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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.

Life on anime

  • 14 Minutes
  • 14 Hours
  • 5 Days
  • 2 Weeks
  • 6 Months
  • 0 Years

Anime ratings

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226 total

Manga ratings

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22 total

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roriconfan says...

The ones you are watching are the major ones, plus Princess Tutu. There are many more from other genres that have many similar themes as well.

Sep 16, 2012
Osiummaster says...

I think fillers are episodes that really don't contribute to the story or character developement at all. Episode 1-4 are pretty important imo, episode 5 is discussable but it shows that he doesn't just go around helping lower levels for no reason but because he is avenging a friend, and episode 6-8 really didn't contribute jack to the anime.

You're totally right it's two years. Don't know if I misread that or made a typo 0.0. Thanks for noticing.

The reason I put his name like that is because he seemt like an important character in the beginning but he never really came back for anything important. A minor appearance in the earlier eps and no single appearance in the fillers.

By the way, how was the manga? Was it also suddenly going into a filler madness and ending as a lame love story, or did they actually do something with the characters?

Aug 27, 2012
azzido says...

Seems like you're mostly into girly animes, but nice review with the SAO. 

Jul 28, 2012
roriconfan says...

You are allowed to enjoy it. Facts simply prove why or why not.

1) So only another dozen are needed.

2) Beta testers know well.

Jul 23, 2012
H3ctor says...

"a review wouldn't be a review without an opinion"

SO TRUE! Sorry, but I copied and pasted it (from that FMA Brotherhood hater's review page) as my way of agreeing with you 100%. "Objective" reviews DO NOT exist! Either you like/love the anime or hate it.

Jul 23, 2012