Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Summer 2013 Anime 1st Look

Kingdom 2

More changes in the art style zz and the OP is not doing the series justice. A more mature sound is needed. The ED is ok =) I HATE how the art is being presented at a number of angles and instances. Why is Xin always wearing those rags zz.




Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou

A bookworm boy's soul goes into a dog after dying and ends up with Akiyama Shinobu, his favourite author. Well for now it seems average besides not being so kid friendly hahaha.



Brothers Conflict

A girl and her 13 step brothers. Reverse harem overload lol. The art seems not bad. The protagonist is kinda pretty. Won't watch it though. Next~!



Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

Ai reminds me a bit of Cardcaptor Sakura lol. Aki Toyosaki's voice acting her. Seems a little promising.



Gifuu Doudou!! Kanetsugu to Keiji

Another Sengoku era anime? Based on the first episode, the pace seems slow and it's boring!



Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

A KyoAni production! which I'm not so fond of. OLDCODEX is singing the OP =) The BGM seems nice. Girlish names when they're young wtf and buff bodies~ Miyano Mamoru! =)



Rozen Maiden 2013

First episode's a recap of the previous two seasons lol. If you didn't know that, the first episode will brush you off with the immensely absurd pacing. So far so good?



Love Lab

Yuri? hmm...NO~!



SENKI ZESSHOU SYMPHOGEAR G

The previous season wasn't great. This first episode looks good. The drawings and animation quality are better. Feels improved and cooler =) shall watch~! The antagonist shows up in the beginning, awesome! Lol I guessed correct =) The verse she sang was Gungnir's XD .Hopefully the plot doesn't be an ass. Awesome episode 2! More symphogears and the tri-burst attack is cheesy lol. Yu-Gi-Oh's Dark Magician Girl also makes an appearance..well sort-of haha =)



Servant x Service

Seems like a nice comedy about working in the government sector.



Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu

Another gun girl anime? hmm..maybe I'll check out the first few episodes. Reminds me of Upotte!



Dangan Ronpa: The Animation

Generic protagonist. His worst enemy would be the girl he likes. I'll stop watching it once the plot becomes retarded. Hopefully it won't be as bad as Devil Survivor 2. I don't like the OP. But she dies in episode 2? lols. Pink blood? seriously...-1. Junko also dies? Edit: Next~!



Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya

...that desperate to continue the series? a mahou shoujo spin-off? seriously?? The art feels cheap. Parody? If you thought the production would be as good as the other titles in the series, you thought wrong! Next~



Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou

I thought it was gonna be the boring linear plot but the first episode seems ok =) Dunno bout the latter plot.



KINIRO MOSAIC

Cho kawaii ^^ .They're in England and they're speaking Japanese. Hooray anime hooray zz. At least the English sounds decent, very visible grammar and pronunciation errors though. Lol at least they don't cover up the misunderstandings due to the language barrier. Lols comedy too =) Alice understands a bit too much Japanese and Shinobu only knows how to say "Hello" lol. And they're back in Japan..super fast walao.



Fantasista Doll

The OP sounds so cheesy. Why the protagonist is agreed to the terms is ridiculous zz. Lol the BD versions would have scenes like Sailor Moon nghehe. And she learnt how to used the app so frigging fast wth? Slightly better than the Fate parody although plot looks generic now.



Uchouten Kazoku

A story bout a tanuki? ( , racoon dog). Oh ok~ The art looks nice but the ears look weird. Plot seems legit. The psychic girl's crazy~



Blood Lad

A JPop otaku vampire and a human turned ghost girl. Reminds me of Hataraku Maou-sama! because of the some what similar setting, characters and protagonist seiyuu, Ryota Ohsaka.



Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist

What the Yaoi? Animation quality doesn't look very good. The BGM and battles are decent at least =) Forget about the fighting demons, the protagonist is broke and has to pay his tuition fees lol.



Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

This seems interesting =) Lolololol quiet and unpopular girl sometimes lives in her delusional world while trying to improve herself. Her monologue and dialogue with her family are the only ones she's confident about. Her dialogues with other people are so funny XD



Recorder to Randoseru Mi

Yay for the series' S3 but...what crap is this? The drawings and production is all different. The new art is bad, I miss the old one =( .The first episode was ok. Super big disappointment TT.



GIN NO SAJI

Agriculture? No this is not Moyashimon haha =) miwa's singing the OP by the way! Lol comedy =) That horse is too big, -1. A chicken gets beheaded, running a marathon, collecting eggs from chicken's "anus" hahaha and more funny things to come =)



Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation

Is that Date A Live part 2 or something? Similar art style. Moe? hmm..I'll skip this one. Plot doesn't seems great.



Gatchaman Crowds

The protagonist is a total annoying airhead zz. It's so different compared to the original series. What's with the different individual costumes? Somethings don't make sense, -1. Will keep an eye on it for now.



Kimi no Iru Machi

I'm not a fan of the OP. The art feels cheap. And I don't like the protagonist's seiyuu. He sounds a bit too old. I'm disappointed =( oh well~ back to the manga!



Yami Shibai

That was a creepy short episode lol. Poor animation though. Was that Miku singing the ED? I'll see if the next episode is worth watching or not.



Futari wa Milky Holmes

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun S2

The World Only God Knows S3

Tamayura: More Aggressive

Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku

Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS

Monogatari Series S2

Genshiken Nidaime

Teekyuu 2

High School DxD New

Maji de Otaku na English! Ribbon-chan: Eigo de Tatakau Mahou Shoujo - The TV

SHALL BE SKIPPING THESE FOR I HAVEN'T WATCH THE PREVIOUS SEASONS OR IT WAS MEH OR IT'S JUST A TIME WASTER.



Review of previous season's and before.

ARASHI NO YORU NI: HIMITSU NO TOMODACHI

OP song is the same title as the anime by Sea A and the ED is Dear My Friend by U-KISS =) Awesome! The 3D animation is good, smooth and simple. A cute series. Gabu, a wolf and Mei, a goat become friends after spending the night during a storm. A light-hearted and kid friendly story. Very cute and funny characters and expressions. Easy to continue back the series at any time. I know it because I searched for the english sub of episode 22 and the rest for a long time and finally found it. Plot climax happens very pretty late in the series. The pace is disturbed and slightly rushed after the plot climax. Famous seiyuu's like Hiroyuki Yoshino (Gundam 00's Allelujah Haptism), Yui Horie (Kakumeiki Valvrave's Nanami-sensei), Rie Kugimiya (Shakugan no Shana's Shana) and Kouichi Yamadera (Appleseed's Briareos) are in this anime. Very enjoyable. I want S2 =( 8.7/10. PS: AVOID THE BLOODY ENG DUB AT ALL COST!



KINGDOM

Inconsistent art but has a decent storyline based on the Warring States period. The action is fine showing war tactics and teamwork. It also has pretty good character development. Masakazu Morita (BLEACH's Kurosaki Ichigo) is voice acting the main character, Xin =) The music is ok. "Pride" - Nothing's Carved in Stone sounds good with the anime's theme. 8.1/10



KUROMAJO-SAN GA TOORU!!

A short, cute and funny 7 minutes weekly showcasing supernatural and "black" magic moments. Choco-chan with her mentor Gyubid-sama teaching her some what useful Ruki-uge Ruki-uge spells. The art's decent and music's ok. The ending is fine too =) Entertaining and easy to digest. 8/10



SAINT SEIYA OMEGA S1

Decided to see what's so great about the Saint Seiya franchise since they created a MMORPG based off it. I was a bit sad. How can Dragon Ball not have a RPG but Saint Seiya can? Main demographic: kids. I don't care if a lot of adults and teens watch it. It is meant for kids. The Power Rangers *ahem..Super Sentai feelingcomes back to me. The OPs are nice though, very nostalgic feeling. The action is ok. I hate the transformation scenes after a while. It gets boring and takes up minutes of precious anime time TT. Although long but the plot is nice. The energy the protagonists have is insane lol. The comeback moments are too fast and appear to be ridiculous. They also don't have a lot of moves, the same old boring ones repeat until you can even do those moves while closing your eyes lol. Finding 5 Bronze Saints to have "unlimited" potential and all of them are friends is just out of this world. Friendship, perseverance and justice still wins in the end. 7.7/10. I don't recommend watching S2 though.



ORE NO IMOUTO GA KONNANI KAWAII WAKE GA NAI S1

Now watching this was a bit odd. I picked up the manga out of curiosity after hearing about it for so long and many nendos (nendoroids) and fan art circulating around social media. Bla bla bla I wanted more action and colours so ta-da anime~ Siscon? (sister complex) not so..kyoudai (, sibling) love represents it best although Kirino acts like an otaku-eroge lover-tsundere and Kyosuke is devoted to his sister (almost a pure siscon) while lacking hobbies and personality. Fine it's cute and I like Ayase the most lols. Don't ask me why =) The supporting characters are ok too. Kuroneko's seiyuu is Kana Hanazawa! I know that voice lol. I know most of the seiyuus by name but I didn't know or remember on the spot. It is a decent anime, could have been better though. Claris' "irony" is the theme song ^^. 7.5/10



Red Data Girl

So who was the real antagonist? seriously..I don't know lol. No clear focus and there are multiple plots running at the same time which kills the show because the plots do not follow through and are left hanging. It would have fared better if the series was longer. The characters are also weak and they don't develop much or at all. The art and music are nice though =) Sad TT..it had potential in the beginning. Poor..just poor. I feel cheated lol. Despite it not being a good show, "Small Worldrop" - Annabel which is the OP is good =) .The ED song is ok. 3.7/10

"This was horrible! It was so painful to watch that I wanted to drop it many times yet I was hoping that maybe.. it gets better. But my hopes were in vain. And that conclusion? Saved by mobile phone! Nothing was resolved, no one was punished, everyone was happy now and ghosts went home.. yay! There was no sense of continuity, things "just happened" on behalf of no logic. Literally nothing made sense in RDG! There was promising start but after that we only got this incoherent, really bad story that left us with so much plot holes and unexplained things I can't even count them. But those dialogues were the worst and this anime was so badly written I almost wanted to scream sometimes. Only thing that was done good was animation. But that alone isn't enough to save it. In the end I am left with bitter aftertaste of needless series. It was total waste of my time. No doubt the worst anime I have seen this year, 3/10. I am really glad this is over now and I hope there would be no sequel to this." - Mich666Hataraku Maou-sama!

It's funny but the plot's meh~ Being in a financial crisis is the Demon Lord's worst foe lol. MgRonald's versus SFC swt. No proper ending and a second season should be coming soon. =) Art's decent. BGM is ok. Character development ain't much. A sudden twist of personality of some characters is bad and shows a lack of resolve but can't be helped because it only runs for a season. Watch only for comedy and don't expect good lore or battles. I hate it when Minami Kuribayashi sings "get out of the gate". I hear her singing "get out of gate" where the f is "the"? Anyway nano.RIPE sings the ED and I find it better. 6.7/10



KAKUMEIKI VALVRAVE

Aww S1 is over =( Nice OP I'd say. "Preserved Roses" by Nana Mizuki and TMR is one of the best this season. The second ED by ELISA is not bad either. Story's ok. The fillers are tacky and lame. Characters are decent. One of the better animes this season. Visuals and designs are good. Under-covered operations under a state, from special kids for the school just to pilot the Valvraves and everything else related to the army is fine but a vampiric-sexual craving-biting-possessed monster is the protagonist... While I like the main plot, Rukino's manipulation, a subplot which some find more interesting. A number of famous seiyuus are in this anime. The mecha battles aren't bad. Happy with the cliffhanger although not an original concept. If you like this, try Code Geass, a lot better =) 7.6/10



Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru

First and foremost, Hikigaya's eyes are so 1 dimensional! Well don't be fooled by the surface cuz the plot and characters aren't all straightforward. His thoughts are pretty funny and sarcasm must be embraced. Character development ain't much due to the fact the protagonist is pretty stubborn with his way of life. Hikigaya and other guys also like kawaii Totsuka lol~ A bit BL =) I just felt it was a bit interesting but mostly meh~ although the life of a loner is one that I know and live lols but Hikigaya is proud of it. Art and OST are ok. Lol besides the other anime references, Hikigaya talked about Master Asia! G Gundam reference FTW~! I won't really categorize it as romcom, rather leaning to slice of life. I don't get the SNAFU thingy and not bothered to find out what's it. Yagi Nagayi singing "Yukitoki" for the OP fits the anime. The ED is so-so. 7.2/10



Karneval

No more following weekly shoujo anime for me, had enough of lack luster plots and bad execution. Music and art are ok at best. The battles don't have enough pressure. A second season will come? perhaps. Pace is slow. Character development is lacking. Art is ok. Not one I'd recommend, there are better ones out there. "Henai no Rondo" - GRANRODEO is quite nice. The ED too isn't bad, smells of shoujo. Yaoi anime but no yaoi action..hmm. 5.3/10



Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko

Hmm..6/10 .Decent art and music. In the end, Tsukiko didn't regain her expressions swt. Harem and moe is this anime's focus. The ending's pretty nice and although I some what makes sense in the end but well plot wise, it is messy and meh... By using the nekogami (cat god) as a wish granting element, new and random events occur. Some episodes feel dull and boring like fillers but they're not 100% like that if you watch the ending. "Fantastic Future" by Yukari Tamura and "Baby Sweet Berry Love" by Yui Ogura for the OP and ED fills the moe atmosphere ^^ .It had more potential than just being a lolicon show.



ORE NO IMOUTO GA KONNANI KAWAII WAKE GA NAI S2

First episode takes off directly after the last episode of S1. And we thought the route was going to Kuroneko, we're brought back to Kirino and then to a more visible harem? Seriously? He turned down Ayase =( Naze..niichan? Oh well, Ayase's mine then hahaha =) .When Kirino and Kyousuke were young, they're so cute ^^ .The last episode strengthens the series and relationships between characters. By the way, a lot of well known seiyuus are in this series. Another ClariS song for the OP ^^ "reunion". 7/10. See you next time is displayed after the credits so does it mean S3?



Suisei no Gargantia

Well initially with the teaser, I thought it was gonna be some super space mecha battles but unfortunately this anime didn't take that direction. All of it happens on Earth and space is only seen in the first episode. The plot twist was not strong. The first half of the anime is a slice of life genre and the second part fails the first part. Amy's a dumb and useless heroine. A bloody waste of frames, time and effort. The only thing I can appreciate from her and her friends is the fan service lol. Chamber ftw~! and R.I.P. Character development is little. The sci-fi aspect of the show has flaws. The BGM is ok. Art is pretty. The battles lacked luster. The sudden change in usage of language is repulsive. Too ambitious and it had potential. Striker's a retarded antagonist. They just slotted it (Striker's a robot) in to create an "epic emotional" battle to close the anime which we know was horrible. One of the worst this season. Boring and frustrating! 4/10. NOT RECOMMENDED DESPITE THE LOOKS. LOOKS ARE DECEIVING BY THE WAY. PS: I wrote quite long for this but I don't know why my draft isn't here although it was saved wtf, Bare with this short one.



OVA

LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIA

A delightful OVA. Art's pretty and the music's pleasing. The protagonist, Akko watches a fancy visual magic show and decides to learn magic =) It's filled with humour and the spirit of believing. Feels Disney and Harry Potter-like with the lovable characters and setting. Lol it even has an RPG XD . A simple short story and sadly I have heard there is no sequel to it for now. PERFECT 10/10. If there are obvious flaws, I would have lowered the score. The voice acting is good. How can you not love this?

DEATH BILLIARDS

Another OVA from the Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai 2013 like Little Witch Academia. Surreal and perplexing. A young and an old man meet in a bar and they can't remember how they came there and events before it. They were issued a challenge and were asked to play as if their life was at stake which is rather dumb because later on they remembered they've died. The bartender or supposedly arbiter's words can't be trusted and this causes a confusing and contemplative scenario. It was pretty interesting and the unanswered questions give a sense of mystery. Too much of what if-ness makes it mind boggling. The art and music are good. I hate half hanging endings and no ending is a true one. Psychologically interesting although not to my taste. 8/10



Aruvu Rezuru: Kikaijikake no Youseitachi

I don't like the eyes lol and it's supposed to be an OVA but we are presented with an ending which indicates a sequel. Dystopia, soul and body swapping, robot controlling, siscon themes. Interesting concept and cannot be compared to the 2 OVAs above, too rushed and vague. 6/10



JINRUI WA SUITAI SHIMASHITA SPECIAL

Found on the Blu-ray discs coupled with the episodes. Consists of 6 short episodes which make up a 12 minute episode. Super cute =) Watashi turns into a "fairy" after dishing out her brain which turns into flour haha. She had to make cookies to return to her original self ^^ .If you like the series, you'll find this add-on nice. 8/10



Movie

KOTONOHA NO NIWAArt's pretty =) and Kana Hanazawa's voice acting! ^^ It reminds me of The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters Per Second, popular anime films by the same director and creator, Makoto Shinkai.The movie is easy to understand and really short, about 45 minutes long. The ending is a bittersweet one which I dislike =( 7.6/10



009 Re:Cyborg

So what just happened? Err....some awful plot with loads of holes you probably want to forget with the deus ex machina to wrap up the "story". "god" supposedly tried to destroy the world, bullshit about angel fossils, missing people, zombie soldiers, some random girl, etc. The art's detailed and kinda pretty. A mix of the 2D and 3D style which is usually bad and it is in this film.009 is pretty overpowered and bland. The other cyborgs are less powerful and also leave no impact. It is as entertaining as watching a colourful balloon float by. BGM is decent. Well they did play on the "god" issue and the 9/11 bombings so they were particularly referring to a certain group. In a way it presents reality with the indoctrination and brain washing of being a martyr although in a confusing manner which will put off anyone. Hearing to "god's" voice and very conflicting views about "god". Emotions aren't really portrayed. The only emotion I remember from the film is lust lol. No real sadness, excitement or happiness. AMBITIOUS BUT FAILS MISERABLY. THE WORST ANIME FILM I HAVE EVER WATCHED, AVOID! 2/10 PS: YOU PROBABLY WON'T MIND WATCHING IT WHILE BEING IN A DAZE BECAUSE YOU DON'T NEED TO REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED. I DID THAT AND WAS IN LUCK =)



Fuse Teppou Musume no Torimonochou

The story's about a female hunter and a soul eating wolf shapeshifter? Miyano Mamoru, Minako Kotobuki, Nana Mizuki and Maaya Sakamoto are voice acting~!! =) Wth...the girl has some weird gun? and some modern clothes? zz. The art's not bad. Music's good with the old nostalgic style. Not kid friendly by the way. A little weird though. The ending's a happy one =) Chara sang the ending song too~! The plot's simple but fails at delivering as the viewer will remain confused over what's happening and some plot elements. In general, people wouldn't have any no prior knowledge of Nansou Satomi Hakkenden which is some novel. The 8 dog warriors in Okami is a reference but that didn't even strike me. 5/10
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