50 of 50 episodes seen
A beautiful anime and a pleasant experience, this was also my first venture into the Mecha genre.
(The beginning and a little summary)
Eureka Seven is about Renton Thurston, a boy from a family of mechanics and whose father is a war hero. During what seemed like another day of helping out his mechanic grandfather and being a Ray=Out (magazine featuring members of the Gekko State, which I'll get to later on) fanboy, a uniquely shaped LFO crashes into his grandfather's garage. While fixing Eureka's LFO, and being a member of the Gekko, her comrades follow her to Thurston's garage. A few conversations later, Renton's dream of boarding the Gekko becomes his reality, and even more adventures unfold before him. Renton continues living aboard the Gekko, surfing trapar waves and piloting the Nirvash with Eureka. As the story progresses, more of Eureka's past is revealed and Renton finds himself obligated to protecting her.
Many unique and colourful characters are presented throughout Eureka Seven. Even though we're talking about a futuristic setting here, the clothing pattern seems rather retro. Nonetheless, almost all of them are stylish and lovable, especially the members of the Gekko.
Probably the most notable thing about this anime is the soundtrack. After I had watched my daily share of episodes, the music will keep playing in my head until the next day. I believe they did so well in this department, creating an emotional and a highly memorable masterpiece of a soundtrack that I felt the need to download and listen to over and over, it's just too heartwarming. I think the only two anime series that managed to get me hooked on their soundtrack were Naruto/Shippuuden and this one. It fits so perfectly to the mood of the scene be it despair, goofiness, battle, suspense, trauma, or happiness.
That, of course, without mentioning the opening and ending themes which were also great picks (pretty hip if you ask me) with the fantastic execution of animation.
(Story and enjoyment)
At first glimpse, Eureka Seven might look like a series of happy-go-lucky fillers with Eureka acting awkwardly towards Renton and the rest of the Gekko making fun of him all the time. Then it slowly builds up to uncover the dark pasts of Holland and the Gekko, the role of the military in all of this, and Dewey's plan of supreme evil. It's a much deeper story than you might think it would be, involving how humans mistreated the earth and how their greed for power caused the natural systems to turn against them, and much more.
It's a story about love and coexisting with other beings and people, it has a lot of sadness and despair but at the same time, lots of beauty and kindness is involved as well. Also, the silly scenes are hilarious as hell, that I can guarantee. Comedy is definitely something that made me like Eureka Seven, heck, even love it!
This anime is something else, it will make you laugh like crazy, cry, anticipate, speculate, and fall in love with its characters. It will exceed your expectations making you an Eureka Seven fan (at least, that happened to me).
Fascinating music, gorgeous art, beautiful story and wonderful characters. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
What are you still doing here? Watch it already! read more
22 of 22 episodes seen
When I first heard of Hyouka, and after seeing a few pics and screenshots from it, I knew this Anime had great potential. At the beginning, I wasn’t quite sure what this Anime was about, was it just a show about the daily lives of some high school students or was there even more to it, like a big conspiracy or mystery for instance.
To be absolutely frank, I loved Hyouka. I eagerly waited for every episode of it and enjoyed it to the fullest. This Anime had mystery, comedy, tiny bits of adventure, hints of suppressed love emotions, a little bit of drama, and numerous brainstorming moments. Don’t expect much though. It doesn’t reach the level of Death Note in terms of mystery solving, nor does it have the same laugh-till-your-stomach-falls-off comedy as some famous comedy Anime series. Simply put, Hyouka is a simple, light Anime. It doesn’t deal with major issues like a villain seeking world domination or an action-packed fight between good and evil, it doesn’t have ecchi nor romance moments even though you can understand that the characters have feelings for each other. Hyouka just isn’t that. It’s not a shallow Anime about boring slice of life incidents or lame romantic relationships. It is a pure-hearted Anime about friendship, change, teamwork, sincerity and putting your brain to good use. Hyouka did what other slice of life Anime couldn’t do while being a slice of life Anime itself: it was interesting and made the viewer think and participate in the brainstorms happening in its episodes.
A few days ago, I was talking about Hyouka with a friend of mine on MAL. When I asked him what he thought of it, he compared it to K-on! and said that he didn’t take a liking to it, deeming it one of the “empty” slice of life Anime, he did not hate it, but Hyouka didn’t “suit” him. I haven’t watched K-on! yet but from what I concluded about K-on! was that it was about a group of girls in a light music club starting their own band and whatnot (pardon me K-on! fans if you find this offensive, which I don’t intend it to be). Yes, there are a few similarities between Hyouka and K-on! but if you look at both Anime series carefully you’ll notice huge differences. It’s true that they share the genre of slice of life, the art is slightly similar and the characters are high school club members. However, I don’t think K-on! dealt with mystery in its story, which is exactly what Hyouka did. Plus the latter didn’t have its characters strive for success in their club’s specialty, so I don’t think it’s fair comparing them in the first place.
Hyouka has definitely succeeded into making it as one of my favourite Anime series of all times. However, it does have one little problem: the lack of a consistent storyline. I noticed this error when I tried explaining the story to my friends, but then my brain told me: What if I told you, there is no story to Hyouka? Normally, there is a story in an Anime which viewers can follow, the characters find themselves here then they start facing a few problems until they find solutions and by that time the story reaches its climax for either a glorious victory or a disappointing defeat (or nothing at all). Unless the story writer wants to mess with your mind and present scattered bits and pieces of info while distorting the order of the events for a mindf*** genius ending, like The Grudge. The thing is, Hyouka doesn’t follow these two patterns. Instead, the story is composed of little mysteries and occurrences that sometimes don’t have anything to do with each other. You can literally start watching Hyouka from the beginning of any given mystery and you’ll understand what’s going on without the need of watching the whole thing.
The art and animation in Hyouka are something else. I think it’s safe to say it was the bleed-rainbows-out-of-your-eyes kind of truly mind-blowing art. Animations were smooth and nice. In this department, Hyouka did one hell of a job. I think this might be the reason why it lacked a storyline, maybe they put a lot of effort in the art and animation that they didn’t have time to write a consistent story? Just a theory on my side. This is one of the biggest reasons I adore this anime. I loved every frame of Hyouka that I wished I never had look down to read the subs. Every background, object, character, and slow-motion scene was a work of magic. If you’re still reading this and not a single though of watching Hyouka has crossed your mind then I don’t know what else I can type to persuade you.
As for the music, the first opening song was fantastic, second opening was alright, first ending song- well if you’re looking for fanservice there it is (I didn’t like it though, always skipped it), second ending song is just adorable with the two female characters dressed up as detectives trying to capture the male characters. Now for the soundtrack, I found it quite suiting and really nice enhancing the mood in the scenes where they played it (yeah I’m not too keen on describing soundtrack music to people, just listen to it and decided for yourselves).
The characters of Hyouka were also a reason for its charm, here are little descriptions and my personal comments/thoughts of the four main characters:
Oreki Houtarou (Male protagonist):
The mystery-solving gifted genius. Houtarou follows his own “energy conserving” principle, not engaging in any unnecessary activities. Or in his own words: “What I don’t have to do, I don’t do it. What I have to, I do it quickly”. Well you might think of him as a lazy, indifferent dude but all of that will change as soon as he meets our Chitanda.
Chitanda Eru (Female protagonist):
“Kiminari masu!” (I’m curious!) says Chitanda to Oreki enthusiastically as soon as she cannot figure something out. She is from a rich family of farmers and is the best in her class. If there was ever a supremely cute Anime character contest to be held, Chitanda would win it in a heartbeat. Every aspect of cuteness is found in Chitanda, a ridiculously adorable member (and later on president) of the Classics club. You can’t hate Chitanda, you just can’t.
Fukube Satoshi (Male supporting):
Satoshi is Houtarou’s best friend, a living encyclopedia (or a database, as he calls himself) of useless and fun information. He is also a Sherlockian who is considered second-best in mystery-solving right after Houtarou.
Ibara Mayaka (Female supporting):
A heartbroken girl who confessed her love to Satoshi. She is a friend of Houtarou and Satoshi. I don’t know why but she always seems to pick on Houtarou as if to challenge/annoy him (which is pretty funny in fact).
All of those characters are freshmen in Kamiyama High, members of the Classics club and the center of Hyouka’s plot. To like them or not is a matter of personal preference, but I find them all to be nice and relatable characters.
Overall, Hyouka is a nice, laid-back Anime. Don’t expect an extravagant super-awesome ending nor deem the show worthless. I though the ending was average and wasn’t quite impressed with it, I wished they made it a bit more hopeful. Or maybe they left it that way to make a sequel?
There you have it, a nice show with brainteasers for your enjoyment. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
Just look at the title. What does it imply to you?
“Miniskirt-wearing rich high school girls in a futuristic setting where space navigation is the basic mean of transportation and there are evil pirates threatening the peace of the universe so these high school girls will be the heroes saving the galaxy and bringing peace forever. This show is too lame! I’m not watching this nonsense!”
There, sir/madam is the trap.
You see, names can be quite deceiving and might lead you to speculate something entirely different to what reality is.
If I could sum up the entirety of Mouretsu in one word, the only word I can think of is: Awesome.
So here’s what really happens:
“Kato Marika, a high school student, discovers that her father (that she didn’t quite know) had passed away. The surprise is, her father was a “space pirate” whose ship is now docked somewhere in space waiting for the heir to be its captain. Baffled Marika now has to juggle her duties as a space pirate, a high school freshman, and a café maid. As the story progresses, Marika learns to be a better space pirate and to bravely take on the challenges a pirate life brings”.
Another trap worth pointing out is the dialog in Mouretsu. In the first few episodes, the dialog is chunked with technical and naval terms, which I considered a downside of Mouretsu (I had to replay the scene a couple of times to understand these terms in context). Another way to look at it, is that all of this vocabulary will be used in the later episodes, so there’s really no problem in not understanding them at first.
Mouretsu was able to combine the irrelevant genres of Mecha and Slice of Life then spice it up with some Action and Comedy and finally threw in a substantial amount of Adventure then *POOF!* you got a 27 episode Anime with a fantastic plot and characters.
The art in Mouretsu reminds me of the vintage Anime series. It’s not like the current Anime art but rather a unique one. That’s what’s beautiful about Mouretsu, vintage looking art with a modern concept. Of course, that doesn’t apply to the spaceship designs which are rather futuristic ones.
The soundtrack was very well arranged. I especially love the pirate-like music in the beginning of each episode and the episode review parts at the end. I probably overused the word “futuristic” in this review but honestly that’s the right word to describe the ending theme. The opening song doesn’t change throughout the series and you can pretty much get into that chaotic world of piracy just by playing it once!
Overall, Mouretsu isn’t the golden egg in the basket but it certainly is an entertaining Anime with a promising end. Will there ever be a sequel to Mouretsu? I can only hope for that to happen! read more
Jun 12, 2012Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shi... (Anime) add
11 of 11 episodes seen
That's the case with AnoHana.
AnoHana managed to make me cry in every episode, and has a beautiful storyline that starts as an easy-going one with a group of highschool friends who were once best friends during their childhood and called themselves the "super peace busters". However, during one summer, their friend, Menma, died. After that, the group stopped meeting at their "secret base" and didn't talk to each other anymore.
The problem here now, is that our protagonist, Jintan, can still see the ghost of Menma but decides to refer to here as his "stress". Not only that, Menma is quite attached to Jintan and she follows him everywhere he goes.
Later on, Jintan realizes that in order to make Menma able to go to heaven, he must fulfill her dying wish. Unfortunately, Menma knows that she wanted something badly during the day she died, but she isn't able to remember it.
I won't say much before I spoil everything up so I'd better stop right there haha!
AnoHana gradually reveals more and more details about what happens during the day Menma died, it also shows the mental struggle that each character is enduring and how they reacted differently to Menma's death. Then AnoHana beautifully raps everything up in an upheaval of emotions and tears.
The art in AnoHana is great, just great. From character design to background art, everything is vibrant in colour and I believe that's quite essential to accompany the emotional tide that AnoHana brings. I especially loved the colouring work, the deep blue sky, lush green trees, lively orange hair of Anjou - everything, was so brilliant and colourful.
The animation work is quite mediocre though, nothing special to point out except when the characters get emotional.
The soundtrack of AnoHana perfectly, I mean PERFECTLY suits the storyline.
The opening theme song is lovely and the lyrics describe Jintan's emotions towards his friends and Menma I suppose, and the music puts you in the right mood to watch yet another episode of friendship and promises.
Then during the episode, the music manages to accompany the changing events and new discoveries.
And finally, the ending theme. Get ready to wipe big big tears off as the song plays! (at least that's what happened to me.)
The main cast is the group of friends that Menma was a part of before she died. Each one has quite different emotions regarding Menma's death, but in the end, you'll discover that they all feel the same way. (In other words, all paths lead to Rome).
As everyone grew up, their characters changed greatly. Let's take Jintan for example, he once was the "super peace busters" leader, now he's a shut in who refuses to go to school and others don't look up to him anymore.
Then there's Anjou who's imitating her friends, Poppo who still follows Jintan without question, Yukiatsu who's always hostile towards Jintan,Tsuruko who doesn't say much and she's Yukiatsu's schoolmate, and finally Menma, the sweet girl who died during one summer and reappeared at Jintan's house to ask him to reunite the old "super peace busters" and grant her wish.
I really enjoyed AnoHana especially since I'm graduating, so during the ending song I'd cry like a baby knowing that I won't see my friends again nor enjoy our time together.
But enough about me, AnoHana is a fantastic anime and if you haven't watched it yet or dropped it off your list then I say you have one of the most emotional and astonishing animes of all time.
Whether you've graduated from school, graduating, or still in school, AnoHana emphasizes on the beauty of friendship and importance of thinking of others, enjoyment guaranteed.
AnoHana is a beautiful, sad, emotional, and completely unexpected.
So get your tissue box and get ready for an unforgettable experience! read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
When I first heard of Blood-C I did the one thing I always do before watching any Anime, looking for images of that Anime. What I found was a group of eerie, dark, bloody images with a black haired girl in almost every one of them. I decided not to be taken aback by them and watch the Anime anyway.
I didn’t realize back then, that I stumbled across a genuinely fantastic Anime.
(I will try my best not to write any spoilers so bare with me alrighty?)
Back to our subject. I downloaded the first episodes on my VAIO and began watching Blood-C a week later. Through the first episode, I was surprised to see that things were different from what I expected.
I was initially confronted by philosophical questions regarding “what makes humans from the inside?”, “can the things inside a human change?” and “what will happen if they changed?”
O_O Weird enough.
Then I felt that I accidentally started watched one of those “Slice of Life” Animes where the main character, Saya, is a cute klutzy school girl who’s also a shrine maiden, she happily serves her duties in the shrine with her father then rushes to have breakfast at a neighbouring café (Guimauve) where she happily chats with the owner, then on her way to school she makes up a cute song about how nice the weather is that day and her daily life and sings it happily. Afterwards, she’s late for school and everyone teases her about always being late, then they all have a good laugh with their homeroom teacher. Such a lighthearted happy town and nothing seems out of the ordinary.
Then at the end of the day, our cutie protagonist heads back for the shrine.
And that’s when things get ugly….
You see, there are these dark creatures called the “Elder Bairns” that come out during the night to feed on humans. That’s where our little hero steps in to get rid of them. And by “get rid” I mean slashing them to death using a sword referred to as the “sacred sword”, the only weapon capable of terminating an Elder Bairn.
Wait, wait, wait. Let’s look back at the things that happened so far.
So we know from the synopsis that Blood-C is a bloody, gory Anime.
The main character is a school girl, klutzy, cute, timid and is a shrine maiden who loves eating breakfast at the café next door.
Then all of a sudden she carries a sword and starts slaying monstrous beings that show up at night.
“It doesn’t add up!!” You might say.
“This is complete non-sense!!” You might think.
“I am so not wasting my time on this childish garbage” You might yell.
But let me tell you this:
Things aren’t always what they seem.
A lot of people might get sick of not being able to relate between Saya’s character duality, she’s a normal student during the day, then a skilled swordswoman at night. It’s a sad thing to see people dropping this Anime out of their lists and giving it harsh reviews with low ratings. I’m not saying that these people shouldn’t write their reviews in the first place, I believe everyone should express what they thought freely, but I’m saying that I wish they gave this Anime a fair shot rather than harsh ratings.
Anyway, let’s go through the basic pointers now shall we?
The setting is an isolated quiet town, where there’s hardly any entertainment, and the street signals go on and off without a single car passing by (that creeped me out!). You will get familiar with some places as the story moves on, for example: the shrine, school, Guimauve.
A little piece of advice: Don’t let the altering genres of “Slice of life” and “Action” confuse you. Mark my words: Anything, and I mean anything, that you are provided with to build your speculations about the plot will be COMPLETELY demolished during the last three episodes of the series. I won’t say how, I don’t want to write any spoilers down so that’s as much as I can say. Also, as you watch more episodes, you will notice that the story picks up speed. It’s easygoing and relaxed in the beginning, then there’s a little tension, then a lot of tension, then…..well you’ll have to watch it to know :P
The director also throws in a few clues during the episodes to help viewers prepare for the grand finale in the end, which I found absolutely unexpected and terrifyingly mind-blowing.
The reason why I gave it a 9 on the story section is because there are certain moments where Saya is slow in reacting and you’d wish to yell: (MOVE!! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!)
(Art & Animation 10/10)
Blood-C managed to combine both beautiful scenery and fantastic character design. The art is not extremely gorgeous and flashy, but there’s a certain beauty to it that will let you enjoy the Anime to the fullest.
As for the animation, it’s very smooth. You can easily notice that during the fighting scenes, which where skillfully designed to make Saya’s movements elaborately powerful and agile.
The character design is also wonderful. The girls’ uniforms are cute, each character has a distinctive style and appearance, and nothing seemed out of place.
However, if you don’t like seeing blood gushing out in your Animes then this might not be the right show for you….There are times when Saya would stab the Elder Bairn and a huge fountain of blood would spring out. Even when a human is killed, the moment a wound opens, blood would splash out, literally. I found that quite funny rather than gross, but I guess everyone views it in a different way.
Another thing I’d want to point out is the mature content in Blood-C, which bothered me the most, being a person who despises Ecchi and nudity. Unfortunately, you’re bombarded with a stream of nudity in the opening song.
How did I know, you might wonder. Well when you watch an Anime for the first time the first thing you sit to watch is the opening sequence. That’s what I did, and I spent most opening song covering the screen (LOL), then I just kept skipping the opening for good. There’s also a scene in episode 8 of Saya in the shower. You won’t get any good info watching it, so I’d say you skip it best. (unless you’re a perv).
The soundtrack is AWESOME, just awesome.
It’s relaxing and cheerful when Saya’s with her friends and having a good time at café Guimauve, tense when Saya’s deeply pondering or when a new enemy appears, energetic and powerful when Saya’s engaging in a battle with the Elder Bairns.
The opening theme is quite rapid and boosts your excitement and eagerness to watch the episode, and the ending also has a quick rhythm but quick enough to make you think about all that happened in the episode.
There aren’t many characters even though they are quite different and original, but they are all that you would need to comprehend the story and they’re quite memorable. Roll out the red carpet!!
The protagonist of Blood-C. A kawaii (cute), high school girl. She’s tall and has long pig tails, black hair, an innocent look on her face during the day but a dead serious look at night. A funny fact about Saya is that her school uniform is what she wears for battle, even when given a chance to switch her wardrobe, she’d still choose it! Saya is always pleasant at school with her friends and sometimes unaware of what they’re talking about. There was even a hint of a love triangle involving her, Tokizane-kun and the class rep, but ofcourse, she was unaware of their feelings towards her. Saya is a fantastic fighter, even with her tiny flaws, she can manage to survive. I really loved Saya-chan, I wished I could be friends with her!
Saya’s father. He’s responsible for telling her where and when an Elder Bairn might appear and for giving the sacred sword to Saya. Calm and collected, sometimes too cold.
[The twins Nono-san and Nene-san]
Adorable twins! The only difference between them is the direction they wear their braids. There’s just this teeny tiny annoying thing about them: they talk in unison, most of the time. Cute and a bit childish, they’re the comedians of Blood-C.
The kill joy of Blood-C, whenever Nono and Nene try to lighten up the others’ mood, she has to ruin it with a tide of sarcasm.
A cool, mysterious guy. He’s always late for class, even though he apologizes for it, the homeroom teacher doesn’t seem to buy it.
The homeroom teacher of Saya’s class. She likes telling jokes and having a good laugh with her class. Quite easygoing for a teacher I think!
[Class rep. Tomofusa]
He’s a bit irritated when Saya calls him class rep. instead of his name, and seems like he has some feelings towards her. His attempts of winning her approval always fail, though. Poor guy.
The owner of Guimauve café which Saya is a regular customer at. As far as Saya says, the food he makes is exceptionally delicious. He likes cooking for Saya and treats her and her father as his special customers, he even brings food to them at home, now isn’t that sweet?
I certainly enjoyed Blood-C. To be blatantly honest, I have always looked for a show where the protagonist was a girl my age, had a lovely personality, and slayed evil beings swiftly with a sword. Oh and had a cute name as well, like Saya.
Blood-C was like a reward to me, I enjoyed every moment of it and got caught up in the well written story and animation. The running time and number of episodes was perfect too, Blood-C wasn’t a long boring anime, nor a short incomprehendable one, it could elaborately deliver its point and tell an interesting story in a 12 episode frame.
I didn’t get bored watching Blood-C, not even during the “Slice of Life” part, which is certainly a plus.
Blood-C is surely an outstanding anime, it’s definitely anything like what I’ve seen before. I have great expectations for the sequel and the movie. Blood-C, it’s bloody, it’s gory, and it has a mind-blowing twist that will leave you wanting for more.
It’s truly a fantastic work of art, so don't just watch the first episodes and go “aaaah I'm already sick of this” cuz you'll be throwing away a precious gem.