Category “Fall 2006 Anime Review”

Death Note – Anime Review

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Review: Light Yagami is an outstanding student and genius. His father is a high ranked police man and Yagami often helps him solve difficult cases, but still he is bored all the time. One day he finds the Death Note a shinigami (Death God) has dropped by accident. He can kill people by knowing their face and writing their real names into the Death Note. Just few days later lots of criminals in Japan and all over the world die from heart attacks. Yagami intends to make this world a better place by killing hardcore criminals and making people afraid of committing crimes this way. Soon it becomes obvious that all those mysterious deaths can not come by coincidence and there must be someone behind it. Society is split between those who support Yagami’s idea and those who think he is a sick murderer. The police of course have to find and stop him, but many officers are afraid of getting killed if they investigate Kira (Yagami’s new nickname). They hire a world-known detective who is known as “L” to catch Kira. Will Yagami be able to find out L’s real name to kill him before L finds out that Yagami is Kira?

Death Note is an unique story revolving around 2 unique and very intelligent characters with lots of unexpected and interesting plot twists. It is based on a manga bestseller that even has a successful live-action movie adaptation. While the manga already is a masterpiece, I could not find many scenes where the anime lacks behind the manga, so you can have equally high expectations of the anime.
Rating: 10/10

Kanon (2006) – Anime Review

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Review: This anime is a remake of the 13 episode long Kanon anime (31.01.2002 till 28.03.2002), which is based on a very popular Japanese eroge (hentai anime game). Many fans complained the first Kanon anime lacked animation quality and did not adequately present the awesome story of the original eroge. A length of 24 episodes and Kyoto Animation now responsible for production and animation will hopefully be the key to create an appropriate and satisfying Kanon anime this time.

The story revolves around Yuuichi Aizawa, who returns to his hometown after seven years. He is allowed to stay at his cousin’s house, but the memories of his childhood he spend here are blurry. Some of the girls there also don’t remember certain things of their past. What has happened in their childhoods? Why did they forget? And will they be able to regain the mysterious happy and sad memories of their past together?
Rating: 9,5/10

Negima!? – Anime Review

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Review: This anime is a remake of Mahou Sensei Negima (06.01.2005 till 30.06.2005) and is based on a popular manga by Ken Akamatsu, who also is the author of the cult anime and manga Love Hina. Fans complained the first Mahou Sensei Negima anime is an unsatisfying adaptation of the great manga and the animation and presentation seemed to be rather childish. The new Negima anime seems to be better and also more original because there are many changes to the original manga plot, that now focuses mor on comedy than story.

Negi Springfield is a talented 10 years old wizard-in-training. Oddly his final task to become a magister magi is to become an English teacher at an all-girls boarding school. This is the story of the young magician Negi and all of his female students. Negi is working hard being a good teacher for the girls, keeping his identity a secret, learning new magic and battle magic skills, becoming stronger and finding his lost father Nagi who is the strong and famous wizard referred to as the Thousandmaster, but disappeared after Negi’s birth.
Rating: 8/10

Maria-sama ga Miteru 3rd – Anime Review

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Review: This OVA series is based on the popular shoujo novel series of the same name and continues where the first 2 popular seasons Maria-sama ga Miteru (08.01.2004 till 01.04.2004) and Maria-sama ga Miteru: Haru (04.07.2004 till 26.09.2004) left off.
Fukuzawa Yumi is a cute first-year student at Lillian Girls’ Academy. This catholic school has a special student council that is admired and famous among all the students. Usually this student council is composed of 3 senior students who take special flower titles: Rosa Gigantea (white); Rosa Sinensis (red); Rosa Foetida (yellow). Each of them can take a second-year student who then is referred to as “Rosa … en bouton”. Each “en bouton” is also allowed to pick a first year as a “petite soeur” (little sister). The 9 girls hold meetings in a special small house on the school grounds. Sachiko, the “Rosa Sinensis en bouton”, suddenly asks Yumi, who has always admired her, to become her “petite soeur”. This romantic, dramatic and heartwarming story revolves around the lives of the 9 girls of the student council and focuses on their relationships and circumstances.
Rating: 9,5/10

Black Blood Brothers – Anime Review

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Review: This show takes place in a world where vampires are only allowed to live peacefully in a special zone intended for them. Even though the Red Bloods (Humans) and the Black Bloods (Vampires) are at peace, there is still hate and conflict between those 2 races.
Mochizuki Jirou is a powerful vampire of noble blood and he spent wonderful time together with his beautiful lover and the female vampire Cassa; but after Cassa betrayed them and his lover died, Jirou is only a shadow of his former self. The settings and circumstances are still unknown. After Jirou awakens again from his long sleep he goes on a journey with his little brother and the human Katsuragi Mimiko.
Rating: 7,5/10

D.Gray-man – Anime Review

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Review: D.Gray-man is an action-filled fantasy anime that takes place during the end of the 19th centuary.
When Officer Moore and her partner enter a suspicious building, they run into Allen Walker. When Moore questions him he claims to be an Exorcist and then suddenly Moore’s partner dies in the room below. He was killed by an Akuma, which is a monster with a reincarnated plagued soul, mistakenly recalled by their loved ones and controlled by someone called the Millenium Earl. Allen has a special eye to see the plagued soul. With the weapon in his left arm and the substance called “Innocence” he fights them together with the Black Priest Organisation.
Rating: 8/10

Pumpkin Scissors – Anime Review

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Review: Even after the long and intensive war has ended the Empire is only a shadow of its former self. Ruins, poverty and hunger are everywhere. Small military groups started raiding helpless villagers. The energetic 2nd Lieutenant Alice L. Malvin and her troop belong to the Pumpkin Scissors section, which is assigned to assist to recover from the war damage and defeat those criminal groups. On a mission they meet the tall and mysterious war veteran Randel Oland who offers his help. It appears that he belonged to the feared 901 Anti-Tank Troopers section called “Gespenst Jäger” (which is German for Ghost-Hunter). He has a heavy one-handed gun and a blue lantern.
Rating: 6/10

Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na: Crescent Love

Wednesday, 27 October, 2010

Review: Crescent Love is based on a bishoujo game by August Soft. This very enjoyable, funny and well animated anime show takes place in near future Japan.
After a colony was established on the moon, the relation ship between the moon kingdom and earth worsened day by day. A great intergalactic war took place and both sides were left with deep scars. For a long time travel between earth and moon was prohibited, but slowly is changing for the better. The princess of the moon kingdom decides to make her second “homestay” at earth to gain a better understanding for their society and improve their diplomatic relationship. Tatsuya’s sister is the President’s Primary Secretary and he is surprised when he suddenly gets to know that the princess is going to stay at his home and visit his class. But somehow it seems those two have already met long time ago.
Rating: 7/10