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A Decade of Reverse Harem

Reverse Harem Garden actually turned ten last September. Sorry, for the late post. But be warned, to compensate for the late post this ...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Freshest News: Hakuouki movie and English otome

The first part of the all-new, two-part movie, "Hakuōki: Daichishō Kyoto Ranbu (Hakuōki: Chapter 1 Kyoto Dance" will premier on August 24 in Japan. More info from ANN and official site.

Aksys will also bring the visual novel "Hakuouki: Memories of the Shinsengumi" in US. No official date yet and it will be in Nintendo 3Ds system. More info from Aksys and official site

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Upcoming: Nail Salon Paris

The kdrama Nail Salon Paris will premier on May.

Flower Boy Next Door

Flower Boy Next Door - 16 episodes

Go Dok-mi is a shut in or a modern-da Rapunzel who finds herself surrounded by nosy, goodlooking flower boy neighbors. This is the third of TVN's 'Oh Boy' Flower Boy series after Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and Shut up Flower Boy Band. TVN is really milking the power of the reverse harem flower boy concept. The teasers, the title, the storyline and everything is screaming 100% reverse harem but it's actually not! This is the first time a drama really went all out with packaging itself as reverse harem. 

The characters are all very creatively-inclined. We've got an editor, game developer, webtoon artists and a chef. I like how they inject all their nuances as recurring themes all throughout the series. The poetry, the webtoons, post it notes, game board, cooking class etc..heck I even love the mall owner's fashion. But with all it's artistry I didn't find any romantic chemistry at all even with the two leading men. Zilch. What a waste of use of Park Shin Hye and flower boy concept. This is supposed to be her second RH after You're Beautiful. I also find it hard to believe that for someone so freaky frugal she has the latest smartphone all thanks to a product placement. Even Enrique pointed out that she had the latest TV but he failed to mention the phone who is so distractingly out of her character all throughout the series. And just like the Flower Boy Ramyum Shop, I also love the sub-story between the editor. Cute. I'll end this review now and file this under...related!

Everything comes in two's: we got two amensia -themed series, then we have another upcoming shut in-themed anime, Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi.


Amnesia - 12 episodes

A girl wakes up on August 1 with no memories and she meets a guy claiming to be her boyfriend and a floating fairy that only she can see. 

Okay so the girl is a pushover, but I like the idea that we can relate to the character at a first person point of view as we really have no idea where the story is going to. Everything is a clean slate. And it's so weird that they never mentioned her name or did I just miss it? I was caught off guard with the how the reverse harem element was played and the relevance of the date. They've given some tiny hints about it. I also love how the characters shined in their own right and for the first time I equally love all of them in their dark and sometimes twisted ways. If It was me I would be really confused  to which route I would choose. I find the plot and the characterization cleverly written but in the end it was it's own downfall. All the build up and then it abruptly ends. It's good that there's still sequels of the otome, so there's hope for a second and maybe third seasons.  The story, the music and some of the clothes are very gothic but the color palettes and frilly clothes softens it up. For me it's a winning combination for the overall visual treat and mood.

There's also another reverse harem a with similar theme of amnesia and guys claiming to be boyfriend/s. You may want to check out Japanese movie, "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac"

Monday, April 8, 2013

Round Up of Everything!

Upcoming: Brothers Conflict will air in July. From Cr. Here's the look of the anime's character designs from official site.

Upcoming: Neoromance will also release a manga version of the otome, Geten no Hana. It's set on the warring-state era of Japan. From otome-jikan.

Miscellaneous: Check out April Fool's day treats from different otomes from breadmasterlee.

Mystery Picture: Margaret's all-star cast wallie? Been seeing a lot of all-star casts wallies from different magazines lately.

Uncofirmed: RDG: Red Data Girl - The poster and the opening is hinting reverse harem. But reverse harem or not, the anime has got me hooked. 

Miscellaneous: Boys Over Flowers' Lee Min Ho + You're Beautiful's Park Shin Hye= Heirs kdrama