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    Sora no Woto (Anime) Review

    Written by ononoki

    As I’m writing this review, I’m listening to the soundtrack for Sora no Woto. It’s been sitting in my music library since it came out, and not once have I grown tired of it. The same goes for the full show as well. I watched it shortly after it aired, realised it was a treasure, kept it and have since rewatched it many times. The often overlooked and sometimes underrated anime that is Sora no Woto, aired in 2010 and was the debut project of Anime no Chikara, a joint venture between Aniplex and TV Tokyo. Anime no Chikara’s purpose was to produce original anime (without any source material), which is really quite a difficult thing to pull off, and not done very often in the anime production world. Well, they pulled it off, with an excellent mix of writing, animation, music and an overall experience that will leave you like most of the cult following it’s attracted, wanting much more.

    Plot of Sora no Woto

    Sora no Woto follows the story of Kanata Sorami, a new bugler recruit in the army, who is stationed in a remote outpost town in the post-apocalyptic borderlands of Helvetia. She lives in a decaying world, where war has regressed humanity back to early 20th century standards, and has resulted in nations fighting for control as an inhospitable desert wasteland approaches. But for the majority of the show, the war takes a backseat, as we follow the everyday life of Kanata and her squad mates in the idyllic border town of Seize.

    Much of the show is a military SoL, that shows the girls interacting with each other, the locals, exploring the town and surrounding mountains, and generally has a light hearted mood about it. However, we are constantly surrounded by mystery and intrigue. What has happened to reduce the world to this decayed state? What is with the strange mix of languages, cultures and technology? What is the truth behind local stories of monsters and heroines, and where do the girls tie in to this? Some of the questions raised in the first episode remain unanswered, although there are plenty of hints and different points of views to consider. This is one of the things that gave the show so much replay value, the fact that you can go back and pick up on little things you’ve missed, and let the mystery either clear up, or get bigger.

    But not all of Sora no Woto is cheery SoL and charming mystery. At times we are reminded of the brutal reality of this world. Military duties, war orphans, PTSD and tragic pasts serve to take the shows calm demeanor, and turn it into one of deadly seriousness and depression. It is a show that gets you when your guard’s down, and personally, that made it so much more fulfilling and enjoyable for me. Those who go into this show expecting “cute girls doing cute things” or “k-on with guns” (which is probably the fault of the character designs) will be very surprised.

    Plot Rating : 9/10

    Characters of Sora no Woto

    I found the characters of Sora no Woto to be very charming. At first they seemed to be fairly plain, but as the series progressed they open up to us a lot, revealing unique and interesting stories and personalities, that may even bring us something new if we rewatch it. I watched a few minutes of it a second ago, and noticed something new about a character I had never noticed before. Sora no Woto keeps you interested in, and learning about, characters, and this is an important thing for any anime.

    I already discussed our main character Kanata in the Plot section above, so I’ll dive straight into the rest of the squad.

    M/Sgt. Rio Kazumiya:

    The second in command of the group, who teaches Kanata to play the bugle. Her no-nonsense, strict attitude most likely comes from her upbringing, which is the subject of some mystery at the start of the show. She is later revealed to play an extremely important role in the world.

    2nd Lt. Filicia Heideman:

    The leader of the group. A fairly relaxed and laid back member of the squad, despite her important position. Filicia is very kind and caring to the other girls, and almost assumes a motherly figure to them. However, she is haunted by the demons of her military past, which made for a very interesting side to the story.

    Pvt. Kureha Suminoya:

    The youngest member of the group, but probably also the one looking to prove herself the most (besides Kanata perhaps). She is a war orphan, whose father was once a well-known tank commander. She, like Rio, has a strict nature, but her childishness often comes out on top of that. She serves as a good reminder that despite the harsh reality of the world around them, these girls are simply that, just young girls trying to live normal day to day lives.

    Cpl. Noël Kannagi:

    One of the stranger members of the group. White haired, fragile looking, unsociable and seemingly emotionless, I wrote her off as “rei-clone” (Ayanami Rei from Evangelion) to begin with, but I was very wrong to do so. She eventually grows out of her quietness, thanks to Kanata. She, like Filicia, has a very dark past, one that prompts her emotions to come welling back later on in the series.

    There are many other minor characters in the show, most of whom serve to build the culture and lore of the world, but all are pieces of a puzzle that make up a great cast.

    Characters: 8/10

    Animation and Artwork of Sora no Woto

    The creators of Sora no Woto must have felt ambitious when designing it, and so they should since it was the first project of that studio. Not only is the plot and characterisation good, the artwork to go with it is good too. There are many scenes in the show I felt were “wallpaper worthy”, so I screenshotted them and displayed them on my desktop screen for weeks. Whether it be the country side, the old Spanish style town of Seize, dreary ruins of war and ages past, or even the characters themselves, in curious WW2 era military gear and clothing, Sora no Woto always provides something detailed and interesting to look at. The artwork depicting Seize, which was based on Cuenca (an ancient town in modern Spain), was especially worthy of mention.

    The animation quality itself was fairly good. The show is full of fluid movement and was pretty constant in its delivery. Unfortunately, the show only had a few moments that required the studio to really flex its animating muscles, but they performed well in those places, and I can’t think of any moments where the animation disappointed me either.

    One possible downside I must mention though, is the “tanks” used in the army. They are seen a few times throughout the show, and one is stationed at the girls outpost (the girls pilot it). I’m fairly sure these were the only use of CGI in the show, and generally I’m not a big fan of CGI in anime at all. However, Sora no Woto’s use of CGI was acceptable to me. The tanks generally looked pretty good, and moved well on screen. I would’ve preferred regular animation, but I don’t think the CGI ruined the show at all

    Animation and Artwork Rating: 7.5/10

    Sounds and Music of Sora no Woto:

    The very experienced Michiru Oshima was the composer for Sora no Woto, and he did an amazing job in my opinion. As I mentioned before, I very much enjoyed the soundtrack for this show. By itself, the mostly classical music is nice to listen to, but in the show it adds another level of mood and feeling. From its playful tunes, to its haunting and tense orchestral pieces, I find it hard to find an OST that matches the way this one adds to the experience.

    The super catchy, although not at all similar, OP and ED of the show were also something that I would look forward to whenever playing an episode, and would often find myself repeating them.

    The voice acting was fine, although not exactly stand out, and honestly I grew tired of some of the squeaky voices of the younger characters. But, it is a regular thing in the industry, and it suited the characters pretty well, so I found it forgivable.

    Sound and Music Rating: 8/10

    Conclusion:

    Sora no Woto is one of my favourites. It’s a favourite for many others too, and garnered a strong following for a while. Story, mood, music and good production value all came together to make a very enjoyable show, one that stays with you for a long time. It’s unfortunate that we don’t get to see the answers for many of the shows mysteries, but at least we get the awesome replay value that the show provides. It is one of a few anime that I have no problem rewatching over and over, and I would urge everyone to give it a shot too

    Overall Rating: 8/10


  • 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


  • 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


  • Your Lie in April (Anime) Review

    Your Lie in April Anime Review

    Your Lie in April

    Genre: Romance, School life, Music, Tragic

     

    I knew I was going to enjoy this anime. From the trailers I could tell it had music themes which is a big part of my life. To go along with it, the genre was romance. I knew this combo was going to bring a great story. Before I started watching this anime I did not read the manga and did not know the story within. As each episode came out weekly I began to read the manga. I am glad to say that this anime does follow the manga very closely and doesn’t have any major differences.

     

    Plot of Your Lie in April

    Your Lie in April

    Music is everywhere. Arima Kousei is the world’s youngest piano prodigy. Arima’s mother taught him how to play and became known as the ‘human metronome’ by all his peers and the other competitors. When he looses his mother at age 11 he falls into a soundless and colorless world which he had only sought to play to keep his mother alive and well. Years later at age 15, he befriends a girl name Kaori Miyazono who is a violinist. Arima once again sees color as she pushes him to do what his present self won’t hear. With the help of his childhood friends, Tsubaki and Watari, he goes down the path of a pianist once again. What follows with coming in terms with your past and facing toward the future?

     

    Characters of Your Lie in April

    Your Lie in April

    Arima Kousei is a world known pianist that stuck to the score of the music. He is talented on the piano but because his mother was so focused on this hobby, he didn’t get to do a normal kiddoes. When his mother passed away, his next performance,after her death, has a mental breakdown and could no longer hear the music that he was performing. Content with not being able to play anymore, he stayed close to his two childhood friends; Tsubaki and Watari. At a meet up he sees Kaori playing and singing with children at a park. Her performance lights up and colors his dark, black world. He often lacks motivation and isn’t confident about himself. This leads Kaori to be hard on him. He has major character development throughout the series and becomes strong.

    Kaori Miyazono is a violinist who likes Watari. She is a free spirited individual who holds on a dark secret that she refuses to let define her. She does the opposite of what the score was created to make. When her world crumbles around her she still tries to fight and not give up. Her family owns a pastry shop. She gets close to Arima, Watari and Tsubaki.

    Sawabe Tsubaki is Arima and Watari’s childhood friend. She is athletic and plays softball. Tsubaki became the “big sister” for Kousei when things started to go wrong. She doesn’t support his music playing as it takes him away from her. Sawabe is often stubborn and hides her feelings which causes problems for her. When Kousei becomes interested in Kaori, Tsubaki comes in terms with her feelings for him.

    Ryota Watari is the childhood friend on Arima and Sawabe. He often is seen hanging or chatting with girls in the school. He is also athletic and plays soccer. He is there to help Kousei though times when he is needed. He meets Kaori at a meet up and starts to hang with her often.Later in the series it is obvious that he cares for her well being.

     

    Ending thoughts of Your Lie in April

    Your Lie in April

    The animation was really good and visually appealing. The music that was performed was amazing. I love how they didn’t skip the music playing and the whole song was heard. Most of the songs that were performed also had the name in the captions. If you really enjoyed it you can find it online. As we all want to know, “What does Your lie in April mean?”. That question is answered in the last episode. Personally I didn’t care for what the lie was but I guess I can understand the reasoning behind it. This series is one of my favorites and it captured my heart.

    9/10: No sexual themes, blood and tragic ideas are present. ­

    – Inufma


  • Legend of the Legendary Heroes (Anime) Quick Review

    Road to Legendary

    Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    This is a somewhat review of the anime Legend of the Legendary Heroes. A series that I really like, but not often shows up on Anime Amino – so why not do somewhat of a review on it.

    Plot of Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    The plot of Legend of the Legendary Heroes is debatable. As mentioned the characters and soon to be mentioned animation contributes in my book very good.

    Having that said, of course there’s flaws. If you were to watch this without knowing anything of it, then you’d probably think this series is a comedy to begin with. From comedy to a somewhat gruesome medieval drama-ish. Sure there’s some plotholes and the change in characters can be considered bad – that however shouldn’t stop you from continuing. You can see series getting a 10/10 but even those has flaws in different aspects. Having this said (and hopefully well formulated) the plot is in my book acceptable – if I’m to be picky. Overall a great plot.

    Do keep in mind that there’s two intertwining plotlines which differs.

     

    Characters of Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    Ryner Lute, the main male protagonist. He’s considered the best mage in all of Roland. An awesome character with awesome abilities – holder of Alpha Stigma, a mysterious ocular ability. Often sleepy and pretty much unmotivated.

    Ferris Eris the heroine of this series. A swordsman designated to guard the king of Roland. A really charismatic character. She pretty much babysits Ryner and she loves Dango. She’s self-absorbed over her beauty and can be pretty emotionless sometimes.

    Sion Astal, currently king of Roland and best friends with Ryner. His ideal of a perfect empire is very alluring and he wants the best for the people. The people loves him and he strives for peace. Yet naive since he knows that sacrifices needs to be made to achieve these goals.

    There’s a lot more characters which is one of the strengths in this series. Their journey make you laugh, cry you name it – the core.

     

    The Art of Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    Legend of the Legendary Heroes

    The art of Legend of the Legendary Heroes  is actually not that bad. It’s perfect in humorous and pretty violent scenarios. While the art doesn’t stand out, the animation is pretty well done. I was surprised at how fierce the fights are, and it certainly goes hand in hand with how brutal the setting can get. A stable animation overall.
    Now, I’ve seen it both subbed and dubbed. Sure this is a matter of opinions but the Japanese voice actors were better to be honest. The English ones didn’t quite get to me in different scenarios – couldn’t take it seriously.Is this an anime which is worth your time? Yes, yes it is!

  • Akame Ga Kill (Anime) Review

    Akame Ga Kill Anime Review

    *May contain spoilers. Read at your own risk*

    Akame Ga Kill

    Normally I don’t go for the gory anime because of the nature, but all I heard were positive comments about this anime. (At the time only 3 episodes were out). I was expecting lots of action, gore and little romance.

     

    Plot of Akame Ga Kill

    Akame Ga Kill

    Tatsumi and his two friends set out for the capital to bring peace to their home village. Along the way, Tatsumi and his friends get separated but luckily he finds a noble’s family home to stay the night. That night a group called “Night Raid” came to kill the family and servants inside. Little did Tatsumi know that the family intended to torture and kill him, just like they did with his friends and dozens of other people. By the end of the night, Tatsumi was saved by Night Raid and their “Imperial Arms” and joined the assassins. What are the secrets behind each member and how is Night Raid going to fix the corrupt government?

     

    Characters of Akame Ga Kill

    Akame Ga Kill

    Tatsumi

    Tatsumi is a compassionate, young male who went to the capital with his two childhood friends to find better income for their poor village. On the night he discovered his two friends were killed, he joins Night Raid in order to fix the corrupt government. To make things right, he carries the missions and throughout the series shows great toughness physically and mentally. HIs relationship with his comrades is his strength.

     

    Akame

    The story is from Akame’s point of view not Tatsumi. She is a skilled swords women who has a complicated relashionship with her younger sister, Kurome, who tries to kill her. Akame wieldsa Imperial Arms sword that if touched, spread poison throughout your body and kills you. She has seen many deaths and carries that burden with her to achieve greatness.

     

    Najenda

    Leader of Naid Raid. She once was the general of the imperial army. Her rival is Esdeath because of the nature of her actions. Before they went their separate ways, they had a battle in which Najenda lost a eye and a arm.

     

    Prime Minister Honest

    He is the prime minister of the Empire. He is a corrupt politician who seems to be trustworthy, but easily manipulates the naive Emperor. He bribes and makes false accusations to people around him to maintain his authority. He even sacrificed his son to maintain his selfish requests.

     

    Esdeath

    She is the leader of Jaegers, the counter group of Night Raid, and a high ranking officer from the Empire. She is considered the most powerful assassin in the Empire and might be (if notstronger) than Najenda. As a women, she wants to fall in love. During a competition battle in the Capital, she ffalls in love with Tatsumi. This becomes a life changing moment for her in more ways than one.

     

    After thoughts on Akame Ga Kill

    Akame Ga Kill

    As I mentioned earlier, I am not a fan of gore. This has gore all over it, in every episode and its not like a paper cut. Other than that aspect, there are many great feats. The story was compelling and made me want to keep watching. The action was wonderful to see. The only downfall is the attachment to the characters that you will have. As for any show, there are characters that you love and want to live. This series rips out your heart and stomps on it. This is defiantly a tear jerker and worth watching.

    8.5/10

    Disturbing and gory images, Little to no cursing, a smidgen of sexual ideas.

    -Inufma