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Tide-Line Blue Review

75832lWatched 11/2016

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul 2005 to Sep 2005
Producers: Bandai Visual, TV Asahi, Lantis
Studios: Telecom Animation Film

Tide-Line Blue is an original anime.
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This wasn’t  a bad anime per say. It just suffered from a few flaws. The world is falling apart and everyone is fighting each other for power. Pretty standard and guaranteed what would happen.

The anime is shown through about half a dozen points of views which made it hard to connect to any one side. The person we are most supposed to care about is a boy called Keel. Keel who was forced from his home by his twin brother and got separated from him. Teen, the twin, grew up on one side of the war and is mature and dependable. Keel was adopted by the leader of the other side and brought up with a silver spoon and doesn’t know how to anything but cheat and lie. Keel is also in love with a girl who has a baby at the beginning of the story.

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The twins relationship is a strange one, partly because for most of the show. Keel hates Teen and because he’s now stuck with the people who brought Teen up, is constantly compared to him. I’m not sure about Teen’s feelings on Keel, except he makes it so Keel and Isla are under his father’s protection so I guess he has some feelings for him. When they finally reunite, they do start to get along, though. By the end of the show, they are friends. Not without a few fights, however.

As the story progresses I grew more interested but it was a very close start. The ending was good for the series. Seriously, though, Keel has no life skills. It’s amazing it lives through the show.

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Gun X Sword Review

25380Watched 11/2016

Type: TV
Episodes: 15/26
Aired: Jul 2005 to Dec 2005
Producers: Studio Tulip
Studios: AIC A.S.T.A.

Gun x Sword is an original anime written by Hideyuki Kurata.

Silver – Not dropped but unfinished due to technical difficulties.

The first episode was good. Interesting idea and concept, if not a little common with animation considerably more modern than some of the other anime released at this time. In some ways, it’s a little sad that some animes are of a similar quality to this now. Even this was ahead of the time or some studios are not putting their money into this anymore.gun-x-sword

In some ways, it’s a little sad that some animes are of a similar quality to this now. Even this was ahead of the time or some studios are not putting their money into this anymore. The effects in this are brilliant, as is the movement of the characters. They are fluid and the fight scenes are beautiful.

I have never watched cowboy bebop (which from the theme and genres I’d guess this anime was trying to be a predecessor from) but this anime reminded me of Yatterman and World Destruction Society at some points. The air of a world which is more technically advanced but still as chaotic and unruly as when it wasn’t. Oh and there is some idoit who is trying to change the world into their own world view.

Our group of mismatched heroes in this one are your a-typical mix of people who don’t quite fit in with the real world. Van’s an airhead who likes putting all the condiments he can on to a cheap dish and forgets his friends names easy, but he does have a heart. Wendy is more your typical serious anime girl and Carum is the knowledgeable wanderer in this scenario. Plus Joshua for comic relief and Pricilla to brighten up the show.

That all being said. There were occasions I was bored with the anime. It made me care for the characters but I had to take breaks regularly. It’s a bit heavy to just blast through all at once. I was getting into the arc again when… the site I was using apparently began having problems. For some reason, I could only see the first 5 mins of the episodes of Gun X Sword so unfortunately, I could not finish the series. Hopefully, when I have time in the future I will return to it.

Patalliro Saiyuki Review

3887Watched 11/2016

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Aired: Jun 2005 to Nov 2005
Producers: Magic Bus
Studios:Magic Bus

Patalliro Saiyuki is a spin-off of a manga by Mineo Maya.

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This is basically one of the many manga retellings of the traditional Chinese story Journey to the West. With more comedy and a dose of shounen ai for good measure. Not that I mind that at all. The story is basically about a monk travelling to obtain Buddhist sacred texts in order to learn more of Buddha’s teaching. Along the way, he faces man trails and demons and ends up with a demon bodyguard who is a monkey. The monk is too divine and the bodyguard is too demon and during this journey they learn to respect each other.

In this version as well as a monkey demon we have a cat demon who seduces the monk and normal crowd which appears in this tale. The episodes are only 10 mins long as well.

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This anime was actually really fun. It wasn’t brilliant but it was certainly fun to watch and a lot easier to watch than some anime’s I’ve been watching recently. The plot was well done and very funny while mostly keeping to the originals plot ideas.

The animation could be better. It not actually bad but the manga was started in 1978 and so the character designs are extremely old. This gives the show a dated look which makes it worse than it actually is. The music is pretty good but there are little to no effects. It’s clearly animated in a traditional style too. Not an anime to watch for art style for sure.

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One thing I quite enjoyed about the story was the narrator. He was an amusing addition to the story to explain the things that weren’t necessarily obvious or known in the story.

Beautiful or not I do think this anime is worth a look at and for that I give it a silver.

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.

World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin

World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin (Sands of Destruction)30347l

watched 2010

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jul, 2008 to Sep, 2008
Producers: Production I.G, FUNimation Entertainment, Sega
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

This anime is a spin off from a video game.

I loved this anime. Its funny and has an excellent story. The world as three types of people. Human, Animal and Hybrid. The three races fighting for supremacy over the others. In various parts of the world, different people are in power and we see a lot of themes around slavery and people’s rights as we go though the show. As our travel from country to country and see the extremes of how people live. For the most, the beastmen have control over the humans. With some places where the human’s have rebelled.

From this a woman stand out amongst the rest. A woman who is travelling, hoping to find the secret to the destruct code. A device which will destroy the world and recreate it a new. She doesn’t want to change the world, she wants to end it and let it start again. An interesting premise and one which the other two in her party have mixed feeling about but go along with her anyway. Because if nothing else, its an adventure.

38349lDon’t get me wrong, most of this anime is your stand action plot. But I really liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. Including the minor characters. The travelling salesman is brilliant and I love him. Everything it at a price, though he isn’t cruel about how you can pay him.

A few people have commented that the first 2/3 of the anime is a bit slow and doesn’t do much for the plot, but it does show you the world they live in and show the bonds they are beginning to form. Something which is important given the twist at the end. After all the destruction code isn’t as far away as the characters first believe. 

So Gold from me for entertainment value though I’m not sure how many people will agree.

Zero No Tsukaima Review

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Watched 2008

Type: TV
Season 1
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jul, 2006 to Sep, 2006
Season 2
Completed Episodes 12/12
Aired Jul, 2007 to Sep, 2007
Producers: J.C.Staff, Genco,FUNimation Entertainment, Media Factory, Shochiku, Sentai Filmworks, Happinet Pictures
I watched this anime while I was still pretty green to the whole ecchi/harem genre layout. So we have a ‘beautiful’ noble, Lady Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière, who can’t use her magic properly and summons a human from another world to world as a familiar. Aka something to channel her power though. As a side note, she is well known for not being able to use her magic well and was nicknamed “Louise the Zero” by his classmates because of this. Lousie is a spoilt girl who honestly is still high up on my ‘Anime girls I would love to slap’ list. This lady is queen of being a tsudere. I don’t care that her type is tsudere, she’s a bitch who needs taking down a few notches.
As for the poor guy who gets summoned, Saito Hiraga he ends up with an abusive woman for a ‘master’. Because he is a familiar, the proof being the runes on his hand, he is basically treated like an animal by Louise. And like a pervert because he occasionally looks at women’s boobs. You know that thing all young single men do when its practically shoved in front of them. Lousie beats him often and its not always funny. Heck, the only reason he can talk and understand them all is because Lousie miscast a silencing spell, giving him the ability to understand them.
Whats more, turns out it actually a pretty good familiar. The runes on his hand means he some kind of super solider able to use any weapon given to him with a high level of skill.  Including a Jet fighter plane which fell though to that world once. But does he try to stop Lousie beating him? No! Does he fall in love with her? Yes!
Wait what? I have some serious issues with this. When did they fall in love? Saito has opinions over that Louise. I swear its some like of Stockholm syndrome and if it was the other way round this anime would be getting a lot more hate. Why is it suddenly sexy/funny for a flat chest little girl to beat the hell out of some poor bloke who has no chance of getting away? At least most tsudere character’s signant other wasn’t forced into a relationship. (Yes he fell in love, but he had to live with her and such for the series). At the end of season 2, they get married. I didn’t bother going back for season 3.
Now, all being said, I do remember sort of enjoying the anime. Its very beautiful and the characters were cool. I just hate the main girl is all. 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

Yoru no Yatterman Review

Yoru no Yatterman (Yatterman Night) 71773l  
Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jan, 2015 to Mar, 2015
Producers: Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Starchild Records,FUNimation Entertainment, Tatsunoko Productions, Lantis,

Yatterman Night is another anime which is a spin off from a much earlier anime from the 80s. It was made to commentate the 40th anniversary of Tatsunoko’s Time Bokan series.

The Yatterman were heroes who thought against the  legendary thieves the Dorombo Gang, once lead by the beautiful Dokurobei. Once Dokurobei was defeated, the gang were exiled by the Yatterman who built a paradise which the descendants of the gang were forbidden to enter. Years later and things have become night. The Yatterman have become corrupt, spreading fear and sadness among its people.

After the death of her HorribleSubs-Yoru-no-Yatterman-02-720p.mkv_snapshot_08.18_2015.01.18_18.13.42mother, Leopard, the nine year old descendant of Dokurobei decides to bring down the Yatterman and give them a good finger flicking by reforming the Dorombo Gang. Leopard is a stubborn girl and very much a brat of the worse degree. She is also the light in the darkness, the one who refuses to give up no matter what. Her overwhelming optimism sometime the only thing which keeps her and the gang going. She also can’t stand to see people cry and tries to help everyone she and her partners, Voltkatze as ‘Boyacky’ and Elephantus as ‘Tonzra’ come across. Both men are very loyal to the young Leopard having promised her mother to take good care of her. Voltkatze is the brains of the group able to make robots out of seemingly nothing. Elephantus is the brawn and muscle of the group. Who spends which of his time feeding up the groups pet pig Odasama.

Along their travels they pick up to more members, Gatchan and Alouette. Both with heavy burdens because of the Yatterman as well. Alouette is blind and calls the Leopard her angel.Who will reunited her with her parents who were taken away to work in the labour camps. The truth is they are dead, but Ally refuses to believe it. Alouette lives in a state of denial. Refusing to see what is in future of her. Only living in deluded hope.

This anime is strange in that1421599177880 (1) I’m not sure they knew who they were pitching it too. Its got so many elements of being a child anime. Robots being built out of nothing. Team Rocket type gags of people getting blown away into the distance. Yet the story is dark. A dystopia where the heroes have gone bad and people live in misery. The episodes don’t always end on a happy note. Our heroes do not always win the day and at least once you see someone lose all hope they had. You watch someone break from the stain of surviving in such a hell which is this world.

Leopard gets annoying, constantly going on about giving the yatterman a finger flicking. Alouettes detachment from reality is frustrating and your heart goes out to her. But its only adds to the story and how desperate the world as become. The ‘lesson’ at the end of the story is a hard one to accept as something which should actually follow. The world needs the bad guys to stay the bad guys and the good guys to be the good guys. You can’t change peoples thoughts of others and you can only make it so they even if the bad guys are the good guys, they look bad while saving everyone’s ass. Its a hard lesson to learn and bitter one because the truth is, that is how the world really works. If A large group of people get taught that Team A are evil their entire life, it does not matter if that is a lie, they will always be evil to them. Indivuals can change. Groups are harder.

I give this anime a silver. It is a good anime. Its entertaining and the twist was not something I was expecting. But it was a very strange anime. Which very conflicting themes and not clear just who it was aimed for. The ending as well was slightly anti climatic, but it was sweet in its own way. I love the ending touch as well of having the orginal voice actor say the final line. Very moving.

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Gatchaman Crowds Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2013 to Sep, 2013
Producers: VAP, Tatsunoko Productions, DAX Production, Sentai Filmworks, Nippon Television Network Corporation

Gatchman Crowds is a anime based of a previous anime in 1972 Science Ninja Warror Gatchman. The 1972 series was written by Jinzo Toriumi. Gatchman Crowds was written by Toshiya Ono.

I have never watched the original series of Gatchman and as such, I can only actually review this as a series and nothing in relation to the original series. Gatchman Crowds is a fun anime which is focuses on the power of friend and how a community can band together to help each other and others in need out.

The lead in this Hajime_Ichinoseanime is Hajime Ichinose. Hajime is a bit of an air head. She’s very unique and has a love for stationary. She is also an optimist to an almost ridiculous level. Like any true anime female lead, she entrances people and has some fantastic friends. Hajime gets granted the power of NOTE. Along with several other long standing Gatchaman, Hajime fights in a special reinforced suits powered of Note against strange beings trying to destroy the city they live in. In particular they fight against MESS.

Hajime’s team mate, and longer running Gatchaman is Sugane Tachibana. Sugane has a samurai type suit and is a bit of a stuck up prick.  A little harsh, he’s just very diligent towards his duties and believes in justice very strongly. It takes him a while to warm up to the teams latest member. Hajime’s easy going character grating against his own. But slowly she proves her worth and he begins to respect her. After all Hajime has a habit of being of the impossible. Including talk to psychopaths with out making them attack more people. She also get the Gatchaman to change their methods and update them to the new world. Something which everyone is resistant to at first but eventually Hajime’s plan works and they improve because of it.

The rest of the team are fun too. Including a few aliens, and a talking panda to boot! And the villian. The villian is fantastic! Berg Katse basically just loves destruction and knows just how to get it happening. Hes very flamboyant and reminds me of a cross between Grell from Kuroshitsuji and Moral from Hamatora. He is also quite taken back by Hajime, not that it stops him trying to destroy the world but it is fun to watch.

The art style for this anime is really cool to. Lots of unique designs and interesting characters. To anime the suits the anime uses a 3D animation program which blends in well with the rest of the world. Unlike most anime who randomly insert the effect in.  This anime is fun and there is plenty going on in the world to keep an eye on. Its not overly childish, nor is it very adult. To me its gold.

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Dog Days Review

Dog Days  29363l

Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Apr, 2011 to Jun, 2011
Producers: Aniplex, Seven Arcs, Good Smile Company
Dog Days is a original anime created by Masaki Tsuzuki. Who is also known for working on Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Now, I love Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, but this did not inspired any similar kind of attachment. The first season was good. I really enjoyed the first season. It was quirky and fun. Sure the girls clothes occasionally came off, but it was in a comical way.

Season 2 on the other hand, turned these into lolicon type scenes Including within the first 2 episodes one of the most pornographic magical girl transformations I have ever seen. Tencale type stuff and all. Which considering this anime as a very children aimed feel to it and the fact the girl was meant to be able 13 was too much for me to really continue. So I am reviewing season 1. Because I did enjoy season 1.

Dog days is about a young athletic boy called Clique, who accidentally accepts a invitation to become the hero of a magical land full of animal hybrids. Clique is a easy going boy whose passion is gymnastics and is dog_days-08-shinkuoriginally planning to spent his holiday training for the next tournament. His family overseas for various reasons. Once he arrives at the kingdom, which is your standard fall of building into magic circle shindig, we met the pink haired, dog hybrid, Princess  Millhiore of the Biscotti Republic.  The well loved and respected Princess asks his help to defeat the cat-like Galette Lion Dominion.

Here is where this adog daysnime gets interesting and takes on a very childlike feel. No one dyes in wars in this world. Wars are more like athletic competitions which are used to decide issues between countries. There hasn’t been a real war in hundreds of years. When the soldiers get injured they turn into balls and are escorted of the battlefield to recover. Though this doesn’t happen to Clique because he is human so he needs to be more careful. As he is tolddog days 2 by Galette’s Gaul. Who, at this point, is the only other guy about Clique’s age.

This is also where the whole girls loosing their clothes comes into play. If the soldiers armour gets hit but not hard enough to hurt them, their armour disappears instead, leaving them nude. So lots of embarrassments and blushes from the female soldiers when they get defeated but not enough to turn them into animal balls.

The kingdom of Biscotti is a beautiful place. The art is pretty and full of bright colours. All adding to the childlike charm of it. The main theme of this anime is friendship. Particular between the two rival princesses who were once close but now are distance for reasons Millhoire is unsure off and great sadden by. The blooming relationship between Clique and Millhoire is adorable as they spend morning playing fribee and other games. They are adorable together and all the innocent feels let me get over the occasionally bit of random nakedness.

Then season 2 happened. Which involves Clique female cousin and female best friend, as if we needed more girls to this anime, coming along for their second adventure. As previously stated, Becky, the best friend get given one of the most awkward and uncomfortable transformation scenes I have seen, especially considering how innocent this anime is most of the time. I watched the first 4 episodes before giving up. It was just boring, basically the same as season 1 but with a new more characters and no developments other than the conclusion of season 1. Oh and now Clique has more girls trying to get his attention.

So season one gets a silver. It had a solid plot, with an entertaining storyline and cool characters. But what the hell happened to season 2?

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