Feb 14, 2013

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Beast Saga

Japan, what the hell happened to saving the best for last? It doesn’t happen often, but I actually wondered why I was spending so much of my time watching anime after I’ve seen the first episode of Beast Saga. It was simply that dreadful.

Beast SagaLet’s start off with the artwork, shall we? It’s quite clear that the artwork is by far the best thing about this show, and it’s not even that good. I would call it average (at best). It’s not that bad to look at, but you wouldn’t want to see more than twelve episodes of it.

Here’s where it gets interesting. You see, the Japanese are known for their self-destructive (kamikaze) way of doing things. Create an animation of Beast Saga? No problem! Let’s just Kamikaze the hell out of the anime industry. Why not? I mean, who wouldn’t want to see giant talking animals with super powers? It’s like transformers, but with giant animals instead of robots.

Do I recommend it? Actually, I do. A lot of (bad) people hesitate during suicide attempts. Let them watch an episode or two of Beast Saga to give them that final push over the edge, because even I don’t think I would want to live in a world where crap like this is popular.

Plot Summary: Beast Saga takes place on a distant planet in our galaxy called Beast where three beast tribes, the Sea Tribe, the Land Tribe, and the Sky Tribe, fight for their honor. Each of the tribes protect an infinite elemental power source called Godlot.

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Feb 11, 2013

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Dokidoki! Precure

Have you ever felt as though someone is out to get you? Well, I feel as though some Japanese guys are out to get me when watching this. It feels as though they are forcing me to commit suicide by creating crap like this. I refuse to believe, and I say this here and now, that there are people out there that genuinely like this.

Dokidoki! PrecureThe artwork, from what I’ve seen during these four whole minutes I managed to watch without crying myself to sleep, looks dreadful. It’s like they added a boatload of cuteness to attract girls, after which they added another three boatloads to make sure that it’s actually liked. It’s too much. All the girly crap in this show is completely overkill.

There is nothing I can see about the story either. What is it about? Hell if I know. Following some kind of story if very difficult when you have to watch crap like this. Girls with super abilities? Uhu, sure, hold on while I calculate the possibility of me dying instantly should I jump out of this window.

Honestly, don’t even think about it. I knew you may think I’m joking, but I’m not. Don’t even think about giving this a shot, or to see if I’m exaggerating or not. Just don’t do it. Go collect stamps or something. Anything’s better than this.

Plot Summary: Aida Mana is a girl who is always eager to do things for the sake of others.

One day, when she was visiting the Clover Tower during her school’s orientation program, an enemy who called themselves “Selfish” appeared suddenly, and tried to manipulate her inner heart! To fight this enemy, she borrowed power from a magical fairy Sharuru to transform into Pretty Cure!

To protect the peace of the world, other legendary Pretty Cure soon joined her in battle! A mysterious baby also appears, making each day a “Heartthrob” experience! The 4 Cures, always holding “love” in their hearts, are battling for the world’s fate!

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Jan 17, 2013

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OreShura

I can’t believe I forgot to write a review about this. I already did the second episode, and I thought that I had written a review about the first episode as well. Maybe I’m finally starting to lose my mind? It sure does look like it.

OreShuraAnyway, the artwork is pretty good. I like the characters and I like the detailed backgrounds. I especially like Masuzu. She looks great; truly a character that you could recognize out of a twenty-character line-up.

I can say whatever I want, but it doesn’t change the fact that this show is pretty good. The story is interesting, the artwork is good, what more do you want? A story about a girl that blackmails a guy into becoming her fake boyfriend is always aces in my book.

I most certainly recommend this show. I bet a lot of romance lovers would go nuts over this. It can be quite funny, too, but I don’t think die-hard comedy fans would want to watch this just for the comedy.

Plot Summary: Eita enters high school aiming for the National University School of Medicine. Because of his parents’ divorce—and his goal—he shuns anything to do with romance or love. One day, Masuzu, the school beauty with the silver hair who has just returned to the country, enters his life in a most unexpected way. Chiwa, his childhood friend since elementary school, will not let this go without a fight.

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Jan 16, 2013

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Yama no Susume

Crap! I completely forgot about this one. I had seen the first episode, but I had forgotten to write anything about it afterwards. It’s a good thing that this wasn’t as bad as some of the other anime shorts, because I had to watch this twice now.

Yama no SusumeThe artwork isn’t very bad for an anime short, I’ll give them that much. It looks pretty entertaining at first, but it soon gets boring, even though it’s only three minutes per episode to begin with. It’s a shame, because it could’ve been worth watching.

The story isn’t as good as the artwork, and that says something, because the artwork isn’t that amazing to begin with. I just can’t seem to grasp it. It’s too weird.

Do I recommend this? No. I don’t. It’s not that it’s a bad anime short. I just don’t recommend anime shorts in general. They’re a waste of time, because building up a proper story is useless when it comes to anime shorts. It may be fun to watch for some people, as it’s only three minutes per episode, but this just isn’t for me.

Plot Summary: Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they’ve decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?

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Jan 15, 2013

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AKB0048 Next Stage

I am shocked. I cannot believe that this got another season. How can people actually watch this crap with a smile on their face? I can only imagine that perverts would like this sort of thing…

AKB0048 Next StageThe artwork is still as shocking as always. They really love to focus on the characters’ eyes. Everything has to be shiny, big and girly. Everything. I actually held in there for five whole minutes before I cut the power to my laptop. I couldn’t watch any more of it.

The story is by far the worst. The story is horrible, and, although it’s only a personal preference from someone that dislikes musical shows, I have no idea to whom I should recommend this. It feels as though I would be hated for recommend this to people.

I’m simply afraid that I cannot recommend this. I suppose perverts that enjoy watching little girls sing would go ecstatic over this one, but not me. They can shove all of that sci-fi crap in a place where the sun refuses to shine for all I care. Thank you for reading one of my most negative reviews ever!

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, settling on other planets, and starts Star Calendar 00.

Entertainment and songs become heavily regulated and eventually banned on several planets due to their power to move people, but a brave idol group puts on guerrilla performances in these systems in the name of a famous act from earlier times that sang to Earth’s bitter end, AKB48. Famous throughout the galaxy, the group’s name is AKB0048.

This story centers around a group of girls from various planets, some where entertainment is banned and some, where it is not, striving to become great idols and join AKB0048.
Therefore, they participate in the entrance exam and eventually become undergraduates, aiming to someday succeed the current members of the group.

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Jan 15, 2013

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Chihayafuru 2

It’s here! Break out the red carpet, because Chihayafuru is back! I have no idea why I’m so excited of a stupid card game, but I am! Perhaps it’s because I get to see Chihaya again? That’s always an amusing character to watch!

Chihayafuru 2The artwork is still as good as ever. I simply cannot get over how good these characters look. I could definitely pick them out of a line-up, no problem. I don’t think I would change anything about it either. Everything is good right now.

It’s a story about card games, so there’s not much else to say. Sure, there are other things (like romance) that makes the story even better, but let’s not focus on that right now.

I’ll get straight to it: watch it! Haven’t seen the first season? Drop everyone and go watch that first! There’s nothing wrong with Chihayafuru. There’s a very good reason that, unlike AKB0048, this show got another season with twenty-five episodes.

Plot Summary: Now in their second year of high school, Chihaya and her friends share all the fun and worries that come with welcoming underclassmen to the team as they face tough rival schools. The passion of the Mizusawa Karuta Club burns hotter than ever, but with the same refreshing, youthful mood carrying over from the first season.

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Jan 14, 2013

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Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?

…Could this title get any longer? What the hell? I know it’s hard to come up with new things these days, but that doesn’t mean you can let your imagination get the best of you, nor your laziness. “Problem children are from another planet, aren’t they” my sweet, firm, heterosexual ass!

Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yoThe artwork wasn’t all that bad. The characters look pretty standard and the special abilities are not that original, but like I said; it’s hard to come up with new things these days. The backgrounds details look pretty good though. I just wished they focussed a bit more on the characters. Just a little bit.

I’m not too sure about the story. I suppose there’s a reason why there are only ten episodes. It’s interesting and it makes you give it a shot, sure, but what about long-term stuff? Will it stay that way? Or will we watch ten episodes of aggressive god-bashing with Izayoi, the protagonist, as the lead basher? It’s still too early to say.

For now I’ll just recommend this to people with a sweet tooth for fantasy. Nothing wrong with that, but you have to love it to enjoy it, right? Usually there’s always more than meets the eye, though, so I will be watching the rest as well, probably.

Plot Summary: Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasugabe have tremendous psychic powers and are bored with the regular world. An envelope arrives for each person, and when each opens their envelope, they are stunned to see the scenery around them change to a world they had never encountered before. They’ve been summoned by the Black Rabbit to help the community “No Name” to overthrow the Devil King.

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Jan 14, 2013

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Vividred Operation

Oh, this’ll be a difficult one to review. I’m having doubts about it. The first episode was pretty good, but that could prove to be a foolish opinion after I’ve seen the next episode. I, of course, have a valid reason for saying this.

Vividred OperationThe artwork looked pretty good. The characters look good, their sci-fi technology looks very interesting and the effects look good, too. There’s one thing that bothers me; will the female characters get all girly? Will they get girly outfits with cute names and such? I really couldn’t enjoy myself when watching that kind of thing. I just hope I’m wrong.

The story, too, is interesting. I like the sci-fi setting, although I’m not sure about an old man swapping bodies with a stuffed ferret. There’s a limit to how ridiculous things can get.

All in all a good watch, so far. I bet sci-fi fans will eat their hearts out, and why not? The first episode was very amusing, so I suggest that you give it a shot, too!

Plot Summary: Here in a world where science has solved all questions. This story is set in Oshima. The happy, carefree 14 year old Akane Isshiki lived a poor, but well loved life together with her reliable little sister, Momo, who does all the housework, and her grandfather, Kenjirou, a genius inventor who only created useless devices. When the weather is clear, they can see the artificial island, Blue Island, across the sea. In the center of that island rises the revolutionary Manifestation Engine, a discovery that solved the world’s energy problems.

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