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Lately I have been quite busy at work so you probably have noticed that I haven’t been blogging about each episode of the animes that I’m trying to keep tabs on. Maybe because my patience is low right now but I’m finding Hourou Musuko a bit slow. The animation is still very enjoyable to watch and I’m really liking some characters (like Chi!!!) but the fact that both our main characters are so soft spoken, it’s starting to get on my nerves. Having said that, I do think the anime is portraying the characters appropriately. I am looking forward to see Takatsuki struggle with her gender. She is an interesting comparison to Chi who openly dressed up as a boy on her first day and has a very outspoken and bold character it seems. I’ll keep watching…just wish they were in senior years or in college. It would be more interesting I think.

Yep! It’s as good as what others are say it is!! The art is just quite breathtaking. It resembles Aoi Hana in the use of soft water colours and it’s all just very pretty. Sakura is regularly used in the backdrop. ^_^ The character designs are simple and cute although I did get a tad confused at the start – especially once Shuichi started dressing up as a girl!! In any case, for those who are new to the story and did not read the manga, you will probably be a little confused by who all the people are. Just a quick question for those who have watched this – who is the lady that brings Yoshino a boy’s uniform? It’s not her mum right!?

Yoshino and Shuichi both have desires to be the other sex. I’m looking forward to the development in the story. It’s about time we had such a beautiful anime to watch! Must say that the opening and closing theme songs are a bit of a disappointment. *sigh* Can’t have everything! *goes off to watch Aoi Hana’s OP*

Those who haven’t watched this MUST give it a go!!!

I’ve been meaning to summarise what is catching my eye in the coming season but spare time has been hard to find lately!! Luckily both Yuri no Boke and hashihime has both summarised what’s coming this season. I’ll simply highlight those that I will be checking out. I might not be entirely accurate on the plot summaries…just a warning…The following is broadly in the order of the most appealing first…

Hourou Musuko

Episode 1 on 13 January

Story: Shuicihi Nitori appears to be a shy and quiet preteen boy, when he transfers to a new school he quickly makes friends with the tomboyish Yoshino Takatsuki who sits next to him. It soon becomes apparent that both Shucihi and Yoshino are more than simply a sensitive boy and masculine girl, they both are transgendered. Together they decide to take the first steps toward becoming the people they want to be (taken from ANN).

Reasons for watching: There are a number of reasons to watch this one!! Firstly, the mangaka is the one from Aoi Hana, Takako Shimura!! There’s no yuri but the anime focuses on some transgender issues!? Sounds interesting!! Plus if you go to the website and check out their trailer, the art is soft and endearing with a very classical music OST. I love the use of strings!!  How can you NOT watch it!?!? Seiyuu wise, it’s also quite attractive with Aki Toyosaki (Yui from K-ON!), Nana Mizuki (Fate from Magical Girl Lyrical), Saeko Chiba (Natsuki from Mai-Hime), Yoshino Nanjou (Maria from Canaan), Yui Horie (need I say more!?) but they seem to all just play supportive roles. The main two characters are played by new voice actors, I think?

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