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Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Review

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Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct 2015 to Dec 2015
Producers: flying DOG
Studios: Silver Link, Nexus

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry is a light novel adaption originally by Riku Misora.

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So while this is part of my weekly challenge, it was made in conjunction with Nexus. This would have had a higher grading if the little sister, Shizuku, didn’t have a brother complex. Those annoy me. Plus that ending.

This story started strong for me. It’s fairly typical in plot type and the characters are also nothing special. A guy, Ikki, who technically classified as ‘weak’ is actually quite strong and a girl, Stella, who is known for being powerful is defeated by him and falls in love because of it. Both of the MCs are likeable and entertaining to watch. Love or not, they make good friends and cheer each other on against the various hurdles they face.

Plus there is a trans girl who is called Alice. The characters barely register this to be fair, though there is some misgendering at first. It was interesting to have such a character who wasn’t introduced as a cross dresser. If anything Alice is still very much seen as a boy by most people. This was something I was interested in watching develop to see how the author/studio treated this character.

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(Ok, I said I rated down because of the older brother complex but it was actually kind of amusing at times.)

The basic story is they are at a school for magicians and there is a competition to decides who is to represent the school in some kind of tournament. Ikki has a low level of magic but is good at fighting with swords and as such can keep up. In order to graduate because of his low magic, he needs to win and be selected as a representative. Skill can beat power is the message here and not necessarily a bad one. The fight scenes are extremely well done, as are the effects.

The budget on this one feel considerably higher than other silver link productions and the quality is higher as a result. That being said the character designs are still pretty standards, but the weapons that appear when they are fighting were pretty cool.

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What made this anime pretty special was despite the harem theme (it’s not officially harem but with Alice identifying as a girl, Ikki is the only real male character which makes it harem to me), really there was only one real love pairing. The others had crushes on him, but Ikki starts going out with Stella with like ep 4? Part of the troubles they face include normal relationship issues which is nice compared to the normal ‘how can I get his attention?’ issues which normally appear in this genre.

Then the ending. The last episode was good. I like it, it suited the show. I didn’t like the episode before it. It basically came out of nowhere and then rushed to the finale in a way which personally ruined the series for me. The amount the forced into it was ridiculous. I can only assume they thought they were getting a second season and when that didn’t appear, rushed to make an finale. It was so bad! The rest of the story was easily a silver or possible a gold but this! This knocked it way down for me. Which was a shame really because I had really enjoyed it up until then.

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C3 Cube x Cursed x Curious Review

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Type: TV
Seasons: 1
Complete Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Oct 2011 to Dec 2011

Producers: Starchild Records
Studios: Silver Link

C3 Cube x Cursed x Curious is a Light novel adaptation by  Hazuki Minase.

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Having watched this all the way through I came to two conclusions. They had no idea what they were making when they made this. It’s in their preferred ‘moe’ style and while it’s very colourful and the palette is very pretty, art does not make up for a bad story. Or rather, in this case, extremely bad story telling.

The second conclusion is that they knew they were getting a second season so instead of trying, they just shoved as much as they could into the 13 episodes they had. If ever you wondered what a story looks without the padding, this is it. It’s way too rushed and feels it. There is no time to connect to the characters or believed they form any real connections to each other. There are three story arcs and it really feels like if they had just taken their time and made 26 episodes it would have been considerably better.

The supernatural elements to this story are often explained in the form of an information dump, in a way which is usually boring and occasionally just plain confusing. Too much information at once and just leaves the view wondering if they needed all that information. It’s almost like they did their research without working out just what makes these types of shows likeable. Even the sodding fight scenes are yawn worthy.

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The characters are tropish to the point of looking like carbon copies of other programmes. There is no unique character designs or any real form of characters development in this anime and if there is, it is stuffed into an information dump. Even their basic information is basically stated all in one go and then the rest of the program just treats everything like normal because it’s already known. Basically leaving nothing to be worked out, fleshed out or even made so we can even remotely care about the characters. Hence the bad fight scenes.

The fight scenes are sparkly but with no real to care for the characters or what them to win, they are kind of just sparkles and blood. A considerable amount of blood and gore for the the moe style. I’m assuming the were trying to shock people? I seriously don’t think they knew what they were doing. They just seem to throw effects on everything without care.

130281The main character is incredibly cute and annoying. Her ‘normal’ appearance is that  of a child and her voice matches but when she’s more in her [form I have no clues what to call. Cursed object form maybe?] her voice is mature as an adult. The story will go dark and serious at strange moments and just switches without warning or story clues. She at least has a clear split personality. The others have no excuse for the dramatic switches in personality.

It is a harem/ecchi anime it’s not as ecchi as you would assume. There are a few panty shots and a few breast groping moments but to be honest, most of the episodes are clean and you can almost forget its meant to be an ecchi,to be honest. Until episode 9 where there is basically a tentacles scene and you are shocked back into realisation. Either that or modern anime as just shocked me into not really noticing mild stuff anymore.

Also, the enemy for the first arc of the program is an annoying blonde whose catchphrase is ‘bitch’. Gets extremely annoying. It is the only real curse word in the whole thing and just feels out of place.

The voice acting is fab, most of the issues for the speaking of the characters is down to lazy animating. They can add sparkles all they want to the scenes but it’s not hiding the fact that the studio was extremely lazy at making people’s mouths move when they are talking in this one. The mouths move but that’s it. No real shapes other than ones used for emotions.sparkles

Oh and the music! Half-assed at best. Some attempted made but it’s not edited together very well. The beginning and ends songs are good but when they cut from a fighting scene to the soft and gentle ending music, it’s not very dramatic. Just leaves you feeling unimpressed and unenthused with the editing .I do wonder why the opening chances at ep9? we have 4 episodes of a different opening than the original and it makes no real scene as it wouldn’t have been a new anime season? Unless they just didn’t want to waste one made for if they got a season 2, I guess.

so yeah. Not one I’m likely to go back to again.

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Munto TV Review

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Also known as – Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai (The World Reflected in the Eyes of a Girl Looking Up at the Heavens)

Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 9/9
Aired: Jan, 2009 to Mar, 2009
Producers: Kyoto Animation

Munto Tv is the continuation of a two part original OVA which was released by Kyoto Animation in 2003 and 2005.

I was watching this feeling like something was missing and it many ways it was. Music. Its there occasionally, but I can not help but feel this anime would have been better with a better soundtrack and more actually used. Take ep 3, there is music during the magic scenes, but none during the dramatic river crossing. Making a what should have been a dramatic and heart warming scene, rather than dull and disinteresting. They should not have limited the music to just the magic scenes. munto 1

Munto was cool. Yumemi was sweet in her own way. She seemed like she was going to be pathetic but then stood up and proved me wrong. She fought. And I have admiration for that. Yumemi is still very much your shoujo girl. She’s pretty and falls in love easily. People also fall to her charm easily as well. But she’ll do what it takes to protect her friends.

I guess the main problem for this anime to me was that the ‘normal world’ was portrayed very dully, despite one of the main characters living there. The magical world got all the cool music and effects. Plus the bright colours. I get its to make a contrast, but it does make the magical world a lot more interesting than the normal world. It also makes the normal world slightly more boring to watch.

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The relationships are interesting in this anime. Yumemi and Ichiko’s relationship especially. Verging on Yuri, Ichiko is very protective of her friend. Wishing she could see what Yumemi can see, and doing her best to support her. Begging her not to go because she couldn’t protect her. There are lots of different relationships in this anime which are different to normal animes. Its a shame really we don’t get to learn more about some of the side characters. We learn a lot about Yumemi and her friends, also about Munto but not much about the characters in the magic kingdom.

All in all, a silver. The story is entertaining despite it’s weaker points and the side characters are amusing and interesting as the main characters.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 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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Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? Review

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Completed 2015

Type: TV
Comepleted Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2014 to Sep, 2014
Producers: Genco, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha is a light novel adaptation written by Takehaya and illustrated by Poco.

I think I’ll give this a bronze. It’s not brilliant but I did enjoy watching this. But I think its weak points over ride that. It suffered from a lot lack luster plot points and a couple uncompleted ones. The red superhero team for example, just what happened to them? I spent that either episode going ‘um, what happened to those guys?’. They show up and then nothing is said again about them. Plus it started the ‘fanservice’ episodes way too fast for my opinion. But i guess it is a harem anime, so that’s fine in the grand working of things. Still somehow I don’t see myself remembering much about this anime in a few years.

1280x720-bNg It was refreshing to watch a harem which was actually quite enjoyable and didn’t have characters flashing there boobs every moment of the day. Which was even more relaxing considering most of the characters had a loli look about them. The main character wasn’t a pervert either. Occasionally a little dumb, but Satomi was a nice enough lead. He had a bit more personalty to him than a lot of main characters. He was still your pretty much typical guy but he wasn’t a complete carbon copy. The reason he has 7 girls of various character types around him was actually fairly unusual for once. Not your normal everyone falls in love with a guy anime.

The 7 girls are a little overwhelming though. For both the viewer and the male lead. They all have reasons for wanting the room he lives in. It seems to be a special place in space and time where energy gathers. One girl wants to protect, two what to use it to make weapons to invade, one is a ghost and its her home. Everyone has reasons for being there but before they can cause too much damage, the land lady steps in and makes them agree to do it without force. And so the team end up mostly living together in a small room, playing cards to decide who has the right to win the land. Sufficient to say, this get boring for them pretty early on. Actually winning the room almost becomes an almost forgotten plot point after the first few episodes. The girls settling down to reside in the room together refusing to give up. Yuriko literally living in the closet.

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Of the girls, I like Kiriha the best. A girl who id descented from the earth people who have lived underground for many years and what to invade the surface so they can life there again. She is the most mature of the bunch (In both personalty and bust size) and her story line is my favourite. Partly because its well thought out and I like her how strong she is. Unlike the magical girl who is a whiner. Yurika is nice enough but she does get on my nerves. The ghost is tolerable though has her moments, same with Tulip. Ruth is fine but doesn’t really play much of a main part.

I approve of Satomi’s main interest, his sempai, the lovely Harumi. She is sweet and does like him back. She is also described as being a ‘Yamato nadeshiko’. A new term I have just learned which basically means the personification of the ideal Japanese woman. I’m sure if you are reading this, you know the type, Japanese anime is full of them. Back to their relationship, something which is important in this anime, the guy isn’t in love with the lot of them, but instead is good friends with them all. Though a few have crushes on him. Satomi is hinted to like Harumi the most. They just don’t really know how to go out. Mostly because any adventure inadvertently ends up involving the rest of the cast as well. Amusingly.

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All in all, this is a entertaining take on the Harem genre with no ecchi for once! But it tries to combine too many tropes and plot ideas at once, watering down the entertainment value. Complete with mostly underdeveloped characters and uncompleted plots, I give this a bronze.

Zero No Tsukaima Review

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Watched 2008

Type: TV
Season 1
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jul, 2006 to Sep, 2006
Season 2
Completed Episodes 12/12
Aired Jul, 2007 to Sep, 2007
Producers: J.C.Staff, Genco,FUNimation Entertainment, Media Factory, Shochiku, Sentai Filmworks, Happinet Pictures
I watched this anime while I was still pretty green to the whole ecchi/harem genre layout. So we have a ‘beautiful’ noble, Lady Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière, who can’t use her magic properly and summons a human from another world to world as a familiar. Aka something to channel her power though. As a side note, she is well known for not being able to use her magic well and was nicknamed “Louise the Zero” by his classmates because of this. Lousie is a spoilt girl who honestly is still high up on my ‘Anime girls I would love to slap’ list. This lady is queen of being a tsudere. I don’t care that her type is tsudere, she’s a bitch who needs taking down a few notches.
As for the poor guy who gets summoned, Saito Hiraga he ends up with an abusive woman for a ‘master’. Because he is a familiar, the proof being the runes on his hand, he is basically treated like an animal by Louise. And like a pervert because he occasionally looks at women’s boobs. You know that thing all young single men do when its practically shoved in front of them. Lousie beats him often and its not always funny. Heck, the only reason he can talk and understand them all is because Lousie miscast a silencing spell, giving him the ability to understand them.
Whats more, turns out it actually a pretty good familiar. The runes on his hand means he some kind of super solider able to use any weapon given to him with a high level of skill.  Including a Jet fighter plane which fell though to that world once. But does he try to stop Lousie beating him? No! Does he fall in love with her? Yes!
Wait what? I have some serious issues with this. When did they fall in love? Saito has opinions over that Louise. I swear its some like of Stockholm syndrome and if it was the other way round this anime would be getting a lot more hate. Why is it suddenly sexy/funny for a flat chest little girl to beat the hell out of some poor bloke who has no chance of getting away? At least most tsudere character’s signant other wasn’t forced into a relationship. (Yes he fell in love, but he had to live with her and such for the series). At the end of season 2, they get married. I didn’t bother going back for season 3.
Now, all being said, I do remember sort of enjoying the anime. Its very beautiful and the characters were cool. I just hate the main girl is all. So Bronze.

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! Review

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!)68451l

Watched 2015

Type: TV
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.

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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.

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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.
binan 2A 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.
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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.

So Bronze

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Magic Kaito 1412 Review

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watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Oct, 2014 to Mar, 2015
Producers: A-1 Pictures, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation

Magic Kaito is a manga adaptation written by Gosho Aoyama.

Welcome Lady’s and Gentlemen! The show which should have been made years ago, except it only got OVA specials. The back story to the Kaito Kid, the Phantom thief who first makes his appearance in Detective Conan. This spin-of series is brilliant and I love it to pieces. I enjoy Detective Conan as well, its a fantastic program but at 700+ episodes its not likely to be something I under take any time soon. I think I got into the 60s? Maybe. Anyway, I did get up to the episode when we first me the elusive Kaito Kid and it is a joy to actua356px-Conan_mk1412_ep11lly get to met him in this anime. After all, he is only a thief, he’s not actually a bad guy. In his we learn that the thief’s motives are not malicious but instead he is searching for the thing the black organisation killed his father for. You don’t have to have watched Detective Conan to enjoy this anime, it does a good job of introducing Shinichi/Conan when he has his cross over episodes.

So who is Kaito Kid? He is a teenager called Kaito Kuroba. Kaito-kiddo_-_  _(2)Kuroba is the con of a famous magician and wants to continue to family line of work. Kuroba is a cad. As Kid he is suave and charming. Able to sweep anyone of their feet. Like any good magican he loves nothing more that to pull of a show and impress everyone. Something he does in shades considering how many fans he has.

As a normal teenager, he’s a prankster. He spends his days teasing/flirting with his childhood friend and love interest. Who’s dad is the police detective looking for him. Though he nave can catch him, even with the help of the likes of Conan. Kuroba has learned well from his dad, and with help from his assistant it seems there is never a job too hard for Kaito Kid to pull off. Though sometimes it takes some real luck and planning for him to escape when the police have closed in on him.

What can I say? I have soft point for loveable rouges who like to make people laugh and do the right thing. Kaito is a lovely tale of a boy trying to live up to his father’s name while at the same time trying to avenge his death. Kuroba is one of those anime which give you warm feels. It is designed for children to enjoy as well, each episode normally a standalone from the rest. Each plot and twist clever and entertaining to watch. magic kaito

The art in this anime is lovely by the way. Shiny with bright strong colours and beautiful designs. This anime is definitely still by Gosho Aoyama. His unique way of drawing characters with the new colours and animation techniques is a treasure to watch. Sure some of his character have the same face but you have to admit no other artists draws quite like him. It would be lovely to see Detective Conan’s episodes remastered to take a similar appearance to this.

This anime is platinum to me, for the simple reason that it has caught my heart and imagination.   And with that Ladys and Gentlemen I bid you Adieu. maxresdefault

Shoujo Kakumei Utena Review

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Watched 2010 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 39/39
Aired: Apr, 1997 to Dec, 1997
Producers: J.C.Staff, TV Tokyo, Right Stuf, Central Park Media
Shoujo Kakumei Utena is a manga adaptation originally by a Chiho Saito.

Shoujo Kakumei Utena is a likely one of the earliest examples of a fandom Yuri pairing which was almost canon because of how often it was hinted at.

Shoujo Kakumei Utena was an very unique anime. Even now with its dated animation techniques, Utena is a beautiful work of art. Everything about it unique and different. The colours are bright and the backgrounds well designed. Plus this anime is not all about looks either. It contained some pretty deep theme. Including many topics which are seeming now taboo in anime outside of their genres.

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Notably gender. While never specially said, it could be argued that our leading lady is gender-fluid. Taking the ‘male role’ of the series and having a relationship with the ‘female’ lead. Unlike say Akuma no Riddle where the ‘male’ lead as short hair and very tomboyish vibe, Utena still retains her long pink hair and their are times where she is undeniably female.

So what has lead Utena to play the male role? Utena was once a young girl (princess) who was saved by a handsome prince. The prince that save her, gave her a ring in promises that he may one day return. An engagement ring perhaps? Most girls would eagerly await the return of their prince. Utena on the other hand was so taken by the prince, she wished to become a prince herself.

We met the adult Utena as she is arguing with his second about the school rules towards uniform. To be exact, there is no rule saying a girl can not wear the boys uniform. And so she wears it proudly. Excellent at sports too, all the girls love her and call her the prince of the school.

[large][AnimePaper]scans_Shoujo-Kakumei-Utena_nat(0_78)__THISRES__251775One day Utena protects girl from being bullied and somehow ends up in a duel over the right to control the girl. She has stumbled into a game where the player, all with some very serious issues and problems, duel over the hand of the Rose Bride. The duelest fight with swords drawn from their own hearts, or in the case of the current owner, the Rose Bride’s heart. To do this, and to show you are participating in the game, the player wear rose rings. Remember that ring the Prince gave Utena? That is one of the rings. The winner of the game will have the power to revolutionize the world. A phrase repeated often in the anime but even by the end the full understanding of the term is vague at best. Certainly the Rose Bride’s power can cause a drastic change.

The Rose bride herself is Anthy Himemiya. A girl who has very much a ‘doormat’ nature. She almost never stand up for herself. Her entire purpose in life and this anime is to be a pawn. Once Utena wins the rights to her, Utena protects her from people who would otherwise abuse or insult her. Those people use abuse her partly because they don’t think she as the ability to care about how people are treating her? Messed up but considering how obedient she is to other people and how she lets people treat her as a servant, especially her current Victor, whose every wishes she must cater to according to herself, its not surprising people have given up on treating her like human. A problem Utena tries to fix, and indeed Anthy is considerably warmer to Utena than other people due to this.

As previously stated there are some pretty dark and deep themes in this anime. Utena fights against a lot of prejudice and just plain wrong ideology in order to free Anthy from her curse.  His animes unusual because it takes a typical shoujo trait and encourages girls to think for themselves and become who they want to be, not what is expected of them.

So this platinum for me as I’ve never watched another anime just quite like it.

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Shakugan no Shana Review

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watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Oct, 2005 to Mar, 2006
Producers: J.C.Staff, Geneon Universal Entertainment, FUNimation Entertainment, Toshiba Entertainment,Cosmic Ray, Showgate
Shakugan no Shana is a light novel adaptation written by Yashichiro Takahashi.
An example of the fact that even if an anime manages to get three seasons and a movie, that doesn’t necessarily mean its any good.

Its not that this was a bad anime. But Shakugan no Shana failed to leave much of a lasting impression on me. Its just your standard action story. Normal boy turns out of have potential and girl comes along to use that potential. Girl who is powerful and oh, falls in love with boy. Visually Shakugan no Shana is impressive. The colours are wonderful and the magic is done excellently. Lots of really cool effects and unique designs. Not just character designs but world designs as well.

So what was the problem? This anime had some fairly cool plot ideas that had a lot of potential. Shana is a demon hunter whose job is to fight demon-like beings that consume human lives. Shana is a fiery girl who seems cold on the outside but as the series progress Yuji’s influence on her lets her makes friends and grow as a person.  In order to reduce the damage done by demons, those who die are turned into shadows of their former selves. Once the flame within them that represents their remaining life goes out, they fade from existence. This should have been Yuji’s fate too, but when he discovers he holds a special power that reignites his flame. Together they join forces in her ongoing mission to maintain the balance between the ordinary world and the supernatural. Making friends and enemies along the way.

I just remember liking the series but it didn’t have as effect on me as others have. Shana having the potential to use her powers to the fullest without dying and learning out to live in the ordinary world are all key points of this anime. Shana lived separate from them for so long, she struggles to understand how things work in his world. Plus she’s a tsundere. Which may be a factor against this anime, I’m not really a tsundere fan. Shana is contracted to a being known as Alastor, whos power fuels her blade. Alastor serves as her father figure and is an interesting character in his own right.

Basically. Bronze. Give it a go if you want, but its not something I plan on re-watching or even recommending to people. I guess the best way to describe Shakugan no Shana is dull. An anime which replied too much on special effects and didn’t spent enough time making a decent plot. shakugannoshana