Aug 10, 2014

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Sengoku Basara: Judge End

Another Sengoku Basara anime. What a surprise. These shows are a huge hit in Japan. They just cannot get enough of it. Unfortunately, I do not share that enthusiasm. I do like the Destiny Warriors games, which I think is very similar to this.

Sengoku Basara Judge EndI don’t think I can complain about the artwork. It’s pretty detailed. A lot of unique characters, weapons, skills and sceneries. No complaints there.

I just can’t appreciate the Sengoku Basara series because I find the story rather uninteresting. The artwork I like, but I won’t watch something when I don’t like the storyline. A good story is very important to me when it comes to action and historical anime.

Do I recommend this? Yes, but only to those that have seen any of the other Sengoku Basara series. I honestly think that the story needs some more work and cannot recommend these series to newbies that like a good story.

Plot Summary: It will be based on the events that unfold in Sengoku BASARA 3 and will also depict the Battle of Sekigahara.

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Jul 20, 2014

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Francesca: Girls Be Ambitious

Wauw… Japan did it again. It created yet another “WTF-show”. Japan is well-known for its strange commercials, absurd anime and disturbing songs. This particular anime doesn’t really help Japan’s image to be very honest.

Francesca Girls Be AmbitiousThe artwork is a visual blow in the face. There’s a little character in the show that wears some kind of skill on her head, old fashioned underwear and a black cape… What the hell is up with that? The artwork is insane…

It’s not the worst story in existence. It may be an anime short, but with ten minutes per episode and twenty-four episodes total… Well… You could really make something here… Yes… Something… Oh god have mercy…

This was unreal. The overwhelming artwork and disturbing story make for a dangerous combination. Only your die-hard comedy fan would probably love this sort of thing. Powerful stuff. I might give the second episode a try…

Plot Summary: Exorcist works in Hokkaido to exterminate all of the zombies that have been plaguing the land. However, although she can handle the perverted Takuboku Ishikawa, she finds herself at a loss when faced with the revived Shinsengumi. Within the chaos, she finds herself having to borrow the help of undead idol Francesca and her dog Franken.

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Jul 19, 2014

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Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

How this managed to get a higher rating than Majimoji Rurumo I will never know. All I will say is that I found this to be quite disappointing. I was expecting something more original than this.

Seirei Tsukai no Blade DanceThe artwork, I think, is not the problem here. The characters look alright and they obviously invested a lot of time and money in making it look so detailed. So yeah, very little complaints about the artwork right now.

The story is what disappointed me. It’s so predictable and not all that original. It has the elements of Zero no Tsukaima (magic and all that) and Infinite Stratos (where only one boy can do what usually only girls can do). I just wasn’t very impressed by it.

Well, I suppose it’s a little ecchi so I might give the second and third episode a try, but I will only recommend this to comedy and fantasy fanatics for me. This will really depend on a person’s personal preference.

Plot Summary: Only a pure maiden can have the privilege to contract with a spirit. In here, Areishia Spirit Academy, trained maidens of noble families are gathered and given an elite’s education to become spirit contractors. A boy, Kamito, peeped by accident at a girl, Clair, while she was taking a bath and he ended up making a contract with the spirit she wanted. Yes, Kamito is an irregular boy spirit contractor whose existence was thought impossible until now. “You stole…my spirit…you have to take responsibility for it!” “Huh?” “You have to become my contracted spirit!” What will Kamito’s destiny lead to?

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Jul 18, 2014

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Tokyo ESP

The author behind this creation is also responsible for Ga-Rei: zero. It seems he is quite successful in getting anime adaptions for his manga. Even I have to admit that this proved to be quite the amusing first episode.

Tokyo ESPThe artwork is good. Very detailed. They worked quite a bit on the characters and the details are simply great. I can definitely see myself watching this every week if everything looks this good.

I also quite like the story. Usually it’s the “normal humans” that are in control of the world and have more than enough power to supress espers. The roles have turned in Tokyo ESP. The espers have gained control and are raising hell in Japan. I will be looking forward to seeing the rest.

I do recommend this. Action fans and super power fans will be ecstatic. I am ecstatic. I think most anime fans would enjoy this sort of thing, so why not give the first episode a try?

Plot Summary: The science fantasy story Tokyo ESP begins with Rinka, an extremely poor high school girl who lives with just her father in modern Tokyo. One day, she is going home from school when she chases a “flying penguin” to the top of New Tokyo Tower—only to have “fish swimming in the air” suddenly appear before her. One of the fish goes through Rinka and gives her extraordinary powers beyond those of normal humans, particularly the ability to slip through solid objects.

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Jul 18, 2014

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Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?

Dafuq did I see here? It’s complete chaos. It’s so troublesome to follow and you never know what is going to happen next, although that could be considered a good thing. I’m still just trying to get over seeing the first episode.

Rokujouma no ShinryakushaThe artwork isn’t that bad. The characters look alright, the background looks nice and its overall pretty detailed. I could not help but notice that they focussed quite a lot on the characters’ panties. A whole lot.

I can’t say a lot about the story. I may know what it’s about, but I have no idea what is going on. Isn’t that strange? I know that the protagonist will have to try to prevent any of the heroines from gaining control of his room, but I’m lost beyond that.

Ecchi fans that like a good laugh will like this sort of thing. I like this sort of thing. I just wish I could understand better so that I could recommend it to more people than just laughing perverts. Oh well…

Plot Summary: Due to young Koutarou’s financial circumstances, he is forced to live in a small rokujouma (6-tatami apartment) on a budget of 5000 yen a month. On the plus side, he lives rent-free, but on the minus side, that’s because room 106 of Corona Apartments is cursed. The ghost is a cute young girl, and hijinks ensue when she tries to drive him out. Between the haunting, Koutarou’s nosy neighbors, and a self-styled magical girl flying to the unneeded rescue, there’s way too much for the impoverished young man to handle.

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Jul 18, 2014

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Nobunaga Concerto

Another Nobunaga anime… What a surprise. There’s always one in every season… To think that such a bad trouble maker could become this popular in this day and age… Quite amusing. At least the thought is anyway.

Nobunaga ConcertoThe artwork is just dreadful. I absolutely hate the characters and their expressions. It’s like Aku no Hana all over again. I just want to cry and cry until I can’t see anymore because of the tears.

The story isn’t anything special either. I probably still would’ve written a negative post if the artwork was better. I’m just not at all interested. This sort of thing has been done to death.

I cannot recommend it. It looks dreadful and the story isn’t good enough for me to watch this disaster. That’s all there is to it.

Plot Summary: The story centers around Saburou, a high school boy who time-travels to Japan’s Sengoku Era. He must become Nobunaga Oda, the famed warlord who helps unite Japan.

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Jul 17, 2014

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Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus

I knew there was going to be another season of this. The first and second seasons where both quite successful. They were aired in the west and the sales were pretty great. All the conditions for another season were basically met.

Kuroshitsuji Book of CircusThe characters are practically symbolic. You can put them up anywhere in the world and a lot of people would probably be able to recognize them. I know I could recognize Sebastian and Ciel out of a hundred character line-up. It’s all so damned detailed…

What’s there to say about the story? A strange boy with a lot of money makes a deal with a demon and that demon becomes his demon butler. Interesting, unique and it’s proven to be quite amusing.

Anyone familiar with the first and second seasons will undoubtedly watch this. No doubt in my mind about that. I suggest you give the first two season a try as well before you start this one (if you haven’t already seen them).

Plot Summary: The TV series will adapt the Noah’s Ark Circus Arc, picking the manga story back up from the point at which they diverged. This arc immediately follows the Curry Contest Arc in the manga, which ended at episode 15 in the first season of the anime.

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Jul 17, 2014

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Ai Mai Mi: Mousou Catastrophe

Ah! I see what you did there! It wasn’t amusing or interesting the first time, so why not make another season and throw in a lot more magic and girly crap? That should make things right! Saddest part is; it may have done. It certainly started out better than the first season… Oh god… Kill me now.

Ai Mai Mi Mousou CatastropheYou could use this stuff as a means of punishment. Lock your son in his room and make him watch a whole season of this in a row as punishment. He will wash your car, do the dishes, polish your shoes and start finding ways to get emancipated.

Not much to say about the story. It’s pointless and ridiculous. What can you expect from a three-minute-per-episode-show?

I won’t be watching this personality. I therefore cannot recommend this to anyone. I think you’d just be wasting your time. What bothers me is that this show listed as “slice of life” anime. Really? When did you ever see magical girls fight off stupid “bad guys” in your life? That has yet to happen to me…

Plot Summary: Ai, Mai, and Mi, are the three girls that make up the manga club. Although they possess ample imagination, their far-out fantasies and insane adventures usually distract them from actually drawing any manga. From rescuing an abandoned cat, to getting addicted to video games, these girls handle ordinary things in extraordinary ways.

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