Archive forJuly, 2012

Final Review: Acchi Kocchi

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.

Acchi Kocchi is based on an ongoing manga. It is a slice-of-life, romance, comedy show that aired in Spring 2012. The series did not receive a simulcast nor did it receive a US license. Before continuing further, it should be noted that, yes, this is a moe show similar to that of Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh, Hidamari Sketch and the like. If you do not like these kind of titles, I suggest you stop reading here or at least be aware before commenting on this review.

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Final Review: AKB0048 (Season 1?)

I would photoshop this to only have Chieri, but I’m lazy…


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.

AKB0048 is an original work by Shoji Kawamori and Satelight utilizing a very small portion of the real-life AKB48 members as the basis of the story. The story tells the tale of a few girls attempting to become the next generation of AKB0048 members despite a galaxy wide entertainment ban. The show features actual AKB48 members voicing a number of the characters, particularly those aspiring to become the next generation idols. The anime aired during the Spring 2012 anime season and was not simulcasted nor licensed by a US licensor. A second season or adaptation was supposedly announced at the end of the final episode with a date only stating 2013.

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Final Review: Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna

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.

Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna is the fourth Lupin TV series since the Lupin the Third anime franchise first started. This is also the second Lupin work to feature the new Lupin cast after three of the four main seiyuus retired. The story focuses primarily on Mine Fujiko and takes place before Lupin and co. crew is formed, meaning, yes, it takes place before the original Lupin Pilot Film in 1969 and thereby making it the “first” series before any other story in the Lupin franchise. Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna aired during the Spring 2012 anime season and was simulcasted by Funimation Entertainment, but has not yet been announced for home video distribution in the US.

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Final Review: Kimi to Boku.

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Kimi to Boku. is a comedy slice of life series based off of a manga of the same name. The show aired over two cours with the first in Fall 2011 and the second in Spring 2012. It revolves around 5 teens who go about trying to enjoy their high school lives while it still lasted. Both seasons were simulcasted on CrunchyRoll with neither season acquired by a US licensing company. The following review will cover both the first and second season cumulatively with both the first and second season receiving separate scores at the end of the review as well as a cumulative score.

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Final Review: Shining Hearts -Shiawase no Pan-

What happened to her and this beautiful art?

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Shining Hearts -Shiawase no Pan- is based off the Shining Tears PSP game released in 2010. It is the second Shining anime with the first being Shining Tears x Wind, which has little relation to the Shining Tears and Shining Wind games. Shining Hearts -Shiawase no Pan- premiered during the Spring 2012 anime season. The series did not receive a simulcast nor a  US license.

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Final Review: Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou

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Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is based off an ongoing manga. The anime adaptation aired during the Winter 2012 anime season and did not receive a simulcast . It was later licensed by NIS America for US release. Since I’m a whole cour late on this show’s review, I’ll keep it brief.

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Final Review: Mouretsu Uchuu Kaizoku

Look at that fabulous logo~

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Mouretsu Uchuu Kaizoku (a.k.a Miniskirt Pirates/Bodacious Space Pirates/Mouretsu Pirates, etc…)  is based on an ongoing light novel. The anime premiered during the Winter 2012 anime season and ran as a 2 cour series. It was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll and acquired by Sentai Filmworks for US distribution. It features Marika Kato, a high school student who’s life suddenly changes when she is asked to become the captain of the famous space pirate ship, Bentenmaru.

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Final Review: Natsuiro Kiseki

So…what’s wrong with this picture?

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Natsuiro Kiseki is based off a new manga that began running this year. The anime adaptation premiered in Spring 2012 and did not receive a simulcast nor a US license. It follows the daily lives of four girls: Natsumi, Saki, Yuka, and Rinko, the four of whom often gather around a large rock at a Shinto shrine. The rock is rumored to be able to grant people’s wishes when all those gathered around wish for the same thing…that is until the girls find out the myth is true. Furthermore, with Saki getting ready to transfer schools, the girls decide to spend the last summer together filled with magic.

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Final Review: Sankarea

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Sankarea is based off an ongoing romantic comedy manga. It follows Rea Sanka (using western naming convention of course), who is the show’s titular character, and how she dies yet lives again. Chihiro Furuya is the show’s male protagonist and is obsessed with zombies and necromancy related topics. The show was simulcasted on CrunchyRoll and licensed by Funimation Entertainment for US release. Unlike most zombie titles, this one doesn’t involve turning others into zombies or an apocalypse setting. In fact, it twists it and creates the general romantic comedy setting. With a bit of love and hate on both ends as well as a mix that could be considered taboo, how does this show hold up at the end of the day?

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Final Review: Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)

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Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) is based off a 9 volume josei manga that ran from 2007 to 2012. It’s a show that falls under the category of romance, coming-of-age, and music, particularly jazz. Sakamichi no Apollon received much praise prior to it airing in the Spring 2012 anime season mostly due to its strong staff lineup featuring director Shinichiro Watanabe and music composer Yoko Kanno. The duo is famous for their work together on the 1998 series known as Cowboy Bebop, which many people, both anime fans and not have heard of worldwide. With that said, the bar for Sakamichi is set very high and the question now is can it live up to such expectation despite being a completely different genre?

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