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Apr 29, 2010
It will frequently be said that Baccano! (emphasis on the second 'a', I believe, if you care about that kind of thing) is a hardcore anime, containing rather heady themes, vulgar language, and some of the most deliciously graphic violence to grace our shores. In this light, the series on the whole should be considered as a reward to all those who are or aspire to be "hardcore ". Simply put, I have not enjoyed an anime as much as I've enjoyed Baccano! for some time.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same." Likewise, as much as Baccano! is a ferociously original show, read more
Apr 19, 2010
Welcome to the NHK on the whole has much in common with its main protagonist, Sato. Both are thoroughly odd and awkward balls of tension, yet if you do come to like them, it will likely be due to these faults rather than in spite of them.

In the area of music, NHK is indisputably endowed. The score for this show is unified yet fluid enough to change with the tone of the plot. Such functionality from a soundtrack is usually something you'd expect from a motion picture rather than a whole series, but that's exactly what you have here.

The animation, on the other hand, is read more
Feb 8, 2009
Whenever a film, animated or otherwise, strives for greatness, said film is always commendable for its pursuit, even if it does not succeed. Such is not the case, however, for Mind Game. This film aims at greatness and, if anything, overshoots it and lands right on masterpiece.

Some viewers may be strongly reminded of another film, Tekkon Kinkreet, when watching Mind Game, and this is to be expected. Both films share production houses 4 degrees Celsius and Asmik-Ace, thus explaining similarities in some of the more realistic character designs. Another link, though not as obvious, is that with the extremely surreal experimental feature Cat Soup. Masaaki read more
Jul 21, 2008
Kanokon (Anime) add (All reviews)
Before I begin, I'd like to say something for the record. I have no idea what you want from me when you ask me to rank a show's "sound". If I can hear it, that's fine by me, and a show's audio would have to be truely horrid for me to say anything against it. Now, on to Kanokon.

First off, the sound is utterly fantastic ; P

Seriously though, apart from having a nice rhythmic title, there's little to say for this show other than the obvious. The character designs are attractive (aesthetically as well as... well, you know), and it's just as well that the read more
Jun 17, 2008
One of the most popular archetypes of pop-culture is that of the accidental genius: the guy who achieves outstanding success with little visible effort or awareness. The most popular example of this as of late is that of Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates films, but it goes back all the way to such classic fables like "The Brave Little Tailor". Again, the accidental genius finds itself in Irresponsible Captain Taylor, and it's just as effective and entertaining.
Justy can't be bothered to look up his middle name Tylor is in many respects the idealic hero. While caring and compassionate, he remains firm in his persuits read more
Jun 11, 2008
The animation's better, as is the conclusion. That's all I feel I can say in favor of this season over the previous one. In every other way, Okawari falls short; not even the promise of gratuitous fanservice could help (which, by the way, the first season did just fine without). Not to say that it was bad. If you enjoyed the first season, then watching this one is the next logical step. Just don't expect any of the free-form plot progression that made Minami-Ke so outstanding. Apparently in the span of time between then and now the writers figured such unique pacing* was a bad read more
Jun 2, 2008
Preliminary
I'd heard good things about this show, and honestly, I'd hoped for a fun time in watching it. However, I took a risk in doing so that ultimately did not pay off: I watched the english dub before watching the origional sub. I can't stress enough the sad state of the dubbing for this show. The character's voices are whiny and bring about a total lack of interest in whatever cutesy slice-of-life story happens to be going on at the time. Granted, I didn't make it very far, but I just couldn't. Perhaps if I had seen it subbed things would be different, but I read more
Jun 2, 2008
Minami-Ke is a bit of an oddball show, even for the slice-of-life genre. The character designs are more realistic than the far more popular Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star (and it took be a bit to get used to the whole tear shaped mouth thing), and the plot is somewhat sporatic, bouncing form episodic to continuity at random (all animes do this, of course, but in the same episode?). These aren't complaints, however, just the facts. Really I can't think of anything bad to say about the series except that the pacing's a bit slow at first. Stick with it, though, and a taste for read more
May 28, 2008
I was plesantly surprised by this manga (I'm not calling it a series, since it's only two volumes long). The humor is a bit absurd but translates well alll the same, and it's plot doesn't get to bogged down (except just before the ending for a bit). Truth be told, there's nothing that exceptional about it: characters are colorful (a few are annoyingly so) but fairly normal, and the premise is pretty common actually. Still, it manages to pull everything off with good results, and the ending, while a tad sudden, is satisfying. The manga actually seems to benefit from being so short. Had it read more
May 26, 2008
Preliminary
There have been alot of shows like Nagasarete Airantou. It embodies pretty much every harem anime ever, though fortunatly only the good parts. The cast is varied and covers all the typical archetypes (buxom tomboy, cute/creepy girl, bookworm, ect.), and the male protagonist is refreshingly resilient and generally un-angsty (a criteria I hold for all anime). The character designs are well done and the standard of animation remains strong throughout all 26 episodes. The plotlines are more "slice of life" than romantic, though the main romance is well-developed (if never outrightly acknowledged >.<). All in all, this is by far one of the best anime read more