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updated their review of RahXephon
I wanted so hard to like this, but ultimately I can barely bring myself to write this review. To start with I liked it - it was a bit funny looking but it had some interesting ideas and seemed to be taking them in a positive direction... but something happened along the...Read skankfish's full review
Ayato Kamina may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on...
updated their review of Freedom
Fairy decent show which would be a lot better if it wasn't a Nissin Cup Noodle advert from start to finish. The characters are nothing to skype home about, but are well designed (Katsuhiro Otomo). The animation is a difficult-to-digest digitalisation which reminds me a little too much of Reboot. ...Read skankfish's full review
It is the year 2267, and all that is left of humanity now lives in the 'Eden colony', a domed metropolis on the moon. Earth has long since been abandoned after a cataclysm left it uninhabitable... or...
updated their review of Welcome to the NHK!
Being a sociologist by qualification and living in Japan, the hikikomori phenomena really makes me think. For that reason, and for actually tackling the issue as the main plot device, NHK got me very interested very quickly.
I finished it in a week, which is very fast...Read skankfish's full review
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely...
updated their review of Highschool of the Dead
I didn't hate it, but this anime couldn't stand still long enough to plan it's escape.
The very poorly written narrative scrapes together fragmented "zombie movie" ideas and sticks them together with glue made from boobs.
The reason I didn't like it is...Read skankfish's full review
When the infected approached Rei and Takashi's school, it led to a gruesome blood bath that left the majority of students and staff dead or turned into the zombie-like monsters that have spread...
updated their review of Usagi Drop
Demograph: Very wide, but probably best for those entering or in the adult world (21+)
I disagree with other reviewers who claim that "not a lot happens" in Usagi Drop.
It's almost incredible how much development is involved in the characters. The essence of the show isn't...Read skankfish's full review
When Daikichi's grandfather dies he leaves behind a young daughter named Rin. However, as most of the family is embarrassed at the idea of a 79-year-old man having a six-year-old child, they can't...
updated their review of Ghost Hound
Only on the penultimate episode did I discover that the original suppose for this series was penned by Masamune Shirow. It doesn't really show, although as that was in 1987 it isn't so surprising. Why it took 20 years to make it to screen is anyone's guess...Read skankfish's full review
Tarou has dreams - distressing dreams, related to the trauma he suffered as a child. His dreams and visions disturb his ease of mind, constantly reminding him of the darkness of his fear at the time...
updated their review of Detroit Metal City
Hilarious anime about a young guy who likes pussy hippy music for girls and accidentally becomes the singer in a death metal band.
Brilliant comedy; a total oddity for Japan - very crude and naked humour. Pointless and offensive, yet somehow harmless...Read skankfish's full review
- OVA (12 eps x 13 min)
Negishi Souichi always dreamed of joining a trendy pop band, so that he could perform music like that of his idol, Kahimi Karie. In order to realize his dream, he decided to leave the country side...
updated their review of Durarara!!
Demograph: 10-18 years old
I have to open all my reviews like this from now on. I may be about 10-15 years older than a lot of you, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a good story.
Unless this is one, in which case I can't. I thought it was painful (well, the first 8 episodes were, then I...Read skankfish's full review
Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove...
updated their review of Planetes
What started out as a boring, episodic yarn turned out to be an exciting, smart thriller.
If it weren't for the first half of the series being almost completely worthless (despite what others may say, those episodes are not relevant to the ending), the score would have been far higher.
If...Read skankfish's full review
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of...
updated their review of Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
A truly wonderful series. Yojouhan actually translates as four-and-a-half tatami, which is the size of our hero's bedroom (very small). The anime is about the life and mind of a student in such a confined space at such a varied time in their life.
The story centres...Read skankfish's full review
A man is miserable. Despite all his dreams of a “Rose-Colored Campus Life” filled with raven-haired maidens who dote on him, his social life is going nowhere. He has no girlfriend, his...
updated their review of Call Me Tonight
Demograph: 15 year olds in the early 90s
Awful. Not even worth it for comedy value. Terrible. Should have been aborted at conception.
Shit. Rubbish. Read skankfish's full review
Rumi Natsumi works as a call girl for Telephone Communication Madonna, but her newest client may be the strangest she's had to chat with; his name is Ryo Sugiura, and he has an unfortunate problem...
updated their review of Elfen Lied
Let's be clear on this one. One of the reasons I dislike this anime may be because it made me face the horrible realisation that I might just be too old for it (I'm 26, so maybe 14 years too old). Elfen Lied is a harem anime featuring a collection of bulging-eyed
stereotypes (including pathetic...Read skankfish's full review
For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu...
updated their review of Serial Experiments Lain
Lain, the lonely little girl standing on the bridge watching those she knew better than was known by, removed from the memory of, is extraordinary. There must be something about her that is enough to captivate herself, but for some reason it is too difficult to share it...Read skankfish's full review
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also...
updated their review of Paranoia Agent
It's a mystery to me why Satoshi Kon's animated Dolmio puppet designs get such a positive reception. His reasoning for making half his characters look like disturbing cast offs from glorified passatta adverts is anyone's guess, and for me...Read skankfish's full review
In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These...
updated their review of Baccano!
Well.... first of all I have only watched the series, not the spin-off OAVs. If I am bored enough one day I might take the plunge and then update this review as they seem to be listed as part of the series. This anime is set in 1930s gangster America, and makes that blatantly obvious...Read skankfish's full review
It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an...
updated their review of Key the Metal Idol
Usually gets decent reviews, but I found the overly placid and feebly pathetic lead character to completely turn me off the series before I could finish it.
Don't take my word for it if it appeals to you, even though it appealed to me and my hopes were DASHED. If you...Read skankfish's full review
Murao Mima has created a robot daughter named Key, but after raising her for a very short time, Mima dies, leaving behind cryptic messages telling Key how she can become human. Key must struggle...
updated their review of Eve no Jikan
Slightly above average take on the tired "are androids alive?" question, using Asimov's equally dated Rules of Robotics. No new material here, but the visuals and characters add enough to pass the time well. Short episodes help this along. Read skankfish's full review
- Web (6 eps x 15 min)
- 2008 - 2009
In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so...
updated their review of House of Five Leaves
First of all, some people seem dissapointed in this series due to its lack of action. Don't let the edo setting fool you, this is no samurai epic. It's not about fights and blood, it's more interesting than that.
Our hero is a bit of a pussy. He's...Read skankfish's full review
Masanosuke came to the city of Edo to prove himself as a warrior, but the man’s lack of confidence is so obvious that he’s perpetually unemployed and can barely afford to eat. So when the...
updated their review of Mnemosyne
Target age: 11-15
Relentlessly dumb and cliched plot and characters. I'd give it a miss if you have anything else to do.
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Rin is a private investigator with an advantage: near immortality. Thanks to the spores of the Yggdrasill tree, both she and her assistant Mimi have lived many years longer than the average person...
updated their review of Moyashimon
The initial idea for this series is very good, and the designs for the microbes are intoxicatingly cute (and still litter Japan).
However, the story for this series is dismal, the pacing is wrong and the episodes are disconnected thin excuses for narratives. The story...Read skankfish's full review
Tadayasu Sawaki and his long-time hometown friend Kei Yuuki are finally away from home and ready to start university. They attend Tokyo's College of Agriculture, and the adventures start from...
updated their review of Golden Boy
Having recently dropped out of law school, where he had finished the graduation requirements but didn't actually graduate, Kintaro Oe is on a new self-driven quest for knowledge. His adventures will...
updated their review of Mind Game
A collection of barely likeable characters made even more ugly by the capricious use of random animation techniques. An innappropriate use of Matsumoto Taiyou-esque designs in a flat, out-of-place world of disconnected and hardly appropriate thoughts...Read skankfish's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 104 min)
Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the...
updated their review of Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
I watched Evangelion as a teenager and liked it a lot. However the series was very repetative in the middle and clearly suffered production difficulties near the end. The movies didn't do much for me after the initial epic-scope aesthetics of End of Evangelion had worn...Read skankfish's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 108 min)
As the battle against the angels continues Shinji and Rei receive reinforcements in the form of two new pilots: the temperamental Asuka Langley and the secretive Mari Illustrious. Between battles the...
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updated their review of Robot Carnival
There's something about voiceless or semi-voiceless films that just
doesn't feel right. Charlie Chaplin was successful because his actions
spoke more than he ever could have. Here, the animation doesn't really
manage that. The result is awkward-moving over-acted characters. Robot
Carnival is...Read skankfish's full review
This collection is comprised of 7 very different and unique stories. This OVA series preaches of intriquing storylines and fantastic artwork, each from a different artist. Each story has a different...
updated their review of Tekkon Kinkreet
Demograph: 15+ but gets better with age
Black and White live in a clapped out Fiat 500. They are orphans, and White is retarded. Black looks after White in the dangerous Treasure Town, stealing to keep them both alive and eventually escape. When the Yakuza plan to take over the city and...Read skankfish's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 110 min)
In the rusty and run-down Treasure Town, young orphans in their respective gangs rule the roost and use the landscape as their playground. The violent Black and naïve White are two such orphans...
updated their review of Gunsmith Cats
Pretty fun girls and guns escapads. I like Sonada Kenichi a lot because of his attention to detail with mechanics, and his jazzy character designs.
The stories aren't top notch but the entertainment value is pretty high.
Short OAV series that could really do with...Read skankfish's full review
- OVA (3 eps x 29 min)
- 1995 - 1996
Rally Vincent and Minnie May are two girls with a lot of fire power. When they are not busy managing their gun store, they are working as bounty-hunter duo the Gunsmith Cats. Rally's incredible...
updated their review of Plastic Little
This is an absolute classic. The premise is fairly interesting - some girl, Tita, is the captain of a spaceship which collects rare animals. Nice idea, which turns out not to be the focus of the OAV at all. Tita saves a girl who just happens to be being hunted by some evil guys. The chase begins...Read skankfish's full review
Tita is the captain of the Cha-Cha Maru, whose crew hunts exotic animals to sell for profit. One day, by chance, Tita saves the life of a girl named Elysse, whose dangerous past puts the whole crew...
updated their review of Ebichu
One of the funniest things I have ever seen. Ebichu is an awesome hamster who manages to relentlessly screw up her owner's life by talking too much. Her innocent honesty just doesn't suit this human world. That's pretty much all there is to it, but it's very entertaining, and teaches a lot of...Read skankfish's full review
$10 can not only buy you a cute hamster; it also get you a devoted housekeeper who will cook, clean, put on suntan lotion, and cheer you on when your relationships get stale! Does it seem like a...