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To say I’ve been neglecting anime over the last few years would not necessarily be true. I follow anime news, I see screencaps of it everyday, however, I spend fairly little time actually watching it. Some seasons I watch nothing, some I watch a few but failed to follow for longer than two episodes. No matter how much I enjoyed those two episodes I never manage to continue further than that. The amount of TV anime I’ve completed in the last two years can be counted on two hands. Part of it to blame is real life being busy, the other part was depression killing the joy out of previous things I enjoyed.

Enter Yuri!!! on Ice. From the very first PV I was entranced; if there was one anime I was going to watch it had to be this – little did I know how strongly it would affect me. There has been a handful of anime that has touched me over the years, but I cannot think of a single one to bring me this much joy. It wasn’t just 24 minutes of happiness; it stirred something much deeper within me, something that changed my entire mentality. It’s cliché, but it changed my life.

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The protagonist is an unnamed seventeen year old boy who transfers back to the city after a seven year absence, and enrolls in a prestigious all boys school which takes pride in being the best among its prefecture. Changes are going to be made in his life, surrounded by faces both new and old.

Announced on April Fools but most certainly is no longer a joke; Gakuen Handsome is getting an anime!

The parody BL game released in 2010 for PC has been ported to Android and iOS and has various spin-off games. Unfortunately, those games never got an English release, but now we can enjoy those chins in its animated glory.

Titled “Gakuen Handsome: The Animation,” the anime will be released August 28 on DVD for ¥2,980. Animation will be handed by Team YokkyuuFuman (the original creators), with direction by Tohoku Penet, the company behind Gakuen Handsome.

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The first idol anime I watched was Uta no Prince-sama; I was new not only to the idol genre, but also the otome genre. Lights, sparkles, glamour, fabulous. I didn’t know much about idols at the time, but it looked like a lot of fun. It was a show so over-the-top in its antics that there was no way you wouldn’t be swept up in its ridiculousness. In recent months I’ve dipped my toes in a couple of more idol series; Love Live!, Aikatsu!, Shounen Hollywood, Wake Up, Girls!, and the recent iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls. I became addicted to the silly iDOLM@STER SideM mobage and I’ve played a few otome games where the romance options features idols. It’s certainly an interesting theme that’s been heavily romanticised. But there is one show that takes this romanticism and flips it on its back – Shounen Hollywood stands out amongst the crowd for more reasons outside that it’s about male idols.

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“Clothes make a character, but an entire wardrobe enhances him!” [original post]

One of the things I greatly appreciate is when shows take the effort to actually design characters a closet -clothes outside the default school/work uniform and casual wear. All too often do we see characters in a single outfit, regardless of whether it’s practical or not. Take The Simpsons for example; right away the characters in their iconic clothes come to mind: Lisa’s red dress, Marge’s green dress etc. The clothes are essentially a part of the character.

Tsuritama‘s Haru is a great example of how a set of clothes can greatly set apart and enhance a character. On his first day of entering a new school, his self introduction started with the exclamation “I’m an alien!” With the additional colourful differences in his uniform, we can easy see there is something special about him. In each episode, he wears a different outfit; they’re quirky, ridiculous and childish designs but they all reflect Haru’s inner character. Just through his clothes we can get a good idea of Haru’s character, but, unlike characters from The Simpsons, there is no set outfit we associate with him, rather we associate him with a style. I think that’s what makes him such a well designed character; we don’t recognise him by his clothes –his personality is memorable and his style of clothes just accentuates this, rather being “becoming him.”