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Masakari

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Saiyuki

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
The story has some noticeable problems... Firstly, the show really doesn't come into its own until the second 'arc' starts about halfway through it. Until then, there's lots of mulling around and very slow buildup of a story that ends up never getting resolved. Also, there are a LOT of filler episodes, particularly in the first half of the show, and some of the back stories of the characters end up being told over and over again. I think there must have been at least three episodes, if not more, that retell generally the same story of what happened to Hakkai... The only things that makes these... See full review

7/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Pugyuru

on Sep 27, 2004

Story
The setup for this show is ridiculously simple. A girl (whose name we never learn aside from it starting with "Ma") has her parents suddenly leave on a romantic cruise, leaving her alone in the house. To help her take care of the house, they have hired a maid--a tiny girl named Cheko. Come to think of it, she’s actually not very much a girl at all... More like a somewhat body-shaped mass with a girl’s head on it. This leads to 13 quick 3-minute episodes about the misadventures of Cheko, "Ma," and several of Cheko’s weird friends that are introduced over the course of the show. The humor... See full review

8/10 story
4.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman

on Sep 27, 2004

Story
Our world is threatened by evil aliens with nefarious plans, and the only thing that stands in their way is the Combat Unit Shinesman—a group of five mild-manned businesspeople who don colorful metal suits and fight monsters sent out by the aliens (who are, by the way, also have day jobs disguised as human businessmen). Don’t worry, you’re not supposed to take this seriously. Shinesman is a two episode anime OVA parody of the ‘sentai’ genre best known in the Western world for the American show ‘Power Rangers’—a rather silly combination of teen ‘Saved by... See full review

7/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
7/10 overall

Descendants of Darkness

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
Demon detectives! In the heavenly agency of Enma-Cho, certain people live out their afterlives as spectral agents possessing magical powers. Their job is to manage the forces of evil in the living world that Earthly agencies can’t deal with and to keep the powers of darkness from exploiting humans. So we’ve got two such detectives: an easygoing 20-something named Tsuzuki and a grumpy yet caring teen named Hisoka, and a whole bunch of mysteries for them to solve!
Well, let’s get the obvious out of the way: this is a shounen-ai show. For those unaware, ‘shounen-ai’... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Heat Guy J

on Aug 2, 2005

Story
The story focuses on Daisuke Aurora: the head (and only) investigator of a special agency which functions as a complement to the police in the city of Judoh. His brother, Shun Aurora, is the chief of the agency, which is the only one authorized to use androids, the manufacture of which is strictly forbidden. Their android agent is the title character, simply named "J." The show starts off with a series of episodic stories that serves the dual purpose of introducing the many other characters that will become important later in the show and also of showcasing the various locations, peoples and... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Samurai Champloo

on May 7, 2006

Story
This is a very hard show for me to review. After all, it comes from Shinichiro Watanabe, the guy behind Cowboy Bebop, which is quite possibly my favorite anime ever. So I had really high hopes, and consequently really high expectations for this show. Still, I will do my best to review it stand-alone, without factoring expectations into it.

Champloo starts out strong, with an exciting and fast-paced first episode, but soon settles into common stereotypical samurai plots, with the main characters rescuing wronged innocents from various unsavory bad guys, from crooked officials to... See full review

7/10 story
9.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall