Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Apr, 2007 to Jun, 2007
Producers: Diomedea, Nomad, Lantis
Sola was a mixed media project which had a manga as a proluge to the anime. It was written by Naoki Hisaya designs by Naru Nanao.
Sola is your fairly typical 13 episode anime. Its nothing special but is an enjoyable anime to watch. The music is special and the story draws you in. The character designs are fair and the characters themselves have some pretty solid back stories. Including an excellent twist. The story moves at a good pace, though as it has been a while, I only remember enjoying the anime and the basic plot.
Our main boyo is a high school called Yorito Morimiya. Yorito’s main hobby is taking pictures of the sky, and spends much of this time doing so. In annoyance to his friend. Yorito has a sister who is in hospital and as such lives on his own. His sister is a fairly cold individual who gets very possessive when Yorito does things which do not include her. She doesn’t actually approve of him taking pictures of the sky either. Seeing as she spends much of the time with the curtains closed due to having been born sickly.
One night, Yorito mets a mysterious young woman who is struggling to get tomato juice out of a venting machine. She disappears before he can learn her name though. The next day they met again and Yorito discovers the girls name is Matsuri Shihou. She lives at a church and the next time we met her she is in the middle of a fight with a man trying to kill her. Matsuri is not human but a ‘Yaka’. A yaka is efficiently a ghost. Someone who has dead but it still there. They are powerful but can’t walk in sunlight. They are formed by sorrow and agony, meaning the are doomed to walk the earth alone. Except Yorito and Matsuri fall in love over the course of the series. Matsuri living at Yorito’s to avoid being killed.
The story is sweet and has some very touching moments in. I remember really enjoying this anime and it was beautiful. The colour palettes are well chosen. I can’t say the characters are very special but the story itself is well written and has a lot of twists which you don’t expect. So bronze. Its entertaining to watch but has nothing particularly special about it.
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!)
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jan, 2015 to Mar, 2015
Producers: Diomedea, FUNimation Entertainment, Pony Canyon
This anime is a parody of the magical girl genre and not meant to be taken seriously.
This is an original anime written by Michiko Yokote.
As stated, this anime is a massive parody of the magical girl anime and not really meant to be taken seriously. As a parody it is very good and makes fun of a lot of the tropes we are so used to in the genre.
But as an anime itself it failed to be much more than average. The jokes, while there and plenty off, all seemed to just miss being good enough to laugh. The themes parodied were good enough to prove a point but not enough to actually hit home with anything brilliant or note worthy. For this reason I give this anime a bronze. Don’t get me wrong its fine. But I didn’t enjoy it as much the majority of the animes I have placed in silver and so I don’t feel I can put it up there.
That being said, it is still worth a watch. If only because of… well. The parody? The art’s pretty enough, plenty of beautiful boys all causing problems. In fact I don’t think we see a single girl in the entirety of the anime. Even the ‘womaniser’ character is only ever seen texting his girlfriends but never actually with them. They go to the beach and discover its a all male beach, etc. There are no girls, just boys.
Some plain, some muscular and some pretty. Not to say some of the characters can’t be replaced with girls but it is a fact of the anime. The main parody I guess is the ‘mascot’ character. Every magical girl team must have a cute animal mascot/sidekick who gives them their missions and grants them that power. Or is just there for comedic value. Even Bleach has Kon. The sidekick for this anime is a pink wombat whose name is impossible to say.
A pink wombat who is carried about by a half dead teacher who is also controlled by him too. A lot of the gags in the serious include Wombat being away from the teacher too long and rigour mortis settles in, or him rotting starting etc. The other gag with the wombat is the fact Yumoto Hakone, the youngest of the group and most excitable, loves to cuddle him. Much to the Wombats displeasure.
The team themselves is a reluctant mix of stereotypes. From the over enthusiastic and childish Yumoto Hakone, to the calm and collected Io Naruko. Most of the boys wanted nothing to do with the pink wombat and saving the world though love but sort of get forced into it. In all the awkwardness to it is part of this animes charm but it just wasn’t quite enough to make me personally enjoy it. It was enjoyable to finish unlike the end but making fun of the cliques doesn’t stop the anime from becoming a clique itself. Nor does it give an excuse for the characters to be so 2D and underdeveloped despite the plot points they choose to give.
My personal opinion: If you are going to make a parody with 2D characters at least make the stories a bit wacky and diverse. Not standard and plastic that you could get off a generator. Especially when the jokes don’t quite hit the target.
Akuma no Riddle (Riddle Story of the Devil)
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Apr, 2014 to Jun, 2014
Producers: Diomedea, FUNimation Entertainment, Mainichi Broadcasting,Pony Canyon, DAX Production
Akuma no Riddle is a manga adaptation written by Yun Kōga and drawn by Sunao Minakata
This anime was not bad per-say, I just didn’t really enjoy it. Akuma no Riddle is an anime which is a battle royale type anime. One more in a long line of similar animes which have been popular over the last few years. This one which the twist of having Yuri elements. Oh and no one actually dies in this one. So what is the situation this time?
Met our leading lady, Haru Ichinose. (The girl to the right in the picture below) Haru is a cheerful bubbly girl who is covered in scars. She is also the target. Haru has spent her entire life being targeted by assassins, which has led to the death of her mum, dad and two brothers. Why? Why has she been targeted all her life? We are not told at first, as the anime unravels we slowly learn the truth behind why people are trying to kill her so much. Her wish is to survive the class and be able to live a normal life. Haru starts high school and is placed in the ‘Black’ class. A class which is made up of thirteen assassins and one Haru. All thirteen assassins are trying to kill Haru in order to gain one wish. All of them have their own motivation for joining the class, and their own styles of killing. Except one of the assassins has a change of heart.
Enter Tokaku Akuma. (The girl in the middle) Tokaku is from a legendary class of assassins and is highly trained. Except she has never actually killed anyone more. Entranced by Haru’s cheerfulness, and determination to survive Tokaku decided to try to protect Haru from the rest of their classmates. The result? A fairly standard, school scenary followed by assassination attempt and recuse format anime. The majority of the episodes are guessable and to be honest I only finished this anime because I had nothing else to do. Otherwise I would have quit. I didn’t care about the yuri themes, nor the lame fight scenes. Its just that, despite most having fairly dark and decent background stories, most of the characters were simply quite bland to me.
The only one who develops over more than one episode is Tokaku. TO be fair that is partly because after they have failed, they get kicked out the class. Which sort of puts a downer on the idea of character development. Which is a shame because it meant of the vast majority of the characters we met, we learn there life story and see their assassination attempt in one short episode and don’t see them again until the epilogue. It.It just seems lazy to me. I get the anime is supposed to be Haru x Tokaku centric, but even their interactions are fairly standard and uninteresting until the last few episodes when the truth about the Black class and Haru is revealed.
Its fine. Its nothing special and I personally didn’t enjoy it all that much. The ending was particular bad as well. It just didn’t make sense and the reason was so wishy washy it was terrible. The last few episodes were mildly more interesting and I was hoping for a good ending. Its a sweet happy ending, but make no real sense. So bronze.