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Summer 2014 Anime: Halfway Impressions

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Summer’s really been flying by for me, and before I knew it, the halfway point for the summer anime season came by.  I guess maybe it’s not my place to say summer’s gone by too quickly since a lot of people are going back to school around this time (the perks of going to college now I guess?) but I will say the months have gone by far more quickly than I’d anticipated, and with them a whole bunch of new anime too.  Don’t enjoy the thought of some of these ending, though there are quite a few that are either two-cour or split cours so I still have a good amount to look forward to for some of these.  In any case, this season has proven to be pretty enjoyable with some series that display a lot of potential.  At the moment, I would say I enjoyed spring season’s more personally and I expect the fall anime to surpass these if they manage to live up to my expectations, but depending on how these stories progress they too could become something fantastic.  I think it’s too early for me to make any decisive conclusions about most of these series but here is my opinion on the ones I’ve been keeping up with this season: Continue reading

Spring 2014 Anime: Final Thoughts

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It seems the spring anime season has pretty much come to an end, as all of my one-cours have finished and all but one of my two-cours have reached the halfway point.  For the most part I’d say the spring season was an enjoyable watch, and while there were some series I found to be pretty disappointing, there were also many others that proved to be phenomenal watches and I can definitely say that I was entertained by quite a few of the ones I watched.  Considering I have an insanely huge backlog (which, given the fact that I have Anime Expo and a trip to Japan ahead, will take a very long time to get through), it will definitely take me a while to actually get to the individual reviews for each of these series so I’ll try to give a good idea of my opinion on each one.

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Monogatari Series: Second Season Review: Conclusions, Shifts, and Self Discovery

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Since I had watched through the rest of Monogatari last summer, it’s no wonder that I decided to pick up the (at the time) ongoing second season (which, in actuality, is more like the fourth season given the weird release nature of the other installments) when it was only a few weeks in.  Keeping up with Monogatari weekly for the first time had been quite a bizarre experience and I was quite impatient since I had gotten so used to being able to watch the previous seasons at my own pace without having to wait every week.  In spite of that setback, however, Monogatari S2 proved to be an absolutely fascinating watch that built tremendously upon the foundations of previous seasons and truly made the most out of a majority of its characters.  Monogatari S2 ultimately proved to be by far my favorite installment of the series and impressed me in a variety of ways.  While there are some complaints I have about some parts of S2, they are quite minimal in comparison to the great enjoyment and fantastic developments I received from the watch overall, and I’d say there’s no doubt in my mind that those who enjoyed previous installments of Monogatari will find something to love from this season.  Monogatari S2 remains one of my favorites of 2013 and there is but one 2013 anime that I enjoyed more (and I do plan on writing about that as well in due time).  Monogatari S2 has so many merits and it’ll be difficult for me to explain just how much love I have for this season of the series without giving spoilers, but it must be said that Monogatari S2 really is a brilliant story and, in my opinion, the epitome of the Monogatari experience as of yet. Continue reading

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Review: The Struggles of a Magical Girl and Accepting a New Life

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Since I was planning to complete the rest of the Fate/stay night visual novel (which I’ve long since finished and can hopefully write about soon), I figured it would be a good idea to jump into some of the other Fate material beforehand.  As such, one of the installments I ended up watching was the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya anime, which turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  Prisma☆Illya definitely feels like the magical girl series it seems to be, though that’s not to say it is a completely lighthearted story.  While it may not be as dark as, say, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, it can definitely be a serious story when necessary and gets pretty intense at times.  I’m no expert on magical girl stories so I can’t say whether Prisma☆Illya is lighter or darker than most other stories of its kind, but it’s definitely a fun watch even for people not accustomed to magical girl series and as a Fate fan I’d say Prisma☆Illya is very much worth watching. Continue reading

Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu Review: The Disappearance of Rintarou Okabe and Kurisu’s Time Travel Endeavors

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Steins;Gate is among my favorite anime, and as such, I was incredibly excited about the idea of a new movie installment, Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu.  All the more so because it was not one of the great many recap films but rather a new story, a sequel to the TV anime.  While I was worried about how such a thing could be done considering how well the TV series had concluded, I couldn’t help but anticipate the release of the movie, and I remember watching the trailer many times, excited about the great potential the movie had.  The wait lasted many months, and eventually, come winter break (which now seems so long ago), the movie was subbed and I at last had the opportunity to watch the movie I had been so excited for.  Ultimately, the movie proved to be a very worthwhile watch and a strong sequel to the series, and while it didn’t entirely live up to its full potential and could have added a bit more to contribute to the quality of the story as a whole, it was still an incredibly enjoyable experience and far from being a disappointing flop that drags down the rest of the series.  It should be mentioned that it is necessary to watch the Steins;Gate TV anime and its special episode sequel to understand much of what takes place in this movie, and S;G in general is such a fantastic series that it should be watched regardless of this movie.  While I don’t intend to give massive spoilers, it is almost impossible to describe the foundation of the movie’s story without alluding to the ending of the series and specific events leading up to it, so do keep that in mind if you plan to read the rest of my review (and if you haven’t already, go watch Steins;Gate since it’s such a fantastic story). Continue reading

BlazBlue: Alter Memory Review: Time Rewinds and Jumbled Perspectives

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Another series I kept up with during the fall 2013 season is BlazBlue: Alter Memory.  While there were a great many I enjoyed keeping up with, I honestly can’t say the same for this.  There are a great many words I could use to describe my experience with the BlazBlue anime, most of which simply aren’t positive.  To begin with, video game adaptations have a tendency to be frowned upon by the anime community, and finding out that this would only have 12 episodes certainly did not help.  From what I’ve heard, the anime covers two 20 hour (if not more than that) games in that amount of time, and this definitely shows in the rushed pacing and very confusing storytelling.  People seem to complain a great deal about adaptations, though I find it difficult to think of an adaptation more disappointing than this one, and this comes from someone who has never played the BlazBlue games. Continue reading

Spring 2014 Anime: Halfway Impressions

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Oh dear, it seems that it’s already been almost a month since I made my last post.  It’ll be just a bit more before I can get back to the regular schedule of posting what I’ve wanted to for a while, but since I’ve actually picked up a pretty decent chunk of the anime this season, I figure it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to give my thoughts on what I’ve watched so far.  I would definitely say that I’ve been enjoying the spring anime and 2014 looks very promising.  While I feel the greatest of the year is still ahead, the anime from this season have been very enjoyable and there’s still lots of potential for development and improvement.  There are some that I’m not all too fond of, but for the most part I’d say this is quite a good season.  As of now, however, my thoughts are as follows: Continue reading

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012) Review: The Fabulous Beginning of the Joestar Tale

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So it seems that I’m still very much behind on blogging about the series I’ve completed (as there are a great many I’d love to write about, one in particular that recently blew me away like no other), but I’m slowly catching up (or at least, I’d like to believe that I am anyway).  Like I said before, I’m gonna be writing about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012) this time around.  I mentioned that JoJo 2012 is a JoJo adaptation done right, and that it truly is.  I still remember first hearing the news about a new TV anime for JoJo at the time and I was utterly shocked, I simply could not believe the news.  Of course, I was in no position to complain as JoJo had been one of my favorite Shounen manga (interestingly enough, one written as far back as the 80s, at that) and it was finally going to get a full-length, serious adaptation from the very beginning.  Almost a year ago I watched the first 7 or so episodes of the anime with some friends for my birthday, and I was very much impressed with the anime’s take on Phantom Blood.  Unfortunately, with a lot of other series I had to complete at the time, I was distracted quite a bit and didn’t get back to it for a while.  Back around October or November, a friend came to my house and (as huge fans of the manga) we decided to give some more of those JoJo episodes a good watch and we got through a decent bit of the Battle Tendency episodes, and it was amazing as always.  Having gotten through more, I decided that, once and for all, I had to watch through the rest of the 2012 anime and I did just that at the beginning of winter break (which seems very far from me now, and a big sign I’m really slow about my posts….).  JoJo 2012 was a fantastic way for me to relive the nostalgia days of early JoJo with flashy new animation, and it really is one of the best ways for newcomers to jump into the JoJo series. Continue reading

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2000) Review: JoJo’s Prequel OVA

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So this time around I’m going back to JoJo (and as it happens, I have a few other JoJo posts ahead too, though it might take quite a while to actually get to them), this time focusing on the 2000 OVA.  As I mentioned in my post about the original OVA, JoJo (2000) is the second installment of JoJo’s OVA series that actually covers the material prior to the first OVA.  For some reason, there was a 7 year gap between the two, and this clearly shows in the 2000 OVA’s presentation.  The graphics have a much newer feel to them and even the art style itself is different in comparison to that of the original OVA.  In any case, I enjoyed the 1993 JoJo OVA, though it was far from a perfect adaptation.  As for this one?  I’d say for the most part my impressions of this one are about the same as its predecessor, though I can’t say the exact same things about both.  Both of the OVAs have their different strengths and weaknesses, and while I probably enjoyed this one a slight bit more, it wasn’t by such a huge margin that I would consider it significantly superior to the other OVA. Continue reading