updated their review of 5 Centimeters per Second
I didn't know what to expect from 5 cm per second. From the trailer I knew that I was about to be blown away by the animation, and get treated to a love story. To what end I had no idea, but here on the other side, I am somewhat glad I decided to sit down with the film. The story begins as a...Read chaoserver's full review
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Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences...
updated their review of Boogiepop Phantom
I will only give boogiepop phantom an overall rating, as it is not the kind of anime that would benefit from an in depth analysis of every aspect. It is also the worst anime I have had the displeasure of viewing(Update: No longer the worst!). I won't lie and say it doesn't have it's interesting...Read chaoserver's full review
Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even...
updated their review of Berserk
Story: Finally, I get around to review Berserk. While nothing is wholly perfect, the parts of Berserk that are, can only be described as mind blowing. When you sit there having watched Berserk, it really hits you how signifigantly you've graduated from DBZ. If for some reason you watched the...Read chaoserver'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 Death Note
There are anime that are easy and fun to watch, and then there are anime that are deep and profound. Death note is the hands down best of the former type. Story: Ah finally I get around to rewatching and reviewing Death Note. The story for the first portion of death note deserves nothing less...Read chaoserver'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 Welcome to the NHK!
Welcome to the NHK is one of the most unexpected treats I've stumbled on in recent times. It follows a hikikomori (think a live at home WoW addict) named Sato. He lives alone in a tiny apartment, is unemployed, and a bit mad, under the impression there is a grand conspiracy against him...Read chaoserver's full review
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely...
updated their review of Gungrave
This is a spoiler free review written after two full viewings of the subbed series and one of the dub.
Keep in mind a few things when regarding my 10/10 rating for this series. The first and most important is that the first episode is unforgiveable in the sense it is...Read chaoserver's full review
Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With...
updated their review of Fate/Zero
Fate Zero is many things. It is one of if not the prettiest anime out there. It has some of the best characters. It has an interesting premise with a compelling enough narrative to demand you devour it in one or two sittings. It also, unfortunately, is tethered to a terrible series which holds...Read chaoserver's full review
Ten years before Shirou Emiya's and Saber's fateful meeting, Japan is the stage for the fourth Holy Grail War. Seven Masters, each with his own dreams, step forward to win the boon of the mystic...
updated their review of Texhnolyze
Edit: I won't edit the review, as this is how I felt initially, but after subsequent rewatchings this is certainly one of the best, if not THE best anime out there. Nothing else is as raw, atmospheric, depressing, yet hopeful. Watch it an give it a chance. Rewatch it later and let it sink in.
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In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what...
updated their review of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Gankutsuou is an odd bugger. It puts a spin on a classic novel that took place in the past and shifts it FAR in the future. First thing's first, the setting is neat. The beginning of the series paints a cool atmospheric setting where we meet diverse generally high class people, and it...Read chaoserver's full review
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a...
updated their review of Ergo Proxy
Ergo Proxy, while having its moments of promise, ultimately reveals the poverty of designing a series to fit a particular length. With an attention demanding initial episode, and some standard of quality until episode 3, it can be hard to stop watching, even as the series reveals that it didn't...Read chaoserver's full review
In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are...
updated their review of Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Legend of the Galactic Heroes is one of the longest anime I know of, and the longest I have watched in it's entirety. It is a highly rated series and before tackling it I had yet to see a single poor review. Now I understand why. It seems only scifi junkies(such as ones who find themselves...Read chaoserver'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 Cowboy Bebop
Bebop is a good anime, next to anime like death note as one of the best gateway anime. It has likeable characters, a great atmosphere, and a musical soundtrack that has stuck in my head for years. That all being said it is also one of the most overated animes out there, though for understandable...Read chaoserver's full review
Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but...
updated their review of Sword of the Stranger
This movie is one I went into having heard some great comments about it. However, as I usually do with animes I intend to watch, especially movies, I avoided reading any reviews.
On the other end of this movie, I really have to say, I don't know what there really is to rave about. The...Read chaoserver's full review
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Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial...
updated their review of Elfen Lied
Elfen Lied is a prime example of an anime that owes it's generally good scores solely to hype. People like it because they are told they will like it. It's a phenomena which, though it occurs in other cases, truly shines through with this anime above all others.
I'll start with Elfen Lied's...Read chaoserver's full review
For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu...
updated their review of Serial Experiments Lain
Serial experiments was an anime I really thought I would like. It was from the maker of one of my absolute favorites, Texhnolyze, so I figured chances of me enjoying it were high. Unfortunately Lain is very far from being a substantial anime and it's story/characters suffer from the overcrowded...Read chaoserver's full review
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also...
updated their review of Neon Genesis Evangelion
Evangelion is one of the most average anime I have watched. Is that bad? Not really, considering the surplus of poor ones it surpasses.
Evangelions story at its core is pretty interesting. The second impact wiped out a vast majority of humans, and fifteen years later angels begin...Read chaoserver's full review
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only...
updated their review of Gilgamesh
I've finally found it. The holy grail of bad anime.
A vacant wasteland where you wander , desperately seeking characters, only to find utterly vacant shells blankly staring at one another.
A land so stagnant that motion itself is a rarity, with most moments being comprised of still shots...Read chaoserver's full review
Two siblings, Kiyoko and Tatsuya, live in a future reshaped by a terrorist attack known only as "Twin X". In this terrible new world, advanced technology such as computers and radios...
updated their review of Ghost in the Shell
The biggest issue with ghost in the shell is that theres not much there. What I mean by that is nothing really new is brought to the table, and it ultimately feels like a(much much better) standalone episode from the series. The story is noteably worse than what we are given in either...Read chaoserver's full review
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A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs...
updated their review of Escaflowne
Though it has been some time since watching Escaflowne, I remember going into it expecting something decent, and being dissapointed. However I must say that once the initial sadness of it being a worthwhile anime wore off, I quickly began enjoying the anime as a comedy, laughing at the cliche...Read chaoserver's full review
Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed...
updated their review of Basilisk
Naruto where people die... Alot.
I'm the kind of person who enjoys anime with depth, character development, and powerful themes. None of these are present in Basilisk, but because I dove into it knowing what it was as opposed to hoping for some masterpiece, I was able to relax and enjoy...Read chaoserver's full review
Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as...
updated their review of Le Chevalier D'Eon
Le Chevalier's story is difficult to review, on merit of it's nonexistence. That being said, what the developers mistook for a plot was indeed terrible. Allow me to lay the formula for every episode in the series: 1. A. Issue presents itself(zombies)/B.sit around speaking of...Read chaoserver's full review
D'Eon is a French nobleman bent on serving his Divine Majesty Louis the XIV to the best of his abilities, following in the footsteps of his beloved sister Lia de Beaumont. However, his...
updated their review of Wolf's Rain
Wolfs Rain was my surprise of the year as far as anime series go. I began watching it with very low expectations but slowly it grew on me, and with the exception of a few gripes, was solid in most regards.
From the beginning you get the feeling the world of Wolf's Rain isn't quite...Read chaoserver's full review
Kiba is a wolf, one of the last of his kind, and his dream is to find Paradise in a world torn asunder by war. Cheza, the legendary Flower Girl, can lead him to Paradise, but there are others who...
updated their review of Mushishi
Story: In a different world, where forests dominate the landscape Ginko a wandering Mushishi travels place to place either seeking out where his services are of use, or being called on by individuals inhabiting scattered villages. Mushishi are masters over the mushi which are the most basic of...Read chaoserver's full review
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation...
updated their review of Monster
Ah monster, I will be so bold to say it is the only good long anime, and not only good, great. Story: The story follows wrongly accused Doctor Tenma on a quest to clear his name of the serial murders he has been accused of. Well More accurately, to kill the real murderer who he operated on...Read chaoserver's full review
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter...
updated their review of The Place Promised In Our Early Days
Story: I would not wish to spoil the plot for anyone looking forwards to this, somewhat hyped movie. It is a very, very slow movie. If you are not a fan of 98 percent actionless movies that deal with day by day activities you will not like this. I must stress that that is not why the score is a...Read chaoserver's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
At the end of World War II, Japan was split and a great tower was erected that reached the skies. For three friends, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri, memories of their summer spent together would stay...
updated their review of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig
Story: Ghost in the shell 2nd gig's story is presented infinitely better than the first gig. I say that because, where the first was littered with absolutey horendous filler the eats up half the anime, 2nd gig has fewer filler, much more appropriately placed, most tying in and not breaking up the...Read chaoserver's full review
As cybernetic technology advances, criminal activities are becoming daily common occurrences. For Chief Aramaki and his ELITE squad, Section 9, they are the only ones with the means to put an end to...
updated their review of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Story: Ghost in the shell follows section 9, led by the cyborg major Kusanagi as they investigate a very interesting case. The story plays out well, and at no point leaves you bored, although perhaps a little confused, though it is not trippy or intentionally ambiguous like some other anime. The...Read chaoserver's full review
It is the year 2029, and as many rush to embrace the changes that cybernetic technology bring to mankind, the seedier side of humanity is even quicker to take advantage of it. This series follows...
updated their review of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
" Why?" The primary character in Jin-Roh asks himself not long into the feature. Having reached the end of the movie I must ask myself the same. Why did I watch that through? And what just unfolded?
The movie starts off good enough, a slow explanation of the setting, followed promptly...Read chaoserver's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 102 min)
Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue...
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updated their review of Aoi Bungaku Series
Aoi Bungaku was a series which I knew nothing going into other than that it was short stories in anime form. It passed all expectations I had forged and has proven itself a must watch, well rounded in all categories.
Aoi is made up of several short stories spanning 12...Read chaoserver's full review
Sometimes the greatest distance is between people. Whether a man alienates himself from society with a façade of cheerfulness, or two friends fail to communicate their feelings of betrayal...