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Expelled From Paradise

on Jan 17, 2015

Animation The movie is totally computer animated. There are sharp character designs that seem to have a limited number of moving parts. This means any single frame looks great out of context but you'll notice some awkward, robot-ish motion throughout the movie. Angela's hair floats about behind her like it's made of plastic, and she often has a bit of an awkward gait, as though her body parts were animated independently and then smushed together. It's like the characters were animated with whatever software is used to make visual novels. Nevertheless, the movie is beautiful. Battle effects (robots, laser... See full review

4/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
3/10 characters
5/10 overall

Karas

on Sep 24, 2014

Story Karas has a story that I liked okay. Each city has a demon guardian called Karas that has supernatural powers granted by its demon master, a girl called Yurine. Otoha is an ex-mafia member who turns into one such Karas tasked to guard Shinjuku, however Shinjuku has another Karas, Lord Eko, who wants to destroy the city because humans have forgotten that demons exist (but dude, how can you blame them when demons are normally invisible?). My biggest complaint is that Karas feels very sporadic initially. Karas is an anime that prefers to show rather than tell. There is little dialogue, so viewers... See full review

6/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

on Sep 22, 2014

Gundam Unicorn takes place in the same universe as the original Gundam, I think 20 years or so afterwards. There is a mysterious and unknown thing they call Laplace's Box that is supposed to spell doom for the side faced against it. Nobody knows where this box is, what's inside of it, or if some joker fabricated the whole story. Thus, the series is reduced to this treasure hunt. The grander politics I expected, while still sort of present, are side-stepped because of the focus on this box. Instead of the usual fifty episode anime (totalling about 18 hours of content), Unicorn is told in seven... See full review

5/10 story
9/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Gungrave

on Sep 5, 2014

Story Gungrave is about two friends, Harry and Brandon, who begin pulling off small jobs and eventually become bona-fide mafia members. It opens in medias res, starting off in the middle of the plot, and then jumping back to start at the beginning. Gungrave then paints us a picture over the course of their lives, showing how the two friends change and how their relationship is tested. Gungrave executes this well with the plot it is given. It manages to be both thrilling and touching, and comes packed with a ton of exaggerated style and some sci-fi elements added in that makes for an entertaining... See full review

7.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Monster

on Sep 1, 2014

Monster is an incredible series. It weighs in at a long 74 episodes told at a slow and steady pace, with an extreme devotion to its characters and its story. Monster is the only anime of its length (that I've seen) that maintains a consistent quality for the duration of the series. There are no filler episodes; every episode is essential, each having its own relevance to the story. The plot maintains its focus and the characters' motivations are consistent from beginning to end. It's really quite a masterpiece. Story The storytelling and dialogue are exceptional. The themes it touches on are an... See full review

9.5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
10/10 characters
9/10 overall

Claymore

on Jul 26, 2014

Story Claymore has a unique-ish premise. Yoma roam the world, disguising themselves as humans in order to feast on human guts. The "Organization" has developed half-Yoma, half-humans called claymores to find and kill the Yoma. Claymores can use their Yoma energy to gain power, although if they use to much they will "awaken", losing their humanity and turning into a Yoma themselves. The beginning of the story is fairly dull as it introduces the main characters Clare, a claymore, and Raki, who becomes attached to Clare after she saves him from a Yoma attack that killed his family (the... See full review

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

Redline

on Aug 1, 2013

Redline is an anything-goes race and, by god, anything f*cking goes in this movie. There are aliens, wormholes, space cannons, magic, and absurd cars. Story? Redline has no time for stories. The characters' pasts are mentioned a bit, but I forgot once the bio-weapon activated and that other dude turned into a giant whale-looking monster. Did I mention the racing? There's a lot of racing. This movie's got looks too. Everything is hand-drawn, and it shows. Colors are bold, contrast is high (intense blacks, reminiscent of noir films). It's very distinctive. You could show me any frame of this movie and... See full review

4/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Summer Wars

on Feb 8, 2013

I'm surprised that Summer Wars is so well-received. While enjoyable to watch, the whole movie has such an artificial, romantic-comedy-esque, "we can do it" spirit. I think I might have actually thrown up not ten minutes into it, but I'll try to break down what there is to like about it. (Warning: Spoilers all over the place) STORY: The movie opens with a description of Oz, which is your standard virtual world where you can live a second life, except people use it for important things as well. I was hoping there's more to it, but that's pretty much it. Then break to Natsuki who urgently needs one... See full review

5/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall