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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year 2014 in Review

Kamigami no Asobi

Here's to my first ever year in review! To start off, the animes are still dominated by otome adaptations with Kamigami no Asobi series, La Corda  d'Oro Blue Sky series, Hakuouki movie part 2, Jyuzaengi Engetsu Sangokuden OVA and Brothers Conflict OVA.

Otome apps in smartphones are also increasing by the numbers and in fact it spawned ONA, Bonjour Koiaji Patissierie. There's also numbers of otomes being ported to PS Vita, while a few were given English versions in mobile phones like  Heart no Kuni, Hakuouki and Hiiro no Kakera. There were also major news announced this year: the English version of Ozmafia, the third season of Uta Price no Sama anime series and the 20th anniversary remake of the first reverse harem game, Angelique.

There's a lone manga adaptation this year which is Akatsuki no Yona. There's other two announced projects based on mangas, the second season of Kamisama Hajimemashita anime series and  live action movie of Strobe Edge. Both projects to come out next year. I hope that it's a good sign of more manga adaptations to come. 

The year was also big on stage play adaptation announcements. There's Brothers Conflict, Storm Lovers, Demon Prince,  another Hakuouki,  Heart no Kuni and Kamisama Hajimemashita. 

I think the highlight of the year is getting into the world of reverse harem novels. I never saw it coming! And I have only touched the tip of the iceberg. There are still a lot of titles that I need to dive into. My favorite so far is The Ghost Bird Series and with Spearwood Academy as runner up. 

In mangas, my favorite is Akatsuki no Yona. I could say in advance that it's my favorite anime too for the year but it's still currently airing. If I really have to pick a favorite anime of the year, I have no choice but to say Kamigami no Asobi since La Corda was a fail and I haven't seen Jyuza yet. I don't have a favorite drama for the year as I haven't seen the new reverse harem dramas that were recommended by readers and Records of a Night Watchman seems nowhere near to be a reverse harem. Let's not forget the ambitious Hollywood remake of Hana Yori Dango which is Boys Before Friends. It was placed on hiatus early this year. 

This year I also started attending events and I met Jenny Han of young adult book, To All The Boys I've Loved Before and Emi Takei of jdrama, Asuko March, for the Rurouni Kenshin premier.  

I feel like this year was the rebirth of this blog as I get really serious in improving all the aspects of the site. There's still lot of work to be done but I'm happy that I was able to finally start getting things happen. I think the most important improvement for me is that I have now made a conscious effort on my reviews. I cringe everytime I read my very, very short generic reviews. It will be hard for me to undo or re-do my old posts but moving forward I assure you that those days are over. I have so many plans in store for you for next year and let's hope for more reverse harem projects!

And to cap off the entire year, what the heck happened with Trick or Alice? I really thought the "2014" on its homepage meant it will air this year.

See ya all next year! ;)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

News Round Up: Hana Moyu stills & trailer, KamiKiss play teaser and Hakuouki in Android

Check out the character still from upcoming and unconfirmed reverse harem taiga drama, "Hana Moyu". From official Facebook account. The solo pictures with the ikemen and the flowers are so reverse harem!!! 

The trailer is also now available at the official site. There's so many ikemen! It's like a Shinsengumi-dream come true!

Here's a teaser of the cast of the upcoming stage adaptation of "Kamisama Kiss". From ANN.

Hakuouki is also now on Android phones! Taken via English Otome Games.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Sagittarius!

Download the wallie until Dec. 26.

Merry Christmas!

Here's a roundup of all the Christmas greetings and treats from your favorite reverse harem titles:

From Hakuouki SSL. Download the rest of the time-limited wallpapers from Otomate until December 26. And in lieu of wallpaper there's a short story for Amnesia World.

Download the Christmas short story from The Academy, "Sound of Snowfall".

From Arcana Famiglia's twitter.

Download Diabolik Lovers Christmas-themed icons from twitter.

From Gum Kare! twitter.

From BonKoi blog

I hope you had a great Christmas with your loved ones!

Update 1: 1/6/2015 Added Gum Kare!
Update 2: 2/3/2015 Added BonKoi

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Drama Review: Happy 300 Days

Happy 300 Days - 15 episodes

Chen Ya Ting, single and pregnant, returns back to her mother's seaside vacation inn in the country. Around the same time, they also receive three male guests who are all each troubled with their past. There's a fired architect, an alcoholic doctor and a fugitive gangster. The unlikely trio will band together to protect Ya Ting and her unborn baby and possibly be the husband/father too.   

When I first saw the picture of Taiwanese drama from Viki, I was thinking a pregnant lady and three prospective husband/father candidates is indeed a reverse harem but for all the wrong reasons. But this is not the first reverse harem that dealt with pregnant heroines. The first of its kind is kdrama, Three Dads and a Mom. I don't have a paid Viki account so when I caught half of episode two in Screen Red on cable, I  just had to watch it everyday. It ran for an hour and thirty minutes but they split in into two 45-minutes episodes bringing it to a total of 23 episodes. I wouldn't normally finish this type of dramas this fast but since I don't have any other way to watch the subtitles, watch it I must!  

I could relate with the heroine's pregnancy woes...A LOT! I guess the only thing that didn't happen to me is the peeing in her bed. They were able to pull of the timelapse factor by making her look more mature but they failed miserably in making her a believable pregnant woman. Where's the baby fat and bloating and all? But hey that probably too much of reality I guess. 

I feel the production had way too many budget in their hands and just happened to create a reverse harem drama on a whim. The location is outstanding! There's the feel good soundtrack. Cute styling. The drama had the perfect recipe but it was too just too scripted and too cliched. I wanted to expect more. It can be hilarious at times but the corny antics outshined more. The most memorable scene is when one of the guys makes evil faces using the baby as a prop. That was really the most hysterical scene for me but at the same it was just so wrong because he is practically shaking the baby. But I'm a creature of habit and looking forward for it everyday for the two straight weeks became a routine to me. It grew on me like I never wanted it to stop. And being a housewife for about ten months now also played a big factor.  

My favorite guy is the gangster, Yao Yang. He's really cute especially with his new haircut at the last part. I just couldn't stand his leopard prints. Happy is simply adorable and so does her acting! Wu Chen of reverse harem tdramas, Hana Kimi and Romantic Princess, also makes cameo.

This may not be your cup of tea especially to the younger audience but it's good that there's a reverse harem for every age and taste. Pregnant women represent! ;p

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Freshest News: KamiHaji stageplay and free Spearwood Boys

Kamisama Hajimemashita will be adapted into a stage play. It will run from March 21-29, 2015 in Tokyo. More details to follow. From ANN.  

Spearwood Boys Volume 1 is free until December 8! Download via Store tab above.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

12 Days of Reverse Harem Christmas ver. 5

Here's my early Christmas treat for you! I'll be fixing the past versions and I'll upload it soon. I have also changed the first day now to heroines just like the very first version. It would be 12 days of bishonens now if there's no girl wouldn't it? Sorry I couldn't find bishies-only pictures for Akatuski no Yona, Real Rode and Ozmafia. I thought I'll be foregoing the 12 days this year but before I knew it I had the list completed. All the titles have manga/anime versions except for Ikemen. I'm also pleased to include four of the animes that aired this year. Please click like/favorite/add comment on YouTube if you've enjoyed it as much as I did.  

Freshest News: BroCon Christmas OVA covers, KamiKiss airing date & chewing gum bishies

Here's the jacket covers of the deluxe and normal editions of the upcoming Brothers Conflict OVA. Taken via BroCon twitter. (I'll update again as soon I have a better translation of the synopsis XD)

The second season of Kamisama Hajimemashita will air on January 5, 2015. From official site

The chewing gum brand, "Lotte", has launched a campaign about a girl who turned into a tooth. The only way to get back to her human form is to "bite" into one of the chewing gums turned boys. More info on CR and ANN. (Not a fresh news though.)

I've also added Spearwood Academy Vol. 4 and Spearwood Boys Vol. 2 on Winter Reverse Harem 2015.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Winter Reverse Harem 2015

"Brothers Conflict" OVA - "Seiya" ("Holy Night") on Dec. 19, 2014 - Official site 

Spearwood Academy Volume 4 on Dec. 26, 2014. Pre-order here.  

Spearwood Boys Volume 2 on Dec. 31, 2014 - Pre-order here

"Hana Moyu" taiga jdrama on Jan. 4, 2015 - Official site (unconfirmed reverse harem)

"Kamisama Hajimemashita" Season 2 on January 5, 2015 - Official site

Dream Knight web drama on January 27, 2015 - Official Facebook account

"The Scarab Thief" Book #3 "Fake" on Jan. 29,2015 - Official site

"Brothers Conflict" OVA - "Honmei" ("Favorite or Possible Winner") on Feb. 11, 2015 

"Diabolik Lovers" OAD on Feb. 26, 2015 - Official anime site , Official game site

UPDATE 1: 1/11/15 added Dream Knight 

December Wallies

Download the Hana-Kimi wallpaper at wild-vanilla. Up until Dec. 31.

Here's a reverse harem-looking wallpaper from Petit Comic's. Title is Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu. Check out mangaupdates for summary.    

Another locked wallpaper from Sho-Comi. Found the second pic from the homepage. And upon more investigative work, I think it's based on the third pic which is an otome, Midnight Cinderella. Up until December 31.