Mar 8, 2012

Posted by in Spring Anime 2012, Winter Anime 2012

Hiiro no Kakera

Hiiro no Kakera, huh? I didn’t know what was going on at first. The action was way too sudden and the story behind it all became clear later on. I suppose you could compare this a little bit to Ao no Exorcist, but just a little bit.

The artwork itself is acceptable, but certainly nothing special. It’s not something I would watch because of the artwork alone. Also, I believe that some of the voices aren’t in sync with the characters. Let’s take Takuma as an example; the voice behind this character just doesn’t match this particular character, despite the voice actor being well-known.

I can’t say much about the story yet, as I just finished watching the first episode. However, I believe that there is a lot of room for improvement. The way in which the characters interact could have done differently, because now it looks more like a comedy than anything else. I’m not sure if they’re going for comedy or not, but I don’t think it would do the show any good. A little comedy is fine though.

My first impression of this show is a little negative, mainly because the start was a little too confusing. The voices behind some of the characters didn’t sit well with me either, but perhaps that’s just me. Hiiro no Kakera, or loosely translated as Scarlet Fragment, is categorized as an action-romance. That’s fine, but I just don’t see it yet. I’m not sure whether or not I should recommend this show. My advice for now; watch the first two episodes at least, seeing as the first didn’t leave that much of an impression on me. The show has been blessed with twenty-six episodes, so that has to count for something. Then again, so has Phi Brain…

Plot Summary: The protagonist is a teenage girl (Tamaki) who revisits a small village, she remembers from her childhood and gets caught up in her family’s history and supernatural dangers surrounding it.

While walking along the hillsides waiting for the person who her grandmother sent to fetch Tamaki to the village, Tamaki comes across a small, white round object with sticks for limbs and talks. It runs off soon after, with Tamaki chasing after it. Soon Tamaki finds herself in a place where ‘it doesn’t feel like the world I came from’. She gets attacked by three slime creatures, and a male comes charging in to save her – by clamping his hands around her body and mouth and telling her to be quiet.

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Feb 6, 2012

Posted by in Winter Anime 2012

Smile Precure!

Oh my god, there is more!? There are countless of Precure shows already, but they just keep increasing. Is this show really doing that well? I can’t understand it, but maybe that’s because this isn’t exactly my type of anime. In fact; I don’t think I know any guys that do like to watch shows like these, as it seems more like something your average girl would enjoy.

I barely made it through the first episode, so I can’t say too much about the artwork. However, it did seem pretty smooth. The characters look really well, the background is pretty detailed, and would it not be for all that feminine… crap, then I would’ve followed this show, probably… maybe.

I could say very little about the artwork, but I can say even less about this anime’s story. A show about fairies or fairy tale characters that try to protect their mystical kingdom from an evil villain called “Emperor Pierrot”. Seriously, doesn’t that just scream; “hey dude, don’t you dare watch me, I’m female-only content”?

As a guy there’s only one thing I can say… yeah, one thing; kill it with fire! However, as an unbiased anime blogger I would have to say that this show requires a lot of imagination. It’s very colourful, cheerful and at times a little strange. But I’m sure a lot of people enjoy this show, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many adaptions and/or remakes. I suggest that you give the first episode a try, as I’m sure that there are a lot of guys out there that enjoy watching lolicon-type characters running and jumping all over the place in Smile Precure.

Plot Summary: Once upon a time, there was a kingdom of fairy tales called “Märchenland”, where many fairy tale characters live together in joy. Suddenly, the evil emperor Pierrot made an invasion on Märchenland, sealing its Queen in the process. To revive the Queen, the symbol of happiness called Cure Decor, “the Queen’s scattered power of light of happiness”, is required. To collect the Cure Decor, a fairy named Candy searches for the Pretty Cures on Earth. There, Candy meets a girl, who decides to collect the Cure Decor. Now, will the world earn a “happy ending”?

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Feb 4, 2012

Posted by in Winter Anime 2012

Black Rock Shooter

So it’s finally here, the anime adaption of the infamous Black Rock Shooter movie.  Well it isn’t actually an adaption, it’s more like a new version, but that’s just fine. This show does have quite the edge though, as its fanbase was big to begin with, so imagine how much bigger it’s going to get. This will definitely influence the show’s ratings.

Visually it’s nothing special, I’ve seen better, but you have to look past that. The show is more than just a few pretty scenes. It may not be that special, but you’ll quickly notice how detailed it is, how much work they put into the unique characters and how creative these artists are. I wouldn’t be surprised if this mini show ended up surpassing the OVA, although that would be a very difficult to accomplish.

The story is what draws you in. You follow the same characters in two different worlds. I know it sounds strange, but it’s pretty good. You immediately know someone’s talking about this show when you hear words like; “glowing blue eye” or “huge canon in her hand”. Black Rock Shooter is very well known for that, and to think that they achieved that in just a few years.

This show contains a lot of action, drama, violence and slices of life (believe it or not). It’s the kind of show where you need to call upon your imagination. Action junkies will probably like this one, but I’m not too sure about the people who’d rather watch something with a serious story. So if you like shows like D. Gray-man and S-cry-ed then you might want to try out Black Rock Shooter.

Plot Summary: In spring, two girls meet: Mato and Yomi. They each sense something in the other that they lack in themselves, and are drawn to each other in spite of their contrasting personalities. Though initially hesitant, they form a strong connection. But they both have secrets – and in an empty world, two girls fight: Black Rock Shooter and Deadmaster. A strange being, Black Gold Saw, watches their mysterious battle, laughing. This is the story of two girls, in two worlds, entangled by the threads of fate.

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Feb 2, 2012

Posted by in Winter Anime 2012

Gokujo.

So Gokujo finally arrived, huh? Honestly, many a time I’ve seen news items come by about this show being delayed. I found it so strange that a five-minute-per-episode anime could get delayed like that. I just watched the first two episodes, my first impression; I now know why.

There is nothing special about the artwork, as it could use some improvement if anything. What caught my eye is the show’s opening. I couldn’t believe what I saw; stuffed animals with breasts and penises. I knew from thereon out that this show would be your average Japanese WTF moment of the week. Every week you’ll watch this show for five moments thinking; “WTF? What am I watching? More importantly; why am I watching?” – I have no idea what you’re watching, but I do know why: there’s mild nudity. Just like that.

As for the story goes, well… I honestly don’t see it. I just saw things that my mind couldn’t process all at once. Panties disappearing, one girl stealing the other girls’ panties in order to wear them, the madness goes on. Don’t think you’ll get a story out of this, because you’ll just get slapped in the face for getting your hopes up.

I personality wouldn’t recommend this show to anyone I know. However, if you like ecchi shows with a lot of pointless comedy? Then this might be a show for you. Warning: it’s a five-minutes-per-episode show! I would like to finish this post by saying that I’ll freak out and lose confidence in the rating system if this show ever gets a seven or higher, because I for one won’t go higher than a six.

Plot Summary: Kuribayashi Minami returns to Japan after a long stay in Los Angeles. She enters an upper-class girl’s high school “Gokurakuin Jyoshi High School”, so called “Gokujyo”. She tries to dominate the school with her beauty but her plan is spoiled by the silly and pervert behaviors of her eccentric classmates.

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Jan 13, 2012

Posted by in Winter Anime 2012

Inu x Boku SS

I was waiting for this one! God, there were so many articles that featured this show, and for good reason too! This show is good! The plot summary is what made me really impatient to see this show, but the rest soon followed! I sort of got this Nurarihyon no Mago feeling while watching the first episode.

The artwork is very good. Ririchiyo, one of the main characters in this show, looks so great! She’s small, slender, and the voice actress matched this character perfectly. It’s not just that, the personality also fits this character quite well. There’s very little that I would change about this show right now, but it has only just started.

The artwork is good, but it could only get better when you throw this story on top of that. It’s truly a very interesting story. This show is labeled as a comedy, but I see a lot of potential in the action department as well. Think about it; Youkai vs humans and other Youkai, how could that possibly not provide us with a lot of action?

I definitely recommend you to try this show! This show is very exciting, very funny and overall very interesting to watch. I recommended my friend to watch the first episode; he claims he loved every second of it. So why not see for yourself?

Plot Summary: The Shirakiin house’s daughter, Shirakiin Riricho, who has a complex about being unable to live independently and unprotected, feels the need to move out and live on her own under the condition of residing in the mansion named “Ayakashi Kan.” In this mansion, only those who have cleared a very strict examination could reside in it, and for each resident, they are accompanied with one agent of the Secret Service (S.S.). Although Riricho has rejected the company of the S.S., while residing in the mansion she finds out that the agent dedicated to protecting her is actually the Fox Spirit whom she previously rescued.

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Jan 13, 2012

Posted by in Winter Anime 2012

Thermae Romae

Good god. I have no idea what to say about this one. All I know is that this is going to be a very small post. Not because the episode was short, oh no, but merely because I have very little to say about this show.

The artwork… Oh god. I had Double-J flashbacks inside of my head while watching the first episode. The only difference is; I think I’d prefer to watch Double-J. It looks so cheap, so unmotivated and boring. That’s really a shame too, because I caught a few glimpses of some well-drawn scenes, so they could definitely do better.

The story however is just as good as the artwork. It’s supposed to be a comedy, but I didn’t even laugh once. The jokes are very dry for a show that involves so much water. Fact is; the artwork and story fit each other perfectly; both need a lot more work.

I for one do not recommend this. It’s a waste of time. I don’t pay for bandwidth, but I wouldn’t have wasted a single Megabyte on this show if I had known that I would be watching something like this.

The story is a comedy about Lucius, an architect of public bath houses in ancient Rome, who time-travels to various modern-day baths in Japan. The author explores the two cultures in the world “that have loved baths the most: the Japanese and the Romans.”

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Jan 12, 2012

Posted by in Winter Anime 2012

Ano Natsu de Matteru

Boy, this turned out so much different than I had imagined. I read about this anime when the first charts came out, but it didn’t really sound very exciting. In the end I ended up enjoying myself as I watched the first episode. Goes to show that you just can’t judge a book by it’s over.

The artwork is pretty good; I saw very few details that have room for improvement, but nothing major.  The characters are pretty well drawn, as they don’t look like your average character. This show’s uniqueness isn’t just defined by its story, but also by its characters.

The story is pretty interesting, although it somewhat resembles several other anime. I’m not saying its copied or anything, but I did notice some similarities. Still, it has to be pretty hard nowadays to be completely unique. I do like the idea of classmates living with another, because that just gives the story so many hilarious and exciting opportunities.

I advise you to try the first episode. I wasn’t exciting about this story at all when I first read about it, but I was very entertained when I watched the first episode. Who knows? You might just like it as well!

Plot Summary: When a group of friends decide to make a movie over a long summer holiday, they end up learning a little about filmmaking and a lot more about each other and themselves. What begins as a simple way to avoid the summer doldrums quickly turns into something much more complex, intimate and revealing, as the maturing relationships between the members of the young cast take on new, and sometimes very unexpected, turns.

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Jan 11, 2012

Posted by in Winter Anime 2012

Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!

GameDemon likes! GameDemon likes very much! Hell, I think a lot of people like this show, as the ratings are pretty high right now. That little girl Hina just looks so cute! Kudos to the one(s) who created this character!

The artwork is great, seriously now. I was impressed almost right away, and that doesn’t happen all too often. The characters are very well drawn, the environment is very detailed and the voices all match well with the characters, unlike with one or two characters in Kill Me Baby.

The story isn’t far behind either. It’s a very unique and refreshing story. It’s the type of story that you can keep watching for a long time without getting bored, plus, the story offers a lot of possibilities. Think about it; a young man taking care of his family while dealing with difficult yet hilarious situations. I’ll be keeping my eye on this one.

I definitely recommend almost everyone to watch the show, or at least the first episode. I had a lot of fun watching it, my friends had a lot of fun watching it and I’m pretty sure you will too!

Plot Summary: Segawa Yuta is a freshman of a university. He lost his parents when he was small and was raised by his sister Yuri. Yuta has been living alone since Yuri got married to a middle aged man when Yuta was a junior high student.

One day, Yuri visited Yuta’s apartment and asked him to take care of her three daughters while Yuri and her husband were on a trip. He unwillingly accepted the job but the plane Yuri took went missing. In order to prevent the daughters from being adopted separately by relatives, Yuta decided to take in all three girls.

A life of a strange family in a tiny apartment begins. (The elder two of the daughters are stepchildren of Yuri’s husband. The smallest one is Yuri’s child.)

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