Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series by Production I.G. that aired on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block between October 2012 and March 2013. The story takes place in a dystopia where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person’s mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed on each citizen’s body called the Psycho-Pass. It follows members of Unit One of the Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division and the crimes they investigate. The series was inspired by several live-actions with chief director Katsuyuki Motohiro aiming to explore psychological themes seen in society’s youth throughout dark storylines. As the story unfolded and they revealed Sybil’s true form I was a little disappointed. I mean, here I’m expecting a super computer or something and instead it’s brains of people who cant be scanned by the system.
Psycho-Pass depicts a futuristic society where people are monitored for their latent ability to commit crimes (as in Minority Report). But while MR depended on clairvoyance to see the future, the world of Psycho-Pass relies on scanning a person’s brainwaves to judge the stability of their mental state. The more unstable a person becomes, the more likely they become to commit a violent crime. The police then dispatch a specialized task force to neutralize the threat. These task forces are made up of an inspector (or something of an overseer) and a group of subordinates called “enforcers.” Enforcers are brutal and efficient–they are not only willing to pull the trigger, but they also can delve into the mindset of the “criminal coefficient” and use that insight to stay ahead of the bad guys. They can do this because they are (of course) latent criminals themselves, and are little more than glorified hunting dogs (a comparison often made in the show).
The art, animation and music of the latter half of the season were all enough to bring tears of joy to my face. From the awe-inspiring sweeping landscapes of the Tokyo landscape to the sleekly rendered fight scene animations, there is nothing in Psycho-Pass that isn’t visually appealing to watch. However, like Blade Runner and Other Cyber punk series, the character designs were distinguishable and I was very impressed by the various technologies and ideas. Psycho-Pass demonstrates a willingness to work with familiar source-material (dystopic societies, technological anxiety) and forge a new and sterling show from it. The show is dark (there is a rape scene within the first five or ten minutes) and bloody (the enforcers weapons, known as “dominators,” reduce criminals to bloody splats on the walls). It also delves into the very human capacity–some might say penchant–for evil. For a show that claims to be concerned with character psyches, Psycho-Pass also does not disappoint. We are able to watch the main characters slowly develop and change over time, and are given a sense of a real world where people are bitter over having their fates chosen for them. To top it all off, the sound track is amazing. Watch it as soon as you can.
Over shadowed by series like Sword Art Online & Attack on Titan, Psycho-Pass released under the radar to many (myself included), however this series is not one you’ll want to miss. I really enjoyed 80% of this show. It had a lot of potential but the final act of the season was completely devoid of the intrigue that I felt in the first half. Psycho-Pass may take a bit of time to get off the ground by episode 16, the show is travelling at pace so fast that you’ll be guaranteed to be blown off your seat. A second season is currently in production alongside an animated film by Production I.G., so there is certainly more to look forward too. So, with that said…welcome to the future. How guilty are you?
Pet Girl of Sakurasou is an amazing anime. Amazingly animated, characters are developed and well realized, and the story is paced well enough with some good drama and humor through out. For collection 2, Misaki’s attempts to escalate her campaign to win Jin’s affections take a disastrous turn. The care and feeding of a pet girl is something only those with the most dogged determination should attempt, but Sorata Kanda never really had a choice in the matter. Tasked with keeping the acclaimed but highly dysfunctional and unfocused artist Mashiro Shiina from forgetting to eat, brush her hair, or wear clothes, it’s been a long, slow battle to get to the point where he’s reached a general understanding of her extreme quirks. Which doesn’t mean that Mashiro doesn’t still walk out of the dorm half-naked. It’s just that Sorata now understands that it’s going to happen.
The comedy in this is absolute gold and when it comes down to any scene, this anime will put every ounce of emotion into it. You can see the love of the creators in every scene making this anime absolutely worth watching. It has one of those open ended but absolute closure endings that give you everything you need, but there can always be more. The single lost star is for the stock market like range of emotion a certain 2 characters have, and for the time dilation aspect. The story progresses perfectly but you don’t realize what has been a month or a week unless someone says something. Then again I might just be trying to squeeze some reviewer pride out of this. The realism of the plot and the turmoil of the characters are all things we’ve all faced before. Failure, jealousy, and even that feeling where success was right on the tips of your fingers to then lose it in a blazing fire. The characters having to deal with these issues while trying to maintain their relationships with each other felt even more powerful because of the stress and pressure each character is under because each other’s talent, hard work, and dedication to their respective fields.
Pet Girl Collection 2 is a great change of pace from other anime because it’s willing to talk about the negatives as well as the positives. Like life, you have to take the good with the bad. Pure success breeds contempt and boredom, so it’s nice to see characters working hard, some failing, love not blossoming like it should, etc.
In summary, this might come off strong, but collection 2 has a very charming story that I felt spoke to me more then any other second half anime I’ve watched before. It was able to bring up serious topics that are easy to sympathize with because they involve realistic situations that we face as life moves on. The structure of the story is very well paced adding characters appropriately and having each of them and giving them their own set of problems and concerns making it easy to find someone to compare yourself to. It does a fantastic job of not just focusing on the main characters, but on all the side characters without making it feel like filler stories to extend the content. By the end of this show I found myself thinking about issues brought up in the show and think about not just myself, but my friends and family to see if something I witnessed in this show can help them in some way. This anime teaches you lessons and shows you how people deal with all sorts of conflicts that life will throw at you. This is the first comedy that I felt the most immersed in. I felt not just laughter, but happiness, sadness, and the happy kind of sad that you feel when you look back on fond memories. This has my 2014 anime release highest recommendation because it succeeded in being a superb, entertaining, charming and realistic. I think almost anyone will enjoy watching this show
Wagnaria, or Working, whichever you prefer, is a prime example of an anime comedy. While not heavy on plot, the show hits the right notes in terms of humor. The family restaurant WAGNARIA stands by itself in Hokkaido. Get ready to dish up some wacky comedy together with Sota and his coworkers! Every episode had moments that cracked me up, and it never felt stale, like they were struggling for material. So that means, obviously, I am holding out for a third season. But in the meantime lets dive into what makes this set so doggone great.
This is a seriously dysfunctional group of people, and the fun of the series comes from watching them bounce off each other in any number of crazy ways. However, it’s important to note that, just as any other show goes, the characters have their own side stories, and they receive emphasis throughout the series very often. Unlike a show like Lucky Star, where it truly is the everyday life of the protagonists without focusing very much on development or growth, Wagnaria is quite different; there is development, there is a sequence of events, and watching them in random order should probably be the last thing on your to-do list. And development, there is. We know the main protagonists; Souta, who receives the most emphasis throughout the series, and Popura and Inami, who are basically competing for the female lead. But here’s the thing; keeping that in mind, the other characters receive in my opinion an equal amount of emphasis. There are no flat characters, therefore, it’s really anybody’s game; if they wanted to shift the focus towards any one of the other characters, they could do it very easily. They could continue writing the story with more emphasis on a different character, and I don’t even think I’d be able to notice the difference either.
And that’s only the beginning. As the series progresses we meet the restaurant’s owner, who spends near all of his time searching for his “lost” wife. (That is, she literally is lost.) Then the staff learns that a girl named Aoi Yamada has been living in the store attic after she conned the owner into letting her stay, and she’s reluctantly dragooned into helping out. And of course each of Takanashi’s sisters gets her due as well, although the show hasn’t done all it can with them yet.
Packed to the brim with laughter, don’t let Wagnaria’s simple story fool you. Poplar is finally tall enough to reach the broken items sheet, and while she’s pleased at the development, Takanashi is horrified by the thought of her growing taller. While talking about the future, Yamada ends up turning an off-hand comment from Poplar that she might have to leave Wagnaria some time in the future to a rumour that she is actually quitting, which she spreads to the other staff members. As the staff have their concerns over this, much to the annoyance of Maya, Poplar is confused by their weird reactions to her. After Maya helps Poplar with her worries, the truth about Yamada’s rumor soon comes out. I really couldn’t think of a better way to close out the set.
Six anime specials from director Tsutomu Mizushima feature the girls from Oorai. There’s also a tour of the Oorai school ship, a look at what REALLY happened while Yukari and Erwin were out doing reconnaissance. The only two episodes that really related to the original story was the recap of what Yukari and Erwin did when they left camp to spy on Pravda School forces in the original series, which was not covered then. I actually found that quite interesting and to be a meaningful addition to the original story line. They also had scenes with the Pravda girls and expanded a little on what I thought was the most interesting school other than of course Oorai High School. And they also included an episode that revolved around the celebration of their final victory in the original series, which included a feast and a talent show that made me chuckle a little.
The OVA is a nice companion piece to the original series released earlier last year. But there are a few things that STILL irk me. Not to mention, they have never driven tanks before, so how in the mother of god were they able to take out seasoned veterans who knew what to do, as well as having superior machines and numbers. In reality, the tactics they used would of never been used, as in, ever, they would have been destroyed, but nope. But I keep telling myself that this is an anime….until a PANZER IV managed to take out a Maus in the most comical way possible (not to mention it also had a co-axial 75mm gun but never mind). Also the fact that they can hit everything they aim at but the seasoned veterans couldn’t hit anything to save their life.
The characters – as many as there are – are lively and full of quirkiness that gives a different approach to the standard anime school-girls that many anime stereotypes are bandies about. And there may even be a hint of real tactic training thrown in for good measure. All around, this is a great show, and the animation style offers the classic lines with a greater detail and intriguing angles with the CGI meshed together in such a great way that it was a true joy just to pause and study lines and definition in some scenes. I would recommend this to a wider ranging audience than I would for other anime within the genre(s) that it pulls from.
GIRLS und PANZER leaves quite a lot to be desired. The story makes no sense and has enough plot holes to sink the ship their living on. The last gripe I had was one batch of girls are complete sissies who get startled and scared from firing their own cannon and run away from being shot at. I mean, YOU’RE IN A TANK! It’s going to be loud and dangerous. There are characters that used to run a volleyball team until it was shut down, and now their trying to bring it back by joining the Tankery team. That will likely change as things go on, but the “tank”service is full bore from minute one, so if you like Upotte!! for its mostly correct representation of small arms, you’ll like this for the rolling stock. For my money i’d stick with the above average series but fan of the series should still purchase as it makes for a nice companion piece.
Jonah is a child soldier and the newest bodyguard for Koko, an international arms dealer with an entourage of hired guns. The cold-blooded kid hates Koko’s line of work, but following her into the darkest corners of the black market might be the only way he can find those responsible for his family’s slaughter. Besides, his employer isn’t like most merchants of death. She uses guile and cutthroat tactics to keep her clients armed to the teeth—all while cultivating her own warped plan for the future of world peace. With the CIA desperate for her capture, assassins eager to collect her head, and the potential for every contract to end in ultra-violence, Koko and her comrades in arms bring the boom to every corner of the world.
So we have a bunch of strongly contrasting characters adventuring and overcoming different dangers together, all in the business of selling guns. The story concentrates on the child soldier in the group – Jonah. Naturally he has some mental issues to work out, but each member seems to have some sort of screw in their head loose. If I try to pinpoint the awkward then I stumble upon the logic. It has a strange logic this anime. Examples should serve plenty: Not to spoil too much, but at one point our anti-heroes are surrounded by a small group of enemy soldiers outside of a house, so they suddenly disarm themselves and tell the ambushing soldiers that a smaller more vulnerable team is hiding inside the house so the soldiers go right past them and attack the smaller team inside. If you are trying to make a point that an easier prey is inside the house, why would you disarm yourself? You are in the open, you are unable to defend yourself and the people inside the house are armed and in cover. This same kind of logic can be seen throughout the whole series and comes back in what the characters say to each other.
I know that the creators are trying to show how crazy everyone is, including adding odd behavior and dialogue, but it feels like they haven’t got it quite right yet. It’s like a normal person trying to impersonate a crazy person. I feel more can be done with the ideas at hand and the “crazy” can be better. Nonetheless, the sound effects and the animation are great, with the style scales tipped just slightly away from the Japanese style and towards more Westernized mature animation along the lines of Ghost In The Shell (very vaguely along the lines though), which can be both a plus and a minus depending on what you like. Add to it slight hints of straight shota and yuri and you got yourself an interesting anime.
I found all of the main characters interesting and the story-lines of the series were also very good and at least seemed to be well thought out. My favorite character in this is the protagonist Koko Haktemeyer I found her interactions with her team quite interesting most notably those with Jonah and Valmet (particularly Valmet). Also Koko herself is a very interesting character with her guile and intellect also her accomplices are also each interesting characters also given their backgrounds.
It’s never overly violent or exploitative, despite the subject matter and the characters are likable enough, although while the animation is good, the female characters don’t look very female, but that was probably done on purpose…watch it if you liked ‘Black Lagoon’. Personally for me the only two downsides were the animation style on some characters such as Koko, not a big deal at all but it did take me a few episodes to get used to it. The thick white eyelashes and thick white eye brows look like double eye brows at times and Koko came off as more of a guy then a girl at first Most wont even notice but few them seem kind of off at times.
The story follows Kanako and leads us through her first day at, Ame no Kisaki Academy. Like every first anything she’s nervous yet excited at being in an unknown place with unknown people. To really understand this anime you have to know a little about our very own heroine. Due to previous experience, Kanako has an irrational fear of males in general and she transferred to the all-girls school to find her female soul mate. During her first day on school grounds Kanako meets a beautiful first-year student named Mariya who appears to be her ideal soul mate candidate, but Kanako soon finds out that Mariya is actually a cross-dressing boy with a sadistic personality. In order to stop Kanako from blabbing out his secret, Mariya forcefully becomes Kanako’s roommate and the series follows Kanako as she tries to find a soul mate among the school’s myriad of beautiful girls while trying to survive the abuse from Mariya and Mariya’s rude and condescending maid Matsurika.
This series suffers a bit from repetitive jokes, but it still does a decent job of keeping things fresh and funny. While this series ended up dropping off a bit from it’s start, it still ended up being a decent series to watch. Maria was what saved this how with her sadistic nature and sharp tongue inducing humor. I’ve come to be familiar with these kind of characters with Sentai Filmwork releases but the most special of treats is what I can appreciate for myself as an artist. This show is what I consider to be another masterpiece by Shaft, the visuals are a work of art. the character drawing are compelling, and the story, may not be that original, but it draws you in and makes you keep watching. And at some point you might even feel sorry for Kanoko, but only for a few minutes.
The lead girl Kanako is bubbly and kind of airheaded, as per convention too. I wonder if this will end up being a sneaky way to introduce a fairly ordinary girl-boy romance, since the two leads fulfill the usual shoujo romance archetypes already. Or, even, the way the episode introduced all the other female leads was strikingly reminiscent of the way seinen harem shows introduce the haremettes who all want the lead male. “A harem show, but with lesbians!” I said to myself. They could have a lot of fun with these premises. Kanako’s self esteem seems to disappear as the series goes on as nothing goes right for her given Mariya psychologically abuses her, blackmails her and also uses his feminine looks to make Kanako submit to him. It would probably not be a problem is Mariya honestly was a woman but the fact that Mariya is a male underneath that and how his sister Shizu apparently takes a masculine appearance in comparison, its very disturbing. The series is mostly a slice of life as Kahoko tries to score with the girls at the school (none of them seem to realize she’s a lesbian) and despite her bad luck, she manages to get a bunch of friends. So the bad isn’t really bad.
This little bit of chaos was what made the show recommendable, and even a bit funny at times. Overall, “Maria Holic – The Complete Collection” is an anime series for anime fans who wants something different but at the same time fun, humorous, visually creative when it comes to artistic presentation. Though I am not sure if it is an anime for everyone (because of the yuri, japanese-specific jokes, and a little perverse) it is definitely one I reccomend. The complete collection comes with great bonus features.
Kamisama Hajimemashita revolves around Momozono Nanami, a homeless high school girl who lost her house due to her gambling father. Having nowhere to go, she goes to the closest park to plan her seemingly bleak future when she sees a man up in a tree shouting for help. The man calls himself a Land God of an old temple at the top of a hill. In return for her help, Mikage shows her a map of the old temple and tells her that she is now the land god of the temple. Although she doesn’t believe his story at first, she goes to the temple to spend the night. She later discovers, however, that what Mikage said was true; Nanami has become the new land god.
Decades ago Tomoe a spirit fell in love with a human named Yukiji, Tomoe loved Yukiji so much that he decided to become human and be with Yukiji however Yukiji has a frail body and died Tomoe wanted to die with Yukiji but because he’s immortal he can’t he made a contract with a fallen god and was cursed. Mikage a kind land god found Tomoe and helped him. Mikage left the shrine for 20 years in order to find the descendant of Yukiji, which was Nanami, he then plotted Nanami and Tomoe’s love story and transferred the title of being the shrines Land God to Nanami and Tomoe became Nanami’s Shinsi. It is really exciting and their love story is extra ordinary.
The animation in this show was clean. There was nothing over the top, so I can’t truly praise it. It was honestly pleasing to the eyes. It’s hard to honestly say anything negative about it. At first I was a little turned off by the simplistic nature of the character art. Adding in the “pretty boys” which honestly were a little over the top. Especially when placed next to the main protagonist. However she had a special charm to her art work which showed in the care that was placed on her. This is all culminated with her smile-one of the most perfect smiles I have seen in a long time.
Overall, it’s a typical shojou anime with plenty of random, and inconceivable, elements thrown into a soup pot. It may be because I’m solely not a big fan of shoujo-genred anime but it is a sweet and beautiful story and definitely worth your time to watch. Great character building, strong world building, and the tears are hard to keep from welling up as it draws to a close.
MM! doesn’t take itself seriously at all. Each episode features a nod to the otaku culture. Iit is involving a hardcore masochist and how to cure is by inflicting a lethal pain, quite similar to forced overdose then cured by itself. The music is an upbeat music, typical for an anime with rapid plot progression. They do a good job of making it funny though. Especially in the last episode when they parody Dragon Ball by using pervert power to go super hentai. This show is very much worth the time.
What I like most about the show is that Sado isn’t the only unique character. As I stated before, Mio has a superiority complex, and we also have other characters. Arashiko has androphobia. For those of you not good with science terms, that basically means a morbid fear of men. She usually deals with this fear when triggered by violently beating the living crap out of the guy. You actually learn why Arashiko became androphobic in the show (and you also learn how Sado became a masochist), which has its own story arc. It was probably the only serious arc in the show. Along with those I’ve listed, other cast members are: a lesbian-voyeur, a cross-dresser, a lolicon, and religious fanatics. Normally characters with these personalities wouldn’t really be all that special, but MM!’s speciality is taking character traits and cranking them up to ridiculously extreme levels.
Even though we get some background information here on this not everyone gets development and leaves more questions than answers for some of the cast members. Even more the antics of the cast as the series gets along in the later episodes. Isurugi who initially wants to help Taro with his masochism problem later decides to beat him more of the sake of beating him. While Isurugi gets less, likeable it is even worse for Taro’s mom and sister who wants his penis so bad it is incest and it is done is such a way that they are unlikeable. With the exception for a few cast members most of the cast is unlikeable to the point that you just want to slap them for being who they are.
Making up the final corner of a triangle, Arashiko is a worthy opponent in the race to win Taro’s heart. Although the polar opposite to Mio, the male-hating girl comes into her own as she begins to realise that maybe she could fall in love. As the only other Y-chromosome character in the show, Tatsukichi harbours a dark secret that is played upon (successfully) throughout the series in possibly some of the most inopportune times – but somehow remains completely loveable! With the remaining noteworthy characters featuring a lovelorn loli, a secondary tsundere with lesbian traits, a mother with an unhealthy obsession for hooking up with her son and photography obsessed school nurse, hopefully you will find at least one likeable cast member.
In conclusion, I enjoyed MM! for the masochism and the hilarious attempts to cure it. While the masochism does not entirely reflect sadomasochism in real life, it’s not a point against this show. If you want some masochism with mild fanservice, comedy and romance, then go for it! I liked how the characters look, especially the girls since they are so colorful and cute and the ending song was rather catchy. All in all, this is a strong recommendation!
The anime is still about the girls of the amusement club who lounge around in the tea club’s room after it disbanded. They still lounge around in the club and waste time talking about random things and doing activities together. At times it can be a little over the top with the yuri stuff, but overall this is an amazingly cute show that is just self-aware enough to be hilarious all the while. Definitely a must-watch for any fans of cute girls doing cute things. But peeling back the layers there is a reason there is another seasons and a loyal fanbase.
Granted the characters are overly exaggerated characterizations of girls their age. They had to be. If they weren’t, it wouldn’t have been nearly as entertaining. The four main girls are: the levelheaded gamer, Yui, head in the clouds fanfic animator and manga writer, Kyoko, the warmhearted and easily teased, Akari, and the sweet looking girl with a dark side, Chinatsu. They form the Amusement Club whose soul purpose is to entertain themselves. That alone is funny to me. The cast of characters is rounded out with members of student council. There’s a running gag during both seasons that’s centered around Akari that actually make for the funniest moments.
This season, some of their friends and classmates introduced in the first season are also given a spotlight where their friendship and tenderness towards each other is nicely highlighted. The anime still doesn’t have any story. It’s still just about the normal lives of the girls and their time together in school and in the club room. The anime is still very much Slice of Life than anything else. Another new thing in the second season was dedicating more time to the relationship of Sakurako and Himawari. They are the other members of the student council and they have this playful love-hate relationship that you can’t get enough of. Their fights would often seem to be playful flirting that I was personally interested in.
They had this yuri promise in the first season and they now fully focused in the second season. They have the same dynamic as Yui and Kyouko from the original cast but, like I said, they have a much more yuri potential between them. The anime gave the two a lot of screen time exploring their beautiful bond, their funny tandem and just how they became friends. I also love how blunt yet honest Sakurako is while Himawari is a bit serious yet caring towards her best friend. The character designs were fairly generic but that didn’t bother me as they were distinctive from each other even if they could have come from a dozen other shows. If you like school based comedy anime this one is worth checking out even if it won’t become a classic like ‘Azumanga Daioh’ or ‘Lucky Star’.
It felt like almost no time had passed since I last saw these girls, and I wasn’t overwhelmed by the reintroduction section of the episode. Although I was sitting alone in my room, I laughed aloud several times, and after the let-down that was my last slice of life anime for the site, I’m tickled pink to have these cheerful, over-the-top girls back. This is another NIS America Premium Edition which comes housed in an oversized sturdy slipcase which includes a hardcover illustrated book and two slimline cases each holding a Blu-ray disc. You can ALWAYS expect top ntoch quality and precision with these sets, so rest assured, purchase with confidence. Fans of season 1, pick this set up as it qualifies as a no-brainer.