23 of 23 episodes seen
The major fault in Clannad is that it's ... Clannad. It's a laughable comedy, at best, but not even close to some of the actual comedies. Clannad is a story about, I guess, growing up and beating the life ... kind of. Okay, I know there's a sequel, but I'll touch on that later on. The story in Clannad does not exist - no, I don't consider short, mini-arcs about random high school girls that look as if they were just born from an alien but to be stories. It relies on its characters to be the backbone and, that's fine, don't get me wrong, but the characters suck. It's kind of a harem story, but it's not, but also kind of a straightforward romance story, but it's kind of not. See where I am going? If you're coming into Clannad, specifically, for the good story, you won't find one. I'll explain this at the end of the review, where I'll connect it to its sequel.
The art irked me. The art annoyed me probably the most in the entire anime. Just the fact that I had to get accustomed to those big, TOO BIG eyes was bad enough, without having the looks of a eight year old kids, voices which are, at best, superbly annoying, and overall tone of the childish anime. For an anime that sells as a deep, dramatic story of growing up, there sure as hell fucked up with the visual impact. The worst part is this: male characters look more appealing than the female ones. When that's the case, you know you screwed somewhere along the line. I know it's not the fault of the anime, considering the VN has pretty much the same style, and I'm not against moe, but there should be a fine damn line somewhere in-between. Sadly, the best part of this anime is probably the sound. And even that's below average. The voices of the characters, especially female ones, are so dreadful and annoying, that it's impossible to un-hear them once you hear them. Their high-pitched voices will be stuck with you long after, without any redeeming quality. Another major 'dafuq' of the anime is the soundtrack. You can pretty much say when the show wants you to laugh and smile and when it wants you to cry. There's a huge contrast between the tone of the music, that you, literally, say to yourself, when the 'sad tone music starts': "Oh, I'm supposed to feel down here". It's bad enough when the story, clearly, wants you to cry, but to add pain to injury, the soundtrack wants it even more.
The characters are a major train-wreck. Tomoya is probably the only relateable character (relatively) in the entire cast of Clannad (and it's bloody huge). Beside him, you have shitone of side characters that don't really matter and are there just to be another annoying archetype, and you have Nagisa. Nagisa is a specific kind of annoying. I am a fan of strong-willed and strong-minded female characters, and Nagisa is pretty much the opposite. She's never raised her voice the entire damn anime, she never opposed anything, she never as much questioned what others have been doing - she just kind of 'rolled with the flow'. She was there ... to be there. I guess. Something like that. She's a perfect example of an awful character, without any redeeming quality to it. Now, as I've mentioned, there are countless of other characters there (mostly moe girls), and the story tries really, really, really hard to make you care for some of them, but ... I can't care for some unrealistic character I know does not exist in this world. No.
Did I enjoy Clannad? Hell no. It had some funny moments here and there, but that's about it. No, seriously. If I chuckled a few times during the 23 episodes of a show, and kept screaming in my head "WHEN WILL THIS SHIT END?" for the rest of the time, you know something's wrong. It's just ... it's just bad.
Now, to please those that say 'You have to watch AS to fully understand Clannad', here's the further review WHICH DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS FROM THE FIRST SEASON - you've been warned.
I'm currently halfway through the second season of Clannad, and I've stopped at the 13th episode mark for awhile now. From what I've witnessed, it is, actually, CLANNAD. It's completely the same, with only Tomoya and Nagisa dating. And what the hell? Dating? Is that what's considered dating in the Japan? Like, we'll talk once in awhile, maybe touch each other here and there, but subtly, and stare at each other from time to time? Tomoya and Nagisa are like Marshal and Lilly from HIMYM, but without sex (well), kids (well), and all the kissing. They're simply being showed in your face as a perfect couple, when you can clearly see they're not. Nagisa is like a subdued dog, with its intelligence barely enough to support the thought "I shall follow Tomoya everywhere", and Tomoya ... is pretty much the only half-normal human being the series. I also understand that the "real show" (I wonder how many fucking times did I hear this) starts in the second part, but I already kind of spoiled myself and still failed to feel any impact. Should I really care about Nagisa and what happens to her? Why? No ... I simply don't care what happens to either one of these people.
I understand that this anime, I guess, and its sequel changed the lives and perspectives of certain people. Hell, AS is in the top ten anime of all times according to MAL, but I simply failed to see any appeal. Compared to FMA: Brotherhood, for instance, it looks like a pile of dog crap that was digested from human crap. Thanks for reading and the negative feedback. read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
That being said, I started watching Chihayafuru solely because of its endless good reviews. I had to reach third/fourth page before I found a review that scored it below 9, and that kind of says something. Unfortunately, I did not see the massive appeal as other reviewers did.
The story of Chihayafuru is simple - far too simple. It's as basic and as standard and as cliche as any sport/competitive manga/anime are nowadays. If you ever watched Boukman or KnB, it's pretty much that - only with karuta instead of drawing manga and playing basketball. It follows the story of trio (mostly duo), Chihaya, your classic tomboy and airhead, Arata, mysterious, brooding-to-develop guy and Taichi, tomboy's standard, jealous childhood friend. The story itself mostly focuses on Chihaya though, especially in the latter episodes, with occasional moments devoted to Tachi and some of the side characters.
It's a story about wanting to be the BEST! What I didn't like about the story is that it used the very same cliches found in any similar anime/manga - pumped up beginning, sudden wall, sudden new revelations about the game, sudden new techniques which improve our main character, rivals he/she encounters that teach her things unwillingly but joyfully, the OP characters our main duo/trio is dying to reach ... you get the point. It has everything any other manga/anime of similar genre has. Nothing new - there are no twists, compelling story or some innate depth. The only times where the story shines are the same as any other - when there's a big match, and everyone's on the edge. Nothing new. Mediocre, at best.
Art and sound, on the other hand, are wonderful. From the very first episode, I was hooked onto the art; although it was quite shoujo-ish, it wasn't filled solely with hot guys and girls (even Arata isn't that hot), and the surroundings were immensely satisfying to look at. Animation was lacking from time to time, with pictures sliding over one another during "unimportant" matches, but it also had its shining moments. Soundtrack had some beautiful compositions, some that were extremely tense and satisfying to listen, and voice actors did a fantastic job on their characters - one of the best I've recently had a chance to witness.
There where everyone told me I'd find a gem, I didn't. Characters ... oh the characters. I didn't mind having them start off as your basic, over-the-top cliche standards (even the side characters). However, the issue is that they never really change, and, if they do, it wasn't that appealing to me.
I'll start with Chihaya first. Although I always had a "thing" for tomboy-ish girls, especially in manga/anime, since they're fun to watch, Chihaya kind of rubbed badly on me. She started getting on my nerves the very first episode, which was never a good sign. I understand a certain level of un-logical events is required for a story to set off, but no one sane would throw away years of friendship for a random stranger. Maybe I'm just thinking too much into it, but that's my opinion. Throughout the episode, we see Chihaya grow - but only in tears of her karuta strength - not in terms of her character. From the very first episode, until the very last, SHE'S EXACTLY THE SAME! And no, there are no facts to prove otherwise. She's still sulking over Arata, is still completely ignorant to Taichi, is still an stupid airhead (beauty in vain), is still shouting and making the same calls she did at the beginning. I understand there's another season, but I'm fairly certain twenty five episodes are quite enough for at least a small amount of character development.
As for Taichi, he was my favorite character since the episode one. Not that he's the best character, far from it, but I was always fond of the characters like him. Ironically, he gets probably the most development throughout the series, both in terms of character and karuta strength. Taichi is your "original" jack of all trades but master of none; he has amazing grades, always at the top of his class (you never see him study though - maybe in 1 or 2 pictures), has a room filled with trophies, is so rich he just has a "small TV" in his bedroom, has a strict mother ... you know the type. However, the growth in his character is noticeable, and, besides Chihaya, he gets the most screen time, often even more than Chihaya. Still, I never liked the cowardice part of him - and I'd like that gone.
There's not much to say about Arata though. He barely gets any screen time until towards the end. He's your typical best-in-business who got struck by a sudden tragedy and needs his friends to pursue him to do the thing he loves the most in his life (?). Plain and uninteresting character.
Did I enjoy Chihayafuru? Relatively so. It has it's moments, especially during the intense karuta matches (Taichi & Porky still the best match). However, besides that, it doesn't have much going for it. It terms of story, it's completely lacking, being as cliche as one could get. With characters, it can be so-so, depending on from which perspective you look at things. However, twenty five episodes seemed far too dragged out without nothing important besides a few growths in rank happening. The good, saving graces are the art and sound, however, I wouldn't recommend it if you're not SOLELY into competitive sports (no matter what it is) and if you didn't like the types of Koruko no Basket, Bakuman etc.
Overall, Chihayafuru, in my humble opinion, is far from deserving its current score. In terms of both, story and characters, which should be the most important aspects in these types of anime (especially the characters), it offers nothing special. It has occasional wry and quirky humor, but even that fades out during the second half. read more
Dec 14, 2013Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukou... (Anime) add
13 of 13 episodes seen
To put it off my chest, I loved first 4-5 episodes. They really hit the point with me since I love the detective stories. They were well executed, they actually had SOLID pacing (I KNOW!) and weren't as ... well, as bad as the rest of them. As for the rest of them, they suck - flat out suck.
The story of Danganronpa is simple - you have sixteen (fifteen) students stuck in a school and only one of them will graduate. How? By killing others and not being found guilty, of course. The anime instantly opens the question of moral, self-indulgence and various other things concerning oneself in regards to others. We have a large range of characters, and a great setting. The rest is simple: some drama and dialogue, murder, investigation and trial - hence and repeat. No, seriously. The story skyrockets in speed in the last five episodes. You are constantly being fed enormous amount of information and you don't know whether you're supposed to remember or not. And the last two episodes (especially the last) ... oh gosh ... think of it as the entire Sauske/Itachi arc done in one and a half episode. Yep.
All in all, story is half-assed at best. It opens solidly and creates decent foundation, but then is skips through itself so quickly you forget what the hell is actually happening. It has no tools other than constant, constant, CONSTANT, boring dialogue and monologue to resolve all the questions, so yeah.
The saving graces of this anime are probably art and sound, and even they are not great. Art itself is nothing special; animations can sometimes (often) be so stiff you can barely look at them. Not to mention 5 minutes of talking where no one moves a limb. Eyes blinking and mouths opening and closing. Yeah. However, animation somewhat shines during the executions; they're quite well done, all unique in their own ways, flashy and disturbing of course. However, what killed the art for me was that bloody, pinkish blood. I detest the censorship, especially in anime where blood actually matters. Executions seemed as unicorns taking a crap rather than bodies being mutilated and dismembered in the most awful ways. Characters designs are also quite good, I might add. All characters look fresh, unique and distinguishable enough. It's their personalities that make you forget about them. As far as the sound goes, music is your standard tense stuff which is actually not half-bad. The voice actors vary; even in the last episode, I still couldn't stand the MC's voice, but it's just me.
Now, the character department. Considering there are sixteen (fifteen) students, and thirteen episodes, you know it's going to be a train-wreck. Only two characters receive mild development (Kirigiri & Naegi) but not in the true sense. From the very first episode, they all have established personalities and they stick to them (well, Nagei kind of receives a new one by the end). There are two or three interesting character, including the bear (which is probably the most interesting) and the psycho-killer-schizophrenia-amnesic-catastrophe. Kirigiri will be okay for some people, but I found her character ... just plain boring. The characters are not memorable. Let alone their names. Not that you even bother to remember, or need to remember. Just ... bad characters overall.
In the enjoyment department, for the first 5 episodes, I give this anime 10. For the last 6 episodes, I give it 0. And we find in the middle. First two-three cases are relatively fun, but the formula quickly runs out. And then they tip of a twist which just couldn't make any sense unless they pulled out some really weird crap (which they did) but hey, I lived through it. The anime has A LOT of twists. Are they good? Some of them. However, after the number of people clears up a bit, it's rather easy to predict who killed whom, and even that mystery aspect kind of disappears. And then the last two episodes. Complete and utter train wreck.
What I hated the most about Danganronpa are those last five episodes. Up until then, HOPE and DESPAIR were never found in the same sentence and were mentioned once or twice in an episode. But then writers took some acid and decided to go nuts. They invented a new drinking game. Whenever you hear the words HOPE and DESPAIR in the same sentence in the last 5-6 episodes, take a shot. You won't live through one. For some reason, the writers decided to go full-out-pretentious (never go full-out-pretentious) and not in a good way. They constantly kept throwing around the subjects such as despair and hope, and characters (especially MC) kept giving the old same speeches how "... as long as I can hope, I can change the world with my hope ..." (yea, I'm looking at you Naruto) and you just want to close your eyes and forget you're watching it because you're embarrassed.
Do I recommend Danganronpa? Well, unless you're sucker for extremely fast paced anime with so many plot twists that will make your head twist (and not in a good way), go for it. However, it is obvious that this anime needed far more than 13 episodes. Even someone who never played the game realizes that. read more
34 of ? chapters read
Watashi ni xx Shinasai! (Watashi in further text) starts of as an intriguing idea which a lot of ways to develop itself. Unfortunately, it takes almost all the wrong paths. In a sense, the story goes around in circles and, whenever you think there'd be some major development, BAM, something new happens and you're left hanging.
The story is about Yukino, a cellphone novel writer for whose glare the tales have been written. After she overhears some comments about her novel lacking true love, she forces a "picture-perfect" guy, Shigure, after learning his dirty secret, to certain "Missions" whereas they hold hands, "embrace each other" and ... well, that's about it. After you've read first 3-4 chapters, the story, up until 34th barely progresses. There is certainly some character development but, again, unfortunately, it's lacking in a sense that it feels pasted rather than actually developed. After the interesting premise, Watashi slowly decays all of its merits and takes wrong route after a wrong route.
On the other hand, though, the art is quite good. The characters are drawn in a standard shoujo way where you have hot guys and cute girls. As far as the backgrounds go, they are often lacking but are satisfying to look at nonetheless. It's easy to read and follow through although there are some weird perspective choices and misses regarding proportions here and there. The biggest complaint I have about the art is the emphasis on the characters rather than anything else, but that's to be expected.
As far as the characters are concerned, you have your standard (and I mean standard) main characters. Yukino, sort of naive, inexperienced girl that knows shit about love and is trying to figure it out. Then you have Shigure, this perfect guy with daunting past and reasons behind his fake smiles, then you have Mami, cute, aloof girl that's always clinging onto Shigure and Akira, the let's-cross-that-line kind of cousin. Anyway, the characters are NOT interesting. As much as Yukino seems interesting in the beginning, her character development actually ruins her more than it helps. As for the others, I dare not even begin to be honest.
Did I enjoy this manga? First 3-4 chapters, albeit there are some moments when it can be fun. I can certainly see the appeal in which this manga is done, but it's not a good and noteworthy appeal nonetheless. The enjoyment of reading this manga arises with people that love "hanging in the air" kinds of relationships, odd formations of love triangles (and then some), constant undeniably awkward decisions of the main characters and occasionally good usage of humor.
If you're a dead-heated fan of shoujo, you should check it out; it might be of your liking. However, if you want to read a shoujo with actually a good story, a good character development and interesting characters, Watashi lacks quite much in those departments. I've always stated this regarding the shoujo manga: if, by the thirtieth chapter, they have only held hands and still feel awkward touching each other, you know there's something wrong. read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
Still, while reading some recommendations, people said they had a blast of laughter throughout with a dash of romance so I decided to pick it up. I kind of regret it, but, at the same time, I kind of am not.
To be honest, story is tragically bad, at least in my opinion. It never actually moves anywhere until the last 2 minutes of last episode, so it's kind of an annoying segment of anime. It's basically about four beautiful (...) guys trying to convert an ugly girl into a lady. The story does seem kind of ... stupid, but it had potential. The first couple of episodes were actually quite good, possibly leading to something great, but, in the end, it never really gotten anywhere. If you want to go into this anime for its amazing storytelling, don't. We do get bits and pieces of the background story from two characters, but overall, not much.
Aside from the story, YNSH has a lot of humor. For the first half of anime, I was laughing my ass off; still, in its latter half, the jokes became old and repetitive. Constant nosebleeds, kidnappings and dazzling quickly grew old and plain and it barely got me to finish the series, hoping for a satisfying ending (nothing there though).
Art ... art is annoying, to be honest. Even after watching all 25 episodes, I still couldn't bring myself to accept those freekin' lips on the guys. They just seem out of place (REALLY OUT OF PLACE) and quite ... freaky to be frank. Also, the fact that Sunako spends 80% of the anime in her chibi form doesn't really bode well with me. Still, her scary faces and whatnot were quite well done - I was actually impressed. However, most of the time, backgrounds are plain and uninteresting with little to no imagination put into them. As I said, I couldn't get used to the art even after finishing anime. Sure, there are some pretty girls here and there, but since the main focus are guys, it's quite unbearable to stare at them for longer than 2 seconds because you want to puke.
While we are at the character department, I also have some complaints. The characters lack ... any kind of development - I mean ANY KIND. The way you see the characters in episode one is the exact one you'll see in episode 25 - even our beloved Sunako, to whom this "transformation" is directed. We have bookworm, playboy, "cutie" boy, loud and annoying mouth-worm, annoying but lady-like aunt, goth-loli (don't ask), cute but love-struck girl, scary, ugly and overall plain girl and ... oh, it's enough. First of, if you're looking for the characters you can relate to, move on. It's impossible. Either they're super-uber-dazzling or they're just plain ugly. Of course, this servers quite well for some comedic moments, but ... it gets annoying after awhile. Even Takano, the only character that gets more than two lines of his past, is impossible to relate to since his "sad past" is derivative of utterly impossible circumstances.
If I say that I enjoyed this anime throughout, I'd be lying. Sure, I had my share of laughs of course, but a lot of times I was just withering in agony, waiting for SOMETHING to happen. If you're into massive, impossible and CONSTANT nosebleeds, sparkling men and ugly goth-loli girls, you will have a kick out of this series. I swear, it's impossible to count the number of nosebleeds in this anime. And they're not the simple ones; just the ones that can manifest the pool of blood.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is not a bad anime, don't get me wrong. However, the bits and pieces that are fun, original and hilarious are often overshadowed by its ridiculous setting, situations out of this world which are impossible to relate to, characters that are definitely not human and non-existent story. Still, it's worth the watch if you have nothing else major to complete. read more
24 of 24 episodes seen
Mawaru Penguindrum is a lot of things, but first and foremost it's an unique anime, unraveled in its sense of storytelling. Not to say it's masterful by any means, but it is rather refreshing and, indeed, at times quite good. It's a story that takes its time to be told and requires attention from viewers. All in all, it is not that complex; it rather has a lot of elements that need to tie each other up in order to make sense - and there's where the first flaw, for me, comes with this anime.
The story needed some absurd turn of events in order of everything to make sense, meaning that the last episode looked like deus-ex whilst not being one. You know that these are the things they talked about throughout, but they suddenly just pop out, leaving you with kind of a bitter taste. I can't say that it's bad, though. It's actually pretty decent storytelling, having a lot of symbolism and underlying messages with its prospers of family, struggle and different beliefs. Still, when it all ties up, it felt rushed for me and aftermath didn't seem all to reasonable.
First half of the series has a lot of comedy and it slowly indulges you into the story. It sets its primary aspects, starts with the character development and, then, suddenly turns dark. Not that I mind it, to be clear, but for some viewers it might be too sudden and unexpected of a turn. The entire story is basically tied up to a certain event, and while there are some loopholes here and there and some questions unanswered, it has a solid conclusion in what could've otherwise been a disaster.
The first thing that jumps out on you, though, is the art. First half as one of the most colorful art-styles I've had a chance to witness but it all fell together somehow. Still, as the tone of the story shifted, so did the art. Gradually, the colorfulness was lost and was switched with more serious colors and lesser pallet. There are some breathtaking scenes and landscapes all throughout and I was often left in awe to gaze upon this beautiful world. The quality of animation is consistent and rather good, to be honest, which surprised me a lot. There isn't a lot of action but there's always something happening on the screen. The character designs were really appealing; they seemed as colorful as the rest of the art, distinguishable and easy on the eye while not being all too simple. What I liked a lot is that not every single female/male character had the same type of the eyes but rather the ones that suit their personalities the best.
As well as the art, the sound score took me by surprise as well. There's some beautiful music lying here and, more often than not, it really emphasizes the overall feeling of the certain scene. The characters had suitable voices, each giving powerful performance and providing another means of connecting with the character.
However, as much as I praised art and sound, I can't say the same for the characters. While there are some interesting ones, a lot of the characters seemed dull while being developed which is not a good sign. There's a lot of characters and they all seem connected, one way or another. Their personalities differ but their goals sometime overlap. There are some unreasonable choices, insane decisions and selfish actions from pretty much every character in the series and sometimes their interaction can annoy you a bit. Himari played a role of the "perfect little sister" which really didn't pan in with the story that well. Kanba played the role of the strong, decisive male lead and older brother which sometimes went a little bit too far - and so on. There's definitely a lot of relate-able and real characters, characters you can love and root for, but, nonetheless, their actions will sometimes annoy you not just because you disagree with them but because they're flat out stupid.
When it comes to the enjoyment, it's so-so. It really depends on whether you're "into" this sort of the anime or not. The story takes its sweet time to be told, the characters also take a sweet time to get developed and the overall enjoyment will probably decrees in the later half, nearing the end since the comedy aspect gets lost and story starts to shake up without telling you anything of importance.
I had a debate in my mind - should I give Mawaru Pengiundrum 8 or 9. However, giving 9 would mean that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and that would be a flat out lie. Mawaru Pengiundrum does a lot of things - some of them good, some of them bad. It offers an unique experience and you should surely check it out if you have a free time, at least for a couple of episodes. read more
24 of 24 episodes seen
The first thing I want to talk about is art - for me, it took at least 3 to 4 episodes to get used to it, to be honest. I'm not sure whether that'll be the case for you, but I just wanted to spill it out. As other reviewers stated, it has the vibe of Bokura Ga Ita but only when the art is actually serious. The animation, at least at the beginning, seemed stiff and lacking but it grew on me as the episodes passed. The backgrounds were actually pretty decent, which struck me by surprise. All the characters are different, with their own, unique traits.
At the other aspects, Lovely Complex really took me in. It's funny - no, it's REALLY funny. I kept laughing episode after episode, which I didn't do ever since I watched School Rumble. That's why I said it's relaxing at the very beginning. It has drama, mind you, but it's not something that will make you want to kill yourself. It's kind of a self-study drama, allowing you to learn without some massive effects on its viewers. I really appreciated that since that's exactly what I've been looking for. While other reviewers are stating that this is somewhat different and unique look at romance, I must disagree there. You have a girl and a guy and the obstacles - there's nothing unique to it but the execution is near to flawless as it can get.
When it comes to the story itself, it's your pretty standard "girl must win over a guy's heart" type of thing. There aren't many twists (I'm not certain if there are any, to be honest) and it's somewhat straight-forward. Still, what I liked is the pacing - it was actually pretty fantastic and after watching Kimi ni Todoke this looked like a super-sonic fast train in compliance. The story follows our comedian duo, Risa & Ootani. They're always bickering and teasing each other, but even after the first episode you realize they're a perfect match. If only the things were that simple, aye?
As for the characters, I can't say there's a whole load of them, but what's there is unique and somewhat extravagant. You have Risa, hyperactive tall girl (I was really surprised to learn that girl in Japan is considered too tall if she's over 170) who never had a boyfriend in her life. Then you have Ootani, probably the most dense high school kid you will ever meet but also caring and daring at the same time. Then you have two other couples, one all lovey-dovey and one all shy. There are also some other sub characters with some decent personalities, but most of the story is resolved around those 6 people (well, mostly 2, but other 4 get their screen time). All characters are fresh and, while it took me some time to get used to their VA, I quickly fell in love with them. They do overkill on every topic, they over-think everything, they dare dream and whatnot.
Lovely Complex might not be perfect and it might not be epitome of rom-coms, but it's amazingly well-crafted, hilarious, sweet and loveable. While it has strong beginning and ending, middle part is not as good; still, it doesn't take away from overall enjoyment of the series. I watched all 24 episodes in the course of 3 days, and the thought "Oh God, please end" never popped up in my head. As the matter of fact, after finishing it, I wanted more. It leaves you with a sweet taste and the ending provides great satisfaction to all they've been through.
Remember guys, height doesn't matter - as long as the girl isn't taller than a guy!
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24 of 24 episodes seen
Logic. It's the word you'll probably hear the most besides the names in the entire anime. Everything resolves around logic, and logic of the world, that is. Logic and reason. Even though most people label those two the same, in reality they are not. If something is logical it doesn't mean that it's reasonable at the same time. And, well, ZnT doesn't seem to wage those accounts. You'll often see plausible reasons arising from illogical conclusions but, somehow, that's the magic of this anime. It keeps you guessing and pushing until you either figure it out or just drop it altogether. Another thing that ZnT does well and bad at the same time is a conflict between two sides. The irony is that anime quotes work which specifically have a conflict between two sides while here conflict is not that ... expressed, if you may, since it's never resolved.
When I said, at the beginning, that this is not your typical shounen but at the same time it is, I meant forwarding: ZnT is never sure of what it wants to be. Whether it's a tragic story of revenge, a story about saving the world, a story about the battle of fate, a story about illogical world - so it's basically all that. Still, regardless of how tempting and deep this sounds, it isn't. It's just that ZnT is somewhat perfectly executed that it makes you believe all those episodes were required whilst in reality the anime could've easily lasted only 12-13 episodes. In a department of "it is your typical shounen" we see the cliche happy ending regardless of the foreseeable tragedy occurring. It tries to put too much empashism on the logic of the things that occur disregarding their reasoning which is bothersome to say the least. Not to say that the logic is perfect, far from it, it's actually quite flawed a lot of times.
A story in itself is not a bad one but it is far fetched. As mentioned before, it tries to be a great deal of things at the same time and it doesn't work out that well. It simply can't bode with everything that's happening. Although, what I particularly liked, was the resolve of time-paradox through magic. Even though it was simple, at least they tried and didn't explain it by "well, it's magic, anything is possible". The story itself could've been told im a mere ten sentences (if even that many) since it contains a lot of half-filler episodes. By half-filler I mean the episodes which just stagnate the story itself and do not bring anything important to the table. Another thing I ought to mention is that the story in the first half, that is first 12 episodes, is way stronger than the later 12. First half of ZnT was actually rather good and enjoyable, but second half somewhat took itself too high and in the end didn't do anything. The best way to explain it, I guess, is if you mix ideology of the tragedy and reality of comedy and happiness. That said, second half is way too comedic to be taken seriously (especially with the addition of a new character, who is basically a tool) and you soon realize the outcome of the story. There are a few things that keep you watching until the very end, but, even after being hyped, they do not surprise you that much (if anything, they kind of disappoint you).
The strongest aspect of the entire series is its animation, without a doubt. I was really surprised with a character design; it was quite fresh and unique and each character had its own traits that would distinguish one from another. The sceneries are often beautiful but never boring or dull and the animation itself is fluid. It doesn't have many stiff scenes and the battle parts are designed to really keep your blood pumping. They're fast, flashy and things explode is a most fabulous fashion. Beware, your eyes will fall in love.
Where I thought I'd find a jewel, I find something that was barely above average. The characters are often (by the very series) connected to those of the Hamlet or The Tempest but there are only a few that actually work. Duo MC was a pleasant surprise; their characters aren't that blunt, they aren't boring or dense (well ... in a sense) and they often try to explain their actions through logic and reason (but, you know ...). A character that I disliked the most and firmly believe that is far too fetched is Aika. This occurs especially in the later half of the series, when the truth about her starts unraveling. Her character, in the end, actually weakened the story itself due to the rushed resolution of the story (since they had to end it, they ended it with pretty much the fastest way possible). Princess-sama, on the other hand, is likeable but all in all a cliche character. Firm wall of concrete outside, little girl that yearns for love inside. Again, as with the story and setting itself, she was mostly a tool for comedic situations in the later half while actually being a solid character throughout the first half. There are some other solid characters but I won't bother you with them since I've already dragged the review quite a bit.
ZnT can be seen as a dual edge within a single blade. First half of the story, somewhat tragic, dark and never-resolving and its second part, comdic, non-sensical and way too light-hearted settings. The anime took a major three hundred and sixty degrees turn in both, characters, story and setting. Not to say that it's bad, but it isn't that good either. So, in the end, ZnT falls into a group of half-bred shounen with themes borrowed from the various sources. Too many things done in a bad fashion and in a way too little time.
And, oh, the romance story of the first half deserves a thumbs up. read more
24 of 24 episodes seen
There’s only one thing you truly need to know about the story: it has no direction and it’s confusing on occasions. By “it has no direction” I mean that it’s basically a “monster of the week” with the addition of a bunch of flashbacks, some harem thrown in and somewhat hilarious twists. The story follows Layfon, mysterious young man who arrived in a city called Zuellin to do … something. However, by the odd turn of events, he’s enrolled in the Military Arts and forced to take part in, what can only be called, foolish inner-platoon matches. However, we soon realize that Layfon is not your ordinary teenager.
I’ll be honest here – the story is weak. Even though it does try to do something about it, it almost always fails. It pulls things right out of nowhere (especially in the later episodes), giving all the new terms, confusing the viewer and all sorts of things just like those. The only real way to understand what the writer wanted to say completely is to shut down everything in your brain and focus it entirely on the CSR or to re-watch the show couple of times. I probably missed it, but they never really explained what “Kei” is and it left me guessing that it’s some sort of inner power or something. It’s rather redundant to go through twenty four episodes and still wonder what the hell is this and what the hell is that.
There are a lot of stiff moments. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. Character designs are somewhat odd but the world itself is quite interesting. The fights are animated quite nicely (especially those towards the end) and backgrounds can be beautiful at times. Still, as I said, there are A LOT of immovable scenes where the speech just goes on and on and on without much animation. The monster designs are rather imaginative and colorful and they wary quite much which is always a nice thing. All in all, nothing amazing but definitely above average.
There are only a few complaints I have about the sound of CSR; first and foremost, background music is mismatched a lot of times and good songs are rarely thrown in. Second, some of the character voices are quite annoying and it can go over the board at times. Still, if I forget that, there’s really nothing bad I can say about the sound. Soundtrack throughout the battles is fast, adrenaline-pumping, loud and it gets you going. It fits the scenery quite well and, in the last episode, it comes to bloom to its utmost strength. Quite amazing, I must admit.
There are a bunch of characters in CSR and that is bad. As the matter of fact, only three or four of them get developed properly. Harely Sutton, who’s supposedly a main character (well, he IS in every episode) gets zero, absolutely zero development. All we know is that he’s a Nina’s childhood friend and that he likes to make swords. Well, great. Main focus goes to Layfon, of course, and he’s a solid character. Idiotic, but solid nonetheless. Obviously OP in every matter but his story is quite intriguing even though many might argue with his choices or his ideals.
Felli is probably the most-likeable character out of the cast. She’s your not-so-typical loli character with tsunadrish attitude and is a great comedic relief at times. She can be annoying, don’t get me wrong, but she’s still likeable.
Nina is … bad character – at least for me. She’s one of those “I want power for this for that blah” and her development lacks quite a bit. She trains and trains, but she never goes anywhere. She’s as weak as she was in the first episodes. She’s self-involved, pretty much unrequited most of the time but she also has her moments.
Now, the only reason I gave 7 to this department is my beloved Synola-san. She’s not there a lot, but when she is, she always brings something – whatever that something may be. Talking about her might bring out a few spoilers so I will avoid doing that.
There are a lot of things that go wrong with CSR. The ending is way too rushed, the point of the story is none-existent, all that “revelation” during the end makes absolutely no sense (Chosen for what? By whom? Eh?), characters are average at best and on and on. Still, it’s not that bad. CSR has its moments and due to those moments I give it 6. Especially battle between two students of the same school; up until one suddenly became OP, it was quite enjoyable.
Nothing great, but still solid viewing. It kept me on my seats for most of the time but the ending was flat out bad. Twists made no sense, revelations as well and all in all the show lacked certain impact *cough*death*cough* to get anywhere else (no, seriously, I haven’t seen a single person die on the screen even though there were indications for that which is kind of illogical since you’re fighting giant beasts for crying out loud).
4 of 4 episodes seen
Story? Ain't nobody got imagination for that.
There's basically no story. Well ... there is ... sort of. Angel comes from a future to kill a guy since he invented a perfect lolicon world in the future where all women stop aging at the age of 12. She can't kill him so she spends her entire time with him, trying to stop his studies ---
This is pointless. I fuc***g loved this anime. It's not complex. It's not deep. It's not long - it doesn't try to be anything. It is what it is - a mindless 'let's make morbid things kind of fun' thingy. I really don't want to grade this anime because, by all possible standards, this is absolute zero. Art is crappy, sound (what the heck is that?), the characters are like wtf, omg, ojhaaablaa, story is so complex it gave me diarrhea and so on and so forth.
It's aimed to the specific people and I kind of fit right in there. If you consider obscure torture, mindless murders, flat out retarded "everything" this is your thing. It's funny, it really is, and it doesn't try to be anything more than that. read more