Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
Lightning, Aya Brea Vers.by Kizuna
Kraft Lawrence, a 25 year old peddler traveling from town to town selling and buying various things to make a living during a period much like Europe in the Middle Ages. One night when stopped at the town of Pasroe, he finds in his wagon a 250 year old pagan wolf deity girl named Holo.
She appears to be that of a 15 year old girl, except for a wolf tail and ears. She introduces herself as the town’s goddess of harvest who has kept it blessed with good harvests of wheat for many years. Despite having the responsibility to watch over the town, she wants to go back to her homeland in the north called Yoitsu, she believes the people have already forsaken her anyway and that she has kept her promise to maintain the good harvests. She manages to bargain her way out of the village by making a deal with Lawrence to take her with him. As they travel, her wisdom helps increase his profits, but at the same time, her true nature draws unwanted attention from the church.
Unfortunately, Spice and Wolf Season 1 didn’t hit my expectations which was sky high after watching Season 2. In season 2, Holo was smarter, the story was more intense despite the lack of “wolf” action and Kraft could actually counter Holo’s sarcasm.
Spice and Wolf Season 1
Set in a gothic fantasy world, this is the story of Teito Klein, an orphaned slave who became the top military academy student. However, an unexpected turn of events left him pursued by the forces of the Barsburg Empire. Now an escaping convict, Teito’s sheltered by the church and it’s law of sanctuary. Here, he discovered many mysteries surrounding himself, the church, and the Empire itself. The fact that he might be connected to a dethroned king and the mystical stone of god, ‘The Eye of Mikhael’ made him the target of the empire more than ever. Fortunately the church is under the mythical 7 Ghost protection. But who are the Ghosts really. Will Teito be free from the military’s clutch, And what of his said mission to uncover the history. And who is the military’s Chief-of-Staff Ayanami exactly. Teito’s future seems to have spiraled into an unexpectedly perilous path.
07-Ghost can only be described with one word. S.L.O.W.
The overly dragging story pace overwhelmed me so bad that I can’t even think well enough to put the positive points about 07-Ghost into words right now. I pretty much forced myself to sit through the anime. But after 25 episodes, they still haven’t explained what the whole storyline is suppose to achieve.
Teito’s objective is uncertain, Ayanami’s intention is unknown, What relationship the Eye of Mikhail and the 7-Ghosts has, Heck! I don’t even know if they are gay!?
Allow me to elaborate,
“Apparently”, everything will become clear once Teito regains his memories. He will understand the mission he has been given.
*Ohz Noez, Another hero who lost his memories*
So every now and then, his mind throws a hissy fit and part of his memories comes back. Now comes the bad part. It takes him seemingly forever to remember but a short snip of his memories. By the end of the series, Teito has NOT remembered everything.
Having a mood-breaking slow story pace is one thing, but to couple it with an open ending. It absolutely sucked. Yes, that’s right, I’m spoiling it for you guys. It’s an open ending of NOTHINGNESS!
NOTHING HAPPENED! Sure there was a little invasion, some puny battles, among other things. But it is nowhere near justifying 8 hours of my time spent on this anime.
“God damn it! Forgot to ask about my chains again!”
Anyone noticed how it took 9 episodes before Teito’s chains were taken off. 9 freaking episodes. Only to be bound by a neck collar next. Lol! The irony.
Ok, ranting about the negative points helped lighten the rage a little. Maybe I’ll say some of the good points, which still doesn’t make up for 07-Ghost’s flaws. Just to let you know.
I actually did enjoy the first few episodes. The first story plot revolving Teito’s escape and Mikage’s burden was an interesting one. Couldn’t help but worry about Mikage’s dilemma and how it would turn out in the end. That was of course, before I notice things were starting to span out. It was pretty much a downfall of sky-diving proportions after that.
Overall, it’s a nice package. With good animation, good attempts on comedy (emphasis on good), short, swift and painless combat scenes, and below average music (Although I know another blogger who loves the ending theme.. Enough to make an AMV out of it. Unfortunately, her site seems to down after being inactive quite a while now, so I couldn’t link to her).
I actually have no issue with the story itself too. Again, it’s the way the story was told which was way too slow, that killed whatever 07-Ghost had going for it.
The story centers on Marin and Urin, two “pure” sisters who live alongside the fish in the sea, but yearn to be in the world beyond the water and above ground. One day, a beautiful ring falls in the middle of the sea, and Marin and Urin retrieve it. The two decide to leave their waterbound world for the first time to deliver the ring. After an arduous journey, they come across an isolated island where a high school girl named Kanon lives. The encounter between Marin and Kanon — the maiden of the sea and the maiden of the skies — awakens a hidden power as the world is threatened by an enveloping darkness.
Look pass the moe, and you will find yourself watching a solidly packaged anime. I’m talking about a good story, throwing in a perfect mix of comedy, adventure, drama, and friendship. I wouldn’t say that it’s superior in any sense, just that it has a good enough of everything. Watch any episode and you’ll just know that this is some quality anime we’re talking about. But obviously, knowing the story from the start helps.
The most outstanding point of Umi Monogatari has got the be the animation. Freaking flawless I’d say. A little simple and bland when it comes to the drawing, but that’s what prevents it from making mistakes. K.I.S.S. terminology? Perhaps…
As for color wise, zen zen ni hyaku pasen!
Although I wished they could have pushed it up another level when it came to combat scenes. It’s not exactly dull, just feels a little “sailormoon”-ish. Talking about that, expect transformation scenes in this anime too. Lol!
I really enjoyed the comedy in Umi Monogatari. Slapsticks did not feel overplayed. Comedy line were short, direct, yet sarcastic enough to pack a little punch. And the facial expression was superb. To the point it adds a touch of finesse to the comedy.
Seems to me that most themes these days have reached a rather superior level. Yet another opening theme which I found myself trying to sing to. Violet by marble, give it a try, even if you don’t watch the anime. It’s quite a nice piece on its own.
I’d say bear with the first 3 episodes if you are looking for something slightly heavier. Only after that does things start to pick up, as characters face certain hardships. Some on their own, some faced together. But you can be sure that for every hardship they encounters, the character’s depth just increases. To the point of the final plot where it gets sad and I was really touched.
I find myself super fond of the slang Kanon, Suzuki or other islanders (in the anime) use. Similar to the slang Arumi from Abenobashi has. I’m guessing that it just feels fresh, sounding different than the normal speech style found in your usual animes.
Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~
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.
Continuing where the first series left off, it follows Kraft Lawrence a experienced traveling merchant and his sharp tongued wolf god companion Horo on their journey to return to Horo’s home to the north called Yoitsu. A tender relationship has blossomed between the characters, as they make deals, travel between cities, encounter religious fanatics or vice versa and mostly just do what a traveling merchant has to do to get by.
I haven’t seen how others rated Spice and Wolf Season 2, but it was underrated. Even if you gave it a full score it would still be underrated!
In Spice and Wolf II, we have probably the 2 smartest characters in anime history, Horo and Lawrence. I’m not talking about full scores in some high school exams, or those who can spout meaningless crap as Snark points out in this post. I’m talking about mature, street smart, realistic-like intelligence. Intelligence that actually makes perfect logical sense. Sometimes the conversation between Horo and Lawrence get so verbal that even I fail to comprehend (Watching too many animes and lack of human interaction does that to you). But even so, their body language, the face expression, the music, everything works out to fill in any doubt you might have.
The sarcasm is well treasured as it not only gives you a good laugh but gives you a chance to actually give your brain some work out. Yes! Spice and Wolf is actually an anime that is BOTH ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL. When the fark have you ever hear me say that?! In fact, when in the world have you ever heard anyone say that about an anime.
At time of posting this, I am looking for Spice and Wolf Season 1. And if it is anywhere as brilliant as season 2, I will convert to Spice and Wolf-ism. For now, I’ll also be patiently wait for Season 3.
The opening and closing theme were both excellent. Although it’s one of those few times where I actually prefer the Tv sized version. And for both songs at that. Instilling a sense of joy before and after every episode. Needless to say it was quite a satisfaction.
Episode 1 to 6, got me all worked up as it showed the best the anime can offer. Bringing tension from the “Amati’s Contract” story, while Lawrence and Horo showed off their ability as a skilled merchant and powerful analytical skills. This was so good that it got me watching till 3am when I had to work the next day (Leaves house at 7am mind you).As that story ended, I thought to myself
“Fuh! That was excellent. I am thoroughly satisfied and couldn’t ask for anything more. Will catch up on sleep the next day.”
Only to be drowned in yet another brilliant story the following night. This time with more passion as Horo and Lawrence faces the possibilities of going their separate ways. Again another sleepless night, which was well worth every single bit!
This isn’t a fault or complaint regarding the anime, but I recently find myself watching too many animes with what feels like similar graphic styles. Soft lines with slightly faded colors. I’m getting just a little agitated and need something with greater contrast.
Each episode of MS Igloo 2 tells a story of a different soldier. How they were affected by the war. And how they were all “watched over” by the Shinigami of Zeon (“Grim Reaper” or “Death Gods” for you Bleach fans :p).
More info: AnimeNewsNetwork.com
I have officially found the 2nd scariest character ever in my whole anime/cartoon watching timespan! The Zeon Shinigami sends a chill down my spine everything she pops out. Starts floating around and spout her stuff. Those freaky eyes and spooky mascara. Bbrrrr!!!!
I don’t know if this qualifies as an anime. It’s fully CG after all. Provided you are not obsesed with how the faces of the characters look (a little too blocky to feel real), you’ll enjoy the show just fine. Don’t expect big eyes, solid and single-colored hair, big boobs, etc. etc. Hmm… MS Igloo 2 was a welcomed watch indeed! Too much fanservice in my recent animes.
Anyway… This show rocks! HARD! The animation, sound, story. Top Notch! Every scene felt like a wallpaper in the making. The colors were shere artistry. And for 30 minutes each episode, it still manage to bring just enough depth to the characters. Enough to tease you when it ended like it did. Then after enjoying the whole episode without blinking an eye, the ending song comes on, and despair drowns you as you feel a sudden loss, not wanting the anime to ever end.
Shit! Some episodes even explored 2 characters, and STILL manage to get me to feel attached, in less than 30 mins! Needless to say, Gundam fans cannot afford to miss this. It has Odessa!
One thing though, episode 2 and 3… Rather predictable. -.-”
Mr. Lonely Heart by Haruno Yokota
(For this Youtube video you migth have to crank your volumn up a little. It’s very soft, but the sound quality is better than the others. Just remember to turn it back down after you finish the video. This is a a friendly service reminder brought to you by Anime3R. -.-”)
And yes, the lady in the video is the Zeon Shinigami which scares the creep out of me.
If the pictures here doesn’t make you feel like watching MS Igloo 2, I don’t know what will.
MS Igloo 2
After the exhilarating school life, Negi Springfield has finally decided to form his own combat team under the disguise of a normal school club; so called the Ala Alba or White Wing. Supported by his classmates and advised by Evangeline A.K. McDowell, this team was aim to embark into the Magus world in search of Negi’s father, Nagi Springfield…or anything that may relate to him.
Negima Ala Alba was the whooole reason I bought and watched Negima! and the remake Negima!? Not forgetting the OVA’s in between. Episode 1 of NAA was so good. Started off with a bang! A magic fight between teacher and student. Followed by a big of comedy, a bit of Moe, abit of friendship. Clinging on to the satisfaction, I stopped at episode 1, determined to watched the series beforehand.
Fast forward a few months later, I’m back to Negima Ala Alba, having watched all the previously mentioned. Damn! I got fooled by episode 1 of NAA> Lol!
Episode 1 was great. No mistakes there. Although a little confusing to those unfamiliar with the original Negima series or manga, it feels like gold to Negi fans (like me :p). episode 2 and 3 however, will be harder to digest. Ep 2 is mainly fanservice, with beach, swimsuits and Onsens. And episode 3 plays random scenes of the students. I know this sounds retarded but NAA was exploring characters in Ep3, the last episode of this short series. Now why would you do that? Unless there is a new series coming up (There IS a movie coming up by the way!). Bottom line, none-Negima fans will find this series filler-like. Which it is, but at least those who previously watched it will be able to understand and relate to the fillers. Then again, it was probably meant to be extra’s for the main series and was not made with the priority to attract new fans.
Negima Ala Alba
Hey Cid-Evil, I was wondering. Does this OVA relate back to the manga? Cause I’m lost as to where this OVA belongs in the timeline… even after watching the previous seasons and other OVA’s. -.-”
Cobra’s beloved cyborg companion, Armaroid Lady, is fading away and nobody knows why. To find out how to save her, he journeys to the Spring of Time, where he can dive into time itself and see events long gone. While swimming through Lady’s past, he accidentally gets caught in a vortex and finds himself transported back in time. Once there, he encounters the beautiful princess Emeralda of the Sanborn duchy – the very woman he loved and who will become Armaroid Lady. Now Cobra must confront not only Emeralda’s political enemies, Lord Gilos and his murderous bodyguard Manidou, but the ghosts of the past as well, all the while desperately hoping to discover what is making Lady’s future existence disappear.
If you have watched or is well acquainted with previous Cobra Series, you’d probably know what Cobra is all about. An infamous pirate, traveling around seeking adventures and treasures, and babes :p
Always featuring the same animation style, equal in quality as before with thick outlines and large variety of colors. And its strongest aspect, creative imagination which in Time Drive still will not lose out to other similar genre titles.
I found Time Drive more interesting in that it tells the history of Cobra and Lady. And how they got together. Seeing how I like (not a big fan, but still enjoy) Cobra as a character, the story was naturally something that would captivate me. Sure it’s the similar one-guy-against-evil-king standard plot, but with all the twists and plots included, the story really did felt unique. Also to take note that by now I no longer put graphics/animation at such a high priority as before. Time Drive was surprisingly satisfying for a Cobra series this time around. Going to give it a 3-almost-made-it-to-4-Stars.
What? Sypnosis?! Shame on you for not knowing Hokuto no Ken’s Legend!
In a post-nuclear future, technology have all been lost. Leaving the world a barren desert where the strong rules the world and the weak becomes slaves. In a civilization where the cruel is unrestrained, the people call upon a savior to return the peace. This movie shows how a naive and kind Kenshiro evolves into the strong hearten will of the people. Happening just after Shin took Yuria away from Kenshiro. And before Kenshiro met Lin (the little girl who lost her voice) and the other kid. -.-”
More info: AnimeNewsNetwork.com
First off, that IS the title of the movie. Lol! Which will translate to Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Kenshirô. Second, Only one word need be used to describe this movie. G.A.R!
Only Kenshiro is GAR-worthy to be my very first male character wallpaper. ONLY Kenshiro! With his GAR clothing, GAR muscles, GAR martial arts, Freaking GAR eyebrows! Even the picture drama at the end of the movie was GAR. 5-GAR-GAR-GAR-GAR-GAR-Stars. I dare say that even if every character in Tengen Toupa Gurren Lagann and Sengoku Basara combined, they would not match the manliness brought about by Kenshiro’s single spit! You honestly don’t know the meaning of GAR until you watched a Hokuto no Ken movie. Especially THIS movie!
Gar has NEVER felt so good!
Shin Kyuseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Kenshiro-den (movie)/Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Kenshirô
Torrents: Hokuto no Gun
Negi Springfield has graduated from magic school and is sent off to Japan to further his studies. He becomes the homeroom/English teacher at an exclusive private school and has run-ins with an enemy of his father, as well as with Asuna, who makes his life a living hell, and that’s before she discovers his secret. He learns about (and from) his students and about himself in order to become a master mage, like his father before him.
Finally got around to watching Negima!?, the remake of the original series, Negima!.
Oh Man! The graphics were on another level. It looked as though they cranked up the color output or saturation (or whatever jargon you use in the animation world) 200%. Flaunting their overly rich colors every single episode. And they were doing it in style!
Another thing about Negima!? was that everything other animes have, Negima!? has it better. A good example would be the action sequence. Not only were the fight scenes good, it actually provided a weird sense of satisfaction**. Character movements when exchanging blows were more fluid than Nanael’s milk itself.
It should even be a surprise that an anime of this genre was able to provide such good action. When was the last time you saw good action coming out from a magic + school life + lots of moe anime? Alright, Asura Cryin was good. But that doesn’t count, it had robots.
Being able to satisfy most anime fans makes Negima!? among the better of the rest. But it will not satisfy the demanding as it still packed a plot which lacked the intensity it needed to excel.
More moe than K-on,
Action scenes on par with Munto Tv,
Graphics as lush as Casshern Sins,
But with a pace less enthusiastic than Akikan! itself.
It is just not worth going through the series when there is only a handful of episodes worth watching. Even I have a limit on how much moe I can digest before getting bored. A perfect example of when an anime should go 13 eps and leave fans wanting more. Instead of going 26 and ultimately becomes boring. Though, this series could have been better enjoyed if spaced out between sessions. Maybe watching 3 to 4 episodes every now and then, so it doesn’t get boring. Unfortunately, I’m not a patient man. :p
To end the review, I want to thank the anime gods for giving me the chance to watch Negima!? in my lifetime. I now truly believe that I have grasp the meaning of moe.
And as far as moe is concerned Negima!? > K-On and pretty much all others.
Simple, ask yourself if you rather have 4 moe-blobs or 31 moe-blobs? (33 if you count Negi’s sister and long time pal, Annier). Although, knowing most of Anime3R’s visitors, I’d say the majority of you will say “None”. Lol!
Negima!? / Magister Negi Magi (Season 2)/ Mahou Sensei Negima (Season 2)
Torrents: No reliable source. So you guys are up to your own on this one. Just be careful not to confuse Negima! and Negima !?. ! being the original and !? being the remake.
Also feel free to check out these links…
Negima! review – From comparing the reviews, the flaws of Negima!? really becomes apparent.
Negima! characters – What in the world was I thinking when I did this. -.-”
You guys were lucky! Initially I had plan to do a super screenshot spam post for Negima!? where I would post a large sized picture of every single 31 student character in the anime. I would have killed your bandwidth instantly. But I guess Daisy SkullCrusher took pity on you all and decided to BSoD so that I would lose all my pictures. Stupid PC! Now I’m not bothered enough to go through the anime again to take those “perfect” screenshots. Bah Hum-Bug!
**Later found out that it was the pedophile in me. Ohz Noez!
A polluted world has been overtaken by havoc-wreaking creatures called pollution beasts. Humanity, having been forced to relocate itself, must live in isolated mobile cities. A mysteriously skilled fighter named Layfon Alseif enrolls in the Academic city of Zuellni and is immediately noticed by Nina Antalk, leader of the 17th Military Arts Unit. He then reluctantly joins her squad, uncertain of what future awaits him and his new teammates within the city as well as the impending dangers in the midst of a plagued world.
All Hail Koukaku no Regios!
It has everything! Action, friendship, monsters, Romance, a bit of comedy. Only thing missing is robots. And everything it has, is done oh-so-adrenalin-pumping-excellent! Everything was good enough for me to overlook the slightly out-of-placed harem going on.
I was 3rd episode in, looked at the time… 11pm. Ok then! Already knew that this anime was going to keep me up all night. Time to redeem the countless hours I wasted sleeping.
During the start of the series…
1st episode – Turned off the lights. I only do this for the BEST animes mind you! I know it kills your eyes but Regios was freaking worth it!
2nd episode – Ran down quickly during the opening theme and grabbed as much snacks my hands allowed.
3rd episode – Searched for the soundtrack.
4th episode – Search for lots and lots of Regios wallpapers.
5th episode – Googled for Regios figures.
6th and onwards – Enjoyed as I drown myself in Regios ecstasy…
Things started to get twisted from episode 12 as plots build up. Hate to sound “unprofessional” but by then, I was too engrossed in Regios to bother about this review anymore. Stopped taking notes, threw the pen aside and was focused on this anime 120%. To illustrate a comparison on how incredible that is, I operate heavy machinery at work allocating only 60% of my brain power. Lol!
But to sum up the episodes, there were ups and downs. Still plenty of action and drama to boot; Keeping you on the edge of your seat. Either I have not seen animes of this genre for too long or Regios is really as great as I felt it to be.
I absolutely love the ending theme, Yasashii Uso by Chrome Shelled. At time of writing this review, I would have listened to it 43 times. By the end of this review, I expect the number to turn 50 61, not including the times I’ve listened to it watching the anime. Seeing how it is the ONLY song in my playlist for now. Very seldom do I actually sit through the same themes every episode or even played the anime just to skip to the ending theme. Regios has got me playing it over and over and over and over again. Well, that is until I downloaded the Single album for Yasahii Uso.
Every now and then, I keep thinking if Regios could have reached Macross Frontier standards romance wise if it killed the moe. That would have give the romance and harem plot a sense of realism. I’m not saying it isn’t as good as Macross Frontier; just that Macross Frontier feels more matured possibly targeting the audience of a higher age group. But in its own right, Regios is really just as amazing. Talking about realisem, I love how they didn’t portray the lead Layfon as the invincible warrior that he is, and instead will still tire and needs the help of his teammates in taking down stronger opponents.
There were some inconsistencies through out the course of the anime. During the inter platoon matches, there were numerous strong platoons, with experienced veterans, “honorable” and powerful military artists (Regios’s fancy name for soldiers, or at some point, cannon fodder). Then when the polluted beasts were invading, where the fark did everyone go? The only platoon I recognize was the one Layfon was in, the 17th Platoon.
Another inconsistency is that when Layfon went outside of the city’s protection dome. The polluted environment was shown to be hazardous enough to be able to slowly disintegrate Layfon’s clothing. But few episodes after that, Felli can travel outside in a freaking miniskirt?! WtF?! Oh by the way, Felli is the character in Regios who proves that a loli CAN be tsundere at the same time! :p
Remember coming across a chat about it a while ago asking if a loli can be a tsundere at the same time. Forgot where though. -.-“
I like how it gives off the illusion of the character’s age based on viewers’ preferences. It constantly uses words like study, exams, academic, classes, etc. which explains that the characters are still studying but that’s it. They never indicated the level of study. So viewers can simply imagine that the characters are indeed middle schooled or high schooled or whatever they prefer. From mid school all the way to university.
But as you watched on, there is not a single scene of the characters attending class at all. All I see are buildings which might very well be barracks instead and this could then easily pass of the idea that the characters are adult aged instead. Call me over-analytic but I think this was done with the intention of allowing viewers to determine or set an age group to the characters for themselves, according to their personal preference.
MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN REGIOS STAY THE F AWAY FROM THE FOLLOWING LINK AND WATCH THE ANIME FIRST! IT IS JUST TOTALLY FREAKING WORTH IT!
Minor ending impression
Anyone ever wondered why the city Grendan is so strong?
No… Not because it’s a Chrome Shelled City or whatever. It’s because it is the one city which bothered to keep their elders around. Did you notice that there were no aged citizens at all at Zuellni and Myarth? Even for an academic city?!
Anyone see’s Miku-lookalike?
Personally, I like Nina just as much as Felli… Wait! Leerin ain’t half bad too… o_0! I just had a revelation! Regios is my tsundere haven! Probably explains why I love it so much. :p
Now if someone is willing to explain to me why Data Chips are so expensive… Kanshasheteh. Oh, and also how the black and white scenes tie up with the main story going on in Regios, Oh! And who the fark Ignasious is. Oh and where is the mentioned Zero Dimension. Oh and what the fark is a Dying Slave. Oh and who the fark is Dixerio too. And the Masked Wolf gang. What about the Rigzario Belief?
Lol! I have never enjoyed such a confusing anime before! For the first time, I didn’t mind being totally lost to what the heck they were talking about. 5 ULTIMATE MIND-BLOWING STARS!
Koukaku no Regios
Torrents: Taka Fansubs
Imamiya Satoshi, “Sasshi” to his friends, has grown up in the Abenobashi Shopping Arcade in Osaka, along with his childhood friend, Asahina Arumi. Now, all that was stable in his life is in ruins. His family’s bath house has closed and been torn down, and Arumi’s family is moving to Hokkaido – and taking her with them. In the midst of all this, something happens to the framework of reality, and Sasshi and Arumi slip into a weird parallel world. It’s still Abenobashi, but not their Abenobashi. Strange things are afoot, and Sasshi must find out their meaning, in order to reach a goal that he barely understands.
This show is a freaking riot! I was laughing so loud I woke my sister in the next room in some episodes.
Dynamic drawing makes sure you never get bored. And when I say dynamic, I actually mean characters with a million faces and a whole bunch of animation style which just keeps coming and coming. The parodies of other animes or movies in Abenobashi were strong, plentiful and pure laughter. Abenobashi practically defines randomness, from robot themes to Kenshiro the Nine-star-North-fist guy to Dungeons and Dragons, this anime has it all.
I love Arumi’s voice, especially her slang. While every now and then, the narrations felt like they did it freestyle; full of vibrant energy.
Although there are some naked butt scenes of Arumi and a whole lot of “boings” from other characters, this is by no means hentai. Heck! I even thought it was a children’s show at some point when I started this series. Of course, that thought changed when I notice more and more of Arumi’s flashes.
I’m very surprised at the fact that I’ve never came across or heard of this anime before, seeing how hilarious this series is. But then again, this is from 2002.
Sasshi and Arumi is now among the top comedy duo/group anime characters in my book. Somewhere just above the Hyakko gang.
1st episode was a great opener, with really random scenes and charater built up. The first half of episode 1 definitely had me fooled as it brought about a serious atmosphere to the series. Really didn’t expect it to be a comedy initially. And just to let you know beforehand, characters are only introduced in the first episode (with the exception of Mune-Mune-san and Goblin). By the end of episode 1, character development had completely stop and the plot starts rolling as Sasshi and Arumi are teleported to weird worlds one after another.
Things slowed down quite a bit in episode 5 and 6. Then episode 7 came and finally viewers get to explore the history and the reasons behind all the teleportation. From then on it was one part comedy, one part explanation. It’s supposed to have explained everything by the end of the series, but I still haven’t piece it together yet. -.-”
If Detroit Metal City rocked for you, then Abenobashi is definitely not far from the pond. Despite Abenobashi Mahou Shotengai having a super start, it did get a little boring midway and the ending way overplayed on parodies. So much so that I decided to drop it from a full 5 to a very satisfying 4-Stars.
Abenobashi Mahoh Shotengai
In feudal Japan, states are in war with each other over control of lands, trying to unify Japan under their own flag. That is until a ruthless leader, Oda Nobunaga, gets so powerful that the states can no longer act independently. Instead they form an alliance and together they try to topple the evil warlord. Among the alliance are generals Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune who, among others, works together to take down Oda.
More Info: AnimeNewsNetwork.com
Now this is what I call entertainment! The story is direct and simple. No brain power is needed to process any complicated plots. There are minimal twists in the story which just naturally leads to one another. In fact, Sengoku Basara is so blatant about their transparency they practically tell you what is going to happen next episode. And that still doesn’t kill the fun one single bit.
This is the break I have been waiting for which stands strictly apart from all the animes overcrowded by female characters, harem, moe and others alike. And that makes Sengoku Basara feel freaking Epic!
The crazy animation manages to stand further out among others even after I just reviewed Candy Boy and Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo. Epic fight scenes! Using only the most fluid movements and the most stylish poses screaming “Cover-Shot” all over.
Every now and then, a different style of animation pops out especially during battles making it inconsistent, though every style still manages to oozes testosterone. The constant battle of balls going on between every character just makes it ever more crazy, in a kick-arse way.
The opening theme, JAP by Abingdon Boys School, works too Effing well. Listening to the opening theme and I’m already pumped up thinking of what savory treats await my eyes and my adrenal gland* as it begins working overtime to produce adrenalin for the course of the episode. The well blended fast beats, catchy tune and minor dance “choreography” as the background visual… Did I say Epic? Yeah, indeed it is.
Kenshin turns out to be my favorite character. Now before you start calling me gay or whatever, I’ve always strived to be a gentleman (something personal) and Kenshin was Epic-ly gentle. Dare disagree? :p
Not to mention being able to give orgasms through power of words and whisper just come as a plus. Lol!
* Yes, I had to google to find out about adrenalin. Lol!
@razrig: GAR indeed. Lol!
In the past, humans developed Artificial Intellegence Colonies (A.I.C) to help them expand to the realms of outer space. Unfortunately, the original A.I.C, called Nerval gained ideas of its own and decided to bring absolute peace and harmony to humankind by keeping them locked in “Box”-es. This led to a great conflict. Humans retaliated and later won the war.
Forward 50 years and we see Akiha, a girl from the high status Shishidou family, going about with her normal everyday school life before circumstances leads her to meeting Leopard, an A.I.C, and some other interesting characters. Meanwhile, Nerval has returned and is hell-bent on continuing what he tried to achieve 50 years ago.
The plot starts rolling at episode 5. Exploring on the Shishidou clan and their mysteries, Kannagi’s missing parents, Nerval and the Nervalists. Despite having what felt like a dull start , the pacing from this point on was really to my liking. Steadily more of the plot is revealed as with each passing episode. Nothing felt rushed but new revelations just kept popping up.
The animation is superb! The vast selection of color tones really perked the animation up. Even the dullest moment would feel lively as viewers notice the bright colors. Characters look good and the movements are fluid. Best of all, the animation quality is consistent throughout the series.
What I didn’t like about this series was that it obviously had no idea what a “Sora Wo Kakeru Shoujo” was. Throughout the anime, it was just trying to force a role on Akiha as the “Sora Wo Kakeru Shoujo”. Without properly explaining what that means, what she was suppose to do, etc. Even after finishing the series, all I could interpret from the anime was that the Sora Wo Kakeru Shoujo was a chosen one who was suppose to keep Leopard company and shoot his gun :p
But why was Akiha chosen? Couldn’t anyone else just keep Leopard company? Why couldn’t Honoka do it since she was close to Leopard? It wasn’t like Akiha and Leopard were bonding much.
Been a while since I hated a theme, but the first opening theme utterly reeks garbage. If you enjoyed the opening from .hack//Roots, then you might like this, but I hate both of them… terribly. The 2nd opening and ending theme were heaps better. Espacio by Ceui, definitely worth checking out. It will just keep getting better and better.
Although suddenly popping out with a baseball themed filler which was totally unrelated to the plot, it was still enjoyable (surprisingly). If only they bothered to put in a proper ending to that filler instead of letting it hand like an open ending gone bad. All it needed was a few seconds of scene to give it some sort of closure.
Episode 17 and the retaliation begins! and it was also when it got really exciting as I started churning down episode by episode just not being able to stop despite being sleepy to the point of being brain dead. It gets pretty exciting when the QT-arms get into combat. And has more than enough action for the demanding.
It is not easy to provide combat scenes that are able to keep viewers on the edge of their seat yet give them a good laugh at the same time. But Sora Wo Kakeru Shoujo does just that, being one of this title’s more unique points.
Despite having an average start, it did build up to a good anime as the last half of the series proves that it was indeed able to deliver, providing good action combined with sufficient comedy and drama. Integrating all these three factors so well.
Sora Wo Kakeru Shouko
Off topic: Unknowingly, I have reverted back to my old review style. Lol! Guess I’m stuck with it. :p
Polyphonica tells the story of Phoron, your usual hikkimori. When Phoron was a just a little child, he met a high level Spirit. “Will you be mine? Will you sing only for me?” was what she said before she dissappears into the night. He has never forgotten about her ever since. 12 years later, he meets her again. And the story goes on. More info: AnimeNewsNetwork.com
Crimson S really sets off with a good start; settings slowly gain form while characters build depth. By the third episode, I was already familiar with the world of Crimson S. Who the Dantists were, how the spirit-human relationship worked, how the school grading worked, etc. Yet nothing felt rushed at all. Hence, Crimson S settled the task of building the settings and got to focus on what it was suppose to do instead.
Midway through, I already knew that there will be a shallow and quick plot when it came down in the end. Half the series down and there was still no solid development for the terrorists or their goals. Throughout the series, the atmosphere was just too enjoyable and carefree, not giving the terrorists plot a chance to make any impact on the story. So it wouldn’t be hard to expect the ending plot to be as straight forward as it gets. Invade enemy HQ, fight, win, go home.
What I really like about this series is that Crimson S knew what it wanted to do and focused on it. And the focus was definitely on the romance between Corti and Phoron. The fight scenes were kept short and simple while more time was spent on Phoron and Corti’s relation as their romance bloom.
Animation is dismissible, joining the mass of other average animes, with the exception of using lots of flash effects. Watching the flashes as fireballs, lightning bolts, flames, etc. get thrown at each other. It did made good use of lightning (example of using the lighted Spirit wings, or the spirit themselves) to bring a “glow” to dark scenes, especially obvious during the night scenes.
Oh no! Another anime which has transformation scenes! zzZZz! This makes the transformation in Kurokami looks like a masterpiece. I know I can just post up 2 pictures and you would understand what I meant, but I wanted you to suffer as I did. Lol!
***Warning, Spoilers below. Highlight to read***
There is this one part where the script is messed up so freaking bad. Renbart told Phoron that Corti is in the lowest foor. Then Phoron starts running to her. Next, Phoron meets Leica and Eufinley in a battle. Cut!
Next scene Renbart throws a bomb to the hawk-on-steroids. The bomb explodes and it sends the sword hawk was wielding up towards the ceiling. The sword then pierces through the ceiling and stabs Leica bottom up. Huh?! What multi-level dimensional world were we at again?
Yes, even in death Leica couldn’t help but laughed at the messed up script***Spoilers end***
Thanks to Snark for pointing it out about keeping the spoilers hidden.
By the time I finished Crimson S, the only expression I had was “Huh… Oh Ok!” before chucking it aside knowing I will never touch this anime again. Crimson S is a 3-star through and through, it does not strive to achieve nor does it allow any disappointment. Nothing worth watching for a second time.
Shinkyoku Sokai Polyphonica crimson S
Torrents: imuR88 & Nekomimi
In a world where the Doppeliner system kills off innocent people, a human boy named Keita and a Mototsumita (Guardian) named Kuro forms a contract which grants them stronger power to achieve their own goals. Keita in destroying the Doppeliner system which has killed many of his friends and family. Kuro in revenging the death of her tribe, killed by her own elder brother. More info: AnimeNewsNetwork.com
All fight scenes were pretty milked and the final fight scene was epic! Nuff said.
No opening nor closing did I enjoy. Tried hard I did, young Jedi.
Doppeliner was really a good setting. And they made it sound so terribly convincing too. Unfortunately, it got a little boring at midpoint of the series.
Although bearing all the similar stuff you would find in any other animes, characters still felt unique with everyone having different personalities. Everyone got a good piece of the action. Well balanced indeed.
One of the highlights of this series to me was Akane in becoming one of my favorite female characters. She defines unique in this season of vastly stereotyped female anime characters.
First off, she is older than the lead by a lot. She works and drives while Keita is still schooling. How often do you find that?
Second, she doesn’t go crying around town every time Keita is hurt or something bad happens. Instead, she does what she can to help and if she can’t help, she knows how to stay still.
Third, she has the “balls” (pun intended :p) to express her feelings for Keita, where any other typical female characters would do the god-forsaken routine of
3) Deny/Shouts at male/Smacks male in the head;
in the respective order.
I usually hates recaps as a final episode but this, I like. This has got to be one of the most matured ending in an anime I’ve seen in a while. Sad yes, but matured none the less. And Akane got some airtime from here too. ;p
Off-topic: What do you guys think of the new lazy format? Passable? Lol! Do comment please. Another thing I found out is that it is almost impossible to review an anime in 5 sentences. Lol!
The story begins Nodoka and Yue practicing casting spells. While training, Yue convince Nodoka that they casting a red string of fate spell on Nodoka. A spell which shows them whose their fate is. One end connect to Nodoka and the other end connect to Negi. Unfortunatly, this spell isn’t a fate connection, but it just connects two people with a red string. The rest is about how Nodoka and Negi spend the day at a newly opened bath house.
This episode also has the high quality animation we saw in the Haru OVA , although in a slightly different style. The coloring had a slightly faded effect compared to the strong contrast effect felt in the Haru OVA.
Fanservice.. stronger than ever. I believe I should also mention that this episode is NSFW.
The themes however, were actually bad. Normally, a bad opening or ending would not get to me, but the ending for this OVA was just WRONG! The tune was Pfft!.. something ignorable but the singing… seriously terrible.
Ok, so how did this Natsu OVA get 5-Stars then? What makes it different from the Haru episode. Simple.
Watching this episode gave me a smile on my face from the 5 minute mark. And things just got funnier as Negi and Nodoka went to the Mahora Spa Resort. After that I just laughed my way through till the end. Which, unlike the previous Haru OVA, had a solid ending and succeeds to emphasize on the strong friendship that Nodoka and Yue has and how Yue’s faces her affection for Negi.
Magister Negi Magi! Natsu OVA
I think I’m starting to get carried away with my screenshots. -.-”
Seems to increase with every passing reviews.