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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 19, 2012

Possibly... we humans could exist without fighting, but many of us have chosen to fight. For what reason? To protect something? Protect what? Ourselves? The future? If we kill people to protect ourselves and this future, then what sort of future is it, and what will we have become? There is no future for those who have died. And what future is there for those who did the killing? Is happiness to be found in a future that is grasped with bloodstained hands? Is that the truth? Originally created by the pair of ... See full review

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

Gakuen Alice

ANIMEamber's avatar By on Aug 19, 2012

Gakuen Alice was a very interesting series that I've watch.It captures my heart at moment(making me cry),but also show the strong bond of the characters and the friendly(and funny) relationship between them.If you were disappointed at how the anime series ends,then stop being so disappointed! Because the reason that Mikan have come to the academy,made good friends and found out about herself.Was all because of Hotaru leaving and Mikan wanting her to come back(which resolve in Mikan coming to the academy)....The way that the anime series end was pretty good,with Hotaru not leaving...The producer stopped the... See full review

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

Fruits Basket

ANIMEamber's avatar By on Aug 19, 2012

The most interesting aspect of this anime is the way the characters are portrayed. Most of the scenes with more than *one* person around will be enough to wrestle you to the floor laughing or play with your emotions like a diabolical programmer on late night shift. Tooru is a little like the typical anime schoolgirl - sweet, not very bright, but always cheery and is a big help around the house. Much of the focus of the story is how she slowly changes the lives of those around her, especially the Souma family. You see, it's not all fun and games being an animal. The Soumas are unable to have relationships... See full review

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

Death Note

ANIMEamber's avatar By on Aug 19, 2012

This is one of my favorite anime. It's story is so compelling, and original. It starts out simple, but then explodes into a truly amazing experience. The twists and turns involved in this story are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. What good is a story though, if the characters are bad? Fortunately, the main characters are all interesting and fleshed out. The animation is also great. It truly is beautiful. The music is also superb, from the shows theme songs, to background music. But, the best thing about this series is the fact that there is no definate good or bad guy. It is all up to the viewer... See full review

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

Gravitation

ANIMEamber's avatar By on Aug 19, 2012

Maki Murakami's manga Gravitation introduced "boy's love", or male romance, to a whole generation of manga readers. The TV adaptation of Gravitation did the same thing for a generation of anime watchers when it originally debuted in 2000. The show toned down the explicitness of the original story a bit for TV, which had the effect of making the show that much more accessible for people who weren't already fans of the original.

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

Fairy Tail

ANIMEamber's avatar By on Aug 19, 2012

Fairy Tail is an incredibly well-done feel-good show, and while it may not make you think and ponder the secrets of the universe, it's definitely entertaining and even heartwarming at times. If I could describe the show in one line, it would be "Yu-Gi-Oh! done right", because it's constantly pushing friendship and somehow succeeds. On top of that, the show has the rare ability of effortlessly flowing between its humorous and emotional moments. The characters are all very likeable, the soundtrack is full of masterpieces, the voice actors are great, and the show's jam-packed full of creativity

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

D.Gray-man

ANIMEamber's avatar By on Aug 19, 2012

The anime adaptation of the manga disappointed me, it felt as though all the peculiarities that made the D.Gray-Man manga unique were smoothed out for the anime. I guess anime is a watered down version of the manga so to speak, a reasonable initiative by the producers of the anime, as to open D.Gray-Man to a wider audience, otherwise it may have been too dark or gruesome for younger viewers. Like most animes, I recommend reading the manga wherever possible. Nevertheless, D.Gray-Man the anime is a solid watch, there’s plenty of action to be had and a little space to be bored as you learn about the... See full review

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

Seirei no Moribito

ishmael1991's avatar By on Aug 18, 2012

Story Okay seriously, I really really wanted to like this anime, mainly because It has lovely animation, a likeable main protagonist, and captivating soundtrack, but after 10 episodes of pushing through, It became a total chore. The main problem I had with it was that it was just really boring. Many of the things this anime has been praised for in other reviews are completely inaccurate in my eyes. The bond between the two main characters so far is totally non existant. It is a situation, which frankly could have quite easily been written in a way which was touching to the viewer, but unfortunately... See full review

2/10 story
9.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
4/10 overall

Spice and Wolf

lb2rocklee's avatar By on Aug 18, 2012

A good anime to watch if you are very much interested in currency as it shows many aspects of just that. There are 2 main characters who tend to be partners in the beginning but show love interest later on in the story. It shows plot twists as the characters change dramatically and you see a new side of them later in the story. Overall great show 

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

Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou

nickmame's avatar By on Aug 18, 2012

A shounen that focuses on the exponential growth of the main character prior to his confrontation of the main villain in the unannounced sequel.  I would recommend this series only to those invested in Nurarihyon and willing to wait for a proper conclusion. Part of a Trilogy Sennen Makyou tells the story of an ancient enemy of the Nura clan and how that enemy has affected three generations of the family.  It has a consistent plot with no filler episodes that focuses on the family heir Rikuo.  Although most of the characters are from the prequel, it is not necessary to watch the original... See full review

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

Death Note

AnimeKuroiFuyu's avatar By on Aug 18, 2012

Death note, Not a bad anime. It was pretty good. I skipped most of the story, But only because it was a bunch of nothing. But it was good. And it SHOULD of lasted longer. I didnt like the Real-Life Movies though because Half of the story was diffrent then the Anime itself. It was a great story

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

Cowboy Bebop

AnimeKuroiFuyu's avatar By on Aug 18, 2012

In my opinion, Cowboy Bebop was stupid. The ending was stupid. I thought it was stupid because it ended without telling what happened to Edward, or what happened to Jet, or Fay. The only person who had a conclusion was Spike. And. Oops ((SPOILER ALERT)) He dies. So it makes no sense about how he died and how the whole series ended. it could of finished in a diffrent way, But NOOOO. It had to end that way.

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2/10 story
3.5/10 animation
10/10 sound
7/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Bleach

AnimeKuroiFuyu's avatar By on Aug 18, 2012

Bleach is a good Anime to watch if you are looking forward to Comedy and Action. The Story line may be abit weird, But its alright. It will make you laugh, and It may make you cry. It a sad story, but in the end, Everybody has made friends with each other. Everyone is usually happy and its a fun story for Teens to watch. ((-I wouldnt Advise Little kids to watch it unless they have parents permission because of the Cleavage and Language.)) But it is a easy story to follow but it will take you a while to watch it. In conclusion, Bleach is a good story for teens to watch.

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

Infinite Stratos

bigdog1832's avatar By on Aug 17, 2012

Story - May Contan Spoilers

The story starts off with a boy named Ichika Orimura, Ichika is the only boy at a academy for IS (Infinite Stratos') He is the only boy at the academy because the IS' were designed so that only females could use them, throughout the story it is unknown why he is the only boy able to pilot an IS. An IS is Powered Exoskeleton designed for sport but in some cases to protect from danger. IS' are either Long Range, Short range, Or in some cases Both, Ichikas IS is a Short Range IS, its a similair model to what his sister (Chifuyu Orimura) used. Chifuyu was at one point a... See full review

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

Queen Millennia

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 17, 2012

One of Leiji’s lesser works, this series never made an impact like his other works for a simple reason. It is too Earth-bound and frankly, the same story elements can be found in his other works (Captain Harlock and Spaceship Yamato are his tops) in a more interesting way. Still, if you so much like Leiji, you won’t miss the chance to give this one a try and like it up to a point.

ART & SOUND SECTIONS: 6/10
The truth is I was simply not drawn to them. The spaceships didn’t look eye captivating, old men are simply awful to look at, and young people are idealized archetypes... See full review

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

Pumpkin Scissors

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 17, 2012

Before I start saying anything else… What kind of a name is that for a series? Did titles like Special Investigation Elite Force of Freedom or Direwolf Brigade got all kitsch all of a sudden? Who the hell would name his military unit like that? Oh well, it is a joke about how their unit is not really supposed to be serious. Just like the production studio. It’s GONZO so may the Gods save us all if you go in expecting something good.

Anyways, the story is about a country trying to recover from a war and the military creating a unit to investigate any possible rebellious military cells... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Ribon no Kishi

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 17, 2012

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb_8PJ4Wqjo

Ribbon no Kishi is yet another work by Osamu Tezuka, the maker of the first anime Tetsuwan Atom for all of you who still remember. The great thing about this guy is that his works were never narrowed to a few genres as it happens with most directors and mangakas; in a way he is the Homo Universalis of animation. Not even Disney, his role model, had the guts or the social liberties to show the huge plethora of themes and ideas he was allowed to animate and instead of being burned on the stake by moral committees, he is instead now titled as the... See full review

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

Potemayo

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 17, 2012

What a surprise. I hardly like storyless anime, especially those done by this particular studio, but here we an exception.

THE STAFF
- Animation is done by J.C. Staff, which means it will be mostly fan service with rather good production values. In this case it had some depth though.
- Directing is done by Ikehata Takashi, who outside of this and the first season of Genshiken has produced nothing else of value.
- Based on the only known manga by some nobody whose name is not important to state.

SPECIFICS

ENJOYMENT SECTION: 5/10 [Hey, look what a weird... See full review

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

Steins;Gate

Lipekun's avatar By on Aug 17, 2012

Hello, yes it's me. Send reinforcements, it appears we’ve been infiltrated by a perverted assistance. That’s the type of thing that Okabu speaks on his mobile phone when he is taken by surprise or at random times. Rintaro Okabe is an 18-year-old 1st-year college student and a self-proclaimed Mad Scientist who fights against an international organization named SERN that he believes is conspiring to reshape the world. He is also the main protagonist of Steins;gate, an anime that has the distinction of originally being produced by two studios, 5pb and Nitroplus. Steins;Gate follows the story... See full review

9.7/10 story
9.5/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Steins;Gate

iamnikki's avatar By on Aug 17, 2012

Story:

When I started on watching this anime, I didn't really think much of it.
Maryui was a girl who talked in third person, also a bit weird, but then after a few episodes, I realised she was pretty clever. She found out quite a lot of things which helped during the time machine's progress, and was always trying to cheer up Okabe.

The story began quite peacefully and funny. A mad scientist as he calls himself, wants to build a time machine using a phone and a microwave. It sounded silly at first, yet when there was Daru, helping him as a "computer hacker" and eventually Kurisu... See full review

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

Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 16, 2012

ART SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 2/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2

- The series uses a very nice blend of fantasy and normality. The world looks like ours but there are several scenes where fairies and fairytale-like sceneries mix with the rest. Another good point is the artwork on the characters and their gear. They dress in pretty phantasy cloths and use musical instruments and vehicles that reminded me of the Irish mythology and of the Renaissance. Especially the neon glow fairy wings and music scores were really something. These are... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Pokemon

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 16, 2012

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUnlh-Air2w

I remember watching the very first episode of the series and having a very good impression of the show at that time. It was practically the first toy-promoting series in my country, I had no access to the internet back then and everybody was playing or talking about Pokemons. So for some reason I expected a lot from this series. Something like an elaborating battle system, or a complicated story, or epic showdowns. After all, the games were supposed to be RPGs, and that meant all I described. I never imagined it was just farming EXP and taking part... See full review

2/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Plawres Sanshiro

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 16, 2012

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Veoyd6HK6No

Long before Pokemons and YuGiOh, there was Plawres…

A, good old Plawress! The third series (after Igano Kabamaru and Candy Candy) that initiated the first otaku frenzy in Greece back in the 80’s. It also happens to be the oldest title promoting toys through proxy battles.

The main story is quite simple. A boy named Sanshiro Sugata begins as a rookie in Plawres, a famous mini-robot-fighting championship. He uses a custom-made model named Jumaru and faces a new challenge on every new episode.
There is a thin on-going... See full review

5/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials

CaseyJewels's avatar By on Aug 16, 2012

Episode 1 This one was a little creepy. I'm not going to spoil the ending, but for a short little piece, it was put together pretty well, and the mystery of what is going on keeps it from growing boring. It's a little slow, I think, but not boring. Episode 2 This one is all about Winry's and Ed's relationship with each other, through the years, and explains how Winry got the jewelry she did, in a pretty funny manner. There's also a little bit of Riza in there, and I think her bits were weaved in pretty well. Episode 3 Here we get to see Izumi's adventures in the North, when she lived for a month... See full review

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

Baccano!

Cosplayer's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

Baccano! is one of those animes that is very interesting, albeit somewhat confusing. The majority of the entire series is spent following the different stories of each of the characters, with an overarching story that starts at the beginning, and concludes at the end. Every episode is amazingly presented, though may be a bit difficult to understand, since the story jumps from one time period to the next, all while telling the entire story of each character. The animation is that of a normal anime. Very well done, and just small inconsistencies in the characters, if any. The music played in the intro and... See full review

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

Air Movie

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

Base in the Bishoujo game release in PC, DC and PS2, later on turned into a wonderful anime of 12 episodes, but now unfortunately the movie lacks what the Anime had, but it also gives some moments that the Anime lacked as well, so lets see the different aspects of this Movie.
Story: (8/10)
The story is basically the same, but only focusing in Misuzu story, so the other characters like Kano, Hijiri, Minagi and Michiru are out and they don't have an important role, or you could said that none at some point, which is good in a way since after seeing the anime you thought that Misuzu Story was not... See full review

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

My-Hime

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

Story: (6/10)
It starts like any other ecchi-comedy, with schoolgirls and cheesy love dilemmas. It maintains this geeky femininity...and then suddenly digresses into a plethora of human emotions!!! Wow, what a tease. I am impressed and satisfied, despite the rather average score I'm handing Mai-HiME. Tokiha Mai tries to be the best older sister she can be. Her younger brother, Takumi, faces a fatal heart disorder, and all she can do is protect him.

On a boat ride to school, a girl floats on top of the water, and a star that Mai can see, which no other but what a HiME (Highly-advanced... See full review

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

.hack//SIGN

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

A very good anime, I enjoied this show from the beginning 'till the end, even if it has a lot of chatting (A LOT!!!).
Story: (9/10)
It has a very interesting plot, sometimes it doesn't evolve at a fast pace, but every episode will add a bit more at the plot, lefting the watcher with some questions (a bit) solved and even more to be answered, but allthis add more to the interest the watcher will put in this show. Perhaps it lacks a bit on the side stories, but maybe it was already difficult to exhaust the main plot.
Animation: (8/10) It is really good, I like the way the characters are... See full review

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

School Rumble 2

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

Hmm... the curse of setting a bar to high to hurdle. Ni Gakki certainly illustrates this point.

To be fair, School Rumble was probably the funniest show I'd ever seen. To add to that, it was done in such an original way, with such a great cast, it was already going to be hard to top.
Story: (4/10)
Where our 1st series maintained a noticable progression of relationships and story material, this is not the case in Ni Gakki. I can count on one hand how many episodes actually progressed the underlying 'plot' of the School Rumble universe.

More than anything, Ni Gakki was a random series... See full review

4/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

School Rumble

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

...Last night, I finished School Rumble, but found myself getting in trouble over and over today at work because I kept losing my composure and randomly laughing to myself over scenes of the show that kept playing over and over in my head.

To say that this show is hilarious may be a sore understatement. It's a good possibility this is the funniest show I've ever seen. The perfect amount of Drama sprinkled on top of this heavy Romantic/Comedy make the recipe for success.

Much to my surprise, there's even a bit of depth to this Romantic Comedy...

Tenma Tsukamoto is a total dunce...but... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
8.3/10 overall

Pictures at an Exhibition

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

This is yet another experimental work by Osamu Tezuka and despite being made after Tetsuwan Atom, it still retains a lot of artistic expression and care. Unlike most who are just rehashing a successful formula in EVERY NEW WORK they do, Tezuka kept on looking for ore ways to tell a story and I really did the guy for that.

Now speaking of a story, this movie does not exactly have one; it is more of a collection of comical shorts, each one making fun of a specific profession. The setting is a museum and we are shown the portraits of many famous personalities, after of which the scene changes to what... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Peace Maker Kurogane

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

THE STUFF
- Animated by studio GONZO, which means it’s going to suck.
- Directed by Hirata Tomohiro, maker of complete shit like Trinity Blood and Mayoi Neko Overrun.
- Based on the manga by Kurono Nanae, who is famous for her Vasslord manga. Which is basically about gay vampires, so it sucks hard.
So as you can see, there is no way for this thing to be good.

SPECIFICS
Sometimes mixing elements of completely different genres doesn’t produce an interesting twist. A fine example of this is Peacemaker Kurogane (PK), which pretty much decided to mix the easy... See full review

2/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
3/10 characters
3/10 overall

Gunparade March

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

First, I just have to say: At this point, I really have no idea what the hell I just saw.

Gunparade March has a tried and true idea, with a different twist on the chronology involved. The 'invasion' takes place in the World War II era, and continues up through our present day. You would think over the span of 50+ years this ruthless race of alien killers would have humanity beaten, or vice-versa.

Ah, who cares right? It's just the fate of humanity, it's already been this long, why don't we go on some dates, have some laughs? How about we put on a play? I wanna be the princess! Give me a... See full review

2/10 story
4/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
3.3/10 overall

REC

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

The best enjoyment per minute ratio I have ever seen.

First off: yeah, I know such a short series as this hardly justifies the longest review in my reviewing-career, but I think it deserves to be picked apart like this.

Rec is a good show, mostly because it manages to be enjoyable and features characters which are actually likeable. Seeing the episodes are short, one would think the show won't leave any impression at all. The opposite is true though, since this might be the most enjoyable 'short watch' I have seen in my entire anime-career. Story: (9/10) The story is simple, straight and... See full review

9/10 story
7/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
8.8/10 overall

Fate/stay night

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

I went into Fate/Stay Night with no prior knowledge of the show's backstory, nor the games it was based on. wow, what a ride it's been. The second project based on a game by TYPE-MOON, the team that created Shingetsutan Tsukihime.

Studio Deen is no stranger to killer ap programs. It had its dealings in Drama with Full Moon Wo Sagashite, and Fruits Basket in Fantasy with Kyo Kara Maoh, and Action with Rurouni Kenshin - Seisouhen. Fate/Stay Night is strong on all accounts.

After researching the other stories, Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel, some of the loose ends in Fate/Stay... See full review

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

Air

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

AIR, a PC game released in Japan in the year 2000, following on the success of Kanon. A wonderful bishoujo game, one that was very popular and was voted best PC game in Japan for that year and the year later. Now, Kyoto Animation brings AIR into the anime world. Did it suffer the pitfalls of bishoujo game to anime adaptations? I think not. Key/Visual Arts have learned from their previous mistakes and weaknesses in Kanon anime and have made changes which makes AIR an artistic masterpiece, one that stands for how good a bishoujo game anime can be.

Story: (8/10)
Sadly, the AIR anime tried to cram a... See full review

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

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

MagicalWay's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, is anything but melancholy.

This anomalous show breaks the barrier for what people have come to 'expect' from 'school-life' or even 'comedy' anime. The real trick here, is that Haruhi is a Science-Fiction in disguise. That is not to say that this show isn't laugh-your-ass-off funny, because it definitely is.

The smorgasbord of genre's that appear in this show is just ridiculous, but in a good way. Too often a show becomes overly ambitious and tries to include tones that don't fit, or belong. However, Haruhi is hilarious, abstruse, and very, very witty. If... See full review

6/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.8/10 overall

Omae Umasou da na Movie

AirCommodore's avatar By on Aug 15, 2012

Story
You are Umasou follows the practice of creating family films that, while ostensibly for children, make their protagonist go through so much you may start to wonder about the intended demographic. You know the type- they're filled with cutesy animal protagonists and you go into them expecting a fun mindless romp, but by the end you're bawling your eyes out because they're so depressing (The Lion King and ... See full review

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

Maria Holic

Howlorihara's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

Story:  I will admit, I started this anime with high hopes.  Created by Shaft, Maria Holic has the same creators as Bakemonogatari which I found to be brilliant.  However, what I encountered was utter disappointment.  Maria Holic is the story of Miss Miyamae who transfers to Ame no Kisaki, an all girls school, so that she may seek true love with a beautiful girl.  Miyamae has a deep seeded hatred for boys and breaks out in hives whenever she is touched by a member of the opposite sex.  The day before school starts she meets a beautiful girl from her school named Mariya... See full review

3/10 story
6.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
3/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Arakawa Under the Bridge

Pyrrha's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

Plot / Concept Arakawa Under the Bridge was a delightful surprise for me and could, without a doubt, be so for many others. I didn’t have high expectations going into yet another anime comedy, but this show hit all the right spots for me. While essentially being a comedy, and a random one at that, it does manage to tap some veins left untouched by other similar shows. I guess a little bit of explaining is in order. While other comedies focus on comedic events which generally originates in happenings and accidents that goes a bit outside of the normal social conduct, this show turns the entire... See full review

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

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Scruff's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

I originally gave this a 10/10, and now watching the sequal (Higurasho no Naku Koro ni Kai) I am realizing that the original was truly a great series. This series actually had me scared at times and while it can be confusing, watching the second one has answered so many questions that I am shocked how well thought out this original was. Absolutely must watch.

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

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

Huge text of random stream of thought follows. Consider yourselves warned you lazy bastards!

When I first gazed at the entry picture and read the name, I though it would be just another ecchi comedy with minimal animation and crappy storytelling. When I eventually sat down to watch it out of curiosity I realized I was wrong… But not in the sense that it turned out to be the exact opposite of what I originally thought; it really “IS” an ecchi comedy with minimal animation and crappy storytelling. The thing which makes all the difference is that… it is different.

What... See full review

7/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
4/10 characters
8/10 overall

Pandora Hearts

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

- Animated by studio Xebec, which means it’s goind to have bad production values and unexploited potencial.
- Directed by Kato Takao, who has taken up lots of anime, most of which are way below average. The only ones I kind of liked amongst them are Buso Renkin, and Hen Semi.
- Based on the manga by Mochizuki Jun, which is also her own somewhat good work. She has only made one other short manga with a similar style called Crimson Shell. It was nothing special. And neither is this one.

So here I am watching an anime which has a big fanbase. From the comments I read in various... See full review

3/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Outlaw Star

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0N3L-pcGdc

- Animated by studio XEBEC, which means it’s going to have bad production values and unexploited potencial.
- Directed by [/u] Hongu Mitsuru, [/u] who never managed to produce an above average show.
- Based on the manga by Itou Takehiko. Other works of his that were adapted include the forgettable Lord of Lords Ryu Knight and Angel Links. But guess what; he also wrote the most amazing Zegapain, so he is not a complete mediocrity of a creator.

STORY

Outlaw Star begins as the most awesome sci-fi action adventure... See full review

4/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Zegapain

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgcV78LJryA

If you are not a KuroSHITsuji fan, not a moeblob otaku, and not a Narutard, then keep reading. Otherwise, this show is not for you. It has more intellect than superficial entertainment and thus don’t bother if you don’t like to think.

Animated by Studio Sunrise, so the robots look nice. They are not cool though, and this show happens to have received very little positive feedback regarding the action; thus this is not their normal job at making poser action. Directed by Shimoda Masami, a guy I wouldn’t care about if he... See full review

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

Ouran High School Host Club

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

ANIME NOSTALGIA SERIES
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?uid=251338&show=userpage&do=blog&blogid=29009&page=0

- Animated by studio BONES, which means the production values will be great but the story will be messy… What? It doesn’t have much of a story? Well, in that case it is a great show!
- Directed by Igarashi Takuya, who also took up Sailor Moon Stars, Soul Eater, and Star Driver. I can’t say I love all his works but he is definitely versitile.

Ouran is... See full review

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

Otome Youkai Zakuro

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

Animated by J.C. Staff, which translates to “screw the plot; here comes fan service.” Directed by Kon Chiaki, who is a bit famous for her debut work at Higurashi but the rest of her roster is one big failure. Nothing to see here, go home, Zakuro is yet another fantasy romcom for girls and just like the bulk of its kind, it is generic, far-fetched and uninspired.

The story is about humans cooperating with half-monsters against other monsters, as part of cultural understanding. And since this is a fan caring show, the human military officers don’t look like unshaved macho... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

I will try to be as much open-minded as possible over this title and unlike most I will not bash it for its context. It was aiming to be as such and thus all criticism should direct to only how it handled the premise.

First of all the basics. It is a harem comedy with highly incestuous context that never goes beyond first and a half base. It has a boy fascinated with its sister and a sister equally fascinated with her brother and they are constantly indulged in all sorts of immoral and unhealthy things, such as him stuffing a ton of porn related material in his room and her constantly cockteasing... See full review

1/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
3/10 characters
3/10 overall

Seimei no Kagaku: Micro Patrol

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

Man, this is such a special series! Although not anime-looking at all for being made in collaboration with France, it still remains amongst the most brilliant works of educational animated series ever made.

SCRIPT: 5
It’s hard to look for a story in a series of stand-alone episodes. Every episode is basically just a cartoonistic representation of how does an organ work or how does the human body reacts to diseases or infections. There is a beginning, a middle and an ending for each segment, yet there are no real surprises or plot twists, as the structure is basically that of a fairy-tale... See full review

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

Windaria

roriconfan's avatar By on Aug 14, 2012

Windaria is one of those movies that really turned people to otakus back in its time. It was different, it was grim, it was sad, it was full of magic, it didn’t have a forced Walt Disney f*ing ending. It was gooood! Yet, its major problems are also trademarks of its time.

It looks aged, as technology has gone to the moon and back since then and production values were generally low for its time. So, you can’t help but think that the scriptwriters were not given enough time to depict everything smoothly and properly and the animators had to work with short scenes. The result is still... See full review

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