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Pugyuru

on Aug 27, 2004

Story
I think it should be immediately said that Pugyuru has no plot. At all. The entire "story" consists of pure randomness, revolving around small happenings in the life of a girl whose name starts with "Ma" (you never find out the rest). The episodes are also only about 3 minutes long, making the entire series taking up a mere 1.5 normal episodes worth of viewing material. At least 4 episodes revolve around meeting new characters, such as the squid, the bully, and the snow spirit. There are also quite a few episodes which delve into trying to figure out exactly what Cheko-chan really is! There's... See full review

9/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Haunted Junction

on Aug 27, 2004

Story
Haunted Junction is basically an episodic random jaunt into the world of a haunted school and its ghosts. The only humans that we really see are Hojo, Mutsuki, and Kazumi, and then a ton of spirits and ghosts. For quite a few episodes I thought that they would literally be the ONLY humans we are introduced to, but near the end, there are a few brief encounters with other school goers. The story begins with Hojo and his two companions tracking down the 7 badges of the school. Each of these is able to summon one of the school spirits, who are all a motley crew to begin with. Each episode deals... See full review

8/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
9/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Azusa Will Help!

on Sep 6, 2004

Story
Azusa Will Help is a fairly light hearted look at a supposedly futuristic society that has robots as a commonplace occurance. I say supposedly because although the year is 2099, you really can't tell at all, except for the addition of the robots. Anyways, these robots range from maids (no, really?!) to the more important sports playing robots, which vary in skill and power depending on, you guessed it, the cost.
The story focuses on Karu Duck High (wtf kind of a name is that?!), a semi-poor baseball team who wants to make it big. Unluckily for them, Eagle High has already purchased... See full review

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

Megami Paradise

on Sep 6, 2004

Story
I just need to say that I wish there was some form of mental enema I could take before writing this review. I also wish that I had a small time machine that would allow me to go back in time one hour, and allow me to relive that part of my life, free of Megami Paradise’s cruel torture. That, or the notion that I could perhaps force its creators to eat vomit, since that’s about how bad this excuse for an anime was.
*cough* That being said, I’ll attempt to explain why the "plot" of Megami Paradise was as ridiculous as it was. First of all, there are several words that I think... See full review

1/10 story
6/10 animation
4/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

Galerians: Rion

on Sep 7, 2004

Story
When I first started watching Galerians, I thought to myself "wow, this sure reminds me of Resident Evil!" Sure enough, I then did a bit of brief research and discovered that this is based on the first of the Galerians games of the same name, Galerians: Rion. Supposedly the film is made up of the various CG parts of the game (though extended in some cases), and additional CG is added for parts that you’d normally play in the game (but aren’t CG in the game). It’s good to know this ahead of time, because the story does have a very distinct game-like feel to it. If you didn’t know this... See full review

9.5/10 story
9/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Baby Love

on Sep 9, 2004

Story
Baby Love unfortunately suffers from the young adult codependant love interest syndrome. While normal and stable adolescents/teenagers might have a crush that lasts awhile, most (at least I hope) don't become completely obsessive and secretive about convincing someone to look their way. In addition, I rarely hear 16 year olds talking about how they would die for someone they barely know, and only met briefly when they were 12. But for anime, especially romance ones? This is totally fair game, as it is in the case of Baby Love. For the obsessive nature it reminded me quite a bit of Fashion Boy... See full review

5/10 story
4/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Kare Kano

on Sep 11, 2004

Story
Kare Kano was recommended to me by quite a few people as another good look at relationships, in a realistic way. Perhaps I expected too much, but I came into it thinking it would be a relationship series. I was wrong.

While the first under 10 episodes do focus primarily on the two main characters becoming involved, barely any serious mention of the relationship happens after the fact. There are a few minor exceptions later on, but the overall tone changes quickly from "wow, this could be a great relationship series", to "random filler comedy". Keep in mind, the comedy isn't even... See full review

5/10 story
5/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall

Cleopatra DC

on Sep 11, 2004

Story
First, it should be known that this OVA is 30 minutes for the first two parts, and 50 minutes for the last part.

Cleopatra DC follows the pattern of other short OVAs of this type, where each episode deals with the same characters, but a different storyline, sort of like watching any syndicated TV show. The background of the characters, unfortunately is not only unbelievable, but is silly, nonetheless. Cleopatra Corns (sucks to be the person with that name) is somehow the head of a large conglomerate called Cleopatra DC. Now, all things aside, there is never any explanation why... See full review

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

Elementalors

on Sep 14, 2004

Story
Ok, seriously... I have NO IDEA how to write this review, as I had almost no idea what the plot was about. The beginning starts off in a relatively normal manner. Young Kagura was in love with a beautiful friend of his, who was married to a different friend. This male friend was killed in a car crash with Kagura, but only Kagura survived, and the blame was placed on him. Unfortunately, the woman was so distraught that she killed herself, and hence, the start of the movie. (Don't worry, all of this is explained within the first 1 minute of the movie, so it isn't really spoiling.) Now... See full review

2/10 story
6/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
2/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Ariel

on Sep 15, 2004

Story
Ariel starts out on a very promising note. A jovial narrator introduces all the main characters (and secondary characters, really). Each of them has something "unfortunate" related to them. For example, one of the girls is unfortunate because she wants to study, and has to pilot Ariel (the All Round Intercept and Escort Lady... I am not joking) instead. We are even introduced to the entire alien staff (who all look like elves, I might add), right down to the budget coordinator. The first scene we see as part of the actual story, is the alien ship launching several alien creatures down to the... See full review

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

Dark Cat

on Sep 17, 2004

Story
Dark Cat was just... weird. I can’t really think of any other way to put it, because it’s the best word to describe it. I am sitting here wondering who came up with this plot in the first place, because it seems kind of random. We have the concept that evil invades people’s spirits through their dark feelings (and positive ones too, sometimes). And for the sake of the Dark Cat OVA (and many other older horror series, for that matter), the evil manifests itself in gore-like appendages, taking over the human body and turning them into something unrecognizable and disgusting. Now, had it... See full review

7/10 story
6.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Sukeban Deka

on Sep 17, 2004

Story
Sukeban Deka is a very dark look at a variety of things: friendships gone bad, crime families, a bit of supernatural powers, and a bad girl who is really a good person at heart, who has fallen through the cracks of the system. I’m not sure why the story appealed to me so much, because the story isn’t necessarily completely unique. I’ve seen series that deal with crime families, but never dealing with high schoolers in a situation involving deaths of children and students. I’ve seen series that deal with people getting out of jail to become temporary cops (to earn their release), but... See full review

8.5/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Suddenly Princess

on Sep 17, 2004

Story
When I first picked this up, I was very concerned that it would be shoujo. Because hey, I really don’t like shoujo, and with a name like Suddenly Princess, does anything else come to mind? Thankfully, I was very wrong.

Suddenly Princess isn’t a show filled with plot, period. There are no twists, dark secrets, and there isn’t a substantial amount of character development (or any, for that matter). The OVA is of the random comedy type, and succeeds at it well. The entire premise is a bit unusual, and you get the idea that it is fairly random from the get-go. Lapis is a pretty... See full review

7.5/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Vampire Wars

on Sep 17, 2004

Story
I'll admit, when I turned on Vampire Wars I expected something really stupid. It surely would have something to do with vampires fighting humans or something contrived and generic, and would be an utter waste of time. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered I was wrong! In fact, Vampire Wars ends up having a very interesting plot, namely about where the vampires came from, why they are on Earth, why they suck people's blood, etc. Obviously I won't give it away in a review, but let's just say it was very unique and original, to say the least. Prior to finding out those tidbits, it does... See full review

7.5/10 story
7/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Marriage

on Sep 25, 2004

Story
Remember after school specials? Yeah, you know the ones... where Becky huffed gasoline and had to go to the hospital, or James smoked pot and ended up behind bars. The message? Don’t do drugs! These public service announcements full of government propaganda were on TV all the time, feeding the minds of youngsters. And now, folks, I am proud to announce a public service announcement from the Japanese government: GET MARRIED, NOW! Missed it on TV? That’s ok, you can always go rent "Marriage", a 2 part OVA, to hear this message loud and clear from the comfort of your own home! But wait... See full review

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

FLCL

on Sep 25, 2004

Story
First and foremost, I want to say how difficult this review is to write, because I didn’t like FLCL that much at all. But, I can still see it for what it is: a great piece of work, so I have to adjust my scores accordingly and not simply rate low based on my own preference. That being said, I am going to write myself off as one of the many people who "didn’t get it" (re: the story) after seeing this one time through. FLCL is NOT something to watch if you want a cut and dry story, or even a confusing story that eventually makes sense. I like confusing stories, I really do. Take Paranoia... See full review

7.5/10 story
9/10 animation
5/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Hi no Tori

on Sep 26, 2004

Story
Wow. The word flowed through my mind at a snail's pace as I absorbed what I had just seen, as the ending credits to Hinotori scrolled down the screen. Have you ever watched an anime that’s hard to pay attention to? When it’s really hard to force yourself to finish it at all, let alone quickly? You know the type: a genre you dislike, a boring storyline, or anything in between – you don’t like it, and you don’t want to have to finish the series. On the other hand, occasionally you find a gem which, for some reason, sucks you in and demands your attention. You can’t wait to watch... See full review

9.5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Super Mobile Legend Dinagiga

on Oct 2, 2004

Story
Remember when you were a kid and went to a fast food restaurant, and saw the extremely tasty looking hamburger on the menu? The lettuce looked crisp, the tomatoes firm and juicy, the burger tastily prepared and done to just the right consistency, and sauce seeping from the fluffy golden bun. Then remember when you actually got the hamburger? The crisp lettuce was actually a limp piece of puke green muck, the burger dry looking and uninteresting, the bun smashed from the overzealous teenager who was having a bad day, etc. Now, back then, you probably didn’t understand the idea of false... See full review

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

Marco

on Oct 3, 2004

Story
The tale of a young man named Marco began when his mother left for Argentina from Italy . This is never really explained in the movie, but after reading other websites and reviews for the related "3,000 Leagues in Search of Mother", I came to understand that Italy went through a depression and its inhabitants often immigrated to other countries to support their families. That being said, Marco’s mother did this as well, leaving a very sad little boy behind. After he fails to receive a usual letter from her, he decides to set off on his own to find her, and that’s a very long distance... See full review

8.5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Princess Arete

on Oct 3, 2004

Story
This beautiful tale was created by Studio 4C, the makers of Comedy, End of the World, and other titles. The important thing to note is that Princess Arete is not a story based heavily on plot, but rather, heavy (but subtle) character development, beautiful imagery, and most importantly: ideas and concepts about our roles in life, life itself, and sacrifices we each make. Arete is a princess who has been imprisoned in a tower her entire life, not able to learn or experience life as she wishes. Occasionally she sneaks out of the tower and goes to the village below, where she is able to blend as a... See full review

8/10 story
8.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

on Oct 4, 2004

Story
Story? What story? Although there is a thinly veiled plot that admittedly does have a bit of a twist, Innocence is essentially devoid of ANY sort of plot at all. Let’s face it folks, this movie wasn’t made to challenge your mind or open your horizons to anything. It wasn’t supposed to make you ooh and aah at the character development, or get involved in the storyline; it was made for the visuals, signed, sealed, and delivered. Period. To be honest, I was fairly disappointed with how completely lacking the plot was. In the beginning, you have a faint glimmer of hope that a plot exists... See full review

2/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
1/10 characters
6/10 overall

Interlude

on Oct 5, 2004

Story
An unnamed young man lives his life normally with his friends, his childhood sweetheart Tama, and the usual daily activities. He goes to school, does his homework, hangs out with his friends, and is by all means a normal teenager. But recently, he has been having terrible nightmares of an existence that seems unreal, and it all goes down hill from there...

Truly, there is not much else that can be said about the plot in detail without spoiling, and since the entire basis of Interlude is that it’s secretive, mysterious, and is designed to make you think and discuss, spoiling it... See full review

9.5/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
9/10 overall

Galaxy Angel

on Oct 9, 2004

Story
The first and most important thing to mention is that Galaxy Angel does not have any sort of plot, at all. Each episode is completely seperate from the next, leaving no room for story development or anything concrete. In addition, time passes randomly in between each episode, with the crew not necessarily starting off in the next episode where they left off in the last. In one episode, the girls might have crashed on a desert island. In another, two of them might have been seperated and are boarding a space base. The key is to go into the series knowing and understanding it will be 100% random... See full review

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

Ichigeki Sacchuu!! Hoihoi-san

on Oct 10, 2004

Story
Given the fact that this is a 10 minute OVA, you'll please forgive me if this isn't a long review. That being said, Hoihoi-san is a fairly unusual story about little robots that have been manufactured to kill bugs. Definitely unique in its premise, so it made for an interesting watch. Due to the length, we know barely anything that's going on except that two kinds of these robots are battling each other, as well as the bugs! A fair amount of comic relief is thrown in, and one actual character is introduced, but not much besides that. This definitely seems like it was an intro (perhaps for the... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
4/10 sound
6/10 characters
7/10 overall

Read Or Die TV

on Oct 10, 2004

Story
If you've seen the original Read or Die OVA, have no fear, the TV series will live up to its campy yet entertaining predecessor. If you haven't seen the OVA, I suggest checking it out first. Taking place approximately 6 years after the events of the OVA, ROD TV introduces us to a variety of new characters including the published author Nenene (who hasn't written a novel in years, nonetheless), and the girls of the Three Sisters Detective Agency: Maggie, Michelle, and Anita. Who does the show focus on the most? Well, that's definitely up to interpretation. At first, you assume that Nenene will... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Hitsuji no Uta

on Oct 10, 2004

Story
On the surface, Hitsuji no Uta might appear to be just another vampire series, but deep down, it goes into fairly dark territory involving family histories and gruesome secrets galore. Young Kazuna has found his life turned upside down when the cravings begin -- and things go downhill from there. When meeting up with his long lost sister, Chizuna, he realizes that he is not alone in his family's curse, and she may be the only one who can save him...

I think the thing I liked the most about Hitsuji no Uta is that it was a fairly unique vampire series; that is, unique as far as what... See full review

8/10 story
6/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Legend of Basara

on Oct 16, 2004

Story
Legend of Basara takes place in a beautiful fantasy type world full of castles and kingdoms, knights and warriors. We are introduced to two twins: Tatara, who was foretold by the prophet Nagi to be the chosen one to unite Japan, and Sarasa, his ignored and unappreciated sister. Through a series of events, Sarasa's family, including Tatara, are brutally killed at the hands of the Red King, leaving her to take over her brother's identity as Tatara, to continue his legacy. Note: if you are angry at me right now, don't be... this happens in the first part of episode 1.

I've read a... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
7.5/10 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... See full review

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

Dallos

on Oct 17, 2004

Story
Oh dear me... where to begin. As the description states, men have been working on the moon for a few generations, and have been reduced to slaves, essentially. Their only hope is a large and mysterious structure named Dallos, which is worshipped as a god, by some. The question of "why" is never really explained, nor are we ever privy to the reasons why this structure is somewhat sentient as well. Regardless, the moon men have decided to rebel, and one neutral man named Shun is thrown right into the middle of it.

I'll say up front that it's very difficult for me to say positive... See full review

5/10 story
5/10 animation
3/10 sound
3/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Adventures of Horus: Prince of the Sun

on Oct 24, 2004

Story
Adventures of Horus is a fairly generic tale of a young boy who must overcome various challenges to defeat a trademark evil being. The story has nothing to do with egyptian mythology, so if you were interested in this title because of the name Horus, turn back now!

The beginning of the movie reminded me a lot of the beginning of Future Boy Conan, with a boy witnessing his father dying, and being told to run off to find others of his kind. After this point, Horus runs into the great demon himself, and it seems that the story will be exciting and action-packed all the way through... See full review

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