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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

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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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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

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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Ookami to Koushinryou Review

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Watched 2010 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jan, 2008 to May, 2008
Producers: Imagin, FUNimation Entertainment, Victor Entertainment,Pony Canyon, Movic, Kadokawa Pictures USA, Kadokawa Pictures Japan

Spice and wolf is light novel adaptation written by Isuna Hasekura, and drawn by Ayakura Juu.

Spice and wolf is one of those animes that if you would describe it to a friend, they were properly say ‘That sounds boring’ but its not. Spice and Wolf is one of those anime’s which take you an adventure and not one you first expect.

Travelling merchant, Kraft Lawrence is wandering from town to town with just his horse and cart when one night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Horo, who takes the form of a beautiful girl with wolf ears and a tail. Horo was once the local harvest god however with the spread of the church and as time as once on, the villagers have forgotten there agreement with her. Leaving her bonded and weary. They strike up a bargain between the two of them for Horo to lend him the cunning of “Horo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels.

But having Horo alone for the journey is no easy matter when the church is tightening its power in the region and country is falling into disrepair. This is set in a country where the golden age is over and the world is beginning to change in a way with will make life harder for people like Lawrence and for beings like Horo. The two of them working together to survive and see the world.

The tale is a refreshing on and doesn’t rely on fan-service or beach scenes to make the plot. Instead it is very unique in its take on life and how the world they reside in works. There is no ever lasting goal in this anime, what this is is a simple story about people. Just one of them is a wolf god who loves apples and is very curious about the changes in the world she has last seen it.

I don’t think I have done nearly a good job as review this anime as I could, but I do love it. So Platinum. 2d21ffe2c598d875dfd2ea66961315df

Baccano! Review

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– Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jul, 2007 to Nov, 2007
Producers: Aniplex, FUNimation Entertainment, Brains Base, Aniplex of America, Sakura Create, Happinet Pictures
Baccono is a a Japanese light novel adaptation written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Katsumi Enami.
Disclaimer: These are my own opinions. If someone disagrees, feel free to comment with your own.

Its awesome and amazing. Its Platinum. What more do you need. Go watch. Shoo!

Still here? Baccano is strange to me. Considering I started watching anime in 2008, and Baccano was released in 2007. How the hell did I miss it? Lack of knowledge maybe? Possibly because this is one of the most underrated anime’s ever. It is a gem. The characters are distant, well rounded and unique. It is a shame it was never given a sequel but considering Durarara is the next project, that is possibly an acceptable fill in.

Baccano is something truly different. Set from different view points though out the episodes you really get an idea of how intertwined all the characters are. It can be a little hard to get the time times sorted, as it flips between three/ four time periods. Relationships and actions which connect people. Baccano in many ways show just how complicated the world can be. One action affects a lot of people in different ways.

Then we have the music. Oh! The music. This is an anime set in 1930s New York and the music is amazing. From the sad moments to the comedy moments, this is a show who paid decent money to get the best. The opening is inspired as well. I don’t normally pay much attension to sound tracks, but the music is as much as part of the story in this as any other aspect.

Plot! I haven’t even started on the Plot! Right, so immortals, demon, Mafia families, blackmail, random bunch of murders who just want to kill people, thieves. Errr. A child trying to meet up with someone. Lets not forget Maria and Isaac! And the train. Much of this story takes place while a significance portion of the characters are on a train. Most of them heading to New York to met up with old friends. The other part takes place a year before in New York. Time lines get a little complicated but everything gets straighten out in the end. Pay attentions to the years!

Maria and Isaac are by far my favourite characters. They are a comedy relief/married duo who literally do what they want. But they are good guys, they only do things which they think will help people. Which is why the police have never really arrested them. These two are always at the centre of all the chaos, somehow some where. They are idiots but loveable ones in a anime where there is a significance amount of blood and gore. And torture.

If you haven’t watched, go watch! Now! If you have, I hope you liked it as much as I did.

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Review

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Watched roughly 2008

Type: TV
Aired: 2004-2007, 2015
Producers: Geneon Universal Entertainment, Seven Arcs, A Line, FUNimation Entertainment

This anime was the second ever Magical Girl Anime I watched, the first being Sailor Moon. Nanoha was something, is still something, that I have a special place in my heart for even years after watching it. I squealed with delight once I learned it is getting a fourth series this summer (2015) and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing how the writers combat the change in Magical Girl genre. Will they change their formula or stay true to the Nanoha franchise?

So Nanoha. Nanoha is a sweet pure heart girl who ends up on a quest to save the earth. I didn’t say the plot was original, I said the show had a special place in my heart. Nanoha is such a heart warming character, who more times than not, tries to make friends with her enemies. She is a power mage, despite being from earth and forms a close bond with the boy she is trying to help, Yuuno.

The first series is set while she is still very young. Not even in junior high yet. Nanoha stumbles upon an injured talking ferret after hearing his telepathic cries for help. The ferret turns out to be Yuuno, an archaeologist and mage from another world who had accidentally scattered the dangerous Jewel Seeds throughout Earth. Stuck as a ferret until his powers return, Yuuno recruits young Nanoha to find the Jewels Seeds before they fall into the hands of evil. Granting her a red jewel which allows to use magic to defeat the monsters. However someone else is looking for the Seeds as well.

Enter, Fate. Fate’s mother is the villain for much of the first season. Wanting the seeds for her own gains and not afraid to use her daughter in order to do so. Fate is stubborn, strong and bad ass. She also comes with her own fox familiar who helps look after her. Arf.

The first season is cute and heart warming with some sad moments. Eventually ending with Fate’s mother defeated, Nanoha becoming friends and Fate getting arrested for her mothers evil deeds. Yuuno leaving Nanoha to go home. Nanoha left to her own devices on earth. Though she is able to keep in touch with Fate.

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We are introduced to Nanoha, who is eagerly awaiting the day she can be reunited with Fate. However her peaceful life is once again shattered as a powerful mage attacks. Fate appearing to help. With a new found enemy, Nanoha must once again team up with Yunno, Fate, Arf and more to keep her home safe.

This season was sadder than the first in many ways, though it does have a happy conclusion. A group of violent mages have been attacking anything with magic power for their own goals and when they attack Nanoha, they set out to stop them before they can hurt anyone else. Fate enrolls at Nanoha’s school and there is a very cute side plot about all their friends. Including one very sick friend, Hayate Yagami, who turns out to be connected to the mysterious mages. Another im230px-Magical_Girl_Lyrical_Nanoha_A's_DVD_volume_1_coverportant thing is that the mages are so powerful, Nanoha and Fate have to upgrade their equipment to a much more dangerous version. They are both warned not to over do it or it could cause massive damage to their bodies.

Back to Hayate. Hayate is a lovely character and as sweet as Nanoha and Fate. Which is partly how she has gained the loyalty of these mages. Hayate is suffering from a family curse, with no obvious way to fix it. As the story moves on, we learn more and more about the intentions of the mages.

As stated earlier, there is a happy ending and everything is fixed. But not before some pretty heavy angst considering these girls are all still 9 years old. The ending points to the future.

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Set 10 years after. Yes. 10 years. Our girls are all grown up now and teaching the next generation of fights. All with some really cool weaspons of their own. Nanoha is a famous hero and well respected teacher. And things have not been easy. She may not be the naive little girl any more but she is still a strong believer in right and wrong. And still able to break the hearts of many.

Seeing these girls grow was a fantastic idea and they did not ignore the ten years in between. Nanoha has suffered. She overworked her body and due to the upgraded system of her weapon, almost died. We learn this as the guys explain to the students just why Nanoha is so strict with them and doesn’t let them overwork too much. She almost lost the ability to walk. To fly.

Nanaho is a strong character who evolves and grows with the challenges she faces, while never losing that part of her with is truly special.

And I look forward to watching the fourth instalment. Four years later. How will Nanaho be now?

Anywhere, this little universe is Platinum for me.

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