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Aug 7, 2020
Preliminary
Balance: Unlimited delivers more or less on what it promises from the first episode. Action, detective work, and oil and water police partners coming to see eye to eye. Oh, and unlimited money, of course.

Insofar as police shows go, outside of "One of them has unlimited money," this doesn't stray too far outside the sorts of patterns you'd expect to see, however, a show doesn't need to be completely unique to be enjoyable and well-delivered. The unlimited money quirk is enough to make the show interesting, and the rest of the more "normal" writing in its characters and relatively episodic plot isn't particularly stellar, but read more
Jun 8, 2020
Note: This review takes into account the combination of the first and second seasons as one continuous plot and rates them as a combined work. Read on and you'll understand why I've chosen this approach.

If you like when the underdog surprises and punches above their weight, this might be the show for you.

I watched this series completely on a whim, expecting a lot of lonely otaku wish-fulfillment / pandering. I'll be quite honest, the start of the first season threw a lot of objectively unbelievable premises at the viewer exactly along these lines. Still, despite the predictably unbelievable start, it had some merits. Once getting read more
Jun 8, 2020
If you like the underdog that punches above its weight, this might be the show for you.

I watched this series completely on a whim, expecting a lot of lonely otaku wish-fulfillment / pandering. I'll be quite honest, the start of the first season threw a lot of objectively unbelievable premises at the viewer exactly along these lines. Still, despite the predictably unbelievable start, it had some merits. Once getting past the initial unbelievable developments, the drama and romance aspects that followed were enough to keep me interested and just enough to make me curious about what would happen in the sequel.

And I'm glad I kept read more
Mar 28, 2020
Preliminary
The first two episodes are essentially pure fanservice, which drags the score down for me. If you like fanservice, you will most certainly enjoy them more than I did.

If you're looking more for something that hits the "regular" pace of this show, the third OVA gets back into that, starting a story centering around the academy kids. As it ends partway through telling the story, the 4th OVA will doubtlessly continue, and perhaps even on to the 5th.

This OVA isn't really anything special and I doubt that it will significantly change the direction of the plot, but if you really like the show, it's worth read more
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