Jan 13, 2013

Posted by in Winter Anime 2013

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

I really wanted to save this review for much later, mainly because I’m still not sure about whether or not I like it, but it’s a bad quality to postpone the inevitable. I suppose it was amusing to some degree, but is that really enough for me to be happy about this show?

Sasami-san@GanbaranaiBasically; it’s the artwork that’s got me going here. I’m not entirely sure I like it. The characters are okay, although I absolutely don’t like the fact that Sasami’s brother, Kamiomi, constantly has his face covered with something. It’s stupid. Then there’s the strange backgrounds, although I’m not sure I dislike that. It looks pretty darn interesting.

This review would’ve been completely positive if it weren’t for the strange artwork, seeing as the story is quite interesting. It’s not very unique, but it’s interesting. You can do a lot of good things with these characters, which is why I have high hopes for this show.

I suppose romance lovers would find this somewhat entertaining. I suppose they also tend to lean towards comedy, although I didn’t really grasp all of it. It’s kind of hard to understand, it’s almost like slapstick comedy.

Plot Summary: The Japanese call them hikikomori—people who’ve become so withdrawn socially that they refuse to leave their homes for weeks and even months at a time. For Sasami Tsukuyomi, who’s attempting to pass her first year of high school despite being a shut in, it’s more than just a word. Fortunately though, she lives with her older brother Kamiomi, who just happens to be a teacher at the school Sasami is supposed to attend. Not to mention, her “Brother Surveillance Tool” which lets her view the outside world via her computer and will, theoretically, allow her to readjust to interfacing with people again. What it mainly does, however, is let her view her brother’s interactions with the three very odd Yagami sisters, who inexplicably seem to have had their ages reversed and have various types of “interest” in Kamiomi. And then things start to get really weird… Magical powers? Everything turning into chocolate? Is life via the web warping Sasami’s brain, or is it the universe that’s going crazy?

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Jan 13, 2013

Posted by in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT, Winter Anime 2013

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT

It’s party time! Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is back! I have been looking forward to this for months! I can’t believe the ratings though. The show barely has a six, what’s up with that? It has received nothing but good reviews so far.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXTThe artwork is still as good as ever, although I wish it was a little bit more ecchi every now and then. It’s nice that Sena can be so carefree, but at least show us a bit more cleavage or something. I’m sure Kodaka would like that, too. And, of course, we get to see Kobato again!

There’s no need for me to focus on the story, right? It’s still the same as ever; a rollercoaster of entertainment that never seizes to amaze. I can imagine people b*tching about the artwork, but definitely not the story.

I most certainly recommend this, providing you’ve already seen the first season. It’s filled with lots of entertaining situations that keep your eyes glued to your screen, so don’t hesitate to give it a shot!

Plot Summary: The Neighbor’s Club – a club founded for the purpose of making friends, where misfortunate boys and girls with few friends live out their regrettable lives.

Although Yozora Mikazuki faced a certain incident at the end of summer, the daily life of the Neighbor’s Club goes on as usual. A strange nun, members of the student council and other new faces make an appearance, causing Kodaka Hasegawa’s life to grow even busier.

While they all enjoy going to the amusement park, playing games, celebrating birthdays, and challenging the “school festival”—a symbol of the school life normal people live—the relations amongst the members slowly begins to change…

Let the next stage begin, on this unfortunate coming-of-age love comedy!!

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Jan 12, 2013

Posted by in Kotoura-san, Winter Anime 2013

Kotoura-san

I’m confused. Is this anime or is this crack? Either way; it sure is addictive! I just saw the first episode and I’m already ready for more. A lot more. I absolutely loved the fact that the first episode started off with so much drama!

Kotoura-sanThe artwork is good, although it’s definitely not key when it comes to Kotoura-san. I’m not complaining about how the characters look, but I would’ve made one or two adjustments. Nothing major though. You probably wouldn’t even notice if I didn’t tell you.

The story is what makes you buy tons of popcorn, gallons of soda, just so that you can sit back and enjoy this show with lots of snacks that will make your heart explode at the end. It’s good! The only thing wrong with the story is that it’s going to be spread over 12 mere episodes. Why not double that? Dump all those ridiculous anime shorts and focus all the airing time and resources on this!

I, your faithful reviewer, definitely recommend that you watch this anime. Do you like action or horror? Too bad! Just shut up and watch the first episode. It’ll be worth watching.

Plot Summary: A school love comedy. Kotoura Haruka is a 15-year-old girl who can read people’s minds. She has been suffering from troubles caused by her mind-reading ability, and her parents got divorced as a result. She moves to a new high school but tries to keep away from her classmates. Manabe Yoshihisa, one of her classmates, accepts and appreciates her ability and she begins to interact with her friends with his help.

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Jan 12, 2013

Posted by in Winter Anime 2013

GJ-bu

Oh god, I’m really not good with shows like these. I find that, when watching these shows, it’s easy to get bored in the middle of it. There amusing scenes, but it takes time to build up to those, which is why I get bored sometimes.

GJ-buThe artwork is not the problem. I like the characters, I like the surroundings and I like the character expressions. In fact, the artwork is better than I had expected when I read about this four-panel comedy. It’s not bad.

I was I could say the same thing for the story. What is it about? Are we going to follow these characters for the next twelve episodes as we watch them interact with one another? Is that what the story is all about? Sure, it’ll be fun for the first two or three episodes, but we need a little bit more after that. That’s why I usually don’t watch these things. It’s hard to come up with a good story, although there are some exceptions amongst them (Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Special A, etc…)!

I’ll only recommend this to school life comedy fans. I also detected a slight hint of romance, but it’s not enough for me to recommend it to romance fans as well. It’ll be very interesting to see how this one will turn out.

Plot Summary: TV anime adaptation of the GJ-bu moe light novel series, dubbed as the “first four-panel novel”, where each story is only four pages long with illustrations.

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Jan 11, 2013

Posted by in Tamako Market, Winter Anime 2013

Tamako Market

Boy, I started watching this episode with very little expectations. Imagine my surprise when the first episode blew me off my feet. It was hilarious! What’s up with that gay-looking bird? Did you see the way he walked? That got me every time. Love it!

Tamako MarketThe artwork is really good. I like the characters and I especially like that gay-looking bird. They did a great job with that character. I didn’t get to see much too mail details, as I had tears in my eyes from all the laughing, but I’m pretty impressed so far.

The story kills too, although I’m getting worried after I had seen the final ten seconds of the episode. I don’t think I’d want to watch a robot bird find a suitable partner for his “prince”. Don’t think it’s a robot though, seeing as he got fatter and fatter with every piece of mochi (Japenese rice cake) he ate. I don’t think robots get fat?

I’m looking forward to seeing the rest! I recommend this to almost everyone. The kind of person that prefers a lot of action and horror probably would’ve like this, but those that like to laugh a lot will probably love this.

Plot Summary: Tamako knows just about everything there is to know about mochi, the traditional Japanese dessert treats. When she’s not attending her first year of high school, she even invents new flavors and varieties for Tama-ya, her family’s mochi shop. School and growing up, on the other hand, are some things that she’s still trying to find the right recipe for. But with the help of her best friends Kanna and Midori, two girls whose parents run businesses in the same shopping district, Tamako’s determined to make the best of things. It’s complicated though, especially when it comes to emotions and her relationship with her best boy friend Mochizo, whose family runs a rival mochi shop. And lately, Kanna’s been feeling a little odd about her feelings towards Tamako as well. And what’s with up with that strange bird fluttering around, the one that speaks fluent Japanese? It’s all very mysterious and overwhelming, but at least Tamako always has one thing she can count on: No matter if your day’s been good or bad, there’s certain to be something sugary and delicious waiting at the end of every adventure whenever you take a walk through Tamako Market!

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Jan 11, 2013

Posted by in Winter Anime 2013

gdgd Fairies 2

Why? Why is worthless crap like this airing in Japan? Are there actually people that watch this? I really cannot imagine anyone watching this willingly. It could be used in prisons as an additional punishment for the higher level criminals.

gdgd Fairies 2I’m not going to use the world “artwork” in this post. There’s no such thing when it comes to this show. It looks dreadful. It’s a wonder my eyes didn’t bleed when I watched the first three minutes. It somehow feels as though we are being punished for something.

Unfortunately, I have no idea what it’s about. Maybe it has a catchy story, I don’t know. I couldn’t watch the episode long enough to find out. I feel my stomach churning as though I had swallowed a gallon of acid when watching this, so yeah… I have no idea what’s going on here.

No. See the name “gdgd fairies” pop up somewhere? Turn a blind eye and walk away. Don’t try to be a hero. Just don’t.

Plot Summary: gdgd Fairies is a short animation about a trio of fairies who live in the Forest of Fairies, and whatever trivial and queer subjects they decide to ramble about.

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Jan 10, 2013

Posted by in Winter Anime 2013

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

Damn, another difficult anime to review. It’s not like I disliked it, but it was a bit hard to grasp. The first episode should give the viewer an idea of what it’s all about, but it’s quite unclear with this one. It’s about guys with supernatural abilities, we know that, but what do they fight for? It’s still a bit vague.

Hakkenden Touhou Hakken IbunThe artwork looks pretty good, especially when Shino used some of his powers. It was pretty nice to see, although I don’t see the point of having a crow that comes out of your arm. I suppose there’s more to it than meets the eye.

The story, although still vague, seems pretty interesting. I thought that it was going to be a bit like Hiiro no Kakera, but I’m glad it’s not. Those kids would be the only ones that I would’ve changed. I don’t think I like the idea of having little children as the male lead in this show. That was the main reason as to why I didn’t like Zettai Karen Children.

I’m sure action lovers with a taste for supernatural powers would love this one. That is why I recommend this to those that love to see lots of action and lots of interesting abilities.

Plot Summary: Five years ago, almost every villager of Ootsuka died due to a tragic plague. But mysteriously enough, three survivors: a girl and two boys, emerged. Now living in a church, the three live in isolation, hidden from those who may seek to find them. Shino, one of the survivors, has control over the power of Murasame, the blade of life. But when the imperial church seeks to take the Murasame for themselves, their peaceful life becomes a thing of the past…

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Jan 10, 2013

Posted by in Winter Anime 2013

Senyuu

Japan, what the hell is up with all the anime shorts this season? Give it a break! We don’t need crummy little stories with very average/poor artwork. Sure, there are one or two exceptions, but the majority sucks (for lack of a better word).

SenyuuI must admit that the artwork isn’t that bad. Ross, one of the main characters, reminds me of another character. I just can’t put my finger on it… My mind was wondering towards Soul Eater, but I’m not sure. Pretty vexing…

Anyway, the story… The end. No, seriously, what is wrong with this story? There’s a huge plot summary about this anime short, yet the story was so boring that it made me jealous of people in a coma. It made me want to sleep for days. They call this comedy? I call it a mistake.

Unfortunately, no. I do not recommend this. Don’t get cocky by watching it anyway, because nobody well benefit from it. Not you. Not me. Nobody. It’ll just be five minutes of your life wasted. Read my Ishida to Asakura post, which tells you what I could do in two minutes. After that, try to imagine what I could do in five minutes.

Plot Summary: Long ago, there lived an evil being who reigned over the world through fear, called Satan Rchimedes. He invaded the human world with his many demon underlings, spreading madness and chaos everywhere. One thousand years ago, this menace was sealed by the hero Creation, and peace returned to the world.

Then, one day, a great hole suddenly appeared on the surface of the world, and a vast number of demons appeared. The king discerned that the menace Satan had returned after being sealed away for a thousand years, and decided to send the hero’s descendants to battle him. He found 75 men. As one thousand years had passed, you see, it was difficult to tell who the hero’s descendants were.

So the king declared that he would grant the title of “true hero” and great fortune to the one who defeated Satan, and ordered the new hero, Alba, and his warrior attendant, Ross, on a quest to bring down the evil Satan.

Though he struggles with lesser monsters and is even nearly killed by his partner Ross, Alba’s quest to polish his fighting skills leads him to new places and new meetings that he had never expected. Battles, laughter, and emotional moments enhance this adventure tale of an incompetent hero and a sadistic warrior!

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