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The Fashion Boy is Cool

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Yeah, I know what you are thinking. First, that this sounds really girlie or shallow. Secondly, that it sounds like an overdone romance. While this is partially true on both accounts, it definitely succeeds at being at least somewhat unique in its premise. As far as the girlieness, well yes, it's a romance OVA, so it has an aspect of that. But in general, it isn't SUPER girlie shoujo in most ways (the animation, the story, etc). As far as the story, it as least manages to tell the same old "girl goes for unattainable guy" idea in a new setting... in this case, a boutique with a french name and... See full review

7/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Shadow Skill TV

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Shadow Skill TV is a series which comes across as many things: the foremost being action, but also comedy. The basis, as mentioned above, is definitley fighting and action, with Elle and Gau wanting to fight to become stronger for various reasons. One thing should be noted that although this is indeed a retelling of the OVA, the tone is EXTREMELY different, and many plot points are told differently or in a different order. Character designs are also totally different in many ways. (Check the helpful info blurb for either for more information). So, if you planned on not watching this because... See full review

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

Tattoon Master

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Sound familiar? That's because this plot has definitely been done before. In the same fashion as Girl from Phantasia, Tattoon Master delivers a fairly lackluster story of a girl who falls in some sort of unrealistic love with a very unwilling boy, and clings to him the entire show while other random bad guys attack. In this case, it has a bit of a Scryed feel, as Nima and a few others have strange powers from the Tattoon tribe, that they use to kick ass. But for the most part, it's the same old story here, tied up in decent animation for once.

Tattoon Master is primarily a... See full review

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

Boys Be...

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Boys Be is a set of tales that encompass many of a group of friends in high school. With a storytelling that is very similar to Kita-he, each episode or few episodes is dedicated to explaining a new relationship or situation with one of the people of the group. The focal point is definitely Koichi and Chiharu, though... two budding lovers who will experience great joy and sadness. While each story is seperate, they all still remain interconnected through each other's friendship and companionship. This is a step away from Kita-he, where the characters are COMPLETELY seperate. The stories are... See full review

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

Ayane's High Kick

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Let's face it, folks. The plot of Ayane's High Kick is really nothing to scream about. There's nothing supernatural or unusual about it -- simply a girl who is training to be the best, under some fairly comical circumstances. But don't get me wrong, the "realness" of the plot is somewhat appealing. Instead of having hadoken type spiritual fireball moves or cheesiness, you get good old fashioned kickboxing moves.

The overall tone is definitely self-empowering and comedic at the same time. Ayane is determined to be the best, but yet is being tricked in funny ways, making fights and... See full review

6/10 story
6.5/10 animation
3/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Record of Lodoss War OVA

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Record of Lodoss War is basically the ultimate fantasy story. You like Lord of the Rings? The Shannara series of novels? This series would be right up your alley. All the traditional characters and monsters are to be found: dragons, kobolds, elves, dwarves, you name it. Magic abounds, the power of good and evil is key, and the power of comradery is the strongest of all. The story itself is an epic tale of all of these things, and more. Unfortunately, it does come off as being somewhat generic, because it is essentially a fantasy staple. If you are looking for something unusual besides the... See full review

7.5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Kanon

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Kanon is quite possibly the most generic dribble ever to come out of a dating-sim series, as far as the romance goes. It is filled with the most stereotypical characters: an annoying, whiny, yet needy girl, a clutz that sounds like a 5 year old, who also acts like one, the outcast, the girl who is inevitably dying, etc. In addition to the textbook romance type story, the series can't decide what kind of show it is. It ranges from generic romance, to weird supernatural/horrorish (which ends up being LAME and unrealistic), and also a depressing tragedy of sorts related to death. Quite a bit of... See full review

2/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
2/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Delinquent in Drag

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Sounds like a fairly entertaining OVA, right? Unfortunately, it doesn't end up being nearly as amusing as it could have been. The only similar series that comes to mind is I My Me! Strawberry Eggs, which I really disliked. But even with that series, it had humor that I enjoyed to some extent, or original type jokes, slapstick humor, etc. Delinquent in Drag, though it could have had a variety of things, really had none of this. The 40 minutes consisted of Bunji trying to shove his face in girls' behinds or breasts, very blatantly, not even in a subtle or humorous fashion. He also managed to get... See full review

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

Descendants of Darkness

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Demon detectives! In the heavenly agency of Enma-Cho, certain people live out their afterlives as spectral agents possessing magical powers. Their job is to manage the forces of evil in the living world that Earthly agencies can’t deal with and to keep the powers of darkness from exploiting humans. So we’ve got two such detectives: an easygoing 20-something named Tsuzuki and a grumpy yet caring teen named Hisoka, and a whole bunch of mysteries for them to solve!
Well, let’s get the obvious out of the way: this is a shounen-ai show. For those unaware, ‘shounen-ai’... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Ah! My Goddess

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Throughout my anime-watching career, I’ve seen a fair amount of hyped/fanboy series. Some of these (such as Witch Hunter Robin, Hellsing, Full Metal Alchemist for a newer one, or Berserk) are damn good; I’m talking good on a variety of levels: plot, imagery, or the core feel and impact it has on you. On the other hand, I’ve also been privy to series that are extremely hyped and loved by pretty much all anime fans, whereas I’ve found them to be quite average and unexciting. Bebop is one of them (yes, I know I am fairly alone on that thought), and Ah! My Goddess is now... See full review

5/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Demonbane

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
The first thing I'll say is that the story score would probably be higher if I understood a lot of what was going on. Since this is a standard length 1 episode OVA, you merely see the tip of the iceberg of what the story could be. Many characters are introduced, many names of projects and secrets are given but not explained. But the crux of the story, at least for most of the OVA, revolves around Lily and Kuro, trying to track down the ellusive Demonbane. I must say, this OVA was incredibly entertaining on basically every level, so even though the story was a bit confusing, it managed to... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Gungrave

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Let me just start out by saying that if you have watched one episode of Gungrave and then put it down, thinking it was a ripoff of another well-known series (which I won't name, for spoiling purposes), or just didn't look interesting, think again. Granted, I usually don't base my opinion on a single episode, but there are surely a lot of you out there who have done just that for Gungrave, and know exactly what I'm talking about. Read this review with an open mind, and realize that the episodes which follow are VERY, VERY different in plot. Also, I would suggest not reading many (if any) reviews... See full review

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

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Ajisai Yumegatari~

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
HELLO, FUSHIGI YUUGI RIPOFF! Seriously, if you've seen FY, you'd recognize the similarity just based on the description above. Think of FY without the sappy romance, without whiny Miaka, and in 2 episodes, and you've got Harukanaru. Even though I hated FY, I still think it was better than this. Let's start with the fact that there are gaping plot holes a mile wide, and a story which jumps all over the place. It begins with Asuza and her two friends falling into the well, and then the opening music/scene plays. After, without any explanation, Azusa is wandering around with her companions (who... See full review

3/10 story
8.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Archetypes Forces

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
It is true that Archetypes Forces is only 15 minutes in length, but I am not exageratting when I say that the storyline is superb. Think of it like being in the vein of Alien, or some other thriller sci-fi flick. It's difficult to say what it's about without spoiling (the description above doesn't spoil, trust me), so I'd suggest NOT reading the AnimeNFO description. I will say that there is a really big twist at the end which is open ended, but still totally satisfying (I say that as a person who HATES open ended things). Honestly, it would have been great without the twist too... lots of... See full review

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

Del Power X

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Hmm, where to begin with this one. Well, what kind of OVA *is* Del Power X, exactly? It definitely has mecha, it also has some bits of random off the wall comedy (usually related to parodies, or just wacky like Abenobashi or the like). I'd say the first half of the 40 minute OVA is undoubtedly better than the second, as it has most of the funny comedy (though there isn't a huge amount, just so you know), as well as funny things with the mecha. But the second half is mostly just Manami fighting and not knowing what to do, against all sorts of people-in-mecha-suits that I'm still not sure where... See full review

5.5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

True Love Story: Summer days, and yet...

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Say this with me: "Done before!" .. and one more time for good measure: Done before!!!! Yes folks, that's right. Yet another plodding and totally unoriginal dating-sim game transition to the big screen. I'd like to talk about features of True Love Story that other dating-sim converts don't have, such as an interesting plot, good animation, likeable characters, etc. Unfortunately, I can't. True Love Story easily succeeds at seeming like a total ripoff of every other dating-sim anime out there, down to the detail.

First of all, we have the same kind of unrealistic love story... See full review

3/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Lightning Trap: Leina & Laika

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Now, I'll freely admit that I've never seen anything anime that was related to a plane hijacking. So just for that, Lightning Trap should get some credit for originality. That being said, I didn't think it was presented in a very pleasing manner. First of all, the whole hijacking part, made watching it seem like a single episode of some sort of cop show. But then the whole "very dangerous super weapon/monsters" thing comes into play, and I feel detracted from the hijacking story. Choose one or the other, don't combine both! Because of the awkward combination of the two (with the weapon not... See full review

6.5/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Enemy's the Pirates, The

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
It was difficult trying to figure out what score to give this series in the story category. First, the story itself is mostly a slapstick type comedy involving Apulo and Lateil. There is a ton of filler, and many scenes shown simply for comic effect. Lateil is interested in Marsha, who thinks he's awful because of how "badly" he treats Apulo, who laughs all the way! Hilarious jokes are exchanged, especially between the ship (Lagendra) and the duo, who are obviously "inferior" to him. Like I said, a great deal revolves around comedy, and it really succeeds. I don't like harem comedy humor, or... See full review

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

Paranoia Agent

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Aug 7, 2005

Story
Paranoia Agent is a brilliant, intelligent story that is extremely hard to explain without spoiling. The general story revolves around what you see above: people are being randomly attacked by Shounen Bat. But around episode 5 or 6, a new plotline evolves, which becomes very enthralling and in depth. By the end, fear not, the main idea of the story is revealed, but you are indeed left with many questions, twilight zone style.

In general, the story is presented in an AMAZING way. It's hard to explain why the story flowed as good as it did. Each episode almost seemed like an... See full review

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

My Beautiful Girl Mari

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Aug 6, 2005

Story
Rather than starting out this review telling details of the plot, I feel it would be more appropriate to discuss the type of anime this is. First of all, My Beautiful Girl Mari is Korean, not Japanese. This influences both the animation style and the music, though the story itself could have been something you’d see in a Japanese anime. The most important thing to understand about the story is that it’s a mix of two things: slow slice of life, and mystical fantasy-based wonder. Think of it like Totoro, but more moody and silent and less aimed at children.

As far as plot... See full review

6.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Heat Guy J

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Aug 2, 2005

Story
The story focuses on Daisuke Aurora: the head (and only) investigator of a special agency which functions as a complement to the police in the city of Judoh. His brother, Shun Aurora, is the chief of the agency, which is the only one authorized to use androids, the manufacture of which is strictly forbidden. Their android agent is the title character, simply named "J." The show starts off with a series of episodic stories that serves the dual purpose of introducing the many other characters that will become important later in the show and also of showcasing the various locations, peoples and... See full review

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

Shura no Toki: Age of Chaos

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Jul 24, 2005

Story
Let me just say that like a few other reviews before this, this will be a very difficult anime to review. There isn’t a great deal of information out there about Shura no Toki. The only major reviews I’ve seen have been the individual DVD reviews, or minor ones on various non-review sites. In addition, the descriptions I’ve read leave a little to be desired (and don’t really tell you the nature of the show), and I could find nothing visually either. It was for this reason that I decided to watch the series myself and add it to the AniRec, and review it. (The description... See full review

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

Loveless

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Jul 10, 2005

Story
To begin, it is exceedingly rare that an anime title be so apropos to the main character, but then it also somewhat unusual for any anime to focus so deeply on that character's development. Loveless, as a 12 episode series, finished airing in Japan in June 2005. It features the difficulties of one Aoyagi Ritsuka. The initial episodes partially illuminate a young boy foundering in his current circumstances, and the final episodes demonstrate what such a child can do if given opportunity.

Loveless is a series where the plot grows through the (self) discoveries of the... See full review

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

Growlanser IV Wayfarer of the Time

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Jul 9, 2005

Story
Having never played any of the Growlanser games, including IV, I had no idea what to expect when watching this. Admittedly, I know that the series of games is tactical and strategy in nature, so I suppose I did have an idea that the plot would be mostly political. Needless to say, I was correct, but also ended up being quite surprised at how decent this one shot OVA really was.

Since it's related to the game, and since the length is only around twenty minutes, we are introduced to a whole lot of plot in a whole little time, which can lend to a some confusion. A narrator explains... See full review

7/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
7/10 overall

The Diary of Tortov Roddle

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Jul 9, 2005

Story
When I first picked up Diary of Tortov Roddle, I had no idea what it was about. Studio 4C is my favorite studio and the group JollyRoger has put out many of their works and shorts. Thus, when they released this newfound gem, I knew I had to watch it. Luckily, it was just as good as I had hoped it would be.

Shown with no dialogue whatsoever (except the printed words of Tortov's diary), Diary of Tortov Roddle follows a thin and wiry man named (you guessed it!) Tortov Roddle, on his adventures through whatever mystical land he inhabits. We are treated to six different quiet... See full review

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

The Place Promised In Our Early Days

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May 10, 2005

Story
This is the area that seems to be drawing the most contention. Some laud this movie’s story as touching and elegant, while others vilify it as convoluted, leaden and incomplete. However, although the criticisms are definitely understandable, the story is praiseworthy in spite of them (honestly, were you expecting me to say anything else?). The first thing to emphasize is that, regardless of what the plot summary may sound like, this is not and should not be regarded as true science fiction. While there are definitely sci-fi elements in the show, the approach that the director takes uses... See full review

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

Kimagure Robot

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May 7, 2005

Story
From the minds of Studio 4C comes Kimagure Robot, a set of 10 shorts that show us a variety of misadventures involving... robots! There is no plot to be found, for the most part. The only thing that links the episodes is the existence of the Doctor (who creates the robots), and his Hakase Company. Though each episode doesn’t show us the Doctor, they do show us a situation that his robots have been involved in, reminding us that no invention is perfect, to say the least. These short tales involve things like a robot defending the planet (from another robot, of course), a genie robot who grants... See full review

8.5/10 story
9/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8.7/10 overall

Devilman: The Birth

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Apr 16, 2005

Story
Lions and tigers and demons, oh my! I’m not sure where the roots of demonic horror come from in anime, but it seems like Devilman (the TV series, at least, made in the 70s) must be one of the first. Created by Go Nagai (of crappy anime fame such as Kekko Kamen, Plastic Little, and anything else with excessive nudity), Devilman is actually quite unique in the fact that it isn’t 100% ecchi. Admittedly, it’s quite a bit ecchi, but nothing like the other Go Nagai titles I’ve had the pleasure of watching.

The story is quite simple, so instead of describing it in detail I... See full review

3/10 story
5.5/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

My-Hime

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Apr 15, 2005

Story
I’ve been putting off this review for a few days now, because I haven’t been able to think of a good place to start. Normally I’d start out the story section with a longer version of the synopsis listed above, but it’s hard to do so without spoiling the twists and turns of Mai HiME. Thus, I’ll have to go about things a little differently this time... Mai HiME starts out feeling like a typical (though darker) magical girl type series. We are introduced to a variety of characters who all attend (or will start to attend) the same prestigious academy. Some of these... See full review

8.8/10 story
8.5/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Princess Minerva

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Apr 15, 2005

Story
When I first picked up Princess Minerva, I had no idea what it would be about (except that I knew it was fantasy related). My viewing began in a positive fashion, but eventually spiraled down into boring-ville.

The story starts off with a brash and spunky Princess Minerva literally ripping through the title screen (humorous for sure) to announce that she wants a group of bodyguards. Blue Morris (who chooses these names?!), her sidekick, listens begrudgingly and then Minerva begins to laugh... and laugh, and laugh in slow motion while the screen pans away. This is just the... See full review

6/10 story
6.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall

Ichigo 100% - Jump Festa 2004

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Apr 9, 2005

Story
Sometimes, I think the creators of certain anime series must be fourteen year old boys with raging hormones. Other times, I think they must be 35 year old virgins. Whatever the case, this theory of mine is seemingly proven with something like Ichigo 100%, which easily falls to new levels of crappiness in the realm of anime.

The story revolves around Junpei, and how many women can possibly not only want him, but show him their panties. Err, wait... that’s not really the story, but it sure as hell seems like the point! The loose "story" is related to Junpei and his gang filming... See full review

1/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
1.5/10 overall

Digital Devil Story Megami Tensei

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Apr 9, 2005

Story
The Megami Tensei OVA is an interesting one, that’s for sure. Nakajima is a computer hacker of sorts who has bound himself to reviving Loki, a demon he communicates with through his computer. The story begins with Yumiko, a quiet girl, transferring to his school, though she has no idea what she’s getting herself into, to say the least. Loki requires sacrifices, and needless to say, some of the students end up dying in a very graphic manner.

I knew from the beginning that this OVA was based on the Megami Tensei games (of which, to this date, the USA has only seen two released... See full review

4/10 story
6/10 animation
4/10 sound
3/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Higan

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Apr 8, 2005

Story
I’m a big fan of pretty much anything Studio 4C, so needless to say, I jumped at the chance to watch Higan. Don’t get me wrong, the "story" (if you want to call it that) wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t substantial in any way, so I can’t really score this section highly.

In a nutshell, there are two guys in mecha fighters that are fighting some armored tanks.

... no, really, that’s all there is. With the exception of a short sequence at the end that might be considered "sad" (if it was actually longer than seven minutes and actually had a plot), this is... See full review

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

Dragon Half

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Apr 3, 2005

Story
I’ve heard about Dragon Half for quite some time now, and have seen it recommended for a variety of series I’ve enjoyed. Thus, I finally decided to pick it up, and I’m glad I did.

Dragon Half follows the life of Mink, a half human/half dragon, as she tries her best to get the attention of Dick Saucer, a dragon slayer with a penchant for music and concerts. Due to her small problem of being half dragon, this of course causes plenty of mayhem to occur including assassination attempts on Mink’s life, rivalry from the princess of the kingdom who herself is half human/half... See full review

8.5/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Miyuki-chan in Wonderland

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Apr 2, 2005

Story
Think you’ve seen Alice in Wonderland? Guess again. From the mind of Clamp comes this very ecchi and very... interesting look at the classic tale – but it’s definitely not like you’ll remember it. In this world, pretty much every object or creature has been replaced by a buxom and enticing female, each of whom desires Miyuki -- our protagonist -- in some way. The Cheshire Cat is a sultry cat girl who wants to do naughty things to Miyuki, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are two dark haired beauties who want to fight her, the tea drinking party of femmes want to molest her, and the Queen... See full review

7.5/10 story
7/10 animation
3/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Shamanic Princess

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Mar 27, 2005

Story
In addition to the human world, there exists a Guardian world full of magic users and Neutralizers – those who are responsible for protecting the Throne of Yord, the source of their power. Tiara, Lena and Kagetsu are three friends who live in the Guardian world, but their lives become more complicated once the Throne of Yord is stolen. Without spoiling, I’ll just say that the plot involves betrayal, heartbreak, and loss... all related to the Throne of Yord, the real reason it was stolen, and the pains the friends must go through to not only survive, but to solve the mystery of the... See full review

5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Earth Girl Arjuna

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Mar 20, 2005

Story
No matter the format, truly effective persuasive literature has usually attempted to simultaneously accomplish two completely different things. As a general rule, each work will appeal to your base emotions while at the same time submitting composed facts to convince you on a purely intellectual level. To work properly, the author must then combine these seemingly opposing forces into a single cohesive argument. For instance, Jonathan Swifts "A Modest Proposal" appears to be using nothing but impartial facts, but presents them in such a way as to illicit an incredibly strong emotional... See full review

3.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
4.5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

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Mar 20, 2005

Story
When I first turned on Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, I was expecting a boring and generic magical girl type series that might just put me to sleep. Luckily for me, I was very wrong. Our tale begins with Nanoha, a young girl who attends school and lives with her family (who include characters from Triangle Heart: Miyuki and Kyoya). One day near the woods, she runs across a ferret that is injured, but much to her dismay, this is no ordinary ferret! His name is Yuuno and he hails from another world, and he needs Nanoha’s help. Powerful stones called Jewel Seeds are loose within the planet, and... See full review

7.7/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.1/10 overall

Professor Dan Petory's Blues

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Mar 20, 2005

Story
I love anything Studio 4C, for the most part. Digital Juice is the only thing I’ve seen that I haven’t enjoyed very much (though I still think I enjoyed it more than this), so needless to say, I was excited to see this had come out. What I walked away with was a feeling of disappointment.

As far as a plot, you’ll have a hard time finding one. Then again, Studio 4C shorts aren’t necessarily known for their high amount of content, but still, I was expecting something a little better. The overall "plot", if there is one, is a hand puppet explaining (or discussing briefly)... See full review

4/10 story
6.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
5/10 overall

D.N.Angel

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Mar 19, 2005

Story
As a big warning ahead of time, this will be a very, very difficult series to assess. Though I had high hopes for DNAngel, there were so many things about this series that tarnish it, that I can't expect giving a high score in most categories. That being said, the story:

Niwa Daisuke is a "nice guy". You know the type: super quiet and shy, a pushover for anything that has a vagina (especially the popular girl he has a crush on), and in general, very... nice. He also has a strange dysfunctional family consisting of mom and grandfather, who constantly turn the house into a... See full review

5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

One Piece

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Mar 14, 2005

Story
For series of this length, there’s a fairly intriguing piece of conjecture that I occasionally enjoy trotting around. According to the theory, no matter how awesome the original premise, no matter how charming the cast of characters, no matter how competent the studio, every long series will tank after about 75 episodes. As evidence, a myriad of lengthy anime can be cited that begin excellently and then slowly degenerate into recycled material and filler. Kenshin was excellent until some genius decided to deviate from the manga. Kodomo no Omocha was... See full review

8/10 story
6.5/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
9/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Five Star Stories

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Mar 14, 2005

Story
To say that Five Star Stories’ story is expansive would be the understatement of the year. Based on a manga that has lasted well over a decade, this hour-long OVA covers what leads up to the most massive war of mankind – or so the story claims. I haven’t read the manga, but quite frankly, I might just do so after seeing this a few times. Without a doubt, I’ve never seen many things this epic or compelling, that’s for sure.

Unfortunately, unless you read the liner notes ADV supplies with the R1 release or check somewhere on line, the story won’t make a lot of... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

A Tree of Palme

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Mar 7, 2005

Story
Palme is a boy who is made of wood, who once lived peacefully with his "father", and a woman named Xian, his "mother". Xian fell sick and died, and since that day, Palme stopped moving... until the woman came. She came in the night bearing an orb, and when Palme awakened from his years of sleep, she entrusted the orb to him to bear to the underworld for purposes unknown. The sap would allow him to continue to live, she explained, and needed to be delivered by him to the place she came from. If he brought the sap as she desired, he could finally become human. And thus, with that, Palme began his... See full review

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

Burn Up W

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Mar 5, 2005

Story
Burn Up W takes place in Tokyo, and revolves around a group of girls who make up Warrior, an undercover police force that takes the cases the normal cops can't handle. Unlike some cop shows that focus on different stories, Burn Up W focuses on one arc that involves terrorists who want to do various nefarious things.

After seeing Burn Up (and enjoying it), I was excited to check out the next thing chronologically, Burn Up W. Needless to say I was very disappointed, and hopefully by the end of reading this you'll know why. Let's start with the type of show this is. Burn Up was a... See full review

3.5/10 story
7/10 animation
4/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
3.8/10 overall

Blue Seed Beyond

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Mar 5, 2005

Story
After the events of Blue Seed, the Aragami have been destroyed, and the world is safe. Unfortunately, this relatively short period of peace is upset when the Aragami return, this time on the other side of the world in San Francisco! Of course, Momiji and co. go there to check out the threat, and thus the story begins.

Blue Seed 2 has some major, major problems. First of all, I’ve never seen a several part OVA (as a sequel to a TV series) work. From Fushigi Yuugi to DNA to El Hazard Magnificent World 2, these standalone arcs always seem boring and uninteresting, and in general... See full review

2.5/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Blue Seed

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Mar 1, 2005

Story
Taking place in Earth, in what seems to be the 80s, Blue Seed follows the story of a young woman named Momiji as she learns of her fate as the Kushinada. Japan is under attack by Aragami, creatures that appear to be monsters, but the general public doesn’t know much about these occurences. The Kushinada is supposed to be fated to be sacrificed, because only the Kushinada can make all the Aragami disappear. For bumbling Momiji, this means being thrown into a life of monster hunting, as well as being paired up with the unlikeliest of partners: Kusanagi, a part human part Aragami fellow. ... See full review

4.5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

The Place Promised In Our Early Days

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Mar 1, 2005

Story
It's really hard to talk about Beyond the Clouds without spoiling (for the record, I feel NFO and AniDB both spoil in their descriptions... as they both use the same description), so I'll stick to what happens in the beginning. What's implied, but not really discussed in detail, is that Japan underwent a split after they lost the war, and Hokkaido became the land of Ezo. A great tower was also built but its purpose was unknown until decades later. In the present, however, three friends enjoy a summer together. Two of them, Hiroki and Takuya, have constructed a plane over the years... See full review

8/10 story
9.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
7/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Rain, the Little Girl, and My Letter

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Feb 27, 2005

Story
When this six minute featurette begins to play, it clearly says it's an amateur anime. That being said, this is fairly obvious in most aspects, from the story to the inconsistent animation. This is the story section, though, so I'll discuss it a bit. Keep in mind this review in general won't be very long due to the feature only being six minutes. :)

I've always been interested in the mating rituals of kids in Japan, because it seems so childish. Giving someone a note if you are interested in them, even if you barely know them, is fascinating to me and reminds me of elementary... See full review

5/10 story
4.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Gravion

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Feb 26, 2005

Story
Ahh Gravion. I recall the first time I saw episode one in all its glory, with its fantastic "Situation Clitical" line that spread through the ears of fanboys like wildfire, becoming famous in the process. I remember seeing the ridiculous chest size of one of the characters (along with a jiggle that would make Jello proud) and the overall ecchiness, and promptly putting it down, never to see it again. After being sent a screener of Zwei, I don't really have much of a choice than to watch the first series in its entirety, eh? And thus, the review begins...

From the depths of the... See full review

3/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
4.75/10 overall

Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman

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Feb 19, 2005

Story
I've seen quite a few parodies of the mecha/superhero type genre, including Del Power X, Ariel, and a number of others. For the most part, all of them are simply average with nothing but a handful of laughs. Shinesman, on the other hand, I found to be hilarious. Nothing of the caliber of Cromartie, Abenobashi, or other random humor type shows for sure, but definitely a notch above the usual parody show. The plot is filled with hilarious bits such as one of the planet's invaders going off about how stupid and ditzy his worthless sister is, or hilarious character quirks such as a woman who can... See full review

8/10 story
6.5/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
6.7/10 characters
7.4/10 overall