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Le Chevalier D'Eon

May 2, 2010

I just finished watching this and now would be the best time to share my thoughts about it. Having read most of the manga before actually viewing it, I have to say the story was not exactly what I expected - in both the adaptation or the pace. This is not to say it was not an enjoyable or even memorable experience. Le Chevalier D'Eon provides entertainment in spades; twists, hidden meanings and agendas at every turn and a rich textured plot that lends itself to multiple viewings. Part of the appeal of D'Eon is how well and thoughtfully the historical setting of pre-Revolution France is... See full review

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

Coyote Ragtime Show

Mar 28, 2010

I was fortunate enough to be lent this series by a work mate recently. From the look of the box, I thought this show would be mindless nonsensical fun that would take itself too seriously and lose my initial good impression within the first five minutes. Luckily for me I was wrong about the latter. Yes this show was mindless and complete fluff - but it was enjoyable throughout as it avoided many pitfalls of its genre, mainly though - biting off more than it could chew. The show had a strict timeline and objective to reach, and did so in a cohesive if somehow shallow manner. The animation was great... See full review

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

X TV

Oct 5, 2009

Shounen and shoujo animes have very different flavours as a general rule. Shounen tends to place more importance on fighting scenes and makes the protagonist suit this theme. Shoujo will look at the effect these things have on characters and concentrates on the cast a bit more. This anime is where the two meet as X TV has beautifully depicted fighting scenes while being very character driven. It probably will have more of a shoujo feel to some people as the story develops a little bit slower than most shounen and the cast is full of bishounens and bishoujos. I find that the prettiness of the... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.6/10 overall

X: The Movie

Oct 5, 2009

This movie was a starting point into the World of X for me. I never actually enjoyed it but I was intrigued enough to go on and watch the immensely more satisfying series a short time after. I don't know if what the movie aims to achieve is to get people interested in the story and go on to read the manga (a device employed by many franchises including Fake) or to convince an anime company that they had enough material for a series; but on that front it works well. As a movie though, it is an incoherent and confusing work with great visuals. Sadly, it tries too hard to include so much within its... See full review

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

The Rose of Versailles

Oct 5, 2009

Before you read this I will ask of you to not judge it solely on the high ratings. I feel like I have explained the reasons for giving them quite well. Please in your rating, let me know the way to improve on it and I will promptly do so. The high animation rating is based on what could be accomplished at the time the anime was made as I realise that it would be sub-standard if it were made nowadays. This anime is one of my favourite and I have seen many in 15 years but only a couple have managed to come close in delivering like this one does. The animation is not the best nowadays but I am... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.9/10 overall

Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena

Oct 5, 2009

This movie truly is a masterpiece. No matter how many ways I look at it there is always something new to see; which is exactly what a multi-faceted masterpiece should be like. I have seen this movie about 15 times and everytime there were things I was noticing that I didn't before. The animation is simply gorgeous in this Utena outing. It is even better than the TV series, being a movie it should be no surprise, which in my opinion was pretty amazing. The colours are vibrant, the backgrounds are beautifully detailed, the artwork is gorgeous (I bought the artbook for this movie and the artwork... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
8/10 characters
9.8/10 overall

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Oct 5, 2009

Before you read this review, I would ask of you to please not judge it solely on the high rating. I have put a lot of work into this and I do address things like repeated footage and why I still give it this rating. Besides, what anime of this format does not have reused footage? This anime is one of the best I have seen and, is arguably the best Shojo anime ever made - although it breaks away from that fold very fast. The show slowly moves into a darker territory that many shows do not dare approach. The biggest surprise is how subtlely and tastefully it explores things like incest, lesbianism... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.9/10 overall

Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End of Evangelion

Oct 5, 2009

This movie is a waste of time in relations to the TV series, and as this is how it wants to be seen (title: END OF EVANGELION) it is a problem. It does not bring anything new to the story that is worth your time. On a personal level, I think Evangelion should have ended at episode 24. The last two episodes of the series and this do not do Evangelion justice at all. This movie cannot be completely symbolic if it did not abandon itself to the concept from the start (here the starting point would have to be the series). Ultimately, this is what fails Evangelion. I do not know why the director has... See full review

3/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
3/10 characters
4.8/10 overall

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Oct 5, 2009

This series is a bit of a disappointment to me. It started out well and the built up was really great and suspenseful. Come the middle, the action became more intense and made you come back for more, however somewhere near the end it really loses steam. Some aspects of the animation were great for their time. The character designs are pretty good, although nothing excellent but the Evas and some of the Angels are designed creatively. The backdrops are also very good although they are reused too often. What does not help the animation in this series are the very long shots of one scene that go on... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
7.3/10 overall

Saint Seiya Movie 5: The Heaven Chapter - Overture

Oct 5, 2009

To tell you the truth I am surprised myself to be giving such a good review to this Saint Seiya outing but the movie is simply stunning. It captures what Saint Seiya is about very successfully. However, I would not really recommend it to ones unfamiliar with the series as a lot of it requires the context. The backgrounds are gorgeous and, the colours vibrant and luscious. The time and care that went into this movie's creation shows in every scene, be it the gorgeous desert backdrops where you actually feel the mass of the fighters because of the way the texture of the sand is used, or the... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
9.3/10 overall

Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Sanctuary

Oct 5, 2009

The long-awaited Saint Seiya Hades Chapter! I can still remember the excitement I felt when I heard that my favourite Shounen series was going to be continued in 2002. I had high expectations for this Hades Sanctuary Arc as the original series was one that moved me in ways very few animes manage. This was largely due to the moving characters, intricate and passionate storylines as well as amazing, epic scores. Well good news everyone! All these things can be found here as well as so much more as Yamauchi really taps into what makes Saint Seiya a benchmark in Shounen anime by also... See full review

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

Saint Seiya Movie 2: The Heated Battle of the Gods

Oct 5, 2009

Although not the best of the Saint Seiya movies, this one has a few interesting things to offer. This is mainly in relation to Hyoga as a character though as he gets a side of his personality not explored beforehand (or since) put forward here. The disappointing thing is that the storyline does not give the character much to work with and we are again given a kill 'em all plot. The one thing the story has going for it is that it could be seen as a leadway into the Asgard Series (much like a manga chapter written by Kurumada.) The animation is just brilliant when compared with other productions... See full review

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

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac

Oct 5, 2009

This series is a hard one for me to rate at all. It is one of my all-time favourites, has amazing nostalgic values + I like to think of it as the father of all Shounen Fighting Anime. This is because it started a lot of storylines that have now become cliches Naruto, Bleach and many more use quite often. These include giving the opponent a backbone by giving him a backstory. Tournament arcs are touched on. The attacks of those shows are also very reflective of Saint Seiya and two other animes from its decade (DBZ and Fist of the North Star.) Even Yakitate Japan uses ideas born in Saint Seiya... See full review

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

Read Or Die TV

Oct 5, 2009

ROD the TV was a very interesting watch for me. At first I was not sure I would like it as I had started a few anime series at the same time and it did not jump at me as being awfully great, and I did not watch past the second episode at that time. A few months later, I decided to watch episode 3 and 4 to see whether the rest of the series was worth a shot. What a great surprise it was after those episodes! As soon as I finished them, I could not stop myself from putting more discs in and watching the rest. This speaks volumes for the story as I am not usually one who has to impatiently and... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Red Garden

Oct 5, 2009

How to define Red Garden? Surely this is a hard question that a lot of reviewers will face. It isn't a straight up thriller, romance or even drama. Genres are mixed and influences from a well known horror title - GANTZ, loom ahead. What saves Red Garden from needing one genre to be fit under is that it is very good (not great) at incorpotaring all those aspects. The animation for the title is to the quality one would expect from a show of its age. CG and 2D are incorporated effectively - and colours, rendering and all other aspects one whould classify under the "technical" are used to... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.3/10 overall

RahXephon: The Motion Picture

Oct 5, 2009

As I have just reviewed the X movie, I thought I would keep going with the "movie retelling" theme and review the Rahxephon movie. Like the X movie, this Rahxephon outing has a few troubles with pacing. The execution gives the movie a collage effect as a whole and this does not really work when one compares it with the breathtaking pace of the series. I have to admit, I do not understand the purpose of this movie at all. It is even more incoherent than the X Movie (which is saying something) and pointless as a whole. It is impossible for a Rahxephon "newbie" to enjoy this as... See full review

3/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

Magic User's Club! OVA

Oct 5, 2009

This anime is one of the best OVA series that I have seen as it is one that makes use of the timeframe and budget really effectively. As one would expect from an OVA, the animation is great and crisp. This series goes one further with this however as it also uses bright colours, minimum still frames and detailed design on both the characters and the background. The anime does have a shoujo look and feel with the big eyes, ditsy female protagonists and such - which means that everyone is prettily drawn and pleasing to the eye. The motion is another important part of the series as the characters... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
10/10 characters
8.8/10 overall

Fancy Lala

Oct 5, 2009

This series easily ranks among the most surprising anime experiences I've had. I got into it thinking I would get the same fluffy fun that made Wedding Peach and Saint Tail huge hits in my books, what I got was so much more than that. Fancy Lala is fun and quite fluffy at times but it is balanced out impressively well with more mature themes such as longing, loss, growth, time and family. It actually didn't hit me until the very end, once I could picture the series as a whole in my mind I could see how well executed it was! The animation for this series is very good for the most part. There are... See full review

9/10 story
8/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.3/10 overall

Here is Greenwood

Oct 5, 2009

What to say about Here is Greenwood? It is a charming little OVA series that has a nice feel to it but also one that suffers from being too short. It is a nice overview of what the manga has to offer (in fact it makes a point of that itself at a few places) but does not really offer anything deep for the time spent. The artwork and animation are things of their time. Being made in the early 90s, it has character designs that are similar to Ranma 1/2, Kumagure Orange Road and Sailor Moon (without the strong fantasy aspect). These designs are not unappealing but do leave you with a sense of deja vu... See full review

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

Berserk

Oct 4, 2009

Utena and Berserk are easily two of the best anime series of the 90s. They both have a fairly simple premise in being a journey of self discovery however it is their execution that sets them apart from the rest. Utena uses sumptuous symbolism and characterisation to captivate you, Berserk uses raw passion and clever storytelling. I have immense respect for both these titles for they manage to create a world of their own where you cannot help but surrender yourself in awe. What makes Berserk so good is that it is not afraid to borrow great aspects of animes that preceed it and create something... See full review

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

Kanashimi no Belladonna

Oct 4, 2009

I was very glad to have access to this title recently as it was credited by the director (Ikuhara) of my favourite anime, Revolutionary Girl Utena as the movie that got him interested in working in animation. More recently another title (Gankutsuou) credited its visual style to that of Belladonna. Which just goes to show how impressive it is that the textures and patterns from a surreal anime such as Gankutsuou, was actually first utilised in 1973! Influences alone, let's discuss the visuals of this title. For a 1973 title, it boasts amazing qualities. As mentioned - the textures... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.8/10 overall

Saint Tail

Oct 4, 2009

Here's an anime that was very successful in Japan but whose success could not be repeated upon its release in North America. Is it because of the quality of the anime itself? It's not the case here at all as what we have is a solid anime with some charming attributes. I think its lack of success in America resides in the fact that when it was brought over, a certain show named Sailor Moon was still immensely popular and regarded as THE only magical girl people were taking notice to. As such this and some other shows (including Wedding Peach) were not nearly as popular as they might have been. ... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.3/10 overall

Now and Then, Here and There

Oct 4, 2009

Now and Then Here and There is a groundbreaking anime. It makes extremely good use of the 13 episode format. There was not one moment in this where I thought "we've hit filler town!". Whatever scenes were reused added to the affecting moments of the series. Surely, these scenes are not meant to be pleasant to watch but they definitely make you feel. So for just that reason, one can see the greatness of Now and Then Here and There. However it does not stop there, Akitaro Daichi has made a masterpiece using all elements that make one: involving story, complex characters, moving music and at... See full review

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

GANTZ

Oct 4, 2009

Overall Gantz is a good series that had potential to be great. The concept behind it is very interesting and it raises good questions about the human condition such as what a man alone can do against the concensus or how to handle your sexuality when it differs from the norm (even if at times in this show, the weird fetishes are portrayed as "normal"). Gantz falls short of being a better series as it loses some of its intensity and creativity towards the early middle. The way Gantz really loses steam is through dragging out a story that could be resolved in 2 episodes with useless... See full review

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

Elfen Lied

Oct 4, 2009

This anime keeps getting compared with Gantz everytime I mention it to someone. As I have seen both I must sadly admit that this comparison is applicable. Like Gantz, this series has an excellent premise that gets wasted on excess gore, character cliches and a tediously dragged out plot. To its defense though, Elfen Lied has something that Gantz does not, and that is a heart. You can see through situations in the series that the creators are trying to make a point of the loners and outcasts of society. Sadly, they went for the "road most travelled" by including distracting plot... See full review

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

City Hunter

Oct 4, 2009

Please note that when reviewing this series, I have thought of it WITHIN its timeframe. So if it seems to be rated highly to you, it is because I am judging it for the time it was made. Where do you start when you review a milestone series? This is a tough question and one that really comes forth as I review City Hunter. City Hunter is one of those series that transcend time and generations as the winning combination of drama, action and comedy can be appreciated time and time again. This series has its aspects often copied (Cowboy Bebop being the most obvious one) and even the copies can't... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
7/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Cinderella Boy

Oct 4, 2009

Cinderella Boy owes a lot of its style, character depictions and choppy animation to late 80s- early 90s titles such as City Hunter, Lupin and Ranma 1/2 (whose name is referenced in this series as the lead character also turns into a girl). Cinderella Boy is a great little title to catch when you are just looking for a fun casual show, where you do not need to get too involved in the story or character. It entertains but just like fairy floss, it does not leave a lasting impression. The animation of this title, as mentioned above, is very choppy. One might suggest that this was done to capture the... See full review

9/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.3/10 overall

Sailor Moon S: The Movie

Oct 4, 2009

Characters that always deserved more screen time on Sailor Moon are the cats. Their interaction with the soldiers was always entertaining but that was also at the expense of giving them a "backbone" so to speak. This movie allows us to see a side of Luna that makes her a little more coherent as a character and also provides an entertaining way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Artemis is also given a chance to shine but sadly not as much as he should have been. The animation of this movie is like a cleaned up version of what's on offer in the TV series. So if you like the artwork from the... See full review

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

Sailor Moon S

Oct 4, 2009

Sailor Moon S is seen by many moonies (Sailor Moon fans) as the best series of the bunch. There is no denying its greatness, and success in making you feel for the characters. The new characters who become an integral part of the story are very relatable and well handled and as the audience has come to expect from Sailor Moon; melodrama is kept in check for real, affecting drama instead. The humour and irony that make Sailor Moon so much fun is still present but the mood is much darker than any previous Sailor Moon series. This atmosphere will only be matched by Sailor Moon Stars later episodes. ... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.3/10 overall

Sailor Moon

Oct 4, 2009

Here we have an anime that defines a genre. It is an anime that started many anime fans and as such will always have an iconic place in their heart. Sailor Moon herself is (with Astro Boy) the most recognised face of anime. Could Sailor Moon have become such a Pop Culture icon if the series she is from was a complete disappointment? I think not. The fact that the DIC release lessened the original message and charm of the series with its dumbed down dub AND; it still has this huge fandom just goes to show that it has something to offer with its heartfelt messages, wonderful characters and the likes... See full review

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