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13 of 13 episodes seen
The story is simple: an all girl high school recently became co-ed. STOP. Before you go further, isn't your first automatic judgement to insult another hentai-style slice of life anime? Of course! Any sane person would. A friendly, non-perverted guy by the name of Tsuda enters the school, unwittingly tripping off Shina Amakasu and the rest of the all-girl student. After some misunderstandings, randomness and hilarity, he is forced into the student council - with gratifying results.
Now don't get me wrong, haters may understand that these sort of anime don't have a storyline. Most of the time, they're right. Here, it does apply somewhat; a frilly way to tell a story, so to speak. However, I had a wonderful time watching the student council do their every day activities - with a twist. These aren't your normal, typical, average, innocent virgin high school girls; these are some of the craziest anime girls I've ever come across. There seems to be no end to the jokes and innuendoes; and interestingly enough, TSUDA (THE GUY, FOR FREAKING SAKE) is the innocent one. What in all that is mighty in the anime world has this come to? A guy? As the sole non-perverted rock amid this flood of girls? This anime was so different, I was instantly hooked - and so should you be.
The animation was gorgeous and bright. I typically don't like overdone scenes or underdone scenes, and this didn't disappoint me in the lease. There were times when they decided to go for the chibi look randomly and drew the characters innocently - an interesting juxtaposition, because while in chibi mode the characters decided to say funny little innuendos.... Ah well. Enough gushing. What I didn't like? Sometimes the artwork borderlined porn. No way out of that... I mean, it looked fine and all, but trying watching those scenes while there are young people around you! Geez, put some CLOTHES ON. But seriously, even then the artwork never dipped below par.
The OP and ED. Wow. What an upbeat, fantastical way of starting an anime. The OP was perfect and catchy, on my ipod in seconds, and the ED was.....weird. Sorta serious, sorta not. The background music melded perfectly with the on-screen mood, but in and of itself I was not impressed as much. Though I know I repeat this in my other reviews, but seriously, pay attention to the voice acting. Try acting out those scenes by yourself. It's not easy; but when you can make perverted jokes into a mic without eliciting even a laugh, that takes some guts. The voices were spot on, serious and joking, warm and memorable.
Lovely, lovely cast. Perfect for the story, each character represented a typical sort of archetype. Tsuda, the innocent one; Hagimiru, the tsundere, the list goes on and on. Each character had their moments and contributed a little more to the story; even Tsuda's little ball of comedy managed to get a good laugh out of me. But seriously, I loved each and every character, because they simply melded so perfectly. It's so hard to imagine a different cast or to introduce another main character, because the magic happened with this perfect combination. It wasn't perfect; there were some stupid parts (even the best cake may be too sweet for some people), but overall, it was beautiful to see the interactions take place. Though there wasn't much of a character arc at all for anyone, I enjoyed their daily banter nonetheless.
Why is the average score so low? Many people looked past what this anime was really trying to go for (toilet humor) and just hit it with a low score and moved on. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy; if you watch the first episode and grudgingly try and finish it, you're experience won't be nearly as pleasant than if you were to go into watching each episode with enthusiasm and a piece of pie. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this short but sweet little 13 episode anime. Don't look at the superficial, shallow characteristics; dig a little deeper, and what you'll find may actually not be a condom but a vibrating Christmas present... read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
Set in the (almost) near-future, humanity has formed into three relatively accurate blocs: The Union (North/South America), the AEU of Europe, and the Human Reform League that covers most of Asia and Russia. To destroy their reliance on fossil fuel, humanity finally did the sensible thing and created three huge solar power arrays, thereby weaning themselves off of fossil fuels and other rare Earth commodities. This created a Solar Power Wars they frequently mention, but never fully explain. These three blocs, after the Solar Power Wars, currently fight, bicker, and arms-race each other constantly. Suddenly, an organization called Celestial Being randomly announces itself, declaring its message of eradicating war by using force. That extension of that force would be the Gundam Mobile Suit, far more advanced than any other military in the world.
This, of course, leads to conflict. The whole world simply won't bow down to new masters and obey; human nature isn't naturally submissive. Therefore, the world fights back. Hard. Setsuna, the main protagonist, has a watery past that slowly resolves itself into focus as he pilots his Gundam, Exia. I won't go into much detail, but let's just say the story has enough plot-twists to keep you constantly on your feet and enough mind-numbing action to keep your eyes glued to the screen. Love, love LOVE. And all throughout there is a deeper plot, a more ominous undertone that frequents itself more and more towards the end. It keeps you guessing; there are bigger powers at play here than readily apparent.
Holy. Shoot. These Gundams were drawn and executed to minute detail; battle scars, battle wounds, flashing lights, explosions, ship carriers, even the environment; it was like an eye-orgasm for a solid 25 minutes. If things weren't exploding in your face, the environment was rapidly changing. There were so many story-plots, it almost became convoluted; however, the art flawlessly transitions to each story, and I loved the emotions in the character's stance. The way the characters were drawn remind me vaguely of Code Geass; tall and lanky, yet these characters were built more stocky and round. I love me some good artwork, though; it didn't matter if the setting was in space or Earth or somewhere else - it was a living, walking, breathing colorful monster of artwork.
Eye-gasms aren't the only thing keeping you to the screen. Multiple times my ears overflowed with the dulcet melody of my favorite part of anime: the voice acting. I can't watch English dubs simply because they do not convey the emotional feeling or raw power these characters exhibit by simply being themselves. And Gundam does not disappoint; each character has their own personalities and characteristics, plainly obvious in the voices. The explosions and sound effects shouldn't be ignored either, simply because it was music to my action-prone ears. Beautiful, beautiful sound.
Why is character development a perfect score? Because it fulfilled my expectations, perhaps exceeding it in some cases. When a main character's arc throughout the story is filled with letdowns, emotional highs, and a roller-coaster of feelings, you're left breathless because you BECOME that character. You feel what he or she feels, you sympathise and pity their impossible predicaments. And when you become this attached, each victory or defeat is either a stab of euphoria or a lance of pain. This also means something crucial: you related to this character, and that's what makes it special. Setsuna is just that sort of person you get attached with. You hate him at first, but then he kind of grows on you. If he's not your type, ladies, there's always the other three male Gundam Meisters and a few other "hotties" from other militaries, of course. But I'm off on tangents; main point: the character development was flawless. Every main character had their moment and more, which made for a sound anime.
Overall, this was a thing of beauty. There were almost no shortcomings, besides that it should be longer (thank GOODNESS they made a season 2). I know I'm watching this late, but hey, everyone has to start from somewhere. All in all, though, the story was riveting, the artwork dazzling, the sound loud and forceful, the characters beautifully presented. I was not in the least disappointed, and I recommend to all of any age because it was just so darn good. I was left with a glowing feeling of warm satisfaction. And finally: the world is always changing. Will you be the one to change it? read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
The basic premise is this: a plague has infected Earth, one that if you happened to be bit by an infected person, you died, then reanimated into a zombie. Easy enough, right? And of course, this being "Highschool" of the dead, there are high school kids with high school level minds - at first. The story, though one may think otherwise, is pretty darn interesting. Looking past the overly distractive boobs and butt, you can actually glimpse a seriousness that isn't half bad.
Interestingly enough, there was a plot, and yes I thoroughly enjoyed it. This wasn't a typical shoot-em-up sort of anime, nor was it a "shoot one zombie then have sex for an hour." No, this actually delved much deeper into the human condition and even morality, integrity, honesty, and other lessons of life. Instead of shallowly portraying the characters as stupid, gung-ho sort of idiots that kill just for the sake of killing, the story develops in a way that each character deals with latent problems he or she doesn't realize until the zombies destroy everything they knew and cherished in their old lives.
Since I'm a guy, this may biased, but hey - who doesn't love a skinny girl with boobs bigger than her head and a waist that would make an anorexic person gag with jealously? I mean, this was obviously going for a parts of a male brain we cannot consciously control. Other than that, everything was so fluid and dynamic. The zombies were drawn so accurately it scared me - vestiges of clothing of former students and the average citizen and such. Most movies I see, zombies are clothed in raggedy old clothing, or they simply do not wear clothes. Here, it shows the gravity of the situation - your friends and relatives are zombies. Do you have the courage to pull the trigger? Not only that, but there wasn't just "night scenes" or "day scenes" - the anime covered everything in between, like early morning, late night, and early dusk - beautifully drawn colors with the sun behind and everything. It was gorgeous.
Now, trying to ignore the moaning and groaning of that one scene (you'll know what I mean if you watch it), the sound was fantastic. The OP was so darn catchy - an instant download and hit in my book any day. The voice acting was meh, except at certain, key moments, which is why I think I rated the sound high. I didn't care too much for some of the EDs, though they changed every time, which was refreshing. The sound effects of the fighting is why the score is so high - oh my, the zombies exploding in thick ichor, the sound of the weapons, the cars and - ahh, too much gushing. Tl;dr: meh voice acting, amazing sound effects, ok OP and ED.
Ok, if it wasn't for some of the minor characters (and even some major ones!), I would've rated this top notch. The character arcs were absolutely phenomenal - I don't want to spoil too much, but of the main characters, several reveal their darkest secrets which makes the characters dynamic, and in a way, refreshing. I hate when characters remain unchanged in a series - it really irks me. Most of the characters did become dynamic - but a handful remained static. Still, overall, it was beautiful work, and the character interactions were stellar. Sigh. Ok, I know I have to mention it: Boobs and butt. There I said it. That seems to be THE way to characterize the characters: this girl has purple hair but these slender ones....
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this anime. If you do not like ecchi or fan-service, DO NOT PICK THIS UP AND PLAY. You will not just be thoroughly disappointed, but probably disgusted. This also isn't for the light-hearted; the blood and gore is excessive, and there are some innuendos in here....But generally, this was entertaining, fast-paced and engrossing all the same. The violence and cleavage (though somewhat excessive) melded pretty well, and the characters did progress somewhat, so I'm happy. But that depends. Because sometimes, you just need a good ol' baseball bat.... read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
Presumedly taking place a couple weeks after Toradora! ended, it started off logically but fell flat on its face in the first 5 minutes. Not that I didn't enjoy it, but the fact that I knew this was going to be "one of those specials." Moe-blob, circular plot sort of thing, where the storyline isn't advanced and everyone remains static. Poo. I was really expecting some sort of plot twist or SOMETHING to keep me glued to the screen, but it just wasn't good storytelling. I think they went sort of over the top with comedy as well; the producers seemed to focus mainly on the natural humor and personalities of the characters to create simply a side episode. This was accomplished - halfway. I laughed, oh yes I laughed, but the slap-stick humor really confused me: was this the Toradora! that I had loved only one episode ago?
The background is simple: a couple days (maybe a couple weeks) after Toradora! ended, Ryujji Takasu and Tenori Taiga are back again with Kitamaru, Ami, Minorin, and the rest of class 2-C. The whole episode focuses on one thing (the title of the episode): lunch. Bento boxes, to be precise. The lesson at the end made sense, but this was pretty much lame. Compared to the rugged sort of interactions the characters had in the original anime, this specials really let me down in terms of things like a deeper meaning, or worse: no storyline.
I'll stand my ground on the art; like I said with the original Toradora!, the wonderful facial expressions are back! I love their realistic portrayal of anger or sorrow and especially embarrassment. The art was what made this so good in the first place: Takasu's scary face along with Taiga's small stature really made such a great juxtaposition, and continued while viewing this episode. The environment was crisp and clean, the colors bright and cheerful, never skipping a beat on the animation. So yes, the art deserved this great score.
I rated the sound decently high because I always loved the OP and ED; both are on my Ipod and have at least 10 plays already. Great songs; but, again, what irked me a little was the fact that there was almost no background music. I love, even a little, background sound to let the story flow better and to sort of pave the way for the next scene. Again, like the anime, it lacked background sound; but no matter, because what made up for it was, again, the voice acting. I love me some good actors; especially when they make the characters sound so real. You could tell their feelings just by listening to the tone of the voice; no small feat. If you don't believe me, try saying something happy followed by something depressingly sad; can't do it with emotion, can you? Exactly.
Why so low of a character score? BECAUSE THERE WAS NO DEVELOPMENT. Static characters always incite my deepest anger; what makes a story good are the CHARACTERS. You can have the CRAPPIEST animation ever with the worse music in the history of nails-on-chalkboard, but if the characters are half-decent, so is the overall show! The only reason we know the characters is from the original anime; if this was a whole OVA or something on its own, I'd give it a 4. There's no development, no internal conflict, just silly moe-blob the entire time. Takasu stays almost exactly the same (though they do show a personality quirk of his the entire time). Taiga acts a little less tsundere, though not by much. Ami hardly appears, Minorin is there for very little time, and Kitamaru says barely anything. Then again, this is simply a "special" and I shouldn't berate it so hard, especially since this isn't part of the main series; however, I was more than disappointed with the work they put into this...
Overall, I WAS entertained; though I may have said some harsh insults, overall it wasn't that bad. It just needs some polish (and a whole plot-rewrite) to be better. The only reason I didn't give this below a 6 was because I knew the background from the original series; if it wasn't for that, like I said, I wouldn't even be writing this review. I loved the comedy; the producers worked so hard on it, I thought I would at least acknowledge it. Wonderful laughs all around. However, I was also disappointed, so don't expect too much. Whatever; a good bento is a good bento. read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
The story is, of course, an outstanding 10 out of 10. I try not to give a perfect score unless something truly deserves it; but this time, I was genuinely (and very pleasantly) surprised. Toradora! definitely starts off a little awkward, and you may be tempted to just drop it as quickly as possible. However, I implore you to stay: the comedic moments and clumsiness at key times make the characters seem more and more like that one friend of yours that has (insert blank) personality. I was impressed at the honesty and stark portrayal of the characters; they bypassed my expectations, and continued to throughout the whole series.
A little background that covers it in a little more detail: it so happens that Taiga Asaika has a crush in a guy named Yuusaka Kitamaru. It gets a little more complicated; Asaika's neighbor, Ryuuji Takasu, happens to like a girl named Kushieda Minori. What makes this so convoluted is that Kitamaru and Takasu are best friends, and Minori and Asaika are also best friends. So the natural thing to do would be to help each other out, right? Let's just say it gets interesting. Misunderstandings, awkward pauses, hilarious banter, and countless other little things happen; and through it all, you snuggle a little closer to each character, as they develop and progress.
Oh, how can we forget the art? I try not to give art a 10/10 often; but here, something amazing happened; we got faces. We got the "I'M SO MAD I'M GONNA PUNCH YOU" face, the "THIS IS SO EMBARRASSING" all the way to "THE WORLD IS DEPRESSED, AND SO IS MY FACE." Good gosh, I've only seen facial expressions drawn in such human pathos only few times before. This sold me; from the first episode, it caught my attention and held it. The environment was drawn nicely, yes, so were the various objects or classrooms or homes. But you're not paying attention to such trivial detail when you can gaze upon these perfect, gorgeous facial expressions. I seriously became transfixed halfway through the episode. If you were to mute the volume and not understand a word of Japanese and not read the subtitles, you could probably still understand exactly what's going on. The arm movements and body posture were secondary; but this, THIS is something else!
So the 'sound' category encompasses not just the ED and OP, but the character's voice acting, sound effects, and background music. The OP I memorized instantly; catchy and bouncy, it was the epitome of the show. I always listened to the whole thing, simply because of the way it caught my attention so quickly. The ED was similarly tasteful, however a little dull since the mood of the OP and ED matched so nicely. I wanted something different to wrap up the anime rather than identical songs. The character's voice acting was astounding. Accurate and polished, I almost forgot I was watching anything; I became a character within, watching with my own eyes. The voices and characterization seemed so surreal and positively charming to listen to, I swear it was close to hypnosis at times. The sound effects were your typical stuff; things dropping, tables scraping, feet walking. The background music was almost non-existant; that disheartened me at times, but that also made the mood seem more stark in contrast to the events going on, so a little absent background music wasn't bad.
Toradora! would've fallen flat on it's face without the cast of amazing characters. Just because Aisaka and Tukasu fit into that typical role doesn't mean the other characters did. Aisaka is and always will be a tsundere that everyone loves; a stereotypical one at that, conscious of her small stature and conflicting emotions. She continued to amaze me throughout the anime; her character arc was a roller-coaster of emotions and non-linear personality quirks; she changed as often as a guitar solo; never quite the same, but always going off on tangents. Takasu was your main protagonist, and the story was told mostly from his point of view; not that I didn't mind that. A neat-freak and woman-like about his household chores, he really symbolized a perfect house-wife(husband?) sort of person, yet was indecisive all the same. Kitamaru is brilliant, but lacks common sense sometimes. However, he knows more than he reveals, and continued to surprise me throughout the series, dolling out hidden information here and there that revealed his true self. Kushieda Minorin was probably the most interesting character of them all: she appeared the perfect air-head, incapable of knowing what's going on in the world around her. She almost pulls if off perfectly - except she reveals her true self a few times, notably to Takasu. Instead of an oblivious girl with no direction, she actually had inner theories and thoughts, and described certain feelings of hers with complicated metaphors; but that's what made her interesting. Ami, a character later introduced, seemed sort of a bridge for the other characters, providing a mental link, if you will, between Takasu and the rest of the gang. She's like that rickety bridge over a roaring river; sometimes, it seems like a good idea to trust her; other times, she seems as fickle as Asaika.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Toradora! with all my tiger-like heart. What little flaws there were just simply faded or disappeared; there were too many good qualities that the bad seemed as insignificant as an ant. To put it bluntly, I loved this. I started off with a simple recommendation from a friend; but everything he recommended turned into a tear-jerker or epic action sequences; this turned out to be the latter. Instead of trudging to the next episode, tired and dejected from the previous one, I hurriedly and hungrily watched them as quickly as possible, because every detail was precious. After all, a dragon and a tiger can only do so much together... read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
As usual, the story is stellar. Told perfectly and fluidly, it never misses a beat and keeps up its slightly fast-paced, yet humorous plot points. The entire time, I had a grin from ear to ear; if there wasn't comedy, there were several points of abrupt seriousness that left one with a sense of accomplishment. I couldn't soak in enough Okarin Kirusu and Mayushi in one episode. Oh, and the ending, how bittersweet, how lovely.
This episode special covers when Okarin and the gang visit Feyris-chan and the Lab Assistant in America. This is most likely several days, if not weeks past the last episode of Steins;Gate. The story starts off hilarious and comes off as one of those non-serious, moe-blob sort of pointless circular plots we're all used to. However, it quickly drops a note or two as the characters interact and become more acquainted with one another.
As usual, the art was fantastic. I loved the way light was used in this episode; the twilight-dusk sort of vague lighting made the characters seem surreal and stark in contrast to the environment; the bright colors during the day reflect the happy undertone. Also, facial expressions. Never before (except maybe in Code Geass) have I seen such wonderfully accurate facial expressions. When a character gets mad, he gets MAD. Not just in the body language or action itself, but the facial muscles are drawn with alacrity and perfection. I loved watching Okarin and the Assistant's back-and-forth, especially their facial expressions.
And the OP song. OH YES, I LOVE THAT SONG. I don't even speak Japanese, but I think I know every lyric (albeit badly pronounced) to that whole song. The theme song is so relevant and perfectly fitting for the mood, it absolutely made sense to bring it back from the first season instead of making up a new song entirely. The music was great; so were the sound effects. I could almost feel myself there during key moments, and as usual, the Mad Scientist's voice acting was superb - able to go from sarcastically joking to dead serious in a matter of seconds.
I don't think I found anything wrong with this. My opinion may be skewed because of the fact that I love Steins;Gate so much, but that's what made this so enjoyable. And, like stated before, sequels usually kill that good taste in your mouth. Usually sequels are like sour lemons after a piece of chocolate: ruins your taste buds, doesn't it? Instead, Steins;Gate: Oukoubakko no Poriomania becomes that chocolate cake after an already chocolately cake. Mixed with Dr. Pepper of course. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
The story, though a bit obvious and somewhat weird, started off rather slow. Really slow. Like half of 40 minutes was literally a couple average days of school. But let's not stay bogged down by the trivial details; it picks up quite suddenly after the second half starts, becoming strangely very serious and uncharacteristically abrupt. However, when you watch it, trust me, it's pretty darn predictable, yet entertaining all the same. There also wasn't much explanation, leaving the entire story up to the interpretation of the viewer. Which really annoys me, because the story is literally never explained, and the character's backgrounds are vague as well as the ending. However, don't let that deter you; the action was entertaining, and the fight scene was freaking epic.
The art, man, the art was gorgeous. Not during those mundane school scenes, but during the sword clashes and gun blasts. The angles were drawn flawlessly and the pace was rapid, not letting you suck in too much of the environment before being whisked away to an entirely different place. This kept the action fresh and inviting; the only problem was that the fighting, in proportion to the rest of the OVA, was scarce and fleeting. You only seemed to nail the tip of the ice berg here.
The sound was fast-paced, the ED melancholic and OP fast-paced and hurried. Supercell is great, and the mood matched perfectly. I'm not complaining about the sound effects, which were equally impressive. Overall, it was top-notch, and the quick movements of instruments were mirrored by the characters, creating an inviting sound experience.
The characters were iffy, at best. You figure out the main protagonist's personality and characteristics early on; her friend stays mysterious the entire time. However, nothing was explained, and there was no flashback nor background interrogation. Instead, it was, again, all up for the viewer to interpret for themselves. Sometimes, this isn't a bad thing, but this OVA really leaves you hanging. I guess they knew they were going to make a TV show based on this, but seriously, the cliff-hanger was ridiculous. However, the characters weren't a bad mix, and I certainly found them entertaining.
Overall, this was a fun little 45 minute detour from the usual mix. I would watch this simply for the artwork and action scenes; they were packed with detail and exploded with color and interesting drawing angles. Though the characters could have been more engaging, they weren't, and other aspects of the story fall way short of the line; however, there were many good qualities, which makes the anime entertaining, at best. Now that theme song is stuck in my head... read more
2 of 2 episodes seen
This time, the story was consistant and enjoyable. It wasn't overdone, nor too slow and boring. 12.5 was merely a comedic episode, a way to diffuse the tension from the original series, told from an interesting point of view. As usual, the story isn't told from the typical perspective of a main character, but from a side character, making a charming little side-story that helped lighten the mood. The overall way it was done solidified my enjoyment. Episode 25 was only just a little more serious. Though it really didn't tie up any loose ends or further the plot, but instead was once again, a comedic relief in the grand city of Ikebukuro. There was a humorous twist throughout the whole thing, but plenty of action and some romantic aspects as well. Episode 25 left a better taste in my mouth than the official ending of Durarara! did, so expect good things.
The art and sound I'll clump together, because as usual, the art was stellar and the sound spectacular. The characters' facial expressions were perfect, every sinew and fiber drawn into exact detail. OP and ED aside, the music again was great. I love the way the music is subtle yet prevalent, always riding on the coattails of the current storyline.
Overall, these were very well-done pieces of art-work. I heavily enjoyed these specials, more so than the actual series. It provided a relief from the bleak world of Durarara and instead focused on each character and their personal interactions with others around them. This made for an ideal deviation from the main storyline and more towards personal viewpoints and struggles. Great way to end an anime. read more
24 of 24 episodes seen
The story was told in such a fascinating way, it was hard to grasp at first. It simply wasn't told from a main protagonists point of view, but split among multiple major and minor characters that all told their individual stories that intertwined like spaghetti. This made for an interesting roller coaster ride: you never knew whose story you would listen to in the episode. The whole three faction conflict, mixed with string-pulling and several interesting characters was most invigorating. Several interesting backgrounds and circumstances were revealed, with each characters' problems laid bare from their internal struggles. Loved it. However, this also made for a bit of confusion: sometimes, the characters had flashbacks or the episode wasn't necessarily in chronological order; but that ALSO made it so exhilarating, holding onto the edge of your seat. But what irked me the most was the build-up: suspense, pent up from the start of the anime, built constantly and continuously throughout the anime as more and more information was revealed. The ending, by far, was the most anticlimatic ending I've ever seen. Ever. In the history of everything I've watched (which I know I haven't watched a lot, but STILL). I was literally so disappointed at the ending, it was like watching a balloon deflate instead of hearing a loud BANG from a needle stabbed suddenly. I wanted to strangle myself......
TLDR: I give the story a 7, because it was yes, overall it was an interesting and new story; however, the ending disappointed the heck out of me.
The art, however, did not disappoint me in the least. The detail was gorgeous, and if anyone has watched Baccano! before, look for the hidden messages and various details within Durarara. It'll surprise you.... Overall, I enjoyed the characters' lanky feel and the facial expressions were fantastic. There was little the art skimped on; the colors were smooth and flowing, the weather reflected the mood. I know this sounds cliche, but I've seen other animes skimp on the detail, so I give credit where credit is due.
On man, the songs and background mood music really were astounding. The OP I loved; it was fast-paced and jazzy, just like the overall mood. The ED was pop-sounding and rock-influenced; I loved the ED much more. During key moments in the anime, the music dropped to this foreboding track, and it made me feel much more engrossed. During the happy moments, there was cheerful, peppy song that really deflated the mood and made it bearable again.
The characters were, how can I say, either fantastically engrossing or stubbornly irritating. The main protagonist really grated my nerves for much of the story. Mikado continually refused to impress me, and that contributed to the anime's general decline; however, his backstory sort of explains his situation..... Masaomi, his best bud that carries a dark secret, is a well-developed character that really showed bravado and fortitude, doing everything right and more. A great character. Anri, who also harbors an ominous secret, also could have been one of the best characters of the whole series; however, she really never lives up to my expectations and constantly led me on, only to crash my dreams. The black rider was AMAZING; she really carried the story's underlying message well. Most of the other minor characters, like the hilarious mad-scientist Shinra, the hard-to-understand Shizuo, and the stolid Kadota really packed a punch. It's just two of the main characters really dragged the rest of the crew down, making for an iffy cast.
All in all, what made me so mad was this had so much potential, only to really trip on that one banana peel of character development and story climaxing. Everything else was superb and top-notch; but certain elements really made such a great anime so depressingly.....disappointing. There really is no other word, but I wasn't left with this glowing feeling of satisfaction, just emptiness. Who knows? This may not be your cup of tea; it sure wasn't mine. It was refreshingly entertaining and certainly different than your average Joe anime, but it fell far from the bulls-eye. After all, everything in the end stays the same.
1 of 1 episodes seen
Story: Sounds depressing. Miku really belts out a sad lament. That's really it.
The art was colorful (yet dark) and the swirling eddies of blue and black really added to the tone of the overall music. Miku, portrayed sort of a damsel in distress, is drawn dark and foreboding, smooth lines yet jagged edges.
Character: What character development really was there? It was simply Miku singing the entire time. I've never reviewed something with no characters.....Still, this was simply an advertisement for the OVA and now TV show. So yea, the lone and only character was fantastic. After all, it was only 5 minutes...
Overall, I since it's Miku, I loved it. However, not all of us are fans - therefore, you may find this boring or uneventful or stupid. For me, this was a nice little break from my other anime series, and an enjoyable one at that. read more