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If you are expecting the classic Lupin the III series with the same formulaic plot, then to quote Fujiko herself, Cease what you are doing and gaze at me, save for the throwing of your heart. Right away the opening should give you the first clue you are about to enter a very adult story, one charged with sexual energy.
It's very interesting to see the changes that have been made to some of the characters, so I'll get into it:
The biggest change I noticed was Zenigata, he's not an idiot in this show, he's actually portrayed quite the opposite, a very tough as nails cop determined to seek justice and not a bumbling moron.
Jigen and Goemon are pretty much the same as the were from the previous incarnations, they are the least changed. Lupin is still his same playful kind of self, but he has a much more serious side in this one as well, this is probably the closest representation to Monkey Punch's Gentleman Thief as there has been on screen.
Of course this show is really about Fujiko Mine and about who she is. Fujiko is one of the sexiest if not the sexiest female anime character ever dreamt up, but what makes her sexy is not just her looks, its the fact that she knows what she wants and she gets it, she is sexual there is no doubt about it, but she's an empowered woman, she doesn't care what others think, she only cares about using whatever means to get what she wants, kind of Machiavellian in a way.
The Animation is simply beautiful, it's got a very comic book like style to it. Takeshi Koike had a big hand in this and so if you are familiar with Redline, you will almost certainly appreciate the look of this series. There are some scenes in later episodes that devolve into surrealism, these scenes while quite disturbing are just amazing to look at.
As for the music, this is an absolute highlight of the series, the soundtrack ranges from upbeat jazz and funk to a beautiful reworking of Bach's Invention of a Minor, and even opera. The soundtrack to this is one of my favorites.
You cannot go wrong with this series, it's one of my favorite series ever made and deserves all the acclaim it's gotten. The only mistake in the entire series may be Episode 7, it is the one episode that seems completely out of place and does not fit with the rest of the series. I'd say almost every episode in this series advances the plot, this one does not. It's a real shame, but it's the truth. Except for that one misstep, this show is pretty much one of the best. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
King of Thorn is one of the rare movies that manages to pace itself very well, neither boring the audience or giving them too much of adrenaline rush. It's a film that unravels it's mysteries bit by bit without giving it all away.
Story: This is an unabashed survival horror title, it's got the genre's tropes down to a fine art, a facility over-run with thorns and weird creatures that attack survivors. But what's really great about the story of this movie is that they keep unraveling mysteries as time goes on, the revealing of these mysteries are done perfectly and they mix these well with the action sequences so that your not sitting around listening to someone explain everything and boring you to death. The only real problem with the story is that near the end it becomes incredibly confusing and you have no idea what is real and what is not.
Art: I want to make it clear the reason this gets a low grade is not because of the absolutely beautiful 2D animation and backgrounds, it gets it because of some really really shitty 3D Animation, There is no reason to have the human beings become 3D out of nowhere and then suddenly shift to 2D, it looks jarring and out of place. This is what really brings down the movie in my opinion, if they kept it to completely 2D, this would probably be a near masterpiece, instead it really harms the movie.
Sound: I watched this on English Dub, there are accents for all the characters except for Kasumi, Shizuka, Peter and Ron. The accents are perfect and are not out of place or take away from the story. Though at times I felt R Bruce Elliott's Italian accent slipped a little into Russian, however that's not as much of a big concern if you've watched the movie. The music on the other hand for this title is incredible, anytime a title makes you want to look up who did the scoring for it, you know you have good music. Toshihiko Sahashi did an incredible job with this soundtrack and payed great attention to detail with it, he included a little scottish flair paying homage to the locale of the Story.
Character: I really love the Characters in this story, when you have a film that makes you care about the characters and what happens to them, You generally want to see these characters survive the hell they have found themselves in. I really would like to go in depth on this but I'm not very eloquent when it comes to talking about other people. I think what I really like about this film is the character development regarding Marco, when you first see him you honestly think this man is an complete asshole but over time you really start to learn he is a flesh and blood human being like the rest of us and that he too carries around wounds of the heart.
Enjoyment: I absolutely loved this movie, I think I could definitely watch it again, if the animation could have just been fixed as well the ending just a tiny bit this may be one of the best Anime Films to have ever been made, I know I won't forget this movie.
Overall: King of Thorn has it's flaws, but it has some of the most beautiful 2D Animation and Music you will experience in your life. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Well first of all, I owe an apology, because after watching it this show clearly is not that, in fact this is maybe the most frank Anime I've seen about teenage sexuality. At times it can be immature but hey are most teenagers not immature? Watching this series there are times where I totally can relate to Kosuda and to a lesser degree Yamada. I bet there are many Guys who totally have wanted to just bang lots of women but then they get cold feet when they actually try to go about it. It's interesting seeing a Perverted Female Character for the first time, it's an interesting twist.
Now I should get to the grades.
Story (In Sexual Terms):
The Foreplay (The first 11 episodes) was really hot, I thought it was really leading somewhere and then when it came time to move on to the main act let's just say I was not really satisfied with it. I mean they managed to tease and hit the right spots a few times but then at other times I feel they just could not get me off completely.
Translation: You actually are interested in seeing what these characters are up to but in the End, you feel it's kind of absolutely lead to nowhere and nothing has been resolved.
The designs are kind of bland, Granted I'm not expecting a Sex Comedy to have high quality animation, but at times you just wish they could have added a little more effort.
I watched this in English, I have to say I was pretty pleased with the vocal performances of Brittney Karbowski and Scott Freeman, It never once felt like they were acting and I got completely into what their characters were doing. Cherami Leigh also deserves a shout out for her convincing voice of reason portrayal.
It's all about the characters, I personally loved Yamada and Kosuda and liked seeing what was going to happen to them, when a series makes you care about the characters on screen you know it's done something right.
I think I was satisfied right up until the end where I was kind of let down.
A great experience, This is what all ecchi shows should aspire to be, except with maybe a slightly better story.
25 of 25 episodes seen
It takes a couple episodes to get off the ground but I think Episode 6 is when the series really changes things up, you will see a lot of characters perish throughout the course of this series, but in this episode there is an emotional shock that really changes the tone of the series and from there you start to realize what kind of a world this place is. In fact what is most interesting is that for many of the battles the pilots are almost helpless against the Festum and they only barely manage to escape with their lives.
The Animation for this show for it's time is great, now granted it is only 5 years old, it's pretty standard animation, The Battle Scenes are the biggest key in this series and for the most part they succeed.
The Music in this series is it's biggest strength, Tsuneyoshi Saito and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra do a beautiful job on the music, of note is the main battle theme "Opening of Nightmare's Gate" which really gets you into the moment the second it starts. As for the Opening and Closing, they are handled by the great Japanese Pop Duo of angela, atsuko (the lead singer) does a phenomenal job on the vocals for both the opening and closing, the closing theme song of this show not to mention the ending animation that accompanies it are among the highlights. I cannot say enough good things about the music for this series, it is definitely within the Top 10 of anime television series scores.
Tow Ubukata who wrote this series and has written Heroic Age, Le Chevalier d'Eon, Mardock Scramble always manages to make his characters written very realistically, he tries his hardest to ensure that the characters are not predictable and frankly there are not many stereotypical anime characters in this show. But I think Ubukata's greatest character writing comes in the creation of the enemy force known as the Festum, Ubukata manages to give you bits and pieces of information about what the Festum are really about, you eventually come to see that the Festum are not exactly evil in nature but basically are shaped by another reason entirely, one that I cannot give away for risk of spoiling it.
This is not a series that is enjoyable per-say, like I enjoy the story-line and learning about the characters through-each episodes but in some ways, this series is bitter-sweet, it's not a happy and not a sad series, you feel somewhat unsatisfied after the ending of it, as of this writing, I have not seen the Fafner Movie but i will probably get around to it and the maybe my feeling of the overall Franchise will change.
Fafner is in someways a different kind of a Mecha series, but it does fall within the range of what I call an Emotional Mecha series, it has melodrama, ethical questions and an enemy that does not understand humanity. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
Story: The Story of Guin Saga is very well-written, the characters grow and change as the story moves along, especially seen in Remus more than any other character, I think where I have to dock it marks is the fact that the story had a bit of a inconclusive ending specifically near the last five minutes of the final episode, I think there was something with Remus that specifically stuck out as a sore thumb and didn't conclude it for me perfectly. Granted, there are 130 Novels written by Ms. Kurimoto before she passed on, but this one only adapted around 13. But for the story in the anime it was well paced and planned out.
Art: The Artwork in this anime is beautiful, especially the ending credit sequence, it reminds me of Gustav Klimt's the Kiss and I think it was specifically based on that piece of art work. Now I'm not an art critic and generally I'm judging based on how the animation looks, It's very hard for me to pick out inconsistencies in certain episodes unless it's glaringly obvious. So there are really no animation issues.
Sound: First of all, coming into this anime, the one selling point was the fact that this was the first anime series whose music was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, I don't think I even need to talk about who this man is if you've played any of the Final Fantasy Games. The Music is Perfect, the opening theme is one of the best composed themes I've heard in anime. I prefer to watch my anime in English. Usually the quality of the English Dubs has gotten better as it goes on, this is one of the few instances where there have been major quality issues with this dub, There is a scene with two characters Flori and Amnelis that is supposed to be very serious and sad but the emoting in this scene is just really bad, I honestly blame the director for not doing his job right. The other thing that was bad was the song Malius sings in I think Episode 15 or 16, The Japanese version was perfect but the audio must have been out of whack because the voice actor could not hit the high notes and I had no idea what lyrics he was using, it was incredibly awkward and left a foul taste in my mouth. The other problem with this dub is that many characters had their voices changed after the first set (Scaal, Loluka and many more) I have no idea why this happened but this is a reason this dub is a major mess. The one thing that shocks me is that the ADR Director of this anime (Steven Foster) has done some fantastic dubs like Mardock Scramble and Le Chevalier d'Eon), but this whole dub is a disaster it's like he didn't even try to direct his actors.
Character: The Characters in this show are very complex, they aren't 1 dimensional, they tend to be well rounded and display a variety of emotions, Istavan is brash but loyal. Guin is a voice of wisdom and somewhat of a fatherly figure to Remus and Rinda. Remus starts off as weak but he grows into a strong young adult by the end of the series. Rinda, grows stronger as well. We even see a character like Amnelis who seems to have it all but ends up... well you'll just have to wait and see.
Overall, Guin Saga is an anime for those who like to see well-rounded characters, some fantastic music, beautiful artwork and strong story, the dub needed a lot of work though but if you can look past that flaw or even prefer to watch it Japanese you will enjoy this! read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
I watched the first season of the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, why did you not make this movie sooner rather than later? This is without a doubt the best of the three incarnations of it, I admit I stayed away from the second season of this series specifically because of the endless 8 and felt I didn't want to waste my time or money on nearly 8 out of 14 episodes of the same thing. Then this movie comes along, I don't get it. The movie's plot, artistry, music, everything is fantastic. There is not one bad moment in this movie despite the fact it is lengthy, Hats off to both Tomokazu Sugita and Crispin Freeman for what seemed like it must have been hours of recording sessions for Kyon. Both dominated this movie. So what changes my mind about this? The fact that this movie is self-aware, a lot of people really didn't like Haruhi the character, Kyon was generally supposed to represent the viewer in all of these various series/movies, this is one of the few times that shows in my estimation what the reaction would be if Haruhi suddenly was to go away. I wish I could write spoilers on here but I cannot, I think a lot of this movie really generally is about living your life as it is and while your friends can sometimes be stupid or can be a little unpleasant about things as long as you have fun with them, you'll have a good life. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
I watched this show with the English Dub. If you watch it in English you will find it generally stays true to the story however, some Japanese references will be lost and put into a reference people in North America can understand. One example is in one episode you will hear them talk about Shows from North America like Dexter and the mentioning of HBO.
The Show takes place in the Edo Period of Japan, it's a time when many forms of entertainment have been outlawed, One of the people affected by this Sekichi Tamaya, a fireworks manufacturer tries to put on shows for the entertainment of the people of Edo but he quickly finds himself dodging the authorities who try to arrest him for breaking the law, he comes upon a mysterious girl named Sora who asks Sekichi to build him a rocket to the Moon and that is how Oh Edo Rocket begins.
What I like about this show is that it perfectly balances the Serious and the Not-So-Serious, it knows when to be funny and when to advance the plot. The story is very well-written, High Marks here for originality because i never thought I'd be seeing a story like this.
The Artwork in the story is rich, vibrant and full of color. I still have no idea why Shinza, Santa, Rokube's Wife and Rokube are drawn so radically different from some of the other characters, If I can ever get to ask Mr. Mizushima about that, it will be the first thing I do.
The music in this show is fantastic and it's very memorable, but it will likely appeal to those who enjoy Jazz music like myself.
As for the English Dub performances, this is probably one of the best English Dubs I've heard, Vic Mignogna has a lot of Detractors, there will be people who hate him and people who like him on a personal level. Some people say there were roles he did ruin. I think Vic is a great actor when he is given roles that are very strange or bizarre, his Character in this one, Tetsuju is probably one of the funniest characters ever written for an anime, I can tell you that once you see him in this role you will likely agree with me that this and not Edward Elric is the best role he's done in his career, he pretty much steals the show everytime he's on screen in this one.
Other standout performances include Chris Cason as the tragic figure of Genzo and new-comer Jonathan Brooks as the sly Ginjiro. The Leads are well played by Greg Ayres and Brina Palencia, who in my opinion always gives a great performance. Tyler Walker did a great job with voice-over on this series, but it should come as little surprise because most of his dubs have been fantastic (Even people who don't like Blassreiter overall, have admitted that he did a fantastic job with the actors on that show.)
I would definitely say the one problem with this show may be that it maybe went six episodes too long. A major plot point wraps up on episode 20. However, as I look at the episodes beyond 20, I think there would be a few things that the audience would be clamoring to find out if it ended at 20 that only get resolved in the final couple of Episodes (I.E. Genzo's fate).
Overall, Oh Edo Rocket is worth checking out if you are clamoring for something unique and different. It's not for everybody but if you want to laugh hard, this is the cure! read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Those four words generally sum up my disbelief at the second season. Granted I know this show isn't a beacon of comedy, I understand that but holy crow did they ever suck the humor out of this show, except for the third episode you may be hard-pressed to find any sort of humor in this season, it's like the creators decided no we're not going to include any comedy in this season. Without the comedy this show ultimately suffers, the pacing starts to slow the show down considerably and you feel like watching this show is almost like a chore instead of something you want to watch.
But I have to digress, the Voice acting is sharp, However, I think it's a shame Melt does not have as many lines as he did in the first one and thus the comedic factor is lost. The leads do a great job though but sometimes it feels as if they are sleep walking through the script.
Nothing bad to say about the animation, it's really gorgeous and it seems that reducing the amount of CGI helped the show for the better.
As for the new characters I have to say I was dissapointed, without trying to spoil anything I have to admit I was suprised with Henaro, I never saw that coming, that character was well done. Elevating Utu and Fatina to major characters helps the show out a lot, and it's great there is a new group this time instead of the previous group. The Four Coffin Knights were not interesting. I have to say I ended up caring for none of them including Mite.
So frankly I have to say that I wish GONZO had thought harder about how to write the Second Season because it felt rushed and at times incomplete.
25 of 25 episodes seen
I know people like to get angry at whiny characters in anime like Jin. But you know what, there are times where people feel like they are alone in the world and in some ways yes I can relate to him, now I didn't have the misfortune of having something happen like he did, but nonetheless his pain could be understood. Most of the main characters are really well written but there are maybe two weaknesses. One of them is the abnormally large breasts on characters like Machina, Garnet and yes even Toa to a certain extent. What were the creators thinking? This is a serious show and for the most part there isn't too much comedy in it, to throw in a breast size like that kind of kills the mood. It's hard to take the plot seriously when I see Garnet have two Bowling Balls on her chest, not to mention I wonder if she's suffering from Backpain. Secondly, Kazuki has got to be one of the most annoying characters ever in a show, he eventually comes around but I stress eventually. For most of the show he seems to be a Grade A Prick and just a general a$$hole, his sudden conversion near the end of the show is just really unbelievable.
So I have to give it a compromise grade. The first 17 episodes were nothing special. The last 8 were really well done though.
So First 17 Episodes earn an D
The Next 8 earn an B+ giving it around a C, and that's what this show is. Another average anime. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen