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Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine

Apr 27, 2016

This review is for the second season only.  I have already reviewed season one HERE.  Synopsis:  The scientist Ochiai is up to something.  Whether or not it’s good or bad is somewhat ambiguous.  He’s definitely obsessed with creating a human/Gauna hybrid, one of his old projects that he never was able to complete before, and there’s no time like the present.  The Gauna are headed for the Lem star system, where a human colony will surely be destroyed if they aren’t stopped. ... See full review

7.5/10 story
9/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Jan 4, 2016

Spoilers, but really, there's not much to give away, its Ghibli's version of Disney's version of the Little Mermaid. Ponyo is a goldfish who lives under the sea with her wizard father and many goldfish sisters.  One day she ventures to the surface to satisfy her undying curiosity about the world above the surface.  She meets a boy named Sosuke there, and a strong bond of love develops between them.  She gets into her father’s magical elixirs, miraculously acquires legs and goes to live with sosuke on the land as a real human girl, but Sosuke must make a commitment to her, or she will... See full review

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

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal

May 9, 2015

Eternal is the second of two recap movies which present a slightly different edit of the story of the original series.  This movie covers episodes nine through twelve.  Because I have already reviewed the original series Here, and Beginnings Here, I will only touch on the differences in this review.  If you have already watched Beginnings, then you know how beautiful these recap movies are.  Actually, there isn’t much to say really.  If... See full review

9/10 story
9.5/10 animation
10/10 sound
8/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings

May 8, 2015

Beginnings is just the condensed, movie version, of the first eight episodes of the Madoka Magica TV series.  Because I have already reviewed the series here, I will only be addressing the differences in this review.  Also, there are a couple of spoilers, but I have warnings for all and put them all at the end of the paragraph, so if you want to avoid them, just go to the next paragraph as soon as you see the warning. It has been said many times that you can either watch the series, or the two recap movies, and you will pretty... See full review

7/10 story
9.5/10 animation
10/10 sound
7/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Deadman Wonderland

Apr 20, 2015

Synopsis:  The story centers on Ganta, a student who is about to go on a class field trip to Deadman Wonderland, a prison/theme park which funds itself by putting the prisoners through deadly sporting events for the enjoyment of the paying public.  Hey, it worked for Rome, didn’t it?  The problem with such a system is that it eventually takes on a life of its own, and needs to be fed.  Soon, the need to replace prisoners who die in the games causes every little offense, such as j-walking and spitting on the sidewalk to become capital offenses.  Fortunately, it hasn’t... See full review

6.5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.9/10 overall

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 3: Rebellion

Apr 8, 2015

Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion is the direct sequel to the TV series, or the two recap movies.  It picks up at some unspecified time (presumably fairly shortly) after Madoka’s transformation into her ultimate form, where she changed the fate of all magical girls, became “The Law of Cycles,” and disappeared from the world, forgotten by everyone but Homura.   So why is she in this movie?  Why is Sayaka present?  Why does Kyouko go to school with the rest of the girls?  Why can’t Kyubey talk?  And where are the wraiths that I expected the girls to... See full review

9/10 story
9.5/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8.9/10 overall

Tenchi Movie 3: Tenchi Forever

Apr 6, 2015

Full disclosure:  I’m solidly in the Team Ayeka camp, but that’s not why I don’t like this movie. Synopsis:  Tenchi Forever (or Tenchi In Love 2)is the third Tenchi movie, and was originally intended to be the conclusion of the franchise, although it obviously continued anyway.  As anyone who has spent any time watching Tenchi Muyo knows, the franchise is divided into multiple alternate universe story lines.  Forever follows in the Tenchi Universe ( TV series) story line.  Tenchi is kidnapped by a ghost living in a tree near his house <spoiler> who... See full review

4/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
6.9/10 overall

Wolf Children

Mar 8, 2015

Let me start off by saying this review will have some spoilers in it, so you have been warned. Wolf Children is the story of Hana, a college student who meets a werewolf and falls in love, has a whirlwind romance, gets pregnant, and ends up having to raise two werewolf children on her own when the father dies just after the two kids are born.  Hana deals with problems, some of which will be familiar to most parents, and others which will be familiar to most dog owners (such as chewing on furniture).  All things considered, Wolf Children is a solidly good movie.  However, it’s not as... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.8/10 overall

Knights of Sidonia

Feb 18, 2015

Well, there are already two detailed reviews on here, one praising this show, and one saying it couldn’t have been much worse.  Allow me to give a dispassionate middle of the road review.  I really enjoyed Knights of Sidonia, but it certainly had its share of flaws, and a couple of WTF moments.  Maybe its because I grew up with Macross and Megazone 23, but I like this kind of anime.  I don’t watch exclusively sci-fi anime, but as I turn to look at my DVD shelves right now, I can’t help but notice my anime is about 80% sci-fi.  So, hey, if you are looking for a... See full review

5/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
7/10 overall

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna

Feb 1, 2015

Synopsis: The Ambition of Oda Nobuna is a gender swapped retelling of the end of the sengoku,or warring states period of Japanese history.  Most of the major historical figures have been transformed into girls, and time traveler Sagara Yoshiharu, a high school student from modern day Japan, full of knowledge about the period from playing simulation games, uses his knowledge to change the events so everything works out the way he wants it to, but what consequences will come from tampering with history? The Ambition of Oda Nobuna is a mixed bag of mostly interesting, definitely entertaining, and a bit... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Dec 30, 2014

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex takes place in the not too distant future where most of the population has had part or all of their bodies replaced by cybernetic prosthetics. The main characters are members of Public Security Section 9, a government agency which investigates high tech crime and terrorism.  If you have seen the original 1995 movie, you should be able to jump right in to this with no problem.  It is also easily accessible for those not familiar with the franchise.   Lets break it down: Animation/Art:  8/10.  The opening credits are done in full 3D CGI... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.3/10 overall

Trinity Blood

Dec 14, 2014

Trinity Blood Review, Trinity Blood takes place several hundred years in the future in post apocalyptic Earth divided between three kingdoms.  The Empire of the True Race, is a vampire kingdom with its capital in Byzantium.  The Vatican leads the New Human Empire and opposes the vampires in what is pretty much a cold war.  And Albion, or England, with its capitol in Londinium, is a technologically advanced society made up primarily of humans and a “ghetto” of vampires.  There is a fourth faction, the Order of Rozen Cruiz, which seems set on ending the uneasy peace and... See full review

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

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Dec 14, 2014

Don't be fooled by this anime.  From the art and all the promotional material it looks like your typical Magical Girl anime.  That was a purposefull deception.  If you aren't familiar with this franchise, then do yourself a favor and stop reading reviews right now. The most important thing is that you avoid spoilers, and if you keep doing what seems like reasonable research before investing your time into a series, you can end up ruining the experience. For goodness sake don't read the Wikipedia article!

I'm like you, and I normally will read up on a series before I buy it, but I... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
8/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Touhou Gensou Mangekyou: The Memories of Phantasm

Dec 14, 2014

Review first posted in 2014.  Edited in 2018. Review of:  Touhou Project (Memories of Phantasm) Memories of Phantasm is an unbelievably high quality anime for being a doujin project.  At the time I am writing this, I have seen four episodes.  Three with English subs and the fourth with no voices whatsoever (English or Japanese) and no English subs, so I had to infer what was going on, which wasn’t hard at all and I still enjoyed the episode.  For those who don’t know, Touhou Project is a totally doujin (or fan made) franchise consisting of tons of video games which... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.8/10 overall