25 of 25 episodes seen
My biggest problem with most romances I have seen is when two characters love each other on the very first episode... for seemingly no reason at all. You get no explanation of why they love each other nor do you see the feelings develop. The romance is basically just thrown in your face and the girl almost looks like she's fawning over some guy she thinks is hot or vice verse with a guy fawning over a hot girl.
Toradora, however, does not do this.
The series starts off rather light-hearted and enjoyable; in fact, there are even some jokes thrown in that I actually did laugh at. The two main characters - Ryuuji and Aisaka - both have a love interest and Ryuuji is friends with Aisaka's, while Aisaka is friends with his. Because of this, they decide to team up to win the affection of the ones they love. So overall it sounds like your typical romantic comedy, but as the series progresses you actually see the main romance in the series progress and you can actually understand why the two characters fall in love.
Later on in the series there was some pointless drama and there were a few other things I didn't like about the series, which prevents me from rating this series a 10. However, this series has a great story, great animation, and a lot of other things which make this story enjoyable, which makes me feel this series a 9/10. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
In my honest opinion this is more of a preview or a commercial than anything else. Scenes switch so fast without any explanation that it is next to impossible to tell what is happening unless you have watched the show like I have. In fact, it appears they squeezed the first 2 episodes into this 8 minute long ova. So if you think about it this is just pretty much an 8 minute long trailer.
So overall I rate this trailer a 3, simply because I feel this wasn't meant to be watched as anything other than a preview; if it was the actual anime adaptation I would have given it a 1. It does serve its purpose as a preview though and I'm sure if you were a Mirai Nikki fan before October 9, 2011 this might have been cool to see, but today it serves no real purpose. read more
25 of 25 chapters read
Once again I was impressed by Ultra Maniac. The manga had a lot of similarities to the anime, but it also had a lot of differences too. One of the first things you will probably notice if you had watched the anime first is that Nina no longer uses her mahou shoujo outfit, which I think is a good thing. There are also some characters that weren't in the anime and some characters in the anime just did not appear at all. But like the anime, this series has interesting plot twists, light hearted drama, great romantic moments, and many scenes will make you laugh.
When you first look at the summary you are probably going to think this is just your typical shoujo... and in many ways, it kind of is. Like with most shoujo's this is a romance aimed at women and it has relatively few action scenes. So if you only watch Bleach and stuff like that you probably won't like this. If you do like shoujo though, this shouldn't bother you.
So to put things bluntly, if you like romantic comedies with some light hearted drama you will probably love this series. In my opinion it was good from the start, but it started to get really good around chapter 5. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Story - 2
Pretty much, the story is terrible. A 2/10 may sound a bit harsh, but the only reason I didn't give it a 1/10 is because at least other people got some enjoyment out of it. The story is pretty much random mecha battles that are all practically the same and fan service. If you came here looking for a romance, then you will want to look elsewhere. If you want fanservice and enjoy any Yuri, even if it is obviously aimed at a teenage boy audience, then you might enjoy this.
Art - 9
While the series itself was pretty bad, I think the art was pretty good. It isn't enough to save this series, but I do enjoy looking at it. I'm not completely sure it is deserving of a 9, but that is what I'm giving it.
Character - 2
I guess the characters could be worse, but they are in general pretty bad. All the characters, including the main three, are just a bunch of stereotypes. None of the characters are unique in any way outside of their graphical design and some of the characters are downright annoying.
Soundtrack - 9
I'm a bit of a Kotoko fan, so maybe my opinion on this is a bit biased. Nonetheless, this series has one of my favorite soundtracks of all time and while I would suggest steering clear of the anime itself, I definitely think the soundtrack is worth checking out.
Ending - 5
Perhaps the only part of this series that seemed to have any thought put into it at all was the ending. I can't say it was good, but it wasn't as bad as the rest at least.
Enjoyment - 2
I enjoyed the soundtrack and the art wasn't bad to look at, and at least the ending was slightly interesting. Other than that this is one of the worst series I have ever seen. As I said if you are like me and enjoy romance rather than fanservice, steer clear of this series.
Overall I disliked this series. I could have just grabbed the soundtrack and maybe a few pretty wallpapers and gotten more out of it than I did by watching it. I give the series as a whole a 4, just because of the few redeeming qualities it does have. read more
64 of 64 episodes seen
Story - 10
Compared to the older anime adaptation and other series in general, this story is nothing short than amazing. It is one of few shows rated a 9+ on here that I don't feel was even a little bit overrated. Unlike most anime series it follows the manga, which is probably a good part of why it is so good. I know no anime is perfect and part of the reason I probably enjoyed it so much is because I wasn't expecting much, but from what I've seen this is as close to perfect as any series is going to get. It pretty much stays the same as the older anime up until around episode 13 or so, then it becomes completely different.
Art - 9
The art isn't perfect, but it is still pretty good. It definitely does not make the series any less enjoyable and I actually think it suits this series. While I can think of series with better art, I just can't imagine this series with a different style.
Character - 10
It isn't just the main characters that are interesting, all of them are. I'm not sure how to describe the characters other than that they only serve to make this series more enjoyable and there is plenty of character development.
Sound - 8
It has a pretty good soundtrack and the theme songs are enjoyable. There are a few songs I did not like, but Period by Chemistry has to be one of my favorite songs now. Like the art it is not perfect, but it is still pretty good and for the most part it fits into the series. This is probably a matter of opinion more so than anything else is.
Ending - 9
One problem I see with a lot of series, is that they have a bad ending. I'm not going to talk about what actually happened in the end, but while not perfect it is definitely a lot better than the older anime and most other series I have seen.
Enjoyment - 10
I thoroughly enjoyed this series. I wasn't enthusiastic about it when I first started watching it, but since watching this it has easily become my favorite anime of all time. This is probably the only series I might actually re-watch.
Overall this is one of the few series I would actually give a 10/10. You may look at the ratings and think this is overrated, but I think it has earned its high rating. It has been a long time since I finished this(roughly a year or two, I would say) and I am still impressed by this series. If you have watched the older anime and didn't like it, do not let that affect whether you watch this series or not - trust me, this is a LOT better than the older anime. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
This anime starts out looking like just another one of those harem anime’s, but as the story progresses you see it change from a harem anime into a psychological thriller. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni is one of few anime’s that are able to put you into the mind of a killer; in fact, you often cannot tell what is simply a delusion and what is really happening.
The story does not really have a main character; this is due to the story being told in arcs, each from a different characters point of view. However, the characters develop quite a lot in each arc, often seeming like a completely different person by the end of four episodes. Characters that seem useless at the beginning of this anime become more important as the story goes on.
This series is quite a bit like an unsolved murder case; as more evidence, in other words, information, is acquired, the mystery starts to make sense. For this reason, to fully enjoy Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, you must not strain yourself trying to figure out what is going on; as the story progresses everything will start to make sense. read more