Story: Being a Slice of Life anime, one shouldn't expect a plot with depth or moments that will make you cling to the edge of your sanity. One should expect each episode to have a small plot of its own, which tells a story with a beginning, middle and end. This is the case in Hidamari Sketch. Every episode has a plot of its own which gradually introduces you to how each character is based on their interactions with themselves and the situations they find themselves in. Why 9/10? Simply because the stories told in this first season were filled with the finest humour and flowed through with ease. The only... See full review
So the hero has vanquished the Dark Lord, spared the life of the Dark Lord's daughter, and saved the kingdom, what does he have left to do? Why, do it all over again! Story: While it probably isn't the first story ever to do it, it was the first one I've ever seen with this concept. Picture if you will, the aftermath of the hero's glorious victory and now he has wanders off in search of a new adventure? Nay, he takes his booty and runs back to his home world where hilarity and many action packed hijinx ensue! I went into this anime with little to no information on it and I'm kind of glad I did... See full review
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Death Note is a interesting psychology thriller, though seems to be plagued with the need for excessive voice overs in an attempt to cover every intricate detail, from the mental leaps and deductions made by the characters, to thoroughly covering events as they unfold. Though this makes it easy and possible for almost anyone to watch and understand this isn't enough to hinder the story. The first stage of the series (Episodes 1 -26) is an engaging game of cat and mouse between Kira and L, each with the hope to force the others hand, exposing their true... See full review
My Little Monster, yet another romantic comedy in a season stuffed full of anime trying to fit into that genre, the sad thing in My Little Monster's case is that it isn't strong enough by any means to hold its own against the other, arguably better, shows it was put against. Even if it hadn't fallen into a season like this, it's still quite weak for its genre. We have our lead female character, Shizuku, and our male, Haru. Shizuku mets Haru after being asked to get him to come to school (he's the type of guy who gets into fights and generally isn't liked all that much, and thus has decided to stay at... See full review
Critic's Log - Earthdate: January 2, 2013. Review #29: Trigun: Badlands Rumble The year 2012 is gone, and we are now in the year 2013. I have been reviewing anime for about 10 months now and I plan on reviewing much more into this brand new year. With that said, my first review of the year will be the movie... Trigun: Badlands Rumble! 20 years after meddling into the bank heist of a notorious robber named Gasback, Vash the Stampede is traveling towards Macca City. There are rumors that the legendary thief might appear there causing an enormous interest from bounty hunters in the area who... See full review
This season is split into two arcs. In the first Queen Nehelenia is back, and so are all of the Sailor Soldiers. She is looking for revenge, and finds it through Mamoru. Can the love of Usagi save the day? I really, really liked this arc. The story was a little faster paced, and things got pretty intense. Mamo-chan and Usagi are just perfect for each other, and so seeing their relationship threatened… I’m not a huge crier, but I did almost cry during the finale. As silly and repetitive as this show can be at times, they certainly know how to do finales. It was the closing I felt was... See full review
Law of Ueki has a great story but it seems very similar to other anime such as Dragon Ball, Yu Yu Hakusho, and a few others. People with strange abilities fight each other and the last one left standing is the winner. There are a lot of plot twists that keep the story interesting, but there also seem to be a few flaws. At points, there seem to be after thoughts that until that point, no on knows about, but instantly after it is mentioned, every one instantly knows about that fact. One was about everyone suddenly knowing everyone’s number of zai and mentioning Ueki's... See full review
Its the year 2015 and the Medousa virus has become a pandemic, turning infected people literally into stone. Venus Gate, a Russian organization, has invited 160 infected people to Scotland, where they will be frozen in capsules until a cure is created for the Medousa virus. Among them is a young girl named Kasumi, troubled with having to leave her twin sister, Shizuku, behind. Reluctantly, she joins the others and enters the capsules. However, some time after they are all frozen, they wake up to find that the castle has been covered with thorny vines and inhabited by vicious mutated creatures. Only seven... See full review
SECRET SANTA REVIEW Story 7.5/10 Takayuki Narumi, our male protagonist, falls in love with a girl without even expecting to, having gone out with her simply because she asked. Of course the friend who set up the meeting had never really thought they would make it together - having been harbouring feelings for Takayuki of her own. When their fledgling relationship is shattered by cruel circumstance, leaving Takayuki a guilt-ridden dysfunctional wreck, how will the two respond? Between this first incident and a few further exceptional twists further along the way, the stage is set to twist the screws of... See full review
I L.O.V.E.D. K! ... but not for the actually show, but for the characters and potential that it sadly didn't reach. It was so rushed.... only 13 episodes???? It could have been over 100! They condensed everything into so few episodes it seemed like this series was just the trailer to the whole. >.< . And even though there will be a second season, they got the show to a point where i really don't want a second one. As for characters, they were so pretty to look at @-@ and they were also complex characters with complex backstories.... That you only got to see tiny... See full review
NOTE : THIS ISN'T MY OWN REVIEW, IT IS SOMEONE ELSE REVIEW BUT I CLEARLY AGREE WITH HIM
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WARNING : Contains many spoilers!! ________________________________________________________________________ Ok I gotta admit, the first 14 episodes of this were great. I loved where it was going. Dying in the game would make you die in real life? Awesome. Can't log out so now you're screaming for mummy and daddy? Awesome. Evil mastermind who just trapped people in this game for the lulz? Awesome. Oh and before you continue reading, I'm gonna warn you that there are... See full review
Oh sword art online how you could of been better. When I first heard of SOA the idea seemed to be unique and I was really pumped up to watch it. The idea starts with a new game comes out for a nerve gear which is a helmet you wear that makes the user in the game. They can control their character with their mind. This new game the main character Kirito beta tested and is ready to play the game on released date. Kirito soon realizes that you their is no log out. Soon afterwards all the characters teleport to the town square and the game creator Kayaba Akihiko makes their character what they... See full review
Toriko is essentially a parody of fighting shonen and cooking series, around a guy who thinks hunting and cooking is a secured way to manliness. Although the idea sounds fine, the random storyboard makes this an easily tiresome series.
The pilot episode for example begins with a One Piece crossover. That was not in the original manga story; they just felt like beginning the story by attracting the fans of that other show. Now what kind of a lame promotion trick is this? Are they telling us that the Toriko story takes place in the One Piece world? Are they telling us it will be equally as good as One... See full review
Rie Kugimiya returns to voice yet another loli-looking tsundere. This time she even fuses some of her older catchphrases. Shana’s urusai + Louise’s bakainu = Taiga’s urusai bakainu. Isn’t it nice when they mix selling points? Anyways, if you don’t like loli-looking tsunderes voiced by Kugimiya, then chances are you will not like Toradora… Ok, I am overreacting on this one; although the highest selling point of the show is her. It’s like saying CLAMP, or Shimbo, or Toriyama; you are going to watch it because they are in the production.
Anyways, this is yet... See full review
As far as love stories go, it's often very hard to come across one which feels real and that a viewer can actually relate to, I find this even harder in anime. That said, Say I Love You does a surprisingly good job at being a down to earth, relatable, love story, and that's really what made it the best in a season full of romantic series. We're introduced to Mei, a shy high school student who keeps to herself and doesn't really have any friends, let alone having a boyfriend. Then we have our lead, Yamato. Yamato is the most popular guy in the whole school and could have any girl he wanted as a girlfriend... See full review
Story [6/10] Welcome the NHK is a slice of life based on antihero protagonist Tatsuhiro Sato, as a genre it is practically identical to many other Japanese slice of life type animes, with the otaku culture, the constant perversion of males and so on. While fundamentally NHK isn't much different from those, it deals with a lot of contemporary concepts like the otaku culture, unemployment, lonliness and Japan's infamous suicide groups. I can't say this aspect is unique either and how it views these problems aren't particuarly special. If you kind of know what I'm talking about, which most avid anime... See full review
Guilty Crown is an entertaining anime with a good plot, interesting characters, though some things are underexplained or rushed. Several points are left unexplained until the last third of the show, which of itself is not bad. One major point that once explained made the show much better was why Inori is so infuriatingly bland. Her character fleshes out a bit near the end. The other characters are fantastic. It is unusual for the hero to be portrayed in a negative light, yet Guilty Crown spends a great deal of time exploring Shu's mistakes. The theme about the power of love is a bit over-played, but the... See full review
Suki-tte Ii na Yo is a very simple shoujo anime with a mellow and realistic setting. A lot of people compare it to Kimi ni Todoke because of the very similar premise for both shows, but by the end, I felt that KnT took an entirely different direction, focusing on the chase, rather than the post-formation relationship dynamics. Also the side characters are completely different and make the atmosphere completely different, but I digress. Story: A basic story about a shy, plain girl with no friends, Mei, and a popular boy, Yamato, who fall in love with each other, Suki-tte Ii na Yo has a very... See full review
... ...man, I can't even... ... Just go! Watch it! The premise is unique, the characters are great, the soundtrack is fantastic, the story is unbelievably well thought out and executed, and the whole thing is heartbreaking yet just pure greatness throughout. I really lack the ability to do justice to this amazing show in a review. Perhaps the only word I feel suffices is "masterpiece."See full review
I actually found this short series fun to watch. It has a much different feel to it from the Gundam series that I’ve watched, in that it centers around the emotion of the two main female leads, rather than the politics of the world influencing the ‘why’ they fight. In a way, their struggles to take on the challenge of the human race reflects their own growth from you girls to warriors for the human race. This series does a good job of capturing the emotions of their struggle in the midst of a world that is quick changing as they fight the threat to humanity. One fascinating aspect, from... See full review
Quite frankly, I didn’t know what to expect with this anime. Other than the basic synopsis, and other positive generalities, I didn’t know what I was getting into. And, it being a Noitamina show, the odds of it being genuinely good were 50/50. So with reckless abandonment, I marathoned through the 11 episode series. Early in this series, I was worried that this would end up being an angsty preteen story, where in the end, everything would turn out ok. But as the story kept going, I realized it wasn’t it. The writing and directing tried to capture the angst and worry not... See full review
For my Anime-Planet Secret Santa This is one of the "best" cult anime classics I've ever seen! (haha no not really) One day a boy, Sho, finds a device and accidently activates it! Turning him into a GUYVER!! Now he must face off against similar "creatures" known as Zoanoids! An evil company called Chronos is pulling the strings! Can Sho survive this nightmare?? That's really all this short ova is about! I find it funny that this series has been remade 3 times to tell... See full review
Secret Santa Review
Ah, Trigun. A series that rings as many bells as Cowboy Bebop, Akira or any of those other classics of which I suddenly can’t remember the name. And yet I hadn’t watched it (not that I’ve already seen the other titles, but damn, I really should). As a matter of fact, it hasn’t even been on my Want to Watch list. ‘Why?’ you ask - or maybe not, I have no idea what strangers on the Internet think. Well, I wouldn’t even be able to answer that question. An anime about a legendary gunman living through all kinds of whacky adventures while on the... See full review
WARNING: This DOES contain spoilers. I'll tell you when not to read on. I really, REALLY, REALLY, enjoyed this anime. It was a recomendation to me from an old friend. At first, I thought that it was going to suck. I don't really like blood. But this show...it just mind-fucked me. When Koichi first transfers to this city with his aunt Reiko, and his grandparents, he's in the hospital due to a collapsed lung. Three students from his new school meet him in his room. One of them in particular, Izumi Akazawa, keeps questioning if he had ever lived there before. Yomiya is a very small place, and... See full review
Although I only give this 6.5/10, I really did enjoy watching Kamisama Hajimemashita and would love to see a sequel that goes into more detail about the previous shrine owner and what his motivations are. Story: Nanami loses the house she lives in after her father disappears. While contemplating her situation in the park, she saves a treed man from a dog. He gives her his home as a thank-you gift, but that home turns out to be an abandoned shrine. Nanami must work to gain the trust of Tomoe, the shrine's pretty main familiar with a tragic past, and you have the beginnings of a supernatural love... See full review
Vampires have gotten quite higher or maybe lower in the ranking lately... Firstly, the "Twilight Saga" (has a 50-50 level of haters and lovers) turned into a film; I personally aren't a big fan, as I don't think much really happens there just that lovey-dovey atmosphere with not so good vampire situations. Then we've also got "Vampire Diaries", which are like and hated just like Twilight. We've also got anime as well! "Vampire Knight" isn't an awful anime/manga but it is quite far from greatness... And then soon comes along "Shiki", a beam of hope for the vampire... See full review
Ah, how many times have I watched this anime? 3 times? 4 times? Whatever the amount of times I watch this, I never get bored of this anime; every time you watch it again, you find something new that you finally noticed. I love Black Rock Shooter, however I know that others might not agree with me. I've spent such a long time choosing over what to rate each of the categories, but finally, I agreed with myself. Even though, this anime just demands to be reviewed! Story 8/10 The story of BRS is a very difficult one. You must actually have a quite clever brain to understand it! Basically, the... See full review
Ah, what a great anime series. I don’t remember exactly what I was looking at when I found this one but everyone kept posting about how great it was and how it was definitely the best anime this winter so I said “Hey sure, I’ll check it out.” Found a handy synopsis website, looked interesting so I ventured my way to the nearest hosting site to find out that just one episode had been released. Now, I’m sort of a skeptic so I was thinking there’s absolutely no way this series could already be a favorite with just one episode out so I searched around a little more to find... See full review
Secret Santa Review
This is my review for Monthly Marathon Club's December event, where I was recommend (by Bluntjoker) three shows to finish by the end of Christmas. I picked this one because it was done by the same person who did Cowboy Bebop, one of my favorite anime, and I've been meaning to watch it since it came out.
As a heads up, I'm not a great writer. There are a few spoilers in this review (story section) STORY The story, or lack there-of, was very simple. The new transfer student, Kaoru, becomes... See full review
Personal Rating: 8/10 Points, It was entertaining and maybe I'll watch it again. Story: First off, there are a few peculiarities: There is no "information dump" at the beginning to introduce you to the world in order to show you everything you need to now about what or why something is happening and every episode ends on a cliffhanger (now that [K] finished airing the point might be moot, but still). Every episode reveals a little bit more of the plot and the world until the "story arc" finishes in episode 13. Most of the time you know just as much as the protagonist, with a few... See full review
Critic's Log - Earthdate: December 28, 2012. Review #28: Trigun Life is a journey, I think most people would agree on that. There are endless possibilities on whatever path a person chooses to walk in. Some paths may be filled with light, love, and happiness while some other paths may be filled with darkness, hatred, and despair. I chose to walk to a path where I live an extraordinary life. There will always be challenges in life and we eventually have to overcome these challenges and we have to confront our destiny whether we can control it or not. Some people try to find the meaning of life but I do... See full review
SECRET SANTA 2012 REVIEW Toradora! was recommended to me as part of the 2012 Secret Santa recommendations on the forum, and was described as "a great slice of life anime... well worth watching." This statement pretty well sums up Toradora!. Toradora! is the story of Ryuuji Takasu, a scary-looking but ultimately non-threatening high school student, and his encounters with Taiga Aisaka, a short-tempered and short-statured classmate of his. The two discover that both of them are in love with the other's best friend, and wacky antics ensue as the two vow to help each other court their chosen love... See full review
-The story has very good pacing, its not rushed -The characters are not annoying -Very fluient and very well done animation -The main character develops the most (as it should be) -The ending is not rushed and by the time it ends, you feel it has really ended -Very good usage of soundtracks Cons -The story may have good pacind and ends well, but its not original -THEY SHOULD HAVE MADE MORE OF THIS ANIME!!!! I dont have much to say about this anime other than the fact that it was very well done, there is a lot of development of the characters despite the length being 46 minutes, though... See full review
I almost dropped this show after the first episode, due to Sakura's exceedingly awkward behavior. What this show had going for it was the whole "limits of justice" theme, and I was hoping it would develop more strongly in that direction. After all, first episodes are tough to pull off (a good example of a good first ep would be Ouran HSHS). Story: Well, I definitely wished I had dropped it early on (and the only reason for continuing was hope and the fact that the subbers released it during my few slow days for the season). What a crock of crap. In fact, it was so hokey and fakey and... See full review
To add to my bafflement over this series, I heard today that a sequel has been green-lighted. What the actual fuck? (Unless it's a sequel that is actually a prequel, in which case it should have come first, because this show was confused). Story: The "plot" was an absolute fustercluck. It's like Nanamine from Bakuman got in on the scriptwriting, along with 50 of his internet advisors, and then everyone also had caffeine-induced ADHD on top of it. It felt like someone tried to throw in everything that was cool into one place, stirred the pot, and then spun it around in circles. From the... See full review
Secret Santa 2012 Review Xam'd: Lost Memories is an anime I've heard of before, but honestly knew nothing about- which was nice. There's just something diffeabout going into a new series with absolutely no expectations or preconceptions. Now, on to the review! Story: The plot of Xam'd is fairly simple, although not always easy to follow. Akiyuki, the main character, is your average school boy until 'something weird' happens and he's forced to cope with both the changes within himself and in the world around him. There really aren't any shocking twists to be found, but by the end of the series... See full review
Story: (50/100) As you can guess from the title, I was expecting [K] to be the best anime this season for sure, but I just can't agree with my old self after seeing the whole series. Before you go off on me attempting to prove how my review is crap, just read the whole post first and then post your response. Just about everything this series has was perfect except for the essential and most important piece which was the story or more importantly, how the story proceeded from episode 1 to 13. I loved just about... See full review
Haibane Renmei has a subtle, mysterious charm to it. It has a very subdued atmosphere for the most part save for a few dramatic moments that play very well in contrast with and against the overall tone (if that makes sense). Some things may not make sense to people though. I myself feel I may have missed some things in subtext, but I was still able to appreciate the overall themes and metaphors used throughout the anime. Rakka and Reki also lead the story along well, though no one else in the cast particularly stands out. -minor spoilers below- The Haibane Renmei is never fully explained and neither are... See full review
I'm not going to talk about the actual plot, I'm not going to reveal the story for you when you could quite enjoy it yourself on your own accord. Unless you're reading this after seeing it for your own eyes then you'll know why I don't want to. I'm not going to give away the deepness of the characters you won't find anywhere else in this very dewy eyed "ends with a kiss or sad loss" genre. I'm not going to tell you that the animation is better then -insert highly rated show here- or say the soundtracks were woven by the hands of god. I'm just going to tell you why I like it and let you decide for... See full review
Twin Angel is a parody of the classic mahou shoujo formula and nothing more. Such shows usually make fun of their own stereotypes anyway, so at best you will see this as an ecchier version of Sailor Moon. It is hardly as captivating though since it isn’t trying much to accomplish anything other than a few chuckles or boners out of the audience.
As any veteran viewer already knows, J.C. Staff is a studio that thrives on 2D paedophiles and this is just another one of the dozens of shows that proves it. And as any casual viewer will admit, they rarely pour much thought in the story, or the... See full review
Tytania is a space opera, originally a series of novels by the same person who wrote Legend of Galactic Heroes. I happen to be a fanboy of that title and thus I was expecting a lot out of this title. And to the most part I got it since Tytania has a lot of similarities to LoGH. Other than that though everything is far inferior to the point the whole show becomes nothing more than a joke and a complete disappointment. It ended up reminding me more of Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Here are the reasons for that. I will be comparing Tytania to LoGH just for the sake of explaining why the... See full review
This is the oldest anime comedy I watched as a kid and it was very funny back in those years where Road Runner and Tom & Jerry were the only antagonists.
A scientist experimenting on a time machine is accidentally lost in time and his granddaughter and aids have to search in time in order to find him. In the same time, a band of silly villains plan to destroy the time machine and get the professor for themselves, so they can be the only time travelers left and spread evil deeds throughout history. On every episode, the team searches a different time period (prehistoric... See full review
This is the first wrestling anime and its themes are basically all about fair play. In fact, the hero is fighting FOR fair play as a role model for the newer generation. But first things first; this has NO relation to Tekken’s King character. It is just a tribute at best despite having similar backdrops.
So the story is a wrestler who always hides his face with a tiger mask during matches. He has gotten really cocky because of his victories and is now fighting brutally and even cheats as the matches are usually fixed. He is having the fun of his life up until he realizes how much a kid... See full review
T&B is basically a buddy cop show with superpowers, coupled with a theme of multi-national corporations working as their sponsors. They pay for the expenses of a hero’s costly equipment, and glamorous lifestyle. In return, they advertise their products and increase the sales. That means you get lots of product placement like PEPSI and BANDAI, which unlike Pizza Hut in Code Geass, is excused in-series.
The introduction to the setting was close to amazing as each hero needs a manager for his public relations, as well as to maintain popularity by being cool in the eyes of the audience... See full review
As a fan of the series, it is hard to not to love this movie, but there are a few things wrong with it. Firstly, it is hard to find a quality version, unless you are lucky enough to have a dvd or blu-ray copy. It uses the same upgraded animation style as the first. Watching the movie is somewhat challenging if you do not like the new animation style, but it is not that bad once you get used to it. Personally, I am not a fan of some of the voice actors, as some do not seem to fit the character. If you have watched the anime (early 1990's) you will already know the plot line of the second movie, but you will... See full review
What seems like a simple movie about a trio of homeless people trying to return a baby to its mother is actually a very complex piece of work with layers of meaning. Story: The story is characteristically Satoshi Kon, in that it hops, skips, and jumps through unrelated elements. I find that his style of storytelling adds the realism of chaos and points out the humor of coincidence in the unorganized nature of the plot. However, the random events also serve to unravel the facades that our characters have built up, and we come to discover their pasts, as well as see them wrestle with their ghosts in... See full review
Going in, I didn't know much about Gunbuster-I just knew that it was the directorial debut of Hideaki Anno of Evangelion fame. I felt similar thoughts on the first review. Through its 6 episodes, I found that much like the two worlds they present (the timeline of Earth vs. the silent stillness of space) I felt like I was crusing through events that may have happened. This was brought about by the realism in the animation and the world's presentation. This amplified the plot of humanity bonding together to bring about victory over aliens. As previously mentioned, these two worlds present an interesting... See full review
The story here is more focused towards romance, and has a good deal of drama put in for good measure. It follows Tomoya Okazaki who is more or less a good for nothing kid who goes day to day just getting by. He is a senior in high school and for the most part doesn’t care about his attendance, grades, or anything else really. This all changes when he meets Nagisa Furukawa who somehow brings him to help in fulfilling her dream of reopening to school’s drama club. Along the way he meets a lot of new friends and is able to give his life purpose again. For the first time in ages he is honestly... See full review
Steins;Gate…. holy crap. This show just… It was just perfect. Really. Drama, Comedy, Action, Mind Fuck, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Romance… this faggot has it all and it works, and that’s important.
When I was first reccomended this show I was told very little about the actual show, the guy told me any spoilers no matter how minor would just ruin the experience, and now that I have seen it I really understand what he meant. This show is 100x more rewarding if you have absolutely no idea whats happening or what is going to happen. Mainly because its the level of “what the hell... See full review
It's very rare I would actually take the time to sit down and write a review for an anime, but I felt rather obligated to this time. C³ is by far one of the best animes I have ever seen. Everything about this anime was done right; the story was great, the characters were so well developed, and everything was just perfect! A rather short series (or maybe it just felt that way), there is a lot of information crammed into the 24 minute episode, but not so much that you don't understand it. There is the perfect balance between dialogue and epic fight scenes; and of course, your... See full review