Imagine you're a kid again. You're hanging out with your little circle of friends heading off for a regular day at school. You get to school, everyone's sitting in the desks, but then all of the sudden, a crazy guy in red shows up and starts butchering everybody! Your best friend's head just rolled past your feet! The girl you had a crush on has her blood spread all over the chalkboard! You see the man coming your way and you pass out due to shock... Then you wake up, and you're in handcuffs. The public believes you committed this heinous crime, killing all of your friends and classmates at school. This... See full review
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance is the second entry in the Rebuild of Evangelion franchise. Unlike it's predecessor, there are some fundamental changes to the story which makes things much more interesting for existing fans. Short and Sweet Changes from the series are actually being made and they're very interesting. Everything good about the first movie is back or better. The soundtrack is even better than before, animation seems to be too. Character development is exceptionally well done. There's a new character that wasn't in the anime. She's here to bring back the Gainax bounce... See full review
Evangelion 1.0 is the first of four films remaking and retelling Neon Genesis Evangelion. It is meant to be more accessible for new fans and changing things enough (Most notably, the modern animation) for existing fans to enjoy. The latter point however, doesn't seem to live up to it's promise in this movie. Short and Sweet Doesn't feel like much more than a pretty version of the first six episodes of the anime. This soundtrack is superb. It's an accessible, if not dumbed down telling of Evangelion. Good for people who don't want to watch the series for whatever reason. Voice work is much... See full review
Superpowers, noir, action, suspense, and secrets. These are the ingredients to the recipe for Darker Than Black. This anime is undeniably familiar when it comes to it's concepts and some blatant influences, but it's not completely unoriginal, and it's not bad either.
Short and Sweet
Everything is a mystery, and it's actually interesting.
The action is awesome.
Yoko Kanno soundtrack.
Very good stories within most episodes.
Story - 8/10 The story of Darker Than Black is based around Hei, a super-powered agent working for a shady organization known as The Syndicate. The show takes... See full review
Neon Genesis Evangelion is hard to put my finger on. It seems like any other mecha anime from the beginning, but gradually morphs into an exploration of character psychology after navigating several surprises and plot twists by the time it's all over. The show follows Shinji Ikari, a 14 year old boy mysteriously called in by his father to pilot an Evangelion unit. These giant robots are the world's only defense against Angels, gigantic creatures who destroyed half of the Earth's population 15 years ago. Short and Sweet Incredibly engrossing themes. Decent, but dated animation. The last two episodes will... See full review
To say Baccano! is something original and fresh in anime would be an understatement. An anime set in 1930's America, with three main plot arcs being tied across different years, and out of order at that, is a big plate to fill. Throw in over a dozen characters that are introduced, and this is over a short course of 13 episodes. The best part? All of it works.
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Wonderful narrative execution.
Three stories, one anime.
Plenty of uniquely interesting characters.
Originality and variety are the driving force.
Story - 9.5/10 The most unique thing about Baccano! is the Pulp Fiction... See full review
I watched Afro Samurai on a whim (meaning, my friends convinced me to marathon it in one night with them) and I didn't know what to expect. Undeniably, it sounds like an interesting project, but one that I didn't really trust. An anime with Samuel Jackson in the starring lead role, a soundtrack produced by the RZA, a legendary hip hop producer, and the villain is voiced by Hellboy himself, Ron freaking Perlman? I hate to gush, but it sounds like it should be the greatest experiment in anime history on paper. Unfortunately, and sadly, not to my surprise, it's nothing special. It also suffers from an... See full review
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex had long been one of those anime I always heard about and knew about. It seems the reception is nothing but varying positives and even though it came out years ago, I never got around to it when I really should have. But now that the time finally came and went, I have to say, better late than never. Stand Alone Complex, despite being nearly a decade old, still holds up as a fantastic anime today. It follows an episode structure that I find to be masterful when done correctly, which is involving a main plot combined with not really filler, but not really... See full review
At the least, Elfen Lied is something unique. An anime with copious amounts of gore, nudity, and explicit content hitting the screen at every turn. The said content is shown in unapologetic fashion every single time, and this series is definitely not for everybody. Whether it's the blood or the boobies, I can see why Elfen Lied seems to be a pretty "love it or hate it" kind of anime. For me, I wasn't turned away from the gore one bit. The nudity and other stuff I could do without and only one particular scene (A mess is made on the floor, so to speak) really came close to making me outright... See full review