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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OVA Review: Stardust Crusaders and The Bizarre Release Order

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So this winter break I’ve gotten around to quite a bit of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and as it happens, the very first thing I finished of it over the break was the 1993 OVA.  I’m a huge fan of the JoJo series and I first began reading the manga a few years ago when I was in middle school, really loving it.  For some reason or another, I got distracted/lazy/a number of other things and just didn’t get around to catching up to it.  I read the first 5 parts and got halfway through 6 but stopped and just didn’t get back to it (which is quite a shame because part 6 and beyond are indeed great as expected of the JoJo name, but that’s for another day).  Much to my surprise, the JoJo anime of 2012 came out and did a brilliant job of covering parts 1 and 2 (again, more on that is also for another day).  I ended up watching through a little over half of the 2012 anime with a friend but didn’t get around to finishing that for some time either, though nowhere near as long as the many years between my part 5 and parts 6-8 run.  Since I got through a good portion of the 2012 anime already, I decided I might as well finish that before jumping into the remaining manga content.  Some of you probably already know that I’m a bit of a picky person about watching order and almost always stick to release order, and to no surprise I did this with the JoJo anime adaptations as well and I think it was ultimately for the better.  That said, I would not recommend others do the same for a variety of reasons, with the exception of those who (like me) are familiar with the manga, or at least parts 1-3.  Since I’ve rambled a bit about my history with the fantastic series that is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, I suppose I should get back to the main topic at hand: What did I think of the 1993 OVA?  Well, it didn’t do a bad job with its material, but it’s certainly not the strongest adaptation out there and could probably be skipped on, even more so with this year in mind than in the past. Continue reading

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai Review: The God of Conquest and 2D vs 3D

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I mentioned before that I’ve been watching Haruhi for my school’s anime club, and this time around I’ll be talking about the other series I’ve been watching there.  A week before the club actually got around to finishing it, I watched through Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai, also known as The World God Only Knows, on my own.  It has been a while since I finished TWGOK, as it has been nearly a month since I finished it myself, though I am definitely catching up to my series as far as the blogging goes, even if that list continues to increase as I see more series.  Just like Haruhi, TWGOK ended up being a pretty enjoyable watch for me.  The two definitely had their share of humor and both were great ways to spend some time relaxing after a long day of school.  Of course, the two series are very different aside from that.  TWGOK is, well, an interesting case.  I suppose one might consider it an unconventional harem, though I would need to provide more elaboration on that as this is a very vague description.  It’s often a silly series but it does have its share of touching moments when necessary. Continue reading

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Review: The Whims and Escapades of a High School Girl

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My school’s anime club has been watching two anime, one of which is Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, better known as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.  While we actually have yet to finish it, I went ahead and watched through the entirety of season 1 during Thanksgiving break.  Indeed, I know I am very late in watching this, but as the cliche goes, better late than never.  Haruhi’s a series that pretty much any anime fan has at least heard about, and while it definitely hit its prime popularity a while back, it’s still quite well-known today.  As I am quite fond of Kyoto Animation works for the most part, I was excited to finally watch through Haruhi after all this time.  While I wasn’t quite as blown away by it as I had expected to be, it was still quite a fun watch.  That said, more than anything it’s The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya that I’ve heard such great things about, so I’m aware that I have not yet seen all that Haruhi has to offer by any means. Continue reading

Murder Princess Review: Switching Bodies and Saving the Kingdom

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It feels quite nice to be making another post so quickly after my previous one, and this really shows me that I’m finally, truly, on winter break.  Funny how I’d viewed winter break as this long and glorious period of relaxation to reward me at the end of my suffering through this semester.  Well, half of that is true.  Upon starting winter break, I’m already feeling a bit worried about it ending too quickly and being stuck back in school before I know it, but regardless, I’m preparing myself to spend every minute I can enjoying the free time and catching up not only on my anime and manga, but also my blogging.  In any case, this time around I’m writing about Murder Princess, an OVA series I ended up watching to prepare myself for Pacific Media Expo back in November (so you can tell that I finished this one quite a while ago).  Truth be told, the reason I watched this was because Back-On performed the opening song, Hikari Sasuhou, (which I ended up really loving), and this was the shortest anime with one of their songs so I chose to watch it first.  Putting aside my attachment to Hikari Sasuhou and my sadness that Back-On didn’t perform it at PMX (awesome as the concert was either way), Murder Princess was a pretty enjoyable watch and different from most of the anime I get around to, though being an OVA definitely restricted it as far as development. Continue reading

Chobits Review: The Divide Between Humans and Computers

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It is truly a bad thing when I look at my anime/manga history on MyAnimeList and notice that a series doesn’t even show up because I finished it that long ago.  And indeed, the dilemmas of homework, tests, college apps, and all that other wonderful goodness have taken their toll as I’ve fallen way behind on my blogging.  I suppose three/four weeks isn’t necessarily something too long, but it’s not exactly the greatest of ideas to write about it after that much time.  In favor of taking a break from a dull calculus homework run, I decided I better start catching up.  In any case, the series (or at least, one of them, there’s more, unfortunately….) that I’ve finished so long ago that it isn’t on my history anymore is Chobits.  Chobits was quite an enjoyable watch with a nice balance between lighthearted comedy and emotional drama.  Chobits is one I’d known about for a while but only just recently got around to, and I’d say it’s certainly worth it.  That said, it was made a while back so I wouldn’t be surprised if most people already got to it long before I did. Continue reading