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Dec 23, 2010
Manga adaptations are, by and large, a double-edged sword. On one hand they can be a guaranteed-profit venture for the production company, while on the other it can be incredibly difficult to capture the charm of the original work and can often leave us fans bitterly disappointed. Being an avid fan of the original manga, it is needless to say that I expected a lot from the anime adaptation of The World God Only Knows (or TWGOK). Unfortunately, it joins the long list of manga-turned-anime that have fallen just short.

The plot centres around Katsuragi Keima, known on the internet as the “Capturing read more
Oct 23, 2010
What makes an anime great? Is it purely a mix of great story, well made animation and soundtrack and engaging characters? Or does an anime need something extra to be regarded as truly great? Some kind of x-factor that makes you feel like you’re watching something special? I believe that a great anime needs both; that the x-factor that separates those shows you give 9 or 10 out of 10 from the others is created by having the great story, animation and so on. I used to believe that this mix could only be obtained through complexity, with unexpected twists read more
Jun 18, 2010
Angel Beats! was hyped up long before it was released. Everyone expected it to be the new Kanon or Clannad. Everyone expected Key to pull out some more of their brilliance, and I think its safe to say that we (myself included) were all disappointed with the first couple of episodes. It continued to show glimpses of signature Key emotion, but at the end of each episode I was left unsure about where the plot was going. I kept asking "What is Key planning to do with this story?" Yet, despite my concerns, I decided to keep watching because of read more
May 11, 2010
Ah, Baka Test...probably up there in the list of most random comedy series ever. When this was shown in the first screening of the year at the anime club at my university, everyone agreed that this was the best anime of the season. Yes it is idiotic and over-the-top, but it is one hell of a funny anime.

Story-wise it's quite...unique. Set in a school dominated by a hierarchical structure of classes (A to F), it pretty much follows the school idiot Akihisa and the rest of Class-F (full of the dumbest kids in school) as they try to rise up read more
Apr 24, 2010
Some men kill in order to live. Some don't need a reason...

When I first heard of Sword of the Stranger about a year ago I'll admit I was skeptical. It seemed like every samurai anime cliche rolled into one. But I watched it the first time in absolute awe, and after four times I am compelled to write a review on this revolutionary anime.

Yes, that word was "revolutionary", and by this I am referring to the spectacular animation used in the movie. As aptly put on Anime News Network, it has "some of the most intricately staged, gorgeously animated fight sequences read more
Mar 18, 2010
Look up comedy in the dictionary. If it doesn’t say “Lucky Star” there then you should write it in. Very funny and incredibly smart Lucky Star pokes fun at the most ordinary things in life, and does it brilliantly.

Even though this series is a few years old, I only recently saw this on the top anime page of MAL. I was quite astounded to find that this was #130, when (judging by the anime above it) in my opinion it deserves to be much higher. And it was then that I saw the divided reviews, some giving it ridiculously low scores. read more
Mar 2, 2010
Now, this is a prime example of how to adapt an manga into an anime the RIGHT way. The original Fullmetal Alchemist, though well made and very popular, went into a downward spiral as soon as it diverted from the manga storyline and never seemed to recover. This however, shows that instead of trying to add their own story elements when adapting manga/visual novels etc., sometimes anime producers should just sit back and retell the great story that has already been written in the original.

This anime starts off at a breakneck pace. It shoots entire volumes of the manga in a couple read more