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  • Sillver Spring, MD
  • Joined Jun 11, 2009
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Penguin Musume Heart

on Jul 13, 2009

Story
Somewhere between the violently perverted Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-Chan and the cleverly yuri 2x2 = Ninin ga Shinobuden lies the peculiarly well put together Penguin Musume Heart. While I have great love for this series, I can't shake the feeling that I am overrating it. The problem with this anime is that it decisively does NOT break new ground. Coming to it when I did---in the wake of my first convention and newly determined to own up to my identity as... read more

6.5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Chrome Shelled Regios

on Jul 16, 2009

Story
Every so often, you come across a show that's truly mediocre. You know, those anime that aren't great enough to rave about but aren't bad enough to drop. In the strange interim after the end of Toradora! and before the start of an exciting Spring 2009 season, Chrome Shelled Regios (CSR) filled a space in my viewing schedule and proved just interesting enough to keep me watching through the end of its first season. CSR has an interesting setting, nifty superpowers, and some awesome baddies--all elements that go into any respectable sci-fi action anime--but where real... read more

7/10 story
6/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
4/10 characters
6/10 overall

Toradora!

on Jul 27, 2009

Story
Sometimes, honesty is the best policy. Toradora! takes what seems to be a typical anime conceit--two mismatched friends trying to help each other win love in high school--and plays it straight. The final product combines ensemble comedy, drama, and romance with pretty visuals, creating a touching and believable shounen romance. Toradora! tells the story of Ryuuji and Taiga's friendship. The domestic, level-headed Ryuuji has fallen for the vivacious and optimistic Kushieda Minori, childhood friend to Aisaka Taiga... read more

8.5/10 story
8.8/10 animation
9/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9/10 overall

King of Bandit Jing in Seventh Heaven

on Aug 3, 2009

Story
While I've seen only six episodes of the original series, King of Bandits Jing, a lingering memory of it sticks out in my mind. Beyond the formulaic "caper of the week" plot-lines lay a rich and captivating world, full of quirky side characters and imaginative locales. The standalone OVA, King of Bandit Jing in 7th Heaven, offered an opportunity to revisit Jing's stomping grounds and get a coherent, exciting story out of the deal. As the old saying goes, "One outta two ain't bad." The opening of the OVA sees Jing and his bird-cum-companion Kir on... read more

4/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
5/10 overall

Muteki Kanban Musume

on Aug 4, 2009

Story
Anime that accomplish little more than provide an excuse to string together amusing sight gags could probably be considered a pillar of the industry. Muteki Kanban Musume does not stand out in this category due to its unoriginality, but it has an infectious energy and shamelessly performs its running gags in an admirable fashion. Of course, it helps that there's little plot to get in the way. Muteki Kanban Musume is entirely episodic, so there really is no "story" per se. Each episode outlines two loosely related... read more

3/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Strawberry Panic

on Aug 14, 2009

Story
Drawn in by one of the ubiquitous "I Kissed a Girl" AMVs, I came to Strawberry Panic! wondering why all those girls were making out with each other. I can't say that I left the series entirely sure of the characters' motivations, but I can say that I've come to love the silly, racy, melodramatic, and heartbreaking world of shoujo-ai anime. Despite its mediocre looks, occasionally vapid storytelling, and frustrating characters, I fell in love with this show. And then Hikari and Amane ruined... read more

5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Aoi Hana

on Sep 16, 2009

Story
I want to preface this review with the simple statement: I love J.C. Staff. Toradora! and Nodame Cantabile occupy spots on my "Top 5"; I've been able to recite Lina Inverse's Dragon Slave chant (Slayers) for almost a decade; and I laugh heartily every week at the antics of Hayate and the gang (Hayate no Gotoku!!). Combined with my growing appreciation for ... read more

2/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Sekirei

on Sep 27, 2009

Story
If I had to choose a moniker for Sekirei, it would probably be, "The Little Anime that Couldn't". It offers ecchi fan-service without being racy, peddles action while failing to be engaging, and sports an interesting setup that the show never puts to effective use. While it's possible to read the series as making fun of itself, the harem genre, and tournament-focused shounen shows, a second look reveals that the show means everything it says--much to my dismay. A quick summary of the series reads like ... read more

4.5/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Taishou Yakyuu Musume

on Oct 2, 2009

Disclaimer: This is not a site review. If you're reading one of these, it's unlikely I'll ever write a site review for this anime. Probably because I don't want to pick it apart. ^_^Already smothered during the summmer 2009 season, I picked up Taishou Yakyuu Musume on the recommendation of therik, and I have to admit, I loved it. This touching little tale about driven high school girls fell short of greatness because it left so much unsaid, but at the same time, I wondered if continuing the story might have broken the beautiful spell it cast on me.Taishou Yakyuu's plot focused on the development of the... read more

7.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
7.9/10 overall

Canaan

on Oct 7, 2009

Story
Summer means blockbusters at the box office, with dumbed-down and juiced-up movies providing wonderful escapist entertainment for all who indulge. Adhering to this tried-and-true cinematic formula of tart-it-out, blow-it-up, and gun-it-down, PA Works' 2009 anime, Canaan, offers the kind of cheap thrills and impressive visuals that go particularly well with popcorn. While this show has its roots in a Type Moon game, it lands much closer to a live-action spy thriller than the typical visual novel-inspired anime... read more

5.5/10 story
8.75/10 animation
6/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
7/10 overall

Saki

on Oct 8, 2009

Disclaimer: This is not a site review. If you're reading one of these, it's unlikely I'll ever write a site review for this anime. Probably because I don't want to pick it apart. ^_^Saki's problem lies with its blatant imperfections. Up to around episode 15, this show is amazing. The spectacular animation and amusing characters mitigate the sometimes sluggish pacing, the mahjong sits center-stage at nearly all times in the show, and Rie Kugimiya is voice acting. What more can you ask for?However, when the action wanders away from the board into a land where the animation budget clearly isn't as high... read more

7/10 story
8.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Mnemosyne

on Oct 13, 2009

Disclaimer: This is not a site review. If you're reading one of these, it's unlikely I'll ever write a site review for this anime. Probably because I don't want to pick it apart. ^_^I'll be honest. I saw Mnemosyne, because VivisQueen felt obligated to mention the large amounts of sex in her review. That said, I enjoyed the whole experience heartily. After the lackluster first episode, the OVA gains momentum until the final installment ends in a comparatively unimpressive manner. Maybe if there had been seven entries instead of six, the conclusion wouldn't have felt as rushed and confusing.Story... read more

7.5/10 story
6.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Pandora Hearts

on Oct 25, 2009

Story
Every so often, you stumble upon an anime that tries very hard to ruin itself: School Days, for example, almost runs for too many episodes; Code Geass takes a turn for the overly-complicated in the end of its first season; and Shakugan no Shana allows Kazumi to open her mouth. In all these cases, the foundations of the show prevent its failings from overwhelming the experience. 2009's Pandora Hearts... read more

7/10 story
6/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Kanokon ~Manatsu no Daishanikusai~

on Nov 5, 2009

Story
I enjoyed the original Kanokon series. Coming to it right after Penguin Musume Heart and Sekirei, my reaction at the time was "Teehee! Ecchi is funny!" So, I figured that the 2009 OVA, Kanokon ~Manatsu no Daishanikusai~ would be another harmless and cheap source of perverted laughs. Not so. Short on quality fan-service and filled with dull ... read more

2/10 story
4/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Kasimasi Girl Meets Girl

on Nov 25, 2009

Story
Watching Strawberry Panic!Aoi Hana, and Blue Drop can lead you to think that shoujo-ai anime is serious business. Fortunately, Kasimasi: Girl Meets Girl demonstrates that an intriguing romance stories spring out of a stupid premises and unoriginal gags just as easily. Behind the gender-bending antics and zany ... read more

6/10 story
5.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Itsudatte My Santa!

on Dec 11, 2009

Story
I had thought that Kanokon ~Manatsu no Daishunikusai~ would be the most lackluster anime that I'd see during 2009. Given that Kouta and Chizuru graced our screens in November, that assertion seemed likely to hold. Oh, how wrong I was. After the delicious melancholy of Blue Drop, I fired up Itsudatte My Santa! looking for something short and funny with a slight zest of holiday cheer. Unfortunately, however, it proved too long on stupid... read more

0.5/10 story
3.5/10 animation
3/10 sound
2/10 characters
1/10 overall

Toriko

on Jan 11, 2010

Story
Watch enough good anime and you start to ask more from it as a medium, and then the malaise sets in. If it doesn't look as good as Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, sound like Nodame Cantabile, and touch you like La Maison en Petit Cubes, then there's no point in watching it whatsoever. Sound familiar? Let me offer you a re-calibrating balm: Toriko. If you don't find this one-shot animation... read more

8/10 story
5/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Soul Eater

on Feb 7, 2010

Story
Let's talk for a moment about pacing. Pacing is the rate at which a story progresses; the speed at which the plot develops can make or break any narrative effort, but appears to me to be an acute issue in anime. The deft, non-linear approach of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni keeps its viewers on the edge of their seats. Conversely, the plodding half-formed yarn of Aoi Hana withers when almost nothing happens (even by the statue-speed standards of yuri romance, that anime fails). Of all anime, ... read more

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

Ultimate Girls

on Mar 23, 2010

Story
Skin and parody go hand-in-hand. As the US porn industry knows, the fastest way to make a good send-up of a famous movie or popular genre is to strip everyone naked, add some corny dialogue and milk the associations (among other things). Of late, we've seen Seitokai no Ichizon parody every popular anime of the last decade and Ladies Versus Butlers making fun of itself, so how could a satire of a classic show like Ultraman fail? Well, Ultimate Girls... read more

2/10 story
4/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Chokotto Sister

on Apr 18, 2010

Story
It's nearly impossible to be an anime fan and avoid lolicon, as the medium as a whole is obsessed with youth sexuality. Though I've seen Kyou no Go no Ni and Kanamemo, I felt it was high time to try out the lurid and colorful world of more directly pandering shows, and so fired up Chokotto Sister. While I did not find a dark and twisted new fetish, I was beguiled by the adorable girl, her tantalizing, blank notebook, and her gaggle of entertaining... read more

5/10 story
6.75/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Kimi ni Todoke

on May 28, 2010

Story
Despite my Y chromosome, I have a thing for shoujo. Raised on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and The Cutting Edge, I love watching chemistry develop between two paramours from either furtive affection or outright antagonism into burning romance. Such a predilection stands behind my decision to watch Spring 2010's Kimi ni Todoke, a delicate flower of a high school love-story told through Production I.G.'s crisp visuals and astute sound direction. And, while the solid technical aspects... read more

7/10 story
8/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8.75/10 characters
8/10 overall

Manabi Straight!

on Jun 16, 2010

Story
Cassie and I have similar taste in anime, which I find remarkable due to the fact that her list FAR outclasses mine and her favorite genre is shounen while mine is moe slice-of-life. But, when therik's incessant pestering had us buddy-grouping Manabi Straight, our near-uniform reaction to the title could only mean one thing: Joint review. What follows is part conversation, part essay, and all good. Cassie: It... read more

4.5/10 story
8/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

on Jun 28, 2010

Story
I have a deep affection for stupid, ecchi shows. Ninja Nonsense and Penguin Musume Heart rank among my favorite diversions and I'll watch a good, nudity-filled Xebec series any day of the week. Anime with no pretensions that provides amusing, modesty-driven humor forms an enjoyable staple in any male anime fan's diet. Riding high on the moderate success of Ladies Versus Butlers, I checked out ... read more

6/10 story
6.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Hanappe Bazooka

on Jul 21, 2010

Story
It's easy to dismiss Go Nagai out-of-hand. His work is puerile, his characterization non-existent, and his art sloppy, but anyone can achieve these lows of quality. Nagai, on the other hand, frustrates, enrages, and offends because when a viewer takes time to consider his work he can see where his stories might have legs--had not their author been too obsessed with breasts, stupid expressions, and wanton violence. Encouraged to give him a second shot by an apologetic review of the Devilman manga, I fired up ... read more

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

Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu

on Aug 2, 2010

Story
My experience with Studio 4C had been--at the time--fleeting, but I can clearly remember seeing a preview for Tweeny Witches at Sakura-con in 2009. Despite the off-putting English language title, I did feel my heart beat faster and my imagination pique as the sequence rolled. The rich setting and fantastic characters implied a vast, sweeping narrative set in an engaging locale, which suited my escapist anime predilections perfectly; so when fellow reviewer therik asked me to give it as a spin... read more

6.5/10 story
9/10 animation
6/10 sound
6.75/10 characters
7/10 overall

Shamanic Princess

on Sep 3, 2010

Story
Nearly everyone who watched anime in the era when you had to buy it from your local video store has dropped shows for financial reasons. Or because it wasn't available. Or because you forgot to continue buying it. Either way, the age of the internet (and a 9-5 job) allows you and I to return to those shows that you never got around to seeing through. Of the anime on my list that fits this bill, Shamanic Princess stood out, since I remember having no idea what it was really about beyond cool magical battles in the dark. So, when I returned to... read more

7.5/10 story
8/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

Detroit Metal City

on Nov 8, 2010

Story
I first learned about Detroit Metal City via an ANN review of the manga. The purile, no-holds-barred, and vulgar work proved to be a comedic gem, and so when KiraRin goaded me into reviewing the Studio 4C OVA spinoff, I needed little convincing. Though the animation offers little that fans familiar with the manga won't recognize, the direction and soundtrack enhance the material admirably. True to its heavy metal spirit, the concert (OVA) does not deviate in content from the album (the manga) and the... read more

6/10 story
7.5/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
7/10 overall

Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~

on Nov 17, 2010

Story
THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE SECOND SEASON. AS SUCH, IT WILL CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS FOR SEASON ONE. You have been warned. Awhile ago, I reviewed Sekirei's first season as mediocre but entertaining. Its cocktail of boobs, action, foreshadowing, and boobs failed to live up to its potential, but I could see a strong possibility for improvement on the horizon. Luckily, the 2010 sequel, ... read more

7/10 story
4.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Iria: Zeiram The Animation

on Nov 28, 2010

Story
Back in the late '90's, I approached anime purchases as an exciting gamble. Armed only with a fistfull of cash earned from long hours as a soccer referee and unbounded enthusiasm, I would go to the video store and buy something, based only on attractiveness of its box art. In this magical time filled with VHS tapes and blissful ignorance, Iria: Zeiram the Animation by chance, drawn in by is short length and comely heroine. While not a masterpiece of storytelling, animation, or sound, it does everything a good OVA... read more

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

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes

on Jan 21, 2011

Story
Remember when you were little and your parents left you alone in the house? You got out that giant mixing bowl and threw ALL of your favorite foods into it: pizza bites, pretzels, ice cream, chocolate and strawberry syrup, whipped cream, and cookie dough. Face it, it tasted awful. That, ladies and gentlemen is kind of what Tantei Opera Milky Holmes is--an ill-considered, pandering clusterfuck of moe. Tantei Opera Milky Holmes is an excuse to name some high school students after famous fictional detectives... read more

2/10 story
3/10 animation
4.5/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall