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Girl Friend Beta Review

 

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Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 1/12
Aired: Oct 2014 to Dec 2014
Producers: TV Tokyo, VAP, Age Global Networks
Studios: Silver Link.

Girlfriend Beta is a video game adaptation.

Stone and dropped after one episode.

Where to start with anime. Normally I like to give anime at least 3 episodes before judging but this thing was not going to be something I endured. The animation was bad, the characters were basically all the same. They tried to introduction way too many characters at once and the voice acting was appalling. Half of the girls all sounded the same. To go with looking the same I guess. Just different colours and hair styles effectively. Even if the game is such I feel the studio could have made an effort to make the girls more distinctive.

There was at least a plot to this episode but the whole thing was so lacklustre and badly put together I can’t see any chance of a decent anime coming out of this.

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Weiß Kreuz Review

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Completed 2005

Type: TV
Episodes: 25/25
Aired: Apr, 1998 to Oct, 1998
Producers: TV Tokyo, Studio Deen, Animate Film, Media Blasters, NYAV Post, TMS-Kyokuchi

Weiß Kreuz is a light novel adaptation written by Kenichi Kanemaki and illustrated by Kyoko Tsuchiya.

So why am I watching this when I have the weekly challenge? Simple, Ufotable seems to have several series which are sequels of previously made animes. So I started with this.

The animation is terrible, but has a very realistic tint to it. This is an anime created in the 90s after all. The movements are stilted. The voice acting also so. The lines blurry even in the highest definition I could find. But like all 90s animes, you don’t watch them now for their animation quality. You watch them for their story. I do think anyone who tries to compare this with animation now is silly. It was not good bad then, its terrible now. Simple. knight 3

Also this is rated 13+. I think it says a lot about how we have progressed that this was only rated a 13. Now it would likely be 17+. With themes involving prostitutes, life or death games, guns, violence and much much more this anime is not for children. At least when you compare it to Magi which was given a 15 in England, certainly this anime would have been given higher!

This is a show about assassins trying to kill their targets who are usually up to no good. The first few episodes introduce us to this characters, explaining their back stories and how they ended up with the group. From careers ruins to lost lovers. The stories are sad and only a touch clique. Ultimately this anime is pretty standard in its premise. Its one we have seen a thousand times and one we are likely to see a thousand times again. This show is also meant to be a bishounen show. Full of handsome men and beautiful woman. Except the the bad animation ruins that.

knight 2The story itself is passable. Nothing new, more particularly exciting but there. See Bad guy. Stop bad guy. Met cute girl in process. Girl survival rate 50/50 in process. Because we haven’t seen this formula a couple hundred times and somehow I doubt it was original back in the 90s either. One of the detectives turns out to be related to the bad guys. One of others has a sister in a coma. Its all very clique. So Bronze. Its not something I would say people need to particularly go back and see but its not a bad ride.

Non Non Biyori Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to Dec 24, 2013
Producers: TV Tokyo, Lantis, Media Factory, Kadokawa Shoten, AT-X, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Silver Link

Non Non Biyori is a manga adaptation written by Atto.

There is a growing problem in Japan, in that with more and more people living in the cities, the schools in rural areas are more and more stretched for resources due to the small number of students attending them. Non Non Biyori is set in one such area. Hotaru transfers to the countryside because of her father’s job. Hotaru who lived in Tokyo and now has to get used to living in the sticks. Her new school has 5 students ranging from 1st grade to 9th grade. Three of them are siblings. The boy rarely saying a word, if any. And the youngest child’s sister is the one teacher *cough cough* babysitter of the children. Which she fails at.

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Non Non Biyori doesn’t really have much going on other than daily life. The problems and joys of living in the middle of nowhere which little to do other than waste the day away. It is quite simply another anime, as charming as it is, which is about girls living. The comedy is light at best, nothing major. It’s fine. Non Non Biyori 1

That’s all I can really say. It’s fine. Which is why it gets a bronze. Chances are, in a year I won’t remember what happened in this anime. It was sweet and charming in its own way I guess.

If you liked this, I’d recommend Barakumon. It has more plot but the same issues of someone moving from a city to the countryside.

Binbougami Ga! Review

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Completed 2015 

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul, 2012 to Sep, 2012

Producers: Sunrise, TV Tokyo, Dentsu, FUNimation Entertainment

Binbougami Ga! is a manga adaptation originally written by Yoshiaki Sukeno.

So this anime is tagged as Parody, though I’m not really sure what it is a parody of. There are a lot of really extreme characters. There are also a lot of references to other animes which are hilarious. A lot to dragonball, to many to others as well, including death note, which is shown below because it was brilliantly done. This anime is happy to make jokes out of itself. Binbou Gami Ga 1A basic summary of this anime is the fri-enemy-ship between a girl who has too much fortune and is a bit of a bitch, and a god of misfortune who has been sent to fix the imbalance. Ichiko is a girl blessed with having too much fortune. To many she seems untouchable and an angel. In reality she’s a arrogant bitch who loves getting her own way and doesn’t really care about other people. Though I do love her, I call her a bitch affectionately in this one. I love animes about girls who are not frail and this anime is it. All three of the female leads are not afraid to throw a punch or say something bluntly.

Ichiko had a bad childhood, a rich heiress whose parents had no time for her and her only real carer was her butler. This with the fact a lot of her friends used her as a child meant she struggles to make friends and only really uses people. So when Momoji crashes into her life, things being to get interesting.

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Momoji is a lazy god of misfortune. Not death. Misfortune. Her job to take the masses of fortune which Ichiko has a redistribute it to people who need it. Except who would want to go near that big ass needle? Not Ichiko, she avoids Momoji’s attempted to steal her fortune easily, occasionally letting it happen to safe people. During the rare moments when she is feeling sympathetic to other people. Not that she ever admits it. Ichiko and Momoji’s relationship is a strange one. They are pretty much best friends. Kind of. They insult each other and beat each other up but their is definitely a fondness there. A fondness between two bitches but it exists. Something which only grows as a third girl is added. The tomboy Rindou. Who was brought up pretty much as a boy by her father.Binbou Gami Ga 2

Momoji’s arrival means that Ichiko has to deal with a lot of madness which comes with her including a perverted black monk, and a m-type inugami. Plus a new friend at show shows up.Theses guys are only really in the show for comedy relieve but their appearances are well done and often the only real ecchi type scenes in the show. Despite the fansercive heavy opening and closing. Along with two classmates with their own problems, we watch as the two girls cause choas and try to defeat each other. While watching Ichiko grow slightly into a more well rounded person. She still has a sharp tongue but she slowly begins to understand other people due to accidents with Momoji’s plans.

I found this series awesome and I fully recommend it to anyone who like comedy programs! Gold.

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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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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Soul Eater Not! Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Episodes: 3/12
Aired: Apr, 2014 to Jul, 2014
Producers: Bones, TV Tokyo, Dentsu, Square Enix, FUNimation Entertainment

This anime possibly could have been good. Had it not been trying to be some kind of spin off from Soul Eater. Soul Eater was amazing. From its opening and artwork to its story. Whoever made this needs to be fired from anime. If you are going to but a name of the original anime in the spin off title, at least try to make it as good as the original! Don’t change the artstyle, the world and make all the characters pathetic creatures who pale in comparison to the original characters.

Soul Eater Not! is most definitely not Soul Eater, it is no way near soul eater in quality or dynamic. Just another set of nameless girls who fail to be anything than their character assignment. With some cheap yuri scenes thrown in. An anime which likely would not have gotten any real attention if it did not someone with big boobs and shared a name with a actually good anime. Its weak and bland.

The concept could have been brilliant. What they gave us though was beyond terrible. This was possibly the biggest disappointment I have ever felt towards an anime.

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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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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Saki Review

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Watched 2014

Type: TV
Episodes: 3/25
Aired: Apr, 2009 to Sep, 2009

Producers: Gonzo, TV Tokyo, Square Enix, Sotsu Agency, Lantis, Pony Canyon

Saki is a manga adaptation originally written Ritz Kobayashi.

I read the manga and really enjoyed it. I was looking forward to the anime. However I really struggled with it. The story is good. Saki Miyanaga is a inverted girl who is very good at Mahjong due to having to play it with her family every year. Her gift is that she can always get 0 on a game. One people learn this, she is dragged into the school club to learn how to use her skill to actually beat other players and win the tournament. Not to mention fulfil her dream of being able to defeat her sister in a game of Mahjong without being punished for it. Along with a cast of mostly girls and a lot of implied Yuri.

Here is the problem for me. I’m fine with Yuri. I’m fine with Yaoi. However these girls look like they are still in junior school to me. The whole thing just sets of paedophilia bells in my mind almost as bad as Kuroshitsuji 2. My main issue is with the pink haired girl Nodoka Haramura. Her boobs are giant. She’s 15/16 but to me the style of the comic makes her look more like 12/13. Now in a manga big boobs are fine, just part of the scenery. In the animation because of how they animate them, its genuinely a little disturbing for me and I just could not watch it any longer. Especially when during a rain scene her top goes see though and well. No.

Saki is a really good story about a group of girls who want to win a mah-jong tournament but to me is ruined by someone’s insane idea to give a 15 year old K cup size boobs and make the other girls grope them. Its basically soft porn at times and its not appreciated by me. Not at all. Stone