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Azumanga Web Daioh ONA(Dec 28, 2000)
Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori
Comedy, Parody,
Key Words: Slice of Life, High School, Moe, Gags,
Studio: Chara-ani.com, J.C. Staff Licensed American Publisher:

Episodes: 1

Chiyo-Chan has brought a video camera with her to school and the others want to have a little fun with it.





Azumanga Daioh: The Animation, Great King Azumanga(Apr 8, 2002 – Sept 30, 2002)
Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori
Comedy, Parody,
Key Words: Slice of Life, High School, Moe, Gags,
Studio: Chara-ani.com, J.C. Staff Licensed American Publisher: ADV Films (Former); Aesir Holdings (current)

Episodes: 26

Chiyo-chan is a cute 10 year old girl with the intelligence of a high school-er. She skips all the grades till high school and now is making friends with insane amount of girls in the high school, all of whom seem a little off.




Link to Wikipedia: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=799

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Avatar: The Last Airbender (Feb 21, 2005 – July 19, 2008)
Director: Lauren MacMullan; Dave Filoni; Giancarlo Volpe; Ethan Spaulding; Joaquim Dos Santos
Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Drama,
Key Words: Magic, Elements, American Cartoon,
Licensed American Publisher: Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Episodes: 61

100 years ago, the four nations lived in unity until the Fire Nation, lead by Fire Lord Sozin, tried to concur the world. He started by destroying the Air-benders supposedly stopping the Avatar from being born. After the century passed with no sound of the Avatar, all hope seemed lost until two children, Katara and her older brother Sokka, of the water nation tribe found a young boy who was stuck in the ice. After a little Water-bending from Katara, he was broken free. Aang is the last Air-bender and turns out to be the Avatar that disappeared so long ago. Now they must help him in his quest to master all four of the elements and stop the fire nation from taking over any more.


My Thoughts: I love this show. It’s one of the only American made shows that I would consider to be an Anime. It has many of the same guide lines that actual anime has in it. It’s comedy and charm stays with it the whole way, and even though it starts out light-hearted, as we slide deeper into the world, we feel an overwhelming weight that has been put on the characters. Each character grows through the show, and each in their own way. The person I feel that grows more so then the rest is Aang.

The other characters have their pros and cons and for the most part, Zuko at first felt like a rip off of Sasuke from Naruto. He was full of anger, self-pity, and family problems whether it was his father or sister that I at first rolled my eyes every time he got on-screen. That however changed as the story went on and he soon ended up being rather kind-hearted but not in a way that it would seem unbelievable. I might consider him the second character that grew up, the first if the show only focused on him. Unfortunately, or fortunately (Take your pick) it doesn’t and we are left with Aang being the first.

The artwork is well done, crisp and clean without any piece out-of-place for the most part. Once in a while, it does fail but not as badly as some that I have seen. Mostly, this is in part for the comedic effect and it works perfectly for that. I consider some of the expressions more ‘chibi-fide’ then they normally are and made me laugh a lot. Each character has their pros and cons in artwork, just like for their personalities.

There was a little bit of time between Zuko without much hair and Zuko with a lot of hair which felt odd, making him like a chia pet (And just wait… someone is going to make that now). It makes me wonder where the rest of the time was and how he had all his hair pretty much perfectly cut to the same size.

The design of Toph was a clever one though. I really like how they made her blind and gave the idea of her using her earth bending to see. It really brought a character that people could relate to since many people who are handicap find ways to cope with their loss. You can’t talk about her design without talking about her personality because everything about her was used as a personality setter in the show. I can only wonder what she would be like if she wasn’t able to bend, if she would be as strong a character as she is with the bending.

The backgrounds are amazing; each background is full of wonderful details and textures. Each nation had their own colors, textures, land styles, and people making it almost easy to see where the character was.
The action is smooth and perfect for each realm. When the characters move, you can just see a normal person going through the same movements of T’ai chi and other such forms. The artists studied so many different versions of Chinese martial arts and employed them quite well. T’ai chi was Water-bending, working with alignment, body structure, breathing and visualization; Hung Gar was Earth-bending, firm rooted stances and powerful strikes; Northern Shaolin was Fire-bending, using strong-arm and leg movements; and last but not least, Ba Gua was Air-bending, using dynamic circular movements and quick directional changes. Each one both makes the different bendings the same and different.

The music is really good, fitting the areas that need it while at the same time, making the comical scenes even funnier. It has a real Chinese feel to the show, and brings in a lot of old instruments. The voice acting is well done, adding the mystery and sweet cuteness that this story shows.

Rating:
It’s rather funny and cool! I have to say even if it is from America, it is a must see!

Link in the Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar:_The_Last_Airbender

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Avatar: The Legend of Korra(Apr 14, 2012 - Ongoing), The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra
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Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Drama,
Key Words: Magic, Elements, American Cartoon,
Licensed American Publisher: Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Episodes: Continuing

After the battle against the Fire nation, Aang and his friends united the four nations and created a new capital called Republic City. They led the people though much of his life, but like all people, he finally died and a new Avatar was born into the water tribe. Now its Korra’s turn to master the elements and more importantly learn the fifth element, the spiritual side of bending.
But it seems that the world that Aang had wished for is falling apart. Many benders have started to use their power to suppress those that can’t bend and now it seems the city is splitting between the two people, those who can and those who can’t. Can the avatar find the balance between the two and find the balance between herself?


My Thoughts: This is 70 years after the battle so basically, you have some of the old characters. There are a lot of surprises in this, including a look at who married who and if they had children. I might as well tell everyone that you will find out exactly who Aang married, even if they don’t say it right away in the first episode but a lot of people can probably guess. Something tells me that they did this just to please the fans and not really for any particular reason. I’m pretty surprised at all the stuff that had happened in the last 70 years but I really can’t believe that they created cars and airships in that small amount of time. There is also a new bender that doesn’t seem to fit the others. Metal benders which I really wonder about. When I looked them up, I found it was a subset of Earth-benders but the problem with that is that I never saw them bending Earth, just metal.

When it comes to characters, I’m not sure whether I like the change or not from the original concept how the Avatar acts. At first, I like how Korra has a lot of traits that Aang himself had but then a lot of her seems to be a rebel and easy to anger or get frustrated. Instead of a Water-bender, she seems much more like a fire bender which does make me understand why she can’t bend air well. Strangely, they do talk about how she is opposite of Air and that is why she has trouble like Aang being an Air-bender had trouble with water. This does not sound right since she is from the water tribe. Wouldn’t her opposite be fire instead?

When we get into talking about the new characters, it’s ok. Some characters seem a little to crazy and others don’t seem to fit the bill, though it’s a little soon to tell.

The animation so far is really well done and shows the same love as the original show. Some points for comical affect are a bit weak but it keeps the same style as the first. I love that it really doesn’t fall too far behind it.

The voices are rather good, all the old voice actors and the new one for Korra is… alright but she sometimes hits to high a voice. She seems more forced a character and her Voice actor seems unsure about herself. That partly does go well for the character when it comes to Air bending but some times, it feels a little more forced when it comes to everything else. The music like the prequel is really divine. It has the same feeling as the first but then they throw in something rather new including a piece that seems almost mechanical. It works well for this ‘new century’ look and feel to the show.

Rating: To soon to tell but I think 5 stars so far.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Korra

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Angel glared at a Genius book that she had in her hands, more specifically, the page where the world record holder of the largest breasts was. It grossed her out.

And that's when MAK came into the scene and ask Angel what she was reading and she showed him the picture and MAK let out a huge "DAMN!! Who the hell is that and why is her breasts larger than my head?"

"She goes by 'Maxi Mounds..... and she fucken had them done in surgery just to be called the women with the largest breasts......" she said, shivering, "Fucken going to break in half if you ask me!"

"OK, look, I know breasts appeal to some guys, including myself, but NO ONE, I repeat, NO ONE needs that size of breasts!!! I mean, really? It just........Oi."

"Ah.... then why are there so many anime with them in it?" a familiar voice came from behind him, "In fact, I can think of one that's pretty heavy with it...." he reached over and actually grabbed Angel's own breasts, "You would know of that style, right little Angel?"
Angel tried to smack him but he jumped out of the way in time, "I'm natural first off!" she snapped, "And your seriously going to die!"
"Now now...." he chuckled, "I didn't mean much by it."

Then MAK came to slap Kurai and said, "Dude, if you pretty much grabbed a woman's breasts like that, don't be shocked if you're gonna get slapped and I know what title you're talking about and here's what I got to say about that." He gave Kurai the finger.

Kurai chuckled, "Oh?Well I'm sure the police would like to have a word with you then......" he smiled, "And I have a another title for you to do as well..." he said, rubbing his face, "Ikki Tousen ring a bell?"

MAK groaned at the name of those titles, "Oh, you sick fuck!!" And then MAK added, "Wait, the Ikki Tousen review? Was that the favor you asked me of?"

Angel jumped when she heard MAL say that, "You actually have to give him a favor?" she glared over at him, "Seriously! You actually LET him make you have to do a favor of you?"
Kurai ignored that and said, "No.... the favor is something else..... again, its not time yet for that."

MAK said, "It's a long, long, and grating story and like you, I'm just not as proud for this." Then MAK banged his head in the wall several times for the humiliation that's about to come.

Kurai chuckled, "Eiken should be a good watch for you, you did say you liked large breasts...." he said, putting his hands behind his head.
Angel groaned and started her own review.



Eiken OVA (2003)
Director: Kiyotaka Ohata
Comedy, Harem, Ecchi,
Key Words: Breasts, Sports Fair,
Studio: J.C.Staff; GENCO American Licensed Publisher: AnimeWorks

Episodes: 2

Densuke Mifune is a guy who just got into Zashono Academy when he runs into Chiharu Shinonome, a large breasted pretty girl. When he bumps into her, he is forced into the Eiken Club, a strange club with no real reason to exist at all.




Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiken_(manga)

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"HAHAHAHA!! Very fucking funny there!", MAK said in a irritated mood. "Look, what favor is you talking about if it's not reviewing this two shit titles? I mean, really, Eiken and Ikki Tousen, where it's just fuck logic, let there be breasts and ripped clothes?"

"Well, I bet you actually did like it a little...." he smiled as he walked away, not really answering him about the favor.

MAK ran out to follow Kurai, "Look, you dick, just because I'm a guy and I like seeing female nudity, doesn't mean I'm one of those lonely otaku who just fap to pantie shots and fan service. That's the one thing I will never be."

"Good thing I'm considered a troll then, hmmm?" he smiled, and then chuckled a bit at him.

"Really? What's so funny now?", MAK said, "Let me guess? I must be a bitch for turning it down?"

"Oh no... of course, I'll ask for that favor at some point," he chuckled a little, "So catch ya later...."

"HOLD UP!!!" MAK shouted, "I wanna know about the deal with Akuma and the engagement!! And why Angel can't see her!"

Kurai turned and shrugged, "Don't know much about that... All I know is my Pop did the engagement thing..... and that my orders were to just keep giving Angel the reviews."

"So you're just his lackey, doing the dirty work for him. But why is she the one? What made her their pick?" MAK questioned and added, "And you better not lie to me." He stared Kurai dead in the eye.

Kurai backed up a little, "Look, I don't know exactly but she and her sister got some power...." he said, shrugging, "I don't know what."

"Power? You don't know what power? Does your father know?", MAK questioned Kurai.

"Probably... he's the one that bought her...."

After hearing that, MAK was left speechless after knowing that fact and thinking of nothing but unfortunate consequences.

Kurai shrugged, "Well, now you know.... I doubt Angel knows to much of it, and I don't think she should know about it."

"Is that a threat, Kurai, another bluff?"

"No, It's more of a warning... I have a small feeling that if she knew about her power.... something bad might happen...."

MAK then said, "I swear, if you harm her, I will guarantee that I will PERSONALLY FUCK YOU UP!! And that's a promise."

He looked a bit sad there, and said in a more gentle voice, "I wouldn't harm her.... and I'm not threatening her... I think something might happen.... by her hands...."

MAK thought about it and then he responded, "Fine. I won't threaten your life."

Kurai shrugged, "Doesn't matter, I wouldn't die anyway..." he said and left.
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Chrono Crusade (Nov 24, 2003 – June 10, 2004)
Director: Yu Ko
Action-Adventure, Drama, Romance, Supernatural,
Key Words: Demons, Nuns, Light Religion, Twisted History,
Studio: Gonzo Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 24

In the time of Jazz, bootleg liquor, and mob rules the streets, it’s a rather glorious time; at least to the few who can afford it. The division between the rich and poor grows wider as the First World War starts up. In such times, dark things lurk below the world of man that feel like they come from dreams themselves. Sister Rosette Christopher and her soul-bound demon partner Chrono exist to fight the demonic threats that appear across America. Rosette is mostly looking for her lost brother, Joshua, who was taken by the sinner Aion, a demon that shares a very dark history with Chrono.


My Thoughts: This is a really fun anime. I would have to say it’s like Soul Eater if it was more of a real vibe to it. I love how the language was brought back into the roaring 20’s, the English actors did a fine job working on getting the language right even if sometimes I don’t get the language. I don’t like how some of the extras sound a bit like they are in England or Scotland instead of America. This is supposed to be set in America, but I can only understand it if they were immigrants, not police or authority figures.

I fell in love with Chrono and Rosette, their fun antics and personality playing off one another sometimes makes the funniest scenes! Rosette is much like Edward Elric in her temperament. She freaks out a lot and always has problems with following her orders when it comes to something she is searching for. Chrono on the other hand is like Al Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. Both are really good at keeping the story interesting and don’t make it boring.

Their outfits feel a lot like the outfits in Trinity Blood, and I think some of them look like rip offs though I don’t know if that was supposed to happen. The animation is really good, though once in a while, it does get weak once in a while. The whole show has this grungy look to it which feels like it was made to be that way with the time frame. The whole story just seems to fit with the whole story.

The music is wonderful, and the opening song just gets stuck in my head with how beautiful it is. It’s a really touching song that makes me want to watch more. The ending is alright, not capturing my mind as much though. The music in the show fits the mood well, giving the comical parts an addition as well as the more serious parts. The Voice acting is nice and as I said before, they really did take the time to learn the language that was used then. I don’t care much for Sister Kate though. It just seems too whiny a lot.

Rating:
It's really awesome for the story line and the time frame. The artwork though needs a bit of help. More over, it is really good.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrono_Crusade

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Black Blood Brothers ブラック·ブラッド·ブラザーズ BBB(Sep 8, 2006 – Nov 24, 2006)
Director: Hiroaki Yoshikawa
Supernatural, Comedy, Urban Fantasy,
Key Words: Vampires, Swords,
Studio: Group TAC; Studio Live American Licensed Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 12

In 1850, a strange vampire called the Kowloon King showed himself in Hong Kong, turning anyone he could get his hands on into one of his blood lines. It didn’t matter who they were, human or Vampire, all were turned into a Kowloon child just by being bitten. The conflict made the normal vampire’s existence known throughout the world. When the battle finally ended and all the Kowloon children were exterminated, Japan created the Special Zone – a city for vampires to live in peace alongside humans on a small island outside of Tokyo.
During the war, Jiro Mochizuki, who was also known as the Silver Blade, lost his dear love, Alice Eve (a source blood of a high-ranking vampire). He looked to a time of solitude with his younger brother, Kotaro. When Kotaro turned 10 however, Jiro decided to leave the mountains in order to let Kotaro see the outside world. Together, they made their way to the Special Zone but strange things have been happening, such as some of the Kowloon children who have thought to have been killed off have risen again, lead by Jiro’s old friend, Cassandra Jill Warlock. Can Jiro and Kotaro make it to the Special Zone and can they protect their new home from an old threat?


My Thoughts: I really did like the show, though I found it a bit hard to pick out what was happening now and happening back during the attack on Hong Kong because of some of the flash backs. Kotaro is a really cute and funny character, always getting into trouble and is a good contrast to his very old sounding brother, Jiro. It’s nice that they had kept a version of the real vampire myths. They kept the *cough* feelings that happen when a vampire bites another, and some of the stuff about their weaknesses and such. The play between a couple of people is rather fun including the strange Rinsuke Akai who seems to be rather flamboyant. He had no reason being there except for to be a yaoi fan girls dream.

The animation is rather nice and fluid though we have one of the same problems as other shoes where we get the stupid motion lines. It’s supposed to make it seem rather fast but it just feels cheesy most of the time. There are a lot of times that it does look cheaply made and characters look out of proportion, but I still like the show when it doesn’t. I like how they change to a sort of grayer tone for when they show a flashback though I don’t understand why they don’t do it to the flashbacks of the Kowloon War.

The voices in the English dub are actually pretty fitting to the characters and not to off-putting. One of the problems I had was when some of the other characters were brought in. Their voices would ether be to low for me to hear and when I turned it up, the loud voices and music hurt my ears. The music has a pretty nice pop art sound to it and then it was balanced with a little bit of the piano music, and I never had trouble with it overpowering the scenes. Most fit pretty well though they did have some of side-walk walking music that made some characters fun.

Rating:
Pretty nice but I don't like the cliff hanger ending and some of the animation falls flat. The story line also gets confusing.

Link to Wikipedia Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Blood_Brothers

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Utawarerumono, Those who are Sung(Apr 3, 2006 – Sept 25, 2006)
Director: Tomoki Kobayashi Written by: Makoto Uezu Music: Hijiri Anze, Miyu Nakamura
Action-Adventure, High Fantasy,
Key Words: Swords, Cat Girls, Anthro, Magic, War,
Studio: Oriental Light and Magic American Licensed Publisher: Funimation Entertainment
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Episodes: 26


Two sisters, Eruru and Aruru, found a man badly injured in the woods and bring him to the healer of the village. When he awoke, he found that he had no memory of who he was or where he came from. The only piece of his past he had was a strange mask he could not take off. Given the name Hakuoro, he starts to fit in around the village. But in this war torn world we live in, can the peaceful life he just started stay that peaceful?


My Thoughts: This is one of my favorite anime shows I have to say. The thing is, it will touch you in ways your emotions have never been touched before, or ways that will surprise you. Some of you might have heard of this show from the game of the same name released in 2002. The game is listed as an ‘adult tactical role-playing visual novel’ (that’s a mouthful of itself) by a company called Leaf. For those not into gaming lingo, a tactical role-playing game is a type of video game where you have role-playing and strategy into one game. I believe ‘Final Fantasy Tactics’ falls down that same sort of line if I was to use a more well known title. Visual Novels on the other hand have a game play that is more based on amazing graphics and almost a ‘choose your own adventure’ aspect. And if we are going to break apart the genre even more, Adult really means that there are some rather ‘erotic’ points or that it is full of violence. The reason why I am breaking this down for you is because Utawarerumono was based off this really interesting genre and though I have not played the game, I feel that from what little I have seen, it sticks rather close to the idea of it.

The whole story is based around a man named Hakuoro, or at least that’s the name they call him. He is a man who lost his memory and can’t even remember who he is or why he has a mask on his face that will not come off. I know what you’re thinking, ‘She calls everything a stereotype so she probably will call this a stereotype as well’. The truth is your right. I will call this a stereotype but in this case, I think it actually works rather well to a point. There are major spoilers that will help answer why he lost them and it’s not just a bump on the head, but for the reasons they do give us it just does work for this type of story line. Since it’s based off of a game series, the main character is normally the one we play as. For this, it seems logical to have that character not know anything about his past in order to explain why he would select an answer to a question in the way he does. It also helps you learn more of his past through his eyes. I do understand why people use it, but it is over used.

Going back to Hakuoro, his personality is sort of bland. Sure he acts like a true leader, someone clothed in mystery and experience beyond his years, but sadly that seems to be the only thing that he has. That is sort of the ‘point’ where the stereotype point doesn’t seem to want to work. You can give a person amnesia and have him still have a personality, but here he just seems like a cardboard cut out with how serious he takes things all the time… until a point. You see, this show has a strange way of making everything that happens as a spoiler so it’s hard to talk about. I can say though that at that point you really do see the layers of Hakuoro that are really in depth. Where up until that point, he seems as though he is the perfect person in the world and then it makes you think he might not be that perfect after all.

The next characters are the two sisters that act as his adopted family. It doesn’t seem right introducing them separate as they are so close. We will start with the youngest first I think. Aruru is a rather fun loving girl although we start out with her being rather timid. She has a really shy personality that makes me smile whenever I see her acting so curious. There really isn’t much else about her except that she acts her age. She is a really believable little girl who I think might be around 6 or 7 years old. Eruru on the other hand is a very motherly figure. She cares not only for Aruru but for everyone around her. She is so many things that its surprising such a young girl can do all the things she does. She’s not only a big sister to Aruru but she consoles Haruoro whenever he is torn between his discussions, calms those that need to be calmed, heals those who are sick both inside her group of friends and outside in the town, and somehow is still able to manage herself. I am surprised she doesn’t break, making what she proclaims in the first episode ‘country girls are strong’ make a lot of sense.

Now there are so many characters in this show that it is really hard to talk about every single one of them. Most of them are even spoilers for parts of the show which makes this review a living nightmare to try to do without spoiling anything. So instead of talking about the rest of the characters, I guess I will use this area to talk about the setting of the show. The show is based loosely around an indigenous people from Japan known as the Ainu (Aynu). Think of them as the Native American’s of Japan (in a very very loose based way). They hunted and gathered their food, lived in small communities, and had a culture that was very based on the land. If you look at Haruoro’s name, it actually is an Ainu word that I believe loosely means “White Emperor” (I am not an Ainu nor do I know how to speak Ainu, it’s something I found online). They mixed the Ainu culture with a Feudal Japan culture in order to make a rather interesting war torn country, much like in historic times. The only difference is that in the show, everyone (except for Haruoro it seems) is an anthropomorphic creature. They have the bodies of humans with ears and tails (or wings) of an animal. Many of the strange things seem to point to it being an alternate timeline to our own but every once in a while, they sneak in a bit of technology that doesn’t seem to make any sense. It just adds to the mystery.

This show has a strange way of jumping up and down a lot. As was stated many times before now, this is a show based on the rise and fall of nations doing battle. As such, there are many different battles that are fought through the course of the series. Between each battle however, we are given a couple small breaks between the actions. These can be as boring as political debates on the next course of action to a slice of life following the lovable antics of Aruru and her friends. I think part of this is to show exactly how war is carried out, but also I just think it’s partly for our psychological relief. This show is 26 episodes long; if we had a battle that lasted that whole time, we would be up in arms the whole time wanting our side to win. We wouldn’t have time to get into the characters heads, no time for us to become emotionally connected to them, to hear the story of their past, to understand why they are fighting. These breaks do give us that time to get to know them, and sometimes to introduce new characters.

The animation is so beautiful at times, and then we will get points that just seem rather standard. Backgrounds are always so detailed and colored so amazing that it’s hard to notice the little things that don’t look quite right though. There are small times that the show used CG to show off some of the action scenes but I don’t blame them. The fact that this is a battle heavy anime means that there are a ton of extras that would have to be drawn over and over again. CG helps cut the corners of this and if done right, it looks really good. I could barely see the differences for the most part between the CG and the animation so I think that is a win on their side. The times they didn’t use the CG stuff was actually rather good as well, with characters movements being rather fluid and not many hiccups in design. I love how for most of the comedy, they kept to the same style as the rest of the show instead of trying to go chibi all the time. One of the main things I found so attractive of this show is the colors they work with. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful but they change the brightness to fit the mood. It can be so bright with fun colors and then suddenly have rather dark deep colors to show a very serious mood.

The music has this sort of haunting tone to it that seems to be sad but also a little mysterious. I am not sure if they were trying to match the concept of Hakuoro or just a sort of haunting nature of the people but it worked rather well. Pretty much all of the music besides the opening and the ending song were only instrumental, and captured the mood nicely. I do not know how close it is to Ainu music but it felt like it could be part of it. The English Voice acting I think was right on the mark with a lot of the characters. I sort of fell for Hakuoro’s rather soft and yet forceful voice for some reason. Jogn Gremillian did such a beautiful job making Hakuoro sound like a caring man but also a man who can take charge when it was needed. For what little lines Aruru had, Sasha Paysinger did a very good job with the rather cute voice that actually didn’t get on my nerves at all. For real, it wasn’t a high pitched moe character that normal people do, but a more sweet style that I love. Kira Vincent-Davis did the voice for Eruru, and though it was rather good, I somehow feel a little disappointed in that the character sounds close to others she has done. Also, big props on Vic Mignogna who actually for once in his life played a character that was most of the time serious and didn’t freak out all the time! (Ok, so that might not be exactly true on this being the only character he played like that, but most of his characters do tend to freak out.)

This show had very few flaws to it in my opinion, and had to be one of my favorite shows to jump into. You could feel the great chemistry between the characters, the amazing look of the battles, and the rather calming moments of the breaks.


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Utawarerumono OVA(Jun 5, 2009 – Jun 23, 2010),
Director: Tomoki Kobayashi
Action-Adventure, High Fantasy,
Key Words: Swords, Cat Girls, Anthro, Magic, War,
Studio: Oriental Light and Magic American Licensed Publisher:

Episodes: 3


Urutori finds a baby, Eruru gets kidnapped, and Touka trys to capture a mighty fish spirit of the lake. How will they get threw these issues during the time of peace?


My Thoughts: These were pretty much cute little side stories during the main show. It’s all quite random but you can get a rather interesting look at the personalities of each character without breaking the plot of the show. I consider these more like character arcs that can really flesh out a character.

The animation actually sometimes looks a like it was done a bit better then the TV show but yet it doesn’t feel disconnected from it. It’s just enough to show this wasn’t done with the rest of it. The opening seems to be a bit confusing if you didn't finish the TV show. There is a part that will give you a small clue as to what happened at the end that could end up spoiling the show.

The music is one of the best parts because it has the really nice feel just like the TV show. The Japanese dub is rather good as well with the right feeling expressed. I wish they had also tried to do an English dubing of it but sadly I have not found anything about that.

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Utawarerumono: The False Faces, (Oct 3 2015 - )
Director: Keitaro Motonaga Written by: Takamitsu Kono Music: Aquaplus
Action-Adventure, High Fantasy,
Key Words: Swords, Cat Girls, Anthro, Magic, War,
Studio: White Fox American Licensed Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
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Episodes: 26




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Soul Eater Soru Ita(Apr 7, 2008 – Mar 30, 2009)
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Low Fantasy, Comedy, Action-Adventure, Supernatural,
Key Words: Ghosts, Shinigami, fighting, soul reapers, gothic,
Studio: Bones American Licensed Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 51

Soul Eater is based around 3 groups of teenagers that attend a school called "Death Weapon Meister Academy", where Meisters and there weapons are taught how to fight evil Souls known as kishin. The reason for gathering 99 kishin souls and one witch soul is to become the weapon of Mr. Shinigami, also known as the Grim Reaper. The Main group of characters are Maka, the daughter of Mr. Shinigami's weapon at the moment and he second Meister at the academy, and Soul, her 'to cool' scythe weapon. The story also circles around Black Star (a over estactic assassin), his partner Tsubaki (a very skillful assassin weapon), Death the Kid (the child of Shinigami and a perfectionist) and his twin weapons Liz and Patty (Twin Guns that grew up on the street).


My Thoughts:I love the mixture of Goth and comedy that is placed into the show. The show shows the strengths and weaknesses up front so you can see the growth of each character as the story opens up more. I have to say that the intro into the lives gives each person more to grasp and fall in love with. I also like how they have the deadliest serial killers turning into these strange kishin characters, not looking human, but monster-ish. In the end, I felt it rather anticlimactic. Almost a cop out.

Everything is pretty comical without going to the extreme but also keeps a little of that darkness about it. In fact, most of it is quite bright until we hit about the middle of the story and sadly, it gets a bit more serious. I like and dislike that part, part of me wishing that it would keep a little more comical parts into it but then it wouldn’t work well with half of the dark things.

I don’t understand Blair’s real reason for being there. She’s a kitten who shows herself as a human with large breasts and a really nice figure. Most of the time, she is flirting and showing her body off a lot. I really don’t understand her role except for the fan service.

Now I have a small problem with this show. It seems that men will get women weapons, and women would get men weapons. It’s rather odd, the only characters that really show anything different is Stine and Death when they can also carry Death Scythe. I don’t really count the monster weapons like Escalader in that though. They are just a little two off for me to talk about them being with men or women.

The Animation is pretty spot on, and I was surprised that the action scenes were actually well detailed. I’m extremely happy that I got to see how nicely detailed the fights are with Soul and Maka. It’s very fluid and don’t seem to be many hiccups in it. Most of the comical scenes seem to be only the hiccups but they seem to fit in rather well.

The English voice of Soul actually is my favorite English voice placed to character! Surprisingly, it isn’t Johnny Young Bosh which surprised me when I first heard it. Death (Spirit) has a very interesting voice, where the Japanese seems to have an interesting older voice like the voice of a grandfather; the English voice is more of a middle aged adult with a comical side. I like the English a bit more then the Japanese in that aspect and like how it works with the others. The music is pretty hard core and the opening is something that I really loved!

All in all, It’s a really great show! You should at least watch it if not buy it!

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Puni Puni Poemi OVA , Puni Puni ☆ Poemii(Mar 7, 2001)
Director: Shinichi Watanabe
Action-Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-fi,
Key Words: Fan Service, Magic, Magical Girl, Moe, Parody, Yuri
Studio: J.C.Staff Licensed American Publisher: ADV Films
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Poemi Watanabe, also known as Kobayashi, is a 10 year old, out of control spas who wants to become a famous voice actress. Unfortunately, she seems to be to dense to understand her grades are bad and her voice acting is even worse. After her parents are killed by a ball swinging Alien, she goes and lives with Futaba Aasu (her loving and I mean ‘loving’ best friend) and the Aasu family. The Aasu family is a group of super heroines who protect the world from evil. When they go out to fight the aliens, Poemi meets a strange man who gives her a magical fish that talks. When she takes the fish, skins it, makes it into a wand and waves it, she becomes a magical girl named Puni Puni Poemi the magical savior of the world... or at least should be...


My Thoughts: This Anime is so stupid. There is no easier way to say that. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT? Let me explain what I mean. It’s really hard to talk about this show because it’s just all over the place. At one point, it just feels like they are stalling for time so they can make it run two episodes long.

The show starts out with a bit of an epic concept about someone wanting to take over the world and make it a place of beauty and sweetness. This wouldn’t be so bad except that right after the opening song, we get… stupidity. A Hyper, overactive girl screaming at the camera for the whole show is not my idea of a good show. This is just made for people to feel uncomfortable, isn’t it? Because the aliens having large balls knocking around from where their genitals would be, little kids showing off their ass, all the sexual images and jokes, and the very hyper girl messes with me. What else can I say about this show? I really have no idea… From the baby that predicted danger by pooping, to the S&M Dominatrix, there is so many jokes that just seem to fly over my head. I blame Japanese jokes that are culturally sensitive and toilet humor being there for no reason.

The artwork is all over the place. The opening is part anime, part live action with a young Japanese girl looking like she is running around on a beach. What makes it even more unsettling is that they put so many nudity shots in the beginning over this running girl that I just get thrown off faster then you can say Parody. Then when we get into the show finally, we get noodle legs and arms all over the place. Nothing keeps its proportion and things just seem to have a really high cartoon physics that gets on my nerves at times. Sure it works pretty well in Loony Tunes, but then they are not trying to milk it for all its worth. In shows like Loony Tunes, there is a time and place to use those physics and they don’t distract from the overall story. In this case, it really does. Whenever she moves, I feel like any OCD that I have is going to go overboard because I get distracted by her movements and can’t understand the story… if there really is any story to begin with. Still I do have to give them props for the amazing amount of color in this show. And… That might be all that I can give it. Character designs when they are still are pretty bland, little children sexualized way too much (of course, that happens in many more Anime, not just here), and the backgrounds are generic.

The music isn’t all bad. The opening song is kind of fun and playful, much like most songs from Excel Saga (another show I really am not a fan of but has decent music). The English voice acting is really terrible, and that mostly is with Poemi. Her voice is either two high, to energetic, or to out of control that I can barely understand her. Nothing she says seems to be of any importance because they never give you a chance to hear it. The third person speaking that she does also gets on my nerves very fast. I understand, she is trying to get into a rule of a girl named Poemi, I understand that the original voice actor, Yumiko Kobayashi, was trying to portray that she is playing a character playing another character. But does that really mean she has to keep saying her own name? Just saying Poemi did this or Poemi did that would be enough. Flipping through the different names made me miss her real name for a long time, making me think that the magical girl was just named Poemi instead. I give props to Cynthia Martinez who probably never got a chance to breathe trying to read the lines for Poemi though. Its one thing when it’s animated for your original language, it’s completely different when trying to dub a show where the artwork has already been done.

This is not the show for me. Looking at it compared to others like this, this is pretty much the bottom of the barrel. From the artwork, the jokes that really do not work outside Japan, and the voice acting adds up to a big mess to me.

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Nerima Daikon Brothers, Oroshitate Myūjikaru Nerima Daikon Burazāzu, Dress-up Musical Nerima Daikon Brothers(Jan 9, 2006 – Mar 27, 2006)
Director: Shinichi Watanabe
Black Comedy, Low Fantasy,
Key Words: Music, Urban,
Studio: Studio Hibari Licensed American Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 12

Hideki, Ichiro, and their cousin Mako live together on Hideki’s small and humble Daikon Farm smack dab in the center of Narima, Japan. They work together and sing on the farm; although their neighbors would rather they stop. Their dream is to build a rock in roll dome right there for their band to practice in but every time they try to get money, it normally disappears. One day, a guy tricks them out of their money and so they do the only thing normal people can, they sneak in and rid the world of the evil-doers that steal money. With the help of Nabeshin, a rental guy, they battle them and get the money back, only to lose it again. Will they ever make it big or will they plummet to the ground all the time?


My Thoughts:The show is really stupidly silly. But unlike Puni Puni Poemy and Excel Saga, this one has a story that he sticks to. I like the story because its heart wrenching but because of the black comedy, it doesn’t make me want to cry. I wanted to keep watching because of the characters and how they interact with each other, and to see if they ever would make their dream come true. They had me laughing from the start even if some of the jokes were a little gross.

The animation is not really all that wonderful, but it works with the fact that this is a comedy and not a normal show. The characters at times lose all proportion, turn chibi, stretch out strange or have their arms and legs move strange but it all works.

When we get down to the music, It’s wonderful! Sometimes then they have a show that is all about the music, they will either fail or like this one, rock out! I loved ever song even if I won’t look for most of them on a CD. There really wasn’t much background music, it was all in the front and they never really made it feel like it should be put in the back!

All in all, great show and I would like to see more of this then the other style he does.

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Wallflower (Oct 3, 2006 – Mar 27, 2007) Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
Director: Shinichi Watanabe
Black-Comedy, Romantic-Comedy, Supernatural, Drama, slice of life, Harem,
Key Words: Gothic, Bishōnen, implied adult content,
Studio: Nippon Animation American Licensed Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 25

Sanako Nagahara was a young girl who gave up on the world after her crush told her she was ugly. She stopped caring about what she looked like, how she acted around others, and stayed inside most of the time. She fell farther and farther into what she called the land of ‘darkness’ so much so, that her aunt, Mine Nakahara, became rather worried about her. She decided to take her to her mansion which she made as a boarding home for four very beautiful young men. Because she was always traveling to find love, she made a deal with the men that if they could teach her to be a delicate flower of a lady, their rent would be cut in half but if they didn’t, they would have to pay double rent. Of course they jump on the offer but after meeting Sanako, their chances are slim that they will ever be able to change her. She can’t even look at them without freezing up and getting a nose bleed, feeling as if she will melt which makes her fall deeper into her dark room. It seems teaching this rather gothic child to be an elegant lady will be much harder then it looks.


My Thoughts: What do you get when you have a romantic comedy with a girl that is gothic? Well, you may get a lot of things but you might not get something as wonderful as this. The show has a lot of things that make it fun and memorable. I was surprised that Watanabe (The one that made Excel Saga) actually had a hand in this one.

We get to the characters and I think in all fairness, we just have to start with Sanako. Sanako is a sad girl but it wasn’t her fault really. I know a couple people that sank like this when someone they liked said they did not like them, maybe not as bad but still. I feel close to her because I have almost the same problem sometimes in where my confidence goes out the window and I feel like locking myself in my room. You can sometimes even feel her pain when you have been threw the same thing she does.

Noi is almost the exact opposite of Sanako. She’s always caring about her looks to hopefully have Takenaga love her even more. The anime doesn’t show that they are going out but it does show that they are close.

The boys are all archie types of the type of guys girls like in anime. Takenaga is the traditional Japanese man who is quiet and gentle. He is smart and pretty much considered more ‘normal’ then the others. He’s very calm and never was bothered by Sanako’s crazy stuff. He grew up in a rather respected high class rich family but it doesn’t seem to affect him much.

Ranmaru is another rich boy but on the other side of the spectrum of Takenaga. He’s a ladies man and loves older women. He’s not tied down to one women and doesn’t want to be told what to do really. The thought of someone like Sanako made his skin crawl but after seeing how she looks dressed up, he thought twice.

Not much is talked about for Yuki. In the anime sadly, he doesn’t have much story line except for knowing that he comes from a normal family that isn’t rich. He’s the cutesy girlish face and most of the time, he is dressed up in girl clothing even though he just wants to be like the other boys. Unfortunately, he acts like a child most of the time and whines a lot making me unable to like his voice sometimes.

Lastly is Kyohei. He is the relative bad boy, always getting into fights and trouble. He can never keep a job because his bosses weather male or female sexually harass him leaving him with a short-temper. He is a real pretty boy even if he doesn’t try to take care of himself and his hair is always messy. Out of all the men in this show, I think he is the best to be with Sanako because he has gone threw the opposite of her and that they both work so well together.

The style of art looks much like a version of gothic Bishonen or beautiful men design. The eyes are highly eye-lashed and makes them look almost more like girls. The style is really clean and crisp and they don’t normally cut the design budget without adding a little bit to the show. Most of the time, it’s just to add more to a joke that is happening though they have a strange style for getting out of drawing millions of people in a mob scene.

The Vocals are elegant mostly, both Japanese and English have the right idea’s in how the voices should sound to me though I believe the English voice of Takenaga tried a little to hard to make his voice a few too many octaves higher then it should when his character got to emotional. It’s sort of funny because this is the voice of Tamaki from Ouran High and Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. Yes, I’m talking Vic Mignogna and sadly, this was not one of his best performances. Some of the jokes didn’t translate right when they did the dub and so they tried to force the English words to work and it seemed out of it.


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I SO LOVE THIS! Clearly a must see for anyone into comedy with a dark side.

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Rune Soldier , Mahō Senshi Riui, Magical Soldier Louie(Apr 3, 2001 – Sept 18, 2001)
High Fantasy, Comedy, Action-Adventure,
Key Words: Magic, Swordsmen,
Licensed American Publisher: ADV Films

Episodes: 24

Louie is a bumbling sorcerer from the Magician’s Guild in Ohfun that can’t even use a simple spell. It seems he would be a natural at it being the Guild Master Carwes’ adopted son but he would rather brawl in the local bars then study magic. One of these times, he meets a group of women adventurers, Melissa, a Mylee Priestess of the God of Battle and war, Genie, a former soldier and very short tempered, and Marrill, a thief and part time worker who is oppressed with money; who are looking for a women magician to help them with their journeys but sadly, everyone except Louie are to much into there books to help. At first, they deny him outright, but that was all to change. Melissa gets a message from Mylee that her Champion she had to serve was Louie, much to her dismay. As Louie joins the group now, will he ever be a good adventurer and can Melissa ever make him into a Valeant Champion?


My Thoughts:Now, many people may wonder why some of this may feel a little familiar if they have seen Record of Lodoss War. It’s because the show was based in the same world as Lodoss, but on a different continent. I have a feeling they used that to pretty much get away with not specifying anything that actually happened on Lodoss, even though they have basically the same design concepts. I bring up the fact that Celecia, a cute yellow haired elf girl they meet in the second journey looks really close to Deedlit, the elf girl in the Record of Lodoss War. I do have a question on why Celecia is even in the show, she is only shown twice it seems and she never really does much except being a spiritual helper… just like Deedlit… um… But… getting back on subject.

This isn’t a like Lodoss, in that he is rather crazy and comical. The characters don’t act exactly how their classes are stereotyped with makes for a better rounded character personality. I see them growing into the idea of Louie and get a hang for his antics, even to the point that they praise him (though right after, add a damn hard slap to the face comment). This show is with a lot of strong women, they never show themselves to be a damsel in distress so Louie never has to really ‘save them.’ I fact, normally they are saving him from his stupidity.

It’s something I think people should watch, though if you’re looking for serious, this is not for you. I guess I can credit this to D&D. There are two ways of playing, the serious ones that takes everything as the rules, no talking without being in the game… then there are the lose fit, those who have fun with it and play it just for something to do. This is the later….. Lodess War is the first.

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Fruits Basket(July 5, 2001 – Dec 27, 2001), Furuba
Director: Akitaro Daichi Written by: Higuchi Tachibana
Romantic-Drama, Low Fantasy, Comedy, Reverse Harem,
Key Words: Bishōnen, Body Switching, Slice of Life, Love Triangle, Zodiac,
Studio: Studio Deen American Licensed Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 26

Tohru Honda was a normal living with her mother until a car accident left her a orphan. As she tries to not be a bother to anyone, she tries to go to high school and live on her own in a tent in the back woods. Luckily, she meets Yuki Sohma, a pretty boy of the high school she goes to. Yuki and his cousin, Shigure, take pity on her and have her live with them for a bit. That's when this school girl is thrust into a world of magic and secrets. Turns out the Sohma family has a huge secret. Thirteen of the members are possessed by the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac including the cat. She promises not to tell anyone and starts living with the boys and Kyo, possessed by the Cat. Can she break the curse and help them all find happiness? And what about her own happiness? And will the Cat and the Rat (Kyo and Yuki) EVER stop fighting?


My Thoughts: The story is rather cute and sweet. A rather slow moving story with a lot more in the way of talking and cutesy moe look. It’s sad that they didn’t stay true to the actual manga and in fact, they messed up a gender since the manga wasn’t finished before hand. I won’t spoil it but those who read the manga, you might be able to guess. Unfortunately, when they did this, they changed the reasoning behind how they act and it just messes up the story since it’s a pretty big roll in it. The story does keep the fact that it starts out really fun and then to the later middle and ending, it gets a bit more down and depressing. Just a little bit of a warning.

The characters are fun and lively with their personalities but each one seems to be a stereo typical to an anime standard. Tohru reminds me a lot like myself, her personality and how she takes care of anyone but she is a saint not to act like a crying little girl for what she had to go through. Now sometimes I do have a problem with just how she acts though. I want to yell at her ‘JUST CRY ALREADY!’ It’s a pain just how sweet and innocent she is.

The Animation is pretty good though once in a while it seems to break a bit, but one thing that they didn’t get rid of was the way the actual artist draws the chibi ghost characters when something funny happens. I love that about the art in the manga and keep the two together even if the story is a bit different.

The Music is really cute, though the opening is really two slow and annoying. I always wanted to skip it because it was both that and depressing. The English dub is a tiny bit better but not by much. The music in the background is good though some of the slice of life stuff is a little worse for wear in that it plays a little too often for my taste.

The voice acting in both the Sub and Dub are good but I lean much more into the English voices since they are better then the Japanese (my own opinion) though I still don’t like it all the way. The voices are a little hard to listen to when you marathon it and you might want to take a brake between it. The show as a whole has much to be improved on but it is not a really bad show.

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I say rent in instead of buy the DVD.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruits_Basket

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The Vision of Escaflowne (Apr 2, 1996 – Sept 24, 1996), Tenku no Escaflowne, Escaflowne of the Heavens, Escaflowne
Director: Kazuki Akane
Adventure-Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Key Words:Catgirls, Love Triangle, Mecha, other world, Dragons, Reverse Harem,

Episodes: 26

Hitomi was a every day high school girl who was great at sports and loved to use Tarot cards to look at the future. But one day, she is transported to a magical world called Gaea, and meets a young Prince Van Fanel and is caught up in a quest to unite the countries of Gaea against the Zaibach empire.


My Thoughts: There are a couple things that seem way to ‘well placed’ almost. For instance, is it just me or her carrying her bag with her into the other world was a smart move on the writers. It actually gives her a reason to be dressed up in her school uniform unlike every other show out there. Now there are some things in this show that remind me a lot of Inu-yasha. It’s the whole transportation thing. I really don’t like how they keep recapping the last episode. I feel they could have really gone without that. They do it in a way that reminds me of the opening to YuGiOh. I am happy about the very little fan service that is in this show. You rarely see anything that would be considered fan service except for the cat girl at some points.
The Artwork is interesting and very vintage, done pretty well for the time period that it was created as. The backgrounds feel almost oil based and rather pretty. Sadly, the stuff that is on the cell animation is lacking badly, and even when it’s supposed to be on the background or is seen close up, it’s again disappointing. The characters though are nicely designed. Some of the characters look like they are from other animes, such as the ‘wizard’ on the other side, Folken, looks like Vash and a side knight in Allan’s court, Getin I think his name is, looks a little like Wolfwood. It just makes me think of Clamp.
The voices in the English version are pretty good to me considering as well. Hitomi’s voice doesn’t make me cringe as bad as I would of thought, although, is it just me or does she sound a lot like Kagome from Inu-yasha? Sadly, the English and Japanese versions of the script differ a bit more then I would like sadly though they kept the just of what they were talking about. They had even cut out a lot some of the excess dialog. It’s bad when there is a little gap between when someone is supposed to say something and they are supposed to be interrupted. The Japanese seems a little better in that aspect.
The ending made me laugh so hard. It feels like it’s not supposed to be linked to this show. It’s also more up beat then the opening which doesn’t really make me get into the story.

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Chi's Sweet Home (Mar 31, 2008 - Sept 26, 2008)
Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara
Comedy,
Key Words: Slice of Life, Cats,

Episodes: 104

Chi is a cute little kitten who after being separated from her mother and siblings, gets taken in by a family and their small boy. The family has never owned a cat before and so every day is a new experience for them and for the little kitten that is now learning about home life. Problems arise with the apartment that the family lives in does not allow pets and the problems with the family learning how to take care of their little pet while keeping it a secret. Will they be able to keep little Chi or have to give her away?


My Thoughts: First off, why is it that most of the families in anime are called Yamada? Well, besides that, the story is rather entertaining and my ‘cute’ or ‘Kawaii’ meter went off the charts watching this. Just like Azumanga, you might not want to sit through the whole thing even if the shows are about 3 minutes per episode, it adds up. The story line is hard to explain except for a day in the life of a cat and cat family.
The animation is rather chibi-fide, making it rather low detailed and everything looking a bit like I could roll it around like a ball. I like most of that, because it reflects the story but when even the adults look like that, it seems off. The colors are very bright and childish. The movement is pretty fluid but sometimes Chi gets into strange positions which I don’t think a cat can get into.
The Voices work for the characters, and the music is really cutesy and actually fit the mood.

Rating:
SO CUTE! MUST GET!

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Chi's New Address (Mar 30, 2009 - Sept 25, 2009)
Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara
Comedy,
Key Words: Slice of Life, Cats,

Episodes: 104

The Yamada’s decide it is very unfair to force Chi to hide indoors in their apartment where they aren’t aloud to have pets so they decide Chi must move away for her own happiness.


My Thoughts: Pretty much the same idea’s as the first. This one has a few more sad points to it and it made me go ‘awwww’ a couple times. Again, just like Azumanga, you might not want to sit through the whole thing even if the shows are about 3 minutes per episode, it adds up. One thing about this is that there really was no ending, I guess it’s partly because the manga isn’t over as well.
The animation is rather chibi-fide, making it rather low detailed and everything looking a bit like I could roll it around like a ball. I like most of that, because it reflects the story but when even the adults look like that, it seems off. The colors are very bright and childish. The movement is pretty fluid but sometimes Chi gets into strange positions which I don’t think a cat can get into.
The Voices work for the characters, and the music is really cutesy and actually fit the mood.

Rating:
SO CUTE! MUST GET!

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi's_Sweet_Home

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Ghost Stories, Gakkou no Kaidan, Ghosts at School (Oct 22, 2000 – Mar 25, 2001),
Director: Noriyuki Abe Music: Kaoru Wada
Action, Supernatural, Black Comedy, Drama, Horror,
Key Words: Demons, Ghosts, Japanese Folklore,
Studio: Pierrot American Licensed Publisher: ADV Films
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Episodes: 20


Satsuki Miyanoshita and her younger brother Keiichirou were just about to start First Grade and middle school when their father decided to move them to their late mother’s and his old town. Things seemed to go fine, starting a new school, making new friends… that is till their cat Kaya runs into the old abandoned school building right next to the new school. Rumors abound that the school house was hunted, but they went in after Kaya. Inside, they find a world different and strange with ghosts and ghouls running around the place. One such demon was Amanojku. He tried to capture them for what their mother did to him long ago. Through the chase, they find their mothers old journal that had details on how to exorcise the ghosts once for all. When they try to exorcise Amanojku, he ends up sealed within the body of Kaya and the only way for him to be gone for good is to exorcise all of the ghosts. Can Satsuki and her friends vanquish them all and get their cat back or will the ghosts over power her and destroy them?


My Thoughts: This is one of those shows that is really hard to talk about, especially when I talk about the dub. I normally like when the dub is at least close to the original storyline and anyone who has heard of this show would know that it isn’t the case here. There are three different versions as I have heard about this show; the Sub of course, and then two different dubs even if I have only been able to see one. The dub that I’m going to be talking about is the ADV version and not the rumored Animax version. Most of the character personalities and such will be from the dub as well.

So starting out with the characters, there is really only One way to explain them, archetypes (Well, and stereotypical but I use that word way to often so trying to stop using it for the most part). We start out with are rather basic main character Satsuki who had just moved into a new town with her father and little brother Keiichirou. The town is special as her parents had met and grew up in that town before. On her and her brother’s first day, their cat runs into the old abandoned school and they run in after, meeting a couple other people along the way. When they do, she finds her mother’s old Ghost Journal and their adventure begins. I have no idea why the creators of this show thought it would be a good idea to make Satsuki wear short dresses for pretty much all of the shows as it never fails that her panties will be seen. You got to remember, these are young elementary students, not even high schoolers and yet they still pull perverted cracks about what color her panties are. Again, overall she is pretty basic.

Her brother Keiichirou is a little bit of a crybaby but I don’t really blame him. He is pretty much the baby of the group as he is just a first grader. He is the typical little boy who is shy and pretty new. In the dub they make it so that he is a bit special as there are times where you can only hear this incomprehensible babble coming from his mouth. Again, there really isn’t much to say on him.

The next character we should talk about it Hajime Aoyama and he is more over a perverted kid about the same age as Satsuki. He lives next door to Satsuki and the first thing we ever see him talk about is her panties after she by accident flashes him without knowing it. I actually do think he and her would make a cute couple if this was more of a slice of life instead of a supernatural show as the two just seem to work really well together.

Reo… or Leo as they pronounce it in the dub is a really big believer in the paranormal. He is always talking about he is a respected Paranormal researcher and yet you can tell he is just full of himself. A running gag in the dub is that he is Jewish which I can understand why they decided to make him that for a crazy dub as this. He has rather large glasses and the odd lips that seem to be over exaggerated.

Then there is Momoko, who is pretty much a strange mix. I tried really hard to love her character in how she isn’t normally scared by even the most dangerous of situations but I really can’t. Just something about the dub in the fact they made her a devout Christian gets on my nerves. It’s not me being sensitive to the stereotype they put for her, It’s just me being really annoyed. I grew up Lutheran in a Christian town but I’m Wiccan now. I normally wear a Pentagram around my neck and have never taken it off since I first got it about 2 years ago but because of this, there have been times I have been called a satanic being that needs to be saved or just in general called out because of it. There was even a time in which I was working as a cashier and a lady ran out of the store yelling ‘NOPE! EVIL!’ when I was trying to check her out. I am not making this up, it’s really true so when they have a character in a show who’s whole purpose in it is to be a girl that sort of forces the religion down your throat, I tend to want to punch the screen.

The Animation is pretty sub par. I do like how the 3D blends in so much with the drawn aspect but that’s the only thing that really stands out. It’s kind of cute when it wants to be, but then can go down hill pretty fast, especially during the movement. I can say that the ghosts look haunting though, and I think most of them were created based on the Japanese ghost stories most grew up with. I can see a couple of them from other games and anime that are based in the supernatural so I know the designs are not really that creative. In fact the characters are not really all that creative too.

The voices of the dub actually are very close to the Japanese voices even if the script is no where near the actual translation. There are a lot of great voice actors on this project like Monica Rial, Chris Patton, and Greg Ayres to name a few and they do a amazing job in doing the characters. You can tell how much fun they were having with the show. When I did this review before, I hated that they changed the story so much but now that I am older and better at reviewing, I can understand why they did so and it doesn’t bother me all that much anymore. I still do want to see a ‘normal’ dub of this show at some point though. There were times within this dub that made me laugh but then the rest seemed like they were trying to cram as much comedy in as they could no matter where it was going to go. Monica Rial did do an amazing job of Momoko even if I don’t like the religious talk.

The series was also translated into English by Animax and I hear that it stay’s true to the original story. It was sent out under the name Ghosts at School. If anyone has any idea where I can see this version, please let me know.

To be fair to this show, it’s not as bad as what I thought it was and the comedy may not be for everyone but it can be a little enjoyable if this is your comedy. Big warning that if you do watch this, it has a lot of swear words, sexual jokes, racist remarks, and the like.

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Link to Wikipedia Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Stories_%28anime%29

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