Critic’s Log - October 3, 2015. Review #101: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos The original Fullmetal Alchemist anime was constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed to stand on its own. It was given its own movie to continue where it left off but also conclude its story. Fullmetal Alchemist was also given a second adaptation which was Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. It was more faithful to Hiromu Arakawa’s Masterpiece than the first series ever was. After Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood finished its run, it was announced that the franchise would get a second movie... See full review
Critic’s Log - October 3, 2015. Supplemental Review of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD
Well… I went over Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and it’s OVA’s and it turns out I got another thing to talk about before I go over a certain anime movie. I am referring to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Comic Theater
I have no reason to give a synopsis about this one because this whole entire thing is a self-aware parody of the series. This anime is inspired by the manga omakes that were at the end of a volume of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. Interestingly enough... See full review
Critic’s Log - October 3, 2015. Supplemental Review of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD
I remembered that the original Fullmetal Alchemist had some OVA’s. One of them was some comedic in-joke on the people that worked on the series as if the characters were actors. Another was a little sequence that feels like the epilogue to the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime. Then there was a Live-action OVA, an Interactive OVA, and then a Recap OVA. To be honest, these OVA’s don’t really add much to the original Fullmetal Alchemist and I found most of them pointless. Fullmetal... See full review
Critic’s Log - October 3, 2015: Review #100: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD
Anime… it is a medium that continuously constructs, some of them deconstruct certain genres (or deviate from the source material), and some of them are reconstructions (in other words... remakes and retellings). But it is not a flawless medium. In order for an anime series to succeed, effort of equal value and money must be given. That is how the Anime Industry works, but what could equal the value of a Masterpiece?
The time is at hand for me to review… FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST... See full review
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
Since I reside in the United States, I am fully aware that some people enjoy watching an Anime dubbed for specific reasons. I have a bilingual preference when it comes to Anime. I like watching Anime subbed and dubbed. When I do rewatch a certain Anime, I would go with the version I enjoyed the most or the one that I think that was the better version. There are some Anime that are good in either version. When it comes to English Dub Voice Actors, Men tend to favor Steve Blum, maybe it’s because he’s got that cool distinctive voice. When it comes to the ladies, they tend to favor Vic Mignogna... See full review
*SPOILER ALERT: Parts of this review will spoil things from the first season on Code Geass.
Critic’s Log – August 10, 2015. Review #97: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2.
I was listening to Radiohead’s fifth album “Amnesiac” and I only liked a few songs in it. Why do I bring them up, because Britannia has awesome music Wait, what am I talking about? Oh that’s right! Here’s CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2! One year has passed since the failure of the Black Rebellion. Britannia has assigned Area 11 to a "correctional education"... See full review
Critic’s Log – August 10, 2015. Review #96: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. 7 years have passed since I first watched this particular anime, this was a fond memory of my high school days. Well, it is time that I review this series at last. This is CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion! The Empire of Britannia has invaded Japan using giant robot weapons known as the Knightmare Frames. Japan is now referred to as Area 11, and its people are called “Elevens”. A Britannian , Lelouch, vowed to his Japanese friend Suzaku that he would one day destroy Britannia. Years later... 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 Diary - Earthdate: February 14, 2015. Review #93: The Future Diary
People assume that time is a straight progression of cause to effect, but actually. From a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly...timey-wimey...stuff. This anime is nothing like Doctor Who, Here’s The Future Diary!
Yukiteru Amano is a loner who never really interacts with people and prefers writing a diary on his cell phone with his only companion being an imaginary friend named Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: January 26, 2015. Review #92: Ergo Proxy
When someone forms an opinion on something, They think therefore they are. I have reviewed a number of anime because I think therefore I am. Regardless if this sounds pretentious or not. Here is Ergo Proxy
The world has become largely uninhabitable over the course of time and now what remains of humanity exists inside large dome-like cities. When androids known as AutoReivs begin committing crimes and displaying a semblance of free will, Re-L Mayer begins investigating the cause. This... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: December 2, 2014. Review #91 - Hetalia: The Beautiful World
There are a lot of things that go on in this world and it can be complicating sometimes. There are some assholes in the world but there are several nations that have come together to co-operate as part of the United Nat…. Screw it, I’m aborting the intro… Here’s Hetalia: The Beautiful World!
Italy was once home of the strongest empire in the world. Now it has changed. Italy is now a cowardly pasta loving fool, and his friends also go through strange... See full review
WARNING: Due to the nature of this anime, Hinting a few things could not be helped while addressing some pros and cons during this review. With that said, I shall call out a minor SPOILER ALERT before I start this review. This review should be fine if you are at the halfway point or have already seen the entire thing.
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: October 31, 2014. Review #90: Attack on Titan
There is an anime convention that I attend on an annual basis known as Sakura-con. When I went there in 2013. Sword Art Online was heavily promoted and it was becoming popular at... 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: May 1, 2013. Review #86: Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent Guts and the rest of the Band of the Hawk join forces once again to try to rescue Griffith from the depths of the dungeon of Midland. This is just the beginning of the end of the Golden Age Well, that was a short synopsis and let me tell you… If I said anymore, it will start going into spoiler territory. I am only giving you the basic premise of how things will start for the sake of viewer interest. To be technical, this third and final part of the Golden Arc movies is a Studio... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: May 1, 2014. Review #85: Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey
The second part of a trilogy is often the most important piece of any trilogy. Man, does a lot happen in this one. That being Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey
The Band of the Hawk participates in the Midland war campaign. During the campaign on the bloody battlefield, they conquer and win decisive victories that lead them to Doldrey, an old fortress that will decide the outcome of the war. Amid all this carnage and brutality, Griffith’s words still... See full review
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: May 1, 2014. Review #84: Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King. In February of 2013, I reviewed an anime that was an adaptation of the well-known dark fantasy manga juggernaut by Kentaro Miura known as Berserk. I bring this up because back in 2010, the news of a set of Berserk movies were announced for theatrical releases. Many Berserk fans got excited. Now with all 3 movies released in the United States, it is time I revisit the tale of Guts and his days with the Band of the Hawk in theatrical form. The question is… Does this adaptation hold up?... 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
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: February 14, 2014. Review #79: The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya. Let’s Go! This is about A comical spin-off of the popular "Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" anime series that originally aired back in 2006 involving all the major characters in more child-like forms of their animated selves going through various spoofs of previous plot line; like Nagato and the dreaded laptop with a twist. face offs with the rack of costumes that were stuffed in the corner of the club room. and dodge ball tournaments on a sugar rush. Yeah... 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