Secret Santa Review
**At the time of writing this review, I have not totally finished the show**
There are only a few characters; three cute looking fairies who don't do much other than have pointless conversations with each other. They do each have their own personalities, but they are rather generic and un-interesting. But their character designs are cute at least. The voice actors are fitting. Animation:
While it's not the worst CG ever seen in anime, it's pretty bad. Most of the basic fairies scenes are alright, however the 'imaginary' scenes, background scenery, and... read more
Yamishibai, in theory, is the perfect show for me. Currently, I'm going through a horror phase and I can't get enough of creepy movies and shows. However, I also don't have a lot of time to sit though long series, so the short episodes are perfect for me. As soon as I found out about this show, I was pretty excited! Story/Characters Yamishibai is episodical; each episode is a stand-alone story based on a Japanese legend. None of the stories or characters are complex due to the length of the episodes, which has both good points and bad: Even with their short lengths, the stories are simple easy to... read more
Plot: The cool thing about the story is, using time travel, this movie contains three Yu-Gi-Oh protagonists (from different series). It's a VERY cool plot idea that any Yu-Gi-Oh fan would be interested in. I thought it sounded awesome, and it was the only reason I decided to watch this movie. Unfortuately, the movie was poorly made. The plot is simple; a mysterious character from the future decides be wants to erase the Duel Monsters card game from history; so he decides to go back in time and kill Pegasus. Our three heroes band together to stop him and save their previous card game. Ta-da, that's it! The... read more
Teekyuu 2 is the same as the first season: A pile of crazy, random, fast-paced, nonsensical Japanese humor. There is no plot, no central themes, no character development, no nothing. This show is all about "how much randomness can we fit into 2 minutes" and then they play it at a high speed. Scenes are put together similarly to Lucky Star, but with some unrealistic and over the top situations thrown into the mix.
The only "funny" thing about this show is the speed of the voices/jokes/scenes, which flash by very fast. Unfortuately, the effect dies off by the second season so the 'joke'... read more
Story: Senyuu 2 starts off right after the first season, continuing its almost non-exsistant plot. The direction is never clear and is made a bit more confusing by splitting the characters into different groups. Because its a very short gag show, everything is done for a laugh, so you can't except much out of the story-line. It keeps hinting at story advancement, but progress only happens every few episodes. However, it does move at a faster pace than the first season, which is an improvement. Now that all the characters are introduced, the story is allowed to actually go somewhere and not waste as much... read more
Secret Santa Review
This is my review for Monthly Marathon Club's December event, where I was recommend (by Bluntjoker) three shows to finish by the end of Christmas. I picked this one because it was done by the same person who did Cowboy Bebop, one of my favorite anime, and I've been meaning to watch it since it came out.
As a heads up, I'm not a great writer. There are a few spoilers in this review (story section) STORY The story, or lack there-of, was very simple. The new transfer student, Kaoru, becomes... read more
(First off, I think I should mention I'm a huge fan of X-Men and that
will probably affect my review.) Although I'm a huge X-Men fan, I couldn't get myself to enjoy this. And not for fanboy reasons like "OMG, it's not EXACTLY like the comic books!" (I will talk about this a bit though). My first complaint is the characters. They have a large cast of original characters with cool powers, but they don't use them. Scott and Emma are the main focus, while the others are secondary to them. I'm glad they didn't go overboard and introduce 20 mutants, but they could have made the characters they... read more
This short is an absolute waste of time. The entire thing consists of two claymation figures playing some sort of weird game that involves hitting each other with a hammer. There is no plot, the only characters are poorly shappen clay men, and the sound is crap. Avoid at all costs, it's seriously not just "bad", but a waste of time.
Chainsaw maid is a grusome claymation that I really didn't enjoy. It tells a simple story of a group of zombies attacking a father, daughter, and their maid who protects them by killing all the zombies (via chainsaw). I don't like claymation, but it was effective because I was disgusted by the gory kills. Unfortunately, I found them a bit too gross to be enjoyable. Overall, a waste of time.
Idol Ace is nothing more than a preview for the manga. It actually feels like a flashback or a beginning of an episode, which stops short of actually telling us anything about the character or plot. Waste of time.
In my opinion, Tayutama was one of the worst anime of the Spring 2009 season of anime. The plot begins with Yuuri, a loser high school student (*cough* Hideki, Keitaro, Keiichi *cough*) summons a goddess (Mashiro) who falls in love with with him quickly decides to marry him (which he has to do). It's up to them to battle the Tayutai, and protect the world, etc. Not the worst story in the world, but defiantly not that original for anime. Then the harem begins, with other blushing girls being thrown in: Ameri, Yumina, Mifuyu, and later Nue. So not much original here: Basic supernatural ecchi harem... read more
When I finally got into the first season of FMA, I couldn't believe how great it was. It was already dubbed by this point (seemed I was one of the few who hadn't seen it yet), and I didn't quite believe the hordes of fans that had popped up (dub fans tend to drool over shows like Naruto >.>), but for some reason I picked it up anyway. I quickly ate through the episodes, realizing it just kept getting better and better. One of the best anime I've ever seen. Now, enter Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. How is is possible that Brotherhood is even... read more
I began this show because I thought the animation was cute (their eyes), and I was bored. I really wish I spent it on another anime. The character designs were cool, but none were really original. I didn't feel attached to any of the characters, and some I downright hated. The only one I cared slightly for was Leopard, but that's probably because I liked his voice actor (the character was usually a dick). They had too many groups/characters/names being thrown around, which made the plot a little confusing and hard to follow... read more
This show takes place during a large scale war between Gallia and the Empire. It focuses on the people within Squad 7 (the main characters being Welkin, the captain, and Alicia, his second in command) of the militia. The episodes consist of battles or small pauses in between (that usually focus on character development). It shows various sides of the war, including the enemies’ view and shows what happens to the innocent people who are affected. It’s similar to Full Metal Alchemist in the sense it’s military focused, with soldiers who... read more
Tears is a fantasy action series. However, when it began it was looking more like a harem. Every episode a new female came in. But it seems the writers eventually forgot they were writing a harem and made it interesting again. The plot turned out okay, although it started off really slow. The second half had much more things going on, less useless episodes. Overall, it felt like some episodes were missing or rushed, but that could be because it was based off a large video game. The characters were all generic and boring. Arthur... read more
Sora no Manimani is a basic highschool comedy. There's nothing really special about it at all. A guy, Saku, moves back into his hometown after about 10 years amd gets dragged into his highschool's Astronomy Club by an energetic and annoying childhood friend. The club is in poor shape with minimum members and almost zero funding. This, of course, doesn't stop their midly entertaining club activities (which usually just involve stargazing). By the end, not much is acomplished plot-wise and there is barely any character development. The characters are... read more
This is a music video done by CLAMP that features a bunch of their characters including those from xxxHolic, Tsubasa, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knights Rayearth, Kobato, Chobits, Clover, Wish, Angelic Layer, X, and others. The plot, if you can even call it that, is the two Mokonas running around the different dimensions, running into all the characters. The animation is beautiful and the music is catchy, so it's a nice watch. A nice improvement over the first music video. It is just a music video, so it's a bit hard to rate it. CLAMP fans will enjoy it... read more
Dragon Ball Kai is a rebroadcasting of Dragon Ball Z. Basically, they're reducing the show from 300 to 100(ish) episodes. They're cutting out 'fillers' and less important scenes to follow the manga closer. They've also re-recorded all the voices and touched up the animation. I loved this show so much when I was in grade school. Oddly enough, I still do! At the end of each episode I find myself excited for the next episode. I know everyone made fun of it after it finished airing, but I don't know why. Usually jokes poke fun at the screaming in the show, but that doesn't even happen till the Freeza saga... read more
Oh god. I can still hear the opening. So darn catchy. But that's about all that's memorable. It's cute and sometimes funny, but it's usually slow and boring. GA is about five girls and their normal lives in the GA art program at school (it's a slice of life comedy). I find it's a mix between Bottle Fairy and Lucky Star. Very cute and hyper characters who talk about random stuff (usually begins with art) and get insanely off-topic. Since it's really slow and potentially boring, watching it all at once is not a great idea. Perhaps I would have... read more
Alright, so this was the magical girl show for the season. It's about two sisters, Urin and Marin, who live in the ocean (they aren't mermaids, but need a special ring to breath out of water). They decide to visit the sky world to return a ring that was dropped in the water. The owner, Kanon, turns out to be a evil/emo girl who threw it away. The girls then release an evil spirit called Sedna; A talking turtle gives Marin and Kanon the power to transform into the Sea and Sky Maidens, to defeat it. So. Not very original. However, this show is a bit more mature than other... read more
Chi's New Address is what I would turn too if I was feeling sad. You can not watch this anime and not get a smile on your face. It's incredibly adorable. Chi, who is the young and curious kitten protagonist, sounds and looks so cute. Each episode is less than 5 minutes, which fits the light hearted atmosphere. It's a simple show that shows the mischief a small kitten can get into. That's it. They don't try to over complicate things or have a complex plot. It's just pure, adorable entertainment for five minutes. Cat caused trouble, family laughs at... read more
Well, this show turned out to be a major disappointment. The first episode made it look like this anime would have a plot line and somewhat interesting characters. A woman, Roxy, turns into a demon because of a curse, dies, and her spirit somehow ends up in a sword. Flashforward and a new character, Baron, owns this sword. Although Roxy's small spirit is sometimes seen hovering next to Baron, she doesn't really do anything at all. Baron seems to be on a journey to find a cure for his own curse. Along the way he picks up a few friends he meets randomly, who decide to... read more
It's pretty hard to write a review of a music video like, but I enjoyed it so much, I'd like to try. A Crow is White is a Japanese pop band, and this is the music video for their song, A Crow is White. Sound Personally, I found the song, sung by 'A Crow is White', to be the weakest part of this video. The singer's voice is soft/generic and isn't very exciting. I'd love to have a more energetic or powerful sound to match the animation style! Characters/Plot The video is abstract, so I can only guess at the plot, but it seems to be about a girl who encounters creatures in her... read more
Story: The story revolves around an overly annoying girl named Ichigo Hoshimiya, and her friends, Aoi and Ran. The three of them enter Starlight Academy, a school for idols. They participate in Aikatsu (“Idol Activities”), and learn about the idol world. Nothing about this show’s episodes are very interesting or original. It’s very obvious from the start that the show is meant for little kids, and to sell a product. Turns out “Aikatsu Cards” are a thing in Japan, and this show is designed to promote them. Aikatsu Cards are trading cards, each with a part of an outfit on... read more
I just spent around the past hour watching all of the Petit Eva series. I kind of wish I spent it doing something else. Petit Eva is a random/comedy/parody/web series based of the Evangelion anime. Many of the characters from the tv series are in it, in the form of chibi CGI, including Unit 01. They're all students at a school; their teacher is Misato and Ikari is their principal. The short episodes consist of the cast doing random, and sometimes totally normal things. It's got a few smiles in it, but overall, not that great. I suggest only Eva fans check out a few episodes for fun, it's not worth... read more
Basically, Saki is about a small high school Majong club. It's members are from various years and are almost all female (one guy, but he's usually ignored anyway). The show includes a team tournament (most of the show), an individuals tournament (squished into a few episodes at the end), and random fillers inbetween (training camp, swimming, etc.) Using Majong is quite original, although the plot is otherwise ordinary. This is one of those shows that has TONS of characters. At first, it's a bit confusing, but they did a great job of introducing them... read more
Asura Cryin. Such major disappointment. For most of the first episode, this show looked interesting. It’s about a high school student named Tomoharu who lives with a ghost, that only he can see, that wou ld no doubt become his love interest. I don’t exactly know why, but I thought this was a neat idea and was looking forward to a good show. Boy, was I ever wrong. The episode went fine, (until the end), but after that hell breaks loose and suddenly there are secret organizations, mechas, people blowing up parts of Tomoharu’s house, women with rockets coming out of her their legs, demons... read more