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ohtoriakio Sep 21
updated their review of Berserk
Score 9.5/10

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 rest. Utena uses sumptuous symbolism and characterisation to captivate you...

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Berserk
  • TV (25 eps)
  • 1997 - 1998

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...

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ohtoriakio Jul 16
updated their review of Sailor Moon
Score 9/10

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...

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Sailor Moon
  • TV (46 eps)
  • 1992 - 1993

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...

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ohtoriakio Jul 10
updated their review of Elfen Lied
Score 6.5/10

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. ...

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Elfen Lied
  • TV (13 eps)
  • 2004

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...

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ohtoriakio updated their review of X TV
Score 9.6/10

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 more. This anime...

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X TV
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2001 - 2002

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...

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ohtoriakio Jun 13
updated their review of Neon Genesis Evangelion
Score 7.3/10

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 ...

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Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 1995 - 1996

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...

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ohtoriakio updated their review of GANTZ
Score 6/10

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...

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GANTZ
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2004

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...

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ohtoriakio updated their review of Le Chevalier D'Eon
Score 9/10

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...

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Le Chevalier D'Eon
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2006 - 2007

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...

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ohtoriakio Apr 13
updated their review of Ayashi no Ceres
Score 7/10

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. ...

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Ayashi no Ceres
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2000

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...

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ohtoriakio Mar 2016
updated their review of Sailor Moon S: The Movie
Score 8/10

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...

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Sailor Moon S: The Movie
  • Movie (1 ep)
  • 1994

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...

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ohtoriakio Mar 2016
updated their review of X: The Movie
Score 6/10

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...

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X: The Movie
  • Movie (1 ep x 100 min)
  • 1996

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...

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ohtoriakio Mar 2016
updated their review of Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena
Score 9.8/10

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 before. ...

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Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena
  • Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
  • 1999

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...

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ohtoriakio Mar 2016
updated their review of Revolutionary Girl Utena
Score 9.9/10

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? ...

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Revolutionary Girl Utena
  • TV (39 eps)
  • 1997

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...

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ohtoriakio Mar 2016
updated their review of Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End of Evangelion
Score 4.8/10

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...

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Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End of Evangelion
  • Movie (1 ep x 87 min)
  • 1997

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...

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ohtoriakio Jan 2016
updated their review of Kanashimi no Belladonna
Score 9.8/10

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...

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Kanashimi no Belladonna
  • Movie (1 ep x 89 min)
  • 1973

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...

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ohtoriakio Jan 2016
updated their review of Red Garden
Score 9.3/10

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...

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Red Garden
  • TV (22 eps)
  • 2006 - 2007

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...

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ohtoriakio Dec 2015
updated their review of Here is Greenwood
Score 8.3/10

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...

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Here is Greenwood
  • OVA (6 eps)
  • 1991 - 1993

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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ohtoriakio Nov 2015
updated their review of City Hunter
Score 8.5/10

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...

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City Hunter
  • TV (51 eps)
  • 1987 - 1988

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...

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ohtoriakio Nov 2015
updated their review of Saint Seiya
Score 9/10

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...

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Saint Seiya
  • TV (114 eps)
  • 1986 - 1989

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...

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ohtoriakio Oct 2015
updated their review of Now and Then, Here and There
Score 9/10

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...

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Now and Then, Here and There
  • TV (13 eps)
  • 1999 - 2000

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...

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ohtoriakio Oct 2015
updated their review of Sailor Moon S
Score 9.3/10

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...

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Sailor Moon S
  • TV (38 eps)
  • 1994 - 1995

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...

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ohtoriakio Jul 2015
updated their review of Magic Users Club!
Score 8.8/10

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. This series goes one further with this however as it also uses bright colours...

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Magic Users Club!
  • OVA (6 eps)
  • 1996 - 1997

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...

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ohtoriakio Jul 2015
updated their review of Saint Tail
Score 8.3/10

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 attributes. I think its lack of...

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Saint Tail
  • TV (43 eps)
  • 1995 - 1996

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...

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ohtoriakio Jul 2015
updated their review of Saint Seiya Movie 2: The Heated War of the Gods
Score 7/10

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...

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Saint Seiya Movie 2: The Heated War of the Gods
  • Movie (1 ep x 46 min)
  • 1988

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...

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ohtoriakio Jul 2015
updated their review of RahXephon: The Motion Picture
Score 5.8/10

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...

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RahXephon: The Motion Picture
  • Movie (1 ep x 120 min)
  • 2003

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...

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ohtoriakio Jul 2015
updated their review of Cinderella Boy
Score 7.3/10

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...

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Cinderella Boy
  • TV (13 eps)
  • 2003

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...

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ohtoriakio Jul 2015
updated their review of Wedding Peach
Score 8.3/10

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...

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Wedding Peach
  • TV (51 eps)
  • 1995 - 1996

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...

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ohtoriakio Jul 2015
updated their review of Saint Seiya Movie 5: The Heaven Chapter ~Overture~
Score 9.3/10

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...

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Saint Seiya Movie 5: The Heaven Chapter ~Overture~
  • Movie (1 ep x 84 min)
  • 2004

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...

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ohtoriakio Jul 2015
updated their review of Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Sanctuary
Score 10/10

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...

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Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Sanctuary
  • OVA (13 eps)
  • 2002 - 2003

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...

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