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I enjoy watching anime; however I have an odd relationship when it comes to watching it. I usually start watching a series when I am in the mood to watch something imported from Japan and I only continue watching the series if a couple of criteria are met; the voice work is really good, the artwork astonishing to me, and the characters and plot is enjoyable.   When I came across the anime called Samurai 7, I was amazed to find that it managed to fulfill all of my criteria. The story is very enjoy as it takes to through a science fiction  version of the tale of seven samurai where a group of farmers are sent to find help after a group of bandits continuously raid there small village. The group that is formed finds and bring back with them seven samurai to aid them in order to stop the bandits once and for all. The story takes place in a future that is almost like futile Japan but only with futuristic technology such as robots, computers, and giant flying ships. Each character has a different a unique personality that develops as the anime continues through the story, especially the seven samurai themselves.  Lastly the anime’s artwork is beautiful and matches the atmosphere and action sequences that works very well with the mood and the atmosphere. Every building to a character’s attire are heavily influenced by Japanese culture as the animators wanted to try and make the anime more futile Japan influenced side than its science fiction side. If you want to watch an anime with great writing with a lot of drama, great artwork, and very likeable characters, I seriously suggest watching Samurai Seven. However, if you’re looking for something with a lot of comedic moments, then I would subject something else.

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After looking for new anime to watch for I have watched all I have multiple times and I was using a certain website to watch this new to me Anime called Rideback. Rideback is set in the future where the citizens of Japan are taken over by a paramilitary organization called Global Government Plan or the GGP the main enemy to the GGP was the terrorist organization Borderless Military Alliance or BMA.

Moreover, they introduction of the new type mecha called the rideback which is a cross breed of a robot and motorcycle. I have never really seen a mecha of this type before and I found it enjoyable to watch. The main character is name Rin Ogata; she is former ballerina who was injured during a performance and then when on to a college where she found the universities rideback club by mistake by the weather forced her into the garage to get away from the rain. Through the chain of events, that leading to great shows conclusion with a huge battle.

There is a website you can find at the stroke of midnight by one who harbors a desire for revenge against another; it is Hell Correspondence. At the stroke of midnight, the site will appear with only a place to type the name or names of those you want to take revenge and send it to Hell Girl. The user will receive a confirmation email or text that Hell Girl has received the names.

Translation: We will take revenge on your behalf.

 

Soon after, Hell Girl would inform the user of the conditions of their revenge: that though whom they hold a grudge against will go to Hell, the user too will go to Hell. The user would then be given a black straw doll with a red string tied around the neck and are given the choice to send their tormentor to Hell or not, by removing or breaking the red string.

 

Voodoo doll with the red string attached

 

Then the doll, who is Wanyudo, one of Ai Enma’s companions, would disappear from the user, and reappear near the tormentor. The tormentor would become the tormented, while Ai Enma and her companions Wanyudo, Ren Ichimoku and Hone Onna, would punish them and exploit their flaws and crimes.

 

Left to right: Ren Ichimoku, Ai Enma (Hell Girl), Hone Onna and Wanyudo

 

Before she ferries them to Hell, she inquires whether the condemned understand their crimes and recites this rite:

“Oh, pitiful shadow cloaked in darkness

Looking down on others and causing suffering

Thy soul drowns in sinful karma

Want…to try dying this once?”

 

Though the tortured are ultimately given the final choice to condemn both their tormentor and themselves to Hell, none of them decide against the damnation. Even Hajime Shibata, a former journalist who makes money by blackmailing celebrities, cannot escape damnation to Hell.

After months of being told to watch the anime Wolf’s Rain by my friends I figured I’d finally review it and I have to say from what I’ve seen the series could go anywhere. A quick background story is that according to old legend, when the world is coming to an end the doors to “Paradise” will open and wolves will be the only ones able to find it. Most humans think this is an old fairy tale because wolves were driven to the point of extinction around 200 years ago, or so they thought? The anime revolves around four main characters who are all wolves, Kiba (Fang), Tsume (Claw), Hige (Whisker) and Tōboe (Howling). They disguise themselves as humans so they aren’t hunted and can persuade people into doing what they want. This disguise seems to only trick the eyes and ears though. For instance when a human was falling off a cliff Tsume grabbed a hold of him with his hand but instead it left teeth marks and caused the human to plummet to his death…
I knew the show was about wolves and from what I’ve heard it sounded rather spiritual, but when I started the series I was completely shocked to see people jumping onto a fast moving train with mechs, people shooting guns and blowing stuff up. Since there’s a lot of characters with different parts to the story I’ll put them all in a nutshell. There’s an old man with a dog named Blue who’s on some vengeance goal to kill all wolves and knows they can disguise themselves as humans. A police detective who’s slowly putting the dots together that wolves are behind most of this stuff. The detectives x-wife is a head scientist at a government facility that’s studying a girl who’s the “Flower Maiden.” The flower Maidens then kidnapped by a some stranger who has the status of a “Noble” with a mask, cape and a glowing eye that puts people to sleep. The wolves seem to originally have been in town because they could smell what they refer to as the “Lunar Flower” but after the Flower Maiden is taken away they grouped together as a pack and are now on a hunt to find Paradise.
Overall I thought the series was pretty good. It seems pretty serious too, they don’t seem to get big heads or yell at each other with funny phrases. The stories written by Keiko Nobumoto who also wrote Cowboy Bebop and Tokyo Godfathers. I’m interested to see where the story will go because there’s a lot of conspiracy that isn’t really touched upon. Such as a small scene where one Noble says that was two hundred years ago you were a little girl then. There’s a lot of questions I have for the series and not enough time to talk about em. I’m curious to see what your thoughts are as well, go watch Wolf’s Rain or if you already have leave a comment below on what your thoughts are. ~Spartan B66

After my first review of XXXholic and how long that review was, I have been teased by the community I live in to do the second episode. Scine I think it’s a little stupid to do so I’ll do the next best thing and do the second season named XXXHolic Kei. After watching the first and second season together I liked the series as a whole but it had been forever since I last watched the series in full. Like my other review I’ll start with the first episode. I won’t give a rating because it’s been so long since I’ve watched the season as a whole.

We start off see a strange vision of one half of the screen being dark. Our main character, Watanuki had a dream and is woken up by Maru and Moro to make breakfast. Yoko and Watanuki discuss the dream and tells him that the day isn’t going to go well. Comical hijinks insu into we see Watanuki walking by Domeki’s temple and he asks Watanuki to help clean. Watanuki gets caught in a spider web and Domeeki helps him get out. We see a strange looking spider before moving on. During lunch Watanuki and Himawari are eating. Domeki appears and rubs his right eye. Later that day his eye is bugging him and he falls to the ground. He says his eye won’t open and has strange web marking around his eye.

We learn that Domeki can’t enter the shop and that Yoko knows what’s happening as usual. Domeki has apparently fallen under the grudge of a spider. They discuss the perspective and how one’s home can be something to another person ad who grudges seem to form easily. They are said to be unreasonable and are not something easily taken back. This was one of the few reasons I liked the show in which it took something, made it magical and then added a philosophical detail to it.

 

We see Domeki back at his temples and he hears noises coming from the door, when he opens it a burst of wind something through the door and that scene lead to nothing really except the feeling of dread. We move on the next day where Watanuki becomes distanct to Domeki and we find that Domeki is better. Watanuki get pinned to the wall and Domeki find out that Watanuki has taken on the grudge. Domeki tells Watanuki to call Yoko and later in a playground Yoko and Domeki talk about what Watanuki had done. Domeki and Yoko discuss what would happen if he decided to make a wish that he could take the grudge back to his eye.

Later, Himawari asked Watanuki to take a book back to Domeki’s house and Watanuki does. Watanuki notices that hes seeing two different vision from his eye for a moment but goes back to normal. Watanuki returns the book and look over the storehouse on Domeki’s temple. Watanuki notices that the book he was carrying to Domeki’s house is to repel curses. We then come upon and Alice and Wonderland type of room in Yoko’s shop. Yoko and Watanuki discuss the books he saw earlier. They say that Domeki’s grandfather was a powerful priest and Domeki believes he could fix Watanuki’s eye.

 

Yoko talks to herself as she discusses Watanuki’s problem and the episode ends. Unlike the last season the episodes seem to tie together into more than one episode, which I think is a good thing and leaves you wanting more.  If I remember well, the ending of this season explains a lot more from the first series and is actually darker than the first season too. There’s a reason I like this season more and I hope the review of this episode helps you get interested in this or something close to this.

-Firefox

This will be the review of a vampire anime that I liked Rosario + Vampire, I have not enjoying watching a romantic anime before that wasn’t hentai but I really enjoyed this one for it has everything for me and more.

It about a boy who has failed the Japanese school system entrance exams. On which all students must pass to be able to attend a private schools. Only his dad from what I gather was intoxicated from the scene picked up a brochure from another apparent intoxicated person for private high school that is staffed and attended by real monsters only he doesn’t know this yet. So our hero has a new school as he arrives at the school’s grounds he is hit by his love interest.

She tells him that she is a vampire and then proceeds to bit him with the cutest sounds. Almost every episode has the inner Moka coming out to defend and defeat the cast of characters that attend the high school for monster.

Outer Moka

Inner Moka

 

Some time ago I encountered the anime “Full Metal Panic” A show that melds giant robot combat and high school drama and hijinks. The main male character is a war veteran who spent most of his life as a mercenary on one war front or another and was one a child soldier. The main female lead is a high school girl who is one of the ‘whispered’ people who know secrets that change the world. They come together when the male lead is sent under cover to protect the female lead. He is completely out of place in civilian japan and sticks out like a sore thumb whenever he tries to protect the female lead from a perceived threat. The series has a fair amount of action but the comedy of male lead trying to adjust to Japanese high school nicely breaks the often serious tone of the military sections.

The series starts with a fairly straight forward balance of comedy and action but as the series progresses it begins to explore the mysteries of the world it is set in. The series is worth watching for anyone who is a fan of either giant robot anime or school anime and the series has moments very similar to “Gundam” during the military sections and sections similar to the school sections of “Code Geass” during its civilian focused sections.

The anime for FMP has two regular seasons and a fan service season called “Full Metal Panic? Fumufu”. Whether a third season will be released is currently unknown but a new arc of the FMP manga is being released in Japan.

Hey Anime peoplez, Kitsune here with another view from the latest anime to hit the streets. This time the show is called Highschool DxD. The series was a light novel which has become an anime. I will go into this review stating before hand that this is not an episode for younger audiences. Its very much a more adult harem anime. I do have a major problem with this anime and it has to be the amount of fanservice.

 

The episode starts out with out main character talking about the color red, which appears to be on his hands as well as the color hair of a girl. The one scene doesn’t last to long before we move to see our main character, Issei Hyōdō, and two of his friend sitting on the side of a hill looking at the clouds. The first sentence I see when watching the show is that the main character is talking about breasts. First sentence of this show and its already leading me downhill.  The anime goes on to say that they had moved from their old school to what was once an all girls school, recently changed into a co-ed school. They had hoped to get girlfriends going to this school…. A reason that apparently fits into reasons for going to a school. All three of them are perverted enough to peak at girls in the bathrooms, before Issei’s friend run away and leave him with a beating.

This is where we meat the red haired women from before, Rias Gremory, who acts as the president of the Occult Research Club. Issei spots her and notices her, as well do his friends. After is a small scene where Rias and one of her followers talks about Issei and says that he should be watched and may be important. After this conversation is where she undress and has a pointless however moment for the sake of fan service. Later that day Issei talks to a girl who asks him out on a date and Issei introduces her to his friends saying that she’s his girlfriend. They plan a date which apparently is never really specified but they still know where to meet. While Issei is waiting for his date he receives a strange piece of paper that say it can make your wishes come true. He shrugs it off and put in his pocket as his date shows up and a montage starts of him and her having a lovely time together. At the end of the night the girl asks him a favor to end the date on. Issei thinks it’s a kiss but she really asks him to die.

 

When I first heard this myself I acted the same way the main character did… complete shock and confusion. She proceeds to transform into a half naked women with wings and strikes him at the center of his body, saying that he is a anger to her and her people. Issei proceeds to die and wishes that he could die on the chest of Rias. Really? That’s what you decide to wish for? This main character doses not inspire hope. She then appears from the paper and says that e will serve her for saving him. HE wakes up the next morning to find that his friends don’t remember the girl and Rias looks at him funny as she passes him in the hall. He starts to notice that he is looking and feeling differently than before. He runs to where he belives he had died to find a man looking to kill him, while he runs away the old man stabs him again and says that he will be an easy kill. Rias and her subordinates step in to save him. The next day, he wakes up to find himself naked with Rias naked next to him. She then says to him that she is a demon and he is now her servant.

Like I said and will restate, older audiences only. However even with myself being 20, I can’t be serious about this anime. The character flashes back and forth between being serious and perverted at stupid times. I have to admit the concept of this anime would be a bit more interesting with less fanservice and more emotion. I’ve only watched episode one and will at least watch episode two but my rating for this anime so far would have to be at least a 6. 5, nice concept but characters and fanservce draw this anime downhill and a majority of it is that. I would say view it in a group if you want more laughs. It tries to be funny and serious at the same time… try being the key word.

It is odd to turn on the T.V. and watch an anime on today and feel like I’m watching the exact same protagonist I was watching years ago. For me this mainly means seeing Bleach or Naruto and thinking Back to my old favorite Yu Yu Hakusho. It seems there are certain things expected of a fighting anime character group and not just the main character finds a mirror in more modern anime.

For those of you not familiar with Yu Yu Hakusho and it’s protagonist Yusuke Urameshi let me tell you a little bit. Yusuke is a young man in his early teens. He is seen as something of a delinquent and is ostracized by many people because of this. He likes to fight and gets himself into trouble because of this. He isn’t particularly smart and he is very direct, often to a fault. Now drop out Yusuke and add Ichigo or Naruto and see if it fits.

The other characters around Yusuke even seem to fit similar patterns. He has a brainy companion who is a counterpoint to his direct and often foolhardy ways. Ishida and Sasuke both fill this roll in their respective series. He also has a friend who is very strong and direct like himself and who is used as a foil at times. Rock Lee and Chad fill these rolls in their respective anime. Ofcoarse there is also a woman who is of interest to Yusuke and must often be saved, like Rukia or Sakura.

Perhaps these elements are helpful in making up a good fighting anime? Someone has to be smart so we know what the main character is doing is so very risky. Someone has to be saved so that the main character cares all the more about the fights. Someone has to be a friendly rival to give the character someone to compete against. I don’t know. There are certainly other anime out there that don’t fit this patter as completely, like History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi or The Breaker, but there still seem to be these patterns.

I also wonder why the main character has to be the direct and thoughtless one. Is it more significant that he achieves what he does through hard work and being special that through thought or strategy? Is it more inspiring to see someone achieve through effort than through planning? Perhaps it is simply to make the main character more endearing, easier to connect to somehow.

Perhaps it is just a newer group that is unfamiliar or not as fond of Yu Yu Hakusho that watches anime today. Perhaps stories are just retold every generation in different forms. I know what when I hear a phrase that could easily has come out of Yusukes mouth drop from the lips of some newer character it makes me wonder about the similarities but if I have the urge I just pull out my old DVDs and have a watch at the classic. Maybe in a few years people will be commenting about how another anime is just like Naruto. Maybe I’m just thinking about this too much. Enjoy your Anime, folks.

Want to see a movie that embodies the craziness of dreams and stunning animation? Look no further than Paprika.

This 2006 film was directed by the late Satoshi Kon and tells the tale of a machine that allows people to go into others’ dreams. When this machine is stolen and dreams begin to merge, the heroine, Paprika, is the only one who can help stop it. The movie is great for those who are fans of surreal movies as well as masterful animation.

Some scenes are just so well made that you might even be tempted to rewind and watch them again! In any case, this movie manages to be captivating with every viewing as the viewer is always able to spot more and more in each scene that they had not seen before. And with an amazing soundtrack, it’s always a pleasure to watch. Besides, who doesn’t like a parade headed by kitchen appliances?