Archive forJune, 2012

Final Review: Queen’s Blade Rebellion

DISCLAIMER: Anime reviews on this blog will attempt minimal to no spoilers unless other noted. If a review seems dull or shallow, it’s because I’m trying to make sure not to go into too detail for those who are actually interested in the show before or after reading the review or those who have yet to finish the title. If you want further details, there are usually tons of reviews that can be found elsewhere on the internet. Furthermore, anime reviews in general are the sole opinion of the author writing it and thus differ across the users. There is no such thing as a “right answer” only a majority agreement. You are free to have your own opinions and thereby free to state and/or argue/debate in the comments section below or on the Fansub TV Forums. The review is not necessarily meant to serve as a recommendation but rather a personal opinion of having completed the series.

Queen’s Blade Rebellion is the 5th series (OVAs included) in the Queen’s Blade franchise and the 3rd TV series in the franchise. It takes place four years after the first Queen’s Blade series and continues directly from the events of the Queen’s Blade (Rebellion) OVA released in late 2011, early 2012. Rather than being an original like work like the original series, Queen’s Blade Rebellion is based off a turn based fighting game featuring various story lines. The Rebellion TV series is primarily focused from Annelotte’s perspective, who is a princess and knight rebelling against the new queen’s tyranny and oppression. Animation studio Arms returns to provide animation to the series with composer of Kill Me Baby and Hidan no Aria supervising the script and Himawari’s director. Queen’s Blade Rebellion has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks with the first two TV series licensed by Media Blasters.

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Final Review: Jormungand Season 1

DISCLAIMER: Anime reviews on this blog will attempt minimal to no spoilers unless other noted. If a review seems dull or shallow, it’s because I’m trying to make sure not to go into too detail for those who are actually interested in the show before or after reading the review or those who have yet to finish the title. If you want further details, there are usually tons of reviews that can be found elsewhere on the internet. Furthermore, anime reviews in general are the sole opinion of the author writing it and thus differ across the users. There is no such thing as a “right answer” only a majority agreement. You are free to have your own opinions and thereby free to state and/or argue/debate in the comments section below or on the Fansub TV Forums. The review is not necessarily meant to serve as a recommendation but rather a personal opinion of having completed the series.

Jormungand is a 2 cour show that plans to air in the Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 anime seasons. The manga is the source material and ran from 2006 to early 2012. The manga is available in the US via Viz Media and the anime is simulcasted by Funimation Entertainment. It is animated by White Fox, the studio who also worked on Katanagatari and Steins;Gate and also directed by Katanagatari’s director. Yousuke Kuroda is the screenwriter and have composed for a number of works such as Honey and Clover II to Gundam 00. His most recent works, Maken-Ki! and High School of the Dead aren’t even remotely close to solid works, however. Jormungand, at first glance, also gives off an aura similar to Black Lagoon. Rather than mercenary pirates, we  now have arms dealers instead. Both are filled with gun action so can Jormungand live up to the Black Lagoon standards?

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Final Review: Tsuritama

 

 


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Tsuritama is the odd NoitaminA title of Spring 2012 that was not only initially categorized as a shounen fishing title but also a 12 episode series, which is uncommon for NoitaminA titles. Directed by Kenji Nakamura, who has directed titles such as Mononoke, [C], and Kuchuu Buranko. Series composition is by Toshiya Oono, the composer for Suite Precure. NoitaminA titles have often had a consistent of track record of relatively unique stories and artistic styles from the rest of the anime airing during the season and Tsuritama is no exception. Furthermore, while [C] ended up as a flop title due to Nakamura’s new approach when producing the show (via audience feedback episode by episode), his other titles have all been solid. So will Nakamura redeem himself?

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Final Review: ZETMAN

 

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ZETMAN is based off an ongoing 2002 manga (with 17 volumes). It premiered during the Spring 2012 anime season and was simulcasted by Viz via Hulu. It is directed by the staff of D. Gray-Man and Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas with script by staff of Vandread and Chrno Crusade and animation by TMS Entertainment, who is also doing this season’s Lupin III series. There were a lot of complaints prior to the series beginning due the to PV showing material up to the 10th volume of the manga. With only 13 episodes, that means around one volume an episode. With that said, let’s see if ZETMAN does really fall into a terrible trap.

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Final Review: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

Uu~


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Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is based off a light novel inspired by Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. It premiered during the Spring 2012 anime season and was available for viewing on CrunchyRoll via simulcast. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san also received two short flash anime adaptations in 2010 and 2011. The staff of the series has changed to receive slightly higher quality animation. The series is also very notorious for the vast amount of otaku references ranging from anime to video games as well as other random trivia. In a season light on comedy, it was a nice change of pace and gave the series a nicer niche. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san is brought to us by the staff of MM! and Amagami SS+.

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Final Review: Tasogare Otome x Amnesia


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Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is based off an ongoing manga of the same name. The anime premiered during the Spring 2012 anime season and is directed by Shin Oonuma with Katsuhiko Takayama providing the script and Silver Link with the animation. In other words, the show is brought to you by the same staff as ef ~A Tale of Memories~ and ef ~A Tale of Melodies~ with the studio who made Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia was licensed for US distribution by Sentai Filmworks.

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Final Review: Aquarion EVOL

Sup guys. This is why this show is awesome

DISCLAIMER: Anime reviews on this blog will attempt minimal to no spoilers unless other noted. If a review seems dull or shallow, it’s because I’m trying to make sure not to go into too detail for those who are actually interested in the show before or after reading the review or those who have yet to finish the title. If you want further details, there are usually tons of reviews that can be found elsewhere on the internet. Furthermore, anime reviews in general are the sole opinion of the author writing it and thus differ across the users. There is no such thing as a “right answer” only a majority agreement. You are free to have your own opinions and thereby free to state and/or argue/debate in the comments section below or on the Fansub TV Forums. The review is not necessarily meant to serve as a recommendation but rather a personal opinion of having completed the series.

Aquarion EVOL is an original work by Shoji Kawamori and Satelight, the staff behind Macross Frontier and Basquash! as well as the original Sousei no Aquarion from 2005. Aquarion EVOL began premiering in Japan in January 2012 and ran until June 2012. Personally, this was my #2 title coming into the Spring 2012 anime season, only falling short behind Bakuman 2 (maybe Chihayafuru but I have yet to finish it) when it ended in Winter 2012 and only behind Fate/Zero 2 in Spring 2012. During the season, my reactions and enjoyment between Fate/Zero 2 and Aquarion EVOL fluctuated to the most ridiculous levels. With the Fate/Zero review I posted yesterday, now it’s time to see if Aquarion EVOL can best it after coming so far. I should also note that for the longest time, the show played the game of whether it was a sequel to the original Aquarion series or a completely new show. The staff only made this more confusing when they initially posted that it was set 12000 years after the original Aquarion and later removed that tag. I’ll state it explicitly, yes it is and watching the original Aquarion series is the only way to enjoy this one to the fullest. You do not need to watch the 2007 follow-up OVA nor do you need to watch the crappy 2007 movie. This franchise should also not be confused with the 2002 Aquarian Age series, which has no relation to this show. WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! While the original Sousei no Aquarion was licensed and released in the US by Funimation Entertainment, Aquarion EVOL did not receive a simulcast nor has it been acquired by a US licensing company.

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Final Review: Fate/Zero

You will be missed!

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Fate/Zero is based off the light novel written by Gen Urobuchi, the mastermind behind Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Phantom ~Requiem of the Phantom~. The story tells the tale of the Fourth Holy Grail War and set 10 years before the events of Fate/Stay Night, which received an anime adaptation in 2006 as well as a movie in 2010. A series that when announced for anime adaptation along with its staff lineup many had believe it would take over and reign as the best series of all time. While each season will receive individual scores at the end of the review, the overall review here will focus on the entire 25 episodes presented since Fall 2011.  WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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Final Review: Hiiro no Kakera Season 1

It’s so cute~ This show should be about this thing instead.

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Hiiro no Kakera is based off the otome romance game of the same name. Originally the show was planned for a 26 episode run but announced to be split into two seasons at the end of the 13th episode. This is a review of the first season that ran from April 2012 to June 2012. Season 2 will premier in Fall 2012. Hiiro no Kakera is directed by Bob Shirahata, who has worked on Gravitation and Hetalia Axis Powers, and animation provided by Studio DEEN, the studio who is also behind Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? and Sankarea this season. Otome (or reverse harem) titles have rarely been able to succeed in the anime industry not just because of a more male dominated audience base but also due to lack of interesting content. Otome games tend to move slower and have uninteresting developments. So will Hiiro no Kakera break this unfortunate chain of fate?

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Final Review: Senki Zesshou Symphogear

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Senki Zesshou Symphogear (hereafter known as Symphogear) is an original work by Noriyasu Agematsu and Akifumi Kaneko. Agematsu has worked on the music for a number of shows prior to this title, including Ga-Rei -Zero- and Girls Bravo as well as the ongoing Mouretsu Uchuu Kaizoku. As for Kaneko, this is his debut title. With animation provided by Satelight, Encourage Films, and Studio Pastoral, and music co-produced by Elements Garden, this show became the wildcard of the Winter 2012 season and boy was it one. With a strong cast to boot, does Symphogear live up to its initial hype?

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