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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Jan 15, 2015

Posted by in Winter Anime 2015

Sengoku Musou

There’s always one of these shows. This is insanely popular in Japan and the games are pretty popular in the west as well. I, too, have played those samurai games and I loved them. Just slashing apart huge armies of solders. Priceless.

Sengoku MusouThe artwork will always look alright when it comes to these types of shows. There is always plenty of backing and the characters and weapons always look good, not to mention the action scenes.

The stories, because they are based on games, aren’t always good. I have seen similar anime that turned out to be pretty bad because of a disappointing storyline. Only time will tell if this particular storyline is good or not.

This is difficult to recommend as well. I don’t know if the story is going to be good or not, so I advise you to check out the first episode for yourself.

Plot Summary: Toyotomi Hideyoshi is on the verge of unifying the realm, and all that remains is the Odawara Castle protected by the “Lion of Sagami” Ujiyasu Houjou. Hideyoshi’s personally trained generals—Ishida Mitsunari, Katou Kiyomasa, and Fukushima Masanori—as well as Ootani Yoshitsugu, Shima Sakon, and Naoe Kanetsugu are all on the frontline of the battle. Amidst the battle formation are the two young warriors of the Sanada household: older brother Nobuyuki and younger brother Yukimura. As the stalemate begins to break down, Sanada Yukimura rides on a lone horse into the fray. His brother follows him right after.

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Aug 10, 2014

Posted by in Summer Anime 2014

Sengoku Basara: Judge End

Another Sengoku Basara anime. What a surprise. These shows are a huge hit in Japan. They just cannot get enough of it. Unfortunately, I do not share that enthusiasm. I do like the Destiny Warriors games, which I think is very similar to this.

Sengoku Basara Judge EndI don’t think I can complain about the artwork. It’s pretty detailed. A lot of unique characters, weapons, skills and sceneries. No complaints there.

I just can’t appreciate the Sengoku Basara series because I find the story rather uninteresting. The artwork I like, but I won’t watch something when I don’t like the storyline. A good story is very important to me when it comes to action and historical anime.

Do I recommend this? Yes, but only to those that have seen any of the other Sengoku Basara series. I honestly think that the story needs some more work and cannot recommend these series to newbies that like a good story.

Plot Summary: It will be based on the events that unfold in Sengoku BASARA 3 and will also depict the Battle of Sekigahara.

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Aug 25, 2013

Posted by in Anime

Samurai Champloo

This is a good opportunity for me to do a Samurai Champloo post since Space Brothers doesn’t seem to be coming this week. That’s nice, maybe a break from Space Brothers is all we really needed. It’s nice to write about something else for a change.

Samurai ChamplooThis particular post was inspired by Knox Hill, a rapper that recently made a music video to honour Nujabes, a man responsible for the music and many sound effects in Samurai Champloo. Nujabes, of course, is known for many other things, but I decided, seeing as I haven’t written anything about Samurai Champloo yet, to make good use of this opportunity.

A lot of know Samurai Champoo. It’s about a journey that revolves around three strange, yet interesting characters. Samurai Champloo has been portrayed many times as a violent, thoughtless and sexist show. Maybe it is, I don’t know. I remember it as a funny, interesting and thrilling masterpiece, but that’s just me.

It is true that there is a lot of violence in Samurai Champloo, and that you see a lot of blood and ecchi scenes. I believe that the subtle balance between violence, sex and comedy was one of the biggest things that made this show such a success. It was the right idea at the right time by the right people, that’s all there is to it.

And now, as this post as well as my day is coming to an end, I would like to thank Nujabes for his part in making such an interesting and memorable show. (Warning: the following will be a religious rant from a stupid, but sincere atheist.) May his soul be bound in the bond of eternal peace as he watches down upon us all, ensuring that this anime and music-filled world will continue to thrive.

Plot Summary: Mugen’s a buck wild warrior – violent, thoughtless and womanizing. Jin is a vagrant ronin – mysterious, traditional, well-mannered and very strong as well. These two fiercely independent warriors can`t be any more different from one another, yet their paths cross when Fuu, a ditzy waitress, saves them from being executed when they are arrested after a violent swordfight. Fuu convinces the two vagrant young men to help her find a mysterious samurai “who smells of sunflowers.” And their journey begins. This is a story about love, friendship and courage… NOT!

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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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