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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.

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Accel World Review

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Watched 2012/2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 4/24
Aired: Apr, 2012 to Sep, 2012
Producers: Sunrise, Genco, Viz Media, Rakuonsha, ASCII Media Works

Accel World is based of a manga adaptation by Reki Kawahara.

Right. Um. I wanted to like this. I had read lots of good reviews about how it was a unique anime with new characters. I was beyond disappointed. I tried to watch it three times. The first time was when it had just come out. I had assumed that I didn’t get past the first two episodes due to real life reasons. However recently I tried watching it again. Twice. First time I wasn’t impressed but went back because it was on loads of recommendations. But no. I did not enjoy this anime at all.

The concept is a cool one. A game which takes place in a half reality, half virtual place where people are trying to be the king. The idea of avatars and levelling up. Its all really cool and I agree that is at least original. Most virtual world animes take place in the game itself. But this was an interesting spin to the genre.

So why didn’t I like it? Why, when this anime had a good concept to work on. Simple answer. The characters. They were so hollow and 2D. The main guy is called Haruyuki Arito. He is a short fat high school boy whose avatar is even a pig. He, of course, hates himself because of his size and the fact everyone around him looks normal. Seriously, I get that we are meant to fall for him because he’s the underdog and its like ‘he’s ugly but he still gets girls throwing themselves at him’.

The girls who are just. Blerh. Boring. Kuroyukihime, the cool beautiful beauty who is the school idol. Who is on the run from people in the game because she defeated a whole bunch of powerful people and almost get the both of the killed in real life as well. She has lots of deep conversations. I watched 4 episodes. They were far too deep for where we were in the show. Also she is meant to be superpower and despite the fact she has only been talking to him for like 5 minutes, gets jealous when he cables with his best friend. Who she asked him to cable to get information on her. She also tries martyrs herself. So no. Manipulative bitch here, who admits to betraying her friends in the game before. Why should Haru trust her? Because he’s pretty and pays him a bit of attention. Seriously?.

The best friend,Chiyuri Kurashima, who gets super possessive and jealous over him because he is her longest friend. She doesn’t want him going out with Hime because… um? She doesn’t like her and as his best friend, she can say that. Chiyuri has a boyfriend by the way. But still pins Haru down on her bed to tell him that she doesn’t want things to change between them and wants to be friends together. Get all tearful when he promises they will always be friends as well. Pathetic little girl.

So no. I don’t like this anime. Stone.

Persona 4 Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 25/25
Aired: Oct, 2011 to Mar, 2012
Producers: Aniplex, AIC A.S.T.A.,Mainichi Broadcasting, Sentai Filmworks, ASCII Media Works

Persona 4 is a video game adaptation of Atlus’ PlayStation 2 video game, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4.

There is also an alternative version to this anime called Persona 4: The golden animation which I have not watched nor intend to judging by the reviews. Aka they basically just glued in a new female character. Not sure who they thought that was more but if there is nothing new to the story I don’t really care.

That being said, I really did like this anime! The designs were really cool and I liked who they tried to handle lots of different issues within it. Its almost half detective, half school life as the gang go about their daily lives while trying to solve the mystery of the town. I was sad at the ending. Yuu going back to the big city was a given but it was still sad to see him leave after everything they went though. Yuu is such a sassy guy and its brilliant. The way he has no qualms with doing silly things, like say filling for a girl in a mock mixer interview. Kanji is a close second favourite. He’s such a dork! His character is brilliant, especially considering his appearance. Kanji and Naoto are definitely my favourite pairing for this series, They are adorable together.

The mystery side to the story was excellently done in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, these guys are no Sherlock Holmes but they do there best to figure out who is killing these people. Honestly I had no idea all the way though.

What this anime does fail in is the action side of things. Sure when people are learning to accept their true self, the fights were pretty cool. However afterwards the few we have just get boring. I realise in the game you would fight/complete levels in order to unlock cards, but Yuu just sort of has them without any real clues as to how. Ignoring the opening scenes of ‘You’re having fun with your friends then’. Its a little abrupt and not that interesting really. I’m sure, considering what a good job they made of this anime, they could have though of something a bit better but we have what we have. The other note being there aren’t actually that many. In fact many of the episodes have an almost filler feel to them. All related to the plot and very good as a school life anime but not really what you would expect from a fighter game adaptation.

Finally, this anime was Gold. It was a entertaining and well made. I only wish the fight scenes had been a little better.

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