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Fairy Tail

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When I heard that the mangaka who did Rave Master had created another manga, I immediately checked it out...which, of course, led me to the anime version, as well. Fairy Tail is unique, yet repetitive.  I'm going to try to be as unbiased as I can in this review, but I'm afraid some of my love for the series will leak through. Story It starts out with a girl named Lucy Heartfilia who wishes to join the infamous Fairy Tail guild...and gets even more incredible from there. Really, I can't go into details on the story without spoiling the entire thing, as even though each arc seems independent of... See full review

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

Fairy Tail 2

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Fairy Tail is so large they had to divide it into two "series" and then list the episode numbers as if they never did so. But I digress. I loved Fairy Tail when it first came out.  I felt that it wasn't a one-man show for a shounen manga/anime (though, Natsu does often fight the "bosses", there were exceptions such as the Galuna Arc), and that everyone was just as strong as the protagonist...and some members of the guild were even stronger. Yea, there were still some fanservice moments, but it really wasn't that bad. Then, Series Two (2014) comes out, and the entire thing... See full review

5.5/10 story
4/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
5/10 overall

Youkai Watch

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A really bad rendition of Natsume Yuujinchou meets Pokemon?  I'll be honest...The only reason I watch this (and am currently watching season two) is because of Komasan (and Komajiro). Also, since I'm being honest, I really don't like what the dub did to a lot of the catch phrases (such as Komasan).  In the original version, he says "monge", and ends his sentences with "-zura" (along with Komajiro); he also sounds cute and innocent.  The dub, however, made him sound like someone from the southern USA rather than the countryside of Japan, and redid his catch phrase to... See full review

1/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
2.5/10 overall

InuYasha The Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass

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The second Inuyasha movie, yet the last one I've gotten around to reviewing.  The first time I watched it, I found it interesting (particularly as the series hadn't concluded yet, and it was difficult to find later chapters of the manga at that time as well). However, re-watching it, there are so many questionable plot holes in the beginning that it's hard to even tell where to start. Plot The movie opens up with the gang fighting Naraku and supposedly defeating him.  Miroku's Kazaana even disappears, so the group splits up to take care of unfinished business (Sango with Kohaku, Miroku... See full review

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

InuYasha The Movie 1: Affections Touching Across Time

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Ah, the first Inuyasha movie...I went back and watched it to write a review on it, and it hadn't lost much of any of the things I loved about it the first time around.  All in all, it's my favorite of the four movies despite one section I really dislike. Plot The movie takes place sometime after episode 54, as Inuyasha has the Bakuryuha (Backlash Wave), and Rin is traveling with Sesshoumaru. When the Shikon Jewel was shattered, it woke up the powerful demon Menomaru, who is the son of a powerful youkai (Hyouga) defeated by Inuyasha's father 200 years ago. Now, Menomaru seeks revenge for his... See full review

6/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

InuYasha The Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island

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This movie feels like it's really just an extremely long filler episode...but not in a bad way.  There aren't many parts which made me facepalm or shake my head at inconsistencies, and is a huge step up from the third movie. Not that it's without faults, but it's entertaining enough to watch again. Plot The mysterious island, Hourai, only appears once every fifty years.  A group of kids are seen unable to leave the island with the exception of the youngest, who meets up with Inuyasha and the group. Inuyasha had come across the ones who had prevented the children from leaving the island... See full review

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

Digimon Adventure Tri. Movie 1: Saikai

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I know I'm going to get a lot of flak for this review, but it has to be done. A bit of background before I have other Digimon fans screaming at me:  I love Digimon; I grew up with Digimon.  Digimon Adventure was on the list of "Saturday morning cartoons" I got up to see, and even though the dub heavily edited it (not that I knew it at the time), I loved it. Zero Two has dozens of plot holes, neglected character development, and the dub included silly lines which attempted to lighten the dark mood, but I still enjoyed it the first time it aired.  Season Three/Tamers was one of my... See full review

1/10 story
4/10 animation
6/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

InuYasha The Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler

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This movie was half enjoyable, half not.  Most of the time, towards the end, I'd be facepalming about three or four times because of how stubborn everyone was being.  I'll try not to reveal any spoilers as per usual, but there were some glaring inconsistencies with the movie (which I watched for the first time after re-watching the series). Let's start with the basics, then I'll get into why I'm not giving this movie a high rating. Story A sword called the Sounga has somehow made its way to the Higurashi shrine, and was being taken to be "aired out" by Kagome's family.  It's... See full review

6/10 story
5/10 animation
9/10 sound
7/10 characters
4/10 overall

Naruto Shippuden Movie 4: The Lost Tower

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Was I entertained by this movie?  Mostly. Do I think it was one of the better Shippuden movies?  Definitely not. Would I watch it again?  No. Time travel is a tricky thing to deal with.  Let's get started. Story The movie opens up with Naruto fighting a weird looking thing which turns out to be a puppet controlled by the rogue ninja (Mukade) he, Sakura, Sai, and Yamato were sent to capture.  Their battle takes them to the ruins of Rouran, where Mukade absorbs a seal placed on a powerful energy substance called Ryuumaku and plans on taking over the five elemental... See full review

1/10 story
8/10 animation
5/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

Naruto Shippuden Movie 3: Hi no Ishi o Tsugu Mono

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Where do I start with this one?  The Shippuden movies are very hit-and-miss, and that continues on for the later movies as well (which I actually saw before this one).  This movie has so many glaring errors that I was either scratching my head or groaning through it. One of the only good parts is that this movie wasn't one of the typical "everyone gets super quiet during talking scenes and then the volume hits max decibels during battle/tense scenes".  There was a little of it, but it wasn't as bad as some of the other movies. Story Your typical Orochimaru-type bad guy who is... See full review

1/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
1/10 characters
1/10 overall

Naruto Shippuden Movie 7: The Last

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While this wasn't the best anime movie I've seen, it certainly wasn't the worst (*cough-Fullmetal Alchemist Star of Milos-cough*). I didn't give it an audio rating, because the quality I saw it in was quite poor.  Also, I'd like to point out that I had only been taking peeks at the Naruto manga for the past few years (I stopped reading it entirely after Shikamaru avenges Asuma).  I did look at Wiki, however, and the peeks I took at it (plus some nice background info thanks to the Naruto Wiki) provided me with what I needed to know. Story Let's be honest...there's really no plot, here... See full review

2/10 story
9/10 animation
?/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

Pokemon Movie 17: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction

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Like my other Pokemon reviews, this review is based off of the JAPANESE VERSION of the movie, not the English dub.  I will use the English dub names since people will be more familiar with them in the review, however. This was a boring, train wreck of a movie, but I'll attempt to review it. Story There's a "mother" crystal where the Carbink all live, and it is running out of energy and will soon collapse.  The crystal/diamond is extremely important to their livelihood, and the only one who can create another one is their princess, Diancie. However, Diancie isn't strong enough to... See full review

2/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
2/10 characters
2/10 overall

Pokemon Movie 16: Genesect and the Legend Awakened

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I finally got a chance to watch this movie.  One thing I do want to note is that my review is based off of the JAPANESE VERSION of the movie, not the English dub.  I can't stand the English voice actors for the characters ever since they were changed sometime after Hoenn, I believe, so I haven't watched the English dub since.  I will still use the dub names, since people are more familiar with those. Let's get started. Story Five strange pokemon, Genesect, show up searching for something while we see Mewtwo (who happens to be different from the Mewtwo in the first movie) trying to test... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Free! Eternal Summer

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Maybe I have no right to review an anime which I stopped watching, but I really don't want to torture myself and waste my time by watching the rest of it.  So, I'm not going to get overly detailed in the review, and there obviously won't be spoilers. Though, since I refused to watch the rest of it, I at least updated myself via reading spoilers.  I'm glad I didn't waste my time actually watching. I had a fairly high opinion of the first season, but this season was...well, just the span of four episodes, it's pretty much following the same exact road as the first season (down to recruiting new... See full review

1/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
2/10 characters
1/10 overall

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

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I'm going to come right out and say that I wouldn't classify this as a "sports" anime.  There is absolutely NO tension in the tournaments/competitions, and there isn't much footage spent on the competitions, either. Rather, this is more of a slice-of-life anime...with some fanservice thrown in for fangirls.  Yes, I'm a girl, but I'm not interested in fanservice no matter which gender it's aimed at, so all those scenes were just wasted footage to me. Granted, there was usually some sort of comedy situation going on during those scenes as well, but for someone not interested in... See full review

4/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
7/10 overall

Barakamon

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Though I'm into art (cartooning, to be precise), calligraphy doesn't really interest me.  However, this anime is more about the interactions between characters, and a little bit of a self-journey, than the ins and outs of calligraphy. Therefore, anyone can enjoy it.  It's one of the better slice-of-life anime out there, as it stays true to the characters and interactions without getting too caught up in unrealistic comedy or over the top drama. Story 23 year old Seishu Handa, a pro calligrapher, is sent off to a remote and small island by his father after he punches the elderly curator who... See full review

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

Bamboo Blade

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I really don't understand the high ratings for this anime.  I have not read the manga it was based off of, but my initial impression (and one which hadn't changed too much upon reaching the end) was that someone just took a few character types and a sport and threw them together. To touch briefly on the sound, there were times when the sound and animation didn't mesh.  The characters would start to scream in a kendo match in what looked like a still screen, and there would be noises before they even moved (I checked, it wasn't a sync error between audio and video). It was enjoyable to watch, and... See full review

3/10 story
4/10 animation
5/10 sound
6/10 characters
5/10 overall

Rurouni Kenshin

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I first saw Rurouni Kenshin back when VHS tapes were still a thing.  Yes, I just went there. I loved the characters, the battles, the...well, everything about the series......and then the fillers hit starting at episode 63.  Some of the filler episodes aren't bad, but they're what we call "AO" episodes, or "Anime Originals".  In other words, unlike the rest of the series (minus some fillers here and there), it wasn't based off of the manga. I would have rather seen the Jinchuu/Revenge arc animated than what we got from episode 63 onward, and though RK is one of my top... See full review

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

Slayers

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The Slayers is one of the few anime I'll ever give a 10 out of 10 rating to, and there's a reason it's my number one all-time favorite anime.  Though a lot of it is generic fantasy and spellcasting, the characters bring the story to life. The anime itself was adapted from a light novel, and though it doesn't follow it to the letter, it's still interesting and entertaining. I will also say that this is one of the few anime where the English dub is just as good as the original Japanese cast.  I have seen both versions, and the voice actors really bring the characters to life. Story There are... See full review

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

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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I love this series, I really do.  It's one of my top favorites, but I couldn't give it a full 10/10 in Overall because there are a couple things which never made it from the manga into the anime, and this anime is supposed to follow the manga. One of which is the train robbery which anyone who watched the 2003 anime will remember; it's not as important in the 2009 anime or the manga.  However, there is an important scene between Edward and Roy (and Riza) shortly after Edward's State Alchemy test which was omitted from the anime, as well as the Youswell mining town incident. Story Two... See full review

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

Sword Art Online II

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I must say, I was hesitant to watch the second season after seeing the first.  The first season was a great idea, but the execution of it (the flow) was terrible.  However, I decided that I wanted to know what happened, and if some plot holes were filled, so I watched. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it's going to be hard to be objective in my review for two reasons.  The first is that I have personal experience with dealing with a trauma (an issue brought up in the first arc), and that...well, to try and keep spoilers out as well, let's just say that I had a friend in a similar position... See full review

6/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
8/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Sword Art Online

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I meant to check this anime out when it first was released, but up until now, was unable to.  Now that I have seen it...well, I've certainly seen better.  This is an anime which truly doesn't live up to nor deserve all the hype it got. Now, before everyone starts shouting "how dare you insult this anime!" at me, I will admit that it certainly had potential.  The idea and main protagonists certainly had potential, but never lived up to any of it.  In fact, the second arc goes so far as to completely ruin the series by being completely unnecessary. Story A gaming unit... See full review

3/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
2/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

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It's ironic.  The reason I didn't go watch this movie when it first came out was because I didn't like the animation style from the trailers, yet the animation is probably one of the best features of this train wreck of a movie, despite a few issues here and there. I try to keep spoilers out of my reviews, but I might not be able to keep them all out since quite a few issues I have with this movie occurred during big reveals.  So, I'm going to put in a WARNING:  SPOILER ALERT ahead. Let's start. Story Um...there's a story in here, right?  Frankly, it was confusing as all heck, I... See full review

1/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
1/10 characters
1/10 overall

Digimon Season 2: Digital Monsters

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I'm going to do my best to keep this review as objective as possible.  Of course, I might have to get a little subjective (though I will try to keep as many personal opinons out as possible) in the Overall section to explain just why I rated it so low. All in all, I wanted to like Digimon Zero Two, and it was a fun anime to watch...once.  However, and I say this all the time, there are just too many plot holes as a result of bad writing.  I'm of the opinion that one could fly a 747...no...perhaps the Enterprise, through the rift of plot holes. Story Zero Two picks up three years after... See full review

3/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

No. 6

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Now, let me start off by saying that I'm rating this as compared to the light novel it was based off of, and will often reference the light novel.  Though I try to keep spoilers out of my reviews, I might need to include some slight ones (though I'll try to be as vague as possible) to explain why I gave it the rating it got. On its own, it's pretty good until you hit the last episode.  However, if you get a chance to read the manga or light novel, you'll realize just how much the anime is lacking, and I highly recommend one or the other over the anime. Story No.6 is a dystopian story about a... See full review

4/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
5/10 overall

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

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Since this is following the manga, which the first anime didn't stray too far from, all of the ratings I'll give this are based on the new things:  animation and sound. In fact, the only reason I gave it more than one star is because it's still the story of Sailor Moon, even if this version isn't visually appealing. One thing I do want to mention is that, though it's following the manga, I (and my friends) all agree that Mamoru/Darien wearing a tuxedo just looks stupid.  Someone said it makes him look like either a vampire or a vampire hunter (due to the medallions, as well). The season is... See full review

?/10 story
1/10 animation
10/10 sound
?/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Yowamushi Pedal

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Now that the series is "complete", I can go with a final review of it.  I did wind up dropping a few points from the overall score, mostly because I wouldn't call this series "completed" even though its status (for the first season) is "complete". Now, I usually don't pick up anime with such "thin" character designs (almost all of the characters have very narrow faces, which aesthetically puts me off more often than not), but that's personal preference.  I docked points in animation for a different reason, which I'll get into later. Story This actually... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
5/10 overall

Saiyuki Gaiden

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I read the chapters in the manga a long time ago, and I finally was able to see the animated version. I did have to dock a point or two here and there; mostly because there wasn't any explanation leading into the entire story.  Anyone who has read the manga knows why Nataku was ordered to kill Goku in the beginning, but that was never explained in the Gaiden animation. Otherwise, it was excellent. Story I did dock points off the story, only because the first episode wasn't told in a very coherent way.  There was little to nothing which led up to the major "crisis", or explanation... See full review

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

Hamatora

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If you don't like bloody anime, Hamatora is not for you.  Personally, I can stand blood up to a certain point in anime, as it is needed in the immersion factor if there are a lot of fight scenes.  Excessive amounts, however, I can't stand. I didn't have a WARNING when I looked the anime up after seeing a summary of it, but that doesn't mean I can't warn other people that this anime DOES contain a LOT of graphic violence, and in later episodes, a LOT of bloody scenes. So, warnings aside, let's get down to it.  For a 12 episode anime, it wasn't too bad. Story Well...the story is hard to... See full review

8/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
7/10 overall

Saiyuki Reload

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If this season wasn't filled with pointless (and often boring) filler episodes, it would overshadow the first season completely.  12 out of the 25 episodes in this season are fillers, and most of them are ones I'll never watch again.  However, on the positive side, the animators finally fixed that nasty "still frame" habit with the fight scenes. The animation isn't perfect, and there are still some "no contact" scenes which plagued the first 50 episodes, but the fights are much more immersive.  Unfortunately, it dropped in the "sound" rating, because not only do... See full review

6/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
7/10 overall