Archive for March, 2015

Synopsis
Aoi is a girl who prefers hobbies and activities that can be done indoors, after an accident she had when she was younger she has become afraid of heights. Her childhood friend loves to climb mountains, as she drags Aoi to do mountain climbing Aoi is scared of what kind of mountains she will be climbing.

Story
Encouragment of Climb is a short series of episodes that are around 3 minutes long, the story tells the viewer of the friendship between Aoi and Hinata, two childhood friends that have very different tastes in hobbies. The story in itself is very simple but in this case the story never needed to be complicated, the pacing of the story was very slow, there would be multiple episodes for one mountain climb where nothing in terms of complications would occur. The main idea of the story isn’t that Aoi is scared of heights or that she is climbing mountains, it’s that she is getting more friends since she started climbing mountains. The story is rather predictable but being a series of shorts and that is to be expected since unlike other shorts this series follows a series of events that link episodes together which is a nice change and something that longer anime series could do better. With Encouragement of Climb being a short series there isn’t any conflict or turn of events that faced the story which made it some what boring to watch. Overall I give the story a total of 6/10.

Characters
The characters in Encouragement of Climb were fairly average, they didn’t really develop besides Aoi who become less of an introvert throughout the series. The characters weren’t a main focus of the anime but that didn’t really matter too much, the characters were already explained at their introductions and the amount of time that actually passes in the anime is too short for any real character development to actually take place. Aoba Kokona is a middle school girl who has an interest in wild life but she shows most of her passion in cooking. She is rather quiet and shy but can also be an airhead as well. Kuraue Hinata is the outgoing childhood friend of Aoi, she loves to climb mountains and is rather blunt when it come to criticizing people especially Aoi. Saitou Kaede doesn’t get too much screen time but it’s obvious that she is a passionate mountain climber. Yukimura Aoi is an introvert who much prefers indoor hobbies such as arts and crafts along with cooking. She then has a re-kindled love for mountain climbing coming back to her even though she is still afraid of heights and will only climb smaller mountains. Overall I give the characters a 5/10.

Art and Animation
The art and animation was the pinnacle of these series of shorts, it’s a way to show off what the company can do so then they can get work for bigger titled anime. This is something I appreciate in a lot of shorts as it just looks brilliant when I watch them and Encouragement of Climb is no different in any way. The art was quite detailed since a lot of the anime is based in mountains and outside it’s only natural to have detailed forests and bush. The scenery was very nice and emphasis on detail made the scenery even more eye catching. The animation was also brilliant to watch, to start the anime off they show a scene where two girls are walking over to Aoi in first person and it was done quite well, there were times where I thought that the quality of the animation was low. Overall I give the art and animation an 8/10.

Sound and Music
The music in Encouragement of Climb wasn’t memorable, I guess with less focus on the music area that is to be expected. When going back to the anime I can’t recall any tracks that I heard, the 3 minutes that the episodes are it’s really hard to notice the music since you aren’t concentrating on that aspect of the anime. The voice acting was accurate though, each voice represented their corresponding character rather well making it a more enjoyable experience to watch. The voice acting wasn’t outstanding but since there wasn’t any conflict there wasn’t any need for a large range of expressions. This leaves the music and sound rather bleak. Overall I give the sound and music a total of 5/10.

Final Thoughts
Would I say that Encouragement of Climb is a must see? No, it isn’t in that realm of anime yet it isn’t in the realm of never touch the anime for your life span. If I was to recommend it, it would be to watch it before you go to bed or when you have a 30 minute gap in your day. The anime is rather anti-climatic so it’s perfect for a bedtime piece and only lasts for 36 minutes total so it can be watched in a short period of time. Overall I give Encouragement of Climb a total of 6/10.

So through out the day I tend to think to myself “Am I watching enough anime/ reading enough manga?” Well if I wasn’t running this website I wouldn’t be that’s for sure but since I have been writing reviews I find myself watching less and less anime and reading less manga. I think to myself that my goal will never be obtainable at this pace but on the other hand it makes me happy cause I get to share my opinions on different anime and manga and it makes it some what worth the sacrifice. Even though I am constantly thinking of ways to read and watch more my life is at peace currently.

For anime this week I have started Encouragement of Climb season 1 and from what I have seen the animation is splendid and I’m in love with it already, Day Break Illusion was really too lack luster for my tastes so this feels like the medicine I needed to make sure I don’t overload on sub par anime.

Manga is an interesting story, since I didn’t have the time to read Coppelion last week there wasn’t a review so this week I want to try and read both Coppelion and Death Note and release both of them as reviews to make up for last week, Coppelion is actually really interesting and Death Note as always is fun to read so I look forward to writing reviews for them.

Click here to read our review on Day Break Illusion

Day Anime  Episodes  Total Episodes  Average Length
Monday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Tuesday  Bleach 20 366 24 min
Wednesday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Thursday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Friday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Saturday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Sunday  Bleach
Bodacious Space Pirates
3
17
366
26
24 min
24 min
Day Manga Chapters  Total Chapters
Monday Space Brothers 60 Still Publishing
Tuesday Space Brothers 60 Still Publishing
Wednesday Space Brothers 60 Still Publishing
Thursday Space Brothers
Star Light Woman
Spirit Circle
23
15
22
Still Publishing
15
Still Publishing
Friday  Spirit Circle
Shindo
The Seven Deadly Sins
11
46
3
Still Publishing
46
Still Publishing
Saturday The Seven Deadly Sins 60 Still Publishing
Sunday  The Seven Deadly Sins
The Diary of Ochibi
55
5
Still Publishing
Still Publishing

Anime Frenzy Podcast Week #2

Posted: March 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

Synopsis
With a passionate love of Tarot cards Akari tries to learn everything that she can about tarot cards and learning how to be a great reader. One day through the occurrence of strange events Akari learns that she has special powers that relate back to tarot cards.

Story
Day Break Illusion is an interesting anime, the idea of tarot cards already interested me but to have a completely different world that is invisible to the human world. The story doesn’t introduce anything that makes the story exciting at all, the story is fairly consistent with its telling of the story but it was rather average, no plot twists or exciting turns of events that grabs the viewer into the story. The story was easy to follow and didn’t try to hide any information from the viewer, the anime is fairly predictable but you don’t really focus on whats going to happen next as most episodes end on a note where it finishes off that small story. Day Break Illusion doesn’t focus on story arcs but instead has episodic episodes that fill in the overall story. The story does explain all of the necessary details that the viewer wants and needs to know, in terms of satisfaction in the plot, Day Break Illusion really doesn’t make the viewer satisfied for watching it, if anything it will make the viewer unhappy as it is doesn’t leave you with a definate feeling of either liking or hating the anime, it just sort of sits there in the realm of not really leaving an impact with you. The ending was pretty anti-climatic and didn’t live up to the expectations of an anime that had a battle  theme around it. Overall I give the story a 5/10.

Characters
The characters in Day Break Illusion like the story don’t really live up to the expectation that is set before them, the viewer expects deep and meaningful relations and back stories yet it was really disappointing when we learn the motives of a character, no real effort was put into it, when it came to learning the story behind Hoshikawa Seira it was just a story, it was the sad turning point in her life that it should have been, it felt more like “oh, so that happened.” The back story behind Tsukuyomi Luna had been teased throughout the entire anime yet they never really discussed it, sure it was obvious that she came from a wealthy family and the fight for the will was prevalent but it was never explained what her family did or why they are from money. Hoshikawa Seira is the calm minded and cold hearted girl in the team, she often carries out her tasks with an unwavering will. Shirokane Ginka is the indecisive member of the team, often not knowing where she stands on a point she quickly changes her view based on what some one will say. Taiyou Akari is the cheery Tarot card loving girl who is often described as being as bright as the sun. Tsukuyomi Luna is the shy and quite member who sees her lost twin sister in Akari making her naturally try and be near Akari. Overall I give the Characters a 6/10

Art and Animation
The art is actually nice in Day Break Illusion, the scenery was well detailed and that was a nice change to see compared to other anime which really don’t focus on the scenery. I do admit that there are some scenes that throw the idea of scenery out the door like when they are in the Astralux there isn’t any detail put into scenery but it’s the astralux, it’s meant to be a world that doesn’t have a lot of features in it. The animation in the beginning of Day Break Illusion was actually pretty good but as time went on the animation become worse and worse, the disapointing thing was at the start they had a heavy emphasis on movement and first person movement but as the anime went on the animation quality dropped a lot. The panning shots were always choppy yet that could have been my browser not working properly as it seemed a bit strange. Overall I give the Art and Animation a 7/10.

Sound and Music
The sound track for Day Break Illusion was pretty decent, it fit the tones very nicely, it did remind me a bit of amnesia the way they had the same track to end of the episode but that didn’t bother me as the track was good and didn’t matter how much it was repeated, there were other tracks that were used repeatably for the one purpose but once again I didn’t mind this as it made the anime feel like there was more consistency to it. The voice acting on the other hand was a bit questionable, the emotions never really came across as the voices didn’t fit some of the characters, Akari was too soft to be the cheery and sunny character that she was, the voice made her sound as if she should be Luna since it was a voice that sounded intimidated a lot of the time. Overall I give the Sound and Music a 6/10.

Final Thoughts
Day Break Illusion for once isn’t an anime that I recommend you watch, the anime leaves you feeling that you wasted you time as you don’t have a firm opinion on the anime, it kinda just sits there in limbo and that is what makes it frustrating. Overall I give Day Break Illusion a total of 6/10.

Normally this time this week I have something that I want to talk about or rant about but nothing is really hitting me this week. I am attending an anime convention in 11 days and I am super pumped for that, I plan on the first day just to go and splurge all my money on manga, what I have in mind is the entire Bakuman collection and issues 4-7 of Deadman Wonderland. Other than that if I find any cool figures I will buy those. My plan for the second day is to spend it in the video games area and compete in the Tekken Tag 2 Tournament. I won it last year so lets hope that this year is also prosperous.

In terms of the anime I have watched in the last week I was originally intending to watch D.Gray-man as I purchased it back in December but just haven’t gotten around to watching it but since Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou took so long to read, not that it was a bad thing. It was going to be to hard to watch all of D.Gray-man so that is why I decided Day Break Illusion. I don’t know how to feel on Day Break Illusion, normally I have a certain idea when I’m halfway through an anime but not with this.

For manga I was thinking of attempting to read Coppelion yet it’s rather long so I might not get through it all by Friday. I could also do the Light Novels for Campione because I am rather interested to see how that compares to the anime adaption.

Click here for our reviews on Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou and Campione!

Day Anime  Episodes  Total Episodes  Average Length
Monday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Tuesday  Bleach 20 366 24 min
Wednesday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Thursday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Friday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Saturday Bleach 20 366 24 min
Sunday  Bleach 20 366 24 min
Day Manga Chapters  Total Chapters
Monday JoshiKausei
King’s Game: Origin
Kiss Him, Not Me
Kippo
My Wife is Wagatsuma-san
14
19
21
5
1
Still Publishing
Still Publishing
Still Publishing
Unknown
111
Tuesday My Wife is Wagatsuma-san 60 111
Wednesday My Wife is Wagatsuma-san
Mysterious Girlfriend X
50
10
111
96
Thursday Mysterious Girlfriend X 60 96
Friday  Mysterious Girlfriend X
Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen
Murder Incarnation
Maga-Tsuki
26
510
19
96
Still Publishing10
Still Publishing
Saturday Maga-Tsuki
Orange
Okitenemuru
25
17
18
Still Publishing
Still Publishing
Still Publishing
Sunday  Okitenemuru
Present for Me
Persona Q Shadow of the labyrinth side: P4
Recollection
Space Brothers
5
7
23
43
Still Publishing
7
2Still Publishing
Still Publishing

Synopsis
After his parents go overseas to work Usa Kazunari moves into the Kawai complex where lives a few strange renters but he also finds himself living in the same complex as his crush at high school Kawai Ritsu.

Story
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is your stereotypical romance comedy yet it has a twist, they already live together. Normally we find the boy and girl in interest only knowing each other at home but in this scenario they already live under the same roof meaning that we get to see them after school interacting with each other and how hard Usa tries to get closer to Ritsu. This story is very captivating and you easily find yourself absorbed wanting to learn more. It does it’s job to explain everything in the situation and setting that we found ourselves in and fulfills everything the reader wants to see, sure the romance does go slow but that is the very nature of the characters so it really didn’t bother me as it made the story all the more sweeter to read. The chapters at first follow a series of events that happens in daily lives but as you get further into the story the chapters start to flow off one “arc”. I say arc but it’s better to say scenario, and this scenario may not be solved for 2 chapters, sure the scenarios aren’t very long but when you compare them to those of real life it’s an accurate depiction of what happens. As you are reading the idea of predictability and can I hypothesize on what happens next doesn’t enter the readers mind, in fact all you are concerned about is will Usa and Ritsu’s bond grow closer as the chapters go on? With a rather simple story you aren’t having to write notes or back tracking so then you have the entire gist of the story as you are reading, its really nice as it allows you to focus on other details like dialogue and artwork. Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is brilliant if you want to get excited and giggle like a group of teenage girls when they discuss boys as you will often find yourself wrapped up in the present, there are many examples that can be given when emotion isn’t expressed well but Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou does it perfectly. Overall I give the story a 10/10.

Characters
The characters are brilliant in Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou, my only complaint would be that you don’t get to learn about the supporting characters all to much just a few details here and there, yet if they were to focus on the supporting characters entirely it would hurt the progress of Usa and Ritsu but they do explore the supporting characters just a little so then it’s not just two characters throughout the entire story. The relationship between Usa and Ritsu is really enjoyable to watch as you can really see how close the two actually get. Kawai Ritsu is the book loving girl who would rather read books then make any unnecessary interactions with people, the fact that she is shy and antisocial adds to her charm as she can often get flustered when something happens and she doesn’t know how to deal with it. Usa Kazunari is your average teenager, he likes manga and video games yet he is madly in love with Ritsu and tries really hard to close the gap between them so then he can date her, Usa’s development through the story is rather big as he tries so hard to get Ritsu’s approval, you see him go through stages of happiness to depression. The manga does have a lot of characters that they introduce through the chapters and even though some characters may not be all that relevant in the here and the now they become very relevant later on in the series. The personalities of the characters are actually really good, normally I find them rather unoriginal but I didn’t find that with this, sure Usa is a stereotypical teenager it’s still enjoyable to see him try so hard for Ritsu. Overall I give the characters a 9/10.

Art
The art is rather simple and is the weakest link in the manga but it fits the majority of scenarios rather well, the story doesn’t demand for brilliant art that blows you mind away but it gives you what you want at the best moments, normally this is when you are given portraits of Ritsu and these are very well drawn and make me just want to admire the art for a few minutes before moving onto the next panel, they make an effort for nice art where it counts and the readers are all the more happy for it. When the art isn’t super high quality it defiantly is simple making it easier to make a sense of motion with the characters, when reading this you find yourself reading to the pace of the scenario and that’s a reaction that I like to see. When the art makes me read to its pace, sometimes the art demands lots of attention and sometimes it makes you want to read faster to get a feeling of fast motion. The art allows you imagination to travel as you read which is an effect I don’t get all to often when I read manga. Overall I give the art a 7/10.

Final Thoughts
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is a must read for anyone who is a fan of romance manga, at first I admit I didn’t think I would see anything out of the ordinary romance even though I love the genre but after getting absorbed into the story I realized that it was by far the best romance I have ever read, allowing me to give Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou a total of 8.6/10.

Synopsis
While in Italy to return an old stone tablet for his grandfather, Kusanagi Godou finds himself being held a knife point for the tablet being accused to stealing it. As this is happening trouble occurs and Godou finds himself in the middle of a battle with Gods.

Story
Campione! had a lot of potential yet it didn’t act upon that yet it doesn’t really mean it’s a bad thing. The concept of the story was interesting, modern day God slayers and heroes with ancient Gods from all beliefs such as Roman and Greek Gods. One of the many downsides was that the anime would skip a lot of crucial information and events that happen in the novels. One of these is when they reference to the fight that Godou has with Doni Salvatore, you start to question if you have missed and episode or two as at the time it’s made out to be a big event. The reason why this doesn’t bother me is because there are 17 novels along with 12 side novels so have the anime skip some information to show some of the big battles doesn’t really make a big difference. Due to this Campione! is really fast paced but you don’t lose yourself in the story as you can still grasp what is happening. The story had a feeling that it wasn’t really connect nicely, since the battles are taken from different places in the story they did an OK job to piece it together as smooth as possible but the fact that you only meet some of the camiones that are spoken about. One of the positives are that the anime conveys feeling perfectly, when you are in the moment most romance scenes are very sweet and you can really feel the love that is intended to reach the audience. In saying this there are a few moments that don’t convey emotion no where near a well as it normally is. Overall I give the story a 5/10.

Characters
The characters are easily the best part of Campione! in a sense, you could say that the characters are somewhat shallow with no story behind them, you have to take them for face value but I don’t think that’s a problem. Part of the charm of the characters is that you don’t know of their past, the characters feel authentic in there feelings and in their actions. The one character who doesn’t really fit this mold would have to be Mariya Yuri, a lot of the times when she is involved she doesn’t really convey the feelings to the viewer that is intended to be conveyed. The character development is a weird thing in the anime, most of the development with characters happen with the first encounter so they don’t really change all too much through out the anime. Kusanagi, Godou is the regular protagonist, he claims to be a pacifist until he actually as to fight, seeing his friends as people he has to protect and holds dear to him, he is willing to fight for their safety. Blandelli Erica is also known as the red devil from the Copper Black Cross, she is in love with Godou and says that she has to be number one in his life. Being a strong fighter she is often at Godou’s side for battles. Kranjcar Liliana is Godou’s knight, she is a very serious person who treats her role very important, being a member of the Bronze Black Cross and is Erica’s rival. She also has a passion for writing romance novels. Mariya Yuri is the pure Princess Shrine Maiden who also happens to be in love Godou, she tends to be very shy but she will critisize Godou if he makes a foolish decision, she claims that she is there to make sure that Godou is kept in line. Overall I give the characters a 9/10.

Art and Animation
The art in Campione! is above average, the characters are nothing special but the scenery has a bit of detail in it, the animation was also average. The motion was smooth but there wasn’t any movement during scenes where characters are talking, they will just be sitting or standing there talking and none of them will move or there weren’t being anything happening in the background. The 3D animation was surprisingly good, it wasn’t amazing or anything but it didn’t take all the focus away from the the traditional animation, given that a lot of anime tend to do 3D animation poorly I was impressed. The fight scenes were really anticlimactic, the fights never looked impressive and Godou never really had a surprising win. The fights basically followed the same formula each time. At first he gets slapped around and outclassed, then he will kiss a girl and have them use their teaching magic to teach him about the God and/or God power they have and then defeat them. The fights were never exciting because of this. Overall I give the art and animation a 5/10

Music and Sound
The music in Campione! was really forgettable, there wasn’t that one song that you would remember that, along with that note the music wasn’t emphasized so it made it harder to spot music and it was just blended in, which is fine but even the fight scenes there was no distinct song you could hear play. The sound track itself is enjoyable to listen to even though some of the songs sound like other songs. The mix is what suprised me, there were the medieval style songs which is to be expected of Campione! but there were also songs that sounded like they belonged in Lord of the Rings. The voice acting was average, nothing really stood out to make me think that any particular character had a good voice acting. The actors did their job and provided realistic tones and expressions in their voices. Overall I give the music and sound a 5/10

Final Thoughts
Campione! may seem like an anime that really isn’t worth your time and you would be right. If it weren’t for how fun it was to watch Campione! I might have said differently. Despite all the flaws in the anime it was still fun to watch. I give Campione! a total of 6/10 and a recommendation of it if you don’t really care for flashy fight scenes or a plot that makes total sense but just want to simply enjoy watching an anime.