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Ninin ga Shinobuden Review

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Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jul, 2004 to Sep, 2004
Producers: ufotable, Right Stuf, NYAV Post, Toshiba Entertainment, Happinet Pictures

Ninin ga shinobuden is a manga adaptaion orginally written by  Ryoichi Koga.

A loud, brash and outright outrageous anime. I’ll give it a gold. Its animation style is bright, bold and also cartoon like. Full of gags and excellently done. And the story! Its not big, its a simple premise but ones which works excellently for the 12 episode series.Plus its got a perverted no humanoid as its mascot.

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So what is the plot of this anime. Its basically about the normal girl, who accidently becomes friends with a female ninja in training and the antics that brings. Notably that Shinobu lives with basically a frat house full of ninjas, perverted and stupid antics included, and the master of this place is a perverted magic yellow ball. The ninjas themselves serve as both comedy relieve and plot devices. Often appearing when least wanted. While though out the anime they all look the same there are a couple of names which get repeated. There main thing is they are basically a bunch of hyped up young men who aren’t the smartest in the world, but follow the word of their master.

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What to say about the  yellow ball which is Onsokumou? He’s an perverted idoit. He’s appearance is never really explained though at the beginning of the anime they try to exclaim he is a hawk. He claims to be the master of ninjas but it doesn’t really show any skills to back it up. He is in love with himself and also with Shinobu. And any other pretty girl. He’s a jerk, a liar and causes many of the problems. And is hilarious. It spends much of the anime getting beat up for his actions.

In summary. Good anime, very funny and keeps your attention. Silver 🙂

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Shoujo Kakumei Utena Review

Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena)  300full 

Watched 2010 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 39/39
Aired: Apr, 1997 to Dec, 1997
Producers: J.C.Staff, TV Tokyo, Right Stuf, Central Park Media
Shoujo Kakumei Utena is a manga adaptation originally by a Chiho Saito.

Shoujo Kakumei Utena is a likely one of the earliest examples of a fandom Yuri pairing which was almost canon because of how often it was hinted at.

Shoujo Kakumei Utena was an very unique anime. Even now with its dated animation techniques, Utena is a beautiful work of art. Everything about it unique and different. The colours are bright and the backgrounds well designed. Plus this anime is not all about looks either. It contained some pretty deep theme. Including many topics which are seeming now taboo in anime outside of their genres.

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Notably gender. While never specially said, it could be argued that our leading lady is gender-fluid. Taking the ‘male role’ of the series and having a relationship with the ‘female’ lead. Unlike say Akuma no Riddle where the ‘male’ lead as short hair and very tomboyish vibe, Utena still retains her long pink hair and their are times where she is undeniably female.

So what has lead Utena to play the male role? Utena was once a young girl (princess) who was saved by a handsome prince. The prince that save her, gave her a ring in promises that he may one day return. An engagement ring perhaps? Most girls would eagerly await the return of their prince. Utena on the other hand was so taken by the prince, she wished to become a prince herself.

We met the adult Utena as she is arguing with his second about the school rules towards uniform. To be exact, there is no rule saying a girl can not wear the boys uniform. And so she wears it proudly. Excellent at sports too, all the girls love her and call her the prince of the school.

[large][AnimePaper]scans_Shoujo-Kakumei-Utena_nat(0_78)__THISRES__251775One day Utena protects girl from being bullied and somehow ends up in a duel over the right to control the girl. She has stumbled into a game where the player, all with some very serious issues and problems, duel over the hand of the Rose Bride. The duelest fight with swords drawn from their own hearts, or in the case of the current owner, the Rose Bride’s heart. To do this, and to show you are participating in the game, the player wear rose rings. Remember that ring the Prince gave Utena? That is one of the rings. The winner of the game will have the power to revolutionize the world. A phrase repeated often in the anime but even by the end the full understanding of the term is vague at best. Certainly the Rose Bride’s power can cause a drastic change.

The Rose bride herself is Anthy Himemiya. A girl who has very much a ‘doormat’ nature. She almost never stand up for herself. Her entire purpose in life and this anime is to be a pawn. Once Utena wins the rights to her, Utena protects her from people who would otherwise abuse or insult her. Those people use abuse her partly because they don’t think she as the ability to care about how people are treating her? Messed up but considering how obedient she is to other people and how she lets people treat her as a servant, especially her current Victor, whose every wishes she must cater to according to herself, its not surprising people have given up on treating her like human. A problem Utena tries to fix, and indeed Anthy is considerably warmer to Utena than other people due to this.

As previously stated there are some pretty dark and deep themes in this anime. Utena fights against a lot of prejudice and just plain wrong ideology in order to free Anthy from her curse.  His animes unusual because it takes a typical shoujo trait and encourages girls to think for themselves and become who they want to be, not what is expected of them.

So this platinum for me as I’ve never watched another anime just quite like it.

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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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Gakuen Alice Review

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Watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct, 2004 to May, 2005
Producers: Aniplex, Group TAC, Sogo Vision, Right Stuf
Gakuen Alice was a manga adaptation originally written by Tachibana Higuchi.

This is a fairly dark anime, considering it looks like its for children. The manga itself is darker but the anime still deals with several of the themes. It also carries on with a them that ‘Alice’ means magic. This is a fairly common them throughout magic shows, which I don’t quite understand but that’s fine.

This is a show about primary school children. In this world, people are sometimes blessed with powers. These powers are called Alices and fall into different categories. Due to the danger of being kidnapped by extremist groups, any child with an Alice gets take from their parents and sent to the Alice Academy to learn and grow up safety. Just you know, without ever being able to see their family again or talk to them or sent the letters or any form of contact. Seriously. This school is protected by several layers of wtf? Children can be brought to the Academy from being babies, the concept it very dark. It also means a lot of the students and teachers have social problems as a result and most are just nasty people.

Oh yes, another thing. The children do there best to earn points in order to win the ‘best student’ award which as the grand prize of being allowed a week’s holiday with their family. It is the biggest prize in the school and everyone is aiming for it.
So its a dark place. And in this dark place is a light. The energetic Mikan. Mikan who is hopeless attached to her best friend Hotaru. Hotaru is a fairly strange girl but tends to bully her friends and calls Mikan a pig but she does really care about her friend. If not slightly exasperated by how much Mikan is attached her her. Hotatu has the Alice of invention. She can create anything. Que being sent to the Alice Academy. Upset by losing her best friend, Mikan follows her to the school and breaks in. The girl doesn’t even bother to tell her grandpa. Just runs off.

Turns out Mikan does have some Alive ability. And so the plot unfolds. We watch as Mikan survives the Alice Academy and learn more about this place she willing put herself into. Plus she ends up with two boys trying to get her affections. Its a good anime and has some very sweet moments. Some of the adventures they end up on are just plain hilarious. But underneath the school something much darker exists.

I’ll give Gakuen Alice a Silver, seeing as I remember watching it and more to the point, enjoying it.

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