59 of 59 chapters read
Well, it is not very regrettable, but it's quite disappointing.
I have no complaints on the art. It is not the best, and this kind of art is not really my type, but it suited the series as it should be. Akise's the only bishie there (well, in my opinion) and so there are less "kyaa-ing" around for fangirls and more focuses on the story. Gasai, violence and bloodbath? Oh oh oh, they are sooo good. The art is enough to satisfy your gore-loving nature.
The story is very good actually. The God of Time and Space is nearing his death and so he makes a game of survival in which the last one standing will succeed him and become the next god. Decent foundation. The God of Time and Space aka Deus Ex Machina is the imaginary friend of the outcast Amano Yukiteru who writes on his diary about his surroundings because he has nothing better to do. Then one day, Deus Ex Machina gives him a future diary which records about the future and Yukiteru will be one of the contestants. Decent introduction to the essence of the series. But why did I not rate it a 10 or 9? The characters are to blame for that.
I find Akise and Rea the only likeable characters there (yes, Akise again). The others are annoying. Why? Well, here goes:
Yukiteru's annoying from the very start. He brought upon himself the current social status he has and then he goes crying like a baby. For the whole game, he is a coward who relies on Yuno because he is so worthless. His resolve doesn't have the right to be called a resolve because he is easily wavered by the words of other people and his shitty feelings. Yuno is an idiot in love. Minene's so annoying because she always say "I, the Great Minene" even when it's only her thoughts. Nishijima all of a sudden fell in love with Minene. I must say, Minene and Nishijima's character development is so ridiculous. It's like the mangaka just forced it in and he really didn't thought of it before. The same goes for other characters.
Well people, please don't judge me. I normally love evil characters like Gasai. I normally go "oohh" or "whoa" in a good sense when there are character developments.Even I can't explain why I suddenly hate almost all the characters. The only explanation I could think of is that the characters are very shallowly developed and I can't feel them at all. You know the feeling of sympathizing with the characters? I didn't feel it at all while reading this. Even when Yukiteru experienced that tragedy or Gasai experienced that abuse. I was in pokerface mode for all the hours I've read this. The only scene that really made me stay on one page is the Akise-Amano kissing scene where I squealed for like 5 minutes.
Okay, I enjoyed the manga at some point but it's just really disappointing. It is a good read, and I recommend it for gore lovers. But it's definitely a no-go for those harsh anime and manga reviewers who will clearly look into the series and list all the loopholes they find because they are going to have a long list if they do.
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12 of 12 episodes seen
I should say, the concept is pretty good. The plot is well-arranged too, and the pervertness is balanced out with the comedy. It's also good that the main characters are all dense rather than just only a character being one.
The drawing is pretty good too. Kosuda's as-if-he-is-not-the-main-character look is a refreshment, considering that almost all anime have bishies as main character. Well, the big boobs are still bothering me though. How can one get a natural G cup anyway?
Anyways, it's good that the mangaka substituted "the thing down there" and "libido" with an erogami or the characters' chibi-fied self rather than drawing the real thing or do the traditional covering of it. It added to the comedy and broke the usual way.
I really find the theme songs very cute and sweet, thanks to Yukari Tamura's cute voice. They also fit the anime, or so I guess. And the "B Gata H Kei" song that is always present when there's a perverted scene is also quite good.
I guess this anime is an 8.7 out of 10 for me. I recommmend this to the perverted bored ones there who don't mind soft ecchi. Well then, off I go. read more
13 of 13 episodes seen
I see this anime everywhere - anime magazines, web sites, forum signatures, recommendation lists and et cetera, so I figured that it is so great of an anime to be that popular. And it turned out that I am not wrong about this thought.
The concept of this story is really touching. Giving the extremely unfortunate people another chance to experience the life they actually want to have sure is another refreshment for me. The plot, too, is very great. Misunderstandings influenced by their pasts and fears produced a great story. In addition to that, I really love the comedic sense of this anime. I had my ass rolling on the floor and my mouth opened wide because of laughing at scenes where the characters ignore the supposed drama or when making funny scenes go dramatic with the addition of soft music. These innovations really made funny scenes go funnier. What's more, this comedy is balanced with drama shown throughout the whole series. Besides from drama, there are good fighting scenes and good quotes. I must say - THIS IS SUCH A WILD ANIME.
The characters are greatly drawn and their attitudes as individual and as a whole makes me jealous and go wanting to have a group like I-Ain't-Deatd-Yet-Battlefront. Tenshi's and Otonashi's personalities are too common though. And anyway, I really love love TK, Hinata and Naoi.
The theme songs fit the anime perfectly. They are very melodramatic and peaceful. The songs of Girls Dead Monsters are good too. Oh! And it was really great that they had a rock version of the opening song too.
Angel Beats is really magnificent and it's one of the few dramas I love. It is a must watch for all sexes and all ages. read more
24 of 24 episodes seen
My first impression for this anime is "sounds cool, even with the strange name." Fortunately, I am not mistaken. The animation style, plot, story progress, characters - all refreshing and amazing. Though this anime's name still remains as a mystery to me. I'm too lazy to do some research.
I really love the plot and style of animating the series. Every episodes have different POVs, making the story clearer. Of course that also brought up some complaining like "Aww man, can't you realize it already?" and "Don't be such an idiot!" but I guess that sort of thing is just normal. The thing that makes it cooler is the overlapping of events. Also, the use and role of technology in the series made it more awesome.
My classmates didn't like the distinction of colors e.g. the color of the crowd is gray while the known and focused characters are fully colored at some scenes, but I think it actually made the anime cooler as it matches up pretty perfect for the series. It also helped in concentration and determining the focus of the viewers.
The character designs and attitudes - ohmygod! They are so great! Well the main character is the same old "kind type" (you know, every shounen is like that, helping everyone out) but his acting like he didn't know about the Dollars to gather opinions of the others is just so refreshing. It made me start to think that he's pretty cool too. Anyway, the whole set of characters in this anime despite the fact that their featured personality is already common and have been seen for a lot of times not only in the world of anime & manga but as well as other literature pieces. Violent, wicked, helpful, innocent, victim, hero, etc. - all matched up perfectly together. In addition to that, I also liked the art style.
Hmm, my favorite character? That has to be Orihara Izaya. Why? His weapon is a knife. 'Nuff said.
No, really. He's very cute when he teases Shizuo. I'm really attracted with that smirk on his face whenever he sees Shizuo. His attitude and personality is cool too. Besides, he is an information broker. I actually want to be one someday too :) Anyways, I also liked Shinra Kishitani. I like his attitude - getting all excited when it comes to Celty and showing her his love. And he's a doctor.
Even the opening and ending theme songs are great. The animations for the opening are really amazing, and the important characters are introduced there too. Well, I won't say that I especially like the animation for the ending songs, but I do love both songs and all the 4 songs are rightful additions to my playlist.
The only complaint in this anime is Izaya did not have his own episode, or the episode with his POV. Anyways, I think it's pretty okay already, since there's always a glimpse of what he's doing every episodes.
I love Durarara and I would re-watch it whenever I'm bored and have time. It is a masterpiece, so I rate it a perfect 10. read more
103 of 103 chapters read
The first thing I noticed about this manga is the art. It is actually not very good. The gag faces are fine, but there are times when the mangaka fits a character's full body in a small panel, resulting in bad body proportions. Well at least the character designs are realistic, the eyes are not very big and their poverty was shown perfectly :)
Next is the plot. I SO LOVE IT. It's very real and full of unexpected happenings. Unlike the usual stories where in the series of darkness comes in light in every conflict, here in Beck, the flow of unfortunate events is very long and the people barely get lucky, which adds to the comedy. There are even times when I predict that their luckiness would come in at the last minute and then I end up being wrong. There was even a scene when Ryuusuke is missing and the band needs to perform, and there was a fan looking forward to seeing Ryuusuke because people says he is handsome (and she is the first person to send a letter to the band too). At the last minute before the performance, a man from the guitar shop where Koyuki buys volunteered to be Ryuusuke's substitute. He is VERY ugly, so the fan ended up being disappointed.
Anyways, for the plot, the only problem I saw is Sakuishi-sensei didn't illustrated the story's progress finely sometimes.
This series is not popular yet unexpectedly magnificent. I recommend this one especially to the people who are tired of the mainstream manga and want something different. Yes it is about music and being no expert in that field may make this manga corny, but then, I really like it and it's cool the way it is. Yes it is about music and that may make you say "It is better in anime" since manga is only drawing and text, but then, the mangaka successfully illustrates the feeling he wants the readers to feel while the characters perform. This is an awesome manga and I rate it 4 out of 5 so you guys - BETTER ADD THIS TO YOUR MUST-READ MANGA LIST. No, BETTER READ THIS NOW.
Credits: mangatraders.com, stoptazmo.com, mangareader.net and my classmate codenamed JF for recommending this to me.
NOTE: If you are planning in watching the anime instead of reading the manga, BETTER dispose of that plan. The anime can be boring for first-timers of the series. It is better to read the manga first and then watch the anime second. Well, that's just my opinion. Go on and watch the anime if that's what you really want. And there's also a live action movie of the series, though the plot was really messed up there. read more