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Ten no Kawa

on Jun 18, 2011

My favorite of the Minna no Uta shorts so far, this magical tale is a visual treat (reminiscent of Koji Yamamura) with a delightful song in the backdrop. A cute fantasy adventure, and at only two minutes in length, a quick watch.

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
7/10 overall

Kaijuu no Ballad

on Jun 18, 2011

Another short shown on the Minna no Uta program, Kaijuu no Ballad is one of the more interesting ones I've seen solely because of the animation style. If you grew up watching classics like Dark Crystal, the monster design will appeal to you. At only few minutes, it's a decent enough watch.

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
6/10 overall

Queen's Blade: Gyokuza wo Tsugumono

on Oct 24, 2009

I present to you a series of quotes from the IRC channel while I was watching 1-4 to add this to the database.[sothis] well hey at least the nudity happens 1.5 minutes into the first episode[sothis] WHY DO THE BOOBS ON THE ANGELS POINT UPWARDS.[sothis] boob groping in episode 1 -_- [sothis] with nipple closeup [sothis] HOW HIGH BROW[sothis] oh jesus. [sothis] ok wtf [sothis] whats with the tentacles [sothis] WHAT [sothis] ok for fucks sakea [sothis] YES WE GET IT, NIPPLES EXIST[sothis] SERIOUSLY, YOU CAN STOP WITH THE CONVENIENT BOOB AT THE TOP OF THE SHOT SHOTS[sothis] oh sweet, acid spitting boobs mcgee... read more

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
0.5/10 overall

Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-Chan!!

on Oct 19, 2009

[~sothis] i can now check off that ive seen an anime with urination.... .. . . . ..  -_-[@Otaku108] O.O[@Otaku108] oookeay, definitely adding to the won't watch list........[~sothis] yeah the chick gets off from getting hit with a bat and she pees herself[~sothis] just like a character in her favorite rape hentai[~sothis] THERES NO WAY I COULD MAKE THIS UP, PEOPLE.[@Otaku108] -.-[~sothis] pure gold. GOLDEN SHIT.[@Otaku108] no you mean golden shower[~sothis] that too.^^from the AP chat. nuff said.

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
0.5/10 overall

Bakemonogatari

on Oct 2, 2009

Just checked out Bakemonogatari 1-4. It definitely piqued my interest, though I'm not sure if its pros outweighed the cons.Pros:Extremely interesting animation - combining all sorts of styles (hard to explain what I mean) in a very symbolic ways. Gorgeous scenery, and very cinematic in a way. Quirky, appropriate musicWitty dialogue (though this is also a negative, see below)An intro that changes depending on the character of the day - I loved the stapler in the intro for episode 2, as an example. Cons:Bakemonogatari is a textbook case of 'too... read more

6/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Aoi Hana

on Oct 2, 2009

There's no mistaking that Aoi Hana is exceptionally drop dead gorgeous. With watercolored backgrounds that appear to have been taken straight out of Iblard Jikan and a flawless mix of CG and regular animation, Aoi Hana would seem to be a must-see.Except that it's so, so incredibly boring that I almost cried alongside the characters in Aoi Hana, who also incessantly cry.To be clear, I like slow anime; Kino no Tabi, ... read more

3/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Detective Conan OVA 7: A Challenge from Agasa

on May 21, 2008

Story
Yawwwwwn. As specified in one of my previous Detective Conan OVA reviews, I have a firm belief that each OVA became successively worse. While none of the OVAs could beat Detective Conan OVA 5 in suckage level, Detective Conan: A Challenge from Agasa (aka Detective Conan OVA 7) comes dangerously close. The initial premise is boring from the get-go: the Professor has been kidnapped and wants the children's help in saving him. Of course, he's given them various clues to help them along their way, and Conan and company use their powers of deduction to decipher said clues, as always. Soon... read more

5/10 story
7/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Detective Conan OVA 3: Conan and Heiji and the Vanished Boy

on May 21, 2008

Story
On my quest to add every Detective Conan OVA to the database, I inevitably ran across Detective Conan: Conan and Heiji and the Vanished Boy (aka Detective Conan OVA 3); while the most sentimental yet of the Detective Conan OVAs, it also proved to be one of the less interesting attempts. The first problem is the story: while only thirty minutes in length, it's disjointed and somewhat random. Conan and Ran have traveled to Osaka and, as always, run into a mystery they can't refuse. First, they meet three children who have a strange resemblance to their friends at home. Is there a reason... read more

5/10 story
7/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Detective Conan OVA 1: Conan vs Kid vs YAIBA

on May 20, 2008

Story
Normally, a Detective Conan episode or movie is a thrilling, harrowing ride filled with clues to follow and a mystery to solve. While Detective Conan - Conan vs Kid vs Yaiba (aka OVA 1) has none of these qualities, those who enjoy a good dose of wackiness and zany fun will surely appreciate its merits.Detective Conan's creator was also at the helm of Yaiba - a comedic tale of the son of a swordsman and his exotic animal friends who take residence in Japan. Detective Conan OVA 1 merges this story and the story of Detective Conan together in a rather hilarious way: Conan is dying to read the... read more

7/10 story
6.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Mahoujin Guru Guru Movie

on Jan 24, 2008

Story
Hello, my name is sothis, and I'm a console RPGaholic - my addiction began with Dragon Warrior 1 at the age of eight, and it went downhill from there. Fellow addicts, rejoice! The 8-bit parody franchise Mahoujin Guru Guru is here to provide you a fix.Mahoujin Guru Guru, in general, follows two young heroes as they embark on a quest to thwart the ultimate evil; and much like an old 8-bit classic, the story isn't terribly important or complex. Instead, the franchise aims at poking fun at all elements of old RPGs, including black box information screens, hit point displays, midi-style... read more

5/10 story
6.8/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
4.5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Minky Momo in Tabidachi no Eki

on Sep 3, 2007

Story
Minky Momo in Tabidachi no Eki opens in an almost cinematic fashion, showing us a speeding train on a rain-soaked evening traveling towards its usual destinations. Aboard the train is the pink-haired and kind-hearted Momo, who has a brief conversation with an old man who is trying to reunite with someone after fifty long years. At the station, Momo discovers that the man has left his passport on the train and thus embarks to find him. Along the way she runs across her parallel self and a young and troubled girl who is tied to the station, and needs help of each Momo. The tone of the OVA is... read more

6.5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Mask Of Zeguy

on Aug 8, 2005

Story
Now, before those of you who have seen this already scoff at what might be a high score for the story section, hear me out. Although poorly executed, Mask of Zeguy has one of the more unique plots I’ve seen in a series, and definitely is an odd mix of technologies and times.

In Mask of Zeguy, a legendary mask (guess what it’s named??) which supposedly gives its wielder great power (and can open a huge gate that controls nature or something like that) has been kept safe through history due to people called the Time Warriors. They travel through time, keeping it safe from... read more

6.5/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Shadow Skill TV

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
Shadow Skill TV is a series which comes across as many things: the foremost being action, but also comedy. The basis, as mentioned above, is definitley fighting and action, with Elle and Gau wanting to fight to become stronger for various reasons. One thing should be noted that although this is indeed a retelling of the OVA, the tone is EXTREMELY different, and many plot points are told differently or in a different order. Character designs are also totally different in many ways. (Check the helpful info blurb for either for more information). So, if you planned on not watching this because... read more

6/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Twilight Q

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
It's hard to give a solid score to this, because each episode is drastically different, similar to things like Neo-Tokyo, Memories, etc. This was originally supposed to be a set of Twilight Zoneish stories, but ended up being only two. The claim to fame is definitely episode 2 by Mamoro Oshii, but consequently, I really didn't like that one of the two. If I was to grade each story individually, episode 1 would get an 8 in this section, with episode 2 getting a 6 or so.

The first episode concerns a girl finding a camera that is supposedly from the future. Essentially, it is a... read more

7/10 story
6.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Toward the Terra

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
Anyone who knows me would also know how much this kind of story would interest me, and they'd be correct. I sought out this movie for quite awhile just based on the premise of the plot, and finally found it. Indeed, the story itself is fantastic, sounding like it could have come out of a science fiction novel, or has elements from a lot of movies and books out there. It starts off strong, introducing us to this new, sterile, and very controlled society. It shows us how the people live, and the travesties that happen to those who are suspected of being the Mu, people with telepathic abilities. I... read more

6/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
3/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Tattoon Master

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
Sound familiar? That's because this plot has definitely been done before. In the same fashion as Girl from Phantasia, Tattoon Master delivers a fairly lackluster story of a girl who falls in some sort of unrealistic love with a very unwilling boy, and clings to him the entire show while other random bad guys attack. In this case, it has a bit of a Scryed feel, as Nima and a few others have strange powers from the Tattoon tribe, that they use to kick ass. But for the most part, it's the same old story here, tied up in decent animation for once.

Tattoon Master is primarily a... read more

6/10 story
7/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Lightning Trap: Leina & Laika

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
Now, I'll freely admit that I've never seen anything anime that was related to a plane hijacking. So just for that, Lightning Trap should get some credit for originality. That being said, I didn't think it was presented in a very pleasing manner. First of all, the whole hijacking part, made watching it seem like a single episode of some sort of cop show. But then the whole "very dangerous super weapon/monsters" thing comes into play, and I feel detracted from the hijacking story. Choose one or the other, don't combine both! Because of the awkward combination of the two (with the weapon not... read more

6.5/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Devilman: The Birth

on Apr 16, 2005

Story
Lions and tigers and demons, oh my! I’m not sure where the roots of demonic horror come from in anime, but it seems like Devilman (the TV series, at least, made in the 70s) must be one of the first. Created by Go Nagai (of crappy anime fame such as Kekko Kamen, Plastic Little, and anything else with excessive nudity), Devilman is actually quite unique in the fact that it isn’t 100% ecchi. Admittedly, it’s quite a bit ecchi, but nothing like the other Go Nagai titles I’ve had the pleasure of watching.

The story is quite simple, so instead of describing it in detail I... read more

3/10 story
5.5/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

DNA² OVA

on Jan 26, 2005

Story
Originally, this three part OVA was actually the last three episodes of the TV series. For some reason it was made into an OVA (an utterly useless one, I might add), and thus I'm reviewing it seperately. The 12 TV episodes end off nicely, yet open ended for another season. The issues with the Mega-Playboy have been resolved (but I won't say how, in case you are reading this without having seen the TV series), everyone is happy and taken care of, and all is well. But like El Hazard Magnificent World, Fushigi Yuugi and a number of other series, the creators just had to throw on some extra crap at... read more

3/10 story
6.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
3/10 overall

Ninku: The Movie

on Jan 26, 2005

Story
Having seen none of the Ninku TV series (which centers around the same characters for many, many episodes), I didn't know what to expect out of this movie. Weighing in at only thirty minutes, I figured there would be no harm in trying. After having seen this, I can say it would be like watching the Kenshin movie without seeing any other Kenshin related thing. It might be entertaining, but it doesn't necessarily stick. The movie starts out with a narration explaining that the Ninku clan was once a powerful tribe of ninjas who have all since died out, except our four heros. This wacky bunch... read more

7/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.7/10 overall

Tokyo Project

on Oct 17, 2004

Story
The storyline of Tokyo Project is fairly convoluted at best, and wasn't always entirely clear as to what was going on. Essentially, Akira, Junpei and two females make up a detective agency, though this isn't apparantly clear. Junpei doubles as a rock star, and witnesses a man dying. He hands over a disk, and thus the troubles of the four begins. The disk, it seems, contains top secret information about a weapon, as well as other things. This information would point a finger at politicians and an influential company, which means the target of their guns are none other than the four... read more

5.5/10 story
7/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Detective Conan OVA 5: The Target is Kogoro! The Detective Boys' Secret Investigation

on May 21, 2008

Story
I'm starting to think that each Detective Conan OVA is destined to become progressively worse. The first OVA was outstanding, the second was interesting, and from there on out they began to suck in various ways. Detective Conan: The Target is Kogoro! The Detective Boys' Secret Investigation (say that five times fast!) easily wins the award for the most boring, uninteresting Detective Conan OVA I've seen thus far. The first five minutes peg Detective Conan OVA 5 as being far more of a side story than a standalone feature. Sure, there's a mystery to be solved and bad guys to take... read more

3/10 story
7/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
4/10 overall

Detective Conan OVA 2: 16 Suspects

on May 21, 2008

Story
Like a good detective story, tasty food, and expensive wine? Look no further than Detective Conan: 16 Suspects (aka Detective Conan OVA 2). Unlike the comedic romp of Detective Conan OVA 1, Detective Conan OVA 2 is much more of a traditional Detective Conan watch. The gang has been invited to Inspector Shiratori's house to celebrate the building's completion, and what follows is a party gone wrong. His expensive wine bottle is broken, and everyone is a culprit! As always, Conan must use his powers of deduction to figure out what truly happened - with Heiji's help. Like most Conan... read more

7/10 story
7/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Magic School Lunar! Secret of the Blue Dragon

on Jul 23, 2006

Story
Clocking in at around eight minutes, Magic School Lunar definitely isn’t the easiest thing to write a full review about. The "story", if that’s what you want to call it, involves two villains who have kidnapped the students of Magic School. They want the power of the Blue Dragon in exchange for their lives, but there’s a catch: the dean of the school has absolutely no idea what the Blue Dragon is! Like any good headmaster, he then rounds up three stragglers and sends them off to save the day, much to their dismay. Though they do head towards the castle and ultimately battle the bad guys... read more

5.5/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

Wind -A Breath of Heart- Omake OVA

on Jun 17, 2006

Story
Wind: A Breath of Heart is a short fifteen minute OVA, based on a game of the same name, which makes absolutely no freaking sense at all. It’s Christmas Eve, and a group of unknown friends want to have a party. I say unknown because unless you have played the game, you won’t know who they are or get any sort of introduction. Anyways, a few of the girls have planned a soiree and one of the boys has decided it’ll be a cosplay parties. Cue the fantasies, please! The rest of the OVA (about ten minutes) follows the individual friends who are trying to make their way to the party. A train is... read more

1/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Enemy's the Pirates, The

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
It was difficult trying to figure out what score to give this series in the story category. First, the story itself is mostly a slapstick type comedy involving Apulo and Lateil. There is a ton of filler, and many scenes shown simply for comic effect. Lateil is interested in Marsha, who thinks he's awful because of how "badly" he treats Apulo, who laughs all the way! Hilarious jokes are exchanged, especially between the ship (Lagendra) and the duo, who are obviously "inferior" to him. Like I said, a great deal revolves around comedy, and it really succeeds. I don't like harem comedy humor, or... read more

7/10 story
7/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Ajisai Yumegatari~

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
HELLO, FUSHIGI YUUGI RIPOFF! Seriously, if you've seen FY, you'd recognize the similarity just based on the description above. Think of FY without the sappy romance, without whiny Miaka, and in 2 episodes, and you've got Harukanaru. Even though I hated FY, I still think it was better than this. Let's start with the fact that there are gaping plot holes a mile wide, and a story which jumps all over the place. It begins with Asuza and her two friends falling into the well, and then the opening music/scene plays. After, without any explanation, Azusa is wandering around with her companions (who... read more

3/10 story
8.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
There are good fantasy series out there: Escaflowne, El Hazard, Record of Lodoss War, Five Star Stories, to name a few. Then there are bad, average, and totally generic series such as Dragon Slayer. The story, to start out with, is unforgettable and boring. Evil demon takes over kingdom, young prince escapes, grows up, comes back to kill demon and save kingdom. Add swords and monsters and mix well. There truly is nothing unusual or unique to mention about the story. You could watch one or more of any of the above series I listed, and already have seen enough fantasy to not have to suffer... read more

3/10 story
4/10 animation
2/10 sound
3/10 characters
3/10 overall

Del Power X

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
Hmm, where to begin with this one. Well, what kind of OVA *is* Del Power X, exactly? It definitely has mecha, it also has some bits of random off the wall comedy (usually related to parodies, or just wacky like Abenobashi or the like). I'd say the first half of the 40 minute OVA is undoubtedly better than the second, as it has most of the funny comedy (though there isn't a huge amount, just so you know), as well as funny things with the mecha. But the second half is mostly just Manami fighting and not knowing what to do, against all sorts of people-in-mecha-suits that I'm still not sure where... read more

5.5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Ayane's High Kick

on Aug 6, 2005

Story
Let's face it, folks. The plot of Ayane's High Kick is really nothing to scream about. There's nothing supernatural or unusual about it -- simply a girl who is training to be the best, under some fairly comical circumstances. But don't get me wrong, the "realness" of the plot is somewhat appealing. Instead of having hadoken type spiritual fireball moves or cheesiness, you get good old fashioned kickboxing moves.

The overall tone is definitely self-empowering and comedic at the same time. Ayane is determined to be the best, but yet is being tricked in funny ways, making fights and... read more

6/10 story
6.5/10 animation
3/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall