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Nov 11, 2008
Shuffle!

Story (7/10)
Shuffle is your stereotypical harem. There's one guy and five girls and they all want to win his affections. There's really not a heck of a lot of originality put into the plot or the back-stories of any of the girls, either, but they're different enough save for two that it doesn't get repetitive. The good thing about the story is that it's straightforward -- you can really turn your brain off and stuff enjoy the ride and have the emotional thrills, laughs, and sadness. Despite being so stereotypical in its setup it manages to incorporate a good variety of emotions.

The best thing story-wise read more
Nov 9, 2008
Eien no With

Story (9/10)
Eien no With is a simple story about a simple girl who adopts a dog for year in order to get him acquainted to people to he can be a guide dog for the blind. Despite this incredibly basic concept, Eien no With gives you an emotional ride and is the only anime or manga to bring me to tears and actually cry. It is full of all the emotions we see in life, joy, sorrow, anguish, fear, love, all put into three chapters.

Some parts, however, felt just a little rushed and thrown in there with no real prior development, so read more
Aug 16, 2008
Death Note

Before you read this review I want you to know that a "10" does not mean perfect, because nothing is perfect. A rating of "10" is what MAL says it is, "outstanding."

Story (10/10)
I'm not going to bother writing a synopsis of the preface of the story since you can read one if you scroll up a little. So moving onto to what I thought of it:

One of the things I loved about Death Note is I felt the need to pay attention. If you don't, you're going to miss what's going on -- and not only did I need to pay attention, I wanted read more
Aug 15, 2008
Azumanga Daioh

Story (8/10)
Azumanga Daioh is a comedy, and thus, a significant and meaningful plotline isn't really part of the recipe. However, unlike some comedies (a la Lucky Star) stuff actually happens. Though thin and next to meaningless, there is a storyline where things happen and characters develop (somewhat).

That said, for a comedy, the storyline is excellent. Everything that happens is new a fresh, while still being hilariously funny. All Azumanga Daioh is is the story of some girls going through their high school years. Yes, it has been done before, yes, it will be done probably five thousand more times before the preface is read more
Aug 15, 2008
Lucky Star

Story (6/10)
The story here was by far the hardest thing for me to rate. Being a comedy/slice-of-life type of thing, Lucky Star has no real "plot-line" or story. You could skip 5 episodes and still understand what was going on. However, the day-to-day goings and doings of the 4 main characters was done decently, and the variety of what they did was okay, so therefore I gave it a 6, which is fair/decent.

One thing I have to say though: After episode 10-ish or so, things were really getting boring. Sure, what they did was different, but the jokes had the same principle, and read more
Jul 24, 2008
Air (Anime) add (All reviews)
Air
~ The 1000th Summer...~

Story (9/10)
Air the story of Yukito Kunisaki, a young man carrying on his family's journey to find the "girl in the sky" and free her from a curse. Stumbling upon a sleepy coastal town, he meets three girls: Misuzu Kamio, Kana Kirishima, and Minagi Tohno. He comes to spend more and more time in the town, living at the Kamio residence with Misuzu and her adopted mother.

Some may know, others may not, but Air is based off an ero visual novel by KEY. Thus, each of the main heroines (Misuzu, Kana, and Minagi) each have different scenarios to explore. The short anime read more