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Aria the Animation Review

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Watched 2008 roughly
Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13
Aired: Oct, 2005 to Dec, 2005

Producers: Hal Film Maker, Right Stuf

Aira is a manga adaptation written by Kozue Amano

A tale of set in Venice on Mars. Literally. We are in the 24th century and humankind as terro-formed Mars into a water planet now known as Aqua. Neo Venezia is a faithful reproduction of the Vencie on Earth and we follow young Aria as she and her rivals are novice Undines. Aka a gondola rower. Undine in the offical term. Aria quite simply is a tale of friendship and growing up as the girl learn life lessons and the miracles which can happen.

Aria is a gorgeous anime. The colouring perfect for the mood of the anime. Full of 22506lsparkles and blues. Considerably bluer than what Venice’s canals actually are but this is anime and a different planet. I have been to Venice, and I have been a gondola ride. It is a very strange thing to do after this anime, especially when you get told a story which this anime has main reference too. The writer did her research into the stories of Venice and the little things that make the city special. Venice is beautiful, if you get the chance to go, go.

Our main character, Akari herself is you typical shoujo goddess who makes friend as easy as breathing. Akari is labelled as mysterious by her closest friends due to her warm manner and lack back nature. She does her best to enchant the trip for her patrons and help solve the problems she finds.

This is a beautiful anime which is easy to fall in love with and I give it a silver.

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Mirai Nikki Review

Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)34635l

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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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

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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Isshuukan Friends Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV

Complete Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Apr, 2014 to Jun, 2014
Producers: Brains Base, NAS, Pony Canyon, DAX Production, Sentai Filmworks, TOHO animation
Isshuukan friends is a manga adaptation and is originally written by Matcha Hazuki.

 

This anime is what happens when you combine 50 first dates and Japanese romance concepts. The Japanese, as least currently, view your first love as the most special. You can see this in how many of their romances are set in high school. It is part due to that idea that love at during high school time is the most special. In many ways Isshuukan friends only increases this assumption. It is sweet, and touching. Despite it being technically shounen.

Kaori Fujimiya is a seeming cold but beautiful girl in Yuuki Hase’s class. One day he works up the courage to ask her if she will be his friend. Except he is rejected. The next week he tries again only for her to blank him. Eventually he learns that she is always alone because all of her happy memories, including time spent with her friends, disappear every Monday. Meaning she can never make friends. Still wanting to be friends with her anyway, Yuuki Hase tries to get close to Kaori over the course of every week. Hoping one day she will remember him, all the while falling in love with her.

Yuuki is such a babe. He’s nervous and sweet. He also gets jealous and does some pretty silly things. Yuuki and Kaori don’t talk during class so people don’t know they are friends. But when he can’t met up with her, he stands up and shouts sorry much to the amusement of his classmates who have no idea what he is talking about. He is so determined to be her friend that when she loses her diary, he refuses to go to school and spend the days searching for it. Kaori’s a sweet character too. What caused her amnesia is really sad! But she is such a nice person who just wants friends again.

This anime is gold to me. I recommend it highly. Its very rare to find a love story as innocent as this one is. Both of them get so flustered and embrassed, its adorable! There are some real gems in his anime. Though it still take me a while to warm up to Saki.

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Juuni Kokuki Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 3/45
Aired: Apr, 2002 to Aug, 2003
Producers: Studio Pierrot, Sogo Vision, Media Blasters, TOKYOPOP

Juuni Kokuki is a light novel adaptation written by Fuyumi Ono.

Now. This looked like it had potential. Even looking at screenshots, I am wondering whether to give it another shot. We start of in a city where we met  Youko, who is seemingly a normal Japanese high school student. As a note her school still has segregated classes for boys and girls so I’m guessing it set early 90s. Youko gets attacked at school and saved by a strange man who insists she is someone important. Eventually she gets taken/kidnapped from the school and taken to a new world with her friends Yuka and  Ikuya.

Why didn’t I enjoy this? Its got magic, swords and demons. Youko looks like she is a brave person. Except the first few episode is just her going ‘no I don’t want to kill the monster trying to kill me’. Youko is not very strong and causes herself more problems than not. Maybe she grows into the character but she just irritates me. The first few times I’m like ‘fine your scared’ but you would think she would catch on to the whole ‘you are trying to survive’. She doesn’t fight. She just had to keep her eyes open and the spirit in her will fight for her but she closes her eyes!

So stone. Maybe I will go back to it. But unlikely.

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Alien 9 Review

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Watched 2008 roughly
Type: OVA
Completed Episodes: 4/4
Aired: Jun, 2001 to Feb, 2002
Producers: J.C.Staff, Genco, MediaNet,Central Park Media, Nippon Columbia
Alien 9 is one a show not many people would have heard off which is a same because it is a good concept and one which would be interesting as a longer programme.
It is set in a world where alien invasion is a daily occurrence and every school assigns three students to fight off the extra-terrestrial threat within the school. This duty is chosen like all the others, by volunteer or nomination.6222lUnluckily for Yuri, she get chosen by her class to fight the alien invaders and she is terrified of them. Along with serious Kumi and perfectionist Kasumi they fight of the aliens using parasitic aliens which stay on their heads. However that the parasitics really that safe? And what happens when a giant alien abducts Kasumi.

This show is a strange but thrilling experience. Where you literally watch Yuri grow and learn how to cope in the situation she has been unwilling put it. To me its silver, and a urge anyone with some spare time to give it a go.

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Saki Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Episodes: 3/25
Aired: Apr, 2009 to Sep, 2009

Producers: Gonzo, TV Tokyo, Square Enix, Sotsu Agency, Lantis, Pony Canyon

Saki is a manga adaptation originally written Ritz Kobayashi.

I read the manga and really enjoyed it. I was looking forward to the anime. However I really struggled with it. The story is good. Saki Miyanaga is a inverted girl who is very good at Mahjong due to having to play it with her family every year. Her gift is that she can always get 0 on a game. One people learn this, she is dragged into the school club to learn how to use her skill to actually beat other players and win the tournament. Not to mention fulfil her dream of being able to defeat her sister in a game of Mahjong without being punished for it. Along with a cast of mostly girls and a lot of implied Yuri.

Here is the problem for me. I’m fine with Yuri. I’m fine with Yaoi. However these girls look like they are still in junior school to me. The whole thing just sets of paedophilia bells in my mind almost as bad as Kuroshitsuji 2. My main issue is with the pink haired girl Nodoka Haramura. Her boobs are giant. She’s 15/16 but to me the style of the comic makes her look more like 12/13. Now in a manga big boobs are fine, just part of the scenery. In the animation because of how they animate them, its genuinely a little disturbing for me and I just could not watch it any longer. Especially when during a rain scene her top goes see though and well. No.

Saki is a really good story about a group of girls who want to win a mah-jong tournament but to me is ruined by someone’s insane idea to give a 15 year old K cup size boobs and make the other girls grope them. Its basically soft porn at times and its not appreciated by me. Not at all. Stone

Ookami to Koushinryou Review

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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

Fairy Tail Reviews

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Watched 2010 roughly

Type: TV
Watched Episodes: 52/175
Aired: Oct, 2009 to Mar, 2013
Producers: TV Tokyo, Satelight,Dentsu, A-1 Pictures, FUNimation Entertainment, Pony Canyon,Kodansha, DAX Production, Sakura Create

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy,Fantasy, Magic, Shounen

Fairy Tail was a manga adaptation written by Hiro Mashima.

TFairy_Tail_Intro_&_Outro_Themes_Vol.2_Regularhis anime started good. Honestly in my opinion, what it suffers from it that the manga itself starts with a good story which that filters into a weak one. If the base manga is weak, the anime isn’t much better. The first season is good. But when I tried to get into the next one, I struggled to have any interest.

There are ecchi moments but nothing too scandalous. I do enjoy Hiro Mashima’s work and the ideas in this was are good. Lucy is a 17 year old who wants to join the famous mage guild Fairy Tail. Lucy is a ‘key’ user. The keys let her form contracts with spirits to use in battle. Including someone very familiar for people who know Hiro Mashima’s work. Though as he reuses a lot of character models that’s not hard.  Lucy is a fine character. She’s not amazing, she not over powered and she normally needs some help. But she’s not whiny. Or at least at the start she isn’t.

Natsu is the high mage who is a fun character. He’s social and like to laugh. He also gets travel sickness and is a dragon. Notably Natsu is one of the stronger characters. He and Lucy strike up an friendly bond and they are sweet together.

I don’t think I can give this a rating. Season 1 was a silver. I can’t say I would have recommended it to many people. I’m almost impressed by how long this anime ended up.  Maybe one day I will give it another chance. But for now I can live without it.

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