January 27th, 2012
Betrayal Knows My Name
Sakurai Yuki is a teenager with a mysterious power. He was abandoned at birth near the Asahi orphanage. Because of that event, Yuki strives for independence. He hates being a burden to anyone near him, but at the same time, he is afraid of being left alone. Moreover, ever since he can remember, he has had a strange ability that when he touches others, he can feel their emotion. Unable to control it, he's often made insensitive blunders in the past. He later meets a mysterious yet beautiful stranger who saves his life, but for some reason he feels like he's met before. While death looms and his ability gets stronger and stronger, a man who claims to be his older brother suddenly appears. What will Yuki do when he learns the truth?
This anime was really good. I love the character Zess (Luka), handsome, mysterious and badass! The story revolves around Yuki, a young man with a power he has no idea he has. But when it begins manifesting, others are drawn to him and want to kill him. Enter Zess, Yuki's protector along with a host of other guardians that will help him control his power. Although subbed, I could follow the story, which is good, and the animation is of good quality. I to recommend this one.
Togainu no Chi
After being devastated in the third World War (known as The Third Division), Japan was divided in two. Several years after the end of the war, a crime organization called Vischio has taken control of the destroyed city of Toshima (formerly Tokyo, Japan's capital city), where they are holding a battle game known as "Igura". The main character, a young man named Akira, is falsely accused of a crime. Once arrested, a mysterious woman appears before him, offering him freedom if he agrees to participate in Igura and defeat Igura's strongest man: the king, or "Il-Re". The story follows Akira's life in the harsh, lawless Toshima as he fights both to survive and to unravel the mysteries developing around him.
I so wish this anime was in engish dub because I had a lot of trouble understanding the storyline just by reading the subs. I did get that Akira is falsly accused of a crime and makes a deal with some woman to go to Toshima and participate in the game to eventually fight and defeat Il-Re and his crime would be forgiven. But like all deals, information is held back and you enter the situation half-blind.
All in all the anime is good (if you understand it), and probably after more watching and reading I will.
December 9th, 2011
Himeno Awayuki was a normal sixteen-year old girl until her father married a woman who happens to be rich. Since then, she has been perceived as an outcast by both her new stepsisters and her classmates. Later Himeno finds out from seven men called the Leafe Knights that she is something called Pretear, a girl who has the power to merge with and control the nature of the elemental-oriented powers from the Leafe Knights and stop an evil being called the Princess of Disaster.
I really enjoyed this anime. I love the characters and my favorites are Hayate and Sasame. It's very well dubbed and her outfits change when she preets with a different Leafe Knight. Kinda reminds me of Sakura in Cardcaptors when she changes outfits when chasing down a card. Prétear is an anime worth watching in my opinion.
After falling out of a 4th story window, Hashiba Sora has lost his memory. He returns to his school to find a new roommate in his dormitory. Sora gradually begins to fall in love with his new male roommate, while trying to put together pieces of his past.
I enjoyed this shounen-ai anime. As with many subs I've watched I wish this anime too could have been in english dub. Although the anime was good I think some of the chracters could have been a bit more developed; or maybe it's the translation that could have been better. I do wish there had been more episodes too.
December 7th, 2011
Twelve-year old Aoyagi Ritsuka is left with his insane mother as his only family when his brother, Seimei, is killed suddenly. After moving to a new school, he meets Agatsuma Soubi, who claims to have known his brother. Ritsuka eventually discovers that Soubi and Seimei used to be a fighting pair, whereby Soubi was the "Fighter" and Seimei was the "Sacrifice". Now that Seimei is gone, Ritsuka has inherited Soubi, who will become his "Fighter". After learning that Seimei was killed by an organisation known as the "Seven Moons", Ritsuka decides to investigate into his brother's death, with the sometimes useless help of Soubi, along the way. (ANN)
I really enjoyed watching this anime and wish they would do a season 2. I love Soubi, such an intriguing character.And the interaction between him and Ritsuka is great. I'd classify this anime as shounen-ai that could turn to yaoi if they did a second season and Risuka is older.
Update:I was able to find and download this anime in engoch dud and it was very well translated! I have to say I found it better in english because I could focus on the anime and not having to pause to read the subs.
December 5th, 2011
Meine Liebe / Meine Libe Wieder
The main hero of the anime is Orpherus, a young man who believes in a country ruled by its people and whose sister was killed in an act of terrorism two years prior. Orpherus, nicknamed Orphe, is surrounded by his friends and rivals and together they struggle to make their dream come true — being the king’s advisors.
The first season begins by introducing the characters, their past and their ambitions. Orpherus, Eduard, Camus, Ludwig and Naoji are five noblemen who attend the prestigious Rosenstolz academy, and who are a part of the Strahl class – a class for potential candidates for the advisory positions in the royal palace in the small European country of Kuchen. Isaac is an English writer who visits Kuchen. While still students, the five noblemen are forced to deal with corrupted politicians, secret agents, attempted murder and ambitious individuals from both inside and outside of school who threaten to break the fragile peace in their country, and even assassinate the king.
The five Strahl candidates return to their final year in Rosenstolz, but troubles are far from over. The previous headmaster disappears without saying a word and the new headmaster has a revolutionary idea that threatens to tear the academy apart. But there are troubles not only inside the academy. The king is hiding information, Lui’s mother is depressed and Lui himself is being accused of severe treason. While on the run Orphe is nearly shot once again, and Ed finds out that figures from their past have once again arrived at Kuchen. Now the five of them must prove Lui’s innocence while stopping a hideous ploy to sell Kuchen to foreign hands.
Although subbed this anime was really good. I enjoyed it. The characters are great and stay the same in both seasons with a few new chracters introduced in season 2. I really like Eduard. His friendship with Orpherus is very deep; they have a understanding of each other and can sometimes know what the other is thinking. I recommend both for your viewing pleasure.
December 3rd, 2011
When beautiful Tooru transferred to an all-boys school, he received a warm welcome...but little did he know that his new classmates had nominated him for the academy's "Princess System." The lovely campus "Princesses" must dress as girls (in frilly Gothic Lolita costumes) at school events in order to lighten the stolid masculine atmosphere. Tooru balks at first, but soon comes to realize the advantages of being a "Princess."
I really enjoyed this anime and wish it had been dubbed. I love the characters Tooru, Shihoudani and Mikoto. It's considered yaoi but there's only one kiss in the entire anime, so it's a very mild yaoi. These 3 guys dress up as girls to help encourage the all male school in their sports and clubs to do their best. Fun anime filled with humor, mild suspense and suggestive relationships. Worth watching.
It all started when Keita Ito received a letter sealed with the initial BL Academy. The most sophisticated all boys, on campus, Academy in the country. Now that Keita Ito is accepted in the school with an average GBA, as well as average skills in sports and writing, he doesn’t think that he belong in there. But with the help from the other students, will he be able to make it in BLA.
I really enjoyed this anime. Some would categorise this anime as yaoi, but it doesn't show that much; just a bit of skin here and there. No sex scenes at all. It's mostly all innuendo and feelings between Keita and Kazuki. It all take place at the Bell Liberty Academy and the male characters are handsome or I should say downright HOT! Although Keita hasn't much in skills or talent, he does have a little something that brings breath of fresh air to the school. If you like yaoi this is an anime for you.
November 28th, 2011
Ban Mido and Ginji Amano are a recovery duo infamously known as "GetBackers." Ban possesses two special powers: the "Snake Bite" (his hands have a gripping power of 200 kg) and the "Evil Eye" (anyone who looks into his eyes will be locked into a powerful and nightmarish hallucination). Ginji, on the other hand, has the ability to generate thousands of volts of electricity from his body. Together, they run a freelance business of recovering anything lost or stolen from a client—and they claim a 100% success rate at their job.
I truly enjoyed watching this anime. Ginji and Ban make a great team and I love Ban's Jagan eye technique. I especially love the intereaction between Ginji and Akabane; those moments were funny. Another character I liked is Kaziki and his threads. Although it has 49 episodes and may seem long, it's full of action that there are no boring parts at all. It's an anime well worth watching, so i highly recommend it.
13-year-old ballet student Ahiru is clumsy, good-hearted and sweet... and has a big secret. The mysterious Drosselmayer morphed a young duck into a girl to give her a mission: help a Prince to get the parts of his heart back. With that in mind, she morphs into Princess Tutu, whose magical dances ease the pain and purifies the bad feelings.
I enjoyed watching Princess Tutu. The story was sweet, the music enchanting and I love the characters. Poor Duck gets on probation a lot and I like the slow way the episodes lead up to how she feels for Fakir. I do wish in the end that she could have remained human, but I guess staying a duck and close to Fakir was the best that could happen.