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Ninin ga Shinobuden Review

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Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2004 to Sep, 2004
Producers: ufotable, Right Stuf, NYAV Post, Toshiba Entertainment, Happinet Pictures

Ninin ga shinobuden is a manga adaptaion orginally written by  Ryoichi Koga.

A loud, brash and outright outrageous anime. I’ll give it a gold. Its animation style is bright, bold and also cartoon like. Full of gags and excellently done. And the story! Its not big, its a simple premise but ones which works excellently for the 12 episode series.Plus its got a perverted no humanoid as its mascot.

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So what is the plot of this anime. Its basically about the normal girl, who accidently becomes friends with a female ninja in training and the antics that brings. Notably that Shinobu lives with basically a frat house full of ninjas, perverted and stupid antics included, and the master of this place is a perverted magic yellow ball. The ninjas themselves serve as both comedy relieve and plot devices. Often appearing when least wanted. While though out the anime they all look the same there are a couple of names which get repeated. There main thing is they are basically a bunch of hyped up young men who aren’t the smartest in the world, but follow the word of their master.

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What to say about the  yellow ball which is Onsokumou? He’s an perverted idoit. He’s appearance is never really explained though at the beginning of the anime they try to exclaim he is a hawk. He claims to be the master of ninjas but it doesn’t really show any skills to back it up. He is in love with himself and also with Shinobu. And any other pretty girl. He’s a jerk, a liar and causes many of the problems. And is hilarious. It spends much of the anime getting beat up for his actions.

In summary. Good anime, very funny and keeps your attention. Silver 🙂

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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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Gakuen Alice Review

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Watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct, 2004 to May, 2005
Producers: Aniplex, Group TAC, Sogo Vision, Right Stuf
Gakuen Alice was a manga adaptation originally written by Tachibana Higuchi.

This is a fairly dark anime, considering it looks like its for children. The manga itself is darker but the anime still deals with several of the themes. It also carries on with a them that ‘Alice’ means magic. This is a fairly common them throughout magic shows, which I don’t quite understand but that’s fine.

This is a show about primary school children. In this world, people are sometimes blessed with powers. These powers are called Alices and fall into different categories. Due to the danger of being kidnapped by extremist groups, any child with an Alice gets take from their parents and sent to the Alice Academy to learn and grow up safety. Just you know, without ever being able to see their family again or talk to them or sent the letters or any form of contact. Seriously. This school is protected by several layers of wtf? Children can be brought to the Academy from being babies, the concept it very dark. It also means a lot of the students and teachers have social problems as a result and most are just nasty people.

Oh yes, another thing. The children do there best to earn points in order to win the ‘best student’ award which as the grand prize of being allowed a week’s holiday with their family. It is the biggest prize in the school and everyone is aiming for it.
So its a dark place. And in this dark place is a light. The energetic Mikan. Mikan who is hopeless attached to her best friend Hotaru. Hotaru is a fairly strange girl but tends to bully her friends and calls Mikan a pig but she does really care about her friend. If not slightly exasperated by how much Mikan is attached her her. Hotatu has the Alice of invention. She can create anything. Que being sent to the Alice Academy. Upset by losing her best friend, Mikan follows her to the school and breaks in. The girl doesn’t even bother to tell her grandpa. Just runs off.

Turns out Mikan does have some Alive ability. And so the plot unfolds. We watch as Mikan survives the Alice Academy and learn more about this place she willing put herself into. Plus she ends up with two boys trying to get her affections. Its a good anime and has some very sweet moments. Some of the adventures they end up on are just plain hilarious. But underneath the school something much darker exists.

I’ll give Gakuen Alice a Silver, seeing as I remember watching it and more to the point, enjoying it.

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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.

mahou-shoujo-lyrical-nanoha-asSix months later and Second two starts :Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A (2005)

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.

And onMagical_Girl_Lyrical_Nanoha_StrikerS_Chroniclewards we go to season 3. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS (2007)

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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Samurai Champloo Review

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Samurai Champloo
Watched more than a year ago…
Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 26/26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May, 2004 to Mar , 2005
Producers: Geneon Universal EntertainmentL, Manglobe, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Fuji TV

I remember this anime primarily for the art. Which was, and still is to this day, beautiful. The sword fights are more like dances than anything else. And trust me, like any good Samurai series, there are plenty of them.

Two very different Samurai Mugen and Jin, who annoy each other to great lengths, end up having to work side by side. Honestly, its their own faults. They get themselves into a bar brawl and are about to be executed when a girl saves them. A girl who is a typical anime ditz and can barely take care of herself. But. now she’s got two bodyguards who will help her achieve her goals.
Right?<br If they don't kill themselves first. Or arguably her. No, I'm being mean. Kasumi Fuu, while a ditz is not too bad when compared to a lot of anime heroines. She's quirky, clever and a likeable character. The story is well padded out with well written side plots and funny moments. And is worth a watch for the Art alone though 🙂
Its gets Gold from me.

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