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Sep 18, 2007
Lucky☆Star (Anime) add
101 of 201 people found this review helpful
 
What happens when you combine my favorite genre (Slice of Life) with my favorite studio (Kyoto Animation)? You get Lucky Star.

Story: Normally when I score story in a Slice of Life show, I do it based on all the episodic stories combined. But what happens when a show does not have that and is just pure life and is random with no coherent order/story. That is why I left the score a blank.

But I would still like to talk about the content. Lucky Star plays off its humor through normal everyday conversations. Talking about the most random things and finding humor out of it read more
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Jul 28, 2007
Byousoku 5 Centimeter (Anime) add
95 of 143 people found this review helpful
 
I watched this at AX earlier this month but didn't want to write a review till subs are out.

5 Centimeters per Second is Makoto Shinkai's latest work, and this one doesn't disappoint.

Story: Much like his other works, Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, the theme for this anime is "distance". Shinkai perhaps, have mastered story-telling of this theme. He crafted each episode so well with this theme that you can't help but be moved. Each episode uses the theme but each potrayed in a different way. The first episode being the physical distance between our characters. The read more
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Jun 26, 2007
Aria the Natural (Anime) add
126 of 217 people found this review helpful
 
This is the first time that I have ever felt an anime deserves full marks in all categories. Aria the Natural had everything I could want in an anime. Here's the breakdown...

Story: The reason why the plot is so good is that each episode has a unique story and it never gets tiring despite not having a running story. Neo-Venezia is a place meant to be explored and that is what we get thorugh the series as Akari and Co. meat new people and grow. Watching something like this is relaxig and just puts a smile on your face.

Animation: The world of Aria is absolutely read more
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119 of 161 people found this review helpful
 
Makoto Shinkai's first feature-lengthed work - The Place Promised in Our Early Days.

Story: Just like Voices in a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, this is a story about 2 people and their distances. Unlike Voices where their distance is that of time and space, Place Promised is about their distance across dimensions/dreams/reality. What I like about this concept is how well Shinkai presented it. Sayuri (our heroine) is physically in the world, but spiritually trapped in another. It is very touching to see Hiroki (our hero) search for Sayuri knowing that she is very close yet at the same time very far away read more
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48 of 79 people found this review helpful
 
Story: In a world where a being known as The Third rule the land, we have our heroine, Hanoka. Hanoka, as a Jack-of-all-Trades travels the desert land with her tank doing various jobs. Somewhere along the way, she meets a mysterious man named Ikus. We then get to see their travels together and the interaction with the people they meet along with The Third. During the travels we start to learn more about Hanoka and many of the other people they meet and the mystery behind Ikus starts to unravel.

Fairly simple concept, but the story telling is well done. It is as if you were read more
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Feb 17, 2007
Tokyo Godfathers (Anime) add
53 of 82 people found this review helpful
 
From the creator of Perfect Blue comes Tokyo Godfathers.

Story: This story is about 3 homeless people (a washed-up father/husband, a homo, and a runaway teen) during the Christmas Holidays. The story gets going when they find an abandoned baby at a dump site. Even though one of them wants to raise the baby himself, they knew that they couldn't, so they go on a search for the baby's parents. As this search goes on, they start to learn about each others past's and we see how it ties into the present.

While it may seem like a pretty straight forward concept, Kon Satoshi manages to fully read more
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Feb 6, 2007
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (Anime) add
143 of 232 people found this review helpful
 
Story: Very original concept. We have this so called god that gathers together an alien, time traveler, esper, and a "normal human" to form a club. But this "god" doesn't know that she has gathered all these strange people. And ironically enough, the purpose of the club is to find aliens, time travelers, and espers and have fun with them. The purpose of the club members is to keep this god entertained so that she won't destroy the world. What I like about this concept is that not only is it unique, it allow many possibilities in how the story is told. The author read more
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