Archive forSeptember, 2012

Final Review: Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi

DISCLAIMER: Anime reviews on this blog will attempt minimal to no spoilers unless otherwise 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.

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi (or Utakoi for short) is a brief compilation of  the origin of some of the Hyakunin Isshu (or 100 poems) from the Karuta card game. It is based off an ongoing josei manga that began running in August 2010. Utakoi ran during the Summer 2012 anime season and was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll.

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Final Review: Mobile Suit Gundam AGE

DISCLAIMER: Anime reviews on this blog will attempt minimal to no spoilers unless otherwise 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.

Gundam AGE is newest of the Gundam TV franchise. It is the first major/mothership Gundam title to not be primarily coordinated by Sunrise and is instead done by Level-5, the studio behind Inazuma Eleven and Professor Layton works. Granted that those two titles are fair watches on their own, Gundam is generally notorious for darker plots at times and whether Level-5 and co. were truly capable of the task given their history in audience targets is what really came into question. Gundam AGE spans over three generation of Gundam pilots, all of whom are part of the Asuno family: Flit, Asemu, and Kio. Like most Gundam titles, they involve some sort of war. Initially what is claimed to be aliens, it ends up being another human vs. “different human” type warfare. Gundam AGE is 49 episodes long and aired between October 2011 and September 2012. The show was neither simulcasted nor licensed by a US company.

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Final Review: Accel World

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Accel World is based on a series of light novel by the same author who wrote the ongoing Sword Art Online. Accel World is set in a futuristic setting (year 2046) where kids now have access to virtual reality networks. However, only a select few are able to access a program known as Brain Burst, which allows the user to put themselves in an accelerated world (hence the title) MMORPG like game. The story focuses on Haruyuki Arita who is constantly bullied due to his physical appearance. Only in virtual reality games does he feel he can excel and have his mind at peace, that is until his high score in his favorite game is beaten by the prettiest girl in school, Kuroyuki-Hime. Through their meeting, Haruyuki’s life has began to change. Accel World aired during the Spring and Summer 2012 anime seasons, was simulcasted by Hulu, and licensed by Viz Media.

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Final Review: Kuroko no Basuke

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Kuroko no Basuke is a basketball anime that premiered in Spring 2012 and ran for 25 episodes. It is based on an ongoing manga that features Tetsuya Kuroko, the sixth mysterious and unknown member of the Generation of Miracles basketball team. In high school, Kuroko vows to prove his former teammates wrong that “teamwork” will always prevail over going solo. He meets Taiga Kagami and both decide to partner and take aim at the inter-high school championship where along the way they will contest against Kuroko’s former teammates. Kuroko no Basuke was simulcasted on CrunchyRoll.

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Final Review: Natsuyuki Rendezvous

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Natsuyuki Rendezvous is one of the two josei titles in the Summer 2012 anime season. It is also the other NoitaminA title of the season. The story is based on a four volume manga that ran from July 2009 to January 2012 and follows Ryousuke Hazuki, Rokka Shimao and Atsushi Shimao in a love triangle. The catch is, Atsushi is dead and a ghost. Unsurprisingly, only Ryousuke is capable of seeing him and Atsushi is attempting to convince Ryousuke to give up his body so that the former can physically be with Rokka again. Natsuyuki Rendezvous was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll and licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

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Final Review: Moyashimon Returns

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Moyashimon Returns is the sequel to the underrated 2007 Moyashimon series. The series continues immediately where the first season leaves off with no prior warning. In addition, the series retained its original staff from the previous series. Moyashimon Returns aired during the Summer 2012 anime season and was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll.

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Final Review: Yuru Yuri ♪♪

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Yuru Yuri ♪♪ (hereafter known as Yuru Yuri 2) is the sequel to the 2011 surprising hit of the same name. The Amusement Club continues their usual antics with a slightly greater focus on the supporting characters from season 1: Himawari and Sakurako. Like the first season, Yuru Yuri 2 was simulcasted on CrunchyRoll during the Summer 2012 anime season.

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Final Review: Hyouka

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Hyouka is based on a light novel that began running in 2001. The series aired during the Spring and Summer 2012 anime seasons and boasted incredibly staff credentials. From the staff as well as the light novel author of Full Metal Panic! and the highly acclaimed animation studio, Kyoto Animation, Hyouka was considered a “set in stone to be good” title….or so many thought. Whether the series held up to this standard is something that will be analyzed in this review. The series follows four high school students, particularly Houtarou Oreki, who is forced by his elder sister to join the classic literature club. There he meets the beautiful yet mysterious Eru Chitanda, who is curious in the finest details of things she lacks knowledge in. How will Houtarou, the energy-saving boy, deal with  Eru, the Kininarimasu girl?

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Final Review: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita

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Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita is based on an ongoing light novel that began publication in 2007. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the human world has regressed and continues to decline. The protagonist is an unnamed girl (deemed as “Watashi”) who is effectively a mediator between humans and the little fairy creatures. These fairy creatures seem to be attracted by sweets and other happy things as well as a habit for causing mischief in their endless search for excitement and happiness. The series aired during the Summer 2012 anime season and was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll and licensed in the US by Sentai Filmworks.

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