Although Kikou Soseiki Mospeada is vastly known as the “third part of the Roboteck series”, in reality, it is a stand-alone series with a similar scenario as Macross. As a publicity stunt, it was united through name and sound alteration with the ending of the Southern Cross storyline (Another stand-alone series, which Americans arbitrarily tied with Macross!). Thanks to the “borrowing” of Roboteck’s name and fame, it earned some recognition, whereas otherwise would be totally forgotten. Why? Because it is a pathetic series that has nothing new or even interesting to offer us... read more
Fate/Zero 2 is the concluding half to the Fate/Zero saga and one of the most entertaining seasons of any action anime ever. With a cast of fun characters, amazing animation, and some great fight scenes sprinkled throughout, as well as some of the most intense drama you could ask for, Fate/Zero 2 doesn’t screw around with conventions of the genre and instead carves out its own private niche from which many action anime would do good to analylze. Fate/Zero 2 continues where the last season left off with the big battle between everyone and Caster raging in the river. It’s a visual spectacle... read more
Awesome series. Love the graphics, the depth of the characters and the battles. The music goes well with the story. The ending part was sad, it seems that all the good people ended up worsen off. It is true what they say, this series is much more mature with a darker mood than FSN. But I think having watched FSN the ending doesn't leave as muh of a saddening taste. Still though poor kerry and saber. Kirei has really become one of the most disturbed hated character right till the end. With hyped up animes like these where the expectation is so high, the ending sometimes is difficult to pull off but I... read more
In case you wonder, this anime has nothing to do with some weird branch of SHAFT. Any relation is purely accidental.
A thing most anime usually mess in is having a clear picture of how many episodes are needed in order to properly tell the context of the story. It is usually too little or too much. It mostly has to do with whatever contract they made with the company, as well as those pesky episode limits that are set in stone (12, 24, 52, etc). Despite all that, it still looks silly when they try to show a setting which is very complicating in just half a season. Geneshaft is one good example... read more
Animated by Tatsunoko Productions, a company with generally low budgets. They have made a few goodies such as Irresponcible Captain Tylor and Soul Taker but their roster is mostly made up of bad and passable anime. Directed by Mizushima Seiji, whose roster includes average to bad works. This doesn’t look very promising from the very first second you lay your eyes on it.
I have seen lots of shows where the protagonist transforms to a cybernetic monster and wrecks havoc to other monsters. The most famous amongst anime are Tekkaman Blade and Biobuster Armor Guyver, and if I include... read more
ANIME NORMAL LIVES SERIES
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School Days ends up being more of a social experiment, testing the audience’s will to accept change in decade old stereotypes. It is offering a most unorthodox twist in the end and stands back to see how the viewer will react to all that. It is meant to shock him into liking it but the probability of backfiring is simply too high. All because of the notorious fame of NTR... read more
Elfen Lied is a very dramatic anime that really makes you think and wonder about yourself. The story is that Kohta and Yuki are walking on the beach together when they find a beautiful naked girl lying on the beach. Since she has no home and cannot speak, they decide to take her in and name her Nyu. However, Kohta is having haunting memories of watching his younger sister and father brutally murdered by someone. Yuki assumes that Kohta has feelings for this girl and starts to get jealous. Later on, more girls join up with the family, including Nana, a Dycoloius like Nyu, and Nana is really sweet... read more
STORY: This was one of the very first anime that I have ever watched. I began watching Sailor Moon on Toonami when I was all of ten or eleven years old and was incredibly sad when Toonami went off the air when I was thirteen or fourteen (I can't really remember which one lol), and I fell in love with it! And for those of you who are so clearly wayyyyy younger than me and have to have the storyline explained to you because you have just heard about this anime though have never seen it I'll explain the story to you... The story is about Serena (a.k.a Usagi but... read more
In 2003, Gonzo made “Last Exile”: a neat adventure story with gorgeous visuals set in a fascinating world inhabited with some intriguing characters and, most importantly, a genuine sense of adventure and wonder. That said, it had its problems: the main characters were bland, the story pace was uneven and the ending was a rushed mess. Fast forward to 2011, Gonzo is diving into the world of Last Exile yet again with “Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam” (TL: Fam, the Silver Wing). A sequel that's only loosely tied to the original, both in story and, sadly, in quality. Set an unspecified... read more
The same opening and ending! But it just show aa battle with those uh freaky clones. It seems like there's more than 1 episode!
Ok this is clearly the best "Episode" of the first season (if you can call it an episode). It is kinda a different perspective of what happened in the Seto inland while the whole thing with Nobunaga is going on. So Keiji was sent out to convince Chosokabe and Mori to join the anti oda alliance. It basically shows what we never got to see in the 1st season and well....it's really good....wanna know why? BECAUSE YUKIMURA AND MASAMUNE AREN'T THERE...na joke...but really it's an action packed and overall interesting episode because throughout the first season we never got to see anything from... read more
It is time. I have held off for a long time reviewing this anime but after I read some internet commentary that rubbed me the wrong way, I must now review this mess of an anime known as Elfen Lied. On a private, government/military(?) owned Island, a naked woman with telekinesis escapes resulting in the untimely demise of quite a few guards and a hapless secretary until this woman is shot in the head causing her to fall in to the ocean. However, because she is wearing some super titanium-like alloy helmet, she lives but with no memory of who she is, or what she is and with no basic human speech other than... read more
Story: Deconstruction shows are fascinating. After all, variation in a particular genre (in this case the magical girl genre) keeps it interesting instead of recycling a repetitive formula or certain characteritics that can be found in shows of this category. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a brutal take on magical girls, showing the darker side of what exactly your getting into when you become one. The themes of "be careful what you wish for," are ever so present as even the most innocent and well-intentioned wishes can take a turn for the worse. Is becoming a Mahou Shoujo... read more
I'm going to divide this in three separate reviews for each of the three chapters which appeared in the whole story. Short of a small mention near the beginning of the latter two they are completely unrelated except for the fact that they all happen in the same universe. White Chapter - Ep 1-9 Story: Well, to put it bluntly this didn't even come close to GunParade March and it was the closest setting wise. To put it simply, new commander, with wholly unsubordinate members. For me it failed, it didn't capture the mix of high school and military the way it should have. That's all I really have to... read more
**I did not mathmatically calculate this score. I don't think that SOUND and ANIMATION should effect the score of what I consider a horrible anime. I don't care how pretty it looks or how nice it sounds, it's still terrible. Full Discloser: I have not finished the Chobits anime. I’m debating whether or not I want to because it has upset me greatly and I am not only offended by it, I am annoyed as well. You may continue with this review as you wish, but be warned that I posted this review before finishing the anime. Synopsis: Chobits follows young and innocent Hideki, who has... read more
This review covers both seasons.
Gate Keepers (GK) is one of the few GONZO works that don’t suck all the way because they held back on stuffing everything with lifeless 3D models. Too bad they realized later on how this would probably make something good out of their work and thus evetually threw in lots of that.
One should never try to watch GK for the story or the plot, since this is GONZO we are talking about. It is to the most part an aimless adventure of kids with superpowers having fun and making fun of everything, while occasionally they need to save the world just for lulz... read more
The show has a very good premise; it combines mysticism, science fiction, and politics. Japan’s public relations with other countries is bad and will soon lead to a war, thus they experiment on new kinds of weapons of mass destruction. Their latest experiment involves the taping of mystical powers through the use of religion and old traditions. With proper handling, this could turn out to be as innovating and ground-breaking as Neon Genesis or Ghost in the Shell. I mean the foundations were right there, so why not?
The director is the reason.
Gasaraki is directed by Takahashi... read more
This anime is the prequel of the Gai-Rei manga (not an adaptation of it) and was made to explain the past of the lead heroine, which was only hinted there. Although it can easily be watched by anyone, the fans of the manga will definiyely appreciate it a lot more for enriching the setting with further details. It will also be a nice recommendation to anyone who likes action/gore/supernatural/mystery/lesbians, since it is mostly style than substance.
The show was animated through a collaboration of studios AIC Spirits and Asread. Both of them are very bad in their... read more
ANIME MINOR JEWELS SERIES
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This is the last in Sunrise’s franchise of anime titled Yuusha-something and by far the best of them all. This of course easily translates to how all the others were bellow average and forgettable, while this one was more of a collection of all the ideas they had over the years, as well as a tribute to the super robot... read more
Fictional stories that are continuously hyped have had the tendency of not fulfilling the audience’s lofty expectations toward the work. Hype, as defined by the dictionary, is to promote or publicize a product or idea intensively often exaggerating its importance or benefits. Puella Magi Madoka Magica matches the latter definition of hype but is the exception to the frequency by which a narrative is embellished; indeed, the story of this anime is exceptional. In addition to fantastic storytelling, Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a strong cast of characters whose very essence is conveyed by stylistic... read more
The only way I can describe this anime is WTF. That’s all there is to it none of it makes any sense. And even when the show tries to explain things the explanations don’t make sense. At first I watched this cause the concept interested me when that failed miserably I just watched it for the ecchi, this was also abysmal at best this is a waste of animation and peoples time. I don’t recommend this to anyone ever. Normally I would talk about story here but this show has no story to criticize it was not even good if you tried to consider it episodic. Animation was dated at best... read more
I LOVE this anime! I think everyone should watch it! If you are into adventures and dragons this anime is for you. The reason why I enjoyed it was because it caught my attention right in the beginning. One of my friends also suggested that I watch it as well.
Story has a 3 because it has nothing interesting. It is just a plain story in which the protagonist agonizes while pursues really strange girls. Animation has a good score due to not only the animation that can be watched at the majority of the time in the anime, but also because of the change of drawing in specific moments to highlight every "goddess" of it. I liked the soundtrack, but I think that the OST during the anime was better than the opening and ending. Although they are also good, are not those that captivate you at the first time you hear them. Characters: I disliked especially... read more
School Rumble has a great storyline. You will going to enjoy watching it a bunch of times. The characters are great and they are very funny. This is one of a kind anime that you will going to love.
First off, Kiki's Delivery Service is a children's movie. It is not meant to be scrutinized to the point of absurdity, but from a general viewpoint this is a well-done movie. The story is about a young witch named Kiki going through a rite-of-passage, if you will. She departs from her home with her mother's broomstick, a radio, her cat friend Jiji, and a small bag resembling a purse to engage on what is a journey of the spirit, a quest to find herself and develop her magic powers. The themes Miyazaki presents are well-done, such as female individuality and independence, though... read more
Story; 9/10 Let me start off by saying although this is an anime produced in the late 90's, it's characters and story arc deserve praise. So, the story it takes off by introducing us to the main character, Jinto, as he was a child. This anime wins points by introducing us to character backgrounds off the bat; Jinto is the son of a politician who sold out to the Abh empire during the invasion of his homeworld Maritime, and Jinto inherits the opportunity to be an Abh noble. Jinto meets the series' second protagonist Lafiel, an Abh noble, when he is a few years older and is undergoing training to be an Abh... read more
I came across this anime in FYE because the box set looked cool (yet overpriced). So, having nothing to watch, I quickly went online to Hulu to watch it. The first half of this anime is pretty good. It goes from murder mystery to . . . action with swords? Yup, I said it. Once the murderer is found and everything is sorted out, there are these action sequences which seem boring and over-used. The plot takes a tremendous turn. It gets so confusing at times that it just makes me want to pull out my own hair. And for some reason the anime made me uncomfortable . . ... read more
This iz 1 of my favourite animes evar! i want 2 c a second series. theres so much that they missed from the manga so they HAV 2 make a new one
Story; 6/10 So, there are dragons of two types, those of Heaven and those of Earth, the dragons of Earth want to destroy the world and the Dragons of Haven want to prevent this from happening. Decent, but why? No backstory is given to this; all we know is the main character Kamui has to choose between the two as he is the chosen one or something. The relationship between Arashi and Sorata was the best story, yet it was a subplot. Their romance was a little too fallacious to suspend my disbelief entirely, though they had an interesting relationship and their resolution was unexpected. The entire... read more
As an individual who loves to be challenged by an anime, and pick up on a "things are not what they seem" theme, I stumbled across this series by complete accident and dare I say I enjoyed every nonsensical minute of it. We, Without Wings - Under the Innocent Sky isn't good for what it is, it excells at what it hides from you.
It is hard to write this review without spoiling some major plot points but I shall do my best.
In the City of Yanahigara, a seemingly large cast of characters live their lives affecting people that they meet and helping each other out the best they can, but... read more
Story; 8/10 Here's the thing about InuYasha; it's so damn long. The story revolves around Kagome breaking a sacred jewel stolen by InuYasha, the pieces scattered all across the world, and the epic journey to find and re-assemble the jewel. Along the way Inuyasha and Kagome make friends who travel and fight with them as they go through struggle after struggle with their arch-nemesis Naraku, a demon composed of a bunch of demons. The story in InuYasha is good; I'll talk more about characters and their development later. The lore and adventure of the series hooked me from the start, along with the romance... read more
What...the...hell did I just watch?...somebody tell me please... I mean Freezing the anime was already pretty bad in my opinion but now....this.....THIS! I'm not gonna lie...I don't get it. I mean why would somebody do this? It's not even funny it's just.....10 sec.....10 seconds....it only took them 10 freaking seconds to show nudity in one of the episodes....This whole OVA is based around breasts...seriously there's nothing else there to see......even....the FUCKING NOVA HAS BREASTS.....I know it's supposed to be funny....but it really isn't. It's just a lame excuse for someone to be able to draw anime... read more
On to Season 2! As I said in my Review for Season 1 I'm a huge fan of the original Sengoku Basara game story so excuse my ranting. Ok Season 2....the first thing I can clearly say is that this one is a great improvement on Season 1. Don't get me wrong I still don't like the story they chose but this one isn't actually that bad. Despite the fact that in the original story Nobunaga was actually alive when hideyoshi was around and that the two were kinda big rivals. So yeah this Season's baddy badguy is Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his advisor and strategist Takenaka Hanbei. Right from the start you can see... read more
OK one thing before I start this review...I am a huge fan of the original Sengoku Basara game story. Ah Sengoku Basara.....I love you...not the anime though....They completely..destroyed the story. I mean making Masamune and Yukimura the main characters...fine by me...but....THEY HAVE LIKE 99% OF THE SCREENTIME. They are not THAT important. I mean characters like Motochika and Motonari don't even get 5% of the screentime until the OVA. Ok so going to the story...It is about the Sengoku period in japan...only like a million times more...wierd and kinda awesome. We have our 2 main characters.....*sigh*... read more
LOOK OUT THERE MIGHT BE SPOILERS AHEAD!...just sayin' :3 Here we have the prime example of a good anime....and I don't even know what's so good about it...Seriously now I have nooooo idea what I like about this anime. Nothing really happens until the end of it and it still works! I mean...how?! Well...lets make a checklist: Character design: Original Animations: awesome Story: ...it's just the daily life of a guy on a girl school...pretty cool actually So yeah this anime is about a new kind of weapon called IS (Infinite Stratos) and apparently only women can control those so called IS (IS are kind of... read more
....ok.....We have....a sister who has a big brother complex....a perverted childhood friend....a BL Manga obsessed nerd girl thing....and of course the big brother....WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH?! I don't want to make it sound like this anime is bad but seriously it is confusing. It really is a funny anime, it made me laugh a lot but near the end I just lost track of what's happening....something about a girl with a lip fetish and ....spacepeople.....agh...sry thinking about it just hurt my head. All shits and giggles aside though it is like I already mentioned a funny anime. I don't really like the... read more
I've never been too fond of people defending the old due to the narrow mentality that everything pos-modern sucks, however, I choose not to have watched GX or 5Ds of the yugioh saga because of the fact that the cliche representations of good versus evil just outweight the regular cardgame, as it nearly did with the oriiginal. The story sucked due to its quick-paced slap-in-the-face telling that made everything run by too quickly, no to mention the lack of imagination when it came to the overall duel. The amount of monsters used was minimal and all the strategies did was kill and bring back and bury and then... read more
Story; 7/10 When I began watching Voices of a Distant Star, I was expecting another heart-tugging tale of distance and lost love like Shinkai presented in 5 Centimeters Per Second. VoaDS did not exceed my expectations, but it did not fail to meet them either. Whoever broke Shinkai's heart and made him write all of these sad tales of lost love owes him an apology. VoaDS essentially bears the same premise as most of his other works; two people fall in love, have their moments, and then are suddenly split by the hands of fate. This is a story type Shinkai does well; rather than focusing on settings... read more
Story; 10/10 Originally this anime did not catch my eye at first; I am a sucker for modern animation. However, do not let the age of this anime fool you; it is a wonderfully told story far ahead of its time. The story's main protagonist is Shu, who randomly finds a girl named Lala-Ru at the top of a smokestack one day and is thrust into a world of despair, war, and cruelty. The first episode is fairly light-hearted and cheerful; beyond that, the rest of the series descends into darkness. The tone and themes of this story are based on reality. Its setting in a distant time and place prevents it from... read more
Critic's Log - Earthdate: June 21, 2012. Supplemental for Review #10: Darker Than Black Gaiden (Side Story). It is difficult to forget the past that has horrific memories, it feels like a nightmare that you could not wake up from... The only thing to do is move forward. If you have been reading my other reviews, keep this in mind... Before I start reviewing something, I like to poke a little fun during the review and I sort of did something like that just now with the poetic philosophical intro I had with this review plus the previous reviews I did for Darker Than BLACK... With that all said, here... read more
"Put your gunz on" and get ready because this movie...is suprisingly good. No really I actually didn't have high hopes for this one, because I already hated what they made out of the original Sengoku Basara story from the games. They completely ruined it (in my opinion). Let's just say maybe giving Masamune/Yukimura 85% of the screen time and basing the whole story around them wasn't the best idea ever. The Animation is an upgrade from the 2nd season of the anime and it looks reeeeaally good, I mean daaamn I love some of the effects in this move, the sound too it just fits perfectly and now for... read more
Another....what can I say about this Anime that hasn't already been said? I finished watching it a few days ago and all I have to say is: It really is overall a great anime. It has some funny/comedic scenes here and there but not too much. The Anime always keeps you on your toes for what's going to happen next and it really isn't easy to predict what is going to happen that's what I love about Animes like this. The only sad thing is you can't have the same feeling twice with this kind of anime. It's just not thrilling if you already know what's going to happen. I'm not gonna throw any Spoilers in this... read more
Medaka Box is in a way Studio GAINAX trying to get a piece of the pie out of the Suzumiya Haruhi fandom that Kyoto Animation created 6 years ago. It is based on a manga by the all-famous Nishio Ishin (maker of high sellers, such as the Bakemonogatari franchise, xxxHolic, and Katanagatari) and directed by… Ok, his name is not important; he only makes mediocre ecchi anime.
The premise is about a school president messing with issues the students may have in their lives in an attempt to make everything more exciting. Yeah, it is the Haruhi premise all right… only difference it... read more
This is my all time favorite anime. I love how they leave you with questions they never answer. I hate that thier is no second season. This anime has a great love story with twists in every episode. It's not your usual sappy love story you read these days about vampires. It brings us back to how vampires used to be. The way they are scary yet still sexy. There is lots of nudity in this manga like in a lot others. Some of the parts or aspects of this story may or may not make veiwers hate it. Most of it is only because of the age range between couples. All in all this is a great anime to watch. You get... read more
Story: The first episode starts off as nothing spectacular, until the second half kicks in and the rethread of the first episode of the first season brings it up there. Way up there. The similarities and differences really sell it and as for the comedy, it keeps on coming. Every episode has "That one moment", from .gifs of dancing to more dancing and hilarious subs, to gratuitous English and "That's not a kick!", it rocks as a comedy, just like the first season. Unlike the first, it doesn't slow down with serious moments that may feel like they drag. If something serious/plotty is... read more
Oh, hot damn! Talk about the memories this brings back to me. I spent my youth obsessing over Sailor Moon. In fact, I was convinced I was Sailor Jupiter until I was in fifth grade. True story. Feel free to question my sanity. This review may very well end up biased as fuck. Oh well. The STORY of Sailor Moon follows average junior high student Usagi Tsukino who discovers that she is a guardian of justice: Sailor Moon. Usagi is a lazy, clumsy girl who holds no promise of being a protector whatsoever. As the story progresses, however, she is able to find herself as... read more
The Japanese interpretations of vampires are certainly intriguing. You can stumble into bloodthirsty warriors such as Hellsing's Alucard. Or you can fall into the opposite spectrum where the supernatural being is more...humorous such as Karin from Karin (or the manga title Chibi Vampire) where she has nosebleeds that could rival Niagara Falls. No joke. Nyanpire falls moreso into this spectrum, but it's in no means a bad thing for I frankly enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. The opening grants the viewer the general story: a black abandoned kitten is on the last thread of life until a vampire... read more
The basic plot is very simple. A brother and sister are caught by an earthquake in the middle of a trip to see a robot convention. After this disaster, they try to get home and are helped by a motherly figure. Although this may sound boring and starightfoward, underneath is a deep emotional story of the bonds between siblings and as well as strangers. At first, I didn't really get into the story. I found the two main characters (a girl in 6th grade and her brother in 3rd grade) quite immature and annoying. However, as the story went on, I began to like them more and more and I started to understand the... read more
Being a fan of the good old hack n' slash anime ninja movies, I had to check this title out. I wasn't really expecting, much I didn't really get all that much either. Story- Okay so the story is about this guy named Jiro and he is framed for killing his own parents. Well except he did kill his own father, but he didn't realize it was his father. So he vows to take revenge on the one responsible, a monk looking dude by the name of Tenkai. So theres Iga and Koga ninja clans in this (surprise surprise) and they're duking it out and what not, but our boy Jiro is a lone ninja and he has a special dagger (guess... read more
Critic's Log - Earthdate: June 20, 2012. Review #10: Darker Than Black: Gemini Of The Meteor. When you head into a dark path, your journey may be stained with blood, torment, and despair. It may be very difficult to see a light through the darkness. Once that person finds this light he then will have to decide whether to embrace it or cast it out and sacrifice it, and then... The gate of the soul will open... Okay, if that didn't make much sense... I did not intend it to... I am making fun of the Next Episode Previews from the show if you haven't noticed already, Here is Darker Than BLACK: Gemini... read more