12 of 12 episodes seen
Story - 8
With all the time traveling we got last year this comes right at the right time. The story started off with a lot of potential and continued holding on the suspense factor till the last episode. Why are you people complaining about it? Do you like plots where you know everything from the first minute of the first episode? I personally enjoyed making theories about what the hell is happening while drooling over some bishies and have my heart thump because of some sweet, cheesy lines I'd never recognize I like in real life. The explanations we got in the last episode was quite well made and we slowly managed to connect everything piece by piece. The last regression clip to when the heroine first died was nicely made too. It would have been nicer if the heroine seemed more alive.
Art - 7
Am I the only one that remained astounded by the character design? I was sad the quality seemed to drop sometimes though, like there started to be too many closeups, the characters stopped moving that much and it all went static like in the last episodes and sometimes the guys seemed taller than how they usually are which made me make fun of them quite a lot. Example: Ukyo and the trees in the alleyway, Ikki in the hospital room, Ukyo when laying down.
Sound - 9
Great! just great! If i could i'd buy the soundtrack. I'm addicted to the ending and opening of this anime. The first time I actually abuse the replay button on my mp4 in a while.
Character - 6
They are not stereotypes. They start off as stereotypes but they're not and the most obvious example is Toma for very obvious reasons, obvious reasons that probably paralyzed you in your chair having an amused or surprised "oh god" expression on your face. The guys were all characterized pretty beautifully. The only problem is the heroine. And I once again complain about her. She has no will of her own, no actual impressions, average amount of feelings. If I could dress a doll as the heroine and replace her with the doll then you won't even notice the change. She just goes from "eh" to "oh" and then "O-O" and then "staaaaaaare*. I hated how Orion was removed from almost all the anime. He could have made her a little bit more enjoyable.
Enjoyment - 7
counting how Amnesia was the only anime that managed to keep me waiting in anticipation each Monday for the raw version, then Yes I enjoyed it.
Overall - 7
It tried to follow the otome game as much as it could afford. I liked how all characters had their route animated. FINALLY. And all the jumping in time actually had sense so every fangirl had their love love scenes with their favorite guy and everybody's happy. Anyway, I'd like to ask of those who read this review...please don't bash it too hard. Amnesia it's really misunderstood and underrated. Somebody that didn't play the game might find it harder to enjoy it as one that already played it. I also felt disappointed at some scenes, but overall, it is not a failure with no sense at all to deserve a rating from Bad to Horrible and Pathetic. Try looking at the bright parts of it too and not only at the few bad parts. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
I have to recognize Arcana Famiglia, despite having a really good start and premise, after the first episode, it just gets dragged with random events making it look boring and completely unrelated to the real deal which is the Arcana Duello, with Felicita jumping to one guy to another all the time in order to flesh their personalities more. But I really don't have anybody to blame for it since Arcana Famiglia has a massive cast and in 12 episodes they just tried to develop every character as much as they could, which made them omit a lot of stuff to give space to something else that was considered more important, which in the end became a total mess and disappointment for those that really looked forward to a good anime. The only thing I can reproach is that the anime would have been better if the producers would have chosen a guy for Felicita to concentrate on more than the others or, even if differently from the game, they could have inserted some dynamical movement to it if the Arcana Duello would have started after the first 2-3 fillers and going on with a fight for a whole episode then bring in other 2 filler episode so we could have slowly found out about the characters' issues with eachother. For example I was yearning to see the fight between Luca and Jolly animated but it never came and I had to stick with the short versions of Liberta vs. Dante and Nova vs. Sumire when they randomly decided to make a love triangle out of Arcana Famiglia instead of a reverse harem. xD
The only praise I could give to the anime without thinking of the game is the comedy and art but that's all there is to it. Okay, i was also pleasantly surprised to have most of the last part of Jolly's route animated even though they could make him seem less of the bastard he actually he is, but at the same time they had Luca and Pace completely overshadowed by him, Liberta and Nova which was a real shame, despite me adoring Nova over all possible means.
All this said I think I don't really have anything more to add. The art was pretty high quality despite the low budget, which I think could have been a little higher because the PSP game was a complete innovation to otome gaming with it looking more like a picture drama than an otome, but hey! We all like ecchi harem stuff more so let's invest more in that type eh? *is completely ironic over here*
*deep sigh* Here is how another epic otome game was completely destroyed and misjudged because of an anime adaption. xD read more
22 of 22 episodes seen
If you're looking for a "normal" high school slice of life then Hyouka might be or may be not what you're looking for. Either way, it is quite enjoyable and you will be drawn to it right from the first few episodes. (mostly if you're a fan of mysteries). The best part about Hyouka is that the author didn't try bringing in ridiculous and impossible mysteries which can be somehow explained thanks to some demonic or magical force. No. This is all about development, a story where "normal life" turns out to be interesting with all the rumors, object disappearances or hidden reasoning and feelings high school students might have. Also it gives off an important lesson: everybody has a hidden talent, being it skills at observing and memorizing or putting different ideas together to resolve a certain situation or even knowing bits of everything and be a human database, but even so many would fail to see what they're really good at.
I gave it a 9 though because at the end of it all something just felt incomplete. But not necessarily. Maybe I was just sad it ended. xD
Typical KyoAni. Which is really good since I tend to love all animes KyoAni put their hands on. The angles, the sceneries (like the sky, water, trees) but also expressions and the focus they put on the characters' eyes was just amazing from my point of view. The art is pretty soft too and tries to avoid contorted faces and unusual movements as much as possible. The openings are also pretty original, like the water droplets on the images which made Hyouka's first opening my favorite of the season.
I gave a 10 to the sound. Why? Well because i just couldn't help but replay some scenes because the damn music was so intense. And Hotarou's explanations would just become more epic because of that music. A kind of horror-like soft song that sends both anticipation and suspense. There was another track that would start playing right after or when a character would make a personal confession which also felt pretty intense and almost like you can get the idea of how the character really feels. OP-ED included too, outstanding sound.
The development all the characters got in only 22 episodes That's why the characters get a 9. The first episodes seemed like they stabilized stereotypes as the 4 main characters and this is how they'll be for the entire series. well no. They all change. They all go through a constant changing, because of what happens around them or the people they meet so at the end of the series you just can't help but smile thinking of how many characters we might have initially misjudged. Hotarou, the main and his friend, Satoshi, I think went through the biggest changes of heart.
All those things above said, are you even wondering why I gave a 9 to enjoyment? xD I would have given it a 9,5 but MAL doesn't allow half votes unfortunately. read more
13 of 13 episodes seen
Despite this, this anime made me enjoy myself pretty much.
Story - 9/10
Simple but catching. The War between Hades and Athena and some dramatic inserts of the two to make it even more enjoyable. Include Pegasus in all this and you get a perfect mix of fights, drama and betrayals.
Art - 9/10
What can I say about it? The art was one of the elements that made me watch this series so you can guess form that how much I enjoyed it xD The design of the characters were fitting and the panoramas were just gorgeous.
Sound - 8/10
I didn't really like the opening song. My inner self was just screaming "Japanese people! stay away from English please!". Besides that it felt way too ..errr...children-series type of song, thing that's wrong since SY - Lost Canvas is a pretty dark series overall.
I have nothing to complain about the ending though. It was pretty and moving.
The insert songs between the scenes were good enough to make the right atmosphere so again, nothing to complain about it.
Character - 9/10
This is one thing that surprised me about this anime. Some of the characters, like Pieces and Virgo Gold Saints, even if they appeared in only 2-3 episodes of the series, that was enough to make me fall in love with them. The character development of the characters in such a short amount of time was outstanding.
The same with Yato, which I only thought will be a secondary character that everybody will forget once he gets off screen. I was wrong! lol xDD
Another character that surprised me was Alone, that despite everything he continued to cherish his past memories with his friends, deep inside his heart, even in his condition. The relationship between Alone, Tenma and Sasha was also really moving thinking about their present roles. So thumbs up to it.
Enjoyment - 8/10
I just gave it an 8 because of some fighting scenes that seemed awkward to me.
Overall - 8/10
8 because of the same reason as above but overall I really, really enjoy it and I am looking forward to the next season.
14 of 15 chapters read
Ok, first of all I have to say that this manga caught my eye the first time I saw it in the manga shop. Maybe because the Italian name for it was "Guardian Devil" which sounded intriguing enough for a romantic comedy so I instantly bought the first volume and I was just amazed at the simple plot this manga had but at the same time it could be catching and hilarious in many ways. I also especially loved the transition between the "doki doki" moments and the slight drama of Asami, mostly when she was dealing with her feelings for Akira or her and her dad's economical problems.
One of the bad things (but not necessarily) is that besides Asami and Akira, the other characters tended to be ignored most of the time after their first appearance, the manga focusing more on the development of the main leaders. These secondary characters could be spotted somewhere in the backgrounds sometimes doing random things but there were really forgettable overall. I personally don't remember the names of any of the secondary characters xD
Another thing I regretted was that Shouri no Akuma has only 3 volumes and the ending of it seemed rushed and too sudden even though it was definitely cute. Also some things I think we needed to know were completely ignored too and left without being properly explained. (example: why Akira's father didn't want Asami to start frequenting his son in the first place, or what exactly happened in the end with the little girl that affirmed she hated Akira etc.)
Art - 8/10
Pretty but sometimes everybody kind of look the same xD Also, all the boys, not only Akira, have big round eyes and seem too feminine.
Character - 7/10
Akira is definitely the "light" of Shouri no Akuma that makes everybody near him shine too, mostly Asami.
Another interesting thing of the main leaders is that Akira is extravagant, egocentric, narcissistic, cheerful, moody and seems like he doesn't care about anything that's not fun, while Asami is his exact opposite: serious, systematic, intelligent, the type of girl that thinks before acting. This opposition between the two can make them the perfect pairing in the eyes of everybody (and I'm one that doesn't like canon pairings in the first place xD).
Besides, the protagonists we have the secondary characters. Each one of them (or most of them) had the spotlight for at least one chapter but they're pretty forgettable because they tend to be ignored after their "arc" is finished, the story focusing more on the development of the relationship between Akira and Asami.
I think what I said above is already enough for you to understand why I enjoyed this. xD
Shouri no Akuma is short, simple, the ending has many things left in mid-air but in this case, it worked ridiculously good. xD
So I can say I recommend this to every fan of romantic comedies and mangas with "traps" ^^ read more