[Anime-Review] – Shin Sekai Yori

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 Its Otaku-Chan Here again! 

Sorry its been so long since I’ve reviewed anime but there have been some really epic animations that just wrapped up! 

Today, First on the hit list will be Shinsekai Yori! or for those of you who are awesomely bi-lingual! ‘From the New World’

The story follows 5 students – Saki, Shun, Maria, Mamoru and Satoru – students who attend a Sage Academy, when they learn to control their ‘Cantus’ (psychokinetics) They live in a peaceful area, Kamissu 66th district, until they discover the ‘true’ nature of their society on a Camping Trip after encountering a ‘False Minoshiro’. Its here where the series does take off the gloves and definitely throws some heavy hitting punches! With the death of Shun and the disappearance of Maria and Mamoru, the arrival of the ‘fiend’ and the destruction of Kamissu 66th district and then the epic journey to an ancient civilization – Japan! 

The characters are delightful loveable and dreadfully naive. The time skips throughout the series shows the characters progression in an very interesting fashion. They’ll make  you laugh and they’ll make you cry and being comprised of 25 episodes, its hard to feel a little attachment to them. Sadly however, 2/5 characters from group 1 actually survive the whole ordeal and at some points I was actually preparing myself for a sad ending! However, all’s well that end’s well!

The story is absolutely amazing. There is a lot of smoke and mirrors and throughout the series I was almost paranoid of every ‘Queerat’ in site along with every member of the ‘Board of Ehics’. And with the red herring of ‘Fiends’ and ‘Karma Demons’, the series really does pick up the pace with seriously major plot twists throughout the series especially at the end. 

The musical score is awesome! A real treat for the ears along with the opening theme and the ending themes! Soooo good!

I know that this particular animation series isn’t really action orientated. There are some action sequences, they’re short but definitely cool! There’s nothing more satisfying that using your cantus to make a whirlwind of fire! Really cool graphics!

All in all, the animation is a bit different from what I’m used to, but by no means is this a bad thing! It really does go hand in hand with the story and the characters! I would definitely recommend this be one of 2013 best animations you have to watch! However, I wouldn’t advise that this series be watched by young kiddies as it does explore some mature and relatively dark themes.

Audio – 9/10

Video – 9/10

Star Rating – 5/5 stars!

Thanks for reading this review of Shinsekai Yori! Its been a long time coming!

Otaku-chan out!

Anime Review – Witchblade

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Its Otaku-chan here! This time doing a review for a well known animation series, ‘Witchblade’. It was originally a comic book series that progressed into a TV show and then adapted into an animation and manga series which is definitely worth checking out!

Sought by the greed of men since the dawn of human kind, but only bestowed upon the women whose fate it forever scars…the Witchblade. Is it the righteous sword of God? Or hand of the Devil himself? Now a new bearer has been chosen. And she must discover the answers for herself. As she stands on the brink of destiny, she is forced to seek the balance between ecstasy and ruin. – Prologue for each episode

There are a plethora of reasons to why I love the animation series ‘Witchblade’. The universe is so expansive and thorough, there isn’t a moment where the story hasn’t been already ‘fleshed’ out! Apart from the anime babes making me think the wrong things, the series plot points, different approaches and ofcourse the characters really do make it on my list of ‘Animation Series to watch before you expire’.

 Before we begin, I thought I might just explain what the ‘witchblade’ actually is. And its not much. Its simply a magical sentient artifact that imbues its wearer or host with unimaginable power at the expense of ones own life. It has been describe as having participated in many wars, often by those who have sough to gain its powers! 

Witchblade’s plot is incredible easy to understand despite it being a very expansive universe. From the very beginning  we already understand that the ‘end’ will be tragic. The series itself follows Masane Amaha who seems to be unaware that she is the wielder of the ‘witchblade’. She is an extremely kind woman but is incredibly clumsy and has no recollection of her memory during the ‘Great Quake’. In flashbacks, she is suspiciously found unhurt while carrying a baby in her arms which she now adopts as her child. As soon as they arrive they are caught in a power struggle between a mega-corporation and a government agency and that’s where the story really begins. 

The characters really do make this series incredible to watch. Despite her clumsy appearance, Masane is really a caring mother who literally gives up her life in order to protect her daughter even though they are not related directly by blood. She, however can transform in a ridiculously seductive blood-thirsty machine of mega-death! I guess you could say that her daughter, Rihoko, is her humanity. Something that grounds the main protagonist. Rihoko is absolutely adorable and displays wisdom and maturity, something her mother lacks! This dynamic mother-daughter duo makes this particular series ‘Great!’. Something that really stands out above other animations! 

The real sweetener in the deal is the action. Specifically the action sequences  They are somewhat transcendent! They seem to be carefully choreographed and yet they are still able to retain that raw element of power, literally destroying everything that gets in the way! The explosions are amazing! Whenever there are fight scenes, its like fireworks of complete and utter destruction…on a screen! Of-course, having armored clad women fighting is also a plus in my Otaku guide journal! 

In the end, the series itself has a high standard to live up to and it seriously does! The women, the action, the utter level of destruction is mind-blasting! Honestly, I felt a bit sad that the series was only 26 episodes but it was definitely well planned out, the characters all fleshed out. It truly is amazing! Its definitely has my recommendation! 

Audio – 10/10

Video – 9/10

Star Rating – 4.5/5 stars! 

Its has been my pleasure writing this review of such a legendary animation series of this calibre. 

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From your friendly friend,

 Otaku-Chan

Anime Review – Elfen Lied

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 Its Otaku-chan here! Sorry for not being able to post on daily basis but I will try my best! First up for this new week, is one animation series that is horrifyingly delectable! Its a real blast from the past and yet, I’ve watched it over 50 times! Elfen Lied! Its a series that has burnt itself into my heart through my eye sockets! Here’s why!

 

The series itself centers around a mutant species of human, called Diclonii. They are distinguishable by the little horn-like features that protrude out of their skulls, reminiscent of a devil of sorts. They also have the ability of ‘vectors’, invisible arm things that can (and will) make humans into a slushi. The extent of which these vectors can extend and the amount of vectors per Diclonii is dependent on the indivual. Needless to say, every singly female Diclonii spells bad news for all humanity. Anyways, ‘Lucy’, one of the main protagonists of the series breaks out of an experimental island compound, makes it shore however is injured and develops a child like state of mind. She is found by Kohta and his cousin Yuka which she now resides with while fending off assault teams and other members of her own kind. 

The characters themselves are amazing. For example  even though ‘Lucy’ has split personalities, she is an extremely likable character. Throughout the series she is referred to as a monster by other children and is often subjected to horrendous bullying by ‘human’ counterparts, thus she develops a hatred to all humans with the particular exception of Kohta. In her child-like state, she is ‘kawaii’ to the MAX! Kohta himself is a pretty smooth character though he’s completely oblivious to the feelings of ‘Lucy’. Without too many spoilers being revealed there are a lot of other characters that do contribute to the awesomeness of this series. 

The real ‘meat’ of the series is the themes that are involved throughout ‘Elfen Lied’. It explores the effects of social alienation, prejudice, revenge, jealousy and the value of humanity through what I would say extremely ‘graphic violence’. To be honest it is quiet a dark series but I really felt for the character ‘Lucy’ who seems to be always drawing the short end of the stick. This series doesn’t sugar coat the themes that it explores, it rather does it ‘bluntly’. Shock and Awe. 

Despite being a extremely gore production, Elfen lied is an incredibly sad and tragic love story. Often it left me in tears just through the sheer amount of pain, sorrow and anguish the characters were put through but it really did make this series one of the very best to this very day! But for those who love drama as well, never fear, Elfen Lied will definitely satisfy your needs. This animation series has everything that makes a series great! 

The music and art style in this series was absolutely enthralling. Every soundtrack that was in Elfen Lied was mind blowing. The music matched every scene and every detail and I couldn’t help but find myself forming an incredibly emotional attachment to this series! I truly believe that every scene especially from the opening theme and ending theme was beautiful!  

All in all, this series is a really merit to the anime community. I would definitely recommend this series to all you mature folks out there, it will at times, have you in tears of sadness and tears of joy, buy more importantly it will make you really ‘think’ about humanity and its values…

Video – 9/10

Audio – 10/10

Star Rating – 4.5/5 stars! 

Its has be splendid returning to my workbench and doing a review as awesome as this. Elfen Lied is a wonderful animation despite its graphic interpretation of human social values! 

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“There is no price for awesomeness….or attractiveness”

 From diclonii-friendly friend,

Otaku-chan!

Anime Review – Mysterious Girlfriend X

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Its your one and only Otaku-Chan here again, doing what I do best! Today we are going to step into the realms where romance and weird come together, spawning one of the strangest animation series that I have seen to date! Welcome to ‘Mysterious Girlfriend X’, otherwise known as ‘Nazo No Kanoho Ekkusu’. Its is a fairly new animation series, only being adapted and released in 2012.
This series in particular is an absolute delight to watch and yet again, it’s set in at school. It follows the Akira Tsubaki and the very mysterious Mikoto Urabe. Things begin quiet quickly where Tsubaki becomes ill to which Urabe, offers him her saliva! That’s right! Her saliva to which is reluctant to try. Through a series of events, he becomes addicted to her saliva and from there the story progresses albeit in a fashion that made me really consider what an Otaku really was! Don’t misunderstand, this series is hilarious to watch!
The characters are hilarious to watch and I found them very like-able. Akira Tsubaki is just your plain average joe until he becomes addicted to Urabe’s drool. There’s really nothing that stands out about him in particular. That is seriously where this series shines brightest! It opens a new can of weird and mysterious that is Urabe! She is highly dangerous and skilled at using scissors, which she stores in her panties. Apart from the fact that she carries scissor’s in her panties, she’s pretty much outstanding in everyway. She shows high athletic abilities able to move short distances in a blink of an eye! Now, the ‘drool’, which happens to be the main topic of series. It really does have weird powers, from sharing thoughts, feelings and even dreams which left me thinking ‘What the …!’. The characters are lovable in their own unique way and yet still somehow relatable! Though the series and characters don’t really progress very much, so don’t expect too much from this series besides a good laugh.
Overall, there really isn’t too much to say about the series. I would say that this series is probably not everyone first impression of great anime but I think it is in its own right. It’s originality is something that we don’t see to often anymore so it is quiet refreshing! All I can say that its definitely not a series that you’d want to watch seriously, its really just for a laugh with some romance and fanservice thrown into the mix. So of those who haven’t seen ‘Mysterious Girlfriend X’, I recommended that you drop whatever your doing and start watching it!
Visual – 7/10
Audio – 6.5/10
Star Rating – 3/5 stars
It has been a pleasure again to have reviewed this series for you all! Hope you all enjoyed it!
From your friendly friend
Otaku-Chan

Anime Review – High School DXD

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Its your one and only Otaku-chan here and today I will be reviewing a very ‘Otaku’ animation series. The one and only ‘High School DxD’! Be warned this series is seriously not for the kiddies! 🙂
The series itself is fairly new, only being released in 2012! But none-the-less, its a animation series worth watching as its full of fanservice, action, romance and comedy! Truly a great contribution to the world of Otakus!
The story follows Issei Hyodo, a second year highschool student who is especially involved with ero! At first he doesn’t seem to have any special traits, he’s your average student, who doesn’t seem to excel too much at anything besides having dirty thoughts. He lives a relatively peaceful existence and often daydreams of his fantasy girls until one day he is invited to a date by a fellow student, Yuma Amano. Things go steady until the end of the date, where she is revealed to be a ‘Fallen Angel’, though all Issei can think about is her…oppais. Failing to run, he get’s killed, and dies contently for actually seeing real oppais. Even so, he wakes up the next morning having believed that his death was actually a dream. His little peaceful existence is interuppted when ‘Rias Gremory’, one of the most popular students at Kuoh Academy, appears naked in room and informing him that he is now a devil belonging to her faction! Through out the series, it is thought that Issei only has ‘Boosted Gear’, one which only doubles his power and strength momentarily. It is only then revealed that he holds a forbidden gear – the Red Dragon, one of which is powerful enough to slay any god or demon.
I thoroughly enjoyed the series! It had action sequnces, one which made my eyes water from the sheer excitement that was happening on screen! It is definitely on the more ‘better’ looking animation series, the colours appear strong and the series maintains this sharp contrast even in the most brutal of fights. Though the series has a lot of action, it is also very ‘Ecchi’ as-well. When the series progresses Issei (unknowingly) acquires more attention from the opposite sex leading to what will eventually be a harem. There is an abundant amount of fanservice through the series that will not disappoint the most veteran Otakus. But what really makes this animation series enjoyable is the comedy. Issei’s stupidity along with his ingenuity and pervettedness crafts the most hilarious of moments, often leading to Issei being scolded by his own team, something you’ll have to watch to see!
The characters where quiet memorable, some of the characters personalities were a bit extreme. Issei is pervetted all the time and that turns out to be his greatest strength throughout the series. Rias, the leader of the Gremory family, as powerful as she is, is portrayed as helpless at times, a little lost you could say, but thankfully, Issei tends to be the one who is able to ‘ground’ her. The other cast members like Asia the nun, Akeno the princess of thunder and ultimate sadist, Koneko and Kiba are notable members as well, though I wouldn’t say that they are the ‘main’ protagonists of the High School DXD
The music in this series is awesome! The openin theme ‘Trip -Innocent of D’ by Larval Stage planning was pretty cooled, easily listening! The ending theme by StylipS – ‘StudyXStudy’ was also epic! Couldn’t help but jump around everytime I listened to the ending theme! All round the audio definitely contributes to the awesomeness of this series!
There may be some terms that won’t be fully explained in the series. For that I will definitely recommend reading the manga in order to understand the full awesomeness that is High School DXD.
Visual – 9/10
Audio – 9/10
Star Rating – 4.5/5 stars!
This series is definitely for the mature animation viewers but it has most defintely won my heart!
Its has been a pleasure summoning this review with my awesome magic! Stay Tuned for more reviews!
from the Head of the Otaku Clan
Otaku-Chan

Anime Review – Bubblegum Crisis Toyko 2040

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Today is a momentous day, for today, I will be reviewing the number 1 series that started me on the path of an Otaku. This series is none other that ‘Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040’! It is a mouthful to say but still, there are a plethora of feelings that I will use to inspire me on this review.

The story is set seven years after an earthquake literally destroyed Tokyo. In the efforts to repair and rebuild Tokyo, Genom, a mega-corporation, produces different forms of autonomous robots dubbed ‘boomers’ to achieve the monumental task at hand. The boomers are often given menial service jobs as they’re often dangerous for humans to venture. However, there has been a major drawback to these ‘Boomers’ and that is they all possess the capacity to go ‘rogue’, where they’re able to assimilate nearby machines and develop an insatiable hunger to, you know, destroy all humans! When rogue boomers appear, so do the AD police however they often lack the firepower to combat the regularity in which rogue boomers are appearing. Thus the fabled ‘Knightsabers’ appear! 3 to 4 hot young women, clad with futuristic bad-ass armour that keep the oncoming onslaught of rogue boomers at bay.

The characters! I personally never liked english dubbed animations just because they often fail to do what their japanese counterparts do which is to add feeling and emotions into the series. In Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, ADV nails it! The voice actors have never been more suited to the characters that they play which is why I really do love this animation series so much! Lets start off with Priss Asagiri. Priss is without a doubt the strongest and coolest member of the Knightsabers with her ‘hardsuit’ specializing in heavy assault. She is ‘tsundere’ at first, lacking what I thought was basic human emotion, but as the series progresses, she develops close relationships with her team-mates. Priss eventually develops feeling for Leon, an AD police officer towards he end of the series. 

Linna Yamazaki, is a farm girl who traveled to Mega-Tokyo in order to become a Knightsaber. Being the attractive lady that she is, she’s often the focal point of harassment by her superiors. I believe she is the cohesive bond between the Knightsabers; breaking Priss’s tough attitude as well as Sylia too! Of-course Linna seems to appear on good terms with Nene. She sports a green hardsuit and is identifiable by her flexibility/agility in combat rather than strength.

Nene Romanova – she’s a genius 18 hacker is currently employed by the AD Police. She frequently aids the Knightsabers by hacking in military networks with relative ease. Her personality is amazingly energetic and very much naiive being the youngest of the group. Nene rarely engages in combat as she usually provides tactical strategies against varying threats the Knightsabers may encounter. She sports a red/pink hardsuit.

Now, Sylia Stingray, she’s a bit unbalanced in the mind, however she is my most favourite character of all. She beautiful,witty,charming and genius in her own right, able to baffle in the top researches in Genom as to how she was able to manufacture the hardsuits. Her Knightsabers HQ doubles as an upscale clothing store. She sports a white and blue hardsuit, though it is rarely seen in combat both because she remains as support and she has the ability to make her hardsuit invinsible! Her love interest is Nigel, her mechanic and as the series progresses, they further their relationship.

Over all the story I found was quiet easy to follow, it wasn’t over complicated and it had it’s fair share of plot twists! Even though it’s comprised of 26 episodes, I felt the series had a great pace to it which action,drama and romance thrown in the awesome mix that is Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. There are times when this series isn’t…children friendly so do mindful of who is around when viewing this series! 

Audio – 10/10

Video – 10/10

Star Rating – 5/5 stars

This series was seriously downright glorious! Even though it was released in 1998-1999, I still get excited when watching this series because its just that damn good! I’d recommend that everyone watch this! Immediately! 

Its has been my greatest Honor to review, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 for you all!

From your friendly friend,

Otaku-Chan