Tag Archives: A-1 Pictures

Weekly Challenge! Week 9: A-1 Pictures

Week 2! A-1 Pictures.
Name: Zenmai Zamurai Released: April 2007 – March, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Kids (30 Episodes)

Name: Big Windup! Released:April-Sep 2007
Genre: Comedy, Sports (25 episodes)

Name: Persona: Trinity Soul Released:Jan-June, 2008
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Super Power (26 Episodes)

Name: Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode 25353lReleased:July-Sep 2008
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi (12 Episodes)

Name: Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens Released:Oct- Dec 2008
Genre: (12 Episodes Completed)
Rating: ☆☆

Name: Black Butler Released:Oct 2008 – March, 2009
Genre: Action, Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural (12 Episodes Completed) COMPLETED Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Name: Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode 2 Released:Jan-May, 2009
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi (13 Episodes)

Name: Valkyria Chronicles Released: Apr-Sep, 2009
Genre:  Action, Romance, Military (26 Episodes)

Name: Fairy Tail Released: October, 2009 – March, 2013 (first series)18179l
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen

Name:Working!! Released: April-June, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life (13 Episodes)

Name:Sound of the Sky Released: Jan-Mar 2010
Genre: Music, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, Military (12 Episodes)

Name:Night Raid 1931 Released: Apr-June, 2010
Genre: Action, Historical, Super Power, Military (13 episodes)

Name:Black Butler II  Released: July-Sep, 2010
Genre: Action, Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural (12 Episodes) 
Note: Never planning to watch

Name:Occult Academy Released:July-Sep, 2010
Genre:  Comedy, Mystery, School, Sci-Fi, Supernatural (13 Episodes)

Name:Togainu no Chi,  Released:Oct-Dec, 2010
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Shounen Ai (12 Episodes)
Status: Unfinished – 1/12

Name:Fractale  Released:Jan-Apr, 2011
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi (11 episodes)

Name:Blue Exorcist  Released:Apr-Oct, 2011
Genre: Action, Demons, Fantasy,Shounen, Supernatural
Status:Unfinished 15/52

Name:Anohana Released:Apr-June, 2011
Genre: Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Name:Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% Released:July-Sep, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance, School, Shoujo, Harem (13 Episodes)

Name:The Idolmaster Released:July-Dec, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music (25 Episodes)

Name:Working!! 2 Released:Oct-Dec, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life (13 Episodes)

Name:Space Brothers Released:Apr, 2012 – Mar, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Space, Slice of Life, Seinen (99 Episodes)

Name:Tsuritama Released:Apr-June, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life (12 Episodes)

Name:Sword Art Online Released:July-Dec, 2012
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance (25 Episodes)

Name:From the New World Released:Sep, 2012 – Mar, 2013magi
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural (25 Episodes)

Name:Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter Released:Oct, 2012 – Sep, 2013
Genre: Action, Cars, Mecha, Shounen (51 Episodes)

Name:Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Released: Oct, 2012 – Mar, 2013
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen (25 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Name:Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru Released: January 6, 2013 March 31, 2013
Genre:  Comedy, Romance, School, Harem (13 Episodes)

Name:Vividred Operation Released:  Jan-Mar, 2013
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi (12 Episodes)

Name:Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. Released: Apr-June, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinen (12 Episodes)Uta no Prince Same Maji Love

Name: Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000% Released: Apr-June, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance, School, Shoujo, Harem (13 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆

Name: Servant x Service Released: July-Sep, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life (13 episodes)

Name: Silver Spoon Released: July-Sep, 2013
Genre:  Comedy, School, Shounen, Slice of Life (11 episodes)

Name: Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Released: Oct, 2013 – Mar, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy,Magic, Shounen (25 episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Name: Galilei Donna Released: Oct-Dec, 2013
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi (11 episodes)

Name: Silver Spoon II Released: Jan-March, 2014
Genre: Comedy, School, Shounen,Slice of Life (11 episodes)

Name: World Conquest Zvezda Plot Released: Jan-Mar, 2014
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy (12 Episodes)

Name: Nanana’s Buried Treasure Released: Apr-June, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural (11 Episodes)
Status: Unfinished 2/11

Name: Aldnoah.Zero, Released: July, 2014 -Mar, 2015
Genre: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Rating: ☆☆☆

Name: Sword Art Online II Released: July-Dec, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance (24 Episodes)

Name: Persona 4 The Golden: Animation  Released: July-Sep, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, School, Sci-Fi, Super Power, Supernatural (12 Episodes)
Note: Never planning to watch

Name: Black Butler: Book of Circus Released: July-Sep, 2014 COMPLETED
Genre: Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural (10 episodes)
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Name: Your Lie in April Released: Oct-Mar, 2015
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen (22 episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Name: The Seven Deadly Sins Released: Oct, 2014 – Mar, 2015
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural (24 episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Name: Magic Kaito 1412 Released: Oct, 2014 – Mar, 2015
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Shounen (24 Episodes) COMPLETED
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Name: Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Released:  Jan-Mar, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School, Harem (12 Episodes)

Name: The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Released: January 9, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Status: Unfinished 2/13

Ongoing Works:

Name: Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Revolutions Released: April 2015
Genre:

Name: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid Released: April 3, 2015
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Magic

Name:Gunslinger Stratos: THE ANIMATION Released: April, 2015 – ?
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi (Unknown Episodes)

Name: Denpa Kyōshi Released: April, 2015 -?
Genre: Comedy, School, Shounen (Unknown Episodes)
Status: Unfinished 5/?

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Aldnoah Zero Review

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Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Jul 6, 2014 to March 2015
A Manga adaptation, written by Pinakes

Aldnoah Zero is not a bad anime. But it suffers from some fatal flaws. The anime has a dramatic and sober air to it. With a plot that had potential to be something great but then something happened and I’m not sure what. It dropped. The action became generic. More generic than normal for an anime which involves one boy being able to defeat aliens no one else can. The plot as well went from very interesting, to a tale which we have all seen before in one shape or another.

The art was bland. Nothing special, the same crisp lines we have been seeing for a while. I was actually expecting it to be by the same director/designer of Owari no Serph but it is not so. There are occasional when I feel you could have copy and pasted the characters into each others stories and it would have had little effect.

Characters, like the art are your standard breed. Like someone just looked up what characters do you need in an Mecha anime. The Princess is bathed in a white dress, blonde with a heart as big as her green eyes. She loves everyone she meets but there are forces working against her. Spends much of the anime in cryogenics.Aldnoah Zero 1

Her lady in waiting is a young girl who is naive and scared of everything. With the other girls, despite being soldiers they remain high school girls pretty much. Unable to do much, Even the main guys sister who was in the army from the beginning wails pathetically when things aren’t going right. No character growth at all. Ignoring one girl who is a plot point, but even her growth is your standard *yawn* seen it a million times.

The story is spilt between the two sides. Earth and Mars. Mars is a monarchy and as such is all proper and prim. No feeling and lot of multiplication and backstabbing. We watch as earth born Slaine finds to find his place in the Mars army to help his beloved princess. Facing discrimination along the way for being terran born. Slaine rarely showing emotion other than towards his princess and is very resourceful.

On the Earth side we watch Inaho, an emotionless boy who has fallen for the princess, fight to protect his friends and survive. All stoic and endlessly brooding. Knowing things that no one seems to understand. Either the characters nor the audience. I assure to give him some kind of mythical untouchable air. It makes a change from the cheeky rascal we are usually given except, with Slaine personally being so similar…

I only have one question for this anime. What happened to the originality we saw in the first season? This turned into another carbon copy which I would not recommend to anyone. So Bronze

Magic Kaito 1412 Review

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watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Oct, 2014 to Mar, 2015
Producers: A-1 Pictures, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation

Magic Kaito is a manga adaptation written by Gosho Aoyama.

Welcome Lady’s and Gentlemen! The show which should have been made years ago, except it only got OVA specials. The back story to the Kaito Kid, the Phantom thief who first makes his appearance in Detective Conan. This spin-of series is brilliant and I love it to pieces. I enjoy Detective Conan as well, its a fantastic program but at 700+ episodes its not likely to be something I under take any time soon. I think I got into the 60s? Maybe. Anyway, I did get up to the episode when we first me the elusive Kaito Kid and it is a joy to actua356px-Conan_mk1412_ep11lly get to met him in this anime. After all, he is only a thief, he’s not actually a bad guy. In his we learn that the thief’s motives are not malicious but instead he is searching for the thing the black organisation killed his father for. You don’t have to have watched Detective Conan to enjoy this anime, it does a good job of introducing Shinichi/Conan when he has his cross over episodes.

So who is Kaito Kid? He is a teenager called Kaito Kuroba. Kaito-kiddo_-_  _(2)Kuroba is the con of a famous magician and wants to continue to family line of work. Kuroba is a cad. As Kid he is suave and charming. Able to sweep anyone of their feet. Like any good magican he loves nothing more that to pull of a show and impress everyone. Something he does in shades considering how many fans he has.

As a normal teenager, he’s a prankster. He spends his days teasing/flirting with his childhood friend and love interest. Who’s dad is the police detective looking for him. Though he nave can catch him, even with the help of the likes of Conan. Kuroba has learned well from his dad, and with help from his assistant it seems there is never a job too hard for Kaito Kid to pull off. Though sometimes it takes some real luck and planning for him to escape when the police have closed in on him.

What can I say? I have soft point for loveable rouges who like to make people laugh and do the right thing. Kaito is a lovely tale of a boy trying to live up to his father’s name while at the same time trying to avenge his death. Kuroba is one of those anime which give you warm feels. It is designed for children to enjoy as well, each episode normally a standalone from the rest. Each plot and twist clever and entertaining to watch. magic kaito

The art in this anime is lovely by the way. Shiny with bright strong colours and beautiful designs. This anime is definitely still by Gosho Aoyama. His unique way of drawing characters with the new colours and animation techniques is a treasure to watch. Sure some of his character have the same face but you have to admit no other artists draws quite like him. It would be lovely to see Detective Conan’s episodes remastered to take a similar appearance to this.

This anime is platinum to me, for the simple reason that it has caught my heart and imagination.   And with that Ladys and Gentlemen I bid you Adieu. maxresdefault

Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love 2000% Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr, 2013 to Jun, 2013
Producers: A-1 Pictures, Sentai Filmworks, Showgate

Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love is a video novel game adaptation by Broccoli.

Yes I am aware this is the second season. I may have watched it without watching the first, having gotten it a bit mixed up. But I didn’t really notice, which I think has a lot for how little development happens in this series. To be fair, its an idol/music show so plot and characters aren’t really big on the agenda. Beautiful as the designs are, the characters are very 2D and there is little emotional development. More fantastic songs and sparks.

So many sparkles. The ending is just an explosion of sparkles and happy feels.

The basis story is Nanami Haruka, our lady for this, has dreams of being a famous composer and song writer. Something she is very talented is. Now she and the team have had their first big success, things are going going to get harder. Not only for her, but for the idols she is assigned to as well. The main six members of Starish are assigned new seniors to watch over them. But the seniors aren’t having the best attitudes about it, having their own issues about why they are no longer Idols. Plus a new member joins the group.

So to summarize, a few too many characters for any kind of decent development. Plus the contracts they sign mean they aren’t allowed to fall in love with anyone. Not to say they don’t get protective over their composer. When the new guy, Cecil Aijima shows up declaring his love for Nanami, they all get very pouty.

I have to say, I don’t like Japanese idea that being in a pop idol group means you can’t fall in love. You’re not allowed to have a boyfriend or girlfriend etc. Its wrong in my opinion. So the fact Cecil gives up on the idea of being with Nanami to become an idol is not one which rubbed well with me. Even if it was to inspire love and happiness to millions. To be its more like a slap in the face, regardless of how she takes it. Having some declare his love for you at every opportunity and then drop you is beyond a dick move. They can wrap it ribbons and make it pure hearted all they want.

I give this a silver because gripes aside this was an amusing anime. The ending was a bit much for me, but I don’t think its worth giving it a bronze.

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Kuroshitsuji Book of Circus/Murder Review

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watched 2015

Circus:

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 10/10
Aired: Jul, 2014 to Sep, 2014
Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures,Square Enix, FUNimation Entertainment, Mainichi Broadcasting,Movic
Murder: 
Type: OVA
Completed Episodes: 2/2
Aired: Oct, 2014 to Nov, 2014
Producers: A-1 Pictures, FUNimation Entertainment

The Book of Circus is the third season for Kuroshitsuji. But it is not a follow on from season 2. Season is a bullshit (noncanon) season which was no where near as good as the actual Kuroshitsuji story. The book of Circus is another Arc from the manga, as is the book of Murder. They are pretty early Arcs. It is truly a shame Kuroshitsuji couldn’t have been given an anime a year later but the producers made the correct decision in making these two arcs anyway. If you want to see my opinions on the first season, click here. 

Lord Ceil is back. With Sebastian and everyone else in co. This time he is investigating the disappearance of children when a certain circus act come to town. Cutting just a little too late into that wound of his. Welcome to the Circus and let the show begin! With old characters who are still brilliant, we are introduced to a whole new cast as Sebastian and Ceil go undercover at the circus to uncover the truth. The latest edition is brilliant and as clever as the first. Better in my opinion, though there is quite a gap in between me watching the two seasons. So the new characters.

Oh! The new characters. Such a tragic story they hold. Performers who were saved from a workhouse who are under the control of their mysterious benefactor. From Joker, the ring leader to Hansel and Greta. These new characters are a close family with one desire. Or do they? They kidnap the children on orders of their benefactor who have their ‘brothers and sisters’ hostage at the workhouse. So they work hard to protect them all and let them have a bright future. Unlike the poor souls who they have kidnapped. The benefactor who saved them from dying on the streets and paid for a doctor who give them prosthetics limbs to replace the ones which were lost to them.

Nothing is as it seems in the circus as it becomes increasingly apparent. I enjoyed meeting all these characters and though the story which was told was inspired. The ending was very sad for me, and almost heart breaking as Ciel laughs in the ruins of it all. Declaring that’s what it means to be human. Sebastian looking slightly lost for words. The season isn’t all gloom and doom though and there are plenty of comedy moments. Including Grell getting jealous as he see a soul having sex with Sebastian as he is watching her life. Also Ciel gets restrained from leaving his house several times, thanks to the nature of his housekeepers.  Oh and this moment.kuroshitsuji-book-of-circus-episode-2-26

All in all a marvelous edition to the Kuroshitsuji family. Which leads on to the Book of Murder. A two episode Ova which takes place directly after the book of Circus. Where we have a cluedo like mystery of a killer in the house during a storm. With Arthur Wordsmith (who is based of Arthur Conan Doyle) as a character.

superthumbSebastian is an amazing character and these Ova’s only reiterate that. Ciel’s acting is tested many times as the Queen, unhappy with Ciel’s dealing of the circus case, has him set up for murder. Except they manage to prove him innocent. After all, he was not the killer. The book of murder was a wonderfully spun together mystery plot which had me on the edge of my seat trying to work out who the killer was. Sebastian and cats though! Too cute! Plus Ciel’s reaction is priceless. As is the servants when they realise Sebastian isn’t dead. (Spoilers? Not really. He’s a demon, he can’t die that easily). I loved these Ovas to pieces and hope they decide to make season 4, which should be the titanic arc.

Also at the end of the book of Murder, Ciel gets a new servant, who shall remain a mystery here. Go watch! Gold.Book_of_Murder

Kuroshitsuji Season 1 Review

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Watched 2010 roughly 

This is only for season 1 because of the gap between be watching season 1 and the book of circus/murder. Season 2 does not exist to me.

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Oct, 2008 to Mar, 2009
Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures,Square Enix, FUNimation Entertainment, Yomiko Advertising,Mainichi Broadcasting, Movic.
Kuroshitsuji is an manga adaptation written by Yana Toboso.

Last week is seemed the generator was telling me to review all the reverse harem video game adaptations I have watched. This week, it appears to be giving me animes which were made before the manga was finished. Not to say the ending to this was not well done. Black Butler 1 was an excellently made anime. Though one known for being slightly dodgy due to the artwork and the fact the author is known for drawing Yaoi. But this is very unique anime.

Set in Victorian Britain, 12 year old Lord Ciel Phantomhive works as the Queen’s guard dog. Fixing the problems the underworld of the British empire causes without anyone knowing. How? With the help of his demon butler. Sebastian. As Ciel works, he seeks to understand and unravel the plot behind Ciel’s parents’ murder, and the horrendous tragedies which Ciel was focused to experience at the age of 10. He was a slave and sacrifice for a ritual. He was torture enough that he had enough hatred to summon Sebastian. The contact is simple, Sebastian can eat Ciel’s soul when Ciel has found the people responsible for the travesty.  Ciel has a crest in his eye which when revealed lets Sebastian see where he is. To stop him practically and also to save him when needed, and given Ciel’s job, that happens more than often your normal teenage boy.

Ciel is a young teenager noble. He’s stuck up, bratty and traumatised. His family is gone and the only family member he has left after all this, he ends up having to remove. All he can count on is a demon butler who while dutiful, likes to play games. Which Ciel is fine with because he plays games back. Ciel is one of those characters you can’t help but like, though you find yourself half to time wanting to slap him and the other half wanting to hug him.

56955Sebastian is suave and extremely skilled. He can fight, defy the laws of physics and is devoted to being the perfect butler. He also loves cats. Something which is very amusing when Ciel is allergic to them. He can charm anyone, and in true demon fashion can terrify anyone as well. His and Ciel’s relationship is one of Master and servant. Sebastian will go out of his way to ensure his Lord’s needs are met but Ciel is just food to him. He is just watching as Ciel’s soul falls deeper and deeper into sin. And Ciel’s mentality does seem to decrease as the anime progresses, however arguably that is due to the dark and gory events he endures every day. He is, after all, a child. Something which erks Ceil greatly as no one takes him seriously as result. Something which he does occasionally use to his own advantage.

On top of two very well developed characters we have some excellent side characters. All four Phantomhive servants are incompetent at their jobs but amazing at killing people. All having been hunted down by Sebastian to serve on the household. Apart from one who is the oldest servant and is completely unfazed by everything which occurs. We have  grim reapers, who hate demons. Grell is my favourite. Grell is your flamboyant gay character who is slightly obsessed with death and Sebastain. You can’t miss him, he’s the one all in red with a chainsaw as a unlicensed scythe. And many more. So watch it and fall into the deep dark depths of the Victorian underworld. Fall of politics magic and murder.

This anime is a little piece of gold in my eyes and I was very sad when I finished it. I looked forward to the 2 season and was greatly disappointed.

Fairy Tail Reviews

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Watched 2010 roughly

Type: TV
Watched Episodes: 52/175
Aired: Oct, 2009 to Mar, 2013
Producers: TV Tokyo, Satelight,Dentsu, A-1 Pictures, FUNimation Entertainment, Pony Canyon,Kodansha, DAX Production, Sakura Create

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy,Fantasy, Magic, Shounen

Fairy Tail was a manga adaptation written by Hiro Mashima.

TFairy_Tail_Intro_&_Outro_Themes_Vol.2_Regularhis anime started good. Honestly in my opinion, what it suffers from it that the manga itself starts with a good story which that filters into a weak one. If the base manga is weak, the anime isn’t much better. The first season is good. But when I tried to get into the next one, I struggled to have any interest.

There are ecchi moments but nothing too scandalous. I do enjoy Hiro Mashima’s work and the ideas in this was are good. Lucy is a 17 year old who wants to join the famous mage guild Fairy Tail. Lucy is a ‘key’ user. The keys let her form contracts with spirits to use in battle. Including someone very familiar for people who know Hiro Mashima’s work. Though as he reuses a lot of character models that’s not hard.  Lucy is a fine character. She’s not amazing, she not over powered and she normally needs some help. But she’s not whiny. Or at least at the start she isn’t.

Natsu is the high mage who is a fun character. He’s social and like to laugh. He also gets travel sickness and is a dragon. Notably Natsu is one of the stronger characters. He and Lucy strike up an friendly bond and they are sweet together.

I don’t think I can give this a rating. Season 1 was a silver. I can’t say I would have recommended it to many people. I’m almost impressed by how long this anime ended up.  Maybe one day I will give it another chance. But for now I can live without it.

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