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Satoru Fujinuma is a reclusive part-timer with no plans for the future. What sets him apart from the other slackers in his town is an involuntary time travel ability that allows him to jump back...
updated their review of Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail
Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail fully exploits the OVA format to deliver a grittier, grimier ride through Roanapur. While the franchise traditionally splashed more explosions on our TV screens than gloopy ruby-red blood, that trend reverses here as our heroes slice, dice...Read VivisQueen's full review
- OVA (5 eps x 33 min)
- 2010 - 2011
When someone kills Diego Lovelace, the only man to have been kind to 'the Maid' Roberta, any shred of faith and hope left within her is destroyed. For her, the only recourse is to find those...
updated their review of Natsume Yuujinchou
Story Fans of Haibane Renmei and Mushishi rejoice! Natsume Yuujinchou has finally arrived, and what better way to explore the theme of loneliness than through the eyes of a boy who can see things nobody else can? Packed at every turn with great humour, intense tragedy and snippets of...Read VivisQueen's full review
Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had...
updated their review of Ride Back
Action is the spice of life. This fact seems to
have passed Ride Back by; instead it reworks the mecha genre – get this – with less epic awesomeness and a lot more teenage moping!!!1! This is indeed deceptive stuff that begins riproaringly well in the first episode with outstanding...Read VivisQueen's full review
Amidst the turbulent revolution of 2025 wrought by the GGP government, Rin Ogata only dreams of becoming a ballerina; like her mother before her, Rin’s grace and agility mean she’s...
updated their review of Bokurano
Story Bokurano is almost a new kind of mecha show , considering it deliberately skimps on action in favour of personal drama. Although physical fights abound, their lack of pomp precludes titillation; giant robots exist but they are cumbersome and finish each other off quickly. Rather...Read VivisQueen's full review
When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives...
updated their review of Fractale
Story There are two types of derivatives: fun, tacky ones that laugh at themselves and the more unfortunate ones that insist on selling clichés as though we’d never seen them before. Fractale lands firmly in the latter category, although, with such a plain, bumbling sincerity...Read VivisQueen's full review
Many centuries into the future, humans live as part of the Fractale system, a computer program that moderates their activity to ensure a free and peaceful existence. But while life is indeed...
updated their review of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Story This review assumes you have played the original Final Fantasy VII game. If you haven't, I would heartily discourage you from watching this movie, because your enjoyment of it will most likely be far below what it should be. Ultimately, the way to judge it is not by asking ‘Does...Read VivisQueen's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 101 min)
In a time of great heroes, the evil Sephiroth and the power of Meteor were vanquished by a warrior named Cloud Strife and his companions. Now, though the life stream of the world has been restored...
updated their review of Bubblegum Crisis
Story With the threat of nuclear annihilation never far from their minds, people in the eighties speculated a lot about the future, and seemingly with despair. The 21st century would be darker and more lawless, and shady guys at the top would determine the fate of the hapless masses at the...Read VivisQueen's full review
The year is 2032. Tokyo has been destroyed by a great earthquake and a new city, MegaTokyo, has risen from the ashes. Humans now live side-by-side with androids known as Boomers who perform many of...
updated their review of Berserk
Story While I would have liked to begin with a witty, intellectual line about how great Berserk is, I just couldn't find the right words to do it. For some reason, Berserk defies any attempts at clever analysis, meaning that I'm left with no option but to say it how I feel: Berserk is...Read VivisQueen's full review
Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal...
updated their review of Kurozuka
After twelve curious episodes filled with time jumps, flashbacks, and eye-boggling aerobatics, I regretfully find myself tossing Kurozuka into my Almost But Not Quite bin. After all, Kurozuka is almost disturbing, almost intelligent, almost outstandingly beautiful, but not quite...Read VivisQueen's full review
In feudal Japan, Kurou and his servant Benkei are fleeing from Kurou's elder brother, who has recently ascended to the throne. In a forest, they come across a house and a strange woman by the name of...
updated their review of Death Note
Enter the mind of a sociopath, Light Yagami. A remarkable teenager, he's devilishly handsome, twice junior tennis champion, and ranks first in the national exams. In other ways, though, he's quite the simpleton: a textbook megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur. Oh, and he's just been handed the...Read VivisQueen's full review
Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light...
updated their review of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Story Adorable little magical girls have been getting into contracts for decades. It’s about time that someone asked what would happen if those contracts went wrong. Of course, the concept has worked in other genres ( mecha show Bokurano is a strong recent example) but considering...Read VivisQueen's full review
One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream...
updated their review of Katanagatari
Story Katanagatari has no right to be as grand and engrossing as it is considering its impressively banal premise. A mysterious woman called Togame turns up on a lonely island to recruit the martial artist Shichika . She needs his help to gather twelve swords from twelve immensely...Read VivisQueen's full review
In the wake of a rebellion that shook Japan twenty years prior, Togame Hida, general director and strategist for the army, seeks to obtain the 12 "deviant blades" created by master...
updated their review of Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran doesn't just mercilessly poke fun at shoujo cliches and fangirl frenzy, it harpoons them. In a string of merciless parodies and precisely timed recurring gags, it somehow builds a fresh product from the stale remains of a generally vacuous genre. Furthermore, its archetypical characters...Read VivisQueen's full review
Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music...
updated their review of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Story Disclaimer: this review may contain a spoiler for the first episode.
Few shows this year will elicit such tender, bittersweet feelings as AnoHana . Anime rarely focus on the grieving process, and the series’ sensitive execution of the subject makes it a treasure among...Read VivisQueen's full review
Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former...
updated their review of Vampire Knight
Story On the face of it, Vampire Knight appears to be just another hackneyed shoujo series designed to cater to sexually frustrated fangirls. Firstly, you have the exquisite beauty of the entire male cast; not to mention the relentless ‘sucking' and ‘biting' and ‘sinking'...Read VivisQueen's full review
Cross Academy is a school with a difference: in a unique and experimental setup designed by the headmaster, it has a Day Class consisting of ordinary humans and a Night Class filled with vampires...
updated their review of Saiunkoku Monogatari
Story Saiunkoku Monogatari is one of those pleasant surprises where you get a lot more than you bargained for; indeed, far from being a fluffy, witless romance, this title offers a rare formula of ‘pink politics' where a girl tries to make it in a man's world as governor of an empire...Read VivisQueen's full review
In an ancient and mythological land called Saiunkoku, the people have begun to recover from a period of war and famine; thus, when an official from the imperial court offers the impoverished and...
updated their review of Legend of the Galactic Heroes
A popular African proverb states: 'When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.' Shows like Now and Then, Here and There and Grave of the Fireflies point to the grass, the suffering of the masses at the bottom. Legend of the Galactic Heroes tackles the questions...Read VivisQueen's full review
The war between the monarchical Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance has raged ceaselessly across the galaxy for over a century, with the fleets of both powers having fought...
updated their review of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Opening with a chess game where a high-school student, Lelouch Lamperouge, defeats an aristocrat in record time, Code Geass is a show clearly low in logic and high in cheese. When said student acquires mind-control powers, an all-black superhero costume, and starts playing...Read VivisQueen's full review
In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a...
updated their review of Planetes
Story Highly detailed and comprehensive world settings do not a story make. Nonetheless, combined with a humorous cast and a poignantly contemporary narrative, the use of detailed realism can be the clincher for maximum entertainment. Planetes happens to be just that kind of anime. With its...Read VivisQueen's full review
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of...
updated their review of Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
Story Complex and deep it ain't but the series sure makes up for it with a sick and eccentric premise. There really isn't much else to say apart from what is in the AniRec synopsis without ruining the viewing experience. The story opens innocently enough with Sakura and the girl of his dreams...Read VivisQueen's full review
Angels are genteel and graceful messengers from Heaven, right? Wrong! Sakura Kusakabe will create an invention that inadvertently ruins the future for womankind and thus, angels from the future have...
updated their review of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Story The sci-fi shounen genre has never had it this good. Okay, not never , but Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann is one of those rarities which has clawed its way out of the pile of junk that stinks up the shounen genre to provide something truly refreshing. Tengen Toppa is Gundam on...Read VivisQueen's full review
Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive...
updated their review of Mind Game
A coward is not someone who simply feels fear, but whose life chronically stalls because of it. Nishi, the protagonist, is a textbook case whose inner monologues reveal a highly discerning person but whose insecurities also dull him to the point of inertia. He loves his childhood friend Myon but...Read VivisQueen's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 104 min)
Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the...
updated their review of Seirei no Moribito
Story Whilst many would think an average score on plot is a wounding loss, I would argue that that depends on whether the story is a character based tale or story driven tale. Seirei no Moribito is most definitely about the relationships, rendering the external situation less important. It...Read VivisQueen's full review
In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his...
updated their review of Major Season 4
Story From the start, Major has provided non-stop excitement by alternating expertly between gripping sports clichés and more-than-decent character tragedies. On top of this, it offers one of the most phosphorescent protagonists to date, Goro Shigeno, whose adventures have been...Read VivisQueen's full review
Goro’s sporting adventures continue, only this time he is in the land where baseball was born – America! Not only are his opponents bigger, tougher, and more determined than ever before...
updated their review of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Story For the uninitiated, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam will seem either a complete obscurity or just another sequel in the seemingly immortal Gundam franchise. In fact, it has garnered legions of life-long fans since its release twenty-five years ago and enjoys the status of being one of...Read VivisQueen's full review
The year is Universal Century 0087, and mankind has yet to be liberated from Earth's gravity. Seven years since the end of the One Year War, tensions between the Earth Federation and the space...
updated their review of Origin: Spirits of the Past
Story Wow. Could a movie try any harder to be Princess Mononoke ? I don't know, but Origin: Spirits of the Past is up there with the most desperate of them. The story is strictly speaking no less sophisticated than a Miyazaki feature (in my opinion, his core ideas are simple enough) and the...Read VivisQueen's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 95 min)
Agito was born into a world that is quite different than our own. Many years ago a brilliant researcher attempted to save humanity from its excessively damaged environment by altering the DNA of...
updated their review of Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
Story Director Masaaki Yuasa has a talent for capturing the post-modern twenty-something male ripe with paranoia and grossly ill-equipped to deal with adulthood. He did it before in the buoyant Mind Game , in which he taught us to love life, and he's done it again in Yojouhan Shinwa...Read VivisQueen's full review
A man is miserable. Despite all his dreams of a “Rose-Colored Campus Life” filled with raven-haired maidens who dote on him, his social life is going nowhere. He has no girlfriend, his...
updated their review of Eden of the East
Story For as long as I can remember, anime of the mystery genre have proven creatively stale. As a rule, trying to find a gratifying mystery is an ordeal much like rummaging for haute couture in a dark, creaky charity shop that smells faintly of mothballs. Foremost amongst the dust-caked...Read VivisQueen's full review
In the year 2010, on a day called ‘Careless Monday', ten missiles hit the cities of Japan; miraculously, there are no casualties and the event quickly fades from public memory. Some time later...
updated their review of Okane ga Nai!
I’ve heard of foxes so desperate to escape a hunter’s trap that they’ve gnawed off their own leg in the process. I felt a similar urge of self-preservation to rip out my eyes when watching Okane ga Nai . At the same time, I couldn’t help marvelling at its bottomless supply...Read VivisQueen's full review
Struggling with heavy gambling debts, Tetsuo Ishii comes up with a harebrained idea to sell his student cousin in an auction. Offering an unprecedented 1.2 billion yen, the highest bidder is Kanou ...