12 of 25 episodes seen
Our protagonist, Gary Stu, is the best ever. He gets the best drops and weapons. He's one of the only players to get a unique skill. He gets the boss kills. He gets the most beautiful girl in the game, who also, coincidentally, is one of the best players. He also gets his own harem of good looking females, in a game which is supposed to make up of a small female population. My hero!
But why? Was it through character development? The power of friendship? Luck? No, no, and no. It's just because he does. Because he's the main character. Because the author loves his fantasy, where he is the alpha male, and where every desire can be fulfilled. It's called self-insert.
Despite the whole "death game" concept, there is no danger whatsoever thanks to Mr. Emoangstsoloplayer. Anyone who dies does it off screen, or we are told about it. Or, we meet them for as long as it takes to remember their vague design, and then they get killed off. What was that character's name again? Huh funny, I can’t remember since they were on screen for 10 minutes. So it's almost like they didn't die at all. Now that kept me on the edge of my seat. And then the one time someone should die, they don’t! Holy shit how’d that happen?!? Fucking magic, man I tell ya.
And there’s plenty of times where someone should die, but through some magical ass pull, save themselves and accomplish what they set out to do anyway. What’s the point in suspense if we already know the outcome? Pathetically, the show tries to force a sense of realism down my throat I can’t swallow.
There's also a lack of depth to every character. The villain makes the game because HE CAN, Asuna stands there and looks pretty, the more interesting side characters (Klein, Gilbert and I had to look those names up, I wanted to say red hair and black guy) get swept aside by Mr. MC personified and become wallpaper. The protagonist couldn’t be any more of a teenage loser. I've had enough with these cardboard thin backgrounds and personalities; kill them off and be done with it. I'm in a kiddie pool and drowning here, even though it's shallow like this stories writing.
The Op by LiSa is by far the best thing about this show besides the quality budget. It's a good thing Asuna's ass won't look ugly, because there is nothing else to look at here folks. Seriously, I found at least 10 moments where a females ass took up half the screen in plain sight. Have the decency to at least put it in the background. We all know who your marketing is targeted towards.
Don’t even mention the horrid pacing. The show attempts to cram big chunks of story into singular episodes and falls flat on its face. How am I supposed to come to relate to a character if I only know them for a short period of time? Yet somehow these girls come to fall in love with the main character, within 10-15 minutes of meeting him! It’s asinine how a logical human being can call that development.
I shall point it out again; it’s all for the sake of the fantasy. A romance show? Excuse me while I fall into a fit of uncontrollable laughter. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
"No, Blue is a thousand times better than Red!"
"Yellow is a pure maiden."
"Purple has sucked 20 dicks."
"Green is my waifu."
"Peterhausen is obviously the best girl."
I'll start by posing a question. What makes an anime good?
Are you perhaps, looking for a great story? One that hooks you from the beginning, and doesn't let your balls go until they're blue and screaming? Maybe characters that grow on you and feel like actual people, or how about stunning visuals that breathe life into the show, and an OST that kicks ass? A masterpiece, if you will?
Then stop reading here, because that's definitely not what the Color Wars is.
However the Color Wars is one thing. Infinitely entertaining. Explosions, panties, giant tentacle monsters, dragons fighting airships, ninja, pedophiles, and sexual innuendo that pass right over the main characters head, it's all right here. The Color Wars is like watching some of the best and worst things in anime come together and have an explosive tea party. It won't be like anything else you've ever seen, and it won't even make any fucking sense. But I can assure you, it'll be entreating to watch.
Why is it called the Color Wars? This is simple arithmetic my unobservant friend. Even after spending a substantial amount of time watching the Color Wars, you'll find it challenging to recall the names of the harem members. So how do we refer to these characters? Just call them by their abnormal hair color of course! You've got the rainbow at your disposal, all that's left is to pick your army, and fight with all you’ve got. Throw as much shit as you can at anyone who picks any girl besides your favorite, because they have a disorder my friend. A disorder called Shit Taste.
12 episodes isn't a very long period of time to tell a story. Adaptions seem to suffer from this minuet overlooked detail. The Color Wars doesn't have much of a story; well it does, but it doesn't make much sense. All the details are smashed together, especially in the final episodes, and explanations are locked up like a child who asks too many questions in the basement, never to be seen again. It doesn’t even matter that the pacing of events is wacked like a drugged hooker. If I have one piece (Shut up, that's not funny) of advice to offer, it's don't take anything anyone in the show says seriously. Decide not to think about anything anymore!
While the animation is fairly good, character designs completely lack in any sort of diversity. Green hair goes with green eyes, and blue hair with blue eyes. And just like colors, we've got all sorts of personalities too! Tsunderes, aloof types, lolis, and even a Rei; the fun never really stops. Characters never break out of these cookie cutter archetypes that chain them; not like I ever expected them to anyway. You need to constantly keep in mind that this is a bad harem. I'll reiterate the point, don't think about it.
However there is still a group of characters that really get my blood pumping, Primarily Peterhausen (Hah! An alliteration!) and the lead Sai Akuto. Peterhausen is a giant dragon that fights airships and fires drills from his mouth. His character is perfect, never requiring a second of development, by far the best part of the show. Sai Akuto hates the system called god, and would do anything to rebel against an oppressing force. He really keeps the show interesting, playing both the good guy, and the bad guy. While he seems to shy from girls like most harem leads, he also takes shit from no man. You might be surprised at some of his more daring actions.
So what is a good anime? I think that's mostly up to you to decide, but for me as a general rule, a good anime, is one that achieves what it strives for. The Colors Wars tried to force a horribly written plot down my throat, and I ended up just laughing in its face. By my logic, it isn't qualified to be classified as a good show.
Even though the show misses at its primary target, it still manages to impress me by how over the top and endearing it is. I found myself grinning at the corny lines and colorful fight scenes, even if the context of the situation didn’t quite make sense. In essence, it could be summed up as fun.
But I need to tell you something Yui. Fun doesn't mean good.
112 of 112 episodes seen
Fighting Shounen like to correspond to a particular formula and list of tropes, one of the most consistent and predictable genres of anime in existence. That being said, it’s also the most popular genre out there, pandering to the mentally challenged section of the anime community. Bleach is an unholy tragedy that follows the, "This isn't even my final form!" trend that seems to last forever and Naruto has the biggest fan base of fat losers I've ever had the displeasure to see or know.
But way back before the dinosaurs became extinct, good Shounen existed. Something had to set the stones that the next generation would step on (Or just copy the shows that came before it; same difference). Dragon Ball, by far the most famous of any fighting show. Without it, we wouldn't have the horrible shows we have today. For however much shit you want to give Dragon Ball and its sequel Z, it came in a time where these types of shows were received with an open heart and, well, excuse my French, but when Shounen wasn't completely fucking shit. I'm not saying Shounen couldn't be bad (Ex: Inuyasha) but it wasn't nearly as bad as today.
Then there's Yu Yu Hakusho.
Yu Yu Hakusho is literally the greatest fighting anime ever made. This isn't an exaggeration or hyperbole. I'm being dead serious. It's imaginary and creative, holding a profound meaning that is more than what the eye can see or comprehend. It's a journey of life, constantly bringing depth to its world and characters, never ceasing to be gripping and fantastic. The amount of work and detail put into its script is shocking; every second is used wisely. There is no filler. There are no episodes and episodes of powering up. There are no pretentious philosophical rants that take away enjoyment and realism. There is only show. It is a masterpiece by no other name.
Extremely influential to boot, there's a number of reasons why it beat DBZ in its air time. Bleach didn't only copy their entire premise from Yu Yu Hakusho; they also copied a section of episodes straight from the Chapter Black arc for their first shitty filler saga. While Kubo can't write his way out of a paper bag, he had good taste to look at Yoshihiro Togashi for inspiration.
Yusuke Urameshi is angry. He really doesn't know why he's angry, and that makes him even angrier. Other people don't understand him either, which just makes him even angrier. He even gets angry at people who try to help him, and he gets angry at getting angry at people. He's a normal 14 year old boy, angst and anger included. Without ever finding a meaning to his life, nor accomplishing anything, he dies.
Ironically, in dying, he finds his answer.
Yusuke is given the job of his dreams. To take all his anger out on the creatures that helped make life so miserable, by kicking demon ass. As the Spirit Detective of the afterlife he's able to finally make something of himself. Never send a man to do a boy's job.
Yu Yu Hakusho doesn't barrage you with a cast of characters. Instead it opts to keep a set cast and develop them along the stories direction. Watching these characters grow is one of the most satisfying aspects of the show. Whether it be Yusuke finding his place in the universe, Kuwabara keeping his morals and ideals in a dark world or Keiko chasing after Yusuke, these developments are as interesting as they are real. Characters aren't black and white cutouts. Villains can prove to be good guys with their own reasons to fight that aren't cliché like "world domination", and the heroes can have dark pasts too.
The anime for Yu Yu Hakusho is so well made; it surpasses even the manga in almost every aspect, which is unexpected and rare for a fighting series. There isn't a speck of filler in its 112 episodes, which are considerably not that many episodes if you compare it to some shows. Cut into 4 sections, or seasons, that each hold their own story line that flows smoothly into the next section but still have a definite conclusion and solution.
The English dub is a gift from the gods. Unnecessary lines from the original dub were cut, and localization that didn't make the show awkward was added. English actors bring the characters to life in ways that the Japanese could never do, the dub is an absolute must watch for any English speaker. All the opening and ending themes were changed to English and sung by talented professionals (produced by Carl Finch), making all the songs sound much better comparatively. Unlike some show's that have the nerve to change their theme songs every 10 episodes, "Smile Bomb" is the opening for the whole run time, and it's so good you never get tired of it. "Sayonara Bye-Bye" and “Homework Never Ends" are fantastic songs that you'll never skip, along with the other ending themes to make a completely satisfying OST.
Yu Yu Hakusho has managed to leave an imprint for a reason, if not several. It's a classic, a must watch for any fighting fan. It pulls out all the punches and leaves you with a taste in your mouth wanting more after every episode. 112 episodes go by fast with Yusuke and the gang, and at the end of it all, you'll have mixed feelings of satisfaction and craving more.
Life isn't an easy ride, it's constantly challenging, and those who rise to meet those challenges will gain the most out of what they do. You have to face the sun and shout, never giving in to yourself. Believing in your own strength, and most importantly, the strength of others to the end no matter what the conclusion.
You aren't alone. That's the detail that people forget very easily, but retains more meaning than you believe. Several fists pack more of a punch than one.
And I think we can sum all this up in one word. C'mon, all together now. Let's take it from the top.
100 of 192 chapters read
Ok, tuck the kids into bed, because it's fucking story time.
Please note your opinion doesn't matter two shits until you've read at least until the end of the Minus arc.
Medaka is a BATTLE SHOUNEN. No, not fucking hurr durr king of the ninjas, not a fucking rip off of Yu Yu Hakusho called Bleach (It's named that because when I watch it, I feel the need to drink Bleach), it's a real BATTLE SHOUNEN.
Medaka Box is constantly examining the tropes of Battle Shounen manga, and making fun of them. It's asking these questions.
Can a character truly be perfect?
What are the implications?
How will real people react to this?
An example of this is Medaka herself. Here's a pro tip, you're not supposed to like her one bit. She's not just a Mary Sue, she's the god damned literal definition of Jesus. She lives for humanity sake, she loves everybody, especially her enemies, and she constantly fights to reform them into good guys.
Also she's invincible. Later on, an antagonist refuses to fight her because "If this was a weekly Shounen Jump, she would be the main character, and the villain never wins against the main character."
Medaka is special. By the age of 3 she could solve any problem on Earth. She can beat up the bad guys, she's always right, and she's got the biggest rack in the show. At one point, she wins a tug of war contest, while the entire opposing team consists of the rest of her school.
Now after processing all this information I could have condensed better if I wasn't so lazy, you either hate her or like her. If you like her, that's fine too. But if you hate her, you're missing the point. You won't ever like her. Once you realize you aren't supposed to, maybe you'll be able to enjoy the series.
Have you ever read a story in which you hated the villain? Or despised the little sniveling coward who always tried to cling to the main character's coat-tails? There's a difference between a badly written character and an intentionally unlikable character. And ironically, that's what Medaka is as the main character. The best side supporting character ever made.
Zenkichi is the one you are supposed to like, him and a bunch of other supporting characters, and then Kumawaga steps in and you hate how much you love him. Or maybe you love how much you hate him? Shiranui is incredibly mischievous and cute, while Kouki and Maguro are both bros respectively. All these people, who are weaker than Medaka, make the show what it is.
Now, if you took this plot serious, Niso trolled the living shit out of you. You should feel ashamed for being such a stupid fuck. Example, at one point 6 villains are introduced that are supposed to be super strong, but then they all get their asses kicked in one page by a newcomer to the set-piece. Forget the plot, that's not what matters in the least, and that's exactly why I didn't open up this review with the story section. It's all about the theme. Which is the whole, is there such a thing as perfection, and if so, what does this imply? Does always winning make you perfect? Does being beaten down, but constantly standing back up to fight make you perfect? Are you born with it? Can it be obtained? That's where the categories of normality, specials, abnormalities, minuses, and not equals come into play. Niso is playing a literary masterpiece on the grand scales, he's cranking the volume to a double forte, he's putting one foot on the gas, and one in the grave.
And then there's Kumagawa. YES. He is just the greatest character. Here's a little bit of his dialog.
"Even though I'm not cool, or strong, or just, or beautiful, or cute, or pretty, I want to beat the cool, strong, just, beautiful, cute, and pretty people.
Even though I wasn't blessed with talent, even though I'm stupid and have a bad personality, have bad grades, am misguided and am a good for nothing, I want to beat the talented, smart, likeable, overachieving people.
I want to beat those with friends when I can't have friends.
I want to beat the people who work hard when I can't work hard.
I want to beat the victorious people when I can't win.
I want to beat the happy people when I'm miserable.
Even if I'm hated, even if I'm despised, even if I'm useless, I want to prove that I'm better than the main characters!"
Even though this is a Shounen, each page is more text than fight. This isn't because of the normal, making a speech in the middle of a battle, cliché. This is because words get the theme across better than action.
Please be aware.
Chapters 1-12 is a mediocre/ok comedy.
Chapters 13-53 is an OK battle manga that sets up the next arc.
Chapters 54-93 is what gives this manga a 10.
And then up to 140 is a series of Arcs that play on what the previous chapters set up. Lot's of Meta elements.
11 of 11 episodes seen
Nisemonogatari is an entertaining watch. The story is literally about almost nothing but the smallest of occurrences. This is due to the original source material, being entirely written for the authors own personal amusement. One episode is wholly about Araragi brushing his sister’s teeth, and that's it. But remarkably, I never cease to have interest in what's going on. The story has a way of enveloping its finger around the viewer and immersing them in its tale of idiotic and amusing antics.
An example of this boarding on insane attitude and approach to storytelling, is meeting one of the main antagonists, right inside a donut shop. Wait, what are you doing here? To be fair, Kaiki was only attempting to enjoy his drink. Shaft has a weird sense of pace. It'll spend most of the episode on courage jokes (The courage to not give a fuck about pace!) just to get to the "plot" at the end. It's verging on asinine and impractical, but it works.
That's another important issue you want to take into consideration, the "plot". Yes, there is a ton of fan service. Final boss of the internet anyone? This is generally a fan service show. But it just so happens to be, an enjoyable beyond expectations and restrictions fan service show. From erotic twister to being inside your sister with a toothbrush, hell, even a Loli vampire that loves donuts! It's an entirely amusing show, whether anyone wants to argue if it's deep or not (HUR DUR DEEP DARKNESS) is another page in the great big book of fucking retards.
In my opinion, Shaft is a very good company when it comes to animation. No, I'm not a Shaftfag; I just particularly enjoy some of their shows. Back on track, the animation is literally out of this world. No I'm serious. It's like Shaft hired a group of children, drugged them with cocaine, gave them a box of 64 color crayons and told them to get to work. People are going to argue that the wacky and wild structures are "deep" or are a form of symbolism. Mistaken, they’re simply there for the purpose of looking fucking cool, and to benefit the immersion of the world of Monogatari. Even Anno said the ton of religious symbols in Evangelion were only there, because he thought it looked cool.
Shaft has this weird plot device, where the only people in their universe are the actual main characters; you never see a single background character. It's very weird, but it's also very original. Interpret this how you wish.
The OST spews directly from the fountain of fuck yeah, I am platinum mad about not being able to find Platinum Disco anywhere though. Each Op is catchy, each ED is catchy, and it’s exactly what you would presume from a fucking show like this.
Araragi is the personification of a bad ass, sort of Dracula with an ahoge. Dare I say deconstruction of the harem genre main character? He has his girlfriend, but at the same time, runs all the other girls around his finger. Of course not on purpose, he's not a jerk with a capital fuck you. They all just crave his supernatural cock. He enjoys each of their company, and is not afraid to get his ass cut up into small pieces for their sake. Each girl is god tier, from his imouto's, the Fire Sisters, to Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade and her mister donut obsession, to his deconstruction of a tsundere girlfriend Senjougahara. They all have their quirks and crazy oddities that make them who they are, and I personally find them to be some of the most enjoyable characters in Anime today.
Yeah, sure this is fan service. But its enjoyment meter high rating compensates completely its lack of a solid story. But some of the greatest stories ever told, just so happen to be the simplest.
Nisemonogatari has the courage to be simple.