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    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

    Erased

    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.

    Erased

    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.

    Erased

    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

    Erased

    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.

    Satoru Erased

    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.

    Hinazuki Erased

    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.

    Yuuki Erased

    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.

    Airi Erased

    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


  • 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”


  • Tokyo Ghoul (Anime Season 1) Review

    Tokyo Ghoul (Season 1) Anime Review

    DISCLAIMER: this review contains spoilers so only read ahead if you’ve seen it or you don’t care. Also this review is of season one only.

    Based on the manga of the same name, Tokyo Ghoul is produced by Studio Pierrot, a studio that makes the long-running shows Naruto and Bleach. The story centres around a human student named Kaneki Ken, who falls victim a binge-eating ghoul named Rize. However in an unexpected turn of events Rize is killed and in order to save Kaneki, her organs are transferred into him. Although not executed supremely well, I thought the overall concept here was a really interesting and didn’t fall into the pitfall of a generic vampire-like story.

    This all happens in the first couple of episodes, and they are actually the best episodes of the entire season. One thing that Tokyo Ghoul struggled to do in my opinion was maintain the themes and tone that this introduction sets up. What was initially a internal psychological war within Kaneki is somewhat lost, and the focus drifts away from this for a large remainder of the show, except in places where the plot conveniently demands it.

    The tone during the overall season felt inconsistent. At points it was this deep wrenching psychological thriller and then at other points it felt like I was watching a slice of life anime. While the altering tempo wasn’t as jagged as in something like Akame ga Kill, it still felt like the writers was slightly confused about what genre they were writing at points.

     

    Tokyo Ghoul Characters

    The characterizations in Tokyo Ghoul were hit and miss for me. Some of the characters were brilliant: the Gourmet was one of the best villains I have seen in an anime. His design fully suited his personality, he was utterly insane but his goals made sense in their own twisted way (which is what you want from a villain).

    Touka was almost certainly the best main character in the show. She is a strong female lead which is something which I feel isn’t always seen enough in anime, and you truly see a metamorphosis in her character from being cold and heartless to becoming reluctantly fond of Kaneki and Hinami.

    The side characters were dealt with averagely, with some of them (for example Hinami, her mother, and the Doves) feeling fully fleshed out, while others felt more like filler characters and plot leverage for the main characters to bounce off of (such as Kaneki’s friend Hide, or Nishiki and his human girlfriend). As there is so little time spent with these characters we don’t learn to empathise with how other characters feel about them. This is a shame because it feels like wasted potential.

    On the other side of the spectrum is Kaneki, who whilst he isn’t the worst main character I’ve ever seen, he is still unremarkably boring. Aside from the ghoul transformation at the start of the show, we see almost no change in him at all until about 3 minutes from the end of the last episode. And for a show which seems to try and put a focus on characters so much it doesn’t really do much for me.

    Tokyo Ghoul Animation and Sound

    The art, animation, and sound in Tokyo Ghoul are good. Whilst they aren’t going to win any awards, they are sufficiently good enough to do the show justice. The setting and characters all look nice (and appropriate to their personality), and the animation is pretty smooth and doesn’t dip in quality anywhere which is good. Aside from the main theme song which is awesome, the sound isn’t especially noteworthy but the sound engineers did a good job of realizing that sometimes silence has a better effect than music in some scenes of tension or exposition.
    So to conclude, Tokyo Ghoul has its flaws but is still worth your time to watch. While there are issues with tone and some characters, the overarching story is enough to keep you invested until the end.

     

    Score: 7/10

    Verdict: Watch it

    Recommended Similar Shows: Parasyte, Another, Elfen Lied

    Review by MrA


  • Black Butler: Book of Circus (Anime) Review

    Black Butler: Book of Circus Anime Review

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    Ladies and gentlemen welcome! This is the humble yet awesome review of Black Butler: Book of Circus. Please enjoy the show!

     

    Prologue Book of Circus

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    The story follows the exploits of the young Ciel Phantomhive at the sunset of the XIX century London. The city whose apparent light is the diamond of the Royal Queen Victoria. A creeping darkness lies behind that light and Ciel, together with his devilishly impeccable butler Sebastian. They investigate and solve various secret cases given by the Queen that require a certain “modus operandi”. The young man’s soul is filled with vengeance, his family betrayed and pride tarnished, Ciel plans on discovering the truth behind the death of his parents. After the gruesome case of Jack the Ripper, the duo are ordered to investigate a mysterious circus and the mass disappearance of children. It seems that under the curtain, someone wears a jubilant mask to hide sinister intentions.

    Did you all take your seats ? Then let us begin ! The review will analyze various aspects of the show according to: Animation, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment.

     

    Animation and Art of Book of Circus

    Score: 8/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    The first and second seasons were released respectively in 2008 and 2010 and the animation was highly satisfying for these two, the same can be said for Book of Circus. Even though it’s not a vast difference there is a visible improvement, especially in the use of lights and fast movements. The show really shines because of its prestigious artistical values, costumes and backgrounds. One of the few sequels of the 2014 that surpass its predecessors in animation quality and production values.

     

    Characters of Book of Circus

    Score 8/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    The characters are surely one of the strongest points in Book of Circus, both new and returning characters fare more than splendidly. Even though Black Butler is not known for deeply psychological and original characters, we can’t deny how they all blend so well together. Sebastian is how he should be, a massive and diabolic troll. Ciel is more developed compared to the older seasons; his exploits and funny moments made him an enjoyable character, and his personal development sees the young earl gradually become a man. The new characters were well done: great back story, excellent character design and personality, especially my favs Doll and Joker.

     

    Soundtrack and Acting of Book of Circus

    Score 9/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    Having a different composer compared to the past seasons, Book of Circus can boast a wonderful thematic soundtrack and a stunning voice acting that sees the return of the old glories and the debut of new. It features joyful, classical, instrumental and traditional choral themes the most, with shades of melancholy and darkness all over the soundtrack (fitting perfectly to the show’s storyline). The iconic folk tune “Over the Hills and Far Away” makes everything much more meaningful as it is important to understand fully the new characters from the Noah Circus. The old seasons fared more than well in soundtrack, and even though it’s debatable that the new OST is better or not, I can say it fits the series as well or even more than the previous ones.

     

    Storyline and Pacing of Book of Circus

    Score 8/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    Book of Circus aimed at continuing the original show in the point where it followed an alternate route straying from the manga, and I say it was done very well. Even though it’s just 10 episodes, the show finds a good balance between story and pacing that eventually adapt splendidly to this arc of the manga. Fight scenes, comical gags, explanatory sections, character expositions, they were entertaining to say the least. The only times where the pacing was not that perfect was the occasional “tutorials” that went back to the previous seasons.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Book of Circus

    Score 9/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    We’re approaching the end of the review, this is the purely objective part of it. This is the worthy score for a series of only 10 episode, where much longer series did not come close. Victorian London is one, if not, my favorite modern European period, its decadent environment, its costumes are highly suggestive and stylish. The cast has returned, the old characters were better than ever, the new ones were amazing too. Excellent balance between funny and dark parts that spiced everything up very well.The animation was not a disappointment at all. An OST that is worthy of the past scores by Taku Iwasaki and is very memorable, absurdly fitting for this arc. You will laugh, you will cry but now I must bid you good bye.

     

    Ladies and Gentlemen the show is over.

    Final Score 8.4/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)


  • Attack on Titan (Anime) Review 3

    Attack on Titan Anime Review
    Attack on Titan

    Are we the prey my brothers? No! We are the hunters!! In a medieval world where humanity has been reduced to a number of wayward souls behind a fortified city, an endless army of Titans are ready to feast on their trampled corpses. But they will fight back! The young Eren Jeager witnesses how those broken walls were nothing but the reminder that they live in fear of the Titans. His mother is brutally killed by one before his eyes at a young age. This is the sacrifice to the ritual where he swears to erase them from the planet once and for all. The question is, Are these Titans worth fighting against? Well you’ll find out in this last review of mankind, will it be a grim one?
    What follows is my humble review of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) by Hajime Isayama. This review is solely based on the 2013 anime. We will analyze the following points: Graphics, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment.

    Animation and Art of Attack on Titan

    Score 9/10
    Attack on Titan

    This is essentially the most positive aspect of Attack on Titan and is hardly debatable. One of the best detailedly animated series of the 2013, the animation studio was even met with a serious lack of animators because of its AAA production values. Fluid and fast paced action given by the three dimensional maneuver gear, if only there were more though. The art is very good and far better than the manga and the eyes (beautifully drawn) convey emotions so perfectly that they could at times send a shiver down your spine. That “dirty” style also present in the manga, helps in the creation of an excellent vibe of hopelessness.

    Characters of Attack on Titan

    Score 6/10
    Attack on Titan

    It’s time for us to actually delve deep into Attack on Titan not so perfect aspects this time. The characters, while likable, are nothing that stray away from obvious stereotypes already established by shows like Evangelion and Fullmetal Alchemist. It’s too much to overlook it even though it may not be noted by an inexpert eye. The main cast of protagonists, especially Mikasa and Levi, are very cool and interesting, but partly due to the 26 episode limitation, their characterization does not lift off more than the necessary. The rest of the cast, while again very likeable, are left to side dish status.

    Soundtrack and Acting of Attack on Titan

    Score 8/10
    Attack on Titan

    The musical score of Attack on Titan was entrusted for composition to the fan favourite Hiroyuki Sawano, honestly one of my favourite composers in the industry. Sawano’s epic german chorus style would be perfect for a series like this, but instead it proves to be one of his least remarkable works in my honest opinion. Working perfectly as background music but nothing that stays engraved in your mind for a long time. The Japanese acting is carefully executed and attentive as well as the English one. What earns most of the vote is the awesome openings: Guren no Yumiya and Jiyuu no Tsubasa.

    Story and Pacing of Attack on Titan

    Score 6/10
    Attack on Titan

    The story of Attack on Titan revolves around the mystery around all narrative elements, a twist is solved and another one is introduced creating a complex chain that, again partly due to the 26 episode limitation, almost never concludes. The series obviously tends to stretch things with various “filler” scenes that are spread throughout the episodes. This doesn’t make the pacing perfect. Though the battle scenes and strongly emotional events are almost perfectly rendered, but at times the reactions are too exaggerated. It’s important to notice how the series is cleverly crafted into something (apparently) totally original when it’s not. It’s essentially a mecha series disguised as a fantasy and people who watched the series knows what I’m talking about. An ending that is not an ending, an underwhelming cliffhanger that tells us “see ya in 3 years for more hahahaha!”. The show screams of “This is still nothing” very loudly.

    Personal Enjoyment of Attack on Titan

    Score 7/10

    Attack on Titan
    This is the purely subjective part of the review my friends, my personal attachment and enjoyment out of Attack on Titan. This is a show with great potential that doesn’t shine with originality, let’s be honest. The show’s popularity makes it look like this is the first time something like this is seen in the industry when it’s blatantly wrong. The battles were awesome, but the pacing was not unfortunate. The characters were likable, but certain ones outside of those few never really had a role other than creating drama. I sense a constant feeling of “the best is yet to come, you ain’t seen nothing yet” every time.

    Overall Score 6.7/10
    See ya in my next review!

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)


  • Vampire Knight (Anime) Review (Season 1)

    Vampire Knight Season One Anime Review

    (May contain spoilers so read at your own risk)

    Vampire Knight

    My friend kept telling me to watch this anime for quite a few months so I recently decided to pick it up. I was really expecting too much considering it was on Netflix and didn’t really hear much about it. But I was expecting a love story with some twist; however, it was much more than that.

     

    Plot of Vampire Knight

    Vampire Knight
    Zero and the Night Class

    Vampire Knight takes places at a school called Cross Academy which there are two isolated classes: Day Class and Night Class. Outside these two different worlds are two students who know the secrets of the Night Class. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu have to keep order between the classes due to the fact that the elites that make up the Night Class are actually Vampires!  These Guardians make sure that the Night class doesn’t do harm to the ignorant Day class which are full of humans.  Can Yuki and Zero protect the Day class from the unrevealed secrets of the Vampires?

     

    Character of Vampire Knight

    Vampire Knight
    Kaname, Zero, and Yuki

    Yuki Cross: The adopted daughter of the headmaster, Kaien Cross. She was saved by the pureblood Vampire Kaname Kuran and had no recognition of anything before his appearance. A few years later she meets a boy named Zero, who she forms a close bond with. When secrets are reveled about Zero’s past, she makes choices that not only change her as a person, it also changes the relationships of the people she holds dear.  She takes her role of being a Guardian very seriously but if Kaname is near, she loses that focus.  No matter what happens, she will always show up with a smiling face.

    Zero Kiryuu: He is Yuki’s childhood friend and has been a brother to her. He is also one of the chosen Guardians that protect the Day class from the Night Class. 4 years before the series starts,his family is attacked by a vampire and is the only one to survive. This incident made Zero have extreme hatred for Vampires (even the good ones).  Later on we learn that he was bitten by the Vampire but why didn’t he turn into one that frightful day 4 years ago? He is often torn of what he wants and what he needs to do and doesn’t like opening up about his past. He is cold towards everyone and slowly starts opening up to only Yuki when his past catches up with him

    Kaname Kuran: He is a pureblood Vampire that is a student for the Night Class at the academy.  He saved Yuki from an attack from a Vampire known as a “Level E”. Ever since that day, he has shown that he cares deeply for Yuki, even in a romantic sense. To other classmates in the night class, he is cold and stern. This does cause some hostility toward Yuki from the Day class. Since Kaname is a “pureblood” Vampire he is capable of controlling Vampires that are not the same as him; however, he doesn’t like to exercise these powers. He wishes that one day the Vampires and Humans can live side by side, the same dream as the headmaster. He is often the center of attention and  gets into arguments with Zero over Yuki.

     

    After thoughts of Vampire Knight

    Vampire Knight
    Yuki

    After watching the first season, I was a bit confused about the difference in the Vampire “levels” and why a Pureblood was so distinctly different from the other Vampires in the Night Class. I would say look it up, but then there will be spoilers, so I will explain here. “Pureblood” Vampires are Vampires that have NO human ancestry and are considered to be rulers of the other Vampires.There are only 7 pureblood families left and this can be assumed why they are held in such high regard. The “level E” Vampire will be better explained in the anime then if I tried to describe it. Since many twists were exposed throughout this season this made me want to watch the next season as soon as possible to understand the story better.  I would recommend this to individuals that love romance with a side of comedy.

    Rating: 8/10

    Some blood and sexual ideas are present.

    -Inufma


  • Steins;Gate (Anime) Review

    Steins;Gate Anime Review

    Steins;Gate

    24 episodes

    Aired from Apr 6, 2011 to Sep 14, 2011

    Frontier Works

    Rated R (According to MyAnimeList)

    “No one knows what the future holds. That’s why its potential is infinite.”
    -Okabe Rintarou, Steins;Gate

    Steins Gate is one of my favorite anime of all time. Time travel, conspiracy theories, awesome characters, and plot twists all attribute to how spectacular Steins Gate is. I think Steins Gate surpasses other popular time travel shows like Doctor Who. To me, Doctor Who has a cheesy element that prevents me from taking it too seriously. Even though Steins Gate had a bunch of comedy speckled throughout, it had its fair share of serious and tense moments. Another amazing thing that Steins Gate did was the way the anime intertwined real life events into the story. John Titor, Kerr Blackholes, and Sern (CERN in real life) are all prime examples of that. Let me tell you what made me fall in love with this anime from the very first episode.

    Story of Steins;Gate

    (10/10)

    Steins;Gate

    I’ll sum up the whole entire plot for you: bananas and microwaves. In all honesty, the story is of course a lot more than that, but it really does start with those two things. Intriguing, eh? The quirkiness of the plot made me fall in love from the first episode. In the first few episodes, Okabe, our mad scientist protagonist, attends a time travel meeting. After the lecture is over, he wanders the building for a bit. He discovers a girl with red hair stabbed to death. It appears to be the girl he meet earlier. Okabe rushes out of the building in shock. Rapidly, he sends a text message to his buddy at the lab about the girl being stabbed. Things get weird the moment after he sends the text. People disappear for a second and when they reappear, there is a machine that crashed in the building he was just in. The machine wasn’t there a second ago. Things just get more and more confusing from there.Soon, Okabe meets the red haired girl, whose name is Makise Kurisu, again. She’s alive mysteriously. He persuades her to visit his lab and tell him what she thinks. Makise begrudgingly agrees and follows Okabe, Daru, and Mayuri, back to their lab.Shortly they arrive. Okabe shows Makise the microwave that turns bananas in “gel-nanas”, which are bananas that have turn into green, gooey, gel. Okabe thinks that the microwave have to do with all the strange things happening. His lab mates claimed that the time travel lecture was canceled, and he never went. Okabe is perplexed, frustrated, and determined to get to the truth. It’s as if the entire world around him has changed the moment he sent the text.

    Makise and Okabe tinker with the microwave some more, eventually causing a banana to go back into time! Could their messed up microwave actually be a time machine? They begin to experiment with it, eventually being able to send texts messages into the past. The world lines converge each time they do this, changing the whole world around them. Okabe later has to deal with the consequences of screwing with time.

    Now, I really don’t want to give any more away. The story starts out confusing at first, but trust me, everything will fall in place as time goes by. There are plot twists along the way to keep things interesting. The beginning I have to admit, is a little slow, but it still was entertaining to watch. Watching the characters find out everything bit by bit, left you guessing a to what was ahead. I loved how the show brought in real life events that related to time travel. There is a John Titor in the show. In real life, he is a guy that claims to be from the future and he predicts all these terrible things to come. Of course, none of his predictions ever came true, but his supporters claim that he can be from another world line. Who knows, right?

    Anyhow, the story Steins;Gate has is one of my favorite stories of all time. It does all the plot elements of a story perfectly, and for the most part, at a reasonable pace. A few parts even brought me to tears, even when I watched it the second time. The story was so interesting and excellent, I watched all of the episodes of this anime within a few days. It was like a good book, I didn’t want to put it down. The ending was quite spectacular too. Since I don’t want to give anything away, I’ll just say it was the ending the series deserved. This story made me have a little more faith in anime.

    Characters of Steins;Gate

    (9/10)

    Steins;Gate
    Steins;Gate

    Okabe Rintarou (Okarin)

    He is a mad scientist and head of the labatory. Throughout the years, he has created many small gadgets, but nothing huge. That all changes when he finds out that the can use their microwave as a time machine. Somehow, throughout the years, he has messed with the microwave enough to turn it into a machine that can warp time. Yeah, pretty wacky. Okabe has a quite unique personality; refreshing from all the generic male leads. He is crazy and he’s not afraid to show it! Being a mad scientist and all, he has an awesome crazy laugh. Okabe can have a distorted view of reality, but when the time calls for it, he will jump to his friend’s rescue. I love his quirkiness, humor, and courage.

    Steins;Gate

    Makise Kurisu

    She is one of my favorite female anime characters. Makise is from America, a well-rounded and intelligent scientist. At times, she can act like a tsundere, even though she will never admit it. Tsundere or not, she is a sympatic person and always works her hardest. Throughout the series, Okabe always manages to tick her off, making her blush angrily and yell at him some more. I adore her cleverness, wit, temper, and kindness. Towards the end of the series, you really get to see her soft heart and warmness that can be tough to find for some. She quickly bonds with Mayuri, the other female lab member; even though she won’t ever try on her cosplays. Makise is the perfect character to complement Okabe and try to keep him grounded in reality.

    Steins;Gate

    Shiina Mayuri (Mayushii) <3

    Mayuri is the cutest character to ever existed! I swear, she is amazing. Even though she can be an air-head, she is the kindest lab member of them all and simply wants peace for the world. Her character isn’t all cuteness, however. She can be sad and solem throughout the series. You’ll get to see her backstory that she experience with Okabe. Since Okabe and Mayuri are childhood friends, Okabe decided to take her under his wing and let her hang out at the lab. There, she tries to help out the best she can and make money for the lab by working at a maid cafe. Mayuri likes to cosplay and make cosplay costumes, although nobody at the lab ever wants to try them on. She is an adorable, sweet, kind girl who is amazing. Too – tu – ru! (Her little cute fanfare to greet people.)

    Steins;Gate

    Hashida Itaru (Daru)

    Hashida is usually called “Daru” instead of his real name. He is the tech guy for the lab, even having sharp hacking skills. Daru can be very perverted at times; making jokes about bananas and such. Okabe tries to keep him in line. He is also an otaku, a video game and anime one. Even though he jokes around and gets distracted, at the end of the day he will get his job done. He definitely wasn’t my favorite character, but he was vital for the lab to function and succeed in their missions. He also is nicknamed “Super Hacker” because of his flawless hacking skills. In fact, that’s the main reason he’s at the lab. Well, also, he’s another one of Okabe’s friends. A nice character to keep everybody laughing and the show moving along.

    The characters were a big thing that made the show excel. With one character missing, side or not, the show just wouldn’t feel the same. As the side characters get introduced, they begin to play a role in this time travel drama. I felt as if each character was unique and each person had their little quirks. You end up getting attached to evey single one of them. Awesome characters deserve a 9 out of 10.

    Sound of Steins;Gate

    (9/10)

    I love, love, love, the opening song. I have listened it too many times to count. I haven’t found another opening song that could possibly replace it. I’m glad that they didn’t change the opening song throughout the series, except for the last couple episodes. When they did that, they had a special reason for doing so, not to just change the opening song. I don’t want to spoil it for you. The edit song was also very nice, growing on me after each episode. Both songs are so marvelous, I’m happy to listen to them just by themselves.

    The background sound and music was good. I liked the buzzing sound of cicadas to add to the background noise. A couple of the songs that were used during each episodes were quite magnificent, but most of them were just there to add some suspense and music. Fairly nice.

    The Japanese voice acting was amazing! I know I say that a lot, but Okabe’s evil laugh and Mayuri’s cute, tender, voice is difficult to pull off.You could hear evey drop off emotion coming from the voice actors. The English ones, eh, not so much. Most people loves their voices, but me, not so much. Maybe I just naturally prefer the Japanese voices.

    Art of Steins;Gate

    (7.5/10)

     

    Steins;Gate
    Steins;Gate

    I know the animation doesn’t look that special, but art doesn’t really influence my rating that much, only if it’s really good or really crappy. The Steins Gate animation was fairly standard, good scenes here and there, but not that detailed or beautiful. I think the animation is still really fluid at times, making scenes look more alive and fun to watch. The animation for the opening was arguably the best for the whole series. At least the animation stayed consistent and you knew what to expect.

    Enjoyment of Steins;Gate

    (10/10)

    Steins;Gate

    I enjoyed every second of Steins Gate! Even after rewatching it, the show still doesn’t get old. The character interactions and the quirky storyline make this anime very amusing. After a couple of the plot twists hit, I just couldn’t stop watching it! I had to force myself to put the show down and get some sleep or I would have finished it up in one night. The pacing starts off slow, but I still enjoyed watching the characters do their things and discover the true nature of the microwave. Nothing felt purposely dragged out, they just needed to set the stage for future events. The combination of excellent storytelling and unique characters had me enjoying this anime to its full extent.

    Final notes and overall rating of Steins;Gate

    (9/10)

    If you love a unique time travel story with even more unique characters, you’ll sure enjoy Steins Gate. I am a big science nerd, so I loved the science aspect of the show. If you like that sort of stuff, you’ll enjoy this show even more. A fun, but serious show. I think this would be a great show to get somebody into anime. Also, it’s nice to watch this show with a couple buddies. This show has the ability to make you weep, but it can also make you laugh at other times. The plot twists give you shivers, the ending gives you a warm feeling. You will learn that in the end, time shouldn’t be messed with.

    I gladly give Steins Gate a 9 out of 10. A well-rounded anime that was entertaining every moment. Go out and watch it as soon as possible! You won’t regret it one bit! After 24 episodes of the series, there is a special and a movie to watch. Although those aren’t as good as the series itself, they’re still worth a watch after finishing the series. Steins Gate is a series I’m sure you’ll remember and have fond memories of. Too – tu – ru!

    ~TheDragonStar


  • Danganronpa (Anime) Review

    Danganronpa Review

    Danganronpa

    Danganronpa is an anime I meant to watch a long time ago, but just kind of forgot about it. I just recently remembered it when I was looking through different anime that are of the mystery genre. I am going to admit, this anime was pretty interesting, and it keeps you wanting to watch all of it without stopping.

     

    The Plot of Danganronpa

    American cover art for “Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc”

    Danganronpa is actually adapted from a game called “Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.” The story centers on 15 high school students who are trapped in Hope’s Peak Academy, a school that accepts only students who are “elite” in their hobbies/fields of work. The school is controlled by a mastermind stuffed bear who is extremely dangerous, despite his body form. To be able to graduate and escape from Hope’s Peak Academy, the students must successfully murder one of their classmates. However, the murderer cannot be caught or found out by the other alive classmates, and the murderer can kill a maximum of two people. After a murder, the classmates search for evidence to try and figure out who is the murderer. If they are successful in choosing the murderer, then the students all get to live another day and the murderer is executed. If not, then the students themselves are executed while the murderer graduates.

     

    The Characters of Danganronpa

    Characters of Danganronpa

    As I mentioned before, there are 15 high school students in Danganronpa, which totals up to 16 characters including the mastermind. Each student has there own title within the school that describes what they are at the school for. The titles range from “Super Duper High School Luckster” to “Super Duper High School Martial Artist.” Due to the fact that there are so many characters, and most of them end up dead or executed, I will only cover the three main characters.

    Monokuma is the mastermind stuffed animal in the anime. He is the principal of Hope’s Peak Academy. Not many of the students take him very seriously, so occasionally he has to do something in order to scare them into obeying him. He has murdered one of the students himself when they tried to defy him, showing that he is obviously not someone to be messed with. Makoto Naegi is the “Super Duper High School Luckster,” having only been accepted into Hope’s Peak Academy by a lottery. He is childhood friends with another one of the students there and many people have attempted to frame him during the murders. Kyouko Kirigiri is the “Super Duper High School ???” because she suffers from amnesia. She is Naegi’s partner throughout the anime and shares some secrets about the school with him. Whatever she can remember of her past, she shares with him as well.

     

    Classroom Trials

    Some students during the Classroom Trials

    After the students are given some time to investigate the murders, they are required to attend a meeting called “Classroom Trials.” During these trials, the students share the information they have found and attempt to come up with a conclusion as to who the culprit of the murder is. Interestingly enough, there are 16 places for students to stand, so during each trial there is always an empty place. Each student is allowed time to speak and eventually they all vote as to who they think the murderer is.

    As I have mentioned, once you start watching Danganronpa, it’s hard to stop. I completed the 12 episodes in about 3 days, which is surprisingly quick for me. The ending was a bit disappointing and seemed a bit rushed, however, the rest of the story made up for it.

    Overall Score: 8/10

     


  • Loveless (Anime) Review

    Loveless Anime Review

     

    Loveless Soubi and Ritsuka
    Loveless DVD Cover

    I came across Loveless by mistake when I was looking for cute neko anime characters. I loved the art style of the manga, but could only find the anime at the time. I watched it not knowing what to expect. Even though it leaves an opening for a second season and never officially wraps things up, it was a good anime. It was a bit hard to get into at first, but it was worth the wait.

    The Plot of Loveless

    Loveless Anime Plot
    Beloved and Loveless

    Ritsuka’s older brother was murdered and devastated him so much that he created a “new” personality. His mother went insane and beats him, saying he is not her Ritsuka. This just furthers his belief that he is not this Ritsuka. Even worse, he is placed in a new school. Yuiko is the only girl who speaks with him and they soon become friends.

    Soubi is waiting for Ritsuka on his first day of school. He grabs him on his way out and tells him he knew his brother Seimei. Ritsuka becomes enthralled with this and immediately trusts Soubi. Soubi tells him he is Loveless and that Soubi was there to protect him. Ritsuka was his sacrifice in this underground battle. Since Soubi once belonged to his brother Beloved, that made it illegal for him to have another sacrifice. Someone is after Ritsuka and wants him for their own cause. They must get rid of Soubi to accomplish this.

    The Characters of Loveless

    Loveless Main Characters
    From Left to Right: Yuiko, Shinonome, Ritsuka, Soubi, (top) Kaidou, (Bottom) Yayoi

    Ritsuka is the main character of Loveless, and also goes by the name of Loveless. He is only a 16 year old kid and has been through a lot. He always has his defenses up, but not so much around Soubi. Soubi claims to be his fighter and previous fighter of Ritsuka’s brother Seimei. He is an adult and very mysterious. He constantly says he will do anything for Ritsuka, but this is only due to Seimei’s order.

    Ritsuka has many supporting friends which come along the way. Shinonome is his teacher and actually has a crush on Soubi. She is picked on since she stills has her ears and tail. Yuiko is the happy go lucky girl who follows Ritsuka around, making him at times feel like someone cares for him. She is always happy and has a crush on Ritsuka. Yayoi happens to have been in love with Yuiko (and still is), but she rejected him because he is to short. He therefore does not feel as threatened by Ritsuka because he is short as well.

    Then there are those who are trying to get a hold of Loveless. The two to show up first was Breathless. They were both teenagers around Ritsuka’s age. Sleepless shows up as well, failing to bring Ritsuka into the boss. Another pair of children show up calling themselves Zero. They feel no pain and therefore are much harder to beat. They actually become friends with Soubi and Ritsuka. Eventually another pair show up claiming to be Zero as well. These two females are the original Zero’s and therefore much stronger.

    The Cats of Loveless

    Loveless Cat Ears and Tail
    School of Cats

    Kemonomimi is a type of anime in which the characters have cat features such as a tail or ears or both. In Loveless, the kemononmimi characters serves a purpose on an adult level. When people lose their virginity in this anime, their ears and tails fall off. Therefore it is easier to tell if someone is an adult or not. Shinonome is one of the few adults in the anime that still has her ears and tail and is constantly picked on due to this. Some teens will wear fake ears and tails to hide it from their parents or schoolmates.

     

    Loveless was a good anime, and honestly it should have gone on to a second season. The anime is different at some points than the anime, because the manga was not complete until after the anime was. Therefore only the first four volumes are what the anime is based after. So if you want the rest of the story, just read the manga. I know I am.

     

    Overall Grade: 7/10