Heart no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Wonder World...
This anime is so amazing to watch. I felt like there were many twists and turns for the story, but one thing that bothered me was, I never read the manga before, so I had absolutly no IDEA what was going on until it was 3/4ths done with the movie. I do have to say, the gun shots were exzilerating to her and they captivated me. I would recommend you, if you want to watch this anime/movie, read the manga first, because it would make more sence.
I hope this review helped you guys. I'm off to go read the manga, so after I do that, I'm gonna... See full review
*Originally posted on my website cosmosgaming.com and based on the US box release by NIS America, scores added after the fact as I don't use the format on the site* Anime is often known for its use of exaggeration, which is one of the main reasons that House of Five Leaves might take quite a few viewers by surprise. Set in feudal era Japan, rather than going for ultra-violence or stereotypical characters the show uses minimalism and an emphasis on the interaction between its protagonists. It’s a drama that admittedly moves along at a very slow pace, and while the show is definitely an... See full review
*Originally posted on my website cosmosgaming.com and based on the US box release by NIS America, scores added after the fact as I don't use the format on the site* While I have enjoyed just about every series that NIS America has picked up so far, I have been waiting for another show that grabbed me with its quirkiness and character interaction as much as Toradora. That moment seems to have finally arrived, as NIS recently picked up Wagnaria!! (known in Japan as Working!!) which is a comedy/slice of life anime themed around high school students working at a family style restaurant. If... See full review
This anime has surprised me as it is the first anime I watch that make me think a lot of one of the main topics in human life: death. It delivers to the viewers some points of view of the death, and how some are produced by the evil of the human being, directly or indirectly and the majority of them society will never know, such as pornography, bullying, abortion, abuse, etc. Shigofumi also make me question of what and who would I tell after death if shigofumis did exist. It is really a question that needs to be thought before answering, as it depends in each person and his/her circumstances. So, as a... See full review
The main reason I am writing this review is that not many of the others' onions on this anime seem to be very positive. As for myself, I honestly enjoyed watching Blood-C. As far as the sound and animation..... it seemed fine to me. None of the characters had seriously irritating voices and it was detailed enough to suit my needs. The only complaint I have graphic-wise is that I wish they hadn't blurred out some of the gore. But I'm not overly concerned with these aspects. Really, all I care about how it made me feel watching it. The anime starts off pretty typically. Normal school girl by day, monster... See full review
To say Baccano! is something original and fresh in anime would be an understatement. An anime set in 1930's America, with three main plot arcs being tied across different years, and out of order at that, is a big plate to fill. Throw in over a dozen characters that are introduced, and this is over a short course of 13 episodes. The best part? All of it works.
Short and Sweet
Wonderful narrative execution.
Three stories, one anime.
Plenty of uniquely interesting characters.
Originality and variety are the driving force.
Story - 9.5/10 The most unique thing about Baccano! is the Pulp Fiction... See full review
This is a preliminary explanation of why this show is so awesome; I promise to do an edit/real review when it's over. (Edit: See below) As a literary nerd, the game of karuta has long delighted me. If you like poetry, literature, love stories, or Japanese history check this anime out right now! Do it! If you want to read the poems as the show airs, skip the online wikis. My suggestion is Peter McMillan's highly acclaimed One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each; he's a poet as well as a scholar and does an excellent job with the translation and notes. The book is very readable, and jam-packed with background... See full review
Let me start out by saying that I did actually enjoy the story for Air Gear. There is a point where something is so hilariously bad that I sort of love it. It's like watching a car wreck you can't look away from. The basic premise is that a boy named Itsuki discovers ATs (electric roller blades that allow you to do incredible tricks.) This is his journey to build a team and become the most powerful roller blader in history. The story has a bit of a Yu-Gi-Oh esque appeal to it in its utter ridiculousness. I realize that some people do take roller blading very seriously... See full review
Wolf's Rain follows a group of Wolves as they search for "Paradise". Yes that is the story but Wolf's Rain takes that story and throws in a great cast of characters and a unique execution of it by making a very unique world for this anime to take place in. Wolves in this anime can disguise themselves so they appear to be humans which gives them a way to survive. See in the series wolves are looked at as evil creatures who people should stay away from, so they would be killed if they were to be spotted. The story of Wolf's Rain is a lot less about what the ending is but how they get there. The... See full review
Everyone knows of at least one anime that had the potential to be great, but instead it became a pile of crap, wasting all or most of the potential it had. Well Hiiro no Kakera is yet another title you can add to the list of shows that had potential, but wasted it.
Hiiro no Kakera is an adaption of a bunch of popular otome games that currently remain only in Japan. Adapted by Studio DEEN, who can do plenty wrong, you can guess it's them adapting the games improperly that led to this.
The show starts out with a girl named Tamaki finding out she is to become the Tamayori Princess that takes... See full review
There is something genuinely shocking to me about how highly I think of this anime. I stumbled upon it believing it would be fun for a couple of laughs. Yet, I feel like I have actually stumbled onto one of my favorite animes this year. The story begins with Houtarou, a boy with no other purpose in life but to conserve energy. He eventually ends up joining the "Classics club", and meeting Chitanda, a girl so fascinated with all of life’s mysteries that Houtarou ends up having to find an answer to all of her curiosities. At first, I thought this story would be... See full review
Story 6 A new transfer student, Urabe, is considered weird by Tsubaki at first, she sleeps during freetime at school instead of socializing, you can barely see her face behind her bangs (also has a hobby of toting scissors in her panties to make paper cutouts) one day Tsubaki finds Urabe asleep at her desk after school. He finds a large puddle of drool on her desk...and tastes it. through these circumstances the story evolves a little and they become a girlfriend, boyfriend duo. I honestly came across a short synopsis of the manga version and thought WTF? no way I'd read that... See full review
this was the worst thing ever created. it all makes no sense, and a hard to follow story. it drags on for far to long. the third season should have never been created. its a complete ball of shit. and im sad i had to sit through the whole thing just to see the ending.... maybe the manga or light novel is better. the anime.... im speechless and very angry none the less.... i gave it a 2 because it at least managed to not make me drop the anime... but i feel like i was forced to watch it. Edit ( if i might add. the very last episode was decent. it had some good moments. but of... See full review
Story: While I found the story gripping, it most certainly has been done before. It seems like most horror anime nowadays copy the "Higurashi" formula of "boy moves to new town" idea. On the other hand, the deaths were unique... but also very over-the-top (kind of like "Battle Royale," minus the guns). I didn't mind; I found it kept the story interesting, but you might disagree. Animation: The art designs for the characters, overall, is nice: idealized, pretty character designs. However, the characters themselves look pretty generic: sure, they have natural hair... See full review
I absolutely fell in love with this anime and the story as it unfolded. Erin is truly an inspirational character and her development throughout the entire series was top notch--kudos to the creator of kemono no Souja Erin. I will not give a synopsis of the story as that is already given but I will take the time to discuss some of the highs and lows of the show. The story in my opinion was definitely one of high caliber and careful planning. It truly felt like an epic tale that really got you engrossed in every aspect of the story. That being said not every part of the story was carried out as well as the... See full review
Historically-wise, Panda and the Magic Serpent is the first color Japanese animated film and despite the turmoil of the era it was made in, it actually stood firm in its classical take on a children’s story. They style of animation is still pre-Osamu, so the characters indeed look Asian and not big round eyed Europeans as they will do later. Also, it has nothing to do with technology or the army, a thing quite uncommon for those times, when war propaganda and the sudden industrialization were taking over the once innocent folklore traditions. The movie is not dark or too violent as pretty much all... See full review
Quantum is basically the fourth version of the same story, after SIGN, TWILIGHT and ROOTS. A few more shots at this and it will be all Gundam. Having followed the franchise through the years I can appreciate how it keeps trying to flavor the exact same premise and correct past mistakes. At the same time, WOOPS, it keeps making newer ones so it never manages to get something overall better than the rest.
The production values are amazing and definitely the best part of the anime. They were always good in the franchise but now they went all out with extremely well done animation, well made cgi, and... See full review
I don’t like repeating myself, so it would be wise to first read my SIGN review before starting with this one. It is part of the same world and should normally be watched after the main series.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Art 1/1, Sound 0/2, Story 1/3, Characters 2/4
The plot is still all talking but there is a bit of fighting this time. Nothing major to look at though, I still watched most of it at X8 speed, without missing anything. In all, the dialogues were less interesting but there was some action at times to balance it and maintain my enjoyment in the same levels... See full review
- Let’s start our prologue with a warning. Don’t DARE to watch this before SIGN and LIMINALITY (made reviews about those as well, by the way). Not only you will miss the (slight) story continuity but you will also consider it a mediocre series, a thing that is not true.
- Let’s proceed with some production info. In the original planning of the .hack project, there was supposed to be a different chapter of the story made for a different form of media: SIGN would be a tv series, LIMINALITY an OVA mini series, the PS2 games would be a RPG quatralogy, and DUSK would be a manga. The decision... See full review
I don’t like repeating myself, so it would be wise to first read my SIGN review before starting with this one. It is part of the same world and should normally be watched after the main series.
ART SECTION: 7/10
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 2/2, Visual Effects 1/2
The setting is the real world, not the game. The graphics are not so dreamy but surely are well made. A lot of effort was given this time to make things look as realistic and normal as possible, which is a huge contrast to the main series but otherwise helps to... See full review
I was impressed to find this film was on a par with several of Miyazaki's works, in both animation style and storyline. I look forward to seeing more films from Hosoda in future. The characters were enjoyable to watch and easy to empathise with, and there were plenty of comedy moments. There were too many of the Jinnouchi clan to even remember all their names or understand their motivations, but I think that was the point - it's exactly how the protagonist felt being thrown into the midst of a huge family and not knowing who everyone was. I was impressed with the portrayal of Sakae, the... See full review
Earl and Fairy is an adventure where a doctor and a prince are going on a journey to find an heirloom of fairy origin. But since it is also a shoujo, the doctor is your typical silly girl with a good heart that can see mythological creatures and the prince is your typical mysterious hairless chest bad boy hunk. YEAAAAH here comes the cheese.
Animation is done by Artland, a studio which has produced nothing but mediocrities with the exception being the highly acclaimed Mushishi. Other than that, they never had high budgets and thus this show looks rather run down. Direction is done by a nobody... See full review
NOTE: The overall score is NOT an average of the other values This sequel closely follows the path left by its predecessor. Not much in the way of story (don't expect compelling backstory or dramatic plot twists), just light-hearted day-to-day adventures of Ika and the gang. Expect a hearty dose of humor. Brightly-coloured and fluid, the animation does a fine job of conveying the feelings of the characters on their faces. Nothing too fancy or distinct, just suitable. The background music complements the on-screen events with subtlety. Upbeat when needed, slow and somber during sad moments. I... See full review
Urabe: When something makes me really happy, saliva overflows from my mouth.
… Wrong hole girl.
Mysterious Girlfriend X belongs to one of those ecchi shows that attempts to lure people in with a fetish. We have one about peeping toms of pantsu (Colorful), one about clubbing girls to the head, to the point they pee themselves (Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-Chan), one about necrophilia (Sankarea), and now one about licking other people’s drool. Yes, sounds disgusting as hell but supposed there is an anime for all tastes and these are supposed to cover those reeeeeally particular ones... See full review
The second season is a joke compared to the first one. The last couple of episodes absolutely suck and are hugely dissapointing. Do your self a favor and dont watch the second season.See full review
FIRST IMPRESSIONS A weird premise of an anime, in the usual style of Satou Tatsuo, who has directed lots of mecha shows, most of which have uncommon yet interesting premises (Martian Successor Nadesico, Gekiganger 3, Shingu, Stellvia). They are also usually too slow and lack excitement but let’s leave it at that; it’s better than being Mazinger clones. The animation is done by Satelight studios, which has made several anime, yet only Noein amongst them is worthwhile for me. So it shows early on that it will be a weird show with slow/unexciting plot and not spectacular production... See full review
Talk about a lifeless adaptation… While not aware of the games, I have watched a few videos about them and they are quite close to a standard D&D campaign, full of knights, wizards, elves, and of course dragons. It felt quite typical but it surely wasn’t as blunt as this movie. There is simply very little going on and are presented in the most simple way possible. Every single event and character in it are closer to a fairy tale than a dark sword and sorcery adventure, so it fails to be attractive in both sides of the spectrum. Too violent for kids and too dumb for teenagers.
So... See full review
Let me start this review by saying, I am a complete sucker for any kind of food anime. I *love* looking at beautiful piles of bakery goodies. That is the entire reason why I picked this one up. But let's get down to business... Story: This one is slow paced. It is mostly about the daily lives of some bakers and then a bigger story develops step by step, day by day around them. Either you like that sort of pace or you don't. Also, a lot of it--the simplicity of their lives, the fantasy aspects of swords and ships, and the blasé attitude which most of them take to the fact that they have no memories... See full review
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SPOILERS! Lots of them! This is a review for those who HAVE SEEN .hack but understood squat about the story or the plot. You have been warned!
Most anime fans prefer a balanced pace of a good story, along with cool battles in between to keep them on their toes. .hack is limited to one of the two main... See full review
Although I only gave it a slightly higher-than-average score, there's plenty to be entertained by here. Story: A high school girl, Marika, finds out that she has the chance to inherit her father's Letter of Marque and become a pirate aboard the pirate ship Bentenmaru. After accepting the position, she goes on various adventures, and the story basically takes place in a series of problem-arcs. One of the things I really liked about the arcs was that they alternated between her pirate life and its problems and her high school life and its problems. I thought that this set up made for a much more believable... See full review
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Haibane Renmei (HR) is a one of a kind show. Never before or never after has there been a show of self acknowledgement walking hand in hand with a slice of life show. All other shows are bleak and tragic if they head for the former or easy going and aimless is they head for the later. Yet HR did the unthinkable and managed to find... See full review
Notice: This review covers both seasons and movie finale of the anime, as I see no reason to write three reviews about the same story. I reuse some text from my Code Geass review, as many parts in this series reminded me of the other series.
Very impressive. The mecha are awesome, the battles are spectacular, and the environments are crisp and detailed. The characters, the uniforms and the mecha do look imposing, cool, sexy and eye catchy in general, something that a seasoned viewer like me hardly finds positive. I have seen hundreds of mecha series and thousands of anime... See full review
Notice: This review covers both seasons of the franchise. I won’t bother making two different ones for the same story.
Have no denials; SEED is the remake of the original Gundam and it is also the blueprint for the later 00. I was quite positive and enthusiastic about the original universe because it was the first mecha in general to be so mature and it bridged the mecha genre with space opera. The problem is that the maker, Tomino, didn’t try any harder afterwards. It’s not like it is illegal to rehash your own works and labeling them alternative settings or something, but he has... See full review
Notice: This review covers both seasons, and the movie, and the spin-off series.
Whoever tries to ask around why Haruhi was such a huge phenomenon in the anime community to the point it was treated as a religion, he will encounter a mountain of different opinions, usually contradicting ones, and lots of deep analysis concerning psychology and existentialism. As usual, most of whatever is said is overthinking nonsense, so I will now reveal the truth about what this show is really about.
First and foremost, Haruhi is a school comedy about cute girls doing cute things. It... See full review
Cowboy Bebop excelled in mood, style, atmosphere, but ultimately, for me, lacked in story. Some of the stories did keep me interested, especially looking into the pasts of our characters, or some of the particularly weird ones, but often I was bored. Well, one difference between me and some of the rest of the world - I'm not a big fan of action sequences, shoot-em-ups, or cool posturing, although cool posturing can be, well, cool, at the very least. The shining point for this series is the music. It was consistently a joy to hear what awesome or unusual musical track was running in the... See full review
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia makes a good first impression. The opening song, “Choir Jail,” is a heavy metal assault beautifully accompanied by 15 year old singer Konomi Suzuki in her debut hit. The anime's visuals are stunning and the color palette can only be described as kaleidoscopic. The first episode is comedic gold. But despite the pretty package Dusk Maiden comes in, there's more wrapping paper in this gift than anything else. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia begins on a comedic note and establishes a rather playful atmosphere for our characters. In typical harem fashion, the... See full review
The story in Sanakrea is pretty original and adds a sort of... whacked out and comical spin on romance by adding the whole "zombie" concept to the mix. However, watching the series as it came it weekly couldn't have been more frustatrating than anything else, as it often jumped around and it seemed to add in filler or stary from the main story which was left at a natural cliffhanger. Another thing that was frustrating about the series was that it seemed to preogress really slowly. Like all typical anime that are adapted from their original manga or light novel counterparts... See full review
ASOBI NI IKU YO (Action/Ecchi/Comedy/Sci-Fi) Not that I expected much more from an Anime that presents in the first episodes a universe populated by "cat aliens" vs. "dog aliens", which use the Earth one for diplomatic action (mainly devoted to culinary exchanges) the other for war...however, paradoxical/sci-fi Anime like "Elfen Lied", "Chobits" or "Sora No Otoshimono", and idiotic Anime as "Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?" or "Kami Nomi Zo Shiru Sekai", have demonstrated a great deal in terms of cultural and philosophical features, far from... See full review
I feel very lukewarm about this show, and about zombies in general, which I view as an all-around weak plot device because they usually have about as much personality as trees, or any other part of a landscape. Story: Meh. There wasn't much meat to it, just a series of problems. First, Rea wants to get away from her dad. The victimization of the main female lead managed to be creepy and boring at the same time--boring because there was no real one event that prompted Rea to get away. Just a series of flashbacks and then some not-convincing events that got her "killed." Then, we moved onto the... See full review
Sankarea is your stereotypical ecchi comedy with a very bold and weird premise.
- The boys in the series go to males-only school and are constantly horny by the other side of the river, which has a prestige girls-only school. This alone can make the viewer feel how desperate for sex they are, although I don’t see why they can’t go have some fun with them after the school is over.
- The protagonist, whose hair for the lulz makes him look like he has cat ears, doesn’t care about all that because he is content at masturbating (out of screen) while watching zombie horror movies. As... See full review
I watched Afro Samurai on a whim (meaning, my friends convinced me to marathon it in one night with them) and I didn't know what to expect. Undeniably, it sounds like an interesting project, but one that I didn't really trust. An anime with Samuel Jackson in the starring lead role, a soundtrack produced by the RZA, a legendary hip hop producer, and the villain is voiced by Hellboy himself, Ron freaking Perlman? I hate to gush, but it sounds like it should be the greatest experiment in anime history on paper. Unfortunately, and sadly, not to my surprise, it's nothing special. It also suffers from an... See full review
I liked this anime. Horizon in the middle of nowhere or a.k.a. HITMON. I read couple other reviews from the other guys. I'll agree with the fact that some subtitle groups put out products of lesser quality. Couple things I didn't piticularly liked about the anime was the dialogue it self, but considering this is based on the translations; point is null and invalid and substituded with a different reality. I can consider that the subtitle group did a good job capturing the slang with how they talked; I can't understand japanese, but I can definately recognize the slang of words, and the choice of words... See full review
INU X BOKU SS (Drama, Romance, Comedy, Supernatural) STORY: 8 Shirakiin Riricho is a complicated and shy girl, whose dream is to live her life away from the costant protection of her important and rich family; in order to do this she is allowed to leave her home to live in the Ayakashi Kan Institute, a place in which only demons and half-blood demons from high-class families can enter, under the protection of a Secret Agent. Riricho in the first time refused the contract with the agent assigned to her, but then she will discover that the one who wants to protect her is the "fox... See full review
Greetings, fellow anime viewers. It's the one and thankfully only RandomRedneck, here with another review for all y'all. Checking out a show because of total boredom can lead to either good or bad things. In this case, it was a good thing. A hilarious, almost annoyingly cuteness good thing. This, is Acchi Kocchi. Let us begin, shall we? STORY Being a comedy about high school students, the story isn't exactly amazing. You've got your typical, episodic type deals here. Having snowball fights, visiting a shrine on New Years, Valentines Day, that sort of thing. But that is in no way a bad thing. It... See full review
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex had long been one of those anime I always heard about and knew about. It seems the reception is nothing but varying positives and even though it came out years ago, I never got around to it when I really should have. But now that the time finally came and went, I have to say, better late than never. Stand Alone Complex, despite being nearly a decade old, still holds up as a fantastic anime today. It follows an episode structure that I find to be masterful when done correctly, which is involving a main plot combined with not really filler, but not really... See full review
I'll try to cover as much as I can without spoiling the experience, in case you haven't seen it yet. I'm pretty sure that you'll find lots of reviews and people saying how good this show was...well, they're right. I'll start by saying that I'm one of those that enjoyed every single aspect of it, because it was such a delightful experience that goes beyond the obvious things that an outstanding anime needs like good plot, music, animation and likable characters. Anyway, for this to be useful, I'm gonna review those aspects briefly. Story Like in many other shows, we start with a boy... See full review
This is a pre-review and is gonna change drastically in the future
The animation is the stronegest point about the show. everything else falls by the way side
This is just a pre-review
the show is great, with a great soundtrack. Good legnth and a really enjoyable series.
To be fair, I probably shouldn't review a series minutes after finishing it. Right now I'm very much on a "Tsuritama High," which means that the outrageously high scores above are potentially more reflective of my gut reaction to a stellar final episode than to the quality of the series as a whole. Of course it's just as possible that this show is just that good. I have never, ever purely *enjoyed* an anime series as much as this one. The last one that came close was probably Ouran High School Host Club, but that was more a guilty pleasure than anything else. Tsuritama is... See full review
It has been quite a while since I've enjoyed a show quite this much. Story: Socially awkward Yuki moves to Enoshima, where the hyper alien Haru appears in his life and keeps bothering him to learn how to fish. But then we discover that there is another alien being in the ocean whose power threatens to overtake Enoshima and possibly all of Japan during a typhoon. It was a fairly solid coming-of-age story; the whole point was Yuki's growth, and the whole fishing up JFX thing was the vehicle through which Yuki developed as a human being. Haru, if you know how to take a hint, is clearly on a mission from the... See full review