The Wallflower - anime review

The Wallflower - also known as Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, in Japanese - is one of those feel-good anime series that exists in the same vein as wacky shows like Ouran High School Host Club. Weighing in at 25 episodes, The Wallflower follows four beautiful high school boys living in a rich woman's mansion and being tasked with turning her niece into a proper lady in exchange for free rent. But Sunako Nakahara is not ordinary girl - she often presents as a faceless 'chibi' character and enjoys all things horror, creepy, and grotesque. Sunako really has no idea how pretty she actually is and instead prefers to hide herself away in her darkened bedroom and watch horror films. Her best friends consist of skeleton props and an anatomical dummy named Hiroshi.

Our four bishounen heroes are reasonably put off and terrified of Sunako's antics, but nevertheless they set out to turn her into a real lady. Over the course of 25 episodes, our cast of characters find themselves in one sticky situation after another, but the bonding that occurs as each character learns to accept the others as they are becomes more and more apparent.

The lesson truly to be learned from The Wallflower is to accept and love the people in your life for who they are, while also encouraging them to be the best possible versions of themselves. In Sunako's case, that involves her male housemates accepting her love for all things spooky, even if they don't understand it.

Any potential love interest that arises in the show could be construed between Sunako and Kyohei, a lovely young man that girls are constantly fawning over. Unlike most guys though, Kyohei finds it to be a bother and wishes he wasn't attractive at all. Sunako and Kyohei are polar opposites and that's what makes the dynamic of their interactions really entertaining.

Overall I give The Wallflower a 9/10 rating, because it was enjoyable, presented some pretty oddball characters, and had a solid ending that didn't involve any radical changes. Would definitely recommend!


Ways to Wear: Mustard Yellow

For some strange reason, I have fallen in love with a muted shade of my least favorite color. Yellow. I don't know why, maybe it suddenly struck me how much this shade resembles falling autumn leaves or my beloved honey mustard dipping sauce. Maybe because it's so easy to pair up with black, brown, jeans, dresses, etc. But I took the plunge and acquired a couple of mustard yellow pieces to add to my eclectic wardrobe. Now...how do I wear them?

In my quest to figure this out, I have compiled a couple of images featuring mustard yellow in some really cute outfits. Behold:


Anime Review: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Affectionately titled in English: My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a short, 13 episode series based off a manga of the same name, which features our study-bug protagonist Shizuku Mizutani and her unruly classroom seatmate, Haru Yoshida. Nicknamed "Dry Ice" by her classmates for being unemotional and focused solely on her grades, she has the misfortune of being selected to drop off homework printouts for her perpetually absent seatmate, Haru, who is a wild teen boy with no friends and no trust for the school system. By some stroke of fate, Haru decides that Shizuku is now his best friend and takes up following her around and looking after her.

Overall, what you get with My Little Monster is your typical slice-of-life high school romance. It follows all the well-known tropes:

~ Studious and somewhat boring female protagonist with no friends
~ Wild and carefree teen love interest that spurs new and blossoming feelings in our protag.
~ This love interest has a tragic back story only mildly hinted at in the anime.
~ Protag and her love interest collect new and interesting friends along the way.
~ Rival love interests on both sides create confusion and tension.
~All is resolved outside of the series, so read the manga kids!

I'm not going to lie, these types of anime are my guilty pleasure. And why not? A high school career infinitely more exciting than mine was, interesting and complicated friends that actually care about each other, and a well-crafted bishounen with a wild streak.

Overall, I would give this one a ★/☆.


Inspiration for Spring: Mori Girl

Mori Girl is often regarded as an ideal style for the cooler autumn months, but if you live in a Humid Continental climate like I do, you know that spring has its fair share of chilly days, especially in the morning. This is where the various layers of a Mori Girl ensemble might come in handy, provided of course you can shed a few layers late in the day and still look cute.

So here are some ideas for how to dress like a forest fairy during the wet days of March and April:

1. Choose base pieces that feature a lot of contrasting bits - like floral on solid colors or lace, then layer less! 

2. Consider "sheer" textures - like lacy boleros and shawls.

3. Stick with lighter shades - soft greens, muted pinks, and creams as opposed to darker greens or brown.

4. Play with patterns, like polka dots or stripes.

5. Tie your hair up into something kind of playful or messy, or just plop a big floppy hat on your head and call it done.