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Apr 11, 2011
I initially started watching Fractale because the artwork attracted me. It seemed to be of high quality, and the characters appeared like they'd be fun and full of depth. Well, after having watched the show, those initial assumptions were far too optimistic. Unfortunately, what starts off as an interesting and intimate story about a boy, Clain, living in an intriguing environment quickly devolves into a scatter-brained comedy, then a brutal, shallow commentary on personal freedom, and then it just kinda...peters off into this ill-thought hodge-podge of half-baked ideas that are just barely touched-upon and then completely bypassed. So, let's look at where it goes wrong read more
Jul 28, 2010
Like many others, I had heard many good things about this movie prior to watching that had me looking forward to it. A friend of mine also heard good things, so she and her husband brought it for a watch. In retrospect, I think I might have enjoyed our running commentary more than the movie itself. And, welp, when you realize that you're MST 3000ing something to the point that you aren't really paying much attention to the film itself, it's never a good sign. So let's break down exactly why this movie is more fun to mock than to absorb.

************WARNING!! SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT read more
Aug 16, 2009
May I just start by saying that I am a big time Miyazaki fan. I loved Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (haven't as of yet seen his other ones). So, for someone who very much enjoys previous Miyazaki endeavors, Ponyo in a word is: disappointing. Yes, it's obviously for little kids (why Miyazaki couldn't make another family film that we could all enjoy is a bafflement to me), but even for children, it'd be boring.

~Story~

So a little fish girl endowed with magical powers wants to become human to stay with a little boy she read more
Jun 12, 2009
Welp, when I first started watching this show, I was like, "Oh cool! Bugs! That's awesome and original," but then, after watching past the second episode, I couldn't shake the impression that the bug aspect was really all this show had going for it. After finishing the show, I was sadly proven correct. But, let's break it down, shall we?

**WARNING! There are some slight SPOILERS from this point onwards. I'll try not to reveal anything hugely important, but to express my viewpoint on some issues, giving away tiny details is necessary.**

~Story~

Okay, as has been pointed out by two of the other reviewers, the story is read more
Mar 15, 2009
Doubt (Manga) add (All reviews)
A story about a group of people locked together in a strange place being killed off one-by-one: sounds fun, right? Well, that is if you're a horror buff. Even though this plot has been done to death (hehe, look at the puns a rollin'!) "Doubt" brings some new charm and perspective to the table with its telling.

First off, the most enjoyable and engaging part of this manga to me was the cell-phone based game that frames the overall story. The game deals with a group of rabbits who are being murdered one-by-one by a wolf hiding amongst them. So what do these little critters do? read more
May 1, 2008
Preliminary
I've noticed that the vast majority of the reviews for this series are absolutely glowing, which is the reason I decided to give my input. After having watched it (save for that mysterious 7th DVD-only episode), I thought I'd write a review so that people with my tastes might get a little more perspective on the series.

~Story~

The story is actually fairly interesting and has a good foundation: a merchant happens upon the incarnation of a wolf God while conducting business in a small town. He promises to escort the wolf home to the north and off they go on medieval merchant inspired adventures. It's read more
Apr 23, 2008
I remember watching the first episode of this thinking: "There's no way they can end this in three episodes unless Godzilla abruptly and spontaneously appears on the horizon." I believe I was correct in this assumption. As has been stated in the other reviews for the show, three episodes were not enough to really develope this into anything other than a sort of character template. The series really seems to be more of a test teaser for a greater, extended series rather than a series in its own right. However, I did actually enjoy that which was presented and was most disappointed and distressed that read more
Apr 22, 2008
I can safely say that this is one of the more origianl series that I've had the fortune of seeing. Edgy, dark, and tantilizingly mysterious this series will grip your mind and emotions and squeeze them violently before letting them go. That being said, this is definetly more of an "accquired tase."

~Story~

The plot synposis does not in the least do this anime justice. I get the impression that most people who just look at the plot summary provided here will perceive the anime as being something radically different from what it actually is, not to mention it really over-simplifies matters. Let me say that the read more
Nov 19, 2007
Gantz (Anime) add (All reviews)
Oh dear God, here comes the train wreck! Ironically, Gantz unfolds after a fatal train wreck kills two of the main characters. It sounds intriguing, yes, but it is really a reflection of the utter barf that is this series.

First and foremost, this series has so much profanity that it's akin to listenning to a teenager who has just discoverd the F-word for two hours. The over the top violence makes your stomach roil. Seriously, it's traumatizing. And finally, there's the nudity and boderline porn. Strick that, I'm going to go ahead and just call it porn because for someone who has never seen a read more
Nov 19, 2007
Akira (Anime) add (All reviews)
This anime definitely deserves its spot among the classics. The details and politcs of the film coupled with its interesting characters and mind-boggling themes make it highly enjoyable to watch time and again. But be warned, this is most certainly NOT for everyone.

One thing that is sure to turn many viewers away, and that should be mentioned, is that this anime is rated as it is for a reason. If language, graphic violence, protrayl of drug use, and sexual stitautions bother you, then stay away. There is an attempted rape scene that I find to be difficult to sit through. The world in which this read more