Owari no Seraph Review

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Table of Contents

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Action, Drama, Shounen, Vampire, Supernatural

STORY – 7/10

In your everyday world, a sudden crisis appeared. Unknown virus killed presumably everyone who was older than 13 years old. At the same time, Vampires and monsters resurfaced from the darkness, and either killed or took in the children as their livestock. In this world, we follow the story of Yuichiro Hyakuya, who wants to kill all of the vampires, as he is kept captive in their city. One day, he and his new family try to escape. His friend, Mika, devises a plan, but it fails. One of the vampires is waiting for them, killing nearly all of them, and Yuichiro is forced to escape alone by Mika. He is found by Guren, Lieutenant Colonel of Japanese Imperial Demon Army, and offered a way to kill the vampires.

Owari no Seraph, or Seraph of the End, whichever you prefer, is a story about a kid who lives for revenge upon the vampires that murdered his family. It’s been done so many times in the past, and this story is no different. It’s a story of humans vs vampires, rather dull and cliché scenario. With all that said, the plot is relatively interesting for the most part, carried by the characters, but more on that later.  It’s a post-apocalyptic world filled with monsters and vampires, with 10% of humanity left, and they are the ones that fight their way through it. We get to see time and time again that Noble vampires are leagues above humans, and that they are force to be reckoned with. With that, the show manages to show that they aren’t really all talk. The blood-suckers, as they are often referred to, can, and more than likely will, kick some major ass.

Vampires aren’t the only supernatural element in this show though. The other being monsters, and Cursed Gears. Monsters need no explanation, giant creatures killing humans left and right. Cursed Gears however, are weapons with demons sealed within them. They vary from weak demons, and weak weapons, or Black Demon Series – the strongest of them all. Our characters on the human side have to struggle in a tug-of-war pretty much throughout the whole series because the demons aren’t that willing to share their power, they want to take control over the user and go berserk.

Depiction of the poast-apocalyptic scenario is really good. Everything outside the “walls” is destroyed, ruins wherever you look.

With all that bragging, the story does have some assets, like the depiction of aforementioned scenario. Yes, it’s a cliché human vs vampire theme, but it’s done in a relatively good manner, and accomplishes the task of keeping you entertained. It’s poorly paced though, as such, first episodes may get pretty boring. Also, the show struggles with keeping the tension on a episode basis. The opening spoils the survival of one of the characters, and that automatically removes any shred of tension or surprise. However, imo, this is what Twilight should’ve been, but it wasn’t. It shows vicious vampires, not the lovey-dovey kind.

CHARACTERS – 8.5/10characters

Seraph of the End is carried by it’s characters. While the MC may seem pretty dull, and to be fair, he kinda is for 3/4 of the show, the side characters are just fantastic. They are keeping the show fresh and fun for the most part. Change even one of them, and the whole thing becomes..well..pretty damn bad. Their interactions are simply astonishing, especially the ones between Yuichiro, Shinoa and Guren. The latter two being one of the better designed characters this show could ever hope for, along with Mikaela. The rest is fine, and much to my surprise, get developed really well considering it’s the first part of the 2-cour show.

Vampires – the villains deserve their own mention. Throughout the show, we are shown time and time again that they aren’t just simple-minded monsters. They have their own hierarchy and ranks. Noble vampires are much more powerful than normal ones, and in order to kill them you need typically more than 1 vampire extermination unit. Their motive is world domination, but it’s the same as the human side. The catch? They feed on humans, treating them as livestock, and are much more powerful than them. Throughout the series I sometimes wondered which side should I side with, as the vampires view of the things seemed sometimes better than humans’. They are definitely one of the better written villain organisation in recent years.

Yuichiro Hyakuya

Yūichirō Hyakuya – Member of Japanese Imperial Demon Army and a 16 years old teenanger. He escaped the vampire city when he was 12 years old alone, as most of his family was murdered attempting to. He was saved by Lieutenant Colonel Guren, who picked him up and trained him personally. He lives for revenge upon blood-suckers. He has dark, semi-long hair and green eyes. He is very impulsive, and usually fueled by emotions.

Shinoa Hiiragi

Shinoa Hīragi – Short, purple haired girl with rose eyes. She is 15 years old, and she is very sarcastic. She doesn’t put a lot of emotions into her words, and loves teasing people at every occasion, usually smirking right before she attempts to do so. She comes from a very well respected family, but doesn’t care about it.

Yoichi

Yoichi Saotome – Yoichi has medium length brown hair and green eyes. He is very friendly, kind individual with no desire of revenge. He just wants to see his friends alive, not dead. He is very altruistic, giving him a very positive outlook on the world. That in turn gives him outstanding mental balance to guard against demons that try to possess him.

Shiho Kimizuki

Shihō Kimizuki – A 16 years old teenanger. He has short pink hair with reddish-brown eyes and wears black thick-framed glasses. He also has two piercings in his left ear. Shiho is taller than his friends. He is similar to Yuichiro in power, and as such, both of them often “bring it on” to each other. However, he cares about his friends, even though he won’t admit it.

Mitsuba Shingyou

Mitsuba Sangū – A 16 years old girl with golden-blonde hair with ponytails and purple eyes. She is the serious and by-the-book soldier who hates anyone that breaks formations or acts on his own risking his comrades life. She has tsundere tendencies, but is usually silenced or picked on by Shinoa. She takes it upon herself to teach rookies. She shows complete dislike and almost hatred towards Yuichiro, but after a while she starts to like him, but admitting otherwise.

Guren Ichinose

Guren Ichinose – Guren is a tall, young man with medium length black hair and purple eyes. He is 24 years old. Guren is a wise leader who values teamwork and cooperation, determined to preserve the survival of the human race from demons and vampires. He is very lazy on the outside, but works very hard and has many secrets on the inside. He declined Yuichiro’s will to join vampire extermination unit until the latter managed to make friends.

Mikaela Hyakuya

Mikaela Hyakuya – A 16 years old teenanger, who survived the massacre in which Yuichiro managed to escape the vampire city. He was forced to live and turned into a vampire. He lives purely to save Yuichiro from humans that “are deceiving and using him” and will stop at nothing to achieve it. He has medium blonde hair and blue eyes. He is a skilled swordsman.

ANIMATION AND ART – 7/10

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The animation and art for this show is pretty..dull. While the character designs are pretty good, and the demons look amazing, it’s just that. The animation is lacking to be honest, it’s not very good. It’s decent-ish. You’d expect more of an action anime, but unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver the way you want it. While characters move just fine, the fights is where it is lacking in various departments.

The art is colourful, with great attention to detail of characters. But the backgrounds are…weird. They seem out of place, and their art style is like a drawing on a paper copy-pasted into anime format. Doesn’t fit the show at all, although as a standalone it’d be fantastic.

With all of that, it’s not an ugly show. It’s very pretty, but doesn’t live up to the expectations of an action focused anime.

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SOUNDTRACK – 8/10

Another strong point of the show. The soundtrack is amazing for the most part, many tunes add to the atmosphere of the post-apocalyptic world. However, sometimes there is no soundtrack when you feel it should be there. It has many songs that can be played as a standalone kept in the overall theme of the show.

The opening is beyond amazing. It’s really great, but the visuals spoil the ending of the first episode, making it useless as a tension building-type of episode. The ending itself is pretty cool, leagues below opening though.

The show is licensed by Funimation, and the dub is present. It’s your call whether or not you want to watch the show dubbed or subbed. I haven’t come around to watching it in dub yet, but I haven’t heard anything bad about it either.

FINAL VERDICT – 7.5/10

I tried hard to justify myself giving this show an 8, however, the characters and soundtrack just don’t carry it enough. Seraph of the End has an overused story, and poor pacing with decent/below expectations animation and art. It’s a very fun show to watch, definitely will keep you interested in the story, but doesn’t stand out in the slightest.

Second season is due to come out in October, luckily, because the show left many things unanswered. It’s not bad, but isn’t great either. If you’re looking for an anime that you can relax to, or just like vicious vampires, this is your show to pick!

Rave Master Manga Review

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Table of Contents 

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Art
  4. Enjoyment
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen, Romance

STORY – 8/10

Fifty years ago, the world was on the verge of destruction because of Dark Brings. The current Rave Master at that time shattered the Mother Dark Bring – Sinclair, into 5 pieces instead of destroying it by accident, and as such, his Rave scattered into 5 fragments across the world. The world’s peace has been restored, but he knew the day would come when the 5 Dark Brings would be collected once again. As such, he went on a journey to collect the fragments to prepare for such turn of events. Back to our time, 50 years later, Haru Glory – young boy that lives on a Garage Island finds a strange creature when he’s fishing. That creature is Plue – Rave Bearer. He then meets Shiba, the Rave Master from 50 years ago, who entrusts him his Ten Commandments Sword, Rave Stone and names him Second Rave Master. Now, Haru has to travel around the world to find the remaining four Rave Stones and bring ultimate end to Mother Dark Bring – Sinclaire.

First long-running manga from Hiro Mashima – also known for Fairy Tail – has one hell of a story. It seems cliched, as most shounens are, but it manages to captivate the reader by how it flows. Let’s talk about it more.

Rave Master is someone, who is chosen by the Rave, to bring peace upon the world. He, at current time, has to collect all of the Rave Stones, magical items containing great power and knowledge. He fights against Dark Brings. You could say Dark Brings are the opposite of Rave, but also you couldn’t. Dark Brings invoke the evil people have within them, making them drown in it. They also grant the user various powers, from turning into smoke, to create lightning, explosives in spherical areas and so on. Only the Rave Master, or Rave Bearer can effectively destroy the Dark Brings.

The world of Rave Master in itself contains many mysterious powers, most of which are pretty damn cool. We have Silver Claimers – people who can manipulate silver as they wish, typical Elemental Mages, Dragon Race, who are more powerful than normal humans and can spit out fire from their mouths, Demon Kings..you name it, it’s probably there, and doesn’t ruin anything.

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The story is paced really well, there isn’t a single point in time, where you feel like something’s dragged for way too long, or was too short. It flows as naturally as it can given it’s a fantasy setting. It has romance in it, with various characters, and it goes somewhere. Also, you don’t have to wait for the last chapter to witness characters confessing their love in one way or another. Something even “pure romance’ series struggle to achieve..(I’m talking about you Nisekoi..)

The downside would be the fights. Now, don’t get me wrong, the fights in Rave Master are all really amazing..what can piss off some people is that they all pretty much end in one hit. Protagonist gets beaten, beaten, one-two counters, gets beaten even harder, one hits K.O. Most of the time it’s explained relatively well, but it may get pretty stagnant after a while. Nonetheless, the fights in themselves are really good, and there are few that require the use of brain more-so than raw power.

CHARACTERS – 8.5/10

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Rave Master’s cast of characters is very big. Towards the end, our team grows to about 10 people, and much to my surprise, they are all really well developed, even if they appeared much..much later into the story. Villains also receive great amount of development, their motives are explained, and their designs are fantastic. It’s not a stretch to say that the characters are one of the biggest assets this series could receive. Personalities of the characters are vastly different, even among the protagonists.

Haru

Haru Glory : Second Rave Master. Haru is a 16 years old boy from Garage Island. He is semi-tall teenanger with spiky silver hair and dark-blue eyes. He has 2 piercings in his left ear, and wears a ring. He also has a necklace that his father gave him when he was little, and a ball chain on his pants. Haru is very compassionate towards his friends, usually seen wearing a smile. However, he is the first one to get angry when Elie, or one of his friends get hurt.

Elie

Elie : Semi-tall girl with short brown hair and eyes. She is a very pretty girl who uses Tonfa Blasters (hand guns pretty much) as her weapon. She has no memories and travels with Haru who swore to protect her and get back her memories. She appears to be rather ditzy, and has unparalleled love for casinos, usually winning everything she can. She adores Plue, but mistakes him for being a “bug”.

Musica

Hamrio Musica : One of the last surviving members of the Musica family. He is pretty tall man with black (brown when first met) spiky (long) hair and brown eyes. He is 18 years old, and is very confidant person. He thinks of himself as an attractive individual, as well as being very confident in his battle abilities. He is the Silver Claimer and can manipulate silver into anything he needs.

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Plue : Rave Bearer. A creature incapable of human speech, however he understands it. He can find Rave Stones, and can stop injuries from worsening, but he can’t fully heal them. He loves lollipops and hates being hungry.He has a horn that resembles a carrot and is seemingly indestructible, as it never broke or had a scratch throughout the whole series.

ART – 7.5/10

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The series’ art at the start is very very shaky. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely an average one. However, as the story goes on, Mashima improved his drawings and towards the end, the series looks amazing. While at first the attention to detail can be missing in certain parts, it all gets better, and it becomes a very crisp and enjoyable to look at. Characters are drawn really well, although the girls may sometimes look very similar to each other (from time to time it’s meant to be like that, but not for the most part). Emotions are nicely depicted on faces, and you can clearly tell if a certain character is sad, angry, worried, or in confusion. The weapons and their effects also look relatively well, maybe too hectic at times.

The world overall and backgrounds are drawn decently,or slightly above average. While we are “zoomed out” to make sure that the exposition will catch something enormously huge, it looks pretty bad ass if I dare say so myself. Otherwise, the close combat background is more often than not non-existent, but it’s not something to worry about in a shounen title.

Overall the art is fantastic, except for the first few volumes. It doesn’t look the way Mashima wanted it to look, and it clearly shows. But, it gets way better as the story goes on, culminating in a very well drawn art at the end of the series.

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ENJOYMENT : 8.5/10

Rave Master is a very enjoyable shounen series with romantic subplot that doesn’t hinder the main story at all. It’s one of those series where characters like each other, but they don’t wait untill the last few panels to say so. It has very good action scenes and the lead-up to them is exciting. Some characters die in the manga, and that’s what I liked about it, even though you expect everyone to prevail, something happens, and someone sacrifices themselves for greater good.

It’s definitely enjoyable, if you’re looking for a finished, long action series with, but not necessarily, romance going in the background and amazing story – look no further!

FINAL VERDICT : 8/10

Rave Master, the man who embarks on a journey to bring peace upon the world and destroy evil..also the name of the series. It’s one hell of a great story with satisfying and decisive ending, plus romance that actually goes somewhere. The characters are more than lovable, the art gets better and that all makes the story much more fun and interesting.

If you’re looking for a long, already finished series – Rave Master would be your top pick for the day. If you dislike the shounen formula, you may find it boring to a certain degree, being that it’s Mashima’s first try at a long running series, but you wouldn’t be able to tell past first few volumes. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to witness something great.

As of writing this review, Rave Master is unavailable to purchase due to Tokyopop going bust few years back. You may find it very hard to get all of the volumes in english. But, there are scanlations on the internet, as there is no other way at this moment, unless some other distribution studio gets the right to release it once more in the west.

Sword Art Online Review

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Table of Contents 

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance

STORY – 7/10

Set in near future, VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) game called Sword Art Online becomes a hit. Thousands of players log-in the very moment it’s being released, with thousands more standing in queues just to get a copy. In order to play it, you have to have a NerveGear, a machine you put on your head, like a helmet, that renders your body unable to move in real world, but allows you to move in virtual reality using your brain. Kirigaya Kazuto was a beta tester of Sword Art Online, and he knows this and that about the game, making him one of the most experienced players on launch. When thousands and thousands of players log in, they realize after a while that the Log Out button isn’t on their menu. At that moment, they get summoned into the main city of the first floor, out of a hundreth. Who appears before them is a Game Master, who tells them that this has become a survival game now, and if they die in game, they will die in real life. He also made peoples avatars change to how they look in real life, and told them to do one thing if they want to escape this madness – complete the game, meaning that they have to beat 100 bosses that guard each floor. Kazuto, or Kirito – the name he chose in Sword Art Online tries to finish the game to escape from the world he’s been trapped in.

Welcome to Sword Art Online, a show that had one of the best premises and starts, yet somehow ended up being called one of the most overrated shows in history. It has enormous amount of fans, but at the same time, it has just the same amount of “haters”, making it that much more popular. What exactly went wrong?

The premise of the story is very unique. While other franchises before, most notably .hack attempted to create a universe inside a game, they failed at some things, thus being often overlooked (the fact that it has many different entries doesn’t help when trying to dig in). Sword Art Online popularized the MMO-setting anime. We know little about the world itself, just the fact that you can actually die for real, and that it has 100 levels to beat. It is vast, unexplored, interesting. What could go wrong with it?
The execution.
First episode introduces us to our main character, Kirito, and his newly-met friend Klein. After that, we go to the next few episodes and…Two years time skip happened.
Wait..What?
Yes, you’ve read that right. Third or fourth episode is set 2 years down the line, where our character is pretty much considered OP. We’ve got no story as to what happened between the start of the game and the current events. This was the first downfall, but it’s not major. Rest follows rather smoothly and nicely, we meet new characters, romance progresses quite far to be fair, much further than many of “pure romance” series do. We get to see characters live and marry each other, and “adopt” a child into their family.

The show struggles to keep the tension in the air when jumping from episode to episode. The romance plot takes up a major part of the first half, and continues throughout the whole of second half. Normally it’d not have been that bad, if not for the fact in first half, we are not seeing anything besides daily life. Daily life in a world where you can die around any corner. Talk about something out of place.

Then we move on to the second half of the show, and a different game, ALO (Alfheim Online) It’s also a VRMMORPG, however, there is no risk of dying. It introduces flying, and the world of fairies. This part is much easier to get through if you’re a hater, unless you are really picky..Also, beware : tentacles.

Behind all of that, there is an interesting story of struggling to live through a survival VRMMORPG. It could’ve been much better, sadly, it’s not. With all this rant you may think :So if that’s really so bad, why a 7? Answer is rather simple – it’s captivating. It accomplishes the task of keeping you interested even though you may be disappointed by how it turns out.

CHARACTERS – 7.5/10

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Truth be told, every character in first half except for Asuna and Kirito gets close to zero development. Why you may ask..Because they only appear in one, max of three episodes. Man, I really rant about it, but there is no other way around it. The “important” duo of Asuna and Kirito get a lot of development, thus making them stand out big time. If the show decided to “filler things up” a little bit, and show some progression while we had this 2 years time skip, I bet many characters would become relevant, but sadly, it did not happen. In the second part, we are introduced to Leafa, who is present in almost every episode, getting Asuna’s share of development.

Are the characters bad? Not really, they are actually really cool. Their mix creates various comedic situations, and they can, to a certain degree, build up some tension. They are portrayed in such a way, that even if their screen time ended in one episode, you still remember them because of what they did.

Kirito

Kirigaya Kazuto : A 14 years old boy who loves video games. He isn’t very tall, has dark eyes and short black hair. He was the beta tester of Sword Art Online. He prefers to play solo, and is often referred to as Beater – combination of beta tester and cheater. He isn’t very sociable, usually wearing black clothes. In SaO, he is known as Black Swordsman.

Asuna

Asuna : A 15 years old girl with long ginger-like hair and hazel eyes. Asuna is slightly shorter than Kirito, but is more sociable than he is. She is very kind, light-hearted and easily embarrassed. She is very good at cooking and sword fighting with rapier. She is known as Flash because of how fast she attacks.

Klein

Klein : A 22 years old guy with short red hair and a headband over it. He spotted Kirito as a beta-tester and asked him for help, as he was just starting. From that point, he was a supporter of Kirito, even though everyone else hated beta-testers. Klein is very friendly, and usually sets mood right when he’s around, providing many comical events.

Yui

Yui : A child Asuna and Kirito found on the 22nd floor. She is very small girl, with long black hair and eyes. She has no memories, and the couple assumes she is a child that got trapped. Yui calls Kirito and Asuna Daddy and Mommy respectively, and they treat it like their child. Yui lacks a player cursor, which surprises Kirito.

Leafa

Leafa : Girl who appears in second half of the show. She is 15 years old girl with her avatar having long blonde hair and green eyes. She appears to have a brother, and as such when she meets Kirito they log-out each at a time, because she has to make food for him. She is very upbeat and easy-going. Leafa is also very sociable and knowledgeable about ALO, helping Kirito in his starting moments.

ANIMATION AND ART – 8.5/10

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You have to give the credit where the credit is due. And it’s the technical side of the show. You may hate the storyline, or the characters, but the art and animation are one of the prettiest you  can find in anime. Art is detailed, colourful, bright. Background are really good too for the most part. Characters are detailed, and really well drawn. Effects are bright and vivid, standing out.

Animation is astonishing. Fight scenes are brilliant, they are very fluid and rarely you’ll be looking at a still image during them. Effects are sparkling left and right whenever swords clash or a character uses a skill. It’s above average when talking about player movements in cities, for example, but it truly shines when fight scenes happen, and like I’ve mentioned, it’s amazing.

It really is. And that’s not even the best part of the show.

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SOUNDTRACK – 9/10

This is. Sword Art Online has a genuine badass soundtrack. Many tunes are used in best anime music compilations since they were first heard, and are generally loved by the community. They are a great mix of many genres, and composer really stepped up and created something extraordinary. OST is very climatic and adds a lot to the show, standing out amongst other soundtracks.

The openings are amazing, with cool and flashy visuals to go along. They are very catchy and light-hearted.

Endings are pretty much the same, being more on the calm side of things compared to the openings.

The show is licensed by Aniplex, and the dub is present. It’s a really good dub, and doesn’t change the characters’ personality, so it’s up to you which one you want to watch, as the Japanese Seiyuu are doing amazing job.

FINAL VERDICT – 8/10

Sword Art Online, the show that got so popular even though the execution of the story was poor, and most of the characters were bland. It’s carried by the technical side, and it just looks amazing, thus you can make a point that it’s worth the while to just see it. It’s not a bad show, overhyped – yes. It’s not the masterpiece fans will tell you it is, but it’s not all that bad. It has great visuals and soundtrack, and tho it lacks in the execution of the story, I’d still give it a shot with an open mind and no expectations at all, that way you’ll be able to enjoy it that much better.

Highschool D×D BorN (Season Three) Review

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Table of Contents

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Action, Comedy, Demons, Ecchi, Romance, School, Harem

STORY – 7.5/10

Issei Hyoudou, a devil servant of Rias Gremory lives with his master and his female side of comrades in his newly renovated mansion. His peace he fought hard for last time against White Dragon Emperor Vali doesn’t last long though, as soon the Norse God Loki appears to proclaim the start of Ragnarok, the end of the world. Norse Chief God Odin steps up though, and intends to make an alliance with the Three Great Powers, and wovs to help deal with Loki. He brings with him a Valkyrie bodyguard, Rossweisse, and Baraqiel, the Fallen Angel, father of Akeno. At the same time, Issei and co. have to visit the Underworld for the training in which they must improve vastly and rapidly, as well as accept their very existences in order to grow. What will happen to our devils when they get mixed into all of those events?

Story of Highschool D×D BorN picks up right when the second season ended, on summer holidays. Our characters go to the Underworld in order to train, improve, and accept themselves. With the addition of the world threatening villain in Loki, third season of the series takes a bit more of a serious route. That is not to say, however, that everything that made D×D..well..D×D is gone. Of course not! Issei still uses boobs as a power-up source, this time more than ever. We also witness more episodes focused purely on his relationships with girls, while some are dedicated purely to action and plot progression.

This time around, TNK, studio behind the anime, decided to adapt 3 volumes into 12 episodes, instead of 2 (Source material of D×D is Light Novel). They also rearranged the events to make it seem smoother overall. If you’re a LN die-hard fan, you may be devastated by this fact. You don’t necessarily have to be, but users on various forums were agitated because of that, while some took the changes with open mind and enjoyed it greatly. It’s your call. Note, however, that the last episodes are almost purely anime original content, meaning that almost anything that happens in them didn’t happen in LN. Were they bad? Well, they are pretty much what agitated fans around the world. They weren’t bad per say, though they felt very poorly paced, so be warned. The ending isn’t bad, but isn’t the best either though, with open door for the next season.

CHARACTERS – 8/10

Characters

Besides the main cast that you should be already familiar with when stepping into third season of the franchise, we are introduced to few new characters this time. Each bringing a lot to the show, even if they are used purely as a plot-device to develop other character. Every new character brings something to the table, making the show much more enjoyable.

With third season, the Harem of Issei grows by few numbers as well. Some girls warm up to him, some fall in love even more, and some try to fight with their own feelings, as they find it hard to live like that. For the most part, their feelings are explained, but there is one or two characters that would require another season as the lack of screen time hurt them ONLY in that regard.

Villains of the show this time around are rather amazing if I dare say so myself. Nothing wrong with them, they are cocky, vicious, and what’s most important, evil to the core. They provide a real sense of danger, way bigger than what we’ve witnessed in previous seasons.

Rossweisse

Rossweisse : Young girl, appears to be 17 year old. She is a Valkyrie, bodyguard of Norse Chief God Odin. Rossweisse is very beautiful and slender girl, with very long silver hair and light blue eyes. She is seen wearing either Valkyrie’s Battle Suit, or a gray tuxedo with purple tie. She is very skilled in Battle Magic, and is a very intelligent person. However, she breaks easily whenever someone mentions she is single and never had a boyfriend.

Odin

Odin : Norse Chief God. He is a very lecherous old-man with long white hair and beard. He is very powerful, kind, but he is also perverted just a tad too much. He wants to make an alliance with Three Great Powers, going against some other gods from Valhalla, most notably Loki.

Loki

Loki : Evil Norse God. Loki has silvery-light-blue long hair and silvery-white eyes. He is very confident, proclaiming a war against Three Great Nations. He is very powerful, being a God, he can summon Midgardsormr, as well as Fenrir, Hati and Skol. He is very proud of himself, and doesn’t think of anyone as a threat.

Kuroka

Kuroka : A Nekomata, she is the member of Vali’s team. She is also the older sister of Koneko, because of which the latter underwent traumatizing events in the past. She wears her cat ears and tail out in the open, along with long black hair and hazel eyes. She is very teasy, and has a very distinct speech patten, in which she adds “nyan” at the end of sentences. She is the SS-Class Stay Devil, appearing on the most wanted lists of the Underworld.

Diodora Astaroth

Diodora Astaroth : A High-class devil, heir of the house of Astaroth. He has short, blue-ish hair and usually wears a coat with fur. He is announced as Rating Game opponent of Gremory team. He falls in love with Asia, wanting her for himself, as she was the one who saved him very long ago. He is very shady, and isn’t beating around the bush about what he wants and intends to do.

ANIMATION AND ART – 7/10

Art

The Animation and Art department is a big step-down, especially the art. While it isn’t bad, compared to previous seasons you can see that it isn’t as good. The art doesn’t display everything the way it should be, and various “mistakes” can be found, especially when it comes to eyes. Sometimes they are drawn so poorly that they look out of place. Besides that, it’s pretty much the same thing you’ve been accustomed to since season one. Colours are vivid, with great use of lights and shadows. The effects look cool, and as always, magic circles are ever present.

Character designs are really cool, with the exception of Fenrir, though that is purely opinion based.

The animation didn’t bring anything new. It’s decent for the most part, with the budget being allocated more towards some of the fighting scenes towards the end of the season. Besides that..ordinary to the core.

SOUNDTRACK – 8/10

Soundtrack, and once again, this show’s strong point. Many tunes that you probably remember from previous seasons, and few new ones, especially the Oppai Dragon song. Background music the series uses is really well placed, no tune is picked for a scene that it doesn’t suit in the slightest. It’s very climatic, complementing the show a lot.

Opening is, as always, really good. Has relatively nice visuals to go with. Same thing with ending, although the latter is a bit more on the spoiler-ish side of things when it comes to visuals.

The show is licensed by Funimation, and DUB is currently being released. Note : Issei and Akeno voices have changed, but for the most part new VA are doing a really good job. The Japanese Seiyuu aren’t too shabby either, performing as always. It’s up to you which version you want to watch, both have their pro’s and con’s. By this point, though, I think you already know which one you prefer.

FINAL VERDICT – 7.5/10

Koneko being cute

Third entry in the animated Highschool D×D franchise is the most serious one, but it also fails to deliver in technical aspects. By fail to deliver, by no means do I mean that it flat out sucks. Hell no! It’s just the previous seasons had better aesthetics and more coherent story. It’s not bad, it’s the D×D we all know and love(or hate, not judging). If you’re a fan of the franchise, you will not be disappointed, so long as you go with a clear mind set into it. If you’re not a fan of the franchise, or watch it as a die-hard LN reader that expects everything adapted perfectly..this season’s got few surprises for you, and you may not like quite a lot of them.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Review

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Table of Contents 

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller, Dark Fantasy

STORY – 9/10

Kaname Madoka, 8th grader, is your typical young girl. She is very shy, and has a happy life that she spends with her friends and family. That is, until a certain moment. When she is out with her friend Sayaka, she hears what could be described as calling for help. She rescues what she presumes to be a cat along with Sayaka from a black-haired girl, that really wants to see this creature killed. As it runs out, that cat-like creature is called Kyubey, a magical being that as a reward offers Madoka and Sayaka something very interesting. He will make one of their wishes come true, but in exchange girls have to become Magical Girls and fight with Witches.

That is the premise of Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica. Talking about any part of the story literally means spoiling the fun for you, but I’ll try to do it in a way that it won’t ruin the fun.

Story appears to be a typical Magical Girls’ one, featuring a wish-granting plot device used to make contracts with girls so that they become Magical Girls and fight evil. Here is, however, the catch. Our MC, Madoka herself, isn’t very fond of that idea. Also, worth mentioning, this isn’t your typical magical girls’ show. It is a deconstruction of the genre, similar to what Neon Genesis Evangelion did with Mecha genre. It’s a really interesting story, one that you would have never expected to see under the name of Mahou Shoujo. It’s amazing, with each episode giving us information regarding the world, witches, magical girls themselves etc. It’s carefully planned, everything has meaning, even the slightest movements of the characters in certain situations matter. They really do. After finishing the series, and being left speechless by it, I realized many things that I deemed unimportant in my mind, yet somehow at the end of the things it made sense that characters acted the way they did and so on.

The series is greatly focusing on psychological and thriller aspects, very much so that sometimes you may forget that it is supposed to be a Mahou Shoujo show. It touches upon many topics that lay on the darker side of things, depression, death, loneliness, trauma, mental disorders..There is a lot of those, and that’s what makes the series controversial. Are those aspects an unwelcome addition? Oh hell no. They are the factors that make Madoka Magica what it is, a masterpiece of a deconstruction of the genre with a story that is being talked about even now.

Bad things? Can’t really point out anything that stood out in particular. The story itself seemed like it’s ending was planned from the very first episode. Maybe the deconstruction part of the show. If you go in expecting cute girls doing cute stuff in magical girls’ outfits, similar to, let’s say, Fate/ Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya, you’ll be gravely disappointed.

CHARACTERS – 10/10

Characters

Madoka Magica has one of the best characters that you can find in anime series in general. All of them receive such amount of development, that sometimes longer series struggle to keep up with it. Each character has different personality, each cares for different things, they all go or went through various depression states or events that would include unreal amounts of despair. They are all amazingly written, undergo many and various changes in them, and are great asset to the show, making it even more enjoyable.

Downside? Well, if you won’t like the characters the moment they appear, you will struggle throughout the show. Even though they change a lot, at the very core, they are still very young and pure, in a way, and as such, you dislike characters – you won’t like the show. This can also be triggered by the fact that girls are only 12-15 years old.

Kaname Madoka

Kaname Madoka : A 12 year old shy girl with pink hair and eyes. She is a kind girl who cares deeply for friends, but has low self-confidence. She doesn’t really care about the Magical Girls business, as she lives a very peaceful and happy life right now, and she has no intention of ruining it.

Miki Sayaka

Miki Sayaka : A 13 year old girl with short blue hair and eyes. She appears to be very pale for some of her friends. She likes music, and as well as Madoka, cares deeply for her friends. She visits her friend Kyousuke in hospital whenever she can, even if the day appears to be busy.

Tomoe Mami

Tomoe Mami : A 14-15 years old girl. She is very kind and gentle individual with long yellow hair and eyes. She is the senpai of Sayaka and Madoka. She is the one who shows them what being Magical Girl is all about, and she tries to convince them to make a contract with Kyubey.

Kyoko Sakura

Sakura Kyoko : Young girl, around 15 years old. She has long red hair tied in a ponytail and red eyes. She loves to eat, and whenever she appears, it’s pretty much a guarantee she will be having a snack with her. She appears to be very strong-willed, fiery and stubborn. She loves to do things on her own.

Akemi Homura

Akemi Homura : A 14 years old girl with long black hair and dark-purple-ish eyes. She is very mysterious, not much is known about her at the start of the show. She wants to kill Kyubey and prevent Madoka from becoming a Magical Girl, but she isn’t willing to explain her motives. She also appears as a stoic and emotionless character.

Kyubey

Kyuubey : Mysterious creature, that offers young girls granting of a wish in exchange for becoming Magical Girls. He is a white cat-like creature with sharp ears that are pale pink at the ends. He also has two large golden rings orbiting around each ear. He also has pink eyes, and long tail. He is very pushy when it comes to making a Magical Girl out of Madoka. However, he is very honest. When asked about anything, he will answer honestly.

You may think – Hey..that’s not enough for characters…And yes, you’d be right. However, the same thing as with the story, it’d be a spoiler fest to explain even a tiny bit of them. Everything is so closely intertwined that talking about it would mean ruining your fun. All I can say, is that at the end, they are all amazing individuals creating superb mix making the show even more enjoyable than it already is.

ANIMATION AND ART – 9/10

Art

The show is very pretty. The animation is top-notch in Bluray version of the show. I haven’t been able to find broadcast version of it, so I assume none is present right now, be it legal streaming or hard copy. It’s fluid, and fighting scenes are amazing, and are done with even greater care to each frame.

The art is very distinct. As seen with the picture above, it’s really bright, vivid and colourful, as well as charming. The character designs are fairly unique, faces are square-ish, and eyes with the colour of the hair with black lines on them. Enviroment is really well drawn, buildings are kept in a very modern style, giving the show a very futuristic feel, especially school’s classrooms.

Then there is the Witch’s Realm art. It’s very creative to say the least. It incorporates various art styles and designs, making it stand out amongst pretty much everything you’ve ever seen before it. It also serves the purpose of portraying the contrast of the bright and dark sides of the show, and needless to say, it accomplishes it perfectly.

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SOUNDTRACK – 10/10

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica has amazing soundtrack. Alright, that was an understatement. Listening to it is a pleasure on your ears. I don’t think I will be able to describe it in words. It’s a mix of the happy tunes you’d normally see in a Magical Girls show, and then adding hard rock/instrumental soundtracks that have much darker vibe to them. I am not afraid to say that the soundtrack of Madoka is the best soundtrack out there, or, at the very least, in Top 5.

Opening is very misleading, having a very happy feel to it which is even further complimented by the visuals of Madoka being clumsy.

Ending, on the other hand, is much..much darker. Visuals are dark as well, and if you finish the show, the ending visuals make much more sense, especially the characters poses and sequence of their arrival. But, you have to check it out yourself.

The show is licensed by Aniplex, and the dub is present. It’s a very good dub, one I’d recommend any day of the week. Voice Actors in both languages perform magnificently. So it’s entirely up to you whether you want to watch it with subtitles or without with dubbing.

FINAL VERDICT – 10/10

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, or Madoka Magica, whichever you prefer really, is a masterpiece of a deconstruction of the genre. It has amazing story line, characters, as well as the technical side of the show. You can’t really pick on something. It’s great in every aspect possible. It teaches us that happy endings are just a dream.

With that said, one thing can be said about the series. You either love it, or you hate it with passion. As you can clearly see, I fell in love with the series. You, on the other hand, may find it hard to watch and like, but nonetheless, you definitely should give it a chance! It’s a series that’s worth it. If you’re not convinced yet, watch first three episodes. That’s all. If after that you’re not hooked, then it’s not a series for you, and if the opposite happens, you’re in for a wild ride!

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My Recommendations! Summer Season 2015!

Hello everyone. So, this is a thing that I’ve decided to do on a whim. But, 2015 is already a year of a bigger amount of good to amazing series than the ones before him in recent years, as such I thought “Hey, maybe you should write a recommendation about few series so that people can look forward to something”…And so, here you are, reading this. I guess I’ll be doing those for anime seasons and maybe sometimes a whole studio recommendation, or director..We’ll see. Right now, Summer Season 2015!

Chaos Dragon

Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Sen’eki

Broadcast starts : July 2nd 2015

TAG : Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

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Based upon the role-playing fiction project of 5 notable character designers :

  • Gen Urobochi (Fate/Zero)
  • Kinoko Nasu (Kara no Kyoukai)
  • Iduki Kougyoku (Mimizuku to Yoru no Ou)
  • Ryohgo Narita (Durarara!!)
  • Simadoriru (Member of Stripe Pattern Doujin Circle)

The story takes place in the sparkling era year 3015, where the great nations Donatia and Kōran divide the world in a cold war as they fight for supremacy. In the middle of this standoff is an island-country Nil Kamui, which has lost its independence. The Guardian of Nil Kamui, the Red Dragon, goes out of control. Will the country be able to regain its independence?

Anime seems very promising, starting from the original creators that are very well known for producing high quality content..It’s also based on already finished novel, which means we could potentially see it ending, or 2nd season announcement, since source material is there. I am hyped for this.

Dragon-Ball-Super

Dragon Ball Super  

Broadcast starts : July 5th 2015

TAG : Action, Adventure, Comedy, Martial Arts, Shounen, Super Power

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This series needs no introduction. It’s a long-awaited (maybe not necessarily needed) sequel to Dragon Ball Z. The story takes place after the events of DBZ, and will also be after the events of movies Battle of Gods and Resurrection of F.

The series is said to be 100 episodes long, which means it’ll run for about 2-2.5 years. (various breaks included). Will it be good? Only time will tell, but, for Dragon Ball fans all around the world, this is definitely a good news!

DUrarara x2 ten

Durarara!!x2 Ten – Broadcast starts  

July 4th 2015

TAG : Action, Mystery, Supernatural

Preview : Not found.

Second cour for the second season of Durarara!!x2 Shou. It was split into three parts, and this is the second one. Haven’t watched it myself, but it has a lot of fans, so the news about 2nd cour should be more than welcome. Is it worth it? Ask yourself after watching first few episodes! PS. Totally worth it.

Gangsta

Gangsta.

Broadcast starts – July 2nd 2015

TAG : Action, Drama, Seinen

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In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the “Handymen,” Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. Until the day when a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.

Mafia focused anime series isn’t all that common, and this one goes even further, making it about characters who interact with various mafia families. It looks really well, and has a very interesting premise. I’d suggest keeping an eye for that.

Gate

Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri  

Broadcast starts : July 4th 2015

TAG : Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Military

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The military fantasy series begins when a gate appears in Tokyo’s Ginza district sometime in the 21st century. From the gate pours out monsters, knights from middle-age Europe, and other fantasy-like beings, and they kill many of the citizens of Tokyo. This event is known as the Ginza Incident. On the other hand, the major powers outside the Gate such as the United States, China, and Russia were extremely interested in the abundant resources available in the Special Region. They began to exert diplomatic pressure over Japan.

Gate seems pretty cool to me, not gonna lie. The concept of something appearing out of no where in Japan has been used many..many times, but this series will incorporate other countries except Japan, and I guess this is the thing that piqued my interest. Look forward to it.

God Eater

God Eater

Broadcast starts : July 5th 2015

TAG : Action, Demons, Fantasy, Supernatural, Military

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Anime adaptation of Bandai Namco’s PSP action game series “God Eater.”

Set in Japan in the year 2071 where the world has been mostly destroyed by mysterious monsters known as the Aragami. An organization known as Fenrir was made to exterminate Aragami using weapons called God Arcs which is made from the cells of an Aragami. Those who specialize in exterminating Aragami are known as God Eaters. Originally God Eaters had one type in which their God Arcs can only keep gun form or blade form, however a new type has been discovered that can switch between gun and blade form. Since then, they have been classified new-types and the previous as old-types.

Fans of the game are currently screaming like little girls. Everyone else I think is hyped as well given that the studio behind God Eater is ufotable. The art looks different and amazing in the preview, AND since we’re talking about ufotable here, amazing animation is bound to happen. Even if the story line is going to be rather meh, at least animation is going to be god-tier.

Joukamachi no dandelion

Joukamachi no Dandelion  

Broadcast starts : July 3rd 2015

TAG :  Action, Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinen

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In the story, the everyday lives of the nine super-powered siblings of the royal family are monitored by more than 200 surveillance cameras and broadcast nationwide. The people of the nation who are watching the broadcast will have the ability to elect the next monarch. The story focuses on Akane, the third-oldest sister who can manipulate gravity. She is shy and desperately does not want to be caught on camera.

This series is the comedy I’ll be looking forward to this season. Seems amusing enough, with the royal family being watched all the time..Yeah, I totally dig the concept. I expect it to deliver in comedic aspect, not sure about seinen or action, but who knows, I may as well be surprised in a positive manner.

Prison School

Kangoku Gakuen Prison School  

Broadcast starts : July 11th 2015

TAG : Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School, Seinen

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On the outskirts of Tokyo stands Hachimitsu Private Academy, a storied all-girls boarding school for elite young women full of potential and good breeding. But as the new school year rolls around, one tradition is going out the window: For the first time in the school’s long history, boys are being allowed to enroll. But on the first day of school, only five boys make the cut. Kiyoshi Fujino, one of the lucky few, is thrilled by this discovery, his heart leaping with joy at the thought of being surrounded by all those girls, day in and day out. But little does he know of the shocking fate that awaits him.

I’ve read few chapters of the manga, and seen some later scans..As long as it won’t get censored to hell, this is going to be an amazing series. But, that is assuming there will be no censorship. This series is really weird, even though it’s supposed to be comedy, source material proved that unless you call a stick in the butthole a comedy, expect some weird shit. I don’t think that this will run for that long to reach that point, but nonetheless, I’ll suggest checking this series out.

Kuusen madoushi

Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan

Broadcast starts : July 9th 2015

TAG : Action, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, School

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The story is set in a world where humanity, driven off the land by the threat of magical armored insects, now live in aerial floating cities. Thus wizards—aerial combat mages who fight the insects with magical powers—came into being.

Kanata Age is a young man who lives on the floating wizard academy city of “Misutogan.” He was once celebrated as the “Black Master Swordsman,” the elite ace of the S128 special team; however, he is now despised as the “traitor of the special team.” One day, he is assigned as the instructor of E601, a team that has suffered ten consecutive defeats. E601 has three girls—Misora Whitale, Lecty Eisenach, and Rico Flamel—with one or two peculiar quirks.

Gave me Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance vibe, just without the harem tag. Three girls and one guy who appears to be the MC and pretty badass from the get go. And the girls have some kind of quirks, I’d guess they have to do more with their personality rather than their skill, but it very well could be both. A series to relax to, and not think too deeply about in my opinion, hope I’m proven wrong. Otherwise, I’d still watch it just to chill out with a beer and pizza on my desk.

Monster musume

Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou

Broadcast starts : July 8th 2015

TAG : Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Romance, School, Harem, Seinen

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Monsters—they’re real, and they want to date us! Three years ago, the world learned that harpies, centaurs, catgirls, and all manners of fabulous creatures are not merely fiction; they are flesh and blood—not to mention scale, feather, horn, and fang. Thanks to the “Cultural Exchange Between Species Act,” these once-mythical creatures have assimilated into society, or at least, they’re trying.

When a hapless human named Kurusu Kimihito is inducted as a “volunteer” into the government exchange program, his world is turned upside down. A snake-like lamia named Miia comes to live with him, and it is Kurusu’s job to take care of her and make sure she integrates into his everyday life. Unfortunately for Kurusu, Miia is undeniably sexy, and the law against interspecies breeding is very strict. Even worse, when a ravishing centaur girl and a flirtatious harpy move in, what’s a full-blooded young man with raging hormones to do?!

Oh boy where do I start with this series. Monster girls falling in love with human guy who happens to be a very kind person..Oh where I have seen it..nowhere really. Monster girls aren’t very popular concept in a harem AND ecchi AND romance genres. Now, I have read the manga, in fact, I’m up to date with it. What I can assure you, is that if you’re looking for a lot of comedy with fanservice and sometimes serious plotlines (there are few every now and then) this is your pick for Summer 2015.

Overlord

Overlord

Broadcast starts : July 7th 2015

TAG : Action, Fantasy

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The story begins with Yggdrasil, a popular online game which is quietly shut down one day; however, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as “the most powerful wizard.” The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) begining to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

Sword Art Online of this season..except without the things that “ruined” it, which is Romance and Harem. Oh boy, this has the fundaments to become AOTS (Anime Of The Season), but it may crumble just as easily. I’d say give it a chance and see for yourself, as it definitely seems like something worth a shot.

Ushio to Tora

Ushio to Tora

Broadcast starts : July 3rd 2015

TAG : Comedy, Demons, Shounen, Supernatural

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Ushio thinks that his father’s talk of an ancient ancestor impaling a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear is nuts, but when he finds the monster in his own basement, Ushio has to take another look at the family legend! To save his friends and family from the invading spirits, Ushio is forced to release Tora from his captivity. But will the creature prove to be worse than the curse?

A second adaptation of a very old manga with updated art. Will it be good? Definitely shapes up to be. It’ll more than likely have the good old shounen vibe present in YuYu Hakusho or Inuyasha, with modern animation and art. Give it a chance? Hell no, just watch it. I assure you this is going to be really good.

FINAL WORDS 

Summer 2015 shapes up to be a season worth waiting for. It’s right around the corner, as such, I think writing this may be just the help you need with picking the series to look forward to. Tell me in the comments what are you going to watch! Maybe even recommend me stuff, it’s up to you! Enjoy the Summer 2015 Season!

Seitokai Yakuindomo (Season One) Review

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Table of Contents 

  1. Story
  2. Characters
  3. Animation and Art
  4. Soundtrack
  5. Final Verdict

TAGS : Comedy, School, Shounen, Slice of Life

STORY – 6.5(8)/10

Tsuda Takatoshi starts his first year in Ousai Academy, which he chose based upon it being really close to his come, as such, he paid no attention to the fact that he’d be one of the first boys to enroll the Academy, that up until this year was only girls’ school. He is surrounded by girls pretty much throughout the whole trip to the entrance ceremony. Once he arrives, he is approached by a group of pretty girls and is forced to be the vice-president of the student council. Needless to say, he is the only guy there. From that point Tsuda is surrounded by crazy and sex-oriented girls whose only topics for conversations are feminine hygiene, man’s genitalia jokes and so on..and he still has his student council work to do!

Welcome to Seitokai Yakuindomo..the show with black humour and dirty jokes all over the place. When I say all over the place, I really mean it. The show uses various means successfully to implement yet another joke revolving around penises, vaginas, pads, tampons, boobs or anything remotely close to that. What hides behind the jokes? Great characters and a shallow story revolving around student council’s work. Let’s focus on the latter part. It’s pretty dull, as you may have guessed. It’s just something so the anime itself doesn’t fully turn into “dirty_jokes_episode_01.mkv”. It’s the mastermind behind all those comedic situations, and it sure as hell delivers in that aspect. The show at first may seem like it’s all over the place..and that’s how it’s supposed to be, showing a lot of things with many comedic endings.

Bad things about the story? Shallow plot line. The show itself seems like a parody on so many levels, it almost seems like the story doesn’t even need to be there. The comedy aspects of it carry it through though, and create something to overlook the story that isn’t really there.

However, if you are not a fan of sex, BDSM, and other kinds of dirty jokes, the humour of the series may not appeal to you. Going even further than that, it may be actually a turn-off for some of you. But, if the black humour and dirty jokes are exactly what you’re currently looking for, or simply don’t mind them being a major part of the show, this is a must-watch series.

As such, the rating for the story is 6.5, or 8, depending if you’re that kind of person who likes this type of comedy.

CHARACTERS – 8.5/10

Characters

Seitokai Yakuindomo has amazing set of characters. Most of them are a parody of an existing archetype, some are mix of many of them, and changing between them depending on their mood. The conversations are fun, filled with all kinds of dirtiness, and usually end with Tsuda acting as “cold killer” of jokes. Characters are developed, we get to see what they like, what are they afraid of, what are they into (yes..) and even sometimes sex preferences. It’s all in here! The mix of the characters overall is really good all things considered. Even though it’s a show about perverted jokes, they manage to carry it on their shoulders, making it so much better than it probably could’ve been if not for them.

Tsuda

Takatoshi Tsuda : Freshman at Ousai Academy. He has fairly long  dark hair and brown eyes. Takatoshi is the vice-president of the student council. He is the lazy type of guy, who chose the school simply because it was near his living place. However, he doesn’t slack off when it comes to work, and is responsible. He has a talent for writing, many of his essays that he is asked to post to the school’s newspaper make girls all around the school cry. His talent is clearly visible whenever Shino or Aria make any kind of joke, he always has a witty wisecrack in response, and is trained in it to a point where it becomes an instinct.

Shino

Shino Amakusa : Second year at Ousai Academy. She is the president of the student council. Shino has a purple-ish black long hair and purple pink-ish eyes. She is very talented and intelligent, being good at pretty much everything that is thrown at her. She is, however, almost always thinking about perverted things. She is also very afraid of heights, and has a very childish side to her..which is usually overshone by her dirty mind.

Aria

Aria Shichijō : Second yaer at Ousai Academy. She is the secretary of the student council. She has long, ginger hair and brown-ish eyes. She appears to be the most mature of the student council body. She is, however, as much of a pervert as Shino, and is heavily into bondage. She is an airhead, the consequence of coming from a rich family and being overly pampered. However, despite all that, she has a motherly feel to her.

Suzu

Suzu Hagimura : Freshman at Ousai Academy. She is the treasurer of the student council. She has long, blonde hair usually wearing twintails and yellow eyes. She is very short, usually being called a kid as she looks like she is from elementary school. However, she is “A returnee with IQ over 180, she speaks fluently in 5 languages and does 10-digits calculations in her mind” She is very self-conscious about her height, and is afraid of the scary stories. There is a running gag in the show, where characters are shown, you’ll see a Kanji with “Suzu is around here” arrow pointing towards her.

ANIMATION AND ART – 7/10

Art

The animation is..decent. Or rather, very much ordinary. It’s not outstanding, hell, it’s not even that amazing, even for a slice of life show, but does it’s job really well and is really great when the need for it arises.

The art is very generic. And has, what I call, a comedic art. Which, by the way, I’d suggest getting used to, because it’ll be shown to you every few minutes, or sometimes even sooner. Is it bad? Hell no! It adds a lot to the comedy of the show, portraying the characters as more of an airheads that they may actually be, and taking away the “seriousness” if you may call it like that in this show that the usual and typical art provides. It’s very bright, colourful and vivid throughout the whole show.

Animation and Art department is not outstanding. They are generic to the core, but still manage to make this show entertaining to watch.

You’d better get used to THAT 

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SOUNDTRACK – 7/10

The soundtrack is rather plain and generic as well. It has it’s sweet moments, and various tunes are used in great situations, but speaking of it as a whole, it’s nothing extraordinary. However, it accomplishes what it’s set out to do : creates great background music for the comedic scenes. And that is, essentially, what this show is about.

Opening and ending are both relatively good. What the opening you can instantly see what kind of show it is, seeing a lot of dirty remarks in the visuals themselves. Songs are catchy, visuals are pretty, nothing bad can be said about them.

FINAL VERDICT – 8/10

Seitokai Yakuindomo is a great comedy show, ONLY, or rather, mostly, if you are fine with dirty jokes and black humour all over the god damn place. It has amazing characters, some kind of story with decent animation and soundtrack, and is carried purely by the humour, and if it doesn’t appeal to you..you won’t like the show. If it does, however, you’re in for one of the best comedy and kind of a parody series in the recent years.