Anime Series of the Genre: “Josei”

Kuragehime – Anime Review

Thursday, 25 November, 2010

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Review: Tsukimi Kurashita is 18 years old and lives a drawn back life in Tokyo together with 4 of her otaku friends. Together they form some kind of sisterhood with its own set of standards and rules. Other than small jobs like managing an Internet store or drawing shounen-ai manga, they pretty much live only out of their parents allowance; despite being in their mid twenties that is. Rejecting make-up and trendy hair styles in general and taking no care of their outer appearance whatsoever only underlines the otaku shut-in lifestyle they lead. Even after several years the death of her mother still plagues Tsukimi and the only thing to calm her down is looking at jellyfish, which reminds her of the happy times she spent with her. It was during one of these times when suddenly a stylish young woman came up and helped he save a wrongly held jellyfish inside a shop. After some talking Tsukimi lets her stay over in her room. It is only in the morning that she notices that this woman actually is a cross-dressing man. How will she explain this to the sisterhood?

The Kuragehime anime follows a similar concept like Genshiken or Honey and Clover, yet with the difference of clearly being targeted at women. This becomes clear when the crossdressing man appears as a main character, who will clearly fill the role of transforming the sisterhood into beautiful maidens as a step for them into a brighter future. Yet, if you are able to overlook this, Kuragehime has many outstanding comedy and story elements to offer that make this anime attractive even to male viewership. The funny short-info inputs on the sisterhood and the parody of high ranking politicians are only a few examples. So this is an anime for all anime fan-girls, but also for all open minded anime fans in general.
Rating: 8/10

Nana – Anime Review

Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

Review: Nana is a realistic, funny and yet at times sad romantic anime.
On board of a train to Tokyo Nana Komatsu and Nana Osakin happen to sit beside each other and become friends with each other. Nana Komatsu is a cheerful, cute and persistent girl who needs lots of attention and easily falls in love. She is on her way to Tokyo to meet her boyfriend and start a new life. Nana Osakin is the vocalist of the punk-band Blast, which isn’t really famous, but was really popular in her hometown. She travels to Tokyo to become famous with Blast and meet her old boyfriend who left in tears to join the popular band Trapnest in Tokyo. When they leave the train they get separated, but meet again looking for an apartment to stay. In order to reduce the costs they decide to live together. Was their reunion fate? And what kind of life awaits them in Tokyo?
Rating: 8,5/10