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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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Bonjour♪Koiaji Pâtisserie Review

Watched 10/201666059

Type: TV
Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Oct 2014 to Mar 2015
Producers: VAP, Nippon Television Network Corporation
Studios: Silver Link

Bonjour♪Koiaji Pâtisserie is a video game adaption. A mobile game for girls that (according to wiki) is still in development. Which is strange, because it normally is the opposite way round.

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This anime was easy to watch and in many ways in very good for a reverse harem programme. It has beautiful shoujo characters, all of which are bases we have seen a billion times before. This anime does not get any points for originality with the art design but it is animated well.

bonjour-2The characters personalities are a touch bland but they aren’t unrealistic like some are. Their back stories are a little more outlandish but given what it’s an adaptation of it’s no surprise. The lead girl is amusing and while she is clearly falling for all the boys she does have a personality which is nice. When studios make otome game adaptations (or any adaptation where the MC is someone that would have been the playable character) there is a danger that the character ends up either too unbelievable or without any personality at all.

The plot line itself is pretty standard. Some people commented it was a rip off of ‘Yumeiro Patissiere’ but I can’t judge as I have not watched that anime. I can say it was similar to Uta no Prince-sama. The MCs even look similar to me and both are in a situation where love is forbidden. In this case, because 3/4 of the male love interests are teachers. Oh, and the ending were basically sparkles galore and considerably deeper than it should have been.

I give this anime a bronze. It would have been higher if only they had put some more care into it. Each of the 24 episodes were 5 mins long and it were the skits were entertaining,there were few clues about the timeframe everything was going on it. I think they could have made this a decent 13 full-length episodes with the right people behind it, but oh well. A chance lost, unfortunately.

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Air Review

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Watched 2009 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jan, 2005 to Apr, 2005
Producers: Kyoto Animation, ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment, Pony Canyon, TBS
Air is a video game adaptation developed by Key.

Air’s a weird anime. Its sweet in its own way and unlike so many anime’s of its genre doesn’t have a thousand girls for the main guy to pick from. Yukito Kunisaki is a man on a mission! That mission is to locate the winged maiden. A story told to him by his mother and one he wants to prove is real. He is basically a hobo who ‘works’ as a travelling puppeteer but fails miserably to actually get any money. Yukito ends up in a small coastal town and meets three girls who all potentially could help him with his quest.

Our main female interest is a high school girl called Misuzu. Misuzu is seemingly your stereotypical blond girl. Clumsy and naive. Yukito ends up working as her babysitter as her adoptive mother is busy doing something. Misuzu and Yukito’s story is a powerful one, filled with ups and downs as Yukito discovered Misuzu’s illness and has to comprehend just how such a girl is so optimistic in the face of so much sadness.

I have to admit, I remember more about the beginning of air than the ending. This is one of those animes I remember enjoying at the time, but little of the plot has remained with me. Other than the ending is one which was very bitter-sweet and didn’t actually answer all the questions the anime brought to life about this sleepy town. I do recall Air is an anime which can be very confusing at times.

Considering his anime was made in 2005, Air is a stunningly beautiful anime. The lines were clear cut and the animation for the scenery was amazing. They really put some time and effort in to making this world come alive.

At first I wasn’t sure what to give this anime, but I think at the end of things I will give it a silver. Its beautiful and the story touching. One day, when I have time, I fully intend to re-watch it.

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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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Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo Review

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Watched 2009

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct, 2006 to Mar, 2007
Producers: Aniplex, Yumeta Company, Hakusensha, Koei, Sentai Filmworks
La Corda D’Oro is a video game adaptation developed by Koei.

I had almost forgotten this anime classes as the genre as the likes of Kamagami no Asobi and Amnesia. A collection of boys all trying the gain the heart of one girl, Hino. Why? Because I watched this early on before I was aware of this genre being a thing. La Corda D’Oro is a fantastic anime and one which I personally was very touched by.

Hino is a normal student at a elite school where the school body is spilt into the two sections. The normal students and the music students. A collection of gifted students who focus their attention on perfecting their music.   Every year, the school has a music competition. On day Hino bumps into the school fairy Lili. Lili decides that Hino has talent and want her to take part in the competition. Because she can’t actually play any instruments, he grants her a music violin which allows her to play any tune from her heart.

corda-d-oro.jpgShe doesn’t actually want to play at first. But Lili is determined and after listening to everyone else play she decides to take part. As the series  goes on, Hino is amazed by the magic of the violin and as the competition goes on, she becomes more and more attached to the people she is playing with. While all the boys are love interests, there are more who have more of a role than others. Personally my favourite boy is Ryotaro. Ryotaro is in the normal section, head of the soccer team and also Hino’s best friend. When Hino’s accompanist for the first round quits on her, Ryotaro plays for her, surprising everyone with the fact he can actually play! Which leads to him playing in the competition as well.

This anime is shoujo. Hino is outspoken and stubborn. She says her mind and isn’t afraid of any of the boys. Even the cold rich boys who like scaring/threatening her. Hino’s still a girly girl, and she is still very dramatic. The drama whipping up even more with the music. The music is beautiful and dynamic. They picked their songs well for this anime. Ava Maria plays an important part in this as we watch Hino grow and change. As well as watch her change the lives of her friends though the magic she plays.

Hino is a fantastic character and is one of my favourite shoujo girls. This anime is Platinum to me. I realise some will disagree but this anime was beautiful to me and made me wish I could play the violin.

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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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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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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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