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updated their review of Freezing
*This was originally a rant that generated insults and trolldom in general. Hopefully, a few changes I've made will manage to convey my opinion of this show a little better.*
The most interesting question in the world of anime has prevailed through yet another season: can the lack of...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
Earth is under attack by other-dimensional threats known as Nova, and only the Pandora – girls with special implants that grant them enhanced physical abilities – can battle against them...
updated their review of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
It sometimes bothers me that people advertise Madoka as a morbid deconstruction of the magical girl genre. First of all, taking a genre full of roses and choosing to emphasize the thorns is not in itself an indication of quality. Furthermore, if that’s what you wanted you’d need to...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream...
updated their review of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
The first time I watched this I perceived it as an enjoyable ride, but profoundly inferior to the otherwise excellent Ghibli features. After viewing it again I've changed my opinion rather fundamentally and in this review I'll try to explain why, while trying to maintain a quick and basic...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 117 min)
One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled...
updated their review of Sailor Moon
To the majority of all Anime fans, whether Sailor Moon is good enough to charm a little girl off her feet or appeal to an older audience seeking nostalgia is a question of utter irrelevance. What most people should be asking themselves is whether or not it can actually appeal to a male or adult...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
Life can be tough when you're a teenager. Enter Tsukino Usagi, an average, if somewhat clumsy, junior high student whose voracious appetite for sweets and capacity for tears are offset by her...
updated their review of Elfen Lied
When it comes to the quality of Elfen Lied, anime fans are at constant war with each other with one side praising it as hauntingly beautiful and the other resenting it for being a crude and exploitative gorefest. Since my opinion on the highly notorious show is somewhat near the middle, I...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu...
updated their review of Je t'aime
Mamoru Oshii; he's known for dark and thoughtprovoking stories with heavy allegorical undertones and/or comments on humanity's progress for better or for worse. With a grand r ésumé like that it's no wonder people overlook one of his more recent shorts: a humble twelve-minute story...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 12 min)
A lone basset hound wanders the empty streets of Tokyo. Humans are long gone, only distant memories remain in storefronts, buildings, and abandoned shrines. All the hound wishes is for someone to...
updated their review of Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiment: Lain; it’s been hailed both as a revolutionary comment on the nature of reality and a pretentious brew of technobabble. After watching it for the first time I found myself unable to reach a conclusion beyond “Well, this sure was unique” but after a second...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also...
updated their review of Angel's Egg
*This review contains spoilers, though I'd like to acknowledge that I personally don't think it matters at all when you see a movie like this*
Fundamentally speaking, Angel's Egg is a movie with such an abundance of eccentric metaphors and symbolism that every individual will make...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 75 min)
In a dark and largely abandoned city a little girl wanders in search of something – beneath the folds of her dress she carries a mysterious giant egg. While living on the streets, she...
updated their review of Pet Shop of Horrors
People tend to have a flexible approach towards certain conditions whenever they enter a contract but if they happen to be customers of Count D, owner of a mysterious pet shop, an attitude as such can prove to be fatal. The first 3 episodes of this peculiar OVA are dedicated...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
At Count D's pet shop, you can acquire any form of animal, from an ordinary canary, to more.. "exotic" creatures. Made to sign a contract before purchase, Count D claims no...
updated their review of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Ura Higu
It really feels pointless to write a review for 'Ura Higu' but since there's very little information about it here on Anime-Planet I thought I'd just explain what it is.
Ura Higu consists of 24 very short extras' (ranging from 25 to about 50 seconds) that have not officially been English...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- DVD Special (24 eps x 1 min)
- 2007 - 2008
updated their review of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Tatarigoroshi-hen
Sigh... I promised myself that I would read 'Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni' in moderation, in order to be able to enjoy the story for a few weeks. However, that does no longer seem like a possibility, as it's become highly addictive.
In volume 3 the main focus lies on Satoko. When I was first...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- Vol: 2; Ch: 13
- 2005 - 2006
The year is 1983 and the place is Hinamizawa, a sleepy countryside village far from the rest of civilization. Keiichi is a young man who enjoys hanging out with his friends Rika, Rena, Mion and...
updated their review of Spirited Away
*The only Anime I've seen that I'd give a 10 out of 10*
Spirited Away; not only one of the titles associated with anime in general, but also the very movie that introduced me to the splendid medium of Japanese animation. If said statement doesn't make me seem highly biased, then allow me to...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of...
updated their review of Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku
Yaoi seems to go hand in hand with forced sexual activity which is one of the main reasons I could never find any enjoyment in it. At first glance this OVA seemed somewhat different and almost kind of entertaining in a "This is beyond cheesy and silly" kind of way; I was wrong.
The...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
Newly appointed to the student council as Vice President, Chiga is eager to begin his duties, especially beside the attractive and naive President Kokusai. As Kokusai is oblivious to others' advances...
updated their review of Shadow Star Narutaru
When discussing the story of Narutaru it would be wise to begin with addressing the lack of a proper ending; just like Berserk the show ends right in the middle of things leaving viewers with more questions than answers. As fatal as this can be, the final product still managed...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
While visiting her grandparents on a remote island, Shiina Tamai, our young protagonist, inadvertently finds a strange star shaped creature, which she names Hoshimaru. This creature, while seemingly...
updated their review of Tales of a Street Corner
Tales of a Street Corner is produced by Osamu Tezuka and uses a combination of living and inanimate characters to construct a story with a heavy anti-war theme. Sounds bizarre, right? Well, it certainly is and the first half is unlikely to get any other reaction than a few raised eyebrows and...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 38 min)
Life unfolds in the most unexpected places. Story of a Street Corner follows the bustling activities of a street corner, but not the ones you would expect. A hungry mouse, a moth desperately seeking...
updated their review of Super Kuma-san
Ah anime; sacred provider not only of perversion in heavy dozes and occasional masterpieces, but you're also a medium that excels at creating material so bizarre that it rumbles the very foundation of human comprehension. Is there such a thing as a mandatory reaction to an OVA such...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
Kuma is a typical friendly sentient stuffed bear -- that is, until he gets angry and transforms into Super Kuma-san, protector of all that is good and pure! With a homicidal doll on the loose...
updated their review of Battle Royale
I assume most fans of manga or Asian culture in general has heard of 'Battle Royale'. For the minority that does not know, it's about a futuristic Japan where random classes of ninth-graders are kidnapped and brought to an island.
Here they are provided with random weapons, and are...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- Vol: 15; Ch: 119
- 2000 - 2006
Reality TV has hit a new and disturbingly graphic low with ‘The Program,' a television series in which a purposely chosen ninth-grade class is forced to fight to the death on a remote...
updated their review of Revolutionary Girl Utena
Kunihiko Ikuhara is a director who used to work for Toei Animation on the production of Sailor Moon. When he left in 1996 he was frustrated over the restrictions imposed upon him and eventually created another shoujo series in which he took every cliché of the genre; every intensified...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself...
updated their review of Princess Tutu
Take a good look at your anime habits and ask yourself “what’s more important to me; execution or concept”? If your answer is “concept” I’d re-direct you to some truly original stories that nonetheless end up falling beneath their own weight...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
Once there lived an eccentric author called Drosselmeyer who wrote grand tragedies - one of them was the tale of a prince who sealed away an evil raven by breaking his own heart into tiny pieces...
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updated their review of Battle Angel Alita
When a skilled cyberneticist stumbles upon the remnants of a female cyborg he decides to save her and manages to restore everything but her memories. As she regains consciousness it’s made clear that her robotic body hasn’t reduced her humanity to something entirely...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
Among the garbage dumped down from the mysterious aerial city of Zalem, a new life is found. Restored by a brilliant cyberneticist, a young girl named Gally struggles to find her own place in the...
updated their review of Aoi Bungaku Series
Madhouse is a studio that has received my respect based not only on its ability to dish out effectively entertaining gore (Ninja Scroll) but also because it has a high quality standard and used to have a prominent cooperation with genius Satoshi Kon. Lately I've discovered that it's a studio...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
Sometimes the greatest distance is between people. Whether a man alienates himself from society with a façade of cheerfulness, or two friends fail to communicate their feelings of betrayal...
updated their review of Kaiba
Straight from episode 1 it's clear that Madhouse tries to pull off a narrative in a reversed timeline as the first scene shows a strange boy waking up to discover that he has no memories. The setting is that of a future where memories can be transformed into data and...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive...
updated their review of Higurashi When They Cry: Cotton Drifting Arc
The story quickly jumps back to where it started in the first volume, although this time the chain of events is different. This volume pays a lot of attention to developing Mion's character. Her twin sister Shion is introduced, which opens up a great opportunity for twists in the future. So, in...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- Vol: 2; Ch: 12
- 2005 - 2006
The year is 1983 and the place is Hinamizawa, a sleepy countryside village far from the rest of civilization. Keiichi has just moved to the town with his parents and quickly makes new friends in...
updated their review of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Yoigoshi-hen
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - Yoigoshi-hen, or it's english title 'Beyond Midnight Arc' is a sidestory to the original series.
The sidestories can be read in any order, but reading them aren't necesarry to understand the main story. They are simply short stories for those who enjoy the world of...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- Vol: 2; Ch: 13
- 2006 - 2007
In the twenty years since the Hinamizawa disaster, the small village has become a literal ghost town. Terrible rumors about the mysterious gas leak that claimed hundreds of lives have kept even the...
updated their review of Queen Emeraldas
As one of the more mysterious and sufficiently badass women residing in the vast Leijiverse, her boundaries as a side-character rarely failed to aggravate me in her various cameos as the sincere fanboy I identify myself as. I'm talking about the space pirate Emeraldas who had to wait for 1998...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
In order to become a stronger person, a young boy named Hiroshi stows away on a freighter bound for planet Daibaran. The freighter comes under fire from an Afressian fleet, but is saved by the...
updated their review of Natsu e no Tobira
Before any further explanations are made, I have to express that anyone with a pet peeve for fictional melodrama should run away and never look back. Much like other titles from the same genre and era, this is a movie with no shame when it comes to executing scene after scene...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 60 min)
Fifteen-year-old Marion is intelligent, handsome and loved by everyone at his French boarding school, but the boy holds nothing but disdain for both his classmates, and himself. For Marion is devoted...
updated their review of Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show
I initially didn't want to review this, but since there's so little information about it on the site I changed my mind and decided to go for a relatively short look on what is probably the most macabre Manga I've read.
Story wise, Midori is comprised of a somewhat unoriginal...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
Midori is a young girl who sells flowers until her mother dies, leaving her an orphan. She’s conned by a freak show manager into joining his troupe, but once there she sees a shocking variety...
updated their review of Captain Harlock
The seemingly endless afternoon I spent reading an Anime encyclopedia a few months ago did not only provide me with more insight on glorified child pornography than I would have ever imagined: it also displayed a mysterious picture of a woman under the title "Queen Emeraldas." Somehow...Read SadisticTendencies's full review
In the year 2977, humanity has long passed its peak; machines are able to perform any task a human can, and people have succumbed to apathy. However, there remains one who refuses to accept such an...