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11 of 12 episodes seen
Just to give you the reader a hint of how popular this 2nd season of "Boku" is...
Just earlier today (at the time of writing), at a certain anime streaming site. In less than 24 hours since the subbed version was uploaded to the site. Episode 11 received more than 100 fan comments on the page, AND almost 200,000 views, all in LESS THAN 24 hours from 1 SINGLE anime streaming site.
That is simply the most number of views I had ever seen happen on an anime that quickly. For the haters of harem comedy, I really hope they can check this vastly popular anime out.
"Next" is the 2nd season of the "Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai" anime series, not only is it way better than the 1st season, it is the BEST harem anime I have seen to date. Story continues from the first season as Kodaka carries on the day to day adventures with his friends from the neighbour's club in school. However through brillant writing and character development every single day of the neighbour's club is a absolute riot to watch. You'll always be laughing and giggling at the characters conversations, happenings and adventures.
A HUGE charm factor of this anime has to be the female cast, especially in this 2nd season. Not only is there a new addition of a charming sister in Kate. The hairstyle changes to two characters, Yozora and Rika. As well as constant costume changes to Yozora, Rika and Yukimura, bring out so much appeal and "moe" to the screen that it is almost impossible not to get dumbstruck each time one of their new "looks" debuts on screen.
Part of the charm of the female cast this season also came from the deeper connections that the male lead (Kodaka) develops with the girls. Like in any harem anime, the girls start to discover that they love the main guy character. And since the guy is trying to be oblivious to their feelings, each of the girls try to appeal to him with cuter outfits and more feminine gestures to get his attention. You get shy wayward glances, tsundere type embarassed denials, extended eye contact with puppy eyes, everything that can make a guy gulp and hold his breath in his throat. So much romantic tension builds up throughout this anime that even his own younger sister gets swept up into the flow.
Part of the "moeness" of this anime comes from the amazing animation work done on the female characters. The new costumes, hairstyle and colours look absolutely stunning on the girls. With the standout example being Rika, changing into yet another breathtaking look almost every episode.
What are you waiting for? "Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT" is a masterpiece of a harem anime that cannot be missed. Millions of viewers around the internet are waiting eagerly every week to catch the latest subbed version of this anime. Saying this anime is simply popular would be a HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT. I highly doubt there will be many viewers who remain not entertained after watching all 12 episodes of this anime :) read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
For anyone who isn't familiar with the name "Starship Troopers" should really do a wikipedia search. The first Starship Troopers movie was a really well made blockbuster sci fiction movie. It catapulted the franchise, as well as actor Casper Van Dien into fame, as the famous "Johnny Rico".
After 2 horrible low budget sequels (Starship Troopers 2 & 3), I am sure almost everyone had extremely low, or zero expectations, when they heard another Starship Troopers movie was being made.
Original Star Actor, now turned Producer, Casper Van Dien did say in an earlier interview that he wanted "Starship Troopers" to return to its first movie's roots. I'll say it jolly well did.....
Carmen's ship got taken over by Carl Jenkins, Carl goes missing in space with it. Carmen finds it back and boards it with a new group of mobile infantry to investigate, simple sci fi opening.
The story is small in scale compared to the original first movie. And I can tell it got some inspiration from a certain game called "Dead Space". But what REALLY makes this work was because producer Casper Van Dien, and the scriptwriters, brought back many of the nuances that made the original first movie a classic. The script and execution are great examples of sci-fi action/survivor horror done right.
For an 3D animated movie the quality and detail of the artwork is really high. The guns, new mobile infantry armor, backdrops and characters are well designed with high attention to detail. Japanese Animation's high standards really shines through here.
Great sound and music really contributes to this action/survivor horror sci fi movie. Silence is used greatly as a tension builder. Then adrenaline pumping hollywood music is used when the troopers and bugs start fighting and dying by the second.
All the new characters are great add-ons to this movie. Each of them have unique personalities. Some time was spent on the character development of the cast members, but not so much that the movie feels dragged out. This all helps the audience to root for the survival of every member of the crew when all the horrific fighting and dying starts.
Enjoyment & Overall (9/10)
I absolutely enjoyed this animated movie. It really retained all the elements that made the first starship troopers movie so great. Great characters, glorious hollywood shooting action, quick character deaths that shock the viewers, and the tension of never knowing whats going to happen next.
They also made sure to include scenes of self sacrificing troopers, trying to buy their allies precious seconds to run away or complete the mission. These scenes of honorable self sacrifice are iconic of the first "Starship Troopers" movie.
This animated movie is a great fusion of east and west. Hollywood blockbuster's great storytelling, along with Japanese Animation's great dedication to graphics and art.
In summary if you have watched, and liked, the first "Starship Troopers" movie, you HAVE to watch this animated movie. Forget about the abysmal starship troopers 2 and 3 movies. This animated movie is the TRUE sequel to "Starship Troopers" read more
Feb 14, 2013Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited - Hyoubu Kyou... (Anime) add
8 of 12 episodes seen
"Hyoubu Kyousuke is just freaking cool"
I'm very surprised, at the lack of reviews for this anime avaliable at myanimelist.net. Since this is a pretty good show, evidenced by the average high score by the reviews at myanimelist.net
Maybe viewers avoided this show due to the name "Zettai Karen Children". An anime with a more kiddy style, aiming for a lower age group. From what I have seen from "Zettai" (which isn't much to be honest). "The Unlimited" could almost be a separate anime itself, Art style, Pacing, Character Design and Music are all different. Maybe the action sequences are similar in that the battles are really well animated and fluid.
The story revolves around 2 protaganists "Hyoubu Kyousuke" and undercover investigator "Andy Hinomiya". Hyoubu Kyousuke seems to be a major villain from the "Zettai Karen Children" anime, and seems his popularity was so high, he now has his own anime series!
Story's pacing is well done, introducing the massive personality that is Hyoubu and then slowly showing us more and more of this villain's life. Stories written around villains are very very rare, this is one of those that probably depicts a tragic hero turned villain.
The art style in "The Unlimited" is widely different from the more kiddy "Zettai Karen Children". The tones, colour and style is much darker and moodier, very fitting as Hyoubu and his organisation commits mass murder and destruction.... The emphasis was on the "Cool" factor of the characters and the battle scenes.
Voice acting is superb, Hyoubu really sounds like the cool, powerful, confident villain that he is. The voice acting of all the P.A.N.D.R.A terrorist members are well done too. Everyone of them sounds cool and composed, butchering tens and hundreds of enemies like its just another day in the office. Andy Hinomiya sounds exactly like a unconfident, but heroic self sacrificing investigator, and Yugiri sounds like a pure loli trap.
Like my opening statement said, "Hyoubu Kyousuke" is so cool, that I think he is the coolest anime character I have ever seen.
" Hyoubu sits relaxed in his chair, calm and uncaring, eyes half closed with a half smile on his lips. He lazily snaps his fingers, and suddenly everything and everyone around him blows up in a vortex of psychic powers.... At the end of it all, Hyoubu still sits, eyes half closed with a half smile on his lips, untouched......"
The above scene personifies Hyoubu and this anime, dangerous, cool and confident of his powers. Hyoubu could probably dominate many girls' wet dreams, his aura of danger, confidence, and intelligence combined is massively alluring. He also shows compassion and humanity, adding to his dark charm and charisma that just oozes from the screen.
Andy Hinomiya is the exact counterpart of Hyoubu. Unsure of his enemy,but noble and self sacrificing. Self sacrificing enough to go undercover into a terrorist organisation of mind reading psychics who can kill you with a snap of their fingers.
Andy's character design is slightly weak in my opinion, maybe he will feature more in the later stages. However Andy's lack of confidence and flaws work to emphasize Hyoubu Kyousuke's coolness.
Overall a highly enjoyable action anime. It is rare to see animes with murdering villains as their protagonist, and "The Unliimited" pulls this off perfectly. From the lack of reviews my guess is that due to the Zettai Karen Children label, viewers aren't even checking out episode 1. I highly recommend action anime fans to check this out. This anime is cool, action heavy with fluid battle scenes. Viewers don't need to have watched "Zettai Karen Children" to enjoy this anime.
This anime could be the sleeper hit among the spring 2013 anime season releases.
Being bad now seems oh so cool......
11 of 12 episodes seen
For viewers who have not watched the original "Saki", I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but however since you are already watching a sequel, the viewer will obviously know some spoilers for the original.
As the girls of Kiyosumi High battle their way through the national mahjong tournament. A small group of friends of the moe, popular side character Hanamura Nodoka saw Nodoka winning the middle school championship on television. They got motivated to revive their childhood mahjong club in hopes of someday meeting and playing again with Nodoka. Hence starting the Achiga Girls' High School Mahjong Club, and aims for the national championships as well.
For viewers who have not watched or finished the original "Saki". Since there were so many participating schools, the national tournament groups were split into two. Kiyosumi High drew the brackets for "side B" of the tournament group, and the story of the Achiga Girls tells the story and battles that were occuring through "side A" (hence the title)
I am going to draw some comparisons to my earlier review of the original "Saki" anime, which you can check out here:
Most of the good points from the original anime were carried into this side story/sequel. First is the introduction of a huge cast of characters. Each equipped with fully distinct colourful looks and personality. So much so that you will never notice that the story surprisingly does not have a main character. Since every single character is so interesting in this anime, there wasn't a need for a main character to carry the story.
Second is that the anime dedicates a huge amount of time to developing the stories of its side characters, even the opponents that the Achiga girls face. So much so that you even feel sorry for the opponents when they lose to the heroines.
The anime is dedicated to creating an emotional bond between the viewers and all its characters. Even if the opponents initially appear cold and ruthless in their attempted destruction of the Achiga Girls tournament hopes, in the following episode you will see the emotional story from the opponent's viewpoint. Seeing that in the end, every one of them are just sweet high school girls who fight hard to keep the hopes and dreams of their precious teammates and friends alive. Every single girl has deep emotional bonds with their supporting family and friends, and doesn't want to let them down, which creates a valid reason for them to fight so hard.
In my opinion this is the greatest appeal of this anime, all those moments which make you feel "awww.... she's just such a sweet girl....". So much so that you actually feel really sad when the girls lose their tournament matches and breaks down crying, as they get overcome with emotion from letting their precious friends and family down.
The third plus point is in the "special moves". Ever since the days of Dragonball Z and their super saiyans, good shonen anime has always followed the example of exaggerating their special or finishing moves with added animation and silly over-the-top names. It continues to work in this anime. With the new characters come new special moves, with the highlight being that you get to see Saki's undefeatable sister, the last boss Miyanaga Teru, in action.
The sequel also does well to remove what I consider to be a slightly negative part of the original "Saki". Lesbian, aka "yuri" themes resound strongly in the original "Saki". Even though there no hentai girl on girl scenes, I do feel that the lesbianism in the original went overboard and this sequel tones that part down considerably. Making the viewing experience more smooth and enjoyable, as you don't get sudden, uncomfortable lesbian moments interrupting the development of the emotional character backstory, and makes the anime more acceptable by the mainstream viewing audience.
In summary, Saki: Achiga-hen is a enjoyable anime, especially if you have watched the original. A huge cast of varied, adorable and sincere high school girls trying their best. The shonen-esque animations and special moves. The emotional connections you feel for these girls, as they battle their hearts out on the mahjong table, will keep you waiting eagerly for every next episode.
25 of 25 episodes seen
I am going to state upfront this anime is for mahjong fans and players. As basic understanding of mahjong rules and play is required to understand most of the plays in the game.
Saki is an anime named after its main character, Miyanaga "Saki", a normal high school girl in a rural area of the Nagano Prefecture in Japan. Saki is a girl who detests playing mahjong, because she gets scolded at home whenever she either wins or loses, and has hence developed a style of always playing just to break even. Not winning or losing a single point or dollar, regardless of opponent skill and number of games. For anyone who understands basic mahjong, they would realise to make this happen in reality, the player has to be extremely skilled in:
1) reading her 3 opponents concealed hands/tiles
2) be able to read and control the flow of the game
3) have excellent arithmetric skills to calculate the point differential and the exact tiles, play needed to break even
4) be able to predict which tiles are being drawn next
5) and to have inhuman luck to execute the plays and draw the required tiles
in summary, Saki is a mahjong genius!
However, through a set of coincidences and making friends with her school's mahjong club members, she rediscovered the joy of winning in mahjong and decides to join them in aiming for the japanese national high school mahjong championship
The story of "Saki" is very sports-shonen style. Main character has undiscovered talent in the particular sport/game, finds common minded friends in his school, and they aim to be national champions together. Even though the formula is so tried and used, it works based on the fact that any boy or girl who has joined a school club for competitions can relate to the struggle and difficulty in winning a school competition, as the odds are like usually 1/1000 and you only have limited tries based on how many years you are in studying in the school. All these kids, or in my case, once-a-kid, can fantasize about how lucky they would be to have some gifted talent in their genre, and can dream of the joy of winning.
However a anime about a table game isn't particularly exciting, given the lack of action sequences. And how this anime pulls this off is through its amazing cast of characters. Saki has so many characters that its almost on the level of "one-piece", that the viewer would easily lose count of how many characters have appeared through the middle of the anime series.
The amazing thing about the characters is that each and every character appears unique, in terms of looks and personality. Every character has a unique look to them, whether its their hair, shape of their eyes, body shape. And each character has a special personality attached to them as well. Whether they are playful, careless, strict or just outright funny, its amazing and so awfully realistic that each and every single character has this uniqueness to them.
Another trick up its sleeve is in the special moves, and their respective animations, used by each key character. Key characters like the adorable, rabbit-like Amae Koromo has her "deep sea scooping moon" finishing move. Miyanaga Saki has her "Rinshan blossoming flowers" finisher. And the sexy, cute-moe Hanamura Nodoka has her digitial "Nodochii" mode transformation. These animations provide tension and excitement to the otherwise dull, intellectual plays in a table game like mahjong.
Add to the fact that the show keeps introducing stronger, unique opponents to challenge Saki and her clubmates for the national championship at every tournament round, and you have a anime series that is good enough to hook you in and keep you watching eagerly for every next episode.
Of course this show isn't completely without weakness, but in my opinion the weakness is due the simple fact that mahjong by itself isn't an exciting spectator sport in the first place, especially so if the viewer doesn't understand the general rules of mahjong.
In summary I feel Saki is a great anime to follow and entertains its viewers. The highlight of the show is definitely in its huge, varied, unique cast of characters (almost all cute, teenage girls). This is a show that any anime-viewing mahjong player cannot miss. I eagerly await its second season, but fans of the anime should continue to check out the side story series "Saki: Achiga-hen: Episode of Side A" to see the story that is being developed in the other national tournament rounds, which are omitted in the "Saki" main story.
8 of 25 episodes seen
Following this I will give a detailed breakdown of how I feel about the adaptation compared to the manga.
Story is exactly the same as the manga, only some minor details in the scenes are edited. The story of "Magi" is a story of grand adventure using a paraody of the characters and the background setting from the classic "Tales of the arabian nights" stories. Most people would be famililar with names such as "Aladdin and the magic lamp, Ali Baba and the forty thieves, Sinbad and the Tales of the seven seas"
Magic lamps, spells, flying magic carpets, djinns, deserts, bandits, adventure & danger... all the iconic objects and elements from "Tales of the arabian nights" make it into the story of "Magi".
My only gripe with this anime adaptation was that the emotional parts of the story from the manga does not have the same weight as they do in the anime. It could be due the fast pacing of the anime episodes.
The drama and emotional, dark, gritty background stories on each the characters was part of what made the plot of manga "Magi" so attractive. The characters are flawed and almost everyone has a bit of dark history, the history makes the actions of each character believable and the reader/viewer can relate and understand the motivations of each character.
However in the anime the scenes which deplict their histories seem to be rushed and this reduces the overall weight and effect of the emotional drama.
Bright colours in the anime are really well done and the characters are animated almost exactly as they were in the manga, in a bit of a childish, immature way. The colours really bring out the beauty of ancient arabian culture as if you would want to see them if you could travel back into time.
The childish character animations bring out part of the comedy aspect, the anime doesn't take itself too seriously, and this gives the viewer a nostalgic feeling of adventure & discovery that they had when they were less than 10 years old.
The voice actors for each of the characters fit the characters perfectly, except maybe for Aladdin. A voice actor with a more childish voice might have been a better match for Aladdin, but overall the current voice actor does a decent job.
The opening and especially the ending song really brings out the childlike sense of adventure that is invoked when a person gets involved watching "Magi".
Just listening to the childish voices singing the chorus of the ending song, watching scenes of Aladdin and gang travelling, being wowed visiting the different cultures all across the land, gives the viewer the feeling of grand adventure, innocent wide eyed amazement at discovering new cultures and seeing new lands. This bundle of positive feelings is really a good summary of what a viewer feels when watching "Magi" :)
Like I mentioned in the story review section, the characters are well thought out. Each character has a distinct personality, flaws and elaborate backstory with a little bit of darkness splashed in. This makes the characters believable, the motivations sound, and the audience can understand, relate and connect to the characters.
I only wished the anime could spend a little more time and effort and add more weight to the dark backstory sections (as compared to the manga). A first time anime viewer of "Magi" compared to the manga reader would probably not be as invested in the characters.
Pretty enjoyable anime overall as it conveys the beauty and sense of adventure from the manga version of "Magi" very well. So far whenever a new anime episode is subbed and released each week I have been eagerly watching and anticipating how the story from the manga is going to be adapted into anime.
A decent anime adaption of "Magi" from manga to anime. The songs, voice acting are almost a perfect fit for the characters. The anime remains very faithful to the story and filler free (thank goodness!). My only gripe is that they seem to breeze through the story at a pretty fast pace and don't spend enough time elaborating on the darker backstory sections of the characters. I would actually recommend reading the manga over watching the anime. And if a person wants to do both, read the manga first before watching the anime, enjoy! read more
2 of 12 episodes seen
The first thing we should expect to see should be ultra cool giant mecha robots fighting between each other with light sabre imitation swords and summoning guardian spirits to cast offensive magic with 1 minute long full screen special effects right? Yes! .... wait...... NOT!!
Like the synopsis wrote, this anime originated from a gag manga. "Gag" literally meaning jokes. Hence its supposed to be a simple comedy, which is supposed to be FUNNY. For "Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou", "SUPER DUPER #$&%ING FUNNY!!!!!" is where this anime truly shines.
The story is centered around 3 normal young boys studying in an normal all-boys only high school. Having normal friends, going about their normal everyday lives. This statement is entirely true to every word. However the fun and enjoyment that comes from watching them is NOT NORMAL!
These 3 young boys have questions about life like any normal high school teenage boy would, but the events that happen to them as they try to find out the answers are ROFL funny! Like how an innocent question about skirts can lead to them cross-dressing with the stolen underwear from one of the friend's violent younger sister!
Even though I am a fan of comedy + slice of life anime (eg: "Lucky Star", "Minami-Ke") and have watched at least 1 to 2 of such gag animes. This series' jokes are the funniest I have ever seen. Every 20 minute session of watching an episode had me ROFL(Roll On Floor Laughing) till I was cramping, out of breath and close to hyperventilating. Once I had a drink of water while I was in the middle of watching episode 2, and it resulted in me having to press my hand tightly to my mouth for a full 5 mins to prevent the water from spurtling all over my precious dual screens and mechanical keyboard, because I was trying to prevent myself from laughing.
Here are my breakdown for the individual categories:
Story? What story?? As like most gag comedy anime in japan, there isn't a serious linear plot. For good reason, a serious, linear, sensible plot just isn't funny! The things and events that contribute to the story are totally random events happening to the ragtag cast of characters. And hell does it WORK! The lack of story just makes the jokes unpredictable and funnier.
Gag anime/manga usually has poor art. Mainly due to the fact that as long as the jokes are funny, the manga artist didn't need to put a lot of effort in the art to make the manga sell. The art is acceptable as a gag anime at best. Characters usually have the simple SD (super deformed) feel to them, especially during the funnier moments. And the backgrounds are simple, the colour scheme elementary as well. However I am not complaining as the lack of art didn't kill my enjoyment at all.
Nothing special about sounds. Plus points would be that the characters and emotions are wonderfully voice acted. The funnier conversations and jabs with their highs and lows in emotions are all wonderfully paced and delivered by the voice actors.
A ragtag cast of normal teenagers who just wanna have fun and their equally crazy relatives and friends. The characters all appear normal at first impression until the jokes and gags start to kick in. Each character has their own personality and quirks which is very very obvious in the anime, and none of the characters are dull or flat, which is a great achievement for a comedy.
Truly truly a masterpiece in enjoyment. I have almost never seen a funnier comedy in my life. Just watch an episode and laugh almost continously for 20 minutes. Jokes are original, funny and unpredictable. Cast is interesting, the parodies are fun and instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with japanese anime/game culture.
An overall score of 9 is very deserving of a work of such pure laughter and enjoyment. It didn't score 10 mainly because of the mediocre art. But the lack of art really does not hinder the entertainment you get from watching "Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou".
I just hope that as I watch future episodes the jokes stay original and funny and doesn't get the lame, unfunny feeling most gags start to feel when the author is starting to run dry of inspiration.
5 of 26 episodes seen
Like the synopsis said this is a psychological thriller, with murders, gore, sins and some demented killers.
However unlike most thrillers the story is extremely good, the characters are all very unique, each with deep, well developed personalities that are slowly revealed to the viewer as they watch more and more episodes of the series. Its a mechanic that makes shows very addictive to watch, just like how you want to spend more time with your date as they reveal more and more nuggets about their interesting personality.
Story 10 - Story is amazing, the first 5 to 10 minutes of the first episode was pretty typical, and it was deceiving (in a good way) because the story quickly ramped up and starts to deliver. Every time I watch an episode it delivers something new and unexpected, like a plot twist, or a revelation about the certain existing characters. And every time these plot twists had me wide eyed in pleasant surprise, thinking "Wow this is so cool!" or something like "OMG, holy S*&t! I didn't expect this!"
Art 8 - Art is decent i guess, the action sequences are well done, but pale in comparison to this season's "Guilty Crown" for action. Overall art is 8 as I compared it with last season's artistic masterpiece "Hanasaku Iroha" , which the art was so good for a weekly anime series that I believed it set a new benchmark for artistic quality in weekly anime.
Sound 8 - The music (OP and ED) are decent, they wisely avoided sound during some of the intense, dark & scary moments where they let the suspense and fear build up in the viewers.
Characters 10 - Characters are fantastic, awesome for an anime (or manga). Each and every starring character had unique personalities that are uncommon to the typical person. I am only at episode 5 of the anime and I have never seen such a demented and crazy cast. Only the main character Yukiteru-Kun seems the most normal, but even he has his fears and complexes that makes him withdrawn. The best thing about the characters is that the story only reveals small nuggets of their personality and motive every now and then as you keep watching the series. This means that the uniqueness and most likely, the demented craziness of each character drives the storyline further and further as each character's motives are revealed.
Best thing is that most of the time you don't expect the revelations made about these characters, giving you a "wow" moment and surprises you with a plot twist.
An yea, many reviewers give props to "Yuno" the other main character of "Mirai Nikki". And I agree, a pretty girl who has a hidden killer personality, stalks the lousiest loser in school like the most diligent killers in slasher movies, and hacks and slashes everyone else with a handaxe. How cool is she! She stays a mystery and keeps viewers wanting to see more and more of her real motives, personality and her backstory.
Enjoyment 9 - I would give this a 9.5 if they allowed it in the ratings system. After watching 1 episode of "Mirai Nikki" at a random anime livestream channel it drove me to find and watch all the other existing episodes and wait fervently for the release of the latest ones. Only thing is that I probably can't have a good appetite while eating and watching this anime, due to the gore :)
Overall 9 - Again I would give Overall a 9.5 rating if allowed, "Mirai Nikki" has a great plot. A psychological thriller with gore is not your typical anime. Most of the time anime makers would turn away from such bloody twisted story for the fear of censorship and lack of young viewers. However "Mirai Nikki" is a great watch for anyone above 16. Everybody can enjoy the suspense of a good thriller and be hooked to the various character developments and plot twists. I would easily rate this anime as my choice for anime of the year 2011. Basically if you are even reading this review, find a way to watch the show by any means possible, yes it is that good, enjoy "Mirai Nikki" :) read more