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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

on Oct 11, 2009

Cowboy Bebop the MovieIt took me quite a long time to get to this movie. I guess I was afraid it would not live up to my expectations. Fortunately it did! Keep in mind that I am writing this review after watching the series, I am not sure how I would rate it as a standalone movie.I have to start with visuals as I was really surprised how well the movie aged. There is a classic feel to it, something a lot of modern HD flicks are lacking. It is the same thing I love about older live action movies. Cameras they use these days are so good, that the image looks unreal, no distortion at all. It might be just... See full review

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Spice and Wolf II OVA

on Oct 10, 2009

I don't really have much to say about this, my thoughts are basically the same as with the show.I am happy that this OVA was not a drop in quality like with the Elfen Lied OVA. It has everything you would expect from Spice and Wolf. A must for fans, amusing experience for others.

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Spice and Wolf II

on Oct 10, 2009

Spice and Wolf II This is what a sequel should be like. Embracing all that is good about the show and advancing the best parts. Spice and Wolf is back with all the witty lines you can take! I am always happy when I find an anime with medieval setting that doesn't indulge itself in too many "magical things". Moreover exploring the life of a merchant might is as much fun as that of a knight. There are a few clever plots which keep you attention, but the center part of the show is still the relationship between Horo and Lawrence. And it is written really well, a bit deeper than in the first... See full review

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Tokyo Godfathers

on Oct 4, 2009

Tokyo Godfathers Touching story about three homeless people, what could go wrong? Fortunately nothing does! ^^ Tokyo Godfathers' main characters are a treat to watch. Each with a unique personality and problems, "picturesque" yet completely believable. The story is built around an abandoned child, whose family is our motley band in a search of. Gradually we are given insight into their lives. Well written and enjoyable. The only problem I had with the story is the grand chase near the end. I don't think it fitted the pace of this anime, but it was not overdone that much. Visuals... See full review

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Cat Soup

on Oct 4, 2009

Cat Soup Brilliant. Cat Soup is randomness at its best. It is strange, amusing, provoking and well paced (yea, sorry FLCL). The story? Well...two cats...on a journey...and death...why do you care? It is definitely not something to be watched for story or character development. Cat Soup is a hypnotic ride through a dark world with fantastic visuals and matching music. You are not into drugs, but want to see a fish skeleton swimming through the ocean? You hate time for being so precise and want to see it dance back and forth like a folklore troupe? Eat a cat soup!...or you can just watch it... See full review

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She and Her Cat

on Oct 4, 2009

She and Her Cat The OVA that started Makoto Shinkai's accession to the throne of melancholy and visual perfection. While being the first one, it is on par with his later works. How much emotion can you pack in a 5 minutes long story told from a perspective of a cat? More than to a typical blockbuster movie. It is quite surprising how little is sometimes more than enough. Slight symbolism and emphasis on mood are trademarks of this masterpiece. In fact it is more like listening to a classical piece of music than watching a movie. Yea, something like Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence by Sakamoto... See full review

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Kite

on Oct 4, 2009

Kite After enjoying Mnemosyne I finally dug out this classic from the bottom of my wtw list. Unfortunately the conclusion I have reached is that explicit content doesn't always work well with the story. It has a lot of explicit content, be it violence or sex, and a story that would hardly fill one page of a book. While trying hard to make you pity the main character, it achieves nothing but indifference. The whole concept just doesn't work the way it should. I was unable to connect with Sawa and thus left out of the story. She was not believable enough for me, why would she endure those things... See full review

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Kiki's Delivery Service

on Oct 4, 2009

Kiki's Delivery Service Another charming story by Hayao Miyazaki and a great mood lifter for when you don't want to bother with villains. The story is simple and straightforward, but engaging enough to keep your attention. This optimistic flight on a broomstick offers a great view, showing us the "good" side of humanity. I really enjoyed its "no bad guys" attitude, similar to My Neighbor Totoro. Miyazaki shows us again that simplicity might be a good thing and that "evil" does not necessarily make a good movie. The mood of Kiki's Delivery Service is reflected by its... See full review

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Barefoot Gen

on Oct 4, 2009

Barefoot Gen It is sad and I mean "Grave of the fireflies"-like sad and beautiful at the same time. There is nothing more you might want from an anti-war movie, sweet child caught amids the terrors of human stupidity. Barefoot Gen takes us on a tour through devastated Hiroshima, making a clear point of Japan unnecessarily prolonging the war and USA being to much eager to show off their power. I know we are unable to question decisions made in a time we did not live in, but still it is good to know what should not be repeated. And such things are best shown through the eyes of a child... See full review

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La Maison en Petits Cubes

on Oct 4, 2009

La Maison en Petits Cubes I didn't see this coming. Even though it won an Academy Award, I have been living in an utter darkness until vivafruit switched the lights on with his review. First thing you will notice is the distinctive style. La Maison en Petits Cubes is an art piece and I mean it. I would spend a whole day in a gallery featuring scenes from it. It is not using that cheap way of some recent shows who regard beauty only as smooth hd lines. I tip my hat to all the artists who breathed a life into this beautiful work. As the whole thing is without voice acting, music is really... See full review

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Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

on Oct 4, 2009

Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage After seeing Black Lagoon I was pretty much sure what to expect of this and it delivered all the crazy gunfights and recklessness I could ask for. And it did so with a bit more finesse than the first part. Those looking for a depth and intelligence are surely to be disappointed, but when you just regard Black Lagoon as a mindless fun ride, it works. It has its highs and lows, but all in all it is pretty consistent. If you enjoy the first ep, go on. Otherwise don't even bother. Visuals are good thanks to the great colorful style and it has a few awesome nostalgic... See full review

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Trigun

on Oct 4, 2009

Trigun I had the same feeling of being in a presence of a classic as when i watched Cowboy Bebop, although story-wise Trigun is not as deep as Cowboy Bebop. It does have a lot of style and a great character design, but the best thing about Trigun is its sense of humor. Well written lines with a perfect delivery (I tip my hat to voice actors) and clever fighting scenes are forwarding the story in the first three quarters of this show. Unfortunately the last part is using much more "heavier" stuff for this purpose and abandoning the comedy part, which I think was not a wise decision, but... See full review

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Millennium Actress

on Oct 4, 2009

Millennium Actress This is a great example of weaving a story from many threads and making the final product an extraordinary experience. Through her films, we are told a story of an actress always chasing her love and finding out that it is the actual chase she loves, not the man. It is not an amazing realization, but it holds a lot of truth. Some people are just blind to this, but anticipation is usually better than the moment we anticipate. Animation and visuals were good enough to keep your attention, but I was a bit disappointed with the music. There just weren't any memorable moments in the... See full review

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Mnemosyne

on Oct 4, 2009

Mnemosyne I picked this up because of VivisQueen's review and I was pleasantly surprised. First thing that caught my attention was the awesome OP song by Galneryus (ED too), Yama-b's vocals are just epic. Other songs of theirs are worth checking out too. Apart from the 6th ep the plot was interesting enough and I especially liked that apparent flow of time between episodes. It might have been developed further, answering some questions about the past and having better motivation for the cast, but it has definitely done a good job. If you like mystery plots, you should at least try... See full review

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GANTZ

on Oct 4, 2009

GantzThis really should have worked. It had the perfect setting for a gore/violence anime. Unfortunately not every labyrinth has a way out and Gantz got lost. The story, although being just below average, did a decent job of creating a background for the action. It had some good points, where I got kinda attached to some of the cast, but not to the extent of what Elfen Lied did. Unfortunately the action that should have followed the story went missing. Fighting sequences in Gantz are like watching a turn-based strategy. Or two amateurs playing a chess game, both taking their time just because they... See full review

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Kurozuka

on Oct 4, 2009

Kurozuka After watching the first ep I thought this anime could have some decent fighting scenes. I didn't know just how wrong I was. Fights quickly went down to average / below average. As the action scenes are the only thing this type of anime can build on, I was really surprised that there were more meaningless story fillers than actual fights. And as for the story, ehm..., it really didn't work out well. It was bland all the way through to the ending, which didn't end anything. I just can't see the audience this show was aimed at. Maybe I am just blind. Even though I despise ecchi, I would... See full review

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Wonderful Days

on Oct 4, 2009

Wonderful Days I have definitely seen better sci-fi, but it is still enjoyable, even if only for the looks. The story is your typical good versus bad uprising spiced with a bit of love here and there. It is nothing original and not even the best execution of such plot. It would really benefit from more "gray" in its strictly defined black & white characters (and no, one is not enough). But this may be just my longing for the worlds like Witcher by Sapkowski, which is the very best example of moral grayness. If there is anything Wonderful Days has to offer, it is the graphical aspect. I... See full review

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FLCL

on Oct 4, 2009

FLCL I started watching FLCL knowing of all the hype surrounding it and after seeing it, I know why it has such a strong fan base. Unfortunately it just didn't work for me. FLCL is highly abstract anime. I personally love shows, which make you think. The problem with such level of symbolism as FLCL has starts when you are unable to grasp what it tries to say. I have to admit, that I have probably missed 50% of the points FLCL tried to make and regarded them just as a visual try at originality. In fact FLCL's visuals are really original. It ranges from simplicity to diversity and animation is... See full review

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Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi

on Oct 4, 2009

Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi I though I would be able to force myself to finish it and just rate it 0.5 star, but at the end I couldn't do that. In fact it is the worst thing I have ever seen (mind you I have seen just about 70 anime series and movies, still it is pretty bad). I don't even now why I picked it up, my brain must have been shut down at that moment. It is tedious, looks bad and sounds even worse. And the story, I mean that utterly pointless randomness, should receive some award, because it must have been really hard to think of something as stupid. And don't think that I am... See full review

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