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Ai Yori Aoshi Review

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Watched 2009 roughly.

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Apr, 2002 to Sep, 2002
Producers: J.C.Staff, FUNimation Entertainment, Movic, Fuji TV, Pioneer LDC, Cosmic Ray
Ai Yori Aoshi is a manga adaptation originally written by Kou Fumizuki

This anime is not one I remember much to at all, which makes my rating low anyway. I remembered it was about a normal guy who suddenly gets a traditional Japanese wife/fiancée. I didn’t remember they were childhood friends. I also remembered this anime gave me a similar feeling to Chobits/dearS but pretty much nothing else. Oh! Also that he is estranged from his family and thinks this is a set up.

Don’t get me wrong, I properly should re-watch this before reviewing but considering how much I remember of other series I watched at the same time, it doesn’t really give me a good enough incentive to try again. It suggests to me that I didn’t really enjoy this anime, or well, I enjoyed it enough to complete it but not enough to retain much about the story. Give its age and its genre types, its not really the sort of program I would watch now. Maybe in summer I will give it another change but not for the moment.

Sorry any fans of this anime, and I do encourage people to watch it themselves due to my lack of memory but bronze.

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Usagi Drop Review

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Usagi Drop ( Bunny Drop)
watched 2015
Type: TV
Episodes: 11/11
Aired: Jul, 2011 to Sep, 2011
Producers: Production I.G, Fuji TV, Sakura Create

Usagi Drop is a manga adaptation by  Yumi Unita.

Usagi Drop is a strange one. Its an age old story of a man unexpectedly adopting a young child and having to learn how to be a father. At the death of his grandfather, Daikichi ends up looking after his grandfather illegitimate child when none of his relatives will do so. Treating her like a chore, and making him feel disgusted by them so he takes the job himself instead of letting her go into care. Sparking a very cute anime about a man bringing up a young girl and all the troubles that brings.  Rin is a mature girl who understands the things around her a little too well, and Daikichi is just doing his best to be a good father.

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We watch as Daikichi learns to deal with every problem as they occur and as Rin grows from kindergarten and into primary school. The little moments which make a life. Including fun with friends and graduating from daycare. The moments which every parent loves and hates. The ones which need photos, its just a shame Daikichi doesn’t have a camera. But lucky for him, Rin has made friends with a boy, Kouta, who has a single mother and mothers always have these things prepared! Usagi Drop 2
I’m aware of the manga. I dislike the manga’s choice. I choose to ignore the canon.  I think Daikishi and Kouta’s mum would be really cute together. As for the other characters, we watch as some pretty deep issues go on. This is very much from an adults point of view. Including divorce, abandonment and working as a single parent. All issues we never consider as children but are very much issues people have to go though. With or without children.
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Abandonment. Rin’s mother didn’t want her. She gave her up to work in her dream job. Not that it seems to make her happy. Rin hates her mother, and we do see flashes of her mother life as the anime goes on. Her mother cares but she is a very awkward person. It does ring up some issues though. Japan is very bad when it comes to women working. 39% of women RETURN to work after giving birth. Most become housekeepers. To achieve a dream and become pregnant? What would most women do? Its a harsh thought but a true one. And an issue we see several times in this anime.

All in all, this anime is very much a real life anime. It doesn’t pretend to be want its not. It simply a story about Daikichi’s life having taken in this child. So Silver.

Afro Samurai Review

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watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 5/5
Aired: Jan, 2007 to Feb, 2007
Producers: Gonzo, Dentsu, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Victor Entertainment,Pony Canyon, Fuji TV
Afro Samurai is a manga adaptation written by Takashi Okazaki.

A dark and dull coloured anime to suit a dark and cruel story. Afro Samurai is certainly one of the most unique stories I have seen in a long time. Sure the idea of someone avenging their murder father is hardly a new concept. However this anime as whole new levels. The artwork is truly stunning as it the battle scenes. They are full of action and movement. Fluid not stagnant. And lots of blood. Oh this anime has lots of blood, made more prevail due to its dark screen tones.

The Afro Samurai wears the no 2 headband. The no 2 headband is fated to be alone. The only one allowed to challenge the no 1 warrior in the land. And many men will fight hard in order to gain that honour. After all the no 2 is beatable. He is a man. While no 1 is considered a god. The no 1 headband once belonged to Afro’s father and he was forced to watch as a child as his father was defeated. Justice cutting off his fathers head before challenging him to return one day to defeat him too. Afro then dedicates his live to gaining revenge. Even at the cost of those who take him in. Though that story alone is a tragedy.

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The fight scene between Afro and Gino really got my heart strings. Once brothers fighting against each other in a blooded rage. Never to be reconciled due to the losses they have faced and the trails they have been though in this cruel world. There are few moments of happiness in this anime, if any. And often quickly soured. There is just blood and harsh realism of the land they live for much of this anime. Where every warrior is aiming for that no 2 headband.

Its dark and gritty. The fight scenes only really broken up by the endless chatter of Afro’s companion Ninja. Ninja who is always making quirks and its never really clear whose side Ninja is on. But he follows Afro to the end of the world regardless. The moment he dies is tragic, especially when you realise who or rather what he is.

And that ending…

To say I enjoyed this anime would be lie. It was hard going but it had me hooked. I could not tear my eyes from the screen. A scene of terror and dread as the story unfolded and we learned more and more about Afro and his past. And his future. I give Afro Samurai platinum because I honestly can’t compare it to any other animes. It is truly a unique anime to me.afro-samurai

No 6 Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 11/11
Aired: Jul, 2011 to Sep, 2011
Producers: Bones, Aniplex, Fuji TV, Sentai Filmworks

 

No. 6 is a light novel adaptation written by Atsuko Asano.

No.6 was interesting. It set out to be a potentially excellent anime. It was good but it missed a couple of its goals I think. To be honest this anime reminded of a mix between 1989 and Neon Flux. No. 6 is a city. There are other cities, but they don’t live by the same rules and laws as No. 6. This is a futurist dystopia. It opens up to events which take back a couple of years before. A boy, Shion, is about to be upgraded to the special course. He lives in the rich side of town and has lots of potential. However during a storm he allows a boy the same age as him to take shether in his bedroom. Nezumi. (Rat). Nezumi is an escaped criminal. However even after learning this, Shoin lets him stay and patches up his wounds. Nezumi leaves in the morning and the authority come to question Shion. Because of his actions he and his mother are banished to the lower caste and he is no longer allowed any privileged. For going against the law at 12 and sheltering another (admittedly criminal) child.

Anyway, cut to a few years later and Shion is working as a park janitor to earn money. He witnesses the death of a colleague by some strange parasitic wasp and gets framed by the government. Lucky for him Nezumi has not forgotten him and saves him.Twice. First time from the police, the second time from the parasitic which is in him. Causing his hair to go white and his eyes to go red. I have to say this is one of the rare animes where there is an explanation for why someone’s hair is not a normal colour. Anyway after this it is a race against time to save the people of No. 6. Except Nezumi doesn’t want to.

The world outside No 6 is rough. Shion is a naive, sheltered boy, even after being kicked out the rich area, who doesn’t really understand how things work in the dangerous west town. He stumps a lot of cold hearted people because he still actually has a heart. Nezumi is half exasperated by this, half angered. Nezumi protects him a lot, which amuses their allies greatly as the world is a kill or be kill type. You don’t protect people. And yet Nezumi does. Still Shion makes friends with the right people who keep him safe when Nezumi can’t. While they talk big, you can’t help but feel they would do a lot to help Shion. Which they do in the end. Shion then as the small task of trying to convince Nezumi, who wants to see No 6 burn, for fairly good reasons, to help him save the city.

Fairly heavy plot and the story suits. I can’t help but feel like something is missing but I’m just not sure what. Its well told, I think. But something is just not perfect. The ending leaves a lot of unanswered questions, like who was in charge and why they were doing this. Its not like No 6 wasn’t almost in complete control of its citizens anyway. Its very dark, the containment centre scene is something out of nightmares. But that makes the world they are living in. No 6 is rotten from the inside. And the show is about the characters trying to change that.

The characters are interesting, it is a good contrast between the hopeless optimistic Shoin and the negative Nezumi. Shoin’s mother and childhood friend are both excellent female characters. Well the mum is. I want to punch the friend occasionally. Dogloan is also an excellent character and I wish we could have learned a bit more about her past. (Dogloan is the girl in the bottom picture).

I give this anime a silver, partly because there is something very meh about it. It was enjoyable and interesting to watch. I looked forward to seeing the conclusion but I can’t help but feel there was something missing from the show.

Oh! Just a small warning, lots of Nezumi/Shoin hints throughout the show and the ending would just spoil it.

 
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Chrno Crusade Review

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Chrno Crusade

Watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Nov, 2003 to Jun, 2004
Producers: Gonzo, ADV FilmsL,FUNimation EntertainmentL, Lantis,Kadokawa Shoten, Fuji TV
Chrno Crusade was a Manga adaptation originally written by Daisuke Moriyama.
This anime is one which i personally loved but for not many know about it. It is a wonderful anime. It is also surprising bright and light compared to others of its genre. So we have Chrno, a demon. He was once high ranking but rebelled to try and gain freedom. Its a little complicated but he ends up killing tchrno-crusade-personnages1he love of his life and gets sealed away. Eventually he get released and forms a contract with one Rosette Christopher in order to save her brother from another demon. The two work for the church to destroy demons.
As normal, this series has several minor plot line that seem unrelated but end up being entwined together. Rosette is a cool character but she is a stubborn loud mouth who has no problems with telling you what’s what. But she is a good person. Risking her life every time she fights. Quite literally as every time Chrno uses his powers, he uses up some of Rosette’s life force.
Chrno is properly one of the most un-demon characters you are likely to meet. He’s caring and sweet. Even when Rosette is being unreasonable. When you get him angry though, that’s when you see the demon in him. The fights scenes in this are pretty cool as well. These are characters who stick with you even after you have watched it.
The ending is sad. Tear worthy even. Perfect but it did make me cry. Anyway. This was gold to me. It caught my heart and my imagination. And added some colour into the genre of demons, making a change to the normal dark colours which are the norm.

Samurai Champloo Review

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Samurai Champloo
Watched more than a year ago…
Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 26/26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May, 2004 to Mar , 2005
Producers: Geneon Universal EntertainmentL, Manglobe, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Fuji TV

I remember this anime primarily for the art. Which was, and still is to this day, beautiful. The sword fights are more like dances than anything else. And trust me, like any good Samurai series, there are plenty of them.

Two very different Samurai Mugen and Jin, who annoy each other to great lengths, end up having to work side by side. Honestly, its their own faults. They get themselves into a bar brawl and are about to be executed when a girl saves them. A girl who is a typical anime ditz and can barely take care of herself. But. now she’s got two bodyguards who will help her achieve her goals.
Right?<br If they don't kill themselves first. Or arguably her. No, I'm being mean. Kasumi Fuu, while a ditz is not too bad when compared to a lot of anime heroines. She's quirky, clever and a likeable character. The story is well padded out with well written side plots and funny moments. And is worth a watch for the Art alone though 🙂
Its gets Gold from me.

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Zankyou No Terror Review

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Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 11/11
Status: Finished
Aired: Jul, 2014 to Sep, 2014
Producers: Aniplex, Dentsu, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Fuji TV, MAPPA, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation

Disclaimer: This are my own opinions are in no reflect anyone else. If someone disagrees, feel free to comment with your own.

Japanese movie and anime creators have never been afraid of challenging ideas and there is a very good example of an anime done right. Its set in world not too unlike our own, however given aspects to ensure it is not ours.  Eight and Twelve would not exist for the simple fact of science is not yet up to the level which would allow them too. Is it? They are not meant to exist in there own after all.

Conspiracies aside. This is an anime about Terrorists. About the world they inhabit and about the girl who gets swept along with them. The cliques are there. Mother issues, the girl being unable to cook and smoking out the apartment etc. But they are well written in and are part of the story instead of just being ‘there’. It also manages to avoid the three ‘typical’ scenes.  It does however have a woman with impossible hair.

This anime is clever. It takes elements of the real world and mixes them in with the sort of luck and ability that only make belief characters are capable off. So far. One day there may be someone able to pull of what these character too, but so far, that has not happened.

There has been a terrorist attack in one of the main areas of Tokyo. The only clues as to the culprits being a video uploaded to the internet by two men in masks. Nine and Twelve. The world searches for these mysterious men as they put their plans in to play. Except things never go as planned and they get caught in the act by one of their classmates. Lisa. A girl with her own demons. Not to mention, the government bring in someone from their past to hunt them down. Someone who turned into what they were supposed to be.

This anime is rarely light hearted, but the characters cling on to you until the final scene. Then you cry. The ending is heart-wrenching but in many ways perfect for what this anime is. A reminder than even if you manage to succeed and change the world. There are always consequences. Always people who will want revenge.

To me, this anime was Gold.

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