Sankarea is a manga adaptation originally written by Mitsuru Hattori.
Put until the last two episodes, I was going to put this as silver maybe even a gold if the ending matching up the the beginning, but the ending spoiled this anime to me. Basically the ending was weak. It was not bad romance because just the anticlimactic-ness of it all. If I’m honest, the fact we had two random episodes about minor characters instead of the main plot line was already counting against it. While one explained a bit of the emotions of the one of the main-ish character, the other was just plain filler. As was the last episode. Nothing to the plot, other than an excuse to have fireworks so the main characters could hopefully could reveal their feeling for each other. And fail. As the anime trope goes. Though the final bit was certainly not a normal trope.
This anime is different. The premise being familiar but new in anime form. A human boy falls in love with a zombie girl. Except it more, he falls in love with a girl who then becomes a zombie. What I liked about this anime was that it had a strong beginning. The characters were well introduced, as was the story. A boy obsessed with zombies is trying to work out how to resurrect his dead pet when a beautiful girl stumbles on him. A girl with a dark family life. Who he then promises that if she ever becomes a zombie, he’ll look after her. Not for one moment thinking it will actually happen.
Aka, her father is obsessed with her. Beyond unhealthy levels. Much to her mothers unhappiness. We know at the end of the first episode this girl is destined to return to him as a zombie but it is a few episodes before that occurs. Instead we watch as her father tries to control her while she sneaks out to met with him. When she finally dies, we watch something as she arises from the dead. Not that it stops her fathers obsession at all.
I did like the symbolism in this anime. In Japan there is a strong connection between hydrangeas and death. Beautfiul flowers which have a dark meaning in Japanese culture. That they could bring someone back to life was a cool idea. The idea to make it so they could preserve zombies and let them life longer before turning feral was ok. It makes sense, if they are the key ingredient that a supply of them is needed to remain alive but it seemed to be missing something. Not that the story would have been better if Rea had been fighting the desire to eat flesh.
The thing which really disappointed me about this anime was the ending with the father. This guy is a real sicko. Claiming to be protecting his daughter’s purity. They go though this whole build up of him kidnapping them both and dramatic revelations. And then nothing. Barely a fight, and then he just accepts what they want. This is a guy who paid for people to follow and kidnap his daughter and her friend and he just… lets her stay with him? I don’t know what I expected but something a bit more dramatic/interesting than that!
If someone was the ask me about this anime I’d properly tell them to give it a go. But I’m not likely to recommend it of the tip of my head. It had a really interesting premise and a good if not twisted story built around it but while it passed barely on the romance side, the other aspects failed to satisfy when could have been. This anime could have been so good. But it failed to deliver. So Bronze
Watched 2009 roughly
Tokyo Mew Mew is a manga adaptation written by Reiko Yoshida and drawn by Mia Ikumi.
I’m not sure if I have mentioned this yet, but I am from the United Kingdom. Why this is relevant now is for the simple fact of this anime was one of the few which made it to British TV. And I missed it. Along with Cardcaptor Sakura. I need see One piece though. So unlike a lot of British anime fans, I did not watch this until my teens. So my feelings for this anime is a little biased to that face.
Tokyo Mew Mew was you standard Magical Girl Shoujo anime. Nothing more, nothing less. When I looked up how many episodes it had been, I was surprised that is was only 52 episodes. To me I remember it being longer. But that might be due to having an opening scene which became incredibly popular to use in amvs.
So plot. Our main heroine is Ichigo or Zoey in the English dub. Let me please state, I hate the English dub. Changing her name takes away so many of the gags its unreal! While at zoo on her first date with the most popular guy at school, Ichigo gets zapped by a mysterious ray that mixes her DNA with that of a wildcat. Which allows her and several others to transform into magical girl heroes and fight the forces of darkness. In this case, aliens known as ‘Deep Blue’.
There is nothing particular special about the shows characters. Ichigo is the normal led. Clumsy, stubborn etc. You have your rich standoffish girl, Mint, your nerdy girl, Lettuce, your ridiculously energetic and young girl , Purin and your lone wolf type, Zakuro. When they are not at school or fighting aliens, they all work at a maid cafe serving desserts. Which brings along its own problems and comedy moments. One point his anime does have in its favour is that the looks of the girls so actually alter slighter when they transform. Something which always amazed me about shows like Sailor Moon was the fact no one recolonized her despite her looking EXACTLY the same. This anime mostly avoided it that. Although more with Ichigo than the other characters.
Her love interest is your standard interest. Popular and clever. Everyone likes him and there is nothing to fault. Though he is of course hiding his own secrets which led to the girls being able to defend deep blue. If you can’t guess, you obvious haven’t watched enough Magical Girl animes.
While I have written this review with a fairly negative light, it was very enjoyable to watch. Mostly. It kept me entertained enough to finish any how. So Silver. Its bright and colourful. The perfect world and one which is typical for one of this genre. The girls are amusing even if there is little character development beyond the most obvious stuff.
Watched 2010 roughly
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy,Fantasy, Magic, Shounen
Fairy Tail was a manga adaptation written by Hiro Mashima.
This anime started good. Honestly in my opinion, what it suffers from it that the manga itself starts with a good story which that filters into a weak one. If the base manga is weak, the anime isn’t much better. The first season is good. But when I tried to get into the next one, I struggled to have any interest.
There are ecchi moments but nothing too scandalous. I do enjoy Hiro Mashima’s work and the ideas in this was are good. Lucy is a 17 year old who wants to join the famous mage guild Fairy Tail. Lucy is a ‘key’ user. The keys let her form contracts with spirits to use in battle. Including someone very familiar for people who know Hiro Mashima’s work. Though as he reuses a lot of character models that’s not hard. Lucy is a fine character. She’s not amazing, she not over powered and she normally needs some help. But she’s not whiny. Or at least at the start she isn’t.
Natsu is the high mage who is a fun character. He’s social and like to laugh. He also gets travel sickness and is a dragon. Notably Natsu is one of the stronger characters. He and Lucy strike up an friendly bond and they are sweet together.
I don’t think I can give this a rating. Season 1 was a silver. I can’t say I would have recommended it to many people. I’m almost impressed by how long this anime ended up. Maybe one day I will give it another chance. But for now I can live without it.
Shoujo is a strange genre to me. I like romances but I don’t like typical boy met girl animes. Rather I hate flimsy female characters who can’t stand for themselves. Shizuku is not a flimsy female character. Indeed her nickname in the anime is Dry Ice. She does not appear to care about anyone or anything, ignoring getting top grades. Though better blackmailed by her teacher, (or rather bribed) Shizuka agrees to drop of some note to the class delinquent, Haru. Haru is described as a monster who got suspended from school on the first day and has yet to show up again.
Haru is like an adorable puppy. He’s naive, doesn’t really understand things but he’s very clever and strong. Because Shizuka brought him the notes, this instantly makes them best friends in his eyes, much to Shizuka irritation. And it is irritation. She does not want someone distracting her from her studies. But life doesn’t work out like that and she gets pulled unwillingly into the life of a normal high school. Aka having friends and hanging out with them.
They fall in love slowly but surely. A few love rivals along the way. They are adorable as a couple. Both inexperienced in love and just sort of stumbling along. Shizuka is adamant she does not want a boyfriend however her heart says different things and well. Haru too cute sometimes.
All in all I give it Gold for a fresh take on boy mets girl and the comedy in it. Including a chicken. You can’t hate an anime which manages to get a chicken into the main cast.