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Axis Powers Hetalia (Jan 24, 2009 – Mar 13, 2010)
Director: Bob Shirohata
Comedy,
Key Words: World History, Stereotypes,
Studio: Studio Deen American Licensed Publisher: Funimation Entertainment
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Episodes: 52

It’s the fight between the Allies and the Axis during World War 2 gone crazy! This cute story follows Italy, the representative and embodiment of the country Italy, and his friends Japan, and Germany as they create the Axis while America, England, France, China, and Russia create the Allies and fight against each other. The story may seem hard core war but with the stereotype heavy show like this, it makes for a world of laughs!


My Thoughts: I love this show a lot! The story line is very cute and though sometimes confusing when they keep jumping back and forward between scenes, It was somewhat easy to follow. For those saying they don’t like anything they can’t learn something from, well it has that too. When they start talking about things that happen in their past and people important to the country, sometimes they will have a narrator explain and sometimes they will just have a little fact note to the side you can read to know what they are talking about.

The characters are really awesome and show a lot of different personalities. Each character is a stereotype of their country, pretty much what the other countries see them as. And just so people understand, they don’t leave Japan out of the stereotype. America is the out of control ‘hero’ character who scarfs down hamburgers and milkshakes; England is always the gentleman with bad hygiene; France is always drinking wine and trying to get into everyone’s pants almost, sometimes also shows just how weak he is; China is always building China town all over the place; Russia is psychotic; Germany is strong, by the book, and military-ish; Italy is useless (based with the name); and Japan is quiet and rather formal. Canada… Who’s Canada? I’m just joking but that really is the stereotype of him, he doesn’t show up very much and when he does, no one really notices him.

Chibitalia is a rather cute part of Hetalia talking about Italy when he was much younger; almost a baby shows some of his past to give us more of a story line to how he is. Although it looks like Italy never really grows, I do see him getting a little more helpful as time goes on even if it isn’t very much.

The animation is really pretty and nicely done, popping between true figures and then Chibi style to add to a gag. There really isn’t much to say on the artwork since its pretty much the same as most other shows that came out in the same year. All the characters again are stereotypes of what you would normally see, England has bad hair and bushy eyebrows, Germany is pretty strong looking and is blond hair blue eyed, pretty much stuff like that. It surprised me that they made America also blond and blue eyed since most Native American’s weren’t like that but I guess the artist pretty much played off the German, Dutch, and English blood in America.

When we get into the discussion of English vs. Japanese dub, there really isn’t anything against both. The Japanese and English are both rather funny and loveable for each character, I could pick out each characters voice after listening to it for a moment. The English voice does have one thing that the Japanese doesn’t – accents. Most of the accents are rather done well and even the ‘terrible’ ones like British and French are rather good because you can tell that it was supposed to be that way. It adds a nice personality to the characters. Some of the words are a bit rushed, seeing as how these shows aren’t really the 30 min episodes but more 15 minute ones.

English also had to change a couple of the jokes because they did not translate well but the original idea is still intact. Looking between the English and Japanese, you can tell that the Japanese show their views of the other countries including themselves and the English feeds more off the American view of the rest of the world. I’m a little sad that my favorite character, Prussia, didn’t get much screen time or even get introduced really in this season.

Rating:
One of the best in my mind. The artwork might of been a little off but the story line and voice acting, plus the fact that both soundtracks are awesome no matter how you look at it gives it 5 stars!

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Hetalia: World Series (Mar 26, 2010 – Feb 14, 2011)
Director: Bob Shirohata
Comedy,
Key Words: World History, Stereotypes,
Studio: Studio Deen American Licensed Publisher:

Episodes: 48 + 4 OVA


The group is back with more enemies and even greater allies! Will France and England ever stop fighting each other? Does Italy and Germany get into fights? Well come and see the stereotypes in action during the crazy historical times before and after World War 2!


My Thoughts: I love it still! There are a lot of times where the third season isn’t as good as the first and second but this one isn’t one of them! It’s hard not to have the second season of a comedy go bad though it can happen.

Prussia’s attitude is spot on, giving him the somewhat annoying feeling but with that awesome felling we get. I really don’t get his voice though. I would of thought it would be a bit closer to Germany’s instead of Austria’s accent.

Even though Germany and Italy are separate, we still get times where Italy is sneaking into Germany’s bed still! This show actually reminds me a lot of why people want to do most of the pairings; it shows a lot more of the feelings between the nations and opens up possibilities into what they feel. Some things that they say actually can be taken wrong and give girls like me who am into Yaoi a chance to swoon because of it. I really want them to actually create a new season because there are so many characters that came up at the end of the show and they really need to show them more!

The OVA doesn’t really feel like an OVA in a sense because of how close it is to the actual show that I don’t know why they didn’t just put it together.

The artwork is the same as the first one, not changing the awesome look of it at all.

The voice actors are perfect and witty in there stereotypical banter. I love both English and Japanese dubs and can’t wait to see even more of them. They bring a lot of new characters in and sometimes it is a little hard to understand some of the accents or words they use. I’m not all that fond of Poland’s accent, I think it should be a little more valley girl but it is pretty good in getting the stuck up feeling.

Rating:
Same again from before! The artwork might of been a little off but the story line and voice acting, plus the fact that both soundtracks are awesome no matter how you look at it gives it 5 stars!

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

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The Slayers (Apr 7, 1995 – Sept 29, 1995)
Director: Takashi Watanabe Written by: Takao Koyama
High Fantasy, Comedy, Action-Adventure,
Key Words: Swords, Magic,
Studio: E.G. Films Licensed American Publisher: Bandai Visual; Central Park Media; Funimation Entertainment;

Episodes: 26

Lina Inverse is a wandering sorceress and bandit-killer. After she finishes off a group of bandits called the Dragon Fang, she steals much of their treasure and leaves. Some of the bandits decide to go after her and before she gets to act, a swordsman named Gourry Gabriev who saves her. Thinking Lina was a child, he decides to stay with her to protect her. Since he gave his word, after finding out she was a sorceress, he decides to stay with her till they got to her destination. Soon, one of the artifacts Lina took from the bandits was a special key to the resurrection of the Demon Lord Shabranigdo who was broken into 5 parts and sealed away. As they travel on, they are followed my the mysterious Red Priest Rezo whose intentions are not as they appear.


My Thoughts:This show doesn’t take itself too seriously and that’s what I love about this. It’s much like a dungeon and dragons game where you’re just with a group of friends who jokes around. Even Glass Reflection has said (want more of that, go to the other reviews) and each character has there own personality.We follow two characters most of the times, Lina who is a sorceress with a chip on her shoulder and Gaurry, a rather bumbling warrior. The two work rather well together from the moment they met and are the main reason why the show keeps going on. The two argue like an old married couple but its Gaurry’s heart and Lina’s knowledge that makes the dual work so well in every little case they go. Sure you have some of the stereotypes that happen once in a while, like the ‘stupid’ blond haired Gourry and the little loud mouth girl Lina, but I never found them predictable. I believe one of the reasons why they made him like that is because then we have a sort of open book to help us get into the world. Since he doesn’t know the world (or plays dumb) we get a reason for Lina to explain the things we won’t understand.

Zelgadis is a rather interesting character as he is half stone in his whole body (immature jokes aside fokes). (Kurai: “Ha! Hard as a rock even in bed!” Angel: *smacks him hard on the head* “What did I just say?”) He is also a sorcerer and in the first half, we see him as a protagonist. Now, I don’t think I’m spoiling anything when I say he ends up turning around and teaming with the other characters. Amilia was more annoying then the others but her character sort of grew on me. Lets see, I believe Zelgadis is Chaotic good and Amilia is really Lawful good if you want to get into D&D.

The storyline isn’t really a one directional storyline but it actually changes halfway through. It’s not that it goes into a completely different storyline but it does throw a couple twists and turns. Sadly though, we never get a full sense of the world they are in. They throw things in on last second and then take a little bit of time trying to rectify the change of the world. Now, they have really good luck though in this because most of the explanations actually seem to work but that’s because they didn’t put a standard to the world in the first place.

The artwork does show its age but this was made on cells. Even though its classic, it’s rather clean and when they do stray away from the artwork, its mostly to show a gag rather then just a whim. We do get some still images and overused footage but I never was bothered by this. I have to say their costumes are really ridicules though but that’s a norm for any fantasy style show. The whole magical jewels on magical jewels for a sorcerer, the armor that actually doen’t look like it would protect him to well on his legs, it’s just one of those things. IT is like they made this a stereotypical fantasy but then joke about that same thing at times.

Lina’s English voice was one that I had to actually grow to like, hers and Amilia. They were a little too high but not as high as the Japanese version. I couldn’t get into the Japanese version sadly because of Lina’s voice but the English is another matter. I think some of the jokes also work better in the English but again, it might be regional for this. They talk about lots of items that really aren’t in there time frame like cheeseburgers and such. It gives another layer to the show.

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

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Slayers Next (Apr 5, 1996 – Sept 27, 1996)
Director: Takashi Watanabe Written by: Takao Koyama
High Fantasy, Comedy, Action-Adventure,
Key Words: Swords, Magic,
Studio: E.G. Films Licensed American Publisher: Central Park Media; Funimation Entertainment;


Episodes: 26

Lina, Gourry, Zelgadis, and Amelia meet up again in search for the Clair Bible, a very powerful book with every spell ever created. Along the way, they meet the mysterious priest named Xelloss who seems to know a lot about things that are happening, but pleasures him self on not telling them. Not only he has plans for the group but the Monster race is also trying to get there hands on the powers that are there. Turns out Lina and her friends are just part of a larger evil plan and Lina doesn’t like it one bit!


My Thoughts: This episode keeps the same feeling as the one before with a little extra comedy in it. Comedy brought on by the ex-princess Martina. She’s supposed to be the protagonist but shes more of a comedic relief that I think was put in when people wanted Naga back. Her outfit is slightly less scandless then that of Naga but it’s got the same sort of feeling. I always wonder how the hell those types of clothing stay on a character when her body is always moving around the way it does. Anyway, she is completely out of control, even to the point that she orders her father around. How the hell a princess becomes a spoiled little brat I… ok, never mind. I answered my own question.

It is here that you sort of learn more about who’s side Zelgadis bats for. I have to admit that when I said he was chaotic good in my last review of the first series, I was a little wrong. I believe him to be chaotic natural rather then good. This is because he goes to whatever side he thinks he has more of a chance to get his body back to normal, a feat that always seems to screw up in the end. We also have the normal Lina, Gourry and Amelia as in the last season.

Some of the stuff does seem repetitive, Evil guy wants to take over the world and what not, but there is enough that doesn’t repeat itself that kept me interested. I loved when Xellos ended up showing up out of no where with no reason except for him to get some screen time and give a little more comedy! Next to Zelgadis, Xellos is one of my favorite characters!

Now I should also bring up the character Xellos. It is unclear a lot of times weather he is on the side of good or the side of evil but one thing is clear, he is chaotic in nature. Everything he seems to do is to make chaos in the world. He also seems to be rather interested in Lina in somewhat of a romantic way.

The artwork keeps the same feeling as the first one, showing all our favorite characters in rather interesting predicaments although there are times that the art style looks like the animators got a little bored.

We have the same voices as what they had before, including Crispin Freeman as the voice of Zelgadis. No one else’s voice changed lucky for us and so we don’t have to worry about the same problems that would arise like say… in Pokemon where we hear the cute little boy’s voice change into a crazy puberty voice. David Moo did a rather splendid job catching the witty voice of Xellos, keeping him playful and charming without destroying his overall intention to his voice. After the voice actors got down the personalities of there characters in the first series, they kept that going throughout the next and kept it as fun as it ever was.

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Slayers Try (Apr 4, 1997 – Sept 26, 2997)
High Fantasy, Comedy, Action-Adventure,
Key Words: Swords, Magic,

Episodes: 26

Several months have passed since the end of Slayers Next and the special barrier created to separate Lina’s world with the outside has been shattered making it possible to head out to the outside world. Lina and Gourry are looking to snag a ship and explore, but on there way, they meet a very pretty blond Priestess named Filia, the dragon priestess who begs for Lina’s help to stop a prophecy stating that Dark Star Dugradigdo, a dark lord from another dimension shall rise up and enter their world, spreading chaos. Things get hairy when the full team comes back together to fight against a half demon/half dragon and a strange alien named Hellmaze who wants to save his own world but in return, sacrifice Lina’s.


My Thoughts: These episode stem off of Slayers Next, or a couple years after, don’t get this confused because I arranged them in order by when they came out.
The art work turned out much better in this version; you can tell they put a lot more money and love into it. The voices again are really good, though some of the information about the barrier is lost in translation. I don’t get some things about it though it really doesn’t seem to be problematic to the story line. Filia is interesting, and adds a lot of fun to it. I wish they showed Lina’s sister, I really want to see her in a show. She seems to be a big part of Lina’s character, but we never see just why Lina is so scared of her.

Rating:
Again, pretty much the same feeling although I have to say that its a little cleaner.

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Slayers Special OVA , Slayers: The Book of Spells (July 25, 1996 – May 25, 1997)
Director:Hiroshi Watanabe Written by: Keiko Watanabe Music:
Action-Adventure, Comedy, High Fantasy,
Key Words: Magic, Swords,
Studio:J.C. Staff Licensed American Publisher:ADV Films

Episodes: 3


Each Episode is a self contained story:
First, Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent take on a job to fight against a lunatic magician who wanted to use Lina to make a fearsome spell using master, only to find out that even though it sounds interesting, it is not what she would want.
Next, Lina and Naga are hired by a very over protective mother to help make her ‘brave son’ into a respectable knight by defeating some soldiers that are terrorizing the town. It turns out though that the son can barely even hold a sword much less fight.
The Final story, Lina and Naga are tasked to capture a rogue sorcerer who has found a ancient artifact that creates loyal duplicates of anyone including his enemies. Things turn strange when both Lina and Naga are duplicated and all hell brakes loose. If you thought one of them was bad enough…


My Thoughts: This isn’t like the ones before. In fact, I’m not sure that this is even in the same dimention as the others. Lina is with a strange woman named Naga the Serpent who dresses rather… well… just look at her! (Kurai: “Um… is she a striper?” Angel: “Uggg… could very well be.”) I’m guessing that this is before she ever meets Gourry in fact because she doesn’t talk about him or even mention him. You don’t have to see the first two seasons’s to watch this one, though Naga seems to get a tiny bit of time on screen in them. In fact, the three episodes are not really repetitive and you can probably watch them in any order, though the first one does have the ‘first meeting’ (if you can call it that) of the two. It seems in the first episode that they have a small history between the two though the story never talks about what did happen, Naga seems to know Lina but Lina doesn’t really remember her. I hate when they do something like that because though the whole show, they never say what is really going on. They have a love/hate relationship between them, once in a while they will act like friends but more over then not, Naga always tries to out shine Lina and fight her.

Naga is pretty much a fan service character, not really adding anything except someone who wants to fight Lina every single time and make her life almost hell. Her skimpy outfit reminds me of a hooker and I don’t think anyone can wear her outfit out on the streets without being called over by the police. I understand fan service and being bi, I can actually say I like a little of it but this does tend to gross me out. I am happy that they do not always pay much attention to her outfit, and they do say out ridicules it really is so I let them slide on that.

Lina on the other hand seems to be a bit more down to earth then the episodes before and I’m not sure why that is. She doen’t feel like ‘our Lina’ but someone playing as her. This tends to throw me off slightly as I fell in love with her character from the TV shows.

The Animation is actually nice cell shaded, good for the time at least. It does show its age but again, it fits slightly with the others. It’s only a little bit more blured then the others, as seen in most OVA’s like that. They also end up getting off the character designs at times. You would think for an OVA, they wouldn’t do that.

There isn’t much background music except for the slap stick comedy sounds we will normally hear but these never overpower and sometimes are even non-existent throughout the show. When we do get epic music, sometimes its cut off to leave sort of a comical end. Lina sounds much younger then the other shows and so I guess it shows the time frame. I can’t stand Naga’s voice at all, especially her laugh!

Rating:
I'm sorry but I wish that they explained a little more about how she ended up meeting Naga. Also, Artwork is a little off.

Link to Wikipiedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slayers_Special_%28OVA%29

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Slayers Excellent OVA (Oct 25, 1998 – Mar 25, 1999)
Director:Hiroshi Watanabe Written by: Hiroshi Watanabe, Keiko Watanabe Music: Takayuki Hattori
Action-Adventure, Comedy, High Fantasy,
Key Words: Magic, Swords,
Studio:J.C. Staff Licensed American Publisher:ADV Films

Episodes: 3

The earlier adventures of Lina and Naga when they first meet. During a rescue mission, the two meet while battling after a vampire.
Next, Lina is hired to be the bodyguard of a rather rich man’s daughter, but the girl, Sirene, keeps spending all her money. Lina tries to get back at her with putting together a fake kidnapping that ended up becoming a real kidnapping that she and Naga have to save her from.
Finally, Lina and Naga split up and end up on ether side of a fashion war.


My Thoughts: I have a small question, why was this not the first OVA? I mean, this is where we finally figure out how Naga and Lina met for crying out loud. Of course it did happen pretty much as I suspected but the problem I have is that we seem to keep jumping all over the place. First Naga is there, then she is gone, then she is back again. She is like a bad cold that will not leave Lina alone and although they are a bit friendlier to each other in the first OVA, they are not in this. I’m surprised Lina hasn’t tried to get rid of her more then she has. Naga is even more stupid then Gourry and that says a lot. There really isn’t much else to say about this that has not been said in the first OVA, I still like the TV show more then the OVA. The stories are singled out

The artwork is the same, a very old style of cell drawing with a bit of a haze to it that old shows have. The grain makes it feel very old compared to newer cleaner shows. Characters feel pretty proportional and of course Naga’s breasts bounce unnaturally whenever she moves. On the other hand, Lina’s waist is a bit too small but in the end, she is way more proportional then Naga.

I still cannot stand Naga’s voice. Her laugh sounds like an alarm or something. If I put her laugh as my alarm to get up in the morning, I would probably jump and scream out as I broke it! It’s that bad. She does it way to much; almost all of her dialog has her laughing or being stupid. The same went for Sirene as she had the same voice style. All others are alright, the script is kind of stupid but that goes to show the time frame it was dubbed.

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Link to Wikipiedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slayers_Excellent

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Naruto (Oct 3, 2002 – Feb 8, 2007)
Director: Hayato Date Written by: Katsuyuki Sumisawa; Junki Takegami Music by: Musashi Project; Toshio Masuda
Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy,
Key Words: Ninjas,
Studio: Studio Pierrot Licensed American Publisher:
Desu Des Link: http://www.desudesbrigade.com/2012/04/angels-reviews-14-naruto/

Episodes: 220

Konohagakuri village was plagued with a powerful Nine-tailed Demon Fox attacking the village and killing many. In order to stop him, they sealed him away in a small baby boy.
12 years later, Naruto is a boy trying to become the best Ninja in the world much less his village but he can never catch a break. The village treats him like he is the demon fox himself and it doesn’t help he’s an orphan. Can Naruto become a ninja or forever be seen as a danger? And will he ever become Hokage?


My Thoughts: Ok… um… I feel that I am in the same ball park as a lot of reviewers. I really think that the show has gone on too long and went pretty much nowhere. No offence to people who like the show, but really, I am not sure what they see in this. The story was good for a while, but then it felt like it broke the story line, going into something different.
The animation is alright though it does break the art style a lot. I hate the random bits of ‘chibi-fide emotions’ that are littered throughout the show. I have to growl at the color choice of all the outfits really, most of them are so not ninja colors. Orange, Pink… sometimes even white. These are not good colors if you want to sneak! I’m also wondering why people wouldn’t see all the clouds that happen every time they use a jitsu. Where is everyone looking when they do it? I mean, I could see it a mile away.
The voices… Oh my god… the Japanese is better then the English by a lot. I only like a few English voices but I just want Naruto’s annoying little squeak to go away. Unfortunately, That’s for both the Japanese and English version. I hate Sakura’s more in the Japanese then the English because at least I could block her out when she went all Sasuke love in the show. I love the English of Hina as well. the music…. I like the opening and closings mostly, but then the background music is as annoying as the voices. They use them over and over again, not giving me any way to get away from them!
All in all, I really don’t want to try to finish this.

Rating:
I have to say I really didn't like it much, but its artwork and music for opening and ending isn't that bad.

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Naruto Shippuden (Feb 15,2007 - Ongoing)
Director: Hayato Date Written by: Junki Takegami Music by: Yasuharu Takanashi
Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy,
Key Words: Ninjas,
Studio: Studio Pierrot Licensed American Publisher:

Episodes: Continuing


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Bible Black (July 25, 2001 - June 25, 2003), Bible Black: Night of the Walpulgiss
Director: Sho Hanebu, Kazuyuki Honda
Horror, Hentai, Romance, Supernatural,
Key Words: Devil, Rituals, Futanari, Torture,
Studio: Milky Studio Licensed American Publisher: Kitty Media

Episodes: 6

((Do you really care?)) Minase is a high school student who found a book below his school and started practicing black magic, normally ending up in extreme acts of sex. As he dives deeper into the craft, he learns of a incident 12 years ago when a young women was murdered.


My Thoughts: Um… what the hell did I watch? I know it was hentai but really, that was just… Most of the stuff was not really erotic for me and the lines they said I would think they would turn anyone off. I do give it props for staying on the story line though. I liked the idea of a dark cult that started long ago and then someone accidently falls into that cult years later.

The animation… it loops a lot and the girls look really ugly. They look so skinny and show their rips a lot. I love the dramatic lighting… at least the first part of the show and then it just got stupid. It happened to much and if it wasn’t dark, it people were shinning so bright that for a moment they were trying to show how innocent they were… like that actually was true…

I HATE THE DUB! Just wanted to make this perfectly clear. They sound like they did exact translations and it really made my ears hurt. Of course they really didn’t have a good show to dub anyway being that the voices in the Japanese were way to high pitched and full of very cheesy lines. Think about this… would you really use lines saying I want to fuck you and I think about nothing but holding your @#$#@ in order to pick up a girl or even a boy? I don’t think so. The chants are so crazy and at one point, they actually chant out to Jesus for some odd reason.

Now that I talked about the bad parts, I have to say, this show is actually so bad that its good. It's a really good show to laugh at. You can't take it seriously and it just looks so pathetic that I finished watching it.

Rating:
So bad that I have to give it my lowest rating.

Link To Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_Black

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Princess Jellyfish(Oct 15, 2010 – Dec 30, 2010), Kuragehime
Director: Takahiro Omari
Comedy, Romance,
Key Words: Slice of Life, Art, Fashion, Otaku, Pretty Girl Transformation,
Studio: Brain’s Base American Licensed Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 11

Amamizukan, an apartment building in Tokyo, is an interesting group. All the girls there are crazy otaku’s who act rather strange. Tsukimi Kurashita is the main girl whose love of Jellyfish comes from her mother’s wish that she would wear a dress made to look like a jellyfish. Sadly, her mother got sick and passed away. One day, she met a strange women by the name of Kuranosuke Koibuch who turns out is actually a cross-dressing boy.


My Thoughts: I actually really like this, its way different than anything I really saw. A lot of people do a lot of otaku outcasts but this one has a little different vibe to it. The characters, though their names are hard to remember, are remember-able for how out there and crazy they are. Each one is a otaku in their own way and have different ways of showing it whether it is being crazy about kimonos, to posting old men’s pictures into a scrap-book. A little creepy, but it’s not as bad as it seems. The guy is really cool even if he cross-dresses but he seems normal otherwise. The underlining story is pretty much being true to yourself and never give up on your dreams.

The animation is wonderful even if it lacks in some places. It mostly does this when you look between the two ‘worlds’ and depicts Tsukimi’s world and Kuranosuke’s world. It’s not all that bad, but once in a while when the two worlds meet, it’s sometimes a bit harsh of an art style. I really love the designs of the jellyfish and how they actually have a few facts about jellyfish that are supposedly real. I don’t care much too actually look them up but they sound real so its ether true or the actor is rather good at making it sound true.

The voice acting for the most part is well done. The English is a little bothersome though I really like the cute voice of Tsukimi and Kuranosuke. I’m not so fond of one or two of the characters in the apartments and it made me cringe the first few times I heard them. Now along the way, I ether got used to it, it got better, or I just didn’t even care about what they sounded like because the story was just so good!

All together, it was funny and sweet. Really, if you want funny, This is it! Sadly, it has a very bad cliff hanger right now and I really want to see more! It does make me want to read the manga now but something really tells me that this is better as an Anime then the manga.

Rating:
I really love this show! My only problem is the artwork once in a while.

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

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Legend of Zelda(Sept 8, 1989 – Dec 1,1989)
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Canada/Ireland Cartoon, High Fantasy, Action-Adventure, Comedy
Key Words: Game, Magic, Fairies, Link,
Studio: Licensed American Publisher:

Episodes: 13

Each episode, Link and Zelda save the kingdom of Hyrule from the evil Wizard Ganon. Most of the time, Ganon is after the Triforce of Wisdom, kidnap Zelda, or try to conquer Hyrule. Sometimes, Link is helped by the Fairy Princess Spryte. Will Link ever get the kiss he wants from Zelda?


My Thoughts: There was a time when I was actually into the idea of an Animated series for Legend of Zelda…… this was not one of those times. They screwed it up and I am happy there were only 13 stupid episodes for this. Link has an over active drive to get Zelda to kiss him, and…. Just…. UG! Zelda on the other hand, while I like the fact they made her a bit more active in protecting the triforce, she still pisses me off because instead of being for the people, sometimes she pulls rank. I understand that it’s normal for royalty to do that but she does it a little to often to a lot of characters that aren't even going after them. Spryte is also really really really annoying. It's worse than Navi if you can believe it. She even has a couple of shows to herself in a way and I can't stand her attitude. A lot of times, she’s good friends with Zelda and then she turns on her because she ‘loves Link.’ I don’t know how stupid she is but Fairies and Hyrule people would not be able to be together the way she wants!

From the very first show, I cringed at the sound of their voices. I can’t stand the voice of link and his annoying ‘EXUSE ME, PRINCESS!’ saying. They stupidly added the sounds of the games, and really messed with it. Zelda's was... well surprisingly ok for this show, but still, they made her sound like a narrator most of the time for how she explained things.

I hated the animation as well, it's rather creepy. They turned Ganandorf into a pig, and made both Link and Zelda looks stupid. A lot of the cell animation is colored wrong or made to look more like stick figures and crap then anything else. Things that should be detailed aren't and every time Link shoots something with a 'light beam' it reminds me more of a laser then magic. The objects turning small so he can carry them is strange and most of the time, they don't explain how they turn them back. The smaller parts also look like just sticks at times.

If you love the games, don’t touch the show…. Please trust me. Can someone please make a new one that is well done instead of this.

Rating:
There is no way this could be considered a good show. I hate how they created Link.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda_(TV_series)

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Happy Lesson (Apr 1, 2002 – June 30, 2002)
Director: Akira Suzuki; Takeshi Yamaguchi
Comedy, Drama, Romance,
Key Words: Harem, Parody, High School, Slapstick,
Studio: Media Works; KSS
DesuDes Link: http://www.desudesbrigade.com/2012/03/angels-reviews-02-happy/

Episodes: 13

Hitotose Chitose is untrusting loner who really doesn’t like people. He was always getting into trouble so 5 female teachers started to live with him and become his mothers. Together with Hazuki-nee and Minazuki, every day becomes a fun lesson.


My Thoughts: Pretty much, this feels a lot like it’s from Sister Princess with one guy having to deal with all these different personalities. I feel a little odd with the fact that this starts out with no explanation what so ever what happen and why they are living together. I just sat here and wondered what the hell I had just watched. It looks like it jumps all over the place. It’s annoying. It was only the first episode and yet they already get into a fight without even explaining who the characters are. And then they make up in the first episode! Oh… and yes… there is a bit of fan service if you call it fan service with how bad the artwork is.
The animation is pretty much second-rate and feels slightly off all the time. The Textures aren’t that great ether. All the textures are low-grade. Colors are bland and the characters sometimes blend into the background.
Voices are a little off and I really don’t get the voice and personality of the main character. The music is nothing special and I only like the first song that I heard even if I don’t know the name of it , the rest is just pain in the butt.
In the end, I really tried to watch this show but I couldn’t get into it. It just doesn’t make much sense to me.

Rating:
I really can't get into this and I have no clue what it was all about.

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

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Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase(Oct 4, 2004 – Mar 28, 2005), Tsukiyomi
Director: Akiyuki Shinbo
Comedy, Romance, Supernatural, Action,
Key Words: Vampires, Lolita, Miko, Prists, Spellcasters, Cat Girls, Magical Girlfriend, Nudity,
Studio: Shaft Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 25 + 1 Omake

Kouhei Morioka is a freelance photographer with a special ability to take spirit photographs. One day, he is token to Germany to take photo's at a special castle and runs into a small girl named Hazuki. One problem with her, she is a vampire from a very loyal lineage and has been trapped in the castle for a while. Kouhei helps her escape but there are many more Vampires that want to bring her back.


My Thoughts:This is one of my favorites to watch. Hazuki is really cute but sometimes annoying. Hazuki at times is a whinny little child but sometimes, she has her moments that she is rather adult. They never really explain much for the first part so it has a mystery feeling to it. Sadly, it never decides what it’s going to be. The show changes its feeling rather fast, from dark and depressing to rather funny and lively. It was created by the same person that worked on Dance in the Vampire Bund and pretty much shows this a lot. There are a lot of nude little girl scenes.
The animation is beautiful, mostly clean except for the supernatural parts where there is a smoky haze giving it an almost hunting impression. The outfits are well detailed and the gothic architecture is amazing. It feels odd that when they go to the images of Kouhei’s house, they show it much like a stage or cross-section of the house. It really puts me off a bit.
The voices are actually pretty good in the English dub, though Hazuki’s sister… not telling you when you see her… has a stupid monotone voice. She sounds like Yuki from Haruhi Suzumiya. Hazuki’s voice does get nails on a chalkboard sometimes.

Rating:
It’s wonderful to me and much better then some of the others that creator did.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsukuyomi:_Moon_Phase

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BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad(Oct 6, 2004 – Mar 30, 2005)
Director: Osamu Kobayashi
Comedy-Drama, Romance,
Key Words:Slice of Life, Music,
Studio: Madhouse Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 26

Yukio Tanaka who is also known as “Koyuki” is just a normal 14 year old Japanese boy who has just entered into middle school. He believes his life is boring until one day; he saves a very odd Frankenstein looking dog from some punks. The dogs name is Beck and he is owned by the 16 year old rock musician named Ryusuke Minami. He influences Koyuki to start playing the guitar and soon he starts playing in a band.


My Thoughts: Think of this as the monologs of Koyuki. Everything About this show is from the mind of Koyuki and so you get a lot of his thoughts in the mix. They do something different then normal slice of life shows. They go on the darker side of growing up. I see it as an ‘other side of the tracks’ anime from other shows. You don’t really see adults though unless they are complete assholes and even then, they aren’t much older. There is a lot of waiting in this show and times there really isn’t any talking or music.
The animation is somewhat bland but nice looking in that way. I don’t get what Koyuki’s friend’s hair is doing. He looks like he would be much older then he is with gray side burns and all. Most of the characters seem bland though it’s not like they look all the same. Some do have their own design that is easy to see. I did get mixed up with Koyuke’s girl friend and Maho, Ryusuke’s younger half sister. They look a little too similar for me to figure it out. Everything has grayness and sort of run down feeling which adds to the garage band feeling. They did really well for what I think was a low budget and made it all fit.
Now when talking about this, I do have to warn that there are places that the artwork really goes down hill on some parts, mostly to show that someone is hard core drunk. Frankly, I never saw someone have such expressions when they were drunk or just drinking so it feels off. Other small parts that this happens is when they zoom way out on characters but that happens a lot in a lot of different shows.
I love the opening of the show in the artwork because they actually used a lot of signs you would normally see in Verges. They play it almost like the old shows of people driving passed so they aren’t just static sign posts and that adds to the fun. The ending art feels like they stole sketch art from the manga and placed it in there.
The voices are pretty good and I feel it’s much better in English then in Japanese because it was set up like a American comic. The Japanese has a lot of something called ‘Engwish’ (That the name?) It means that the people talk broken English, mixed with Japanese. They talk over each other sometimes as well and don’t finish the sentences every once in a while. It’s really hard on the ears for a native English speaker like my self. Sometimes the sink doesn’t work all that well, but at least you can see that they really tried. Since the mouth moments are really realistic, it does sometimes not work.

Rating:
All in all, after getting to the third episode, I actually wanted to keep watching the show and see where it was going. It’s not the best but its not that bad ether.

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

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Comic Party (Apr 2, 2001 – June 25, 2001)
Director: Norihiko Sudo
Comedy, Drama, Parody,
Key Words: Harem, Manga-ka, Conventions, Slice of Life, Slapstick,
Studio: Oriental Light and Magic Licensed American Publisher: The Right Stuf International

Episodes: 13+4 specials

Early in April, a high school student named Kazuki Sendo was invited to a convention called ‘Comic Party’ by his very excitable friend, Taishi Kuhonbutsu. Comic Party is a convention for Dojinshi’s, fan made comics or smaller named authors. After the convention, Taishi finally convinces Kazuki to join him in creating a dojinshi. He exclaims that if they made one that could be seen all over the world, they could concur the world. Although Kazuki doubts that, he soon starts working on his first Dojinshi to find that it’s not as easy as it seems.


My Thoughts: Well, this is a show for the Otaku, the nerds of anime. When I first watched it, I was a newbie but now that I have watched a couple more animes, I actually get most of the references now. This show is what separates the large fans from the casual watchers. This was created based on a visual novel and video game (much to my surprise) and yet luckily, it isn’t fully following the date style game. I actually noticed that the show was more based on the love of creating anime and manga rather then what girl he would end up with. Unfortunately, almost all the characters are girls and may send the wrong idea about anime fans. It is pretty equal parts men and women.

Now before I talk about anything else, I do have a bone to pick with the English dub. I really wish they would have used Japanese words when doing the voice dub. It would have really been nice hearing the word ‘manga’ or ‘Dojinishi’ at least once except for the word ‘comic book.’ I know they are almost the same thing, but it really would be better to say the Japanese term since everyone who was actually watching this would probably know what it meant. They do use words like Cosplay so why can’t they?

Taishi is one of the best characters in the whole show; he’s where most of the slap stick fun comes in and what brings the show into new level of awesomeness. But even with that, you can tell that he actually is smart and not the stereotypical stupid funny characters (AKA Anyone from the Lucky Star anime). I think that’s why most people I have talked to, and myself included, are drawn to him.

The animation is actually really fluid and well done. The colors are bright and fun, bringing in the comical slapstick that is in every episode. The artwork sometimes goes into many different aspects from fan service and the comedic arms in air after being trampled but they are done tastefully and with love.

Some of the characters sound a little odd, one or two of them sound like they were drinking or smoking such as Yu. You can probably pick out some of the voices of old anime characters in the cast like Lina Inverse from The Slavers and Excel from Excel Saga which made me happy in that. Now these are the American voice actors, not the Japanese. The Japanese voices seemed to lack a bit of the comical effect to me and so didn’t seem all that funny. I have to say, the best voice is actually Taishi because he can actually sound so serious when he’s saying something funny.

Rating:
Its fun, enjoyable, and I think the English actors are much better then the Japanese voices for this one but that’s only my opinion.

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

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Comic Party Revolution(Apr 4, 2005 – June 27, 2005)
Director:Jun’ichi Sakata (ep.1-4); Mitsuhiro Tõgõ (ep.5-13
Comedy, Drama, Parody,
Key Words: Harem, Manga-ka, Conventions, Slice of Life, Slapstick,
Studio: Chaos Project (ep.1-4); Raidx (ep.5-13) Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 13

Kazuki lives on his own but still works on his comics and his part time job. As life goes on, his friends have kept in touch, some of which he still asks for help and others he helps out himself. Is there a real romance brewing between him and one of the girls? Has Mizuki opened her heart to comics and otaku’s like Kazuki? And will Eimi and Yu ever get along?


My Thoughts:Oh boy… where do I start with this piece of crap? I guess I have to say, it’s not as bad as some sequels but this one is one of them. From the artwork to the voices, it just takes the cake. The story line is more like a stand alone show now, making each episode be Kazuki with a pretty girl. It turned into a date style show.

This had a lot less parody then the one before and less that had to do with the comic convention and manga creation. It turned more into a slice of life and sweetheart romance. In the end, I don’t really like the new change. It’s called Comic Party for a reason, not day in the life of Kazuki.

What the hell just happened? The animation looks pretty fucked up. Now, they did give them a better looking face, but now their heads are way too small and their necks way to long. The bodies are a bit un proportioned making them feel wrong no matter what way you look at it.

The voices in the English dub are so fucked up! Now, one or two feel better then the older version but they just had to mess up Taishi’s voice and that’s not cool! The characters sound much older and not well done ether. The new character, Subaru, isn’t that good ether. What’s with the ‘fugu’ part? Does she actually say that in the manga or is she even in the manga? Yu sounds like she became a Brooklyn accent and Eimi Ohba’s voice have just become an octave way to high. Now, I do like Kazuki’s newer voice and he doesn’t sound so much like a whiny brat.

The music is nice in the beginning and it feels a bit closer to a game music then the other ones.

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Hare+Guu (Apr 3, 2001 – Sep 25, 2001), Janguru wa Itsumo Hare nochi Gū, The Jungle Was Always Nice, Then Came Guu
Director: Tsutomu Mizushima
Comedy, Parody, Fantasy,
Key Words: Jungle, Surreal, Psychological, Slice of Life,
Studio: Shin-Ei Animation American Licensed Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 26

In the Jungle, there was a young 10-year-old boy who lived with his mother in a hut. Everything was pretty quiet and normal, he would help his mother with chores and she would go out on the hunts… and then came Guu. Guu is a very cute young girl with pale skin, thin body, and a face unknown to the area. Hare likes her… at first. Soon after arriving, Guu makes it an effort to turn Hare’s life upside down and inside out, and it seems Hare is the only one that can see this happening! Everyone around him doesn’t see a thing wrong with her, other than she sometimes isn’t really social all the time. And things get even worse when the new doctor of the school turns out to be a womanizing flirt after his mother. Can things get anymore extreme?


My Thoughts: This is the most hilarious show I have watched in a long time! Hare is really cute and I really feel sorry for him when Guu screws his life. Their personalities clash really well. Hare’s personality is a whiny little child who is always having to watch out for others and has a good grasp on reality even though he plays lots of video games. Guu… well… she lives to torture him psychologically and physically and pretty much screw with his whole life turning it upside down. Ya… that’s pretty much her soul purpose in this world and does amazingly well at that. Through the whole show, Hare is eaten by Guu(then spat back out), has his friends eaten (most get spat back out), had his village elder mortified when Guu steals his chest hair, and sees other random objects be put into Guu’s mouth and then spit out with no sign that they ever was in her mouth to begin with all with in a course of the first 4 episodes… If you think that is bad, you should see all the other things that happen throughout the rest of the season.

The whole thing gets even more crazy the farther along it goes with parodies from some Anime and true life happenings. It’s like the Alice down the rabbit hole symptom. The more and more you go, the more surreal it gets.

The animation feels odd and everyone has ‘chibi blush circles’ on their cheeks. It feels odd because most of the time, they look like shiny patches on their cheeks. Everything has a ‘runny egg’ feel to it, where characters squash and stretch in really odd areas, and their faces move in odd ways.

The English dub feels far better than the Japanese to me, Jennifer Sekiguchi (ha…. She has Guu in her last name… sorry, bad joke) captures Guu’s wonderful monotone that gives her an ‘I really don’t care what happens as long as I make your life a wreck’ attitude, and Alex Simon has a pretty good cute kid voice for Hare. I feel it’s somewhat ironic that Wendee Lee actually is the voice actor for Weda, Hare’s mother; though she does a perfect job making sure her voice doesn’t get to sweet since that’s not fully her character, unlike Kaoru Morota’s teenage high pitch whine (that’s just her character voice).

Rating:
It’s great for a comedy and parody. A most watch at least once. Best to take it in stride and not all at once.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har%C3%A9%2Bguu

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Haré+Guu DELUXE (Aug 2002 – Jan 2003)
Director: Tsutomu Mizushima
Comedy, Parody, Fantasy,
Key Words: Jungle, Surreal, Psychological, Slice of Life,
Studio: Shin-Ei Animation American Licensed Publisher:

Episodes: 6



My Thoughts: Again, the artwork is well done, mimicking the first episode well. The story line feels a bit more complex and has a more defining plot. I have to laugh at how Uighur took the whole idea of what was going on with Weda. Throughout the whole series, he seemed like always trying to kill himself! Most of what I said in the first series is what I feel about the second, the wonderful artwork and fun music.

Rating:
Pretty much the same as the first one, good to watch at least once if not twice and see just how far you can go into the story. I wouldn’t watch it all at once though, best to take it in stride.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har%C3%A9%2Bguu

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Hare+Guu FINAL (Dec 2003 – June 2004)
Director: Tsutomu Mizushima
Comedy, Parody, Fantasy,
Key Words: Jungle, Surreal, Psychological, Slice of Life,
Studio: Shin-Ei Animation American Licensed Publisher: Not Dubbed Yet

Episodes: 7

My Thoughts:

Rating:

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har%C3%A9%2Bguu

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Squid Girl(Oct 4, 2010 – Dec 20, 2010); Shinryaku! Ika Musume
Director: Tsutomu Mizushima Written by: Michiko Yokote
Supernatural, Comedy, Parody,
Key Words: Slice of Life, Lolita, Beach, Invaders, Ocean, Slapstick,
Studio: Diomedea Licensed American Publisher:
Desu Des Link: http://www.desudesbrigade.com/2012/03/angels-reviews-09-squidgirl/

Episodes: 12

Within the gentle ocean tides, lives a young girl from a squid clan. Outraged by the garbage that had been thrown into her sea, she vows that she will invade the above world and make the human’s pay for what they had done. Her first task was to make Lemon Beach House, owned by the Aizawa sisters, into her base of operations but complications arise when she accidentally breaks a hole into the wall of the house. Now she works as a waitress to pay for the damage as she learns about the above world and how they act.


My Thoughts: This story is really strange, and sometimes made no squid-y sense what so ever! Bad puns aside, even if it made no sense, it felt like Sgt frog in the fun and silly way. Now that doesn’t mean everything goes super surreal though. It has more of an air of a slice of life rather than an actual invasion story. Now If you want to think of What squid girl is, I love the idea that Five Point Podcast brought up that she is using a host and that her hat is actually Squid Girl instead of the whole body.
Now if the Director’s name sounds familiar, it is… he did Hare and Guu. Now you can have the same idea of what this has. It’s crazy and out of control but yet it is less crazy than Hare and Guu. The same thing is implied.
The animation is really cute and well done, very clean and crisp. The colors are bright giving it a child’s feel with the playful way they did it. So I don’t understand the Aizawa family. They have a lot of different colored hair and I can understand if they dyed it, but the girls don’t seem like the type to do that. The people look normal and not much fan service if any at all. The tentacles have better animations than most shows I have seen which was rather sad. Why is a gag show better than a show that is supposed to be really serious? The water design is rather believable, and the background textures are well created.
The voices are cute in both English and Japanese, including all the little ‘squidness’ language she says. The Japanese has something different for the pun but because of the translations, they gave her a lot of sayings like ‘What the ink are you doing’ and ‘squidtastic.’
She’s really cute and her voice not really that annoying. The music is rather good when I heard it, though there are times when it was way to quiet. The opening though seems off.

Rating:
It’s alright and the animation is a plus, but like a lot of these shows that are comedy gag related, you don’t sit and watch it straight through.

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Director: Tsutomu Mizushima; Yasutaka Tamamoto Written by: Michiko Yokote
Supernatural, Comedy, Parody,
Key Words: Slice of Life, Lolita, Beach, Invaders, Ocean, Slapstick,
Studio: Diomedea Licensed American Publisher:

Episodes: 12

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Nanaka 6/17 (Jan 8, 2003 – Mar 26, 2003), Nanaka Junana-bun no Roku
Director: Hiroaki Sakurai
Romance, Comedy, Drama,
Key Words: Slice of Life, amnesia, magical girl, Growing up, Harem,
Studio: J.C. Staff Licensed American Publisher: Anime Network
Desu Des Link: http://www.desudesbrigade.com/2012/04/angels-reviews-11-nanaka/

Episodes: 12+1 OVA

Nanaka Kirisato is a 17-year-old who only really cares about studying and get good grades to get into a good college. Her childhood friend Nenji doesn’t really care about school but when Nanaka tried to get him to study, she ends up falling down the stairs by accident and her mind reverted back to a 6-year-old version of herself. Nenji ends up babysitting her until she is able to get her memory back.


My thoughts: This is a very odd show. Nanaka is a complete bitch as a 17-year-old, and yet as a little kid, she is so troublesome and odd little girl. Nenji is no better, being high strong and easy to get into fights. The story is rather cute even if it’s annoying in some places. At first, I thought it would be a real magical girl show but it seems that I was so wrong. The only thing magical girl about this show is the odd pieces every once in a while when they have a Magical Domiko pieces. I get why they have that breaking the episode, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying.

So I have noticed in most animes (Also in many TV shows, movies, books, ext.), bump on the head results into amnesia and not complete and utter brain damage like real life. It seems there is no such thing as bad things that happen to anime characters. Just once, I want to see someone actually get hurt instead of this amnesia thing.

The animation is lack luster and sometimes even seems haphazard at best. Having said that, it feels more like a child’s show and I guess that makes it alright. The colors and animation have that childish quality that fits with the story. A lot of times we get into the mind space of Nanaka and have these strange thought bubbles that really feel creepy. I’m happy that for the most part, there is not much of a fan service vibe from it even though if there was, it would have one of every style for the fans.

Oh dear god my ears… Nanaka’s 6-year-old voice actor in the American version is so high-pitched that it’s really really hard for me to get into this. And sadly it’s part of the whole story pretty much. She is good with teen Nanaka but really, she should not be doing the little kid. And the Ay yaya thing she does is rather annoying because she does it way to often. You cannot go 5 minutes without her saying that! The voice of Satsuki Arashiyama is bad as well. I cringed a bit at how she sounded like someone who smoked a bit too much. Jinpachi, her brother isn't much better.

Rating:
It’s actually quiet cute, even if it has a lot of problems in the art and voices. I couldn’t find the Japanese dub so I only have the English to go on sadly.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanaka_6/17

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Bartender (Oct 15, 2006 – Dec 30, 2006)
Director: Masaki Watanabe
Drama,
Key Words: Slice of Life, Bars, alcohol,
Studio: Palm Studio

Episodes: 11

Ryu Sasakura is a bartending prodigy who is the best at figuring out what type of drink would be the perfect one for you. He works at a bar named Eden Hall, hidden within the Ginza district in downtown Tokyo. Normal people cannot find Eden Hall, they most be invited by the host. As the show goes on, those who are invited share their troubles and heavy burdens to Ryu who then makes them the perfect drink that caters to them, giving them hopeful advice to make their life a little happier.


My Thoughts: Do you like going to a bar to relax and forget the world? That’s exactly what this show is about and the feeling I get from it. The first time I heard about this show was from Arkada from http://www.desudesbrigade.com (Which is not existing right now. If you wish to see his stuff, please find him at http://blip.tv/glassreflection/ ) and when I did hear of it, I thought that the main character would be mostly the focus and how he would get a lot of screen time but in truth, I was wrong and love it all the same. The main focus is not of the bartender exactly, but of the customers giving each show its own cast, and own character screen time. In fact, even though some of the characters reappear in other episodes, they are not really anything but to relay some message that might not be known about the main character of that episode.

In each episode, the story line stands alone, nothing you have to remember from the last show unless you want to know what the other side characters are from and so your full attention is on the show right in front of you, giving you the same feeling as what the bar is like, where nothing from the outside world should interrupt you from enjoying the special drink. In my mind, our drink as the viewers is the show in front of us like the drink in front of the customer is the one they talk about. And like all good drinks, the show does not leave a bad taste so you can enjoy the slow easy going nature. It’s a good show to watch right after watching a high action packed show as a way of winding down.

There is almost no point in this story where it feels off-key and fantasy like. The stories are very real, everyday problems that normal people would have. A woman who wishes to help break the tension between her father and grandfather; a man who works on creating bars but doesn’t like them; a man who came to the bar after seeing a ‘shining star’ walk in, these are the fears and dreams of so many different people, not just in Japan but all over the world. This anime seems to speak to you as an individual, not just to a wide number of people. They even go so far as to address the watcher, breaking the fourth wall as though you are with these people.

Like almost every anime out there, this one has a Christmas episode but unlike all the others, it doesn’t feel like it was forced into the show. It actually feels perfect with no ‘hot girl’ showing off what she’s got in a scandalous Santa outfit. In fact, there is really no Santa outfit at all and no talk of what Christmas is. They only give you the warm feeling that would make you smile, much like how a drink would warm you up slowly.

The animation is so beautiful. There is a lot of CG when it comes to the bottles and glasses but it never feels out-of-place. It feels a part of this art and never gets distracting from the characters. As for everything else though, the only other ‘CG style’ things could be the liquor and the glass when they stand alone. It doesn’t get in the way of the artwork at all though or make it feel out of place as they merge it well. It’s interesting that at first glance, you would never really see Ryu as anything special, just pretty much a standard Japanese character in a bartenders outfit. I truly love that about this show, the very simple and gentle feeling. They have a lot of scenes that loop or are taken from other shows but I never saw it as a eye sore except for one instance.

The ending of each episode is surprisingly very simple live action of a bartender creating a drink, mixed with a little CG and music video. This is one of the most beautiful and gentle ending I have ever seen and they made it different for every single episode, the drink being different for each one. It’s so calming and gentle that I actually wanted to keep watching the ending, not speed past it. The cinematic camera angles add to the somewhat surreal feeling of just being in the current place at the special time. The music for the ending as well was so sweet that I want to get a single disc of it and play it as I fall asleep.

Now, when we get to the opening, I do have my problems. The opening animation is beautiful and amazing but the music seems to put me off a bit. I watched a couple of these in line and the music unfortunately felt a little too upbeat. It’s not that it wasn’t any good; it was just that it didn’t seem to fit the feeling of the show.
At no part is there really a time that has no talking or music and only silence. All the music is orchestrated well and fits perfectly. There one song for every drink and each of them seem to reflect the story of that drink.

The voices, while expertly done by the Japanese actors, seemed a little off for me but I believe that was only because I am really not into subs. I will read subs while watching the English dub and see how close they were to the original but mostly. But when they give me subs, I have a hard time with them since I have to read a little to fast. I fell into that with this show and so the Japanese voices felt distant and hard to get close to but I feel if I was a native Japanese speaker, I would be much more into loving it. This is one that I really hope comes over to America to be dubbed and not ‘fucked up’ with a lot of script changes and high vocals. PS I think J. Michael Tatum would be a great Ryu. Just my thoughts on it. ;)

Rating:
Five stars all the way! This is one that if you like slow shows and ones from the heart, I say watch it. If you’re more into mechs, gunfights, fan service, and large explosions, you might want to stay away.

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

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