Aug 4, 2012

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Maji de Otaku na English! Ribbon-chan

Since I’ve stopped writing episode Eureka Seven AO (uninteresting story and sudden late releases) and such, I’ve decided to just get this post over with. That’s right, I don’t sound too happy. These past five minutes of pure agony have made me realize that people sometimes make foolish mistakes (like making this anime short).

The artwork… Wait, what artwork? I just wasted 5 minutes of my time watching the same scene three to four times in a row. How is that acceptable? I would’ve somehow understood if it were any other episode, but not during the first episode?

And don’t even get me started about the story .It’s a ridiculous waste of time where children are supposed to learn English. How are children supposed to learn English like this? “Repeat after me kids; “the last episode was excellent””. Really? You are trying to teach children English whilst making them praise your show, despite it being horrible?

No! Don’t even think about watching this. Hell, don’t even think about giving the first episode a try. It’s a complete and utter waste of time. I suppose die-hard loli-fans would love this no matter what, but certainly not me.

Plot Summary: Three magical girls fight against a rival, as a pretext to introduce the audience to common English expressions.

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Jul 26, 2012

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Ebiten

Quite the disappointing anime this turned out to be. I was looking forward to watching this, but the first two episodes really put me off. It must be the story, because the artwork looks pretty good. It’s such a shame, really.

Like I said; the artwork actually looks good. I especially like Kyouko. She looks very cute. The backgrounds look very detailed as well, which makes it all the more disappointing that this turned out to be so boring and uninteresting.

That’s right. It’s definitely the story here that’s at fault. The comedy is absolutely boring and uninteresting. There was only one scene during the first episode where I laughed for a few seconds. That was it. The rest was all dry and pointless humour, even when things started to look a little bit ecchi, which is something I like to see a lot.

I wish I could recommend this one, I really do. I was so sure that this would’ve been a hit, but no… I don’t think we’ll ever see a second season. Mind you, I said the same thing about Phi Brain, and yet we’ve been blessed cursed with one. Just give the first episode a try. It’s not terrible or anything like that. It’s just not amusing enough for me to write a positive review about it.

Plot Summary: Noya Itsuki just started his school year at the Ebisugawa High School and since he has always had a fascination with space, he decides to join the astronomy club. However, he mistakenly walks into the all girls Otaku Club. He notices that the members are really weird, but Itsuki has yet to realize that he isn’t in the astronomy club. His life is about to get complicated by being surrounded by so many girls.

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Jul 25, 2012

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Oda Nobuna no Yabou

Here we go again. We yet again dive into a story where famous historical characters (men) have been replaced by cute (teenage?) girls. Where have a seen that before? Oh, right! In several other shows, of course. How could I possibly forget?

All sarcasm aside… The show is actually very good. I especially like the artwork. The main character, Nobuna, looks very good and relatively unique. I for one could pick her out of a line-up. That’s just one of the many things I like about this anime. The backgrounds are very detailed, the weapons look very good and the damaged landscape (from arrows, gunshots, etc…) doesn’t look too corny either.

Now the story is the clincher here. It’s about a boy who suddenly goes back in time and meets up with Nobuna, or more commonly known as Oda Nobunaga, where he comes in contact with her and watches how her story unfolds. The protagonist also has the power to alter the story by influencing Nobuna, thereby altering what really happened during the time of Oda Nobunaga.

I for one give this a thumb up. I really like the story and artwork. It may not be an original concept, but it’s great nonetheless. I could definitely picture myself watching twenty-four episodes of this, if not more. I simply suggest that you give the first two episodes a try.

Plot Summary: Ordinary high schooler Yoshiharu gets pulled into a time slip to the warring states period. There he meets Nobuna Oda – not Nobunaga, Nobuna. In this world, all the famous warlords of the era are female. Nobuna recruits Sagara, who she dubs “Monkey,” to help her in her quest to rule the world.

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Jul 24, 2012

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Tanken Driland

Okay… Question: what the hell did I watch here? Is this seriously an anime? Really? I wish Taken Driland was a living thing, merely so that I could kill ‘it’ with fire. It’s like Double-J all over again. At least this one looks a bit better, at least.

The artwork isn’t really worth mentioning. Some of the characters (mostly monsters) do look pretty interesting, but the rest is just downright hideous. Even several expressions on the faces of characters look dreadful. And I haven’t even mentioned the poor scenario detail.

The story is doable, I suppose. One would become semi-interested if you were to read the plot. However, you are simply put off when you actually start watching. The childish artwork just makes me want to rip off my screen and throw it through the window, hoping that one of the animators happens to pass by my window at that specific moment.

No. Oh god no. I definitely don’t recommend this. I suppose there’s a small group of people that might find this <insert relatively long pause here whilst I puke my guts out> “cute”, but I sure as hell am not one of those people. The story itself is barely doable, but it’s absolutely not worth it if you have to put up with this type of artwork. No sir.

Plot Summary: Due to the influence of someone who visited her town when she was a child, Princess Mikoto of Elua decides to become a hunter and search for treasure all over the land of Driland. She sets out on her journey with her personal assistant Wallens, but they are soon joined by Pollon, a hunter who dreams of being a hero, and Paan, a wandering knight. As they continue their exploration they begin to sense great danger drawing near.

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Jul 23, 2012

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Hakuouki Reimeiroku

So we meet again, huh? This is the third season if I’m not mistaken, which means that the anime in general has been doing very well in Japan. I can’t fully disagree either. I too have seen the first two seasons. It’s definitely a quality piece, as I enjoyed almost every bit, even though I’m normally not a big fan of slicing and dicing.

The artwork is still good. No surprise there, right? Everything is always so detailed, I love that! Also, and this may be just my opinion, but I really think that the characters are quite well made. Almost all of them look unique and interest. That was one of the first things I noticed when I first started watching.

However, I think we need to focus a bit more on the story. After all, people normally care more for a good story than realistic artwork. I am one of those people as well. I don’t mind if people get a tad bit lazy on the artwork, as long as the story is interesting. Oh, and you bet it is! Yet another story about chaos, friendship and betrayal. Good stuff!

I do recommend this anime, but I insist that you watch season one and two first! There’s no point in skipping on or more seasons before watching this. You’ll miss critical information, after which you might decide to drop the anime when things get too complicated. This anime is definitely worth it.

Plot Summary: The beginning of Hakuouki Series. Foretells the story Ryunosuke Ibuki, a boy who is a son of a samurai, yet hates a samurai. He was pick up by Roshigumi (later Shinsengumi) other leader Kamo Serizawa, when he was robbed and left to die on his way to the Capital (Kyoto). After being rescued, he was forced to become Serizawa’s dog, and slowly, the mystery is starting to unfold.

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Jul 22, 2012

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Rinne no Lagrange 2

Yay! I liked the first season and I’m bound to like the second one too. Madoka-chan is really cute with her whole jersey club thing. The only thing I never really understood is how Muginami can just take away that mech without the consent of that organisation. Seriously, just take it away from her and she’s no longer a threat.

The artwork is still as great as ever. Lots of characters with unique treats, detailed mechs and detailed sceneries. There’s not much else to say, at least nothing that I haven’t said already in my previous review.

The story is still as interesting as ever. I’m very impressed by how they keep things interesting. There’s rarely a boring moment. Sure, it’s not always about action, but the comedy more than make up for it, at least that’s what I think.

I do recommend this anime. However, I highly advise that you watch the first season first, providing you haven’t. There’s absolutely no point in watching this before watching the first season.

Plot Summary: Madoka is the lone member of her school’s Jersey Club. She is one day recruited by a mysterious girl named Lan to pilot the robot “Vox” and protect her city from space invaders. They are joined by a third girl, Muginami, who has a different goal than Ran. Meanwhile, they still don’t know their enemies’ true goal, or what “Rinne” might be.

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Jul 21, 2012

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Joshiraku

Oh no, I don’t like this. This is the sort of anime one watches when you are bored out of your mind, have a cup of tea with dry biscuits and have absolutely nothing else to watch. Instead, I sat here watching it with a bowl of microwaved popcorn as each bite kept getting worse and worse. Maybe I’ll try again if I ever reach seventy (and still love anime).

The artwork is average. It’s nothing to brag about. I definitely saw a lot of room for improvement, especially the scenery; it’s not very detailed. It sort of reminded me of Ano Natsu de Matteru, only this looks a bit more… out of focus? Still, the artwork is more than just watchable.

The story is the problem here. It’s boring. I mean, did you see those jokes? Good god. It actually looked like it was going somewhere for a brief moment, as one of the characters got naked and the other started making wordplay jokes. I’ll laughed during that scene, I’ll give them that much, but that was it. It was the highlight of the episode. Not much else happened that’s even remotely worth mentioning.

I’m afraid that I can’t recommend this one. Slice of life fans might like it, some might not. It’s the poor level of comedy that’s holding me back from giving this anime a good recommendation. It’s too bad, but there’s not much I can do about it.

Plot Summary: An adaptation of a manga written by the author of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei about group of girls who discuss random things and usually reach an unusual or humorous conclusion that’s far from the initial discussion topic.

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Jul 20, 2012

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Chitose Get You!!

Great, yet another ridiculous anime short. I have to admit that it gets pretty funny at times, and I consider it watch-worthy since it’s only three minutes per episodes. Basically, it ends before it gets annoying or boring. I guess that’s one of the advantages of watching these types of shows.

The artwork is really childish. Still, it’s no bother to watch. The main character, little Chitose, can be pretty amusing to watch. I especially like the anime’s ending (no pun intended). That’s pretty much all I can say about the artwork. It’s absolutely nothing amazing, so there’s only so much I can say about it.

Unfortunately, the story isn’t anything special either. It’s the same old story about a little girl falling in love with a nice (and older) guy. Three minutes of seeing how a little girl does and says things that she doesn’t fully understand yet, yeah…

I honestly don’t know how to recommend this. It’s three minutes per episode, so why not just give the first episode a go. It’s no big deal if you don’t like it, after all; only three minutes of your time got wasted. I myself don’t mind watching it. It can get pretty funny.

Plot Summary: Chitose is an 11-year-old girl who is madly in love with an older guy named Hiroshi. He works at the town hall right next to the school and Chitose spends every day relentlessly pursuing him. Can Chitose ever convince Hiroshi to go out with her?

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