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20 minutes ago
Kotonoha no Niwa (Anime) add
mrlmaokun
The thing about this movie, it's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. There is nothing wrong with it. I cannot find one single flaw.

I don't think any anime will ever come close to this masterpiece.
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23 minutes ago
Glasslip (Anime) add
Swordsman_Crona
As a disclaimer I will let you know that I'm only on episode nine of Glasslip. There may be one or two small spoilers, nothing major.

The series, Glasslip, started out rocky. But many series that go places and turn out to be good sometimes do; I'll use Steins;Gate as an example. If you give a series with a rough beginning a chance it might develop into a decent, or in the case of Stein;gate, fantastic series. Glasslip does not do this,in fact I'm going to tell you don't even bother watching the first episode. From the extremely confusing and bizarre beginning, Glasslip, starts in a read more
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vigorousjammer
The story in this Detective Conan film is a bit of a mixed bag. There's plenty of thrilling action scenes that are really fun and exciting to watch, but in-between all of that is a pretty lackluster treasure hunt mystery. While I won't spoil the solution for you, I will say that it's not quite as ingenious or well-written as many of the other solutions in the main show. This left the story, as a whole, feeling kind of average and lackluster.

The art is along the same lines, as well. During those action scenes, there's some really impressive stuff, but in-between those scenes, it looked read more
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44 minutes ago
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (Anime) add
bearvarine
Story of high school romance among opposites...

Study bug Mizutani Shizuku meets juvenile delinquent Yoshida Haru and somehow the initial sparks of fury kindle a love story.

It is not a bad story, but it moves very slowly and the actions of the key protagonists can be frustrating, inserting unnecessarily drama into a story that misses many opportunities for developing deeper connections among the core group of friends. The ending is OK but I felt that it was truncated abruptly, as if plans for a second season were dropped at the last minute.
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47 minutes ago
Monogatari Series: Second Season (Anime) add
bearvarine
Answers a lot of questions left from the first season...

OK, I must admit the Monogatari series leaves me with mixed feelings. On one level, it is one of the more difficult shows to follow the story line. Then, add to that, a lot of inner dialog that borders on the neurotic and you have a show that can become tedious to watch. However, there is a good payoff because the characters are interesting, as are the reveals at the end of each vignette.

Do watch the series from the beginning (Bakemonogatari, Niseimonogatari, Monogatari) to fully understand and enjoy all the subplots.
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53 minutes ago
Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (Anime) add
Akai_Shuichi
As an anime from the 80s, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu, or Legend of the Galactic Heroes (LOGH from now on) has become one of the big anime old classics, and with good reason.

Because it's an old anime, you can't expect the best animation sequences or anything close to what you can see now, almost 30 years later, but LOGH still managed to age perfectly well, as it never really relied on such things.

LOGH is a series with a lot of detail, were the main part of a battle isn't the fight itself, but the planning of it. What is really important is strategy and tactics. You read more
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56 minutes ago
Another (Anime) add
bearvarine
Nicely Done Horror Mystery...

What I liked about this story was that there were so many different mysteries that were presented and then eventually explained over the course of the show. The animation was absolutely excellent, and I enjoyed the voice acting, particularly for Mei Misaki.

I took points away for very shallow character development, with the exception of the two lead characters Mei and Koichi. More points off for a little too much graphic violence. Towards the end we have a bit too much unrealistic mass hysteria as well. Finally we never really get to find out fully what the source of the yearly evil disturbance read more
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59 minutes ago
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (2009) (Anime) add
bearvarine
Cute At Times, But Terrible Storytelling...

Sorry to everyone else that loved this show, but I think it only deserved 4/10 -- i.e. "below average". Here's why:

The entire story line basically didn't make any sense. There is supposed to be a super-secret time traveling alien beings affecting everyday life, but this part of the story is completely botched. On the one hand, we have Haruhi who starts out quietly and smugly ignoring everyone, and then suddenly picks Kyon to become her partner in starting a school club. From that point on, she's hyper full of energy, sociable and wanting to be involved in everything. What made read more
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1 hour ago
Shuffle! (Anime) add
bearvarine
A fun anime series worth watching...

Shuffle is a harem-style anime. The story is a little contrived, in that three of the girls interested in our hero Rin are daughters of supernatural beings. Still, you get to know all the characters and eventually you can't help but have your favorite girl. Towards the end, there are various adventures, both every-day and supernatural. I by the middle of the series, I was definitely rooting for one girl in particular, but in the end I was disappointed with our hero's final choice. I would have given this show only 6/10, but since Rin did make a choice in read more
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1 hour ago
Haibane Renmei (Anime) add
bearvarine
Amazing storytelling with a compelling plot and beautiful art...

I watched this anime series after first seeing a couple other series with a similar theme (death and afterlife), namely Anohana and Angel Beats. While I enjoyed those, this series was far and away more captivating by every measure -- story telling, pacing, art work, dialog, drama and mystery.

The story begins with a girl (later named Rakka) plummeting to earth in a strange land wherein there is one large village and countryside, but all surrounded by impenetrable walls. She lands as a seedling in a place inhabited by angelic-looking creatures known as the Haibane, and grows into read more
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1 hour ago
Angel Beats! (Anime) add
bearvarine
A story about fighting against life's unfairness...

Very interesting story about a young man who dies and finds himself in a purgatory-like world. There, the dead are supposed to find peace and acceptance of their lives even if they died tragically too young and too unfairly. But a certain group of students is angry with God and refuses to go along with the program, and are punished repeatedly by a guardian angel. At times it is a bit difficult to follow the logic of the world this story takes place in, but eventually it becomes clearer.

The story has a lot of individual characters, and just when read more
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bearvarine
A beautiful story about loss, grieving and moving on...

Anohana is a story about the loss of a childhood friend. It explores what it means to grieve the loss of someone very close, acceptance and moving on afterwards, no matter how hard that may be. I must admit that it brought a few tears to my eyes all the way through the story. The ending was a little surprising, I think that's why it in particular was so emotionally overwhelming. In 11 episodes, you grow to know all the characters and all their secret desires, both childhood and present. No one could want to "say goodbye" read more
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1 hour ago
Myself ; Yourself (Anime) add
bearvarine
Pretty good dramatic story, with some flaws...

This series works through a fairly dramatic story line. It stays focused on the main characters, so you get to understand some of the dynamics of each person and between the characters. There is somewhat of a "train wreck" ending, but not completely. Some loose ends were left perhaps in the event of a second season, but that seems unlikely at this point.

The problem with series, and the main reason why I only gave it 4 stars, is that many of the main dramatic events in were so unbelievable that the story began to lose its credulity. I think read more
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1 hour ago
Wagaya no Oinari-sama. (Anime) add
bearvarine
Interesting and enjoyable series, but lacks focus and closure

I watched all 24 episodes of this series, so it was interesting enough to keep me coming back for more. What I liked about it was the core characters -- the brothers Toru and Noboru, Tenko Kugen, and the Mamorime. Their dialog was warm and left one hoping they could all become a family together for the long term. The plot is mostly about how the younger brother Toru is at risk from malevolent yokai from the spirit world who desire to capture him for various reasons. The story suffers here from a lack of continuity and read more
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1 hour ago
Sukitte Ii na yo. (Anime) add
bearvarine
The ultimate teen romance story

This story was just so wonderful, touching, and heart-warming I hardly know where to begin.

In the beginning we have Tachibana Mei beginning her year in high school with no friends. In fact, she's been picked on and mistreated so many times in the past that she's given up on the idea of friendships at school, much less a relationship with a boy. Meanwhile, Kurosawa Yamato, one of the most popular boys at school is being swarmed by pretty girls all vying for his attention. He notices Mei after she lashes out at someone pranking her and accidentally "round-house kicks" him into read more
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bearvarine
An enjoyable story with interesting drama.

This was a pretty good teen romance story, with mysteries and a modest amount of little sister complex stuff woven in. Its not exactly emotionally gripping, like Oreimo was, but it is nearly as cute.

The story is about a young man named Shougo Mikadono, who is the only son of the head of a huge and successful company. Unfortunately his father has passed away, but his dying wish was for Shougo to find a bride by the time he completes high school. So his mother arranges for him to attend Miryuin Acadamy in the hopes he would find a read more
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1 hour ago
Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! (Anime) add
bearvarine
Enjoyable story, no train wreck at the end!

This story was cute and enjoyable. The premise is that three sisters are being raised by their uncle Yuuta, who is still in high school. It had a tragic thread woven into it, but in a sense that was necessary to drive the story line. Beyond the early tragedy, the story stayed fairly lighthearted and cute the entire time, with some occasional serious moments here and there. The voice acting and music was well done and added to the enjoyment of the story. I recommend this if you want to enjoy a shorter and lighter anime series.
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2 hours ago
Mai-Otome (Anime) add
bearvarine
Crazy exciting and dramatic action adventure!

Mai Otome (is also known as Mai HiME Z [z for zwei which is German for 2]).

This is a 26 episode spinoff of the original Mai HiME series. The storyline begins in the far future, hundreds of years beyond the time of the original Mai HiME story. In it we find a curious mix of characters who are similar to, but not the same as, the original Mai HiME cast. Our hero in the Mai Otome series is the young Arika Yumemiya, who was an infant of a famous Otome (guardian valkyrie maiden) who was miraculously saved from being killed read more
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2 hours ago
Canary (Anime) add
vigorousjammer
Canary tells a pretty simple slice-of-life story about a band trying to get back together and make it to the upcoming festival concert. It's not a very complex tale, but despite that, it's a bit hard to follow at points. However, some of the scenes are presented pretty decently, and it has some alright moments here and there.

The real problem I have with it are the characters, though... as they're just entirely bland and uninteresting. It makes it difficult to care about the story at all, especially one as simple as we have here.

The animation is passable, but it's bogged down by the crummy read more
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2 hours ago
Mai-HiME (Anime) add
bearvarine
Great story, but surprisingly tragic ending

This is a story about a girl Mai Tokiha and her brother Takumi who transfer into a new school. Mai quickly becomes involved in a strange disaster, and discovers she has been marked along with a few other girls at the school to be HiMEs -- controllers of giant Mecha weapons. The story unfolds with a mix of friendships and love interests being explored while dealing with repeated appearances of demon-like creatures that have to be fought off. The drama intensifies, and characters who were once allies turn against the main group of HiMEs, causing a lot of pain and read more
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