First  Prev  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  Next  Last
Angel's Informational Reviews Anime and Cartoons
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 8/22/12

Nightwalker: Midnight Detective(July 8, 1998 – Sept 23, 1998), , Nightwalker: Eternal Darkness
Director: Yutaka Kagawa Music: Akifumi Tada
Detective Fiction, Supernatural, Suspense, Mystery,
Key Words: Occult, Vampires,
Studio: AIC, BeStack, Bandai Visual, Mishubishi, Licensed American Publisher: U.S. Manga Corp

Episodes: 12

In a town full of crime and murder, Shido is a detective of the paranormal and supernatural. His main goal is to get rid of the nightbreeds, a breed of demons that takes over people’s bodies. As he does so, he is hunted by his past and his early vampiric life along with his obsessive sire named Cain who has plans to reclaim Shido and the something called the ‘Golden Light’.


My Thoughts: Alright, first off, this show is not one for those that want an answer right away. It doesn’t even have a rather good ending in my mind because it leaves as a cliff hanger. Some things in the story feel left out and just thrown in at the last minute as though they tried to stay to the game storyline but also change it for a monster by week style show.

Tatsuhiko Shido is the perfect vampire in my mind. He is hunted by his past and looks to set things right though he can’t stop who he is. He drinks blood and can’t go into the sunlight most of the time it seems (Sometimes it seems they forget that as we see him in the sun once in a while). Almost everything about a traditional vampire is in this and they add a few extra things. I love the idea that he can create a sword with his blood though he doesn’t do it all that much.

Yayoi is a rather sexual little thing, and she and Shido have an interesting relationship. She gives him blood in exchange for help on nightbreed cases. Again, we don’t get much from her.

His little fairy girl, Guni, is just a bit to much like Navi in how annoying she is. Most of the time, I just wish she was silent because she just doesn’t do anything for the story. She sits in his hair and barely comes out except to say something annoying.

Riho is an interesting little girl. We really don’t get much of a story line except that she lost her parents in a nightbreed fight. She is turned into a vampire by Shido in one episode and then almost whenever we see her after, she is just trying to cope with the change. We rarely see her but when we do, we get a sad sort of loneliness about her. She loves Shido a lot and has a pretty big jealous streak when it comes to Yayoi.

There isn’t much known about Cain except he seems to have a very sexual obsession with Shido. I guess it might be my yaoi fan girl thing, but it they do not hold back on the sexual lust this guy has for him. I really want to know why he changed Shido into a Vampire but they never really explain much about it.

As you can see, we don’t get much about the characters and so sometimes it is hard to feel for them when they are hurt but I feel even more for Shido. He’s more the only character I connect to. Even the story doesn’t help much. We don’t get a lot about this ‘Golden Dawn’ or about the backgrounds of characters. It seems deep but then it is actually a bit shallow.

The animation is pretty good, though the first 4 episodes are much better and not TV friendly because it was made to be an OVA. At some point, they decided to have a whole TV show of it and the quality dropped. I can somewhat understand since the first 4 don’t really don’t work as just a story, I just wish the animation didn’t suffer for it.

The English voices are pretty good. Shido has this gentle gruff of his voice that’s perfect for a detective and yet also has an air about someone mysterious. It’s pretty much the same with Cain who is voiced with Lex Lang though he does not hand many lines. I really love the music in the opening. It is rather a hunting tune. The ending song is alright, though not the best. It just feels like a sappy love song when there isn’t really all that much love in the show. The background music works well and has a rather detective feel to it both in English and Japanese.

Rating:

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightwalker:_The_Midnight_Detective

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: Hellsing, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Vampire Princess Miyu
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 8/24/12

Karin(Nov 3, 2005 – May 11, 2006), Chibi Vampire Karin
Director: Shinichiro Kimura Written by: Yassunori Yamada Music: Masara Nishida
Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance, Comedy,
Key Words: Vampires, Blood, Slice of Life,
Studio: J.C. Staff Licensed American Publisher: Geneon Entertainment

Episodes: 24

Karin is a typical girl trying to live a normal life at school. Unfortunately, she was born into a family of vampires. As she deals with this and her affinity for blood of people who are depressed (the most common thing) she meets a transfer student who her blood craves. Can she keep her secret from everyone?


My Thoughts: For a show about vampires, this is very fruity. I consider it almost like the Twilight of anime Vampires though I did enjoy it. It has an interesting feel to it even though it doesn’t go for a normal vampire storyline.

The characters are rather odd and are sometimes annoying. Karin is whinny, her friend Maki is a annoying little bitch that creates some of the trouble for Karin, her brother Ren is a womanizing whore, her father is a dotting father, and her mother is really abusive. It does make a lively bunch but sometimes a little two lively. It just doesn’t have much structure except for the fact that Karin’s family does care for her even though they don’t act like it.

The relationship between Karin and Kenta is pretty generic. Girl is in love with boy but clueless about it and same for boy even though everyone around them can tell that they are together. Even in the beginning, you can tell they were getting together.

The artwork is pretty standard for slice of life school life specials. It just doesn’t stand out. I can understand why they call it Chibi Vampire and that’s because it’s really cutesy. I’m surprised that Shinbo, the person that did Dance in the Vampire Bund, didn’t direct this. There is a lot of times that Karin is naked (Although most of the time it’s more in expression of something) and even a lot of other characters. The only thing different then his works is that for a high school student, Karin is pretty stacked. The characters don’t really have a good profile. It just looks off. The water color ending is really cute and pretty.

The English voices are alright, but one of the big let downs is how whinny Karin sounds. Everything she says sounds like whinning. Even Anju sounds more adult then Karin. Every word feels like an after school special for little kids. This does not work because of Ren’s little fun he does all the time.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:

JesuOtaku Anime Reviewhttp://youtu.be/75TdTTn_cQM


May Also Like:Moon Phase, Dance in the Vampire Bund,



Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 8/24/12 , edited 7/24/13
In the dead of the night, around midnight or so, MAK agreed to an anime review for the first time in a few weeks, but unfortunately, it wasn't an anime he was looking forward to....It was Garzey's Wing. As he walk into the living room, he has this ultra-pissed off look, like a lion just stepped on a thorn.

Angel was already in the living room, working on her computer while Akuma read a book next to her. They were cuddled up close and just relaxing.

Then Kai walked into the room, seeing MAK in a bad mood. "MAK, you doing okay, sweetie?", she asked and MAK answered her with, "Actually, no, somebody requested a review of Garzey's Wing and now I have to watch this damn thing. I'm just glad it's only 3 episodes.....then again, I don't think I can even keep that shit up sober."
"Well, I could watch it with you", Kai said, "Besides, it's better to watch a bad anime with a few friends....that is, if you also don't mind a few drinks to it." Then she brought out her own personal alcohol stash.

Kurai was walking down the stairs when he heard the name of the anime, "SERIOUSLY?" he asked, eyes wide to MAK, "You are seriously looking at that anime?"

"Unfortunately, yes." MAK said, "I have to do my thing reviewing this damn thing and you know what? I'm gonna watch this anime.....while I'm drunk!!!! Because either way, it's gonna confuse the hell out of me anyway."

"Oh god... this is really going to be a pain...." Kurai whispered.
Angel looked up to him, "Isn't that one of the damn shows your company made me review? What a pain in the butt. It's stupid."

Kai then said to everyone, "So should I be warned that my friend/maybe boyfriend might get alcohol poisoning?" Then MAK snatches a bottle of vodka from her hands and said, "Don't worry, my dear Kai, I can handle my liquor just fine. It's not like I'm gonna take a drink every time a stupid badly dub line is uttered there, right? Right?" Then Kai face palmed and said, "Oh no."

"Um... Kai... I would take that bottle away from him. He will probably be dead by the end of the first episode.... maybe even half way through."

"Nonsense!!!!" MAK screamed, "How bad can it be?"


Garzey’s Wing OVA(Sept 21, 1996 – Apr 9, 1997), Tales of Byston Well: Garzey’s Wing
Director: Yoshiyuki Tomino Written by: Yoshiyuki Tomino
Fantasy, Action,
Key Words: Swordsmen, Parallel worlds,
Studio: J.C. Staff, BMG Japan, Licensed American Publisher: U.S. Manga Corps

Episodes: 3

Chris was a normal boy when he was whisked away to a parallel world and told he was a chosen one who will help them fight against the King.


My Thoughts: This is a poor excuse for an anime I’ve seen. The story line is hard to understand and it’s nothing but fighting and dialogue, repeating dialogue and just poor creating. I never want to have to watch something like this again. This would have been better as a hentai, then at least it would have a reason to be bad. There is no romance in it like what I have seen other websites saying it should have it unless there is a romance between the little fairy that sounds like Navi and that’s just plain wrong.

By the way, the whole story line feels like it’s the story of Moses. Just thought that I would bring that up.

The animation is pretty poor and rather off. Mouths move way too much and the action scenes are pretty bad. I really don’t know what else to say about it. It’s just really stinking bad.

Freaken kill my ears why don’t you? It’s a really bad English dub. It’s a wall of text that feels like they aren’t even acting at all. Sentences feel like they were being read by a computer and not people. Names are said wrong, things are said more then once, and the character called Felario sounds like a sexual thing. It’s just bad! I have no clue how this was aloud to be brought out into the public. And yes, it’s pretty much worse then Eiken. Something tells me that the Japanese isn’t any better but I’m not interested in watching this again.

Rating: No Star

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garzey's_Wing

Other Reviews:




May Also Like:

So, a few hours later after watching Garzey's Wing, MAK had a bit of a hangover from drinking too much. Plus, while he was drunk, he sorta hallucinated a little bit and accidentally punched Kurai in the eye, thinking he was his father while he thought Angel and Akuma was his sisters. Kai went to check on him as he is resting now. "OK", Kai said, "He's sobering up now. I think he got it all out in the toilet and remind me to never give him any liquor again."

Kurai rolled his one good eye as he held the icepack Akuma had given him over the other, "And remind me that if he ever drinks again, to tie him to a chair and beat his ass for the shiner...."

"Well, as long as I knew MAK, him and his father were pretty close......", Kai said, ".....but I guess after his parents split, MAK went into a deep depression from what he told me about them but why did he think Angel and Akuma were his sisters, considering one of them was pregnant at the time?"

Angel and Akuma both glared a little, "Which one of us did he think was pregnant?" they asked, looking like they were about to kill him for the thought.

Kai looked nervous for a minute as she was about to say whom, considering if they might kill him or her since she's the only conscious one defending him, "Hmmmmm.......well.....uh.....(gulp)...it's his older sister that was pregnant at the time...well, the second time."

"/Second/ time?" Angel growled more, fangs showing as she started walking to MAK's room. Akuma followed, grabbing something from the top shelf of the DVD rack with a evil grin on her face. The only thing Kai could see was that it was a DVD with a OVA written on the back.

"Guys, what's that DVD you got there?" Kai was beginning to look more worried as it really looks like they are gonna kill MAK. "WAIT!! I'm sure he didn't meant what he said. There's partially a reason why his mom and sister are always concerned about him drinking. Hey, wait for me, too!!"

As MAK began to wake up from his hangover, sobering up from his Garzey's Wing episode, he looked around the room to see if nothing's spinning anymore and as he turned left, he sees a very fuming Angel, a furious and evilly-smirking Akuma and a concerned Kai staring at him. "Hey guys, did anything happened a few hours later?" He felt like if he had no memory of what happened earlier.

Angel smiled, "Oh yes.... tell me, did you really fucken think I was pregnant?" She asked as Kurai stuck his head in for a bit, gulping and looking at MAK like he was sorry he had to go through this. Akuma was already fiddling with the TV in MAK's room, popping the DVD into it and cewing it up as Angel tied MAK to a chair, taping his eyes open, "This is for pretty much calling both me and my sister fat...." she said, smiling a evil smile.
Kurai walked in, sitting down on the bed and sighed, "Don't say I ever didn't to anything for you.... this is sort of to make up for the whole trolling..." he mumbled.

MAK then looked panicky and confused as he really doesn't know what's going in. "Uh...guys, what did I do? When did I call you and/or Akuma fat? Why am I tried to a chair and my eyes taped? And why does Kurai have a shiner on his eye?" Then Kai whispered to his ear all about what happened earlier and when she mentioned he was drunk, he suddenly now gotten really scared at them.

Kurai frowned, "About the shinner, I will get my revenge later...." he mumbled as the show kicked on, the words 'Mars of Destruction' appearing on the title screen.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-755352/angel-informational-reviews-anime-and-cartoons?pg=13#43446525

When the show was done, Angel and Akuma smiled evily at MAK, "You really shouldn't of called us fat...." they said, "So its your own fault you had to review another bad anime in a row. Maybe we should show you another..." they held up the Eiken disc Kurai had sent Angel a while ago.

"OK, OK, OK, I GET IT!!!", MAK screamed, "I know y'all are very angry at me and I don't blame you. I get it."
Then MAK calmly said, "I obviously deserved it and I have been in a reviewing funk lately....well, not only reviewing but personal to me, too. I've been having dreams about my parents fighting all the time, my sisters yelling at me, and it kept reminding me too much of my old life. If you want to put in the Eiken disc, just do it already."

Angel sighed and untied him, "You better not do that again...." she said, and she and Akuma walked out of the room, not looking back at them for a while, then at the door, she turned slightly and said, "At least you have your parents still..." then went to her room with Akuma.
Kurai looked down at the ground sadly, "You know.... maybe.... they have a small point...." he said getting up, "Sorry to say that.... and not saying your problems arn't as bad as theirs... but just be careful of talking about that around them..." then he too left.

"Am I that selfish?" MAK asked himself while Kai was behind him. "Am I that much of an asshole about my parents and family even though Angel and Akuma's are no longer......" He paused for a moment as he begin to shed tears as he felt like a dick. Kai then looked at him and said, "MAK, you know you didn't mean what you said about them. I'm sure they won't hold it against you that much."
MAK wasn't so sure about that and he also said, "I think I need a little break from reviewing."
"See?", Kai said, "That's all you need. A simple break from review--" Then MAK interrupted her again and said, "I also may need to leave Kakurega for a while."
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 8/25/12 , edited 9/11/12

Wink Club (Season 1)(Jan 28, 2004 – March 26, 2004),
Director: Iginio Straffi
Italian Cartoon, Fantasy, Action, Adventure,
Key Words: Magical Girl,
Licensed American Publisher: Nickelodeon

Episodes: 26

Bloom was an ordinary girl living on earth with her bed Kiko and her parents. That is, until strange things started happening around her. A strange blond suddenly shows up out of nowhere who is being chased after a bunch of trolls. When Bloom comes to her aid, she finds she has powers dormant within her. After, the blond named Stella brings her to the fairies school Alfea in the magical dimention to start her training.


My Thoughts: This is actually a cute show though marketed to younger children. The storyline seems sort of cheesy in a couple places especially when they go into life lessons and such but the idea is pretty fun. Don’t let the very first episode push you away, it does get rather good. You just have to wait for it. The story grows from a little child show to a more teen style story. Those are the best types of shows I like; they grow up with the watcher.

The school feels like Harry Potter school, all the classes are for magic and there doesn’t seem to be any math, English, and Social Studies classes. Way to good to be true!

The recaps are actually rather stupid sounding though; they replace the words that were said in order to make sure its short. I think they shouldn’t even have a recap like that.

The animation is pretty good though somewhat edgy. The 3D does mix well with the cartoon feel of the show. Characters look really skinny, almost like they could break in half if you picked them up. Magic looks really sparkly and somewhat odd but it gets the point across.

The opening song is actually a pretty good song, not like most of the ones that were shown on 4Kids. The other music is pretty nicely done adding a bit of pop sound. The voices are alright mostly but not really into Stella’s voice. She’s pretty much cheerleader style ditsy. Also, is it an unspoken rule they have to call out their attacks? I can understand the spells are about where each girl is strong in but do we really need to hear them shout it out every time? Also, the little jokes they do tend to be a little to much sometimes.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: Sailor Moon,

Winx Club (Season 2)(Apr 19, 2005 – July 14, 2005)
Director: Iginio Straffi
Italian Cartoon, Fantasy, Action, Adventure,
Key Words: Magical Girl,
Studio: Licensed American Publisher: Nickelodeon

Episodes: 26

Bloom and the girls are back but a new danger awaits. The Dark Lord Darkar has released the Trix from their prison. He has also captured the pixies. Can Bloom and her new friends as well as her old help the pixies and keep Darkar away from what he’s looking for?


My Thoughts: Well, this one is a little odd. It opens with a new school year and a new rival. Sadly, how they bring us into the story is pretty much wanky. Something like this should not have been brought into the story with a future telling. It just feels like a cluster of problems happening. How about easing us into the story, not forcing it on us all the way. In fact, even in the third episode, they are getting ready to go to the shadow relm. The story line is way to fast so when things actually end up slowing down, it drags on.

Characters sometimes feel out of place, and even Faragonda even let the sophomore’s actually go to the dark relm. It’s stupid! Before she would tell them not to do anything stupid but now she lets them go head long into a fight. The story with the strange beings from the underworld just felt like it was forced since there really was no reason for it.

The witches normally called the fairies pixies but yet now we find out that there are actually creatures called pixies so why again do they call them pixies? I don’t get it. They say that when you lose your winx, you turn evil but yet they never told us this in the first series and Bloom had lost her winx, she didn’t turn evil. There are a couple things that seem to of been changed because of the new storyline just to make them ‘easier’ to understand but sadly, it doesn’t work out. Like when did Bloom get her birth medallion? She ends up having it when she is with one of the professors but I don’t see when she actually got it. Also, there are an amazing amount of strange fairy pets that have showed up. Not sure why but they just showed up here, probably as a gimic since there good for sales. They have no part in the actual story.

The animation feels a little less like the first. It just looks like they didn’t care much. We don’t need to see the same transformation every damn time they get energy back.

Again, the voices are the same as before so I don’t really have much to say. The pixies though are a little annoying. They are like a navi character that doesn’t really do much. I do have to say this seems to have more of a problem with bad timeing complex. That’s when something is going on, someone will ether make a joke or say something that should of probably waited for another time.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: Sailor Moon,

Wink Club (Season 3)(Jan 29,2007 – Mar 28, 2007),
Director: Iginio Straffi
Italian Cartoon, Fantasy, Action, Adventure,
Key Words: Magical Girl,
Licensed American Publisher: Nickelodeon

Looking for Movies? http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-607314/angels-review-movies?pg=4#40909241
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 8/26/12 , edited 11/8/13

Ghost Hunt(Oct 3, 2006 – Mar 27, 2007)
Director: Rei Mano
Supernatural, Horror, Occult Detective,
Key Words: Ghosts, Spiritualists, Blood,
Studio: J.C. Staff Licensed American Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 25

Mai Taniyama loved to sit with her friends and tell ghost stories after school. Who knew that this would end up becoming part of a Paranormal Research team bent on using science to figure out if ghosts exist? Can she and Kazuya Shibuya really figure out the secret beyond the ghost stories and the strange happenings?


My Thoughts: This show is pretty interesting, and has a rather creepy, hunting feeling. It’s like Case Closed was mixed with supernatural horror. It’s really interesting and sometimes the logic out ways supernatural things and the other way around. It keeps you on your toes because they will give you a reason, then fall back from it when something else happens.

The characters do seem a bit like the normal stereotypes but yet they do surprise you. You don’t get much from the people early on but as the story keeps going, you learn much more. Mai Taniyama is rather smart, but she has a rather odd personality sometimes. She sometimes gets a bit annoying but always has a good heart. She cares a lot for those that she works with even if she fights with them. Shibuya is a rather interesting character in that he doesn’t normally let people see what he is thinking until the very end. Though he never shows his emotions, he does care for people. John Brown is an interesting priest that is actually rather young. He shows his emotions pretty well but you don’t see much of him in that aspect. Takigawa is the Buddhist monk who is a bit of a smart ass but he does bring up a lot of valuable points. Matsuzaki is the Shinto miko who wasn’t taught in a shrine. Almost all the times she has actually done her things, it seems to not work. Hara is a spirit medium though she never really shows much of anything. All of these characters give very valuable insight on each of the different ways in exercising and figuring out things. It’s also very interesting to see how all of them get along.

One of my favorite characters in the show actually showed up near the end of the show sadly, Osamu Yasuhara. I love his unorthodox sense of humor and he is a great counterpart to Shibuya’s quiet demeanor. He even stands in for Shibuya in at least one case and I can tell there is a love triangle is forming with Mai between the two.

It’s really hard to talk about the show because a lot of things that I say could be considered spoilers. The show has many different arcs that span about 3 or 4 episodes long revolving a case. Now episode 12 and 13 are a very special heartwarming arc so warning, it may make you cry. Other then that, the show is rather gory and can become intensely horrific in both story line and images.

The animation is rather nice, bright when it needs to be and then it turns a bit dark whenever ghosts are around. It’s like the ‘ghosts’ place a filter over the show. Other then that, there isn’t really much difference from all the other animations. It’s pretty good and I didn’t really see anything that really stands out as a mishap in the artwork. I love how the characters clothing does change.

The opening feels like we are going into the twilight zone or Doctor Who of anime, giving me a couple chills up my spine. It doesn’t have the pop voice, only the instrumental and a women going ahhhh every once in a while. That’s what sets it apart from any other anime opening. The ending is also rather different, mostly sweet and sad but again with no voices. The English voices are rather good, setting a nice mood between the characters. Shibuya is knowledgeable and has a rather good mono tone to him. Mai on the other hand has a rather good narrator voice and has a lot of emotion when she speaks. It’s not like the high pitch voices most women get in anime but more of a normal tone.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: Spiral, Case Closed, Shiki,

Manga Review: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-618443/angels-review-manga-and-comics?pg=4#44659505
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 8/27/12 , edited 8/27/12

Dance in the Vampire Bund (Jan 7, 2010 – Apr 1, 2010)
Director: Akiyuki Shinbo
Supernatural, Romance, Ecchi,
Key Words: Vampire, Low Fantasy, Werewolves,
Studio: Shaft Licensed American Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 12

Mina Tepeş is the princess ruler of the vampire race. For years, the vampires have hidden away from the outside world but Mina is tired of all that. She wishes for the humans and vampires to coexist now within the world and has started to create a sort of vampire haven off the coast of Japan. This 'Bund' as she calls it is a place for Vampires to live along side humans but after showing themselves to the public, many humans and extremist Vampires wish to destroy her. Along the way, she meets Akira, a young high school boy that had lost his memories a year ago. He had made a promise to her long ago but he can't remember what. Can he remember before she is killed? And will this love stay strong?


My Thoughts: The story line seems both the same as all other shows about vampires but then it has a little bit of its own story line. I have a small feeling it’s a mix between ‘Black Blood Brothers’ and ‘Moon Phase’ where it’s a cutesy Lolita girl but is creating a new area for Vampires. I’m not so sure how I feel about Werewolves being controlled by Vampires. To me, they should be on the same level like all the other story lines but I guess it fits the story line. Akira feels a lot like Kouhei from Moon Phase and I would probably say they were the same person if it wasn’t for the fact that he isn’t a real weakling. Another thing that makes it odd is that Akira’s friend talks a lot throughout the story as though she isn’t in the show much.

The artwork is bright and crisp, though I feel it should have been a little darker. It’s rather high detailed in some places but then turns into action lines and crazy CG artwork in a couple parts. This is the really sad CG that doesn’t look right in the show. It’s also the fact that the parts they have CG could have been really easily created by drawing. The beginning is pretty interesting though the running around gets really old really fast. I’m also not found of the naked Lolita. It’s more fan service that isn’t needed. There is also way to many images of flowers when there not part of the show.

The music is really not that special. I only like the beginning song but the rest isn’t really even loud enough to hear it. The English voices are not that great, but yet not that bad too, pretty much a rather average show.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: Moon Phase,

Screenshots:
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 8/28/12 , edited 9/7/12

Ghost Hound(Oct 18, 2007 – Apr 2, 2008)
Director: Ryutaro Nakamura Written by: Masamune Shirow, Chiaki J. Konaka
Supernatural, Physiological,
Key Words: Ghosts, Brain, Mystery,
Studio: Production I.G. Licensed American Publisher: Sentai Filmworks

Episodes: 22

Taro Komori lives in a small town of Suiten located in the remote mountains of the island of Kyushu. It seems Ghosts and paranormal things keep happening in the real world all threw town and not many understand just why. Taro and his two friends, Makoto and Masayuki, have all had Traumatic experiences in childhood investigate the strange happenings that might hold the key to what happen long ago.


My Thoughts: The show starts out with a really creepy opening of something flying around and only getting glimpses of what’s happening from his eyes. We find out that it was all a damn dream from our main character. Taro Komori seems like a rather normal boring guy who lives with a family of brewers. And yet they bring up strange things about his past that seem to be bothering him. I can’t lie, even with knowing the description of the anime, this all was a bit confusing in the beginning. They jump around a lot and the only thing I really got was that Taro was able to astro project and has dreams of the past. As the show goes on, it does get slightly better and there are times that they kept me on the edge of my seat but it is extremely logical and have a mountain of dialogue before something gets done.

Masayuki seems much more like the person we should be following. He is the outsider who is gathering information on what goes on around the other two. He seems to have more of an understanding that things are happening then Taro and Makoto. It’s that or Taro and Masayuki’s stories should switch a bit. Miyako is pretty silent but is also one that I wished we could get more info on right up front. She seems to have even more understanding as to what is going on about the spiritual world.

I like how they show the outer body experience like being in water to where you can’t really hear anything around you. What I don’t like is that they seem to have only one goal throughout the whole show and that’s to find out what went on a long time ago. It just makes the characters sound like broken records at times. Now I’m not saying it’s no good. I did like it but I wish that they had more episodic ghost show with the overall plot mixed in with it.

A lot of this show talks about the mind and how philology plays a big part in what happens when you have trauma at a young age. Unfortunately, it seems that they try to base it all on ghosts and astro projections. Sometimes it feels like they are just trying to make up excuses to what’s going on with the kids. At some point, they even talk about the destruction of nature though I really don’t see what it has to do with all of the supernatural ideas or the children turning into strange beings.

The animation lacks just a little, making it look a little like Sayonara Zetsubo-Sensei with a little bit of CG mixed into it. Sometimes it looks a bit on the plain side, not really standing out from any other anime or even lacking from others. Still, I have to give it props for trying to be different then the others. The close ups give a very creepy look to the show. Unfortunately, some of the characters look like they have large heads even when not in a spiritual form.

The music is really hunting and creepy in the opening, but set the mood well. What doesn’t set the mood is the basic clips from the show. It just seems like a lack of love was given to the opening in this aspect. The scripting is a bit odd; sometimes the characters seem to talk to someone even if they haven’t said anything at all. There are also some strange passes in the way sentences are said and sometimes the volume isn’t right. Even with the strange script, I still like how the voices are. They have voices I would imagine them to have.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: Ghost Hunt, Serial Experiments Lain, Higurashi, Paranoia Agent
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 8/28/12

A Little Snow Fairy, Sugar(Oct 2, 2001 – Mar 26, 2002), Chitchana Yukitsukai Shugā
Director: Shinichiro Kimura Written by: Haruka Aoi
Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure,
Key Words: fairies, whimsical, Coming of Age, music, magic,
Studio: J.C. Staff; TBS Licensed American Publisher: Sentai Filmworks

Episodes: 24

11 year old Saga Bergman is a young orphaned girl in the small village of Muhlenberg, Germany (based on the real town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber). She lives with her Grandmother Regina and works in the coffee shop nearby to get a little extra money. She is always structured and plans her life down to the moment. One day while trapped in the rain, she finds a small fairy hungry and alone. She offers a waffle to her which helps revives the tiny fairy. The little fairy’s name is Sugar and she is a apprentice season fairy, more specifically, a snow fairy. In order to become a full fledged snow fairy, she must plant her magic flower and let it grow. Strangely, she ends up planting it by accident in Saga’s small toy piano. As she waits for her flower to bloom, Sugar becomes great friends with Saga and whenever her magic is needed, she pulls out her small piccolo and plays it to make snow or do small other magical things. Soon she is joined by other apprentice fairies, all of whom wait for the day their special flower blooms as well. Together, they have amazing adventures and learn about just being a child.


My Thoughts: This is a very cute and childish show that touches the heart. It has a whimsical story and atmosphere as though this was an old German fairy tail. Sadly, a lot of things that the characters act feels like Japan more then Germany.

Saga feels way too grown up and actually talks back to the older people. She always makes plains to do things at a special time period even going down to the second. She’s mostly a know it all who believes every needs a plan for everything. She says no to anyone who tries to give her something for free and strives to be the very best at things. Even though she does this, when she first sees Sugar, she doesn’t think its odd.

Sugar is really cute even though I would be annoyed too if someone would keep kissing me like how she does that. It’s interesting that Sugar and Saga look almost exactly alike, which brings the idea that Sugar is Saga’s childhood. If you want to get into the idea of this show showing not to grow up to fast, Sugar is like her child self asking her to stop being so grown up and to act like a kid again.

The animation is really bright and childish like a story book. It works well and brings the feeling of old Germany to light. Strangely, it feels like Belgium instead of Germany with all the waffles that are in it.

The voices are somewhat alright but Saga’s English voice is somewhat annoying. Its way to cutesy for a girl of her age. She sounds like Sakura from Card Captor Sakura. Greta feels really snobby. All in all, the English voices are not really the best and in this case, I would go more for the Japanese version. The music adds to the whimsical feel and is never to overpowering for the scenes. You can tell sometimes which fairy is around because the music changes a bit.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:




May Also Like: Card Captor Sakura, Angelic Layer, Shugo Chara, Yumeiro Patissiere

Screenshots:
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 8/28/12 , edited 9/7/12

Gravitation: Lyrics of Love OVA(July 23, 1999 – Sep 22, 1999)
Director: Shinichi Watanabe
Yoai, Romance, Drama,
Key Words: Music, Shonen-ai, Slice of Life, Music,
Studio: Plum Licensed American Publisher: Nozomi Entertainment

Episodes: 2

Shuichi and Yuki are back, but Yuki is being even colder then normal. Shuichi is stuck in a rut now and can't do a single song because of it. The big deadline for the song is coming up but without the music, they may have to postpone and Bad Luck's reputation would be on the line.Can he get the music done in time and will Yuki stop being such a jerk?


My Thoughts:

Rating:

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

Other Review:



May Also Like:

Screenshots:



Gravitation(Oct 4, 2000 – Jan 10, 2001)
Director: Bob Shirohata
Yoai, Romance, Drama,
Key Words: Music, Shonen-ai, Slice of Life, Music,
Studio: Studio Deen Licensed American Publisher: Nozomi Entertainment

Episodes: 13

Shuichi Shindo has always had bad luck. His whole life has been nothing but that. The only luck he got was that he became a singer of a band Called Bad Luck with his friend Hiroshi Nakano. He was having trouble with his lyrics of their first song when a chance meeting in the park sparks the push he needed. Now, he has been thrust into a upside down, one sided(maybe) love affair with the same man that treats him like crap since the moment they met, The famous romance novelist Eiri Yuki. Can Shuichi become a great singer and get his band to the top or will everything come crashing down on him while he tries to get Yuki to notice him?


My Thoughts:This is so CUTE! Ok, now that my fan girl love has been squeezed out, I’m sorry but I can’t help it! This show has everything a yoai girl would fall in love with. Cute guys, drama, romance between a cute little brother character and a hot older male.

Shuichi is like a little brother, always acting out on his feelings even when it might get him into trouble. He also is known to put people in front of himself. He doesn’t care what happens to him as long as everyone else around him is happy.

I love Hiro! His design is really cute and he always teases Shuichi about his love and anything else but he is always there for him like a best friend should.

I wish Yuki would be nicer to Shuichi. I feel so sorry for him since he keeps getting beat up by Yuki both mentally and physically. Most of the time, I wanted to punch Yuki for acting the way he did though that would of broken my screen.

As you can tell, I really got into this one and my fan girl couldn’t help me get past the fact they weren’t real people. The way the creators made them, most of the time they felt like they could be people I would meet on the street one day.

The artwork is kind of so so actually. It is beautiful when they put a lot of effort into it but then lacks in other places. The design of the eyes is beautiful and the romance scenes too but when we get into the comedy part, it lacks slightly.

The music is rather awesome for a j-pop boy band. Some music is a miss for me but others like the opening are really awesome. Unfortunately, Yuki (English Dub) keeps sounding like he’s just reading lines and doesn’t show much emotion. I know he’s an angry guy but he could at least put a little more emotion to it. Shuichi (English Dub) does come across as a whinny little child sometimes although I think that’s part of why people like at least him.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, Honey and Clover,

Screenshots:
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 9/3/12

Cat Planet Cuties(July 10, 2010 – September 25, 2010), Asobi ni iku Yo!
Director: Youichi Ueda
Sci-fi, Romantic, Comedy, Seinen,
Key Words: Ecchi, Nudity,
Studio: AIC PLUS+ Licensed American Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 12+OVA

When cat girls come from space, the fun really starts up! Kio Kakazu was just a normal guy till a cat girl from space drops by. The girl, Eris, is soon visited by more of her kind, all part of a war between the cat girls and the dog aliens.


My Thoughts: Well, at first I didn’t know anything about this. I guessed by the name it may be pretty fan service oriented but when I turned on the first episode, it actually looked like it would be serious. Boy, was I wrong with that idea. It turns into a big harem mess. It’s almost just like Please Teacher mixed with other Harem shows.

It’s all about food, boobs, and very little bit about the Sci-fi stuff. Let me give you an example of how this show doesn’t take itself too seriously. Eris beats a million tanks with hammers, even taking the clothing of the tank guys inside. And just when I thought the show was about to end, the show got even stranger with the cat girls going to a meeting wearing school girl swimsuits with a magical girl transformation showing naked images. The third show even starts out with a version of the Star Trek opening altered for the cat aliens.

I do have a question, where the heck are all the male cat boys? I with I could see more diverse gender to this instead of all the girls… and this isn’t just because I’m a girl. I do like a lot of designs for anthro girls but I also like the ideas for the men as well. The only male we do see from cat world is an image of his mouth. We see no tail or ears and even his eyes are hidden from us.

There are a lot of references to Star Trek and a couple other shows that any Trekie would probably fall in love with it. There is a special episode also that isn’t all that funny. Episode 9 talks more about how that catians and earthlings feel the same about a song that played for a special Sci-fi anime. The song is rather beautiful and gives the feeling of loneliness in space.

Kio is just like Kei from Please Teacher. His voice, personality, almost everything feels pretty much like a copy of him except for the stand still-thing. He lets people push him around mostly, and is pretty much a guy that acts older then he is. He even stays with a perverted uncle. The girls feel like they were all pushed onto him and it really is too much like they just pushed every type of supernatural or alien idea into one small little area of Japan. The only character with any real since is Aoi. The reason why I say that is she doesn’t get made right away when Kio ends up with cat girls hanging all over him because of reading a magazine.

The artwork is standard. Kio even looks like Kei from Please Teacher and Eris looks much like a sexual version of Horo from Spice and Wolf. Most designs feel like they were stolen from other animes. Its standard all the way threw from the character design to the background.

The English voices are standard too, and yet seem to fit with the style of the show. It’s pretty much standard all the way threw so nothing special but yet I guess I could say that it would be pretty fun to see how it pans out. I would really see this as a watch show.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:



May Also Like: Please Teacher, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, To LOVE-Ru, DearS, Nyan Koi!, Dog Days

Screenshots:
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 9/5/12 , edited 9/22/12

Dokkoida?!(July 5, 2003 – Sept 20, 2003), Sumeba Miyako no Cosmos-sō Suttoko Taisen Dokkoidaa
Director: Hitoyuki Matsui, Takuya Nonaka
Sci-fi, Comedy, Parody,
Key Words: Robots, Magical Girl, Aliens,
Studio: ufotable Licensed American Publisher: Sentai Filmworks

Episodes: 12

Galaxy Federation Police wanted to cover-up their personal shorts and so what do they do? They send someone down to earth to find a random man to try on their new power suit. Suzuo ends up declared the perfect person for this and is pushed into fighting wacky A-Class criminals for them.


My Thoughts: My first thoughts when I saw the DVD cover on the internet, I had one thought in my head… “WHAT THE HELL IS THIS CRAP?” Of course, I became a little curious as to what this was all about so here we go. This is my review about this… um… show… um… give me a second here…

It’s just… how do I put this nicely? It was better for younger kids, not that it’s bad. There are really good parts too but its just rather childish. It’s a collaboration of a bunch of different super heroes and super villains all rolled into one and makes fun of every single one of them. I guess a good place to start would be the characters. Suzuo is stupid little boy who gets in way over his head just because of the need for a job. I’m glad in his power suit looks like it has a diaper because he seems to really need it. Almost all the time, he seems to freak out every time they fight. Kosuzu is just a whiny little navi character. I say navi character because all she does is whine and talk to him without doing any fighting.

I hate episode 8 all for the fact they bring Sister Princess into it. They change the name but yet all the designs aren’t even changed!

Now the whole idea feels like a sitcom where villains and heroes live under the same roof and even though they at first think that they know each other, try to pretend that they don’t. And how does the villains have a A grade? I wouldn’t even call them F grade! They are just really bad villains.

The artwork is so so, the characters don’t normally keep their shape. I guess its normal for a comedy show like this but it just feels odd. It’s much like Sgt Frog in how out of control it can be. Why does Suzuo have little pink cheeks when no one else has them? It feels out of place. Oh… and don’t worry, there are magical girl transformations that don’t take 5 minutes. The opening sadly makes it feel more like its supposed to be serious then funny. It doesn’t work right.

The English voices are alright and fit to the comedy of the show rather well. Unfortunately, it was a wall of dialogue that never went any where. They speak a little to fast and just make it hard to understand.

Rating:

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dokkoida%3F!

Other Reviews:

May Also Like:Desert Punk, Sgt Frog
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 9/6/12 , edited 9/22/12

Okami-San and Her Seven Companions(July 1, 2010 – Sept 16, 2010)
Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Action, Romantic, Comedy,
Key Words: Twisted Fairy Tales,
Studio: J.C. Staff Licensed American Publisher: Funimation Entertainment

Episodes: 12

Ryoko Okami (also known as Okami-San) is a rather tomboyish girl who fights a lot but has a kind side. Together with her best friend, Akai Ringo (also known as Little Red Riding Hood), they join the Otogi High School Bank, a rather interesting trading club at there school. They estrange favors for favors.


My Thoughts: I like it, it’s so cute! The stories all have a fairy tale to go with the story. It has the story of little red and the tortoise and the hare. All of the stories are pretty twisted tales and rather creative. There is sadly a couple that I’m not sure where they came from, though they still hold the fairy tale style.

I do have a small bone to pick. Barely any of the episodes have anything to do with the main story plot, bringing more of the story by week feel to the show. It makes me a little sad that we don’t get much of the story line. What it is replaced with though is us learning more about the characters so it doesn’t feel much like filler. Things only really pick up at around episode 10 but by then, it was pretty much over with. It gets rather serious then, and actually rather romantic. Sadly, it doesn’t stay for two long.

Ryoshi Morino is a really sweet and shy guy, though who needs to just toughen up a little. It would be easier if he did. Otherwise, I think it works out rather nicely. He is strong when he actually puts his mind to it as seen in episode 2. He does become sort of other people’s punching bags at times to though which doesn’t help make his character any easier to read.

Ryoko is really interesting with these dual personalities she shows. They show up really early which is surprising. I would have thought that it would of happened way later. Not that I am really complaining. It just made the character a bit easier to actually feel more for her.

Akai is another interesting character, always smiling but ends up pushing Ryoko into a lot of different things including dates. She is like a little terror but is a true friend to her in every way, even taking care of her by cooking and cleaning.

The animation is pretty nicely done, only one or two flaws but nothing that serious. There are times where characters end up looking a bit rough and runny egg like. The story artwork does jump around just a tad and it’s a little hard to sometimes understand. They did pretty well with how the designed the characters, making them fit the role they were supposed to fit almost perfectly.

The English voices are pretty nice and I love the comedy that the narrator brings up every once in a while. She actually becomes part of the story in herself with the antics. I am talking about her in the voices because that’s all we hear of her. The old women voice is perfect for the fairy tail feel… a twisted fairy tail style! Most of the other characters work rather nice. The music is very good, capturing the feeling of some scenes.

Just to let you know, you should keep watching all the way threw the credits on most of them because they have little extra things happening.

Rating:

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%8Ckami-san_(novel_series)

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: Ouran High School Host Club, ToraDora!!, Princess Tutu
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 9/6/12 , edited 9/11/12

Oban Star-Racers(June5, 2006 – Dec 11, 2006)
Director:
Action,
Key Words: French/Japanese Animation, Racing, Cyberpunk,
Studio: Hal Film Maker Licensed American Publisher: Jetix

Episodes: 26

In 2082, Earth has been invited to partake in the Great Race of Oban which is a race that the winner would be able to get any wish in the world granted including having loved ones come back to life. The invitation was given by a mysterious entity only known as the Avatar who ended problems between Earth and a race called the Crogs in exchange for Earth to enter.
Eva Wei escapes her school to go and see her father who had not visited in many years only to find he doesn’t recognize her. She takes a job as a mechanic under the name Molly and ends up going with him when he is asked to represent Earth at Oban. Once there, she steals a ship and enters into the race herself.


My Thoughts: I’m not to clear on the storyline much, though it is rather original to a point. It’s about a girl trying to get her father to recognize her when she was pretty much forgotten. The story is actually rather strong, even creating an ending that someone wouldn’t suspect. It’s rather deep and meaningful for a child’s show.

Eva is strong headed and rather pushy, yet she always thinks with her heart and not her head when things should be rather technical. She also seems to be hot tempered as any little thing seems to send her off her seat. Probably because of the Daddy problems. She is a lot like Luke from Star Wars in that she has problems with it. She also has a little Yoda character in Satis. He shows up whenever he wishes and gives some good advice.

Unlike a lot of these shows, this one doesn’t have everything go smoothly all the time which means you never really know what is going to happen mostly. It can keep you on the edge of your seat when it happens. Normally in Race type shows, the main character wins without any really big problems or problems he can overcome right away.

I don’t much like racing shows and was about to put this on the dropped folder after about three shows but this did get much better. I urge those who don’t really like sports or racing shows to at least try it out. I think it was after the 5th I felt more like I was watching it for the show and not just to review it.

The artwork is a bit off in a sense, making the characters look like they have no nose even when in profile view. The characters also have very large ears with no detail in them at all. They feel like they are rather flat. Characters pretty much have all spiky hair. I’m not sure where Eva got all the marks on her face, a star and a line. It just doesn’t look right and is rather distracting. The backgrounds aren’t even that well textured. This show is low on artwork but it makes up slightly for it in that it’s original. The racers feel a lot like from Star Wars including the sounds as well. The track also looks like it’s from Star Wars and I can’t get the feeling that I will be seeing Skywalker at any time. Strangely, the artwork and the 3D art work perfectly together.

The English voices are alright though not really standing out to me. They all feel just a little flat. I cringed a little at Eva’s voice, a rather raspy version of a child’s voice. She also seems like she has a small lisp. The jokes make some of this feel a little hard to get into more. The opening on the other hand is actually rather cool sounding in the English dub though I know it’s not the original.

Rating:

Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%8Cban_Star-Racers

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: Speed Racer, Star Wars
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 9/8/12

Riding Bean OVA(Feb 22, 1989)
Director: Yasuo Hasegawa
Action, Comedy,
Key Words: Drag Racing, kidnapping, guns,
Studio: AIC Licensed American Publisher: AnimEigo

Episodes: 1

When a young girl from a rich family gets kidnapped, Bean Bandit and Rally Vincent are the ones trying to bring her back only to find that they were stood up by the real kidnappers. When the young girl in tow, Bean must find a way to clear his name and get back at the ones setting him up.


My Thoughts: As a person outside of having to review the show, this show is pretty awesome for vintage anime and I truly injoyed it. As a reviewer… I have to nit pick. The problem with that is that the story is really very good and I believe it has the workings of becoming a whole series is the Manga-ka Kenichi Sonoda had not had a falling out with the studio. After the OVA was created, Kenichi created the manga and the manga ‘Gunsmith Cats’ where Rally Vincent was the star though her design was altered.

Anyway, going back to the story, it’s pretty awesome in how it shows the action scenes and everything. It feels like an American made movie more then just an anime with how many guns and vilence is in the show. It starts out with Bean being the get away driver for a bunch of thieves and then ends him being the hero of the show. It’s not making him an anti hero and has him as a regular guy getting money. He actually is rather strong, almost like Superman strong as he had picked up the front end of a car and also rammed his fingers into the metal door of the car to rip the door right off its hinges. Rally on the other hand doesn’t really do much in the show although she is a quick shot. The only thing I really noticed her doing when she didn’t have a gun in her hand was tell Bean to keep cool or try and take care of the little girl.

Going onto the cops side, the cops are damn idiots and Detective Percy should be placed into a mental hospital. Seriously, Percy is infatuated with trying to catch Bean at all cost and goes crazy when he thinks he can. He is the definition of a bumbling detective who gets into a hell of a lot of trouble but I guess I have to give him being smart enough to actually not get fired from his job. The cops don’t help the matter, always crashing into things or sounding like complete idiots or children as in the the small chant they do close to the end of ‘Bean, come out and play’ thing. And yet, in that all that’s said and done, it seemed to sort of fit to me.

The animation becomes really sloppy at some points, using many speedlines and odd movements that feel a bit stiff. The times that it doesn’t have these problems though, they are ether still shots or some very detailed action scenes. The eating habits are rather laughable though. It’s very exaggerated as though the animators had no clue how to show them eating so they slowed them down and made rather huge mouths. It becomes almost discusting at how they did it. Bean was designed rather interestingly with a little to large of canines making him look rather beastly.

The English voices are laughable at most, feeling mostly stale at the most intence times. It’s as though they were reading a script rather then playing the part. The words really don’t feel like they fit the mouth movements and sometimes the characters move their mouths when no one is talking. The only one that seems alright is Percy and he shouts almost every other sentence. The little children also seem to shout as though they can’t be heard any other way. Dispite that, the people that were picked to play the parts were actually what I would see for the type of voices coming from the characters. If they acted a bit more then shouted, it would have been even better.

I think everyone should at least watch this one once. Even with the flaws, the show is rather action pact and won’t leave you bored. Because of the flaws, the times that it does go into a slow pace, they feel a bit comedic and the script can be rather tounge and cheek at points.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: Gunsmith Cats, Lupin the Third,
Creator
1471 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / Canby, Or USA
Offline
Posted 9/11/12 , edited 10/3/12

Highschool of the Dead(July 5, 2010 – Sept 20, 2010), H.O.T.D.
Director: Tetsuro Araki Written by: Yosuke Kuroda Music: Takafumi Wada
Horror, Action,
Key Words: Zombies, Harem, Fighting, Survival, Fan Service, Gore,
Studio: Madhouse Licensed American Publisher:Sentai Filmworks

Episodes:12

In 2010 Japan, the world has pretty much come to an end with a pandemic that turns humans into zombies. A group of high school student’s fight their way to safety threw the deadly streets where the word is full of death and the dead raising from the dead.


My Thoughts: Oh dear god! What the hell are their breasts made of for them to jiggle like that!?!? I’m not kidding, this is my first thoughts. This is one big jiggles and ass horror flick. It’s dark look and feel brings out the really creepy vibe that all dark horror shows should have but then the breasts and almost hentai scenes feel as though its just comical. That added onto the hentai like scenes is the language where everyone is yelling fuck you and shit every other word.

It surprises me that the students are so good at figuring out how to stay alive with most of them not really knowing how to survive basic outdoor stuff. Most of the personalities are really odd, rather one sided almost though they do show that they have more in depth personalities but that happens later on in the series sort of. There are times that I just wanted a person to get bitten. For instance, Koichi Shido who is pretty much scum of the earth. I hated him when he first kicked a student back to the zombies after he had sprained his ankle. I really couldn’t stand him at all.

Other characters feel just like they are fan surface, like the little Lolita, nurse, or the nerdy pink haired girl. They don’t really seem to have much of a point though at least the nerdy girl is smarter then the nurse. I’m not sure why but in almost all shows like this, the teachers and adults are the stupidest people in it and it’s the students that are smarter. They know exactly what to do and though it might be because they watch the zombie shows, I don’t think they would really know how to aim a gun and actually fire it without a bit of training.

This definitely has the feel of a harem in that the main character ends up with each girl in different situations. The girls all fall in love with him but I actually couldn’t blame the girls for this since I feel it’s more of the bad boy love interest. Each girl has their times they brake down during the fight and so each time, they have the main character to lean on.

Now, the story seems to have a rather deep storyline to it even for how crazy and out of control it is. The idea of who the characters were and what they are now comes up a couple times, mostly near the ending of the show.

Question, why do we even need a filler episode looking back on only three episodes? We have one happening at episode 4 and it doesn’t explain anything more then what we already know. I’m glad they added more to it, but still, we don’t need all of this after the first 3 episodes.

The artwork jumps around a lot, showing beautiful fight scenes, rather pretty sexualized ones, and beautiful drama though then we get ‘jiggle fest’ right after breaking the mood of the show and making it almost comical. I give props that they did the pretty artwork but they lose points for having breasts that look like jell-o. I am a girl with a rather nice rack, and I have shot a gun before (At targets of course) and my breasts have never, and I mean NEVER, jiggled how badly they do for the girls in this show.

The music is pretty good in the opening, though it sounds a bit too sweet for the type of stuff that is going on in this anime. It throws me off a little. The chanting music actually sounds perfect during the times that it has a gentle reflective nature to them. The English voices of the characters sound like they are from a really bad horror flick that revolves around bad language. It works though for this show. It has so much gore and fan service that it just feels right for how stupid it looks. Other then the very loaded script, The voices actually fit the mood of the characters.

By the way, this doesn’t actually end. The show leaves a open ending to the show that I wish it had a second season. I hate the read the Manga storytelling.

Rating:

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

Other Reviews:

May Also Like: Red Garden, Hellsing,
First  Prev  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.