Archive forJune, 2012

Final Review: Medaka Box

KUMAGAWA WHERE?

I’m going to start putting this disclaimer at the beginning of my review just so people are aware:

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.

Medaka Box is based off Nisio Isin’s 2009 ongoing manga. A series that was originally anticipated to have 48+ episodes due to 15 volumes of the manga already available yet later retracted as animation studio GAINAX has never done anything beyond 2 cours. Luckily, the series was announced to receive a second season in the near future. However, that news alone shall not affect the results of this review. This review will be solely on the material presented in these 12 episodes of Medaka Box. For those who don’t know, Nisio Isin is famous for his monogatari novels such as Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Katanagatari, etc… a number of which have already received anime adaptations. Keep in mind, however, that manga titles are not the same as light novels, especially content wise.

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Final Review: Upotte!!

Upotte!! is a 10 episode title based off a 4-koma panel manga. It aired during the Winter 2012 anime season, was simulcasted on CrunchyRoll, and is licensed by Sentai Filmworks for US distribution. The original net animation (ONA) is expected to receive a TV broadcast this July. The story follows a school full of girls who’s names are not only gun names but are actually gun themselves. Now you may be wondering, how the heck is that possible. Basically, long story short, thing Strike Witches except anything that happens to the guns the girls are/own also happens to them (less the magazine). An OAD is also planned for release later this year.

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Final Review: Cardfight!! Vanguard

Cardfight!! Vanguard began its 65 episode run in January 2011 and eventually ending in March 2012. It was simulcasted on CrunchyRoll during this period and its sequel has recently began its run in April 2012 under the title Cardfight!! Vanguard: Asia Circuit-hen. Unfortunately, CrunchyRoll is not simulcasting the sequel series. However, don’t let the appearance of this show fool you. It’s from the creators of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, which did surprisingly well in the season prior to Cardfight!! Vanguard airing. Obviously, there are some immediate Yu-Gi-Oh! vibes with the idea of a “children’s card game” at hand and with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s recently setting the bar high for proxy battle card fights, can Cardfight!! Vanguard live up to expectations?

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Final Review: Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Of the Dead

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Of the Dead is the sequel to the surprisingly popular Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? series from Winter 2011. The sequel series premiered in the Spring 2012 anime season and was licensed for simulcast streaming by Funimation Entertainment. As a result of the surprising popularity for its predecessor, high expectations by many fans were held for the sequel. So did the series deliver its inhuman blowout once more?

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Final Review: High School DxD

High School DxD aired during the Winter 2012 anime season and was simulcasted and licensed for US distribution by Funimation Entertainment. A story that tells about Issei Hyoudou being reincarnated as a devil thanks to Rias Gremory. The show leaves an initial impression of the typical “ecchi romance comedy” title close to that of the recent Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi, and even Kaibutsu Oujo given its similar setup. However, only by watching the full show does the “truth” of the show reveals itself.

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Final Review: Ano Natsu de Matteru

The nostalgia~

Ano Natsu de Matteru, a show that is brought to us by the original character designer of Onegai Teacher from 2002. Furthermore, Toradora and Ano Hana staff members Tatsuyuki Nagai and Masayoshi Tanaka returned for this show. Ano Natsu de Matteru aired during the Winter 2012 anime season, was simulcasted via Crunchyroll, and licensed for US distribution by Sentai Filmworks. So how did this show do?

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