Howdy, folks. For those of you that actually take the time to read my little reviews here and there, thank you. That being said, this time I review Binbougami ga!. This review is based on only seeing two episodes. However, much like with the horrid AKB0048, I felt the need to spread the love for this particular new series. Only with AKB0048, it was more like spread the loathing. Story The story here seems to be something that can develop well. This series is obviously a comedy with some minor dramatic elements. That being said, it's effing hilarious. The dischord between the... See full review
Story: For once, I actually wanted the storyline to slow down a little. I so thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the intricacies between characters that I wanted to see more. But, with what I was given, I can't really complain. The story is of a lonely boy that's been on the move his entire live. Now that he's finally been allowed to settle down, he's a fish-out-of-water in post-war Japan. The story is a whirlwind of love, friendship, music, and coming-of-age. At one point, the protagonist comments that his life is like a jazz number, full of improvisation. The plot seems a little like that sometimes, but... See full review
Story: I can't say I haven't seen this particular storyline before. I can even say I've seen the stoyline done better (see Pretear for better plot devices). The whole plot revolves around keeping an ancient demon sword sealed, and protecting "artifacts" that are explained haphazardly as the story progresses. There are several parts where the storyline deadlines, and here's the kicker, the characters even comment on it. There are one or two plot twists that you see coming a mile away, and I kept expecting, hoping, for some twist that I didn't expect. Animation: This is one of the key points of... See full review
I wonder if this takes the cake for "shortest movie I've ever seen." But in all seriousness. I wasn't going to watch this, but since it's so short, I said, "What the heck," and lo and behold. Plus, I've been wanting to watch "Blood+" for a while. Story: Saya is a woman. She kills these creatures with a sword. She then goes to a school near an army base... and... um... Yeah, if you couldn't tell, the story of this is EFFING CONFUSING. I had no freaking clue what was going on until about half way through the thing, and even then I was like WTF. The English (yes, ENGLISH, not... See full review
Unlike anime with more time on its hands to properly structure and develop a story, a project of this length can easily survive on its indications of what lies outside the limited run time. In this sense, G-9 manages fairly well in producing a cryptic and initially confusing puzzle of amnesia, monologues and calligraphy-inspired artwork. The story seems initially confusing but reaches acceptable heights of coherence and quality thanks to later elaborations. It never really reaches a conclusion, but there are enough plot devices to make the viewer imagine a tale of larger... See full review
Superpowers, noir, action, suspense, and secrets. These are the ingredients to the recipe for Darker Than Black. This anime is undeniably familiar when it comes to it's concepts and some blatant influences, but it's not completely unoriginal, and it's not bad either.
Short and Sweet
Everything is a mystery, and it's actually interesting.
The action is awesome.
Yoko Kanno soundtrack.
Very good stories within most episodes.
Story - 8/10 The story of Darker Than Black is based around Hei, a super-powered agent working for a shady organization known as The Syndicate. The show takes... See full review
Ah, this was my getway anime into the more obscure and less widely known anime. Ah well, it was fine not the best but it wasn't that good either. I mean there's really no general story or its too vague, they should have followed the manga was closely. If you even liked the anime you will LOVE the manga. I thought the anime was pretty good until I read the manga. The only thing that the manga and anime have in common are most characters, but even the anime deviates from the manga way too much.....It's really bad...I think Rosario+Vampire could fare a lot better. Season 2 or Capu2 is just another... See full review
The world is not beautiful, therefore it is; a thought-provoking proverb popularized by Kino's Journey that nonetheless leaves its trail in lots of anime. Midori is in this sense the ultimate combo breaker in its determination to depict a cruel world whilst rejecting the vaguest of indications that beauty may lie around the corner. Its unpleasant worldview manifests itself perfectly in young Midori who is taken in by a group of deformed circus artists after the death of her beloved mother. Her various experiences with these individuals are as far from beneficial as they are from... See full review
Clannad. Made as a visual novel by Key, made into an anime by Kyoto Animation. This combination has been seen twice before, in the series Air and Kanon. Both are well-known among anime fans, and mostly positively received. And anyone who has watched either or both of the two previously mentioned will definitely have their expetations of what Clannad will offer. These expectiations will probably, in a way, be fulfilled; yet Clannad is certain to sweep you along and astound it with its gripping tale.
The story itself is set to a small Japanese town, and a select few inhabitants of that town. The... See full review
The typical perverted boy meets beautiful innocent girl but with a twist the girl is a robot! As much as I loved this anime the story really wasn't too original or inspiring. Many places where is is just a fan service but the detailed gothic lolita styled dresses give it an up in the art category.
As for the characters they are typical and not liable to change much throughout the series. The robot twist does add a little points in this category though.
The theme song and the two ending songs were wonderfully chosen and the voices where well done as well.
Watching it was pleasant... See full review
C³ is an Action, School and Ecchi kind of theme to it that I came across from a reccommendation of another Anime and seeing some good pointers on it, so decided on giving this series a little spin and well this is what I thought of it.
Story - (6/10)
Yachi Haruaki is a high-schooler who’s always been naturally immune to curses; for this reason, his father keeps sending him cursed tools, called “Waas”, in order to free them of said curses. One day, he receives a mysterious, heavy box; this reveals as an instrument of torture called “Fear in Cube”, whose human... See full review
Story- Overall the story was very unique and creative. It was very entertaining; I was laughing, I was near tears. The way it was presented though- with all the random flashbacks- was kind of confusing. Animation- The animation was great. The animation in a lot of anime is usually pretty bad when it comes to blood. But Elfen Lied was very realistic. The character animation was very impressive. Lucy/Nyu was probably the most impressive, there was a lot of detail put into all the characters, but Lucy was the best. Characters- This is what kind of ruins the show for me. Yuka is such a... See full review
I know it seems completely random for me to review "Fruits Basket," and in a way, it is. So here's why I chose now: I was looking through my list of anime to find something to review and BAM! there was this. Now STFU because it works. Story: Honda Tohru, a goody-goody, sweet, innocent girl lives alone because her mother and father are dead. She can't burden the rest of her family, so she sets up a tent and goes on with her daily life. That tent, though, is set up on the property of a certain rich family called the Sohma. As it turns out, two of the boys living there (well, one joins up five... See full review
There used to be a time when the Noitanima timeslot was synonymous to uncommon stories and quality shows but those good times are now over. Even Noitanima succumbed to the stereotypes and fads that plague modern anime, and thus we get this show. Don’t fool yourselves to thing it isn’t because it came out during the ghost/zombie fad and is nothing more than a rehash of the premise of AnoHana, which also aired in the same timeslot half a year ago.
- The animation is also not done by a bigshot studio but rather a minor one called Doga Kobo. These guys haven’t... See full review
In the year 2022, on the opening day of the virtual reality MMO game Sword Art Online, hundreds of players are trapped within the virtual world, unable to logout. The only way to escape is to clear all 100 levels and their respective bosses. While this concept had potential, the anime was poorly made, resulting in a huge letdown. Sound and animation were up to par, but the story and characters were terrible. Story/Characters: SAO has so many bad points that I almost don't know where to start. One of the problems I noticed after watching a few episodes, is that there are too many episodes that add... See full review
In a nutshell, the story of Megane na Kanojo revolves around four individual stories about four girls who wear glasses and discover love. Each story is short, sweet, and enjoyable, all at a slow, calm, and not overwhelming pace. The stories aren't especially detailed or chalk full of drama, they're just nice. That's the only way I can really describe it.
For the main characters, you had the quirky club president, the pop-idol, the air-headed college student, and the shy high school freshman with their male companions. These characters weren't especially unique or interesting, but they were decent... See full review
In this review, I'm first going to give my overall opinions of the anime, and then go through particular aspects such as the art or the music. I didn't look at Sankarea from an ecchi-anime perspective, more as a shounen/romance/supernatural series, so that's what my opinions are based on.
So at the beginning of the season, Sankarea was one of the animes to watch, seeing how this zombie like genre will plan out after I was high praised from High School of the Dead, but that's a whole different thing. While zombie stories aren't a new concept, I thought the setup for this one could prove to... See full review
THIS ANIME WAS SO AWESOME THAT I HAD TO STAY OVERNIGHT TO COMPLETE IT IN ONE FREAKING SHOT!!! :D I could not sleep. But that was not all. The next day after I went to school, I kept thinking about this show and decided to watch it again!!! :D ARHHH! This show is so nice and awesome and I think I have even watched it like 16 times! YES!!! SO AWESOMEE!!!! LOVE IT! !! AND I THINK YOU WOULD TOO!! >< I LOVE THIS ANIME MORE THAN MY GIRLFRIEND!!! ARH!See full review
For Ef they decided to follow 2 different stories. My problem lies with how clustered these stories seemed to be. The writing didn't seem to have a grasp on how to manage both stories and they even went as far as adding a 3rd minor story too. I liked the direction but I did not like the execution. The animation is the best part about the series. It was very artistic and certain scenes used an art style that highlighted a character in a unique way. The characters in the series were very hit and miss. For Hiro's story it seemed like Miyako had no clear way of acting and majority of her story stays a... See full review
...Lagann-hen... The second of the two movies which retell the story of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. While Gurren-hen is more of a summary of the first half of the show, Lagann-hen is more of a rewrite. I highly recommend seeing the anime before the TTGL movies anyway, though, and while Gurren-hen is not as imperative to watch, it does have its own moments. But, this review is about Lagann-hen, not the movies in general. My only problem with the movie is that it was never dubbed, seeing as I much prefer the English voices to the Japanese ones, but that's more of a personal issue. If you've... See full review
This story is more of a prequel to the short series than a side story. It is very short at about nine mibutes uncluding credits and so forth. I can only give a six for the episode as a stand alone. As part of the series it would make far more sense, unfortunately that is not the case. The animation of the characters themselves was above average. What really made the animation stand out was the extremely high quality of the environment and scenery, mostly while on their outing together. The level of detail is truely artistic and would definitely lead into the series as kana being an artist. Sound was... See full review
Oh my goodness, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Where on earth do I begin... Perhaps it might have been a benefit to my viewing that I walked into this anime without even having a clue of what it was. Allow me to take just one moment to be fanboy: TTGL is my personal favorite anime of all time, and I doubt that will change any time soon. Everything from the intriguing storylines to the great mecha designs to the extraordinarily well-done characters in this show is just so near flawless. Even considering this as a work of art where the writers are trying to communicate a theme, they do so extremely... See full review
Ano Natsu de Matteru Group Picture (Waiting in the Summer Group Picture)
This was the surprise of winter 2012 anime for me. I was really skeptical going into this show, because it looked like it could have been quite a boring harem, or just bland overall.
But it didn't; it blew away my expectations for the better. And I'm here to explain why you should give this anime a chance. Here goes:
The story's development is really unique. It starts with a strange occurence: what seems like an alien ship crashes to Earth and the protagonist... See full review
School kids in love is nothing new in the anime community; however when combined with cheating, sex, love trianges, and murder it ultimately leads to a slightly better than average anime. Story With a title like "School Days" one would think it be an typical romantic ,school life comedy right? Lets just say for the sake of ones who haven't watched the series yet, that thought will quickly dissapear the more you watch the series. The basic storyline of this show is average guy, Makoto, falls in love with fellow classmate, Kotonoha, so in order to gain her attention he enlists the help of his... See full review
The "Black Rock Shooter" OVA is a very love-it-or-hate-it type anime. It has completely mixed reviews, many lovers and an equal number of haters. It's, all in all, an anime that simply demands to be reviewed. Story: The story is a difficult one to explain. The hyperactive Kuroi Mato meets an interesting girl at her school. Her name is Takanashi Yomi, and she calm and composed yet beautiful and poised. Her graceful presence is in stark contrast to the loud Mato. At the same time, in an alternate universe, a young woman by the name of Black Rock Shooter is fighting the axe-wielding Dead Master... See full review
Death Note is one of those anime that get seriously mixed reviews from anime fans. Especially long-time anime watchers can get annoyed with it simply because of its terrible fanbase composed of middle schoolers that won't shut up about who had sex and writing fanfiction about them being super-geniuses at "Whammy's House", an orphanage in the second arc of the series. It's also infamous for having a "dull" second arc and bad transition between the two season halves, and many people stop watching the series when the first arc is over. However, depending on your tastes, Death Note could be... See full review
There were a lot of things about this short that I liked, and I think it would make an awesome TV series or movie, especially since the end sort of left me hanging. Story: The story shows us a few events in the life of Mako. First, we see her discussing college entrance exams with her friend at a robot-run restaurant. Then, an app, which her father has been working to develop, warns them of an earthquake. Immediately following the quake, Mako receives a phone call that her father has had a heart attack. When she gets to the hospital, she finds out that he only has five years left to live because of a... See full review
As far as shorts go, this one was decent. Story: There wasn't really much of one, the short being only 10 minutes long. As Marimo's classmates recount stories of times she saved them, a group of 5th grade deliquents enters the classroom and challenges Marimo to a duel. Having just heard her say she doesn't like fighting, Marimo's friends attempt to stave off the fight, but she ends up having to save them anyway. After defeating the main boss, she suddenly remembers that she has to water the school flower bed before the end of lunch, and her friends dash off to help her. What I liked about the... See full review
Story: 7.5 out of 10 This anime IS the definition of sexual, it explores sexual bounderies that some might feel uncomfortable with (Transexuals, Yuri, BDSM), it has violence, torture, misogyny. It has shock value comparable to that of Elfien Lied and Future Diary (some might even say beyond) however much like Elfien Lied and Future Diary it has a strong theme behind it. People will see the raping, attacking of women and judge this anime to be very sexist however it is the total opposite, this anime actually shows the futility of male oppression of women all it requires is just a little bit of... See full review
The "Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu" ("Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya") series is a popular mashup of the slice-of-life and sci-fi genres. Its humorous moments and entertaining episodes created a whole fanbase of Hare Hare Yukai-dancing Haruhi worshippers, which is no small feat. Following the light novel series, Kyoto Animation created the movie which literally took the anime community by storm, earning raving reviews from just about everyone. So here we go. Story: Kyon (insert :foreveralone: face here) finds out that not-quite-right Koizumi and insanium-in-the-cranium Haruhi are AWOL... See full review
=Reviewer's note= This ratings on the movie are based upon having watched the anime tv series and having read the manga several times. The review may contain a few spoilers. Story: The whole movie feels as no more than an 80 minute compilation of the larger events taking place within the story without telling the actual story behind it. In between the events there are gaps of months, even years! Complete chapters of vital storyline were left out of the movie and let's not speak about the little in between events that lead up to the important events. One of them being the reason of count Julius'... See full review
This series of reviews will focus on anime which although they were never masterpiece lever, they still retain lots of quality in their own special way. I will start with this one, which although has the name “emperor” in the title, it is not that great of a show.
VALUE SECTION: 4/10
Although it appears quite silly in our days, the Jungle Emperor was the first color anime series ever made. Made by the man who created the anime morphology, the God of Manga Osamu Tezuka, this title paved the way of the anime industry. It has a high historical value for being one of the first anime ever... See full review
Another series that time forgot. Although quite simple in our days, the Jungle Book is a very good children’s story. Based on a book, it describes the life of a human boy, raised by wolves.
ART & SOUND SECTION: 5/10
Typical. As much as I liked the series, they will seem very simple if you haven’t been raised with old titles. Normal character figures (no tattoos or weird cloths), normal animal figures (no neon glow stripes or mechanized limbs) and normal backgrounds (an average jungle) are uninteresting in our era of emos and anti-heroes. Not that they are bad. It’s just... See full review
Planet of the Beast King could have made a great sci-fi / action / mystery / survival anime but because of bad storytelling it ends up being nothing but a superficial shojo romance for fangirls. Do not make the mistake of expecting action or adventure while starting this anime. The story begins with a pair of twins living in a high-tech colony, having their parents murdered and themselves thrown on a savage planet where they must survive on their own. This is an instant hook with most viewers who would of course expect an epic adventure. The setting may support the genres but, guess... See full review
Cowboy Bebop's story is broken down into different parts. The majority of the episodes follow the crew chasing down some bounty. The entire episode would include a who's who of one off characters that they would run into. Every so often though they would take a trip to Spike's past where things begin to get intense. That part of the story is executed very well because the shift in Spike's character is so evident that it makes the viewer pay more attention to it. Other times it will focus on the rest of the crew. This is my favorite part because through this the viewer learns the characters motives and... See full review
From Makoto Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) comes 5 Centimetes per Second, a movie that tells the story of two childhood friends in love, and how they try to keep their relationship going through hardships that life throws at them. Throogh three small stories, or episodes as they're called, we're told the tale of how they grow up and farther away from each other.
The movie tells of a love that's slowly torn apart because the lovers move further away, both in heart and home. It's underlying themes are beautifully incorporated into the story; about growing up... See full review
Mayonnaise Chicken is a simple dish which requires you to cover parts of the chicken which you want to consume with butter and mayonnaise (crumbs are optional) baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.. It is better if you.....
Oh wait a minute, this isn't the Cook's Review! My bad folks... It's just that mayonnaise is my most favorite condiment and it goes well with any food. Heck I'm watching this anime while eating mayo out of a jar!
(For those who does not know what Mayo is, I can assure you, it's not an musical instrument.)
Anyways, onward with the review!
Mayo Chiki! is a abbreviation... See full review
X Men is Marvel’s third attempt at trying to milk the far eastern audience with an American derived work. Without being a diehard fan of the franchise, I have watched most of the episodes in all three cartoon adaptations, the movie versions, some scattered comic stories, as well as the other two Marvel anime. I can say that I have a grasp of the basics. Just by the first glance, X Men definitely feels more interesting than the Iron Man and Wolverine anime for having a team of heroes instead of a solid protagonist who becomes boring fast. Yet it’s still quite boring compared to older versions in... See full review
As if Wolverine and the X-Men didn’t mutate (bad pun) Logan’s image enough, now they had to throw it overboard.
Wolverine is Marvel’s second attempt at trying to milk the fans with a lifeless action flick that ends up being nothing other than an insult to the homonymous character. It further proves how they should spend their precious funds on making something new and exciting instead of throwing a name in the title and expecting people to buy it no matter how bad it is. And it is very bad.
First of all, the lead character doesn’t look bestial enough, and I... See full review
Look deep inside your hearts and answer honestly. Every time you hear a famous franchise of a favorite videogame or comic book becoming cartoon or anime, what crosses your mind?
a) This will be epic
b) This will be shit
As sad as it is, chances are the second option is the proper one to have in mind. Face it, adaptations are cash cows. Hardly as good as the original and hardly stand as average if seen as stand alones. The producers just stick a famous name in the label and then smirk as they see the millions of fans buying it without even caring what it’s all about. Iron Man is no... See full review
NOTICE: This review covers both seasons.
A few years before the Big Three became a thing, Inu Yasha was the show everybody was raving about. Even I was in love with it, during the initial episodes. The sheer amount of things that were happening at the same time, along with fast pace and lovable characters, made it an instant hook for everybody who loves action adventures. We were all hyped for what was going to happen next, since everybody could find something to like in it. It was a series for all ages and demographics, with character emersion, a multi-layered... See full review
Interlude couldn’t have a more fitting name. It is indeed an interlude between better anime. At the same time its premise is not bad at all as it combines both romantic comedy, then mysticism, superpowers, and eventually bending of reality through technology. Unfortunately, they crammed all that in just 3 measly OVAs, while at the same time wasting a big portion of the duration in running around with rather dried up presentation. So to put it simply, it should last a lot longer and should feel a lot more exciting.
The core story is by far the best thing in this short anime yet even that... See full review
Ryvius is a blend of various different genres, such as adventure, drama, survival, sci-fi, mystery, political, and romance around a spaceship full of children getting stranded in space. Two things that are done very nicely is the atmosphere of fear, as well as the character interaction.
- You are constantly made to think that the hundreds of children that are stranded without adults in the middle of a weird cosmic phenomenon are in deep trouble. Also, you see them chatting, fighting, suffering, threatening, flirting for so long, you actually get to know them and care to see how they cope and if... See full review
This anime is famous for fooling the unexpected to think it is yet another silly children’s adventure. Well it’s not because it deals with some heavy themes around the tragedies of war. And then it infamous for fooling you again by thinking it will be very serious and mature in the way it presents its story when in reality it is still doing everything superficially. And this is where the dichotomy of the audience comes; depending on which part you prefer is crucial in eventually liking or not the entire show. Of course this is an anime and it has the liberty to be as unrealistic as it wants to... See full review
Igano Kabamaru is the very first anime that ever aired on Greece in 1988 and it also happens to be the firs anime I ever watched. It is very known and loved here as well as in Saudi Arabia for three reasons:
a) Because it was the very first taste of anime humour we had around these parts
b) Because it was the most insane comedy we had ever seen in animation (and for some, it still is)
c) Because it had such a bad translation and voice dubbing that simply stuck to your brain!
In my review I will try to judge the series without letting my evaluation be affected by joyous sentiments of... See full review
The most archetypical thing someone expects from a mecha show is at least a boy and at least a huge robot. I mean it’s so commonplace it became an expression: A boy and his robot. Well guess what; Xenoglossia decided to mess with the formula, which is a good thing; messing with the clichés keeps any genre fresh and even helps it evolve further. I am very in favour of subverting the formulas and I was very happy to see a mecha show doing that. But then my joy departed as soon as I saw how they changed it for worse…
Irrelevant info follows…
In this show it is not a... See full review
Back in the 90’s there was this OVA anime titled Bastard!! It had a dude with the power of the devil wasting hoards of monsters, blowing up mountains and seducing every girl he meets, all accompanied with just the right amount of drama and humor to make the whole deal not grow tired fast. I liked that show despite the fact it was brain-dead entertainment. And after all these years this anime comes along to somewhat remind me of that oldie. And what a generic piece of trash it is! The lead has the ultimate power and is just a wimp and all the girls around him have clothes made of paper and are... See full review
I recently finished this anime, so I decided to review it. That is all. Story: I'll just be repeating the summary on this site, so I'll make it brief: Your typical Japanese adult man gets kidnapped and stuck on a boat with a potty-mouthed, hot-headed young woman; a black guy who may as well be the one in every stereotype out there; and the geek who lives next to his computer. Our typical Japanese adult male joins his kidnappers, and then sh*t gets serious and stuff starts exploding. The unoriginal (and ridiculous) nature lowers the score of the story, but let's admit it: It sounds freaking... See full review
I suppose this anime was decent at best. I didn't really expect much out of 2 episodes, so I guess it did exceed my expectations. The story was rushed, but I guess that's to be expected. The art and animation were also very poor, but you can't really expect more from low-budget OVAs. The characters had a surprising amount of depth to them. They acted in ways that really exceeded my expectations. They actually had deep and complex emotions, unlike you ordinary OVA character, so I came away impressed by that. Overall, it wasn't a total waste of time to watch this series, but it wasn't a life-changing... See full review
In this review I want to use Bungaku Shōjo’s style of associating stories with various tastes. I don’t know about the rest of the world, but in my country there are vitamin C pills sold at the chemist’s. Those pills consist of sweet coat to prepare you for bad thing, bitter middle layer, where the actual medicine is located, and honeyed core to wash away the after-taste. Bungaku Shōjo has that kind of a story.
The first OVA has Japanese girl talking about some story written by the Russian classic author. I was impressed, not by the story, but by the whole concept. That... See full review