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I'm not really one for tragedy stories, but I watched the live action movie years ago, way before I knew about the manga. The movie became one of my favorites and I just rewatched it last night.
The story, for me, is quite original. I mean, a girl with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), an illness which also might be described as the allergy to the sun? I don't think I've even HEARD of other stories like that. The story is VERY fast paced, however. It never really says how many days pass or how long Kaoru and Kouji actually know each other. Even with the fast paced story line, it moves smoothly and breaks your heart as the ending nears.
And in the live action movie, you don't "hear" any of Kaoru's thoughts, but in the manga, you can see them. I liked that a lot. It brought out the emotions she was feeling a lot more.
Life seems so much worthwhile as Kaoru's story is told and how she cant experience life like we can. This story will pull your hearts and before you know it, you'll be asking for the tissue box.
I liked the art. A lot. The expressions made my heart jump, especially Kouji's. In the live action, it was very hard for me to tell what Kouji was feeling, but with the expressions he makes in the manga, it was easy, making it even more sad. Minatsuki's art is simple yet elegant, and the character designs were cute.
I loved Kaoru's character. she was beyond adorable. Despite being ill, and only able to come out at night, she was highly energetic and did things on a whim, like confessing randomly to Kouji. As the story progresses, however, she changes quite a bit. Which, I love character development, and the story being so short, you get a whole lot at once. Kaoru is a very love-able girl and her story is as depressing as depressing gets.
Kouji is quite like-able too. He's seen at the idiot and dunce of his class, he cant even surf great, but his spirits are never knocked down. He changes quite a lot as the story moves, and I think its more noticeable than Kaoru's. But like I said before, with such a short series, all the character development is sort of thrown at you at once.
As I said earlier, I watched the live action movie years ago, never even knowing about the manga. I loved the movie a whole lot, its one of the best tragedies Ive seen, and I could watch it over and over. After reading the manga, I realized how WELL the movie followed it, and was really surprised. Usually movies change things around, or adds their own little plot lines in, but not this one. It is like a perfect rendition of the manga. Which is amazing. I enjoyed reading the manga, even if it was only a few chapters long, it still moved me the exact same way the movie did.
I recommend this to everyone who likes a quick read. It may cause a bit of tear shed, but that's only because its what its meant to do. After you read the manga, go watch the movie. Yui brings Kaoru to life perfectly in every way.
11 of 11 episodes seen
Higashi no Eden is a roller coaster ride of suspense and comedy. Set in a world so similar to ours but at the same time, almost fictional. 11 missiles strike Japan, in some of the major cities. The catch is, no one was hurt. This day, Careless Monday, is forgotten by everyone nearly months after.
Theres Saki, a girl caught throwing coins over the gate at the White House, Washington DC. She is rescued by Akira Takizawa, a boy butt naked, with a strange phone with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash, a gun, and no memories.
The story takes on a suspenseful whirlwind of events as Akira tries to recover his memories. 11 people are chosen to be the "Saviors" of Japan, and given 10 billion yen to do so. They are being dragged into a deadly game, and whoever fails at this game, will be killed.
The game is being controlled by a mysterious man named Mr. Outside, a woman on the other end of the phone, Juiz, who will comply with any request you have, such as killing people or telling a ambassador to say "Uncle". and the Supporter, who is also one of the 11 Seleção.
This story is the type where you have to figure some thing outs for yourself. They do not explain everything until almost the final few minutes, and you should be able to figure the mysteries out one at a time. Its very suspenseful and will have you up on the edge of your seat even at the final moments. It does have it's comedy, which takes up a good part of the series, but that does not weaken the suspense of it. There were parts where I thought my heart would burst out of my chest, because it was pounding so hard. Never before have I been sucked into an anime like that before.
The ending is left WIDE open, partially because there are two movies to be aired, leaving you wanting more and stuck with a few unanswered questions. I'm seriously looking forward to those movies, hoping they are twice as good as the TV series.
I absolutely loved the character designs, being a big fan of Chika Umino and her art style. (She created Honey and Clover.) The character designs were simple, but complex enough to have their own looks. The backgrounds and detail of machinery (Such as the planes, Missiles and the trains) was amazing, and very well done.
The background music MADE this show the suspense series it was. Creepy and hear tracing songs brought me to the edge of my seat! The music reminded me of really suspenseful episodes of CSI, NCIS and BONES and having the BGM play with serious explanations, felt like the situation was far worse then I first imagined. The sieyuu chosen to play these parts were PERFECT. They knew how to play serious and comedic roles, like Akira. HE went from happy tone to serious tone in split seconds. Kimura played him perfectly and I cant see anyone playing him better than that.
The opening song, Falling Down by Oasis, was one of my favorite songs some time ago. And I was really happy and surprised to hear it as an ANIME opening song. It was perfect for Higashi, the lyrics fit the show so well, it was like it was written JUST for the series. I loved the ending too, School Food Punishment has wonderful songs, and Futuristic Imagination fit perfectly with the feeling of the series.
The only thing I highly disliked was the Sound Effects, like foot steps. Every-time they were walking outside, the characters still sounded like they were walking on a wooden floorboard. It annoyed the hell outta me and That is why I gave it a 8 out of 10.
The only characters you really want to pay attention to are Akira and the other Seleção. Akira has the most character development, since the entire story line is him recovering his lost memories and finding just who the hell he really is. The other Seleção play an important part in helping Akira regain his memories and move the story along. Akira provides the series with comedy that lightens it up a bit, then later brings us to the edge of our seats as he learns something new and terrifying about himself. He grows up a little and its not very CLEAR, but he also may have fallen in love too. So many things need to be answered, which brings me back to the movies yet to be released.
I was disappointed with Saki's character. I could see her doing so much MORE in the story line, but all she was good for was giving Akira something else to focus on.. Or that's how it seemed. Her role in the actually story confused me, and I didn't see there to be an actual need for it. Ohsugi provided us with some mystery as he went on to figure things out about Akira that others couldn't, again, bringing in more suspense. As for the other side characters like Onee, Micchon and a few others, I can see them as being important roles, also figuring out things about Akira that he couldn't on his own.
There are some characters worth not seeing, like Juiz was great when she was kept in the shadows, and Mr. Outside who is NEVER seen. It added mystery to the already mysterious.
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
I freaken loved this series because of how suspenseful it was. Every episode had me on the edge of my seat, and JUST when I thought something would happen it didn't, making my heart jump out of its chest, or I would breathe with a sigh of relief. The music gave me goosebumps for HOURS and I would have weird dreams. This show isn't exactly SCARY just very... Deep and heart racing. I was sucked in from the first episode and I wanted more and more, so I tried to finish it as fast as I could. Now I kind of regret going so FAST because I have to wait forever for the movies, which will clear my millions of questions up. I understood it for the most point, since I'm good at figuring mysteries out and CSI stuff, but the way the story was told left important details out, and they really don't explain what Akira DID in the last 15 seconds of the actual finale.
I'm beginning to wonder if he did what I think we did. If he did... I'll break something.
I recommend it to anyone and everyone. You will NOT regret watching this show one bit. read more
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The son of a famous pianist, music student Shinichi Chiaki dreams of studying abroad and becoming a conductor like his mentor. Unfortunately, his fear of flying grounds his lofty plans! As he watches other classmates achieve what he has always wanted, Shinichi wonders if he should quit music altogether.
Then one day he meets fellow student Megumi Noda, also known as Nodame. This oddball girl cannot cook, clean, or even read a music score, but she can play the piano in incomparable Cantabile style. And she teaches Chiaki something that he has forgotten: to enjoy his music, no matter where he is.
This was the first JOSEI genre'd manga I ever read, and the first manga I read that had to do with music. It brought back my love for classical music and I started listening to it while reading this! In this story, the magic that brings two people together is music... (And Stresemann.) The story is very slow paced, sometimes too slow, dropping it rating for me. But without the slow pace, you couldn't see the HUGE character developments, and growth. If I think about it, its a very whimsical series, with a very unique story. Its comical and suspense full, bringing reader to the edge of their seats.
I gave it a 8 because I feel the ending was VERY rushed. But I also cannot blame the author, who had a baby and was hospitalized for appendicitis during the making of this. She did the best she could, and created a wonderful story out it!
The art style for Nodame is one of my favorites. Its not ultra shiny like Arina Tanemura's but it has its shoujo themes. Each character has their own look, especially the ones in Europe, like Frank and Tanya. You can tell which country each character came from by the way they were drawn. Even after all the hospitalizations, the author's art was very pretty and well done! I'm hoping to see more art work from her.
Character development is HUGE in this series. It's the most important part of the story and without it, it would just be piano music and lost of characters. Chiaki and Megumi grew the most, out of the many characters. Chiaki goes from a VERY cold-hearted man who only cares about music, to some one who cares very much for someone else. Nodame goes from a very confused, estranged girl who doesn't want to play piano only, to a girl who knows wheres shes going in life. However, it took her to EGYPT and BACK to figure it out! LOL. Nodame's insanity always had me laughing. The thing I DIDN'T like much about this series, was the AMOUNT of characters it had. I mean, yes Nodame and Chiaki go through 3 or 4 countries, so they're meeting so many people, but sometimes I lost track of which character was which,and who they were friends with. Though, besides Chiaki, my favorite characters where Ryou and Kuroki, who suddenly fall out of the story somewhere in the middle.
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
I watched the anime first, before I even thought about looking up the manga, then i watched the Live Action. FINALLY, after becoming a huge Nodame fan, I decided to read the manga. The way the manga ended shocked me, because of it's rushed feeling. Everything seemed to just END. I'm really hoping that the upcoming Nodame anime brings a better ending and they don't follow the manga story line! Not that I hated the manga, I actually really loved it! It's a calming manga, which everyone, no matter waht age, gender or genre fan you are, can enjoy!!
I also suggest listening to the Live Action OST while reading this! read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
Mimi wo Sumaseba, which literally means If You Listen Closely, tells the story of Shizuku, a junior-high school student who is struggling to find out who she is. The movie takes you on a journey through her imagination and daily life as she makes decisions that will ultimately decide her future.
This is the first anime movie I watched,Ghibli movie too, that wasn't packed with interruptions and magic to HELP the characters fall in love. Their love is PURE and honest that even if the plot moves very slow, its adorable. Whisper of the Heart helped me through one of my worst years, as its calming atmosphere and charming love story brings a smile to my fave every time I watch it. The movie takes place over either a few weeks or a week, its not really clear on that, then shows Shizuka's struggle through two months. The slow pace of it builds to the sweet ending, but I just wish they would have kissed, or some kind of epilogue was inserted after the credits.
Also, this movie is kind of a spin-off of the Ghibli movie "The Cat Returns". If you've seen the movie, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Other than that, Whisper of the Heart still remains my favorite Ghibli movie.
I'm a huge fan of the Ghibli style. The thing I was a little unsure about was how the characters looked much older than they actually were. I did like the character designs, as each character had their own look. The backgrounds were beautifully done, as always. The Baron seemed to be the one the animators paid most attention too. He and his "mate" were so intricately detailed and beautiful, that he stole the scenes he was in! Don't get me wrong, I loved the Baron, and the story Shizuka created with him.
I watched this movie 3 years ago for the first time, and in English. I think Im being weird when I say that I prefer the English script over the Japanese, but the Japanese voices over the English. Seiji's voice is so much more adorable in the original Japanese, and not deep and weird sounding (No offense to David Gallagher, who I used to crush on during my 7th Heaven days). The background music was quirky and sweet, and I loved it. My favorite BGM music is the one that plays while Shizuka is storming home, calling Seiji a STUPID JERK. ITs so funny. The entire theme song, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" used to be one of my favorite songs, and hearing it in Japanese was amazing. Now I prefer the Japanese over the English version.
Every single character in this movie is a pleasure to watch, their stories each being different. My favorite just happens to be Seiji (Though I love even more in the manga.), who loved Shizuka for who she was. And his violin playing, I think, was the thing that started my love for the violin. Shizuka is just a girl who likes Fairy Tales and is trying to figure herself out. The love between these two characters is so cute and overflowing, and HONEST. I will never stop saying that. Their love is honest. Nothing twisted their minds, no magic was involved, no one tried to ruin them. Nothing you usually see in anime. No, Ghibli did an amazing job at keeping their love sweet and honest. I never cried once, though I did fan-girl over the romance and Seiji. LOL
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
I cannot just watch this movie once in a sitting. No, usually I watch it twice, when I have it. I have yet to own in, but it is on my list if things to buy, at the very top. It's such a cute, honest, beautiful movie, and the manga (Mimi wo Sumaseba) isn't bad either! Ghibli knows how to tell stories that make me smile. Like I said, if I watch this movie when I'm depressed, it lifts all the pain away and makes me happy. Anyone who likes slow paced, pure romances, will love this movie. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone out there. Its worth watching, and you will not be disappointed. read more
3 of 3 episodes seen
Basically, this OVA picks up RIGHT where Baccano left off, showing the outside story of Graham Spector, and his plot to capture Eve Genoard. His plan however, is ruined with the showing of.... Claire. Its a story that really wasn't needed, but all the more enjoyable to watch play out.
Hasn't changed from the original series, which I am grateful for. Usually, more than often, the OVA art changes dramatically compared to the original series. This didn't. the art was unchanged and still very well detailed as it should be.
Same kind of jazzy BGM fitting well with the time period. With the introduction of a new character (Graham Spector), we got a new voice, Tomokazu Sugita. With him, in the English dub, you get to hear Chris butcher a Chicago accent, along with an evil type of voice. This played out very well, and I liked listening to Graham in English WAY more than in Japanese. Sorry Sugita. The them song weren't any different, and I still think the ending song does NOT fit the series well.
The reason why I loved the OVA a lot, was because of Graham. To see a back story on just him, and him more in the story, would have been amazing. He quickly became my favorite character, witch his insane POV on the world, and bipolar thoughts. We also go to see more of Claire, who wasn't killing anyone... Wait. That's a lie. He wasn't killing AS much as he was in the original series. He definitely changed, from a homicidal maniac to someone in.... ahem... LOVE. It was a strange change yet hysterical at the same time. I just wish Graham was in the original series a lot more. :
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Seeing as it wasn't much of a change from the original series, I loved it just as much. With Graham, I think I like the OVA just a smidgen more. If you like Baccano, definitely continue the series by watching the OVAs. Its soooooo worth it.
13 of 13 episodes seen
During the late 1930s in Chicago, the transcontinental train, Flying Pussyfoot, is starting its legendary journey that will leave a trail of blood all over the country. At the same time in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unwilling aide Ennis, are looking for missing bottles of the immortality elixir. In addition, a war between the mafia groups is getting worse. On board the Advena Avis, in 1711, alchemists are about to learn the price of immortality.
Based on the award winning light novels of the same name, this anime adaptation follows several events that initially seem unrelated, both in time and place, but are part of a much bigger story - one of alchemy, survival and immortality. Merging these events together are the kindhearted would-be thieves, Isaac and Miria, connecting various people, all of them with their own hidden ambitions and agendas, and creating lifelong bonds and consequences for everyone involved.
Ok. I loved the story line but the way it was told made it even MORE interesting. It skipped between years, so you'd have to pay extra attention. Usually you could tell what year it was by the outfits Miria and Isaac were wearing, or if they were on the train or not.
The show has gore. And lots of it. From fingers being sliced off, to a kid's head being shot off, to people getting grated by the train tracks. Some of it made me look away, but since I'm pretty much used to stuff like that, I found it pretty cool. It's violently funny, in the exact sense. You have Miria and Isaac's antics, which will never cease to crack you up, and Claire's violent nature, which will have you cringing as the blood spills.
I'm not really all the fond of Mafia war movies and stuff, but adding immortals into it made it OH SO ENJOYABLE. Without the immortals, no one would have survived to tell the story, leaving Carol to be all the more confused, and the series shortened to one single episode.
Everyone would have bled to death.
What I loved about this style of art, what how GRAPHIC it was. When some one's face is being grated off, they show everything. It's not your typical cutesy or realistic art, its perfect for the time setting and area. The people are proportioned right, nothing looks ODD, and the colors aren't so vibrant, so it feels 1930ish.
This show, if you like authentic, is best watched in the English dub, where you can hear the 1930's Chicago accents, and be amazed. The Japanese original doesn't have the accent, so we're missing out on it. I'm not saying the original Japanese was bad or anything, I actually prefer it, but some people beg to differ. Both cast choices were great, and fit each character well. The music is great too, fitting the time period with 1930's sounding BGM and a good opening song. The only thing I had a problem with is the uber slow ending song. I feel it didn't fit in with the rest of the show/music.
I think the reason why thoroughly enjoyed this was the extreme variety in characters. My favorite changed with each episode (until Claire came in and then he remained, until I watched the OVA), because each and every character has such huge personalities. You cant like Miria without liking Isaac, and vice versa. They come as a pair, making the show seriously hilarious with their stupidity. All the immortals are likable, expect for a few, which are made to be hated/disliked. Then there's Ladd and Claire, both of them love killing people, and do it often. Ladd does it for fun, Claire does it for some sort of insane justice.
You cant really spot any character development, because the years skip around so much, its hard to tell. Jacuzzi still cries, so nothing for him. But, even with the lack of development, the story moves smoothly, getting its point across.
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Like I said before, I was not expecting to like this anime at all, yet it reached its spot in my favorites. The blood, humor and each character made me fall in love with it, and I would watch it over and over again if I could. If you're a fan of Series' like Higurashi, Umineko, & Elfen Lied like me, then this is the series for you. It is twice as gory as Umineko, which I didn't think was possible, and I was even flinching during some scenes, especially the ones with Czes. I loved it, and I expect a lot of you will too. read more
136 of 136 chapters read
Tohru Honda is a high school freshman who is having a serious bout of misfortune. Not only was she recently orphaned with the tragedy of her mother's death, but she also has no where to live and is currently residing in a tent! However, when her luck to seems to be at its worse, she meets the Sohma family - and is invited to stay with them in exchange for taking care of the household chores.
But it isn't long before Tohru discovers the Sohmas have deep a secret. The family is cursed by the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac, and some of the children born into the Sohma family are possessed by these spirits. When possessed, they cannot be "huggled" by the opposite sex, or they transform into their respective Zodiac animal!
However, this doesn't phase Tohru, who promises to keep their secret. She continues living with them, and her grave humbleness and thankfulness never wanes. As a result, they come to be very important people in her life, and the Sohmas begin to realize how very lucky they are to have her.
Furuba was the first manga I ever read, the first anime I ever watched. I finished it about a year and a half ago, but since I got the final volume the other day, and have reread the series a few times over now, I should be able to give it a worthy review.
The story is like nothing Ive ever read before. Yes, Ive read lots of stories with people transforming into animals, or with the Zodiac as a genre. But Furuba was different. The more you get into the story, the deeper the meaning. Its tragic, yet cute, suspenseful and heart-wrenching. It kept me wanting more, kept me rereading each book over and over. The plot thickens, and doesn't have breaks like other stories do, like Naruto, Bleach, or anything like that. This is a story where once the plot thickens, it will not thin out until the very end. Its a mystery where you HAVE to read the whole thing to understand it. Skipping chapters and/or volumes will have you lost and confused, just like some characters in this story. Its a roller coaster ride of love, romance, hurt and tragedy. Its a shoujo manga that boys and girls alike can enjoy!
Art - 10/10
This is my favorite thing about Furuba. The art. Natsuki Takaya's are was cute to begin with, but you can how much she evolves her art, through out the manga. As the years go by, her art slightly changed, and now, if you look at that in volume one, and the art in volume 23, you cannot even tell they are the same artist. Her most recent art is beautiful and smoother than her art from 8 years ago. I loved Kyou's design the best, he seemed to be the character she worked most on, and it showed throughout his smooth expressions and movements. I hope to see more of Takaya-Sensei's more recent arts.
Character - 10/10
This is were Furuba has become on of the most popular shoujo manga out there. Character development. Every single fricken character in this story goes through huge transformations. In personality, looks and etc. Kyou especially. From the beginning there are characters I HATED, but by the time the end came around, that character had changed so much because of traumatic and heartbreaking events, they became one of my favorite characters. I had characters I liked from the beginning, and at the end, I LOVED them. I rooted for so many pairings, got what I wanted, hated some of the pairings that were strangely created, and wanted to murder a few characters. But without those certain characters, the story would have sucked, and that's what it didn't do.
Overall -- 10/10
Fruits Basket was a perfect start to my shoujo obsession. It kicked it off and kept me going through the years. 7 years of waiting for the finale, and I got what I wanted. Each chapter was unique in a sense, and I loved the story. Like I said before, this manga is perfect for both girls and guys. There's: Fighting, blood, fear, death, suspense, transformation, tons of zodiac reference, lots and lots of romance, Tsnuderes, animals, and cute bishounen. read more
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Story - 8/10
Ousawa Miko is a 16-year-old girl who loves bread. Especially when it's shaped cutely! One day she decides to apply for a job at St. Molly's bread store, but when she gets there, the person who hires her on is a cute boy her age! Although he makes fun of Miko's clumsiness, he seems to be genuinely kind. But when they find out they're neighbors, they grow even closer.
The story was a little cliche. Ive read about 4 stories with the main working in a restaurant/shop with 2 other male characters, ad they both fall for her. So it was very predictable. But me, I like stories like that, so an 8 is just fine. :D They story moved smoothly, had its cute moments, and had enough character development to end it without frayed ends.
I love art like Kozue-Senseis. Cute, smooth and simple. Each character had their own design, not like some character who would all look the same. Each supporting character (like the kids and the old lady) looked unique and easy. The backgrounds were cute and vibrant, easy to tell what kind of place they were in. Even the bread looked good enough to eat.
I always love good character development. This manga has that. Its not like they go from one extreme to another, just far enough to show they've changed. Each character was unique, had their own personality and even if they aren't memorable, they're cute anyways. xD
Overall - 10/10
I'm a natural shoujo freak, so of course I liked this type of story. if you liked stories like: Kitchen Princess, Shiawase Kissa 3-choume, Beauty Pop & Petit Four, you will totally like this. It's short, sweet, has a good ending, and if you're a glutton like me, then you might just get hungry reading it. :D read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
Taniyama Mai is your everyday high school student, who has the pastime of telling ghost stories with her friends. Much to her surprise, she meets a mysterious ghost hunter, Shibuya Kazuya, the 17 year old head of Shibuya Psychic Research, sent out to investigate strange phenomenon occurring in Mai's school. Accidentally interfering with their investigations, Mai unintentionally causes the injury of Shibuya's assistant, resulting in Shibuya demanding Mai herself to aid him in his investigations. Based on the novel by Fuyumi Ono and Shiho Inada
I love horror anime. Love them. I really wasn't expecting this one to be that scary, not spine tingling like it was! There are 8 files, and they slowly start to get creepier and creepier. each "File" lasted around 3/4 episodes, each one an investigation, and somewhat dangerous.
The weren't THAT scary, but File 7 scared the piss outta me. That's not a bad thing though, they pulled it off with perfect detailing. This anime is, if you are faint of heart, do not watch it alone or in the dark. The stories more so smoothly, but I think the ending was rushed, and the relationship between the characters went no where fast. I really was hoping for more couple developments, but got nothing.
Art - 10/10
The art was pretty good for a horror shoujo anime. Being shoujo, it has good looking characters and pretty backgrounds. Then they bring in the horror. The blood was great, especially in file 7 where blood was the main point. The ghosts were well done too, along with the zombies, and spirits. The opening sequence was awesome too, just watching it gave me the chills.
Sound - 10/10
This is were the story ties together. The music. Like Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Ghost Hunt has a very eerie OST, which adds to the horror theme, and without it it probably would not be that creepy. The voice actors did a GREAT job, especially Mai's VA Nazuka Kaori. When she screamed, it didn't sound forced and stupid, unlike in some anime. And the laughter that came from some of the evil characters was just down right chilling. The lack of vocals in the op/en themes was perfect, and I think WITH vocals it may ruin the feel of the series.
Character - 8/10
This is were I got kinda disappointed. In the series, there are SO many characters, its hard to keep track of them all. Their's Naru the Ghost Hunter, Mai the human with "potential Spiritualistic powers', Masako the medium (The character I hated), John the priest (Who spoke in a hilarious kansai-ben), Hosho the Monk (and full time bassist), Ayako the Miko, Osamu the person dragged into stuff, & Lin the Chinese onmyoji. Then theirs all the side characters who you might have to pay a lot of attention to to figure out each case. Sometime I paid so much attention to them that I figured out the perpetrator before Naru did. (That's a shock, seeing as Naru is the smartest one there.)
Another disappointment with the characters is the little relationship forming throughout. Their is OBVIOUS crushes going on that you can see with Mai & Masako, but both relationships they want go no where, and I was really expecting something to happen. But seeing as the manga goes farther than the anime, looks like I'll be reading that for a while!
Overall Enjoyment - 10/10
As I said before, I love horror/mystery type anime, but shoujo will forever be my favorite. Seeing all three genre mixed into one series was the thing that made me jump into watching it. I'm really glad I found this anime. It gave me the creeps, and thats exactly what I wanted. I watched it at night, alone for that very reason. (And even after watching File 7 I had nightmares all night.) But that didnt stop me from continuing it!
If you like creepy tales with a ton of comedic relief, this anime is for you! :) read more
27 of 27 episodes seen
In a far away future, mankind lives underground in huge caves, unknowing of a world above with a sky and stars.
In the small village of Jiha, Simon, a shy boy who works as a digger discovers a strange glowing object during excavation. The enterprising Kamina, a young man with a pair of rakish sunglasses and the passion of a fiery sun, befriends Simon and forms a small band of brothers, the Gurren Brigade, to escape the village and break through the ceiling of the cave to reach the surface, which few believe exist.
The village elder won't hear of such foolishness and punishes the Brigade. However, when disaster strikes from the world above and the entire village is in jeopardy, it's up to Simon, Kamina, a girl with a big gun named Yoko, and the small yet sturdy robot, Lagann, to save the day.
The new friends journey to the world above and find that the surface is a harsh battlefield, and it's up to them to fight back against the rampaging Beastmen to turn the tide in the humans' favor! Pierce the heavens, Gurren Lagann!
I will say this once again, I dont like mecha. I hardly ever search for anime's that involve giant robots fighting. But this series was recommended to me a dozen or more times, so I decided to take a peek and see what all the fuss was about. And BOY was I glad I did.
Gurren Lagann is the best mecha anime that I have ever seen, that contained almost ever genre out there. Romance, Fighting, comedy (Oh the comedy), drama, depression, and even hints of shoujo. The story line flows really well, even the 7 year time skip in the middle of the story was fixed in just right.
It starts off as a slapstick comedy, with two stupid characters who have lived under ground for all of there lives, and one of them just wants to go to the surface. They find a mecha with a face, and use it to get to the surface. When they reach the surface, after battling another mecha, they meet many friends, and the plot just gets sillier and sillier as it goes on. Slowly but surely the REAL plot forms and more fight scenes are dropped into the picture... And then BAM. A character death brings it all down. The story, the twist in the story the death causes, and depression. For a few episodes you'll be waiting for the other characters to get back into gear as the plot thickens and suddenly its not as funny.
I laughed hard, I was on the edge of my seat, and I cried. Yup. If your a softie you just might end up crying. I know I dd. (And so did my sister who watched it with me the other day).
Seeing as this series came from the creators of FLCL and Evangelion, I was expecting nothing less that fantastic art. And thats exactly what I got! The character designs where my favorite part of the art. I loved Nia's design the best, before and after the time skip. Simon's bothered me though. Even though they were not related, Simon ended up looking exactly like Kamina in the end. Which I didnt like one bit. The Mechs were awesome looking, but The Gurren Lagann Combi looked a little too much like Transformers. The animal designs were great too, I mean, what could be better than a grape hippo? Oh yeah. That would be Viral. (BTW The beast men were AWESOME looking).
I think Gurren Lagann pulled off the best character developments Ive seen in YEARS. Simon started off as a weak coward who relied on his bro too much, but in the end he turned out to be a strong hero who wanted nothing more to fight and protect. His development was the biggest and most significant to the series, since he was the lead. A lof of other characters grew up too. Yoko, Viral, Gimmy, and Rossiu (Who I still hate though...), all went through the same hells Simon did. The development just need a kick start, and the shocking death is what does it. The death also causes a landslide of plot twists and creates the best anime Ive ever watched.
I didnt recognize a lot of the seiyuu for this series, except Saiga Mitsuki (Since I can spot her voice a mile away lol), so hearing voices i wasnt used to made it even better. The casting couldnt have been done any greater than it was. In fact, Im terrified to hear Yuri Lowenthal ruin Simon's voice in the english dub. BTW Just heard their character songs and WOW. Just amazing.
The music by Meg Rock was awesome, as always. Her voice and lyrics fit perfectly for the shows theme, and how it turns out later on. The BGM was cool too, I always have fight the power stuck in my head.
I rented this series from the library, so I had a very limited time to watch it. BUT Im glad I watched like I did. It was SO very addicting and I couldnt stop wanting to watch more. I find it strange now that its changed my views that Mecha is all fight no story.
Give it a spin. *reffering to the Drill theme of the show*. You may love it. XD