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Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

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DISCLAIMER: I have never played the original game, but I have watched a LP of it. Story: The story is typical fare--a bunch of highschoolers get shipped off to a creepy place dripping in atmosphere. Now what, pray tell, does this anime in particular do to make this interesting? Uh... Well, they do make it pretty scary... Truth be told, this is one of those anime that will, at times, manage to make you pause the episode, turn on all the lights, and keep watching. However, "at times" refers to about two or three scenes in the entire anime. The anime does really well when it ups its already... See full review

4/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
2.5/10 characters
4/10 overall

Danganronpa: The Animation

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Edits will be done in bold. My humble review of a show commonly known as "Dang it, Grandpa." (Shouldn't it be more like "Doggone Rumba?") Story: For people who have played the video game, this should be old news, but the story is that a young boy is invited to a school which he thinks is basically Ouran High. But, no, it is actually a death trap with a sadistic cartoony bear as its principal. There are a bunch of other people at the school who are equally surprised to hear that they are part of a game in which only those who get away with murder ("To tell the truth, I am... See full review

4/10 story
4.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
4.5/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Amnesia

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I just deleted this review partway through writing it. I have to learn. Story: One day a girl wakes up not remembering anything. A floating harlequin appears before her and claims to know everything about her. And instead of doing the logical thing like blaming the events on LSD or something, Heroine (we never get her name—more on that later) believes what Orion (that’s Pennywise the Clown gone shota) tells her. Oh, and before I go any further in ripping this show to threads, it is based off of an OTOME GAME. OTOME GAME. OTOME GAME. OTO—don’t make me say it again. Basically... See full review

3/10 story
4/10 animation
6/10 sound
3/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Devil May Cry

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MY MONTHLY MARATHON ENTRY! Now, just to be fair, I have never played the "Devil May Cry" videogames. I would probably have a different view of this anime if I have played them, but this is my anime-only review. Story: Dante owns the titular shop, a shop that does anything if there is money to pay for it. His general lifestyle is sleeping, eating strawberry sundaes and pizza, and being flat-out broke and in chronic debt. When he isn't doing this, his is dealing with one of the most annoying children in anime, or he is fighting demons. Actually, it's less a fight, and more a massacre on any poor... See full review

4/10 story
3.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
4/10 overall

Code:Breaker

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I started watching this anime later than most of the other fall 2012 ones, but fear not! I shall update as I catch up! Story: While nothing we haven't heard before, "Code:Breaker" breaks the generic shounen mold by making the lead a girl. Whoopdeedoo, what a concept! Bitchmeister Sakurakouji Sakura (what kind of a name is that?) is adored by all, but is nonchalant about this and just goes on with life. That it, until she sees a boy burn to death a few men. Instead of running for the hills like she should, she swears to stalk this boy (who just so happens to now go to her school) and stop... See full review

4.5/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

Psycho-Pass

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Yet another anime of the fall 2012 season. Story: The story of "Psycho-pass" is a bit difficult to explain, because the initial premise is more of a background than an actual storyline. Tsunemori Akane, a young woman living in a sci-fi version of (what is probably) Japan, becomes a police woman/detective/mediator and is whisked away into the dangerous underground world of the police force. The official gun of the show is specially designed to eliminate only criminals, who are identified by their psycho-passes. Most of the police force, and the people under Tsunemori's loose control, are actually... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
4.5/10 characters
5/10 overall

K

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Edits will be done in bold. My most anticipated anime of the fall 2012 season... Story: Isana "Shiro" Yashiro is blamed for murder after his doppelganger is seen shooting a man in a recorded video. Shiro believes he is innocent, but since the public always believes in a viral video, Shiro practically receives the death sentence. Ooh, me next. Hmm… “Gangnam Style” must mean that all Koreans are perverts who dance at the most random moments, right? Moving past that slight plot hole is the actual “plot.” Unfortunately, what initially looks like an awesome... See full review

5/10 story
6.5/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Btooom!

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Edits will be done in bold. One day, the world decided what we really need is another "Battle Royale" rip-off. Story: Sakamoto Ryouta is good at an online game called BTOOOM! Actually, he's very good. Actually, he's superb. Actually, he is so good he is unable to recognize a TIME BOMB. The antisocial guy finds himself on an island, where he discovers a few supplies and nothing else. He is confused, but drinks all of his tea because it apparently makes you less confused. He looks at his hand, sees a gemstone, and realizes this is like BTOOOM!. He looks in his pouch and finds little cubes... See full review

3.5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

Zombie-Loan

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There are awful anime. There are excellent anime. There are bad anime. There are good anime. And then there are anime so average it's scary. Story: Kita Michiru has a good amount of frenemies at her Christian school. However, she has a secret--when she removes her Harry Potter glasses, she can see rings around people necks which signify how much time a person has left to live or if the person is already dead (Shinigami eyes?). She always wears the glasses so she won't have to see these horrible, horrible things. (Hello? If I had that power, then it would be awesome.) One day, she meets two boys who have... See full review

4.5/10 story
4/10 animation
3.5/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
4/10 overall

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

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I was going to try to find an art quote, but screw it. Story: Kurahashi Eiri is just like any other young man out there. Well, except for two things: 1. He has a fancy glass goblet with some gothic loli... ta... cons in it. 2. He has a bunch of women who love him for some reason. The former is probably more important, especially since that's basically the gist of it. Cossette (really? She has a last name?) is a young doll-girl with blonde hair and pale skin who, somehow, ends up befriending/S&Ming Eiri. Yep, you saw it coming: Absolutely nil is explained properly in "Le Portrait de Petit... See full review

5.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Kuroshitsuji 2

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The first season of "Kuroshitsuji" ("Black Butler") was pretty damn cool. I don't normally like episodic shows, but the random escapades were balanced by enough serious arcs to make it work. Not to mention, the humor was chuckle-inducing, the darkness was great, the guys were h-o-t, and some of the characters were flamboyant and fabulous (I'm looking at you, Grell-sama). And then they had to go and add some bitches and eff up the whole franchise. Story: Little Blonde Slut and his demon butler, Sebastian 2.0, have a war to the death with our original protagonists. And a prostitute... See full review

4.5/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
4/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

High School DxD

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First and foremost: If ecchi is well-done, GREAT. If it is the whole effing plot, NOT GREAT. Story: Bosom. Breasts. Boobs. Tits. Ta-tas. Knock--OH SHUT UP. I'm sure there is more to this show than just THAT. There is--pantsu. Seriously though. The near-constant ecchi and nudity detracts from the REAL plot. A young pervert, Hyoudou Issei, is busy trying to simultaneously grope his classmates and look up their skirts when he finds a girl who wants to go out with him. This is suspicious in itself, but Issei is overjoyed at the fact that such a kind, charming girl (with large breasts) wants to be with him... See full review

4.5/10 story
4.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
4.5/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Deadman Wonderland

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"Deadman Wonderland," a newer anime which aired on "Toonami," combines torturous prison sentences with an entertaining amusement park. Need I say more? Story: Igarashi Ganta is living the normal life of the Japanese schoolboy: He plays with his friends, blushes around his crush, and eats ice cream. He's happy living his average life, and never expects anything more. The latest craze is a cool amusement park known as "Deadman Wonderland." But Ganta doesn't need to go there, 'cause he is chummy with his homies and doesn't ask for anything more. Then all his classmates are... See full review

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

Elfen Lied

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Naked girls brutally murdering people. Sure, why not? Story: Lucy, a diclonious, is caged up in a lab. She has vectors, invisible "arms" which can easily decapitate a man, and is therefore deemed "dangerous." She in particular has four vectors, each having a maximum reach of two meters. Two of the workers are examining her, and one accidentally drops a key within two meters of her. Aw, f-- The two men are quickly killed, and Lucy escapes, completely naked except for her helmet. She walks out and easily diverts the bullets fired upon her. She gorily murders the other people (included... See full review

7/10 story
5.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Mirai Nikki TV

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When it was released in 2011, "Mirai Nikki" (I'm not going to bother with the "TV") became a smash-hit. Practically everyone was praising the survival-horror anime. I never got into it; I don't know why, it just never managed to catch my interest. But when an anime I was watching didn't work, I switched over to episode 1 of "Mirai Nikki." I was hooked, and before I knew it, I had seen more than a third of the series. So it really pains me to say how much it disappointed me. Story: The story of "Mirai Nikki" sounds so good--Amano "Yuki" Yukiteru discovers... See full review

5/10 story
4.5/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
4/10 overall

Shiki

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Vampires have gotten a bad rap lately. First and foremost, we've got that "Twishite Saga" crap trying to pass off as good writing. And then we've got the movies, which are even worse. (Though I must say, props to Kristen Stewart for managing to portray only one facial expression for the whole series.) There are those "Vampire Diaries" books which started out okay, but which are now just "Twishite" with a less funny name. Even anime! "Vampire Knight" is by no means an awful manga/anime combo, but it's far from great and isn't doing the horror genre surrounding... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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Before I started to watch anime, I was scared of anything and everything. So then, I picked up my first volume of manga--one of the earlier volumes of "Bleach." I was so terrified, I couldn't even look at "Bleach" for a few years. So I decided to overcome my fears and watch a horror anime (horror manga would come later). I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep, but I didn't want to be such a wimp. Therefore, I started to watch the only horror anime of which I'd heard. I missed the first episode, so I watched the second. It was so not-scary; I was laughing the whole time. How was this... See full review

7.5/10 story
5/10 animation
8/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

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There are many "mature" anime out there. There are many dark anime. There are many depressing anime. With some of them, the name makes them seem innocent (case in point: "Comedy"). "Darker than Black" sounds like a dark anime... seriously, what IS darker than black? As with most anime I watch, I saw this in an AMV and it looked cool, so I decided to watch it. Story: A dome encases the world of "Darker than Black," so the sky is completely fabricated. A young astronomy enthusiast, Li Shengshun (there is a very good chance I misspelled that), knows that the stars he... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

BLAME!

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It's not often one comes across an anime with a total run time of half an hour. "BLAME!" fits this description quite nicely. At six episodes, each running for five minutes, it should be interesting and pretty weird, right? Well, that was right on the money. Story: Can I explain the story of "BLAME!"? Not really; there is no story. According to Anime-Planet's plot summary, Kirii (you spell that however you want) is a human who is surrounded by androids and clones. He is supposed to collect "net-genes" and try to find remaining humans. Whoever wrote this summary must be A.)... See full review

3/10 story
7/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
4/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Serial Experiments Lain

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PRESENT DAY. PRESENT TIME. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA-- Story: Iwakura Lain lives in the present, where the Wired (the internet) is a popular place to be. Of course, no one is foolish enough to associate the Wired with the real world, no. But when Lain receives an email from a girl who recently committed suicide, Lain starts to change. Soon, she starts to see no difference between the real world and the Wired--but is that really a bad thing? "Serial Experiments Lain" practically pioneered the "mindf*ck" genre. If this isn't a confusing anime, I don't know what is. Unfortunately, that... See full review

6.5/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
3/10 characters
5/10 overall

Umineko no Naku Koro ni

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When "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" became the horror anime hit of the century, the "reset" storyline and crazy bloodshed became well known. So another VN, "Umineko no Naku Koro ni" followed. It has the same style, but became less popular and isn't as well-recieved. Story: The Ushiromiya family is invited to join the head of the family at his mansion on an island. They gather and enter the enviable house. There is a picture of Kinzo's (he's the head of the family) former mistress, Beatrice. However, rumor has it she's a witch-- the Golden Witch, to be precise. Our main... See full review

6.5/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

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As far as school life/maids/tsundere romances go, not many are well-recieved. School life embodies boerdom, maids sound like ecchi or borderline hentai, and tsundere characters tend to be hated by many. The tags for "Kaichou wa Maid-sama!" include these... so how on Earth is this anime so popular?! Story: Ayuzawa Misaki spends her school life as the tough student council president, and the rest of her time working at a popular maid cafe. Obviously, she doesn't want anyone at school to know that their leader wears skimpy dresses and tends to men's fantasies when she's not supporting the feminine... See full review

6.5/10 story
6/10 animation
4.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Kaze no Stigma

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"Kaze no Stigma" ("Stigma of the Wind") is GONZO's animation of the light novel series. Unfortunately, the creator of the light novels passed away, thus abruptly ending them. We thank the creator for the series and hope he/she rests in peace. Story: Ayano, heir to the mighty fire magic-using Kannagi family, gets a major shock when her cousin returns after a long absence. Due to the fact that he was unable to wield fire magic, Kannagi Kazuma (now Yagami [heh heh] Kazuma) was exiled. However, he is now able to harness the powers of the wind, another element entirely. Join Ayano and... See full review

5.5/10 story
3.5/10 animation
4/10 sound
4.5/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Ghost Hunt

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Once upon a time, there was this new show on Cartoon Network called "The Othersiders." It was about a group of kids who went to haunted places, trying to decide whether or not spirits really resided there. The show was not actually scary, it was more the suspense (and heavy breathing of those poor middle schoolers) which made it creepy. Why do I mention this? Because... Story: ... In premise, "Ghost Hunt" is a lot like the anime version of "The Othersiders." Or, "The Othersiders" is the live action of "Ghost Hunt." In the anime, a group of people... See full review

6/10 story
5.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
4.5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Kuroshitsuji

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I, like 99.99% of the people who watched this show, watched it because Sebastian is pretty damn hot. Luckily, this show is more than just a bishie-fest... kind of. Story: Phantomhive Ciel, a child who just so happens to be the owner of a toy company, lives an extravagant life in Victorian England. He has a household of servants, most of whom cannot do anything servant-like. However, there is that "one hell of a butler"-butler, Michaelis Sebastian. Turns out, Ciel's parents died in a fire, so Ciel made a pact with Satan and now Sebastian serves him. Or something like that. However, each arc is... See full review

5.5/10 story
6.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Comedy

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I decided to watch this because it's only 10 minutes and it earned high scores, for the most part. Plus, I'm kind of a sucker for obscure anime and manga. Story: A young girl tells of her meeting with the black swordsman, a mysterious man who loves to read books. That's really the gist of it, but it is very well-executed. Actually, it would be well-executed even if this wasn't 10 minutes long. Since it is, it is freaking incredible. Animation: A feast for the eyes. The grayscale backgrounds look like photographs, and they clash nicely with the minimalist, sketchy characters. The occasional shot of color... See full review

7.5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Blood The Last Vampire

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I wonder if this takes the cake for "shortest movie I've ever seen." But in all seriousness. I wasn't going to watch this, but since it's so short, I said, "What the heck," and lo and behold. Plus, I've been wanting to watch "Blood+" for a while. Story: Saya is a woman. She kills these creatures with a sword. She then goes to a school near an army base... and... um... Yeah, if you couldn't tell, the story of this is EFFING CONFUSING. I had no freaking clue what was going on until about half way through the thing, and even then I was like WTF. The English (yes, ENGLISH, not... See full review

6/10 story
8.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Fruits Basket

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I know it seems completely random for me to review "Fruits Basket," and in a way, it is. So here's why I chose now: I was looking through my list of anime to find something to review and BAM! there was this. Now STFU because it works. Story: Honda Tohru, a goody-goody, sweet, innocent girl lives alone because her mother and father are dead. She can't burden the rest of her family, so she sets up a tent and goes on with her daily life. That tent, though, is set up on the property of a certain rich family called the Sohma. As it turns out, two of the boys living there (well, one joins up five... See full review

5.5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
4.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
5/10 overall

Black Rock Shooter

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The "Black Rock Shooter" OVA is a very love-it-or-hate-it type anime. It has completely mixed reviews, many lovers and an equal number of haters. It's, all in all, an anime that simply demands to be reviewed. Story: The story is a difficult one to explain. The hyperactive Kuroi Mato meets an interesting girl at her school. Her name is Takanashi Yomi, and she calm and composed yet beautiful and poised. Her graceful presence is in stark contrast to the loud Mato. At the same time, in an alternate universe, a young woman by the name of Black Rock Shooter is fighting the axe-wielding Dead Master... See full review

6.5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

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The "Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu" ("Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya") series is a popular mashup of the slice-of-life and sci-fi genres. Its humorous moments and entertaining episodes created a whole fanbase of Hare Hare Yukai-dancing Haruhi worshippers, which is no small feat. Following the light novel series, Kyoto Animation created the movie which literally took the anime community by storm, earning raving reviews from just about everyone. So here we go. Story: Kyon (insert :foreveralone: face here) finds out that not-quite-right Koizumi and insanium-in-the-cranium Haruhi are AWOL... See full review

8.5/10 story
9.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9/10 overall