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Sound7/10: Great music to suit the mood or the moment it's trying to create. Most of it is dramatic or soothing music you would hear right before or during a sad scene.
Story7/10: It doesn't really matter kind of story a show wants to start with, but how it presents it, and differs itself from the others in its genre. So ignoring the fact that you know you're going to get a slice of life that wants to make you cry; Clannad has a few arcs(two) of which are meant to bring the male, and female lead together. The first arc is strange, to its credit it's imaginative, and it works a bit to the shows advantage. Nothing bad it handled itself ok. Second arc is delves a bit deeper into the main character. Not much to say without spoiling it, but it's not bad
Most of them are just cut outs from previous cliches. The only characters that have some semblance of indifference would be the main character, and Tomoyo. You really don't believe these characters are having fun or enjoying themselves. Most of it is just a fight for who wants to be with the male lead.
Not as bad as it could have been. His childhood involves his dad hurting Tomoya. Tomoya, who loved basketball can no longer play it the way he used to. This puts guilt on his father who is now devoted to just smiling, and letting his son do what he feels is right. He feels any kind of strictness is no longer allowed after hes harmed his own, and that does happen. He now spends his days as a "Delinquent," but he can simply be compared to someone who doesn't like school. A very strong, take charge character that knows how to have fun when it's not offensive. What separates him from the pool of boring cliche'd leads is that he's able to have fun, be likable, and he has actually done something that's rare for an anime. Can't say what he did it would spoil it.
I really hate comic relief characters. You don't need a character who's entire purpose to be the loser, you can have the other characters share a bit of that quality. And that is who he is, he's the pathetic "Funny," loser who no girl wants to be with, and gets picked on, bullied, in trouble, short. He has some "Redeeming" qualities, but that really amounts to nothing or does anything for him in the show. And that is what makes this character fail, because it's one of the ultimate anime cliche's ever. I've realized that in anime you really can't have other characters like the clown for being funny, no, he has to be looked down upon while he does dumb antics, and everyone else is being serious minding their own business. It's painful to watch him, but I guess there's worse characters than him. One of the major redeeming quality about him though is when he's persistent of something it seems in characters, and not contrived.
Bit of a new take on a character. She acts the way an angry little child would with good reason. She has good motives, a bit of patience, and impatience, more unpredictable than the other characters. Compared to the other characters she isn't bad.
Long haired purple one is very loud, and cold to hide her feelings, and the other is quiet, and shy to hide her feelings. They don't really do much, but then I don't think they're one of the big focuses so eh.
Pretty good back story, uninteresting as a character herself. Very quiet into herself, but what else would you get? Smart book worm that at least has a reason for her shyness. Next
The shy (see a pattern?) quiet girl in the corner. Unlike Tomoya's family, her family is fulfilling, colorful, energetic, and not really that tragic. She's the opposite of her parents, but that's not too bad this stuff happens it's just she's very shy, and boring. After watching the movie and the series, I have to say the the Nagisa in the movie is very likable. She teases, she can be humorous, she has drive for her goal, and likes to keep things positive. The Nagisa here is just boring, sad, quiet, and relies on the male lead for anything. Not as bad, the man has to lead the young lady, but where is Tomoya's motivation for it? He has plenty of shy girls chasing him, so why her? Is it because she was the only one who wasn't as forward with her feelings? That's pretty weak. Her development makes her less shy, but that's still not interesting. And not every character has to be amazingly interesting, but when you make someone SUPER shy you have a lot less to work with, she's the female lead what makes her so special that our protagonist sees? To me, she's just the damsel that Tomoya's fighting for, just more bland.
Strong, forward, versatile, talented, and still boring. No just kidding. A pretty good character. She's not just some gifted shy girl, she's a gifted girl who knows how to use her talents. She cares about how people view her, she's not as cold, she can have fun, but is still clueless when it comes to certain people. human, and unhuman qualities. Being around Tomoya, she gradually builds an attraction with him. No questions asked, she goes for him. She likes him, she wants, she could do it the easy way or the hard way. Some small details with her, but they're not worth mentioning cause they can be used to her advantage too.
There are other characters too, and I hate to say I like them more than main characters.4/10
I knew what I was getting, and I got it. That's the problem.5/10 read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
The 6, which is now 7 characters are good guys. Not Protagonists, but good guys, meaning they will risk their lives for anything at the drop of hat in a 5 second encounter with a stranger . I was expecting the main guys to be more dimensional, some would be cowards, some are desperate scum, one could actually have a lust for hurting others, and one could be generic nice guy that realizes reality isn't as kind. However, everything in this show is black and white.
The 7 of them form an immediate bonding friendship for life, and the thought of characters learning about each other is sort of ruined by the narrator. This show is just 20 minutes of Bro! Bro! Anchan! Bro! Anchan! With all of their crimes being justified by how overly cruel their obstacle was. The "Survival of the fittest," motto they shoved at us was nulled by their friendship, and for some reason most of the episodes take place after their prison release. 7 characters in prison? That's enough material for 26 episodes.
Not bad, 7 people in prison that must deal with all the cruelty that comes.
Very grainy, dark, and somewhat detailed. Not bad for what the show was going for, or trying to go for
Not much music, which is sometimes good. Great for this show, but the few songs were very intense sounding, and not to my taste.
These characters are very boring. They don't offer anything new or creative, and in this kind of setting, that's where most of the focus should have been on. How they deal with their new life, and mostly, each other. But we're granted with preachy, goody kids that were just in a pickle of a situation, and made a mistake. A mistake the anime tries to justify so hard. It's like if someone stole an apple for his starving village that's about to be flooded. Some characters can be nicety nice nice, but there should have been more variety. Have some depth, and insight on pathetic scum who would abandon people to save self or others who just enjoy causing others pain. It's a lot more interesting then mindless Yugioh friendship drones.
Oh the villain is my favorite character. They made them as ugly, sinister, creepy, and crazy as possible. I wouldn't be surprised if they gave them razor sharp teeth, and nervous twitches oh wait. In most cases, these villains would be very boring, but they're so over the top that it seems like a parody. One of them is the prison doctor who gets his sexual desires out of alien probing younger kids. The other is an asshole, because he's an asshole, and that's it. That's the villain, no second thought if it's actually the warden or the inmates who are good. Very black, and white. The characters, and their actions could have been more controversial. Bro! Anchan!
I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted. Not the worse. The shock value flash backs in it were indeed shocking. And it's just so interesting on how crazy the warden is. Aside from the good guys, it was ok.
This show is below most shounen. Even Naruto for a time went to a grey route, and showed that justice is in the eyes of the beholder. Good, and Evil all comes down to how the individual feels. Those shows, however, can get away with being bland, and preachy, because that's just how shounen animes are. Not to mention they're in a fantasy world where things run differently.
I'm not 100% sure what Rainbow was going for, but if it was trying to give us a look on life back then, it didn't pick the right people. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
Story-Two bodyguards protect a girl, and help find the samurai who smells of sunflower. Such a simple plot? Well, This is where the show shines very bright. Every episode is a story in itself that can show tragedy, openness, comedy, beauty, and ideals. The three protagonists, interacting with each other, those they meet, and how natural everything plays out; nothing seems forced. This is easily planned by how different the three are, how they're dirt poor, and need information on a samurai they know nothing of. The sad part is, the story could have been over in about 8 episodes, but all the problems they face are ones created by mugen and jin. The quote "It's not about the end result, but the journey," is emphasized in this show greatly. The end result is very anti-climactic, but you don't care about that, and neither do our protagonists. And honest as a beaver, I don't think I'm alone when I say Fuu would have had an easier journey if she never traveled with her "bodyguards," but that's what makes this story brilliant. All that horrible stuff they deal with, the blood, sweat, and anger, is very stressing, yet, they wouldn't have it any other way. To them all that was worth the new found friendship they gained. (9.8)
Sound- Very amazing. The mixture from Hip-hop, and Japanese sounding music go very well together. All the songs go incredibly well into the event that's taking place. Using only piano on those soft moments, and rapid tempo that would hype up a fight. (8.8)
Art- Once again, very good. the characters in the show are very clean, and their actions have no choppiness. The backgrounds depict the beauty of the edo period. It's subtle about it, but really makes you want to see it for how it was. Also the backgrounds are sometimes still paintings. (9)
Enjoyment- Very. I've watched this series 17 times so far, and it doesn't age; it only gets better. (10)