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Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?

on Mar 10, 2015

A perfect example of what happens when Dues Ex Machina runs rampant. Story: I guess there was a story here, but it's disjointed and unfinished nature left more than a little something to be desired. What makes it worse is the fact that it had real potential to be a great anime but fell so short of the mark because it never went anywhere that you're just left with a bitter taste. Animation: Actually a decent looking show with it's stylized characters, well done scenes, and everything else having a solid flow to it. I can't say... See full review

1/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
4/10 overall

Akame ga Kill!

on Dec 27, 2014

So in one of my random viewing sprees of anime, this was a title I decided to muddle through after realizing what the show was gonna start doing. Sure enough they started dropping like flies. It wasn't until later that I found out the anime had almost nothing to do with the original work from the manga. This is one of those shows that has all the manga fans scratching their heads thinking "wtf, did I just watch?". Story: So there is a story here, sadly it's so cliche and poorly done that I was extremely disappointed. It wasn't until after I finished this that I found out about the manga which... See full review

1/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
2/10 overall

Say "I love you."

on Dec 12, 2014

Moral of the story; no one is without their scars, I think? Well, it's a very endearing love story too. Story: A wonderfully paced romance with speckling of comedy but a bit too much drama for my tastes. Which probably means if you're into romance dramas with a little comedy relief you're probably going to love this one. My only real problem with it was the final episode, just felt very forced and almost seemed more of a stumble at the end of a wonderful run. Personal opinion aside, it wasn't anything bad just how they did it which irked me. Animation: Definitely a well drawn and "true to... See full review

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

Mazinkaiser SKL

on Dec 11, 2013

The epitome of all that is wrong with Mecha shows, this one made errors beyond that even... Story: OK, so there was a story here, but they glossed it over the whole way, half the time I wasn't really sure what I was watching except a poorly executed romance of the three kindoms clone, complete with both science and magic. They never really explain what's going on very well and as a result you feel next to nothing for or against any of the characters. Animation: At the very start I was reminded of 80's style animation, not the good kind. Choppy, washed out with little to no detail what so ever. Really... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
2.5/10 overall

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

on Sep 30, 2013

Story: What story? It was a story? I felt it was a video journal instead, and a very painful one to watch at that. I felt so sorry for her the whole freaking show, it was very hard to finish. Nothing more can I say about it other than it just wasn't my style of entertainment and someone else would more than probably love this show 100%. So please keep in mind regarding my scores that it is just my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. Animation: This wasn't as bad as I thought it looked to start with, after a while the whole thing grew on me visually. Overall I felt like I was watching a 4 block style... See full review

1/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
4/10 overall

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

on Sep 28, 2013

I went into this movie without a clue about it except it's future setting and I must say the first 5 minutes of the movie really set the tone for the whole thing. Very blunt and graphic progression through out. Don't let my "grim" account of it in no way shade my enjoyment of this title. I decided not to do a full on review yet simply because I haven't seen the 3rd (and what I assume to be the final) movie in this series. And a such, to me, the story and experience is yet incomplete. Not that I shy from giving reviews on an incomplete viewing but I have to have very strong feelings about the... See full review

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

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

on Mar 13, 2013

This title deserves a little bit of background information because it's got a rather sordid and colorful past. The original version of this show was dropped by one production company only to be picked up and sued by another production company for breach of contract. As a result, the story/series Bubblegum Crisis (2033) was never truly finished (going through a long drawn out legal process), it had a few OVA's to try to correct that but was never well done or received. 2040 is essentially a remake from beginning to end of the story proper. It did spark several spin offs during that period, but I have not... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
9/10 overall

Black Lagoon

on Mar 7, 2013

Finished my 2nd time through BL and BL2, when I first watched this series I was floored, I didn't really know much about the series at the time but was told I had to watch it. It instantly made its way into my top 10 and has never moved since. So, does the show stand the test of time? Absolutely. Story: Rarity among my lists and probably one of the few in my top 10, this title's story wasn't heavy on plot. All the characters had stories and they delved into them a little bit, but for the most part this was an action flic through and through. The overall story in the show just kind of filtered itself... See full review

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

Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy

on Sep 2, 2012

Anime's that stand the test of time, language conversion, and even culture differences. This title didn't make it. Originally when I saw this anime I wasn't very deep into my anime/manga obsession and I truly enjoyed, nay, loved this anime. What I saw was the subbed/Japanese "original", what I'm reviewing is the dubbed/American "conversion". I don't really know the specifics of who did it or when it was made but the dub was what I'd consider standard overly edited American junk. More to the point, after years and years of anime viewing, along with hundreds upon hundreds of titles... See full review

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

Recollections of a Certain Pilot

on Jul 23, 2012

Yes, another reivew where my Overall score doesn't refelect the actual scoring of the rest. Story: The Princess and the Pauper er Pilot. Cute story, well told over the corse of a few days with mild flashbacks. Sadly, the main reason that I liked this story was also ultimately why I didn't like it... Unfortunately I can't explain why without dropping a major spoiler and that is something I don't do in my reviews. Animation: Nothing I wouldn't expect from an anime from this era, and perhaps that's made me a bit jaded in this regard, still the designs were well done, beautifully presented and in the end... See full review

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

Shuffle!

on Feb 17, 2012

The first time I saw Shuffle! I was enamored of it, several years later after browsing my Netflix options I found they had the show available for streaming and figured what the heck. Several other shows I've found the same way, having watched them again, did stand the test of time and English conversion, will this one follow suit? Sadly, the answer to that question, from my perspective, is not really. Story: Originally I remembered this story as endearing, funny, and interesting to watch. What I got was a ton of over used anime plot devices and tired character clichés. I had at one point thought... See full review

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

Kurenai

on Sep 14, 2011

A show that would probably appeal to most ultimately served to piss me off at every turn. Story: On the surface I can say that the story and plot here are actually quite good, I had a little trouble at the start following what was going on due to just how much information they bombard you with but in the end it wasn't difficult. They had a few points where they go off on a tangent which seemingly has absolutely nothing to do with the main story but that's not exactly a new thing for anime in general, still it felt extremely out of place here. Animation: I had points where I thought the artwork was... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
3/10 overall

Ristorante Paradiso

on Sep 13, 2011

Story: At first glance this sells itself as just another romance story set in Rome, not that there are tons of anime set in Rome but the romance aspect is a dime a dozen. What you get, however, is a very complex network of relationships and back stories to go with just about every support character as well as the 2 mains. One might think this would dilute the story itself with so few episodes to work with but the plot management was top notch. It had such a wonderful flow to it and the progression was never halted in the name of character development, a rare treat. Animation: At first I got a little put... See full review

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

Otome Youkai Zakuro

on Sep 12, 2011

A sweet tale weaved with your typical parts. Story: All in all, there wasn't much here that you couldn't find in half of the other shows like it. A pretty standard fair with oddly drawn characters thrown in to make it seem unique. The progression had a very little stagnation but the fact that it was only 13 episodes didn't leave much room for padding. It was still a cute little rom/com set in what I can only assume to be an alternate world where monsters and humans lived side by side. Animation: A very prettily drawn show, lots of detail and well designed characters and buildings. It's not something... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Tytania

on Sep 11, 2011

A show where nothing really is as it seems or should be. Story: On reading the synopsis the show seemed like it had a lot of potential, and indeed after a few eps it was shaping out to be a decent story. Sadly as things progressed, or lack of progression I should say, I found myself bored and confused as to what direction the anime was taking. In the end it just didn't really go anywhere other than to seemingly setup for a second season. Though even if there does end up being a second one I'd more than likely pass on it. The plot line was stagnant at best and haphazard/directionless at... See full review

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

Seirei no Moribito

on Sep 5, 2011

My first time watching this anime years ago instantly solidified itself as one of my top 5 all time favorites and easily one of the best anime ever made from my point of view. I just sat down to re-watch it in the English dubbed version and was not disappointed in the least. Story: As far as stories go you will be hard pressed to find one better written and presented in such a tidy and well rounded package as this. It keeps you guessing all the while and at the same time making you feel like part of the show as things progress. You find yourself truly enjoying the adventure even during the slowest parts... See full review

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

Dance in the Vampire Bund

on Sep 2, 2011

Story: Thankfully the story had substance to it but the ultimate issue here is that it's based on a manga that's still ongoing so has very little closure. Whether or not they plan on more seasons I don't know and even so that probably wouldn't change my opinion of this show much though I would admittedly watch them should they become available. The main problem I had with the show as it's inconsistency, it had a few conflicting problems with their plot developments which I think could have been avoided had they just planned for it better. I think this had a lot more potential and seems to have a lot more... See full review

6/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
5/10 overall

Chobits

on Jul 3, 2011

Chobits was one of the first anime series I ever watched from beginning to end nonstop. At the time I was living with a girl and we watched it together and neither of us slept for the whole night we had the DVDs for. Needless to say, we were both blown away at the time. Now years later, after seeing it again and after having seen so many other great shows, it still hasn't lost is charm and entertainment value. Story: At first the story seems kind of dull, lonely boy has nothing really going for him yet, has little funds, and no real friends, but one day finds an android in the trash and drags her home... See full review

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

Zettai Shougeki ~Platonic Heart~

on Apr 21, 2011

Just picking anime at random can pretty much be equated to playing roulette, you got a pretty slim chance at winning but boy howdy can you find some glorious flops. Sadly this title falls into that category. Story: There really wasn't much of an actual story here, at least not until you get to the final ep, mostly it's just dealing with some mysterious organization that makes girls fight each other in order to gain something that will grant their wish. Cliche, full of holes, and lacking much of anything at all. It amazes me what production companies will put out for the viewers and think it'll sell just... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
1/10 overall

Nodame Cantabile

on Feb 2, 2011

"FUGI!!!" *coughs* sorry, had to get that out of my system... Story: Ah, a typical love story of boy meets girl, boy despises girl, boy gets mercilessly pursued by girl... well, OK that's not really typical... Still, it's a slightly unoriginal theme but one that's set with interesting characters with talents and goals set in a college backdrop. The story was well told and fun, if a bit slow, to watch. Animation: The actual animation, as in animated/moving/in action, was actually quite good. However, things take turns for the worse with pans on still frame pictures, random CGI scenes... See full review

8/10 story
4/10 animation
10/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Bokura ga Ita

on Jan 30, 2011

Aaah, teenage angst at it's worst.... Story: What can I say, I haven't seen a more bland, prepackaged, and overly used subject matter in a while but this pretty much takes the cake. It really doesn't get more basic or over used than this, and sadly, without resorting to major spoilers, I can't really say anything else here. I can say, though, that I've easily seen 10 different manga, 20 other anime titles, and 50 different movies, which have used the same format of which about 80-90% of them did it better. Animation: About the only thing that actually was somewhat decent but had it's own failings to go... See full review

4/10 story
7/10 animation
3/10 sound
5/10 characters
4/10 overall

Sumomomo Momomo

on Jan 19, 2011

This anime was a oddity for me. It had the queer ability to make me laugh my ass off while at the same time annoy the hell out of me. Story: To me, the main premise of the show was kinda dry, or in other words just lacked much in the way of substance. Frankly I don't think they were trying to hard here since I believe their main goal was to be funny, thankfully they at the very least achieved that. In the end, they did get kind of serious with it but they didn't try to shed the comedic value that they cultivated from episode 1. If you're looking for a great story, you're not going to find it here, if you... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
?/10 characters
6/10 overall

Durarara!!

on Nov 11, 2010

Story: This was actually a pretty good watch, my one real complaint would be the ending, it left just a few too many loose ends in my opinion. Well maybe only one major one and a few minor but the major one was the problem, and no I will not go into details because it would be a spoiler. Animation: Great artwork, nice character designs, no rainbow hair colors, realistic hair styles, decent city design, realistic vehicles... there wasn't anything bad about it for the most part. I guess it's main issues is that it didn't wow me or I would have put it at a perfect 10. After shows like Clannad and it'd ilk... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
9/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Tayutama -Kiss on my Deity-

on Nov 11, 2010

Story: There was a story here, I understood it completely... I even predicted how it would proceed, develop, and end almost perfectly. This is not how a story should be. I'm not a fan of mysteries by any stretch of the imagination but not many people read or watch a story they already know whats going to happen... it's boring. I took the time to finish this because I was hopping I would be wrong. Sadly, this time I wasn't. Animation: Average characters designs, rainbow hair colors, over the top hairstyles, yet nice scenery and city scapes, non-uniform character faces (at least a few of them), and... See full review

3/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
4/10 overall

Maria Holic

on Nov 9, 2010

Story: Essentially there wasn't one... girl loves girls, has noes bleeds a lot, and tortured by a boy in drag most of the time. It sounds great on paper but when its put to actual practice it seems to fall way short of any mark I could label as good. The story basically went no where after ep1, mainly just introducing various bishi characters and putting the protagonist through various odd situations that made her nose bleed due to her being a lesbian and surrounded by beautiful women in skin tight clothing. Animation: This had a very ... dramatic flair and what I'd call unique if I hadn't seen xxxHolic or... See full review

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

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

on Nov 7, 2010

HSDK has the dubious distinction of being my #1 anime of all time. It's the only anime series I've watched more than 10 times now and continue to do so as time goes on. It never fails to bring a smile to my eyes, yes eyes, a task infinitely harder to do than just making me smile with my mouth alone. It's an anime who's sum does not equal it's parts since the only thing I rated at a perfect ten here was it's characters. Story: Truth be told there's not a huge amount of story here. Boy meets girl, boy gets beaten up by girl, boy falls in love and tries to become a martial artist to protect a girl that... See full review

9/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Popotan

on Aug 29, 2010

ZOMG Boobies.... no seriously, from the first 3-5 minutes into the first ep to the final 3-5 minutes of the last ep there's at least 1 shot of boobs per episode.Honestly I didn't really expect anything going into this, but boobs were definitely not something I was looking for, and they were quite suddenly thrust into the screen. I was like "well that's a boob" Ok so beyond the whole boob thing I guess I could say that going into the anime with almost no knowledge about it or expecting nothing from it I enjoyed it from time to time.Story:It was slow to start and gave you almost no information... See full review

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

Akira

on May 27, 2010

Akira was the first anime I saw that I knew as anime. Quite possibly caused me to actively seek out more of it's kind though very little was available at the time of it's US release.Story:Honestly, the story was a bit convoluted, you were kind of thrust into the middle of it and expect to know what was going on. Eventually they were able to flesh out more of the details as the movie progressed but it made for hard story telling and probably lost many less determined individuals. Looking on it, however, the story was quite good and had an interesting flow, kept me engaged.Animation:Even many years later this... See full review

7/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Summer Wars

on May 27, 2010

Just sat down to watch this movie for the second time and loved it just as much!Story:Boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy gets propositioned to be fake b/f in front of her family.... well ok so this doesn't sound like your typical love story, that's because it's not. Really what you're getting is a bit of shounen action, comedy relief set on a life or death struggle from a world wide web hacking AI backdrop. The story was quite good, had many twists some predictable, some not, and really just kept me glued to the screen for the whole hour and half it played.Animation:I'd like to say that the animation was... See full review

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

Ghost in the Shell 2.0

on May 26, 2010

I was a little disappointed though unsurprised that this really was just a remake of the original GitS movie, really some of it was a pointless CGI update, the original movie was outstanding as it was so the need for the remake is lost on me.Story:As anyone may already know due to it's popularity and longevity, the story and world is spectacular. It's engaging, dynamic, and keeps you wanting more when it's over. Whomever the writer(s) was/were they deserved awards for it.Animation:Again, the anime was of course top notch, there wasn't much you could argue about this title being bad considering it was years... See full review

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