Monday, 20 April 2009 00:05

Finally...the harem anime rant is done!

Vae Victus! Suffering to the Conquered! I'm pleased to report the long promised Harem Anime Rant is finally done.

But who is conquered? Or are we all just suffering? Maybe someone will be able to tell me after it's read.

Published in Site News
Saturday, 01 September 2007 00:00

School Days (TV, 2007)

Overview

With the anime season slowly beginning to draw to a close, I was on the lookout for a decent filler series to watch, and thought that School Days might be interesting after a summer full of the likes of Claymore, Gurren Lagann, and Murder Princess. It wasn't long, though, before I started hearing rumors of the darker beginnings of School Days as an eroge of particular reputation. Still, I decided to keep watching, and see for myself what was up.

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 03 May 2007 21:59

Seto no Hanayome (TV, 2007)

Overview

There's been a glut of really good series coming out this spring season. Seems like every time I grab a new title, I find a new awesome story. So my expectations were high when I read the basic idea on Seto no Hanayome. Boy goes on vacation... boy drowns... boy gets saved by mermaid. Now, there's one minor problem... Mermaid's parents are Yakuza, and there's a law about land dwellers seeing mermaids in their true form and living... they don't. Right up until we get to the parents, the idea was pretty basic. Pretty much a standard Little Mermaid tale. I wouldn't have spent the time to download it, if that had been all... but the extended premise looked interesting.

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 19 October 2006 00:00

Utawarerumono (TV, 2006)

Overview

As I mentioned in my first Dragon's Den article, there's been a recent trend of Eroge to Anime conversions coming out of Japan, and that they have, for the most part, been very good series. Today I'm taking a look at one of this summer's releases, which just wrapped up last week, Utawarerumono, or The One Being Sung. Uta follows the life of a man with amnesia and a silver, horned mask that he can not remove as he wakes up in the care of the village elder Tsusukuru, and her two granddaughters, Eruru and Aruru. It seems that Eruru found him laying unconscious in the forest after an earthquake, and brought him to her grandmother, who is a widely known healer. Needless to say, it doesn't take long for events to be set into motion that are sure to shatter that apparent peacefulness of their existence.

Published in Anime Reviews
Sunday, 03 September 2006 00:00

Zero no Tsukaima (TV, 2006, DuBois)

Overview

Here's a premise that's probably been done before, and will probably be done again. Take your standard second-year apprentice mage, and give her a nickname - Zero. A number to reflect how many successful spells she's cast in her life. A student who's mistakes are so explosively spectacular that her entire class panics when the new teacher asks her to demonstrate a spell. Congratulations, you now know the first of two main characters in Zero no Tsukaima. Now picture a young man from our modern day world; average height, average build, and an uncanny knack for figuring out ways to twist situations around into his favor.

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 25 May 2006 00:00

Shuffle! (TV, 2005)

Overview

S'ok, everybody knows that any harem anime has to have three basic ingredients, right? You have your male protagonist, the girls - at least three, never more than seven - and some good, old fashioned Strange Events to round it all out. So, let me do a little check list here - Rin, male protagonist... check. Kaede, Nerine, Lisianthus, Asa, and Primula, girls in love with Rin... check. Next door neighbors that just happen to be gods/demons? Check. Alright, that's everything that Shuffle! needs to be your standard harem anime, complete with some great nude scenes from a set of excellent babes to top off the mix. Here's the problem: Shuffle! is a tale of two halves, and while the opening is very much a standard Harem anime, the second half of the series absolutely blows the top off the pressure cooker and ditches any pretense at being a standard Harem.

Published in Anime Reviews
Sunday, 23 April 2006 00:00

Tactical Roar (TV, 2006)

Overview

Now, here's an admittedly less than original idea on the outset. What happens if you take a naval battleship 'manned' entirely by women... and drop a single, quiet young man on it? And, being that this is an anime crew, it's a given that the girls aren't going to be your average rank and file members of the navy - especially given that this is actually what amounts to a mercenary ship. Thus we have the crew of the Pascal Magi, including their newest member, Hyousuke. A heavy, though outdated by the standards of Tactical Roar's world, destroyer class vessel hired out by the Haru-Nico Insurance Agency. So why, you might ask, does an insurance agency have a need for a heavy destroyer? Things are a little different in the world of Tactical Roar, with the major problem being a massive hurricane over the Pacific called the Grand Roar. This hurricane is so large that it is self-supporting and stationary. The power it displays has altered wind and pressure currents on a global scale, making air travel considerably more difficult, and so a second naval age has begun.

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