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Patalliro Saiyuki Review

3887Watched 11/2016

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Aired: Jun 2005 to Nov 2005
Producers: Magic Bus
Studios:Magic Bus

Patalliro Saiyuki is a spin-off of a manga by Mineo Maya.

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This is basically one of the many manga retellings of the traditional Chinese story Journey to the West. With more comedy and a dose of shounen ai for good measure. Not that I mind that at all. The story is basically about a monk travelling to obtain Buddhist sacred texts in order to learn more of Buddha’s teaching. Along the way, he faces man trails and demons and ends up with a demon bodyguard who is a monkey. The monk is too divine and the bodyguard is too demon and during this journey they learn to respect each other.

In this version as well as a monkey demon we have a cat demon who seduces the monk and normal crowd which appears in this tale. The episodes are only 10 mins long as well.

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This anime was actually really fun. It wasn’t brilliant but it was certainly fun to watch and a lot easier to watch than some anime’s I’ve been watching recently. The plot was well done and very funny while mostly keeping to the originals plot ideas.

The animation could be better. It not actually bad but the manga was started in 1978 and so the character designs are extremely old. This gives the show a dated look which makes it worse than it actually is. The music is pretty good but there are little to no effects. It’s clearly animated in a traditional style too. Not an anime to watch for art style for sure.

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One thing I quite enjoyed about the story was the narrator. He was an amusing addition to the story to explain the things that weren’t necessarily obvious or known in the story.

Beautiful or not I do think this anime is worth a look at and for that I give it a silver.

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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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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