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1 of 22 episodes seen
As you can probably see, Michiko is the strongest point in this anime, but that doesn't mean that the side characters are worthless. This is one of the handful of animes in which side-characters and "villains" have more depth in them than 99.99% of the main characters in animes out there.
However, there are times in the 22 episodes that can be so confusing that you just leave it be. Maybe it's because all the factions (including Michiko minus Hatchin) are folks who were born on the very bad side of life. But this is a good thing as well since it doesn't give the viewer a generic "black and white" that they have seen hundreds of times already.
Art-wise, it's great. The characters move fluidly; The camera angles are perfect; the action scenes are strong. Music-wise, the music fits the poverty stricken side of Latin-America. And of course, the story. It's realistic and feels like real life which just makes the title feel different from your run of the mill anime. And yes, it does feel like Cowboy Bebop, except that MtH is a more realistic version of that. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Basically an H-Game that should have been an H-Anime. The storyline is so poorly constructed and contained reasoning so shallow that I have thought to myself "WTF?" or "That's so shallow".
The deal with Princess Lover is that it's basically a harem anime but for the reason of making it feel different (in a disastrous way) from the rest, it goes on by inserting a serious side to the plot which can be seen halfway to the end.
This is where the story becomes irredeemable.
The first 2 or 3 episodes was quite interesting since it feels like a royalty harem anime that feels like it has a potential to be something unique. After the introductory arc comes the annoying "Passing the Club" which has started the downhill trend for this title. Then there's the last arc (Save the Princess). I found myself remembering the forum posts on various anime sites saying how bad it was.
In a nutshell, you'll watch this for the high production values and fanservice and nothing else. Then again, the terrible story will probably deter you from enjoying that in the first place.
High production values
Fanservice (for guys)
Stupid and shallow reasons for the arc problem
Princess Lover got lucky by having a 3/10. read more
-End fight filler
-Rinse and repeat... FOREVER!
Of course there are good fights with the occasional serious Takamura title match. However, there are too many filler fights (Ippo title defense and Kamogawa gym underling matches) to keep things interesting during volume 50+. With how things are going, this manga will stretch forever.
It is likable though since I have lasted up to v60 and still going but I have found myself scanning the post and pre-fight fillers as well as the filler matches in hopes to get to the more important matches. This basically sums up how HNI is going.
Unless the author keeps things interesting, I will simply skim through the repetitive and formulaic discussions/fights and go through the important matches.
1 of 14 episodes seen
I'll give a very brief overview on how the 2nd Season just in case you're still thinking that this is a continuation of the last episode of Haruhi in 2006. The next 13 episodes that has started airing yesterday is a mixed bunch. Basically, most of them are inserted in between episodes.
01. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part I
02. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part II
03. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part III
04. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part IV
05. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part V
06. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya part VI
07. The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
08. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody part I
09. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody part II
10. Mysterique Sign
11. Endless Eight part I
12. Endless Eight part II
13. Remote Island Syndrome part I
14. Remote Island Syndrome part II
15. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part I
16. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part II
17. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part III
18. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya part IV
19. The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00
20. Live Alive
21. The Day of Sagittarius
22. Someday in the Rain
23. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part I
24. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part II
25. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part III
26. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part IV
27. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya part V
28. The Disappearence of Haruhi Suzumiya part VI
Source: various and unverified sources
This is to simply give the reader a scope on where the animation studio is planning to insert the new episodes and not as a spoiler since the story of Haruhi is pretty complex to begin with.
Now that's over let's go on to the review:
As expected not a lot has changed. The animation hasn't changed much but it is evident that there were some budget skimping. There's also the new ED which is pretty lackluster. Music wasn't the biggest selling point of Haruhi so let's just keep it at that.
I wasn't expecting anything story-wise since this is an insert episode. Like the 1st season, there are a number of pseudo-physics explanations. Even though this episode is an insert, I didn't see the need to rewatch the previous episodes but it doesn't mean that it's fully self-contained. For some reason, I don't expect a lot of changes even after the 28 episode run is complete. From my point of view, it's simply a way for Kyoani to capitalize on a successful title.
I can't recommend nor hype this to any reader of my review since I didn't really enjoy watching it amidst all the hype. Average at best.
Btw. I'm not a Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya fan but I did watch the past season completely and in full attention since it is unique and a class by itself. I'm simply giving an unbiased look into this episode.
May 9, 2009Ookami to Koushinryou II: Ookami to Kohakuiro no Y... (Anime) add
1 of 1 episodes seen
Animation quality was almost unchanged from the TV series considering that this is an OVA. It's still Spice and Wolf.
It was an enjoyable watch so I gave it a good rating.
1 of 1 episodes seen
With the reuse of 95% of the footage including the "infamous due to crap animation" episode 4 Gainax truly maximized their earnings. In addition to this, there are moments in the movie that felt diluted in contrast to the TV series. Maybe it's due to Gainax compressing half of the series to an almost 2 hour mark. Maybe it's poor directorship. I don't know. To be honest. The recap episode (ep. 16) owns the movie format. Then again. That was a recap.
On the bright side. There is the Spiral King intro and the climactic battle between Gurren Lagann and Dai-Gurren against the 3 generals and virals's new flagship which is essentially a slightly modified version of Dai-Gurren. There are also some very minor new scenes snuck somewhere in the middle portions as another consolation to the folks who paid money for this.
As a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann fan, I have to say that I didn't regret getting this just for completion's sake. Unless you wouldn't lose anything in watching this then I would say to go for it. But if you have better ways to spend your cash (or your bandwidth), then set it aside.
My numerical rating (Story, Art, Sound, Character, Enjoyment, Overall) is a grade that sees the movie as standalone with knowledge of the series and not a comparison to the series. read more
1 of 11 episodes seen
What really absorbed me to this anime is the OP. This is the best OP for this season bar none. I can't really explain but it has a very very post-modern feel in it. Did I mention that the OP was from Oasis called "Falling Down". The ED is no pushover either, it's also unique and is the best ED for the season.
Eden of the East has a very shounen-esque feel but I believe from the first episode that the anime will be told in the perspective of the lead female character so it will probably appeal more to the female half of the audience.
Again. It's way too early. However, I'm excited enough for this anime to give it a review so that has to count for something.
I suggest that you should watch this now. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Without Maria and Matsurika this series will become another post 1st season Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.
On to the review:
In the tradition of the earlier Shaft comedies (Pani Poni Dash, Negima, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei) this is an episodic comedy. As with most episodic comedies there isn't exactly a real story. In short this is all about the gags even though some of them are too overexplained and simply fail.
Kanako with Maria and Matsurika is comedy gold. Kanako with other characters who's names escape me usually equates to fail. The problem here is that Maria+Holic uses the KMM combo sparingly. I can't blame the anime since using this combo too much will probably wear out in the long run.
Cosmetics-wise: Maria+Holic shines both in animation quality and music. It doesn't take long for the Shaft brand to rear its head. It's Shaft. Nuff' said.
Even though it had its dry spells Maria+Holic has kept me entertained throughout the 12 episodes so I would recommend this.
14 of 14 episodes seen
Unless you're looking for 13 episodes of super-powered teenage schoolgirls, mini-harem, meganeko, lolis, heaps of fanservice, and a +1 bonus valentine episode that didn't think the above was enough then I suggest not to read any further.
On to the review:
It's just a bunch of schoolgirls fighting off an alien invasion composed of loli girls. If the premise isn't childish then I don't know what is. With this you can expect the monster of the week and all those things above. I can't really expound anymore since there's nothing to expound about.
The art, sound, and character designs are the same as Hand Maid May so I think you know what to expect. Poorly designed male cast with cute girls. There is the constant proportion problem that will made me wonder whether the animators were stoned during the conception of this anime.
Amidst my poor rating of this title, it was enjoyable in a guilty pleasure sort of way. It's not something I can recommend but if you want to experience what it's like to have all the otaku fetishes rolled into one anime then you might just enjoy G-On Riders. Then again maybe not.
Enjoy the anime but make sure that the "ordinary civilians" aren't around when you watch this not so secret shame of anime.
12 of 12 episodes seen
I didn't have to turn on my brain while watching this. It's pretty much your average and inoffensive shounen anime served in an average and inoffensive way. Perfect after a tiring day at school or at work.
On to the review:
Episodic almost throughout the whole 12 episodes. It doesn't try to be groundbreaking nor does it try to be "deep". However on what it did not try, it succeeded on making the anime fun. Let's face it, there are times that everyone would simply want to sit back, turn off their brains, and enjoy the show. That's how this anime is.
The production quality is average as a whole. Character designs are formulaic shounen style with cute and sexy girls, and wimpy, pretty boy, or brute looking guys. Typical you've "seen one, seen them all".
I can recommend this anime if you're looking for some shallow yet enjoyable entertainment. Most anime of the same genre can't provide those two important elements at the same time nowadays. read more