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.
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.
Blaxplotation with a modern twist. One of my favorite shows on the Adult Swim Lineup; the series has some of the best animation and hilarious dialog and I am thrilled to sit down and tell you all about this series. I was skeptical that they would be able to capture the hilarious nature of the movie and put it into animated form but I was wrong. They took it to whole new level. The touch on anything and everything and they do it perfectly. Based on 2009′s critically-acclaimed feature film, the Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of the central character, Black Dynamite, and his crew. Black Dynamite is a 1970s renaissance man with a kung-fu grip. A lover and a fighter who is not afraid to leap before he looks. His sidekick extraordinaire is Bullhorn, the brains and cunning that complements Black Dynamite’s hard-hittin’, bone-crushin’ style. Providing comic relief on the mean streets is Cream Corn and classing up the place is the gorgeous Honey Bee.
Black Dynamite is pure hilarity. I agree that if you liked the movie, you will love the animated series. It’s well written and beautifully drawn for a captivating and gut busting series. From an artist’s standpoint, the dynamic angles and figures and bold color tones and lines instantly satisfy you visually. The characters are perfect and each fit their roles nicely. A sense of humor is required though. If you’re uptight and can’t laugh in the face of racism, than don’t bother watching the series. Its satire engulfs how foolish stereotypes are and incorporates celebrity guests to add to each episode’s flare.
Episode one, titled Just Beat It or Jackson Five Across Yo’ Eyes, centered on Cream Corn saving young Michael Jackson from an assassination attempt, becoming his new best friend. But as Black Dynamite soon discovers, Michael is far from the cute bundle of talent the world adores: he’s a merciless alien force who leaves his brothers and father Joe in constant fear of a ***** slapping! And when Cream Corn too has finally had enough, Dynamite and crew step in to slap the black off Mike’s face, changing music and Michael forever. It’s premises like these that make my jaw drop but I can’t help but applaud the shows genius. With animation you have the freedom to do anything and the creators use this freedom so well.
The show has a good mix of subtle humor and references, out there comedy, and just random fun. It is a very fun show that isn’t afraid to be bold, and to be controversial. While some people will find it racist at first glance, most will learn that it makes fun of the very idea by stereotyping many different races ,cultures, and popular icons. There are a few times when the jokes feel forceful, mostly the ones referencing the movie, but it is hilarious when it does it’s own thing, like ‘Amazon moon bitches’. The show is just fantastic in it’s humor, art style, animation, and having voice actors from the movie. I’m very excited that the series has been renewed for a second season! Its epic, all of it is epic; Michael Jai White is EPIC! Highly recommended.
Yuzuko, Yui, and Yukari, three girls who just started high school in spring, are always together. After school, the three of them attend their own “Data Processing Club” with two computers and a whiteboard between them, searching for random words on Google and then discussing the results. Don’t come in expecting any humor like of a harem anime or such. Almost everything is purely gag and can really be hit or miss. The quirks of the characters are what make this show! They really standout from themselves and each other and are able to perfectly bring out the best of each other. I liked it despite being set to disregard it the same way I did K-on, Kinmoza and other shows of a similar nature. It’s short, only thirteen episodes long and doesn’t out stay it’s welcome. By the time the end came around I actually kinda wanted more.
The three semi-titular characters are interesting enough and well rounded, and they form a very good comedy trio with some really funny jokes, although one or two of the word-play based ones didn’t translate so well to English. Yukari and Yuzuko initially seemed quite similar to me, but as it went on more of their personalities are revealed and you start to see patterns in the ways they work together to screw around with Yui. A couple of background are there, and they add their own touches of humor to the series without taking the spot light off the main trio. They’re not all remarkable, but they all add something so it’s pretty well rounded overall. My personal favourite was Yui, who was really quite funny and cool despite being the straight man of the group. Speaking of straight men, this show has some serious LGBT undertones, which, funnily enough, only helps me with the nostalgia factor. The occasional homoerotic dialogue and “Are they really flirting with each-other, or just messing around? I can’t tell“, goes a long way (at least for me) towards capturing the way that my friends and I interacted, though in this case the idea of these friends kissing wasn’t unpleasant to consider.
The interactions between the three girls is so wonderful because they end up playing off each other’s jokes and the comedy just doesn’t stop ramping up at that point. It has its little serious moments for some character development but it is, for the most part, a fun, lighthearted show and great for unwinding after a long day (or a feels-heavy marathon of a romcom series). Daily life animes are a great change of pace because they offer elements that the viewers can directly relate to and this is a great example. For some reason watching three young girls go about their day is oddly enjoyable because no matter your age or gender, you have or most likely will, experience situations that are quite close to those that appear in this show. I give this a five because I have high hopes for it just after watching the first episode. I have a feeling this will be the next great K-ON to cross the daily life!
So I, for one, will be giving this time and hoping that the format of girls Googling random stuff and chatting about it actually has the strength to last a season. It might need to increase the size of the ensemble cast somewhat to really run and run, though – and soon enough there will be calls for back-story and character development. Neither of those are essential for this show though so let’s hope it lives up to the pedigree of other shows from the same stable. If it finds its feet quickly then this has the potential to become not just a classic, but also the basis of real-life clubs around the world. Bring on additional seasons!
It’s good–for a game to anime adaptation. But the characters were so insubstantial that it ended up being a let down. I’m the type that’s completely willing to suspend disbelief and tag along for the ride, no matter how outrageous the premise of the show is. However, the characters fail to back up the plot, and the plot fails to bring us much depth. Also “meritocracy” is not defined correctly/properly in the series!! I had to really fight myself to go along with everything they kept saying about it.
Certainly there were some nice messages mixed in there, but they were nothing new. I’m not saying there’s something wrong with cliche themes, but I do think that the storyteller needs to give us a solid delivery, and this one falls short of the mark. What I wanted to do was to run up to the writers, grab them by the lapels, and say, “Meat and potatoes! Meat. And. Potatoes.” The nitty-gritty imperfections and details make up characters and turn your words into a story. Hibiki’s an overpowered Mary Sue type character who just wasn’t strong enough to carry this series for me. He has that “I must protect my friends” thing that is supposed to define most protagonists, but something about him just doesn’t resonate with me as powerfully as it should. He spends a lot of time running around yelling, but rather than come off as noble or inspiring, it sounded more judgmental and shallowly self-righteous. It was fine for him to sound like that for the first few episodes, but it got old fast. Especially since a lot of his angry preachy lines were just reworded complaints he’d made before.
Most of my responses to his outbursts were, “Well, why don’t you come up with a better solution then instead of crying and wasting time?” A lot of times, the anti-hero/semi-antigonist called him naive, and not only did I agree, I also tacked on “childish and annoying.” Any character growth in this series was either rushed or contrived. In short, hard to believe. Daichi should have had more of a spine given the flashback to childhood, but he didn’t. Yet they wait until the last two episodes before miraculously giving him that strength. And no matter how much you think Nitta may have changed, she NEVER STOPS CRYING. Honestly, it was difficult to like the protagonist and these two main characters half as much as Yamato and Alcor.
I usually cry at the smallest hint of sadness, but not a tear was shed for this series. 13 episodes is super short for making a well-developed series, but as a writer, if you know you have limited space, you should make sure you use that space to the best of your abilities. Not everyone can be Sorachi sensei and make a single episode or a four-episode arc into a complete masterpiece, but just watch a few episodes of Gintama, and you will understand why this series disappointed me so much.
The show is essentially about vigilantes killing bad guys, yet the level of violence is suitable for young teens. I prefer more serious stuff, and think this show would have been awesome if they’d kicked up the blood and violence factor haha…but that’s just me. The show mostly revolves around Ogami Rei and Sakurakoji Sakura. Ogami is a Code: Breaker, a guy with special powers who kills bad guys the law can’t get to. Sakura is a popular girl at high school who witnesses Ogami killing a whole bunch of bad dudes and freaks out when she sees him at her school the next day. She makes it her mission to convince Ogami that even bad guys deserve to live and that killing is wrong no matter who is on the receiving end. It’s pretty cool overall, but I just wish it wasn’t so ‘teeny’.
We’re told early on in the series that Sakura has a very important superpower of her own, and that Ogami was assigned to be her bodyguard because she is supposedly being targeted, but we’re never told exactly why her powers are so important, or see her employ them effectively after the introductory sequences. Instead, the story’s focus shifts to the Code:Breakers’ attempts to collar a terrorist who’s one of their own gone bad, and Sakura’s story takes a definite back seat. In fact, the final set of episodes were almost completely focused on the former Code:Breaker Hitomi, his tragic back-story and the efforts of the present Code:Breakers to prevent a massive act of terrorism and bring him down. The terrorist storyline was fairly suspenseful, but by this point, I was feeling a definite sense of bait-and-switch as Sakura had been reduced to little more than a mouthpiece for wildly inappropriate pacifist sentiments, a need to be rescued, and a convenient vehicle for expository lumps. Granted, Hitomi’s story was interesting (even if his actions didn’t make a whole lot of sense in the end), and I would have been interested if the series had been about him, but given the setup, this arc felt like a bit of a left-turn from the original storyline.
We have our grand climactic battle, complete with explosions, shattering glass, double-crosses, and near-death moments, and then the series ends with several unresolved threads…Rei Ogami leaves for his next secret assignment without a farewell, so there’s no closure to the storyline about his slowly-developing friendship with Sakura. And what about that secret government program to intern kids with superpowers and experiment on them? That was a major part of the series’ first half, and it just sort of drops away. And how does the Hitomi’s #2 man and sidekick manage to spend approximately 13 years (if the dates in the flashbacks are to believed) wearing a high school uniform and attending high school without anyone noticing or commenting? Code:Breaker was interesting enough to keep me watching until the end, but I came away with a definite sense of bait-and-switch. If there’s a second season, some of these questions may be answered, but the first season definitely left me frustrated.
The story of Karneval had very little plot, and instead of establishing what was happening, it just threw us into the middle of everything. However, it isn’t to be assumed that the entire problem which arises within the anime has its resolution accomplished by 13 episodes. Whether this series will have a season two or not, depends on the production… and even so, its manga material (which to this point isn’t enough as of yet). That said, the anime unravels a string of events which unfolded quite easily till its last episode. This ain’t a yaoi series. There is in fact no hint of romance within. There is no denial, the art for Karneval receives a 10/10 from me. How beautifully drawn are the characters; its surrounding environment is also beautifully drawn, colored and animated. Karneval is one of those series where color is its standpoint; its alluring brightness and magic-like characters draws the viewer to see more of the series.
The characters are quite lovely as well. Our main character, Nai, is a boy looking for his lost… friend? Yeah, for the sake of my sanity, I’ll go with friend. He is a little bit of a blank slate, but I have no doubt that he will develop well and quickly. Gareki is a sharp-tongued thief whose motives aren’t entirely clear, but he is intended well enough for me to not have a problem with him. However, it is the two Circus members, Hirato and Tsukumo, who really make the first episode so entertaining. Both of them are strong and mysterious individuals and I can’t wait to learn more of their histories and their intentions with Nai.
I had heard that Karneval was pretty but kind of a mess. I didn’t realize how true this was until I had finished it and looked back on it all. A lot of it was plain ridiculous, but fun, and some of it was interesting, but sadly the interesting stuff isn’t really ever explained. I thought the story was well enough contained until the last episode when I realized that there were pretty much no answers and it finished off in such a way that I felt there was a lot more story off in the distance somewhere beyond the horizon… or in the 13 volumes of the ongoing manga.
This series reminded me of Pandora Hearts. There is another story with pretty visuals, intriguing mysteries, and very few answers. Both series are odd in that I didn’t feel like I had wasted my time even though there were no answers in the end (something that is normally very important to me). The journey was entertaining enough that I forgave such a failing. But consider yourself warned.
People might complain about the shows perverted nature, well i say it’s part of the shows charm. After watching the first season of this anime, all i can say is that Samurai Bride blew away my expectations. Throwing you back right where you left off the show paces its episodes beautifully, and spares no expense on story, or animation quality, actually this time around the story is much better than the original. Put aside all of the things that people can point out right away, and you still end up with an amazing piece of work. 12 episodes and i am simply blown away from the amount of detail they put into conveying the story while still appreciating the little things like fan service. The story this time around was more in depth and actually had a sense of progression to it which made the anime interesting and respectable. Fighting for something instead of someone, this is what we need more of, in my opinion this show destroys the previous trope of fighting for one person and introduces a bigger scenario that involves the entire cast of characters, making every single character have an equal role to prove their importance.
They orchestrated and executed everything perfectly, the fight scenes and the sounds of clashing weapons,the intro/ending songs to the episodes, interaction between characters, building on previous friendship/relationships, and ultimately never leaving anything unexplained to the viewer, take it or leave it approach, if you don’t like what you see, then why are you still watching? It is almost impossible to put this anime down once you’ve started watching it. The characters are simply adorable and hilarious for lack of a better term, and in my opinion found new respect for Jubei as being one of my all time favorite characters in an anime, her gentle spirit and respect for everyone and everything around her makes her one of the strongest characters in an anime.
The sound and music in this anime is simply amazing, and really sets the mood. I find myself enjoying this anime more every time music is played during a scene. The immersion is fantastic and it almost has this sense of comfort to it that makes it a joy to watch, but at the same time it knows how to get serious and get you really hyped so to speak whenever a big fight is going to happen, and generates this vibe of passion that really makes you feel respect for the characters. I’m not here to spoil the show, experience it for yourself. If you have a mature mind to respect the process and intentions of this anime, you will not be disappointed. I do recommend you find the time to watch the first season Samurai Girls just to get informed on characters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump right into Samurai Bride. If something is offered with this much production value, the studio and creator behind the anime should be smart enough to know people might jump on the wagon later on instead of following the series. I followed it, but they were smart enough to create an original story that works fine without the previous one, because it has taken on a new form all on its own really making it an independent anime.
As a small conclusion, I enjoyed the intense action of the show as well as the story. I mean you could repeat it again maybe, but add some more twists so that it wouldn’t be redundant. Besides like in almost any other anime there are messages to be shown, both good and bad depending on how we, the audience take it in. he point being, don’t take this anime too seriously, its art design is eye appealing and it’s intended for an adult/perverted based audience. Storyline is simple and easy to follow for the most part.
I’m a fangirl but when it comes to reviewing animes like these I’m pretty strict. What is better than losing your memory? Having awesomely handsome friends to guide you back to when you first lost it. No offense, but honestly, you wouldn’t mind dealing with a time traveling boyfriend trying to get back to the time you first met so he would not have to tragically die. The way the anime begins makes you believe “hey, everything is going as it should,” but then flips over. Amnesia is the story of “Heroine” the main character. A girl that wakes up in a new world every August 1 with memory loss. Every time she wakes up she doesn’t know why she’s there, what happened, nor who she really is or who are “they”. He’s from another world and only ‘Heroine’ is able to see and talk to him. Also, he will help her by staying at her side and trying to give her hope and strength by giving her advice- that is, when he is available to appear.
OK, so lets run down the boyfriends. Shen is dress in black and red representing the card of: Heart. He’s strong, sharp-eyed and quiet. His childhood friends are: Heroine and Toma. We also know that he’s a high-school student that studies a lot to enter to college. Memory problem(from Heroine’s point of view): Did he killed a man? Then comes Ikki. Kent. Toma and Uyko. Ukyo is a guy dress in black and green representing the card: the joker. He will always appear at one point of the the stories and will warn her of what could happen to her. Sometimes he will appear good and sometimes scary and bad, and that is because he has split personalities due to experiencing different kind of deaths and traveling in the worlds. But, besides the split personalities he really is good, kind, loves Heroine and is a guy willing to give up everything for her. He’s a photographer and Heroine’s true lover, but this is not revealed until the last three episodes. We know then, that all this is happening because he made a wish to Neil (the father/creator of the spirits and master of Orion) the chance to save Heroine as she died in a fire in their university on August 25.
Now that we know this, I have to say that the visuals are really, really good. The colors and the outfits are simply exquisite. Now, as mentioned earlier that the anime and the story is based on a video game, is really difficult to understand what’s happening, and to tell you the truth, I came to love the anime from episode 9-12. That is because we don’t know ANYTHING about Heroine and she doesn’t talk much; but, for those who haven’t played an otome game, the story tends to be told slowly, bit by bit; and you get to know more about the story when you get more, and more involved. But, besides this little issues I now can say it’s a really good anime and I simply enjoyed the main theme that is Love and I didn’t cared if she had five boyfriends. For me, she should stay with Ukyo. What did I like of each character? Shin, beauty and strong personality, Ikki: beauty and how he treated women, Kent: his intelligence and how dumb he was when it came to express feelings and yet how he understood what was happening, Toma: his kindness, his love, his love for books and video games and last but not least Ukyo: a very understandable person, his love, his cute face (when he’s not crazy of course) and simply his sweetness.
If you like reverse harems, then you’ll love this anime. Not only is there lots of romance, but a mysterious plot that unfolds as the anime progresses. The anime captivated me right from the beginning. Now lets talk about the visual appeal. I love the character design and the unique use of color. They made each character breathtaking and extremely visually appealing. But, on the flip side, Her amnesia makes her almost a walking statue, with no emotions, and often stupid, which is very annoying. Anyway, I find the whole thing boring when I harp on that sentiment.