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Itazura na Kiss is an anime that wants you to genuinely care for the relationship of a girl with the intelligence of a sea urchin and a guy with a capacity for love equal to that of a dead fly. Worse yet, that riveting "love" story is set against the background of even more equally nonsensical and brain numbing tales of how two completely incompatible people can be brought together for no reason whatsoever. You will gain a new ability after watching this cocktail of outlandish romance - the ability to pulverise anything with a single headbutt.
Warning, some SPOILERS might be involved.
In summary, the male lead is an ambitionless, heartless and emotionless monster. Then there happens to be a brain dead girl who falls in love with him because he's "cool". Now how the lack of ambition, empathy and emotion can make one "cool" is beyond me but what follows afterwards is a story that was pulled straight from someone's ass.
In essence the guy doesn't give a shit. He treats her horrendously, humiliates her in front of others and generally waits for the moment to give her the slip. The girl on the other hand keeps repeating the same retarded statement all throughout the show "I love him, he's cool." That's it - end of story.
Well, end of main story that is. We (the watchers) will still be treated to other anally extracted sub-stories throughout this 25 episodes of pure misery. A woman from the British royal familly marrying a Japanese chef (we know that happens every day). A perverted sensei who wants to get into the pants of his students. A kid who grows up to be an asshole because other people are... assholes. Absolutely riveting. In some cases, some of those sub-stories could have been interesting if executed in the proper way, Itazura na Kiss does everything but that however.
The coup de grace comes in the last few episodes of this anally grand anime. Enter Keita Kamogari. The ONLY rational, realistic, and emotionally engaging character. The only one to truly care for another human being for what they really are. Nah, fuck him. Swept under the carpet by the writer like an irradiated cockroach.
Finally, the drama that binds all these characters and allows the progression from one plot device to another just doesn't exist and when it does it's unbelievably superficial and feels as though it was written by a 6 year old. Same goes for comedy. It is by far the worst I've seen in any anime to date. As an example - in one of the episodes the brain dead girl is stopped, grabbed and nearly dry humped by a burly american policeman. When the emotionless monster intervenes it turns out she didn't understand him (the policeman) and he only wanted to know if she got lost. HA-HA-HA. Take notes kids. If you want to know if someone got lost, grab their arms, get as close to them as possible and thrust your pelvis into their abdominal area.
The only two good points would be the art and sound. The OST did contain some interesting pieces, too bad they had to be accompanied by such an awful anime. The art itself was alright although it did lose its focus fairly often. The most well drawn characters were the sea urchin and emotionless monster. Every other character was drawn with less care all the way to the insignificant background characters which took on various shapes, from lamppost like figures to curious levitating black blobs.
All in all, Itazura na Kiss is the equivalent of an exploding anus. It's full of shit. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Keima returns in this season to continue his conquest of lose souls that reside within girl's hearts but due to suddenly changing circumstances his pursuit changes from aforementioned loose souls to goddesses, advancing this anime's already divine tone. As far as plot progression goes, Tenri-hen goes ballistic. The speed of progression is intense, especially during the second half of this 12 episode season. Hordes of new plot devices are introduced to the viewer in each new episode. However, the anime still manages to connect all the bits and pieces of information into a coherent story that eventually makes perfect sense.
Some characters experience major development and some are kind of left out. First and foremost, Keima Katsuragi. In the previous seasons he had to rely on his theoretical knowledge gained from playing dating sims and apply it to real world situations. This season however brings in much more realism to the process of "capturing" by adding a lot more random events and variables that Keima simply can't account for, such as girls approaching him first, triggering "flags" on their own etc. In light of this fact Keima has to improvise most of the time and taking into account his lack of practical experience with real life women, his actions often produce hilarious results.
Fans of Chihiro will be happy as she receives a lot of screen time and development. The anime deepens the link between her and Keima and gives plenty of surprises in the second half of the season as both characters are forced to look at the big picture, rather than just their own worlds they've been living in for the past 2 seasons. Both characters are deeply affected by this transition.
Haqua and Elsie essentially switch places as the former becomes Keima's partner for this season. There are plenty of other characters from Hell and Heaven alike that return for this season and while their development levels vary, Haqua becomes a much more solid character as she interacts with the rest of the cast in much the same way Elsie did. And this, is pretty much the only problem with the cast of Megami-Hen - Elsie's involvement in the show, for this season, is greatly diminished. Granted, she does appear more during the second half but never really makes any sort of impact on the plot and feels more like a background character.
Moving on to art and sound, both of those components stay pretty much the same and inherit the same characteristics from previous seasons. The art stays at a near flawless level, precise and crisp. The static objects, the characters and all effects have been drawn with attention and care.
The music itself, some of it new, some of it taken from previous seasons manages to complete the viewing experience. The voice acting is as always authentic and engaging.
Enjoyment? Hell yes (if you pardon the pun?). I have enjoyed this season immensely and I'm sure a lot of other 'Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai' fans and watchers alike did. This anime manages to do all the right things to pull off successful sequels. Character progression, new plot devices and smartly executed re-introduction of the characters are some of the things that this season did with near-perfection. The humour is great and easy to understand, the drama's right and every episode engages the viewer not only emotionally but also intellectually which is something I've always liked about this show. It makes you think and that's always a good thing. Who knows? Maybe one day I'll use Keima's analogies to capture the hearts of a few women myself (Though I'd likely just end up embarrassing myself).
All in all, 'Megami-hen' is a great continuation of this show. 9 points from me.
26 of 26 episodes seen
Before I continue, note that this review will cover both Da Capo and Da Capo second season.
STORY (7/10) :
The story, initially, appears to be fairly simplistic. On a small island called 'Hatsune' lives a teenage boy named Junichi along with his step sister and a swarm of other characters with varying degrees of importance. They live blissfully on the island, lost in their own dreams/goals, completely isolated from the outside world. One day, that blissful status quo is broken by the appearance of a new character, Sakura. That point marks the true beginning of the story.
From the on, for the most part it's about Junichi, his harem, and the difficulties associated with having a large female following (internal tensions, romance etc.). The story does however delve into some interesting issues later on, especially in Da Capo second season. If you're a fan of magic or otherwise supernatural occurrences then boy do I have good news for you as this anime will allocate considerable time towards those themes and even touch upon some philosophy. The second season is in general, going to get more complex and draw the viewer in much more than the first.
The only problem I have with this section is that the romance component of Da Capo was way too predictable. I could literally make out what the outcome of a certain relationship was going to be episodes before it was due to be resolved. The makers should have definitively put more uncertainty into the story to make it more engaging rather that making the characters follow a seemingly linear path as that kind of ruins your watching experience.
CHARACTERS (8/10) :
This is without a doubt the strong component of Da Capo. Despite the fact that the characters seem to follow known archetypes, they still posses plenty of originality thanks to a combination of factors such as an unusual setting, magical & supernatural themes coupled with a harem subplot.
The interactions between the male lead and the rest of the predominantly female cast almost always have a romantic & haremesque vibe to it. However, when that gets boring enough viewers will find respite in Utamaru's adventures or Suginami's hilarious analogies (Two comic relief characters by the way). The show manages to maintain a healthy balance between drama and comedy all throughout.
The second season will start to weigh more heavily towards the dramatic side, as the female cast of Da Capo goes through a period of inevitable self-evaluation and some much needed soul searching, especially with Aishia's arrival. Old grievances & wounds born anew, the cast will indeed go through a storm.
The problem with the character section lies entirely within the male lead. He is spineless beyond belief. I can understand a teenage male to be fairly indecisive and lazy but this guy needs his step-sister to change his diapers. He's like a leaf thrown about by the wind; his actions shaped too easily by the opinions of his peers. Additionally, apart from his "kindness" he has no single redeeming quality which makes it harder for the viewer to believe that any of the girls would actually harbor any earnest feelings towards him.
ART (9/10) :
The art is really good, especially if one considers the year of release for this anime. The concept for the island of Hatsune is interesting and its visualisation even better. Whether it be the cherry blossom trees, the school or the Shinto shrine; everything's been animated with near-perfection.
Likewise the characters have been carefully drawn, with attention being paid to all the little details. That said however, at longer distances this attention seems to slack off a little bit and characters turn more into stick figures than proper anime characters but that doesn't happen too often and as I found, will not affect the overall enjoyment of the series.
The sound department contains some truly beautiful pieces. The dramatic scenes in Da Capo are accompanied by music reminiscent of the themes one might find in 'Yosuga no Sora'. They definitively help to bring out the seriousness of a given situation and help to make it that much more emotional. The opening and ending themes fit nicely into the overall tone of the anime and make it complete.
The voice acting itself was completely masterful. I'm a beginner in Japanese, but I can tell when someone's acting with an earnest conviction. The crying scenes in this anime are absolutely GODLY. The Japanese voice actresses did a superb job, giving you the feeling that you're truly watching characters who are in a bind rather than watching a character who is voiced by a person who gets paid to say a few lines. Top notch stuff.
I enjoyed this anime tremendously despite some of its shortcomings. The romance was too predictable and the male lead was painfully spineless, yes, but nevertheless there was much more to the story than just that. The magical aspect, the whole of Hatsune island, Suginami and his shenanigans etc.
Overall, a very good anime and a definite recommendation to all out there who enjoy romance/harem themed animes.
13 of 13 episodes seen
The story itself is fairly simple, a young guy named Junna Tono lives his days blissfully with his twin sister Senna. They go together to the same school, live in the same house and share every moment together. Beyond this blissful setting however lies a dark past that revolves around the day his parents died in a car accident. What exactly happened? Lo and behold, the central premise of this anime is born. From there on the story will almost exclusively revolve around Junna, his twin sister and one more character - Inohara Haruhi, as he struggles to remember the past.
So the story, while simple and often predictable, does have a certain element of novelty to it. It is a decent story, through and through. I also applaud the fact that 'W Wish' did not lose its focus at any time, it solely focused on the premise, had brilliant pacing and in the end managed to answer ALL the questions. All too often series like this will start dishing out fillers or plot irrelevant episodes. Not here however which is a positive considering the short time span of each episode.
The characters were likeable and realistic portrayals of teenagers. I felt that Junna, especially, fit perfectly in to this kind of story. Surprised by his memories of past, he not always knows what to do. I found that to be a nice break from male leads that are always in control of the situation, which is fairly romantic but not always consistent with reality - depending on the situation. Likewise the female characters nicely contributed to the story, even though for the most part the anime focuses only on Haruhi and Senna. Some viewers might be disgruntled by the implied romantic vibes between Junna and his sister but then again we are dealing with a different culture here. This wouldn't be the first time siblings or otherwise close family members are shown to have romantic feelings for each other in Japanese media.
The art fairly good and accurate. The style itself is very appealing and attention was paid not only to the characters but also background, static objects etc. The only issue here would be long distance drawing; the characters are over-simplified at certain distances but that is common to virtually all animes.
The music itself is nothing special to be honest, I found the OST to be lacking slightly. On the other hand the voice acting was authentic so I guess the sound department as a whole can be considered fairly good.
All things considered, a very good anime. Predictable but nevertheless decent story, flawless pacing, realistic characters and an OK sound department. As I mentioned before the romance aspect can be off-puting to some but even with a slight knowledge of anime, one will know that incest is a frequent theme in Japanese media. I for one enjoyed it as it was presented in an innocent, non-lustful way.
Altogether, "W Wish" gets 8 points from me. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
What's even more unique is that this combination works very well in this anime. I initially had low expectations and let's face it - the plot sounds corny. Once you start watching this series however, everything becomes clear and you'll be surprised just how well all of the components in this anime fit together.
The story does a tremendously good job when it comes to plot & character progression and the pacing is fabulous. It's neither slow, nor rushed. The speed of progression over this 12 episode series is just right. It gives you enough time to process the information, cry over the dramatic scenes and/or fist pump the piece of atmosphere in your room to oblivion during the romantic scenes between the male lead and the girls. The concept itself might not be the most original (as in MC + obvious harem dramedy) but other factors such as the fact that the male lead is disguised as a girl and has to avoid detection make it more novel and interesting.
That's not to say that the story here is flawless. No far from it as ironically it's the weakest component. While it has good pacing and certainly caries an interesting premise, it lacks direction. There's no definite conclusion here. No moral of the story. Additionally some of the initial questions are left unanswered all throughout the show. There's also one story arc that sort of ruins the seriousness of 'Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru'. However I cannot mention exactly what it is and keep this review spoiler free.
The characters themselves are some of the most virtuous characters that I've seen in anime. The male lead - Mizuho, is an epitome of moral excellence. A selfless boy who willingly accepts the task given to him - moving to an all girls school to complete his education. Once there he assumes a high communal position and becomes a paragon of virtue, staying under cover and helping out all the girls in any way he can. This is what I liked the most in this anime. Any other plot would see the male lead taking advantage of the situation and... doing some fairly stupid stuff. Not in here though as Mizuho is a true gentleman.
The female characters were likewise extremely proper and looked up to the MC for guidance. Only 3 episodes in and you can clearly see that the connection between Mizuho and the girls is genuine and they work very well as a team. This in my opinion added to the realism of the series and gave it a lighthearted tone. Finally, there are a couple of female characters that are mysteriously drawn to Mizuho so the series naturally opens up the opportunity for romance and a bit of drama. Interesting to note however is that this romance and drama occurs in natural fashion rather than being forced upon the viewer out of trivial and otherwise superficial situations.
Moving on, the art style and quality are impressive and perfectly supplement this anime's overall cheerful tone. Attention was paid to the characters as well as static backgrounds so the viewer is presented with a consistent experience. Voice acting was authentic and the voices fit the characters very well, especially Mizuho who sounded androgynous and as such made it more believable that he'd fit into an all girls school. The OST itself featured extremely relaxing music, the start of the first episode is a testament to that. And some classical music thrown in between too which completes this series.
Overall, a near damn masterpiece. The story has some issues, mainly the fact that for the most part it doesn't have a clear direction + one arc that kind of ruined the seriousness of the plot. However, if one is to overlook these two problems then one will find that the story succeeds at most of the things it does. All other departments are either perfect or hovering a tiny bit below perfection. I have enjoyed this anime immensely from the start and have watched all the sequels and specials and while their enjoyability varies, the first season of 'Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru' is not something to be missed.
9 points. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
You can pretty much see that this kind of storytelling is going to get ridiculous after a few episodes and sure enough that's exactly what happens in this anime. Despite the "Sci-fi" tag, there's no attempt at any scientific explanation either. Things that have no basis in reality and haven't been proven scientifically are depicted in here as if they were the bread and butter of the natural world. And despite the main protagonists doubts as to such supernatural events, the anime pretty much ends on the same note - "Yeah, it's real. Deal with it."
Now on to the individual components :
Again, this is the weakest point of this anime. Guy comes to the city (Niwa Makoto), meets his horny aunt (Meme), his mentally unstable cousin suffering from amnesia (Erio), goes to school and assembles a generic, albeit miniature harem. Obligatory introductions over, 'Denpa' shifts focus to supernatural events. Some of the most common occurrences in every day life will be passed here as being caused by some kind of supreme power that lives within all of us. Yeah sure, that's about as Sci-fi or slice-of-life as Norse mythology. I would have been glad to at least see some sort of an attempt at science here but no such luck.
In between bouts of acts of god the story also tries its hand at drama and fails because most of said drama is either caused or attributed to... you guessed it - more paranormal acts. 6 episodes in and I already had to force myself to keep watching this anime because I knew that nothing intriguing would come from it. Moreover after the first 3 episodes, the story just starts repeating its own premise with minimal plot and character progression. Why did Erio lose her memory? Aliens. Episode 6 - Why did Erio lose her memory? Aliens. Episode 9 - Why did Erio lose her memory? Aliens. Episode 12 - Why did Er... Hey we don't know but here, chew on more alien and esper theory.
I think what this anime relies on is the fact that you can't disprove the supernatural. You may not believe it but you can't steadily disprove it. At the same time this anime offers no insight or explanation of the supernatural. Most sci-fi works rely on some mixture of quantum physics, time traveling, parallel universes etc to explain their seemingly ESP-esque characters. 'Denpa' is more of a case of "believe it or don't". Unfortunately that also means that most watchers will either love it or hate it, depending on their beliefs.
While the characters in this show possess a decent degree of originality, as I haven't noticed any known popular arc-types in this anime, they also receive very little development throughout the show.
A prime example of that would be Erio. Initially a social recluse, she opens up a little after her cousin's arrival and... stays that way throughout the whole show. She engages in very little dialogue and even though the name of the show and the synopsis would imply that the story will heavily revolve around her - that's not actually true. I was disappointed to see that she is pushed away and focus shifts primarily towards the protagonist and his micro-harem.
The male lead himself seems to be among the only three rational and realistic characters in this show, refusing to believe in the supernatural without proper evidence. The other two would be Makoto's classmates Maekawa and Ryuuko who seem to provide even more realism to the series. Again, the problem with this section is that there is practically no character development present. The relationships between Makoto and his classmates go nowhere, the show doesn't expand upon their personalities from what we originally see and from the beginning to the end the show maintains a near-perfect status quo.
Makoto's aunt, Meme, serves no real purpose apart from comic relief, with her over the top perverted antics. While initially being quite surprising and slightly amusing it quickly gets old, luckily the show reduces her role in comic relief just before it starts to get annoying.
Yashiro's late introduction to the series made little sense and I think that it would be fair to hail her as the most underdeveloped character in this series. Personality-wise, she's an annoying shallow tsun character who runs around screaming about esper supremacy. Everyone else that I haven't mentioned is so far down on the totem pole that they are plot insignificant and only there to serve as background characters.
This is the strong point of 'Denpa' as the art here is flawless. The characters are certainly appealing and attention has been paid to every single little detail. Static background is crisp and well drawn. I haven't noticed any mistakes in the coloring, the art is consistent all throughout and true to its style and as such this section deserves a full mark of 10 points.
SOUND ( 7/10)
While the opening is rather irritating with that high-pitched squealing for 2 minutes straight, not to mention that the rhythm just completely doesn't fit to the drum solo in the background - watchers will find respite in this anime's OST. It does contain some decent pieces, especially the ones that play during the more dramatic sequences of 'Denpa'. The ending song, while a little bit bland, at least wasn't annoying.
The voice acting itself was authentic and matched the characters quite well.
All in all I didn't enjoy this series. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. Something to watch if you're really bored or you're really into the whole ESP stuff but a casual anime watcher will be confused, bored and then agitated while watching this - in that order.
As I mentioned in the story section you will either love or hate this anime. Holding a middle ground here is extremely difficult because this anime does not attempt to reference its content in any way. If anything, watch it for Meme's wackiness, or watch it for the lighthearted high school dramedy. Either way, not taking this anime seriously is paramount if any enjoyment is to be had.
5 points out of 10. read more
23 of 23 episodes seen
I have now come to suspect that he must have been under the influence of some strong narcotics either while watching Clannad or while describing it to me. Or maybe both, because I seriously can't see anything in this anime that would elicit such emotions from a healthy human being. The only emotions that inhabited me while watching Clannad were those of boredom and disappointment.
With that introduction out of the way, I will review this anime section by section to make my opinion on Clannad as clear as possible. Also, this will be my longest and most elaborate review ever. If you're not prepared to read what is essentially an essay about Clannad, turn away now.
The story and setting aren't that bad, that is to say the story certainly had potential if it wasn't plagued by outlandish characters who then proceeded to destroy any glimmer of hope I had that this anime might actually be good. While it started out okay as the story established the male lead (Tomoya) well and the world that surrounds him we're then slapped with some peculiar alien life forms (the female cast of Clannad) that kill any realism the story might have otherwise had. Apart from the fact that the girls in this show seem to have the mental capacity of an ostrich, they are also linked by an awful harem sub plot and thus you simply don't feel the apparent maturity of the characters. Quite the contrary, it seems as if one was watching the lives of 4 year olds at a nursery school.
Another problem is Clannad's use of the supernatural. I was ready to buy Tomoya's story, his family problems etc. I could even relate to it. Then in comes Fuuko's arc and with it a horde of absolutely superficial and forced plot points. Once you're done eating the superfluous drama Clannad then gives you a side order of quasi-philosophy that just makes you cringe and comes off as utterly ridiculous. Unless you helped a poltergeist with marriage arrangements at some point in your life then you won't have anything to relate to in here.
Lastly, the apparent romance aspect between the male lead and the rest of the female characters is non-existent to the very end. Clannad's makers have a very tame idea of romance. While the girls long after Tomoya, they do very little that would push them in the direction of a romantic relationship. It's not until the last few episodes that the girls wake up "shit, I should have done something" but again no initiative. Likewise, with Tomoya not even caring about any of it we get very little material here that would make us believe that there is in fact some form of attraction between these characters. You're simply meant to believe they're all in love with each other without any reference material. It's the maker's way of saying "we're too busy with the superficial drama, make up your own list of reasons as to why the characters are romantically interested in each other".
The potential was there, but ultimately it was ruined by a combination of awful characters, unrealistic and ridiculous plot points and of course fake drama.
This is where Clannad shoots itself in the face - with a howitzer artillery piece. The characters that we're meant to believe are teenagers look and act like children. I don't know what monstrosity Nagisa is meant to be but she sure as hell scared the hell out of me. It's like watching one of those slow and silent patients at a mental asylum, half-expecting them to jump on you at any moment in a mania-driven fit. It goes for the entire female cast of Clannad. They're unnatural and unrealistic representations of modern teenagers.
But it doesn't stop there - the adults in Clannad behave like... teenagers. Who would have thought? An example of that would be Akio constantly chasing Sanae and showing off in front of her on any occasion. Now that's what teenagers do. Getting teary because you dropped a deck of cards or shouting random words to motivate yourself in any given social situation? That's infantile behavior and that's how the teenagers here are portrayed. Clannad has it all messed up. If they were any seniors in this anime they would probably behave like adults.
The only two glimmers of hope were Tomoya and Sunohara but again Clannad succeeds in making sure those two characters are ruined from the outset. Sunohara becomes the victim of something we could consider to be comic relief, though it's mostly about him getting mutilated by a girl who can dish out a 1,000 kicks per second (read: Clannad's slice of life realism). It gets boring quickly, then annoying and then you need to force yourself to watch each consecutive episode.
Tomoya on the other hand starts copying the behaviors of the female cast. While initially a delinquent with a vast repository of confidence he becomes more shy and retarded as the show progresses. The last episode of Clannad is a testament to that where all his confidence and honesty seems to have withered away and he struggles to even hold the hand of a person he supposedly loves where he didn't seem to have any problems touching girls (in a non sexual way, mind you) early in the show.
All in all, the characters are a complete failure of this anime and I couldn't take any of them seriously, relate to them in any way or feel emotionally moved by their stories.
The designs of the characters are ridiculous. The girls look like powdered doughnut holes with appendages. Clannad superbly overdosed on the "moe" aspect here and the massive eyes, coupled with those huge round heads and hair that seem to stick out to low-earth orbit make you feel uneasy. Fuuko's portrayal was the epitome of this "moeness". Supposedly a teenager too, she literally looks like a 5 year old. Again, you can't take the characters seriously because each time an emotional scene rolls on by you can't help but notice the stark contrast between the exaggerated sweetness of the characters and the supposedly dramatic and grim situation at hand. Clannad contradicts itself in this respect. It's trying to be happy and sad at the same time.
The males are actually no different. Both Sunohara and Tomoya look like heads of 7 year olds screwed on to the bodies of 18 year olds. What the hell is up with that. Sunohara in particular. A lot of the time he was drawn with a bunny-like smile on his face. Half a minute later there's an emotional scene and Clannad expects you to forget about that nonsense you just saw. It just doesn't work.
And guess what. Yes, adults look like teenagers. Akio, Sanae, the couple from Fuuka's arc, most of the teachers at school etc. The only exceptions to this rule would be Tomoya's father and one of the male teachers at school (forgot his name). You grow accustomed to this style as you progress through Clannad but the first few episodes will have you cringing with disbelief.
Apart from that, the art that pertains to buildings, nature etc is actually decent. The fields, trees and other stationary objects have been drawn precisely and it looks really nice in HD so I suppose the art department does deserve some commendation for their work but that's not enough to make up for the alien character farce.
The sound department is the only component of Clannad that I feel deserves a good rating. I found myself being emotionally influenced by the beautiful OST more than the extra-terrestrial cast or their silly stories. It has to be said, that if there's one thing that Clannad did well, it would be the music. I feel disappointed however that it had to be wasted on an anime like this.
Voice acting is another thing entirely. To complement the childish looks of Clannad's characters, the voice actors have probably been told to sound like children too because that's the only explanation I can find for Sunohara's screechy voice. Likewise, most of the cast will sound a lot younger than what they're apparently meant to be.
I almost didn't get any. Almost because the music was actually enjoyable and soothing. The beginning of Clannad where we get to meet Tomoya was kind of interesting and enjoyable too but that didn't last long. Watching this anime past that point just felt like a chore. I was constantly thinking about dropping it and had to force myself to watch it. It took me a grand total of a month to finish this anime.
All things considered Clannad was a dreadful experience and that's mostly the fault of the characters. If the story of Clannad was presented by a different studio that focused on more believable characters as well as eliminating the absolutely stupid sub-plots (Fuuko) then I am certain that I would enjoy it more.
A grade of 4 is appropriate. Initially the story had some strength. Guy meets girl and suddenly the world looks better. I can buy that if it's executed in the proper way. Clannad however does everything but that. The characters are a complete disaster. The art is a mixed bag, as in awful character design and good CGI & backdrop imagery. The music is actually very good and emotionally engaging while voice acting completes the ridiculousness of the characters.
All in all, Clannad fails at every tag attached to it. It fails at drama, romance, slice of life, supernatural.. and as I mentioned many times before - mostly because of the characters.
If you've ready this far - congratulations. Feel free to leave a comment on my profile if you wish to discuss Clannad with me. read more
Aug 25, 2013Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. Speci... (Anime) add
3 of 3 episodes seen
Now let's have a look at all of this in detail. Some SPOILERS will be involved.
First off the story. So you've followed the anime or the light novel up to this point and know what's coming. Indeed the Kirino route is what the makers decided would be best to end this anime on. But hang on - in this 3 episode special you'll first have to wade through a field of absolutely awful, outlandish harem confessions in order to get to the ending. The dialogue is superbly superficial and while the characters scream/cry/slap each other during the vital parts of this special it just doesn't feel real because it's rushed and largely shallow. I actually laughed during those scenes, which is not something the makers were aiming for I'm sure.
The characters themselves are slaughtered mercilessly. Most of the female characters that possessed substance and depth were reduced to Confession girl no. 1, confession girl no. 2, confession girl no. 3 etc. A good example of that would be Manami. What in the world have they done with her? They've turned her into some sadistic villain that was plotting to destroy Kyosuke and Kirino's relationship all along. Moreover, we see her fighting. Real proper bare knuckle fighting! And if you think that's bad wait until you find out who drew first blood. I felt like I was watching DBZ for a moment there. And all of this from the most rational, docile and friendly character in the series. Just so out of place. Everything you knew about her from the 1st season is shattered in a matter of minutes. Likewise, nearly every character you liked will be ruined before the end with some complete outlandish plot point, which just makes you dislike the series as a whole.
Kyousuke was also ruined for a number of reasons. He seemed like a rational type in the first season, not so much in the second. In here he goes full retard mode. He turned down a grand total of 4 confessions + 1 more possible romantic development, risked a conflict with his parents and his friends for his sister. He does this without much thought. What further baffles me is that he was very prudent in the first season - always thoughtful of his future. He even discussed it with Manami when he was at her house in one of the episodes of the first season. In here, he has no idea what he's doing. He's thrown about like a leaf in the wind and his most rational explanation for this is that he does this because he's in "love" with (read: likes being the slave of) his sister.
And this brings me to the ending and it also brings me full circle to one of the earlier statements I made. The Kirino end isn't actually a true Kirino end. Turns out all he gets is a mock wedding & single kiss and they break up and return to their former status of brother and sister. In other words no conclusion, no resolution - the story is left open and you're left with a feeling of rage so intense you could go 12 rounds with a mutated alligator.
The only redeeming qualities here are art and sound which, as in the previous 2 seasons have stayed nearly perfect. But no matter how good those two components are, if the story and characters absolutely fail to deliver... well anything then it is obvious that the anime in question will end up with a low mark nonetheless.
All things considered, this ending is a total failure and I'll pretend that the OreImo series ends with the first season.
A score of 3 is very generous. read more
3 of 3 episodes seen
That said, the plot isn't really that complex and switches from one girl to another rather quickly. So yes, the story is believable but at the same time shallow and lacking in substance. What 'Bishoujo Hyouryuuki' does have however is flawless comedy. This show has the knack of justifying any sexual scenario and enabling the MC to have sex with all the other characters through comedic means. And while some of them might have been predictable, most have actually caught me off guard. A prudent scientist character who doesn't really want to get involved in any inter-personal relationships? No way, right? Turns out she gets captured by a jelly monster and now the MC and her need to mix bodily fluids to defeat it. Yeah, I'll leave the rest to your imagination. This show is filled with such surprising and indeed, eyebrow raising moments.
The characters themselves are what you'd expect a character in most hentai to be like. Full focus on sex and that's about it. That said, the artwork compensates for the apparent shallowness. Designs are fantastic, animations are fluid and change constantly, i.e you won't see the same scene repeat for 5 minutes and see it reused in the subsequent episodes. Everything here is top-notch when it comes to animation.
The sound is something else entirely. This hentai features an opening and ending song. WHAT? First time I'm seeing that (and hearing it too). Even more surprisingly, it's quite catchy. Voice acting is indeed very good and the ambient sounds of waves, trees, sand etc. are all here. Superbly done.
All in all, a great mix of comedy & stunning artwork and sound. The story is believable but superficial, though what it lacks in depth it more than makes up for in sheer comedy value. Characters are shallow - that has to be said, however I wouldn't really expect anything else out of a hentai like this so they get a good rating nonetheless. There's simply not enough time to delve any deeper into their stories etc. and why would you. It's a hentai.
Not a masterpiece like "Hatsu Inu" where even the story was done flawlessly but definitively a good watch. Recommended to hentai connoisseurs and casual watchers alike. read more
2 of 2 episodes seen
The setting is a suburb of your typical large Japanese city. The story centers around Shinji, a local laundryman who goes around offering his... huh, services to the good people in his neighborhood. Well it just so happens that most of his neighbors are frustrated housewives. The entirety of this 2 episode series focuses on him giving the women what their husbands couldn't give them and that's of course sexual satisfaction. In addition, there's also a slight romantic element added in and that's about Shinji trying to express his love to his manager who happens to be... *drum rolls* a young window. Nothing too spectacular, it's been done many times before (most notably in 'Consenting Adultery') and might seem like a tired formula. However, the story does alright considering it's given only 60 minutes and half of that is sex scenes.
Moving on, the art here is crisp and for the most part, accurate. The characters have voluptuous figures and the hentai features a wide variety of positions and themes - even a bit of bondage. Also interesting to note is that this hentai has been licensed outside Japan (praise the US) and as such the censor has been removed. Yes, it is uncensored.
The music featured here somewhat resembles metal. You will hear drum beats and a distinct tone of a guitar. This music however doesn't appear in every scene and is mostly reserved for more hardcore escapades, so to speak. The rest of it is just your pop/techno run-of-the-mill mix that you'd be hard pressed not to find in a porn flick. As for voice acting - it is decent though there really isn't that much in the way of dialogue here. The sex scenes are separated only by brief conversations or narrative of the male character.
All in all, a good hentai. The story isn't really anything new but it holds its own. It presents the viewer with something that could and probably did happen somewhere out there and that works for me. Art is really good as is the sound. Enjoyment factor here is relatively high though it will depend on whether the viewer likes his/her h-works with a strong plot or not. And as I said before it's not bad but it's not really that strong either.