Well this was unexpected.
From the start it looked like I was to be getting a fairly played straight teenage action anime, soon however…it became clear there were cracks in this veneer. It started with the silly fat guy sidekick, fair enough, but then the school nurse showed up and…oh deer.
Don’t get me wrong. This anime is certainly worth a watch, quite a fun little show- and I say that as someone who normally isn’t into such firmly teenage boy anime. It does occasionally treat the Night of the Living Dead sort of verse in a interesting way.
But….why oh why is... read more
When I heard this film existed I knew I had to watch it.
Despite initial misgivings I really grew to like the Haruhi Suzumiya TV series, its one of my favourite animes probally.
Yes, most of the second series was an absolute annoying chore to watch, and yes, I know that was the point (they took it quite a bit too far though...) but otherwise Haruhi is quite consistantly engaging.
So...a feature length film. How would that work? Interesting times are ahead.
The plot of this film is in a way a typical stock sci-fi plotline. Kyon wakes up to find the world around him has subtly... read more
Motto To Love-Ru as you can probally tell from the name is the sequel series to To Love-Ru (What is it with these Japanese and such random names...motto?) Rather than the flowing straight forward plot of TLR Motto instead follows a format of each episode consisting of 3 mini continuityless mini-episodes. Much like the OVA Motto has a lot of stuff taken from the manga which was never explained in the anime- ghost girl's physical body, Run's idol career, Celine the plant girl and to a lesser extent (they were sort of explained in the OVA) Lum....sorry, La La's sisters. The animation quality in this series... read more
Not at all what I was expecting. The synopsis for this anime which was presented to me went as follows- Haruhi Suzumiya, a normal school girl, is upset with the monotony of everyday life, she dreams of a world filled with aliens, time travellers and people with psychic powers. The dullness of standard school life is a grave disappointment. Now. Upon hearing this I was intrigued. Would we have here an actual anime on the shittyness of being a school student? I could certainly relate. When I was a teenager I certainly dreamed of my life being spiced up with something befitting of the TV shows, video games... read more
The anime which is not like an anime. That is Beck. Beck follows a typical 14 year old Japanese kid who somehow runs into a older, cooler Japanese guy who has been living in America for a few years. The kid gets interested in music, learns to play the guitar and eventually winds up joining a band led by the older guy. Its a bit annoying really that so much is given away in the synopsis of this anime and the opening titles. You know whats going to happen over much of it and you're just waiting for it to come to pass. This series is...very strange. Very strange indeed. Unlike anything I've ever seen... read more
Ranma is a truly amazing manga, one of my favourites, one of the best. Funny as sin and quite a good story too with some nifty action scenes. I love it.The anime meanwhile....ack...Well...the anime is a different matter.Its decent. Don't get me wrong but....it just doesn't work. With the first series they concentrate far too much on the romance and miss out the fun. They can't decide if their target demographic is girls or boys so fall flat aiming for either. When the anime was being made still this was recognised as a problem. It was not a great success early on. As such they shook things up. Introduced... read more
At first I really didn't like this anime.The plot seemed absolutely stupid. Sub-Harry Potter stuff. It was just all...ugh. Crappy.But. I stook at it...And you know. It grew on me.Sure, its formulaic, sure its got the typical cliche of a bunch of girls being mad about a lame guy. But...you don't always want War and Peace. Sometimes you just want a little generic bit of shallow entertainment.The big complaint I have against this anime I must say is one which it seems to think is its main selling point- it increased it for the second series. The fan service. Its just...awful. All the constant underwear shots... read more
Wow, I'm really not getting where all the hate for Dears is coming from.I didn't want to watch this at first. The title sounds awful and a bit...'gay' (in the way the kids mean it these days), the main advertising art puts me in mind of the sort of thing from the cover of my chobits manga- doesn't reflect whats inside but gives other people a very messed up impression of what you're reading. For some reason though I gave it a go and I was very pleasently surprised.This is a very good anime.One thing which really makes this stand out for me is the relationships are somehow more believable than in so many... read more
Its...alright. You know. I was told by a friend it was the best thing ever, I tried watching it and yeah it was alright. The more I watched it though the more it became apparent I was watching a kid's cartoon. I would have loved this when I was younger but its just too simplistic and childish to hold me today.That's not to say its bad of course but I stopped watching not too far in- the main characters have teamed up with some others to try and find a death staff in the hands of some bad guys or something like that? And I was never drawn back to watch it again.
"OK guys, so we're making one last episode as an OVA. Should we continue the story?"
"Nah, lets just send all the characters to an island for no apparent reason where they can dance around in bikinis!"
Yep, the show addressed the stupidness of this situation itself in a comment from one of the characters at the start and yep, given the priorities of the show I should have expected a big fat slab of fanservice. But...to this extent? If you like the show be rest assured you can safely watch this without missing out on anything. Nothing happens. The characters just get high and... read more
For a little while I loved this anime. When I first started watching it I thought it was the best thing ever. I got obsessed in the way I sometimes do with particularly good things.As time went by however and access to episodes of it proved hard to get my interest waned and slowed. When they got to the Soul Society it had degraded in quality from awesome to merely good. I kept watching, saw the Soul Society through to the end, the final battle put me in mind of DragonballZ for some reason...Rather good stuff.....Then though we got to the Bount arc. Awful. Just awful.I stopped watching Bleach regularly 4 or... read more