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  • Parasyte (Anime) Review

    Parasyte Anime Review

    Parasyte

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

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

    Welcome to Parasyte the MLG

    Strike Out !

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

     

    Art of Parasyte

    Score 8/10

    Parasyte

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

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

    Characters of Parasyte

    Score 9/10

    Parasyte

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

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

    Soundtrack and Acting of Parasyte

    Score 9/10

    Parasyte

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

    Story and Pacing of Parasyte

    Score 10/10

    Parasyte

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

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

    Personal Enjoyment

    Score 10/10

    Parasyte

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

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


  • Alien 9 (Anime) Review

    Alien 9 (Anime) Review

    Written by ononoki

    Alien 9 is, unfortunately, an anime that will stay off the radar for most anime fans. This short, four episode OVA (based on a manga) managed to package as much quality into it as a regular length series, and left me wanting much more. Produced by J.C. Staff, this series managed to show off their experience in animation and storytelling. A very similar show would be the acclaimed FLCL (a favourite of mine), which had similar production quality packed into a small series, but also had similar meanings associated with it.

    Plot of Alien 9

    Alien 9 centers around three twelve-year-old school girls, who join the school’s “Alien Party”. Their goal as members of the party, is to capture or kill aliens who appear on their schools campus. In battle, the girls are equipped with nets, roller blades, knee pads, tranquilizers and a “Borg”, a symbiotic and seemingly alien lifeform that they wear their heads. Immediately this raise questions, “why on earth are school girls being chosen to fight aliens?” and “what is the meaning of their strange equipment?” This is the first of many mysteries that remain unsolved due to the short length of the series, but is probably explained in the manga.

    The series, like FLCL, centers on the issues associated with young people growing up. Identity issues, personal relationships, body problems, loneliness, and dealing with success and failure are some of the ideas focused on, and are most likely expanded on in the manga. It was interesting to see such complex themes being presented, and it’s very unfortunate that the series was too short to go into them in depth, or provide resolutions to the issues raised

    Plot Rating : 7/10

    Characters of Alien 9

    We have three heroines in Alien 9, all of whom have an interesting part to play in the story.

    Yuri Otani is our main character, whose only reason for joining the Alien Party is because her class voted her for the role. She is a shy, easily scared girl, who is very reluctant to join the party and fuse with her Borg, and much of the OVA consisted of her struggling in the party’s battles. She relies heavily on the other girls and her Borg, but eventually tries to grow and be more confident, learning about herself in the process.

    Kumi Kawamura is the leader of the three girls. She is cool, calm and smart for her age, and is often pushed into leadership roles because of this. In fact, she joins the Alien Party to get away from this, but finds herself needing to take charge even more than usual when Yuri joins. However, her natural skills are put to the test near the end of the OVA, and her insecurities become apparent. Unfortunately, her growth is only lightly touched on, but as the wisest of the group, her growth is probably less critical anyway.

    Kasume Tomine is the powerhouse of the group, and seems like an anti-Yuri. An obsession with perfection, along with bravery and confidence in her abilities has allowed her to become an almost unstoppable fighting force. However, the reasons for her fixation on perfection are kind of dark and creepy, which contrasts with her cheery and energetic nature. Her personal struggle is focused on a lot towards the end of the OVA, and made for a very interesting end to the story.

    Characters Rating : 7/10

    Animation and Artwork of Alien 9

    Alien 9 had some interesting artwork for its time. In 2001, the year it came out, the moe artstyle we see throughout the show was only just starting to take over from the either realistic or very cartoonish style of earlier shows. It was especially strange to see it used in a show that is actually quite dark, violent and creepy, which would call for a more serious art style to suit it. But, that doesn’t lower the quality of the art in my opinion, because for its time, it was quite imaginative. We see a similar style being employed in the more recent success “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”, which also featured a dark, violent story line with cutesy, moe characters. Perhaps this is a recipe for success that JC Staff should revisit.

    Creature design was also very good in my opinion, I find it hard to think of other shows I could liken it to. I often hear the aliens in the series being compared to Pokémon, which was making waves worldwide at the time of Alien 9’s release. Personally I didn’t see the resemblance, since Alien 9’s creatures are much creepier, and more detailed, than any Pokémon I can think of.

    The animation itself is of high quality. Every episode I saw clear, fluid movements, and plenty of it. The battle scenes were especially good, and the value of having good animation in these high movement scenes really shows itself. Episode two in particular had me stopping and replaying at certain points, so that I could really take in the animation quality. However, the use of CGI for the Borg’s weapons disappointed me. Personally, I don’t like to see CGI used in shows that have otherwise very good quality art and animation, simply because it sticks out too much. I almost would have rather had a drop in quality in some of the less important parts of the show, as long as there was no CGI being used.

    Animation Rating : 8/10

    Sounds and Music of Alien 9

    The music in this show was quite lacking in my opinion. Although the music was never really bad, it was never really good either. It can only be called average. The OP was fairly boring and not very catchy, although it’s calm and happy tone fits in with the moe art style of the show (not with the dark aspects of the show of course). Unfortunately, I’m unfamiliar with Kuniaki Haishima, the man in charge of music for the series, so I can’t really compare this to his other works.

    The sound effects weren’t too bad though, I thought they did well in the battle scenes. Also, the voices actors performed their roles well, especially in the cases of Noriko Shitaya (Kasume’s VA) and Juri Ihata (Yuri’s A) who I believe were both relatively new to voice acting.

    Sound and Music Rating : 5/10

    Conclusion

    Alien 9 had enough potential to make it as a full length series. The source material is there, the production was good, and J.C. Staff was doing quite well for themselves during that time period. In fact, work was being done to make this OVA into a full series, but unfortunately that effort was lost in development hell. Hopefully, the success of similar styled shows (FLCL, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) and J.C. Staff’s many recent successes (too many to list) will convince them to go back and revisit this story. But until then, we’ll have to settle for either the manga, or this short but high quality OVA.

    Overall Rating : 7/10


  • Mirai Nikki (Anime) Review

    Mirai Nikki Anime Review

    Mirai Nikki

    ʟɪɢʜᴛ ᴡᴀs ғᴏʀɢᴇᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏғ ᴅᴀʀᴋɴᴇss

    ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ʜᴇᴀᴠᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴇᴀʀᴛʜ

    ᴀʟʟ ᴡᴀs ɪɴ ᴀ sᴛᴀᴛᴇ ᴏғ ғʟᴜx

    ʜᴜᴍᴀɴɪᴛʏ ᴡᴀs ᴡᴏᴠᴇɴ ᴏɴ ᴍʏ ʟᴏᴏᴍ

    ɢʀᴇᴇᴅʏ, ʏᴏᴜ ᴅʀᴏᴡɴ ɪɴ sʟʏ ᴘʟᴏᴛs

    ʜᴏᴘᴇʟᴇss, ʏᴏᴜ ᴄʀʏ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ʏᴏᴜ sɪɴ

    ʙʟɪɴᴅ, ʏᴏᴜ ᴘʀᴏsᴘᴇʀ ɪɴ ғᴀʟsᴇʜᴏᴏᴅ

    ᴡᴇᴀᴋ, ʏᴏᴜ ғᴇᴀʀ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴅɪᴇ

    ʏᴇᴛ ʏᴏᴜ’ʟʟ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴄᴀᴛᴄʜ ᴀ ɢʟɪᴍᴘsᴇ

    ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴇʀᴄʏ ᴇxᴛᴇɴᴅᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʏᴏᴜ

    ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴄᴜʀsᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴏᴡɴ ʙʟᴇssɪɴɢ

    ʏᴏᴜ ғᴏᴏʟɪsʜ ᴇɢᴏɪsᴛ

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

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

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

    Mirai Nikki Art and Animation

    Score 7/10

    Mirai Nikki

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

    Mirai Nikki Characters

    Score 5/10 

    Mirai Nikki

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

    Mirai Nikki Soundtrack and Acting

    Score 8/10

    Mirai Nikki

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

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

    Mirai Nikki Story and Pacing

    Score 7/10

    Mirai Nikki

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

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

     

    Mirai Nikki Personal Enjoyment

    Score 7/10

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

    P. S: Spoiler

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

    Final Score 6.5/10


  • Tokyo Ghoul (Anime) Review

    Tokyo Ghoul Anime Review

    Tokyo Ghoul

    ʏᴏᴜ ᴅᴏ ғᴇᴀʀ ᴛʜᴇᴍ

    ʏᴏᴜ ᴀsᴋ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ ɢʜᴏᴜʟs ᴀʀᴇ

    ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴍᴏɴsᴛᴇʀs

    ᴛʜᴇ ᴀɴsᴡᴇʀ ɪs sɪᴍᴘʟᴇ

    ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴛᴇʟʟ ᴍᴇ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴇᴀᴛ

    ᴀɴᴅ ɪ’ʟʟ ᴛᴇʟʟ ʏᴏᴜ

    ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʀᴇ

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

    ᴀᴄʀᴏss ɪɴ ᴛᴏᴋʏᴏ’s sᴛʀᴇᴇᴛs. ᴀ ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀɪᴏᴜs

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

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

    Art and Animation of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 8/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

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

    Characters of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 6/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

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

    Soundtrack and Acting Of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 8/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

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

    Story and Pacing of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 7/10

     

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

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

    Personal Enjoyment of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 7/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

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

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

    Final Score 7.0/10


  • Death Parade (Anime) Review

    Death Parade Anime Review

    ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ɪs ɴᴏᴛ ᴀ ʜᴜɴᴛᴇʀ

    ᴜɴʙᴇᴋɴᴏᴡɴsᴛ ᴛᴏ ɪᴛs ᴘʀᴇʏ

    ᴏɴᴇ ɪs ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ᴀᴡᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ

    ɪᴛ ʟɪᴇs ɪɴ ᴡᴀɪᴛ.

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

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

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

    Welcome to the Quindecim my guests

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

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

     

    Art and Animation of Death Parade

    Score 8/10

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

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

    Characters of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    Death Parade

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

    Soundtrack and Acting of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

    Death Parade

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

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

    Story and Pacing of Death Parade

    Score 9/10

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

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

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

    Personal Enjoyment of Death Parade

    Score 10/10

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

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

    Overall Score 9.0/10 Reincarnation !

    Well until the next judgement well I mean review…

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


  • Paprika (Anime) Review

    Paprika Anime Review

    Paprika

    Movie

    Aired Nov 25, 2006

    Madhouse

    Rated R

    Wow. After I finished watching this tripping and amazing anime movie, I was a little stunned. This was definitely one of those unique and spectacular movies that leave a mark on you for a while afterwards. I honestly didn’t even know what to think after seeing this movie. What the hell did I even watch? Did I even like the movie? After the effect died down, I realized I did quite enjoy the movie, even though it was confusing and weird most of the time. My memory began to piece what happened in the movie back together and I was starting to figure out what the whole thing was about. The story itself isn’t that convoluted or complex, but just odd and pretty fast-paced. The cool art style, interesting story, and different character all made watching this anime a blast. Paprika felt like some big and weird dream. This anime combined the lucidness of the dream world into reality itself. Sort of like your Japanese Inception anime in a way. All the weird mind trips in the movie gives you a stunned like feeling afterwards. Even the soundtrack contributes to that. This anime definitely does a good job of being surreal throughout. Paprika gave you a very interesting and unforgettable experience while you were watching it. It goes into the concepts of dream and reality. Most of all, it’s simply a fun, interesting, and different anime movie to watch. Kon, Satoshi did a lovely job of writing the story of this anime. He is well known for his works of blurring the concept of reality. Paprika will sure linger with me for a while to come. Time to get down to the details of this surreal movie.

    Story of Paprika

    (9/10)

    The story of Paprika can be a rather simple, yet complex story at that same time. A group of scientists have developed a dream machine that can record dreams for the patient to look back at them later. The use of this machine is for psychiatric therapy, even for the completely insane ones. They’re hoping that they’ll find some meaning of the subconscious and help them out. However, problems begin to arise with the dreams leaking out into the real world and there is a desperate scramble to find the person behind this dream terrorism. People who have used this dream machine start to lose track of reality and their brain enters a dream like state. In their eye’s they could be following a parade of colorful and odd animals, but in reality they are jumping out of a window. You could see how this would cause major problems for everybody, along with mass panic.

    Two people that use this dream machine are focused on throughout this anime. There names are Paprika and Konakawa. Paprika is the dream world version of this brilliant scientist name Chibo. Paprika is basically her alter-ego. Chibo is usually calm, collected, and sort of a introvert in the real world. However, Paprika is energetic, talkative, and basically the polar opposite of Chibo. Paprika tries to help Konakawa with his problems throughout this movie. I like how this anime looks into our dreams, what they could mean, and maybe find your true self in them. Eventually, Konakawa finds the meaning behind his strange and seemingly unconnected dreams, thus helping him solve problems in his life that he needed to work out.

    There are several arguments about who the dream terrorist could possibly be. It’s a big mystery, and it seems that they will have enter the dreams to find the truth behind this chaos. A lot of things happen during this movie, but I don’t want to give spoilers, so I’ll do my best to sum it up. Paprika and Konakawa continue to work together in their dream world, despite the warning concerning the dream device. At one point, Chibo actually gets caught up in one of these dream illusion things, but manages to escape. Paprika gets in serious trouble, the dream terrorist does more wide-scale things to reality, and more chaos/craziness/general trippiness happens. I love everything that went on in the anime pretty much. It was all very fascinating and I think contained many metaphors and analogies to our lives.

    Now, the ending to this anime was actually the ending that it deserved. I was afraid that it would pull off some stupid and crappy ending that doesn’t even make any sense at all. But, no, the ending was a perfect ending for this anime. It had an epic action scene, some deep moments, and wrapped up the story well. I couldn’t wish for a better ending to the movie. The ending made me smile, sit back, and realize how much I loved this anime.

    This story always kept me attention, making wonder what was going to happen next. There were not that many twists at all, but the action and the plot still kept me drawn in at all times. I felt that the characters kept the plot moving forward too. There wasn’t one moment where Paprika ever felt slow or dragged on. In fact, it was quite the opposite. One of my only few and minor complaints is that the story seemed a little rushed at times. I felt that the movie would’ve been better off if it had been split into two parts. At times, there was just a lot going on. If it had been split into two parts, there would’ve been a lot more time for character development, less rushed plot, and a little more enjoyable overall. Otherwise the story was amazing and great. This is just a minor, minor, minor complaint, by the way.

    I often hear this story compared to Inception. Now, I think it’s fine if you compare this movie to the movie, but if you say Paprika or Inception copied off on another, that’s stupid. It’s hard to find a truly original work in this world. Everything is bound to feel sort of similar after a while. It’s only a matter of statistics and how many people there are in the world. I guess you could say that Paprika is sort of Japanese Inception, but please don’t say one copied off another. That just annoys me.

    All the events that happened in this story all seemed chaotic in a way (similar to a dream), yet connected each other in some way to form an interesting and captivating story. That’s what I love about Paprika. It takes the craziness of dreams and makes a fairly comprehensible story. This movie had fun being creative and used the power of animation to draw all these beautiful, cool, and spectacular scenes. It was quite amazing to just sit back and look at the beauty of it all. This movie even went into some deep concepts of reality and dreams. Paprika had an amazing story that didn’t fail to entertain and surprise me.

    Putting it all together, I think Parika deserves a 9 out of 10 for the story score. Maybe a little rushed and convoluted at times, but still amazing. Had fun with the movie, along with exploring a human’s subconscious mind. Paprika kept me enthralled with its action and wondering what could possibly happen next. Just a story that is enjoyable all around.

    Characters of Paprika

    (9/10)

    The characters are odd in a way. This movie doesn’t get you too attached to the characters, but I do realize that they are excellent characters. Their minds are explored throughout this anime. I enjoyed seeing how each character would react to all the events that were happening around them and how their secrets would be explored. Thankfully, none of them were annoying or excessively stupid. I especially enjoyed seeing the comparisons between Paprika and Chiba. It shows how a  person can truly be and feel different deep down inside. I felt like the characters were developed well in the short time that they did have to explore the character. You could see all the different sides to each of them. The characters weren’t made to be likeable to the whole audience. I think they were simply unique, but deep in their own way. I wish that the movie could’ve been longer to learn more about all their pasts. Overall, the characters in Paprika were great.

    Chiba, Atsuko

    Chiba is an intelligent and clever woman. She is also the head of the creators of the dream machine. Together, she and Konakawa use the dream device in secret, as it’s not supposed to be used on anybody quite yet. Most of the time, she is reserved and always appears to be thinking hard about something. It can be really difficult to understand her. Chiba doesn’t really like to crack jokes that often or goof around, especially when there is work to be done. Needless to say, she is also a focused and hard worker. I admire her for being so determined all the time. It’s nice to see a character that won’t give up easily. She likes to follow the law, but in the end, she’ll do what she thinks is right. Sometimes she doesn’t think of what the consequences could be. If she does screw up somewhere along the way, she’ll do her very best to fix whatever probably is at hand. Chiba is cool and collected most of the time, but isn’t totally emotionless like Sasuke. I thought she was an interesting and fleshed character for the movie.

    Paprika

    Paprika is Chiba’s alter-ego. It was shocking to see how different they were. Paprika is bubbly, open, talkative, and likes to mess around a little. Basically, they’re two different people. Paprika appears whenever she’s in a dream. I honestly liked Paprika better than Chiba. Chiba always seemed way too stiff, while Paprika was free spirited and just willing to roll with whatever life threw at her. She is quirky in a lot of ways. It’s hard for me to describe her character, as you would need to watch the movie to understand her. I thought she was a unique and fun addition to the show. It really was fascinating to see the difference between Chibi and Paprika. People can feel really different in their soul, I suppose. The movie explored the character of Parika very well in my opinion. She was as well developed as Chiba.

    Konakawa, Toshimi

    He is my favorite character out of the four. His backstory, secrets, and personality are explored throughout the movie. It was fun to get to know him more and more as the story progressed. He can be quite at times, but loud and emotional at other times. Paprika was helping him figure out the meaning behind his dreams, which I found was a fascinating topic to delve deep into. Do our dreams actually reveal what’s bothering us? Or are they just random? The story definitely presented the first opinion strongly. His character changed throughout the story as he learned more and more about himself through the dreams. He was just an interesting character all around. I greatly enjoyed having him in the movie.

    Tokita, Kosaku

    He’s the geeky and fairly awkward type. As you can tell from the picture, he’s fat. Tokita always feels insecure throughout the movie, but Chiba helps him with it. He’s a nice guy most of the time, but can still be reckless and obnoxious. He was also working on the dream device with Chiba and her crew. He’s also clearly anxious and uncomfortable at times, especially when the dream device goes haywire. I wish there could’ve been a little more to him, but he was still a cool guy. He thinks a lot like Chiba does. He’s a hard worker most of the time. He has a tendency to freak out when things go wrong, but that’s understandable. He was my least favorite character, but still a thought out one.

    Sound of Paprika

    (9/10)

    I actually really enjoyed listening to the background music of Paprika. Some songs were just so memorable and pleasant to listen to. I especially enjoyed listening to Shizuku Ippai no Kioku, even though I’ll admit it sounded a lot better when the movies was playing with it. All the songs that were played during the movie all felt quirky and different, much like Paprika herself. At times, I play a few of these songs as background music. All the songs were wonderful. My only complaint is that there should’ve been more.

    The voice actors were awesome. All of them sounded very much in character. They all put lots of effort into their voice acting and they never let me down once. My favorite ones was the voice actor for Paprika and the voice actor for Konakawa. They were both so good. I really don’t like the English voice actors for this one. They all sounded so flat. Only one or two sounded okay. Please watch the Japanese dub. It’s so much better.

    Other sounds in Paprika were good too. It brought you into the environment and they weren’t lazy with the sound. The sounds of the dreams were well illustrated too. Combine with the songs, it worked quite fine. Good job on the sound overall, especially the songs.

    Art of Paprika

    (9/10)

    The art of Paprika was great along with everything else about this movie. I loved the amazing and fluid animation; especially during the parade scenes. It was just so magnificent. It wasn’t the most amazing artwork ever, but it was still spectacular and breath taking at times. I think that the animators really took their time animating some scenes. There were some situations where everything was extremely chaotic, but the art made it so you could still understand what was going on while at the same times being beautiful. I never felt that the art was clumsy or cluttered, which was really pleasant to watch. It also stayed consistent throughout. Nice shading, colors, and style. The art was always stylized, smooth, and looked nice. Overall, great artwork that didn’t seem too artificial.

    Enjoyment:

    (9/10)

    I loved watching this movie the whole time. I didn’t feel bored at any moment of the show, which was great. It was one of those movies that kept you captivated throughout. When there wasn’t some action going on, the movie would still entertain you with the interesting characters and the intrigue behind the plot line. Everything just made this show so fun. It always had this quirky feel behind it. I especially enjoyed the moments where the explored the inner workings of their dreams. That was always fascinating and kept my attention, wondering what would pop up in the dream next. I actually wished the movie was a little longer to explore more things and maybe have some more character development. That would only make it even more entertaining. The ending was also a really exciting piece to the film, but I won’t spoil that for you. This movie did a good job of being creative and lots of fun to watch.

    Final Notes and Overall Rating of Paprika

    (9/10)

    Paprika was a great movie to watch and enjoy. The interesting and fun story, elegant art style, and deep characters made the movie a solid one for sure. If you haven’t watch Inception before this, you’ll be even more blown away by Paprika. I wish the movie was a bit longer to explore some of its themes and characters more deeply, but that is the only real fault I could see with this movie. I had an excellent time watching this and I’m sure if you decided to pick it up, you will too. It may be confusing at first, which may make you annoyed and disappointed, but it eventually makes perfect sense in the end. This movie isn’t the best anime movie in existence, but it sure does a good job still. For anybody who liked this movie, I recommend more of Satoshi’s works, as he does a brilliant job of making you question what reality truly is. And that is always an interesting topic to explore.

    All in all, Paprika was a solid 9 out of 10 for everything. I really does everything quite well, which is rare for an anime to be this balanced all across the board. The character Paprika brought something to make this movie stand out from Inception. This movie is a lot of fun to experience and see where it will take you. Everything is done amazingly well and it makes a great movie to watch on a rainy day. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a good day.

    ~TheDragonStar


  • Tokyo Ghoul (Anime) Review

    Tokyo Ghoul Anime Review

    Tokyo Ghoul

    Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Incomplete)

    (Warning this review may contain slight spoilers/ series is not complete as of now)

    When you hear the word anime and monster in the same sentence of a review what do you think? It’s going to be another story about a group of teens or something that go out and hunt monster to try and save the world. This is a very common kind of anime scenario but one thing that we never think about is what it’s like for these monsters that they must hunt. Do these monsters truly have a life of their own or are they just beast trying to eat. Tokyo Ghoul is an anime that shows fresh insight for in this anime we see what is like to be the monsters that are being hunted. What there life is like, what they must do to survive. This anime is going to show you a view of the world that you would not usually see in anime. Now on to the actual review.

     

    Plot of Tokyo Ghoul

    Tokyo Ghoul

    Tokyo Ghoul is the story of a young man named Ken Keneki who was always loved reading books ever since his father died and left a whole room of books that he could read. One day while talking to his friend Hideyoshi (Hide) he spies most beautiful girl from across the café. He eventually gets the courage to ask her out on a date and she agrees to go out with him. He thought that he met the girl of his dream until he noticed something this girl wasn’t just a girl, she was a monster known as a ghoul. He was astonished that this girl that he loved so much was a ghoul and was going to kill him until an accident dropped many steel beams all over Keneki and her. While he was being operated on he could only hear the faint words of the doctors as they agree to take her organs and use them on his body. The surgery was a success but it can at a big cost. Keneki was no longer human but he also wasn’t a ghoul. He was now thrown into the middle of two worlds, one of them a world of monster and one a world of humans. He later meets a group of people who are ghoul that want to help him adjust to this strange new world that he has been thrown into but can he handle this or will he be killed along the way.

    Tokyo Ghoul

    There are many things that ghoul must do to try and co-exist with us humans. One thing is that Ghoul cannot handle eating any kind of human food except for coffee. The taste of human food is the most disgusting taste you can imagine times 10 and not only does it taste horrible but it will cause the ghoul to become very sick if he or she actually eats any of our food. They cannot just eat anything around humans because that would make them look really suspicious and would get them caught easily. They have found a way to fake it so that it looks like they are eating food but they are only forcing the food down there throat without tasting it so that they can later puke the food up before they actually began digesting it. They however love coffee, which is the only thing that they can share with humans.  Some Ghoul wear masks while they hunt for humans so that they can be found easily on the streets, while some ghoul cannot even stand the idea of killing a human so they find other ways to feed their appetite for flesh.

    Tokyo Ghoul

    I first began watching this anime after I finished watching the anime claymore and wanted something action packed and filled with gore. I had heard plenty of stuff and seen many facebook pictures about this anime but never felt any real reason to watch this anime but I am glad that I took the chance and watched it. It only has one season out right now but I would give this anime 4.5 stars out of 5 for its original look into the lives of creatures who must try and exist the same as we do.

    – Review by GaryTheOtaku


  • Chaos;Head (Anime) Review

    Chaos;Head Anime Review

    Chaos;Head
    Takumi and the Girls

    (Warning may contain slight spoilers)

    I first saw Chaos;Head on Netflix and being an anime lover I try to watch almost anything and everything that comes onto Netflix. This anime has a real love hate relationship for me because there are many things that I really love about this anime but there are some things that I do not like.

     

    Plot of Chaos;Head

    Chaos;Head
    Takumi and the Murders

    Now before I start my review I will be giving you some basic background information for Chaos;Head. It starts off with us meeting the show main male protagonist named Takumi Nishijou and he has always felt a strange sensation that someone is always watching (such as a character showing symptoms of being a Neet). He has been trying to keep away from people as much as possible and spend all his time in his home where he is surrounded by all the things he loved or going to his favorite internet café where he can be alone.

    One day while he was going to class one of his classmates asked him if he heard about the new gen case that has been going on. He had no idea and neither did he want to know because he enjoyed living in his blissful ignorant world. One day while he was in his favorite online chat room he got a message from a mysterious man who called himself the general and with the general message came a picture that would change poor Takumi life and rattle his very existence. He meets many new people in his adventure such as Rimi Sakihata who he blamed of being a murderer. He also manages to meet Nanami who has always been his sister but he did not know that she actually had powers like he did and two more girls who just seem to come out of nowhere their names where Aoi and Orihara. Then he meets the final member the final member of their strange team of power warriors as the main singer to a punk rock group and her name is Ayase the one who must try and help Takumi gain a grasp on his powers.

     

    Opinion of Chaos;Head

    Chaos;Head
    Sena Aoi and her D Sword

    Chaos;Head does have some very good qualities such as amazing characters including an otaku for the main male protagonist. It also incorporates many cute girls into the series which is never a bad thing in an anime. It also manages to scare you out of your mind while also amaze you with some of the sheer creepy and messed up things about this anime. There are a few things that I do not like about this anime such as how some of the key concepts that you don’t have to know but really add more depth  to the anime series if you d know these facts but usually cannot be easily grasp on your first run through Chaos;Head. I have seen the anime two or three times and I have just barely started to gain knowledge on some of the harder to obtain facts about the anime that I thought would have made the series so much better if I would have been able to figure these facts out from the beginning it would make the anime.

    Chaos;Head does end up showing some amazing powers in it such as a mystical sword called a D-Sword which is a sword that can be used to distort the reality to the whim of the controller. There are not many people that can use these swords in fact it is used by a select group of strong warriors who must try and save the world from a great catastrophe.

    This anime even with some of its flaws is still a very good serious and that is why I will give it a 4 out of 5 stars for its fresh ideas used in the series and for its amazing way to push you away while drawling you in to watch the anime more and more as you keep watching. I highly recommend that you see this anime if you own Netflix and to still see it even if you do not have Netflix.

    ~GarytheOtaku


  • Aku no Hana (Anime) Review

    Aku no Hana Anime Review

     

    Aku no Hana
    Aku no Hana

    Studio: Zexcs (Mushi-Shi, Diabolik Lovers, Fortune Arterial)
    Genres: Psychological thriller, drama, romance (?)
    Director: Hiroshi Nagahama
    Writer: Shuzo Oshimi

    With the popularity of shounens, there are many shows within any new season that are completely and utterly ignored. Approximately 3-5 shows get the attention of the season, with the rest being left behind as dregs for someone to pick up from a garbage bin and amuse themselves with. Quite a few hidden masterpieces have been developed from this habitual method of watching anime, therefore not amassing the popularity in which they deserve. This theory of mainstream popularity can also be applied to anime which try to be different and more obscure. Some succeed in catching the public eye like Bakemonogatari, whilst others are disregarded for their outwards appearance and aesthetics. Aku No Hana is exactly that, a misunderstood show which no-one gave the time of day, which is really unfortunate considering how good it truly is.

     

    Aku no Hana Plot

    Aku no Hana

    The premise for Aku No Hana is fairly basic to follow. A young man in middle school by the name of Takao Kasuga, a bookworm by all regards, leads a fairly normal life. Obsessed by his obscure and fascinating literature, he has observed their meanings and interpretations, immersing their message within his own life. Like most middle school students, he has a crush on the smartest, prettiest girl on the class by the name of Nanako Saeki. He never had the courage to go after her and ask her out, so he merely observed her from a distance, pondering whether or not he should pursue a relationship with her. All his observing, though, is short lived. After leaving his most treasured book, ‘The Flowers Of Evil’ by Charles Baudelaire, at school, coincidence or fate decided to allow Saeki’s gym bag to fall from the classroom shelf, spilling its contents onto the floor. Upon Kasuga’s inspection, it appeared to be her gym cloths. Whilst an internal debate ensues about how he should proceed, a loud noise startled him, causing him to stuff the gym cloths down his shirt and retreat to the safety of his home. Guilt burdened his mind as he pondered the repercussions of owning up to this act and whether or not he was spotted. Thankfully, no one saw what had happened, although additional turmoil is added after a distressed Saeki announces to the class that her cloths were stolen. Kasuga felt guilty, but he knew he was in the clear, right? Wrong. It turns out that Sawa Nakamura had seen Kasuga fleeing from the school, gym clothes bundled beneath his shirt. This sociopathic freak believes that Kasuga is a deviant from the mindless masses of generic society, and forms a contract with him. His secret theft would remain secret so long as she could break down his fragile psyche in order to expose a true deviant.

     

    Although the premise of the show is rather basic, the moral conflict, psychological deconstruction and the perspective of the world is really unique and fascinating. The 3 main characters are the only ones of significance, but their interactions and actions are what make this show brilliant. The conflicting natures of Nakamura and Kasuga makes it really compelling to watch more as Kasuga unwillingly goes along with her madness, his crime looming over him like a badge of shame. Between his psychological destruction, Nakamura’s pure madness and Saeki’s unknown motives and desires, the show truly is amazing in the way it handles character interactions and deconstructions. The show uses many elements to reinforce character interactions and crucial moments of dialogue or key segments of the show, utilising tension as an emotional reinforcement to keep its audience on its seat. That being said, the tension is presented through silence and walking, which honestly can be a bit of a kick in the balls for a casual watcher, and it does eventually get over-extended, making it seem more pointless than it actually is.

     

    Aku no Hana Characters

    Aku no Hana
    The Characters

     

    Takao Kasuga

    Aku no Hana
    Takao Kasuga is a middle school student and one of the three conjoined protagonists of this show. That being said, the world is shown through his perspective and his inner thoughts, turmoils and desires are expressed through internal monologues, dreams and even the music from the ending theme, with the instruments within it reflecting his psychological state. He isn’t a strong character, and is rather fragile and secretive in nature, allowing him to be bullied into ‘Deviant’ acts by Nakamura as the show progresses. That being said, he doesn’t remain that way for the entire duration of the show. His innate morality and psychological state gradually shift into one of a darker nature as the show progresses, allowing the audience to witness his changing perspective of the world, himself and life as he knows it.
    Sawa Nakamura

    Aku no Hana
    The crazy, sociopathic Sawa Nakamura is a brilliant antagonist, simultaneously holding the role of protagonist in her own unique way. She is revealed to be extremely twisted in nature, almost able to be labelled as clinically insane. She has a rather warped and skewed perspective of the world, seeing everyone in it as rotten and pathetic. She relishes tormenting Kasuga and is infatuated by the idea of breaking down his psychological walls and forcing her morbid ambition of escaping that town into his mind.
    Nanako Saeki

    Aku no Hana
    Kasuga’s crush and one of the three conjoined protagonists of this show. Although externally she is seen as the model student and the perfect child, it is revealed that Saeki has one weakness: she becomes obsessively attached to anyone that pays her true attention, leading to a deep, unrelenting infatuation with Kasuga. This, although revealed, isn’t deconstructed nearly as much as Kasuga’s psychological metamorphosis, but is referenced and expanded upon nonetheless.

     

    Aku no Hana Animation

    Aku no Hana
    The Animation

    The animation for Aku No Hana was extremely debated upon, which contributed to its less than glorious reception within the western anime world. With the almost broken rotoscoping being heavily debated on, the one thing that is clear is its intention. Most anime have a generic form of storytelling, in which the animation will serve as a barrier between real life and the anime itself, allowing the audience to differentiate from reality and fiction. Aku No Hana attempts to break down these barriers, and although it did so rather poorly, it was merely an experiment and in some aspects it did succeed. There are crucial moments in the show were the animation just skyrockets in quality, predominantly during a period in episode 7 and 12, not going to spoil anything, but it truly is remarkable.

     

    Aku no Hana Soundtrack

    Aku no Hana

    The Aku No Hana soundtrack is really strange. Rather than proper musical compositions, it appears to be based around static noises and sounds that add to the atmosphere juxtaposed to acting as its own form of music. That being said, the opening and ending were both played brilliantly. There were 4 openings, 3 of which were the spiritual representations of the 3 characters, whilst the 4th is revealed to be someone else. Perhaps the Flowers of Evil themselves? As for the ending, it allows the audience to once again immerse themselves in Kasuga’s emotions, with the different instruments from the deep bass guitar to the light wind instruments revealing his turmoil and emotions, almost reflecting on what occurs during each episode.

     

    Opinion and Verdict

    Aku no Hana

    Although I believe it to be rather amazing, there are definitely flaws and issues within the show that need to be addressed, the largest of which is its probability for continuation. The last episode not only concluded the show but acted as a precursor to future events. The manga will still continue and I read it eagerly, but one can only hope that a second season will conclude the show, as it truly deserves it. Aku No Hana is definitely not for everyone, but nevertheless, is a brilliant show that was unfortunately overlooked. Accumulating my thoughts, I give Aku No Hana an 8 out of 10. I recommend it for a more mature audience who is willing to watch it alone. It isn’t an experience to be shared, but rather a subjective and individual interpretation. Thanks for reading, and have a nice day.
    – IB (Internet Bear)