You Sato is a new high school student living in the dorms. While seeking cheap eats at the local market he finds himself beat up and semi-conscious with fleeting glimpses of a girl during the moments of his collapse. As his memories recover the next day, he discovers that trying to purchase half priced lunchboxes can be hazardous to his health as free-for-all fights with local students for the discounted food is the nightly routine. The girl from the night before, Sen Yarizui, is an upper classmate known as the Frozen Witch and is one of the local Wolves who dominates the area. She educates him on the rules of the game where Wolves eat well while Dogs settle for cup ramen. With fellow first year student Hana Oshiroi, a fetishistic germaphobe, You Sato sets out to discover if he too has what it takes to be a Wolf and taste the sweet victory of half priced boxed banquets or wallow in the bitter defeat of reconstituted noodles and salty broth in a styrofoam bowl.
If there was one word that would describe Ben-to as a series, it would be “bold”. Bento was a refreshing, bold and ambitious take on the traditional fanservice comedy genre. Ben-to wasn’t afraid to go all out with it’s battles, with some ridiculous over-the-top fights producing some intense, high-adrenaline fight scenes. It also wasn’t afraid to push forward fanservice, only mix it in with gags involving some genuinely honest and likable characters, which made each gag loads of fun time and time again. And all of this was competently made by a good production crew, which managed to use some very creative camera angles and a fitting soundtrack to create some impressive action sequences, and integrate the comedy with the action as well. In no way does this series back down from daring to be ridiculous, and it’s the sheer level of energy that comes as a result that made Ben-to a really fun show to follow.
Even with the ridiculousness, though, the actual plot progression and buildup to this series is actually quite good. The series builds up a very likable cast, and then proceeds to gradually throw them into really messy situations. The characters are acted out really well, which made their conflicts all the more compelling to watch as they unfold. And of course, you come to cheer for the cast as they enter battle, and feel sympathy for each character when they are defeated. The cast is a crucial part to this show, and the buildup itself had a good balance of over-the-top antics and more restrained buildup.
There is also a surprising lack of filler, or if there was filler, it very much fit in with the overall feeling that this series had. Sometimes the pacing did falter, more so during filler fanservice moments, but a vast majority of Ben-to’s story was without excess. In the end, I’d have to say that this was one of the best comedies out of this year. Ben-to was a refreshing comedy that threw out many of the conventions I had come to expect out of fanservice comedy shows, and really got you pumped up.
Illya (Illyasviel von Einzbern) is a typical young girl attending Homurabara Academy who just happens to have a slight crush on her brother-in-law. Then, one night, a magic wand called Magical Ruby falls from the sky into her bath and tricks her into signing a contract. At first it was looking like a typical magical show with just Fate characters added to the mix. However, later in the series the action scenes actually got me interested to finish through. When the announcement for second season was announced, I went ahead and read the manga from there and found out there was a deeper storyline and before I knew it I got hooked onto the series so I’m excited for what comes in second season. The series’ storyline after this season does resemble to me of Mahou Sensei Negima’s manga version by Ken Akamatsu, as well as a bit of Madoka Magica’s but rather Fate’s Dark side of their story.
On the surface you have yet another magical girl/comedy/parody of the genera that uses familiar characters from the fate franchise to pull in the audience. At the core you have a clever, interesting. very action packed and some times cynical anime that uses the magical girl theme as a spring board to more interesting concepts. As much as i hate to admit it, Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA gives a better look at the universe of the fate series then any of the previous installments while still holding its own identity due to the unique perspective it is set from. I will note very very easily that there is one specific fight scene in this show thus far that takes the cake as the best fight in this season’s anime. The fight scenes are both numerous and very high quality. In short, this series was an action-packed, funny alternate take on the universe of Fate/stay night. If the first few episodes discourage you from continuing, I encourage you to watch the whole thing before making up your mind.
The back story between between Illya and her sapphire-clad counterpart Miyu is rather cute – and awkward at times. It’s fun to see their relationship grow over time – in some very “interesting” directions as well ;-P The other schoolgirls are definitely cute – and strongly stereotyped – though they seem mainly inconsequential and I got the impression they are really just there for “flavor”. Oh well. If you do give it a chance make sure you watch it to episodes 6 & 7. The plot twists are pretty amazing and you really start to see Illyasviel in a different light. What was once portrayed as just a cute and reluctant “magical” schoolgirl suddenly becomes rather mysterious with phenomenal displays of latent ability taking center stage. When I saw “Fate” I thought I would pass out from excitement, I really loved Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay night as well as the games however once I started watching this my hopes really went down the drains. Now the anime is well made, vibrant, good animation and its interesting to see the cast in weird roles but I don’t really feel magical girls are something that should be mixed into such a brutal anime. Now it still is the first episode, its too soon to say its bad but I am going to say this it’s definitely not something I’m gonna be looking forward to each week, more of a “once I see all this weeks new episodes”, bottom line it’s not for everyone, Its comparable to thebrony fad and if youre just a normal guy you will likely not be too into something aimed at small girls, but to each his own I suppose.
This is a Fate anime because of the characters; however, it falls into the magical girl genre of anime. Don’t go in expecting a Fate/Zero or a Fate/stay night style of anime. You should go in knowing the characters and some themes are there from previous series but it presents itself in its own, cute way. I loved this series with a passion because it was funny, and for the most part didn’t take itself too seriously. Don’t hate on it because it isn’t Fate/Zero’s successor, it is a really well-made anime. All in all a good show that gave more than the minimum of what you would expect from a spin off magi girl anime.
In the first few episodes, I was hardly interested in this anime at all. Around the fourth episode or so I realized something that you can’t within the first few episodes. This anime has a subtle lesson (in my opinion) for, not only the individuals in the anime, but real life. It’s all about the perspective of something. We all have different views and outlooks on life which may lead to different things, however sometimes we don’t realize that we’re all one in the same. While we may think that self preservation is the most important part, sometimes we just need to rethink and change our perspective. “Gatchaman” is the general term for warriors who wear special power suits called NOTE, which are manifestations of special spiritual powers possessed by living beings. The Gatchaman force on Earth consists of aliens who have been dispatched by a council and Earthlings who have been scouted for their latent abilities, all of whom work together to protect Earth’s people and resources from alien criminals who have invaded the planet in violation of the probation enforced by the council.
This is a very quirky and different sort of anime in a lot of ways and nothing like the original Gatchaman series. It’s a very fun and off the wall series that does some very funky twists on typical plot lines used in animes. That being said, one of the biggest complaints that reviewers have is that the main character lacks character development. Hajime is a very polarizing character and very different from your typical hero and if you want to enjoy this anime, it’s probably best to go in with that kind of expectation. The thing about Hajime is that she’s the catalyst for growth and change all around her, but a character that doesn’t go through very much obvious change herself. She’s childlike, innocent, and ridiculously open minded. She has whacky solutions to everything and takes a carefree and fun approach toward everything, even when everyone else around her is in a panic. To me this was a cool breath of fresh air and made me love the show all the more!
The Big Idea here is the potential of the internet to create horizontal societies and allow gamification to incentivize good deeds, with an eye on what the true nature of “hero” really is. It puts this Big Idea in the context of a superpower team who fights off an alien invasion, and its that team and that premise that gives this more grounding than his somewhat aimless. The series asks quite openly: “Does the world need heroes or can people be heroic forces of change in their own affairs?” Cross-dressing heroes and compelling questions of how one’s involvement in a digital community (i.e. connectedness among strangers with a unifying goal to “change/update the world”) can inspire acts of heroism, are just some of the more progressive elements the series. Conversely, the threat of the series is a villain who acts as more than a misanthrope: his character is a commentary on the destructive influence of apathy and a lack of empathy for others in need, which serves both as a plot device and an explicit dialog between the heroes–namely, what impetus is necessary to inspire people to help others v. the possibility that the most destructive potential is the propensity for human beings to turn on one another, given the right mixture of terror, panic, and distrust.
You see all of the main characters grow in one form or another. Either they are introduced with one personality and are showing to change in little steps until they are different in the end or you see the character ‘never change’ but you get a new perspective about them because you see more and more of the intent behind their actions. The last caution I could give is that if you are an old school and/or stubborn ‘things should never change’ kind of fan, you won’t like this series. It’s not a “monster of the day” series. It’s not all about three minute transformations before each fight. It’s not about new power ups that trump a villain’s new trap. It’s the story of the human heart as seen in the team of heroes and the hearts of the entire world they live in. On top of that the are design is different then expected and if you accept that, it’s pretty cool. The music is great to listen to and used well in the show to keep your emotions flowing and anticipation growing.
I love this show, for its gender and sexuality diversity, for its characters, its fast paced plot that doesn’t sacrifice complexity for moving along the storyline and on a design note, the way it looks and sounds. A complete joy to watch. Like I said in the beginning, I didn’t really think it was that amazing. I felt like some of the art could’ve probably been done better. Maybe if they had taken a fraction of the time that probably used for the armor to improve everything else, that would’ve been a bit better. As for its own merits… The characters are irritating – especially the main girl. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series develops. Sure, I may end up disappointed, but I’m sticking around for the ride and am ready to enjoy this as a stand-alone series.
Sakura was a normal fourth-grader until she stumbled upon the book of Clow Cards in her father’s library. After accidentally setting the magical cards loose, it’s now up to Sakura to catch them all again before they wreak havoc on the entire world! Luckily, she has her best friend Tomoyo, and Kerberos, the guardian of the cards, to help her. But when the help is more interested in costumes and video games than in Clow Cards, what’s a young captor to do? And now Sakura has a rival, both in her chase for the Clow Cards and for the affections for her brother’s friend Yukito. Thanks to NIS, we now have the grand original! Sweet and compelling, this is the saga of a little girl who finds herself enmeshed in a magical world of cards! Magical cards which have escaped their bonds, and now flash about in many different guises, wreaking havoc. Young Sakura must re-capture the entire deck, using the powers of the cards she already has: with a little help from her magical sidekick, Kero-chan. His name is a bit of a joke; it’s really Keroberos, but Sakura calls him by an affectionate diminuative construction of it. The Americanized version,released as “Cardcaptors,” was heavily edited and even had dialogue re-written to make it more of a boy/girl show instead of primarily a “Magical Girl” series, even “dumbed it down” a bit in some ways. Appropriate for any age, the stories are easy to follow but tense and dramatic. Parents, you can enjoy watching them with the kids! In fact, I’d already been an anime fan when my kids got me into this! The stories and characters really drive this series, and put it several cuts above the average “monster of the week” anime in the Pokemon model.
Here is when we geta look see at Sakura’s life and how she first opened the Clow book. It reveals about how Sakura lives with her father and big brother. But Sakura’s mother passed away when Sakura was only three years old. Sakura is a cheerful 10-year-old girl. Her best friend is Tomoyo Daidouji. Tomoyo is the daughter of the owner of a big toy company. She the richest kid in their town. Sakura after school finds the Clow book in her dad’s basment. She has a little bit of magical powers because she was able to use the WINDY spell without knowing what she was doing and blew away all the rest of the Clow Cards. Keroberos the beast of the seal who guards the Clow Cards tells Sakura she must now capture these dangeros cards who each have a power or there own. Sakura was able to captur the FLY card. But this is only the beginning. Also, in Sakura’s world, people are not perfect or one-dimensional. Li Shaorun can be a brat (and eventually evolves to crushing on Sakura as the series progresses), but he’s that way because of his background. He’s been ingrained by his family to capture cards, and at first he sees Sakura as an amateur rival who he doesn’t need (he actually feels threatened by her presence in the beginning). Tomoyo, an amateur film freak, drags her videocamera everywhere to film Sakura’s captures, and has a few stints of her own. Even Kero, with his sharp mouth and love of video games, and Sakura’s older brother, a true pain in the butt (in an endearing and entirely lifelife way), makes the series all the more realistic and worthwhile. Unlike “Sailor Moon”, here there are no “throwaway” characters, even Sakura’s band of clueless schoolfriends. Nobody here is one-dimensional.
The first thing that you notice about Cardcaptor Sakura is that it is beautifully animated. There is not even ONE shot of a static character with a moving background on this first volume. Something is always moving, whether its Sakura’s hair or the wings on her staff. It gives a realistic feel to it that is missing from most anime. I also liked the soundtrack, which combines symphonic music with pop flourishes. As for the characters, once you get adjusted to their annoying little girl voices, they are quite funny. Sakura is quite admirable in that while showing some fear, when it comes to the business of trapping the Clow Cards, she shows exceeding bravery. Kero threatens to steal the show with his Osakan accent and gung-ho spirit which get most of the laughs. All of the male characters show a tendency towards castrati except for Sakura’s brother who shows a little more masculinity. What I don’t like about the show so far is its episodic nature. Perhaps maybe its because of my age (I’m approaching 30 years old), but the domestic themes (yes, Cardcaptor Sakura also has to wash laundry, have baths and cook dinner!) and the childish scenes, most involving embarrassment because of romantic feelings, provide little humor and I did groan a bit as there’s a little slapstick for Kero too.
If you’re a fan of the series, this purchase is a no-brainer and NIS slipcases now approaches a standard DVD height so it fits easier on your shelf. The extras are as included:
- Disc 3:
- Clean Opening 1 (1080p; 1:20)
- Clean Opening 1 Version 2 (1080p; 1:20)
- Clean Ending 1 (1080p; 1:11)
- Trailers for other NIS America releases
- Disc 6:
- Clean Opening 2 (1080p; 1:20)
- Clean Ending 2 (1080p; 1:11)
- Clean Ending for Episode 46 (1080p; 2:34)
- Disc 9:
- Clean Opening 3 (1080p; 1:20)
- Clean Ending 3 (1080p; 1:11)
- Clean Ending for Episode 70 (1080p; 1:45)
- Trailers for other NIS America releases
The animation is crisp and bright, and the voice actors do an excellent job all around. But above all, it’s next to impossible to watch this series and not feel good. The energy and upbeat personality of the series comes through everywhere, and is thoroughly infectious. Not the simple or even shallow show it may seem at first, Sakura can be enjoyed by anyone of any age, and all fans of anime
For anyone who spent their school years locked away watching anime or playing video games this anime hold TONS of sad truths! But the extremes of the situations are what make the anime funny and worth the watch. If you don’t know anything about Watamote, here’s a few things you should need to know: Watamote is about first year high school student named Tomoko. She loves visual novels, manga, and staying up all night on the computer; She’s the typical otaku. The most important thing is that Tomoko is very introverted. Although she does her best to interact with people, thinking it will magically make her popular; it inevitably not just makes the situation awkward for her but anyone watching. Each episode is an idea that Tomoko has to how she’ll become “Miss Popular”; It’s a fickle adventure that just leads her back to square one. In the end, you’ll be hoping and praying that the next episode will finally having something good going for our little, awkward Tomoko.
I will say, I get so uncomfortable while watching Watamote. The feeling of embarrassment overwhelms me every episode; It gets to the point that I have to pause the video and start mentally preparing myself for the events that are about to occur. Strangely enough, this is the reason why I keep on watching.
I honestly, overly love this anime so much. I personally love any character that comes across as anti-social and straight up weird. That’s my personal appeal. (For example, I absolutely love Crona from Soul Eater.) I have a personal connection with these kind of characters because I, myself have trouble with social anxiety and overcoming it. In short, I feel for them. Time after time you’ll see these individuals appear in an anime, and they may even become one of the most popular people of that show. Unfortunately though, the majority are usually a supporting character, or even if they are apart of the main cast, the story’s true focus is never about them. This is why I love Watamote so much- The show is all about this idiosyncratic girl named Tomoko Kuroki.
Besides the fact that this is an anime that is overly cringing, it’s very entertaining and humorous. If you can overcome the awkwardness then please continue on your interest of watching Watamote. And if you’re like me, who loves the underdog; I’m sure you’ll love it too. Together, We can share the wish that, hopefully in the end; she’ll finally have something good going for her- most importantly having friends or at least being able to hold a conversation with someone without the unpleasant presence. I’m mentally torn because I want to drop my rating to 4 stars. This anime left me feeling sad and empty; I was frankly baffled by it being over. I really did love this anime; I think it’s definitely worth watching, but keep in mind that the story just goes back to square one. Granted, there are many things I could say that are great about Watamote, but that’s something I want you to watch and see for yourself.
Growing up on Macross and the Gundam franchise, I have a tender spot in my core for mech anime. If you grew up on said anime, then you have to immediately view this series. It’s not for you that I need to make the case. You’ll already be willing to finish the series in one sitting. It’s been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous “seed ships” like the Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. Nagate Tanikaze is a young man who has been raised deep in the bowels of the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, Nagate is entrusted with piloting the legendary unit known as Tsugumori. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line against the Gauna, in the ultimate battle for the survival of humanity.
So I start episode one and my first reaction was the picture quality, it was so strange and 3-D-ish. At first i wasn’t sure if I even liked it but i finished episode one and thought it was decent. I decided to give one more episode a try before i decided if I was gonna watch it or drop it and boy am I glad I did! After episode two I got use to the strange animation and the story really picked up from there. Every single episode left you in suspense for the next, its been along time since a show caught my eye like this show did! This show has a very unique concept on the human race and how they’ve changed in the future this is one thing that really caught my attention. And the action and mystery were very nice too. Both opening and ending are very good in my opinion. This show has post-apocalyptic, romance, action, and mystery. I’m really excited for season two and I’m very happy that this was English dubbed the same time as japans release.
That getting stated, Sidonia continues to be an excellent series however I guess it had been the over anticipation I’d for this that in some way crumbled afterwards within the series. Regardless of the defects I pointed out above (most likely due to my high anticipation), Knights in combat of Sidonia is a nice solid series. The animation is gorgeous, the soundtrack is amazing (however i still discover the opening song just a little awkward and strange in my taste) and you will find some great parts within this series. It’s a brand new undertake the Mecha/Sci-fi genre but it shows realism to some greater extent relative with other mecha series available. The greatest talents in Sidonia is based on it’s Setting and Realism while it’s finest weakness could be it’s draggy backstory and unlovable figures.
Still reeling from the deaths of her friends and the revelations of the Ethics Committee’s machinations, Saki returns to the village expecting the worst. However, what she’s learned so far barely touches on the edges of an even vaster conspiracy. As she discovers the fate the committee intends for her personally, she realizes that her own mind is being turned against her. With her memories of Shun fading, she and Satoru find themselves in a race to find Maria and Mamoru before the Committee condemns them to destruction. But the clock is turning against them in more ways than one, as the smoldering conflicts between the rat colonies threatens to erupt into open warfare. As pivotal pieces in a deadly endgame designed to wipe an entire species from the face of the planet, it’s not going to be enough for Saki and Satoru to merely survive. This is where the anime shines more than anything and more than makes up for any flaws anywhere else. The writers of this story obviously put a huge amount of effort into the tiniest details. There is almost no mystery left unknown and most of them are explained in detail that is completely believable. The whole concept of it all just got me thinking about all kinds of things. There are so many terrible things that happen that can make you think “they shouldn’t do something so terrible!” until the anime explains why it is being done and how it is actually the best or only option. It picks up big time after a while so do not even think of dropping this because the first bit seems slow. Even the slow bits are completely relevant so there is no filler.
Collection 2 has so much to take in. The author did a great job of giving us information early on as to why civilization developed in that manner, and the atrocities the humans created in a caged society, and the demons they feared. It went on to show Yakomaru as a bad person, and as a watcher, I hated his guts. Time went on and at the end, We are told why they did what they did, and where the “monster rats” descended from. As a watcher, this show pulled me in and made me feel the emotions of Saki (Forgiveness and caring) and Satoru (Hate and Revenge). By the end, I felt bad because it taught me that I judged a whole race based on appearance and action and a lack of knowledge, that even the most beautifullest of species has a dark side.
The plot started off establishing our characters and the setting, sucking me into the world. Once it felt I got comfortable, it took off into an engrossing plot. The show spreads the plot across years of the casts lives, and does so by jumping years every so often. Unfortunately this sometimes is slightly jarring, as you have to readjust to what is going on in the new “present time” The show does slow down a couple times when this happens, but it makes up for it by picking up straight after and going strong until the very end. But by no means were the slow points bad, or not entertaining. On the contrary they were good. It’s just that they weren’t as memorable in comparison to the parts of the show that were fantastic. My favorite part of the show is how it isn’t afraid to ask grey moral questions, as well as no one is really the “good guys” or “bad guys” it’s all about who thinks what is right. The good of the many versus the good of a few? What does it mean to be human? And other ambiguous, hard to answer questions are addressed here, and this show forces you to take a good hard look at it all.
Collection 2 wraps things up nicely and in closing, I think the show was excellent. It had an amazing plot, strong characters, had romance done tastefully and done so it felt real, and it wasn’t afraid to ask morally grey questions with no specific answer. Aside from a few hiccups in the pacing, and a missed opportunity with one of the characters, the show overall is fantastic. One of the best releases by Sentai Works in recent memory.
Toradora was an Anime that I had way back in my queue list but thanks to Sentai Filmworks, I finally had a proper chance to watch it and now that I’ve finished the show, I can say that Toradora has earned its spot in one of the many selected greatest shows in Anime. I love how the story starts off with many elements of comedy that will eventually develop itself into a drama show with the complimentary of romance. The final two episodes were especially the star episodes of the show. It really shows the struggles that Takasu and Taiga had to faced. A lot of sad realities were unfortunately pointed out such as Takasu’s mother’s situation when she had him while her husband left her. His mother really did a good job raising Takasu to becoming a great character. Some of the minor complaints I had was that some of the story elements and plots were generic and that I’ve experience some plot holes every now and then, but overall the way the story began from the beginning and developed its way to the ending is more than enough to compliment the minor complaints I had.
First of all, I enjoyed all of the characters on this show quite a bit, what I didn’t enjoy was the atrocious pacing of the love interest actually getting together or even acknowledging their feelings for each other. One thing I enjoyed about Golden Time was that the romance was sparked quite early on (under 10 episodes) between Koko and Banji. This didn’t happen til literally the last 3 episodes of Toradora and just when you finally think you’re going to see some together time between the characters, it gets derailed yet again and there’s barely any screen time of them together before the series ends. Episode after episode of them still trying to hook each other up with other love interests got pretty frustrating 15+ episodes in. This is a story about Ryuji and Taiga and their friendship which turns into love and their friends and family problems with many relationship troubles and even a couple cat fight’s. In the beginning of this series it seems no one can figure out who loves who he thinks he loves her she thinks she loves him and so on there are many instances of unrequited love others who admit their feelings just to get shot down there are many different characters and situations that occur throughout the series that I expected to happen their really isn’t anything new or groundbreaking here but I have to admit that I did enjoy the journey and I think this is a good slice of life story that shows that sometimes life isn’t always easy. I really enjoyed most of the characters the series moves along pretty well has some comedy and drama as you would expect from a series like this Taiga is a real fireball and I really liked her.
The animation was well done yet not over done. I don’t think it should be done any better then how it is now. It was really smooth and the facial expressions went from anywhere between mundane to extremely intense. You are not really left guessing how someone is feeling unless it was meant that way. The voices fit the characters. The pitch and elevation of the voices went perfectly with the characters draw expressions and body language. I don’t really have a lot of this. The music for the openings and closings were outstanding. I actually enjoyed sitting threw the openings and closing every time. After watching the series a few times I started skipping ahead but over all I always make sure to catch it all once in a while just because.
Sadly, the ending leaves a little bit to be desired, but to the shows credit, or should I say credits, it wraps it up well enough. The slowest part of the show can be considered the last three episodes, but even so, I still watched them with the same amount of love that I held for the previous twenty so episodes. One of the things that really upsets me with the last few episodes is the seemingly 180 rotation in character that Taiga undergoes. I truly liked her hard exterior that she threw up in front of Ryuji, but during the end, it became very rare. It wasn’t a Taiga that I liked as much as the original, so I didn’t feel as strongly towards her advancing slowly upon her goals. But still in the end, I felt somewhat glad that everyone was, more or less, happy to an extent. Despite the weakness of the last three episodes, it was still an engaging conclusion to a spectacular story about their crazy messed up love triangle. The predictability of the show can be countered by the small twists that occur every couple of episodes, and the characters alone are enough reason to keep coming back, even if the show didn’t constantly push itself gracefully through the story line. I definitely recommend Toradora to everyone, of both genders, and all ages, for one of the most adorable, comedic, and comfortable romance anime’s on the market.
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!