5 of 26 episodes seen
So far in Second Season, Nekomonogatari Shiro has finished airing.
The story so far has been really entertaining. The series has gone back to the original story-telling style as I said, which is a plus. The only downside is how slow Shiro starts. Nothing really "happens" until the third or fourth episode, and it mostly revolves around Hanekawa and Senjogahara, who pretty much remain stationary for the first half of the arc. I did get pretty bored, but the overall story is really well-told and interesting. Shiro is basically a continuation of Kuro, where "Black Hanekawa" resurfaces and causes trouble. However, a new apparition appears: a white tiger. After Hanekawa crosses its path, cases of arson begin to mysteriously follow her.
As typical per Shaft animes, the art is amazing. It's remained constant through the previous seasons, too. Nothing much has changed here, although the characters who've appeared are sporting new hairstyles (except Mayoi, whose kept the same hairstyle throughout the entire series). Senjogahara, Hanekawa and Karen all have short hair now, while Kanbaru and Tsukihi now have longer hair.
I'm not a huge fan of the OP, as it's a little too "cutsey," but it's not horrible at all. I really enjoy the ED though. Overall, the music stays true to the series, which is nice. The background music is really good, too.
I loved the development between Senjogahara and Hanekawa. However, the first several episodes focused too much on interactions between the two, and it felt too dull at times. However, the show develops these characters even further from the past seasons.
I really have enjoyed the season so far, and can't wait for the remaining arcs. I think it's going to keep getting better.
It's been great so far, and I can't wait to see the future arcs. As there's still a lot left for the season, I'll have to edit this as it goes on. To those who enjoyed Bakemonogatari and hated Nisemonogatari (and skipped Nekomonogatari or even enjoyed it), Second Season absolutely makes up for Nise's downfalls, and is a whole lot more like the original Bakemonogatari. read more
The thing is: FUNimation released the live-action movie (Which was also extremely for for Japanese cinema). Apparently that didn't go over too well, because I've never met one person who actually knows this series. It's always me asking "Do you know the manga 'Drop'?"
What is "Drop"? It's a manga about middle school delinquents (late middle school, mind you). That's... pretty much the gist of it.
What it's really about, though, is a private school drop-out named Hiroshi. Why does he drop out? It's not because of his grades, or because he was a delinquent at all. It was because he reads too many manga about delinquency.
Now, being that I was once a young boy, I know the feeling... I wanted to be a badass when I was younger. I used to try to be tough... I sucked at it... and frankly, Hiroshi was like me: privately schooled (not home schooled, for the record), normal life, doesn't cause trouble.
He drops out of his prestigious, private school, enters the public school system, buzzes and dyes his hair, and changes her persona completely to that of a badass.
That's when he gains the attention of the school delinquents... The bring him to the roof, where their leader, Tatsuya, is hazing some another delinquent gang. Hiroshi then has to prove himself by taking on one of the kids from the rival gang.
I'm sure you can guess how it ends up, and from then on, Hiroshi and the other guys go about challenging other gangs, brawling in every location imaginable, destroying shit, stealing shit, etc.
What makes the story so good is that it doesn't hold back... It's brutal. It's not some gang of pussies that just talk the talk. These guys fight... all the time... and they cause a lot of trouble... Most delinquent stories I know, they're more of these... "do gooder" delinquents. "Psyren," a shounen manga with a delinquent lead character: he does shit for money, whether it's good or not. That's just lame, in my book. That's not a real delinquent. Now Yusuke Urameshi from "Yu Yu Hakusho," that's a real delinquent.
The difference is, "Drop" is a shounen manga without the gimmicky powers and "powering up". It's raw, brutally and realistically violent.
I absolutely love the art. I mean ABSOLUTELY. It's even been impacting on my own art (apart from my major in art... which doesn't really apply to this at all...). The facial expressions, the character designs, the action sequences; it's all brilliantly drawn. I just love picking my volumes of "Drop" and seeing Hiroshi, all beat up and bleeding, kneeing a guy in the face. I could never imagine the action in a manga bout middle school delinquents could be so... brutal and entertaining!
You're not going to see any heads exploding or arms getting cut off, though... It's mostly schoolyard brawling (well, schoolyards, train stations, restaurants, houses... anywhere that has enough room to fight in), so no guns and shit like that.
Now sometimes, there are characters that just look weird, or some moments that just look awkward design-wise. It can easily be overlooked, though, because the art really is incredible.
I'm serious, the characters crack me up. They're typical, but they're all so much more personable. Maybe it's because they're a lot more realistic looking than a "bishounen" or something, but it feels like they're just more... personable... I can't think of another way to describe it... But like I said earlier, I feel like I can relate with Hiroshi, and I'm sure a lot of other guy who's passed that age can too.
Undoubtedly is this one of my favorite mangas. I'm trying to collect the entire series (or what there is of it available) because I love it so much. It'd really be nice if some publisher would pick it up for the West, though... Seriously... People NEED to know about "Drop"! If you can read Japanese, or even if you can't, if you ever have the chance to flip through this manga, DO IT. It's simply awesome. If you like brutal fights, this is where to look (kinda makes me think of the fights in the movie Fight Club... Brutally realistic...).
Simply put... this is an awesome manga. It's a shame not many know of it. Like I said, if you're ever fortunate enough to get your hands on it, you have to give it a try.
Now, if you just can't find it anywhere, and being nobody is translating it officially or online, you can always settle for the movie. It's similar in a lot of ways (the actors they picked in the movie are perfect!!), but for the most part, the movie doesn't have as much content. You'll get a lot more fights in the manga, but the movie's still worth watching (I had to buy the movie because I enjoyed it so much).
If you really are looking for something a little more mature than a shounen series about boys kicking each others' asses, I'd recommend "Sun-ken Rock". "Sun-ken" is pretty much the "adult" version of "Drop," where a Japanese guy moves to Korea chasing the girl he loves, gets caught up in the mobs and becomes a Korean "mafia" leader. It's full of brutally realistic brawls like "Drop" is, but is meant for adults (tons of nudity, a lot more gore). read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
Theres also a second game they playccalled alfheim online where everybody is dressed like elves and have wings! Its a really kawaii game imo.
Sucha sweet story withr omance and sooo much sugoii action! Kirito isnt another cliche heero like other cliche hepros like monkey lufy or lelouc laperouge u know? Hes really belevable which makes the story really good.
The art is sooo kireeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Such qmazing art i wish i could draw that sugoii! Really tho characters and senery are all so kire and amazing looking! Def a 10/10!!!
Best ost in a longtime its not as good as say skillrex (LOL DROP THE BASS BWOB BWOB BWOB BWOB)but its really fitting and sweet sounding
Kirito is so real! I really feel like i can undersand these charas because theyr all so personalble. I was rooting for kirito-kun ecery battle jaja!
Are u kidding??? 10/10 of course. Best anime of season OR OF THE YEAR thats how good it was. Im buying every blueray release from japan. If there isnt a second season ill leterally die right here.
Overall 10/10 duh lol
Wat do u think? By far my faverite anime lolol. I absolutely love kirito and everything about this anime!! read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
When you get a sequel to something, you will normally expect the SEQUEL to be remotely similar to the story it's based after. Persona: Trinity Soul fails at that. It has little to just-about-nothing to do with Persona 3.
Here, let me give you an example using an anime most people will know about... Take Dragon Ball Z, for instance. Dragon Ball GT actually had something to do with the Dragon Ball universe, and that's what a sequel is supposed to be: a series that has to do with the series it's based after...
However, let's say there was a NEW sequel to Dragon Ball, called Dragon Ball 2. DB2 is about a guy named Steve who has the ability to fly, shoot beams from his hands, and wind up shirtless after a long battle somehow. However, he spends every episode not fighting, and instead chases the girl of his dreams and going to his white-collar job. There's 400 episodes of nothing but Steve chasing after his love in a run-of-the-mill dram-com, and one of two battles throughout.
What does that have to do with Dragon Ball? Nothing. It sounds like somebody (me) wrote that and slapped the Dragon Ball title on it. This is exactly how Persona: Trinity Soul feels. Somebody wrote out a basic, angst-filled teen-drama, decided to throw in the Persona ability and sent it off to Atlus to be approved as a sequel to Persona 3.
In the end, the only things linking this anime to Persona 3 are the fact that the Kirijo Group had a little plot-time and Akihiko made a couple appearances (apparently he becomes some sort of secret agent...). Igor also makes a small appearance, but he has nothing to do with the anime at all. Nothing more referencing Persona 3.
Even if this anime wasn't a sequel to Persona 3; if it was just an anime based in the Persona universe, it still wouldn't work, but I'll explain that further...
NOTHING TO DO WITH PERSONA AT ALL! How the hell do these kids get their Persona abilities?!?!? If you look at Persona history from the games, in Persona and Persona 2, it's thanks to Philemon giving these children their Persona abilities. In Persona 3, it's thanks to the Dark Hour and Evokers. In Persona 4, it's the fact the characters' accepted their shadows and their true selves...
In Trinity Soul, everybody apparently has the ability of Persona...
Oh, one thing brought over from Persona 3 is the fact the Personas will begin to kill the users, and they have to take Persona-suppressing pills (something that does, in fact, appear in Persona 3 later on...).
Let's just say: if you haven't played Persona 3, you won't be having its story spoiled at all by watching Trinity Soul.
As for the actual story, it's just... dumb. It's full of angsting teenagers who've discovered they can get "high" or something by playing some game with summoning Personas... I don't really understand that... it's just dumb. Well, some kids get addicted to doing it and get hurt for some reason,then some shadowy group enters and does some bad stuff, then there's some mystery aspect, more angsting, more mystery and then you find out the ending... The end...?
Even if this wasn't a Persona anime, it would still suck. If it was called simply Trinity Soul, and they DIDN'T summon Personas, this anime would be utter crap.
If anything was good about this anime, it was the art. The animation was amazing, character design was great, and the anime has a very nice "feel" to the environments. The art is the only thing that kept me interested.
Biggest problem in the art are the Personas. Their designs are terrible and they're 90% invisible... Designs really irked me most of all though. Every Persona in all Persona games are based off of either mythical or historical beings. These Personas in Trinity Soul just looks like robots... Not even kidding, they do.
The music is good. Nothing amazing, but it's the only other "high" point to it, if you can call it a high point... It's nothing like the music we know from Persona. Modern Persona is full of J-poppin' Engrish jams, while Trinity Soul is full of (you've guessed it) angsty-sounding music. It fits the melodramatic feel of everything, but IT JUST ISN'T PERSONA. If you're going to slap "Persona" into the title, MAKE IT LIKE PERSONA.
Nice design as I said, but the characters are cliche, and of course, they're all very melodramatic, angsty teens... Characters are good looking, but their personalities are cliche, uninteresting and boring. Very flat characters, and anything they did wasn't surprising at all.
I did not enjoy this anime... Not at all... It had its moments where I'd be remotely interested, but not for more than ten minutes till I felt like committing suicide from all the angst. The moment something happy happens, something bad happens to counteract it. It's just a terrible anime, and there's no way to get around that. I've tried not to sound bias about it, but the matter of fact is that this should have never even had the "Persona" title slapped on it. Thank God we can pretend this story isn't canon, at least!
Nothing good to report about this anime. It's just bad. If you have a chance to watch it, and you consider yourself a Persona fan, just steer clear of this title... You'll thank me for saving your time... trust me... read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
Anywho, we’ve now seen it all… And when I say that, I mean: we’ve seen five high school girls sit around, drink tea, eat sweets and BS their high school days away, all the while juggling a dead-end afterschool-band… AND IT WAS AMAZING NONETHELESS!
I tend to have a prejudice view with K-On!... Rather, it’s not towards K-On!, but other anime in the genre. The light-hearted, moe-blob animes don’t always interest me. K-On!, on the other hand, captured my manly heart from the first episode, and it’s sad to see they’re graduating high school (despite the fact each girl doesn’t look a day over 10… let’s disregard that though, please. They’re not loli; they’re moe ;-; Shuddup).
So… incredibly… cute…
It’s kind of a breath of fresh air to watch an anime about girls where their boobs aren’t flopping about, vagina-shots aren’t running rampant (*cough* I’m looking at you, Strike Witches… *cough*) and where every day’s isn’t wet tee-shirt contest.
Oh yea, story…
It’s same ol’ – same ol’. Our five K-On! girls sit, eat, play instruments, and glomp onto each other in pseudo-lesbian fashions. Here’s the twist: four of them are graduating (leaving poor Azunyan behind)! It’s time for the girls’ last hurrah by taking a graduation trip! Woo!
Graduation trip, GO!!
So our graduating cast composing of Yui, Mugi, Ritsu and Mio drag Azusa along on their trip to London, and they (you guessed it) spend three days doing none other than the exact things they do best: drink tea, eat, touch each other (not in the way you’re thinking! These girls are innocent! ;-; Take your ecchi thoughts elsewhere, baka!) and play their instruments. That’s… pretty much it…
Why an 8/10 for a seemingly plotless story? Well, you see, the story’s extremely cute, lighthearted, innocent and happy, that it’s impossible for me to rate it any lower… It may be extremely simple, but sometimes simpler is better (simpler’s a word… I found that out several months back). The reason it doesn’t receive a 10/10 is due to an extremely impossible coincidence in London that, while making the story just get cuter, was too corny.
This is probably the only anime where the characters can do nothing important and keep me entertained. The two-or-so hour movie went by so fast, leaving me wanting a third season.
Always amazing… ALWAYS! The K-On! series has maintained a high animation quality throughout its run, as well as awesome and adorable character design, great coloring and DAT MOE.
Moe isn’t everybody’s “thang”, but even if it’s not, you still have to admit K-On! is amazingly animated in every way. These girls could be sitting in a room all day doing absolutely nothing, and the art could keep me entertained!
…Wait, I just re-stated the plot…
REGARDLESS, beautiful art as usual, and it’ll be a shame if the series doesn’t continue in one way or another (by that, I mean animated continuation. Mangas don’t count :>).
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA~ THEY’RE ALL FABULOUS-MAX!!!
By now, I probably sound like some sort of K-On! fag or something (shh!), but really, these girls are absolutely adorable… Every single character in this show (besides the, like, three male characters we’ve ever unfortunately come across. Boys! Yuck!) is amazingly adorable!!The five K-On! girls are, of course, the best part, but all girls in the series are fabulous ;-;
I love the K-On! music… Hokago Tea Time? Dat’s mah jayum.
Not even kidding, I crank dat shit even with my iPod plugged into my car (even when passengers detest anime’s awesomeness).
Ah, that being said, all the music, from Hokago Tea Time’s music to the background music, is awesome. So incredibly light hearted and adorable!!!
Voices, not to mention, are so incredibly cute and fitting for each character (as usual!). I feel like my face is going to get stuck in the >3< position merely from hearing these girls talk… then, put the music, the light-hearted atmosphere and moe art together and… -3- It’s a trifecta of adorable, moe godliness…
I digress, and my fanboing is getting in the way of my *cough* professionalism.
Really? Do I even need to rate that?
Duh I enjoyed the movie… I just… I love K-On! so much!!!!!! I still want more even after the credits rolled (which, by the way, rolled to some Hokago Tea Time music)!! All good things must end, as they say, and it’s always saddening (I promised myself I wouldn’t get sentimental ;^;) to see a great series end, but it’s always great to see them go with a bang… So far, I’ve yet to find a moe anime to break my “chu-face” like K-On! has so many times (*3*), but I’m fine with that, because I love K-On!...
No, my math is right… (10+10+10+10+8)/5 equals 9.6, and being that MAL still hasn’t implemented a half-rating system yet (and they probably never will), rounding 9.6 to the nearest number would result in 10… So deal with it.
Honestly, haters gonna hate.
Some really loath K-On!, and it’s hard to understand why. It lacks the ecchi-fanservice (even the beach episode seemed so… conservative and innocent), the girls are incredibly cute and the music, even while not being anywhere near my taste in music, is fabulous!!! How can you resist getting all chu-faced for this anime?!
Welp, more moe for me, I guess. Dem haters can hate all they want, because I personally find K-On! attractive in every way (whoa that sounds wrong).
Jul 4, 2012Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai x Seitokai no Ichizon... (Manga) add
2 of 2 chapters read
Really, really weak... and kinda dumb... Like, they don't do anything... It's like watching the K-On! girls lesbian over each other while drinking tea and eating cake... However, that's a lot more interesting than reading about these girls... probably because they do NOT eat cake NOR lesbian over each other... They just talk... And... In all honesty, is really boring. It's cool seeing these two manga come together, though...
Itachi's art is always really good. I love the Haganai manga, and his art really fits its quirkiness... However, when he draws the girls from Seitokai no Ichizon, I kept getting them mixed up with the girls from Haganai... 10mo's art in the second chapter, while I don't think it's as good as Itachi's art, I was able to pick who was who, at least... Still, the art isn't bad at all. I really liked it, at least!
The strongest point in both mangas, I believe. The characters are all quirky and hilarious, and seeing them come together was interesting to say the least... Nothing else to say, really.
I did enjoy it, despite how short and simple it was... It really isn't meant to be anything amazing; mostly just something fun for fans to read of either series. I'm sure they're trying to promote each others' manga though xD
Overall : 7/10
Nothing amazing... But it was still fun to read. Only 20 pages long (all together), so what is there to lose? read more
2 of 2 episodes seen
The second episode was utterly retarded. Without ruining the big ol' "tiwst" at the end, let's just say some stupid and pointless things go down in the Furuya household, and it pulls a "Little Nemo" ending on us (No, not Finding Nemo...).
Story (first episode): 9/10
Like I said, it may seem slightly corny, but as the rest of the series, the OVA is extremely well-written (well, let's not bring up what they did with the anime's last couple episodes). There really isn't anything to say other than its hinted that Chihiro's mom had more secrets than what we were told in the TV series. It's kind of hard to write anything without spoilers, but know that this OVA gives us the full story on how Chihiro finds the resurrection book and some more on how pervy Sanka Dan`ichiro is...
You may have heard about some nipple-shots in here... Well, there are... But it's not really meant to be "fappable" material, but rather to show how sick Rea's dad really is...
Well, there's a scene later that's supposed to get you all hot an bothered (just a short thing in a hot-springs that this OVA doesn't actually revolve around... Merely some fanservice). Anywho, I'll say no more!
Story (second episode): 3/10
I want to give it a 1/10 for wasting my time, but it has a kinda-sweet ending regarding Rea's step-mom. I really can't say anything other than this was a waste of my time, while the first episode was actually really good.
Story average: 6/10
Art (applied for both episodes): 8/10
The art in the entire series really isn't bad. It's well animated, has great directing and character design is great. However, the art DOES seem kind of half-assed in the TV series as well as in this OVA. It's not like it's TERRIBLE, as I've seen FAR WORSE in popular series, but I figured I had to be honest and say that...
As usual though, the directing is great... (so much I had to say it a second time :P)
Sound (both episodes): 10/10
As usual, the music is great and most of all fitting for the tone of the anime. The usual OP and ED are shown in the OVA, and I personally enjoy both... Even if the music doesn't fit your taste, I think you can at least agree it's fitting, right?
Regardless, I love the voices as usual, and there's nothing much else to say on this subject. No different from what I think about the TV series.
Character (both episodes): 10/10
Again, no different than the TV series...
I have to point out that just because Dan`ichiro is a perv it doesn't make him a bad character. Now, if he was a sick bastard but was terrible DONE, then I'd rate this lower... And he IS a sick bastard, but his character is executed very well... I just want to point that out, because I think we all can agree on how messed up he is (Although, finding out why he's so messed up was kind of sad...).
All of our usual characters appear in the OVA. Chihiro, Mero, Ranko, Rea... I still love them all :P Oh! But we see Chihiro's dad in normal clothes for once!
Enjoyment(both episodes): 6/10
I couldn't wait for the second episode... I was hoping we'd learn more about Chihiro's mom like we did in the first. As a regular reader of the manga, where his mom is actually still a mystery, I'm curious as to her story...
But then I'm fed this bullshit second episode that has nothing to do with anything regarding Sankarea as a whole. It's like that episode in the TV series about Mero and her stupid friends, and how they go around solving mysteries... It does nothing to buff up the plot or extend the story. I enjoyed the first episode 10/10 for sure, but the second... a 3/10, just to be nice I guess... and I liked seeing Rea some more (my waifu).
Even with how bad the second episode was, this still plays out to an 8/10 (since I average out my scores...). On a whim I would've given it a 7/10, but because I'm fair... I'll give it an 8/10...
But yea, if you end up watching the OVA, just know the second episode has absolutely nothing worthwhile to the main story of Sankarea... It's just... well... "filler"... in the sense it sucks and is incredibly boring (as most -I said most- filler is). I know it's an OVA, but it still felt like I was watching a filler episode with the second one.
But yea... first episode was really good, I thought. read more
12 of ? chapters read
Unlike his other, more well-known works like Utena and the more-recent Penguindrum, this is definitely a strange… And when I say “strange”, I mean “strange even for Ikuhara”…
Basically, it’s about a young, run-away girl (Sera) who’s escaping with her lover (a guy who dresses in a bear-suit because his body is covered in scars… Think “Kuma” from Persona 4… Y’know, the zip-up bear-suit…). They’re being chased down by a detective and a bunch of policemen, being that the girl’s father doesn’t want her leaving with a man… Why? Because, as we know in Ikuhara’s work, he loves controversial topics: her dad’s a creepy “lolicon-esque” dude who has a strange affection for his daughter…
That’s pretty much a rough description of the “plot”…
We also have, on the side, a group of revolting (not as in “EEW! REVOLTING!” but as in “REVOLT!!!”) children, whom are all clothed in various animal suits. This group of children is a murderous-bunch who want nothing to do with adults, chanting “Kill the adults” and whatnot. It’s… strange, to say the least.
Personally, it was quite hard to “get into” this story.
So, how about we begin rating…?
Confusing as hell, but I love the controversial stuff Ikuhara enjoys writing… In past works, there’s been sibling incest, homosexuality and now we have father-daughter incest: one of the biggest taboos known to man. It’s common in some cultures for siblings to “marry” (mostly less-advanced ones. If you take a sociology or anthropology class, you’ll learn this), but father-daughter incest is almost a world-wide taboo… Of course, Ikuhara displays it in a comedic sense, where when we meet Sera’s father for the first time, he acts like a total lolicon… Then, after he drugs and hypnotizes her, instead of doing what we might think he’d do (because you may or may not watch too much hentai, right? You know the old saying: “I’ve seen enough hentai to know where this is going…”), we find that he’s hypnotized her into playing (YOU GUESSED IT!) Wii Tennis together…
Anywho, regardless if you’re offended by taboos or not widely-accepted sexual-interests, Ikuhara really does know how to make it so his controversial-works aren’t as offensive as they sound…
And, as for Nokemono to Hanayome, it’s not like you’re seeing a father creeping on his daughter completely like in, say, SankaRea or various hentais. Despite this weird father-daughter thing going on, we also have this creepy Father (as in a Catholic Father) guy, whom is about to marry Sera and the bear-guy (Marry in the sense that a priest, Father or pastor would “marry” a couple… you know…). Well, you know what, I’ll leave it up to you to find out the rest of this absurd cast of characters… If you think this sounds interesting or weird enough that it’s “peaked” your interest: be my guest. Read it if you want, but you’re not missing anything if you don’t read it. It’s just fun to see other works Ikuhara has gotten his hands on.
In short, if you’re an Ikuhara-fan, try it out; if you don’t know who he is or don’t care about him, don’t read this. It’s weird. I’m a fan of his, and I thought it was a little TOO bizarre…
Although, some of the art kinda reminds me of something Johnen Vasquez might do (“J.T.H.M.”, SQUEE!” and the ever-so-popular “Invader Zim”… American artist…). Same with some of the content… Like, some of the random, violent moments.
Okay, it’s kinda like a mix between “SQUEE!” and the anime movie “Dead Leaves”… If you can wrap your head around a mix between those two, good job.
Honestly, it’s… Okay. It isn’t BAD, but… it isn’t good. The males are all basically old-school, cliché-looking shojo-characters. The females and children are all kinda… weird-looking. It’s not that I don’t like the art, but it seems really… Uninspired? For instance, the FLCL manga has really strange art… But it’s strange, quirky and GOOD at the same time… This art is just kinda… weird. The artist (who is not Ikuhara… He doesn’t draw manga .-.) can MAKE good art, that’s for sure… But, IDK… It seems kinda half-assed… At least FLCL’s weird art doesn’t feel half-assed.
Agh, don’t get me wrong… It’s not BAD, per se… The artist isn’t just scribbling around and making blobs. They make presentable art, but… It feels that some nice art could have made this manga better. Nothing seinen or anything like that… It could be GOOD and quirky, but the lack of shadow, real forms and dark-to-light transitions (not shadows, but dark-to-light…) kinda ruin it… Sometimes the frames seem to mesh together in a gigantic mess of black or white, and it’s sometimes hard to follow one frame to the next… Y’know what I’m saying?
A higher point in this manga, IMO. However, as the art, they seem kinda uninspired… Like, you know how Tite Kubo wrote the plot for Bleach in fifteen minutes? It almost feels the artist of this manga did the same. It feels like he sat down and scribbled out a few characters, calling it good and giving them all names and that was it… We literally have NO backgrounds on ANY of these characters, and we don’t find out why the hell Sera and this bear-dude are running away, or what they’re even doing in a car in the first place… It wasn’t until chapter like, three or four where we’re given a bit of story; or ever PLOT, for that matter.
I really do ENJOY it, but it really could be BETTER… I’m not saying it’s bad, so don’t get that conclusion. It’s just… not something most people would read any day. It has a certain level of quirkiness that if you’re a fan of Dead Leaves, FLCL or Penguindrum’s less serious moments, you will enjoy this somewhat. Still, after 12 chapters, nothing has happened, really… and that leads me to-
Overall: 6.5/10… which I’ll round to the nearest number… which is a seven… so… 7/10
Again, not bad, not great, nothing really special. You may enjoy it, though, and that’d be great ;P I’m not saying that “this is the final verdict and you must obey!” at all. I’m just being honest to myself here… I want to say “OOOOHHH IKUHARA-SAMA, YOU’RE SO FABULOUS-MAX~ 10/10desu!” but I’d be lying to you, myself and everybody else on MAL… Well, Ikuhara is awesome, but this manga gets no 10/10 from me. I’ll save my 10/10s for something better ;T like Penguindrum 2 (OMG, JK…).
So, give it a shot if you will, but if you’re looking for something controversial, look towards Ikuhara’s other works. If you stumbled across this manga because it’s considered “shojo” (honestly, it’s pretty much just “WTF” and “comedy”…), look elsewhere… Or if you want a quirky, controversial shojo manga, just read Maria Holic (or watch the anime which, IMO, is better than the manga… I don’t recommend season two, however. It was “meh” at best…).
Anywho, I’ve said enough. Nothing great, nothing bad… Just… weird. The end…
12 of 12 episodes seen
Here's the thing about Shining Hearts: it's based off an RPG... and it tries following the RPG-feel...
If you play JRPGs, you know that sometimes (if not most of the time), it takes a while before the game really starts getting into the story. We'll get tons of great (or... hopefully great) fights until the story finally unfolds.
The thing about Shining Hearts is that... well, being that it's about a JRPG about baking, it's not all that exciting as far as story goes. The Shining series is so different from Hearts. Honestly, it's kind of a disappointment as far as the games go. Hearts really IS a cutesy take on the series, but being that every game prior to Hearts is pretty dark and more serious, it's kinda weird to see the series take on such a happy role .-.
I'm only speaking for the Genesis versions, because that are the only ones I've only really PLAYED (I played a bit of one on the PS2, though).
Every episode is pretty much the same thing... They bake bread; deliver bread; go to sleep.
I'm not saying it's bad, because I find it extremely adorable... but that's probably because of the three sexy girls who surround the main character constantly.
It's really light hearted, but... It seems like it's just done wrong.
I love the Harvest Moon games, but I would never want an anime adaption... It's about farming, and that'd be boring to watch.
Shining Hearts is about a bakery, and that's boring to watch.
The plot is about a bunch of people washing ashore an island lately, and we actually don't find out why this is happening until the last two episodes... That's bad-writing, IMO, to only find out what's going on as the show's ending. Also, despite being based off of a JRPG, there's little-to-no action until the last two episodes. The only action we see earlier on is a little tidbit inside the castle between the main character Ric and a thief...
Action is part of the story, so I thought it should've been mentioned that there's barely any action in this anime.
Really good character-design; not bad animation. Everything's "pretty", so I'm cool with that. The girls are extremely cute... I mean extremely. However, our male protagonist seems uninspired for a JRPG protagonist... No spikey hair, no giant-ass sword, no shoulder pads that are inhumanly-possible to wear...
I guess what I'm trying to say is that... this anime is focusing too much on the females in character-design... Kinda like Strike Bitc-... I mean... Strike Witches...
Nothing that personally interests me, but it's fitting... Well, save for the ending theme... It's quite cutesy and poppy, and it definitely doesn't fit. Surprisingly, it's my favorite song in the entire anime (DAT DANCE). Voices aren't bad, though.
Like I said, uninspired male protagonist... but not just in design; in personality, too. He pretty much gets no screen-time, and is kinda... quiet...
Female characters are all awesome, though! This nun chick and nekomimi are so incredibly cute (and there's even a loli... who has no point in the show besides on episode or so...)!
Besides the female characters, I think this anime is lacking in creativity. Even then, the females are seemingly re-hashed, run-of-the-mill anime girls...
I don't understand why, but I enjoy this anime... I know a lot of people don't seem to enjoy it, and I honestly don't blame them. It's boring... boring as hell... but also incredibly cute and light-hearted.
I don't understand how they bake such elaborate types of bread with out-dated baking equipment, though...
I think I'm one of the few to think so highly of this anime (with a straight face). I'm not saying it's great at all, because it's not great... It's nothing new. However, it's not BAD. The thing is, if it weren't for these female characters, I think most of us would have dropped it before it ended. Really, there's nothing going for it besides great female characters (and I'm not saying that in a pervy manner... Really, the female characters are the strongest point in this anime!).
In the end, it's left up to taste. If you like harem anime and JRPGs (and bread), give this a shot. If not, don't bother, because the selling point is the chicks. read more
5 of 6 episodes seen
I kid you not, this is the weird, dumbest and most insane gag-humor anime I have ever seen...
From the mind that created "Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei," I have to say Katte ni Kaizou is even MORE absurd, if you can believe that...
Basically, it's Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei meets Bobobo... Can you wrap your mind around that? No? Me neither... I'm still wondering how an anime like this words... but the thing is: it works, and that's what matters most.
It's so dumb, it's funny!
Katsu Kaizou is a 17-year-old super-genius cyborg who believes in aliens... and stuff...
Well, that's the gist of the story, give or take...
He's really just a weird-ass kid who believes he's a cyborg...
So yea, the story revolves around this 17-year-old boy and his attending of a normal high school setting.
Nothing really happens throughout the OVA, though... It's pretty much the same thing we have in Zetsubou Sensei, where the characters discuss the most incredibly absurd subjects...
Except, in Katte ni Kaizou, the conversations are even... weirder!!
Simply, but amazingly animated. It could be the crappiest anime in the world, but if it's animated by SHAFT, then it's going to look beautiful visually.
Even with the simplistic designs in everything, it's still amazingly animated...
If you've seen Zetsubou Sensei, then you know the art-style. It's almost exactly the same!!
Weird-ass opening and weird-ass ending... But the weirdness fits this weird anime ;)
Voices all seem to fit...
There's nothing to really say here that hasn't been said!!
Just like Zetsubou Sensei (again!!), it's entirely character-based. This anime relies on the interaction between characters and the execution of gag-jokes...
The characters are so insanely whacky that it feels like I'm watching Bobobo all over again...
I've already discussed the main character, but take him for example... Quirky, right?
I'm not really sure what else to say... All you need to know is that they're... insane... all of them...
I love a good gag-humor anime! I want more Katte ni Kaizou!! With how long-running the manga was (which I have not read... I don't know where to find it...), I wish the anime was long-running, too! I want more of these incredibly whacky characters, I tell you!!!
Anywho, it's hilarious, quirky, well-animated and has the perfect director for the job: Akiyuki Shinbo!!! He seems to love doing the weirdest anime ;)
GREAT yet SHORT gag-anime. If you're like me and want more Zetsubou Sensei or other various gag-animes, give this one a try. If you're a fan of the genre and don't mind the sexual jokes (which are pretty abundant in this anime!!! I forgot to mention: a lot of sex jokes...), try out Katte ni Kaizou ;) read more