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Apr 20, 2013
Exciting, if sometimes mind-bending, Sci-fi series with a ton of action.

PLOT: Noein is a series that while it contains many clichéd elements, still manages to be highly original and memorable. It tackles complex ideas like the multiple-world theory and the fluidity of the future and wraps them up in a very accessible and human story. There is always the danger when dealing with sci-fi that its all going to get very talky and incomprehensible and the characters will get caught up techno-babble and end up feeling aloof and unapproachable – such is thankfully not the case in Noein. Even the scientist characters remain human and read more
Apr 20, 2013
A very pretty and detailed OVA but the plot is too disjointed and confusing.

PLOT: I liked the premise of the plot and the setting of the action, but felt that the execution could have been much better. The scripting just feels random and it's almost like there are huge chunks of exposition cut from the final edit. I did like the realistic approach to warfare and the fact that there is no mecha – its all fighter jets, but I did feel that they went overboard with the techno-jargon as all that just went straight over my head! The central characters are no where near read more
Apr 19, 2013
An excellent mystery anime but extremely confusing at times.

PLOT: I’m having severe difficulties reviewing this show as its fairly random at times, and I didn’t really know what was going on half the time! It takes a similar structure to Baccano!, in that it consists of a large cast of characters and the timeline jumps about the place to cover their stories, and often shows the same scene in different perspectives. Its also similar to Paranoia Agent as the viewer doesn’t really know what’s going on for much of the time and its full of quite strange characters. Another show that I could compare Boogiepop read more
Apr 19, 2013
Polar Bear Café (Shirokuma Café): A charming, puntastic show filled with memorable moments – 9/10

PLOT: Polar Bear Café is about the daily lives of a bunch of animals who frequent a café run by the titular Polar Bear, including a panda, a penguin, a llama and a sloth (among many others). There are a few random humans thrown in there too – the perma-smiling Sasako, the bumbling zookeeper Handa and the panda obsessed florist Rin-Rin, but the cast is mainly animals. Animals that no one bats an eye at when when they’re casually wandering about town buying groceries, or working in a bakery or running read more
Apr 19, 2013
A mixed bag, but a great setting and interesting concept.

PLOT: Letter Bee is a strange series and therefore difficult to review. It’s very slow paced, fairly episodic and stuffed full of filler for being only 25 episodes – but it’s hard not to like the show. Some episodes are wonderful; others are among the worst single episodes I’ve ever seen. Some characters are excellently put together and developed, others are paper bags or extremely irritating. However despite its rather inconsistent nature, my overall impression of Letter Bee is very good.

The world setting and concept are what drew me to the series to start with – read more
Apr 19, 2013
A pretty standard shoujo series, but has wonderful character development.

PLOT: Typical shoujo girl falls in love with boy, but he’s an aloof prick type show – but what makes Itazura different is that it follows this couple for 10 years! We get to see Kotoko & Naoki’s life from high school to parenthood and it’s a very enjoyable ride. The middle section dealing with University is a bit slow and seems to be trying too hard to be interesting, but the high school and post uni arc’s are good. Itazura has some brilliant characters and an excellent supporting cast – I think my favourite has read more
Apr 19, 2013
Karas (Anime) add (All reviews)
Slightly confusing but absolutely stunning animation and brilliant action scenes.

PLOT: Well the plot is both complicated and simplistic. Complicated in that there is quite a lot of side stories going on and simplistic in that the main plot exists only to link together extended action pieces. That being said I enjoyed the show a great deal, although I sometimes found myself more interested in the actions of side characters rather than the 2 central conflicting forces. This is mainly due to the fact that Eiko & Otoha are usually too busy fighting to talk much! As an action series this series excels but has read more
Apr 19, 2013
Beautifully produced and interesting concept, but has a lot of faults.

PLOT: Allowing 45mins to explore the political intrigues of the Heian period is not nearly enough time and as a result the plot becomes extremely fragmented and disconnected – like a series of short snapshots of Kintoki’s life. The characters are not given enough time to develop so there is no real emotional connection to them and they remain shallow throughout. This is a pity as even in their basic form they do hold promise if only they were given some time to develop. It is confusing, but there is a defined plot here and read more
Apr 19, 2013
Fun and very entertaining mecha series with a brilliant soundtrack.

PLOT: Same premise of most Macross series – J-Pop saves the universe! However its so much more than that, as Macross Frontier has lots of nicely written dialogue and well thought out plot progressions. Sure its got a heap of clichés, a rather standard love triangle and I could spot many of the plot twists coming a mile off thanks to my familiarity with this kind of series; but despite its faults Macross Frontier never failed to be interesting and entertaining. I loved the characters – they did start off fairly generic, but there was lots read more
Apr 19, 2013
Alien 9 (Anime) add (All reviews)
Quite an interesting and dark series, but has a very annoying lead and pacing issues.

PLOT: I wasn’t overly impressed by the premise and found the characters irritating – especially Yuri who did not stop yapping for the entire flipping series! But I really liked the atmosphere of this show. It immediately put me in mind of Boogiepop Phantom and the better parts of Narutaru, as Alien 9 can be extremely dark and disturbing at times. At other times I was bored out of my mind (the duration of episode 3 had this effect on me). Its a mixed bag which isn’t really a good thing read more