Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Anime Update 01

Haven't done a blog post recently, so here's something different.

This is going to be a short anime/manga recommendation/review series that I will do from time to time, whenever I find a few good animes to watch.

First on the list is Baccano!

In short, this series is nothing but pure, unadulterated entertainment.
From start to finish, it's hard to find a single dull moment.

The series is split into three different timelines, each being told at the same time and seemingly having no connection with one another, all told from the points of view of a dozen different people.
This sounds confusion, and you will be confused. But in the end, it answers all the questions, threads the three stories together, and ties up all the loose ends rather nicely.

The is no particular character that is the main character in this one, but if I had to choose, it would be Issac and Miria. The comedy pair of the series. Every time they are on screen it is nothing but comedy gold. You will piss yourself laughing in this one.
Otherwise, pretty much every character, even the psychotic ones, are likable to a degree.

It is however, quite gory. With loads of blood and violence. Which doesn't detract from the series at all.

It seriously is one of the best series I've seen in a long time.
It also happens to have something I find exceedingly rare, good english dubs.
Combine all that with a catchy jazz intro, reminiscent of Cowboy Bebop, and you've got a great anime.

Overall, I give it 10/10.

Second is a creepy little anime, called 11Eyes.

I starts of as your typical thriller harem, but then it takes a road I didn't expect.
Characters start getting killed off, minds get a bit broken, weird shit happens, and nothing is quite what you expect.

Despite only being a 12 episode series, it actually does a fairly good job of characterization.
While the beginning is a tad slow, and the ending is a bit anticlimactic, it really was an enjoyable watch.
And apparently there is a sequel in the mix, so I look forward to that.

It has a little violence in this one, but not nearly as much as Bannaco!
This deals more with mindfuckery.
And it does have a little bit of fan service, but it is really rather minor.

Other then that, it has good, abet fairly typical characters, and a rather different story.
But as it features the every elusive Yandere, it does good in my books.

I give it a 8/10.

Speaking of Yandere, the manga I'm reading atm, is called Mirai Nikki (Future Dairy).

Wow, this takes creepy fucking stalker chick to a whole new level.

The story revolves around a gutless coward named Amano Yukiteru.
He's a pussy, antisocial, and generally a complete twat.
And he has a not so imaginary friend named Dues ex Machina. Ie God.

Dues, being a bit of a clever prick, decides to make Yuki's life a lot more interesting, by entering him into a anonymous deathmatch with a dozen other people, for claim of Dues's position as God.
Their weapon, a supernatural dairy that can predict the future, in their own unique way.

At that point the shit pretty much hits the fan.
And as a result, Yuki undergoes a fair bit of characterization, and becomes pretty badass in the end.
(well, the series isn't over yet)
Of coarse this is mostly due to the help of this crazy stalker girlfriend, Yuno.

Enter Gasai Yuno, another participant in this deathmatch, who is madly in love with Yuki. Emphasis on the 'mad' part.
She is clingy, jealous, and dangerous as allfuck.
But despite this, underneath it all she really is quite sweet, timid, and caring.
However, as soon as Yuki is in danger, or their relationship takes a turn for the worse (usually because of her), she rapidly begins to turn back into a psycho bitch. And people die.

For all intents and purposes, Yuno steals the show.
As the story goes on, it begins to unravel just what made this girl so crazy in the first place, as well as making her much more approachable. Psycho with a heart of gold as it were.

All in all, I just love this character. Every time you think she catches a break, reality kicks her in the teeth. Usually due to her own lack of foresight. Which is ironic since she has a dairy that predicts the future and all.

Overall, this is an excellent manga, and I expect to see it become an anime in a few years, as it is just that bloody good.

I give it a 9/10.

And lastly, one anime you should not come within a 100 miles of.
Seikon no Qwaser should die in a fiery pit of hell.

Unless your into ridiculously over the top fanservice, with pretty much no plot, while paradoxically trying to take itself seriously, don't watch this.

It basically involves a not so russian looking glowing scarface kid, that gains his power to manipulate metal and take on a church, but sucking breast milk. I fucking wish I could make this shit up.
The whole anime is one big elaborate plot point for this little shit to suck on titties.

I couldn't help but laugh my ass off at how inane this plot point was, while it was trying to take itself serious while doing it. Of coarse anyone with a functioning brain can see right through it, as just an excuse to show porn, but not call itself that.
If your going to watch it, watch it for the porn, and not for anything vaguely resembling a storyline.


Well, that's it for now. I'll add another entry next time I watch a few new animes.



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