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Campione!

Mar 17, 2015

Campione is a hot mess. Classified as an ecchi (perverted) action and fantasy series, it substantially lacks anything raunchy enough to be considered risque, exciting enough to be considered action, and fantastical enough to – no, it’s pretty fantastical; fantastically bad. It has it all: girls with big boobs, swords, magic, lore, glowing red eyes, undead hordes, mass destruction in Tokyo, international intrigue… the list goes on and on. But what it doesn’t have is anything worth watching. Every character is generic. There’s the... See full review

2/10 story
3/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
1/10 overall

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya

Sep 16, 2014

First, yes.  This anime is an alternate universe of the Fate/Stay franchise.  Given that I haven't watched any of the Fate/Stay franchise and I heard that this would be a good stand alone title, I wanted to see if it was truly stand alone and if it could be enjoyed without any knowledge of the cannon material.  Given its average rating, I didn't expect much from it.  But, for a 10 episode commitment, it seemed like something that I could easily pick up and breeze through in an afternoon.   I looked through the other reviews (after watching) and they seem to be addressing this... See full review

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

Kill La Kill

Aug 19, 2014

Quite possibly one of the biggest titles of 2014, Kill La Kill has been hyped, cosplayed, merchandised, and practically worshiped.  For me, it fell short. Notibly the biggest issue for me was the predictable plot.  To avoid spoiling it for people, I won't go into depth with this.  But, several major plot points were downright predictable, it was just a matter of time before they unfolded. For some shows, it's about the path to the ending and the major plot points that matter though, not so much the what. Which leads me to my next point - the "journey" wasn't that impressive... See full review

2/10 story
4/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Tari Tari

Aug 6, 2014

TariTari makes for a quick, gripping watch for a slice of life show.  Packed with character development, internal and external conflicts, and a lot of touching moments, it delivers in many ways that other slice of life anime fall short. TariTari is about a group of students entering their last year of high school coming together to celebrate music and sometimes badmitten. It's about their struggles to find themselves and to be accepted as they are.   Without including spoilers, it's tough to describe what makes it so good.  Where the series starts and where the series ends feels natural and... See full review

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

Nanana's Buried Treasure

Jul 29, 2014

I started watching this with reasonably low expectations, was delightfully surprised for a few episodes, and then very disappointed throughout the rest. The animation quality is really nice and the premise was good but the characters and their development bring the show down - way down. The main character is pretty much the same as any other male lead with one exception - he's a thug who doesn't want to be a thug anymore.  He worked for some type of family mob of theives, doing something... it would have been nice to know what.  And, through that life, he learned to fight from his... See full review

6/10 story
10/10 animation
7/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

Kokoro Connect

Jul 29, 2014

Kokoro Connect is about a group of friends who are messed with by some "godlike" entity who can possess other humans.  All he wants is to be entertained so he sets parameters and messes with the cast of the show.  One of the ways he messes with them is by swapping their souls.  As you can imagine, this causes a lot of confusion among the characters and also leads to a decent amount of fan service. Kokoro Connect is a Slice-of-Life anime with some paranormal stuff happening throughout. It's the paranormal element and individual character motives that makes this show enjoyable, but... See full review

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

Log Horizon

Jul 28, 2014

After being turned off to Log Horizon by some of the "moe" aspects in the first few episodes and the striking resemblance to other anime titles like .Hack and Sword Art Online, I listened to a good friend who told me to stick it out until at least episode 7.  So I did.  And it was worth it. Log Horizon has its moments of nice animation, solid character development, and gripping plot.  But it struggles to find its pacing.  Shifting back and forth between the more sinister plots, the subplots, and all the gimmicks that make Log Horizon so interesting, it leaves the viewer... See full review

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

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

Jul 28, 2014

I picked this up because I wanted something pretty, lighthearted, and a little romantic.  The series is packed with a lot of running gags and not much else. The cast felt a little underdeveloped.  Though I was aware of all their dirty little secrets, there wasn't any one character who had any meat to their story.  As a slice of life rom-com, I was hoping for a bit more in the character development department.  Even with generic characters, there's still a lot that can be done - especially with a co-ed living arrangement. Granted, they each had their "moments" where they would... See full review

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

Love Live! School Idol Project

Jul 28, 2014

Quite possibly one of the most inspiring and generally feel-good shows you'll find, Love Live! School Idol Project is a beautiful, cute, and packs a few curve balls. The animation quality is crisp, clean, and simple.  The performances look like they were made in the Love Live! video game's program, but it works for the show.  Even with very precise motions, the characters still look alive, exhibit their unique personalities, and are full of energy.  There is a distinct different between the animation in the performances as compared to the normal animation but it's not a good or bad... See full review

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

Croisee in a Foreign Labyrinth

Oct 3, 2011

This is a peaceful, delightful little series filled with lots of love and warmth.  The soundtrack and artstyle compliment the story.  Delicate and sincere, this show is perfect for anyone looking for a touching story about a young girl who suddenly finds herself in a completely new culture. I found the series a bit nostalgic because I've been to Paris before.  That was the primary reason I started watching the series in the beginning. I was a bit confused, at first, about the language barriers.  It bothered me that all the characters speak Japanese even though they made it a point to... See full review

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

A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives

Oct 3, 2011

This was quite possibly one of the worst shows I have ever watched - and that's saying something.  This wasn't even one of those shows that's so terrible it's hilarious either.  It was just awful. The animation was muddy and ugly.  The average soundtrack was completely wasted on this piece of work. The characters were extremely cliche and downright boring to watch.  Each episode has pretty much the same plot as the one before it: Taito tries to save/protect Himea and gets beaten up and killed repeatedly.  He never gets stronger, he never becomes smarter. He just continues making... See full review

1/10 story
1/10 animation
5/10 sound
1/10 characters
1/10 overall

Bunny Drop

Sep 17, 2011

Usagi Drop is a delightful story about making the best of a not-so-great situation.  Rin is the illegitimate daughter of a man old enough to be her great grandfather.  It is not until after he has passed away that her father's family learns of her existance.  Not even old enough to attend school and without a mother, Rin appears to be on the verge of abandonment.  No one from her father's family wants to take her.  Disgusted with his own family's selfish behavior, Daikichi, Rin's father's grandson decides to take care of Rin.  Daikichi is a 30-year-old, unmarried male who works... See full review

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

No. 6

Sep 17, 2011

No. 6 is a story about a utopian society that thrives on providing for the greater good.  The people of No. 6 live a peaceful life.  Sion, an adolescent male accidentally jeopardizes his status in the city by helping and harboring an injured boy whom he helps escape.  Years later, Sion learns of a strange plague that is consuming people within the city.  Before he knows what's happening, he is a fugitive on the run, trying to escape the police.  Nezumi, the boy he helped earlier in life comes to save him and takes Sion outside of No.6 and into the real world.  The remainder of... See full review

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