Oct 13, 2012

Posted by in Fall Anime 2012

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 2012

Now this is a true shame! I would’ve loved this anime if it weren’t for the artwork. Frankly, it’s just not my cup of tea, even though it doesn’t look bad at all. It’s strange, because I was pretty fond of the latest Lupin the Third anime, which was not entirely unlike this one.

Unfortunately, I don’t like the artwork. It doesn’t look bad or anything like that, but it’s just not my style. It’s very old school. I bet that there are a lot of people out there that absolutely love the artwork, so it’s a matter of personal preference.

It’s too bad that the artwork is what it is, because it’s a pretty good story. Hell, it’s a damn good story. I would’ve loved to follow this if it weren’t for the artwork. I still might in the (near) future. The story is that good.

I recommend it to those that like a good story. You really have to like this artwork for you to fully appreciate the story, but like I said; it’s a matter of personal preference. Just watch the first episode, at least, because the story is definitely worth it.

Plot Summary: This is the story of the Joestar family, and their battles against bizarre enemies. Jonathan Joestar’s battle against the vampire Dio Brando starts it all, and it continues into roughly each second generation of Joestars through all parts of the story.

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Oct 12, 2012

Posted by in Fall Anime 2012, Jormungand: Perfect Order

Jormungand: Perfect Order

Hell yeah! I have been waiting very patiently for the second Jormungand season to arrive! They ended the first season with a huge cliff-hanger, so how could I not? I wanted to read the manga, but I didn’t want to spoil the second season by doing so. I already couldn’t stop myself from reading the Bakuman manga, but this one I left alone.

The artwork is still as great as ever. The characters look good, as always. The weapons are still very detailed and the sceneries look amazing. I am always amazed by how they focus on every little detail. That’s how it should be.

There’s not much I can say about the story, except that I might be better than in the first season. Things are coming to an end, people are being pushed into corners and Koko’s real enemies have finally joined the big picture. It won’t be long now before another war breaks out between weapon merchants and the authorities. I can’t wait for that to happen!

I most certainly recommend this anime. It is filled to the brim with action and drama. All anime fans, even those that usually don’t like too much action, would probably love Jormungand. Be sure to have seen the first season before watching this one though.

Plot Summary: A ruthless arms dealer on a quixotic quest for world peace. A child soldier born into chaotic conflict. Their lives will intertwine as they journey together through the seedy underbelly of the world’s arms market.

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Oct 12, 2012

Posted by in Fall Anime 2012

Girls und Panzer

Really, Japan? Wasn’t Upotte!! enough? I have no idea what I was watching here. There’s a story hidden somewhere, but hell if I know what it is. I was too focussed on what I was seeing, which is not a good thing in this case.

Although I just said that, the artwork is definitely not at fault here. The characters are cute, the tanks look badass and the backgrounds aren’t too far behind. It’s definitely not the artwork that’s weird here, that’s for sure.

It’s this strange story. It started with Upotte!!, which was something similar to this, but at least a bit better. This… This is just disappointing. I watched the first episode but I stopped following at the ten minute mark. I just watched the artwork. The story is just too ridiculous.

I don’t recommend this one. I’m pretty sure that there are people out there that enjoy watching this kind of rubbish thing, but I am not one of those people. I suggest you give the first episode a chance.

Plot Summary:You may have heard of kung fu, but the girls at Oarai High School practice gun-fu – really, really BIG 75mm gun-fu, in fact. It’s called Sensha-do, and it’s the martial art of operating armored tanks! They take it seriously too, and since winning the national Sensha-do championship is such a huge deal at Oarai, they sometimes go to extreme ends in order to get the best students from Panzer class to sign up. Which is how Miho Nishizumi, who HATES operating tanks, gets drafted to join doomsday-driven driver Mako, even-triggered gunner Hana, highly receptive radio operator Saori and combustible tank-fangirl and loader Yukari as the incomparable Anko Team. They may not be on the half-track to fame and fortune, and maybe a few of them would rather shop for tank tops than become tops in tanks, but once their focus is locked and loaded, they’re absolutely driven.

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Oct 11, 2012

Posted by in Bakuman 3, Fall Anime 2012

Bakuman 3

It’s here! Oh happy day, it’s finally here! I have been waiting for this season for months, even more so when I finished reading the manga. I started as soon as the second season ended. I read it to and at work, during meals, before and in bed. God bless Bakuman and tablets.

The artwork is still as great as ever. The characters, especially Miho, are still as good and the environment is still as impressive. I can’t wait to see what they’re going to do next, even though I already know after reading the manga.

The story is still just as amazing, if not better. This should be the final season if all goes as planned. I will just say one though tough; I hope they will somehow change the end a bit. The manga’s ending was dull and kind of disappointing. I can only hope that the animators will come up with something else, something that will make us speechless.

Can I get a “Y”? Can I get an “E”? Then you might as well throw in an “S”, because I most definitely recommend this anime to everyone. Haven’t seen the previous season(s)? You lucky devil, go watch them! Each and every minute is worth it!

Plot Summary: Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi have come a long way since they started making manga in middle school, but trials still await them as they head towards their goal of getting an anime adaption for one of their manga. As they continue to grow as artists and as people, they will be faced with new friends, new rivals, and new hurdles to overcome.

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Oct 11, 2012

Posted by in Fall Anime 2012

Magi

I am both disappointed and pleased. I will explain later as to why I’m pleased, but let’s focus on why I’m rather disappointed. You see, I’m no longer in school. I work. I am an adult. As a child I grew up with cartoons, cartoons like Disney’s Aladdin. This particular anime resembles that particular cartoon way too much. It is almost like they stole that idea and added a few different things. They are even using the characters’ names.

The artwork isn’t that bad, although I’m not a fan of how they did the characters’ teeth. The characters, including Aladdin’s genie, are too similar to Disney’s Aladdin. The only thing missing is an annoying parrot and a dodgy little monkey. The rest, including the background, looks pretty good.

Truth being told, the story is the only thing that disappointed me. Where is the originality? Why use one of Disney’s ideas? At least give the character’s different names, or give the genie a different colour than blue, just like the genie in Disney’s Aladdin. I’m a big fan of original anime, anime that shows how creative these Japanese geniuses can be.

I will only recommend this to fantasy lovers. I would’ve recommended it to everyone if they hadn’t used someone else’s idea. I have to admit that this show has great potential, but I cannot help but feel disappointed.

Plot Summary: This story is about the flow of fate and the battle to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is a boy who has set out to explore the world after being trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friend is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough, Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician who chooses kings, and he was born to choose kings who will follow the righteous path, battling against those who want to destroy fate. Follow his adventures as he meets others from 1000 Arabian Nights, like Ali Baba and Sinbad, and fights to keep the balance of world in check!

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Oct 10, 2012

Posted by in Code:Breaker, Fall Anime 2012

Code:Breaker

Another difficult anime, sigh… How the hell am I supposed to express myself when I haven’t even established an opinion yet? I have read a few pages of the manga, so I knew that this was going to be good, but I’m not entirely sure now that it’s here.

It’s not the artwork. The artwork looks pretty good; the scenery is very detailed and most of the characters look good, not to mention the characters’ special powers. Some might say that the heroine looks pretty plain, but I disagree. Yes, I probably wouldn’t be able to pick her out of a line-up, but I cannot help but find her quite interesting. Perhaps it’s the character’s personality that intrigues me?

It’s definitely difficult for me, but it’s not the artwork. Is it the story? No, it’s not. In fact, I’m very fond of the story. A girl catches a guy, that later turned out to be her classmate, setting fire to other guys, not knowing that he has special abilities. That’s pretty interesting.

Don’t get me wrong, reader. I definitely recommend that you give this anime a try. However, I just can’t help but feel that there’s something missing. I can’t wait to see the second episode, because this is messing with my mind.

Plot Summary: Riding the bus one day, Sakurakouji Sakura looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire and a boy her age who’s unharmed and standing over the people.

She comes back to the site the next day and there are no corpses or evidence of any kind of murder, just a small fire. She then goes to class to find there’s a new transfer student, Oogami Rei, who looks exactly like the boy she saw before and wears a black glove only on his left hand.

Oogami is a Code Breaker, one who “does not exist”. He is a seemingly cold-blooded killer who follows the principle of “an eye for an eye”, to “use evil against evil”. Convinced that killing is not right, Sakurakouji sets out to stop him and penetrate his icy heart.

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Oct 10, 2012

Posted by in Fall Anime 2012

Ixion Saga DT

Oh come on, another one? There’s a significant increase in game-based anime. It started with the dot hack series a few years ago, but soon came other anime like Accel World, Sword Art Online and many, many others. This season alone has about three game-based shows. It’s not all that surprising though, as all of them have been successful so far.

Anyway, the artwork is pretty average. It has lots of unique, interesting looking characters, so that’s not the problem. I personally would’ve changed that little princess though, seeing as I’m not entirely satisfied by the way she looks. No, it’s the scenery that holds this show back. I have paused randomly during several scenes to take a look at the scenery, but it looks pretty messy to be honest.

Unfortunately, the story isn’t much better. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty interesting, but by no means unique. Come on, a story about a guy that gets sucked into a game world? Sounds a bit like Sword Art Only and Btooom! if you ask me.

I will only recommend this show to all game and fantasy lovers. It has an interesting story, I’ll admit that, but it’s just not original enough for me to recommend this to everyone. Who knows, maybe this show will surprise us all in the long run?

Plot Summary: The game and anime follow Kon Hokaze, a boy who embarks on a journey from our world to an alternate world known as Mira, which is full a mysterious energy known as Alma. After saving Princess Ecarlate from attackers, he soon finds himself in the middle of a struggle around Alma.

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Oct 10, 2012

Posted by in Fall Anime 2012

Sukitte Ii na yo.

The first episode was surprisingly good. This is the third anime this season where the protagonist has kissed the heroine during the first episode. Maybe the Japanese have stumbled upon a few good ideas? I can definitely see the advantages of doing the simple stuff right away instead of building up to it.

The artwork isn’t bad. It’s nice to look at and the characters look pretty good too. Some of them look plain, but I can look passed that. The heroine looks really cute, so all will be forgiven. I would change the protagonist a bit though.

The story is what’s important here. The heroine, an anti-social girl that’s well on her way of overcoming her fears, meets with one of the ‘cutest’ guys in her school, only to find out that he has fallen in love with her. The way they met was simply brilliant, although I don’t see what’s romantic in getting kicked in the face.

I most certainly recommend this piece. It’s interesting, it’s pretty dramatic and the romance is great. I don’t need to be a psychic to see that this show is going to be successful.

Plot Summary: Mei Tachibana has spent her 16 years without a boyfriend or friends. One day, she injures the most popular boy in school, Yamato Kurosawa, due to a misunderstanding. For some reason though, it seems that he takes a liking to her and one-sidedly claims that they’re friends. Furthermore, he not only protects Mei from a stalker, but does so with a kiss…?!!

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