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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

vivafruit's avatar
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

The Wonderful World of Puss 'N 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!

sothis's avatar
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

sothis's avatar
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

sothis's avatar
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

sothis's avatar
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

sothis's avatar
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

sothis's avatar
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

sothis's avatar
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

Gunslinger Girl

sothis's avatar
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

.hack//LIMINALITY

sothis's avatar
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

Wild Cardz

sothis's avatar
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

Kino's Journey

sothis's avatar
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

Capricorn

sothis's avatar
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

Idol Project

sothis's avatar
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

sothis's avatar
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

Jing: King of Bandits

sothis's avatar
Dec 31, 2004

Story
Jing is 100% episodic. There, I said it. If you are reading this and are suddenly not interested, stop reading now and go pick up Juuni Kokki. Else, let's continue...

Jing is the world's best thief and is known for his desire to capture the most beautiful and unique treasures in the world. His pal, Kir, is a talking bird who loves the women, and follows him wherever he goes. King of Bandit Jing follows Jing and Kir as they travel to various towns and places, as they try to steal a different one-of-a-kind treasure. As mentioned, this is an episodic series. There is no central plot... See full review

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

Shadow Star Narutaru

sothis's avatar
Dec 31, 2004

Story
It should be said that regardless of the description, Narutaru has two very distinct sections to it (that aren't really integrated at all, for that matter). The first 7-8 episodes revolve around Shiina and Akira with their dragonets, and the web of destruction and death they are drawn into because of them. Sound dark? IT IS. What's funny is that the first episode makes you think something totally different. I watched episode 1 and remember coming away from it thinking this would be a light series, perhaps slice of life. In the episode, Shiina finds Hoshimaru on the beach, and that's about it... See full review

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

Mighty Space Miners

sothis's avatar
Dec 31, 2004

Story
The tale of Mighty Space Miners revolves around exactly what you'd think it would: space miners. In the future, these folks live up in space on an asteroid, divert comets and meteors and then mine them for precious metals and such. They then send the spoils to Earth, and continue to work. In addition, scientists are studying the effects being born in space can have on children. Our protagonist, Ushiwaka Nanbu, is the only surviving child in space, still. He's 12 years old.

The crew are getting ready to capture Halley's comet, when a military nuclear missile threatens the base, and... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Cat Soup

sothis's avatar
Dec 30, 2004

Story
Cat Soup is a bizarre and abstract look at the lives of two young kittens, as they peruse the land of the dead. Then again, knowing that information is hard to discern from watching it once, and odds are, had you not read any review or description, you may have not picked up that fact at all. There is no dialogue in Cat Soup, except random noises used for the characters talking with occasional subtitles (in Japanese characters). Usually these words are very simple, not even full sentences. The story is told primarily through the visuals, and again, are very abstract, making it hard to... See full review

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

Eternal Family

sothis's avatar
Dec 30, 2004

Story
Eternal Family is a Studio 4C production. Interestingly enough, as we were watching this both of us kept saying how much it reminded us of End of the World (another short from Studio 4C), and sure enough, when the end credits rolled, it was in fact Studio 4C! This might explain the confusing nature of the OVA, as well as the pacing and randomness that abounded.

The story involves a family that is made up of rejects of society. These individuals have been brainwashed to think they are actually a family (except the dad), and live in a closed environment. Due to some circumstances... See full review

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

Uninhabited Planet Survive

vivafruit's avatar
Dec 30, 2004

Story
The storyline is undeniably the weakest part of Uninhabited Planet Survive, and is the main contributing factor for why the show never quite seems to break mediocrity. There were numerous points at which the anime looked like it was improving, but the formulaic and predictable plot would always kick in and prevent this from actually happening. One of the major problems lies with the basic premise. At its heart, there are really only two major ways to execute a shipwrecked-on-random-piece-of-rock storyline like this one: a Lord of the... See full review

4/10 story
5.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Dead Leaves

sothis's avatar
Dec 30, 2004

Story
Dead Leaves is weird.

Now that that's been said, let's discuss why. First of all, the plot of Dead Leaves doesn't really matter. This movie was obviously made for the animation, plain and simple. That being said, even if you wanted to understand the plot, it's not so easy, given the extremely unique animation style and the high octane feel and pacing of the anime. In general, Pandy and Retro are two "people" of sorts that awaken on Earth, naked. They don't know who they are or why they are there, and shortly after they run off on a crime spree. They are captured, and sent to... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
7.3/10 overall

Phantom The Animation

sothis's avatar
Dec 26, 2004

Story
Within the first three minutes of the first episode, I knew this would be something that kicked ass. Thankfully enough, I wasn't mistaken.

Phantom takes place in Los Angeles, where a young man whose name we don't know (though based on other reviews I've seen, I guess his name is Reiji) has come to visit from Japan. The reason seems to be something related to being accepted to a school. I don't believe the school is in LA, though the details aren't totally clear, and don't really matter anyways. Our young protagonist is dropped off in the middle of nowhere by his inept taxi driver... See full review

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

Gude Crest - The Emblem of Gude

sothis's avatar
Dec 21, 2004

Story
The entire premise of Gude Crest revolves around just that -- the Gude Crest. Our two heroines Efera and Jiliora received this crest while escaping a slave ship and/or attempting to save a young boy who perishes. He hands them the crest, and they set off to return it -- and the story begins. Unfortunately, as if that was unexciting enough, it just goes downhill from there. The girls end up running into a cult-like group who communicate with a being known as the Supreme Mother, and end up trying to save two royal twins (and rightful heirs of the crest) and the entire continent from evil itself... See full review

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

Refrain Blue

sothis's avatar
Dec 5, 2004

Story
Refrain Blue is based on an h-game. While some series manage to pull this off well, making you not-so-convinced that's what it's from (KgNE, for example), Refrain Blue is a bit more obvious in its roots. The OVA itself isn't hentai, though. There are only two scenes that might be considered questionably ecchi (where Nao has her shirt removed), and there is some nudity in shower scenes, but it's probably the same amount as KgNE.

I seriously am starting to think that all h-games have one or more of the following in them: being at the beach, a long lost promise you remember, a long... See full review

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

Ryokunohara Labyrinth

sothis's avatar
Dec 4, 2004

Story
So, we have two guys: Hiroki and Kanata. They are very close friends, and perhaps something more. Let me first debunk the myth that this is a yaoi anime. It really irritates me that people see anything that could be a HINT of shounen-ai (male/male love, not sexually) and label it yaoi. OH MY GOD TWO GUYS TOGETHER STAB MY FACE OFF YAOOIIIIIII!!!! In reality, there isn't anything that even comes close to being yaoi, and barely anything that might hint at being shounen-ai in the first place. The subtleties in the OVA do make you think that there is a shounen-ai thing going on, though.
... See full review

3/10 story
5.7/10 animation
4/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

Burst Angel

DistMan's avatar
Dec 2, 2004

Story
Here we are again, with one of Gonzo's later works. Being the Gonzo fan I am I of course watched it, and here is what I have to say about it.

What we have here is a special OPs group with lots of funding, lots of will power and four 'hot' chicks (pun intended). This group consists of women, girls, ladies, chicks -- whatever you wish to call them. Their mission in life is to bust some ass. They work for a corporation called Barren whose goal in life I won't mention.

Ohh yes, I almost forgot to mention their chef. He's 18 years old and wants to become a patissier... See full review

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

Macross Zero

vivafruit's avatar
Nov 30, 2004

Story
Macross Zero is an undeniably huge undertaking; this clearly has one of the biggest budgets to ever be granted to an OVA. Bandai has fairly deep pockets, but I’m sure even they must have been a little antsy about the huge capital investment involved in such a project. Thus, my primary concern when I started up the first episode was that the OVA, in the interest of "playing it safe," would create a relatively ambitionless plot that strayed little from what other animes from the Macross series have already done. My worries were not... See full review

7/10 story
9.5/10 animation
8.5/10 sound
4/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Texhnolyze

vivafruit's avatar
Nov 29, 2004

Story
Serial Experiments Lain, which Yoshitoshi Abe has also been involved in, shares a very similar story structure to Texhnolyze. Both start with a relatively unfulfilling storyline that explains nothing and expects the audience to infer much of what is going on. In the final half, the anime will leap off of the foundation that it has so painstakingly created and go in a totally unexpected direction, resulting in an ultimately satisfying experience. Unfortunately, this approach is inevitably what turns people off... See full review

9.5/10 story
9.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Space Travelers: The Animation

sothis's avatar
Nov 28, 2004

Story
Since there is virtually no plot in Space Travelers, I thought I'd write a haiku instead:

Space fights and action
Robots appear, oh shit! Run!
Shoot them in spaceships

Oh man, I kick ass at the haikus. (ha!!). Yes folks, that's about how much inspiration I got from Space Travelers. Let's just say the entire point of the movie was to be a campy sci-fi viewing, sort of like Star Wars, but way worse. It's unfortunate because in the beginning of the movie, we actually think it might not be half bad. Alien invaders came and conquered the Earth in three... See full review

3/10 story
6.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
2/10 characters
4/10 overall

Amon Saga

sothis's avatar
Nov 27, 2004

Story
You know, if there ever was a classic case of false advertising, it would be Amon Saga. From the first look at the cover of the DVD, I was excited and expected something interesting and unheard of. Now I know it's unheard of for a reason. Amon Saga is a dark sort of fantasy that is overall fairly generic, with lots of plot points and holes that aren't really explained. We only know that there is a giant turtle creature with a city on its back called Varlhiss, and this thing stomps around, killing random villagers and destroying cities. Its rule is a Darth Vader type guy (who reminded me... See full review

5/10 story
6.7/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
5.7/10 overall

Tristia of the Deep Blue Sea

sothis's avatar
Nov 27, 2004

Story
Tristia of the Deep Blue Sea is actually focused on a girl named Nanoca, who likes to invent golems and invent various things. The story we are told is that she has been sent to Tristia to help revive their economy, though we never really understand many aspects of the story. Who sent her? How was she supposed to help revive the economy? I suspect that fans of the manga or whatever this was based off of would understand these things, but unfortunately for the regular viewers, we don't. Anyways, rather than being a show about inventing or neat things like that, the entirety of the two episodes... See full review

5.5/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.8/10 overall

Odin: Starlight Mutiny

sothis's avatar
Nov 27, 2004

Story
I've read my fair share of reviews for Odin, all of which give it terrible scores. I'm talking Angelique or Wild Cardz terrible. All of these reviews had one thing in common -- they all had watched the dub, which has about 40 minutes of the 2 hour 15 minute Japanese version removed, supposedly significantly cutting down on the story. I, on the other hand, did watch Odin in its original form, so I can only imagine that either A) the subtitled original version is a hell of a lot better than the dub, or B) strange parasites invaded my brain (presumably from that sketchy Mexican food I hate... See full review

7/10 story
7.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Run Melos!

sothis's avatar
Nov 26, 2004

Story
The score of 8.5 is solely based on one thing: this story was incredibly original! I've literally never seen anything remotely similar to this, and that deserves a high score in my book. First of all, the story takes place around the year 360 BC, which is fairly unusual in itself for an anime series. Combine that with the fact that it's based around the Greeks, and you have something truly unique. Now, admittedly, I've seen a few things that seem to take place around ancient times, such as Arislan or Arion, but nothing explicitly based on the Greeks. In general, the majority of the story... See full review

8.5/10 story
6.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Perfect Blue

sothis's avatar
Nov 25, 2004

Story
Set in present day (some years ago, of course), Mima is a well-loved pop idol who loves singing in Cham, a somewhat-unknown singing group who still manage to have a great deal of admirers -- as well as an expected amount of fanboy stalkers. In a career move that stumps all who know her, Mima decides to become an actress, leaving her idol lifestyle behind -- and thus the downward spiral begins. With newfound fame comes obsession, and Mimirun seems to have acquired her own dangerous stalker set on convincing her to return to her old role. With death threats, letter bombs, and a website... See full review

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

Magic Knight Rayearth OVA

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Nov 25, 2004

Story
Hikaru, Fu, and Umi are three young women (and best friends) who are about to part ways now that school is ending. They live in Tokyo, a place where sinister things are soon to happen -- at least, if the long-dead kingdom of Cephiro and the villainous Eagle have anything to say about it. Invading their world with a fortress and powerful spirit beasts, these trespassers want nothing more than to destroy the Earth, all to satisfy one spirit, Emerald's one wish. And thus, the trio find themselves endowed with the Ovum, strange jewels that allow them to call upon guardian spirits, and even... See full review

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

Psychic Wars

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Nov 23, 2004

Story
*Dies laughing*. Oh dear lord... where to begin. Psychic Wars is easily one of the worst things I've ever seen, and only Baoh rivals it. When I say bad, I don't mean terrible Angelique or Wild Cardz unwatchable bad, I mean hilarious YOU MUST SEE THIS bad, like something you'd see on MST3K, but way funnier.

The "plot" revolves around Ukyo, who somehow gets imbued with some sort of psychic power (that just gives him an outer or inner glow of sorts and lets him punch hard) that's to be used to destroy some demons in the past. Who gives him these powers? Five or six old women who are... See full review

1/10 story
1.5/10 animation
2/10 sound
1/10 characters
9/10 overall

Now and Then, Here and There

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Nov 23, 2004

Story
The story is the best part of the series. However, it is important to know that NTHT's plot develops slowly at first. So if you don't like lots of dialogue and want more action, this anime probably would not be a good watch. NTHT's strength lies in its ability to stir emotions through great plot and character development. The beginning episodes focus on laying out the story, characters, and setting. In the middle of the plot, expect a bit of dialogue because it is slowly building up momentum to the series great climax. The ending has its own twists and turns, and it will keep you... See full review

9/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.8/10 overall

Azumanga Daioh

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Nov 21, 2004

Story
Azumanga Daioh is a show about nothing, literally. Think of it like Seinfeld, but with high school girls and more hilarity, and you've got all the bases covered. The episodes revolve around six girls and their daily life at a high school, which always ends up being random in some way.

The comic formula is hilarious, and is almost flawless. Many scenes will make you scratch your head and wonder "eh?" while simultaneously laughing, while other scenes make you laugh by repeating the same thing over and over and over and over, far past the point where you think it should have just... See full review

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

Blood: The Last Vampire

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Nov 20, 2004

Story
Let's be honest -- even though Blood the Last Vampire might be a great thing to watch, it isn't exactly swimming in plot. The little we know is that a young woman named Saya is one of the last original vampires, and works for the police department hunting down rogue demons and vampires alike. Her newest assignment places her at a local high school, where mysterious murders have been taking place. Unfortunately, that's about it. Throw in some additional vampires, a school nurse, and some neat chase scenes/fights, and you have the entirety of Blood.

Luckily, even though the plot... See full review

6/10 story
9.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Tokyo Revelation

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Nov 11, 2004

Story
Tokyo Revelation is something that I figured would be kind of like watching Mystery Science Theater 3000, no joke. I attribute this to the absolutely horrible presentation Manga gave the DVD. Really folks, it's almost laughable. The front cover and artwork looks like it was badly scanned and printed out (on a low dpi printer), and everything is all grainy. The artwork appears to make it seem like a ripoff of X TV, and the menu isn't much better. Anyways, needless to say, I didn't expect much except a barrel of laughs, but I was pleasantly proven wrong.

Now, let me make it clear... See full review

6.5/10 story
7/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.7/10 overall

Saikano

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Nov 11, 2004

Story
When I first read the description for Saikano, I already developed preconceived notions about the series. Taking into account the DVD’s front cover and genres, I was expecting a series along the lines of a heart-warming romance or maybe even a heroine that kicked ass the whole series. Either of these ideas could have been great, but this isn’t what Saikano is about. Saikano is about war, its hardships, and the eternal power of love.

The plot was great when you look at how the characters were put together, but the setting of the story had a few loose ends and holes in it... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
10/10 characters
8.7/10 overall

You're Under Arrest!

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Nov 6, 2004

Story
First of all, this will be a bundle review which will deal with the first OAV and both of the TV Seasons. They go together and doing a seperate review for each would just duplicate what was already written in another review and so on. The movie however demands a seperate review and that goes for the 5 specials, as well as the last one episode OAV - "No Mercy! ". So, TV S1 is a direct continuation of the first OAV. Actually, they've bundled it up so that the first four episodes in S1 are the first OAV. So you can either choose to get your hands on the "OAV" or simply just get the first TV... See full review

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

Moekan

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Nov 6, 2004

Story
When I decided to watch Moekan, I really had no idea what it was about, except that it was another H/Dating-sim game transition to anime. I skipped through one of the episodes quickly, and noticed that it contained (OH JOY) many maids, and I immediately was apprehensive. Once I watched the first episode, though, I had hopes that perhaps this would be more unusual than I thought. Well, I was right about that, but it didn't really end up being a good thing.

The overall problem is that the storyline is extremely convoluted, and you never really know what the focus is on. The narrator... See full review

5/10 story
7.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
6/10 overall