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Jun 27, 2020
I started the series after watching a YouTube Review which mentioned the series. I started the series expecting that it was going to be a 7 or maybe an 8 with some clean & colourful designs & animation from Kyoto Animation meriting a fairly good score just from the look of the trailers. However seeing the zany title animations and catchy OP I was immediately reminded of the venerable Magical Girlfriend Anime classic 'Urusei Yatsura' which I have also been watching recently and getting into this series couldn't help but see parallels between Lum and Tooru and their respective sets of friends. But parallels read more
Oct 25, 2019
Preliminary
While well animated with good music & sound, I found the extra emphasis on the slapstick elements of AMG and the focus on Gan-chan rather jarring. Basically a series of AMG Chibi short skits played for laughs with no involvement with the actual AMG main narrative when you boil it down. I do give it credit for keeping interest in the AMG brand alive after the short 5 episode OVA from the early 1990s as Mini Goddess did help to maintain a presence in the anime market for the AMG brand, which later received a feature length adaptation and was then commissioned for two television read more
Oct 24, 2019
As far as slice of life anime goes this one is firing on all cylinders, ARIA is truly a SoL masterpiece. The characters are immediately likeable, with the leads Akari & Alicia sympathetic and interesting from the start, with an amazing supporting cast behind them. The story of Lady Gondoliers (aka Undines) on Aqua (aka New Mars) makes for an interesting setting and the likeable cast of characters develop in a slow, but steady pace throughout the series, and the story leaves off ready to carry on into the followup series 'The Natural' with a very natural progression. The action is rather subdued and people read more
Oct 24, 2019
A satisfying Fantasy Anime with a cohesive and solid plot arc that really delivers. Not since Record of Lodoss War have I been so engrossed in a fantasy genre anime. With compelling characters, an interesting plotline, and believable lore/worldbuilding, this series delivered a satisfying and surprisingly complete story arc that lacks any real fan-service or lame filler episodes. And it was refreshingly compact without a lot of loose threads at the end of it. Nice to see a very straightforward arc which still had some interesting story turns along the way which kept it interesting with some surprises you don't expect.
Oct 24, 2019
While it is well produced, this anime felt pretty mediocre in terms of the cast/characters. I understand that they are people with a bit of social dysfunctional in their lives, but both main characters seem rather flat and uninspired. I found myself more interested in the male lead's matchmaking buddy or the in-game cast/characters, who seemed to have more personality than both the leads outside the game, who felt like mere ciphers in the plot. I think they should've developed more of the story in regards to other game team members, who were hinted at a bit in a few episodes, but much like the read more
Nov 22, 2018
Nice followup to the original CLAMP in Wonderland mashup AMV. With my favourite CLAMP series Kobato, Angelic Layer and Chobits all making appearances in this AMV, I definitely prefer it to the first one a lot. It was neat the way it gave a sneak peak at Kobato before her series proper started too, the Chobits sequence was great too. It was nice to see Chi/Elda and Freya back together, and Chi and Hideki were just too cute dancing alone at that one part. Great stuff, if a bit thin on a plot, it looks and sounds great though, a great CLAMP showcase.
Nov 22, 2018
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Being a CLAMP AMV this video offers some glimpses at characters and hints of the manga's narrative and theme. Sadly there isnt much to go on in terms of exposition really, but the art and music are well-done. The OP segment was a nice song and the visual accompaniment was well done, wasn't as big of a fan of the ED song but nonetheless as a whole it was a cute little AMV of CLAMP's manga. For fans of the manga or Kohaku in general, fans should definitely look at 'Kobato' where the character is a recurring supporting player in that TV series.
Nov 22, 2018
A great little piece of animation about tragedy and the power of the human spirit to persevere in the face of it. When young adult Keichiro is left orphaned due to a past family accident, he leads a lonely existence devoid of much company. But his world is shaken up when he finds an older model helper android named Flower and proceeds to take her home. Finding out the little android girl is obsolete and broken he intends to dispose of it, but when she reactivates and starts housekeeping for him and offering him a sense of companionship/friendship, he begins to feel inspired to live read more
Nov 20, 2018
"Is it over?" - Agent Smith ('Matrix Revolutions')

It brings an end to the over the top slapstick series and finally forces the milquetoast Naru to proclaim her love, it definitely gets marks for finally forcing her out of her juvenile pattern. Finally forcing some resolution on a go-nowhere narrative pattern with a shake-up, Love Hina Again actually achieves a measure of closure to it shaky parent series with this effective Spin-off/Epilogue OVA. With a short but effective run, the OVA quickly forces Naru's hand as she must 'Woman Up' if she wants to proclaim her love, with a new intense & relentless rival on the read more
Nov 20, 2018
A lot better than the series proper, this holiday movie manages to draw a lot more emotional depth than any of the series episodes tend to. With some real emotional investment, the way it becomes a big throwdown about gifts and affirming love at the end reminded me of the final two episodes of the 'Oh My Goddess!' OVAs which also involves a Yuletide confession of love and gift-giving that had a lot of emotional gravity. Naru become almost likeable in the course of the film, but sadly shows little growth despite the meaningful lessons she received in the Christmas Special, as evidenced in the read more