12 of 12 episodes seen
Hundred's story is as basic and predictable as it gets. Normally it'd mean it's "average". Not in this case. You know why I watch ecchi harems? For girls and fanservice. Instead I got some space bugs attacking earth without any reason and school kids fighting them with powers that were never seriously explained. My girls' screentime was wasted on story that was never fully developed and was predictable as hell. Nothing was explained and things happened just because story needed them to happen. Action scenes were simply "meh" and not exciting at all. Not to mention main villain that was just lame.
Honestly, I watched a lot harems, and it's one of the worst cases of story being simple waste of time. If there was no plot and they just sat on that damn ship all day in Slice of Life mode, this anime would be so much better.
Unlike story, characters in Hundred were actually pretty nice. While they weren't that unique, I really enjoyed their interactions with Hayato and with each other. Sadly, they didn't get enough (any?) development - other than some backstory, nothing about them changed during anime. Their characters were rather simple, but I'd say they were ok for this kind of harem.
As for the protagonist... he sucks. The "generic harem MC" might be hated character type, but at least it is some kind of character! Hayato Kisaragi on the other hand is some mannequin. He simply had no personality and was more forgettable than some mob characters.
When it comes to art and sound it's on the usual level for battle harems. Looks and sounds good, but animation sometimes lacked. Generally nothing special.
Hundred kinda lacked stronger ecchi scenes, so I can't write much about that aspect of visuals.
For some reason this show got 4 endings songs. I don't understand why was that needed.
Enjoyment? It was just painfully mediocre. I had fun when there were scenes with girls and was really bored or even annoyed when it got to serious moments.
If you aren't here for harem then I'd strongly advise against watching Hundred. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
While Azumanga Daioh doesn't have any real plot I would still say that the story is good. It has clear beginning and the ending, introduces characters properly and has good pacing. You can't really want more from Slice of Life anime.
When it comes to comedy, it's very hit or miss. While main source of jokes are idiotic actions of characters, they aren't consistent. Some jokes made me cringe, some made me smile and there were moments when I genuinely started laughing (thank you Osaka). The reason of than inconsistency is very varied cast.
Because of that I'd suggest to don't judge this whole anime humor before seeing everything it has to offer.
The most important part of this anime are characters. With all the main girls and some supports we get so much variety that everyone will find something fun. Interesting thing is how it differs from person to person. For me Osaka was the funniest character and I was happy whenever she just appeared on screen, on the other hand other person I know loved Tomo (while I wanted to punch her any time she opened her mouth). You could say characters in Azumanga Daioh are nicely balanced so there is no obvious "best girl".
Art is rather simple. At first it was a considerable downside for me as I'm used to modern moe anime. But after some time I started to appreciate this simplicity, especially in character design, as it allowed Azumanga Daioh to age pretty well. It took me only few episodes until the only thing that reminded me it's over 10 years old anime was 4:3 aspect ratio.
And the most important: enjoyment. Despite all its flaws, Azumanga Daioh is very enjoyable. It's not anime you can marathon, but if you watch few episodes every day or two it's guaranteed to put you in a good mood. read more
18 of 18 chapters read
Reading synopsis is enough for reader to know what to expect from this story. It's simple, predictable, rushed and forgettable. Despite having "20 to 1" female to male ratio and "harem" genre it didn't feel like harem at all. Comedy was really weak. The scenes that (I think) were supposed to be serious turned out cheap and cheesy. There was no tension at all, which can also be seen as a positive - there was no real drama in this manga. Most of it was slice of life with typical rom-com moments and fanservice.
Thing that kind of saves it is the conclusive ending done in a way that I really liked. Seriously, many better titles should've learned from Nana Mix! how to make nice epilogue chapter.
Characters managed to keep up with the level of story, that is bland and uninteresting. They had pretty much no backstory, no real development and weren't cute or funny enough to carry this manga. From fanservice point of view there was not enough variety.
Art was just average. It wasn't good but there isn't much I can complain about. Sometimes things were hard to read because of effects and backgrounds were weak, but that's it.
Overall I'd say Nana Mix! is ok manga. Despite bad story and characters it was enjoyable enough to finish and ending left me satisfied. Being only 18 chapters long there is no reason to don't give it a try. read more
53 of 53 chapters read
Despite simple story Inari Konkon doesn't get repetitive or boring. The pacing is great and new characters get introduced slowly enough for readers to have time to get used to them. Author gave a lot of attention to all characters, which allows us to not only see, but also understand their point of view. Thanks to that, this manga really succeeds at avoiding "black and white" split. Everyone has their own feelings and goals. As one might expect, it often leads to more meaningful or sad scenes, which also are of high quality.
When it comes to romance Inari Konkon doesn't go that deep. We get some cute, romantic and sad moments, but topic of love isn't explored as deeply as I'd wish, especially considering there is more than one pairing.
Comedy is based on generally light-hearted atmosphere and cuteness of some characters. It can make you smile and feel better, but don't expect to burst out laughing.
Art is another strong point of this manga. It's clean, without useless clutter or effects that make it harder to read. Characters are unique and, simply put, look good. Their expression are great, but sometimes I felt they lacked in quantity.
The last thing to note is the "enjoyment" part, and just as I said in the beginning, it's really enjoyable manga. Despite its length, Inari Konkon didn't have any boring chapters - everything that happened was fun to read, which makes this manga a title that I'd gladly recommend to others. read more
Story setting feels very ordinary at first: normal boy starts living alone in a cheap apartment. But with every girl introduced it becomes more and more crazy. It actually gets to the point of being pretty ridiculous, but, surprisingly, story never becomes random and there are no plot holes. Author does great work at connecting all loose ends and foreshadowing events that will happen much later. Nothing happens without a reason.
The most important part of this story are characters. Not only because it's a harem, but because whole storyline is build on their stories. Unlike usual harem where backstories of heroines are just side chapters and main plot is focused on single girl, Rokujouma no Shinryakusha connects all, seemingly unrelated, stories into one great, detailed and epic story with some good character-based comedy.
Characters themselves get a lot of development. They discover their past, defeat their weaknesses and mature. All the girls have good reasons to be in harem and those reasons often evolve as they mature.
At the center of the story is our protagonist - Koutarou Satomi. He is just normal, and I mean that in a good way. He isn't one of those "good at nothing, but nice" guys, nor is he someone with hidden dark past. He has his strengths and weaknesses balanced in a way that make him feel believable - you can actually imagine person like him living next door.
Author made great use of Koutarou as a focal point of the story. He becomes catalyst for other characters development as he gradually uncovers their stories and help them overcome obstacles. That normal boy, by getting involved with with invader girls, becomes main character of their respective stories and connect them in most unpredictable ways.
Writing about art in novel might sound strange, but Rokujouma no Shinryakusha's illustrations deserve a mention. The way characters are portrayed in them helps a lot with imagining their actions and expands on author's character building. Their looks fit their personalities perfectly.
What I can say for sure is that Rokujouma no Shinryakusha is the most enjoyable novel I've read so far. Great story moving in the most unpredictable ways, awesome characters that never stop developing and very solid protagonist at the center of it all makes reading this novel a pure pleasure. I don't remember any boring moments or stupid decisions made just to push the plot. When it comes to enjoyment, I'd say Rokujouma no Shinryakusha is simply flawless. read more
1 of 1 chapters read
The story is incest focused hentai with very simple setting. There's not much attention given to exposition. We get just enough information to know who is where and why.
Story includes some comedic parts. They are generally nice addition. Comedic interactions between Chika and nameless "Onii-chan" give this manga a nice and warm feeling.
Sex scene itself is vanilla - no rape, tentacles or any other weird stuff. The only notable elements are tan lines and small breasts.
Drawing in Natsu no Imouto is really good. While not perfect, as it lacks certain details, it makes a good job of showing appealing parts of characters. Author kept good balance between cute and erotic traits, which is very important in incest stories.
"It depends on what turns you on" would be the right thing to write about enjoyment. While comedic parts are nice, it's just a hentai. Short duration and small amount of characters doesn't leave much space for catering to different tastes.
If you like incest or are looking for well drawn tan lines, I believe you will like Natsu no Imouto. read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
At first glance nothing special. School setting, no superpowers, rivals or saving the world. It's pure high school romance. The only thing that gives this setting some individuality is, as mentioned in synopsis, protagonist's backstory of being stood up on Christmas date two years ago. Sadly, this part isn't fleshed enough and is used mostly for flashbacks that don't have as much impact on the story as they should.
What really changes Amagami story from average school romance into something great is so called "omnibus format". Each heroine gets 4 episodes (and 2 more in sequel) then story resets and follows different "route" that leads to protagonist ending with different girl. I know some people hate it, but in my opinion omnibus format is what saved Amagami SS from being another harem into one of the best (again imho) romance anime out there.
One might ask if having so few episodes for each girl won't make it too rushed. It's true some parts of story could go slightly slower, on the other hand repeating same time period multiple times and showing some events from multiple perspectives makes up for it.
When it comes to art, character design is where Amagami SS shines. All main heroines are drawn really well and with good attention to detail. Backgrounds are also solid. Animation on the other hand could be better - it's not bad, but also nothing special.
There is not much to say about sound. Opening and ending are awesome and really fitting, but other than that music in this anime isn't something worth mentioning.
Obviously the most important part.
Let's start with Junichi, our beloved protagonist. Unlike usual male protagonists in anime focused on romance with multiple girls (mostly harems), Junichi has personality. He isn't another introverted nobody - he can be pretty eccentric and crazy, is confident but at the same time is "normal". It's also interesting how different sides of his character are shown in different routes - subtle but noticeable.
Heroines in Amagami SS are also interesting characters. Each of them is very different, with common trait of being more than you could guess at first glance. Obviously there's also similar problem to one I mentioned in story section: is 4 episodes per girl enough for proper character development? Yes, it is. While watching single route could leave one dissatisfied, watching all of them, just as with the story, allows viewer to see characters in multiple situations that expand on what we learned about them during their respective arcs. This way of getting to know characters is surprisingly effective and fun.
As for notable side characters, there is the best of all imouto characters - Miya - cute, fun and actual sister, without any incest vibes (for better or worse). Umehara - solid "best friend" character. And there is also hidden heroine that answers some questions about the story, but sadly doesn't get as much attention as she (imho) deserves.
It's simple. If omnibus format doesn't bother you, you should love it. If it does, you will hate it. Watching multiple short romances in the same setting is unexpectedly enjoyable. Routes are short enough to keep viewers attention for their whole duration and having all girls present somewhere in every route connects them enough to make it enjoyable as a complete anime, not just separate stories. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
Word "appalling", which is also MAL's description of 1/10 score, perfectly describes Mars of Destruction anime. Let me explain why...
This anime is perfect example of situation where having bad story is much worse than not having story at all.
So, some aliens are attacking earth for some reason, some girls fight them but they are too weak than some guy is forced to be hero, then there is some plot twist. There, I just explained whole plot of this OVA and I dare say I did it better than anime. It's not joke, they seriously tried to make it a deep and dark story. Just thinking about it makes me feel bad for people who worked on it.
Still, I give story 2, not 1, because it could be interesting if whole anime was remade.
When watching Mars of Destruction I felt insulted. How could person responsible for animation decide this... thing... is acceptable? Was there even such person? Quality of animation can be compared to pictures made in Paint being "animated" using PowerPoint. I recently watched anime movie from 1983 and it was infinitely better than this.
Sound is slightly better. Only "slightly", because while music is ok, voice acting sounds like the one I heard in amateur mods to some games. At first I thought I'm just watching some broken version, but after checking voice actors I guess it was supposed to sound like that.
What can I say here? Only memorable thing about them is main character being Shinji-type annoying whiny brat but with even less character. Something like Shinji in role of harem MC I guess?
To be honest I think I'm kinda impressed how forgettable other characters were. I don't think it can be blamed on OVA being short. Yes, 20 mins isn't enough to introduce all characters properly, not to mention giving them some development, but I've seen many OVA's and anime shorts (e.g. 12ep x 2 min) and I managed to remember their cast much better then in this case.
There was no enjoyment. Normally I wouldn't even finish it, but it's in its own league of hopelessly bad anime, making it a valuable research material. And for that reason alone I'd recommend everyone to watch it. read more
10 of 10 episodes seen
Weakest and, in a way, strongest point of Big Order. First of all, take a look at the genre: action shounen. It's not another Mirai Nikki, and while synopsis and even first episode kinda sell it as something more psychological, it is not. It's action anime and if you expect anything more, you will be seriously disappointed.
Saying it's rushed would be a huge understatement. Things happen too fast with too few explanations, leading to plot holes, illogical developments and deus ex machina solutions.
On the other hand it's interesting and unique. The story managed to keep me interested through whole anime and some twists even surprised me - and I don't mean unpredictable ones caused by the lack of explanations earlier in the story. Conflict, while chaotic and, again, lacking deeper explanation, makes one wonder who is right. By the last episode I wasn't sure if protagonist is doing the right thing - that is a huge plus for me.
In the end I believe all the shortcomings of the story are coming down to time and pacing. If this anime had 26 episodes and everything was explained and developed before progressing further, I'm sure we'd be talking totally differently about Big Order now.
When it comes to graphics, Big Order is doing fine. Nothing special - it just looks good, with some better and worse moments. Though big minus for censored bath episode!
Now, sound is where it gets good. Music is nice, sure, but what's more important is using it during episodes. So often all the msuic in anime is limited to OP and ED, I just can't ignore when music starts playing in middle of episode! While it could be played more often and we could also use more variety, it's still very good.
Similar situation to what I wrote about story - not enough time, not enough development, not enough explaining. Yes, they are interesting. Damn, I'd even say they were great characters, especially Rin with her yandere/tsundere mix, but with how rushed everything was, I can only say "wasted potential".
I'm not sure how I would feel if I watched it while airing, but doing it my usual way - by watching all at once - I wasn't bored even for one second, which for me qualifies it as an enjoyable anime. It might not be some piece of art, but it serves its purpose of burning free time perfectly and ends in a way that leaves watcher satisfied.
10 of 10 episodes seen
At first glance, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!, or KonoSuba for short, looks like most generic comedy harems with "average at everything" protagonist... but it's much more than that. In this review I'll focus mostly on explaining why.
Random-nobody boy ends up in different world for whatever reason. Nothing special, right? But what if the reason he got transported to this other world was already funnier than most comedy anime out there?
Let's be honest. KonoSuba is comedy, not epic story about heroes and their struggles. Its world is very basic "RPG like world with demon king and adventurers", which, while seemingly boring and overused, goes perfectly with lighthearted atmosphere of the story. That lightheartedness is the strongest point of the story - even when things seemed to get serious, this anime managed to make me laugh.
While colours, lines, and effects are nice, they aren't anything exceptional. Same goes for music. What makes up for them are perfectly fitting voice acting and characters expressions - especially ones going with all kinds of disgust, pity and such. Kazuma's glances alone made me laugh many times, even before he said what he thought.
Now, this is where KonoSuba excels. Every character is unique and awesome. They all have their quirks and can be funny and annoying at the same time.
You won't see tsundere childhood friend or cute imouto (not that I'd mind...) here.
What you get instead is dumb as hell goddess who is so full of herself you want to kill her but at the same time cute enough that you can't really hate her, or maniacal mage girl who lives for sole burposes of blowing things up. And what about extreme M blonde who can't actually do anything else than taking hits?
And then there is Kazuma himself. If you expect another dense harem MC, then go other way. This one, while being standard shut-in highschooler, is far from usual dense protagonist. He understands his situation, knows what he wants and doesn't hesitate to use tricks to move forward. Can be nice, but also mean and sarcastic.
The facts that I rewatched KonoSuba mere 3 monhts after watching it for the first time speaks for itself. While short and not too deep, this anime manages to keep one interested all the time, and you don't even notice when you clicked to watch next episode. read more