This is again one of those cases where something urged me to watch this; in this case, I have a close friend to thank, whose endless insistence that Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (and henceforth italicized Madoka) was both worth watching and incredible drove me to eventually watch this anime. This catches me up to approximately two years ago or so, so eventually I'll probably be around current anime while everyone else is on to the next new thing. This ensures that I will not only have forgotten all spoilers I hear, but that the hype surrounding it will have died and I can once more hold what is considered an... read more
Cybersix is, to the best of my understanding, the cartoon adaptation of a Spanish comic. Featuring the heroine Cyber 6 in what can best be described as a cross of Sailor Moon and Batman, she adopts the label of 'Adrian Seidelman' by day, a simple literature teacher, while she dons an awesome leather outfit, the baddest cape there ever was, and a wicked hat by night to become the world's greatest female pugilist. With monster-of-the-week shenanigans and a steamy undertone of forbidden romance, she and superpowered-panther-sidekick Data 7 kick some serious evil hindquarters.
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Aahhh, Death Note-- it's one of those rare hyped-up bits that evades being of the 'little kids punching things' genre, and manages to actually be on the psychological side of things. An intense drama about a little black book gone horribly wrong, Death Note is pretty much what would happen if you went into an average otaku's brain while thinking about the captain of the football team.
It's not entirely inaccurate to say Death Note is what started me on anime; I'd always had an interest but it was one of the first full series I actually watched. (I believe Great Teacher Onizuka was actually my first... read more
Black Jack 21 is, as best as I can describe, what would happen if you took the esteemed Ace Attorney series of video games and turned them into an anime about an unlicensed surgeon. While the Ace Attorney games focus on Phoenix Wright and his various law-related hoops that require jumping-through, Black Jack 21 similarly features a character-- Black Jack, if you would believe it-- and his rather chaotic life.
I can't say I had high expectations going in but at 17 episodes, I figured I could spare the time. While I wouldn't say I was sucked into a world of extreme conflicts and drama like the... read more
Mazinkaiser SKL-- pronounced 'skull'-- just where does one begin? Perhaps at the raging metal intro, the amazing design on the hallmark mech, the gritty atmosphere, the fast-paced blend of action and storytelling... honestly, Mazinkaiser SKL is hard to complain about. It's three episodes, it's got a metal intro, and the two main characters are off-their-rockers psycho. You know exactly what you're signing up for here: badass mecha-smashing action with a post-apocalyptic setting only the turn of the millenium could cook up with such flashy grandeur. It wants itself taken only sort-of-seriously; you're... read more
As with most of the anime I watch, Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo-- 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Space'-- was on a whim after seeing its opening. That said, I mean, just look at the title; 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Space?' I knew there were robots, but there was a girl who magically went from schoolgirl to space cowgirl, so I knew I was going to have to suck in my stomach, puff out my chest and remind myself that I am a manly man. (To remedy any emasculation caused, I interjected about halfway through with some Mazinkaiser SKL. It worked.)
Nonetheless, I went in interested enough to be greeted by Jun... read more
Ga-Rei -Zero- starts with a very loud, deafening bang. (Okay, not literally.) The first episode starts with a captivating premise, an interesting approach and a very real conflict; it does nothing short of taking breath in the most awesome way possible. Smooth animation provides for an intense feeling of the conflict, the stacked odds these characters go against. Fortunately, this is a pretty hard opinion to refute; the anime has a ridiculously strong start and it draws up a whole lot of potential for a great premise and a great anime. Unfortunately, only after it raises our hopes high does it show... read more
So, I reviewed Asura Cryin' and claimed that it crutched very heavily on the fact that there was going to be a second season to deliver on all the promises and allusions they had made. As a standalone series it managed quite well, but all things considered, it felt 'incomplete;' nonetheless, I tried to gauge evenly how it stood alone while keeping in mind that it (very obviously) relied on the second season to help things pan out. With Asura Cryin' 2 slated to deliver a steep order left behind by Asura Cryin', how did it stand up to its job? Story Continuing from the events of the first series... read more
Asura Cryin' is a thirteen-episode anime whose genre and direction I have issues puzzling out. I was initially drawn (no word of a lie) because the introduction to the second season appeared to have giant robots. I am a man who loves his giant robots, and like the fly to the honey, I was drawn to it. I was given quite the interesting ride for my curiosity; a constantly-moving, fast-paced story within a world all its own that constantly pulls at the edges of wonder, urging a watcher to see just what's up. While the fast pace may not be for everyone-- being that it might be too episodic-- I've watched... read more
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket was a beautiful insight into 'short but sweet' operation. It was a six-epsiode OVA that took me for a wild ride with laughs, smiles, tears and left me feeling rewarded for my two-hour-and-some investment into it. Characters were memorable, the plot was interesting and the theme was well-presented, understandable and touching. Under the assumption that what War in the Pocket was to the 'Universal Century' era of Gundam, Gundam SEED C.E. 73 Stargazer would be to the 'Cosmic Era' (C.E.) of Gundam, I spent no less than fifty dollars on three episodes of Gundam as I... read more
For me, perfection is something I believe unattainable-- in most all things, really. For perfection to be present, balance must be held at all ends. Indulge in extremes when appropriate, and know when to play subtly. Impose an atmosphere and a mood, but do not make it feel forced. From top to bottom, for perfection to be present, all things must be held in an astounding check, in intricate balance. I say, with no shame or second-guesses, that Bokurano achieves this-- and if possible, more-- with a seamless presentation on all sides. So what, then, gives it this appeal, and how might I put that into words? I... read more
Preface Allow me to preface this by saying that, by and large, I am a mecha fan. When it comes to anime, it doesn't get better than robots hitting giant robots, and so most of what I watch is indeed mecha (and I seldom stray out from that). Thus, when I'm using the words 'comparatively,' or 'relatively,' or 'like others,' or anything of that ilk-- you have to understand that this is 99% relating to mecha shows. Story Juusoukikou Dancougar Nova's story starts us off by peering into the lives of four very curious individuals; Aoi Hidaka, a racecar driver and a model, complete with pink hair. Kurara... read more