22 of 22 episodes seen
Story: Hotaru Oreki is a dull and unenthusized Teen entering his first year of high school. Not giving a crap about studies or clubs his motto is "If I don't have to do it I won't, If I do, I'll make it quick" and believes to conserve as much energy as possible. At the request (almost borderlining demmand) of her sister to Join the classics club to save it from disbanding due to low members and there meets a girl who hadn't realized that she was in a locked clubroom. After the minor mystery is solved Oreki finds that this girl, Chitanda Eru is quite the curious type and for whatever reason he can't quite say no to her. Its from there, that a series of curious cases begin. Notice I didn't say mysteries because to be honest the mysteries are quite mundane. to quote the movie other guys, its not miami vice where its Drugs and Murder scandals, it's quite small scale only increasing slightly and no one's life is at risk, its the simple cases one gets during their highschool year. Now why did I give this an 8? Well its not only a character driven thing, but fact of the matter is that these cases really are the more likely thing one will encounter in high school and the writing is done in such a way that you realize these characters are taking it seriously to the point where you want them to chill out. But as one character put it, they're high schoolers and their sense of importance is overblown. Staying true to its setting it can be a negitive for mystery pursuists while for slice of life enthusists it could be a plus, where I stand, is that it does its job to move along the next section-
Characters: I always tell myself that characters are just as heavy as plot in a series and either one can carry a series over. In this case the Characters are definetly the stronger piece, because there are no other characters better for this story than Houtarou, Eru, Sotashi and Mayaka. These four that make the classics club are very entertaining to watch, not only to bounce off of each other but in their own right as well. Houtarou is the most likely to connect with the lazy in all of us (me especially) and even though the cases he goes through are small, he's a BEAST at solving them and is just smart in general *he even works his way through a few bribes for good mesure*. Eru can be either really cute or really annoying to the viewer, either way though its undeniable she's important as she's the trigger for Houtarou to get involved in these cases (and the recent onspring of curiosity memes online) and later in the series you can see subtle ways in how they connect with each other and its always a pleasure to see people blushing. Stoashi appears to be the comic relief but he's harboring quite the odd colors of emotions, not that he's two faced, but you can't quite view him the same once the series is over. Mayaka becomes important later in the series but her squabbles with Satoshi are amusing and what she goes through in the third portion of the story is likely to draw intrest. Through the series these characters change very subtly and its not through speeches or puffing on about friendship but almost like acctual people, the writing for them is done so well and subtly its amazing and it gets to the point where you find out that this is the main strength of this show...and speaking of strengths...
Art: Now, I've only cared about two shows from Kyoani, and one of those shows had a little movie called 'the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'. Its simple, take the art and animation from there, put it here and add much more well done lighting, some great and sometimes surreal art style changes and thats pretty much what you've got for Hyouka in terms of art and animation, simply outstanding.
Sound: The Music here is very fitting, its classical, a bit bouncy when need be but not to the point of annoyance and is sort of soothing. Its the kind of music that really makes you think and at other times its really soothing and fitting of the normal setting. The Opening and Endings are also easy on the ears though you may be more distracted by the visuals they present. The Seiyuus here do a fantastic job at portraying their characters to the point that the stories I hear of Kyoanim getting bigname actors to play these roles isn't surprising in the slightest to me.
Enjoyment: with amazing technical values and the enjoyable yet interesting cast of characters I never regretted watching a single episode, even when the case at hand was just too mundane. It makes for a great viewing experience and at the end you'll really grow t like the cast and their relation towards each other. The cases on the otherhand can be either really mundane or easy to solve (I couldn't solve a mystery to save my life, but I was close to solving a handful of them) and the points in which the characters play up certian cases to be bigger than they are (oh second portion) while realistic given the setting can be a tad annoying.
Overall: Focus on the mysteries, you'll really dislike this show, but come here for character and by damn it you'll have a show. Once you realize what the show is truly going for with its characters you'll really come to enjoy the ride and the writing put into it. May not be a perfect show but its definitly worth your time. read more
48 of 60 episodes seen
Story: Its pretty much the same, which really should make me hate it less, but its exactly this reason why I hate it. It comes off the same, but they twist and turn so many things that made it awesome in the orignal. for example, Oga was supposed to blow ishyama into rubble after his fight with you know who, but instead it gets disoriented with a retarded punch mark. how... is that possible? I know beelzebub is batshit insane but thats just dumb! not to mention how they pretend like every deleinquent knows DBZ style ki attacks, when its really just the wind force from their blows. you don't even want to get me started on the fillers, the magical girl one was the most ridiculous. I really lost my shit during the rooftop battle arc, where stuff begins to happen that dosn't even exist in the manga, and they dare go back to the original plot. I just dropped it right then and there. basicly its the "same" but with many retarded twists and turns, its stupid for even beelzebub.
Art: it sucks. Just flat out sucks. I always thought fairy tail's anime had crappy animation, but beelzebub's anime made fairy tail look like BONES did the animation in my eyes! The designs into the anime range from semi ok to really annoying(why does hilda have elevator shoes?) the movements acctually seem to dull out the jokes rather than improve on them and the fight scenes... my god the fight scenes. the only one I liked was the last one against the THKH, and even that was just barely, the fights before hand were just pathetic only aoi's managing to entertain. The fights afterwards try to give everyone DBZ like ki attacks when its supposed to be OGA who can only do that, and he scarely does it! the rooftop fight with the three generals, which was my favorite supernatural fight in the manga, got completely butchered due to the pisspoor movements and hits not even seeming to connect. I've seen students in a animation class do better than these clowns!
sound: I barely acknowledged the sound track. nothing really struck me as memerable and only did its job to keep me awake while watching some of these episodes. I only liked the first OP and ED pair, the 3 end had pretty animation better than the damn show and was a nice song in general while op 3 was meh is, all the other themes were either mediocre, or can burn in hell for all I care.
Characters: all the characters I've come to love so much in the manga, the anime just pulled out the darkest, most cliche' parts about them and milked them for all its worth. I know oga's a dumbass but in the anime he completely looses whatever coolness he had in the manga. There he was dense but also had a decent understanding about how delinqents roll and knew what action was right, here he seems just as cliche as any other shonen hero, Furichi's pervness gets to the point of disturbance, Hilda's barely there, increasing my lack of intrest in her character, Alendelon is much more gayer than the manga, Lamia's voice makes my ears bleed, Beelzebub's shocks become more annoying than funny, Kanzaki and Himekawa...well I didn't care that much for them in the manga anyway... but worst of all, AOI. my favorite female character there, her "cute" onesided love for oga gets WAAAAAY overplayed, to the point where I understood WHY her haters disliked her, plus she isn't nearly as badass as in the manga, need I bring up the fact that she never flipped Mikki in the rooftop fight? Tojo is the only one they didn't ruin fortunatly (seeing how he's allready dumber than oga its kinda hard to make him dumber) and shizuka's crush is more played out a bit, seeing how it never got that way in the manga but oh well.
Enjoyment: Do I seriously need to fill this out?
Overall: The manga was, and still is, shittons better. Maybe if sunrise did this and they didn't start when it was only on chapter 90!! it could have played out alot better, but for now, I curse this anime to burn in the deeptest pits of hell, and I gleefully await when this trash ends in april and stops ruining my beloved manga. read more
133 of ? chapters read
Story: Its pretty odd but simple: a delinquent kid gets stcuk with the prince of hell and in his attempts to try and latch the child off to someone more vile and evil, they cause ALOT of stuff to go down. Ok so maybe there isn't any deep subliminal messeges nor does it stray that far from shounen tropes, but what keeps beelzebub intresting is its bizzare nature and humor, its so random that you really can't tell what will happen next. there might be a fight, but maybe some dude's gonna fall through the roof. there might be romance, but maybe baby beel will turn the room into a shock chamber. There might be a joke, but maybe someone's gonna get slammed into the wall before the punchline is reached. did any of that make sense? exactly. and thats what makes it so enjoyable. as far as structre goes its pretty well put together. It keeps a straight forward plot without too many subplots and if there are any they end soon. If beelzebub were to end at anytime there would be almost no plot holes left... well excpet for two, but I hope for it to go on and cover those. As the plot gains a tad more substance and more is divulged into the demon world and its fractions, the action gets toned up, however unlike reborn, it dosn't didtch what got it this far and remains funny even throughout the asskicking.
Art: This is Ryuhei Tamura's Very first manga, so in the begining it dosn't really look as good. However he makes great designs for the delinqents and early environment. There aren't any messy pannels were you can't tell whats going on and he has a goot dynamic for when the action kicks in.There are a few goofs with the psysics of someone when they are sent flying however, wether its intentional to show a characters strengh or not isn't sure though. The art gets better by the chapter as most mangas do, never really noticing once your up to chapter 136 but when you go back you can see the diffrence once you go back to chapter 15 or so. Another merit is that Ryuhei makes HILARIOUS faces for his characters when a WTF momment comes and it adds to the humor.
Character: Oga tatsumi is set off to be "a evil bastard" even without beel at the start of the story, and that hardly changes, though he isn't dislikable. Your able to laugh at his sheer stupidity, of which is only topped by Tojo, and are able to admire the badass that he is. He may follow some shounen tropes but its in such a twisted way it seperates him from the crowd. Baby beel is the prince of hell, a infant baby who may or may not even be a year old. Unlike other anime babies like Koenma or Reborn, He acts like an acctual baby and its hilarous. shifting from power to gag pack the only thing you can dislike is that he's constantly naked, but you kind of get used to it* no not in that way you sick bastards* Amongst the cast are a variety of characters that are either badass or hilarious in their own right, and your bound to get a few favorites.
Enjoyment: LONG LIVE THIS MANGA!! I always look forward to this eveyweek and everyweek I love the chapter and crave more. Its humor is so WTF bats**t insane that there will probably be at least ONE time where you tear up laughing, and when a character is out to kick ass, they kick it and send it flying into a wall *heck its Oga's signiture disaster mark!" I never have a dull momment with this manga.
Overall: It may not be perfect, but its pretty damn good and worth the read. I firstly reccomend this to anyone who likes a good comedy and reccomend action fans second. It started out as insane comedy action manga, and it still is an insane comedy manga. Even if you watch the anime I urge you to read the manga, you'll find some good enjoyment. read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
Story: The story is about rin Okimura, He is basiclly the son of satan and was adopted by a preist who adopted him and his brother, and saved him with his dying breath from satan who tried to darg rin back into hell. Because of this Rin decides to learn the ways of an exorcist to kick satans ass. As exciting as it sounds its much more basic than one would think. As you go through the episodes you can almost just ask yourself: "what story device are we gonna use today?" Eventually the second part kicks in, and knowing the manga only had twenty something chapters at the time, I knew they would have to make up a filler ending, but... really? If you haven't seen the anime, I'll just leave it at that, but if you have, then you know what I'm talking about. Basiclly the result of trying a story device that dosen't mesh well with the environment.
Art: While the story is a bummer almost everything else is emensely enjoyabe. Like art for example, its pretty frikkin good and its awseome when you get to see Rin fight. the one gripe is that they use CGI too much, but they at least did it well enough that id dosn't just stick out from the environment and you can enjoy a shot without seeing some wierd thing on the screen.
Sound: The opening and ending themes are ones you're bund to like, I loved the first opening and second ending and while the others aren't my favorites they are pretty good too. the music always fits with the scene their trying to convey and some of the tracks are just mindblowingly awesome *Lit: OST track 7: symponic suite devil third movement exorcist*
Character: Like I said before, it follows story tropes and cliche's by the book, but if done right, you acctually don't really care. Post episode 19 and beyond, Rin is very likable and you can root for him to fry some demon ass and for him to reach his goal, he's also pretty funny and has one of the best derp faces I've ever seen in a while in anime. Yukio is another story... He has some intresting things going on but thats kind of all his character has, he's the serious type character and when the rest of the cast is more lively you tend to be the odd one out, plus its obvious as crap what they intend to do for his character that the 'intresting' bits about him are kinda drowned out by the fact that you have a clear guess on whats gonna happen. the rest of the cast such as rins classmates and Meifisto and other characters are lively, enjoyable, threating, etc. whatever character trope they try to fill they fill it right.
Enjoyment: cliche as it may be they hype and animation really payed off as I did have a fun expirence watching the episodes each week... up until a certian point but I'm sure you'll get what I mean.
Overall: Cliche'? yes. boring? No. One way or the other you'll have fun watching through the series and seeing all the cliche tropes be played out well. The parts when they diverge from the manga get kinda... wierd... but hey if you don't find any issues there then by golly your in for a one HELL of a ride! ah ha ha.... yeah... trust me while entertaining, you can find better anime from 2011
10 of ? episodes seen
I'm pretty tired of these reviews saying "Oh it doesn't like up to the 1999 version" and crap. Before I begin let me note that I have seen SOME of the 1999 version and ALL of the manga. I won't really be doing a comparison cause its not only unfair as I haven't seen all of it(and don't really plan to) but because people before me have done so already.
Story: Its a remake, I.E. the same thing. Gon sets out to become a Hunter in order to find his dad and to find out whats so great about the job that he'd abandon his only son. I saw the first 5 episodes of the first sereis *and other random eps* so when Episoe 1 was coming I thought "Oh I'm gonna get a flash back ep first." To my surprise there was none and we got the entire boat bit. I will admit they made mito a character you could give less for and they should have given a flashback on Kaito since he's important later on, But I did enjoy that we could see Leorio and Kurapika meeting gon sooner than I thought. The story in this version is moved pretty quickly, Which I had mixed feelings on. It did admittingly feel rushed at some parts and in episode 6 they axed out my favorite part of the second exam, the sushi making contest and didn't even spare Kurapika's 'I'M LIKE LEORIO?!' face, and that pissed me off. so props to the old version there. However thanks to this we can get to the good parts of the hunter exam and on towards the parts that made hunter x hunter as a series great*Looking forward to seeing all the arcs* Plus the pace has slowed down as of late as its taking a while to get through the Prison trial, but its doing a much better job of keeping consistant to the monga *THE ACCTUAL CORE VERSION* than some of its previous episode and the old version.
Art: It dosn't matter what you thought of this version compared to the 1999 one, this version art is SUPRB. I understand it was 1999 when they made the last one so of course now it'd be a big improvement but damn, madhouse knows how to do its job. At first it's brightness concerned me as the series gets darker and darker later on, but now I don't mind it, as Hisoka STILL comes off as creepy ecpecially in episode 10 where he shatters the hopes for revenge by that x examiner. The character designs are pretty well done as well, only the small gripe being thay made kurapika's look too much like a girl, however in the old version Gon's hair was too short, so its a eye for eye.now for movement, the animation, Its freakin amazing, seeing the shows first real fight, I was left amazed at how well done it was and I look forward to ALOT of the series future fights. Also its nice to see this when the manga's sketchy style dosn't do it for you but what'cha gonna do when your SO MANY ARCS AWAY!?
Sound: Alright, I gotta say its good, but just not for this series. I really didn't like the other versions either but oh well. The sound did kinda do it for me in episode 10 when Hisoka was fighting, but I don't really like the idea of cheerful orchestra music for the seires main themes. The fact that there IS a orchestra does say something about the future but for now it doesn't work. as for the openings and endings I like them, it took a while for the ending to get to me but it did and I'm ok with the current OP As I like the energy put into it where as the other version made me want to do the opposite of the title and go to bed.
Character: are perfectly kept intact. As its keeping with the manga, of course the characters would be kept the same. While gon is easily the simplest character of the show if not in anime history, He's likabe. most characters would show angst or give off a fake "I don't care" front, but he shows the absence of his father with complete curiosity. His cheerful and full of life personality shows and if you don't have a problem with simple characters, you'll more than likely like gon. Leorio is my personal favorite because I love comic relief characters and boy does he do his job here! Some may find his tendency to get pissed off at everything annoying but I find it pretty funny especially in the majority rule where he is perfectly within his rights to get pissed off. Of course Leorio's gotta look a little cool too, its nothing compared to his recent actions in the manga but His bet to determine wheter the blue guy*which was kinda weird* was alive or not was pretty cool, for his standards anyway. Kurapika is as dark as usual so thats cool. Killua is the same mischivious little assasin we all know and love and will soon later become one of the two darker characters compared to Gon and Leorio. They also do a good job of making him friends with Gon this early on seeing as the two will be working together alot later. Hisoka is pretty much the same, just look at the ending animation.
Enjoyment: I may already know whats gonna happen but I look forward to seeing every adaption each week. I each episode *except for episode 6* feels worth seeing as they follow the manga and the pacing while fast is acctually pretty ok once you get used to it.
Overall: Hunter x Hunter is pretty much the same here and it shows the only real issue to have with it is wether you put time in to make comparisons to the old version. I'm sure it was good, but Its Over, I'm already up to speed with its plot and since I have a choice to revisit what I read in the manga I'm gonna go with this. As for if you aren't up to date with the manga and haven't seen the old anime, You'll probably be prefectlyfine watching. If you have seen the old version then you'll either be fine with this and hope for the unanimated arcs to come, or just be like some of the other reviewers and gripe about "How it dosn't live up to-blah" So all in all Its a good series it just depends on how you look at it. read more