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Ano Natsu de Matteru Review

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Completed 2015  

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jan, 2012 to Mar, 2012

Producers: J.C.Staff, Geneon Universal Entertainment, Genco, AT-X, Sentai Filmworks, Showgate

Ano Natsu de Matteru is an original anime series written by Yosuke Kuroda, with original character design by Taraku Uon.

In summary, a typical anime about the summer in high school, complete with trip to Okinawa and four triangles. With the twist of one of them is an alien and the fact they are decide to make a film over the summer.

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This anime has a similar feeling to it as Anohana. Except not as good. admittedly though, Anohana is a tough one to beat though in this genre. Ano Natsu de Matteru is a enjoyable if typical drama. The male lead, Kaito is a typical lead with very little personality and his main trait being that he loves of filmmaking. He falls in love with a new student at his school. Ichika, an alien who is searching for a place in her memories and ends up living at his house. As you know, so many animes work. Kaito doesn’t quite live alone but to clear that end up his sister goes on a work trip for the summer to Boliva of all places so its just the two of them. And his friends when they come barging round.

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I’m not going to lie, I spent most of this anime not really liking Ichika. She’s very bland. With even less to say about her than the male lead. Apart from the fact she goes beyond in love with him and almost to obsessive early one. Following him whenever she sees him with other people. Though she doesn’t seem to quite realise it at first. I find her tiresome and I’m not sure how much she actually adds to the story ignoring being an alien. Also I found my self taking Kanna’s side in the fight for Kaito’s heart. Ichiro just appears out of nowhere and steals it without giving Kanna a chance. But I guess that life. If it hadn’t been a alien, it would have been something else I think sadly.

Honestly the amount of time spend on the characters is enough. They are a pretty pathetic lot really. Massive love rectangle between the lot of them, with an added two girls for the okinawa episodes. I quite like the fact none of them end up with who they want though. More realistic that way. The character I wished we had learned more about was Remon/Lemon, though I realise this anime was the wrong genre for that.

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Lemon is a young looking girl who is actually much older than she appears, though her actual age is never specified. She is introduced as Ichika’s classmate who for unknown reasons wears a different uniform to the rest of the school. It quickly becomes apparent she knows far more than she lets on. It is discovered eventually she works for the men in black but its an sideline. She is mostly in charge of filming the events which are going on. She is the most interesting one to me and I wish we had learnt more about her. Like why she was there in the first place? Does she spend every summer at that school or what?

As far as the other aspects of this anime goes, the action is so random and very clique in its reasoning. It does spice up the anime though. Otherwise its just a lot of tears as everyone is in love with someone who is in love with someone else. Part from the main pair. With some summer cheer as they have fun occasionally.

I give this anime a bronze. It was enjoyable but nothing special nor unique and I spent much of it disliking the main characters which always knocks a show down a few pegs.

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Shakugan no Shana Review

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watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Oct, 2005 to Mar, 2006
Producers: J.C.Staff, Geneon Universal Entertainment, FUNimation Entertainment, Toshiba Entertainment,Cosmic Ray, Showgate
Shakugan no Shana is a light novel adaptation written by Yashichiro Takahashi.
An example of the fact that even if an anime manages to get three seasons and a movie, that doesn’t necessarily mean its any good.

Its not that this was a bad anime. But Shakugan no Shana failed to leave much of a lasting impression on me. Its just your standard action story. Normal boy turns out of have potential and girl comes along to use that potential. Girl who is powerful and oh, falls in love with boy. Visually Shakugan no Shana is impressive. The colours are wonderful and the magic is done excellently. Lots of really cool effects and unique designs. Not just character designs but world designs as well.

So what was the problem? This anime had some fairly cool plot ideas that had a lot of potential. Shana is a demon hunter whose job is to fight demon-like beings that consume human lives. Shana is a fiery girl who seems cold on the outside but as the series progress Yuji’s influence on her lets her makes friends and grow as a person.  In order to reduce the damage done by demons, those who die are turned into shadows of their former selves. Once the flame within them that represents their remaining life goes out, they fade from existence. This should have been Yuji’s fate too, but when he discovers he holds a special power that reignites his flame. Together they join forces in her ongoing mission to maintain the balance between the ordinary world and the supernatural. Making friends and enemies along the way.

I just remember liking the series but it didn’t have as effect on me as others have. Shana having the potential to use her powers to the fullest without dying and learning out to live in the ordinary world are all key points of this anime. Shana lived separate from them for so long, she struggles to understand how things work in his world. Plus she’s a tsundere. Which may be a factor against this anime, I’m not really a tsundere fan. Shana is contracted to a being known as Alastor, whos power fuels her blade. Alastor serves as her father figure and is an interesting character in his own right.

Basically. Bronze. Give it a go if you want, but its not something I plan on re-watching or even recommending to people. I guess the best way to describe Shakugan no Shana is dull. An anime which replied too much on special effects and didn’t spent enough time making a decent plot. shakugannoshana

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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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

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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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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Kamigami no Asobi Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Apr, 2014 to Jun, 2014
Producers: Frontier Works, Brains Base, Broccoli, Movic, Sentai FilmworksL, Showgate
Kamigami no Asobi is a Video Game Adaptation.

Kamigami no Asobi is the next in line a recent trend of making animes from dating simulator games. Amnesia and Diabolic Lovers, being two other examples of this particular type. Namely one girl and 6+ hot guys to pick from. The different between this one and Amnesia and Diabolic Lovers is, this one is actually quite good. The girl, Yui, actually has a back bone and is willing to stand up for herself. Which is more than a lot of anime heroines.

The plot is pretty standard. In this case, Yui gets chosen by Zeus to help teach certain gods how to love humans before the world ends. In this line up we get Hades, Dionysus and Apollo(n) from Greek mythology, Balder, Loki and Thor from the Nordics. From the Japanese gods we get Takeru and Tsukito. Oh! Also for their teacher they get Thoth from the Egyptian. Anbis also makes an appearance occasionally as another classmate. Thor and Dionysus aren’t actually love interests but are there more to be fill in characters, still its an interesting mix of mythologies they went for.

The gods are a mix of personalties, normally reflecting their counterparts. Someone did their research before making this show! Loki is playful and mischievous and also destined to kill Balder. Still they are best friends so. Thor is arguably more out of character due to his stoic nature but given Marvel’s take on ‘Thor’ it is an interesting contrast. Not going to lie, the Nordics are normally the ones to bring the lever down to gloom. Which is odd given Hades is the the super emo and angst one. Why? Plot.

Yes, there is plot. Its cute, funny and a little sad.But there. And its not all about romance! Sure there is flirting. Often bad flirting. There are also some fan service scenes. But a lot of the story line is more Yui trying to help the god overcome their own problems, and getting the others to help and make friends. There is a lot of bromance and adorable scenes in this anime. Jealousy as well. But not always for the reason you would first assume.

All in all, this anime is special if only because it is the first of its kind I have actually enjoyed. Most times when I see boys with cool designs, the female character is awful and I don’t want to watch the show. Yui was a well written female led and I hope some other series take a leaf out of this one’s book. Likely not, but one can hope!

Oh! Silver. It’s good. Not out of this world. But good.

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