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  • Joined Mar 14, 2019
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Crossing Time

Jan 12, 2020

I found this show on A-P's homepage in the watch online widget/section and decided to give it a shot. With a total runtime of less than 40 minutes, it's surprising the amount of joy it gives.  The story is episodic so if you're looking for something long, you'll be disappointed. However, past that point, Crossing Time is really fun if you're just looking to kill some time. The whole show is pretty "flat" and each story/episode is satisfying despite that.
Some characters were very cliche and some were not so cliche. But they all work quite well in the big picture that is... See full review

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

Hanamonogatari

Jan 4, 2020

I have started watching the Monogatari series with the most random title: Hanamonogatari. I don't remember what led me to choosing this as my start point for the franchise, but it was something related to Suruga's character design. I haven't even watched anything else in the Monogatari universe yet. And have still no idea what the other titles are about. Thus, this is an odd review from an unconventional viewer. Story and Characters: Blindly entering into the anime, I had no idea what to expect from the story. The first episode was a very weird experience to say the least. Never before... See full review

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

Vinland Saga

Jan 2, 2020

Been a couple of days since I finished Vinland Saga and here's my attempt to express my thoughts on it. Review may does contain spoilers so please proceed with caution. I kept avoiding Vinland Saga for a few weeks after taking an interest in it based off the hype. Mostly because I was doubtful that Wit Studio would be able to make a show as good as Attack on Titan S3 P2 within the same year and also partly because I simply didn't want to believe Vikings could be portrayed so well in Anime. And I was so happy to be proved wrong on both fronts! I knew I wouldn't hate this anime whatsoever... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
8/10 overall

Perfect Blue

Dec 7, 2019

Writing a review for Perfect Blue seems unnecessary since there are already enough reviews of it that pretty much cover all off the things I want to say. But, I really liked it so here's my two cents (ha-ha). Also, this review probably contains all the spoilers of the story so if you haven't watched it and don't like spoilers, go watch it, you slacker!  STORY: The story revolves around the recently retired pop idol Mima who is treading the waters in the acting industry. She reluctantly makes the big shift after her agency handler decides that's what's best for her. Little does she know of... See full review

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

Taro-san no Kisha

Nov 16, 2019

One of my recent solutions to boredom is going on Anime Planet's watch online titles and try to watch something very random. Thus I found Taro-san's train. This a super old animation video from early 1900s so I you know there isn't much there to it. And you'd be right.  This video is a mixture of live action (for the first 3/7th of the film) and classic animation. The story follows a boy happily playing with his toy train set all day long. He dreams about what it's like inside his train set. And in that dream lies a handful of short stories that explore various tropes or personalities you'd find in... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 animation
3/10 sound
3/10 characters
5/10 overall

Ano Hi no Kokoro wo Toraete

Nov 11, 2019

As far as anime commercials go, this was quite better than my expectations. They managed to have a definite story in less than 7 minutes quite well. However, the constant guitar sound in the background during the middle feels unnecessay. Thankfully it stops just when you'd want to click off the video. If this were an OVA or even a decaminute longer I'm pretty sure the story and characters could've been explored a lot better

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5/10 story
7/10 animation
4/10 sound
2/10 characters
2/10 overall

1000say: HANE

Nov 10, 2019

This song could have had a lot better music video. Honestly, it feels like the artist did major injustice to their own song. Especially when it comes to the animation. The story is easy to gauge. With characters, the blame goes back to animation. I don't see how an upbeat song about a girl running around with birds gets a totally black background, a hilariously bad CG character and if it wasn't enough, an alien girl with weird face-body proportions.  However, the song was good enough that I watched the MV throughout anyway.

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1/10 story
0.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
0.5/10 characters
1/10 overall

001

Nov 10, 2019

I have just been replaying this for the past few minutes. And it's impossible to understand what 001 is trying to convey. This is more like a project by a man who was super bored and made this out of force of habit. Like something that you end up doing whenever you're bored.

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1/10 story
3/10 animation
3/10 sound
1/10 characters
1/10 overall

The Treasures of the Desert

Nov 7, 2019

This anime is about a middle schooler going to a weird desert. There is not really much going on with it. The sole purpose of this OVA seems to be teaching morals and values to 5 year old kids.  Be grateful for what you have and protect your monuments.  If you're any older than 12 just don't bother trying to watch it. The story is painfully plain. The voice acting in the dub is decent. By the end of this 25 minutes episode, the MC starts respecting the value of non-material things like art and gifts. The animation feels like there wasn't any effort put into it. Same with sound design... See full review

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

Umezu Kazuo no Noroi

Oct 13, 2019

Just watched this absolute gemstone of a horror piece. The Curse Of Kazou Umezu yet another epitome of #dtab (Damn, That Anime Is BAD). It is quite certainly a classic if you go by the era it was made in. And it also has a great potential for good horror elements. However, all of that is wasted because of the overall dogshit execution. There was either no exposition at all, or there was some lazy exposition that helped the writers dodge the task of coming up with clever or at least entertaining explanations.  STORY: The episode is divided into two parts. First half is just too... See full review

3/10 story
2.5/10 animation
2/10 sound
2/10 characters
2.5/10 overall

Twinkle Nora Rock Me!

Sep 22, 2019

A man's life has two phases. One, before he has watched Twinkle Nora Rock ME! and the other, after he has watched Twinkle Nora Rock Me! Having entered the second phase very recently, there is a huge surfeit of questions on my mind right now. What just happened? How did I manage to sit through this? Who made this project? Why does this anime exist?  STORY Plot of Nora Rock Me! is all over the place. It is almost impossible to figure out the premise. Our favourite protagonist, Nora Scholar, is not only unreasonably strong, but she has also obtained some superpowers out of no... See full review

2/10 story
0.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
1.5/10 overall

Zenonzard The Animation Episode 0

Sep 16, 2019

Zenonzard looks like a promising series based on Episode 0. The premise is set in a futuristic world where, apparently, a card game has surpassed the popularity most popular games of our days. The card game is played in a virtual battle. There isn't much to talk about the story more than this as this is just an itroductory episode. The animation is interesting and fun. Character design manages to look fesh. However, most anime fans will be put off by the CG. The sound design and soundtrack was easily the most attention drawing feature of the episode. The music during one of the battle scenes was... See full review

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

Nora

Sep 16, 2019

Nora is one of the most awkward anime I may have watched so far. It was impossible for me to take anything about it seriously less than a few minutes in. The story is of an AI computer that goes rogue after a bad scientist tries to use it for his own evil purposes and the titular character, Nora comes in to save the day. The plot, to put it simply, is very straightforward and linear. However, it is so maladministered that it somewhat becomes unpredictable. There is a bit of fanservice scenes here and there. And sometimes it appears right in the middle of a plot-oriented scene. It is really laughable... See full review

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

Godzilla Movie 2: City on the Edge of Battle

Aug 22, 2019

I started watching this Godzilla adaptation with the expectation of being highly disappointed. With the terrible reputation of Computer Graphics in anime and a franchise with so many previous adaptations so far, I thought I would enjoy it at all. But here I am, almost satisfied, after just finishing the second installment. This movie is definitely better than the first and it does make me look forward to watching the next as soon as I can. The animation is a mixed experience because of the CG. Sometimes simple character movements like walking and hand gestures felt too robotic or unnatural (though this... See full review

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

Dororo (2019)

Aug 4, 2019

Feudal Japan. An orphan kid teams up with a deaf and blind amputee young adult warrior, and they go on a journey of killing demons while being chased down by the warrior's father and brother. What a wonderful premise! Dororo is by far the best anime re-adaptation I've seen this decade and it's easily the best adaptation of all of Mr. Tezuka's works. STORY Dororo is very dark compared to the manga it's based on but it still manages to be upbeat and playful all throughout its run. It is a well balanced mixture of action, drama comedy along with a very fulfilling character development for every relevant... See full review

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

Detective Conan

Aug 4, 2019

Detective Conan started airing in my country when I was about 12/13 years old. I was already a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes books by then. So when I found Conan, I immediately loved it. The references to Sherlock Holmes in Conan'sd deductions were such a treat. They stopped the show in my country soon but I was hooked. I have many fond childhood memories of this anime. I'm 22 now and I keep catching up with newer episodes whenever I can. The cases are almost always interesting and you never feel bored. This is one of the shows I will keep watching no matter if it's "good" or "bad". The... See full review

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