Scrapped Princess is an interesting take on a rather tired formula, performing a major genre twist midway, colorizing story and characters in ways that are making them more than they appear to be at first. The end result is quite original as far as anime go, but still loses a lot because of its erratic pacing. Which is expected when you realize it is animated by studio Bones, which automatically means very good production values, a complicating intriguing story, and a script written on the run without the slightest attempt to make sense or have consistency. Furthermore, director and scriptwriter are... See full review
- Animated by Brain’s Base, a studio with very good production values and a mostly mediocre roster. Their best works to date are Baccano and Penguindrum and even them were just lively and colorful but not exactly masterpieces.
- Directed by Kaburaki Hiro, who has experience with the romance genre but didn’t produce anything amazing.
- Based on a manga by someone whose this is the only work adapted.
My Little Monster is in a way like Kare Kano, one of the most memorable school life anime of the... See full review
Magical Change! Two loli girls do their magical transformation meanwhile two magicians polymorphed into a duck and a cat drool and get nosebleeds from watching. Yep, basically what this show is about is taking the mahou shojo genre and creating a hilarious parody. If you find a klutzy girl teamed up with a perveted duck who practically swims in pools of his own drool funny then you'll enjoy this show. Story: 4.5 Ok, there's not much to the story on this one. Number one magician Arks is expelled from the magical kingdom, transformed into a duck and dropped on earth. There he teams up with Ink... See full review
I remember being shocked and awed by this particular anime…or maybe the feeling was more like awed and then caught off guard… It’s sort of hard to explain the feeling of “This is pretty cool” turned “You’ve got to be kidding me.” But here I go anyways! Story 5/10 The story is just okay. I guess I could say it’s somewhat original but I’d be lying a little. It follows Jin Kanzaki, a young man who is cursed/blessed with the power called ZET. He’s the sort of creepy looking spikey guy that was created by the Amagi Corporation to eliminate... See full review
Well hard to tell, first episode was pretty good and i thought it will be a good anime, however... U will never see a girl as a protagonist(or side char.) Alot of friendship and Bromance A boy who will be red whenever he speaks with his friends(OMG). Sometimes i felt like im watchin an ayoi. like 5 ep's walking, living and fighting with handcuffs(wtf?) To sum up, if you like weird action psycho anime with alot of d*cks, go for it...See full review
This anime is reeeeeally Japanese and I definitely wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. It has layers and layers of meaningful levels, is full of references to parts of Japanese culture that the average international viewer wouldn't usually know about (including myself--I could often tell there was a reference without knowing exactly what it implied), and it bases much of its humor off kanji and wordplay. If you watch Joshiraku and all you giggle at are the girls' antics, you're probably missing half of it. Story: Not rated because there really isn't one, just a series of sketches. Animation: Pretty... See full review
They say it is a mistake to judge a book by its cover. Ok then, I will not judge it by the description that says sports (which I hate) or mystery (which are rarely to never that interesting in anime format). I am not going to judge it by the entry picture either, which shows some typical school and teenagers. I am just going to look at the technicals, which are a lot more creditable, since a studio or a person are usually following a pattern that provide you with a few important details about what to expect. And guess what?
Shion no Ou is bad from the first second.
A veteran viewer will... See full review
First of all, this show HAS VAMPIRES. And now that we got this little spoiler out of the way, which was constantly teasing you about what the hell is going on in the first episodes, let’s talk about the anime. Its hook for most who watched it when it came out was that IT’S NOT TWILIGHT and that it returns to more traditional forms of the undead. But not traditional enough since vampires in ancient traditions were demons possessing corpses in areas full of sinful people. They were not bishonens with crazy hairstyles. We are still getting Bram Stoker’s romanticized version of vampirism... See full review
Shangri-La came out at a time when people were finally beginning to realize what a crapfest studio GONZO was all along. It took them 10 years but after the repeated failures even the fanboys started to have their doubts. So as soon as this show is announced, most tried to find some hints that may lead to the series being good for a change. The cover picture sure didn’t look promising, since all we see is a pink-haired loli with a boomerang. But alas, the character designer is Renge Murata, who drew the casts of Last Exile and Blue Submarine No.6. With such a great character designer, this show... See full review
Shadow Skill is quite interesting when it begins, quickly having its own distinctive identity as a fighting series and setting up a story which may turn out to be amazing if handled nicely. And that is practically its downfall; it does very little with its own potential.
Shadow Skill is the name of a powerful fighting style, perfected along the years by slaves whose hands were always in chains. Thus all its power lies in somersaults and aerial foot attacks, while leaving the hands to be mainly for defense. In a way it shares the same origin as the funky Capoeira style, while adding some superpowers... See full review
Ideas alone are not enough to have a nice series in your hands. The premise in the series was good but the presentation is far from being acceptable.
The animators used all the tricks in the book. The feeling of artistic cinematography in animation is quite good, with darkness being used for building atmosphere, stylized monochromatic figures that give a paranoid image, fish eye view close to psyched characters, frenetic camera switches during action scenes and many more. The characters also look nice, with proper computerized shadowing effects. Their cloths are neat and... See full review
A captivating show that will tug at your emotions, this is the charming story of a broken man and his adopted android daughter who brings him out of his misery. Story: 8 The attractiveness of a futuristic world comes together with the darker atmosphere of a city in turmoil after being torn apart by an incident known as the "Blast Fall" twelve years earlier. Roy Revent is a bounty hunter who is unable to shake his depression after the loss of his daughter in the Blast Fall. Then an android girl falls from the sky and saves his life and soon after he adopts her. Solty is an innocent minded... See full review
Now I know what some people are thinking, "How could you possibly give Bleach a 3/10 rating when it is one of the most popular Animes of this generation" well it's simple. Things like Animation, sound, and Characters are fantastic things now, but they will quickly be outdated by the newest and greatest. Ten years from now, how will people feel about Bleach? The ratings in Animation, Sound and Characters will suffer as a result in adcancements in animations, but the story will always remain the same. The story IS the most important element in writing. Without a strong central plot, it's difficult... See full review
This anime makes me want to punch the people at Asiadou studio in the face for creating this abomination. This anime is what it is, an obvious ploy to make a few extra bucks off the fans of Genshiken. For anyone who hasn't watched Genshiken, Kujibiki is the show the characters of Genshiken are always watching and are huge fans of. Due to the fact that it's played off as a generic anime for otaku it ends up becoming just that, completely generic in every way. Story: 3 Poor generic average loser Chihiro Enomoto, a kid cursed with bad luck has been suckered into becoming a candidate for next years student... See full review
The Story The story is is it's basis very simple; it is devided in arcs where you watch characters die in various ways (the shock effect in this anime is ok, nothing too explicit if you ask me but than again nothing is disturbing for me). The Hinamizawa village is a small place in the middle of nowhere and in it moves Keichii, a 13 year old boy who meets a lot of girls and plays with them and does cross-dressing, normal things boy do at his age. But obviously no loli with an axe is a safe loli. And then shit gets serious as he gets cursed by something called Oyashiro-sama’s curse n’ stuff and... See full review
For the October MM of 2012
Story: If for some reason you've never heard of Highschool of the Dead, it's about boobs: Huge, bouncing mammaries with more viscosity than jello and more bounce to the 'ounce, rivaling Seikon no Nipples in boob-size and Eiken in.... well, boobs. It's not known for much else outside back-breaking mammaries and fan-service. But titties, and you may think, "But there's dead, right? Undead? Zombies? It's in the title" and you may be right, but they are not as important as the hooters. Kinda like steam in a bathhouse, not important and sometimes gets in the way of the... See full review
[K] is currently my favorite in this 2012 Fall Series. Compared to other Anime, it seems more mystery. A Group of People who can use powers more like Magic, going to fight against another group more like City Polices. And, their power shows up! The place that the story is set in is a very realistic future of Japan, even though the place where they are in is an alternative world. From what I have seen so far, this story is about different fractions in a city, and their war, something that is interesting. The story has lots of potentials, and could easily bloom out, but I am afraid that it probably... See full review
Bleach, you were once considered by the anime community to be one of the greatest shows of all-time. Now you're considered one of the worst.
Let me start out by saying, this was my gateway anime, and it's what got me actively into anime 4 years ago. Despite its flaws, I still love this series, but not as much as I used to for many reasons which I'll get to in a bit.
Bleach is about a high school student named Ichigo Kurosaki, who can see the spirits of the dead, and later encounters Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper (Or Shinigami as it is in the fansubs) who helps send the deeply departed to... See full review
Nisemonogatari Before reading this, I'd reccomend that you firstly watch Bakemonogatari, and read this review http://www.anime-planet.com/users/Taekwondoin/reviews/9709 Nisemono - Fake, Imitation, Bogus, Counterfeit, Forgery, Phony, Copy etc. Monogatari - Legend, Story, Tale. Another very good play on words here. Animation: Pretty much the same as Bakemonogatari here, though it may be slightly slicker, with more emphasis put on shading and lighting especially on the... See full review
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" - Lord John Dalberg-Acton, 1837.
There are many types of power - financial, military, political, religious, etc - and at one time or another each has been used to further the goals of individuals, organisations, and even nations. The odd thing though, is that even though it has been referenced for thousands of years in everything from legends and myths to folktales and history, magic has rarely been placed in the same category. The problem is that people don't really believe in magic any more, and the subject has been... See full review
"Quod Subigo Farinam" - Terry Pratchett (Feet of Clay, 1996) Once upon a time Sega were a powerhouse of the videogames world, but these days they appear to have lost much of their former glory - mainly because their most visible releases are little more than revisions of Sonic the Hedgehog. Fortunately the blue rodent isn't the only weapon in Sega's arsenal, and the company have a plethora of titles just waiting to be rereleased or resurrected (Phantasy Star, Rolling Thunder, Kid Chameleon, Strider, Afterburner, Space Harrier, Daytona, Panzer Dragoon, Sakura Taisen, Wonder Boy, Alex Kidd, and... See full review
Note: Minor spoilers in this reveiw, nothing that will make you enjoy the anime any less though. Also, just know this. I strongly urge you to pay close attention to the actions and way the robot and the girl in the other world act towards each other, and the type of relationship they seem to develop. You'll thank me later. First, i'll say that this reveiw will be for the first season of clannad AND after story, i am just writing it under after story because after story was a bit better. Ah...Clannad...Where shall i start? This anime will show you tears, screams, and even laughter. I guess i can start off... See full review
Accel world is a combination between what could have been a good plot, and screaming to become stronger. Seemingly a half-repeat of dbz, I still watched the series because a friend of mine really recommended it to me. To be fair I have to say I do not think it was great, nor do i regret watching it. It was a decent method to fill time, and there were really good parts in the anime. Story: Accel world kind of reminded me of Sword Art storywise. Not in the way that accel is from the same maker and takes place later than sword art in that universum, but because it switches between epic battle scenes, and... See full review
If you are going to watch this because you like gender bender anime then go right ahead, this is exactly that. But for anybody who is thinking about watching this for any other reason take my advice and DON'T. There are only two episodes in the entire 12 episode series that are made up of less than 99% filler. There is no character development, the last episode does not conclude anything, in fact it's entirely filler too! There is no plot progression AT ALL. Outside of Maria every other character is dreadful and cliche. I am sure most people who see this will think I'm just exaggerating and go ahead and... See full review
There was once a great little Movie known as Lilo and Stitch. It is considered one of Disney's best Movies (of modern Disney Movies) and thus made a lot of money and even made a franchise out of it, consisting of 3 extra Movies and a T.V. series. After the last Movie was made, every fan was happy, the series had ended and we where happy to be part of a great franchise. Disney on the other hand had other ideas, they wanted to milk the cow some more, until all that was left was the bare bones of what the franchise meant, so Disney of Japan decided to take the helm and produce an Anime to continue the... See full review
Angel Beats has a brilliant interesting premise and really memorable characters; however alot of character back stories are left untold at the end or some aren't finished. This is such a shame as one of the main themes to do with the anime is death and it just left me wanting to know how the characters died. The animation and soundtrack are flawless, but the lack of focus in the story and leaving such important characters with untold back stories, makes me feel that this anime should of been longer. It's a great anime, but I feel like it could of been a masterpiece if it took more time to develop these... See full review
Get ready for a wild space pirate ride filled with killer android lolis and a likeable group of space pirates also known as Coyotes! While not being the most profound anime out there Coyote Ragtime Show is what a it is- an exciting space adventure with an amusing cast of characters. It had a bit of a Treasure Island feel to it. Story: 5.5 Nefarious criminal known best as "Mister" has broken out of prison and is now in a race against time, (and a group of android assassins) to reach a treasure left behind by his late friend the king of pirates. The story behind this anime is quite simplistic and... See full review
Story 5.5/10 Ghost Hound starts off strong, establishing an isolated small town setting that comes off creepier than Hinamizawa and a world with intriguing mysteries and mechanics that we want to explore. It's easy to see now where the more recent Shiki gained a lot of its stylistic inspiration. Tarou Komori is a young boy dealing with the pressures of dealing up and apparent symptoms of a post-traumatic or similar disorder stemming from his abduction and imrpisonment at an early age. Howevern there appears to be more to his out-of-body experiences than a 'mere' troubled mind attempting to sort itself... See full review
Critic's Log - Earthdate: October 31, 2012. Review #20: Kimba, The White Lion Back when I was about 5 or 6 years old, there was a Disney movie that I watched all the time. That Disney movie was The Lion King. I loved the animation in the movie and I never got tired after repeated viewing. Today, I haven't watched it as much because there are other movies I like and I have shows that I want to watch. I decided to do a little research on the movie and I found that it bears a striking resemblance to Kimba from the anime Jungle Emperor (Kimba, The White Lion in The U.S.) There was a controversy over The... See full review
What a great little show! This is slice of life at its absolute best, a portrait of a Japanese family who runs a small business during the 1960's. I'm a huge fan of accurate period shows of any kind, but this one really does justice to the times. Story: Episodic, with all of the stories referencing the time period. Three-wheeled trucks, tension between hand-made and machine-made industries, black TV giving way to color, old radios, memories of the war, the Olympics, baseball. Additionally, the episodes each show some kind of strain or tension being placed on the family and showcases how they deal with it... See full review
I gotta say, I was sceptical at first, being that I'm not that into the mecha genre. But I thought that one time had to be the first, so I decided on FMP. And I can truthfully say that I'm glad I did. Not because of the mecha, but for the comedy and the characters. The Story is about a young high-school girl named Kaname Chidori that is among a select few on the earth codenamed "whispered". These people have some sort of information locked away in their brain. Information that could prove very valuable for some people. A nationally independent anti-terrorist organization known only as... See full review
Story (7/10) In the genre known as ecchi, what is the first image that pops into your mind? If you find that you like that image your subconscious has so kindly displayed, you may find yourself attracted to the anime known as Freezing. If ecchi isn’t your cup-o’-tea or are scared of seeing breasts on your screen, don’t watch Freezing. Freezing is by all accounts ecchi, and it should be reviewed as such, trying to compare it to anything else not in its genre is like comparing apples to oranges. Both are enjoyable and delicious depending on what you’ve got a craving for. The plot... See full review
Straight from my blog!! ***This is a spoiler free review. Even if you are somehowed spoiled by this review, the plot is almost non-existent*** After sitting through Redline, a Madhouse animated movie, I am having quite a hard time trying to fathom what I just watched. Starting from the first scene where the clumsy old dad is trying to set up his camera to take a picture of the racers, I was instantly glued to the screen. The mouthwatering visuals and chilling sound effects are more than... See full review
Edits will be done in bold. One day, the world decided what we really need is another "Battle Royale" rip-off. Story: Sakamoto Ryouta is good at an online game called BTOOOM! Actually, he's very good. Actually, he's superb. Actually, he is so good he is unable to recognize a TIME BOMB. The antisocial guy finds himself on an island, where he discovers a few supplies and nothing else. He is confused, but drinks all of his tea because it apparently makes you less confused. He looks at his hand, sees a gemstone, and realizes this is like BTOOOM!. He looks in his pouch and finds little cubes... See full review
Well this certainly is worth watching if you're a fan of Yoko. If you aren't a fan of Yoko or J-pop this is going to be very sub-par. The story (if I can call it that) chronicles Yoko's imaginary life immediately following the events of Gurren Lagann Season 1 (episode 1-27). We get some insight on how under her rough tough (albeit curvy) exterior that Yoko is quite "girly". After about Four minutes and Twenty seconds of Yoko day-dreaming she snaps back to reality (cut the J-pop) and continues on her way. This really is a shameless money grab in exchange for fan-service. That said it is all about... See full review
Okay so i have had the unique oppertunity to watch this anime from both a subtitled and dubbed perspective. What you get overall is a rather cliche anime but a very endearing one as well. The overall premise is an alien race of cat girls have come down to earth and it just so happens that our main character is lucky enough to have them around in HIS house. They go on to fight dogs, cat nip and other concoctions as a way to build a relationship with the hero of the story. Ah but i won't give it away because that's something you will have to watch for yourself. The animation itself is amazing, i... See full review
I rated this anime very high because overall i think it did a wonderful job showing a story that involved multiple directions and multiple girls. I can appreciate that the episodic arc of each girl was quick but it did enough to keep us interested in the girl he ends up with for each story. I think it was nicely done because never before has an anime presented us with storylines for each romantic interest. Nothing like some of other shows i have seen where the girl i was hoping for would end up being forgotten. This anime has it all for the romance lover and it doesn't seem to leave anything out in the... See full review
I have watched this show several times over since it has a very sweet and memorable story and the characters are very real and very much believable. Its all about a boy in high school and how a little girl comes into his life and changes everything. One might say the story is a bit simplistic in that there aren't any fancy fireworks so to speak. This story fits into the slice of life genre simply because its so real. I think the story overall speaks volumes to the realism this show portrays and how hard it is for a high school boy to raise a child. I think the characters are very memorable for me becuase... See full review
I don't usually watch anime movies that is'nt related to a series. But then I heard about a movie with great action scenes and beautiful animation. So I had to check it out, and I've got to say that I am happy I did. The Story is about a kid and his dog on the run, who encounter a lone swordsman, whom they end up travelling with. As they travel, chinese troops, with aid from the japanese, are building something grand in one of Japan's provinces, and they are also searching for the young boy. Even though they are cooperating, the japanese are intent on finding out why the chinese troops are there building... See full review
There are awful anime. There are excellent anime. There are bad anime. There are good anime. And then there are anime so average it's scary. Story: Kita Michiru has a good amount of frenemies at her Christian school. However, she has a secret--when she removes her Harry Potter glasses, she can see rings around people necks which signify how much time a person has left to live or if the person is already dead (Shinigami eyes?). She always wears the glasses so she won't have to see these horrible, horrible things. (Hello? If I had that power, then it would be awesome.) One day, she meets two boys who have... See full review
Notice: This review covers both seasons of this anime.
Magi is an oddball shonen anime for constantly changing what it is all about. Yeah, it always shows magicians and genies, but once more information is revealed regarding the characters and the setting, it shifts considerably how it plays out. At first it is about dungeon crawling, where people explore magic areas in order to find fabled treasures and magic items. Once said items are acquired, said people attempt to be kings of their own land, so the show drops the dungeons and becomes about how to be a good ruler, while... See full review
- Animated by Brain’s Base, a studio with very good production values and a mostly mediocre roster. Their best works to date are Baccano and Penguindrum and even them were just lively and colorful but not exactly masterpieces.
- Directed by Takamatsu Shinji, who has directed numerous famous anime throughout the years (Gundam Wing, School Rumble, Gintama) and has experience with many genres to boot.
- Based on a videogame by Capcom. I haven’t played it but it seems to be mediocre, just like most of what the company does outside its usual fighting games.
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Loved this anime! Never got bored of it. Great art, I liked the story sadly there isnt a second season so the ending leaves you very unsatisfied. Up to that point it was great!See full review
Enjoyed this anime. A little more sexual then I thought it was going to be but it was funny. The ending was awful due to the huge cliffhanger, but overall an enjoyable anime.See full review
Air has great animation but totally lacks in direction. What I like most about Air was the art. The characters, scenery and the detail was just great. I especially loved the ocean in every scene it was shown. One thing that did bug me was that all the characters had bangs, don't know why it bugs me, just does. Anyway, all together the art was amazing. I watched Air because I heard it was a good tear-jerker(granted, it did make me cry but only during the last couple episodes). The story didn't appeal to me at all. I spent most of the time wondering what was happening. There are a couple short... See full review
The movie trailer had me totally convinced that the main setting was Romagna. Then I watched the movie. It's not. lol From the perspective of a Strike Witches fan, this movie was great. It introduced land Neuroi, normal troops fighting Neuroi, introduced other witches, and did other things to expand the Strike Witches universe for people who don't have access to the semi-canon doujinshi, LN's, and manga. It had the usual amount of panty-shots. The beginning starts off with a couple of nicel animated fights and it was nice to see the 501st again. Also, I don't think I've ever liked Perrine in season 1 or 2... See full review
Story: Before we get started, I'd like to tell you a little something about the OP: Right at the end of it, the protagonist, we'll call him Campione (More on that later), is sitting in a field of golden swords in the ground and know what? He's making it rain like Lil' Wayne up this motherfucker! Fucking raining swords and there's more swords than anything else in that shot. But to complete the scene, Campione is holding a big ass sword (Big enough that it's impractical in realistic fights) and is draped in bitches. I don't mean the guy all flabbergasped, or "Where did these bitches come... See full review
I was going to try to find an art quote, but screw it. Story: Kurahashi Eiri is just like any other young man out there. Well, except for two things: 1. He has a fancy glass goblet with some gothic loli... ta... cons in it. 2. He has a bunch of women who love him for some reason. The former is probably more important, especially since that's basically the gist of it. Cossette (really? She has a last name?) is a young doll-girl with blonde hair and pale skin who, somehow, ends up befriending/S&Ming Eiri. Yep, you saw it coming: Absolutely nil is explained properly in "Le Portrait de Petit... See full review
Warning: I said shit down there somewhere and I guess I said it here to. This warning was just to get you prepared. Oh, I also said ass. Mirai Nikki has a great survival game premise. The main characters try to kill the other players or avoid being killed by using their diaries to see into the future. Fortunately this idea never strays off course and we are left with a fun beginning to end watch. As the game nears the end, we bite into a few treats that were only hinted at before. The bloody road along with the sometimes irritating romance, concluded with a most... See full review
I haven't read the Manga and based off the OVAs I don't plan too. It's a pretty decent story line, it had some cute moments, but you couldn't really feel the love. I also couldn't get over how big Kanou was. I know as a Seme, they tend to be bigger and broader than the Uke, but Kanou looked like a misshapen monster standing next to tiny Ayase.See full review