updated their review of School Days
Story If you take a story that includes everything from a love triangle, to sexual promiscuity, to rape, to characters you'd expect to have continous flowing flaws and come on the edge of breaking down, you'd expect it to be great, right? Wrong. Honestly, I'll probably never watch...Read mariprosa's full review
When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin...
updated their review of Full Moon wo Sagashite
Story Full Moon wo Sagashite might very well be one of the best shoujo series to carry a heavy theme within it in such a bittersweet and lighthearted way - merging drama, romance, some comedy and a predominant musical thematic. There are few series that handle the...Read mariprosa's full review
Twelve year old Mitsuki's desire is to become a singer. She has the talent and a beautiful voice, but she also has a throat tumor which threatens to rob her of her gift of song. As if things weren't...
updated their review of Baccano!
Story The 1930s were a time when many societies hit economic depressive lows, Black Tuesday might have been the start of the Great Depression, but it reared its ugly head and took hold of the lives of many people in the 30s, leaving them desitute and struggling to make ends meet. Yet, there...Read mariprosa's full review
It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an...
updated their review of Antique Bakery
If anime series revolving around food are of any comparable measure, one can expect them to have an illuminating, if not downright addicting, feel to their overall atmosphere. Antique Bakery happens to revolve around a group of handsome gents that manage a cake factory, and...Read mariprosa's full review
Tachibana has recently quit his job at a high-class firm, and for unknown reasons, decides to open a bakery. His first employee is Ono, an extremely talented patissier who is also known as the 'Gay...
updated their review of Spirited Away
Story Spirited Away is truly a trip into the imagination with excellent animation, a whimsical execution, and a storyline that leaves one not only liking the characters and progression of events, but also with warm emotions with the overall atmosphere. The movie introduces a young girl named...Read mariprosa's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of...
updated their review of Bartender
Bartender is an anime series that takes an acquired taste to appreciate: its progressively engaging slice of life premise is unlike most anime series that are either exuberant in tone or use emphasized elements to tell their respective stories. Instead, Bartender takes its time...Read mariprosa's full review
Pouring a perfect cocktail is a difficult feat, but one bartender, Ryuu Sasakura, is such a master of his craft that his drinks are renowned worldwide. No matter what challenges are thrown his...
updated their review of Night on the Galactic Railroad
Story I always have a hard time recommending Night on the Galactic Railroad because it's not only an obscure title in terms of availability, but also in premise. For a children's story to have so many symbolic characteristics, and actually highlight themes such as growing up as a...Read mariprosa's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 110 min)
Giovanni is a young cat with a troubled childhood -- he is bullied in school, and waits patiently day after day for his father to return from his journey. One festive evening, Giovanni and his friend...
updated their review of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
Story Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni was a force to be reckoned with in its first season-given its unique horror thematics and progression, it went from being a series I felt didn't quite make sense in the sum of its parts to one that I loved and didn‘t have qualms about watching multiple...Read mariprosa's full review
It is the year 1983; and in the village of Hinamizawa, on the night of the cotton drifting festival and in the days following it, a series of deaths occurs. The only hope for the village and its...
updated their review of Pretear
Story Fairytales are often interesting stories that take us away from the stresses of real life and immerse us in the realms of insatiable romances, sweep us into lavish countries, or give a seemingly normal person powers that make them larger than life. One thing that I fully admit is that I...Read mariprosa's full review
Awayuki Himeno is a normal schoolgirl who is in a bind: her father’s remarriage yielded two new cruel stepsisters, and to top it off, she meets seven men who call themselves Liefe Knights. They...
updated their review of Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena
Story The Adolescence of Utena is a very difficult movie to understand on first watch. Some people may be quite thrown by it; one image that comes to mind immediately is when Utena actually transforms her body into a car. If that first statement's a bit awkward to...Read mariprosa's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
Utena Tenjou has just arrived at the prestigious Ohtori Academy, and not long after her arrival, she receives "the mark of the rose" and becomes a duelist. She is then thrust into a series...
updated their review of Ryoko's Case File
Story There have been a lot of award winning mini-novels that have been adapted to anime series in the past few years (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Baccano! among a few other titles), and it seems that Ryoko's Case File follows in the tradition. On the surface, it seems like a...Read mariprosa's full review
Ryoko Yakushiji is the gifted and beautiful Superintendent of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police; no matter what the problem – science gone wrong or supernatural monsters – it seems there is...
updated their review of Angel Heart
Story Decent anime series which manage to tug at the heart strings and also provide on-edge action sequences are literally a dime for every two dozen you manage to sift through. You're even more fortunate to find sensible comedy and effective character chemistry in the mix alongside such...Read mariprosa's full review
A young assassin known as Glass Heart, trained in killing since childhood, decides to end her own life. Unknown to her, powerful people in the criminal underworld are watching her every move, and a...
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updated their review of Hatenkou Yuugi
Story Want an anime that's about a random trio of witty travelers with magical abilities? How about one that includes a girl who seems to have a keen fashion sense and a smart mouth to match, alongside a quiet guardian bent on revenge and a silly oaf of a gent who seems...Read mariprosa's full review
One day, Rahzel's father decides that she should go on a journey and see the world, so he does the only reasonable thing – he kicks her out of the house! However, Rahzel is an optimist and...
updated their review of Macross 7
Story Lend your ears to the first fully musical installation of the Macross franchise. Now granted, this isn't so much a criticism of the series on the surface because if you're a veteran Macross viewer, the Macross installments have excellent J-pop songs to sing along to. Even I find myself...Read mariprosa's full review
Nekki Basara, a guitarist in the band Fire Bomber, is living in City 7, a part of the Macross fleet. An unknown enemy force is attacking the fleet, absorbing the energy force – the "Spiritia"...
updated their review of Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
Story Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 takes place chronologically after the events of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series and Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, and is an intended sequel to the series events. Matter in point: it links the events in the greater timeline from 0079 to 0087 in the Gundam...Read mariprosa's full review
Beginning four years after the one year war, 0083 starts with the arrival of two new Gundam units to be used for gravity testing. Things take a turn for the worse when members of Zeon steal Unit 2...
updated their review of Detective Conan Movie 4: Captured In her Eyes
Story "Captured in Her Eyes" is one of my favorite Conan movies for good reason, because like many installations of the franchise, it keeps you on your toes from beginning to end and does a great job showcasing character chemistry throughout the work.
This film revolves around a series...Read mariprosa's full review
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When a series of murders involving police officers occurs, chaos erupts within the police headquarters; and in an attempt to keep the citizens calm, the police decide to bury the case in the shadows...
updated their review of Lemon Angel Project
Story Over the past several years, I can say from experience that musically themed anime series have jumped in overall appeal. From mature series like BECK and NANA among the modern rock titles to idol pop series like Chance Pop Session and Lovely Idol , the series explore the makings...Read mariprosa's full review
Lemon Angel used to be a popular band in Japan, until a year ago; at that time, all of the members of the band, except for Miki Suwa, mysteriously disappeared. In the present, Tomo Minaguchi is a...
updated their review of Batman: Gotham Knight
Story It's one thing to watch a movie that's based on a timeless series of works, but another to find when that basis roots itself in collaboration efforts to interpret and give new routes and ideals to that story. The Animatrix did so a number of years ago with its lucid, segmented set of...Read mariprosa's full review
Batman: a name known throughout the streets of Gotham City, a name kids tell urban legends about and criminals fear. Batman continues to purge Gotham City from the filth that is roaming the streets...
updated their review of Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature
Story Stories about the manipulation of science and the bioethical challenges that arise from experimental taboos are not uncommonly explored in any type of media. If classics from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Issac Asimov's "I Robot" are any indication, beings created under the scientific...Read mariprosa's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
Ryosuke is determined; he will find Bagi, and he will kill her. He has been searching for her for five years, but has known her much longer than that. Ryosuke had been a lonely child, as his parents...
updated their review of Kurenai
Story Kurenai was a pleasant surprise of a series considering its 13-episode length, providing an engaging conflictive story revolving around charismatic and charming characters that drive it through to a satiating conclusion. Kurenai, the titular protagonist, is a dispute mediator that settles...Read mariprosa's full review
To make money, high school student Shinkurou Kurenai works for the secretive Benika as a "dispute mediator," acting to intervene in the disputes of clients – often violently. One day, Benika...
updated their review of Tenchi The Movie 2: The Daughter Of Darkness
Story Tenchi Muyo's second movie "The Daughter of Darkness" had a very lagging story that I couldn't wrap my head around. If you follow the Tenchi Muyo franchise, the stories portrayed aren't as much story central at times as they are character central, and in part...Read mariprosa's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 60 min)
In this Tenchi Muyo! film, a young girl named Mayuka appears from the future, claiming to be Tenchi's daugher. Meanwhile, a demon tied to his grandfather's past meddles with the Masaki household. An...
updated their review of Master Keaton
Story Master Keaton is indubitably an anime series that will make you smile in its aftermath, as it provides a charismatic protagonist juggling life as a archeology teacher with his numerous travels around the world, helping other individuals in the process.
Naoki Urusawa, the creator...Read mariprosa's full review
Taichi Keaton, a former British special forces operative, now works as an insurance investigator for the world-renowned insurance agency Lloyd's; but his true passion is history and archaeology...
updated their review of Mermaid Forest
Story Mermaid Forest was one of the select few OVA titles that I first saw subbed aside from Vampire Princess Miyu and even Shamanic Princess when anime first started crossing over into my hometown in terms of popularity. With production values dating back to 1991, a story by famed...Read mariprosa's full review
It is believed that to consume the flesh of a mermaid, means that you will never show signs of age, and live forever. However, many cannot handle its taste and become demons for eternity. Towa is a...
updated their review of Mokke
Story Slice of life series with episodic progression are often difficult series to engage the senses overall, but there's something about Mokke that really draws a person into it. The series chronicles the adventures of two girls with supernatural abilities who come of age and grow with...Read mariprosa's full review
Shizuru and Mizuki are two quiet sisters who have a foot in the world of the supernatural. While Shizuru can see the spirits and monsters who haunt mankind, Mizuki can't help but become possessed by...
updated their review of Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun
Story Harem series usually don't get much better than the characters that compose them and the situational aspects that they explore. If it's your genre, then you're more likely to watch it not just for the characters themselves, but mainly the element that it expands upon...Read mariprosa's full review
Shungo is an extraordinary high school student; in addition to his studies, he’s been trained by his mercenary sister to be a top mercenary. Their newest task involves the Tsukimura siblings...
updated their review of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Special
Story The Nekogoroshi Chapter of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, I'll admit, was an interesting side story to the original series, and it was offered as a special DVD for those who purchased the series in Japan. While it doesn't necessarily lead in to any conclusive events, it gives a...Read mariprosa's full review
After their punishment game backfires, Keiichi, Mion, Rena, Satoko and Rika are forced to parade around the village in embarrassing costumes. Once they reach a fork in the road the club decide to...
updated their review of Tenchi The Movie: Tenchi Muyo! In Love
Story Stories about traveling through time aren't by any means new in the realm of anime. While most deal with the subject of traveling through time and changing some aspect about the present that's unwanted, not very many deal with the possibilty of one's existence being...Read mariprosa's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 95 min)
In the first Tenchi movie, Tenchi Masaki finds himself in danger of being wiped from time and space in a Back to the Future fashion, which causes him to have to travel back in time to save his mother...
updated their review of Adventures of Mini-Goddess, The
Story Even with as many years as I've watched anime, I usually refer to this series as "Ah My Goddess-on-something" just for fun, because that's exactly how it presents itself. Considering I'm of the generation where the first series to relate to anything Ah My Goddess was the OVA series...Read mariprosa's full review
- TV (48 eps x 7 min)
- 1998 - 1999
Whenever Keiichi is away, it's time for Belldandy, Skuld, and Urd to play. Follow the Adventures of the Goddesses as they shrink down and have fun with their Rat sidekick, Gan-chan. Be it battling...
updated their review of Rental Magica
Story Want a series that revolves around the mystic arts and revolves around a cast of characters that blend a typical brand of harem comedy/romance with nice animation and music? Rental Magica might be a series worth looking into as long as you don't come into it looking for an...Read mariprosa's full review
The name of the business is Astral, and magic is its trade. Itsuki Iba is a school boy who seems to have a weak personality and not an ounce of magic within him, yet he inherits and must run his...