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Aug 21, 2009
I'd have to admit that this wasn't quite as bad as I remember, but it's still not very good at all.

The characters, art, animation, music and voicework are of the same standard as the TV show, so no need to go back over that. Where the show seriously fails is in the story department.

More to the point, the plot in this OVA is ultimately redundant. The 'problem' that Hatsuho sets out to solve doesn't exist because it was resolved in the TV series. Indeed, in the opening minutes it's revealed that Kei and Mizuho have no problems in that department and read more
Aug 21, 2009
Onegai Teacher is an alright show with some interesting ideas and some good characters, but it's wrapped in a completely ridiculous scenario.

The premise behind the events in Onegai Teacher is pretty absurd. Oh, the alien side of things is OK, if fairly standard. There's nothing much to either endorse or complain about that. But I could not suspend my disbelief for any decent amount of time over Kei's illness, it was just soo silly. I don't like the 'mystery illness' plot device as a whole because it always seems so very contrived, and Kei's illness has convenience and contrivity coming out the read more
Aug 16, 2009
I dare say that my view on this manga has been coloured by its anime counterpart, but I honestly am surprised that a show as good as that came from this manga. I didn't remember it being like this, only that I wasn't happy with the ending. Well, as it turns out the ending is not the only thing that I'm not happy about.

It must be said that I do like the idea behind this. It's a more creative look at fighting toys than others, and the overall plot is alright. But it moves at a breakneck pace. Training, first read more
Aug 13, 2009
Fruits Basket is a truly wonderful story, it makes it's rather outlandish premise believable and interesting, the romantic story is very sweet but doesn't dip into sappy territory and the characters are quite unique and distinct.

The thing that stands out the most is the characters. They have somewhat cliché exteriors, but there are quite complex personalities and motivations lurking underneath that get revealed as the manga goes along, especially the leads. I was particularly impressed with Tohru, I never thought that your average anime/manga ditz could be so interesting. The main plot is also very interesting, with themes of love, loss and redemption. It's very read more
Aug 13, 2009
This is a pretty decent show, having a coherent plot and interesting (yet still mostly stereotypical) characters. There are some scenes that are very sappy, but being a show aimed squarely at girls this is somewhat forgivable. Yet I was saying 'stop trying to make me cry, dammit, it's not that tragic! (sniff)' at several points. Yeah, I'm a big softie.

The show manages to meld a couple sub plots involving the supporting cast that not only get good treatment, but are resolved in a satisfactory manner as well. On the supporting cast, outside of a couple minor characters whose only purpose is to further Misaki, read more
Aug 13, 2009
Noir (Anime) add (All reviews)
Ah Noir, one of the first series I bought. I remember it being awesomecool when I watched it for the first time. The story behind it is rather interesting, but it gets rather ambiguous when we get to the big reveal. It could have been somewhat more solid when it came to the who's the how's and the why's. Aside from a few pointless episodes, the show drips information at a pretty steady rate. Possibly a little slow, but I was rarely waiting for it to hurry up.

Then there is the flashback. I suppose everyone has heard of the flashback, and the show does repeat read more
Aug 13, 2009
FLCL (Anime) add (All reviews)
FLCL is quite a good show. it's got crazy frenetic goodness oozing out of it, yet it does have an underlying structure so you can follow along with what's going on. Though I must say, even with some more years on me since I last saw it, I still don't quite understand what FLCL is about. The story is fairly sketchy, I could only extract a bare bones explanation of what is going on from the script. It felt as if the story was secondary to more philosophical part of the show. There are underlying questions about maturity and what it is to grow up read more
Aug 13, 2009
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by Steel Angel Kurumi. Oh, don't get me wrong, it's not a good show by far but it has a real sense of fun around it that still managed to entertain me even after all these years.

The art is bright and colourful, but the designs were what I'd call typically anime. Though I must admit that the costumes for each of the Angels was quite distinct and memorable. The animation was not so hot. Most of it was acceptable, but the fight scenes (where it really counted) were often animated very cheaply. A punch or kick was read more
Aug 13, 2009
Chobits (Anime) add (All reviews)

I remember liking this show a whole lot back in the day, and unfortunately it hasn't lived up to what I remember. Chobits starts off well enough, but by the end it gets lost in trying to be profound.

The animation is good. It was consistent and fluid throughout the show, so no complaints there. The artwork.....I'm hesitant to say it was bad, because I don't think it was, but much of the character designs are all pretty much the same with different hair plonked on to distinguish them, and even there.....they all had the same sort of scraggy haircut. The only ones who are unique read more