This is the third One Piece movie, theoretically taking place after Chopper joins the crew and before they go to Arabasta. They messed up the crew roster though; there should be Vivi in there too but they chose not to add her. Probably because she was so useless, lol. Just like all movies, it is a filler mission with a good budget and a simplistic plot. The story is just about the Strawhat Pirates getting to an island full of weird animals, were poachers are looking for some magical horns that will make them powerful and a token kid asks them to help out.
This is by far the most unimpressive... See full review
This is the second One Piece movie, theoretically taking place after Sanji joins the crew and before they go to Drunken Drum Island. Just like all movies, it is a filler mission with a good budget and a simplistic plot. The story is just about the Strawhat Pirates trying to save a kidnapped Nami and their stolen ship from an evil pirate crew. Along the way they also need to stop them before they complete their super weapon. And as usual there is a kid asking for their help …
Although not as far fetched as the previous movie, it still abuses the notion of making a super weapon out of a... See full review
I stumbled on this somewhat obscure title randomly and it led me to discover the manga, which is one of the best I've read in in a long time. It was written by a Korean individual, but published by a Japanese company, so for the purpose of this review I'll be calling the comic a manga to avoid confusion, even though manhwa would seem more appropiate given the subject matter. After reading a good portion of the manga I decided to go back and watch the movie just to see if they managed to keep things more or less the same. I was surprised by how I noticed little things in the art and storytelling that... See full review
This is the first One Piece movie, theoretically taking place after Usopp joins the crew and before Sanji is introduced. Just like all movies, it is a filler mission with a good budget and a simplistic plot. And indeed, the story is just about the Strawhat Pirates trying to find a great treasure before an evil pirate crew does. Why? Well, the adventure sounds like fun and there is a kid asking for their help, so how can their shounen hearts say no?
As simple as it all sounds though, I must say the premise is quite far fetched for the point in the storyline it was thrown in. The treasure is supposed... See full review
One Piece may be considered the best perpetual ongoing shounen of all times, but its first anime adaptation was actually a short OVA, aiming to promote it and subtly prepare the way for the main series to begin next year. Strangely enough it is made by an entirely different studio, and for that reason it also has a very different animation style, as well as voice actors.
I have heard from most viewers how they didn’t like it because it looks weird and has different voices but these reasons are mostly aesthetic since we were accustomed to the Toei style. It is not bad at all for the year it... See full review
D.Gray-man is your standard shounen fare, which made the mistake of being produced by TMS Entertainment, a studio that never produced an above average work (its best attempts were this one, Hundred Stories, and Kenichi). But even if we discard that issue, it is still an average shounen to begin with.
Besides the gothic motif, the animation is not something to praise. It felt a lot more special in the manga, as the outlines there were a lot more grim and scary but in the anime adaptation, they look quite normal. Like almost any other shounen, it is... See full review
Madhouse is the king of anime studios when it comes to tv series. Unfortunately it made the mistake of dealing with gaijins too much in a cheap attempt to cash in from the fans of western franchises. As a result produced lots of crappy anime-style shows with American heroes, none of which are remotely interesting past a few cameos and the name of the hero on the title. This is chronologically its first such treason and the first signs of how the formula doesn’t work in the least. Of course Madhouse was paid big bucks by Marvel to keep on making them regardless of quality and as such went on to... See full review
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Devilman is the first supernatural anti-hero in anime history. He was a demon sent to destroy humanity but because his human host loved a girl, he decided to protect us from the upcoming genocide. It is another project made by that beast of a man called Go Nagai. In fact, it is his most personal work as unlike his other mecha... See full review
Studio 4C has a tradition in making fancy short music videos, so taking charge of this show fits like a glove. It is also directed by Nagahama Hiroshi, whose only other work includes Mushishi. I must say that in both cases he managed to pull out something great, despite the vast differences in the themes. So combining a fitting studio with a director who can adjust to almost any situation can only mean positive results.
ART SECTION: 7/10 [An almost identical adaptation of the manga format.]
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 2/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual... See full review
Detonator Organ is a short OVA series around a living alien mecha which seeks refuge on Earth from its creators. Predictably, they are not willing to let it go so easily, so they sent in other robots to retrieve it or destroy it while planning to destroy the planet just for fun. Sounds like a simple but good enough premise to make something decent out of it but unfortunately it remains as a sci-fi action slugfest and nothing more.
The story has a lot going for it, such as evolution and human compassion clashing over time and space, freedom, destiny, heritage, but in practice it is nothing but a... See full review
Another short series full of slapstick comedy and aimless story. It is fine if you like short uptakes but you will probably get over it quite fast.
ART SECTION: 6/10
The general feeling is nothing much. Just silly looking characters roaming free in a silly looking world. It ain’t more complicating than most JRPG of the early 80’s (flying islands, magic staves and chibi summoned monsters). Just simplistic and incoherent ideas wrapped up in a short package of silliness. The thing that attracts the eye most are the very smart camera angles. There is plenty of fish eye perspective... See full review
FIRST IMPRESSIONS Legend of the Legendary Heroes… what a silly name. Like Greenery of the Green Vegetables or Bitterness of the Bitter Dark Chocolate. If names are supposed to attract people to an anime, then this sure does not help. I mean check out Slayers. Such a simple and direct name. There is even a band named after it. Yet in both cases the names are actually deceiving the viewers rather than preparing them for what they are about to watch. There is nothing epic in the first as there are no fountains of blood and gore in the second. What kind of a trolling technique is this... See full review
Ah, Kannazuki no Miko (KNM), what a ride that was. I am into anime since early 80’s and I got to live through all kinds of fads, even before the internet era. This happens to be a show that created a sort of tsunami when it first aired, because yuri anime were still rare back then and the weird blend of mecha with lesbianism and mysticism made many to believe it was the greatest thing ever conceived.
Of course a few years later all the lackluster faded away, and so did the interest in this show. You see, it didn’t need much for the greatest anime era of all times to come along... See full review
This is a partly action, partly comedy series around a powerful and very horny mercenary named Sunabouzu. It keeps flipping between interesting and funny for awhile until eventually it ends up being repetitive and boring. Animated by the most shitty studio GONZO and directed by a nobody who made only failures. There is very little context in all this mess, so I never expected much. And indeed I didn’t.
Visually speaking, most of the sceneries are deserts and the characters are drawn rather simplistic. The general lack of variety and details may eventually become tiresome because of that. There... See full review
So I watched the T.V series, before this and when I found out that Yoshiaki Kawajiri had created the original OVA, I knew I had to check it out. I was expecting a lot more blood, guts gore, nudity and his trademark char designs, but what I got was much of the same as the T.V series. Story- Aside from a few characters added in the T.V series, just about the exact same story. I don't really want to spoil, it though but if you've seen the T.V series you know the circumstances that Tsutomu and Birdy find themselves in. There is deffinetly lack of char development that the T.V series had and I believe this OVA... See full review
Do you know what the word “pretentious” means in storytelling? When a story is pretending to be something than it actually isn’t. Let’s take Demonsbane for example. It is based on a nice porn visual novel (or so they told me), which in turn is based on the famous Cthulu mythology of H.P.Lovecraft, one of the most famous horror writers of all time. So making an anime based on his works is kinda self-explanatory that it’s supposed to be about horror. And it ain’t.
Demonsbane is a typical mecha show with loli jokes which just tries to pass as special by... See full review
I'll start this off with a disclaimer: I've only seen the two episodes that have aired so far. This is solely based off of those two episodes. Normally, I would break this down into catagories and give detailed descriptions. However, I will simply give a brief overview of what I saw. First, a heart-shape seems to be the recurring theme here. All the idols' eyes and hair have a heart shape in them when they catch the light. Personally, I find this to be corny and...well...stupid. Second, I think this anime is another one of those magical-girl wannabe's that's disguised as a... See full review
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Ahhh, The late 70’s! The decade where disco was beginning to become a trend and mecha were starting not to look like round bulky buckets. This series is a fine example of that time; everything feels like those plastic toys the older of us were playing with 20 years ago. Long before computer games had 3D objects or even... See full review
It appears that SHAFT liked a lot what came out of Arakawa Under the Bridge (a show made by them just a year prior to this) and decided to make something similar. So once again we have a girl who claims to be an alien living under the same roof with a hapless idiot.
- Unfortunately, the setting is hardly as interesting as it was in Arakawa and its band of numerous weirdoes living under a bridge.
- Plus the lead male is not voiced by the one who did Sayonara Zetsubo’s teacher.
- Plus there is no contrast between rich and poor people to... See full review
This is so wrong…
Seriously, making an adaptation to another culture is a hard thing to do. Especially one which was originally a parody of the exact culture it is adapted into.
Powerpuff Girls Z (PPGZ) is the retelling of the homonymous American cartoon (I’ll just call it PPGA), the silly adventures of a trio of supergirls as they protect their world from all sorts of criminals and monsters. Instead of just stopping to a dubbed version for reasons that I only imagine being fan pleasing, Japan decided to have its own PPG series, made from scratch. And boy, did they change a... See full review
Studio Madhouse is the king when it comes to anime shows and this is another good example of that. Most Hollywood movies couldn’t do it any better. There is variety in faces, so nobody looks the same and most characters change clothes all the time, so don’t expect the “Naruto effect”. There are also too many static frames that ruin a perfect mark but aside from that it is excellent, as long as you like dark palette colors. Opening and ending songs are simply mind numbing. Some music themes repeat too often and may become tiresome after the 100th time you listen to them; although this... See full review
This anime is remembered by most as “The Chobits” clone. Which is not the full truth, as in reality it is the hybrid clone of Chobits AND an old American sci-fi series called Alien Nation. Take the plot of the first and the setting of the second and PRESTO, this pops up.
For those not familiar with what I’m talking about, it’s about alien slaves crash-landing on Earth and seeking acceptance in human society, while one of them is found naked by a male teenager, who immediately takes her in his home. The premise is not bad actually; we get plenty of openings for something... See full review
The king is dead. Long live the king!
I never imagined saying that about one of my tops in a span of less than 10 years, much less for a remake. Yet life is full of surprises and behold, I now have this ranking exactly where the previous version stood.
If you happen to be paying attention to remakes, you may notice that most of the times they feel inferior to the original series. The feeling of excitement is not there because you already know the story. Yet, in this situation we had not JUST a remake but a far more close to identical adaptation to the source material, which is of course a manga... See full review
Animated by Studio I.G. which is superb when it comes to making science fiction settings. They rarely create likable characters though; they feel like robots or generic puppets most of the time. It worked fine for Ghost in the Shell but it is iffy in all the rest. Directed by Fujisaki Junichi, whose only other work was Blood+. Not much to say about him, other than he likes to direct dark and violent shows with schoolgirls.
The setting is the only interesting thing I can find in the whole film. It has to do with a future society where peace has been established and the time when people had... See full review
Story: 7/10 Irya no Sora, Ufo no Natsu is a story about two middle school (Year 2, Class 4) teens that fall in love. Kana Iriya is the female lead, but she is constantly absent fro the story line. There is a lot happening behind the scenes that no one else (inculding Naoyuki Asaba - the male lead) is aware of. A war between aliens and humans is being fought, people's memories are being erased due to issues of national security, and in-fighting between human factions are the major issues, but they are never really addressed becase the story is trying to make you focus on the two lovers. Naoyuki is a... See full review
Initially, it wasn't bad at all. As I started watching it, I was sitting in my room, delighted to see what would become the oldest anime in my 'watched library' (Macross now being #2). I giggled with it occasionally, and I laughed at it more than occasionally for it's hilariously outdated visuals and audio, and just how little the shoujo genre has evolved since the late '70s.
But then, after about 5 or 6 episodes, something started to change. It grew in... stupidity, and began repeating itself. Story lines and plot point which had already been resolved - with major climaxes - were for some reason... See full review
This anime is one of those rare gems that you find occasionally, that once you start you know has the potential to be very good. Its even more fulfiling to find out by the end of one of these that your expectations have not only been met, but exceeded. With a unique premise and a definite direction this is by far one of the best stand-alone OVA's I've ever seen. Also I'd like to note that this feels much more like a movie than an OVA and rightfully so considering the running time of about 1h20m. Story- So your probably wondering what could be so unique and interesting about this anime that sets it apart... See full review
Nothing is created in a vacuum, and minute for minute this is some of the best time you can spend in front of a screen. The moods sometimes step on each other's toes. There's a female main character with a similar hairstyle to Haruhi who doesn't speak in a tiny voice. The panic of not being funded for a second season is almost palpable in the later episodes. So what? Setting: (8.9) With a refreshing take on both of the settings it draws from, Angel Beats! really brings it home when it comes to interest. Unfortunately, it didn't show some of the depth it promised and occasionally felt a little... See full review
Recipe: Take a third of Battle Royale, a third of Prison Break, and a third of Akira. Stir them in a bawl until the flavor is all gone and add lots of bad storytelling around the plate it is served upon. The result is Deadman Wonderland. Or as I prefer to call it, BrainDeadman COCOland; a completely unrealistic and chaotic show, with lots of gore thrown in to attract the casual viewers with superficial entertainment. It attempts to look special with nothing more than overblown violence and forced drama. It will definitely work if you shut your brain off and expect to see nothing... See full review
Da Capo (DC) belongs to the better side of harems, since is tries to be more than just fan service or simplistic characters in weird relationships. It is otherwise not really fully exploiting its own merits and ends up feeling bad half the time. And with Key works looming frightfully over its head, it is not even alone in the higher ranks of the genre; so I’m not going to go easy on it. DC is also based on a long series of hentai games but the adaptation is of course taking out the naughty parts and makes the whole thing feel like a joke. It is a usual treatment to the genre; those who want more must... See full review
I usually avoid writing different reviews about different seasons of the same series but in this case it was necessary since the second season had some big differences in storytelling that brought out a lot of negative aspects of the first series. In any case, it would be better to be aware of the first season or even have read my review about it in order to fill in any blanks.
Let’s start by saying that sequels are most of the time worse than their first seasons. Either they reuse the same formula and become tiresome for being “one of the same” or make drastic changes that... See full review
Best beach episode ever! The headmaster colludes with the male students to make the girls wear increasingly skimpy swimsuits - something about becoming the truest fair maiden and observing the proper sea rituals. Totally hilarious.See full review
Finally on the third season this anime delivers! Previously there was too much supposedly cross-border intrigue and warfare which was boring and ridiculous. When this show works best is when Saito leers at a chick and Louise appears behind him and kicks him in the balls, I can eat that up all day. And in this season not only is it mainly set at the school, with the threat of conflict with a magician remaining mainly in the background until the last few episodes, but the harem really fulfils it's potential. Previously the harem element was under-developed but now we have a new character with HUGE mammaries... See full review
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS Animated by Bones, the studio which always has amazing production values and very good premises, but rarely pays a decent story-boarder to write down a proper plot. Directed by Okamura Tensai, who has done some pretty interesting work in the past. Most will know him for the directing of the highly acclaimed Wolf’s Rain, which has almost feel the... See full review
There are a lot of “high stakes game” anime out there that really don’t seem to be that high stakes, nor contain the kind of drama I’d expect of something executing that genre. I’m looking at you Eden of the East. And while I have had a few run ins with series with great ideas for these games, but terrible execution, Mirai Nikki has broken that trend and given me both an interesting plot, as well as a good execution of said plot. That’s not to say that Mirai Nikki is not without its faults, for it does inevitably have many areas where it falls short. Mirai Nikki... See full review
Dantalian is the Victorian era based story of a boy named Kujo meeting a girl who reads many books named Victorique and they team up to solve mysteries concerning the supernatural.
… Hey wait a second, that’s not Dantalian I am describing; that’s Gosick! Damn these shows are identical in their premise!
… In fact all loli detective shows are so much alike.
… In fact all loli detective shows ever made aired at the same year. I hereby name 2011 the year of the loli detectives.
Damn anime industry, I know you are running out of ideas but copying each other so... See full review
#Note that this is a review only for the first episode of the show
Kenichi is back! I really liked the anime,and it was really funny and epic.And now it's back with a brand new studio and brand new stories. I am really excited because I heard that the anime stopped just before a very good part in manga so I was like: :C. Can't wait to see more Story (9/10)
The story is a great way to start a new chapter.After defeating the Ragnarok,a new gang slowly approaches the Ryozanpaku.And a new battle emerges with Kenichi,Miyu and 2 unknown members of a new gang.The story will progress,and who... See full review
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Story: 7/10 Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora is not a long anime and it knows it well, youth and love explode in this short but sweet anime. Each character has a purpose and they serve it well, everyone is likeable in their own way but not so likeable that you hate them! The story is a cliche, there is always something to be said about love and no shortage of people to say it but if you're like me and you feel like you have heard everything there is to hear then this anime probably isn't going to surprize you in anyway but that's not what these kind of animes are about! I needn't say much more other than... See full review
Story : 5/10 There are many meanings one could assert from this anime, some characters had one or two interesting ideas, perhaps there are some lessons we could learn from the foolishness of certain characters and maybe one or two provocative ideas. This is all that seperates Shiki from a mindless, violent vampire flick and let me tell you now it's not that much. Shiki starts off nicely, taking its time with setting out characters and the plot and it at takes a while before things heat up. However its quite arguable that despite the apparant depth of some characters, they don't really do anything with it... See full review
Okay, so I thought it was time to revisit Pokemon. The 3rd Generation of Pokemon passed me by a little bit, as it was around that time that my age-group started to think they were too old for the franchise; started to think it was uncool. As much as I am ashamed not to own a copy of Sapphire, Ruby or Emerald, I never really liked the Pokemon introduced within that generation anyway, so perhaps I saved myself from disappointment. I did get the Gen 4 and Gen 5 games though; I'm back in the loop these days. The films are different. They rarely follow the strict rules and regulations of the RPG Pokemon... See full review
After all my years of anime watching I've found one anime that rises above the rest and shines brightly even in a season with such titles such as Fate/Zero, Lupin III: A woman named Fujiko, Eureka AO and Sakamichi no Apollon. This anime is such a unique telling of a story that is so essential the anime universe, that it will surely praised and remembered for generations to come. Indeed this anime will revolutionize the anime industry and become the quintessential anime, that every other anime is compared to. I've watched almost over 1000 titles of anime and none compares to this anime. This is the... See full review
This show is separated into three different arcs, so I will write a review for each one of them. Also be warned that I mention a lot of spoilers but it’s not like there is a major plot twist if you are familiar with even a couple of Gundam series. Plus, I hardly recommend this anime, so I feel like I should warn you why you should stay away from it.
REGARDING THE FIRST ARC (EPISODES 1-15) I am by no means a Gundam fanboy anymore but I still watch any new series that comes out just to know what new ideas they may come up with in the franchise. So their latest show is Gundam AGE. The basic... See full review
Accel World is a sci-fi / action / superpower / comedy / drama / SOMETHING that hardly tries to offer something new. All its elements have be done in the past by much more entertaining and well directed anime and thus you are offered this dull mediocrity that hardly takes itself seriously, contradicts its own themes in about 5 minutes after it begins, and wastes all its good elements for superficial entertainment.
… Yes, with that sort of description we have a blockbuster. Welcome to modern anime.
The thing that I dislike most about it is its attempt to appeal too much on... See full review
This movie is very depressing, I would say on the same level as Grave of the fireflies, if not more so. So if you don't want to be depressed and potentially cry buckets I highly suggest avoiding this. So does this movie have any worth aside from being an emotional tear jerker? Honestly, not much... its very apparant that the movie is trying to elicit a specific reaction from you and without that its just a cliche sad story, with some light religious themes thrown in. *Spoilers Ahead* Story- So theres a kid and his parents died... aww thats already pretty sad right? Wrong! It gets even worse and we... See full review
***This is a spoiler free review. Even if are somehow spoiled by this review...come on it's Dragon Ball go watch it already.*** Ahhh Dragon Ball, the series that for most of us was the gateway into anime. I actually did not first watch Dragon Ball until after watching Dragon Ball Z and the utter disgrace of Dragon Ball GT. What this show brought to the table would set the pace and tone for so many shonen anime we see even in today’s anime. Story: 9/10 Dragon Ball like... See full review
Story: The fuck? Story? Fuck that shit. Did you see the original series up to episode 10? This is 10.5 and has absolutely no relation to the bullshit story of the original series whatsoever. None. The plot is basically a rapis- "Breast Detoxifing" Organisation run by a rapis- rapist who sucks the soma out of women with large racks to become a Qwasar. But before that, Measurement day- I mean physicals. Yes. Detoxify breasts through machines or lips on action. This shit is dumber than the normal shit but points for it being a supposedly legit organization on the news before the crackdown and for... See full review
This movie is basically just like what happened in the anime Drum Island arc. Even though that's true, I found that I wasn't at all bored with watching it again a second time, since it was one of my favorite story arcs. And I'm really glad I did. This movie is very emotional. For me, it always, always makes me cry. And no matter how many times I watch it, I find that I'm intranced by Chopper, the little reindeer, and his story. His fabulous story of how even though he's different and shunned by everyone, save for a kind hearted old man, he can still push through it all and try his best to... See full review
This has to be my most favorite One Piece movie. I never would have thought that such a lighthearted and friendly anime/manga could be depicted as so creepy and chilling. Well, this movie proved it can be done. From the start, this movie takes you on a journey. At first, Luffy and his crew get a flier advertising a wonderful island. Bored, Luffy decides to make everyone go. And from there, things only get more and more suspicious. The Strawhats can't find the place at first, and when they do, they're told they have to play and win three games. Once they get past that, things just get stranger and... See full review
Did you think Mirai Nikki was good? Do you think it's going to be a good watch? If one of these are true then please heed my words. This anime takes a massive runny diarrhea crap on your expectations. The diarrhea is so runny it's pouring over your expectations. And the worst part is: you don't even know it. It's a tragic trick. It's a trick that pisses me off to the core and the trick f*cks with everyone, giving it an unbelievable amount of undeserved credit. The trick is to make you "fall in love" with the first episodes and god DAMN I swear 90% of the "good"... See full review