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Over the past month, I have watched three very different anime that in many ways surprised me, whether good or bad:
Oban Star-Racers is an anime that I apparently missed out on in my early childhood years. With a very basic (and strangely nose-less) animation style, it still came off as a very appealing anime to watch. The cast was very diverse in the way they acted but they all worked really well with each other. The most appealing thing about the show is that it is essentially a tournament style plot structure (like Dragon Ball) that revolves around a racing championship and it somehow keeps you interested even though you know how its going to end. The anime however adds characters when it needs to and uses them to their fullest without flooding the show with unnecessary characters. Another amazing thing about this show is it’s Dub; it is very well done. The English speaking voice actors did a terrific job. The first half of the show is immensely interesting and fun to watch; it however loses its steam in the later portions of the show. Overall, it is a very fun watch that I recommend to anyone who missed out on this as a kid. You can watch it legally here at Netflix.
Xam’d: Lost Memories is another anime I found on Netflix while looking for something to watch. I usually stray away from anything anime related on Netflix but I am very glad I took the time to watch this. People have told me that this is just a knock off of Eureka Seven but since I have never seen Eureka Seven, I cannot tell you if it is. What I can tell you though is that this anime has a very likable cast with a pretty neat story woven into the 26 episodes. It starts off strong with the main character basically redefining his life due to a certain incident. The cast all have unique personalities that I enjoyed very much. The English speaking cast did a very great job with the Dub. Each character is voiced by someone that I enjoyed listening to. It is very hard to find good Dubs on Netflix but this is one of them. The animation is very very good due to the amount of work put into the scenes. Lots of bright colors with very well done reflections. The show does seem to stall out towards the end but it was still interesting enough to keep me all the way through.
Kore wa Zombie desu ka? is an anime that was recommended to me by someone so I gave it a shot with high expectations and although it did not live up to those expectations, it still kept me interested all the way to the end. The show revolves around zombie that lives with someone that has the power to bring things back to life. The show adds characters but does not go overboard with the numbers. The cast is pretty likable with a couple rotten apples that ruin the experience. The animation is pretty good, very fluid scenes. The plot kind of drags the show down as I was very uninterested in the final episodes. I gave it 3/5 stars because it is pretty much an average show with great visuals and a couple interesting characters. Watch it if you cannot find anything else.
I am also currently watching some anime that are airing (I tend to wait till they are done but I couldn't resist). These include the second season of Gintama, Mashiro-Iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers, Mirai Nikki TV (amazing so far), and the second season of Working!!.
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