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13 of 13 episodes seen
Great story, and great premise, and like I said earlier, the anime has a very thick atmosphere like Bokurano. I do feel that the story feels rather convenient at times though.
Hard to say how to judge this one. I say a 10 because they are doing a high quality job animating the series, This is definitely one of the better animation jobs. The art is also very realistic. They try and make the characters look like real people. Everything else is personal preference.
Nothing really annoying about the sound. They aren't trying to excite anyone, but they aren't doing a bad job either. It's sound that conveys a realistic drama series. That said, I took a mark off because I didn't feel the opening/ending music was anything special.
Heartseed is definitely the best character, and the girls come off as realistic, but I get the feeling that the boys are underused. That and Taichi kinda sucks, he's probably the biggest flaw in the series. A cliche "selfless guy" character who is overused and solves the other characters emotional problems way too easily.
Definitely a drama held up my heartseed's cruel games and the character exploration that this unique show provides. That said, it felt like a bunch of really great ideas strung together without enough forethought. Most people will definitely enjoy it.
Overall 8/10 read more
Not only is there a really good plot-line to this story, but theres also really clever plot twists to the story. The end of volume 3 will have your head spinning and your jaw will drop to the floor. Not only that but the ecchi is so clever and I don't think any ecchi has actually bothered to come up with so many hilarious ideas in the history of the genre. If you read ecchis for comedy then not only is this probably the most perverse shounen ecchi of the bunch, it's also the funniest. I feel that I can't do this novel justice without spoiling it....
Its a novel, not much art to be had, but there are what looks like computer generated high definition art of all the characters spread throughout the book. One thing that I don't like though is that I think Issei the main character has really generic "shounen protagonist" art. I feel that hes the basic copy and paste image of many B novel protagonists.
Two things I don't like about the characters, I don't really like how restrained Issei is, and I can't help but feel that Rias is lacking as a leader. The problem with Issei is mainly the limitations of it being a Shounen Ecchi, his dream is to have a harem and I feel that whenever he gets close to exploring that avenue, the limitations of the shounen genre suddenly kick in and say "NO SEX FOR YOU!!!". As for Rias I feel that often she overlooks really obvious resolutions to problems.
However whatever I say bad about the characters the overwhelming good side comes and kicks it in the but. The villains and the rivals in this novel are something else. Gotta love old school battle maniacs. There are a lot of them. Great back stories to all the main characters, everyone gets their moment in the sun eventually. Lots of interplay from dozens of different character and they do a really good job on using everyone.
While I spent 50% of my time laughing my ass off at this novel I spend the other 50% buried in the deep plotline. My only real problem is that they spend a little bit too much time playing around with the same ecchi jokes. Every chapter they usually open with Issei in pretty much the same bizarre ecchi situation which usually has a hollow ending as covered in part one of my discussion of characters. It feels like a brilliant author got blackmailed into writing an ecchi and ended up writing a brilliant story then realizing "DAMNIT I HAVE TO ADD TITTS TO THIS!!!".
Overall, its brilliant. Boy or girl you will love it. It's a novel anyways, it's not like anyone actually gets off on those. read more
7 of 12 episodes seen
The comedy types in this show are a combination of nonsense, harem, violence, and embarrassment comedy.
-Nonsense meaning they say weird things which make no sense at all
-harem comedy is obviously accidental groping of breasts followed by a kyaa and a swift dismembering
-violence comedy has a lot to do with the main character being a zombie, since the protagonist can't die they don't hold back on anything
-embarrassment comedy being that the main character gets humiliated in front of his classmates a lot in rather extreme fashions.
The story is alright as I haven't seen them stop introducing core plot throughout the 2 seasons I've seen so far. It seems like they are really tempted to go the route of ranma 1/2 though and just throw random episodes out there which they have done and seem like they are doing more often. New harem members seem to be steadily entering the series at about the same rate they do in Sekirei.
The arts mediocre, usually very little is animated in every scene. Its typical shounen art with high quality images, but the animation is fairly weak. They also take full advantage of the girls to give them super cute scenes which are elaborated on from the manga using really cute art and sound. Nothing breakthrough about the sound either. Pretty standard opening and ending music.
Of course the usual redeeming feature about an ecchi harem story is the characters. This anime truly does paint a wide array of interesting characters from various walks of life with absolutely bizarre backgrounds and personalities. Truly this animes most redeeming feature.
Overall its one of the best ecchi harem animes out there. I would watch this 15 times over before I even bothered looking at To Love Ru or Rosario Vampire..... read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
The characters are definitely the shows most redeeming feature as the protagonist is the complete opposite of the shy ecchi harems you normally see. He is portrayed as a panty snatcher, molester, and peeper in a good light. Its kinda hard to describe but the girl victims do the kya screams while believing that he isn't really a bad guy at heart. However its merely a fresh twist on an old cliche to be honest. As the show goes on you get somewhat tired of his antics. Its like an original idea that was really poorly done to be honest.
As far as the harem and ecchi bits go, its the picture perfect cliche of the harem/ecchi genres. However like I said, the daring protagonist who openly gropes his harem girls to their chagrin does add a fresh twist to it.
The art and sound is pretty standard. Nothing particularly high tech, but nothing particularly bad either. Basically very little is animated in each of the scenes. Its an ecchi thrown out their because people will buy ecchis no matter what.
The story is by far the worst part of the show. The entire time I watched it I felt like they just threw out one half explained idea after another. They throw in new characters who's back stories are left a complete mystery but they are treated like front row side characters. They add in all kinds of weird plot elements which are never explained past being introduced. The whole thing felt so sloppy I was tempted to drop it half way even though I consider myself to be a part of the niche audience this show was aimed at.... read more
622 of ? chapters read
Know this, its a fantastic manga. 80-90% of the people who don't read it are people who were influenced badly by the art or the horrible 4kids dub which destroyed its image or just had trouble getting past the slow beginning. But people who truly don't like the series aren't that common.
Don't judge this one quickly whatever you do. Read 100 or even 200 chapters before giving up on it. Most people start liking it after the Arlong park arc, and then completely fall in love with it after the Enies lobby arc.
Synopsis: The story is about Monkey D Luffy and his quest to become King of the Pirates by travelling the Grand Line and finding the legendary treasure known as One Piece.
Pre-grand line the story isn't really that much and was all just character development. Some very heartfelt and beautiful flashbacks to each of the crew members pasts. They had some horrible incident happen in their lives which made them outcasts, but Luffy recognizes there strength and gets them to join his crew.
When they enter the grand line its still mainly about developing new characters, but Oda starts to tie the world together a little bit. The existence of the forbidden pone-glyphs, the corrupt officials in the world government. All this starts to tie itself together in the grand line.
The story itself is also a real tear jerker. I get lumps in my throat all the time listening to them. Keeping in mind that I am an emotional robot so you will probably end up grabbing a Kleenex.
power-ups I would say are done somewhat poorly. At least the first wave of power-ups during the Enies lobby arc. I would say they are 5/5 for "cool power-ups" and 1/5 for well thought out power-ups. Oda just had them evolve out of nowhere without any foreshadowing. The next power-ups though were absolutely perfect. After the time skip, they had basically been foreshadowing the abilities and changes to the crew for the duration of the manga. Absolutely perfectly done.
Another thing I have been noticing about the story. Oda is actually building towards a sequel. He's left all these hints talking about things the pirate king did and they never go into much detail but Oda leaves it open to be elaborated on in a second one piece manga. Its rather epic and grand when I think about it. That he's already putting together a sequel about the original pirate king.
Original art style designed specifically to work with the pirate theme. This turns a lot of people off, but you can't possibly claim that Oda is actually bad at drawing. Looking closely at the pictures there is so much detail in every frame that you can't think that way. Oda is the Picasso of pirate manga.
wonderfully detailed backgrounds. Every frame has them. Lots of manga write off backgrounds and just focus on stunning characters, but one piece gives you both. The backgrounds are simply amazing.
Character Art is off the charts. Every character has his own style too him. All of them are completely original and unique. Even the filler characters look good. One tiny flaw is that usually the female characters are somewhat bland in that they are all knockout babes, but I don't think Oda had much of a choice there given the market, and to be honest he does sneak a lot of ugly females in the back door on occasion.
Character development is pretty much covered in story and is fantastic. They introduce a character and give them a back-story and continue developing them throughout the series. For instance, Nami's would be weather or not she can overcome what the fishmen did to her village. They never drag the story of one character on either. It's rather elegant.
The early story was rather poorly done in comparison with the ladder of the story and you can see the mangaka improves with every chapter. So its hard to get into and like I said before 80-90% of people who haven't read One Piece is because they gave up early on without giving it a chance to improve. IT GETS BETTER!!!!
The action is more of a brawl then a strategy game which is a matter of taste really. Its actually rather easy for Oda not to screw up given the way he's done it.
Comedy is definitely there. Every character has their own quirks which never get old. At first glance they might seem like catchphrases but they are actually much deeper than that. They each have their own funny personality and quirks which play into how they interact with each other.
There's really no good way to score One Piece because early on they would rank probably a 7/10 or an 8/10 depending on how much the show suited your tastes, but with the show getting better every season its basically jumped a point every year. By now if I was to judge it just by the last year, I would give it a 15/10... IT GOT FRIGGEN GOOD!!!! read more
91 of 192 chapters read
They did well overall in this area. I like stories like Record of the Fallen Vampire or One Piece where you know there is a history there right from the start of the manga but the author only reveals parts of it. Medaka Box does that but the story doesn't seem to have too much depth so I am docking a point from story for that.
STORY -1 POINT FOR ABOVE REASON
For the first 15 chapters or so the story is about taking student suggestions in the "Medaka Box" and is about the comedy of watching this superhuman president solve each of the problems. Its quite entertaining too and well made. That's only the first 15 chapters though...
After that the story completely changes. I think the mangaka was bored with the idea himself and saw that he had a chance to change it to an action manga. From then on it becomes based on a group of super-humans called "abnormals" trying to use Medaka for their own purposes. In fact the Medaka Box which the manga is named for becomes a joke which is commonly referred to by the series villains "Why don't you leave a suggestion in the Medaka Box" they say.
STORY -1 FOR ABOVE REASON
Wasn't anything wrong with the art I just didn't think anything stood out as overly creative.
ART -1 FOR ABOVE REASON
I liked the characters, each of them have a backstory and each of them have their histories explored a little bit in each chapter. I like how they hint at each character having a history as well right from when they are introduced, but the author only tells you what you need to know.
The reason character lost a point though is that I don't really see how the characters are tied to the main story line. They did very well in that they gave each character an interesting back story, but these back-stories are each independent and don't seem to be related at all.
CHARACTER -1 FOR ABOVE REASON
I have enjoyed every moment of the manga. Nothing bugged me enough to really be worth mentioning. The occasional plot line I didn't like but that's just a matter of opinion.
Oh and theres some good fan service too. Medaka has no problems with walking around in her braw and panties and the girls clothing usually gets torn to shreds.
You can tell its a Weekly Shounen Jump manga right from the start. Everything screams teenage boy. If you like one piece, bleach, Naruto, Get Backers, Fairy Tail, Psyren, Arago, Histories Strongest Disciple Kenichi, etc, etc. Then this is another one for that category. Try it, its pretty good. read more
24 of 37 chapters read
While I am definitely impressed with this manga you can still see it hasn't found its footing yet. Think back to the beginning of one piece compared to what its like right now. Don't get me wrong I am excited to read this manga and I definitely recommend you read it. Its friggen hilarious and the rabbit is awesome. What i'm saying is that the manga is still evolving and right now you can see that its an Triple A concept, but it doesn't have a story line to back it up yet.
Hana wants to reboot her image as a failure by doing what she's always wanted to do, which is work with animals. Little does she know that the owner is a cursed rabbit with the maturity of a 5 year old and equipped with super powers at that. Shiina is the owner of the zoo and he was cursed as a child to become a magical rabbit, and to break the curse, he has to make the worlds greatest zoo.
There isn't really much of a story so far. Shiina is cursed and is trying issue by issue to break the curse by throwing all the work onto Hana. We've had one serious enemy, but I don't see a continuation on that story line given the way it ended. This is where the manga needs work, I can't help but feel that the story needs something more.
I would gladly give the character element a 10/10 but quite frankly they haven't been developed enough. They are such a creative and fun idea that I definitely want to rate them highly, but theres not really much character development yet.
Theres not much of a backstory to any of the characters. If the mangaka worked a little bit harder on the characters background I can't help but think it would give direction to the story as well.
The characters themselves are rather fun. Or at least the rabbit makes up for all the rest of the characters. He's funny, compassionate, egotistical, and above all surprising. Because of his rabbit face, all of his emotions show up beautifully on his face in very creative manners which is probably his most lovable aspect.
C'mon, theres a reason humanoid rabbits are such a loved character in movies and tv. THEY ARE FRIGGEN AWESOME CHARACTERS!!! The art I couldn't be happier with. As long as they have up to date graphics I give them an 8, if they have well drawn characters then they get a 9, if they have some funny original concept added to them then they get a 10.
A result of the poor characters and story evolutions. Fix those and I will be happy to raise the score here.
Pick it up. I think even girls can enjoy this manga. Its not so much about action as it is about the concept. Anyone can appreciate a genius concept like this one. read more
25 of 37 chapters read
The first part of Kamen teacher introduces us to a delinquent high school where the students have gotten completely out of hand. Araki Gota and kamen teacher are hired to deal with it as specialists. Well Araki sends all of his students to the gym and have a fight with "Kamen Teacher". Kamen Teacher drives around on a vespa and beats up all of the students with kick ass martial arts. Then he shaves them bald. I found this absolutely hilarious and I recommend you guys read it too.
Then it gets dull. All of a sudden kamen teacher wants to investigate what made the school rotten so he stops bullying his students, and starts talking to parents and such to find out what happened. I thought this was a betrayal of the reason I started reading the manga so I dropped it there.
My recommendation is simple, read the first 15 chapters maybe closer to 20 I don't remember, then drop the manga. When he starts his investigation it drops the comedy genre and goes into a slice of life genre... There was never much of a story to get into so you don't have to worry about getting hooked. read more
17 of 17 chapters read
In my honest opinion I think the author should start the manga from scratch with another publisher with new ideas. I think it was just a rookie mangaka who screwed up and needs a second chance. There was definitely potential in the manga, I think anyone could see that, but the cliches killed it before it had a chance to get going.
Like the others, I don't recommend reading it because there are just enough issues to get you hooked, but not enough to be worth the read. Rather disappointing if you ask me. Although supporting the author to try again wouldn't be a bad idea. read more
25 of 100 chapters read
The ecchi element is nice though. Lots of fan service and since its a seinen there is nudity and people don't just get cut, they lose arms and get torn in half sometimes.
I tried, I read until chapter 25, but I can't put up with the characters in this story anymore. The story itself is interesting, but the characters are unbelievably weak. I liked the story too, I tried solving a couple of the riddles myself in this one because they seemed interesting and I understood them, but dear god the protagonist is too painful to read about...
The story is good, the puzzles are logical, they give good reasons for most of what happens. I did feel like the stories were a little bit too convenient though... The detective was always in the right place at the right time, tying her to each of the cases before she was even part of the cases. Like mysteriously she just so happened to be meeting her friend at the spot where a clown murder was taking place, or she was having dinner at a cafe just as a bomb was about to go off.
When I say the characters are weak, I only mean the protagonist, Ayaki. Her partner Himuro actually has a personallity like mine. He's screaming at her "THERES MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO BE DOING, SOMEONE IS GOING TO DIE IN 5 MINUTES" and shes breaking down crying saying she wants to treat the child who scraped his knee. Then she screams back at him "HOW CAN YOU BE SO COLD!!!"... I seriously want to punch her right now....
Although they kill the character Ayaki even more than she already was being killed with her personallity by treating her like a piece of "Incompetent hot ass". She gets her but slapped by her superior and no one complains or anything. She does almost nothing and if it wasn't for the fact that she mysteriously happens to be in the right place at the right time, then she would literally just be a hot piece of ass. I mean that as in she happens to be the person a serial killer is basing his killings off of and she finally realizes it after about 5 clues which ends up solving the case.
Overall if you don't mind characters like King Yuuri who refuses to shed blood in his kingdom under any circumstances from Kyo Kara Maoh, or the kid who tries to sell his girlfriend into being raped because he gets bullied from The Breaker then you might wanna try reading this. Although if your like me, you might pop a vein in the mean time. read more