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Jun 11, 2016
Most people probably know of Yasuhiko Yoshikazu due to his involvement with the Gundam franchise but his non-Gundam works definitely deserves attention too. I've always liked the way he created a sense of dynamism in the characters' movement, the expressiveness of the characters, as well as the water-colour styled shading. Indeed, his works are always great to look at and serves to drastically amplify the story he's telling. Most importantly, I absolutely love the hell out of his character designs.

All these are evident in Venus Wars as well, where his art plays a crucial part in enhancing an otherwise simplistic war drama. The scenes with read more
Jun 4, 2016
Going purely from the synopsis, it certainly doesn't sound believable that the series became as successful as it is right now. At its core, Girls und Panzer appears to be just another series about cute girls doing something. In this case, the gimmick is taking part in competitions that involves driving tanks, complete with the girls attaining victory through friendship and effort. And yet, such simplicity is also why the series, and by extension, the movie is brilliant. After all, as the late Sir Terry Pratchett once said, “The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox read more
Jul 19, 2012
In this series, magic users are beings born with a certain organ in their bodies that allow them to use magic in the form of puffing out smoke, be it from their fingers or mouth. On the other hand, you have the regular humans who live in a place called the Hole, which is shown to be a ghetto-ish area. The story thus follows two main perspectives, the first being that of Kaiman and Nikaido having their little adventures in the Hole. The second focuses on Shin and Noi, two magic users who are tasked with tracking down Kaiman. This is later expanded to include read more
Mar 5, 2012
Akikan! (Anime) add (All reviews)
[Story: 4.0] Peppered with nothing but plenty of really cheap innuendo, I know that I'm not supposed to be expecting some fabulous scripting from this sort of show, contending for just some silly, cheap laughs. Yet even with this in mind, Akikan manage to be underwhelming.

Akikan wants to achieve too much but lacked the effort to do any of them. It tried to pack in romance, drama, lewd dialogues, action and plenty more lewd dialogue, but was lazy in executing them. The comedy aspect is lackluster - you've seen them in practically any other ecchi series you can get your hands on and they're probably read more
Dec 9, 2011
[Story:8.5] After how mediocre the first season was, I initially had no intention to continue with the sequel – that is, until seeing several screenshots and raves about it on the net, which prompted me to give it another go. Thank goodness I decided to give it a chance as the second season is fantastic, to say the least.

The first season was insipid because the focus is on the school life aspect while the more appealing intergalactic setting and aliens in masquerade get demoted to the background for a relatively large part of the series. The whole ordinary kid stuck in extraordinary events read more
Jul 8, 2011
Rather than calling it The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi, a more appropriate title would perhaps be The Melancholy of Kyon, because now it’s Kyon’s turn to make his decision. In essence, this movie is a major opportunity for character development of not just Nagato, but more crucially, of our beloved narrator as well. In the previous seasons, it is mainly about Kyon being dragged into situations and going with the flow. It was just always about Haruhi. The series was pretty much about Kyon observing and commenting upon Haruhi's actions. Sure, he gets pulled into all the bizarre events, but as far as he is read more
Mar 15, 2011
K-On!! (Anime) add (All reviews)
[Story: 7.0] I initially considered K-ON (season 1 at that time) as being the weaker works by KyoAni. Well, I'm going to take that back. The previous season was by no means terrible, but it certainly was not that spectacular; it was just mildly enjoyable. Season 2 however, turned out to be an improvement. For one thing, this season is more than just the girls skiving around being moe. There's more content and more events going on. In particular, the impressive part of the series lies in the last few episodes, where most of the girls are about to graduate.

My only complaint is that they read more
Feb 17, 2011
Kakurenbo is a short flick involving an urban legend that tells of how those playing a specific game of hide-and-seek at a certain forbidden, deserted neighborhood all goes missing without a single trace. This being of the horror genre can mean only one thing: a group of kids got curious and were lured into the game, with obvious disastrous consequences, as they found out just why the game is a taboo.

I'm not expecting much from the characters, since this is such a short film (and a horror one at that). You have the bully/ jerk jock archetype and his cronies, followed by the stoic and read more
Jan 21, 2011
[Story: 7.5] Taking on the old Jekyll and Hyde concept with a new twist, Detroit Metal City is a comedy about Negishi, who for some strange reason, ended up singing for a band of the genre he hates the most. There, he takes up the persona of Krauser II, a supposed deranged escaped convict. The setting for DMC thus brings forth the question: how different is it between the performers' stage personae and their actual lives? How much of the so-called scandal and tales of debauchery publicized on the media true? However, that's a minor detail. The real humor lies in how Negishi gradually loses read more
Jan 21, 2011
[Story: 8.0] Toradora is, dare I say, undisputedly one of the most popular series of 2008. And it's not hard to see why, provided one watches past the initial episodes of misunderstandings, love triangles and such, that is. Because although Toradora began with plenty of elements common in its genre, it ended off as more than just a typical romance comedy. The series isn't just about romance, as it deals with relationships not limited to the typical love scenarios and gimmicks prevalent in most school-life shows. There isn't much to really comment on the story, as the plot itself is rather straightforward and simplistic.

I personally read more