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Apr 5, 2008
Minami-ke is a slice of life comedy, and stars the three sisters Haruka, Kana and Chiaki.

Since this is a slice of life, it’s a bit obvious how the story goes. We see the daily lives of the sisters and their friends, with a different focus in each episode. Nothing special happens really. Still I really liked how the story was presented, and many characters were involved in various ways, and lead to a lot of hilarious moments. The writers (probably the mangaka as well) made great use of the huge amount of side-characters, without it feeling unnatural. That’s what I loved the most. Each episode read more
Mar 29, 2008
This is the second Aria season, based on the slice of life manga Aria, which, on a side note, has finished publishing in Japan.

The plot is quite similar to the first season, but now the individual stories are even better. Some of the episodes were pure brilliance, while the rest were really, really good. There is even some character development, and some unexpected twists. I also think that the episodes were well planned, with build-up and a sort of climax. Not much action, though, only the regular lives of the undines on Aqua. The sci-fi element worked well, as always.

The animation is really lovely. The read more
Mar 21, 2008
This is the sequel of Maria-sama ga Miteru, about the all-girl-school Lillian academy and its students.

It continues straight of from where the first season ended, with pretty much separate episodes about the different girls. This time even more of the girls get their back stories explained, and there is quite a bit drama in this as well. Every episode was good and the last three specially. The last episode is perhaps one of the best final episodes I’ve ever seen. The show really played on some of my heartstrings all the way, and it was really well made.

Looked a little better than season one, but read more
Mar 9, 2008
The plot was really weak, just an excuse to get some girls in maidoutfits at a perverted guys mansion. The reason they moved out was just silly, and in every episode they had some sort of contest, and that irritated me a lot. I also disliked the fact, that the storyline took some too unlikely turns. Other than that, you can say that this is very shounen, with fast pace and high intensity. At least I wasn't bored.

The animation was okay I guess, but nothing more. I didn't really like how the characters were drawn.

I found the soundtrack lame, with cheesy background songs. Opening read more
Feb 28, 2008
I was a bit unsure about to watch this or not, since it is a shoujo, but I found out that it's okay for guys to watch too. It's not typical shoujo either.

A lot of girls in a religious school, and their relationships. This could have resulted in something mediocre, but I think that it was excellently executed in Maria-sama. Many episodes were single standing, telling about the past or the present of the girl, and when there were follow-up episodes, I just had to watch on. Great story, almost bordering to slice of life, but it's a bit too dramatic to be considered that. read more
Feb 28, 2008
This is a romantic comedy, with some harem elements. I was therefore quite surprised that the show actually had a little deep story, some episodes in. It definitely didn’t turn out as a regular harem, etc. Most of the episodes were pretty random, but they all lead to the ending, which I thought was quite neat. The comedy was most prominent, but it also had a slice of drama, and a bit of irregular romance. But at one time it was a bit ridiculous, with succubuses popping out from every corner. Although, it didn’t affect the story as a whole.

The animation was clean and looked read more
Feb 27, 2008
The story is unique, in my book. I mean, who thinks of making a slice of life on Mars. That's just really original and awesome. The episodes are slowpaced and deal with the daily lives of the undines, small discoveries, new friends and so on, all of it executed in a fine manner. Still, it was a little too slow sometimes.

Overall I thought it was good. Nice colours, and good character designs. And the many shots of Aqua were nice. But I still got a feeling it wasn't perfect. I guess it could have been more detailed, specially the people and their faces. But it read more
Jan 25, 2008
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The story is nothing short of amazing, so well done and with lots of consistency. It develops nicely through the 6 volumes, with a nice ending. Very few things to pick on, but I guess it isn't for nothing this is considered a great work of art. Nonetheless the progress is a bit slow in the middle (specially volume 3), but it isn't enough to do anything about the greater feeling that the story has. Also, I have some mixed feelings about the position of the bikes in the story, it seems kinda a bit too important.

Nothing bad about this. The art pleased me all read more