Posted in 2017, Anime, Anime Review

Cowboy Bebop (1998-1999) anime review

19644The year is 2071 and humanity has colonized many of the planets and moons in the solar system leaving the now uninhabited surface of Earth behind. Outlaw bounty hunters also known as ‘Cowboy’s’ help keep the peace in the galaxy. Spike Spiegel and Jet Black are two such bounty hunters who travel the solar system looking for bounties that can earn them some money on their spaceship, the Bebop. They meet several other characters during their travels, some which they add to their crew.

Screenshot (177)This is a classic anime and by watching it the reason it has stayed so popular for so long is that this is truly a great anime. I won’t go into much detail, but this series is made up of several episodes with self contained plots where Spike and Jet go after bounties. There is some stuff about Spike’s past, as well as the pasts of the rest of the crew, but those plot points are often sidelined by seemingly less important plot points. The only thing I didn’t really like about this series was how it ended so abruptly. If only it had lasted a few more episodes.

Screenshot (179)I recommend Cowboy Bebop to anyone who likes anime. This is a classic and helped increase the popularity of anime for adults. If you want to watch it you can find it on CrunchyRoll.

Final Rating – 49.9/50

Posted in 2017, Anime, Anime Review

KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world! season 2 (2017) anime review

konosuba-posterThis is a continuation of the first season of KONOSUBA. If you have not yet watched the first season you should watch that one before watching this season. When Kazuma Satou died he was given two choices; either be resurrected in his own world as an infant or go to another world to defeat a great evil in his own body. He chooses the second choice and is able to bring any weapon that can aid him in his quest. He chooses Aqua, the goddess who has been telling him all of these things and the two of them end up in this other world as underleveled adventurers.

Screenshot (174)The humour in this series is always fantastic, and this season is no different. The characters find themselves in a lot of strange situations. The interesting thing is that these characters are highly unlikable which actually adds to the humour of many of the jokes. Between this season and the last there has been a slight decrease in the quality of the animation, but this is one of the few series that this does not matter. The poor quality of the animation actually acts in the benefit of KONOSUBA.

Screenshot (175)I recommend this series to anyone who likes funny fantasy series. I also recommend this season to anyone who was a fan of the first season. I assure you that you will not be disappointed. You can find this series on CrunchyRoll to watch.

Final Rating – 47/50

Posted in 2017, Anime, Anime Review

Ao Oni The Blue Monster (2016) anime review

81430Hiroshi and his friends enter a mansion that is said to be haunted outside of town. Their only goal is to have a test of courage, however they end up getting trapped there by a blue monster known as Ao Oni. Now they must solve all the puzzles left for them by Ao Oni in order to escape the mansion with their lives.

Screenshot (172)This is a series based off a video game which I have never played. I think it’s a mix of horror and a puzzle game from what I’ve seen. In most of the episodes Hiroshi and his friends end up dying and the jokes made through these bizarre ways they are killed off are pretty funny. However this is a series of shorts and you will most likely not enjoy it. I do not recommend this series to anyone.

Final Rating – 24/50

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Magical Girl Raising Project (2016) anime review

81087Koyuki Himekawa is a girl who has always idolized magical girls and has even wished to become one many times in the past. She has started playing the mobile game Magical Girl Raising Project because of her love for the genre. However her dream ends up coming true and she becomes the magical girl known as Snow White. As Koyuki and the other magical girls try to keep the city safe they all receive a notification. Apparently too many magical girls have been created and some have to be cut. A competition begins to find out who will continue being magical girls and who will be cut, but this competition takes a dark turn.

Screenshot (166)This is your typical magical girl series which gets very dark very fast. This is a series where many different characters die. In fact most of the characters end up dying by the end. The problem here is that you will most likely care very little about what happens to these characters because their backstory won’t be revealed until the episode they die in with two exceptions. There are just way too many characters.

Screenshot (168)But I do appreciate the interesting designs of all the magical girls and their powers. Who would have thought that the ability to swim through solid objects would be so overpowered. Or digging holes. Or any of the other powers. I enjoyed seeing how the multitude of magical girl abilities were used to their greatest effect.

Screenshot (170)I recommend this series to anyone who actually likes watching dark magical girl series other than Madoka Magica. Yes this is your typical magical girl series that turns dark fast, and it is often very bad, but I actually enjoyed this series. If you want to watch it you can find it on CrunchyRoll.

Final Rating – 37.9/50

Posted in 2017, Anime, Anime Review

March Comes in Like a Lion (2016-2017) anime review

82899Rei Kiriyama is a professional shogi player who is currently in high school. Because of the young age he reached this level at Rei is heralded as a future top player of shogi. Because of this he faces a lot of pressure from both the shogi world and high school. He tends to take poor care of himself and his reclusive personality isolates him from most other people. However Rei meets three sisters soon after he arrives in Tokyo. They are Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, and they help Rei to start turning his own life around.

Screenshot (163)From the first episode it is obvious that this is going to be a great series. The fact that there is a focus on water imagery as well as contrast between Rei’s sad life and the happy, busy life of the sisters is incredible. Not to mention that the visual imagery helps convey the emotions of the characters. I like how this series focuses not only on Rei but also other characters is fantastic. It is clear that Rei is highly depressed at the beginning of the series and it is interesting to see into his past to see why he is the way he is.

Screenshot (165)The characters in this series are adorable. The cats have their own personalities, Momo is the cutest character ever, and all the other characters are also cute. But despite the adorable character designs the serious aspects of this series are what makes it shine. March Comes in Like a Lion also introduced me to the game of shogi which surprisingly is very similar to chess with a few major differences.

Screenshot (164)If you want to watch a series which delves into the world of mental illness with cute characters than this is the series for you. In fact even if you don’t want to watch something like that I still recommend that you watch it. This is a fantastic anime and I don’t think anyone should miss out on watching it. You can find this series to watch in CrunchyRoll.

Final Rating – 49/50

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Cheating Craft (2016) anime review

81891In a world where education literally determines everything in your life, passing exams with pure academic ability will allow you to leave a highly successful life but failing those exams will basically ruin your life. There are two types of students. L-type or learning types students who pass their exams through their own academic merit, and C-type or cheating type who pass their exams by cheating. L-type and C-type students pair up so that the L-type student can do all the work and the C-type student can defend the L-type student as they’re writing the exam. Koui and Mumei are trying to pass their final exam to help Mumei free his father from jail, however it will be harder than anything they have done before.

Screenshot (159)The concept of this series is amazing. The problem is that there can only be so many exam scenes before it gets old. This is a series of short episodes and about three quarters of the episodes are made up of exams. This causes the same gimmicks to be shown over and over again, and the final episode just throws a crazy twist out of nowhere.

Screenshot (158)What I liked about this series was the focus on cheating skill. There are so many. Each of the C-type students have their own skills. Of course that isn’t enough to make this series good. I don’t recommend watching this anime because its plot is all over the place and the series doesn’t go as in depth about the world as it should have. This series could have been so much better had the series focused more on the actual politics of the education system and less about showing off cool animation as well as if the episodes were longer than 12 minutes. You can find this series on CrunchyRoll

Final Rating – 23/50

Posted in 2017, Anime, Anime Review

Drifters (2016) anime review

80271At the battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Toyahisa Shimazu is the rearguard for his retreating troops. He ends up getting critically wounded and finds himself suddenly in a modern, gleaming white hallway lined with doorways and inhabited by a man named Murasaki. He gets sucked through the nearest door into a world that is not his own. This land is inhabited by all sorts of fantastical creatures such as elves, dwarves, and dragons. However Toyahisa is not the only person from Earth who found themselves in this new world. There are many others such as Nobunaga Oda and Yoichi Suketaka Nasu who have been brought to this world. They are known as Drifters and they have been tasked with defending the Orte Empire which past Drifters had founded from a dark force known as the Ends.

Screenshot (189)This is a good series full of historically accurate-ish characters and a compelling plotline involving a war against an evil force. You may notice that most of the characters in this series are more the anti hero type than anything else. Toyahisa is a warrior who is known for going berserk. Nobunaga literally called himself a demon. The Drifters aren’t only from Japan either. There are characters such as Scipio and Hannibal from all over the globe.

Screenshot (191)The animation is beautiful. This is a series I have no problems with. I hope that someday it gets a second season because of all the build up at the end. Just a quick warning before you go to watch Drifters. There is a lot of violence which is to be expected in a show like this.

Screenshot (192)I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good historical series and also to anyone who enjoys shows with fantastical elements. If you want to watch it you can find it on CrunchyRoll.

Final Rating – 47/50