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Jan 7, 2016
I really don't understand why this is considered a masterpiece. It wasn't god-awful, but I wouldn't call it great - or even good.
First off, the art: It seems to be the main selling point with most people. The backgrounds and scenery are gorgeous, yes. In fact, the surroundings looked so nice that the poor quality of the characters' animation was not only surprising, it was downright jarring. The facial anatomy rivaled Madoka Magica in terms of cringe - lazy eyes, assymetrical jawlines, the works - and it was all juxtaposed against beautiful sunsets and photo-quality street scenes. Clearly the people who animated the backgrounds had read more
Nov 8, 2015
This is a really difficult anime to grade.
I think this is an anime everyone should try watching, but I recognize that not everyone (or even most people) will enjoy it.
Story:
Being an avant-garde series, it seems unfair to judge the story by conventional standards. It's certainly oblique and hard to follow, but I think one can understand enough after the first watch to get something out of it. This is a series that wants to be viewed multiple times. Personally, I like that. If you don't (which is understandable), be prepared not to get all the answers.
Art:
The art is comparable to Madoka Magica. The characters' faces read more
Dec 10, 2014
Preliminary
This manga is interesting, but not without its flaws.
Story: 6.5
It's a mix of the zombie and dark magical girl tropes, but has some nice redeeming qualities. Unlike a lot of zombie/disaster stories, the characters often survive because of their wits and good planning rather than dumb luck, which is refreshing. The story becomes more intriguing as it progresses and takes some interesting and unexpected turns. The trials and mysteries the characters face become increasingly engrossing the more you read. Also, the pacing is pretty on-point.
Characters: 6.5
The main character, Kogami, is pretty bland. In fact, he's the only character among the main cast whose name I read more
Dec 10, 2014
Preliminary
This came out around the same time as Madoka Magica and has a similar premise. Despite Madoka's popularity, I would have to say I prefer Mahou Shoujo Site.
While it didn't impress me much at first, the story becomes more and more intriguing and fleshed-out as it progresses. Many of the characters, which read as tropes initially, are given interesting character development. Aya, for example, appears to be a typical "sad, abused loli," but she proves to be very cunning and capable in the right situation. She still hasn't completely avoided the stereotype (largely because her backstory is too pitiful and dramatic to be believable), but read more
Feb 2, 2014
Oyasumi Punpun is an all-time favorite of mine. It has everything I love in a manga: gorgeous art, a good sense of humor, and a sense subtlety that leaves it up to a bit of interpretation. It's definitely worth a read, and I would recommend it to just about everyone.
Story: 8.5/10
The story is conventional on the surface: a coming-of-age story about a kid that never quite fits in. However, it's quite a bit more complex than that. It follows the lives of many different characters, from Punpun to his friends to his family members. All the interlocking stories are engrossing and thought-provoking.
However, it does read more