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31 of 37 episodes seen
Story- I'll try to keep it simple. Death Note is about a high school prodigy named Light Yagami who stumbles upon a notebook with the power to kill anyone by visualizing them and writing their name in it. Contrary to what his name would imply, he soon becomes a raging psychopath and sets off on his mission to murder every criminal he can think of. Soon enough, the government decides to investigate the so called "Kira" and enlist the help of the mysterious genius L..whose face, whereabouts and overall identity have been revealed to no one.
If I was reviewing this series of the first major story arc alone, it would probably fall in the 9-10 scale. I'll say without a doubt that L has to be one of the greatest characters ever created. He's by far the most interesting thing about the show, and I found him more compelling than his adversary Light. Light's the villain (He's the main character and all but any way you slice it he's the villain of this story) the problem, at least for me, is that he's unlikeable. And by that I mean he's not a villain you "love to hate" his a villain that just makes you sick. I guess that's a good thing, if that's what they're going for, but he doesn't have any charm to his character. Imagine the Joker if they took away all his clown stuff and made him stop laughing, then sent him off on his way. I understand this approach may appeal to some people (A lot of you in fact) but personally I dislike this writing. Which leads me to my next point, something I think most of us here can agree on: After L dies the show begins to suck.
As I said, L is by far the best character, and the most interesting. The fun of the series came from seeing him go up and battle against Light in the intellectual Cat & Mouse game that drove the series initially. As I said, it's fantastic this way. No matter who you route for (in my case L) you're at the edge of your seat the whole time. However, no matter who you route for, after L is taken away from the story, that fun is gone and we see L replaced. And I'll scream this from the rooftops: NEAR SUCKS!
Near (and to some extent Mello) is a character thrown in last minute to replace L. 1. L was so great that he set the bar pretty high 2. They didn't even try to top him and just made Near almost a carbon copy. Except without all the eccentricities that made L work.
Near doesn't come close to the amount of impact that L had. He's not entertaining to watch, and thus the thrill of watching him battle Light is not there. I do kinda like that he wins in the end and Light dies (I hadn't been ever that happy about a fictional person dying in my life) however the means by which this conclusion was brought on are painfully lackluster at best. I honestly had to skip a few episodes to get to the end because I honestly couldn't take it.
In the end, I'd say this series was worth a look for the disturbed, eccentric genius of L alone, but with the added benefit of a great story, and compelling writing it far surpassed my expectations, even with all the hype surrounding it. However, with a second half so astronomically inferior and the classic mistake of killing off the best character in effect, it's sadly brought down to a 7, at least from my honest opinion.
..............Seriously, f*ck Near read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
From the creative team behind Death Note (Which I'll stop procrastinating and get to one of these days) comes this compelling tale of two crazy kids with a dream. Moritaka "Saiko" Mashiro, and Takagi, aka "Shujin" are two young boys who want to become famous manga artists. We quickly find out that they aren't BS-ing as they race toward achieving that dream. With reluctant-artist Mashiro drawing and offbeat student Takagi writing it, the two try to make it big, bonding and becoming close friends along the way.
Possibly the key factor behind this series' grandeur is how deep and realistic the characters are. Our two leads are both interesting and relatable in some way. Saiko's uncle had success as a mangaka, which inadvertently lead to his death, which leaves Saiko with the will to fulfill his dreams and also fear of failure. Shujin, on the other hand, is a high-grading student with the path of a normal life and career set out for him, but he has always had the secret dream of being a writer for the manga he loved so much. Their paths intertwine, and I don't want to spoil anything, but I'll say this: The two put everything on the line and give it their all! They have such passion and drive that their pursuit is truly inspiring.
In short, this is more than just an anime. It's a timeless story about chasing dreams and looking to the future. I felt completely invested with the characters through their ups and downs. The story is so realistic and chance-filled that there's no guessing what will happen next. It's not a fairy-tale where all dreams come true, it's real life, where all we can do is hope for the best.
And at this I have to break my heart by being fair and bringing attention to the negatives of this series. First and foremost, the start is kind of just meh...If not for generally curiosity I wouldn't have watched past the first episode (Which would've been a huge mistake on my part). Secondly, some of the other characters are less effective the art/animation isn't always spectacular. And lastly, the theme song for the anime kind of sucks. I see what they were going for and why they chose that direction, but the song is just generally dull and not memorable at all. And this would be less annoying if it weren't for the fact that the show's soundtrack is filled with other songs that would've made a way better opening (including the ending).
In the end, this series should be seen by everyone who ever had a dream, or who ever wanted to go out and do something when the odds were against them. It'll have you laughing, crying, and dreaming on. read more
2 of 25 episodes seen
1. It's nothing like Detective Conan at all.
2. It's a classic example of style over substance. The look, music, and atmosphere of the show is great and compelling, but the story itself falls kind of flat and the writing needs work.
I don't want to compare it to Case Closed too much, but I'll just use that series as an example of good mystery writing. The problem with the mysteries of Ghost Hunt is that there's absolutely no buildup to the conclusion. There's NO clues whatsoever and, naturally, the mysteries involve the supernatural, but the show doesn't explain things until they become convenient. For instance, the first mystery involves strange things happening at a school building. *SPOILER ALERT*: it turns out that it wasn't a ghost doing it, but a girl with psychic powers who was inadvertently causing these actions with her subconscious. The problem with that: we didn't know that people could have psychic powers in this world until 30 seconds before she's revealed as the culprit. They just throw things in at the last minute to explain the stories. In Case Closed, everything's more or less grounded, so when they start investigating, we as viewers feel invested and the fun comes from trying to figure out what the clues mean and put everything together along with the protagonist. In Ghost Hunt, you can't do that because you don't have all the necessary knowledge. The characters know a lot more than the viewers do, which just keeps one from getting invested.
So it's established that the show generally fails as a mystery show. On the other hand, the characters are solid enough, but still lacking in some areas. The protagonist, Mai, is angsty, impulsive, and high-strung. Aside from that, all we know about her is that she likes to tell scary stories and she has a "knack for solving mysteries"; granted she doesn't do much mystery-solving, we can only reach this conclusion because she says so in a monologue. And when crazy supernatural things start happening, she doesn't even show much of a reaction. She's not skeptical or anything, but still she could show at least some signs of surprise or disbelief, it would only be realistic. Mai's aided by a cast of one-note paranormal investigators who don't have much personality or defining qualities beyond their given archetypes. Naru's cold and secretive, that's it. The priest is Australian. That's seriously all we get.
In the end, Ghost Hunt is wasted potential. It has its fans, and I can clearly see why, however, as a critic I can't help but feel it falls flat of what it could've been. It's not an intriguing mystery series, nor is it scary at all, and the characters are just shallow and underdeveloped. Though I didn't find it terrible, I probably won't be coming back to this franchise for a while read more
6 of 6 episodes seen
When I finally did watch it from the beginning I discovered two things. 1: Tenchi Muyo was a series of individual OVAs of different continuities and 2. The first show, Ryo Ohki, was actually pretty good. I'll try to make sense of the plot: Tenchi is a young man who grew up under the training of his grandfather, a master martial artist and swordsman. He discovers his grandfather had a fling with the princess of an alien dynasty and that he has dormant powers inside him. He crosses paths with the violent Space-Pirate Ryoko, intergalactic police officer Mihoshi, the princess Ayeka, and some other alien chicks, and circumstance has it that they have to live in his house with him. I'll stop there for the sake of the reader, but the plot expands to fights with evil entities of all kind from every corner of the cosmos, combining elements of both sci-fi and fantasy and both the genre's tropes. In short it's a martial-arts/sci-fi/adventure/fantasy/harem show. In the words of Marty McFly, that's pretty heavy.
So I'll start with what I love most about the show: It's not really harem. It sort of is, but sort of isn't It's only really "harem" by technicality, because it technically does star an awkward guy who technically does live with a bunch of powerful girls. What separates it from being the mindless dribble-fest of something like Love Hina is the genre-blending and constantly developing story lines. Yes, harem is involved in some level, but the show doesn't let that become the focus. Instead we get the shaping of a hero, coupled with easing relationships between a wide cast of colorful characters and vibrant action.
My favorite characters are Tenchi and Ryoko. Tenchi, the unlucky oddball protagonist, and Ryoko, the violent, foul-mouthed, ill-tempered, impulsive vixen who ends up falling for our hero. What's interesting about Tenchi is that he's such a generic character archetype yet done so convincingly well that it's hard to notice. We've all seen the lovable loser trope in various anime, but the fun thing here is how he actually doesn't let it bog him down. He's like a cross between Charlie Brown and Krillin. At first glance, he's completely unfit to be a protagonist (Even the writers think so, since Tenchi Muyo translates to Useless Tenchi) but what elevates him is his self-esteem and never ending confidence. Sure, he doesn't want to do battle with an dark overlord who wants to conquer Earth, but he knows it's his responsibility, and stumble as he might, he never truly falls. Ryoko, while she did fall in love with him way too quickly to be believable, is also sort of an archetype but plays off the other characters nicely enough and fits into this universe well, while being entertaining on her own.
I really love this series, probably more than I should for someone as critical as I, but it really just has a certain charm to it and a positivity that elevates it to my eyes, and I really can't think of any show exactly like it. read more
3 of 12 episodes seen
I found this show via an advertisement on a youtube. I mistook it for another series I'd been looking for and watched the first episode and wow...I'll start by saying that this is easily one of the most shallow anime I've ever seen in my life (And that's saying something). Characters with little to no unique defining qualities combined with a story that just copy and pastes cliches and settings from other anime come together for the sole purpose of showing breasts.
It's a cross between Neon Genesis Evangelion and Sekirei (A less painful anime show that at least tries to hide its intention). Don't believe me? The story is that in the future, the human race is under attack by a mysterious race of aliens/robots (Evangelion) and the only defense we have is a race of genetically altered super-girls who (Here's the Sekirei part:) depend on a respective male to reach their full power, or neutralize them. The latter act is called 'Freezing', yes that's where the title comes from, and yes it's incredibly stupid to call it that. From what I can gather, the actual act of Freezing plays a relatively small part in the show, it'd be like if Star Trek was instead called 'Teleporting'.
I wont dare list the character's names, that'd be insulting to my intelligence. This portion only furthers my point that the show exists for fanservice, and to exploit sexuality at every turn. For instance, the show starts with with a generic boy character meeting up with his long lost sister, who is one of the 'super-girls' as mentioned above. After years of separation, he sees her and does what any flesh and blood relative would do, he puts his face between her enormous breasts and begins to motorboat her. I'm not even kidding. At all. That's just the beginning.
This show follows the Ikki Tousen logic (I wouldn't be surprised if these shows were somehow related, though I honestly don't know). By Ikki Tousen logic, I mean the moronic physics and laws like "tap to a girl's stomach=shirt exploding" and "Bigger breasts=better female character". And I'm not joking about the first law either. It's just like Ikki Tousen and Master of Martial Hearts, in that whenever there's a fight, if there's a girl involved her clothes come off immediately. And they're not cut off or burned off, that would make too much sense. Like the other two shows, the girl would get punched or hit with blunt force, and her clothes would just magically disintegrate. Looney Tunes has a stronger sense of physics than this!
Surprisingly enough, this show actually has a somewhat interesting visual style. It's as if one of the animators just felt bad and decided to put forward actual effort. The backgrounds and designs of the robots are actually pretty good, and though the fight scenes are terrible, the attacks are unique and look pretty darn cool. The only part the visuals really take a turn for the questionable, I'll get to that soon.
Everything else I forgot to mention: forgettable voice acting, forgettable music, forgettable everything else. And, the part of this show that absolutely fascinates me and perplexes my mind for hours on end, the detail of this show that will likely have anyone with sense scratching their heads: This is a show about tits. Yes, there's some alien invasion BS going on in the background but it's about breasts. Now, with that understood, why do the breasts in this show not have areolae? The boobs are huge and get a lot of screen-time, but there's no visible difference in color from the breasts to the nipples. It's like someone got a naked barbie-doll and put tiny little bumps on it. Now I probably seem like a serious pervert, but when you really look at the context of the show, you can't help but wonder why boobs are drawn this way. And normally I wouldn't care, but as I said, they're the only reason this show exists, and they're thrown in your face every couple of minutes. I think every female character has her bare breasts shown almost as much as her face, so with that said, why don't they actually look like breasts? Whatever, just another area Sekirei has over this show. And when Sekirei is better, you just know it sucks. read more
50 of 358 episodes seen
So, to start, the story is about a bunch of frog-like aliens who come down to Earth in order to take over the world. They end up failing miserably, abandoning pretenses of their goals, and taking refuge with an average American fam- oh I mean Japanese family. Imagine a lighter, more optimistic Invader Zim, mixed with a brighter and more eccentric version of the Simpsons. Throw in a bunch of pop-culture references, nerdy and otaku-based fanservice, and a non-stop sense of humor, and you'd have Sgt. Frog.
If you don't think sci-fi parodying is funny, this isn't for you. If you don't think incompetent aliens are funny, this isn't for you. If you don't think character-based humor is used well, this isn't for you. However, if you want to see a wildly funny, madcap comedy show that doesn't have to rely solely on sexual adult jokes or tasteless toilet humor, this is definitely the show for you, anime fan or not.
The English dub (the far superior version, by the way) contains various references to American pop culture and about three times the jokes in the dialogue, with nods to Power Rangers, Christian Bale, Nightmare on Elm Street, and more. Perhaps the funniest thing about the show is just how much the invading aliens suck at their jobs, even the war-hardened Giroro who seems like the expert soldier. The moronic leader, Sgt. Keroro, has long since given up and instead opts to build Gundam models and watch TV all day, Kululu spends his time watching the women of the house shower via hidden camera instead of use his technology for battle plans, Giroro has fallen in love with the teenage daughter of the family (which is absolutely hysterical by the way), and even the show's Narrator has a hilarious running gag implying that he hates the show and is only working with Funimation to pay off gambling debts.
The show has a sharp sense of humor, whether the joke is visual, a big punchline, or just some witty line of dialogue mixed in the regular conversation, it's almost always guaranteed to amuse. My favorite episode is a tie between the one where the Frogs build a new base under the family's house, and end up thinking they're being attacked, spending the episode freaking out and paranoid as they're "picked off" one by one. ~OR~ the episode that has them setting out to make their own anime. Which, as you'd imagine, is a fest of meta-comedy and self-aware in-jokes, not to mention just a downright hilarious look at the animation process, and just how incompetent the frog platoon is.
In the end, this show is fascinating, wildly funny, and works on every level, effortlessly achieving everything it sets out to do. I'll say, with no doubt in my mind, this is easily the best comedy anime ever created, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a laugh that doesn't involve the usual anime-humor of 'big heads' and sex jokes. read more
3 of 175 episodes seen
As a professional critic, this is where I'd normally explain the show and characters but if you're reading this chances are you know those things already. So going right into, I'll just say that (once again, in my opinion) nothing really works with this anime. The characters aren't interesting or memorable at all (the protagonists can even be quite annoying), and the story is pretty generic. Lucy wants to Be the Very Best, That No One Ever Was(Or be Hokage, whichever reference you prefer) but I found myself not very much caring. She reminds me a lot of Lina Inverse (from Slayers for those of you new-school otaku), she's a young, strong minded female wizard/sorcerer who goes on a journey with newly-encountered friends. Unlike Lina, though, she's less outgoing and pretty much an amalgam of 65% of all other female anime characters. Mild temper? check! Generic backstory that includes a parent dying? check! I also recall that she seems to have an almost identical personality to Natsumi from Sgt. Frog, i.e. the most normal person in their crazy surroundings, tendency to yell a lot and get embarrassed easily, annoyed ny the shenanigans of her fellow protagonists...this all comes full circle when I remembered the two had the same English voice actor.
Aside from that, Lucy's my favorite character, only because the rest are far worse. There's the hilariously incompetent pink-haired sidekick and the token animal/cute thing every show like this needs. So with characters who are nothing but archetypes and cliches slapped together in different combinations, and shallowly generic stories, it adds up to long-winded episodes stuffed to the brim with bright and bouncy overreactions and loudness, and mediocre action scenes, which I can't really enjoy because I don't care what happens to the characters or how the story ends.
In closing, I'll compare Fairy Tail to two other Shonen-based anime. Dragon Ball Z and Yu Yu Hakusho (which happen to be my two favorite anime). Where YYH spent SEVEN EPISODES doing nothing but developing characters and making you fall in love with the protagonists before getting to the action, Fairy Tail just starts off with annoying characters meeting and a big fight right afterward. Now, I'm not saying every anime should be slow paced at the beginning, but they should at least give us something to latch onto before throwing us in the middle of fast-paced action (which, in this show's case, isn't very fast-paced or exciting at all). Which leads us to DBZ. It had characters and action balanced to a tee. When some new evil thing threatened to destroy the world, we couldn't wait to see our heroes try and stop them (Even if it took like 12 episodes a time) and when someone died, we were all hit in our soft spot (regardless of how many dozens of times they've died before). We just couldn't wait to see the said villains face caved in with an energy-blast. Meanwhile, in Fairy Tail, I could care less who dies, even less what ends up happening, and I"m just thrown off by the unbalance of the story/action ratio. Unlike the two anime I just mentioned, Fairy Tail provides too many scenes of long-winded action and excitement to get into the story and characters, and is bogged down too much by needless exposition, annoying character-interactions and overall cliches to really care about the action either. If you like the series, good for you, everyone has their own opinion. However, if you're wondering why some people don't (And I realize I'm in a minority here) I hope I gave insight read more