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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Steins; Gate (Review)

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Synopsis :


 The eccentric mad scientist Okabe, his childhood friend Mayuri, and the otaku hacker Daru have banded together to form the "Future Gadget Research Laboratory," and spend their days in a ramshackle laboratory hanging out and occasionally attempting to invent incredible futuristic gadgets. However, their claymore is a hydrator and their hair dryer flips breakers, and the only invention that's even remotely interesting is their Phone Microwave, which transforms bananas into oozing green gel. But when an experiment goes awry, the gang discovers that the Phone Microwave can also send text messages to the past. And what's more, the words they send can affect the flow of time and have unforeseen, far-reaching consequences—consequences that Okabe may not be able to handle...








      Stein's Gate is not just an ordinary time-travel story that we always expect. This story will bring us to a whole new thinking about time-occurrence that is happening on the world, that we are in a line that branch out depending on our action and decision.   This anime totally peeked  my interest about time-traveling.
       The plot is well coordinated, which is the most crucial in a story like time-travelling, though it's a bit complicated on the first 2 episodes because its kinda slow paced but you will be surprised and amazed how that first 2 episodes are crucial  in the last episode. There are many twists and conflicts that will make you finish the anime in not time.
       The characters are also one of the reason this story is interesting. The personality of Okarin will surely bring laughter to the viewers and he suit himself as the scientist who luckily built a time-machine.
        Overall, this anime is a masterpiece and will bring freshness to a new awesome story. This is a must watch anime especially to the sci-mind people out there ahahaha!!!

Score 10/10

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (Review)


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Synopsis :


When abandoned kittens and his good conscience force second year Sorata Kanda to move into Suimei High School’s infamous Sakura Hall, the satellite dorm and its eccentric, misfit residents turn his life upside down. The decidedly average Sorata finds it difficult to fit in with the bizarre collection of dorm residents like Misaki Kamiigusa, an energetic animator; Jin Mitaka, a playwright playboy; Ryuunosuke Akasaka, a reclusive programmer; and Chihiro Sengoku, the dorm manager, art teacher, and party girl.

Sorata's friend Nanami Aoyama, a second year student and aspiring voice actress, pushes him to find new owners for the many cats so that he can quickly move back into the regular dorms. However, his desire to escape Sakura Hall wavers when the pet-like and infantile second year Mashiro Shiina, a world-class artistic savant looking to become a mangaka, transfers in during the spring trimester and quickly latches onto him.

Supported by each other's quirks, Sorata and Mashiro come out of their shells and trigger change in the lives of those around them. Based on the light novel series of the same name, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo explores the fine threads connecting talent, hard work, romance, and friendship with its ensemble cast.






Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is a rom-com slice of life anime, (Cue people turning skeptical about the anime) This genre isn't really the most entertaining kind of ones but this anime is one of those exceptions, Why should you watch Sakurasou in particular, over the many other rom-com slice of life's? Well, read on to find out.
Sakurasou does one thing especially well that makes it stand out among its competitors, and that is its character dynamics. That is an aspect of it that is simply fantastic. 

The main characters of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo are Kanda Sorata, Kamiigusa Misaki, Shiina Mashiro, Aoyama Nanami and Mitaka Jin. Already, Sakurasou can be seen as a highly unique anime. With 5 characters that are all equally important to the story, the audience gets five times the character development than most rom-coms. However, the story technically follows the adventures of Kanda Sorata, who has been banished to Sakurasou (“Sakura Hall”) due to the regular school dorms not allowing the keeping of cats. As he cares deeply for his cats, Kanda ends up biting the bullet and chooses to live at Sakurasou. There at Sakurasou, he lives with other would-be delinquents. And so, the relationships between the five characters at Sakurasou would serve as the backbone of this anime’s story.

Sakurasou’s characters truly give it that extra dimension. For a rom-com, all five main characters are surprisingly deep. Throughout the story, we get to learn of all of their backgrounds. What makes them so amazing is the fact that despite vastly contrasting upbringings, all of the Sakurasou residents are accepting of each other. There is never any sense of dislike or resentment among them, and they are all genuine friends. That chemistry between them is what makes them so special to watch.


The last episode (24) made it seem as if there was still plenty more for Sakurasou to cover. It introduced two new characters, and it was the start of a new year; everything was fresh. We were going to see Kanda and Shiina being isolated from the other main characters for the first time, and maybe even having their relationship furthered. We even got a glimpse of the two new members of Sakurasou, and they are not bad characters in the slightest. All in all, the producers had quite a lot of quality material to work with if they wanted to create another season. So why didn’t they? After I finished watching all 24 episodes of Sakurasou, I was left wanting more. The series didn’t really “end” at all; why start a new chapter if you're just going to cut it off right away? The ending makes no sense to me. You could say that this is a sign that the producers are thinking of a second season, but there hasn’t really been any news yet.

If you're looking for a feel-trip, some laughter and of course seeing some harsh truths of life, then I highly recommend this Anime for you.

Watch this anime, if you don't... Shiina Mashiro will cut you up with her Plan C.




Score : 9/10

Friday, December 25, 2015

Ranma 1/2

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Synopsis :


Ranma Saotome and his father, Genma, both practitioners of the Saotome school of anything-goes martial arts, fall into the cursed springs of the legendary training ground of Jusenkyo in mainland China during a training mission. Each spring holds a different curse for any who come in contact with its water, all of which involve who or what has drowned in the spring in the past - Ranma emerges from the spring a girl and Genma a panda, both now cursed to change forms each time they come in contact with hot and cold water.


At the end of their training mission, Genma decides to take up residence with his old training partner, Soun Tendo, owner of the Tendo dojo and head of the Tendo school of anything-goes martial arts, dragging a reluctant Ranma along with him. Soun and Genma discuss the arrangements they had made in the past involving Ranma becoming engaged to one of Soun's three daughters in order to combine the two schools and allow Ranma to inherit the Tendo dojo. It's informally decided that he is to be engaged to Akane Tendo, Soun's youngest daughter, and the two must put up with one another - and their engagement - as Ranma and his father settle into domestic life at the Tendo household.




The very first anime that I ever watched, I have a lot of memories tied to this particular anime and my review might be biased cause of the nostalgia filter.

There is no overarching plot,  Ranma and his father return from their training and head to the Tendo family household where the two fathers have arranged a marriage between Ranma and Tendo’s youngest daughter, Akane Tendo. From there, it consists of the love-hate interactions between Akane and Ranma, and occasionally with a slew of other characters introduced.

Characters throughout the anime hardly change once their initial introduction and most either join the harem of either Ranma or Akane. As the anime continues, some characters have similar infliction's as Ranma, various martial art bouts for some, or just a random episode encounter. Thus humour ensues from there. From start to finish the anime never strides far from this path other than the occasional episode of emotional attachment.

The best part. of the anime for me, is when every-time Ranma and his chief rival Ryoga  gets into a fight, throughout the series, even though Ranma always somehow usurps Ryoga, the fights are entertaining and always kept me at edge.


Many characters on the series experiences a "change" everytime they got splashed by cold water, some notable forms are a piglet, a cat, and the MC's curse, turning into a girl. All of which creates entertaining situations throughout the series.

Animation was pretty good for an anime that was concocted in the late 80's and the OST's are catchy and fits with the mood the anime is trying to portray.

The 161 episode count might scare you but if you're a N.E.E.T. and trying to find a way to kill time, I highly recommend this anime for you.

Overall If you're looking for a comedy series with a lot of laughs, interesting characters, and some memorable moments that you can share with other anime fans, then go for Ranma 1/2. Martial arts fans, you get a lot of that in this show as well, but it's not taken very seriously.

(Btw, The story isn't really officially finished, I'm still hoping one day that it might get continued, I mean Sailor Moon got a revival, why not Ranma 1/2 too.)

Score : 9/10





Thursday, December 24, 2015

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Review)

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Synopsis :


In this world there exist alchemists, people who study and perform the art of alchemical transmutation—to manipulate objects and transform one object into another. They are bounded by the basic law of alchemy: in order to gain something you have to sacrifice something of the same value.

The main character is the famous alchemist Edward Elric—also known as the Fullmetal Alchemist—who almost lost his little brother, Alphonse, in an alchemical accident. Edward managed to attach his brother's soul to a large suit of armor. While he did manage to save his brother's life, he paid the terrible price of his limbs.

To get back what they've lost, the brothers embark on a journey to find the Philosopher's Stone that is said to amplify the powers of an alchemist enormously; however, on the way, they start uncovering a conspiracy that could endanger the entire nation, and they realize the misfortunes brought upon by the Philosopher's Stone.



FMA : Brotherhood is one of the very few animes that i had the pleasure of watching it dubbed in my native language, meaning this anime was so popular that it warranted to be translated for casual and diehard anime fans in the country.

Edward Elric and his little brother, dabbled on taboo to try to get back their mother,who died, with alchemical transmutation, they had procured the necessary ingredients which is equivalent of a human body, little did they know, they created a monster and almost lost his little brother in the process, he managed to get back his little brother to a big armor and sacrificing his limbs in the process to get him back.

The adventure that they embarked on was full of twists and turns filled with battles that was very enjoyable and translates well for an anime fan who is just starting out to watch anime.

The forced comedy at times leaves a lot to be desired but a normal anime fan might enjoy the humor (If you liked the "Small" jokes on Edward, more power to you)

The OST's and Animation are top-notch.

This story has everything, mysterious plan, military problems and corruption, amazing fight scenes… and all of this without feeling heavy. An unpredictable Story full of plot-twists that link everything in the grand finale.

Don't be scared of that 64 episodes number, t will be worth your time, it's a masterpiece.
Score : 9.2/10



Monday, December 21, 2015

The World God Only Knows (Review)

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Synopsis :





Keima Katsuragi, known online as the legendary "God of Conquest," can conquer any girl's heart—in dating sim games, at least. In reality, he opts for the two-dimensional world of gaming over real life because he is an unhealthily obsessed otaku of galge games (a type of Japanese video game centered on interactions with attractive girls).

When he arrogantly accepts an anonymous offer to prove his supremacy at dating sim games, Keima is misled into aiding a naive and impish demon from hell named Elucia "Elsie" de Lute Ima with her mission: retrieving runaway evil spirits who have escaped from hell and scattered themselves throughout the human world. Keima discovers that the only way to capture these spirits is to conquer what he hates the most: the unpredictable hearts of three-dimensional girls! Shackled to Elsie via a deadly collar, Keima now has his title of "God of Conquest" put to the ultimate test as he is forced to navigate through the hearts of a multitude of real-life girls.





Right off the bat, I would say that his is the most entertaining harem anime I've ever watched, An Otaku gamer whose obsessed playing dating games is now forced to seduce girls that have been infiltrated by lost souls by kissing them is a very unique plot that will make you watching the anime worth your time.


Keima's adept dating game skills came off handy as he used the skills he learned from playing those games  for getting the girls, he analyzes the girls characteristics, tendencies and stereotypes and devices strategies that will trigger events or flags, that will eventually make the girls fall for him.



My Favorite TWGOK character is Kanon Nakagawa, she is just so adorable and her conquest was the most entertaining for me, just look at that cuteness <3




Kinda disappointed that they skipped an arc from the manga and just did the Goddess arc off the bat for the third season, oh well, and it's original studio, MANGLOBE, is no more so some studio should snatch up this show and a remake would be beneficial for the fans.

Season 3 is  the best out of the 3 seasons, Goddess arc was a masterpiece, it was very well done.

Score 9.3/10






DanganRonpa The Animation (Review)

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Synopsis :





Hope Peak's Academy is an elite school that accepts only the most talented students. Individuals who successfully enroll receive their own unique titles, reflective of their skills. Of the fifteen candidates admitted to the school that year, Makoto Naegi is a completely ordinary Individual who has accepted by luck, with the title as "Ultimate Lucky Student"

Naegi and his fellow classmates are initially ecstatic to be chosen to study at the prestigious school, but these feelings of happiness are short-lived. They are soon to be confronted by Monokuma, school principal and bear, who traps them inside the school, and the only way to escape the school is to successfully murder their classmates without being caught, however if he the perpetrator is proven guilty, he/she will be executed and the deathmatch continues until a single survivor remains.

The Anime had it's work cutout for it cause it is common for a videogame adapted into an Anime, it always never become as successful as the game itself, for me it  did a good job on adapting it.

I liked the class trial concept, It's the best part of the anime, the class debunking the murders, autopsies and the possibilities, and all that stuff, I thought that was great and entertaining.

Everyone has their own stories, background and Monokuma used them as motives to have some of them  rendered  desperate enough to slaughter their fellow classmates.

The plot twist at the final episodes is sure to surprise you and I recommend watching this anime in one go to have a fresh memory on the events leading up to it

I liked the OST, especially the ED

The Animation was really good, the character design was well done, and this anime will not be a waste of your time.

Score 8.5/10











Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Code Geass (Review)

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Synopsis :


On August 10th of the year 2010 the Holy Empire of Britannia began a campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Operations were completed in one month thanks to Britannia's deployment of new mobile humanoid armor vehicles dubbed Knightmare Frames. Japan's rights and identity were stripped away, the once proud nation now referred to as Area 11. Its citizens, Elevens, are forced to scratch out a living while the Britannian aristocracy lives comfortably within their settlements. Pockets of resistance appear throughout Area 11, working towards independence for Japan.

Lelouch, an exiled Imperial Prince of Britannia posing as a student, finds himself in the heart of the ongoing conflict for the island nation. Through a chance meeting with a mysterious girl named C.C., Lelouch gains his Geass, the power of the king. Now endowed with absolute dominance over any person, Lelouch may finally realize his goal of bringing down Britannia from within!




This Anime made my 2009, as it was a popular prime-time anime from a fledgling newly-released TV Channel TV5 on the Philippines, I would always make sure to get home from school as early as possible to not miss it.


I have watched this anime in Tagalog dub, English dub and on English subs, And I prefer English dub over the three, English just fits, like the "begone" line that Lelouch used on his parents, it translated well and it made more dramatic.

The two opening songs from FLOW, (Colors and World's End) Is still one of my favorite songs and I still listen to it to this day.

It still fascinates me that C.C. can eat so much pizza and still be extremely thin and the placement of the advertisements throughout the series is enjoyable.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ep 1-3 of Season 2, Lelouch came back with a vengeance and the sequences where he outsmarted the enemy with his tactics was awesome.

The "best friends trying to kill each other" plot was a nice touch.

Overall I found this anime as one of the best I've ever watched, it kept me on edge on what will happen next and I was always eager to watch the next episode because it is just so good. and while I'm not fond of Robots (Mecha Genre) this is one of the few exceptions, and this is the kind of anime that I recommend for the people who are just starting to watch anime, And if you haven't watched this anime, the hell are you waiting for, watch it now!

Score 9.5 / 10




Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sword Art Online (Review)

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Synopsis

      In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of "NerveGear" technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts. Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed "Kirito," is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game.
He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of 
Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game. In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.





  Sword Art Online, on my perspective, is one of the best anime that I have watched so far. The plot was divided into two arcs, first is in the Sword Art Online game and the other is in Alfheim online game. The first arc focused  on  Kirito developing his relationship with Asuna though he encountered many girls vying for his interest. There are  many exciting fights and a boss raid occurred so it's still balanced. It became more interesting when they encountered Yui and how she will help later onto the story. The way Kirito beat Kayaba might be kinda boring but it emphasizes that even though it's a game, feelings is still powerful.

     The second arc is what most interest me though some say it became corny. Though it is really risky to change the game that the main characters play because the title itself is the game that they should play, which is Sword Art Online. Still they connected the first arc to the second, making the objective from how to beat SAO to how to save Asuna. They also manage to make it more interesting by introducing the cousin of Kirito, which is Suguha, and how she takes part on saving Asuna.

      The animation is what makes this more interesting to watch and is  a plus on the action of the anime that  emphasizes sword skills. The opening songs of this anime is one of my favorites and has actually rendered me playing them on my piano.

      Overall, this a great anime it is filled with different genres that sure to be loved -drama, action, romance and comedy.

Score 9/10

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya S1 (Review)


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Synopsis
Kyon, your typical high school student, has long given up his belief in the supernatural. However, upon meeting Haruhi Suzumiya, he quickly finds out that it is the supernatural that she is interested in—aliens, time travelers, and espers among other things. When Haruhi laments about the lack of intriguing clubs around school, Kyon inspires Haruhi to form her own club. As a result, the SOS Brigade is formed, a club which specializes in all that is the supernatural.
Much to his chagrin, Kyon, along with the silent bookworm, Yuki Nagato, the shy and timid Mikuru Asahina, and the perpetually smiling Itsuki Koizumi, are recruited as members. The story follows the crazy adventures that these four endure under their whimsical leader, Haruhi. The story is based on the light novels by Nagaru Tanigawa.


Personally, I love this fucking  show, Having watched it for 5 times already and am almost surprised that some people don't. But then again, if you don't like the sheer randomness and wackiness that the show builds on, the anime won't appeal to you.


The setting is as following – a girl (Haruhi Suzumiya) has the power to change reality – a sort of God, in other words. She is unaware of this ability herself. Her wish of meeting espers, aliens and time travelers, combined with the aforementioned power, ends up in her making a club where said types of beings come together (she’s unaware of them being any more than normal humans, though) – along with a perfectly normal guy named Kyon; the first normal human to get along with her. Her club is called the SOS Brigade, and we follow them as they partake in various – and humorous – activities.

The story is told from Kyon's point of view, and he tells the story in a style that is just hilarious from time to time.

Story-wise, you can say the anime is episodic in that there's a new event every episode, but there's still ties between the individual episodes, which makes a true chronological order present. However, they were originally aired in a non-chronological order, to make things even more confusing and random. Personally, I prefer the chronological order over the broadcast order, but I've heard people say otherwise.

Broadcast Order: The Ending is in the middle of the series, Some characters may not be Introduced Properly.
Chronological Order :   The End of  the series is at the end, Will reference episodes that you haven't watched it yet.

To me, the story was really great, and so was the setting. Each episode contained so much -  This is not your typical Slice-Of-Life Anime and the  hyperactive and fast pacing fits Haruhi's character well.


The animation style of the show is excellent. Kyoto Animation did a great job. The characters move so fluidly, the coloring is great, and other details are good too. Haruhi's various hair styles are a plus too. Lighting effects are good too..Their faces though lost detail too often, which drags it down.


The soundtrack is magnificient, It is catchy as fuck and I still jam to the anime's OP.

There's almost no-character development, but thats to be expected from a 14 ep slice of life/comedy anime.

 The characters may be a little unoriginal - the laid-back guy and the hyperactive girl pair is definitely not something unseen. A quiet and shy girl and a moe girl aren't unusual either. But what made the characters in the series as good as they were was the unique way in which they were presented - It made up for the unoriginality.

It lived up to the hype and it gained cult fans too and the term Haruhiism is a thing.

Score : 10/10

Death Note (Review)

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Synopsis


Shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim's face and write their victim's name in a notebook called a Death Note.
One day, Ryuk, bored by the Shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm. High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal's name in it.

When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be. With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.



Death Note, for me is definitely one of the best anime series of all time, for it presents a deeply unique and compelling story that will keep you on edge when you watch it. I can truly say it is one of the best, if not the best anime I've watched.

Story:  A notebook falls from the sky, and the human who writes a name in it is capable of killing who he wants pictured in his mind  This presents the viewers with a highly debatable theme based on morals and justice.  Light Yagami, who obtains this power to kill, utilizes it in hopes of creating a utopia in which he is god. Criminals,  are to be punished in hopes of a perfect society. (reminds me of an aspiring Presidential Candidate In The Philippines) Is this however, right? Is it right to kill individuals who have done wrong, and will do wrong again? Can they be reformed? Death Note presents the viewers with questions such as these, questions which cannot be easily answers. This series challenges the viewers morals and for that, it deserves highly.

Light and L are the most interesting and intellectual characters I've ever seen in an anime. Although both are geniuses, they each possesses that certain something that will make you root for one of them to win the game. Light's charismatic, yet extremely demented character gives you reason to watch his conquests and failures. L's quirky,  yet highly intelligent qualities does the same for him.(And his love for sweets haha) They are both unique and likable in their own ways.

Light is forced to play an exciting game of cat and mouse with those who seek to detain him. The way L attempts to catch Light is something I have never witnessed in an anime, L is fucking awesome and the way he deduces and his eccentric tendencies is worth the watch. The first 25 episodes will magically draw you closer and closer to the scene as suspense hangs over their individual methods for identifying the other. You will not be disappointed.

The scene where Light and Misa gave up their ownership of the DeathNote to save themselves was a sight to see.

Light doing things by any means necessary to save himself/staving off authorities like sacrificing people, modifying the Death Note's rules, and calculated lies is pure genius.

Was not a fan of killing off L and having those two posers Near and Mellow finish the job left a bad taste in my mouth, should've ended the anime when L got Killed or L winning over Light.

The Animation and OST's are topnotch, MADHOUSE is freaking awesome.

Score 9.5/10

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