updated their review of King of Thorn
In the beginning, King of Thorn was excellent. The animation is fantastic (even the occasional lapses into animating the characters in CG are forgivable), I really enjoyed how the premise was explained (widespread panic caused by the 'Medusa' virus with a 100% fatality rate), and where it looked...Read AirCommodore's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 109 min)
Medusa is a mysterious illness which causes the body to petrify shortly after infection, found throughout the world and steadily increasing the death toll. In order to combat the disease, 160 lottery...
updated their review of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Story I have fond memories of Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo from when I read it in middle school, so I started watching Gankutsuou hoping for the best.
The anime delivers an interesting idiosyncrasy by incorporating sci-fi elements like space travel, alien races, and...Read AirCommodore's full review
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a...
updated their review of Clannad
Upon light perusal, the story is pretty cute. A little boring, but nothing terrible. It's when you start thinking about what's happening (even just a teensy-tiny bit), that everything falls apart at the seams. What the dickens is happening and why?
How were Nagisa and Tomoya able to...Read AirCommodore's full review
Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl...
updated their review of Full Moon wo Sagashite
Story At first glance, Full Moon wo Sagashite 's story shows great potential. Two shinigami tell an adolescent girl with throat cancer that she has a mere year left to live. Such a dark premise seems in complete contrast to the fluffy drivel that shoujo series usually spew out by the ...Read AirCommodore's full review
Twelve year old Mitsuki's desire is to become a singer. She has the talent and a beautiful voice, but she also has a throat tumor which threatens to rob her of her gift of song. As if things weren't...
updated their review of Soul Eater
STORY Ugh. I'll break this up into three parts. THE BEGINNING: At the start, Soul Eater is a pretty fun show. It's funny, the characters are refreshing, it doesn't take itself too seriously (the main downfall of most of these types of shows), and I heartily enjoyed it. The main problem with...Read AirCommodore's full review
In a bizarre fantasy world, students known as meisters are trained at the illustrious Shinigami Weapon Meister University; but the tools they wield are no ordinary weapons! Each meister is paired...
updated their review of Ocean Waves
My only experiences with Studio Ghibli up to this point have been with Miyazaki's films, so I picked one at random, and this is what I got. STORY Ocean Waves is very realistic. It's a story about normal people living their normal lives. It's focused on problems that seem very petty compared...Read AirCommodore's full review
- TV Special (1 ep x 72 min)
Ocean Waves is a coming of age tale centered around Taku, an ordinary high school student, his best friend Matsuno, and Rukiko, a reserved outcast who has caught Matsuno's eye. While bounds of...
updated their review of Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror
"A town haunted by a spiral pattern? Really Mr. mangaka? Really? Well alright, I'll read it anyway, if only because it's rated so highly." And really that's the story in a nutshell. Spirals are taking over the town (egad!) in a myriad of ways (oh no!).
Soon after picking...Read AirCommodore's full review
- Vol: 3; Ch: 19
- 1998 - 1999
In the seemingly-normal small Japanese town of Kurozu-cho, odd events are beginning to take place. Residents are becoming obsessed with spiral - whirlwinds, snail shells, pottery, or anything...
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updated their review of Wolf Children
This movie didn't make me cry, which is usually how I determine how much I like these sorts of things. So it loses some points from that. I've also heard some people critique this movie for being 'rambly and unfocused', which, okay, it totally was. It covers 13~ years and kind of just keeps...Read AirCommodore's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 117 min)
Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family...
updated their review of GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class
DON'T WATCH THIS ALL AT ONE TIME!
That should be fairly obvious for this kind of show, but I'm reminding you just in case. It's also especially applicable for this show, as most of the jokes are about the same subject (art), so if you watch too many episodes back-to-back, they'd probably start...Read AirCommodore's full review
The students of the Geijutsuka Art Design Class study all the various fields of art, from sketching and painting to graphic design and photography. While the mischievous Noda is always thinking up...
updated their review of Hanamaru Youchien
Hot damn, it's a slice-of-life that isn't about teenagers!
Unfortunately, it still couldn't manage to avoid many of the clichés that plague high-school shows: cheesy drama, the obligatory fanservice episode, and (worst of all) the romance between painfully-awkward-boy and...Read AirCommodore's full review
Tsuchida has just started working at the Hanamaru Kindergaten, and, as the first and only male teacher at the school, he’s particularly nervous. Unfortunately his first day doesn’t go...
updated their review of Princess Mononoke
When I first started Princess Mononoke , I really wasn't planning on enjoying it. Studio Ghibli films have a tendency to bore me to tears, and environmental films fill me with rage and an irrepressible urge to chop down forests and strangle vegetables (I guess I'm just contrary). So the prospect...Read AirCommodore's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 134 min)
With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to...
updated their review of Pandora Hearts
So... many... bishounen... And really, that's the only thing that separates Pandora Hearts from all the other shows ever: the sheer amount of potential yaoi shipping between the bishounen-heavy cast. Quite a bit of screen-time is spent with them fawning over each other, clutching at each...Read AirCommodore's full review
On the eve of nobleman Oz Bezarius's fifteenth birthday, he and his loved ones gather to celebrate in a coming-of-age ceremony. But after Oz steps under a long-stopped clock and the hands finally...
on volume 1 of 2
- Vol: 2; Ch: 15
- 2003 - 2014
"Shirley" is an evocative glimpse into the daily life of winsome, 13-year-old Shirley, a maid in turn-of-the-century England.
updated their review of Kemono no Souja Erin
Kemono no Souja Erin 's first twenty or so episodes are offensively slow-paced. This, combined with the fact that it's a children's show, will probably turn a lot of people off, which is a shame.
Even though the first two arcs of Erin were slow, they weren't needlessly so. The...Read AirCommodore's full review
In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding...
updated their review of Eien no With
Eien no With is the story of a young girl who volunteers to raise a dog for a year until it's old enough to be trained as a seeing eye dog.
I bawled through the entire first chapter, but was disappointed with the latter two. I attribute this to the time-skip: I don't find teenage (or adults...Read AirCommodore's full review
Before any canine can undergo guide dog training, they spend the first year of their lives living with a volunteer family known as "happy walkers". Hitomi has always wanted a dog, but since...
updated their review of He Dedicated to Roses
Ah, the Shoujo soap opera. Most beloved of all the nonsense genres (I don't actually know if that's true, I just can't think of anything else to put here). Ha ha! I didn't realize this was a manhwa at first, so I read the first ten or so pages manga-style. Upon recognizing my mistake, I re-read...Read AirCommodore's full review
Ida Choi’s family is deeply indebted to the parents of Mimi Shin, a spoiled, self-important brat. Ida is forced to do anything and everything that Mimi commands her to - or else her family will...
updated their review of Yumeiro Pâtissière
Story Yumeiro Patissiere embraces every shoujo cliché in the book- A clumsy yet hardworking girl with a quaint dream arrives at an ornate boarding school in the middle of a forest. She encounters prodigies, "princely" boys whose every blink and smile are accompanied by...Read AirCommodore's full review
Fourteen-year-old Amano Ichigo is a would-be pâtissière who acquired her love of sweets from her late grandmother’s desserts. After meeting the talented Henri Lucas at a local...
updated their review of Strange Dawn
'Person in a Strange Land' series are pretty stupid. Having said that, Strange Dawn is one of the least cliché of these that I've come across. In most stories of this genre, our intrepid protagonist gets whisked away to a fantastical land. Upon arriving, they are given...Read AirCommodore's full review
Emi and Yuko are two middle school girls who, with a flash of light, have suddenly found themselves in a place much farther than home, where all the people are only about a foot tall. Without further...
updated their review of Omae Umasou da na Movie
You are Umasou follows the practice of creating family films that, while ostensibly for children, make their protagonist go through so much you may start to wonder about the intended demographic. You know the type- they're filled with cutesy animal protagonists and you go into...Read AirCommodore's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
A female maiasaura finds a lost egg and decides to raise it along her own baby. To the herd's surprise, the child born from the stray egg is a tyrannosaurus. Determined to not leave the newborn...
updated their review of Sound of the Sky
I have two main issues with slice-of-life shows: Most have extremely boring/over-used settings (some sort of school or a house/neighborhood, but always in upper middle-class, modern-day Japan), and have a cast almost exclusively made up of cute teenaged girls. Because of this, I find most...Read AirCommodore's full review
Kanata Sorami, a young Private in the army, arrives in Seize to serve in the Clocktower Fortress and learn the trumpet under the tutelage of Master Sergeant Rio Kazumiya. Though peace hangs uneasily...
on volume 4 of 5+
Down in the Mississippi delta, RJ has a stable life and loving wife, but what he really wants is to play the blues better than anyone around - a dream he'd be willing to give up just about anything...
on chapter 1 of 6
A young woman is about to get married and as part of the celebrations she wants to invite a friendly old neighbour nicknamed Mr. Bo from her childhood home. Unfortunately after losing touch many...
updated their review of XXXHOLiC
I hate long episodic series. Twelve or so episodes like that are great, but when it starts getting into the twenties, I start cringing. Sitting through so many episodes with absolutely no plot progression at all seems like a complete waste of time. So that being said, it's remarkable how much I...Read AirCommodore's full review
Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One...
updated their review of XXXHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream
The xxxHolic series was nice, but I felt it was hampered by the episodic format (I wrote a review for that too, if you're interested for some reason). The movie however, is absolutely fantastic. It was long enough to adequetely flesh out the story (the atmosphere in particular was awesome and...Read AirCommodore's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 60 min)
Watanuki faces challenges in every area. Spirits chase him, his best friend Doumeki isn't really a friend, and his boss Yuuko seems to have mistaken him for a servant come housewife. When Yuuko...
updated their review of Haunted House
STORY Sabato is a normal high school boy who tries to have a normal life, but his plans (all of which involve him trying to get a girlfriend) are repeatedly foiled by his morbid family. The first seven chapters followed a strict pattern- Sabato gets into some hijinks, flirts with a pretty girl...Read AirCommodore's full review
All Sabato Obiga wants is to have a girlfriend, but his bizarre and death-obsessed family always seem to get in the way. Though Sabato himself has regular interests, the Obiga family is another...
updated their review of Adolf
Adolf is one of Osamu Tezuka (one of, if not the , most prolific mangaka)'s last manga. STORY Summary: Sohei Toge is a Japanese reporter observing the Berlin Olympic
games in 1936, when his younger brother is murdered. However, his
neighbors claim he had never existed! It's as if the Nazi...Read AirCommodore's full review
- Vol: 5; Ch: 36
- 1983 - 1985
In 1936, Sohei Toge is a Japanese reporter observing the Berlin Olympic games when his younger brother is murdered. However, his neighbors claim his sibling never existed! It's as if the Nazi party...
updated their review of Hotel
I usually hate anything and everything with an environmental theme (way too preachy), but I thoroughly enjoyed this. It reminded me of Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question" , the plot and tone were along the same vein. The art was attractive, especially the couple of full-color pages in...Read AirCommodore's full review
By the mid 23rd century, the foolish decisions of mankind have led to the collapse of Earth's environment; humanity and all life on Earth are extinct. In the hopes of someday restoring the world to...
updated their review of Requiem from the Darkness
OVERALL Oh, Requiem from the Darkness , you were at the top of my "Want to Watch" list for so long, building up my expectations, only to disapoint me later... Everything about the series indicated that I would love it. Bizarre art style? Arc-based horror series? I have a very good...Read AirCommodore's full review
Momosuke is a young man with a dream: to travel Japan and collect one hundred stories. He journeys from place to place, searching for tales of the paranormal and bizarre, hoping to collect tales to...
updated their review of Heartcatch Pretty Cure!
Story Mahou shoujo has become a stagnant genre, full of over-used cliches, transformation sequences, and shallow characterization. It seems like lately the only way for a mahou shoujo to succeed is to parody or viciously subvert the genre (see: Madoka ). Heartcatch Precure breathes ...Read AirCommodore's full review
The legendary warrior, Cure Moonlight, was defeated and it's up to shy Tsubomi and fashion-obsessed Erika to step up and become the next Precure team. Together they must battle the Desert Messengers...