updated their review of White Album
Story Were there a Greek god for bullshit and mediocrity, his name would be White Album . While the series flaunts a strong premise and a unique method of conveying moods, it stumbles around for thirteen episodes without the faintest clue how to handle its content. Despite setting up an...Read Sheex's full review
Touya Fujii is a young university student who juggles two part-time jobs with his studies so that he can afford to live. The most important thing in his life is his girlfriend Yuki, but since she is...
updated their review of Death Note
Story Ordinarily, I make a point to avoid series plagued by fanboyism, as they generally suffer from pitiful characterization, flimsy storylines, and sub-par aesthetics. Yet, Death Note carried some strange allure and managed to pique my interest, so I decided to give it a...Read Sheex's full review
Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light...
updated their review of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Story Cute girl with a cleaver; that carries a nice little ring to it, does it not? While not fully accurate, it rather clearly depicts Higurashi no Naku Koro ni's brooding mixture of drama and horror. As I generally make a point to avoid anything that possesses senseless...Read Sheex's full review
Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-school boy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice...
updated their review of Bamboo Blade
Story Over the past few months I've been slowly trying to catch up on the titles I missed in 2007, and I must say the more I watch the more impressed I am with the year as a whole. It flaunted a number of strong titles such as Claymore, Bokurano, and Minami-ke as well as...Read Sheex's full review
Kojirou-sensei, the rather indifferent teacher and coach of the school kendo club, is in financial dire straits. As a result, he makes a bet with his fellow kendo coach and former upperclassman to...
updated their review of School Days
Story Youth: A time of friendship, first love, and bountiful joy. Enter School Days , an anime chock full of all that youthful spunk but spiced up with a bit of malice, hatred, deceit, self-loathing, and rage. Brings back memories, doesn't it?
Now, if you want some passionate...Read Sheex's full review
When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin...
updated their review of Excel Saga
Story "Are there any questions?" " I've got way too many, but I'm not sure they're questions I should even be asking..." And that, ladies and gents, sums up Excel Saga (to a tee) in its own words. If you're like me and a fan of random humor, this...Read Sheex's full review
- TV (26 eps x 24 min)
- 1999 - 2000
F City, F Prefecture: the battleground where good and evil have finally chosen to decide once and for all who will rule the world…or at least that's the general idea! Neither side seems up for...
updated their review of Fate/stay night
Story Of my many problems with Fate/Stay Night , none irks me more than the fact it boiled down to be only superficially coherent. Yes, there is a loose central theme that drives the series; yes, the series does progress in a fairly linear fashion; ultimately, however, none of it makes...Read Sheex's full review
The Holy Grail War is a battle between seven magicians who each summon a mythical hero to fight for their cause. Shirou, a twice orphaned high school boy, had so little magical talent that his foster...
updated their review of sola
Story Creativity and innovation are keystones in writing quality stories. Taking these principles to heart, Sola weaves a fascinating and involving storyline from a fairly basic concept, transforming an ordinary series into a commendable piece of anime craftsmanship. Despite the...Read Sheex's full review
Morimiya Yorito is a normal student who has an abnormal obsession for the sky. One day, he meets a strange girl named Shihou Matsuri who shares his interest, but as fate may have it, she isn't a...
updated their review of Clannad After Story
Story I have, with quite good reason, always been skeptical of anime sequels. Too often I find myself watching and enjoying a series, only to be disappointed by a sequel whose only redeeming quality lies in its use of the franchise name. This most certainly was the case with Clannad , as the...Read Sheex's full review
Summer break is now over; the second semester has started for Tomoya, Nagisa and the others, and little has changed. Since Tomoya's relationship with his father is still troubled, he continues...
updated their review of Minami-ke Okawari
Story In perfectly simplistic terms, Minami-ke Okawari is a direct sequel to Minami-ke ; in more complicated terms, it is the exact same anime with a substantially warped facade. Much like Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage , there exists little permeable variation between the two seasons, as...Read Sheex's full review
It’s a new year, but little has changed for the Minami household. Chiaki has been given the job of nutritionist for her class's new hamster, and uses the same techniques to care for it that she...
updated their review of Clannad
Story Since my first experience with Air some three years ago, I've found myself continually impressed with Kyoto Animation's visual novel adaptations. Though their works all retain the basic harem elements of their source material by means of large female casts, the studio has...Read Sheex's full review
Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl...
updated their review of True Tears
Story After recently experiencing the splendor that is Spice and Wolf and the pestilence that is H2O , it shouldn't come as much surprise that my next series would land almost smack dab in between the two in terms of quality. Indeed, True Tears ended up just barely breaking the...Read Sheex's full review
Shinichiro Nakagami is an everyday high school student, with the exception of having his beautiful and athletic childhood friend Hiromi Yuasa living in his household after the death of her parents...
updated their review of Spice and Wolf
Story If there's any one physical setting that can catch me hook, line, and sinker just about every time, it would have to be romanticized medieval fantasy. While it may not be the most eccentric of preferences, I find such works (anime or not) to be boundlessly fascinating; yet...Read Sheex's full review
Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as...
updated their review of K-On!
Story Having spent most of my summer engulfed in the world of engineering, I figured a series based on music would be a great distraction. Tack on some hyper-energetic high school girls and a slice-of-life setting, and K-On ’s light-hearted charm naturally piqued my interest.
This...Read Sheex's full review
It's the first day of high school, and plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members. However, for ditzy Yui, none of them seem to fit the bill. However, when she accidentally...
updated their review of Trigun
Story Truly one of the classics around the anime world. Though, due to its age, its visual appeal leaves much to be desired, Trigun should hardly be judged at face-value. The experience is genuinely human -- while pretty much any consistent anime viewer knows there will be pacifists in any...Read Sheex's full review
“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents...
updated their review of Hellsing
Story As the years pass I find myself continually amazed with every Gonzo production I stumble upon. Either they will pump out pseudo-quality series like Last Exile or downright trash like Vandread , but rarely do they get it at least somewhat right as with Hellsing . Right in...Read Sheex's full review
In present day England, a war is being fought. The average citizen does not notice, but vampires are running rampant among the populace, and it's up to the Hellsing organization to contain the...
updated their review of Claymore
Story As a wistful conglomerate of both originality and clichés alike, my feelings about Claymore are, needless to say, quite mixed. With more ups and downs than sand dunes in the Sahara, the storyline continually fluctuated in maintaining my interest, a sign which generally...Read Sheex's full review
In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they...
updated their review of Princess Mononoke
Story For me personally, there's but one single event that makes Mononoke Hime stand so firmly as a classic in the anime world. No, it's not Miyazaki's brilliant capturing of the eternal struggle between man and nature, nor is it the heroic telling of a young warrior...Read Sheex's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 134 min)
With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to...
updated their review of Itazura na Kiss
Story Call it strange, but for some reason I seem to have missed the "teenage girl" phase of my adolescent years; instead of having fantastical romantic dreams, swooning over dashing and charming men (well, save for myself), and giddily pairing together ideal couples, I spent most of my time...Read Sheex's full review
Kotoko Aihara has always been in love with Naoki Irie; he’s tall, handsome, and rumored to be the most intelligent student in Japan – who wouldn’t be? Only one thing stands in the...
updated their review of The Twelve Kingdoms
Story To say Juuni Kokki merely impressed me would be blatant understatement; nay, if anything, it completely awed me. Without a doubt the best fantasy anime ever to grace the airwaves, its aural sense of sovereignty sets it on pedestal far above its contemporaries. While not...Read Sheex's full review
Yohko is nothing but ordinary. Throughout her life she has been considered an outcast, especially with a hair color not native to many in Japan, bright red. Things change for Yohko when a mysterious...
updated their review of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Story As someone educated in structural engineering, I happen to know a thing or two about what earthquakes will do to buildings. Thus, when the writers made a point to preface Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 with a statement lauding its realistic portrayal of an earthquake, I must admit I was looking...Read Sheex's full review
It struck without warning one fateful day in Tokyo – a massive 8.0 earthquake rocked the city and caused massive devastation and death in its wake. Having taken her little brother to an exhibit...
updated their review of Lunar Legend Tsukihime
Story First and foremost, I am aware that there is a huge Type-Moon universe surrounding the Shingetsutan Tsukihime franchise and that the anime supposedly only scratches its surface.
That said, I have yet to touch it in any fashion beyond its actual anime adaptation, and thus my opinions...Read Sheex's full review
With a past shrouded in mystery and a blank memory, Shiki Tohno seems to be just another "average high school student". That is, until he nearly kills a female vampire with his secret...
updated their review of H2O: Footprints in the Sand
Story While not the worst anime I've had the misfortune to poison my mind with over the years, H20 ~Footprints in the Sand~ certainly deserves its spot as the worst I've seen in a long time. The viewing experience was analogous to a game of paintball gone horribly wrong; think of...Read Sheex's full review
After a series of unfortunate events, the young Hirose Takuma was rendered blind. In an attempt to reverse his condition Hirose moves in with his uncle in a rural village, and upon his arrival he...
updated their review of Spice and Wolf II
Story After hearing that Spice and Wolf was to be followed by a sequel early last year, I was hesitant to consider a second installment worth watching. Even after having Clannad: After Story blow me away in terms of sequels outdoing their predecessors, I couldn’t shake the feeling...Read Sheex's full review
Kraft Lawrence and the proud wolf Holo the Wise continue their northward journey to Holo's mountain homeland of Yoitsu. As the two visit new towns and make new friends a growing relationship buds...
updated their review of Eve no Jikan
Story So a human, a robot, and an android walk into a bar…
…and make a damn good anime by the name of Eve no Jikan . While many sci-fi titles of this nature tend to swing too far with humanizing robotic creations, this particular series strikes a delicate balance between...Read Sheex's full review
- Web (6 eps x 15 min)
- 2008 - 2009
In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so...
updated their review of School Days: Magical Heart Kokoro-chan
Story Okay, I must admit that after suffering through the pure atrocity of Valentine Days , I had enormously low expectations for an OVA titled Magical Heart Kokoro Chan . In fact, I started thinking about how I was going to bash it before I even watched it. Fortunately, however...Read Sheex's full review
Just when Makoto finds himself returning to a normal, day-by-day routine with his commute to school, his train gets attacked... by a UFO?! From there things start to get crazy, as a young girl...
updated their review of Minami-ke
Story Fans of Azumanga Daioh rejoice; Minami-ke has arrived! A brilliant show in which absolutely nothing substantive occurs, Minami-ke succeeds at being one of the funnier comedies produced in recent years, and I found myself amused on a consistent basis throughout all thirteen...Read Sheex's full review
Meet the Minami sisters, three girls living on their own and doing their best to make it through life's little snags and adventures. Kana, the middle sister, has far more energy than common sense...
updated their review of Myself; Yourself
Story If there's one thing that grinded me about Myself; Yourself , it's the fact that the opening sequence misrepresents the anime by implying that there would be a band of some sorts present. Alas, this turned out to not be the case, and sadly I found that fact more depressing...Read Sheex's full review
After having lived elsewhere for several years, Sana returns to the town in which he grew up in, and quickly begins to reacquaint himself to his surroundings and new high school. While there, Sana...
updated their review of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
Story Hey there, boys and girls, it’s time again for everyone’s favorite gameshow: Does This Anime Suck?!
So, time to play – let’s start with the first question! Which of the following is a more intelligent decision: watching Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei or...Read Sheex's full review
Several months have passed since the horrific events in Hinamizawa came to an end. Little by little life returns to normal, with Rika and her friends doing their best to put the past them and mend...
updated their review of Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Story Okay, let me put it out there right off the bat - I haven't seen Eva in probably close to ten years, which means I was a wee little brat at the time and hardly consider my recollections about the series accurate or remotely fresh. My memory of the series is thus, should I say, ...Read Sheex's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 98 min)
Following a disastrous event known as "The Second Impact," humanity teeters on the brink of extinction. Having not completely eradicated mankind previously, creatures known as Angels begin...