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Mar 27, 2014
It wouldn't be too outlandish to say that Gonzo has a reputation of having its earliest works (pre-2007) being its best. But being as unique as it is, Bokurano doesn't have enough to call itself the best of Gonzo's early works, but its certainly good enough to be considered great in its own regards, and something that the studio can be proud of. With a brilliantly cruel and tiring plot, but an all-too-known moral standing, Bokurano can keep its viewers on the edge, while giving them something meaningful to think about.

When it comes to animation and design, Gonzo has never been a great achiever, albeit read more
Jan 15, 2014
In what can be considered probably one of the most prominent genres in the industry thus far, it's hard to stand out in the slice-of-life genre when pretty much everything has been done without breaking from the overall formula. Natsuiro Kiseki doesn't try too hard to stand out above the rest, but it certainly stays within the common tropes and flow of other SoL shows, while keeping up a nice presentation with a fluid soundtrack, above-average animation and fair voice acting.

The SoL genre today, by definition, pretty much just demands it to be a show about cute girls doing cute things and, as much as read more
Jan 15, 2014
Harem anime offer a multitude of aspects for a viewer to enjoy when watching one. Viewers are offered what`s essentially a line-up of different female characters (or males for the reverse genre) who tend to all follow a certain archetype that`s become fairly common in most genres of moe-blob, and slice of life shows, and almost staple to visual novel adaptations. Given that the characters are interesting enough, with a sensible plot behind them, anyone can find at least one character who found themselves enjoying the time of day given to that one specific character, even though that, canonically, the main girl will be chosen read more
Dec 31, 2013
Gainax lives up to its name with this early addition to its collection of energetic and fast paced works, Magical Shopping Arcade, which proves to be as clever as it is quirky. With good character development and a fresh way to keep up the flow of a story with a strong background, Magical Shopping Arcade proves to be a fun experience, with few mistakes until its disappointing ending.

For an early-2000 anime, Abenobashi stands out in animation. Although its unfair to compare it to others for the sole sake of it being developed by Gainax, it's still worth mentioning the work put into its art style. read more
Dec 31, 2013
Nakaimo attempts to deviate from the normal harem trope using the common moe cliches of little sisters and archetypes, changing from an average harem to one that ends up being somewhat opposite of just that. However, because of the more dramatic and serious tone of the show, the impact of the story falls flat in an attempt to maintain its drama with an environment of moe blob archetypes and underdeveloped characters.

There's nothing special to be seen in Nakaimo. The art and animation are sub-par at best, and most if not all of the character designs are nothing special, other than hair color and someone who read more
Nov 5, 2010
As well done as the first season was, I can only say that R2 has done far better. Backed up by great [English] voice acting, artful character designs, an overwhelming plot, dynamic story and character development, an enthralling soundtrack, and great action, R2 earns its place in the Top 10 anime of all time (ranked by AnimeNewsNetwork).

One of season one's strong points was its ability to, in the plot, build up anticipation and suspense to the viewer, using cliffhangers and twists. R2 follows the same trick as its predecessor, but delivers much better. The best way to describe the plot of R2 is dynamic, meaning read more
Aug 21, 2010
Clannad ~After Story~ goes far beyond being an ordinary anime series, and serves as a life-changing experience. After Story is a brilliant anime that is cute, funny, and tragic which connects with its viewers emotionally unlike any other series before it, leaving it nothing less than a masterpiece.

While I did praise After Story more than any other series I've seen, I could not help but notice that Clannad's characters are almost too similar to those in Air, one of Key's other visual novels that came before Clannad. However, this is not to say that I disliked the characters. I enjoyed it very much read more
Aug 9, 2010
Generally when one watches a good series, one cannot help him or herself but become connected to the characters and setting in said series, in this case, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya as some people may prefer). I myself am no exception, and I can safely say the same for a very large number of people for Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. We become interested and are comfortable with the consistency of the environment, characters, and the "problem-here-fix-it-there," ordeal. But what happens when that very consistency that thousands of fans are comfortable with is destroyed? Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu happens.

The character who read more