What I Liked: The plot and the execution of the idea of "memories vs. make-believe". The characters were engaging, realisitic and easy to empathise with. The stylistic changes between movies (and historical eras). What I Didn't: Nothing; I liked all of it. I couldn't find a single fault with it. Final Verdict: A beautiful heartwarming piece exploring the fine line between memories and make-believe from one of Japan's best directors.See full review
What I Liked: The depiction of (future) people purely dependent on technology.
What I Didn't: Dialogue was cheesy at the best of times, some plot points that were obvious were still explained (e.g. Ishida being an avatar), Makino was irredeemably irritating, more plot holes than a block of swiss cheese. Pop group cameo seemed shoehorned in, intrusive and didn't seek to be of benefit to the plot.
Final Verdict: Loups=Garous was nothing original nor nothing special - in fact, it was highly irksome. Everything about it screamed C-grade from the gratuitous plot device-pinching to... See full review
What I Liked: The character development, the setting, the plot (even the mood whiplash I didn't mind),the soundtrack. What I Didn't: Occasionally low-quality animation (e.g. "lazy" shots) - justifiable but still something that annoyed me, the soundtrack (while good) sounded dated. Final Verdict: The best Space Western one could hope for, where elements of both blend together in harmony with great characters and proper philosophical banter. Highly recommended to anyone over 15.See full review
What I Liked: Some of the characterisation (bar Saiga and Kagura), the setting, the mixture of sci-fi supernatural (?) and corruption, Ginza. The plot was interesting enough. What I Didn't: Soundtrack - while appropriate - got repetitive, Episode 16 was unnessecary, Saiga and Kagura were too static characterisation-wise, animation was inconsistent and - at worst - lazy. Final Verdict: Despite being a gritty look at the vices of modern society with well-executed science fiction elements, the characterisation and animation sometimes let this otherwise well-thought out series down.See full review
What I Liked: The lovely homages and tributes to various film and television genres, character designs were great, Dorothy was a standout character, nice mixture of intrigue and action, the sudden ending. What I Didn't: The dated feel of both the animation and the soundtrack, the fact that the soundtrack became repetitive after only a few episodes, the sudden ending. Final Verdict: There's a lot of fun to be had with this Science fiction-cum-Film noir anime, with its various throwbacks to all manner of film genres and even certain rock bands of the 80's. Can't wait to see an actual ending... See full review
What I Liked: Victorique is well developed and voiced brilliantly, the setting, pacing was perfect for a mystery series, mostly good attention to historic detail, consistent animation, soundtrack was good and suited the genre.
What I Didn't: The Department Store arc and Episodes 11 -12 were a little flat (and hard to suspend disbelief watching it), Kazuya is so daft it's infuriating and was still a bit of a pollyanna by the end of the series, the ending and the "Second Storm" thing threw me out of it a bit too much.
Final Verdict: A stunning mystery (in more than one way)... See full review
What I Enjoyed: The characters were all engaging in their own way and the portrayals of Sato's psychotic episodes had the right amount of surrealism. The plot developed as smoothly as a story about unhinged adults could and I even enjoyed the romantic developments. The highlight "arc" for me was the RPG arc, I really got a kick out of it. Also, the soundtrack (as much of a mixed bag as it was) was a highlight, due to strong contributions by Kenji Ootsuki. What I Didn't: The animation seemed like it had been tossed between one average animation studio and three lacklustre ones. The... See full review
What I Liked: The background art was stunning, the setting, the atmosphere, the soundtrack (the sound effects were average, though), the character designs, the fact you learn about Gile and Old Home as Rakka does, it wasn't boring by any stretch of the imagination.
What I Didn't: The character animation felt lacking in comparison to the background art. At least it made up for it in the character designs themselves.
Final Verdict: An intelligent and engaging anime that's not only imaginative but full of symbolism that will delight the more philosophical anime viewer. It may look... See full review
What I Liked: Consistent animation, bright simple visuals, good (but plain) character designs, great voice acting (especially from Hisako Kanemoto, the VA for Ika Musume / Squid Girl, and Rie Tanaka, the VA for Chizuru), unique characters (in terms of personalities, anyway). The squid puns.
What I Didn't: The pacing of the final episode was a bit off-putting (i.e. going from the Volleyball skit to the "Pinch Jyana-IKA" 2-parter seemed a little jarring to me), but it wasn't enough of a problem to warrant a mark against this series.
Final Verdict: Shinryaku! Ika Musume is one... See full review
What I Liked: The (2D) animation, can't fault the plot for being unimaginative, both Japanese and English dubs were amazing in their own right, great adaptation (as far as I can remember), the soundtrack.
What I Didn't: 3D animation could've been better (especially on Graphinica and Kelmadick's part), some of the insert song choices were off-putting (only good one? "Akuma Stocking" in Episode 5.), plot's a garbled mess with more (dumb) twists than a box of knotted-up cables, comedic scenes felt jarring and out-of-place.
Final Verdict: While the plot looks ridiculous on... See full review
What I Liked: Less re-used footage this time around, finally got used to the animation, the ending (while surprising didn't feel like it came completely out of the blue). Also, character development wasn't bad.
What I Didn't: Episode 18 was a bit out of place, the series felt like it meandered around before finally getting to the plot around Episode 19 / 20, soundtrack's still repetitive, the ending.
Final Verdict: This ambitious second season is where the writers truly let loose. It takes the conspiracy present in later episodes of The Big O and runs with it creating a beautiful but... See full review
What I Liked: Consistent animation, bright simple visuals, good (but plain) character designs, great voice acting (especially from Hisako Kanemoto, the VA for Ika Musume / Squid Girl, and Rie Tanaka, the VA for Chizuru), unique characters (in terms of personalities, anyway). The transition from silly to serious in the last episode was less jarring than in the first season.
What I Didn't: Slight quality drop in animation, but not something that annoyed me too much. Opening theme was grating and less likeable than the first season's cutesy OP.
Final Verdict: While it brings nothing new... See full review
What I Liked: Stunningly animated (even the CG car chase scene was done well!), brilliant mood and atmosphere, great character designs, good development of setting and world thus far. What I Didn't: Second half dragged a little. Some strange technology-related plot holes. Balot's issues are not really dealt with, but it's early days and true closure might not come until the third movie. Final Verdict: A fiery start to a hopefully interesting and imaginative Cyberpunk trilogy. It would be nice to see if by the third movie it decides on whether it wants to be a thought-provoking analysis of... See full review
What I Liked: Well designed and executed background art and settings. Soundtrack, while barely noticable, still did a good job at creating mood and atmosphere.
What I Didn't: For a horror movie, it wasn't terribly frightening or scary - kids entering a deadly game thanks to a rumor and being picked off one by one isn't new. Character designs were a little… off-putting and a bit of a let-down.
Final Verdict: While it had an interesting concept and brilliant set designs, Kakurenbo ultimately felt too B-Grade and suffered under the weight of its mediocre character designs and the... See full review
What I Liked: Good way of adapting a multi-faceted VN novel by showing most routes and delivering the same / similar information differently in each route, then tying the lot together with “time loop, that'll do”. Characters were interesting enough (for a group of rural 13/14/15 year olds). Soundtrack was slightly above average. What I Didn't: The moe character designs were unnerving in the wrong way (occasionally, it was like the notion of anatomy was thrown out the door), character animation was sometimes rigid and didn't flow well. Voice acting in some scenes seemed flat against... See full review
What I Liked: The writing felt better structured and had more of a focus on the psychological aspect than last series, the animation (while average) was a damn-sight better than last series, the adorable Hanyuu, the character development surrounding Takano.
What I Didn't: The Hinamizawa Syndrome still sounded like a bunch of crap. Animation was still nothing to write home about.
Final Verdict: Kai answers a lot of the questions left behind by the series that came before it, while expanding on the characters of Hinamizawa with great detail. It's thoroughly more interesting than... See full review
What I Liked: Interesting mish-mash of science-fiction and post-apocalyptic situations and elements, good background art, good character development of some of the characters, the awesome late-80's soundtrack.
What I Didn't: The plot was liner in terms of structure but stupidly all-over-the-place at times, character designs were unimaginative, voice acting could've been better, animation itself was nothing special.
Final Thoughts: While horridly dated and over-crowded with enough disjointed science-fiction and post-apocalyptic elements to make your head hurt, A Wind Named... See full review
What I Liked: Brilliant and creative animation style, great character designs. Interesting use of Christian mythology. Nice soundtrack. Great voice acting from Linne's VA.
What I Didn't: Could've been about 30 minutes shorter. Interesting use of Christian mythology. Strange pop culture references clashed with the story. Animation occasionally suffered from quality issues. The plot switches from positive to negative faster than a kid playing with a light switch, and it's distracting as all get-out.
Final Verdict: Hells is quite an interesting little piece about self-confidence and the... See full review
What I Liked: The setting and world-building. Intriguing concept.
What I Didn't: The fact it's really a rom-com. Both the OP and the ED were boring and forgettable. The series didn't really do a lot with the setting created, I felt as if the romcom-military/censorship balance was out-of-whack the whole time. Almost everything else about the series was pretty average fare.
Final Verdict: Toshokan Sensou / Library War neither makes an effort to invoke moral discussion about censorship and war nor tries to be an intellectual military-focused anime. In fact, it's nothing more... See full review
What I Liked: Fluid and consistent animation, the visual humour, some characters were almost stock-standard but still funny, the interactions between Nano and Hakase, the first OP (actually, scrap that, the entire soundtrack has now become one of my favourite soundtracks ever.) The card pyramid skit was the best comedy skit I've seen in my 31 years on this earth. What I Didn't: Nothing; I liked all of it. I couldn't find a single fault with it. Final Verdict: Nichijou is an absolute delight to watch. It's brilliantly animated, has a perfect soundtrack and is absolutely hilarious thanks to... See full review
What I Liked: The character designs (mostly the costume designs). Aki Toyosaki as Inga. The ending did a good job of wrapping the series up and the utilization of items from previous cases was brilliant. What I Didn't: Everything else about it was average, except for the world-building - while details about the setting were leaked out throughout the whole series, I still couldn't form a definitive picture of the Japan the characters inhabited. It wasn't a detective series where one would be engaged to solve crimes with the characters. Points off for invoking the "All the World's a... See full review
What I Liked: Animation's bright and sunny and fits the mood of the series. Character designs and animation are fluid and fit the genre. Even though repeated footage was used, it didn't detract from the flow of the story. Good use of parallel storytelling in two parts. What I Didn't: Characterisation was a massive let-down - the protagonists' actions seemed illogical and immature. Every other character aside from the protagonists were depicted in a negative and generalising light (all men are pigs; all women are harlots). Final Verdict: Animation was good, but the writing and... See full review
What I Liked: Gives a more detailed background of Yuuki, Inga and Bettenou that was unfortunately lacking in the series. Especially liking the display and explanation of Bettenou and Inga's powers.
What I Didn't: Story-telling and world-building's still a little patchy, and the constant time-skips don't help. At least the episodic nature of the series is missing from this OVA.
Final Verdict: A great prequel that does a superb job of filling in the gaps with Yuuki, Inga and Bettenou. Unfortunately, not much more history is given to the terrorist events that took place in the world of... See full review
What I Liked: Almost everything - The background art, the soundtrack... Character animation is fluid and natural. The story of how Hana met the werewolf is romantic without being too sappy or alienating. The way it was written made everything believable - even the supernatural element.
What I Didn't: Pacing may be a bit too slow for some viewers. People may not appreciate having their emotions put through the wringer like this movie does.
Final Verdict: Probably Mamoru Hosoda's finest work to date, Wolf Children is a visually stunning and immersive slice-of-life movie that is more... See full review
What I Liked: The artistic direction, the soundtrack, the inclusion of some of Baudelaire's poems from Les Fleurs du Mal. The ED was the right amount of freakish and cool. Kasuga was even more infuriating in this than in the manga. The classroom vandalizing scene. The dream sequence. The mountain scene. The way they depicted the ending not only was a good prelude to Part 2, but also left the viewer knowing that the worst was yet to come. What I Didn't: The first three OPs. The animation meant that expressions were sometimes too subtle for the situation. The use of static shots far too often. The... See full review
What I Liked: Ah, memories of the hand-animated movies I watched as a kid - down to the strongly-accented male narrator and the little musical numbers. It's a Trauma Conga Line for both Chirin AND the viewer! No-one cocked up the pronunciation of "Chirin". Probably the only kid's film in (my) memory with a depressing and un-happy ending.
What I Didn't: Young Chirin sounded a little too goofy at times. Pathetic animal sound effects (e.g. the bear) at times.
Final Verdict: A surprisingly violent and brutally dark piece from Hello Kitty creators Sanrio, Ringing Bell weaves a... See full review
Ok… this is fucken nuts… Why would a show with no plot and underlining story exist like this? Actually, maybe I’m being a little too harsh on it. It’s a rather mind numbing show, full of ridicules humor and down right perverted jokes. Almost all of it is rather random cut away gags and many people dieing and the story starting all over again. When I say no plot, it means that it never actually follows what the plot is ‘supposed’ to be!
The main character must be drinking to much caffeine and taking speed pills. I would love to have half of her energy just to get... See full review
Introduction A few years ago, I found myself attending one of Anime Boston's yearly AMV contests. That year, one of the finalists in the Drama category was a video for a series called No. 6. The video was very well edited. In fact, it was so well edited, that I decided that I had to give the series a watch. Everything about the music video suggested that this was a post-apocalyptic show worth watching -- an exciting new entry into the zombie-apocalypse canon. Only, it wasn't. Although the show certainly contains dystopian elements and influences, it's far less action-packed than I was led to believe. The... See full review
Well, I think it has about time that I get into checking this series out, considering when at the time I was watching Sword Art Online, people were making such references to this series and I having no idea about this show or this franchise, as a matter of fact and while this has the digital world aspect, it also had a RPG (Role-Playing Game) element in it and considering my disinterest in the latter (not hatred, just not that into it) but more into the former, this might be a hard feat to accomplish and wonder how will I enjoy the series. Amidst a popular online role playing game in the near... See full review
Superheroes in general has got the impressive resume nowadays, starting from animated and live-action shows and comics like Superman, Batman, Justice League, Wonder Woman, The Flash and now today, they are part of the every medium, such as movies where many of the all-time highest grossing movies happen to involve superheroes including this one (well, two) movie(s) in 2012 that happened to earn $1 billion worldwide and it really has an appeal out in the western world so how will anime be able to do that subject well? Well, let’s just see right here right now. ... See full review
You know, after watching the series of the same name, I would never think it would continue or developed to be such a big franchise. However, the ending of the series didn’t quite satisfy some folks or that it went some confused and/or dazed (I was just confused some of the time in this show) but luckily after 3-4 years when the series ran in 2006, there was a movie adaptation coming to the fray in 2010 in Japan, but I didn’t know if it was one of those compilation movies where they just put scenes from the show and make it different somehow. ... See full review
There’s something about the Fate franchise that has such a Westernized influence. The show itself (along with its prequel Fate/Zero) is partially derived from a series of visual novel games, made for the PC and then later for the PS2 and PS Vita made by Type-Moon, but like many visual novel games, it didn’t left a mark in the Western part of the world and then in 2006, an anime adaptation was made into the fray as it would come to that eventually.... See full review
Blue Exorcist starts out with a seemingly normal young boy, living a seemingly normal life. But that normal life doens't last long, when he stumbles into trouble and finds out that he isn't at all who he thought he was. A very common storyline, especially when it comes to anime--but that doesn't make it any less good.
The pacing is excellent. Nothing drags on for too long, and there are no gaps left to fill in how anything came to be. On top of that, Blue Exorcist keeps you wondering, wanting to know what's going to happen next. It's captivating. There are ocassional fillers that really... See full review
Ugh, where to begin. Contains spoilers (if you can spoil trash) Story: 3 The story is a weak copy of Gundam SEED (which was a pretty decent reworking of Gundam Wing's story). Been there, done that. Throw in a 'twist' invovlving amnesia, and you've got the recipe for every soap opera out there. Maybe this is just bias on my part, but Mechs do NOT belong in soap operas. Animation: 3 I'd say a good 10-15% (if not more) of the series is flashbacks taken directly from Gundam SEED. Combine that with a dorky put-the-pieces-togather style mech that recycles footage every time it's deployed... See full review
This is the show that started me watching anime, and I have a fondness for it, despite it's flaws. I also have a strong dislike for reviews of this series that are overly superficial (or based on the english dub). Spoiler free review First of all, knock off 3-5 points if you're watching it dubbed in english, as the translation is... different, and a notable amount of meaning is changed or outright lost. In english it's a decent mech anime, that's ruined by rants about pacivism. Story 7-8/10 At first glance, it's a used storyline. Lotta reviews focus on that, and completely miss the... See full review
A perfect example of how you take a great series, and completely fail with the OVA. Spoiler free review Story 3/10 The story feels forced, and the characters don't act like they do in the anime. Not too much more I can say without ranting or spoilers though. Animation 6/10 Similar to the main series, but feels cheaper at points. It was enough for me to dock it a point, and I considered 2. Characters 1/10 Yes, one point here (it wouldn't let me do 0). The characters were one of the strongest points of the main series, and some of them act so out of sync I ended up checking to see... See full review
One of my favorite anime's of all time, and I'm picky about what I like. Spoiler free review Story: 9/10 It's the story of a clueless, moronic, and irresponsible captain, the most rundown destroyer in the fleet, and it's crew of the most problematic members of the armed forces. It's silly, improbable, rediculess, and even more rediculess. It is NOT a serious show by any means, but is an excelent light watch as long as there arn't people around who will be bothered by fits of laughing. My only issue with the story is a few episodes (maybe 2?) are a bit angsty and while they work, they don't have... See full review
Disclaimer Being by me this won't be short, will jump around a bit for the sake of giving a fitting example where needed and you probably won't agree. =============================================================== It seems around here that nobody who comments will agree or vice-versa but here I review again anyway. It's yet another one of those anime where the premise and the plot are the same. There's a club, they do stuff. Just like Lucky Star, Genshiken and Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai, and they are entire FRANCHISES. Unlike in Genshiken or BWTGS however in Yuyushiki they can't manage to do the same... See full review
This is a kind of rather wacky and out of control, kind of like FLCL and SuperJail. I will not have you watch this without a warning, this show is really over the top, packed with sex, poop, gore, and pretty much any type of joke around. Those who take offense to any of this or are young children should leave the room, as I will probably be talking about stuff like that in this review. Are they gone? Alright, back to the review.
This show is, hard to actually review as it’s that type of humor that you either get it or you don’t. Its not something you can actually explain well or have a... See full review
Well here is a flashback to my childhood. When I was little, I would sit and watch this for so long, I had the cards and played the game. Now that I’m older, I actually think it’s pretty interesting. Not exactly fully good but actually alright. It starts out actually rather bad but I do say it gets better. Warning, I try hard not to actually put spoilers in my reviews but this one may have a couple.
We start out with a normal story of Yugi getting his Grandfather’s deck in ‘his dying breath’ to get revenge on Seto for taking his Grandfather’s Blue Eyes (not really... See full review
This is so a rip off of Digimon! I remember when I was younger, I liked it but seriously… now that I have watched so many anime shows and found out just how badly ripped off the other shows are, I feel a little like crying. Now please don’t take this the wrong way, it is a good show to a point but it takes so long to get to where it’s getting good that most people would probably conk out of it. It’s good for what it is, a children’s show, nothing more and nothing less.
We start out with the main character, Genki who is pretty much Ash Ketchum in school. He is... See full review
This Anime is so stupid. There is no easier way to say that. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT? Let me explain what I mean. It’s really hard to talk about this show because it’s just all over the place. At one point, it just feels like they are stalling for time so they can make it run two episodes long.
The show starts out with a bit of an epic concept about someone wanting to take over the world and make it a place of beauty and sweetness. This wouldn’t be so bad except that right after the opening song, we get… stupidity. A Hyper, overactive girl screaming at the camera for the... See full review
So, once again, I’m looking into the world of Madhouse... See full review
Yes, it’s MARVEL anime time... See full review
As you may know, I’m not one of those people that get pessimistic... See full review
Now let’s get into Marvel Animation. Like DC Comics is having trouble with their theatrical releases aside from the Nolan Batman movies, Marvel is doing worse in their animation department considering from I heard on the internet about the two beloved series Spectacular Spider-Man & the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes got canceled mostly due to Disney being a part of Marvel and after seeing Ultimate Spider-Man, fans were pissed at the result of that show and while that happened, Marvel decided to cross into anime territory along with the help of studio MADHOUSE with Marvel Anime, a... See full review
Welcome to Digimon… I mean Dinosaur King. For real though, We have three protagonists… two guys and one girl, who find special cards one day and when they rub the card on a stone, it activates. Does this not sound like the D-readers and cards in Digimon Tamers, especially the two guys and a girl concept? And then we have the bad guys, the Alpha Gang who seem to be a rip off of Team Rocket from Pokemon. During the time that this came out, it feels like most shows were trying to mimic Pokemon and Digimon though I think this might have been the first to put both into the mix. The characters are... See full review
I'm gonna fix the english mistakes as soon as I notice. Story (Good) Certainly a Swiss cheese, but a delicious one! what I am saying is that do not expect to have a solid story in terms of coherence, it isn't a complete puzzle, it has a lot of plot holes that didn't made me to enjoy this anime as many others, since it doesn't build up too much when we are talking about the setting but it builds enough. Enough for what? well, here comes the good part, it builds enough to build up its message in a pretty good and heart-warming way. In that aspect... yeah it makes sense and it was... See full review
Griffith's words about true friends still resound in... See full review
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