Tag Archives: Release Date: 2008

World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin

World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin (Sands of Destruction)30347l

watched 2010

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jul, 2008 to Sep, 2008
Producers: Production I.G, FUNimation Entertainment, Sega
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

This anime is a spin off from a video game.

I loved this anime. Its funny and has an excellent story. The world as three types of people. Human, Animal and Hybrid. The three races fighting for supremacy over the others. In various parts of the world, different people are in power and we see a lot of themes around slavery and people’s rights as we go though the show. As our travel from country to country and see the extremes of how people live. For the most, the beastmen have control over the humans. With some places where the human’s have rebelled.

From this a woman stand out amongst the rest. A woman who is travelling, hoping to find the secret to the destruct code. A device which will destroy the world and recreate it a new. She doesn’t want to change the world, she wants to end it and let it start again. An interesting premise and one which the other two in her party have mixed feeling about but go along with her anyway. Because if nothing else, its an adventure.

38349lDon’t get me wrong, most of this anime is your stand action plot. But I really liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. Including the minor characters. The travelling salesman is brilliant and I love him. Everything it at a price, though he isn’t cruel about how you can pay him.

A few people have commented that the first 2/3 of the anime is a bit slow and doesn’t do much for the plot, but it does show you the world they live in and show the bonds they are beginning to form. Something which is important given the twist at the end. After all the destruction code isn’t as far away as the characters first believe. 

So Gold from me for entertainment value though I’m not sure how many people will agree.

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Kuroshitsuji Season 1 Review

Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) 25353l

Watched 2010 roughly 

This is only for season 1 because of the gap between be watching season 1 and the book of circus/murder. Season 2 does not exist to me.

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Oct, 2008 to Mar, 2009
Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures,Square Enix, FUNimation Entertainment, Yomiko Advertising,Mainichi Broadcasting, Movic.
Kuroshitsuji is an manga adaptation written by Yana Toboso.

Last week is seemed the generator was telling me to review all the reverse harem video game adaptations I have watched. This week, it appears to be giving me animes which were made before the manga was finished. Not to say the ending to this was not well done. Black Butler 1 was an excellently made anime. Though one known for being slightly dodgy due to the artwork and the fact the author is known for drawing Yaoi. But this is very unique anime.

Set in Victorian Britain, 12 year old Lord Ciel Phantomhive works as the Queen’s guard dog. Fixing the problems the underworld of the British empire causes without anyone knowing. How? With the help of his demon butler. Sebastian. As Ciel works, he seeks to understand and unravel the plot behind Ciel’s parents’ murder, and the horrendous tragedies which Ciel was focused to experience at the age of 10. He was a slave and sacrifice for a ritual. He was torture enough that he had enough hatred to summon Sebastian. The contact is simple, Sebastian can eat Ciel’s soul when Ciel has found the people responsible for the travesty.  Ciel has a crest in his eye which when revealed lets Sebastian see where he is. To stop him practically and also to save him when needed, and given Ciel’s job, that happens more than often your normal teenage boy.

Ciel is a young teenager noble. He’s stuck up, bratty and traumatised. His family is gone and the only family member he has left after all this, he ends up having to remove. All he can count on is a demon butler who while dutiful, likes to play games. Which Ciel is fine with because he plays games back. Ciel is one of those characters you can’t help but like, though you find yourself half to time wanting to slap him and the other half wanting to hug him.

56955Sebastian is suave and extremely skilled. He can fight, defy the laws of physics and is devoted to being the perfect butler. He also loves cats. Something which is very amusing when Ciel is allergic to them. He can charm anyone, and in true demon fashion can terrify anyone as well. His and Ciel’s relationship is one of Master and servant. Sebastian will go out of his way to ensure his Lord’s needs are met but Ciel is just food to him. He is just watching as Ciel’s soul falls deeper and deeper into sin. And Ciel’s mentality does seem to decrease as the anime progresses, however arguably that is due to the dark and gory events he endures every day. He is, after all, a child. Something which erks Ceil greatly as no one takes him seriously as result. Something which he does occasionally use to his own advantage.

On top of two very well developed characters we have some excellent side characters. All four Phantomhive servants are incompetent at their jobs but amazing at killing people. All having been hunted down by Sebastian to serve on the household. Apart from one who is the oldest servant and is completely unfazed by everything which occurs. We have  grim reapers, who hate demons. Grell is my favourite. Grell is your flamboyant gay character who is slightly obsessed with death and Sebastain. You can’t miss him, he’s the one all in red with a chainsaw as a unlicensed scythe. And many more. So watch it and fall into the deep dark depths of the Victorian underworld. Fall of politics magic and murder.

This anime is a little piece of gold in my eyes and I was very sad when I finished it. I looked forward to the 2 season and was greatly disappointed.

Special A Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes:10/24
Aired: Apr, 2008 to Sep, 2008
Producers: Gonzo, AIC, Sentai Filmworks, Showgate
Special A is a manga adaptation originally written by Minami Maki.

Special A is your typical shoujo anime. Beautiful boys and oblivious girls who have no real idea of what going on around them. I didn’t finish it, not because its a bad anime. In fact, I would wager people who like shoujos would most likely enjoy this very much. However, I just got bored. Which I strange considering i did enjoy the manga to this.

Special A is set in a ultra elite school called Hakusenkan where the top 7 students have their own building and get special privileges. The group is made up of you mostly standard characters. We have the twins. The girl doesn’t speak but instead uses a note book to talk. Beware her scream though. The twins older cousin, who acts as their caretaker. You do not try to take him from the twins. Then we have two more fairly standard people and the main pairing.

The main lady for this is the loud mouth and stubborn Hikari Hanazono. Your atypical ‘strong female’ shoujo character. She is not rich like the best of them and attends the school at great expense to her father. She is clever though, clever enough to be in the special class. She is beautiful and again like all shoujo main leads, every boy falls for her at some point. Hikari is blunt and to the point. She is also very strong. Why? She has one real for being in these school, for studying so hard and for training in pro wrestling.

To beat Kei Takishima. Kai is at first glance a rich, spoilt, arrogant boy. Again your typical hero in shoujo. He’s competitive and is one of those irritating people who can just do things as easy as breathing. Much to the irradiation of Hikari who tries hard to beat him at something. And normally fails.

Thing is, Hikari is so consumed with her desire to defeat him at something, anything, that she completely missing one major thing. Kei is in love with her. Something I can understand given she spends so much time trying to keep up with him and she is normally only a few points behind. It must be nice when you are that clever to have someone who might actually be able to beat you. But her constant obliviousness gets a bit much sometimes, as does the almost over wacky-ness of the show. This is not a realistic setting and the mad happening reflect that. But more often than not for me it was more tiring than amusing.

This is has all the ingredients to be an entertaining anime. Between the boys fighting over Hikari’s heart, her best friend trying to help her beat Kei and some pretty wacky things occurring. And yet I was not particular thrilled or drawn into this anime.

I give this anime a Bronze because I don’t think it is a bad anime. Maybe next time I try it I will find it more enjoyable but for now its not one I am likely to return to any time soon. VMYrlU5-0cONAfncHCL7TdzoZas

Ookami to Koushinryou Review

Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf)59401l

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

Rosario to Vampire Review

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Watched 2010

Type: TV
Seasons: 2
Complete Episodes: 26/26
Aired: Jan, 2008 to Dec, 2008

Producers: Gonzo, FUNimation Entertainment, Happinet Pictures, Atelier Musa

Rosario to Vampire is a manga adaptation, a fairly loose adaptation but one none the less, originally written by Ikeda Akihisa.

What can I say about Rosario to Vampire. It was of the few ecchi anime’s I have ever watched and actually quite enjoyed. There was lots of panty shots and boobs. Boobs have a mind of their own in anime I swear. The ecchi in this anime was not necessarily tasteful but it was funny to watch. I also had the joy of censoring. Which put some funniness in it. The episode in Capu2 when the girls actually have long skirts on is fantastic. Just because a skirt is long doesn’t mean it won’t fly up still.

This is also a harem anime, with all the stereotypical characters. Just in supernatural form. Including loli witch, and ice cold, stoic ice queen and a bi-polar succumb.

The main character is the fairly standard human Tsukune Aono who somehow ends up going to the monster school. Sufficient to say, a lot of people want to eat him up alive. Still in manages to hide his true self for much of the series and chooses to stay at the Youkai school. Why? He has fallen in love with the pink haired Moka Akashiya who has two spilt personalties.

Moka Akashiya is a vampire, but there is a seal on her to stop her going berserk. Her pink haired persona is cute and sweet. Hates humans until she learns the guy she likes is one. Moka is not someone to be messed with because if the seal around her neck is removed (which only a human can do), her alter ego appears. Or maybe it is her actual self, it is hard to tell earlier in the series but as thing progress it becomes more obvious they they are as good as separate entities living in the same body. Vampire Moka has silver hair, red eye and is a bad ass fighter. She is aware of her alter ego and seems fond of her. Even asking Tsukane to be kind to her when they are fighting.

Moka also as a younger sister who appears in Capu2. Namely Kokoa. Kokoa hates normal Moka and Tsukane for being able to bring out the other Moka.  Kokoa loves and admires her older sister and dislike the soft thing which took her place once she was sealed. Kokoa does eventually warm up to Tsukane but it takes a while.

All in all, this anime has a lot of the standard harem cliques in it. And they work. This was a very amusing anime, even if there wasn’t must plot, if any for the vast majority or it. Ignoring keep Tsukane alive/ seduce him. So Silver.

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