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Beelzebub Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 60/60
Aired: Jan, 2011 to Mar, 2012

Producers: Studio Pierrot, Dentsu,Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Pierrot Plus

Beelzebub is a manga adaptation written by Ryuuhei Tamura.

If pikachu was a naked demon baby… and Ash was a delinquent… Ok no, this anime isn’t anything like pokemon but Beelzebub does love to electric shock Oga as much as Pikachu does Ash at the beginning. This anime is a brilliant its just a shame it ruined itself by having so many fillers and rushing the ending. Honestly, I have no idea what happened! We had like 10 episodes of just filler material and then poof, a finale in like 3 episodes which could have been spread over those 10 episodes and made considerably better. Why? Did the manga run out? Did the author not tell you the plan? Did you think you would be getting a second season and then discover it wasn’t happening anymore? What happened?

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Beelzebub is the tale of a high school delinquent who though certain events ends up raising the son of the devil in order to destroy humanity. Oga is no normal delinquent though, he is a delinquent at the worst school in Japan! where they are 120% delinquents and also extremely dumb. Due to his evil nature, Beelzebub decides he likes Oga and makes a bond with him. The side effect of the bond being that Oga can never be more than 15 metres away from him without getting an electric shock. Also if Beezlebub cries or gets upsets, he electrifies everyone in a certain radius. The bonus thing being that he can use Beelzebub’s power from time to time to increase his own attacks.

Beelzebub 03Oga is your typical delinquent. Not too bright and uses his fists before his brains. The first half of the series is dedicated to Oga defeating every delinquent in his school in order to find someone stronger than himself. Not to mention having to deal with all the problems which come with raising a demon child with powers who likes to cause chaos. Seriously if Beelzebub gets bored, bad things start happening.Beelzebub 02

Luckily for Oga, help is at hand for all the Beezlebub related problems. Notably from Beezlebubs demon maid, Helda. A fierce demon who has no qualms with beating up Oga or his best friend if they aren’t doing their jobs properly. She is also fiercely devoted to raising Beezlebub in the correct demon manner. Helda is a fantastic character, if not a little dense from time to time. But considering what she has to work with, its not surprising. Oga is frustrating to say the least.

Beelzebub 05This anime possibly by favourite fix for lack of plot ever! So once Oga has defeated everyone in the school and is known as Ishiyama’s strongest, what next? Well Oga in the last fight destroys the school. In order to combat this all the students get divided into groups and have to go to other schools. Oga and his best friends end up at St Ishiyama Academy, an elite school where they are confined to a special class for the Ishiyama students. Which just so happens to have the people they defeated in it. After that the plot is mostly don’t get expelled and to defeat the demons who are trying to kill them so Beezlebub’s brother can destroy humanity first. Lord En is cute but his servants are annoying.

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So I give this anime a silver. Its outstanding and has a lot of laughs in it. The characters are brilliant and this anime doesn’t bother trying to give them deep background stories. They are just delinquents. A little extreme and very crazy delinquents, but delinquents none the less. This animes takes the cliques and runs with them.

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Hikaru no Go Reviews

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Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 75/75
Aired: Oct, 2001 to Mar, 2003
Producers: Studio Pierrot, TV Tokyo,Dentsu, Viz Media, Dream Force
Genres: Comedy, Game, Shounen,Supernatural
Hikaru no Go is a manga adaptation written by Yumi Hotta and drawn by Takeshi Obata.
Gold. An unexpected Jewel. This anime is in many ways like so many of its genre and yet in completely different. Or maybe just has more feeling in it.  Like so many games/sporting animes, Hikaru no Go is about a boy who falls in love with a game and seeks to become the best. Except, that’s not how it starts. Really it starts with a ghost. Sai.
hikaru no go 4Sai is a ghost who is about 1000 years old. While alive he worked as the court go master but for various reasons ended up dying before he could achieve his dream and discovering the ultimate move. Or rather the ultimate game. The hand of god. Sai now haunts a go board and when Hikaru touches it while searching though his granddad’s shed, possesses him.
Sai is a childish man. He loves to be over dramatic and pouts when Hikaru won’t let him play go. He is also very curious about how the world has changed and the people who now play go. But he is also very deep and philosophical. He doesn’t know how much time he has left after all, only knowing it will run out and Hikaru is possibly his last chance to achieve the hand of god. Except, something happens that Sai wasn’t expecting. Hikaru starts to want to play himself.
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A minor problem for both of them as Sai wishes to play, though he is more than happy to teach the young Hikaru to play. As for Hikaru, he is known as a genius and for him to suddenly start losing games is more than his rival can take. And so the story unfolds. More than just Sai achieving his wish but Hikaru growing up and his ascend into the Go playing world. Literally watch Hikaru grow up.
Time passes in this anime and we watch as Hikaru grows from being a elementary student, up until high school. He’s a stubborn brat the whole way though, but we do watch as he develops into a young man and the experiences he has. The friends he makes, the trails he faces, they are all part of the world he has unexpectedly found himself want to know more about.  Hikaru is a likeable character and portrays the emotions of a young boy very well. He gets upset when his friends leave him. He is ecstatic when he wins a game. He wants to win and is determined to do so. Also things can be very serious to him, even if they are not as serious to us. This anime is most definitely worth a watch.
hikaru no goThis is not Hikaru’s story though. This anime is full of interesting characters who sweep you up into the world and keep you paying attention. From his childhood friend Akira to his main rival  Akira Toya. Touya especially. Touya is the son of the current master of Go and has been training his whole life to follow in his father’s footsteps. He is frustrated by his boy who has suddenly appeared in front of him who sometimes plays like a pro and other times like a new player. That doesn’t stop him going to Hikaru’s aide when he gives up Go to give him the kick up the ass he needs. Touya has few friends and I think you can indeed class these two are friends. Disjoined as they are.
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The others around them can not help but watch this younger generation as they seek to topple the current gods. The presence of Sai unsettling them all, either though Hikaru or over the net. Especially the net. Everyone wondering who who Sai is and just what is Hikaru’s connection to him?
This anime is platinum to me. Its bold and daring. The emotions raw and true. Everything from the script to the music is exciting and draws you in with a tight grip. The art is a little dated now but the HD version has been enchanted so it is bright and the lines are clear.
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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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Tokyo Mew Mew Review

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Watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 52/52
Aired: Apr, 2002 to Mar, 2003
Producers: Studio Pierrot, Kodansha,4Kids Entertainment

Tokyo Mew Mew is a manga adaptation written by Reiko Yoshida and drawn by Mia Ikumi.

 

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this yet, but I am from the United Kingdom. Why this is relevant now is for the simple fact of this anime was one of the few which made it to British TV. And I missed it. Along with Cardcaptor Sakura. I need see One piece though. So unlike a lot of British anime fans, I did not watch this until my teens. So my feelings for this anime is a little biased to that face.

Tokyo Mew Mew was you standard Magical Girl Shoujo anime. Nothing more, nothing less. When I looked up how many episodes it had been, I was surprised that is was only 52 episodes. To me I remember it being longer. But that might be due to having an opening scene which became incredibly popular to use in amvs.

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So plot. Our main heroine is Ichigo or Zoey in the English dub. Let me please state, I hate the English dub. Changing her name takes away so many of the gags its unreal! While at zoo on her first date with the most popular guy at school, Ichigo gets zapped by a mysterious ray that mixes her DNA with that of a wildcat. Which allows her and several others to transform into magical girl heroes and fight the forces of darkness. In this case, aliens known as ‘Deep Blue’.

There is nothing particular special about the shows characters. Ichigo is the normal led. Clumsy, stubborn etc. You have your rich standoffish girl,  Mint, your nerdy girl, Lettuce,  your ridiculously energetic and young girl , Purin and your lone wolf type, Zakuro. When they are not at school or fighting aliens, they all work at a maid cafe serving desserts. Which brings along its own problems and comedy moments. One point his anime does have in its favour is that the looks of the girls so actually alter slighter when they transform. Something which always amazed me about shows like Sailor Moon was the fact no one recolonized her despite her looking EXACTLY the same. This anime mostly avoided it that. Although more with Ichigo than the other characters.

Her love interest is your standard interest. Popular and clever. Everyone likes him and there is nothing to fault. Though he is of course hiding his own secrets which led to the girls being able to defend deep blue. If you can’t guess, you obvious haven’t watched enough Magical Girl animes.

While I have written this review with a fairly negative light, it was very enjoyable to watch. Mostly. It kept me entertained enough to finish any how. So Silver. Its bright and colourful. The perfect world and one which is typical for one of this genre. The girls are amusing even if there is little character development beyond the most obvious stuff.

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Sugar Sugar Rune Review

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Watched 2010/2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 51/51
Aired: Jul, 2005 to Jun, 2006
Producers: Studio Pierrot, TV Tokyo
Sugar Sugar Rune is a manga adaptation is originally written by Anno Moyoko
Sugar sugar rune is a magical girl anime which has a twist making it slightly unique to the standard trope. These girls did not miraculasly gain their powers, nor were they granted or discovered. They have always had their powers, though they are still learning how to use them. Who are they? They are witches. Chocolat and Vanilla. Two best friends competing to become the next queen.

This anime has your standard shoujo characters. You have Chocolat, your loud and energetic type who tries her hardness but often fails to get the results she wants. She lovable but stubborn. Determined to win but often having a fool of herself in the process due to her temper scaring everyone. But her heart’s in the right place. Then we have her best friend and daughter of the current Queen, Vanilla. Vanilla is the quiet type who is good at everything she does. She clever, cute and shy. She collects hearts considerably easier than Chocolat but is conflicted as to who she wants to win. She also misses her mum a lot as her mum can only treat her as a candidate and not her daughter.

The main plot of the story is the two girls competing to become queen. How do they do this? Simple. When someone falls in love, their heart turns into a rune of varying quality depending on how deep they fell. The girls collect these hearts from people in the human world which are used to fuel the magical kingdom. But Chocolat breaks a massive rule. A witch can collect as many hearts as she wants but she must never let her own heart be taken.

Chocolat falls in love. To make matters worse, the boy who is capturing her heart is not a human, nor someone from the same kingdom as her. No, Pierre is prince of the ogres, a rebel fraction who split from the kingdom before Chocolat her born.

This anime is one of my favourite magical girl animes because while it has the basic formula of most, it is incredibly entertaining and funny. This show is very much a comedy and the girls make fantastic characters. The ending is heart warming and I fully recommend it. Gold.

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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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