Apr 13, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Black Bullet

Meh… I think Black Bullet is a bit overrated. The first episode didn’t make that much of an impact, yet I see people having nerdgasms all over the place because of this. It definitely wasn’t boring or uninteresting, but I definitely wouldn’t go bragging about this one.

Black BulletThe artwork isn’t bad. The characters look good, it’s quite detailed and I like the style so far. I do believe those monsters, Gastrea as they are called, could use a little bit of work. They look to plain. It’s like they took a picture of a regular spider and supersized it. I don’t know… Something was lacking…

The story is interesting, no doubt about that. I was entertained from start to finish. It’s an interesting concept and the Japanese never get bored when it comes to loli heroines, so why not? Let the mayhem begin!

I do recommend this. However, do not believe everything you read about this. It’s not all that amazing. It’s definitely going to keep you happy and I might actually even write about it, but I still feel it could use some work. Just check out the first episode for yourself.

Plot Summary: In the year 2021, mankind was defeated by Gastrea, a parasitical virus, and is forced to live within a wall made of Varanium Monoliths, a metal that is able to subdue Gastrea. Soon, the “Cursed Children”, children born with the Gastrea virus who are able to control it—which gives them superhuman abilities—were discovered. Due to the Gastrea virus’ intervention, the Cursed Children could only be female. Civil Securities are formed to specialize in fighting against Gastrea, operating with the pair of an Initiator, who are cursed children, and a Promoter, serving to lead the cursed children. Ten years after the war, Rentarō Satomi, a high school student who is also a Promoter in his childhood friend Kisara Tendō’s Tendō Civil Security, along with his Initator Enju Aihara, receives a secret mission to prevent the Tokyo Area’s destruction.

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Apr 10, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Not a bad start. It certainly amused me to no end. I can understand why people have been waiting to see this one. I personally choose not to research upcoming anime thoroughly. That way I won’t be disappointed when it all begins.

Gokukoku no BrynhildrThe artwork isn’t half bad. Pretty detailed, nice looking characters and a lot of action-filled scenes. I do miss the mystery though. There’s not a sign of mystery in the artwork. That’s kind of disappointing.

I’ll say this right now; I think Neko is Ryouta’s old childhood friend. You can’t really believe in coincidences when you follow a story about supernatural powers and such.

I had fun watching this, so why wouldn’t you? I suggest that you watch the first episode. It’s definitely very entertaining.

Plot Summary: When he was a child, Murakami was infatuated with a girl he called Kuroneko. She insisted on knowing about aliens and having met them, but no one believed her, even young Murakami was skeptical. One day, she decides to show him the aliens, but an accident occurs and Kuroneko dies while Murakami is left seriously wounded in the hospital. Years go by and Murakami obsesses on finding proof of the existence of aliens because of a promise he had made with Kuroneko. Then, one day, a new transfer student comes to his class, who not only looks a lot like Kuroneko, but is named Kurohaneko. And even though she insists on never having met Murakami before, the girl has superhuman strength and seems to even be able to predict the future.

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Apr 7, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Returns

Quite the unexpected announcement this turned out to be. I never even expected another one of these series. The first series had over one hundred episodes I believe, but I remember that the last couple of DVD releases didn’t sell well back in the day. Perhaps that’s why it took so long for another series to be green-lit.

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo ReturnsI’m not really impressed by the artwork. Hajime looks okay, but Ran looks like a cheap egg-head character. I don’t like the way she looks at all. I remember her looking a bit dull back in the day, but I actually think it got worse. I’m just happy that the rest seems to have improved.

I’m really not all that bothered by the artwork right now. The story is what’s important in this case. It’s a mystery-genre story about a genius kid that goes around solving things. The story should be the top priority here.

Do I recommend it? I’m not sure. Old fans will surely watch all twenty six episodes. New viewers might not be all that interested because of the artwork. I suggest you give the first episode a try.

Plot Summary: Hajime Kindaichi may look dumb, but he is one of the smartest you will ever see. He encounters mystery after mystery with his good friend, Miyuki, and he swears to solve them in the name of his grandfather, who was a great detective.

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Apr 6, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Mushishi Zoku Shou

I knew there was going to be a second season someday. Mushishi was the talk of the year 2005. Everyone was surprised and couldn’t stop watching it. Of course, things were different back then. You didn’t have as many fun sub groups during those days as you have now. Thank god for progress…

Mushishi Zoku ShouThe key to Mushishi is great, detailed artwork and a good story. The artwork just draws you in. I could recognize the main character from a fifty character line-up, no problem. The “Mushi” are as good as you could expect and the sceneries are all so incredibly detailed and beautiful to see. Truly one of Japan’s masterpieces.

The story really goes well with the artwork. It’s mysterious, interesting and quite adventurous. You just don’t want to stop watching. I could watch this all day long if it were up to me. Ginko’s journeys simply never get boring.

I truly recommend this. Watch the first season if you haven’t already before watching this one. It’s not often that you get to see one of those classic-type anime these days, especially one as good as Mushishi. Spring is looking good this year!

Plot Summary: Mushi; the life-blood of nature. They exist everywhere in various forms: micro-organisms, fungi, bodies of water. Sometimes, they’re even mistaken to be plants, animals, or spirits. But regardless of their appearance, they exist, nonetheless, living they only way they know how. At times, their actions can cause strange or unexplainable phenomena. Enter Ginko, the Mushishi (mushi master), as he continues encountering, studying, and dealing with the mysterious mushi along his journey into the unknown.

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Jan 10, 2014

Posted by in Winter Anime 2014

Hamatora The Animation

Boy, this is way too familiar. It’s almost like I was watching Darker than Black, which is quite similar in more ways than one. Still, I like it a lot. I think Hamatora showed a lot of promise and I’m quite looking forward to the rest.

Hamatora The AnimationI’m quite pleased about the artwork. The details look great, the characters look great and the powers that I’ve seen so far are all great, too. So far there’s nothing that I would have changed about the artwork to be very honest. Nothing at all.

The story is the only thing I’m worried about. It’s done before, you know? A group of ‘special’ people that people can hire at reasonable prices. Pay them and they will do almost anything, even though they themselves are being hunted on. It just sounds all too familiar, and I’m not just talking about Darker than Black anymore.

I will recommend this. It’s packed with action and mystery and lots of characters with lots of awesome superpowers. You’d be a fool if you didn’t try it out. At this point I don’t even care if some characters are overpowered or not. I just want to learn a little bit more about their powers and what they have to do to use them.

Plot Summary: ”Minimum” – a special inborn power found in a limited number of human beings, known as “minimum holders.” In Yokohama, the detective team Hamatora, formed by two minimum holders named Nice and Murasaki, comes across information connected to a serial killer being pursued by their old friend Art. It turns out all the victims are minimum holders like them. Unwillingly at first, the two detectives become involved in the investigation.

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