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Jul 8, 2013
Diamond Dust (Manga) add
inzaratha
Diamond Dust is a powerful manhwa story that does not hesitate in portraying strong emotions and tragedy in the story of two young creative people - it's a story about how a chance meeting with someone can have such a powerful effect on your life that is changes it forever.

Moon Hye Rin is a young piano prodigy whose parents do not let her do anything but music. She practices all day, is homeschooled, does not socialize and has to wear gloves to protect her hands.

When she meets an independent musician JooWon by chance when on tour, she is transformed by the experience of someone who has freedom and loves his music with his whole heart and plays because he wants to play and what and where he wants to play not because he is told to. The story follows their decision to love despite tragedy.

This story will make you cry.

I read this as a webtoon and in that way there is music on the daum site which plays along with it for my fellow music lovers out there.

Now that it is finished it is being published as a paperback AND being made into a drama for you K drama fans.

This is more of a seinen or a josei - ( although it's a manhwa and those tags don't quite fit but I would not categorize this as a shounen at all ) They are young adults. The art, the music and the story are all so good. It is a tragedy so parts of this story are rough emotionally.

Because this story does not deviate from a strong course I would consider this a masterpiece a 10 - Bravo - to the maestro writer / artist for making a manhwa that reads like a piece of music that makes you cry. I absolutely loved this.
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May 16, 2015
Tokyo Ghoul (Anime) add
YorouzoyaHouse
You know how they say "If you are going to start something, you should know how to finish it." Well you should also know what to do in between all that, else it is going to look like a complete mess. (I'll follow my "Bash first, praise later" policy in this review.)

Tokyo Ghoul is an anime which gives you one hell of an introduction to it, but fails to satisfy all that anticipation that it builds up with the first two episodes. See, the story starts off as a very engaging psychological thriller with Kaneki dealing with his newborn inner ghoul self which just wants to rip apart and gobble up a human being. He is having inner conversations with Rize and they do a good job on portraying that psychological battle between the two personas that are now inside him. But then in the third episode, all of this just fades away. The whole look and feel of the anime changes from a thriller to a sort of a slice of life anime. (maybe I'm exaggerating a little) And this transition is quite disappointing because it is just too sudden.

But this isn't where the problem ends, this is where you start asking questions like "Just what are ghouls anyway?", "Why doesn't the food taste good to them?","What the hell is a kagune?" And the anime absolutely refuses to answer any of those questions. It reminds me of this trick that most shonen anime use. They never fully define everything about their world so they can later overpower any character they want and it wouldn't contradict the previously established storyline. But here, they don't even give you a basic introduction to what ghouls really are. They just exist. And what that does is, it gives the writer complete freedom over everything, which results in BS asspulls (for example, what they did in Naruto Shippuden). And that is just playing dirty and it only creates more and more plotholes as the story progresses.

Also the anime just completely crushes all the potential it sometimes shows in the middle. The most prominent one being a relationship between a Ghoul and a Human and how a human who has feelings for a ghoul would deal with the whole "I must eat human flesh to survive" thing. You would expect them to show you a beautiful portrayal of that, but instead what you get is just a stupid kidnap with unnecessary drama just to develop a bland character.
Not only that, we never get to see the opposite of that. I was hoping to see how Kaneki was going to let his best friend know about his condition (or maybe Touka telling her best friend) but the anime gave me a giant middle finger! The best friend just appears for the plot's convenience. Very disappointing.


Speaking of characters, the anime suggests some sort of romance between Kaneki and Touka, but never really gets into it. I think I have a good reason why. You see, in the read more
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Feb 18, 2015
Ginga Densetsu Riki (Manga) add
Ghiffaris
“In this world, justice without power is useless”

This is classic, fables story that is rare we get to see from entertainment these days, as well as a kind of story that makes me feel as though I was reading a documentary book I’ve read long time ago. I have to admit that I wasn't sure what to expect from this manga. The synopsis didn't really give any clues as to what I should expect, and that is probably the best thing about it - it isn't quite what you expect.

Ginga Densetsu Riki tells the story of Riki, son of Shiro. Shiro is the most famous hunting dog in the village owned by Takeda Gohei, a hard-boiled hunter who has aim to hunt down the biggest bear on the mountain called Akakabuto, in order to achieve that he always looking for a good hunting dog to help him. Once born, Riki was the smallest puppy than her brothers, making Gohei didn’t take notice from him. And then the journey begins.

Like I said, this is much like documentary manga. There’s a narrator, which told the story throughout the entire series. The Narration makes the story feels like an amazing journey for both characters and readers; it’s a chill tale of survival and yet savages emotions, a story filled with nice, and nostalgic-esque presentation. The premise may be basic but it is simply a backdrop for a deep, emotive and memorable quest.

The artwork is just so perfectly fit and brings life to the manga. It is old, very shady but the backgrounds are very clear and you will not lose what is the action from the character. The characters design are stylish since there’s none of the dog or even the human looks same and the traditional Japanese landscapes that you will see over the course of the journey are all captured perfectly.

Surprisingly the characters grow over time; we get to see Riki from born as a small puppy until he becomes the greatest hunting dog in the village. But, Sadly since this is a short manga there is barely development on the characters.

Another criticism I must mention in this manga is, the art for the most part didn’t follow up the growth up characters. Yes, we get to see Riki appearances changes, but aside from that, none of the characters (especially the other dogs) feel bigger. In addition, the story is very predictable but since it is a fables story, I can accept it and this is fairly just a very small criticism.

All in all. If you want to kill some time without worrying about deep plot or a proper story then I suggest you read this manga. It is short, to the point and fairly entertaining, that’s the best way to describe it. I gave it a 7 since there are some memorable scenes that you can find in this manga.
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Apr 7, 2014
Hokuto no Ken (Anime) add
THEAnimeHERO
After the nuclear apocalypse of 199X, Kenshiro begins his quest to rid the world of evil & bring hope to humanity. Initially, North Star begins as a revenge tale where Kenshiro is searching for his fiancé Yuria whose been kidnapped by his rival Shin. Afterwards the story then focuses on Kenshiro's destiny to bring back peace to this "age of power" where humanity have become savage & desensitized to love & affection. Essentially, most humans are now primitive causing murders for the sake of resources such as food. Only those with power, ambition & a cold heart can survive this wasteland. As a savior to the masses, Kenshiro battles many tyrannical martial artists with his assassination art of "Hokuto Shinken" causing his enemies to explode. Further in the series is where Kenshiro's battles his eldest brother Raoh giving a satisfying ending to the series.

Kenshiro as a hero is almost one of a kind as he features a stoic yet kind attitude who faces tragedy on a constant basis. Bearing humanity's existence on his back, Kenshiro gives his all to protect the innocent & punish the guilty.

When people think of "MANIME", this series started it all & owns up to its reputation. While the animation is obviously dated, there's no greater adaptation than this version as it portrays the sorrow & various "MANLY TEARS" moments with the greatest execution in voice acting & music. In North Star, it may not follow the typical shonen tropes of today & can be very slow at times (especially its 1st 22 eps) but manages to display character in a very tragic form. Expect to see many great men & heroes to sacrifice themselves for the sake of peace as their battles will take residence in your soul. Also it might make a MANLY MAN out of you.

If you enjoy series like Jojo's Bizarre Adventure & Toriko, this is the show for you. This anime is my all time favorite but may not appeal to everyone. It certainly is a required taste to truly be appreciative of all its concepts on how masculinity & love for a woman play a part to make a society peaceful again. Expect some episodes to be slow & major fights to be done in 3-4 episodes as Fist is manliness in its purest form. Representing themes of 80's shonen, Fist Of The North Star still stands tall as a source of inspiration for all things MANLY.

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Dec 21, 2013
Ame no Hi no Iris (Manga) add
Exaccus
***This is a spoiler free review***

Do note that this review will not go into exquisite detail about plot events or the growth and depth of the characters. Instead, my purpose here is to convey the tone and characteristics of this wonderful narrative in order to encourage you to read it.

If I had to use only a collection of individual words (rather than sentences and paragraphs) to describe this light novel they would be words like:

Intense
Gripping
Suspenseful
Unexpected
Despair
Dramatic
Heartwarming

While Ame no Hi no Iris (aka: Iris on Rainy Days) is the first light novel that I have ever read, I must say that I am very impressed with it. Despite its relatively short length and moe main character it is a very well written story that is gripping and chock full of drama and suspense.


-- STORY --

The story's setting is in a world where robots and androids of various kinds are used by humans. Some robots are used to do hard labor, others for military combat, and others for personal use by civilians. Iris is a sentient android who lives with her creator, Wendy Von Umbrella, and serves as Wendy's maid to shop, cook, clean, etc. The two are very close and live an easygoing, peaceful life.

So at first glance, Iris on Rainy Days appears to be a cute and mellow slice of life series. But things certainly don't stay that way. Through a series of morbid twists and turns that I will not spoil here, the story, far from being some sort of naively innocent tale, develops into an intensely dramatic and ominous narrative. There are even a few scenes that can only be described as gruesome. The atmosphere of uncertainty as to how everything will be resolved will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.


-- CHARACTERS --

By far, the most prominent on characters are Iris, Lilith, and Volkov.

All three of them are sentient (Volkov to a less advanced extent). They explore the philosophical question of the meaning of their existence while trying to survive the horrific circumstances they find themselves in.

Volkov is a pure robot, rather than a human looking android with artificial skin like Iris and Lilith. Moreover, his speaking and thinking capacity are less advanced than theirs, and thus his speech is typically brief. Nevertheless, when he does speak it is spot on, concise, to the point, and sometimes even deep and profound.

Iris is kind yet can be timid and over-compliant. Through the hardships and tribulations she comes to value herself, others, and life itself. Most of the character introspection in this light novel is from her.

Lilith has some mild tsundere qualities, which might be either a plus or minus depending upon your preferences. Nevertheless, she shows herself to be an observant, resourceful, and loyal friend.


-- WRITING STYLE/VOCABULARY --

Iris on Rainy days is narrated primarily from the perspective of Iris. So as you would read more
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Dragon ball Z movie 15 Fukkatsu no F or Resurrection of Frieza
goes canon with movie 14 Battle of Gods.
Some time has passed since the event of The God of destruction Beerus alongside Whis were introduced as
brand new characters from the previous movie.
Which takes place also after the Majin Buu Arc within
the Dragon ball Z series. Along with the revamped Dragon ball Kai 2014 finishing off with an announcement of a new Series dawning upon us right after that, There have certainly been a lot of new content going on in and out of the franchise lately.

Story - 7
So I'll do my best not to spoil anyone here at this point who have not seen this but as you can tell the title tells you most of the premise in a nutshell.

Remnants of frieza's empire are monitoring earth for the dragon balls with some special assistance as they finally revive frieza.

Frieza fueling with even greater animosity than before decides to train to ascend into a powerful state than ever before, capable of destroying what is left of the Saiyans and there loved ones.

From other previous dragon ball films Its a very familiar theme that exist many times with that premise don't you think?

you would be right, A typical formula maybe with a familiar structure, but does it make the film good and worth seeing? short answer is yes.

What is good about this is of course the very main villain himself.
Now I can see why some people might not be as enthralled about frieza being a main villain in this movie and expected a different villain at this point in time, is understandable.
But for me if you look at it in this way, A revenge movie for frieza prior to him having a major impact in the series itself makes sense, since he has ties to major characters within the story such as Vegeta, Beerus, Gohan, Goku, Piccolo and others along with major events that took place which after all, were some of the most well done moments in the show.
Once again now that the previous threat from before has gathered in full circle which is cool in terms of frieza's reputation since he I feel is the best antagonist in the entire show hands down and one of the most iconic villains in the anime world in general.

Love him or hate him you can't deny from the series how much of a crazy, menacing son of a gun he can be. Plus no 5 minute nonsense either lol.
A couple of things I did question about were the training segments in the film on why wasn't frieza's training ever shown and How could he even attain such power to be on par on god level like goku is in the space of 4 months, let alone surpassing most of the strongest characters, to me it felt really off.

I must point out that some characters were left out which also kinda threw me off. While watching how characters in read more
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Sep 12, 2009
Arisa (Manga) add
Faeverily
This manga is new, so I'll update this review later when I have more material to work with...

So far, the story has developed pretty quickly. We know that there are two twin sisters named Uehara Tsubasa and Sonoda Arisa. At first the series seems like a typical shoujo cutesy manga, but turns out to be a psychological detective-mystery. ARISA at times has charm, appeal, and comedy but also manages to send a chill down your spine. It definitely has a dark undertone and hidden meaning to it. The plotline captures interest and is pretty original. I admit I got sucked more and more into the story as it progressed. It's difficult to get bored reading this, as it is fast-paced and not slow at all. After reading a couple chapters, you will definitely want to know how the story ends.

The art is very good and fresh, the kind of art that you don't get tired of looking at. The characters look their age and events can be seen clearly from the reader's point of view. I love the backgrounds and the detail put into drawing the characters. None of them look similar (except for the twin sisters, of course, but you *can* tell the difference). I admire the steady pace that Andou Natsumi works at with her art.

The characters seem well-developed so far. They act their age and have distinct personalities; they suspect others and make mistakes in judgment. In other words, everyone acts human. Even the antagonists manage to be likeable on some degree. It leaves you wondering what everyone's "secret" is. I can't say much else for this category at the moment.

ARISA has moved at a rapid pace in only eight chapters, so I'm not quite sure if the manga will be long. For me, it's pretty impossible not to like the series. I enjoyed reading this and recommend it!
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I’ve been waiting for it since I finished the manga and finally, it’s here. Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku is better than I’ve expected.

Story 8/10
The story focuses on Levi’s past, as the title tells us.
The first episode is about Levi, Isabel and Farlan living in the underground capital and “earning” money as thugs, in order to get the chance to live on the surface someday. Because of being captured by Erwin Smith, the three of them decide to join the Survey Corps. But unfortunately, it's not that easy. Councilman Lovof wants them to retrieve a secret document from Erwin.
Coming to the second episode, the focus lies on their first days in the Survey Corps, as well as on the plan on how to get the document that Lovof needs. And their first expedition takes them outside the walls, where Levi, Isabel and Farlan have an encounter with their first titans. However, some unexpected things happen...

Characters 7/10
Isabel and Farlan are two new main characters, who are companions of Levi. Farlan is cool-headed and calm, while Isabel is energetic and vivacious. We get to see more of Levi’s character as well, which I find really interesting.
Beside new characters, we also see new sides of Levi and Erwin and get back-story of Keith Shadis, current Commander of the Survey Corps.

Art 10/10
Great, as expected from Shingeki no Kyojin. Levi's face expressions look really intense, and the scenes, where the 3D maneuver gear is used are breathtaking. I especially liked the chase after Levi, Farlan and Isabel, as well as the fight between Levi and the titan, where we get to see a lot of action and emotions.

Music 10/10
Basically the same music as in Shingeki no Kyojin, and they use some of the soundtracks pretty well for emphazising the atmosphere of the OVA.

Enjoyment 10/10
I really enjoyed every second of Kuinaki Sentaku. We get to see some new faces and the chance to gain an insight into Levi’s past, before he joined the Survey Corps.

Overall, I’m highly satisfied with Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku, although I think that two episodes aren’t enough for such a strong character like Levi. Nevertheless, they did a really good job. Definitely a must watch.
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Jan 9, 2014
Hourou Musuko (Anime) add
Bringerof_D
"Roses are red, Violets are blue." The phrase is used as the subtitle of the first episode and sums up the conflict of the entire series.

One of the main ways we learn about the world is by being told. Told by those which we accept as our elders, an authority on the subject perhaps. They tell us how we should act, how we should be. They tell us what normal is, what's acceptable, and what is not. Roses are red, and violets are blue, boys are supposed to be one way and girls another. Anything that strays from those guidelines and doesn't fit into the mould are regarded as deviants. They are treated with disgust, or perhaps pitied as though they were ill. All the while you wonder that if you don't fit that mould, does that make you something else. This flower is clearly a rose, but it isn't red.

Hourou Musuko deals with a group of middle school students, two of whom are just now wondering why things aren't the way they were supposed to be and how they are isolated and shunned because of it. They search for ways to cope, while wondering whats in store for them in the future.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who has the chance to watch it. The subject matter may be beyond the comfort zone for some, but really settles in with you once you give it a chance. While it focuses on a very specific manifestation of the problem, it highlights a fundamental flaw in our social systems which encompasses many different subjects. If you're looking for something which will tug on your heart strings and wonder about the world, this is it.
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Apr 20, 2012
Cardcaptor Sakura Specials (Anime) add
Laany_
I really enjoyed these specials! Who is fan of the series, surely will like them, too.
I suggest watch them after ending the main serie. Not because they will spoiler something, neither because is difficult to understanding, but because:
1 - The first episode is about how the first opening of the anime has been made.
2 - The second one shows Sakura and Tomoyo with the same clothes used by them in the third and last ending video music of the anime, so I guess this episode was created for be a history for that (also counts with the participation of Eriol, who appears only in the third season of the serie); they are making English cookies, when...
3 - The third one occurs at Tomoeda school and it is about Yamazaki and his lies... in my opinion, this one is the most funny of the specials.

These short episodes are pretty funny, as is a chance to see again the characters (This time on chibi mode! That was so cute *--*) in new adventures. Unmissable. :)
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Jan 24, 2012
Hanshin (Manga) add
dalek
Since I read this one-shot, his title, “Hanshin”, keeps appearing in my mind. I heard some readers of this short saying: “The title is a bit strange... This may be a metaphor, but it may mislead certain readers”. It’s true, the japanese word “Hanshin” (半神) means demigod/half-god in english and its definition is: ”The term demigod is commonly used to describe mythological figures whose one parent was a god and whose other parent was human; as such, demigods are half human, half gods”, Hanshin isn’t supernatural nor tell us about a demigod tale. However, I do have my own personal interpretation: Our twins Yudy and Yucy are the personification of one demigod. Yucy is compared to a angel in the highest state of pure, becoming the half-god part. Yudy, ugly, ambitious and naturally capable of wishing bad things or having mixed feelings is the human part. That way, these two contrasting girls attached at the hip are a exposed semigod with the human's and god's parts separated in each one, where Yudy is the perfect beautiful angel and Yucy the ugly face of a human.

Story: Have you ever heard the phrase: "Love and hate go hand in hand"? That's what Hanshin is about, it tells us how a person can love and hate another at the same time. Connected twins, you become a shadow when you have such a perfect sister. She's pretty and pure, on the other hand you're ugly because she uses your nutrients to survive and you even have to take care of her. Doesn't that make you angry? Does she deserve to live? I don't deserve to live? "Where does one girl begin and the other end?" She was a part of me? What am I now? Quoting a The Hives song, "You became what you hate or you hate what you become?".

Art: Published in the 80s, the art style is the classic old school shoujo. The eyes and hair shine to create an angelic face, the facial expressions are more dramatic and, classified as psychological, some panels are based on character's close-up looks while showing their thoughts. One thing I admire in this style is how the secondary characters react in the story, some of them are really rude with the main character (same goes to Iguana no Musume, how the mother says hurtful things to the daughter) and they are always smiling despite their own words. When I’m reading a 80s manga, I never trust a character, since they always are more deep or have dirty personalities, I love how a truly happy face can be a mask hiding a demon's face (Gilbert from Kaze to Ki No Uta is a good example) and old school art style is the best at hiding it with those pure eyes.

Overall: Judging the time, the number of pages and the author's talent, I must say: This is a masterpiece. There are just a few one-shots I truly like out there and even less with read more
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May 6, 2009
Clannad: After Story (Anime) add
LemonLyme
I laughed...
I cried...
I experienced something that changed my life...

In a nutshell, Clannad ~After Story~ influenced the way I will live for the rest of my life and not just in some half-assed way like any other show would. It legitimately moved me to make certain decisions, for better or for worse. In that sense, no other anime can compare, as no other anime has provided an equivalent reaction on my part.

Before you continue, you should know that Clannad ~After Story~ is a continuation of the story from Clannad and an adaptation from the original Visual Novel by KEY. Although knowledge of the first season is not necessary, it is highly recommended if you want to get the most out of ~After Story~ as well as this review. That being said, this review is tailored to all readers, and can be understood without knowledge of the first season. Note that there may be very minor spoilers. Now then, on to the meat and potatoes.

I won't spend much time on the individual components of Clannad ~After Story~ (or Clannad ~AS~ as I will call it now) like I have with my other reviews. At first glance, there is nothing notably outstanding about it as a whole. For those who are interested in the individual components, here they are and the reasons behind them are available at the end of the review:

Story: 8.7/10
Art/Animation: 8.4/10
Sound: 7.8/10
Character: 9.7/10
Enjoyment (in this case influence): 10+/10
Overall: 9.8/10


| Main Review |
It is difficult to convey the emotions that went through my mind as I watched Clannad ~AS~. For those of you who watched the first season and dropped the show, I urge you to pick up ~AS~ and give it a chance. The first few episodes run almost identically to those of the first season, but the true After Story part branches off in a manner that is unique only to ~AS~. What Clannad ~AS~ gives the viewer is a story of life. A story of despair. A story of forgiveness. A story of hope. Through this story, Clannad ~AS~ can powerfully change the way you perceive the world around you. I am well aware that not everyone enjoys Clannad and ~AS~, especially since the magical light orbs are outlandish to some, but for me it was a bit of a godsend among anime.

The concept of Clannad ~AS~ is neither truly unique nor breathtakingly wonderful. What the viewer gets when watching it is the story of a man. Nothing less and nothing more. What Clannad ~AS~ really excels at, however, is the way it tells the story of that man. While it may be classified as a romance or even a harem anime by some (at least the first season could be), I really classify Clannad ~AS~ as a slice of life. A slice out of the life of a delinquent who can’t seem to do anything right and struggles to protect what really matters to him as the world comes crashing down.

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Nov 26, 2008
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Anime) add
Ceptryn
Watching Higurshi is like locking a group of happy people in a test chamber, only coming back to find they've hacked each other into a bloody mess. Its horrific, its shocking, and yet a part of you, cannot help but wonder, how did it happen?

The curiosity takes over... and so you repeat the experiment, knowing full well that those cute looking teenagers you just sent are going to end up as bloody pulps. But hey, at least each time they die, you're one step closer to figuring out why they died, it's all good.

Higurashi essentially places you in the role of the scientist. It divides itself into several arcs, each of which begin exactly the same. A teenager moves into a remote countryside village, and befriends a group of sweet fangirls that could have come out right from a harem rom/com. Then, explicably, thing go wrong... very wrong.

The pacing is excellent, the suspence pulpable. You know terrible things are going to happen, but you don't know exactly what. Higurashi would appeal to two types of people. The maglomanics who cackle madly in seeing a happy community descend into the depth of oblivion, and the curious scientist who watched each arc with intense interest... for they want to know exact *why* everything goes wrong (though they can also cackle madly just a little).

The true draw of Higurashi is the mystery. The series will leave you guessing, postulating all manner of reasons why the sweetest girl in the class is now butchering every child in sight with a giant cleaver. Each experiment you run (arc you see) reveals a few more clues, and you formulate a new theory, only to find it shattered by another totally unexpected horror in the very same arc. The beauty of Higurashi is that a mystery of such grand scale, every detail is meticulous, and while every bloody event seems random at first, they all eventually fall into place

Not only are the characters are memorable, and filled with interesting secrets, and unlike school days, they're actually also extreme likeable. This is no small achievement, given what they're portrayed doing to each other.

Higurashi is really the pinnacle of a dark mystery. You'll start off the mad scientist, watching those innocents in the test chamber with morbid curiosity. Yet, slowly, that morbid curiosity will be transformed into sympathy, and as you fall in love these victims, that initial curiosity will into turn a genuine desire to figure out whats going on so that they can be saved.

***

As always, I welcome feedback!
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Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho (Anime) add
thenh782
Yu Yu Hakusho is an old school anime that was once on Cartoonnetworks adult swim and toonami block as well and that's how I first encounter this show on cartoonnetwork and also the commercials for the show on funimations dragon ball z tapes.


Plot: The story is about this about an angry delinquent 14 year boy named Yusuke Urameshi. Who is a terrible student and has no friends expect for his girlfriend Keiko Yukimura who tries to guide yusuke in the right direction but can be handful even for her. He also has no father or mature adult male figure to look up to and his mom is an alcoholic. Yusuke life was pretty much going downhill until he saves a boy and is offered a second chance of life. At first he refuses but ultimately comes to his senses. After he gets his life back yusuke goes through character development l throughout the whole show and learns that he is not alone. Also, matures greatly and tries to find purpose and meaning in his life with his new friends and girlfriend along the way. He fights many different adversaries and two of the enemies he faces are representations of what he could have become if not for his friends and childhood girlfriend. Art: the art of the show does not start out great but it gradually becomes better as the show goes on. I did not let the art work distract me from the story.

Sound: The voice actors in this show are incredible especially the English dub. Since this was one of the good English dubs that funimation was producing at the time. Also funimation was limited at the time so they had to use a lot of their voice actors from dragon ball z to this show. So if you watch this show in English you will hear familiar voices in the show. The voice actors that stand out to me were Justin Cook who Played Yusuke Urameshi , Laura Bailey who played Keiko Yukimura , chuck Huber as Hiei , Christopher Sabat as Kazuma Kuwabara , John Burgmeier as Kurama , Linda Young who played Genkai who did the original voice for frieza for funimations english dubbed back in late 90s , Eric Vale as Sakyo . I loved Dameon Clarke performance as Younger Toguro and Robert McCollum as Shinobu Sensui. All the other voice actors in a good job in the dub as well. Also the music was great as well both the openings and endings and the background soundtrack give the show its tone and is memorable.

Characters: The characters of yu yu hakusho are very likeable especially the main four yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama and hiei. The others are awesome as well from the cheerful botan to strict mentor genkai to the fierce toguro and the master mind sensui. All of the characters have their unique personalities that make them who they as well the read more
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May 18, 2015
Devil May Cry (Anime) add
Vaas_Montenegro
Devil May Cry: The Animated Series: Is it Worth It or Worst?

A Devil May Cry Game into an Anime? Really? H-How? H-How did you make this game into an anime. I-I-- (sigh)... Alright... Just, let me review this anime...

Devil May Cry: The Animated Series... Is by far, THE WORST ANIME THAT I'VE WATCHED IN MY LIFE... FROM MADHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT?! REALLY? THE ONE WHO GAVES US DEATH NOTE, AND KISEIJUU COMES WITH THIS HORRIFYING PIECE OF S... Ahh... Fuu-- (sigh) okay... Okay... Settle down, Vaas... Just... Let me... Just me relax and focus on my review... Okay (Inhaling) (Exhaling)...

Alright, let me review this, I was so shocked when my beloved video game franchise, Devil May Cry, became an anime. And, the most shockingly thing that I've been seen when I watch this English dub is that, it was came from MadHouse Entertainment! I mean, come on... At first I was like, "Hmm... MadHouse? What more could I ask for? It was like, the best anime corporations out there, there's nothing hideous when I watch this anime, right? Devil May Cry: The Animated Series is going to be a BLAST." And then, when I watch it from first to the last, I-- I don't know... I don't freaking know what am I going to say to both CAPCOM (the gaming developers of Devil May Cry) and MadHouse about this... this... SELLOUT ANIME BASED FROM THE VIDEO GAME CRAP...

I hate this adaptations, and this is main example why the adaptation is so cruel, is so vile and worst.

Story:
Okay, let's start with the Storyline shall we? (SPOILER ALERT) So it goes like this, there was man named Dante and a girl named Patty who stays in the Devil May Cry shop to search for her missing mother. Then, it also explains how Lady and Trish met (and that's why Trish and Lady became friends in the game; Devil May Cry 4), and wanted to kill all those who were in Dante's way, especially Sid, the main antagonist of the story who looks like a beggar at first but now he's a demon jackass. Oh, and by the way, this anime is CANON, meaning this anime is also set on the same universe on the game itself. So... As I checked on the storyline, it's just plain and simple, and also, there are no memorable things here in this anime, besides how Lady and Trish met, how Dante spoke profanity (which is kinda weird though), and Baul and Modeous' Appearances as Sparda's Protegees.

But you know what is worst in this anime? A Lot actually, like those Demon Fights with Dante which you think you'd expected longer and hardcore, well, I'd say, NOPE, it's not fun and I'd rather watch "Shingeki No Kyojin", "Naruto", or even the longest fight between Goku and Cell in "Dragon Ball Z" than wasting my time on this climatic... or should I say "Boring" Climatic Sequence. And also, really? On the episode where it sets on the Opera House, when Dante read more
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May 17, 2015
Barakamon (Anime) add
Rydias
Punch. It's a way of life since our ancient age. Do people bully you? Do they mock you? Well take it easy, you can just punch them in the face like our main character does. Well of course they deserve it. This is what people call retaliation. This will take our life into the new story. By the way, don't take this too serious, I'd never punch anyone in real life so far.

Barakamon is an anime full with comedy show that will surprise you. I'd been looking forward to seeing the series since it came out. Who could have guessed that this anime will pin my interest? I'm always looking for a masterpiece anime to watch, but anime series nowadays lack of the urgency and thematic depth to show. On the contrary, Barakamon show the opposite; which would be a good example.

Story 9/10
This story is about Seishuu Handa voiced by (Daisuke Ono), a young man full of enthusiasm for his job as a calligrapher. He has quite high ego because of his skill as an artist. His work is considered to be perfect since Handa has an outstanding talent. It becomes quite interesting when the director of an exhibition criticizes his work of lacking in a personal touch and it's not really that great as Handa expected. This is when Handa lost his temper and give a full power punch filled with rage to the old man. Which resulting Handa has been sent to an island near Kyushu to cool down and rest for a while from his work as calligrapher. His father has a house build on that island. As soon as he arrives at the Goto Island, he already is welcomed by a tomboyish little girl named Naru who has been staying at the house all this time. Here, Handa who think himself as perfect by not allowing other people fix his life or do something with his temper but slowly grew in fixing it for himself. Lives on the island can be a good lesson for Handa

Character 8/10
Handa actually is a good person but lack the determination as he doesn't really have a friend except his family and one best friend who don't expect him to be successful as a calligrapher at first. Indeed Handa can be considered perfect since he is a good looking, wealthy and is living a dream. Lacking of Hardship also with no real friend to be expected as one of factor why Handa doesn't pay attention to attitude or behavior. Handa begin to trust his only opinion and ditch other from his life. Thus, Handa have a hard time when it come to dealing with the others and find it frustrated. Sometime Handa behavior is more immature than Naru's as the story goes on. Handa acts like a kid who doesn’t need a help from his parents, and yet Handa become a real man by the end of series. Eventually, Handa personality begins to soften and becomes gentle read more
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Apr 28, 2015
Bleach (Anime) add
Mean_Monkeys
*NO SPOILERS*

Bleach had great potential, but became annoying with poor character development and random powers.

Bleach has one of my favorite concepts ever. The Soul Society is awesome and the Gotei 13 are probably the best part of the show. They are squads composed of a multitude of Shinigami(Soul Reapers) and the show focuses more on the Captains and Lieutenants of those squads that are the most interesting characters in the show. Although, their could have been less squads(like 6) with less members in them(like 5) to have a more focused cast of characters that get more development. Hollows are also very interesting, they are souls that have either decide to let themselves be taken by evil or have been capture by other hollows. The basic concept is that the Soul Society dispatches Soul Reapers to purify the souls of hollows to let them live in the Seretei(basically heaven) unless they were evil while human( then they go to hell). The Soul Reapers use their swords called Zampakuto, that have 2 transformations to purify hollows.

The story of Bleach is ok, it is basically a regular shounen protagonist (Serious while fighting and Over powered) vs a traitorous, power hungry, intellectual villain.

Bleach biggest problems are its disrespect of its own power level system, its useless side characters, its horrible explanations for certain powers and its fillers..

Bleach doesn't make sense when it comes to power levels, a character can be defeated by an opponent, and then can defeat someone that utterly destroyed that opponent without training or power ups. I don't know how to describe it without spoilers but the power level system is non existent and it is really aggravating to not see that system in place. Ichigo, the main character, will discover some new ability to beat his opponent that is portrayed as being way more powerful than Ichigo, this will happen multiple times. Ichigo is easily defeated by the main antagonist(villain), that same villain levels up 5 times and is defeated by Ichigo who trained for 3 months. What? at least don't make the villain level up 5 times so it makes more sense.

The side characters in bleach are useless. The Captains and Lieutenants aren't, but Ichigo's friends are. First off, Orehime Inoue, F**K is this character annoying. Shes is the typical damsel in distress, she is hot, she tries to be extra cute and she has stupid powers that have no explanation(Maybe Fullbringer). Orehime's only use is healing Ichigo so he can get back into a fight. Chad has *MINOR SPOILER* Fullbringer powers, these are probably the stupidest powers in the Bleach universe. Fullbringer is the abillity to control the souls found inside objects. WTF!! an object has a soul? I guess it does in the Bleach universe. Uryu Ishida is probably the on except-able friend Ichigo has. Uryu is a Quicy, they are similar to soul reapers, but instead of using a sword they use a bow and arrow. They also kill hollows instead of purifying them. read more
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Mar 19, 2015
Eureka Seven AO (Anime) add
Archaeon
Building on an existing storyline isn't an easy thing to do - especially when the ending of the original tale has a degree of finality to it. That doesn't stop people making the attempt though, and nowhere is this more prominent than in the world of fanfiction. This rather odd realm of amateur (and not-so-amateur), writers is filled with continuations, alternate retellings, character side-stories, non-canon additions, and a host of other works that reflect the fan's passion for the source material. Although they often lack the quality and direction (and sometimes the logic and common sense), of professional pieces, they're generally imaginative yarns that can sometimes lead the reader to new insights about the original work.

That said, there are occasions where the story has been created not out of love, but simply because the author feels that they can do better.

Eureka Seven AO (which stands for Astral Ocean, but is also the name of the lead character), is the sequel to 2005's extremely popular Eureka Seven - and with director Kyoda Tomoki at the helm again and Bones producing both shows, it's easy to see why fans of the original would be excited. Written by Kato Yuichi, the new story focuses on Fukai Ao - a 13 year-old boy living with his grandfather on the island of Iwato Jima in the independent nation of Okinawa. Considered an outcast by the residents who blame the disaster that occurred ten years before on his mother Eureka - who has been missing since that time - his life changes when an accident delivers a strangely familiar bracelet into his hands, which in turn brings him into contact with a mysterious robot called Nirvash.

The tale begins in relatively familiar territory and progresses at a decent pace for the first few episodes, but as the series continues more things are added to the plot until it grows into a ponderous, shambling behemoth of ideas and concepts that simply don't go anywhere. In addition to this the storyline degenerates into a mediocre monster-of-the-week narrative for a good portion of the show, and elements of the original series have either been left out, crowbarred in, or completely altered - sometimes for no logical reason at all - creating some major continuity issues. The problems are further compounded by the addition of time travel and alternate realities, all of which lead to a rather lukewarm, confusing, and decidedly unsatisfying ending that lacks the catharsis of the original series.

Eureka Seven AO takes many of its visual cues directly from its parent, and Bones have worked hard to maintain the style while updating the design. That said, there are some odd decisions about clothing (Ao's school uniform resembles a costume used by male strippers), but some good animation and effects work balances the strange outfits. Much of the aerial combat is fluid, and although there are some minor issues the character movements are handled in a reasonable manner. In addition to this the mechs - which are clearly influenced read more
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Mar 17, 2015
Shingeki no Kyojin (Manga) add
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Shingeki no kyojin otherwise known as Attack on Titan. This series before the anime wasn't popular in the west, but it was fairly popular in Japan being in the top 15/10 best selling manga in 2011/2012. After the airing of the anime it became a mega hit series.

Now before you give this review a not helpful vote because of the 10/10 score. At least read what I have to say before doing your deed. I'm more interested that you guys read my review than anything else. Now let's begin!

"Spoiler free review!"

Story: 10/10. The plot/story IMO is snk strongest point. "Titans" these monstrous looking creatures that comes in different shapes and size. Their main and only goal is to eat "humans" 100 years ago humans where forced to live Inside the walls which are over 50 meters tall, to stop the titans from getting in. This series is full of mysteries for eg. who or what created the walls? Are titans natural creatures? Who created titan shifters? Why were they created? This is just a small dose of the amount of mysteries in snk. Snk is a mystery series with horror elements in it. The plot/story is snk strongest point, but it can be a disadvantage to the series itself. Why? Because the story is setup in a way where it doesn't spoon feed you answers right away, and if the readers don't pay attention to the story. They will forget things that were earlier "foreshadowed" also the series being a monthly manga doesn't help. A lot of complaint I've heard about the series is that it feels like the author is making up things as it goes or pulling things out of his ass. Now this isn't the case. Snk is one of those series that gets better when you reread it. When you reread the series you will see the amount of foreshadowing/hints the author puts in the early chapters of the series. Things that has been foreshadowed in the very first volume is now being answered currently in the latest chapters of the manga. What does this tells you? It tells you that the author has planned out everything already, and he already knows how the story will conclude. The world building in snk is impressive! The amount of details the author puts in his world building is just great. Thd mysteries of the series and the overall plot is just so engaging. You just want to know the answers. This is one of the reasons snk has a lot of theory threads around the net. You know the TV series called "lost" that's the vibes I get from snk story. Except snk will answer our question and not give us any bullshit....I'm not going to go there. Anyways read over this series at least once. You will have a better understanding of the overall plot. And you will be less likely to ask stupid questions. Sadly not everyone is willing or have the time to read over read more
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Mar 15, 2015
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Anime) add
TheHonestThief
Oh boy... This show. I find myself torn while writing this, on one hand there were some extremely funny and enjoyable moments where I could not stop laughing. But on the other hand there were some downright terrible moments when I was raising my head to the ceiling praying for the scene to end. Is this a Zombie is an anime that makes it's mark by throwing in every genre, every character type, every trope, just everything really, if you can think of it, there is a high probability you'll find it in this show. But despite throwing everything under the sun into this anime, I would never dream of calling it cliche, and actually say it is extraordinarily unique.

Story: 7

Guy meets girl, they kind of like each other, plot ensues, girl now lives with guy, more girls live with guy, etc, etc. While some of the specifics may be new, the overall concept is nothing we have not seen.
The Zombie and Necromancer (a.k.a servant and master) relationship was well done, tack onto that the school life setting with a guy just trying to pass through along with his nerdy best friend; it was all well done, though a bit unoriginal. The eccentricities and unique nature of this show come in when we meet a chain-saw wielding Magical Girl (though she uses her magic a whole lot less than Ayumu...) and a busty Vampire Ninja with a leaf sword. Not gonna lie, her concept is fucking amazing. This show throws in every concept you can think of, but somehow manages to make it work.
I would be remiss if I did not mention my largest gripe with the show, the fact that Ayumu is more or less our magical girl... Maybe I am alone, but I do not find cross-dressing to be a very funny plot point, I just don't. But even then, I can sometimes see how it could work in a story if well done, but sadly, I did not find this to be one of those times. You see, Ayumu doesn't like it, first time, first episode, he dislikes transforming into a magical girl with a pink frilly outfit, complete with panties and a bow. Hates it may be a more accurate statement. But every time he is forced to do so, he gets an unbelievable amount of shit from the other characters for doing it. Forced to cross dress in pink to save them all, and they insult him for doing so. Sorry, not a scenario I found even remotely amusing or entertaining.

Art: 7

I can't really say much here, it felt exceedingly average. But since the average these days (for 2011) is still good, it gets a 7. Though I should mention I really liked the character designs. I can't say anything on their artistic value, just a specific aspect I found really nice.

Sound: 8

I found that the OST really just did it's job. Set the scene, nothing more. But what read more
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To call Lupin The 3rd important is a severe understatement, it's influenced many anime. Pretty much any western style anime about a bunch of crazy characters going on adventures and getting into trouble owes something to Lupin The 3rd but that does that mean it's still relevant? It's still popular in Japan sure but with how many stagnant specials and how silly it can be, The franchise was started to get pretty stale, it definitely needed a change of pace to keep things interesting.

The result was to change Lupin from a cartoony comedy to a gritty Film Noir and to have the main character not be Lupin but Fujiko Mine and with a great team behind this as well, it had alot going for it but did it pay off or was Lupin just grandpa anime? This answer is most certainly Yes, this thief still get some tricks up his sleeves. They took something goofy and fun and made it something far deeper than that.

Analysis of The Themes and Ideas:
Lupin The 3rd has always been a rebellious anime but it was more literal in the sense that it's about a thief stealing and making fools out of the police but here it's more metaphorical. Everything about this show is contradictory to the norms of what we think anime should be like.

It's was made in 2012 but feels like the 70s, it's a Japanese product that has a very western look and feel to it, most anime fans are use to serial shows while this is mostly episodic, Fujiko Mine herself is a different main character than you would expect to see in an anime, you just don't see many femme fatales as the lead in anime but the show isn't just different for the sake of it, it all fits into the story. You might ask why don't they modernize Lupin the 3rd and make the characters look more modern but that would be missing the point entirely, they're not characters of our time, that's just not who they are.

The whole show is about social outcasts and people's idea of how you should or shouldn't act. It's essentially a "Be yourself" kinda story but done in the least cliche way possible.

Lupin is completely care free, he steals whatever he wants, acts however he wants, whatever Lupin does you can trust him to be him and he's completely at peace with himself in that regard with no regrets. He's the embodiment of what a part of the characters aspire to be: free.

Jigen's the kinda man who probably would've been better off in 1940s New York/Chicago or in the wild west with his gun skills, taking sides of gangs not knowing who or what he should be fighting for if for anything.

Goemon in this anime is not just here because samurai are cool and every action anime set in modern day has to have a samurai like how he use to be, he's a man with read more
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~Skip this if you just want to read the review~
So ever since I watched Attack on Titan, I've been excited for the second series and so after non-stop thoughts about Attack on Titan, I decided to watch the series dubbed and it was even better. Shortly after watching it dubbed, I heard about this small ova, Attack on Titan: Birth of Levi. I could not wait for this to come out as it was based on my favourite character of the series, Levi. The trailer also got me very excited about this ova. As it turns out, I got to the ova a few days late after release which had me down but then the day finally came. So, was I disappointed?

Story: 9
The story is pretty solid, it's about Levi's past in the underground slums with no access to sunlight unless you pay to go see and even if you do, you won't be able to stay very long without any citizenship. In order for Levi, Farlen and Isabel to survive, they go around stealing food and earning money as hired thugs.

One day, a mysterious man comes to there front door with a deal, Levi tells him to piss off but the man says he's already paid his compensation, taking his friend to a surface hospital for treatment for his legs. Levi, Farlen and Isabel then follow the man to the surface to find out what the job is.

The next day, they rob a few merchants for food and then they get into a chase, from the looks, it's the military police, shortly after doing evasion mauvers, they continue to get followed and they figure out that it's not the military police but the servey corps. After you see Levi do a few fancy tricks, he gets into a fight with Erwin. Erwin then tells him to surrender as his friends have been captured. After being tied up, Erwin asks how they learnt to use manoeuvre gear like that, he doesn't respond and he gets his face beaten into the ground. Farlen then answers. Erwin then ask Levi to join them or get punished but the law. Levi unwilling accepts.

Art: 9
The art is just amazing, as usual. It especially looks spectacular when they are being chased by Erwin.

Sound: 9
The sound/music is amazing and it really sets the atmosphere and mood of the ova, as expected from this amazing series. There is no disappointment here.

Characters: 9
The ova introduces us two new main characters which support Levi by being his companions.

Levi in this ova is the leader of the group and has two companions, they both trust him and respect him. He also cares about his hygiene (which is funny, he pummels a guy to the ground because he touched his shoulder with his dirty hand).

Farlan is one of Levi's companions and is able to keep himself calm and steady. He has a lot of respect for Levi and so in return, Levi read more
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Dec 4, 2014
Pupa (Anime) add
simonephone
Let me be frank here: I love this show. It is horrible. It is absolutely appallingly horrible. I can't think of a single good quality it has. I think Pupa is hilarious. I usually don't like anime humor, but, wow, this is crazy. It's not THE worst anime I've ever seen, but, yeah, it is up there. I love it though, because it's really confusing and disgusting and so amazingly poorly made all at the exact same time, which is kind of the best combination. I try to get like everyone I meet to watch the episode thats literally nothing but the sister character eating off her brothers skin. I watched all of this show wide awake and stone cold sober and I have absolutely no idea what the over arching plot was about. And I really wanted to know what was happening because I was having a fabulous time and wanted to appreciate every second of glorious Pupa, but I don't think there is enough information in the anime to distinguish what the ongoing plot is about. Something about mad scientists? I don't know.

Basically what I'm saying is you should really watch this show. Everyone on the planet should sit through this amazing trash fest. It really is the best kind of bad. It's so sexual and complicated and repulsive all in the most incredible way possible. What it feels like is that they wrote the anime to be full episodes and then they got shortened to four minute episodes and had to scrap almost all of the plot. I have no idea if that actually happened or not, but either way that's the level the writing and pacing is on. Even if they had gotten 20 minute episodes, this show would still be fucking atrocious though. It's like 50 layers of appalling. It's like someone put Elfen Lied in a blender, dumped it on the ground, slipped on it, vomited, and spent 45 minutes lying in the blended up Elfen Lied vomit while someone else accidentally records the whole thing on their flip phone.

Also I should mention the theme song, because, wow, it's like nine awful metal songs playing at once. God damn. This is my favorite bad anime. What a show. Pupa 4ever.
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Oct 19, 2013
Fullmetal Alchemist (Anime) add
Eastunder
"Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world’s one and only truth."

I'm typing this review, and i wonder to myself, "Why am i doing this? What can i say about a show that's been talked about to death?", and you know what, i don't exactly have a clear answer. Fullmetal Alchemist premiered a decade ago and is still to this day, one of the most beloved and well known anime of our recent generation. It's so well known that talking about it almost seems redundant as about 90% of anime fans have already seen it, and if they haven't seen it then they at least have heard of it, know the premise, and might even know some of the more shocking twists in it. But over the past few years, more and more people have begun to disregard it all thanks to a little thing called Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, to the point where i've heard Brotherhood fans say to people on several occasions that they shouldn't watch the original series and just go watch Brotherhood, which i answer to with a big, "Huh?". But this isn't about Brotherhood, i'll cover that elephant in the room if i ever choose to do a review of it. No this is about the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime, and why if you haven't already seen it, then you should check out as soon as possible.

Story (10/10)

As i said it's almost pointless to sum up the plot that everybody already knows but, formulaic procedure wins. The story is about the two Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who try to use a blend of science and magic called alchemy to bring their mother back from the dead. Things go terribly wrong however, and in the process Edward loses an arm and a leg, and Alphonse loses his entire body, being forced to fuse his soul with a body of armor to survive. They soon join the country's militia, the state alchemist division to be precise, in order to search for a item of great power called the philosopher's stone, in order to revive their bodies back to their original forms. The idea of two brothers setting off on a journey is already a concept that could fill an entire show, but then there's also the story of the them joining the military and how their more childish outlook and views clash with the military's actions, which is also enough to fill an entire show. But then there's also the military itself and it's mission to reform the country, and also the soldiers that wish to change the military to better the country, and then there's the evil forces that the Elric brothers encounter with their own mission and backstory, and so on and so forth. Fullmetal Alchemist has enough plot lines to fill up 10 different read more
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Oct 4, 2013
Savage Garden (Manga) add
juungi
Despite positive initial impressions, the dark ambience and uniquely dark tone can only take you so far with an ending that drops out of nowhere like a lead balloon (don't worry, I'll spare you the gory details - AKA spoilers). Disappointment? Yes. Raging fangirls? I count myself in their numbers. Grab your torch and pitchfork, because if you have stuck with this manhwa since the beginning, you probably have a bone to pick with Lee Hyeon-Sook considering the subpar ending that was delivered. But watch your step, there are plot holes everywhere.

With a plot that does not deliver, Savage Garden strangely starts off with some promise. Initially we are introduced, just as the synopsis describes, to a school that, despite housing the well-to-do, has incredibly harsh hierarchy. Gabriel enters, impersonating her deceased childhood friend, and taking on the persona of “Jeremy.” Led by the promise of riches, “Jeremy” tries to lay low without invoking the wrath of some the more prominent – and cruel – noblemen that she dorms with.

As you can well predict, she inevitably lands herself in trouble and becomes tangled up with two brothers. The premise is a little misleading, however, because it eventually becomes a derailed train that crashes and burns.

In regards to the aforementioned plot holes, the author blatantly omits a lot of information in the latter half of the story, as we are suddenly thrust into the ending without any preparation. There is no leading up to it, no real resolutions in terms of the climax of the story. It just lands in our lap, incomplete and ill-conceived. My suspicions are that the author came to an impasse, with no motivation left for continuing, and decided to end prematurely. As a result, many questions were left unanswered and the ending left you wondering if you were still reading the same series.

The characters, who are both interesting and intriguing, are vaguely explored through the story. Once again, this is where the potential really shined through but inevitably fell short. Gabriel suddenly became the traditional damsel-in-distress whereas she had been a heroine with some measure of self-sufficiency in the beginning. Her desire to reclaim her pride from her status of fallen nobility, as a driving force, is far more realistic than the shallow reasons seen in other gender benders.

But, just as with Gabriel, the other characters either dropped out of the picture or were poorly utilized approaching the ending. Rather than feeling like real people, they felt like a means to an end – as though, rather than seeing through the story with the characters she had built and developed, the author used them as a tool to bring things to a close without considering the quality she was losing in doing so.

As for the art, it seems a bit more detailed and a step up from her previous works, which is definitely a positive. Among manhwa, her art stands out as well-proportioned and, in simple terms, very “pretty.” Even compared to many manga, Lee Hyeon-Sook read more
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Dec 30, 2009
Mars of Destruction (Anime) add
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This is by far the anime medium's magnum opus. Mars of Destruction is the best animated movie I've seen in years, if not ever. In terms of science-fiction related media, this blows other greats such as Heinlein's works, Battlestar Galactica, and Neon Genesis Evangelion out of the water. Truly an experience I will never forget, and oh, what an experience it was!

Story: 10/10
This film is highly philosophical. I actually felt regret when the Big Bad Ancient Guy told Random Armored Cop Dude that the humans were the true invaders of Earth. This plot twist was stunning and, on the whole, thought-provoking. It was like something written by Kafka.

Art/Animation: 10/10
This movie is so amazing that it actually makes DEEN's animation look like Madhouse by comparison. It gave me more appreciation for other anime titles! I love you, Mars Of Destruction!!!

Sound: 10/10
The voice acting is absolutely perfect. When the characters yell each other's names repeatedly you will FEEL the emotion. The OST recorded by Beethoven himself is also marvelous. He did an excellent job, as always.

Characters: 10/10
The characters are all equally well-done, from Green Hair Girl to Blue Hair Girl; it's so easy to tell them apart! I especially enjoyed the doctor's dialogue, as I would not have known that the girl whose head exploded was dead without his helpful reminder that "she won't make it."

Enjoyment: 10/10
This picture is absolutely riveting on every level! I could watch it over and over and never get bored!

Overall: 10/10
Run, don't walk, to your nearest YouTube to catch this masterpiece as soon as possible! You won't regret it!
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Apr 25, 2015
Kekkai Sensen (Manga) add
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Alright everybody, prepare to read the only review of this manga you're ever going to find. Why's that? Because I'm confident that I may be the only one who actively reads it in the Western Hemisphere. Hopefully that'll now change with the advent of the anime.

Also, if you're looking, no scanlations exist for this, so go out and buy the Dark Horse releases if you want to read it in English (highly recommended)

The author is Yasuhiro Nightow, and that's where we're gonna start. Nightow is one of very few manga authors who is almost completely incomparable in style and content in his craft. Nightow is an Americanaphile. He loves action figures, super heroes, Spawn and American popcorn movies, and all of that shows in his approach to art and writing. His paneling is also completely unlike most other mangaka, where he will avoid exposition wherever possible and the reader will have to interpret his pictures and how they organically flow into each other to infer what's happening. He generally just doesn't "do" plain square panels or simple dialogue scenes. While his content is very American, Nightow's method of drawing that content in action is perhaps more Japanese than any Japanese works I've ever read. When you enter into a Nightow work, it's an investment. He is a visual storyteller, and like you reread poetry, you'll reread Nightow's panels and each time the action becomes clearer and more rewarding. If you're only getting the story and the dialogue out of his manga, you're only experiencing about 30% of what actually happened.

The manga is Blood Blockade Battlefront, and I guarantee you it's unlike anything else you're going to read, probably ever. It's action-packed. It's hilarious. It's horrifying. It's abstract. It's oddly relate-able. It's a superhero story. It's a slice of life story. It has no plot progression. It has great characterization. It's a cross between Ugly Americans, Hellboy and Durarara!! that's completely off-the-rails.

The story takes place in New York City after a portal to the Beyond opened and turned the place into a hellscape of demons, monsters and other curiosities you wouldn't even understand how to be curious about to begin with. Life is normal. NYC is now a city where the ordinary and utterly fantastic have lunch next to each other at the diner down the street, and where sometimes the fate of the world is being decided right around the corner. This place is called Jerusalem's Lot, and it's honestly the central character of this series as much as it is the setting. The whole concept wouldn't work if this place weren't so intricate, yet so completely out of logic's reach at the same time. Nightow goes far out of his way to explore the culture, the locations and the denizens and factions of this place and it never becomes less interesting.

The central movers and shakers here are the members of "Libra," a top-secret crime-fighting outfit that makes sure all the demi-gods and powerful organizations floating around don't read more
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Solanin (Manga) add
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Stretched across the spectrum of time and addressed repeatedly within timeless works comes a subject matter that is ladled with dissonance and admiration by all those who touch it.

And why shouldn’t it?

The topic is us, as us: us as our everyday selves beneath the apathetic masks that we adorn; us as our forgotten selves tethering above the riddles of societal norms; us as our unfulfilled selves stuck between a monochromatic world we can’t color and the world we want to stain with the hues we keep locked in our hearts.

We as a collective society are frequently hindered by the very ‘norms’ we instill—an absurdity in the truest sense--which Asano Inio has thoroughly understood and depicted within the pages of his work, Solanin.

Based on the synopsis, Solanin may come off as some heavily-dosed slice-of-life revolving around a seemingly-menopausal woman having mood-swings about her boring job and her dazed boyfriend with no sense of direction in his ambition. It may just seem to be about a bunch of twenty-some year olds who are stuck in life’s meaningless rut, and it wouldn’t be wrong. Yes- It is about all those things, but what makes Solanin an erudite exploration of “us” among the plethora of similarly-minded tales in its realm is the amount of sheer humanity, the amount of sheer relatability, the amount of sheer honesty that Asano assigns to each and every frame of the manga.

Solanin collects the fragments of all of its thematic shards and pieces them together through the cast of Asano’s prototypical, flawed characters defined by their ordinariness, classical dissonance, and their inability to reconcile who they are with what they want as per their own projections and expectations. Through and through we are handed the perpetual paradox that confines these characters and unleashes their catharsis; and the root of all this is nothing grandeur, nothing fantastical, but something much more grounded in reality, that perhaps anyone who reads can instantly relate to or at least, understand--especially those who have felt the stale winds of life’s mundanity or meaninglessness.

Essentially, this is a tale of understanding: understanding one’s self in their own periphery and understanding one’s self on the grand stage. It’s a choice of will and intention, not just circumstance and consequence. Asano shows us the common struggles of common people and the potential of facing them. Through Meiko, the very ordinary “heroine” of the story, Asano highlights actions rooted in spontaneity and the possibility of changing, even past an age when personalities and “futures” are so often stated to be engraved on some meta-stone. There is nothing grand about Meiko; she is as common as the office-ladies she complains about, and so are her struggles. Yet we are introduced to something grand by wandering with Meiko and her troupe through a pivotal time in their lives and the path they embark on to find happiness and satisfaction, which may or may not manifest, but the point is that they—on their own accord—try, and there’s an inherent read more
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Pandora Hearts (Manga) add
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This is my first time ever writing a manga review, so please bare with me.

I want to start saying that this manga may not be the easiest reading; the plot is like a puzzle, at first you get to see the big picture, but without getting into the details, you won't reach the end result. I must say that this may be my favorite part about the series, each little detail is relevant either for the main plot or to get some character development and that enriches the story more and more every time you read. There's actually no time to get bored because everything is in constant movement.

The characters development here it's delightful as no one ends the same way they started, they go back and forth in their own individual worlds. The premise here is that there's not one only way to act, but actually a wide range of options where everyone can go at their own pace, and that makes possible for us readers to experience first hand the emotions/thinking that made a character the way they're at the moment or why they decided to change in some point.

Finally, the art. The main points are it's beautiful settings, a great amount of details, and a unique way of expressing emotions. In this last point I want to emphasize, because Mochizuki Jun is not only great with words (like those white/black pages that made me cry with dialogue solely), but the way she can make a few pages or even with just a single smile to overflow with emotion makes this manga a master piece.

Hope this would help you if you're still not sure about reading it, but give it a try.
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Mar 2, 2015
Usagi Drop (Anime) add
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SPOILERS: Minimal (I can't ruin the experience. Also, forgive my poor grammar)

To be Frank, I was skeptical about committing to watching Usagi Drop having read all the manga. Adaptations are great and all, but boy oh boy the source material (original writing) for this almost led me to drop this entirely.

Now, I can safely say I'm glad to have watched this amazing experience.

So how do I describe and score Usagi Drop? Well, this happens to be one of those shows where numbers just won't do, and an in-depth analysis is actually quite frankly overkill since it might lead to some people to never watch this show. Ever. I can talk all I want about what it's about; the premise, the execution, pacing, but none of this will do justice. But heck, I'll give it a shot just for you.



Story: 8

We follow our Main "protagonist" Karachi Daikichi, a single 30 year old man whose grandfather has recently passed away. At his grandfather's funeral, he meets his grandfather's daughter, Kaga Rin; age 6.

Hmm.... Ok... So this little girl is his....

Onwards! Both the two meet and under the rather dreary atmosphere of mourning adults, Daikichi takes Rin under his wing and thus begins Daikichi's new life as a parent.

Pretty basic premise... Meh, not really. Transition into parenting/parenthood is a topic RARELY touched on in anime. Why? Doesn't sell... Anyways, the story focuses heavily on Daikichi's and Rin's new life, how they adapt, perceive, and going about the day. Now, remember, Daikichi has been a single 30 year old working and drinking constantly, having only to care and feed for one person. Let's add another expense to deduct from your income... Don't forget, kids have soccer games and stuff. Better to make some time in my already dreadfully unflexible schedule..

Get the picture? Good, but ultimately, the story only moves forward with each new experience both Rin and Daikichi undergo. With that, we see that time goes on and they change.
As far as pacing goes, it's relatively slow paced... Then again, with an awkward number of 11 episodes, this seems appropriate. Each episode never seems rushed.. Scratch that, each scene never seems rushed. The story isn't overly complex, so holes aren't an issue. All in all, the only word to describe the story is simple. And that isn't such a bad thing.

Fans could give this a 10, those without a heart could name it plotless. Depending on what you're expecting, it could go either way.

Art: 9

This was a surprise considering Production I.G touched this one up. If we look at Production IG's other works, we see something completely different from what you see here. Please be aware, this is a pleasant surprise. Thumbs up on this one.

The show comes off as.. Rather childish, but it isn't that big of a deal considering that kids are involved in the story after all. In fact, the art is rather fitting, and in those few moments throughout the show, I stared in read more
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Dec 28, 2014
Horimiya (Manga) add
Candangz
Horimiya is a manga that I found occasionally, and seeing just the art, I found it very interesting and showy. Reading the synopsis already came to my mind "romance in sight", so I decided to deepen into the history of manga, and finally I ended up having good hours of entertainment by reading this great show. All content posted here is my opinion about the plot, I hope you enjoy reading.

Horimiya has a simple yet enjoyable story. I say simple in terms easy to be understood, and not be common. In fact, so far, I'm finding the development of history quite interesting, doesn't evolve very fast, but neither slows the story, she is followed in a very natural rhythm. The plot is the style that holds the attention of who's reading, and at the end of each chapter, causes the reader wishes for more of it, wish that the next chapters are longer, or even that the month pass quicker to then read a new chapter. This is a very captivating show.

The visual in general is fairly simple, with the traits of the characters being well-crafted, and the scenary being sufficiently filled, not having many details that could give the possibility to the reader losing the focus to what's going on the scene. The character designs are very good, and in general all are very beautiful, with each having a differential which calls attention, not being so called generics.

The development of each of the characters is quite interesting too, are quite charismatic. Many of them have very original personalities, but also having no absurd or unreal characteristic, each with its mysteries, which are being shown in the course of the plot. When reading the plot and the development of his characters, can even stay imagining if this is a true story or not. On Horimiya, it's very easy the reader create affection for a character, being or not the protagonists.

About the entertainment, Horimiya is practically perfect for anyone who enjoys Slice of Life and Romance, having their stories told well very natural way. For who likes of genres, is possible spend hours reading the plot of Horimiya without getting tired, because it is a captivating storyline, without many repetitions, or so called clichés. I'm not sure if is the story itself or the charisma of the characters that hold the reader's attention. But anyway, the entertainment here is guaranteed.

Concluding, Horimiya is a great manga, recommended reading for those who like calm stories and without much agitation. And who is not accustomed to read in that story of this style, reading Horimiya has a good chance of going to like. I can say that it was something like me, because I've always been more restless styles, such as action and adventure, but reading Horimiya, I started to give greater attention to romances. Horimiya is a manga that has everything to please all your readers, or at least most of them.
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Dec 10, 2014
Sundome (Manga) add
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So on the Richter scale of humanity, if 1 is the antithesis of emotion and 10 is bawling my fucking eyes out, this is probably a 9.9 because it's physically impossible to bawl your fucking eyes out. I've never read a graphic novel that made me so sad. Like, come *on*, industry. This is only porn.

That brings me to my first warning - Sundome is for all you deviants out there. If you can't deal with piss, snot, saliva, and post-climactic messes, then don't read because that makes up at least half of all the sexual content in this manga. The other 49% of it involves self-stimulation of some kind. And yes, I left out 1% on purpose...

Story - 8

Sundome means "stopping the moment before" (according to Wikipedia). This is the main, and only, solid plot device. The rest of it revolves around an amalgam of school clubs, ghost hunting, virginity, and one-sided breast popularity contests. Yeah, it gets kind of bizarre. It's a bit confusing and scattered. Some of the sideplot is rather lighthearted, involving UFO summoning and voodoo doll catfights, some of it is very moralistic and dark. But the crankshaft in this whole story - Kurumi's relationship with Hideo Aiba - is beautifully executed. It's hilarious and depressing and wonderful and deliciously multi-layered like a chocolate cheesecake.

Art - 7

Maybe I'm being generous here. This is obviously the weakest point of Sundome. The art is very, very cartoonish, and sometimes it almost feels sloppy. It works for our Roman Club neo-maxi-zoom-dweebies, but it kind of makes the MCs less attractive than they should be. And it makes the sexy scenes... well, less sexy. But - before I sound any more elitist - I'd like to say that, for me personally, it worked. It's not commercialized-ecchi grade, but it gives a very edgy, underground feeling to the story. Kurumi isn't like your conventional purple-haired talking tits hentai girl. She's almost sickly-thin, long-legged, and blue-eyed. On the other end of the spectrum, there's Kyouko, a self-proclaimed "masturbation idol," whose nips are permahard. Corny, but it fits. She also sports a cheap fake tan and a limp, blonde mop for hair; none of that ridiculous Lady Oscar weave crap. One guy has lips twice the size of Lana del Rey's. It's actually great.

Characters - 10

So good. Soooo good. At first glance, Aiba seems to be your prototype horny loser. Kurumi is the A-cup goddess of thirst. Coming here from Onani Master Kurosawa and Watamote, you know I already love flat-chested MCs and loners, but these two flip the whole tired setup on its head. For me, the girls + Aiba rule the show, but the male Roman club members (who serve as comic relief throughout the whole emotional ordeal), have their own multi-dimensional charms. Every single member of our main cast is fleshed out and easy to sympathize with, possibly excepting that one candyass motherfucker with the doll waifu.

Enjoyment - 10

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As a fan of Steins;Gate, I decided to watch these shorts. Before you watch these shorts, there are a few things to keep in mind. These shorts are advertisements, meant to show people how IBM's "cognitive computing" initiative might enhance people's lives in the future. The 4 shorts use the Steins;Gate characters and universe to show different scenarios and how the "cognitive computing" (represented by an Oopa with a cutesy voice) help solve problems.

If you can get past the fact that these are advertisements, and you are a fan of S;G, there are some very enjoyable moments and interactions in the approximately 12 minutes of animation. The art and sounds are almost identical to the series, with White Fox at the helm, and many of the same voice actors reprising their role. The 4 shorts are described below:

1. "Cooking" - Kurisu and Mayuri want to make fried chicken, and Okabe and Daru are hesitant to let the girls cook. The girls state that with the help of Oopa, they can do it! However, they don't have the ingredients for fried chicken, so Oopa helps them make something else.

2. "Navigation" - Okabe and Kurisu have an argument in the park, and each ask Oopa to navigate them back to the lab, without bumping into the other. As they walk and take trains, they think about the other and how silly the argument must have been. Their paths take them to shops, and they see something the other might like.

3. "Fashion" - Mr. Braun's daughter, Nae, complains that Okabe and Daru never change their clothes, and are "yucky". They enlist Kurisu to help give them new wardrobes. With Oopa's help, Kurisu sees projections of Daru and Okabe in clothing that matches their hobbies and personality.

4. "Meeting" - The lab members are told that due to the noise, they are being evicted. They ask Oopa to help them find a new lab. Everyone requests some "must-haves" for the new space, but Okabe is reluctant to leave their current lab. Oopa's suggestion for a new lab space surprises everyone.

Each short has moments of comedy and some light emotional drama. The Navigation and Fashion shorts have some great character interaction with Okabe and Kurisu. If you are a fan of their pairing, definitely watch those two!

Overall, these shorts are recommended to anyone who enjoyed S;G and (like me) always wants more!

TL;DR 5 words/phrases to describe these shorts:

funny, cute, heartwarming, fun, Steins;Gate!
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Oct 2, 2014
Hunter x Hunter (2011) (Anime) add
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The lack of popularity surrounding Hunter x Hunter (2011) has always confused me, especially after catching up to it six months ago. For an anime that seems to do everything right, it isn't talked about a lot at a popular level. Neither has it been successful in garnering a fan base similar to that of SNK or SAO. I decided to write this review to do the show justice. If a show this good is still flying under your radar or if you are discouraged from watching this because of its "childish appearance" then reading this review is a must.

Story:
HxH is about a young boy named Gon who embarks on a journey to find his father. After learning that his father left him at a young age to become a Hunter, Gon decides to follow in his footsteps not only to find him, but also to see what was so special about the profession that made his father choose it over him. Although a story of finding one's father is simple, it is the path that is taken towards this end that makes the series truly special. HxH is made up of several arcs that are all extremely well-written, which brings me to the best part of the series, the writing. Hunter x Hunter (2011) boasts one of the finest writing in the world of shonen; the depth and flow of the story, enthralling characterizations, strong dialogue and impressive world-building are all crafted into a fascinating tale that can absorb viewers into lengthy marathons.

The amount of variety that is packed into HxH's story is also very impressive. HxH successfully dabbles in several genres in six story arcs tackling survival, fighting tournaments, crime thriller, virtual realities, war and politics. Not only that, the series is also able to undergo significant tonal shifts with ease (light to dark and vice versa). Sometimes, these shifts in tone occur after an arc ends though other times, it even occurs mid-arc. Another thing about HxH is that its arcs are connected with one another, with each arc naturally following the one before it. This creates a natural transition that highlights what the series really is, a journey. As for pacing and development, they are excellent. For the most part, HxH is very well paced. The series does a fantastic job at keeping its viewers engaged, time will fly by as you watch most episodes and you'll find yourself breezing through the show. Excluding two recap episodes, HxH has no filler episodes. Due to this, story progression is solid with the plot moving forward with each episode.

Although HxH initially gives off a light hearted impression, it gives off a good one. Not the kind of “light heartedness” that makes you say “this is childish and below me” but the kind that appeals to everyone. HxH gives off that classic and charming shonen vibe that has been lost in recent years, and it does so with its head held up high. Eventually though, the series takes read more
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"How can we make the most unsatisfying ending possible, while still technically concluding something?"

I am convinced that this is what the directors/writers/whoever asked themselves when making this film.

Sora no Otoshimono Final: Eternal My Master is a film that replaced the would-be third season of Sora no Otoshimono, an anime I find sadly underrated. It's often cast aside as yet another pile of trash fanservice, when in fact it has an incredibly deep storyline, as well as fantastic emotion and drama. SnO Final forgets about all of that-- no, they deliberately ignore it in this mess of a film.

The SnO manga had mountains of story left to tell. A third season would have barely managed to fit all of that in, but it was still possible. When it was confirmed that we were getting a second film instead, that dream was crushed. Yet there was still hope. Towards its end the anime deviated from the manga, making it possible that this new movie might provide a unique ending while still borrowing key elements from the source material. We were worried, but we had faith. What we got, however, was nothing of the sort.

The movie begins with Ikaros' dramatic climax from the second-to-last chapter. Immediately this is unsettling; there was no way they could fit the massive final arc and all of its setup into this 50 minute timeblock. The scene progresses, and ends approximately where the chapter does. It then cuts away to several months prior, a typical day at the Sakurai household. From this point to the penultimate scene, the film is nothing but random filler chapters meshed together to create a bastardization of the romantic progression between Ikaros and Tomoki. Chapters are placed where they don't belong for no rhyme or reason, important plot points are tweaked to move along this clusterfuck of a story, and the supporting cast is reduced to comic relief and pointless exposition. But this isn't even the worst offense. Consistently, the film teases all of the major plotlines. ALL of them! And what do we get from it? NOTHING!! Absolutely nothing, as if to say "All this cool stuff happened, but you don't get to see it." I may not speak for everyone, but I for one was offended by this. This movie's lack of care for the audience's appreciation of detail was insulting. In the end, Ikaros' dramatic climax concludes, and the movie ends... bitter, and incomplete.

One may argue that speaking from the point of view of somebody who read the manga is unfair, and that I should take it as a piece of the anime and nothing more. Ok, let's try that.

Right off the bat I have no clue what's going on. What is Zeus? Why are they attacking it? What happened to Nymph and Sugata? Where is everybody else? Why is the world falling apart?
All of these questions come from the first scene alone, and the rest of the movie fails to answer any of them. This movie expects you to read more
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Aug 10, 2014
Ashita no Joe (Manga) add
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Simply put, Ashita no Joe is nothing short of a timeless masterpiece of a manga. This really is likely to be one of the greatest manga creations that has ever been created as well as one of the greatest that will ever be created. In every single medium, whether it be in literature, film or anything else for that matter, there are a select few creations that manage to transcend the media in and off itself and become something truly epic, truly beautiful and truly classic. Ashita no Joe manages to pull of this staggering feat. It manages to go far beyond being just another inspirational story about one scrappy young lad's rise to the top of his particular sport. Ashita no Joe is a grand story about the entire life of it's main character, poignantly detailing all of the excruciating pain and suffering, expressing every thought and every action with moving and genuinely emotional realism. It is for this reason that anyone with even a modicum of admiration to the thing that we call manga owes it to themselves to check out this series at one point or another.

It wouldn't exactly be wrong to say that the story of Ashita no Joe starts out in a fairly cliche way. The protagonist of this sports manga starts life as some no name punk who wanders around the streets as he has no place to belong but then that all changes when he comes across Danpei Tange who is a failed boxing coach turned drunkard who spots Joe's innate boxing talent and proclaims that with his training Joe's fists will someday conquer the boxing world. While this may sound similar to things you may have seen in other series it must be remembered that Ashita no Joe is one of the pioneers for the genre and that most of those other series are actually just inspired in one way or another by this series.

This being a sporting based series the plot has that tendency to progress in a very predictable manner. There's a fight announced, a rivalry develops, the two rivals finally square of in the ring and after the fight ends the cycle begins once more, but I would just like to say that the plot in the series is really anything but conventional. There are many unexpected plot twists and I can guarantee that certain events in this story will simply leave your mouth agape and you'll find yourself nearly paralyzed by the shock of what you've just read, yes really, things really are that intense in this manga.

Unlike many other manga series that come under the category of sports, Ashita no Joe is not exactly a cheerful or uplifting series. At points it's very brooding, the atmosphere is dark and serious and often sombre and melancholic. This series takes itself seriously and the story of Ashita no Joe is a very serious one. The heavy tone of this series separates it from others and is very important in read more
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Jun 30, 2014
Sidonia no Kishi (Manga) add
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A quick note: should you be interested in picking up this manga after viewing the 2014 anime adaptation, you can expect the same general story with a few very noticeable differences. The adaptation has streamlined and condensed the events depicted in chapters 1 – 26 or so, leaving out several events that are key to the manga. You may be confused if you don't start right at the beginning, which I greatly recommend. Both do certain things better than the other. The manga does include a “chapter 0” that was not adapted; make sure to look out for it!

Tsutomu Nihei's “Knights of Sidonia” is an ongoing space odyssey manga with mecha elements, set in a bleak yet hauntingly beautiful vision of the future. It's an exciting story with a slightly formulaic but overall unpredictable narrative crafted with the utmost attention to small details that make the world feel alive. It is, however, not without its flaws.

Humanity's enemy, the Gauna, are mysterious alien creatures composed of “true bodies” encased in regenerating placenta. A Gauna can shape its placenta into anything it desires, frequently doing so to resemble human beings. Should the placenta be breached and the true body be pierced with a mysterious material called “kabi,” the Gauna will immediately disintegrate. Simple enough.

The titular spacefaring megastructure, Sidonia, at approximately five kilometers wide and 29 kilometers long, has too much bulk to directly combat the Gauna. Instead, it relies on a battalion of humanoid robots that require the manual control of pilots (Sidonia's "knights"). These robots, known as Guardians, engage the Gauna while the ship provides support with an arsenal of doomsday weapons such as energy cannons, mass drivers, anti-planet warheads, and a 28 kilometer railgun that would make Mikoto Misaka proud. The latter are so incredibly destructive that the crew needs to assess the repercussions before firing. When Sidonia does fire, you brace yourself and hold on tight.

To keep the formula fresh, new technology is constantly introduced on the human side while each Gauna the ship encounters is unique in some way. Even fights against hordes of your standard disposable Gauna grunt are made interesting by new weaponry or a drastic change in terrain.

The previously mentioned technological breakthroughs are occasionally the answer to a problem, resulting in several instances of deus ex machina. While Tsutomu still manages to make these situations exciting, I would have much rather seen the obstacle overcome with simple ingenuity. This does, however, positively affect the overall story, as Sidonia gradually transitions from prey to predator. Even then, some tech simply blew me away with how cool it was (one word: Mizuki).

Battles are cleverly depicted from two alternating perspectives: the battlefront itself and Sidonia's bridge. Tsutomu uses the bridge, which is dominated by a massive digital display that monitors ongoing activities, to help us better understand the current situation as well as the tactics and maneuvers (which, might I say, are very interesting) that are being employed by the crew. I've found it to be a very read more
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MiniSiets
21 minutes, 12 seconds.

This number is your one chance to save yourself from the disasterphe that is the Oreimo ending. Once you reach this point in the final episode of the OVAs, stop the playback and end it right there. So long as you do, it provides a perfectly solid conclusion to the series with no cop outs or asspulls, and the rest of the story can easily be left to your imagination. If you are a glutton for punishment however, proceed at your own risk. Know that what you see cannot be unseen though. Trust me on this one, take the blue pill and stay in wonderland Neo. You don't want to know how far down the rabbit hole goes in this case. I'll take you out for a juicy and delicious steak instead.

I originally was planning on writing a review for the entire series, but upon completing this crime against humanity, that idea was quickly jettisoned out the airlock like a refrigerator aboard the Bebop. I consider myself fairly lenient when it comes to entertainment that pisses me off, as I can usually see at least some redeeming qualities about it to overlook its flaws and misgivings, but what Oreimo did was such a travesty, so anger, much shitty, wow... Erhmm, what I mean to say is, this is basically the worst ending to a series I've ever seen; beating out Berserk in maximum trollage of its fanbase. There is simply no justifiable explanation for what it did. It is the one cop out ending to rule them all. Thus, out of sheer anger and resentment, I feel compelled to write this very specifically targeted review in the off-chance that I might spare even one other poor soul from being sucked into the empty void that is the experience you will feel in the aftermath of Oreimo.

As this is a sequel to an anime entitled "My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute", by now everyone who has made it this far should be well aware of the incest undertones that are pervasive throughout the series. For some this has been off-putting, but they've managed to stomach it because of the interesting relationships and situations that have developed, or perhaps because it is animated and therefore not real, they don't see it as a problem. In my case, I've never had any problem with it. In fact, I actually rather liked this aspect about the anime. Much like the series' focus on otaku culture, it allows viewers to see how a social taboo could be painted in a positive light, but instead of just preaching to the choir by only focusing on otakus, the author also gets us to consider other socially unacceptable conduct and whether we should be quick to judge others when suddenly confronted with another behavior that we might not understand. With all this in mind, much of what you will see in this sequel finale should really come as no surprise for the most part, read more
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Dec 28, 2013
Toriko (Manga) add
Soul_Punisher
This Review is for those who are intending on reading toriko so its About time someone gave an honest objective reason as to why someone should read the Manga without any spoilers...
So let me give you Toriko's main Pros & Cons:

Pros
+ World Building
This is where Toriko has an obvious advantage over the typical battle shounens. The sheer scale and diversity of the planet in which the story is set is awesome!.

+ Battles
The fights in Toriko highlight the "battle" in being a battle shounen. More often than not, in head to head fights there are no holds barred. Characters just don't give a flying F about themselves during battle and risk it all - not going into any spoilers here, but manga readers will understand which greatly improves the intensity of each fight.

The added gore helps too, SO Much helpful than the anime version which never does it Justice Despite getting the push by the crossover with Dbz and One Piece in an anime special earlier.
Sometimes overlooked, but the author does manage to describe characters abilities and their concepts, giving a better understanding of the situation where things maybe seem a bit messy at first glance.

+Plot Twists
Admittedly Shima's story does deliver some impressive and unforeseeable events which leave the reader completely bemused.

+ Sheer Power
What I like a lot is The strength of some of the characters in this series can make the jaw drop...
Not to mention the creativity of some abilities are unique in its own way for a shounen its like a influence of Hokuto no ken, Dbz and Asura's wrath (Yes I mention Asura's wrath the video game in terms of all the Beasts and creatures called gohma that asura fights against,) Anyways what I will say is that The power scheme within this manga series is Damn Good.

Cons
- Slow Starter
The first 25-50 chapters of Toriko are rather vague as to what the series wants to achieve. The premise of being in a Gourmet Age where food (quality food) is the most valuable asset, and only capable hunters can procure the higher quality ingredients doesn't motivate the story until later on- where Acacia's full course is introduced. Only when all the heavenly King's are introduced fully does the story's momentum pick up.

- Story-telling
Throughout the manga, especially in the earlier chapters, the story seems a little inconsistent, jumping from an epic, well foreshadowed battle to consecutive chapters of extensive dialogue which serves little purpose. The latter has been rare as of late, and it does seem like Shima has improved in this area greatly.

- Lack-luster characters
Hate to admit it, but it's true. Some of the characters, relatively speaking, are as bland as a slice of bread despite how their personality come across. Not trying to be harsh but I think they could be better Just saiyan.

Overall: Major stuff happen much Later on and let me tell you It gets even more Crazier. The Manga has so much going for it than the read more
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Nov 23, 2013
Non Non Biyori (Anime) add
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This anime is a panacea of the heart and mind.

Life too stressful? Worried or anxious about something? Just sit down in front of the screen and put this anime on, and all your concerns will dissolve away - probably within seconds. Everything - setting, plot, sound, music, art, humour - all of it is perfectly crafted at maximising this effect. And what an effect it is.

The story itself is a simple one. It follows the daily lives of four girls of various ages who all live in the same rural village and are in the same class at school. Almost everything that happens is following their daily lives, with events that are both realistic and completely believable. As far as overarching story goes, that's about it - this isn't an anime you should be watching if you only care for a tense plot full of twists and turns. It is predominantly episodic in nature, although characters and settings are gradually built up over time so there's no lack of progress. Each episode contains one or two stories, every single one of which is a joy to watch and will melt your heart. The humour is lighthearted in tone, and is aimed at adding to this heart-melting effect, rather than at making you laugh out loud, although there are a few moments that could do this as well. There are also a few moments that will invoke other emotions, all very effectively and very naturally.

The cast is focused mainly on the four girls. Komari is the eldest of the four, although you wouldn't know it by looking. She is very self conscious of the fact that she is unusually small for her age and tries to make up for this by attempting (and largely failing) to act grown up. Hotaru, on the other hand, is unusually mature, at least on a physical level, for a fifth grader. She also quickly develops a crush on her cute chibi senpai, although none of the others ever seem to realise it. Natsumi is Komari's younger sister, and is a bit of a layabout. She's too lazy to work hard at anything and is always getting in trouble for one thing or another. And then there's Renge, called "Ren-chon" by Natsumi. I could honestly wax lyrical about Ren-chon all day, but I don't want to bore you any more than I already am, so I'll just say that she's the youngest of the cast, who knows a lot about things that you wouldn't expect a first grade student to know, but otherwise acts fairly normally for her age. Oh, she also has some brilliant facial expressions, and Koiwai Kotori's voice acting of her character is a definite candidate for being the best I've ever come across.
Every member of the supporting cast, just like the main characters, each have their own distinctive but realistic and believable personalities, and are every bit as likeable as the central four cast members.

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Nov 21, 2013
Haikei, Niisan-sama (Manga) add
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A sweet, slow-paced story of two brothers and their unusual yet strangely entrancing relationship.

Haikei Niisan focuses on the story of overly-dependent Yutaka, whose fondest childhood memories were of him and his older brother, Minoru. Yutaka was always overly attached to his brother, who was something of a second parent to him. As the years pass, Yutaka's feelings for Minoru transcends that of your typical sibling relationship - and Minoru's constant absence from home leaves Yutaka forever yearning for him. How will Yutaka fare as his feelings become increasingly intimate, and what of Minoru's feelings for Yutaka? Can a love like this ever prevail?

The topic of incest is an interesting one because it is commonly linked to sinfulness and even fetish material - basically, it's a scorned-upon topic. However, Haikei Niisan manages to illustrate the other side of it in the form of an innocent love between two brothers who grew closer than best friends. The narration really does a great job in making you able sympathize with the two main characters. As the story progresses, one might even able to completely forget about the taboo nature of such a love, because the story revolves around just that - a love story between two conflicted individuals who are unable to express their true feelings that were kept locked away for so many years. Yutaka and Minoru's affinity for each other is just so innocent and pure, you can't help but root for them.

The art is very well done, and very efficient in depicting the atmosphere. Great use of soft gradients in the backgrounds to enhance the nostalgic feel of the flashbacks into Yutaka's childhood; it enhances the gentle atmosphere of the manga. Illustrations are very well done for the more emotional scenes (like when the reader is given insight into the character's thoughts). Expressions are beautifully drawn and can really stir up empathy during the more emotional parts.

Conclusion:
Haikei Niisan is a refreshing read, especially for those seeking "forbidden love" stories. It is a romance story involving two conflicted individuals, and the ever-increasing pressure to conceal their love for each other, simple as that. Even if incest is not your thing, I would recommend trying this manga because it does an excellent job of showing a sweet and innocent love, hindered by a topic that is sometimes misunderstood in our society.
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Sep 7, 2013
Aoi Hana (Manga) add
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It proves difficult to write about something which has been a part of a life; each moment became a memory, every volume, a mark of another year having passed.

Perhaps I'm the worst person to talk about Aoi Hana. Having begun publishing in 2004, it was a manga with which I've grown up. It covers in its almost decade-long lifespan three solid years of the lives of two teenagers, Manjoume Fumi and Okudaira Akira. Or perhaps we can say it shows even more, decades of their lives, ranging from early childhood to early adulthood.

It is this time difference that makes this series hard for me to talk about. I began reading as a teenager myself, feeling the very same as Fumi, the main voice of the series. As she experienced her first loves, first heartbreak and other emotions, I grew kinship with her. But as years wore on, I eventually, inevitably found adulthood, while the characters (formerly voices of my own youth) became people I could observe through my own life experiences. Their mistakes, misgivings and apprehensions which were things once eliciting acute vicarious sympathy and empathy, then brought out of me, "There, there. It will be all right." It became almost painfully nostalgic. Warm, familiar, past.

As Shimura began to detail a year of fiction across years of reality, the experience of Aoi Hana changed. The manga itself changed. Rarely does the narrative and the point-of-view of an artist mature. Art evolves, of course. But the voice of the characters, the way their stories are told hardly changes. Yet with Shimura, it's almost as though you can see over time how her own artistry developed. Sometimes the blackest of panels had more to say with a single, stark white line of text than a full-blown page, busy with drawings and images. Aoi Hana's character designs sometimes suffered from inconsistent, seemingly lazy production, but its overall beauty compensates for any drops in quality. And any time the art layered the complexity of the story... you'll forgive and forget. Genius might be the only appropriate word for whenever Shimura does right by her trade.

Aoi Hana begins as a simple, soft manga about high school life with two best friends. By the end of the series, it's a cryptic, heavy, often-confusing observation of human relationships. This is not a bad thing. As the chapters became shorter, the dialogue became poetry. The art itself turned into a kind of prose propelling everything forward, rich in its unspoken role in storytelling. Shimura's handling of the series in its later stages would undoubtedly frustrate readers. But these pages are meant to be poured over again and again. Panels are designed to consider all the content and infrastructure. Words are meant to be deciphered. Her dialogue becomes as impenetrable and difficult to comprehend as the hardest human emotion, as the most unknown and mysterious feeling.

The beginning seems weak, as does the ending. Where is the start of this? Where is the closure? This was something I'd pondered for read more
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Apr 8, 2013
Aku no Hana (Manga) add
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Let me start this review off with a miniature literature lecture. Charles Baudelaire was a crazy French poet who was an aspiring lawyer but decided to drop it all and become the archetypal struggling artist. He borrowed money extensively and spent them on booze and whores. Of course, he burnt out and died from overdrinking alcohol but he left behind a grand literary legacy. His poetry was vulgar, decadent and entirely brilliant, inspiring a movement called the Symbolist movement.

But rather than focus on Baudelaire, let’s focus on another poet called Rimbaud (Takao also reads him). Rimbaud became and avid fan of Baudelaire. He was a young teenager and felt trapped in his parent’s home. He frequently ran away from home and eventually moved to Paris to join the Symbolist movement there. The most important thing he preached was the theory of the voyant. Rimbaud believed that a true poet (the voyant, or seer) could only achieve the pinnacle of his art with what he called ‘the derangement of the senses’. He believed that a poet had to achieve every kind of evil and suffering, to make his own soul into a monster. He saw Baudelaire as the first voyant in the whole of poetic history. Of course Rimbaud took the same path of decadence Baudelaire took. His poetic career only lasted 5 years, yet he wrote works that are widely read by the French public even to this day. After his 5 years in Paris, he spontaneously decided to travel to Africa and in the end became an arms dealer. He died of a sickness he caught overseas.

Finally let’s go to an era that’s closer to our time, around 1940s – 1950s in America. A group of Literature students in Colombia University felt sick to their stomach about the actions of the US government and about life in general. Of course, I’m referring to the Beat Generation. Allen Ginsberg’s famous “Howl” and Jack Kerouac’s famous “On the Road” became a cult classic, leading to the rise of an entire new counterculture movement altogether. The most important thing is that the members of the Beat Generation were influenced by Rimbaud. When one reads On the Road reads up about the lives of Beat Generation writers, the main theme running among them all is spontaneity and anarchic freedom. They aimed to flout the rules and societal norms as much as possible and to lead a life of utmost chaos.

After reading a couple of the reviews posted on this manga, I see the same things repeated again and again. I see people reading it as a manga about Femdom and they claim the plot is unoriginal because the “sadistic girl forcing the guy to make a contract” has been done before. On the other hand I saw the work as a completely differently thing altogether. Of course it requires a certain mindset to see this perspective.

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Feb 27, 2012
Oyasumi Punpun (Manga) add
voltadelphine
Oyasumi Punpun is one of the greatest coming of age stories told in any form of media. This story is a very relative tale of alienated youth riddled with heavy accuracy. The story is very well developed and is partially due to its long timeline spanning from Punpun's life in elementary school to his early 20's. It deals with many mature issues like sex and depression all told in a frank manner that is coated with a strange dark sense of humor and supreme melancholy. There is a lot going on including a couple of side stories involving people that are or were once in Punpun's life, like his uncle and his old classmates. There is also a side story about a strange cult that has been foreshadowed in the very first volumes and is slowing becoming bigger and more important to the story. Inio Asano's storytelling talent is probably best showcased in this series. He manages to keep the story strikingly relatable while throwing wacky surrealism in and weaving together one huge moving piece with many plots and characters.

The art is absolutely gorgeous. The speechless panels of messy rooms and hopeless youth crying in bed has never looked so glamorous. The obvious and most interesting aspect of the art in this manga is how the main character and his family are drawn. The idea of Punpun and his family being depicted as a poorly drawn cartoon birds is absolutely genius! You have to understand that these people aren't really cartoons walking around in an oblivious world but are physical manifestations of how Punpun feels about himself and his family. You really get a sense of how important that theme is in later volumes where his appearance starts to shift and understanding why that is.

The characters in this manga are really great. Asano is very good at creating solid characters, and again with the timeline, they have ample time to develop smoothly. The only thing negative I would say about the characters is that they are extreme and there is no effort in making them "likeable" because they are too busy proving how genuine they are with their actions and words. So you either you love them or hate them, It might irritate some people who don't like when characters are a little too pitiful or preachy, like people who don't like The Catcher in the Rye because Holden Caulfield "just whined the whole time."

This story can really throw you through a loop. It's very long and twisting and silly and serious at the same time so it's a not a "light read" by any means. the word enjoyment is a little off but I would definitely say this manga affected me. There are times where you will laugh and times you will feel really depressed. But all in all It's very smart, real, and stylish so if you can handle depressing stories it's well worth it.
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Oct 19, 2011
Major S5 (Anime) add
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Baseball, in my province, is infamous for being a very slow and boring sport to watch. I would usually follow a few matches on TV even though my aunt would always fall asleep in middle of the match. Indeed, baseball can be boring to watch, but it is in no way boring to play. This sport is probably one of the most exciting to take part in. While it seems slow when you're watching it, it goes really, really fast if you're actually on the field.

Major S5 makes me feel exactly like that. Being on the field, even though I'm sitting on a couch watching an anime about baseball. I could very well go outside and play myself-- but why should I when I get the same thrill without any physical effort?

Life as a professional baseball player isn't easy. There are many obstacles a pro (and any normal person at that) can encounter -- be it injuries, lack of motivation, slumps, family issues. Goro's life has never been a straight road, he might've lost the track many times, and yet, he's never failed to find it again.

Sometimes, a series with lots of sequels will usually have its plot fall short after a few seasons due to lack of material and unecessary filler episodes. After the trainwreck season that was Major S4, I didn't know what to expect from the fifth one. It was probably going to be as boring and unevenful as S4.

I was wrong.

I personally believe that the fifth part of Major is the most meaningful as it brings a lot of character development along with a fine conclusion to an epic saga.

Being a direct continuation from season four, Goro returns to Japan after his latest baseball season in the USA. Back home, he learns from his friend and rival, that there will be a baseball World Cup organized in America a year from now.

S5 went back to its old 'match, heavy training, match, heavy training and fighting out with a rival' formula used in season 1 to 3. As much as it sounds like your typical shonen anime, what really made it special was that I could see the plot going somewhere-- it wasn't just random matches in a random tournament. It was the BASEBALL WORLD CUP for god's sake. The training was actually meaningful; winning the World Cup is a pretty big deal. What made the plot believable was that Team Japan itself didn't feel invincible (unlike other sports anime out there where the protagonist's team is made of mary sues with pratically no apparent flaws.) The only drawback is that a few matches could drag on longer-- they were hyped so much just to last an episode and a half. What a killjoy. There were also a few slice of life episodes that were actually revelant to the plot as they brought in a lot of room for character development, especially on Goro and Shimizu's side. I'll explain it later.

Having switches studios (Hibari to SynergySP) read more
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Nov 7, 2010
Hajime no Ippo (Anime) add
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"What? 76 episodes of… boxing? 76 episodes set in a small square ring? Yeah, right."

I had no idea.

What makes this anime special is undoubtedly the characters. How each character is so likeable, so original, and so fully developed that you end up understanding, caring, and rooting for them in the end. How even the ones that only last an episode, even Ippo's opponents can be given such plausible and staggering backstories that you might actually find yourself siding against the main hero for a match or two. And how these characters are just so serious with their lives that you really feel it, and you end up believing that such a world could actually exist out there.

You know you love an anime when it drives you to shout, to hold your breath, and to jump right out of your seat. You know you love an anime when the thrill makes your spine tingle so much that you actively root and cheer and punch the air in victory as if you were right there ringside. You know you love it when you marathon through 15 episodes one night, and wake the next morning only to continue watching. And even after 76 episodes and two bonuses, you can't let go. They've already wrapped you up in that world, those characters, their lives, their ambitions, and suddenly… suddenly you're expected to just leave?

No.

You know you love an anime when, trying to show it to a friend, you somehow end up watching the entire thing again with him/her. And you still shout, you still laugh, you still find yourself out of your seat punching the air the second, the third, the sixth time you've seen it.

And you can't stop smiling. Because you get to live in their world again.
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Sep 30, 2010
Berserk (Manga) add
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"Have you ever hated someone so much, that this feeling alone would drive you to do horrific and impossible to grasp things?
Have you ever hated someone so much, that your whole life was focused on finding that person and ripping him apart?
Have you ever hated someone so much, that you would forget about your humanity, purge it all just to find enough power, for one, single fraction of a moment, one chance to get your revenge...

What would your eyes look like in that very moment...? Insane? Terrified? Passionate? Happy? Or maybe... satisfied...

Look into his eyes, and find nothing there..."

When I first learned that there is something like Berserk manga, I was a bit surprised. That was some 7 years ago and little did I know about relations between anime and manga. Either way, I took my chances and downloaded several first volumes.
You can imagine my surprise when I noticed that the manga is a far cry from the anime which really made my day some time ago. Having struggled through the first chapters I moved on to the next volumes. You know, the anime itself is, in all its ingenuity, only a small fraction of the whole manga... As small as several volumes with some deleted scenes and a bit redone ending at that. However, by the moment I reached 'the anime plotline' in manga (which is volume 3) I got already interested in the manga itself.

I think that there's no point in summarising the plot. You can read it above, and for the sake of not spoiling anything, I think you should. You have to, however know this: Berserk manga, in terms of plotline and characters development - is by far the best manga I have ever read, the most complete one, the most multi-dimensional one, the most memorable one... Nowhere else will you be told the stories of sub characters so bluntly and yet discreet that you won't even notice. Nowhere else will you receive such a huge dose of information, and yet still be able to comprehend it effortlessly. This is something uncanny, and frankly, I doubt that anyone ever will be able to reach the level.

The characters are just great. On one hand we have Gutts and Griffith, shades of black and white, fire and water. Being so different, neither can live without the other one. They're like Yin and Yang, two halves of the same coin - even in his darkest moments Griffith still finds himself as Gutts' friend, although few minutes later this friendship changes into hatred and horrific envy. Their whole story is like that, they start off as great friends who would die for each other with smiling face, but only one of them is really committed here.
Characters shine even more when we consider other protagonists and antagonists. No person is left shallow and without a story to tell. Miura-sempai explains everything in a given time and briefly enough to keep you interested. Unlike in other titles where antagonists exist read more
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Sep 20, 2010
Pokemon: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu (Anime) add
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This was my favorite movie as a child, and it always made me sad to watch it every time, so watching it again having gone through the self-discovery of adolescence made me realize why it was so impacting.

The reason why Ash is always able to win is because he's friends with his Pokémon. The whole series is an allegory on how you're supposed to treat your fellow man, using the relationship between Pokémon and their trainers as a parallel for the relationship between human beings.

Mewtwo's hatred for mankind stems from their lack of compassion - he was basically used. He was given life, and then treated as less-than-life - a tool to be used for human purposes, rather than a living being with a living will and a purpose. He has no purpose of his own, he didn't know he was, so he lashed out against all of humanity, and against the Pokémon he felt were being used by their masters.

Mew is his foil, as Mew is everything that Mewtwo is, minus the hatred. Mew loves mankind because he knows that they're just another form of life on the planet. He eliminates the antipathy between humans and Pokémon by realizing that they're all the same. Pokémon and their trainers can be friends, but can also walk their own paths, just like all humans in real life.

Mewtwo makes his own purpose in life the destruction of life itself, but realizes that isn't the way things are supposed to be. The reality of friendship "slaps him in the face" as he sees all the Pokémon weeping over the petrification of a human being who only wanted to protect his friends.

Pikachu is the Pokémon embodiment of friendship. The relationship between Ash and Pikachu is the entire central theme of Pokémon: friendship prevails over selfishness. Pikachu's will is so similar to that of Ash's that he refuses to fight the other Pikachu (essentially, refuses to fight another living being to prove to the other Pikachu that the fighting is pointless - even Meowth, who's supposed to be one of the "bad guys" knows better than to fight like that), even as it continues to slap him over and over again.

The most saddening part of the movie as a child was when Pikachu just kept taking the hits without retaliating. As an adult, I understand why that was so heartbreaking: Because that's the way many people in the world are, just fighting each other to prove that their purpose means anything, instead of just banding together in friendship.

We've been so deadened as a society that we think that that is "cheesy," and "children's material." No. Fuck that - I've been through the ringer in life, and I can still come back around and see the value in a story like this. It's a parallel to life, and I believe the creators would be very sad to know that audiences are taking it with a grain of salt instead of realizing the true message behind their read more
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Apr 25, 2010
Pandora Hearts (Manga) add
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I never expected to like Pandora Hearts. I hate the Victorian era, get easily bored by mysteries, and am typically annoyed by fluffy cuteness. I much prefer violence, blood, and deep, dark storylines. And yet, I love Pandora Hearts to pieces!! I think I experience it from a different angle than many other PH fans, so I want to offer my perspective.

I love all the characters here. Really, I've never loved so many characters so much before. They all have very colorful personalities, representing most of the standard animanga archetypes but elaborating on each in unique ways. I connect with all of them very strongly. There's lots of great chemistry between the characters, ranging from laugh-out-loud funny to depressingly-dark. I love the full spectrum of emotion here. But characters alone do not a good series make.

The plot is incredible. It is complex, but not to the point of confusion. The whole thing so far is about unraveling what happened during a tragedy 100 years ago in order to prevent it from happening again. As such, most of the plot takes place in the past, and is revealed through pieces of characters' memories. Herein lies my favorite philosophical obsession with this series. I love how PH addresses the fact that partial memory is a very dangerous thing. The characters get their memories back gradually, and in very fragmented form. They don't know the whole story, and their assumptions about what happened and about who they are given the limited information they have affects self-image, personality, and actions, even if the assumption they made isn't true.

How do people deal with the idea that there's more to them than the life they know, or that they're essentially more than one person? What if everybody around them expects them to be somebody else? How does this shape their perception of identity? What if you don't remember enough? What if you forgot that you wanted to forget? And what do you do when you remember too much? Or what if the past that made you who you are completely changed? These are the kinds of questions addressed in Pandora Hearts.

There is much re-read value in this series. Many things happen before they are explained, or before a character remembers its significance, so you pick up on a lot of things you missed on your 2nd (or 3rd or 10th) read through.
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Apr 8, 2010
Piano no Mori (Manga) add
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I first stumbled upon Piano no Mori while searching for a sports manga. At first I thought it was going to be something boring; however, after a few chapters, I realized I could not stop reading. My first impression of the manga was that it was about some elementary school kids and music, however, it soon progresses into something greater. I know most of you do not enjoy reading mangas about elementary kids as it takes away a lot of the drama; however this is not the case for this manga. As seen later on, the childhood of the characters sets the stage for a promising series of developments.

The manga is about a music prodigy that was brought up by a prostitute mother in a rural the red light district called "edge of the forest." Kai, the protagonist, was never taught how to play the piano, yet he is able to learn songs after just hearing them a couple of times. Since an early age he has played with a piano found in the middle of a forest, a piano which was abandoned by a famous concert pianist due to the arm injury that destroyed his career. About a couple of years later, Amamiya, Shuuhei; son of a concert pianist and brought up to follow the path of his father, transfers and meets Kai. Along with a couple of other events, such as meeting the owner of the piano in the forest, Kai starts taking a serious interest in music and ventures into the world of music and out of the "edge of the forest".

Although the synopsis might sound common, there are a lot of elements in the manga that make it extremely enjoyable. First of all, the manga is extremely realistic, with a golden pacing. You can clearly understand the standpoints of each character and you completely immerse into the world that Kai lives in. It makes you feel the emotions of the characters and realize the harshness of childhood. For example, while reading the manga, I seriously had anger fits and the urge to strangle one of the Kai's classmates, a fat kid that often bullies Kai. In many aspects, such as music appreciation and the uniqueness of each musical piece, it resembles Nodame Cantabile. If you have liked Nodame Cantabile, you will surely love Piano no Mori.

In regards to the Art, at first it might seem really childish, consisting of kids with flushed cheeks and a lot of shading. However, as the story progresses, it appears to be getting better. I do not mean better as in the art style drastically changes, but you certainly get used to the art and realize that it is quite adequate to convey that kind of story. The art serves the purpose of making the events understandable. The only thing I would have liked to see more is actual musical notes when the characters play the piano. As of now, most of the time when characters play the piano, read more
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