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The story revolves around Arashi, a sumo wrestler who is traveling around the world gaining skills through the people he meets to obtain his ultimate goal, to be the grand sumo champion. In every episode Arashi is a new country/area of the world. The series starts off shaky in the United States, but soon becomes more stable as Arashi continues to travel.
The people Arashi meets are a very colorful bunch whom he learns many skills from, such as sumo wrestling moves and morals. Some of the characters are just portrayed downright silly, particularly the black people. They're designed in the stereotypical fashion, you know, giant afros and lips. This kind of blatant stereotype doesn't carry over into all races of the characters, which is a good thing. Because in all honestly, it is a little awkward watching some of the first episodes that take place in the US.
The animation is very simple flash animation, most of which are solid colors and thick lines. Personally, I feel that it still looks nice and fits in well with the quirky story. But I'm sure it will very easily turn most people off of the series.
As far as sound goes, the voice acting is done well for Arashi and the music is enjoyable. The voice acting for other characters of the series varies, as some of it is purposely done bad to be funny. It's obvious when they do this with the characters so it doesn't really detract from the overall appeal of the voice acting.
Despite the fact that the story is obvious, it IS intended for a younger audience. This doesn't mean that an older audience can't enjoy it though. Overall I really enjoyed this series and urge other people to give it a try. The entire series is only going to take up under 5 hours of your life. And just trying it will only waste 5 minutes of your time. The series is actually easy to find as well, so there's no reason not to give it a whirl.
7 of 7 episodes seen
There really isn't a main plot, each episode is it's own little short story and most of them are quite funny, even though they have no voice acting, just music and text of what the characters are supposed to be saying.... Most of it's curse words....
Catman has a unique look comprised of the use of real photographs for much of the background and vectored art for anything moving, it's eye catching looks great though it may not be in everyone's taste.
The music is just frickin amazing, I think the music in this anime definitely goes up into my favorites of all time. I'm not sure what you'd call it but I suppose some of it might fall into the category of Jazz. It fits very well in with the events taking place throughout each episode.
The man of cats himself....is an idiot, in the best way possible. Let's just say anyone that can shoot down THE SUN is pretty awesome, or just pretty insane.
Overall I really enjoyed this series, it's just a short, interesting ride. I think it's worth anyone's time. (especially considering you can finish it in like under 30 minutes) Sorry I'm not more descriptive but it's such a short series that it's better to just watch it yourself. read more
6 of 6 chapters read
The stories mainly focus on two high school students, who are considered sociopaths. Suspense can be created when fear or interest is expressed in characters, when your characters are emotionless and careless you can't get excited over the events that are happening to them. This is a massive problem within the book, but really if the story was good enough it could have been made up for and even worked to the writers advantage.
Each chapter is mostly it's own individual story that revolves around the characters, usually coming across some kind of psychopath or murder. Realism creates suspense because you can relate to the events taking place. But of course, realism is no where in site which makes so many situations seem boring when they should be scary or at least creepy. If someone knew that you slaughtered people, would you just walk away with out a second thought trusting that the witness was screwed up enough not to tell? Yeah, didn't think so.
It's like there's no consequences to the characters actions within the story.
Another thing that contributes to this issue is how slow paced some parts can get.
I didn't enjoy much of the book, some parts are good but it's mostly just meh throughout. Sadly I do actually regret buying this because even though some of the chapters are written quite well, I just don't think the majority of the book is up to par. It's not a bad book but if you've been a fan of the horror genre for some time then you'll be disappointed to some extent.
Sorry I know I didn't say much good about Goth but the chapters that are good (the last three I believe) are basically the opposite of the problems mentioned above. read more
Feb 17, 2009(Manga) add
5 of ? chapters read
Four girls are told to log on to a site called Chain Mail and pick one of four characters they'd like to play the role of a story they will create together. Each posting the next part of the story according to their role. What ensues is an amazing story not only in the girls getaway Chain Mail but in their daily lives also.
Each girl has her own distinct personality and yet they all do share a common ground, they are tired of the real world, which makes Chain Mail the perfect escape for them, it is their own creation to do with as they please. But what happens if someone shift the power so it doesn't stand equal among them anymore?
The only real artwork is the cover of the book but the vector art in my opinion is pretty nice and fits the book well.
This is an amazing novel, I've read hundreds of mystery/crime books but this is by far one of the best. Once I had it in my hands there was no stopping me from putting it down. There are suspenseful plot twists and at the ending quite a surprise.
I'd recommend this to anyone, I just bought it out of curiosity and I can say that I will definitely be reading it again. read more