The Disastrous Life of Saiki K #Netflix #Anime

Saiki Kusuo is the kind of dude you want on your side!

I haven’t read the manga, so when I clicked on this anime, I didn’t know what to expect. I usually don’t care to get caught up in the silly anime. I love actions and thrillers. The grittier, the better! But after the first episode, I was looped in. This one caught me off guard. I found myself laughing uncontrollably. Considering the world we live in today, some mindless laughter is welcomed.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K is about a guy who was born with special abilities. His powers are a wide range from extrasensory perception to teleportation to superhuman strength. He could move things, buildings even, with his mind. He could even change a person’s thoughts and reverse time. He’s pretty much a superhero in the body of an awkward, anti-social teenager. That made him mysterious in the eyes of his peers. That also made him the cool, unapproachable guy in school.

He desires a normal life, but given the circumstance, that’s impossible. His parents were special, in a wacky kind of way, but Kusuo loved them to pieces, though he didn’t show it much. What I liked most about this anime is that he narrated his own story. In my opinion, that added to the comedic value because he didn’t see the world like a normal person would. Why would he? He’s a supernatural phenomenon.

His story is about how he handles everyday life, which to him were obstacles. Because he was anti-social, he used his powers to avoid social life – school activities, sports, and girls. Speaking of girls… They wouldn’t leave him alone. Neither would his classmates. He was, after all, a cute guy with pink hair and antennas. How could anyone resist?

All in all, this show was hilarious. Every episode had me giggling or laughing out loud. The last time I had this much fun watching an anime was when I watched Prison School. Please don’t confuse the two anime! Prison School was borderline Hentai.

I give it:

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“One day, I’ll soar to the heavens and touch the sky. But today, I’d rather play in the flames.” ~ MonaLisa

 

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I found my spirit animal! #Retsuko #Aggretsuko #Netflix #anime

Retsuko is my spirit animal!

Many of you already know that I love anime! It’s the thing that keeps from killing people on a regular basis. So, when Netflix dropped Aggretsuko into my catalog as a recommended show to watch, I jumped all over it.

Aggretsuko is about a 25-year-old, socially awkward, red panda named Retsuko, who is insanely adorable and MAD AS ALL HELL. The series focuses on how she deals with everyday challenges in her life, like her annoying co-workers, her chauvinist boss, and her self-confidence.

What I enjoyed most about Retsuko was the way she coped with her stress. Death Metal, baby! At the end of a hard work day, she would head to the karaoke bar, quaff a large beer and then dive into some screaming death metal. My girl even kept a microphone in her bag for emergency death metal sessions. That’s boss-level swag right there!

I knew I would be entertained as soon as I pressed play on the first episode, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I think the reason it appealed to me so much was because the character was relatable. On a daily basis, she was harassed by her manager and her boss who was a pig. No lie. He was literally misogynist pig! She did her best to cope with him. She even tried to appeal to his better nature, which only worsened the situation. Now in this day and age, with the Time’s Up movement afoot, women no longer have to put up with that kind of bullshit at the workplace. #GirlPower

That aside, it was interesting to see how she dealt with those uncomfortable situations.

Long story short, Retsuko made some friends in high places at her company who more or less took care of the pig for her. However, such as life, she still faces struggles.

Even if you’re not an anime fan, there is something in this series you can relate to. Give it a viewing! I promise you won’t be disappointed. Unless you’re a chauvinist pig.

I give it:

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Netflix Adventures #NeoYokio Review

“While attempting to distance himself from his demon-slaying past, Kaz Kaan, a wealthy magistocrat, is forced to question everything he knows about Neo Yokio.”

Let’s talk about Neo Yokio, the American-made Japanese series on Netflix.

I admit it; I saw the preview and I was instantly sold on this show. I knew I would love it! How could I not? Not only did it have an anime vibe to it (You guys know I love anime), and a supernatural flair in the storyline (Hello, paranormal romance writer here!), it starred a person of color (Boom, baby!).

Win—win, right? *deep sigh* Wrong. Oh so wrong.

There were some positive components in the show, but they were overshadowed by the not so engaging storyline and stilted voice-acting by the lead actor. I forced myself through the 6 pilot episodes because I got this thing about completing something I start. It wasn’t horrible, it was just difficult to finish.

I will say that I appreciate what the writers tried to accomplish with this series. Deliver something new and fresh. Granted, the story was indeed new and fresh, it was just poorly executed. And that’s just my anime-loving opinion on that.

I must say the art was nice, bubbly and fun. Some of the characters even made those goofy expressions you sometimes see in anime. Many people in the FB comic groups complained about the art style, but I think the style went well with the theme of the show.

Jaden Smith portrayed Kaz Kaan, an aristocrat demon slayer. I love Jaden, I really do, but he may have to take an “L” for this one. His voice acting was detached, lacking that special pizzazz that would make him desirable to listen to. Perhaps, that’s how it came off because the character is pretty monotone and removed from emotion, unless the situation involved his ex-girlfriend. I’m sure he’ll get better with more practice.

Jude Law, Susan Sarandon and Steve Buscemi did great as their characters! I expected nothing less from them.

But the shining light for me, and quite possibly the reason I kept watching, was Arcangelo Corelli. He was one of the comic reliefs as well as the antagonist. That being said, he was the jewel of the show, which is unfortunate for Jaden, because his character was supposed to be the star.

I also enjoyed Kaz’s friends whenever they were on screen. They were amusing.

What really bothered me about this show was the lack of representation of women of color. We simply didn’t exist in the high society created on the show, unless we were cronies to an uppity white girl or a masked performer who received no less than 5 seconds of screen time. Ah, I forgot to mention the episode when Kaz’s best friend jumped into a pool full of cursed water and was turned into a woman for the day. I guess we can count that as a WOC sighting. How disappointing. The main character is a person of color, but the writers couldn’t be bothered to give a woman of color a slot in the main cast.

Needless to say, if Neo Yokio gets a second season, I won’t be watching.

★★ out of 5 stars

My Korean Drama Addiction #SecretGarden #KDrama #Netflix

I must say, Secret Garden is by far my favorite K-Drama!

**Warning: This blog post contains spoilers**

SecretGarden3The storyline was beautifully done and it was thoroughly enthralling. It carried just the right amount of humor and a satisfying amount of dramatic emotion. It started off a little slow, but managed to keep me locked in.

At first, I thought it would be another romance where a spoiled, privileged rich hero falls in love with a poverty-stricken, sassy heroine. That was the way it started, but then it unfolded into something else entirely. The gem in this show is the underlying dark mystery that rears its head in Episode 5.

Like a fairytale romance, the two main characters were fated to be together. And the powers that be made sure that would happen, no matter how many obstacles emerged in their paths. And believe me when I say they had to endure many obstacles in order to secure their love.

What I enjoyed most about this show is by the time I got to the last episode, there were no stones left unturned. I was left satisfied with no unanswered questions. The ending was everything! It pulled together the big mystery within, and I found myself in tears.

Yes, it was that powerful. SecretGarden2

The actors who portrayed the main characters, Gil Ra Im (Ji-won Ha) and Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin) were phenomenal! The scenes where Gil Ra Im and Kim Joo Won switched bodies made this show so entertaining. I imagine those scenes were a challenge for the actors, but they played out so masterfully. All of the emotion they delivered on screen was felt in the comfort of my home. When they gazed at each other, it was crazy magical, because during some of those moments, they didn’t say a word. Not one. The whole scene was just them looking at each other. And yeah, it seems odd now that I’m typing it out. But I tell ya, they delivered something so intense. It was better than watching a sex scene. I could literally feel the unspoken emotion radiating from the screen, and it gave me the chills.

SecretGarden1There was a scene where they were at the Christmas party and Kim Joo Won kissed Gil Ra Im in front of everyone, with no shame at all… OMG, I melted! Keep in mind, he was a filthy rich guy kissing a poor woman, against his mother’s wishes. It was so right on point and incredibly sexy. He didn’t just kiss her, he made love to her lips. No people, this wasn’t a 5 seconds kiss scene. It was more like 5 minutes, and there was nothing boring about it, at all. Seriously… *fans self* Good job, Kim Joo Won.

I adored the supporting cast. Choi ‘Oska’ Woo Young was my favorite! Every time he was on screen, he did not disappoint. He was a Korean Wave Star who’d lost his drive in the music industry. His journey to finding himself was just as entertaining as watching Gil Ra Im and Kim Joo Won endure each other’s lives when they switched bodies.

I honestly don’t have any grips about this show, which is surprising for me. I enjoyed it to the fullest, from the first episode to the last, and I appreciate Netflix for suggesting I watch it. Thank you Netflix.

Next on my list, Playful Kiss.