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Apr 1, 2015
"Ladies and gentlemen! I bring you the illusions that sparkle at night"- Kid the Phantom Thief.

If you are already a fan of Kid the Phantom Thief or Detective Conan, you should enjoy this series. If you are unfamiliar with either of those names, you can still watch this series and enjoy it. Having information about the characters will definitely inform your viewing experience, but it is not needed.

Story: 7
This series is episodic in nature, which each story focusing on Kid the Phantom Thief attempting to steal some jewel or valuable object, which brings him into conflict with the police, other thieves, royalty, teen detectives, and read more
Mar 30, 2015
If you want to know more about how anime is made or what it is like to work in the anime industry, Shirobako is the show for you. What we have is an office-themed slice of life series that focuses on an animation company's productions from the vantage point of a young production assistant and her friends.

Story: 8
The story of Shirobako chronicles the company's creation of two anime series, an original series and one based on a popular manga. Each story arc explores the difficulties of creating each type of story, and the show presents the work environment as hectic and insanely busy.

Characters: 7
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Mar 23, 2015
Wow. Just wow.

This series blew my mind. As someone who has never played an instrument, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy an anime about teenagers playing the piano.

BUT I loved it. I was drawn in by the visuals, the music, the symbolism, and characters. I was engaged by the story, and was cheering for the protagonist as he dealt with the life challenges being thrown at him.

If you don't like teen melodrama or coming of age stories, then this isn't for you. There's no fan-service, explosive action scenes, or giant robots. There are some shonen tropes like rivals that become friends, impassioned speeches read more
Feb 17, 2015
Durarara!! has a large cast of characters, and the first half of the series spends a lot of time fleshing out who these people are and where they come from. Just watching the opening shows that there are a lot of main characters to become invested in. Some characters are more fleshed out than others, and for the first 10 episodes you will find yourself asking "What the hell is going on?".

However, once you meet all the players the story becomes really good. There are definitely some crazy people in this world, and the show becomes more enjoyable for it. I would say the characters read more
Feb 16, 2015
Ben-To (Anime) add (All reviews)
On paper, the premise of Ben-To seems ridiculous. A shonen battle series about people who literally engage in fist fights over half priced bento meals in super markets. It's the kind of ridiculous story that could only work in anime.

I haven't read the manga, so I don't know how it holds up as an adaptation. The anime series does a good job at making the ridiculous premise enjoyable by making the characters enjoyable and establishing Fight Club-esque rules for the food fighting. This series has a lot of stereotypical character types, and the main protagonist suffers a lot of physical abuse that he doesn't deserve read more
Feb 9, 2015
Little Busters Refrain! is the second season of the Little Busters anime. The show is based on a Key visual novel, and if you know what that means, then you know what to expect.

For those unfamiliar with Key or visual novel adaptations, the series plays out the plot line from a dating sim-type video game, where the protagonist builds relationships with multiple girls. Little Busters follows a young man who meets several people and helps them overcome personal tragedies so they can all play baseball. Most visual novel adaptations have an emphasis on romance, where the story arc of each girl has them falling read more
Jan 29, 2015
Preliminary
If you want to see a shonen-style anime starring Marvel Comics characters, this is your show. It is clearly targeted at a young male audience and as such if you don't like kids-action shonen series with lots of merchandising thrown in, then avoid this series.

I've only see the first 29 episodes so I have admittedly fallen behind and its currently in my "on hold" list. People have described this series as Pokemon meets Avengers but I see it more so as Digimon meets Avengers.

Similarly to Digimon Adventure, a group of young people are paired off with a different Avenger character in an adventure battle series read more