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Weiß Kreuz Review

Weiß Kreuz (Knight Hunters)knig

Completed 2005

Type: TV
Episodes: 25/25
Aired: Apr, 1998 to Oct, 1998
Producers: TV Tokyo, Studio Deen, Animate Film, Media Blasters, NYAV Post, TMS-Kyokuchi

Weiß Kreuz is a light novel adaptation written by Kenichi Kanemaki and illustrated by Kyoko Tsuchiya.

So why am I watching this when I have the weekly challenge? Simple, Ufotable seems to have several series which are sequels of previously made animes. So I started with this.

The animation is terrible, but has a very realistic tint to it. This is an anime created in the 90s after all. The movements are stilted. The voice acting also so. The lines blurry even in the highest definition I could find. But like all 90s animes, you don’t watch them now for their animation quality. You watch them for their story. I do think anyone who tries to compare this with animation now is silly. It was not good bad then, its terrible now. Simple. knight 3

Also this is rated 13+. I think it says a lot about how we have progressed that this was only rated a 13. Now it would likely be 17+. With themes involving prostitutes, life or death games, guns, violence and much much more this anime is not for children. At least when you compare it to Magi which was given a 15 in England, certainly this anime would have been given higher!

This is a show about assassins trying to kill their targets who are usually up to no good. The first few episodes introduce us to this characters, explaining their back stories and how they ended up with the group. From careers ruins to lost lovers. The stories are sad and only a touch clique. Ultimately this anime is pretty standard in its premise. Its one we have seen a thousand times and one we are likely to see a thousand times again. This show is also meant to be a bishounen show. Full of handsome men and beautiful woman. Except the the bad animation ruins that.

knight 2The story itself is passable. Nothing new, more particularly exciting but there. See Bad guy. Stop bad guy. Met cute girl in process. Girl survival rate 50/50 in process. Because we haven’t seen this formula a couple hundred times and somehow I doubt it was original back in the 90s either. One of the detectives turns out to be related to the bad guys. One of others has a sister in a coma. Its all very clique. So Bronze. Its not something I would say people need to particularly go back and see but its not a bad ride.

Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu Review


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watched 2010 roughly. 

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 40/40
Aired: Apr, 2004 to Mar, 2005
Producers: Studio 4°C, Touhouku Shinsha, Media Blasters
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy,Magic
Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu is a original anime directed by Yoshiharu Ashino and produced by Studio 4C.

There is a common theme within anime. A theme which leads the name Alice to be linked with magic. Whether this was inspired by Alice and wonderland (Which there are more than a few anime adaptations off) or a deeper meaning I so not know. But this anime is another with that theme.

Our  main girl is called Alice and she falls down a rabbit world in to an impossible world where magic exists. Well, not literally. She accidentally summons a magic circle from a book.

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She should not exist in this world, humans are forbidden. And yet she has magic. Something no human is supposed to have. Alice is overjoyed having wanted Magic for years. But it becomes quickly apparently something is very wrong with the world she has become a part of. The magic is bad. It does not inspire good nor joy. But pain and suffering. Still, to be able to use magic is something she has always wanted and she studies magic with two other apprentice witches. Determined to change the world.

This anime is short, 10 mins max an episode. This world is full 615of wonder but it is also pretty dark. Dealing with issues of slavery and cruelty towards animals. With the fact magic uses parts from animals which have to be killed. The artwork is messy. The world cluttered with strange objects which only enhances the strange worlds she has entered and very much suits the atmosphere of the story. It also has a fairly dull screen effect. This world is not vibrant but almost coloured in yellow.

The characters are mildly amusing. Alice is a troublemaker and your normal brat. Unlikely to stop for anyone or anything. She fully believes from her heart that magic is supposed to bring happiness to people. Both qualities have very negative effects when she released all the spirits from a holding facility. Causing the guards Eva and Shelia to be cursed so they could not age. But they sort it out, eventually. Shelia does hold a grudge for a while though.

All in all, I give this anime a silver. Its a quirky edition to the magical girl genre and has a new take on the world.

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Juuni Kokuki Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 3/45
Aired: Apr, 2002 to Aug, 2003
Producers: Studio Pierrot, Sogo Vision, Media Blasters, TOKYOPOP

Juuni Kokuki is a light novel adaptation written by Fuyumi Ono.

Now. This looked like it had potential. Even looking at screenshots, I am wondering whether to give it another shot. We start of in a city where we met  Youko, who is seemingly a normal Japanese high school student. As a note her school still has segregated classes for boys and girls so I’m guessing it set early 90s. Youko gets attacked at school and saved by a strange man who insists she is someone important. Eventually she gets taken/kidnapped from the school and taken to a new world with her friends Yuka and  Ikuya.

Why didn’t I enjoy this? Its got magic, swords and demons. Youko looks like she is a brave person. Except the first few episode is just her going ‘no I don’t want to kill the monster trying to kill me’. Youko is not very strong and causes herself more problems than not. Maybe she grows into the character but she just irritates me. The first few times I’m like ‘fine your scared’ but you would think she would catch on to the whole ‘you are trying to survive’. She doesn’t fight. She just had to keep her eyes open and the spirit in her will fight for her but she closes her eyes!

So stone. Maybe I will go back to it. But unlikely.

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Ah! My Goddess Review


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Ah! My Goddess

Watched 2009 roughly.

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Jan, 2005 to Jul, 2005
Producers: Bandai Visual, AIC, TBS,Media Blasters
Disclaimer: This are my own opinions are in no reflect anyone else. If someone disagrees, feel free to comment with your own

Standard anime tropes from this era. Bare in mind, I watched this anime soon after watching ‘DearS’ and ‘Chobits’, this anime was not all that everyone made it out to be. I am willing to admit I am more a Shounen person than a Shoujo but this. Okay, this anime was properly considerably better as a Shoujo then anything else. Enjoying a time when not every romance had to have a harem or ecchi scenes in it. This show was a fine anime. At best, I’d give it a silver.

So the plot. Well. I can remember the beginning and the end. So I guess I watched it all the way though, but considering I remember little else, I can’t say it was a brilliant story. It was a good story. Refreshingly light hearted even. Especially when compared with more die hard romances where they fall in love in five seconds flat. The story starts out with a recently rejected young man attending college who accidentally calls the Goddess Hotline. In this world, the Goddess’ are supposed to bring happiness to people and in order to this, Heaven has set up a hotline where people who are good but suffering misfortune can call up to make a wish. Yep, that’s a thing now. So how many of you can guess where this is going?

To be fair, the young man, Keiichi Morisato does not say ‘Stay with me forever’ because he actually wants the goddess, Belldancy too. He thinks this is all a joke. And is more than a little surprised when the wish is granted and Belldandy remains with him instead of going back to Heaven. This of causes a number of problems, first of which being housing as he lives in a male only dorm. Though everyday problems and not so everyday problems, (Belldandy has two sister who both show up to create more trouble), the two fall in love and eventually live happily ever after. After the big finale mind you but that would give the plot away. Kind of.

The story is an odd mix of cultures and ideas. Most of the ideas and names seem to come from Nordic and Celtic origins, which only make things stranger when put into context with the Japanese setting. Belldandy and Keiichi are a sweet couple. Both very pure hearted and do genuinely seem to fall for each other. Even with the rest of the cosmos seemingly trying to get in the way. Its just nothing overwhelming special to me. But remember it had been some time since I watched this. The outfits were pretty cool though.

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Seirei no Moribito

moribito_wallpaper_1280Seirei no Moribito (Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit)

Watched 2011 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 26
Aired: Apr, 2007 to Sep, 2007
Producers: Production I.G, Viz Media, NHK Enterprises,  Media Blasters
Disclaimer: This are my own opinions are in no reflect anyone else. If someone disagrees, feel free to comment with your own

Seirei no Moribito is based of the first novel of the ‘Moribito’ series, written by  Nahoko Uehashi. Originally published in 1996. The story is a fantasy epic containing themes about how letting traditional culture fade, may not always be a good thing. One of the main plot lines of the story is the lack of knowledge due to the old customs having faded. Leaving the only information in such things as nursery rhythms and myths with many versions.
Having never read the novel, I can only review it compared to other Animes and not compared to its original format. It is a good anime, and one which is rather underrated. What this anime has, is what films don’t. Enough time to make you fall in love with the characters.
One of the key differences between this anime and many others is there is a strong female led. Balsa. A 30 year old bodyguard, who has survived against great odds and refuses to kill in order to live up to a past debt. She is a formidable fighter, and the anime does not attempt to ruin this by needless fan service. Arguably maybe more people would have watched it if it had been ‘sexed’ up but I prefer they hadn’t. She is a respectable and solid character. Something which is very rare in anime. She has a love interest. A herbalist, Tanda who is well liked by his people and does his best to ten to everyone’s injuries. Tanda and Balsa’s relationship is bitter-sweet but is a nice side to the story line.
As fantasy stories go, the idea of a cursed prince is a common one and this is no different. Or is it? Believed to be cursed by a demon who his ancestor defended hundreds of years ago, the Emperor secretly orders the execution of his son, Chagum, to spare the land of such evil. The Emperor weeps over his decision but nothing can be done. Luckily, Chagum’s mother steps in and hires Balsa to protect young Chagum. Chagum undergoes many changes throughout the story. Growing closer to Balsa emotionally and learning how to survive himself. Chagum is a pampered prince, but he is not spoilt. He does what he can to help and rarely complains. Without giving the main plot away, eventually things are put to rest and he returns home a hero. The goodbye scene between Chagum and Balsa heart wrenching to say the least, having watched them go though so much together and now they part.

The story contains many characters. All of which are well rounded and well portrayed in my view. The anime was Gold to me, because even after 3 years, I can remember much of the plot. Unlike many of the anime I watched back then. It is a rather unique story, one which i hope to read in paperback now they have released an English translation.

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