Apr 15, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?

Yeah, sure, why not? I’m game. I’m not sure if other people are interesting in watching a show about a group of girls and an old man that now lives inside a fluffy rabbit, but hey… Everybody has his own thing. It might actually be quite interesting.

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu kaThe artwork is pretty nice. They focus on the strangest things and I think their reactions are bit over the top, but that’s really it. I can find no other (major) faults in the artwork. I really liked what I saw, especially that adorable poker-face character, Chino.

I have no idea what I should say about the story right now. Like I said, it’s about a group of girls and their lives in that café and an old man who’s trapped inside a fluffy bunny. You be the judge.

Do I recommend it? Yes, to comedy fans. You really need to have an open mind for this one. Also, don’t bother if you hate girly-girl scenes. I’m guessing this contains lots of ‘em.

Plot Summary: High school freshman Cocoa Hoto got lost and bumped into a coffee shop called “Rabbit House” while looking for a boarding house for the upcoming semester of her new school. Luckily, Rabbit House is the boarding house she’s looking for, and to return the favor Cocoa starts working at the coffee shop alongside quiet and cool Chino, strong and athletic Rize, plus Chiya and Syaro from Japanese-styled coffee shop Amausaan, as well as the shop mascot rabbit Tippy, who sometimes doesn’t quite act like a rabbit….

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Apr 15, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Ping Pong The Animation

What. The. Hell. Is. Going. On!? I’ve visited over five different sites and saw how this got a seven average. A seven!? How does this deserve a seven? I was thinking more of a five, which I think is very generous after what I’ve seen.

Ping Pong The AnimationThe artwork is just too damn bad. Some of the characters look good and some of the details do too. That’s it… The rest just looks too dreadful to even describe.

It does have a decent story. Certainly one that’s worthy of twenty minutes per episode, but the artwork just needs to be improved. This is just too damn terrible.

I’m sorry, but I cannot recommend this. I did not enjoy it and I cannot see how you, a reader, could. It’s just too heavy on the eyes.

Plot Summary: Makoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high-schooler who’s been friends with the loud and energetic Yukata Hoshino (nicknamed Peco) since childhood. They’re both in the local table tennis club and both have a natural talent for it, although Smile’s personality always prevents him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile’s talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity.

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Apr 14, 2014

Posted by in No Game No Life, Spring Anime 2014

No Game No Life

What the hell? Why didn’t this catch my eye sooner? This truly was a very pleasant surprise. I dare call it a must-write at this point. I thought it was going to be another one of those stories about a NEET and his live behind a pc screen.

No Game No LifeThe artwork… wow. It looks amazing. It really, really does. I really like this style and I think it fits the story perfectly. It’s so colourful and detailed that I cannot look away. In fact, my phone rang as I was watching this episode, so I “feeling” its position because I couldn’t look away. Needless to say that I was too late and had to call back later after I finished watching the first episode.

I thought I was going to have to follow Sora and Shiro as they wasted away in that room playing games. Well, at least for the most part. I also thought that it could be like dot hack, where the characters were dragged into a game and couldn’t log out of out. But no… This is different and it’s very good!

Watch it. Watch it. Watch it. Just to make sure you got the message: watch it. This is arguably the best show this season. Mahouka is good, it really is, but this might just be a little bit better. I am completely hooked right now.

Plot Summary: Genius gamer siblings (plus being NEET & hikikomori) Sora and Shiro are known as the undefeatable “__” (blank). Their talents and skills are so good they are considered as urban legend. One day, a young boy named Teto appears before them, claiming to be the “God” of another dimension where Sora and Shiro are summoned to, in which no violence is allowed and everything is decided by a game. Of the 16 different races residing in this world, “Humanity” is the weakest. After having the vast majority of their lands captured by the other races and being driven to the brink of extinction, Sora and Shiro challenge these one-of-a-kind battles of the intellectual powers in order to save Humanity.

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Apr 14, 2014

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Fuuun Ishin Dai Shogun

I suppose every season has at least one or two disappointments… This is definitely one of them. I had to grit my teeth and bear it without skipping through the episode. It was very uninteresting and very vague. What a shame…

Fuuun Ishin Dai ShogunArtwork doesn’t really speak to me. It’s not good, it’s not bad. The characters just look a bit plain and it’s not as detailed as you might expect. At least the mechs, from what I could tell, looked pretty decent. That’s always important in mecha-genre anime.

The story is lacking. I have no idea what the point of the first episode was and I have no idea if I will ever want to recommend something like this to anyone. Seriously, what is it about? I honestly have no idea.

I’m afraid I cannot recommend something when I don’t even know what it’s about. All I saw was some aggressive main character that was looking for some perverted woman that lures men with her body to kill them after sex. Seriously, how is that a story? That’s a real-life thing that’s happening everywhere. Only we nowadays call it marriage…

Plot Summary: In the late Edo period, Japan had experienced an unprecedented crisis by Kurofune (Black Ships), the ships from foreign countries. But a giant robot called Onigami, which has existed since ancient time, dispelled the Kurofune ships and the exclusion of foreigners was accomplished. The story begins in Japan where Meiji restoration in 1868 didn’t happen.

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Apr 13, 2014

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Soul Eater Not!

I am definitely going to watch this from start to finish, just like with Soul Eater. I absolutely loved that show and I’m pretty sure that I’m going to love this one as well. I was sold when I laid eyes on Tsugumi. That character is adorable!

Soul Eater Not!I think that the artwork is and always has been the greatest feature of Soul Eater. It’s just too good. It looks good, everything is so incredibly unique and detailed… Are there really people that dislike the artwork? I find that hard to imagine.

This isn’t like Soul Eater where characters would set out on their own journey to become the best of the best. At least, I don’t think so. I think it would be quite nice to learn how the whole Soul Eater world works.

I honestly do recommend this. It might be best to watch Soul Eater first, but that might not be all that important since this is a side story and not a continuation. It all depends on the person, really. I still suggest that you do watch Soul Eater first if you haven’t already.

Plot Summary: Soul Eater Not! is a side-story to the main series, focusing on a freshman halberd named Tsugumi Harudori, who befriends two other meisters, Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn. All three take part in the NOT (Normally Overcome Target) class at DWMA and learn to control their powers in order to overcome their difficulties to have a normal life, as opposed to the battle-oriented EAT (Especially Advanced Talent) class taken by Maka, Soul, and their companions.

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Apr 13, 2014

Posted by in Black Bullet, Spring Anime 2014

Black Bullet

Meh… I think Black Bullet is a bit overrated. The first episode didn’t make that much of an impact, yet I see people having nerdgasms all over the place because of this. It definitely wasn’t boring or uninteresting, but I definitely wouldn’t go bragging about this one.

Black BulletThe artwork isn’t bad. The characters look good, it’s quite detailed and I like the style so far. I do believe those monsters, Gastrea as they are called, could use a little bit of work. They look to plain. It’s like they took a picture of a regular spider and supersized it. I don’t know… Something was lacking…

The story is interesting, no doubt about that. I was entertained from start to finish. It’s an interesting concept and the Japanese never get bored when it comes to loli heroines, so why not? Let the mayhem begin!

I do recommend this. However, do not believe everything you read about this. It’s not all that amazing. It’s definitely going to keep you happy and I might actually even write about it, but I still feel it could use some work. Just check out the first episode for yourself.

Plot Summary: In the year 2021, mankind was defeated by Gastrea, a parasitical virus, and is forced to live within a wall made of Varanium Monoliths, a metal that is able to subdue Gastrea. Soon, the “Cursed Children”, children born with the Gastrea virus who are able to control it—which gives them superhuman abilities—were discovered. Due to the Gastrea virus’ intervention, the Cursed Children could only be female. Civil Securities are formed to specialize in fighting against Gastrea, operating with the pair of an Initiator, who are cursed children, and a Promoter, serving to lead the cursed children. Ten years after the war, Rentarō Satomi, a high school student who is also a Promoter in his childhood friend Kisara Tendō’s Tendō Civil Security, along with his Initator Enju Aihara, receives a secret mission to prevent the Tokyo Area’s destruction.

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Apr 12, 2014

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Mahou Shoujo Taisen

This particular show is different. I have no problems whatsoever with its length. I wouldn’t want to waste more than four minutes per episode on this either. It’s like throwing away money and time, not to mention twenty-six times.

Mahou Shoujo TaisenI’ll have to admit that the artwork is decent for an anime short. The characters look pretty good and quite unique, the details are bearable and the girly crap is, from what I’ve seem, been kept to a bare minimum.

The story… Yeah. There is none. It’s four minutes per episode, what do you expect?

Mahou Shoujou fans; eat your hearts out. The rest should keep walking and look for something else instead. It’s just not worth it to waste your time on something that doesn’t have a chance to build up a good story.

Plot Summary: “Mahou Shoujo Taisen” is a project created from a variety show for the Otaku “2.5 Chigen TV” (2.5 Dimension TV). The characters are the mahou shoujo that represents each local town in Japan. The characters that won from the second illustration competitions that were held on pixiv will appear in the anime.

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Apr 12, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to

I would feel no shame by saying that the only thing wrong this show is that it’s only thirteen minutes per episode (OP and ED included). I could totally see myself watching twenty minutes of this every week for the next twelve weeks, no problem.

Mangaka-san to Assistant-san toThe artwork is nothing special. It doesn’t have to be. Its key feature definitely isn’t the artwork. Still, it’s by no means bad. I think Sena, Yuuki’s editor, is absolutely brilliant. A loli editor that’s self-conscious about her little breasts… Definitely worth watching if the material is properly used!

The story is the best thing here. It’s not complicated, it’s not flashy and it’s certainly not that hard to imagine. It’s pure genius. Just a slice of life piece about the life of an ero mangaka and his colleague and friends.

I truly do recommend this. I’m sure comedy fans and perhaps slice of life fans wouldn’t mind watching this at all. I laughed and laughed during those ten glorious minutes. It really is too bad that it’s so short.

Plot Summary: The story depicts the work-life of a perverted mangaka, Aito Yuuki, and his assistant, Ashisu Sahoto. Constantly pressured by his editor and lacking experience with girls, Aito asks Ashisu to act as a reference.

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