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New Game

new-game.jpgCompleted 12/2016

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul to Sep, 2016
Premiered: Summer 2016
Producers: Kadokawa Shoten, Delfi Sound
Studios: Doga Kobo

New Game is a manga adaptation originally by Shoutarou Tokunou.

New game is a surprisingly entertained and refreshing slice of life anime. Then again between Poco’s Udon and March’s lion my slice of life animes this season are quite dark. The anime is about a girl who after she graduates from high school joins a games company and ends up working on a game she has always admired.

 

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The graphics for the game they are making aren’t half bad either.

 

So lots of anime rules in this one. It’s moe so the main character, Aoba, still looks like she’s in grade school (which is mentioned several times to her annoyance), the company she works at only has women and there are random panty shots. Not of her admittedly but of her sempai. Her boss often spends the night at the office and sleeps in her pants. One of the more different ways I’ve seen but after the first few episodes, it’s pretty much just plot based. There is one episode where it comes up again but it feels a bit like they went ‘f*** we forgot the fan service. Ok, let’s do this!’.

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Storywise, the shows pretty solid. No random trips to the beach or anything like that, it keeps fairly on track as to what someone’s working life is like for the most. The problems Aoba faces as she adjusts from high school to work life is amusing, and I like the fact the show shows Aoba interacting with her best friend from school too. People don’t just disappear (well not completely) when you get a job or go to university. It’s harder to see each other but most are still about.

The emotions are more girly than I usually like but compared to some moe anime, still fairly realistic. Still moe-ified though and very dramatic. All the characters aren’t complete carbon copies of most moe animes as well which makes a nice change. To be honest that probably gives a silver on its own. Aoba’s earnest and hard working and her colleagues around all are fairly distinct and quite unique. There is an office cat as well! Just to add to the endless moe tropes.

 

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I think this cat and a hedgehog are the only named guys in the whole series lol.

 

The colours! Oh this anime is pretty and vibrant and I’m a sucker for any anime who colour their character eyes so prettily. Not enough to rate it higher than I think it’s worth, though. Animation wise it was really good as well. There were no glaring mistakes when it came to the positioning of the eyes and the characters all moved really well.

So I’ll give is a solid silver and recommend giving it a go ūüôā

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Nichijou Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 2/26
Aired: Apr, 2011 to Sep, 2011
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis, Kadokawa Shoten, Movic, Rakuonsha,

Just your typical anime about everyday life for a bunch of atypical characters. It has a similar set up to lucky star in that in the two episodes that I watched, not a lot actually happened. The characters are terribly normal in there not-normality. Dull and not really well formed in my opinion. Its random but that it. Nothing to really pad out the randomness. I can see this working a comic strip and even as a week by week anime to pad out action. But watching this is one day just wouldn’t work

Maybe one day I will return to it when I’m a little less slice of life animed out. But this was just kind of boring for me. So Stone.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma‚ėÜIllya Review

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Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 10/10
Aired: Jun, 2013 to Sep, 2013
Producers: Lantis, Kadokawa Shoten, AT-X, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Silver Link

Prisma Illya is a spin-off series from the Fate/Stay Night verse. A parody on magical girls with Illya staring the main protagonist and the rest of the cast appearing as various roles. Let me stay now, I have never watched any of the Fate series, and it something on my list of animes to watch at some point. So while I did do some background checking, most of what I watched was free of the implicit meanings. The spin-off was created by  Hiroshi Hiroyama, also known as KALMIA.

Parody’s, in general, either hit the mark or fail miserably. This anime is interesting in that it is a parody but stands pretty well on its own as its own story. Yes it is a spin-off, but it is a different timeline, making it easy to take this as it’s own story. References are made to the original series. References I don’t normally get due to my lack of watching the original series but they are there. Illya’s older brother is Shiro from the main series and is adopted the same as for example. Maybe I will rewatch this after watching the original series and see how many references I can spot because I am sure there will be a lot more than I can see. This anime was a gold to me, incredibly entertaining both as a story and as a parody. Unlike Binan which just missed all the marks, this one hit them square on.

fate illya 1This anime has action, has drama, and has some excellent effects. To me, it is an extremely well-made anime and no money was wasted on this anime. The music is stunning and on point. Especially in the battle scenes. The art is beautiful. It is obviously styled from the original but the colouring technique really brings out the magical girl vibe.

Ruby and Sapphire are the names of the magic girl sticks and are elementals trapped within them. They are sassy and don’t like the two bickering women they have been assigned too. So they leave them and form contracts with others. Meaning the two girls have to work together to collect the hero cards. Which is done by defeating the berserk hero spirits in mirror realms.

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Illya starts as being pretty powerless, only to grow into being almost too powerful. Magic is based on the image in the caster’s mind.

“You can fly?”

“Can’t all magical girls?”

“What a useful image to have!”

The problem is that when she is in a tough situation she reacts instinctively and creates an almost devastating power. Which is where the drama comes in. Her counterpart Miyu is excellent in everything she does and always in control. The two vast different character types leaving the two girls in a strange comradeship for much of the series. Friends and yet envious of each other. Which causes some real issues. But in typical magical girl fashion, it gets solved through the power of friendship and there is a happy ending with lots of sparkles and happy feels.

So gold. It’s pretty has great music and a good plot.

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Non Non Biyori Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to Dec 24, 2013
Producers: TV Tokyo, Lantis, Media Factory, Kadokawa Shoten, AT-X, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Silver Link

Non Non Biyori is a manga adaptation written by Atto.

There is a growing problem in Japan, in that with more and more people living in the cities, the schools in rural areas are more and more stretched for resources due to the small number of students attending them. Non Non Biyori is set in one such area.¬†Hotaru transfers to the countryside because of her father’s job. Hotaru who lived in Tokyo and now has to get used to living in the sticks. Her new school has 5 students ranging from 1st grade to 9th grade. Three of them are siblings. The boy rarely saying a word, if any. And the youngest child’s sister is the one teacher *cough cough* babysitter of the children. Which she fails at.

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Non Non Biyori doesn’t really have much going on other than daily life. The problems and joys of living in the middle of nowhere which little to do other than waste the day away. It is quite simply another anime, as charming as it is, which is about girls living. The comedy is light at best, nothing major. It’s fine.¬†Non Non Biyori 1

That’s all I can really say. It’s fine. Which is why it gets a bronze. Chances are, in a year I won’t remember what happened in this anime. It was sweet and charming in its own way I guess.

If you liked this, I’d recommend Barakumon. It has more plot but the same issues of someone moving from a city to the countryside.

Mirai Nikki Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 26/26
Aired: Oct, 2011 to Apr, 2012
Producers: FUNimation Entertainment, Lantis, Kadokawa Shoten, Asread, Rakuonsha, Kadokawa Pictures Japan, Dwango, Sakura Create

Mirai Nikki is a manga adaptaion orginally wriiten Sakae Esuno.

Insane girl alert! This anime is awesome. Its brilliant and clever and not at all what I was expecting. Yuno certainly gets my nomination for most insane girl in anime. On purposely so but she is very well written into her part. I have a thing with anime girls where I usually hate them or love them. I can’t stand girls who whine and flail uselessly. I don’t go for the ‘delicate flower’ type. I just want to slap them. Yuno is nothing like that. She just takes everything to the extremes. She is a terrifying girl and one I would never like to met in real life. Honestly, Yukiteru is more the weak one. The boy takes longer than I would have liked to get used to the horror he’s been put into. And eventually gets some kind of Stockholm syndrome. But hey up, what he is going up against it a fairly terrifying,.

So plot. Oh the plot. So Yukiteru ends up as the favourite in a battle royale survival game where the winner becomes the new god of time and space. Yukiteru is the first of twelve and a whole host of mad/twisted/insane characters. Trust no one. Sometimes Yuno paranoia, as extreme as it gets, is true. But near the end its just sad what happens. Nothing is quite what you expect and everyone seems to change sides about twenty times.

I have mixed feeling about the ending. Its a good ending. But I can’t help be feel Yuki’s been broken and forced into finally loving his mad girl. What happens to her is sad and what she went though was terrible. But that doesn’t mistake what she has done. Its twisted but almost what should happen after everything the two characters have been though together.

So this anime is platinum to me. Its a wonderfully horrifying story about love, death and every in between. About obsession and the lengths people will go to achieve their goals and be with the people they love. It has some excellent characters and is visually stunning. The anime is well anime and the colours suit the moods perfectly. So platinum to me.

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D.N.Angel Review

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Watched 2009 roughly.
Type: TV
Complete Episodes: 26/26
Aired: Apr, 2003 to Sep, 2003
Producers: Xebec, ADV Films,Kadokawa Shoten, Discotek
D.N.Angel is a manga adaptation written by Yukiru Sugisaki.
D.N angel was a good anime. People can call it clique all they want and yes a couple of the characters were annoying but get this! It was made in 2003. This anime likely set more than a couple of the cliques. Also it was interesting and entertaining.
Its starts off pretty standard. 14 year old boy tries to confess to the girl of his dreams, in this case Haruka Risa. Not to be confused with her older twin Haruka Riku. Why does Risa reject him? Simply Daisuke is too ‘normal’. My rant about Risa will happen in a moment. Anywhere, back to Daisuke gets reject. So he’s heart broken which is where this anime takes a turn for the interesting.¬†Suddenly, whenever he thinks about Risa he turns into the legendary phantom thief known as Dark. Dark has a fantastic because a) he has wings and I love wings. b) He actually is his own person. In fact Daisuke spends a good amount of time having no idea just who Dark is. Either way, Dark then spends much of his time stealing prizeless pieces of art for Daisuke mother. For reasons we find out later on in the story.
This anime is a fantastic story and extremely fun to watch. There is lots of drama and lots of plot twists. However there is one thing. Or rather person who spoils it for me.
Three guesses who? Risa. Risa is a stuck up bitch in my opinion. She is the sort of person who is used to everyone worshipping her because she is the beautiful twin. Riku is far nicer but Daisuke spends most of his time trying to make Risa happy because of his crush on her. Risa takes full advantage of this by the way and Daisuke lets her get away with it. Worse yet, remember the whole Risa rejected the boy for being too normal? Because she wants someone ‘interesting’, she becomes obsessed with Dark. Something which is not helped by the fact she conveniently looks a little like Dark’s former love.
Blah. I don’t like her. I do like the anime. So Silver.
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Pretear Review

Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Pretear (Prétear: The New Legend of Snow White)download

Watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Complete Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Apr, 2001 to Jun, 2001
Producers: Hal Film Maker, ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment, Kadokawa Shoten, Rondo Robe

Pretear is a manga adaptation drawn by Naruse Kaori and written by Sato Junichi.

This is the anime which proves that reverse harem is not a new thing in the anime world. That doesn’t make it good though. Bronze. She goes for the guy who is a dick to her the entire time. She is awful. Okay, so its not that unusual. It is one of the most standard tropes going. But, the thing is, that doesn’t make it right.

Himeno Awayuki is a delicate flower, read pathetic little whinny girl. To be fair to her umm. No. Her life is sad. Yes. Her mother dies, her father remarries and the family are a horrible to her. As are her classmates. She gets bullied and debates her place in life. She is hurt and vulnerable and doesn’t know how to change things. Notice, she is 16. This is not the end of her life. She is an angsty teenage. Honestly she just needs to put on black and she would be an emo to be honest.

Then something amazing happens. She is attacked and saved by mysterious pretty¬†men called the Leafe Knights, who tell her that she’s the Pr√©tear who is needed to save the world from darkness. Each of the episodes are Himeno getting to know one of the guys before kissing them and using there transformation to save the day. She gets to know them all and still she falls for the dick who pretty much tells her she is worthless and treats her like shit. Somehow the two fall in love.

At this point, I’m not sure why I bothered finishing the anime and honestly I reckon I only did it because this was at a time where a lot of the anime sites had been taken down and the new ones had yet to start up again. Pretear was not a good anime. It was a very bad one in my opinion. She is the sort of girl I would have liked to slap, and tell her to get some self respect. Some of her actions you can place down to losing her mother and being bullied. That doesn’t make her a likeable character to me. Nor one who should be used as a role model.

The only reason this gets bronze is that I finished it. Otherwise it would be stone.

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.