Let’s face it.
There are lots of great anime shows.
Never in my whole life, however, have I watched something that (1) I thought was dull at first and (2) I thought was awesome at last until Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu.
Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu or Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World
Based on Tappei Nagatsuki’s light novel series, Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is the perfect epitome of unexpectedness that can only be either heartwarming or heartwrenching. The first episode tells us how 17-year-old Natsuki Subaru, a loner and a hardcore gamer, somehow ended up in another world full of magical creatures. There, he met a half-elf princess named Emilia and her cat-like guardian named Puck.
Emilia posed herself as Satella while collaborating with Subaru to get back her royal insignia that was stolen by a slum kid named Felt. The name Satella, however, was that of the infamous Jealous Witch, to which Emilia reacted angrily when Subaru called after her the second time around – following the events that got him and Emilia brutally killed in the slum pawnshop where Felt was supposed to appear, as well as returning back to life (later called, Return To Death) and meeting Emilia and Puck again; but with no memories of them meeting him from the first time they met.
From there, the main theme of Return To Death and the lead character’s growing love for Emilia (a wholesome kind of love, unlike the kind of love we usually see from an Ecchi boy lead character) gets more intense as they meet new characters along the way – all of which would play bigger parts later on in the show. Even more so, the way the anime show was created is one great way to make viewers rave about it for a long time.
Binge-watch on this anime show right now and see for yourself what I’m talking about!
Japan is filled with many interesting destinations for first time and repeat travelers to explore. The attractions of Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo are so many that it would be easy no to venture out these well-trodden paths. But if you are thinking of seeing some of the country’s more hidden gems, here are some of the most stunning off-the-beaten-path places you need to visit now.
Akame 48 Waterfalls (Mie Prefecture)
Akame 48 Waterfalls refers to the string of falls that include the five large ones collectively known as the Amake Five Waterfalls. The area has a scenic hiking trail that boasts of breathtaking scenery that changes every season. See the beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, the vibrant green leaves of summer, the stunning foliage of autumn, and the frozen vista during winter. The place is also associated with the Iga-ryu ninja that once lived in the area during the 15th to 18th century.
Aogashima Island (Tokyo)
The bustling city of Tokyo holds a secret gem that not many people know – a remote and inhabited volcanic island with a population of roughly 200. Getting to the island can be a bit tricky since it is only accessible by boat or helicopter. But the scenery and tranquil atmosphere more than make up for the time and effort to reach this beautiful island. If you can, consider staying the night and watch the stars at night.
Aoshima – Cat Island (Ehime)
Aoshima is a sparsely inhabited island where cats outnumber the human residents. Ferry trips to the island run twice daily — bringing in a growing number of tourists who want to see the island’s famous feline inhabitants.
Kayabuki no Sato (Kyoto)
The former Imperial seat of Japan is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and many other amazing attractions. But there is more to Kyoto than its most-visited temples and shrines. If you want to venture beyond the usual tourist spots, head out to Miyama to visit Kayabuki no Sato. The village boasts of beautiful and well-preserved thatched roof houses that sit in the midst of breathtaking nature scenery.
Koyasan or Mount Koya is home to the seat of Shingon Buddhism. It is a great place to enjoy the scenery in a place that exudes a sacred vibe. Visit to see the beautiful temples and the graveyards at the cemetery. Experience a temple stay and bask in the sense of peace and solitude being in this place brings.
Takeda Castle (Hyogo)
Takeda Castle is not like the other famous castles of Japan. For one, it sits on top of a mountain at about 353 meters. It is touted as the “Castle in the Sky” in reference to the castle featured in the popular 1986 animation film Laputa: Castle in the Sky. The place offers breathtaking nature scenery with views of cherry blossoms in spring and the colorful foliage in autumn. But perhaps one of the best and unforgettable sights is to see the sea of clouds that surround the ruins. From afar, the ruins of Takeda Castle look surreal and whimsical as it “floats” above the clouds.