13 of 13 episodes seen
"This story is a simple illustration of the three Minami sisters and the ordinary life they lead. Please don't expect too much from it." - Minami Chiaki.
Just like all the previous seasons, fans of Minami-ke should be familiar with how it begins an episode with one of the characters commenting along those lines and that's essentially what Minami-ke is entirely about;heartwarming slice-of-life revolving around three plain girls with very lighthearted jokes delivered throughout the entire show. Alas, this season is one you shouldn't "expect too much from it", just as Chiaki said.
With no story or focus on whatsoever, Minami-ke Tadaima is the latest follow-up, fourth season in the Minami-ke series, however, it does not require the viewer to have watch the prequels in order to understand the storyline(because there really isn't any) or know the characters(because they already provided introductions for most characters). Comedy presented in Tadaima is very light, so don't expect yourself to burst out in laughter. Apart from a few chuckles, Tadaima's sense of humor is random sadly, its bland and unimaginative. Even so, Tadaima is relaxing to watch.
Like all seasons of Minami-ke, Tadaima also had undergone a refresh regarding its artstyle. Okaeri, Okawari and the first all had different artstyle. This season's new art is good, however, its none too special or memorable. Just one's personal opinion though, I still find Minami-Ke's first season was far superior compared to any of the other seasons, in terms of humor, OP and ED and rewatchability, just the artstyle looked pretty dated.
Characters are pretty much unchanged; Kana remains to be the naive, energetic middle sister. Chiaki being the youngest but has more brains than Kana does, and Haruka being the motherly-type. There's almost no character development throughout the seasons so far. On that final note, most of them are still adorable as ever and to be more specific, there wasn't a character I disliked. Hosaka remains to be the most eccentric and funniest character in the whole series.
Ultimately, Minami-ke Tadaima was an decent show for me. On the plus side, the charming characters remained intact, has solid visuals and also can be relaxing to watch but regrettably its sense of humor has gone stale. Some people may even consider this to be the weakest season. Nonetheless, Minami-ke Tadaima should appeal to slice of life junkies, but for anyone looking for good laughs, stay away. read more
2 of 2 episodes seen
Getting straight to the point - Overall, Eiyuu Densetsu is just so-so. Story is so very rushed (and very difficult to understand) and with the amount of episodes(only 2 with approx.40 mins each, since its an OVA) is just not enough for all to fit everything into that time span. It starts of with a very brief introduction of "orbments", goes straight into the OP then followed by a sudden "kissing" scene. Most characters don't get much (ANY, to be more exact) introduction themselves, so you might end up having a hard time knowing the characters.
So the only two redeeming qualities for Eiyuu Densetsu lies in the action-scenes and the animation of the whole OVA. One word for the action - Incredibly satisfying. I'm not kidding, the battles are fast, fluid and its pretty much the most you'll get of out Eiyuu Densetsu. How about the animation/visuals? Character visuals are very detailed and "amazing" is the easiest way to describe Eiyuu Densetsu's animation quality.
Anyway, moving into more detail on the characters, you'll either love or hate them. Main character Estelle Bright is the typical tomboy who isn't so bright and is more to brawn over brains. Her past is later revealed in the OVA but only lasting for a couple of minutes. Joshua, is the typical cool and strong guy cliche. Like Estelle, his past is revealed, but again, very briefly. He is called the "Enforcer No.13," but nothing is mentioned whatsoever about these so called "Enforcers" and his objective is to destroy "Society"; again, nothing much is explained. Estelle and Joshua are the only two characters who gets most of the spotlight in the OVA, later on in the second episode of the OVA, majority of the "other" main characters get tossed out. Frankly, I don't even remember the names of characters (nor do I particularly cared for any of them) in the anime except the two main MCs.
Ending was also very disappointing, it was clearly unfinished and much is left to be explained. But what much can I say? That was rather expected for a 2-episode OVA; introductions and explanations are simply non-existent. Perhaps if you're a fan of the video game, then just maybe you'll enjoy this OVA a lot more. Anyway, one thing's for sure, after watching that OVA, I'm now very interested in trying out the video game. In conclusion, Eiyuu Densetsu : Sora no Kiseki feels like a very plain action(but with very solid action scenes) anime throwing out most of the story. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Story-wise, it's nothing too extraordinary. Just the usual slice of life I've seen, quite similar to "Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai" in a way because of it's "imouto" concept. Unfortunately, in terms of comedy, it terrible. Jokes and gags are not hilarious at all. The show teaches the viewers the "rules" on how Osaka-n people talk and their habits. On the plus side, the anime doesn't have any incest.
First of all, there's Ishihara Namika(the imouto); cute, eccentric and has an "Osaka-n" accent. While, Ishihara Kyousuke(brother/protagonist) is the really laid-back type of guy, but compared to some of the other protagonists I've seen, he isn't too bad as the main male character for one reason, he's not obnoxious. But all in all, he's just the bland protagonist we often see in anime.
In terms of artstyle/visuals, it's decent, but in terms of animation? It's bad. Characters' actions and movement are very poorly animated - there's barely any movement. It reminds me of those flash games: Happy Wheels, QWOP, etc. Personally, these "animations" are nifty for flash games and other flash-related media, but for an anime? No, it ain't. Well, fortunately, you can get used to it, eventually.
To sum up, Boku no imouto Osaka Okan is a short, adorable Slice of life anime but with flaws. I might had enjoyed it more if it was lengthened to a full, TV-sized, 20 minutes episodes series and with "proper" character animations. In the end, it falls just below the passing mark. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Traumend starts off from where the first series stopped; after the victorious battle with Suigintou, Shinku starts to feel the guilt of eliminating one of her sisters, all because of the Alice Game. In fact, Shinku simply made her into a "piece of junk". Is it wrong to feel sad for an enemy you've just defeated?
Anyway, after completing Traumend, it's an improvement(but not massively) on the series, if you compare it to the original. Focusing more into the story, providing adequate explanation and reducing the number of trivial episodes. The story can be quite unpredictable sometimes; just when I thought THAT "Father" was the REAL "Father", turns that he isn't. There's also a considerable amount of drama with some fighting sequences and comedy going on. Final episode was more intense and better than in the original. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed with the results of the Alice Game.
Why climb when you can fly? - the characters' actions can be amusing. So, these dolls have the ability to fly(depends on the location or perhaps their mood). When I noticed that few of the them were "climbing their way out of danger", only for the enemy to catch up with them because she simply flew. You can sit there, relax and be amused by some their actions.
Episodes 3, 5 and 7 are mostly just filler episodes, haphazardly placing keypoints of it's story that only lasts few minutes(sometimes mere seconds) and most of time, near the end. But hey, they're fairly watchable. It does focus on the story from time to time but at least 1/3 of the anime consist of very, slice-of-life-ish episodes. Like the original, pacing is slow as a snail.
Traumend also introduces new characters and most of them play a major role in the story. First thing's first, Traumend has a new antagonist, the seventh and youngest Rozen Maiden doll, Barasuishou. Nevertheless, even with the new bunch of people, Suigintou remains as my number one character in the entire series and will always be.
Comparing the original and Traumend and there's no enhancement on visuals. After all, Traumend retains the whole same old visuals; colors are dull; not bright but Rozen Maiden dolls still look beautiful as ever, just like in the first. The visuals are sometimes inconsistent - characters faces differ from scene to scene. Just the same old, same old.
ALI PROJECT performs the OP for this one too. Sadly, the majority of her songs including this is just not for me. Listened to the ED, and it was actually quite good. But it gets old pretty quickly. BGM ranges from rock music(sadly the epic rock music is very rarely played) to same orchestral music pieces back in the original.
To sum up, there's improvement in the overall storytelling, but even with that, I still wouldn't recommend it to everyone. After watching both seasons in the franchise, I must say that this is more recommended to the casual viewers. In any case, this is one series you have to see for yourself. You might enjoy it...or not. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Animated by studio Nomad, a studio which is quite well-known and I've seen some of their works back then, namely Kampfer and Ouran Highschool Host Club - though those two titles were not very outstanding, in my opinion. Rozen Maiden starts with a boy named Jun Sakurada who got his hands on a doll - Boy meets doll. Doll meets boy. Boy awakens doll. Doll abuses boy. Hilarity. First episode in and Rozen Maiden's core storyline is fairly hard to decipher. As the series progresses, the show gives vague explanation about the reason of the dolls' or the so called "Rozen Maidens" existence, then finally unfolding it's actual plot, about halfway in the anime. Some of the characters had a habit of mentioning the name "Alice Game" without going into detail about what it actually is. The show also had a tendency of placing important pieces of the story in between some very filler-like episodes.
While the filler episodes itself isn't that bad and it's watchable, since it's filled with solid comedy in them, but action scenes weren't epic. I've seen action anime with more engaging and edge-of-the seat battles. Note that these are indeed living dolls; evident with the "visible joints" on their bodies and are brought to life with the help of magic, but they still have emotions, eat and drink like normal humans do. So, where does the all the food go to? No idea.
The first and last few episodes, namely 1,2 ,3, 10,11 & 12 - are probably the most enjoyment you can get out of this anime. Ending was decent, however, even after completing the series, the maker of the dolls still haven't been revealed, other than his name. Possibly in the next season....
All scores are out of 5. Lowest 1 being hated. Highest being loved.
Jun Sakurada:(1/5) Generic male protagonist no.2123. There's nothing special or interesting about him to play the role as the protagonist. Plain boring. He can be obnoxious too.
Shinku:(3/5) Jun's Rozen Maiden and the fifth in the Rozen Maiden. Often abuses Jun physically and verbally. Somewhat of a Tsundere.
Suigintou:(5/5) Perhaps the most renowned character in the series - stumbled upon many of her wallpapers/pictures/whatnot in websites and realized that it's was her. Suigintou is one of the few villains in anime that I like. The first and possibly the strongest among the Rozen Maidens. Sadistic, powerful, arrogant, beautiful, etc. Personal favourite in the whole series. Do want. As much as I love her as a character, but as the main antagonist, no. Her role as one is fair: she wants to be the winner of the Alice Game. She's also the type of antagonist who "simply wanted to be loved."
Suiseiseki:(3/5) A heterochromiac-desu. Just like Shinku, she often abuses Jun but mostly verbally-desu. But, she can be very adorable...only sometimes-desu. Can be a little bit irritating.
Souseiseki:(4/5) Sister of Suiseiseki. More likable than her sister. Like Shinku, she's the more mature out of the group.
Hana-Ichigo:(2/5) Noisy, spoilt, childish, etc. Do not want.
Kashiwaba Tomoe:(3/5) Jun's classmate in school. Out of the other human characters, she's the only decent one.
Nori Sakurada:(2/5) Jun's sister. Always forgot her name. Until writing this review...
Character development is very weak. It's true that Jun Sakurada does become less of a hikikomori later on with the dolls' help, but he's only shown some improvement and that's in the final episode.
While the colors are not as bright and vivid as the newer anime and visuals for the human characters are very dated(obviously), on the other hand, the details for the "Rozen Maidens", even now, still looks excellent, though clearly not on par when compared to the more recent anime. To sum up, the artstyle/visuals have both good and bad qualities.
The vocalist for the opening theme is a very recognizable one. From her distinctive voice and the type of song she often sings, only few seconds listening to the OP, it was clear to me that ALI PROJECT was performing RM's Opening theme. Frankly, most of her songs don't appeal to me and same goes for this one too. Didn't bother listening to the Ending theme more than once. Just like the OP, the ED also does not appeal to me. Overall voice acting was great, though.
Ultimately, RM has several faults however, the outcome was still fairly enjoyable. Slow pacing, bland protagonist, good-and-bad visuals are all redeemed by the first and last few episodes and lovable characters(apart from the protagonist). If you're planning to watch this anime, just don't expect too much out of it. Even with my mixed feelings(and slight disappointment) with this series, I'll continue to the second and third season, see how it fare. read more
13 of 13 episodes seen
Senyuu also have several references to popular videos and games such as the man who "reacted" to the Scary Maze game. Though, it's not the best laughs you can get out of an anime, but it's still very solid; Senyuu was entertaining from the very first episode till the last and you may even wished that the series was longer. Character development is lacking - from a 5 minute, comedy series, that was expected.
While lacking a unique(and serious) storyline, Senyuu offers great sense of humor together with funny, and likable characters. If you're looking for an anime with short laughs, plenty of random moments and set in a fantasy themed world, then Senyuu is a fine option. read more
24 of 24 episodes seen
The very first line in the anime coming from the protagonist himself. Frankly, I felt exactly the same after watching the first dozen episodes of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. J.C. Staff, a studio which animated numerous titles such as Toradora, Zero no Tsukaima, Toaru Majutsu no Index, now it's Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo or in English, 'The Pet Girl of Sakurasou'.
Story? Kanda Sorata was told to move to a place called Sakurasou, a dorm where the problem students dwell in. One day, Shiina Mashiro, a genius, moves to the Dorm. And so, Sorata's dorm mates given him the task to take care of Mashiro. So there ya go. You can probably predict the outcome of the show before you even watched it.
Sakurasou is a somewhat-more-than-generic romance/comedy anime. So, what are the common features of rom coms? Generic protagonist lives alone, story set in high school, extraordinary female protagonists, transfer students, probability of the transfer student living next door, childhood friends, imoutos having brother complex, beach episodes, protagonist is a chick magnet and lots of other distinctive features. It's those shows where you watch simply because you're too bored. Sakurasou is no exception.
However, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is slightly more different than the usual. While it does have most of the features mentioned, but this time the protagonist lives in a dorm, filled with problem students and Sakurasou have a slightly better plot...and I guess that's pretty much it.
Since it's a romance/comedy anime then you're expecting some humor. Regrettably, the "comedy" part is appalling. Sakurasou provides the viewer with lots of humor throughout the series, but none of them were hilarious. All in all, Sakurasou fails to be entertaining in terms of humor.
In most cases, ecchi scenes and fanservice in these kind of anime are tolerable, as long as there are few but if too many, it affects the quality of the show. Indeed, I knew there were going to be ecchi in the series, but Sakurasou has more than expected.
Finally, it's the story. Sakurasou starts off as boring, tiresome, especially the beginning and it may also be the biggest flaw of the anime. Brace yourselves, because boredom strikes very early. The starting episodes may give a bad first impression to the viewer and some may even stop watching the series solely because of that. Sakurasou is one of the few anime I've watched that left a terrible first impression.
However, once you've covered the dull early episodes, at one point Sakurasou eventually starts becoming more intriguing later on(if it ever does for you). Personal point of view: I might have enjoyed Sakurasou more if it only had 12 or 13 episodes, not with 24 episodes. Why? for me, it starts becoming more interesting roughly at episode twelve. Some of the characters' past were interesting to watch such as Shiina Mashiro's however the enjoyment only lasted for couple of minutes. Sakurasou did have some memorable moments; both happy and sorrowful, but most of them were in the middle or near the end of the series. Luckily, the ending was pretty decent. Not the best ending I've seen, but still it's ok.
Character? I'll show you in a list.
These are the characters who dwell in Sakurasou Dorm.
Scores are out of 5. Lowest(1) being Hated. Highest(5) being Loved.
Kanda Sorata:(1/5) Boring male protagonist; essential in most rom coms. Now, only more irritating.
Shiina Mashiro*:(3/5) Female protagonist. Neutral.
Aoyama Nanami:(3/5) The common tsundere type. I feel sorry for her at the end of the series.
Mitaki Jin:(3/5) Looks like he lost his virginity years ago.
Kamiigusa Misaki:(2/5) Energetic, noisy type.
Akasaka Ryuunosuke:(3/5) A Hikikomori.
Chihiro Sengoku:(3/5) Dorm teacher of Sakurasou.
A couple of supporting characters.
Kanda Yuuko:(1/5) She has brother complex. I'm not surprised. Most of the imoutos nowadays have brother complex anyway.
Rita Ainsworth:(3/5) Kawashima Ami...is that you?
From the list above, any scores below 3 means they're disliked. None of the characters were interesting. Of course, all of the scores above are just my opinion. Though, it's nice to see character development going on.
*In some of the scenes, Shiina Mashiro really reminded me of Akemi Homura, a character which I really love in Madoka Magica. Perhaps the last two episodes of Madoka Magica are simply too memorable...
Art/Visuals? Overall, it's great. Colors are bright and artstyle is gorgeous. Backgrounds are nice and Shiina Mashiro's artwork are incredible.
Sound? Voice acting is pretty good(Sorata yelling almost every time is rather aggravating). OP and ED are all J-Pop themed songs and I've only bothered to listen to them once. I do like J-pop songs, but only selected ones. There's some very beautiful background music being played during the sad scenes.
Conclusion? Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo isn't the worst rom com I've watched and its far from being the best. To sum up, it's pretty average, despite the number of flaws it has. Unfortunately, Sakurasou just didn't live up to my expectations. Not even close. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
Story? Rainbow focuses on seven teenagers who are found guilty of committing crimes and are sent to a Disciplinary school/Reformatory. In reality, it was Hellhole for them because they received very harsh treatment by some of the authorities to the point where they got thrashed by a group of hired thugs and received a lot of unnecessary punishment, though not all of the main characters suffered the same exact punishment. The story takes place in 1955, a decade after the end of the Second World War. During that time, Japan in it's state, still rebuilding its cities after the war and corruption is common.
Speaking of plot, it can be rather predictable sometimes. Characters' "motives" are predictable as ever too. What's very common in anime are that you can tell who's evil and who's not; Especially, when one of those anime characters who always had their eyes shut, suddenly they open their eyes and with a wide silly grin across their face obviously tells you that they are up to no good. It often shows that their intentions are usually bad too. But even with that, with lots of edge-of-seat action scenes, plenty of sorrowful moments, plot twists and memorable acts of friendship - Rainbow's overall storyline is top notch.
Character? Rainbow have a nice cast of main characters each with an interesting backstory. The seven protagonists of cell six each have their own unique personalities. Also, Character development is good. For example, Mario Minakami. In the start, He was weak and sometimes talks big but with help in the later episodes, he becomes a badass. The MCs are initially hostile towards each other but soon after they start helping out they quickly become friends. My favourite character in the series is Sakuragi Rokurouta: a young man with a boxing talent. He's also the oldest, strongest and acts as the leader out of the seven. With all that, Sakuragi Rokurouta is a man worth respecting.
Sound? The Opening theme is extremely good because I like these kind of songs: the Rock/Metal genre. Opening theme "We're not alone", sung in English by Japanese Band Coldrain was epic. Not only that the opening theme was awesome, but its also very fitting for the anime. The ending theme, wasn't entirely great, still I don't think its too bad. Also, whenever one of the protagonists gets serious, a distinct background music kicks in. Voice acting was brilliant but I find the English voice overs of the American characters sound a little weird.
Art/Visuals? The overall visuals passable. I think the dark/gloomy art style and colors really does suit the anime. However, Viewers who constantly had been watching anime with bright visuals might find Rainbow's visuals repulsive. Amusingly, all the evil characters in the series look so hideous. Characters' hair colours are natural; colours that naturally exist in real life: black, dark brown, blonde, etc. No, I don't hate the colorful hair that exist in anime, but the natural hair colors gives a more realistic feel.
Conclusion? Rainbow is an anime with an inspiring story and have many likeable characters. However, some people may find Rainbow's art style unappealing, but even you don't like that, you should at least give it a try. But for fans of thriller/Drama or anyone looking for a good anime of its genre, it's a must watch.
25 of 25 episodes seen
Story? Story is pretty good, Aladdin, a Magi meets a young boy, Ali Baba an Aladdin helps him fulfils one of his dreams; completing a dungeon. Then comes my favourite character in the anime, Morgiana. After completing the dungeon, she was set free from slavery with the help of Aladdin and Ali Baba. After all that dungeon-exploring in the first few episodes, Aladdin soon goes alone into different territories and the main topic of discussion was, War. War always sprouted from hatred. War is main topic of the entire series. Though, most of the excitement starts fading away when it was in the Balbadd arc; it's not bad, but it's at least, watchable.
Main focus in the Balbadd arc was Ali Baba and his friend Kassim. Flashbacks start appearing in the series, Ali Baba's and Kassim's past begins to unravel. These flashbacks weren't too bad, I found it pretty interesting to watch. The action scenes in this arc becomes a pretty boring. Surprisingly, there was a filler episode about Sinbad and one of the Princesses of Kou somewhere later in the series; and yes, it was pretty boring, and most importantly, pointless. I think, the whole story of the anime strayed far off from the manga's point of view somewhere in episode 20, or probably even earlier than that.
A-1 Pictures is starting to make a name for itself(or they already had) for making terrible original endings. First anime I've watched from the same studio (as far as I can remember), was Ao no Exorcist, and yes it had a lot of potential to become a great anime, though its biggest flaw is its ending. The studio's biggest mistake has always been the same: starts off good in the first half, terrible second half, then accompanied with a terrible original anime ending. What happened to Ao no Exorcist, also happened to Magi - Labyrinth of Magic. I guess, history really does repeat itself.
Characters? Magi uses characters from the Arabian nights, making them look more awesome than the actual person from the stories. For example, take a look at Ali Baba in the original Ali Baba and the forty thieves tale. and try comparing it to the Ali Baba in the anime. Look how they awesome they become. My favourite character is Morgiana, a tough chick. First 20 episodes, I watched Magi because of the plot. Then after that, I felt that the plot became somewhat rushed and strayed off from the Manga. So in the later episodes, I watched Magi mainly just because of Morgiana. Also, Aladdin and Ali Baba are both likeable main characters.
Sound? The opening and Ending theme were so-so, and the voice-acting were pretty awesome. But the background music was very epic, especially during the fighting scenes.
Visual? Though, its visuals are pretty good, but not always. The quality of visuals sometimes end up looking pretty bad, where characters faces look somewhat different. But overall visuals are decent.
Conclusion? Though, I find Magi to be very awesome in the earlier episodes but somewhat boring in the later episodes, so I find it a little difficult for who recommend it to. obviously enough, if you like prefer the shounen/action genre, Magi is definitely a good choice. Though, it's definitely not recommended for everyone. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Story? Maria Holic Alive, takes place few months after the protagonist, Miyamae Kanako's transfer to the Catholic all-girls high school Ame-no-Kisaki. From there onwards, the "story" continues. Again and again, in nearly all of the episodes, the narrator keeps on stating that Kanako is allergic to men, which I found rather irritating. Kanako's crazy, super nosebleeds also continues. There were also some parodies from anime Infinite Stratos, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and probably some anime which I do not know. Well, just as expected, there's still no hint of "real" romance throughout the show. This season also had more ecchi scenes than before. Still, it's nothing too serious.
The series also introduced a few new characters. But, they did not play a major role in the show. Pretty much just more supporting characters which I particularly did not find interesting.
The visuals? They are still impressive as ever. It still looks beautiful as it was in the original. So, thats a good thing.
Sound? The opening and Ending theme were terrible, for me. I dont know, maybe they were not the types of songs I would listen to. The OP and ED in the first Maria Holic were far more superior. Though, the background music in some of the scenes are still pleasantly good to listen to.
Conclusion? Though, I did find this sequel to be a bit more better than the original, in terms of humor, but there were also drawbacks such as the awful OP and ED, sadly, which were more superb in the first Maria Holic. In the end, I only recommend this sequel to people who loved the original Maria Holic. If you're looking for comedy anime, go watch something else instead. read more