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Friday, 26 July 2013

Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist ANime 2013 Ongoing Review

The story revolves around William, an aristocratic family's progeny with rare intellect. One day, his uncle lost his possessions after his business failed. Fearing that his family's name has been tarnished, William returns home and searches with his family's butler for anything that can be converted into cash. A search of the premises yields an underground room left by an ancestor. In the room is a magical seal, and William unintentionally summons a devil. The summoned devil tells William his name Dantalion, and reveals that William is the designator who can choose the acting ruler of the demon world.

I was lured in by the premise and its similarity to Kuroshitsuji.
Both have a little boy and demon who holds a subservient role.

Episode 1

The animation is good. above average (maybe if not my much though) though something about the character design rubs quite oddly,and doesn't sit entirely well.The story itself holds potential though the light airy feel doesn't allow it to grow much.
There is a fight scene even in the very first ep which shows that there will be more in the future though again because the story started off on such a light note it dosn't hold as great an impact.

I will continue to follow the series though, and do hope for some developments in the near future.

Episode 2

The characters are starting to fall into place and the cast is growing,
(Sitori makes his(her?) debut and does make things a little more interesting). all good things though the light-hearted airy feel lingers throughout this episode aswell.The fight scenes are pretty but unproductive and not very interesting.I can see how they are trying to assure us and counter the continues lightness that has been carried out the rest of the ep. but im not really feeling it.

I still have not given up hope ,I have searched ling and hard for similar anime's to Kuro and this is the closest I've come! so I will not give up on it so easily in hopes that it gets better.

                                                                    Episode 3

The anime is more or less the same,The Church does come into the story which is good.Now you can expect the whole war on Good vs. Evil.
The characters are slowly (as in extremely slowly) getting more comfortable with each other.I suspect Twining will keep up this 'not my problem' attitude for a while before taking his role.

I'm noticing a pattern of  a few minutes of school drama,then a peek into a problem, a monster, a fight, Dantallion saves the day and the end.

The action scenes are still flashy but not very productive ,story progression and complexity is minimal and the comedy consists of just about nothing as of now.
I'll keep watching but I'm not holding onto much hope nor should I.

Blood Lad Anime 2013 -Update Review

I was actually planning on reading the manga when i discovered the anime was airing this season. The first thing i noticed was the animation -obv. Its different thats for sure and not what I would consider pretty. Though it blends with the anime's atmosphere or 'theme'

The story revolves around Staz , a vampire who leads a section of the demon wolrd. He's infatuated with Japanese culture so when Yanagi Fuyumi, a Japanese teenager accidentally wanders into the demon city, he jumps to the occasion. However, while Staz deals with an intruder on his turf, the oblivious Fuyumi is killed by a monster and becomes a wandering ghost. The disappointed Staz vows to her that he will find a way to bring Fuyumi back to life.

More info @Blood Lad's MAL page

I have not read the manga so I have no knowledge of how the story originally goes and flows so this is strictly off what the anime is giving me.

Episode 1

I found it a little flakey,again im not too much of a fan on the character design but the rest seems okay.Though nothing jumps out at you either.
as for the story it hard to tell in one ep but the first episode in no way tempts me to continue the series. 
The characters so far have not left a lasting impression but i get a feel of what roles they will fall into
Staz-the badass hero who;s insanly sting but you could never guess
Girl- soft-spoken kinda clueless most likely,lots of fanservice here

As of now I'm feeling pretty blasé about the whole thing.

Episode 2

The fanservice is so .damn. ANNOYING
Nothing really new apart from the new character.She seems okay but again nothing extraordinary.After such an underwhelming first ep I was hoping the second ep would sort of pick it up there are hints of progression which is a good sighn.
Im not liking any of the characters at all as of now,there just annoying.

Hoping this gets better but i can see myself dropping this soon of it doesn't catch my attention soon.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Suisei no Gargantia Review!

Woah, okay first and foremost THE ANIMATION! 4/5
 I -am indeed shallow enough that I have a mental prettyness scale and abuse it relentlessly, it's true, 
       there's no denying it - but it would be criminal to ignore the stunning visuals in this show!

The only part of animation I didn't like was the character design.The features, posture, clothing none of it was likable for me.

 The backgrounds were the best part, the water and night scenes were especially nice.I often find it hard to follow an anime when the darkness engulfs everything, Gargantia manages to present the night scenes with noteworthy clarity.

The movements and visual effects were good , I found Chamber's movements were especially fluid and was a little disappointed that didn't carry on to the rest of the characters.

The characters 2.5/5 

 Seeing how even though I enjoyed the show (for the most part) I must admit the characters kind of sucked.  

Ledo, our trusty protagonist falls to earth with a very serious, assertive military mind set.He is
a particularly gung-ho individual in terms of killing off an entire race of mysterious alien creatures "Hideauze" and has very little social skills. However,vigilant he is often distant and odd in the midst of other people.He has trouble communicating with the humans on Gargantia who speak an Earthen language,further alienating him.The residents of Gargantia are a naturally free-spirited and care free bunch,a stark contrast

to Ledo's serious objective behavior, he often has trouble understanding their feelings and way of life
Throughout the first half he slowly adapts to life on the ship Gargantia. He was for the most part and okay character,but seeing as to how the entire plot revolves around him,he was a little underwhelming and entirely predictable. Also I found him very similar to Eureka  from Eureka 7  .The similarities were hard to look past and I found it hard to think of this as an original story with so many similarities.

Chamber,an artificial intelligence created to aid Ledo,was probably my favorite character.

He was much more productive than his pilot that's for damn sure.
Apart from them the rest of the characters fell into a clump of shells.I found nothing original about any of them and none seemed to have any distinctive personality that felt natural consistently.
Amy was perhaps the one exception though she didn't really go past her love fro her brother and bubbly nature.
There were almost no developments in this matter.

The Plot 3/5

I wonder when they were roughing out the plot for this how they went about it.
I believe it went something like this
PART ONE- Ledo will stop being such a hard-ass and make friends.
PART TWO-Total chaos and  random drama shall take over everything thus completely ruing our eazy-breazy plot thus far.
 Like what?
 The plot was pulled into two completely different directions and while some may have thought 'oh what a pleasant surprise' others were mostly baffled.
I enjoyed the first have very much.I found it refreshing and even if not flawless  it was enjoyable. PART ONE 4/5
After that things got way out of hand and frankly very out of character for everyone. The last half alone was also not 'bad' on its own.If the story had carried out a single theme from beginning till end it would have been great! Where things went wrong was when they couldn't stick with one concept and tried to throw in the second.

The soundtrack- was passable and voice acting was average.The sound effects were actually well timed ,dare I say 'good'. Along with that was some un-noteworthy background music leaving me with a 3/5.

Overall 7/10
I did enjoy the first half very much and found it very refreshing.Through  the entirety of the show there is minimal character development and later on it has trouble keeping consistency,both in the plot and character personality.
If you don't an out of the blue urn-around and don't mind walking into a predictable character then you would enjoy this much more than I did.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Baacano! Review


I absolutely loved the animation,from character design to the clarity and fluidity of movements the animation was amazing!

 The soundtrack was perfect for the theme and setting anime.I thought the opening soundtrack  was perfect and I enjoyed the well placed bits of jazzy music throughout the entire story,it really gave the situation an authentic fun feel,especially during action scenes!
Along with the amazing soundtrack the voices were also very well paired with their personalities  and easily associated to the characters. 

The most memorable aspect of Baccano for me was the cast.With almost a dozen main characters and a whopping 32 supporting its almost impossible to imagine having to remember them all but within a few episodes it comes naturally to you!The cast has a huge span of personalities

  .Isaac and Miria were  arguably the most eccentric,entertaining characters I've ever come across,so it amazes me that they share the stage with such diverse characters,from there illustrious costumes and jovial gallivanting around town and questionable career they were a joy to have around and are sure to lift your spirits!
  Each of the characters hold a special role in the story and come together to make a great story.

  Baccano! has  a non-sequential storytelling style that warrants attention.Though its been done before its still quite intresting to watch and though at first you don;t quite understand whats happening you soon fall into the flow of irregularity and start to enjoy it.  Baccano! has many sub-stories that follow a different set or individual character, all of which click together and form one large scale story.Its, again , amazingly well-paces and entertaining to follow.
It has an incredibly well balanced plate of action,comedy and drama so you never feel overwhelmed by once specific emotion but are constantly at elated an abundance of them.

Baccano! pours comedy, action and even a little romance, into you without taking away from the suspense and flow of the story, successfully creating a masterpiece you'll want to watch over and over  again!