I really love this anime. Both the Japanese and English voice actors did an amazing job. The Story: The story line was very realistic and engaging. While there may have been some over the top at times, the thing the story line kept going back to was family and friends and it as beautiful! I also love that you can watch just about any episode without ever losing the plot, because it comes up in each one in some form or another. The Animation: It wasn't too hard on your eyes. The animation was... well it was perfect! It was beautiful. The animation reminded me of a few other anime that I've... See full review
Hijikata Toshizou Shiro no Kiseki is a biographical OVA by Studio 4°C that tells the life story of titular Hijikata Toshizou – a real historical figure and one of the most prominent Shinsengumi officers in times of Meiji Restoration. For its 30 minute length the anime manages to describe the whole life of our hero and flesh him out as a character. However, that comes at the cost of storytelling which turns out very choppy due to numerous timeskips and focuses almost exclusively on the protagonist, leaving very little room for other characters, action, historical background and everything else... See full review
The story of Hantsuki is really an interesting one. I had no ideas or preconceptions going into it of how it would end; whether it would be comedic or tragic. I just found the first episode on youtube and enjoyed it enough to go through with it. Hantsuki is really short at only 6 episodes, so I was expecting it to be rather rushed, but they managed to keep the pace manageable and even slow at times.
I really liked the overall story of this show. It was interesting watching the complications arise as they came along, and with a grand overview of it, I would say that it is a... See full review
Some years ago, I recall the days of Toonami..I vividly remember a certain show..a cast of characters..9 of them..all decked out in red, adorned with golden buttons as large as their eyes and golden scarves easily too long to walk around in..an extrmely catching ending theme particulary comes to mind, and it was this brought me back to perhaps one of the few "Super Hero" animes of the 2000s. STORY: As stated before, this most recent addition to the Cyborg series is a rare find in the 21st century. It follows the story of Joe Shimamura, AKA Cyborg 009 as he tries to uncover the mystery... See full review
Personnally this anime may look like old fashion to many people in the first few min of the anime then it gets interesting. This old-fashion anime with a rich lady and her butler you may have thought that the main character was going to have a relationship with the rich lady. Boy are you wrong the relationship ends up with the butler, don't worry this isn't BL the butler turns out to be a girl. The humor hard to get at certain ages. The romance is quite special in it own way. I really love this series and i want a second season. n a way it amazing.See full review
Probably one of the strangest ratings it can get. Even though this anime did really grip me, and I watched it all in two days, I don't really think there's any rewatch value. I'll try to explain it in short: Story: Starts like a kind of gruesome murder accident anime where it looks as if humans are fragile as fuck and they break within the slightest accident. The accidents in this anime did not really impress me as they weren't really triggered by anything or follow up a chain reaction, something just breaks or someone falls and he/she dies. Why? Well that's kind of the mystery here. Probably the lamest... See full review
The Story If anime had a style period Monster would fit in somewhere between realism and romantism. In fact I feel wrong calling Monster an anime, it has no humor, it's not fun, has no fanservice, no badassery, no overblown romance and it's school life free. The story is told slowly, minding evrery detail and it mostly consists of detective work regardles if it's actual detectives doing their job or the protagonists simply investigating. Pieces of the puzzle slowly start to take their place, and interpretations of certain facts begin to change. It is also told on many levels as many different... See full review
Kuroshitsuji aka Black Butler is a story about a boy named Ciel Phantomhive who sells his soul to a demon in order to exact revenge against those who ruined his life and while he is trying to discover who and what he exactly wants revenge on he solves a multitude of crimes for the Queen in late 19th century England. Story: The story line is pretty decent I enjoyed it but often times I found myself wondering about certain things that were never clearly explained such as the reaper/angel/demon relationships and the last few episodes which really pissed me off as they left a pile of questions, no answer, and... See full review
I'm going to start this one off by acknowledging the fact that my review isn't based off the full series and therefore isn't as reliable as a lot of the other reviews on this site. If that annoys you, don't follow my advice and take my opinions as ill-founded. Story Stupid, clumsy girl (Chise) is made into part-robot weapon... boyfriend (Shuuji) tries to protect. Girl is constantly annoying with what seems to be an attempt at adorable clumsiness. Shoots stuff out of her dress and grows weird robot parts occasionally. Goes boom boom smash and cries. I couldn't watch it right to the end even though I paid... See full review
A friend and I decided that we wanted to watch an anime together and, due to the great reviews we had seen for this, we decided to give it a go. I was completely let down and I genuinely expected more from this anime than a bunch of heavy handed metaphors that were the base for each episode. Story: The concept the story started with was pretty fun. At its core, this show is about the numerous people that come into a bar, Eden Hall, and leave with a lesson well learned from the Bartender who works there. The creators didn't have to push the concept as hard as they did... See full review
Story Sumomo and Kotoko realise Chii has left without something and proceed to chase her. It's quite funny near the end but the rest is just Sumomo screeching and being her usual irritating self. Animation As always with Chobits, the animation's good and the characters are colourful. Sound I had to watch it dubbed - never again. Awful. Music was good as usual. Characters Well, Sumomo and Kotoko were the main focus in this one - if you like Sumomo (as most fans do), you'll love this. It is cute to be fair, and it has Kotoko in who's always funny/adorable. TL;DR Is there a need for this... See full review
Ouran is a very well done anime and while there is no actual plot (its more just a days in the life of type) the randomosity works extremely well for this show especially in the development of the characters and the intercharacter relationships. Character development is amazing you genuinely get to know each character on a 3D level. From the cool (and sometimes devious) Kyouya to the calm, laid back Haruhi, to the bipolar Tamaki every character has some deeper fuller level of development and is more than just their surface type. The animation is just extremely well done, the artwork is beautiful... See full review
Story Air Gear isn't exactly story-heavy - Ikki sees a hot girl zooming around on her ATs, lets his hormones persuade him to borrow a pair and take the sport up himself. He aims to be the best; the anime ends before you really find out if he actually gets anywhere with that. Despite being 25 episodes long (although there are a few OVAs so maybe they'll elaborate). Character development is nearly at zero for most of it, but that doesn't matter all that much for a sports anime and I still enjoyed it immensely. Speaking of sports anime, it's called Air Gear and yet it doesn't focus enough on the... See full review
This Review Covers both the First and Second Movies...
Alright so here's the deal, the story of the movie is basically a retelling of the first half of the show, but with added scenes, and a somewhat faster pace. To those of you who are haters and/or talking shit about the idea, here's a word of warning: Prepare to be Disappointed because THEY DO make this work!!! While it was recap, it felt like a completely new experience. The atmosphere was way darker and eerier than the show, and the scenes transitioned very smoothly. The anime-ish feel of the show was replaced with a... See full review
Kannagi has its ups and downs. The story iteslef is good, but it feels like so many other harem anime. The childhood friend who loves him secretly, and all these other girls around fall for him as she watches, but never does anything about her feelings. Toward the end the story takes a dive, imo. like they had to come up with something quick to end the series, which is what happens way to much in animeSee full review
Approximate Reading Time: 5 minutes Hello! Mirai Nikki is, in essence, a blend of various clichés, spiked with a enticing plot. Despite the clichés it entertains, its one-sentence gimmick is rather intriguing; a boy and 11 other individuals are given limited perception of the future, and must fight each other to the death, with the position of God as a prize for the last living participant. This interesting enough concept, however, is muted by overuse of old ideas. Feel free to skip onward to the bolded bits below. Though I was quite annoyed at many times, I was never... See full review
So, finally, we have an explanation for the events in movies 10 and 11. If we were given a little privy of some of the knowledge that was revealed shortly within this movie, movie 10 would have been better and movie 11 would have been easier to understand. Putting the bad timing aside, let's get into the details. No spoilers in this...go watch it for yourself. XD Animation...not bad. There weren't too many needless battle scenes, though the version I was watching glitched in a couple places and I missed out on a couple scenes...but somehow, what I missed didn't seem to matter at... See full review
I really like Blood+. The story was in fact realy interesting, but for me, only at the end. The beginning was pretty boring. I kept on wanting some action.The animation was, of course, really good, but i think they made Saya a bit too chubby and the colours at the beginning were a bit light for me. The sound was average, no comments. I liked the charactern relationship built between them, and how at the end, you sorta just have to feel bad for Diva. Overall, this was a pretty good anime to watch. I especially liked the romance. It was cute.See full review
i cannot say enough positive things about this, with one exception... ONLY 2 EPISODES?? it left me wanting more and more! it is extremely good, the characters are awesome and the world and story is so mysterious. i highly recommendSee full review
Too much of anime these days are "cute girls doing cute things". I'm sorry, but don't get me started on the "moe" trend, or fanservice. I take refuge in the wierd, the strange...the psychological and the melodramatic. That's where I met Stellvia. It's a wonderful place, atypical of anime trends. Background of the Show Stellvia takes place after a "big impact" basically levels much of earth. Since the catalysmic events, humanity has to protect itself from the remnants of the shockwave. To do this, they train and raise school aged... See full review
Seems quite typical, cheery, funny characters in a school club environment. It seems like it could be a recycled shool club show that repeats the same plot line we've all seen in other shows. But this takes quite some turns. All in all I enjoyed the show a lot and it kept me watching, wondering what might happen next. Story: Very, very well developed, it starts out with a simple, rather pointless school club who try to join a school election in order to save that pointless club. The entire thing builds from there, the show uses a lot of situational irony, so the reader soon finds out how... See full review
Recommendation: Clannad After Story is a continuation from the original Clannad anime. It would be unwise-stupid- to not watch Clannad first. After Story builds upon everything Clannad achieved to make it an even better and angelic experience. The plot is magnificent with the right amounts of drama, comedy and tragedy, the visual quality is wonderful and the voice acting and songs are mesmerising. If you didn’t enjoy Clannad, you may actually enjoy After Story since it is in almost every way superior. If you did enjoy Clannad, then by no means watch this and feel more feels. After Story will most... See full review
Good idea in concept (which is why I didn't give the Story rating a 1), but the execution was horrible. As I continue to catch up on the Pokemon movies I missed, the next one is Giratina and the Sky Warrior. This review will contain SPOILERS, because it's unavoidable in this case. Animation was overall not too bad; there weren't as many pointless battle scenes or stalling battles as there was in movie 10, but there were still a few areas that seemed to be needless animation (like the beginning). Sound...well, emotion was put in well enough for the characters to make up for the complete lack of... See full review
One of the most underrated animes EVER. After watching both seasons of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles and full-knowingly getting my heart smashed into a million pieces watching the OVAs, my heart finally had some closure with this heartwarming tale of girl and her wish.. STORY: Like I said before, Kobato is the tale about a girl's wish. The title character Kobato Hanato is such a girl. Obviously not of this world, she is given the task of filling a bottle with "Konpeito" or candies, which represent the hearts of people. Her mentor, a stuffed dog named Iorogi which Kobato pronounces as... See full review
The show is nothing special but story was okay. The story is kind of cute and I could get into it here and there. I'd lose interest for a couple episodes and get back on again for a few. I think I would have loved Suzuka when I was about 10 years younger(13). They did manage to keep the story strong but I think the end was cut short because their were a couple unresolved issues. It looked like they tried to tie up a lot in the last couple episodes but didn't have the time to do it all. I must admit they did a pretty good job not bunching up a ton of answers at the end and losing the chance to make... See full review
Mushishi has the all-too-rare feature of a *likable* protagonist - clever, reasonable, and well intentioned - as opposed to the blind, grating perseverance that most cheesy leads display. That alone is enough to make a show fun and watchable, but combine that with a cohesive and fairly unique aesthetic, a few motifs that they don't beat us over the head with, good animation and, gasp, good writing, mushishi is elevated to the highest ranks of quality in my estimation. If you like Mushishi, try house of five leaves. It's a bit slow, but like mushishi does no more and no less than what it intends.See full review
Approximate Reading Time: 2.5 minutes Hello! This review will only highlight areas that are different from the first season. To see my review of that, click here. This season picks up about a year after the first one left off, and immediately slaps you with about as much confusion as you felt when watching the first episode of season 1. All significant voice actors are the same, and there are no abrupt changes in character personality. This season seems a little too fast-paced, and thus renders a few story arcs pointless. There is... See full review
This is, by far, my favorite amongst all of the Pokemon movies I've seen. I saw it when it first came out, then later on got to see the Japanese version. It's the only one I can watch over and over again and not get bored of, but let's take it step by step. The quick ratings are animation and sound... Not a lot of repeated footage, the battling between the three legendary birds not stretched to the point of breaking...yep, near full marks for that. Animation was great. Sound? Very close to the original Japanese version. Even without seeing the Jap version, I'd give it a... See full review
Approximate Reading Time: 6 minutes I'll start this review by saying that this anime is extremely difficult to put a number on. I loved this show, but I definitely understand the arguments against it, and I'll try to address those below. Elfen Lied's one-sentence gimmick is creative, but it's not the first to toy with the idea. A new species is born from humans with evolutionist priorities, and it seeks to eradicate existing man-kind, replacing us with its own people. That said, Elfen Lied is really a story about a young girl, what it means to be utterly betrayed, and the true effects that immense... See full review
Critic's Log - Earthdate: December 9, 2012. Review #??: Sgt. Frog Notice: This review is not complete at the moment but this is a review for what us Americans called "Season One" which consists of Episodes 1-26. Once I have finished Season Two, this review will be deleted and re-posted (with Season 2 info, analysis, and all that stuff). At the moment, I am taking a break from Sgt. Frog to review other shows and I will go back and forth and do more on this review. The rating might also change once I add in Season Two. With all that said, please enjoy the review Good morning, good... See full review
I'll warn you in advance: this review will most likely be tainted by the nostalgia I have towards Pokemon - as is the case with many other people, I grew up with it and therefore have a soft spot for it. Story Pokemon follows a formula to a great extent - Ash comes across new Pokemon, battles it or helps it to battle another Pokemon, may or may not catch it. There isn't really that much story to the series. That would be very annoying in an adult anime, but we have to remember that Pokemon is very definitely aimed at children. I'll go as far as to say it's more of a cartoon than an... See full review
Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes Hello! This is the first "true" anime I have ever seen, so it may be difficult to remove all biases. I'll do my best, though :) Code Geass, in it's one sentence gimmick summary, is rather cliché; a witch can grant unique superpowers to individuals, and if an individual becomes powerful enough, he takes her place. However, it's plot is very dense and has significant depth to it, which is complimented by unique characters with brilliant character designs. Feel free to skip the next few paragraphs to the bolded bits below. Geass, like many other great... See full review
Approximate Reading Time: 1.5 minutes This review is significantly limited as it is solely for the OVA. To see my review on the TV Series, click here. :) This OVA is an alternate ending, and I liked this ending far better than the one provided by the TV Series. As a show that already distracted from itself time and time again, repeatedly wrote itself into holes, and seemed to include things merely because its fans wanted them (which is a big no-no!), the original ending was way too cliché. The OVA is designed to undo... See full review
Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Though Angel Beats! has a great deal of hype going for it, I didn't like this anime. Emotions seemed forced, backstories are inconsistent with personalities, relationships were built up or broken down too quickly— the whole thing happened way too fast and was way too unorganized. Feel free to skip the next few paragraphs and onward to the bold stuffs. Angel Beats! has one of the best and most original gimmicks I've seen in a while. In nutshell terms, those who die having lived an unhappy life find themselves in a high school that is filled... See full review
Elfen Lied is, by far, one of the most difficult anime I can think of in terms of describing it as a whole. At first it seems like a tragic tale of a girl who has been caged up her whole life and had finally cracked, where then she goes on a bloodthirsty rampage, killing anybody in the way of her escape. However as you progress through it a little more you slowly start to see an underlying story of a heartbroken girl who felt betrayed, yet at the same time has harbored an enormous amount of guilt almost her entire life. Lucy, the main protagonist of Elfen Lied, has had a tough life, Growing up in what... See full review
Story: 8/10 The story begins with the main character, Kirito, enjoying his time in the virtual world until everyone discovers that they're trapped in this virtual world. The only way to escape is to clear the game. If your HP drops to 0, you die in the virtual world and in the real world. Sword Art Online is a mix of action, adventure, and romance and I find that the romance is a nice way of making the scenes where there isn't fighting interesting. The only thing I don't like about the story is the time skipping. Some episode skip months in time and I wonder what happened during those months. ... See full review
Story The story is basically an observation of how obsessive and extreme people can become when they want to preserve a certain image of a celebrity. It's fairly slow-moving but if it was paced any faster almost all of the atmosphere and build-up would be taken away. It keeps you gripped and constantly wanting to know who this stalker is and what he wants/why he's going to such lengths. Through a lot of the film I was completely unsure on whether what Mima's seeing is real or if she's hallucinating due to intense paranoia. Metaphors and illusions are used brilliantly and nothing is spoon-fed to you. The... See full review
Let me try to summarize this...out of all the pokemon movies I've seen, this is by far the worst (though, I have yet to see 11-15, so that might change). Overall, the sound was good, except that the main song the story revolved around (in the dub, at least; perhaps it sounded better in the original, as the dubbers tend to change the soundtracks at times) didn't have an emotional depth to it, and the voice acting was jarring and lackluster in terms of emotion. Hence, the poor rating on sound. I'll break the rest down onto three parts: Story Your generic, world is in danger plot that seems... See full review
Tales of a Street Corner is produced by Osamu Tezuka and uses a combination of living and inanimate characters to construct a story with a heavy anti-war theme. Sounds bizarre, right? Well, it certainly is and the first half is unlikely to get any other reaction than a few raised eyebrows and smiles as it introduces the characters and setting. Among the cast we find a human girl and her father; a moth; a group of mice; a street-lamp and finally a plethora of various posters containing a large variety of characters. These characters inhabit a street corner that, through clever development, comes off as an... See full review
*Old review with terrible engrish If you haven't noticed, Sword Art Online(SAO) is one of the most anticipated and debated anime of 2012. Most say its Great and some say its Bad, well....i gotta say....it is downright HORRENDOUS. Most anticipated anime of 2012? And THIS is what they gave us? Oh and before any of you fanboys read this, put your fanboy sword down or leave this review because this review will not look nice... Story:This is BS It starts out with a unique plot(tho it has already been done so before in the .hack series). You probably see this elsewhere but i'll briefly explain again... See full review
Curse me as you please folks, I LOVE THE NEW POKEMON. The hate for this series is utter nonsense and the constant "Ice Cream Pokemon" criticism is old. It's much better than it looks and if people could stop comparing it to the first season, you'd be able to see how old school this really is.. In terms of story, it starts off as all new Pokemon seasons do with Ash Ketchum setting off on yet another journey to a new region chock full of new Pokemon for him to form friendshi- I mean catch..no one should expect much of a difference here.. Animation-wise, Best Wishes is especially... See full review
I haven't watched the original series but I can safely assume this is just a more compact version. Knowledge of that work isn't needed here, or so I believe, but you'll do fine if you jump right into this one. It's a classic story of a transfer student transferring into a school of ladies, and when I mean ladies I mean upper-class: Not snobby but upper-class, and it does a good job on not making them repulsive princesses. Anything deeper is possible spoiler territory, being an OVA and all, but that's the jist of it: School life, ladies, school life... and some romance, a bit of drama, but mostly school... See full review
Recipe: Take one half standard slice of life comedy, and one half Digimon formula. Stir them in a bawl for ninety minutes and add a rather high budget for flavour. The result is Summer Wars.
- Animated by Madhouse, the king of animated series. Ok, it’s not a series but they still did a great job with the material they had.
- Directed by Hosoda Mamoru, who also did the first Digimon movies; so no wonder they feel so similar.
We have a stereotypical spineless geek boy (blushes even by touching a girl), with a bad future career yet with a good heart... See full review
Okay, so as much as I LOVE Bleach…and I really mean love in all caps, the movies are a bit…um well they aren’t canon so I find them enjoyable yet unnecessary. In all honesty I probably like them more than that but I have to look cool writing this review…about anime… No but seriously, I haven’t written any reviews over Bleach yet for various reasons, but I felt I needed to write one for this movie. First of all I noticed that it wasn’t well received on this site which saddens me not because I thought it was super mega fantastic but because I feel like any... See full review
Strain is a lot better than it seems at first. It is riddled with stereotypical shoujo and science fiction tropes, mediocre production values, and typical-looking characters that make it look average from a distance. For example, the heroine is the stereotypical shoujo archetype and has the really bad habit of talking instead of firing, thus lots of bad things happen because she stands frozen and can’t just shut up. In fact, the whole plot plays out like an overblown soap opera, with forced drama and overreaction of even the tiniest of events.
At the same time it keeps mixing up genres of all... See full review
Starship Operators could have been a great space opera / sci-fi adventure if it was 50 episodes long, and had less humor. The basic idea is good but the way it is presented on screen makes you feel like it’s a 10 year old playing with his plastic space marines. Which makes sense if you take into account who made it.
- Animated by J.C. Staff, the studio that exists to make shitty adaptations full of retarded fan service.
- Directed by Watanabe Takashi, who has made nothing but silly stuff, such as Slayers, Ikki Tousen, and Shakugan no Shana.
- Based on the novels by ... See full review
To this day, I'm STILL wondering how this anime ended up in Adult Swim's lineup. Most of the anime that ends up airing on Saturday nights are reserved for shows that are just oozing with action. Durarara!!..? Not so much..however, despite being somewhat out of place, DRRR!! has easily made itself standout as one of the most mysterious animes to be plaed in the coveted time slot of Adult Swim. I might as well say it now..Durarara!! is a HUGELY character-driven show, and is perhaps one of the BIG reasons why it seems like a fish out of water on AS. This is an anime that doesn't rely on massive building... See full review
Let's be clear. Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan is NOT a plot-driven anime..it quickly introduces the reason for Dokuro-chan's existence in our world and the rest of the series is essentially Dokuro-chan ruining Sakura's life as he tries to get by in middle school. In terms of what is actually good about the show, I'd say it's the comedy that really shines. Sakura's body has no limit to the amount of torture it can take, whether it be getting his eyes squeezed, the top half of his head cleaved off, or his "vital regions" getting violated by a switch-activated mass of tentacles. One can only... See full review
NOTE: I just have to say, that the Strawhat Pirates are NOT Pirates, in the slightest sense of the word. They may say they are, but none of the Pirates in this show follow any of the traditions or lore of classical Pirates i.e. Black Spot of Death, Mutiny, Captains killing their entire crew and keeping the Treasure for themselves etc. If anyone is looking for a traditional Pirate based Anime, then this is not it, it is however a very interesting Shonen show, anyway on with the review. One Piece is about a boy called Monkey D. Luffy, who one day ate a magic fruit known as the "Gum-Gum... See full review
The Story Very often some anime are endlessly hyped as being the most dramatic, sweetest, romantic, philosophical and whatnot. Angel Beats is one of those so I decided to check it out and see for myself. I have to say it was underwhelming. The story revolves around a bunch of 15 year olds who have died or are in a comma. And fuck me they ended up in a fucking high school afterlife thing. In it they try to kill the student council president, some angel program... stoic loli. And do the most reasonable thing, which is of course defeat God. I don't want to enter ontological ramblings about God being absolute... See full review