updated their review of Zero no Tsukaima
Louise is a student at a Harry Potter-like school for magic on a
distant world. She is known as "Louise the Zero" because of her
consistent failures in the magical arts. During one exam, she summons Hiragi
Saito, an average Japanese student, as her familiar. This was a really...Read Dralha's full review
In a world where magic is a reality, the young Louise is at the bottom of her class. Dubbed "Zero" by her classmates at Tristein Academy (due to her zero success rate for magic), Louise...
updated their review of Aria the Animation
Truth be told, I probably wouldn't have touched this series if it didn't have a scifi component to it. I knew it was considered "slice of life," which I had always thought translated into "boring...avoid at all costs." Luckily, it did have a scifi component to it... Aria the...Read Dralha's full review
Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but...
updated their review of Tears to Tiara
An excellent epic fantasy series. It borrowed heavily from the classic Arthurian legend, but managed to weave a unique tale that ran a lot like a D&D campaign, with a small band of heroes hacking and slashing through waves of enemies. Read Dralha's full review
Rhiannon is the fair and gentle daughter of a village chief. Unfortunately for her, she's also exactly the sort of maiden who is needed as a sacrifice to wake the Demon King Arawn from his...
updated their review of Ikkitousen
In this ecchi action-comedy, high school
students with the powers of spirit warriors of the past wage a constant war for
power. Even with all the panty shots and top-heavy generosity, it was actually a
pretty good story. Read Dralha's full review
For 1800 years the seven schools of Kantou have fought over supremacy of the land. Their students constantly fight each other in battles to prove their strength. Sonsaku Hakufu is a 17 year old girl...
updated their review of Cardcaptor Sakura
The classic "magical girl" anime.
Sakura accidentally releases dozens of magic cards from a tome kept in her
father's study. She must now pair up with the guardian of the tome to track down
and capture them before a great doom befalls the world. Very comical...Read Dralha's full review
Sakura Kinomoto never imagined that by opening a book in her father's library, she'd be responsible for releasing wild magic into the world, yet that's exactly what she did. Too powerful to be...
updated their review of Strike Witches TV
In 1939, Earth is invaded by an alien force
known as the "Neuroi." To combat against them, a special strike force
consisting of witches gathered from around the world is formed. Their
"brooms" consist of a pair of leggings with propellers, allowing them
to fly through...Read Dralha's full review
In the year 1939 an unknown enemy called the Neuroi appeared. Their purpose is unclear and origin is unknown, but they attack and destroy any signs of human civilization they come across. Because...
updated their review of Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek
Very creepy tale, one that used cel-shading for the animation
and had a somber soundtrack. Some children mysteriously disappear when playing
"kakurenbo" in a certain part of town. Hikora's sister, Sorincha, just
recently disappeared. He's determined to find her by participating in the...Read Dralha's full review
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Near the ruins of an old and abandoned city, there is played a game simply known as "Otokoyo." It is said that when children play this game, they go missing one by one. Some say it is...
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updated their review of Bottle Fairy
Kururu, Chiriri, Sarara, and Hororo are four
fairies who live in bottles on a student's desk. With each passing month, they
learn more about the human world from the student and a girl who lives next
door. Their misinterpretations of various Japanese customs and celebrations are
a...Read Dralha's full review
Kururu, Chiriri, Sarara, and Hororo are four faries who aspire to become human. To do this, they leave the fairy world to study for a year in our world. Aided by their friends Sensei-san and Tama...
updated their review of Scrapped Princess
An interesting fantasy tale about Pacifica, the
"Scrapped Princess." Everyone's trying to kill her because they think
a great doom will befall the land if she reaches her 16th birthday. Luckily, she
has a pair of powerful allies to protect her as they travel away from the ...Read Dralha's full review
The god Mauser delivered unto a world of magic a prophecy: if the Scrapped Princess is allowed to live, she will destroy the entire world. But the knight who was to kill her could not end the life of...
updated their review of Mushishi
Beautiful series, with
breathtaking backdrops and a haunting soundtrack. A very mellow anime that
follows the travels of Ginko, a "mushishi" who can perceive "mushi,"
semi-sentient organisms that cause supernatural happenings in people's
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It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation...
updated their review of Seirei no Moribito
A fantastic martial arts anime. After having saved a prince from drowning, Balsa the
spearmaster is hired to be his bodyguard. The prince is possessed by a water
spirit, which has led some in the royal hierarchy to order his
assassination. The animation in this series is beautiful, with...Read Dralha's full review
In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his...
updated their review of Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-Chan!!
Very weird premise (scifi girls from a
parallel universe charge up depressed people in this universe using giant
electrical plugs), but VERY funny and heavily ecchi. Great story overall. Read Dralha's full review
Sadness be gone! Though depressed people are scattered across the world, there are those from a parallel world that are here to help. Known as Juuden-chan, these busty ladies use their special powers...
updated their review of Sekirei
Minato Sahashi has failed the college entrance exam twice, but his
life takes a lucky turn when a buxom girl falls out of the sky and lands on
him...This ecchi comedy really was a great story, with high-power anime action
and harem mayhem, and a dash of mystery in the blend to keep it...Read Dralha's full review
Minato Sahashi was living a normal life; he had just failed his college entrance exam for a second year in a row, and lived a quiet life in a single's apartment. That is, until the busty Musubi fell...
updated their review of Toward the Terra TV
This series begins in what appears to be a rather disturbing dystopia, set on a terraformed world far from Earth. Jomy is a student on this world and is about to take the examination for adulthood, but fate has a different plan in store. This was a very powerful series that touched on a multitude...Read Dralha's full review
Centuries ago, humanity carelessly ravaged the Earth’s environment, forcing them to leave and form a colony elsewhere. To prevent the same mistakes from happening again, they allow a...
updated their review of Toshokan Sensou
In a near-future world, an oppressive "media cleansing act" threatens freedom of expression and the proliferation of literature. The Library Task Force is formed to counter this threat. Libraries have become fortresses defended by well-armed and well-trained military units. The...Read Dralha's full review
The government has passed the Media Betterment Act, establishing a military police force to stop the spread of "negative influences harmful to society;" and in response, libraries have...
updated their review of Binchou-tan
Very nice slice-of-life fare, with some oddities peppered
throughout. It had beautiful backdrops, a cute cast of quirky
characters, and a mellow classical soundtrack. The story was a
rollercoaster: there were lol moments, there were not-so-lol moments. Read Dralha's full review
In a remote area of the countryside lives Binchou-tan: a pint-sized and carefree girl who takes odd jobs in a nearby town whenever she is running low on rice. Her bus rides take place within the...
updated their review of Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~
For a series based on an Asian pachinko machine, it was actually very
good. A classic tale of good vs. evil with a magical girl duo. The animation was
gorgeous. Read Dralha's full review
When Marin and Urin – two sisters who live in the sea – find a ring that dropped into the water from the land of Sky, they decided to travel above to return it. There, amidst a bustling...
updated their review of Moetan
Ink Nijihara has a crush on her classmate Nao, but her shyness and
clumsiness always get in the way of their meeting. She becomes a "mahou
shoujo" upon meeting a talking duck, a magician from another world, and
masquerades as Pastel Ink to spend time with Nao, becoming his tutor...Read Dralha's full review
Ink Nijihara, who does very well in her high school English class, has a crush on her classmate Nao; but as she is both shy and clumsy, she finds herself unable to get closer to him. Furthermore...
updated their review of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
Ten years after the
events in seasons one and two, Nanoha, Fate, and Hayate have formed a special
unit for rescue and investigation and are involved in the training of several
talented young mages. While this series doesn't have near the kawaii factor of the first two,
it's still an...Read Dralha's full review
Ten years after the Book of Darkness incident, Nanoha, Fate, Hayate and friends are all officers within the Time-Space Administration Bureau. With a new Lost Logia threat on the horizon and...
updated their review of Kokoro Toshokan
This obscure series is a real gem, a slow-paced, relaxing anime, with a
light soundtrack and simple plots, light comedy and mild drama, very cute and
very addicting. Read Dralha's full review
Deep in the mountains lies a library with the same name as one of its caretakers, Kokoro. With her sisters Inna and Aruto, she strives to uphold the best characteristic of a librarian -- to help...
updated their review of Stratos 4
An interesting scifi/military drama with some light
comedy/slice-of-life bits and a few panty shots. Comets are hurtling towards
Earth and there are two lines of defense: "comet blasters" that
operate in space and ground-based aircraft that clean up the smaller pieces that
follow...Read Dralha's full review
When deadly asteroids threaten Earth, an elite team of interceptors--the Meteor Sweepers--are formed. Now, rookie pilot Honjou Mikaze and her three friends are caught up in tumultuous events that may...
updated their review of RUN=DIM
This was an excellent mecha anime done entirely in 3D CGI. It had all
the trappings of the classic mecha genre: action, romance, politics, and
intrigue, but the visuals made it a truly unique experience. The story revolves
around Kazuto, a young mecha pilot with "AI" ability...Read Dralha's full review
In the near future, global warming has taken its toll, destroying most cities and leaving the majority of the world underwater. In what once was Japan, a government-spawned organization called JESAS...
updated their review of Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny
The sequel to
Ikki Tousen. Much better animation, with fight scenes that are more fluid and a
storyline based loosely on the Chinese classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms. About
the same level of ecchi-ness as the first, with a lot of new characters. And Kanu Unchou gets
a lot more...Read Dralha's full review
In the Kanto region, three schools compete with each other to gain dominance over the other territories: Kyosho Academy, led by Sousou Moutoku; Nanyo Academy, led by Sonsaku Hakufu; and Seito High...
updated their review of A Little Snow Fairy Sugar
This is a cute anime. Very cute.
Teeth-rotting, sugary cute. But it is addictive...Sugar, Salt, and Pepper are three season fairy
apprentices who are searching the human world for "twinkles" in order
to become full-fledged fairies. They "recruit" a girl named Saga, the...Read Dralha's full review
Saga is an ordinary girl who lives her life by planning everything ahead of time. Unfortunately, having a waffle-loving Snow fairy called Sugar follow her home was not a part of these plans! Together...
updated their review of Sky Girls TV
Sky Girls was
a very light-hearted, feel-good anime that left a smile on my face at the end of
nearly every episode. The interactions between the three main characters and
their antics made this series a lot of fun to watch. Otoha was the quirky
tomboy. Karen was the introvert...Read Dralha's full review
In the not-too-distant future, Earth was attacked by mysterious beings and before long over a third of the world's population was destroyed. Even after bringing to bear its full, united military...
updated their review of Submarine 707R
In the near future, an organization known as the USR threatens
global security. Japan's 707R finds itself locked in a duel with the most
advanced sub of the USR, led by a ruthless captain. An excellent OVA,
reminiscent of The Hunt for Red October and other such films of the genre. Read Dralha's full review
Under the threat of terrorism, the world’s navy united as the Peace Keeping Navy (PKN); and though each country contributed an atomic submarine, Japan offered only one powered by diesel &ndash...
updated their review of Xenosaga
Set 4000 years in the future, humanity is facing the prospect of annihilation at the hands of the Gnosis, beings who can phase in and out of normal space. Artificial humans known as "Realians" and combat androids are created to counter this threat. On behalf of Vector Industries...Read Dralha's full review
The year is T.C. 4767. Four thousand years have passed since humanity abandoned its birthplace, the planet Earth. Beset by the hostile alien Gnosis, mankind is now scrambling to find ways to defeat...
updated their review of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's
Several months after the first
series, a powerful new nemesis appears to challenge Nanoha and her friends. This
sequel is action-packed and chock-full of massive power-anime goodness, and the
story that goes along with it is just absolutely incredible. Read Dralha's full review
Six months after the Jewel Seeds incident, Nanoha is still using her magical powers to help the Time-Space Administration Bureau maintain dimensional stability. However, new adversaries involved with...
updated their review of Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino
I remember starting this series right after the first
Gunslinger Girl, but the animation and voices were so different that I moved on
to other series. After a few years had passed, I decided to revisit it.
It turned out to be an excellent tale, focusing mainly on Triela this time around. The...Read Dralha's full review
When their investigation into the disappearance of an operative leads them directly to The Five Republics, the Social Welfare Agency sends mechanically-enhanced cyborg Triela to infiltrate the...