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Marceus

  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Joined Apr 25, 2011
  • 23 / M

It's like The Sopranos and Pokemon combined... Except without the Sopranos part...

Plot: This anime is basically a crappy shounen comedy mixed with a solid shounen action series. The first bit of the series as well as a few episodes inbetween arcs is focused on comedy... and it's bad... Most of the jokes are lame running gags which become more and more painful everytime they're used, and they're used a lot. The main arcs however are at least somewhat interesting, even though the last one drags on forever (seriously, it takes up over half the series.) The second season is by far the best though. The battle with the Varia is just awesome and I feel I would have enjoyed the series more as a whole if it kept the overall tone of that arc. The time travel arc had it's good moments but it just goes on for far too long and the fillers used inbetween are pretty pointless. The series also has a habit of constantly recapping previous episodes... So you'll be seeing the same freaking scenes over and over again at the beginning of every episode. The series probably would've been almost 20 episodes shorter if it weren't for all the recaps. The mafia theme also isn't very apparent most of the time... Which is unfortunate...


Animation: The animation is quite good and I really like Akira Amano's art style (she can create some really cool characters.) The anime does a good job of tadapting her style, though there are times when it looks as though Tsuna's eyes are trying to engulf his face... It's probably just me though.


Sound: The music is also really good here. I especially like several of the intros and outros. The voice acting is overall pretty solid. I can't really find anything to complain about besides a few song choices that I personally don't care for.

Characters: I have mixed feeling on a lot of the characters here. Sometimes they can be annoying as Hell while other times they can be totally badass (Lambo and Gokudera especially.) All in all we do get a wide veriety of characters here, and a lot of the more annoying characters do improve as adults (like Bianchi and Giannini) in the time travel arc. I'm kinda disappointed by the lack of strong female characters here though. A lot of them seem to just live in the kitchen...

Overall: I'd say read the manga first. The gag chapters aren't quite as painful and the manga doesn't have any unnecessary recaps or fillers (which there are a lot of in the anime.) The anime is also really toned downed from manga. I know this came off as being a rather negative review but I really didn't hate or even dislike this series. There are plenty of things to enjoy in the anime still and if shounen action series like Naruto or Bleach are your thing then I'd definitely recommend giving it a watch.

5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

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