Also known by its full title:
Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui
No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!
I am in love with this anime, even though it is difficult to watch at times. It’s heartbreaking to watch Tomoko struggle with social anxiety and mostly unpleasant methods of handling low self-esteem. This anime does manage to find a way to make all of that hilarious though.
If you’re like me and that description doesn’t sound too far from your experience with high school…or life in general…then you should check it out! Even if you cannot relate, it is a pretty funny and interesting anime. You will not find a protag as unique as Tomoko. I promise.
I’ll post a link below. If it stops working then I don’t know what to tell you. Sorry. It’s also on Hulu Plus, so you can watch it there.
Posted by Kato on August 13, 2013
If you keep up with the latest animes then you’ve probably heard about Free! Iwatobi Swim Club (or just Free!) by now.
…And if you’re a fan of yaoi and you’ve heard about Free! then there is a 99% chance you’re already watching it…possibly rewatching it on a daily basis with shameless thirst. (LOL)
For those who know nothing about this slice of life swimming anime, though, I offer you a list of seven facts slash reviews. Perhaps it will help you in your decision to watch or not watch Free!
I’ll also add a # out of 10 score at the end to sum up my opinion on the show’s overall quality.
Alright! Prepare for some crappy listing!
- Free! is currently a controversial anime. This means that you may, unfortunately, receive some insults for becoming a fan of the show. Long story short, there are a lot of angry, sexist, homophobic, hypocritical anime dudes out there who loathe the idea of an anime that sexualizes men for the benefit of women–or fanservice. Keep in mind that these are the same dudes who will turn around and fap to anime panty shots then shed man-tears about how they’re tired of society judging them. *sigh* Anyway, consider this bullet more of a warning than something to use as a decision-making tool…because may have word “fujoshi” hissed in your direction if you say you’re a fan of Free!
- Speaking of fanservice... Yes, there is a lot of fanservice in this show. Once more, this anime caters to women. So, you can expect a lot of chest shots, ab shots, muscular arms, muscular backs, crotch shots, butt shots, guys getting undressed in slow motion (Actually, one guy–Haru–literally undresses the moment he sees water. He has done this in public numerous times), and things along that line. But I must press something in the next bullet regarding the fanservice issues.
- Free! is not just fanservice. It has content. Those who deny that are usually members of the “ugh this is gay (Why is “gay” being used an insult? Come on, people. It’s 2013.)” or “lol omg half naked guys” crowd. When you look past the obvious sexual content, you will find your quintessential slice of life and sports anime. If you are fan of both or even one of these genres, you may like Free! To me, it accurately portrays what it is like to grow up with certain friends, grow apart as the years pass, and then come together again over a common passion. It also has a decent representation of what swimming is like. Those who enjoy swimming, or just being in water, may find themselves relating wholeheartedly with Haru especially.
- The characters are likeable. Yes, some of them do fall into anime stereotypes, but it doesn’t take away from their charm. My favorite character is tied between Haru and Gou–excuse me, Kou (you’ll understand why I did that once you watch the anime). Haru is a guy who is seriously in love with water. He cannot go a single day without submerging himself in it. As I mentioned before, he even strips down and tries to swim in public if he sees anything that contains water. His stoic personality along with those tendencies makes his antics extremely funny. Kou, on the other hand, is just adorable. She is a very determined leader, yet at the same time she cannot help ogling at the physical aspects of the boys she is supposed to lead (her slogan: “Look at those biceps!” *swoons*). There is a cute type, brainy type, sensitive type, aggressive type–so you’ll likely find a favorite character within the first two episodes.
- Free! is funny. Comedy doesn’t usually come to mind when I think of sports-oriented animes like Free!, but I had plenty of laugh out loud moments so far. I still chuckle thinking about the guys-having-feminine-names and girls-having-masculine-names punchline that keeps popping up. One character even goes as far as saying that a character named Rei should be recruited to their swim team because he has a girl’s name too and it’s, therefore, “destiny”. By the way, Rei will get a lot of laughs out of you. He tries so hard to show that his brilliant mathematical calculations can solve anything, even swimming, and it doesn’t go well for him. It’s funnier to watch. I promise.
- The animation is beautiful. You only have to look around at the landscapes to see how much work went into this anime. Every time they show water, I cannot help but marvel at how gorgeous it looks. It’s almost like standing right there in front of a pool. The character designs are a bit generic, but they’re not over the top. No spiky-haired guy with pink and lilac hair running around. The funkiest colors you may come across, hair-wise, is blue and maroon.
- The story isn’t bad. Sure, I can find animes with more interesting storylines. However, you kind of expect this type of plot in a slice of life anime. The biggest conflicts the characters face are internal. They may encounter rivalries along the way, but even those rivalries involve a lot of inner turmoil as opposed to physical confrontations. So, it does what an anime like this is supposed to do: it makes you like the characters, stay curious about their pasts, become eager to learn their futures, laugh, feel pity, feel anger, feel happiness, etc.
Overall, Free! is a feel-good anime. Whether you go into it for the fanservice, the life lessons, or to witness the blossoming relationships between different characters, you get what you’re looking for.
If you’re turned off by animes that aren’t high-octane…or you’re just uncomfortable with the idea of watching slow camera pans of scantily-clad guys dripping in water…then I wouldn’t recommend this anime to you.
Otherwise, this anime is probably right up your alley.
I give it an 8 out 10. Of course, this score is not too reliable since I am only 4 episodes into it, along with everyone else, but we’ll see how things turn out once the series ends. I have a strong feeling it will follow the typical route of animes like this (Not complaining. I like the occasional mellow anime between my humanity-against-overpowering-villains animes).
Alright. That wraps up another lazy, half-assed review!
I leave you with this. Consider it a “preview” of what you’ll likely run into while watching Free!
Posted by Kato on July 25, 2013
[I am not done with the series yet, so I’ll have to add things as I get further along.]
- The animation is gorgeous in this show.
- I really thought Nobuteru Yuki did the character designs for this show. I’m shocked. o_o
- Naturally, Yoko Kanno’s compositions are amazing. Who would think otherwise? No one…right? e_e
- I am never grossed out by these sibling lusting for sibling scenarios in animes. /sarcasm
- At this moment, I don’t like Silvia at all. Her hard-on for her brother is bad enough, but the whole bullying Reika because Sirius may or may not like her thing is just…no.
- I don’t like Apollo too much either, but I believe he and Silvia will become more tolerable once they get over their irritating tendencies. I am praying to you, O God of Character Development.
- Okay, whose idea was it to have the characters orgasm every time their Vectors merge and why? ( ¬ _ ¬ )
- Sirius is so dramatic and fabulous with his roses and poetry.
- Aquarion, vectors, and elements are really cool. The first thing that came to mind was: “I would love to RP this minus the moaning every time vectors merge”. I’m also a sucker for military academies. I blame Balamb Garden for that completely. Anyway, I know DEAVA isn’t necessarily an academy…more of an organization…but it still reminds me of an academy.
So far, I’ll give it a 6 out of 10. I’ll see how I feel when it’s all over.
Posted by Kato on April 12, 2013
Silent Hill: Revelation – 4/10
- I’ve come to the conclusion that any movie title that reads “Movie Title: ______-tion” will immediately suck.
- Smh at Pyramid basically becoming an esper. I guess when shit gets real, he’s the one to summon. On a serious note, I am still trying to figure out how an executioner turned into a babysitter. It’s like watching Freddy Kruegar become a hairdresser…or Arnold Schwarzenegger become a pregnant man.
- Heather Mason was the only decent thing in that entire movie which crushes my soul.
- Carrie-Anne Moss is a great actress who I know would have done an exceptional job in portraying the tragedy of Claudia Wolf. Instead, (a)she is barely shown in the movie, and (b)she is used in a horrible way to force an unnecessary final battle sequence. I sighed so hard during the last 10-15 minutes of the movie.
- I’m still laughing at Pyramid Head operating the carousel. So, he’s a babysitter and an amusement park worker. Must be making some side cash for the holidays.
- The music was amazing, of course. Akira Yamaoka always makes amazing music. Jeff Danna is not bad either.
- Visually, the movie was stunning. The only scene that looked like crap to me was the mannequin scene. That monster was overly ‘shopped and not even remotely disturbing.
- OT: I really wanted to chokeslam the girl behind me who kept calling Heather a ‘dumb bitch’. Considering the amount of times she screamed (and the movie wasn’t even scary), I am going to take a wild guess and say that she wouldn’t last two seconds in Silent Hill. So, yeah…have a seat. Or, in that case, stand up and sit back down again.
- I hope the ending was just an easter egg/cameo, and not a way of saying that the next movie will be about Downpour.
- Overall, I am not shitting on the movie. It is okay as a horror movie, but disappointing as a SH movie. From what I read, the guy who was involved in the first movie is in jail or something, and this current guy worked on Solomon Kane. So…yeah…that actually explains a lot.
- I wouldn’t buy the DVD or anything. It’s one of those “once is enough” type of movies.
The Man With The Iron Fists – 7/10
- This comes as no surprise, but the soundtrack was nice.
- The plot was kind of WTF, but it is a movie about a black man in ancient China who eventually gets iron fists. Then again, I heard that the movie was supposed to be 4 hours long, yet it was truncated to 90 minutes. So, that also explains why the story felt so choppy and off-balance.
- As much as I like the RZA, I really think he was a poor choice for the protagonist.
- The fight scenes were fun, which is why they should have had more.
- Me, as soon as Brass Body showed up on screen: “OH SHIT IT’S BATISTA!”
- Madame Blossom’s death was so unnecessary. I really hate that crap in movies. “Oh, look at me kicking ass for five minutes. Now I’m going to turn my back for one second, and UGH DEAD.”
- Visually, it was very pleasant.
- I’d buy the DVD…mostly to “brush up” on the dialogue. I missed out on some of the things said because the music was way louder than the dialogues for some reason.
- All I could think during the battle scene with the Geminis vs Lions was Bayonetta. Dem guns in random locations.
- Not a bad movie. It did what it was trying to do: pay homage to old school karate/kung-fu flicks. It had some flaws here and there, but it wasn’t so overbearing that I disliked it.
As always, everything on this blog is my opinion, and it is not meant to be an agree-with-me-or-you’re-a-(random insult) type of thing.
With that said, I shall continue with more almost reviews in the future. More than likely, my next one will be “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Posted by Kato on December 12, 2012