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Youkai Watch

on Jan 20, 2016

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... read more

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

on Dec 9, 2015

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... read more

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

InuYasha The Movie 1: Affections Touching Across Time

on Dec 8, 2015

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... read more

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

on Dec 7, 2015

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... read more

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

Digimon Adventure Tri. Movie 1: Saikai

on Dec 6, 2015

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... read more

1/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

InuYasha The Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler

on Dec 5, 2015

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... read more

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

Naruto Shippuden Movie 4: The Lost Tower

on Jul 14, 2015

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... read more

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

Pokemon Movie 17: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction

on May 25, 2015

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... read more

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

Pokemon Movie 16: Genesect and the Legend Awakened

on May 25, 2015

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... read more

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

Free! Eternal Summer

on Jan 17, 2015

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... read more

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

Barakamon

on Jan 16, 2015

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... read more

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

Bamboo Blade

on Jan 14, 2015

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... read more

3/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
5/10 overall

Slayers

on Jan 9, 2015

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... read more

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

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

on Jan 8, 2015

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 anme 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 brothers... read more

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

Sword Art Online

on Jan 4, 2015

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... read more

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

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

on Dec 19, 2014

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... read more

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

Digimon Season 2: Digital Monsters

on Nov 24, 2014

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... read more

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

No. 6

on Nov 20, 2014

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... read more

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

Yowamushi Pedal

on Jun 11, 2014

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... read more

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

Saiyuki Gaiden

on Jun 8, 2014

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... read more

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

Hamatora

on Jun 4, 2014

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... read more

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

Saiyuki Reload

on Jun 3, 2014

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... read more

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

Saiyuki Interactive

on Jun 2, 2014

I didn't think it was possible to do worse than Saiyuki Reload:Gunlock, which I rate even lower than the Saiyuki movie, and then I saw this.  As much as I love Saiyuki, I got bored within the first minute of watching it. This OVA was originally a Saiyuki interactive video game, Kibou no Zaika, created as a sequel to the Requiem movie (something which I didn't enjoy, either; I watched it once and shelved it).  I have only seen this sort of thing work once, and it was in an anime short. I'm not even going to bother breaking this down in one of my typical long review styles, because it's just not... read more

1/10 story
2/10 animation
4/10 sound
3/10 characters
1/10 overall

Saiyuki

on Jun 1, 2014

I'll start off by saying that if you don't like slow paced anime, you won't like Saiyuki.  That said, it's one of the most brilliantly written pieces of work.  Even the filler episodes are interesting and worth watching at least once. Though, I did have to dock points off of the Story for not including the Kami-sama arc (even though they did instead use a rather interesting anime exclusive arc, so I didn't dock too many points due to that). The soundtrack for this series is one of the best soundtracks for an anime.  Usually, when I watch a series, there will be at least one opening or... read more

9/10 story
4/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Saiyuki Reload Gunlock

on Jun 1, 2014

Warning:  This review is written from the point of view of someone who has read the manga version first.  If I had to sum up this series in two words, it would be "filler episodes".  Boasting all of 6 out of 26 episodes actually based off of the manga counterpart, this season is practically nothing but filler episodes. The characters are the same as always, so we're not going to touch on that; yes, two new characters were introduced as antagonists, which was actually why I docked points.  I didn't find Hazel interesting in the manga, and I found him even worse in the anime... read more

2/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
4/10 overall

Kyo Kara Maoh!

on Jan 9, 2014

I enjoyed this anime, but couldn't rate it any higher than what I gave it (especially with how frustrating some of its negative aspects presented themselves in later episodes).  Also, I actually gave a rating on sound, which was based off of the soundtrack (I saw the sub version, and the voice acting was fine).  There was one episode which had an annoying high-pitched whistling in it to simulate a Western atmosphere, but the whistling was so grating that I had to cover my ears; good thing for the subtitles!  Good anime, but very predictable, especially for anyone who has seen fantasy animes... read more

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

Nyan Koi!

on Jan 5, 2014

Not much on story, but not many romantic comedies have much of a story.  It did its purpose of being entertaining without too much drama, so I have no complaints. Actually, I had no clue what it was about when I was directed to the first episode; someone recommended it to me, and it pulled me in almost immediately. For a more recent anime, that's pretty impressive.  So, let's break it down. Plot There is an overall plot which shadows the series, and helps to create some of the hilarious situations the protagonist gets into. Junpei Kousaka, a second year high school student with severe cat... read more

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

Bus Gamer

on Jan 5, 2014

This had so much potential, but being an adaptation from a one volume manga series which was discontinued, there obviously wasn't going to be much to go on. It's not the length, either; I've seen two-episode stand-alone (or dropped series) OVAs which were more coherent and developmental in both plot and characters. One can argue that it was based off a pilot manga, but I've read better pilot manga as well. I wanted to give higher ratings to it due to the potential it had, but since nothing more came of it, nor will come of it, the low ratings will stand.  So, let's get started. Plot As soon as... read more

3/10 story
5/10 animation
?/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Peace Maker Kurogane

on Jan 4, 2014

I have mixed opinions on this.  On one hand, I've always found it difficult to find a good Samurai anime ever since watching Rurouni Kenshin, so when I found this, I thought it was great... ...until it started to venture into some supernatural bits which were completely unnecessary to the plot, and didn't even do anything for the characters. In rating the rest of this, I did keep an open mind about it, and will not be comparing it to Rurouni Kenshin.  So, let's start with the worst aspect in the series. Story This was, by far, botched beyond all imagination.  Although the episodes are... read more

2/10 story
5/10 animation
?/10 sound
10/10 characters
5/10 overall

Rurouni Kenshin: Seisouhen

on Feb 26, 2013

This OVA should never have been made public...or made at all.  Fun fact, Watsuki-sensei had no part in creating it, and was greatly disappointed in it when he saw it.  He had promised the fans a "happy ending" to the Rurouni Kenshin saga, and we got that in the last volume of the manga.  After that, it was done...and then THIS abomination comes out. The only GOOD this OVA did was to animate some of the battle with Enishi; I say SOME, because there are a couple parts in it that didn't happen in the manga, and quite a lot left out of the final battle (not to mention parts leading... read more

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