Oct 13, 2013

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BlazBlue: Alter Memory

I suppose it had to happen eventually. The BlazBlue games are a hit in Japan, just like pretty much all of the BlazBlue merchandise. I’m not at all surprised that they actually made an anime adaption. It happens more often than you might think.

BlazBlue Alter MemoryHehe, you can clearly see that they spared no expense when it comes to artwork. It was very detailed from what I could see and the characters all look spot-on. I’m pretty sure that Taokaka will be one of the most favourite characters on this show for a lot of people.

Unfortunately, the story lacks foundation. Hell, it lacks everything. Just because you make one of the main characters look like a total badass, which he is, doesn’t mean you have a good thing going. The story just doesn’t measure up to the rest.

BlazBlue fans will watch this either way, no point in recommend it to those people. I personally think that it might be something that action fans might enjoy, but I can’t really recommend it because of its lacking story.

Plot Summary: The story is set in December of 2199, when the streets are full of anticipation for the end of the year and the start of the new one. Amid the celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class rebel with the highest ever bounty on his head, has appeared in the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. The apparent aim of Ragna or the “Grim Reaper” is the destruction of the system controlling the world. To collect the bounty, a motley array of unrivaled fighters converge on Kagutsuchi.

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Oct 13, 2013

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Kyousogiga

What… I cannot believe I actually liked this. I thought for sure that this was going to be another one of those ridiculous, farfetched stories that don’t make any sense. It’s not! It was very pleasant and quite simplistic.

KyousogigaOkay, the artwork may have a lot of room for improvement, but that doesn’t mean much if the story is worth it. The characters are cute and interesting, the sceneries are interesting and yes, they could focus a bit more on the details.

I simply liked the way this started. A romantic story about how two people created a family, brought them to another dimension, and are being made to wait for a chance to return back home. That’s pretty interesting.

I’m not going into specific details. I don’t want to spoil it. I’m sure fantasy fans will love this. It’s a pretty good story that will keep you entertained for the time being. Give it a chance.

Plot Summary: Koto and her brothers, A and Un are stuck in a strange city causing massive mayhem through the land called Kyoto but not the Kyoto they are from. They are searching for an atypical rabbit in order to return home. Koto, who is the eldest of the three, seems to have some sort of connection to this weird place ruled by a monk, a demon, and a priest.

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Oct 12, 2013

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Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova

I honestly don’t know where to start with this one. I enjoyed the first episode, which is something I cannot deny, but how about the rest of the eleven episodes? Are they going to be enjoyable? I seriously have my doubts about this one.

Arpeggio of Blue Steel Ars NovaThe artwork is okay. They really didn’t focus on the details and I think they’re too fanatical about all that magic nonsense. I mean, there are magic circles and symbols in practically every scene. What’s up with that?

Also, I’m not entirely sure if a story about a part girl part weapon is going to be interesting for twelve whole episodes. It would’ve been fine if it was slightly different, but the girl is supposedly some kind of alien submarine that was ordered to follow a specific character. Interesting? Sure. But I don’t know if it’s going to be worth watching for twelve weeks.

I cannot recommend this to everyone. Sci-fi fans might enjoy this, but it’s too much of a mystery to recommend. I have no idea what I can expect from this show. It’s too vague.

Plot Summary: In the story, a Fleet of Fog loaded with super weapons suddenly appear all over the world. Without the ability to withstand this fleet, humanity was defeated and could no longer travel the seas. 17 years after the devastating naval war, Chihaya Gunzou and his friends somehow commandeer a Fleet of Fog submarine and rename it I-401. Together with Iona, they take on the Fleet of Fog.

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Oct 12, 2013

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Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai

Ha! I knew it! I knew there was going to be an anime adaption ever since I started reading the manga. It’s funny, packed to the brim with action and best of all; it contains a lot of panty flashes and poorly dressed characters. Hooray!

Machine-Doll wa KizutsukanaiGood artwork! It’s simple, short and honest. I don’t need to explain that Yaya is by far my favourite. Not just because she looks cute, because she’s funny or because she’s one of the two main characters. It’s because she’s Yaya.

Is there anyone that couldn’t like a story where cute girls fight each other in amazing scenarios, during which their clothes get destroyed and we get to see the aftermath? It’s the sort of stuff that puts a smile on every guy’s face.

Give it a shot. A serious shot. You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer, and you’ll probably masturbate if you haven’t got a girlfriend. I really think it’s worth your time.

Plot Summary: It is the early 20th century, and Raishin Akabane is a student puppeteer from Japan, who has come to the Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machine Arts in England to study the emerging field of Machinart: a combination of magic and technology with military applications. He is accompanied by a girl named Yaya, who is actually his Automaton: a living machine doll powered by magical circuits specialized in hand-to-hand combat. In the Academy, there is a combat tournament exclusive to the Top 100 students and their automata, to decide who shall be bestowed with the title of “Wiseman”, the greatest puppeteer.

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Oct 11, 2013

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Non Non Biyori

Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot begin to explain to you how rare a show like this is. Not because it has strange girls in it, not because they live in a secluded area, and certainly not because it involves characters of different ages. It’s rare because it’s one of those school life and slice of life shows that I actually enjoyed watching.

Non Non BiyoriThe artwork really isn’t bad. Renge looks really cute, Natsumi looks a bit like a tomboy, Komari is pretty interesting and Hotaru-chan is the key to this show’s magic; a girl from out of town that’s about to turn their world upside down.

Is the story just as good? I believe so. It’s interesting, funny and very enjoyable. Hotaru may be the key in all of this, but I think Renge-chan will be the funniest and most amusing of all the characters on this show.

This is one of those things that you need to try out for yourself. I personally think it was fun to watch. Just try the first episode to see if you like it, too.

Plot Summary: Elementary school student Hotaru Ichijou has moved with her parents from Tokyo to the middle of the country. Now she must adapt to her new school, where there are a total of 5 students in the same class who range through elementary and middle school ages. Join their everyday adventures in the countryside.

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Oct 11, 2013

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Gundam Build Fighters

Uhmm… No. I’m kind of disappointed by this one. They took something that was awesome and interesting and turned it into some kind of childish cliché. What a damn disappointment. I had expected a lot more from Gundam-related anime.

Gundam Build FightersThe artwork isn’t really the problem. It’s not impressive and it’s definitely not great. They even used quite a lot of scenes from older Gundam shows, which is something that I despise. You can’t devaluate Gundam Wing like that, man.

The story is just not there. It’s like a bad mixture between the Gundam series and the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. Do I really want to watch kids play with their miniature Gundam toys? Thanks, but no thanks.

I cannot recommend this. You might be bitterly disappointed if you are Gundam fan. I know I was. I cannot watch this with a smile on my face as a lot of other Gundam series get mocked by this disaster they call a show.

Plot Summary: The story is set in the near future when GunPla Battles, competitions that pit Gundam plastic models against each other, have become popular worldwide in the “Second GunPla Boom.” Sei Iori, a first-year middle-school student and the only son of a model shop owner, is talented at building GunPla, but inexperienced in the GunPla Battles. He encounters a mysterious boy named Reiji, who happens to be an accomplished Gundam Fighter. Together, they strive for the GunPla Battle world championships.

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Oct 10, 2013

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Gingitsune

Thank you! Kamisama Hajimemashita ended and this one is starting, huh? Nice! They are very similar in story, and although this show isn’t as good as Kamisama Hajimemashita, I still think that it’s quite enjoyable.

GingitsuneThe artwork? Not bad at all. They could’ve focussed a bit more on the human characters. Gintarou looks great, although I don’t like the way he talks. It looks a bit strange to me. You can also see that they focussed quite a bit on small details. I like that!

It really doesn’t matter what I say or how I say it; the story has me in its grip. I’m interesting and I would really like to see how this will play out. It’s probably not going to be a human-spirit romance this one, but it doesn’t have to be.

Give the first episode a try. You might like it. It was a refreshing change and it’s one of the shows that doesn’t feature big breasts or colourful panties every few minutes.

Plot Summary: Makoto is the fifteenth generation heiress of a small shrine to the god Inari. Her father is still the shrine’s priest, but Inari’s divine messenger, Gintarou, has appeared to Makoto, marking her as true successor. Gintarou has the ability to see a short distance into the future and to find lost objects, but is unmotivated and foulmouthed. In spite of this, he becomes friends with Makoto, and together they help those who come to the shrine.

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Oct 10, 2013

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Meganebu!

Shoot me. Please, be merciful and just shoot me. This season could’ve been perfect. Almost every show is either enjoyable or just great. It really could’ve been perfect if it weren’t for this or Phi Brain.

Meganebu!The artwork… What a waste! This sort of artwork would be fine for an anime short, just like the story. Do you really expect me to watch some kind of slapstick-style anime where all the characters obsess over glasses?

There is no story. Following a group of five teenage boys and see how they go about their lives with their obsession for glasses is not a story. That’s a desperate scream for help.

No. Don’t even think about giving this show a chance. It’s just not worth your time. It would’ve been fine if it was an anime short, but wasting twenty minutes every week on this is just too much. I don’t recommend it.

Plot Summary: Akira Souma attends a rural school and has a passion for his glasses. He forms a Glasses Club and makes his various bespectacled classmates join.

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