13 of 13 episodes seen
I'll admit, in terms of story, Kannagi certainly does not progress much, most of the episodes consists of mainly comedy and slice-of-life aspects that are rather standalone and move the plot slowly. Interesting themes and subjects are brought up but not touched upon frequently enough, I can understand those who were unsatisfied with that. However I do think that Kannagi's strongest aspects lies not in its plot, but rather the comedy and interaction of the characters in the series.
Art and animation wise, Kannagi excels in this department. I was very impressed with all the fine details given to everything from Nagi scratching her leg occasionally as she sits to hair blowing in the wind to the electronic noise usually present in old analog television sets. Movement is fluid and natural and the characters and their surroundings are drawn consistently every episode. Not many still shots or other effects are used in place of actual movement.
The music used in Kannagi is good, it fits their respective scenes and help add to the overall atmosphere. Th variations of the main theme as well as the instrumental versions of the OP/ED are pleasant to hear and give me nothing to complain about. The OP/ED themselves are catchy and very different from each other. All the voice actors also did an excellent job in bringing their characters and their personalities to life.
The cast of Kannagi each have their own unique personalities and quirks, most of which had me laughing as I kept watching. Development wise there isn't too much of that, save for the two main characters of course(even that was not too much). It is the way they interact amongst each other that deserves a 9 for character. There will certainly be someone you can relate to or situation they end up in that remind you of something similar.
In terms of enjoyment, Kannagi presents lots of it. Each episode has comedy to have you laughing, likeable characters, parodies/references and even some drama to top it all off. Personally I enjoyed every minute of Kannagi and in my honest opinion, you have to stop thinking of its lack of lot development in order to enjoy this series fully.
Overall: 9/10 (10/10 to me, but I'm trying to be more fair here)
Overall, Kannagi is a pleasant, thoroughly enjoyable experiece, be it the slice-of-life situations, comedy, parody/references to popular culture, brands and etc. to the characters themselves. Sure, for a 13 episode series the plot barely moved or resolved but honestly with the above mentioned things I feel that they nicely make up for it and is much more enjoyable when you overlook the pacing of the story. Probably one of the most enjoyable anime this year(certainly is to me )
You are not obligated to fully agree with my ratings and opinions nor does this review truly reflect what this series is like. Hope you enjoyed this review.
P.S. It's a Sony! ;D
1 of 1 episodes seen
Despite being called a movie, its duration is rather short (personally I feel as though it was an OVA or extended episode). The movie has a rather plain and unsurprising plot, not exactly superb but its not horrible either. Still better than most of the fillers from the Tsubasa anime.
As expected of Production I.G, the animation is simply superb and detailed, with a wonderful use of colours. The movements of both the characters and inanimate objects are fluid, and the character designs are also pleasing. There were hardly any moments where I felt the characters look like they were drawn rather odd. While I originally intended to give the art a 9, thinking of how disappointing the animation of the anime series done by BeeTrain was, I decided to give it a 10. You can clearly see the difference in animation quality between the two studios.
Music has always been the strongest point of the Tsubasa anime series to me. The music used were all familiar tracks from the anime series, all composed by Yuki Kajiura, so theres no problem where music is concerned, though I did feel that some of the tracks used didn't quite suit the scene. The opening song and ending songs by Kinya and Yui Makino respectively were also very good and fit the movie well.
Being a 30 minute movie, there isn't exactly anything special about the character development, as the audience is expected to know them by now. They are all the same as you see them in the anime/manga.
Although some will find this movie rather boring or too short, I really did enjoy it. Especially when compared to all those filler episodes from the anime.
Overall, I find the Tsubasa Chronicle movie rather entertaining despite being only 30 minutes long. Is this movie really worth your time to watch? While I wouldn't recommend this movie as a must watch, it certainly wont hurt to give it a try either.The plot is simple but the animation really makes up for it (Once more the Tsubasa anime comes to mind when I say this). You are not obligated to fully agree with my ratings and opinions nor does this review truly reflect what this movie is like. Hope you enjoyed this review by a first-timer like me.