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It's pointless writing a synopsis because everybody just knows the story of FMA but for those who never heard of FMA, I'll be nice to summarize the story. FMA is the story of The Elric Brothers who live with their mother in the quiet land of Resembool with Edward Elric, who's the older brother, and Alphonse Elric, who's the younger brother. One day, their mother, Trisha Elric, died of a terminal illness and the boys are now alone without a mother or a father because their father left them for unknown reasons. Lonely and desperate, the brothers decide to perform "Human Transmutation", a taboo in alchemy that's forbidden to use by any means necessary, and suddenly, everything goes downhill with Edward losing his left leg and Alphonse losing his entire body, leaving Edward to sacrifice his right hand to grab Alphonse's soul and put his soul into a full-set armor. Days go by and as they grow older, The Elric Brothers set out on a journey to find "The Philosopher's Stone, which is rumored to grant them immense power to the user, and set out to recover their lost bodies in return. Only to discover that the brothers are pulled into a conspiracy that pulls them into something much more grand than just finding the stone.
The story is just huge and what's nice about the story is that everything ties up well in the grand plot that the series offers, There are stories about the disturbing history of The Ishbalan War, the story behind the truth of The Philosopher Stone, the origin of the Homunculi, which are beings that are created from the stone and can survive any harm or the story behind the Tucker family. I will not spoil the story because the overwhelming mystery and wonder in the story of FMA is what makes the anime so enjoyable to watch because the world is not only interesting but feels so real that it could be some place that we never knew it exists. I also love the deep themes about the nature of humanity and how we can overcome our weaknesses through peace, reasoning, determination, courage, faith and understanding rather than bloodshed or war and the themes fits because this is the story about the human spirit and how we all must stand together as one for us to keep on living. The characters are all wonderful because again, they feel like real people with real personalities and every character is likable. I love Roy Mustang's stubborn attitude but also this sense of kindness to him because he does care for his friends and you do feel his pain because of the disgusting choices that he was forced to make by the military, I love Colonel Hughes because he is a loving father and a strong soldier that's always there to help, I love Armstrong because.... He's Armstrong and he is just awesome. I even adore The Elric Brothers because not only are they brothers but you feel a powerful bond between the two. You see them learn to adapt on the world that they never knew outside of Resembool, they learn new and interesting things during their travels and most importantly, they develop their relationship with other people they meet through friendship and connection. We also see their struggles on what is right or wrong or learning of the appreciation of life during the last episode of the series. Simply put, all the characters and even villains of FMA are just wonderful and it is impossible to hate a single character in FMA because these are such great characters.
The animation in FMA is beautiful. Even though it's dated because this adaptation was an early Studio Bones effort, the animation still holds up pretty well with fantastic visuals, gorgeous lighting effects, imaginative background designs and beautifully fluid animation on character movements. It may be rough at times but the animation is still good looking to boot. The music in FMA is just breathtakingly magnificent with fantastic use of orchestrated tunes and well put together piano track pieces that matches the atmosphere of grand wonder to the show and that's thanks to composer Michiru Oshima and simply put, the guy was a genius for making such a perfect musical score. Both the Japanese and English dubs are excellent but the English dub by Funimation is just superior and it's not really hard to see why it is so good. Funimation has put money, time and effort into creating a dub that actually manages to be as good as the sub with Vic Mignogna nailing the role of Edward Elric, Aaron Dismuke perfect as the naive but strong Alphonse, Travis Willingham gives a deep and very passionate performance as Roy Mustang and J. Michael Tatum was just a great fit for Scar. Do i need to tell you why this dub is amazing? It simply is a fantastic dub and every voice actor was chosen perfectly into each role.
Fullmetal Alchemist is just an amazing series and a phenomenon that I am glad to be part on. Few animes can reach a goal of perfection while other animes can't quite achieve perfection but FMA is that rare breed. It took a bunch of mangas, re-wrote some of the unnecessary fillers that were in the mangas and the anime series just avoids them perfectly without stopping the pace. As for Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, I'm not gonna review the series because it's basically the same as FMA 2003 but closer to the manga and don't you dare start the whole "OH! You're a FMA 2003 fanboy because you're a FMAB hater!" bullsh*t because I love both FMA and FMAB period. Both shows are amazing in their own rights and for those who haven't seen FMA, I suggest you do cause this is one anime series that it is worth sinking your teeth into. FMA is one of my favorites anime series of all time and it deserves all of the praise it got 11 years ago. read more
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Episode 1: Magnetic Rose
Directed by Koji Morimoto and animated by Studio 4C, it's about a group of engineers who received a distress signal from a salvaged ship called Corona and 2 engineers, Heintz and Miguel, decided to answer the distress signal from the ship and find out if there are survivors on the salvage. What they found is something more sinister and crueler than reality itself. This is regarded as one of the best parts of the compilations and it's easy to see why. It combines elements of fantasy, science-fiction and horror perfectly while portraying a heartbreaking story that deals with love, eternal loss, betrayal, murder and being blinded by our own reality in life. Top it off with breathtaking animation that conveys an atmosphere of fear and loneliness that will make Dead Space jealous and a fantastic score by renowned composer Yoko Kanno, Magnetic Rose is such a masterpiece in both the story and animation department that it deserves it's own full length animated feature film. Truly, this short film is a spellbinding experience from beginning to end.
Episode 2: Stink Bomb
Directed by Tensai Okamura and animated by Madhouse, this comical short film is about Nobuo Tanaka, a lab technician who's battling with a terrible cold and one of his partners decided to tell Nobuo to take a pill from a blue case because they though it was fever medicine that would help Nobuo get rid of the flu instantly. However, what he doesn't know is that once he swallowed the pill, Nobuo becomes a living biological weapon that is set to destroy everything in his path, including Tokyo. This short, while not as strong and perfect as Magnetic Rose, is still a fun story on what would happen if a clueless lab technician became a massive weapon and destroyed everything in his path including people and animals around him. The best part of this short is the epic chase scene that has the entire Japanese military army hellbent on stopping Nobuo from reaching Tokyo with all matter of missiles, tanks and jets, which ends up being both hilarious and intense. The animation is very impressive with some gorgeous detail in the character models and excellent use of contrast throughout the whole short. While not as strong as Episode 1, Stink Bomb is still an interesting but fun as hell short with some top-notch moments of tension and humor.
Episode 3: Cannon Fodder
Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo himself and animated by Studio 4C, This is probably one of Otomo's most interesting takes on animation because this entire short film is animated with no editing or scene transitions. The short is basically set in a city with cannons and why? Well apparently, they are fighting against an unknown enemy of some sorts and they decide to shoot with their cannons every day without any use of strategy or patience. What's fascinating about the short is that while nothing really happens a lot in the story, it does talk about an interesting social commentary about the addiction of humanity with weapons and if their addictions of using weapons of destruction will ever stop. The animation is also deserves huge kudos for having a different and interesting take on animation that Otomo used in this short and the entire sequence uses no cheap editing tricks, everything is a long animated shot sequence that goes fluid and steady all the way to the end. Overall, it doesn't end with a bang but the animation alone is worth the look.
On the whole, Memories is a very ambitious compilation of anime films that showcases the amazing use of hand-drawn animation by experimenting with different techniques that will surely be used for future animated projects to come. If you're a big fan of animation, Memories is worth the time of admission. Now, if we could only get Otomo to make a full-length movie of Magnetic Rose then my life might be complete right now. read more
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The plot of Dead Leaves goes like this: Two people wake up naked on Earth with no recollection of their memories. One is named Retro, the one with the TV screen as a head, and the other is named Pandy because she has a eye that makes her look like a panda. After they wake up, they decide to go steal some clothes, rob food, clothes and weapons, have an orgasmic epic action chase scene with the ENTIRE police force and later on, they get captured and sentenced to die on a prison that takes place on the moon, which looks like it's been eating in half. Together with a bunch of other prisoners, they team up to escape from this prison by blowing shit-up with style and kicking ass. This is the best way I could describe the plot for Dead Leaves because honestly, there isn't one.
Dead Leaves is all about over the top action with a lot of exploding colorful visuals. Seriously, If you're gonna watch Dead Leaves, then don't expect a plot or any kind of character development cause Dead Leaves has none of that and when it does, it falls flat on it's face. But even if it doesn't have any story or character development, Dead Leaves just kicks ass and better than other overrated popular action anime like High School Of The Dead, which I found that anime to be incredibly shitty. The action in Dead Leaves is an exploding, ultra-violent thrill ride that never stops and it is crazy. We're talking about a woman and a guy with a TV set as a head unleashing chaos everywhere, a guy with a drill as his penis who uses it as a weapon (don't ask), mechas popping out of nowhere and start shooting at everyone, a baby that is a God and a giant caterpillar that starts destroying the moon base Godzilla style. That's how cool and awesome the action in Dead Leaves is and once you're into the action of this anime, you are gonna be re-watching those scenes for eternity. How about the characters? Honestly, they are likable. While they don't have a lot of development, they are just cool and each have their own strange but unique charm that's it's impossible to hate the characters. They're just damn fun.
The animation by Production I.G. is incredibly good-looking, making GITS look like his bitch in comparison. The style is incredibly with so much over the top creativity in it's visuals and colors alone that it holds very well. The character designs are excellent that range from weird to cool to just downright insanely creepy. I just love Retro's design with the TV screen as a head, which is kinda messed-up but at the same time, it is really creative and the rest of the characters look great. The music consists of heavy techno but it fits and the soundtrack is fun to listen, as well as the dub by Manga Entertainment. Jaxon Lee and Amanda Winn-Lee were perfect for the roles of Retro and Pandy as their delivery was just perfect and the dialogue is pretty vulgar but somehow come off as hilarious. Simply put, you have to see this with the dub on.
If you're looking for an anime with some story or development, then Dead Leaves is not for you. However, If you're the kind of anime fan that likes crazy action with crazy characters on a crazy world, then Dead Leaves is your ticket to Paradise. It is good looking, it is action-packed with explosions and action, and overall, just one hell of a fun movie. You have to see Dead Leaves to believe. read more
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Based on the manga by Masamune Shirow, Ghost In The Shell is about Motoko Kusanagi, a female cyborg soldier and leader of Section 9, that's trying to catch hacker simply named The Puppet Master. The Puppet Master can control anything like implanting false memories into another cyborg or even hack into any military system device at will and therefore, making him a real threat to the team and the whole city. So the race is on to catch this hacker but Kusanagi discovers that there's something much more to this hacker than just... Well being a hacker.
Without spoiling the whole story (cause If I do, I will get my head chopped off by GITS fans), it talks about the idea of robots having a conscious mind and with a conscious mind on the robots, it makes them more human than us, which is a damn good possibility since this is set in a future where technology is more advanced and powerful enough to create cyborgs as replacement if the human race will ever be extinct. I also liked The Puppet Master in this movie, which he is a cyborg hacker on the outside but on the inside, he doesn't want to destroy the world, he just wants to be something else than just a walking machine. With that said, my main problem with the film is that the characters are not that much interesting or well-developed. Yes, Kusanagi is a bad-ass cyborg soldier that can kick ass but on the whole, she's not that much interesting as a character in this film and I really wish that the writer could have given her like a struggle of trying to find the meaning of being human in a soulless body but here, she's just a soldier that can kick-ass, that's it.
The side characters are not much of help either. They feel like walking stereotypes that are just waiting for something big to happen and they're not very fleshed out either. Which is a big shame since I do like this one character named Batou, the cyborg with the augmented eyes, was really cool and the only character that I cared in the whole damn film. As for the action in Ghost In The Shell, it is really good but again, the problem is that there's barely a lot of action in the film. It starts with a very cool opening when Kusanagi takes down a bunch of cyborgs while invisible and it leads to the "more talking, less action" route, which I have nothing against it but they could have made more action scenes in order to have a balance of action and story. GITS has a lot of good story ideas going for it and it works but the characters are just boring as hell and there isn't enough entertainment value to enjoy it even more.
But I will admit that GITS is gorgeous to look at. It was done by Production I.G. and the animation is a real stunner for an anime film to be released in 1995. The detail of the characters to the incredibly good looking visuals and to the futuristic design, GITS is a masterpiece in the animation department and the scenes where they show-off the animation is simply beautiful to look at while the chanting plays in the background. Speaking of chanting, the music is really mesmerizing and it contains one of the best opening chant songs in film history, delivering a chilling sense of dread and mystery into the world of GITS. The dub is pretty good with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn delivering an awesome performance as Kusanagi, Richard Epoar doing a decent job as Batou and for whoever voiced The Puppet Master, he was excellent in the role.
While I don't think Ghost In The Shell is a perfect film, it still delivers a very good story with a great idea to back-it up. It's just that I wished they could have developed the characters a bit better and to have the film a balance between more action and more story. If you missed out on the phenomenon that is GITS, go check it out. It's a fascinating film that will still be remembered for all eternity. read more
27 of 27 episodes seen
If there's one show that helped me kept my faith in anime, it has to be Gurren Lagann. At first, I was not interested at all in this show since it does look ridiculous, but a friend recommend me this show and I decided to give the show a chance. After watching all 27 episodes of this show, I have to say that Gurren Lagann is... is.... *sigh* Screw it. Gurren Lagann is fucking amazing!
Yes, I just said that out loud. Gurren Lagann is amazing. I love the premise, I love the characters, I love the creative world and it's mythos, I love everything about this show. For me, Gurren Lagann is 10X times better than Neon Genesis Evangelion, where that show has a pretentious ending that made no goddamn sense and a protagonist that made me wanna choke his throat. Yes, it is an important anime, but it is an overrated garbage of a show.
The story takes place underground. Why? Because the surface is ruled by The Spiral King, who forced humankind to live underground for all eternity. Under the surface, people called diggers must make new pathways to expand their villages in order for more people to live and one of these diggers is a kid named Simon, who's accustomed to do his job and live underground, but his friend Kamina is tired of living underground and wants Simon's help to get him to the surface. After a failed attempt that gets Kamina locked up. a giant mecha head appears from the surface and starts attacking the village, but Simon shows Kamina the giant mecha head that he found while he was digging and they later activate the mecha with the spiral necklace that Simon found in the first episode. After they defeated the mecha head with the help of Yoko, a sexy chick who knows how to fight with style, they go to the surface, as they admire through the beautiful blue skies and the open vast land of the surface. Now Kamina and Simon must lead a rebellion to defeat The Spiral King and conquer the surface, so that all humans can live better lives.
At first, the story of Gurren Lagann is ridiculous and beyond ordinary, but that is what makes the story so damn unique. It has an incredible unique world filled with it's own history, legends and mythos that it's hard to not get invested in the story. It's a story about humanity's determination to make a change into their race and learn to become stronger, so we can lead our loved ones to safer and better lives. It also contains unique twists and major emotional moments that have a huge impact into it's large cast of characters.
The characters are strong and enjoyable. Kamina is simply a great character and yes, he shouts a lot of bad speeches, but he convinces the humans to rise up and take back their planet and quite frankly, It is quite amazing on how he pulled it off. Simon is also a good character as he learns to believe in not only in Kamina, but himself and throughout the series, he becomes more mature and stronger than ever before. Every character that gets introduced in the first half of the series goes through mayor changes and I will not spoil it for those who haven't watched the show yet, but all in all, the story has a lot of unique setting and mythos and a huge cast of lovable and complex characters.
The action in Gurren Lagann is beyond insane and breaks all the rules of mecha shows. Logic? On vacation. Realism? Nowhere to be seen. Deus Ex Machina? Oh you're swimming at it! You're swimming it in space and your physics? FUCK YOUR PHYSICS!! God I love that line from JesuOtaku. The action goes full-throttle and it keeps getting better and better the further you get into the show. Planets used for throwing at your enemies, the robot Gurren Lagann getting stronger and bigger the more it transforms, it is just mind-blowing that you will crave for more. The animation by GAINAX is amazingly detailed and while there are parts where the animation does get sloppy, the beautiful art and fast-paced colorful visuals. The animation gets even better in the final episodes and boy, prepare for a giant orgasm of colors when the final battle hits on episode 27.
The dub for the show is excellent. While Kyle Herbert doesn't give an over the top performance to Kamina like in the Japanese version, it still fits and he gives more human emotion to the character in the English version. Yuri Lowenthal does a perfect job on his performance as Simon, Steve Blum was just akward, but hilarious as Leeron with his crazy sexuality charm into the character and overall, it is a perfect dub alongside FMA, Cowboy Bebop, Black Lagoon and so on. The music is exciting and gigantic. It offers a fair share of music, ranging from orchestrations to hard rock to a little bit of hard techno and the opening theme "Sorairo Days" will get your excitement hyped up until the next episode to come.
Is there anything in this show that I don't like? No, I don't. Gurren Lagann is a show that has something for everyone. It has a great story, a memorable cast of characters, interesting mythos about these Spirals, Anti-Spirals and the reasons for humans to be underground, the animation of sheer quality and mind blowing action. For me, this show has everything on why i love to watch anime and no small flaw will stop me from enjoying this epic show.
Do I need to say more on why I still love this show? Just go to Amazon.com, buy Gurren Lagann the complete collection and see the damn show. It's an amazing show that no anime or mecha fan should miss. I hope GAINAX can re-invent themselves again with another crazy show that defies everything that we know about anime. For me, Gurren Lagann and FLCL are one of GAINAX's true works of art and truly represent what the studio really are. Forget Neon Genesis Evangelion, go watch Gurren Lagann! read more
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Based on the on the novel by Nosaka Akiyuki (who wrote the novel as an apology for not being able to protect his sister), Grave Of The Fireflies tells the story about Seita and Setsuko, two children who become orphans when their mother died from a bombing in the village of Kobe and their dad, who's a NAVY soldier, is on the war fighting for the Empire Of Japan. After the bombings destroyed everything in the cities, Seita and Setsuko begin their doomed struggle to survive as resource supplies are low and the war still keeps going in Japan,
The plot was written and directed by co-founder of Studio Ghibli Isao Takahata and Takahata really creates an deep emotional level with Seita and Setsuko cause these children represent their will to survive in a terrible event that shattered their family apart and it teaches us that not everything in life can be bad, you just need to find the will on moving forward and survive the best way possible on an impossible situation. It's a very heartbreaking experience to see this kids wonder off into the war torn fields of Kobe to survive and once you seen the movie just once, the haunting images that the films delivers will never leave, especially the ending.
The animation by Studio Ghibli is beautiful. They nailed the gritty atmosphere during the bombing scenes as civilians panic and start running for their lives from the fires that burn their homes and when the bombing stops, the whole city is in ashes with nothing but sadness, but there are scenes that are full of color and wonder like when Seita releases all the fireflies on the shelter and both Seita and Setsuko laugh and cheer as there amazed on the light on the fireflies.
The music by Michio Mamiya is though provoking, delivering from calming and smooth tracks to deep and depressing tracks when a sad scene appears. The English voice-acting was great, although I did have some problems with the subtitles because there slow on showing the screen and that it delivers mispronounced lines at times, but that's just nitpicking.
Grave Of The Fireflies is deep, provoking, brutal, horrifying, beautiful and depressing. It's an anime that must not be missed to see and everyone should cause if I remember, it wasn't really a critical success in the box-office since it was released a a double feature film alongside with Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro, despite the immense positive reviews that critics told about the film. It's a piece of art that both anime fans and Studio Ghibli itself will never forget.
BTW, if you're wondering why the title is Grave Of The Fireflies, it's because it represents the human souls that died in the bombing of Kobe. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
Barefoot Gen talked about the bombing in Hiroshima, but in Barefoot Gen 2, it talks about the effects of the bombing known as "pika", in which it causes that person to have cancer, getting intestines broken and die. It also gives a message of hope to the audience through the eyes of Gen in this movie and the scene where he learns the words that his dad taught him 3 years ago is incredibly heartfelt in the end of the movie.
The animation and music in Barefoot Gen 2 is much more improved. Madhouse gave it a nice colorful upgrade to the art style and it shows with better fluid character models and better background art than the original. Music is less corny and more subtle in the film with tracks ranging from happy to sad to just depressing as hell. The Japanese voice acting is improved and the new voice actor that plays Gen was excellent in his performance and also, no sh*tty dub to ruin this film unlike the original Barefoot Gen English dub that almost ruined the film for me.
Overall, while not as good as the orignal, Barefoot Gen 2 still manages to be a damn good sequel, with all the heartbreaking emotions that the original had in this sequel. read more
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Barefoot Gen takes place in Hiroshima, as we see Gen and Shinji live with his family and working their very best to help them in a time of need, since the bombings destroyed half of Japan's cities in the war. Gen and their family lived the good life until that fateful day when the bomb, created by American WWII scientists, was dropped in Hiroshima and everyone got burned through radiation in their bodies, due to the power of the atomic bomb and therefore, Gen's family get killed in the blast, leaving Gen and her mother as the only survivors. Gen must now find a way to protect her mother by any means necessary to survive.
At first, Barefoot Gen starts like a cutesy anime in the first few minutes with the happy tone and music, but when the bombing begins in Hiroshima, all happy thoughts are thrown into the floor like melted ice cream. Dead bodies everywhere, people moaning while dying from radiation, even babies die in front of you and you got yourself a terrifying experience that will scar you and will make you think of the consequences that we've done in WWII. It also boasts one of the most haunting scenes in film history: The scene of Hiroshima being destroyed by the bomb. Yeah, it is that scary and I feel sorry for them that they had to die. I understand that Japan started this with Pearl Harbor and that the Japanese soldiers were ruthless killers during WW2, but America just went too far with this bomb and If I rewatch this movie again, my anger will just burst to extreme levels. Also, Gen is a strong character throughout the entire film as we sympathize on his journey to bring hope to human life after the bombing and will never give up on himself, even if his family is gone after the incident. There are more emotional teary moments in this film, but I will not spoil the movie even further, cause I might piss off some anime fans that never watched or heard of this film.
The animation by Madhouse, while dated, still holds up and I'll never forget the haunting animation scene of the bombing in my life and the music is serviceable, but nothing groundbreaking. The Japanese voice-acting is great and while they yell a lot in this movie, you will get used to it pretty well, except the English dub, in which they make Gen sound like Popeye's testicles that dropped in the morning and the english voices ruins the emotional moments of the film. So skip the dub and wath the Japanese version instead.
Barefoot Gen is well made film like Grave Of The Fireflies and it must be seen to be believed, if you have the guts to see it. read more
13 of 13 episodes seen
The story of Lain goes like this: It's about Lain Iwakura, a student who lives in suburban Japan with a very cold family and when I mean cold, I mean that the family is lifeless including a cold-hearted mother, a sister that barely cares on what happens to Lain and a father who's obsessed with computers. Isn't this family great? One day, her classmates told Lain that they received an e-mail message from Chisa Yomoda, a classmate that commit suicide a few days ago and when Lain gets home, she sets up her computer and in the message, Chisa says that she is not dead and she only abandoned her flesh in order to be in "The Wired", a global communications network that's like the Internet, and that she found "God". Later on in the series, Lain decides to go in The Wired and go deeper into the networks dirty secrets and her own thoughts.
The story in Lain is so messed up that it messes with your mind a lot and tricking you that the things you see in the show are either real or they're just in your head. It's incredibly difficult to describe the bat-shit insane story but to be fair, it offers some unique ideas and revolves around the issues of society's addiction to The Wired, what is real and what is an illusion, the lack of human communication or the issue of our human identities. In the second half of the series, it goes even deeper with weird experiments of The Wired involving with children or the true meaning of "God's existence on The Wired", which is my biggest complaint in the show cause it's makes no goddamn sense.
I'm not gonna spoil it but it was such a stupid explanation that I had to bang on the window with my head until that part gets out of my head. The characters range from normal to downright terrifying like Lain. When she is introduced, she looks like your typical young girl that lives with a cold-hearted family but later on, she becomes more involved with the whole "God in The Wired" thing that she becomes something else entirely. Lain's friends are your stereotypical good hearted characters and I already mention how Lain's family behave in the house. So in short, they're incredibly strange and surreal.
The animation in the show is really interesting cause it looks very colorless compared to the concept art of the show, but it works. It looks dark, mysterious and surreal like the show with the environments looking like a black and white space with no color left in the world. The character models by Yoshitoshi Abe are gorgeous with great detail on the characters expressions and unique look into the characters. There's barely any music in Lain, but when there is some music, it's used to great effect and adds more tension during the quieter moments of the series.
The Japanese dub is a solid listen and The English dub by Pioneer is not that bad. Bridget Hoffman was good as Lain while giving the character a sense of loneliness that really fits the character while Kirk Thornton gives a calm but creepy performance as Masami Eiri and the rest of the cast was decent at best but at times, they do feel kinda bland and I wish they had a little more energy into their roles.
Serial Experiments Lain is worth the look. If you're into deep and complex stories about the existence of reality, the nature of the digital world and so on, then Lain is definitely for you and you may end up liking it. As for casual anime watchers, they can find something to like in this show but they might be turned off by the complex nature of the plot and the mindfuck insanity that this show offers. i only recommend this show for those who are brave enough to watch it cause once you see this show, there's no turning back. read more
13 of 13 episodes seen
What follows it's a deep story of friendship that will shake the balance of the universe for eternity........... Oh wait that's E.T. and other family friendly alien movies. Wrong plot.
The real plot is that the alien prince Baka is a prankster and uses the humans of Earth as his little toys to make them suffer while he laughs at their misfortunes. That's pretty much the plot of Level E. The show is not straightforward and while some viewers might hate this, the approach for side-stories actually work for a reason. You see, the entire series is about a prince who's bored as hell and will do anything to be entertained on Earth. He kidnaps 5 school kids, turns them into hilarious Power Rangers knockoffs and traps them into an RPG game planet that he programmed, make well elaborated pranks to his friends so that everything goes according to his plan and He'll even go as far as turning us into Pop Tarts and survive by not getting eaten by hungry Pop Tarts fans.
Just kidding, the Pop Tarts thing never happens in the story. It could be fun though TWT.
Overall, this approach of telling side-stories allows the show to have more variety. It has episodes that combines slapstick humor with some dramatic moments and they even have episodes that explore some really dark topics, which is strange considering that this is a series about a prince that loves to prank on people but I got used to it and I'm glad that the creators of the show decided to add some variety cause otherwise, they would repeat the slapstick humor to death. The characters are really charming and while they don't have a lot of development, they at least have characterisation and everyone in the series are free thinking individuals rather than stereotypes that we've seen in several anime (*cough* anime stereotype friend who's a complete dunce *cough*). But the best character of this show is simply Baka himself. Sure he's a bastard but that what makes him so lovable. He's a master at pranks and his plan are so well executed thanks to the prince's charming and smart personality that makes you believe that the things he's is saying are true and Baka does a damn good job at it.
The animation by Studio Perriot is quite the visual pleaser. The background art is excellently rendered and the attention to detail in the coloring palette is fantastic. Even the character models are gorgeous and they feel very life-like, especially on Baka's majestic character design (BTW, he does looks like a younger version of Fabio doesn't he?). The voice-acting in Japanese is a solid listen but the dub that was provided by Funimation was a big surprise for me. Vic Mignogna was perfect for the role as Baka and he gives the character the right balance of over the top humor and sarcasm into the role. To be honest when I first heard the dub in the Level E english trailer, I had doubts but after watching in it on English, they did a good job on making the dialogue funny while staying faithful to the original Japanese script but with some additional touches.
Level E is a damn fun series to watch. While it's not the perfect anime comedy and it does have a few problems like some dialogue scenes that felt "meh" at times, it can be easily overlooked. It's such a funny and twisted show that gets better and better the more times you see it. If there's ever gonna be a second season to Level E, I hope that they keep on improving the comedy even further for future installments. read more