Jul 16, 2015

Posted by in Summer Anime 2015

Kurayami Santa

No. this may have been good back in the day before colour television was invented, but now it’s just an eyesore.

Kurayami SantaThe artwork just doesn’t hold a candle to today’s standard. Some people might enjoy the nostalgic sight of it, but I simply cannot appreciate it.

I am told that the story is quite amusing. It’s an anime short, so I seriously have my doubts about it. Something that was “good” in the early eighties may not be so good today.

I simply cannot recommend this. Your average anime fan will probably not appreciate this. Maybe an older generation of anime fans…

Plot Summary: Set in 1960s Kyushu, the story centers around Santa, a familiar from Hell who is charged with maintaining the border between Hell and the human world. Santa’s mission has him crossing paths with many humans and supernatural creatures.

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Jul 9, 2015

Posted by in Summer Anime 2015

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime

I was so not waiting for this one. The more I read about it the more I didn’t care. I thought it was going to be a cheap rip-off story with cheap artwork to match. This turned out to be quite the entertaining surprise.

Akagami no Shirayuki-himeThe artwork is good. Usually things turn out great when Bones and FUNimation are involved. The level of detail is pretty good and I suspect that it’ll get even better once we get to explore their world a bit more as time passes.

Yes, the story does have one or two things that are similar to Disney’s story, but I can overlook that. This seems actually pretty interesting.

I can definitely recommend this to fantasy and romance fans. This might be one of those nice surprises that you encounter every now and then.

Plot Summary: Shirayuki is a beautiful girl working as a medicine woman with red hair, a color that is considered very rare. When she is proposed and chased after by the prince of her country, she cuts her hair and runs away, only to meet Zen, the prince of a neighboring country. Finding respect for the young man, she decides to serve at his side as his court doctor.

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Apr 11, 2015

Posted by in Spring Anime 2015

Gintama 2015

Now, now… Don’t be surprised. Gintama was and still is insanely popular. The problem with that is that they try to milk it out as much as possible, just like with other popular shows. They don’t really care of the quality of the story goes down, just as long as money keeps coming in.

Gintama 2015The artwork will never really change. At least not in a negative way. If anything, it’ll just continue to get better and better until they find a new way to crank the level of artwork even higher than it already is.

The story is questionable though. Like I said; they will do anything to ensure that money keeps coming in with these popular shows. That usually means that some area gets affected. Usually it’s the story.

Gintama fans will watch this either way. No point in recommending this one since most anime fans already know about it.

Plot Summary: Twenty years ago, Edo-period Japan suffered a great cultural shock—the aliens called Amanto invaded the Earth, overpowered the nation’s government, and outlawed the carrying of swords by the once proud samurai. Moreover, the aliens took the people’s jobs and are currently running Japan as a sweatshop using the natives as laborers. In this strange new era are Gintoki Sakata, an eccentric samurai whose personal trademarks are his naturally permed silver hair, his love of anything sweet, and his addiction to Shonen Jump; Shinpachi Shimura, the teenaged heir of the Kakido-Ryu style; and Kagura, an incredibly strong alien girl from the powerful Yato clan. The trio are self-employed in an odd jobs shop called Yoruzuya Gin-chan, which offers to do almost anything for a price, from finding lost kittens to saving the world. Unfortunately, the jobs rarely go as planned, or pay enough to cover the pain and suffering the employees encounter—never mind their rent.

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Apr 9, 2015

Posted by in Spring Anime 2015

Arslan Senki

This was surprisingly amusing to watch. I have always been a fan of shows and movies where large armies fighting each other. Action like that has always interested me. It really never gets boring.

Arslan SenkiThe artwork isn’t bad. A lot of studios are working on this (more than usual) and you can tell that it is not a budget production as the level of detail is pretty high. I honestly couldn’t complain about the things I’ve seen so far.

The story? Well… We have a young price that doesn’t know a damn thing about the world. This will undoubtedly leave to many adventures and discoveries that involve great amounts of action.

Do I recommend it? Sure. I think I can. It looks very promising. Do you like medieval warfare and a good amount of adventure? Give this a try. I am already waiting for the second episode to come out.

Plot Summary: Arslan is the heir apparent of Pars, a strong nation that sits at the hear of the trade route connecting the East and the West. When the pagan nation of Lusitania begins an invasion of Pars, the timid Arslan is confronted with battle for the first time. His worst anxieties are realized the Parsian army falls for a Lusitanian stratagem and are routed. He barely escapes with his life, thanks to the loyal and indomitable warrior Daryun. Together they will stand against the invasion and the cruelties of fate that are about to blow down on Pars.

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Mar 31, 2015

Posted by in Maria the Virgin Witch

Maria the Virgin Witch episode 12

I will have to admit that this wasn’t one of the endings I had hoped for, but I guess it’s the best next thing. Am I satisfied? Sure. A good ending for yet another underrated show. If only more people had given this a fair chance.

[Ohys-Raws] Junketsu no Maria - 12 END (MX 1280x720 x264 AAC).mp4_snapshot_00.24_[2015.03.30_23.14.45]Nevertheless, I am still not satisfied with the fact that that mercenary was allowed to leave like that. He is alive and well and was even given the right to speak to Archangel Michael when he asked him what he thought of Maria. Of course he’s going to say negative things. But that’s not the point. The point is that he’s still alive after raping Maria, killing his chief and so many others. That insane monk got killed when he approached Michael, but that mercenary will be allowed to live, after which he will probably continue to wage war in order to loot and loot.

[Ohys-Raws] Junketsu no Maria - 12 END (MX 1280x720 x264 AAC).mp4_snapshot_15.18_[2015.03.30_23.15.11]I also did not like the idea of Maria becoming human so that she can live her life and have children of her own. The only thing that I liked about that is that Ezekiel got spared and will be reborn as Maria’s child. That part I definitely liked. But the thought of a powerless Maria does not suit me one tiny bit to be honest.

May review may not reflect it, but I really was satisfied with the episode. It was a nice ending to an overall good show. There will always be one or two things that you won’t agree with it in the end, but you know it’s a good show when it ends and you already start wishing for another season of it. I can only hope to see more of this someday…

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