On the first day of high school a beautiful girl named Haruhi Suzumiya introduces herself as having “no interest in ordinary humans”. She asks for any aliens, time travelers, sliders or espers to join her. Watching her weird behaviour is Kyon who sits in front of Haruhi and is the only person who talks to her. When Kyon comments about Haruhi’s joining every club in school and then quitting he unwittingly gives Haruhi an idea to start her own after school club. Thereafter Kyon and several others find themselves dragged, literally, into the Save our world by Overloading it with fun Suzumiya Haruhi’s Brigade (the S.O.S. Brigade for short).
I have NEVER came across an anime where I hated every single character. Seriously! Even with the bad ratings I gave for Season 1, I was at least enjoying some brief moments and was fond of Mikuru for the moe that she is. But season 2, even Kyon’s younger sister got on my nerves let alone everyone else.
“The phone is ringing”
“Kyon-kun, the phone”
“ANSWER THE GOD DAMN PHONE!”
There is a perfect explanation why I’m especially pissed at the above mentioned scene. You know how you normally start an episode, watch the first few minutes, then only decides to start skipping through?
Well, that’s a die-hard habit of mine. So for the duration of endless eight plot, I actually watched every scene where Kyon’s sister (whatever her name is) was going “Myeh Myeh Myeh Myeh Myeh”.
Seeing how I hate this anime. I’d point out how I would change this series to make it a 5-Star rating. Which is actually very simple and straight forward…
Kyon has to shut his narration up for just a moment. It’s like he talks without ever breathing. Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap and a million more. The only “good” thing was that 90% of the time all he yapped about was how Haruhi sucked, which I agree with. But even then it still got bored. Be a man, stop yapping and do something about it.
Haruhi, just as bad if not worse than Kyon and his chant-like narration. If it wasn’t Kyon and his narration buzzing non-stop, it would be Haruhi yapping away. The combination of them both freaking hurt my ears. I actually had to turn down the volume in some of the episodes as it got too neck-scratching irritating. So yeah, Haruhi has to shut her mouth too.
Mikuru has to bloody stop crying. It comes as no surprise that I’ve always been rather fond of moe, but Arghh… Mikuru, What the hell is wrong with you! Stop crying! Speak up! And do it in a none glass-shattering pitch. I would at least give her a brain in the anime.
Yuki still as expressionless as ever. Yeah, Sure, It’s her “personality”. That’s what makes her cool. Hah!! She probably spoke less words that I have in this post throughout the anime. Even if she did, most probably consist of only one word… “Yes.” Intelligent database lifeform what-the-jig-a-ma-bob indeed!
So Yuki, a character that HAS a brain (or whatever you want to call it), but don’t seem to be using it. See the irony?!
Koizumi needs a hate face! Only expression I’ve ever see him with throughout the anime is the stupid smirk he has and another version of the smirk he use when he gets a little worried. Also stupid. I “think” he has a brain, but it’s probably the size of a BB Gun bullet. And 50% of his brain activities already goes to processing the movements of combing his hair with his hands. So you can guess how bad that is…
Talking about that. Someone has to tell Koizumi to stop combing his hair with his hands. He needs a big billboard with a sign that tells him Haruhi is NOT going to fall for him. If that’s even what he is attempting in the first place. See! I’m so pissed I’ve even started resorting to my own fiction to down-bitch Koizumi.
Tsuruya! Way to go! Not only did I break my milestone of hating every single character in an anime. I never hated a character so fast! Only appearing in a single episode… no wait… half an episode… or was it quarter, and I already hate Tsuruya.
Opening theme, I can probably try to enjoy it, going to have to try very hard.
Closing theme, can’t even stomach it. Already forgotten how it sounds like.
Only salvageable moment was episode 1, 13, 14, and the 2 minutes worth of sorry lame excuse of an ending at episode 9. The rest of the episodes, you might as well burn it off the face of the earth.
Why I enjoyed the above mentioned episodes? Also simple…
Episode 1, I was still enjoying the feeling of a new anime. Didn’t last long.
Episode 9, Homework?! Freaking Homework?! You got to be kidding me?! Spoiler my “behind”, it’s not even worth it!
Episode 13, Someone almost got slapped! Best… Scene… Ever… Now that’s what I call karma! (Which doesn’t exist in animes by the way… or real life for that matter.)
Episode 14, Now you introduce conspiracy?! At the final episode??! Which unfortunately for me, means there must be a season 3 cooking somewhere in anime hell.
For now, I’m just amazed at how wide a gap the different preferences of animes we human beings have.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 2
Klux, Upon reading this… don’t crucify me k? At least I tried… -.-“
Well, on a good note, I deleted every single “fark” from this post. Initial draft spotted at least 1 “fark” in every 2 sentences. Lol!
Hmm… If memory serves me right. Glo is a fan too.
Lol! I am in such deep shit.
Holidays come, Holidays go… So does OVA’s. Well, most of them anyway. :p
Strike witches OVA
- I didn’t make it pass the 10 minutes mark and I’m supposed to be a big fan of Strike Witches. Guess not -.-“
- I downloaded this expecting to see white haired fox-man and girl and samurai like setting among other things. Only after 3 minutes did I realize that was InuYasha… Not Inukami! So instead, I got 20 minutes worth of fanservice, bad comedy and a total of 5 minutes worth of watchable scenes that didn’t make my eyes bleed.
Torrents: Mendoi & Shinsen
- I have no idea what I expected so much when starting Yurumates. Turned out to be among the hardest animes I’ve had to sit through. It’s been a long time I’ve been so fidgety while watching an anime. Restless enough to do a photoshoot of random items while Yurumates was running.
Cybord She (Live Movie)
- Despite having a slow start to mid point; The ending was superb! Seriously! I won’t even try to express how good the ending was. I’m not saying it was a happy ending… I’m not saying it’s sad either. I’m just saying it’s good. Something you would feel as when you listen to Hatsune Miku’s – Last night, Good Night
- Hmm… This is suppose to be funny right?
- Hmm… 1993. Lol. I really wanted to try this out, but just couldn’t bring myself to it. Dropped…
Galaxy Express 999 (Movie)
- I know most animes fans will shun me for this. But I dropped it. Just too old skool for me.
Queen’s Blade OVA 02
- Boobs, Boobs and Boobs. -.-”
Amored Trooper Votoms – Big Battle (Movie)
- Other than the irritating machine gun sounds which repeats and repeats and repeats at the final battle, I enjoyed this. It still ain’t no 4-Stars though. Classic mech battle with damsel in distress. Nostalgic…
Warning: Not recommended for epilepsy viewers. Flash overload at final scene.
At Yachimata, there is a legend of a deity named Tayutayu-sama who protected the area, but this deity and other so-called “Tayutai” have been lost in time. Mito and his friends discover a relic on the school grounds with mysterious patterns on them. Then, at the opening ceremony of the new school year, an equally mysterious girl named Mashiro appears before Mito. Mashiro is somehow tied to the relic and the legend of Tayutayu-sama.
Talk about perfect timing.
In episode 1, everything was well. There were comedy, spirits /deities/Tayutai/whatever you want to call em, your usual moe goddess, a typical tsundere, the blur looking best friend who always manage to seem more interesting than the lead male. Nothing worth mentioning, but rule of thumb, always watch more than the first episode before dismissing an anime. And since I enjoyed the comedy in the first ep, as predictable as it was*, I decided to continue with the following episode.
Then episode 2 came, it took a deeeeeeeeep dive as I tried to keep myself interested. That episode was about Mashiro wanted to attend school.
“Oh man! Please don’t do another school “life” story!”
I needed something refreshing and moe + school just wasn’t it. Few minutes later Mashiro was accepted to school, attends the first class and was chatting with other classmates feeling welcomed.
Next, Mashiro’s hairy ears caught the attention of her classmates and she accidentally reveals her tail too (she’s a fox-like spirit by the way). Seeing this, the classmates got scared and backed away as Mashiro is again reminded by the difference between a Tayutai and humans. Mashiro starts feeling lonely as she faces isolation. Perfect timing indeed as I was just reaching for the fast forward button on my player.
This short minute was what made me NOT skip and continue on with the rest of the series. It gave me hope that this anime was not completely mindless moe and could possibly pull something off emotionally.
Then the “Kirukami (a.k.a. Mashiro) Vs other 3 strongest Tayutais” plot came to light by episode 3 and it became horrendous. Paving the way for utter Crap-dom. Needed to pop an aspirin before I could continue on with episode 7. The expired sushi I had didn’t help with the situation either. Literally.
In episode 8, Uryuu died and I started enjoying it again. Remember about the perfect timing I was talking about earlier? Screw that, by the end of episode 9, I hopefully thought that since the Mashiro vs Tayutai plot has ended, this anime actually felt enjoyable again. Tayutama might still be able to salvage what’s left of its remaining episodes!
Well, apparently not, Mr. Dragon (literally his name right?) decides to make a comeback which tops all bad Elvis spottings. Standing on top of a pole, talking to the moon, posing like the gay that he is and BAM! End of episode along with all hopes of salvation.
At one point, Mito and Mashiro exchanged words which were so inspiring and managed to touch me deeply… BALLLZ!!! Haven’t felt such a load of pointless banter in a while.
“In my eyes, you are human enough”
“Since you believe in me, I will also believe in you” (Hmm… Is it me or does this sound like someone GAR? :p)
“I won’t let Machiro be alone again”
“Please believe me”
“I’m really sorry”
And to think I though Naruto Shippudden 106-112 was bad. Well, Tayutama is not that bad but it sure came pretty close. At one point, I actually wished Tayutama had fanservice.
Blur: So… I watched Tayutama the other day.
Gummi Bear: What? How could you watch that crap?
Blur: As if you never watched crap animes
Gummi Bear: Well at least the crap I watched had fanservice.
The ONLY good thing about Tayutama is its music. It had a rather standard but still wonderful BGM. The type which would work in probably any anime. As for it’s opening and closing, also good, but wouldn’t recommend listening to it too often at any given time. Approaches boredom pretty fast.
Mediocrity is an understatement when it comes to Tayutama. All I can hope for now is that no lives were lost in the making (or fansubbing) of this anime. If any did, R.I.P…
Tayutama – Kiss on my Deity
* I am starting to develop a shitty habit. I’m starting to voice out my predictions randomly at the monitor when watching animes. Some are simple and short like “Date Masamune’s gonna come kick your shiny little butt” but some can go like “Mio’s gonna go to the local conbi, buy a lot of yaoi and fold paper planes out of them. But will probably run into Yui before that and give a lame excuse for the yaoi’s she’s carrying before giving Yui a wedgy and running off”.
By now I am thinking I need to spend more time interacting with actual live humans instead of staring at the monitor every little chance I get. Lol!
Seeing that I was free for the past 2 days and was feeling a little down. I went into hikkimori mode and finally took the time to clear off some OVAs, movies and other one off episodes I had stored in my PC since the dawn of time. Initially was gonna do a proper review for them but that would hurt my brain… really badly! So took the lazy way out and here they are accompanied by super short thoughts.
Kannagi 14 DVD Special
- Although nothing felt a missed, it still lacks the punch which sent me laughing off my chair in the original series.
Detroit Metal City Live Action Movie
- Aikawa in this movie is hot! Oh… and Mushroom hair RulEsZZsssZZ!!! Krauser too of course!
Prince of Tennis: Another Story – Turbulance – The Young Atobe
- Tells how Hyoutei Tennis team came together with a nice short game to end the OVA.
Torrents: Impetuosity Productions
Queen’s Blade OVA
- What’s the point of fanservice when you can’t even draw the characters properly?
Denpa teki na Kanojo OVA
More info: AnimeNewsNetwork.com
- This is a great anime. If you are a fan of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. You’d love this. It isn’t as wicked or violent or twisted as Higurashi. But the storyline is more solid. Prioritizing logic over fiction. Definitely a Must-watch!
Sugar Bunnies Fleur
- ………. 42 seconds before I dropped it. It’s not bad (I think), I just don’t want to watch it. :p
Miname-ke Betsubara OVA
- I still don’t find how Miname-ke is a good watch. I did realize a pattern where the male characters, Hosaka and Fujioka, are more blunt with their jokes. At least you know when it’s suppose to be a joke from them.
Don’t Lose Makendo
- Lol! Skipped.
More Info: AnimeNewsNetwork.com
- Provided you can get past the opening theme filled with cute underage girls, this anime actually turns out to be quite a good watch. Recommended! If there was any anime which ever turns me into a pedophile, this would be it.
Torrents: Kaze No Anime
Tori no Uta
- As much as I would like to say that I enjoyed what it was trying to express and act all artistic, I did not. In fact, I was trying very hard not to fall asleep. Check out the graphics from the screen-shots before you commit.
Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka OVA
- *Taking a breather to cool myself before I type this* This OVA is borderline echi. Strictly a fanservice episode. No story, no plot, and LOTS of skin. Good thing I found the humor sufficient (Woo! Learned today that humor = American, humour = British). Now excuse me while I go search for the full series ;p
And now it’s time to continue where we left off. Remember my previous review about how Queen’s Blade had potential? Forget about that. I still believed that it still had the chance to prove its worth. Up till the point just before episode 9’s Miss “Humongous” Cattleya showed up. By then I knew all hope was pointless. Logic has failed, Gravity has lost.
By episode 11, the anime tries to inject some emotions to the storyline, as Reina and Claudette stirs up some past. But why try now, so late in the point of the anime? I don’t know. But it was way too late. I had already been retard-ified.
Out of everyone, it is obvious that Tomoe-san should be queen. No one else was smart enough to sit at the side while so everyone else was battling each other. And Tomoe was the only female who actually showed decency being ashamed when clothing was lost. Others were practically running around naked.
However, my favorite character is not Tomoe though. In fact, the character I liked had the least screen time and is also the most interesting character to me and that is Nowa. She actually brought more depth to the anime than the lead character Reina.
As for some plus points, there were some funny moments which I actually enjoyed in the anime. First was when Nanael angel-san got the wrong goat milk. I laughed a little there. Second was when at the end of the show, they announced Season 2. I laughed a WHOLE lot there. In fact, I’m laughing again now as I think about it while typing this review.
Another plus point, animation was actually very consistent. The artwork for the characters and the coloring was solid. Although average, it wasn’t bad at all. But the battle sequence, urgh! That’s another story. The animations of the battle sequences were already bad enough. They HAD to use repeating scenes! So what do you get? Bad scenes repeating over and over again. Thankfully, most battle end within minutes.
Torrents: P-Z Subs
Okazaki Tomoya is a student who goes to school only as a force of habit. He continues to be plagued by nightmares of a world with nothing left, where his existence is a mere conciousness. On the way to school one day, he meets a girl called Furukawa Nagisa, who from then on follows him to school every day, unable to climb the stairs by herself. While helping Nagisa to organize the Drama Club, Tomoya slowly starts to open up and actually enjoy his life again. But the dreams he has might be something more than just dreams. Source: AnimeNewsNetwork.com
There goes a saying that an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Boy! Am I glad that is not the case here. In no way did it apply between Clannad’s movie and the series. Basically everything is a setup for the final scene, which is slightly touching even if for just a slight moment. Unfortunately, going through the anime to reach the final scene will probably bore you to death and before then, you’d probably stopped paying attention or start skipping. In the end, it will just come up to a conclusion that you don’t understand. It’s a good thing that this movie didn’t rely on overflowing Moe compared to the series. It felt at least like some effort was put in. I enjoyed the voice acting a little but that’s about it, unfortunately. The comedy wasn’t funny. The storytelling wasn’t good. Tomoya’s narration did not help. Supporting characters were too shallow. And so many other things which I rather not say. Sum it all up and it just means that this anime is bad.
The only possible way anyone could have enjoyed this is if they watched the series beforehand. That way, they can roughly get the idea of what’s going on. Otherwise, this movie seems too rushed and too ambitious for a rather bland movie. By the end of the day, all I know was birds, sakuras, Dangos’, more birds, and a kid name Ushio. Even funnier, it did give me a sense of loss as I watched Nagisa’s last scene. Made me feel sad, but what was going through my mind was the series instead of the movie.
Clannad: The Movie
I was very glad that the movie and the series I loved so much told a different storyline. Thinking of how terrible I would feel if Nagisa’s incident happened in the series. But then again, I haven’t watch Clannad: After Story as time of writing this, so now I’m slightly afraid. Lol!
Also take note that I’m reviewing this one day after I just finished the series. And comparing both of them, it’s like comparing Heaven to Hell!
Last comment before I call it a night, one of the reasons why people here don’t buy anime DVD’s and instead, download fansubs. Is because like the DVD I got, they didn’t bother to subtitle the songs, on screen text – like signboards or newspapers, and had crappy timing. And to think I was suppose to add this to my collection. Pffft… Shitty media companies!
Training With Hinako is a 20 minute anime which is “supposed” to be a workout video. I didn’t know what to expect when I was watching this. But an anime is an anime, regardless of how retarded it is, so here goes nothing. Warning, major spoilers below cause the plot ain’t even worth hidding.
Hinako used to be a real person. Then one day, while watching an anime, the TV flashed of bright white and the next thing she knew was that she became an anime character. Next scene, you walk into her showering and she introduces herself. Now as an anime character, Hinako is acting in another Sailormoon-styled anime. And she has been warned that if she gains anymore weight, she will be cut from that role. So she pulls you along for a workout. The workouts consist of push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. I don’t know if boob-bounce counts as a work out but Hinako did it anyway. Part 2, she changes to her undergarment and repeats the workout. Part 3, she changes to her bloomers and repeats the workout. Bear in mind that all 3 workouts were the same animation albeit different clothing only. As I watched through this show and laughed my ass off, I could feel my brains get sucked right out of my head. I have officially been Retardified!
As to how this anime is said to hit top sales in Amazon Japan rankings is an amazement to me. o_0″
Actually I have nothing against this anime (if you could call it that), it’s just that it feels so so wrong. And to be honest, even if they came up with an episode 2 or some shit, I will still watch it JUST to see how retarded I can feel and how good a laugh it will be.
Training With Hinako
Kanako Miyamae hates boys so much that she breaks out into hives after any physical contact with them. So when she is able to transfer to the Ame no Kisaki Girl’s school, Kanako is overjoyed that she can now search for her fated yuri partner. When she arrives, Kanako meets Shidou Mariya, a beautiful young girl who is exactly her type… except that Mariya is really a sarcastic and sadistic young boy who is masquerading as a girl! With no intention of being expelled from school, Mariya threatens Kanako into keeping his secret, and decides to guard her twenty-four hours a day to ensure that she does. Now Kanako must share a room with Mariya who is gleefully making her life a misery while using his ‘feminine’ charms to stop her protesting. Throw into the mix Ryuuken, the most popular girl in school who has vowed to protect her; and Kiri – who claims they are dating to prevent her from being bullied – and it seems as if Kanako’s dream of all-girl school life will be nothing like she imagined! Source: Anime-planet.com
This is one freaking noisy anime.
The only thing this anime did for me was the slightly enjoyable music which you will undeniably get bored within 3 episodes, and the sweet bijins (beauties). All I knew about the anime was Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap! There was way too much chatter and slapstick, in fact, I can’t even determine is it was suppose to be slapstick comedy because it was just plain noise and not funny at all. Midway through the series and I got irritated, not being able to sit still all fidgety. By episode 8, I couldn’t take it anymore and started skipping through to the end. Crap worthy 1-Star.
Charady’s Daily Joke is a series of episodes telling different jokes from around the world. Each episode lasts about three and a half minutes. So for a series which tells jokes, how is it that after 5 episodes, I have not even flinched an eyebrow, let alone laugh. And just to clear your suspicions, I did drop the anime after the first 5 episodes.
First off, the story or jokes uses some of the oldest in the book. You would probably enjoy the jokes if you haven’t heard of it before. But come on! the jokes they show are EVERYWHERE! There is little or no possible way for you not to have heard of the jokes before unless you lived in a cave or something.
Second, the animation is also crap. it’s Flash CG’s with minimal movements. Anyone could do a better job than that (except me of course :p). Even if it was flash with minimal movements, at least have the decency to come up with better looking illustrations.
In it’s defense, it was probably never meant to be compared to other animes. But even so, even if I didn’t compare it to other shitty animes. It is still Poo! Heck, this makes me consider the need of a rating lower than 1-Star.
Charady’s Daily Joke
Throughout the ages, fairy doctors served as liaisons between humans and fairies; but in the present time of the 19th century, fairies are nothing more than an old wives’ tale. Nineteen-year-old Lydia Carlton is one of the only remaining fairy doctors and enjoys a quiet life in the countryside of England – that is, until the dashing Edgar, for mysterious reasons, whisks her away on a daring adventure. Said to be the descendent of the earl of the fairy nation, Edgar desires the noble sword of the merrow that serves as proof to his lineage. Though his motives and origins are questionable, Lydia now sets forth to help Edgar on his quest. Source: Anime-planet.com
First impression I had, was that Earl and Fairy is a “pretty boy” anime. And it turns out that I am right. Lol! With a tug and hug love relationship going on between Lydia, the fairy doctor, and Edger, the Earl wannabe. There’s some eye fetish going on around as the anime kept focusing on character eyes, zooming in for a close-up every now and then.
I’m sorry to say that I dropped the anime after 2 episodes. I was desperately trying hard to finish at least 6 episodes. And if you noticed that this review doesn’t have any pictures, it’s because I was so irritated by it that I accidentally deleted it before remembering that I haven’t take any snapshots.
For a short moment in episode 2, there was a glamour of hope as an interesting battle scene came up. Unfortunately, it lasted for like 10 seconds, before plummeting back down into boredom city. There’s way way too much talk.
Earl and Fairy