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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
306 of ? episodes seen
Everything stands out in Naruto, but it goes on a whole 'nother level here, in Shippuuden. Why?
Because all things click! I mean the story, it's so indulging and beautiful that it leaves you breathless. It's so complex yet so simple to grasp that you can do nothing more but to admire it. The story that had led me to many manly tears, many sobs and emotional breakdowns. Every time someone dies, I'm really left hallow inside. Even when those white clones die, I just can't help but feel empty because they were filling my heart with hope - and after they're gone, all that's left is a void. Ordinary anime can't do that, no. But Naruto is beyond the ordinary. It's the story of the ages, the eternity lifted up, glorified and yet humbled to be taken to the skies.
And the ART ... oh the ART! My eyes have never before witness something so beautiful as the art here. Never before did I stop breathing upon gazing at Sakura's face, her tears floating down for no reason at all (that's what they make you believe! Her heart cries out for a reason!) but still making your heart ache. The beautiful sunset, the village and all of the people - such detail cannot be found anywhere else. But, there are some flaws. Nah, just kidding . It's the perfection.
But, art wouldn't go as well as if it wasn't something more to support it, which is Mozzart composed sound, beautiful voicing and effects! You don't usually notice the small things in the background, like the birds flying, or the rock falling into the trees (because other anime makers DON'T DO THAT) but that's not the case with Naruto. Here, everything feels alive. Everything moves, eveything breaths - everything has its own purpose on the screen. It feels more like a life rather than an anime. And followed by a sweet music, slowly making your ears bleed but in a good way ... oh, what a sensation!
But where Naruto truly shines is the Character department. Such variety, so much love. Everyone loves everyone. It warms my heart to see so many different, so not your standard, people being friends with each other. It warms my heart to see Naruto bringing salvation to the lost souls, showing them a path to their enlightment. The only thing I want is for Sasuke to come back home. Everyone misses him. Their hearts bleed because the friendship was broken; he is theirs even in his darkness. But I'm sure Naruto will manage it somehow. He always does.
This is an anime that withstands the test of time and everything that comes along! The sheer beauty and deepness of it leaves my heart in pain whenever I think about its ending. I don't want Naruto to end. I want him to keep on saving people that don't matter and, in that way, showing us that everyone matters. I raise my hands to you Naruto and Naruto's Friends! Nakama!
Hands down, the worst --- I mean, the best shuonen ever! read more
I give Berserk 10. I will always give it 10. Up to the volume 15-18 or so, this manga overshadows everything, absolutely everything. If it was concluded in the next four to five volumes, it would undoubtedly become something so masterful that could never be overtaken. But it didn't. Which is kind of sad and frustrating at the same time.
I needn't bother you with what's Berserk all about; there's a synopsis and hundreds of other reviews. I'm just here to point out some things I've noticed.
Back when I first picked up Berserk, I marathoned up to somewhere in the middle of the Golden Age arc (where Guts and Casca come closer to each other). That's where I stopped. Since I knew that Guts hated Griffith and that his sole purpose was the revenge, I was kind of afraid that Casca would die and that would be the thing that drove him insane. While thinking about it now, I think it would've been better if she had died. Sure, Retribution Arc had its moments, but regardless, Casca became a sheer burden - nothing more. I remember, during the Golden Age arc, never knowing who's going to die - what madness and what monster would appear next. Each panel had its own story to tell, never wasting any of it on some unnecessary stuff. While thinking about it now, even the ending of them all during the Eclipse would’ve been better. Why? Berserk used to be the most brutal and honest manga out there, never hiding from the horrific things that can happen, never ‘censoring’ absurd stuff, never being afraid to put it out, to make a character go insane, make him more evil than the things he’s fighting against – but what happened to that? I remember caring for the deaths of the supporting characters, even some monsters – but I no longer do that. It turned from ‘He … he could’ve survived’ to ‘Ah, whatever’ whenever someone/something dies.
I have no problem with the long waits. There’s too much to do in-between that I almost forget about Berserk and I don’t see any wrongs there. Take your time, I don’t care – but what I care about is this immense feeling in my chest that keeps on growing – some ounce of knowledge that this story, truly, sees no ending. Not an open one, not an epic conclusion, not a sad or satisfying ending – no ending at all. Story of Guts should’ve ended a long time ago. Guts used to represent this madman, a lone wolf hanging onto a last rope of salvation – the final revenge. What happened to that? Does he no longer care for the revenge? Well, to be honest, neither would I if I didn’t think about it for a long time. Revenge no longer seems as an appropriate reason to tag next to his name. The path of revenge should be short, driven to madness until the darkness consumes you or until you get what you want. And that’s why I think that Berserk manga is no longer what it should’ve been. Sure, everyone, undoubtedly, still wants and yearns for that final climax, but will it have the same impact as it would’ve had a long time ago? I don’t think so. Heck, I even forgot about my hatred for Griffith – I somewhat started caring more about him than Guts – and that’s something I never thought would come out of my lips/fingertips. I will read Berserk until it no longer has anything to tell just for the art. Panels can be empty, no word needs to be spoken, just those sheer detailed scenes, facial expressions will always be enough for me to read Berserk. But it’d be same as reading the book just because the font looks pretty. I’ll always recommend Berserk to those I know will appreciate it just for that infamous scene, nothing more. It's had more impact on me than anything else I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen some pretty fu***d up stuff, to be honest.
My only hope now rests in that brutal climax, the final showdown, the battle greater than anything else I’ve seen before. The final goodbye to probably the strongest character that ever came out of anyone’s imagination. Sure, he can’t burn the world with his di*k, but he can do pretty much anything you can imagine a man doing with a sword in his hands. And then double that. Guts and Berserk are iconic names, and, for me, Golden Age is an epitome of storytelling. I know this since I am ‘writer’ myself; these things do not fly by as you go, they are carefully thought of and the impact is planned ever since those things started. I wish Miura would go back to his roots, to the honest brutality, to the world where death waits everywhere and where the thirst for revenge is the only thing that keeps Guts alive.
12 of 12 episodes seen
- As I stated before, if you watched any of the arena-based survival anime/movies, you will know the story of this one. Twenty or so people are sent out on a deserted island (due to the reasons which are explained later on; I won't spoil it) where they are given set of bombs to use in order to survive. One of those people is also our main protagonist, Ryouta. He soon realizes that the world where he's placed in is similar to the online game called Btooom! About that time, he also starts gathering allies, supplies ... you know how it goes. That's basically all you have to know when beginning to watch this anime. Beware that there are actually some solid twists as the story progresses which will probably surprise you.
- When speaking about the art, we are talking about the 2012 where anything below "standard" isn't even considered art anymore (for some reason). Btooom! didn't suffer from that "dull", "simple-minded" art. It is colorful, beautiful. Even though everything is packed on a small island, you will still see a great deal of variety, great amount of detail in the background and so on. When it comes to the characters, they aren't anything less than the rest. They are all quite different, they all have their marks which separates them from the rest and you will quickly grow to like the style. It is kind of generic, but it was executed amazingly well, nevertheless.
- Sound department isn't as great as the art. I usually don't like when the OP has a song that's a mix of Eng/Jap language, and Btooom! just proved that it's not a good choice. Bomb explosions, on the other hand, are actually great. I was quite surprised with the quality of the sound, may that be the simple underwater explosion or the ground blowing up into the pieces. Background music is back and forth; sometimes you will notice it but most of the time it's just that: background. Another good aspect of the sound is the character voicings. They all fit their characters, they're not annoying and over the top, and, just like the art, you'll grow fond of them quickly.
- Whenever I'm going into this type of anime (survival, in the overall), I expect to see some deep characters and a lot of shifts in their personalities. Other than the few main characters, anime doesn't give as much of development to the others but there wasn't really time for that to be honest. However, the other aspect that I'm looking forward to, personalities-fuck-ups as I like to call them, are there. Back and forth, almost all characters play with their personality as if it was a mere child's toy. Granted, you will probably see them coming, but they still bring certain charm to the overall experience because they actually hyped up the tension between the characters. Another good point in the character department is that the characters are actually interesting. I'm not saying that you will care whether they die or not, but they are certainly amusing to watch. They all try to survive in their own ways; whether by the certain moral code or by a simple jungle-rule: world of the fittest. If I say much about anything else, I'll probably spoil something, so I'll just conclude this paragraph by saying that you've seen these characters before but they are still interesting to watch in the overall experience.
- I knew that I will enjoy this anime the moment I read the synopsis. However, to which degree, I wasn't so certain. I didn't expect a mind-blowing story or tear-jerking moments of any sort; I was expecting great action, solid twists and the dark atmosphere. That's exactly what I got and a tad bit more. This anime probably won't appeal to any hardcore-story-characters-backbones anime viewers because you've basically seen the entire twelve episodes if you ever watched anything in the similar genre. I recommend you to enter the experience open-minded and relaxed - enter the solid pace of the anime and enjoy the ride (if you're into seeing people kill each other, that is).
Btooom! as the overall experience was a solid surprise. As the ending suggested, we're probably getting the second season and I'm really looking forward to it. It's a great time-killer filled with interesting characters, shitload of great action (that's not so generic, by the way) and surprisingly well-written story. If you're a fan of the survival genre, this anime was probably made for you. If not, you can still watch it to kill the time - it might actually surprise you.