12 of 12 episodes seen
The plot isn’t really a rocket science (even though it has hints of it, no, really). So, a genius that invented an infinite source of energy gets turned into a stuffed animal for mascot purposes just when weird creatures begun attacking the energy machine-thingy. So he sends his pre-teen granddaughter to fight them with cool effects and lots of ass in tight shorts, not by the mascot. Of course, she gets a colour matched (tight) dress with rockets and jets and a boomerang. ‘Cos they’re cool. Later she makes friends at school and gives them keys (the magical devices that turn them into mahou shoujo of science) as if they were manufactured. Why would anyone with a bit of sanity let a 12 year-old give out weapons of mass destruction in return for friendship is beyond me. But I guess stuffed animals aren’t made with a big brain. There’s also a mysterious girl that appears at the scene of attacks with not as much fanservice… I mean screen time. At first. She gets better. At both. Oh, and there are some yuri hints all over the place. That’s the plot. Intriguing, right?
Characters are as strong and unpredictable as the plot is. Every character is colour coded. Of course, Akane, the lead, stupid and naïve goody-two shoes is bright red. Her little sis (that serves as a hook for those that find pre-teens too old for their liking) is bright pink and looks like her copy. Blue, I mean Aoi (Oh, wait) is shy and cute goody-two shoes. Wakaba (green) is the goody-two shoes samurai (metaphorically speaking). Yellow, Himawari, is the goody-two shoes hikkikomori with stunning beauty and the last but not least; Kuroki , black as her name hints, the goody-two shoes mysterious girl. Pick your goody-two shoes… I mean colour… I mean character and you stick with it until the end because that’s as far as they go. Preferred fanservice doesn’t really matter because all of them get the same over and over. What can you expect when their school uniforms look like they were designed by a paedophile?
Don’t worry, fanservice isn’t the only thing this show is good at. Art is one of the points when the anime shines the most. But, really, have you seen the art? Those colours should be used for traffic lights in bad weather. Still, the character design is really amazing and fits the show perfectly (even the clothes design, those ass shots would be awkward with baggy jeans). I really liked it. It’s fresh, lively and sweet while it didn’t give me diabetes. So, it’s the good kind of sweet. Like a semi-dark chocolate. I don’t care if you like it or not, it’s chocolate!
All in all, this was an entertaining ride that I’ll forget I have ever watched in a week or so. The most memorable thing about this is the fanservice that makes me wonder if the animators ever felt awkward while working on this. Second most memorable thing would be the character design, which I really liked and the vivid colours. There’s really not as much fanservice as I keep implying. There’s more! So, before you start watching this make sure it won’t make you feel weird. And don’t watch it with you parents. Just don’t. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
Probably the first thing any Digimon fan is going to notice is the lack of human characters and complete focus on the Digimon and the Digital World. This is further emphasised by using CGI for animation. This setting will either chase Digimon fans away or pull them in depending on whether they watched Digimon series for human characters or for the world itself. I was really happy when I found out that this was only about Digimon because it’s something that hadn’t been explored before.
Like I wrote before, the story is completely set in the Digital World. However, the Digital World is close to destruction. The main problem is that it got overpopulated as thus the host computer, Yggdrasil, decided to let only the chosen few live. The Royal Knights, protectors of Yggdrasil and the strongest Digimon in existence, are to execute that task. So begins the hunt of Digimon by Digimon and complete chaos ensues. The film doesn’t even try to go lightly about it and the ugliness of strong fighting the weakest is fully shown. In comes our lead, Dorumon, that doesn’t remember anything and his goal is both finding his purpose and surviving. However, soon its discovered that Yggdrasil’s plan isn’t exactly the same as he told his Royal Knights and they face a difficult decision, to stay by their master and watch the death of many Digimon or to protect those, that are helpless and oppose the one they swore their loyalty to.
We are watching the growth of Dorumon, not only evolution wise but also nature wise and maturity wise. While not being exactly an action anime lead, Dorumon is rather weak and helpless, what is something even he acknowledges, he has a very realistic character. His only goal is his survival and survival of his friends but he get swept into hell very fast. He is never black or white and never tries to have moral upper hand. The Royal Knights aren’t exactly villains either. They face very difficult decisions and each of them solves it differently. Every character has their own nature, both good and bad sides and the also make bad and good decisions. No character is what they seem at first sight.
Animation is very fluent and for CGI truly amazing even though I generally hate it. To me it made the atmosphere much better because it really gave me the feeling like it was happening inside of a computer. And at times it made me wonder whether a computer should really have the right to control the lives of living beings. That’s one of the things I really liked about this film. While it rises very philosophical questions for a Digimon film it never asks them directly but rather shows them to you.
The only real problem I had with this film was that the setting was very complicated and since we were thrown right into the middle along with Dorumon, there was never time for explaining things in depth. Most of the situation had to be deduced by what was going on. That isn’t a generally bad thing but in an action film full of stuff happening left and right it was changing too fast to keep track of it. Generally, I’d say that enjoyment depends on what the idea of Digimon only film makes you feel. If it interests you, watch this. If not, don’t bother or give it a try but don’t expect much of it. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
That “light” feel is taken into the story as well with it being a bit cliché, while it raises very interesting questions. Is it right to be strong without doing anything for it? To Medaka and Zenkichi, two of the main characters, it’s something people shouldn’t even think about because getting stronger and suffering go hand in hand. Of course, they are bound to meet people that think otherwise. This is the first moment where people turn away from the show with rolling eyes. It’s because of how it’s handled. Surely, with Medaka being able to do inhuman deeds simply because she was born with it, she isn’t the right person to tell others that they have to suffer to get strong.
However, if you don’t turn away so fast, you’ll see that there’s much more to Medaka Box Abnormal than just hypocrisy. Here comes Zenkichi, the other lead character, who is the exact opposite of her talent wise. He might be strong, both physically and mentally, however it is mentioned, not once, that he got there by hard work and was very weak during his childhood. Unfortunately, the rest of the main characters don’t do the themes justice as most of them are “specials”; very talented people or abnormals. Of course, most of the time, they can’t rival the abnormals that are villains.
One of the biggest problems I had with the story was how all themes were presented. Medaka Box Abnormal sure deals with very interesting issues but they are usually solved by main characters simply stating their opinion, even though villains keep asking better and better questions. The difference between the “good” guys and the “bad” guys is nothing but the way they answer them. That wouldn’t be such a problem if the show didn’t portray the main character’s opinion as the right one and everything else as wrong and it goes as far as Medaka deciding what’s right for the rest of the world (that doesn’t make her think about it even for a bit).
Art doesn’t really help its case. It might look really strange and it’s difficult to get used to it but once I did, I fell in love with it. Animation is fluent and very well done. There’s lots of fanservice but it doesn’t feel overdone or annoying because it’s usually played for laughs.
While it might look like a huge mess, and it somewhat is, most of it is done supposedly to create a comedic effect. However, not everything looks like it’s trying to parody itself. Character interactions and presentation is probably the best part of the anime. While characters themselves aren’t something to remember, their relationships and feelings are delivered perfectly. You can see how they feel about what they say or about what is happening or simply know their nature by their actions. I found this to be the best part of Medaka Box Abnormal because to me it felt more real than most of SOLs I’ve finished and it made the anime more enjoyable.
Medaka Box Abnormal is definitely not a perfect anime. It’s difficult to like because it tries to jam too many genres together and never truly focuses on one. And even when it does (for a while) it usually overdoes it for bigger effect. However, if you do find something enjoyable about it, stick until the very end because it won’t go away easily. I recommend this anime only if you’re bored or open minded. read more
Oct 1, 2012Digimon Savers the Movie: Kyuukyoku Power! Burst M... (Anime) add
1 of 1 episodes seen
Evil Digimon attacks and seals all humans. So the Digimon have to release them and defeat him. Sounds nice at first, right? We can see Digimon used to help from humans do something on their own. Of course, let’s not forget that one of the biggest charms of Digimon, evolution, is gone. So, we’re left with rookies fighting all Digimon. Still sounds nice since they’ll have to use some strategy. What if their strategy is run as fast and far as you can and leaving team members behind? Still looks interesting? In that case you’ll freaking love this film because that’s where the plot and characters end. Oh, there’s also tons of cliché and meaningful talks all around. Just go along with it if you want to enjoy it. This is about as pointless and cliché 20 minutes full of plot devices as can be.
Savers art. Nothing else. They didn’t even try to do something spectacular or different.
Totally memorable stuff. Just don’t ask me to name something. I don’t even remember the opening or ending. If there were any.
Just our four main Digimon and a mysterious girl. If you really want some mystery in this, don’t think. Because the second you do, all mystery will be lost. The mysterious girl plays a very important role in this film. She’s the most colourful thing in the world, so they have to preserve her to fly her into the sun. No, not really, she’s just a colourful bush to drag along, I just needed to write something here. There’s really nothing else.
If this category was called “boredom” I would rate it 11/10. Throughout the whole thing, I was wondering why the hell they did this. Was it to punish fans and laugh at them? Was it to milk? Was it to show off character design that was scrapped (she really doesn’t serve any other purpose)? I really have no idea. This has no story to tell, no deep meaning, no character development, the interesting setting is completely butchered and if you think about it, you’ll know the end before it even starts.
I’m very biased about rating Digimon. Being longtime fan, it doesn’t matter how bad they are, I can’t rate them lower than 4 since that’s the line of my “hate” rating. So, it leaves with “overrating” because if this were any other universe than Digimon, it wouldn’t get higher than 3 on my scale. read more
Jul 15, 2012Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Jouriku!! ... (Anime) add
1 of 2 episodes seen
This was a huge let down. If for nothing else then because it had a lot of promise and could have turned out truly epic if done right. Or if done at all. We get a build up for a very dark story and if you manage to sympathise with a character you’ve never seen before, it’s actually very dark and sad. Then you keep wondering how the hell did that happen since what is happenning could in no way be natural. Well, don’t expect anyone to tell you anything directly.
By the way, the dub version actually gave it a slight reasoning and it shortened the film by a half so it might not be as bad. Well, ignoring hinting at couples that make no sense and scenes that... well, make even less sense.
I’m not a huge fan of the art in this film. It felt kind of… lazy but it wasn’t bad.
Not a complaint, though nothing really epic or amazing, kind of boring. Basically, 02 bgm. If there was something new, I missed it what doesn’t really make it a good music.
We get our 02 characters minus Ken (since it’s set before his arc ends) plus a new character, you’ve never heard of before (unless you watched the dub). The new character Willis/Wallace wasn’t a highlight. Most of his screentime (and there’s a lot of it) he spends either being depressed and shouting at digimon to stop fighting (not at the right one either) or travelling and constantly calling his mommy… or both. I really couldn’t feel with him, I found him very annoying and stupid. He also somewhat prefers one of his Digimon a lot (even before he disappeared) what also isn’t a really likeable trait. Especially when the less liked one keeps risking his life for him through the whole film and never complains.
This was very boring and since Wallace takes about 50% of screentime (25% gets Daisuke and 25% the rest) the only entertainment I got was at the end. The ending battle and scenes were amazing and truly worth wasting my time with the film.
This wasn’t bad but for me it takes the place of the worst Digimon film (I haven’t seen any Savers films yet). It had much promise, I just wish it got explained properly how and why it happened. They could have also made Wallace a bit more likeable. Not to mention cut about 40% of the film that everyone just spends traveling (no kidding) and nothing really happens. Aside from that, it was fun to watch. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
There’s not much a of deep storyline, it’s basically just about stopping Locomon. However, that doesn’t mean that it ends there. We get slowly uncovering mystery of how and why Locomon got into the real world and what it wants . Not even the fight against it is straight forward or plain and it’s full of surprises. The only problem I had with story is that it’s a little cliche and unoriginal at the beginning.
I don’t see anything wrong with art. It’s the same as Tamers had and that was over average.
Sound wasn’t different from Tamers either, however, the inserted song is truly a gem and even though it may seem random at first glance, it truly belongs there and couldn’t imagine it without it. Not to mention that it’s a tearjerker.
This was already one of the best things in Tamers and this film is like a cherry on top. There isn’t much character development but we get more information regarding Ruki’s past and her emotions.
I truly love this film because it does Tamers justice. Unlike a few other Digimon films, this has every right to belong to the Tamers season. The action scenes were very good and I also really liked the introduction and how every tamer saw Locomon and got to him.
This is a must watch for everyone who likes Tamers season and Ruki. Since every tamer makes an appearance, everyone can find the characters they like in this film. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
That is really the first and the most important thing to mention about this OVA. Basically, watch this only if you like Mei or yuri. Don’t watch this otherwise, it’s a waste of time. Above all, don’t expect this to have a story.
This is supposed to be a prequel to Another. It does a nice job being a prequel, since it makes you feel with characters but it does an awful job being a prequel released after the original. Why? You’ll learn nothing new in this. Actually, you learn completely nothing that wouldn’t have been said in Another. Probably the only thing you’ll learn is why Mei was carrying the doll to hospital basement in the first episode but if you had at least one brain cell activated during the show, you'd have already known that. The only thing you can see in Another 0 is twins getting as close together as they can. There’s a bathing scene, “date” (sort of) scene, sleeping in one bed scene... you get the point.
Art fits MUCH better in this cuteness overload that it did in the brutal murder overload that was Another so not much of a problem here.
It wasn’t bad but opening and ending from Another were used here and it affected the rating a lot. I actually liked them; the problem is that they completely didn’t fit in this. Cute girls having yuri moments constantly really shouldn’t have an opening that will make you expect a monster popping at you and an ending completely unrelated with it full of characters that didn't appear.
The only thing I can say is a cold girl interacting with her exact opposite. That’s as far as characters go. There’s no one else with screen time longer than 1 minute.
To me it seemed like this wanted to get money from its moe factor and nothing else. Those scenes weren’t even proper yuri since they are twins. I’m not really into moe and cute characters being cute (squared here) so I was tempted to stop watching several times.
This was boring to me. But if you like moe, Mei or yuri scenes watch this. You’ll enjoy it definitely more than I did. read more
11 of 13 episodes seen
Welcome to our show called "What you didn’t know about a music band next doors". This episode will focus on the interstellar stars called AKB0048! Applause, please! We’re going to focus on the youngest understudies.
First of all, let‘s look at what we know about them. Four of them promised to become 00 members at a very young age at a concert on Lancastar with banned entertainment. They had to get there through sewers just to have the concert interrupted by DES forces. Fortunately, all members of 00 have a mandatory fighting training. After all, we live in a dangerous time of entertainment ban and such popular idols have to be prepared for everything, at least they have their loyal WOTA, a group of fans fighting alongside them. And, let’s be honest, maybe ground forces arresting people are annoying but a nice air fight can only make the concert more enjoyable. Unless you get caught in cross fire… probably not as enjoyable in that case.
A few years later, these girls and many more joined the entrance exam, that was very difficult and tested not only girls’ singing and dancing but also survival skills. In the end, a certain group of girls managed to pass and became known as the 77th generation. Let’s ask one of them about it. What were your first feelings when you became an understudy?
Nagisa: I… um… was very happy but it’s also difficult and we practice really hard… but it’s fun and we can sing and practise together with 00.
Yes, interesting. But we heard you had some trouble leaving home, is that right?
Nagisa: Y-Yes, papa didn’t want me to go. But he’s nice he just had an important position and…
So you were forced to run from home, such a sad story. Let’s move on. Nagisa truly isn’t the only one to have a more difficult family situation. For example, the cute and girly Aida Orine was orphaned and grew up working in a factory and let’s not forget about the mysterious situation of the hard working Sono Chieri, that no one wants to make statements about. It’s ironic that recently the daughter of a wealthy and famous man disappeared. We also heard of some arguments mostly fuelled by a said understudy and some other brief encounters. What can you tell us about it?
Chieri: I wouldn’t call them arguments. If a mistake happens others should point it out.
Of course and those aren’t only performance mistakes. Everyone has to grow up and change slightly when they have team members guiding them and affecting their development. There are many young girls that have different natures; from a timid and shy Makoto to energetic and honest Sonata to mature and smart Suzuko and others. Truly, a generation in which everyone will find their favourite.
However, that isn’t the only generation of understudies. Is it true that you, the 75th generation, is considered the cursed generation because you two still haven’t graduated to be real members, team captain?
Kanata: We’re doing our best like everyone else and eventually, we’ll get there.
True, true. You really have to do your best to perform so many songs with singing and dancing. That’s why 00 is so popular, giving breathtaking concerts both visually and musically everywhere they go. The understudies and members also have a hard time to be interesting visually as well. After all, that’s a part of being an idol and given their popularity, they couldn’t do better at that. That’s the end of today’s episode and we hope we managed to introduce the understudies properly. We’ll be looking forward to their next concert.
(Story: 7/10, Art:8/10, Sound: 9/10, Characters 9/10, Enjoyment:9/10, Overall: 8/10) read more
4 of 4 episodes seen
It’s set in a fictional world with mostly men because of some genetic issues. The society is divided into castes where elites are at the top and mongrels at the bottom. The story revolves around an elite and a mongrel but don’t get the wrong idea, this isn’t a Romeo and Juliet spin off.
Iason Mink, an elite of the highest degree, encounters Rikki, a mongrel, in slums. He finds him interesting so after some events, takes him in as his… well… pet (read: sex toy). After 3 years of captivity, Riki’s rather restless and keeps making Iason trouble. That’s where the first OVA starts. Riki unsuccessfully tries to escape and Iason, pressed on by other elites decides to free him for a year, hoping he would come back on his own.
Don’t expect any sort of cheesy romance without point or the usual falling in love after being raped thing. The story follows Riki as he tries to fit back in into slums and regain his past reputation. However, stuff don’t go as easily since everyone keeps asking him where he was for the past 3 years and his former lover is trying to get back together with him at all cost. It all gets even more complicated when Iason decides that Riki had enough freedom and tries to get him back.
The only complaint I have about the story is, that it’s unfinished.
Truly amazing, one of the best things about the anime. It shows that it was done recently. Character designs are also very interesting, even of the side characters.
Incredible opening and ending, both fit perfectly to the anime. VA’s are very good and I don’t think they could have picked better for those characters.
Characters are about the most interesting part of the story. Riki is strong, prideful and arrogant. His nature is part of his inner struggle to figure out his feelings towards Iason. He hates him for imprisoning him and treating him like a toy. There’s even a moment when he spaces out obviously in fear from his memories after seeing him after a long time. At the same time it’s clearly shown by his actions that he is attracted by Iason ever since they met but he isn’t and doesn’t want to be aware of that.
Iason, on the other hand, is completely aware of his feelings for Riki but it never happened to him before so he’s confused by himself.
Other characters have a role in the story. We have Gai, Riki’s former lover who tries to make Riki open up and return to him, Kirie a boy who wants to become a pet and enjoy life full of money, Katze mysterious guy working in black market who was once Iason’s servant so he keeps in touch with him and the rest of Riki’s former gang.
Enjoyment: 9/10 (AKA yaoi scenes)
This is a true gem in the yaoi world. I don’t think I’ve seen a yaoi that would do them better than this. They didn’t feel forced, they weren’t randomly thrown to please fans and it wasn’t the typical girly, unexperienced and shy uke with the perverted and experienced seme. They were both perverted and at some points Riki seemed more experienced than Iason. Censorship is there but it doesn’t feel awkward and it never made me want to hit my fist through the screen unlike many other yaoi.
Overall: 9.5/10 (rounded to 9 because of no ending)
If you are bored with stupid and annoying romance in usual shounen ai like me. Then this anime is exactly for you. read more
67 of 67 chapters read
Everything begins when Shiina finds a weird creature, Hoshimaru (as she names it), and keeps it as a pet. Later, she meets another girl with a similar pet but, unfortunately, the said girl isn’t very friendly and is weird. Weird as in, if taking everywhere your own bunch of bushes to hide in was possible she would do it. Shiina somehow manages to make this always scared and hiding girl her friend. But it isn’t until they are attacked by a freak (of similiar age) who gives a new meaning to “cute pet”, that the story actually starts unfolding. They found out that their pets are creatures called dragon children and are emotionless tools of mass destruction. Of course they find out it the hard way. These dragon children need human souls in order to mature because they don’t have their own. They usually look like something from fairy tales to show us that maybe they weren’t so far from truth.
Story perfectly ties together in every way. Not to mention that it’s perfectly realistic and whether air or ground battles with military are nothing rare. Neither are deaths that by the end happen on a massive scale.
While art isn’t anything perfect or modern since it’s a bit older but it’s extremely realistic and precise. It fits the story amazingly. Character designs are also very well done and memorable (although I didn’t like Shiina much).
While this have a very well done and solid story with unexpected twists, characters are about as strong. This manga goes as deep into characters’nature and mental health as possible. We have a big variety of characters yet none could be a stereotype or underdeveloped. Even side characters get their own nature that is just their own and recognisable. Main characters have it much more difficult because this manga doesn’t spare them any mental trauma since they are thrown into first fronts of a warfare at a very young age. I dare to say that character mental development and exploration goes as deep and in NGE but at a far larger scale yet it feels perfectly fluent. This doesn’t spare anyoe, whether it’s the villains or leads or side characters, everyone has a secret to explore and everyone has at least one mental breakdown to survive.
The reason why I started reading Shadow Star, was the anime that ended not even in the middle of the manga. I finished the anime within a day since I just couldn’t stop. Manga took me a bit longer because my parents forced me to do such useless stuff like eating and sleeping. Needless to say that even though I was scarred for life, this was the best manga I’ve ever read. Though, that might be because I have a weakness for psychological horror.
This is truly a must read for everyone who enjoyed NGE and the character depth in it. Everything is either explained or hinted at well enough. This is truly a masterpiece and when I manage to gather enough courage, I’ll definitely re-read it. read more