Anime used to be a lot wackier 15 years ago. Bizarre, grim, frenetic, and generally felt a lot more original than today, were 95% of all recent series are simply coping one another and repeat the same stereotypes over and over again. This is a fine example of those times. Although one can say that in the later half of 00’ anime became far more violent and erotic, you can still appreciate a retro title which did all that back when it wasn’t yet a trend.
Billions of years ago, on a planet, somewhere in the Andromeda galaxy...
A planet populated by humans is under... read more
Welcome to the world of light novel adaptations, where everything needs to be revolving around some boring guy surrounded by hot chicks who want his weenie. The premise is about a young man who is looking for the killer of his family. In this setting, it is common for scientists to create automatons to control in battles. Thus, after he gets his own death machine, he learns about the whereabouts of the killer and heads to get his revenge. I made it sound interesting; didn’t I? It’s all about the way you present it and sadly for the audience the premise is ruined by the usual... read more
Here we are with another show with a very interesting setting and a very dull and randomly written plot. The premise is about God abandoning the world, which in the context of the story means no more people can be born. It also means no people die when they are killed *smirk*. They turn to zombies who act normally for awhile and only those with special powers can put them to eternal rest. Enter Ai, our heroine, an oblivious loli traveling the world looking for answers to all this mess.
… And that is literally all there is to it. It is one of those slow burner shows of the likes of Cashern... read more
Ah, another one of those dark mahou shoujo that try to cash in from the fad Madoka Magica created with its hype and financial success. Although it does a fine job at having polarized imagery of happy moeblobs on one hand and creepy murderous monsters on the other, it still fails to accomplish the thing that actually made Madoka Magica such a hit. Which one is that you may wonder? Could it be the deep characterization? The elaborate storytelling? The amazing analysis of its various themes? HELL NO, that show sucked in all that.
… It was the production values, ok?
AIC is no SHAFT. They... read more
Like in pretty much any show, the Flowers of Evil were judged by most, based on how they looked, instead of what they actually were. The anime community was divided into those who hated it because it doesn’t have the exact same artwork as the source material, thus it’s bad, and to those who loved it for the exact same reason, because it was avant garde. And of course close to nobody bothered to look past the pretty colours to see if there is anything else besides that. Stay classy you tasteless casuals.
If you ask me, I say it is both ugly and artistic. On one... read more
This is the ninth Naruto movie, made around the time when the Ninja War began. The main idea behind the plot is interesting, as Naruto and Sakura are sent to an alternative dimension where there is no war. That is supposed to show what Madara plans to do if he plan succeeds and thus excuse his satanic plans. Sadly this is still a kids’ show, thus the whole thing ends up being nothing more than a badly written fanfic. I mean, really, you are watching this just because you are aware of how one-dimensional everybody is and want to laugh with a “what if” anecdote. You are... read more
Once upon a time there was a studio called SHAFT, which hired a man named Simbo Akiyuki and created one very good school comedy called Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei (SZS). It sold so well, it kept making more similar comedies, and even though none of them were as good as the first, they kept making money out of the fame they got thanks to it. And this is why we get Sasami-san at Ganbaranai at present time
What made SZS so good was the simple fact it had a character for every possible situation. They could deal with any issue they could think of thanks to it... read more
Toriko is essentially a parody of fighting shonen and cooking series, around a guy who thinks hunting and cooking is a secured way to manliness. Although the idea sounds fine, the random storyboard makes this an easily tiresome series.
The pilot episode for example begins with a One Piece crossover. That was not in the original manga story; they just felt like beginning the story by attracting the fans of that other show. Now what kind of a lame promotion trick is this? Are they telling us that the Toriko story takes place in the One Piece world? Are they telling us it will be equally as good as One... read more
Rie Kugimiya returns to voice yet another loli-looking tsundere. This time she even fuses some of her older catchphrases. Shana’s urusai + Louise’s bakainu = Taiga’s urusai bakainu. Isn’t it nice when they mix selling points? Anyways, if you don’t like loli-looking tsunderes voiced by Kugimiya, then chances are you will not like Toradora… Ok, I am overreacting on this one; although the highest selling point of the show is her. It’s like saying CLAMP, or Shimbo, or Toriyama; you are going to watch it because they are in the production.
Anyways, this is yet... read more
Twin Angel is a parody of the classic mahou shoujo formula and nothing more. Such shows usually make fun of their own stereotypes anyway, so at best you will see this as an ecchier version of Sailor Moon. It is hardly as captivating though since it isn’t trying much to accomplish anything other than a few chuckles or boners out of the audience.
As any veteran viewer already knows, J.C. Staff is a studio that thrives on 2D paedophiles and this is just another one of the dozens of shows that proves it. And as any casual viewer will admit, they rarely pour much thought in the story, or the... read more
Tytania is a space opera, originally a series of novels by the same person who wrote Legend of Galactic Heroes. I happen to be a fanboy of that title and thus I was expecting a lot out of this title. And to the most part I got it since Tytania has a lot of similarities to LoGH. Other than that though everything is far inferior to the point the whole show becomes nothing more than a joke and a complete disappointment. It ended up reminding me more of Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Here are the reasons for that. I will be comparing Tytania to LoGH just for the sake of explaining why the... read more
This is the oldest anime comedy I watched as a kid and it was very funny back in those years where Road Runner and Tom & Jerry were the only antagonists.
A scientist experimenting on a time machine is accidentally lost in time and his granddaughter and aids have to search in time in order to find him. In the same time, a band of silly villains plan to destroy the time machine and get the professor for themselves, so they can be the only time travelers left and spread evil deeds throughout history. On every episode, the team searches a different time period (prehistoric... read more
This is the first wrestling anime and its themes are basically all about fair play. In fact, the hero is fighting FOR fair play as a role model for the newer generation. But first things first; this has NO relation to Tekken’s King character. It is just a tribute at best despite having similar backdrops.
So the story is a wrestler who always hides his face with a tiger mask during matches. He has gotten really cocky because of his victories and is now fighting brutally and even cheats as the matches are usually fixed. He is having... read more
- Animated by 8bit, a minor studio that has produced nothing but passable ecchi shows.
- Directed by Kikuchi Yasuhito, who has made several anime of several genres, none of which are particularly good.
- Based on a toyline by Konami, meaning this is just a toy advertisement show.
One of the first anime I watched as a kid was Plauress Sanchiro, which featured a boy controlling a small fighter robot and taking on other contestants in tournaments. It was fun, with very original and interesting concepts for its time, plus... read more
Space Operas are a hard genre to direct properly. Too many characters, too many areas, too many events and interactions. Plus, usually the pay back is a lot smaller than just making a generic low budget moeblob or a stereotypical fighting shounen. But in the cases they do them right, I always place them in the higher areas of my anime list. And this is one of these rare cases; close to my all time favourites Legend of Galactic Heroes and Babylon 5, is this one. Not only they did it right but it also it has a high amount of superpowers that makes it feel like a (yup) fighting shounen to... read more
The Tekken franchise is amongst the most famous and entertaining martial fighting videogames but when it comes to stories, they plain suck. Most characters have a backdrop story alright but it is usually simple or doesn’t really head anywhere. Along the years it has also received three movie adaptations (so far) in an attempt to please the fans. One was a low budget production from 1998, which is considered to be one of the worst adaptations of all time because studio DEEN made it. In 2010 there was also a live action adaptation by dear old Hollywood and it is also considered bad for its very loose... read more
The Tekken franchise is still amongst the most famous and best selling game series. This movie covers the events in the first 2 games. It is a very poorly done adaptation since the budget is small and has hardly enough time to portrait all the characters properly. No surprise if you know it is made by that shitty Studio DEEN. It was supposed to advertise the games but only succeeded in alienating the newbies and disappointing the fans. But how can anyone expect something good out of something studio DEEN made?
ART: 4/10, SOUND: 7/10
- Human figures look simple and hardly reminiscent of the... read more
This anime had a lot of hype before it aired. The reason is, it was based on a videogame by Aquaplus, the same people who made Utawaremono, another anime adapted by their roster. That anime had a big fanbase and thus people immediately jumped to the conclusion that Tears to Tiara will be great too. Don’t look at me though; I never liked that silly show. Neither did I like this one. Neither did most others.
Very good in overall. This is the first work by studio White Fox, and I must say they do a splendid job in all the shows they... read more
Strain is a lot better than it seems at first. It is riddled with stereotypical shoujo and science fiction tropes, mediocre production values, and typical-looking characters that make it look average from a distance. For example, the heroine is the stereotypical shoujo archetype and has the really bad habit of talking instead of firing, thus lots of bad things happen because she stands frozen and can’t just shut up. In fact, the whole plot plays out like an overblown soap opera, with forced drama and overreaction of even the tiniest of events.
At the same time it keeps mixing up genres of all... read more
Starship Operators could have been a great space opera / sci-fi adventure if it was 50 episodes long, and had less humor. The basic idea is good but the way it is presented on screen makes you feel like it’s a 10 year old playing with his plastic space marines. Which makes sense if you take into account who made it.
- Animated by J.C. Staff, the studio that exists to make shitty adaptations full of retarded fan service.
- Directed by Watanabe Takashi, who has made nothing but silly stuff, such as Slayers, Ikki Tousen, and Shakugan no Shana.
- Based on the novels by ... read more
- Planned and 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.
- Directed by Igarashi Takuya, who prior to this, did the quite famous Ouran Host Club, and Soul Eater. Too bad this is nowhere close to their greatness.
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Star Driver is a FABULOUS anecdote that will make you laugh hard the first few times you hear it before it... read more
A nice mix of several elements from the Akira movie and a lot of American action films, Spriggan seems to be the easy choice for all those who want good action and a twist of metaphysics. Unfortunately, the real potential of the movie was hardly exploited, thus it remains just a quick watch for the average American formula fan who digs lots of explosions under the influence of oriental aesthetics. The movie encompasses so many action clichés that fails to be anything else other than an optical delight hanging over a story written by an 8 year old.
The... read more
This series is James Bond in Space. Quite ridiculous as far as realism goes but has that "I'm too cool for school" attitude. The way I see it, Space Adventure Cobra was back then, what date sims are today. For some reason, all retro sci-fi series pictured the far future as a vast harem of skimpy clothed women the all-mighty lead captain must fight and save from ugly aliens, so he can have sex with them. Well, this erotic/ romantic picture gave place to more serious and realistic forms of sci-fi, while the erotism was replaced by fancy erogames and romance was replaced with... read more
Solty Rei is basically GONZO trying to make some bucks out of those who like robot girls. And as expected they fail miserably because they are incompetent. This show came out in an era other anime like Ghost in the Shell or Chobits were already classics and instead of trying to play around with the formula, it basically did nothing with it.
So let me get things straight. The setting is a futuristic city where many people have cybernetic implants and the protagonist is a bounty hunter looking for his daughter. He is battling all sorts of robotic criminals while trying to reunite with his family... read more
The Sky Crawlers is amazing in its themes but damn boring in its presentation. Although one could say the same thing about all of Mamoru Oshii’s films. Whatever, I only liked his Ghost in the Shell movie and only because I had already read the manga.
So the movie is about a war sponsored by countries, only for the purposes of keeping the populace at bay. The concept is interesting, few people keep on fighting with airplanes, the whole thing is filmed and broadcasted by companies, and the people look at fear and dread at the futility of death and destruction. Without that, they... read more
Another one of those works you could easily misplace for cartoon. Legend of Sirius is an oldie most don’t remember, yet it packs a lot of magic and artistic expression despite its years. In fact, for a family movie it is quite unorthodox as it is not cheery and easygoing.
As most who have watched and commented it, I also see it as a crossbreed between the fairy tale of The Little Mermaid and Shakespeare’s novel of Romeo and Juliet. The visuals are quite close to those of Walt Disney’s version of the Little Mermaid. Everything looks full of life and movement, with vivid motions... read more
Simoun is a (cop-out follows) good idea with a dull presentation. You start looking at this show and you are given a most interesting alien setting with a world that has two suns, steampunk airships, and a civilization where everybody is born female. And as we all know, all-female cast in modern anime means shoujo-ai stuff. And there is magic, war, romance, weird gender related issues and above all it has lesbians. So what could possibly go wrong? … Well it is goddamn boring, that is what went wrong. Despite the seemingly complicating setting, the actual plot is very simple in presentation and... read more
This is an interesting blend of various genres and I can even say it is even unorthodox. Although at first it looks like a fighting shounen / fantasy adventure ala Inuyasha, it quickly becomes a weird blend of various other genres. It is both shounen and shoujo, and even has josei elements to it. This definitely makes it feel a lot more mature and serious than your average no-brainer action show out there, but it sure doesn’t make it exciting enough to keep watching for long without getting fed up with its pacing sooner or later.
To put it simply, it is very straightforward and plain when it... read more
This is the anime adaptation of the ballet play “Swan Lake”. Although not a great story, by incorporating the real music of the play, this movie became a lot more enjoyable than your average old fairy tale.
- Well made graphics but not great. There isn’t much detail in character figures and the backgrounds are simply nicely made. Animation is also ok but not without its minor glitches.
- Being an old title, means that the colors are somewhat dark. And since most of the movie takes place during the night, everything feels dark and sad. But this effect is counterbalanced by the... read more
- Planned and animated by Sunrise, the studio which is famous for its good production values and super robot shows. Sadly this is hardly amongst their better works, plus it has no giant robots, so it’s bad.
- Directed by Taniguchi Gorpu, who has made several acclaimed titles over the years (Ryvius, Planetes, Code Geass), yet this ranks amogst his worse projects.
The best way to describe Scryed is to see it as X-Men meets Shaman King, which is not a flattering thing. While the X-Men are famous for their social messages of racial acceptance, Scryed ends up... read more