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Crest of the Stars: Birth

on Jan 31, 2008

Story
For fans of the trilogy, Crest of the Stars: Birth is a worthy addition to the saga even if not all that impressive by itself.  Scattered with tidbits of Abh lore and history, it's an interesting watch that provides some background for some of the Abh customs prevalent in the main series.  The OVA chronologically precedes the beginning of the series, as it focuses on Lafiel's parents and the event inspired their decision to give birth to her.  As it's nothing too exciting on its own, I'd say give it a go only if you enjoyed the technical aspects of the Crest of... read more

6.5/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.8/10 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... read more

5/10 story
6.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 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... read more

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

School Days: Valentine Days

on Jan 24, 2008

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Excluding the opening and ending tracks, School Days: Valentine Days boasts an astounding fourteen minutes of absolutely worthless content.  If my memory serves me right there was an actual Valentine's Day episode in the series, so why this was even made boggles me.  There's really not too terribly much to say about the (nonexistent) story other than it was downright awful, as it rehashes an extremely typical harem event and plops in an OVA for no reason.For those who doubt me, the OVA begins with a completely random hot springs scene where all of the girls and Makoto are... read more

2/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
2.5/10 overall

Sky Girls

on Jul 12, 2007

Story
When I watched Sky Girls' opening sequence, I immediately noticed the similarities between it and Yukikaze:  Aliens have invaded earth, earth's population is in shambles, yet mankind has managed to pull off a victory in the end.  Within the first five minutes, however, I quickly came to realize that such likeness was superficial on every level.  Instead of witnessing badass dogfights with incredible CGI, you get to see some sixteen year old girls (who look younger) trounce around in tiny bikinis.  Not a good sign to say the least. As you might expect, these girls are... read more

3/10 story
5/10 animation
4/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
3/10 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... read more

6/10 story
7.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 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... read more

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

School Days: Magical Heart Kokoro-chan

on Apr 1, 2008

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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, while the OVA is pretty standard crap, it is actually mildly amusing, and even makes a point to mock the overblown hype School Days received just for having a disturbing ending.  Perhaps the only reason something of this quality was even produced was to pacify some fringe fanservice crazed fanboys in Japan, as... read more

5/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Shinigami no Ballad

on Jan 1, 2008

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Perhaps it was the name, but for some reason I had relatively high expectations for Shinigami no Ballad - something along the lines of Kino no Tabi lite, if you will.  I ended up slightly disappointed to discover this not the case, as in reality it's not tapered to an older audience.  The series is comprised of six independent stories, all of which address potential problems young children might face.  Unlike what you might expect, the emotional undertones of the series aren't all that extravagant, and I found myself downright bored during a couple of the... read more

6/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
6/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Tokimeki Memorial ~Only Love~

on Dec 25, 2007

Story
In an attempt to get a review out to all my wonderful fans in time for Christmas, I recently plowed through Tokimeki Memorial.  Likely the worst romance anime to beset my eyes since Green Green, it was one of the most painful anime I've had the misfortune of watching. It took me many sittings to finish, but in the end I managed to dredge through it with the liberal use of mankind's greatest invention: the fast-forward button; without it I dont think I'd have lasted three episodes.Anyway, quite possibly the worst part about Tokimeki is that, even over the course of... read more

4/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 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... read more

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

Tsuki wa Higashi ni Hi wa Nishi ni: Operation Sanctuary

on May 28, 2008

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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... read more

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

Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team

on Feb 3, 2008

Story
First things first, take all your misconceptions about the Gundam franchise and toss them out the window.  Unlike its numerous cohorts, 08th MS Team is not some half-ass political commentary on the glory of pacifism, nor is it some pompous lightshow of flying robots and explosions.  Much to the contrary, it takes upon a life of its own, and firmly stands by itself irrespective of its Gundam brand.Perhaps the most appealing aspects of 08th MS Team revolve around its intensive focus on realism.  While the war in the series is indeed fought with giant humanoid robots, it's... read more

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

Banner of the Stars III

on Jan 16, 2008

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Perhaps the one thing that bothered me most about the Crest of the Stars trilogy was its somewhat vague sense of incompleteness.  While the ending briefly spelled out the direction of the story following the final events in Banner of the Stars II, it left a number of conflicts unresolved, and this always irked me.  Thus, when I discovered that an OVA had been released four years after the series had originally aired, it riled my hopes in favor of a final, satisfactory conclusion to the epic.  Thankfully, given my well-founded adoration for the series, it did not disappoint; in... read more

8.5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
8.6/10 overall

Yukikaze

on Jul 13, 2007

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What has Yukikaze got, you might ask? Three things: Badass CGI, sweet dogfights, and a hell of a lot of explosions.  Eye candy is certainly its forte, as its visuals somehow managed to captivate me through the overall lack of story and shallow characterization. The synopsis, actually, is more interesting than any of the events the story itself has to offer.  Pseudo-philosophical alien races like the JAM have been visited time and time again, and with each encounter I like them less and less.  Fortunately for the viewer, every minute of "intellectual" bullshit... read more

5/10 story
9.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 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... read more

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

Futakoi Alternative

on Jan 20, 2008

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Being a series predicated on the concept of a disgustingly large harem, I reluctantly picked up Futakoi Alternative with expectations for a mildly amusing girls-with-guns action flick.  Thankfully, I couldn't have been more wrong.  Despite an opening sequence that has absolutely nothing to do with the anime itself and a somewhat misconstrued first episode, Futakoi Alternative is neither a harem nor a pointless action flick.  In actuality, it's a rather poignant drama mixed with a fair amount of hyperbolically exaggerated humor, and I found myself enormously... read more

7.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
7.7/10 overall

Infinite Ryvius

on Jan 16, 2008

Story
Were William Golding to have written Lord of the Flies in a futuristic setting, he would have done so precisely in the mold of Infinite Ryvius.  Unfortunately, Golding most likely would have produced a much more polished and solid work, as, while Ryvius has its strengths, it's riddled with a number of flaws that demote the series from greatness to mediocrity.  Still, the similarities between the two works are both numerous and striking, ranging from something as superficial as plot elements to something as deep as analysis of philosophy.  While starting off rather jovial and... read more

7/10 story
4.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 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... read more

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

Oseam

on Mar 23, 2009

Story
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... read more

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

Someday's Dreamers

on May 27, 2008

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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... read more

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

Tales of Symphonia

on Apr 25, 2008

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For the sake of my dignity, I won't divulge just how many hours I've previously devoted to Tales of Symphonia, nor will I make it known that I will be purchasing a Wii primarily for the fact that Tales of Symphonia: The Knight of Ratatosk is slated for release sometime this coming fall.  What I will say, however, is that I had mediocre expectations for this OVA at best, as there was simply no way it could possibly compact the sheer magnitude of its story or the three dimensionality of its characters into a mere two hour block.  Indeed, many of the key points in the story such... read more

5.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
6/10 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... read more

6.5/10 story
7/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
7.3/10 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... read more

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

H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~

on Apr 4, 2008

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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 it like getting pelted incessantly in the groin for four and a half hours straight, without relief, followed by a long period of puking blood.  Now envision the horror of H20 in precisely the same terms, but replace the excruciating bombardment of paintballs with clichés and the subsequent... read more

4/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
3/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Starship Operators

on Apr 27, 2008

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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... read more

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

Lamune

on Apr 9, 2008

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For those familiar with my tastes, it should come as little surprise that I absolutely detest just about any harem series - most especially, though, those adapted from random dating sims.  Most try to shape romance as their central, core thematic, but end up failing miserably when they try to perpetrate a deep, viable relationship between the male lead and all his multiple female companions.  Even so, as recent examples such as Kanon 2006 and Clannad have shown, the harem archetype can, with substantial tampering, be modified into an anime possessing both romantic depth as well... read more

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

BALDR FORCE EXE Resolution

on Jul 15, 2007

Story
Though the idea of futuristic cyber worlds has been recycled time and time again, depending on the quality of the production it can be either fascinating or boring; Baldr Force, fortunately, is of the former category.  Yet, to my dismay, it had one giant hurdle that it had to overcome: time constraint.  It certainly made a valiant attempt at doing so, presenting both a complex and unique world occupied by interesting and depth-driven characters, but ultimately fell short.The basic premise of the OVA is that mankind has advanced technology to allow a person to project himself or... read more

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

Meguriau Sekai

on Jun 14, 2010

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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... read more

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

True Tears

on Apr 13, 2008

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 threshold of mediocrity, but it unfortunately did not start out that way.  In fact, it initially flaunted a decent amount of potential in lieu of its oddities, and I began to develop moderate hopes that it would keep this trend through its end.Alas, this was not the case.  True Tears had three romantic... read more

5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
5.7/10 overall