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flaze

  • USA
  • Joined Oct 23, 2010
  • ? / M

Most recently completed anime: 

Chihayafuru

A very average show. Avoids having Mary Sues, Deus ex Machinas, and moe overload, but isn't anything to rave about.

About me:

I'm an anime fan with a slightly longer than normal bio, who enjoys reviewing and talking about anime and writing fanfics.

I know I'm not a well known reviewer or anything, but if you're curious about an anime and I've watched or am watching it, feel free to ask me. I enjoy talking about anime. I'll write a review for it or give a detailed answer on your profile (specify which).

I pretty much watch any anime, except for yaoi. My favorite anime is Neon Genesis Evangelion. I check out anime regardless of premise, genre (yaoi is exception), or age.

Favorite Anime:

1) Strike Witches, 2) Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, 3) Girls und Panzer, 4) Steins;Gate, 5) Neon Genesis Evangelion, 6) Kaleido Star, 7) iDOLM@STER, 8) Umineko no Naku Koro ni, 9) Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

About my reviews:

When I review a show, I will review it for value and quality, not entertainment. There is a difference. When I enjoy a show, I think "Oh, that was a cool/fun story," and move onto the next show. When I watch a show that is truly, objectively good, I sit back after finishing it and think "Wow, that was well thought out." Bonus points if it manages to incorporate life applicable themes. Entertaining anime have a story that draws in the viewer, and manipulates his/her emotions as appropriate. Quality anime take it a step further, and have relatable characters, have solid stories, don't have deus ex machinas, don't overuse cliches, don't have Mary Sues, and/or include themes. Many anime can qualify as entertaining, but fewer can be considered to have value. Therefore, I review based on an anime's value. Also, I doubt I will ever rate an anime 10/10, because I don't believe in perfection. If you have a show that you think is 10/10, tell me about it, I will check it out, and I will review it.

For my ratings, anything lower than 4 is basically not worth watching. Anything from 4 to 6 is considered okay. Anything from 6.1 to 8 is worth checking out. Anything from 8.1-10 is a must see.

TL;DR: Entertaining anime must be interesting. Quality anime must be interesting and have meaning. I review based on how much meaning an anime has.

So far, there are only three anime that I refuse to rate objectively (because I am a fanboy of said anime). Those three are: Strike Witches, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, and Girls und Panzer. The Strike Witches movie review I did was extremely biased, and any other reviews of these three series would likely be heavily biased as well.

About my ratings:

My ratings for anime on my watched list will be based on entertainement.

Below is a history of my anime viewing.

I seriously doubt anyone will read this, and if somebody does, then congratulations, your patience and attention span are amazing.

2000-2007

I started watching anime back in 2000. The first anime I ever watched was called Chibi Maruko. I moved on to other kid's anime like Doraemon and Shin-chan (Japanese voices, not the English one, which ruined the entire series because they practically rewrote the entire script). I also watched almost anything from Studio Ghibli and Pokemon. Around 2003, I started watching Naruto. Then, I began watching whatever was on Cartoon Network's Toonami. That included Yugioh, Zatch Bell, Dragon Ball Z, Bobobobobo (idk how to spell it), Hamtaro, and various other shows that I can't remember. I don't list those on my watched list because I can't remember how many episodes I watched. Around 2007, I decided to check out some more anime, and began streaming them online. The first anime I ever completed was Inuyasha (English dubbed version; don't worry, I rewatched it with subs twice). Then, for a year, I didn't watch anime.

2009

In the summer of 2009, I finished Major. After that (fall of 2009), a few of my friends introduced me to a variety of anime, ranging from Clannad, Kanon, and Angel Beats to Gundam, Tengen Toppa Guren Lagann, Code Geass, and Full Metal Panic, and from there to Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima. All of these, I finished (what was available anyway; SnS and ZnT only had 2 seasons out at that point) by the end of that year.

2010

In 2010, I finished Inuyasha The Final Act. From there, I began googling questions like "Anime similar to Clannad" and thus, I found myself watching less than famous anime that even my friends hadn't heard of, such as Myself; Yourself, H20 Footprints in the Sand (wtf does "Footprints in the Sand" have to do with the story anyway?), Special A, Chobits, Moshidora, and Cross Game. I also stumbled upon some well known anime that my friends hadn't recommended either because they didn't care for them or didn't know them, like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Elfen Lied, Fruits Basket, Lucky Star, Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn, K-On, School Days, and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu.

2011

I soon began to run out of anime that interested me. However, I realized that many of the anime I'd watched could be classified into a few genres. Therefore, I decided to watch anime in other genres. I decided to watch Shoujo (Shuugo Chara), Mahou Shoujo (Sailor Moon), and other anime that I'd never considered watching (Sky Girls and Strike Witches). Even after watching a few anime outside my preference, I still began to get bored. I was resorting to one cour, visual novel adaptations like Hoshizora E Kakaru Hashi and Maishiroiro Symphony. Everything started to feel boring, with nothing especially unique coming out. It was moe and fanservice left and right. I began watching Bleach, because Naruto Shippuden was stalling so much at this point. I also had a Detective Conan marathon that summer.

2012

Once in a while, I found something that caught my interest, like Gosick, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Spice and Wolf, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Chuuniboyu Demo Koi ga Shitai, and The IDOLM@STER, but in the end, none of them impressed me like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Code Geass, and Clannad. I'm not saying those are perfect, but they are much better than recent stuff. In the summer of 2012, I had a mainstream marathon, in which I watched every existing episode of One Piece and Fairy Tail available at that time. One Piece took a ridiculously long time to catch up, but I did it within 2 months. I then decided to stop procrastinating and watch an anime I'd been putting off: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (was awesome). Then, I got into the Yuri genre, a genre I'd been avoiding for years. I will NEVER get into yaoi, but yuri isn't too bad (edit: I love it now). I watched Strawberry Panic and Maria Sama ga Miteru (all four seasons + ovas and specials) within a month.

2013

I watched quite a few anime, but none have signinifcantly stood out. Shingeki no Kyojin is entertaining (a great choice for those used to mainstream anime and trying to get into other series), Minami-Ke isn't as good as some people say (it does succeed as a time killer, though), I have mixed feelings regarding Oreimo 2, Hataraku Maou-sama was unexpectedly funny (first half was better than the second), and Ro-kyu-bu and its second season are fun to watch if you can get your mind past the loli theme. I watched a disappointing amount of of slice of life (Servant x Service, Silver Spoon). Overall, 2013 was one of my least favorite seasons.

2014

This year has proven to be a wonderful year for me. A new Nanoha movie, the Girls und Panzer movie and OVA, the iDolm@ster movie, Bodacious Space Pirates movie, Chuunibyou season 2, Ace of Diamond, and a third season of Strike Witches, plus an ova (possibly more than one) are coming this year.

Future

I am hoping for a remake of Angel Beats (probably won't happen). I would welcome a season 2 or prequel (or both) of Angel Beats. I want a season three of Spice and Wolf (again probably won't happen). I want to see the Rebuild of Evangelion 4.0, Mouretsu Pirates, Girls und Panzer, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies. I wish Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece would hurry up and end already.

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brokensaint058 says...

Good day,

I stumbled upon a bunch of your reviews while randomly browing the site and I liked what I was reading. Consider me a follower of sorts from now on ^^

Well I noticed that you like Higurashi very much. I have recently finished watching it and I really feel dissappointed by how the true ending of Kai finished. I think that the Festival Accompanying (the entire Kai series, in fact) was toned down for a broader audience. That would explain the lack of violence in the entire second series plus the shennanigans of tackling groups of armed soldiers with traps like in Home Alone. Also I really hate that the (tragic) main villain got redemption in the end for commiting all those crimes and being a vile fiend.

~Broken

Jan 30, 2014
Osiummaster says...

My rating from sword art was completely off, I think I rated it somewhere in the middle of season 1 when it was still on the good track. Steins gate gave me a really great feeling when I ended it but the more I thought about it the more it started to dissapoint me.

I'll check out the movie sometime and hope that it gives some kind of fix, however it seems kind of lame that I have to watch the movie to understand the anime?

Jan 14, 2014
FotacienShado says...

Thanks for at least reading my short review (no sarcasm intended). I know that most people prefer something more in-depth, still, biased opinion always takes number one in their dominion of choice, it matters not if it's two sentences (one sentence and a sentence fragment) long or an entire novel. Still, have a good one.

Aug 11, 2013
RosePrincessMay says...

Thanks for answering my question regarding Shugo Chara Party.

Aug 6, 2013
MorteTorment says...

Hi there Flaze.

I just read your review of:

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)

It's over a year old, so I figured that I'd ask you here since you'd be more likely to read this.

Anyways...

So a show that you thought had some decent ideas, but completely fell apart after the first few episodes is...decent? And you're giving a show that you think that people should try to give a chance a 4/10?

I just really don't see the logic here. Can you please explain this to me?

Jul 28, 2013