Jun 15, 2012

Posted by in Spring Anime 2012, Summer Anime 2012

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199

Oh boy, so they finally made a remake of this classic? I suppose that it was only a matter of time. It’s funny how they only make remakes of the most successful shows. Please remember that a show’s success is rated by the amount of money it has made, not by what people actually think of it. That’s the cold, hard truth.

So yeah, I started watching and I wasn’t sure what to think of it. It’s a remake of something I’ve seen before as a boy, so I’m not sure if it’s worth watching again. I was surprised to see that the space ships in question looked a bit “plain”.  I mean… They didn’t really stand out, you know? Sure, they did a great job on the details, ensuring that everything was redone accurately and smooth, but I just feel that they overdid it a little bit.

As for the story goes, well… It’s a remake. The story, in theory at least, should be somewhat the same as the original. That means that this anime has a whole lot of promise.

Do I recommend it? Yes. It is one of the first shows that I’ve seen as a boy, and I quite enjoyed it too. I’m sure a lot of people remember the name and will find it just as good as I will. I will give the anime a try, relive some good memories and see where they’re going with this remake.

Plot Summary: The year is 2199. The human race has been crushed in their war with the Gamilos, driven into underground cities by the invader’s assault. Scientists estimate they have only a year left. The young officers Susumu Kodai and Daisuke Shima receive a mysterious capsule from a ship that made an emergency landing on Mars and return with it to Earth. It contains humanity’s last hope: the planet Iscandar on the other side of the Magellan Galaxy has the technology to defeat the Gamilos and restore the planet. The space battleship Yamato is entrusted with this task, but they have only one year before humanity ends.

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Jun 13, 2012

Posted by in Spring Anime 2012, Summer Anime 2012

Kingdom

No, sorry. The first two episodes were released simultaneously, so I tried watching them both, but I couldn’t even hold out until the first one finished. I tried pretty hard too, but I just couldn’t. I didn’t have any real expectations of this one, seeing as I’m not into ancient Chinese history, but I thought it will be better than this, at least.

The artwork, oh please don’t make me start about the artwork. It looks dreadful. It’s as though they tried to make a 3D show, but decided to stop halfway instead. No, this is not for me. I suppose that a lot of people would find this very appealing, but I am not one of those people.

Unfortunately, I cannot say much about the story, as I stopped before even finishing the first episode. I will say this though; the story is probably what will give this show its ratings, because if the story is as bad as the artwork then it will probably be off the air before it even finishes.

As for my recommendation, well… I have no idea where to begin. To whom would I recommend Kingdom? Absolutely nobody comes to mind, even though I know a lot of anime fans like myself. So no, I don’t recommend this anime. I suppose that the people who usually like Chinese history will come to like this anime, no doubt, but no… Not your average anime fan. I doubt it.

Plot Summary: In the Warring States Period of ancient China (475-221 BCE), Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of one day proving themselves on the battlefield. One day, however, Hyou is taken to the palace by a minister. Winding up on the losing side of a power-struggle, Hyou manages to return to the village, barely alive. Shin then meets a boy who closely resembles Hyou, Ei Sei. For now he is the king of Qin; later he will become the emperor Shi Huangdi.

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May 3, 2012

Posted by in Spring Anime 2012

AKB0048

Oh god, what the hell did I watch? This looks a lot like Senki Zesshou Symphogear, and so it’s crap. I’m sorry, I don’t know how to put it any other way. These types of anime are the worst. It’s not that I just don’t like them, oh no. They genuinely suck big time. Idols that sing, fight and pilot mechs on top of all that? No thank you.

The artwork isn’t anything worth mentioning. Sure, it looks pretty nice, I suppose, but what’s with all those ridiculous details? What’s with all those little hearts? I’m serious, they are everywhere. They are in the sky, in the eyes of characters, on clothing, you name…

As for the story goes, well… It sucks. I am truthfully sorry to put it like that. I was pretty interested when I first read about it, I won’t lie about that, but this one truly disappointed me. I generally hate anime where the characters constantly sing. However, this was different. It is supposed to be about war, but instead we have these cute characters with hearts all over the place. Oh, and they sing.

Sigh, don’t even think about it. I absolutely do not recommend it. I truly, truly hated the first episode. Know that I am not the type of person that uses the word “hate” loosely. I seriously think that this anime has very little to offer. Maybe it gets better, but not if I keep seeing those hearts and keep hearing them sing.

Plot Summary: In the beginning of the 21st century, a world war breaks out over interplanetary travel tech. The environment is pretty much destroyed so mankind leaves Earth and starts Star Calendar 00. Entertainment and songs become heavily regulated and eventually banned due to their power to move people, but a brave idol group puts on guerrilla performances in the name of a famous act from earlier times that sang to Earth’s bitter end, AKB48. The illegal revival group’s name is… AKB0048.

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Apr 27, 2012

Posted by in Spring Anime 2012

Hyouka

Nice, very nice. This anime sort of reminded me of one of the manga’s I’ve seen in Bakuman. It’s a similar type of story, which isn’t necessarily bad, but it doesn’t seem all that unique either. Still, I was very much amused by it.

The artwork is absolutely great. It looks so smooth, detailed and appealing. How could anyone possibly put this one aside? It proves that even anime is evolving. Anime has gradually gotten much better over the past few years. Go ahead; compare this one to an older show, like Code Geass or something.

I know I said that the story didn’t seem all that unique, but it’s not that bad. I’m personally a little bit interested in one of the characters, Eru Chitanda. She’s a bit of an airhead. She doesn’t realize that her actions are not always “appropriate” when it comes to boys. She gets very close without even realizing it. That’s what’s fascinates me; she’s absolutely not your average character.

I recommend this strongly, surprisingly enough. I think that all mystery fans that don’t mind a little bit of innocent romance will come to love this anime, providing that this anime does indeed remain mysterious. I shouldn’t become like UN-GO, where you could predict the ending a few times.

Plot Summary: Oreki Hotaro is minimalistic high school boy. One day, he joins the Classic Literature Club at his elder sister’s request.

There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity once she says, “I’m interested in it (Watashi, Kininarimasu)”. Fukube is a smiling boy with a fantastic memory who calls himself a database. Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself. She loves Fukube, but he always dodges her approaches.

They begin to investigate a case that occurred 33 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Classics Club. The collection is titled “Hyouka.”

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Apr 24, 2012

Posted by in Spring Anime 2012

Ginga e Kickoff!!

I hate to say it, but this anime was unexpectedly amusing. I wonder why none of the groups wishes to sub this one? I believe that there are already half a dozen episodes out there, two of which have just been subbed recently. It is really strange and disappointing, especially if you take a look at some of the shows that are being subbed right now, but could very well be replaced with a more suitable anime (like this).

Anyway, the artwork isn’t anything special. It doesn’t look that bad. It’s not the type of artwork that makes me want to sit up and take notice of what’s happening. Also, I believe that this is aimed more at the, ahem; “younger generation”, seeing as it involves kids and all.

I know I said that a less mature audience would probably find this more appealing, but I didn’t think it was half bad. The only reason I liked it is because of the story though. An eight year old boy with poor soccer skills turns out to have an incredible talent, who wouldn’t guessed it? I would. Sure, the story doesn’t sound that special, and it’s probably been done before in different scenarios, but I believe that there’s something to it.

I recommend this anime to everyone who enjoys a nice little sports-genre show. I only really disliked one part; Christiano Ronaldo. I don’t like the fact that he’s Erika-chan’s idol. He is a worthless human being (in my humble opinion). Other than that it’s pretty amusing.

Plot Summary: After his team was disbanded, Sho Ota is sixth grader determined on finding new members to reassemble the Momotaro Predators. Despite not being very good himself, he loves football with all his heart. He one day wishes to accomplish his candid dream of becoming a professional player.

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Apr 23, 2012

Posted by in Eureka Seven Ao, Spring Anime 2012

Eureka Seven Ao

Well, better late than never I always say. I know I’ve already written something episode the second episode, but I feel that I should at least write an overall review of the anime itself. I owe the creators that much. I can’t purchase any anime from where I live, so I can’t contribute financially, which is why I use this blog to contribute in my very own way.

Now I could say many things about the artwork here, but let us just say that it’s very eye pleasing. I almost would’ve called it perfect if it weren’t for those “G-Monsters”. They look like a cheap version of the monsters in Kamisama Dolls. The details however are pretty impressive, I’ll give them that.

The story doesn’t fall far behind. It seems very interesting and promising. That being said; I don’t think it matches up with Eureka Seven’s story. Eureka Seven was a just the right anime at just the right time. Eureka Seven Ao might not be.

I know I sound very negative about this anime, but do not misunderstand. Eureka Seven Ao simply has a difficult challenge ahead of itself. Still, I do recommend this anime. In fact; I recommend it strongly. I definitely believe that most, if not all action and adventure fans will love this. Watch Eureka Seven as well though, if you haven’t seen it already.

Plot Summary: The story is set on Okinawa’s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao’s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao’s 13-year-old childhood friend and the story’s heroine, lives with her father, older sister, and grandmother. She has a “Yuta” power awakened within her due to an incident when she was young.

A mysterious entity called “Secret” suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called “Nirvash” aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island.

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Apr 19, 2012

Posted by in Spring Anime 2012

Sakamichi no Apollon

Well, well, well… What do we have here? I honestly thought that it would be another boring anime, but it’s actually very good. I suppose that you have to like this sort of thing, and I usually don’t, but I found it very amusing. Yes, for me this is a must-follow, despite having only seen the first episode.

The artwork is good, just good. I have seen a whole lot better. But what’s more, I also feel that the, erm… How to put it… I think that the “frame rate” didn’t quite match Sentarou’s drumming. That’s quite disappointing in itself, but I could be wrong though. I have only seen it once, plus I didn’t pay that much attention in the first place. I guess I was too busy with the story.

Speaking about the story, I think it’s very interesting. I usually don’t go for this sort of thing, absolutely not, but I found this very amusing. The art may be quite imperfect, but I sincerely believe that this story more than makes up for that. I have very high hopes for this one, seriously. It sort of reminds me of someone.

Anyway, the answer is yes. I definitely recommend Sakamichi no Apollon. I usually make my recommendations genre-specific, but I feel that this anime may draw in all sorts of anime fans. I suggest that you just give the first episode a try and see if it’s to your liking.

Plot Summary: Because of his father’s job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns the attractions of jazz and finds the first person he can call a “friend”. He also discovers how much fun it is to play music with a pal.

Other characters include Sentaro’s kind childhood chum, Ritsuko, who is the daughter of a record shop owner; the mysterious upperclassman, Yurika; and Brother Jun, the much-admired leader among their peers. Set against the backdrop of a seaside town with a scent of American culture, this series is a drama about young people coming into their own, crossing each other’s paths, and finding friendship, love, and music!

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Apr 18, 2012

Posted by in Spring Anime 2012

Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan

I’m a little confused. I have seen the first episode, but I still have no clue what this anime is about. Is it about a young man and his bakery? Is it about some diabolical storm that will destroy their village? I really have no idea. The first episode was just too strange and vague.

The artwork is impressive, I’ll give ‘em that. However, I feel that Rick, one of the main characters, looks way too plain. You put him amongst ten other male characters and you probably wouldn’t be able to recognize him, he’s truly that plain. Still, I can look beyond that, I can see how detailed the artwork really is.

As for the story, well… It’s not very interesting, sorry. I would get bored just by watching five to ten minutes of all that baking and whatnot. But more importantly, what’s up with this episode? How could this possibly be a first episode? There’s absolutely no story here. I honestly believe that a first episode should contain a lot more of the original story. After all; first impressions are very important.

Frankly speaking; I have no idea what to recommend here. Is it good? Is it bad? I don’t know. I have no idea what it’s about yet, so to what kind of person should I recommend this? The artwork is good, but the story is just too vague. I guess that you anime fans should just give the first (two) episode(s) a go and see what happens.

Plot Summary: One day, a mysterious girl named Kaguya was washed ashore the island of Wyndaria after a great storm. She encounters Rick, a swordsman who wound up working at the island’s bakery. Apparently, Kaguya is suffering from having lost her memories and emotions. In addition, the usually peaceful Wyndaria is now swarming with pirates who came seeking for the special spirit stone that is worn around Kaguya’s neck. Knowing the situation, Rick and his co-workers, Nellis, Amyl, and Aerie decided to bring back peace to island and help Kaguya regain her lost memories and emotions.

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