Tsuritama Anime Review

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Tsuritama is an anime about fishing… and aliens… and friendship… and a whole range of other themes too numerous to count. This show is always enjoyable and usually easy to watch. It has a defined storyline, however I don’t want to spoil it for you!

This show is mostly quite light-hearted and cute, however the characters do have their own personal struggles and every so often there is a strongly meaningful, emotional moment to provoke feelings and thought.

Tsuritama reminds me somewhat of a Studio Ghibli film, but goofier. It does have a slightly similar tone to one, which isn’t really something I’ve noticed in any series before.

The characters in this show are very interesting. There is an alien, a fishing expert, an undercover secret agent investigating aliens and the main character with his own unique set of challenges. Already this mix makes for a very comedic situation, and this isn’t even counting the less prominent characters.

The way the show was executed kept it interesting and relevant throughout, with sufficient character development for what was mostly just a light hearted series and just enough fun moments to keep it consistently entertaining.

I loved the art style, personally. The simplicity of it paired with the bright and bold colour scheme really contributed to the atmosphere within the show.

I also have to give a quick mention to the opening theme of this show because I think it may be one of my favourites, and it sums up the show pretty well.

It really is a wonderfully light-hearted and interesting watch that I highly recommend.

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Code Breaker Anime Review

Not as good as I hoped

This was a really interesting series, in the aspect that it followed along the same questions of morality that Code Geass and Death Note did. Basically they ask the question, “is it okay to kill criminals, and what does that make the person that kills the criminal.” The perspective of this show, however, is completely unlike the other two I mentioned in many key ways. The first of these being that it is a much lighter show in my opinion, and you see all this from the point of view of the “regular” girl in the centre of all the action.

The characters were all fairly well portrayed, they did a spectacularly good job of portraying Ogami in just the right way for a character in his position. I wanted to see much more of Yuuki’s backstory, because he was one of the most interesting ones. I was particularly impressed with Heike’s role, they completely threw me off with some pretty clever writing. I didn’t predict anything that this character did after the first major move he made.

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I wasn’t a fan, however, of the way Hitomi was portrayed. His speech and actions all seemed contradictory to those moments later, and all of the other characters just seemed to respond accordingly to his current persona. I didn’t feel that he was given an appropriate reasoning for this kind of erratic behaviour and it was irritating that the other characters went along with it. I also thought he looked an awful lot like Ogami, and was just waiting for that to come into play at some point, however it never did.

I enjoyed the action elements, and seeing all of their supernatural powers come into play, however.

So in general I did like this show, however there are some aspects that could have been markedly improved.

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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Anime Review

Humph

This anime seems to be about a mix of characters from or associated with 1001 Arabian Nights. Aladdin, Alibaba, Sinbad and Ja’far for example. The characters from this show don’t really seem to play exactly the same roles as the ones you might know, however. For example, Ja’far works under Sinbad and fights on the side of good.

In the story, Aladdin is a magi, who is someone with special powers and the ability to choose the next king. He appears near Alibaba and turns his life upside down. They decide to go on an adventure, however there are pressing matters awaiting them at every turn. Dungeon capturing is a prominent theme in this show. These are places where Djinn reside. (Think genies) These Djinn can be summoned with special objects and will help their summoner fight.

I wasn’t a huge fan of this show, I don’t really have a reason why, but I personally didn’t enjoy it much. I didn’t like the way the story twisted as it progressed. The characters were interesting and fairly well written, the idea was novel. The show did feel cluttered, however, like they were trying to squeeze too many elements into it.

In the beginning, it was far too messy in my opinion. I also wish that Alibaba’s backstory had been covered earlier on. If the flashbacks had been shown before his past started to affect the story, it may have been far superior (in my opinion).

I found that it was more enjoyable as it reached its conclusion, I started to settle into the pacing as it began to reach its conclusion.

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Deadman Wonderland Anime Review

A bit dark...

This anime is extremely dark, so those who don’t like that should stay far away from it. It is about a boy who is framed for the murders of his entire class, and given the death sentence in a new prison. In this prison the prisoners have to face almost certain death each day. However, he has gained an unusual power.

One thing about the show that was strange, and I’m not sure if this is only the case on Animelab or not, but some of the colours seemed to bleed across the screen. It may have had a purpose, but it wasn’t clear to me. (Animelab is owned by Madman entertainment and is a legitimate legal streaming site, so it probably shouldn’t have those sorts of problems.)

One of the best features of this anime were the characters, almost all of them were likeable and interesting. I personally didn’t like Hummingbird and the Undertakers, however the rest were all fascinating to watch. I really enjoyed seeing Shiro’s attitude to everything she encountered, and her relationship with Ganta. I think that it really took the show up a level. I also really liked Crow’s character. This anime creates an effect where you grow to like characters on different sides, which will willingly fight each other. I have never seen this effect to such a degree in an anime before.

I felt that all the different situations the main character faced passed by too quickly. Especially considering that these situations contained many unique, detailed and interesting concepts. It was almost as if it got bored and forgot about things.

Personally I wasn’t bothered much by the dark nature of the show, however I did feel that some aspects were unnecessary, while others should have drawn more focus. This show was trying to be dark, so I’m not going to complain that they did what they set out to do, though.

This show has a very open ending. In fact, I would say that it doesn’t really end. This wasn’t a big problem, but I’m a little disappointed to not see it wrap up completely. That’s a little strange, since I usually prefer open endings, however I would say that the style of this show certainly contributes to this.

So watch this if you don’t mind dark shows, and I would highly recommend it to those who watch anime for the characters.

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When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace Anime Review

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This anime is about the literature club, who all gain super powers. They don’t have many enemies, so they mostly end up trying to get to know their powers.

The plot was fascinating, it didn’t go quite the way I expected, but I mostly enjoyed it nevertheless.

They have a large main group of characters, with a varied range. There wasn’t really anything that stood out apart from Andou, though.

Watching all the characters progress was fairly interesting, although at some points it seemed a little off.

I loved all their references to chunnibyou sickness, or middle school sickness. The main character Andou had this and it made him eager to discover things that weren’t real. For a main character, this is a very refreshing trait. Far too often are main characters wearied by their powers, so to see a main character who’s actually grateful is remarkable. I also think his chuunibyou is quite relatable, for many people.

This was a show I couldn’t look away from. In my opinion, one of the signs of a great show is being able to marathon it, and this definitely fits in that category.

Not to say that this show doesn’t have flaws, the storyline isn’t perfect and in my opinion focuses too much on unrelated topics, and the other characters aren’t exactly an outstanding group, however I really enjoyed watching this anime. So I’d say give it a try if you think you’ll enjoy it.

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Devil Survivor 2 the Animation Review

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The world is ending, Hibiki and his friends must not only fight against the looming creatures threatening humanity. They must also decide what they’re fighting for. This is actually based on a video game, and is in my opinion one of the best adaptations I have ever seen.

I am a huge fan of this anime, it’s the first anime I actually watched, and is the reason why I’m such a fan of the medium in general.

The storyline is fairly good. It doesn’t have the best one ever written, but it’s pretty solid and the ending is very well done. The action scenes are epic. One of the best things about this show is the group of five main characters. Hibiki, Daichi, Nitta, Alcor and Yamato. Their backstories, personalities and the way in which they all interact is what makes this show truly special in my opinion.

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This is one of the few reviews in which I’m actually going to mention the ending theme. This ending theme is one of the best I’ve ever seen. It is the same sequence each time, where you see all the characters from the show walking casually, scattered around a regular patch of cityscape both before and after the event. However, whenever a character dies in the show they disappear from the ending. The final ending is the most important one to watch. I won’t spoil it though!

I highly recommend that you watch this series. (I may be a little biased though, even though I tried to be as subjective as possible.)

 

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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Review

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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is a spinoff movie, of and occurring after the series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. They are sequential, so you have to watch the series before watching the movie or it won’t make sense.

I loved this movie, I couldn’t stand the series but I really love the movie!

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya depicts a situation where Kyon wakes up to find everything and everyone he knows, missing or changed in some way. There is more to it, but I don’t want to spoil it.

Firstly, I loved the basic principal, such a creative and thoughtful idea as this is very unique.  Secondly I was quite pleased to see all the ways in which it tied in to the series, I got a kick out of every one. Such a thing shows careful planning and forethought which really makes me respect the writer.

Mostly the characters were pretty similar to what they were in the show, and I mostly have the same opinions of them.

I noticed that the art style was different from the series, which was a little unfortunate. It wasn’t too bad, but I would have preferred it to keep the same art style, or at least for it to have only changed when the continuity between the show and movie is altered.

It was quite touching, and the truth behind it was a little predictable, but still had just as great an effect.

Whether you loved The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, or hated it, I highly recommend you watch this movie.

 

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Gosick Anime Review

Close to perfect

This is a truly stunning anime, with an intriguing, but tear jerking storyline (towards the end). It focuses on Kujo, who finds a girl called Victorique on the top floor of his school’s library. He befriends her, and then finds himself caught up in an array of different mysteries, from murder to theft. Victorique solves them, however, the most important mystery is the one that’s surrounded her all her life. Everything depends on Kujo, and if he can rescue her from her fate.

I really enjoyed watching this show, it’s a masterpiece. All of the mysteries serve a purpose within the overall plot. They work very well with humorous character traits, using it to distract and lessen the effects of the tragedy that weaves its way into the story. However, this does begin to stop as the series reaches its end, as with most shows with emotional crescendos. (Black Butler for example.)

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This series has some really interesting characters, the main characters were very well developed and very likeable, both with extraordinarily detailed pasts. The side characters were all extremely quirky, although I thought that they didn’t spend quite enough time on some of them. Some of them became a bit confusing and hard to keep track of towards the end of the show. The last episode, however, resolved it all very well.

In conclusion, this is an extraordinarily well written show, which I recommend to anyone who doesn’t mind a bit of tragedy.

 

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The World God Only Knows Anime Review

God only knows

The World God Only Knows is an anime about a boy who is obsessed with dating simulation games, and is not interested in real girls. He can master any game and calls himself the “God of Conquest”. One day he receives a message asking for help, he accepts it only to discover that he just accepted a contract from a demon. She asks for his help in removing loose souls from the hearts of humans and to do this he has to win the hearts of real girls.

I honestly really enjoyed this anime. I found the storyline to be entertaining and refreshing. It never became monotonous, however I do believe that it could have done so if it had continued so I was actually glad when it ended despite my enjoyment of it. I found the characters to be fairly charming, especially the main character Keima, who actually attracted me to this series in the first place. There is nothing more fun than an “eccentric” main character!

Most of the other characters are fairly stereotypical, but this really fits with the theme of this show and makes it all the more enjoyable. However I do think that they should have given Elsie more of a developed personality or backstory, as I thought her intensely shallow level of personality clashed quite badly in combination with the rest of the stereotypical cast and dragged down the whole show a little (in my opinion).

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There is a second season of this show, The World God Only Knows II. They also have a third season, which hasn’t been dubbed at the time of this post, called The World God Only Knows: Goddess.

So, will I enjoy the next season? Well I guess God Only Knows!

 

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A Certain Magical Index Anime Review

Close to perfect

This show is about a girl named Index and a boy, Toma, who takes it upon himself to help her. In a world of science, many people aren’t aware of the existence of magic. Index has an extensive number of magic books stored in her memory, despite this she can’t use magic herself.  When people pursue her for the books she has memorised, Toma decides he has to help protect her with his mysterious right hand which cancels out the mystical.

I really enjoyed this show at the start, however, I was quite disappointed to see how far the storyline skews from the main characters and their story towards the middle. I felt that there was a lot more potential that they just weren’t exploring. Since the show is called “A certain magical Index”, I expected it to focus a lot more on the magic and two main characters throughout its entirety.

After all, the secondary characters and storyline have their own show, “A Certain Scientific Railgun”, so they should have played a much smaller role in this one.

I really liked the main characters, as you may have already noticed. I also found the secondary group to be quite likeable, but the main cast are definitely the most humorous and delightful people in the show. I also found the person that the members of the church always conversed with in the chamber to be quite intriguing, I wish that they could have been expanded upon a little more.

I personally really enjoy shows with magic as a theme, and while I’ve only seen a few anime like this, I don’t believe that any of them have done very well so far on their execution. A Certain Magical Index was in my opinion, a step up from the others.

These are just a few things that I found disagreeable. Currently it is still a brilliant anime, but it had the potential for so much more.

 

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