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25 of 25 episodes seen
I really dug the story. Or the premise at least. The whole VMMORPG thing really appealed to me. Not only because I like to consider myself an avid MMORPGer type person. But it also really helped to present the story in a somewhat realistic way. I really got into it. I personally didn't have any qualms during the SAO arc at all. Next to the seemingly dispensable "heroins" that kept appearing. That I thought, was an issue.
I do agree with most of the other reviewers that the ALO arc was a little all over the place. It had lost a little of what I had found appealing in the first arc. That sense of wonderment and awe that I found my self feeling time and again whilst Kirito spent his two years in Sword Art Online. But despite all that I still found myself having a great time watching this anime.
That's what it really comes down to. I've read what other people have said in regards to SAO and I agree with a lot of the points that have been presented (including the negative ones) But what this anime came down to for me was how much fun I was having watching this. Yes, it is over-rated, Yes, it was over-hyped. But you know what? I lost myself in the world, I lost myself in Sword Art Online. Maybe a little even in Alfheim as well. And to me, that's what matters in the end. How much damn fun I had whilst I got to watch this Anime. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
The story is as mentioned above, on some level a "High School Love Story". The first thing I thought after the first episode was "Great, it's another love triangle". That was quickly blown out of the water which was a surprising and fresh change that I was not expecting. (The whole Nibutani character was great, all tsun and no dere). Not to mention how genuinely funny the Anime was. I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times, I generally don't laugh when I'm watching something by myself. The pacing was another stand-out feature, it goes on for as long as it feels it should. It doesn't drag and content in not re-used to fill up time either. The ending is really something as well. The whole thing is worth your time just off that.
The real standout in this entire charade though are the characters. They (by their very nature) are unique and varied. Their interactions with one another are both believable and highly entertaining. That's not to say that they are perfect. Some aspects of nearly all the characters are quite generic, but I feel that those aspects for one are nearly impossible to abolish anyways and two only help to bring out their more quirky side. Speaking of quirky, the whole Middle School Second Year Syndrome thing was brilliant. It's what turned Chuunibyou from something above average to something excellent. Seeing the characters still suffering from it (Dekomori and Rikka) and those in rehab (Nibutani and Yuuta) and their interactions are what made this for me. They were hilarious at points and touching at others. Sometimes both. I especially appreciated the flashbacks and occasional relapses of both Nibutani and Yuuta. (Ahem Mori Summer and the Dark Flame Master respectively).
Other aspects of Chuunibyou were indeed above average, in particular the Art style. I found it to be very polished as well as relevant to the story and character types. But the real standouts are the indeed the story and especially the characters. They make this anime great, spectacular even. I had a blast watching this, the whole way through, and I'm not gonna lie, the end made me shed a few man tears. This would easily make my top anime of 2012. If you have the time (You should, it's only 12 episodes!) and you're in the mood for a good laugh and a quite relevant "moral to the story". In fact, I think the moral to this Anime is incredibly relevant in today's culture. It's not preachy and I don't feel that they leave it open to interpretation either. But it's important nonetheless, it has certainly affected my thinking process since I've watched it. There's something for everybody here. read more
10 of 22 episodes seen
The basic story whilst a little far fetched is indeed interesting. A School Club attempting to build a giant Mecha. Saying it like that it even sounds downright cheesy. But this plays to Robotics;Notes' strengths I felt. Whilst the story is a little out there, 5pb has done a wonderful job of making it seem perfectly pheasable. I also went in expecting it to be a little more light in comparison to Steins;Gate. Whilst it was a little less heavy at the beginning as you continue after the first three or four episodes it starts to get a lot darker and downright creepy at points. Whenever "Kagome Kagome" started playing I got chills down my spine. From a story standpoint I'm willing to say it stands on par with Steins;Gate. Whilst not as compelling as Time Travel, the more you watch it the more you'll come to love it.
The characters are also well defined and are strong. They also suffer a little from the whole "clichè" thingy a tad. But I found them to be completely compelling and diverse at the same time somehow. It's something that's hard to explain. Just watch.
Robotics;Notes will not appeal to everybody. But I'll go out on a limb here and say that if you enjoyed Steins;Gate you're going to enjoy this. From what I've seen so far it hasn't yet reached the lofty heights of S;G but its a worthy successor and well worth a watch even if you haven't seen Steins;Gate or Chaos;Head.
Definitely worth a look at the very least!
EDIT: After completing the series I must say that I was quite disappointed, and I would like to rescind some of my comments comparing it to S;G. read more