12 of 12 episodes seen
Cos this is one of the better slice-of-life series that I've watched. Well honestly, I've watched Acchi Kocchi too and I felt that the premise and setting was also quite similar in a way... but somehow GJ-Bu exudes a different feel, which explains why I completed GJ-Bu but stopped Acchi Kocchi at ep 4 or 5.
Anyways, about this show, it is basically a club activity, and its interesting main and side characters. It's about slacking around, but what makes this so interesting? To me, the story only got a bit boring in a few moments of this series, since it treads on quite a narrow storyline (about a club activity and some relations). To be honest, I've never read the manga but I suspect it is a 4-koma since it seems to be quite episodic. This series isn't really comedy, but has quite a lot of funny parts. More importantly, it has some warm and fuzzy moments, kinda reminded me of Hobbes when I watch Mao or Kirara lol.
Anyways, in short, this is a show for people who like slice-of-life anime. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
Well, to be honest, the story isn't all that amazing for a fighting/adventure type shounen anime, but after all I don't think Busou Renkin's focus is there only. This anime seems to have quite a fair bit of drama, depressing tones and reality behind it. The anime from start to finish had a good going of emotional scenes which captivated me to watch this series in a few days, despite my busy schedule. Anyways, the way Kazuki changed the people and environment around him was excellently scripted, in my opinion. This is one of the best fighting/adventure animes I've watched, with regard to the amount of fighting and emotional scenes balanced. And for me, there are no story "holes".
The colour is quite dull and lacklustre, but all the action scenes all quite well done.
Good, especially the bgm played during emotional scenes.
Arguably the best "selfless character" I've seen been constant, from start to finish. There were a lot of times I knew which character would make which action, highlighting how stable all the characters are, in the sense that their personalities would not change unless for a very strong reason showed in the anime.
Need I say more?
Well, this anime is very good in my opinion, but more for drama and character wise. However, more scenes could be dedicated to some of the main characters' past and possibly more into family and school life, instead of mostly just battle scenes. Character development could be more emphasised to increase the depth of the characters.
52 of 52 chapters read
I think this might be one of the weirdest but yet most normal stories I've ever seen. A puppet girl and later on a puppet guy doing normal stuff, making friends and doing normal people stuff. It reeks of sheer creativity and originality, yet comprises of ordinary stuff, and that creates a unique story.
In short, this is about a puppet's high school life, mainly her first year, who is controlled by an old man (all hail the old man!!).
Details are there, sometimes the funny aspects of the manga are also portrayed through the art. Nice art style, stable drawings (no issue of eyes too big/small or other features drawn wrongly).
Excellent cast. When the characters were introduced, their personalities and character traits were vividly shown and expressed, and were stable for most of the manga (one exception was the "bottom to top" chapter).
Character Development: Subpar
Unfortunately, to the end of the manga, if you ask me what have I known more about the MAIN characters (by this I exclude Sakura, the 2 teachers and Ageha) since they were introduced, I can largely tell you not much has changed. The manga seems to evolve more about events than the main characters' lives and the understanding of them.
One of the best unique comedy you can find in the market probably. The comedy style is excellent, with touching moments, and finally exciting scenes which are hardly predictable.
Overall: Must Read -
Excellent storyline and comedy about the slice-of-life etc. events of Sumire and the people around her.
Only downside is character development. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
Story: Like a hentai, there's near no storyline.
Art: The art is quite bad compared to the original series, I can see quite a number of 2D drawings. But the coloring is good, for the most part.
Sound: Sound was ok, the best part of this ova imo is the ED. The OP doesn't fit in the progression in this OVA. Voice acting was ok for the most part, but the narrator at the front sounds a bit strange. I thought it would be the main male lead's (normal) voice.
Character: For the most part, they stayed true to their original character traits. But aside from that, the guys were portrayed to be more "ecchi" than normal.
Enjoyment: Well, the only part I liked was at the end , smth abt the zombie head. The rest of the ova? Might as well make a hentai =.=.
Overall: This is an ecchi ova from a horror-ecchi-etc. anime, just cancel out the horror. What to say?
1 of 1 chapters read
All of the series/one-shots he wrote have one very similar characteristic: changing one's real/perceived destiny.
This trait can especially be seen in Koi no Kami-sama, where they guy defies "impossible challenges" for the other girl. This one-shot also reminds me vividly of his cancelled series "Double Arts", where there are unique characters (Tsuchibe's grandma), and where the main guy and girl must not get away from each other or disaster will happen.
Well, as for the story it is a bit predictable and the very end was a bit weak. However, the comedy and inspiration this one-shot gives is commendable. read more
11 of 18 chapters read
This has got to be one of the funniest/weird manga series (that altogether becomes unique) I have seen.
Well it's pretty simple. A puppet Sumire comes into school one day and over the days inspires different people. At the end of near every chapter there's a "what happened to them in the future". So, after every chapter, we usually see Sumire back at square one in school, and the previous chapter character gone. Which is like Amagami SS anime arcs.
Not much development really, but we could see Sumire's strengths and weaknesses (partly cos of the guy controlling her lol)
Well I enjoyed this partially cos it reminded me of Yuria 100 Shiki, where a lot of the expressions made by people shocked with Sumire and her abilities amused me. It would have been better if more was shed on the puppet master though.
It's a good read, pure comedy, near no fan-service other than occasional panty shots but that's about it. A near no-nonsense comedy manga.
[Added after reading to chapter 11 of Sumire 17 and all 52 chapters of Sumire 16]
I just realised that there is an error with the relations. Sumire 17 was published in 2005 while Sumire 16 was in 2006. Thus, Sumire 17 should not be a sequel. In any case, Sumire 16 seems to be better than Sumire 17.
13 of 13 episodes seen
Firstly, I would like to say that this review is not for every1, not because there are extremely graphic scenes, but rather cos many of the jokes inside require certain "special knowledge". I had some problems understanding certain jokes too, but I certainly enjoyed it, cos of the execution of the script and certain background sounds during the scenes.
This is basically a gag series, specialising in sexual and sarcastic jokes. The sarcastic jokes are mainly targeted at Suzu though. Other than that are feelings of harmony between the Seitokai members and some undertones of love.
I remembered that the first ep was a little hard to take as the presentation style was rather unique, compared to other 4-koma adaptations I've seen. But from ep 2, somehow the 'intervals' didn't bother me much anymore. But till the end of the show I still dun get the purpose of many of the 'intervals' inserted between scenes within an episode.
And yeah, most of the content inside are sexual parodies or puns, so if you're not into that kind of thing this series might be offensive or alien to you. Whatever it is, it's best to take some scenes with a pinch of salt, and pls dun flame this show if you dun like it.
Average. There weren't much scenes to flaunt animation skills since most of the scenes were rather dialogue-based.
Voice acting was quite good, esp for Tsuda and Shino. Background music was quite good too, and OP and ED was good, but I prefer OP.
Characters were ok, not too unique. Suzu in particular reminds me of the small girl in Working!, and Tsuda the straight guy, similar to Takanashi in Working!.
Shino reminds me of Medaka in Medaka Box, but to a less extreme extent.
Character development was present, though in small doses each time. For example, we could see feelings being developed, and greater harmony between the SYD members. Also, some personalities were developed in certain scenes.
Well it's good and reminds me a lot of B Gata H Kei. Ecchi-comedy at its best in sexual puns, for this series. Other stuff in this series is also not bad, like the stalker photographer etc.
IMO, the best anime in summer 2010 season. Need I say more? :D
3 of 3 episodes seen
Well basically a mahou shoujo + power rangers villains, where there's an evil faction creating tons of monsters and the mahou shojo saves the day.
Cliched lines about saving the world. Check.
Mahou shojo standard clothes. Check.
Transformation scene. Check.
Unfortunately, there's no wand ):. Lol, but there's a sword.
The story gets quite interesting from ep 2 onwards, but I didn't like some parts of it. The H scenes, the size of "smth" in ep 2 are a little ==.
Well I can't say that the colors used were very good, seemed like quite an old film. Well it was made in 2002 to 2003 so I wouldn't blame them. Otherwise, the animation (especially the action scenes) were so good I would say some parts are better than a certain ??? Tail anime.
Art was rather consistent in the whole series, but I didn't like the size of a certain something of a villain (erh hem).
OP and ED was great, most background sounds, bgm and voice acting was superb. But, in some scenes, it would have been better to put in some bgm but there wasn't, so it was a bit too mono.
Seemed like one villain was put into the picture but had no role whatsoever... but the villains as a whole reminded me very much of a certain Japanese show which is similar to Power Rangers and starts with R.
Some characters were a bit "who are they?" for me though. Maybe cos I skipped some scenes.
Well it's still ok, I like how there are many adversaries for the main protagonists to overcome during the progress of the show. And the main villain is actually a villain. Lol. But some H scenes were a bit unenjoyable.
You should catch this if you like mahou shojo stuff, or action, adventure,romance etc.
P.S.: There is a shift in direction from a bit of mystery about the main characters' past to pure fighting segments and the progress of a relationship in ep 3, so some things were unresolved. But the ending sorta covered for that part :). read more
1 of 1 chapters read
This story is basically about a case of conjoined twins, but unlike the normal kind where both grow healthily, this manga gives us a cold hard stare on looks vs ability. Discrimination ensues, but eventually a twist occurs and an interesting ending happens.
Art was alright, this doesn't seem like Japanese art, rather it's nearer to western.
Well, since this manga is so short, read it yourself :D. The first 9 pages are a gallery of the mangaka.
P.S.: A slight complaint about the manga's title. Demi-god is a bit strange... well this may be a metaphor but it may mislead certain readers. This manga is definitely not a supernatural, fantasy or sci-fi one. It's very close to human nature.
Edit: Changed score from 9 to 8. Realised that it's a bit too short to be a complete brilliant story. read more
4 of 5 chapters read
"Ignoring the tame nature of Suihei Kiki's debut work "Mahou Shoujo Rukana", Suihei's "Mika ni Harassment" short stories are extremely ecchi in nature for a manga serialised in a shounen magazine aimed towards children. Ecchi to the point that the compilation in March 2005 was jokingly advertised as Square-Enix's first adult manga." (Excerpt from http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=29097)
First of all, we could start counting how many H-manga references we can find in this series, especially the last one, "A Child's World". The first 3 featured mainly near full nudity and some S&M stuff but the last one was.... lol.
Made up of mainly ecchi.
To be honest, I dun see how I can comment on the story part without including spoilers.
But note this... the story was "exciting" for all 4 chapters. That is, if you are ok with near adult stuff.
Art: Well art was pretty good actually, but some parts were a little messy. Otherwise, detail is there.
For stories 1,2 and 4, we have 2-3 main characters, the victim, the childhood friend (boy) and the crazy scientist sister (somehow the sister reminds me of the one in Ichinensei ni Nacchattara). Well, not much other than that.
In story 3 we have also 3 separate main characters... not much character development either.
Seriously, I was ok with the first 3 stories but the 4th was.... quite distasteful. It featured mild netrorare. The ecchi was overbearing but the story was near nothing. In each of the stories there's usually a mini-plot but well, they are not very good either.
If you can tolerate near adult references and ecchi that is near to the point of full nudity, feel free to try this series.
Although this is from Square Enix, and is supposed to be a "children's magazine", I really do not recommend it for any1 who want a trauma-free childhood. Lol. read more