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Candy Candy

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 23, 2012

ANIME MINOR JEWELS SERIES


VALUE SECTION: 7/10 [Like old wine, it only gets better as time goes by.]
Analysis: Historical Value 2/3, Rewatchability 2/3, Memorability 3/4

This title is quite famous in Greece for being the first shojo series that aired on a Greek channel. Up until then, there were only a few soap operas with real actors that were watched only by middle-aged women. This series was the first to aim at little girls. Of course, it ended up being watched by boys as well, since there wasn’t genre variety to choose from. Plus, Internet and cell phones were still a... read more

5/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Candy Boy

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 23, 2012

This is the short and simple tale of two twin sisters in love… with each other. Yes, it is designated as yuri but outside of a few scenes it can easily count as a normal family oriented show… But then again it’s that perverted lesbian friend of theirs doing her hentai stuff, so don’t try that family thing.

First of all I’m not really into yuri stuff. The only anime I dig with such a thing is Revolutionary Girl Utena and only because it had artistic expression, mystery, character depth, swordfights, shadow theatre play, thorn roses, wtf ending, a movie version and a... read more

3/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Canaan

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 23, 2012

STORY SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 2/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 0/2

Yet another chicks with guns anime. That means a lot of chicks, a lot of guns and not a lot of story in between of those two. This is the case here as well, seeing how the story is the most overlooked part of all sections. If you haven’t played the game you will most likely be confused with what is going on in the adaptation. The actual story is also nothing original; just the usual fuss around a deadly virus and shadow governments using it for the creation of supermen, world... read more

4/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
5/10 overall

Chu-Bra!!

Tolle's avatar By on Apr 23, 2012

At first, I didn't know how to start this mini-review. I kept writing a line, promptly deleted it and started anew. I'm mainly writing this small review because I felt that many of the other reviewers expected way too much from a series, which is best watched with certain expectations. Chu-Bra!! is a down-to-earth anime about friendship, young teenagers, a little bit of love and most importantly: underwear. If you start watching this anime with the presumption that it's going to be a deep, plot-filled anime or a nosebleed-starter of dimensions, then you'll be disappoint, son. The show features a lot of... read more

6/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall

Steins;Gate

lcaseidefensis's avatar By on Apr 23, 2012

Story: Redefining time-travel stories. This anime (imo) is better than the Back to the future trilogy and suspensive as Death Note or Code Geass. The characters action, reactions, thoughts are realistic (well, realistic for a sci-fi, as D.N. is realistic for a fiction). The story starts a bit slow-paced but as it proceeding to the conclusion it's getting even more deep, suspensive, romantic (especcially in its original meaning (originally it was like an escape from the darkness of reality)) and complicated. The big thing about it's complexity is the way it's remaining understandable even when the timelines... read more

10/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Irresponsible Captain Tylor

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 23, 2012

ANIME MINOR JEWELS SERIES
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?uid=251338&show=userpage&do=blog&blogid=29009&page=0

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vTjNEZ3kcE

Notice: This review covers both the main series and the OVAs that followed it.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS You know how it goes with leaders in anime. They are usually very charismatic, energetic, and set aim to be the best in the universe or something like that. Now, try to see that in reverse. Imagine a guy who has no... read more

4/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 23, 2012

ANIME MINOR JEWELS SERIES
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?uid=251338&show=userpage&do=blog&blogid=29009&page=0

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe-q6C0u_R4

The thing that stands out here is the origin of the story. This series is based on the most famous Chinese epic story/novel of all times, the Romance Of The Three Kingdoms . I have read a big summary of it and I must say, the series is faithful to the original script. It is a fairly low budget production and it pales compared... read more

7/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
6/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Nadia: Secret Of Blue Water

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 23, 2012

ANIME MINOR JEWELS SERIES
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?uid=251338&show=userpage&do=blog&blogid=29009&page=0

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYAW-cojw60&feature=related

There is no doubt in Jules Verne being the father of modern science fiction. His books became the cornerstones of all further storytellers and have been used and remade a billion times ever since. So just imagine an anime being made on his work … ok, Nadia is not the first. Willie Fog, a... read more

7/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

One Piece

vearos's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

As of April 2012, One Piece is 544 episodes long.  Put another way, that is OVER 180 HOURS OF CARTOON PIRATES.  In the space of this show, you could watch three or four medium-sized anime and still have room to, you know, go outside or something. So I can't really recommend this show to a newcomer to anime, or anyone who only has enough time to watch a few episodes a week.  If, however, you've already watched a few anime and are hungry for more, or if you're the kind who just likes to latch onto one really good show, or if you have a solid week that you can just throw in the trash, then I... read more

9/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Vandread

jypsyjulia's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

Oh, Vandread, Vandread, Vandread.  What the hell did I just watch? What on Earth is the STORY in this anime?  I really missed it.  I mean, other than the whole boys and girls being separated and then reuniting after growing up with fear of each other. I think that could have been a lot of fun, and the first part of it was, but then it became boring.  How do people manage to make a 13 episode anime boring?  I mean... there's on thirteen episodes!  But I felt very bored and was web surfing from episode 9 on.  The end of the anime began to tell a story with the harvesters... read more

3/10 story
8/10 animation
10/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Krozam's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

I remember that when I watched the first episode of Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko for the first time, I thought it was kinda funny, but a bit weird for my taste. The character designs are gorgeous, though, so I didn't hesitate giving it another episode. After watching the ep, I thought it was a very good anime. After the third ep I was convinced it was a great anime, with the potential to become one of my 5-star favourites. I stalled it after ep 7, because it was so good that I wanted to wait for all the eps to come out and then marathon it for maximum enjoyment.

Today was finally the day I marathoned... read more

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
10/10 overall

MM!

Thrawn's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

From Secret Santa 2011
Story: Behind the comedy lies a serious plot, one where 2/3 of the mains try to cure their crippling flaws: one of supreme masochism and the other of androphobia. Some more serious events abound, backstory wise, and infront of all that, overshadowing it all, a tsunami earthquake of hurricane comedy on fetish fuel, cosplay, beatings, violence and righteous perversion. The comedy it does exceptionally well, using the main schtick and character quirks without overusing the secondaries. Since it's what it is, it's slapstick oriented and verbal abuse aplenty, which I get a kick out... read more

8/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Angel Beats!

jypsyjulia's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

The STORY of Angel Beats! was confusing and weirdly executed.  The first half of the anime is seriously boring.  I was practically passing out during it and really wanted to drop this.  Because of how boring I found it to be, I stopped watching for a very long time.  When I had finally picked it back up, I was on episode 8.  After episode 10, the story really gets moving and becomes very interesting, but why did I have to wait 10 episodes for such a thing?  Honestly. Also, the anti-Angel campaign becomes really wearisome.  I feel like Yuri is just operating on her own... read more

5/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
6/10 characters
7/10 overall

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

Directed by Oonuma Shin, a guy who prodused the rather good Pani Poni Dash and Ef a Tale of Memories/Melodies. He then transferred to Silver Link, a minor studio whose only full job projects are this and Baka to Test. He also directed those and the results are bad. So you know from the start that it is a show by a minor director and a minor studio; don’t expect much.

I have stopped watching such ecchi shows for the sole reason they quickly become repetitive, dumb, and forgettable quite fast. I must have watched over 200 such shows back when I was new to the medium and I hardly remember... read more

4/10 story
9/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Usagi Drop

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

Before I start let me clarify that I don’t care about slice of life shows. I find them to be the second most simplistic and passable genre, with moeblobs topping them by a few miles for going overboard. In this particular case I sat down to watch it simply because the anime became top ten in almost every site in just a few weeks. I wondered “hey how is this possible; it is just another everyday show”.

I read the description of the story and it doesn’t seem like much. Some guy finds out his grandfather had a kid in an old age and decides to raise it after he passed away. Ok... read more

7/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8/10 overall

Black Heaven

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

ANIME MINOR JEWELS SERIES
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?uid=251338&show=userpage&do=blog&blogid=29009&page=0

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vThuE-6EAXU

Black Heaven is a very unorthodox anime since it doesn’t follow a formula to the most part and that is what makes it very strange to watch. The first surprise comes from the opening itself, which has very little to do with the actual series. Where openings are normally something to give you a first impression of what is... read more

7/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Kanokon

Wyr3d's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

This anime has constant bad reviews with thoughtless morons saying it's little more thn focusless ecchi, with poor backdrop, undeveloped characters, and far too much fanservice

Kade Stormwind: But this is only what's on the outside. Inside, there's deeper meanin, and even messages hidden in the anime throughout.

Perhaps the main being, that love is important - much more important that what's shown on the surface

I think the anime does well for itself. The under-developed characters are beneficial in having the wartcher focus on the storyline, and the deeper meaning, and not get caught... read more

7/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
8/10 overall

The Big O

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

ANIME MINOR JEWELS SERIES
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?uid=251338&show=userpage&do=blog&blogid=29009&page=0

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdA6iRk94Hc&NR=1

This anime is good mostly for its aesthetics rather than its application on screen. It is a tribute to various things and there more of the following list you like, the higher the chances become for you to love the show. And those things are:

1) Tribute to 60’s mecha. All machines are drawn weird... read more

5/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall

Mirai Nikki TV

Nanikagaarimasuka's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

Story: I have to give this series props for having an interesting story if nothing else. In my opinion, it was set up very well; the diaries, the game, the way the gods work (I'll leave it at that for fear of spoiling too much) all made for a very engaging and at least acceptably original story base. I'm sure the scry vs. scry idea has been the basis of at least a few stories in the past, but the way it was done in Mirai Nikki, with the whole cell phone diaries idea, made for some engaging games of wit and cunning since the owners' future predictions had unique and major limitations that kept every... read more

6/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Elfen Lied

jypsyjulia's avatar By on Apr 22, 2012

Everyone has been raving to me about Elfen Lied.  They all have recommended it to me a thousand times over and I thought I should do their opinion's justice and finally watch it for myself.  Unfortunately, I do not hold the same opinion as that of many of my peers.  Please bear in mind that whenever an anime has a plot like this, I inevitably compare it to Now and Then, Here and There.  And let's be honest... nothing can compare to the latter. The STORY was one that could have been so successful, but there was a flaw in itself.  I do not believe the flaw was in the way it was... read more

4/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
5/10 overall

Princess Nine

mdchan's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

Let me start off by saying this: When I picked up this series, I expected to watch an anime about girls forming a baseball team while playing as they went along. I've seen H2, Cross Game, Major, and Ookiku Furikabutte...I'm familiar with the baseball anime/manga genre and what's expected of it. My favorite anime, The Slayers, is a 90's anime.  Ranma 1/2, which will occasionally feature Akane throwing a baseball, also came out of the 90's, as did H2, so I had a general idea of what to expect for a 90's anime, and a 90's baseball anime. What I didn't expect, was to see the main female lead, Ryo... read more

3/10 story
3/10 animation
3/10 sound
2/10 characters
1/10 overall

Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

This series is in a few words full of great ideas as well as full of terrible storytelling. I really liked the themes of the story and the development of the cast but at the same time I was alienated by their illogical actions and the unsupported line of events. It is very good on a theoretical level and a nice one-time watch but plain mess when seen in action or repeat. 

THE STAFF 
- Animated by a minor studio called David Productions. It has rather high budgets and good ideas in its shows but never does something exceptional with them and thus never feels like they try to... read more

4/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!

Marceus's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

It's like The Sopranos and Pokemon combined... Except without the Sopranos part... Plot: This anime is basically a crappy shounen comedy mixed with a solid shounen action series. The first bit of the series as well as a few episodes inbetween arcs is focused on comedy... and it's bad... Most of the jokes are lame running gags which become more and more painful everytime they're used, and they're used a lot. The main arcs however are at least somewhat interesting, even though the last one drags on forever (seriously, it takes up over half the series.) The second season is by far the best though... read more

5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Daughter of Twenty Faces

cikinimey's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

Daughter of Twenty Faces Daughter of Twenty Faces, also known as Nijū Mensō no Musume (二十面相の娘), is originally a Japanese manga series which got adapted as an anime series. My first impression was really something, and it made me continue watching all the 22 episodes in just 9 hours!
Story The story is split in to two. The first is from episode 1-6, and the second is from there and out the rest. The first part is probably the best part (score 10.5/10), but the second is also just as good for me as things turns around... read more

10/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Guilty Crown

XxZeroeZxX's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

This is my Guilty Crown It breaks my heart not to rate this series higher. It honestly does. Most of the early reviews, wayy too harsh. So let's give a new perspective here. What you have here is a series with excellent production values, a brilliant soundtrack, and a fantastic 1st half. But the 2nd half lets the series down so badly and GC never becomes the epic it seemed destined to be. As I was watching the 2nd half of the series, the first few eps did seem promising. But slowly but surely I became less and less interested in the series as the 2nd half progressed. To the point that when it... read more

7.5/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Get Backers

badkitty112's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

This was a really great anime! I loved Ginji! the characters were good, the animation was good, and the plot line was decent. over all a really good anime. you know i was really upset that this was over. I truly think this should have a second season, though i don't know where it would go... but i would risk it just to see Ginji and ban agian :) :) :) this was a good anime.

8/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari

wassoi137's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

I have watched this anime over 50 times. Why you ask? It’s because this is what I expect in Anime perfection. Ecchi Anime’s are often very stereotypical whereas they still leave you guessing at the end. I’ve never seen so many woman chase one guy before though to explain how that happens watch it for yourself.
You may or may not agree with me but I wanted to add and subtract from this story so many times that I don’t get tired watching it. So I might have to fill in some gaps with my theories.
Story: 8/10
Although I wish it had more of a direct tie in with its prequel... read more

8/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Whisper of the Heart

galacticdude7's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

-Story- While I feel that the story was not as good as some other Studio Ghilbi films, it was still a decent plot and an interesting story. It was a story that was based more on real life than most Studio Ghilbi films, but it was excecuted well. Its basically a story about growing up as we follow the Junior High student Shizuku as she deals with issues of love and finding out more about herself. This is also one of the few Studio Ghilbi films that has romance as a critical part of the story, and for the most part it was excecuted well, except the romance got complicated with all of the crushes the side... read more

7/10 story
10/10 animation
?/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tempey's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

This anime had me on my toes the entire time! By the first episode I was already on my feet cheering for the characters!! ( ..you can imagine how I was at the end of it lol) I highly reccomend it. But don't fall in love in this anime, once you do the charcter dies (or turns into an evil spiral) literally within the episode...

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Asura Cryin'

JAhU's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

So I was writing my rant about Asura Cryin' and Asura Cryin' 2 and I got logged out when I clicked on the "submit" button. I really don't feel like writing the whole thing again, so I'll just stick to the main points. Watching the thing was a waste of time. The story was so-so and the writing was poor. Romance where guy gets treated like s*** even when he did nothing wrong is not my kind of thing. The guy in question was indecisive and didn't had any redeeming qualities. Other than that I didn't like Nia, but it probably has something to do with my dislike for tsundere lolis (and tsundere in... read more

4/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Blue Exorcist

TheOldGeezer's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

The story is preety good for a "let's beat the fate " anime. 2 boys, hard past, rejected by every1 ( at least 1 of them ), finnaly makes some friend, gain trust and showing his true nature. Still, the anime lacks connections. I would prefere to know  more about the demon ranking or about Satan's life. The training of Rin was way too short, he had no special moves and inspite this, he still managed to beat Satan... But the story was very touching anyway, taking the "demon inside us" theme and giving it a new form. But a little touch of realism is needed, like in F.M. Alchemist... read more

8.5/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Ano Natsu de Matteru

fizzylikesoda's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

Story & Animation Now, I know that giving this anime a '10' may be extreme, but I would never do it without reason. Ano Natsu de Matteru is simply one of my favorite animes, EVER. At its core, Ano Natsu de Matteru is a romance, but with a much more unique take on the genre. Not to mention, it holds a place in my heart for the best intro in any anime. There's never a moment where you aren't mesmerized by the simply beautiful animation and art style, and the into is no exception.  The colors are vibrant and warm, reflecting the warmness of the summer in which the story takes place. The animation is... read more

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Steins;Gate

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

Steins;Gate (SG) is based on a visual novel by Nitroplus, which some years ago had also adapted into anime their Chaos;Head work and the result was plain horrible. Seems like since then they learned from their mistakes and improved the pacing and the character interactions; yet it’s still not masterpiece level as it is full of dead time and otaku jokes. I understand it is based on something of which 99% of the players are hardcore anime fans who demand some fan catering, but that is also what makes it rather hard to be liked by anyone who is not into that. I for example am a hardcore fan as... read more

6/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

One Piece

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 21, 2012

This anime is over a decade old and is still half-way through. All the analysis will focus only on what I have watched so far, which is up to the end of the Punk Hazard arc.

One Piece was for many years unnoticed by the majority of the anime community. It began airing around the same time as Hunter X Hunter, which was the fad of the year. Even after HxH ended, One Piece still didn’t manage to make an impression because immediately then began Naruto and Bleach. Also, the American dub had so many ridiculous changes that made many to believe it is a show for 5-year olds. It took for the Big... read more

7/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

One Piece

thebeavers1's avatar By on Apr 20, 2012

I Love this Anime and Have watched a great many episodes... But I cannot get enough of Luffy and his Crew! I love the Adventure and Comedy this anime exhibits. I love the diversity of lands, enemies, ability's, and characters displayed throught the seemingly endless adventure of Monkey D. Luffy! If you are a fan of Adventure, Fantasy, or Long series I recommend this to you! As you go on with Luffy's adventure you'll find yourself captivated!So at least give it a try!

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
10/10 overall

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

thebeavers1's avatar By on Apr 20, 2012

This anime Is one of my all time favorites. The unique storyline was exexuted flawlessly! The Characters Were Awesome and are one of my favorite aspects of the show. The world was captivating and the Timeline Was stupendous! I recommend this anime for all who love anime as this is one of the greatest!

10/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Un-Go

neverafall's avatar By on Apr 20, 2012

*Spoilers* I have finally watched this anime and I have to say that I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.
Story -  Animation -  Sound -  Characters -  Overall - 

7/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
8/10 overall

Special A

neverafall's avatar By on Apr 20, 2012

*Spoilers* Okay... So I don't know what to say. I have watched this anime more than twice and just recently, I rewatched it with a few more views on all of the sections.
UPDATE LATER

7/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

FreddyCrab's avatar By on Apr 20, 2012

Story: Haruhi Suzumiya has a very unique storyline- it wasn't completely what I was expecting, and quite frankly I don't think it even IS possible to know whats coming when you're a first-time viewer of this anime. The story was never dull in this anime, it flowed beautifully and I really can't think of any issues with it- perhaps I would have liked more romance to develop, but if there was too much emphasis on the stereotypical and the normal trentds of storlines, I guess Suzumiya just wouldn't be the same. Some episodes had amazing endings (Episode six in particular was AMAZING) The overall ending I... read more

8.5/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Ano Natsu de Matteru

XxZeroeZxX's avatar By on Apr 20, 2012

Watch the original Ok, so bad reviews aren't really my thing, but since it seems this series has been getting a lot of attention (for understandable reasons) I figured I might as well give my two cents. So first things first I guess, my expectations going in... I expected more of an AnoHana-esque series. Obviously it was unrealistic to expect another AnoHana, but just something along those lines. I wasn't expecting a complete rehashing of Please Teacher. I know that it was a reunion of most of the Onegai staff, but a good number of them also contributed on AnoHana and obviously AnoHana being much more... read more

4/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

white21962's avatar By on Apr 19, 2012

I got into this series after I had finished Darker Than Black and I was a little skeptical when I started this. Now that I have finished all 26 episodes of this amazing series I consider it one of the best 8 hours and 40 minutes I have ever spent with an anime series. The story is one of the most well written I have seen in a while. Reijis character was very compelling and I loved Eren. Cal, I am a little bit in between on. On one hand, she was a very cute child and on the other she was a very scary Phantom. For those of you who have not seen the series, I will not spoil any plot details but I must warn you... read more

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Animal Treasure Island

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 19, 2012

This is an alternative version of the famous Treasure Island book, the oldest and most renowned pirate adventure.

STORY SECTION: 6/10
The story has the same premise as the book but takes a lot different approach to the general story. There is a lot more mystery, action and humor in it.
Pirate crews compete with each other on who is going to be the first to solve the riddle and find an enormous treasure on an island. There are several mysteries and some plot twists that make this movie not so straightforward. Of course, it’s still a children’s adventure and most of the plot is... read more

6/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall

Busou Renkin

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 19, 2012

Busou Renkin is your typical action shonen, which stands a step above all other mediocre shonens by ripping the hell out of several ideas from various other successful shonen. The end result is completely average but to anyone back then who was unfamiliar to the “big three” Jump shonen as we call them today, it appeared to be much better than it really is. I guess that only proves how the genre is just rehashing the same old stuff instead of going for innovation... but that is a different story. For now let me tell you what this anime is all about.

The animation is done by Xebec, so you... read more

4/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Bubblegum Crisis

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 19, 2012

ANIME MINOR JEWELS SERIES
Full lit of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?uid=251338&show=userpage&do=blog&blogid=29009&page=0

This title had made a huge sensation when it originally aired. It was an interesting for its time take on a dystopia, along with fan catering to draw in even the less demanding audience. It was let’s say the NGE or Ghost in the Shell of the 80’s. With far less context though. It received two different versions, one in the 80’s and one in the 90’s, both of which... read more

4/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Brigadoon Marin to Melan

roriconfan's avatar By on Apr 19, 2012

ANIME MINOR JEWELS SERIES
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?uid=251338&show=userpage&do=blog&blogid=29009&page=0

TEASER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KY0kU5h6pY&feature=related

WARNING TO READERS! THIS REVIEW IS EXTREMELY LONG AND CONTAINS SUBTLE PLOT SPOILERS!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS Animated by studio Sunrise, which means it will have cool mecha action. Directed by Yonetani Yoshitomo who has prodused some lesser goodies over the years (GaoGaiGar, Betterman) and... read more

8/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Kaibutsu Oujo

MikeSinner's avatar By on Apr 19, 2012

This is a great anime....
If you have absolutely nothing better to do and/or are eating in the meantime or doing something else that means you don't really have to pay attention to what's going on.

So, after watching the whole thing I indeed need to edit this review.
Not only is this mostly good as background noise, it's incomplete too.
No wonder the story is lacking and dimwhitted. No wonder I keep getting the feeling this whole show is mostly filler...

It's been based on a manga that is still ongoing AND every episode of this anime equals 1 chapter of the manga!! Admitted, the... read more

5/10 story
6/10 animation
3/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Recorder to Randoseru

Thrawn's avatar By on Apr 19, 2012

I was expecting a 22 minute/episode series about slice-of-life hijinks and everyday stuff, but I got 3 minute shorts and squandered potential. It would have been better as a 22 minute, 13 episode series with more depth and plot. At first it left me disappointed, but after I got over it, I went back and enjoyed it for what it was: a brief short series on the comedic misunderstandings of the two mains. As the episodic events revolve around their heights, it's natural that the jokes would revolve around that in turn. It's decent enough for a giggle or even a laugh here or there; there's just enough continuity... read more

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
6/10 overall

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009)

FreddyCrab's avatar By on Apr 19, 2012

NOTE: I AM REVIEWING THIS AS A SERIES TWO OF THE ORIGINAL HARUHI SUZUMIYA ANIME. I WILL DO A SEPARATE REVIEW FOR THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE HARUHI ANIME :D  Story:  I was badly dissappointed with this part of this series of Haruhi Suzumiya. Firstly, there was the original 13 episodes of Haruhi Suzumiya from the previous season, with just a few extra tweaks added in. I won't pretend I watched all of these episodes- I didn't. But the ones I did watch were the same as I'd already seen in the prior season and I saw little point sandwiching them into a second season seemingly just to make it... read more

4.5/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Another

TheStampede01's avatar By on Apr 19, 2012

I had really high hopes for this anime when it first came out, because it looked like the first good horror/thriller/mystery/suspense/psychological anime that took itself seriously that has come out in a long time. I mean Mirrai Nikki was around, but man that anime was silly as hell. The first episode was very good and set this up quite well but the rest of this anime didn't quite meet my expectations. *Spoilers ahead* Story
Okay so the story of this anime is that theres a curse in their town that kills kids in the 3rd 9th grade class, because of some thing that happened 30 years ago and ofcourse no... read more

4/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Kuroshitsuji 2 Specials

Vinniesama's avatar By on Apr 19, 2012

Recently I've been on a bit of a Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) kick, so I hunted down the OVAs for the second season, which are included on the Japanese releases of the DVDs, as a way to entice buyers to get them. There's a strange parallel between the West and Japan. In Japan, anime is ridiculously expensive (something like £70 for a 3 episode DVD apparently), and manga is really cheap (around £3-£5 per volume). In the West, anime DVDs can be found cheap (well, sometimes), and yet manga gets a little bit more expensive as the years go by. So, of course, the DVD companies need a way of... read more

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
7/10 overall