Jul 16, 2013

Posted by in Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2, Summer Anime 2013

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2

Whoops, I almost forgot about this one. I’m a bit ashamed, too, because I was really looking forward to the second season after having enjoyed the first season a lot. I might actually read the manga when this is all over.

Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun 2The artwork is still so amazing… I love the characters, all of them. Shino is still cool, Murasame is still the most awesome spirit in the show and the sceneries will never seize to amaze. I speak so highly about the artwork when it’s only the second best thing about this show.

The story is definitely what makes you want to keep on watching. There’s a subtle hint of comedy that puts a smile on your face whilst you enjoy the rest of this action-filled fantasy land. There’s rarely a dull moment and the predictability of this story is ever so low, which is something I really like.

Watch it! You cannot pass this one by when we’re having such a mediocre season filled with slice of life works. Go watch the first season if you haven’t already, it’s definitely worth it. It’s one of the few pieces that makes this otherwise dull summer season worthwhile.

Plot Summary: When their village was wiped out five years ago, only Shino Inuzuka, Sosuke Inukawa, and the girl Hamaji, who was raised as if she were their sister, survived. And both men inexplicably have the same peony-shaped birthmark. Genpachi Inukai and Kobungo Inuta were raised hundreds of miles away as foster brothers, but they too share the same birthmark. When they went north as part of the army three years ago, they went to confront demons and came back forever transformed. Now the Imperial Church has come for Shino and Sosuke and they must find eight mystical gems and their owners or face a fate worse than death at the hands of the Church.

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Jul 14, 2013

Posted by in Summer Anime 2013

Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation

Did I really just see that? I’m confused. Is this show about busty girls transforming all over the place to fight monsters? Is it about a group of girls trying to get their countries sorted out without having to go to war or something? I don’t know.

Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation

The artwork isn’t the problem here. It looks pretty good; the characters look pretty cute, they all have decent-sized breasts to make most of the viewer’s happy, plus there are dozens of interesting transformations that you can see, how nice.

I lost track because of the story here. I have no idea what to expect from this or what they’re trying to accomplish. They dropped one or two hints, that I must admit, but it didn’t stop me from getting confused.

Comedy fans with an appetite for busty characters; enjoy. It’s really hard to recommend this show to other people because I have no idea what it’s about yet. It’s still too vague. Watch the first two episodes if you are thinking about giving this a chance.

Plot Summary: This is Gamindustri. Beings called the Goddesses rule the countries of this unreal world. The four Goddesses govern four states: Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox. For many long years, these countries fought each other over the Shares, the source of the Goddess power.

However, fearful that the conflict would pointlessly erode their countries’ strength, the Goddesses signed a Friendship Treaty forbidding them from taking Shares by force.

Under the treaty, the Goddesses and their younger sisters took a step forward to a new stage in their relations. It was the dawn of a new, dynamic era marked occasionally by shared laughter, disputes as well cooperation.

What does the future hold in store for Gamindustri?

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Jul 13, 2013

Posted by in Summer Anime 2013

Gatchaman Crowds

Seriously, I just finished watching this ten minutes ago… What the hell did I see here? Special note books that give assignments, a loli in a tight bikini and guys randomly transforming to defeat enemies that look like broken Rubik’s cubes? Oh boy…

Gatchaman CrowdsThe artwork, lord help me, is so-so. It looks really low budget at first, but then you see all these details in the scenery and in the characters, and you start to wonder what the hell is going on here. The biggest flaw here would be Hajime’s personality. She looks cute, but the way she talks and acts is absolutely annoying if you watch for too long, which is absurd considering Maaya Uchida, a very known and talented young lady, is the one doing her voice.

The story… Meh. I want to call it unique and interesting, but to me it just seems like a mash-up of different pieces. It’s too soon to say anything about the story, we haven’t even learned anything about that whole “Gatchaman” organisation yet.

Sci-fi fans will eat this stuff up, especially since this season is filled with not but slice of life crap. You really need to look flashy characters, flashy moves and flashy transformations, otherwise this isn’t for you.

Plot Summary: The story is set in Japan in the early summer of 2015. 180,000 people live in Tachikawa City, the “second metropolis” of the Tokyo area. Among them are “Gatchaman”—warriors who fight in special reinforced suits powered by “NOTE,” the manifestation of special spiritual powers in living beings. A council has scouted a group of individuals with latent powers to protect Earth from alien criminals. In recent years, the council has assigned Gatchaman warriors to deal with the mysterious entity known as “MESS.”

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Jul 13, 2013

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Gin no Saji

So here it is… The infamous Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon) anime, a creation by a very famous artist… Boy he must be pissed off when he saw this episode, surely. I know it has only begun, but I can only call this mediocre at the very best.

Gin no SajiThe artwork isn’t really that great, which is surprising because you simply expect a bit more when you know who’s behind this.  So yeah, I think the artwork is the biggest disappointment about the whole thing.

Now, luckily it still seems to be following the manga for as far as I’ve seen. Luckily I’ve only seen a few chapters, but I recognized a lot of the jokes. It was quite a shock when they killed that chicken, but I think they made up for that when they brought out that whole “where do the eggs come from?”-scene.

The show’s okay. It’s no Shingeki no Kyojin, that’s for sure, but it has its moments. You really need to like this sort of thing to be able to enjoy it, otherwise this just isn’t for you. Give the first two episodes a try, because I think the first episode might not be enough to win you over.

Plot Summary: Yugo Hachiken dreams of life separated from his family, so he takes the initiative by enrolling in an agriculture school. He thinks, with his talent in studying, no problems will arise no matter what kind of school he attends. He is proven wrong very quickly. Raised as a city boy, he is forced to uncover the inconvenient truth about agricultural life. Enjoy the story of Hachiken, as he tries to keep up with his new friends, farmers’ heirs, who are already accustomed to the harsh world of farming. With no clear goals or understanding of farming life, how will Hachiken survive this new, cruel reality? The story of a sweat, tear, and mud-stained youth begins!

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Jul 13, 2013

Posted by in Summer Anime 2013

Recorder to Randoseru Mi

A third season? It’s not that I mind or anything, but there’s never really that much to see here. It’s not that every episode is roughly three minutes long, but the story, too, gets boring after only a few episodes. That’s the problem with this show. To think it got another season…

Recorder to Randoseru MiThe artwork is still very much the same. It’s surprisingly good for an anime short, and it is also the reason why I watched the first season in the first place. Anime shorts are usually known for their low budgets.

The story is definitely the problem here. It’s always the same thing. Nothing ever really happens, nothing ever really changed and you pretty much already know the ending before you even start watching. Atsumi is always the sweet guardian angel and Atsushi is always the misunderstood younger brother because of his height.

Do I recommend this? No, not really. It’s just three minutes every week and you might actually get a laugh out of it every now and again, but I don’t think that this is something that’s worth considering.

Plot Summary: Miyagawa Atsushi is an 11-year-old boy who is 180 centimeters tall. Since he has a grown-up looking build but acts his age, he has always been running into troubles. On the other hand, his 17-year-old elder sister Atsumi is only 137 centimeters tall. Even though she has a childish looking build, Atsumi takes good care of Atsushi.

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Jul 12, 2013

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WataMote

Now this is freakin’ interesting! I already had a hunch that this one would turn out good! I smiled from beginning to end, now that’s when you know that something’s good! I actually call this a must-write to be very honest.

WataMoteDon’t even get me started about the artwork; it’s great. Put Tomoko, the main character, in a fifty character line-up and I still would be able to pick her out. I like that in a show! I also like how they’ve done the characters’ expressions. It doesn’t seem overreacted or too much, you know? It’s just perfect from what I’ve seen so far.

You thought the artwork was good? Heh, just wait till you get a full picture of the story. We’re going to be following a girl around that has shut herself in her room for years without caring about how she looks. Her recovery from holy crap to hot as hell should prove to be quite the interesting story.

People of the anime world, hear me! You must watch this. I, the ever so amazing GameDemon, recommend that you give this show a try. You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer, some of you gays might even cry, but I’m sure you’ll all undoubtedly enjoy it.

Plot Summary: Kuroki Tomoko is a super popular, high school girl who has had 50 years of dating experience and 100 boys… in the Otome game world. In the real world, she is a 15-year-old shut in who has all of the qualities of a “mojo” (a gloomy or unpopular woman).

However, when school isn’t going as she expected, and she isn’t as popular as she had thought she was, she takes a look at herself in the mirror for the first time in a few years, and has some shocking revelations…

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Jul 12, 2013

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Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist

We have very few shows this season that don’t have a slice of life story, so why is it that a lot of those shows suck? I mean, I started watching this and I was interested at first, but I kept watching more and more and I actually got a bit bored at one point…

Makai Ouji Devils and RealistI won’t b*tch about how the artwork is okay at best. I enjoyed a few of the characters, the sceneries and even the action scenes, but that’s where it ends. It never really made an impact.

Frankly, the story isn’t that much better. A demon that gets summoned by some snobby rich kid ends up paying his bills, only to find out that the aforementioned demon actually enrolled in the very same school to come and stalk you? Great…

There is no doubt about it that there’s more to this than meets the eye, but I always say that first impressions are very important. I cannot help but be negative when I actually got bored during the first episode. I’m not going to recommend this half-heartedly, so just give the first episode a try and see what you think for yourself.

Plot Summary: The story revolves around William, an aristocratic family’s progeny with rare intellect. One day, his uncle lost his possessions after his business failed. Fearing that his family’s name has been tarnished, William returns home and searches with his family’s butler for anything that can be converted into cash. A search of the premises yields an underground room left by an ancestor. In the room is a magical seal, and William unintentionally summons a devil. The summoned devil tells William his name Dantalion, and reveals that William is the designator who can choose the acting ruler of the demon world.

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Jul 12, 2013

Posted by in High School DxD New, Summer Anime 2013

High School DxD New

HELL YEAH! Noticed how all of that was in capital letters? The Japanese did it good with this one. They’re already known for their perverted, messed-up ways and their preference for big breasts. So yeah, why not create something that suggests all of that? Why not give people an overdose of it every week? Well done!

High School DxD NewThe artwork remains unchanged, thank god for that! The characters are superb and the sceneries are even better. Have you noticed that they focus more on characters’ breasts than on their weapons? I find that hilarious (and smart).

I don’t think I have to explain the story. We all know how it goes; a group of teenage demons and one demon pervert underdog that will later save the day once again with this unique abilities. That’s just how it goes.

Yes. Yes, yes, yes. Don’t even think about watching this if you haven’t seen the first season yet. Go watch the first season. Hell, watch it twice. Only after having seen the first season can you start to watch this wonderful piece of art.

Plot Summary: Hyodo Issei is a (perverted) high school boy. When he goes out on a date with his first girlfriend Asano Yuma, he is killed by her. Her true identity is Reinare, a fallen angel sent by a secret society Grigori to eliminate dangerous divine weapons. Issei is reincarnated as a devil by his senpai Rias Gremory, a Duke of Hell. Issei serves as Rias’s low rank devil and fights against the fallen angels.

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