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Feb 18, 2015
Shuumatsu no Laughter (Manga) add
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
 
The first thing a person is going to see when they pick up “Shuumatsu no Laughter” is the cover. On the cover we see a character who strongly resembles Naruto from the series with the same name. A thought will then cross said persons mind. “This is just a knock off of 'Naruto'.” This will make the series hard to pick up for people despite the fact it is only five chapters long, but in reality the phrase “don't judge a book by it's cover” is apt. The story is nothing like “Naruto” despite the fact the creator of “Shuumatsu no Laughter” does in fact read more
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Jan 31, 2015
12-sai.: Kiss, Kirai, Suki (Anime) add
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
 
The first few minutes of this short may give the impression that this is another cheesy romance story aimed at the tween-age audience. The main character is excited about being “grown-up”, and yet we adults know those in the tween-age years really aren't as grown-up as they think. Something to keep in mind is that in the mind of many kids in their tween-years they are “grown-up” – meaning they're no longer little kids, but not yet adults either. This time period is a complicated time period of discovery for this age group.

That is one of the charms of this particular short – it manages read more
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May 18, 2014
Pupa (Anime) add
7 of 15 people found this review helpful
 
The charm of short episode series is that they are quick to watch and take up little time and they thus end up not being a waste of time no matter how bad they are.

Normally that is...

Pupa's the first I've personally watched that I felt was a waste of time. I watched the entire thing hoping that there was some point to the entire series, but there was none. Well... the creator may have meant the work to be satirical in nature about how depraved incest between siblings happens to be, but if it was meant to be satirical it crossed the line of no read more
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Jan 29, 2014
Wasureyuki (Manga) add
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
 
A lot of people have probably heard the phrase, “clumsiness is not a flaw”. It came about because people were tired of clumsy characters who were only clumsy when it allowed them to fall into the arms of their supposed true love, or their clumsiness only showed up once or twice. When it comes to “Wasureyuki” though the character Miyako is always clumsy and her clumsiness is ultra important to the plot. It's not your typical clumsy story.

On the down side the art isn't that great. You could say that it is dry. It's dry not because the character designs aren't interesting. There are times read more
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Jan 27, 2014
Vahlia no Hanamuko (Manga) add
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
 
“Vahilia no Hanamuko” is a collection of four one-shots by Aikizuki Sorata. Sometimes the one-shots in a collection are mixed quality wise, but in the case of this particular one-shot collection you have a series of one-shots that are equal quality wise through the entire thing, not just with character development, but with the art as well as plot development. Each has a unique story that can also stand on its own and it provides a quick read.

For the most part all four stories are of the historical, romance and fantasy genre, but one of them has no supernatural elements at all. The settings are read more
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Jan 27, 2014
Mugen Himitsu (Manga) add
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
 
Since Mugen Himitsu is a one-shot my review will be short. The part that stands out the most in this particular series is the beautiful art work. It's crisp and detailed and contains a lot of the positive style traits one expects of shoujo manga. The storyline is fluid and transitions nicely from one scene to another.

As for the plot, I love how the manga opens up like many of my favorite mystery series and the suspense is nice as well. The interactions between the two main characters is also interesting and the plot flows nicely from beginning to end. It isn't just the pacing read more
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Jan 25, 2014
Gunhed (Manga) add
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
 
Gunhed isn't one-shot material and it isn't material for three chapters. The overall plot was quite interesting, but the execution ended up being pulled back from what it could have been because of the fact it could have easily have been six chapters at least. The art was also highly detailed, particularly for a something from the late 1980's. Characterization was also weak because of how much was crammed in at once and it felt like the reader only got a glimpse of the world. It left me wanting more as well as feeling disappointed because I liked what I did see.
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Jan 23, 2014
100% Perfect Girl (Manga) add
16 of 22 people found this review helpful
 
The story opens up with the main romantic interest reading a short story written by Haruki Murakami called “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning”. The short story is about a young man who walks past a girl who attracts his attention despite being plain, but he ends up not having the courage to speak with her. This reference to the short story is honestly marks the beginning of a long line of willing suspense of disbelief as the writer of the manhwa wants the reader to believe that Jay is a plain girl who does not stand out at all, and read more
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Jul 1, 2013
Arata Kangatari (Anime) add
52 of 78 people found this review helpful
 
The concept of two people switching places in each others worlds is interesting, particularly when nobody recognizes the person as being a different person. Problem is you really can't sympathize with the main characters when the conflict that shows up between the characters in the series is completely unrealistic and not grounded in how people would react in reality. In fact, it seems horribly forced just so the series could have some kind of conflict to it.

For example, the main antagonist was bullied when he was in middle school and he's just getting back to living a normal life only to find himself bullied by read more
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Jun 27, 2013
Kakumeiki Valvrave (Anime) add
29 of 69 people found this review helpful
 
Kakumeiki Valvrave is different. It's the kind of different that may turn people away simply because it doesn't follow the normal conventions one expects of the sci-fi or mecha genres, but goes outside of the box. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on the person, but to me its what hooked me to the show. Particularly since you don't expect mecha and vampires to coexist with each other. It makes sense though with the vampire theory some writers use where vampires aren't the living dead but simply humans infected by a virus that makes them abnormally strong.

One of the nice aspects read more
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