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  • Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Anime) Review

    Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu Anime Review

    Plot of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

    Score: 9/10

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

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

    Characters of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

    Score: 9/10

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

    Art Showa of Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

    Score: 10/10

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

    Overall of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

    Score: 10/10

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


  • Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 24 Review

    Sailor Moon Crystal Ep. 24 Review

    Spoilers Ahead

     Act 24

     

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

     Black Lady and Wise man

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

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

  • Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 23 Review

    Sailor Moon Crystal Ep. 23 Review

    Spoilers Ahead

     Act 23

    Chibiusa has some dad issues. If her parents spent more time with her, this wouldn’t be a problem. As Black Lacy, she kidnaps Tuxedo Mask for the Wise man. Sailor Moon and the group go to try to find Tuxedo Mask and the others. They end up finding Luna P and are forced to go home when Sailor Moon faints.
    Black Lady and Tuxedo Mask
    Black Lady takes Prince Demande to the Wise man and they attempt to challenge one another. The Wise man tells them to go capture Sailor Moon and the Silver Crystal of the past. Black Lady shows them that she has complete control over teh past Tuxedo Mask and he will do anything she asks.
    Black Lady
    Sailor Moon feels a shockwave from the future while in the past. The group decide to transform and head into the future. There they find Black Lady and the future Tuxedo Mask at the Crystal Castle. Black Lady tries to take the Silver Crystal, but is tossed out of the castle by Queen Serenity. The group go to confront Black Lady.

    Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 23 Review
    – Reviews by Fern

  • Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 22 Review

    Sailor Moon Crystal Ep. 22 Review

    Spoilers Ahead

     Act 22

     

    Chibiusa is tempted by the Wise man as he promises her everything that she needs. He coaxes her more by telling her they can be the to for each other. To me, the Wise man looks gross and no matter ho lonely, I would not take that hand. Yuck!! So much evil courses through Chibiusa that it hits Sailor Pluto in Time/Space.

    Chibiusa

    In the meantime, Sailor Venus and the Sailor cats are researching the Black Moon in the library. Tuxedo Mask finds Sailor Pluto hurt. She fears the worse for Chibiusa and tells Tuxedo Mask what might have happened. He decides to go to the past without a time key to rescue Chibiusa. At the same time,
    Sailor Moon
    Sailor Moon is wondering around looking for the missing Sailor Scouts. She is almost attacked by Blue Saphir but is saved by her future self. She contacts the other Sailor Scouts to meet her. Sailor Moon and the rest try to fight the Black Moon, but retreat in the end to the Time/Space gates. There Sailor Pluto explains what has happened. Chibiusa has turned into and evil mistress called Black Lady and kidnaps Tuxedo Mask for the Wise man.
    Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 22 Review
    – Reviews by Fern

  • Beyond the Boundary (Anime) Review

    Beyond the Boundary (Anime) Review

    Anime fans often pose this question to the general public of its industry: “What makes an anime so great?” Or, “Which characteristics are essential to you within a series?”

    (…Okay, maybe not in those words exactly… but thanks for asking!)

    Well, while this might be a tad unfair of me to say, artwork and animation take top priority over everything else by a landslide. If any amount of visual style is presented so poorly that it distracts and/or confuses the audience at first glance, we have a major problem. And friend, you’re reading the blog from someone who takes pride in being a very, very picky audience member. Art, story line and character development are what I tend to to put in the spotlight upon reviewing an anime (or any sort of film, to be honest).

    Fortunately for this series, it seems to pull through enough for each of these categories. I present to you 境界の彼方,  Kyōkai no Kanata, or more commonly known in English as Beyond the Boundary.

     

    Story Line and Pacing of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 8/10

    The first episode opens up with one evening at sunset, when a high school boy by the name of Akihito Kanbara witnesses one of his fellow classmates standing precariously atop the ledge of their school building. Assuming she plans to commit suicide, Akihito hurriedly rushes to her aid, approaches the girl from a distance, and shouts, “At any rate, someone who looks as good in glasses as you do simply should not die!” The young freshman, later known in the series as Mirai Kuriyama, then proceeds to take on the rational solution of stabbing him in the chest with a sword made entirely of her own blood. Strangely enough, Akihito kneels over in extreme pain… but does not die. Mirai learns that the boy is actually a half-youmu – the offspring of both human and youmu DNA – and utilizes this ability to her advantage by using Akihito for batting practice. Because as a Spirit World Warrior like herself, she is still unequipped with enough courage to kill another youmu for the good of humanity.

    Confused yet?

    In the interesting world of Beyond the Boundary, these odd creatures called youmu are actually raw manifestations of all mankind’s negative emotions, such as hatred, sadness, jealousy and the like. Therefore, it is said that so long as humans exist, youmu will continue to thrive as well. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can even take the form of a common person. Their abilities may also vary, though the basis on which they exist remains the same. And while most youmu can co-exist peacefully and unknowingly among humans, every so often a few of them will upset the balance of nature and need destroying, thus is the job of a Spirit World Warrior like Mirai. When one of these rotten creatures is finally terminated, their remains take the form of a small stone which is then traded as currency among other Spirit World Warriors.

    This is a very unique, and rather symbolic idea. You could go as far as to say that these youmu represent how human kind’s imperfections, if not dealt with properly, can cause the downfall of society, and even the world. Much later in the anime, this notion is visualized quite literally and I personally like it. A lot.

    The only thing I don’t particularly understand about the world itself is that most of mankind isn’t even present for the majority of the series… Hello? Where are all the people whose negativity supposedly created all these hideous monstrosities!? And why is no one alarmed that a handful of attractive teenagers are wielding weapons, playing with magic and essentially bleeding to death? Oh, Japan…

     

    Art and Animation of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 8/10

    While I’ve seen better eye candy prior to viewing Beyond the Boundary, Kyoto never seems to disappoint regardless. The characters were built to move with exceptional fluidity; my inner artist still cried tears of joy every time someone did so much as lift a finger. From motion, to lighting, to color, to scenery… this anime had everything relatively down-pat and polished. It’s no wonder you see so many Mirai fan drawings – they’re all quite beautiful. And while its physical aesthetic was often skewed due to lack of action sequences where an art style like this one truly reaches its full potential, you can’t say even its still composition wasn’t absolutely stellar.

     

    Characters of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 7.25/10

    Our main character, Mirai is a first-year high school student with the unique ability to use her own blood as a weapon. Despite its great power, however, Mirai is constantly shamed by other Spirit World Warriors due to the dangerous consequences of this rare talent when she was only a child. After accidentally murdering her best friend as an adolescent, Mirai’s had an intense fear of killing and often complains about her life via Internet. (Don’t we all?) “How unpleasant,” is her appropriate catchphrase. On the side, Kuriyama’s hobbies are raising small plants, blogging and mooching off her friends. She bears a fearsome appetite due to her deadbeat lifestyle, and timidly asks people to treat her from time to time.

    So she has a history, a dark past… and it’s adorable. Classic, even. As one of my favorite female roles thus far, Mirai has the look, the personality and the skills which make her an excellent main character. She has a problem, a fear, and must overcome it to save a loved one. She has a goal, a longing, and must achieve it in the end, otherwise face an ultimate peril. Mirai the protagonist changes throughout the embodiment of the series. Perfect. 10/10. I love her.

    Her possy, on the other hand…? Ehh.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I adored Akihito’s no-nonsense personality from the get-go and knew his voice of reason meant well to the story as a whole. The banter between him and Hiroomi (far left) is priceless and without both of them, the plot would not have thickened the way it did in the first place. However, what do we truly understand about any of the supporting main characters other than their own strengths and weaknesses? Nothing. There were so many necessary questions left unanswered. And with a seemingly great cast like this, that is a huge issue. Their sorry excuses for back stories were unbalanced, whereas one character got a few lines of exposition, and others were never mentioned once. And for what? They seemed to be of pretty equal importance to me. Why one over the other? Of course within a certain time frame, not everyone can be fully described to a ‘T’, but some helpful information about each character in order of said importance would still be appreciated.

     

    Soundtrack of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 7.75/10

    The very eerie original soundtrack for Beyond the Boundary was written and brought to us by Hiarku Nanase, a Japanese vocalist and composer from Ibaraki prefecture. She’s developed soundtracks for several other television shows in Japan and is part of a few different bands. The sound of this series consists of both the traditional positive slice of life bounciness we all know and love, with its own blend of strings and choir hymns that will leave you chilling with excitement, knowing something equally breathtaking is just around the corner.

    The moment I heard the very first hum voice the entrance of Mirai perched atop the school, wind blowing through her hair, it immediately felt like pure fantasy. The tracks grow more and more suspenseful as time passes, and while it does emulate what an anime soundtrack typically has to offer, some parts of it were so charming and mysterious, they reflected the intentions of each individual quite nicely and almost forced the plot to slow, focusing intently on a single moment in time between two characters. Definitely a work of musical art worth listening to, twice!

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 7.75

    I have to say, my motivation to watch this traveled in waves rather than an actual build-up. Usually I don’t take pure interest in an anime until about episode four or five, and after that I’m hooked ’till the very end. In the case of Beyond the Boundary, however, I’d been hooked, dropped, hooked again, and then left limping to the finish… then hooked a third time. There were moments of tension, frustration and bad-ass fight sequences, however few (not to mention one of the most amusing filler episodes I’ve ever seen)… and then there were episodes so stagnant and still I didn’t know whether to call them boring or just downright puzzling altogether. I’m not so sure if writers were scrambling to provide proper information while still making this anime fun and original, but again, it was a bit unbalanced.

    All in all though, I completed the series and was satisfied with its ending, which I can’t say for most. A nice little thumbs-up to those who may want to watch it in the future. It was solid. Not perfect, but solid.

     

    Overall Score: 7.75/10

     

    Your Friendly Enthusiast,

    -Lew


  • Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works (Anime) Review

    Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Anime Review

     

    It is extremely hard to review and critique an anime that is as truly brilliant and this one was, but I’m going to try it anyway. Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works is without question one of the best anime of its generation. It is produced to near perfection in almost every way.

     

    Sometimes it can be easy to get bogged down in thinking that a good story has to be overly complex, or that it has to take lots of twists and turns. For FSN however this is not the case. While the story isn’t anything groundbreaking, it is good enough to keep you drawn in, and feels more like the journey is more important than the destination. It is simple, yet punchy and feels like it has weight.

    Despite me calling the plot simple (which again doesn’t mean bad), it never fails to feel like it’s actually moving forward. There is always something happening and no episode made you feel like nothing worthwhile had transpired. The story is mainly driven forward by its characters, with their differing morals and attitudes creating conflict.

     

    Characters of Fate/Stay Night

    The characters in FSN are superb. They all feel unique, with their own goals and motivations. This is helped by the fact that the cast is smaller than that of Fate Zero, so the more important cast members receive more screen time than they would have done. This extra screen time really feels like it allows the characters change and develop a lot more as people over the course of the show.

    Shiro Emiya, the main character, grows from a frankly feeble and useless mage to a proficient fighter with the help of the more adept mage Rin Tohsaka, who serves as the love interest. It is interesting to see how, even though they clearly care for each other, their motivations conflict with Rin believing it is most important to look after yourself first, and Shiro believing he should always put other people before himself.

    Gilgamesh acts as the main villain for much of the show, and he is as annoying as he was back in Fate Zero, and does a really good job of making you hate him. This version of FSN, as opposed to the 2006 edition, is principally about the struggle between Shiro and Archer however, and without giving too much away, it’s really “wow”.

     

    I’m hard pushed to think of an anime that consistently looks as amazing as this one does. The character designs all look stunning, and the animation (especially during the fight scene) look fluid and are a joy to watch.

    The sound in this anime is second to none also. The music always compliments and fits the mood of the scene when it is used, and also the intro music is excellent and really gets you pumped.

     

    So the verdict: Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works is an exemplary work of art that both fans of the series and newcomers alike will love. For me it is the standout series of late 2014 and early 2015, and I give it 9/10.

    Episodes: 25

    Running Date: 4th October 2014 – 27th June 2015

    Studio: Aniplex, Notes, Ufotable

    Score: 9/10

    Verdict: Must Watch


  • One Piece (General) Review

    One Piece: The Greatest Adventure

    One Piece

    What is the meaning of this Shogo?

    One Piece

    If you know me by now, then you should know that I’m a huge, and I mean huge fan of One Piece. It’s as the title says. This however doesn’t mean it’s my favorite – since it’s so freaking hard to rank. Thus I leave out One Piece when it comes to lists – goes for other ‘bigger’ series as well. You can say that this blog is a ‘fanboy blog’ if you want, but I think I’ve earned to let some love out.

    But yes, you can say that One Piece is kinda my favorite.

    The Best Series Ever?

    One Piece

    The ‘big 4 or 5’ whatever comes up often – which I really couldn’t care less about. Aye this be true.

    One piece can and will make you shed tears of joy and sadness. When you watch one piece you get a sense of adventure that no other manga/anime delivers quite as well. You will always find yourself wanting more (This Jikan would back me up on with joy).

     

    One Piece Overall

    One Piece

    The amazing thing about one piece is that its writer found a way to tell a HUGE story that got twist plots and so much glamor while giving the audience a feeling of adventure that will never make you lose interest in the characters or the story. You will be sad when the characters are sad you, will laugh when they laugh and you will cry you eyeballs out when something happen to them.

    The animation seems to bug a lot of people. Why is debatable but as most of the cases – the manga is better. The anime is of course in my eyes still amazing.

    Inspired by Caitlin, devoted to Jikan.


  • Eureka Seven (Anime) Review

    Eureka Seven Anime Review

    (Warning, this blog contains something so amazing, you might not survive by the time you finish it. Prepare yourself)

    Before I even started Eureka Seven, I knew I was going to enjoy it. I didn’t know anything about it, so I don’t know why I had that feeling. Because I knew I was going to like it, I actually refused to watch it so I won’t suffer in the end. Well, I decided to throw away the thought and just watch the damn thing, and I was not disappointed. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Eureka Seven. Let’s get started.

    Eureka Seven (also known as Psalms of Planets Eureka seveN in Japan) is an original idea brought to us by the anime studio Bones, well known for its works such as Soul Eater and Fullmetal Alchemist. It aired a total of 50 episodes from April 2005 to April of 2006. Followed by a bunch of manga, light novels, and games, before a movie was released in April of 2009. A sequel series, Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean was released in April of 2012 and aired 24 episodes + an OVA.

    Genres: Adventure, Action, Military/War, Mecha, Romance

     

    Plot of Eureka Seven

    core 8.4/10

    The series centers around Renton Thurston, the fourteen-year-old son of Adroc Thurston, a military researcher who died saving the world. He dreams of joining the renegade group Gekkostate, led by his idol Holland Novak, a legendary lifter. An opportunity to do so practically falls into his lap, when a large mecha, called the Nirvash typeZERO, and Eureka, its pilot, and a member of Gekkostate, crash into Renton’s room. Renton’s grandfather orders him to deliver a special part to the Nirvash called the Amita Drive.

    Afterwards, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, where he quickly discovers that the behind-the-scenes life of Gekkostate is hardly as glamorous or as interesting as printed in the glossy pages of their magazine, ray=out. Only one thing makes it all worthwhile for him: the presence of Eureka, the mysterious pilot of the Nirvash. Renton, Eureka, and the Gekkostate embark on an adventure that will shape their future as well as the world’s.

    When I first started the anime, I didn’t have any idea what it was about. After the first few episodes, I got a general idea what it was about, but a problem was that some things were left unexplained. It kinda threw you into the anime expecting you to understand some stuff, like Trapars for example, but there’s a lot more stuff that you need to understand. I basically got a general idea of what it was, but it was never really explained to me until later, which I was actually fine with.

    Even with these minor unexplained things, most of the plot carries out smoothly, which is surprising for a 50 episode anime. It managed to avoid filler and stay on the main storyline. And eventually, things are explained later in the anime, but some people might not be patient enough to wait for it. In the end, it all falls together perfectly.

     

    Animation and Action of Eureka Seven

    Score 8.8/10

    What really made this series great was that it was actually based in like a time of war and rebellion, which really brought a lot more action then I expected in the anime. It didn’t take long for there to be any action in the anime and it was always enjoyable to watch.

    Being a Mecha anime, it made the action much more exciting, but they didn’t just focus on the Mecha side. They had some “normal combat” as I would say, with just people shooting at each other (for reasons obviously) and I liked that. They didn’t just focus on one which was great.

    Being an anime from 2005, I didn’t expect the animation to look SUPER amazing. For being a 2005 anime, the animation was actually very well done, especially in the action and the Mecha parts of the anime, which surprised me.

    The character designs and background animation were also well done. Nothing was really distracting, so I was able to keep my attention to whatever was happening instead of stuff like, “Hey look at that rainbow… That’s a pretty rainbow…” and miss all kinds of stuff. All in all, the animation and action worked together perfectly.

     

    Characters of Eureka Seven

    Score 8.9/10

    A lot of the characters were fairly interesting due to the setting of the anime. Most of them had lived out harsh lives or experienced hardships which lead them up to where they were. Most of the characters were likable, even the villains in some cases, which put a bit of a different view on things. Sure there were a few characters here and there that got on my nerves, but it didn’t really have a huge effect on anything.

    The main characters were definitely the ones that shined brightest though considering at first, there was absolutely no kind of relationship between them, so it was great to watch them grow closer to each other over time. Of course the anime centered around the love story between these two, but things really needed to fall into place before all of that.

     

    Renion Thurston

    Renton is your typical kid that wants to do something exciting with his life. He is a very outgoing and emotional person possessing strong ideals and compassion yet is naive and tends to jump into matters before understanding what’s going on. As a main character, I see him just like most main characters, but most main characters don’t turn out in the end like Renton does.

     

    Eureka

    Eureka is something interesting considering I haven’t seen much like her character. Near the beginning of the anime, she is basically emotionless and cares about nothing. Not only that, but she’s not even (wait, don’t want to spoil) and that makes a HUGE difference. I really like how that changes almost everything in the anime and we get to see how her character changes into something much more special.

     

    The Gekko Crew

    Gekkostate is an anti-government militia and counterculture collective led by Holland Novak. Members include:

    Stoner – is a photographer who writes Gekkostate’s illegal magazine, ray=out.

    Talho – the head pilot of Gekkostate’s aircraft, the Gekko and also ray=out’s covergirl and Holland’s girlfriend.

    Hap – Holland’s childhood friend and the second-in-command of the Gekko.

    Ken-Goh – the weapons specialist and owner of the Gekko.

    Jobs and Woz – the ship’s engineers, for hardware and software.

    Mischa – the resident doctor.

    Moondoggie – a secondary pilot and operator of the launch catapult.

    Hilda and Matthieu – pilots of the Gekkostate LFOs Terminus typeR808 and Terminus typeR606.

    Gidget – communications operator.

    Gonzy – fortuneteller.

    The character development in anime was extremely well done. Showing the effects of war, we are not only seeing the characters learn more about themselves and their world, but ours as well. Almost every character was able to experience a huge amount of development, being very different kinds of characters by the end of the anime.

     

    Music of Eureka Seven

    Score 7.6/10

    The music was one part of the anime that wasn’t all that great. Some of the music was enjoyable, but most of the OP music had a strange feeling to it and made it kind of boring and not really relating to the anime. My favorite out of the four OPs would have to be “Sakura.”

    The EDs were a bit better than the OPs in a way, but not super enjoyable to where I would stop and watch them a lot. Usually I skipped over them because I wanted to watch the next episode.

    The OSTs saved the music part of the anime. The OSTs managed to stand out at crucially moments in the anime and made things either a lot more dramatic or a lot more entertaining. Playing at key moments and being enjoyable to listen to was awesome.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Eureka Seven

    Score: 9.7/10

    In all honesty, it has been an extremely long time since I have enjoyed something as much as this, maybe I haven’t ever enjoyed something like this before. Everything was just perfect for me, the romance, the action, just everything was amazing to me. There wasn’t a single episode that flew by that I didn’t completely enjoy. And after I finished this anime, it easily became my new Number 1 anime, which wasn’t very surprising when I was finishing up the anime and movie. I knew I’d love the anime, but I never thought it’d be this good.

    Also, the anime wasn’t just constant violence and love story being thrown at you, but actually just being fun to watch. The main pastime in the anime was literally “surfing on air” or lifting, which is a huge theme in the anime, but that alone is very fun to watch.

     

    When I look at it, I think it’s actually hard to not like this anime, but I know there’s always that one person out there that probably thinks it’s shit just because of the love story. Well, it’s better than Kirito and Asuna. So, if you enjoy any such as Gurren Lagann or anything really Mecha related, I definitely recommend you watch this anime. Also, it’s a classic, who doesn’t love the good old stuff?

    ᑭᒪOT: 8.4/10 ☆

    ᗩᑎIᗰᗩTIOᑎ/ᗩᑕTIOᑎ: 8.8/10☆

    ᑕᕼᗩᖇᗩᑕTEᖇᔕ: 8.9/10 ☆

    ᗰᑌᔕIᑕ: 7.6/10 ☆

    ᑭEᖇᔕOᑎᗩᒪ EᑎᒍOYᗰEᑎT: 9.7/10 ☆

    Iᑎ TOTᗩᒪ: 8.68/10 ☆

     

    Final Thoughts of Eureka Seven

    I’m sad that this anime is over, but I’m also glad I watched it. Something like this was truly remarkable to watch, and I still get to look forward to Astral Ocean because I just watched the movie, which I will be doing kind of a detach review all on its own apart from this one. But now, I get to sit here and accept the that it’s over, but I will definitely be buying this anime, no matter the cost. So, I hope you enjoyed the review and give the anime a watch, you won’t be disappointed.


  • Sengoku Basara (Anime) Review

    Sengoku Basara Anime Review
    Sengoku Basara

    Dei now and repent forever. There are none before me, there shall be none after me. I come to spread the seed of discord, I am the devil king of the sixth heaven. Oda Nobunga! Come with me, it is time for a journey back to the past of a country you may know. Feudal Japan, XVI Century, the country is caught in the middle of the greatest war the land of the Rising Sun has ever sen. It,s an era of the warring states, dividing the country into numerous fractions. Samurai lords trying to contend the place as the undisputed ruler. We will follow Date Masamune, the reckless and young leader of the Oshu, waging war against his neighbors. Soon Date and the other lords will have to put aside their hostilities and face the infamous Oda Nounaga. He is a merciless general who razes everything to the grounds and rumored to come from the deepest pits of hell. Are you ready guys? Get your guns and let’s get this review started!

    What follows is the awesome review of Sengoku Basara, an anime from 2010. It is split into two seasons of twelve episodes (plus one ova for each season) and the movie The Last Party. It is based on the crazy series of video games with the same name by Capcom. I remind you that this review will not include the new season that recently aired in Japan. We’re analyzing Animation, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment.

    Art and Animation of Sengoku Basara

    Score 9/10
    Sengoku Basara

    The visual aspect of Sengoku Basara is astonishing to say the least. Considering the chaotic and epic nature of the series, we have slick fast paced movements and stylish effects that “tear off” the colors from the scene to convey the feelings of epicness. The show throws away realism for dragon ball like action that aims at creating the most impressive visual impact you can think of. As the feudal lords trade blows and their raging spirits clash, the air is twisted and countless soldiers are swept away like fragile leafs, explosions changing the landscape. The art is simply beautiful and is surprisingly realistic and detailed in the face designs, you can see they are clearly Japanese especially by the eyes.

    Characters of Sengoku Basara

    Score 8/10
    Sengoku Basara

    Sengoku Basara does not need to prove anything so the characters are not here to provide the show with a complex psychological layer. They meet common stereotypes and archetypes. Then why like the characters of Sengoku Basara? You simply love them that’s it. They blend perfectly together in the crazy contexts of the series, the cast is colorful and with stunning character design you won’t confuse anyone. You will start picking favorites right away. The characters are all likeable and entertaining, and so are their interactions,. Despite they possess bare minimum character development they simply don’t need it, they are well characterized as they are.

    Soundtrack and Acting of Sengoku Basara

    Score 10/10
    Sengoku Basara

    I feel obligated to say Sengoku Basara’s sound  is near flawless, having a memorable and wickedly fitting ost with a legendary voice cast and acting (Japanese of course unless you dislike having the best). The sound effects during battles are well done, due to the high amount of action this is to be expected. The Soundtrack is composed by the master Hiroyuki Sawano being one of the best scores he ever made. The Japanese traditional tunes are mixed with rock, metal, pop style music and epic choruses. Overall everything suits the anachronistic feel of the series. A special mention for the two themes of the villains of both the first and second season, the epicness that enters your ears will pump you up like nothing before.

    Story and Pacing of Sengoku Basara

    Score 8/10
    Sengoku Basara

    This show is about the Sengoku Jidai, a period of the Japanese history where violence and poverty hit a land plagued by war. This is a seinen and we have a remarkable amount of violence and questionable content, but the series never takes itself too seriously. If you find logic in something, you will realize that it’s actually intelligently stimulating. If you can’t find the logic or explanation in something, then let it go cause it’s all intentional. This is surely a series where the laws of reason and logic don’t really matter, but you are too busy enjoying the awesomeness of the series for it to be a problem. As for pacing, it’s pretty good throughout the run even though it suffers from occasional drops. The storyline follows more or less the actual historical events. Yes all characters in this show did truly exist.

    Personal Enjoyment of Sengoku Basara

    Score 9/10
    Sengoku Basara

    I thoroughly enjoyed Sengoku Basara’s two seasons and movies. The Last Party, the “End of Sengoku Basara”, is simply one of the most epic movies I’ve seen. You will spend hours laughing and cheering on for your heroes. Even the most despicable ones (that in my case are my favorite characters) will not fail to be of your liking. An acting that reaches legendary status with Norio Wakamoto as the big bad Oda Nobunaga, the very fearsomeness of the voice is menacingly delicious. It’s also a chance for you to learn Japanese history. How can one not love the characters and their quirks like Date Masamune speaking English and a black hole standing over Oda Nobunaga whenever he appears

    My Final Score 8.6/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)


  • Nana (Anime) Review

    Nana Anime Review
    Nana Anime

    The table was her stage, the mobile phone was the microphone and the moon was the spotlight that kind of magic only Nana could make happen. Nana Komatsu, a fragile and insecure girl, hopes that moving to Tokyo will help her start a new beginning. She plans to leave her fruitless love life behind. In the meantime, another Nana arrives in the city determined to become the best vocalist on the best rock stage of Japan. She has no intention of a future as a lovely housewife. Although the two young women are so different, they quickly make a strong bond. Prepare to experience the world of love, music, fashion, and gossip as the two live through the troubles and joys of the path they have in store for them. Will this show conquer a place at the top charts? Let us find out.

    What follows is my review of this relatively unknown gem, Nana. A romance/slice of life/music/drama josei written and drawn by Ai Yazawa and later adapted into a 47 episodes anime series (the one we’re reviewing). We’re analyzing Animation, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment. For those who do not know what a josei is… It’s the adult version of shoujo.

    Animation and Art of Nana

    Score 8/10

    Nana Anime

    Ai Yazawa has a firm and unique trait that can make me recognize any of her works instantly. There must be something good about it right? The series has wonderfully drawn characters, especially their clothing and fashion sense as it’s one of the main highlights of the series. If you are used to characters wearing one set of clothing for the whole series then prepare to be astonished. Animation is nothing too mind blowing but it’s more than fulfilling for a 2006 series. The scenes that have intense animation are not physical fights but music concerts at a stage, everything does its job brilliantly. Also the eyes and expressions are rich with feelings.

    Characters of Nana

    Score 10/10
    Nana Anime

    This is arguably the best part of Nana, even though everyone is entitled to one’s own opinion. What sets this apart from the rest of the works with similar genre and themes is the crude and endearing realism that surrounds the whole series and its characters. “Relationships” is the key word in this show and it’s a genuine masterpiece at making them captivatingly complex. Situations and characters feel so alive and relatable that it hurts. It doesn’t take a long time before you are dragged inside the world of Nana. You feel for every character. You will love guy X and hate girl Y, but with such a passion that few shows can make you experience this level of personal involvement. The contrast between the two Nanas are amazing. So different yet so compatible with each other, and Nana Osaki… She is amazing beyond words.

    Soundtrack and Acting of Nana

    Score 9/10
    Nana Anime

    Nana is about music and its world right ? We’ll explore its progression in the next section. This is about the musical score and the voice acting. The series is not based on background music but it’s rather a song based series. Indeed we have a remarkable number of tunes by Japanese artists that most resemble Nana and her mentality, her dreams. Even if you dislike rock and similar genres, the songs are never too invasive and you’re too busy cheering for Nana to care about it too much. As for the acting… It’s an imperative that you will watch this show in Japanese dub. The cast has the best group of talents and veterans I’ve ever seen in this genre of animation. Romi Paku I obsessively love you…

    Story and Pacing of Nana

    Score 8/10
    Nana Anime

    This part is what ultimately gives Nana a not so perfect score, but it’s not a fault in itself. Let me explain. The anime ends half way through the manga and there is a feeling of “come back for more”. The manga continues right ? Yes and no. Unfortunately the manga has been on a hiatus since 2010 leaving all fans to starve as the manga is even better after the anime ends. It becomes notably darker than the original series. This is an adult series and it’s clearly visible like the sun in a morning of summer. We often have highly controversial themes the characters are drawn into, the show doesn’t try to be shy at all and slaps everything in your face. the result is quite blunt yet rewarding overall (careful for those who are morally sensible!).

    Personal Enjoyment of Nana

    Score 10/10
    Nana Anime

    This is the purely subjective part of the review. What Nana gave me and how I reacted to it, its characters and its themes and situations. I’m not usually into these kind of shows, but they are giving me things that other shows do not have. Do not judge a series by its genre but by its content. I was absorbed into the series for all the run, cheering, fan boying, hating and rejoicing. When the characters were happy, I was dragged into that vibe as well, and I suffered along with them when life hit them harshly. Remember that the perfectly happy ending to life does not exist, sacrifices are made and things are lost.

    Overall Score 9.0/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)