20 of 20 episodes seen
The story follows a Tyrannosaurus named Heart, through his encounters, his past, and his life. These 20 episodes include four heartwarming children's stories (interrelated, but fine standalone), 5 episodes each, with relationships (either familial or friendship) and themes like love, identity, envy, and change. Children may not understand the themes, but the lessons are quite clear. All the stories are set in a prehistoric world, complete with talking dinosaurs. The dinosaur names are accurate, while their forms are stylized and colorful. The plot delivery is clear, concise, and simple enough. The narrator's serene voice, covering both the narration and character voices (and sometimes sound effects), and the accompanying music are appropriate and accentuate the emotions presented through the each story, from bubbly to touching and bittersweet. While choppy animation may be detrimental in other anime, it is appropriate and effective here. It may not offer anything new compared to other children's stories, but it does have the single ingredient needed to be a good one: charm. With its marker-styled lines, uneven coloring, and the retained storybook presentation, it is a wonderful short series. Outside of its target age group, I was able to enjoy it as well. Not outstandingly memorable, but incredibly fun and charming. The score of this review was given with its intended audience in mind.
For the older audience, the movie version is quite fun as well. It covers some of the same stories (alternate versions), with a bit of variation. It is more animated, significantly more violent (should not be enough to phase most 13+), employs more vibrant colors, diverse voice acting, retains the same themes, and just as heartwarming and charming as this TV series. For more information, there are reviews on its page. read more
29 of 29 chapters read
The story follows two detectives on investigating the truth behind a parasitic disease. The story isn't anything original, but the presentation and execution is well done. There are no dumbfounding twists and turns, but at the same time there is no gaping plot holes or unnatural plot devices. The plot progresses steadily through the chapters, slowly unraveling the details behind the epidemic. The length of the story is appropriate. It is straight to the point and does not venture into unrelated content or drag on unnecessarily. I can't comment on the accuracy of the medical terminology and concepts mentioned, but I'm sure they were slightly tweaked. There's nothing overly paranormal.
If you are one who absolutely must relate and love the characters to enjoy something, you should probably steer clear. The characters do not get developed much, as the story is plot-driven. This does not mean the characters were bad. They were not memorable, but they were realistic and each played their individual roles. There are no needlessly crafted or contrived personalities intended for fan service. There is slight humor presented through the interaction between the two lead detectives, but nothing that takes away from the atmosphere of the story.
The art takes a more realistic and mature approach, giving appropriate detail to the people and the settings. The only exception would be the women. Many of the women have similar faces, but there are few and the dialogue makes them distinguishable. The panels are very clear in conveying what they are intended to, and the pages are used to their fullest. There is a minor amount of nudity and appropriate gore, but none without purpose. There is no reliance on explicit content to sugarcoat his work and conceal the lack of quality.
There is no moral of the story here. No lesson to be learned, and nothing thought-provoking. It was aimed to present a good story, and it does that well. The lack of character development may be thought of as its weakness, but it does not take away from experience. If you're tired of pointless expositions, and just want a straightforward and solid story, I recommend giving Manhole a read. read more