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Paradise Kiss

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2009

10.00 (excellent) Paradise Kiss is one of the few animes that deserve to be described as flawless. From the beautiful animation, to the heart-warming story, this series executes its purpose with effortless perfection.

Straddling between elements of realism and dream-like extravagance, Paradise Kiss pulls its viewer's into the life of a high school girl turned model. Although the premise may at first seem contrived, the storytelling transforms every girl's dream into a story of escaping routine and finding happiness.

For anyone and everyone who has ever felt trapped the routine boredom of everyday life, Yukari's feelings echo the secret wish to run away. Coupled with oddball characters, this normal high school student finds her own definition of living her life.

It's hard for me to rate any aspect of this show below a 10--from the fantastic animation and great voice acting to the masterful storytelling, Paradise Kiss is perfect. If you liked Nana, you'll love this short from Ai Yazawa.

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jan 03, 2010

10.00 (excellent) I didn't have time to watch the whole movie in one sitting, but from beginning to end, it seemed to ache of longing and loss. With a tint of slice-of-life feeling coupled with stellar animation, Kumo no Mukou is truly a masterpiece.

Set in a divided Japan, the animators paid detailed attention to the setting which drives the emotional aspects of the story. Slow paced, the story lends itself to reflection in its silence.

As Kumo no Mukou is only an OVA, there is not a significant amount of development. At times some of the specifics (scientific etc.) are skimmed over. But it never feels too rushed, and what confusion viewers may feel is overcome by the irresistible lull of its undefinable beauty.

After it's end, there's no aspect of the story that really stood out, but the powerful storytelling makes this OVA truly unforgettable.

Death Note

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

10.00 (excellent)

Samurai Champloo

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

10.00 (excellent)

NANA

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

9.75 (excellent)

Sword of the Stranger

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2009

9.75 (excellent)

Cencoroll

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2009

9.50 (excellent) Uki certainly did an impressive job adapting his manga background for the big screen. While the 30 minute length leaves little time to fully develop a complex plot, Uki rose to the challenge with remarkable grace. Cencoroll never felt rushed and while none of my initial questions were answered, I found myself utterly satisfied with the ending. With a little bit for every watcher--action for the boys, two nonchalant semi-bishies (wink wink) for the girls and poetic storytelling for anime-snobs like myself--Cencoroll is a roller coaster that won't make you dizzy.

Moreover, in true stroke-of-genius fashion, Uki is able to capture a stylized art form and sound to give Cencoroll a voice of its own. The movements are of choppy but fluid quality and the sound blends perfectly into the production's texture. As expected for OVAs and the budget they normally receive, the drawings never seem half-assed. But unlike others, Uki is able to capture his manga roots within each snapshot, transition and moving scene. The result? A short film that lulls viewers into its sci-fi core with an unnatural serenity for its genre.

With such a short duration, it is well worth your time to see this lovely anime, which reassured anime-lovers that cartoons are not just for kids!

Ouran High School Host Club

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2009

9.50 (excellent) Ouran Host Club takes every Japanese girl's stereotypical fantasies about high school boys and shuffles it into a fantastic comedy. Episodic and silly, this series will have you on the floor laughing, even at a second go. The nuances of character interaction provide for even more light-hearted humor.

The characters are the main attraction, with personalities as hilarious and individual as they are stereotypical. Hatori Bisuko has created masterful characters from the trite, beaten-to-death attributes we've already grown to expect.

Cowboy Bebop

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

9.00 (very good)

High School Girls

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

9.00 (very good)

Summer Wars

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

8.75 (very good)

Afro Samurai

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

8.75 (very good)

Baccano!

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2009

8.50 (very good)

Yakitate!! Japan

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

8.50 (very good)

Gankutsuou

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

8.25 (good)

Seirei no Moribito

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

8.25 (good)

Michiko to Hatchin

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2009

8.00 (good) With deep Latin American vibes and subtle storytelling, the series manages to pull the audience in for a look at several storylines loosely tied together through Michiko's (the vixen convict) past. While their search for Hatchin's father--Michiko's former lover--provides a stimulus for their journey, it acts more as a literary tool to pull the characters through a myopic look at the lives of their fellow countrymen. It is difficult for me to find a favorite among the subplots as they all took a decently honest and heartfelt look at how people in less developed nations survive--though I found the more dramatic subplots (i.e human trafficking) of rather mediocre execution.

Michiko and Hatchin act as foils for one another: Michiko, the adult, acts childish and impulsive while Hatchin, the child, behaves responsibly. Most reviewers seemed to enjoy this chemistry but I found it lukewarm and underdeveloped. While Hatchin's character failed to impress(her relationship with her abusive parents never felt present and her "maturity" seemed a pretentious addition), Michiko was developed extensively throughout the series and the characters associated with her past succeeded in hooking my attention. In fact, I personally preferred watching the minor characters in the series--their stories were deeply entrenched in their impoverished situations, yet the livelihood with which they confronted adversity became truly inspirational.

The series boasts a strong soundtrack and voice acting, nicely echoing an image of a boundless road, sprawled before Michiko, Hatchin, and the people they met. The Latin traces are very apparent in the bold color schemes: cyan skies splashed with vivid turquoise and deep reds. The combination of brilliant sound and great animation certainly makes this anime worth watching, even if it falls short of the true geniuses in the genre (see Cowboy Bebop + Samurai Champloo). So be sure to check this out for a look at something different than your run-of-the-mill titles!

Full Metal Panic!

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

8.00 (good)

Fullmetal Alchemist

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

8.00 (good)

Mushishi

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

8.00 (good)

Hellsing

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

7.75 (good)

KARAS

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

7.75 (good)

Nodame Cantabile

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

7.75 (good)

Detective Conan

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

7.50 (good)

Kurenai

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

7.50 (good)

Lovely Complex

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

7.50 (good)

Trigun

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

7.25 (above average)

Peach Girl

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

7.25 (above average)

BECK

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

7.25 (above average)

Eden of the East

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2009

7.00 (above average) While I can certainly understand the initial appeal of this series--a title full of average-looking, everyday folks caught in a mysterious battle usually signals a story saturated with magic realism that depends less on sensationalism and more on depth and criticism to wow its audience--I have to say that Eden of the East quickly fell into the usual traps. Much like Speed Grapher(2005), which promised to offer a more mature take on corruption and government, Eden of the East sets up a strong, interesting plotline but was both too short and too slow-paced to follow through on its promise. One strand of the story looks at a cruel serial killer who seems somehow connected to the mysterious cellphone and stumbles with what I can only describe as mediocre and stereotypically shallow execution. The ending, which was clearly meant to ensue in utterly epic proportions, fell flat, both plot-wise and visually. Meanwhile, a story like Eden of the East that struggles fiercely to become a masterpiece, typically warrants dynamic and creative directing; needless to say neither was present as far as I can see.

But for all its shortcomings, Eden of the East still ranks above average in its enjoyability and execution. The ED and OP were quite enjoyable, and I can clearly tell that production hired very interesting creative directors for both sequences. The voice acting, while unspectacular, demands little criticism. The animation was purposefully "just decent" though I would have enjoyed better camera angles and choreography. Furthermore, with just 13 episodes, it's worth the time to watch if you are interested in a series that doesn't fall as close to the stereotypical drivel that we are used to by now. Many viewers may even attribute more depth and better execution to this series than I have.

Wolf's Rain

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2009

7.00 (above average)

Peacemaker Kurogane

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

7.00 (above average)

Spice and Wolf

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

6.75 (above average)

Ghost Hunt

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

6.75 (above average)

Bakemonogatari

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2010

6.75 (above average)

Black Lagoon

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

6.50 (above average)

Onegai Teacher

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

6.50 (above average)

The Wallflower

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

6.50 (above average)

xxxHOLiC

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

6.50 (above average)

Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2009

6.25 (average)

Amatsuki

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

6.25 (average)

NHK ni Youkoso!

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

6.25 (average)

Victorian Romance Emma

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

6.25 (average)

Bokura ga Ita

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2009

6.00 (average)

Aishiteruze Baby

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

6.00 (average)

Darker than Black

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

6.00 (average)

Get Backers

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

6.00 (average)

Kimi Kiss

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2009

6.00 (average)

Inuyasha

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

5.75 (average)

Trinity Blood

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2009

5.75 (average)

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