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Apr 28, 2015
If there's one word to sum up Hellsing Ultimate, it's 'Style'. The art is gorgeous. The animation is fluid. The fight scenes are well executed with with lots of gore and body parts (as you'd hope for in an adult series about vampires), trash talk, and cool poses, and the imagery is breathtaking.

What Hellsing doesn't have is much of is everything else that makes for a good anime, beginning with a plot that starts and ends in 5 words: 'Undead Nazis bent on world domination'.

While the character designs are super intriguing and make the viewers want to learn more about them, they are wasted read more
Apr 28, 2015
Years ago, a powerful being known as the Dark Flame Master roamed the world, using his powers to spread darkness and terror wherever he went. One day he decides that he has had enough of that lifestyle and using his powers, he seals away his abilities and even his memories before vanishing into obscurity.

Picking up from there, Chuunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai tells the story of a young girl, Rikka, wielder of the Tyrant Eye, an artifact of such power that it has to be kept within a seal in case its power should rampage unchecked, as she searches for the Unseen Horizon and her read more
Apr 26, 2015
After a series of pretty depressing animes (Hoshi no Koe, Byousoku 5 Centimetres), I decided to pick up something light and fun in a school setting and thought that this series looked promising. As a guy, my only other experience with Shoujo anime has been Ouran High School Host Club (OHSHC), which was really funny and enjoyable, so I thought to give it another go.

The plot of this anime is pretty straightforward as can be seen from the synopsis. Right from the get-go we already know who the 2 main characters are and how this is going to end, so the only interesting part is read more
Apr 20, 2015
I first watched this movie in 2004 in university and remember being blown away by the sheer depth of emotions and feelings that this short film manages to convey in the time that the typical shounen anime may have managed to advance the plot by about 2 screams, a power-up and a fireball.

Coming back to this film over 10 years later, I was apprehensive at how my memories of the film would hold up to a rewatch by my older, cynical, 30-something self.

The art is pretty mediocre especially given the advances in animation in the past decade. The faces especially tend to be distorted and read more
Apr 9, 2015
Let me start by saying that I really, really enjoyed Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. When I first heard of this anime, my reaction was 'What the heck kind of name is that?!' In case you're wondering, the name comes from Nozaki-kun, one of the main characters who is a manga artist in a monthly girl's manga magazine.

The main strength of GSNK is in its ensemble cast. Apart from the main character (Sakura), the rest of the supporting cast are VERY unique and interesting individuals that make you want to know more about them. The characters play off one another in somewhat predictable ways once you know read more
Apr 5, 2015
The story is exactly as you'd expect from the synopsis - light-hearted episodic fare (each girl he has to conquer takes 1-2 episodes) with comedic elements.

With only 12 episodes and having to devote time to building up the personality of the targeted girl up so the audience cares about them, there is very little time for development of the main characters (Keima and Elsie). Character development does not go beyond the minimum required to set up the story as it is a short series, but it is sufficient. (I have since watched season 2 and there is significantly more development of the main characters read more