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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 5, 2013

Story This anime is very well written. It keeps you tense and guessing by throwing some twist and turns through its progress. One thing against it is that it doesn't let truth get in the way of its good story.   Animation The animation throughout is good. I enjoyed the character designs and the action sequences. The standard is impressive considering its age.    Sound Great musical score, poor themes. In some cases perhaps a better song could ahave been chosen to protray what the prioduction company was trying to put across. Excellent vocal performance. The actors really play the... See full review

9/10 story
8/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
7.6/10 overall

Yumekuri

MOJ's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

A short review for a really short "anime"

Story Its multiple cliches brought to life. There really is no story to go along. The story section got a 1 instead of a zero only because it managed to impress me with the way it crammed so many cliches into 4 minutes of showtime. I mean wow, It usually takes other animes around 3-5 episodes to present cliches this "anime" managed in a minute or two. Animation Although not spectacular, it was the best aspect of this "anime". Comparatively the animation, colors and detail were average at best but once the other components of... See full review

1/10 story
7/10 animation
2/10 sound
1/10 characters
1.5/10 overall

D.Gray-man

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

Story Initially very familiar, it feels like every other action anime. towards the end it gets better. Good twists throughout keep it exciting and the characters have depth and emotion which has a say in what they do   Animation Pleasing, not ground-breaking. It is dark enouugh to cope with the quite dark subject matter but it did not feel as crisp as it could have.     Sound Both the voices and the music are an excellent fit. The music compliments what is happenng, episode by episode and the voice actors do a great job in bringing life to the characters... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.1/10 overall

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

Story Good, but not focused enough. It kind of meanders around the main point for a long time. You want to find out more about the characters and don't until very near the end, which I suppose make you watch it so credit has to be given   Animation Good, but nearly too cheery for some of the subject matter. The characters are all designed very well. As a personal preference I would have liked Darker than Black to use more black. It is not a cheery anime and yet the colours are quite vivid.   Sound The voices are well cast and are performed well. I would recommend the dub for this anime as... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Death Note

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

Story The storyline in this anime is brilliant. I think it is perhaps the best thriller anime. It is full of twists and turns and you are never really sure what is going to happen next. It is also interesting to think what you would do in that situation, making it ever more intriguing. Animation Excellent. Very immersive. It is very smooth and all the characters are designed well.    Sound Vocal performance is excellent but is let down by the soundtrack. The music is good but at times not in keeping with the mood   Characters Well formed, if some are a bit annoying. Those... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.8/10 overall

Devil May Cry

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

Story One episode at a time, very boring. If you are thinking about watching this you are probably not looking for aome great work anyway, but this is bad even for an out-and-out action anime.   Animation O.K., needed to be better for the action sequences. They are over very quickly and leave you wanting more. Sadly and no stage is there a proper fight sequence to enojy properly.   Sound The music is actually pretty good; the voices are mediocre at best. The english voicing is better in my opinion. If you are going to watch it, watch it dubbed.   Characters Very 1D, no development... See full review

4/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
6/10 characters
5.3/10 overall

Dragon Ball

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

Story Very repetitive, but it doesn’t feel that way. There is always some competition or bad guy to train for. The show isn't really about the plot line as much as it is about entertainment value, which there is loads of.    Animation Not brilliant, but then it is old. It also should be noted that it does get better as the show progresses. It does hold up quite well considering it is form the mid 80s.   Sound The music is a great fit for the show and good in its own right. The voices fit the characters well   Characters There is very little development; they are all... See full review

7/10 story
6/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
6.4/10 overall

Elfen Lied

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

Story If it wasn’t for all the violence, of which there is a load, it would be pretty boring. It is about violent killing machines becoming less violent. That's it really. Well there's nudity and creepiness thrown in too.   Animation All the violence is excellently portrayed, which is good beacuse there is alot.    Sound The vocal performances are quite bland, however there are some exceptions. The music used is excellent. It all fits the tone of this short anime very well.    Characters Pretty boring, no real connection is made. The detached nature of the... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
7.1/10 overall

Escaflowne

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

Story The premise is hardly original. What makes this anime score so highly is how well it merges elements of lots of different genres together. This anime is a very good stepping stone if you are going from more action-based story to more relationship-based story or the other way.     Animation Outdated. If you haven't watched any older anime at all the older style may throw you slightly. I am, by no means calling it bad but even for its age it can only be called O.K.   Sound Mostly, the music fits very well. It is, like the story, a mix of two differeent styles. This mix of... See full review

8/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.3/10 overall

Eureka Seven

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

Story Good, but gets lost slightly. The show starts of well and handles the pretty standard themes in a way that makes it great to watch. Then there is a turn for the worse. This may coincide with the building number of questions you have and the realisation that they won't get answered. Animation Awesome imagery. The setting is amazingly well detailed and the animation throughout is top class. It is very good to look at.    Sound The voicing could be better but the music is well matched and excellent in its own right.    Characters Some good, some bad and no real... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.8/10 overall

Samurai Gun

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

Story Very average. Just a device really for the good guys to shoot at some bad ones. The portrayal of the bad guys as bad isn't done that subtly either.  Animation Looks ok. The characters are designed quite well. It could do with being smoother at the action sequences.    Sound There is a solid vocal performance playing the characters well, it is not the actors fault the characters are bad. The music is actually O.K., a little reminiscant of Samurai Champloo, which does lead the mind to make some harsh comparisons.   Characters Poor development and design. The development... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Mar 4, 2013

Story There isn’t one. A very eclectic mix of minor stories about each character. This is all done to poke fun at situations that we all go through in life. It is the same 'joke' over and over though which gets boring. Animation Very well done. Very nice to look at. Some characters look similar and you may get confused but the point was to make this anime as true to life as possible and derive humour from that   Sound The music is good throughout, but is very varied. The voices are strong. They provide an injection of life which means that the comedy is actually funny. Without the vocal... See full review

4/10 story
9/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
6.1/10 overall

Eureka Seven

FullmetalCowboy24's avatar By on Mar 3, 2013

Critic's Log: Earthdate: March 3, 2013. Review #37: Eureka Seven I originally was going to post this sometime in February, but I had a hard time doing such a thing. I share a computer with my brother and I usually get kicked off the computer by my brother, that kinda sucks after knowing that he's usually on all damn day. At least I can watch some animes or play video games like Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, and even a little Tetris to pass the time while waiting for my brother to get off. Even though I'm obviously an Otaku, I'm also a gamer. I'm not super-obsessed with video... See full review

7.7/10 story
9.4/10 animation
7/10 sound
9.9/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Blood-C: The Last Dark

randomredneck's avatar By on Mar 3, 2013

Guess who? Yes, it's the master of overbearing opinions, RandomRedneck, here to bless(Or curse, more likely) you with another anime review. Back during the summer season of 2011, we saw what happens when you give a decent franchise to CLAMP, who proceeded to drag the Blood franchise through the mud, with the pile of dreck known as Blood -C. Well, the conclusion is here, in convenient movie form! Can it end the series on a good note? The answer is no. This is Blood -C: The Last Dark. Let us begin, shall we? STORY Did you expect there to be a good story? Well, prepare to be disappointed. It's your... See full review

2/10 story
6/10 animation
4/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

Natsu e no Tobira

SadisticTendencies's avatar By on Mar 3, 2013

Story: 6/10 Before any further explanations are made, I have to express that anyone with a pet peeve for fictional melodrama should run away and never look back. Much like other titles from the same genre and era, this is a movie with no shame when it comes to executing scene after scene with such ridiculous and dramatic extravagance that it crosses the border of what most people find endurable. If, like me, you can’t get enough of that stuff, continue your reading. Partly a coming-of-age story but also a tale of sexual awakening and the loss of youth; Natsu e no Tobira is more or less what... See full review

6/10 story
6.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Wolf Children

TheStampede01's avatar By on Mar 3, 2013

I wasn't really sure what exactly to expect when I heard of this anime. A mother taking care of werewolf children? Sounded pretty damn silly to me, but I gotta say I was surprised in a good way with this film. This movie comes to us from the director of works such as Summer wars and Girl Who Leapt through time, so I had somewhat high expectations and this movie doesn't disappoint.  Story- The story centres around Hana a young women who happens to fall in love with a wolf who can somehow turn into a human and procreate with humans. Now this is where your suspension of disbelief comes in, at first... See full review

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

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai 2

Mariisa's avatar By on Mar 2, 2013

Story | 8/10
Conquering the hearts of young women has never been so comedic and cute! I love this series because of how capable Keima Katsuragi is in filling the emptiness in the hearts of young women. The story seems a little dull for me, but I like the comic relief found in some of the episodes. Comparably-speaking, I enjoyed season 1 more. However this 2nd season is more realistic and heartwarming. The "God of Conquest" captures four more loose souls. However in this season Keima has more of a challenge with a few of his targets. Animation | 9/10
The animation of The World God Only Knows... See full review

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

Hiyokoi

snugglebums's avatar By on Mar 2, 2013

Okay so first off i love the story. Its extreamly cute hate the fact there is only one episode and that it is only 23 minutes long i just hate that. It was a cute story and i think they should of done more episodes honestly i thought it should of been a series It would of been a good one but sadly its only one episode thats why i give it a 9.5 i love every thing else but that.

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10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Burn Up!

TheStampede01's avatar By on Mar 2, 2013

So Burn Up! Is a one episode OVA that spawned two 12 episode T.V series and another 4 episode OVA. If I had to compare it to anything it would be Bubble Gum Crisis also by AIC, excpet not quite as good. It's pretty much your basic cops OVA, with a bit of violence and fanservice here and there.  Story- So the story is pretty much about these female cops in the future who have to defeat this evil organization and rescue their friend... yeah not the most origianl story there ever was. The story dragged a little in the middle, but the actiony parts were quite engaging.  Animation- Easily the... See full review

6/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Special A

snugglebums's avatar By on Mar 2, 2013

I rate this anime a 9.5 because honestly i love this anime. the only issue and i mean the only issue i have with this anime is that the ending isn't that great and it just made it seem a bit lame in the end i mean i guess we have our opinions but mine is that it wasnt a great ending it made me cry like once. It's one of my favorites though so i would highly recommend this ! thanks, Have a happy time watching anime!!

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

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Sammac's avatar By on Mar 2, 2013

Go watch this now if you haven't already.

Definitely in my top five all time favourite animes, Higurashi is a masterpiece in what it set out to achieve. I'll admit, for first time watchers it will be difficult to understand what is actually going on, but it all comes into place in the second season which just makes you fall in love with the series even more. You're introduced to Keiichi, who has recently moved to the secluded village of Hinamizawa where he lives out his day to day lives with his eccentric and lovable group of school friends. Yet as soon as he finds out about a secret the village is... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9/10 overall

Another

Sammac's avatar By on Mar 2, 2013

Worth watching.

I was recommended to watch Another because of my huge love for Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni. I have to say that I was not dissapointed. It has the the whole high school setting with a strange curse due to some murder that happened in the past, and of course, the nosey transfer student has to go poking around which in turn sets in motion a chain of grim accidents. It'll have you on the edge of your seat at times shouting at the screen "No! Don't go in there!". All in all, story is relatively solid, entertaining twists here and there make it an interesting watch as you wrack your... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

5 Centimeters per Second

Sammac's avatar By on Mar 2, 2013

Definitely worth watching. 

It's a peculiar concept as it is three mini stories that revolve around a couple who were destined to be together but their distance keeps that from happening. It is interesting to see how their young love blooms in the first mini story and watch how their relationship progresses and evidentally deteriorates as it doesn't seem to be a topic much covered in anime. Primarily, I didn't think much of the actual storyline, since it was split into three parts it was difficult to really feel any sense of a secure plot, however they do make you care deeply for the characters... See full review

7/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Clannad

LastActionCowboy's avatar By on Mar 1, 2013

This is a review of after story as well. Story: I really can't tell if a show is good or not by the first episode, but hearing the words "I hate this town" right at the beginning really got me curious and i wanted to watch it more. As I progressed throughout Clannad, I found myself enjoying not just the main story of Tomoya and Nagisa, but the stories of the other characters too. I'm not going to post spoilers, but many of these stories made me tear up. Animation: I've always loved the animation styles that Kyoto uses for the shows that they animate. This applies more to the... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Elfen Lied

moldychesee's avatar By on Mar 1, 2013

If it's not obvious enough, this contains spoilers.

Story The story of Elfen Lied is a sad one. Though I liked the story, I found that much was left out in the 13 episodes. The pace was a good pace, slow at times, fast at others, and they really did jam as much as possible into each episode. I feel as though more could have been explained, the Diclonius disease was a bit of an enigma. I also want to know who was at the gate at the end of episode 13, they really could have continued the series. The implication of Lucy's death wasn't really enough for me, I wish they had shown more of it, as it... See full review

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

Guilty Crown

Awa's avatar By on Mar 1, 2013

The story isn't too horrible, but rather generic. Disaster in Japan/only one guy (with hidden powers) can save the world with lots of action type. The animation and sound are above average. Interesting characters, they aren't always very original either though. Some fanservice here and there -- well, the girls are pretty. In a nutshell: nothing groundbreaking, but worth watching once. The mood changes around halfway. Most people seem to like the second half, I do not -- it becomes pretty chaotic here and there, with too many random things popping up. Also, I found the ending rather disappointing. And by... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall

Bakemonogatari

meowmixgypsy's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

     Bakemonogatari is either amazing or a let down depending on what you start the anime looking for. If you're looking for a creepy supernatural anime with heavy plot and adventure, you will probably find this anime to be very dull. However, if you start this anime looking for moe girls and cuteness, you will likely be thrilled by the supernatural sub-plot and gorgeous animation.

Story (Not the worst)
The story is broken up into five arcs, each focusing on an individual character. As you would expect, there are some sub-plots more interesting then others. The stories told... See full review

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

Sword Art Online

LindLTailor's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

I might as well skip the plot synopsis of Sword Art Online, because odds are you already know it. Sword Art Online has utterly exploded. It is all over the place. It is that one show the EVERYONE is watching, whether it be through genuine interest or sheer bile fascination. And amidst this, it has split the anime fandom enormously between those who utterly love it and those who absolutely hate it. As you no doubt checked what I scored this before anything else, you can probably tell I'm in the latter camp.

In the event that you've been living under a rock these past 6 months, Sword Art Online... See full review

1/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

Fullmetal Alchemist

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Excellent, except for the ending. The ending feels like they ran out of ideas and so just threw it in. It was the sort of cliche ending that you would get told off for if you handed it in in junior school.   Animation Good, the action sequences are well done. The show is coloured very well. Its colouring keeps the mood light which is important considering some of the subject matter. All of the characters are extremely well designed and all look unique.  Sound This is one of the best voice casts around. The voices are well suited to each of the characters and only add to how good... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.3/10 overall

GANTZ

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story O.K. the storyline is a means to fill the show with violence. Its not brilliant or enjoyable to watch yet you feel strangely compelled to.   Animation Nice mix of 2D and 3D, not perfect though. The animation is probably the best thing about the show. It looks very good. It copes well with the themes involved.  Sound The music is a perfect fit for the series. It uses a genre which is mostly about violence and sex as the theme, rap. It is actually quite good. The sound is dragged down by the very annoying voices. These added to how annoying one of the main characters was. ... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.4/10 overall

Get Backers

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Good at first, then there doesn’t really seam to be one. At the start you are introduced to the pair and see them on their adventures. Afterwards though, it apears as if the episodes are just being done to keep people in a job. Once the big goal is acheived the characters go back to normal, its very puzzling   Animation O.K., you feel it should be better. There are some inconsistencies in how the characetrs are drawn episode to episode and that is annoying. It is starting to show its age a little. Sound The voices are O.K. they do a good job at playing the characters and it is no... See full review

7/10 story
6/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.4/10 overall

Gungrave

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Amazing. The two distinct parts are both very good. They are haphazardly stuck together in the middle though in a way that doesn't relly make sense. The politics and relationships portrayed in the first half are particularly good, the second half becomes more of a straight forward action anime.    Animation It doesn’t cope well with the action scenes. At the start that is ok as that is not really the focus. With the change in tack action is brought centre stage and it does not od that well.   Sound The music is only mediocre. It doesn't really stand out and you forget it... See full review

9/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
9/10 characters
7.8/10 overall

Hellsing

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Only good. It seems to lose its way about half way through. It is a nice change from the typical vampire anime though. There quite a few bad guys in this very short anime. This seems to have been done just to get the main character to fight in as many cool different ways as possible    Animation Good, characters look good. The scenery is not handled well in places. Occasioanlly there is some inconsistencies in the drawing of the characters. It does have its own style of animation though and some amazing action sequences.   Sound The music is mostly good with a rather stylised... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Heroic Age

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Could have been good, really isn’t. It starts of with great potential. The premise is good and you are interested. It then gets to the point where it starts to think a little highly of itself. It is disappointing. If it had been more grounded and discussed its philsophies in a more coherent way it might have been good   Animation The space batlles look epic and indeed are. The action secquences are brilliantly done. Some parts get reused towards the end which is a little annoying Sound Nice music and themes used. The soundtrack is as grand and epic as the animation would have... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
6.3/10 overall

Heroman

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Nice, predictable in places but there are some very nice touches. Considering how much Stan Lee has done it's only fair that he borrows from. Heroman is a safe adventure into anime.    Animation Very clean and crisp. Heroman is animated extremely well. There is good attention to detail and the animation is very smooth.  Sound The music is average. The voices on the other hand are good, but the main characters voice is very very annoying. I watched the subbed version of this anime, which is uncommon for me but the voice actor playing Joey reinforced why I watch dubbed anime... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Tried and tested plotline, with some interesting alterations. It is a little unusual as the protaganist, who is trying to get stronger - pretty standard, has no hidden power which surpasses everyone else. This made it a little more believeable - only a little, but that helped.    Animation Poor, very simplistic, especially when you consider the age of the anime. Not as bad in the character designs but the backgrounds are definitely lacking Sound The music is to be expected from an anime of this genre. The dub is shockingly bad and should be avoided at all costs. Some of the voices... See full review

8/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
9/10 characters
7/10 overall

Naruto

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Starts of familiar enough then gets quite interesting. If you enjoy slightly typical fight/action anime then this is for you. It does have a few things that keep it from being a carbon copy. Plagued with filler. I personally don't really mind this, but it does detract from the point and direction of the story.    Animation O.K., good fight sequences. This is important considereing it is a fighting anime. The range of different abilities on show isimpressive and at no stage do you notice any flaws in the fight scenes. This is impressive because there are lots.    Sound The... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Neon Genesis Evangelion

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Really good, don’t watch the last two episodes. The score would be an awful lot higher if not for the horrible horrible ending. I don't understand why it was done and the fact that it has been rewritten twice doesn't help my confusion. Elsewhere the story is actually very good and definitely should be watched.    Animation Feeling old now. Although at certain points you will be very impressed by the display that it puts on.    Sound The music was well done. The scores compliemnt the storyline greatly at almost every instance. The voices are... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Outlaw Star

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Not groundbreaking, but definitely entertaining. The premise is quite similar to some others, Cowboy Bebop for example, but it is a good show in it's own right. It has you asking questions throughout and, although some of them are easy to answer, there is some element of mystery that keeps you watching.   Animation Old but O.K. Very changeable. Some parts the animation is as good as anything of this age gets but the inconsistency gets annoying.    Sound The music was good to great in places. The intro is very good and gets you ready to be entertained, which you will be. The... See full review

7/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Peace Maker Kurogane

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Could have been amazing. Ultimately disappointing. I liked how there was some self awareness of the group the main character joins. The problem is that there is noting really new here, so it can be compared to other shows. Its problem is that it doesn't perform as well as these other shows.    Animation O.K., just O.K. I can't rave about its quality nor can I be too harsh. The action sequences are handled well and so are the comedy scenes. It is very appropriate.   Sound The music was not brilliant. The voices were mostly good, but there were some annoying ones. All characters... See full review

6/10 story
7/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Pokemon

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story An O.K. premise, but the episode by episode storyline is really bad. Being based on a game means it already has a large audience. One problem I think this anime has it that it thinks the people who play the game, and therefore watch the show, are younger than they actually are. This means they have made it very simple and to an older viewer the formulaic episodes can get a little tedious.    Animation Pretty basic and cartoon-y, O.K. for target audience. Being that it is cute monsters beating the day lights out of each other it can't be too realistic and it does well not to be offensive... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.3/10 overall

RahXephon

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Good story, but you have to be paying attention. I mean really paying attention. I am someone who likes to watch anime before I go to sleep. This is not the show for that. You nearly need a pen and paper.     Animation Nice backgrounds, but characters and enemies look very generic. This is a shame. If the same time and detail had gone into everything this score would be higher.    Sound The music fits the theme of the anime well. There is an O.K. vocal performance; however it does not help the likeability of some of the characters     Characters Some are really... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.3/10 overall

Rurouni Kenshin

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Moments of brilliance lost in filler. It is very well written and I particularly enjoy how quite a lot of the bad guys are doing things for good reasons. Alos enjoyable is the main characters quest to get more human and less like a killing machine, which is a fresh take on the genre.    Animation Occasionally awesome, mostly quite poor. The inconsistency is what it is being marked down for. Some of the action sequences are very well done and the characters look well. This is what makes the inconsistencies stand out all the more, thehigh level that you have come to... See full review

7/10 story
6/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.4/10 overall

Saiyuki

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Great action anime. It is a little filler-y in places. It is another take on the old legend (Journey to the West) and is therefore not that original. At times it is very episode-at-a-time and if you skipped these you wouldn't miss much but it does get a little better   Animation Feels somehow cheap. The action sequences aren't great, wel they sometimes are ok but are very inconsistent. the characters change and aren't very well drawn. This is one thing that lets this show down   Sound The dub and script in this anime is excellent. I would recommend it. It fits the rowdy tone of the... See full review

8/10 story
6/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.1/10 overall

Samurai 7

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Great reworking of a classic, the future setting is a little strange in places. It takes a familiar story and fills it out. This is a must see for samurai anime fans and is very well written.    Animation Well drawn and designed characters. There are some very nice sequences. The quality drops off towards the end hindering it form a higher score.    Sound The voices are well done, but the best thing about the sound is the music. Using traditional instruments in modern music brilliantly mirrors the shows plot and premise   Characters These all fit the originals well... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.4/10 overall

Samurai Champloo

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story O.K. but falls into a familiar routine. It also is quite episodic, with lots of little mini-stories being strung together. Perhaps if it wasn't made by the guy behind Cowboy Bebop it may have been marked higher. I was expecting so much more.    Animation Nice to look at, especially in the fighting scenes. The differences in the 2 characters fighting styles is very well done and throughout the animation is top-notch.   Sound The voices are good, which is to be expected and the music fits the style of the show very well. I particularly enjoyed how the music mirrored the... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.8/10 overall

Samurai Deeper Kyo

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story A little typical, feeling all too familiar. A peace loving guy coming to terms with his violent past. Then a violent guy being softened by kindness. Not ground breaking really. There are some parts which keep it interesting so it is not a complete write off.    Animation Average, poor in action sequences. Outside of these The show does look quite well. Itis let down by its handling of the action sequences.
Sound The voices are good, but the music is so sparsely used that when it is used it seams strange.
Characters There is a decent mix of characters that are mostly... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
5.6/10 overall

Scryed

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Good premise, spoilt by too much action. It is good action though. Trying to kick out the policing force is only going to lead to lots and lots of confrontation which it does. There are some twist and turns to keep your mind slightly occupied along the way.    Animation Only decent, even when taking its age into consideration. It looks ok and deals with the fighting pretty well. It does not really match the ambition the creators had though.   Sound The voices are up to the same standard as the rest of the show, and the music is pretty weird actually. Weird in that it is both bad... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.6/10 overall

Shakugan no Shana

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Not original, but well executed. If you have watched a good few action anime then the plotline for this particular example will not surprise you in anyway. There are themes that are in similar animes as well. It is done rather well though. I wasn't bored even though some of the plot ideas I had seen many times before, which is to its credit.   Animation Good, not great, not bad just good. The fight scenes work quite well and there are some nices touches here and there.   Sound The music enhances the plot well but is nothing special, maybe a little overworked in places. The music... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.4/10 overall

Soul Eater

PhdInCartoons's avatar By on Feb 28, 2013

Story Similar action anime themes, in fact quite similar altogether. If you were to describe it to someone you could say quite a few anime names and they would get a good idea. It is not paced that well either. Parts with no relevance are given lots of time, points crucial to the story wizz past.   Animation The animation is very stylish. There is some great attention to detail. If Gurren Lagann did a Halloween special, that should give you a fair idea. It all looks very good. You nearly forget the other shortcomings, nearly.  Sound The opening sequences are very good, to the point of... See full review

6/10 story
9/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.6/10 overall