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UPDATED 4/3/2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Review: Spearwood Academy

Spearwood Academy  Volume 1 (ep. 1-5) by A.S. Oren - ongoing

Spearwood Academy has always been an all-boys school for dragon shapeshifters, until along came Avalon.  The first female student and dragon shapeshifter... in centuries.

First a backstory, I don't normally use reverse harem hashtag when I tweet my blog posts. So I did and stumbled a tweet from A.S. Oren and filed the book under my reading list. Days before this, I was engrossed with Maze Runner Trilogy, not a reverse harem romance story but the set up of the first book is about 50 boys, one girl and one maze. Around the same time, I also received recommendations for two reverse harem English young adult books. I'm such a big fan of YA books. Between reverse harem and non-reverse harem Hollywood TV series, animes and Asian dramas, I also alternately read YA fantasy and YA dystopia genres. This sudden turn of related events was making me excited and I about to post a generic post about YA reverse harem when I received a message from the author right after I followed her. She's giving me a free copy for a review!

This is the first time I get to read something in exchange for a review. I was worried what if I don't like it at all. I'm not sure how to handle it. I started reading the book and find the background story intriguing. Then the heroine was introduced and I was suddenly caught off guard with the burst of emotions. In teenage speak..the feels! It was laid down at the start that Avalon is a big fan of Harry Potter so there's a lot of parallelisms and references. It got me at Ravenclaw remark. But as the world of the dragon shapeshifters is revealed, it is grand, meticulously detailed and magical on it's own right. I can see this as a TV series. Even thought it is being marketed as reverse harem, the storytelling doesn't feel like a hard sell. I'm mesmerized with the the fantasy elements and every now and then I forget that it has reverse harem factors that remembering about is like an awesome perk. This is also the first time I get to try to imagine this many guys in real life. Bishonen stereotyping is a must in a reverse harem and I enjoyed trying to guess which character fits the bill. But still I was surprised with how one of the characters fared and I was like how could I have missed the signs! There's so many possibilities of who she might end up with and I'm really excited on where it will go. I also liked that Avalon's personality is strong but at the same time not immune to the charms of hot boys. 

Sorry for the long backstory earlier. As I mentioned, it was supposed to be a separate entry. But bottomline is I'm absolutely thrilled that my love for reverse harem and young adult has intertwined. I hope, no, I predict that this will be the next trend in both genres.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Manga Review: Chiyahoya Shite Yo!

Chiyahoya Shite Yo! - oneshot art and story by Sumire Momoi

Meguru is living her dreamy life in Hoshikuzu Private Academy with population of 99.9% hot boys and 0.01% girl. With the exception of Ouran, reverse harem titles doesn't blatantly mention that they're indeed a reverse harem and acts innocently oblivious with the set up. Not only does this manga breaks the unspoken rule, it also glorifies it like a rabid fangirl like us would in real life. This oneshot is spot on with what we have been dreaming. 

On a side note, I think I'm partial to all-boys school device. You see, I studied at an all-girls school from elementary until highschool. And then there's this nearby all-boys highschool. Very Hana Kimi right??? But after I left for college, the all-boys school started accepting female students! See it does happen in real life. Anyway, all's well ends well as I eventually married my husband who's actually from that all-boys school.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Anime Review: Brothers Conlflict Special

Brothers Conflict Special - 1 episode

Emi receives a magical lamp from her father. She rubs the lamp and waits with the six brothers for the genie to appear. What would they wish for? It's a short episode packed with fun and fanservice. I have this longing in the core of my being for a second season. Please, please make it happen!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

News Round Up

Wow! There's a lot of exciting news for today!

Kamigami no Asobi RPG game.

Arcana Famiglia live-action.

Brothers Conlflict fighting game

A new game that lets you date the sub-characters of Starry Sky and Seishun Hajimemashita.

 Miracle Train drama cd, entitled Miracle Prince.

Pero Pero Danshi parody of Arcana Famiglia.

Oz Kindergarten version for Ozmafia

Happy April Fool's Day! All these and a lot more can be found on breadmasterlee.

Also updated White Day and Valentine's Day with Ozmafia.


Starish and Quartet Night became deformed gods found in a Japanes snack.

Otomate  became a department store and in one the section is the sadistic brothers as doctors for a blood drive.

 More April Fool's art from Diabolik Lover's official twitter account.

Amnesia characters wearing clothes from the Otomate Department Store.

Kamigami no Asobi has limited one-day butler cafe, Cafe Kamigami no Sono.

More pics and info from Crunchyroll. I just love how otomes goes all-out for this day.


Reverse Harem Garden is now 6 years, 6 months and 6 days old! And speaking of number of the beast, here's Takuma from Hiiro no Kakera. Nope, this is not an April Fool's post.

Hello April

from Hana Kimi

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Anime Review: Amnesia OVA

Amensia OVA - 1 episode

In an almost rare instance, all the characters are working closely together to help boost the cafe. It's that world where they can all be cute and silly without any cares to the When the opening song started, I just realized how much I missed Amnesia. The anime brings a fun and light-hearted take to the story but the scar of what happened in the series still throbs. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Pisces

I like how they incorporate the birth flowers and stones with the character's interests. I also actually use the wallpapers that I post for the blog on our computer and my son just told me that the poem from Aquarius doesn't make any sense. Haha~

Freshest News: Brocon stageplay, spring animes updates, possible English Amnesia & more of Over Flowers

The Brothers Conflict will be adapted into a stageplay and it will run from June 20-29. Taken from here via FB fan page. Thanks Gen Coco for the info! 

Check out the second PV from Kamigami no Asobi. The anime will air on April 5.

Here's another key visual with more bishies from La Corda Blue Sky. It will also air on April 5.

Idea Factory is looking for a licensing partner overseas for otome game, Amnesia V. From English Otome Games.

In relation with the xxx-Over Flowers post, Grandpa Over Flowers and it's spin-off Noonas Over Flowers will also get it's own Chinese versions. More info from dramabeans. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy White Day

Here's White Day greetings from your favorite otome-turned-animes. 
Another Click N' Drag Game from Funimation. Got this pic on my first try. Yeah!

 From Kami Aso

From Arcana Famiglia (aren't the smoke hearts cute? haha) via twitter.

From KamiAso via ANN.

From Ozmafia twitter.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Otome Review: Days of the Divine

Days of the Divine by Circle Pegasi

Biku is the shrine maiden for an angry god who's covered the village in mist. The mist takes away the memories of the people and a lot of people have already fallen victims to it. 

I know there's tons of in-depth otome blogs out there. Please indulge me with my attempt of a short review. This is a free otome on Android and Ios. Yes, a full version not just some teasers to let you buy the game. There's also a Windows, Mac and Linux versions which you can download from the official website. This is the first time that I finished all the character routes. The only otome that I've I finished is Yo Jin Bo but I only played just one character ending. It's interesting to see all the side of the stories from different point of views and you will see the larger picture once you have seen all the endings. My first try ended with a bad ending right away. I tried to get Senrei first, then Maru and last, Liufan. I was bent on getting Senrei first, but among the three I enjoyed Maru's route. The other two was serious. For something that's free, it's good. Decent storyline, beautiful art and right choice of scoring.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Manga Review: Aoki Umi no Torawarehime

Aoki Umi no Torawarehime  ("Captive Princess of the Blue Sea") by Yuki Ayumura 2 volumes - completed

Princess Matsurika was abducted by a pirate with a purpose of using her as a sacrifice. I first saw a wallpaper of this on Otome Comic High and I was drawn to it. But I dismissed it as non-reverse harem. (If anyone was able to save all the wallpapers there, please, please send me the links!) The story is sweet mixed with action. But I felt it was lacking. I'm not sure if it needed more romance or more feelings or more action. But I like the fact that the main guy surprised me with being out-of-character at times. The rest of the crew and even the villain are also all beautifully drawn so I kind of wanted more interaction from them too. But alas it all ends in just two volumes.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Anime Review: Hiiro no Kakera: Totsugeki! Tonari no Ikemenzu

Hiiro no Kakera: Totsugeki! Tonari no Ikemenzu OVA - 1 episode

The OVA shows the everyday ordinary lives of the bishies. Remember the spy classmate? So this is what she have been doing on her "investigative" time. It's very cute but also very short. This is the perfect treat to wash off the sour aftertaste of the series.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Anime Review: Kuro to Kin no Hirakanai Kagi

Kuro to Kin no Hirakanai Kagi OVA - 2 episodes - completed

Katagiri Kanade is a hikikomori or a shut in. One day she suddenly goes out of her room and in no time at all she encounters different boys/men much to the dismay of her overprotective stepbrother. 

I have seen the two episodes last year but I wasn't sure if it was already completed. This anime is ABSOLUTELY for mature viewers only!!!  See the review after the jump.

Trick or Alice Key Visual

Key visual of "Trick or Alice" taken from official site. The anime is slated for this year.

Also updated New Year's greetings.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spring Reverse Harem

Hakuouki movie part 2: Shikon Soukuu | Release date: March 8 | Official site.

Kamigami no Asobi - Ludere Deorum | Air Date: April 5 | official site

La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky | Air Date: April 5 | official site.

Freshest News: Norn 9 otome to be animated, BBF on hiatus and more

Otome game, Norn9, will be animated. More info from ANN.

In the game, the player can choose between three different girls as the heroine, each with their own three male characters to romance. A certain song transports a boy named Sorata Suzuhara to a different era and place.
When Sorata regains consciousness, he finds himself standing in an unfamiliar place — an old town, awash with sepia tones. The scene is exactly like the Meiji and Taishō-era pictures he had seen in textbooks. He encounters three girls and nine young men in this world, and embarks on a journey in the skies with them and the giant Norn airship

Boys Before Friends posted on their official FB site that the drama will be on hiatus. And that's coming from lawsuit against the actors.

Also more old news. My faves and bookmarks are all saved in different formats that I missed posting them.

Vitamin X OAD was broadcasted in Japan last December as promotion for their recently released game. From CR. Check out the digest of the three episodes.

Remember the news of the picture drama for Momochi-san Chii No Ayakashi Ouji? Here's the seiyuu Kenn posing as Nue on the covers of Asuka last month. From Natalie via Aya Shuouto's twitter.

You're Beautiful's Park Shin Hye and Jang Geun Sak reunites to promote Korean tourism. More info from allkpop.

The first 30 minutes of the first part of the Hakuouki movie was broadcasted in Japan last Feb. 20. From MAL.

Friday, February 28, 2014

700,000 hits

Whoa! Reverse Harem Garden just hit 700,000. Okay, I know other blogs get a million hits every month. But for the first time the blog received 100,000 hits in six months compared to the usual one year. That's a big leap right? Here's some chocolate treats from Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku to show my appreciation to all the readers and for last February hurrah.  

Friday, February 21, 2014

News Round Up

Freshest News - A Brothers Conflict special episode will be bundled with the release of Volume 7 on Feb. 26. It's about Ema trying to find her father with the help of a special lamp. Something will happen when Ema and her stepbrothers rub the lamp.  More info from ANN.

And because I was on a rut for awhile here's eye candies erm key visuals for you! 

Key visual and PV of upcoming anime, Kamigami no Asobi. From official site

Key visual from upcoming anime,  Jyuuzaengi Engetsu Sangokuden. From official site

Key visual and PV from upcoming 2nd part film of Hakuouki. From official site.

Key visual from upcoming anime, La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky. From official site.

Back to old news from January:

The US version of Boys Before Friends has changed their lead heroine for the third time and the lead guy as well on the fifth episode. From Official FB. They're also on crowdfunding for their 7th to 16th episodes.

Masaaki Tsukada who voiced the chairman of Yumeiro Patissierie passed away due to an illness last Jan. 27. He was 74 years old. His works includes Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto in Bleach, Toto in One Piece, Kobayashi-cha in Prince Mackaroo, Kiichirō Kimiyoshi in Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai, General Grumman in Fullmetal Alchemist, Yutaka in Hoka Hoka Kazoku, Wang in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Gorō Tashiro in Showa Monogatari and a lot more. From ANN.

Midorikawa Hikaru, the voice actor of Fushigi Yugi's Tamahome, has placed his blog on hiatus after rumors on infidelity. Later on the misunderstanding was cleared but it has greatly affected the seiyuu. More info from ANN.