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Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara

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彼女がフラグをおられたら
Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara
If Her Flag Breaks

Creator – Tōka Takei

Series

Light Novel
Arts by Cuteg
Published by Kodansha
10 Volumes [Ongoing]

Manga
Drawn by Nagian
Published in Monthly Shōnen Rival, Kodansha
8 Volumes [Ongoing]

Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara: Ō Yūsha yo, Flag o Tateteshimau to wa Nanigoto da!?
Drawn by Nagian
Published in Monthly Shōnen Rival, Kodansha
1 Volumes [Completed]

Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara: Root Love
Written by Kazuki Ayasaki
Published in Monthly Shōnen Sirius, Kodansha
2 Volume [Completed]

Anime
Directed by Ayumu Watanabe
Studio – Hoods Entertainment
13 Episodes [Completed]
OVA – Scheduled [2nd December 2014]

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@Batoto (Manga)

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Story start about Nanami Knight Bladefield witness a car accident during her way to the school, but was luckily avoided thanks to Souta Hatate. Well, someone did raise a death flag and luckily avoid the death of many.

Finding it suspicious, Nanami was trying to find the one who talk to the one who raised the death flag and avoid the accident, though it turned out that Souta is a newly transfer student to her class.

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As other students try to befriend with the new student, Nanami noticed that Souta choose not to get close with them, and somehow managed to get away from them.

After Nanami confront with Souta that he finally reveal about his power to see flag, and that he had the power to break them by using the right words.

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Interestingly, he do not want to interact with the other students and able to see their flag on their head, but somehow he could not see one on Nanami’s. Later on he did promised not to break them that easily, unless it a death flag.

There are many different type of flag, love flag, friendship flag, death flag, and other more. Initially Nanami didn’t believe it and laughed about it, though she believe it to some extend. One example was how Souta try to break Akane Mahougasawa friendship flags, which seem to respawn no matter what or how he tried.

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He did learnt that Akane is the rich granddaughter of a well known company and Nanami is a princess of a country in Europe. Akane wanted to go to see his dorm as a friend though both she and Nanami was shocked to see the building to be old and abandon, thanks to the mistake by the student president, Mimori Seiteikouji.

But what they didn’t know that this building will be links to what Souta will be on a quest; to break his own death flag. Well, Souta is kind to break many other people death flag, even going as far as kissing Akane so that she will continue living, and fall for Souta at the same time.

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Another girl who stay strong even when her flag got broken is Kikuno Shōkanji, who act like an elder sister to Souta and is his childhood friend. Problem tend to be that she like to spoil Souta to the point that it get to the other easily, and she doesn’t mind Souta getting the love of other girls.

Interestingly, Souta somehow managed to have Tsumugi Ryuukishibara to be like his grandmother despite her young look. Tsumugi may be in the same class as Souta, but she is rumor to be older than the school, and she like to tell tale of her past. Well, she did show her past look which shocked the other.

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Megumu Tōzokuyama is another boy, and a trap, who can spawn flag as if it is easy. Well, thank to his look, many tend to mistake him as a girl even though he is wearing a boy clothes. Well, the trap joke tend to be how the girls mistake Megumu as a girl then realize him as a boy, but his action and wanting to be with Souta can easily mistake Megumu as a girl instead.

Ruri Ninjabayashi, an android created by Akane’s company, was tasked to take care of Akane but due to some impact at first, the impression did send chill down their spine; having her head drop as if it normal. Even I can get a shock to see a head talking or even smiling when it not attach to the body.

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Later on, Rin Eiyūzaki stepped into the group and seem to hate Souta for being weak, and wanted to train him properly.. But somehow along the way as she acknowledge him, turned out that they were childhood playmate and Rin have a crush on him. Her first task was to train the girls and Souta for the school sport festival.

Mimori really like to give them more trouble than they would ask for. But Rin can be more problematic for Souta, as it turned out that she is the Yandere, which he always have to be on the look out whenever that Yandere flag pop on top of Rin’s head.

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As more girls stepped into the group, turned out that fate is playing a trick on Souta, and that in order to live on, he have to learn the truth of the world and understand his link to it. Interestingly, a mysterious organisation did sent in Mei Daimyōzamurai, as an observer and have the similar power to see flag who not only save Souta once, but later lose her memories and at the same time falling in love with him.

The anime did different somewhere along the way from the original plot, but even so, the anime is still interesting and funny at the same time. Even I do want to know what is the quest that Souta need to do and to learn of the truth hidden.

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Interesting thing is how the dorm that Souta stayed turned out to be one hidden link for him to start the quest, and is also call the Quest dorm. Even Ruri play an important for Souta to know more about what he needed to do.

Even Nanami’s family is also part of the whole match up, and the part where she will meet Souta will change their life too. Well, I understand many people like to prefer thing or events as a flag, but somehow I like this story plot where those flags are events for Souta needed to play along and to understand.

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Somehow he did initial wish not to interact with many people, but that change when he promised not to break any flag and to go along with it, other than death flag. Interestingly, there is also an quest flag like Kurumiko Daishikyōgawa case. Souta have to follow up on that quest and even help Kurimiko from the death flag.

Both Kurimiko and Ruri tend to be like a little siter to Souta, but Kurimiko tend to be quest advance flag while Ruri would unlock more knowledge on the quest for Souta, which also lead to more questions.

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Even despite the change in plot for the anime, the light novel story still leave mysteries behind, and giving more questions which Souta and his group need to solve. At first Souta wanted to do it alone but he also learn that he need to depend on other too.

I find it interesting that there are parallel world theory in this world, where Souta did step into there and learn of the contradict between each world, and how it may affect his current world. Well, the power to see flag is also something that isn’t normal too.

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Well, even though there are so many volumes for the light novel, I had yet to peek into most of the story, so I could not say more than to what I understand. But one thing for sure is that Souta’s life is really full of flag events.

Well, the story did show some interesting slice of life despite all those flag events, even I like how Souta get to interact with the members in Quest Dorm too.

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So do you want to have the power to see flag too in Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara?

Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de

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異能バトルは日常系のなかで
Inō-Batoru wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de
Inou Battle Within Everyday Life
When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

Creator – Kota Nozomi

Series

Light Novel
Art by 029
Published by SB Creative

Manga
Drawn by Kōsuke Kurose
Published in Comp Ace, Kadokawa Shoten
1 Volumes [Ongoing]

Anime
Directed by Masahiko Otsuka (chief) | Masanori Takahashi
Produced by Ryousuke Inagaki
Written by Masahiko Otsuka
Music by Elements Garden
Studio – Trigger

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Inou Battle 1

Story start with 5 members in the Senkō High School’s Literature Club, somehow gotten superpower and having it change their daily life.

Jurai Andō, with his chunibyo, is very good in Kanji, which he is able to create words or name with English reading, and giving nice name to the special powers for the 4 other girls.

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Tomoyo Kanzaki take power of time known as “Closed Clock” (Or Eternity in Kanji), where she can speed up, slow down or stop time. However she is unable to rewind the time, even when the power is pretty useful in emergency.

Most of the time, Kanzaki would prefer to stop the time and take her time to move other people from danger before starting the time back, however it do take her stamina despite it being the most useful in term of it power.

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Hatoko Kushikawa, who tend to take Jurai’s jokes and acts seriously, able to use 5 different element with her “Over Element” (Five Emperors in Kanji); earth, water, fire, wind, and light. Interestingly, she is able to mix 2 or more of the element to create new power like mixing fire and earth to create lava.

Due to the nature of her power, she is only to use her power during training or when needed, as the nature of her power is consider a lot more disastrous if misuse. Just imagine her causing natural disaster at the tip of her finger…

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Chifuyu Himeki had the power to create anything, elements and even able to control space, given by the name; “World Create” (Genesis in Kanji). Himeki also tend to teleport using her power, and though she is able to create golem under her control, she been warned by Ando and promised not to create life as it would cause paradox.

Interestingly, her power enable to her create thing out of no where, like costumes or guitar. And Himeki like to teleport using her power, which she also able to teleport people other than herself, or creating an open space big enough for them to play or fight with their power inside the small club room.

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Sayumi Takanashi, the club president, is able to reset anything back to it original, though it still not sure to what extend can the power, “Root of Origin” (The Beginning in Kanji) can reset the thing Takanashi touches.

Despite that, she was able to revert thing back to her wishes, and she had to promised not to resurrect the dead as it might cause more problem and trouble. Despite able to revert thing back to original, it was shown that Takanashi was unable to revert themselves to when they were powerless. Takanashi would normally use the power to “heal” the other instead.

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Having all the girls being powerful, Ando however ended with the most useless power among them; “Dark and Dark” (Black Flame in Kanji) which summon dark color fire from his hand. Other than all those, the fire feel cold and will not do any damaged to anyone, which they would say that it only meant for show.

Even as it is said, Ando’s chunibyo did save the club members from time, even once saving themselves from the student president who hold the power of “Grateful Robber” (Greed in Kanji) who can steal power from other once she seen the activation of their power.

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Mirei Kudō initially check on them to learn of their power, but befriend with them later on. Well, initially Kudo did mistake Ando’s letter for her as love letter, which cause dismay for the other literature club girls.

Well, the story is mostly the daily slice of life about the literature club, and how they get along with their power in check. Interestingly, they each got their own set of problems which Ando tend to help them along. Even Ando was the one who give their power the name and ensure them not to misuse it.

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I find the anime to be nice and interesting, where even when they have the power to rule or take over the world, they just living normally. Well, it did seem that that there are a group that seem to be suspicious and that Hajime Kiryū, Kanzaki’s older half brother is part of that group.

Well, I didn’t read the light novel so I do not have much idea, but the plot seem interesting, and I do want to see how the literature club are living normally even when they hold powerful skills, except for Ando.

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The funny thing is how Ando’s thinking tend to save the girls, or try to solve the problem. Even going as far as to ruin his reputation just to help Himeki to reconcile with her friend.

Well, the title did tell of how they are having fun as they battle with themselves and living normal, and using their power in check. Well, I do prefer Himeki’s power myself since I can get to teleport anywhere (=w= ||)

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The story is concentrate on their daily slice of life though they spice it up with their power; though I wonder if the plot seem to have some bad guys inside, and it being unsure at the moment. Initially I did mistaken Kudo as the enemy at first.

Do you prefer to also have special power too? Maybe you can take a peek into Inō-Batoru wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de.

OZ (Manga)

Oz―オズ―
OZ

Creator – Iwai Kyohei

Series

Manga
Drawn by Tokiya Seigo
Published in Comic Alive (Media Factory)
6 Volumes [Completed]

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Peek 
@Batoto

Peeked into this book myself, and finished all 6 volumes (5 volumes in the photo since it was taken when I didn’t have the last one in my procession, since previously I did wait for the last volumes in line. Not bad for the story plot, which can be unpredictable for the twist and plot and how the story is heading.

Story plot start with a new system similar to Sword Art Online, but having people sleeping in a special type of Bed; Sensory Simulation Capsule, which will bring the one who sleeping inside to another World call Gaia.

Here they do not felt pain, no war and also living as if they are in the real world. They can eat and drinks as per normal, as the “Bed” will provide the nutrient to the original body.

Story start with Oono Yuuri when he come across a strange cards, with different menus and currency from the original cards they normally used in Gaia; though he get hit by a car just to go and grab it.

He had proven the part where he doesn’t felt pain, and able to get back as per normal even when his body get twisted in strange way. He later come across a strange girl who look too mature of her age, and went to get some food for her though he unknowingly register and use the strange card.

Well, that is where everything get change in his life..

The strange card give the user back the feeling of pain, and to take part in a game where they had to fight with other strange card user. Another strange girl, Dorothy appear to help him out who happened to be the original card owner, and that she threw the card out in order not to have any links with it.

But that gotten Yuuri into the fight of the strange cards user which sadly, the other human are either the puppet, or get in the way. It also seem that when those strange cards user kill another normal human, they will felt the pain as per normal, even when they are in Gaia where pain shouldn’t be existed.

And when their Gaia avatar just killed off, their original body will felt as if they are dead, even when the body seem to be alive.

Oz is the name of the game, which is the same of the Manga title, and those who own the strange cards are call OZ users. And they had special powers which they need a lot of money in order to use it.

Yuuri wasted one of the skills slot with a teleportation skill call “Silver Shoe” which is the cheapest of all the skills known in OZ. And strangely being the most useless skills.

Also, the original cards user, Dorothy decided to help Yuuri survive for the next 2 weeks in order to wait for the card expiration date so Yuuri will no longer be part of the game.

But there is one thing; when the new of a new program at the cost of the 10 Geo, which is the currency needed to play the game, is revealed, the other Oz Users started their mission to hunt down Yuuri.

What Yuuri didn’t know was that Dorothy live and grow in Gaia, which is why she was able to do hacking in Gaia, doing many different thing in order to save both herself and Yuuri.

In order not to reveal Yuuri’s identity, Dorothy created a suit from program so Yuuri can either flee or fight. Thought it seem that Yuuri is able to fight but what both of them didn’t know, turned out that the weakest program can be use in succession combo in order to have the best effect.

Using the Slivers Shoe many time at one shot will let Yuuri teleport at a longer distance, though the cost remain the same per teleport, which can be a burden on his money amount.

Amazingly, he was able to defeat other Oz user plus the Oz game do have cards users with design of Girl, Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow. To think that one of the creator is known as the “Witch” and Dorothy’s name do based from the original Oz.

Though Yuuri is the one who holding the current cards to fight. As story go on, Yuuri learned more from Dorothy and about her origin, which lead him to continue to register himself into the game voluntarily even when the 2 weeks expired.

He did wanted to give up at first due to the fight wasn’t what he expected and the reason why he had to hide was that his original body was trapped in his “Bed” due to his house collapsed in the earthquake.

But there is a time limit for the Bed and his original body, yet he choose to stay on Dorothy’s side.

As story and fight go on, initially the card user seem to be fighting each other for the lump sum of prize money which is the total of Geo used in the fighting, but that there is a hidden secret which might threaten the whole of Gaia, and that it link to the “Girl” cards which Yuuri was holding on to.

Dorothy was unable to decide on what to do, and threw it away only for Yuuri to pick it up. When I peek into the last volumes of the manga, the fight did affect the whole of humanity, though it best not for me to spoil what happen or how it end

Maybe you can take part in the fighting in the virtual Gaia World just to know what happen in OZ?

Skip Beat

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スキップ・ビート!
Sukippu Bīto!
Skip Beat!

Creator – Yoshiki Nakamura

Series

Manga
Published in Hana to Yume, Hakusensha
35 Volumes [Oncoming | 217 Chapters]

Anime
Directed by Kiyoko Sayama
Written by Mayori Sekijima
Studio – Hal Film Maker
25 Episodes [Completed]

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Homepage
@Hana to Yume

Peek
@Batoto

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Story start with Kyoko Magami, a bright and hardworking girl who work on many different part time jobs to pay off her rent for her apartment with his child hood love, Sho Fuwa.

Someone who strongly believe in the story of Cinderella, and many other fairy tale, Kyoko wish that one day, be dress up like a princess and be taken away with her prince charming, Sho Fuwa.

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Anything that is regarding Sho, Kyoko would go to very much length to get her clean hand on, even poster to even small photo which can be found in the CD which one can buy from.

Which prove on one thing, she’s one determined person which many mistake her as a hardcore fan.

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Despite all that, what make her different from many other women is her way of living and thinking.

Well, due to the expensive cost of the expense of the rental apartment which both Sho (who hardly stayed in) and Kyoko stay in, and a bit of Sho merchandise which Kyoko got her clean hand on, she couldn’t afford to get something which a normal girl would do; Dress-up.

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Well even I would try to dress up once in a while, but Kyoko did not, and due to that, she was seem as the obedient one and very gentle due to her past with Sho’s parents who own a restaurant.

But one thing which cause her to change was due to her accident eavesdrop on Sho conversation with his manager.

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Well, Sho later in the story got a tongue bite when he saw Kyoko make up, but what make this story very interesting is how strong Kyoko can stand up after each fall, and her willing to do what many other wouldn’t expected at all.

Of course, getting into the Show Biz to get her revenge against Sho was no walk in the park, and she need to get a help from one of the personal staff working in the company.

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Initially she hate Ren Tsuruga, the top actor in the show biz because of her relationship with Sho, but didn’t realized that the company she want to join also hold Ren.

She need to go though the audition, with the president as one of the judge too.

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Despite her deep impression on the judges, she still flunk the test, which cause her to a short depression; a fall which many experience.

But even so, her determination still stay strong and she went to the same company whom the president give her one more chance, and to gain back one more emotion which she lost; A loving heart.

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The agency president, Lory Takarada, did rethink about Kyoko’s position and wonder what caused her to be such a girl who suddenly hate, which is why she was invited into a new section, Love-Me, who got her and Kanae Kotonami to both later join and to do any job request at the agency.

At first, Kyoko was unsure of what do to before joining the agency, but after her acting during one incident cause Maria (Lory’s granddaughter.. seriously how old is he??) speak what in her mind, Lory was impress with Kyoko’s acting but wonder about her past.

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Later on, another incident cause Kyoko to think about choosing acting as a career and it did seem that with little make-up, Kyoko can change dramatically, which shocked many people and making them rethink if the plain girl is just another girl.

Interestingly, Ren at first was against Kyoko for using revenge for acting and think that she do not have the talent. Going as far as making Kyoko hate him, though that all change when he learnt that she was someone whom he meet during his youth, and his love interest too.

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As much as Ren value that, and slowly change his attitude for Kyoko, the damage was done and he got a hard time trying to get Kyoko to warm up to him. Well, Kanae was able to get that done quickly and value the friendship between her and Kyoko.

Even Ren’s manager, Yukihito Yashiro, try his best to dig into the love hole for Ren and pair him with Kyoko. Well, later on Sho did love for Kyoko and at time would visit Kyoko to check on her, much to many people dismay.

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However many also believe that Kyoko might be in love with Sho at first, since due to the incident and love quarrel they had, which confused many.

What I like about this Manga was because of how the author maker Kyoko seem like a real character, despite all the devil going around.

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Not to spoil too much, but still, I been following this Manga for very long since it launch, but I still want to share the series I like, even if this is Shojo style.

The anime was also done nicely, in which I got my fair bit of laugh for both Manga and Anime. Well, the action of Kyoko can be funny at times. (=x= ||)

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Well, no harm in reading Manga, but I do prefer some of the slice of life type, and this is one of the few Shojo Manga which I really followed.

So, are you ready to give your heart to skip a beat and peek in the world of Skip Beat?

Mondaiji

問題児たちが異世界から来るそうですよ?
Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?
Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?

Creator – Tarō Tatsunoko

Series

Light Novel
Drawn by Yū Amano
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
11 Volumes [Ongoing]

Manga
Mondaijitachi ga Isekai kara Kuru sou desu yo?
Drawn by Rio Nanamomo
Published in Comp Ace, Kadokawa Shoten
4 Volumes [Completed]

Mondaijitachi ga Isekai kara Kuru sou desu yo? Z
Drawn by Anri Sakano
Published in Age Premium, Kadokawa Shoten
3 Volumes [Completed]

Anime
Directed by Yasutaka Yamamoto
Produced by Takeshi Yasuda
Written by Noboru Kimura
Music by Shirō Hamaguchi
Studio – Diomedea
10 Episodes + 1 OVA [Completed]

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Story started with 3 powerful and yet problematic children who were summon to Little Garden by Black Rabbit (Kuro Usagi).

The reason for the summoning was so that they can assist with her current community, No Name, to rise again in name, while lying they will have fun and enjoy the new world they are in.

Well, Black Rabbit did personally experience the abilities of the three people, and good things for her, they decided to help her and her community.

Izayoi Sakamaki is the most violence yet also intelligence whose abilities is unknown. He did easily beat one of the world God, gaining a water tree so they able to have water in their community.

Asuka Kudō can easily command anyone to do her bidding with just her words alone; from simple task like having the person to tell the truth or giving the order for them to sit down or leave. Later on, it also seem that she able to command animals and even plants.

Yō Kasukabe is able to talk / befriend with any animals, and learned their abilities, like the jump of a cat, or even walk in the air like a griffin.

Despite all three seem the same age, they each got a Japanese name but are of  different worlds  and timeline when summoned by Black Rabbit.

Their culture also seem different, though I wonder why and how their language stay the same for them.

Initially, they were also scouted by other community and were told how weak and low No Names was, including it current leader, Jinny Russel (Jin).

The fact was, before the Gift Game was started, the community was very powerful and influence. However they lost to someone and were wiped out, some were sent to other communities as slave or gift game prize.

Their power and name also fall to a miserable state that even the three of them noticed that Black Rabbit is powerful on her own, but is given the task to judge a Gift Game and be the referee.

Black Rabbit had displayed the power of fast speed and high jump when her hair turned from Blue to Pink, and her Gifts are very powerful that could easily defeat anyone.

Despite being a member of their current Community, Black Rabbit still work for Shiroyasha, the manager of Thousand Eyes and well known as  Demon Lord of the White Night.

She however is on the pervert side toward Black Rabbit, and won’t hesitant to give pay rise just to ensure that she cosplay.

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Well, she got her cute Bunny Ears, and I do like bunny girls though this bit of overkill as she is the real deal.

There are many other people in Little Garden who are half beast half human, like Neko or fox.

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In order to help promote the current “No-name” community, the three problem chuld decided to join in the Gift Game where their gift (abilities) or other prize are to be bet on the line.

Even their life can be placed on the line, if necessary.

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Having to start from scratch, Izayoi, Asuka and Yo decided to help out No Names, and hoping to win more gift games to gain back what was lost.

Due to their power and winning a few games, other community took notice of them and want to win against them for their gift or even after them.

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They did refused other communities invitation and even help and stand along with Black Rabbit once when she was threatened.

A few even want Black Rabbit in their community, due to her being a game referee and of her abilities and gifts, plus she is also pretty.

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The only thing that restricted Black Rabbit from using her powers is that she is the judge in little garden, where she is unable to join any games or misuse her power.

Also unless the game stated that she is a participant, or part of the game, she is to judge the game fairly with her bunny ear to detect cheating.

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Initially, I didn’t peek into this interesting Light Novel, and sadly I had to admit that I started with the Anime, as there weren’t much release of the Manga at online site.

However as I watch the anime, I slowly start to like the story, going as far as to getting the light novels of the story just to peek into.

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Despite their strong will and power, there are other community who are stronger and can easily defeat No Names, though they did slowly gain back some reputation and even their past members.

Well, they also gain new members they defeated along the way.

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The interesting part about this series is how the 3 summoned problematic chuldren got their own personality and tend to give Black Rabbit more trouble and problems than she can ask for.

However, they did learn and mature as the story go, as well as gaining new powers, and learning of their current power.

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Luckily they did become friends quite easily, something which was seem impossible in their own worlds due to their personality.

However Izayoi tend to do things alone as he seem as the most proud and arrogant of the three, but also the most knowledgeable in which the history and story that were taught by his mother come help overcome many of their difficulties .

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It also seem that the gift game that in the series is more than what one can bargain for, considering that there are even setback or side effect.

Interestingly, despite the current community having no name, and yet they are being famous and making a name for themselves. And this series also make it name since I now peeking into this.

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As far as I peeked, do you want to join the community and challenge the Gift Game in Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?

Hitsugi no Chaika

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棺姫のチャイカ
Hitsugi no Chaika
Chaika – The Coffin Princess

Creator – Ichirō Sakaki

Series

Light Novel
Art by Namaniku ATK
Published by Fujimi Shobo
10 Volumes [Ongoing]

Manga
Drawn by Shinta Sakayama
Published in Shounen Ace, Kadokawa Shoten
4 Volumes [Ongoing]

Anime
Directed by Soichi Masui
Written by Touko Machida
Music by Seikou Nagaoka
Studio – Bones

Season 1 – 12 Episodes [Completed]
Season 2 – 12 Episodes [Ongoing]
OVA – Scheduled March 2015

More Info
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Homepage
@Light Novel | @Anime

Chaika 1

Toru Acura is a Saboteur, a person who train for war and battle, but after the empire of Gaz had fallen, the need for Saboteur is no longer require as the world is change for the better and for peace.

Losing the way of life, Toru become somehow like a NEET. His younger sister, Akari, decided to force him to work or else she will kill him.

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While outside looking for herbs and stuffs in the forest, he encounter Chaika Trabant, carrying a big coffin on her back. Unbeknownst to him, Toru about to get drag into something big, but first they need to get rid of a unicorn-like monster after Chaika.

After witnessing his skills, Chaika decided to hire him to help her find the body parts of the Gaz empire king which were cut up and given as rewards to the 8 heroes. Those magical parts got unlimited amount of magic which many other people are also trying to get it.

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As it turned out, there are also other Chaika who also want to collect the parts for their own uses. The White Chaika, however just wish to collect the parts and to give it a proper funeral; something that differ from many other as they wish to use it for revenge or to rule over the world, which is start another war.

Toru and Akari decided to travel and use their skills to help Chaika to collect those parts, and slowly they success in find those parts on their own, a feat which other Chaika wasn’t able to. The villagers of Acura have a special skill, Iron-Blood Transformation, a body enhancement skills which help them in battle a lot more.

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Also it seems that though they may be train like warrior, they are in fact assassin due to their skills, and they sabotage many things during battle and war. Also they are hire merchant, so they tend to do job as long as they are paid.

Decided to do the job in a long while, they success in collecting their first part from Roberto Abarth, but due to being seen and nearly caught by Gillett Corps who want to capture all the chaika, both Toru and Akari decided to follow the white Chaika as they do not have a place to stay, and isn’t safe to stay in one place for too long.

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Fredrika, a dragoon and partner to one of the eight hero Dominica Skoda, decided to join them after they collect another part from her.

Previously I did peek into the manga version, but somehow along I fail to follow it and forget about it totally. But after peeking into the anime did I start to remember the story. The plot as a whole is interesting, in which there are many Chaika with different goal and plan, and I do want to see how the story is heading.

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The white Chaika group also has their level up moment where Chaika learn ways to improve her magic while Toru and Akari get to have work up. Despite not training, Toru show to be quite the fighter himself.

The whole fight initially was thought to be just containing the Chaika, but it turned out that the new empire isn’t as good as it was thought to be even after the fall of Gaz Empire. Even most of the eight heroes do not have a nice ending after kill the Gaz King, like becoming corrupted or insane while some decided to give their parts to the Chaika willingly if they get defeated by them.

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Though it was told that Chaika was supposed to be dead, the interesting part was that the Arthur Gaz the king planned something before his death, though it wasn’t sure how or what he did that cause so many Chaika to appear around the places.

Even a mysterious person, Guy, do not reveal much except to tell the Chaika to collect those body part back.

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I do like the fight in the story and the anime version just made the action seem cooler, and getting me wishing to know what might happen next, and what might happen once those body parts are collected in one place.

One thing for sure, it can be nothing or something bad, and that got me interested to peek into this series.

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What will you do if you come across Hitsugi no Chaika?

Grisaia no Kajitsu

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グリザイアの果実
Gurizaia no Kajitsu
Le Fruit de la Grisaia
The Fruit of the Grisaia

Origin – Adult Visual Novel by Front Wing
Characters Design by Akio Watanabe and Fumio

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Series

Game
Developer – Front Wing
Publisher – Front Wing (Windows) | Prototype (PSP/PSVita)
Genre – Eroge, Visual novel
Console – PC Windows | PlayStation Portable / Vita

Manga
Le Fruit de la Grisaia: Sanctuary Fellows
Written by Eiji Narumi
Drawm by Shū Hirose
Published in Champion Red Ichigo, Akita Shoten
3 Volumes [Ongoing]

Le Fruit de la Grisaia: L’Oiseau bleu
Written by Jun’ichi Fujisaku
Drawm by Taka Himeno
Published in Monthly Comic Blade / Comic Garden, Mag Garden
1 Volumes [Ongoing]

Anime
Directed by Tensho
Written by Hideyuki Kurata
Music by Elements Garden
Studio – 8-Bit
13 Episodes [Ongoing]

More Info
@Wiki | @Anime News Network | @Baka(1) @Baka(2)

Homepage
@Front Wing (18+) | @Prototype | @Anime

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Story started about Yūji Kazami who got transferred into a prison-like and yet normal high school, Mihama Academy which consist of 5 other female students.

Each students got their own dark past, or secrets and due to those, landed them into this school as they couldn’t get into other school. Even so they live and study together in the big school which only house a few students.

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Yuji wish to lead a normal school life, as he was an elite soldier who also who clean up the mess in the underworld. As he just got transferred in, thanks to Chizuru Tachibana who is the school principal, he was pointed as the dormitory leader and the caretaker of the students.

As a dating sim / eroge, Yuji will come across the 5 female students, while the anime did show how slowly he get to know them though encounter.

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First off was Sachi Komine who is the class rep, and due to her strong sense of responsibility and like to help other with their requests, she was seen like a maid and was requested to dress like one, which she will wear most of her time other than school and other period.

Next morning Yuji come across Amane Suou who seem like the elder sister to the students, and especially like a mother figure to Makina Irisu who is shy and is like the little sister type, who is easily shy against people, and not talk to other that easily.

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In class, Michiru Matsushima was practicing on her Tsundere personality even though she isn’t. Also she ensure she got her hair bleached blond and tie it twin tails, and other minor stuffs that might define a tsundere characters.

The last student, Yumiko Sakaki, is a bookworm and a lady, and carrying around a box cutter which she use to threaten other.

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Like Yuji who want to hide his past, to the point that even Yumiko is suspicious due to many missing info on him, the other 5 students got their own past and secret where they do not wish to reveal to the other, and want to live a normal school life like Yuji.

Considering that Yumiko like to carry a cutter around isn’t normal.

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Despite those, the students are given their freedom, and they interact with each other, which also consider as a normal slice of life.

Well, personally I would prefer to view how the anime will end, considering that this is based off an eroge, plus Yuji is to capture the hearts of the 5 students while he learn of their past and secrets, at the same time helping to change their own mindset and to look forward to the future.

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Despite there are adult content in the game, the anime isn’t putting that down when it show interesting moments of the female panty for the male viewers, or naked Yuji for female viewers.

Interestingly, there are moment of Chibi characters moments like in the game, showing interesting and funny moments or interaction of them.

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Like how Yumiko trying her best to stab Yuji but he able to dodge them with ease, or Michiru using her cowlick and twin tails as weapons to chase away a black cat for sticking to her too much.

The anime really give that fair bit of scenario from the game, and I find the art to be nice with the anime showing a film-like which is interesting to view. Most of the part are close up of each characters, similar to an eroge where you are just talking to the girls.

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As a whole, this anime give a nice peeking into since I personally more interesting in the story and the background of the characters than their naked moment. Well, I never touch the game version myself so I got totally no idea how it heading.

But even so, do you want to enroll to Mihama Academy in Grisaia no Kajitsu?

Servant x Service

servant x service

サーバント×サービス
Sābanto x Sābisu
Servant x Service

Creator – Karino Takatsu

Series

Manga
Published in Big Gangan, Square Enix
4 Volumes [Ongoing]

Anime
Directed by Yasutaka Yamamoto
Produced by Hiroyuki Shimizu
Written by Taketo Shimoyama
Music by monaca
Studio – A-1 Pictures
13 Episodes [Completed]

More Info
@Wiki | @Anime News Network | @Baka

Homepage
@Anime

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Story started with 3 new comers for the role of civil servants, Lucy (…) Yamagami, Yutaka Hasebe and Saya Miyoshi.

Greeted and guide from Taishi Ichimiya, they slowly get used to their works, though Yutaka seem able to slack off a lot, while Yamagami quickly get used to her front desk work. Saya initially couldn’t get used to her front desk work, but she get to listen to an old granny, Mrs. Tanaka, long story and ranting.

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Yamagami revealed that the reason why she doesn’t want people to call her first name, or names, since it was approved by a civil servant due to it ridiculous many and long names; her real name was Lucy Kimiko Akie Airi Shiori Rinne Yoshiho Ayano Tomika Chitose Sanae Mikiko Ichika… Yamagami, in which later it was shortened to Lucy (…) Yamagami since it couldn’t fix in the space provided in the name.

Interesting, Hasebe tend to tease Yamagami a lot especially her name though he later fall in love with her.

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Despite wanting to get revenge for her ridiculous name, she turned out to be most naive person and have the lowest guard against people. Even Megumi Chihaya was shocked to see the size of her chest despite her height, and want to make her cosplay along with her.

The anime tend to show interesting daily slice of life of civil servants’ work, and it really amazing to see the slacking Hasebe turned out to one smart guy who can easily handle basic works and he do know some hand sign language himself.

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Yamagami on other hand like books to the point that she will sacrifice foods fee just to get the books she want, and her meal tend to be plain noodles or rice.

Miyoshi tend to be the most quiet and yet when she snapped, she can be very cold at times and shot down any person’s pride with just her word alone, even if she doesn’t mean it. Interesting to see how Ichimiya and Chihaya turned out to be lover, but Tōko Ichimiya indirectly stand in their way. Also Chihaya easily manipulate people, especially Yamagami and Toko.

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This anime show how interesting they interact with each other, and how they done things. I find the section chief, Kenzo Momoi, an interesting addition where it a stuff robot bunny, and being the father of Kanon Momoi, whom also friend of Toko.

I like to peek into this anime due to joke and how they play it nicely on the characters’ face expression. They even play the right background tone for that moment, which can easily got me laugh at those joke myself.

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Well, I had worked under administrative work that is similar to how those civil servants work, so I got a fair bit of basic of knowledge and understanding. But to think I ace the annual admin test paper where other admin struggling to pass the paper, winning even 2 oldest admin in the office, but that is history since I got a few bad memories with the work.

The anime did show the fair bits of how it also isn’t easy to be a civil servant due to the works and knowledge needed to be one. Plus one need to work like a dog even if the job is stable with stable pay. Well, the service one need to provide is also important.

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But in anyway, it’s still an interesting anime where one get to have some understanding of how the civil servant work, though it did seem that they make good use their lunch time to talk too.

Interestingly, I never know that they can talk a lot even when during their working period. I even wonder how they allow a stuff bunny be the section chief who doesn’t seem to do anything much, while at the same time letting a high school girl testing the other civil servants.

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Well, I need to give the creator of this series for such an interesting series which got me peeking into it. I did wonder if the creator got the basic knowledge of how a civil servant work on the service line, or been worked as one before.

So you want to work as a civil servant like those in Servant x Service?

Hataraku Maou-sama! Opening Song – “Zero!!”

Zero!!
Singer / Lyrics – Minami Kuribayashi
Composer – Tomohiro Nakatsuchi
Anime – Hataraku Maou-sama! (Opening)

More Info @Anime Lyrics

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Since I decided to repeek into the anime one more time, and at the same time reading the Light Novel again, might as well share one of my favor opening song, “Zero!!” Well, I once mistook it as closing when it was played at the end of Episode 2 initially.

Minami Kuribayashi have most of her song being in opening or ending of Anime and Games, like both opening for Infinite Stratos series. But till now, “Zero!!” is one of the music which I love to listen, and will play most in my phone when I out on a walking session.

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Even if I am at home, it still one of my most played songs. I really like how the background instrumental start up and at the same time in tune with Minami’s singing. Well, her singing for this song really bring out how thing always start from zero, and still now, at times I will play this song to start my day. Well, the later version anime opening did show how both Emi and Maou start their day.

Another interesting note would be how there are background singers, in which the starting lyrics and chores actually activated my Listening Ears. Well, the starting instrumental did activated them too, but the lyrics “get out of the gate” really got my attention.

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Another interesting thing when it come back to the anime, there are many different choice to start the starting. Well, I do prefer the latter version, but when it come to the flying part, I like how they show Emi flap her angel wing and really fly.

The earlier version was showing the characters’ daily life, and even for the later version, Ashiya have his interesting and fair bit of air time. I don’t mind his action pose when he was wearing his cape, but what got me laugh was that he had also become good in home chores himself.

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As a whole, I will need to give a good credits for the improvement done on the later version of the Anime opening for Hataraku Maou-sama!

I really wonder how Minami can come up with a nice and catchy song for this anime, which I have to listen almost on a daily basis. Oh well, I think I will take some time listening to it a few more times (=w= ||)

Amagi Brilliant Park

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甘城ブリリアントパーク
Amagi Buririanto Pāku

Creator – Shoji Gatoh (the same creator for Full Metal Panic Series)

Series

Light Novel
Art by Yuka Nakajima
Published by Fujimi Shobo
5 Volumes [Ongoing]

Manga
Drawn by Kimitake Yoshioka
Published in Monthly Dragon Age, Fujimi Shobo
2 Volumes [Ongoing]

Amagi Brilliant Park? Mofu
Drawn by Kōji Azuma
Published in Monthly Dragon Age, Fujimi Shobo
0 Volumes [Ongoing]

Amagi Brilliant Park the animation
Written by AmaBri Restoration Committee
Drawn by Ami Hakui
Published in ComicWalker, Kadokawa
0 Volumes [Ongoing]

Anime
Directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto
Written by Fumihiko Shimo
Music by Shinkichi Mitsumune
Studio – Kyoto Animation
13 Episodes [Ongoing]

More Info
@Wiki | @Anime News Network | @Baka

Homepage
@Anime | @TBS

Peek
@Batoto (Manga)

ABP 1

Story start about Isuzu Sento forcing Seiya Kanie to go on a date using her muzzleloader, at Amagi Brilliant Park.

Turned out to be that Isuzu wanted Seiya to take over the management of the place, in hope for him to save the amusement park from closing down. He got a bad impression of the main mascot, Moffle, who also seem to hate him bad, however Seiya was also request to help by the place owner, Latifah Fullanza.

Despite being a normal amusement park, some of the place are resident from the magical world and that having more visitors will help to maintain their existence; if Amagi Brilliant Park was to close down, the resident will have no place to go and will lose their existence after a period.

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Initially Seiya was very reluctance to help out, but after noting the situation and the park residents’ feeling and situation, he decided to play the role of a bad guy by talking down the staffs and residents, but promising to use his abilities to help bring in the amount of target visitors so that the amusement park will not close down.

His condition to save the park differ from the LN and the anime, in which the Light novel and Manga was that he is to save the place in 2 weeks with 100,000 visitor though the Anime go with 250,000 visitors in 3 months.

Interestingly, the Anime did a rearrangement of the Light novel chapters, yet able to bring out the story as a whole despite having a few different plot and setting. Seiya however do promised to bring in the amount of visitors, he also put in the condition that he will only work for the short period just in order to save the amusement park.

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Latifah is the blind princess of the magical world, and that she gave Seiya some magical power though a kiss. Seiya later develop a mind reading magic which he can only use it once on the same person. Isuzu was able to trick him into using on her so that he will no longer able to use it on her anymore.

The anime give a differ impression on the princess, as they seem to show her being a great cook and also not blind but they keep her weak and fragile side the same though.

Rejecting to help and refusing to believe about magic initially, the mind reading gave Seiya a wake-up call, and later checking out the amusement park one more time before he take up the job.

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Turned out that Seiya did have a tie with the place himself and he was a star child during his youth, but an incident changed all his life, and why he become so arrogant too. Isuzu was tasked to operate and save the amusement park but was unable to, which is why she choose Seiya.

Initially many did go in a bad impression of Seiya, but they realized that his decision was right, even agreeing to a sudden close down for a day just to clean the whole place up, and at the same time repairing many spoil equipment.

Interestingly, as they start their stuffs, Seiya was ahead of the plans, and start on the next situation. But he isn’t the type not to listen to the staffs reasoning, like when he wanted to open the place up for free, he did a rethinking and choose to open at 30 yen instead.

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Many of the other staffs are also impress by Seiya, even Isuzu did doubt her own ability when she was in charge.

The first episodes did leave me with a nice impression, and I like how the joke go about in the Anime, which later got me rushing to take a peek at the Light Novel. Well it due to reading the light novel that got me realized the different plot and setting, but I still looking forward to the Anime episodes.

I only read up to volumes 2 of the Light novel, so I only have some rough idea in a few situation; even as I wish to spoil what happen next, let leave it this since I did mentioned how the anime being differ from the Light Novel. The Manga did started with a few chapter origin from the Light novel.

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I have to give credit to the Creator for such an interesting setting which is unlike most other Light Novel I peek into so far, and it didn’t come to my mind that it was the same creator as Full Metal Panic series too.

But even so, Amgai Brilliant Park got it nice entertainment and fun which I will be looking forward to it, and hopefully to visit some day (=w= ||)