Weekly Challenge! Week 4: White Fox

White Fox

Tears to Tiara Released: 2009
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic (26 Episodes)

Katanagatari Released: 2010
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Historical, Martial Arts (12 Episodes)

Steins;Gate Released: 2011
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller (25 Episodes)

Jormungand Released: 2012
Genre: Action, Adventure, Seinen (12 Episodes)

Jormungand: Perfect Order Released: 2012
Genre: Action, Adventure, Seinen (12 Episodes)

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Released: 2013
Genre: Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen (12 Episodes)
COMPLETED Rating: ☆☆☆☆

SoniAni: Super Sonico The Animation Released: 2014
Genre: Music, Slice of Life (12 Episodes)

Is the Order a Rabbit? Released: 2014
Genre:  Comedy, Slice of Life (12 Episodes)
Status: Unfinished 1/12 – Dropped originally due to lack of interest

Akame ga Kill! Released: 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy (24 Episodes)

Upcoming Works:
Is the Order a Rabbit? 2 Release Date: 2015

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Week Three Summary

Watched: 11 / 21

Gold: 1 Silver: 7 Bronze: 1 Stone: 2

I love this studios fantasy stuff. And yet I dislike its slice of life comedies. Or rather the way they do them. Lucky star, Nichijou and Houka were all just boring to me and bascially the same formula with slightly different characters. Especially the first two which just didn’t seem to have much going on at all.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Genre:Comedy, Military, Romance (unwatched)

Air Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance  ☆☆☆

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Genre: Comedy, Mecha, Military, Romance (unwatched)

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya  Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Science fiction, Supernatural ☆☆☆

Kanon Tatsuya Ishihara Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance (unwatched)

Lucky Star Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (Dropped)

Clannad Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance ☆☆☆☆

Clannad After Story Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance (unwatched)

Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai Genre: Adventure, Fantasy ☆☆☆

K-On! Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (Unwatched)

K-On!! 2 Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (Unwatched)

Nichijou Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (Dropped)

Hyōka Genre: Slice of life, Mystery (2/22 watched ☆☆)

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Genre: Romantic comedy (1/12 watched ☆☆☆)

Tamako Market Genre: Comedy (5/15 watched ☆☆☆)

Free! Genre: Sports, Drama, Slice of life (Unwatched)

Beyond the Boundary Genre: Dark fantasy, Romance ☆☆☆

Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! 2 Genre: Romantic comedy (unwatched)

Free! Eternal Summer Genre: Sports, Drama, Slice of life (unwatched)

Amagi Brilliant Park Genre: Fantasy, Romantic comedy ☆☆☆

Sound! Euphonium Genre: Music, Drama, Slice of life (unwatched)

Ufotable

From what a can time, a fairly standard anime studio with no real big hits, until Fate Stay Night, above which it struck gold and had a solid series which was excellent. Certainly the animation quality as improved immensely over the years. The ending are interesting. Having gone though a period of them being stopshift motion instead of animations.
Weiß Kreuz Glühen Genre: Action, Drama, Shounen  ☆☆

Dokkoida?! Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi, Shounen (1/12 episodes watched  ☆☆)

Ninja Nonsense Genre:Comedy, Martial Arts, Parody ()

Futakoi Alternative Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance  ☆☆

Coyote Ragtime Show Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen (unwatched)

Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life 

Yawarakame Genre: Comedy, Kids (unwatched)

Fate/Zero Genre:Action, Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller (unwatched)

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Genre: Action, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen, Supernatural (unwatched)

Upcoming Work:

God Eater Released: 2015
Genre: Action, Demons, Fantasy, Supernatural, Military (Unknown Episodes)

Munto TV Review

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Also known as – Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai (The World Reflected in the Eyes of a Girl Looking Up at the Heavens)

Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 9/9
Aired: Jan, 2009 to Mar, 2009
Producers: Kyoto Animation

Munto Tv is the continuation of a two part original OVA which was released by Kyoto Animation in 2003 and 2005.

I was watching this feeling like something was missing and it many ways it was. Music. Its there occasionally, but I can not help but feel this anime would have been better with a better soundtrack and more actually used. Take ep 3, there is music during the magic scenes, but none during the dramatic river crossing. Making a what should have been a dramatic and heart warming scene, rather than dull and disinteresting. They should not have limited the music to just the magic scenes. munto 1

Munto was cool. Yumemi was sweet in her own way. She seemed like she was going to be pathetic but then stood up and proved me wrong. She fought. And I have admiration for that. Yumemi is still very much your shoujo girl. She’s pretty and falls in love easily. People also fall to her charm easily as well. But she’ll do what it takes to protect her friends.

I guess the main problem for this anime to me was that the ‘normal world’ was portrayed very dully, despite one of the main characters living there. The magical world got all the cool music and effects. Plus the bright colours. I get its to make a contrast, but it does make the magical world a lot more interesting than the normal world. It also makes the normal world slightly more boring to watch.

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The relationships are interesting in this anime. Yumemi and Ichiko’s relationship especially. Verging on Yuri, Ichiko is very protective of her friend. Wishing she could see what Yumemi can see, and doing her best to support her. Begging her not to go because she couldn’t protect her. There are lots of different relationships in this anime which are different to normal animes. Its a shame really we don’t get to learn more about some of the side characters. We learn a lot about Yumemi and her friends, also about Munto but not much about the characters in the magic kingdom.

All in all, a silver. The story is entertaining despite it’s weaker points and the side characters are amusing and interesting as the main characters.

Nichijou Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 2/26
Aired: Apr, 2011 to Sep, 2011
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis, Kadokawa Shoten, Movic, Rakuonsha,

Just your typical anime about everyday life for a bunch of atypical characters. It has a similar set up to lucky star in that in the two episodes that I watched, not a lot actually happened. The characters are terribly normal in there not-normality. Dull and not really well formed in my opinion. Its random but that it. Nothing to really pad out the randomness. I can see this working a comic strip and even as a week by week anime to pad out action. But watching this is one day just wouldn’t work

Maybe one day I will return to it when I’m a little less slice of life animed out. But this was just kind of boring for me. So Stone.

Weekly Challenge! Week 3: Kyoto Animation

Kyoto Animation

Name: Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Release Date: Aug-Nov, 2003
Genre:Comedy, Military, Romance (12 Episodes)

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Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance (13 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆

Name: Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Release Date: July 13, 2005–October 19, 2005
Comedy, Mecha, Military, Romance (13 Episodes)

Name: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Release Date: April 2, 2006–July 2, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Science fiction, Supernatural (14 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating:☆☆☆

Name: Kanon Tatsuya Ishihara Release Date: Oct, 2006–Mar, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance (24 Episodes)

Name: Lucky Star Release Date: Apr–Sep, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (24 Episodes)

Name: Clannad Release Date:  Oct, 2007–Mar, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance (23 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating:☆☆☆☆

Name: Clannad After Story Release Date:  Oct, 2008–Mar, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance (24 Episodes)

Name: Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai Release Date: Jan–Mar, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy (9 Episodes)

Name: K-On! Release Date:  Apr–Jun, 2009Amagi Brilliant Park1
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (13 Episodes)

Name: K-On!! 2  Release Date: Apr–Sep, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (26 Episodes)

Name: Nichijou Release Date:  Apr–Sep, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life (26 Episodes)

Name: Hyōka Release Date: Apr–Sep, 2012
Genre: Slice of life, Mystery (22 Episodes)

Name: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Release Date: Oct–Dec, 2012
Genre: Romantic comedy (12 Episodes)

Name: Tamako Market Release Date: Jan–Mar, 2013
Genre: Comedy (12 Episodes)
Status: UNFINISHED 5/15

Name: Free! Release Date: July–Sep, 2013
Genre: Sports, Drama, Slice of life (12 Episodes)Kyoukai no Kanata 1

Name: Beyond the Boundary Release Date:  October 2, 2013–December 18, 2013
Genre: Dark fantasy, Romance (12 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆

Name: Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- Release Date:  Jan–Mar, 2014
Genre: Romantic comedy (12 Episodes)
Status: Unfinished 1/12

Name: Free! Eternal Summer Release Date: Jul–Sep, 2014
Genre: Sports, Drama, Slice of life (13 Episodes)

Name: Amagi Brilliant Park Release Date:  Oct–Dec, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic comedy (13 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆

Ongoing Anime:

Name: Sound! Euphonium Release Date: April, 2015–?
Genre: Music, Drama, Slice of life (12 Episodes)

Ninin ga Shinobuden Review

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Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2004 to Sep, 2004
Producers: ufotable, Right Stuf, NYAV Post, Toshiba Entertainment, Happinet Pictures

Ninin ga shinobuden is a manga adaptaion orginally written by  Ryoichi Koga.

A loud, brash and outright outrageous anime. I’ll give it a gold. Its animation style is bright, bold and also cartoon like. Full of gags and excellently done. And the story! Its not big, its a simple premise but ones which works excellently for the 12 episode series.Plus its got a perverted no humanoid as its mascot.

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So what is the plot of this anime. Its basically about the normal girl, who accidently becomes friends with a female ninja in training and the antics that brings. Notably that Shinobu lives with basically a frat house full of ninjas, perverted and stupid antics included, and the master of this place is a perverted magic yellow ball. The ninjas themselves serve as both comedy relieve and plot devices. Often appearing when least wanted. While though out the anime they all look the same there are a couple of names which get repeated. There main thing is they are basically a bunch of hyped up young men who aren’t the smartest in the world, but follow the word of their master.

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What to say about the  yellow ball which is Onsokumou? He’s an perverted idoit. He’s appearance is never really explained though at the beginning of the anime they try to exclaim he is a hawk. He claims to be the master of ninjas but it doesn’t really show any skills to back it up. He is in love with himself and also with Shinobu. And any other pretty girl. He’s a jerk, a liar and causes many of the problems. And is hilarious. It spends much of the anime getting beat up for his actions.

In summary. Good anime, very funny and keeps your attention. Silver 🙂

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Futakoi Alternative Review

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completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Aired: Apr, 2005 to Jun, 2005
Producers: ufotable, Feel, Studio Flag, Lantis

Futakoi Alternative is a kind of spin of to Futakoi, using the same characters but in a different location and universe. Having not watched Futakoi, there is not a lot I can say about the comparisons but Alternative is fun to watch.

To describe this anime in one word. Weird. Its a fun ride though. Its surprisingly hard to label this anime with a genre as it has aspects of all, varying from one episodes to the next as to which it wants to be. At its centre, its a romance. A story of twins and the man they have fallen for. Unlike its original Futakoi, its not a harem of twins all jumping for his attention. But there is the weird love triangle between the three of the main characters. Rentaro, Soujyu and Sara. All who work as a detective agency.

futakoi alternativeI can’t say I have any issues with this anime. The story is entertaining and while has a lot of cliques it is well done. Its does give off a feeling of not really knowing what it is. As the anime progresses it gets more serious and serious. Decisions making important factors as the two girls progress though life. All until their 16th birthday when something must happen. Something rather cruel but in many ways a fact of life. Sara is the more independent of the twins and very strong. Going out of her way to protect her sister and do her best for the detective agency.

Its a good anime, I’d give it a silver. Its entertaining, unique and has a lot of comedy as well. The characters are well done and while there were moments of sadness, there were moments of happiness as well.

Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Review

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completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jan, 2007 to Mar, 2007
Producers: ufotable, Starchild Records, The Klock Worx, ASCII Media Works

Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! is an original animation projection directed by Team Manabibeya.

Set in the future where Japan faces a major problem due to the declining birth rate with schools closing due to lack of student numbers. As such most schools face a massive lost in moral and into this an exciting new child appeared. Manami. An enthusiastic young girl who is determined to put some life back into the high school, much to the enjoyment of their teachers. Dragging a set of friends with her, we watch as she injects joy into their world.

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The artwork of this anime is beautiful. Bright bold colours, and often two sets of colours in shading. It also has some cool  ideas for future objects, including a hover scooter. Beyond that and its charming nature, their is little else to say about this anime. Like many of its genre its very much your standard light heart coming of age/slice of life anime. The girls fight though their problems and achieve their goals. All while having fun and enjoying life.

So Bronze i guess.

Weiß Kreuz Review

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Completed 2005

Type: TV
Episodes: 25/25
Aired: Apr, 1998 to Oct, 1998
Producers: TV Tokyo, Studio Deen, Animate Film, Media Blasters, NYAV Post, TMS-Kyokuchi

Weiß Kreuz is a light novel adaptation written by Kenichi Kanemaki and illustrated by Kyoko Tsuchiya.

So why am I watching this when I have the weekly challenge? Simple, Ufotable seems to have several series which are sequels of previously made animes. So I started with this.

The animation is terrible, but has a very realistic tint to it. This is an anime created in the 90s after all. The movements are stilted. The voice acting also so. The lines blurry even in the highest definition I could find. But like all 90s animes, you don’t watch them now for their animation quality. You watch them for their story. I do think anyone who tries to compare this with animation now is silly. It was not good bad then, its terrible now. Simple. knight 3

Also this is rated 13+. I think it says a lot about how we have progressed that this was only rated a 13. Now it would likely be 17+. With themes involving prostitutes, life or death games, guns, violence and much much more this anime is not for children. At least when you compare it to Magi which was given a 15 in England, certainly this anime would have been given higher!

This is a show about assassins trying to kill their targets who are usually up to no good. The first few episodes introduce us to this characters, explaining their back stories and how they ended up with the group. From careers ruins to lost lovers. The stories are sad and only a touch clique. Ultimately this anime is pretty standard in its premise. Its one we have seen a thousand times and one we are likely to see a thousand times again. This show is also meant to be a bishounen show. Full of handsome men and beautiful woman. Except the the bad animation ruins that.

knight 2The story itself is passable. Nothing new, more particularly exciting but there. See Bad guy. Stop bad guy. Met cute girl in process. Girl survival rate 50/50 in process. Because we haven’t seen this formula a couple hundred times and somehow I doubt it was original back in the 90s either. One of the detectives turns out to be related to the bad guys. One of others has a sister in a coma. Its all very clique. So Bronze. Its not something I would say people need to particularly go back and see but its not a bad ride.