Historically-wise, Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke is the first exported Japanese animated film and you immediately see how the west rushed to make changes in order to hide some oriental features. They changed the hero’s profession from a ninja to a samurai, because back then a ninja in the west was just a ruthless assassin and not fit for a children’s movie protagonist. Then they changed the title of the movie to just Magic Boy, because kids back then wouldn’t have a clue what ninjutsu is or who this Sarutobi Sasuke was. This was the pre-Naruto era, remember?
Speaking of Naruto, the title... See full review
Where is the #$%@()&^ story!
That is what I yelled when I finished this series. I got trolled from the opening video to expect some sort of comedy going psycho along the way. It was back in the day when the community in my country had no idea of what a series would be about and Elfen Lied was on its peak. So yeah, watching the intro made me think it would be something similar.
So this is a series about four princesses from some magic kingdom coming to the human realm. Why? Just for the heck of it. They are also based on famous monsters. Why? Just for the heck of it. They also appear in the... See full review
Notice: Consider this a review of all four seasons.
Nanoha is a mahou shojo that messed with the archetypical formula in an attempt to not bore the viewers with another Sailor Moon rehash. Although that partially did the trick, in the longrun it fell victim of its inability to evolve properly or make good use of its duration.
Seasons 1 to 3 are animated by studio Seven Arcs which is famous for making colorful ecchi comedies. Season 4 is animated by A-1 Pictures, which is notorious for making good looking shows that feel... See full review
This series is actually a remake of a hentai. It has more story and no sex, turning the genre into ecchi.
ART SECTION: 6/10
There wasn’t much detail given to character figures, especially the faces. But as far as body types go, they were minimalistic but nicely made. Minus one point for that.
The transformation sequences and the special attacks were very well made but the repeating footage of them is a common trait (and problem) in all mainstream mahou shojo. Minus one point for that too.
Frame rate was a bit low, repeating footage of minor animation (such as flapping... See full review
Animated by Studio Zexcs, which hasn’t made a single good anime outside of Love Hina. Directing is done by Kanasaki Takaomi who made a season of Shool Rumble and Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka ? In a similar to those style, Macademi Wasshoi (MW) is a school comedy and parody of various genres and clichés. A newcomer would have a hard time understanding the jokes while the veterans will most likely find that the overall anime lacks depth or that has nothing serious to care about it in the longrun.
The whole series plays out mostly as slapstick / ecchi with rather chibi looking... See full review
Animated by J.C. Staff, which translates to retarded fan service. The director is also nobody special. Maburaho is yet another ecchi comedy with mostly random humour and events that occasionally tries to offer a bit more in terms of characterization. It ultimately fails but at least it tries; something most of its kind doesn’t even bothers with.
So what gives this time? The world in the series finds everyone with the ability to cast magic for a few thousand times during their lives before it runs out. The lead male is your typical harem dork with the unusual ability to use powerful magic a... See full review
While i thougt tthis to be utterly insane it was also really funny. It was also refreshing to hear the original soundtrack in the background. While the dialougue was interesting and weird, the little additions lelouch made were funny. So overal i give it a six due to it being funny. Stilll it was slightly childish and lacked that maturity level i expected. So to all i say YES FOR THE SPECIAL AMDMINISTRATED ZONE OF CROQUET!!!See full review
The fights seem to take 3 or more episodes. Ichigo ( main protagonist) tends to overshadow other characters but some of the characters are really funny/cool. Soundtrack is Utterly brillant. Has lots of great ideas.See full review
Overall the character were great, each was equally important. The fights didn't take lots of episodes. The soundtrack was magnificent, it make it more dramatic. The story......... genius.See full review
Storyline: Light Yagami is like any regular teenage student. He goes to school, and goes home afterwards. But he realizes the wrong in the world today. Murders, robbery, ect. But what he wasn't expecting was to find a book that could possibly change everything. Light notices directions on the inside of the book that states that by just thinking of someone and writing their name on one of the pages could kill them within seconds. Light decides he is going to try to change the world and starts targeting criminals by writing their names in the book. But what he thought was a good... See full review
Lucky Star (LS) is a very successful moneytrap. It has simplistic animation, tells us straight in the face that it’s shallow entertainment and a monument to product placement, and yet sells a billion bucks. It takes great talent to convince the audience you are exploiting their weaknesses and this is a fine example.
Animated by Kyoto Animation, the anime studio which always knows how to pamper its audience with good production values and endless amounts of moeblobs. The directors are also behind many successful moe comedies and having gathered enough experience now splatter moeness all... See full review
Despite its initial good premise, this series quickly debunks into a parade of pointless ecchi.
ART - SOUND SECTIONS: 5/10 [Hentai… Almost…]
Clearly a low-budget series, the optical and acoustic experience never goes beyond providing vulgar sexual situations and forced jokes that undermine an adult’s intelligence.
-5 pretty girls with shiny skins (a sign of poor lightning effects),
-luscious bodies (picture perfect body figures tell you from the start what kind of series this is)
-and dumb attitudes (every perv’s dream)
-are doing silly things... See full review
“God, what is wrong with you people?!”
That is the only thing I was thinking while watching this show many years ago when it was very famous amongst the yaoi fangirls. It is the anime that made me realize their brains are full of hay and gave up on the genre altogether. It’s just too nauseating with no bloody payback! I mean just look at the people who made this. Animated by J.C. Staff, which translates to retarded fan service. Directed by Kou Yuu who has made equally bad gay anime, plus Chrono Crusade and Familiar of Zero which despite their hype and not being gay are still... See full review
OVA opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2vxlZkfW-Y
Series opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJiKEy4rsvA&feature=related
I will review both the OVA and tv series here, as there is very little to write about each one individually.
- The original story is based on a rather wide franchise that includes RPGs, novels, manga, and tv series, originally written by Mizuno Ryou, who also made a buch of other mediocrities such as Rune Soldier, Starship Operators, and Galaxy Angel. Lodoss is clearly his best work and even that smells cheese from miles. Can’t say he is a... See full review
Animated by studio Xebec, and it’s probably the only above average show they ever managed to make.
Directed by some guy who did nothing but harems in his whole career and this is by far his best work.
Based on the manga of Akamatsu Ken, who prior to this had done a sci-fi romcom called A.I. Love You, which was not bad but surely felt standard. After Love Hina he made Mahou Sensei Negima, which was hardly as good. So in all, this is the best thing all three of the above categories of people ever managed to produce in their whole lives.
When I am to mention quality harem anime... See full review
Vampires have gotten a bad rap lately. First and foremost, we've got that "Twishite Saga" crap trying to pass off as good writing. And then we've got the movies, which are even worse. (Though I must say, props to Kristen Stewart for managing to portray only one facial expression for the whole series.) There are those "Vampire Diaries" books which started out okay, but which are now just "Twishite" with a less funny name. Even anime! "Vampire Knight" is by no means an awful manga/anime combo, but it's far from great and isn't doing the horror genre surrounding... See full review
Animated by Studio I.G. which means it’s going to have amazing science fiction overtones… What the heck, it doesn’t? And it’s a romantic comedy to boot??? Man, these guys are out of their league for trying to pull something good out of this. And the show is directed by the guy who did Prince of Tennis! Ok, I guess the premise is over the top here as well (Books are serious bizness!) but it seems like we are heading for the rule of cool and not because the story seems interesting. And I mean it does sound interesting; 90% of the people who decided to watch the show was because... See full review
Level E is basically a troll comedy around the farces of an alien prince. As long as you dig his obnoxious personality then the comedy factor will work on you. I must say myself that the first arc was highly entertaining since I had no idea what is going on with the setting; it felt very mysterious, scary and humorous at the same time in a way that reminded me of Men In Black. Yet as soon as it was over I was more prepared to see something similar in later arcs and thus the rest did not feel as amazingly funny as the initial episodes. Also, the prince trolls different people each time, none of which are as... See full review
...*Sigh*... This is one of the strangest and most hard to watch anime's I have ever encountered. Where do I start? The plot is stale and sometimes non-exsistant and I mean they actually tried to cover the fact that they threw in useless filler into a Four Episode anime. The characters also are either stale or just plain evil, the brother is a fine example of this (no spoilers). The animation is ok for the time I guess but it's not always about how it look's. If you dare want to watch this and see a woman giving birth to what look's like a huge penis...slug...thing, then give this a watch. It's... See full review
- Animated by J.C. Staff, which means it will be nothing more than fan service. As far as the production values goes, the show is good in terms of colours and detail. Nothing amazing since it still has jerky motions, poor visual effects, and simple battle choreography. But since most will be starring at the cool super dudes, nobody will care much for what I mentioned a sentence earlier.
- Directed by Kon Chiyaki, known for his work on Higurashi. Well, good for him to not rape the source material like most do but all his other works are plain passable.
- Based on a dating sim for... See full review
Introduction: So roughly a year ago I picked up ‘To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’ right after finishing To Aru Majutsu no Index’s first season well knowingly that Railgun was nothing but a side story. “But it has Misaka!” I said to myself. “Surely, a show that has Misaka Mikoto as main character can’t be bad, even if just a side story.” Oh my, how wrong I was… Story: 5 (mediocre) The main plot in this anime is about some sort of “Level upper” that supposedly can increase the level of espers. So it becomes incredibly popular among level 0s... See full review
I am only writing this due to the extremely poor review given by the community reviewer Vivafruit. Judging from the review that the person gave it appears they didnt watch the entire series and rather just watched a few episodes and gave up. Whilst it is true for the first 6-7 episodes seem to be the same old story over and over ( which still are entertaining ) it picks up on a more solid story after this which is very entertaining and requires a lot of thought on the actual story. Jigoku Shoujo is a brilliant anime with excellent music and brilliant character development even though some... See full review
Osamu Tezuka strikes yet again with yet another interesting experimental short movie. Legend of the Forest is interesting for its concept and not for its story or characters. What you practically get here is an excuse of a story used purely to show the evolution of animation. Each segment of the movie is done in a style that is reflecting a different decade, and as the story progresses you see the animation methods as they evolved over the decades. Starting from static pictures, to granny black & white, to color, to the use of computers in order to make objects look more real. It is all quite... See full review
The premise in a very short description: A little bit before the French Revolution a bunch of wizards want to use poems and psalms to create a new world order and are faced against a man who transforms into his sister.
Just like most anime, this could easily be a gem but unfortunately the makers were no professional screen directors and wasted a lot of its appeal on what I call “sounds good but looks bad”. And I don’t mean the visuals, which are very good. Production I.G. never fails to create aesthetically pleasing series and mature settings, yet at the... See full review
Animated by studio DEEN, which means you know it’s going to suck. The production values are plain mediocre for their time. The soundtrack is pop stuff I never care about and the animation is stiffy, all means to save money with frozen characters and moving mouths only. Voice acting is ok, although the constant emoness of the opponents and the morality monologues of the protagonist were getting to my nerves all the time. Directed by Watanabe Hiroshi, who has done nothing but forgettable mediocrities, such as Orphen, Star Ocean, King of Bandits Jing, and Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok. He also... See full review
Critic's Log - Earthdate: July 27, 2012. Review #15: Naruto ALRIGHT! Let's get right into Naruto! Naruto Uzamaki is a boy who is feared and loathed by the villagers in the Hidden Leaf Village. This distrust of the boy is not because of whom he is, it is because of what is inside him and causes anxiety on fellow villagers. Before Naruto was born, a great Nine - Tailed demon fox attacked the Hidden Leaf Village with monstrous fury and power, this Demon Fox took many lives. The Fourth Hokage arrives, and The Fourth Hokage was the strongest shinobi in the hidden Leaf village at the time and he bravely... See full review
Darker than BLACK is an amazing anime, it's one of my top 3 anime! The storyline, the plot, the ending, it's all made perfect. The balance of gag and seriousness is also made well. But it would've been nice if there was more parts with Li Shengshun in it, I liked his change in personality whenever he goes undercover, I also like it when he interacts with normal human beings. The mangaka's used of high speed action keeps you on your feet, you never know where it leads to and it is very unpredicatable. The seiyu for this anime were also well done, of course, like any other anime, the Japanese... See full review
i thought the story stayed on track and it didnt wander off liek some animes that i have watched the characters were pretty good and some were even funney to watch but this was one of the best animes i have watched it was entertaining and at one point made me wonder what would happen to Arika just love this anime all aroundSee full review
I said in the past how I’ve always seen movies from big shōnen franchises as filler arcs with a budget. The Naruto movies are no exception, but I always found them entertaining and effective in what they do, when you just want to sit back, relax, and unplug your brain. There are times, however, when even with that mindset the formula gets so stale that even the writers themselves seem to have stopped giving a crap, resulting in something that could have been subtitled The Contractually Obligatory Movie. And this second Shippūden movie and fifth Naruto movie overall, the one I had the... See full review
Story: Lets cut to the chase. You aren't here for the story. The story's shit. What starts off as good dumb, perverted character building fun escalates into a revenge filled plot of ludicrous stunts, crazy developments and brain-shaking awesomeness* that can't possibly make sense outside an action flick. Even so, if the plot is shit (Harem/Ecchi/Comedy, all the tags for something that should forego plot), it makes up for it with it's humorous script. I was laughing at when it poked fun at itself, when it questioned what was going on and the antics in the obligatory hot springs episode. It's funny, it... See full review
Just by reading the description I was reminded of the old Bodyjack hentai. I thought they would make the watered version of it here but I must say it turned out to be better than I expected. Not too much better though; it’s still just another silly school comedy.
- The signs were not very reassuring though, as it is animated and by Silver Link, a studio that produces nothing more than no-brainer ecchi comedies, such as Baka to Test, C3, and Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. Their production values are always good and have... See full review
Lain is another one of those anime which aimed to be well-written and not well-told. Zegapain did the same a few years back but even that was a show about mechas with stuff blowing up. Lain doesn’t even have robots. Or battles. Or action. It otherwise has some of the deepest philosophical shitz you can ever imagine to encounter.
The story is about the blend of reality with virtual reality and one will most likely rush to compare this to Ghost in the Shell. So yeah, it really is like GitS, although it uses a whole different theory of how man, machine and God can fuse into one mess of a... See full review
Who ever said you need 90 minutes to tell a story?
The House of Little Bricks is a short feature around the life of a lonely old man in a flooded world. It looks simplistic at first but also extraordinary at how much plot, character emersion and scenario depth they installed in just 10 minutes. Heck, I can even summarize it in one picture: http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/307760_316620285021464_100000204857048_1513931_1215788722_n.jpg
Speaking about depth, the feature literally uses it to tell a story. The old man finds his favourite smoking pipe dropping in a flooded part of his... See full review
Before I started to watch anime, I was scared of anything and everything. So then, I picked up my first volume of manga--one of the earlier volumes of "Bleach." I was so terrified, I couldn't even look at "Bleach" for a few years. So I decided to overcome my fears and watch a horror anime (horror manga would come later). I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep, but I didn't want to be such a wimp. Therefore, I started to watch the only horror anime of which I'd heard. I missed the first episode, so I watched the second. It was so not-scary; I was laughing the whole time. How was this... See full review
This is a slow-paced, character-driven anime centered around a game of skill, karuta. I think it is superbly well done on a number of levels. So why do I love this anime so much? 1. Characters. Characters are of course THE reason to watch an anime like this, and these do not disappoint. First and foremost, they ring very true to me. Chihaya is feather-brained but extremely devoted and genuine. Taichi is cool-headed and everything comes easy to him. "Tsukue-kun" devotes himself but always falls short of Taichi. And so on. They just work, on a... See full review
This is a mecha show planned by Studio I.G. which is very good at sci-fi shows, but is otherwise animated by Xebec, a studio notorious for its bad anime. It is directed by Satou Tatsuo, who has made lots of mecha shows, most of which are unorthodox but otherwise slow and usually anti-climactic (Martian Successor Nadesico, Gekiganger 3, Shingu, Stellvia). He also has Suzuki Toshimasa as an assistant, who in the past directed Heroic Age and the second season of Polyphonica. So ok, he isn’t much of a talent. Thus we have a project based on antithesis, decent director and planner but also... See full review
Being an early Masamune Shirow work, I expected the usual “ sci-fi with gorgeous women and cool guns” package. But all I got was an empty box.
Very mediocre and unimaginative graphics and music themes to the point of stop paying attention half the time. There are of course beautiful females and detail in machinery but they feel nothing, compared with Shirow’s later works. The only thing I can say that I will clearly remember for life is the bad-guys’ weird-looking airship shape.
A megalomaniac villain is looking for a way to obtain magical-eyed people, who inherit these... See full review
Lamune is a simple slice of life light romance executed… simply. In fact, the word that defines the whole anime is “simple” . But let me make it clear that this is not always a bad thing as the execution of an idea is usually more important that the actual idea itself.
Let’s start with the story and the question if there is one at all. Most of the plot is nothing but the “simple” everyday lives of a group of teenagers, with the focus given on the main duo, Kenji and Nanami. I wouldn’t call it linear as we are constantly shown flashbacks from their... See full review
Animated by Xebec, a studio that never made a worthy show in its whole existence. Directed by Ootsuki Atsushi, the same guy who did over the top erotic comedies such as Kanokon and Motto to Love-Ru. Yeah, you know right away in what you are getting yourself into.
Ladies versus Butlers is amongst the most honest anime in existence. At no point is it pretending to be anything other than brain-dead ecchi comedy. It doesn’t try to tell a story, it doesn’t try to have characters you should like, it doesn’t even try to be anything other than the tired, repetitive softporn humour... See full review
I continue to violently hate the ecchi genre, yet violently love it at the same time. And it’s in no way because it’s always going to give you something new and exciting to watch. The ecchi harem genre especially, for me at least, is always the kind of place I go when I have no idea what to watch next and want something semi-decent that I know I’ll like in some regard. The anime in this genre are so dependably generic and so…well, they’re just always the same. And while the degree of comedy changes from one anime to the next, the plot devices, the characters, the settings... See full review
At first, I really liked this anime. The atmosphere was great, the music was fitting and exciting, and overall it was fairly enjoyable.. for a while. But very quickly, they introduced Raki. In the english dub, he is the most annoying, whiny, pathetic excuse of a man that I have ever seen. His voice was as obnoxiously grating as it was childish. It did fit him perfectly, but as a character he completely changed the focus of the show, and not for the better. But, if you like a show where you can smell the fetid feminism from a mile away as the courageous, empowered and unstoppable heroine repeatedly rescues... See full review
STORY SECTION: 3/10
Demon-like creatures seduce and corrupt humans in order to feed on their vanity and misery. A vampire-like heroine is hunting them and sends them back to the darkness… That is pretty much the story.
95% of the episodes were stand alones, playing along the usual monster-of-the-week formula. The few scenario developments left me completely uninterested as I found them cliché and predictable. And nope; no conclusion either.
Some could say that the story is good, as each episode has a very tragic story around human feelings and desires and it leaves no... See full review
There are many "mature" anime out there. There are many dark anime. There are many depressing anime. With some of them, the name makes them seem innocent (case in point: "Comedy"). "Darker than Black" sounds like a dark anime... seriously, what IS darker than black? As with most anime I watch, I saw this in an AMV and it looked cool, so I decided to watch it. Story: A dome encases the world of "Darker than Black," so the sky is completely fabricated. A young astronomy enthusiast, Li Shengshun (there is a very good chance I misspelled that), knows that the stars he... See full review
Straight from my blog!! ***This is a spoiler free review*** Never in my life would I expect myself to say, “Man I wish this anime would of stayed a typical stale harem story.” Well brace yourselves because Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! biggest flaw is its attempt to combine harem, ecchi, and terrorist plot elements into a twelve episode season. Story: 2/10 So the first two episodes of this anime actually lead the show on a promising path. Initially I thought... See full review
After watching the last episode of Shikabane Hime: Kuro, I was a bit disappointed. They have built a great backdrop of story and characters of Makina and Ouri, but did not end in any satisfying way. Basically, they did not end the series. Almost as if they left the series as “the Battle Continues…”thing. Very disappointing. I would still recommend the series because it was very satisfying overall theme and anime was top notch. It just had a disappointing ending. I watch both dubbed and subtitled. As usual, subtitle was better. I can see... See full review
Let's just cut to the chase; the answer is yes, this anime does depict romantic relationships between people of the same sex. I'd choose to describe the more sensual scenes as highly palatable and sometimes even intensely beautiful, but if you're unable to handle a story of such nature, then read no further. Basically, this anime uses a prestigious French school as its setting where our protagonist, the virtuous and talented Serge, meets his new room-mate and polar opposite in the manipulative Gilbert who uses his body to gain various favors from other men. Unlike some other anime of the same genre I know... See full review
It's not often one comes across an anime with a total run time of half an hour. "BLAME!" fits this description quite nicely. At six episodes, each running for five minutes, it should be interesting and pretty weird, right? Well, that was right on the money. Story: Can I explain the story of "BLAME!"? Not really; there is no story. According to Anime-Planet's plot summary, Kirii (you spell that however you want) is a human who is surrounded by androids and clones. He is supposed to collect "net-genes" and try to find remaining humans. Whoever wrote this summary must be A.)... See full review
This is a children’s adventure that follows the norm path all light-adventure series do. Children as protagonists, simple plot, weird machines, monsters and not too much violence. It would be good as a cartoon, but as anime, it is very mediocre.
STORY SECTION: 6/10
A team of boy scouts/girl scouts embarks on an educational trip at sea but ends up being sucked by a vortex and ending up in another world, were humans co-exist with dinosaurs. The story is mainly about the kids managing to survive in this world and finding a way to return to their own home world.
The main story is... See full review
Animated by Toei, who are known for the quality work they do in children’s shows. This is actually quite unorthodox for their style, since it aims at an adult audience. Directed by Nakamura Kenji who makes nothing bizarre shows full of interesting themes and presentation (Mononoke, C, Tsuritama). The show was also scheduled to air on the NoitanimA timeslot, which was a sign for great aesthetics and (usually) great emotional rail coasters. The expectations for this show were quite high and I guess they managed to make something unorthodox out of it. There are still many details I didn’t... See full review
Kurozuka is a title which proves that no matter how great a book looks, it still needs to have some sort of manageable writing in it to sell and be liked. This only meant to be a metaphor and not my opinion of the source material, which was a novel, turned manga, turned anime. I haven’t read those (which I hear are far more entertaining) and I am only going to talk about the anime version.
So basically, the problem with this show is that it lacks context. And by that, I do not mean action, cool looking warriors, explosions, and the like. It has lots of it and it is artistic up to a point to... See full review