows you to think about the entire area and the mass struggle. The biggest theme tends to be about love, family, and marriage.

Though the story focuses on cultures that have very distinct ideas of gender behaviors, the author included many characters that do not fit these molds of femininity, and they are not ostracized. There are girls who speak their minds, who are demanding and pushy, but their are also those that are sweet and kind, and some that are submissive. The main character is the most fantastic female character. She is a hunter, and a skilled archer. She can survive in the wild, yet she can be clueless at times too. She wants to please her family and would never disobey an authority figure (like her father), but she is so loyal to her new family that she enters into battle and is willing to take down her father in order to protect her young husband. Then you have the awesome array of male characters. Some that are manly, some more delicate, some cruel to their daughters and wives, and most that adore their families. Amir’s brother and male cousins are some of the most loving characters. Though they must obey the orders of the clan, they still find ways to dutifully protect loved ones without straight out voicing their opinions (and being disrespectful). I wish I could say more, so that all of this could make more sense, but I do not want to spoil the story.

The entire story is intricate and full of historical details. The author put in so much effort to learn about all these cultures from that time and to understand how and why people would react to certain situations.  When I first read volume one, I felt like I was reading an anthropological book on central Asian cultures. If you are like me and adore all things cultural, then you will love this manga like no other.


The art is the most amazing part. It is so detailed and designed beautifully. The author put in just as much effort into every element of the art as (s)he does for the elements of the story line. Everything is obsessively complex. The characters are ornately dressed, and the story contains a well established character development. Another wonderful aspect of the art is the vast range in female body types. It has more variety then the average manga, which is always refreshing. There is just one warning. Their is a lot of boob shots through out the story, but the thing is it does not come off as being perverted. It mostly occurs at times where it would culturally happen like in a bathhouse and such. Just please try it out, I highly recommend it.

-Blog Barista

Just look at this

Just look at this

Centaur no Nayami- by Murayama Kei

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Sometimes I have no idea how we stumble upon some of the things we talk about on this site. Seriously, this particular Manga was just accidentally seen today, but I read like 38 chapters in one day. It is actually really cute and well  thought out. The entire plot is also particularly interesting. Let me warn you now that this manga is recommended to readers 16+ and I agree. There is no sex, but they do mention it and boobs are seen many times (never in sexual ways though).

The manga is a slice of life that focuses on a group of high school students. They go through all the normal problems that adolescents go through; questioning their future, struggling with grades, coping with familial problems, making new friends, discrimination and judging, understanding themselves and differences in society, etc. The biggest difference is that the story is set in an alternate universe where humans evolved into different species of magical creatures. The author recreates an entire history for the world that is so intricate and detailed that everything seems plausible. Evolution occurred much like it is believed today, but the initial water creatures had three set of limbs instead of two. This lead to the evolution of centaurs, imps, angels, fawns, satyrs, mermaids, tiger people (extinct), snake people, amphibian people, and longears as human species. And since they are all humans, they can all interbreed with each other. Though they are very different physically, it is supposed to be like our ‘races’ in reality. She made the mermaids have tails that begin at their knees, so they have genitalia (in case you were wondering). The story follows main character Himeno, a high school female centaur, and her friends, family, and schoolmates.

4If I can make any suggestion to help make this a more enjoyable manga, I will tell you to SKIP the first chapter (the one entitled Ch 0). This first chapter sets up the manga in a way that it does not follow afterwards. What I mean is that when you read this chapter you feel uncomfortable and get this feeling that the entire manga will be this weird sexual yuri type thing. I am not sure what caused me to chose to continue reading, honestly I do not know why I continued. I feel so uncomfortable explaining why you would want to skip that chapter. It started out fine, and the problem they have is like a basic problem of pubescent girls (like not understanding your own body), but then it took a turn and friends crossed lines that most friends (even best friends) may not be so willing to do. I found it all weird, but you may not dislike the first chapter as much as I did. I just want to say that the entire manga is so much better then that chapter depicts it.

Another interesting point of this is how the author depicts this world. She shows everything as being cute, innocent, and a little mundane, but there are tiny details that contrast completely with that. Turns out the society is dead set on equality, because history was so full of discrimination, that many small acts and words are considered hate crimes that cause people to be jailed. When the kids go to a school trip, they are accompanied by militaristic soldiers that are armed. They even have magical girls that fight against things like warped democracy, and the magical girls must have one of each of the species in their group and the main character must switch between species each episode. It comes off as almost dictatorial while trying to make a utopia (very creepy). Through out the manga, many chapters come up that have nothing to do with the lives of the main characters, but instead focus on the world and history and the struggle of the species. It gets really deep and intense at points. And aliens, there are aliens that come to the planet too.

The entire thing is very clever, and even though it may have the smallest hints of fanserive, the story is great. If you enjoy slice-of-life, legends/folktale/religions, and well hidden comments on humanity, then READ this manga!

-Blog Barista


Tatami Galaxy- by Tomihiko Morimi

ep3titleI am ready to introduce to you the strangest possible anime I have ever encountered. I have no idea how TheBetterCup stumbled over this jewel, but you know this is one that I am so excited to have found and get to watch. It is wonderful, unique, bizarre, and beautiful. There are few anime that people out side of Japan can see that escapes from the basic molds in plot and characters, but Tatami Galaxy is one of those.

-What is the cartoon about?

How do I explain the plot? The story is about this third year university student that is never named. He went into uni thinking he would have the most idealistic and magical time being super social and doing lots of cool activities, but in freshman year he met a bad egg named Ozu. He ends up having the exact opposite of the social life he imagined, doing crazy almost immoral things that make people hate him. His only other friend is this first year girl named Akashi who he made a promise to (but the promise changes each episode).

-Who are the central characters?

nkdsThe Unnamed Protagonist is a young college student who feels he has wasted about half of his wonderful college years because of bad company. I feel like he is an anti-hero with a tendency to blame others for his bad choices (just stop listening to the demon child and life will be great). He is super straight faced, almost unemotional at times. He comes off as super logical, but proves to be the opposite of how he seems. He is easily manipulated by Ozu to do immoral things that destroy his idealistic college social life, usually Ozu pokes at his emotions to do this, inciting great anger from the protagonist. He is super shy which obviously does not help him in the whole making friends department. The Unnamed Protagonist is the most realistic and ‘normal’ character, but also the most powerless and easily pushed around (like he has no idea what is going on).

hfdbjldOzu is the weird pointy eared, pointy teeth, bad egg that The Unnamed Protagonist ‘befriends’. He seems to represent evil, and actually comes off like a demon that is haunting the protagonist. He is a third year student that is very mischievous messing with everyone’s lives by acting like he is helping but actually making it all worse. Sometimes, Ozu helps the antagonist just to mess with the main character and cause him distress. He is great at manipulating people, mostly our protagonist (first time I saw him I was weirded out by the fact that he blinked and his eyes closed horizontally). He seems all knowing at times and acts as a foil to the protagonist.

djkAkashi is the main love interest and what seems like the sole ‘friend’ to the protagonist. She is very stoic (breaking out of that very rarely), and she comes off as apathetic, but really she is sweet and likes the main character. She is a freshman who has an extreme fear of moths and needs to touch one of her key chains to calm down when feeling anxious (she lost one and the narrator found it, but he does not have the balls to give it back to her). She disagrees with all the bad stuff he and Ozu do, but she always helps him out of a bind. The narrator makes a different promise to her every episode, usually he does not keep it by the end of the episode, but the original promise is to take her out for ramen (which he also struggles to do till the end).

-How is the Artwork?

The art is super weird as far as anime is concerned. It is in a traditional animation style mixed with modern anime style. It is very vibrant with very realistic backgrounds, but it is always colored in a very monochromatic type of way. Only the characters are left white with black outlines, as if they were unfinished. The actual movement is very exaggerated and cartoony.

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-What makes the cartoon awesome? 

There are so many reasons to why this is a good anime. I personally loved the concept and how it was set up. The episodes have a strange deja vu quality. It is very repetitive, changing the social group and promise but always revolving around the same ideas of the protagonist being mad that he was manipulated to be bad, have an non-ideal college life, and having some sort of feelings for Akashi that end in a promise that he fails to keep (until the end that is). Some times the narrator becomes self aware and notices the time loop, breaking the fourth wall. There is a Tatami Galaxy (a universe with many unending halls and rooms type thing) that is a recurring theme, and so lots of weird happenings that make no sense in one episode will be explained in another as if each episode was a different universe, and they connected through those little details. This is full of adult themes like drinking, lust, fetishes, and just being an asshole (but no like explicit scenes so no worries). I also enjoyed how they depicted the characters, who are far from cookie cutter and so very flawed/strange. The protagonist speaks so very fast it makes it all dizzying adding to just how bizarre it all feels. Just try it out, it is so worth a try.

-Blog Barista

Don't you wish you knew what the heck was going on here?

Don’t you wish you knew what the heck was going on here?

Honest Myth:Celtic- Brigid


So I was pinteresting this morning, and I came across this picture of a statue (seen Left). I thought it was so beautiful, and could not help myself as I tried to find out who the subject matter was. Turns out, she is the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Other than the Celts, Brigid was a patron goddess (and later saint) to Britain. Unlike the Celts, the Brits saw her as a warrior maiden and protector of the country.

Brigid, whose name means ‘exalted one’ or ‘bright one’, is a Celtic Trinity Goddess. Sometimes she is said to be three sister goddesses with the same name, but usually she is one single goddess that has a triple aspect. She is the Goddess of three important skills for the Celtic people: Poetry, Smithing, and Healing. As the ‘bright one’, she is connected to fire, sun, and hearth. This is also her connection to Smithing. As the ‘exalted one’, she is connected to high places, like hills and such, and high state of mind, in essence wisdom.Since she is associated with wisdom, she is linked as the Goddess of Poetry and in some cases a Goddess of Art. Wisdom also makes her the Goddess of Healing and that, in turn, makes her the patroness of childbirth. Interestingly enough, she is said to be the daughter of Boann the Goddess of Fertility.

brigidAs a warrior maiden, which is a not a very predominant concept of this Goddess, she is seen as a virgin (much like Athena). But, in most Celtic Mythology, Brigid was a mother to a son with a mortal king (and husband). When her son died in a battle against the Fomorians (a chaotic race similar to the Greek Titans who were considered wild and uncivilized), she was said to be the first to keen, an Irish lamentation that combines weeping and singing. She is also said to be the inventor of whistling. so as to single to people at night as one is traveling.

Brigid is a very important Goddess in Celtic Mythology whose role/position in their ‘pantheon’ evolved becoming very complex. Learn more about her here: http://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigit

-Blog Barista

Anxiety of school starting soon will drive me crazy!

Anxiety of school starting soon will drive me crazy!


Honest Myth:Sumarian- Ningal

Art from the game Forgotten Realms. I could only find one piece of art depicting her in cultural context, but it had such realistic eyes it creeped me out. Instead, I opted for this one because it is an interesting modern rendition. I am not sure who the artist is, the signature says SW.

Art from the game Forgotten Realms. I could only find one piece of art depicting her in cultural context, but it had such realistic eyes it creeped me out. Instead, I opted for this one because it is an interesting modern rendition. I am not sure who the artist is, the signature says SW.

So I have finally come back to the mythological posts. School is going to start soon, and this can no longer be done daily. Even so, I plan to do as many as I can as frequently as I can. Today’s myth revolves around a Goddess that exists in many cultures (Canaanite and Phoenician and Sumerian). She is known as either Nikkal or Ningal the Goddess of Fertility.

Ningal is the Goddess of Fruit and Fertility. She is married to the God of the Moon, whom she refused to marry until he made the whole world fruitful. It has also been said that her father refused the marriage, but was won over when the Moon God presented gifts of lapis lazuli necklaces (a beautiful stone that was the diamond of the culture). The legend says that each night he waters her plants for her and so dew appears in the morning.

Her children vary slightly from culture to culture. For instance, the Phoenician’s believed she had a daughter named Ishtar the Goddess of Love, Lust and War and a son named Shashmah the God of the Sun. While the Sumarian’s believed that she had two daughters: Inanna (equivalent of Ishtar) and Ereshkigal the Goddess of the Underworld.

She is honored as the Goddess to thank during the harvest time of fruits. She is strongly connected to fig, date, olive, and apple trees. In some areas, she was also connected to a variation of nut trees as well.

One of the most famous of Sumerian Laments (sad poetry/music) is the Lament for Ur. The poem describes Ningal weeping after the destruction of her city Ur. In this, she begged Enlil the Lord of Storm not to destroy it, but he does so anyways because the council of Gods decided that Ur had stood long enough and had to end.

 If you wish to learn more check out: http://www.thaliatook.com/OGOD/nikkal.html

-Blog Barista

Intense Introduction

Intense Introduction

Kuragehime- by Akiko Higashimura

Kuragehime_vol01_CoverI have been wanting to write this post for so long. Finally I have the chance to write about Kuragehime, and I have no idea how to start. I just have so many things I want to say. So I will begin with this statement: I adore Kuragehime and it is now officially my second favorite Romance Manga (kicking out Iroha in my Top Ten*). We found the manga by mistake. TheBetterCup found the first manga cover on pinterest and then we watched the anime. I loved it so much that I read the first 57 Chapters of the manga in about 4 days. The story is fantastic, and I love the characters. The entire thing is unique, mostly because the author is weird. She writes about these characters with obsessions (that make them Otaku) and how they struggle to fit in society. She understands how these character feel about the obsessions because she is like this. The truth is, anyone who is part of a fandom is like this and can relate to the characters (I am like this and so is TheBetterCup). That is why the characters are so likable. On top of that, how often is there a story where you root for a crossdressing university student to end up in a romantic relationship with dorky NEET that is obsessed with jellyfish. But let me not get to far ahead of myself, let me explain the plot line first.

*Refrencing this: http://www.espressocomsaudade.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/top-favorite-romance-manga/

illustration-jellyfish-kuragehime-princess-jellyfish-Favim.com-372422Kuragehime (Jellyfish Princess) is a story that focuses on these otaku women that live in an all girls apartment building. They are all super obsessed with ‘nerdy’ hobbies, and all of them struggle to fit into society. They even have anxiety being around so called ‘normal’ and ‘fashionable’ people (I feel for them. Anyone who is into something that is not a typical hobby that fits gender or age or cultural norms). Anyways, the main character accidentally befriends a young boy who is the illegitimate son of a 51olklpolitician, fashion enthusiast, and cross-dresser. Together they struggle to keep Amamizukan (the apartment of the women NEETS) from being demolished in a redevelopment plan while keeping the other girls from learning that he is actually a guy and not a girl. There is a distinguishable plot, and yet it also succeeds at being lighthearted. It can venture off that main problem to the characters’s personal problems very smoothly. It also shows that most people have obsessions (like the boy has one with fashion), and they tend to be very important to the characters (many of them have strong feelings about these obsessions because of their bonds with their mothers).


kurage11Tsukimi Kurashita is the protagonist of the manga. She is an 18 year old otaku (youngest one of the girls in Amamizukan), who moved to Tokyo to become an illustrator. She is obsessed with jellyfish, and that obsession was influenced by her deep love for her deceased mother. She is awkward, nerdy, and shy. Social interactions scare her and she struggles to break out of her comfort zone when it comes to how she dresses (she just feels like she could never be as beautiful as other girls). I love her. She is super petite, but with a figure that is more akin to the average 18 year old. She is not tall, super thin, with angular features and all leg. Instead she is short, slightly boxy, and with a relatively rounder face. (As a 19 year old, I felt like I could relate with her in body type, and social anxieties, and nerdy obsessions). Sometimes I wished she could be more open minded to fashionable people (I feel like the Amars or Otaku ladies treated fashionable people badly when they should understand how that is wrong), but she is still lovable. When she dresses in clothing other than sweatpants, she is actually really cute.


Kuranosuke Koibushi is the male love interest to Tsukimi, and second protagonist. He is a university student and illegitimate son of a politician. He enjoys cross dressing (so as to avoid his obligations of becoming a politician) and has an obsession with fashion that is also rooted in his love for his mother (who is not deceased but is no longer part of his life). He finds Tsukimi interesting and begins to befriend her and the Amars. He tries the hardest to save Amamizukan. He is very popular with women both as a handsome male and a fashionista, and comes from a very rich household.


So the manga and the anime are very similar in the art style. At first I was not sure how I felt, but when I read the manga I actually fell in love with the drawing style. It is unique and beautiful. The characters are varied in body shape and looks, and I love the lips being drawn on (instead of straight lines for mouths). The best part is how reactive the expressions are.

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Princess Jellyfish - Shu escapeOver all this is one of the nicest manga I have read. I feel it is well balanced in humor, drama, love, and development. I find the author to be very talented and natural. The idea of the plot is super unique and the story is enjoyable. Like Say I Love You, this is more realistic and focuses on actual anxieties and problems of young people (virginity is a major theme). The difference is that Say I Love You is more serious, while Kuragehime uses humor while showing all these problems. It tells a lot about society by showing that the obsessive nerd characters can be just as judgmental as the ‘normal’ characters, and that the judgmental ‘normal’ characters can be just as obsessive as the nerds. I recommend this josei manga so very much and it has won a new place in my heart. The anime is good too. It only has 11 episodes, and for about 7-8 of those episodes, it follows manga exactly.

-Blog Barista

How can anyone be mean to this face?!

How can anyone be mean to this face?!

Top Ten Japanese Songs (that are not rock)


 So finally we have completed our Magical Girl Marathon. It was so much fun and a little saddening that it is over. Sorry if we missed any favorites, we tried for variety and to point out popular ones (and some unknown ones). Anyways, today I wanna talk about some Japanese songs we like. The truth is, my sister and I have always had lots of Japanese songs on our Ipods (our family finds us super weird), but I know that many people out their like to listen to songs that are not their culture too. So with out any more delay, let us tell you each of our five top songs (total of ten). I hope you find a new song or artist to love.

-Blog Barista

5. Go! Go! Maniac by Houkago Tea Time

 So I don’t know anyone one who dislikes K-on!, but even if you are not a huge fan you have to admit that the music is pretty good. K-on! is an anime about four random girls who join the light music club at their high school. They play instruments, while acting silly. Pretty much the entire plot of the show, but its enjoyable. I think they are pretty catchy, but this one takes the cake for my favorite. Its an up beat, heart pumpin’ song and I adore Yui’s voice. Its cute, but doesn’t exactly sound like the “general” female Japanese singer. It seems almost scratchy sounding.

4. Trouble Maker by Arashi

 Arashi has been the biggest J-pop boy band in Japan for years (hell almost two decades), and I even remember listening to “Sakura Sake” (man that song plays and I bust out singing). Well to me their best song is definitely “Trouble Maker,” which here is the link to there music video (http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/Arashi—Troublemaker/2db33035cfdef25ef6930ad012c3230e). It is a playful song, topped the charts in 2010, and is the theme song for the drama Tokujo Kabachi!!. I love this song for the same reason I like GO! GO! Maniac!, it is up beat. When they ask “Are you ready?” I just wanna scream “yes!” at the top of my lungs. Watching the silliness in the music video and listening to the song only ever puts me in a good mood. (Do it! Do it!)

3. Yume no Hana by Nojima Kenji

Y’all know (based on a previous post) that Kaichou wa Maid-sama is one of my favorite manga. I never watched the anime, but I own all the songs. It was hard picking my favorite from them, but I finally came to the conclusion that Yume No Hana is the best. The song is also up beat (see a trend here?), and I wish that the the singers were actually a real band, but sadly they are not :(.

2. An Invitation to Me by JP

 Shirokuma Cafe (Polar Bear Cafe) is definitely one of my all time favorite anime. When it comes to anime I like lighted shows the most. I can only deal with one of two shows that make me, as Dumbledore puts it, “care so much [I] feel as though [I] will bleed to death from the pain of it”. It is about the lives of a panda bear and the friends he makes at a cafe owned by a polar bear. Its an easy show with an up beat song about food and cafes. I just love this song for having a cute theme and sound, but a male singer singing (with a nice voice to boot). It kind of reminds me of Owl City’s music (like twinkly stars and a techno beat), but with a Japanese flare.

1. Kimi no Kirei ni Kizuite Okure by Sambomasters

 Sambomasters are my favorite Japanese band. I fell in love with them when I heard their song Seishun Kyousoukyoku, which is one of the openings of Naruto, but Kimi no Kirei ni Kizuite Okure gets the spot for number one because of its lyrics. Their music is alternative/power/indie pop/rock (its a mix) and are very calm songs that just get you pumped at the same time. This one in particular I found while watching Princess Jellyfish (one of our all time favorite manga, but the BlogBarista will write a post about it), and, when I heard it at the end of episode 1, I filled because its just so beautiful. The lyrics are literately “I want you to realize the fact that you are beautiful,” “You are very beautiful and I just wanted to tell you this,” and “As I have my feelings for you, please realize that you are beautiful.” This song is about not hating who you are, but realizing that you are beautiful inside and out. This is a song you listen to that moves you and picks you up when you are down. I can’t express just how emotionally this song moves me, but Takashi Yamaguchi’s voice exudes with emotion, and if you like this song you will probably love all of their songs.


5. Most Fortissimo by Kenichi Suzumura

 This is one of two songs that I just LOVED from Uta no Prince-sama, and one of the hardest songs to find on Youtube. Being the case, this particular video is a higher pitch then it should be, but close enough (just know that the actual singer has this silky deeper voice). This song is great because it is this fast pace piano that sounds slightly jazzy. Just listen to how great the song is, and you will understand.

4. Science Girl Science Boy

 I found this song by accident while searching through BabyMetal from same company (Google them if you never heard of them, super different). The group sings songs that has lyrics about science, and this one is more specifically themed around chemistry (which is my intended major). Like most of the songs that are my choice this song is very soft and has a whispering sound to it. It is a pop techno mix and like most songs it is about love. The music video is really nerdy and cute, and I just loved it.

3. Yakusoku No Kizuna by Risa Taneda, Minori Chihara, and Yuri Yamaoka

 So this song is just amazing. It comes from the anime Kyoukai no Kanata. I have yet to watch it, but it is on my list for ones to review. The actual voice actresses of the three female characters sing this song for one episode where they destroy a demon by being pop idols (sounds dumb but it is actually really nice). If you watch the clip from the episode you also get to see the two male characters be back up dancers which is funny (Hiroomi looks so sassy). The song is wonderful. There is like this one genre in Japanese music that is hard to place. It sounds pop like with elements of rock and this motivational excitement. This song matches that genre to the ‘t’. I really love it, and it is also so catchy.

2. Koko Dake no Hanashi by Chatmonchy

I am new to Chatmonchy, this song from an awesome anime that I have yet to talk about but is definitely one of my top Shojo Manga now. Chatmonchy is a two piece indie rock band with all female members. They are quirky, with their own sort of strange style. The singer has a soft, high pitch, very girly voice that has so much strength to it. She is accompanied by heavy electric guitar and drums that never seem to cover her voice. I mostly love how her voice fluctuates and becomes so playfully high at some points.

1. Slow Dance by Suneohair

 My number one favorite song has to Slow Dance by Suneohair. He debuted in 1999, but I found him last year through this song. This is the ending theme for the anime of Say I Love (whose manga I adore). Anyways the song is soft and beautiful. It is accompanied by drums and electric guitar that do not take over the song or drown out the singer. His voice is weird, even has a strange ‘twang’ to it, but all of it comes together so wonderfully. It has an indie feel to it, and if you like this almost delicate style that Suneohair has Google his song Waltz, it is also very beautiful.

I hope you enjoyed!

-Blog Barista

Time to get down and DANCE!

Time to get down and DANCE!

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha- by Masaki Tsuzuki


When it comes to magical girls, there are few who are as well known as Nanoha. I see it as a trinity of the most famous magical girls: you have the one directed at girls the goddess of magical girl’s Sailor Moon, you have the one directed at young men the innocent yet not super girly Nanoha, then you have the one directed at old men the fucked up story of Madoka. I first watched this anime in the 2nd year of high school, and then I completely forgot about it. My initial thought is that the style is not very aesthetically pleasing, but as I re-watched and paid more attention to the plot I learned that the main character is a third grader with lots of panty shots (more tastefully done then most of our 80’s counterparts yet still displeasing).

What is this anime about?

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Though I said that the art is not cute. this one scene was perfection. I feel like the artists were lazy the entire time, and then BAM they put in a lot of effort at one small point.

The story follows Nanoha as she becomes mixed up with an archaeologist from a parallel world. Yuno needs her help to collect twenty one Jewel Seed, ancient artifacts that prove to be dangerous when they come in contact with living beings causing them to become monsters. One day, Yuno becomes badly hurt while fighting one monster and transforms into a ferret. Nanoha finds him and takes him to a veterinarian for medical aid. He sees that she has a strong talent with magic and requests her help. Together they gather Jewel Seeds as Nanoha continues to live her ordinary little girl life.

Who are the central characters?


Nanoha Takamachi: Nanoha is the brunette in the for front of the picture that sports pigtails. She is the protagonist and titular character of the anime series. Nanoha is your normal everyday nine year old that goes to elementary school. She lives with her parents and two older siblings. Her only problem in her life is that she feels distant and directionless. She always feels like a third wheel (her parents focus on each other, her older siblings are closer to each other and not so much with her, and even her two friends are better friends with each other), has no close friend, and has no idea what she wants in life (she is only nine though so I do not see why she worries about this one). Anyways when she meets Yuno, Nanoha learns that she has a special aptitude with magic. Nanoha is a typical sweet third grader. She is dense, trusting, and innocent. Yet she also proves to be supportive, insightful, and diplomatic heroine. One of her more unique characteristics is her ability to be understanding of other characters (instead of just falling into the Misunderstandings that come up in the over dramatic magical girl plot line).

Yuno Scrya: Yuno is the little blonde boy in the back of the picture. He is a magical humanoid from a parallel world called Midchilda. He is nine years old and works as an archaeologist (duh). He recruits Nanoha’s help to collect the Jewel Seeds. Yuno is super responsible for a nine year old. He is very reliable and level head.

Fate Testarossa: Fate is the second main protagonist (like a second magical girl) who is also Nanoha’s rival for most of the series. At the end she becomes Nanoha’s friend. She has a very sad back story that i will not tell for fear of ruining the story. She is searching for the Jewel Seeds to give to her mother for certain purposes. She is the serious, quiet, lonely, mature, and super beautiful character (that is like the mold for the rivals in magical girls). Fate is kind of naive sometimes, and tends to be a little shy so she hides behind her toughness. At first she dislikes Nanoha, but slowly opens up (of course) revealing her kindness and protectiveness.

Arf/Alph: The tall red head in the back. Arf is the familiar of Fate. She is very loyal and the only freind Fate had. zshe is protective of Fate, can use teleportation powers,and can communicate telepathically. She is a puppy/wolf from the world Midchilda. She almost died with a disease and was saved by Fate.

How is the art?

I would describe the art as ugly and bad. Now do not get me wrong, this is part is completely based on opinion, I just do not find this style pleasing aesthetically. The characters are those thicker kinds, with huge eyes that are too big for the face and placed too low on the face, with mouths to high up, and ridiculous hair. I know they are little girls but they do not look like third graders, they look more like they are in eighth grade (which maybe would have been a better idea). Every once and a while the art changes and becomes super nice, which is why I think that the whole thing could have been better. My biggest complaint in the art is the hair off the characters. All the characters have the exact same fringe where the bangs stick out on the side. It is extremely generic, unoriginal, and unrealistic (not to mention the fact that there are way to many Japanese third graders depicted with colorful hairstyles. That would never happen in real life). But you should be the judge for yourself.

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What was awesome?

My final thoughts concluded to be a little more positive then what I expected. The plot is different and very intricate which is always great. The transformation was interesting and unlike any other magical girl thus far. Many consider it to be one of the better transformations, but I disagree. I hate the panty shots, mostly because she is only eight or nine years old and that is fucking sick and disturbing to see fanservice like that, but it is not alarmingly out there and disgustingly ridiculous like many others. I would just like a round of applause for the character designer, who some how created the one magical girl whose outfit covers her entire body (with out it being body hugging clothes) and yet still finds a way to try and sexualize her. I will leave you on a serious note. Though I was not a fan of the panty shots, character design, or art style in general; the story is still incredibly unique and many people loved it. The only way you can possibly know if it is good is if you watch and be your own judge.

-Blog Barista

This is what true fabulous looks like... only Pewds knows how it feels

This is what true fabulous looks like… only Pewds knows how it feels

Sugar Sugar Rune- by Moyoco Anno


Sorry these are coming late, but here’s the 25th magical girl anime, Sugar Sugar Rune. Off the bat I can say it is a cute show, and it is not entirely the typical magic girl. The plot seems basic at first, but becomes intricate with drama and good guys turning bad, and so are the characters. Ironically the witch type of magic they use is unique as most magic girls don’t use what westerners traditionally consider magic. All in all, I don’t like it, but I don’t hate it either.

What is the anime about?

11The Magical World is having their crowning ceremony where the future queen is chosen between two young witch candidates. To determine who will be queen they send the witches to the Human World where they compete to collect the hearts of boys. The one who has the most by the end of the competition is the winner. This time the two candidates are not only best friends, but also complete and total opposites, Chocolat Meilleure (daughter of a former competitor from the last competition) and Vanilla Mieux (daughter of the current queen). Aided by a guardian/pop idol, Rockin Robin, and their furry companions, they first set out to collect hearts, but they soon realize that they have many other things to deal with. An evil king named Glace, mysterious boys, and a friendship strained by rivalry. Yup drama bombs.

Heart Rankings

So the girls collect these stones, which house the emotions someone feels towards another thing. Doing so tends to dull the intensity of that emotion in a person; however, if it is strong a second heart appears instantaneously. The Magical world uses these gems as an energy source. Each type of heart varies in emotion/strength/color.

Yellow/jaune is surprise and the lowest heart.

Orange is infatuation.

Green/vert is friendship.

Blue is respect.

Rainbow is amusement

Pink/Rose is limerence (romantic attraction with an obsessive need to have their feelings reciprocated).

Purple/violet is forbidden love.

Red/rouge is passionate love.

Black/noir is hatred/jealousy/fear.

White/blanc is a purified noir heart and is used to turn familiars into their former forms.

Who are the central characters?


Chocolat Meilleure [In French, meilleure is comparative form of the word ‘good’ so when translated it becomes ‘better’]

❤ Extroverted, aggressive, energetic, forceful, and tomboyish, Chocolat is the most popular witch in the Magical World. She expects to be just as loved in the Human World, but her intimidating nature causes all the boys to fear her (yet her personality lets her become close friends with boys rather then a love interest). She is never afraid of creepy crawlies or snakes, and she introduces herself by threatening to kick anyone’s ass if they cross her. She has a caring and loyal personality (like all magical girl protagonists) and always encourages Vanilla, but she acts as if she does not and is prideful. Her familiar is Duke, and her mom is Cinnamon (there is a huge wtf moment when you learn who is her father).

Her spell is Sugar Sugar Rune! Choco-Rune!


Vanilla Mieux [In French, mieux is comparative form of the word ‘well’ so when translated it becomes ‘better’]

❤ Vanilla is the opposite of Chocolat and the second candidate to be the next witch. She is extremely shy, gentle, sensitive, and kind, but because of how timid she is if she is nervous and scared she immediately starts crying and is a bit clumsy. She is organized, intelligent, compassionate, and cute so she is very popular among boys in the Human World (not so much in the Magical World, which is not good for her, since she is the current princess). Compared to Chocolat Vanilla is very dutiful, but at one point she does start to feel insecure and inferior to Chocolat, which leads to a lot of drama involving the Ogre Kingdom. Her familiar is Blanca, and her mom is Candy. Her love interest is Houx.

Her spell is Sugar Sugar Rune! Vani-Rune!


Pierre Tempete de Neige

❤ The most popular boy in school, handsome, and the president of the student council, we all know that this is Chocolat’s romantic interest. He’s captain of the fencing club and tennis club, and he as a fanclub of crazy, mean middle school girls. He, however, has a cold heart and is quite mysterious, nonchalant, and uptight. He also proves to be the basic tsundere, as he slowly reveals his feelings. He is involved in most of the drama, and his past is part of a huge plot twist, so I cannot say anything else without giving away something important.


Duke and Blanca

❤ Duke is Chocolat’s familiar and a frog. He is laid back with a “go with the flow” attitude. He isn’t very helpful, but he does have an extensive knowledge on hearts. He has an intense rivalry with Blanca, and he is also a giant flirt. There is a plot twist with him, revealing his past and some important familial ties. Blanca is Vanilla’s familiar and a sassy mouse. She can be snobbish and mean as she teases others, but she is really loyal to Vanilla. She really wants Vanilla to win and will do anything, even cheat. Her story is not as important to the story of the show, so I don’t mind revealing a little bit. She was once a witch, who lost her heart to a human (she fell in love), so as punishment she became a familiar.


Cinnamon Meilleure and Candy Mieux

❤ These are the mothers of Chocolat and Vanilla. I will say nothing here, except that they were previous Queen candidates. From the start we get that Candy is selfless, caring, and a great queen. Little is known of Cinnamon (without ruining the story). Just keep an eye out for them and their story.


Houx and Soul (their names are the french words for holy and willow)

❤ They are twin brothers who are also childhood friends with Chocolat and Vanilla. Both have a crush on Chocolat, even though Vanilla likes Houx. They both go to the Human World to protect the girls. They are brash, brave, and always getting into trouble.


Rockin’ Robin

❤ Chocolat and Vannila’s guardian in the Human World. He is a pop idol, and steals the hearts of his fans during his concerts. He seems rude and straight forward, but he does have a caring heart. He’s also over 6000 years old.

How is the artwork?

The art is definitely cute and a bit unique. The eyes are enormous, the chins are thin and pointy, the legs and arms are long, and the outfits are extravagant. Its obviously a shoujo with lots of pink.

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What makes this awesome?

The manga is better then the show, with a lot more drama. The magic reminds me of the western version of witches you think of during Halloween. Another unique aspect of the show is that the girls’ hearts can become black, when they fall into “despair,” and their hearts can be saved. Its like a nicer version of Madoka.


Ahhhh summer :)

Ahhhh summer 🙂

Episode 1:

Nanatsuiro Drops- by Tamaki Ichikawa


Nanatsuiro Drops came out in 2007, when I was somewhere in middle school. It was an anime where I watched the first episode and then completely forgot about it till now. It was not that the story was bad, but as cute as it seems, the animation style still bothered me too much as a kid. Now that I grew up a little, that does not bother me at all. Its a cute story and the 24th magical girl in our marathon (which is slowly coming to a close).

What is the anime about?


One day, Masaharu, a young student, bumps into a strange figure. A potion of his is accidentally swapped with Masaharu’s soda, and when he drinks it he finds himself transformed into stuffed animal sheep. Each night he becomes the stuffed animal and to be able to return to normal, Masaharu must collect seven stardrops with help from a magical girl partner. He soon discovers that his fated partner is a new classmate, and he cannot give away his identity or else he will be stuck forever (the plot set up sounds dumb the way I explained it, but it is actually really interesting).

Who are the central characters?



Masaharu Tsuwabuki: Masaharu is the main protagonist of the series. He is a glasses wearing male student who has difficulty being social (even going so far as to stop talking to his own friends). He is the one who mistakenly drinks a potion instead of soda and transforms into a stuffed lamb. He is very quiet and easily persuaded.


Sumomo Akihime: Sumomo (pink haired girl in the center) is the magical girl of the series and the love interest of the protagonist. She becomes a Steller Spinner to help Yuki (Aka Masaharu as a lamb) return to his home land. She is supposed to be the cute, sweet, shy girl that cries a lot. But she is not a whiny cry baby, but an emotional person who freaks out about everything and deals with problems by crying. Personally she came off as really annoying (though sometimes cute), and a little weak. Since this a magical girl anime, I bet she resolves this by maturing as she quests for stardrops, but I did not finish the entire story so I am not sure how much she grows.

Nadeshiko Yaeno: Nadeshiko (black haired girl to the right), also known as Nako-chan, is Sumomo’s best friend. She is observant, over protective, violent, and angry (but not to Sumomo). She looks out for her shy, cry baby friend and acts kind of like a sister.

Nona Yuki: Nona (blue haired girl to the left) is a Steller Spinner from the magical world. At first she is a friendly rival to Sumomo, and later they become friends. She starts going to school with them so as to learn the human culture. She is reserved, mature, quiet, and intelligent (but struggles to understand much of the human world).

How is the artwork?

This is super cute and colorful. My only problem are the huge eyes of the girls that look like they are misplaced on their faces, but that seems to be characteristic in older, light novel based anime that depict little girls. Obviously the artists are really striving for young and innocent.

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What makes this awesome?

This anime is a light novel that was aimed more at young male readers, so it does tend to have some soft fanservice (mostly emphasizing the girls’s innocence and child like behavior/personality). I personally do not like that he looks like he is in high school but all the girls look like grade-schoolers, but the fanservice is not enough to be down right annoying. Since this was intended for a male audience, it does have a different perspective on the magical girl anime tropes. This has a unique plot, that could have been taken into deeper levels, and has a male protagonist (not the sole case, but the only one we have mentioned thus far). Most noticeable is the fact that a human classmate becomes the magical creature that accompanies the girl. All in all, it is worth a shot to see if you like it. I personally did not, neither did TheBetterCup, but you may.

-Blog Barista


Sassy Magical Boy

Sassy Magical Boy… I want to BE him

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Twin Princesses of the Wonder Planet- by Shogo Kawamoto


The 23rd magical girl anime will be one that has been floating in my computer for about 5 years. At the end of my eighth grade year, I came across this cute picture of a pink haired girl dancing, and I shit you not that I actually saved this picture and used it on high school projects. I still have the damn picture (I could never bring myself to delete it, even when I bought a new computer). It was a week ago that I finally found out who the hell she was. She is from Twin Princesses of the World Planet, and I am finally able to rest in peace.

What is the anime about?

ppppppppppInside of the Mysterious Star (more like a meteor) there are seven kingdoms: the Sunny Kingdom, the Flame Kingdom, the Moon Kingdom, the Jewelry Kingdom, the Water Drop Kingdom, the Seed Kingdom, and the Windmill Kingdom; however, the Sun’s Blessing, which illuminates the kingdoms and is in the Sunny Kingdom, is dieing and will disappear in a year. Once this happens, everything in the star will be covered in darkness and die as well. The most unprincess princesses in this star, the Twin Princesses, are given power of Prominence by Princess Grace to investigate why the Sun’s Blessing is in decline and save it. Yet, someone steals the power and unleashes an even greater evil.

Who are the central characters?


Sunny Kingdom

So the main protagonists are Twin Princesses, Fine and Rein, of the Sunny Kingdom. They are reckless, refuse to study, and are always running around and tripping on nothing. Because of this they are known as the most unprincess-like princesses in the history of the star, but their flawed characters prove that anyone can be a princess as long as they have caring hearts. Fine is the pink one with pigtails (she looks like her mom, Queen Elsa). She likes sports, is afraid of ghosts, and eats a lot (she reminds me of Sailor Moon). She is also a horrible dancer, but a great sister and cares a lot about others. It is interesting to see the “pink girl” as sporty and scared, which shows that the characters are not as basic as some in other shows. Rein is the blue haired princess (she looks like her father, King Truth), but even though she is the “boy” color I was surprised to see that she did not get the basic role as “pink girl’s tomboy second in command.” She loves fashion and dressing up, choosing to wear elaborate accessories. She is also the boy crazy one, having a huge crush on Prince Bright, the idol of the star. Rein is the brave and adventurous one between the two girls, preferring to run towards the unknown, but she always tries to come up with intelligent and positive solutions. They are both 13 years old.

Poomo (floating fairy above babies in right corner) is the magical creature meant to help the twins. He is kind, loyal, and serious. He also tends to be sassy towards the girls, but he cares a lot for them.

Flame Kingdom

The main characters from the Flame Kingdom are Princess Lione (orange haired girl with white ears) and Prince Tio (little boy with white ears, blonde hair, and red outfit). In the first episode you learn that Lione is scared of dancing in public, and will do anything to get out of it. She gains confidence and learns to smiles more, which is why she got the title of the smile princess. She also supports everything Fine and Reine do, putting a lot of trust in them. She appears to be around the same age as them. Her younger brother Tio spends most of the time trying to protect Rein and Fine, and he idolizes Prince Shade.

Moon Kingdom

Princess Milky (right corner, pink hair, yellow dress, crescent tiara) is 2 years old and travels on floating stars. She speaks entirely with her “babu” talk, yet her brother and Fine can understand her. She also is a glutton, eating everything in her path. Her brother is Prince Shade (15 year old, purple haired prince behind Rein), and he takes the persona Eclipse. Eclipse is cool/calm, but cold and looks a little like Indiana Jones (whip and all). As Prince Shade he acts gentle and kind, but that is just to live up to expectations. He is really smart, doing things practically. At first he is an enemy, but later they work together, and even later he becomes a love interest for Princess Fine.

Jewelry Kingdom

The royal children in this country are Prince Bright (blonde 15 year old prince behind Fine) and Princess Altezza (8 year old blonde princess in front row with big puffy hair). Prince Bright is your gentleman, kind to all the princess, and the super idol of the star. He also adores his sister dearly, is a very talented swordsman, and has a huge crush on Fine. At first he was suspicious of Eclipse, but eventually treats Shade as a brother. He also becomes Rein’s love interest (thank god too, because she was all googly eyed and Fine did not like him like that). His sister Altezza is a talented princess, but at first she seems really selfish and spoiled. In reality she is super kind, but is afraid to show that. She loves jewelry, like Milky or Fine likes eating, and, though she is talented in everything princess-like, she sucks as art. She eventually develops feelings for Auler, Prince of the Windmill Kingdom.

Water Drop Kingdom

There are two children from the Water Drop Kingdom, Princess Mirlo (Top row, all the way to the right, honey colored hair, brown ears, purple eyes, water like crown) and Prince Narlo (right hand corner, baby with blue and white outfit next to Milky). Narlo is 1 years old, and he has a crush on Milky. Mirlo is 10 years old, wants to be an artist, but is afraid to speak up (mostly due to her strict mother). She is very kind, and learns to speak up for what she wants sometimes.

Seed Kingdom

There are 11 identical girls and one boy in this kingdom. What is cute is that the eleven girls have names that match the Japanese numbers: Ichele (ichi), Nina (ni), Saya (san), Shiyon (shi), Gorchel (go), Loloa (roku), Nursya (nana), Harney (hachi), Quarry (kyu), Julia (jue), and Joiner (jue ichi). The Prince’s name is Solo (get it), but because they are secondary characters they don’t have much personality past kind and friendly.

Windmill Kingdom

Prince Auler (blue/greenish haired prince, top row all the way to the left with white and pink floppy ears) is the eldest child from the Windmill Kingdom. We see very little about him, but we learn that he is kind, a joker, romantic, and eventually falls for Altezza. His younger sister, Princess Sophie (to his right and looks somewhat like him), is the innocent character. Even though her rival kingdom is the Jewelry Kingdom, she still likes Altezza a lot. She is the kindest character in this entire show, willing to do anything to help others.

How is the artwork?

This is your cute show like Doremi and Comet. I do want to say, however, that even though it looks simple the show is really smooth and exaggerated with expression and movement. If you pay attention even characters in the background have ridiculous yet appropriate reactions, which shows that the artists pay attention to detail. I also like that this is the first one I have seen where the queen is pretty, but the King is also very handsome (usually he is a short, balding old man).

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What makes this awesome?

It is really lighthearted, the twins are hilarious, and I like that this has nothing to do with Earth, but some weird star world, which is different. The fact that the main characters are not like the usual and are unprincess-like tells the viewers that anyone can be a princess, which is a nice message. The show is very topsy turvy in my opinion.


Twin Princess-Fine

The plague of my childhood…

Pretear- by Junichi Sato

Shin.Shirayukihime.Densetsu.Pretear.full.1293414I saw this anime a long time ago when it first came out on crunchyroll. At first I was so excited for it, but the first episode was boring and I soon fell out of watching it. The story, though, is definitely unique and the concept new. Himeno and her Leafe Knights are a fresh addition to the magical girl genre, and to be honest this is not a bad anime. Even though I did not love it off the bat, the anime is actually really good mostly if you like romantic comedies full of drama. Oh and a reverse harem.

What is the anime about?

Shin.Shirayukihime.Densetsu.Pretear.full.1294654Himeno, a high school girl, tries to adjust to her new life after her father remarries to a rich woman. She feels out of place struggling to feel like belongs. On her way to school one day, she meets seven young men known as the Leafe Knights. They explain to her that the red snow that began to fall on the city was actually caused by the Princess of Disaster. She plans to absorb all the life energy, called Leafe, from the town (and later the world), and that they need her to become the legendary warrior Pretear and help them defeat her. (Pretear seems to be magical girls who absorb the Leafe knights and use their powers to fight. The Leafe knights are the essences of certain elements, so the Pretear gain elemental powers). She later learns that the Princess of Disaster was a former Pretaer who, through a number of circumstances, fell into anguish that caused her powers to become evil.

Who are the central characters?

HimenoPretearSoundHimeno Awayuki: Himeno is the protagonist and titular character of the anime. She is a sixteen year old girl whose father remarried, after the death of her mother, to a very rich woman. She has a hard time adjusting to her new high class lifestyle and new family (who do not seem to accept her). One day she meets the Leafe Knights who ask her to help them defeat the Princess of Disaster by becoming a Pretear. Her personality is that of the basic magical girl package. She is kind, good hearted, courageous, hard worker, and stubborn, but with a good moral compass.

TakakoLookFenrir the Princess of Disaster: Takako now known as Fenrir was the Pretear before Himeno, who became evil after certain circumstances occurred. Her goal is to suck all the Leafe from the world, there by destroying it. I cannot say much else with out ruining the basis of the plot line. Just know that she is mixed in deep with the driving drama of the story. The reason she became evil also begins to occur to Himeno so that is also a part of the drama. TheBetterCup thinks the situation is pretty dumb and not a good reason to turn evil, but it works for the magical girl genre.

pretear-screenshot-001Leafe Knights: The seven Leafe Knights are the immortal beings who meant to protect Leafe (earth’s energy source) with the help of the Pretear. They each have control over a different element, and when absorbed by Himeno, give her different powers/abilities and weapons. Hayate (the black haired one in the center with a blue outfit) is the Leafe Knight of the wind and gives Himeno a Wind Sword to fight. He is angry and does not get along with her at first. So, obviously he is her love interest. Sasame (the white haired one with white clothing in the bottom right corner) is the Leafe Knight of Sound. He has the ability to make shockwaves out of sound. In the manga he is a flirt, but in the anime he is serious, mature, quiet, and (get this) a great listener. Himeno uses sonic arrows when transformed with him. Go (the red head with red clothing at the end) is the Leafe Knight of Fire who can throw balls of fire. He is the tough, hot-headed one who mostly looks after the younger knights. He gives Himeno the ability to use a fire ax. Kei (dark skinned one with blonde hair at the left) is the Knight of Light. He throws balls of light and gives Himeno the ability to utilize chakrams of light. He is a narcissist in the anime, but in the manga he was direct/straight forward (like Spock!). Mannen (the shorter white haired boy in the middle) is the eldest of the group of kid Knights. He is the knight of Ice who can freeze stuff and gives Himeno the weapon of an ice beam cannon. He is the clever trouble maker of the group who can be spiteful, disobeys, and is really childish at times. Hajime (the short orange haired little boy) is the Leafe Knight of Water. he has the ability to make whips out of water and gives Himeno the use over water flails. He is the second youngest. Lastly there is Shin (blonde boy with the hat) the Leafe Knight of Plants. He creates containment feilds to protect the world from their battles and seals evil demons. He is the youngest and acts like a crybaby child. She never transforms with him in the anime.

How is the artwork?

The anime is from the early 2000s (it came out 2001) so the art is very much like the 90s magical girls. The characters are long legged, with huge eyes, and obviously cute. It is not my favorite (I really appreciate how male characters, who were not all that well drawn in the 90s anime, progressively got better by today’s day), but is acceptable and nostalgic. She gets to change outfits with each of the knights (as she absorbs them) which is cute.

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What makes this awesome?

Well even though it is not my favorite magical girl, Pretear is a magical girl with a uniqueness. This is the first one where the magical girl gain powers of the elemental nature, the first to have a group of male team members, to absorb said memebers to transform and gain said powers, and the first to use weapons like swords to fight. This is also the first one where the antagonist was a former Pretear whose reason for turning evil is different (cannot ruin it for you, but know that it is full of drama). Pretear has a theme of princesses and fables, like Lilpre, but in its own sort of way. Anyways it is different and enjoyable.

-Blog Barista

I wonder why?

I wonder why?

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Ojamajo Doremi- by Takashi Yamada

33333Today we look at the 21st magical girl anime, Ojamajo Doremi. Now I did not see this one growing up, and I now know it was available in a lot of other countries, but whenever my family would go outside of the States visiting relatives we would always find these guys. I still have all the keychains, earrings, and necklaces we found. It was like our mission to get as many as we came across, so I can honestly say I was very excited and happy to find out years later that they were magical girls.

What is the anime about?

3So the story follows a girl named Doremi Harukaze. At the start of the series, she is just your average third grader, but one day she finds herself in a magical shop called Maho-Do. She ends up guessing that the owner, Majo Rika, is a witch; however, all witches are cursed. If they are discovered by humans they are punished, and in Rika’s case she is turned into a frog. In order to return to her original form she grants Doremi powers appointing her to witch’s apprentice. Doremi has to pass tests and keep her identity a secret, but later on her friends and sister joins her. She makes many more friends along the way, saves her rival, and even raises a baby from the Witch world.

Who are the central characters?

There are a lot of characters in this series, but they are pretty cookie cutter. They are all cute and funny, but expect a lot of drama.


Doremi Harukaze is the titular character of the series, and she is your typical magical girl protagonist. She is energetic, a bad student, clumsy, but compassionate and boy crazy. Her fairy is Dodo, her color is pink, her gem is a bean, her instrument is a piano, and her spell is “pirika pirilala popolina peperuto.”

Next is Doremi’s best friend since kindergarten (and my favorite girl), Hazuki Fujiwara. She is your typical smart girl. She is sweet, shy, and passive. She gets the best grades in the school, and she has a crush on her childhood friend, Masaru Yada. Her fairy is Rere, her color is orange, her gem is a heart, her instrument is the violin, and her spell is “paipai ponpoi puwapuwa puu.”

The third girl also comes in as Doremi’s friend, Aiko Seno (fyi she is my second favorite character, because of how tough she is). She is the tomboy girl, who talks to everyone and even speaks with a Kansai dialect (which is harsher then the standard). Her parents are divorced, but she lives with her father, which is why she knows how to cook and clean. Her fairy is Mimi, her color is blue, her gem is a diamond, her instrument is a harmonica, and her spell is “pameruku raruku laliloli poppun.”

The next girl is Doremi’s witch rival, but later her comrade, Onpu Segawa. She is the apprentice to Majo Ruka, who is not on good terms with Majo Rika, so that is why she did not like Doremi. At first she seems cold, mysterious, and a spoiled brat, but when they become friends you find out she is selfless and kind. She is actually a popular idol loved by boys, and her most emphasized characteristic is her ability to balance school, work, and magic. Her fairy is Roro, her color is purple, her crystal is a teardrop, her instrument is a flute, and her spell is “pururun purun famifami fa.”

Ok next is an American/Japanese transfer student from New York, Momoko Asuka. She originally was the apprentice of Majo Monroe, but Monroe dies (which is sad because Momoko adores Monroe) and Momoko breaks her crystal (for reasons I don’t want to say, because I don’t want to ruin the show for you). Because of this she becomes one more of Rika’s apprentices. At first she speaks no Japanese and communicates through a translator (but don’t worry eventually the other girls teach her). Her fairy is Nini, her color is yellow, her gem is a 3-leaf clover, her instrument is a guitar, and her spell is “perutan pepton paralila pon.”

So that magical baby Doremi and her gang raises is non other then the 6th girl, Hana-chan. She is the Witch Queen Rose’s baby, born from a rose in the Queen’s garden, which only produces a baby every 100 years in order to succeed to the throne. Doremi cares for her and names her Hana Makihatayama, but at one point she transforms into a 6th grader in order to attend school with her “mama.” She is childish, air-headed, excitable, and throws tantrums, but she has a huge heart. Her fairy is Toto, her color is white, her gem is a sphere, her instrument is an accordion, and, though she does not need a spell, she made up her own, which goes “pororin pyuarin hana hana pi.”

12The last girl is Doremi’s younger sister, Pop Harukaze. She is in kindergarten, and accidentally discovers Doremi’s power, so she becomes an apprentice. At first she is a know-it, jealous, and pretty annoying, but she really loves her sister dearly and acts really mature and much more responsible compared to Doremi. Her fairy is Fafa, her color is red, her crystal is a 4-leaf clover, her instrument is a trumpet, and her spell is “pipito purito puritan peperuto.”

13The last person I will talk about is Majo Rika, because she is like their magical creature that teaches them how to use their magic. She is short tempered, and she calls her apprentices the Bothersome Witches (aka Ojamajo, which is clever because this backwards is also Ojamajo). In reality, however, she really loves the girls like her own children.

How is the artwork?

Big eyed, long legs, colorful hair. Yup, this is your generic cute magical girl, though the hair styles are more realistic. I like the style, and I like how many costumes the girls get. Hell, I especially like the fact that they are witches and use spells (not just you know the wand-waving girls who have fairy/alien/some-world-that-are-not-made-up-of-witches type magic). They really remind me of the Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet.

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What makes this awesome?

Even though this is just another cute anime, which lacks depth, I like the fact that you can relate to at least one of these girls. I also enjoy the running gags. There is nothing really special to distinguish this magical girl series, but its a nice stepping stone. Personally, I enjoyed it.


When I found out that Doremi has a new sequel, Ojamajo Doremi 16.

When I found out that Doremi has a new sequel, Ojamajo Doremi 16.

Here is episode 1:

For the life of me I cannot find episode 1, subbed or dubbed, that is good, which is really annoying. If anyone finds one tell me, but I can give you this for now (I’m sorry its in English).

Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet- by Akira Okeya

6Day 20 of this Magic Girl Marathon brings us to the very carefree plot of a magical princess’s journey on Earth, Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet. When the BlogBarista and I first saw this anime we actually really liked how casual the plot is and how cute it is, but six episodes in and one realizes how cliched and repetitive it can get. Even the main goal of Comet’s journey is forgotten two to three episodes in. The anime is still cute and enjoyable, but I cannot recommend watching to many episodes in a row (otherwise you’ll die of boredom).

-What is this cartoon about?

2So in this universe there is the Triangle Nebula, three major star worlds (I am not sure what is the purpose of these worlds, but in the Harmonica Star world the little star worlds are born and tended). The three worlds are the Harmonica Star world, the Castanet Star world, and the Tambourine Star world, and a ball is held for the future rulers in order for the Tambourine Prince to pick his bride between the Castanet Princess, Meteor, or the Harmonica Princess, Comet; however, the Prince has ran away to Earth. To win his heart Comet is sent to find him (Meteor joins later on). She has no clue what he looks like, but her only clue is that she can find him “by the twinkling in his eyes.” Comet quickly comes to love Earth and its people, and we follow her little adventures as she looks for the prince.

-Who are the central characters?

1Comet is the 12 year old protagonist of this anime. She is the princess of the Harmonica Star world, though she doesn’t act like it. She would much rather watch the little star world creatures or have adventures then worry about marrying the prince. Even her decision to go to Earth was based on the fact that her mother told her wonderful stories about her time on Earth (It’s not like she actually wanted to look for the prince). Aside from the fact that Comet is full of curiosity, her personality is a little 2D. She has a gentle nature, which means it is easy for her to make friends. She cares deeply for others, and thus enjoys helping others. Compared to other magical girls she is pretty mature, but she learns a lot about life and others through the anime. She also has a hard time realizing other people’s feelings, especially those involving boys and love.

11Meteor is the opposite of Comet. She holds grudges, has princess hissy fits, and is loud, selfish, spoiled, and rude. When Meteor first learns that Comet went to Earth to find the prince, her goal becomes finding the prince in order to ensure that Comet doesn’t marry him (she really dislikes Comet), but nothing goes her way since she is lazy. She always follows Comet in hopes that she can swoop in at just the right moment, she uses magic to make these rich people like her, and she mistreats her magical companion. Though I seem harsh in decribing her character, there are times were she is generous and actually tries to be kind; however, they are rare.

17Rubba Ball, Comet magical creature and friend, is a little star world creature helping Comet on Earth. He was sent by Comet’s “Jii-san” (this word means Grandfather; however, I am not sure if he is actually her Grandfather or if he is just an older gentleman). Most of the time he seems like he is daydreaming, not realizing some things around him, but he constantly nags Comet to stay on task (though he cares deeply for Comet, he can be stern). He inflates into a giant ball (hence the name), and can detect twinkles with his tail (which is why he was sent with Comet). I think he is a cute character, and he kind of reminds me of Hippo from Mermaid Melody. He even falls in love.

20Mook, a star-eyed bird, is Meteor’s companion. He is always pushed around by Meteor, and is seen as her servant. Mook is pretty sassy and even makes sly comments here and there, but he is very loyal to Meteor. Without Mook, Meteor would probably get nothing done, because he is more of a voice of reason when she is blinded by jealousy or arrogance.

famFujiyoshi family is the eccentric family that takes Comet into their home when the find her in trouble. There are twins Nene and Tsuyoshi Fujiyoshi, and their parents Sayaka and Keitaro. Nene and Tsuyoshi are identical fraternal twins (they look a like, but because they are boy and girl they are not identical in genes) in pre-school. The father runs the house like a kingdom, and the mother is kind and sells weird things that are full of love.

keiKeisuke works for Keitaro, and wants to be a life guard (because of this strong desire he has a twinkle in his eye). At first he seems cold, but later he starts to show that he is dedicated and actually a very warm person. He maybe a love interest of Comet’s.

-How is the Artwork?

This is a cute show. Nothing fancy, simple art, and reminds me of Doremi. I enjoy looking at it, but it is not enough to get over the plot.12 8 9 10 7 5 4

-What makes the cartoon awesome?

The show is cute, but cliched and boring after a while. It is interesting because most Princess based magical girls actually want to become queen, but Comet is more focused on living life her way. I like her character, but she reminds me of the 80’s magical girl protagonists.


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Jiggle Jiggle


Princess Tutu- by Mizuo Shinonome

tumblr_static_ahiru_arima_render__by_xxsweetlemonadexx-d5o5rr5Even though we have reached the day when Sailor Moon Crystal was released, TheBetterCup and I still wish to continue the Magical Girl Marathon. So today, I am super excited to talk about Princess Tutu. This is one of my favorite magical girls. I did not include her in my Top 5 Maho Shojo only because I was not sure if she counted, but now that I checked, she is definitely a magical girl and she is my fifth favorite one. This show is truly unique, but its originality is emphasized by the amazing plot and fantastic characters.

For a magical girl, you do not see a story that deters this much from the basic outline. Princess Tutu takes place in a fantasy world were magic seems to be a normalcy, and talking animals tend to mix with humans naturally. This is full of magical realism that makes the entire story feel like a story book. I saw Princess Tutu when I was in middle school, about the same time I saw Tokyo Mew Mew, and they were nothing alike (which is why I was not sure she counted as a magical girl). The story was just so different, that she missed many of the formalities that made a magical genre. But looking back now, this a magical girl story. It focuses on an average young girl who is given the abilities to transform into a stronger version of herself (one that exists within her) and fights in the name of goodness, love, justice, friendship, and respect.

-What is this cartoon about?

tumblr_miuzkxrkKE1r7r23oo4_400The story is super interesting and full of drama that makes this heart wrenching and beautiful. It is refreshingly creative while having darker themes included. The entire story is based on story books with an additional ballet theme. The anime opens with an old storyteller that dies before creating an ending to his final story. Then the main story opens. It focuses on a little duck named Ahiru who is given a magical necklace that allows her to change into a young girl and into a magical girl named Princess Tutu. Her goal is to collect the missing shards of a young prince’s heart. Yet, there is an evil puppet master that attempts to control the entire story and Ahiru’s fate.

-Who are the central characters?

Ahiru6ahiru en piedDuck/Ahiru Arima: Duck is the protagoinist and titular character of Princess Tutu. She is a normal little duck that falls in love with a lonely prince. Her wish to make him happy is granted, when a strange man named Dosselmeyer gives her a pendant that allows her to transform into a 13 year old girl named Ahiru. With this ability she is also able to become Princess Tutu, a magical girl that collects shards of the prince’s heart. Of course she cannot stay human if she quacks or touches water, and she vanishes if she proclaims her love to the prince. Duck’s personality matches well with the fact that she is a duck. She is awkward. Ahiru tends to be very easily excited, talks very much, clumsy, uncollected, scatterbrained, and nervous. Yet she also holds the qualities of any magical girl like kindness, friendliness, and good moral strength.

njsFakir: Fakir goes to the same ballet school as Ahiru. He is 17 teen years old and Mytho’s roommate. He has a major role in the story (sorry I cannot tell with out ruining the awesome plot, but trust me you will love him). Anyways he is the knight that protects the prince by sacrificing his life for him. At first, he is mean and cold toward Ahiru. He acts rude, being very brash and straightforward to her with no concern for her feelings, and acting possessive of Mytho. At first he even tends to be a little afraid of what may happen. After they learn to work together, he opens up to her. He is a possible love interest for Ahiru.

rueRue/Princess Kraehe: Rue is a very talented and advanced ballet dancer in Ahiru’s school. Rue has a very sad story and dark past that is revealed throughout the anime.  With out ruining the plot, I will tell you only that Rue is the Raven in the story (kind of). She is very attached to Mythos, wishing to make him her prince, and she is able to change like Ahiru into Princess Kraehe. Rue is distant and snobbish. She does not make anyfriends (she only keeps her goal in focus) but can be kind and good hearted at times. As Kraehe, she is completely different. Kraehe is manipulative, and dark person. She acts with pride, cruelty, and jealousy.

vlcsnap-51468Mytho: Mytho is the 16 year old prince of the story. His entire heart is shattered and with out the missing parts causes him to be emotionless. He is one of the main reasons behind each of the other characters’s actions. Even though he is so central, he does not seem to be the most prominent character in the anime. He is Ahiru’s main love interest, and her reason for being able to become human. Mytho is unemotional and easily ordered around.

rv1NOVaDosselmeyer: Dosselmeyer is an old man that grants to Ahiru the magical pendant that allows her to transform from a duck into a girl and into Princess Tutu. He has a huge role in the plot, acting mainly as an antagonist (but in what way I will not tell). As the writer who created the story of the prince and the raven, he tries to control the characters so as to end the story as he wishes. At first, he seems to be trying to help Duck, but it is quickly revealed that his motives are not what they seem. He is sadistic, selfish, and cruel. His goal is to have an entertaining story no matter what the cost to the characters. He is actually really twisted and scary, as far as magical girl antagonist go, he is very dark maybe second to Kyubey.

-How is the Artwork?

The artwork is simple, but super cute. It does not have anything particularly amazing, and yet it is not necessarily average either. The magic and colors tend parallel its darker themes since they are more grey, dull, and not bright or exciting.

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

The idea is extremely different and unique. The entire plot is bizarre and full of drama that will eat at your heart. The entire thing is beautiful and artistic as well. I personally loved it, and the story is well worth it all.

-Blog Barista


I wonder what she is saying…

Sailor Moon Crystal- by Naoko Taeuchi

12And finally the day has come that the new revamped Sailor Moon has been released on Crunchyroll. The excitement has been built up since last year with the release being changed multiple times, but it has finally been released. Now let me start by stating (I have already said this before but let me do it again) my love for Sailor Moon. I grew up with this show. It is the gateway anime that has led me to enjoy so much great (and horrible) anime which I enjoy. Sailor Moon is what represents my childhood if I had to pick one character to symbolize it for me. I loved the cartoon and still do, heck my student ID hangs off an awesome pink sailor senshi lanyard. And the two things that best contain my fond memories was the awesome opening and the beautiful transformation sequences. TheBetterCup and I loved it so much, but I do have some mixed opinions that I feel I should share.



So let me start off with the story. The plot line is the same as the original and the first episode follows the same exact events as the first episode of the 1990’s version. It was nice to see that the story will be about the same. The only difference is, and since only one episode has been released so far I cannot guarantee this, that the story of the Sailor Moon Crystal will follow more closely to the original Manga plot line.

If you are unfamiliar with Sailor Moon, you maybe one of the younger generation who missed out on this, then let me give you a small synopsis. Sailor Moon focuses on the story of fourteen year old Usagi Tsukino.  As she realizes her true identity as Pretty Soilder Sailor Moon, she battles alien monsters attempting to take over the universe.



The characters, just like the story, are exactly as they were in the original. Sadly, the first episode only introduces Usagi, Luna, and Mamoru. Their voices maybe different, but their relationships remain intact. The only big difference at this point that I feel may be present in more than just episode one, is that Luna does not seem to be as naggy as she was in the original. Usagi is just as much of a crybaby and klutz as was her original lovable self.



Now it is very obvious that the animation has changed drastically. The art is so smooth and so beautiful. That is not to say that the original version is not, but the new one does come with all the advances of the time. It is gorgeous. The art though still retains the same style of the original with elongated limbs and a specific characteristic in the way the faces are drawn. Also all the characters keep true to their original designs, so no worries, you will know who they are when you see them.


So now we must compare the two together. That is the only way to know if this will be better or worse.

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I have few negative things to say. I really, really loved this, and yet…. One the anime is missing all of Usagi’s exaggerated expressions, which is a shame cause they were hilarious. There was one thing that really startled me and drowned me in disappointment. The original transformation was so beautiful and is the epitome of my childhood. And in this new version, the transformation was in a CGI animation. It was so startling and saddening and just…. ugly. Her limbs reminded me of One Piece, and it all lost the magic that it had. It looked really fake, out of place, and just bad. Worst of all its longer then the original. I feel like it is just a waste of time, and she could have gone with out any transformation and it would have been better. But you know what, I could get used to it.


For the most part I loved it! I am so happy that it was remade, and it turned out great. But of course the original will always be better for me, mostly because this will always be, to me, one of my favorite childhood memories. Anyways, we plan on continuing the marathon a little longer. There are so many more Magical Girls to go!

-Blog Barista



First Episode of Crystal:


First Episode of Original:

Transformation Comparison:

Opening of the 1990’s Version:

Tokyo Mew Mew- by Reiko Yoshida


Today is Day 17 of our magical girl marathon, and we will be looking at one of my favorite magical girl anime, Tokyo Mew Mew. This one is particularly special for me, because I saw the entire series in elementary school (subbed not dubbed). It, along with Sailor Moon, is what paved the path for my love of frilly, cute, badass heroines, and eventually lead me to others like Shugo Chara and Madoka. Sadly, the BlogBarista does not hold a love for this show as adamant as my own.

 -What is this cartoon about?

mewewewThe show starts out with your average middle school girl, Ichigo Momomiya, going out with her crush, Masaya Aoyama. They are enjoying their day at an endangered animal exhibit, but unbeknownst to her she has been targeted by two men. An earthquake (and some mysterious light) knocks her out, and she awakes to find that she has cat-like abilities. It seems her DNA has been scrambled with that of the Iriomote wildcat, and now she can transform into a cat-eared, pink haired warrior named Mew Ichigo. She and four other girls chosen to posses these “Red Data” animal DNA for the Mew Project, Earths only hope to fend off the aliens and their leader known as Deep Blue. As she works part time at a pastry shop, the MewMew Headquarters, she meets interesting characters and pretty much goes through the magical girl story of love, friendship, shocking personas, and defeating a new Chimera creature each day.

-Who are the central characters?


Ichigo Momomiya (pink) at first feels like another Usagi. She is hyper, cheery, madly in love, sweet, and a klutz (she even has pigtails); however, she is not the crybaby type and turns out to be very headstrong, brave, and hard working. She is the leader of Tokyo Mew Mew, but she’d rather spend her free time shopping or with Masaya. She loves sweets and eating in general, except for carrots, and she transforms into a pink, cat themed heroine, Mew Ichigo.

Minto Aizawa (blue) is initially the small, spoiled, rich, snobby character, but eventually you learn that she is empathetic, very caring, but headstrong. She loves dancing ballet (which is evident in her transformation), and she loves French food, which is cliched for the rich character. Her DNA is mixed with the Blue Lorikeet, and she becomes Mew Mint. She also idolizes Mew Zakuro.

Retasu Midorikawa (green… literately her name is Lettuce Green River) is the character I feel is forgotten at times. Looking at her, no one can guess that her animal DNA is a Finless Porpoise. Actually, I thought she was some bug at first. She even has one of the shorter transformations, which is disappointing. Anyway, she fits the cookie cutter personality of the smart girl. She is shy, sweet, polite, and positive, though she has little confidence in her own abilities. She speaks formally to everyone, even family, and she doesn’t fight as Mew Lettuce unless it is to defend someone. Her favorite food is shiitake mushrooms. The unique thing about her, however, is that she has a crush on Ryou Shirogane. Blog Barista really liked her and cheered for them to be a couple.

Bu-Ling Huang (yellow) is the youngest MewMew (by like two years) and is Chinese. She loves doing acrobatics, which is what her fighting simulates. She also loves playing, because she is the “child” character, which is immature, full of energy, and hyperactive. This matches the Golden Lion Tamarin DNA scrambled with hers. Her favorite foods are tientsin/sweet chestnuts and pudding, and like any kid she dislikes onions. Her outfit is Chinese themed, she becomes Mew Pudding, and her love interest is one of the aliens, Tart.

Zakuro Fujiwara (purple) is a model and actress who speaks many languages and is idolized by young girls. She has a hard past, however, being left alone as a child and losing someone close. She also has a lot of church themes and symbols, visiting the church when she is confused. She is the “loner” character, who refuses at first to fight with the Mews, but later becomes the mature, calm older sister character. She likes watermelon, milk, and the internet, but hates natto (fermented soybeans). She is Mew Zakuro, and her DNA contains that of the Grey Wolf.


Quiche Ikisatashi is one of the three antagonists working for Deep Blue to “reclaim” Earth. He is carefree, clever, and playful, though as a child he was always sad. He also seems open-minded, but then again he wants to destroy mankind. He even as a cruel sense of humor, playing with his opponents (he’s sadistic). Even though he teases Ichigo a lot (even a little possessive of her) and wants to wipe out humanity, he is actually very kind and only wants to help his people, family, and friends. He acts for what he thinks is a noble cause, so you can’t actually hate him. Throughout the series Quiche is shown to have developing feelings for Ichigo, whcih alternate between love and obsession.

Tart Ikisatashi is another one of the alien antagonists. He is a crybaby and hates being called small. He argues alot, mostly with Ichigo, and acts very childish and rude. He is similar to Bu-Ling as they both like having fun and playing games, though he likes to make people cry. He also laughs a lot and throws tantrums and has a curious personality. He has a crush on Bu-Ling.

Pai Ikisatashi is the last of the alien antagonists. He is the calm, serious, and analytical character, who does not express is emotions and rarely smiles (God hes the Spock of Tokyo Mew Mew). His mission is to wipe out humanity, and though he seems emotionless, he shows interest in Retasu.


Keiichiro Akasaka and Ryou Shirogane are the two mysterious men who recruit Mew warriors. Kaiichiro is the main leader of the Mew Porject and he is the baker in Cafe Mew Mew. He is calm and sympathetic, often seen as the gentleman with excellent taste and manners. Ryou is the genius in this partnership. He is stubborn, rude, headstrong, sarcastic, and anti-social though he cares a lot for the Mews. He is the closet thing to a magical creature, because he helps the girls and advises them (though there is this ball of floating fluff). He the love interest of Retasu and Ichigo at one point.


Masaya Aoyama is Ichigo’s love interest. He is popular at school, polite, and calm. He is an interesting character (that is ALL I will say).

-How is the Artwork?

The artwork looks old, but its so cute. The transformations are great and the little CG they do just works with the simplicity. At first you think it would look cheap and badly done, but the animation is actually great.

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-What makes the cartoon awesome?

Even though its cliched, it is pretty unique at times. The drama is not overly done like in Mermaid Melody, and though it resembles Sailor Moon, this is the only animal DNA based magical girls (so its more like unrealistic science magical girls). I also like that the entire show follows two themes: nature/animals and sweets. This is a great cartoon and just one more magical girl to add some variety to the genre.



Me trying to do all the Precures.

Me trying to do all the Precures.


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Pretty Cure- by Izumi Todo


Before, I never bothered with Precure. It’s not that I hated the shows for no reason; it’s just that I wasn’t interested. Now that I have seen them, I do respect them a lot more. If this showed in the states when I was in elementary school I would have loved these shows. They would have been my favorites with Pokemon and Yugioh. I would have collected the cards, toys, plushies, anything. They teach girls to be cute and badass and to accept themselves. Now, I can’t really appreciate the shows, because they aren’t heavy with plot and character development. They are full of clichés, and I think I would only watch most of these if I had nothing else to do (like no internet, no books, no nothing- but-this type thing). -TheBetterCup

I have seen and been a part of the Magical Girl fandom to know what PreCure is. We watched all of them in one night, and let me tell you, I found it pretty hard to enjoy all of them. But let me throw this out there: I LOVED HAPPINESS CHARGE. I have heard the negativity and though a PreCure will never be in my top ten for magical girls, I at least found this one cute and fun. EVERY THING SAID HERE IS BASED SOLELY ON OUR OPINIONS. WE MEAN NO DISRESPECT. I STILL SUGGEST WATCHING AT LEAST THE FIRST EPISODES OF ALL THE SERIES SO AS TO DECIDE ON YOUR OWN IF YOU WILL LIKE THEM. -Blog Barista

1. Futari wa Pretty Cure
42803ad4ab378a5903ee23c4a0ca250dFutari wa Pretty Cure is the first series in the metaseries known as Pretty Cure. The first of two protagonists is Nagisa Misumi (eighth grader). She is athletic, strong-hearted, lazy, and loved by all the girls. Her partner is Honoka Yukishiro, a bookish, quiet girl in her class loved by all the boys. The two normally would have never been friends, but one day Nagisa makes a wish on a shooting star, which turns out to be Mepple, a refugee fairy running from the Dusk Zone organization. She is lead to an amusement park where she meets up with Honoka and Mepple’s love, Mipple. They fight as Cure Black and Cure White: Emissaries of Light, Pretty Cure.

I really liked this Precure compared to some of the later ones (compared to other Magical Girl shows; however, it’s not much). The characters are basic for a magic girl story. The sporty one versus the book worm leaves no in-betweens for their personalities. Not to mention that one is boy crazy and the other a klutz (I would like to see girls with diverse personalities not just clichés). The fighting is very physical with only a magical final blow attack. Both the girls have super-strength and agility,
which makes the fight scenes more like Dragonball Z then Wedding Peach. Even their magic based attacks have to be done together (no solos), which emphasizes the Yin-Yang theme. The plot is basic (they try to save the magical Garden of Light), the r1mop2transformations are cool, but still basic (they stand still as their outfits poof on), the art is cute (but it’s not that unique), and the villains remind me of Sailor Moon mixed with Kiss (I laughed so hard. His name was Pissard). All in all this is a bland cartoon full of clichés. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. -TheBetterCup

Since it is the first PreCure, it is actually really good. Though cliche, it feels acceptable since it is older. Also the story is original at this point, and who does not love the idea of hand to hand combat for girls. -Blog Barista

2. Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star
42803ad4ab378a5903ee23c4a0ca250dTwo girls, age nine, met while following balls of light to the Sky Tree, a large tree in the forest near their town. Five years later the two girls meet again to become Cure Bloom, Cure Egret, Cure Bright, and Cure Windy in order to protect the Fountain of Sun. The two balls reveal themselves as spirits Flappy and Choppy (from the Land of Fountains), and the villains are the Dark Fall organization looking for the Fountain of Sun (the last of the seven fountains that feed the World Tree, which is the source of life). The two girls are Saki Hyuuga and Mai Mishou. Saki is the optimistic, athletic girl (unlike Nagisa she is a softball player not lacrosse). She is bad at school, large appetite, childish, and easygoing. With Choppy she becomes Cure Bloom, but with Muupu she becomes Cure Bright. Mai is quiet, studious, gentle, and innocent. Like Honoka she is into science, also loves art. With Choppy she becomes Cure Windy, but with Fuupu she becomes Cure Egret. This time the theme is nature. This is Futari wa Pretty Cure all over again. The two characters look the same as the original Precure, the plot is almost identical, and even the outfits seem the same. I was disappointed after watching the first one to see that the second one is not unique in comparison. The fighting was basic, but not as good as the first Precure. The plot was 1jpgclichéd, the transformations were basic, the art wasn’t even as cute as the first Precure and the protagonists were a disappointment. My opinion is, that if you want to watch Precure, don’t watch Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star right after Futari wa Pretty Cure (way too similar). -TheBetterCup

I was just out right disappointed. The story was so similar, and they looked just like the last girls. Worst of all the villains looked like they escaped from from a Dragon Ball Z. -Blog Barista

3. Yes! Precure 5
42803ad4ab378a5903ee23c4a0ca250dOne day Nozomi Yumehara bumps into this (obviously older) guy. She instantly falls head over heels for him, so much so that when she sees him at her school she follows him. This is a good thing though, because he turns out to be the prince of the Palmier Kingdom, Coco (he is a fluffy squirrel like creature that transforms into a human). Nozomi was struggling because she felt she had no passion/dream, but with Coco she decides to help restore Palmier against the Nightmare organization by completing the Dream Collet (the book) and finding the 55 Pinkies (with these you can get one wish). She transforms due to her pure heart into Cure Dream. She then assembles her own team (Cure Rough, Cure Lemonade, Cure Mint, and Cure Aqua). Nozomi Yumehara (Cure Dream) is the main protagonist. A second year student who has no idea what to do with her life, she is clumsy, carefree, talentless, cheerful, and optimistic. Rin Natsuki (Cure Rouge) is Nozomi’s tomboy, athletic friend. She loves boys, is scared of ghosts, is straight-forward, and down to earth. Her dream is to design jewelry. Urara Kasugano (Cure Lemonade) is the youngest member (a first year). She is half French, dreams to be an actress, and is very mature. Next is Komachi Akimoto (Cure Mint). She is a third year, shy, kind, and a bookworm. Her dream is to become a writer, and she falls in love with Nuts (Coco’s brother who is trapped in the book). Her best friend is Karen Minazuki (Cure Aqua). She is wealthy, popular, but very lonely. She is seen as “cool,” and later Nozomi sees that she is the most trustworthy. Karen develops a bond with Milk a magical rabbit (the next chancellor). She transforms into a Precure warrior named Milk Rose when she gains a human form.
Precure 6Personally, this Precure was better than the Splash Star, but the fighting, plot, transformation, art, and characters were basic. I hated the villains (that bug guy was ridiculous and I prefer the Dragonball Z characters from Splash Star), but I do love the Dream Theme in this one. I also liked that though this was full of clichés, this was the first one where the girls fall in love with their magical creatures (that is unique). It also helps that the characters and plot don’t repeat like the Splash Star. -TheBetterCup

I outright hated this one. I found the characters and the plot bland. But I ADORED the background art so… yeah. -Blog Barista

4. Fresh Pretty Cure
The main protagonist is 14 year old Love Momozono (oh god, her name -_-). One day, while at a Trinity concert, members of the Labyrinth Kingdom ruin the show in order to collect “unhappiness.” Love saves the leader of Trinity, and one of the missing Keys gives her the power to become Cure Peach, protector of the world. Her friends join her as Cure warriors and in a dance competition. She is determined to become a dancer and cares more about others than herself. She is hyper, sympathetic, hates sports and studying, and forms the dance group Clover. Miki Aono is one of Love’s best friends. She likes sports, but wants to be a fashion model. She is Cure Berry. The next Cure and member of Clover is Love’s and Miki’s friend Inori Yamabuki. She is an animal lover and wants to be a vet. She is calm, quiet, and has a low self-esteem. She is Cure Pine. Lastly, Eas (also known as Setsuna Higashi) was a former Labyrinth solider, but dies and is reborn as Cure Passion. Their theme is fruits and clovers.
tumblr_m6x4f4L16l1rwgxwjo1_500I like this one more then Yes! Precure and Splash Star Precure, but its tied with the original Precure. The fighting is pretty cool, but I love that they are like superheroes. People actually see them fight and save the world, so it reminds me of Superman more than Sailor Moon. The plot is basic (but the dancing part just adds a little something), the transformations are basic, the art is basic, but cute, and the characters are basic (seriously, they each fit a mold). The villains are better than the previous Precures though. -TheBetterCup

I found the story for this one to be more enjoyable. It has hand to hand combat, and I like the characters. It is not great or anything, and the theme is kind of lame. Yet, I could recommend this to some one who is willing to try. -Blog Barista

5. Heartcatch Precure
The great Heart Tree watches over the Heart Flowers of every person. Pretty Cure warriors defend the tree against the Desert Apostles (another evil orginazation). When Cure Moonlight (current Precure) is defeated, she sends two fairies (Shypre and Coffret) to recruit Precures. Tsubomi Hanasaki, the new girl, is given the power to become Cure Blossom. Her new friend, Erika Kurumi, joins as Cure Marine. The two fight Desertarian (monsters of the Desert Apostles, which are created from stolen Heart Flowers). Each time they defeat these monsters, they gain Heart Seeds, which revive the tree. Tsubomi Hanasakin (Cure Blossom) is 14 years old, loves plants, and is very shy, which is why she wishes to change herself (she wants to speak up for herself more). Erika Kurumi (Cure Marine) is 13 years old, loves fashion, is energetic, and bluntly says whatever is in her head without thinking about the consequences (she wants to change this about herself). Itsuki Myoudouin (Cure Sunshine) is the student council president and grandkid of the principle. At first Itsuki looks like a gentle, athletic prince, but you later find out he’s actually a she cross-dressing, because she is the heir to her family’s business. She really loves cute things. Lastly is Yuri Tsukikage (Cure Moonlight). Her creature was destroyed when she was defeated, so at first she can’t transform; however, when all of the seeds are collected she can transform again. She is 17 years old. Their theme is flowers.

PreCure1I actually like this one. The art is really simple, but smooth and cute. It is very different compared to the others, and I liked the characters (though they are still a little bland). The fight scenes are a little more detailed, the plot and transformations are a little more unique (they spray perfume bottles to transform), and the villains, though similar to the other Pretty Cures, actually fight sometimes and are really cute (neither Sailor Moon/ Kiss hybrids, nor resembling Dragonball Z). Thus, all together it might be my favorite. -TheBetterCup

tumblr_n4k23fW6D91s024xzo1_250I loved this one. The story is fun and different (at least as far as PreCures go). The characters are not all super mary jane, and they are super likable (at least for me). Most of all, I love the animation style for the fight scenes which are bad ass and I adore how cute the art is. The simple background is just a plus for me. I also find this to be a favorite. -Blog Barista

6. Suite Precure
42803ad4ab378a5903ee23c4a0ca250dIn this Precure the Melody of Happiness, from the Major Land, is played to give happiness to the world. Mephisto, a villain from the Minor Land, steals the Legendary Score so that he can change it into the Melody of Sorrow and spread sadness. The queen of Major Land, Aphrodite, scatters the Notes of the score on Earth, and sends Hummy, a cat-like fairy, in order to recover them. Hummy meets two girls, who don’t see eye to eye but have a bond through music, and they become Pretty Cure warriors in search of the notes before the Minor Villains recover them. The first girl is Hibiki Hojo, a 14 year old with an optimistic personality who excels in sports (what’s not surprising is that she dislikes studying). She is Cure Melody. The next girl is Kanade Minamino. She is in the same class as Hibiki, and she is her childhood friend. She is an excellent student and is also extremely popular. She dreams of being a pastry chef and is in love with the school’s “prince of music,” Ouji (his name even means prince). She is Cure Rhythm. Later on in the show the female cat/fairy, Seiren, who assists Mephisto becomes a Pretty Cure. She was Hummy’s friend, but is jealous when he is given the role of singing the Melody of Happiness, so she becomes evil. When Hummy is in danger, however, she tries to save him, but breaks her necklace, which traps her in her human form. She is Cure Beat. The last warrior is Ako Shirabe, a 9 year old girl who is very mature, but also cold. She often assisted the Cures as a masked fighter, but later she becomes Cure Muse. The theme is of this Precure series is Music.

tumblr_lle77jZSsj1qf9wd7o1_400This was the first Precure I had ever seen. I really did not like it. The plot was uninteresting, the characters bland, and the villains were really stupid (seriously, the Minor Trio). The art is cute, though, and it has some unique aspects. It is a new twist to have a former villain and mascot become a Precure, and it is also has the youngest Precure. -TheBetterCup

This was the first one I saw, and though unique in plot compared to the others, I just could not like it. Maybe as a kid this would have been great, but I just did not enjoy the theme. But I would like to say that the twist in the villain’s relationship with the Queen was fantastic. And the outfits are awesome. -Blog Barista

7. Smile Precure
42803ad4ab378a5903ee23c4a0ca250dMarchenland, home of fairytale creatures, is attacked by Pierrot, the emperor of the Bad End Kingdom. He steals the Cure Decors and plans to irect the world to bad endings. The queen of Marchenland is Royale, who seals Pierrot way. His minions, Joker, Wolfrun, Akaoni, and Majorina, seek to revive him by getting Bad Energy from the people of Earth. Royale sends five Cure Decors and a fairy named Candy to find the Precure warriors. Candy first meets Miyuki Hoshizora, the new girl in town, and gives her the power to become Cure Happy. Like most of the protagonists in Precure, Miyuki is cheerful, but a klutz, and as Cure Happy her powers are Super Leaps and the manipulation of light. Later her classmate, a volleyball player, joins as a Pretty Cure. Her name is Akane Hino, and jokes around a lot. She is Cure Sunny, and her powers are super strength and the manipulation of Fire. The next cure is Yayoi Kise. She is timid, prone to crying, but very headstrong and diligent. She dreams of being a manga artist and loves superheroes. She is Cure Peace and can manipulate electricity. The fourth Precure is Nao Midorikawa, and she also is Myuki’s classmate. She is straightforward, confident, and reliable, though if it doesn’t go her way she gets angry. Janken-HNNGShe is, however, scared of bugs, ghosts, and heights. As Cure March she manipulates wind and has super-speed. The last cure is Reika Aoki. She is Nao’s childhood friend, and she is the serious, elegant, and kind, though she is scary when she loses her patience. She is Cure Beauty and her powers are ice manipulation and enhanced reflexes. The theme is fairytales.
This one was interesting, but just as clichéd as the past ones. There is nothing unique in this one, but I think it’s one of the cutest. To me it’s pretty much the same as the previous Precures. -TheBetterCup

This is definitely one of the better drawn magical girls. But plot and characters are bland. -Blog Barista

5b979d0d7b44a230a9907081d52f2e0c8. DokiDoki! Precure
Princess Marie Ange rules over the Trump Kingdom, the land where all hearts live happily. One day, Jikochu, an evil organization, attacks the kingdom. Cure Sword is then sent to the human world to find the missing princess and three other cures. One of the fairies who went with Cure sword finds Mana Aida, a bright, energetic student council president (14 years old). She will help anyone without thinking about the consequences, and she possesses leadership capabilities. She becomes Cure Heart and purifies enemies. The student council clerk and friend of Mana, Rikka Hishikawa, also becomes a cure. She is always looking out for Mana to make sure she doesn’t do anything crazy. She becomes Cure Diamond, and she can freeze people with ice. The next cure is Alice Yotsuba, Mana and Rikka’s childhood friend. She is rich, polite, and caring, but unkowningly flaunts her wealth at times. She even knows martial arts, but fears her strength. She is Cure Rosetta, and she has the ability to create protective barriers. Makoto Kenzaki, or Cure Sword the royal guard, is responsible and loyal to the princess. She becomes an idol in hopes that she may find her. Her attacks are mostly slicing with her sword. The last cure is Aguri Madoka, or Cure Ace. She is a mysterious fourth grader who helps them, which sounds like Cure Muse from Suite Precure. She is calm, wise, quiet, but stern. She is a cure before the escape of the princess, and she is unique because when she transforms she becomes an adult (like the 80’s Magic Girls). Cure Ace also has a unique weapon, a lipstick that determines her powers. The color of her lips will state what power she possesses in battle. The theme for this Precure is playing cards.
Doki-Doki-precure-pretty-cure-35397577-500-280This series was one of my least favorite, but mostly because of the protagonist. I felt she was too perfect, and I could not relate to her. Not that I could relate to the other (more clumsy or athletic) protagonists. I just didn’t relate to any of the characters. Not to mention that this was the same basic plot as all the other Precures, so I wasn’t as interested in what magical land they had to protect against X evil organization. -TheBetterCup

Not only do I find the characters boring, but their designs are a little extravagant (unrealistic). The combination is unsatisfying. Even if its not the best one, it is so cute you cannot help but wanna watch it. -Blog Barista

9. HappinessCharge Precure
27599e227c5d74931c424f6c3e488406Earth is being invaded by Queen Mirage of the Phantom Empire and her army of Choiarks and Saiarks, All over the world, Precure warriors are fighting, even the princess of the Blue Sky Kingdom, Hime Shirayuki; however, because she always runs in fear she recruits a partner. A 14 year old girl named Megumi Aino is chosen to fight as Cure Lovely. She is happy-go-lucky and always tries to help others, even though it never works out (kind of like Love from Fresh Precure). Her wish is to cure her sick mother, and she has an interest in fashion. The princess, Himelda Window Cure Queen of the Blue Sky, is shy, spoiled, and rather selfish. Actually, she was the one who accidentally released the Phantom Empire. Her wish is to save her kingdom and atone for her mistake. Even though she is Cure Princess Pretty Cure warrior, she is a scaredy-cat. Megumi’s classmate and best friend, Yuko Omori, becomes Cure Honey. She loves to cook, and reveals that she was a cure prior to the start of the series. The last cure is Iona Hikawa as Cure Fortune. She is the cool character, great academically, very determined, and wishes to be strong so she can defeat her rival Phantom. She has a strong sense of justice and wants to save her sister, Maria/Cure Tender, who Phantom trapped in a mirror. For this series the themes are fashion and dancing.

Precure 5This last one I actually liked, a lot. I thought that the clichés weren’t so bad, since the show kind of makes fun of some aspects. The characters are cute and flawed, and the art is great. I like that people go on with their everyday lives even though they now there is some magical war going on, and I like that Megumi idolized Precure warriors before becoming one. It’s like comic book superheroes. I would definitely watch this one. -TheBetterCup

dd8201abfbedc43cb3b6132c95bcce75 (1)I liked this one. It was not that this was a thousand times different in any way. It is just as basic and has characters that are are not really super deep or anything. It is just that this one was funny, cute, and kept my attention. Also the fact that the characters are a different set of basic magical girl personalities is good enough for me to enjoy. -Blog Barista

Blog Barista: For the most part, I had fun. I enjoyed seeing all of these magical girls, and it was nice to see a variation in themes. The anime style is cute which is always great, and I love all the badass, bombastic, female fighters.

I definitely loved the idea of the All Stars Movie having so many characters meet. And so well drawn too!

I definitely loved the idea of the All Stars Movie having so many characters meet. And so well drawn too!


Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch- by Michiko Yokote


For today’s show in the Magical Girl Marathon, I present to you Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (also known as just Mermaid Melody). I actually have seen this a few years back, and I was not a big fan. Even though TheBetterCup and I did not particularly like this (we don’t hate it though), It can still be a fun anime to watch, especially is you were a magical girl fan or a little girl. The plot is extra dramatic to a level of ridiculousness that none other have yet to reach on this marathon.

What is the story about?

Mermaid princess of the North Pacific Ocean, Lucia, gains her land legs when she travels on to land in search of her lost pearl. Finding that it is still in the possession of the boy she left it with, she is able to transform into a singing idol magical girl. On the way, she tries to get the boy she loves into figuring out who she is, recruits mermaid princess friends to join forces, and fights off terrible water demons who are trying to invade the sea world.

Who are the central characters?

There is a colorful cast of characters. Literally all colors of the rainbow, and everyone of them are cookie cutter or Mary Jane.

934736201Lucia Nanami: Lucia is the protagonist of the series. She is the mermaid with a pink tail and blonde hair. She is the princess of the North Pacific Ocean who goes on land to search for the boy who she gave her pearl to. She is simple, naive, and clumsy, but as always she has a strong will and good morals who never gives up hope that all makes her a basic magical heroine.

Hanon Hosho: Hanon is the blue mermaid and princess of the South Atlantic. She is the super girly girl character who loves fashion and talks a lot about boys. She is also very perky and lazy when it comes to house work.

Rina Toin: Rina is the green mermaid and princess of the North Atlantic Ocean. She is the exact opposite of Hanon. She is beautiful but bitter and also wears the boys uniform. As always, there always has to have that one team member (look at Wedding Peach) that is angry, bent on revenge, and unfriendly who later becomes mature and kind. That is Rina to a T.

Kaito Domoto: Of course the main character needs to have a love interest. In this case, Lucia has Kaito. He is a surfer who she saved from a tsunami as a child. He is so far involved in the plot it gets really ridiculous. He does not
know that Lucia is the mermaid that saved him so for much of the first season he battles with his love for her human form and her mermaid form.

Hippo is Lucia’s furry guide that accompanies her while she looks for her pearl. He speaks formally and looks like a penguin. His real form is called Hippocampus (which is a dumb name personally). Anyways, he does have his own little love story which is so adorable. Its a first for magical creatures, and I loved it. He also has a cute human form, and I cannot emphasize enough how adorable it is.

How is the Artwork?

The style is simple and basic. The eyes are giant, and I do not really find it all that cute. At least it is colorful and quite energetic.

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What makes it awesome?

Now I feel really bad, but I am just not a fan of Mermaid Melody. Nonetheless, I can still point out the qualities of the cartoon. It has a drama filled plot, which if you like, will keep you at the edge of your seat “what can possibly happen next.” Also, it is super original. It is the first magical girl on this list to be mermaid themed, and the first to be idol-fighter themed! If you really wanna get to know what makes up this genre, you might as well give this a chance.

-Blog Barista

Sorry for being so negative!!

Sorry for being so negative!!


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