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No. 6

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Introduction A few years ago, I found myself attending one of Anime Boston's yearly AMV contests. That year, one of the finalists in the Drama category was a video for a series called No. 6. The video was very well edited. In fact, it was so well edited, that I decided that I had to give the series a watch. Everything about the music video suggested that this was a post-apocalyptic show worth watching -- an exciting new entry into the zombie-apocalypse canon. Only, it wasn't. Although the show certainly contains dystopian elements and influences, it's far less action-packed than I was led to believe. The... See full review

4.5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Little Witch Academia

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Introduction It's a really big year for animation. We've already had an outing from Pixar, with Monsters University. Today, Kaze Tachinui, a film by the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, releases in Japan; and later this year, we'll be gifted with another film by Studio Ghibli: an adaption of Tale of the Bamboo Cutter by Isao Takahata. Added to these titles, is the conclusion to the Berserk - The Golden Age Arc trilogy and Makoto Shinkai's Garden of Words, both of which I've already reviewed. There are so many big-name titles being released this year, that it's easy for smaller... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
7/10 overall

The Garden of Words

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Introduction Every so often, I receive a jarring reminder that time is passing by around me. It feels as though just yesterday I was attending a screening for, what was then Makoto Shinkai's newest film, Children Who Chase Lost Voices. Well, I guess it's time to face the facts: that was nearly two years ago. To be completely honest, the fact that Makoto Shinkai had not only been working on, but had completed another film was a real shock to me. After learning this, I immediately made my way to YouTube to find a trailer for this newest film. And I watched the trailer. And my jaw dropped. By now, the name... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.3/10 overall

Elfen Lied

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Strong First Impressions From the very first frame -- literally -- Elfen Lied is an anime that captures its viewers' attention. An eye opens. A tear drop falls. A bell chimes. The bone-chillingly beautiful theme song, Lilium, plays. The lyrics, sang in biblical Latin, are juxtaposed with with the nude bodies of the various characters of the series. Although the characters are naked, the nudity is tasteful. amd the accompanying imagery is abstract, but very beautiful. This opening video is then powerfully contrasted by the opening seconds of the first episode: a dismembered arm writhing in a puddle of... See full review

8.5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Mirai Nikki TV

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Synopsis: Mirai Nikki, based on the manga series of the same name which ran from 2006 to 2010, was one of the more popular animes of Fall 2011, and Spring 2012. The premise of this hit show is as follows: Thirteen players are chosen by Deus Ex Machina, the God of Space and Time. Each player is given a unique diary that reveals, to its user, some information relating to the future. They are then told to kill one another until either a single player remains, or until the world ends on the 90th day of the contest. The prize for this contest: becoming God. Plot / Setting Mirai Nikki kicks off early... See full review

5/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
7/10 overall

Angel Beats!

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Synopsis: I'd like to start by describing what type of show Angel Beats! is, what genre it falls under, and the demographic most likely to enjoy watching. Honestly though, I'm drawing a blank on how I can possibly do that. Angel Beats! is a show that fuses a ridiculous number of different genres, and somehow makes the bizarre fusion work. It's two-parts music anime, one-part action, three-parts comedy, three-parts high school anime, two parts drama... there's even an episode about baseball that embodies the sports genre. So it really wouldn't be a stretch to say that Angel Beats! has it all. And like many... See full review

6/10 story
8.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Deadman Wonderland

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Synopsis: Your humble writer was alerted to existence of Deadman Wonderland following Toonami's phoenix-like rise from the ashes. It was one of the original programs on the new lineup, and it sent viewers an immediate message: the new Toonami is going to be able to air shows that the old Toonami never could have touched. Deadman Wonderland is two-parts bloody, three-parts twisted, and five-parts... weird. It's based off of the 2007 manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondō.
Story / Setting After witnessing the massacre of his entire class by a mysterious man in red... See full review

7.5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
7.8/10 overall

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls

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Synopsis: Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls is an anime series that was released Fall 2010. It is foremost a comedy haremseries. Secondarily, it contains elements of action, and makes an attempt (if a misguided one) at also stitching aspects of science fiction and fantasy into the plot. It is perhaps most recognized for its unique art-style. And, of course, its frequent display of topless women. Plot / Story At the beginning, Hyakka Ryouranalmost seems to know where it's going in terms of plot. Almost. A fascinating introduction informs us that this show will combine historical... See full review

3/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Synopsis: The 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime was a critical success, and became very popular. Why shouldn't it have? It was a great show. Fans of the manga, however, will notice a few changes: like... everything. The anime really went and did it's own thing entirely. Brotherhood is a reboot of the series, and one that stays closer to the manga source. For those few who may have spent the last eight years under a rock (or out in the real world doing something with their life, unlike myself), heres what sets FMA apart from other animes: alchemy. It's what jutsu is in Naruto, or... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Soul Eater

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Synopsis In 2003, mangaka Atsushi Ōkubo began writing and illustrating Soul Eater, a work that has been so well-received by the anime community across the globe, that it's easy to forget that it was only Ōkubo's second project as a writer and illustrator. The anime adaption ofSoul Eater has been just as well-received due to its uniquely attractive style, its endearing characters, and its distinctive blending of comedy and action elements. Its fame is perhaps also due in no small part to its featuring of soul reapers -- a mainstay element of the anime canon for most of the... See full review

6/10 story
9.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8/10 overall