Actually, I Am… Still A Better Love Story Than Twilight

Actually, I Am… is a romantic comedy about Kuromine Asahi, a high school student whose defining characteristic is his pathetically inability to keep a secret. He’s referred to as ‘Open Book’, ‘Leaky Basket’, and other such terms… and is occasionally used by those who know him as a way of getting a real opinion on matters others might defer or refuse to comment on.

Which makes him the perfect protagonist to fall in love with a half-vampire who is permitted to attend school on the condition that nobody discover her secret…

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Plastic Memories – Smile Through The Tears

Giftias – Androids, made by SAI Corp, that look, act, and feel like humans complete with real personalities, emotions and memories – have a lifespan of 81920 hours. Giftias have become such a part of human society that they are everywhere: they are peoples’ friends, hired help, and even surrogate parents in some circumstances. Once their roughly 9 and a third years are done, they don’t die… they begin to deteriorate, losing their memories, their personalities, and their restraint. In other words, they go crazy, becoming violent and dangerous.

SAI’s Terminal Services department has the unpleasant task of retrieving these Giftias before that happens and erasing their memories so they can be upgraded for later use. They have to convince the owner to give their consent, and they always do the memory erasure in front of them – afterall, these androids have very personal information contained within those memories. Our protagonist, Tsukasa, is a new employee at SAI Terminal Service No. 1. He is assigned the Giftia Isla as his partner and, naturally, he swiftly develops strong feelings for her.

What he doesn’t know is that Isla only has around 2 months left before she, herself, will need to be retrieved…

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Weekly Recommendations – Love Stories

As some of you might be aware, a little day called Valentine’s Day is coming up this week. A day for women to torment men while men spend their entire paychecks on gifts for them… or at least, that’s what I was always led to believe. Apparently it has something to do with love and romance… so I figured this would be a good time to discuss some of the best love stories anime and gaming has to offer!

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Weekly Recommendations – A Good Laugh

It’s been a while since I’ve highlighted humour in my recommendations, and today seemed like a good time. Afterall, the weather’s gotten so cold there’s nothing you can do but laugh (and cry inside), and my insomnia has hit a point where I’m beginning to feel insanity setting in – or maybe that’s sanity setting in but either way…

So let’s talk about the funnies. Here are some recommendations if you’re looking for a good laugh…

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Your Lie in April – Music From the Soul

Brace yourself, we have another high school romance ahead of us. As you might expect, it stars “shy, reserved main character”, also known as Kōsei Arima, with his best friends “girl who likes him but hasn’t said anything” and “jock who gets all the ladies” – Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryōta Watari respectively – and the love interest Kaori Miyazono: “gorgeous girl who is perfect for main character but quickly enters a relationship with jock who gets all the ladies”. And, as you might also expect, circumstances give Miyazono the worst possible first impression of Arima. Now that we’ve gotten that out-of-the-way, let’s be serious here…

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