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updated their review of Berserk
Utena and Berserk are easily two of the best anime series of the
90s. They both have a fairly simple premise in being a journey of self
discovery however it is their execution that sets them apart from the
Utena uses sumptuous symbolism and characterisation to
captivate you...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal...
updated their review of Sailor Moon
Here we have an anime that defines a genre. It is an anime that
started many anime fans and as such will always have an iconic place in
their heart. Sailor Moon herself is (with Astro Boy) the most
recognised face of anime. Could Sailor Moon have become such a Pop
Culture icon if the series...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Life can be tough when you're a teenager. Enter Tsukino Usagi, an average, if somewhat clumsy, junior high student whose voracious appetite for sweets and capacity for tears are offset by her...
updated their review of Elfen Lied
This anime keeps getting compared with Gantz
everytime I mention it to someone. As I have seen both I must sadly
admit that this comparison is applicable. Like Gantz, this series has
an excellent premise that gets wasted on excess gore, character cliches
and a tediously dragged out plot.
...Read ohtoriakio's full review
For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu...
updated their review of X TV
Shounen and shoujo animes have very different flavours as a general
rule. Shounen tends to place more importance on fighting scenes and
makes the protagonist suit this theme. Shoujo will look at the effect
these things have on characters and concentrates on the cast a bit
This anime...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Kamui has returned to Tokyo with a traumatizing past, but he is not the only one. Many people are returning to Tokyo for the same reason: they play a part in the End of the World. The Dragons of...
updated their review of Neon Genesis Evangelion
This series is a bit of a disappointment to me. It started out well and
the built up was really great and suspenseful. Come the middle, the
action became more intense and made you come back for more, however
somewhere near the end it really loses steam.
Some aspects of the animation ...Read ohtoriakio's full review
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only...
updated their review of GANTZ
Overall Gantz is a good series that had potential to be great. The
concept behind it is very interesting and it raises good questions
about the human condition such as what a man alone can do against the
concensus or how to handle your sexuality when it differs from the norm
(even if at times...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room...
updated their review of Le Chevalier D'Eon
I just finished watching this and now would be the best time to share my
thoughts about it. Having read most of the manga before actually
viewing it, I have to say the story was not exactly what I expected - in
both the adaptation or the pace. This is not to say it was not an
enjoyable or...Read ohtoriakio's full review
D'Eon is a French nobleman bent on serving his Divine Majesty Louis the XIV to the best of his abilities, following in the footsteps of his beloved sister Lia de Beaumont. However, his...
updated their review of Ayashi no Ceres
I have been watching a lot of anime with promising starts lately and this one is no exception. However it never quite reached the great heights of Escaflowne or even Sailor Moon in portraying star crossed lovers. Too much melodrama and side stories that go nowhere got in the way for that.
...Read ohtoriakio's full review
There is a legend of an angel who fell to Earth many years ago, and was forced to marry a man because he held the key to her only way home. Hundreds of years later, sixteen year old Mikage Aya is the...
updated their review of Sailor Moon S: The Movie
Characters that always deserved more screen time on Sailor Moon are the cats.
Their interaction with the soldiers was always entertaining but that
was also at the expense of giving them a "backbone" so to speak. This
movie allows us to see a side of Luna that makes her a little...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Luna's in love?! After being rescued by Oozora Kakeru, an idealistic scientist obsessed with the idea of a beautiful princess living on the moon, Luna finally discovers what it is like to be in love...
updated their review of X: The Movie
This movie was a starting point into the World of X for me. I never
actually enjoyed it but I was intrigued enough to go on and watch the
immensely more satisfying series a short time after. I don't know if
what the movie aims to achieve is to get people interested in the story
and go on to...Read ohtoriakio's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 100 min)
In the year 1999, Tokyo has become a battleground as the Seven Dragons of Earth and the Seven Dragons of Heaven fight to determine the fate of the world. The one with the power to decide which way...
updated their review of Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena
This movie truly is a masterpiece. No matter how many ways I look at
it there is always something new to see; which is exactly what a
multi-faceted masterpiece should be like. I have seen this movie about
15 times and everytime there were things I was noticing that I didn't
...Read ohtoriakio'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 Revolutionary Girl Utena
Before you read this review, I would ask of you to please not judge
it solely on the high rating. I have put a lot of work into this and I
do address things like repeated footage and why I still give it this
rating. Besides, what anime of this format does not have reused footage?
...Read ohtoriakio's full review
When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself...
updated their review of Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End of Evangelion
This movie is a waste of time in relations to the TV series, and as
this is how it wants to be seen (title: END OF EVANGELION) it is a
problem. It does not bring anything new to the story that is worth your
time. On a personal level, I think Evangelion should have ended at
episode 24. The...Read ohtoriakio's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 87 min)
End of Evangelion is an alternate ending to the Evangelion TV series (replaces episodes 25/26). In this powerful conclusion, the final battle against the Angels is fought, and questions are finally...
updated their review of Kanashimi no Belladonna
I was very glad to have access to this title recently as it was credited by the director ( Ikuhara ) of my favourite anime, Revolutionary Girl Utena as the movie that got him interested in working in animation. More recently another title ( Gankutsuou)
credited its visual style to that of...Read ohtoriakio's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 89 min)
In medieval Europe, the peasants Jeanne and Jean are in love. But when they finally decide to marry, Jean discovers he is required to pay a tax to the baron; and having insufficient means to pay...
updated their review of Red Garden
How to define Red Garden?
Surely this is a hard question that a lot of reviewers will face. It
isn't a straight up thriller, romance or even drama. Genres are mixed
and influences from a well known horror title - GANTZ ,
loom ahead. What saves Red Garden from needing one genre to be...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Four students of the same age have nothing in common except that they attend the same elite New York City school. Kate, Rose, Clare and Rachel all belong to different cliques and hardly notice each...
updated their review of Here is Greenwood
What to say about Here is Greenwood ? It is a charming little
OVA series that has a nice feel to it but also one that suffers from
being too short. It is a nice overview of what the manga has to offer
(in fact it makes a point of that itself at a few places) but does not
really offer...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Kazuya Hasukawa is distraught. Having just lost his first love to his older brother, he is unable to cope with the beautiful new wife in the household. Moving to the prestigious Ryokuto Academy, he...
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updated their review of City Hunter
Please note that when
reviewing this series, I have thought of it WITHIN its timeframe. So if
it seems to be rated highly to you, it is because I am judging it for
the time it was made.
Where do you start when you
review a milestone series? This is a tough question and one that...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Ryo Saeba and Kaori Makumura are private detectives who make up the City Hunter team -- problem solvers who can be hired by writing 'xyz' in a certain train station. Ryo's uncanny accuracy with...
updated their review of Saint Seiya
This series is a hard one for me to rate at all.
It is one of my all-time favourites, has amazing nostalgic values + I
like to think of it as the father of all Shounen Fighting Anime. This
is because it started a lot of storylines that have now become cliches
Naruto, Bleach and many more use...Read ohtoriakio's full review
In a world where Gods reincarnate themselves into the bodies of humans, Athena is the Guardian of Earth. Together with her 88 Saints, she must protect the Earth against other gods whose sole purpose...
updated their review of Now and Then, Here and There
Now and Then Here and There is a groundbreaking anime. It makes
extremely good use of the 13 episode format. There was not one moment
in this where I thought "we've hit filler town!". Whatever scenes were
reused added to the affecting moments of the series. Surely, these
scenes are...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the...
updated their review of Sailor Moon S
Sailor Moon S is seen by many moonies (Sailor Moon fans) as the best
series of the bunch. There is no denying its greatness, and success in
making you feel for the characters. The new characters who become an
integral part of the story are very relatable and well handled and as
the audience...Read ohtoriakio's full review
With the defeat of the Dark Moon clan, the future Crystal Tokyo is safe once again. As Usagi and Mamoru bid a sad farewell to their daughter from the future, Chibiusa, Rei senses a new danger...
updated their review of Magic Users Club!
This anime is one of the best OVA series that I have seen as it is
one that makes use of the timeframe and budget really effectively. As
one would expect from an OVA, the animation is great and crisp.
series goes one further with this however as it also uses bright
colours...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Without warning, a giant alien bell suddenly appeared over the skies of Tokyo. Its purpose, it broadcast, was to take over the Earth, a plan which so far has not been thwarted. Luckily for humanity...
updated their review of Saint Tail
Here's an anime that was very successful in Japan
but whose success could not be repeated upon its release in North
America. Is it because of the quality of the anime itself? It's not the
case here at all as what we have is a solid anime with some charming
I think its lack of...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Meimi Haneoka is a typical girl with a not-so-typical double life: by day she attends St. Paulia School, and by night she transforms into the phantom thief Saint Tail! Stealing only items that...
updated their review of Saint Seiya Movie 2: The Heated War of the Gods
Although not the best of the Saint Seiya movies, this one has a few
interesting things to offer. This is mainly in relation to Hyoga as a
character though as he gets a side of his personality not explored
beforehand (or since) put forward here. The disappointing thing is that
the storyline...Read ohtoriakio's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 46 min)
Hyoga, the Cygnus Saint, travels to Asgard after having heard rumors of a conspiracy that has been transpiring there. Athena and the Bronze Saints are unable to contact Hyoga, and thus set forth to...
updated their review of RahXephon: The Motion Picture
As I have just reviewed the X movie, I thought I would keep going
with the "movie retelling" theme and review the Rahxephon movie. Like
the X movie, this Rahxephon outing has a few troubles with pacing. The
execution gives the movie a collage effect as a whole and this does...Read ohtoriakio's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 120 min)
Kamina Ayato may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured in order to save the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is...
updated their review of Cinderella Boy
Cinderella Boy owes a lot of its style, character depictions and choppy animation to late 80s- early 90s titles such as City Hunter , Lupin and Ranma 1/2 (whose name is referenced in this series as the lead character also
turns into a girl). Cinderella Boy is a great little title to...Read ohtoriakio's full review
The lowlife Ranma and the beautiful Rella own a detective agency in Kirin city. He's in it for the money, she's in it for the action. But after a mysterious accident, they are now forced to share...
updated their review of Wedding Peach
Wedding Peach is a very interesting title if one
takes the time to see it through. The first episodes are probably the
worst of the show so if you are willing to bear with it, this is a very
rewarding experience. At the start I felt the similarities with Sailor
Moon were going to hurt its...Read ohtoriakio's full review
Hanasaki Momoko is a seemingly normal school girl; she enjoys taking photographs, trying on wedding dresses, and having fun with her friends Yuri and Hinagiku (despite the fact that all three have a...
updated their review of Saint Seiya Movie 5: The Heaven Chapter ~Overture~
To tell you the truth I am surprised myself to be giving such a good
review to this Saint Seiya outing but the movie is simply stunning. It
captures what Saint Seiya is about very successfully. However, I would
not really recommend it to ones unfamiliar with the series as a lot of
it requires...Read ohtoriakio's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 84 min)
A few days after the battle against Hades, Athena is visited by her sister Artemis, who has come to her with tragic news: the Bronze Saints are to be punished by the Gods for having dared to confront...
updated their review of Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Sanctuary
The long-awaited Saint Seiya Hades Chapter! I can still remember the excitement I felt when I heard that my
favourite Shounen series was going to be continued in 2002. I had high
expectations for this Hades Sanctuary Arc as the original series was
one that moved me in ways very few animes...Read ohtoriakio's full review
The time has come for Hades and his 108 Spectres to awaken. For after 243 years, he is on a mission to start a Holy War and take Athena’s head, using fallen Gold Saints to do his bidding...