Archive for August, 2013

No.6 Review: What Lies Beneath the False Utopia

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It’s been about a week and a half since I finished watching No.6.  The premise sounded interesting, though I quickly noticed that it was only 11 episodes long and wondered just how much development could happen with such little time.  While I would say that not everything was as fleshed out as I would’ve liked, the story did a relatively good job of presenting itself with its small episode count.  It wasn’t the most enjoyable watch I’ve had, but it was still a good one regardless. Continue reading

Soul Eater Review: Human Weapons and Madness

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It seems that an era of manga conclusions really is upon us, as not too long after Deadman Wonderland, another one of my ongoings has also finished.  About a week ago I read the final chapter of Soul Eater, and it’s sad to think that another series I’ve kept up with for a good amount of time is actually all done.  I didn’t enjoy this series quite as much as Deadman, but it’s still awesome in any case and to begin with, those two series are hardly comparable anyway.  Soul Eater is quite an interesting case, as one might describe it as a Shounen action but it’s hard to compare it to a lot of the other popular ones out there and it really does have a style of its own. Continue reading

Platina Data Review: The Secrets and Conspiracies Behind DNA

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So with my post about the first movie I saw in San Francisco done, I might as well write about the second.  The other movie I saw is one titled Platina Data, also known as Platinum Data.  Platina Data was quite the intriguing watch, though a very different story from Rurouni Kenshin.  While Rurouni Kenshin was a more action-packed historical setting movie, Platina Data is futuristic with some sci-fi elements and a much more psychological storyline. Continue reading

Rurouni Kenshin Review: Abandoning a Violent Past

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About a week and a half ago my family went on vacation to San Francisco, and at the time there was the Japan Film Festival in which a number of Japanese movies (both anime and live-action) were presented.  Sadly, we were not there for very long so I only got to see movies on one of the days.  However, we went to see two movies.  The first one is the live-action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin.  While I have seen a few scattered episodes of the anime on Toonami long ago, the truth is that for the most part I haven’t seen much of any of this story, whether in anime or manga form.  As such, I’m not that familiar with the original story (besides the basic idea that almost anyone with any awareness of the series already knows) so I could not judge how good this movie was in comparison to its previous forms.  That said, however, I certainly enjoyed watching this film and though I may not be aware of how properly it adapted the source material, I feel that it was made into a very enjoyable movie regardless and one that definitely makes me more interested in reading the manga or watching the anime. Continue reading

Nekomonogatari: Kuro Review: The Hanekawa Backstory

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Well after about a week or so I’m at last making another post.  In truth I finished Nekomonogatari: Kuro a while ago, but extreme computer issues and many failed attempts to restore lost data have occupied a lot of my time for the past few days so I didn’t get around to writing about it.  Luckily that’s all done with, so I can at last give my thoughts on the third installment of the Monogatari anime.  Anywho, I can say that it was good for exposition and giving more insight on the details of what happened with Araragi and Hanekawa before Bakemonogatari.  It does a good job of setting the stage for the beginning of Monogatari Second season, though I can’t say I enjoyed this arc nearly as much as some of the other arcs from Bake and Nise. Continue reading

Nisemonogatari Review: Can an Impostor Have Value?

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Just finished Nisemonogatari today, and just like Bakemono it was quite the watch.  I’d heard many people say that Nisemono is inferior to Bakemono, but now that I’ve finished it I would say that the two are about equal to me.  Obviously with them being the same series, they’re very much similar in style, but it’s interesting to note that there are actually some differences in regard to execution.  Bakemono had stronger character development overall, but the themes Nisemono presented really helped it stand out to me. Continue reading