Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sora no Otoshimono Review

Sora no Otoshimono 

Sometimes I question my sanity for liking this series....



Synopsis

Sakurai Tomoki has been having the same strange dream since he was a child and would wake up in tears. Sugata, an upperclassman at his school, believes the dream to be of the new continent. Later that night, while waiting under the cherry trees for Sugata and his childhood friend, an angel called Ikaros comes flying down and his peaceful life changes from then on.



The Visuals

This series was nice to look at, I'd say appealing enough to make the fanservice good (when it wasn't censored), but there were some issues with proportions at times. The breasts are too large on certain characters and look really awkward, other than that, it's pretty good.





The Soundtrack

The music in this series was fairly good, not exactly anything notable, but definitely above-average quality. It fit well with the scenarios, but sometimes you don't even notice it's playing at all.





The Characters


This series had a decent cast of characters, I mean, though there were characters that applied to almost every character archetype (we were missing a glasses girl) in a harem series, but certain characters were extremely entertaining, while others were irritating to the point where I wanted to jump into the screen and punch them in the face repeatedly. Still, it was a decent cast.







Favorite Characters

Eishirou Sugata

He's epic, he lives by a stream in a forest, he fights bears and other wild animals and just does so much crazy random shit while he doesn't even have any powers. He's an embodiment of epicness, to say the least.






Mikako Satsukitane

She's evil and I love her for it. She starts up the craziest events, brings so much fun to the series. She likes to cause trouble, and though sometimes it may seem completely and totally unreasonable, it's still entertaining as hell. Honestly, without her, this series would have been a lot less fun.






Ikaros

She's so cuuutttteee! She's like a huge moe blob that can get almost anyone to coo over her, she's so cute! I can't simply put her cuteness into words she's just...d'awww...








Least Favorite Characters


Sohara Mitsuki

Perhaps one of the most frustrating anime characters I have ever seen in my life. She's totally a closet pervert, yet she beats on the main character for doing anything perverted and she obviously likes him, and she just ruins everything fun that happens in this series. But, of course, she's nice to everyone BESIDES the main character, who she likes, that makes sense.




Hiyori Kazane

I'm sorry, but she's a Mary-Sue if I've ever seen one, dear lord they made this girl wayyyy too perfect (in anime standards at least).  







Chaos

She's just creepy. The entire time she was on screen she made me itchy, like that feeling you have when you see a spider or something like that. I don't care how cute they're trying to make her, that smile that's almost always on her face makes creeps me out she's wayyy too creepy....






The Story


Boy meets cyborg angel thing, it tells boy that it is her master, boy is pervert, etc., etc. Boobs. If not for the excellent comedy, I would have hated it, I especially had issues when the show tried to be serious, I just had this feeling of "why?" whenever it tried to through in some drama ESPECIALLY in the movie, my god, the movie....
When it wasn't trying to be serious it was good, but when a show that shoves boobs or ass in your face tries to add drama...it fails in epic proportions.





Overall

It was a good series, when it didn't have drama in it, when it did it was just...bad...


Story - 5/10
Characters - 6/10
Music - 6/10
Voice Acting - 6/10
Visuals - 7/10

Overall - 6/10


I'm not too sure as to what I'm going to end up doing after this... I have to think for a bit to see if I still want to watch more shoujos along with random series, or start watching more popular stuff, or finish others I've already started, I'm not too sure what I'll be doing for the next few weekends, but if I can't make a decision by then, I'll start picking up the series I've had on hold for a while ( I kind of want to finish Clannad and Air Gear). Tune in next time!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ouran Highschool Host Club Review


Ouran Highschool Host Club 


So many roses....

This is one of the most popular shoujo anime series I know of, and I must say, this show definitely does deserve all of the hype it gets. A lot of people I know recommended me this anime, both male and female, so I was curious as to how a shoujo appeal to both gender audiences so much, and now I know. 

Synopsis


Fujioka Haruhi won a scholarship to attend Ouran Academy, a school reserved for the rich and prestigious. Despite what other students may think of her, Haruhi cares little for physical appearances or the fact that she is a commoner. Unfortunately for Haruhi, her high school days took a turn when she stumbled upon the Host Club, an elite club for the super rich and beautiful boys who use their specific traits and charms to entertain young ladies. Even worse was that Haruhi had accidentally broken an 8 million yen vase in the club. Unable to repay her debt with money, Haruhi found herself with no choice but to work for the Host Club, becoming a male host herself.


The Visuals



The visuals for this series were rather pleasing to the eyes. They were a bit on the unique side, but in a good way. It's simple, yet unique in a way I just can't put into words. I like the especially big eyes on the female and young characters, they're very charming and cute. I'm also fond of the way the backgrounds are drawn, they are very consistent in their beauty.








The Soundtrack


This series has a very light-hearted, yet extravagant-sounding soundtrack. Though I'm really not fond of the opening theme (skipped it every single episode), I am extremely fond of the ending theme. The soundtrack overall is really good, though.

Playlist includes character songs, opening theme, and soundtrack




The Characters


This show had a great cast of characters, they were all interesting, and portrayed stereotypes in a very blunt, hilarious manner, the main characters especially. The characters that appeared in only an episode or two were also very likable, even the characters I didn't like were likable in at least one sense. 








Favorite Characters

Haruhi Fujioka

Definitely one of the best shoujo protagonists I have ever seen, she's not obnoxious in any way, she's not upset when people mistake her gender, she's stoic (most of the time anyway), she's adorable, I could go on. Her character is extremely lovable.






Hikaru Hitachiin

Hikaru's character was very curious, and that's probably why I liked him so much. He's mischievous most of the time, but shows signs of jealously and attachment that aren't comical. I don't know, I guess I liked how his character added some drama and to be honest, I prefer him to be paired with Haruhi.





Kaoru Hitachiin

The supportive brother. I love how Kaoru and Hikaru have such a close bond, and he seems to be the more mature of the two. His voice is also notably softer, and he handles things a lot more calmly than Hikaru does. He also helps Hikaru without asking whenever he's in any trouble, and that is not only a good sibling, but also a good friend.







Least Favorite Characters


Eclair Tonnerre

Thank god she's an anime-original character. I couldn't stand her. She's just a bitch, no more words are needed, just bitch.







Benio Amakusa

She's just a hypocrite. I love how she critcizes the Host Club, but does the same stuff they do. Plus, she tries to push her ideals on Haruhi, who could care less.






The Story

A lone honor transfer student who resembles a male is forced to join a Host Club to repay a debt to them. Fangirls surround them, and eventually she has fangirls of her own. It's hilarious. Almost everything that occurs in this show is hilarious and I love it!









Overall

This is definitely a series that lives up to all of its hype. I'm so happy I took the time to watch this series, because I just got so many good laughs out of it, and the characters were great. 




Story - 9/10
Characters - 10/10
Music - 9/10
Voice Acting - 8/10
Visuals - 9/10

Overall - 9/10

If you haven't seen this series, then drop everything you're doing and watch it. Now.





Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge Review

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge


Partying hard with all the sexy boys :P
This series has a decent-sized fanbase, and seeing as I'm currently marathoning shoujo series, I figured I give this one a shot. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting, and in this case, that's a good thing. 


Synopsis


Takano Kyohei, Oda Takenaga, Toyama, Yukinojo, and Morii Ranmaru are going to rent a house to go to school for free on the condition that they make the girl of the house a "lady". However, Nakahara Sunako, the girl living there, is gloomy, weird, and horror movie maniac. She has a trauma of when she was told she was ugly by the boy whom she loved when she was in junior high school. She doesn't like beautiful things and gets a nosebleed when she looks at something beautiful. 


The Visuals


They tried everything they could to make these boys pretty...
The result: they're too pretty! Disgustingly pretty! One of them blatantly looks like a girl! The girls in this series looked okay,but the male character designs were too much.The best things about the animation were the backgrounds, but they were just above average-looking backgrounds.







The Soundtrack


Unfortunately, I couldn't find a playlist for this soundtrack, but what I can say about it is that it was completely forgettable, there was nothing special about it. There was one good song in this series, and it was the first ending theme, everything else, forgettable and mediocre.



The Characters

This cast of characters is full of generic bishounen characters (the asshole, the girlish boy, the intelligent one, the flirt), and perhaps the (second) most hilarious heroine that has ever appeared in an anime. The generic characters didn't bother me much, but the background characters and the nameless characters were the ones that ended up annoying me the most.






Favorite Character


Sunako Nakahara

She's obsessed with horror, blood, gore, etc. and hates dazzling, beautiful, and "bright" things. She is, however, a great cook. Her character was, by far, the best in this series, because her character was so ridiculously exaggerated that it's hilarious. Whereas everyone else was either cliché or annoying.







Least Favorite Characters

The fangirls

Kill them with fire. They're so obsessed with the pretty boys they're scary, yes, scary. They trespass, make false accusations, damage property, blackmail, all of that stuff, all for the sake of seeing their pretty boys. That's where fandom has gone too far, way too far.



The Goth Loli Sisters

They're just as stalky as the fangirls, except these girls are slightly less ridiculous in their efforts to stalk the boys (though, they are still rather ridiculous). They did make me chuckle at some points, but the rest of the time they annoyed the crap out of me.





The Story

This is the story of four pretty boys turning an uber scary girl into a lady. She thinks she's ugly due to an incident when she confessed to a boy she liked in middle-school which left he scarred. This show has every single aspect about it ridiculously exaggerated, which makes it succeed as a comedy series. Though, I did have some issues with some of the situations they were found in (the whole pirate thing was just stupid), most of the series was consistently entertaining.




Overall

Because of this show's heavy exaggerations, it succeeded as a comedy series, but failed in any drama they tried to present the audience with. I did like the series, but it had several issues.


Story - 7/10
Characters - 6/10
Music - 5/10
Voice Acting - 7/10
Visuals - 5/10

Overall - 6/10


I probably would recommend this to anyone who likes exaggerated comedy, but if you like lots of drama in your anime, this is not the series for you.


Another thing I'm Marathoning at the Moment

Sora no Otoshimono

Definitely one of the funniest ecchi series I have ever seen, though a certain character pisses me off to a great degree. Still, this series provides a good laugh, nothing deep or anything like that.





So, that's my review for Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge. I think I'll start watching a more popular shoujo series this weekend (I'm hooked now, in case you haven't noticed), though, I'm still thinking about which one.  I'll be finished with Sora no Otoshimono by Valentines Day, and after that, I'm not too sure as to what else I'll be watching. Nevertheless, stay tuned!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Hayate no Gotoku Series (Seasons 1 and 2) Review

Hayate no Gotoku!


This is a relatively popular series, and I had seen a sequel (Can't Take My Eyes Off You) to this series before I had watched seasons before it. After hearing how bad the sequel was compared to the original series, I decided to pick the original series back up, and boy, I was not disappointed.

Synopsis


Season 1:

16-year-old Hayate is really down on his luck. Because his unemployed parents are good-for-nothings who waste what money they have on gambling, Hayate had to start working at a young age to help out his family. Although such experience has made him inhumanly fast and tough and skilled at things boys aren't normally skilled at, it has also left him in an awkward position, as his parents have racked up such a huge gambling debt that they have sold Hayate to the yakuza for the value of his organs. In a desperate attempt to avoid that fate, Hayate decides to become a "bad guy" and kidnap someone to be held for ransom, but his efforts to do so are mistaken as a confession of love by the girl he targets. When he helps save the (as it turns out) ultra-wealthy 13-year-old Nagi from real kidnappers, she takes him in and gives him a job as her new personal butler (and love interest) until he can pay off his debt. But Hayate is more attracted to Nagi's beautiful teenage maid Maria, and head butler Klaus is initially disapproving of a boy with such a poor look. And then there's Nagi's pet Tama, who is also a force to be reckoned with.

Season 2:


Picks up after episode 19 of Hayate no Gotoku! season 1. Season 2 is supposed to follow the manga more closely.

Hayate is still working as the Sanzenin Butler, and season 2 features a lot more Hinagiku, as scenarios that include herself and Hayate allude to potentially mutual feelings between them. Nagi is also interested in escalating her relationship with Hayate, since Nagi's perception of her relationship with Hayate remains based on the miscommunication that occurred on their first meeting.


The Visuals

Season 1:

During season 1, which was done by SynergySP, the animation was extremely similar to the manga art, incredibly simple, but still cute. I liked this animation because it resembled the manga art so much. Though, that was about the only appeal the art had.









Season 2:

Season 2, which was done by J.C. Staff, had far more appealing animation than season 1. The animation in season two was pretty much  Zero no Tsukaima's animation with just the slightest hint of season 1's animation. It was shiny, colorful, and I loved it!









The Soundtrack


The same soundtrack was used in both seasons (as far as I know), and I must say, I have never heard a soundtrack with so many tracks with brass instruments in them. It's a nice, fun soundtrack, definitely worth a listen. Also, the second openings of both seasons were really good, but I didn't like the first openings of either.






The Characters


This show has more characters than it knows what to do with. So many good characters ended up not appearing after showing up in 2-5 episodes. Some of the more annoying ones seemed to appear all the time. Still, the main cast was likable, and we were left with a huge amount of shipping possibilities with all these characters. Many of the supporting characters were also likable, but there were still quite a few annoying ones in the mix.






Favorite Characters



Wataru Tachibana

Adorable, self-sufficient otaku. His bad luck with his crush, his lack of a sense of humor, and his gentlemanly side all make his character lovable. I also like all of his pairings, all of them.







Sonia Shaflnarz


Badass, gold-digging, cougar nun. She's hilarious. I really wish I could have seen more of her in the series, her character made me laugh so much.








Least Favorite Characters



Ginka Saginomiya

Tries to kill main character on numerous occasions to help someone. Person tells her not to, doesn't get the message. Continues trying to kill main character. Also has migraine-inducing voice.







Yukiji Katsura

I don't dislike her, but she ruins just about every serious moment in this series. Or, anytime something looks hopeful she screws everything up. The entire purpose of her character was to cause trouble, and well, I just don't like characters that do nothing but cause trouble.







The Story

The story of a very unfortunate boy who is left with an around 150,000,000 yen debt by his horrible parents. He then attempts to kidnap a rich girl, who misunderstands him and thinks he is confessing his love for her. It's a hilarious series of misunderstandings. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the characters, but I did have some issues with the incredible harem this guy had going for him. Still, the series was very funny.








Overall

Season 1:

Though the first season contained my favorite episode in the series, it still got really off track with the source material half-way through, and the visuals were generally less appealing compared to season 2's.

Story - 7/10
Characters - 7/10
Music - 9/10
Voice Acting - 9/10
Visuals -  7.5/10

Season 1 Overall - 8/10

Season 2:

This season had much better visuals, however, many characters weren't getting as many appearances as I had hoped they would, and even more characters joined the cast, but most only appeared in 2-5 episodes. By the time I was finished, I felt somewhat dissatisfied. Though, the comedy was still good,


Story - 7/10
Characters - 7/10
Music - 9/10
Voice Acting - 9/10
Visuals -  9/10


Season 2 Overall - 8/10

Series Overall - 8/10

Other things I'm Marathoning at the Moment

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

A story of four bishounen making an uber scary girl into a lady. Completely fails when it tries to be serious, but it's pretty funny (even when it's not trying to be).







Sora no Otoshimono

Fanservice and angel slaves. If it weren't for the comedy, I'd question why anyone would like this series. Also, flying panties are awesome.










So, my next review will most likely be for Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge which I only need to watch six more episodes of, and after that...I'm not sure which shoujo series I'll watch, but, I'll decide before the weekend starts. As for Sora no Otoshimono, I'll probably finish it by the day after Valentines Day. Stay tuned!