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  • Demon City Shinjuku (Anime) Review

    Demon City Shinjuku Anime Review

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    Over the years I have watched Demon City Shinjuku a few times. Recently I decided to watch the movie again. I had forgotten how serene the movie can be and yet so violent at the same time. The movie takes through a ‘Pandora’s Box’ of today’s age.
    Demon City Shinjuku is a 1988 anime film directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri based after a horror novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi.

     

    Demon City Shinjuku Plot

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    The film follows a young man named Kyoya Izayoi and his journey into the demonized Shinjuku area. During the opening of the film, a man named Genichirou and another named Rebi Ra are fighting on the rooftop of buildings. The two were once a students of a Nempo martial art user named Aguni Rai. Rebi Ra ends up killing Genichirou and letting loose a few demons into the Shinjuku area. Ten years pass by and Kyoya (son of Genichirou) is now left with the aftermath of his fathers failures. Rai asks Kyoya for help when the World President (Kozumi Rama) is attacked. Kyoya refuses at first but reluctantly goes when he finds out the World President’s daughter goes to Shinjuku to save her father. Kyoya ends up following out of guilt. The two are now in the dangerous zone of demons and must find a way to Rebi Ra and defeating him.

    I have watched the movie several times but only recently understood it better now that I am more mature. The story is not hard to follow, it’s just a little confusing. The scenes can change quickly, but it does so in a calm state. It’s nice due to some of the violent scenes it an have. Not that it is gruesome or very graphic, it had little graphic scenes. Those graphic scenes tend to be towards animals. The one thing I didn’t like about the movie. The plot was interesting, but not enough time was given for a lot of details.

     

    Demon City Shinjuku Characters

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    There are only a few characters in the movie that stand out.

    The main character Kyoya is your typical 80s anime male lead, acts nonchalant and has no real motive to save the world. But he does so anyways. I would say I liked his character, but again there was no time for a lot of development. Of course he does like women and that is why he saves the Presidents daughter. He is stronger than he looks as well.

    Sayaka Rama is the presidents daughter. To be honest she is basically just like Relena Peacecraft from Gundam Wing. She looks weak and scared, but is actually very strong willed and determined. Her character got a little annoying towards the end for some reason. She seemed to just do stuff without thinking sometimes and got into trouble which could have been avoided.

    Rebi Ra is a typical antagonist that wants power. He sold his soul to get stronger than Genichirou. Other than the opening and the last scene, he is rarely seen in the movie. That is a little frustrating because there could have been more. He was just a tool in the end.

    Mephisto and the unknown kid are two people who are actually trying to help Kyoya and Sayaka in Demon City Shinjuku. Mephisto is a quiet guy and just reminds me of Darkside from Darkside Blues. The kid is just atypical child about to turn into a teenage punk. These two are crucial to Kyoya finding Rebi Ra and the kid is even used against Kyoya by one of Rebi Ra’s demons to stop him.

    There are three demons in the movie that Kyoya and the group have to fight. The first one is your typical arachnid type demon. Looks big and strong but on the inside (literally) easy to take down. The second one is a roundish water demon. The third is a serpent type female demon that tries to use her sexuality to distract Mephisto. Honestly the enemies could have been better. They were taken down to quickly.

     

    Demon City Shinjuku Animation and Music

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    The animation was actually really clean for the times. It reminds of you any 80s anime from that time. The scenes are serene at times and even the music can draw you into them. The music really helps with keeping the plot calm and leaving little to be tense about. There honestly is no suspense in the movie due to the cut away scenes and the music. It looks like the director used Miyazaki’s technique of ‘ma’ (intentional emptiness).

     

    Demon City Shinjuku Overall

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    The movie does have some graphic scenes when you see an animal around. So do be aware of that please. There is also a little sexual scenes, but nothing serious. With that said, the movie is good if you just want to watch a quick movie and not think to much. There really is not that much dialogue. Overall I would say it’s good for the time it came out. If you wanted something more interesting I would say to read the novel or even the manga. The movie can leave you disappointed in the end when it comes to final fight as well.

     

    Overall Grade: 5/10


  • Digimon Adventure Tri. Reunion (Anime) Review

    Digimon Adventure Tri. Reunion Anime Review

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    As a huge Digimon fan I was extremely excited for this film and when I saw the promotional poster for this new movie I was hyped. And I watched it the day it was released, but at the time I was a bit biased towards the film because I of the nostalgia. So after waiting a while and rewatching it a couple of times, the questions now stand. Is this film any good and does it actually live up to the hype?

    Please do keep in mind that I will be judging this movie not only as a start point for the  rest of the films but also as a standalone one.

    Without further ado, let’s get started.

    Plot of Digimon Adventure Tri. Reunion

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    I’m going to keep the synopsis short and brief so that I can get into the main part a little quicker.

    Three years after the battle against BelialVamdemon,  Taichi and the others have begun to grow up and have started doing their own things and pursuing their own goals. However during his soccer game Taichi see’s that a Kuwagamon has appeared and attempts to stop it as it wreaks havoc and destruction across the city. By reuniting with his friends and fellow digimon the first film in the Digimon Adventures Tri series begins.

    Digimon adventure tri, is honestly a difficult anime film for me to review because I really wanted this film to be good. Before I get into the nitty gritty stuff, I’m going to start with some of the positives.

    Characters of Digimon Adventure Tri. Reunion

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    I think the writers did a fantastic job at realizing the stage in life that all of our characters are in. It feels believable and genuine. Even if you’re new to the series and know very little about these characters, the relationships all feel real. A major theme of this film is this idea of growing up and the distance that it creates between people who were once extremely close. It’s a mature theme that I really didn’t think would show up, but it did and it was executed brilliantly. The entire storyline involving these characters reunion was really the shining star of this whole film.
    The character designs were also well done for the most part. It really feels like the characters that old Digimon fans knew and loved had gotten older.

    Soundtrack and Pacing of Digimon Adventure Tri. Reunion

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    Now personally I thought they did a great job with the OST. Not only was the opening song enjoyable, but the music that played throughout the whole movie was done with great care as well. All the music fit well with the scenes and added a multitude of elements where it was needed.It was also fairly well paced. There were some moments where it could have slowed down and taken some time to explain some of the things that happened, but for the most part I was never left hanging.

    Analysis of Digimon Adventure Tri. Reunion

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    Now despite being the first movie in a series, it doesn’t excuse it from not being to hold it’s own. This movie has a lot of flaws and sadly they aren’t little flaws that can be overlooked. As we move into the negatives I do want to say that the overall story of the film is fairly good despite some questionable characters and moments that make you go “wtf”. The major issues of this film really come from it’s directing, editing, and overall animation and art style.First off let’s start with the actual execution of the themes in this film. Without spoiling too much the first movie is really about Taichi as a character, and the setup for both his internal and external conflicts are done well, and although his external conflicts with his friends is strong throughout the film his internal conflict fails to feel natural and cohesive. This element of his character is forcibly shoved down our throats through obvious narration and dialog. It seems like the writers couldn’t think of any better ways to get this story arc across other than through generic and blatant explanation. So by the end of the film it wouldn’t be outlandish to say that Taichi was an annoying character to some extent.

    I will say though that they were able to get this message across visually.

    The next major problem with the film is it’s directing. There are certain scenes and set pieces during this film that really raises some questions as to how it was directed. Again without spoiling too much, there is a conflict that occurs at an airport, and during this battle scene, with destruction and chaos happening, it is literally put on hold to show the reunion of most of the characters and the digimon and we then spiral into a 2-4 minute scene where these characters have an actual conversation as if the battle is not happening at all. It’s like the writers decided that at this very moment the battle was going to go on intermission for a half-time show where instead of cheerleaders dancing to music and little mini games being played, we get to see a conversation play out.

    Continuing on the films terrible directing there are even moments where the director had chosen to show single frame or scene multiple times to convey the exact same message which further makes it seem like there are elements just being forced down the audiences throat.

    Moving past these issues we come down to the animation of the movie. First off I want to mention something. Is it just me or do the artists not know what Taichi’s skin color is supposed to be. Because in some scenes he has this fat tan but then in others he’s extremely pale. And don’t tell me it’s because of the lighting because in scenes that involve multiple characters in a dimly lit area everyone seems to retain their skin color just fine. Moving back on track the overall animation for me was disappointing.

    There are moments where a characters face will look so out of whack that it pulls me outof the movie and makes me physically scrunch my eyebrows and question “what is wrong with their face”. Even if the animation style is supposed to be this simplistic, yet vibrant and cartoony, have some consistency in the quality of the characters that we see in every single scene. Despite the art style there are some scenes that just downright look like someone just smudged the screen and the only thing they didn’t mess up were the clouds. Because holy crap those clouds look good. There are some scenes where the anime really embraces their chosen art style well and it looks extremely good and works well with the movie but then there are scenes that just aren’t as well done. The animation quality just isn’t consistent. Many of you might think that I’m just over exaggerating nitpicks but these are all elements of the film that can pull someone out of the experience.

    Overall

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    Guy’s, I really wanted to enjoy this movie, but I can’t wholeheartedly say that I had a good time watching it. Despite a fantastic and believable reintroduction to the characters and a setup for a fun story there are so many elements of this movie that really take you out of the experience. These seemingly harmless issues eventually spiraled out of control and made being able to really enjoy the movie from start to finish difficult.This film is really for the hardcore digimon fans who can look past all these glaring issues. But for others it might not be that great. After rewatching this film a total of three times, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it. Therefore my final rating for Digimon
    Adventures Tri: Reunion is; “Backlog it”.

    It’s not something that you’ll ever have to watch, even if you are a digimon fan. I’d save it for a rainy day where you have nothing better to do. Hopefully the other movies were able to segway off this one well enough to make up for a very average return to the Digimon universe.


  • One Piece – Pre Time Skip – (Anime) Review

    One Piece (Pre-Time Skip) Anime Review

    “My treasure you say?
    If you want it you can have it!
    Go and seek it out
    I left everything in my life
    In that place”
    Hence the great era of freedom
    Was about to commence
    An age of pirates
    It’s time to sail now
    The route to our dreams awaits!

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    This is the first day of I and my crew’s journey in this dangerous sea, writing down everything in this log. I am a pirate, pursuer of boundless fame and glory as the one who’ll become the next pirate king, the successor to Gold Roger, the one who found and hid the greatest treasure of all times only known as One Piece. Ever since the legendary pirate died, countless people sailed in search of the unknown legacy left by Roger, the man who incited the whole world as his last act of defiance. It won’t be an easy journey, many other pirates practising their right to be free are in search of the fabled One Piece as well…

    Prologue

    This is the adventerous review of the pre timeskip arcs of One Piece, the ongoing shounen anime series based on the award winning, Guinness breaking manga with the same name by Eichiro Oda. I am going to review the first 6 great arcs before episode 517 (Chapter 568) but with a notably more subjective take than my previous reviews. Will this deserve to be the king of shounen ? Then let us find this out !

    East Blue Arc

    Starts ep 1 and ends ep 61 (chapter 100). The arc is aimed at introducing us to the One Piece Universe and its basic characters. The most important parts being Romance Dawn, Syrup Village, Baratie Arc and Arlong Park arcs where Luffy, Zoro, Usop, Sanji and Nami are introduced. This arc is produced by Toei Animation during 1999 but the fully drawn animation is nice and colourful, character design and art is simple yet distinguished. East Blue reveals the earliest threats in the series for our crew, the cruelty and mercilessness of the world is shown, being a pirate is not a game, the sea is not a swimming pool

    • Bounty Score: 16.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Dracule Mihawk :japanese_goblin:

    Alabasta Arc

    Starts episode 61 and ends ep 135 (chapter 217). The arc is the first true fearsome challenge for the Strawhat Pirates, getting involved in a country plagued with civil war tension and the sinister plans of the criminal group Baroque Works and their mastermind leader. The sandy kingdom of Alabasta

    is wonderfully drawn, with a highlight to the middle eastern style of the arc. Animation improves, the story plot is thickened with the first mysteries and the first true major villain and themes in One Piece. The focus on the villain that passes himself off as the hero taking advantage of a population in despair to control everything is truely amazing

    • Bounty Score: 87.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Nico Robin :heart:

    Skypiea Arc

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    Starts ep 136 and ends ep 206 (chapter 302). The arc follows the exploits of our crew in an island that does not affect the course of the story as a whole but proves to be one of the most heart felt and flavourful of all arcs in One Piece. Following the legend of the sky island, Luffy and his crew eventually reaches Skypiea, a place isolated from the world

    and first reached by the navigator Noland, branded and killed as a foolish

    liar. The Strawhats will have to face the powerful god Enel that overthrew the previous one and bent the island to his thunderous will together with his priests. The Pre Columbian aspects of the arc make it overall one my favourites of all times, we are in the show’s golden age

    • Bounty Score: 143.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Enel :zap:

    Water 7 Arc

    Starts ep 207 and ends ep 325 (chapter 430). This arc is where the series starts to step up the whole game, reaching the greatest heights of the pre timeskip part of One Piece. Water 7 follows our crew in its visit to a majestic Venice like city built on water where different ship building companies compete with one another. When Nico Robin’s backstory starts to blast from her past, a secret government organization known as Cyber Pol 9 will try to take her away from the Strawhats Pirates. We can call this as one of the most iconic arcs of all times, boasting a new level in One Piece fights like we’ve never seen before, mystery and themes reach perfection, no fault whatsoever, only the best feels

    • Bounty Score: 300.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Rob Lucci :smiley_cat:

    Thriller Bark Arc

    Starts ep 326 and ends ep 384 (chapter 489). This is probably one of the shortest arcs in the whole series, located right after the colossal saga of Water 7/Enies Lobby and it rather pales in comparison. The Strawhats end up in the gigantic island ship of Thriller Bark, owned by one of the Shichibukai, the ghastly Gekko Moria that will stand in the way of our friends. Even though the arc the eccentric and quite particular skeleton Brook (whose backstory flashback is currently my favourite) and we have a nice halloween horror like setting this is however my least favourite of all One Piece Arcs, but it can be considered as a way to catch a fun break once in a while

    • Bounty Score: 10.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Brook :skull:

    Summit War Arc

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    Starts ep 385 and ends ep 516 (chapter 597). Here we go with the last arc of the pre timeskip era of One Piece, the most fast paced and (for many) mind blowing arc. For the first time we have a war in the pirate world against the sworn enemies the Marines trying to execute one of the legendary Whitebeard’s “children” Luffy’s brother Portgas D. Ace, while the Strawhats are scattered, Luffy tries to join the battle for his brother, an ant amidst the giants. The arc has amazing parts like Sabaody, Amazon Lily, Impel Down and Marine Ford. Animation direction changes, making it not as appealing for nostalgic fans like me. Many iconic characters from all sagas return to join the greatest battles in the series as of now.

    • Bounty Score: 279.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Silvers Rayleigh :older_man:

    Overall One Piece is probably the father of the next generation of shounen. It may not be a perfect series but its narrative arcs will surely keep anyone entertained despite the animation for many people would not seem as mature as stuff like AoT and Tokyo Ghoul (sarcasm). If you can follow a long odissey that cares more about the journey rather than the destination then this is your series. It’s also one of the few shounen to deal with so many themes such as: slavery, tyranny, emancipation, brotherhood, war, human rights, discrimination, history, sacrifice, idealism, justice.

    Overall Score 8/10


  • Nanatsu no Taizai (Anime) Review

    Nanatsu no Taizai Anime Review

    Why hast thou fallen from the sky ?

    Bearer of Light, Bringer of Dawn

    The star welcometh the morning

    No longer, never again

    For thou hast committed them

    He hath punished thee

    What are thy sins ?

    Marked by the stain of hubris

    Cast down from pearly heavens

    Thou hast sworn in wrath

    Against His own creation

    Where are thy six fallen angels ?

    Prepare yourself for a journey into a land of fantasy and magic, in the Britannia era of legend and knights. The main force of the kingdoms scattered through out the region lies in orders of Holy Knights, powerful entities that use terrifying magical powers and protect the country from nefarious perils. The story focuses on the renowned kingdom of Liones where a tragic coup d’etat is staged by the notorious Seven Deadly Sins, seven fearsome soldiers at the service of the king. With the kingdom in shambles, the holy knights intervene and supposedly defeat them, banishing them forever. Years have passed and the king is ironically overthrown by the very holy knights, prompting princess Elizabeth to find the infamous group of traitors and release the shackled Liones.

    Art and Animation of Nanatsu no Taizai

    Score 8/10

    Nanatsu no Taizai sports an art style that, albeit not perfect, is unique to its own series (also improving the trait of the manga) and goes well with the mood and setting of the show. The character design is surprisingly well done and can be stylish and iconic, even with secondary members of the cast. However, the part I enjoyed the most about the technical compart is the fluid and greatly detailed animation that does seem to care about every single frame, impressing in every powerful or fast paced scene.

    Characters of Nanatsu no Taizai

    Score 7/10

    Even though the show follows the main stream standards and cliches of the shounen genre for the most party, the characters are easily distinguishable and all possess more or less endearing traits in their personality, thus making the “choose your favorite” game a compulsory step in the fruition of the Seven Deadly Sins. Each of them has his or her own specific goals, quirks and characterization and thankfully not a high amount of annoying or useless characters, and so the experience is never truly compromised.

    Soundtrack and Acting of Nanatsu no Taizai

    Score 8/10

    The music is composed and directed by fan favourite and artist composer Hiroyuki Sawano, already known for his powerful works in Attack on Titan or Ao no Exorcist. Therefore, we are never straying away from the usual style of Sawano that fits the epic scenes the best out of the whole bunch. What really impressed me the most are however the two addictively catchy openings and to an extent, the excellent voice acting (even though certain seiyuu start being a bit redundant).

    Story and Pacing of Nanatsu no Taizai

    Score 7/10

    The anime adaptation of Nanatsu no Taizai is based on roughly 2/3 of the original manga started in 2013 and another season is due next season so I had to expect an ending that is not an ending but nonetheless it does not fail you to want for more. The story is nothing exceptional but it never really commits the greatest sin of an anime: to be boring. It has a standard progression that leads to the climatic final boss of the season, with a few interesting twists along the way. Pacing is good, maybe a bit too fast at times to adapt as many chapters as possible within episode 24.

    Subjective Enjoyment

    Score 8/10

    Merlin bae here leaves you with the last part of the review, my own personal and purely subjective enjoyment of the show. We are talking about a shounen of the new decade based on the One Piece legacy that started at the end of the 21th century (it’s undoubtedly son of this series) and finally something to step forward and fight the supremacy of Fairy Tail. It was overall an enjoyable ride that knows how to mix serious and funny moments into a compelling concept and good characters despite the classic cliches of the genre.

    Final Score :star::star::star::star::star::star::star:


  • Dimension W (Anime) Review

    Dimension W Review

    In 2071, a new axis was discovered and added to the 3-D world, the fourth dimension, dimension W. In a world run by New Tesla Energy, limitless energy from dimension W is supplied through energy-efficient electric ‘coils’. However, Kyouma Mabuchi, an illegal coil collector, despises the use of this new technology. He hates coils so much that he does not use even one; he still has cars running on gas, pays for everything with cash, and hunts for illegal coils as his job. He’s a hippie, a junkie, or whatever you may call him, old-school perhaps, but in the end he’s just a lone wolf in a world saturated with technological advancement.

    But while on the search for illegal coils one day he comes across a human-like robot, Mira Yurizaki. Mira needs these illegal coils to save her father, but she doesn’t quite it in time. “Follow the illegal coils,” her father said, which then lead to Kyouma and Mira forming a team, following these coils and finding out that there maybe more than just illegal coils. They stumble upon a third type of coil, not illegal, not normal, but ones that seem to have the power to destroy a dimension in seconds. Coils that contain number labels on them, called Numbers.

    Hence, Kyouma and Mira begin their journey to delve deeper into finding these Numbers, but these tie into Kyouma’s past, what made him who he is today, and how his fate and Mira’s seemed to have been long before determined.

    Plot of Dimension W

    Score: 6/10

    When reading the synopsis for the story and watching the first episode, my expectations and first impression was that this anime was going to be a hit. Dimension W is set in a futuristic world, an intense sci-fi thriller that shares similar setting concepts as Psycho-Pass. With a badass main character hiding a dark past, what could go wrong? Mabuchi Kyouma was a mysterious character that I wanted to know more about, and as for Mira Yurizaki, the robot, her design was so adorable that I couldn’t wait for this series to take off in flying colors.

    But the direction sequences and arcs inthe story did not flow very well. A lot of the things talked about could have gone a lot faster, some things weren’t explained well, (especially the ending arc) and that’s why I began to become disappointed with the anime. At points the story no longer made sense to me, either they were wasting it with lengthy talking or just random things happening here and there with no real explanation as to why.

    Characters of Dimension W

    Score: 7/10

    I’ve talked a bit about the two main characters, Kyouma and Mira, since they are the ones that drive the story. Kyouma never actually talks about himself, we do get to see his past and what not, but that’s the most we get. In the middle of the season we have Mira in the car with Kyouma, where she asks something along the lines of, “What happened to Kyouma? I don’t know that much about him.” All we really know is that his past led him to hate coils, and that he is a relentless fighter both physically and mentally.

    On the other hand, Mira does have some interesting character development. She’s trying to prove that she’s more human than robot, although she can calculate and analyze things quickly. She serves as a character that helps the audience learn about the world set in Dimension W, as well as the search for her own purpose. Also, she is no damsel in distress: she’s a robot that can fight and give a good punch in the face to Kyouma any day.

    Another thing I wanted to point out is the interactions between these two characters. I really enjoyed their relationship dynamics, as it flowed from a bit of romance with a bit of father-daughter-like moments; it was hard to tell. In contrast to the beginning, where they were quite hostile with each other, it was nice to see them develop a trusting, partner-like relationship towards the end.

    As for the other minor characters in the series, their roles were pretty distinguished, and their intents and where they came from were laid out decently. However, in an anime series as short as 12 episodes, it was difficult to go any deeper. Towards the last arc, there was an introduction of at least ten new characters, and there was not enough time for the information to sink in. Heck, we didn’t even get that much for the show’s seemingly terrible, antagonist, Haruka Seameyer, as he played the typical bad guy with horrible reasons for what he did and why did it.

    Art of Dimension W

    Score: 9/10

    The art in Dimension W is pretty amazing. I was attracted to the world, the character designs and colors that the show presented. Mira’s robot design was cute and extremely adorable, making her one of my favorite characters in the series. The colors were also great in the fact that Loser’s design was very unique in its nature. Most of the fight scenes also were colorful and excellent, which was one of the good points about Dimension W.

    Overall of Dimension W

    Score: 7/10

    Even though I had some issues with the plot and character depth, I still looked forward to watching every episode of Dimension W every week. Both the opening and endings intrigued me: they had great songs with awesome fight sequences. I was interested in the futuristic time period and the gadgets that the characters used in the show. The show’s strength lied in most of the interactions between the characters, the art, and basic storyline. What pulled me in was the mystery behind the bigger picture, and how the characters were ultimately connected together.

    Opening/Ending

    Dimension W – Official Subtitled Anime Opening

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  • Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Anime) Review

    Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu Anime Review

    Plot of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

    Score: 9/10

    The story to Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is as it says in its title, roughly translating to Double Lover’s Suicide through Rakugo in the Genroku era. The anime begins with a double-episode length feature, introducing Yotarou, a former yakuza member that is released from prison, who is determined to become a rakugo storyteller. Rakugo, a representation of traditional Japanese art and culture through comedic storytelling since the Genroku period (Edo era), is a medium through which the characters in this show find their meaning and purpose as they struggle to keep rakugo and themselves alive in contemporary times.

    Yotarou, initially inspired by Yakumo Yuurakutei, a well-known and distinguished rakugo storyteller, begs the man to become his mentor. Yakumo, upon taking Yotarou as his first-ever apprentice and hearing his rakugo, is reminded of his late rival, Sukeroku Yuurakutei, as he is currently the caretaker of Sukeroku’s daughter, Konatsu. The majority of the show then delves into Yakumo’s past and how he came to become a rakugo performer, showing his struggles from childhood to the present day of finding his place in the world with his own rakugo. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu tells the story of the past leading into the present, and as I might say,a story within a story about life.

    Characters of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

    Score: 9/10

    The two main characters in this anime are extremely well-developed, and the show is ultimately driven by the characters, their interactions with each other, and the time setting. Both voice actors, Akira Ishida (Yotaro Yuurakutei) and Kouichi Yamadera (Sukeroku Yuurakutei) were able to bring out their best in wonderful storytelling and acting. The characters grew not only in relation to the post-war industrial evolution environment, but also within each character interaction and their devotion to rakugo.

    Art Showa of Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

    Score: 10/10

    Studio Deen came up big in its art and direction in this anime, no doubt. The foreshadowing with the lighting as well as the stage differences between the rakugo performers were blatant and defining in its character. Take into consideration that most of this anime is done through speaking and acting, much like a regular drama, and to put this type of story through animation is a challenge in itself. Studio Deen was able to make rakugo performances stand out and make the audience feel like they were actually listening to the storytelling themselves.

    Overall of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

    Score: 10/10

    Overall, I thought that this anime was one of the strongest, if not the strongest in the Winter 2016 season. It made me feel like I was actually listening to real rakugo. I was extremely satisfied with the relatable, dramatic stories each character brought to the table, adding to the depth of the plot. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu tells the tale of a well-crafted, well-thought out story, and is definitely one worth listening to.


  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 2012 (Anime) Review

    JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 2012 Anime Review

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    It’s time to delve into untold pages of forgotten history. We begin in England, the homeland of the most powerful empire of modern era. George Joestar returns from an expedition, of the ancient ruins from civilizations close to America, with an artifact. It was a stone mask. As the man returned home with his family, he was struck with a deadly accident.
    He mistook a thief as a savior and the man took advantage. Dario, the thief, knew a greater reward lay on the other side. Prepare to face a journey where the hideous creatures of the night rise from the dead. the start of an odyssey that will span for generations.

    This is the fabulous review of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures 2012, a 26 episodes action horror shounen from… well guess what year. The anime is based on the legendary ongoing manga series with the same name by Hirohiko Araki, and specifically on the first two arcs of the series Phantom Blood (1-9) and Battle Tendency (10-26). We are analyzing this show according to animation, character, sound, story and personal enjoyment. Will the anime deserve a spot at the top of the world ? Let’s find this out

    Art of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

    Score 8/10

     JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

    Jojo has seen a respectable array of adaptations of the first manga arcs during the 1990’s as a series of various ovas about Part 3 Stardust Crusaders (and one abhorrent movie from 2007 that never became a dvd about Phantom Blood). When it was announced a new and definitive Jojo project after such a long time the fans rejoiced all over the world. Animation is work of the very young yet promising David Production, this being their first major anime. The studio managed to put into life the old style art of master Araki, at the dawn of his career. The art is colorful and vibrant, the character design is really vast even though the exalted masculinity of male characters might not be of anyone’s liking. Action flows pretty well but unless you watch the uncut kissanime version then censorship and not so refined details may drop the score to 7.

     

     

    Characters of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

    Score 9/10

     JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

    There is not really a specific need to examine the cast from Jojo 2012 unless you would like to be told “it’s freaking awesome” over and over again. As an old style anime Jojo started what will later be known as the modern shounen but nonetheless I have rarely seen such refreshingly captivating characters, old should not deter anyone from watching this, it was a revolution back in the day and it is now. The feature I appreciated the most is the meticulous personality and surprising development every character is given despite they are not psychological masterpieces but they don’t need it when their flavorful quirks and genius interactions dominate the whole series. Picking favorites will be your greatest delight during the whole run, situations and conversations reach emetic and legendary status.

    Soundtrack and Acting of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

    Score 10/10

     JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

    When the angel of awesomeness graces mortals with his presence, he needs to be heralded by a horn that produces a majestic melody. This is how I would sum up Jojo’s soundtrack and acting aspects, in a few words we are talking of top tier goodness. The direction is from the master and veteran Taku Iwasaki, legendary compo ser of shows like Kuroshitsuji, Gurren Lagann and Soul Eater and his style finds the best way to be expressed in Jojo indeed.

    In collaboration with the Persona series rap artist Lotus Juice we have dubstep, modern electronic music to accompany the most stylish parts of the series but many other genres like latin style solemn music and powerful German choral compositions are present. The voicing acting is perfect, with veterans like Takehito Koyasu voicing our eccentric cast of characters. I also appreciated the quirk of having onomatopoeic sounds as if it was a manga.

     

    Story and Pacing of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

    Score 8/10

     JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

    The franchise was conceived as a generational shounen series that would span entire eras of the modern times starting from 1800. The story does not focus on creating a convoluted and a purely twist based progression but it lets characters and their relationships do the job of weaving the gradual development of the storyline. This is a story about a group, a family, the show tends to focus on the wider scheme of the events rather than what happens to a restricted cast of characters. Everyone has a relevant part and everything may affect the future generations and therefore the future arcs. Even though we are talking about a very violent show, the series takes advantage of a wise use of parodic, black humorish almost nonsensical style. The show tends to highlight the honor, manliness and bravery from drama itself, certain situations are purposefully exaggerated to create a unique theatrical feeling that just screams.

    Personal Enjoyment

    Score 9/10

     JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

    We are at the end of our review and there is not really much to doubt at this point. To think that such a work existed in the simplistic and childish times of Dragon Ball makes me think of why the franchise took so long to finally reach a degree of notoriety in the west. Jojo uses style and flavour not as a device to reach a purpose as the purpose itself. Enjoy the fuckton of referances from the pop culture like movies, music artists and other professionists, the memetic poses of the series are indeed inspired by the years Araki served as a designer of clothing and other stylish stuff. This is the series that with its crazy characters and thoughtfully crafted action allowed your One Piece, your Naruto, your Hunter x Hunter, your Bleach to exist, the pioneer of the modern shounen that has never been surpassed

    P.S: I am usually not one to exalt or glorify this much long run action shounen series not being my favourite genre !

    Final Score 8.8/10

    Japanese manga and animu are the best in the world !

    See you in my next reviews my friends


  • Irregular Magic High School (Anime) Review

    Irregular Magic High School Anime Review

    : Minor spoilers are present; they are marked.

    Irregular Magic High School

    Before I watch any anime, I read the plot from the manga or light novel it was based off of. This anime sounded like it would be great with the jam packed action and trying to defy someone above you as well as trying your hardest to fit in with society. While reading therewas some talk about how the relationship of the main two characters would pan out, as they were brother and sister. In the first place, the idea, didn’t turn me away but I stayed open minded to the potential outcome.

     

    Plot Irregular Magic High School

    Irregular Magic High School

    In future Japan in 2095, there are schools that focus on Magic. Instead of using spells, these magicians use a Casting Assistant Device, or known as a CAD, to perform various specialties in magic. These CADs using psions, that are found in the air, to use and depending on how you can use these particles, determines your status in school as well as what degrees you can get in college. That is where Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba couldn’t be anymore different. They attend a private magic school called First High in which you have to take 2 standardized tests before you start class that determines your placement. Miyuki is placed in Course 1 and Tatsuya in Course 2. As the negative feelings toward Course 2 students cause havoc in the school, Tatsuya and Miyuki try their best to keep it under tabs with the help of the Student Council and the Public Morals Commitee. As one event leads to another secrets are reveled and not everything is what is seems. As the siblings try to protect their school and friends, can they keep the fact that they are related to the Ten Master Clans?

     

    Characters of Irregular Magic High School

    Irregular Magic High School

    Tatsuya Shiba

    Irregular Magic High School

    The older son of the known Yotsuba sisters; however this is a secret to the world. It is commonly mistaken that he is twins with Miyuki but he is born in March and she was born a year later in April, making them in the same grade Tatsuya was born unable to use conventional magic but, when he was very young, his mother used her unique magic to perform mental surgery on him which gave him the ability to use conventional magic at a very basic level. A side effect of the surgery he lost his ability to feel any emotions strongly (with the exception of his love for Miyuki) and the unnatural ability to read activation sequences. Due to this ability to read sequences, he is recognized by the Student Council and the Public Morals Committee. From birth he has what is two super power magical abilities, forms of decompositionand reconstruction. This concept is very deadly and the knowledge of him obtaining is classified.He is skilled in martial arts and received lots of animosity for being the first Course 2 student in the Public Morals Committee. Outside the school life, he is a world known engineer by the nameMr. Sliver. Since he is under the care of the Yotsuba Clan, they dictate what he can and can’t do in terms of what is known to the public. He is often perceived as being cold and can’t take any positive praise well so in which Miyuki likes to gloat about him to see is aware of how stronghe is.

     

    Miyuki Shiba

    Irregular Magic High School

    The daughter and youngest of the children that the known Yotsuba sister had. She is a prodigy in magic and school work making her name known as a secretary in the student council as well as being the class representative for placing first in the entrance exam. She is often seen being jealous when it comes to Tatsuya and assumes the worst in terms of relationships. It is implied that her feelings are deeper then the normal sister ­brother bond. She specializes in temperature control magic which often leaks out because she is unable to control it. Later is was revealed that she placed a limiter not only on herself, but on her brother as well to help control the psions they release. This means that she actually is much stronger then what the show leads us to believe. Miyuki is one of the heir apparent to the Yotsuba family which strives on mental magic; which is a huge controversy. To keep this a secret the last names of Tatsuya and Miyuki are different to protect her: Shiba instead of Yotsuba.

     

    Ending thoughts Irregular Magic High School

    Irregular Magic High School

    This anime was very great in terms of combat and battling with the social aspect of what should be thought of someone depending on their grade or status. The whole magic concept was confusing to understand due to how they explain it in the show. When they did explain went by so fast I had to pause to take it all in. I like how there is also a lot more to it just being “Magic”. There are different types as well as how it can be use which pertains to each person or family. As for the relationship between the siblings­(**Spoiler**) can’t happen. Even if Miyuki felt love for her brother more then being siblings, Tatsuya is incapable to actually love her any more or less then a sister. If this was the main reason for being hesitant to watching this show, don’t let it. Before the anime takes place, there was an event in which Mikyuki should have died and in which Tatsuya saves her. Due to this situation her feelings toward him can be more adoration then the story tries to let us believe. (**Spoiler over**) I don’t like how the anime perceived this two to be more like lovers then siblings because that is not how it really is.

    ­As a side note, I found that the light novel for this anime series, explains a lot of ideas that are hard to decipher in the show. If this anime peaks your interests I would highly suggest reading the light novel. After you watch the anime.

    Rating: 7/10 little blood is shown. Few swear words and minimal sexual ideas are present.


  • Blue Exorcist (Anime) Review

    Blue Exorcist Anime Review

    *Small Spoilers. Read at your own risk*

    Blue Exorcist

    What made me really interested in this anime is the fact that the two main characters are twins and one inherited a power of their father, Satan, and the other did not. As I am a twin, I wanted to see how the world of anime explained the relationships between siblings and the differences they have. From watching the trailer, I could also tell that there was going to be lots of action; not just a little, a lot. So in other words, a lot to look forward too.

     

    Plot of Blue Exorcist

    Blue Exorcist

    This world consists of two dimensions joined as one, like a mirror. The first is the world in which the humans live, Assiah. The other is the world of demons, Gehenna. Ordinarily, travel between the two, and indeed any kind of contact between the two, is impossible. However the demons can pass over into this world by possessing anything that exist within it. Satan, the god of demons, didn’t have one thing. That one thing being a substance in the human world that is powerful enough to contain him. For that purpose he created Rin and Yukio, his son from a human woman, but will his son agree to his plans? Or will he become something else…? An exorcist?

     

    Characters of Blue Exorcist

    Blue Exorcist

    Rin Okumura

    Rin Blue Exorcist

    The eldest fraternal twin. After witnessing his biological father,Satan, killing his adoptive father,Shiro, he decides to become a exorcist at True Cross Academy. His power awoke when the sword Kurikara was opened when trying to save Shiro. Kurikara is a demon sword in which Mephisto sealed Rin’s demon power in. Before his powers awakened, he appeared to be human without fangs and a demon tail. When he was younger, he often had extreme episodes where he often would “black out” and attack classmates or Shiro. Rin has a protective way of going about his actions so he gets into fights. He doesn’t show ambition for normal school work and often times is clueless to certain obvious things. His willpower to defeat Satan is shared with his classmate Ryuuji. One of his positive points is his way to cook for his friends and family. When Rin was young Shiro supported him with this hobby, and Rin got positive feedback from the meals he made, and eventually he became a great cook. In grew up not knowing he was related to Satan or about Yukio being a exorcist.

     

    Yukio Okumura

    Yukio Blue Exorcist

    The youngest fraternal twin. He is also the youngest exorcist in history of True Cross Academy. He is one of the teachers of the cram school for becoming an Exorcist and teaches medicine. Yukio stated when he was young that he wanted to be a doctor, which Rin encouraged him to do. His weapon is a gun that contains bullets for different purposes. Ever since he was born, he was able to see demons and was often bullied by them. Rin, having no idea about the demons, always came to his rescue and also was there to help. Yukio is often scared of getting Satan’s power and takes it out on Rin­ often threatening him. Yukio can be described as being calm and collected but can often has moments when he appears to be bi­polar. He kept him being a exorcist and being related to Satan from Rin.

     

    Shiro Fujimoto

    Shiro Blue Exorcist

    The adoptive father of Rin, and Yukio. He is priest, exorcist and Paladin of the True Cross Order. Paladin is the highest exorcist one can become, and there is only one that can have that title. In attempts to save Rin, he is possessed by Satan in which it untimely killed him. He has a mysterious past and had a protective and kind heart. Shiro knew Yuri, the Okumura twin’s mother, and tried to change her view point of befriending demons.15 years before the series starts, Yuri gives birth to the twins but dies after telling Shiro her last words. With Mephisto at his side, Rin’s power is sealed in the sword Kurikara. Shiro hid this sword in a chest until Rin’s power could no longer be under control. He also used to be a heavy smoker but when he saw Rin smile, he quit. After adopting the twins, he changed the way he did missons to be less violent. One of Shiro’s missions, he helped tamed a familiar, named Kuro.

     

    Shiemi Moriyama

    Shiemi Blue Exorcist

    Currently has a title as an Exwire at True Cross Academy. She is quiet, shy and loves her friends. She is incredibly loyal and is a very hardworking student. Before she met Rin, she didn’t go to school and couldn’t move on passed her grandmothers death. With Rin’s help, using his own experience, changed Shiemi’s perceptive and now wants to become an exorcist to help others just like her. Her family runs a medical exorcist shop which Yukio comes by often for the academy and personal reasons. Shiemi is close with Rin and Yukio and is upsetwhen they do reckless things.  She summons a familiar named Nee that often protects her and her other classmates.

     

    Ryuji Suguro

    Ryuji Blue Exorcist

    Known as Bon, is currently an Exwire at True Cross Academy. He is very good in school and is very determined to defeat Satan. Ryuji is the child of the Head Priest that was destroyed during the Blue Night. He was often teased and not taken seriously because of his vow to kill Satan, which now makes Rin his rival. He appears to have a rebellious look with his bleached hair and piercings but he takes everything very seriously. He often get upset with Rin due to having more of a care free attitude. He will do whatever it takes to make sure his friends are safe. He is childhood friends with Shima and Miwa.

     

    Renzou Shima

    Renzou Blue Exorcist

    Is a Exwire at True Cross Academy. He came to the school with his childhood friends with Ryuji and Miwa, He is carefree and is the joker in a serious situation. He doesn’t care about affiliations, titles, or appearances. Due to the fact he is the 5th youngest son in his family, he lacks some responsibilities. He is shown being very friendly with women and can even come across as a pervert. His hair is dyed pink from his born black color. He uses weapon called K’irk, which he uses more for defense then as an actual weapon. Shima cares for his friends, and will almost do anything to save them, except anything that deals with bugs.

     

    Izumo Kamiki

    Izumo Blue Exorcist

    Is a Exwire at True Cross Academy. She is often rude to her classmates except for her friend Paku. Izumo often gives a rough exterior but deep down cares when the moments count. Her past is unknown and so is her ambition for wanting to becoming an exorcist. First shedislikes Shemi, but after a battle in which Izumo was saved by her, their relationship grew closer.

     

    Konekomaru Miwa

    Konekomaru Blue Exorcist

    Is a Exwire at True Cross Academy. Miwa is very protective of the people he grew up with, such as Shima and Ryuji. Out of everyone in the class he is most scared of Satans Flame due to the Blue Night. He works hard as a student and shares common interests with Ryuji with schoolwork gate at the Academy. Rin can hear the inner thoughts of Kuro, when he became sad due to Shiro’s death. Later in the series, events occur that lead Yukio to be able to listen too.

     

    Shura Kirgakure

    Shura Blue Exorcist

    Used to be Shiro’s student. Her past is also mysterious, but has a strong knowledge of swords. She later becomes Rin’s mentor when her undercover identity is revealed. She has a often skimpy appearance and is very open. Shura drinks but never lets it affect her. The new Paladin, Angel and her often butt heads because they have different viewpoints. She would rather follow her gut then follow the rulebook.

     

    Mephisto Pheles

    Mephisto Blue Exorcist

    Real name being Samael, is an exorcist and apart of the Eight Demon Kings; The power of Time. To the public eye, his name is Johann Faust V. Out of all the characters, he is the most mysterious and often is very difficult to read. Throughout the show he speaks German, often in numbers, and has a infatuation with Japan. Shiro and him appeared to be on good terms with the way he helped with the incident regarding Yuri. Mephisto often makes bets and enjoys toying with people. He brings in his brother, King of Earth, to help make Rin loose control of his powers. Samuel’s power seems to be strong, but not very much is shown. Since he is a demon, he is not trusted by others.

     

    Yuri Egin

    Shura Blue Exorcist

    Previously known as a exorcist, who for whatever reason, is resistant to Satan’s flame. She later marries him and bears twin sons; Rin and Yukio. She dies from childbirth before giving Shiro her final wish. She shares a dream with Satan in order to keep peace between Assiah and Gehenna and hopefully to become one.

     

    Ending Thoughts of Blue Exorcist

    Blue Exorcist

    After finishing the season, I learned that it  does stray path of the manga, which is slightly upsetting, knowing that it will most likely not have a second season. An irk that Ihave with the way the dialogue is, is how they perceive Rin different from Yukio. When they say the son of Satan, they ONLY refer to Rin­since he has the power. It bothers me, as a watcher, to see that Yukio isn’t even considered. Also the fact that Yukio is so scared of the power that Rin has, even though Rin didn’t have a choice. Yukio is just as much a son of Satan as Rin. The ending was really captivating and made me want to keep watching. They did a good job at explaining the stories of the people involved and having great character development.

    Rating: 8/10 lots of blood, violence, and some fan service is present.

     


  • Accel World (Anime) Review

    Accel World Anime Review

    This is an anime I actually planned to do from the start. I also plan to do it’s more popular counterpart, Sword Art Online. To be honest, I enjoyed this anime way more than I thought and it even lifted me a little bit in spirits because of the way the story was. But on to the review.

     

    Plot of Accel World

    For the most part, the story is very linear and has a good plot. Chubby kid in high school who isn’t living the greatest life get approached by the girl of his dreams and she introduces him to a world called the accelerated world. Then from there it’s tons of adventure and plot twist. The plot twist will make you cringe and some of the back stories will make you want to cry. The fighting is amazing and has a kinda of Gundam feel to it. The love story is pretty damn amazing and I can relate to it so well. It’s a lot more realistic than most to. I think the story is great and for the most part I couldn’t stop watching.

     

    Characters of Accel World

    The characters was one of the most interesting parts of this show. Haruyuki Arita is a good character but he can be a little bitch at times to the point to wear it angers me. Kuroyukihime is a great character. She’s strong and she just has a good character feel. Plus she a cute girl who likes a fat kid. She’s my hero ten times over. As for all the other characters they were cool and had good development. They all piss you off at one point especially the main villain. Omg he need to just roll over die. I hated him so much.

     

    Art of Accel World

    The art was good. There were a little mistakes here and there but things you had to look really close for. Everyone had their own unique design and there were no repeat drawings or repeat character models. The drawings of them in the accelerated world is what really impressed me. Like I said before, I loved the way the mech suits gave a Gundam feel. It was just great.

     

    Accel World Overall

    Overall, I liked it and I really enjoyed binge watching all the episodes in one night. This is one of those anime’s that I wouldn’t recommend to people who tend to complain a lot about anime but if you are bored and you want something new to watch them I definitely recommend accelerate world. It’s fun, romantic, and it’s good. But if you have anything different to say or you just want to talk about it, like, comment, send me a hate message. Also click the hashtag if you would like to check out my other reviews.Whatever you like. Thanks for reading.

    -Manga Llama-

    Story: 7

    Characters: 8

    Art: 9

    Enjoyment: 8

    Overall: 8.5