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Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts - (Jan 7, 2010 – Mar 31, 2010),
Director: Shin Onuma
Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Parody,
Key Words: School Life, Harem, Summoning, Slapstick, Yaoi, Yuri,
Studio: Silver Link Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 13

Akihisa Yoshii, also known as “Baka” (Idiot) attends Fumizuki Academy. This school is divided based on test scores and each class is given funding depending on there letter. Class A gets really high class items while Class F gets the lowest of the low. At the beginning of school, there is a test that each student takes to place them in the chass they should be in. If someone is sick or leaves during the test, they get a 0 and are put in Class F. Although Akihisa gets in F because of his poor grades, his crush, Mizuki Himeji, was sick and ended up getting into the same class as him. Now this wouldn’t be bad if she wasn’t still sick and he wants to get her the best items.
There is one more rule to the school involving test scores, Classes could compete against one another in order to get the other classes items by order of a dual with Shokanju (Avatars) that have powers depending on their test scores. Class F decides to attack Class E and on in order to get to Class A.


My Thoughts: This is a really stupid show, and with that, I freaken love it! It’s pretty much a slapstick comedy with meaning behind it. I consider it like Hetalia, so stupid that it’s funny and with a bit of heart put into it. Some of the jokes seem not to translate well unfortunately but when watching the English dub, they do add different things into it to make it a bit more helpful. As I watched the show, I had prier knowledge from the Five Point Podcast and they had rated it a bit low but I actually think that it’s better then they made it sound. They talked about how the characters were rather stupid and made it sound more like Puni Puni Poemy but the characters actually do sound smart at times; weather they are or not, I will leave that up to you.

By the second episode, they hooked me and I already have my favorite quote from that episode! It’s the one that Himeji and Yoshii are talking and she says ‘They also are pretty sure that you’re the doughnut to his banana.’ I couldn’t help but start laughing and right then, I figured I would watch the whole thing. There are a lot of sexual tones with this and it dives both into yuri and yaoi as well as a lot of odd ideas. There is a hint of incest but nothing makes this show seem like it should be a Hentai or even creepy. It’s just how characters are shown. All the characters are pretty much the extremes of school stereotypes and yet there are actually only a few that people care for and the rest become no name characters like a tower strategy game.

Now as we talk about the characters, we should start with the main characters… and who better then the main idiot, Akihisa Yoshii. Yoshii is well, they call him beyond retarted but I actually think he is at least a little smart. He lives alone and would probably die if he didn’t know how to do basics of life. Now some of the time though, I wonder just what goes through his head. For instance, he figured that if he cut a thing of raman in half over and over again, he would be able to feast forever. What he lacks in brains though, he seems to have it in heart. Almost everyone seems to fall in love with him and when I say everyone, I mean men and women alike. I consider him the Italy of the show if we want to compare this to Hetalia. A fun thing about his character is that he is a probationary student but what I would like to know is how the heck they were able to have his avatar pick something up. It just doesn’t seem right.

Next, I think I should talk about the transgender character character, Hideyoshi. When I call him transgender, it’s not because he is one specifically. It’s more because he is somewhat girly. He has to remind almost everyone time and time again that he is a guy and it doesn’t help that his sister looks exactly like him. He is a actor, and always seems to get dressed up in woman’s clothing all the time leaving a lot of room for fan fiction about him and Yoshii it seems.

Mizuki is the next character and she is the stereotypical girl next door. Pure, sweet, innocent… and sometimes gets on my nerves because of this. On top of that, she is pretty much a Mary Sue character. She’s good with academics and almost anything she can get her hands on. What she isn’t good at, she is very Moe about. All these thing would make me cringe but somehow, probably because she is surrounded by so many other interesting characters, she isn’t that bad.

Minami is supposed to be from Germany, although she never seems to speak German or have any signs that she is from a different country except for the fact she can’t read kanji. It makes me wonder just how she got into the school in the first place but that is kind of beyond me. She’s pretty much a bitch with a bad temper and almost the opposite of Mizuki. (You can tell that the character descriptions get smaller the less they have an impact on me.) She has a female suitor from another class which brings the yuri thing out that I was talking about.

I think the last one I really should talk about is Yuji although it’s hard to actually talk about him. Little is known about him and he seems to be only a close friend to Yoshii and some think a little two close. He has some sort of intention but it’s not clear at all what it is.

The Avatars are really cute and look a lot like ones from the game Maple Story. They are little chibi versions of the characters themselves and sadly, the only ones you really see are the avatars for the actual main characters and some supporting characters but the others are all generic with letters painted on their faces. I wish they had more designs and I actually want to see a Avatar creator sometime with these characters. Sadly, it seems like you don’t get much of the avatar characters, mostly its gags and strange slapstick. Sometimes they even add a battle sequence that really isn’t even part of the battle. This show is pretty much just random for a lot of it.

The animation is stunning, bright and beautiful. The colors are almost brightened as a pastel most of the time. There is a lot of fan service with hetero, yaoi, and yuri stuff. I noticed that a lot of girl’s breasts bounce a lot. It’s really really annoying. I’m normally fine with fan service but it was all the time and pretty noticeable. Now this goes for the most part at least. There are small parts that change really strangely. The artwork is not fully consistent but it isn’t bad. It just adds to the strangeness of the show.

The opening is really interesting and reminds me of Hetalia’s ending, how crazy it is. It’s bright, colorful, with rainbows and it actually made me feel that it was more about yaoi romance then a hetero romance but it’s pretty cute.

Surprisingly, I didn’t want to kill any of the characters because of their voices. Most seemed to fit rather well and I can’t believe I’m saying this but only person I didn’t really like was the first teacher who turned into a narrator. His voice just seemed really dull then everyone else’s. I really loved Akihisa’s voice where he did sound stupid but not in a way that was bothersome.

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

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Baka to Test to Shokanju: Matsuri OVA (Feb 23, 2011 – Mar 23, 2011),
Director: Shin Onuma
Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Parody,
Key Words: School Life, Harem, Summoning, Slapstick, Yaoi, Yuri,
Studio: Silver Link Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 2

The School Festival is upon then and everyone is getting ready… except class F. That is until they hear that Mizuki might be transferring to a new school if the class doesn’t get better equipment. Luckily, the Principal says it’s alright but not before a summoning contest is held on the second day of the festival. The winner decides what they buy. Will they win or plummet to the ground?


My Thoughts: Well, I’m not sure what to say about this except that it’s similar to the TV version of the show. The comedy is the same as well as all the mess ups and luck that the group has at times weather good or bad. It’s only two episodes for crying out loud and trying to find a way to talk about it without spoilers is not that easy. We still have the same jokes that are an on going gag like one of the male students dressing female and we even get a chance to see Yoshii’s sister sort of have a cameo with her cooking. It’s pretty short so not much there except a good watch.

The animation is stunning, bright and beautiful. The colors are almost brightened as a pastel most of the time, exactly the same as the first. It matches perfectly and could have easily been put in with the rest of the series instead of being an OVA but of course good shows like this seem to always have a OVA involved.

Same voice actors so again, done really well and matches all the good things the first one had in store. We did see some ‘new’ people in the show but they didn’t stand out at all. They just fit nicely in like a jigsaw puzzle without any real complaints. I guess the one thing I didn’t like was all the super loud yelling at times but that’s my own preference. It fit the characters and situation.

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

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Baka and Test to Shokanju: Ni! (July 8, 2011 – Sep 30, 2011),
Director: Shin Onuma
Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Parody,
Key Words: School Life, Harem, Summoning, Slapstick, Yaoi, Yuri,
Studio: Silver Link Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 13

Things just go from strange to stranger as we follow our favorite stupid idiots as they go through one of life’s hardest problems, relationships.


My Thoughts: A lot of times, the second season is not really as good as the first one but not here. Everything is just the same fun as the first season and it doesn’t really get old at all. Some jokes are played off but they put it a little different so it feels new. Some of it actually becomes even funnier because of Yoshii’s sister playing more of a role in it.

Again, the show follows the characters and actually doesn’t really have much of the avatar battles that I would have liked to see more of. I feel that they sort of skipped out a bit on the battles again. If the name has summon the beasts in it, wouldn’t you think that they would have more of the beasts in it instead of a romantic comedy?

The episodes do have a lot more about romance and what the characters are feeling to one another to a point you think it would end up having an explosive ending that would shock you. I can’t tell you if it does because of spoilers but it’s what I felt around the 5th episode. Other then that, pretty much the same as the first season with every once in a while having battles. I guess the one thing that seems different is that there is a lack of main story that the first had with them trying to help Mizuki by getting better items. This one has more of a by episode comedy skit sort of style to the story that can get from really strange to just a average day in the park.

There is one character that does make a bit more of an appearance in this sequel then in the first, Aiko Kudou. Surprisingly I like her being brought in and being sort of the rival of Kouta in a sense. She teases him so much that I have a small feeling that she likes him a bit more then she lets on to prove even a pervert can be loveable if stupid enough. Ok… so I’m making a small exaggeration but it gives us another romance train to look at. Before this, the only romance trains we had going was Yoshii’s triangle with Mizuki and Minami and then Yuuji’s problems with Shouko. To have a bit of different love train going on does keep the show refreshing.

Now if only we could get an actual girl for Hideyoshi… of course I know that probably will never happen because the writers are having way to much fun with the idea that Hideyoshi being mistaken for a girl all the time. If this was real life I would feel very sorry for him but as its not, the yoai lover in me screams for that idea.

Now do you have to watch the OVA before the second series? No but you will miss so many things if you don’t they do occasionally talk about what happened during them.

The Animation is the same as before though they do a lot more pastel scenes then before. It doesn’t bother me much since the comedy kept me laughing. I am also not really happy about how Hideyoshi keeps talking in a Shakespearian tone. I liked the way he spoke in the English version instead. The ‘thou’ and ‘aren’t’ just bother me and make me feel like I’m reading Romeo and Juliet, not watching a Japanese comedy.

The music is just as good as the first again, a rather good beat although I don’t know if I would put it on a ipod. It can get a little annoying to listen to it over and over again. The ending song isn’t really that special, pretty much blends together with all the other pop songs that are used in anime. This isn’t dubbed so the voices kind of made me cringe a little. Some of the girls voices just felt a little two high pitched.

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

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Ergo Proxy (Feb 25, 2006 – Aug 12, 2006) , Erugo Purakushī
Director: Shuko Murase Written by: Dai Sato Music: Yoshihiro Ike
Cyberpunk, Suspense, Mystery, Scifi, Adventure, Drama,
Key Words: Futuristic, High Technology,
Studio: Manglobe American Licensed Publisher: Geneon

Episodes: 23

In the dome of the future city Romdeau, everything works like clockwork. Each person is given a job, there are robots for companionship, Entourage, and daily tasks, and the number of people in the dome is strictly regulated. The outside world is full of dangers with gases and fumes to where no one is able to survive so the dome keeps them alive and gives them a blue sky. Or is all that a lie?
Re-L Mayor is the grand-daughter of the leader of the city, though she feels that everything around her is a joke. One day, a monster called a ‘Proxy’ escapes from a highly classified area and runs around the city, killing and turning robots against their creators. Re-L meets this proxy and borders on obsession as she tries to figure out what all of it means.
On the other side of the scale, Vincent Law is an immigrant from a dome that was destroyed outside the walls of Romdeau. He seeks to be a citation but many things get in the way including being chased by the Proxy and ending up outside the dome, trying to find out what is hunting his very soul from his past.


My Thoughts: This show is rather hard to follow sometimes, showing a lot of thought into it. It’s not great if you want your mind to shut off but if you really want something to think about, it’s great. It’s hard to follow at first but I fell in love with the story line and the meanings behind everything that happen. I was second guessing myself every once in a while to figure out what was real and what was all in the mind. So many things about it get turned around and become a mind-fuck (Pardon the language) that most of the times, the end of the episode left me with more questions than answers. I still have many questions about the show that were not answered, or were just half answered.

They never give you a true answer in the end as well, making up a lot of problems when they leave me scratching my head but I guess this is what happens when you look at the journey of self discovery and it's not you that you’re learning about. My thoughts on that are watch it more than once to get the true meaning of the show.

The characters are wonderfully created and fully detailed in background story but I feel we do not spend enough time on them. Still, the women lead, Re-L is a wonderful choice as although she is a perfect character in Romdeau, she feels out-of-place in the outside world and yet if she is considered Yin, we can fully call Vincent yang. They are opposites that seem to be attracted by one thing and that it to find out the truth, no matter what is in store for them.

The artwork has rather a dark, gray, sleepy feeling to the look that could make you fall asleep at times. The darkness makes it hard to see and even when I had my brightness set high, it was still hard for me to see. It is like walking through a tunnel where you see only shadows of things. Now that is mostly for the outside world of Romdeau where most of the story actually seems to take place. On the inside, it maybe still gray but the area is much lighter and they even have a substitute sky up however unrealistic that may look.

The music is hunting and scary if you’re not ready for it but I still loved it none the less. It was mostly instrumental and choir vocals which made some of the scenes a little… well… godlike I guess, or made me believe that whoever was around was not a normal human or something that was above human thought.

Rating:
I really loved this show in all its strange slow starts and twists and turns. If you really hate when something goes surreal, then maybe this isn’t the one for you but if you like philosophical ideas, be my guest!

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

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Blue Seed(Oct 5, 1994 – Mar 29, 2005), Aokushimitama Buru Shido
Director: Jun Kamiya
Action, Supernatural, Romance,
Key Words: Blood, Gore, swordsman,
Studio: Ashi Productions, Production I.G Licensed American Publisher: ADV

Episodes: 26

Momiji Fujimiya was just an ordinary high school girl trying to get her grades up and maybe get a boyfriend. That was, until a cat-eyed man with blue magatama beads embedded in his body tried to kill her. She was saved by the appearance of two government officials who shoot at the man and he flees. It turns out that she is the ‘Kushinada’, a descendent of the Princess Kushinada from an ancient tale of a Princess who had the power to fight off the 8-headed dragon, Orochi.
Now they need her again to stop the Orochi and seal him again but it seems there is something more happening below the surface of the story.


My Thoughts: I loved the story. It mirror’s the real folklore even if it is in the here and now. I don’t really like Momiji much. She seems a lot like a whiny little bitch that gets what she wants. She is always getting into trouble and needing someone to save her. She does grow but I don’t think enough. I always get mixed up between the name Kushinada and Kusanagi. They are way to similar and I wish that I wish they could have changed his name so I wouldn’t have that problem. Sadly, its part of the manga as well and so it’s really Yuzo Takada’s fault. There is a lot of talking and when it does get to the fighting, it lacks much in drawing me in. The reason I love this story though is the underlining Romance. It has a lot of couples, from the high school crush to the adult business man love. I also like the little Omake’s at the end of the episodes.

The animation is alright, though very very vintage. Colors are rather milky and dull, sometimes making it hard to see little bits of the show. Sadly, even the characters look rather gray. It skips a lot as well, making the animation look a bit choppy. The designs are pretty much puffy heads and wide eyes for all the characters and a lot of fan service with Momiji. It seems not every girl is in the fan service, just her which feels just wrong. It’s like more care had been done to her skimpy outfits rather then when she is normally clothed. The fighting scenes are lacking in movement and sometimes you can’t tell who is the good guy and who is the bad, making them feel like a big mess.

The voices… well it’s a hit or miss and I like most of the English ones with one or two exceptions. The Japanese feels a bit to stiff then I think it should be delivered but it could just be the amount of business people in the story. There is a lot of taking, and heavy on business and science which does get in the way.

Rating:
It’s good a good story… that’s why it's my favorite but the rest drags it down.

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

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Blue Seed Beyond(July 24, 1996 – Feb 4, 1998), Blue Seed 2
Director: Jun Kamiya
Action, Supernatural, Romance,
Key Words: Blood, Gore, swordsman,
Studio: Movic; Production I.G; Xebec Licensed American Publisher: ADV

Episodes: 3

2 years after the end of the Orochi incident, it seems that someone has been creating false magatama’s called mitama. Valencia Tachibana has been implanted with a mitama and now looks to end this but she needs Kusanagi’s help.


My Thoughts: I’m not going to lie, what the hell happen? I loved the first series and all the fun Omakes that were in it. And then this one came out. It changed the story around badly. The ending of the first one was perfect and really didn’t leave any room for a second series to be made unless they wanted the bad guy from the first one to come back angry again but this one has a bad guy and in America no less. Basicly the whole secret organization that was in the first was picked up and brought to America and I’m pretty sure the American government would have never said alright to this! There is a lot less action and a lot more fucken drama between Momiji and Kusanagi which really makes me feel stupid for even picking this up and thinking it would be good. It’s one of those things that I want to be in my own little world and say that there was no season 2 and there is no way they could make a season 2 but here it is in my face. (God I hate reality sometimes.)

The animation is more shotty then Gonzo, which says a hell of a lot in my book. Character designs have been changed for the worse, what action there is (And that is not much) is speed lines, hold posses, and even just cut away’s where they cut to someone talking and then back to the now killed creature.*Face…. Palm*

Voices are ok, close to the original if not the same characters but I really couldn’t pay much attention to that as the whole thing was really making me feel sick for even watching this.

Rating: This is one of the few times I have to say the prequel should have never had a sequel. I won’t even give this a star it was so bad.

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Black Cat(Oct 6, 2005 – Mar 30, 2006), Burakku Kyatto
Director: Shin Itagaki
Action, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural,
Key Words: Guns, fighting, implied adult content,
Studio: Gonzo American Licensed Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 24

Train Heartnet was a young boy who grew up in the secret organization of erasers (people that kill their targets) called the Chronos Numbers. As the youngest and the last to become a number, he was given the unlucky number 13, code name Black Cat, in which was scared on his chest in roman numerals. For a long time, he didn’t think twice about killing who he was told to and keeping ever silent about what he was like, almost more of a shell then a person. That is, till he met a girl about his age named Saya. Saya was a sweeper (someone that doesn’t kill but captures their targets) and taught him about her world and her philosophy on life. After her death by the hands of a fellow Chronos number, Creed, he becomes a sweeper himself but it seems Chronos and Creed have a different plan for him.


My Thoughts: Ok, so before I have told you that I’m not crazy about girls and guns genre, but I guess this could be considered guys and guns. Now in this, it’s a bit different except the concept was the same, guy gets into a organization as pretty much a hired gun and goes around assassinating who the organization doesn’t like. The thing I like about this show is that it doesn’t start there, and most of that is actually back story. This is about him getting out of the group and learning what he himself wanted. The character that actually helps him figure this out is ‘new’ code was Saya but it really annoyed me they killed her off so quickly.

Now I do wonder a lot about why Saya is a big part of Train’s life and why he goes out for revenge. He only knows her for about 2 or three days so why does he go crazy when she dies? Is it because she is the only person he cared about that died in front of him? I don’t think that’s the case because they show he has seen others he cares about dieing before then so why? Give us a bit more to work on with her please. I liked the show but I hate that they add Saya only to kill her off in the first 2 to 3 episodes. It’s just not fair to both Train and the watcher. Once I got into her character, then I’m hurt by how she is no longer there. Though there flash backs, we don’t see much of how she affects Train much. It somewhat makes me feel that the first five episodes were wasted on the so called relationship between Train and Saya that had no real reason for being because it wasn’t much of a relationship.

The fighting was rather interesting though sometimes it bothered me that we only got flashes of the fight and not a whole fight. It did get better after a while though. I am also don’t really like the sudden change in Train’s character that seems to mess with me. He all of a sudden is so childish in front of strangers. It’s a complete turn around from how he was in the first few episode without any space in between for growth.

Some of the animation feels much like an opening to a James Bond opening though it has a bit of the same flare as a new-vole in the beginning. And then it cuts that and goes into comic fest with jokes and funny site gags. It has a nice way of taking you into the story line for the drama, then hitting you over the head with a bat continually until it again goes back into Drama mode. But every battle works well with the next, someone studied well when it came to camera angles. Gonzo isn’t known for great animation but this one is pretty nicely done.

The music has many different feels for each scene from the hunting chant whenever Greed (aka Seductive obsessed freak!) to the playful sounds of walking down the street that you normally get for comical affect. Most of them work well with the characters but once in a while… we get something that sounds rather bad or not fitting the area.

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Piano: The Melody of a Young Girl’s Heart(Nov 11, 2002 – Jan 13, 2003)
Director: Norihiko Sudo
Drama, Romance,
Key Words: Slice of Life,
Studio: OLM Licensed American Publisher: Nozomi Entertainment

Episodes: 10

Miu Nomura always had great joy in playing the piano, ever since she was a little girl. Her heart always soared when she played but as time passed, she became a rather shy girl, not able to express her feelings to even her closest people even through music. Can she overcome this to become a great musician?


My Thoughts: All in all, this show is very typical. A typical shy girl, a typical crush on a typical jock, a typical friend for the shy girl, a typical mom and dad with typical problems. The problem with a typical anime like this is that it’s boring to me. It wouldn’t be if it had any real drama but for how many I watched and the only real drama coming from losing a cat that was found about 2 seconds after it was lost, I just can’t get into it.

I didn’t really feel anything for this show. It was only the second episode where we got any real drama started and even then, it was pretty short lived. Then we ended up getting a rather boring talk about boys with mother and daughter. It is hard to get into it, thinking it will be good since I don’t know OLM.

The animation is slow, even though it was rather beautiful. I really don’t get how some of the girl’s hair stays the way It does. For all my whining about how boring the show is, visually, it wasn’t all bad.

I’m not a fan of classical music much so the music wanted to make me fall asleep. It’s just slow and sad. The voices also didn’t stand out to me too.

Rating:
Just… not for me. I have to say it's so slow and boring.

Link to Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano:_The_Melody_of_a_Young_Girl's_Heart

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SuperJail!(May 13, 2007 - Pressent)
Black Comedy, Surrealism,
Key Words: Spatter, blood, guts, gore, curse words, shemale, nudity
Licensed American Publisher: Adult Swim
DesuDes Link: http://www.desudesbrigade.com/2012/04/angels-reviews-cartoon-04superjail/


Superjail is an Eponymous Prison built inside a Volcano which is inside another Larger Volcano. It consists in its own reality where the fabric of space and time changes depending on the whim of Warden. The story follows the warden and his associates along with the prisoners as they go about every day life.


My Thoughts: I really don’t know what to say about the story except that it’s really funny! I love the surreal feeling of this show, making pretty much anything actually happen. Characters can die at the end of one episode and are brought back to life the next. It feels a lot like the writer was on an acid trip. It’s all American humor, crossing the line for the ‘perfect society’.
The artwork is much like runny eggs symptom where everything is pretty much blobs of color, not really any shading and sometimes only lines. It really feels a lot like Salvador and pop art clashed together to give you this.
Music and Voices are also pretty good since it is American, though I’m not sure some of the inmate ones. They mostly feel generic and we do get to see prisoners from the past be created into strange versions of themselves like the birdman.

Rating:
Hard to rate, but I really do like it just for the concept.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superjail!

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Hellsing(Oct 10, 2001 – Jan 16, 2002)
Director: Umanosuke Iida Written by: Chiaki J. Konaka
Action, Supernatural,
Key Words: Vampires, Guns, secret organization, blood, gore,
Studio: Gonzo Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 13

England has a special Secret Organization known as the ‘Hellsing Organization’ Their goal is to rid the world of the immortal souls of the Vampires and other ghouls by using Vampires to kill them. Specifically one Vampire, Alucard. At an attack of a small English town, Alucard finds a police girl named Seres Victoria and turns her into a vampire after she was close to death. Now she helps as a secondary vampire to track down another show is creating artificial Vampires.


My Thoughts: I fell in love with this story, and I guess it might be because I read only one of the manga. The show sadly is not about Alucard though I would have loved it even more if it was. The story follows Seras Victoria who in my mind is only there because the watcher needs some details that need to be explained to her and it's just a way to introduce us into the Hellsing world. I feel we take way to much time though on watching her deal with being turned into a vampire and not enough of the action. How the sequel, Hellsing Ultimate, looks like it has more story even though it was created by three or four different studios’ is beyond my comprehension but I believe it has something to do with Gonzo... (Several rants about Gonzo)

Going back to the story, I love the interaction between Integra and Alucard but they seem so small and not a lot for something that should be all about them. I feel that Alucard loves to pick on Integra as much as possible and keeps bringing up being turned into a vampire just to string her along and to get back at her Grandfather who sealed him away. We never actually get the information in this show and it took me going out of my way and looking it up to actually know but yes, Alucard is Dracula and not the son of Dracula like the Castlevania story lines. For a while, I thought it was the son of because I could never see Dracula staying with the family no matter what but… he does.

Now the story line revolves around strange chips in the body that turn people vampires… wait a minute… where was this in the manga?! I read at least the first book and have heard many people like Arkada talk about these and I have heard nothing about the chips being part of the story. There is also a character that doesn’t show up in the manga and they never talk about him much. So when I wanted to know more about this guy… I found pretty much nothing. I looked on Wikipedia and a few other sites and found nothing about him except that he was supposedly the person that the chips were made from… question mark.
The animation… well this is studio Gonzo so lets just say its half par. Some of the battles are done alright though much of it is done with speed lines, still shots of shooting, and sometimes a little shadow play. I know I love this show but let’s face it, the animation is crap. If it wasn’t for the story and voices, I would have hated it I think.

The Voices are pretty good in the English and I would actually watch the show in English just for one voice, Crispin Freeman is the voice of Alucard; and as matter of fact, he is Extremely good at it. He has a voice that much like Vic Mignogna, makes most girls swoon over and him playing a smooth vampire with a bad boy glare would have anyone wanting him to take a bite out of them… except for the Twilight fan girls who lord knows how many would bug me about how Alucard doesn’t ‘sparkle’ (Can I roll my eyes at you now?) But the other voices are actually up to par with Crispin’s, except for some side characters who don’t last more than one episode. Now when we do look at sub verses dub in this, you have to remember that this is set in good old England and not in Japan and so from my perspective, the English works much better then the Japanese, same for a lot of others. That’s because most of the time, Japanese people have a strange idea of just how western countries sound or act. The same goes for English going to Japanese, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Rating:
Call me strange but I still liked this show even with all its weaknesses. At least look it up.

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

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Hellsing Ultimate (Feb 10, 2006 - Ongoing)
Director: Tomokazu Tokoro (epis. 1-4); Hiroyuki Tanaka (epis. 5-7); Yasuhiro Matsumura (epis. 8) Written by: Yōsuke Kuroda (epis. 1, 3, 6-7); Hideyuki Kurata (epis. 2, 4-5, 8)
Action, Supernatural,
Key Words: Vampires, Guns, secret organization, blood, gore,
Studio: Satelight (epis. 1-4); Madhouse (epis. 5-7); Graphinica, Kelmadick (epis. 8-10) Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 10
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Record of Lodoss War OVA(June 30, 1990 – Nov 20, 1991), Rōdosu-tō Senki, Lodoss Wars
Director: Akinori Nagaoka; Akio Sakai; Hiroshi Kawasaki; Katsuhisa Yamada; Kazunori Mizuno; Shigeto Makino; Taiji Ryu
Fantasy, Action-Adventure,
Key Words: Elf, dwarf, DnD, RPG style,
Studio: Madhouse Licensed American Publisher: Central Park Media

Episodes: 13

For thousands of years, Lodoss has been plagued by wars. As things start to quiet down, a unknown evil shows itself. The evil witch wishes to cause unbalance upon the land. Only the mixed-Race party of six young champions lead by Parn, a young human warrior, can save the day.


My Thoughts: This one is a little bit serious. If you want to talk about this in DnD perspective, these are the guys that take everything serious and say that you can’t talk out of character and all that. Sure there is a little comedy but it is pretty much ether nurd-ifide or magically complicated. Maybe this is why I don’t really get along with the serious people… because I didn’t much care for it. Now this doesn’t mean that it is bad, oh no. It’s far from bad even to today’s standards. It just takes a lot of talking and standing around before anything really significant gets done.
The characters are alright though I have to wonder about the names and character designs. Ghim, the dwarf, reminds me a lot of Ghimbli from Lord of the Rings, and I’m not sure but depending on when Rune Soldier was made, Deedlit looks a lot like Crysta, the elf girl they meet. No matter how you try to sugar coat it, Parn is pretty much a weakling trying to fit into his father’s armor, though that’s mostly what he looks like. He does have a brave heart though, which I have to sit down and roll my eyes at since its pretty much generic. The whole thing is freaken generic and rather boring to me most of the time.
The animation, though beautiful, felt more like still shots with lips flapping because The fight scenes aren’t well done in today’s standard. They might have been fine back then but I come from a generation where we like our active fight scenes and not this ‘clash swords and talk’ thing most of the characters do.
The voices, mostly actually miss in the English version and since I couldn’t find the Japanese, I couldn’t see weather it was the same there too. This is just one that I really wish had some more comedy to keep me interested. The narrator got on my nerves a hell of a lot more then the others though. It seemed ever part that could have been better without any sound was voiced over to talk about what was right in front of us!

Rating:
Although not bad at all, it was just not my cup of tea.

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

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Legend of Crystania: the Chaos Ring OVA (1996)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy,

Episodes: 3

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Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight (1998)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy,

Episodes: 27
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Desert Punk(Oct 4, 2004 – Mar 30, 2005), Sunabozu
Director: Takayuki Inagaki
Comedy, Action, Sci-fi, Weird Western, Ecchi,
Key Words: Desert, Sexual Content, Post-Apocalyptic, Slapstick,
Studio: Gonzo Licensed American Publisher: Funimation Entertainment
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Episodes: 24

After a global nuclear catastrophe, Japan has become a desert that the humans who live there have a meager life living in the hot sands where the only law is a gun. Kanta Mizuno, also known as the Desert Punk, is a wandering mercenary who is quite famous for his skill and daring on any job he takes up. Unfortunately, he keeps getting into the worst problems.


My Thoughts: This has got to be the strangest anime I have seen. It’s full if rather adult content and jokes. The storyline is really good, starting at the first point of Desert Punk’s downfall from being the most awesome for higher man to being almost comical. It makes the story hilarious as he pretty much fails each and every mission he takes, or ends up fully injured. From the start, its hilarious with rather old man jokes or perverted images going so far as to show the privet parts of men although blurred slightly. Basically, you can tell if you may like the show from the first episode as long as the comical part is concerned.

On the other side of the spectrum is the story line. Most of the story is a job of the week version where you don’t normally have to worry about if you miss one or two of the episodes though you may miss a fun reacquiring character like Rain Spider who is one of the best characters and delivered a wonderful line that has been used very often.

I actually really like Kanta’s personality, he actually is not afraid to admit once in a while that he’s a complete pervert and shows that he actually really does care about some people. Sadly though, sometimes that takes a back seat to him getting his job done.

Junko and Rain Spider are the perfect rivals for Kanta. Junko throwing her breasts around seems to get Kanta into a mess of trouble, normally by distracting him. Rain Spider is rather the same mindset as Kanta though his tactics aren’t really what I would call nice. He uses a lot of ‘sexual bondage’ items to scare his enemies. I don’t really care much for Kosuna. She just sounds like a wimpy little crybaby most of the time and sadly, Luci Christian makes her a bit… well, a bit too childish and whiny then I like.

The artwork feels a lot like Saiyuki or Trigun, the background is rather nicely blurred and makes it look perfect with the heat of the Desert. It has a nice vintage feel and really adds to the feeling of post-apocalyptic world that he lives in. Buildings are either broken up or sandstone cut though I don’t understand why the older buildings are like that as well. Some of the action seems to be the same images over and over again, with some action lines but it captures some of the action nicely. I have to smile at the opening though where they decided to add a live-action opening to it and they did rather nice making it fit with the cartoon version. Sadly, the character that plays Kanta does not have the right height and so some of that joke is lost. It’s really surprising that Gonzo made this because they were really good to this and makes me want them to do more of this more often. I think they really shined here. Unfortunately, the second opening and ending is much to be desired.

Now music… it is something to be desired. There is a lot of ‘soft porn’ music pretty much everywhere and not much of the fun action music until right up to the point where he decides to actually go bad ass. The second opening is much worse then the first, same for the ending. Not really sure why they changed it up like that. Most of the main cast has rather nice sounding in English, while the others are just placed around in bad taste but its fine because they didn’t stay for long. As I said before, Kosuna, played by Luci Christian seems way too childish and whinny. On the other side, I freaken love Rain Spider played by Kenny Green. His voice is perfect for a rather bad ass character and yet when he is funny, it doesn’t feel out of character.

Rating:
The artwork and slapstick is all there, the only thing that gets me is the music and some of the voice actors.

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

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Fullmetal Alchemist (Oct 4, 2003 – Oct 2, 2004), Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Alchemist of Steel
Director: Seiji Mizuhima Written by: Sho Aikawa
Action-Adventure, Scifi, Drama, Comedy,
Key Words: Alchemist, Taboo, Steampunk,
Studio: Bones American Licensed Publisher:

Episodes: 51


Edward and Alphonse Elric are two brothers, left alone in the world. Their mother died when they were young and they were so hurt by this, they decided to do the unthinkable. They tried to bring their mother alive using Alchemy, human transmutation. It backfires and Edward loses his brother and his leg. In order to bring Al back, he sacrifices his arm to plant his brother's soul in a suit of armor. Afterwards, they decide to go off and find the Philosopher's Stone to get their bodies back together but there are many that wish to stop them. Will Ed and Al ever get back to normal?


My Thoughts: This is going to be hard. How do I look at the faults without being blasted by the large fan base. I am not saying its bad, in fact, I like this one more then brotherhood. But the thing is, I am a reviewer, and so therefore, I have a job to bring up some key points that made me feel it lacked a bit.
The story line is wonderful though it breaks away from the manga. If you like that stuff, that’s fine, just don’t whine about it. I watched this before even picking up the manga so I actually found it well done. I feel that even if it gets away from it, it’s like having two versions of a great thing… up to a point. The ending seemed a bit rushed, and I believe it was finished before the manga so it seems like the story wasn’t supposed to go the way it did. That is the only bad thing I feel.
The characters are lively and fun, some gags are reused throughout the show but they never seem to get boring. It’s done tastefully, using different variations of the same joke and sometimes surprisingly, they forgo the actual answer to the gag until a little bit later.
The animation is really nice, the colors are pretty bright even in the dark areas so you can see the characters well. I love the design of Al and how he looks so different then a normal suit of armor. Sadly, it also feels a bit like a mecha so that was a bit of a let down. (Sorry but I have seen way to many mechas now.)
The voices fit the characters really well. In the English, Vic pretty much owns Ed. From the very first show to the last, he showed all of Edward’s emotions perfectly from the large screams, to the small slight detail in volume when he is in intense thought. Unfortunately, I don’t have the same feeling for Al, thinking his voice sounded a bit more like a one trick pony. He had this voice that sounded all knowing throughout the whole show and never really changed that tone even when it turned comical. As the story went on, the voice did grow on me but I still think he needed a little more town variant. The other characters fit in around him, giving it nice vocals all together.

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The Artwork is amazing, the characters are pretty well done... but the ending sucked...

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Apr 5, 2009 – July 4, 2010)
Director: Yasuhiro Irie Written by: Hiroshi Onogi
Action-Adventure, Scifi, Drama, Comedy,
Key Words: Alchemist, Taboo, Steampunk,
Studio: Bones American Licensed Publisher:

Episodes:64

Edward and Alphonse Elric are two brothers, left alone in the world. Their mother died when they were young and they were so hurt by this, they decided to do the unthinkable. They tried to bring their mother alive using Alchemy, human transmutation. It backfires and Edward loses his brother and his leg. In order to bring Al back, he sacrifices his arm to plant his brother's soul in a suit of armor. Afterwards, they decide to go off and find the Philosopher's Stone to get their bodies back together but there are many that wish to stop them. Will Ed and Al ever get back to normal?


My Thoughts: At first glance, it looks like the same story. This one actually follows the manga much closer. This one is more gory and dark then the other and have much of the same art style as in the manga. Again, this one was pretty well done and Vic again does a nice job on the voice acting. I like this one a little more then the other but both are pretty well done. If you watched the first one, you will be surprised that not all the same things happen in brotherhood as in the first one. Some characters are changed around, time is a little different, and some different characters get killed off that don't in the first. Music on this one is not my favorite though. I like the first for that.

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Midori Days (Apr 3, 2004 – June 26, 2004), Midori no Hibi
Director: Tsuneo Kobayashi
Romance, Comedy, Drama, Low Fantasy,
Key Words: Fan service,
Studio: Pierrot Licensed American Publisher:

Episodes: 13

Seiji Sawamura is the toughest person around and he's only in high school. Mostly a rebel, his grades aren't that good and pick fights. He does have a kinder side though in that he always looks out for the weaker students and when someone bullies them, he is always the one to try and step in to help. Many look up to him including Midori Kasugano, a pretty little rich girl who is so shy that she would never approach him let alone tell him how she feels. One day, that gap between them closes when Midori somehow magically becomes Seiji's right hand. Threw it all, can they figure out how to get Midori back to normal or will she be stuck on his hand?


My Thoughts: This show is pretty good, but so not for really little kids (more on that later). The characters are pretty good even if the character personalities are pretty much standard at best. We got the rebel, the silent shy girl, the perverted puppet otaku, the childhood friend of the rebel who tries to keep him out of trouble… ya… pretty standard far, except when Midori becomes his right hand. Then she is loud and actually sounds like a freaken chipmunk. Speaking of her becoming the right hand, they never once explain how that happened. They hint that it is because Midori is in a coma at home but Damnit, I don’t buy that one bit!

Another thing I don’t get is just how turning small makes your personality switch. Ya… Midori’s personality goes 1 80 on us and she turns really freaken annoying clingy to Seiji. When I say clingy, I mean clingy. And this isn’t a time goes on thing; this is a one day change.
The animation is very well done, again, crisp and clean. Colors are bright and cheerful and it gives you that slice of life you know this is. Problem with that is, nothing really stands out except for the fight scenes that are sometime few and far between. There is a lot of fan service, showing most of the girls at least naked at one time or another and part of it on the idea of midori being small with large knockers… just… ya…

The voices are done rather well in the English; though the yelling every time something goes strange is just annoying (it happens in the subs as well). The only one I really am not happy about is Midori’s voice, she is so high and scratchy in this that most of the time I want her to shut that mouth. It gets better but not for a long time and I don’t know if its because I got used to it or because the rest of the story was good so I didn’t care.

Now with all that, you might wonder why I like this so much. Well… I don’t know why. I just like it is all for no reason what so ever except to like it. I guess it could be how unusual the story is and the fact they make fun of the… *cough cough* lonely mans hand being his girlfriend… but I’m a girl and as such, these jokes do make me smile.

Rating:
Crazy and out of control, but still lacking.

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Ouran High School Host Club (Apr 4, 2006 – Sep 26, 2006), Ōran Kōkō Hosuto Kurabu
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Comedy, Reverse Harem, Romance
Key Words: Bishonen, School Life, Joshei, Shojo, Slice of Life, Slapstick,
Studio: Bones Licensed American Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 26

Haruhi Fujioka is a very smart student who has just won a scholarship to attend Ouran Academy, a school dedicated for the rather rich and well bred in Bunkyō, Tokyo. Although Haruhi is a commoner, she goes to the school anyway to get to reach her goals but pretty much dressed as a boy with large glasses and her hair cut in a strange fashion. Looking for a quiet place to study, she walks into the 3rd music room and runs into none other then the energetic Host Club who's goal is to be there for any female guest who wishes to be around beautiful company. As she tries to leave, she ends up knocking over a ¥8,000,000 (US$80,000 give or take) vase and ends up having to work for them. After seeing how cool she looked (and some reason still not knowing she was not a he) they dress her up and make her one of there own till she pays it back. After seeing that he is actually a she, they pretty much try to hide that fact as they want her to be there.


My Thoughts: This is a beautiful piece of art, storyline, and voice acting. Haruhi is calm, cool, collected; smart, and sometimes so much so that she seems almost dull at times when the host club is at their most crazy. She almost seems like she wouldn’t be the center of a reverse harem (those not understanding this, its when there are a group of guys for one girl instead of a bunch of girls for the guy… easy enough to get, right?) and pretty much not the type to be swooning over the boys. Well, your pretty much right but that’s what makes Ouran High pop out more then any other that came before.

As for the men, well they are as shallow and van as rich, handsome boys can be with a whole matter of stereotypes. A fun thing with this is that they don’t really have every single male going after her, luckily, its more of the ones closer to her age and three get touched on while the forth really hides in the bushes to make way for the other. Yes, I am talking about Tamaki, Kyouya, and the Hitachiin twins Hikaru and Kaoru.

Let’s touch the first three and then I will get down to my favorite and most logical choice after. Hikaru is the most headstrong of the bunch, the prankster and pretty much the one that gets Kaoru into trouble every once in a while. Kaoru is the one that’s more… well kind in all aspects. When he’s not with his brother, he seems sweet and good natured which might be why most of the girls swoon over the two when they go into their whole boy love thing… among other things… Kaoru always steps back and pushes Hikaru to go after Haruhi so that his brother can find love even though he does make it somewhat clear that he wants a bit of the action as well.

Kyouya is the brains and mostly profiteer of the host club, looking for the money instead of having the girls have fun, although he is able to pull a fast one when it comes to getting what he wants out of pretty much anyone around him, including Tamaki. Yes, the relationship between Kyouya and Tamaki every once in a while does tend to swing in the ‘we are hot for each other’ way, not that the author isn’t quick to pick up on this fact and uses it to its advantage. There is a good reason why Kyouya is called ‘Mother’ in the host club although if it was for sexual reasons, he would probably be top. Nope, the reason is that I can tell that if he was a woman, he would be one of those girls that will flaunt it just to get anything out of someone.

And last but not least, my all time favorite, Tamaki. Yes, he is an airhead… yes, he is quite clueless… yes, I know he sees himself as a father for Haruhi… uggg… now that freaked me out. No, I will not bring up that joke, he actually figures it out later why it’s strange for him to be calling himself that but no, the reason why I like him to be with Haruhi is simple and it’s one reason on top of many. It’s because he is just like her Father. I know that is crazy but think of it this way, she knows how to take care of someone like that, she knows he has a good heart under all that blond hair, and she knows how pure his intentions were form the start. From the vary start, The Hitachiins would tease her and sometimes even go beyond to harass her, Kyouya really was mostly in it for the money, it seems that the only reason why Tamaki put his heart in soul into making her come with them was mostly, because he liked spending time with her and no matter if he tried to make her into a fully fledged girl, he in the end always went about saying that she needed to be true to herself. (If you can’t tell, I can get into a lot of detail when it’s an anime I really freaken enjoy!)

Now, on to technical merits. The artwork is so beautiful and bright that when they start going comedy, they seem to lost a lot of detail and turn somewhat chibi-fide creatures. And yet, to me it works. I am happy most of the story line doesn’t focus on all the customers that come in, letting the characters shine in their stereotypical designs although… how the hell is Hunny a martial artist? Ya, he looks nothing like it and the blond hair kind of pushes me off there as well. When the story starts to get dark is when most of the details start shining in a aposing danger is on its way, and the shadows mix well in to the details, making them stand out much more. Thoughout the show, there are a lot of roses and I do wish they wouldn’t have so many. Ok… so we know the rose is a symbol of love… we get it… you don’t have to flaunt it every freaken second that they are there for love.

The voice acting is also well done for both Dub and Sub. They pulled out all the stops with Caitlin Glass having solid voice acting next to Maaya Sakamoto for Haruhi. They both gave her more of a cool hearted not caring attitude that made up her character. Even better when she was playing against Vic Mignogna’s rather overly fun character Tamaki. At first, I could not get away from how he sounded just like Edward from Fullmedal Achimest but I can see how the characters fit perfectly. Tamaki has the same style freak outs as Ed whenever someone calls him on something stupid he did or said that I couldn’t help from smile.

Other Characters got voices like J. Michael Tatum as Kyouya, Todd Haberkorn and Greg Ayres did a unbelievable job keeping the harmony between Kaoru and Hikaru even when the two were speaking ‘with one voice’ as it was. They used Luci Christian as Honey and it worked rather well, pretty much perfectly for the cuteness, Monica Rial as the over Otaku girl Renge, and I could not stop laughing at Patrick Seitz’s depiction of Umehito Nekozawa.

Rating:
Can I say again, this one is my FAVORITE SHOW! The only reason I’m taking a star off is because Mori rarely talks and some of the gags felt a bit overly used.

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

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The Sacred Blacksmith (Oct 3, 2009 – Dec 19, 2009), Seiken no Burakkusumisu, Seiken no Blacksmith
Director: Masamitsu Hidaka Written by: Masashi Suzuki
Drama, High Fantasy, Comedy,
Key Words: Magic, Monsters, Swordsmen, Transformations, living weapons,
Studio: Manglobe Licensed American Publisher:

Episodes: 12

44 years have passed since the Valbanill War ravaged the once peaceful land. The greatest weapon was the Demon Contract, where human's would sacrifice there bodies to become monsters and demons. Seeing the dangers that occurred within using such a contract, the surviving nations banned the use of such a contract and brought the land to peace once more.
As a Knight from Housman, Cecily Cambell is in charge of protecting the trading cities, a democratic federation of cities. She is proud of her heritage and will do everything to protect the city. One day about a month after she being a knight, she meets a blacksmith named Luke. Luke specializes in Katana's, though it has been many years since he did make one. He looks for a sword that could kill God himself. She also meets a young women named Aria who is not only a women, but also the demon sword of the wind.


My Thoughts: When you think of blacksmiths, you think of large, strong men who make swords, horseshoes and other appliances for a medieval world. What you normally don’t see is a kid doing all this with a smaller kid as an apprentice. That’s what happens when you watch this one.

The characters seem not fleshed out enough, and we barely see a back story to any of them except Luke and even that happens a little to late in the game. By that time, the characters felt a bit stale, and hard to relate to. In a 12 episode show, they shouldn’t be dinking around like they do, mostly bringing up jokes about Cecily’s breasts and her strange breastplate that seems to be way to close to her to not of been molded on her breasts. And what’s with her mother even bugging her about it? Really? It’s not enough that the whole town talks about her breasts but her mother too? I’m not fond of how this show seems to move a bit too slow this show gets, but once it gets to the point, it is pretty good, and then it ends... Really, they spend more time talking then fighting and nothing really gets said.

It seems that everything leans up to the climax but many of the things are lost in the first part. For instance, the only time I find out that that Luke has a fake eye is to the second to the last episode. If it was a big thing with the story then it should be said earlier in the story along with Luke’s story. I feel like I only got half the story through the show and I wish there was much more to help me see the lines. It just screams second season to and from what I know of, there isn’t one.

The artwork is pretty nice though some of the characters look familiar to other shows. Little Luke reminds me of Sora from Kingdom Hearts and I can pick out little things hear and there that felt like rip offs. And don’t get me started on the creepy monsters that attack. It plays out mostly like a monster of the week style though the story makes it hard to watch them out of order. The comical parts in the art seem forced in whenever we have a serious point and trust me, that happen way to much for this show. I wish they chose a side, ether comical artwork with comical plot, or serious artwork with serious plot.

The voice acting is pretty good but I am a little put off by one or two of them. Lisa isn’t that great a voice, making me sigh at the high pitched sound from her mouth. Some side characters really need deferent voices because sometime it makes them feel way too important then they should be.

Rating:
I liked it because of how the characters interacted and how nice it was animated, but really, more fight, less talky people!

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

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Full Moon (Apr 6, 2002 – Mar 29, 2003), Full Moon o Sagashite
Director: Toshiyuki Kato
Low Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural, Tragedy,
Key Word: Singing, Magical Girl,
Studio: Studio Deen Licensed American Publisher:Viz Media

Episodes: 52

Mitsuki Koyama is a very talented singer even though she’s only 12 year old. Unfortunately, she has been infected with sarcoma (a tumbler in the back of the throat that affects her ability to sing and breath) and even though it could be cured, it could destroy her ability to sing. She decides that she couldn’t live without being able to sing so doesn’t go for the surgery. Another problem was that her grandmother hates music and is completely opposed to her singing or going to auditions. Her dream seems to be impossible until two shinigami, Takuto and Meroko, come to see her. Surprisingly, she can see the two and when they accidently let her know she may only have a year to live, she decides to go for tryouts. Since she was supposed to be 16, Takuto uses his powers to turn her into a 16 year old to audition and she passes.


My Thoughts: The story line is pretty flushed out but unfortunately, it falls into the magical girl story line. I say unfortunately because it was something I was hoping this would keep out. It didn’t need her turning into a 16-year-old to have the plot moving, just make her look somewhat 16 at the start of it! Another problem I had with the whole 12 to 16 aspect is that, how will her love actually know that its her when she is much older and her songs are pretty much generic to any girl in that age? It doesn’t magically work… like… *facepalm* you know what, all logic is thrown out the window in magical girl shows, don’t they?

Throughout the story, I was about ready to shout out, ‘JUST GET WITH TAKUTO ALREADY!’ I like how she is so dedicated to this one guy but not hearing from him in that freaken long time, I’m with Takuto on what he tells her. She should just get on with her life if she had not seen him in so long. There is also the fact that most of the episodes feel more like playing around then getting to the point. The show was pretty much mostly episodic and some didn’t even have a point to her actual goal.

The characters are fun and entertaining; I especially love the silliness of Meroko who is always getting in the way of most things. She’s most of the comedy that is given to the story I feel and you can tell a lot about her even if you can’t see her past. Actually, I would be very happy if I was able to see her past as well as Takuto’s a little earlier in the show, and not have to learn way late or look it up.

The Animation is really pretty, and showing the love and spirit the characters put into it. Studio Deen seems to always have a rather grainy look but it and it seems to fit this story. It keeps it feeling like a dream and touches the heart, even if it feels somewhat un-realistic how sweet and innocent it is.

The voices for the Japanese dub are done well, capturing the spirit of the characters. The English voices… well they are a little too high pitched for my ears, especially Mitsuki. When Mitsuki sings, she sounds different if you’re watching the English version. It’s because they still sing it in Japanese which… even if it’s good singing for that style, it makes it feel somewhat detached from the rest of the show. I am happy they didn’t try to get the English voice actor to sing because she probably would of broken my ears if she tried to match the Japanese voice but still, its jarring. The quality really feels like it’s from Sailor moon and so feels lack luster. The opening music is cute and I think works out nicely with the animation.

Rating:
It's alright, though I have seen much better.

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

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Isshoni Training, Sleeping, and Bathtime OVA(Apr 24, 2009, Dec 24, 2010), Hinako Educational Series
Director: Iku Suzuki, Shinichiro Kimura
Ecchi, Slice of Life,
Key Words: instructional videos, nudity,
Studio: Studio Hibari

Episodes: 3

Hinako is a recluse who loves anime. One day, she turns into a anime character and decides to make instructional videos on the proper way to do things. Each episode is self contained and depicts her in many different camera angles.


My Thoughts: Well, this is one of the perverted shows that sometimes come from Japan. It’s not hentai… although it really should be. The only real people who would be buying this would probably be very very lonely men with much to much time on there hands who will wack off to cute little girls that look a bit to young.

The artwork and camera angles are only to show these strange little angles for a ‘better view of the training’… ya right. No girl in their right mind would let the camera get these angles if it was not to turn the viewer on. Now on a lighter note, yes… the artwork is beautiful, just used highly to sexualize her is all.

Her voice is annoying as well, the cutesy little high pitch squeak. I really could not stand most of this.

Rating: Ug….. Should I even try giving it a star? The only thing that was alright was the color and artwork but even that turned into perverted central.

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