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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Review

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Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 10/10
Aired: Jun, 2013 to Sep, 2013
Producers: Lantis, Kadokawa Shoten, AT-X, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Silver Link

Prisma Illya is a spin-off series from the Fate/Stay Night verse. A parody on magical girls with Illya staring the main protagonist and the rest of the cast appearing as various roles. Let me stay now, I have never watched any of the Fate series, and it something on my list of animes to watch at some point. So while I did do some background checking, most of what I watched was free of the implicit meanings. The spin-off was created by  Hiroshi Hiroyama, also known as KALMIA.

Parody’s, in general, either hit the mark or fail miserably. This anime is interesting in that it is a parody but stands pretty well on its own as its own story. Yes it is a spin-off, but it is a different timeline, making it easy to take this as it’s own story. References are made to the original series. References I don’t normally get due to my lack of watching the original series but they are there. Illya’s older brother is Shiro from the main series and is adopted the same as for example. Maybe I will rewatch this after watching the original series and see how many references I can spot because I am sure there will be a lot more than I can see. This anime was a gold to me, incredibly entertaining both as a story and as a parody. Unlike Binan which just missed all the marks, this one hit them square on.

fate illya 1This anime has action, has drama, and has some excellent effects. To me, it is an extremely well-made anime and no money was wasted on this anime. The music is stunning and on point. Especially in the battle scenes. The art is beautiful. It is obviously styled from the original but the colouring technique really brings out the magical girl vibe.

Ruby and Sapphire are the names of the magic girl sticks and are elementals trapped within them. They are sassy and don’t like the two bickering women they have been assigned too. So they leave them and form contracts with others. Meaning the two girls have to work together to collect the hero cards. Which is done by defeating the berserk hero spirits in mirror realms.

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Illya starts as being pretty powerless, only to grow into being almost too powerful. Magic is based on the image in the caster’s mind.

“You can fly?”

“Can’t all magical girls?”

“What a useful image to have!”

The problem is that when she is in a tough situation she reacts instinctively and creates an almost devastating power. Which is where the drama comes in. Her counterpart Miyu is excellent in everything she does and always in control. The two vast different character types leaving the two girls in a strange comradeship for much of the series. Friends and yet envious of each other. Which causes some real issues. But in typical magical girl fashion, it gets solved through the power of friendship and there is a happy ending with lots of sparkles and happy feels.

So gold. It’s pretty has great music and a good plot.

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Non Non Biyori Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to Dec 24, 2013
Producers: TV Tokyo, Lantis, Media Factory, Kadokawa Shoten, AT-X, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Silver Link

Non Non Biyori is a manga adaptation written by Atto.

There is a growing problem in Japan, in that with more and more people living in the cities, the schools in rural areas are more and more stretched for resources due to the small number of students attending them. Non Non Biyori is set in one such area. Hotaru transfers to the countryside because of her father’s job. Hotaru who lived in Tokyo and now has to get used to living in the sticks. Her new school has 5 students ranging from 1st grade to 9th grade. Three of them are siblings. The boy rarely saying a word, if any. And the youngest child’s sister is the one teacher *cough cough* babysitter of the children. Which she fails at.

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Non Non Biyori doesn’t really have much going on other than daily life. The problems and joys of living in the middle of nowhere which little to do other than waste the day away. It is quite simply another anime, as charming as it is, which is about girls living. The comedy is light at best, nothing major. It’s fine. Non Non Biyori 1

That’s all I can really say. It’s fine. Which is why it gets a bronze. Chances are, in a year I won’t remember what happened in this anime. It was sweet and charming in its own way I guess.

If you liked this, I’d recommend Barakumon. It has more plot but the same issues of someone moving from a city to the countryside.

WataMote Review

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completed 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2013 to Sep, 2013

Producers: Square Enix, Silver Link,Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Silver Link

WataMote is a manga adaptation written by Nico Tanigawa.

Well i was in the mood for something different and something different was what I got. This anime is a hard one to rate. It is genuinely quite hard to tell whether it is a comedy with some very dark humour, or a study of how social anxiety can isolate and paralyse someone. I’m putting it is as silver because either way, this is a good anime. Just one which has some slightly scary concepts for people to get around. There were a lot of comments about watching it the hope that the main leads life would improve. Waiting for that magical anime moment when someone finally thinks to befriend her. Spoiler, but that never quite happens. Or does it?WataMote-Episode-3-English-Dubbed
Meet our lead. Female. Tomoko Kuroki. In her first year of high school and a massive failure at life. Well, not, she does suffers from some problems which make it very hard for her to communicate with the people around her. She’s shy, awkward and doesn’t really take care of herself which doesn’t really help the situation. She has about very few people in the world who acknowledge her existence. Her mother, who really needs to take this girl aside and give her a talk on how the world works!

My own mother had a few conversations with me around her age about life and the importance of fitting it. But I had friends. She doesn’t. Ignoring her one friend from middle school. Yuu having graduated from sixth grade syndrome and grown up. On her way to becoming a woman. Kuroki on the other hand… not so much. I do wonder if she is based on a actual person or on the authors own experiences. Either way, I feel sorry for them. There is nothing worse than wanting friends but being unable to fit in enough to make them.
watamote5-1The person Kuroko is closest to is quite honestly her brother. She unlike her, has friends and it considerably more normal than his sister. Though both had black bags under their eyes. Skin condition maybe? They are both gamers though. Their relationship is not a warm, loving one. But a fighting siblings one. He puts up with her basically, but they are both mean to each other. I think he does get she is lonely though.

The situations themselves can be funny but this anime more shows how life is for some people. The world can be scary place, so it is that surprising so many people love anime and games where they can be them? It is also refreshing to see the main character as a girl. The stereotype for Hikikomoris and other social problems are males, but girls have just as many problems. If not more with our society insists they behave.

Recommended for people who like Welcome to the NHK and B Gata H Kei

Hataraku Maou-sama! Review

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watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Apr, 2013 to Jun, 2013
Producers: FUNimation Entertainment, Lantis, Pony Canyon, Magic Capsule,White Fox

Hataraku Maou Sama is a light novel adaptation written by Satoshi Wagahara.

I really enjoyed this anime. The art is pretty and the magic well animated. The character designs aren’t that unique or original and pretty much the standard model for a light novel adaptation. Which is a shame, because the story to this anime is really top notch. Sounds clique, is clique, works brilliantly. I definitely recommend this anime. Its hilarious and I love all the characters. All of them, including the minor characters.

We start our story in a magical world where demons are invading. The hero, and half angel, Emilia fights against Satan in order to save the world. Satan and his top general,  end up falling into a magic portal and sent to earth. It becomes clear pretty quickly that magic doesn’t work as well in Tokyo, and the two of them find a place to live and part time jobs before trying to find out more about the world they are in. Satan ends up working at a fictional version of McDonalds (McRonalds) and quickly becomes shift manager as he is very dedicated to his job. Much to the surprise of Emilia,now Yusa, who followed him only to suffer a similar fate of losing her magic and now works at a call centre. Hatagaya Maou San 4This series is fantastic. One of the main issues is that Satan isn’t really very evil. He’s actually quite caring and kind, and often uses the powers in gains from fear to help people or repair the damage done in battles. He’s work working, dedicated and a good friend. Which confuses the hell out of Emilia who has been taught he is evil and will use every excuse to cause pain and suffering. Heck even in their first meeting in the human world (Satan’s demon form is different due to the loss in magic), he gives her an umbrella because of the rain. They strike up a strange friendship, which revolves around her stalking him to make sure he stays good and him being kind to her. And yes they fall in love. But as I stated, this anime is very clique and it works.

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>What I also love about this series is that the big boobed girl, in this case Satan’s work colleague who has a massive crush, isn’t just there for ecchi purposes or fan service. She is an actual part of the story, either as a watcher to the events or as a damsel in distress. But she has a part to play and not the one her character type is normally given. All the characters are well portrayed in this and well developed. We even have Lucifer as a Hikikomori! Yes, i know technically Satan and Lucifer are the same according to Christian lore, but hey, its an anime. You have to take things with a pinch of salt.

Another thing to note is that the ‘church’ in this anime is corrupt and slightly in the grey as to how good or bad it is. There are signs of both as some of the higher ups are very corrupt. It would be interesting for a second season to learn about the world they came from and just how much of Satan’s reputation is the church covering things up. I may invest in the light novels if they have been translated into English. Or maybe in Japanese if I am brave enough.

I give this anime a gold. Maybe a little high for what its worth but personally I really enjoyed this.

Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love 2000% Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr, 2013 to Jun, 2013
Producers: A-1 Pictures, Sentai Filmworks, Showgate

Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love is a video novel game adaptation by Broccoli.

Yes I am aware this is the second season. I may have watched it without watching the first, having gotten it a bit mixed up. But I didn’t really notice, which I think has a lot for how little development happens in this series. To be fair, its an idol/music show so plot and characters aren’t really big on the agenda. Beautiful as the designs are, the characters are very 2D and there is little emotional development. More fantastic songs and sparks.

So many sparkles. The ending is just an explosion of sparkles and happy feels.

The basis story is Nanami Haruka, our lady for this, has dreams of being a famous composer and song writer. Something she is very talented is. Now she and the team have had their first big success, things are going going to get harder. Not only for her, but for the idols she is assigned to as well. The main six members of Starish are assigned new seniors to watch over them. But the seniors aren’t having the best attitudes about it, having their own issues about why they are no longer Idols. Plus a new member joins the group.

So to summarize, a few too many characters for any kind of decent development. Plus the contracts they sign mean they aren’t allowed to fall in love with anyone. Not to say they don’t get protective over their composer. When the new guy, Cecil Aijima shows up declaring his love for Nanami, they all get very pouty.

I have to say, I don’t like Japanese idea that being in a pop idol group means you can’t fall in love. You’re not allowed to have a boyfriend or girlfriend etc. Its wrong in my opinion. So the fact Cecil gives up on the idea of being with Nanami to become an idol is not one which rubbed well with me. Even if it was to inspire love and happiness to millions. To be its more like a slap in the face, regardless of how she takes it. Having some declare his love for you at every opportunity and then drop you is beyond a dick move. They can wrap it ribbons and make it pure hearted all they want.

I give this a silver because gripes aside this was an amusing anime. The ending was a bit much for me, but I don’t think its worth giving it a bronze.

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Kyoukai no Kanata Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct, 2013 to Dec, 2013
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis ,Pony Canyon, TBS, Sentai Filmworks
Kyoukai no Kanata is a light novel adaptation originally written by Nagomu Torii.
Kyoukai no Kanata is your atypical demon and curses story. Except really not. So our leading character is half shade, half human. A teenage boy called  Akihito Kanbara who has a megane fetish (glasses for anyone not used to the term). Akihito is a pervert simply, but hes a loyal friend and seemingly has a lot of good friends around him. Due to his half demon nature, he is also impossible to kill. He is walking home one day from school when he sees a girl about to jump of the roof of the school. In a panic, he runs up the stairs and declares anyone who looks as good as she does in glasses shouldn’t die or else it would be a waste! Her responible. Well Umm.

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So she stabs him with a sword made from her own blood. Turns out Mirai Kuriyama is from a demon hunting family which is cursed with the ability to manpilate their blood. Becuase of this everyone in her family was killed and Mirai lives her life isolared from everyone because of the misfortunes which come over her. Mirai, to be blunt, is a bit of a twit. She’s clusmy, rude and doesn’t think before she speaks. She has no friends, and no money either.  She then spends her days challenging Akihito to battles in order to improve her skills and eventually Akihito manages to befriend her though a method which has never failed! Feeding her.

This anime is full of issues. No one is entirely happy, either cursed, suffering from family issues or just messed up. But still the pull together to life a happy but atypical high school life. All while waiting for a big evil to appear. Despite being short at 12 episodes, they still manage to waste some with fillers, which do dampen the story a bit. Though the Idol episode was amazing.

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Those outfits! And within the plot as well. All in all, I enjoyed this anime. I liked the blossoming romance between Akihito and Mirai. I enjoyed watching as they all slowly grew and worked out their issues and I certainly was not expecting the twist at the end. Akihito feeling towards his friends as well. It was different take, I think, to a commonly used trope. I.e someone’s half demon and theoretically could go berserk but we can’t actually kill them.

The art was very standard but clean. What you would expect from a light novel adaptation really. The magic was very well done, very sparkly and glow-ey.  I can’t say I had any real problems with this anime. Even the ‘Onisan/imoto’ fetish was done at reasonable levels and more of a joke than anything else. Akihito mother was inspiring as well, though the fact she’s the human does lead the question about his father and just how he came to be.

Anyway. I give this a silver. Its entertaining and enjoyable. What more could you want from a 12 episode series?

Gatchaman Crowds Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2013 to Sep, 2013
Producers: VAP, Tatsunoko Productions, DAX Production, Sentai Filmworks, Nippon Television Network Corporation

Gatchman Crowds is a anime based of a previous anime in 1972 Science Ninja Warror Gatchman. The 1972 series was written by Jinzo Toriumi. Gatchman Crowds was written by Toshiya Ono.

I have never watched the original series of Gatchman and as such, I can only actually review this as a series and nothing in relation to the original series. Gatchman Crowds is a fun anime which is focuses on the power of friend and how a community can band together to help each other and others in need out.

The lead in this Hajime_Ichinoseanime is Hajime Ichinose. Hajime is a bit of an air head. She’s very unique and has a love for stationary. She is also an optimist to an almost ridiculous level. Like any true anime female lead, she entrances people and has some fantastic friends. Hajime gets granted the power of NOTE. Along with several other long standing Gatchaman, Hajime fights in a special reinforced suits powered of Note against strange beings trying to destroy the city they live in. In particular they fight against MESS.

Hajime’s team mate, and longer running Gatchaman is Sugane Tachibana. Sugane has a samurai type suit and is a bit of a stuck up prick.  A little harsh, he’s just very diligent towards his duties and believes in justice very strongly. It takes him a while to warm up to the teams latest member. Hajime’s easy going character grating against his own. But slowly she proves her worth and he begins to respect her. After all Hajime has a habit of being of the impossible. Including talk to psychopaths with out making them attack more people. She also get the Gatchaman to change their methods and update them to the new world. Something which everyone is resistant to at first but eventually Hajime’s plan works and they improve because of it.

The rest of the team are fun too. Including a few aliens, and a talking panda to boot! And the villian. The villian is fantastic! Berg Katse basically just loves destruction and knows just how to get it happening. Hes very flamboyant and reminds me of a cross between Grell from Kuroshitsuji and Moral from Hamatora. He is also quite taken back by Hajime, not that it stops him trying to destroy the world but it is fun to watch.

The art style for this anime is really cool to. Lots of unique designs and interesting characters. To anime the suits the anime uses a 3D animation program which blends in well with the rest of the world. Unlike most anime who randomly insert the effect in.  This anime is fun and there is plenty going on in the world to keep an eye on. Its not overly childish, nor is it very adult. To me its gold.

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Diabolik Lovers Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 5/12
Aired: Sep, 2013 to Dec, 2013
Producers: Production I.G, Frontier Works, Idea Factory, Zexcs, Sentai Filmworks, Showgate

Diabolik Lovers was a video game adaptation created by Rejet.

Believe it or not, I am doing his review using a random generator to decide what so the next. How today I have managed to get though all the major reverse harem shows which I distaste, is some kind of weird luck.

This show feels like a slap in the face to any woman!! Its an abomination!

Yui Komori basically gets abused by 6 vampire brothers who what to drain her blood for 13 episodes. Yui is beyond pathetic. She has no self respect nor any back bone. And no reason to be like this! Her step-father, who is a priest, sends this innocent girl to life with vampires. And by innocent. I mean has no idea how to deal with the girl. She is beyond masochist. She just whines and flails without actually doing anything to defend herself. If this is Rejet think woman are, they should stick to the Boy love genre.

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Kimi no Iru Machi Review

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Watched 2015
Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 3/12
Aired: Jul, 2013 to Sep, 2013
Producers: Gonzo, TV Tokyo, ZERO-A

This is a manga adaptation originally written by Kouji Seo.

As a serious note, if you want to watch this anime properly, watch ‘Kimi no Iru Machi: Tasogare Kousaten’ first. The two Ova episodes are set before this anime and give the details of just why this series is happening.

Now, I have not read the manga for this however I have a friend who has. He loves it. He is a a bit of a romance fantastic, he loves them to pieces and Kimi no Iru Machi is something he raves over. Except even he can not understand how they managed to take the manga and ruin it so badly with this anime. They start at about chapter 80 for this anime. That is correct, this anime, which for all intense purposes looks like the start of a series from the name, is actually half way though! Which just leaves confusion. Especially as there is no obvious connection between the end of the Ova and the start of this season.

50685lWorse yet, while the Ova are well done, this one is not. The creators for no particular reason decided to use a later arc instead of giving us the actually story and why the feeling the main boy has for the the girl! So unless you have read the manga, and even then, you are left confused about why this boy is going so far. To be quite honest, he seems like a stalker to me. My friend promptly gave me a long explanation as to why he is doing it, but still. This is one anime I was expecting to like and ended up just not.

So Stone. Read the manga if you really want to know this story. Really what would be much better is if the creators remade it starting from the actually beginning this time like every normal anime!

Amnesia Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 4/12
Aired: Jan, 2013 to Mar, 2013
Producers: Geneon Universal Entertainment, Frontier Works, Brains Base, Movic, AT-X, DAX Production,Sentai Filmworks, Showgate

I wanted to like this. It was pretty. Visually, Amnesia was stunning, which some of the most unique designs I had seen in a while. I would also like to comment at this stage that I watched Amnesia soon after getting back into anime again. This almost made me stop and back out.

The only way I can justify this is that it works better in a game format when you are playing the Heroine instead of watching her. Most of the boys are dicks to her. Also Shin killed sort of killed someone. No he didn’t. There is so much angst in this anime! I imagine that is the reason it is so popular with teenage girls. To me, its honestly just grating.

 

 

The girl is having memory problems and none of them notice. Wait a tick! The girl you love isn’t acting her normal self? None of you notice? She barely specks up for herself. Something which again I assume is to do with the fact this was adapted from a game where you would pick the responses. I hope. Its hard to tell if people actually think girls should act like this or if its just a bad character design they like to use.

The mystery element is the Heroine’s memory. Kind of. There is more to it then that. I actually guessed what was happening and looked it up. The plot for the mystery is not bad at all. But the crappy attempt at romance, and a flimsy led female character just made this almost unbearable to me.

So to me. Stone. Its not even worth a bronze in my eyes. I know people will disagree but this is my opinion. I shall now continue to live my life.

 

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