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Detective Conan Movie 23: The Fist of Blue Sapphire

Feb 9, 2020

If there's something just as clockwork as time and taxes, it's a yearly Detective Conan movie.  This one was the 2019 movie (as they air during Golden Week in Japan, which is April, and then typically manage to get to other countries around October of that year.  The past few movies have taken even longer to reach foreign shores). While I certainly don't regret watching it, especially as a fan of the Kaito Kid-Conan Edogawa team up, there are at least two movies which does this concept better justice (movies 10 and 14). And if you take Kaito Kid out of this movie, the story alone (and even the... See full review

4/10 story
9/10 animation
4/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Great Teacher Onizuka

Feb 9, 2020

This is the story of a perverted, delinquent teacher as he is forced to deal with a couple of 14-year-old psychopaths. No, seriously; that's basically what it boils down to.  The series was really good to start with, but then it felt like it jumped between "psycho girl of the week" and "really weird final arc with a dozen or so plotholes in it", plus filler episodes in the middle of some of the bigger arcs and one teacher whose brief "arc" was never even completed. Not that it isn't a good series, but it really goes off the rails (that, and the show always seems to need... See full review

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

Terror in Resonance

Jan 28, 2020

I'm not going to do my usual and complete breakdown, because it's just not worth it.  And for anyone who starts screaming:  "You're reviewing it when you dropped it!?  WHUT!?", I read the rest in the Wiki and was glad that I dropped it, thank you. If you want a full, in-depth (good) review of this, check out the review done by ThatAnimeSnob.  Honestly, he says it all better than I can because dang...this is another example of "overhyped when it's actually crap". -- The Story is simple:  A couple guys with numbers for names (and if that doesn't scream "I... See full review

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

Major 2nd

Jan 23, 2020

Another "next gen" anime.  To be honest, I probably would have enjoyed this more if it revolved around Izumi Shigeno instead of Daigo.  In the short amount of times she comes on screen, she already has a much more interesting personality. That, or if it was actually about Hikaru and Daigo learning to become a battery.  For all the summary (and intro song) boasts, it takes what feels like forever for them to become a battery...and they only form as one for official games a couple times. Now that said, if you're familiar at all with the "formula" of Major, then you can... See full review

6/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Kids on the Slope

Jan 21, 2020

If you came here like I did for a music anime, this is not it.  Yes, it has music in it, but mostly just as a way to connect the protagonists as it takes a backseat to the Romance genre.  I don't usually get involved in romance anime, but by the time I realized that Romance/Drama were the primary genres (with music taking the back seat), I was too curious about what would happen next to stop. Story The majority of the story is a weird love polygon, though certainly not as weird as something such as Ranma 1/2.  Sure, it starts out nice and simple with a setting in 1966:  Kaoru is the... See full review

4/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Orange

Jan 13, 2020

I absolutley loved this anime...and its ability to make me cry every couple episodes with just the feelings and emotions within it.  I'd also recommend this anime to pretty much everyone. That's not to say it doesn't have shortcomings, and I'll unfortunately have to go into spoiler territory to touch upon the parts I felt were contrived and even a little annoying, but the rest of the review will be spoiler-free. The spoiler parts will be under the "Overall" title at the end, so just stop reading there if you don't want spoilers. Now that said, I'm not going to gloss over that this anime... See full review

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

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Jan 10, 2020

I know you're here to find out more about the anime, but to be honest...you'll get the most out of this anime if you know absolutely nothing going into it. So, my suggestion is to stop reading and go watch the anime if you like dark magical girl anime or are just curious. If you go into this knowing anything about it aside from the tags and summary, you'll probably be disappointed. Like I was. Plot The plot leaves much to be desired, as the overall arching plot includes incorrect science (as in, it's literally an impossible premise).  For the majority of the anime, the story is more of just Homura... See full review

3/10 story
6/10 animation
9/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Ghost Hunt

Jan 5, 2020

This is certainly a good series, but it leaves much to be desired.  I had to supplement it with reading the Wiki because sadly, the characters remain underdeveloped and little to nothing is explained about any of them (such as their pasts).  This holds especially true for one of the protagonists. The more I looked back on the anime to write this review, the more I realized just how "incomplete" this anime feels. Story The anime is a case-by-case sort of storytelling with no overarching plot.  It follows first year high school student Mai Taniyama as she winds up working for... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
10/10 sound
3/10 characters
6/10 overall

Psychic Detective Yakumo

Jan 4, 2020

Mediocre. If I had to describe this anime in a single word, that would be it. There are also many glaring issues and plot problems which legit had me muttering at the screen for how stupid everyone was and "why didn't the police do such-and-such".  I trudged through it for answers, but I feel like though this anime had potential, it's honestly just a waste of time. Plot When one of her friends winds up in the hospital due to a suspected haunting/possession, Haruka Ozawa asks for the help of Yakumo Saito who is rumored to be involved with supernatural things from small hauntings to even... See full review

2/10 story
5.5/10 animation
4/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

Trickster

Jan 3, 2020

This anime in a nutshell:  This is the result of what happens when a psychopath and a sociopath get bored and seek thrills with each other. ...as well as all the lives they destroy (sometimes literally) along the way. It's not the worst anime I've seen, but it's far from being the best, either.  It did have potential, but there was no commitment into said potential. Plot There are two interlacing plots in this anime.  The first and most interesting of them is the mystery of the "zombie boy", Yoshio Kobayashi.  Why can't he die?  What's the trick to his strange... See full review

3/10 story
8/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Seraph of the End

Nov 26, 2019

I don't know why this anime has a 4.1 star rating.  PLEASE, before you watch, look at the overall review rating from the people who took the time to watch and review the anime and go by that.  If you're still interested, then by all means go ahead and watch it...but take the star rating from the site with a grain of salt. Plot I'm honestly not sure what to put here, as the plot is something the writers continue to keep hidden from the viewers.  After all 12 episodes, you still will most likely not know much of anything about...well, ANYTHING. There's no world building; nothing is... See full review

1/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord

Sep 19, 2019

Twelve episodes of nothing but fluffy goodness (with the exception of one episode which delves just a little deeper).  It's one of those "watch anytime, lighthearted" anime...similar to Usagi Drop but even more lighthearted (and taking place in a fantasy world).  Unfortunately, it was done in a way which caused the anime as a whole to suffer on a couple aspects. Story While out on a quest, 18 year old Dale Reki finds a young girl from the demon race, named Latina, who has one horn broken off in an indication that she was cast out.  Rather than leave her to her fate of starving... See full review

2/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Momoko, Kaeru no Uta ga Kikoeru yo.

Sep 10, 2019

For such a high-rated movie in Japan, this was not easy to find in the USA.  As it is a beautiful and heartfelt anime, I don't know why it never made it outside of Japan (with the exception of watching it online). I don't claim to have the best knowledge of the Japanese language, but I knew enough to understand most of what was going on in the movie.  Otherwise, I wouldn't even attempt to review it. Story Riki and Momoko are twins born prematurely, but while Riki managed to develop just fine, Momoko became sickly and had both mental and physical disabilities.  Despite that, she remains... See full review

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

Planet With

Sep 8, 2019

I'm not usually a fan of sci-fi; there are very few sci-fi anime I've seen, and even less which I've actually enjoyed.  This series, however, I feel is an overlooked gem between the characters, setting, and especially the tone. "Just what is justice"? That's the theme of this anime, and it's done brilliantly.  It really highlights the philosophical concept behind the word "justice".  And of course for those who aren't as interested in that sort of thing, it's got plenty of mech battles to satisfy those who prefer action.  There's also a "love vs violence"... See full review

9/10 story
7/10 animation
9/10 sound
7/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Daughter of Twenty Faces

Sep 6, 2019

For the first few episodes, this anime is amazing.  It's certainly not better than Magic Kaito (Kaito Kid), but it has its own charm, wit, and approach to the entire Phantom Thief theme. Then, a "plot" was introduced...and it crashed and burned.  Imagine picking up a book and trying to read the entire novel with not just pages missing, but entire chapters.  That's what the "plot" of this felt like. Story Chizuko Mikami is an 11 year old girl living with her aunt and uncle after her parents passed away.  Despite being the heiress to her family name and fortune... See full review

3/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
5/10 overall

The Royal Tutor

Sep 3, 2019

It's time for a lesson! Honestly, I'd like to know why it took me this long to find this anime; it's lighthearted, fun, amusing, and easy to re-watch.  What it lacks in an overarching plot, it makes up for in its cast of colorful characters as well as how it concludes each episode's problem in a satisfactory way. ...plus, I love it whenever Heine says "You need a lesson". Plot/Story Heine Wittgenstein is personally selected by the King of Glanzreich to teach the King's four youngest sons (ages 14, 15, 16, and 17) both material they should know for general education as well as what it... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
10/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season

Jun 30, 2019

First three episodes aside, this season can be described in one word:  Disappointing. I highly suggest reading the manga of this arc (the first three episodes aren't in the manga but instead have a light novel as the source material; starting from episode 4 is where the manga picks it up), because it's much better.  That would be chapters 38 - 52. Story There are two major arcs (with a few "fillers" in between; I put that in quotes because though they seem to be fillers, they were still in the manga). The first arc was probably the best this season had to offer, and spanned... See full review

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

Romeo no Aoi Sora

Jun 27, 2019

This was the first, and possibly the best, World Masterpiece Theater anime I've watched.  If you have to watch just one WMT anime, this should be the #1 pick. Story Taking place in 19th century Europe, young Romeo is looking forward to a competition in his small village when they are visited by a man known as the "God of Death", who takes an interest in Romeo.  After a series of events when Romeo's father refuses to sell him, in order to save his financially failing family, Romeo agrees to go with the God of Death to become a chimney sweep in Italy...even though kids are known never to... See full review

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

Ie Naki Ko Remi

Jun 27, 2019

"Move foward; look to tomorrow." Out of all the World Masterpiece Theater (WMT) anime I've been watching, this and "Romeo's Blue Sky" (I'll get around to reviewing that) are probably a couple of the best, most wholesome, and most heartwarming (and heartwrenching) stories.  There were times I laughed, times I applauded, and times when I was crying so hard that I could barely see the screen. Story Remy is a 10 year old girl from the countryside of France who lives with her mother and sister.  One night, their father returns from Paris, injured and out of money, and a secret... See full review

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

A Little Princess Sara

Jun 25, 2019

For all the recommendations and hype surrounding this, I started to get bored at around episode 20 (I did finish watching it, but there were a chunk of uninteresting episodes).  It's not a bad seires, but situations often get repetitive in the middle. Story Young Sara Crewe stays at a boarding school in London after living in India with her father for years.  Though her father returns to India to look into a diamond mine, Sara remains.  Despite all the money Sara has, she isn't stuck up or egotistical, but rather kind-hearted.  However, disaster strikes on her birthday which flips her... See full review

5/10 story
3/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic

May 9, 2019

If you're going to watch this (or have watched it), then you've definitely seen at least the first 15 episodes of the anime and the Book of Circus.  It also wouldn't hurt to watch Book of Murder as well.  If you haven't, I highly suggest watching that much (or just reading the manga) before watching this movie. For those not following the manga or decided not to watch Book of Murder before this, seeing Snake with Ciel might be a little confusing.  All the other characters (sans the movie-exclusive characters) I believe show up between episodes 1-15 of the first season and Book of Circus, so... See full review

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

Holmes of Kyoto

May 3, 2019

Heavier on the (light hearted) slice of life aspect than any other sub-genre, it takes a couple episodes to get into, but once you get past the second episode it starts to pick up a little; it really starts to pick up at around episode 5.  At first, the protagonist, "Holmes", feels fairly flat and just "matter of fact".  However, it does get better as later episodes reveal different facets of his personality. That said, it's still a fairly slow paced anime which almost has a Miss Marple feel to it in that the cases which comes to the protagonist are typically discussed while... See full review

4/10 story
6/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Pandora Hearts

Apr 27, 2019

This anime is what it looks like if a series just stoppped in the middle.  While the manga is now completed, this anime was made before the manga's completion.  Although some anime aren't too bad when that happens, letting the studio fill in the blanks, Pandora Hearts manages to provide a mystery with no defininitive answer.  The viewer can theorize, and some questions are partially answered, but the plotline is never resolved. This was...a rather interesting, and sometimes terrifying, trip.  Filled to the brim with nightmare fuel in the form of animated dolls and Akira-like moving... See full review

4/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Cardfight!! Vanguard (2018)

Jan 27, 2019

Please read the review before you come at me with torches and pitchforks for the ratings I gave it.  I did enjoy the first season, but the second season sort of deleted enjoyment (ha, see what I did there?) with its numerous plot and character issues as well as two recap/nonsensical episodes. I'm editing this review as episode 52 just came out and the second season is officially over.  The first season (episodes 1-25) were what I would have loved to see in the original/first anime because it felt more true to the characters and we actually learned more about them and what made them who they... See full review

4.5/10 story
7/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Piano no Mori (2018)

Jan 21, 2019

Yet another anime which suffers from the "should have been a 24 episode series" disease.  Though it still manages to be interesting and convey quite a lot of emotions through the piano playing, other emotions are done sort of wishy-washy...and even worse, it ends in the middle of a competition. I don't know why this seems to be a trend (ending an anime after 11-13 episodes even if the anime is in the middle of an arc), but the "trend" needs to stop.  Story Shuhei moves to a small town and winds up befriending a sort of "wild" kind of kid named Kai.  The two... See full review

4/10 story
3/10 animation
9/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments

Jan 12, 2019

Although this season did still follow the manga (and answer a leftover question I had from the first season as to just how exactly a Grand Master Holy Knight managed to hit Elizabeth with his attack), the pacing of the anime itself started to crumble, and the plot started to show gaping holes. That said, it was still a good season and followed the manga fairly well. Plot Hendrickson/Gray Demon was defeated, but it's not over yet as evil continues to plot on how to break the seal and unleash the demons.  In particular, Meliodas is concerned about a group of powerful demons known as the "Ten... See full review

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

The Seven Deadly Sins

Jan 7, 2019

I was surprisingly sucked into this anime.  The aesthetics are a little different from what I'm used to seeing as the lines are much rounder (especially noses).  I didn't know anything about the series before going into it as I found it when browsing Netflix, but I'm a little surprised there isn't more hype for this series. Plot A girl, who turns out to be a princess, stumbles into a remote tavern run by a mysterious and short man (and his friend, a talking pig) and passes out.  When she comes-to, she reveals that she is looking for the infamous Seven Deadly Sins; a group of criminals who... See full review

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

The Seven Deadly Sins Movie: Prisoners of the Sky

Jan 6, 2019

Available to watch via Netflix.  The more I thought about the movie, the more I realized that it had potential to be much more than it was.  I'm not saying it was bad by any means; lately anime movies have not been living up to the series from which they came.  "Prisoners of the Sky" is an interesting and amusing movie, but nothing really out of the ordinary.  The timeline is somewhere in the "Revival of the Ten Commandments" season. Plot A case of mistaken identity; as Meliodas (and Hawk) are looking for flying fish to prepare for Bartra's birthday (while the... See full review

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

Myriad Colors Phantom World

Nov 22, 2018

I've been on a bit of a "supernatural" kick with my anime choices lately, and after coming out of the isekai kick I was on, I at least got used to there being mass amounts of fanservice.  This even has the label of "ecchi", and certainly lives up to that label...but the last couple episodes showed that it could have been so much more if they didn't focus so much on the fanservice and instead gave more attention to the plot and characters. Plot (there is essentially no real plot until the final two episodes) Basically, it's about a group of high school students who have special... See full review

3/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

The World God Only Knows

Nov 14, 2018

I put this off for the longest time, and part of me wishes that I had continued to put it off.  As a comedy, it's got its moments (but still pales in comparison to other comedy anime out there)...but as anything else, it fails miserably.  I think the best word to describe this anime by episode 7 or 8 is:  STALE. Story Keima Katsuragi is known as the "God of Conquest" for constantly playing dating/sim games and being able to get to the ending (and get the girl) no matter what.  One day, he accepts a challenge of conquest, just to find out that it was from a messenger of Hell... See full review

3/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall