Apr 14, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

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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Jul 5, 2013

Posted by in Summer Anime 2013

Gifuu Doudou!!: Kanetsugu to Keiji

I finally understand why people like to sit outside a lot during summer days. Not a damn person would want to sit inside behind a monitor and watch something like this. Such an uninteresting piece this turned out to be…

Gifuu Doudou!! Kanetsugu to KeijiYou fire up the episode and the low-budget artwork immediately hits you. The sad part is that the artwork, as dreadful as it may seem at times, actually fits this messed up story. It just makes you want to cry, really.

I honestly have no idea why they would start off the show with a scene about some big shot’s housewarming party. Even the last few minutes weren’t that interesting when those guys were getting killed.

I want to cry. Recommending this to people would be a crime. I can’t say what the future holds for us, but this episode alone makes me want to drop this show.

Plot Summary: The Sengoku era gave birth to many historical legends. One of them is Naoe Kanetsugu, the brilliant military general of the Uesugi family. Together with Maeda Keiji, a legendary warrior on the battlefield, who become lifelong friends with each other, they carve out a piece of history in the most dangerous and volatile time in Japan’s history. The two men recall their beginnings and the journey they took to get to the accomplished position they now sit at.

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Jun 26, 2013

Posted by in Summer Anime 2013

Kingdom 2

Another big second season, huh? I have to be honest and say that I never really gave the first season a fair try. I stopped after the first five minutes of the third episode. I just couldn’t bring myself to watch that artwork any longer.

Kingdom 2To me it’s definitely the artwork that made me pass this up. I could never get used to it, although I must admit that this second season looks better somehow. Maybe I have matured? I might be willing to give this another chance.

I never really got a chance to capture the story, which is a shame, because it looked quite interesting. It’s too bad that the artwork put me off during the first season. This story is usually right up my alley.

I couldn’t bring myself to watch the first season because of my own personal preference, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recommend it. I suggest you give this a fair shot, because the story really looked quite promising.

Plot Summary: In the Warring States Period of ancient China (475-221 BCE), Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of one day proving themselves on the battlefield. One day, however, Hyou is taken to the palace by a minister. Winding up on the losing side of a power-struggle, Hyou manages to return to the village, barely alive. Shin then meets a boy who closely resembles Hyou, Ei Sei. For now he is the king of Qin; later he will become the emperor Shi Huangdi.

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Jan 9, 2013

Posted by in Winter Anime 2013

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman

Well, this sure felt familiar. It was like I was watching a hairy Lupin the third that stole for others instead of himself. It was very strange at first, but I think I could get used to it. Besides, it’s not like I’m a huge Lupin the third fan.

Bakumatsu Gijinden RomanAnyway, the artwork, not unlike Lupin the third, was very average. However, it definitely fits the story. The story takes place in the Edo period, so the artwork kind of matches. I do believe some of the characters could use a little more work though.

Frankly, I’m rather disappointed by the historical inaccuracies. I’m not sure if the story is supposed to be serious, but I’ve seen lots of inaccuracies. Like technology that didn’t even exist in that age yet. It’ll be interesting to see where they’re going with this.

This is the difficult part, because I don’t know whether or not I should recommend this. The artwork isn’t bad and the story can get pretty interesting, although full of historical inaccuracies. I suppose all action and Lupin the third fans would like this sort of thing. Just give the first episode a try!

Plot Summary: The stage is the close of the Edo period, an age when, not unlike our own time, both natural and man-made disasters left chaos in their wake. Manjiro makes a living helping the people of the troubled capital city, but behind the scenes, he also works in secret to take back precious belongings stolen from the people by unjust political powers and conspiratorial menaces. The people call him “Get-backer Roman.”

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Jul 25, 2012

Posted by in Summer Anime 2012

Oda Nobuna no Yabou

Here we go again. We yet again dive into a story where famous historical characters (men) have been replaced by cute (teenage?) girls. Where have a seen that before? Oh, right! In several other shows, of course. How could I possibly forget?

All sarcasm aside… The show is actually very good. I especially like the artwork. The main character, Nobuna, looks very good and relatively unique. I for one could pick her out of a line-up. That’s just one of the many things I like about this anime. The backgrounds are very detailed, the weapons look very good and the damaged landscape (from arrows, gunshots, etc…) doesn’t look too corny either.

Now the story is the clincher here. It’s about a boy who suddenly goes back in time and meets up with Nobuna, or more commonly known as Oda Nobunaga, where he comes in contact with her and watches how her story unfolds. The protagonist also has the power to alter the story by influencing Nobuna, thereby altering what really happened during the time of Oda Nobunaga.

I for one give this a thumb up. I really like the story and artwork. It may not be an original concept, but it’s great nonetheless. I could definitely picture myself watching twenty-four episodes of this, if not more. I simply suggest that you give the first two episodes a try.

Plot Summary: Ordinary high schooler Yoshiharu gets pulled into a time slip to the warring states period. There he meets Nobuna Oda – not Nobunaga, Nobuna. In this world, all the famous warlords of the era are female. Nobuna recruits Sagara, who she dubs “Monkey,” to help her in her quest to rule the world.

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