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MaatiSan

  • Florida
  • Joined Aug 6, 2009
  • 28

FSU graduate in management, currently employed full time.

I love anime, and manga but I usually enjoy chilling and watching rather than reading.  I have an addiction to the supernatural and the unusual so typically I like shows which aren't purely realist(or realistic completely with wierd unrealistic beat up comedy parts).  I'm a little turn off by manga unless the story is compelling, but I pretty much get around to watching everything.  I can usually find something good in almost every show.

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Life on manga

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therik says...

Hey there pal.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to commen on my reviews. Agree or disagree, it's great to get someone who takes the time to actually outline their opinion, rather than just moan because they don't like the number I put at the end (which in turn makes me doubt they even read the bloody thing in the first place =/).

Fact is, Shugo Chara! is a real favourite of mine (currently 3rd) and I'd be doing my personal feelings a huge injustice if I didn't rate the show as highly as I have done. I think it has a lot of intangibles (certainly I felt it had a huge "cool" factor as well as being frequently endearing) that aren't necessarily going to come across for every viewer, but which really elevated it in my opinion.

I agree, in truth, with much of what you've said. Is the story predictable and straight forward? Why, yes it is. Are the characters aside from Amu and Ikuto stereotpyical and occasionally two-deimensional? Oh, absolutely. If I was rating the story and characters simply on how much of a challenge they would have been to write, then I'm sure I'd have given them something closer to half marks.

Thing is, Shugo Chara! is much more about style than about bare-bones technical accomplishment. I concentrated largely on Amu and Ikuto in my review for obvious reasons (I've still yet to see a more intensely sexual character than Ikuto in any anime...) but the rest of the cast - simple though they most definitely are - are brought to life remarkably well. There's a real energy to proceedings. The show knows that it's full of clichés, but they come across so well that you begin to remember why they were clichés in the first place. If something's overused, it's because viewers have enjoyed it in the past and that's not a bad thing by any means.

I will disagree with your take on the animation, however. The lighting I felt was generally excellent, the attention to detail is great, the backgrounds are pleasing, and the animation itself is every bit as smooth and clean as you can hope a series of this length to be. While that's not enough for an 8.5, what sets it higher is the pure style. Yeah, style again ^^;. It's the character designs and costume designs. Amu's outfits (and her hair, for that matter) are creative, fresh and immensely fashionable, which brings her character across fantastically. Same goes for pretty much everyone else, in fact. I don't think I've seen such sharp costume/outift design in any other series. Maybe NANA comes close. In short, I really felt Shugo Chara! was a visual treat, in spite of a few shortcomings that you noted, the likes of which didn't really affect my enjoyment at all.

I can absolutely understand your overall assessment of the show, as I'm not under the illusion that everyone (or anyone, for that matter) shares my opinions on shows. Incidentally, I read your conversation with Vivafruit, and saw that you're thinking of applying for reviewership. If you think your writing's up to the task, please do, and I look forward to reading your application. Maybe you could even write a counter-review of Shugo Chara! to balance my opinion out ;)

Anyway, take care.

~D

Aug 12, 2009
vivafruit says...

Aight, edited my review a bit, adding a bit more detail. Thanks for your comments, particularly your more recent ones. Genuinely good feedback is rare; usually when someone doesn't like my review it's just the same old, "I disagree with you and so your review sucks" B.S. that I have to refute over and over.

Good luck if you decide to try to apply to be a site-reviewer, and let me know if you'd like some feedback on your writing.

Aug 9, 2009
vivafruit says...

Your criticism is duly noted. The review is indeed brief, and although I definitely touch on what I didn't like about the show, more detail might be nice. I might go back and write now that you've got my brain jogging. A couple of random things:

1. No, the Pizza Hut thing isn't a major issue. I said in the section that the animation was good, and I meant it. The animation score reflects that properly. The "pizza hut" paragraph was mainly included because sothis and I thought it was funny enough to make up for the fact that it's a small flaw of the show. Yup, that's right, it was a joke. I make those sometimes.

2. Keep in mind that while Code Geass isn't a character based show, I didn't much care for the plot, either. As I recall, the show was always more about having stuff happen than making me care about what was happening.

3. About Lelouche: he's drawn up to be a generally sympathetic character whose tragic flaw (a lust for revenge) ultimately causes him to use his followers as pawns. The problem is that this tragic flaw is poorly realized and inconsistent with the rest of his character (who feels regret, loves his sister and all that jazz). The result makes him difficult to believe as a real person. One moment he's regretting the waste of life he's accidentally caused, and the next he's using his EVIL MWUHAHAHA laugh as the enemy slips into his carefully planned Machiavellian trap. He's... pardon the phrase, a cartoon character. A caricature.

Of course, the reason for this is that if he had been framed as a real person with real feelings and rational thought processes, we wouldn't have the plot the creators were going for. That's why he's a plot device.

Aug 9, 2009
vivafruit says...

"Has been rated low by viewers?" Not if the statistics on box office gross and repeat viewers have anything to do say about it. I think you're confusing ratings on sites like imdb with the voice of the people. 12 year olds don't tend to rate things on imdb, but they are a major movie-going demographic. And they vote with their wallets.

But we're getting off topic.

What's really important here is to note that critics seldom agree on whether a film is good. According to rottentomatoes.com, even great movies like The Departed have a few detractors (8% of reviewers gave it a negative review). And you know what? That's fine! There's nothing wrong with someone disliking a well-loved film and saying so. As long as a review is justified, I don't mind someone trashing my favorite anime, and neither should you. The fact that I didn't like an anime doesn't somehow reduce the value of your enjoyment.

Aug 8, 2009
vivafruit says...

I don't believe that people need me to give an accurate representation of the public consensus. People can do that easily on many different sites just by looking at average rating, and it's much quicker to read than a review. No, my review is for people who want a personal opinion of a show. The best way to do that is to just be honest about shows I didn't like and shows I did like.

Also, as a side note, the titles that are truly popular tend to have a problem with conforming to the lowest common denominator; I'd be careful with so readily associating popularity to quality. it's no secret that Transformers 2 is both one of the highest grossing films of all time as well as one of the most critically reviled films of all time.

Aug 7, 2009