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Munto TV Review

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Also known as – Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai (The World Reflected in the Eyes of a Girl Looking Up at the Heavens)

Completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 9/9
Aired: Jan, 2009 to Mar, 2009
Producers: Kyoto Animation

Munto Tv is the continuation of a two part original OVA which was released by Kyoto Animation in 2003 and 2005.

I was watching this feeling like something was missing and it many ways it was. Music. Its there occasionally, but I can not help but feel this anime would have been better with a better soundtrack and more actually used. Take ep 3, there is music during the magic scenes, but none during the dramatic river crossing. Making a what should have been a dramatic and heart warming scene, rather than dull and disinteresting. They should not have limited the music to just the magic scenes. munto 1

Munto was cool. Yumemi was sweet in her own way. She seemed like she was going to be pathetic but then stood up and proved me wrong. She fought. And I have admiration for that. Yumemi is still very much your shoujo girl. She’s pretty and falls in love easily. People also fall to her charm easily as well. But she’ll do what it takes to protect her friends.

I guess the main problem for this anime to me was that the ‘normal world’ was portrayed very dully, despite one of the main characters living there. The magical world got all the cool music and effects. Plus the bright colours. I get its to make a contrast, but it does make the magical world a lot more interesting than the normal world. It also makes the normal world slightly more boring to watch.

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The relationships are interesting in this anime. Yumemi and Ichiko’s relationship especially. Verging on Yuri, Ichiko is very protective of her friend. Wishing she could see what Yumemi can see, and doing her best to support her. Begging her not to go because she couldn’t protect her. There are lots of different relationships in this anime which are different to normal animes. Its a shame really we don’t get to learn more about some of the side characters. We learn a lot about Yumemi and her friends, also about Munto but not much about the characters in the magic kingdom.

All in all, a silver. The story is entertaining despite it’s weaker points and the side characters are amusing and interesting as the main characters.

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Kyoukai no Kanata Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct, 2013 to Dec, 2013
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis ,Pony Canyon, TBS, Sentai Filmworks
Kyoukai no Kanata is a light novel adaptation originally written by Nagomu Torii.
Kyoukai no Kanata is your atypical demon and curses story. Except really not. So our leading character is half shade, half human. A teenage boy called  Akihito Kanbara who has a megane fetish (glasses for anyone not used to the term). Akihito is a pervert simply, but hes a loyal friend and seemingly has a lot of good friends around him. Due to his half demon nature, he is also impossible to kill. He is walking home one day from school when he sees a girl about to jump of the roof of the school. In a panic, he runs up the stairs and declares anyone who looks as good as she does in glasses shouldn’t die or else it would be a waste! Her responible. Well Umm.

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So she stabs him with a sword made from her own blood. Turns out Mirai Kuriyama is from a demon hunting family which is cursed with the ability to manpilate their blood. Becuase of this everyone in her family was killed and Mirai lives her life isolared from everyone because of the misfortunes which come over her. Mirai, to be blunt, is a bit of a twit. She’s clusmy, rude and doesn’t think before she speaks. She has no friends, and no money either.  She then spends her days challenging Akihito to battles in order to improve her skills and eventually Akihito manages to befriend her though a method which has never failed! Feeding her.

This anime is full of issues. No one is entirely happy, either cursed, suffering from family issues or just messed up. But still the pull together to life a happy but atypical high school life. All while waiting for a big evil to appear. Despite being short at 12 episodes, they still manage to waste some with fillers, which do dampen the story a bit. Though the Idol episode was amazing.

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Those outfits! And within the plot as well. All in all, I enjoyed this anime. I liked the blossoming romance between Akihito and Mirai. I enjoyed watching as they all slowly grew and worked out their issues and I certainly was not expecting the twist at the end. Akihito feeling towards his friends as well. It was different take, I think, to a commonly used trope. I.e someone’s half demon and theoretically could go berserk but we can’t actually kill them.

The art was very standard but clean. What you would expect from a light novel adaptation really. The magic was very well done, very sparkly and glow-ey.  I can’t say I had any real problems with this anime. Even the ‘Onisan/imoto’ fetish was done at reasonable levels and more of a joke than anything else. Akihito mother was inspiring as well, though the fact she’s the human does lead the question about his father and just how he came to be.

Anyway. I give this a silver. Its entertaining and enjoyable. What more could you want from a 12 episode series?

Elemental Gelade Review

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Watched 2008 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 26/26
Aired: Apr, 2005 to Sep, 2005
Producers: TV Tokyo, Xebec, Geneon Universal Entertainment, Sotsu Agency,FUNimation Entertainment, Victor Entertainment
Elemental Gelade is a manga adaptation written by Azuma Mayumi.

One of the earliest anime i ever watched, I remember watching this with enjoyment but there ware some pretty heavy issues in it. Notably slavery and the rights of those who can turn into weapons. Yes, that it right. In this world there are living weapons who appear human but can transform into swords of great destruction. hey are called the Eden Raid. The only real sign they are different to normal humans is a jewel located somewhere on there bodies.

Enter our main boy, Coud Van Giruet. Coud is a pirate. He’s not the brightest one of the bunch but like most heroes, he has a good heart. During a raid he accidentally awakens, Reverie Metherlence also known as Ren. A quiet girl who is seemingly anti social. In truth it is because she hates humans. Due to her being a powerful weapon, they always just use her. Coud on the other hand treats her like a normal girl and even fights to protect her when her pursuers appear. Impressed/touched by this, Edel transforms for him and helps him. This leads to the two of them going on a adventure to try to change the world. The Arc Line want to purchase Ren due to her being of a strong bloodline, but Coud refuses. Wanting to protect Ren. Coud is very loyal and the two work well together. You will find yourself rooting for their fragile romance to bloom.

One of the best characters however is Cisqua. A kick ass short girl who has a ridiculous arsenal of weapons hidden in her clothes and hat. She’s brave and slightly unpredictable, unlike most of the characters who are very much what you get. While she works for  Arc Aile, she doesn’t use a Eden Raid because she thinks its wrong to force someone to fight for you. Though it is debatable if how she let her candidate down was hurtful or not.

The art in this is pretty standard. Its well designed and has some good effects in it. Though they do re-use the transformation scenes. The main down side for most people seems to be the ending is very clique. However this was in my early days so to me it was a good ending. Really what the matter with a happy ending every now and again?

All in all, Elemental Gelade is your standard teenage boy saves the world story and gets the girl. Its full of action. Its full of emotions and has some pretty serious issues about how people treat other people. Just because the Eden Raid can turn into weapsons, does that give people the right to treat them like tools? Either way this anime is gold to me and I fully recommend people give it a try. In some ways it has a lot more charm to it then a lot of more recent animes in my opinion.

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Pretear Review

Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Pretear (Prétear: The New Legend of Snow White)download

Watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Complete Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Apr, 2001 to Jun, 2001
Producers: Hal Film Maker, ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment, Kadokawa Shoten, Rondo Robe

Pretear is a manga adaptation drawn by Naruse Kaori and written by Sato Junichi.

This is the anime which proves that reverse harem is not a new thing in the anime world. That doesn’t make it good though. Bronze. She goes for the guy who is a dick to her the entire time. She is awful. Okay, so its not that unusual. It is one of the most standard tropes going. But, the thing is, that doesn’t make it right.

Himeno Awayuki is a delicate flower, read pathetic little whinny girl. To be fair to her umm. No. Her life is sad. Yes. Her mother dies, her father remarries and the family are a horrible to her. As are her classmates. She gets bullied and debates her place in life. She is hurt and vulnerable and doesn’t know how to change things. Notice, she is 16. This is not the end of her life. She is an angsty teenage. Honestly she just needs to put on black and she would be an emo to be honest.

Then something amazing happens. She is attacked and saved by mysterious pretty men called the Leafe Knights, who tell her that she’s the Prétear who is needed to save the world from darkness. Each of the episodes are Himeno getting to know one of the guys before kissing them and using there transformation to save the day. She gets to know them all and still she falls for the dick who pretty much tells her she is worthless and treats her like shit. Somehow the two fall in love.

At this point, I’m not sure why I bothered finishing the anime and honestly I reckon I only did it because this was at a time where a lot of the anime sites had been taken down and the new ones had yet to start up again. Pretear was not a good anime. It was a very bad one in my opinion. She is the sort of girl I would have liked to slap, and tell her to get some self respect. Some of her actions you can place down to losing her mother and being bullied. That doesn’t make her a likeable character to me. Nor one who should be used as a role model.

The only reason this gets bronze is that I finished it. Otherwise it would be stone.

Persona 4 Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 25/25
Aired: Oct, 2011 to Mar, 2012
Producers: Aniplex, AIC A.S.T.A.,Mainichi Broadcasting, Sentai Filmworks, ASCII Media Works

Persona 4 is a video game adaptation of Atlus’ PlayStation 2 video game, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4.

There is also an alternative version to this anime called Persona 4: The golden animation which I have not watched nor intend to judging by the reviews. Aka they basically just glued in a new female character. Not sure who they thought that was more but if there is nothing new to the story I don’t really care.

That being said, I really did like this anime! The designs were really cool and I liked who they tried to handle lots of different issues within it. Its almost half detective, half school life as the gang go about their daily lives while trying to solve the mystery of the town. I was sad at the ending. Yuu going back to the big city was a given but it was still sad to see him leave after everything they went though. Yuu is such a sassy guy and its brilliant. The way he has no qualms with doing silly things, like say filling for a girl in a mock mixer interview. Kanji is a close second favourite. He’s such a dork! His character is brilliant, especially considering his appearance. Kanji and Naoto are definitely my favourite pairing for this series, They are adorable together.

The mystery side to the story was excellently done in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, these guys are no Sherlock Holmes but they do there best to figure out who is killing these people. Honestly I had no idea all the way though.

What this anime does fail in is the action side of things. Sure when people are learning to accept their true self, the fights were pretty cool. However afterwards the few we have just get boring. I realise in the game you would fight/complete levels in order to unlock cards, but Yuu just sort of has them without any real clues as to how. Ignoring the opening scenes of ‘You’re having fun with your friends then’. Its a little abrupt and not that interesting really. I’m sure, considering what a good job they made of this anime, they could have though of something a bit better but we have what we have. The other note being there aren’t actually that many. In fact many of the episodes have an almost filler feel to them. All related to the plot and very good as a school life anime but not really what you would expect from a fighter game adaptation.

Finally, this anime was Gold. It was a entertaining and well made. I only wish the fight scenes had been a little better.

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Mahou Sensei Negima! Review

Mahou-Sensei-NegimaMahou Sensei Negima! (Magical Teacher Negima!)

Watched roughly 2009

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 26/26
Aired: Jan, 2005 to Jun, 2005
Producers: Xebec, Starchild Records,FUNimation Entertainment
Negima! is a manga adaptation originally written by Ken Akamatsu.
Disclaimer: This are my own opinions are in no reflect anyone else. If someone disagrees, feel free to comment with your own

In summary an almost ridiculous show with too many characters and far too much going on. We have cyborgs, witches and more. You name it, this show has it. The characters are half fleshed in and this show attempts to take on the highs and lows of an entire class, in 26 episodes. Giving everyone ‘unique’ powers that are often almost the definition of a ‘Mary Sue’ character.

We follow a 10 year boy, from Wales of all places, as he becomes teacher at an all girls boarding school. Negi Springfield. A mage, whose dream is to become a master mage and find his father.  Class 2-A. A class of 31 girls. Honestly, this show would have been twice as good if they had cut the girls by half and actually thought about them a bit more. They are just walking tropes. Down the girl who will destroy the girl by her very existence.

The ending was sweet and the show does give some excellent laughs. As a comedy it succeeds. It’s just not an anime I would actually recommend because it lacks in pretty much everything else in my opinion. Also it is classed as romance. Lots of not right situations with the girls and their 10 year old teacher. Some are funny, others are just a little uncomfortable.

I give it a silver because it is worth a watch for the comedy.

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