Apr 13, 2012

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Phi Brain 2

No, absolutely not. I have grown sick and tired of this anime. It has become so unbelievably predictable, even with those complicated puzzles. Spoiler alert: Kaito will once again solve many deadly puzzles that were given to him by a new foe. He will beat most, if not all of those puzzles and save the day with his friends by his side. The end.

The artwork still looks very good. That was the reason I started watching in the first place. The artwork looks great, but the story just doesn’t measure up. I like the characters, the backgrounds and the sceneries. I would’ve been ecstatic over Phi Brain if it weren’t for the story.

Speaking about the story; I don’t like it. It’s too simple, predictable and it’s always about the same thing; solve puzzles without losing your mind. Where is the romance? There’s roughly an equal amount of boys and girls, why isn’t anything happening in the love department? It’s always nothing but puzzles.

Then comes the big question; “do you recommend this?” I could go on for days about how I would never recommend this to anyone, but I’ll just answer that with a plain “hell no” for now. It’s such a shame too, because this artwork is absolutely great.

Plot Summary: The puzzles get tougher and even more deadly as Kaito Daimon continues his battle against the power hungry Givers of the POG. And with one team member already switching sides, will Kaito have what it takes to keep solving the deadly puzzle traps put before him and reach the fabled Puzzle of God? More importantly, will he be able to solve the puzzles AND maintain his sanity?

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Aug 6, 2011

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Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%

Sigh.. Like I said in my previous post, it’s usually the same thing with the Japenese. It’s either about Loli’s, Idols or something that involves clubs. That being said, here we go again with a new show about, yes you’ve guessed it, idols!

This time, however, it’s a show involving  mainly male idols. I personally don’t like to watch this sort of thing, as it somewhat triggers my gaydar. But in order to write this properly, I did watch a couple of episodes.

The show looks pretty decent, they certainly put a lot of effort into the characters. But the story is often very predictable, which leaves very little room for unexpected twists in the story.

Plot Summary: Nanami Haruka wants to be a song writer, so she attends an idol training school filled with beautiful bishounen. The school pairs each aspiring songwriter with an aspiring idol, but Haruka finds herself paired with 3 bishouden idols. To make things more difficult, Nanami is also not allowed to date any of her beautiful partners.

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Aug 6, 2011

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The Idolm@ster

Seriously, the Japanese have issues to work out. It’s always Loli’s, Idols or atleast something to do with clubs.

This time it’s about a whole group of girls who all wish to become idols. So it doesn’t take much of an imagination to realize that it’s a show about music, relationships and performances of sorts.

The show looks okay, but like I stated above, the story isn’t that original. Not only is it not that original, it’s pretty easy to figure out how the story goes when you think about it. But despite that, it’s not a bad show to watch.

Plot Summary: The arduous struggle of the 13 girls from Talent Production 765 who dream of one day becoming idols in the competitive Japanese entertainment industry.

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Aug 5, 2011

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Morita-san wa Mukuchi

Another one of those ‘few-minutes-per-episode’ shows. Seriously, these kinds of animes don’t interest me. You have to wait a week each time just to see a few minutes of anime, that’s just wrong. You can never build up an exciting story like that, unless you paste like 4 – 5 episodes together (providing the show has an significant amount of episodes).

Anyway, it looks pretty decent, although I do find the main character dull-looking. The storyline isn’t that bad either, although I don’t think a show about a girl who rarely speaks or interacts could win any awards.

Plot Summary: Morita Mayu, a high school girl. She is extremely reticent and her silence and habit of looking at people’s eyes straightly sometimes cause misunderstanding. The reason behind it is not because she doesn’t like to talk nor because she has nothing to say. The reason she rarely speaks is due to the fact she thinks too much before speaking, thus losing the timing to speak altogether. But she lives a happy school life with her classmates.

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Aug 5, 2011

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Mawaru Penguin Drum

Wow.. Really a unique show. The show started out looking pretty morbid, so you might get the wrong impression. But after you get passed that, it turns out to be a pretty amusing show.

The show looks good, no complaints about that. As for the story goes, it’s a really unique concept. A girl dies because of her illness and suddenly she gets resurrected by a pinguin spirit.

Plot Summary: The story centres around the lives of three siblings, Takakura Kanba, Takakura Shouma and their terminally ill sister Takakura Himari. Himari passes away after going out on a trip with her brothers. She was however, miraculously saved by a spirit thriving in a penguin-shaped hat. In return for her extended life, the twins must search for an item known as the Penguin Drum with the aid of three penguins which are visible only to the siblings.

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Aug 4, 2011

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Yuru Yuri

Yuru Yuri.. Thank god I watched this one after Double-J. It was a good remedy against the bitter disappointment that we’ve come to know as Double-J.

Yuru Yuri is very nice to look at. The characters, who are Loli’s (what a surprise), are very well made. The story is pretty basic, just another one of those club stories. But despite all that, it’s a very amusing show.

Plot Summary: Right after starting middle school, Akari Akaza joins the Amusement Club which is composed solely by her two childhood friends, Kyouko Toshinou and Yui Funami. Chinatsu Yoshikawa, Akaza’s classmate, becomes a member after finding out about the dissolution of the Tea Club. The Amusement Club, situated at the tea room facility since the Tea Club disbanded, has no clear purpose, being free for the girls to do whatever they want.

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Aug 4, 2011

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Double-J

Oh good lord.. This will be very short. I watched the first episode and soon after that I happened to get diarrhea. Coincidence? I think not!

It was a pain to watch. It looks absolutely dreadful, no other way to put it. As for the story goes.. My god, really? What a lousy story.

As a great man once said; “KILL IT WITH FIRE!”

Plot Summary: In a school where after school activities are mandatory among all students, Hajime and her friend Sayo come across a new club that they have never seen before. The club is called “The Cultural Activity Preservation Club.” The two enter the room to find all kinds of analog jobs and activities, such as handcrafting mats and toothpicks. This is a unique cultural manga mixed with comedy so as not to bore you, this is Double J!

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Aug 3, 2011

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Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Kyun Kyun Tokimeki Paradise!!

No. Just no. I’ve watched the first two episodes, but that was my limit.

I tried watching the third episode, but I just couldn’t find the willpower. I’d like to point out that ‘Mahou Shoujo’ animes just aren’t my cup of tea.

It may look decent, but the storyline doesn’t interest me at all. Also, this show seems to be categorized as a Comedy, but all I saw was some dry humor that doesn’t even put a smile on my face.

Give me back the 40 minutes that I wasted on this!

Plot Summary: Haruka Minazuki and Aoi Kannazuki are freshman high school students and best friends. During the day they help with school activities but at night they thwart enemies like Black Auction and other villains as Red Angel and Blue Angel, the Twin Angel team.

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