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Yu-Gi-Oh!

rich29's avatar By on Sep 1, 2012

Excellent Season to start of the yu-gi-oh anime loved it. Only thing i didnt like is some of the battles last a bit to long but the storys are really good

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

Spice and Wolf

Demelza's avatar By on Sep 1, 2012

An anime series based around a travelling merchant and his travelling companion, doesn’t sound that interesting does it? Maybe that’s the reason it took me so long to finally give Spice and Wolf a chance. The plot really isn’t something many anime fans would jump at watching is it? Well, I’m here to tell you that Spice and Wolf deserves all the hype around it, and that it proves the old saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover”. The two main characters of the story are the travelling merchant, Lawrence, and the over 600 year old wolf, Holo, who takes the form... See full review

8.5/10 story
9/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
9/10 overall

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle

Adamonator's avatar By on Sep 1, 2012

Phi Brain is quite an unusual anime in the sense that it didn't start off as a manga as most anime is. Because of this, it had to make itself known by having eye catching visuals, a great soundtrack and, most importantly, a gripping story. Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle follows the story of Kaito Daimon, a puzzle genius able to solve nearly any puzzle thrown his way, along with his childhood friend Nonoha Itou, a spunky girl with great physical ability as well as a perfect idetic memory. Kaito is told about a maze made by ancients known as the impossible maze for it has no obvious solution. After finding said... See full review

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

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Aranneas's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

Story - 8.5/10 Knocking on Heaven's Door is cast perfectly in the vein of the Cowboy Bebop series, mixing equal parts intrigue, adventure, and slick, fast-paced action with a few moments spared for slapstick comedy and character development. As usual we find the crew in pursuit of a bounty, but complications arise. What results is a struggle on a scale none of them bargained for. The plotting is mostly very effective, though there's a few moments I caught foreknowledge apparently beamed to a character's mind by some higher power because there was no way for them to acquire it otherwise (in particular one... See full review

8.5/10 story
9.5/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin

shrekfx's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

This is a great series, has an awesome story to it and loved how everything was brought together. Wasn't a fan of the art work for the most part. The charicters kinda looked freaky on a bunch of parts, but it wasn't to horrible. Overal, it's an awesome anime.

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

Busou Renkin

xZaKKox's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

While making this review, I was trying to keep it as short as possible, keep this in mind. I personally prefer short reviews, with as few spoilers as possible. If you have any questions, please go ahead and ask or Google your question. Romance/Action/Comedy (Drama) Synopsis
The story begins when high school student Kazuki Muto is killed one night saving a mysterious girl from a monster, only to wake up in his school dorm, believing it to have been a dream. However, he soon finds out that dream wasn't a dream at all when a giant serpentine monster attacks him and his sister. Tokiko Tsumura, the girl... See full review

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

Carnival Phantasm

extreme133's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

now this is my first time doing a review of this scale so there might be some "oddities"... Story it's (mainly) a parody of Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, Tsukihime, and Melty Blood and you must at least see/read Fate/Stay Night and Tsukihime anime/visual novel to have any idea what is going on. Now I mainly saw the Fate series and have some limited understanding about the Tsukihime ones so this review will be mainly be on the Fate series (although to be honest the Tsukihime segments didn't really follow the... See full review

7/10 story
9.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
9/10 overall

The Sacred Blacksmith

TheAnimeGuardians's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012


The Sacred Blacksmith? How do you make a show about a blacksmith? Would the audience be forced to watch the blacksmith at work, which typically involves a lot of hammering more than anything else? Despite the title, this anime wasn't really about a blacksmith at all, but instead focused on Cecily Cambell, a fledgling knight guard for the Independent Trade Cities of Housman, who just so happens to know a blacksmith.

  The show begins, and... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
6/10 overall

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

lionsdaemon's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

"Warning this review contains spoilers of the whole anime. If you don not want to read the spoilers you'll have to skip the first alinea of the "Development" part of the review.  ~Enjoy~ Plot: The plot is based on Simon, the main character for this anime. He lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His closest friend is, of course, Kamina ( my Second favo character of “This” anime).  Kamina is driven to get to the surface world. But everybody thinks he’s a fool... See full review

8/10 story
?/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.2/10 overall

Digimon Season 2: Digital Monsters

MordredMS's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

If you read my “Digimon Adventure” review, then you know that I consider it an underappreciated gem that managed to make the best out of its premise with both intriguing plot and unforgettable characters. After its success, it was only natural for a sequel to be produced, and it was just as natural for it to fall to the plague of sequelitis and be generally considered not only worse than its predecessor but even one of the worst Digimon seasons period. However, while certainly inferior to the first, Adventure 02 still has... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Naruto Shippuden Movie 3: Hi no Ishi o Tsugu Mono

MordredMS's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

I always say that movies from big shōnen franchises are usually little more than filler arcs with a budget, and should be seen with the right mindset: relax, unplug your brain, enjoy the action. Naruto movies always managed to be at least entertaining, but the formula they reused again and again from the filler arcs started to smell funny after a while, and all of this came down in the lazily written Naruto Shippūden the movie 2 – The contractually obligatory movie. However, this one here, the sixth Naruto movie overall, finally managed to avoid at least partially the formula and actually... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
7.1/10 overall

Guilty Crown

MordredMS's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

Also known as "Tv tropes: The anime".
Heh, this is one of those hard to judge. If, on one hand, I can’t but get pissed off at how poorly its characters and plot are ripping off other anime, at how contrived and poorly-explained its developments are, at how it looked like it was trying to cram in as many clichés as humanly possible, on the other hand I can’t but admit that for the most of its run I was genuinely intrigued and at times even moved, despite me going “are you fucking kidding me?” and “You’re really going there?” some too many times... See full review

3/10 story
10/10 animation
8/10 sound
3/10 characters
5.1/10 overall

Air Gear

shrekfx's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

I love this anime.  Has a great story, good animation, and the characters are easy to get into. The reason why I gave it 5/10 is they stopped making it right in the middle of the series.  I guess it didn't get good enough reviews over in Japan which sucks because everything about it was awesome.  It sure is a waste though.

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

Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy

shrekfx's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

The story continues after season one and it keeps going strong.  Everything stays the same through out the season with the strong story line. Some episodes gets a little boring, but the good ones really do outway the bad ones.

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

Ah! My Goddess TV

shrekfx's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

This is a great story.. I was kinda worried at first because it sounds to be a girly type story, but after watching a couple episodes, I fell in love with it.  There really isn't much to complain about this anime to be honest. I highly recomend watching this when you get a chance.

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

Kampfer

shrekfx's avatar By on Aug 31, 2012

This is a great anime if you want something that is just kinda weird. Has a great story but having a guy that turns into a girl really isn't my style. However, it is a very funny series. I'm not sure if there will be a 2nd season, but it does feel kinda rushed toward the end. 

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

Wolf's Rain

kitkatcrunchy13's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

Now many of you people are probably wondering how i could rate 10's and a 6 for the story plot and overall rate it with a 2. That is my oppinion. I love the story plot till near the end, I hated every part about the end because it wasnt a happy ending or really an ending to begin with... it was a "theres nothing more to do so lets just end it " This had great potential but lost my good thoughts about it at the very end...the ending was the most biggest dissapointment I have ever faced in animes. This anime just wasnt for me. NOT RECOMENDED TO ANYONE WHO HATES HORRIBLE ENDINGS *... See full review

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

Galaxy Railways

FullmetalCowboy24's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

Critic's Log - Earthdate: August 30, 2012. Review #18: The Galaxy Railways I love Space Operas, I have liked Space Operas since I was a kid back when I first laid my eyes on Star Wars, it was imaginitive and full of adventure, I'll admit that the Star Wars prequels are hit and miss. I also like Star Trek for nearly the same reasons, I also saw a little BSG, you know...Battlestar Galactica. A pretty good show but is fracking mind-boggling. I also like the short-lived TV show Firefly because it is awesome. What does this have anything to do with Anime? Well, there is a man named Leiji Matsumoto that is... See full review

5/10 story
5.2/10 animation
4/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
4.9/10 overall

Demon King Daimao

jawbreaker's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

ok so I admit this is my kind of story. a litlte mocking stariotype  a little toremtning f our main charactor with misunderstanding and situations.  most reviewers either don't lke it or give it an ok rating of about average. I give it a little mroe because my system is more how likly I am to buy and watch agian so its a bit hard to rank high but if it is there is something there worth checking out atleast. ya the story is a bit clapdash at times and could stand to be sproosed up for plot and the charactors are par for the course but they made me laugh and felt familure so I rank it that little... See full review

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

Sword Art Online

CharacterClover's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

Story:  10 out of 10:  Its hard to put into words how awesome this anime is (and many will disagree with me). The basic plot is that the players of a game in the future are locked into the game without a way to get out, without dying, they have to beat all 100 levels of the main game.  I really love the unique-ness of this story, its different from the normal generic shounen you see about fighting and something or other, with the loads of fillers episodes they get.  Animation:  7 out of 10: I'm giving the animation a 7 instead of a 9 or a 10 because the animation isn't great... See full review

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

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

flood9710's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

Story: A thousand years after the fall of modern civilization the air is so polluted and poisonous that now people have to have masks. In this land there is a huge jungle, creatively called the Toxic Jungle, and in this jungle are various mutated creatures, including what looks like five story tall fleas called Ohms. The country of Tolmekia wants to destroy this jungle so that the Ohms and other creatures can no longer harm anyone. But Nausicaa, the main character, doesn’t want them to do this because she finds out that the trees in the jungle purify the water that they need, so she tries to stop... See full review

3/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
1/10 characters
3.2/10 overall

Now and Then, Here and There

flood9710's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

Story: Now and Then, Here and There is the story of a boy who gets pulled into a post-apocalyptic future with a girl that he met about five minutes before. When he gets there he tries to rescue her from the person that captured them both and escape from the ship that they are living on and try to overthrow the leader of said ship. Animation: Messy. Both the environment and the character animation leave a lot to be desired. Sound: Nothing really special to speak of. Voice acting is average, which is sad because some voice actor greats like Crispin Freeman and Lisa Ortiz are in this show. Music is... See full review

4/10 story
4/10 animation
6/10 sound
3/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Sci-fi Harry

TheStampede01's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

So I felt like checking out something different and this seemed like a good choice to me. Something kind of dark and fairly serious with some decent characters. Also an anime that didn't take place in Japan for once, was pretty refreshing. Story- So the story centres around our main character an American highschool student named Harry. Harry gets bullied a lot in school, because hes quiet and weird/awkward. One day however he finds out he has psychic powers and the story progresses and escalates from there. If there is a dub in your own language I suggest you watch that, because this anime has... See full review

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

Seto no Hanayome

AnimeKuroiFuyu's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

This anime is one of my favorites EVER. In my book, It'll always be placed in the top 10 animes. I find it funny because, Romantic Love Comedies are my favorite. The only thing i DISLIKE about this Anime is that everyone is so ..Whats the word.. Suspicious  but yet Angerful around Sun, But only the guys actually care for Sun. Including her Dad. To Sum it up Its one of my FAVE Animes ever.

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

Zenki

bvincent's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

Appearing on Japanese screens back in 1995, adapted from the Manga of the same name by Kikuhide Tani, Zenki is your typical 90's Shonen affair. The series amounts to your basic 'unwitting hero who controls the powerful force with a much less powerful form'. It echos the time it was made and caters to the demographic it was aiming for. Its devoid of originality and doesn't shy away from any cliches of the genre. This may sound negative but rather than trying to be different it bathes itself in these cliches from the predictable plot and its 'Monster of the Week' episodic story telling right upto the... See full review

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

MD Geist

KingIck's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

Ok, here we have it, one of the worst Anime in existence. On Anime News Network, for years at the near bottom of the Top 50 worst rated, lies M.D. Geist.  I must say i only watch it because i want to see a bad Anime for comparison to a good one. I walked into this with no expectations whatsoever, and surprisingly i got not disappointed! Don't get me wrong it's still crap, but if you overlook the bad animation and the ridiculous violence, it has some charm. Fist of northern Star for example has also violence in it and at some point dubious animation, but the main character is not a ludicrous... See full review

3/10 story
1/10 animation
2/10 sound
3/10 characters
2/10 overall

Gundam Wing

okami31's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

This is one of the first anime I ever watched and probably the first long series I finished. It is the first anime series I purchased in its entirety (together with “Record of Lodoss War”) and probably the first anime I watched that had political overtones. It also has a special place, because it was one of the very few anime that my older sister enjoyed with me. It just felt way different than anything else I was watching at the time (“Dragonball Z” and such) and it opened my eyes to anime that could have giant robots and not be silly like “Mazinger” or “Voltes... See full review

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

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

okami31's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

I had only watched “Gundam Wing” of the Gundam franchise before I watched this series. I had liked “Wing” enough to watch it a couple of times from beginning to end.  So I came with high hopes and I was not disappointed with “Seed”. This review also refers to the second season titled “Gundam Seed Destiny”. WHAT’S GOOD? If you have watched anything Gundam, then you know that you’ll find all that good mecha stuff here.  You’ll see plenty of powerful mechas fighting each other and some extra stuff that doesn’t make an... See full review

8/10 story
7.5/10 animation
?/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Acchi Kocchi

VergelAnimeFan's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

Acchi Kocchi looked like a good anime for me to watch at first. After finishing it, ive got to say, kudos to Fumitoshi Oizaki and the AIC staff for directing such a good anime. It was certainly a good anime that sticks out to me.  As far as story goes, this is a comedy. there isnt really much of a story here, but there is a good heck lot of comedy here, of course. The comedy in Acchi Kochhi never went dull or repititive, but always went with the scene very smoothly. Animation. As far as animation is concerned, i am very picky of what i watch based on its... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
8/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Mobile Suit Gundam 00

okami31's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

As a big fan of “Gundam Wing” and “Gundam Seed”, I was eager to watch the newest epic Gundam series and it did not disappoint. Consider this review for both seasons. WHAT’S GOOD? All the good stuff of the Gundam series is present.here.  Cool main characters, exciting one-on-one mecha battles, interesting military maneuvers and large-scale battles.  There’s some melodrama but not to the point of “Gundam Seed”.  This is just an epic mecha series with characters who are not really kids, so that stands out from many other mecha series.  It... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
?/10 sound
7/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Fullmetal Alchemist

okami31's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

A classic. WHAT’S GOOD? Almost everything is highly commendable. The main characters are likeable and the support cast is very memorable with character designs that stand out from the rest of the anime. The relationship between the main characters is strong and significant through the whole of the story. The plot development is great.  There are some scenes that are tough to watch with one of them even bringing me close to tears and another one that’s just very sad, so you know you will remember this series forever. There’s a lot of comedy and some seriously creepy stuff. ... See full review

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

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

okami31's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

I am always in the lookout for grown-up anime, the ones that stand out from the crowd of supernatural schoolboy and magical schoolgirl me-too anime.  I was very pleasantly surprised with Code Geass, even though it had high school teenagers, mecha and some supernatural stuff, but the way everything was done was the key to its success. By the way, this review counts for both seasons, since I’m treating them as the entirety of the show. WHAT’S GOOD? Great animation. Crisp, colorful and the mecha battles are usually fast and furious.  Maybe you can find fault with the Clamp... See full review

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

Vandread: The Second Stage

HarioSagara's avatar By on Aug 30, 2012

If you haven't seen the first season check that out first. In this season Hibiki and the rest of the crew of the Nirvana go through several of their biggest challenges yet as the Harvest ships from Earth commence more vicious assaults. I decided to write this review to answer this question: is the second season of Vandread worth watching? The answer I've come up with is this: There is definite improvement in many aspects of the show and if you enjoyed the first season at all then you will really enjoy the second season. If, however the personalities of some of the characters were unbearable for you to... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Clannad After Story

halcon's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

Their is noting can say that every one has said about this anime, this is a masterpiece and one of the best if not the best anime ever made. With only 47 and 2 OVA their isn't a show that has touch my heart as this show. If you haven't watch this show you should do yourself a favor and stop reading this review and go watch rigth now. Story I give the story 10 out of 10 because their isn't any higher score I can give it. With A story as  simple as the one in ... See full review

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

Clannad

halcon's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

Their is noting can say that every one has said about this anime, this is a masterpiece and one of the best if not the best anime ever made. With only 47 and 2 OVA their isn't a show that has touch my heart as this show. If you haven't watch this show you should do yourself a favor and stop reading this review and go watch rigth now. Story I give the story 10 out of 10 because their isn't any higher score I can give it. With A story as  simple as the one in clannad the first time i read about it i thought to myself the it was going to be another highschool drama and boring as most of those dramas... See full review

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

K-On! Movie

Ebhen's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

I really was looking forward to the movie. It was almost unbearable to wait for it to be subbed but the wait was worth it. :) How can you not love the whimsical girls and their everyday problems, teadrinking and music sessions (even if they are rare)? Somehow you just love them. The series may be a bit simple and childish sometime but still you can't get enough. And you're dragged into their world more and more and get engaged in the story. And of course, it's a real tearjerker! I didn't thinkt that I would shed any tears of joy and sadness over a simple anime show. But I stand corrected, this touched my... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

WHAT’S GOOD? Abenobashi is hilarious.  That's all you need to know.   Oh, you want more? Fine. Every episode is a  spoof on a certain genre.  There's one episode making fun of mecha anime, one making fun of war movies, one making fun ofHollywoodmovies (the funniest episode of all), etc. There are some funnier than others but they are all enjoyable. There’s a story bonus in this anime and that is that there's actually an emotional plot behind it all.  It is about two kids coming to terms with the death of a family member and the consideration of fate and their... See full review

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

Valkyria Chronicles

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

I watched like 5 episodes of this and I dropped it. Why? Because it was so unrealistic it was dumb. WHAT’S GOOD? I greatly enjoy alternate history treatments, which was what drove me to start watching this series.  As a bonus, I liked the cell-shade type of style, which really fit the material, in my opinion. Also, tanks are cool.  But that's it. WHAT’S BAD? The male protagonist is regarded as an accidental genius.  A laid-back young man who can find the weakness in any plan and exploit it. But this guy is no Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass). I dropped the series right... See full review

2/10 story
7.5/10 animation
?/10 sound
3/10 characters
2/10 overall

Umineko no Naku Koro ni

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

WHAT’S GOOD? The premise sounded great, with 18 people trapped in an island and being picked off one by one by a witch claiming “interest” for services rendered to the incredibly rich head of the family that’s supposed to pass his heritance to his greedy offspring.  *SPOILER OF 2ND EPISODE* By the second episode, there were already six people dead, and what made it cool was not knowing if it was really because of the witch and her supernatural abilities or if it was through normal human means.  Animation and character designs are very well done.  Deaths are... See full review

3/10 story
8/10 animation
?/10 sound
7/10 characters
3/10 overall

Shakugan no Shana

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

I dropped this anime after about 8-10 episodes, even though it had a promising, dark first episode.  The problem was that very soon it just settled on the average, typical anime tropes instead of providing something new. WHAT’S GOOD? The animations is pretty good for the most part, but in some episodes they get budget-conscious. The story is interesting enough but it is very reminiscent to "Bleach".  It has monsters that regular humans cannot see, and these monsters go around consuming people's souls or essences.  There are especially-trained warriors that come to our... See full review

7/10 story
5/10 animation
?/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

My-Hime

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

This anime was going well for a while until I noticed that it was just one more average entry of its kind.   WHAT’S GOOD? If you don't mind traditional brainless anime with schoolgirls that have superpowers and monsters that seem to only affect them and nobody else, then go ahead.  It's more of the same but done more prettily. I really like the animation here.  The fights, explosions, character designs and their "pets" designs as well.  It's a shame that the rest wasn't up to my taste, because I love wolves, and there's a cool lady that has a mechanical wolf as her... See full review

5/10 story
9/10 animation
?/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Penguindrum

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

Man, when I dropped this anime and read several reviews in different sites, I felt like someone who could not comprehend why an Oscar-winning movie was worth the unanimous praise.  Everybody was throwing around the "visionary" and "nothing like it" and "an excellent example of what anime can be" comments. I just thought it was random, weird and silly.  The story was compelling for a bit, until after 5 episodes or so, when it started getting really weird. At that point, I stopped to think if I cared enough to continue it. Then I said, no. WHAT’S GOOD? The... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
?/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Kiba

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

I dropped this show after 10 episodes or so, but I wanted to like it. WHAT’S GOOD? Main character looks cool and so do other characters and their pets. Fighting scenes are well done. The story is surprisingly for the genre, very unpredictable.  Supposedly dead characters pop up again episodes later and people get captured or visit a different dimension in the middle of a fight or crisis.  You never know what's going to happen.   WHAT’S BAD? The main character looks cool but has a bland personality of a turnip-with-an-attitude.  This is the guy that's supposedly... See full review

6/10 story
8/10 animation
?/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Kaze no Yojimbo

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

I only watched about 5 episodes of this series and it might be a good cure for insomnia. WHAT’S GOOD? The promise of a good story? Nothing grabbed my attention. WHAT’S BAD? It is boring.  That's all.  This is the classic "Yojimbo" story of two rival factions and one character manipulating both without them really knowing about it.  This time it involves a train laden with gold and a bunch of mysteries and shady characters. Actually, the story sounded better written than being watched. The animation is erratic.  It goes from decent to really crappy in almost... See full review

4.5/10 story
5/10 animation
?/10 sound
5/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Eureka Seven

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

This seems to be a well-rated, popular series, but I dropped it after 5 or so episodes.  It just wasn't for me. WHAT’S GOOD? The animation is pretty good, eye-catching stuff. WHAT’S BAD? Mecha that air-surf on boards look cool for a short while and then just settles on being weird.  I mean, the whole anime will show scenes of surfing mechas battling other mecha.  Maybe the enemies will surf too but I didn't get far enough to see it.  As a big Gundam fan (the more serious of the series), this "radical" take on mecha just doesn't hold my interest for long. The... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
6/10 overall

Burst Angel

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

I only watched 5 episodes of this series and dropped out.  Maybe it gets better but based on what I saw; I wasn't keen on devoting hours to it.   WHAT’S GOOD? Some of the character designs are appealing, yet their personalities or "attitudes" are not.   WHAT’S BAD? One of the main characters is a male-looking girl named Joe.  This might be somebody's cup of tea, but for a main character that I was going to see a lot of, she wasn't that interesting. Especially, because it seems her only job is to save her ditzy best friend, another main character that has a... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
5/10 overall

Blade of the Immortal

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

I decided to watch this anime based on the main character's design.  I had seen him in a couple of manga covers and thought he was like a samurai Wolverine, maybe with a carefree attitude like a typical ronin.  Too bad the anime did not support my vision.   WHAT’S GOOD? Animation is fine.  Main character looks cool. The series is short. I don’t know.  Nothing made an impression on me. WHAT’S BAD? I have always enjoyed samurai characters that employ many swords in one fight, even if it is a silly notion.  There was a villain in "Rurouni... See full review

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

Basilisk

okami31's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

I actually watched the live-action movie "Shinobi: Heart Under Blade" before the anime, which is based on the same story.  I did not like the movie and I don't know why I thought the anime would fare better. WHAT'S GOOD? The animation and character designs are all great.  The fights are interesting, usually involving tactical decisions that trounce the opponent's strategy.  Some finish quite quickly, but all come down to one result: one character will die.  WHAT'S BAD? Most likely, one character will perish per episode and each rival clan begins with eight main ninjas or... See full review

6/10 story
8/10 animation
?/10 sound
8/10 characters
6/10 overall

Death Note

SirFuzzi's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

Aahhh, Death Note-- it's one of those rare hyped-up bits that evades being of the 'little kids punching things' genre, and manages to actually be on the psychological side of things. An intense drama about a little black book gone horribly wrong, Death Note is pretty much what would happen if you went into an average otaku's brain while thinking about the captain of the football team.

It's not entirely inaccurate to say Death Note is what started me on anime; I'd always had an interest but it was one of the first full series I actually watched. (I believe Great Teacher Onizuka was actually my first... See full review

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

Black Jack 21

SirFuzzi's avatar By on Aug 29, 2012

Black Jack 21 is, as best as I can describe, what would happen if you took the esteemed Ace Attorney series of video games and turned them into an anime about an unlicensed surgeon. While the Ace Attorney games focus on Phoenix Wright and his various law-related hoops that require jumping-through, Black Jack 21 similarly features a character-- Black Jack, if you would believe it-- and his rather chaotic life.

I can't say I had high expectations going in but at 17 episodes, I figured I could spare the time. While I wouldn't say I was sucked into a world of extreme conflicts and drama like the... See full review

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