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Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

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Gargantia, it has a nice ring to it
Well, another long overdue review at this point lol. I'm not gonna pull too many punches here, Gargantia is one of the best shows of the year straight up. You're initially drawn in by the beautiful scenery and the wonderfully novel concept that builds through the initial few eps. It's just a great person in a strange world sort of story that you really don't see enough of. And the mix of fantasy and plausibility I thought was really expertly done. After this bit of exposition, the story sinks a bit into that comfortable SoL mode where admittedly not too much is... See full review

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

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen

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The end of an era? In an age where more discerning anime fans toss these sorts of multiseason franchises aside as repetitive, mundane, fanboy/ fangirl rubbish, Kaminomi Megami-hen shows why it can be so worth it to hang in for the long haul. It shows that when executed properly, extended franchises can be just as immersive as the best the anime world has to offer. The key to Kaminomi's success (referring both as a whole and to this the 3rd season) is the winning combination of a simple but brilliant concept and a knock-out mc. The story of Megami-hen does admittedly come off at first as a bit... See full review

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

Blast of Tempest

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Revenge is such sweet... So I suppose you can think of this as review #2 of the Big 3 2012-2013 carry-overs: Psycho-pass, Sakurasou, and the subject of this review Zetsuen no Tempest. I was definitely impressed with all three of these shows, I've shuffled them around atop my Winter 2013 list a number of times (each of the three at some point holding top honors). And since people tend to relate well to comparison, what I can most positively about Tempest is well two things actually. (1) It has arguably the best ending of the Big 3. Now I say arguably because I was actually much more of a fan of the... See full review

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

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

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Home is where the heart is Here I was getting all excited about uploading the 1st review for Sakurasou and two people beat me to it... that's what I get for waiting a day (bastards, *cough*). Anyway, Sakurasou is in my view one of the truer rom coms I've seen in quite a while. By which I mean, it emphasized both the com AND the rom elements. You'll notice I've reversed the order to point out the rom component. Let's face it, most things nowadays that people call rom coms are really just bad VN adaptations (harems) and ech coms. This is why I feel it necessary to emphasize Sakurasou as a rather true rom... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Tari Tari

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Two Makes A Trend I don't try to claim myself to be an authority on SoLs... Wait, yes I do lol. And PA works has provided us with two great ones back to back. If you were thinking they would struggle to follow up the subtle brilliance of Hanasaku Iroha, you were sorely mistaken because Tari Tari is yet another strong showing. These two series show the versitility of the SoL genre as they approach the SoL ideal in fundamentally different ways. Hanasaku Iroha gave us the quintessential solo feature, a series almost entirely centered around one very strong character and her growth and experiences. Tari Tari... See full review

7.5/10 story
9.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

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A Truly Haunting Experience... lol I'd like to open this review with a comment about a recent similar series. If you've spoken to me about Another, you'll recall that my biggest quarrel with the series was that it totally lost the great atmosphere it promised early on and resorted to random acts of sketch horror to get by. Now I don't mean to compare Amnesia to Another because it's not a horror series; however, I use the example of Another to point out that Amnesia was able to create and largely maintain this sort of quasi-horror atmosphere. But Amnesia and Another are really quite different so the... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Guilty Crown

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This is my Guilty Crown It breaks my heart not to rate this series higher. It honestly does. Most of the early reviews, wayy too harsh. So let's give a new perspective here. What you have here is a series with excellent production values, a brilliant soundtrack, and a fantastic 1st half. But the 2nd half lets the series down so badly and GC never becomes the epic it seemed destined to be. As I was watching the 2nd half of the series, the first few eps did seem promising. But slowly but surely I became less and less interested in the series as the 2nd half progressed. To the point that when it... See full review

7.5/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Ano Natsu de Matteru

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Watch the original Ok, so bad reviews aren't really my thing, but since it seems this series has been getting a lot of attention (for understandable reasons) I figured I might as well give my two cents. So first things first I guess, my expectations going in... I expected more of an AnoHana-esque series. Obviously it was unrealistic to expect another AnoHana, but just something along those lines. I wasn't expecting a complete rehashing of Please Teacher. I know that it was a reunion of most of the Onegai staff, but a good number of them also contributed on AnoHana and obviously AnoHana being much more... See full review

4/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Towa no Quon 6: Towa no Quon

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Towa no Quon Back to my old pastime. Haven't written a new review in a while. This will be a review of the entire Towa no Quon movie series, not just the final movie. I gotta say, I like this concept of a movie series in the context of anime. And generally, I wish more anime would use the extended episode format. You can fit so much more content in less episodes. But I digress. Towa no Quon is a very good 6 episode movie series. It's not a true epic. But it has some epic moments. It doesn't have the most well-developed story. But the story is rather intricate and it has great... See full review

8.5/10 story
9.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Hana-Saku Iroha

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Fest it up! Hi everyone, hisashiburi. My impetus for writing this review is that it's on my top 10 of 2011 list so I have to review it. In other words, it's about damn time lol. Hanasaku Iroha is a truly great SoL. More so than that, this was a great showing for PA Works 10th anniversary, congratulations. Undeniably, the first thing that strikes you when you watch this series are the amazing visuals. Fantastic job, PA Works really put their best foot forward. The stunning visuals alone put Hanasaku in the elite category early on. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. As... See full review

7.5/10 story
10/10 animation
7/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Gosick

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Destiny, Hope, Unity
(an interesting touch ne?) I'm not one to come late to the party, but GOSICK was a must for review so it was always gonna get done regardless of the circumstances. In a way time was a beneficial factor in this review which I'll get to later. So let's get right to the review then. The basic structure of GOSICK is the classic formula for most great 24 ep series. An extended exposition and some rising action through the 1st half of the series followed by an epic 2nd half which develops the plot ending with a dramatic conclusion. The 1st half of GOSICK is what you would expect from a... See full review

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

Steins;Gate

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Achievement Point No stalling from me this time, no sir! Steins;Gate is an absolute must watch. The 2nd half of the series (minus 1 ep) is absolutely flawless. Each individual ep is a masterpiece of its own and together they produce a level of brilliance that is not soon to be surpassed. Drama and romance, suspense and surprises galore, Steins really has everything. But now I'll rein myself in so I can move forward with a more succinct review. Also, I guess I should say that while I'll bring up the 2nd half of the series a lot, that doesn't mean the 1st half was bad. Great anime of the 24ish ep length... See full review

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

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai 2

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Let's get right into it, no need to set things up as I did in my review of the 1st season. "Capture" 5 - Kusunoki Kasuga Certainly, the least of the 3 captures of the 2nd season (and frankly of both seasons). I was never attached to Kusunoki (in fact I didn't remember her name). However, I did like the route that Kami-sama took. It set the tone for the more active routes Kami-sama would take in the 2nd season. He takes the role of Kusunoki's fighting apprentice, gains her trust, and gets her to accept her feminine side. And I'll admit I quite liked the "capture" itself, it was... See full review

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

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

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You are in CONTROL [C] is both an epic as well as the little engine that could. This is a fantastic and outrageously unique series that is going mostly unappreciated. [C] has been in the shadow of fellow noitaminA series AnoHana all season long. As such it seems that it has failed to garner the popularity of AnoHana. Myself, I greatly enjoyed watching both of these series back-to-back every week. In a way I felt they complimented each other because they're so totally different, but at the same time they do inexplicably have a similar sort of feel. Both series use drama, there's a similar atmosphere of... See full review

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

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

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The secret base is not so secret anymore This is my 1st review of Spring 2011 and it's only fitting that I begin with AnoHana. Not only was this the best series of the Spring, and in all likelihood the best series of 2011, but this is truly one of the greatest 11-13 ep series ever. And AnoHana made an impact right from the 1st ep. And I'd like to share my experience with the 1st ep because it shows the power of AnoHana. I'm sure that a good number of us remember the long delay before the release of the last two eps of Madoka. As such, the 1st ep of AnoHana aired right... See full review

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

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Specials

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I love you even more than your sister! I should mention that I don't usually reviews specials and OVAs of pre-existing series, but here I needed to make an exception. If you read my Oreimo review then hopefully you know that I'm not an Oreimo fanboy by any stretch. Long story short, the purpose of my review was to say that it was a really solid series with strong characters that's not as bad as the haters would have you think nor as great as the fanboys (and girls) would have you think. But to begin the True Route review, I first have to bring up the ending of Oreimo. What I heard a lot of people saying... See full review

9.5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

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An epic, not without it's flaws, but an epic nonetheless Final review of the Winter 2011 season! After an extended period of delay following the recent tragedy in Japan, Madoka has finally come to its dramatic conclusion. The community here has already done a great job of covering the basis of this series, so I'm gonna try something new with this review. What I’ll do is provide a somewhat in depth plot summary and cut in from time to time with what I feel it to be relevant. As such, know that there will be SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS in this review. The short story is that this is possibly... See full review

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

Hourou Musuko

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Carry on my wayward son When I first came upon Hourou Musuko I must admit that I ignorantly tossed it aside as another trashy genderbender com anime. However, the serious and (presumably) controversial nature of this series caught my interest enough that I was willing to give it 1 ep. Then I was expecting to be creeped out and regret ever exposing myself to something so far outside my comfort zone. But what I found was one of the most intriguing, outside-the-box, and eye-opening series I've ever watched. Nitori and Takatsuki's story of personal growth is a sight to behold. To begin, I found the plot... See full review

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

Chaos;HEAd

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Not so super special (unless you mean... ) First of all, I should preface this by saying this isn't my usual genre of choice. So why, on my long list of series that I'm intending to watch one day did I choose to watch this series now? You can probably guess it's the easy answer... the supposed 2nd season is coming up in the Spring, Steins;Gate (at least that's what I thought, though that is not actually the case). But moving back to the issue at hand, a lot has been said here on the website about this series. Frankly, most of it is accurate, but I still feel a bit too harsh. So more... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Kore wa Zombie desu ka?

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Yes, but it's also a cross-dresser This is review #2 of Winter 2011. Kore wa Zombie is a difficult anime to describe. Some good comedy, some good serious moments, but more than anything an absolutely ridiculous premise. This is what sucks you in to watch the series to begin with. Just as MM! in the Fall created the ultimate ech com atmosphere, Kore wa Zombie creates a perfect atmosphere for a very bizarre fantastical series. Characters include a zombie, a necromancer, a magical girl, and a vampire ninja, oh my! The plot is very much not cohesive. It begins with Ayumu (the zombie) searching... See full review

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

Toradora!

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Love knows a matchmaker Revisited (6 months later or so) This is a review I've been waiting to get back to. After rewatching the last ep, I realized that I was being much too harsh in my criticism of the ending in my original review (which is why I decided to do a repost altogether). It's not so indecisive as I had implied. And for that I apologize. This is why I now almost exclusively write reviews within a few days (and preferably a few hours) of watching the anime. Granted, the ending is kinda stupid, but I mean it wasn't awful. I don't like these half-baked confession scenes at the end of anime... See full review

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

Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito

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Shoujo-ai with a dollop of confusion and whimsy Not what I was expecting, but still solid. That's probably the first idea that comes to mind when I think of YamiBou. There was a lot going on here, this review will probably be a bit choppy (and long) but bear with me. So let's start with what I was expecting (and what anybody would've expected after watching the 1st ep)... What I was expecting was a typical one-sided shoujo-ai love story that eventually evolves into a two-sided relationship. But this is not at all the focus of this series. Hatsuki and Hatsumi's actual relationship is only in the... See full review

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

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

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She can be, but boy she's a needy b**** Here we go, finally my last review of the Fall 2010 season! As expected, there is a clear dichotomy of opinions when it comes to Oreimo. There are the fanboys (and girls) who will refuse to acknowledge any shortcomings in the series and wait with baited breath for the next season or OVA, whatever comes first. Then, there are the people on the other side of the fence to will curse Oreimo's name as jejune rubbish that they've seen before mostly just to spite the fanboys (and girls). So as I often do (unless I'm trying to... See full review

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

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai

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The World God Only Knows looks to be a promising series. This opening season was a great introduction and I'm really looking forward to season 2 coming up in the Spring. The series takes the format of a collection of mini-stories, each one involving Keima (the main character) wooing a female character in order to rid her of her inner demons (literally, loose souls is the term that is used). After which, the female character's memory of Keima is erased. As such, the way I'd like to approach this review is to focus on each mini-story as its own entity. "Capture" 1 - Ayumi... See full review

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

Dance in the Vampire Bund

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Bailamos! So I've now watched 3 or 4 serious vamp anime, and I have to say that this is certainly a genre that puts our Media in the US to shame. The image of anything vamp in Media here is incredibly cliché and jaded to a level that has most reasonable people saying enough is enough already. Fortunately, this is not the case in the realm of anime. VK(G) while thoroughly cliché is a very good and memorable series, Shiki is both hellish and awe-inspiring, and Dance In The Vampire Bund (the focus of this review) is an infinitely clever... See full review

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

Shiki

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Once, in a little town buried deep in the woods... To start with, Shiki is doubtlessly the best of Fall 2010 (though it did technically start in the Summer). What a grim, eerie, and powerful series this turned out to be. The message is sent from the onset (ep 1) when the apparent main character at the time, Megumi, is first of many characters to succumb to the Shiki. The Shiki, as you can read in the description, are vampires. Each episode has an ominous title that is revealed at its conclusion. At least one character dies every episode. Through the first half of the series, all but one of... See full review

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

Aoi Hana

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Second time, not quite the charm (better than the first though) I should have known better. Why did I watch Sasameki Koto again? I mean, it was disappointing enough the first time. Oh wait... this is a different anime? Aoi Hana. That's pretty much my overall impression of this series. Though that's not totally fair. There's a reason I haven't (and probably won't) review Sasameki Koto. 'My mama always said if you ain't got nothin nice to say don't say nothin at all.' So it's fair to say that Aoi Hana is definitely an improvement upon SK. Mostly, this is in the area of the... See full review

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

Sora no Otoshimono Forte

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Why do pervs get everything they want (with gusto)? Forte is overall an improvement upon its predecessor. I'm gonna begin this review by saying a few things that to varying degrees will surprise you who have seen Sora no Otoshimono. No spoilers here, just some interesting thematic trends. The first is that with the exception of the last 3-4 episodes, Nymph is unquestionably the female lead; not Ikaros. On the whole Ikaros really takes a step back in Forte, the final few eps in which she is the featured character fail to make up for the overall lack of contributions she has... See full review

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

MM!

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Toradora! for the 18+ crowd MM! is a terrific ech com. And in short, it's because this series does everything an ech com should do. MM! certainly doesn't take itself too seriously. The premise of the story is absolutely ridiculous. The characters cover pretty much every ech com archetype you can think of: a masochist, a sadist, an androphobic, a loli supergenius, a gender bender, you name it! Not only that, but these characters really play their rolls quite impressively. There is a ton of laugh out loud interplay particularly between Mio (the sadist) and Tarou (the masochist). And let... See full review

7.5/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Natsuiro no Sunadokei

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Worth doing some digging I came upon Natsuiro no Sunadokei as a suggested search on the website for several series of which I had interest, primarily Air. And I was quite pleasantly surprised by this 2 episode OVA. I should say first of all, this was an absolute nightmare to find an online stream but once I finally did... this OVA did not disappoint. I'm gonna draw a few parallels here between Natsuiro and Air just because of the related anime, that's the one I think correlates best that I've watched. Both series implement a non-linear timeline with varying success. This technique... See full review

8/10 story
8.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall