Piacevole 03 – Tiramisu

This week, Morina talks to a man who she sees in the restaurant frequently, but it turns out that this man, Oreki Ei is actually the dessert chef for Festa. I’m not sure why he wasn’t introduced earlier, but it seems like the Festa is an unconventional business in many senses, and if Ei isn’t in the kitchen when Morina is working, it is possible that they may have not been introduced. He’s shown to be fond of spending time with ladies and that’s why he likes being in charge of desserts; he can prepare his dishes for the day and then spend time interacting with the customers.

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Series Review – Military!

Salaryman Yano Souichi ends up becoming a mercenary in the conflict between the Krakozhia Dukedom and the Grania Republic and this puts his son, Yano Souhei in danger. Whether the danger is from the enemy side or from Lutgalnikov and Haruka, the officers sent to protect him is up for debate.

military03Military! (why have I been reviewing shows with such dumb punctuation in the title lately?) is a series of comedy shorts (3.5 minute episodes) which focus around Souhei’s everyday life which is suddenly full of military officers, who are cute girls who will use weapons at the slightest provocation. Continue reading

Piacevole 02 – Penne Arrabbiata

It seems like a little time must have passed since the last episode since Morina appears to have settled into her job somewhat. The episode opens with Morina studying some information about the different cuts of meat which can be obtained from a pig. It seems that she’s trying to learn as much as she can about food preparation in order to do her job better.

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Anime Tracking Site Comparison

I was surprised to find that there wasn’t any readily available information comparing the different sites you can use in order to keep track of the anime which you have watched. I could find some discussions of what people used, but no real comparisons. This post aims to give a comparison of the different sites available, and look at some of their key features. I’m certain that it won’t be comprehensive, and of course if the sites have any major changes, the information may become outdated, but I’m hoping it will be a somewhat useful resource. As I am mostly using my personal experiences, while I have done my best to test out the different basic features, I may still have missed out on some available functionality. This in itself is perhaps telling because I was unable to find the information. If I’ve missed something important, please let me know! I’ll do my best to try and have accurate information regarding each site, although I may not update this post indefinitely. This post has received an update as of October 2017

For each site I have looked at the ease of importing existing information, how you can score your shows, the options for tracking your titles (e.g. ability to create custom lists or filters), ability to customise your list design, the site UI, ways of interacting with other users (contacting or befriending them), what sort of details may be available in the database for a particular title, and the forum or community aspects of the site. Different people look for different things when it comes to tracking anime, but hopefully these are some of the important key features. I’ve linked to my profile on each site so you can see how it looks live. I have not touched on phone apps which can tie into updating your anime list. I don’t have a phone which would support using apps, so it’s not something which I can really test out for myself. If there was someone who was interested in putting this information together, I’d be interested to see it! Continue reading

Series Review – Encouragement of Climb Season 1

Encouragement of Climb (Yama no Susume) is a series of shorts (3 minute episodes), featuring Aoi and her friends on their adventures mountain climbing. There is a second season, but it’s markedly different from the first owing to its 13 minute episode run time. I may cover this separately in the future when I finish watching it.
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Yukimura Aoi used to be interested in outdoor activities when she was young, but after falling from the top of a climbing frame and breaking her leg, she developed a fear of heights and preferred to pursue solitary indoor hobbies. On starting high school, her childhood friend Kurarue Hinata reminds her of their promise to watch the sunrise from a mountaintop and together the two of them start simply and work to overcome Aoi’s fears and reach their goal. Continue reading

Piacevole 01 – Iberico Ham

I’m thinking that my episodic posts for this show will generally be late in the week as the show airs mid-week, but I was waiting to check out all the shows I was interested in to see what I was excited about and would like to write about. So my episode 2 post will probably out later this week! Or it might not, there is a major heat wave where I live at present and it makes it quite hard for me to blog. If my posts disappear, they’ve probably evaporated into some kind of weird heat haze.

In this episode, we meet Nanase Morina a high school student who is looking for a summer job when she stumbles across the help wanted sign at the Trattoria Festa. She’s taken with the restaurant as it’s cute and close to home so she decides to apply. Continue reading