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11 of 11 episodes seen
- Contains a highly suggestive (nay, canon), meaningful, and wonderfully crafted relationship between two men.
-There's no face to the bad side in this story.
- Convoluted storyline that tried to juggle a post apocalyptic false utopia and magical forest shenanigans in 11 episodes.
- Imbalance in character development. Some side characters are more fleshed out than main characters.
Well, that was a nice summation of what I'd like to discuss. Let me start with the bad stuff.
The storyline in this anime is horrendous. As soon as they start weaving in complications into the story, I threw in the towel. No.6 threw crisp, polished, and frightening social views and technological and historical progression at us, only to end this story on a note that contributes nothing to the original premise - Rather it's this glorified idea of unity and status and - goodness - the magic of the earth or some shit like that. It was hard to follow the amount of pure BS that was overflowing on my screen since episode 8/9. If you're someone who doesn't buy easily into sketchy plot twists, you would be turned off rather quickly.
Another BIG BAD THING, is that the anime sends a worrying and highly flawed message. When talked about, No.6 always comes off as this big and evil single entity that sucks from the earth to create a false positive. That, my friends, is wrong. No.6's GOVERNMENT is the one behind the lies and cruelty, not the whole city. The show often talks down to the city's citizens, whose biggest crime is essentially ignorance. They are innocent people who are at best lying to themselves about the state of the city, and at worst are utterly spoiled by its lies. Either way, their crimes are nothing to be vary of. Yet the show, when mentioning No.6 as a single evil entity includes its citizens in that description, essentially creating this philosophical idea about greed, which puts the citizens in an equally bad spot as the people running the city.
What then happens, is that deaths of innocent people are being glorified to support a flawed idea about greed, environment, and industrialization, and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. By giving a face to the city, a Big Bad (which existed in the manga, making it the superior version in more ways than one), I as the viewer would know where to point fingers, and the whole message would make more sense, if only to a certain point. Alas, that doesn't exist.
Final MEH thing, is Safu. Honestly, I don't know what's her point. I mean, she felt like she HAD a point, but it was never made. That was a big problem. Safu was written as an important, front-row character, yet we know more about her grandmother than we do about her. We know more about Inukashi that we know about her. She's left out to play a love interest yet is not a love interest like, at all, and in the end was the most useless scapegoat I have ever seen. Safu was an utter disappointment of a character, and I wish they either gave her a normal storyline, or didn't make a big thing out of her in the first place.
Now to the GOOD STUFF!
First off, no matter what anyone tells you, the relationship between Nezumi and Shion is hardly EVER fan service. I will take that to my grave, people.
Yes, the amount of times Nezumi and Shion share a cutesy moment together is a bit hard to count, since it's the main thing in focus. But, even so, every interaction has a meaning, it's what I love most about their relationship.
Every look and every touch and every moment, essentially, send a big message. It might be hard to see at first, but I assure you, if you watch it again you'll know what I mean. What is weaved between Nezumi and Shion is nothing I have ever seen in an anime. It's a friendship that surpasses all comfort zones and doesn't hold a candle to any generic idea of how they're supposed to be around each other. The amount of pure CARE that they project is heartbreaking, and is never cheap.
I will say this, though. Some scenes are drawn to look more superficially appealing than others. I believe the polishing and dreamy presentation of a certain dancing scene is a big example of that - but even with that 'shippy' feeling, the meaning is not lost. Nezumi and Shion share a complex bond weaved with doubt, love, and twisted dependency - it's a treat to watch.
I will repeat this again, none of this is FAN SERVICE. Fan service is when things are meant to look a certain way for no other reason than to appease the fans. Well made fan service will provide some character development along with it. No.6 provides intimate moments which are our main source of true understanding of the main characters. It couldn't have been done as well in any other way - we wouldn't have gotten such a good read on them have they only ever just... TALKED. So, not fan service.
FINAL WORDS would be... Well, this is worth your time, if only to end up in a weird laugh/sob situation because the finale is a shit-pile of emotions and bad messages. If you're someone who enjoys a fresh take on characters, you should love this. If you love this already, do yourself a favor and go read the manga and the novel. It'll make the experience much better, I promise. read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
The point I'm trying to make is this - this show is all about the dramatic. The overacting, 'camera' angles, the unseemly plot twists at the end. I don't know your life, but I can almost certainly guarantee that you will cry. Perhaps only once, and perhaps only a sniffle, but it'll happen.
Trust me on this.
The story itself is flashy, and developed enough for me to keep watching, even though it's not always justified - There's plenty of plot holes, and holes that were plugged in such a way that they would only make sense if you don't think about it - But it serves its' purpose. It's fun, it's engrossing, and it makes you care. Well, most of the time.
Some of the times you want to punch people in the face.
A lot of characters in this season are nothing more but half-assed plot devices, and they're lucky if they're at least that. You might not be bothered by it all that much, but I was. This anime is known for a very diverse set of side character, and only a small amount of them receives the time of day, and even fewer actually get something worthwhile. Most are reduced to nothing but weird comic relief or a last minute plot device, without so much a decent explanation or an apology for all my troubles. I can still weep at the complete waste of character potential that is Shirley. It will stick with me for a long time.
There is, of course, the action aspect of this series, which is fantastic. The battles of well choreographed, and some fights left me speechless on my couch for a few minutes before I recovered. If you appreciate mecha and action then you have no excuse not to give this franchise a go.
I won't touch up so much on art and sound because I like to assume everyone can see the art is very, very good, even if it has its' set of rough edges, so I will get right down to the conclusion.
This show is gorgeous. It's both visually and emotionally satisfying. It lacks a lot - too much, for me to give it a better rating, but it serves its purpose. It's filled with fan service galore, and is executed tastefully. The ending (of the Geass storyline, not Lelouch's) is mediocre at best, and is best consumed with your brain powered off. The actual ending of the anime, however, receives full points for making me weep into my pillow for about a week.
It's worth your time anyhow, but just don't expect it to be the masterpiece it had the potential to be during season 1.
70 of 70 episodes seen
Card Captor Sakura is a shoujo meant for a younger audience. Yes, that was meant to be painfully obvious, but I wanted put an emphasis on that, as it affects the way I rate a series. Now, let's get started, shall we. I will start with aesthetics and move on to plot structures.
Once again, I am rating the Bluray version, which is phenomenally different than the original release. Now, I'd like to mention that CCS went for a much simpler revision than, let's say, DBZ:Kai. They went over lines and fixed quality and coloring, mainly. The result is still amazing, as the colors are much clearer and much more radiant than before, which really gives a lot more to look at. the outlining in certain shots is slightly odd, but if you're unconcerned with minor details, it wouldn't bother you. Overall this show has always been outstanding in its' art and animation, because there was true effort put into it. After all, this is a show with a lot of 'heart' in it, in every single aspect.
This is rather biased of me, as I've been listening to the OP's and ED's since I was a child. They grew on me. But, it's very true that all of them are extraordinary is execution. They're all radically different and fun, and I never skipped an opening as I was watching the series. Now, to touch up on the soundtrack itself... Well, I can't say it's the best. In execution, it's actually rather weak. But all the music is distinctive and upbeat and actually genuinely fun, and I could never hate it, even if the track are rather simple.
Over the course of 70 episodes, the show develops very, very nicely. It is essentially divided into two arcs that have a rather different feel to them. The first one is more introductory, in a sense, and is arguably more filler-filled, although none of them are a waste of time. The second one starts to build on already established relationships and events and expands them into something more complex. The story almost never feels like it's being dragged out, and has good flow. The only reason I'm giving it an 8 is because I'm not a long-series fanatic and have a serious problem when episodes refuse to get to the point. If you're used to watching long shows unlike me, please. Consider this a 10.
The one true reason I think Card Captor Sakura is a masterpiece. The real 'magic' of this series isn't in the Clow Cards, but in the characters and the weaving relationships between all of them. Yes, it's a show that's know for more... risque relationships, but never does it shove any of it in your face. It's there if you care to look at it, and you should care if you want to fully enjoy this series, but no relationship here is off-putting. It's all subtle exchanges and romance and longing looks and build ups and character growth and - Really, this series is a gold mine for an amazing character cast.
This series is comparably long. Never does it feel necessarily long, but it is. And once in a while I find myself thinking "they could've done with one less card on this show", because some episodes seem a little too lukewarm to properly enjoy. If you're a fan of cute things, and shoujo, and romance, and day-to-day, you will enjoy this series thoroughly. If you're more like me, and are looking for something very compact and story-driven, you will have to power through some episodes.
I consider this a classic. Everyone, who considers themselves to be an avid fan, should watch this at least once in their life. I don't think there's a yes/no/maybe here. CCS Sakura sets an example (that was practically never followed correctly, I might add) of a good shoujo standard. CLAMP, as a whole, have always been amazing at creating interesting characters and weaving complex (or deliciously simple) relationships. Unless you're strictly against shoujo and need blood in your television, you probably will not enjoy it so much. Everyone else, should definitely give it a few go's. read more