Monday, September 30, 2013

"Kampfer" Anime Review

 ***Spoiler free review***
Well I have to be honest; I knew exactly what I was getting into when I started watching Kampfer. I was told it was a no nonsense ecchi with some serious omg female x female moments but I did manage to enjoy the show for more than the tits it showed off…asses too!

Story: 1.5/10

2 teams; red vs. blue; butt and boob shots every other scene; women who are a little too bicurious; you get the gist of the show. Wasn’t really interested in the plot at all but for what it’s worth the show did keep me interested until all hell broke loose on episode thirteen. Speaking of episode thirteen, that episode takes “Well that escalated quickly” to a whole new level.
Animation: 7/10

Pretty solid in my honest opinion. The eyes where my favorite aspect of the animation with props also going to the detail of the female character models. For a show that relies heavily on fanservice, it’s a good thing they got that right.

Sound: 5/10

Soundtrack was extremely generic and forgetful. The voice actors however did a pretty good job; while I cannot list the actors off the top of my head, I did recognize a couple from other anime I have enjoyed.

Characters: 7/10

I’ll probably get a lot of flak for this but I actually enjoyed the character interactions in this show (and no not just the sexualish stuff). The bits that played off between each character was actually pretty funny to watch in most cases. Even though I hate indecisive male leads, it sometimes pays off to have multiple romantic options.

Overall: 5.1/10

I normally do not watch ecchi shows since I like stuff with substance but I was just in one of those moods to watch this kind of crap. Funny thing is compared to other ecchi no nonsense anime (Campione! and the newest season of High School DxD) this one was actually somewhat enjoyable. If you are looking for something to watch that involves bouncing balls of fat then here you go. You might just pay attention a little bit.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Love Lab" Anime Review

***Spoiler free review***

Love Lab is one of those many (and when I say many I really mean millions) cutesy girl anime that revolve around a school setting. Furthermore it takes place at an all girl’s high school where everyone is petrified to even be near a man thus bringing us to Love Lab quirky but somewhat plausible premise. It is nowhere near the cute factor or enjoyablity of K-On but it comes in a close 7th or 8th.

Story: 4/10

I found the premise of the show extremely superficial since I find it hardly believable that these girls would have almost no experience even being around boys. Basically these girls start up a “Love Lab” as a part of the student council. They would take questions on love (which they have no clue about) from students that asked and somehow answer them. This however was easy to look past (for me at least) since the characters were really the stars of the show. You can defenently draw comparisons to K-On in this setting; you didn’t watch K-On for the music aspect of the show but rather the character interactions. The same applies here as if you are seriously watching this show for the plot then you have very low standards.

Animation: 6/10

This just may be my weirdness but I swear at one point in the show the animation quality dropped down. I feel as if things like how the character’s hair flowed or the clarity of background objects just suddenly lost effort. Regardless the show sports some okish visuals. Each character is very appealing to look at (eyes yum) but other than that I feel as if everything else was just passable.

Sound: 4.5/10

Nothing really stood out here. Some ok tunes but I didn’t find anything over the top. Didn’t like the OP or ending stuff either.

Characters: 8/10

I LOVED all the characters except the annoying vice president Maki. Other than her, all the other characters really flowed well with each other and brought some sort of enjoyment to what was going on. My personal favorite was Enomoto since she eventually starts to open up to the club and provide some helpfulness.

Overall: 5.6/10

Overall the show was pretty bland but I did end up enjoying it. Loved the character interactions and there were some moments of awesomeness on the animation front (though VERY limited). I would recommend this anime as one of those rainy day type stuff you watch when there is literally nothing left.

"Danganronpa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation" Anime Review

***Spoiler free review***

Danganronpa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation (holy fu@# what a mouthful of a title) was a wildcard anime for me this past season. When I watched the first episode I had no idea if I was going to end up liking my investment. I am pleased to announce that I did end up enjoying the show even if the ending was pretty boring.

Story: 5/10

So the plot was pretty intriguing in the beginning. The anime follows the main protagonist Naegi as he and the other highschool students struggle to survive in the crazy dog eat dog world they find themselves in. Every episode follows a monster of the week type format where there is a murder each episode that the students have to solve and vote on. I rather enjoyed this aspect of the plot; to see what alliances formed between the cast and how each one responded to being called guilty. I would say that the one thing that really hurts this anime is how predictable the future events are to see coming. It was quite obvious to me who killed each person in each episode (except for the last one). Even though it was predictable, I still ended up enjoying most of the show. The ending however really let me down; don’t want to spoil it so all I’ll say is that it felt very melodramatic and rushed. I have heard that the anime was very faithful to the game it was based on so props for that. 

Animation: 9/10

LOVED THE EYES IN THIS ANIME. Yeah the animation was very spot on in every episode as the character models were very defined and seemed quite unique compared to any other anime I have seen. If I had to complain about anything it would be how a lot of the miscellaneous objects off camera center seemed very undefined. 
Sound: 8.5/10

Liked the soundtrack and thought the voice actors did a great job. Shout out to the voices of Togami and Kirigiri. Not so much Naegi he just came off pretty pathetic for most of the show.

Characters: 5.5/10

To put it bluntly, every character in this anime is some stereotype of another show already out. You have the super shy, sportsy tomboy, larger nerd type person, ext. There are some good moments between the characters but the only developing friendship you become aware of is between Naegi and Kirigiri. The cast did work well with each other though so some points have to be given there.
Overall: 7/10

The show was pretty enjoyable. It had an interesting start and went off like a rocket. It did start to lose some steam once people started dying off and I still think it could have ended better but that is just my opinion. I recommend this if you like detective style anime. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Hey I'm Back!

So funny story; I just realized that I started watching To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S not realizing that there was a preceding season…no wonder I was a tad lost at the beginning. Anyways so this is my first post in like two months. While I doubt there are not that many returning readers, I still feel bad that I had pretty much left without really adding any content. Moving across country, starting at a new job, and getting WAY too attached to TOR really dragged me away from the blog. While I have been watching the currently airing anime every week, I haven’t even thought about writing down my thoughts. So to correct that I have already started some reviews up for what is currently airing. The season will be ending soon so once the shows finish I just have to write in my ending thoughts on them. Also I will start researching what will be airing next season so that I can accurately decide what doesn’t look like absolute crap. This season has a couple good ones but overall I have dropped like three or four anime just because of how boring they were.

P.S. I have started seriously working on my music again. If you would take the time to visit my bandcamp page I would greatly appreciate it. All my music is free unless you feel like contributing a little bit.