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Girl Friend Beta Review

 

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Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 1/12
Aired: Oct 2014 to Dec 2014
Producers: TV Tokyo, VAP, Age Global Networks
Studios: Silver Link.

Girlfriend Beta is a video game adaptation.

Stone and dropped after one episode.

Where to start with anime. Normally I like to give anime at least 3 episodes before judging but this thing was not going to be something I endured. The animation was bad, the characters were basically all the same. They tried to introduction way too many characters at once and the voice acting was appalling. Half of the girls all sounded the same. To go with looking the same I guess. Just different colours and hair styles effectively. Even if the game is such I feel the studio could have made an effort to make the girls more distinctive.

There was at least a plot to this episode but the whole thing was so lacklustre and badly put together I can’t see any chance of a decent anime coming out of this.

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Bonjour♪Koiaji Pâtisserie Review

Watched 10/201666059

Type: TV
Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Oct 2014 to Mar 2015
Producers: VAP, Nippon Television Network Corporation
Studios: Silver Link

Bonjour♪Koiaji Pâtisserie is a video game adaption. A mobile game for girls that (according to wiki) is still in development. Which is strange, because it normally is the opposite way round.

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This anime was easy to watch and in many ways in very good for a reverse harem programme. It has beautiful shoujo characters, all of which are bases we have seen a billion times before. This anime does not get any points for originality with the art design but it is animated well.

bonjour-2The characters personalities are a touch bland but they aren’t unrealistic like some are. Their back stories are a little more outlandish but given what it’s an adaptation of it’s no surprise. The lead girl is amusing and while she is clearly falling for all the boys she does have a personality which is nice. When studios make otome game adaptations (or any adaptation where the MC is someone that would have been the playable character) there is a danger that the character ends up either too unbelievable or without any personality at all.

The plot line itself is pretty standard. Some people commented it was a rip off of ‘Yumeiro Patissiere’ but I can’t judge as I have not watched that anime. I can say it was similar to Uta no Prince-sama. The MCs even look similar to me and both are in a situation where love is forbidden. In this case, because 3/4 of the male love interests are teachers. Oh, and the ending were basically sparkles galore and considerably deeper than it should have been.

I give this anime a bronze. It would have been higher if only they had put some more care into it. Each of the 24 episodes were 5 mins long and it were the skits were entertaining,there were few clues about the timeframe everything was going on it. I think they could have made this a decent 13 full-length episodes with the right people behind it, but oh well. A chance lost, unfortunately.

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Aldnoah Zero Review

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Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Jul 6, 2014 to March 2015
A Manga adaptation, written by Pinakes

Aldnoah Zero is not a bad anime. But it suffers from some fatal flaws. The anime has a dramatic and sober air to it. With a plot that had potential to be something great but then something happened and I’m not sure what. It dropped. The action became generic. More generic than normal for an anime which involves one boy being able to defeat aliens no one else can. The plot as well went from very interesting, to a tale which we have all seen before in one shape or another.

The art was bland. Nothing special, the same crisp lines we have been seeing for a while. I was actually expecting it to be by the same director/designer of Owari no Serph but it is not so. There are occasional when I feel you could have copy and pasted the characters into each others stories and it would have had little effect.

Characters, like the art are your standard breed. Like someone just looked up what characters do you need in an Mecha anime. The Princess is bathed in a white dress, blonde with a heart as big as her green eyes. She loves everyone she meets but there are forces working against her. Spends much of the anime in cryogenics.Aldnoah Zero 1

Her lady in waiting is a young girl who is naive and scared of everything. With the other girls, despite being soldiers they remain high school girls pretty much. Unable to do much, Even the main guys sister who was in the army from the beginning wails pathetically when things aren’t going right. No character growth at all. Ignoring one girl who is a plot point, but even her growth is your standard *yawn* seen it a million times.

The story is spilt between the two sides. Earth and Mars. Mars is a monarchy and as such is all proper and prim. No feeling and lot of multiplication and backstabbing. We watch as earth born Slaine finds to find his place in the Mars army to help his beloved princess. Facing discrimination along the way for being terran born. Slaine rarely showing emotion other than towards his princess and is very resourceful.

On the Earth side we watch Inaho, an emotionless boy who has fallen for the princess, fight to protect his friends and survive. All stoic and endlessly brooding. Knowing things that no one seems to understand. Either the characters nor the audience. I assure to give him some kind of mythical untouchable air. It makes a change from the cheeky rascal we are usually given except, with Slaine personally being so similar…

I only have one question for this anime. What happened to the originality we saw in the first season? This turned into another carbon copy which I would not recommend to anyone. So Bronze

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? Review

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Completed 2015

Type: TV
Comepleted Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2014 to Sep, 2014
Producers: Genco, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha is a light novel adaptation written by Takehaya and illustrated by Poco.

I think I’ll give this a bronze. It’s not brilliant but I did enjoy watching this. But I think its weak points over ride that. It suffered from a lot lack luster plot points and a couple uncompleted ones. The red superhero team for example, just what happened to them? I spent that either episode going ‘um, what happened to those guys?’. They show up and then nothing is said again about them. Plus it started the ‘fanservice’ episodes way too fast for my opinion. But i guess it is a harem anime, so that’s fine in the grand working of things. Still somehow I don’t see myself remembering much about this anime in a few years.

1280x720-bNg It was refreshing to watch a harem which was actually quite enjoyable and didn’t have characters flashing there boobs every moment of the day. Which was even more relaxing considering most of the characters had a loli look about them. The main character wasn’t a pervert either. Occasionally a little dumb, but Satomi was a nice enough lead. He had a bit more personalty to him than a lot of main characters. He was still your pretty much typical guy but he wasn’t a complete carbon copy. The reason he has 7 girls of various character types around him was actually fairly unusual for once. Not your normal everyone falls in love with a guy anime.

The 7 girls are a little overwhelming though. For both the viewer and the male lead. They all have reasons for wanting the room he lives in. It seems to be a special place in space and time where energy gathers. One girl wants to protect, two what to use it to make weapons to invade, one is a ghost and its her home. Everyone has reasons for being there but before they can cause too much damage, the land lady steps in and makes them agree to do it without force. And so the team end up mostly living together in a small room, playing cards to decide who has the right to win the land. Sufficient to say, this get boring for them pretty early on. Actually winning the room almost becomes an almost forgotten plot point after the first few episodes. The girls settling down to reside in the room together refusing to give up. Yuriko literally living in the closet.

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Of the girls, I like Kiriha the best. A girl who id descented from the earth people who have lived underground for many years and what to invade the surface so they can life there again. She is the most mature of the bunch (In both personalty and bust size) and her story line is my favourite. Partly because its well thought out and I like her how strong she is. Unlike the magical girl who is a whiner. Yurika is nice enough but she does get on my nerves. The ghost is tolerable though has her moments, same with Tulip. Ruth is fine but doesn’t really play much of a main part.

I approve of Satomi’s main interest, his sempai, the lovely Harumi. She is sweet and does like him back. She is also described as being a ‘Yamato nadeshiko’. A new term I have just learned which basically means the personification of the ideal Japanese woman. I’m sure if you are reading this, you know the type, Japanese anime is full of them. Back to their relationship, something which is important in this anime, the guy isn’t in love with the lot of them, but instead is good friends with them all. Though a few have crushes on him. Satomi is hinted to like Harumi the most. They just don’t really know how to go out. Mostly because any adventure inadvertently ends up involving the rest of the cast as well. Amusingly.

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All in all, this is a entertaining take on the Harem genre with no ecchi for once! But it tries to combine too many tropes and plot ideas at once, watering down the entertainment value. Complete with mostly underdeveloped characters and uncompleted plots, I give this a bronze.

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

Tokyo Ghoul Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2014 to Sep, 2014

Producers: Studio Pierrot, FUNimation Entertainment

Tokyo Ghoul is a manga adaptation originally written by Sui Ishida.

Let me start by stating I don’t really like gore as a whole. I don’t like films like saw etc. I watched this mostly because my roommate loved it and cosplayed someone from it. That being said, Tokyo Ghoul is a anime which falls under amazing first reason and crap second. The first season is amazing. Its blood and to the point. It follows the manga as well and isn’t afraid to be disturbing and scary. This anime is not for the light hearted, nor for children. There is torture, blood and cannibals. Literally. In this world there are monsters who look like humans but can only survive by eating human flesh. They look human and most blend into human society, however on top of eating humans, they are also super strong and have powers which they fight with. There is an organisation which has been set up to destroy all the ghouls as well.

Our leading man is a high school stuTokyoGhouldent about to turn university called Ken Kaneki. Kaneki is a normal human who loves literature and is in love with someone he see in a local coffee shop. Rise. Kaneki is an thoughtful and kind soul who lost his parents early on and is close to his best friend. Rise agrees to go on a date with him. The two of them having a nice time, except it turns out Rise is a Ghoul and tries to kill Kaneki. She fails because in a weird stroke of ‘luck/fate’ some construction beams fall on them. In the operating room, they decide they can’t save Rise but they can save Kaneki and put Rise’s organs in him. Inadvertently turning into a half ghoul, half human hybird. We watch as Kaneki learns how to deal with his new nature and the ew world he has been thrown into. Including making allies as he goes, and of course enemies.

There is not anything I can think of for this anime which I can say is bad. The amount of gore can be a little off putting but it suits the darkness of the story. The plot is interesting with enough light bits to remind you that surviving in this world is worth it. That being said, for every bit of happiness there is a lot of sadness. The ghoul who are sane go though a lot to stay hidden. Facing being hunted down by the police and also from other ghouls who are trying to overtake the weak humans. Not to mention Kaneki’s sanity slowly fade. The last episode of the season is just like ‘oh no’ as things finally snap.

Season 1 was amazing. Full of plot twists and characters you could feeling fall in love with. And then, they got over confidant. I will accepted the manga hadn’t finished but considering it is now, I feel like season 2 would have been much better received/enjoyed if they had pushed season 2 back a season and actually followed the manga instead of changing the story in such small ways that it left people unsatisfied. The first mistake was Kaneki not half killing Ayato. Everyone was waiting for that scene to happen. And it didn’t. Everything after that was just layer after layer of the same plot but minor details changed. Minor details which were important and took a lot away from the enjoyment factor. Especially when you have to listen someone who is a manga fan rant about the inconsistency.

So I guess I give Tokyo Ghoul silver. I would like to give it gold but season 1 isn’t long enough to leave you feeling satisfied and season 2 is no where near the quality of season 1. Such a shame for an anime which had real potential to be amazing but was rushed and ruined.
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Akuma No Riddle Review

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Watched 2015
Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Apr, 2014 to Jun, 2014

Producers: Diomedea, FUNimation Entertainment, Mainichi Broadcasting,Pony Canyon, DAX Production

Akuma no Riddle is a manga adaptation written by Yun Kōga and drawn by Sunao Minakata

This anime was not bad per-say, I just didn’t really enjoy it. Akuma no Riddle is an anime which is a battle royale type anime. One more in a long line of similar animes which have been popular over the last few years. This one which the twist of having Yuri elements. Oh and no one actually dies in this one. So what is the situation this time?

Met our leading lady, Haru Ichinose. (The girl to the right in the picture below) Haru is a cheerful bubbly girl who is covered in scars. She is also the target. Haru has spent her entire life being targeted by assassins, which has led to the death of her mum, dad and two brothers. Why? Why has she been targeted all her life? We are not told at first, as the anime unravels we slowly learn the truth behind why people are trying to kill her so much. Her wish is to survive the class and be able to live a normal life. Haru starts high school and is placed in the ‘Black’ class. A class which is made up of thirteen assassins and one Haru. All thirteen assassins are trying to kill Haru in order to gain one wish. All of them have their own motivation for joining the class, and their own styles of killing. Except one of the assassins has a change of heart.news_FD9n1W2iuOesXvT

Enter Tokaku Akuma. (The girl in the middle) Tokaku is from a legendary class of assassins and is highly trained. Except she has never actually killed anyone more. Entranced by Haru’s cheerfulness, and determination to survive Tokaku decided to try to protect Haru from the rest of their classmates. The result? A fairly standard, school scenary followed by assassination attempt and recuse format anime. The majority of the episodes are guessable and to be honest I only finished this anime because I had nothing else to do. Otherwise I would have quit. I didn’t care about the yuri themes, nor the lame fight scenes. Its just that, despite most having fairly dark and decent background stories, most of the characters were simply quite bland to me.

The only one who develops over more than one episode is Tokaku. TO be fair that is partly because after they have failed, they get kicked out the class. Which sort of puts a downer on the idea of character development. Which is a shame because it meant of the vast majority of the characters we met, we learn there life story and see their assassination attempt in one short episode and don’t see them again until the epilogue. It.It just seems lazy to me. I get the anime is supposed to be Haru x Tokaku centric, but even their interactions are fairly standard and uninteresting until the last few episodes when the truth about the Black class and Haru is revealed.

Its fine. Its nothing special and I personally didn’t enjoy it all that much. The ending was particular bad as well. It just didn’t make sense and the reason was so wishy washy it was terrible. The last few episodes were mildly more interesting and I was hoping for a good ending. Its a sweet happy ending, but make no real sense. So bronze.

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Soul Eater Not! Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Episodes: 3/12
Aired: Apr, 2014 to Jul, 2014
Producers: Bones, TV Tokyo, Dentsu, Square Enix, FUNimation Entertainment

This anime possibly could have been good. Had it not been trying to be some kind of spin off from Soul Eater. Soul Eater was amazing. From its opening and artwork to its story. Whoever made this needs to be fired from anime. If you are going to but a name of the original anime in the spin off title, at least try to make it as good as the original! Don’t change the artstyle, the world and make all the characters pathetic creatures who pale in comparison to the original characters.

Soul Eater Not! is most definitely not Soul Eater, it is no way near soul eater in quality or dynamic. Just another set of nameless girls who fail to be anything than their character assignment. With some cheap yuri scenes thrown in. An anime which likely would not have gotten any real attention if it did not someone with big boobs and shared a name with a actually good anime. Its weak and bland.

The concept could have been brilliant. What they gave us though was beyond terrible. This was possibly the biggest disappointment I have ever felt towards an anime.

Love Stage! Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 10/10
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul, 2014 to Sep, 2014
Producers: J.C.Staff, Sentai Filmworks
Love Stage is a manga adaptation written by Eiki Eiki.

I enjoyed this anime. As yaoi’s go, the quality is not brilliant due to the few which are actually made into programs. Love Stage was an enjoyable anime to me. And a fairly faithful adaptation of the manga. Though the story does have some weak flaws.

So plot.  When the handsome and famous Ryoma Ichijo was a child, he did an advertisement with another girl set at a weeking. Ten years later the company make a new advert with the same girl and Ryoma falls head over heels for this beautiful woman. The catch? The girl is not a girl. But a boy, who was forced in as a stand in when the original girl couldn’t make it. Izumi Sena is special in his family because he is not famous and doing everything in his power to remain unknown. Though his family and their agent are doing their best to get him though the door. Izumi is a daydreamer and massive otaku. What does this equal? A fantastic romantic comedy that has the ability to rival any shoujo or shounen any day.

Yaoi is strange in that often I find the stories are funnier because the main characters are better fleshed out. No Japanese women stereotypes. And trust me, there are stereotypes in this anime. Not all the extra characters are brilliantly well fleshed out however the anime makes it work and they give comedy when it is needed. Izumi is adorable, stubborn and embarrassed as hell about the fact he was made to dress up as a girl and then blackmailed into doing it a second time. Izumi just wants to be a manga artist, but his drawing are bad. Ryoma is you typical guy in that, he flips when he discovers Izumi is not a girl. Much to Izumi’s further shame. But Ryoma gets over his male pride and accepts the person he had fallen for has a dick. Though we do have to go though the whole ‘I’m not gay! am I gay?’ thing first.

Warning though for any non Yaoi fans who feel brave enough to watch this, there are a few scenes which are awkward and uncomfortable for people not comfortable with there sexuality. No worse than any eechi I have scene but some people struggle with them, but even if you choose to skip over those parts, this anime is very entertaining to watch.

So Gold. And I hope to see more of this genre to dilute it a bit.

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Donten ni Warau Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Complete Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct, 2014 to Dec, 2014
Producers: VAP, Doga Kobo,FUNimation EntertainmentL, Nippon Television Network Corporation
Donten ni Warau is a manga adaptation written by Karakara-Kemuri.

Laughing under the clouds is set during a time when carrying a blade is illegal. Where science is being born but there is also magic. It is the tale of three brothers fighting against people who want to change how things are. They are close and share a close bond. The three of them work as boatmen, delivering convicts to a inescapable jail which is in the centre of the lake.

The oldest brother is Tenka Kumou. Tenka is a joker, something which can be infuriating to the people around him as he is one of the best fighters. He used to work for the government but eventually quit to take care of his brothers after their parents were killed. The governments officers in the area don’t like him much as a result. Tenka loves his brothers but he is hiding his own secrets. One of which will bring about his death.

Second brother is Soramaru Kumou. Soramaru is the main focus of much of the anime but he isn’t my favourite brother. Soramaru works hard to be considered equal with Tenka, though he does love him. Soramaru has a tough road, dealing with nightmares and more but he is headstrong and steady. Willing to break into the prison to work out what is going on. Willing to beg to get the training he needs in order to fight.

Lastly and not least we have Chuutarou Kumou. A bit of a crybaby and naive but he’s 12 so we have to give him some lack. Tenka has pretty much brought him up and Chuutarou has his own good points. Though he does spend much of the time with an escaped convict so how good Chuutarou’s moral dial is, is a bit debatable.

There is one more member to the family. Shirasu Kinjou. Having been saved by Tenka, Shirasu works as the Kumou’s housekeeper and he very fond of the brothers. However he is hiding a dark past and not one you would first expect.

As the world collapses around these four individuals, we watch as the villain’s plan unfolds and watch as the three brothers rise together to stop it and save them all from hell. But situations are never as simple as they first seem.

This anime is a well told story and is not afraid to take risks. All of the characters are well rounded and their good sides and their bad. Quite literally. There are moments when actions are doubtful, when they make you want to scream with anger. But also cry from despair. The final scene with Shirasu is once such scene. When all you want to do is make him stop. But his actions are the ones which make you remember that humans are not good nor evil. That there is no such thing as black and white. That the world is made up of shades of grey.

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