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martiooo
Just in response to another reviewer... You said it was unrealistic that for the first episode he asked why his sister couldn't be a cutesy girl like in the anime being totally unrealistic? You DO realize that's in response to the fact his sister is a total b-unt(best word I could use), right? I just got to episode 12 and I can still say there hasn't been one moment where his sister even acted semi normal to him. So yeah, it's obviously an outlandish demand, but it's an escape, his own plot device for himself, and in that context, that's pretty normal. If my sister was knocking me out every five minutes because I didn't give her the right remarks to her self-percieved perfection, I too would say something like, 'I wish she was an anime sister'.

Since that went right over your head, I couldn't help but disregard your 3-rated review.

Anyway, mine is 7 so far, could go down to 5-6 depending on the rest of season 1 and season 2.

Story: 7
The story is a bit of harem, slice of life, a special brand of brother/sister anime, and focuses on otaku culture, which is a bit of fresh air. That said, this could have been done far better. Some characters are damningly unrealistic, like his sister that punches him for being in the living room when her friends are around.

Art: 8
Nothing to write home about, but better than some other anime that aren't well known

Sound: 6
No melodies really stick IMO

Character: 7
There's plenty to go around, two otaku types swallowed in their own world, his sister who's a budding otaku, the preppy anti otaku types, and the brother who is just 'normal'. The annoying part isn't the brother asking for an anime sister(which was a joke, that other reviewer is kinda derpy for not realizing that), it's that his sister will beat the living crap out of him for looking at her the wrong way. He gets trashed on by the preppy anti otaku types when he's not even an otaku. And more. I thought there would be some character development, but it's really the same tricks every episode. 20 unneeded slaps was enough, it's getting boring now.

Enjoyment: 7
Despite it's flaws, it's pretty enjoyable as a brother/sister anime or one that explores otaku culture. Although it could have been done way better overall, and that's obvious.

Overall: 7
So far, I'd say it's a 7. If there's no character development in the second arc or season 2, I'd lower it to 5-6.
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19 minutes ago
Usagi Drop (Anime) add
DarkNesProductin
with such a peculiar premise this show turns out to be a very relatable story simply about a guy trying to be a parent and raise his grandfather's very late conceived daughter (damn really? 79 holy shit how da hell was he able to get it up), and all the hardships and drama that come from raising your dead grandfathers 6 year old and uncovering the mystery behind the whore who suckled on his old ween
One of the biggest things I like about usagi drop is How extremely well paced it is, and the reason for that being is that the pacing seems to not waste any time on letting us get to know the characters, the characterization is seriously on point it takes its time when it needs to but also gets to the point when it needs to, whether that's a guy who works a really busy job and is really struggling to pick up the girl in time from daycare to a guy who is trying to learn how to take care of her when she's sick, to me this show seems to have no fluff especially when illustrating the relationship of these two (which in this world where there's a bunch of slice of life shows that just seem to waste your time like nobody's business this is extremely welcoming). buy the end of it i can see some growth and progress, there definitely was a natural passing of time during the show which is probably another reason as to why i enjoyed the pacing as much as i did, the characters seemed to naturally grew and changed.
Another thing that fits the show perfectly is the colorful paint like artstyle and animation, it fits the tone of the show so well, it's not too abstract and its not too realistic, it perfectly fits the cutsie and warm hearted tone of the show and since it's not too cutesy when the show gets a little serious it's not distracting in the slightest. in my reviews i tend to not talk about animation to much unless there's really somthing to talk about or the directing is really superb and helps tell the story, i always hold the notion that you can tell stories through visuals and through directing you can do and say things that words can't (obviously), and the little snippets in the first episode of daikichi and Rin holding hands and things like that throughout the series i think is very nice, some might say that it's just pretty visuals just for the shits and giggles, but i just find it to be very artistic and can bring some weight and can be a nice illustration of these characters, or maybe i'm just being pretentious? who knows.
and that pretty much wraps up my thoughts on this show,unfortianatly i didn't have much to say on this show but i highly recommend it especially to anime newcomers, if you have a friend who does not like read more
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36 minutes ago
Hunter x Hunter (2011) (Anime) add
CloudSoll
When I see this anime for the first time I didn't know how good it would be,but here the criterias:

Story:

A story about hunters and the world in which they live.This world could be as big as the world of One Piece.A very good story with a great message about friendship and how a good friend is.Isn´t very elaborated but with that message and characters is incredible and doesn't matter how elaborated it is.

Art:

As is costume,Madhouse animation and design is awesome.This art is the best in a story like Hunter x Hunter 2011,better than the 90th version.The scenes are awesome and character design are pretty good.

Sound:

The sound in Hunter x Hunter is...good.In Togashi's animes like Yu Yu Hakusho and this one the openings are all the same but with little changes,while the endings are beautifu.The OST in HxH is pretty good,I like very much Hisoka OST.

Characters:

In this part,Hunter x Hunter is really good because first is our protagonist,Gon.This character at the start of the anime,seems very generic,but has his own personality and is very innocent,he has 12 years old.Then,my favorite and best character of this anime,Killua.As Gon,he is 12.But he thinks in what happens,also has some innocent aspects,but Killua's psycology is very human.He only wants to be Gon friend's and be with him.A pretty good character.Then is Kurapika,another great character.He is a very serious and decided person,he has passed through a very difficult situation and in the course of the story he becomes more cold.But he knows that being a good friend and a good ally would benefit him,not like Sasuke that only thinks in himself.And Leorio, a very funny character that also cares about his friends,is a very human character.

Conclusion:

Hunter x Hunter is one of the best shonen animes of all times and one very recommendated.If you didn't watch it,is time you do it.

Thanks for reading my review ^^.
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36 minutes ago
Okane ga Nai (Anime) add
smorgan263
I've watched a couple of yaoi and this was something else... While I wasn't a huge fan of the art, I gave it a try anyways and got used to it. What I could not get used to was the rape theme. In all, there was probably almost a dozen rape scenes. There was no Stockholm Syndrome or real attachment, it was more like submission. It took almost all four OVA segments to come to a point where Ayase is willingly participating.

There was some character development though. Kanou becomes less aggressive, and overall more likable as the OVAs run. He steps back in an attempt to be less selfish and demanding and succeeds. He is only one to develop. Ayase, while admitting to his feelings in the long run, never really changes or develops; if anything, the admission almost comes from left field.

Overall, I would not recommend this anime. There are better yaoi, and if you're watching it for the sex, the rape tone makes it very uncomfortable.
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55 minutes ago
Neon Genesis Evangelion (Anime) add
Ya_WOT_M8
Story 7/10

It was an alright story, mainly lacking in plot for episodes 24 - 26, other than that it was quite enjoyable

Art/Animation 8/10

The art of Neon Genesis Evangelion isn't the best, but it is much better than something like SAO along with SAO II, but it is some thing that fits into the story quite well, and the animation is amazing for a '95 show, I wouldn't say that it's something like FMA animation (But then again this was 2 decades ago)

Sound 7/10

The sound is alright for a 20 year old show, but think about
Shinji's voice in the dub, I have not met one person who likes shinji's voice in the dub
The KABOOM Your face explode thing is done pretty well
But sound effects were amazing in this show

Character 6/10

Don't get me wrong Asuka Langley was a complete badass through the show, but don't forget about how many people made memes of shinji (get in the robot, gendowned, etc)
Then there's Rei, the Mei (Another, if you haven't seen that anime just check it out now) of Neon Genesis Evangelion

Enjoyment 10/10

As much as I hate shinji, the show is still amazing from the sound to the design to the memes to the giant spheres and giant diamonds and to the character design

Overall 8/10

Neon Genesis Evangelion was an amazing show, but clearly not as good as SAO (sarcasm)
and i don't really care about the flaws of the show, except shinji, but that's just my opinion,
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1 hour ago
Ange Vierge (Anime) add
Darkllyd
This is my first review. I had to write it simply because this anime is one that has been somewhat unique in my watching history. The reason for that is that usually if you find something to not be good in the first 3 episodes or so you're just not going to like it. In my case, I thought it was silly and just kind of meh, but as it went on I found myself enjoying it and looking forward to it every week. Thus, this review.

Why should you watch this show? I would say watch it only if you like moe. It's stupidly cute; it really makes me giggle at how over the top it is in the art and character interactions. You might get turned off at the beginning due to the service: ie them being in the bath for at least 50% of the episode (I mean really, how much can you bathe?!!). After the early part, though, the show hits a plot point, and from there it focuses on character development and comedy, with the moe being the glue pulling the whole thing together. Oh, not to mention, tons of awesome seiyuu in this show. I daresay it'd be weird if you couldn't find your favorite among the legions of characters.

Story: Ehhh, pretty mediocre. It picks up a 'little' as the show goes on but it never becomes anything special. Friendship is probably the biggest theme you'll see here later.

Art: Very moe. I dare say you won't find a more moe style. The boobage is a little silly. Aside from characters the rest is ok.

Sounds: Good, everything sounded like it should.

Character: Once they hit the turning point we get a bit of character development that has actually made the show a little bit interesting. And who doesn't believe in the power of friendship to defeat evil?!! (haha)

Enjoyment: Just a cute show with cute character interactions and a meh story.

Conclusion: Don't watch this if you don't like moe. Don't watch it if you're expecting some amazing story driven plot. DO watch if you're a fan of cute and want something light to cheer you up.

Also, despite what some say, the Yuri in this is almost nonexistent.

P.S. Military girls. If you watch to at least episode 4/5 you'll see what I mean :)

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2 hours ago
Mazinger Z tai Devilman (Anime) add
Mystic_Nova
If you're a fan of Mazinger Z, you may really enjoy this. I tend to be more of a fan of Devilman and was disappointed by the fact that this felt more like a Mazinger Z special with Devilman as the special guest.

I'll try to explain why it really bothered me but it may reveal some spoilers so be aware. (though why you're reading a review of this and haven't already seen it is beyond me). For one Devilman has to be saved by Mazinger Z at least twice whereas it's never the other way around. The devilman villains are pretty much controlled by Dr. Hell (The Mazinger Z villain). You are surrounded by Mazinger Z characters but you only get a quick cameo from 2 Devilman characters. The final battle is a fight between Mazinger Z and the main villain. Even the END credits mostly feature Mazinger Z with Mazinger Z music.

Overall this was a very one sided special that did no justice for Devilman, but did plenty for Mazinger Z. The only real positives I can say about it was the beautiful art and animation which is much better than Devilman and Mazinger Z series.

If you love Mazinger Z. Watch it
If you love Devilman. You may be disappointed.
If you love both. You may find some enjoyment.
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2 hours ago
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Anime) add
JRads47
For many years, Studio Gainax was known for its smash hit, Neon Genesis Evangelion, both acclaimed and derided for its deconstruction of the mecha genre. 12 years later, Gainax decided to take back everything they said about mecha by reminding us why we found them fun in the first place with Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Story
Simon is a young boy living underground, over a thousand years after humans were forced underground by an oppressive tyrant named Lordgenome. Shunned by peers and scared of his surroundings, Simon grew up timid and lacking confidence, with his only friend being Kamina, an ambitious and hotheaded young man who dreams of going up the "surface".

One day, while digging deeper to expand his city, Simon comes across a small robot that looks like a face. On his way to show Kamina the robot, an even bigger robot crashes down onto their home, and girl named Yoko comes to fight it. Using the small robot (dubbed "Lagann") to fight the bigger robot (called a "Gunmen"), Simon discovers that he has to channel his determination into something called Spiral Energy to power Lagann. After defeating the Gunmen, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko shoot up to the surface, going to fight Lordgenome, and Simon learns what it takes to become a man and a hero.

Art
Gurren Lagann uses a very gritty art style to identify itself, which can be seen best in its eyecatches, which have become iconic to the series. For a series that aired in 2007, the show holds up very well and can be compared to shows that aired nearly a decade later. In contrast to Evangelion's infamous budget shortage, Gurren Lagann consistently pumps out top-notch animation and graphics, and they serve the battles well.

Sound
Gurren Lagann has some pretty iconic music to go with it, and almost all of it emphasizes the show's hot-blooded over-the-top nature. Themes like Viral's leitmotif "Nikopol", the triumphant "Pierce the Heavens with your Drill!", and the pre-asskicking opera rap "'Libera Me' from Hell" will stay in your head for a long time.

Enjoyment
Gurren Lagann has a very, extremely, hot-blooded, over-the-top, and in your face style .Kamina exemplifies this the best, as his hammy attitude and iconic quotes make him a rather popular character. It takes usual negative tropes, deus ex machina and asspulls, and makes them endearing to the point where they actually make the story better.

The real meat of the show, however, is Simon's development as a character. Over the course of the story, he grows from an intimidating Shinji Ikari-like character to a brave and determined beacon of hope to his friends. It takes tragedy to kickstart his growth, but it pays off and he is a shining example of an unlikely hero.

Another gripping aspect is the overarching message of going beyond the impossible. The aforementioned deus ex machina and asspulls are utilized through Spiral Energy, and the characters' drive to reach their goals turns these seemingly bad tropes into a reason to hope they show up.

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MorDEk007
Considering how often the "trapped in another world" trope is used in anime, I had a feeling that this would be another generic anime. However, after watching several episodes, I can say that the quality of this anime blew me away, and it's impressive how they managed to take an overused trope and develop it into a genuinely emotional anime. The show manages to successfully combine a wide spectrum of genres, such as humor, action, drama, romance, and tragedy, and it's amazing how all these work together to create an enjoyable anime that can appeal to a wide variety of anime fans. The plot can lose direction sometimes, and the animation is nothing to write home about, but the deep character development is what makes this show the best one you can find in the genre right now.

Pros:
+ Amazing character development that's actually realistic
+ Can get genuinely emotional sometimes
+ Impressive action scenes
+ Some pretty amazing cinematic elements
+ Musical score fits in with the right moments perfectly

Cons:
- Central plot can lose direction sometimes
- Animation is not bad but nothing amazing

Final score: 9/10
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3 hours ago
Shokugeki no Souma (Anime) add
GrayRealm
I finally finished watching this, and probably won't be watching another season of title. I couldn't decide whether to give it 5/10 or 4/10, and decided on 4/10. Detailed breakdown is below.

Overall:
The anime is very good at wasting viewer's time.

In its structure it is typical shounen anime, except that instead of fighting we have dramatic cooking. I found the anime to be boring and yawn-inducing most of the time, however there were few episodes which sparked my interest a bit. The "the food is so good that it makes people orgasm" joke gets old 3rd time you see it which happens quickly. The anime shares all the problems of a typical shounen anime. Meaning you have characters talking (duriung a "fight") most of the episode while camera slowly pans around. You have gasping/shocked onlookers saying stuff like it "I can't believe he used ingredient X"(which is typically followed by 15 minute long explanation of ingridient X), which is followed by a "counter" from an opponent, more talking and more explanation.

The anime isn't ecchi, even though there are "ecchi" pictures of people tasting food. The problem is that picture aren't funny, aren't sexy, and aren't very interesting. It just gets old fast.

The story sorta progresses, but it progresses slowly and doesn't exactly reach a conclusion and with this kind of pacing I suspect that the creators want to milk the anime for at least 4 more seasons.

I also felt like the whole season could be made 2 times shorter (13 episodes) without losing anything.

Animation:
The anime uses every trick known to shounen anime in order to cut production costs. There are A LOT of scenes where you'll see something animated in 3 frames being slowly panned with sparkling sfx and a LOOONG explanations, usually describing some sort of food. You'll spend a lot of time starting at this or that unanimated food ingredient on screen. When the series finally animate something properly, it looks good, but it doesn't happen very often. I can say that the studio does fairly decent job hiding their "cost cutting tricks", but at one point you'll start to wonder why are there so many "camera panning slowly" episodes.

Art:
I loved designs of some of side characters, especially designs of character faces. Several of side characters (mostly girls) have a great design of faces, and costumes are well drawn too. While the anime cuts animation costs at every opportunity it gets (with the annoying "let's pan something slowly while explaining something about current ingredient of the week"), I haven't seen "cheap" backgrounds, cheap or drawn characters or anything like that. It is mostly solid, with few side characters looking great (ikumi, erina, and one of the judges whose name I forgot).

Characters:
Ikumi is a highlight of the series, her reactions are somewhat interesting. The rest of the characters are pretty much either faceless or cliched/stereotypical. They follow typical shounen tropes, meaning there will be "opponents" acting in absolutely ridiculous fashion in order to display how "evil" they are. read more
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3 hours ago
Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (Anime) add
ChromaticDragon
I heard amazing things about this anime.. It is praised like it is a God of Anime. In reality Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu is a boring series that tries to take itself seriously. Never ever seen such poorly made anime in my life. The animation quality is garbage. Most of the dialogue does match with the animation. The voice acting is god awful. I nearly died of boredom due to its poor production quality.. The dialogue drags the story down, and comes as more of being melodramatic than anything. Whoever wrote the dialogue for this anime should be shot. I never had seen in my entire life of the most boring dialogue ever written. I fell asleep whenever I tried to watch this anime.This anime is trash compared to the Star Wars Expanded Universe(Legends). Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu is not a epic space opera , but a melodramatic space show with cheesy tropes.
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3 hours ago
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Anime) add
PikaCheeks
TL;DR - A really mature character driven anime. If you're looking for depth, weight and drama this is absolutely worth it.


This show is basically an a longer and anime version of "All About Eve", not in the sense that there is manipulation and corruption. But that it goes into detail on behind the scenes of a stage. The drama and tension behind this sure is so mature and deep despite it appearing so small. Character Driven plots are the best.

Every main and supporting character has weight and depth to them. They have strengths, weaknesses or eccentric ideals. The main character can be an asshole at times but the reason for him being an asshole are understandable and mature. You know you have a good character when they're good at what they're intended to be without having to be so cliche or black and white (Though Gilgamesh from the Fate Series is goes full on evil and cliche which is what makes him great.)

ANYHOW!

The themes and the story lines in this anime really give off this "Master and Student" type of feel you find in Chinese Kung Fu movies. You know being taught by someone you highly respect and being loyal to them but then having some tensions that test or challenge that respect/loyalty when the Student begins to think due to having an ideology that conflicts with their Master's.




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4 hours ago
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (Anime) add
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is perhaps the most intimidating anime I have ever watched. It has a somewhat harsh divide between fans and haters, and everyone that considers it thinks, “How exactly do I go about watching this?” The second season has a less than stellar score of 7.28 in the MAL community, and the first season’s score is only 8.07. With all of these things considered, is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya really worth all of the trouble it is to watch it?

Well, first of all, watching it really isn’t too much trouble. Secondly, MAL’s scores are often misleading. And lastly, hell yes it's worth the watch!

I think the first thing I should address in this review is also the most irrelevant thing. That is, how you should watch The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Just in case you’re not in the know, the order of the episodes that aired do not exactly follow the order of the events that occur in the anime’s timeline. For example, the events in the fifth episode occur before the events in the fourth episode according to the timeline of the anime. That’s when everyone asks: “Should I watch the episodes in airing order or chronological order?”

I personally watched the anime in its chronological order. That order would be:
1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Parts 1-6
2. The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
3. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody (2009)
4. Mysterique Sign
5. Remote Island Syndrome Parts 1-2
6. Endless Eight Parts 1-8 (2009, and yes, I watched the whole thing)
7. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Parts 1-5 (2009)
8. Live Alive
9. The Day of Sagittarius
10. Someday in the Rain
11. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, of which I have not seen at the time of writing this.
Even though I have watched both seasons simultaneously, I won’t consider the 2009 episodes as I write this review.

Regarding which route is better for the first watch…I’m not entirely sure. I mean, both paths have their downside. The downside to the airing order is that you will hear the characters discuss events in the story that haven’t actually happened yet, which is certainly annoying. The downside to the chronological order is a bit less simple. You see, in my opinion, the best episodes in the series (not just the first season, but the whole series) are The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Parts 1-6. And by best, I mean 20/10 awesome episodes! But if you watch the anime in chronological order, by episode 6 out of 28, you’ve already hit the pinnacle of the whole series. And while all of the other episodes are certainly good (except for Endless Eight), you finish the series off with Someday in the Rain, which is the most boring episode of season 1. My suggestion? If you don’t have friends that have seen it to recommend a route to you, I suggest you watch the whole series in chronological order once, and then become an airing order purist whenever you re-watch it.

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4 hours ago
Bakuman. 3rd Season (Anime) add
Joggerx35
This was a very heart-warming experience. The 3rd season was very intense and, in the end, very fulfilling. I absolutely love it.

There is one thing that must be noted (although you should already be aware of this). This anime is NOT for new anime-lovers. This anime is about a 'mangaka' and the entertainment (manga and anime) industry in Japan. Some newcomers will be confused right from Season 1 Episode 1. They will probably be switched off and discard it. That's just an FYI.

Other than that, this anime gets a '9' for me. The characters are relatable and their developments is amazing.

Be prepared to cry a few times though since there are moments when you just can' t take it. Maybe it's just me? I don't know.

Overall, it's a really good anime. This is my first review on this website so I hope I was at least a little bit helpful. I'm sure you will enjoy it!

-Joggerx35-

Score: 9/10
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Aprilholic
When I started to watch Shimoneta, I thought It would be a funny comedy in genre "ecchi". Error. Maybe a japanese citizen could like it, but in my case, that I'm not asian, at all. The main problem is focus in japanes fetishism. Oh god! Who buys pants for excite himself? The comedy is terrible, some characters are phantom and doesn't works for at all in the story, bad jokes. I don't know if the Light Novel is better and this tv show is a wrong adaptation, but absolutly this is a disgust.

*Story 2/10
Ok, a clean city of all perverted things, the main character joins a SOX. They try get back the world like was before. No more. Could be have better if hadn't focused only in comedy, wich isn't their fort.

*Art 8/10
Well, we're talking about 2015, at least the art had to be better.

*Character 1/10
There aren't characters outstanding that shines to help elevate the serie.

*Enjoyment. 2/10
It was my firs time I fall asleep. I had the hope in the next episode to would get better, but It wasn't like that.

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DarkaRabbit
As a fan of Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try, I was pumped up and excited the instant I spotted the new OVA preview of Gundam Build Fighters Try: Island Wars. Unfortunately, it was a huge let down for me as a fan.

When you read the title of this OVA, you would assume the main cast was invited to a tournament between small islands and would rage a war against others Gunpla Fighters while introducing new characters and Gunpla with it. But the title was deceiving. Instead we get the main cast with other supporting cast going to an island to be testers of a new Gunpla Battle Simulator and when things go wrong, they team up and pull off the same shtick as the last episode of Gundam Build Fighters did.

They retain the same music they used in Gundam Build Fighters Try without bringing in new music to make the OVA feel different and new. The visuals haven't changed one bit.

What makes me annoyed about this OVA, is that it was used as nostalgia and fan service to people who watched the first Gundam Build Fighters series, as well as a few other Super Weapons in other Gundam anime.

The ending to the OVA seemed to be rushed, unimpressive and can be considered to be stupid.
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Aprilholic
This is my second review after finished to study second level of third in language english. So, my apologies If I have mistakes in my review.
Often I've been listening about Code Geass and what amazing it is. Now, I have no doub it.
The genre militar and mecha doesn't be my favorites but Code Geass changed me this point of view. A Tv show never has had me so tense for all chapters. Oh god! The tragic Lelouch's story and his struggle with himself. A OST great for the fighting and saddest moments. The characters exceptional, all they were important for the development of history. Each chapter I developed feelings as gladness, fury, sadness for all characters, things aren't usually in me when I'm watching animes. And finally, mention the ending exciting. In summary: "Subarashii". I don't understand how some users can give it in score less 10. This Tv Show has it all, It deserve be in second place o the same spot FMA Brotherhood in the Top. I bet if Code Geass had been aired with a art better than 2006 in other year like , for example, 2012, had been more popular.
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6 hours ago
Jigazou (Anime) add
HeartXCritic
This 10 second clip is too short to merit a review. Do something more constructive and look up something good by Tezuka Osamu instead. On a scale of "funny or not", I rate it "funny". One good thing about this short "movie" is it has a lot of re-watch value. I watched it three times before getting bored of it. By the way, it is funniest on the second watch.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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6 hours ago
Mori no Densetsu (Anime) add
HeartXCritic
Watching this 28 minute long movie is basically like listening to a orchestrated piece of music while watching an synchronized unrelated story about cute animals in a forest, at least at first glance.

It is actually a story about the history of animation, told by an increasing level of animation quality, along side the story of a forest which is reversely symbolic of the nature of our modern consumer society (my interpretation). If this confuses you, welcome to the club. This is very much an experimental movie.

If you have no idea what an experimental animation is I recommend starting with something else. Many of Tezuka Osamu's other works more easy to understand or have more elements of humor which of course makes them easier to digest. All that out of the way, I do recommend this for lovers of art or those interested in insight into the history of animation.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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Push (Anime) add
HeartXCritic
This 4-minute movie is experimental more than anything else. It is interesting for it's symbolic and weird setting/plot but not very satesfing as a standalone work; as there is not much of a take-away point (in my opinion). Out of all of Tezuka Osamu's experimental shorts I feel like this one has aged the worst. For it's time the art-style might have been revolutionary but by modern standards it is not very good or that special. That said, the movie is pretty imaginative. Watch this for a historical perspective on early anime or if you enjoy experimental animation.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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kissmyanime
I watched Kamisama Hajimemashita a while ago so i forgot how good this anime actually is. Especially these ovas. I'm going to review these series as a whole (including both seasons and the ovas).
I have this rule that i'm not going to make reviews about shows that i love because i tend to see them as if they are perfect and i know they're not, so i'm not very objective making reviews about my favorite shows but i'm going to try it anyways. Ok with that being said let's continue.

Story 9/10
The genre of the anime is comedy and romance, and that's exactly what they gave me. While it may appear as the tipical shoujo, kamisama hajimemashita gave me a different feeling because it mixes a lot of elements and they get along really well. In the ovas we see a little bit of the Feudal Japan and i'm not a big fan of that type of setting but with the ovas i think i might changed my mind.
What i love about this anime is that it has the right amount of romance and the end of the show really feel like it has closure, because what i hate about shoujo anime is that they often have an open end like the characters have 0 emotional contact or they end up with a forced finale, you know what i mean? but with Kamisama hajimemashita it's different, i know this is not the end, because the manga still has some material to read, but honestly i feel that i'm way too happy with the ending it had. I guess i could say it was perfect. If they decide to make more ovas i'm always ready for that but even if this is the end i'm totally fine with it.

Art 7/10
Well the art it's not that awesome to be honest, yet it feels good to watch. Certainly is different from any other shoujo and i like that.

Sound 6/10
The sound was ok. it wasn't bad but it wasn't good either, i guess you could say the soundtrack is forgettable since it doesn't leave any mark in my head but as i said it's not bad. The voice acting was great tho. I think the voices fit the characters very well and is always a pleasure to hear seiyuus that i love such as Okamoto Nobuhiko and Akira Ishida.

Characters 9/10
The characters are very lovable, they are funny and cute. I liked everyone, even the antagonists. Ok yeah, i know that Nanami was a bit annoying sometimes but c'mon i know you're gonna love her. The characters do have some development, but the one with the most development is definitively Tomoe, you'll see him change trough the whole series and you'll fall in love with him just as i did. The characters felt really refreshing and they never failed to make me laugh.

Overall enjoyment 10/10
Wow i'm actually giving this a ten. I only use this score with my read more
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Muramasa (Anime) add
HeartXCritic
Muramasa is a drama/art-hybrid. While artistically a masterpiece I always have a hard time enjoying a drama if the plot is bare, or the characters are lacking. Both of these problems exists in this movie and are made worst by the fact the reveal/meaning is explained in the beginning, ruining any dramatic tension or mystery. On the other hand, when viewed as an experimental art piece, it is a good 9-minute movie. The art is the same, if viewed without context it is not great, but when viewed in the context of experimenting with different styles, it is enjoyable to watch. The movie also has a clear message, which is told in a symbolic way. Experimental movies are not for everyone, this is no exception. Watch if you think "anime as art" is an interesting concept.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. (Anime) add
PlumAppleJuice
(If you're looking for an interesting romance, comedy, slice-of-life and ecchi (that's not too outrageous) then "Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko" is what you're looking for. It also has a hint of harem.)

I liked Henneko because it had an interesting developing plot more so towards the second half of the series.

I liked Henneko because it had an interesting cast of characters even though it was this genre of anime (comedy).

I slightly disliked Henneko because the main character is/was incredibly dense most of the time. He becomes less dense further on, but it is a bit frustrating.

θ STORY: The story is very good. The story is centered on Tsukiko and previous memories that the main character does not remember. It's also centered around the "stony cat" you notice in the English title. The stony cats grants their wishes and it takes them in unexpected directions. The plot is semi-serious, so there isn't too much bullshit. It focuses a lot on Tsukiko's family, romance of the characters and Yokodera's memories. The anime doesn't have too much ecchi in it, but there are some body shots. It's not too dramatic, but more comedic(?).

θ ART: The art is very good. The animation style is very clean and I rather like the cel shading. It's really high quality. The dancing on the ending theme is a bit awkward to me; not the dance, the way it flows is awkward. Can you get what I am saying?

θ SOUND: The music is great. I usually rate it by how catchy it is or by how memorable it is to me. The music in the anime is very memorable to me. I'm in "baby sweet berry" love with it. It's nice. But what the heck is "baby sweet berry love"? Any ideas?

θ CHARACTER: The characters are good. They are memorable in personally, but the aren't too outstanding. For example, I don't usually see blonde tsunderes or black haired kuuderes (Tsukiko is on the outside). They are comedic in their own right and fun to watch on scene.

θ ENJOYMENT: The enjoyment was oustanding. I really liked watching Henneko. The plot twists in the story kept me wanting to watch it to see what was going to happen next, as it does get semi-deep.

I may be slightly bias because I particularly like this genre, but I like this better than some others I have watched.

θ OVERALL SCORE: 8!

I highly recommend watching it for yourself for a good "WTF" moment. Don't let your family catch you though...

- PlumAppleJuice, August 2016
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6 hours ago
Onboro Film (Anime) add
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Have you ever tried to play back an old broken VHS-band? No? Well, this is your lucky chance. This short animation perfectly captures the feeling of doing so. It is a timeless record of a lost era and a perfect reminder of how much those old VHS-bands sucked. Something to show future generations. I am of course exaggerating but as far as experimental art goes this 5-6 minute animation is still pretty decent or interesting, at the very least.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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Jumping (Anime) add
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"Jumping" has everything an experimental animation needs; a creative idea masterfully explored combined with being entertaining to watch. With a time-gap of 16 years since his last experimental work you can really feel this is something Tezuka Osamu has been wanting to make for a long time.

This short 6 minute clip shows the possibilities of animation by exploring the use of different angles and perspectives (with a lot of gags thrown in for good measure). Many old works feel trivial by the advancements of time but this is, in my opinion, not the case with this work; it is as impressive now as it was 40 years ago. I can not guarantee you will feel the same way, but I would still recommend it to almost anyone. Not everyone will get the finer points of the symbolism but most people are sure get a few good laughs out of it.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

This; "Jumping 1984" but also; "Picture at an Exhibition 1966 ".
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Jibblypoof
First Impression:
(From viewing the trailer months ago)
- Cliche
- Fan Service
- Comedy Failure
- Overused MMO Plot

21/25 episodes:
(Last four episodes are unreleased)
- Really thought provoking
- Narrated EXTREMELY well
- Every character is relevant
- 10/10 even without the last four
- Rem has reached a level of best girl
that can never be achievable by any other
girl in the anime universe. (God tier)

Story/Narration/Character:
- I can't say the story is unique since there are plenty of time travel and fantasy world stories out there. However, this story masters the two concepts and wields them together like an art.
- One of my favorite things about this anime is how carefully chosen every piece of dialogue is. The characters talk more like people than actual people do, by this I mean there's hardly ever any reoccurring phrases.
- There's times where they could have easily said or done something cliche and you're mentally prepared for it to happen but instead, something completely different and original is said/done.

Art:
- Good art, nothing out of this world amazing but it is aesthetically pleasing and the characters don't remind me of any that I've seen in previous anime which is good.

Sound:
- The opening and end songs are bearable.
My favorite is the second opening song.
- Voice actors are good, they suit their roles well.

Enjoyment:
- Maximum
- I'd consider buying a hard copy to support them.
(But i'm dirt broke at the moment)

TL;DR
- Stop reading reviews on here and watch it already, you won't regret it.
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7 hours ago
Souseiki (Anime) add
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A 4 minute comedy short that makes fun of Christianity and gender roles. The plot is based on the creation story from the bible (if the title did not give it away), with a twist at the end. All forms of comedy should of course be rated on a scale of "funny or not". Personally I give it a score of "funny", even though the quality is worse than most YouTube animations. Is it offensive to Christians? No clue. How about feminists? Would not surprise me.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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7 hours ago
Zankyou no Terror (Anime) add
DeadGravity
*MINOR SPOILERS*

Where do i start...This anime was a trip for me, beginning rather boring, and not understanding anything, it soon turned out to be one of the best endings i've ever seen.

Story - The story started out bland, as you don't understand what exactly is going on...but gradually start to understand the story behind 9 and 12. I love it when stories start out as a mystery, then slowly unravel into something beautiful. But, my gripe here is the first 5 episodes are very boring, and i almost dropped this anime because of this, but i'm glad i didn't. Not saying too much, but the ending message in this one is very powerful, and the entire story was extremely interesting, because you just wanted to figure out why "sphinx" did what they did....and it delivers.

Art - This anime has really nice animations and artstyle, and is really smooth through the episodes, from the explosions, to the simple smile on someones face, everything here is perfectly represented, only thing is some animations are unnatural, thus the score i gave....other than that you got really nice animation/artstyle...

Sound - I'm not a big fan of the OP/CL but it does stick in your head after listening to it a few times, and the english dub is really good, all the characters match the voices they chose....really well done.

Character - Here is where this series has it's strong point. Again, not going to say much, but the characters in the beginning, 9, 12, and Lisa, don't seem to really resonate anything to me, that is till you start to understand what they're motives are. Lisa here, being a side kick most of the time, develops a small and short relationship with 9, at first terrified of him, but soon realizes that he's not all that bad after all. I also love it when you have a character who was, in the beginning, being bullied by practically everyone, and even has home problems on top of that, to being a really strong character toward the end. Another character i didn't mention, but didn't really make sense as to why she did what she did, was 5, being the supposed antagonist, seems like she wanted to kill 9 and 12, and even Lisa at some points, but when it came down to it, she really just wanted to end a "game" with 9th. But aside from the small confusion there, the characters ended up being really memorable.

Enjoyment and Overall - This anime, like i stated before, was a HUGE rollercoaster ride for me. At first i called this anime amature at best, but soon realized the gold within. This anime does a PERFECT job at executing the story between 9 and 12, and what they want all along, perfectly, and even throws in some romance at some points. Very few negatives here, but this series is a MUST watch, imo. Also, the ending is really moving....

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7 hours ago
Tenrankai no E (Anime) add
HeartXCritic
Out of all of Tezuka Osamu's experimental movies this is the one that sold me on the idea of experimental animation. It is funny, it explores different art-styles, it has different layers of symbolic meaning and, above all, the passion for "anime as art" really shines through. There are a lot of anime that I enjoy but few I can call "art".

The setting of the movie is different "pictures", each with their own story, art-style etc. The idea seem so simple but that is also the ingeniousness of it; it allows for great creative freedom to explore different concept and ideas. Besides the comedy I would say the biggest strength of the movie is how well it blends the humor with social commentary. The movie might be old and the quality might be poor, but honestly, that did not affect my enjoyment at all. This movie does not ask you to become invested in the story or characters. It is just good fun and leaves you with some interesting symbolism to mold over. I would recommend this to most intellectual people, especially if you are on the fence about experimental animation.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

This; "Picture at an Exhibition 1966 " but also; "Jumping 1984".
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Zer0th
This review is for individuals who are planning to watch this anime a.k.a. SPOILER FREE!

Let's first begin with the storyline. C is an anime that is unique in its own nature due to its complex storyline in addition to its abstract concepts. A simple viewing of the 1st episode will indefinitely pique one's interest due to the authentic interactions between unknown characters. In retrospect, this anime is definitely unique with its abnormal storyline; by creating a world that is unlike any other anime, this thriller definitely piqued my interest.

In contrast, many viewers will find the first couple (1-3) episodes confusing, and I will admit, I was confused myself. It is completely up to you to decide whether you want to invest your time learning about this complex system or simply drop the anime. My recommendation is to suck it up and watch the god damn show, because every anime is essentially unique, and it takes time for someone to get used to its character. Since C is so abstract and authentic, it WILL take a while for you to get used to it, but once you are comfortable with the storyline, everything becomes a beautiful art of work. Overall, the storyline IS INDEED confusing, but only because it is so unique and different when compared to other works that it REQUIRES you to take time and understand everything. Story: 9/10

When looking at art and sound, all I can say is that these two elements are profoundly emphasized. The fight scenes are exquisitely drawn in detail, while the entire show is highlighted with majestic artwork. When looking towards sound, I am not that big of an observer, but I did not find major flaws regarding voice acting/ sound effects, so I'll give both these elements a 10/10.

The characters in my opinion are overall great, but not perfect. I find that the show leads you to assumptions that you really shouldn't even be thinking about. I'm not going to spoil anything so I will leave you to decide what I am referring to. However, I will admit that the character development is genuine and graceful. As you progress through the show, you will find emotions changing, mindsets shifting and even notice your own heart swaying. The time invested in character development in C is limited due to its requirement of helping the viewer understand fundamental concepts of the show, but the subtle shifts in the personalities of the characters are clearly evident, and the outcome of this evolution is sincerely beautiful. Characters: 9/10

Did I enjoy this? HELL YEAH.HARAMBE! Truly, given the tag of 'thriller', if I did not feel hyped or wanting another episode, then this anime obviously failed. I sincerely enjoyed the episodes, sometimes leaving me at cliffhangers that made me envy more. Although I will admit that there are certain aspects of the show that leave me bored or confused, as I finished the entire anime in a span of 2 days, I felt relieved that I didn't waste read more
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7 hours ago
Shizuku (Anime) add
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A 4 minute short on the topic of "the value of a glass of water". The art very crude (black & white) and somehow reminds me of the Flintstones. If nothing else, it is kind of funny. There is passion behind this work but ultimately I can not recommend it outside of a quick laugh. And no, I do not think this review is too short.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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RunComrades
To be honest I was not expecting much from this anime.

I am a fan of post-apocalyptic stories and especially human-robot interactions.

I didn't realize when starting this that it would be so short, and to be honest that is a big part of why I rate this show so highly. This anime has a very specific story to tell and it does so masterfully.

Admittedly, I expected this show to dive into the robot-moe realm and end up more goofy than serious. Thankfully, it landed pretty far from that mark.

The anime could be described as an SOL set in a somewhat near-future post-apocalyptia. It centers around the interactions of the two main characters, one human and one machine. There are few supporting characters, and the show does not need any. I think the major strengths of this show and how effective it is have at least some roots in the sparse cast and brief story.

The show is very endearing and will most likely leave a lasting impression.
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7 hours ago
Memory (Anime) add
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A 6 minute experimental short animation that plays on the human memory's limitations and quarks. It is eccentrically narrated and uses real-world cut-ins along side the animation for comedic effect. Think of a hyperactive low-budget YouTube video and you just about got it, except this is from 1964!

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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7 hours ago
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A 8 minute experimental short most notable for it's simplistic character design (almost stick-figures). While not the most revolutionary thing ever it is very "artsy" and made me laugh (I will not spoil what little story there is). The theme is social conformity or madness, depending on how you look at. 3/10 might seem like I am saying it is unwatchable. That is not the case, I am just strict with my scoring.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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8 hours ago
Aru Machi Kado no Monogatari (Anime) add
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A 40 minutes long experimental and artistic movie that experiments heavily with combining music and picture in unexpected ways. It is varied in terms of art-style, but this has downsides as well. Both the art and plot are sporadic. Most of the time you will not know what is happening, or why. This is of course intentional. Besides the location, the red thread throughout this movie is the music; as the story follows the musical score. No matter it's meaning, this movie makes for an interesting discussion afterwards. It is rather slow, so I would only recommend it on it's own it to people who like art in general.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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8 hours ago
Seiken no Blacksmith (Anime) add
Apdo1
Negatives:
- Annoying Female knight that acts like every fucking weak protagonist from many different anime, but at certain time, they somehow became so strong that they surpass others.

- The unnecessary nudity/fanservice (eventhough in kissanime this anime hasn't been categorized as ecchi at all) kinda destroy my experience for me. It mean, the fanservice is definitely better than Love Ru darkness, but man, it doesn't really fit this kind of genre anime.

- The pacing of the story, or the plot line is pretty slow. Many things tend to be digress into the build up of relation, learning about their world, seeing cute interaction between characters (although, since i find the female protagonist annoying, it kinda ruins it for me), and doing things that digress from moving the plot forward.

- Despite being an anime with genre like Action, Adventure, Fantasy anime. There seems to be alot of slice of life stuff going on here. And that's not what i came for. The Male protagonist is pretty badass. That's an enough reason for me to watch the entire of the first episode, but later on i eventually got bored. Although the action scene is pretty fun to watch. There seem to be more slice of life rather than what the genre have initially stated.

- It's just a hypocrisy when a knight didn't want to protect its kingdom and its people that supported those kingdom that the knight were served to defend in the first place. So the Female protagonist is pretty annoying when it comes to killing someone, or to use whatever is in her capability to use on human life like hers. One word, "Naive".

- I personally feels like the entire enjoyment of the show is solely on seeing our male protagonist fight, because that's when we get to see some badass fight scene. And btw, why the fuck does the enchant "kill good" at the very end of turning themselves into a sword after being seen to be in their human form? (as in the magic sword). It's just so random, and makes no sense.

Positives:
- If you like the character in the show, then you will enjoy the large amount of time of character's interaction that digress from moving the plot forward. I mean take slice of life anime for example. This anime is kinda like that.

- The Male protagonist is fucking badass. His personality is pretty strong/cool, and deft with many combat like skills.

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8 hours ago
Osu (Anime) add
HeartXCritic
A 3 minute short that very much feels like an experimental animation. As far as entertainment goes it is decent enough but do not expect anything other than; "well..., that was weird.", after watching it. The theme of the piece is the classical "Male or Female" and the piece experiments with the difference between showing something and implying it. I would only recommend this if you are familiar with Tezuka Osamu's work. Quality-wise, it is not very good.

Bonus Review:

Together with 12 other animations (and one interview) this experimental animation is part of a collection called "The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu" which covers the years 1962-1988. Over the course of 2 days I have seen and reviewed all 13 animations and I can with confidence say they are better as a package than as standalones. When viewed together these animations give insight into how anime has evolved over time and a feeling of how different the medium could have turned out. Osamu Tezuka is sometimes called the father of anime. One of the most interesting aspects of his works is the fact he clearly views the medium as an art-form, something that is often absent in many modern productions. If "anime as art" seem interesting to you, I highly recommend his works. Another reason to watch them is for a historical perspective on early animation (or for the humor).

Hopefully knowing this collection exists will save some of you some time searching. In case you are just interested in if any of his works are any good, I will end with the two animations I think are good enough to be enjoyed as standalones by almost anyone:

"Picture at an Exhibition 1966 "and "Jumping 1984"
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8 hours ago
Mononoke Hime (Anime) add
ktulu007
Mononoke Hime is a 1997 Studio Ghibli film written and directed by the legendary Miyazaki Hayao. It's also frequently brought up alongside Nausicaä & Spirited Away as one of Ghibli's classics. Does it hold up as well as those two films? Let's take a look.

Story:

We open in a small village coming under attack by a demon God, which looks kind of like a boar covered in small, squat tendrils. In order to protect his people, Prince Ashitaka rides into action. He manages to stop the rampaging beast, but its tendrils grasp his arm, leaving a scar that won't abate and continues to increase in size. He's told that it's curse and will eventually claim his life. So, his people send him out into the world to try and find a cure while examining things with unveiled eyes. It doesn't take him long to encounter a situation where the people of a prosperous little town seem to be at war with the creatures of the forest, including a girl who lives with the wolves as one of their own.

I can't really criticise anything about the narrative in this film. The pacing is perfect, using slow and atmospheric scenes as well as more tense action scenes effectively while striking a good balance betwixt the two. The major theme concerning humanity and how we interact with the environment is superbly handled, aided by the fact that the opposing sides are both portrayed as sympathetic and as having some validity to their viewpoints. While our main protagonist tries to encourage a balanced approach. The scope itself is also really grandiose, in spite of most of the action occurring in one city and the adjacent forest. The climax is excellent, with a pressing problem and our heroes being very much on a timer, which helps make it a very intense experience. I also appreciate that not everything gets wrapped up. We're ultimately shown a situation that's going to require more work but it still ends on a satisfying note in spite of that.

Characters:

The characters are about as expertly done as you can get. While it is true that the side characters are less developed, they still have verisimilitude. You can very much look at them and see them like actual people. I also do like that all the major characters have sympathetic aspects to them,. They all have things at stake that they don't want to surrender and there are compelling reasons for them to not just sit down and come to a compromise even though it would ultimately be to their benefit to do so. Having an outsider like Ashitaka as the main focus character allows the film to examine both sides of the conflict and see that balance in a way that the characters involved in it can't. I also do love San and her lupine family. A lot of works centring around a “feral” child raised by animals will focus on the more beastly aspects but this read more
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8 hours ago
Robotics;Notes (Anime) add
Shira-yumi
It is the first time I give a such high score whilst reviewing, yaaaaay! And, once again, I'm rocking the unpopular opinion. Double yay! At this rate, I believe, I will soon turn into a hipster.

Story: 10/10

Let's start with a confession of mine - out of the trio, Robotics;Notes is my favorite, and it brought me much, much more joy that the over praised Steins;Gate (those of you who read my other reviews, must know I did not find it as astonishing). I was extremely sceptical about this one as, well, it has something related to robots in the title, as I hate mechas. Plus, the major disappointment in Steins;Gate. The first episode made me grind my teeth as I was certain there is no way I can keep up with this anime for solid 22 episodes. However, the second episode offered a different theme, which, although still distant from my preferences, appeared to be much better than mecha. AND THEN THE THINGS STARTED. Oh my god. I'm a big, big fan of conspiracy theories and stuff of the kind, so as soon as I've started recognizing the existing themes in the anime, my curiosity grew very, very large. While the conspiracy by the government is pretty much the main theme in all three animes, Robotics;Notes, in my opinion, was the most tied to the real world. While first two episodes made me facepalm about my anime-related OCDs, I soon got so into it I forgot about everything in the world. Oh yes. The part with a grandfather. I was literally crying, as in having to stop my work out as I was starting to sob uncontrollably.

Art: 10/10

Although Robotics;Notes does not use my beloved blanked colours palette, I still found it to be very, very pleasing for my eyes. The colours are bright, but not the eye-cancer bright. They are used in nice schemes, therefore they don't irritate the viewer. Anatomically correct characters was a plus, too. As I've stated multiple times before, I can't stand mecha, but the robot design deserves my praises, too. My main problem with mecha is all the drawing clutter when it comes to robots - Robotics;Notes managed to avoid that, hence why mecha haters such as me were capable to appreciate the anime.

Sound: 8/10
Being a rock chick to the bone, I've appreciated hints of heavier music in the series. The opening was lovely, although it gave a promising start, it still appeared to be some cheesy Jpop. I liked the fact the main theme in Tetsuharu's shop was heavy metal. Growing up with a plenty of metalheads in my surroundings, including my dad, I know very well how related heavy metal and all those obsessed with screwdrivers and micro-schemes are. But here my praises end, as, well. The rest of the themes, including the ending, were nothing special, really.

Character: 9/10
KONA IS MY SPIRITUAL ANIMAL. Just like probably everyone familiar with the series, I fell in love with this little freak and read more
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8 hours ago
Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku (Anime) add
razortongue
Although rightfully revered upon its initial release, Now and Then, Here and There has been somewhat overlooked as of late, which is a damn shame as it is an absolute gem.

The plot revolves around a young goofball by the name of Shu who gets thrown into a hellish, dystopian world after he befriends an enigmatic young girl named Lala Ru. The aforementioned girl is kidnapped by King Hamdo, an insane despot who is vying to take control of the aforementioned dystopia with an army of young, reluctant children at his disposal.

The plot is very black and white in terms of its morality as Shu is pure and innocent whilst Hamdo is irredeemably evil. Normally I would berate a show for this but NTHT utilizes this surprisingly well as it is thematically pertinent. They are polar opposites that reflect the best and worst aspects of human nature, which is one of the most prominent themes in the series. Reinforcing this theme is Lala Ru, a seemingly emotionless young girl whose views on mankind are shaped by these two polar opposites.

Shu is representative in some ways of human resilience, as he adamantly maintains his ideals and convictions throughout the series and this is intended to convey a message regarding perseverance in, for lack of a better term, shit times. This is reinforced by having his purity and moral idealism contrasted with the setting, which is harsh and unforgiving. This is also showcased by the stick he carries with him throughout the entirety of the show. He’s unable to kill with it and he refuses to let it go.

Hamdo, on the other hand, is a manifestation of a number of negative attributes pretty much all humans possess, most notably greed and selfishness. He clearly couldn’t give less of a fuck about anyone or anything and only does what he does for his personal gain (one could argue that he is a caricature of Mobutu Sese Seko, the megalomaniacal dictator of the DRC from 1965 until 1997). He is truly a despicable individual, yet he never feels comically evil like many other characters of his ilk. He is humanized, yet not made to be sympathetic.

The show also showcases the effects of war on youth and on society in general, with the former being done exceptionally well. Each child’s world view has been affected by their experiences with some being scared whilst others are hardened and detached. The way they interact with Shu also tells us a lot about them and what they’ve been through due to a number of them serving as his foils, particularly Nabuca.

Now and Then, Here and There makes no bones about being an anti-war story, with parallels being drawn with events in the DRC in the late 1990s and its stark, grim portrayal of war’s effects on the child psyche and on society in general. However, while the show is uncompromising in its portrayal of the topic at hand, it never feels preachy and never treats read more
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Fabian_Torres
Warning:This is my first review on here so bear with me if it sucks.

Ace attorney, well what can I say about this anime. The show is really loyal to the game it's based on ,mostly with the character's dialogue and design. The anime follows a defense attorney named Phoenix Wright defending the people he believes to be innocent. The trials in the anime mostly consent of murder cases. I guess to keep the show interesting,same thing for the games. Some of the characters are quirky in there own way while most of the side characters can be really bland. The anime is so far based on PW1 and Justice for all. The animation looks some what cheap and the music is other wise forgettable. OveralI,I think it's a fun anime to watch. That's all I have to say,hope you liked this review, 'cause it probably sucked.
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9 hours ago
Mob Psycho 100 (Anime) add
AzraelZX
For the people that expect another OPM from this. Don't get your hopes up. This is totally different.
OPM focuses mainly on comedy while Mob Psycho 100 focuses more on the story and characters.
Mob Psycho does have it's comedic moments but it's mainly about the emotions of the main character and what happens around him.

It can't be helped, this will be unjustly compared OPM by people like DOWA who don't understand anything and haven't read the manga to actually make claims that it doesn't have a story.

The story itself is pretty simple on the surface but when you start paying attention to the little things that happen around Mob as the story is mainly about him and his emotions things become significantly more complex.

The fight scenes are fantastic, such beautiful animation.
Not to mention in all that seriousness during the fights there is some comedy as well which actually isn't out of place.


The show is mainly about the characters so you bet that they're good.
Mob keeping his emotions sealed since when he expresses them things become extreme.
Reigen being the comic relief of the series but also serving as a mentor to the protagonist (albeit a fraud as a physic, he gives pretty life advice to Mob).
and other unique side characters such as Tome and Mob's bother Ritsu who has always had inferiority complex towards Mob, always putting his brother on a pedestal and thinking he can never have psychic powers like his brother.
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9 hours ago
Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Anime) add
Kyubey2016
sorry for my bad english (don t kill me please)

i was saw in the past this show for alot recomendations,and i was really dissapoinment and i only put thing who i remember,
first,many of the characters are annoying,easy forgotteable,the unique character only see looking good is "bernkastel "
the sound/music....mhhh....i dont remember so much, the operning its a boring wannabe- orchestra,nothing special,beatrice probably makes you ears bleeding when she starts laughing
story ??? repetitive,and uninspired,people going to a mansion in a island and later unknown things happen and kills the all characters and later gets a sorpresive reebot and sitll alive i think....

i dont recomend this to anything,try to watch another anime....
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9 hours ago
Rewrite (Anime) add
Rizki_Diablo
many of you will say this anime is suck because this and that or that BUT that is how anime adapted from game or other source being end like that.

this review is not compare too much from the source or focus to the anime too much, so it can give you a good review. and this review is written when i have been watched 9 episode

story 10/10
no, i don't overrate this score because i play the game too. well at first they screw us in episode 1 and then do some skip until episode 7. and for anime lover who don't care the source that judge base on the anime self will regret, the story is not develop like that. because this story just an "another possibility". the flaw from this story is being skipped at first but have been recovered with some comedy and solution on the next episode. that is my reason

art 10/10
this score is not overrate too, because this anime want to show us the happy moment with cheerful art. if you look the game, you can see Key's art and their dramatic art that lead you to tearful life. and the art doesn't have any unrealistic scene,positioning and movement

sound 10/10
the op and ed is good, especially very good. and the sound theme have a great timing to do it. btw i love the second opening because it give me more about "the new development" than previous episode

character 10/10
tsundere, loli, NEET, clumsy, childhood friend is being one as a group harem plus cool and chuny character like yoshino is good to neutral the atmosphere of harem. the development is good too, because they doesn't follow too much about the order of complete all the background of this character and then do the climax to end it

enjoyment 10/10
every time i see yoshino in the scene with his theme song being played, i must stop myself to laugh again and again. and when the story develop to serious moment, we can see the enjoyment at the end

overall is perfect score and still this anime can give you a good time because it have comedy with some dramatic moment (if you don't care about harem genre) and give you bad time because you like story but hate harem genre
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10 hours ago
Diabolik Lovers (Anime) add
Haruhi-kun
So i just watched this, and i have to say, I hated it. All of the brothers were jerks, the main character was a wimp and a pushover so i hated her too. As soon as i would start to even remotely like one of the characters, the writers would push them off the cliff again. I honestly think this anime would be good for people who a extreme masochists. I myself am a sadist so for someone to call the main character who you are supposed to connect to pissed me off. Everyone just was either calling her a bitch, ignored her, or just plain tried to kill her. And all the while there were backstories going on so i couldn't concentrate on the main story.
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HDarkmantis
[This review will NOT contain spoilers]

Expelled from Paradise is a movie that at first I was not sure what to expect from but I ended up liking it and having some good memories from it. Made by Gen Urobuchi, this story focus on another paradigm of society. The movie explores the meaning of humanity and personal reality. What is right, and what is wrong. What true freedom really is.

[ Story | 7-8 ]
The story by itself is intriguing. Humanity has left the Earth because some sort of apocalypse happened and most of the Earth was turned into a desert, making each day a survival test. Humanity had created an “Arc” in which they now live as digital entities. Their genetic code is converted into data after birth and they live in a Matrix-like society. Is this the paradise they are led to believe?

Personally the story doesn’t have any break ground plot twists, more so it uses the story to transmit a critic, a message, a feeling. The irony of a human civilization that may have abandoned what makes us human, and ironically fallen into the past albeit they seem to think to be the future.

[ Art | 7 ]
The art style is based on 3DCGI. For me it was a surprise. I particularly don’t like CGI but I had to admit it was a good CGI, Budget CGI. The character designs are good, feel different, the environments looks great and vivid. The expressions are also very well made so I really couldn’t complain.

[ Music | 7 ]
I won’t say it’s bad but I don’t remember any particular songs on the OST that made me remember them. Of course, the actions scenes had some great music accompanying said action but there were also a couple of songs that were nice to hear. This, letting along the credits music that almost made me shed a tear with the punch line.

[ Character | 7 ]
As a 1h and 47m movie, there was not much room to much character development. We basically have 3 important characters but, don’t get me wrong, they are good characters. Each one of them has been given just enough personality to make them memorable. They question the reality they are facing and make decisions based on their own experiences and even giving some good speeches along the way.

[ Enjoyment | 8 ]
At the end, I left the movie with a smile on my face. It was a great experience that left me thinking about the meaning of life and what makes us human. How can humanity, ironically, deviate from the path they want to follow and may end up doing the contrary. How little but important ideas can be mitigated just to avoid seeing the light. How a dictatorial doctrine can be masked under the word “paradise”.
For me it was an interesting topic to think about.

[ Overall ]
Once again, I enjoyed this movie. I don’t think you can have a bad time watching it, in fact, I hope you read more
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10 hours ago
Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda. (Anime) add
AzraelZX
Just finished watching it so here's my review while it's still fresh in my memory.

THE STORY : SPOILER ALERT

To summarize the story -
It's about a really lively little girl who talks alot named Naruse Jun, dreaming to find her prince, she travels in front of a Love Hotel that's shaped like a castle because she's little, she doesn't know it's a love hotel... to her this is a castle, she wants to meet her prince one day and usually you can find a prince inside a castle.

She saw someone heading out, it was her dad with another woman.
She thought that he was a prince since he came out of the castle with a woman. She pictured them riding horses next to each other with nice royal clothes.

She got home all excited and told her momm about how her dad really was a prince and added that her mom wasn't the princess.

Her mom understood what was going on and kicked out the father. He was moving away next week.
Naruse ran to her father and asked him why is he going away to which he replied ''don't you get it...? It's all your fault''.
Which struck her.
She sealed her words away under the stupid story that an Egg Prince came and cursed her to never speak.

She met Sakagami Takumi (The male lead). Convinced that he was peeking into her heart because he understood her well.
Of course she quickly fell in love with him. That's all I am going to say about the story.

Art :

The art was pretty good, what more can I say? I don't judge series by art.

CHARACTERS :

The characters were pretty good but the best one was Naruse. As expected of the main lead.

Tasaki was first introduced as an asshole but he turns out to be pretty kind, he falls under the ''misunderstood'' characters trope.

Natsuki was Takumi's ex girlfriend, she had some pretty sweet moments but she was the one I least cared about from the main cast.
All I wanted was for Naruse and Takumi to get together.

During the course of the story her relationship with Takumi got alot of development. It made me want to cheer them on.
But oh, the movie so far's been pretty good, nothing can go wrong.
Except it did.
At least for me.
It turned out Takumi still has feeling for Natsuki and right at the end of the movie... he rejected Naruse.
All that development for nothing. And they had a pretty cute development.
Him having feelings for Natsuki came absolutely out of nowhere.
And at the end of the movie Tasaki was suddenly ''I am going to confess my love to Naruse''. WTF?
YOU WASTED ALL THAT BUILD UP FOR NOTHING?

This is one of the movies where it will make you all fuzzy inside when you watch the 2 MCs interact and will cut you off out of nowhere (SPOILERS for ERASED) just like how Satoru and Kayo ship sank. At least Satoru and Kayo's relationship could be interprented as friends only as well but this read more
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BlueMoonSamurai
Contrary to the rating I give this movie, I don't hate it. I don't necessarily like it either. I'd read the manga to see if the story is more fleshed out.

Story: 4/10
The story is interesting and, by all means, depressing. It's about a girl who finds out that life is a bitch. That's the condensed version of the story anyway, but it is true. Once you think she finds some form of happiness (albeit twisted), it's ripped from her and beaten into a pulp to leave her more miserable than the previous occurrence. This movie is told almost as a folklore, and that may be the real problem: it's just not fleshed out enough. Viewers are often confused by what is being displayed before them and they have a difficult time understanding what exactly is going on. I have found myself saying, "What is going on...?" several times. I love psychological movies, but I wouldn't classify this as such because it isn't really diving deep into the brain of the viewer. I can see it as a film that sees how the viewer would react to what the believe to be wrong, or an extreme tale about how "others have it worse" or "life is a bitch." Overall, I guess I just wanted a little more.

Art: 5/10
Like Yami Shibai the art style of this movie is similar to a kamishibai. It's a fascinating way to tell the story and it is effective. That effectiveness further compliments my statement about how the story was like a grotesque folklore. I also liked some of the character designs: nothing special, but they stood out. However, sometimes there was too much going on in the picture that I couldn't understand what was going on. Overall, the art compliments the story, but it was too cluttered at times.

Sound: 5/10
I thought the voice acting was fine and I didn't think much of the music. It wasn't captivating, but it wasn't annoying. I was just kind of there.

Characters: 4/10
There's not much to say about the characters aside from we feel sorry for Midori and all the other characters are assholes. There's this weird part of the movie (well, the whole movie is weird) where the asshole characters are wishing Midori the best of luck and she evens says that she hopes to see them again. There was no transition. I figured that they stopped bothering her was because of her partner who had power, but for her to say that she hopes to see them again is mind-boggling. Another reason why I want to read the manga is to see if there's a better transition...Wait, what's that you say? There's only 1 volume with 8 chapters? Oh...

Enjoyment: 4/10
Now, this isn't really something you "enjoy," but it is interesting. But this is what I took from it:
- The story was confusing at times.
- the art was okay, but too cluttered.
- There's a random character change in many of them.
- Life's a bitch.

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10 hours ago
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Anime) add
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It's been a long time since an anime has emotionally impacted me the same way as Clannad: After Story did..Hell, I thought AS would be the last anime to make a grown man like me cry then I watched Your Lie in April. A show that emotionally devastated me on so many levels.

(There will be SPOILERS in my review)


[Story]: (9.5/10) (SPOILERS)
"I met the girl under the full-bloomed cherry blossoms, and my fate has begun to change”

I discovered this show when my friend told me that the show was recently added on Netflix and she told me to check it out. She begged me to watch the show because she knew I loved Romantic Drama animes so I told myself "Ehh, why not?" and decided to watch the show with no expectations whatsoever. After finishing the series, I did not expect this show to break me and leave with an emotional scar for 2 days.

Piano prodigy Kousei Arima lost the ability to hear his own performance after the death of his mother. Then one day at the month of April, he met a free-spirited girl Kaori Miyazono who was playing cheerfully along with the kids in the park. Then as the quote above says, his fate begun to change.

In the first half of the series, one of the aspects the show explored is Kousei's inability to hear the sound of his own piano and why it even occurs in the first place. His inability to hear the sound of his piano is a psychological reaction to block out the trauma that he's experiencing due to the death of his mother. At times, there are scenes where it literally shows us that what Kousei is hearing is like playing a piano underwater. A nice symbolism to show us that what he hears is like falling deep in a dark abyss and all he hears is a dark and silent water and in this case, all he hears is a dark and empty note. It also symbolizes how deep into a dark abyss he has sunk into in terms of his performance and himself. Little did he know that a cheerful girl who has the same musical talent as him will help him pull out of the deep and dark ocean he has sunk into.

Another aspect in the show that I loved was how music can inspire so many people out there..When Kuosei was in his prime, he inspired a lot of people in the audience and most of them begun to play instruments. Wether that'd be a violin or a piano, they played it because his music captured their heart like a string. Kousei's "music" not only inspired a lot of people but also motivated the contestants to improve themselves because they know for the fact that the way they play piano is inferior to Kousei's playing. Well, this motivated the contestants (and these characters will play a role in the series) not because of his music but the read more
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10 hours ago
Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (Anime) add
Triton_330
I'm gonna be flat out honest: this review is definitely of the minority.

I've been on a Studio Ghibli movie marathon lately and I must say this is probably the worst for me (And I love pretty much all the other ones I've seen). This movie made me *angry* most of the time. It's supposed to be sad, but when you're overwhelmed by wanting to punch the father in the face throughout the whole movie it's hard to feel sadness. EVERYTHING WAS HIS FAULT. She could have lived happy in the country. But he has to read too far into the bamboo giving gold. And think that means she should be noble.

No, just... no.

Thus, Character: 3 and Story: 5

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Art: 6 - I dislike the bland whiteness of the background. I like the style of the other Ghibli movies much more.

Sound: 8 - nothing to complain about

Enjoyment: 4 and Overall: 5

I'm sorry but I just couldn't like this movie.
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