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Sep 16, 2014
**No spoilers** The Pilot's Love Song is a mix of drama, romance and action, though I would say it leans toward primarily being a drama. The show starts with a relatively easygoing feeling, but gets much more serious by the halfway point and remains so until the end.

The main theme that this series focuses on is the reality of war, which includes the concepts of overcoming fear, accepting loss and the importance of forgiveness through love. There is a fairly decent-sized cast of side characters without being too overwhelming, and there are several romantic interests among them which helps to keep your interest even if read more
Sep 30, 2011
This is a four minute short that basically consists of minute clips of several characters saying what makes Christmas important to them.

The odd part about it is how the...format of the clip is the same for every character, regardless of gender...

Very odd little special. If you like Idiots & Tests, I guess it's worth your 4 minutes?
Jan 5, 2010
Preliminary
There are two ways you can look at this series:

1) It's something that's trying to be a serious action series and fails because it's terribly cheesy,
or
2) This is ~meant~ to be a throwback to cheesy cartoons of the 1970s and 1980s, and the cheese is, at least in part, self-satire.

Personally, I lean more towards the second interpretation, and find that the series is accomplishing what it's set out to do. If you don't like cheesy old-school or satire, you're really not going to like this series at all, I'll give you that as a fair warning.

First, you've got the typical daredevil macho hero with read more
Dec 14, 2009
This was originally supposed to be aired as episode 10 in the DearS TV series, but wasn't aired mostly due to excessive nudity. (It's Barbie doll nudity) It was released with the DVDs as an extra episode and is sometimes labelled as episode 13.

This is pretty much your standard fanservice episode - there's not really character development or plot, the episode is here for the fanservice. That said, despite the fact that I generally don't like fanservice episodes, this one didn't go so far as to totally distort the characters or tone of the series, so I didn't dislike it. Given the style of show read more
Dec 13, 2009
*This review is spoiler-free, for those few who have not yet been spoiled*

*Please note: I have given this season an 8/10 based on a particular way of viewing it, please read on to understand what I mean.*

So, finally, this is the second season of Haruhi and whether you've heard or not - there's a lot of controversy surrounding it. As any comments on the controversy will inevitably lead to spoilers, I will refrain, and instead give you some helpful advice on how to best enjoy the season while avoiding its less pleasant side.

So, what's this advice, you ask? Just skip episodes 4-8. Yes, I'm serious. read more
Dec 13, 2009
First of all - this is an OVA of the series Akikan! It takes place after the main series, though there is little content so that barely matters other than for knowing who the characters are. I suggest watching the TV series before the OVA.

Second, I am not particularly fond of fanservice, so consider my review in that light. If you like fanservice in general, you may enjoy this a lot more than I did. (I find that fanservice usually detracts from the characters/story).

This is your typical hot springs episode. All of the important characters make appearances, but there's virtually no story or character-driven content read more
Oct 2, 2009
Since a review is ~not~ supposed to be an plot summary, I'll give a general feel of what to expect and my opinion about it:

This OVA is broken into two basic sections: Silly episodes (the first and last) and plot episodes (the middle episodes).

You will likely not enjoy the silly episodes if you did not enjoy the silly/cute side of Higurashi. If, on the other hand you liked the antics throughout Higurashi, the silly episodes will probably just make your day. (They were the highlight of the OVA for me, though that's just personal taste).

The plot episodes have more of a traditional Higurashi feel to read more
Feb 12, 2009
Akikan! (Anime) add (All reviews)
If you like the idea of a show that is entertaining, self-satirical, has 'colorful' characters and manages to save a little room for serious stuff, this could be the show for you.

If you are really into deep, complex characters with intricate winding plot twists and you looove super serious business 24/7, this is probably not the series for you.

The MAL ratings this show gets don't do it justice. Don't get me wrong, it's no masterpiece, but it's not a ~6.5 either. I can't say what people think of it, but my guess is that a lot of people take it too seriously. Most of the read more
Feb 12, 2009
Preliminary
There is no doubt that Leopard is the character who makes this series. Don't get me wrong, it's not like the other characters are totally uninteresting, but his Lelouch-like rants and megalomania (even as an AI) single-handedly raise the score of this show by a full point.

Don't watch this if you're looking for a lot of plot intricacy or subtlety, I found that the pacing can be a little ADD-mode sometimes. Then again that might be exactly what you're looking for.

This series has been somewhat episodic so far, though there is obviously some buildup for a larger underlying plot. In the most recent episodes it read more
Apr 12, 2008
Why you should watch this: The main character doesn't actually visibly move. He just sort of...teleports from scene to scene. If you're the type who likes to have a firm logical grip on reality this is really not for you. A lot of things don't exactly make sense, but overall it's really not supposed to, and in fact I think it kind of makes fun of itself in a way.

Very episode-to-episode style, but the relationships between the characters do develop in a satisfying way. This would be a good animé as a sort of intro for kids. It's definitely lighthearted in general, though it's still read more