Appleseed Alpha is the prequel to Appleseed, the long running, post apocalyptic series that focuses on the characters Briareos and Deunan. Formerly SWAT members, and who would eventually become ESWAT members in the eutopian city of Olympus, this tale focuses on their adventures previous to their lives in Olympus. Taking place in the ruins of New York, the two work as mercenaries, primarily paying off a debt to crime lord Two Horns by doing various jobs for him. However, they find their true calling when they encounter Iris and Olson, two others on a secret mission. While the previous two movies were cell shaded cgi animated movies this is the first full CGI animated movie with great detail throughout the movie. The story is great and the english cast did a superb job and it’s appreciated that the two main characters voice actors renewed their roles and of course a great job on the japanese voice acting cast. The video quality is great very sharp and clear and the audio is also clear and sharp no distortions at all. It’s not necessary to have the previous movies but I do suggest getting them for the overall entertainment value they have. As for those who already have the previous movies then getting this one is a no brainer.
The CGI animation here is incredible and Deunan and Briareos have never looked better. Likewise, the action here is fantastic, wonderfully choreographed and entertaining. The two characters themselves are well developed and the fact that Shinji Aramaki himself returns once again to direct is very much welcome. The other characters here are decent, the standouts being Iris and Olson who prove to be a great matching pair for Deunan and Briareos. My main complaint lies with the villains, primarily the main villain who seems to be about as cliche as they come. His motivations are typical and he is typically evil, flanked by evil henchmen obeying his every order. The movie also spends a lot of time getting to it’s point, where we tag along with our main duo at least a third of the film before we get to the meat of the story. Two Horns ends up over staying his welcome and becoming a needless part of the story with a twist that seems somewhat unwarranted.
Ultimately, your enjoyment of “Appleseed: Alpha” will depend on how little you care about plot-to-visuals ratio. If you’re the type of person who plops down money to go see a Michael Bay movie for the technical wizardry, or buys new games based on their graphical fidelity, you might enjoy this. There’s nothing wrong this. While the story isn’t quite as polished as it could be, leaving some to be desired, the action most certainly is. Unlike Ex Machina, the sequel to the 2004 film and the previous film to come out, Alpha doesn’t try to make the action a centerpiece to the film. Ex Machina even brought in John Woo as a producer, which was evident in the way the action seemed to be an aside from the story. Here, it’s fairly natural and fits right in with the story and characters. While the characters and story do certainly take center stage, the action is incredibly entertaining in the kind of way only a well done CGI film could be. None of it feels too flashy or there simply for the sake of being there, which is the mark of a great action film.
Overall, while not completely polished the way it could have been, Aramaki once again proves how to handle this series well. Strong leads, entertaining action, and a story worthy of the Appleseed name make this a wonderful fit and great primer for anyone who might be interested in this series.
“Lucy” is insane, makes very little sense, doesn’t stand up to scrutiny and is an absolute blast. Really, if you like having fun at the movies and pretending to be smart while doing so, you ought to see it. It doesn’t matter how silly it all seems later. Writer and director Luc Besson decided to take off all the filters, remove all the restraints and just go full-bore crazy, both visually and with the story. Scarlett Johansson proves a willing accomplice by playing things straight, the calm in the middle of a raging storm. She plays the title character, a student living in Taiwan. Her boyfriend (Pilou Asbaek) dupes her into delivering a briefcase to a Mr. Jang (Min-sik Choi), a mysterious mobster-type. This does not go well. The briefcase contains a drug in packages that Jang’s henchmen implant in the abdomens of Lucy and others; they are mules, with no choice in the matter.
But Lucy’s packet is punctured. The drug begins leaking into her body, which absorbs it, causing her brain to work at an increasingly high level. Besson shifts back and forth between all this to Samuel Norman (Morgan Freeman), a professor in Paris giving a lecture about how humans use only 10 percent of their brains. He speculates on what might happen if we were able to use more. Cut back to Lucy, with an on-screen graphic showing the rising capacity of her brain function as she escapes her captors. The effect of the drug is not just Lucy’s increased intelligence, but an ability to control other people, as well as everything around her. She contacts Norman and rushes to meet him, to try to figure out what will happen as she grows toward 100 percent brain capacity, while Jang and his thugs pursue her relentlessly. Being able to control matter comes in handy in a gunfight, turns out.
Besson puts some highfalutin concepts into play, about the nature of life and intelligence and what we’ve done with it, that sort of thing. But he can’t stop himself from having fun. When Lucy’s boyfriend is trying to talk her into delivering the briefcase, for instance, he cuts to a quick shot of a mouse contemplating the cheese in a trap. When Jang’s men are approaching her in the lobby of a hotel, Besson makes a quick cut to a cheetah pursuing its prey. A tad obvious? Sure. Who cares? What saves “Lucy,” in addition to Johansson’s performance, is Besson’s sense of humor. Despite the serious-sounding subject matter, he never takes any of it too seriously. Or if he does, he misses the mark so badly that it’s funny anyway.
The visuals are often stunning, as we see what Lucy sees: basically everything, without distraction, all at one time as her mental capacity increases. Johansson shifts into a monotone — fitting since, as she explains, she no longer feels pain or emotion. The implication is that these are traits for those of us lower on the brain-function scale. With this, “Her” and “Under the Skin,” Johansson is on a roll of late. This film isn’t the equal of those two, but it doesn’t really try to be. Besson seems instead determined to mix genres and ideas and let Johansson hold it all together. She does, and “Lucy” is an unlikely romp as a result.
The storyline is rather generic in nature as it is girl finds item finds out it is not what she thought begin story. The characters fit into all of the stereotypes of anime, such as the little girl mold that is the character Katia. The thing that I recognized and would say to fellow anime fans is that just because a show, such as this one, is cliched does not mean that it cannot be enjoyable for what it is. I enjoyed every single episode simply because it was predictable and I could tell what was coming. The one aspect that made this really enjoyable though was that near the end they began to pull slightly at your heart strings. They made you connect with the basic human condition through the usage of the dolls and overall you get that the series is primarily about friendship.
Uzume Uno is an ordinary junior high school student nothing special to mention about school grades or in the field of sports. However, one day, her destiny is significantly changed. She happens to find mysterious cards from which dolls therein with special abilities come out to real life. Uzume becomes the “Card Master” and executes contract with these characteristic dolls. Soon or later, she somehow finds herself in a position to fight not just for her own town, but to save the whole world! The voice actors seem to take their jobs seriously and do a good job at it. The animation is great, and the quality is amazing (which is something to be proud of considering that it’s not animated by Kyoto Animations)! Some of the characters are great, like the protagonist Uzume, who’s really realistic considering the genre of this anime. And Shimeji is pretty good, but then again, I only watched two episodes so I didn’t really see much of her. Also, the concept is really creative, and I think it’s really well executed.
This show is often reminiscent of a number of other magical girl/fighting doll series. Cardcaptor Sakura, Angelic Layer and Corrector Yui just to name a few. But it still manages to bring it’s own unique flavor to both genres. There is a lot of variety in this adorable anime and while I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who’s looking for something packed with action or a deep storyline, for someone who is looking for a cute, sometimes comical anime however I’d recommend Fantasista dolls first and foremost.
We soon learn that these aren’t random challenges the mysterious ‘Mutual Dream Association Group’ is offering to grant any wish to the person who defeats Uzume and takes her cards. When I read the plot synopsis for this film I thought it might just be a device to help sell a card game but now I’ve seen it I don’t think that can be the case; no time is wasted explaining how all the cards work. In many ways this feels more like a magic girl series than one about a game… the dolls certainly act like magic girls. As one would expect from such a series it is really about the development of friendship; both between Uzume and her dolls and between her and other members of the school card club. This isn’t a classic series but it was rather fun; the story is enjoyable and the animation is pretty good. There isn’t anything here to offend; in fact it feels like it has been toned down at times; the dolls are seen undressed at times but their bodies are just white with no real detail. Here is hoping for a second season!
It seems that, every few years, there are one or two Chinese films that, despite being slow-paced, dark, and lacking A-list stars, somehow manage to attract a large domestic audience without being controversial enough to risk complete censorship. In 2014, the only example I have seen so far is this, Black Coal, Thin Ice. As the story unfolds, despite being based around a series of murders, the film has a pace more similar to an art-house film than a crime- thriller. A couple of scenes were impressively disturbing, made even more so by the slow paced, subtle atmosphere surrounding them.
The protagonist is all but iconic for this genre, an alcoholic ex-cop. The details of what triggered his downhill slide in 1999 are incidental – a divorce and a fumble on the job. The case, however, is crucial, a bizarre and macabre affair of body parts of the victim being scattered like “flower pedals” (an imagery drawn from Chinese literature and mythology) in coal mines all over the province. The logistics of how this was accomplished would be the key to the solution. As Holmes motto says: when you have eliminated all other possibilities, what remains, however improbably, is the solution. Five years later, in 2004, two similar gory cases occur and all three victims, it is discovered, have had romantic associations with aforementioned fame fatale, a worker at a small laundry shop. Our protagonist is drawn back into the role of an investigator and during the investigation, develops romantic relationship with the women he is investigating – all too predictable.
The acting performances were all impressive, the female lead (played by Taiwanese Gwei/Gui Lun-Mei) seemed suitably out of place in the Far Northeast of Mainland China. Liao Fan’s male lead, and Wang Xuebing’s character, were both impressive. Despite a bit of dark humor that made me giggle, Black Coal, Thin Ice is a relentlessly grim and slightly disturbing film. I was impressed that it wasn’t (more) censored in China, as it paints a pretty depressing picture. Despite being enthralled by the film, I won’t be booking a flight to Heilongjiang any time soon.
As mentioned, when the final revelation comes, it is a little bit of a letdown. As well, there is such a proliferation of red herrings that it gets somewhat tedious, especially when some of them come out of nowhere and are entirely irrelevant. Still, it wouldn’t have a furious audience pulling out pocket knives and cutting the seats. It’s not that bad. In any case, what the movie offers is something else, as mentioned, mood and style. The direction shows occasional flashes of cleverness; the camera work is exquisite. Acting is competent. All told, if you are not put off by some of the violence that is not unexpected, this would be an interesting cinematic experience.
KiSung Koh received a BAA in the Illustration program from Sheridan College in 2012. KiSung’s imaginative work features fairytale worlds and scenes inspired by nature. I wanted to jump at the chance to interview an artist whose inspirations are animals full of mysterious spirits. I wanted to investigate the creative process, as well as talk about films and more. Read the full Q&A below…
I love the textures in your work. Could you describe your creative process a bit?
I usually watch a lot of animal documentaries such as national geographic, but many of times I watch, I find lot of facts and feel/think how mysterious nature is. The nature in my paintings is the beauty of it in my head, which you will never see.
And what is the significance of featuring animals? Is it symbolic, spiritual, or just something you excel at illustrating?
It depends on each work. Sometimes symbolic, sometimes spiritual, but most of all I love animals since I was tiny kid. For example, I always went for searching animals/insects/ flowers while other kids went for shooting, sports, or video games. Being in a forest, mountain, and pond was amazing time .I think all of those memories with animals/nature from childhood to the present give me inspiration and that reflects in my paintings.
The themes you gravitate towards seem like a natural fit for your ‘Wilderness’ group exhibit. Could you describe your submission and what you hope to learn by participating and viewing other artists’ work?
I was very excited and honored to be part of the group show along with many great artists. In addition I was very happy to see how other artists represent ‘wilderness’ in their works in other perspective, so that made me think about the term ‘wilderness’ one more time.
What are some of your favorite Asian films or anime?
I love all Miyazaki Hayao’s films so much because his films always talk about environmentalism, love, children, and water! Another one is Dragonball which got me into drawing in my childhood.
In addition to your skill as an artist, it is equally important to choose a medium fit for your work. From oil paper to 300lb watercolor paper to wood, what is the trial and error process like experimenting with what paper works with what application?
To be honest, I still love painting on thick water color paper or oil paper because I don’t really paint thick and fat. I used more acrylic,water color and gouache when painted on water color paper which I feel more comfortable than using them on wood.
Will you ever revisit zine making? As much as I love your complex creations there is something hilarious about someone so talented doodling childlike creations in adult situations.
I love drawing funny/cutie/adorable/sexual things. I’ve been doing that since I was in junior high school and my parents especially my mom hate those doodles because they don’t look serious but I love doing that. For my zine, I’d love to make another one filled with lots of cuties.
When starting a new piece, how often does the final piece become evolved and changed alot actually than the image you start with in your head?
I cant really tell how long each piece takes until the end because I take more time on looking at it and think if there’s anything I should add or remove , etc than actual painting time. And yes, the image sometimes changes a lot different from the first image I had in my head.
Whats ahead for you in 2014/early 2015?
I have a few upcoming group shows ill start preparing from now. Also i’ll make a zine and some toys.
Any advice you could give a male artist who is having trouble with the ladies?
Hm. I think I’m also one of the male artists having trouble with girls [laughs].
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Asuka and her 4 friends attend the secret Hanzo Academy, which trains young women in the martial-art of Ninjutsu. However, the girls find their own skills are inadequate when faced with another group of girls from their rival, Hibi Girls Academy, which trains it’s Ninjas with the opposite moral philosophy. Senran Kagura has no male lead character like you would normally expect in this kind of setting, it’s good that the viewer doesn’t have to see the girls dealing with a dense boy. The show follows the girls during their training and how they gain strength in times of conflict. This anime is quite funny and doesn’t take itself all too seriously most of the time. Yet it knows when to play the serious card that gives insight and backflashes of characters and threir relationships. At first it followed the manga closely, but after the third episode it has more original content that differs quite a bit at some major scenes. In the manga Hibari had a much bigger role and development. I would have really liked a 1:1 adaption, still the anime has a decent storyline that manages to keep the viewer entertained and the energetic characters make up for some flaws.
On the opposing side of the five main character girls are the five antagonists. All of them are well-trained ninjas and clearly stronger than the protagonists at first. Their objective is not clear at first, the only thing we know is that they are fighting for the dark side of the force – I mean, they attend a dark ninja school. Dark ninjas basically do the same thing as not-dark-ninjas only more ruthless and apparently enjoy better education. Dark side for the win! Later we find out that they want the secret ninja scroll, hidden in Hanzou Academy so they can add it to their ninja scroll and rule over the world! (Or something) Sounds a bit… textbook. Luckily the antagonist ninjas also have their backstories and flashbacks over the course of the anime and I personally have to say that I was more interested in them than in the protagonists. I mean, they have a bean sprout addicted blonde called Yomi and a green haired snake like girl who doesn’t give a crap about anything at all called Hikage. Also, the mysterious girl Asuka met on the ship and later on, Homura. They and the other two, Mirai and Haruka, seem way more ballanced out as a group than the protagonists are.
We got to focus on Hibari, the character who needs the most development, as well as the mysterious Dark Shinobi clan. As we are able to see it from Hibari’s eyes, we begin to see that it really isn’t a place dominated by evil intentions like we would expect. I appreciate this break from the usual cliches as well. The Dark Shinobi clan is made to look like a tough place, but only for those who are serious about being a ninja. Likewise, we see that they aren’t really focused on camaraderie as much as the Light Shinobi, but more on getting the missions done at all costs. However, having a leader who is all about money makes things start to feel cliche once again. Let’s hope they can avoid that trap as well.
The finale to Senra Kagura was exactly what I expected it to be, a mess of cliches with some decent action that got cut off far too much. You feel like all the dark ninja girls (well, all the “important” ones) learned something, and became (tsundere-ish) friends with our main cast. Was this a good or bad finale? …Meh. It didn’t do anything fun or risky, but it didn’t really suck either. It just went the usual course these types of series go, and there’s no real shame in that. If it tried to go outside the box with an ending, it likely would have screwed things up a lot more, so I’ll take what I can get. Bye, Senran Kagura! It was generally not terrible having you around.
Aberdeen is a movie on family, tolerance, acceptance, confidence, how to face our history and make the best out of the present. On the surface it is a story on a family – grandpa (Man Tat Ng) with two adult children, a daughter (Miriam Yeung) and a son (Louis Koo). The daughter married a doctor (Eric Tsang) who has an affair with his nurse (Jacky Choi). The son married a pretty model (Gigi Leung) whose modeling career seemed to going downhill. Their daughter (Lee man Kwai) is not as pretty as her parents and is bullied at school. But it is also a tribute to Hong Kong (HK) history and culture. To start with, the title Aberdeen expressed two aspects of history: that the west set foot in Aberdeen when they first landed in Hong Kong. Aberdeen still remains a major fisherman neighborhood with a typhoon shelter to keep fishing boats safe from storms. For Hong Kong citizens, this movie is more like a family album filled with collective memories including the WWII bomb, cartoon-themed McDonald and the whale.
Going through these memories, the characters find that they are not perfect but they can make the best out of the situation. What we should not do is impose pressure or hatred on ourselves or others which is based on misconception. In this family, everyone is valuable though each of them have their challenges: grandpa seeks atonement by being a Taoist priest and looks like a loser but he is the one who helps the lost granddaughter. Granddaughter knows she is not pretty but she does not let it bother her. She learns Kung Fu and how to change the bulb but she cares more about pleasing her father which includes eating durian (a fruit she does not like). Like many kids who is puzzled about life, she begins ponder on this question when her pet chameleon Greenie disappears. Her father, a handsome and successful teacher at a tutorial school is obsessed with image. He is bothered that his daughter is not as pretty which could cause her being bullied as he did so when he was younger. He even began to doubt this blood relation. To prepare his daughter for this cruel world, he put her to learn changing bulbs and practice Wing Chun, a kind of Kung Fu which Bruce Lee also learnt. His elder sister believes her dead mom never loves her and develops a kind of depression which begins to affect her sleep, without noticing that her husband is having an affair.
The plot progresses when a bomb explodes and the granddaughter’s pet Greenie disappears, and elder sister wakes up from a nightmare, signifying some family secrets finally got exposed. Like the ignition of an old bomb, after minimal damage, the world keeps on moving. We just have to deal with it and support each other. Nothing is really that bad. We can change our perspective and life will go on. Another theme is that many pressure is self-inflicted. It is like looking through the narrow slit in the fort, there seems to be no future. But if we can step outside, we will find the big, wide world outside. It is OK if we do not have a definite destination, as long as we can breathe in, hold and breathe out.
Then of course another theme is appearance and confidence: there is no need to feel insecure just because we do not look attractive. The bullied high school classmate has got over it and forgiven the classmate who bullied her. It is only the adult son who carries the guilt around and the notion that it will be a bitter life for an unattractive person. Despite everyone’s worries, the director gradually leads us to realize that what we sweat are probably small stuff and there are more important things to celebrate. Greenie has come back/reincarnated as a whale (Chinese culture triumphs) and the teacher accepts plastic surgery while his wife learns new skills to please her husband. Sister resolves her conflict after being supported by her hubby and clarifying with her father.
Two vivid scenes are very interesting: one is a mini North Point made from paper models which Hong Kong people use as offerings for dead relatives. Another is a similar scene where elder sister takes a paper taxi to see her mom at her childhood home. Both scenes showed the interaction of the living and the dead and is visually stunning. The film is quite mild in saying things are not as bad as they seem. As long as the family is together and we accept each other and feel secure, even eating at McDonald is better than having buffet at a five star hotel. Relationship is more valuable than material gain. In that sense, Aberdeen/family is our shelter. Being able to forgive is a virtue that helps us deal with reality with maturity. Perhaps we should start with forgiving ourselves first. Don’t be too harsh on ourselves, and others for that matter. Do not take ourselves so seriously, because nobody else does.
Malaysian illustrator Tang Yau Hoong cleverly uses negative space to create some fascinating illustrations that make you stop and think for a while. His works look simple, yet are complicated little puzzles you can’t not love solving them! We celebrate episode 350 by sitting down and discussing art, film, and more! Read below for the full Q&A…
What is the design culture like in Malaysia at the moment? Is it a thriving location for creativity?
Although in general there are still not much attention being paid to art and design industry here but I do think it is growing. Especially more mainstream media are starting to cover art and design news. It is not easy to make a living at making art in Malaysia but I can see many artists are still passionate and positive about all possibilities. Whereas the design industry could be a good place for designers to pursue their career because of the more consistent commercial work opportunities.
Many people underestimate the technical style of The Art of Negative Space. What kind of creative process do you go to in order to execute a clever idea that translates well on paper?
This is a tough question. To me, there is no specific way or formula to come up with an idea. But I think we can somehow try to make it work with iterative process. I do a lot of sketching and brainstorming. Combining different elements and reconstructing everything I can think of could work. Sometimes I just need to keep thinking and eventually I will get the idea.
And when you begin an illustration, is it a major concern of yours that the art works on a variety of mediums such as clothes? Or is that just an added bonus?
Most of the time I try to create illustrations that are applicable on various media. But I don’t think restriction is a bad thing all the time because sometimes this actually opens up more possibilities in terms of composition and perspective as I do not need to worry that the final art might not look good on certain media.
One of your pieces that really jumps out at me is your poem illustrations that are all greyscaled in nature. What brought upon this decision? Was it strictly a printing situation where costs were concerned?
This is a personal project that I collaborated with a poet friend, eL. At first, we both just wanted to create a series of illustrations that goes well with his poems. Turned out black and white works really well. Cost is one of the concern but I think at the end we like it monochrome too. His poems are very imaginative and visual which inspired my illustrations a lot.
What are some of your favorite Asian films or anime?
Some of the Asian films I could think of now are works by Wong Kar Wai, Jia ZhangKe, Shunji Iwai, Edward Yang. I do not watch a lot of anime, but Mcdull, a Hong Kong cartoon is brilliant. I am also a manga fan of Naoki Urasawa, Minoru Furuya and Mitsuru Adachi.
If you had to describe the importance of communicative art in today’s world – what would you say?
A picture is worth a thousand words, although this is cliche. It is no doubt the the average time we spend on a single page, website, etc is reducing so I think communicative art is really important in this sense.
As a self taught creative well-versed in many disciplines, what is your personal take on formal education? Do you recommend it to other artists or do you feel your route was more beneficial?
I think anyone who feels like going to formal education might as well do it. There is no certain way or formula. My stance is neutral in terms of learning new skills. However, the experience we get in formal education is priceless because the older we get the lesser our inclination to further study. Sometimes when i think of this I wonder what would I be if I had formal design training.
You made a great series where you stated how fascinated you were with light. Are there any surreal items or things you’d like to concentrate on for a future series of illustrations?
I have a couple of series I would like to do in the near future. They will be some similar elements involved such as nature and animals, and could also be a continuation of my previous works.
What else is ahead for you in 2014?
So far, regular commissions have been keeping me busy enough. I might want to focus on my personal projects more later this year.
Lastly, any advice you could offer up to a budding young artist?
Work hard, be positive and appreciate every opportunity because any step we take could be a stepping stone to better outcome.
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In another dimension the Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses – and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation – he must work as a freeter to pay for his living expenses. But the anime starts out with some pretty decent action sequences and the backdrop to our story—in the world Ignora, Satan decides to declare war on humans because he wants there to be peace for all devils and demons and evil things (fair enough).
The Devil is a Part-Timer is a series of light novels in Japan, and also has two manga adaptations that might be worth checking out as well. This series is enveloped in the supernatural and uses the plot device of the battle between light and darkness. However, the main focus isn’t necessarily on good vs. evil or angels vs. demons. Instead, the series focuses on a very comedic twist that most wouldn’t see coming. Beyond that, for the most part, the rest of Maou-sama is quite entertaining has it details Satan and Alciel encounters with others from Ente Isla such as the Hero, Emi Yusa (who is also stuck on Earth), and people on Earth such as Satan’s MgRonalds co-worker, Chiho that play their parts in both the realm of pure tomfoolery and action-driven points. Maou-sama is more comedy than it is action, so its comical effect certainly does rely on its characters a great deal; which I feel that it does not utilize as effectively and efficiently as possible, but still manages to get the job done.
But the real fun of this series revolves around the day-to-day living. Mao, working at MgRonalds (yes, it’s exactly what you’re thinking), must earn money to pay for food and rent for he and Ashiya, while Ashiya stays at home all day to clean, cook and manage the budget. Meanwhile, Emi is forced to work at a call center to make ends meet while trying to keep tabs on Mao. And with other characters coming over who can’t return to Ente Isla, plus the people they meet in Tokyo, it’s all fun for the audience. It’s almost a foregone conclusion that there will be a second season, considering where the first leaves off and how much more story there is to be told. The Devil is a Part-Timer! may not push the boundaries of anime experimentation with new fight sequences or character design, but it provides a thoroughly fun story with plenty of humor and character growth to keep the audience more than entertained throughout.
A topic that will continue to be debated is whether there is an existence after we die, and more specifically, if there is a God and a Devil. Regardless which way one may view this topic, it is something that will continue to be prominent in society. The world of anime, like any form of storytelling, spins their renditions and takes on the subject, sometimes with drama and deep philosophical views and other with comedy and lightheartedness. FUNimation brings us The Devil is a Part-Timer!, a different approach to the world of the Devil and those that would stand against him. And FUNimation has a real winner here.