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The House of Small Cubes

aritentd's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

La Maison en Petits Cubes I didn't see this coming. Even though it won an Academy Award, I have been living in an utter darkness until vivafruit switched the lights on with his review. First thing you will notice is the distinctive style. La Maison en Petits Cubes is an art piece and I mean it. I would spend a whole day in a gallery featuring scenes from it. It is not using that cheap way of some recent shows who regard beauty only as smooth hd lines. I tip my hat to all the artists who breathed a life into this beautiful work. As the whole thing is without voice acting, music is really... See full review

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9/10 overall

Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin

aritentd's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi I though I would be able to force myself to finish it and just rate it 0.5 star, but at the end I couldn't do that. In fact it is the worst thing I have ever seen (mind you I have seen just about 70 anime series and movies, still it is pretty bad). I don't even now why I picked it up, my brain must have been shut down at that moment. It is tedious, looks bad and sounds even worse. And the story, I mean that utterly pointless randomness, should receive some award, because it must have been really hard to think of something as stupid. And don't think that I am... See full review

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1/10 overall

Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

aritentd's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage After seeing Black Lagoon I was pretty much sure what to expect of this and it delivered all the crazy gunfights and recklessness I could ask for. And it did so with a bit more finesse than the first part. Those looking for a depth and intelligence are surely to be disappointed, but when you just regard Black Lagoon as a mindless fun ride, it works. It has its highs and lows, but all in all it is pretty consistent. If you enjoy the first ep, go on. Otherwise don't even bother. Visuals are good thanks to the great colorful style and it has a few awesome nostalgic... See full review

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6/10 overall

Trigun

aritentd's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

Trigun I had the same feeling of being in a presence of a classic as when i watched Cowboy Bebop, although story-wise Trigun is not as deep as Cowboy Bebop. It does have a lot of style and a great character design, but the best thing about Trigun is its sense of humor. Well written lines with a perfect delivery (I tip my hat to voice actors) and clever fighting scenes are forwarding the story in the first three quarters of this show. Unfortunately the last part is using much more "heavier" stuff for this purpose and abandoning the comedy part, which I think was not a wise decision, but... See full review

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8/10 overall

Millennium Actress

aritentd's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

Millennium Actress This is a great example of weaving a story from many threads and making the final product an extraordinary experience. Through her films, we are told a story of an actress always chasing her love and finding out that it is the actual chase she loves, not the man. It is not an amazing realization, but it holds a lot of truth. Some people are just blind to this, but anticipation is usually better than the moment we anticipate. Animation and visuals were good enough to keep your attention, but I was a bit disappointed with the music. There just weren't any memorable moments in the... See full review

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7/10 overall

Mnemosyne

aritentd's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

Mnemosyne I picked this up because of VivisQueen's review and I was pleasantly surprised. First thing that caught my attention was the awesome OP song by Galneryus (ED too), Yama-b's vocals are just epic. Other songs of theirs are worth checking out too. Apart from the 6th ep the plot was interesting enough and I especially liked that apparent flow of time between episodes. It might have been developed further, answering some questions about the past and having better motivation for the cast, but it has definitely done a good job. If you like mystery plots, you should at least try... See full review

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6/10 overall

GANTZ

aritentd's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

GantzThis really should have worked. It had the perfect setting for a gore/violence anime. Unfortunately not every labyrinth has a way out and Gantz got lost. The story, although being just below average, did a decent job of creating a background for the action. It had some good points, where I got kinda attached to some of the cast, but not to the extent of what Elfen Lied did. Unfortunately the action that should have followed the story went missing. Fighting sequences in Gantz are like watching a turn-based strategy. Or two amateurs playing a chess game, both taking their time just because they... See full review

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4/10 overall

Kurozuka

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Oct 4, 2009

Kurozuka After watching the first ep I thought this anime could have some decent fighting scenes. I didn't know just how wrong I was. Fights quickly went down to average / below average. As the action scenes are the only thing this type of anime can build on, I was really surprised that there were more meaningless story fillers than actual fights. And as for the story, ehm..., it really didn't work out well. It was bland all the way through to the ending, which didn't end anything. I just can't see the audience this show was aimed at. Maybe I am just blind. Even though I despise ecchi, I would... See full review

?/10 story
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3/10 overall

Kurenai

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Oct 4, 2009

This would have fallen flat if it weren't for the characterisation of the central characters. A pretty basic plot rescuing a damsal in distress with a small twist and the fighting wasn't hugely compelling or particularly interesting in their animation. Only a few of the relationships interested me but some of the characters geuinely seemed to develop and impact on each other more than in a lot of series I have seen. I hated the opening and ending themes passionately and didn't notice the soundtrack at all. Murasaki Kuhoin was a great character despite seeming a bit older than 7 to me... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 animation
2/10 sound
8/10 characters
6/10 overall

Shangri-La

Releashi's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

This was completely ridiculous in every way but I still enjoyed it. The animation was pretty nice if not mind blowing the characters were nuts as was the world and I have no idea what I saw in it, if someone can enlighten me that would be lovely.

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?/10 story
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6/10 overall

Mushishi

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

Beautiful series, with breathtaking backdrops and a haunting soundtrack. A very mellow anime that follows the travels of Ginko, a "mushishi" who can perceive "mushi," semi-sentient organisms that cause supernatural happenings in people's lives.

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

The Familiar of Zero

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

Louise is a student at a Harry Potter-like school for magic on a distant world. She is known as "Louise the Zero" because of her consistent failures in the magical arts. During one exam, she summons Hiragi Saito, an average Japanese student, as her familiar. This was a really enjoyable series, with classical tsundere-boy tensions, love triangles, political intrigue, and fantasy action-adventure.

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

RUN=DIM

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

This was an excellent mecha anime done entirely in 3D CGI. It had all the trappings of the classic mecha genre: action, romance, politics, and intrigue, but the visuals made it a truly unique experience. The story revolves around Kazuto, a young mecha pilot with "AI" ability, which is sort of a sixth sense. He finds himself involved in a war between rival corporations for control of space. While I wouldn't want anime in general to move towards 3D CGI, this series was quite a refreshing detour from the usual.

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

Macross Frontier

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

The latest incarnation of the classic Robotech series, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Macross franchise. I like the way they preserved the textures from the original, while vastly updating the action sequences with incredible computer enhancements. Many story elements in this series were very similar to the original, from Alto's rescue of Ranka (reminiscent of Rick's rescue of Minmei) to the beauty pageant to the wide use of song playing a pivotal role in battles. But this was a unique story overall, a very gripping story, with fantastic character dynamics and beautiful ... See full review

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

Sky Girls TV

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

Sky Girls was a very light-hearted, feel-good anime that left a smile on my face at the end of nearly every episode. The interactions between the three main characters and their antics made this series a lot of fun to watch. Otoha was the quirky tomboy. Karen was the introvert brainiac. Eika was the serious disciplinarian. And later on, they're joined by Elise, the sharp-tongued tsundere. The story that went along with the character dynamics was also very well-done: it was a scifi, post-apocalyptic, alien-invasion sort of tale with some interesting twists.

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

A Little Snow Fairy Sugar

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

This is a cute anime. Very cute. Teeth-rotting, sugary cute. But it is addictive...Sugar, Salt, and Pepper are three season fairy apprentices who are searching the human world for "twinkles" in order to become full-fledged fairies. They "recruit" a girl named Saga, the only one who can see them, to assist them in their quest. While the series is geared more towards light-hearted comedy, at its core is a truly heartwarming tale of love and friendship.

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

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

I'd seen the magical girl genre parodied in other series, but Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha was the first time I actually sat down and watched a "real" one.Nanoha was just your average, ordinary third-grader, but upon encountering a ferret that telepathically cried out for help, she finds herself bestowed with magical powers. The ferret, Yuuno, informs her that he is actually a mage from another world and was collecting "jewel seeds" that were accidentally scattered on Earth when he was almost killed by a magical beast. Nanoha resolves to help Yuuno retrieve the seeds... See full review

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

Magical Canan

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

As magical girl series go, this one was entertaining, with a relatively high kawaii factor and light ecchi undercurrents. It seemed to have an overall low-budget feel to it, though, with regards to the animation and soundtrack.

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

Kokoro Toshokan

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

This obscure series is a real gem, a slow-paced, relaxing anime, with a light soundtrack and simple plots, light comedy and mild drama, very cute and very addicting.

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

Berserk

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Ayashi no Ceres

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Oct 4, 2009

I have been watching a lot of anime with promising starts lately and this one is no exception. However it never quite reached the great heights of Escaflowne or even Sailor Moon in portraying star crossed lovers. Too much melodrama and side stories that go nowhere got in the way for that. As it is though it is still a very enjoyable ride with aspects to do pay off in the end.  The animation for this series was nothing spectacular. The character design was on the attractive side of average with the boys the perfect definition of bishounen and the girls fairly sucessful too. The problem I had... See full review

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

Wedding Peach DX

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Oct 4, 2009

What to call Wedding Peach DX? Is it a return to form or just a rehash of the previous story but with better animation? Well, the answer is both!! This outing does not bring anything new to the overall story, however it is enjoyable all the way through. Fans of Wedding Peach will want to see this set of OVAs because you get to see the fabulous cast again, the bigger budget makes this set consistently well drawn and animated, and these are four fun episodes! The animation is (as stated before) an improvement on the quality of the TV series. This is no surprise though as this release is an OVA... See full review

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

Wedding Peach

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Oct 4, 2009

Wedding Peach is a very interesting title if one takes the time to see it through. The first episodes are probably the worst of the show so if you are willing to bear with it, this is a very rewarding experience. At the start I felt the similarities with Sailor Moon were going to hurt its chances to be an original and concise series. How wrong I was! Sure the first few episodes are very very similar to Sailor Moon but as I saw them through I could see that the plot was going somewhere a little different. Somehow detaching itself from the "Sailor Moon-ness". This is of course to Sailor... See full review

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

Chance Pop Session

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Oct 4, 2009

How do you make a predictable anime enjoyable and inspired? Chance Pop Session's answer is to have highly interesting sub-plots that somehow sharpens the main story, incredibly well cast seiyuus and relatable characters. It seems with such a great combo, everything just comes together. What also makes it so good is that it never drags on with the story or any of the situations so much that it puts you off. Instead, those stories are so well put together that you really feel the impact of the anime as a whole. The animation for this title is good but has a couple of kinks. I'll start with the... See full review

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

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki

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Oct 4, 2009

What I liked the most about the show is the characters. In most harem animes, I would rate characters very low, but this show is different. A few times I would start watching the show, and forget to set the language to Japanese. I'm then horrified by some of the worse dubs I've ever heard. Okay, they aren't the worst dubs. I hate them just as much as 90% of the dubs I've come across. That's okay though because the Japanese voice actors do a great job. There is a story here, but it just feels added in. This is probably on purpose. The show is more about the interactions with the characters. It is more of a... See full review

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

Aria the Animation

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

Truth be told, I probably wouldn't have touched this series if it didn't have a scifi component to it. I knew it was considered "slice of life," which I had always thought translated into "boring...avoid at all costs." Luckily, it did have a scifi component to it...Aria the Animation is a stunning series: tranquil, slow-paced, and breathtaking, with picturesque vistas, a mellow acoustic soundtrack, and beautiful characters. Watching Akari, Aika, and Alice explore and grow in the utopian city of Neo-Venezia, as they strive towards their goal of becoming full-fledged undines, is a... See full review

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

Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-Chan!!

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

Very weird premise (scifi girls from a parallel universe charge up depressed people in this universe using giant electrical plugs), but VERY funny and heavily ecchi. Great story overall.

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

Kanamemo

Dralha's avatar
Oct 4, 2009

I picked this one up for the kawaii factor, and it didn't disappoint in that respect. There was a nice mix of characters, and it had a lot of really funny parts, much of it over-the-top, some of it mildly ecchi. Mika was the best character, even though she didn't get a lot of screen time.

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

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

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Oct 4, 2009

Just like its name, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ is a convoluted mess. It’s only by a great feat of skill, or luck, that it avoids being a complete disaster. The story is quite simply, all over the place. Jumping from mediocre action scenes to the tedium of daily life under the main characters (being enslaved to a criminal syndicate doesn’t really lead to much excitement outside the workplace) to the inner workings and politics behind Inferno. Individually these elements would have a hard time cracking mediocre. Unsurprisingly, when thrown together they’re not any better. To... See full review

3.5/10 story
7.8/10 animation
7.3/10 sound
3/10 characters
5.7/10 overall

DearS

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Oct 4, 2009

                          Story: 5/10 DearS can really confuse you. I know this because  I've watched it. The ending was a cliff hanger, meaning no real satisfaction from watching it. This show has romance and pet like aliens. It will be wierd to watch, but when you start you can't stop watching it tell your done with the last episode. There really isn't much of a plot to begin with and nothing is really memorable. This anime is a sorry excuse for an anime. Animation: 8/10 When i watched this anime I saw how amazing... See full review

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

Sekirei

Otaku108's avatar
Oct 3, 2009

Story/Plot: 5 It was mostly predictable but interesting enough to keep me watching. It's one of those times that predictability is more of a benefit than a hindrance to enjoyment. All in all though, there wasn't much meat to this and sometimes it just seemed like the writer was doing stuff just because they could... Animation: 6 This varied from so-so to decent, it wasn't ever really bad, and sometimes the designs and fluidity of movement was pretty good. There wasn't anything that truly stood out for me in a good or bad way... unless you count the boobs :\ Sounds/Music: 6 I rarely notice... See full review

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

Stellvia of the Universe

Otaku108's avatar
Oct 3, 2009

Story/Plot: 8 It was refreshing to find a story not about man vs man, or man vs hostile alien in a space sci-fi anime. I'd give it higher marks if it didn't use the same doom and gloom to all of human kind 3 times in a row but as it stands, this is just a personal taste thing. Over all the story and plot were excellent.Animation: 9 The designs, the fluidity, the over all scope of the show was highly enjoyable. Everything seemed to have a purpose and not just some randomly techy looking junk thrown in for atmosphere. It was highly thought out and it showed. Plus, their attention to space scapes... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Xam'd: Lost Memories

Otaku108's avatar
Oct 3, 2009

Story/Plot: 9 A great story and well planned out way to tell it. There wasn't anything I didn't truly understand or get annoyed with in the long run. Everything seemed to fit and fall into place at the right time. Only mildly predictable, the kind that makes you feel smart for figuring it out early.Animation: 10 Brilliant quality animations, fluid, great designs, beautiful scenery, and no exaggerated cartoon stuff. This anime reeked of awesome. I could say more but what would be the point?Sounds/Music: 8 Decent sounds, great music... there wasn't much to gripe about here if at all. Music rarely... See full review

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

GANTZ

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Oct 3, 2009

STORYThe story in GANTZ is pretty cool but there are quite a few plot-holes that never end up being explained.  By the time you get to the end of the series, you are left never knowing what the hell just happened, what it was all for and (most importantly) the outcome.  Major disappointment.  It's as if the writers didn't really know how to end the story so they just decided "fuck it."  The reason that I gave the story as high a rating as I did was because the concept was good and (until the end) it held my interest.  The execution, sadly, was... See full review

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

Harbor Light Monogatari - Fashion Lala Yori

chii's avatar
Oct 3, 2009

Silhouetted dancing shadows put to bad 80's music in the intro how can this be bad right? Already it's making me think of Dirty Dancing or Flashdance but hope is taken away quickly when it take on telling a story about a tiny little girl who has an enormous dog that she could ride on. (or he could eat her) when she finds a fashion book in an attic (insert random child panty shot here) and wants to make dresses.... uhhhg. it would be ok but of course cause she's a kid no one will listen to her and she cries a lot over it till someone says "ok make me a dress". There is this random bad ass... See full review

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

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

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Oct 3, 2009

I wanted to make my 1000th anime special so i went for Romance of the Three Kingdoms! It's everything I ever wished it could have been... well almost :P I've been a huge fan of this series since I can remember. With the video games and real life tv series. I loved watching and playing and learning everything i could about these stories and characters. It needed to be LONGER! It really did end way too soon for me. They skimped out imo on the "last" battle.... which isn't even the real last battle but meh :P I know WAY too much about these stories so that might be why i wanted more than I... See full review

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

Panzer Dragoon

chii's avatar
Oct 3, 2009

Maybe it's because i haven't played the video game ever but this short ova really sucked. The lead man pretty much spent the whole anime screaming ALITA while riding on a random dragon to chase another random dragon that took alita and flew to a tower for some reason. THAT'S ALL THAT HAPPENS. The music and animation are pretty bad as well. Voice acting is so annoying, it just sounds like they are randomly reading lines from a paper that they have never seen before. They randomly meantioned a old weapon that the old people use to use. I can only assume this world has been destroyed once and brough... See full review

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

Kimera

chii's avatar
Oct 3, 2009

Automatically this starts out with some lovely early 90's gore clearly influenced by the 80's still. yay random tenticals! I can see where this is going already! The best part though is that it seems to be a male cast so far so there's bound to be some smoochin ;) A few minutes later i am rewarded with tube kissing? o.O That's right one of the male leads is in a science place and sees a test tube person and gets the overwhelming need to kiss it. i can only assume the monster inside has some lovely telepathic powers. The ridiclious dubbing has given me such great sentances so far. "ohhh grow... See full review

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

A Wind Named Amnesia

chii's avatar
Oct 3, 2009

The whole world gets a weird wind that comes along and makes everyone forget how to do everything. who they are, who they love, just everything. killing and murder take place for food and just basic survival instincts. Man has been turned into primitive beings now. Wataru (who didn't have a name at the time and was a beast himself Johnny names him) meets Johnny who was not effected by the wind because he was a science experiment to make memory more and more. which is pretty cool imo because they had lots of other experimental beings that could use telekinetics and whatnot. really COOL Anyway... See full review

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

Slap Up Party: Arad Senki

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Oct 3, 2009

Well, this show turned out to be a major disappointment. The first episode made it look like this anime would have a plot line and somewhat interesting characters, but both the characters and plot ended up being extremely lacking in substance. The plotline with the character Roxy could have been used to direct the entire show. Instead, any serious plot was tossed aside for the sake of bad comedy. Story: A woman, Roxy, turns into a demon because of a curse, dies, and her spirit somehow ends up stuck in the sword of a warrior named Baron. Although Roxy's small spirit is sometimes seen hovering next to... See full review

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