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Feb 5, 2015
Airy Me (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
This came to me via a recommendation of a friend/acquaintance after a short chat about 00:08 because of the similarity of their art style. Both are emotionally driven, hand drawn pencil ellipsoidal animations with a series of repetitions eventually coming to a kind of explanatory crescendo. The difference for me was that the narrative of 'Airy Me' has clarity that 00:08 was lacking.

The video was directed by visionary Yoko Kuno, an animator known for a highly stylized animation style of schoolyard drawings and large, feminine, soft eyes created the video using 3000 individual hand-drawn illustrations and utilized the look of a child drawing pictures to ...
Oct 18, 2014
--WIP Review --

Ristorante Paradiso was an interesting little series. It's strongest points were the art style, which had broad European features to match the ethnicity of the characters. It was very interesting to see from this perspective and I very much enjoyed this style of animation and colour.

Along with the art style, the characters were one of the best parts of the series. I was particularly stricken with Gigi as he reminded me of a curious and quiet cat, but each one was interesting in their own ways.

While it was beautifully animated and had talented seiyuu, it's weakest point was definitely ...
Jan 6, 2013
Gintama (Anime) add
Funny & cleverly written, but pretty subtle about it because most of its "real" jokes come from other anime and cultural references that are hidden beneath the other comedic elements.
Jan 3, 2013
Every so often I am lucky enough to come across a series or a short that gives me a reason to sigh and say "This is why I love film/anime" and "There She Is!!" by Korean Flash animator and comic book store clerk, Amal Rock (or Amalloc on MAL) and picture book author/illustrator, Pore ​​(Sogong) - the series art director (two of the three members of the animation's small Korean production company: SamBakZa) is one such love story; guaranteed to go down in history as one of the best shorts ever made, if it ever gets the recognition it truly deserves.

It begins as ...
Jan 1, 2013
Teikoku Shounen aka Imperial Boy has a very unique and colourful art style that packs a real punch. He's something of a national treasure in my eyes, because his work is just so darn beautiful! The details can be rich and overwhelming in one moment, and then have an "unfinished" quality in the next, because the draft lines of the animation are still showing. Yet somehow [because it is Imperial Boy] all that managed to do for me was add to its charm.

There is an interesting quality to this anime that felt a bit like being inside of a ticking clock tower. I think ...
Dec 4, 2012
Well, besides being funny the obvious draw to this OVA is hearing our favourite characters sing.

1. Heart Nibun no Naisho (Live Version) - Secrets of the Heart Split in Two - Akane Song

2. Little★Date (TV Service Version) Ranma, Akane, Shampoo cover of OP2

3. Musabetsu Kakutou Itchokusen ~Panda Wa Uta Wo Utaenai - The Direct Path of Anything Goes Martial Arts ~Pandas Can't Sing - Genma Song

4. Wo De Ai Ren - My Lover - Shampoo Song

5. Niji to RINKU no BARAADO ~Itoshi no FURORENSU - Rainbow and Rink Ballad ~Darling Florence - Azusa and Mikado Song (very nice treat, not usually ...
Dec 4, 2012
This is my favourite of all the OVA story arcs because I believe it is truly the funniest. Seeing Kuno running around with a giant bird on his head really takes the cake and I'm sure this will be fun for everyone who views it!

This particular OVA features my favourite OP theme of the series:"Where do we go from here? (You and me)" by DoCo. Poignant and catchy, "You and me", captures a very adult perspective of how difficult adolescent relationships can be. The ED,"Red Shoe Sunday" by DoCo,while not my favourite does have a pleasant melody and it's lyrics give some nice ...
Dec 4, 2012
This is a lovely episode that really gives Akane some shining moments. Ranma has a few as well, which makes everyone happy, but this is really Akane's story with Ranma and Ryoga along to support.

Music in this is fun as all the OVA's had some of my favourite OPs of the whole series:

#01:"Koi da! Panic! (Love Panic!)" by Yawmin (eps 1-6) /
#01: "Love Panic! (English Version)" by Connie Lavigne (eps 1-6) /
#02: "Boku-tachi Wa Kore Kara (Us From Now On)" by DoCo (ep 7) /
#02: "Us From Now On (English Version)" by DoCo USA (eps 7-11).


The side characters ...
Dec 4, 2012
Though not *AS* enjoyable to me as the first movie, "Nihao, My Concubine" was definitely worth watching for the more hardcore Ranma 1/2 fan. The shenanigans portrayed by Ranma, Ukiyo, and Shampoo as members of Toma's harem are hilarious and Mousse is given far more screen time than usual, playing a greater role and giving us more of his background.

The story isn't Takahashi Rumiko's best work, but fans of Maison Ikkoku will enjoy hearing the end theme song "A Piece of Love" by Picasso (known for their wonderful ED "Cinema" from the second season).

Overall I'd say it's worth watching at least ...
Dec 3, 2012
Ranma ½ OVA (Anime) add
These OAVs are definitely some of Takahashi Rumiko's best work ever (in the Ranma 1/2 world). There are some really fantastic, hilarious story arcs here and crazy adventures to be had by all. Absolutely some of my favourite episodes and some very touching moments as well. Ukiyo and Kuno fans will be especially happy with these episodes and they present even more depth to this rich and rewarding show!

This set also has my favourite music of the Ranma 1/2 universe/franchise with some lovely OP/EDs and nice in-episode songs as well.