Posts Tagged ‘ Fantasy ’

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

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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

Kyoukai no Kanata Review: Confronting One’s Inner Demons

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Slowly but surely I’m catching up on my blogging, and at last I’m writing about one of the ongoings from fall 2013 that actually finished.  The first one of those that ended was Kyoukai no Kanata.  Kyoukai no Kanata was one I was curious about since, for starters, I tend to enjoy Kyoto Animation anime a good deal.  Having watched and loved Chuunibyou, I wondered about seeing KyoAni handle an action-based anime considering how glorious the chuunibyou fights were.  Learning that Kyoukai was going to be a KyoAni action series, I was incredibly delighted and had high hopes for what was ahead.  Now that I’m finished with it, I can definitely say I feel a bit conflicted about this one.  As expected, the fights looked really nice and there were some fantastic ideas from this series, though there were a few reasons I was more disappointed with Kyoukai than I wanted to be. 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

Angel Beats! Track Zero Review: The Beginning of the SSS

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Wow, it’s been almost a month since my last post, and probably a great deal longer since I read through what I’m going to be writing about this time around.  The last month and a half or so has been extremely hectic for me due to schoolwork, college apps, and whatnot.  It was certainly very stressful and my free time was severely limited, but luckily for me that’s all come to pass.  Well, mostly, I do have one more semester of school to live through and one more class to attend tomorrow (though my work is all done so it’s mostly obligatory attendance stuff) but for the most part, I’m off to the freedoms of winter break, and with that I’ll actually have time to make more blog posts about the variety of series I’ve seen recently (and not so recently).  Anywho, all that aside, this time around I’ll be taking a look at Angel Beats! Track Zero, the prequel light novel to the Angel Beats! anime series.  Track Zero may not be the greatest display the series has to offer, but it provides some nice insight on the background of the SSS that the anime never got a chance to show and it’ll do a pretty good job of giving fans something to enjoy while waiting for the release of the upcoming Angel Beats! game, which I’m extremely excited for. Continue reading

Shingeki no Kyojin Review: Humanity’s Fight for Survival

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Well after two long, excruciating, stressful weeks, it seems I finally have an opportunity to write another blog post.  For anyone who might’ve been looking forward to my next post (particularly because I did mention before some of the series I would write about next) I apologize, but at last I have a bit of time on my hands.  I’m quite late in writing about this, 3 weeks late even, but better late than never I suppose.  In any event, what I’m going to write about is what’s probably the most popular anime hit of the year.  The breakout series, incredibly mainstream anime, and widely loved adaptation known as Shingeki no Kyojin, or Attack on Titan.  Shingeki has gotten extreme attention during the past few months of its run, and it’s not too difficult to see why it has drawn so many dedicated supporters.  As for my thoughts?  Well, there’s a lot I can say about this one, so I’ll try to space my thoughts out a bit. Continue reading