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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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Nichijou Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 2/26
Aired: Apr, 2011 to Sep, 2011
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis, Kadokawa Shoten, Movic, Rakuonsha,

Just your typical anime about everyday life for a bunch of atypical characters. It has a similar set up to lucky star in that in the two episodes that I watched, not a lot actually happened. The characters are terribly normal in there not-normality. Dull and not really well formed in my opinion. Its random but that it. Nothing to really pad out the randomness. I can see this working a comic strip and even as a week by week anime to pad out action. But watching this is one day just wouldn’t work

Maybe one day I will return to it when I’m a little less slice of life animed out. But this was just kind of boring for me. So Stone.

Beelzebub Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 60/60
Aired: Jan, 2011 to Mar, 2012

Producers: Studio Pierrot, Dentsu,Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Pierrot Plus

Beelzebub is a manga adaptation written by Ryuuhei Tamura.

If pikachu was a naked demon baby… and Ash was a delinquent… Ok no, this anime isn’t anything like pokemon but Beelzebub does love to electric shock Oga as much as Pikachu does Ash at the beginning. This anime is a brilliant its just a shame it ruined itself by having so many fillers and rushing the ending. Honestly, I have no idea what happened! We had like 10 episodes of just filler material and then poof, a finale in like 3 episodes which could have been spread over those 10 episodes and made considerably better. Why? Did the manga run out? Did the author not tell you the plan? Did you think you would be getting a second season and then discover it wasn’t happening anymore? What happened?

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Beelzebub is the tale of a high school delinquent who though certain events ends up raising the son of the devil in order to destroy humanity. Oga is no normal delinquent though, he is a delinquent at the worst school in Japan! where they are 120% delinquents and also extremely dumb. Due to his evil nature, Beelzebub decides he likes Oga and makes a bond with him. The side effect of the bond being that Oga can never be more than 15 metres away from him without getting an electric shock. Also if Beezlebub cries or gets upsets, he electrifies everyone in a certain radius. The bonus thing being that he can use Beelzebub’s power from time to time to increase his own attacks.

Beelzebub 03Oga is your typical delinquent. Not too bright and uses his fists before his brains. The first half of the series is dedicated to Oga defeating every delinquent in his school in order to find someone stronger than himself. Not to mention having to deal with all the problems which come with raising a demon child with powers who likes to cause chaos. Seriously if Beelzebub gets bored, bad things start happening.Beelzebub 02

Luckily for Oga, help is at hand for all the Beezlebub related problems. Notably from Beezlebubs demon maid, Helda. A fierce demon who has no qualms with beating up Oga or his best friend if they aren’t doing their jobs properly. She is also fiercely devoted to raising Beezlebub in the correct demon manner. Helda is a fantastic character, if not a little dense from time to time. But considering what she has to work with, its not surprising. Oga is frustrating to say the least.

Beelzebub 05This anime possibly by favourite fix for lack of plot ever! So once Oga has defeated everyone in the school and is known as Ishiyama’s strongest, what next? Well Oga in the last fight destroys the school. In order to combat this all the students get divided into groups and have to go to other schools. Oga and his best friends end up at St Ishiyama Academy, an elite school where they are confined to a special class for the Ishiyama students. Which just so happens to have the people they defeated in it. After that the plot is mostly don’t get expelled and to defeat the demons who are trying to kill them so Beezlebub’s brother can destroy humanity first. Lord En is cute but his servants are annoying.

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So I give this anime a silver. Its outstanding and has a lot of laughs in it. The characters are brilliant and this anime doesn’t bother trying to give them deep background stories. They are just delinquents. A little extreme and very crazy delinquents, but delinquents none the less. This animes takes the cliques and runs with them.

Usagi Drop Review

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Usagi Drop ( Bunny Drop)
watched 2015
Type: TV
Episodes: 11/11
Aired: Jul, 2011 to Sep, 2011
Producers: Production I.G, Fuji TV, Sakura Create

Usagi Drop is a manga adaptation by  Yumi Unita.

Usagi Drop is a strange one. Its an age old story of a man unexpectedly adopting a young child and having to learn how to be a father. At the death of his grandfather, Daikichi ends up looking after his grandfather illegitimate child when none of his relatives will do so. Treating her like a chore, and making him feel disgusted by them so he takes the job himself instead of letting her go into care. Sparking a very cute anime about a man bringing up a young girl and all the troubles that brings.  Rin is a mature girl who understands the things around her a little too well, and Daikichi is just doing his best to be a good father.

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We watch as Daikichi learns to deal with every problem as they occur and as Rin grows from kindergarten and into primary school. The little moments which make a life. Including fun with friends and graduating from daycare. The moments which every parent loves and hates. The ones which need photos, its just a shame Daikichi doesn’t have a camera. But lucky for him, Rin has made friends with a boy, Kouta, who has a single mother and mothers always have these things prepared! Usagi Drop 2
I’m aware of the manga. I dislike the manga’s choice. I choose to ignore the canon.  I think Daikishi and Kouta’s mum would be really cute together. As for the other characters, we watch as some pretty deep issues go on. This is very much from an adults point of view. Including divorce, abandonment and working as a single parent. All issues we never consider as children but are very much issues people have to go though. With or without children.
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Abandonment. Rin’s mother didn’t want her. She gave her up to work in her dream job. Not that it seems to make her happy. Rin hates her mother, and we do see flashes of her mother life as the anime goes on. Her mother cares but she is a very awkward person. It does ring up some issues though. Japan is very bad when it comes to women working. 39% of women RETURN to work after giving birth. Most become housekeepers. To achieve a dream and become pregnant? What would most women do? Its a harsh thought but a true one. And an issue we see several times in this anime.

All in all, this anime is very much a real life anime. It doesn’t pretend to be want its not. It simply a story about Daikichi’s life having taken in this child. So Silver.

Dog Days Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Apr, 2011 to Jun, 2011
Producers: Aniplex, Seven Arcs, Good Smile Company
Dog Days is a original anime created by Masaki Tsuzuki. Who is also known for working on Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Now, I love Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, but this did not inspired any similar kind of attachment. The first season was good. I really enjoyed the first season. It was quirky and fun. Sure the girls clothes occasionally came off, but it was in a comical way.

Season 2 on the other hand, turned these into lolicon type scenes Including within the first 2 episodes one of the most pornographic magical girl transformations I have ever seen. Tencale type stuff and all. Which considering this anime as a very children aimed feel to it and the fact the girl was meant to be able 13 was too much for me to really continue. So I am reviewing season 1. Because I did enjoy season 1.

Dog days is about a young athletic boy called Clique, who accidentally accepts a invitation to become the hero of a magical land full of animal hybrids. Clique is a easy going boy whose passion is gymnastics and is dog_days-08-shinkuoriginally planning to spent his holiday training for the next tournament. His family overseas for various reasons. Once he arrives at the kingdom, which is your standard fall of building into magic circle shindig, we met the pink haired, dog hybrid, Princess  Millhiore of the Biscotti Republic.  The well loved and respected Princess asks his help to defeat the cat-like Galette Lion Dominion.

Here is where this adog daysnime gets interesting and takes on a very childlike feel. No one dyes in wars in this world. Wars are more like athletic competitions which are used to decide issues between countries. There hasn’t been a real war in hundreds of years. When the soldiers get injured they turn into balls and are escorted of the battlefield to recover. Though this doesn’t happen to Clique because he is human so he needs to be more careful. As he is tolddog days 2 by Galette’s Gaul. Who, at this point, is the only other guy about Clique’s age.

This is also where the whole girls loosing their clothes comes into play. If the soldiers armour gets hit but not hard enough to hurt them, their armour disappears instead, leaving them nude. So lots of embarrassments and blushes from the female soldiers when they get defeated but not enough to turn them into animal balls.

The kingdom of Biscotti is a beautiful place. The art is pretty and full of bright colours. All adding to the childlike charm of it. The main theme of this anime is friendship. Particular between the two rival princesses who were once close but now are distance for reasons Millhoire is unsure off and great sadden by. The blooming relationship between Clique and Millhoire is adorable as they spend morning playing fribee and other games. They are adorable together and all the innocent feels let me get over the occasionally bit of random nakedness.

Then season 2 happened. Which involves Clique female cousin and female best friend, as if we needed more girls to this anime, coming along for their second adventure. As previously stated, Becky, the best friend get given one of the most awkward and uncomfortable transformation scenes I have seen, especially considering how innocent this anime is most of the time. I watched the first 4 episodes before giving up. It was just boring, basically the same as season 1 but with a new more characters and no developments other than the conclusion of season 1. Oh and now Clique has more girls trying to get his attention.

So season one gets a silver. It had a solid plot, with an entertaining storyline and cool characters. But what the hell happened to season 2?

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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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No 6 Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 11/11
Aired: Jul, 2011 to Sep, 2011
Producers: Bones, Aniplex, Fuji TV, Sentai Filmworks

 

No. 6 is a light novel adaptation written by Atsuko Asano.

No.6 was interesting. It set out to be a potentially excellent anime. It was good but it missed a couple of its goals I think. To be honest this anime reminded of a mix between 1989 and Neon Flux. No. 6 is a city. There are other cities, but they don’t live by the same rules and laws as No. 6. This is a futurist dystopia. It opens up to events which take back a couple of years before. A boy, Shion, is about to be upgraded to the special course. He lives in the rich side of town and has lots of potential. However during a storm he allows a boy the same age as him to take shether in his bedroom. Nezumi. (Rat). Nezumi is an escaped criminal. However even after learning this, Shoin lets him stay and patches up his wounds. Nezumi leaves in the morning and the authority come to question Shion. Because of his actions he and his mother are banished to the lower caste and he is no longer allowed any privileged. For going against the law at 12 and sheltering another (admittedly criminal) child.

Anyway, cut to a few years later and Shion is working as a park janitor to earn money. He witnesses the death of a colleague by some strange parasitic wasp and gets framed by the government. Lucky for him Nezumi has not forgotten him and saves him.Twice. First time from the police, the second time from the parasitic which is in him. Causing his hair to go white and his eyes to go red. I have to say this is one of the rare animes where there is an explanation for why someone’s hair is not a normal colour. Anyway after this it is a race against time to save the people of No. 6. Except Nezumi doesn’t want to.

The world outside No 6 is rough. Shion is a naive, sheltered boy, even after being kicked out the rich area, who doesn’t really understand how things work in the dangerous west town. He stumps a lot of cold hearted people because he still actually has a heart. Nezumi is half exasperated by this, half angered. Nezumi protects him a lot, which amuses their allies greatly as the world is a kill or be kill type. You don’t protect people. And yet Nezumi does. Still Shion makes friends with the right people who keep him safe when Nezumi can’t. While they talk big, you can’t help but feel they would do a lot to help Shion. Which they do in the end. Shion then as the small task of trying to convince Nezumi, who wants to see No 6 burn, for fairly good reasons, to help him save the city.

Fairly heavy plot and the story suits. I can’t help but feel like something is missing but I’m just not sure what. Its well told, I think. But something is just not perfect. The ending leaves a lot of unanswered questions, like who was in charge and why they were doing this. Its not like No 6 wasn’t almost in complete control of its citizens anyway. Its very dark, the containment centre scene is something out of nightmares. But that makes the world they are living in. No 6 is rotten from the inside. And the show is about the characters trying to change that.

The characters are interesting, it is a good contrast between the hopeless optimistic Shoin and the negative Nezumi. Shoin’s mother and childhood friend are both excellent female characters. Well the mum is. I want to punch the friend occasionally. Dogloan is also an excellent character and I wish we could have learned a bit more about her past. (Dogloan is the girl in the bottom picture).

I give this anime a silver, partly because there is something very meh about it. It was enjoyable and interesting to watch. I looked forward to seeing the conclusion but I can’t help but feel there was something missing from the show.

Oh! Just a small warning, lots of Nezumi/Shoin hints throughout the show and the ending would just spoil it.

 
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Persona 4 Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 25/25
Aired: Oct, 2011 to Mar, 2012
Producers: Aniplex, AIC A.S.T.A.,Mainichi Broadcasting, Sentai Filmworks, ASCII Media Works

Persona 4 is a video game adaptation of Atlus’ PlayStation 2 video game, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4.

There is also an alternative version to this anime called Persona 4: The golden animation which I have not watched nor intend to judging by the reviews. Aka they basically just glued in a new female character. Not sure who they thought that was more but if there is nothing new to the story I don’t really care.

That being said, I really did like this anime! The designs were really cool and I liked who they tried to handle lots of different issues within it. Its almost half detective, half school life as the gang go about their daily lives while trying to solve the mystery of the town. I was sad at the ending. Yuu going back to the big city was a given but it was still sad to see him leave after everything they went though. Yuu is such a sassy guy and its brilliant. The way he has no qualms with doing silly things, like say filling for a girl in a mock mixer interview. Kanji is a close second favourite. He’s such a dork! His character is brilliant, especially considering his appearance. Kanji and Naoto are definitely my favourite pairing for this series, They are adorable together.

The mystery side to the story was excellently done in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, these guys are no Sherlock Holmes but they do there best to figure out who is killing these people. Honestly I had no idea all the way though.

What this anime does fail in is the action side of things. Sure when people are learning to accept their true self, the fights were pretty cool. However afterwards the few we have just get boring. I realise in the game you would fight/complete levels in order to unlock cards, but Yuu just sort of has them without any real clues as to how. Ignoring the opening scenes of ‘You’re having fun with your friends then’. Its a little abrupt and not that interesting really. I’m sure, considering what a good job they made of this anime, they could have though of something a bit better but we have what we have. The other note being there aren’t actually that many. In fact many of the episodes have an almost filler feel to them. All related to the plot and very good as a school life anime but not really what you would expect from a fighter game adaptation.

Finally, this anime was Gold. It was a entertaining and well made. I only wish the fight scenes had been a little better.

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