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Nov 12, 2022
Elfen Lied (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
-- Story & Setting --

Setting is simply modern day so there's not much to say about it.

The story is very simple. A girl with strange powers, and no qualms about using them, escapes her confinement and is taken in by two young people. The story focuses on them protecting her, and other people who come to live with them, while overcoming personal issues and trauma.

The problem with the story is that while we do get some insight and background to the situation it never really leads anywhere. It goes into some specifics about the powers, but for the most part any of that could be ...
Nov 26, 2016
Psycho-Pass (Anime) add
This is a great anime with a lot of things going for it. At worst it's good, at best it's brilliant. If you like Ghost in the Shell and things along that line, this is a must-see. A great blend of action, character interaction and philosophy.

Story:
While the main plot itself isn't mind-blowing, the execution of it is superb. I found myself drawn into it quickly and it progresses nicely. There are no fillers or drawn out battles, each episode deals with the main plot and the police constantly make logical assumptions and progress.

Art:
Very nice with lots of little details that really sells the feeling of ...
Nov 26, 2016
Revolutionary Girl Utena is a bit hard to review for me because I find it hard to pinpoint my thoughts about it. But I'll try anyway - it'll probably become clearer as I write about it.

Story:
There is a lot of secrecy going on and you don't really know much from the beginning. This is something I like since a bit of mystery keeps the tension and interest going. The main plot is both obscured and furthered by the fact that most episodes focus on the characters and while it's not mind-shattering stuff, the story works well for its purpose.

Art:
The art and animation is simple and ...
Feb 7, 2016
This is a tough one to review. But here we go anyway.

The story is set around two angels who need to repent in order to be let back into heaven again. Their job is to eradicate evil ghosts and each ghost gives them a number of coins. Get enough coins, go back to heaven. Naturally, each episode is about the two angels dealing with a new ghost. Standard stuff, right?

Not really...

This show is all about violence, foul language and sex. The angels are about the most tough and rough pair of girls you've seen on TV and the humour is about as low-brow as it ...
Nov 17, 2015
Mixed Feelings
While Akira was the first anime I bought myself (and the one that made me love anime), this was actually the first anime movie I ever owned. It was in the late 80:s, it was on VHS and it was badly dubbed to swedish. I didn't know what anime was and the visual style was unlike anything I'd seen. It didn't appeal very much to me then, but the story was dark and I loved anything animated so I watched it over and over.

It is clear to me now that the production values were rather low on this title and the swedish dub did nothing ...
Nov 17, 2015
Mixed Feelings
How would I describe this? It can be factually described as a promotional piece for a video game, but also conceptually as the first episode in a longer series that never got produced.

It sets up an imaginative setting with rich content and an interesting background. The story promises to be engaging and rich and the characters show a lot of potential. And of course, the music is great. But there is one small flaw that takes everything down a few notches and actually places the overall score lower than the individual scores.

This is the only episode.

There is so much promise here. Yes, it's meant to ...
Nov 16, 2015
Akira (Anime) add
It's the year 1995 and my world is about to explode.

In a gaming magazine I read about anime, japanese style animation with adult themes and great stories. And it has come to Sweden. In a shop I find a few imported VHS-tapes, I buy a few and Akira is the first one I watch.

It cannot be overstated how much this movie really blew my mind. It was a cartoon, but it had violence and blood and a deep and interesting story. The animation was detailed and fluent and the music was fantastic.

But how well does it do today, after the initial shock?

Story:
The story is interesting ...
Nov 16, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (Unknown/500 eps)
I have to say, I dropped Naruto for a while and was ready to throw in the towel on the series. Then Shippuuden came along.

The first few episodes in this series show growth in Naruto, something I waited desperately for, but he actually partially regresses as time moves on. Also, there was nothing really interesting happening around him. In fact, the two most interesting story arcs in Shippuuden were all about other characters. And what happens to Naruto while we're given an in-depth character development of a character that we've never seen before, that's not important to the overall plot and that we know will ...
Nov 16, 2015
Naruto (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Many people out there love Naruto and I can see why. The characters are compelling, varied and interesting and the storytelling has many parts that are likable. But there are three big problems that drags everything down. Here they are.

1: No-one ever changes
This is mostly true for Naruto, but also for other characters and situations. It seems that the more important the character is, the less the character develops. The only development you see is an increase in abilities and power, but with such a cast of characters so much more could have been done. Thusly, Naruto is a show of wasted opportunities and weak ...
Nov 16, 2015
So, humanity (or at least the people in the near geographical area) has locked itself inside a fortified city to protect themselves from titans, gigantic humanoid monsters that eat people. The story takes place around a guy and his friends as they train to become rangers. A decent foundation for a good anime, right?

The problem is that the epicness is never properly built up and the characters are all shallow stereotypes. There is no real character development, no person you begin to connect with and no personal storyline that grips you. The ones with potential are fumbled away and instead we get drawn out battles ...