Oh man, this is comedy done right! The writing in this show is just astounding, and every anime needs to take a page out of it's book.
So we begin our look at the show with its core, the characters. All are so unique, and the clashing personalities make for such fun times around the Shin Chan household.
First, we have Shin Chan himself, lovable little bastard. He's like Stewie Griffin if gay jokes ever became unfunny. (Read: 1987) That is, he's smart, cynical, and way funnier than a kid should ever be.
Then we have the parents, who, in a turn from classic television tropes, are... See full review
It isn't often I find an anime that not only is good for my kid brother, but is enjoyable for me as well. I found this gem of a show while watching Fox's Saturday morning cartoon block with said brother, and boy, was I hooked.
I know, I know, getting hooked on a kid's show? Sounds silly, no? But believe me, there is a lot here for the more mature crowd. Think of other "for everyone" cartoons like Spongebob or Regular Show, you'll find One Piece falls under that umbrella very well.
The slapstick-like humor in the show is backed with witty dialogue, and quite often I find it sails... See full review
Oh Hyouka how I loved thee. But why? Seriously, I have no idea why I loved this series so much but I did and it’s done and now I’m sad. Were the characters super loveable and memorable? Not really. Was the story extremely intriguing and mind blowing? Nope, nuh uh. Was the animation so beautiful that it made me depressed to live in a world that’s so dull and limiting that I thought about taking my life to end all the suffering? Negative. Honestly, every time I watched a new episode of this series I asked myself the same questions, well maybe not the super dramatic one at the end there. I... See full review
The story is really good but the heavy editing done to it totally debased the story and should be re-edited. In fact, i would probably squee like a fan-girl-- on the inside.See full review
Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh,Detective Conan, InuYasha, Shaman King, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist and so on. the list of world famous shounen is long. Fairy Tail is only the newest of them. Story: 8.5/10 The first episode catches your attention immediately. A boy looking for a dragon, who are said to be extinkt, travelling together with a talking cat and turning out to be one of the most famous members of one of the worlds most famous magic guilds? Not something you see every day. Of course, the new girl on the scene seems to have some skills, too. The first three arcs are halfway interesting... See full review
Ghost Sweeper Mikami while amusing in its own way is quite the repetitive anime. Every episode seems to consist of the same idea implemented in a different way. A ghost appears, a company or person requests the help of Mikami, she charges large amounts of money, insert some comedy by way of her lecherous and incompetent assistant or wacky acquaintances, a short action scene and BAM you have your self the majority of this series in a nutshell.
The animation is a lacking in design which I believe is partially due to the time it was created. The character designs are cheap looking and do not stand out... See full review
This will be my first anime review since 2010. Back then I was still new to anime and reviews, so my reviews were very simple and not very good. I hope to improve them now that I've been watching anime for a few years. This is still my first one since 2010, so I apologize if it isn't very good. Without further ado here is my review of the anime Hyouka. I can best describe Hyouka as a mystery anime that's usually episodic and involves Oreki (the main character) solving some mystery because Chitanda is curious and when she gets right in Oreki's face and stares at him with her big eyes and uses her... See full review
Well, it tried, I'll give it that.
Hyouka, also known as "Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape" (a title that basically means nothing) is the latest series by acclaimed studio Kyoto Animation, who, despite their huge fanbase, generally produce work of more style than substance. Hyouka unfortunately follows this trend, though superficially it doesn't fit in with the rest of KyoAni's back catalogue very much. Hyouka is generally very dry in tone... which pairs up somewhat poorly with KyoAni's signature over-the-top style.
Hyouka is a mystery series, revolving around four high school students in... See full review
Samurai Champloo (SC) is director Watanabe’s attempt to relive the success Cowboy Bebop (CB) had in the previous decade. I will be comparing a lot these two shows as they feel almost as siblings, plus you are almost forced to watch both in order to get a better picture. The following paragraph is in fact just personal speculation and you may as well skip it entirely if you want.
Although the anime fans didn’t lose their minds as much as they did with CB, that does not mean SC is a bad show. Far from it; it is very entertaining and retains a similar mood as CB. It’s just that the... See full review
- Animated by studio GONZO, which means crap on a CGI stick. These guys are terrible.
- Directed by Takizawa Toshifumi, who is a a bit famous for his work on the original Votoms, but has otherwise produced nothing of interest.
- Based on the homonymous film y Akira Korosawa, and thank goodness he is not around anymore to see what they did with his work.
The first arc is the same as in the movie. Peasants asking for help from non-greedy samurais to protect their village from being looted by bandits. The themes are how honor is a lot more important than... See full review
This slow-paced slice-of-life is not for everyone. Its atmosphere is subdued and subtle, yet elegant and meaningful. **Spoilers to follow** Story: Sora goes to Tokyo for a month-long mage certification course, and along the way she makes friends, meets people, and, through the tasks assigned by her clients, digs into tough questions about the Meaning of Life. Like: should a person who is hired to do a job do merely the job assigned them, or should they do their best to help their client, despite being outside of their job description? Along with that, what is the price of simply going along with... See full review
Elfen Lied was the first Anime I ever watched with Subtitles and for me it’s become the norm to watch Anime’s subbed. There are good Anime’s that can be dubbed (a.k.a. Cowboy Bebop, DBZ, Baccano, etc.) but when this came out there was no dub for it and everyone was telling me “Dude you gotta watch this” so I did and I loved it when it first came out. When I got older and got the opportunity to see other Anime’s my feelings for Elfen Lied changed but not too extreme. The very first 7 minutes of the first episode leaves you in sure bloody bliss and you immediately are... See full review
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (a.k.a. When They Cry) is one of those unique Anime’s where you have no idea what is going on at first and then you grow to love it all the way towards it’s psychotic ending. When I discovered that this Anime is based off of a murder mystery video game the random moments when the characters came back to life sort of made more sense to me. The story overall is not too bad. There are like 3 or 4 stories that play throughout the 26 episodes; some follow around Keiichi Maebara (our main guy heroin) Mion and Shion Sonozaki (twins who are totally fucked up) and the... See full review
Hello fanserivce, my old friend, it's been a while. Well, not for me, but you get the idea. Anyway, Rosario to Vampire is an interesting anime to say the least. Compared to something like Hellsing, it's quite tame. However, the story resonates with me a bit since I enjoy harem comedy types like this. And, truth be told, it's not bad at all. I found it to be interesting. I actually wanted to watch more episodes, and not just for the panties. This anime does some good things, such as having a bat narrate and explain things for expositions sake. It helps the characters do more things with out talking... See full review
Guess who? Yes, the baron of over-opinionated, RandomRedneck, is here with another review. For this review, a tackle a show that starts as potentially promising parody, and just devolves into...something. This, is Ebiten. Let us begin, shall we? STORY This is a schoolgirl comedy. Story was never a vital point, and it shows. The first few episodes are basically "Let's parody (X show)" and frankly, it should have stayed that way. As it drags on, there is some convoluted thing about one character having a split personality or something, and they try to cram all the badly done drama into the... See full review
The previous season of Higurashi was a delicate balance of cutesy underage school girls doing cutesy underage school girl things and violent, brutal murder and torture. The plot was masterfully convoluted and needed a lot more explanation than it was given. Thus, the second season, which I like to think of as both the explanatory as well as the happier season. The violence is toned down with only one scene of gore and a lot more scenes of character drama. So basically, those of you who got into Higurashi for the loli murderers will feel a bit let down by how focused on hope this season is. For anyone who... See full review
G Gundam is objectively the best anime ever created. Some people dissagree with this fact, but they are wrong; G Gundam is the pinnacle of entertainment media and anyone who believes otherwise is an ignorant philistine.See full review
- Animated and planned by studio Sunrise, which means cool robot action.
- Directed by Oohashi Yoshimitsu, who has produced nothing but random bullshit shows in his whole career.
Sacred Seven is to fighting shonen what Star Driver is to mecha. A laid back series, full of stereotypes that tributes various shows of the past. It supposed to be running mostly on nostalgia that anything else, and in all honesty it made a crappy job at it. Everything is completely random and uninspired, plus nothing is focused upon enough for us to care.
It feels like a... See full review
Everything about it was laughably bad. It's a 20 minute OVA so I didn't expect much. Not much of a story, animation was that of a less than average hentai would give. A weird mix and timing of well known classical songs. And there was nothing memorable or interesting about the characters, seeing how they didn't have much time to get familiar with anyway.
For a quick laugh at how terrible it is, it's not a bad watch, but if you're looking for something good, thought out, and well done, don't even waste your time.
Before I begin my review, I'd like to ask for a moment of silence as we mourn the loss of the original animation style. *************** Thank you. Story: Who watches Moyashimon for the plot? Point being, the plot has never claimed to be amibitious; it's a simple slice of life. But there's nothing bad about it, and sequels can be tough to pull off. It moves forward in small arcs, wherein problems arise and are solved. There's some silly light humor, we never spend too much time in flashback land, and moving the second half's setting to France was a fun twist. Animation: I really wanted to... See full review
As excited as I was for this show and at the beginning of it, it ultimately fell short of my expectations for several reasons which are the meat and potatoes of this review. But what are potatoes without a little bit of cheddar cheese and context? One of the things you may be thinking is that the premise of Natsuyuki Rendezvous is really similar to AnoHana. All I have to say on that subject is that, yes, the premises are essentially the same, but there were things AnoHana did much better than Natsuyuki--another reason why it fell short of my expectations. Another comment I'd like to air is that a lot of... See full review
Saikano was the first super dramatic anime I had watched when I was still a rookie in the medium. Back then I didn’t know how bad GONZO was as a studio and had no idea of how manipulative shock factor can be into liking a show. Thus to no surprise it brought tears to my eyes. After all these years, I now see things more clearly and know what it really was all along. One big pile of SHOCK FACTOR! But I still admit that it was one hell of a good show in making you all emotional as long as you shut your mind. It had created a tsunami of emotions in the fandom and everybody was praising it for its... See full review
The Sacred Blacksmith is a generic fantasy take regarding the adventures of Cecily, a girl who is supposed to be a knight but is otherwise dressed like a maid with a breastplate made to look like… well, breasts. Ten minutes into the first episode and it is already established trice that her fighting skills suck and she is in constant need of some uncaring pretty boy to be appearing out of nowhere and saving her with his awesome sword in the last second. Said pretty boy is named Luke. He is very good at crafting swords; thus he can slice in half other common weapons just because his works are quality... See full review
More commonly known as Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, Sei Juushi Bismark is the very first not-so-just-for-kids series that ever aired on television outside of Japan.
For a mecha series, it was the first to offer true character interaction. The protagonists did not spend the entire show inside their base just waiting for the next attack. They were going on holidays, discussing their futures, loving and hating others. Oh, sure, older series like Battleship Yamato and the first Gundam series did the same; but they were only offered on VHS. I never got to see those titles because... See full review
First and foremost: If ecchi is well-done, GREAT. If it is the whole effing plot, NOT GREAT. Story: Bosom. Breasts. Boobs. Tits. Ta-tas. Knock--OH SHUT UP. I'm sure there is more to this show than just THAT. There is--pantsu. Seriously though. The near-constant ecchi and nudity detracts from the REAL plot. A young pervert, Hyoudou Issei, is busy trying to simultaneously grope his classmates and look up their skirts when he finds a girl who wants to go out with him. This is suspicious in itself, but Issei is overjoyed at the fact that such a kind, charming girl (with large breasts) wants to be with him... See full review
The manga storyline was very slightly, and I do mean very, intriguing, and since the anime is rated so highly, I decided to give it a chance and hope the animation would not be the typical fake glossy stuff we get now, the voice acting would not be shrill typical moe quality, and that the promised added details and stories would be interesting. Unfortunately, every one of those hopes was failed.
First of all, the art and animation is mostly terrible. Sure some of the movement is "slick", but the animation is always glossy, the character art is as bad as you would expect from the manga made... See full review
Ok. David Lynch. Great director, often deals in surrealism. Dude is accomplished, and helped popularize that whole surrealist style.
FLCL. An abortion of an anime aiming to be surreal and out-there but ends up falling into the territory of obtuse and "lol SO RANDUM XD".
Seriously, no part of this makes sense. I'd talk about the plot, but there is none! Non-linear story structures are cool, I often enjoy them, but there needs to be some kind of story. Something has to happen. And no, random monster fights aren't an actual plot point. Sorry.
Then we have the characters... See full review
Hello there children! Do you like to be bored? Do you like people talking at you for a few hours? Do you just love it when people think out loud?
Well I have the show for you. Here we have Death Note, something I thought would be a morbid musical but turns out to be a melodrama with all the excitement of two people playing a game of Chinese Checkers.
Seriously, nothing happens in this show. We are just treated to two men yelling in their minds about what they will do, as opposed to actually doing it. (Comes much later, has much less screen time) It disobeys the basic trope of visual media... See full review
I like to think we as a planet have evolved since the early twentieth century. We hold and value others equally, regardless of their appearance/ethnicity, and judge them on merit.
Most of the time anyway, racists and sexists still exist, but they are few and far between, no?
Hm, maybe. But what if an entire writing staff was full of these people? Also the actors who read the produced lines, the artists who agreed to produce this mess, and any other staffers associated with a certain show.
The percentage of bigots in the world seems to be shooting up in recent times, creating somewhat... See full review
Here are two words to set the tone of my review of this...thing: Criminally overrated.
I can't, at this moment, think of a better adjective than criminal, so let's roll with that.
Often, at night, I will be lying down and struck with a fit of sudden insomnia. During these moments I will flip on the TV, and more often than not wind up on Adult Swim. Usually, this is ok. Except for Saturday nights? Why? Saturday night, is anime night, and they pick the worst of the worst to be shown. Full Metal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell, and worst of all, Cowboy Bebop.
Every episode starts out... See full review
You know what's great about animation in all of its forms? It lets us convey scenes that simply couldn't be done in live action. It lets us use a plethora of sets that would take too much money to construct. It lets us use many different character whereas that many actors is inconceivable.
Ghost in the Shell, of course, does virtually none of these things.
I tend to forget if I'm watching a cartoon, or just talking heads set to a static background image. I went in expecting a series full of tactical and corporate espionage.
What I got was two jack-wagons talking, one without pupils... See full review
Some people like to relive their childhood. I am not one of them. As such, I can't get behind Toradora and its target audience of 11 year old girls.
If you support that then more power to you, but from an outside observer, this is awful pandering. Let's create an idealistic high-school experience and sell it to those who terribly struggled socially! Yeah that'll sell!
The producers know most anime fans have this void to fill in their lives, and how do they fill it? Watching factious people and living vicariously through them.
Truly, truly awful.
I honestly felt like I was... See full review
Time is a funny thing. A veil more than a man-made concept, it is the ultimate in distorting, masking and outright changing our perception of the world around us. Go ahead, go revisit a Looney Tunes episode, you'll find it awful. Or perhaps take another look at the Titanic film your parents rented as a kid, you'll appreciate it.
So yes, Akira, right, this is a review. The point I'm trying to make is, the perception people have of something can evolve over time, often beyond its merits. Something's legacy can often grow past it's own shadow, and we remember it as more grandiose when we... See full review
Rating an anime highly just because it discusses that being an otaku is okay? Give me a break.
This series, first of all, has terrible art and animation. The character art is that kind of lumpy facial style that seems to be the default shabbiest "acceptable" anime art form for people. It is completely lacking in style, substance, or detail. I am not just lashing out at random or trying to claim authority, this is seriously true; for instance, characters nearly never have elbows if their arms are straight (e.g. episode 3, near the end Kousaka randomly loses his elbows when he is crouched... See full review
I don't think any anime has made be cry so suddenly and without warning... Literally 3 minutes before I'm completely normal and 3 mintures later I'm sobbing. This animation is only 3 minutes long, yet it manages to tell a story better than most anime or movies. Its really it's hard to explain in words the effects of this anime, its only 3 minutes so just watch it and see for yourself.See full review
Are you ready to walk the path of a man? Do you believe it is your time to become a true man among men? Then it may just be the right time for you to watch Sakigake!! Otoko Juku! **WARNING** Side effects of Sakigake!! Otoko Juku! may include: Your voice dropping several octaves, rapid muscle development on all parts of your body (yes even your eyebrows), profuse growth of hair on all parts of your body (especially your face), your shirt spontaneously bursting into shreds, caring way too much about your friends, height growth ranging from 1-4 feet, many manly tears, dangerously high... See full review
So, another typical day in the life of Sailor Moon, but Mamoru has an old friend visit him, who he has forgotten about. This friend, Fiore, is jealous to find Mamoru has new friends, as well as a lover, and the basic plot of the movie is him trying to get Mamoru for himself, while, of course, threatening Sailor Moon, her friends, and all of Earth. First off, I can't say I was a big fan of the gay undertones, but... This was a pretty decent movie. Some bits moved a little slow, but the ending battle was brillant. That's one of the things I love about Sailor Moon--it can be a little corny, but the creators... See full review
Somehow, I find the title Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya quite odd.
n. A deep, pensive, and long-lasting sadness.
adj. Sad, gloomy, or depressed.
Do any of these fit Haruhi Suzumiya? I wonder.
Can someone please enlighten me as to the whole point of this series? Is there even a deeper meaning into it, or is it just what it is? Plot? What plot? Chronological order or not, it was the same. The release version just made Haruhi, the main character, less immature and selfish. Seeing as it settled itself at 129th, I thought it was worth... See full review
The ZOE videogames are a good bunch of action/mecha and for some reason when they decided to make an anime out of them they chose to create this weird semi-serious adventure. I for once gladly accept for the formulas to be messed with and every time they try to create something different I am more than willing to give it a try. So here we are with a mecha title which deconstructs various elements of the genre.
1) The protagonist is not an edgy teenager with ego big enough to take on the world but balls small enough to be afraid of a girl. He is a working middle-aged man, working as a low-tier space... See full review
I had a few doubts so far about the Zoids franchise. I watched Zoids Genesis (the latest as of yet) a few months back and it was TERRIBLE! Yet, it had the highest rating of all 4 Zoids series. So, I give the franchise a second chance and watch the previous series, which also has the second highest… Now I am sure. Zoids SUCKS ASS!
STORY SECTION: 3/10
In a world were mechanical animals of an old era of war are now used only as sport; a boy pilots one of them and teams up with other pilots in order to win tournaments and protect the people from warmongers… That is pretty much the... See full review
STORY SECTION: 5/10
In a world where mechanical animals of an ancient civilization are excavated, a boy pilots one of them and teams up with other pilots in order to protect the people from a megalomaniac bad guy… That is pretty much the story. It conveys only the most basic elements of a scenario. I still give it a 5 because there is story continuity… as simple as it may be.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 3/10
- Since the story is two lines long, you can expect a really simple plot, cliché battles and a really predictable conclusion. There are plot twists but nothing great that... See full review
Teacher Despair is what I came to see as the Urusei Yatsura or GTO of the 00’s. A school comedy setting with lots of social-political overtones, critisizing modern life. At best it can be seen as an interesting series of smart gags and wordplays in a psychedelic setting of artistic expression. At worse it can be seen as a big pile of weirdness that never seems to get anywhere other than confusing you and promising you things that eventually never happen.
This review covers all seasons, OVAs and any possible sequels (?) it may get in the future. It is formulaic to the point of not needing any... See full review
Although moe was defined in the early 21st century and quickly turned to a pandemic, that does not mean there weren’t earlier localized flu cases. Such is the case of this movie, which I much point out it is not a travesty like modern moe. It is highly symbolic and meaningful, used mostly as means to tell a story and not to attract 2D pedophiles. That is why retro always wins; it is more sophisticated and doesn’t lick your feet in an undignified attempt to attract your attention.
The story of the movie is basically a coming of age tale of a kitten. But not a normal kitten but one who... See full review
This anime could have been a lot better than it is if it didn’t feel like a videogame. Although the core idea is very interesting, it is eventually leveled under clichés, fan catering and bad plot twists.
The production values are nothing amazing in overall. There are lots of reused clips and bad CGI all over the place and character figures look generic. The battles scenes are also quite basic despite being numerous and grand scaled. To the most part you just see champions wasting mooks with a few super attacks and the duels lack exciting choreography. Voice acting is ok, albeit too... See full review
Uta Kata is an interesting idea for a story that did the mistake of becoming a series instead of a movie. The basic concept is extremely captivating but stretching it to last for 12 episodes, most of which are aimless slice of life, ends up killing all the excitement.
To put it very simply, the story is about some girl getting powers from some other girl and spends each episode trying to help those around her with magic. The catch is, most of the times she ends up creating more harm than aid, and thus there is a very dark side to her otherwise supernatural gift. Now let me make a list of the... See full review
Definitely not your average anime out there. Better yet, it doesn’t even look like anime. Yet it packs more innovation than most anime that are produced annually put together.
ART SECTION: 9/10 [Murderous bunnies that do far more than eating signatures.]
It is an amazing work of 3D modeling, using rather simple character models with super lively mannerisms to convey images and feelings to you. Although there are many 3D movies that have done the same thing with far more polygons and details in artwork, very few manage to make 3D models not to feel cold and inhuman to you. Technology... See full review
The early 80’s found the anime industry before a new challenge: THE SECOND ANIMEFAN GENERATION! It is reasonable to imagine how the first generation was all now adults, workingmen who pretty much left behind this hobby and centered on working and working and … um … working? Hell, this is Japan; they don’t do anything else.
So the industry now had to win the hearts of the newer generation of youngsters and to do that it had to adjust to their demands, which were drastically different from those of their fathers and... See full review
By the Gods, when will they learn?
UN-GO is yet another detective show which THANK GOODNESS doesn’t have lolis. Do you know there have been 5 loli detective shows in less than a year? (Milky Holmes, Gosick, Dantalian, Kamisama Memo-chou, and Hidan no Aria). And they were all equally fan catering crap too. Though despite the lack of lolis in UN-GO, it ain’t any better when it comes to detective work. Why? Because we NEVER SEE THE LINE OF THOUGHT!
A good detective story needs its time, its hints, its analysis of clues, and above all it needs to retain a big portion of realism. Well this... See full review
angel beats! is probably one of my favoarite anime for alot of good reason. It has action, romance, comedy, great characters, and a kick ass soundtrack to go with it but with this things aside I still hate the is to short to fully enjoy it. The story goes that one day a highschool student wake up and sees a girl with a sniper rifle telling him the he is death and the if he wants to join her club that fight agains a girl that they called angel the might be a real angel working for god. He think the this girl is crazy and goes after the other girl that tell him that she is not an angel but that he is... See full review
Blood, vampires, blood, vampires, more blood, and more vampires. If those two things are enough to entice you to watch this, then you will enjoy Hellsing thouroughly. With enough real vampires (5) to make a Twilight fan's head explode with the realization of how THAT series sucks, Hellsing can be a vampires lovers dream come true. The story is coherant and understandable in the beginning, but by the end of OVA 2, you wonder what's going on a bit. Thankfully, things are explained, and you begin to enjoy the story a bit more. The characters that are named are, for the most part, memorable from the crazy and... See full review