Anime Series of the Genre: “Sci-Fi”

Freezing – Anime Review

Sunday, 13 February, 2011

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Review: The story takes place in a world that is under threat of invasion from giant nova creatures. The only ones who are able to fight them are genetically enhanced girls called Pandoras. When Aoi Kazuya enrolls to an academy where young Pandoras are trained and educated, he instantly develops an affection for Satellizer el Bridget; the strongest but also coldest of all Pandoras in her year. Genetically enhanced boys may also visit this academy to be chosen by Pandoras as their Limiter and assist them during fights with their freezing ability. The distant and seemingly cold hearted Satellizer however doesn’t seem to have any intention of teaming up with anybody.

Freezing is based on a popular manga of the same name. Similar to Sekirei this anime has lots of action and fanservice in decent animation quality. Yet, there is also a solid story that develops slowly, while in the beginning the focus lays within the development of relationships. Let’s hope there will be more than 12 episodes so that the story will actually be going somewhere.
Rating: 8/10

To Aru Majutsu no Index – Anime Review

Friday, 5 November, 2010

Review: Kamijyo Touma lives in the Academy City, a special advanced city cramped with all sorts of schools and mostly populated by students. Through scientific means, students there are able to obtain and train their special superhuman esper-abilities. Touma seems to have no talent whatsoever as an esper, but in a fight he realizes his right hand can nullify any kind of esper attack. It’s a very rare ability, but maybe his hands repelling all good luck is the reason he always gets himself into trouble. Just recently he found a strange girl called Index sleeping on his balcony; and that’s where the real trouble starts.

The animation quality is pretty good and similar to Shakugan no Shana. The story is set in an interesting near future Japan I think. As the plot goes on more and more shocking truths are uncovered and it never leaves you bored. Shakugan no Shana fans and anime fans who like sci-fi and action should definitely give this anime a try.
Rating: 8,5/10

Kemeko DX – Anime Review

Friday, 5 November, 2010

Review: Sanpeita-kun’s mother is always busily working as an artist at home; that’s why his little sister has to take care of the household. Their father might be gone, but they still do their best to get by. However, suddenly Kemeko appears in Sanpeita-kun’s life crashing into his room with a giant rocket, announcing to marry him. Kemeko seems to be a rather weird and ugly fighting android who protects Sanpeita from other fighting robots who attack him for no particular reason. The beautiful girl inside Kemeko reminds him of his childhood sweetheart, but that is little consolidation for all the trouble she causes.

This anime is a rather well done adaptation of the Kemeko-DX manga. The brilliant animation quality enables an adequate presentation of all those funny jokes and ridiculous situations. There obviously is a developing story with questions and secrets to be uncovered, but you shouldn’t hope for a deep and original story too much. Most of all this show is about comedy with a touch of romance, action and maybe harem.
Rating: 8,5/10

ToLoveRu Trouble – Anime Review

Friday, 5 November, 2010

Review: Yuuki Rito is what you would call the usual clumsy high school boy, and he never seems to success in confessing his love to the girl of his dreams, Haruna. Suddenly, out of nowhere a naked girl called Lala appears in his room and claims to be a princess from another planet. She is on the run from her father and all the husband candidates he arranged for her. Seeing a girl in trouble Yuuki can’t turn his back on her and helps her escape from the agents who followed her. In the process Lala falls in love with Yuuki and decides to marry him. Actually without knowing, due to a weird tradition, Yuuki was the one who proposed marriage and now with all the pressure how will he be able to turn her down? And what about his crush on Haruna?

ToLoveRu is a romantic comedy about Yuuki and his intergalactic problems. This show basically lives from its hilarious situations and its fanservice. As the manga it’s based on is pretty long and popular this show has plenty of story to work with. It’s not exactly the newest artistic and original masterpiece, but if you like harem comedy shows with lots of fanservice, this show is what you’re looking for.
Rating: 8/10

Heroic Age – Anime Review

Thursday, 4 November, 2010

Review: In a distant galaxy there is a space colony looking for a planet. Leaded by a princess with special mental abilities they are finally able to find it. On this planet they meet a young man who has been left there as a child and managed to survive on his own. Suddenly they get attacked by an alien race but this mysterious boy manages to save them as there is more behind him than meets the eye.

This Sci-Fi fantasy story has to offer lots of mecha-action, psy-powers, old space myths and maybe even some romance.
Rating: 6,5/10

Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! – Anime Review

Tuesday, 2 November, 2010

Review: In future Japan birth-rate has dropped rapidly. In addition to that many children don’t see the point in going to school and just start working. As a result many schools are being closed due to lack of students. Amamiya Manabi is a cheerful and energetic girl who just recently transferred to Seiou High School. She has her own unique straight forward way of doing things and she is determined to enjoy her school life.

Manabi Straight! is a funny school story with lively, cute and enjoyable characters, which makes it interesting for all moe-fans. It doesn’t focus on a solid and developing story, but rather on enjoyable characters and good comedy (kind of similar to the Azumanga Daioh anime). It’s a fun show and worth watching for what it is.
Rating: 8,5/10

Kyoushirou to Towa no Sora – Anime Review

Tuesday, 2 November, 2010

Review: Shiratori Kuu is a pretty but rather shy high school girl. She often has the same dream of a beautiful prince asking her to come along with him. Unexpectedly this prince in fact appears in front of her as a new transfer student and just like in her dream he asks her to come along with him. She also meets a mysterious and beautiful girl with golden hair, who seems to have some connection to that prince. While Kuu still don’t quite get what’s going on, she gets involved in their battles and reveals her own special powers.

Kyoushirou to Towa no Sora has many similarities to the Kannazuki no Miko anime. However, the fighting and mecha animation is much better and fairly unique compared to other mecha anime shows. Still, some people might think that a lot of the characters are over-stylized with prince and princess themes. At this point the plot still has great potential, but might as well fail for being plain and too cliché.
Rating: 7,5/10

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