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  • 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!

    One Piece Log Day 1

    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:


  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 2012 (Anime) Review

    JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 2012 Anime Review

     JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

    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


  • Parasyte (Anime) Review

    Parasyte Anime Review

    Parasyte

    In the darkness of night, the world’s fate is changed forever as the survival of its apex predator is put to its ultimate test after thousands of undisputed years.

    A mysterious and deadly race of parasitic aliens land on our planet through their pods, hideously small creatures that sneak inside the human body and eat the brain taking control of its owner. A dreadful beginning which will mark the parasytes evolution path aimed at dethroning the human beings from their place as the dominant species on Earth. They lurk everywhere, in their new bodies feeding on that of other unaware victims as they become increasingly intelligent and dangerous. Our story starts when a parasyte that tries to take control of Shinichi Izumi, a 17 years old Japanese boy, fails to eat the brain and is stuck to co exist with our protagonist as his new hand…

    Welcome to Parasyte the MLG

    Strike Out !

    This is the monstrous review of Parasyte the Maxim, also known as Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu, a 24 eps psychological horror seinen from 2015. The anime is an adaptation about the cult manga with the same name from the far 1988 by the mangaka Hitoshi Iwaaki, produced by the popular animation studio Madhouse. We are analyzing this show according to animation, characters, sound, story and personal enjoyment. Will this anime be crowned as the king of its species ? (in this case genre lol) let’s find this out !

     

    Art of Parasyte

    Score 8/10

    Parasyte

    Madhouse is gradually taking a place in my heart as the true and only savior of this dying industry. Once again the studio does not fail to deliver with its exquisite animation and production values. Parasyte is a unique case in the fact that this adaptation modernizes the setting of what is a manga from the late 80’s, character designs are altered to better suit the taste of the current generation. The manga may turn out to be creepier with its old school style but the anime is not devoid of surreal and nightmare inducing situations and characters you can surely take my word on that

    The action is amazing, not overly complicated but it manages to pump you up like few anime before, you feel the very rage and homicidal instinct behind any blow. Censorship is handled perfectly and is barely notable only in the most extreme and gorish scenes. If you do love freaky and disgusting stuff the score becomes 9 out of 10

    Characters of Parasyte

    Score 9/10

    Parasyte

    Development and not characterization, is the key word the whole show revolves around. For an anime whose Darwinian themes deal with the concept of species and evolution, it is quite symbolic to witness some of the most captivating, realistic and thought provoking character evolution in this modern industry. Yes the show has a number of not well explored characters as well but believe me when I say that one or two specific cases are enough to make this anime an academic case that people should analyze till their brains explode into bits.

    It’s very interesting how parasytes and humans are a foil to each other, so different yet sharing more similarities you could ever think of. The protagonist is one of the few of the “high school student” kind that I liked lately, boasting an immersive progression throughout the series. Shinichi grows up both in body and soul as a man in an unforgiving world.

    Soundtrack and Acting of Parasyte

    Score 9/10

    Parasyte

    Once again Madhouse provides his most hyped anime with an equally hyped and exceedingly thematic soundtrack. The show contains a pretty unique soundtrack made up of adrenaline inducing, fast pacing, metallic and electronic music, obsessive dubstep and ominous choruses, all of this arouses constant anxiety and an alarming sense of threats, the sense of “they are emotionless killers” is given by musical themes that at times give a very robotic, machine like feeling. The opening is death metal to its finest, chaotic yet addicting, it was purposefully made for the anime as its lyrics hold the profound and very beautiful meanings of the whole series. The acting is generally flawless and we have a veteran cast voicing our characters especially female ones, indeed it’s as if they decided to call the top 10 most amazing female seiyuu to join the party

    Story and Pacing of Parasyte

    Score 10/10

    Parasyte

    The series tends to not delve into aspects of the story such as the origins of the parasytes or the true nature of certain concepts, vaguely explained or left purposefully unexplained for the viewers to come up with their own theories and think. This lack of explicit answers is behind the very meaning of the whole show, and is symbolically expressed even its narration, covered with mystery, horror and cleverly crafted action. Pacing is near flawless, the series has rarely dead moments in the flow of the storyline and it does not take long before everything takes off.

    There is a perfect duality expressed by the objective, stern and logic parasytes and the emotional, irrational and ethical humans. The show tends to makes us ask, ponder and try to answer ourselves all the times, with dilemmas and themes to the point of reaching philosophical level. The confrontation between these two races, the dichotomy between “fact and opinion” is what made me put my mental energies into this series for days

    Personal Enjoyment

    Score 10/10

    Parasyte

    This show is like an anime form of the evolution path of human’s species under the point of view of another species. As the show progresses, we see how humans as the absolute predators react to the alien threat in an epic clash where we have no good and evil, just winners and losers. No matter what will cause the humans to die out they will not give up so easily, their determination and ability to discard their vilest instincts is what makes me proud of being human, what tells us apart from the rest.

    Behind that mask of flesh that protects our flawed ego, we are basically all the same, we were all given equal chance to pave our own path and reaching our own answers forging ourselves through experience. A fact is objectively immovable but an opinion, although sharing the same objective source, will never be the same between two entities, the product of our unique and inquisitive mind. Enjoy (or I hope you enjoyed) this anime and remember that we are gifted by just being born as human beings.


  • Mirai Nikki (Anime) Review

    Mirai Nikki Anime Review

    Mirai Nikki

    ʟɪɢʜᴛ ᴡᴀs ғᴏʀɢᴇᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏғ ᴅᴀʀᴋɴᴇss

    ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ʜᴇᴀᴠᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴇᴀʀᴛʜ

    ᴀʟʟ ᴡᴀs ɪɴ ᴀ sᴛᴀᴛᴇ ᴏғ ғʟᴜx

    ʜᴜᴍᴀɴɪᴛʏ ᴡᴀs ᴡᴏᴠᴇɴ ᴏɴ ᴍʏ ʟᴏᴏᴍ

    ɢʀᴇᴇᴅʏ, ʏᴏᴜ ᴅʀᴏᴡɴ ɪɴ sʟʏ ᴘʟᴏᴛs

    ʜᴏᴘᴇʟᴇss, ʏᴏᴜ ᴄʀʏ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ʏᴏᴜ sɪɴ

    ʙʟɪɴᴅ, ʏᴏᴜ ᴘʀᴏsᴘᴇʀ ɪɴ ғᴀʟsᴇʜᴏᴏᴅ

    ᴡᴇᴀᴋ, ʏᴏᴜ ғᴇᴀʀ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴅɪᴇ

    ʏᴇᴛ ʏᴏᴜ’ʟʟ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴄᴀᴛᴄʜ ᴀ ɢʟɪᴍᴘsᴇ

    ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴇʀᴄʏ ᴇxᴛᴇɴᴅᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʏᴏᴜ

    ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴄᴜʀsᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴏᴡɴ ʙʟᴇssɪɴɢ

    ʏᴏᴜ ғᴏᴏʟɪsʜ ᴇɢᴏɪsᴛ

    ʏᴜᴋɪᴛᴇʀᴜ ᴀᴍᴀɴᴏ ɪs ᴀ sʜʏ 14 ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴏʟᴅ ʙᴏʏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʟᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ ʜɪᴍsᴇʟғ ɪɴ ᴀ ʀᴇᴀʟᴍ ᴏғ sᴏʟɪᴛᴜᴅᴇ sᴇᴄʟᴜᴅᴇᴅ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀs.

    ʜᴇ ɪs ᴀ ᴘᴀssɪᴠᴇ ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜᴇʀ, ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴛᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴘᴀʀᴛ ɪɴ ᴀɴʏ ᴇᴠᴇɴᴛ, ʜᴇ ɪɴsᴛᴇᴀᴅ ᴡɪᴛɴᴇssᴇs ʟɪғᴇ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ʜɪᴍ ᴛʏᴘɪɴɢ ɪᴛ ᴅᴏᴡɴ ɪɴ ʜɪs ᴄᴇʟʟᴘʜᴏɴᴇ, ʜɪs ᴅɪᴀʀʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴏɴʟʏ ʜᴏʙʙʏ. ᴏɴᴇ ᴅᴀʏ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏʏ ʀᴇᴀʟɪᴢᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜɪs ᴏɴʟʏ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴠᴏɪᴄᴇ ɪɴ ʜɪs ʜᴇᴀᴅ, sᴏᴜʀᴄᴇ ᴏғ ɪᴍᴀɢɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴡɪsᴅᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴏᴄᴄᴀsɪᴏɴᴀʟʟʏ ᴛᴀʟᴋᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʜɪᴍ, ᴘʀᴏᴠᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ʀᴇᴀʟ ᴛʜᴀɴ ᴇᴠᴇʀ. ᴅᴇᴜs ᴇx ᴍᴀᴄʜɪɴᴀ, ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴜʟᴇʀ ᴏғ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴀɴᴅ sᴘᴀᴄᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀᴄᴛᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴋɪᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴘᴀʀᴛᴇᴄɪᴘᴀᴛᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ɪɴᴠᴏʟᴠɪɴɢ ᴅɪᴀʀɪᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴄᴀɴ ᴘʀᴇᴅɪᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴜᴛᴜʀᴇ. ᴛᴡᴇʟᴠᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴇɴᴅᴇʀs ᴡɪʟʟ ғɪɢʜᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴏʙᴛᴀɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʜʀᴏɴᴇ ᴏғ ɢᴏᴅ ᴀs ʜɪs sᴜᴄᴄᴇssᴏʀ, ᴀ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ sᴛᴀɪɴᴇᴅ ғᴜᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴀᴡᴀɪᴛs….

    This is the psychopathic review of Mirai Nikki shonen psychological thriller anime from 2011 based on the manga with the same name. The review will concern the 26 episodes of the series plus Mirai Nikki Redial ova, the definitive ending to the series and unofficial episode 27. We’re going to analyze the show according to animation, characters, sound, story and personal enjoyment. Will this anime meet its fateful dead end or a glorious happy review ? Let’s find out

    Mirai Nikki Art and Animation

    Score 7/10

    Mirai Nikki

    The show was produced by Asread, a relatively unknown and young studio with a small number of works but they did a remarkable job in animating the series. Character design is nothing complicated but various nonetheless, with a stereotypical modern Japanese setting. It’s safe to say how animation surely kept up with the year the anime was produced, the action and facial expressions (especially of the crazed protagonist Yuno) convey the chaotic and violent feeling of the series perfectly. The opening is surely made to get the best out of the studio’s skills, devilishly hysterical and full of subtle symbolism.

    Mirai Nikki Characters

    Score 5/10 

    Mirai Nikki

    Mirai Nikki’s cast is actually well characterized even though we tend to follow stereotypical archetypes with most of them. The focus is obviously on the two protagonists Yuno and Yukiteru and to a lesser extent, the other 11 contenders. Each of them is easily distinguished, even though their personality and characterization are nowhere near perfection everyone has their own quirks, dreams, morality and ideology. Apart from a few misused and neglected characters it’s impossible to ignore how a number of main characters and their developments are clearly copy pasted from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Yuno is interesting in her unpredictable and crazy personality but she tends to become quite obnoxious while Yukiteru Amano is the bane of my existence, he is not wimpy, he just arouses the most pure form of visceral hatred, he is cancer in art form, a walking mass of animated excrement.

    Mirai Nikki Soundtrack and Acting

    Score 8/10

    Mirai Nikki

    This show’s fantastic and pseudo mythological flavor surely requires an ost that blends the aforementioned elements with the modernity Mirai Nikki is set on and it does succeeds to say the least. The main soundtrack does not really stay engraved into your mind but it serves its purpose of providing with climatic and fitting background music. The anime has its fair number of openings and even though they are all well done the first op still remains classified as crack in sound form. Mostly due to the fact that the gothic singer Yui from Yosei Teikoku is responsible behind the majority of the songs, I don’t think someone will hate this aspect of Mirai Nikki.

    It’s important to mention the amazing thematic album containing character songs Ingaritsu Decibel (probably the best anime inspired vocal album). The voice acting is fine, not that remarkable due to a high amount of “young” seiyuu, but it does its job well (if we don’t consider Deus being voiced by the veteran va Norio Wakamoto :smile_cat:)

    Mirai Nikki Story and Pacing

    Score 7/10

    Mirai Nikki

    It’s really weird how a second time you watch the same anime allows you to look at things for how they truly are. What did change in my considerations list from the first time I watched the show you may ask ? The pacing is still as insane and fast as I expected and you will rarely get dreadfully bored with the series, at any moment the show can catch you off guard, shooting revelations, twists and more obscene stuff literally in your face. Even though the plot is rich with lots of that twisted stuff people like, at one point the series tries too hard, the revelations and plot become needlessly convoluted and that genuine veil of mystery is replaced with excessive drama or stupidity (at times even both). When I was not busy swearing against the protagonist I could also enjoy the Greek style mythological flavor of the series, the 12 contenders are indeed based on olympian gods (with all due references).

    P. S: If the ending proves to be underwhelming for you (like in my case) then the ova Mirai Nikki Redial is even worse

     

    Mirai Nikki Personal Enjoyment

    Score 7/10

    If you try, like all you can, to forget about the very existence of a certain character, the show is worth the whole run. Nowadays we should realize how rare for a series to be fully adapted is, no matter how good was. If you enjoy wimpy cowards, psychopathic yandere, raped girls, insane kids, tons of drama, exaggerated “Luke I am your father” twists then Mirai Nikki is (or was) your kind of animated series. Boasting one of the most popular and iconic female characters to date and a cast of people that surely stimulate a wide range of emotions in you (no not only range). I overall enjoyed this ride to anime despite its obvious flaws and a not so inspiring turn of events at the end of the series. Ah I also liked the omakes (small animated segments at the end of certain shows episodes like Bleach or Naruto) as it provided with much needed humorous situations and comic relief.

    P. S: Spoiler

    For those of you who were surprised at Murmur being the actual main antagonist of the series just check out her name, Murmur is a demon listed in the Ars Goethia encyclopedia :japanese_ogre:

    Final Score 6.5/10


  • Tokyo Ghoul (Anime) Review

    Tokyo Ghoul Anime Review

    Tokyo Ghoul

    ʏᴏᴜ ᴅᴏ ғᴇᴀʀ ᴛʜᴇᴍ

    ʏᴏᴜ ᴀsᴋ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ ɢʜᴏᴜʟs ᴀʀᴇ

    ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴍᴏɴsᴛᴇʀs

    ᴛʜᴇ ᴀɴsᴡᴇʀ ɪs sɪᴍᴘʟᴇ

    ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴛᴇʟʟ ᴍᴇ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴇᴀᴛ

    ᴀɴᴅ ɪ’ʟʟ ᴛᴇʟʟ ʏᴏᴜ

    ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʀᴇ

    ɢᴀɴɢs ᴀɴᴅ ʏᴀᴋᴜᴢᴀ ᴀʀᴇ ɴᴏ ʟᴏɴɢᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ᴄᴏᴍᴇ

    ᴀᴄʀᴏss ɪɴ ᴛᴏᴋʏᴏ’s sᴛʀᴇᴇᴛs. ᴀ ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀɪᴏᴜs

    ʀᴀᴄᴇ ᴏғ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴ ʟɪᴋᴇ sᴜᴘᴇʀɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟ ʙᴇɪɴɢs ʜᴀs ᴇsᴛᴀʙʟɪsʜᴇᴅ ɪᴛs ᴏᴡɴ ᴍɪᴄʀᴏ sᴏᴄɪᴇᴛʏ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴊᴀᴘᴀɴᴇsᴇ ᴄᴀᴘɪᴛᴏʟ, ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʀᴇ ‘ɢʜᴏᴜʟs’. ᴘʜʏsɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ʟᴏᴏᴋɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ sᴀᴍᴇ ᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇɢᴜʟᴀʀ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴs, ɢʜᴏᴜʟs ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴀ ᴜɴɪǫᴜᴇ ʙᴏᴅʏ sᴛʀᴜᴄᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ sᴋɪɴ ʜᴀʀᴅ ᴀs sᴛᴇᴇʟ, ɢʀᴀɴᴛɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇᴍ sᴜᴘᴇʀ sᴛʀᴇɴɢᴛʜ ʙᴜᴛ ғᴏʀᴄɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴛᴏ ᴇᴀᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴅɪɢᴇsᴛ ɴᴏᴛʜɪɴɢ ʙᴜᴛ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴ ғʟᴇsʜ. ᴡᴇ ᴡɪʟʟ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡ ᴋᴀɴᴇᴋɪ ᴋᴇɴ, ᴀ ʏᴏᴜɴɢ ᴍᴀɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʟᴇᴀᴅs ᴀ ᴘᴇᴀᴄᴇғᴜʟ ʟɪғᴇ ᴀs ᴀ ɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟ sᴛᴜᴅᴇɴᴛ, ɢᴏɪɴɢ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʜɪs ɴᴇᴡ ɢɪʀʟғʀɪᴇɴᴅ ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴛɪᴍᴇ, ᴀ ᴅᴀᴛᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ғᴀᴛᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡɪʟʟ ᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇ ʜɪs ʟɪғᴇ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴏɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴄʜᴀᴏs ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴏʀʀᴏʀ

    This is the monstrous review of Tokyo Ghoul, a psychological horror anime from 2014 based on the popular seinen manga with the same of Sui Ishida. I remind you that this review will only exclusively cover the first season that aired last year. I’m going to analyze this according to Graphics, Characters, Sound, Plot and Personal Enjoyment.

    Art and Animation of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 8/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

    The anime was produced by Studio Pierrot, a highly popular studio that produced many mainstream shounen series offering an unsteady visual quality (still having nightmares from Naruto vs Pain battle). Tokyo Ghoul is one of those series they would not dare to mess up and it indeed has a fine and sleek animation that shines during the intense battles and extremely violent scenes throughout the run. While the setting and characters are the stereotypical ones belonging to a modern era, the trait is pleasant to look at and the Kagune, the Ghoul’s appendages, are a flavorful and artistic feature to the franchise.

    Characters of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 6/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

    I’m quite familiar with this genre of works in the anime industry and the show follows the typical stereotypes concerning characters and situations of the horror genre but don’t think it’s actually inherently horrible. The characters do not shine because of development or complicated characterization but they work for what they were intended to. It’s surely one of those shows where the secondary characters are the main attraction and most interesting members of the cast. Even though we have some valid element among the protagonists, the show suffers from not so optimal use of the great number of characters and the protagonist Kaneki is a punch bag almost all the time

    Soundtrack and Acting Of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 8/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

    The opening is unquestionably the most popular one from 2014 (it boasts over 12 million views on youtube in one video) but I was not that captived by it so it’s passable, not amazing but not horrible, just average. The soundtrack merely serves as a way to provide with a background support to the various scenes, that due to the highly grim and intense nature of the show it serves its job to build up the tension but nothing too memorable. What gets most of this score is the Japanese acting, even though we have some popular voice I occasionally had shivers down my spine for how realistic and heart felt the acting was, especially during violent, painful scenes, those screams and cries cannot pass unnoticed

    Story and Pacing of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 7/10

     

    Tokyo Ghoul can boast a nicely crafted dark fantasy world that sees the duality between humans and ghouls. This is a seinen and I did expect more than just shounen like (yet spectacular) battles. At the beginning we have the protagonist Kaneki dealing with the realization to not be a human anymore, to have become a flesh feeding creature that acts with homicidal instinct. We see how Tokyo is divided in various territories each led by groups of Ghouls, this whole territorial competition and dichotomy between “I am a human” and “I am a ghoul” is never really fully explored, this would make the show more complete.

    The pacing works but it is mostly characters doing things for most of it, the actual story flows slowly but it knows how to “mask” these flaws very well. I did not quite loved how it occasionally turned violence to genuine and exaggerated torture porn

    Personal Enjoyment of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 7/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

    I’m really sorry for disappointing all those who believed me to enter the Tokyo Ghoul hate club cause I’m not in there. It’s quite obvious how the series is overrated or rather over popular for what it actually offers. The show does have all elements an anime needs to become the next Attack on Titan in terms of popularity, in this sense this is a show that clearly does not make me astonished at how it is so mainstream and I must admit I quite enjoyed it even though it has evident flaws and holes. Second season has not ended yet and I have yet to watch it and read the manga cause I’m actually intrigued to see how things will continue.

    It’s not the most original work in the world but it’s a lie if one says that it does not offer a bit of personality and entertainment that’s for sure.

    Final Score 7.0/10


  • Death Parade (Anime) Review

    Death Parade Anime Review

    ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ɪs ɴᴏᴛ ᴀ ʜᴜɴᴛᴇʀ

    ᴜɴʙᴇᴋɴᴏᴡɴsᴛ ᴛᴏ ɪᴛs ᴘʀᴇʏ

    ᴏɴᴇ ɪs ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ᴀᴡᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ

    ɪᴛ ʟɪᴇs ɪɴ ᴡᴀɪᴛ.

    ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜ ʟɪғᴇ ɪs ᴍᴇʀᴇʟʏ ᴀ ᴊᴏᴜʀɴᴇʏ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ɢʀᴀᴠᴇ, ɪᴛ ᴍᴜsᴛ ɴᴏᴛ ʙᴇ ᴜɴᴅᴇʀᴛᴀᴋᴇɴ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ʜᴏᴘᴇ.

    ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴀ ᴛʀᴀᴠᴇʟᴇʀ’s sᴛᴏʀʏ ᴡɪʟʟ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴏɴ, ᴛʀᴇᴀsᴜʀᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴡʜᴏ ʙɪᴅ ʜɪᴍ ғᴀʀᴇᴡᴇʟʟ

    ɪɴ ᴀ ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀɪᴏᴜs ᴅɪᴍᴇɴsɪᴏɴ ᴏᴜᴛsɪᴅᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴀʟᴍ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴠɪɴɢ ʟɪᴇs ᴛʜᴇ ǫᴜɪɴᴅᴇᴄɪᴍ, ᴀ ʙᴀʀ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ᴅɪᴇᴅ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ sᴀᴍᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ᴡᴇʟᴄᴏᴍᴇᴅ ʙʏ ɪᴛs ᴇɴɪɢᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ ʙᴀʀᴛᴇɴᴅᴇʀ ᴅᴇᴄɪᴍ, ᴏɴᴇ ᴡʜᴏ sᴜɢɢᴇsᴛs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ɢᴜᴇsᴛs ᴀᴄᴄᴇᴘᴛ ʜɪs ᴄʜᴀʟʟᴇɴɢᴇ, ᴀ ᴅᴇᴀᴅʟʏ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴡɪʟʟ ʙᴇ ᴘᴜᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴜʟᴛɪᴍᴀᴛᴇ ᴛᴇsᴛ. ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀʀᴛᴇɴᴅᴇʀ ɪs ᴀɴ ᴀʀʙɪᴛᴇʀ, a ᴊᴜᴅɢᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ᴅᴇᴄɪᴅᴇs ᴛʜᴇ ғɪɴᴀʟ ᴅᴇsᴛɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴍᴀɴ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ǫᴜɪɴᴅᴇᴄɪᴍ ɪs ᴘᴀʀᴛ ᴏғ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴄᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀᴡᴏʀʟᴅ, ᴀ sᴏʀᴛ ᴏғ ʟɪᴍʙᴏ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ʀᴇɪɴᴄᴀʀɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴠᴏɪᴅ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜis ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ ɪs ᴏɴʟʏ ᴀ sᴍᴀʟʟ ғʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡʜᴏʟᴇ sʏsᴛᴇᴍ. ᴡᴇ’ʟʟ ᴡɪᴛɴᴇss ᴛʜᴇ ᴠᴀʀɪᴏᴜs ᴛʀɪᴀʟs ɪɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴇᴍᴇ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍsᴛᴀɴᴄᴇs, ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ sole ᴘᴜʀᴘᴏsᴇ ᴏғ ʀᴇᴠᴇᴀʟɪɴɢ ʜɪs ɢᴜᴇsᴛs ᴛʀᴜᴇ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ

    Welcome to the Quindecim my guests

    My name is Humble Reaper and I’m a reviewer, judging anime and their worth. You may not read if you wish but I strongly advise you against doing so.

    This is the classy review of Death Parade, psychological seinen from last season that is a 12 episodes series based on the ova movie Death Billiards of 2013. The review will cover the work in its entirety but both the ova and anime series are on the same level. We’re analyzing this according to Graphics, Characters, Sound, Plot and Personal Entertainment. Is the show good enough ? or it should be sent into the void of this industry ?

     

    Art and Animation of Death Parade

    Score 8/10

    It’s undisputed that Madhouse is one of the best studio of all times, we’ve been spoilt by their high standard of quality in all aspects for years and this show is no exception. Although DP is no ordinary action filled anime don’t let this fool you, we’re talking about high production values. The story progression is usually driven through different games like billiards and darts, used as a means by which the true nature of humans is revealed. You’ll be enticed by the splendid and thrilling shots that follow the whole gaming “action”, every movement is wonderfully performed.

    The art is pretty unique and extremely stylish but what surprised me most is the absolutely gorgeous environments, especially the bar and its design.

    Characters of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    Death Parade

    If you read my previous reviews you would be used to a certain expression of mine, that is “the cast is not a holy monster of psychological characterization but it works”. I’m excited to say that this time we are talking about a gem of series where the cast that works amazingly also has a deep and thought provoking profile and this is very rare nowadays unfortunately. The characters are a paradox as they are officially regarded as emotionless beings in the DP universe but they are very like able and especially in the case of our protagonist Decim, unpredictably surprising in the development throughout the story. Every episode introduces new characters and everyone, both main and secondary, has a realistic and well rounded personality

    Soundtrack and Acting of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    Death Parade

    Of course they had to give the show an awesome soundtrack to match the other awesome aspects of this show but I digress. The anime is yes a mix of somber and dark themes, but it’s more like a grim sky that is torn asunder by powerful and radiant rays of hope and regretlessness. The ost is quite small but nonetheless it manages to capture the very essence of the series with its holy tunes, piano and instrumental music, classy jazz and electronic music to accompany the “night club” vibe and atmosphere, everything seems indeed pervaded by a velvet shroud of dream.

    The japanese voice acting does its job wonderfully even with a very young cast. The opening and ending ? the ending is very good and highly symbolic while the opening… stay away from it it’s drug in soundwave form I know it’s so good but it will consume you trust me.

    Story and Pacing of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    These kind of works with such profound psychological and spiritual themes are surely trademarks of some of the most famous Madhouse adaptations. The show’s main focus revolves around the meaning of life which only gains importance thanks to its dark, unavoidable frightful counterpart, death.

    Our existence evolves and changes the closer we are to the end, death is what makes every second of our existence meaningful, the various games are the means by which our worth both of us as a person and our experienced lives are put to test. As the story unfolds with its intricate mysteries we are caught in the storm of psychological dilemmas and our protagonists are gradually shown and explored in their facets.

    What I appreciate the most is the perfect balance among the show’s elements, devoid of any pretentious pointlessly complex, dark and one sided themes, instead we have a realistic approach, rarely a show with so much “death” has been so truthful about life.

    Personal Enjoyment of Death Parade

    Score 10/10

    Why does such a serious and dark show have the most cheerful and random opening ever ? Why is Decim so bae and Nona so moe ? You see people spend their life too focused on asking themselves why when they should say “why not” ? This kind of dissonance also present in the show itself other than the opening manages to break the often tense and sad episodes and the result removes any kind of redundancy. The vibe of the Quindecim and the interactions of its inhabitants are a delight to get into and makes it so that I would be glad if even a second series of our characters doing random stuff came out, that would be enough.

    Shows like this are the evolution of that overrated and over hyped kind of anime called “dark” and no, we don’t even need excessive gore or drama folks we only need Decim bae…

    Overall Score 9.0/10 Reincarnation !

    Well until the next judgement well I mean review…

    Why the score is not higher ? Cause the 12 episodes are surely enough don’t get me wrong but they should never have made a series that makes me cry out “please milk the franchise for countless sequels”


  • Fate/Stay Night 2014 (Anime) Review

    Fate/Stay Night 2014 Anime Review

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    The city of Fuyuki, the bloody stage where hideous tragedies were consumed, engulfed in an apocalyptic fire as a result of the events surrounding the 4th Grail War. In a modern Japan where all that is left of magic is but a synthetic imitation, the greatest families of magi organized this deadly dance of death in a desperate attempt to see one’s own selfish desires come true. Something that could not be expected happened: The infamous battle royale was back after 10 more years. In this night of fate, seven magi will be chosen by the Grail as the pages of forgotten legends and heroes come to life. Fantasy and reality become one in the same. We’ll follow Emiya Shirou in his steep journey to obtain what his father could not achieve, dragged into this new world of violence and mystery…

    What follows is my epic review of Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works 2014 Part 1, modern fantasy show that adapts the arc from the visual novel with the same name (Fate/Zero being the prequel). The anime’s first core contains 13 episode, episode 0, 1 and 12 last roughly 47 minutes. The analysis will follow Animation, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment

    Art and Animation of Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Score 10/10

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    This is Studio Ufotable we’re talking about so there is nothing too surprising, the animation is literally revolutionary, setting a new standard in the industry. A show that was nicknamed Unlimited Budget Works and there is a reason for that, trust me. The fluidity of movement and the sense of speed surpasses anything I have watched so far, even their previous work Fate/Zero is notably inferior to the animated jewel that is this great show. The main focus are surely the majestically animated battles, shadows, clashing weapons and high speed blows (which are rendered perfectly). This sets an unprecedented way to express dynamism and fast paced action. The art is amazing and highly attractive, surpassing the amazing production values of Fate/Zero. At times there are some graphical imperfection but nothing that a bluray edition will not perfect

    Characters of Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    What!? A bunch of children that still go to high school? At least in Zero it was a true war with all cool adults. Yes yes ok, as if age defined the degree of maturity and likeability of a person. I don’t deny how the characters respect certain stereotypical archetypes, even more than Zero, but this doesn’t make them any less interesting. This is the original characterization the prequel borrowed much from, all those interesting and relatable characters we all cheer or hate. What sets this apart from the prequel is how most of the characters are designed to not do the mistakes the adult counterparts did in the prequel.
    We have extremely likeable characters that we grow deeply fond of (yes even Shinji). Their young age means nothing as they mostly prove to have a degree of maturity and sense of responsibility that even exceeds most of the shows about “adults”. Every character is excellently characterized, they all have their own charm and a very deep ideological and psychological profile, the sense of duality and clashing personalities that you perceive is highly satisfying. Rivalry, love, friendship, the relationships between characters reach the near faultlessness.

    Soundtrack and Acting  of Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Unlike many shows, it is important to analyze the whole sound in all the aspects and circumstances they are used. The original soundtrack for the 2006 anime and UBW Movie was composed by the timeless master Kenji Kawai (currently my favorite composer in Fate) and the ost for Fate/Zero is composed by the immensely popular Yuki Kajiura. How does the soundtrack compare to these two? It’s still early to judge effectively since the best of the ost is yet to come. The ost generally works amazingly although its composer lacks the experience of the other two I mentioned. It’s then true how the ost may lack those catchy or iconic tunes but this is a mere beginning. What is the acting like? Do not wait for the dub I order you to watch it in sub, cause there is nothing that is even comparable to the Japanese dubs of fate in all its incarnation. This is a show that features a new concept of speed in battles, the sounds that accompany those extremely quick movements, dodges, sprints, explosions and blows are actually a relevant point to the whole thing, I never have heard such excellent sound effects in an anime.

    Storyline and Pacing  of Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Fate is all about its intriguing fantasy setting and how all plot elements get interwined to create a winning mix of epicness and character interactions. While it’s true that unlike the prequel this series offers an overall less dark and hopeless feeling, what Night does is deeply improve the pacing of the battles that blow Fate/Zero and most other shows out of the water. This series offers a serious and intelligent sphere of elements, it’s just far more natural and climatic compared to the prequel. Drama and slice of life, action and plot twists, they have an incredible sinergy and improve all problems in previous adaptations by far. I grew to feel more for the characters as their background and story is not so far fetched to make it look realistic. While it may be true that those slice of life elements partly break the amazing vibe the show creates, they offer vital characterization to all characters. You can’t do without this, just like plot expositions. I cannot deny how everything is so pleasantly covered with a veil of mystery. Many things are so subtle and foreshadowed, only partly revealed at times, setting our minds in motion making theories and connections. Everything ultimately serves as a means by which everyone can come up with his/her own original interpretations, their perception of characters and themes

    Personal Enjoyment of Fate/Stay Night 2014

    Score 10/10

    Fate/Stay Night 2014

    And this is the end of our review at last, my last considerations will all be given here. This is a series with a very unlucky story in the western world, as the previous adaptations of Night are all misunderstood and hated in favor of the far more popular younger brother Fate/Zero. I do not surely deny its prequel’s validity as a show but this is where everything started, and where all did end at last. Fate/Stay Night is a series that requires devotion to get into, an enormous universe you can get lost into and can give you satisfactions. I overall grew more attached to this than Zero, whether it is actually better or not. Insane battles, excellent exposition and interactions and lovably iconic characters. My boy Archer and my girl Rin are one of my favorite duo in history. Everything is overall epic. Knowing the original material and the way this part 1 was adapted, I highly doubt my Part 2 review will be that different. It will be even more awesome, that’s it.
    Overall Score 9.2/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)


  • Hellsing Ultimate (Anime) Review

    Hellsing Ultimate Anime Review

    Hellsing Ultimate

    The Bird of Hermes
    Is My Name
    Eating My Wings
    To Make Me Tame

    Do you know the tale of the no life king? A ruler living in the darkest part of Europe during the middle ages? He was a man that killed over 10,000 of his citizens and impaled them at the border of his own kingdom to scare off the far stronger invader… Yes he was both genius and bloody. He was the impaler, Dracul. He entered the legend as the Lord of Vampires, the most legendary of his kind. According to the tale, he was killed by a vampire hunter. I’ll tell you what really happened, indeed, the no life king was tamed. He was made a weapon at the disposal of mankind. Humans are weak, they perish quickly and both their soul and body are fragile. Quite inefficient as hunters of those godforsaken creatures. Centuries after the defeat of Dracula, Hellsing organization releases its greatest warrior, Alucard, to fight vampires throughout the British nation. A domesticated vampire of the first class…

    What follows is my unholy review of Hellsing Ultimate an ova series of 10 movies that was released in the span of almost a decade. It’s the complete adaptation of the horror manga by Kota Hirano with the same name. This review will also compare this to the original TV series from time to time in order to clear any doubts. It’s also important to tell people that a mini prequel series called Hellsing the Dawn also exists but it will not be taken into account for this review. The review will analyze the series according to graphic, characters, sound, story and personal enjoyment

     

    Art and Animation of Hellsing Ultimate

    Score 9/10

    Hellsing Ultimate

    The project was born as the ultimate adaptation of Hellsing after the end of its glorious run in 2008. As an ova series (and by Madhouse one of the best studios out there) the show boasts a near flawless animation that it’s been out of the league of many anime since the first movie came out. The art is dirty and messy, a perfect stylistic choice to better portray the general vibe of madness this series has. Indeed we’re talking about one of the most graphically violent and gory shows of the new millennium (no pun intended). This series overall packs an amazing comport of visual awesomeness and it’s one of the most ambitious works in this industry.

     

    Characters of Hellsing Ultimate

    Score 9/10

    Hellsing Ultimate

    I wonder what a series would be without a loveable cast of flavorful characters? Yes Hellsing ultimately (again no pun intended) does not fail to deliver one of the most interesting set of characters in anime history. Even though we cannot talk of absolute originality or insane psychological profiles (for example Alucard is based on Vincent Valentine from FFVII) we can’t deny how Kouta Hirano created a charismatic protagonist that is everything but the emblem of the hero. He is neither good nor bad, he just does whatever he wants and he is always the best at what he does (maybe even too faultless).

    Character design is not too impressive with the exception of the awesome Alucard, the titular protagonist, but everything works perfectly in the context of the series. The secondary characters are well managed like Seras (who was more like the protagonist in the original Hellsing anime), Rip, Walter, Integra and my favorites Pip and the Major.

     

    Soundtrack and Acting of Hellsing Ultimate

    Score 8/10

    Hellsing Ultimate

    We’re not talking about a series that aims at using its musical score as a major (ok I’ll stop it with the puns) point of interest that’s for sure. You want awesomeness but this does not mean that Hellsing fails at the sound aspect quite the opposite lately. The original soundtrack works well as a background music and there are a few selected iconic tracks (like Gradius Vita) that make scenes overflowing with epicness and tension. Many genres from pop to solemn choral music are used. One thing that the original anime did well was the ost and its opening is one of the most iconic ones out there. Unfortunately for Hellsing Ultimate no tv series means no opening, but I advise you to watch all endings cause they are neat amvs of the back stories of many characters in the series. The voice acting earns this most of its score, many know how I am no fan of the dubbing but this time I can’t say anything. Alucard is a magnificent Crispin Freeman. Nonetheless the original Japanese subtitle is still superior because of Freeman’s Japanese equivalent Jouji Nakata.

     

    Story and Pacing of Hellsing Ultimate

    Score 8/10

    Hellsing Ultimate

    I cannot say this is a story driven series because it lets the characters, the setting and the events speak for themselves in a formula that never fails to disappoint. I do not mean that it has no story. It may be simple but surprisingly effective and thematic. In a hollywood fashion we see a mix of all that stuff, from movies or dark fantasy from nazi vampires to warewolves and the modern context, only makes it even more enjoyable and unique. The progression is linear and the storyline is enriched by the addition of every new character, each of them serves an important purpose in the greater scheme of the events.

    The pacing is excellent, maybe even too fast due to the fact it’s adapting a not so short manga in less than one hour ovas. The action is focused on giving the viewer a mix between excitement and disgust as it should be. It massively improves what made the original series miserably fail, a complete and logical storyline that has no filler and far better coherent characters and situations. Even though I liked the occasional humour, it is sometimes inopportune and anti climatic.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Hellsing Ultimate

    Score 9/10

    Hellsing Ultimate

    Who can’t deny this was one hell(sing) of a ride? oh I forgot to stop the puns… Jokes aside, we are talking about a very valid product and one of the most important horror seinen you can find. There are clear inspirations to works of the past, especially with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures the legendary series whose certain elements resemble closely some of the plot points of Hellsing Ultimate. Even though the two have a similar black humour style, Hellsing is surely one step beyond in terms of controversial and morally questionable content so I warned you, it may offend your sensibility.

    It’s nothing to be worried about, merely a tribute to an older series with similar genre. Take your time into analyzing the various themes in the series, the meaning of human, monster, religion, pride and soul. There is also a certain remarkable complexity regarding the ethics and worth of being what you are, even in your weakness and faults. Stay what you are or you might lose yourself in the process of changing, good and evil are not absolute.

    Final Score 8.5/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)


  • Fate/Zero (Anime) Review

    Fate/Zero Anime Review

    Fate/Zero

    Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin, Berserker… This is the Holy Grail War in modern world, where magic and heroes become nothing but mere pages of a book in dusty libraries. We have the 4th Grail War. This is where fantasy becomes reality once again, 7 masters and 7 servants compete for the ultimate prize in a battle royale where legendary warriors come to life. This is a story of fates caught in a whirlwind of blood and despair.

    What follows is my magical review of Fate/Zero, 2011 anime produced by Studio Ufotable based on the light novel of Gen Urobuchi and the universe of Fate/Stay Night, sequel to Fate/Zero. We’ll analyze Graphics, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment.

     

    Animation and Art of Fate/Zero

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Zero

    It’s important to state certain things about the studio that produced Fate/Zero: Ufotable. This is a very high budget studio, probably the highest I’ve ever seen so far. It is easy to expect that ultimately we have something with remarkable visual qualities, almost reaching perfection. Beautiful art and fluid action accompanied by so many little details that make other 2011 shows pale in comparison. Light and dynamic effects are astounding and atmospherical. Even though the production values are extremely high, they could have used a little less CG but nothing it does not hurt the experience.

     

    Characters of Fate/Zero

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Zero

    Fate/Zero surely can boast for having a very wide range of characters in its roster, with each of them being more or less interesting. Half of this score is given to our duo Gilgamesh and Kotomine Kirei, jokes aside… this is true. Even though we have many intriguing characters, they are often set on a single frame of mind and characterization, not all of them having actual development. Characters like Waver and Kirei are the most complex in how they become what they eventually are, having the most complicated and realistic personalities. We are humans and as such we cannot be defined so one sidedly after all. The character design is simple but surprisingly effective. The interactions among them are probably the best part of the show. The dialogue is thought provoking and well written.

     

    Soundtrack and Acting of Fate/Zero

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Zero

    Before we go on, I remind you that both ost and voice performance (in Japanese) are what decide the score of this category. The soundtrack is composed by the fan favorite Yuki Kajiura, that is one of my favorites. Fate/Zero’s ost, although excellent with its epic choruses and guitar solos, is not too memorable compared to other works in the franchise, but it does surpass many other shows of the same year in this aspect. As for voice acting, I implore you from the bottom of my heart please watch it in Japanese subtitles! Honestly, the Fate series must be watched in original acting because it’s light years ahead of any alternative and what gets it most of its 9/10 score. We have voice actors that do like playing their characters. Jouji Nakata you’re magnificent…

     

    Story and Pacing of Fate/Zero

    Score 8/10

    Fate/Zero

    This is probably the “worst” aspect of Fate/Zero even though it’s a trivial matter. The series is bound to follow its prequel to Fate/Stay Night. It’s not too hard to expect how certain plot holes and a not so inspiring endings are a very natural outcome but as I said it’s nothing serious. First the series suffers from some pacing problems and it looks like they wanted to save the budget for the second season. This is not saying it is lacking in something serious because it’s already ahead of anything from that period and beyond.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Fate/Zero

    Score 9/10

    Fate/Zero

    The purely fun part of the series is kindly provided with by 5 people exclusively: Caster, Irisviel, Rider, Kotomine and Gilgamesh. They helped me from drowning in the constant and redundant vibe of hopeless despair of the series that could make the show heavy to digest at times. It’s visually amazing, so are the fights and themes, the characters themselves are very likable despite I detest some of them. I acknowledge how Fate/Zero made me so engaged in loving and hating nonetheless. What doesn’t make this score perfection is the excessive and unnatural drama. The “dark” component is often not a natural result of things but forced like in many Urobuchi’s works. It’s nothing that should ring a bell of alarm in you.

    My Final Score 8.6/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)