Jul 4, 2015

Posted by in Summer Anime 2015

Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri

The much-anticipated Gate has finally arrived then… Alright… I must admit that I enjoyed watching the first episode. But I will say this; although the start really does look promising, this type of show can go either way after just a couple of episodes.

Gate Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku TatakaeriI have very little to no complaints about the artwork. Maybe some of the characters could’ve looked a bit better, but that’s alright. It’s pretty detailed and I like the setting. I expect a lot from this just by looking at the artwork.

Let’s face it; characters going to other worlds in order to fight and whatnot is nothing new. It’s been done before. Even in this particular setting. Sure, there are quite a few differences, but the similarities are still there. I wonder how Gate will stand apart from all the others.

I am going to give this a fair try. The first episode interested me and I am definitely going to watch the second episode, at least. I suggest you give this a try as well. You might really end up liking it.

Plot Summary: A gate appears in Tokyo’s Ginza district sometime in the 21st century. From the gate pours out monsters, knights from middle-age Europe, and other fantasy-like beings, and they kill many of the citizens of Tokyo. This event is known as the Ginza Incident. The government sends a small group of soldiers from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to the alternate world beyond the gate. Led by otaku soldier Yōji, they find that the villages in the world are being attacked by a dragon. An elf girl who is a survivor from the dragon’s rampage joins the group in their travels across the dangerous new world.

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Jan 10, 2015

Posted by in Winter Anime 2015

Military!

Last season we were allowed to follow a rare anime short. It was rare because it was actually great fun to watch. The kind of anime short that made you wish it was a regular show. This might actually be like one of those rare anime shorts.

Military!The artwork was pretty good. I am not a big fan of chibi characters, but it wasn’t so bad. These characters are actually watchable. And the level of detail is pretty high for an anime short, so yeah… Very little complaints about the artwork.

What makes this anime short so rare is that it actually has a storyline. The episodes are so incredibly short, yet there’s a storyline that you can follow. It’s not even that bad either.

I do recommend this. It has girls, guns and a confused protagonist that needs those girls to protect him with those guns. It is funny and perhaps a little ecchi (but only a little). It’s worth spending three minutes a week on.

Plot Summary: The story takes place during a conflict between the Krakozhia Dukedom and the Grania Republic. In the midst of the fighting, a savior appears to the Krakozhia Dukedom, and it is a high school student named Yano Souhei. Two female soldiers, First Lieutenant Ruto and Second Lieutenant Haruka, appear in tanks to intrude on Souhei’s everyday life, followed by the enemy soldier Shachirofu, all of whom use firearms without hesitation at his house.

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Jan 8, 2015

Posted by in Winter Anime 2015

Kantai Collection

The hype surrounding Kantai Collection is insane. The game is surprisingly popular (not just in Japan) and I still fail to understand why. I tried the game a bit and found it rather mediocre. The anime adaption doesn’t seem like anything special either.

Kantai CollectionThe artwork is alright. The characters look nice, their equipment looks interesting and the sceneries are pretty cool. It definitely looks interesting alright, so no major complaints about the artwork. Even the ecchi scenes are very subtle.

Story-wise it’s a bit of a landmine. It might be good, it might be bad. This sort of thing can be compared to Strike Witches, although the characters themselves are the vessels this time. Storylines are usually the problem when it comes anime adaptions of games.

Anyway, action and sci-fi fans might really like this sort of thing. I am currently still reserving judgment. Do you know Strike Witches and do you like that sort of thing? Go ahead and watch this too then.

Plot Summary: The gameplay is centered upon a card battle game, with individual characters represented by various cards with different attributes. Each of the characters are moe anthropomorphisms of World War II naval warships which are depicted as cute girls, known as “Fleet girls” (艦娘, kanmusu, literally “ship girl”). These personified warships are based on real-life vessels which are explained in detail within the game; the physical characteristics, appearances and personalities of each of the girls correlate in some way to the real-life vessel (for example, ships with a larger displacement tonnage are often depicted with larger breasts, with the notable exception of a few aircraft carriers…and oddly enough a pair of very small light cruisers who get depicted with large breasts). The player takes on the role of an admiral (提督, teitoku), who can be either male or female, and organises their fleets in battle in order to win. Combat is largely automated, and manual actions by the player include micromanagement such as building, repairing, and equipping shipgirls.

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Apr 18, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Break Blade

I wonder why sub groups don’t seem all that interested in Break Blade the series… They’re pretty good, aren’t they? I’ve seen all the movies and thought they were rather good. It’s too bad that this seems to be some kind of a reboot? I’ve pretty much already seen this? I’m not very impressed so far…

Break BladeThe artwork is good. I expect nothing less from Break Blade. The characters look good, the mechs are awesome and the details get two thumbs up. It’s definitely a nice watch.

I always kind of disliked the name “Break Blade”. They should’ve just named it “Broken Blade”, which is what they call Rygart’s mech. It’s too bad that there’s no unique story here. It’s all basically from the movies from what I’ve seen so far.

Break Blade fans will enjoy this, probably. I might not be as big a fan as they are, because I found it rather disappointing that there’s no original story. Haven’t seen any of the Break Blade movies yet? Go and try this out.

Plot Summary: In the continent of Cruzon, an impending war between the Kingdom of Krisna and the nation of Athens is brimming. The people of this land are able to use quartz for whatever purpose they desire. Yet one person, Rygart Arrow, is not. He is an “un-sorcerer,” a person unable to use quartz. But this characteristic will enable him to pilot an ancient Golem, one strong enough to put up a fight against the invading army of Athens.

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Dec 26, 2013

Posted by in Freezing Vibration

Freezing Vibration episode 12

This ending seems familiar. Oh, that’s right, it’s the same as the first season’s ending. It basically doesn’t end anything, does it? That just means that there’s probably going to be a third freezing season. I just hope it won’t be as mediocre as this one.

[Hiryuu] Freezing Vibration 12 [AT-X Hi10P 1280x720 H264] [15BC984D].mkv_snapshot_02.42_[2013.12.25_23.45.42]So Chiffon has been bumped from a supporting character to a main character during these past few episodes… Good for her! Was she one of the ‘good guys’ in the end? I’m not sure. The ending was really vague. All of a sudden she displayed abilities similar to the E-Pandoras, making me think that she, too, was a lab rat that those scientists experimented on. It would certainly explain why she would protect the facility and the researchers by fighting off her (former) friends. I can’t say anything with utmost certainty though, it was just too damn vague.

[Hiryuu] Freezing Vibration 12 [AT-X Hi10P 1280x720 H264] [15BC984D].mkv_snapshot_14.38_[2013.12.25_23.46.12]In the end Chiffon ended up sacrificing her life in order to fix the mistakes those scientists made before it destroyed the world as they knew it. What about that old dude? What about Maria? They showed us glimpses and nothing more. I dare say that this was a waste of time to watch and write about. Oh, and… Oh, to hell with it. I’m done reviewing Freezing Vibration.

It has been a very, very disappointing season. It just didn’t measure up from the very beginning. The finale was rushed, most of the important questions did not get answered, lots of depowered characters and the worst character on the show, Luis, was forgiven for his evil deeds like it never even happened. What a disappointing season… Please fire (and sue) the director!

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