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Monday, December 31, 2012

Kamisama Hajimemashita


The homeless Nanami is wandering aimlessly due to her father's debt. She meets Mikage who transfers the "god' seal to her. She becomes the land god of a rundown shrine with guardians, Onikiri and Kotetsu and fox familiar, Tomoe. 

Someone suggested the manga years ago but I didn't find it as reverse harem then. When I found out it was going to be animated, I was on a lookout for it since I enjoyed the manga. But lo and behold the poster looks so reverse harem! It was only then that I realized the significance of the three beasts lore: fox, crow and snake.  It's a device prevalent in mangas especially in reverse harem titles like Love Monster, Black Bird etc.

The anime reminds me of Maid-Sama. It's light, refreshing, funny and sweet. The set up also reminds me of Maid-Sama, although there's other guys (erm beasts) who are after her, the main story is really about Nanami and Tomoe. I need season 2! Pronto! I seriously need to find time to read the manga. I also love how they insert the middle part of the song as the closing song. This is officially my favorite anime series for the year and I super love Tomoe!

Check out more of Christmas wallies from Kamisama after the jump.

Upcoming: Flower Boy Next Door



The third of TVN's Flower Boy Series, "Flower Boy Next Door", will premier in Jan.7. It's about a shut-in, Park Shin Hye, who dreams of her neighbors: Front Neighbor, Next-door Neighbor, Back Neighbor, Side Neighbor, and Across-the-way Neighbor. More info from dramabeans.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Freshest News/Upcoming: Hiiro no Kakera OVA


There will be a bundled OVA when the original anime DVD of Hiiro no Kakera is released on March 28. The title is "Totsugeki! Tonari no Ikemens"and will comically feature the private lives of the guardians. From ANN and MAL.

Monday, December 24, 2012

TV Series Review: Ooku ~Tanjou~Arikoto Iemitsu Hen


Ooku ~Tanjou~Arikoto Iemitsu Hen - 10 episodes

Only those who have seen the movie Ooku or read the manga can proceed. Also, for mature audience only. I remember in the first arc of the manga, but I can't seem to remember if it happened in the movie, the Shogun asks for the court historian of how it all began. The second arc of the story is continued in a 10-episode drama that takes as back to ground zero.

The shougun dies of the dreaded red pox without an heir. Luckily, he has left a girl born out of wedlock. The girl, Iemitsu, was raised in secrecy to cover the truth that the shogun have long been dead. Kasuga no Tsubone, the wet nurse, tasked upon herself to look for possible father candidates in order to continue the Tokugawa lineage. In her search for good looking, healthy men she meets, Arikoto, a Buddhist monk. 

It's interesting that climax of the story happened in the first part of the series and then it plateaus down to the ending. The first part was so haunting and emotional and it goes to pain and misery and it ends with disbelief and numbness. The first part made me cry a lot of times and Misa's song of "Deepness" is perfect for the drama. Even now it makes me sad. I hate stories that bound characters to their destinies and hopelessness but even if it was painful I still love it. The only consolation was that they had their moment and it was theirs. 

The story tackled reversal in roles that are taboo and shocking. But the treatment of the story was successful in bringing out emotions such as love, pride and sacrifice rather than dwell on the physical aspect of the actions.

I'm amazed of the age difference between the lead stars, Sakai Masato is 39 years old while Tabe Mikako is only 23! Great acting and chemistry for the two. The rest of the cast are impeccable. The next arc,  Ōoku ~Eien~ Emonnosuke Tsunayoshi Hen, premiered as movie last Dec. 22.

Here's a reverse harem trivia, Sakai Masato also appeared in one of reverse harem drama, Himitsu no Hanazono. The new movie also includes Jun Kaname of Himitsu no Hanazono and Atashinchi no Danshi. I wonder if he's part of the harem too. I think I'll pick up the manga again to find out what happened.

Merry Christmas!

Here's some early Christmas treats from your favorite game publishers!

Otomate ~ open from Dec. 24 to 26. Grab your favorite otome wallies including Amnesia and Hakuouki.



Honeybee ~ up until Dec. 25. Grab the Starry Sky desktop and twitter wallies. Check the rest of the wallies after the jump.

        
Check out Christmas banners of your favorite bishies from Neoromance.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Winter Reverse Harem

Click on the titles for the official websites!


Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku: Kinetograph OVA on December 21. Check the PV on the official page.



 Ōoku ~Eien~ Emonnosuke Tsunayoshi Hen movie on December 22



Flower Boy Next Door kdrama on January 7.



Amnesia anime on January 2013


Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi  anime on February 28, 2013

That's 3 animes and 2 live action! Who's excited?? If you have other recommendations please let me know. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Harem Garden

The news of a harem series reversed into a 'reverse harem' brings back to a realization that I was harem fan before I became reverse harem fan. Okay repeat 10 times. But seriously, I have nothing against harem but after Fushigi Yugi left a big void inside of me and after discovering reverse harem in Ouran, I had to crossover and there's no turning back.  After stumbling upon news that one of my old favorite animes was turned into a reverse harem. I just had to watch the opening sequence again and it brough back of a nostalgic wave of my old harem favorites. My favorite shows then were Saber Marionette J,  Gatekeepers, Oh my Goddess, Tenchu Muyo, Sakura Wars, Love Hina and Vandread. Here's some of the catchy opening songs I've loved:



News: Sakura Taisen: Kanadegumi


The Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars) franchise has been a given a spin-off through a gender switch. Neko Miyabi with 5 bishies beat enemies in the guise of imperial opera company named Kanadegumi. There was a manga and OVA released last September and a stage play ran from Nov. 1 -11.  Check out the anime and stage play PVs above.  More info from crunchyroll and ANN.

(sorry I only found out about this just now)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Amnesia Trailer


Here's a teaser from the upcoming anime, Amnesia. It's slated for January airing. More infro from ANN.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hello December


from Hana Kimi

Ore-sama Kingdom: Gelände de Love Choco no Maki


Ore-sama Kingdom: Gelände de Love Choco no Maki - OVA

Nono is a young manga artist who finds herself surrounded by 3 cute guys. It's an OVA included on the February issue of Ciao based on Chitose Yagami's manga. Sorry there's no subs yet but not to worry it's just 11 minutes so someone will have the heart to translate it soon XD. -originally posted on Feb. 28, 2011

UPDATE:
Episodes 1 and 2 subs are now out! It has a Yumeiro Patissierie and Shugo Chara feel on it but minus the Thumbelina-sized flying creatures. I can't confirm if this is already complete or not.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Thousandth Man


The Thousandth Man / Chunbunjjae Namja - 8 episodes

Mi Jin is a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox, who must devour 1,000 livers from men in a millennium to become human or else she will disappear like a bubble. But she will only take it from a man who truly loves her and is willing to offer it to her. Will she get her thousandth man/liver before her time runs out?

It's not a straight up reverse harem but if she haven't eaten all the 999 men she would have a very big harem! Of course, not all of them lived in the same era. The first half of the series did show candidates of men to fill the thousandth spot so we can still tag this under "related". It was light and fun but it just not one of my favorite dramas. But the series is short so it wasn't tedious to watch. This might be a bit spoiler-ish but with all its fun and lightness, the drama ended in a sad note which make me feel a bit empty. Not in a negative way, but in a way it haunts me and makes me sad when I think about it. I can say the character grew on me.Also, I haven't seen My Girlfriend is a Gumiho so I can't make comparison but I'm a fan of Naruto if that counts. (lol) 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hakuouki Sekkaroku


Hakuouki Sekkaroku 6 OVAs - completed

The OVA took place during the Zuisouroku events. They decided to dress up Chizuru again as geisha to infiltrate a secret meeting. I'm sure it was just an excuse to see Chizuru all dolled up. Each episode features a shinsengumi and their point of view of what happened in the story. It was originally 5 episodes featuring Souji, Saitou, Sanosuke, Heisuke and Hijikata. Then an extra episode was added featuring Kazama. Of all the Hakuouki series, this is the most light-hearted and sweetest. This is what we fangirls have wanted them to be, alive and fawning over Chizuri's beauty. They're all affected by Chizuri but nothing beats Saito's reaction which is my favorite episode by the way. The OVA also spawned a manga adaptation.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Super Darling!


Super Darling! by Aya Shouoto 2 volumes - ongoing

Sakuya Tohno has an air-like presence. Literally, no one can see her. She makes a wish with the thousand-year old sakura tree for happiness and then right then and there 4 new students shows up all fighting to be her fated person. I thought it's going to be just a fluffy manga but Aya Shouto once again dazzles us with her frilly drawings and flair for the supernatural. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Himegimi to Sanbiki no Kemono


Himegimi to Sanbiki no Kemono (The Princess and the Three Beasts) by Mitsubachi Miyuki 4 volumes (complete)

Violet is the 6th generation princess of the Kingdom of Alba. She becomes the target of the thieves known as the three beasts: Crow, Snake and Fox. I find the exploits of the day a bit boring and I find the conflict and build up to the romance a bit slow.  But I like the character designs. I read the 1st chapter before but I was only able to pick it up again because it had similarity with my favorite ongoing anime, Kamisama Hajimemashita.(which will be on a separate future entry :D ) And inspired with the beasts theme, I've created a tag "beast" for other reverse harem works with supernatural beasts or animal transformations that you might want to check out.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Polls: Arcana Famiglia Couple





The winner for Arcana couple poll is the Liberta and Felicita tandem. Personally, I think the storyline favors Nova so I was surprised that Liberta is actually more popular. As I've mentioned before, my favorites are middle generation -- Debito and Pace.  Thanks for the 236 people who voted! Til our next poll! Here's the tally of the votes:

Liberta 87 (36%)
Nova 51 (21%)
Luca  34 (14%)
Jolly  25 (10%)
Debito  31 (13%)
Pace  4 (1%)
Dante  4 (1%)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween!

trick?


or treat?


Up until Nov. 7 at Starry Sky page. More wallies and twitter icons after the jump.

Freshest News:FYGK to end, more English Hakuouki otome


The final 2 chapters of Fushiy Yugi Genbu Kaiden will be released on November 14 and February. More info from ANN.


Aksys will release English version of Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi PSP Game. More info from ANN.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Freshest News: Fruba anime cast voice DVD


In commemoration of Natsuki Takaya's 20th anniversary as a mangaka, Hana Yume will be releasing anime cast voice special DVD of Fruits Basket's final chapter and illustrations of famous works. More info from Crunchyroll

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Upcoming: Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi


The for adults-only otome Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi will be adapted into an anime for early winter next year. It's about a shut-in who develops unhealthy relationships with 4 men. More info from ANN.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Shima x Dan: My Life with Boys on an Island


Shima x Dan: My Life with Boys on an Island - oneshot by Yutori Houjou and Kako Mochizuki

Minato transfers to an island with population of 157 with 5 boys along her age. And she's the ONLY girl in the island along their age. I'm inspired to create another tag for this cliche: the "marriage game"! Think Arcana Famiglia and Hanasakeru Seishounen. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Freshest News: Millennium Snow resumes, Brocon manga


Bisco Hatori resumes Millennium Snow in the next issue of Lala on December 10. More info from ANN.


Monthly Slyph launches "Brothers Conflict" 4-panel manga version with super deformed characters. More info from ANN.

Monday, October 8, 2012

To The Beautiful You


To The Beautiful You 16 episodes

Goo Jae-hee (Ashiya) enters the all-boy Genie High School to help Kang Tae-joon (Sano) jump again. She was able to blend in pretending as a boy and even making friends with Cha Eun-gyeol  (Nakutsu).

This is the second reverse harem Japanese manga after Hana Yori Dango that gets adapted first into tdrama, then jdrama and finally a kdrama. Yes, in the same orderly fashion. SM Entertainment decided to remake this after the success of idol-based Dream High in 2011. It's a great move that it took a year for the drama to air because the summer of 2011 was filled with 3 gender bender dramas: Ouran High School Host Club jdrama, Ikemen Desu Ne Japanese remake and another Hana Kimi jdrama remake.  After a year of rumors they have hired the same director of Boys Over Flowers and casted idols Sulli Choi from f(x) and Choi Min Ho from Shinhee. I thought the rest of the cast would from idols too. Aside from the main leads, the only idol from the ikemen bunch is the lipgloss-toting Hwang Kwang Hee from Ze:a.

I haven't read the manga but it's no surprise that this will deviate much for a fourth remake (the jdramas had 2). I'm not going to be nitpicky and detailed about it. But the very crucial difference is that they turned Sano's character from cool, indifferent guy to the very emotional, affectionate and jealous Kang Tae Joon. Just like the Korean version of HYD, Hana Kimi gets upgraded with over-the-top everything: very large campus, colorful uniforms and interiors and the very spacious nest for the lovebirds.

News outlets in Korea have a knack for finding the most unflattering stock photos whenever casting are announced. I really thought the leads were ugly. Sulli has boyish poker face but when she smiles *boom* she's a101% girl. I find Choi Min Ho's acting when he's being sweet and nice a bit forced. Lee Hyun Woo is perfect as Nakatsu! On a side note, kdramas always give their characters a second hairstyle and Lee Hyun's cuteness doubled up when he had the clean cut.

I love the awkward heart-stopping, squeal-inducing situations they put our characters into and the misuse of brief moment of insanity when Kang Tae-joon and Cha Eun-gyeol give it to their feelings and hugs/kisses Jae Hee. The only downfalls of the drama are that there's a lot of stretched and boring scenes and I still find the scenes between Cha Eun-gyeol and Jae Hee lacking. Sorry, I'm really biased. I really love Nakatsu. I'll miss Squeasy-squeashy. I think I'll finally watch the second Japanese Hana Kimi to fill my TTBY withdrawal.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Hello October


Monthly wallie from Hisaya Nakajo. I'm not sure if it's Hana Kimi though but the guy looks like Nakatsu. But the wallie is named 'Momo'.


Calendar wallie from Miki Aihara. Is this an all star bishies or from 5-ji kara 9-ji made or from a new manga? I have no idea but they all look so hot in black suits.

Let me know guys if I'm wrong with the above pics.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Polls: Who should Alice choose?




It's a close fight between Boris Airay and Blood Dupre! Before watching the movie, I find Boris and the twins a visual treat but after the movie I think I liked Dupre and Julius more. I'm surprised that the twins had a few votes. No one voted for Pierce and Mary Gowland! Thanks for the 280 people who joined the polls for Alice's heart. Here'e the breakdown: 

Boris Airay 23.18% (67 votes)
Blood Dupre 22.84% (66 votes)
Ace 12.46% (36 votes)
Julius Monrey 10.03% (29 votes)
Peter White 14.53% (42 votes)
Joker 5.88% (17 votes)
Tweddle Dee and Dum 5.54% (16 votes)
Elliot March 2.08% (6 votes)
Nightmare Gottschalk 1.38% (4 votes)
Gray Ringmarc 1.38% (4 votes)
Tweedle Dee 0.35% (1 votes)
Tweedle Dum 0.35% (1 votes)
Pierce Villiers 0% (0 votes)
Mary Gowland 0% (0 votes)

Total Votes: 289

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Freshest News: CR to simulcast HnK, Viz with K

 
Hiiro no Kakera Dai-ni-Shō will air in September 29 and it will be simulcasted in Crunchyroll on September 30. More info from ANN.

Viz Media will also simulcast K. From MAL. But based on the synopsis I don't think it's a reverse harem.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

La Storia della Arcana Famiglia


The town of Regalo is protected by the organization, Arcana Famiglia, whose powers are drawn from contracts with cards.  The head of the family announces the Arcana Duello to which the victor will succeed him and wins the hand of his daughter, Felicita, for marriage.

 I had very high hopes with the first episode. The premise is action-packed with very cool and dark character designs. Bad boy types in dark suits plus the girl literally kicks ass. My favorite bishies are Debito and Luca. I also love their Italian names and phrases. It's a breath of fresh air from all the reverse harems. Surprisingly, the reverse harem set up is neatly divided into 3 by generations and the trio of Felicita-Nova-Liberta reminds me of Tohru-Kyo-Yuki. I really love the catchy opening song too which for some reason reminds me of old animes.

But man, they stretched out 11 episodes with character background and fillers. It's okay to have random episodes if not for the fact that the characters have cool powers and all the preparation has build up the excitement for major fight show. But I'm not giving up on Arcana. In fact, I'm still praying for some sort of miracle that can save it from it the disappointing finale.

5 years old!


Reverse Harem Garden turns 5 today! Hence, the 'Five' banner above. Thank you for continously supporting this blog! Here's a very delicious-looking wallie from Brothers Conflict.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Freshest News: Brothers Conflict to be animated






"Slyph" magazine announces that novel turned otome "Brother Conflict" will be adapted into TV anime. From ANN.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Related News: Filipino remake of Coffee Prince & Ooku 2nd PV


The hit kdrama "Coffee Prince" will have a remake in the Philippines starring Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica. From GMA.

Here's a longer preview of Ōoku ~Eien~ Emonnosuke Tsunayoshi Hen.From ANN.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Freshest News: Arcana unaired ep & UtaPri Debut manga ends

Arcana Famiglia will have an unaired episode entitled, "Capriccio – stile Arcana Famiglia" and it will be included on a special event disc coming out on March 27,2013. From ANN.


Uta Prince no Sama Debut manga ends on Slyph's October issue.From ANN