Speed Grapher is a very interesting concept that was unfortunately handled by GONZO instead of a more competent studio. Although the characters and the themes of the scenario are amazing, the plot is all over the place and ends up being almost unrelated mini arcs with monsters of the… erm, month? Apart from the studio, the director is not someone to look forward to. Sugishima Kunihisa has in his roster some of the lamest titles, such as the old Tekken movie, the first YuGiOh series, all Bayblade seasons, as well as the totally boring ninja show Nabari No Ou. But all things considered... See full review
A show about a bunch of crazy kids chasing witches and turning to weapons under a mad looking sun. Oh my…
Soul Eater (SE) is one of the few times a perpetual on-going shonen anime didn’t turn to a complete travesty. It starts dynamically, has very good pace and development to the most part and ends before it becomes dull because of repetitiveness and stale progress. Ok, chances are it eventually WILL become all the above if they ever remake it like they did with Full Metal Alchemist (FMA), because its themes in the manga run dry from a point on. But let’s leave this for the... See full review
A common misconception about animated shorts states that they, bathing in creativity or not, never reach the same heights of storytelling as full-length features. While it's true that there's little room left for plot devices and character development if you happen to have a running time that doesn't even surpass half an hour, I still find this notion absolutely ridiculous. Rather than observing a short film and condemn it based on the lack of things you'd find in a movie, I've always been under the belief that the approach itself needs to be changed in accordance to the runtime. Hopefully, viewers who... See full review
This is a cool show I watched a loooong time ago, and for some reason today I discovered that it wasn't on my AP list. The following review content is edited from a review I wrote on Crunchyroll. I would like to start by mentioning the fact that I find Japanese history to be convoluted and generally boring, involving rice, taxes and land laws. This show, much like any other historically-based show, made me wish that I had paid a little bit more attention to my History of Japanese Civilization class because I would find it much easier to follow. You probably haven't heard of this show because it is one... See full review
This is am extremely good anime! About the importance of friendship, love, it has alot of comedy, and teaches us life lessons. All you can ask for in an anime <3 it is one of my favorite! and i have cried in episodes 100-102 multiple times but you wotn understand the depth of their friend unless you watch it from the begining ;) yes its a little childish but we all have that kid inside us:) it is about a girl and she thinks its alittle stupid but she makes a wish anyway upon a cup and popped out of nowhere a fairy pops out :O the fairy is selfish, has a temper,and most of the time... See full review
Solty Rei is basically GONZO trying to make some bucks out of those who like robot girls. And as expected they fail miserably because they are incompetent. This show came out in an era other anime like Ghost in the Shell or Chobits were already classics and instead of trying to play around with the formula, it basically did nothing with it.
So let me get things straight. The setting is a futuristic city where many people have cybernetic implants and the protagonist is a bounty hunter looking for his daughter. He is battling all sorts of robotic criminals while trying to reunite with his family... See full review
Just a short one minute clip made in 1989 displaying all the previous gundam series. Made for the 10th anniversary of the original Gundam and also a promotion for Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket.See full review
Let me start off by saying that I was quite disapointed with this anime movie by Production I.G. Maybe I was just expecting something differen't or actually original or unique, but instead I got "A letter to Momo". Now by no means is this a bad film it is just very unoriginal and also extremely slow-paced. Did I mention that this movie took 7 years to make? Story- The story is very basic, it follows the protagonist Momo who has moved to an island with her mother from Tokyo. When she arrives on the island she encounters certain "supernatural presences" that I will not spoil... See full review
The Story When talking about good anime things that come to mind aren't really related to boring. But the thing is Serial Experiments Lain is without any doubt the most boring anime I have ever watched. This of course does not mean it is not good, on the contrary Serial Experiments Lain is probably the best written and among the most original anime I have ever seen. If I would be comparing this to literature what comes to mind is Kafka and his work. SEL is an excellent anime for quite a few reasons, it has an amazing atmosphere, it keeps you guessing and the thing it does best is making you... See full review
Spoiler Alert! The show has some story conflictions for the original show, and doesnt seem to explain too much at the begining of the show, and some of the things going on can be confusing at times. The Ending of the Show is why i rated this show a 3.5 it very dissappointing, becasue he goes along the entire show trying to meet with his mom again, jsut to go and erase his existance from everyones memory using the quartz gun.See full review
AO will never escape comparison to the original season of Eureka 7. As I tried to stand it on its own and evaluate it, I really didn't get far, and I actually came away with a better opinion of the original (despite that show's propensity for dragging things out way longer than was enjoyable for me). Overall, I thought that AO's "plot" was much less coherent and its characters less quirky and lovable, with the notable exception of the main character. A lot of my dislike of Eureka 7 stems from how downright obnoxious, whiny, angsty, and pathetic Renton was throughout most of the show. Ao was much... See full review
Story | 8/10
Thoroughly presents brief explorations of each higher dimension in the Spirit World. Also shows the power of the Divine and Light. Answers about life on Earth and the afterlife are revealed, though such answers are still considered theoretical to many people on Earth. Animation | 8.5/10
The animation is beautiful. Many vivid colours and themes. The landscapes are well-done. The Nine Dimensions were displayed spectacularly. The transitions through the dimensions were also visually great. The designs of the human characters were simple, while the designs of the spiritual... See full review
Black lagoon is simply My favorite anime. The story is real good with Rokuro Okajima(rock), Revy, Dutch and Benny as the lagoon company. The main cast Is a real good team Rokuro doing all the Business work, Revy being the awesome Gun fighter which is the Most bad ass chick in anime in my opinion(<3revy) :D. Dutch is a Vietnam Veteran and the boss of the company and finally you have Benny the computer guy. The story is Rokuro is Just a normal Business man in Japan and hes drug into a new life a different one then hes used to for sure. Dose all... See full review
*Will Update this old amatuerish review *Note 1:I likely would compare Persona 3(game) with Persona 4 *Note 2:I haven't had a chance to play Persona 4 yet Story: Cheesy Personally, the Persona series generally had really exciting plots, inclusive of this one. This mystery driven title compared to the last sequel Persona 3, is slightly more generic in terms of the plot. Plot twist was pretty unexpected. It had good comedy in it but contains some bad troll moments. Episodes were mostly enjoyable and easily likeable but BOTH episodes of the boss battle and ending is kinda cheesy *Spoilers* And... See full review
I reeally liked this anime! :D I can watch it over and over and love it. I was only slightly disappointed when no romance was decided in the end. :(See full review
Notice: Consider this review an overall criticism of the entire franchise. Reading this one is like reading a review about all the seasons. And it’s more like a retrospective text; I talk about its overall importance in anime history and less about technicals. You have been warned.
Slayers began in mid 90’s as a slapstick comedy in a Medieval fantasy setting. It was an rpg parody of sorts, as it kept using several trademarks of the genre, ridiculed by various anachronisms and mockery through exaggeration. And yes, it worked fine for its time. The humor was very fitting to the setting and... See full review
The Sky Crawlers is amazing in its themes but damn boring in its presentation. Although one could say the same thing about all of Mamoru Oshii’s films. Whatever, I only liked his Ghost in the Shell movie and only because I had already read the manga.
So the movie is about a war sponsored by countries, only for the purposes of keeping the populace at bay. The concept is interesting, few people keep on fighting with airplanes, the whole thing is filmed and broadcasted by companies, and the people look at fear and dread at the futility of death and destruction. Without that, they... See full review
I enjoyed Ao No Exorcist because it is a refreshingly polished and fun action anime that also has the ability to be serious, which it uses to great effect. To start, I wanna talk about our main character, Rin. Now Rin is an orphan raised in a monastery who has a problem getting into fights in the neighborhoods earning him a reputation as a delinquent, and he certainly looks surly enough to fit the part. But actually (not so) deep down, he’s a big softie and a great cook! Seriously, what more could you want. This sets the tone for the rest of the characters, and their interactions. As we find out more... See full review
Afro Samurai is, in my opinion, wasted potential. That may seem unfairly harsh as an opening statement, but watching a show that had the potential to be great get ripped to shreds in the face of cliché bordering on generic action-hero dialogue from everyone but the show’s saving grace, Ninja Ninja, was painful. There is very little character development, and what there is seems incredibly forced, as if the characters are only grudgingly growing as people, and even then exerting the least energy possible—it would actually be ten times more interesting as an anime if it were actively... See full review
Word for Grave of the fireflies: Sob-Fest
Well, well, well. Here we are. Reviewing Studio Ghibli. How did it come to this? No. Stop. Grave of the Fireflies. Can I first start by saying, ALL OF THE FEELS?
Like actually Studio Ghibli. wth Man WTH?
No seriously. I grew up watching Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away. And one day I felt a little nostalgia creeping in so I grabbed grave of the fireflies. I didn't cry so much when my dog died.
The movie starts out with depression, like right off the bat, bam! Dead person. Then Bam! Japan during WW2. Throw in a lot of... See full review
*WARNING* This anime contains exessive amounts of violence and blood, if you cannot stand those kinds of things, this anime is defintely not for you. Also this anime is very heavy on manliness. As such sits near the top of a short list of anime that I would consider Manime or manly anime. This usually means things such as manly admiration, manly tears and ofcourse minimal to nonexistent female presence. Okay now to the review. Story- Souten Kouro or "Beyond the Heavens" has quite a unique setting in being set in China during the Han Dynasty and being looesely based on the events of... See full review
I love this anime. The storyline is, let's just say, interesting. The fights take up so much less time than most other mainstream anime. The animation is really good since it's pretty new and still coming out. It's better than most of the long ones since those are usually the old ones. The music, OMG I love it! Some scenes (because of the music) made me want to cry, and some were just so funny... The characters are really funny too. I love Erza, Gray, Wendy, Mira, Gajeel, Juvia, Jellal, Virgo, and almost everyone in there! This anime is a must watch. Go Fairy Tail!See full review
X is described on the DVD cover from one critic as being "One of the greatest orgies of battle and destruction ever seen in a live action film or an animated one... A feast for the eyes." However, just like with the other critics comments on the DVD cover, I highly disagree. To me this film is a terribly, confusing experience. The film tells the story of Kamui who returns to Tokyo after 6 years of absence. Two factions begin to take an interest to him known as, the Dragons of Heaven and Dragons of Earth because depending on what faction he joins Kamui will lead them to victory with their cause... See full review
The movie was great; great animation, storyline, sound and everything else. But at a certain point at the end I kept checking if I was indeed watching "Prince of Tennis" since it seemed to be more like a combination of Dragon Ball Z's kamehameha and tennis. Once I confirmed that it was really Prince of Tennis, I sat back and started cheering for Ryoma and everyone else. Want to have a good laugh? I suggest you watch this movie. Or if you're searching for an angasty story between friends or a partly agansty story, this is what you need to watch.See full review
Critic's Log - Earthdate: November 18, 2012. Review #22: Oban Star-Racers Hey There, name's Giovanni. You can call me the Fullmetal Cowboy if you like since that is just a little nickname based off my username. Anyway, I do these intros to my reviews because I like to and it's my kind of thing. I also number my reviews so I can keep track on how many I've reviewed so far. The whole "Critic's Log" thing is a homage to Star Trek if you haven't noticed. Well i'm running out of material to continue this intro so let's thrust those engines into Oban Star-Racers! In the year 2082, Earth... See full review
Edits will be done in bold. My most anticipated anime of the fall 2012 season... Story: Isana "Shiro" Yashiro is blamed for murder after his doppelganger is seen shooting a man in a recorded video. Shiro believes he is innocent, but since the public always believes in a viral video, Shiro practically receives the death sentence. Ooh, me next. Hmm… “Gangnam Style” must mean that all Koreans are perverts who dance at the most random moments, right? Moving past that slight plot hole is the actual “plot.” Unfortunately, what initially looks like an awesome... See full review
Straight from my blog!!! ***This review contains extremely mild spoilers in the 'Story' section. Nothing major.*** Katanagatari is an anime that I have had to watch a couple times in order to fully pull my thoughts together. The first time I watched it I was very interested in the relationship between Shichika and Togame but the ending left a very bad taste in my mouth. After recently finishing it for the third time however, I have a revitalized liking to the show because after carefully... See full review
First Review! Let me know what you think! Kokoro Connect: When I first heard of Kokoro Connect I wasn't really all that interested to be honest. As from what it tells you it's that it's a whole series that revolves around five high school students: Taichi Yaegashi (our main lead), Iori Nagase, Himeko Inaba, Yoshifumi Aoki, and Yui Kiriyama who all form a club called the "Student Concial Society" (or StuCS for short) which is a paper for the school. I thought there was no way an thridteen episode series could be carried on the cliche of switching bodies. However, I quickly came to reilize how... See full review
Seikon no Qwaser is a show that is so bad, that it's good. Btw this show is the second most perverted anime (not hentai) ever made, losing only to the KissxSis Ova's... If you can get past that though, the show becomes strangely entertaining.
Why I love this show: The ability to control an element is awesome The characters in the show are pretty bad-ass Boob sucking is actually a plot device (lmfao) It has one of the best Gothic Lolitas in existance Has two of the best Opening Songs ever Hitlers wife is an enemy in the show, and if that isn't funny enough, she's also an immortal lesbian who... See full review
Story: As the title implies, it's a Code Geass x Alice in Wonderland crossover. Yeah. It uh... does the story well, some changes here and there... to be frank, I stopped giving a damn when booty butt Fawn came on screen. It's fine and dandy and Lelouch's brotherly love for his sister is entertaining as the narrator but I don't know. I expected something... more. Grand narmy theatrics, more than walk-on characters, just more. Animation: Dat ass. I ain't kidding, Shirley as a Fawn had one fine ass. It's so noticable that I could barely read the subtitles. Damn fine, but I can't neglect all the cleavage. If... See full review
NEW VERSION OF REVIEW: Wow. Death Note is just amazing. 0.o The anime and manga both, but as this is a review of the anime I will focus on this. As the things I am supposed to rate it on start with story, I will start with that. I gave story a 10 because first of all this plot is amazing, it's not anything overused at all, but you could see how it could happen, if a 'Death Note' fell into the hands of someone with an above average IQ and a strong sense of justice. The story has quite a few twist and turns too, and has many well thought out things, especially with the main character, Light's, many... See full review
The movie is okay but it could have been so much more. The first thing you will think when you're watching, it is that it's very fast paced and short. It's only about 25 minutes long. I think it would have been much better if they built up some suspense and went through the story a little slower. But I must admit that I've always said I liked Yu Yu Hakusho because of the quicker pace and small amount of filler time throughout the show. If you can get over the quick pace of the movie it's pretty good. The story is enjoyable and the characters held true to their personalities. I heard that they... See full review
2012 has brought us a lot of great Anime. From another to Fate/Zero, it has been a great year so far, and I can’t wait to see what fall/winter will bring us. For now, Sword Art Online is an amazing show airing right now in 2012. I’ve seen Angel Beats, Legend of the Galactic Hero, and Clannad, and dear this show is better than all of them! Well now to the review. Also, I am very aware of the controversial this anime has produced among the community, so please bear with me while reading this review. Sword Art Online is a pioneer of its genre in that, the source material dates from all the... See full review
I started off really hating this anime and convinced myself that it was gonna be just anoter ecchi harem annoyance. I was wrong.... Story: 7/10 Admittedly there were some parts of this anime where the story just seemed way too complicated. They never really explain what a "road" is, what a "fang" is or what a "regalia" is and that really bothered me. I would've liked to know. Otherwise I like how *SPOILER* Ringo's crush on Ikki was downplayed and unlike most ecchi girls with crushes she wasn't obsessed with Ikki but stood on her own while having feelings for him... See full review
Critic's Log - Earthdate: November 13, 2012. Review #21: Shrine of the Morning Mist Intro...Intro... Intro... I am finding it difficult to come up with a intro for the review of this anime. I guess I'm going to have to undergo training for the mind. I guess some training would help me come up with fresh ideas for fitting intros to reviews of certain animes. I am now going to proceed in beginning my training... On second thought, I don't need it! In fact, this intro is completely pointless, Let's get right into Shrine of The Morning Mist! Since he was young, Tadahiro Amatsu has two different... See full review
Straight from my blog!!! ***This is a spoiler free review*** Formulating this review was actually quite difficult because while I both admired and enjoyed the visuals and characters of this anime, I felt as if I had to force myself to sit through it. Story: 7.5/10 The plot and how each episode flows within each other is actually done very cleverly. Essentially we follow Watashi as he struggles in college to find pure enjoyment and love. His so called friend Ozu is always... See full review
Ruined everything. The plot sucked, the voices changed (since I saw the dub), the character's personalities were completely trampled by the whole corny and cheesy theme.See full review
In all honesty, if Fairy tail didn't keep me laughing time after time, I probably wouldn't recomend this to anybody. Story: The Story suffers from poor planning. Overall the central theme of Fairy tail has kept me entertained, however, the author has a bad habit of creating characters, relationships and objects out of the blue to support his story. Gildarts, for example, In the first few arcs didn't exsist. Fairy Tail's S Class comprised of Erza, Laxus, Mira-Jane, Mystogan and Makorov, but in the latest Arcs, Gildarts is appearently a part of that list and has always been a part of that list. The... See full review
A mecha space adventure that's better than the average mecha out there, though nowhere near as good as some of the better mecha anime. Featuring decent characters, decent storyline and decent action, this show is definetely decent, but not much better than that. Story: 6 Sarah Werec has joined the Strain (Strategic Armored Infantry) academy in order to chase after her brother a famous Strain pilot. While things seem to be going well for her, the academy is hit by a surprise attack led by her brother! The rest of the anime is about Sarah joining a space fleet and trying to figure out what made her... See full review
It has a little bit of everything I like; Comedy, Action and Romance. I enjoyed the story, not super amazing or anything but it is very entertaining. It doesn't get very deep or dramatic and it kept it's comedy though out the series. There was some nudity that I thought was unnecessary but hey that's just my opinion and I'm a bit of a prude. The characters are fun to watch. I think Midori was really annoying especially because they made her voice higher while she was small. But aside from her I really like everyone else. Seiji was a great main character, fun to watch. And the supporting roles were... See full review
I wanted to kick myself when I first began to watch this, but after watching the whole thing, I want to kick myself for actually thinking it was good. For its time it had some pretty good philosophies to offer, still, its a shame that people relied on mediocrity to interpret these meanings. The comic relief in the show helped keep interest, the switch of personalities were what actually drew me in, I especially liked Kiroberos and Spinner's little rivalry. Anyways, being an anime that I never would've guessed would be good, I actually recommend it.See full review
It's an amazing anime. Personally, I like the fact that it's fast paced, but I was also surprised at first. The storyline is pretty good at the beginning, but then became a bit bpring during ALO. I loved the fact that they put romance and action together, and after SAO ended it seemed like a forbidden romance between Kirito and Asuna. The anime was pretty awesome. Other than the fact that after the 13 or 14th episode it started to become ALO, which had nothing to do with most of the beginning, and it sorta ruined how the SAO built up, it was overall pretty good. They animations were... See full review
Story - 4/10
Alright, this wasn't bad. Was definitely not great, but not bad. The developement from start, to evolution of the mission, to the climax was actually done pretty well. One of the problems with this being the fact that whenever someone showed up to save them, or to destroy them, they always appear out of nowhere, and everyone is always suprised. Frankly it came to the point I was wondering who would warp in during each episode. Spoiler warning! It starts out with the main character abord a ship in a fleet, working to finish a prototype weapon that went berserk once before with her... See full review
Serial Experiment: Lain; it’s been hailed both as a revolutionary comment on the nature of reality and a pretentious brew of technobabble. After watching it for the first time I found myself unable to reach a conclusion beyond “Well, this sure was unique” but after a second watch I’ve returned to make a (hopefully) fair assessment of its merits. Story: 7/10 The first episode (or layer) is titled “Weird” and for good reason. We’re introduced to a world where your internet connection can provide a much more intense and interactive experience in the network known as... See full review
Linebarrels of Iron is certainly a strange series to be reviewing. It’s an old fashioned looking show, mixed with a main character that wouldn’t be wrongly placed working alongside Lelouch Lamperiouge in Code Geass. That said the art style and the personality of the protagonist are the first thing a viewer will notice about this series, and that can either be a very good thing, or a bad thing. Our young protagonist is Kouichi Hayase, the kid who is always being picked on and hasn’t got the confidence to stand up for himself, and thus always ends up being protected by childhood friend... See full review
The Story The story itself is very simple, but interesting. In a post-apocalyptic world exist vampires, ghouls , ghosts, daemons and similar things. And that also means that there are people (or half vampires) like D, the protagonist, who hunts them. Since the human hunters are very good at what they do, supernatural beings are almost extinct. The story starts when a young girl is kidnapped by a vampire and D is asked by the girl’s father to bring her back alive if she is a human or her head if she has become a vampire. He sets of to find her and he meets group of hunters who are on the same... See full review
This is a great anime and the only downside is that the ending is complete crap. If the anime had ended at the point where L died, this would have been an amazing anime.See full review
I watched this series based on its rating and the ranking. Well I guess things hardly goes the other direction for me if the majority says it's good. I haven't seen many animes yet but somehow it gives me the same feeling and chill I have from this other anime called 'sola'. Angel Beats can be considered as a short and beautiful masterpiece. It offers many warm and touching moments, some of which I kind of share. I cried quite alot in this series, mostly during the main character's flashback and the ending. Haven't cried like this for a while since Joseph Jobson's flashback in... See full review
Firstly I am writing this review because I think this anime does not have much fans as it deserves
The story is about a girl Maya who is working at a resturant but she is considered a complete failure by her relatives and parents but one day she met Tsukikage , a lengendary actress, who identifies her hidden potential of acting and invited her to Tokio where she started grooming her as an actress.
Whole anime revolves around the challanges she faced in her way.
Story is excellent , character development is exceptional and ending was also good (Not exceptional as it could be improved... See full review
I absolutely loved this anime. The plot and characters will make you laugh and maybe even cry. It is your typical romantic anime with a twist. Ryuuji and Taiga each like each other's best friend, and so they band together to help each other confess their feelings to the one they like. After several funny, sweet, cute and sad events, they come to realize that they're not in love with the people they originally liked, and are infact in love with each other. THE CUTENESS WILL MAKE YOU EXPLODE :DSee full review