Apr 29, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane

I really didn’t want to write about this one today, then again… I can’t keep putting it off forever. I need to complete my collection, duh. I saw that this piece got rated between a six and a seven on various websites… Pretty darn generous for such an uninteresting show…

M3 Sono Kuroki HaganeThe artwork is so-so. It’s not all that impressive and I the mechs, especially their most important weapon, looks rather stupid and plain. I say this because the way they use that spear or lance (or whatever the hell it is) is just too damn lame and certainly not very efficient.

The story is just a huge let-down. I just don’t find it interesting at all. I saw the first two episodes and I’m already thinking about giving up. It’s not at all exciting and it gradually becomes annoying to even watch to the end.

Do I recommend this? Not really. I did not really enjoy the first two episodes and I certainly can’t imagine why people would give this a seven.

Plot Summary: There is distorted, deep blackness everywhere. That place, in which blackness swallowed everything and took away everything, has become known as the Avidya Zone. Strange beings assume the very form of the despair and chaos of humanity. They are known by this name: Imashime.

An expedition surveys the Avidya Zone which consumes human spirits. So, in the intricate intersection between the present in impending crisis and the destiny of the past… can eight boys and girls, assembled to confront the Imashime, find the bright future that lies before the Avidya Zone?

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Apr 18, 2014

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Break Blade

I wonder why sub groups don’t seem all that interested in Break Blade the series… They’re pretty good, aren’t they? I’ve seen all the movies and thought they were rather good. It’s too bad that this seems to be some kind of a reboot? I’ve pretty much already seen this? I’m not very impressed so far…

Break BladeThe artwork is good. I expect nothing less from Break Blade. The characters look good, the mechs are awesome and the details get two thumbs up. It’s definitely a nice watch.

I always kind of disliked the name “Break Blade”. They should’ve just named it “Broken Blade”, which is what they call Rygart’s mech. It’s too bad that there’s no unique story here. It’s all basically from the movies from what I’ve seen so far.

Break Blade fans will enjoy this, probably. I might not be as big a fan as they are, because I found it rather disappointing that there’s no original story. Haven’t seen any of the Break Blade movies yet? Go and try this out.

Plot Summary: In the continent of Cruzon, an impending war between the Kingdom of Krisna and the nation of Athens is brimming. The people of this land are able to use quartz for whatever purpose they desire. Yet one person, Rygart Arrow, is not. He is an “un-sorcerer,” a person unable to use quartz. But this characteristic will enable him to pilot an ancient Golem, one strong enough to put up a fight against the invading army of Athens.

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Apr 17, 2014

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Mekakucity Actors

What is it with this season? A lot of stories about NEETs and the like… Not that I mind, of course… I will watch anything as long as it’s good. In fact, the more the better, right? That’s why I’m pretty satisfied with this particular show.

Mekakucity ActorsThey did not hold back on the artwork. It looks pretty good. You can tell that Aniplex has something to do with it. I’m already a fan of that female computer character. Her cocky attitude and sci-fi looks are a pretty interesting combination.

It’s another story about a NEET and special abilities. You can hardly go wrong there. I also saw that it’s supposed to be quite romantic, but I failed to see that. I would not slap the romance label on this one.

I will watch it because it caught my eye and I ended up enjoying the first episode. I suggest you do the same thing.

Plot Summary: The incidents which occurred on August 14th and 15th bring a group of young boys and girls together… They are members of a group they call themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” (Blindfold Organization) and each member possesses a strange power involving their eyes.

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Apr 17, 2014

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Escha & Logy no Atelier

I already heard of this one. There’s a manga and one or two games if I remember correctly. You’d think something with that kind of pedigree would be worth an eight at the very least, right? I honestly wouldn’t go any higher than a six and a half.

Escha & Logy no AtelierGive credit where credit is due; the artwork is great. I really, really like it. The characters look nice, it’s pretty detailed and I simply love that old “western” feeling it has. Mix that in with a little bit of fantasy and you really have something here… Yeah, the artwork is good.

The problem here is the story. What am I supposed to expect here? What is the point? Is it about a boy and a girl and their careers? I honestly don’t know what to think of it. All I know is that it didn’t really seem all that interesting.

Fantasy fans will probably love this because of the artwork. Why wouldn’t they? It looks very nice. But the people that enjoy a good story might drop this after watching the first episode. It all comes down to personal taste.

Plot Summary: In order to survive the eventual arrival of the “Dusk End,” people of the western reaches of the “Land of Dusk” devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Those technologies were then gathered in the alchemy city known as “Central,” where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, young alchemist Logy requested a transfer to an understaffed town of Colseit on the frontier to make use of his abilities. There he meets Escha, an apprentice girl assigned to the Development Department. Together, the two make a promise to use their alchemic techniques to bring success to the Development Department.

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Apr 17, 2014

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Date A Live 2

It’s incredible how naïve some people are. I actually read surprised responses when the second season was officially announced. You saw the first season’s ending, didn’t you? Those that did knew instantly that there was going to be a second season… How foolish.

Date A Live 2The artwork and story basically go hand in hand. The characters look great, it’s pretty detailed and the action scenes are top-notch. It’s definitely nice to see and there is very little that I would change about the artwork. It’s good as it is.

It’s a funny story about mecha girls and romance. What more could you possibly want from a story? It’s filled with action, comedy and romance… Isn’t that all you need in life?

I might as well recommend this. I watched the entire first season and I’m going to watch this one as well. I suggest you do the same, but be sure to watch the first season if you haven’t already.

Plot Summary: Shido Itsuka, who used to be a normal high school student at Raizen High, meets the first Spirit, Tohka, and awakens his power to “seal the Spirit’s power”. Though they may be feared and hated beings due to their immense power, Spirits were always alone and knew only combat and death. Shido, the only one in the world with the power to seal the Spirits’ might, hurls himself into life-threatening dates with the beautiful Spirits in order to save them.

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Apr 16, 2014

Posted by in Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin, Spring Anime 2014

Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin

Is it safe to assume that this one’s a jackpot? I was truly very fascinated by it and I’m already looking forward to the next episode. It could use a little bit more ecchiness (sue me if you disagree) and perhaps a few more episodes.

Ryuugajou Nanana no MaizoukinAn A-1 Picture and Aniplex combination… Hell yeah! Have you ever noticed how these companies keep animating hit shows? I mean, everything they’ve animated so far has been rated pretty darn high. This one is no exception. The artwork looks great. Very detailed and nice-looking characters. I am loving this so far!

The story doesn’t fall far behind. Hell, it might be even better than the artwork. A boy moves into a haunted room where he becomes friends with the ghost of a murdered genius whose buried treasure has yet to be found? Yeah… Well done!

I fully recommend this. It’s interesting, beautiful and overall very enjoyable. I dare call it a must-watch. You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer and some of you weaker minded will probably cry every now and then.

Plot Summary: Disowned by his father, Jugo Yama has run away from home to the island of Nanae. He begins to live by himself, only to discover his room is haunted by the ghost of Nanana Ryugajo. She was murdered ten years ago, and her killer must be found before she can rest in peace. Before her death, Nanana collected things from all over the world and hid them throughout the island. Using the mysterious powers of these hidden items, they should be able to find the culprit. As Jugo begins his hunt for her collection, however, he discovers he’s not the only person searching.

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Apr 16, 2014

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Sidonia no Kishi

This is going to be freakishly complicated. I have no idea how to express myself when it comes to Sidonia no Kishi. It’s very hard to describe even though I actually enjoyed the first episode. I never thought that I would come to look this.

Sidonia no KishiThe artwork is the main issue here. It’s a sort of 2D mixed in with 2.5D characters. It’s a very strange mixture and you’ll definitely have to get used to this sort of thing, but I actually liked it. I found it rather amusing and ended up enjoying the first episode, even though it’s from the same people that messed up Aku no Hana beyond belief.

The story is pretty cool. It’s interesting, quite well thought out and shows quite a lot of promise. Pump in a little bit of drama and you really have something here.

Do I recommend it…? I don’t know. It’s really difficult. I know that a lot of people are going to dislike this one because of the artwork. Like I said; you have to get used to it. I ended up liking it even though this normally isn’t my type of show. Just give it a try…

Plot Summary: It’s been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous “seed ships” like the Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. Nagate Tanikaze is a young man who has been raised deep in the bowels of the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, Nagate is entrusted with piloting the legendary unit known as Tsugumori. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line against the Gauna, in the ultimate battle for the survival of humanity.

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Apr 16, 2014

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Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

Now this is truly a damn shame. This is one of those rare anime shorts that I’m probably going to end up watching from start to finish. It really is a shame that it’s only three minutes per episode because I could definitely watch twenty minutes of this every week.

Inugami-san to Nekoyama-sanThe artwork is surprisingly good for an anime short. The characters look nice, their expressions are hilarious and you could very well say that it’s too detailed for an anime short. I have no complaints about the artwork whatsoever.

It’s really the story that’s the problem. There basically is none. You get three short minutes of fun every week, that’s it. There’s just not enough time for a decent story, so I guess we’ll just have to enjoy the thirty-six minutes this season.

Do I recommend it? I might as well. It’s three minutes of laughter, why not? You could watch it during commercials or if you are waiting for something or someone… I definitely wouldn’t call this a waste of time. Not this time.

Plot Summary: Suzu Nekoyama is a timid, shy tsundere girl who loves dogs; her classmate Yachiyo Inugami is a super masochistic, air-headed, friendly girl who loves cats. One day, after a fateful meeting, the two find themselves attracted to each other. In response to Inugami’s instinctive approaches, Nekoyama is always bashful. Their friend Aki has to work hard to make jabs at some of the situations of the two, and also to stop Inugami from going berserk.

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