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Final Review: Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

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.

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (or Maoyuu for short) is based on a series of light novels that ran between 2010 and 2012. It is often compared to Isuna Hasekura’s Spice & Wolf light novel due to its similar nature and approach. Maoyuu is set in a time where humans and demons are at war. Upon the hero’s encounter with the demon king (or rather queen), the demon queen proposes an alliance to help end the war and bring prosperity to both humans and demons alike. The hero agrees and thus began the life and adventures of the demon queen and the hero. Maoyuu ran during the Winter 2012/2013 season and was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll.

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Final Review: Robotics;Notes

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.

Robotics;Notes is the third series in 5pb’s franchise of science adventure titles with the notorious “;” that takes place in 2019, 10 years after the events Chaos;Head and 9 years after Steins;Gate, both of which had received anime adaptations. Unlike its predecessors, Robotics;Notes is not co-developed by Nitroplus meaning it will lack the same dark mystery aspects and take on a more light-hearted approach and indeed that is what it did. Robotics;Notes premiered as one of the 2 NoitaminA titles in Japan during the Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 season and was animated by I.G. Productions. It was simulcasted and licensed by Funimation.

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Final Review: Shinsekai Yori

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.

Welcome to the Winter 2013 reviews. Barring Kingdom and Smile Precure! aside, I thought Shinsekai Yori deserved the first spot this season to be reviewed given the abnormal premise of this show compared with everything else recently. Shinsekai Yori is based off a 3 volume fiction novel by Yusuke Kishi. The series is set a millennium from the present in a utopia-like society. There, a group of friends: Saki, Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, and Shun are raised with the “god-like” powers known as Cantus. Those with Cantus are considered the “elite” in the society. Little did they know, however, that they were living in a society where “big daddy” was always watching them. It is not long until they begin to come across the secrets of both humanity and the world they are raised in and how different society has become over the last millennium. This marks only the beginning of a life-threatening adventure for the group. Shinsekai Yori premiered during the Fall 2012 season and ran for 25 episodes through Winter 2013. It was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll and licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

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Final Review: Kingdom 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.

Kingdom is based off a long-running manga of the same name. The series follows Xin, an orphan in the China Warring States Period who strives to become the world’s greatest general. It is only through a series of both misfortune and fortune events does he finally get a chance to experience true war. The first 38 episodes of the series premiered between June 2012 and February 2013. Season 2 will premier in the Summer 2013. Kingdom was simulcasted by Funimation during its run.

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Final Review: Smile Precure!

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.

Smile Precure! is the 9th anime series in the Precure franchise than began in 2004. It is an original series unrelated to the previous Precure titles. The series premiered in February 2012 and ran for 48 episodes. It is your typical run of the mill magical girl show primarily targeted at younger girl audiences. I’ll keep this short since I’m pretty sure not many people outside of Japan really care about Precure titles anyway.

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Final Review: La storia della Arcana Famiglia

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.

La storia della Arcana Famiglia (or Arcana Famiglia for short) is based on a PSP otome visual novel released in 2011. The story is about a battle royale among the Arcana Famiglia organization to win Felicita’s hand in marriage as well as becoming the new head of the Arcana Famiglia organization. Felicita, who is against such a proposal and wishes to choose her own path also decides to take part in the Arcana Duello tournament even if it mean fighting those who she considers “family.” Arcana Famiglia premiered during the Summer 2012 anime season and was simulcasted and licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

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Final Review: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

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.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is based off an ongoing shoujo manga of the same name. Shizuku Mizuntani is a girl who can only focus on studying and and her own future. She continues to strive to be #1 in the class only to always fall short of that #1 position to fellow classmate Haru Yoshida, the boy who sits next to him but never attends class. She only finally meets her “rival” when she is tasked with delivering print outs to him. On the contrary, Haru’s encounter with Shizuku results in him greeting her as a friend and the start of a new relationship rather than an arch-nemesis. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun premiered during the Fall 2012 anime season and was simulcasted on CrunchyRoll.

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Final Review: Cardfight!! Vanguard Asia Circuit-hen

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.

Cardfight!! Vanguard Asia Circuit-hen is the immediate sequel to Cardfight!! Vanguard, which ran for 65 episodes between January 2011 and March 2012. The sequel ran for a shorter 39 episodes between April 2012 and January 2013. The series continues to follow Aichi Sendou and his friends playing the Vanguard card game. In Asia Circuit-hen, Aichi meets a mysterious boy who suddenly replaces Aichi’s Royal Paladin deck with a Golden Paladin deck. While Aichi certainly remembers using Royal Paladin, it seems their existence have been completely wiped from everyone else’s memory. Furthermore, Kai Toshiki and Ren Suzugamori also had their decks replaced but do not seem to recall using Kagero or Shadow Paladins. Aichi must now fight in the Asia National Vanguard Tournaments with his friends to try uncover the meaning behind this mystery. Like the first series, Cardfight!! Vanguard Asia Circuit-hen was simulcasted on CrunchyRoll.

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Final Review: Kokoro Connect

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Kokoro Connect is based off a series of light novels with essentially each volume dealing with a different “problem” among a group of friends in the Cultural Research Club. The series is 17 episodes long and adapts the first four volumes of the light novels. The series began its run in Summer 2012 and had the last four episodes aired back to back on December 30, 2012. The first 13 episodes were simulcasted by Crunchyroll and licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

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Final Review: CØDE:BREAKER

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.

Code:Breaker is a based off a manga of the same name that began in 2008. Code:Breakers are special types of assassins with unique supernatural abilities that operate as part of a secret unit of the government. Each Code:Breaker has a different ability but as a result of becoming one, they become “non-existent” to the society. Sakura Sakurakouji is a normal high school girl trained in martial arts. One day, she encounters Rei Ogami, a Code:Breaker. As a result of their encounter, Rei now attempts to erase Sakura’s existence in order to keep the existence of Code:Breakers non-existent. It turns out, Sakura is a unique “specimen.” Code:Breaker premiered during the Fall 2012 anime season and was simulcasted and licensed by Funimation. The manga has licensed by Del Rey and 23 total volumes have been published/announced to date.

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