A born and bred Minnesotan, JC founded the original Dragon's Anime back when the site was still just a Tenchi Muyo fan site, and remains the primary maintainer of the site.
Normally when I do the overview for a new review, I try – emphasis on the word “try” – to do it in a manner consistent with the tone of the series or game or what have you that I’m reviewing. I’m not going to try doing that for Bulletstorm, though, for two reasons. First, while I’m all too aware that my language isn’t among the cleanest out there, I’m just not quite crass and rude enough to pull it off for this one. Second, the game’s obsession with a particular portion of the human male anatomy is one of my complaints for this title, and I don’t really want to fall into the same trap. So, with that said…
Better batten down the hatches, me maties, there’s a storm ah’brewin… a Bulletstorm. The winds o’ Stygia be blowin’ mighty fierce, and we’re aiming to collect some skill shot booty… ok folks, I just can’t keep that up. New review up, for Bulletstorm, and a couple more might be coming soon too. Cheers!
I've got a question for the guys out there in the audience. If you, as a teenager, had the chance to attend a formerly all-girls school that was opening its first year of co-education as one of the first – and very, very few – boys, would you jump at the chance? I mean, just think about it… a school with a ratio of, say, 7:1 girls to boys. Can't you just imagine the possibilities? Really, what's the worst that could happen? Just as a… cherry… on top, the campus could even be closer than your current school. Wouldn't that be great? All those beautiful, maturing teenage girls all around you… …If you have any sense, you're running screaming right about now. Unfortunately for Tsuda Takatoshi, he didn't have any sense.
Every now and then, I run into a series that, no matter how hard I try, I just can't think up a funny lead-in to use for the front page post. This week's entry is a bit different – nothing I could come up with would come even close to the complete and total wrongness waiting to be found in Seitokai Yakuindomo, the first of the Summer 2010 anime series to be reviewed. Mind the school rules, avoid the red-headed teacher if you value your innocence, and whatever you do, don't call Suzu a child… you've been warned.
As anybody with even a modest amount of common sense could tell you, children – even the older ones in high school – can be terribly cruel. It's a fact of life that most adults often turn a blind eye to. What's that, little Maryann is a holy terror and has been torturing her classmates? Well, kids will be kids, my little angel would never do something that terrible! Johnny's been getting into fights? He's just hyper, maybe if the teacher were doing a better job of teaching him he wouldn't be acting out! It couldn't possibly be because the child is… well, a child, and hasn't let learned what is and isn't acceptable in society, possibly because the parents are too busy putting blame on everything EXCEPT Maryann and Johnny they haven't taken the time to raise them properly… In any case, it's a fact of life. With the slightest provocation, children can and will be utterly evil, and not even realize that they're doing so. Hence we come to the subject of this review, Akuma to Love Song, the story of a young woman named Kawai Maria who's just transferred to a new school after being expelled from a famous private school, and the troubles that await her as rumors surrounding her expulsion reach her classmates.
Ah, high school. Great place. If you weren't ducking the Jocks, you were trying to avoid being stung by the Queen Bees. If you weren't doing that, you were struggling hard as you could to not be lumped in with the nerds and the geeks. And heaven forbid you were seen as a loaner… Take a trip back to the social trials and tribulations with the review this time around, Akuma to Love Song.
I was actually looking forward to the Winter 2009 season before it started. Omamori Himari, Ookamikakushi, and Dance in the Vampire Bund all looked like likely targets for watching, and there was Halo Legends and the anime adaptation of the game adaptation of Dante's Inferno to look forward to as well. All in all, things were shaping up pretty well; I just needed one more title to round out my list of series. I settled on an oddly named series that looked to have pretty good animation from its promo video called Durarara!!.
Yeah, ok, so I couldn't think up anything more clever to use for a front page post announcing a Durarara!! review, they can't all be winners. C'mon down to Ikebukuro and meet some of the locals, they'll be glad to have you… if they don't throw a vending machine at you or shave you with a pocket knife or slice you up with a shadow scythe or…
A few years ago, I entered the world of Key storytelling through a door named Clannad. An anime series based on a visual novel of the same name, it told the story of Tomoya Ozaki, a boy on the verge of adulthood who was looking forward to his senior year of high school as a well-known delinquent. Not a bad kid, Tomoya, though certainly he'd gotten into his fair share of trouble, often alongside his best friend Sunohara. There was something… uncertain about Tomoya, tenuous, as though he wasn't quite certain what to do with himself. At least, not until he met a girl about his age at the base of the hill leading up to the school, heard her ask a question to nobody in particular, and decided to answer her. It's funny how so small, so simple an exchange can be the difference in everything – and it's a concept that Key excels at exploring, so when I heard that the next Key series was going to be one more fantasy flavored, I noted the name – Angel Beats – down on my to watch list.
High school, oddly enough, is never a place that I ever really considered heaven material. It was fun, sure, but heaven? Well, I suppose there were all the girls walking around in short skirts and low-cut tops… they were certainly angelic at times… Errr, in any case, if you haven't guessed yet, this time around I'm taking a look at Angel Beats, VisualArt's/Key's newest entry into anime. Grab your helmet and flak jacket, cause it's a real warzone down there…