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Angel Beats(Apr 3, 2010 – June 26, 2010), Enjeru Bītsu!
Director: Seiji Kishi Written by: Jun Maeda Music: Jun Maeda, Anant-Garde Eyes
Action, Black Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural,
Key Words: Angels, Slice of Life, Fighting, School Life,
Studio: P.A. Works Licensed American Publisher:Sentai Films

Episodes: 13

In Purgatory, there is a school where children forget about there worldly attachments so that they may move on to the afterlife or reincarnation. Although the children have no injuries, they can still feel pain and actually die again only to wake up a few minutes later again with no injuries. Otonashi has lost all of his memories from his life before and is sucked into Afterlife Battlefront, an organization created to go against God for the problems they faced in life and what they may be when reincarnated.


My Thoughts: Well, If it’s not school when your alive, its school when your dead. This show is like School Rumble meets High School of the Dead with a little bit of When They Cry mixed in, it’s just all over the place. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be able to make up its mind on what it actually wants to be. It starts out acting like a video game, sometimes a school life drama, and sometimes a military fighting show. It even gets into the point of being a band story with the music video style of artwork. Sadly, it feels like one big mess because nothing seems structured. This show could really go without the school part, which would be nicer since this falls a lot into the slice of life (or slice of death) anime and there are so many out there now that I just really am not happy with it. Now I do understand that it mimics the whole idea in the story about how they are going against structure but in another sense, you do have to have some structure in able to bring you in. Things seem to just show up that have no reason for being and the only explanation is ‘it’s because we can make anything we know about out of the dirt.’ It’s one of the worst reasons for things to be the way they are in the show.

There are a lot of characters, and I mean a freaken lot of characters. I couldn’t even get all the names down and kind of memorized them on traits and what their weapon was if I saw it. Not many stood out of the group as well, but yet the ones that did were just glimpsed at briefly and it makes me a little annoyed (And do not say they talk more about it later because I could not get into the story to watch more then the 5th episode). Nothing was explained and when it is explained, there seems to be nothing relevant. Characters seem to die at whim, without any rhyme or reason and I think the only reason why is that they actually can say the person just pulled himself back together and became alive again.

I have a feeling the only reason why Otonashi (and don’t ask me to remember that name) doesn’t have his memories is because they needed someone to be there for the watcher who would pretty much go ‘What the Fuck is this crap’ every time something happens and trust me, it’s a lot. This show goes into so many twisted ideas that I have a hard time following along and at the second episode, I somewhat lost interest. I know most of you may say that it will get better and I will get to know the characters but for me, I just feel way too confused. I may pick it up maybe a episode or two if I need something different.

The artwork is pretty bright and not at all what I would expect from a show that talks about death and the underworld but of course, anime won’t keep that thought. The backgrounds are wonderful and the lighting is spot on, giving you a wonderful feel to it. You can really get a sense of the lighting. Sadly, there is a lot of stupid 3D animation that really doesn’t look well done at all. I keep seeing a lot of problems when they use it for simple things like them climbing down a ladder or just getting there arm twisted. The artwork was fine enough without it, and they just fucked it up.

The music is somewhat alright, I like some of the upbeat songs but there are too many songs that have vocals and yet play over somebody speaking. It’s better in the English dub because the songs are still in Japanese so they don’t bother me all that much there but I don’t think the English dub is good enough to watch comparing it to the Japanese dub. Angel’s voice is so much like Yuki from Haruhi Suzumiya but if I really want that, I will just watch Haruhi Suzumiya instead.

Rating:
Just not my thing.

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Angel Beats!: Stairway to Heaven OVA(Dec 22, 2010)
Director: Seiji Kishi
Action, Black Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural,
Key Words: Angels, Slice of Life, Fighting,
Studio: P.A. Works Licensed American Publisher: Sentai Films

Episodes: 1

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Beats
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Air Gear(Apr 4, 2006 – Sep 27, 2006)
Director: Hajime Kamegaki
Action, Comedy, Sports,
Key Words: Street Skating, slice of life,
Studio: Toei Animation Licensed American Publisher: Funimation
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Episodes: 25+1 Special

A new fad has swept the streets, having the nation’s youth create gangs to compete in various events using what are known affectionately as A-T’s or ‘Air Treks.’ Air Treks are a futuristic evolution to aggressive skating that involves a special gear inside the skate to propel you forward.
Ikki is a 13 year old street-punk who is the toughest around in the east side of town and lives with 4 gorgeous women but he has a really hard life being beat down by the girls every chance they get. What he learned as he lived with them was that they are the most infamous A-T gang, ‘Sleeping Forest.’ Soon he falls head first into the world of Air Treks and propelled into a fate that has been laid out for him.


My Thoughts: The story line is pretty basic, bad boy finds a sport he gets into and actually is really good at it. It’s so basic that I can just tell that everything will come out alright and it would surprise me if it wasn’t. Frankly, I don’t know if I really want to watch too much of it even if it’s only 25 shows. I never really got into any type of sports shows and this one doesn’t really change my mind. I may only watch it to one of my favorite characters shows up but that’s it.

The animation is pretty nicely done; it’s normally hard to say anything bad for something done in the age of computer animation now although it does happen. There are a couple things that make this look a little tacky though. The extra 3D animation that is sometimes put in. Its fine when they are going tech on us about the diagrams but when they use it for the world and some of the air tricks like using a tank and stuff, it’s really bothersome. Also when they go realistic on some things like food, it just takes away from the show. There is a hell of a lot of fan service as well, especially when there are a ton of girls in this. Just counting Ikki’s family, there are 4 and then you count all the other girls… Now unlike in the show, the ending live animation is pretty good in a sense, though with how shaky it is, it feels a bit like FLCL’s, only luckily without the odd cutting.

The music is just ok, not really the best but feels like normal slice of life style, even when it gets into air treks and it feels kind of sad that happens. I would have really liked a bit more upbeat then what’s there. The opening sounds a lot like Bleach which throws me off a bit. The English voices are alright, though I’m really not sure about some of the voices. It’s just odd, though luckily, most of the main cast is actually pretty good. No one really wants me to scratch my ears out and the only one that I have trouble with is Hillary Haag who plays Shiraume Nayamano, also known as Ume, and I think its because she has had her voice in a lot of other shows and I hear more of the other characters rather then Ume’s own voice. Chris Patton is a perfect Ikki though and somewhat makes up for Hillary’s voice, since he is the main character. Chris is good with the bad boys pretty much and has a pretty good cross between funny and bad ass.

Rating:
Eh…. Not really my thing.

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


Air Gear: Break on the Sky(2010 – 2011)
Director: Shinji Ishihara
Action, Comedy, Sports,
Key Words: Street Skating, slice of life,
Studio: Satelight

Episodes: 25+1 Special
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Berserk(Oct 7, 1997 – Mar 31, 1998), Berserk: Kenpu Denki
Director: Naohito Takahashi Written by: Yasuhiro Imagawa Music: Penpals, Silver Fins, Susumu Hirasawa
Action, Horror, Dark Fantasy,
Key Words: Gore, Blood, Guts, Torture, Rape,
Studio: OLM Licensed American Publisher: Anime Works

Episodes: 25

Guts, also known as ‘The Black Swordsman’ is the dark and brutal Berserker with a good heart. This story follows his arc when he is with the group of Mercenaries called ‘The Band of Hawks,’ also nicknamed ‘The Grim Reaper of the Battlefield.’ It is lead by Griffith who may lead them down a rather hunting fate.


My Thoughts: It’s a really hard story line to follow, though I could only stand to watch the first episode and pretty much decided it wasn’t for me. It doesn’t draw me in right away and I didn’t feel like I cared for the characters enough to keep watching.
This is a nice vintage anime, so the artwork is rather grainy but it actually looks really nice still. Unfortunately, the art style is not exactly my thing. It’s really realistic with closed lines for eyes and characters with large jaws. Expressions are odd and over shown, and blood seems a bit cartoonish. The background is really nicely done like watercolor painting. Rather detailed and a large contrast to the characters who even though are detailed, they are rather buckish and lacking in something although what it is I’m not sure. I actually couldn’t really stand the strange art style sadly. Also, don’t watch this if you get censures with flashing lights. This has that so bad.
The English voices are pretty much what you would think of for a vintage show, and have an old English feel without giving the language. The y all speaks like a normal person in the 21 century but they have voices that would be better in old English. Music is alright to, though doesn’t pick up the feeling as well as it should.

Rating:
All in all, this feels rather lacking in both style and voices, and pretty much turned me off.

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

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Super Milk-Chan(Dec 17, 1998 – May 13, 1999)
Director: Hideyuki Tanaka
Surreal, Black Comedy, Sci-fi,
Key Words: foul Language, baby, random,
Studio: Genco Licensed American Publisher: ADV Films

Episodes: 14


Super Milk-Chan Show(Oct 31, 2004 – Feb 3, 2007)
Director: Kiyohiro Omori
Surreal, Black Comedy, Sci-fi,
Key Words: foul Language, baby, random,
Studio: Studio Pierrot Licensed American Publisher: ADV Films

Episodes: 12

Milk-Chan, a 2 year old baby, and her assistant Tetsuko, a robot, live in a large baby bottle and crime fight for the president.


My Thoughts: This goes all over the place, and I have no clue how to talk about this. There is no plot, no real reason for it being. I really wish I never tried to watch this.
The animation is crazy, mostly no shading and like a flash show.
The music is… wait a minute, there is pretty much no music! And the voice actors sound annoying in both American and Japanese.

Rating: NO WAY! I am not giving this any stars.

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

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Honey and Clover(Apr 14, 2005 – Sep 26, 2005)
Director: Ken’ichi Kasai Written by: Yosuke Kuroda
Comedy, Drama, Romance,
Key Words: slice of life, love triangles,
Studio: J.C. Staff Licensed American Publisher: Viz Media

Episodes: 24

Yuta Takemoto, Takumi Mayama, and Shinobu Morita are friends that live in the same apartment complex and go to the same art college in Tokyo. They each had there strange lives and sometimes secreted lives but they are there for each other when it’s needed.
One day, a young girl started going to the same school as them. Hagumi Hanamoto is the daughter of a cousin of Shuji Hanamoto, their art professor. She is small and quiet but has a wonderful way of creating art. Both Yuta and Shinobu fall in love with her and they each show it in a different why.
On the other side of the love story, Takumi is also having problems with a couple women himself. The story fallows all the love triangles of growing up.


My Thoughts: Normally, these types of shows with a lot of twists and turns make me feel a little sick from all the drama they pick up. This one doesn’t really make me feel sick though it is a bit sad. I liked the comedy they had in the story, and it wasn’t too crazy or overworked like a lot of shows. It was just enough to break up the story line. Not sure why everything seemed to be focused around food but it seems almost everything is in the show. The last parts are really annoying, because they show both things that will happen in the show or what has happened. I have a hard time figuring out exactly who I’m supposed to look to for the relationships. I can’t actually pick just one even though Yuta kind of the main character. Another thing this show does is bring in the idea that everyone and every thing in this whole show is in love with the wrong person or someone that should be in love with them and isn’t. They even hint at yaoi relationships or maybe that is my own ideas going into this. Sometimes its hard to say with love shows like this.
The artwork is rather pretty, nice and gentle. There is a strange mist that seems to be part of the show all the time like its part of a dream. There is a lot of textures in the show, and each one seems to be placed at the right place. It looks like Usagi Drop a bit in its details. Now the comedy part changes the artwork a little but it never gets to bad. I’m really not sure about the strange food play that happens in the beginning though. It just feels strange. The ending seems different for almost every show.
The English voices mostly work well, although I’m not so sure of un-impressed by Hagumi’s voice. She seems way too childish even though she’s supposed to be 18. I don’t know any 18 year old, sheltered or unsheltered that actually acts like she does or sounds like she does. It makes me feel like she’s a Lolita and that the people there are pedophiles. I can’t help it, it just makes me feel that way.


Rating:
It’s actually very cute, and I love how the story is laid out.

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

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Honey and Clover II(June 29, 2006 – Sep 14, 2006)
Director: Ken’ichi Kasai Written by: Yosuke Kuroda
Comedy, Drama, Romance,
Key Words: slice of life, love triangles,
Studio: J.C. Staff Licensed American Publisher: Vis Media

Episodes: 12
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Ayakashi: Japanese Horror Classic(Jan 13, 2006 – Mar 24, 2006)
Director: Tetsuo Imazawa (Yotsuya Kaidan), Hidehiko Kadota (Tenshu Monogatari), Kenji Nakamura (Bake Neko) Written by: Chiaki J. Konaka (Yotsuya Kaidan), Yuuji Sakamoto (Tenshu Monogatari), Michiko Yokote (Bake Neko)
Horror, Romance,
Key Words: Ghosts, Japanese folklore, Lesson learning,
Studio: Toei Animation Licensed American Publisher: Geneon

Episodes: 11

~Tenshu Monogatari (Goddess of the Dark Tower)~
(Ep 5-8 in Japan, Ep.1-4 in English)
Based on a play by Kyoka Izumi. Zushonosuke Himekawa is a young falconer who was entrusted with a precious falcon named Kojiro. He was to be a gift for the Shogun but it flew off. Zushonosuke was sent by his lord to go retrieve the falcon by any means but when he does look, he meets a very beautiful woman in the lake and falls in love. Turns out that she is the princess of the castle Shirasagi-jo, a castle of the forgotten gods who eat human flesh. Tomihime (Princess Tomi) falls in love with him, thus the forbidden love is born.

~Yotsuya Kaidan (Yotsuya Ghost Story)~
(Ep. 1-4 in Japan, Ep.5-8 in English)
A retelling of an 18th century kabuki ghost story written by Nanboku Tsuruya IV. Lemon(Pronounced Le-ya-mon) Tamiya is a ronin samurai who marries a beautiful woman named Oiwa. Oiwa is happy and gives birth to a child even though they live in poverty. Lemon feels the burden and in order to become rich, promises to marry a man’s rich daughter. Unfortunately, he must kill Oiwa in order to do so. A servant in the rich man’s house is ordered to poison Oiwa’s food, but the toxin instead disfigures her face badly. When Oiwa finds that her husband has betrayed her, she kills herself. After, she was nailed to a piece of wooden board and thrown into the river. When Lemon marries the rich man’s daughter, each person that went against Oiwa dies one by one, including Lemon’s new wife and he is hunted by visions of Oiwa’s ghost.

~Bake Neko~
(Ep. 9-11 in both)
Within the Endo period, a Samurai’s daughter is about to marry but it is not for love. Her father is a good man but is to madly in love with her mother to refuse her anything which causes them hardships when the family goes into debt. To save the family from disgrace, she is to be sold to be married in order to clear her dates but while waiting for the agreement for her to leave for her new husband’s home, a medicine peddler arrives and enters the house. As he is there, the moment that the bride crosses the threshold, she is struck dead. Being a stranger in the house, the medicine peddler is thought to be the culprit and bound. When another retainer is killed while attempting to fetch a doctor, the medicine peddler explains that he is also a demon-hunter and claims that a Bakeneko is the culprit instead. He questions the family to learn the katachi (Shape), makoto (truth), and kotowari (reasoning) behind the demon’s attacks in order to help save this family.


My Thoughts:This is much like Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix in that there are different stories in this but unlike the Phoenix, there is not one little thing that keeps the stories connected. They are just simple ghost stories although I don’t know if you would sit around a camp fire and talk about. They are not so much horror stories, as more stories of caution against different things. They seem to have a story that has a lesson at the end.

The first story is a sweet story about forbidden love and fallen gods. I’m not so sure why they have the stupid little spirits that keep laughing. It just seems like a waste to have characters there that are only for comedic affect The story doesn’t need it and they have no purpose in the story that I can see. The story without them is rather beautiful, and the language they use is so high class old Japanese that it has a ring of sophistication in it. The art style is rather nicely done, looking mostly like it was done in this year then 2006. It has gentle lines and the only time it really lacks is when the characters are far away making them look so less detailed. Sometimes they even become blobs of color alone. Music is rather nice, a hunting tone that sets the mood. English voices are pretty well done. Again, not so interested in the crazy spirits that they bring in for comedy. Tomi’s voice is rather nice and pretty much perfect for the character.

The second starts interesting with a narrator, supposedly Nanboku telling the play he wrote, calling it the most chilling he had ever written. I’m not sure exactly if it’s chilling or not because the anime version seems a little lacking in the horror. The only thing that makes it any chilling is the fact that he says he was compelled to write it. Ya, real frightening. Unfortunately, the narration breaks whatever tension the story did have and so kills the mood it needed. The artwork is rather odd, showing the characters eyes rather squinted and turned up. It is almost super realistic in a way but then also turned to be cartoonish. It’s not a style I admittedly would like. Sometimes, the characters are also twisted into strange poses and the necks look almost broken. It’s a little two odd for me and I guess it did give me chills on that account. Music is pretty much same as the first one.

The third story feels more like a group of opening episodes for a new series called Mononoke. The story follows a medicine peddler who destroys evil spirits but we never get any information about his background or anything about him for any of it. For all we know, he is a spirit himself. The artwork is somewhat interesting, almost a wallpaper or drawn on a piece of parchment like charactering. The faces are well detailed and almost surreal in a way. The characters voices are really nice and though the English voice of the medicine peddler is different then the Japanese, it gives him a little bit more of a sexy voice. I don’t really know if it’s a good thing exactly because it did not have enough time to rub on me although it did not bother me ether. They also make him talk a little more then the Japanese version. Andrew Francis actually made me think he was Crispin Freeman when I first heard him. It was rather good and I would love to hear him more often then the small parts he seems to be getting. Music is like the others, although it brings in some from the Mononoke series to give it a flavor of its own.

The opening of each is really nice, giving the spirit of how old the show is, though gave it also a rap feeling that felt more like it would fit in this timeframe instead of the Endo period. The artwork is rather interesting, changing depending on the show and it always seemed to be the concept art for the characters. The finished pieces with some moving across the frame. It made it feel like the show was really coming from the pages of a book and becoming life.

Rating:
The animation may be all over the place but is consistent within each story so I don’t have much problem with that. The Voices are pretty up to par and music fits nicely with the story lines and keeps the period consistent.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayakashi:_Samurai_Horror_Tales

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Also May Like: xxxHOLiC, Supernatural: The Animation, Requiem from the Darkness, Mononoke, Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix,
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Pumpkin Scissors(Oct 2, 2006 – Mar 19, 2007), Panpukin Shizāzu
Director: Katsuhito Akiyama
Action, Adventure, Comedy,
Key Words: Military, War, Soldiers,
Studio: Gonzo, AIC Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 24

In the 20th century, the Royal Empire and the Republic of Frost were at battle with one another. Many lives were put on the line, many people lost everything and even when they declared a ceasefire, the Empire is still pledged with hardship for their people. In order to help them in post-war relief, Imperial Army State Section III was created, also known as Pumpkin Scissors.
During one mission, they run across a strange man with a lantern in one of the towns. Randel Oland was a soldier in one of the special units classified as the ‘Invisible 9’, teams of soldiers trained and modified to be super soldiers almost, during the war. Now on his own, Lieutenant Alice L. Malvin brings him into Pumpkin Scissors but more trials await them as they work and what they know is about to be unraveled.


My Thoughts:The storyline was pretty cool, and is mostly a conspiracy theory in itself. It’s about secrets within the military that during peaceful times come to hunt the people of the world they live in. It’s pretty much about what happens after the war and what we normally don’t see living in the United States since we haven’t had a battle happen on our land in such a long time. It can open the eyes on just how senseless some people can get and how crazy war veterans can be without medical help after being trained to be killers. It also cautions against genetic manipulation of people to become what we call super soldiers because they can turn against us or have no reason for being after the war. The show starts out pretty light hearted and then gets darker but still keeps its comedy throughout. There are some fillers, but nothing to big.

The characters are fun and enjoyable, even the ones that only have a small role to play. I love Randel’s character and all the small jokes they do about his size. And I mean they play on everything, even a couple fun pieces in the hospital ward. I’m still not sure why he sleeps under a bridge though. The Lieutenant is crazy, I don’t know exactly where she came from but she is really off. Her sense of justice is really creepy and doesn’t really go exactly her way most of the time. Can’t anyone tell her to calm down? There is not much too actually talk about with the others because they are more or less comedy.

The artwork is rather nice. It’s not to out of date or odd looking which makes it feel really cool. The only real time it bugs me is when the lantern is opened and things go off into that blue glow. Sometimes the glow is not that bright and sometimes it’s so bright that it covers the character. The opening is rather simple but just doesn’t feel like it fits exactly. There are things within it that are not talked about in the show and made me a little confused. The ending is a simple run animation with a dog almost like Wolf’s Rain.

The music is pretty good; the ending actually is fun loving and cool. I would listen to that one mostly for the fun of it though I don’t know if it stands alone at the end. I actually didn’t want to watch the Japanese dub because the English dub was actually really good. The only problem I had was some side characters that seemed to have strange accents though it didn’t actually say where they were from.

Rating:
Even though this is a military show and I’m not normally into those, this one kept my attention throughout the whole show and I was able to watch all 24 without feeling bored.

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

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RIN – Daughters of Mnemosyne(Feb 3, 2008 – July 6, 2008), Mnemosyne - Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi OVA
Director: Shigeru Ueda
Black Comedy, Yuri, Supernatural, Tech-noir, Horror, Mystery, Action
Key Words: Blood, Guts, Gore, Torture, Detective, Sex, nudity, Yuri,
Studio: Xebec, Genco Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episode: 6

Rin Asogi and Mimi are private investigators in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan. They perform odd jobs from lost pets to murder suspects and sometimes becoming victim themselves. One thing sets them aside though, they can’t die and as they work on her cases, dark figures from Rin’s past come back to hunt them.


My Thoughts: The story starts out strangely with our main character, Rin, dying which may actually confuse someone who is not ready for that sort of story. I had heard about the show before so I was ready for the opening and the storyline. A lot of this seems like torture porn, and yet, it’s not placed there just for the sake of being there. It has a reason behind it, I’ll be maybe a little too intense once in a while but doesn’t always go over board. I like how they show that immortality isn’t great and actually shows her in pain when she comes back.

The opening artwork is a little off from the actual show. The show itself is more diluted and grayish. The opening is much more colorful and bright, like a 60s comedic show although there are parts in it that show exactly what this show is about. It shows a lot of nudity in the beginning and gore. The ending feels a bit more to the actual story, and showing what the show is more about. I would of rather the opening and ending was switched. I love the attention to detail on the times. They try to make it like you are really in that time, from the type of phone she uses to building styles. Most of the nudity that’s actually in the show isn’t created to be exactly fan service and isn’t played off like that. There are parts that it is, but its not overboard like some anime (*cough cough* Eiken).

The opening music doesn’t really have the right feel I think for the show. I would have thought they would have a more hunting sound to the opening then the punkish music they do have. The English vocals are not all that bad, though Mimi’s gets annoying on occasion.

Rating:
I actually liked this sort of story line. It’s a mystery that asks you to solve it though unfortunately, it doesn’t give you all the pieces for you to put it together.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mnemosyne_(anime)

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic(Oct 10, 2010 - Present)
Director: Jayson Thiessen, James Wootton Written by: Lauren Faust, Amy Keating Rogers, M. A. Larson, Meghan McCarthy, Cindy Morrow, Charlotte Fullerton, Merriwether Williams, Chris Savino, Dave Polsky
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy,
Key Words: Children, Magic, Ponies,
Licensed American Publisher: The Hub

Episodes: Continuing

In the land of Equestria, there is a variety of ponies, including unicorns and Pegasus. One such pony is Twilight Sparkle, a unicorn who was sent by Princess Celestia to Ponyville in order to make new friends and to stop the wicked Nightmare Moon. After saving them all from a endless night, she stays in Ponyville with her magical friends and has all sorts of adventures.


My Thoughts: Yes yes, I know that not everyone likes the show but I do just a little bit. It actually is pretty cute and fun. I may not be a huge fan as I once was, but I do still like them. It takes me back to when I used to play with little pony figurines.

Now even though I like this show, I do have to say that lots of the ponies are really annoying and I only like a couple of them. I wish there were actually male ponies that were a little more into this story. When there are men, they don’t talk or they rarly do. It’s really annoying and just bothers me. After the second episode, there are small arcs but most of the time it’s the lesion of the week and not actually tied together.

I have to say, my favorite character of the show is Twilight Sparkle, probably because I can even actually relate to her (with Fluttershy as close second). I’m kind of a bookworm and always looking for knowledge. The character I don’t like is Pinkiepie. I really hate how crazy she can get and is the reason why most shows seem to end up in song.

The artwork is actually pretty good for something looking like it was done in Flash. Colors are bright and vibrant, more sophisticated then one might think for a child’s cartoon. I do wish they looked a little more like the little ponies from long ago though, there seems to be a couple variations of the ponies and I think this is the forth generation of ponies. I have to say the artwork has actually down graded a bit since the first ones but yet, it seems to mimic the time.

I really am not interested in the music of this. They sometimes break out in song and I just really don’t like the musical aspect of it although luckily, they have some really nice singing voices from what I’ve heard. Very rarly do I actually end up alright to me.

Rating:
Well, it’s kidish and annoying sometimes, but in a way it is a little nostalgic to see something from my past live on this long.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Little_Pony:_Friendship_Is_Magic

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Those who Hunt Elves(Oct 3, 1996 – December 24, 1997)
Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama
Comedy, Action, Adventure, Fantasy,
Key Words: Elves, nudity, military weapons,
Studio: Group TAC Licensed American Publisher: Sentai Filmworks

Episodes: 24

Three travelers are in search for spell fragments tattooed on elves around the world in order to get back to their home dimension by almost any means.


My Thoughts:Wow… this is, um, different. It feels that they sort of ripped off Slayers and Lost Universe with the different dimensions that the characters cross over. Hoe a high school girl gets her hands on a tank, not to mention all the guns and ammo she has, I will never know. Not to mention, she actually knows how to use them well. Jumpei is really freaken stupid and does tick me off. I have heard of stupid macho men but he is the worst I have really ever seen. And Airi is so high and mighty about being a actress, though she does have a kind side, it just a little off. And yet… it feels like it all works. Even when the tank itself becomes a character, it works pretty well. Unfortunately, the ending of season one just feels like a cop out so they can do season 2 and really give a whole lot.

The artwork is lacking a lot. Characters look blocky, animation loops, and a lot of it doesn’t have a lot of textures. Characters also seem to thin. I feel that the animation is some of the weakest that I have seen in a while. It’s sad because I think that it just needs a bit more love in the drawing. It really looks bad, seriously.

The music is a bit strange for the opening, and doesn’t sound right for the comedy in the show. I love the dub since it adds more comedy in it though it goes off from the original script sometimes. The voices though don’t sound very good. They seem more like Bible Black.

Rating:
Well, this one was hard to rate. It’s odd, and sometimes a bit off the wall with poor animation but I like it.

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

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Shiki(July 8, 2010 – Dec 30, 2010), Corpse Demon
Director: Tetsuro Animo
Supernatural, Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Psychological Thriller,
Key Words: Corpses, Tragedy, Death, Zombies, Murder, Closed Space, small Town,
Studio: Daume Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 24

In the summer of the 90’s, Sotoba was a rather hot and quiet town. A series of strange deaths have started to spread throughout the village around the same time that a new family moves into a large mansion on top of the hill. Are they the cause of this strange illness? Why the people of the village are seemed to be surrounded by death? And what does Natsuno Yuuki have to do with all this?


My Thoughts:I went into this with no expectations what so ever. I had never heard of this one before and didn’t do my normal research for it so had no idea what I was getting myself into. All I knew was that it was of the supernatural and so wanted to see this for myself.

The story starts out with a woman, Megumi Shimizu, that died and then goes back about 11 days before she died. The whole time, it felt like a mystery like When They Cry and I think that’s why I fell in love with it more. Now I didn’t like this character very much when she was alive. She was a total bitch in every since of the word and always trying to dress up in these really dressed up clothing. She was mean to everyone in the town except Natsuno Yuuki who she had a very large crush on. I hated the character Masao even more then Megumi. I don’t know exactly why though, it was just one of those things that kept making me think he was going to die.

As the story goes on, it introduces us to a bunch of characters that are in the town. When they got to Toshio Ozaki, I really thought he might be related to Yuuki because there hair looks almost exactly alike.

In a way, this also turned out to be like Durarara or Baccano in the way that it hops from character to character, to show little pieces of the story. The story is fast and they show dates for what time has gone by luckily. I kind of see it as a dairy of sorts like the book Dracula. It is also very talkative, not action based although there a lot of times it has an air that something will happen and pretty much blow up. About half way threw, there was a lot more going on and it actually gets more and more fast passed.

The show luckily tries to give you enough information to know what’s going on and for you to try to figure out for yourself but just like a lot of detective shows, it doesn’t show it all.

The opening animation feels a lot like a James Bond movie with how the artwork is placed. The animation looks a little odd, but it’s hard to actually explain what is off about the animation. It seems a bit soft with not many black lines about it. A couple of characters look almost the same and seem like they are actually related but they don’t seem to show that they are related. And what is up with Natsuno’s hair? It’s all over the place and a mess. It’s like he is always walking around with a bad case of bed hair. Actually, everyone has strange stiff hair. Its ether bed head or stiff turns in the hair.

Music is pretty good, a very hunting sound and keeps the tension. This show doesn’t have any comedy really and so in turn, the music doesn’t leave you much to relax. The first opening is rather catchy but the second seems to lack just a bit. The English voices are well put and work with their characters. I found none of them to be really annoying or bothersome except one that showed up in ep 3. The guy is really creepy anyway and I’m happy he hasn’t shown up much.

Rating:
I actually really love this show; it keeps me on edge and is actually more of a chiller then Higarashi.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiki_(novel_series)

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Heaven's Lost Property(Oct 4, 2009 – Dec 27, 2009), Sora no Otoshimono
Director: Hisashi Saito
Drama, Low Fantasy, Harem, Romance, Comedy, Ecchi,
Key Words: Fan Service, Panties, Magical Girlfriend,
Studio: AIC American Licensed Publisher:

Episodes: 13

Tomoki Sakurai is a man who’s rather perverted, even though his motto is “Peace and quiet is the best”. He lives alone and is always woken up by his next door neighbor named Sohara Mitsuki who almost always karate chops him. Then, one day while checking out a anomaly in the sky that Eishoro Sugata (an eccentric scientist) was talking about, a Angeloid fell from the sky and became Tomoki’s servant, making every wish come true.


My Thoughts: I really don’t get the story line. It just feels like a pervert’s joyride and so I don’t have much to say about it.
The animation is rather nice, actually rather beautiful. It is very clean and crisp. The characters are… colorful at least, but I don’t know people like them. I know some that are only a ounce of what these characters are like. I see it like a perverted version of Comic Party. Instead of Comics, the Tomoki is crazy about panties and breasts. This has Magical Girlfriend written all over it. Even the name of Ikaros’ program is a ‘Pet class’ and wears a chain and collar. Pretty much everything in this is perverted which makes me feel sad for FUNimation… It seems to be falling into a perverted slump with what they are doing now.
Having said this, there are some good points. The characters actually seem a little human when they show the romantic parts and when the characters are not being fully perverted. The music is beautiful and without all the perverted things, it would be a really good story I think. It really gives the idea, be careful what you wish for.

Rating:
Really not my Thing.

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Key Words: Fan Service, Panties, Magical Girlfriend,
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Episodes: 12

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Chaos;HEAd(Oct 9, 2008 – Dec 25, 2008),
Director: Ishiyama Takaaki Written by: Inoue Toshiki
Psychological Thriller, Sci-fi, Supernatural,
Key Words: Gore, Blood, Cyberpunk, Harem,
Studio: Madhouse Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 12

In Shibuya, there has been a rash of brutal murders happening in strange ways. It is called the “New Generation” and are the most gruesome that the town has seen. Takumi Nishijo is a high school student who is only interested in 2D girls. During a chat with his friend Grim, person by the name of Shogun joins the chat and when Grim leaves, sends a bunch of images to Takumi of murder scenes. The next day, Takumi, rather nervous from this, comes across the same murder seen in the image with a pink haired girl covered in blood.


My Thoughts: This is a really creepy show. I never know what is real or what isn’t with this, it seems to be all in Takumi head. I can understand why they call it Chaos;HEAd, his head is all screwed up. The guy seriously thinks a anime character is real and his girlfriend, he lives in a strange box on top of a roof, and just keeps being a whiny little prick for almost the whole show.

I got confused easily in the beginning, it was odd and out of place almost. I do have a question though, a lot of shows seem to have the main character that’s really off and then he ends up being the center of attention for all the girls. And of course, they all aren’t what people call normal. This is the base of all Harems and yet I still cannot get into it with the character. The strange thing is, Takumi sounds a bit like a couple people on DesuDes in his love for anime and such. He even talks about studying the director and writers which is pretty awesome. I like the fact that they really seem to add that part to the show.

When they say Psychological Thriller, they really mean it. It’s been making me wonder why a lot of these types are being dubbed now. I found this one on the Funimation Youtube account or I would of probably not heard about it until one of DesuDes looked into it. The whole show if a mind fuck, seriously. I watched with I had no sleep so I might be making it worse then it is on that account but really….

The artwork is really good, very crisp like normal shows in this time. While looking at all these shows, it’s hard to say anything about artwork that looks almost exactly the same as every other show that’s out there at around the same time.

The music for the ending is a little odd, and I don’t get it even if it’s a good beat. The opening is much better sounding then the ending and seems to give a better feel to the show. The English dub is pretty good and the girls don’t seem bothersome except for his sister. She is just plain annoying, like Eimi Ohba from Comic Party.

Rating:
It’s interesting but at the same time, I don’t want to go into an ally alone after watching this.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos;Head

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Blassreiter(Apr 5, 2008 – Sep 27, 2008)
Director: Ichiro Itano
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Supernatural,
Key Words: Racing, Zombies, monsters,
Studio: Gonzo, Nitroplus Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 24

There has been an outbreak of biomechanical creatures called “Demoniacs” that rise from a dead corpse and attack people mindlessly. They can merge with anything technological including cars and motorcycles to gain control and enhance their performance. XAT, Xenogenesis Assault Team, polices these Demoniacs in order to keep peace and discover the reasoning behind the strange change. Now not all Demoniacs are evil, some use their powers for good and to stop the evil ones.


My Thoughts: Ok... I tried, I really did to watch this show but I just never got into it. I don’t like sports shows or racing shows and this is pretty much a racing show. They thrust you right into the story making me think that this was the second season of something even though it wasn’t. Now, it might talk about it more later but I really don’t want to watch any more of it. I normally say that I will try to watch at least 5 episodes before I put the show down but in this case, it only took one. Not to mention that when I looked this up on Wikipedia, I found that it had five different arc’s to the story, but yet, its only 24 episodes. This does not seem like it will have enough time placed on each arc for it to explain anything at all.
If you read the description that I have given you, you may think that I know what this show is all about and everything just from the first episode but no… I had to do research to figure out what the hell was going on. They explain nothing about it the creatures in the first show, and seem to say ‘make your own mind up on this one.’
The animation is really off, a lot of 3D animation that isn’t well put together at all. It feels really off and disconnected with the background that is still drawn. It looks really bad and I just couldn’t stand it. Here is a little tip, if your going to put money into 3D artwork, don’t go with the cheapest most ugly version of the toon shader or at least make it all like that so its consistent. Not only that but some of the colors were really bland. I have to say, aesthetically, this was not pleasing to the eyes. Gonzo really let go of this one, making it look pretty bad, and even the character designs look odd.
I really couldn’t concentrate on the voices or music because of the bad artwork and whatever story it had, threw me off with how they just thrust me into the story line. The ending song makes no sense to me what so ever with how sappy it was.

Rating: I… I just can’t rate this well since I couldn’t get into it.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blassreiter
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STR.A.IN(Nov 1, 2006 – Feb 14, 2007), Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry
Director: Tetsuya Watanabe
Drama, Sci-fi, Psychological,
Key Words: Mecha, War, Space, Military
Studio: Studio Fantasia Licensed American Publisher: Funimation

Episodes: 13

The near future, the Galactic Union is at war with the mysterious Deague. The strongest macha the Union has is called a Strain and are piloted by Reasoners who must have a Mimic, a machine with brain cells from the child before birth.
Sara and her older brother Ralph Werec are two young orphans who only have each other. When Ralph inlists in the Union and becomes their top pilot of the strains, he leaves his sister behind but they promise to see each other on the battle field and fight together against the enemy.
Unfortunately, it turns that her brother has joined with the enemy in that time and now Sara must fight all her love to stop him from destroy what he once fought for.


My Thoughts: This story is alright. Unfortunately, it starts getting really annoying in the first episode when they keep freaken talking about Sara’s brother. Every other word is about her brother. Sara has a real brother complex and characters like that are annoying as well. Half way though the first episode, we have pretty much everyone killed around her after we spent so much time in the first show just learning about them. This may be a good back story but it would have been a bit better I think as a glance of the past instead. It’s like they did a fake out. Making us think it would be all about her battling with everyone. I guess its good plot creation but feels off. I really wonder why they talk all about the mimics and then pretty much destroy her mimic right in the first episode. After that, the story line does get a bit predictable. Also, the love interest they gave her looks like an older version of the one she had before the ending of the first episode.
The animation is really nicely done, although there are a few hiccups once in a while. I am not really sold on the 3D animation though it’s the best I have seen in a while. The battles seem to go a little to fast and so we can’t get a good look to it.
The voices are alright in the English dub, at least our main character, Sara, doesn’t sound like a whiny little bitch like most shows. Other characters are pretty standard in voices, though some sound like they force the dialogue. The opening and ending don’t feel like they actually fit the show at all, and make it feel a bit off.

Rating:
It’s pretty good, though I’m not really into a lot of mecha anime.

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strain:_Strategic_Armored_Infantry


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