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Recorder to Randoseru

on Apr 24, 2012

Story
I confess that I have a bit of a thing for short anime series. Whenever I spot any new offerings that have episodes of five minutes or less I tend to jump on them, since they’re just enough to satisfy that anime craving and handy for slotting in when I only have a few moments to spare. So, having been out of the loop for a few months, I decided to ease myself back in with the latest bitesize chunk of fun, Recorder to Randoseru. Unfortunately, my return to anime wasn’t met with a glorious fanfare, but more of a... See full review

5/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

on Apr 1, 2012

Story
There are many varying forms of random anime out there from Gag Manga Biyori to Haré & Guu, but when it comes to reviewing them I never know quite how to tackle it and do the shows justice. So this time, I’ve decided that I’m not even going to attempt it. Instead, with Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, I have decided to embrace the randomness and will let fate decide what I write and... See full review

5/10 story
10/10 animation
7/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

Hana-Saku Iroha

on Nov 3, 2011

Story
Spring 2011 was bursting with several opportunities to overwhelm the fandom with awesome. But while the likes of Hen Zemi and Maria Holic Alive left little to be desired, the standout hit of the season came from an unexpected source: Hanasaku Iroha – a tale about a young girl named Ohana going to work at Kissuiso, her... See full review

7.5/10 story
9/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
8.8/10 overall

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu 2

on Oct 18, 2011

Story
Last year, I discovered a fun, albeit dumb, little series called Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu. While not a grand masterpiece, it was highly entertaining and easy to watch, so when series two was released I was looking forward to more of the same idiotic fun, battles and nosebleeds. Sadly, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni became little more than another example of when sequels suck. In no uncertain terms, the plotline’s quality has dropped... See full review

4/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

Popee the Performer

on Sep 30, 2011

Story
Not long ago something happened on the Anime-Planet forums: after a simple buddy watch spawned an epic thread in a matter of days, an obscure series called Popee the Performer developed into a cult-like phenomenon. I dedicate this review to that brave group who sacrificed their very sanity to make it through thirty-nine episodes of the most brain-meltingly awful anime ever made. In a deserted circus far, far away lives an... See full review

2.5/10 story
2/10 animation
3/10 sound
2/10 characters
2.5/10 overall

Usagi Drop

on Sep 21, 2011

Story
Daikichi is a single thirty-year-old man whose elderly grandfather has just died leaving behind his secret, illegitimate six-year-old daughter, Rin. When his family treats the girl like a leper and considers giving her to the state, Daikichi, disgusted at their behaviour, announces that he will take her in and raise her himself; thus begins his journey on the road to parenthood. I won’t lie, not a lot happens. The show simply follows Rin and Daikichi... See full review

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

Bakuman.

on Aug 25, 2011

Story
Weekly Shounen Jump is probably the most well-known manga magazine to Westerners. It has spawned many of our favourite shounen series from Dragonball and Naruto to Slam Dunk and Sket Dance, but have you ever wondered what it takes to earn a prestigious slot in this behemoth publication? ... See full review

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

A-Channel

on Aug 13, 2011

Story
While I may be one of Anime-Planet’s resident shounen whores, I do love a good bit of comedy slice-of-life. Sadly, I’ve been somewhat underwhelmed by several of the industry’s more recent offerings. As such, I didn’t go into A Channel expecting much, and even then I was still disappointed. As with the many moe adaptations of 4-koma manga, A Channel doesn’t have much in the way of an actual plotline. The series focuses primarily on ... See full review

4.5/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
4.5/10 characters
4.8/10 overall

Bleach

on Apr 1, 2011

Story
I owe a lot to anime. Through joint love of the medium, I have forged friendships and experienced more variety of storytelling that I could ever have imagined. But the day Japanese animation changed my life for good was a bright spring afternoon when I first encountered a tale about a teenage messiah exorcising the evil from our world with his great sword of justice. Many people may dismiss Tite Kubo as little more than a derivative punk, doling out sub-par shounen every week. Such heretics however, should be ignored, for Kubo... See full review

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

Shinrei Tantei Yakumo

on Mar 28, 2011

Story
Throughout the course of the year, I often pick up series that I wouldn’t normally for the sole purpose of filling out the entry information here on Anime Planet. It’s an interesting experiment as I never know what I’m going to find. Occasionally I stumble across a real gem, sometimes I fall face first into a pile of donkey dung, but most series, like Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, leave me with... See full review

5.5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
4.9/10 overall

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

on Mar 13, 2011

Story
I put off watching Ore no Imouto while it aired. The surrounding hype and endless references or comments such as “my cosplay can’t be this cute”, “my rollerskating dog can’t be this funny” or “my home made dung bomb can’t stink this bad” were beginning to grate. So despite my interest in the series – and the protests of my relatively picky best friend claiming that it was awesome – I deferred. While maybe not as awesomely brilliant as... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
7.1/10 overall

Otome Youkai Zakuro

on Mar 8, 2011

Story
One dark, stormy night when Cassie was somewhat tipsy, the evil Patchworth decided to take advantage of the poor inebriated maiden. After whispering sweet nothings of pacing, characterisation and voice actors in her ear, they joined forces. The result of this illicit tryst? Well, you’re reading it. Set in an idyllic, westernizing Japan, Otome Youkai Zakuro chronicles the activities of the newly-minted Ministry of Spirit Affairs. The government agency ostensibly... See full review

6/10 story
8/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Shiki

on Feb 23, 2011

Story
Vampires have always been a staple antagonist in horror, from early films such as Nosferatu, through to Bella Lugosi’s notorious Dracula and even Gary Oldman’s incarnation of the blood-sucking count. Recently, with the brooding emo Twilight bunch pissing off half the world and the sexed-up vamps of True Blood shagging their way across our screens, it seems that the infamous creatures of the night are going through yet another heyday. So when faced with a new anime featuring these overused undead creations, you may be tempted to roll your eyes, and tut... See full review

8.5/10 story
6.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
8/10 overall

Kuroshitsuji 2

on Dec 24, 2010

Story
With its deliciously dark overtones and black humour, the first series of Kuroshitsuji was possibly my favourite anime of the Fall 2008 season. At the announcement of a sequel featuring a brand new master and butler, I was concerned that the franchise was merely milking the bishie fangirl cow. Sadly, it seems my fears were justified. More erratic than a Jackson Pollack painting, the beginning of Kuroshitsuji II doesn’t attempt to make any sense. The first episode... See full review

5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.1/10 overall

Chrono Crusade: Azmaria's Extra Lessons

on Jul 25, 2010

Story: Chrono Crusade, a series heavily based in religious tradition. For those unfamiliar with the Catholic faith and its mythology, this could seem a little alien, but have no fear, Azmaria’s here with her version of ‘Chrono Crusade for Dummies’. While some of the content is relatively interesting – by explaining actual historical facts about both the religious aspect of the series and the historical – it really reminds me of listening to a short lecture. As such, it can seem a bit dull at times, and isn’t always the easiest thing to watch. “The story is... See full review

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

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

on Jul 17, 2010

Story
When I first heard that a new series of Fullmetal Alchemist was to hit our screens in spring 2009, I admit that I approached it with trepidation. I loved the 2002 version, thought it ended well and, after believing the film had ruined it somewhat, I was praying that a second season wouldn’t besmirch the franchise any further. When I learned that this new anime was a re-telling that actually sticks to the manga’s plot, I was suddenly much more interested. While initially it’s easy to fall into the trap of constantly comparing the... See full review

9.8/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.9/10 overall

XXXHOLiC

on Jul 4, 2010

Story
CLAMP. Known for its crossovers, varied art styles, and underlying themes of fate, love and inevitability. While xxxHolic is infamous for its tie-ins with Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, this first instalment of the former’s anime franchise requires no previous knowledge of the escapades of Sakura and Syaoran. Instead, this twenty-four episode series hones in on the... See full review

7/10 story
6.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
7.4/10 overall

Law of Ueki

on Jun 26, 2010

Story
Thinking back on my personal history of anime, Law of Ueki was one of my first shounen series (the earliest being Bleach back when it was all plot and no filler). So I’ve found that revisiting this show after much more experience in the genre and far more episodes than I’d care to calculate has been an interesting experience. It’s been twenty-five years since the current God came into power and now the time has come to select who will take over. The method of choice... See full review

6.5/10 story
4/10 animation
7/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
6.3/10 overall

Tactics

on Jun 24, 2010

Story
I’ve been watching anime for about five years now and recently I’ve been on a spree of re-watching some of my favourites from the earlier series I saw. Among them is Studio Deen’s 2003 title, Tactics – one of my first ventures into the world of supernatural anime. Set in the Taisho period of Japan (1912-1926), Tactics follows Kantaro Ichinomiya, a young folklorist who has been searching for a legendary monster – the demon-eating... See full review

6.5/10 story
6.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.6/10 overall

Hakaba Kitaro

on Jun 18, 2010

Story
A dark moonlit night, a chorus of frogs croaking in harmony, the sound of wind rushing through the tall grass, and a welcoming gift of two cats eyeballs in a box. Sounds like a pretty good way to start a series to me! Since his parents died just before he was born, Kitarou is now the last surviving member of the mysterious Ghost Tribe. Luckily, he isn’t alone in the world, as he has an unwilling human named Mizuki acting as his guardian (and cash cow), and his father has managed to semi-survive death... See full review

7.5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.9/10 overall

Ebichu

on Jun 12, 2010

Story
Wrong hole! That’s the wrong hole! If the above statement seems utterly harmless, then I congratulate you on not being a filthy minded perv. For those who started picturing lewd acts in your head, number one: seek help, and number two: welcome to the world of Ebichu! This anime follows the misadventures of a ten-dollar talking hamster, her master, and those around her. However, do not expect a family-friendly treat about a cutesy animal doing housework as this entire show is about sex. Essentially the ‘plot’ plays out like a running... See full review

5.5/10 story
1.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

on Jun 6, 2010

Story
Martial arts aren’t my bag. I’ve never held an interest in them, but after a while of being told that I’d love History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi and the fact that I’m a complete shounen whore, I just had to give it a go. With a nickname like ‘Weak legs’, high school boy Kenichi Shirahama has very little going for him. However with a desire to become stronger and a desire to learn martial arts techniques, he... See full review

7/10 story
4.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.6/10 overall

Pom Poko

on May 2, 2010

Story
When most people think of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki’s films tend to jump out and thwack you round the face in all their gorgeously animated glory, but what many may not realise is that Isao Takahata brings an equally impressive portfolio or work to the table. Part of the reason for my adoration of both the company’s founders comes from Takahata’s preference of placing greater focus on the Japanese way of life, its history, and mythology – and never has this been more prevalent than in his 1994 feature presentation, ... See full review

8/10 story
10/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
8.3/10 overall

Kuuchuu Buranko

on Apr 26, 2010

Story
I admit that when I first sat down to episode one of Kuuchuu Buranko I hated it. I spent the entire twenty-four minutes with a look of utter bemusement upon my face that had previously been reserved for Big Brother launch nights. However, instead of watching the dregs of society grin and swagger their way through a sea of cheering freaks and booing idiots, I was staring at a bizarre lime green bear getting his rocks off by stalking his patients and giving them vitamin shots. Needless to say I was ready to give up, but then came episode two &ndash... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Kanokon Specials

on Apr 25, 2010

Story:I must be a failure as a woman, because I didn't realise that there were SO MANY different ways to expose your breasts.Animation:So much bouncing. So many shiny nipples. It's like the shangri-la of boobs! (Though Tamamo's mahoosive nips border on the disturbing)Sound:Plenty of cheesy music to go with the various "photoshoot" episodes, not that any male is likely to be paying any attention to what he can hear at this point... Of course, when there's no music there are plenty of orgasmic noises, squelches and boings to titilate and satisfy even the most sexually-repressed guys out... See full review

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

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

on Apr 14, 2010

Story
I don’t normally go for full on drama anime. I especially don’t actively seek out survival or disaster series. However, hearing many good things about Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 piqued my interest, so I left the shounen on the shelf and the comedy in the cupboard and decided to give it a go. Little did I know that I would marathon the entire series in one evening and be so emotionally moved that my eyes physically... See full review

9.5/10 story
9.5/10 animation
10/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9.7/10 overall

Letter Bee TV

on Apr 10, 2010

Story
About a year ago, Sothis approached me and helpfully pointed the way to two Shounen Jump Anime Tour specials from 2008 in the hopes of persuading me to write up their entries. The first was One Piece: Romance Dawn Story, which I jumped on like a horny teenager; the second was Letter Bee: Light and Blue Night Fantasy. I almost immediately fell in love with the latter, so when I heard that it was to get a TV series, I couldn’t wait for the 2009 fall season to begin. Set in Amberground – a... See full review

6.5/10 story
9/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
7.4/10 overall

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

on Apr 6, 2010

Story
‘Baka’. It’s an instantly recognisable word that has been uttered countless times and spans all genres of anime. From the high pitched squeals of a young girl yelling “Onii-chan no baaaaaakaaaaaa!” to the deadpan statement of an elite teenager that simply drips with disdain, we’ve heard it on a million occasions, and will no doubt hear it a myriad more; but never before has a series taken this phrase under its wing and embraced it quite so much as Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu. The series takes place in... See full review

5.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.9/10 overall

Papuwa

on Mar 27, 2010

Story
Picture the scene: you’re relaxing on a tropical beach, listening to the waves lap at the shore and the parrots squawking in the jungle. Then, as you sit up and look around, you see a giant red fish with hairy legs and fishnet stockings running towards you; some dangerous looking fungi is attempting to make you as high as a kite; and the parrot you thought you heard is actually some pink flying hippo-horse thing with an endless supply of blood gushing out its nose. Welcome to Papuwa Island. Set four years after the original series – Papuwa of the South Seas – a... See full review

6.5/10 story
7/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.9/10 overall

Super Kuma-san

on Mar 1, 2010

Story
Before I start, I’d just like to say that this OVA is WEIRD! Now, I don’t mean in an ‘Oh I say old chap, this is jolly odd’ way, I’m talking of a sheep wearing roller blades skating around the top of the Eiffel Tower kind of weird. Super Kuma-san is set in a plaza where children gather to play, draw pictures and watch a large blue stuffed bear named Kuma-san and his clown friend perform their act. Unfortunately, this also happens to be the crime hotspot of the city, complete with armed bank robberies and gangs of joy... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.9/10 overall