12 of 12 episodes seen
Since people love this anime, as a writer, it makes it hard on me to diss this anime. But not that hard.
So, lets get to it. I... sort of like it. It's really hard to "score" some anime, to give it a numerical value. Gungrave for example. There was so much I loved about it, but one aspect just ticked me off that it almost ruined the whole ride. Katanagatari was like that.
You have a whole quest story all set up, throw in some bug eyed ninjas, cool japanese words that have cool deadly meanings, lets even have throw in some sexually suggestive behavior while we're at it. It's all going so great. Then...
oh f***. at the very end, you realize that this anime could have been over before it began. someone was just holding back. what the hell? i don't care if producers felt that there was very little "bad ass" factor and was worried it wouldn't sell well unless they made it josei. you don't just sponteneously introduce something like that and pretend its beautiful character development.
oops, i failed to mark out the great things about this anime. believe it or not, this anime does have some high points, quite a few.
but i'm not going to talk about any. everyone else has already praised this anime to death, so go read what they have to say. i'm just here playing devil's advocate. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Let's see, nothing much in terms of spoilers, although this anime was pretty spoiled to begin with. Before I even started watching this anime, I was bombarded with negative criticisms. I just thought, "You guys are a bunch of haters, I'm watching it anyways." Me and my big mouth. At times I wondered whether I might have nightmares about the poor quality of the anime.
Okay, to prevent ranting, let's go in a systematic manner.
Story: Story? Oh yeah, story. I think the people who made this anime forgot a few times that in order for an anime to be good, the story needs to be reasonable. At times, I was frustrated with how several rather important details were ignored by the characters. Although, the twist at the very end did leave promise for a good sequel. Hope, I smell hope. That and blood.
Art: It's CLAMP. Don't worry the friggin' arts fine.
Sound: "Yes, I felt the sound of rushing blood out of the arteries of the demon and past the face of heroine were rather convincing. No, I would not like fries with that."
Character: Yeah, I guess there were characters. Let's get one thing straight though. The first few episodes were totally misleading in terms of character development. I think about halfway they just decided to make a different anime.
Enjoyment: Wait, why is this a category?
Overall: Okay, this wasn't actually as bad a picture as I may have painted it out to be, although I seem to be out of red paint, if you get my drift. Let's just say they don't call it BLOOD-C for nothing. The story dipped and dived at times, and so did my enthusiasm, but honestly, and for reasons that I'm not too sure of, I can't wait for the sequel movie. read more
13 of 13 episodes seen
That pretty much sums up Canaan. Now you don't have to watch it. Hooray.
However, Canaan is, in my opinion, a very important anime to watch. It presents a very important lesson to anime watchers; you can do anything with a cliched storyline. That includes screwing it up to the point where it is unrecognizable besides a few lines that pop up now and then.
Canaan could have been a lot of different things. It could have been a love story. It could have been a psychological thriller. It could have been a complete farce. It could have been a horror story. If this anime had stopped to focus on any one of these aspects, it could have pulled off something amazing. Instead, someone thought that the best way to really create an anime story is to throw all of the cliches from each of these stories, put them in a pot, and turn up the heat. What was produced was something that resembled somewhat edible swamp sludge. It was messed up, with some genuine good parts.
I think that it was did a good job overall though, since it is pretty obvious that putting all of that stuff together doesn't work, but they tried it anyways. They just sort of wanted to see if what would come out might have some element to it that was good. It did. That would be a spoiler though. Watch it. You can judge for yourself if it was a waste of time for you. In fact, you might just redefine your own personal meaning for, "waste of time." read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
This series is something someone might watch if they feel guilty watching hentai. This is getting close to that thin line between dignity and disgrace. It tries very hard to find the morality in a master-slave relationship. In fact, it might even be considered admirable. However, I found it a harrowing experience.
Throughout watching this, I was continuously worried about the state of mind of the creators of this anime. They must have been playing H-games the night before the deadline for their show was due, and the producers were probably desperate and buzzed. It kind of saddened me.
If anything nice can really be said about this anime, than I don't know of a way to say it with a straight face. I don't really like writing poor reviews on things, but I just had to. At least it was worth even thinking about it a second time. That's one of the reasons I didn't write a scathing review on School Days. I just didn't want it to stay in my head.
All in all, this was not as bad as School Days, but I would not recommend it to anyone I know. Let's just leave it at that. Every anime viewer has to maintain some level of dignity. This is not worth it if you want to retain that level. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
From this alone you can make a list of anime a mile long: Rahxephon, Guilty Crown, Code Geass, Full Metal Alchemist, Shakugan no Shana. These are just a few of the many anime that have followed in the footsteps of this masterpiece.
As a whole, we measure great anime by their lasting impact. Evangelion definitely had one of the biggest impacts in the industry by far. However, that is the way we measure it as the public in general. It really is hard to say specifically what you loved about an anime that changed you. Therefore, we come up with words like "revolutionary" or "game-changing". These are general relative terms that really aren't much different from how the entire world views the anime from afar. It's like giving a person who hasn't seen the anime a perception of it without them actually participating in the experience, which is whole point.
Therefore, hopefully, I will be able to shed some more light on my personal reasons for loving this anime.
First off, the story was phenomenal. It was a clearly original idea that combined creation myth/christian symbolism with bloody humanity and war. Escapism meets conformity. Tradition meets the winds of change. It creates a stew of mixed intentions until the mixture begins to poor out in anticipation. Romance is thrown in there with the same mood as the rest of the story. Really, if there is a two word description of this anime it's "uncomfortably stimulating". Romance is thrown in and one might think of it as awkward. In fact, that is the whole point. It throws more into the mind of an utterly messed up main character. It's rare to find a story with depth in both theme and character development. Although, if I may be allowed to interject my sad opinion, after watching Evangelion: Death and Rebirth, I feel kind of sad that nothing ended up happening between Ikari and Asuka. Oh well. It's all about the anticlimactic ending. Like "it's over? Yeah, I guess so."
Second off, one thing that was mentioned already. The characters are developed until the viewers brains start to pour out of their ears. It just gets sooooo intense in terms of the realness of the characters. It's not as if you could see yourself being them, or that they could ever actually be real people, but the fact that despite that you still pity them deeply is just testament to the great care that the writers took in writing and creating this series.
Now, one thing I must say before ending off. The last two episodes were not a mistake. If anything, I felt they helped. It ended up being just one huge scientific experiment of the Ikari's mind. It was weird, I'll grant you that. However, it did not take away from the anime's quality. I don't want to hear any garbage about the fact that they spent to much money and they ran out of budget so they just made a slideshow. The fact of the matter is, the last two episodes were extremely high quality despite the budget restrictions. If you weren't patient enough to notice that, good luck liking any of the other episodes, or even understanding the great depth of the story.
Neon Genesis Evangelion deserves all of the praise and the criticism that it gets, because that's what anime is there for. It's a dartboard for ideas and emotions. Evangelion just raised the stakes a little. The only difference between those who loved it and those who hated it is that some were prepared and the others weren't, which is completely fine. However, I think it is crucial that every avid anime viewer at least try Evangelion. It gives a unique insight into what an anime can become once it becomes almost a legend. Remember, what you can't sense has much more power over you than what you can control. read more
24 of 24 episodes seen
If you like school stories, or elaborate, character enveloping back stories, this anime has it in spades. I can't help but not like this anime is some respects, but it isn't perfect. No anime can be(although I know a few that get pretty damn close). I might not be giving this anime all of the credit it deserves, but I am giving it some. read more