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Sep 2, 2013
Arve Rezzle: Kikaijikake no Yoseitachi is set in the near future of 2022, technology has advanced enough so that a perfect rendering of yourself can be projected onto a computer screen without the opposition knowing that you're not really there (for quite some time too!). That's some kind of technology!

This story is based around two siblings, Remu and Shiki Mikage. They have a close/distant relationship, because Shiki is apart of a project/game/experiment at her academy OMFC, where you place yourself into a device called a "Body Pool" and you do not have to eat, drink, sleep, or go potty. She says she can study all read more
Jul 28, 2013
Black*Rock Shooter (TV) is a spin-off franchise based on an illustration by -"supercell" member- Huke, which inspired the songwriter of "supercell", Ryo, to create a song for the illustration, which spawned a music video, OVA, an abundance of merchandise, and then this series.

The story was originally the brainchild of the director, Shinobu Yoshioka. The script writer of this series is Mari Okada, who many would know of from "Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai." (myself included), "Canaan", "Fate/Stay Night", "Toradora", and many more.
She has a style of incorporating Moe into her characters, as well as realistic character interaction, and decides read more
Jul 19, 2013
To begin, I was not expecting this series to be that great.
I initially viewed it on the basis that it was 6 episodes in length.
I took "Shinigami no Ballad" more seriously after watching "House of Five Leaves", and learned the director - Tomomi Mochizuki - had directed both series. "House of Five Leaves" left that much of an impression on me.
The script writer Reiko Yoshida also had some influence on my decision, as she has written a lot of great scripts for many series such as Aria: The Natural, Major, Kaleido Star, and so on.

Like Aria, this series is episodic, you can literally read more
Feb 27, 2013
:There are no spoilers in this review, the synopsis has more information than the actual OVA does, and I'm not kidding:

The concept of "Mahou Tsukai Nara Miso wo Kue!" sounds quite interesting, a world where the existence of magic is know, and used. People can gain more power with their abilities relating to "the Material of an Impediment to the Sorcerer's Orders" or MISO.
Sounds like the anime Sekirei, except you level up, like in a video game.

If executed well, it could be entertaining.

But after the 1 minute explanation of the concept by an omnipresent narrator, the show turns into an ecchi fest.

I can tell you read more
Feb 23, 2013
It would be wise to have watched the whole first season of Code Geass before watching these Specials.

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"Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch Picture Drama" are a great addition to the back story of some of these characters of Code Geass.
If anything, they are entertaining enough to watch.

Episode 1 is How Lelouch and Susaku met at a young age.

Episode 2 was Milly, Nina, Shirley, and Kallen talking in the Ashford Academy Onsen/bathing house. It's quite sexy.

Episode 3, Jeremiah confides to Villetta about how he failed to protect Marianne 8 years ago.

Episode 4, Rivalz is talking to Susaku about how Lelouch is quiet about his childhood while read more
Feb 23, 2013
It would be wise to watch Code Geass R1 & R2 before seeing this special, it will make a bit more sense.

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"Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Kiseki no Birthday Picture Drama", is a picture drama that takes place after the final episode of Code Geass R2.

That may arise some questions, as it did with me.
It will. Even after the explanation they give us.

Despite that, the show is fun to watch, even though it's a Picture Drama.

If you read the synopsis it is truly what the story is and nothing more.

Most of this special should entice laughter, especially at the beginning.
The very end tries its read more
Feb 23, 2013
"PES: Peace Eco Smile" is a Sci-Fi/Love Story created to sell the Toyota brand.

The animation is very good, some of the designs and events are quite imaginative.
The character designs remind me of Kino no Tabi, they are very good as well.

The music is well implemented, and the some of the songs are catchy.
The Seiyuu are good. And the SFX fit the series.

I assume that this is a children's series, or at least I hope so. That would go against their advertising though, why would a 8 year old want to buy a Toyota vehicle?

PES is an alien who has crashed down to earth for whatever read more
Feb 22, 2013
"Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2", the sequel to the first "Code Geass", is a very fun series that can make you think twice, or even more times about what will happen next and what is going on.
It suffers from the same problems as the first series, but here, it's even more so.

After Lelouch meets up with Suzaku at the final episode cliffhanger of R1, we are treated to a "1 Year Later" event, where the events of that year are explained over time. You'll be surprised at how well they explain it, even though most of the explanations are made up, they're still explanations.
The read more
Feb 22, 2013
"Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch", the highly received production by Sunrise, directed and created by Goro Taniguchi, is quite a unique venture into political anime.
Code Geass tries its best to surprise you with its twists and turns, even to the point of it twisting so many times it practically breaks its back.

Lelouch is the anti-hero in Code Geass, doing all the wrong things with good intentions. Lelouch and his gained power "Geass", reminded me of Light in "Death Note", which was released the same year as Code Geass. But that comparison falls once the show starts rolling, and that didn't happen until around the 13th read more
Feb 21, 2013
One Off (Anime) add (All reviews)
"One Off" is a very simple story. It's all about overcoming the obstacle of negative thinking, things that you may think are impossible can actually be more easily attainable when you are working towards that goal and thinking positively. If anything, you will feel better.
Nothing good comes from negative thinking except for just that, more negative thinking.

This is your basic slice of life story with mopeds, motorcycles, the eagerness to travel, and Honda (yes, the vehicle company) as the main subjects. With one of the best directors when it comes to slice of life works, Junichi Sato.

It's not original, but does anyone really expect read more