October 22, 2018

Happy Birthday Hinagiku Katsura!

In honor of Hinagiku’s birthday I thought I would write about why I love her so much. If you’ve listened to the podcast or follow me on twitter you know that I’m totally in love Hinagiku Katsura. If you don’t know Hinagiku is from the anime and manga Hayate no Gotoku or as it’s called in English Hayate the Combat Butler. Trying to think about why I love Hinagiku is hard to explain. I never really finished the first season of the Hayate no Gotoku anime, and just recently started reading the manga.

Most of my experience with Hinagiku has been based on the second season of the anime. So I have to ask myself the question “Benu, why do you like Hinagiku so much?”. I’m not really sure how to answer the question myself. I plan to write a more in depth look at the subject another time analyzing the second season and the specific things that brought me to love her. Hinagiku is an interesting character in that when I saw the first season of Hayate I didn’t really notice her from the start although I do remember liking her a bit.

Then came along the second season of Hayate which I didn’t really plan to watch. I just watched a couple episodes just because. I don’t know really what happened but around episode 4 something changed. Instead of the silly parody anime the last season was, the characters in the show started to become real characters and not characters purely just to be comical, which is what the first season felt like. So to get to the point and stop rambling I think I like Hinagiku as much as I do because she very much reminds me of myself or rather qualities of character that I aspire to have and improve on.

Hina always shows herself to be very responsible and honest and always has the courage to do the right thing and thinks of others before herself. She shows herself to be a strong, confident, and mature person yet at times deep down inside she is struggling with the same feelings and emotions everyone else feels yet she always tries to show herself as a strong woman no matter what. Her true feelings are deep down inside but she is too embarrassed to express her true self and feelings. I don’t think this even really explains everything about my love for Hina but I think it may give you a better understanding about why I like her.

If you like Hinagiku, what is it about her that makes you like her? For those that don’t like Hinagiku, what is it about your favorite character from Hayate that makes you like them? If you don’t have a favorite Hayate character, what is it about your favorite anime character that makes you like them?

Nendoroid Hinagiku Katsura Video Review

Benu reviews the awesome and extremely cute Nendoroid Hinagiku Katsura and lets you know all you need to know about this awesome nendoroid!

Check out the online stores below if you want to pick her up for yourself!

Hobby Link Japan
Hobby Search
Kid Nemo Company
Otaku Fuel
Play Asia



Hinagiku Nendoroid Get!

Nendoroid Hinagiku

I just got my Hinagiku Nendoroid in yesterday and she is so cute, adorable, and moe! I am working on a video review of her that will be up on the site soon but I’m so excited about her I had to post some pics here on the site! This is one of the best Hinagiku figures to come out and I’m so happy I was able to get this one especially because I’m such and huge fan of Hinagiku. I got mine from AmiAmi and they still have her in stock! So if you want her I recommend that you pick her up while you still can.

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The Top Five Most Annoying Anime Characters Of All Time

As much as some of us may love anime there are characters we will find annoying. There are characters that just annoy us every time we see them on screen to no end! It may be just a little catch phrase the character constantly spouts that you find annoying, it may be a little personality quirk you find annoying, or it may be everything about the character in general that you find annoying. What ever it might be there are all anime characters that we love to hate and hate to love. Love them or hate them I’m counting down my top five most annoying anime characters of all time!

5. Mikuru Asahina (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

I will be honest I have a bit of a soft spot for Mikuru deep down in my heart. That still doesn’t change the fact that I thought she was an annoying character in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I just felt like she didn’t serve any purpose in the show other then being the moe bait character that got abused by Haruhi all the time and didn’t do anything to defend herself. I’m annoyed by characters like Mikuru that act helpless and don’t do anything when something they don’t like is happening to them when it’s in a situation where they can easily do something about what is going on. Mikuru does have her moments where bits of her good character shine through, unfortunately these moments are few and far in between.

4. Fuuko Ibuki (Clannad)

I think I can pretty much say that any anime based off a Key property has at least one character I just can’t stand. For Clannad that character is Fuuko Ibuki. Everything about her was annoying. Being and acting stupid isn’t cute it’s annoying. She really didn’t serve any purpose at all in the show and her story arc was annoying as well. Fuuko was just plain annoying!

3. Makoto Sawatari (Kanon 2006)

I really, really disliked Makoto in Kanon. She was a bit annoying in the show but what really made her annoying was the end of her story arc in the anime. It was one of the most annoying and stupidest stories ever! The end of her story arc in the anime was horrible and painful to watch part of it was the story and the other part was how she acted and what she became at the end of her story arc. I really did enjoy Kanon quite a bit but Makoto’s story arc in the show was just horrible.

2.Hazuki (MoonPhase)

Possibly one of the reasons why I was never able to finish watching MoonPhase was it’s main character Hazuki. She is pretty much all the annoying traits of the above characters mixed together making Hazuki annoying on epic levels. Hazuki is selfish, annoying, and her constant screams of “onii-chan!” just drive me insane! She is nothing more than an annoying little sister and I don’t know how that can even be considered moe or be an attractive trait for a character.

1. Nagi Sanzenin (Hayate the Combat Butler)

I love Hayate the Combat Butler, I really do, but I unfortunately have to express my extreme dislike for one of it’s characters. Yes I know this character is one of the main characters and yes she is a huge part of what makes the show what it is. With that said Nagi Sanzenin is the big numero uno on my list of the five most annoying anime characters. Nagi is similar to Hazuki but she is a spoiled rich brat which doubles her annoyance level. Much like Hazuki she is nothing more then an annoying little sister. Even her being an otaku can’t save her from being annoying.

So who are your top five most annoying anime characters?

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Crunchyroll Iphone/Ipod Touch App Review

Crunchyroll finally has released an Iphone/Ipod Touch app! Is it everything you could ever hope for? Is it nothing but pure anime watching bliss? Is it the best anime watching experience on the Iphone/Ipod Touch? Read on to find out!

I have been waiting the longest time for Crunchyroll to finally release an app for watching anime from the site on my Ipod Touch and it finally happened! I just found out about the new Crunchyroll app today and quickly downloaded it to check it out. When you first boot up the app you are greeted with a login screen to login if you have a Crunchyroll account. After you login you will see a summary of your profile and a guestbook tab to the right. Logging in doesn’t really give you any advantages even if you have a Crunchyroll subscription which I will explain later.

So after the profile tab if you click on the “Videos” tab you have two choices to pick either Anime or Drama. Pick Anime and you will be presented with a list of shows that you can pick from.

Pick the show you want and you will see a summary of the show and scroll down to see episodes of the show that are available to watch. Click on the episode you want and then you will see a summary of the episode and a play button. Hit play to watch the episode.

Before the episode starts playing a notice pops up that tells you how to turn on the subtitles. I found it odd that the subtitles aren’t automatically enabled as most of the shows on Crunchyroll are sub only. I hope they fix this in future updates but it isn’t a big deal as the subtitles are very easy to turn on. All you need to do to is just click the icon that looks like a speech bubble on the bottom bar. Then click English and press done and that is all!

The picture quality is great shows look clear and sharp as can be. I also like how the subtitles are on a light black background on the bottom. The subtitles are easy to read they are clear and sharp as well. You can also watch the video in wide-screen or you can zoom in so the picture fills the whole screen and it doesn’t effect the subtitles at all.

Were you thinking I was going to write this whole post without sneaking in some pictures of Hinagiku?

There are some things about the app that I think should be improved upon. Mainly logging in doesn’t really give you any advantages unless you have a subscription and even then the only advantage you have if you have a subscription is that you won’t see any ads before an episode starts. Even if you have a subscription you don’t have any access to subscriber only episodes which I do hope gets fixed in future updates. Also from what I know it only works over WiFi even on the Iphone. All in all the Crunchyroll app is great and I think it’s the best experience you can have watching streaming anime on the Iphone/Ipod touch. Download it now!

K-ON! Kinetic Typography OP!

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Yes K-On fever has hit Anime Gen! This time it’s the K-On OP given the Kinetic Typography treatment. Kinetic Typography is a really cool effect and there have already been a couple of anime OP’s that have been given the treatment such as Haruhi and ToraDora. I also love the K-On OP song but I like the ED song much more!

Are you absolutly sick of everyone talking about K-On?

8-bit K-ON! ED

Love or hate K-ON, I came across this cool 8-bit rendition of the K-ON ED. I wish the song was actually an 8-bit cover of the ED as well. I can imagine that an actual 8-bit cover of the ED is not too far off though. This 8-bit animation is still pretty cool though. This ED song has been one of my favorites recently as I’ve been playing it non-stop almost since last week! As for the actual show I’ve been loving it so far!

Are you loving or hating K-ON?

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Touhou Goes Jazz!

Sort of a follow up to the Gurren Lagann Goes Jazz post, now it’s Touhou that goes jazz this time around. Sent to me by Moritheil over at Anime Diet and The Mortheil Review. This Touhou jazz/swing song and animation is done by the masters of flash animation and doujin music themselves IOSYS. It’s quite amusing and the song will get stuck in your head after awhile. >_< People get drunk and there is dancing and singing and that’s about all I understand about the crazy animation. I don’t know much about Touhou though only that I played one of the games before and that’s about it. Click Here to see the high quality original flash animation in all it’s high res glory!

Are you a fan of Touhou and if so why?

Gurren Lagann Goes Jazz!

I can’t get enough of this awesome cover of Sorairo Days the Gurren Lagann opening song by Tokyo Brass Style. I think it’s awesome and the band is great as well. Anyone else know of some cool covers of anime songs or have heard of Tokyo Brass Style before?

Anime Gen Figure Review – Max Factory Figma Mikuru Asahina School Uniform Version

Benu reviews Max Factory’s Figma Mikuru Asahina School Uniform Version.

Check out the following online stores to find Figma Mikuru and Figma Yuki.

Hobby Link Japan
Hobby Search
Kid Nemo Company
Otaku Fuel
Play Asia