There isn’t really a lot to be said about this one. It was visually imaginative but storywise clichéd, superficial and too slow-paced and the only reason for its passable charm may be due to the short durage of the OVA. It was ok for the time being, but nothing even remotely special.
It’s funny how high your expectations of an anime will get when you’ve been stalked by rabid fanboys and girls about how amazing a show is. And true: it does present some really interesting ideas. Moreover, the cynical comments of the male lead are funny – even priceless at times. I had a good time watching the series and I thoroughly enjoyed it for most of the time. But that’s where my objections to the sacred state of this work start. Firstly, only the core five or six episodes of the series are interesting, the rest is filler-like material. These episodes are merely superficially enjoyable (but entertaining nonetheless). Also, although the ideas about the creator of the world and the implications of this existance were refreshing and probably new to the anime world, it’s not an original or even a special idea in various fields of philosophy. It’s interesting, but not groundbreaking or revolutionary. The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a series that cleverly took some appealing, intriguing ideas from philosophy and played with them in a setting with much comedy and quirky characters. The result is a truly fun series with a twist that makes it different from other high school comedies. It’s just that, nothing more and nothing less.
Honey and Clover 2 is no different from season 1: it’s a continuation of the story of 5 college friends, their struggles with identity and their relations with other people. The second season seems to have lost some comedic aspects to be able to get more serious, but this doesn’t make it inferior to season one in any way. In fact, it’s just as awesome as season one and it was truly a pity that there were only twelve episodes. The only thing I can say is watch it, for you won’t be disappointed by this story. I completely loved it.
Cowboy Bebop, a classic that I never got around watching and now finally did see. What I liked most about the series was the character chemistry and the independence of the main characters (although they clearly see themselves as part of the group at a certain point, they wont hesitate to separate for good if the right time comes). All characters had some kind of intriguing back story and dark secret, especially Spike. The bounty hunter in space setting worked well with the personalities of the main characters, and the last few episodes were truly impressive. Due to its episodic nature there may not have been as much coherence and linear progression as I would’ve liked it to have. It gave the series a varying quality as I found some episodes to be of a notably lower level than others. I really liked it, though, as it was pretty entertaining. It had a great opening theme as well :-P!
It’s well-paced, thrilling, the character chemistry is good and the story is compelling. It is, in every way, just like its mother series and I really enjoyed it.
Akira is a classic that I had been wanting to see since the beginning of my anime career. I didn’t get around to watching it until more than two years later, in the middle of last august. I think Akira was a visually impressive and reasonably intriguing work, although it was also pretty confusing at times. I guess it’s due to the inhuman compression of all its manga volumes into one ‘coherent’ movie: I’ve heard that the manga version is much more refined and detailed than the anime adaptation, so I might want to read it once I finally find the time for it. Who knows, who knows :-P…
This series was ok. I don’t really understand where it got its passionate fanbase, for there isn’t really any aspect of the series I’d consider extraordinary or fundamentally different from existing anime-clichés. It’s enjoyable in the same way the lesser episodes of Inuyasha (± 105-135) were enjoyable, namely saving and fighting against demons with a
Brotherhood 1-25, 4/5 stars. The foundation of alchemy is based on the law of equivalent exchange; you cannot produce something from nothing. As such, alchemy is bound by one taboo - human transmutation. Four years ago two young brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, broke this taboo when they tried to resurrect their dead mother. During the process Al's body disintegrated and Ed lost his leg. In a desperate attempt to prevent his brother from disappearing completely, Ed sacrificed one of his arms so he could affix Al's soul to a suit of armor. When his missing limbs are replaced by auto mail parts, Ed bears the name of the Fullmetal Alchemist - the youngest ever State Alchemist and dog of the military. Now, alongside his brother, Ed uses his status within the military to attempt to find any way that he can return their bodies back to their original state. (Anime Planet).
To the rabid Brotherhood fanbase: Don’t. Be. Angry. With. Me. This 4/5 star rating is merely a temporary one. I can feel how greatly the story is developing, building further and further towards a state of holy, sparkling, kickass awesomeness. It’s the omg-it’s-already-fantastic-and-it-will-soon-get-even-greater-feeling. In other words, joyful anticipation. I like Brotherhood’s relatively fast pacing and the whole world and culture in which the series is situated. The characters are great to watch, political and ethical themes are intriguing and the never ending search for the philosopher’s stone is absolutely thrilling. I’m highly looking forward to seeing the rest of this great work.
Actually, I was holding my breath for this one. I know a lot of people compare Minami-ke with Azumanga, a series that I barely managed to finish due to boredom and a kind of humor that just didn’t click with mine. Minami-ke, though, is actually pretty hilarious. Its pace is slightly faster and it’s just a bit more structured than Azumanga: this may have done the trick for me by raising my personal enjoy-o-meter above the level of ordinariness, to the point of me actually looking forward to seeing the next episode. Minami-ke is a nonsensical series about the trivial things that happen in the lives of the Minami sisters, but it’s great at what it does. The characters of the 3 sisters, though pretty onedimensional, work incredibly well together and make for a hilarious watch. For all other people who didn’t like Azumanga: this is the right moment to give the slice of life / comedy genre another chance! You won’t be disappointed.
So, about the reason the first post of the month is this late… Firstly, I’m in my 3rd year now of Clinical Psychology and as expected, it’s tougher and busier than the first two years. I don’t have much time anymore for lazing around and consequently my anime watching activities have kinda fallen down to a low level xD. Secondly, I’ve finally given up on my lazy lifestyle and I actually started to work (giving extra lessons in various subjects -french and mathematics, currently- to high school students). The third reason is a bit more personal in nature: I got a boyfriend recently, and if you’re asking yourself what this information is doing in an anime blog, well, he’s known to all of you as the co-owner and author of this very blog :-P.
Still, I’m determined to keep posting at least 4 pieces a month :-D. As Omurqi so accurately stated: ‘Our readers are more interested in our opinions on anime than our love life, so let’s keep watching enough anime to keep the blog rolling :-P’. True, true ^_^.
So, that was all for now :-P. Keep looking forward to the next post, for it will be up very soon.