Critic’s Log - September 30, 2015 Supplemental Review: The Tatami Galaxy Specials
I must say that I was not aware of the Specials for The Tatami Galaxy and I will just make this quick.
The first Special “Land Submarine, to the South Pole” is very strange and it really is not as visually appealing like the series.
The second Special “Land Submarine, to the Women’s bath ~Bed Chamber Investigation Team’s Rose colored search~ looks sloppy and it is pointless. The third and final Special “Land Submarine of Love and Fishing&rdquo... See full review
Critic’s Log - September 30, 2015. Review #99: The Tatami Galaxy Masaaki Yuasa was born on March 16, 1965 in Fukuoka, Japan. He is an Anime Director that many consider to be unique in the Anime industry. His style is unique indeed. He is known for titles such as Mind Game, Kemonozume, Kaiba, Ping Pong, and the anime I am reviewing. Sadly, almost all of Masaaki Yuasa’s work are unlicensed in the United State, this one on the other hand did get licensed but not much has been done to it in terms of a home release in the U.S. Here is my review of The Tatami Galaxy! A second... See full review
Critic’s Log – July 14, 2015. Review #95: The Rose of Versailles When it comes to World History, The French Revolution was always a fascinating subject to me. There happens to be one anime that is a portrayal of French History and even the French Revolution, even if the whole thing is a build-up to the French Revolution. The anime I am referring to is… THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES Oscar Francois de Jarjayes was raised as if she was a boy, she would later command the palace guards at Versailles in the years before the French Revolution. Her beauty as well as her strong noble spirit... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: March 26, 2015. Review #94: Steins;Gate
I’ve been running for all my life Through Time and Space. Every second of every minute of every day of every year. I strove for peace in a universe of war. Now the time has come for me to face the choices I have made in the name of the mad scientist. Our future depends on one single moment of one impossible day. The day I’ve been running from all my life. The Day of the Mad Scientist. This is Steins;Gate. ALLONS-Y!
Rintaro Okabe is a self-proclaimed "mad scientist" who believes that an... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: September 5, 2014. Supplemental Review for .Hack//SIGN
This may be pointless of me to review an OVA that is only 1 episode, but I don’t mind reviewing stuff related to an anime that I previously reviewed. With that said, here’s .Hack//GIFT.
Helba has created the Twilight Hot Springs for the heroes from the .hack game series and the heroes from the .hack//SIGN series. Now the characters race to see who finds it first, and to solve some mysterious player-killings.
To be technical, this is a Bee Train production... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: September 4, 2014. Review #89: The Slayers
I have recently completed Final Fantasy IX (a PlayStation 1 game) and I had a lot of fun playing it and I really enjoyed the game. It has now become one of my favorite entries in the Final Fantasy franchise. I felt like watching a fun anime in response to finishing that game, and this one happens to be under the fantasy genre. That anime is… The Slayers.
This is the tale of Lina Inverse, a wandering sorceress and bandit-killer. She joins forces with roving swordsman Gourry Gabriev in what's supposed... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: July 21, 2014
With every single passing year, technology seems to be advancing little by little. I happen to use the computer frequently, because I do most of my projects on the computers. Others are probably communicating with a source of electronics. Thanks to social networking, we are all connected.
Lain - Review #88.
Lain Iwakura appears to be an ordinary girl, with almost no experience or skill with computers. Yet the sudden suicide of a schoolmate, and a number of abnormal occurrences, intrigue Lain into the... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: July 17, 2014. Supplemental Review to .Hack//SIGN
I looked into the .Hack video games and I really couldn’t get interested in playing them…However there was something else that came along with it… here’s .Hack//Liminality
In the year 2007, the MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) known as 'The World' was released in the US and became insanely popular, spreading worldwide and reaching up to 20 million players. One day, a mysterious phenomenon occurs where all the monsters in the game become increasingly powerful... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: May 22, 2013. Review #87: .Hack//SIGN
In the real world, I enjoy watching anime, in “The World”... I really don’t want to talk about this.
Welcome to The World
In the near future, there is a popular virtual reality online role playing game, characters try to play out the goals they set for entertainment and also passing of time. It is called “The World” and it is an RPG with a setting of monsters, player characters and dungeons. Tsukasa is a detached and introverted player and... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: April 21, 2014. Review #83: Sword Art Online. Besides the fact that I enjoy watching anime. I also really enjoy playing video games such as Old-school Retro Games, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and any fun game in general . I particularly like Role-Playing Games because of a higher chance of an appealing story which RPG’s does put heavy emphasis on as well as being character-driven. When I went to my local anime convention Sakura-con last year, there was this one anime that really got a hell of a lot of attention. I didn’t understand why, I mean after... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: March 29, 2014. Review #82: Witchblade.
In 22nd-Century Japan, There was a catastrophic earthquake that took a number of lives. Masane Amaha happened to survive the disaster that destroyed Tokyo and she becomes the latest in an ancient line of women-only warriors to wield the mysterious sentient weapon known only throughout history as "the Witchblade". Hellbent on protecting her daughter, she will face her worst fear.
To be technical, this is a Studio GONZO production and...drumroll please. *drumroll*. it’s not that... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: February 14, 2014. Review #81: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Today is Valentine’s Day, and if someone you care about disappears. What would you do? You may or may not get the answer from The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. It is the middle of December, andSOS Brigade chief Haruhi Suzumiya announces that the Brigade is going to hold a Christmas party in their clubroom, with Japanese hotpot for dinner. The brigade members Kyon, Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi start preparing everything for the party, such as costumes and... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: February 14, 2014. Review #80: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009) It is February and widely considered to be the Month of Love. I honestly can’t relate to that at this time since I am actually single. If I look at a certain point of view that involves either my family or my faith. I guess I don’t have a problem with it. If we are talking about Valentine’s Day, I guess I could celebrate somehow. Come to think of it, what does Valentine’s Day have anything to do with The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya? Nothing. On the first day of... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: February 14, 2013. Supplemental Review of "Haruhi-chan" : Nyoron Churuya-san. It isn’t easy being cheesy. Why? Because Nyoron Churuya-san is… Here goes. This is a series of shorts about Tsuruya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, based on the iconic format of the Nyorōn Churuya-san manga. Episodes mainly concern her search for smoked cheese. Yeah…This is really what this anime is about. To be technical, this is a Kyoto Animation production and boy… you really have to give these guys a pass on... See full review
NOTE: This review is based on the 2006 airing of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Do not confuse this with the 2009 Rebroadcasting of Season 1 that was aired with new episode thrown in Critic’s Log - Earthdate: February 14, 2014. Review #78: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006) It is February and widely considered to be the Month of Love. I honestly can’t relate to that at this time since I am actually single. If I look at a certain point of view that involves either my family or my faith. I guess I don’t have a problem with it. If we are talking about... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: January 18, 2014. Review #77 : Samurai 7
Well, 2013 has come and gone and now it’s time for me to continue into the new year of 2014. I have been a bit busy as of lately but now I would like to continue my duty of reviewing anime as a hobby that I love doing. I may have written quite a number of reviews during 2013 and one of my resolutions this year is to write my 100th Anime Review (excluding the supplemental reviews I wrote alongside some animes.) I know the whole New Years Resolution thing is kind of pointless to bring up in this situation. Oh well... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: December 1, 2013. Review #74: Paprika.
It’s been a while since I last had a dream and I really don’t know why. I actually like having dreams when I am asleep. Well anyway…Dreams can even influence ideas for movies and that is not a bad method for using your imagination if you are the creative type. Hell, Christopher Nolan’s film Inception was about going within a dream within a dream within a dream. Talk about complicating. Anyway, the final dream that Satoshi Kon completed is Paprika.
Sometime in the near future, a revolutionary... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: December 1, 2013.
To begin, all human beings have a viewpoint of all shapes and sizes. But there are times when someone can be cornered into agreeing on something so he or she can please others. Regardless of the situation, a person will eventually form his or her own opinion and draw a conclusion about something but not everyone will agree. And then...
In the country of Japan, there seems to be an elementary school kid that is known as Lil’ Slugger (Shonen Bat in the Subtitled Version) and this mysterious... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: December 1, 2013. Review #72: Tokyo Godfathers.
Well, the holiday season is here once again and I have yet another review just in time before Christmas, in fact this movie takes place around Christmas. Here’s Tokyo Godfathers!
On one Christmas Eve, there were three Japanese people who are homeless. one is a middle aged man named Gin who happens to be an alcoholic. one is a high school runaway girl named Miyuki, and a transgender woman who was a former drag queen named Hana. These three were searching dumpsters and trash bags for possible Christmas... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: November 24, 2013. Review #69: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Warning: This review contains subject matter that is not appropriate for young children. November 23, 2013 was a very special day, Yesterday was The Day of The Doctor. It was the 50th Anniversary of the longest Science-Fiction series Doctor Who. Pffft, fuck that! *ahem* Actually, I really enjoy Doctor Who and I was just joking, But this day should also be honoring all doctors of all fields, you know… the doctors that give you your checkups to see that you are healthy. Also, let’s not forget... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: October 31, 2013. Review #65: Soul Eater Men and Women of all fandoms, would you like to see something strange? Come with us if you will see, in this placecalled Death City This is Soul Eater, This is Soul Eater. Kishins scream in the dead of night. Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon meisters known as the Death Weapon Meister Academy. This series revolves around 3 groups of each a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to make the weapon a "Death Scythe" and thus fit for use by the Shinigami, they must collect the souls... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: October 31, 2013. Review #63: Perfect Blue Ah, Satoshi Kon. Ever since his death on August of 2010, he has left viewers with some interesting films and his only TV series. Now I usually treat Anime movies the same way as a Television Anime. I know that Anime films have larger budgets than TV animes, so there are some strong advantages to Anime films regarding this. I am also a man that takes movies seriously, and I will say the same thing towards anime. As silly as that sounds, my main goal since the beginning was to put out honest and informative reviews, as well as... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: October 23, 2013. Review #62: Vampire Hunter D
Vampires are very popular in horror stories. Some stories are effective, some aren’t. Either it’s irresistable, or it’s a total shlockfest. Either way, it will drain your blood and energy and time depending on what you see. Here is Vampire Hunter D
In the year 12,090 A.D, technology and the supernatural have overtaken the world. But thanks to the overzealous ambitions of man, the world remains desolate and oppressive. What's left of... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: October 17, 2013. Review #60: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
In the realms of imagination. Time Travel can be quite amusing. In a fictional sense, it is a creative trope. There have been some fictional stories that use time travel pretty well and show the consequences of altering events whether it be good or bad, and Great Scott! The possibilities of time travel stories is pretty close to infinite. This movie is sort of like this. This is the tale of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
Makoto Konno is a 17 year old high school girl and she somehow gained... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: September 15, 2013. Supplemental Review: Naruto OVA: Find the Crimson Four Leaf Clover You may or may not have heard about this OVA, but lets Find the Crimson Four Leaf Clover. As ridiculous as that sounds. Konohamaru, The grandson of the 3rd Hokage, finally has a crush on a girl, but he has a big problem...she is soon to be moving away from the Hidden Leaf Village. Konohamaru, trying to make her stay, seeks out the legendary crimson four-leaf clover, which is rumored to grant one wish. To be technical, this is a Studio Pierrot production and this was the first... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: September 14, 2013. Review #58: Redline
Racing, it sure is a popular sport. There’s Nascar, Drag Racing, and whatever form of racing you can think of. There’s even video games of Racing like Mario Kart, Gran Turismo, Need For Speed, and other racing games. There are also Racing Anime such as Speed Racer, Initial D, Oban Star Racers, and other Racing Animes. There’s also the Fast and Furious series. There is an Anime movie that is set in the future, plus the elements similar to Speed Racer, Initial D, and Mario Kart. The end result is... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: September 10, 2013. Review #57: Outlaw Star This is ground control, calling Outlaw Star. Please inform everyone that your crew is going where no man has gone before. Outlaw Star, Liftoff!. Gene Starwind and his kid partner Jim Hawking run a small business on the backwater planet of Sentinel III. However, all that changes the day that Hilda hires them for a bodyguard job. It turns out that Hilda is being pursuited by the Kei Pirates. Gene and Jim discover a girl in a metal box. And no, Joss Whedon did not rip that scene off when he made Firefly, that... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: September 2, 2013.. Review #56: Summer Wars
Summer vacation is almost over for students and school is almost back in session. If you want to know how I spent my Summer. Well, playing Softball and playing video games… Oh and watching and reviewing anime. Since Summer vacation is about to come to an end for most people, I thought it would be fitting to review a specific movie because because because because because...The wonderful virtual world of OZ is what I want to talk to you about. Here’s my review of Summer Wars.
Kenji Koiso is a... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: May 13, 2013. Review #48: Resident Evil: Damnation
I have reviewed the first CGI Resident Evil movie before and if you have looked it up before, I already mentioned that I reviewed it as a special treat because one of my friends got into Resident Evil at the time and has brought it up a lot to me since then. When I reviewed it, I had the feeling that I was gonna get suckered into that series, and what do you know... I got into Resident Evil thanks to another friend of mine. I decided to review this Resident Evil movie for a special occasion. Like I did with my... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: May 12, 2013. Review #47: Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni: Kai
Well, I survived the horrors that I saw in Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni. And... I am prepared for more. With that said, let’s get out of this tunnel from hell with Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni: Kai.
The endless cycle of hatred and death that befell the small village of Hinamizawa still continues. Rika Furude is the sole witness of all those tragedies and she tries to find a way out of it with her friends' help, without knowing if there is one after all... See full review