This is the anime that could have been so much more. It tries really hard to be a sad show, but it tries too hard. It feels like I am just getting overloaded. Like when I saw my first R rated horror movie. I was really grossed out. Now, I don't get effected by that stuff anymore. This show desensitized me to the sad moments in the same way. I also feel that for a scene to be really sad, it should be unexpected. I was always expecting something was going to happen. In the end, it wasn't that sad to me. It was depressing, but not sad. The actual plot was good though, and the characters acted more human than in most shows.
I should also mention the animation. It is very unique. I usually like it when they have a different style from the norm, but it didn't work this time. I found it really unattractive. I also found it to be really inconstant.
Oh did I actually just say tale of love for RahXephon, well this is the Ultimate tale, she, is the perfect weapon, sent into battles all over the world, he is a high school student, they fall in love..the world begins to collapse around them, she is tired, she loses control. If you can get past poor drawing and constant blushng faces, then you can probably get past the sudden changes the earth goes under. A gripping tale to say the least. If you liked end of evangelion or Rahxephon, ul prob like this
I'm going to start this one off by acknowledging the fact that my review isn't based off the full series and therefore isn't as reliable as a lot of the other reviews on this site. If that annoys you, don't follow my advice and take my opinions as ill-founded.
Stupid, clumsy girl (Chise) is made into part-robot weapon... boyfriend (Shuuji) tries to protect. Girl is constantly annoying with what seems to be an attempt at adorable clumsiness. Shoots stuff out of her dress and grows weird robot parts occasionally. Goes boom boom smash and cries.
I couldn't watch it right to the end even though I paid money for it (which I'm certainly not swimming in). It was that bad.
It's like watching Coronation Street (except even Corrie's more interesting), with a robot lady. Rubbish.
Ugly. Quite smooth, but the drawing style just doesn't seem right at all to me. That was a big factor in me being unable to watch it to the end.
Voice-acting isn't particularly distinctive, music incredibly forgettable. It's not awful but it's by no means good either. A little bit below average.
What characters? Oh, you mean Chise and Shuuji?
Chise is a clumsy douche who is constantly fumbling her words and tripping over herself and... well, she's quite embarrassing to watch if I'm honest. Shuuji is unremarkable - just a prop to show that someone cares about Chise and what happens to her at the hands of the government, really.
Secondary characters barely had a real mention. Unless something drastically changes in the few episodes after I dropped it.
She: The Ultimate Weapon (as it was called on the box set I bought (can't believe I spent money on this)) is a sappy, soap opera style drama with lots of blushing and fumbling of words, the occasional bomb and next to no proper character development. Others on AP seem to like it a lot though, so I wouldn't say to avoid it based on this review. Go read other peoples' before you make up your mind on the subject.
The reccs for this one are taken from the anime info page since I honestly couldn't think of anything.
*Voices of a Distant Star
*Now and Then, Here and There (from the synop I'd agree - depressing story about a kid caught up in war... oh and it has a place called "Hellywood" in. Surely that warrants a recc in and of itself, right? ¬.¬)
I've just finished watching SaiKano for the 2nd time, and OMG I knew this anime was awesome, but I forgot how EPIC it gets from episode 7 onwards.... There are sooooo many bone chilling moments in this show, it's unbelievable.... One word: Akemi... oh man...
To quote a quote on the back of the DVD box
"Truly inspiring work... masterfully merges the heart-warming with the heart-wrenching.
Before re-watching this, I thought I might have over-reacted when I first watched it and put it straight to the 2nd spot of my top 5, like 2 years ago... I was so wrong, SaiKano is truly a piece of art, but not for the feint of heart =).
PLEASE, to all of you guys who dropped this show after 4-5 episodes because you thought it was too emo... do yourself a favor, give it another shot and watch it till the very end. It really is an underrated show and you won't regret it.