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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 ...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Anime Review: Starry Sky

Starry Sky - 26 episodes

Tsukiko is the only female student in the formerly all-boy astronomy school, Seigetsu Academy. She meets different boys (and men) who represent each of the constellations. There's no major goal or conflict in the anime. Can I say it's a slice of life? It's practically how the year went by with background stories and flashbacks of how they all meet and how they are related to each other.    

I've been posting monthly wallpapers of Starry Sky for years now and all this time I had no idea of who they all are. I watched only three episodes back then and placed it on hold after finding it boring. But before I know it four springs, four summers, four autumns and three winters have passed. This is the most classic example of procrastination. Gomen! But now that I have finally finished watching it. I actually liked it. It's simple yet deep. Some arcs are fun, yet some arcs evoke sadness. 

One of the major characteristics of Starry Sky is that they always have this poetry that looked like they used Google Translate because half the time it seems gibberish to me. But it reminds me of the cute stationary or letters, I used to collect when I was a kid. They’re colorful, glittery and sometimes scented. And then it hit me that the anime itself reminds me of these letters. It's beautiful to look at, delicate, dreamy and melancholic at times.

If my memory serves me right, Starry Sky is the very first reverse harem original net animation (ONA). Then came Diabolik Lovers and now Bonjour Koiaji Patissierie. Given its ONA which are generally short, there still some questions that were left hanging. I don't understand why she was crying, was it because of the forgotten memories? And what happened with the fake relationship with the teacher? It was never explored. And what's up with her hair bangs? Uh oops Please strike the last question. Irrelevant. Haha.  

Starry Sky is also the first reverse harem anime to present the highest total count of official bishies in one go. But out of all the beautiful boys, I find my heart gravitating to childhood friend, Tohzuki (Cancer). His feelings for her is so sweet in a dark way and heartbreaking. When I revisited the poll which I ran before, he was the one who won! My next favorites are Nanami (Pisces) and Kazuki (Aries). I fancied them based on their background stories which do play a great part. Gemini arc is so sad. I was indifferent at first but after Libra's side was shown, it was so painful. I'm a Virgo and I hated that Hayato's personality is stoic.

Is there some special significance with the seasons? I liked the neat subsets or the groupings according to the seasons. If you think about it there are four tropes under the umbrella of all-boy school trope. And even though she's the only girl, I liked it that their feelings for her are not all over the place. There's no sense of being rushed or cornered with all the attention. I think the groupings solved the dilemma of how to build each boys individually. They're just so many! It also made the relationships more personal.

Do not be deceived by all the happy images that the anime conjures for first impressions. The fluffy cotton-candy exterior is actually a bittersweet dark chocolate.   

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's some old "Thank You" wallpapers from Uta Prince no Sama. And no we're not allowed to eat Piyo-chan. Happy Thanksgiving! From Uta-Pri

Friday, November 21, 2014

Freshest News: HnK no Alice musical cast, Bakamatsu era F4 & Free "Thief"

The musical adaptation of "Heart no Kuni no Alice" will run on February 4 to 11 in Tokyo. Five of the actors have been unveiled on the official website. Taken via ANN.

This is not a confirmed reverse harem but unleashthegeek 's tweet captured my attention:  "Poster for NHK's 2015 Taiga 'Hana Moyu' features Inoue Mao surrounded by Bakumatsu era F4." One of the guys is her brother, while two of the guys will play as her first and second husbands. The jdorama will air on January. More info from Psycho-drama.

The Academy spin-off, "Scarab Beetle: Thief" is now free! From CL Stone's FB page. Download it via Reverse Harem Garden store! I've also added 'Store' tab above. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

News Round Up: DiaLov OAD release date, Angelique otome remake and more!

The OAD of "Diabolik Lovers" will be bundled with the PS Vita game, "Diabolik Lovers Dark Fate". The game will be released on February 26, 2015. From CR Winter 2015 Anime Chart. Here's the key visual and PV of the game showing the new set of brothers. Photo taken from the official game site and PV from anime site.

Here's the embedded PV of "Strobe Edge". Check out the translation at ANN


The generally acknowledged as first otome, "Angelique", will be given a 20th anniversary remake called, "Angelique Retour". There will also be a manga version on the December issue of Sho Comi magazine. The magazine will be shipped on November 15. More info on ANN.    

Check out the full video of the OP song, "My Sweet Heaven" by Gero, for the two OVA episodes of "Brothers Conflict". The episodes are entitled "Seiya" ("Holy Night") and "Honmei" ("Favorite" or "Possible Winner"). More info from CR.

Vote for "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" in the Final Rounds of Goodreads' Choice Awards 2014 Best Young Adult Fiction of  2014. I have a feeling that the chances for a movie adaptation will be higher if it wins this major award.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Manga Review: Ozmafia

Ozmafia (2 volumes ongoing) - art by Yurino Tsukigase and story by Poni-Pachet Sy and Hobibox

Fuka wakes up without memory in a town divided between mafia families. She falls under the protection of the Oz Family.  Even though the title is a dead giveaway that it's going to be a fairy tale and mob, I've always had these preconceived notions that it'll be sweet and wholesome because of the soft colors and art. It's cute alright but there's a sinister feel in their dialogues and situations. But despite that, the omake really cracked me up. The humor is spot on sarcastically funny.

The characters doesn't use the obvious names of Dorothy etc. Lion was easy to recognize thanks to his clothing. But it took me longer to figure out who Tin Man was though. His personality is so "charming". And logically whoever is left should be Scarecrow. There's a scene where they pointed out that they're all men in the house, so she has to live in a different house. I find it very gentlemanly and a fresh breakaway from the cohabitation trope. By the way, I've also created 'amnesia' and 'mafia' labels or tags. 

The obvious fairy tale names were given to the characters of the other families (or other classic stories). I really though Scarlet was a girl! I can sense there's a hidden secret in their family. All the characters looks suspicious including the heroine. But bad news, the project hasn't been worked on for a long time. On a bright side, this is based on otome so you can implore Google as to what happens next.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

News Round Up: KamiKiss 2nd PV, Strobe Edge movie PV and more!

Watch the second PV of the new season of Kamisama Hajimemashita or Kami Kiss. From ANN.

Check out the PV for the movie, "Strobe Edge". Taken via the official movie twitter account. 

Mayo Shinjo will most likely not write shojo again. She prefers BL and drawing boys over girls. Some of her works that are reverse harem are "Midnight Children", "Haou Airen" and "Summer Days 17". More details from ANN. Photo taken from her twitter account.

"To all the Boys I've Loved before" has reached the semifinals for best YA of the year in Goodreads. Click here to vote.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Freshest News: New Hakuouki and Heart no Kuni no Alice Musicals

Here's the cast of the new Hakuouki musical. The stage adaptation will ran on Kyoto on January 10 to 12 and then on Tokyo on January 17 to 25. More info from ANN. Check out the trailer at the official site.

"Heart no Kuni no Alice", will also get a musical adaptation. More details will be revealed on November 20 at the official site. From ANN.   

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Freshest News: UtaPri Season 3 Key Visual and Airing Date & BroCon Key Visual

This just in! The third season of Uta Prince no Sama will air on April of next year. I'll update this again once I have more info from major anime new sites. From UtaPri official twitter account.

Update: The title is Uta no Prince Sama - Maji Love Revolutions. Check out the cast on ANN.

Here's the key visual from the OVA of Brothers Conflict. From BroCon official anime site. I've also added Halloween pic from BroCon. Check out the Halloween blog entry.

UPDATE 1: added key visual from BroCon
UPDATE 2: added title for UtaPri

Friday, November 7, 2014

Freshest News: New Key Visual for Akatsuki no Yona and Kami Kiss, Petition for English SaiMono novels

Here's the new key visual for the anime, "Akatsuki no Yona" or Dawn of Yona, featuring Yona in her new 'do. There will also be a second PV to be screened on Animate Girls Festival 2014 which will be held on Nov. 8 and 9. More info on CR.

There's also a new key visual for the upcoming second season of "Kamisama Kiss" or "Kamisama Hajimemashita". Also check out the the new characters at CR. (Dawn of Yona and Kami Kiss are both from Hana to Yume and I love how they're heavy in promoting the two animes)

Please join the petition for Viz to translate the light novels of "Saiunkoku Monogatari". We need 1000 signatures! We only have 96 so far. 

Please also follow and share Reverse Harem Garden official Facebook page. :D I only have few followers T.T

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Freshest News: Hana Kimi special chapter & Free Spearwood Academy Vol. 1

There will be a special chapter of Hana Kimi as commemoration of it's 20th year. The story is about Mizuki who returns to Japan. It will be printed on Hana Yume's 23rd issue set to be released on November 23. More info from ANN

In commemoration of it's first year anniversary as well, Spearwood Academy Volume One is free until November 6! Also check out the Facebook Event Page for more giveaways and goodies!

Happy Birthday Cancer

Grab the wallie from Starry Sky. Up until November 9.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Freshest News: KamiKiss sequel airdate

The second season of Kamisama Hajimemashita will be broadcasted on January of 2015. More characters added and other info on ANN.

Hello November!

Grab the full wallpaper of Oscar of Hana Kimi at Hisaya Nakajo's site.


Sho Comi also has this reverse harem looking wallpaper. But you have to put the correct answer on the field box first. Help! Here's an alternate and larger picture of the manga

UPDATE: Dec.1 Found the title: Ookami-san to Himitsu no Harem 

Wallies are up until Nov. 30 only.