There is a lot to like about the ambitious cyberpunk anime Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Based on the movie Ghost In The Shell, this series fleshes out some of the characters seen in the film, and adds a lot more. It has tons of stand alone episodes, but there is an overarching story about a mysterious hacker known only as the Laughing Man, the mystery of which is solved over the course of the 26 episodes.
While a lot of animes take a simple, and sometimes cliched approach to the story, this anime takes a very complex approach to each individual story told. Some aren't quite as hard to... See full review
Elfen Lied is an anime that opens up with a sequence of a naked girl cuttin people into pieces, seemingly with her mind, for about eight minutes. This sequence then leads to an episode replete with comedy and moments that make you smile. As the anime progresses though you lose that smile on your face as you are suddenly quite sad because everything's so bloody screwed up. Every characters past comes to light and you suddenly can't tell what side to take, you don't know who you want to survive or die. It's an anime that builds itself to be depressingly sad, and it's the thing that holds it... See full review
Ergo Proxy is an anime that does a number of things right. First of all, it is an adult anime that treats it's viewer as an adult. There are no boob jokes or typical anime fair, it's a lot of philisophical and biblical things that make up a good portion of the show. The show does a good job of being intelligent, though sometimes this comes off as totally insane. The ending is a typical anime ending that leaves you scratching your head, but the ending comes to abruptly and comes right out of left field that it leaves you scratching your head even longer than usual. Think Big O quality of what the hell at... See full review
FLCL is the single strangest piece of animation I've ever seen, period. What makes it so strange is not just the plot, but the characters, the setting, the animation, the sound: everything about this anime makes about as much sense as...well, nothing. It's not totally incoherent and you can follow the plot, but new plot threads are introduced every episode and whatever the plot actually is, it just doesn't matter because by the end, your mind is blown.
I can't even rate the story of this show because I'm too confused by it. I don't want to give the story a good or bad rating though because I... See full review
Trinity Blood fails in almost every respect. It doesn't start like this though, it actually starts as pretty good. The world is neat, the plot looks like it will go to cool places, and the two main characters, Esther Blanchett (a nun whose church has been destroyed by vampires) and Abel (a priest who works for the Vatican and fights vampires) are totally likeable. We'll get to flaws in their characters as the show progresses later on, but all I can say here in the intro is that it starts off promising, so promising, but ends in failure.
The story, as stated, starts with promise. The war between... See full review
Gurren Lagann is arguably one of the greatest anime series of all time, and for good reason. I just started watching it yesteday. And I got through all 27 episodes in the course of the past thirty-six hours. It was that freaking good. There are so many things that have been said about this anime that I know when I say will sound repetitive, but you hear these things for good reason. This is a series that as a fan of anime, I can safely say has something for everyone.
Gurren Lagann does not have the greatest story of any anime. The situations we see in the series are exciting and well thought out... See full review
I'm going to just call this anime Madoka because it's title is too long. Just thought I'd clear that up real quick. Madoka is something I personally can enjoy looking back at my childhood of Cardcaptor Sakura. It is deeply moving and is exploitative of the fact that these girls go out and do what they do, yet never actually think about the fact that they could die. It's a heavy concept that Madoka deals out quite well, it comes together and is impactful to the viewer. The problem's with Madoka lie in the ending that leaves me scratching my head. And while I know that I have commended anime for this... See full review
I am terribly torn about Aria The Scarlet Ammo. It’s a fun anime with tons of great action and laughs. The problem lies in the fact that the story is really weak. And when I say really weak, I mean it. Aria The Scarlet Ammo is based off of a series of light novels and covers the first three books in the series. While at it’s core the concept is fairly generic (a high school for detectives, because in Japan, there is a high school for everything), it’s execution is well done. Not well done in a “God, this is amazing sense”, more like “God, this is entertaining&rdquo... See full review
Angel Beats is a thirteen episode anime that follows a group of dead people in what I assume is limbo. It looks good, the plot sounds good, but the anime itself fails in a few respects. Most notably, in the character and story department. Not to say either are bad, they have high points, but especially with the nonsensical pacing of the story, there are problems. Let’s take a deeper look.
She could kill you with her cuteness, then with her giant freaking hand knives. Story (CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS)
The story of Angel Beats follows a man named Otonashii. He has died apparently and is... See full review
So a sixteen, going on seventeen year old guy just watched Toradora. His name is me, Ratchet. Does he feel embarrassed by the fact he thoroughly enjoyed this anime? No. This anime is something that is so well done and so compelling that whatever girliness is to be found is negated by the strong characters, excellent writing, and totally dramatic atmosphere. Sure it has it’s comedy, sure it has a few action sequences, but it is the drama and romance that totally pulls you in. And this wouldn’t have worked without excellent characters and writing.
The story revolves around Ryuuji... See full review
Warning: The following review contains gratuitous cursing, references to sexual things, and loli. Viewer discretion is advised. Kodomo no Jikan is…strange. In one respect it is typical loli fair; loli, for those who don’t know, essentially being underage anime girls doing either cute things, or in this case most of the time, sexual things. If you hear someone be referred to or refer to themselves as a lolicon, it means they get off on underage anime girls. And for those lolicons reading this review, I can assure you you’ll more than likely love this anime. Now get off my review you... See full review
Needless is, as the name implies, needless. Needlessly violent, needlessly stupid, and needlessly likeable for some reason. It’s replete with action, comedy, and enough fan service to make Kokonoe Rin blush, but it comes across as almost a parody half of the time instead of something really trying. At least, toward the beginning. The end tries to take a more serious route and while it does succeed, it succeeds in giving us a cliche story that could have been left out and still maintain the integrity of the show. If there were no back story is could have been a parody or a comedy but with that... See full review
Clannad is a romance at its core, but is peppered with weird psychological plots and character backgrounds that are enough to make you cry. It’s based on a visual novel series and what could have been a cash in to the apparently popular Japanese V.N series turns out to be a heart felt romance/comedy/drama that starts slow but introduces us to some amazingly likeable characters. This is where the show wins many brownie points.
The story of Clannad is not what I thought it would be. What I thought would be a Toradora like romance/comedy turned out to be a very heartfelt and... See full review
Clannad After Story is a direct continuation of the story of it’s predecessor. What could have been a half-assed cash in on the original actually turns out to be one of the best second seasons of an anime I’ve ever seen. While it does have points that it loses momentum and feels kind of like filler, it tells three very distinct, yet connected stories that really seems to work to it’s emotional advantage. It divides itself between high school dating, marriage, and adulthood. It really shows a progression that gives it the emotional charm that truly makes the show so successful. The... See full review
I’ve gotten ambitious. Two reviews in a single weekend. This is unheard of! Especially when I can’t even keep to the schedule and review things on Saturday like I promise. I set my own deadlines, and even then I don’t succeed to meet them. Think how well I do in school… Anyhow, Dantalian No Shoka is a Gainax anime. That’s all I really know about it’s background other than the fact it is based off of a light novel series, which seems readily apparent when watching any anime. It’s either based off of a manga, light novel, or visual novel. So either a book, a... See full review
When searching out anime with violence and decent plots I stumbled upon Baccano, what has to be one of the most original concepts in anime. Set in 1930’s America on the train the Flying Pussyfoot (Hardy-har-har) it is replete with awesome characters, great dialogue, a neat plot, and a neat way of telling the story that doesn’t actually confuse as much as it should. The series ability to portray so many varied characters, give us a compelling plot, and have absolutely no part that makes me cringe or groan, makes this a true staple for all anime fans.
The story... See full review
Mayo Chiki is the story of boobs...I mean a love story intricately crafted around a unique premise. I mean a bare bones romance/drama/comedy about a guy butler who is actually a girl and has romantic time with the guy who discovered she was a girl.
Based on a light novel series (which should be a given for any anime I've reviewed lately), this show is not as bare bones as I previously stated, but doesn't innovate in any way. It's a very likeable anime that isn't bogged down by anything but it's sheer use of cliches.
Mayo Chiki is the story of a girl named Konoe Subaru. She is a butler, but as... See full review
After about two months without a review I’ve finally been able to sit through a whole anime and it is none other than that hilarious erotic comedy/romance Soul Eater. Wait, that’s not right… Soul Eater is fifty-one episodes of pure good. Never does it amaze and never does the plot really go anywhere exciting, but it is good for what it is and an enjoyable respite from all the other generic shounen crap out there. It is even 94.3ish percent story and 5.7ish percent filler with only three filler episodes, which is a miracle. Of course, this filler will be described below in full. Please... See full review
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD :) I have wiped my eyes of the tears that have been lingering there since the start of the final episode of Ano Hana, debatably one of the most emotionally driven, down to Earth, and genuinely sad anime I’ve ever encountered. Sitting down to watch this anime is not a temporary respite from school or work or boredom, it’s a commitment from school or work or boredom. While it is not long at all, clocking in at eleven episodes, it is absolutely one of the few anime I’ve ever been able to sit all the way through and not get bored. It doesn’t take shortcuts, it... See full review
The following contains spoilers that may be found to tarnish the experience of someone wishing to watch Shiki for the first time. The section that readers who have not watched or are watching the anime should avoid will be bolded. Reader’s discretion is advised. It’s a pain in the ass to find a good horror anime. And by horror, I don’t mean just classic horror species, such as vampires, because that would imply that Rosario Vampire is horror. And while it is scary for completely different reasons having to do with how crappy it is, Shiki is the complete opposite. While it... See full review
If you were to take anime as art reflecting the real world you would figure Japanese high schools to be places full of huge breasted girls, oblivious guys who don’t realize that six girls want to pork him, and you’d probably get the idea that Japanese high school kids get nosebleeds upon seeing the cleavage of a woman. These are not actually true as Japanese high schools are not much better than any other high schools and the only reason anime treats high school as a place of fun, violence, tits, and more tits is because it makes high school a much more exciting place than it actually is. Baka... See full review
The original Baka and Test was a funny, entertaining ride that I happily gave a 7.5 due to that fact. With the second season I didn’t expect the original formula to really change, but what I did expect was some form of plot or progression or something of the like. Not that Summon the Beasts had a fantastic story or anything, it was kind of weak in that regard. But the second season just doesn’t go anywhere or do much of anything. Now, I’m not saying things don’t happen, because things do happen. But the problem I have is that it mostly feels like filler. And when you have a whole... See full review
MM is the harrowing story of a man plagued by masochism who attempts to overcome his love of pain through the help of a girl two years older who runs a club that grants wishes. Together with this lovely female companion he embarks on an epic quest through the streets of Tokyo in an attempt to cure himself. Along the way he meets a girl who has a severe dislike for men and hits any man who touches her and they fall in love. It both touches your heart and warms your body with its realistic portrayals of masochism, androphobia, and human relationships. No, I’m just screwing with you. You can only... See full review
There are a lot of problems that permeate Samurai Champloo and take away from what could have been an awesome, stylized adventure through late nineteenth century Japan. These problems are not large, but together they detract from the experience. Samurai Champloo is of course a well-loved anime, and far be it from me to harshly review it, but I shall because that is what I do. The story of Samurai Champloo is something that is hard to explain in very long and drawn out terms. The series follows three characters, Foo, Jin, and Mugen, who are each outcasts from their respective walks of life. Foo is just... See full review
Relationships can be one of the craziest puzzles of life, and are without a doubt one of the most enjoyable parts of being a teen. Unless of course, you can’t get a girlfriend and you look really plain and boring. That’s the problem with Takasu Kosuda. He’s average looking and not all that exciting. But somehow he manages to find himself in a weird relationship with one of the hottest girls in his high school, Yamada. The problem is he doesn’t understand that she only wants him to bang him because her whole goal in life is to have one hundred “fuck-buddies”. So... See full review
When I was recommended Deadman Wonderland I was told it was the next best thing to watching Elfen Lied and had a pretty nifty plot and some cool ideas. What I wasn’t told was that I would be subjected to another unlikeable protagonist and all the cool ideas seem to get thrown out the window halfway through this twelve episode romp and are replaced by a fairly uninventive, though still entertaining second act. The reviews for this show are fairly mixed, and I can see where you can love it or you can hate it. First of all let’s look at the story. Ganta Igarashi is in middle school, has a bunch... See full review
Otaku culture can be a strange culture indeed, though of course, as is the case with everything, the extremists give otaku’s a bad name. Take for instance Kirino Kousaka, a middle school girl who is obsessed with erotic video gaming and a little girl anime that Ore no Imouto even admits is something guys seem to love for all the wrong reasons. Then again, that’s probably some sort of complex paradox because I’m sure some people who watch this classic tale of a brother and sister in trouble who build their relationship through their trials and tribulations aren’t paying attention... See full review
Working’!! is exactly like Working!! but with an added apostrophe to confuse you. It has the same thirteen episode set up with the same characters, same restaurant, and same jokes. What I’m trying to get at is the fact that this review will be fairly tiny because there’s really not a lot that can be said about this second season of the series that I did not say in my previous review of Working!!. The story is the same as before with Souta helping to cure Mahiru’s androphobia while working at a family restaurant operated by a big group of misfits. It runs in a somewhat episodic... See full review
What could be more fun than a series that contains magical girls, zombies, vampires, ninjas, necromancers, and evil whales in school uniforms? Well, a lot of things actually. Kore wa Zombie desu ka starts off promising and funny, but starts to take itself too seriously toward the end and focus on the rather unexciting and uninspired plot than what really made it good. When you watch the first episode, you know you are stepping into strange territory that only gets stranger as the series progresses, but it maintains a certain sense of seriousness that seems unneeded in an anime that’s main character... See full review
It's hard to write a really long and in-depth review concerning an anime OVA that is only fifty minutes long, but I will give you a short and to the point review concerning whether or not this is worth an hour of your life or not. Black Rock Shooter is a midleading name as it doesn't have as much to do with shooting and black rocks as it does the bonds of friendship formed by two middle school girls named Mato and Yomi. From the very beginning we see a deep bond form between the two and we watch them develop rather quickly into inseperable best friends that seems to be borderline lesbian at a few points... See full review