Skip Beat! Anime Review Blurb

December 9, 2008

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I’m writing this review 10 episodes into the series.

Since I’ve already done a review of Skip Beat! the manga I’m just going to talk about how the anime compares to the manga in this review. If you’d like the plot summary and character descriptions go here for my manga review. I’d feel too cheap copying the same summary and such in the anime review too. But I would like to mention how Skip Beat! is often called the anti-shoujo because when the heroine (Kyoko) was betrayed by the boy/man (Sho) she dedicated her life to, rather then get sad she laughed in his face and swore revenge! She is going to dedicate her life to Sho in a completely different way! To become a star and overtake him in the entertainment industry. I love a good tale of female vengeance!

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One Piece – Review Blurb

October 10, 2008

Note: In this review blurb I’m going to talk about each crew member and their abilities, I won’t talk about their background. So if you consider learning which characters join the crew a spoiler, turn away. But I warn you every single crew member is spoiled in the anime by the opening prior to them officially joining.

Quick Summary
One Piece is about the adventures of a group of misfit pirates called the Straw Hat Crew, each member is determined to achieving their own respective dreams. Although their dreams differ, the path they take to achieve their dreams happens to be shared by the other members of the crew. The common part of their goals is to venture out into the Grand Line. The Grand Line is referred to as the Pirate’s Graveyard because many pirates go there in search of treasure and obtaining the One Piece but most meet their fate instead. This story was heavily influenced by Akira Toriyama’s Dragonball works, although that isn’t to say if you disliked or liked Dragonball you’ll automatically dislike or like this anime, Eiichiro Oda has created an original series that is all his own.

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Vampire Knight – Review Blurb

September 29, 2008

Note: There are no spoilers in this review. Everything I talk about is revealed in the 1st episode.

Quick Summary
Cross Academy has two sets of students, the Day Students and the Night Students, and the Night Students happen to be vampires. The goal of the school is to create a peaceful environment for both humans and vampires to live in and put to rest the age old war between the two races, although the Day Students don’t know that the eerily beautiful Night Students are actually vampires. The vampires at the school thrive on a pill that allows vampires to receive nutrition without harming humans for their blood. But a vampire’s hunting instinct is still difficult to control…

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Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei – Review Blurb

September 21, 2008

Quick Summary

Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei (Goodbye Mr. Despair) is a show about a teacher named Nozomu Itoshiki who interprets everything in life in the most negative light possible. In the opening of the series Kafuka Fuura comes across him trying to hang himself from a tree and saves him (although she nearly kills him in the process). It turns out that she is an individual that sees everything in the most positive light possible. Throughout the series each episode focuses on some part of Japanese culture or human nature and we witness Nozomu’s negative interpretation as well as Kafuka’s positive interpretation. The result is an anime thats a wonderful satire on everything in Japanese culture (yes including a lot of anime references).

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Air – Review Blurb

September 9, 2008

Title: Air
Japanese Title: Air
Author/Director: Yukimaru Katsura/Tatsuya Ishihara
Genre: Drama/Romance/Fantasy
Licensed: Yes (ADV)
Release Date: August 14, 2007 (U.S.)
Episodes: 13

Quick Summary
Yukito is a performing wanderer who happens to come into a certain town one summer where he meets 3 lovely girls. All 3 girls are lonely in their own way and Yukito does his best to help them resolve this loneliness throughout the series. Mysterious events that occurred 1000 years ago have a major effect on how these girls are currently living their lives.

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Wallflower – Review Blurb

August 25, 2008

Title: The Wallflower/Perfect Girl Evolution/Sunako of Many Forms/Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (Japanese)
Japanese Title: Yamatonadeshiko Shichihenge
Director/Author: Shinichi Watanabe/Tomoko Hayakawa
Genre: Comedy/Romance/Drama
Licensed: Yes, originally ADV. But now Funimation.
Release Date:
Original Run (Japan) October 3, 2006 – March 27, 2007
U.S. Release Date: 2007-12-18
Episodes: 25 Episodes

Quick Summary
The Wallflower is about Sunako Nakahara a high school student who shuns trying to be beautiful or feminine and enjoys such morbid hobbies as watching banned horror movies while hanging out with preserved body parts and creepy anatomical models. Why does Sunako act as she does? She was turned down and called ugly by her first love and she decided to stop caring about how she looks if the end result is that she will always be considered ugly. Sunako’s aunt is concerned for her niece and this lifestyle change. Her aunt is the owner of a beautiful mansion where four very handsome students are her tenants. She offers the guys free rent in her mansion if they can turn Sunako into a “perfect lady”. Thus the wacky and random challenge that this anime is based on begins.

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Soul Eater – Review Blurb

August 4, 2008

Quick Summary

This anime focuses on a school known as Shibusen, here Weapon Meisters and their Weapons train. Weapons have a human form/personality as well as their weapon form. The goal of the school is to eliminate evil human souls, they do this to eliminate the risk of one of these souls turning into the Demon God. Once a Demon God is born from a corrupt human soul they will throw the world into chaos and attempt to destroy everything. In order for a weapon to become powerful it must devour 99 evil souls as well as the soul of a witch.

(At the time of this review 16 episodes are released and the series is currently unlicensed in the U.S. as an anime.)

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