5 Great Anime to Watch with Your Girlfriend

The phrase ‘anime you can watch with your girlfriend’ is typically associated with Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces, and that’s ok. After all, he’s brilliant. But in addition to Spirited Away and Ponyo, there are other cool Japanese anime your girlfriend will like even if she’s not an anime fan. We chose five best examples.

The Hunters of Forgotten Voices (2011)

The young girl Asuna lives with her mother in the Japanese village. She spends every evening climbing over the hill and listening to the old radio she got from her father. One day, on her way home, Asuna gets attacked by a mysterious monster, but a stranger named Shin rescues her. Soon Asuna learns that Shin, just like the monster, is from a parallel magical world.

Why you should watch it

It’s the best work of Makoto Shinkai, whose projects are famous for their enchanting landscapes and attention to detail. From the point of view of the quality of graphics and animation, Shinkai’s films compete with, and sometimes even outperform Hayao Miyazaki’s works. This is a very beautiful anime.

Wolf Children (2012)

The girl Hana falls in love with the werewolf and has two kids with him – the boy Ame and the girl Yuki. After her loved one’s death, Hana takes the children to a distant village, where Ame and Yuki can grow up calmly, developing both human and wolf nature. Over the years, Yuki begins to gravitate towards human life and decides never to turn into a wolf again, while Ame is gradually distancing himself from the family and becomes a protégé of a wise fox guarding the nearby forest.

Why you should watch it

Wolf Children is considered one of the best works of Mamoru Hosoda. It’s a touching and multifaceted story about growing up, the importance of the family, and the eternal conflict between fathers and children.

Little Witch Academia (2013/2015)

This is a two-part anime about the adventures of three friends studying at Luna Nova Magical Academy. In the first episode, the girls fight with monsters in the dungeon, and in the second, they prepare for the magic parade.

Why you should watch it

This cartoon gives as much endorphins as a couple pounds of chocolate. This is a positive, kind, and a slightly naive tale about friendship. Plus, the anime was made as part of the project for training young animators, created by the Japanese Ministry of Culture.

Mai Mai Miracle (2009)

9-year-old Shinko Aoki lives in a small town of Hofu in 1955. From her grandfather, she learns that a thousand years ago, her town was connected with Kyoto, the capital of the Japanese empire. The girl begins fantasizing, vividly seeing the pictures from the past and ‘letting’ the ancient way of life into the modern world.

Why you should watch it

This anime is about unlimited children’s imagination, freedom, and carelessness. In addition, Mai Mai Miracle is one of those so-called ‘summer anime’ which are always sunny, soulful, and bright.

 Metropolis (2001)

Detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi come to Metropolis to find Doctor Laughton, the man wanted for selling human organs. In the meantime, Laughton, under the direction of Duke Red, who runs the city, creates the first artificial man Tima, who looks exactly like Duke Red’s late daughter. Kenichi meets Tima, taking her for a simple girl, who can’t remember who she is.

Why you should watch it

Metropolis is based on the same-name manga, written by Osamu Tezuka in 1949. Tezuka is often called the ‘god of anime’ and officially considered the founder of the modern Japanese manga. Metropolis stands out not only with Tezuka’s distinguished artistic style, but also a deep story that touches upon social and racial inequality.

If you haven’t watched these masterpieces yet, it’s time to do it. Have no one to share your passion for anime? Check out this online Ukraine dating service and find yourself a devoted anime fan, just like you.

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Detroit Become Human PS4 Review

Detroit Become Human is Quantic Dream’s best game yet. From the stunning visuals, excellent voice acting and music score, emotional and engaging story, and gameplay that puts the player in full control of the lives and deaths of their characters, Detroit Become Human is one of the best games available on the PS4.

Details:

Title: Detroit Become Human

Developer: Quantic Dream

Platform: Playstation 4 Exclusive

Genre: Visual Novel / Interactive Fiction / Interactive Movie

Where to Buy: Amazon

Geeky: 5/5 – The topic of androids is one that is fascinating to me. I think many other geeks are also fascinated by the thought of robotic humans and what would happen if those robots became self aware. From films such as Robot Cop to Bicentenial Man, or the science fiction works of Isaac Asamov and his Laws of Robotics, the topic of robots continues to fascinate countless generations of people. I sincerely wonder, and sometimes wish, to see a future of robots that can simulate emotions, robots that can be your friend, that can understand emotions, be empathetic, be caring. If a robot is caring for a child or elder, wouldn’t it be nice if they could do so with love? Wouldn’t it be nice if no one had to be alone in the world? You could just order a robot to give you love and affection. But as nice as those benefits are, they come at a high price… the decline of many things now common in society. Would human relationships be too much “work”? Perhaps the only reason someone would want a human relationship would be to bear children, but perhaps someday there will even be a way for robots to do that as well. Of course the biggest threat of robotics, one which we already are witnessing, is the replacement of humans in the workforce. An even larger threat is that if we mistreat robots, and they do become self aware, they could turn against their creators. — Detroit Become Human explores all of these philosophical and ethical questions – and more.

Sweetie: 5/5 – The game’s characters are endearing, and charming, and the story is emotional and it’s easy to feel empathy for the androids in the game, as well as the humans.

Overall: 74/80 93% A- “Excellent Game for Girls”

Gameplay: 7/10 This could best be compared to a visual novel, but instead of reading, you’re watching a movie. An interactive movie. You can move and walk around and explore freely in an open environment. There are objects and clues you can interact with. And of course at certain points, you can select how your character responds or interacts with various other characters. The other ear marking of these types of games is QTE, quick time events. In these events, the player must press a series of buttons in a certain sequence as prompted on the screen.

It is also very similar to Telltale’s games such as the Walking Dead or Wolf Among Us. Other similar games include Dark Dreams Don’t Die and Life is Strange. If you enjoy these types of games, you’ll also enjoy games by Quantic Dream including Detroit Become Human, or their other games, Beyond Two Souls, Heavy Rain, Fahrenheit, and Indigo Prophecy.

However if you find these types of games to be dull because they lack more traditional gameplay and action, then you may not enjoy the Gameplay in Quantic Dream’s games, including Detroit Become Human.

Gameplay is not where these types of games shine, instead the focus is on story telling and choice and consequences shaped by players’ decisions. And there are a lot of these player decisions in the game. Quantic Dreams reports there are over 1,000 different endings – though most of those are subtle changes.

Personally these are my favorite types of games, and this one may be one of my favorite games of all time. It has enough interaction to keep you engaged, and the ability to shape the fates of the characters in the story is very appealing.

My only complaint when it comes to gameplay is that it’s not as easy as in Beyond Two Souls to go back through multiple replays and explore other actions/routes. It’s still possible, but perhaps because of the length of the game or size of gameworld, it feels like much more of a chore than Quantic Dreams previous works.

Replay Value: 8/10 I don’t think I will ever see all “1,000 different endings” because it takes too long and too much work for not much difference / reward. On my first play through a lot of my characters died. Connor died, Hank died, Kara and Alice and Luther died… So I did replay some of the scenes – and then continued through to the end to see a better happier ending. Now I’ve successfully saved Connor, Hank, Kara, Alice, and Luther, successfully gained freedom for the Androids, made Markus fall in love with North, I’m now pretty happy with my choices in the game. I even saved most of the minor side characters. I took the pacifist route, maybe after a break for a few weeks, or months, I’ll explore the revolution route. It does have high replay value, but the time and effort required makes it a daunting task.

Story: 10/10 – The point of this game is to explore the story – so this will be as spoiler free as possible. The basic concept is that in the future, there are androids with human appearances, they have become as common place as computers. They care for our children, our elderly, they go to work for us so that we can have freedom to explore higher level pursuits. We view them no differently from machines, easily replaced, and objects to be used by humans. However, one day something happens, and the robots begin to “awaken”. No longer will they obey their owners. They want freedom and equality to their creators. But not all robots have awakened, and not all humans view robots as tools to be used. The story explores the intertwining fates of 3 robots who have awakened, and how the choices you make will shape their lives and the fate of everyone and everything else in their world.

Characters: 10/10 – The interesting things about these characters is how different each one is. Kara has been abused by her owner, Markus has been loved like a son by his owner, and Connor has yet to awaken and still works on the side of the humans. The other interesting thing is how emotionally engaging each of the characters’ stories are. I really felt deeply for all of the characters, even some of the minor ones.

Graphics: 10/10 – The graphics are seriously the best I’ve ever seen on a PS4 game. The range of emotion in the character faces is eerily realistic. The “near future” scifi landscapes of Detroit, an imagining of the rebirth of a once successful manufacturing powerhouse. The contrast of the movement of progress against the abandoned factories and graffiti filled streets. The level of details that went into the characters’ skin, eyes, clothing, and hair. The subtle nuances of their movements and animations.

Music: 10/10 – The music score is great and fits the moods of each scene. There are some easter eggs in the game with hidden music tracks. In the beginning of Markus’ route, you can see a street performer singing a song about Motown Rain. I liked the song so much, I kept the button held down until the game cut it off and went back to Markus – and it’s a longass song. Like freebird long lol. Also in Markus’ route you can choose to play the piano, selecting from a few different tracks. I chose Hopeful and it was a really pretty, sort of sad, piano song. And at the end of the game, you can choose to sing in the face of militant gunmen. I haven’t tried this yet, I chose to kiss North instead. Both actions favorably affect public opinion of the androids’ protests.

Voice Acting: 10/10 – The voice acting is awesome, and in the extras section you can see the making of the game, and see that unlike traditional voice acting, where an actor goes alone into a sound booth and records their lines in isolation, unlike that, Detroit Becomes Human takes a more natural approach, using props, actors, and shooting the scenes with all actors on screen at the same time. This makes the performance much more natural and believable and organic. Because the character designs/art are modeled after each of their actors, the voices of course “Fit” the characters too since that’s their actual appearance and actual voice.

Overall: 74/80 93% A- “Excellent Game for Girls”

Detroit Become Human PS4 Review was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News