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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


  • 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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  • Erased (Anime) Review

    Erased Anime Review

    Before I really jump into the review, I’m gonna say it straight out. GO WATCH ERASED. This is a show that deserves to be watched with little to no knowledge. The less you know about the story the more engaging it will be.

    Now I know it’s late but after my three complete viewings of Erased, I have finally decided to do a review for it. With that being said Let’s start the review.

    Story of Erased

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    The story in Erased follows the main character, Satouru Fujinuma who is a 29 year old Pizza delivery guy who isn’t very happy with where he is in life. However Satoru has an ability he calls “Revival” which allows him to go back in time 5 to 10 minutes to prevent some kind of catastrophic event from happening. However eventually his mother get’s murdered triggering a “Revival” that sends him back, not 5 or 10 minutes, but 18 years into the past to prevent his mothers murder and find the culprit responsible.

    Now it’s very rare to see a show have a clear focus on where it wants to go and how it wants to get there. I like to think that Erased is one of those rare shows. From beginning to end the show has a keen sense of what it wants to show and when it wants to show it. Because of this, every scene or frame feels like it holds some kind of importance. Whether it be a scene where we see a newspaper article, or a frame with a mask. Everything shown feels like it’s there to help further the plot as well as give the audience clues so that they can formulate their own conclusions about the mystery. And I realized during my second and third viewing of the show that there are even some clues that you might miss if you aren’t paying attention. And because of this, the show also has some of best pacing I’ve seen in a while. Not once in my three viewings of this show did I get bored, or uninterested, and very rarely did I think that it was jarring to watch and because of this the transitioning between past and present was done seamlessly as well. This is greatly due to the aforementioned focus that the show has. Erased set’s up the information and events in a way that flows into the next extremely smoothly which prevents the feeling of “What the hell just happened”. However the shows biggest strength as a mystery, is its decision to not treat its audience like children. Never are we spoon fed information and exposition to the point where every single little detail is explained to us and this allows the audience to stay engaged as we are constantly trying to piece everything together.

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    When I think about it, Erased is really told in three acts. The first two acts really focus on Satoru trying to change things from his past that directly involve the people around him in order to prevent certain events from happening, and all of this connects extremely well into the final act in which everything comes into fruition. There are multiple story arcs that the anime goes through but these story arcs don’t stray from getting to the conclusion. They provide an engaging, interesting, and necessary bridge between Satoru’s overall goals. The reason I wanted to mention this is because a lot of people mention that the shows shift in focus during the first two arcs don’t fit with Satoru’s initial goal, which I find to be an invalid argument as to why the story in this show is bad.

    Nonethless Erased is one of the better mystery anime as it gives you options as to how you want to watch it. You can actively watch the show and try to solve the mystery along with the characters or you can simply sit back, relax, and watch everything unfold.

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    Now the story does have some major problems that I would like to address as no anime is without flaw. The first one being the ridiculous shift in pacing in the last two episodes. It’s inexcusable to rush the most pivotal moment of a show, which is the conclusion. And Erased did just that. The last two episodes of the show were extremely rushed and felt like a lot of the story elements used in the finale were lackluster and didn’t offer the same emotional impact and intrigue that the rest of the show did. Now although this might seem like a contradiction to my statement saying that the pacing was great, I honestly still think that the writers had a lot more from the source material to work with, but they got stuck with a 12 episode limit. I think that if the show were at least two or three episodes longer they could have really fleshed out the final act and made it just as engaging as the rest of the show. But for working with the episode limit that they got and how they dealt with the ending with the remaining ones, although disappointing, it was satisfying enough for me not to smite it with the fury of angry gods. There is also one specific story element that focuses on the female protagonists family that I felt could have been a lot done better. This part of the story is quickly introduced, then takes a huge backseat and is really only there to provide a reason for character actions, and is never utilized well enough for me to say that it was interesting, and the worst part was that the explanation and resolution to this story arc was extremely dull and just completely random. It was obvious that they wanted to pull the heartstrings here but it just wasn’t focused on or emphasized enough for the moment to really leave a lasting impact.

    Now although this isn’t really a major issue, I honestly would have liked to have been given some kind of backstory for the “revival” ability. Now I say it isn’t a major issue, because it really is just a plot device used to really get us into the meat of the story, however I think it would have been interesting to explore how he got these powers to begin with. But again it’s not a problem that really affects the show.

    Overall regardless of these problems the combination of all the good elements in an anime such as Erased, is the perfect formula for an engaging and thrilling experience that keeps you at the edge of your seat. And luckily that’s what I got.

    Characters of Erased

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    The characters in Erased are by far the shining aspect of this show. It has a diverse cast of lovable, interesting, and fun characters that are all fairly well developed. First I really want to give the writers props for the way that they gave development to the supporting cast. Rather than giving every single character screen time where they just talk about their back story and their goals and aspirations, they utilize every single one of the characters to develop one another. Especially Satoru’s friends. All of these characters are given a fairly generic archetype, such as the loveable big guy, the girly boy, and of course the good looking one whose also super smart and doesn’t act their age. But they make everyone of these characters feel genuine by developing them through the bonds that we get to see grow and evolve through their interactions with Satoru, Hinazuki, as well as the remaining cast of supporting characters. So it never feels like these characters are useless or just there because plot. We actually genuinely begin to care for them as we start to think about how the other characters would react if one were to disappear or possibly even die. However there are a couple characters that really feel more likeable than others due to lack of screentime that some of the supporting characters get.

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    Now our main character, Satoru Fujinuma, is probably one of my favorite MC’s from this year so far. He goes through such a unique development as the show progresses and we learn more about his past life and his present life. There’s also a really interesting juxtaposition between his character at the beginning of the show and after his “revival” when it comes to their attitude, and view on the world as we learn that before this “Revival” past Satoru wasn’t all that different when compared to present Satoru. It’s really great to see the character develop from this person with no goal and lack of motivation, to this person who has a drive to succeed and do more. Satoru becomes a character we really root for, and when he fails we feel what he feels, and when he succeeds we feel great like he does. He even goes through a lot of minor changes that showcase his state of mind which really makes this character feel genuine. One of my favorite scenes being the one where Satoru speaks to his mother after his Revival.

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    When it comes to our female protagonist, Hinazuki Kayo, although an interesting and well written character as well, was given a very linear development. we see her grow from this quiet and distant character to one that becomes more open. Now this isn’t bad by any means, I just thought that, as compared to Satoru, she wasn’t given as much depth and complexity as I wanted. However just because her development is linear doesn’t mean she isn’t a great character. Hinazuki is a character that you begin to genuinely feel sympathetic for and it’s great to see how we, the audience, feel this more and more as we see her gradually start to become more confident, and more open.

    I think that this characters greatest strength comes from her relationship with Satoru as every scene involving these two characters is thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Another interesting little thing that I noticed is that when Hinazuki becomes a pivotal character in scenes, the two are rarely ever separated which I thought was a very nice and subtle way to emphasize their bond and closeness. And when they are separated it’s normally at the beginning when their relationship has still yet to be established and when there are moments of fear, anguish, stress, or anticipation.

    But of course there are some issues I have to address related to the characters in this show.

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    One of the bigger issues stemming from the setup of a character named Yuuki. This character was a complete and utter waste of space in this anime. Throughout the entire setup for this show, it emphasized how much of an important and pivotal character he was, but he only ever got five or ten minutes of actual proper screen time. In all honesty I completely forgot that he was even in the show until the last three or four episodes. It became more and more apparent that there just wasn’t enough time and space amongst all the other characters and story arcs to actually put this character into motion. So it just boggles my mind why they would make such a huge deal about him in the beginning rather than just simply giving us basic information about his overall involvement.

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    Another character that I feel got the short end of the stick was Airi. My god was she a loveable character. I honestly would have loved to see more of this character. Everytime she was on screen I had a great time. She was a fun and charismatic character with an ideal that I could get behind. Although not as bad as what happened to Yuuki, I just wish there was just a little more time spent developing her as a character as well as her relationship with Satoru as the chemistry between them was fantastic.

    I just thought that the characters had a lot more good as compared to the bad, and thought they were well thought out and executed. Also I have to give props to the Japanese Voice actors as they did a fantastic job at making these characters come to life.

    Art of Erased

    Erased

    A-1 Pictures has really done a great job. I absolutely love the art in this show. The simplicity of the art really fits with the tone and overall atmosphere that the show has to offer. I also think the fact that because the story was very heavy the light and simple art style really complemented the shows story. But even though the art was simple in design, there was some fantastic use, with some of the gorgeous scenes and frames within the anime. Honestly you could turn some of the scenes into posters, or screen savers. They were just that pretty to look at. However Erased used it’s art in a way that I haven’t seen it used in anime, in a long time.

    It used colors to further develop the story and characters. Which is not something a lot of anime nowadays do. It really adds a more thematic element to the series. Erased uses colors such as red, gray, black, and even purple to foreshadow and give both a metaphorical and physical interpretation of certain things in the show. For example a scene involving Hinazuki where she is standing in a park under a lamp. This is also the first scene we see Hinazuki. The use of the colors in this frame not only tell us that there is something eerie, and dark happening around her but we can also see that she is only within a certain area of the light eminating from the lamp, which emphasizes and solidifies aspects of the character such as her being closed off from the outside and hardly having any friends, and that she keeps to herself, and that she’s surrounded by darkness. You can gather all this information just from looking at the scene, it’s art style, and the color. It’s a subtle little details that really make me think that the art in this show is amazing. I could go on for hours talking about the great use of color and art is but I won’t do that in this video. However the art in Erased really goes to show that anime isn’t just great for bouncing boobies and great fight scenes but that it’s still amazing for visual storytelling.

    Music of Erased

    Now the music in the show was good. It’s not good to the point where I’ll go out and buy the soundtrack for the show, but it’s good enough to enhance the mood and atmosphere in the scenes that need them. The soundtrack has a good range of eerie and haunting melodies, as well as a good amount of nice calming songs to balance it out. However actual use of the music within the show, was not so great. Although the soundtrack worked, I wish there was a more diverse set of music used throughout the entire show. I just felt like I kept hearing the same two or three songs every single episode. There was even a scene where Satoru and Kenya were talking on the staircase that I thought could have used some different music as the song that was used just didn’t seem like it was right for the situation. I won’t really talk too much about the Opening and Endings as that is just up to personal taste. I’ll just say that I liked the Opening but not the ending.

    Overall of Erased

    Erased

    It’s nice to be able to watch an anime that knows what it wants. Erased was one of those shows I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. With a fairly well written and executed story, a cast of fantastic characters, and some of the best utilization of visual storytelling I’ve seen in a while. Erased is a show deserving of the immense hype and praise that it has been receiving. Despite it’s shortcomings Erased has a lot to offer, and is a show that I personally thinks get’s better the second time around as you notice a lot of things you didn’t notice the first time around. So my final verdict for Erased, or Boku dake ga inai Machi, is a LOVE AND BUY IT. I was enthralled, I was intrigued, I was engaged, and I was satisfied. Erased is a show that I think everyone should check out, or at least give a chance.


  • ERASED (Anime) Review

    ERASED Anime Review

    *SPOILER WARNING*

    *I will me rating this anime in categories of plot/story, art/animation, characters, music/sound track and overall rating. My rating scale is the standard 1-10. These are my own opinions but feel free to comment your opinions about the anime*

    Hello it’s Ryu once again with an anime review.

    Although the 2016 winter season brought a lot of disappointing anime there was one of them was a complete masterpiece and that anime was of course ERASED aka Boku Dake Ga Innai Machi.

    Plot of ERASED

    ERASED

    The anime centers around a 29 year-old failed mangaka named Satoru who possess a mysterious power called revival. Revival allows Satoru to travel back in time approximately 5 minutes in order to save someone from dying. 18 years prior to the present 3 of his classmates disappeared and were found dead, the killer was never found. One day when he gets home he finds his mother dead on the ground which triggers his revival, but instead of going back 5 minutes he goes back 18 years around the time the disappearances happened. Satoru, now a 6th grader will try to find the killer in hopes of saving his classmates and his mother.

    At first I thought that the anime was going to be a failure simply because the other anime from that season were terrible so my expectations were low. However after watching the first episode I fell in love with the series. One of the things I really loved was the cliffhangers at the end of each episode they just made me want to watch the other episode right away. The story was intriguing and mysterious, it made you hate some characters and love others. Plot/story wise this anime deserves a 10/10

    FINAL PLOT/STORY RATING: 10/10

    Art of ERASED

    Erased had a pretty good art in my opinion. It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t terrible nor average I really liked how Hinazuki’s red backpack and coat looked surrounded by the gray background.

    See what I mean

    I think that the art style was good for this anime even though it wasn’t amazing so I will give it a 9/10

    FINAL ART/ANIMATION RATING: 9/10

    Characters of ERASED

    I really liked most of the characters in this anime but some were really annoying and I really found them kinda useless. The characters had interesting personalities and the was they interacted with one another was really good. Let’s review the important characters one by one

    Satoru

    Satoru is the main character of the anime. After being sent back back 18 years into the past by his revival Satoru becomes his 6th grader self who will try to save his classmates and his mother from a mysterious killer.

    I think that Satoru is a great protagonist that has a really good motivation. He is definitely one of the best protagonists in anime.

    Hinazuki

    Hinazuki is one of the victims of the kidnappings and is also the one that Satoru must save. She is the daughter of an abusive mother who beats her regularly.

    Hinazuki is a really good side character she has the tsundere personality that makes her an adorable character.

    Satoru’s mom

    Satoru’s mom died in the present time by the hands on who is presumed to be the same person behind the disappearances that happened 18 years ago. She knew the identity of the killer before she died and tried to send Satoru a text before dying but she was too late. She is one of the many people that help Satoru save his classmates 18 years in the past.

    Satoru’s mom in my opinion is definitely the best mother in anime, she is very supportive and kind. She is definitely my favorite character in this anime.

    Kenya

    Satoru’s mysterious friend who you go to think that he might be the killer.

    Kenya is the best side character in this anime he is very supportive of Satoru.

    Hiromi

    Hiromi is a feminine looking boy and also one of the original victims of the disappearances.

    Hiromi is the character that I hated the most. Hiromi was literally useless in the series, although he offered to help Satoru save the other victims he barely did anything and he still got a lot of screen time.

    Airi

    Satoru’s co-worker in the present she is an 18 year old girl who may or may not have feelings for Satoru.

    She is a quite minor character but one that mostly supported Satoru. She was the only person that believed that he didn’t kill his mother and also helped him trigger his revival a second time.

    Sensei

    A kind gentleman who you wouldn’t suspect at all of. He was very supportive of Satoru and helped him with Hinazuki but it turns out that he was the killer all along.

    I think that he was a great antagonist but I hated him just by the fact that he was the killer and lied to Satoru.

    Over all I really enjoyed most of the characters so I would give them a 9/10 just because I hate Hiromi.

    FINAL CHARACTER RATING: 9/10

    Music of ERASED

    I love music and I think that music is actually a very important factor in anime because the background music and also the openings and ending give the feeling of the scenes in the anime and ERASED had an amazing sound track. The opening pumped you up for what was to come in the episodes full of suspense and thrills while the ending set you up for the resolution of the cliffhanger of the episode. I really enjoyed the music it perfectly fit the ambient of the anime

    Opening:

    Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Op【Erased】V1+V2

    Ending:

    ERASED ending theme

    Over I really loved the music of this anime so I’ll give it a perfect 10/10

    FINAL MUSIC/SOUND TRACK RATING: 10/10

    Overall Rating of ERASED

    I personally loved this anime and I think that this is clearly a masterpiece so my final overall rating for this anime is a perfect 10/10

    FINAL OVERALL RATING: 10/10


  • 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


  • Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 26 Review

    Sailor Moon Crystal Ep. 26 Review

    Spoilers Ahead

     Act 26

    Queen Serenity (Future Sailor Moon) has finally awakened. Queen Serenity and Sailor Pluto give Mini Moon powers to transform. Sailor Pluto does die and they did not bring her back, which saddens me. She was such a great character! This gives both Sailor Moon and Mini Moon enough power to defeat the final boss.

    Queen Serenity and Mini Moon

    Queen Serenity revives everyone and it is now that Sailor Moon gets to meet her future self. They finally go back to their present time and things go back to normal. Sailor Moon goes to school like normal and so do the rest of the Sailor Scouts. Mini Moon even decides to stay in the past with Sailor Moon and the group.

    Sailor Scouts Mini Moon

    Now that season 2 is finally over, it is time to wait for the next one (hopefully). I really liked season 2 and it stuck pretty close to the manga. The artwork is great as well! I hope the next season comes out quick, until then see ya!

    Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 26 Review
    – Reviews by Fern

  • Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 24 Review

    Sailor Moon Crystal Ep. 24 Review

    Spoilers Ahead

     Act 24

     

    Black Lady shows her true malice and powers by attacking the Sailor Scouts. She tells Tuxedo Mask to attack them and then kisses him right in front of Sailor Moon. After this, Sailor Moon and Black Lady fight. Once the fight is over, is it told that the Wise man is actually from the Dark Moon Planet. Sailor Pluto’s past comes up at this time as well.

     Black Lady and Wise man

    The battle of the Wise man (with the help of Black Lady) and Sailor Moon rages on. Diana attempts to help, but ends up switching places with Sailor Pluto. The battle starts to become to much for Sailor Moon to fight on and gives up the fight. Instead she tries to talk to her future daughter and tell her it is not too late.

    Tuxedo Mask takes the Silver Crystal
    At this time, Tuxedo Mask is able to steal the Silver Crystal from Sailor Moon. When Black Lady thinks she has both the past and future Silver Crystals, Prince Demande takes them from her. He places them close together and threatens everyone’s life. He explains that if they touch, they will explode or worse.
    Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 24 Review
    – Reviews by Fern