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Shadow Skill: Secret of the Kurudan Style

sothis's avatar
Feb 19, 2005

Story
Having seen all the other Shadow Skill series (TV, the OVA, and Epilogue), I was excited to see what this new OVA would be all about. All I knew is that it was 100% CG, but knew nothing about the story, music, or anything else.

Unfortunately, I walked away a little disappointed.

First of all, if you'd like to know how this fits in with the other Shadow Skill titles, please click the AniRec link above, then click the blue "i" for detailed information on relations, what order you should watch them in, and more.

This Shadow Skill title is fairly standalone... See full review

4.5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall

Maria-sama ga Miteru ~Haru~

DistMan's avatar
Feb 18, 2005

Story
It's time for more Maria-sama ga Miteru. It's now past new year’s and our lovely gang face a partial breakup in a not too distant future: the Rosas will graduate and soon move to universities of their choice.

First of all I'd like to say that this is not a sequel, but a second half, a second season of the show. It's strongly recommended you read my review of the first half of the show, watch it, and then read this one. Furthermore I'll keep this quite brief and only talk about the differences.

The show kicks off around new year’s before graduation, and we get... See full review

7.5/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Hana Yori Dango - The Movie

DistMan's avatar
Feb 13, 2005

Story
First a little bit of information: this is a story that isn’t related to the Hana Yori Dango TV universe at all. It’s a 30-minute movie with the same characters involved, and they all carry the same personalities as in the TV show. Frankly speaking, there is no way this 30-minute movie can stand on its own. I don’t know whether to rank this movie as a 1) fun "what-if" TV series side story or 2) standalone show that you watch without having seen the TV show. I strongly recommend that anyone watches the TV show first. It will make it a lot easier to watch the movie and will certainly remove... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

E's Otherwise

sothis's avatar
Feb 13, 2005

Story
In a world that probably wasn't based on Earth, the population is broken up into psychics and humans. The humans are afraid of the psychics and often times these psychics get killed or in general are driven out of the city. They have to hide their identities and their powers, lest the wrath of the humans come down on them. At the same time, there exists Ashuram, a corporation who employs these psychics (or "E's") to not only help keep the peace between the E's and the humans, but also to developed these psychic powers far beyond those who live in Gald, the slums. When I say slums... See full review

5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

DarkStalkers

sothis's avatar
Feb 6, 2005

Story
Darkstalkers is based on the games, which I believe are fighting based. This is fairly obvious when you watch the series, which not only feels like a game, but is full of fighting that happens all the time. The story is loosely based around a central plot to destroy the ruler of the universe, Pyron. He's a demon type guy that appears to be made up of fire, who has come to the world to see if anyone can rival him in strength. If he can't find anyone, well, he'll just destroy the world. The story follows four groups of people as they do various things and ultimately have their fates intertwined... See full review

6.5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.3/10 overall

Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective

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Feb 6, 2005

Story
NightWalker bears a striking resemblance to the Vampire Princess Miyu TV series, with only a few minor differences. First, there are more main characters in Night Walker. Second, NightWalker's arc sometimes end on a positive note, whereas Miyu's episodes almost entirely end in a depressing or solemn manner. Beyond that, however, the two are formulaic to a T: the main character hears about a strange case, finds the people involved, discovers one is possessed, and gets rid of the demon somehow - repeat as needed. Unfortunately the two... See full review

4/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Saiyuki Requiem

sothis's avatar
Feb 6, 2005

Story
Having seen nothing in the Saiyuki universe, I was a bit concerned I would have something major spoiled for me by watching the movie. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this was to watch.

Though there is no introduction to the cast of characters, the story takes place with the cast of the TV series beating up a demon that was in pursuit of a young woman. As a reward they are invited to her master's mansion, where the "fun" begins. Lurking behind the shadows, this master has some plans up his sleeve that are sinister to say the least. Without spoiling, I'll just say it... See full review

8/10 story
9.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
6/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor

DistMan's avatar
Feb 6, 2005

Story
Welcome to the small island outside Japan. Here people go to work every day, kids go to school and life is good overall -- until the Festums come around. Festum is an unknown creature which hovers in the air. It’s big, golden and has various capabilities depending on the Festum type. To fight against these creatures Alvis (the local battle command which is located underground) prepares for battle, weapon depots rise from the ground, along the coastline rocket launchers appear, a shield is raised and fighter jets are sent out.

In addition, Alvis has something called "Fafner"... See full review

7.5/10 story
9.9/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

The Melody of Oblivion

DistMan's avatar
Feb 5, 2005

Story
It's the 21st century and Monsters who looks like humans rule human society. They seemingly provide special services for so called Monster Union Agents, granting them wishes. But they don't come cheap, for the monsters feed on children and every once in a while a life-sacrifice has to be presented, or else the monster gets quite moody. The only ones who are able to battle against these creatures without either turning into a puppet or a stone figure are Melos Warriors, humans with special abilities. They all use a bow as their main weapon and they can do anything from shooting normal arrows to... See full review

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

Maria-sama ga Miteru

DistMan's avatar
Feb 5, 2005

Story
It’s time for yet another shoujo show review. This time it’s about the girls at the prestigious all-girls catholic school called Lillian. It was founded in the beginning of the 20th century and employs the ladder system. I don’t know whether the school actually exists or not, but it certainly is well documented -- complete with history, philosophy, and so on.

Marimite is originally a story that spans over 18+ 200 page volumes, so there is quite a lot of material. Out of those, the first twelve were animated in the form of two 13 episode seasons.

In Lillian... See full review

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

Video Girl AI

sothis's avatar
Feb 3, 2005

Story
Finally, a romance that doesn't suck.

I'll admit I had an aversion against watching Video Girl Ai, due to how incredibly generic-harem-romance-y it seemed to be based on the description and overall plot. In addition, the current main recommendations in the database are Chobits and AMG (which I feel are totally inappropriate), which also turned me off to the idea of watching this. I came away from watching this OVA, however, with a very pleasant feeling, as it's definitely more like Kimi ga Nozomu Eien than any of the above mentioned series.

Our story starts out... See full review

8/10 story
6/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.8/10 overall

Twin Spica

sothis's avatar
Feb 3, 2005

Story
I just want to put a big note at the beginning of this that explains how hard this review is to write. When Twin Spica was first being released, I was probably the largest fan you could have talked to. I convinced everyone I knew to watch it, telling them that it had elements of Planetes and Stellvia, amongst others. It had such, such potential through the first seven episodes, and at that point I stopped watching due to the glacial release schedule. I recently watched the entire series from start to finish, and what I can say is that my feelings completely reversed from sheer enjoyment and... See full review

6/10 story
7/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.7/10 overall

Candidate for Goddess

sothis's avatar
Jan 30, 2005

Story
Like Stellvia, Candidate for Goddess is a lighthearted look at kids in space, training to fight a deadly disaster. In Stellvia, it was the upcoming shockwave that would destroy Earth. In Candidate for Goddess, it's invading aliens. Nevertheless, this is my favorite type of series by far, and thus, I was definitely disappointed when the end of Candidate for Goddess rolled around.

The story starts out simple enough: a narrator introduces us to Zion, the only human populated planet left untouched by Victim, invading aliens. Mankind's only defense (surprise surprise) is five giant... See full review

5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Candidate for Goddess OVA

sothis's avatar
Jan 30, 2005

Story
Candidate for Goddess OVA is essentially a brief recap of the TV series, along with some additional scenes from Ernest and the other Goddess pilots' pasts. Plenty of introspective thought can be found (similar to Evangelion TV 25/26), and in general the entire thing is seen through the eyes of Ernest.

First of all, if you haven't seen the TV series, you have no reason to be watching this. Even if you have seen the TV series, I think you'll find that watching the OVA isn't very fulfilling either. The TV series ends off without actually ending, and explains essentially nothing about... See full review

5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
4/10 overall

One Pound Gospel

sothis's avatar
Jan 29, 2005

Story
Hailing from a line of OVAs by Rumiko Takahashi (Mermaid Forest, Fire Tripper, Laughing Target, Maris the Chojo, etc.), One Pound Gospel, like all the others, is set in an entirely different venue than all the others. This time, a boxing ring.

The story centers around young Kosaku Hatanaka, a boxer who doesn't necessarily take things seriously. I know nothing about boxing, so I'll mention one of the main points of the series that I had explained to me. Boxers need to stay within their weight classes in order to fight in it. Thus, boxers often starve themselves and drink no water a... See full review

6/10 story
6.5/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Wild 7

sothis's avatar
Jan 29, 2005

Story
Wild 7 is a two part OVA which spans 50 minutes for each part. They are two relatively standalone stories about the Wild 7, a group of seven convicts who have been given a chance: obtain police powers and status and take out bad guys, and earn your freedom. Cyber City Oedo, anyone?

At its core, Wild 7 is a show about bikes and guns, violence and explosions. Each episode deals with trying to take down a different bad guy, but you don't watch it for the plot, you watch it for the action. It's definitely action packed and exciting, but also has a somewhat campy feel to it that makes... See full review

6.5/10 story
7/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
5.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Legend of the Forest

sothis's avatar
Jan 29, 2005

Story
Legend of the Forest is cleverly focused on the same topic as its title: the forest. Produced by the famous Osamu Tezuka in the late 80s, this 30 minute movie (which has a few definite sections) is voiceless and is basically a good old "here's why humans and the environment don't mix and why we shouldn't kill animals and cut down trees" story.

Hey, I'm all for humans being wiped out and am a firm believer in the idea that our planet would be better off without us. That being said, though I understand Legend of the Forest's message, it was portrayed in such a terrible manner that I... See full review

5/10 story
2/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
3/10 overall

Dragon Century

sothis's avatar
Jan 27, 2005

Story
Wow. I was told to watch Dragon Century from a friend that has similar tastes, but I must say I was skeptical. I've seen quite a few older series and for the most part, I've found that most of them are quite crappy or uninteresting, or crude in some fashion. What a surprise when I finished watching Dragon Century and found myself thinking "wow, that was fantastic!" It's very hard to describe the plot of Dragon Century, since the two episodes have hundreds of years between them, and have a very unique feel. In the first episode, we see a very apocalyptic look at Hokkaido, where... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.2/10 overall

DNA²

sothis's avatar
Jan 26, 2005

Story
As the name would imply, DNA is about ... dna! Specifically, the dna of a young man named Junta who is destined to become the Mega-Playboy. In the future, the world is overpopulated and this Mega-Playboy is the most notorious cause, having fathered 100 children, who each had 100 children, and so on! Karin is sent back in time to stop Junta from becoming the Mega-Playboy, and thus the story begins...

The saving grace of DNA is definitely the humor that stems from Junta's affliction. Whenever he sees a woman's body or anything remotely close to sexual, he vomits everywhere... See full review

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

DNA² OVA

sothis's avatar
Jan 26, 2005

Story
Originally, this three part OVA was actually the last three episodes of the TV series. For some reason it was made into an OVA (an utterly useless one, I might add), and thus I'm reviewing it seperately. The 12 TV episodes end off nicely, yet open ended for another season. The issues with the Mega-Playboy have been resolved (but I won't say how, in case you are reading this without having seen the TV series), everyone is happy and taken care of, and all is well. But like El Hazard Magnificent World, Fushigi Yuugi and a number of other series, the creators just had to throw on some extra crap at... See full review

3/10 story
6.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
3/10 overall

Ninku: The Movie

sothis's avatar
Jan 26, 2005

Story
Having seen none of the Ninku TV series (which centers around the same characters for many, many episodes), I didn't know what to expect out of this movie. Weighing in at only thirty minutes, I figured there would be no harm in trying. After having seen this, I can say it would be like watching the Kenshin movie without seeing any other Kenshin related thing. It might be entertaining, but it doesn't necessarily stick. The movie starts out with a narration explaining that the Ninku clan was once a powerful tribe of ninjas who have all since died out, except our four heros. This wacky bunch... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.7/10 overall

Hana Yori Dango

DistMan's avatar
Jan 26, 2005

Story
Hana Yori Dango is a shoujo anime that has been around since 96. It’s about Tsukushi who joins Eiken Academy – a school for upper-class people. This show deals with three themes. The first theme, which becomes apparent quite fast, is bullying/harassment. It isn’t quite sandbox bullying "Gimme back my spade! Gimme back my spade you dummy!" type of thing. This is real-life school (be it junior high, high-school or university, even workplace) harassment depicted in its purest, most raw, uncensored way.

Tsukushi comes from a poor family who insist on her going to Eiken... See full review

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

Kannazuki no Miko

DistMan's avatar
Jan 26, 2005

Story
The story revolves mainly around two girls: one is Himeko, a quiet insecure crybaby, and the other is Chikane, a graceful confident and capable, albeit quiet, person. These two share the same destiny, for they are the Sun and Moon priestesses who have the role of protecting humanity against the evil Orochi and his eight henchmen (who want nothing more than to drown the earth in darkness).

The story is quite simple, but also complicated. Here we have two priestesses, and they are to protect the world from evil persons who have some sort of mecha that they can call on during... See full review

7.5/10 story
8/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
9/10 overall

Galaxy Angel Z

sothis's avatar
Jan 23, 2005

Story
Following in the footsteps of the first season of Galaxy Angel, Galaxy Angel 2 (known as Galaxy Angel Z on R1 DVDs) continued the "story" (or total lack of) with random episodes that have nothing to do with each other. The first season had some kind of continuity in the beginning, or at least for one episode when Nomad joined the gang. After that, the entire season was random, and so is season 2.

The stories range to anything from the crew turning invisible, to one of the crew members deciding to get married, to wrestling matches. Each of these still feels like it badly is trying... See full review

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

Twilight of the Dark Master

sothis's avatar
Jan 22, 2005

Story
Twilight of the Dark Master is a dark and gritty tale that takes place in Tokyo, in the near future. The world doesn't seem too terribly different, except for one fact: Shinjuku was destroyed a few decades ago by a mysterious white light, and since then, strange things sometimes happen. In the present, a young woman is distraught when terrible things happen to herself and her fiance which, needless to say, involves a fierce demon. Our heroine Shizuka Tachibana then decides to seek out vengeance against this demon, putting her in the path of Tsunami, a demon hunter of sorts.

The... See full review

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

Explorer Woman Ray

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Jan 22, 2005

Story
Like Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider? Explorer Woman Ray will probably appeal to you. Though the name suggests the story will revolve around someone named Ray, for the most part, there isn't a set main character. Ray, indeed, is one of them: she's an archaeologist who is studying the lost civilization of the Ords, a people more advanced than present day humans, who worshipped light and the sun. Ray owns a mirror (passed down from her missing grandfather) that supposedly unlocks the power of the Ords, but everyone else wants it for their own selfish plans. Mai and Mami are two incredibly obnoxious... See full review

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

Crystal Triangle

sothis's avatar
Jan 20, 2005

Story
I've seen bad anime. Baoh and Psychic Wars come to mind as one shot viewings that were so incredibly bad, but were so hilarious at the same time. Think of it like MST3K, but funnier. Ahh, I have fond memories of those two. On the other hand, there are piles of steaming shit such as Wild Cardz and Angelique. Deformed and mutated bastard children such as these have a permanent place on my worst-anime-ever list, and rarely does a new one grace that list's presence. From the depths of hell and good taste, I bring you Crystal Triangle, an anime that proves that even anime creators can be as... See full review

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

Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone

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Jan 20, 2005

Story
Prior to viewing this film, I had already seen the Hi no Tori TV series. The TV series is focused on several different stories that all lead back to the same topic: the phoenix. This movie (the first of the Hi no Tori line) is quite different, focusing instead on a single story with a very sci fi feel.

Humans are grown in test tubes, and raised by only robots until they reach maturity. I seriously wonder why these teenagers aren't completely stunted as far as social skills and emotional growth, but somehow, they seem to be normal human beings once they are let out of the lifelong... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.9/10 overall

Ultra Maniac OVA

sothis's avatar
Jan 17, 2005

Story
This 20 minute OVA is an introduction to the television series, and presents a brief story to laugh over. Aya, a popular girl at school, meets Nina, a bumbling witch apprentice. Of course, Aya doesn't believe any of this at first, until the girl's tennis team has to have a match with the boy's team over ownership of the courts. The girls are clearly outmatched, and thus, Nina does something about it: she turns Aya into a boy! Wacky hijinks ensue, but not very many, considering the 20 minute length and all.

I admire short OVAs like this that can have a relatively interesting story... See full review

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

Suikoden: Demon Century

sothis's avatar
Jan 17, 2005

Story
First, I want to point out that this OVA has nothing to do with the Suikoden games. As someone who wanted to watch this specifically for that reason (to see if there was any relation), I'd recommend you keep that in mind when reading this review, and when deciding if you'll watch this. The Suikoden legend is based on a Chinese story that was ported over to Japanese beliefs as well, which deals with the 108 stars and such. If there is a direct corollation between this anime and the games, please let me know. Otherwise, unless I'm missing something huge, there are no related... See full review

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

Hi no Tori

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Jan 16, 2005

Story
When a director decides to eschew the standard glitz that plagues contemporary anime, the quality of the story is really all that matters. In the end, the creator must trust that the tale they are telling is a good one, and that it alone will be able to keep the viewers' attention. As luck would have it, Hi no Tori has a more than respectable storyline. Narratives that are simultaneously simple and creative are difficult to come by, but this is certainly one of them. The show takes familiar topics and expands on them in a way that makes them feel fresh and new... See full review

8.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
7/10 overall

Rozen Maiden

sothis's avatar
Jan 16, 2005

Story
Rozen Maidens are an elite handcrafted line of dolls that have an interesting feature: sentience. Each one is rather unique (and dressed to kill in gothic-lolita garb, straight from the fashions in Japan), and all of them battle in something called the Alice battle. Whoever beats all the other dolls gets to "meet father", but saying any more would be spoiling.

Anyways, one of these dolls ends up in the hands of Jun, a young man who has dropped out of school, and resorts to buying and returning things on the internet for fun. Shinku, a beautifull doll, arrives one day unannounced... See full review

5.5/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Roots Search

sothis's avatar
Jan 15, 2005

Story
First of all, Roots Search has one of the most unexplained titles ever. Some series have titles that somehow relate to the story, but I have absolutely no idea why "Roots Search" was chosen for this OVA. It has nothing to do with roots (except tentacle looking things at the end), and nothing to do with searching.

Anyways, Roots Search takes places on a space station that houses the ESP Project, which is investigating -- you guessed it! -- ESP. Moira is the current subject, and she's having dreams about all her crewmates dying in fairly terrible ways. Then a spaceship shows up... See full review

7/10 story
4/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

Puss in Boots

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Jan 15, 2005

Story
Puss in Boots is the tale of, well, Puss in Boots, the swashbuckling cat. We are introduced to our furry friend when he is being banished from the land of cats for saving a mouse. As if this wasn't enough, several cutthroats of the feline variety are then sent to kill him! The assassination attempts throughout the film are simply the comic relief, however, and are not the central plot. Puss in Boots (Perro) runs across a house where three men live. The two older brothers are hoarding their deceased father's riches, refusing to share it with their younger and overworked brother Pierre. Various... See full review

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

Burn Up!

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Jan 14, 2005

Story
Burn Up is a 45 minute OVA that definitely feels like the first episode of a TV series, that leaves you wanting more...

In the city, a high tech police force is on the prowl for bandits and bad guys, and three women, Reimi, Yuka, and Maki, are some of the best cops the force has ever seen. A recent rash of kidnappings has been reported -- kidnappings that lead to young girls being forced to become sex slaves. The trio goes undercover, and alas, Yuka is kidnapped! Action and ass-kicking ensues, as the remaining two women try to rescue Yuka AND take down the bad guy.

An... See full review

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

Appleseed Movie

DistMan's avatar
Jan 12, 2005

Story
It's time for another go at animating the cult manga "Appleseed" (by Masamune Shirow) spanning over four volumes and a databook. This manga is actually "ongoing". Even if it was some 14 years ago since Shirow wrote about things to come in Volume 5 in the databook, the project isn't dead. But when this fifth volume will reach the shelves...well..let's not speculate about that.

First we had the Appleseed OAV: a one episode story from the end of the 80's. It took parts out of manga volume 1 and 2 and compressed it all down to an hour or less. This caused a confusion amongst the... See full review

9.5/10 story
9.9/10 animation
9/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Golden Boy

sothis's avatar
Jan 9, 2005

Story
Golden Boy follows the story of Kintaro, a 25 year old man who dropped out of school because he finished early. On a quest for knowledge, Kintaro decides to become employed in a variety of jobs, to learn everything he can about the world. Each episode takes him to a new profession, as well as a new girl, and new challenges to overcome.

There are two aspects of the story I'd like to talk about. The first is the actual plot, which I felt was very well done. Golden Boy is a lot like Great Teacher Onizuka, so you'll see me compare it in this review. Like GTO, Kintaro is misunderstood... See full review

6.5/10 story
7/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.7/10 overall

Six Angels

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Jan 8, 2005

Story
After sitting through approximately 90 minutes of episodes (6 in total), I can tell you that I still have no idea what the hell just happened. At first, it woos you with pretty CG images and a decent intro talking about how the world has abolished capital punishment, is basically going down the toilet as far as nuclear waste and threats of war, and how there is a rumor of a fallen angel. Sounds interesting, right? Unfortunately, past that point, the story takes a nosedive and goes down faster than a chihuahua in a cage match with an elephant.

Since nothing is spelled out very well... See full review

2/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
?/10 characters
2/10 overall

Demon Fighter Kocho

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Jan 8, 2005

Story
Demon Fighter Kocho is a 30 minute 1 episode OVA that feels a lot like Haunted Junction, but is a lot more ecchi and a lot less funny. Our story begins (and ends) at Heian University, where a rash of ghost hauntings have been reported. The school happens to have an Astrology club that investigates such matters, made up of Kocho (who can't seem to keep her clothes on for various reasons), her little sister Koran (who sleeps around), and the perpetually horny Kosaku and club president.

Due to its length, there really isn't a great deal of plot. Various bad spirits cause problems... See full review

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

Gravitation OVA

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Jan 7, 2005

Story
Though produced before the Gravitation TV series, the Gravitation OVA takes place chronologically after the TV series. Thus, if you haven't watched the TV series, stop reading this review right now (due to potentially mild spoilers), and go check it out. If you have seen the TV series, read on...

The Gravitation OVA takes place very soon after the end of the events in the TV series (which left us feeling like we'd seen something very open ended). Yuki is back to his shenanigans and is treating Shuichi coldly, much to Shuichi's dismay. Plenty of whining and melodrama follow, mixed... See full review

5.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.6/10 overall

Gravitation

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Jan 5, 2005

Story
Shuichi is a young guy who has a friend named Hiro and a band named Bad Luck. They haven't hit it big quite yet, but are determined to get to the top eventually! One day, by chance and a gust of wind, one of the self conscious Shuichi's songs gets into the hand of Eiri Yuki, a cynical and heartless writer, who proceeds to inform Shuichi that he has no talent. Shuichi is totally thrown off guard, and needs to find the man again to figure out what his problem was.

Gravitation, as you've probably heard, is shounen-ai. Yes, I said shounen-ai, as in, men who like men, NOT yaoi, which... See full review

6.7/10 story
7/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
6.6/10 characters
7/10 overall

Great Teacher Onizuka

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Jan 4, 2005

Story
Great Teacher Onizuka follows the life of Onizuka, a 22 year old ex-gang member who decides he wants to be a teacher. Not to help out young minds or spread the joy of education -- he wants to be able to gawk at teenage girls. Through a series of fairly hilarious events, Onizuka manages to land a job at a prestigious academy, but there's a catch: he'll be teaching a class full of junior high delinquents. These students aren't up for accepting Onizuka as their new homeroom teacher and mentor, and with that, the story begins...Great Teacher Onizuka is fairly episodic and... See full review

6.5/10 story
7/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Appleseed Movie

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Jan 3, 2005

Story
Having seen the original OVA for Appleseed, I was expecting this movie would be nothing more than glorified eye candy with a weak plot and nothing to show up the surely pretty graphics. The original OVA is basically a police show, handling one case. We know about the city and the bioroids, and the hostilities between the bioroids and the military, but not much more than that. We have no idea what Appleseed means or why it has anything to do with the OVA, and there isn't anything deep, per se.

Boy, was I surprised...

Appleseed the MOVIE was incredible. Simply... See full review

9.5/10 story
9.6/10 animation
9/10 sound
9.5/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

.hack//LIMINALITY

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Jan 2, 2005

Story
Ahh, .hack. A very strange and interesting story, which unfortunately was stretched out over too many genres and mediums. In this case, the story takes place after the .hack//SIGN universe, and in the middle of a bit of a crisis: people are becoming comatose from their gameplay in The World. The problem with the story in this OVA is that you HAVE to have prior knowledge of the .hack world, and probably the games before it will make sense. There really is no lead in, or at least, not a good one. You are suddenly thrown into events already occuring and have to catch up, which makes this OVA not... See full review

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

Kino's Journey

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Jan 2, 2005

Story
Kino no Tabi is completely episodic, with each episode (or two episodes) based on a new country and its culture. In general, the tone is remarkably dark, usually prompting at least one "wow" from your lips for most of the episodes. To be as non-spoilerish as possible, let's just say that each one deals with cultural differences that would be considered shocking in some instances, and merely melancholy in others. In general, the series has a remarkably deep and philosophical tone, with lots of undertones that are easily missed. Thus, if you watch this, you need to dedicate your full attention to... See full review

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

Gunslinger Girl

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Jan 2, 2005

Story
While the idea of exploiting children or other human beings for murder might seem unoriginal, Gunslinger Girl still manages to bring a bit of uniqueness to the story, mostly through how the story is told, rather than the content. So as far as actual content, I enjoyed what it was about.

Although murder and assassination is the job of these young girls, the focus of the series is more based on them as characters, and the morality of using them as tools to reach a means. Because the main topic seems to be character development and moral issues, you should be forewarned that the... See full review

8.5/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

Capricorn

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Jan 2, 2005

Story
Sound a bit generic? Perhaps it is. But although the "boy transported to another world of fantasy" idea might be overdone, it doesn't stop from being an enjoyable watch. There are so many series that came to mind while watching this, including Escaflowne, El Hazard Alternative World, and more. But the main thing I thought of was Final Fantasy 3, or the plot of ANY Final Fantasy. Definitely had a video game type feel, even if it didn't mean to. Or perhaps the combination of fantasy and technology just sparked that idea in my head, who knows?

Because of the length (only 45... See full review

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

Wild Cardz

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Jan 2, 2005

Story
Story? What story? Wild Cardz literally doesn't have one. Not only is there no background as to who the girls are, but even the idea of the current plot is extremely, if not impossibly hard to grasp. By the end of the OVA I wondered "wtf just happened?". Characters are introduced randomly and you still have no idea who they are at the end, the entire "point" of the OVA wasn't explained well and in general the story was just complete garbage. I have literally nothing good to say about the "story", hence an unprecedented score of 0.
Animation
The animation didn't suck, but it also wasn't... See full review

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

Idol Project

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Jan 2, 2005

Story
Ugh. After finishing Idol Project, that's my strongest reaction. Nevertheless, let's start the review, shall we?

As mentioned in the description, Idol Project follows a young girl named Mimu as she strives to become an idol. This anime was presumably made because of Japan's obsession with idols, who tend to do things such as singing, acting, or just prancing around in public looking pretty. Mimu, like many real life people in Japan, probably, is obsessed with becoming an idol as famous as HER idol, Yuri. Thus, she tries out at the idol competition in Starland, a place definitely... See full review

6/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
2/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Very Private Lesson

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Jan 1, 2005

Story
Although the name would suggest it (as well as the screenshots), Very Private Lesson is in fact not hentai. It's ecchi, that's for sure, but it isn't even THAT ecchi. We see occasional nakedness (without any nipples or such), the occasional shot of Tairaku's pants when he has a hard-on, and the occasional thing such as Aya getting groped by a fellow female classmate, but no sex or anything of the sort. That being said, Very Private Lesson could have EASILY been a hentai, had there been any sex. The plot follows a man named Tairaku who just wants to sleep with one of his fellow teachers. One... See full review

3/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
3/10 overall