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Les Miserables: Shoujo Cosette

Jan 22, 2012

As a die-hard, French-speaking fan of Les Miserables, I was obviously immediately drawn to 'Les Miserables: Shoujo Cosette', and proceeded to spend about three days doing nothing but watching it. Although I am an absolute purist when it comes to most forms of literature and I believe that everyone who enjoyed the musical version of Les Mis should go and read the book to get a proper feel for the story, and though I am usually dubious about anime adaptions of pretty much all Western stories, I was rather pleased by 'Shoujo Cosette'.  First, the story. Most adaptations of Les Mis focus around the... See full review

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

Kore wa Zombie desu ka?

May 22, 2011

Story: We are immediately introduced to our protagonist, Aikawa Ayumu, who is a zombie, and the necromancer who raised him, Hellsythe Eucliwood (or Yuu, as she's deminuitively named throughout the show). We learn very early on why he is a zombie (he was murdered) and why Yuu raised him (because he was nice to her). We quickly meet Haruna, the overconfident panties-flashing magical girl. However, for some reason, Ayumu gains Haruna's powers and hilarious outfit and has to become a magical girl as well. Compete with frilly pink dress and panties, which we see a lot of leading one to believe he doesn't have... See full review

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

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

May 21, 2011

As this is one of my on-going anime series' I'm watching, I'm a little worried. I'm sixteen episodes in, and I still have absolutely no idea what the hell is going on. The time jumps confuse me. After the first arc ends with Kei violently smashing in the girls' heads and clawing out his own throat, the second arc begins with them all suddenly alive again. And then the plot focuses on people dying in different ways. And other people completely. And some arcs seem to happen years before the first. And some arcs only have one or two main characters in. It's so random! However, I think I kind of get some of... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Karin

May 5, 2011

If you're after a vampire anime with very little proper vampire in it, go for Karin. I would recommend the sub over the dub any day, but that's a given because I really don't like dubs. Either way, this was mildly romantic, although the romance plot was mainly at the beginning and the end of the series. The entire middle was arguably filler, with the introduction of blundering vampire hunter, Winner. They pronounce his name wiener, which is a never-ending source of amusement. Most of it was cliche, the vampires were bizarre and Karin was annoying.

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6/10 overall

Fruits Basket

May 3, 2011

What can I say? Lame. If you like cliched shoujo anime with hints of beastiality, the go for this. The scariest thing is that I know a guy who likes this show...

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2/10 overall

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

May 3, 2011

Although it is by no means the greatest anime ever, I have to pay homage to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters as the anime that got me into anime. It's up there with Sailor Moon, although it came slightly later. I can remember watching badly dubbed episodes of Sailor Moon as a very small child, which eventually drew me back to anime as a teenager, but it was Yu-Gi-Oh! that was on pretty much constantly between the ages of 6 and 12, by which time I had turned off the kiddie channels it played on. I watched them all as a kid; Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Avatar: The Last Airbender (though technically not anime), Sailor Moon. If... See full review

?/10 story
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8/10 overall

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

May 3, 2011

Story Since I stalled on about episode 8, I didn't get a full view of the story, although what I saw up to episode 8 made largely little or no sense. Mostly it seemed to involve giant mecha battles and Lelouch doing an evil laugh or Suzaku being a naive moron or Pizza Hut in every other shot. I kind of got Lelouch's motives, but his philosophy of 'the ends justify the means' seem to backfire quite a lot considering the death toll. I am by no means a mecha fan. Giant robots generically annoy me because of the fact they are giant robots. Also, the filler was annoying. And there was enough of it to be... See full review

6/10 story
9/10 animation
6/10 sound
9/10 characters
7/10 overall

Descendants of Darkness

Apr 30, 2011

I rather liked Yami no Matsuei. It's an older anime, so the animation and character designs look kind of weird compared to more modern things, but it's still worth watching once you get over the late 1990's feel. However, the artwork for the end credits is pretty. The anime is split into 4 story arcs, and all of them (I think) revolve around a couple of shinigami and a really annoying bird thing chasing after this evil doctor guy in white.   Apparently, one of the selling points of Yami no Matsuei is the shounen-ai subplot - wait, there was a shounen-ai subplot? There were pretty much three... See full review

?/10 story
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8/10 overall

Nurarihyon no Mago

Apr 30, 2011

I rather like this anime. In my opinion, it's one of the more appealing shounen genre shows out there at the moment - although the fights are gratuitous (as dictated by the genre), the girls are annoying and some of the character voices make me want to put my head through a wall, I can't really help but like it. The reason? I am fascinated by the youkai, and by all the cultural stuff in general. And, after looking at the Supreme Commander's head shape, is that what Rikuo's head looks like under the hair? I hope so - finally, an anime character that has an excuse to have a ridiculous hairstyle!

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?/10 story
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8.5/10 overall

Maiden Rose

Apr 25, 2011

With possibly the exceptions of 'Boku no Pico' (extreme shotacon) and 'Boku no Sexual Harassment' (the scene with the bondage and all the prostitution), this is the most shocking yaoi-related thing I have ever watched. I have been informed that the manga of 'Maiden Rose' is good, but the OVA seems to highlight one particular thing: the rape. I can't morally get past that part, so it did rather kill the series for me, since I was too busy sitting in front of my computer with a rather confused and mildly horrified expression on my face to really comprehend what else was going on. As a result, it's rather... See full review

?/10 story
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5/10 overall

Ikoku Irokoi Romantan

Apr 25, 2011

I rather liked Ikoku Irokoi Romantan. It was pretty generic, but this is yaoi - it's all generic. Although I have to say, I did laugh hysterically when the Japanese voice actors tried to speak with Italian or American accents. That will never stop being hilarious. As per usual, it goes by the one sex scene per episode thing, and both of them are pretty steamy. If you like your BL with added Italian, go for this.

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?/10 story
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8/10 overall

Sex Pistols

Apr 25, 2011

To be honest, I had no idea what was going on the entire time. Unless there's a manga of this to be found, I don't really reccommend it. If you like the steamy sex scenes, then you'll be disappointed - there weren't really any. Well, there was one very short dream about guy-on-guy sex, but other than that, nada. I didn't really get the plot at all. Most of the characters were annoying.

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?/10 story
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4/10 overall

Sailor Moon

Apr 25, 2011

I'm a sucker for Sailor Moon. It genuinely is the first anime I ever watched because the dub was on very early on Saturday mornings when I was a small child. I can still remember watching it at least 10 years on. I suppose I have to thank Sailor Moon for getting me into anime. Even though it was made before I was born, I still 'connected' with the characters in the way they were designed to - especially the costumes. As a blonde haired blue eyed child, it was my ambition (for about two weeks) to become Sailor Moon! The story is pretty basic. Serena/Usagi meets a cat one day, it gives her a locket thing... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Elfen Lied

Apr 25, 2011

This was one of the first anime I watched. I bought the box set for a holiday in France, although it was very hard to watch in front of my parents and little brother because of all the female nudity, so if you aren't into that don't watch it. I absolutely loved it; it was violent, exciting, bizarre, quirky and cool. The romance sub-plot was good for once, and it really did work with the story line. I loved the character designs, especially Lucy's. The music was brilliant - the opening song, Lilium, sung by Kumiko Noma, is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, although it sends me to sleep pretty... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

InuYasha

Apr 24, 2011

Frankly, the most annoying anime I have ever seen. It may be because I had to watch the terrible American dub, but I wanted to strangle the characters three minutes into the first episode. Kagome was deeply irritating, Inuyasha was seriously annoying, and Lady Kaede's voice and way of speaking made me want to claw at my face in horror. I get that they're supposed to be from a long time ago when the Japanese language was different (in the way Elizabethan English is different to Modern English), but saying 'methinks' and 'ye' constantly just made me want to kill myself to get away from it. Consequently, I... See full review

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

Koi Suru Boukun

Apr 24, 2011

I have to admit, I rather liked Koisuru Boukun. For once, we have some boys love that is actually fairly realistic!   The plot: Morinaga simultaneously came out and delcared his love for his sempa, Tatsumi, a massive homophobe (read: closet gay). Tatsumi spends the majority of the first episode being pissed off, yelling at Morinaga because his little brother left for America with his lover, who happens to be a man. At some point, Morinaga aquires a bottle of strong aphrodisiac, a liquid that appears to contain mostly extra strength viagra. He invites Tatsumi over for some comfort drinking. Tatsumi... See full review

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

Strawberry Panic

Apr 23, 2011

As bored as I got of this anime at some points, the sweet romance was just enough to keep me interested.

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6/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8/10 overall

Level-C

Apr 23, 2011

If you remember ever having a 'Ken' doll when you were a kid, you can picture exactly what every character in this anime has in the downstairs department. As in, nothing. It's actually quite amusing at first. I kept seeing the characters on a box with 'Bobbie and Ken' written in pink over them. As a result, it was kind of weird to watch, though it does have a very cute ending. However, I wasn't sure about the method of pick-up; it was pretty much, "I've been kicked out of my apartment, can I stay with you?" "Sure", then the sex commences. I don't think it works like that in the real... See full review

?/10 story
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7/10 overall

Seikon no Qwaser

Apr 22, 2011

Although I am guiltily enjoying this anime, I keep correcting them on their chemistry. Sometimes it sucks to be a science nerd. When the tit sucking began, I almost got whiplash from a violent nosebleed, and I'm still not entirely used to it. I mean, people sucking virgin breasts for power? Can I just point a couple of things out? Good:   1) Women aren't permanently lactating (producing milk). 2) In order to be lactating, you have to be heavily pregnant or have recently had a baby. 3) If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, you are no longer a virgin.    

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7/10 story
8/10 animation
5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

Death Note

Apr 21, 2011

As much as I want to dislike Death Note, I can't. It's like sugar - once you've tasted it, you can't help but want it a lot. I don't think I know a single anime-loving person who hasn't seen Death Note. It's kind of become required watching. It's exciting, fast-paced and tricky, with incredibly interesting characters and about a million plot twists. Who doesn't love L, the cake-loving super genius detective? Who doesn't (at least secretly) love Light Yagami, the psychopathic sociopath serial killer with a god complex? Who doesn't love Matsuda, a complete idiot and the butt of practically every joke? Who... See full review

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

Song of Wind and Trees

Apr 19, 2011

In my opinion, Kaze To Ki No Uta (Song of the Wind and Trees) is an anime (adapted from a manga) that every shounen-ai fan should watch. Although it has relatively little sexual content, and was made as an accompaniment to the manga, the artwork and the story are timeless and beautiful.   The anime opens with an adult Serge Battour visiting his old high school, and going into the room he used to live in with his roommate. Almost exclusively in flashback, the story goes that Serge Battour, a young half-Roma viscount in 1800's France, goes to a new school, where he encounters Gilbert Cocteau, a wild... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Junjou Romantica 2

Apr 15, 2011

As soon as I finished the first season, I clicked the link for the second season. Although I don't really give a damn about the other couples, Misaki and Usagi continue to draw me in. When Misaki finally admitted to Usagi that he loved him I was so happy and relieved, mostly because I had been screaming at him to do it since they met. The sex was censored just enough, so you think you see what you know is there. Although I didn't like the opening song for this one as much as Kimi=Hana (the opening song for JR1), it was still pretty good.   I'd recommend it to you if you like shounen-ai or yaoi, and... See full review

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

Highschool of the Dead

Apr 15, 2011

I absolutely loved this anime. I followed it while it aired, and stayed up very late at night to watch it (with the lights out and curtains drawn, so I could almost feel the zombie hands on my shoulders). Brilliant for gun freaks like me!   Story Classic survival story, Takashi, Rei, Saya, Kohta, Saeko and Shizuka the school nurse escape their highschool as it is overrun by ravenous zombies. A gloriously gory and satisfying story unfolds; they go first to Shizuka's military friend's house, where they get a lot of guns, resulting in a lot of brain splattering and head explosions (think Scanners)... See full review

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

NightWalker

Apr 15, 2011

I initially watched this anime because it was about vampires. Then I caught onto the story line, and my inner yaoi fangirl squealed at all the hinted romantic history Shido and Cain, but I got very tired very quickly of Riho, who was very annoying. I didn't really like her character design either.   It's okay. Not a masterpiece, but I'd reccommend watching it if you like vampire anime.

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6/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Bleach

Apr 15, 2011

Although I understand the appeal of this anime, which made me stick with it for 150-odd episodes, I just couldn't be bothered after many weeks of watching. After all, how many times can you watch one guy stab someone in the shoulder without getting bored? The answer: 156 times.   Season 1: Ichigo (strawberry, he he...) is a 15 year old boy who can see spirits, and one day he and his family is attacked by a giant monster thing, called a Hollow. He meets Kuchiki Rukia, a shinigami (death god, basically a grim reaper with a massive sword instead of a scythe), who transferrs her powers to Ichigo so he... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
7/10 overall

Naruto

Apr 15, 2011

I began to watch Naruto because it's one of the big three anime that everyone kind of talks about, the other two being Bleach and One Piece. I did try to watch Bleach, but after the millionth time Ichigo got stabbed in the shoulder and the millionth evil plot Aizen pulled out of his ass I got bored and moved on. I briefly tried to watch One Piece, but the art style and the sheer illogical-ness of the show put me off. So I tried to watch Naruto, and mostly to no avail. I got a few episodes in and quickly got rather bored, what with all the filler, the irritating characters and the fights with foregone... See full review

4/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi TV

Apr 12, 2011

Ep 1: So far, I am loving it. After watching Junjou Romantica, which is in the exact same vein as Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi, I couldn't resist. Although I can predict the probable main plot already, no one really watches yaoi for the plot, do they? The story opens with Onodera Ritsu starting a new job at a new publishing company, but is assigned to the shoujo manga department, much to his distaste. Everyone in the department seems to be zombie-like in their exhaustion, except for Takano, the head editor of the shoujo manga editing department. There is the obligatory kiss, to remind the fangirls that it is in... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku

Apr 12, 2011

It had disappointingly little vampire for a vampire anime, which was the only reason I watched it. All the vampire action happened at the begginning or the end, and I wanted to wring both Kouhei and Erika's necks for being so difficult and refusing to actually solve all their problems. There had better be a season two, or I will be very annoyed at the lack of conclusion.

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

Okane ga Nai!

Apr 12, 2011

I was tempted to turn this off after the first twelve-ish minutes during the rape scene - yes, this anime has a rape scene. It is the first anime with a sexually explicit male rape scene that I have ever watched, and I feel very guilty for liking it. I though it was strange how Ayase fell in love with his rapist (harks back to the caveman mentality of "I'll drag her (or him, evidently) back to my cave and rape her (or him, evidently) until she (or he, evidently) loves me").   Didn't want to like it, but I did. Sorry.

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5/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

Papa to Kiss in the Dark

Apr 12, 2011

I found this anime innately creepy. Either I'm misunderstanding a pretty major concept, or this anime is one of the most perverted ones I've ever seen, because it appears to feature shota-con. The relationships were all creepy, namely the one between Mira and Kyousuke because of their significant age gap, as well as the implication they have been having sex for a long time. I didn't really let myself like this anime because of the implicit paedophilia, but it was okay.

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4/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall