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Umi Monogatari

Dralha's avatar
Oct 3, 2009

For a series based on an Asian pachinko machine, it was actually very good. A classic tale of good vs. evil with a magical girl duo. The animation was gorgeous.

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

Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger

GosoxJ's avatar
Oct 3, 2009

When I first saw the original Hajime no Ippo series it quickly became one of my favorites, so naturally I went into this new season with high hopes. Sadly those hopes were never fully realized. The first thing that sticks out about New Challenger as opposed to the original series is the jump in the quality of the animation. Everything, from the characters to the fights, look sharp and fluid in a way not often seen in shounen series (i.e. Bleach and Naruto). While the animation is probably the biggest improvement New Challenger has over its predecessor it's not without its flaws. Some features of the... See full review

5.5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
6.8/10 characters
7/10 overall

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

GosoxJ's avatar
Oct 3, 2009

For the most part I found the series quite enjoyable, which was especially nice since my experiences with other comedies really haven't been. The animation was nothing special and a bit bland compared to many of the more recent shows. While being far from outstanding it wasn't bad either. The animation was simple and worked well enough as to not detract from the show. In general this is true for most of the elements of the show. As far as the actual comedy goes, I found Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei funnier than the other comedies I've watched, eliciting laughs and snickers throughout its duration... See full review

5.5/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

xxxHOLiC Shunmuki

GosoxJ's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

If you've ever seen any offerings of xxxHOLiC you should know what to expect from xxxHOLiC Shunmuki. In xxxHOLiC Shunmuki the quirky art style presented in the other xxxHOLiC series remains unchanged. Additionally, when compared to many of the newer higher resolution series xxxHOLiC Shunmuki seems inferior, presented in the lower resolution format, reminiscent of the original series. Visually, xxxHOLiC Shunmuki's offerings are subpart and vastly inferior to many of Production I.G.'s other offerings, possessing nothing more than mediocre animation with a gimmicky art style. As for the actual... See full review

3.5/10 story
4/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Paniponi Dash!

Omurqi's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

That was one bizarre, twisted and funny ride :P I have a strong "Lucky Star" feeling after watching this. Not because the humor or theme of the anime is the same (because it's not), but because when I first watched Lucky Star, I didn't recognize over half of the references. I still enjoyed it, but not half as much as when I recently rewatched it, and actually got most of the parodies. Paniponi Dash! has most parodies based on some of the older anime, from which I've seen very little. I'll probably rewatch this once I've seen some more classics. Parody section aside, Paniponi has... See full review

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

Paranoia Agent

Omurqi's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

That was yet another strange, twisted and confusing ride. It's clear that this anime was made by Satoshi Kon. Even though I've only seen two of his other works (Perfect Blue and Paprika), his style is instantly recognizable, fans will enjoy this. I can't go too deep into the story without spoiling it, so I'll keep it short. The anime is about a boy who's skating around, while hitting people with a baseball bat. The show follows different stories related to the "Shounen Bat", in order to find out more about the mystery surrounding him. It does so in a way you'll also see in other works... See full review

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

Spice and Wolf II

GosoxJ's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

In Spice and Wolf II, Brain Base manages to create a sequel that should easily satisfy fans of the first series. Fans will be relieved to know that the second season matches up rather well with the first. The interactions between Horo and Lawrence are still the centerpiece of the show and haven't lost anything in the months between the two series. The interactions between the two do go a bit deeper this time around however. The animation hasn't changed much and looks rather good, despite a lack of variety in the environments. Much of the show takes place inside of cities and towns with ample screen... See full review

6.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
7.8/10 overall

Ouran High School Host Club

flyboy42's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

It's a show where everything goes crazy for no reason on a regular basis, but still finds the time to have drama but not seem forced.There is kind of a plot going on here, a very androgynous lower class girl goes to a very wealthy school, breaks a vase, and is now indebted to a group of guys who entertain women. Most of whom don't have any common sense. There's one guy who gets worked up over anything to do with "commoners" like cup noodles, instant coffee, and so forth. Another who is evil. Two more who are evil. A forth, if you hate crazy fan girls. A boy who loves cake, and a tall guy... See full review

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

Midori Days

flyboy42's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

It's school rumble, only crazier. If you don't know what school ruble is, then you might want to pay attention. By the way, this has no relation to green day, so if you were looking for them, go somewhere else.So the main character is one of those delinquent types with a heart of gold, you know, like Harima Kenji from school rumble, except Seiji Sawamura is not very good at drawing, since he's got a girl for a right hand. Did I mention he had a girl for a right hand? Another problem is that girls are terrified of him, as no one is even willing to sit next to him during class. As you can guess, this... See full review

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

A Certain Magical Index

Omurqi's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

It was so-so. Nothing special, but just passing the entertaining-grade, which is all I was expecting from this series. The setting was fairly original and it had a surprisingly good backstory, compared to most shows in this genre (like Shakugan no Shana). They actually explained how the ESP powers, the magic, and the whole academic city worked. The action wasn't epic and jaw-dropping in any way, but it was enough to keep me somewhat entertained. The story does try to get a bit serious, but never goes as far as making it painful for a fairly shallow genre like this. Another plus, unlike similar... See full review

7.5/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

flyboy42's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

Yeah, the second season of FMP! the one that takes out the espionage and giant robots, and replaces them with silly romance and giant bear suits. It's goofy, its witty, it's got Tessa in a sailor uniform.This one kinda has a plot, it's about a middle eastern militant who was raised in battle and now works for an independent peace keeping organization known as mithrill. Currently, Sousuke Sagura is assigned to protect a girl who's mind can unlock dangerous secrets about a super advanced technology. That's all from the first season. But for this season, all you need to know is that there's a guy who... See full review

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

Strawberry Marshmallow

flyboy42's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

This show, despite it's cute demeanor has a dry wit about it that makes it so fun to watch. It even talks about popular american bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers.Since once again, this show has no plot, I will have to talk about the characters. However, in this anime, there are only five main characters, so I can name all of them. Main character, Chika Ito is probably the most mature out of all the girls, mostly acting as a foil for the other character's antics. Not much else to say about her, even her older sister thinks there isn't much to say about her. Speaking of, Nobue Ito, the oldest at... See full review

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

Sketchbook ~full color's~

flyboy42's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

Feeling like life is boring? Nothing seems interesting or fascinating? Well then watch Sketchbook, a show that makes you think twice about how dull your life really is. Its take on the normal average things we think are dull and uninteresting will make you feel like normal is abnormal and abnormal is still abnormal.So once again we have a show with no plot, forcing the characters to center stage. However, I will only mention the more memorable characters, as there are too many for me to describe and still keep someone's attention. Sora, the main character, has a tendency to over analyze and spin... See full review

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

Hidamari Sketch

flyboy42's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

Now you may be thinking, but fly_boy42, I've seen hidamari sketch, it's literally about girls sitting around and doing nothing, there's nothing entertaining about that! Well, no, you probably aren't thinking that, you're probably thinking: what the heck is hidamari sketch?! Well it's a show about four girls doing nothing, but it's kinda like watching a dysfunctional effeminate family, with an aunt who needs to grow up. she's an adult now, stop acting like you're a student. Also, Hiro is voiced by yuko goto, also known as the voice of mikuru asahine. Incidentally this is also a very pretty anime... See full review

4/10 story
7/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9/10 overall

Kita e ~Diamond Dust Drops~

chii's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

I went into this expecting very boring and drawnout crappy drama about love and some weird stuff called diamond dust. I expected one full on story as well. Yet boring, crappy, and one story isn't what i got at all. I recieved a tale about 6 different females in very different situations that captivated me for all 12 episodes. Diamond dust playing a magical part in every story Each story had 2 eps to get through their tale and I think if each story went on for any longer they wouldn't have been as good. Story 1: A girl works at a fish store owned by her family. They are struggling for money but... See full review

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

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

chii's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

Well on a great recommendation from Sothis and pushing of kira to just get it now instead of waiting for a batch. I watched Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 one night one ep after another. Now it's never rare for me to watch a show so quickly. But it is rare for me to actually pick up an awesome show.The first 5-6 eps were kinda hard to sit through as there was a lot of whining children involved. and well considering the main characters were children that was no suprise. I of course understand the crying and caring on this anime being about earthquake aftermath and everyone running around trying to get back to... See full review

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

Taishou Yakyuu Musume

ThePatches's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

Disclaimer: This is not a site review. If you're reading one of these, it's unlikely I'll ever write a site review for this anime. Probably because I don't want to pick it apart. ^_^Already smothered during the summmer 2009 season, I picked up Taishou Yakyuu Musume on the recommendation of therik, and I have to admit, I loved it. This touching little tale about driven high school girls fell short of greatness because it left so much unsaid, but at the same time, I wondered if continuing the story might have broken the beautiful spell it cast on me.Taishou Yakyuu's plot focused on the development of the... See full review

7.5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
7.9/10 overall

Haibane Renmei

Omurqi's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

And here I thought I had a solid top 10 that wouldn’t get titles added one after another anymore. I couldn’t have been more wrong, with the last two series I’ve watched now both in that area; first being Kino’s Journey at #8, and now Haibane Renmei at #3! Needless to say, I was amazed by Haibane Renmei. It was quite possibly the only anime I’ve seen so far that excelled in both the journey and the (build- up towards the) conclusion to this level: leave one of the two out and it would still receive a spot on my top 10. Enough praising while you still have no f*cking... See full review

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

GANTZ

kace's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

Strange that although I rated the individual parts of this anime only average, I'd consider the anime to be quite good. It was an interesting concept, though I guess not very unique. I found myself getting annoyed with the characters though; they focused on their internal dialogue for far too long.

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

Bakemonogatari

sothis's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

Just checked out Bakemonogatari 1-4. It definitely piqued my interest, though I'm not sure if its pros outweighed the cons.Pros:Extremely interesting animation - combining all sorts of styles (hard to explain what I mean) in a very symbolic ways. Gorgeous scenery, and very cinematic in a way. Quirky, appropriate musicWitty dialogue (though this is also a negative, see below)An intro that changes depending on the character of the day - I loved the stapler in the intro for episode 2, as an example. Cons:Bakemonogatari is a textbook case of 'too... See full review

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

Aoi Hana

sothis's avatar
Oct 2, 2009

There's no mistaking that Aoi Hana is exceptionally drop dead gorgeous. With watercolored backgrounds that appear to have been taken straight out of Iblard Jikan and a flawless mix of CG and regular animation, Aoi Hana would seem to be a must-see.Except that it's so, so incredibly boring that I almost cried alongside the characters in Aoi Hana, who also incessantly cry.To be clear, I like slow anime; Kino no Tabi, ... See full review

3/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Haré+Guu

KiraRin's avatar
Oct 1, 2009

Story
After a recent spate of terrible anime shows that suffered my wrath when it came to reviewing, I decided to re-watch one of my all-time favourite shows Jungle wa Itsumo Halé Nochi Guu. Although people seem to enjoy reading my rants, I wanted to prove I am not just a venomous one trick pony. Guy lives in jungle. Guy meets girl who can swallow anything and let it live in her stomach. Girl causes no-end of misfortune for said guy. With a crazy overall plot, there is so much more uncharacteristic depth to this bizarre comedy. The underlying story of... See full review

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

[email protected]

KiraRin's avatar
Sep 29, 2009

Story
Whilst helping add new anime to the database, she-who-must-be-obeyed (sothis) pointed me in the direction of [email protected]. “It has tentacles and shit; your kind of thing!” was the foreboding cry. Still not convinced, I sucked it up for the greater good, hoping for another hidden gem to share with people. As you will see after reading this review, a new love affair was sadly not to be. Tagged as “horror” on most sites, there are actually very few hair-raising screams and, instead, a boat-load of x-rated moans of pleasure await. A... See full review

2/10 story
4/10 animation
8/10 sound
5/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Sekirei

ThePatches's avatar
Sep 28, 2009

Story
If I had to choose a moniker for Sekirei, it would probably be, "The Little Anime that Couldn't". It offers ecchi fan-service without being racy, peddles action while failing to be engaging, and sports an interesting setup that the show never puts to effective use. While it's possible to read the series as making fun of itself, the harem genre, and tournament-focused shounen shows, a second look reveals that the show means everything it says--much to my dismay. A quick summary of the series reads like ... See full review

4.5/10 story
6/10 animation
5/10 sound
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Kaleido Star

KiraRin's avatar
Sep 27, 2009

Story
As the saying goes “true friends are those who will help you hide the bodies” or in this case “will watch  soggy shoujo anime with you”. With this in mind, both Chii and I embark on another marathon, sharing in the pain of what we thought would be mediocre fluff. Instead, I found bubbling excitement as each instalment of the circus melodrama contained within Kaleido Star loomed closer. Unfortunately, entertainment is subjective and my feelings were not echoed by my partner in crime... The... See full review

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

Utawarerumono

KiraRin's avatar
Sep 24, 2009

Story
Don’t you just love it when you have completely unreasonable preconceptions about a show that then completely sweeps you off your feet? Utawarerumono (try saying that after 3 large glasses of wine), has the odour of a typical anime series based on an H-game, featuring animal-like females for virgin otaku to drool over; what I got instead was an unexpected bitch-slap from the plotline that completely suprised me a few episodes in. Utawarerumono was ultimately more akin to Berserk than the adorably mindless ... See full review

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

Naruto

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Sep 22, 2009

Story
I’m not ashamed to admit that I adore shounen anime, but it's a rocky romance. Consisting of dizzying highs of compelling fights followed by the bitterly crushing disappointment of tedious filler, the genre in itself becomes a love/hate affair. With all the extensive publicity, fanboyism and build-up surrounding the series, I had foolishly come to anticipate that Naruto would be different; however, as I soon came to discover, I was wrong. Twelve year-old shinobi-in-training, Naruto... See full review

6.5/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.7/10 overall

Brigadoon

KiraRin's avatar
Sep 20, 2009

Story
Growing up, I was lucky enough to have epic sci-fi tales told at night by the wordsmith Arthur C Clarke, and out-of-this-world lullabies crooned by eccentric Ziggy Stardust. This gave me a taste, which rapidly developed into love, for the fantastical that still hasn’t left me as I rapidly approach thirty. Whilst browsing Anime-Planet for another rendezvous with the weird, a lone recommendation between Narutaru and the obscure Brigadoon Marin to Melan caught my eye. Going into the show blind with... See full review

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

Batman: Gotham Knight

sothis's avatar
Sep 18, 2009

Story
I wanted to like Batman: Gotham Knight; really, I did. When the similarly-constructed The Animatrix was released years ago, I put off watching it only to finally realize how spectacular the collection of shorts really was. Given that success, this time around, I picked up Gotham Knight immediately, eager to see what Studio 4C, MADHOUSE and the other companies came up with. Unfortunately, unlike with The... See full review

5.9/10 story
7.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Aoi Hana

ThePatches's avatar
Sep 16, 2009

Story
I want to preface this review with the simple statement: I love J.C. Staff. Toradora! and Nodame Cantabile occupy spots on my "Top 5"; I've been able to recite Lina Inverse's Dragon Slave chant (Slayers) for almost a decade; and I laugh heartily every week at the antics of Hayate and the gang (Hayate no Gotoku!!). Combined with my growing appreciation for shoujo-ai... See full review

2/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Kaitei Choutokkyuu Marine Express

sothis's avatar
Sep 16, 2009

Story
Though I had Marine Express at my disposal for several years, I kept finding it difficult to get past the first thirty seconds of the disco-inspired, cheesy as hell opening track. Luckily, I finally found the determination to move forward and subsequently realized that Marine Express – save for the last thirty minutes – is an engaging, action-packed thriller that even newer anime fans can enjoy. Created by Osamu Tezuka, the 'God of Manga' himself, Marine Express is a crossover anime with an interesting premise: an underwater train is embarking on its maiden voyage, and plenty of... See full review

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

The Familiar of Zero

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Sep 15, 2009

Story
Wands! Cloaks! A magic academy nestled in the mountains! Sound familiar? Yes, Harry Potter would most likely come to mind, but just take out the Voldemort aspect and replace it with a little ecchi fan service, a lot of romance, and a positive avalanche of cuteness. Zero no Tsukaima offers a playful jaunt into another world and casts a spell that will leave you very much charmed. Louise, referred to as “The Zero” by classmates for her dreadful magical skills, accidentally summons a boy named Saito into her life. The out-of-place Japanese youth finds himself submerged... See full review

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

Bottle Fairy

KiraRin's avatar
Sep 10, 2009

Story
After suffering through a recent deluge of epically engrossing shows, I was looking for a quick anime fix. Having seen several amusing AMVs related to a short series known as Bottle Fairy, I knew I'd found what I was looking for. However, with adorable characterisation that quickly became a vomit-inducing bowl of sugar-coated aspartame, Bottle Fairy's short length was ultimately a god send. In this case, the AMV creators clearly had far more creativity than a professional production studio. While the story follows the quirky daily adventures of... See full review

2/10 story
6/10 animation
2/10 sound
5/10 characters
4/10 overall

Black Cat

babyeinstein12's avatar
Sep 3, 2009

Story
I must admit that I tend to shy away from action titles. As such, I accept my friend’s loan of Black Cat’s box set with not a little trepidation, intending to skim through the first couple episodes and promptly return the discs with a gracious smile and a feeling of relief. The first disc goes by pleasantly enough, but contrary to plan, I find myself reaching for the next one, until I dazedly realize that no more discs remain. Maybe a mainstream shounen anime doesn’t necessarily equate with artificial juvenilia after all. The plot follows pistol prodigy Train (a.k.a... See full review

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

Ping Pong Club

cassiesheepgirl's avatar
Sep 1, 2009

Story
When I started watching Ping Pong Club, I didn’t expect very much from it. If I’m honest, all I wanted was a sneaky giggle and some crude fun. What I got was all of the crude, none of the entertainment, and about as many laughs as you’d find at a clown’s funeral. Actually, I take that back; the latter would provide many more opportunities for amusement than this monstrosity of a series. The show focuses on the antics of the Ina Middle School’s male ping-pong club. When they face closure, they must win the... See full review

1/10 story
1.5/10 animation
2/10 sound
0.5/10 characters
1.5/10 overall

DearS

KiraRin's avatar
Aug 31, 2009

Story
I’m slowly starting to understand why so many people detest ecchi anime, and DearS is an example of just how low a typically fun genre can stoop. Now, I’m as far from a raging feminist as you can get, but I was still shocked to find that this horrendous trash was written by a pair of women. With the fairer-sex portrayed as either clueless sex objects or raging nymphomaniacs ready to rip off their clothes, the male protagonists are always feckless guys who click their fingers and can choose whichever beauty he wants... See full review

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

Over Drive

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Aug 29, 2009

Story
In the words of James Matthew Barrie, “I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.” If an anime fit this description, it would be Over Drive – trite, pathetically idealistic, yet rapturously poetic all the same. The show, on the surface, appears your run-of-the-mill sports firebrand for the burnt-out and indifferent, packaged within a cycling medium. It remains so in many ways; in others, it transcends to take on a more universal subject: the vastness of the human potential. Yes, we’ve heard this before. But Over... See full review

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

Black Jack 21

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Aug 26, 2009

Story
Best described as the bastard love child of a rather dodgy soap opera and a James Bond film, Black Jack 21 is the latest instalment of Osamu Tezuka’s popular franchise. This time Black Jack becomes the target of a group of assassins hired by a mysterious corporation. With only a single photo as a clue, the surgeon sets off on a worldwide expedition to discover exactly who wants him dead and why. Conspiracies abound, and interesting – if not predictable – plot turns ensure that Black Jack... See full review

5.5/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Ghost Slayers Ayashi

KiraRin's avatar
Aug 25, 2009

Story
Looking at some of my previous reviews, it may seem that there is very little anime I truly enjoy. This is at least true for the past couple of months, and so Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi (TIAA) a refreshing change from a recent selection of stagnated trash. A familiar sounding storyline plays out like watching an overly enthused puppy. Eager to please, it bounces around excitedly, performing impressive tricks before the commotion becomes too much and an anti-climactic ending results in a puddle on the floor. Other reviews had me... See full review

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

Nodame Cantabile: Paris

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Aug 22, 2009

Story
Fans of the original Nodame Cantabile, don’t start squealing yet. Actually, let’s just pretend the sequel never happened. As one wades through this eleven-episode piece of thick blancmange, it will feel like meeting an old friend, only to behold that friend very much changed. The show brings its share of giggles -- but only if you're paying attention. Compared to the snappy, energetic hilarity of the original series, Paris unfolds into a mélange of slow, drowsy filler, torpid characters, and charmless bursts of narrative. Despite promising beginnings, the plot... See full review

4.5/10 story
7/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Paniponi Dash!

KiraRin's avatar
Aug 21, 2009

Story
As an eternal optimist, I really wanted to like this show; random humour and the otaku nod to fans usually have me lapping up any serving of amusing antics. My kind nature was instead bitch-slapped into submission by one of the biggest heaps of god-awful unfunny trash I have seen in a long time. Even before the closing credits of the first episode rolled, I anticipated a humongous disappointment. It wasn’t until six episodes in, with no shining moments of redemption, that I realised quite how bad this show was going to be. Praying for the finale to finally arrive, I found it an... See full review

2/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
2/10 characters
2.5/10 overall

Initial D Battle Stage 2

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Aug 19, 2009

Story
As a rookie petrol-head way back in 2000, the only vehicle-based entertainment to have caught my eye was Top Gear and Gran Turismo. A recommendation for Initial D had me a little apprehensive at first, as this was to be my first experience with subbed animation. Polishing off the first season in two nights, I was instantly hooked and have ravenously devoured each addictive addition as soon as it hit the screen. Nine years later, the life-changing show has influenced my vehicle purchase decisions and made me well sufficiently well equipped to... See full review

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

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

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Aug 14, 2009

Story
After several movies from Hayao Miyazaki that have been both narratively and visually complex, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea feels like a return to "classic" form. The film is simpler both in its plot and animation style, having more in common with My Neighbor Totoro than any of the great director’s recent efforts. The difference is so pronounced, in fact, that Ponyo often feels like watching a time-capsuled Ghibli from the late 80s. The film's story is one of Miyazaki’s... See full review

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

Strawberry Panic

ThePatches's avatar
Aug 14, 2009

Story
Drawn in by one of the ubiquitous "I Kissed a Girl" AMVs, I came to Strawberry Panic! wondering why all those girls were making out with each other. I can't say that I left the series entirely sure of the characters' motivations, but I can say that I've come to love the silly, racy, melodramatic, and heartbreaking world of shoujo-ai anime. Despite its mediocre looks, occasionally vapid storytelling, and frustrating characters, I fell in love with this show. And then Hikari and Amane ruined... See full review

5/10 story
5.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshitan

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Aug 10, 2009

Story
Recently, I have come to notice that fangirls are exactly the same as fanboys – they both like looking at pretty, albeit mindless, things. Usually, this comes with a generous measure of sexual undertone and a general lack of story development, but nothing drives this point home like Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshitan (SB:KJT). After suffering through thirteen episodes of animated bishounen fluff, even the most rabid shounen-ai fan will waver at the lack of consistent entertainment. Taking a long time to warm up... See full review

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

The House of Small Cubes

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Aug 10, 2009

Story
Why do you watch anime? Is it to passively waste away the spare hours of your life, or is it in the faint hope that the next anime you watch will actually make you feel something meaningful? At twelve minutes, La Maison en Petits Cubes will not waste much of your time, but it will move you on a profound and emotional level. Even at face value, the story is a clever and innovative science-fiction tale, involving a rising sea level that forces our protagonist to build his house higher and higher. When he inadvertently drops a precious item... See full review

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

Battle Athletes Victory

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Aug 9, 2009

Story
As the chubby kid in school, I have an allergy to all sports and sports related entertainment, and so I go into Battle Athletes Victory with a little trepidation. Instead of dread and terror, what it delivers is a tireless blend of comedy, character development and a strangely compelling storyline that far exceeded my expectations in a genre I tend to avoid. Set in an athletics school, Battle Athletes Victory is packed to the rafters with competitive svelte beauties. The extreme track and field events put the strength girls'... See full review

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

Ramen Fighter Miki

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Aug 4, 2009

Story
Anime that accomplish little more than provide an excuse to string together amusing sight gags could probably be considered a pillar of the industry. Muteki Kanban Musume does not stand out in this category due to its unoriginality, but it has an infectious energy and shamelessly performs its running gags in an admirable fashion. Of course, it helps that there's little plot to get in the way. Muteki Kanban Musume is entirely episodic, so there really is no "story" per se. Each episode outlines two loosely related but standalone... See full review

3/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Tenkuu Danzai Skelter Heaven

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Aug 4, 2009

Story
What happens when you take Neon Genesis Evangelion, crack in several episodes of Geneshaft and add a liberal sprinkling of poorly created computerised graphics? Out of the bastardised mix pops a confused mess that calls itself Skelter+Heaven. Rearing its ugly sci-fi head, the series revels shamelessly in a clichéd and bewildering plot, before dying slowly and painfully with no-one to mourn its passing. From a promising opening set in a... See full review

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

Tentai Senshi Sunred

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Aug 3, 2009

Story
Every so often I stumble upon an anime that infects my consciousness with its bizarre humour and leaves me maniacally giggling to myself long after I’ve finished watching. The latest series to achieve this is Tentai Senshi Sunred. Set in the city of Kawasaki, the series documents the ongoing battle between its resident hero, Sunred, and Vamp, the leader of an evil organisation working towards world domination. Sounds a bit dull, doesn’t it? Luckily, Tentai Senshi... See full review

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