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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

on Aug 27, 2010

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 forward to shredding all the series’ little mistakes. Unfortunately for me, I soon discovered there was not a lot of shredding to be had; instead, I had to settle for an an engaging, dramatic storyline and a splendid set of main characters. Generally speaking, I tend to be a fairly dry face when it... See full review

7.5/10 story
6/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.3/10 overall

Meguriau Sekai

on Jun 14, 2010

Story
Chair! Plant! Telephone pole, shoe, chalkboard! By your randomness combined, I am Meguriau Sekai! Before you get any ideas, Meguriau Sekai isn’t some spastic comedy anime – it’s a Shinkai-inspired romance. I think. Actually, I have no idea what the hell it is; I just know that for fifteen minutes there were a bunch of unrelated pictures all over my screen, and that some girl was talking about some boy and the sky. Oh, and when she mentioned the sky there were pictures of clouds. Sometimes with birds, too! And airplanes. I like airplanes.   I guess... See full review

2/10 story
3/10 animation
2.5/10 sound
2/10 characters
2/10 overall

Eve no Jikan

on Jun 8, 2010

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 realism and idealism to forge a surprisingly intriguing watch. Indeed, the premise itself is hardly original or breathtaking, with the story taking place in a generic era of technological progress where androids have begun to look, think, and feel like their human counterparts. Insert a societal fear of these... See full review

7/10 story
8.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
7.2/10 overall

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

on Jun 4, 2010

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 skydiving out of a plane without a parachute? Hopefully you guessed skydiving, because that’s sure what you’ll feel like doing after wading through this OVA’s attempt at a plot! If you thought Higurashi Kai’s mediocre... See full review

3.5/10 story
4/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
3.8/10 overall

Spice and Wolf II

on May 15, 2010

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 that this was just a fluke and I would be setting myself up for a great deal of disappointment if I decided to give it a shot. Of course, as irony would have it, not even sixty seconds in, ... See full review

7.5/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

White Album

on Aug 2, 2009

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 intriguing core story, it dances around with a bloated cast of side characters in a manner that would rival the original Kanon, and slowly corrodes away its potential in a boiling vat of failure. That said, White Album still manages to thread the viewer along at a steady pace. By incorporating an... See full review

4/10 story
5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
4.5/10 characters
4.7/10 overall

K-On!

on Jul 23, 2009

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 premise is undoubtedly what makes K-On so captivating. As a whole, the show never attempts to step beyond its means; it sets itself out to be simple fun and undoubtedly succeeds. Despite operating off a number of base gags and jokes that find themselves revisited from episode to episode, the series never... See full review

7/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.2/10 overall

Clannad After Story

on Apr 20, 2009

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 series ended both poignantly and with a certain level of closure. Try as I might, I could not envision a follow-up being anything more than filler-driven fluff, especially at a twenty-four episode length, and thus stalled it for as long as I could. But then I actually sat down and watched After Story, and you can... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.7/10 overall

Oseam

on Mar 23, 2009

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While I have no particular like or dislike of eastern philosophy, I find myself put off by the attempts of many anime to brazenly thrust it toward the viewer in an in-your-face fashion. These incidences always end with a general collapse of the anime as a whole, as they disrupt the natural flow of the story and discard their characters for pseudo-metaphysical set props. Such mishaps too often verge on catastrophic, and have thrown countless should-be-great titles onto the garbage heap of mediocrity. And yet, despite the numerous renditions of philosophical failure surrounding it, Oseam reminds... See full review

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

Hoshizora Kiseki

on Feb 27, 2009

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What do you get when you mix an airtime of thirty minutes, a title with part of its name as "star," a lone boy and girl as main characters, science fiction, and long distance space communication? Hoshi no Koe, right? Well, yes, but somehow you also get Hoshizora Kiseki. Thematically, the OVA attempts to clone Hoshi no Koe's presentation at every possible juncture, even down to the physical appearance of the main girl; without Shinkai's poignant touch, however, it never truly gets off the ground. At its core, it tries to work Hoshi no Koe's story in reverse with two desolate people at the start... See full review

5/10 story
6.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

on Feb 17, 2009

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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 are solely reflective of my viewing experience and nothing more. Keeping my bias (to the fanboys) or lack thereof (to the non-fanboys) in mind, let me say this: Tsukihime is a decidedly average show that sits at the top of its class. While certainly having flaws, including customary pacing issues and a mediocre... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~

on Feb 8, 2009

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Customary Disclaimer: As can be expected, this OVA is a follow-up to the actual series and spoils much. In context of proper discussion, this review will do so as well - read at your own discretion. That said and done, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~ is a rather "interesting" take on the main series, as it touts itself as an alternative ending without actually portraying a different set of events. The opening sequence, at the very least, makes little to no initial sense, as it starts with Mitsuki bidding farewell to a happily-paired Haruka/Takayuki couple - a certain non-sequitur to the main... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Itazura na Kiss

on Feb 1, 2009

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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 plugging away in an old, dirty warehouse. After 500 minutes of skidding through Itazura na Kiss, however, I can say with certainty that my days were well spent - through it alone, I was injected with enough shoujo fluff to last me for a lifetime. Not hollow, frivolous fluff, mind you, but sappy, feel-good... See full review

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

Minami-ke Okawari

on Jan 24, 2009

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 the events in the second flow seamlessly into those of the first. Yet, be that as it may, one key issue plays into the picture: Okawari is animated by an entirely different studio. While to some this might seem trivial, it speaks to a much greater concept - perception - and thus manages to stem beyond a simple... See full review

6.5/10 story
7/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
7.3/10 overall

Yotsunoha

on Jan 13, 2009

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It can withhold a beating of a thousand clichés, weather an onslaught of tripe-loaded characters, and bask in an oblivion of mediocrity no mortal could possibly comprehend. But Will It Blend? That is the question. Cue the catchy music, Tom, because you have finally met your match. Now, I could jump right in to the customary summary paragraph and kindly explain why this OVA sucks more than a Hoover 10,000 with three motors, but even MacGyver couldn’t pull off a success if handed all Yotsunoha’s crap in a dire situation. To say that it wasted 70 minutes of my life would be... See full review

2/10 story
4/10 animation
3/10 sound
2/10 characters
2.2/10 overall

Interlude

on Jan 2, 2009

Story
Whenever I dip my hand into my archive of older anime, it is always with a fair bit of reluctance - especially when dredging out that which I once thought good. Past experience has, more often than not, reminded me of my formerly questionable tastes, as mediocrity and greatness too often seemed intertwined. Still, ever the optimist, I make a point to try to find the diamonds in the rough, as discovering that classic "oldie but goodie" makes all my rummaging worthwhile. Much to my dismay, though, Interlude happened to be another testament to this former trend of poor judgment. What I once... See full review

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

Shigurui

on Jun 6, 2008

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I'll be blunt: ordinarily I would have dropped a series like Shigurui after the first episode and called it quits.  On behalf of all the decent people who might unknowingly pick up this title, though, I compelled myself to see it through to the end.  Thus, with an enormously bitter taste in my mouth I bring you this review, as I feel it my moral obligation to bring to light the sheer reprehensibility this anime so gloriously flaunts. First and foremost, let me say that I'm not much a fan of gore.  However, when accompanied by a decent story or at least a... See full review

1/10 story
5/10 animation
1/10 sound
1/10 characters
1/10 overall

Clannad

on Jun 6, 2008

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 proved, yet again, that a great anime does not need to be guided by them.  At its core Clannad is only superficially a harem, as its touching romance, solid drama, and clean humor all distance it from the genre norm.In many ways, Clannad follows a structure very similar to Kanon (2006), so fans of the its... See full review

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

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

on Jun 5, 2008

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Going in to Jin-Roh I really had no idea what to expect.  Oddly enough, one hundred minutes later, these sentiments have hardly changed.  Indeed, the movie is spectacular in many respects, but likewise it seems to have a strew of perpetual weaknesses that hinder its ability to achieve greatness.First off, the movie's opening is superb.  It starts off with a relatively simple explanation of a divided, post World War II Japan, then smoothly transitions into a tense riot situation.  Thrusting you into the midst of flying molotov cocktails, a whirl of stones and rocks, and... See full review

6/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

The Twelve Kingdoms

on Jun 1, 2008

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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 absolutely perfect, as far as novel-to-screenplay transitions go Juuni Kokki is the cream of the crop, as its only real restrictions arise from its inability to capture the entire breadth of its epic within the scope of an anime series.Though to some this might sound like flagrant patronization, Juuni Kokki stands on... See full review

9/10 story
8/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9.3/10 overall

Tsuki wa Higashi ni Hi wa Nishi ni: Operation Sanctuary

on May 28, 2008

Story
Ever had the urge to stick your face through a meat grinder?  If so, might I suggest giving Hani Hani: Operation Shi-...Sanctuary a whirl.  Save for the physical disfigurement, the two feats actually share a remarkable number of similarities, including the requirement of a masochistic personality to be able to suffer through either experience.  Like all its filthy ilk, Hani Hani bombards you right off the bat with all the necessary harem events - girl-of-the-day episodes, a pool trip, and a bit of the typical, bland ecchi humor.  Since each episode only happens to be ten... See full review

3/10 story
5.5/10 animation
3/10 sound
2.5/10 characters
2.5/10 overall

Someday's Dreamers

on May 27, 2008

Story
Admittedly, I tried very hard to enjoy Someday's Dreamers as much as possible; in fact, going in I was practically convinced that it was a top-notch series by the premise alone.  However, my level of disappointment steadily grew the longer I watched, ultimately bottoming out around the middle of the series.  While it managed to turn itself around and end to a sound bit of a closure, the fact that it took a number of reluctant, forced watches to get through leaves me with a fair amount of skepticism regarding its quality.That's certainly not to say that Someday's Dreamers... See full review

5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.7/10 overall

Kara no Kyoukai Movie 1: Fukan Fuukei

on May 26, 2008

Story
For a supposed spin-off of Shingetsutan Tsukihime, I must admit I was expecting a decent-but-entertaining action flick that would drift off into the far reaches of my memory banks and quickly be forgotten.  Thus, when it subsequently blew me out of the water with culling graphics, euphoric audio, and kick-ass story line, you can only imagine my elation.Keeping in mind that this film is a mere fifty minutes in length, the story turns out to be surprisingly intriguing.  From the get-go Shiki has a mysterious aura about her that just doesn't seem right, as her attitude toward the... See full review

7/10 story
10/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
8.1/10 overall

Kimikiss Pure Rouge

on May 24, 2008

Story
To be perfectly honest, I had rather low expectations for Kimikiss, primarily for the fact that its name included the words "kiss" and "rouge."  By all accounts, my experiences have taught me approach these titles with a ten foot pole (if at all), so you can only imagine my surprise when this should-be-shoddy title turned into one of the best high-school romances within the anime realm - and, trust me, it is a needle in a haystack.First and foremost, Kimikiss'  scriptwriters knew how to pace a twenty-six episode romance story appropriately, and that definitely... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
7.7/10 overall

Triangle Heart ~Sweet Songs Forever~

on May 23, 2008

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Perhaps it's the fact that my initial impressions of Triangle Heart are some four, nearly five, years old, but I was disappointed upon revisiting this (relatively speaking) older title.  For some reason I remembered the story being more fluid, the dialogue less generic, and the overall presentation more solid, but in actuality it doesn't possess much originality at all; even so, it certainly was a tolerable watch, as it at least used its clichés effectively enough to be entertaining.The introduction proves the most intriguing aspect of the story, as it sets the stage for a... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

Kyou no Go no Ni

on May 13, 2008

Story
For an anime so distinctly rooted in wrongness, I was surprised how subtle these attributes came across in Kyou no Go no Ni.  Indeed, much of the humor carries many sexual undertones, but none of it came across in an offensive or intrusive manner; it was all played on the innocence and naïveté of the characters.  Thus, when deciding whether or not to watch Kyou no Go no Ni, it's important to note that it's not really ecchi or overly perverted - it merely plays on embarrassing childhood situations and runs with the gags for a bit.For an OVA involving exclusively... See full review

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

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

on May 11, 2008

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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, sketchy, and I can't say I recall too much other than the following details: Eva 01 acquiring the S2 engine was awesome, Shinji was a total bitch, and the ending somehow inspired the Matrix trilogy to try to best it in lameness.  Even so, I remember enjoying it for the most part; after all, it was the first... See full review

7/10 story
7.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.3/10 overall

Bamboo Blade

on May 9, 2008

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 some great ones such as Kanon 2006 and Death Note.  Fortunately, to my delight, Bamboo Blade continued this trend and easily took its place as another contributor to the solidness of the 2007 lineup - it's yet another "must see" title.At first I have to admit I was a bit skeptical - the series was... See full review

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

Princess Mononoke

on Apr 30, 2008

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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 destined to save the world through both boundless passion and vicious strength; hell, it's not even the gorgeous soundtrack or timeless animation.  On the contrary, it's a much more subtle and refined moment that really captures the heart and soul of mankind - our hero pulls a move between two women... See full review

7.5/10 story
9/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Starship Operators

on Apr 27, 2008

Story
For a sci-fi packed with more potential than Barry Bonds with steroids, Starship Operators was painful to watch unfold.  At just about every possible turn the series managed to fail in one way or another, turning what could have been an outstanding series into unmemorable, bland one.  The premise itself, for being rather cliché, actually didn't initially seem that bad - a group of military cadets are taking one of their nation's newest warships, the Amaterasu, on its maiden voyage prior to their graduation ceremony.  However, during the flight their nation receives... See full review

5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall