13 of 13 episodes seen
For the second season of Dog Days, Cinque is summoned back to the world of Flonyard along with his close friend Becky and cousin Nanami. This time, however, each side gets their own hero to even things out. Throughout each episode the characters experience some humorous ordeals or partake in a “war”.
There are numerous differences between the first and second season. The biggest difference is that the second season does not contain an underlying plot like the first season. However not every series needs a plot to succeed and the second season of Dog Days is an example of that. Each episode has a ton of funny moments and since something different happens every episode, most of the episodes are very entertaining. Another big difference is the addition of another country Pastillage. This addition did a number of things: added more characters, added variety to the “wars” and also helped with the comedy. Despite all these changes, the second season Dog Days is still very similar to the first season. The series doesn’t try for too much, it’s funny, it’s cute and most importantly it’s entertaining.
The art and animations are pretty much the same as the previous season. There are some very appealing visuals especially during battles and the character designs look very cute.
The opening and ending are also very similar to the opening and ending of the first season. The opening is very energetic, which describes the series very well. The ending is a very sweet song which I think is perfect for a conclusion to an episode. The voice actors also do a very good job matching the characters they are playing.
For this season, we don’t just have one hero, we have three. Our original hero Cinque/Sink, is probably the weakest of the three heroes in terms of power level, but he still looking like Nathan Drake (just shows you how powerful these heroes are). Despite being the weakest hero, he is a great character. He never shies away from a challenge, he’s nice and he has great chemistry with all the other characters.
The other two heroes don’t stand out as much as Cinque but they do play a role during each episode. Nanami, who is Cinque’s older cousin, has a personality which is very similar to Cinque. She’s very energetic, doesn’t back down from a challenge but she’s also slightly stronger than Cinque. Becky, Cinque’s best friend and perhaps the most over powered hero of all, is very different from the other heroes. She isn’t very athletic but she does have a lot of experience with video games making her a hero with a different style from Cinque and Nanami (her hero form is like a witch). All 3 of them are very likable and are pretty good characters
For this season, the princess Millhiore doesn’t play as big as a role as she did the first time but she is still the same as the first season, soft-spoken, kind, can hold her own in battle and best of all very cute so I have no complaints. During this season Éclair really sticks out because she undergoes development which a pleasant surprise and also because out of all the characters in the series, she has the best chemistry with Cinque. There are also a bunch of new characters such as Couvert, Valerio and Adelaide just to name a few. Each character adds to the comedy each bringing a different personality to the table. I also like the fact that there is no jealousy war that goes on between the characters that love Cinque instead they are all nice to each other which I like because sometimes in other anime there is a jealousy war between love rivals which can get very annoying.
Dog Days (both seasons) is a very enjoyable series because it likes to have fun, it’s very light, very funny and every episode brings something different. However the series isn’t for everyone, it has no story and doesn’t seem to go anywhere. But if you are just looking for something to watch, Dog Days (both seasons) can be a very fun watch.
Overall, even though the second season of Dog Days is different from the first, it’s still just as good. It’s not spectacular by any means but it’s still the cute and funny series that many would enjoy.
12 of 12 episodes seen
The series starts off with a bunch of fillers, which the series really could have done without. The comedy in these episodes are very forced and although some of the jokes are funny, most of them fall flat on their face which makes these episodes weak in general and very forgettable. However as the series goes on the story starts to pick up and everything gets better from there. The story itself is pretty good because it contains numerous twists in it (predictable or not) and it also unveils a lot of things that happened in the past which made the plot very interesting and entertaining. The series also benefited from the story because it gave the viewer something to look forward to every week, and although this story was decent the series does lack the charm that the previous seasons delivered.
The art in this series is just bad. The poor artwork is most noticed with the character designs, where the character's faces and heads looked out of proportion. Also the colours they chose aren't the best either. Usually artwork isn't something I pay attention to but for this series, the art was so bad that it had a negative impact on the series.
The sound on the other hand is pretty decent. The opening really fit the more serious series this time around and it actually sounds pretty good. The ending sounds alright too and both were pretty catchy. Through-out the series there were also number of insert songs which are also pretty nice.
The characters are always a strong point for Hayate no Gotoku, even for this not so strong season. The characters are still great (even the new ones), each of them stand out individually because of their unique personality. However, this time around, the series really focuses (as in only focuses) on Nagi and Hayate and all the other characters this time around play a very small role, so some of the viewers may be disappointed that they won't get to see their favourite character have much of a role. Overall the characters manage to retain their greatness from previous seasons.
Hayate no Gotoku: Can't Take My Eyes Off You could have been done much better as the comedy just wasn't there and the art was just plain horrible. However when the plot started moving, the series never looked back and overall it was entertaining and isn't a bad way to pass the time read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Compared to the original season, Achiga-hen is much shorter in length so the pacing of this season is extremely fast until the last couple of episodes which is a major weakness. The fast pacing allows the story to progress faster than the original season (as this season just blazed by the prefectures). However, the reason why the original season is so enjoyable, is because of the intense rounds of mahjong that happen. These matches were very enjoyable to watch because of the epic battles between characters where each displayed their play style and their super natural ability (if they had one). In Achiga-hen we get very little of that until they face off against Senriyama in the quarter finals. During this time, the series really starts to pick up because we get to start seeing some action. The actual story itself is nothing spectacular but it is still fun to watch these girls on their journey to the final table and the struggles they endure to get there.
The girls of Achiga aren't as overpowered, and aren't as thoroughly explored as the girls in Kiyosumi. I think Shizuno is supposed to be the main character but we only get to see her play in one hand. Out of all the main characters in Achiga-hen, Kuro is the only one that develops at all (as we see her overcome one of her hurdles in life) which makes her stand out a bit from the other main characters. However the character that stands out the most in this series is Toki, who is a side character, the reason why she stands out the most is because we get to see her past, how she became part of Senriyama's team and her relationship with Ryuuka. She also makes all the matches in this series fun to watch. Other than that no other character is explored that much, making this cast of characters not very memorable. However each character is still likable, fits well in the series and each have their own unique playing style(even though I don't know what some of character's playing styles are).
The art is different from the original. The colour tone is a bit lighter and the character designs look cuter. In my opinion, this style of art actually fits the series. However the art is still nothing spectacular and nothing really stands out. Here's a fun fact, if you watch the animation of both seasons, you will see that they are nearly identical.
The sound is also done well, each of the voice actors do a good job voicing their characters, they all match their personalities. The opening Miracle Rush really fits the series because this season is more light hearted than the original. There are two endings for this series, SquarePanicSerenade which is very similar to the ending of the original series, which is sung by the voice actors of the main characters which is used when the mood of the episode is light hearted and Futuristic Player, a more serious ending which is used when the mood of the series is more serious. Both endings fit the series but are not too memorable.
Overall, the series is still very enjoyable, unique and still has that Saki charm. It's fun to watch but not as well executed as the original season because of the horrible pacing. Also I still can't wait for the last 3 episodes. read more
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What really makes the plot interesting is the twists and turns that happen along the way. The plot may seem simple at first, the main character trying to win an election to be student body president so his club would not be disbanded. But as the series progressed and as they started to give us a deeper look into the election, a number of darker and more serious things start to surface. For a 13 episode series it does a real good job at making an interesting plot because it has depth to it.The series does leave some things unexplained and the series certainly has it's flaws but given the time frame, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate executes the story really well.
The art was nothing too spectacular but it is really well drawn. The animations are very fluent and there's no major errors.
The sound was good too, the opening is very lighthearted and has a very happy mood, which fits the series very well. The ending is a very soft song, which has this farewell feel (if that makes any sense at all), very fitting for an ending. The voice acting is also done pretty well as they make the feelings of the characters believable.
For the short time frame that this anime was given, the series did a fair job with the characters. The main male protagonist Yuuki Oojima is a lot like many main male protagonists in other harems, except he isn't useless. He doesn't really get much development but instead he helps the other characters develop. He is also very likeable much like many of the other characters. The girl he ends up with, Chisato Sumiyoshi, is not very well received by others, but personally, I don't hate her. She goes through some nice development such as finally overcoming the loss of her brother which is more than expected from a series of this length. The supporting characters get little development, some get some development and others aren't even touched. However they are still all likable and you will almost always be finding yourself rooting for somebody.
As a whole Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is one of the more enjoyable harems for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is because it has an interesting plot. Another reason may be because of it's comedy, which is well-placed at some times but misplaced at others but when the comedy is well-placed, it can be down right hilarious.
Overall Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is a nice change from many other visual novel adaptations these days because it can be very entertaining. This also shows that not all harem animes are that bad. read more
22 of 22 episodes seen
The plot is pretty simple, the characters live a regular life, go to school and solve mysteries that pop up every now and again. Some of the mysteries span for several episodes but most of them are only an episode in length. Although the plot may not seem all too exciting, Hyouka does a real good job at executing each mystery and pacing them. Some people may feel that the series moves too slowly but I disagree. The pacing is slow at times but most of the time the pacing of the series is just right. The series also does a really good job at balancing story and character development as it is not extremely focused on one or the other. The mysteries themselves aren't very special, and some of them just come out of nowhere. However, because of the way the characters solve it and the ordeals the characters go through when solving it, they become very enjoyable to watch. Hyouka does suffer from a slow start, as some of the first mysteries in this series can get very boring and aren't too impressive. However, overall Hyouka executes most of it's mysteries very well, and although most of mysteries themselves aren't very exciting, everything else Hyouka does makes them interesting to watch.
The characters are a strong point of this series. The main male protagonist, Houtarou Oreki is a very unique character, his principle is "I don't do anything I don't have to. What I have to do, I do quickly" because he wants to conserve his energy. Also from a knowledge standpoint, he doesn't have all the answers but his deductive reasoning and analytical skills are just amazing. His trait alone makes him very appealing as it separates him from male protagonists in most other series. Houtarou also gets a fair amount of development throughout the series. As he is "forced" to solve these mysteries, he begins to get curious himself and no longer has to be pushed to solve mysteries. Because of this, Houtarou also starts to compromise his own energy conservation principle. While this is all happening, he begins to develop a crush on the main female protagonist, Eru Chitanda.
The main female protagonist, Eru Chitanda has a less unique character than Houtarou, she is very polite, energetic and a bit of an airhead even though she is a top student.She is also shown to be a very caring person. Also when she gets curious she gets all up in Houtarou's face and won't stop until he agrees to solve the mystery. Some people may find her annoying but at the same time,she is very important to Houtarou's development because of the way she pushes him. Eru herself, also develops through out the series (but not as much as the other characters), as she learns to hold some of her curiosity back. At first she holds a great admiration towards Houtarou but later this develops intro a crush.
The relationship between Houtarou and Eru is done very well. As the series progresses they get closer and develop crushes for each other. The development of their relationship is not rushed which makes it seem more natural. Although many would have liked to have seen their relationship go all the way (I was one of these people), it is far more realistic that it didn't because it would have been a bit forced and not natural at all.
The other characters, Satoshi Fukube and Mayaka Ibara are also very noticeable. They each undergo some development such as Satoshi, developing a jealousy towards Houtarou, and Mayaka who's relationship with her other club (the manga society) also changes. They are both likable in their own way, and are probably some of the best side characters I've seen.
The art is just outstanding, everything is very well drawn, the movements are smooth and it creates a wonderful atmosphere for Hyouka. The abstract artwork used as analogies to represent the situation that the characters are in is what really blows you away though. Words cannot describe how amazing the animation. Kyoto animations, you have impressed me once again.
Hyouka also presents also has a very good soundtrack, the background music always matches the scene and help give the events more of an impact. The voice actors do a really good job presenting the characters. The openings match the mood of series and are both great to listen to. The second ending also really matches the mystery theme of the anime. The first ending however, isn't something that really goes with the series and I really don't see a point of it being there. Other than that there is nothing bad to say about the sound.
Hyouka is a great series because it is different from most anime out there. Some people may be turned off by it's pace and the simplicity of the mysteries. However it has a wonderful balance between characters and story and the characters themselves are great too and because of all this, Hyouka is a very memorable series. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
The plot is pretty simple, which is basically a school comedy revolving around the kendo club, they practice, go to tournaments and recruit new members along the way. Although the plot is simple, it also works because of the characters. The series is light hearted and has a fairly large amount of comedic moments which are actually pretty funny. The pace is also just right for this kind of show. Other than there is nothing really spectacular about the plot but for this kind of show, it doesn't have to be.
Like I mentioned before, the characters are what drives this series. Each character has their own very unique personality (for example Kirino is very energetic but also very responsible and very caring too) and they are each explored very well. All the main characters also develop a lot during the series (such as a Tamaki opening up more) and by the end of the anime, each of the characters have grown in different ways. The chemistry developed between the characters is also unmatched by most. Each character is likable and most of the comedic moments work because of them. Without the amazing characters and development, this anime would just be another average anime with nothing memorable about it.
The art does have it's fair share of good and bad moments, the backgrounds are detailed and generally drawn pretty well but colors don't really scream out. Also many of the hits look the same in the kendo matches.
The sound does a very good job. The opening and ending really fits the kendo theme and the voice actors do a really nice job with each character.
Like many other series out there, not everyone is going to enjoy it. If you are looking for intensity and a complex plot then this genre as whole is probably not for you. However if you are looking for a good comedy, this more than holds up it's end of the bargain, as this series will have you laughing in a lot of places.
Bamboo Blade shows that unique and well developed characters can really push a series far. Even though the plot is very simple and isn't great, as a whole, it really delivers. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi starts out like most harems, the protagonist has just moved into a new town and then has the accidental kiss with the main heroine of the story. After getting introduced to all the characters, the protagonist gets one on one time with each girl and helps solve each of their problems. Finally, the main characters realize their true feelings for each other and that's pretty much the whole series. This series is pretty cliche after cliche after cliche, nothing special ever happens (a problem that many harem series suffer from). Another problem is that the feelings that the main characters have for each other seem to come out of nowhere .The reason for this is that there is very little development between the two main characters because most of the time is spent on the other girls. At least the ending offers closure instead of leaving the ending up in the air. There really isn't anything else to say, everything about this anime has been used in many other harem series already.
The characters are also very one dimensional and generic. The main hero of the series, Kazuma, is very kind and always helps others with their problems, and this turns into the quality that makes others fall for him, very much like many other protagonists in other harem series. A positive about the main character is that he is not extremely dense making him more likable. The main female in this anime, Ui, is actually the most unique character of the bunch because she has more traits than the rest of the cast, but that really isn't saying much. Her character is still very generic and not that interesting at all. Also some of her features may turn some people off.
The other characters pretty much have the same personality as the characters in many other harems, give or take some minor features. They are all likeable in their own way but again nothing stands out.
The art and sound are fairly good, everything is certainly colorful and backgrounds are pretty nice. The sound is what you could expect from other harems, an upbeat and catchy opening and ending.
Enjoyment all depends on the viewer, if you don't mind watching a harem then this would be another one to check off the list. It is still mildly enjoyable as long as you aren't looking for too much.
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is the very definition of a generic harem series. Has nothing unique about it and if you have seen even one harem, there is really no point in watching this.
Thanks for reading. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class is a slice of life series which is about art much like the more well known Hidamari Sketch. Despite that, GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class is unique in it's own way and is pretty entertaining.
Like most slice of life anime series, there is no plot. It takes a similar approach to the genres as most slice of life anime where you watch what the characters do in different situations. However this series is unique in it's way. For one, everything that happens is art related, which isn't too uncommon but it also teaches you about art. All these lessons about art fit in very well with this anime and they add to the effectiveness of the jokes that this series makes. Another thing that this series has going for it is that the jokes are pretty funny, and the comedy works most of the time.
An advantage that slice of life anime have is that there is no need for character development. All you have to do is take a bunch of girls with contrasting personalities and throw them together, that is also what happens here. The personalities of the characters' drive this series as it makes it very interesting to watch, and it also makes a lot of the jokes work. Each character is also very likeable in their own respect. This approach to the characters, rarely fails but it also makes the characters not very memorable. That's what you call playing it safe.
The art is like most anime but it does use a variety of different art styles throughout the series. The cute art style also fits in with the light mood of this series. The animation itself was fine, the characters moved fluidly and nothing really seemed odd.
For the opening we have an upbeat song which fits the anime but not really memorable (except for the opening line). There are also six different endings (one for each main character, and one for all of them) which fit the characters quite nicely but like the opening it isn't too memorable.
GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class is very enjoyable, even if you are not interested in art or don't know much about it. The jokes are still funny because of the lessons the series teaches you. Also for most people who already enjoy anime in the slice of life genre, this will not disappoint. However if you aren't into the slice of life genre, it would probably be best to stay away.
Overall GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class has a lot of similarities to a typical slice of life anime but it also has a lot of differences that separate it from the rest. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
The story is a mess. For a series that is only twelve episodes long, it jumps from place to place a lot. Although the events do have some sort of connections to each other, they seem to come out of nowhere. Even though there are a lot of things happen, the plot hardly goes anywhere. Almost everything that happens is not interesting or memorable. The ending does set itself up for a sequel but here’s the problem, when has Zexecs ever created a sequel to anything? The answer to that question is never, and it’s not just this anime produced by Zexecs that has an ending like this. They have produced a number of anime that don’t have a conclusive ending. However despite having a lot of negatives, the series does have some positives to it. The plot does have some uniqueness to it and it is not as predictable as one may think. The creativeness was there and if the series had been executed better who knows, the plot may have been interesting.
Any series that can develop characters well in 12 or 13 episodes deserves applause because that isn’t a lot of time to really give any character any deep development. Like many other series of that length, it falls short in the character department. The main male protagonist isn’t very bright, he just dives head first into any given situation without thinking anything out. He is nearly immortal but nearly dies on numerous occasions because of his own recklessness but without his reckless nature nothing interesting would happen so it’s understandable to why they made the character this way. He also doesn’t develop much through-out the series, he remains almost unchanged from the beginning to the end of the series. At least he isn’t oblivious or spineless. He does realize the love triangle that he is in even though it is blatantly obvious. The female characters don’t develop much either and they can also get pretty annoying with how clingy they are. They have no depth to their character. The side characters aren’t that much better either, none of the characters really stand out and aren’t memorable at all but since the series was only 12 episodes long, we can’t really expect much.
The art is colorful is say the least. Every character has a different hair color and some have more than one hair color but it looks like they got lazy with the character designs, they look very basic, nothing popping out and two of them even look the same. The animation is pretty average, not bad but not outstanding either, it looks like something you would expect from any other anime.
The sound is pretty average too. Nothing special, the opening is fast which gets you pumped and the ending is very sweet. Both are catchy but nothing special.
The genre of the anime gives the creators a lot of flexibility and because of that, there is a certain degree of expectation. It can be entertaining but at the end of the day the series just falls flat on its face.
Overall the series is very unique but it is lacking in many areas and negatives really overshadow the positives.
12 of 12 episodes seen
If you are looking an anime that is heavily focused on basketball then you are looking in the wrong place. Basketball is simply the activity which brings everyone together. However the series does lack a solid plot because the focus is on the characters themselves making it feel like a slice of life some of the time. The series is character driven and the majority of this anime is spent developing the characters, which is okay but it makes it hard to comment on a plot that's hardly there. Nevertheless how each character develops combined with the "practice" and games are fun to watch.
The art is good but it isn't anything spectacular, the characters designs, the backgrounds and animations are all decent. But there is nothing really special.
The sound is solid. The opening and ending are really catchy and they really fit the anime. The voice actors did a great job too, they all fit the personality of the character they were playing.
The characters is where the series excelled. The variety of personalities work well together and you can feel the bond that the characters have and develop with each other. Each character undergoes a significant amount of development and by the end each character has overcome something that has been holding them down. The series is driven by these characters if you took out any character the series just wouldn't be the same.
Ro-Kyu-Bu is very lighthearted which could make for a very fun watch. It is not a bad way to pass the time but it's not something everyone can enjoy. Some people aren't just into this kind of thing and sometimes the series does get a bit corny.
Ro-Kyu-Bu is a pretty entertaining series (if you are into this kind of anime). It's not a must watch but if you are bored, watching this isn't a bad way to pass the time. Also this series just shows how lolis+basketball does not equal disaster. read more