Noragami Review

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Table of Contents

  • Story
  • Characters
  • Animation and Art
  • Soundtrack
  • Final Verdict

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STORY – 8/10

In a world similar to ours, Yato is a minor deity of calamity without a shrine of his own. He meets Hiyori – your typical girl who tries to save him from an accident. After which, she realizes she can leave her body and whenever she does so, she acquires a tail. Yato agrees to solve her issue, while trying to fight off various Ayakashi – demons from the dead realm. Little does Hiyori know, that Yato’s past is shrouded in mystery and his whole being is like a box of secrets.

Welcome to Noragami, a show that takes a very unusual concept and takes it to a whole new level. To be true to how I do things, let’s start with the setting.

The setting is actually a really good thing in Noragami. While the first scene may leave an impression of it being a high school focused anime – it’s just a facade. The whole thing revolves around three characters with no particular place that is visited more often than the others. This in turn makes the whole thing more unique. The fact that the main character is a deity of calamity and calls himself “Delivery Yato god” only adds to that. Ask yourself, how often do you see a god cleaning toilets for 5 yen? Exactly. It’s a very cool concept to have a series run with, and not fail miserably.

The story revolves around Yato, Hiyori and his Divine Instrument fighting off Ayakashi, trying to get Hiyori’s problem solved and doing jobs for 5 yen so that Yato can buy himself a shrine. Simple enough? Yeah, and it stays relatively simple at it’s core. The more we watch, the more we realize the boundaries between what is considered good and bad, how do gods perceive those things, and what makes humans do wrong. Various laws of the universe are also really well explained, examples being the Ayakashi and where do they come from, the Divine Intruments’ weaknesses and stuff. It shows that sometimes what one does hurts the other without the former realizing it. It’s very coherent, and does a great job introducing new things without it all feeling too rushed or too slow.

The pacing is another good point of the show. It feels just about right. Sure, sometimes the show spends what feels like too much emphasizing a single point, however, it all makes sense as to why it did so. Although, with the pacing comes one major flaw the show has. The “main villain” so to speak. He’s introduced way too late, given just enough background to live by, and ends just about as quick as he started.

The show did leave some things out in the open, without answering them, but with the news of second season coming soon, there is nothing to worry about on that part.

CHARACTERS – 7.5/10

Characters

The cast of Noragami isn’t the biggest one there is, and that’s a fact. Three main characters with few side ones. They are rather well developed for 1-cour series, though may appear bland. Except for Yato, who has somewhat unique personality, Yukine and Hiyori are very archetype-y and don’t necessarily grow to become something else, at least in this season. If you’re looking for a show in which characters undergo dramatic changes, it’s not that one. It does have some reedeming aspects, mainly the dialogue and interactions between characters, but besides that they are the show’s weak point.

Yato

Yato : The god. Yato is very confident and intelligent person. He is also doing a lot of childish and silly things, and tends to be sneaky and playful. He also has a mysterious and serious side to him. He wants to become more popular god and build himself a shrine, so that everyone can admire him.

Iki Hiyori

Iki Hiyori : Very kind girl with a strong sense of what’s right or wrong. She is very loyal and has no troubles expressing her emotions to the people who are close to her. She “saves” Yato from an accident, causing her to go out of her body in a “spirit” form.

Yukine

Yukine : Divine Instrument of Yato. He appears very annoyed by the fact that he died and that Yato made him his Divine Instrument. Seeing as he is very young, he tends to have a lot of swings in his mood, getting easily excited or easily aggitated. In his weapon form he takes a form of a sword with bandages.

ANIMATION AND ART – 8.5/10

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The art of Noragami is rather pretty and pleasant to look at. It’s colourful, and uses a great ton of colour effects to make a point, or just look flashy. Sometimes the borders of a characters’ model are in different colour, or, as seen in the opening and few scenes, everything is grayed out and only the colour of the eyes and something else remains. Even if it doesn’t require much, it looks surprisingly amazing. Sometimes the art takes a trip to a comedy world, looking almost like a manga drawing, or adding “cat-like apperances” to characters, mainly Yato.

The Ayakashi are done in a very creepy way. Think of something similar to what Madoka Magica did with the Witches, just a tad less weird, and more colourfull. The effects of them disappearing are also fantastic.

The animation is really good as well. It’s above average for the most part, stepping up big time when the fights happen. I really mean big time. Even the first episode’s first moments show that it looks really well. The movements are smooth, and the action scenes are really fluid. The effects are also done really well. Can’t say anything bad about it really.

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SOUNDTRACK – 9/10

Welcome to the show’s biggest, in my eyes, asset. The soundtrack. It’s outstanding and amazing. It’s a mixture of techno music with something else just as pumpy. The OST adds a lot to the show. Many tracks are memorable, making the scenes that much more epic in a sense. Every song is put to a great use in just the right moments.

The opening is an alright one. It has two visuals, with the only difference in them being switching one character for another. They are really well and fit the song. The ending is also an okey one. Nothing too outstanding, but nothing to worry about either. It also has cool visual to fit it.

The show has been licensed for dubbing by Funimation, and while I didn’t particularly like it, mostly because I didn’t feel like the VA for Yato fit the character, it wasn’t a horrible dub by any means. It’s decent enough, and if you prefer to watch anime dubbed, you’ll do just fine with it. The Japanese Seiyuu, on the other hand, left a very good impression on me. The voices did fit the characters perfectly (I watched the first two episodes in dub first, then in Japanese FYI) and performed really well. Especially Yato’s. His personality that was switching between a silly child and a mysterious man wouldn’t be as visible if it wasn’t for his Japanese Seiyuu. Other than that, both are good, I just thought the Japanese was way better than the English one.

FINAL VERDICT – 8/10

Noragami is a really good show with some unique concept. It’s very entertaining with some outstanding soundtrack that many of you will probably love. It has really cool art and story, with somewhat interesting characters, but what it does bad it covers with great action and themes it discusses. On top of which, it’s confirmed to get second season, so anything that’s been left unanswered has a chance of getting explained.

Should you watch it? Probably yes. Why would you? Because it’s really entertaining, and not that long. If you need an action anime with some great soundtrack and action scenes – Noragami, that’s the one you pick.

White Album 2 Review

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Table of Contents

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

TAGS : Drama, Music, Romance, Slice of Life

Note : White Album 2 takes place 10 years after the events of White Album. Prior knowledge of White Album is NOT required in order to watch White Album 2. Don’t mistake White Album 2 for White Album 2nd season. Also, White Album has the reputation of being a bad series in general. Start from White Album 2 and enjoy the ride. It’s also an adaptation of a Visual Novel of the same name, adapting the opening chapter in a slightly more suitable to anime format fashion.

STORY – 9/10

In modern Japan, a high school student Haruki Kitahara, the final member of the light music club that dissolved, plays his favourite song on guitar by the window in the music room. When the piano and an unknown voice harmonize with his play, he realizes the chance of playing at the school festival with those people who accompany him.

Hi, and welcome to White Album 2, a romance drama that portrays romance in one of the most realistic ways seen in the anime. What exactly is so good about the story?

Let’s start off with the setting. It’s a high school setting, that, granted, has been so overused to a point of exhaustion and irritation. Yet the show manages to pull it off by adding the element of music. It’s a story about three young teenangers that share the same passion. That focus on the art, music in this case, is what made the setting much more enjoyable than it otherwise would have been.

It’s a story about a romance, the struggles of a band, and pretty much growing up. One of the best things this show’s going for it is that the romance part is really well done. It adds a lot, seeing that there is an established couple as early as midway through the series. It has a lot of twists to it, some more evident than the others. It’s exactly how teenangers would approach things during this time of their life. It gets resolved so realistically, I don’t know any other series that managed to convey such strong emotions and feelings in 12 episodes without rushing or forcing anything.

The drama part of the show is actually enjoyable. I bet many of you have probably seen the shows with really forced and bad drama that brought the show down. Fret not, White Album 2 makes a great of effort to not make this happen. And it succedes. Of course, to each’s own, but I didn’t have the feeling that the events are like that because they decided to, but because it seemed like the most logical thing at that point given everything that’s happened so far.

The execution is amazing. It provides enjoyment and the feels. It doesn’t do anything perfectly, but doesn’t do anything bad either. One could argue that the events that happen later were not necessary, or that the ending sucked, but others thought, myself included, that it actually fitted the series and the events it portrayed. Seemed more realistic that way. It’s up to you to decide which opinion is right.

CHARACTERS – 9/10

Characters

White Album 2 has relatively small cast. We are talking about three main characters and some side characters that barely get any screen time, as the story is focused on the former three. They are really well developed. I guess having a small set of characters helps in that regard. They are not the archetype characters. Their personalities are a mixture of many tropes, creating something unique, and hard to describe without giving away major plot spoilers. What you need to know going in is that they all feel very refreshing. Each has different struggles to go through, different motives behind joining, or creating in Haruki’s case, band and playing the songs as well as different approach to the romance.

Haruki

Haruki Kitahara : A high school student who wants to remake the music club and play in the festival. He likes to play guitar, although he is an amateur, being able to play only his favourite song. He is very kind, helpfull and respectful of the opinion of others. He takes the advice to heart and knows that he isn’t ideal.

Setsuna Ogiso

Setsuna Ogiso : A high school student. She accompanies Haruki when he plays by the window by singing along, as that is also her favourite song. She is very kind, although she places a wall between herself and others, thus she has no close friends. She is very kind and caring, not being afraid to take initiative when she gets to know someone.

Kazusa Touma

Kazusa Touma : A high school student. Kazusa is an elite music student, so skilled she can play anything given to her without much practice. She is rather antisocial, although she accompanies Haruki when he plays by the window. She often skips classes and is considered a delinquent by teachers, not being on friendly terms with anybody.

ANIMATION AND ART – 7.5/10

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The art of White Album 2 is a very decent one. It pays attention to detail and the instruments, not relying on CGI to incorporate them. Also the character models look really great. It’s really pretty and nice to look at. The effects during concert or other scenes are also outstanding as well. The colour palette used for the show is really big, adjusting to the enviroment.

The thing about the art though is that characters’ faces have sharp edges. It’s not uncommon, but if you like more round faces, you may dislike it.

The animation is decent. Or rather, really good for that type of show. The movements are fluid and the characters don’t move with skipped frames. The snowflakes falling also look really smooth, as well as many others things.

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SOUNDTRACK – 10/10

Now, I may be exaggarating, sure. Although, on a second thought, not really. The soundtrack of White Album 2 is a masterpiece in and of itself. It’s a mix of guitar, piano, keyboard and other instruments. It’s something I listen to almost on every day basis. It’s a really good thing to have such a great soundtrack, granted the whole series revolves around music and romance, but I’ve seen few that didn’t quite have it. It’s very memorable, especially The Unreachable Love and Sound of Destiny (Original is better, but it’s been taken down). They are just fantastic, adding a lot to the show.

Both the opening and ending are brilliant. I can’t quite place one before the other, as they both have some great factors going for and against it at the same time. The visuals are also really cool and fit the songs that play.

Unfortunately, White Album 2 has not been licensed for dub. However, that doesn’t mean much for those who prefer Japanese voice over anyway, as the Seiyuu perform magnificently. Especially Setsuna’s, given she has to sing few songs, she pulls it off beautifully. So do other voice actors. They fit the characters really well, adding a lot to their feel and personalities.

FINAL VERDICT – 9/10

White Album 2 is a really amazing drama romance show. The ending has a tendency of leaving the viewer in tears, so just be prepared for that. It’s one of those anime that did most of the things well, and didn’t beat around the bush trying to convey things it wanted to. One could argue that the ending didn’t feel right, but I thought it fit the show. The romance aspect and soundtrack totally make up for anything the show might’ve done bad, outshining it so heavily the flaws become almost invisible. They are there, obviously, but they are not that clearly visible. Of course, that’s subjective, as you may find things I didn’t, but if you can take my word for it, I’d definitely suggest you dive right into this fantastic story and enjoy the ride with all your heart, accompanied by the amazing soundtrack.

Toradora! Review

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Table of Contents

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

TAGS : Comedy, Romance, School, Slice of Life

STORY – 8.5/10

Ryuuji Takasu –  your average high schol student, despite his gentle and caring personality is treated like a delinquent due to his eyes. On his second year, he is put in the same class as his best friend, Yusaku Kitamura, his hidden crush, Minori Kushieda, and her best friend, Taiga Aisaka – whose delicate appearance contradicts with her brutal personality. She also lives next door to Ryuuji, and since they both realize that they have crush on respective best friend, they agree to help each other get closer to them.

Welcome to Toradora! , a light-hearted romance comedy about a group of high school students with certain personality quirks. The story is interesting, not unique, but is really well executed. To what extent, is for us to find out!

The story of Toradora! is simple, yet entertaining. If you’re into romance anime, and by some chance you’ve missed this one, you should definitely check it out. Why? Because of it’s execution so to speak. The high school setting may seem like an overused trope, and while I whole heartedly agree with that, here it is presented to us in a way that doesn’t really annoy while watching the series. It’s, in my opinion, a bit of a refreshing look at romance, where the two main characters visible from the start aren’t pursuing each other, instead help one another to achieve their goals in a way.

The comedy aspect of the show early on revolves around Taiga and her Tsundere personality, while focusing on different aspects later on. It’s done relatively well, and is praised by quite a lot of people. Truth be told, you’ll not appreciate the comedy of this show if you cannot stand Tsundere personalities. As to why that is..Taiga is the very definition of it. Given that she is main character..this may prove difficult. Besides that, the comedy itself made me laugh almost at anything, granted I may not be the most hard to please, but even still. It’s one of the show’s strongest points for sure.

Same thing with romance. For an anime set in high school, the romance was quite mature, at least in the latter parts of the show. While early on we see the struggles of confession, we dive into some more mature contents of it come second part of the show, and that was a big and very welcome addition. It’s not your typical romance, where the characters are oblivious towards one another, it’s done in a more realistic way. More realistic doesn’t mean completely realistic, but as close as it could get given that it was meant to entertain. It’s one of the best executed romance in a romcom anime in recent years, maybe even of all times, it’s up for you to decide.

The story is coherent, carried by it’s romance and comedy aspects, and provides great deal of enjoyment. The pacing isn’t an issue, as it progresses very smoothly and at a considerable speed, giving you enough time to care, and not sticking too long for you to get bored. I honestly couldn’t find an issue to the story that would impact my overall view of it. It’s not perfect by any means, but it accomplishes what it set out to do. It provides us, the viewers, with entertainment, very good and realistic romance and some great comedy. What’s more to ask for from that kind of anime?

Quick note : Watch after credits scene. Just…just do it. Trust me.

CHARACTERS – 8.5/10

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The cast of Toradora! is not the biggest one, but isn’t a small one either. We are presented to five main characters that are surprisingly really well developed. We learn of their backstories, why they do things the way they do and stuff like that. Their dialogue is also amazing and as close to what high school students would normally talk about as they come. Bonus points for utilizing stereotypical character tropes in a way that don’t make them outright irritating. Hell, Toradora! even makes a fool out of anyone who dropped the show after witnessing the Tsundere Taiga, by creating ridiculous amount of spins towards their personalities. I’m not kidding on this one, just take a look at the characters as they appear at first glance :

  • Taiga is a perfect example of Tsundere
  • Ryuuji – kind, yet misunderstood boy mistaken for a delinquent due to his looks
  • Minori – easy-going girl with no care in the world
  • Ami – the sly and teasy type who loves to have everything and has the need of having everyone adoring her
  • And last but not least Kitamura – The popular bookworm, best friend of the “main” protagonist.

You’ve seen those before, and yet, even though you did, I assure you, you’ll greatly enjoy them. They develop in more than few ways over the course of the series, creating something amazing.

Bad side would be the very early stages of them. When you start watching, you’re presented with those archetype character personalities, which may put you off. But don’t be swayed, and continue watching, as they’ll really become something else.

Ryuuji Takasu

Ryuuji Takasu : A high school student. Due to biological inheritance, his sanpaku eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent and cause many misunderstandings. He is very kind and enjoys cleaning and doing domestic chores. He has a crush on Minori.

Taiga Aisaka

Taiga Aisaka : A high school student. Taiga is very small, and has Tsundere personality. Even though her body is very fragile, she is brutal and brutally honest when she lashes out. Because of that, she has the nickname of “Palmtop Tiger”. She also troubles when talking with her love interest, and has a crush on Kitamura.

Yusaku Kitamura

Yusaku Kitamura : A high school vice president. He is Ryuuji’s best friend. He claims to be very shy however, more often than not, he is able to hold conversations exceptionally well. He is the crush of Taiga, and has a habit of appearing exactly at the right moment when Ryuuji and Taiga are discussing “plan of attack”.

Kushieda Minori

Minori Kushieda : A high school student. Minori is very energetic girl without a care in the world to hold her back. She has a lot of part time jobs and is a very athletic individual, being the captain of the school’s softball club. She is the crush of Ryuuji, and just like Kitamura, appears out of no where during Taiga and Ryuuji are planning.

Kawashima Ami

Ami Kawashima : A high school student. Ami is very kind and generous to those she takes a liking to, while being a..well..bitch towards everyone else. She is somewhat arrogant, believing in her cuteness, and she also likes to have everyone adoring her. She also has somewhat of a crush on Ryuuji.

ANIMATION AND ART – 7.5/10

Art

Toradora! has really pretty, yet somewhat generic art. Now, don’t get me wrong, being generic doesn’t make it bad by any means. It’s alright for RomCom anime, but isn’t anything outstanding in that regard. It’s very bright, with big colour palette. The character models are also fairly unique. You may think otherwise, but I found them very different from any other series in that genres. The way they are drawn clearly display their mood, which is something I appreciate.

The animation is also decent. However, it has some moments. And I’ve gotta admit, I didn’t expect those moments to happen. While being generic and just alright for the most part, you see those amazing moments where the animation is top notch, and something many other action series should be envious of, and that speaks for itself.

After all is said and done, Toradora! looks really good. Nothing too amazing, but nothing too bad. It won’t make you turn your eyes away from the screen because of it, and definitely will keep you watching it.

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SOUNDTRACK – 8/10

Soundtrack of this series isn’t bad by all means. It’s actually one of the best soundtrack in RomCom anime I’ve heard in recent years. It’s very light-hearted with acoustic guitar and some strings to go along most of the scenes. (Thanks to my friend for pointing what instruments were used) However, sometimes there come moments were the soundtrack is absolutely brilliant and just makes the scene that much more powerful. I mean it when I say it, even now, after some time has passed since the last time I’ve watched it, some tunes just make me tear up a little. That’s how great they are.

The openings are both cool, with nice visuals to go along. The endings are really cool as well. However, if I were to choose, I’d go for first opening and second ending as the best combination. Seriously, Pre-Parade and Orange are just fantastic songs.

The show has been licensed for dubbing by NIS-America. It’s actually a really good dub. The voices and the script are fitting the characters. However! I found the Japanese Seiyuu to be slightly superior, mostly because I don’t believe there is an english VA that could even hope to voice Taiga the same way her Japanese counter part did. You may be familiar with her VA, as she voiced Louise from Zero no Tsukaima. Simply because of that fact I prefer Japanese over English. However, it’s not bad by any means, so it’s your call. Both are great on their own merits.

FINAL VERDICT – 8/10

Toradora! is a very light hearted romance comedy that may surprise you with it’s twists. It also ends beautifully. The characters’ personalities are as if someone threw the archetypes into a box, and then flipped the hell out of them, just for banter. It’s definitely an anime worth picking up if you’re looking for not-so-stereotypical romance.

If you’re still unsure if you want to dive into it, do the oh-so-popular 3 episode rule. This show displays a lot of good traits in those three first episodes. If you’re fan of shows like Clannad, Angel Beats, Kannon, and Golden Time, you’ll more than likely enjoy this show. It’s not without it’s flaws, but it covers them up really well. Plus, it’s got a great ending, way better than what you’d normally see in a romance anime.

And..if you won’t watch it, Taiga will come for you doing..well…that..:

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Akame ga Kill 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

STORY – 8/10

Tatsumi, a young and brave fighter sets his sights on Capital to earn money for his starving Village. When he arrives, he finds himself in a nest of corruption controlled by Prime Minister who manipulates the current Emperor. After witnessing it first hand, Tatsumi is recruited by Night Raid – group of assassins dedicated to exterminating the corruption in the Capital by mercilessly slaying those responsible, with their main goal being Prime Minster himself.

With that said, I present to you the premise of Akame ga Kill, a very popular and controversial show, that’s been split 50/50 among the fans who either love it or hate it. Some say there is no middle ground, but is it true? Is this show overhyped, or underrated? Let’s find out, shall we?

The story of Akame ga Kill is a very interesting one, if nothing else. We are establishing one of the main characters right from the very get go, as well as the world the action takes place in. Before we set foot any deeper into the plot of the show, I should warn you – Akame ga Kill has no plot armour. What is a plot armour, you may ask..Well, it’s a term used when you know a certain character will not die because the story wouldn’t continue without her, and that kills any tension or feeling of danger. That settled? Great, make sure to remember it.

The plot itself is, like I’ve said, interesting, but not too taxing. It doesn’t dive into politics, instead, focuses mostly on showing the corrupted higher ups and the assassinations. The story while somewhat simple looks seemingly coherent, while in reality, it slacks off, especially later. If you pay attention to the dialogue regarding some characters’ strength, you’ll see what I mean. Moving on, it’s entertaining piece of work. Especially if you enjoy gory shows like Claymore or Higurashi.

Speaking of gore..some say it’s the only thing the show’s going for it. While they are not completely mistaken, they are not fully right. The story keeps a stable level untill certain moment, and then kind of fails at most of the things. I don’t believe it was intended for that to happen, but it did nonetheless. After that point, it tries to cover some mistakes with action and gore, achieving it on some level. A casual viewer, like most people in Japan which the show was aimed at, wouldn’t care. But here we are, and we love to nitpick, so might as well just throw that in here.

Akame ga Kill does relatively decent job at explaining reasons behind the factions. Sure, we are presented with their motives very early on, shown the plague that haunts the Capital..but that’s it. I guess Revolutionary Army doesn’t need anything more to start a revolution against the most powerful force in the story.

The series uses Imperial Arms, or Imperial Relics depending on translation, that are ancient weapons with no information as to how to build them. They are relics from the past, containing powers beyond imagination. They are explained really well, and have some cool powers – at least, some of them. They add some uniqueness and variety to the show, and present some challenge to the characters when they battle.

The series ends on a relatively happy note. Relatively, as the events leading to it are not the happiest you could find. Is it a good ending? Perhaps, it definitely wasn’t the best, and was one of the mistakes mentioned above. Also, what I noticed while watching the show is that it’s a cliche fest. I was talking to my friend and called the show “Cliche ga Kill or Akame ga Cliche” because of that. More than 25 common “disliked or overused” tropes are found within first 5 episodes. That speaks for itself.
All in all, Akame ga Kill has an interesting story that later on covers it’s mistakes with gore and deaths. You have to choose for yourself if that was a good decision, keeping in mind that no plot armor will save you from the inevitable death.

CHARACTERS – 8/10

Characters

The cast of Akame ga Kill is huge. And I mean only the main cast. We start with 8 members including the Boss of Night Raid. We then proceed to meet other side characters as well as few others. It’s big, and as I’ll describe the characters a little bit later, please be prepared for quite a lot of them. Just putting that out there.

The main cast is developed well. Their backstories happen throughout the entirety of the show, making room for others. Having such a big main cast proved difficult however, as some characters get way more development than the others, making them stand out and bleaking out the victims of that. Then, there’s the fact that irritated people to no end – the title character, Akame, doesn’t have enough screen time to justify putting her there. Oh well…

The Villains are actually really good, having fan favourite Esdeath leading the kill count. They are developed enough for us to care, and in this kind of show that’s all that matters really. There is nothing wrong with them in particular, but in the same sense, nothing good about them either.

Overall, the characters are enjoyable. Their dialogue is entertaining, and their personalities differ vastly, as stereotypical and cliche as they are, they are still enjoyable to a certain extent.

Also, pardon me for very quick character descriptions, but there’s so many of them, and speaking anything that isn’t seen up front would be considered a spoiler.

Tatsumi

Tatsumi : Care-free and naive boy from a village. He is a skilled swordsman. He has brown hair and green eyes. He believes in justice, however he doesn’t try to become a hero.

Leone

Leone : Light hearted girl with yellow hair and eyes. Leone is the type to enjoy herself to the fullest. She is very teasy and acts like a big sister to Tatsumi. She likes to drink and party, and enjoys the hunt.

Sheele

Sheele : Clusmy girl with long violet hair and eyes and glasses. Sheele is very calm, but isn’t good at anything besides killing. She cares a lot about her friends though, as she considers that the only thing she can do well besides murdering.

Mine

Mine : Small girl with pink eyes and pink twintailed hair. She is easily irritated and enjoys teasing new people. She likes to shop, while keeping the cold exterior. She is self-proclaimed Genius Sniper.

Akame

Akame : Cold, seemingly emotionless girl who enjoys eating. She has long black hair and red eyes. Akame likes to cook. She is the first one to worry about her comrades not making it out alive, and despite her being cold on the outside, she is just socially awkward.

Lubbock

Lubbock : Easygoing person with semi-long green hair and eyes. He is also somewhat perverted, and usually doesn’t get away with it. He is very playful and optimistic even when he fights.

Bulat

Bulat : Big and muscular guy, who is gay. Bulat has long black hair and blue eyes. He is very calm and kind, though he claims himself to be hot-blooded and passionate, never losing cool in battle.

Najenda

Najenda : Leader of Night Raid. She is a strong woman with silver hair and purple eyes. She has a mechanical arm. Najenda is very sharp-minded and intelligent, as well as level-headed. She tends to make bad jokes and puns.

Esdeath

Esdeath : Sadistic General of the Empire. She has very long blue hair and eyes. She is cold, merciless and lacks empathy for people she deems weaker than herself. She enjoys torturing her victims both physically and mentally.

ANIMATION AND ART : 7.5/10

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You’d think that the show that’s been talked about since it’s release would look good..Well, there are some surprises for you coming. On one hand, you have the art, that’s rather consistent and good. Akame ga Kill uses very bright and big colour palette, making everything look nice and vivid. The effects are well done, although sometimes look out of place. For the most part, it’s looks are above average.

On the other hand, there is animation. And..it’s decent, looking at it as a whole, while being mostly average or below that. The show does try to cover it by adding a lot of gore, but it didn’t help in that respect. I distinctly remember this one particular episode, where the animation was horrible, but, the last scene, featuring Prime Minister eating beef was animated beautifully..and I asked myself, where the hell did the budget go?! That’s one of the things. The fights look really good, don’t get me wrong, but everything before it looks..meh. Not too bad, but given the hype people gave it, it definitely disappointed.

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SOUNDTRACK – 8.5/10

The soundtrack for the show, on the bright side, is the series’ biggest asset. It’s really cool, with some great tunes to go along the fighting and the slaughter that happens all over the place. It mixes some fancy action tunes with quite a lot of sad and depressing songs for when our favourites die. Ups, spoiler alert..Oh well, the no plot armour should’ve already told you so..Anyway! The OST is really cool, fitting the show and making it somewhat more enjoyable.

Both openings and endings are well done. They also have some really cool visuals to go along. Although I prefer the second opening, that doesn’t mean the first one is bad. Same with endings, they are all good and fit the show in a way.

The show has been licensed for dubbing by Sentai Filmworks. I have no idea if it’s any good, as it’s been just released, but waiting for the whole show to be dubbed would be a pain in the ass at this point. The Japanese cast fits the characters they voice over. Especially Esdeath and Mine, in my opinion, they delivered the most. The Seiyuu did a good job, and I believe that they made it more enjoyable.

FINAL VERDICT – 8/10

Akame ga Kill is an entertaining show that covers it’s mistakes with gore. If you’re looking for a show with tons of deaths and no plot armour defending the main cast, look no further! It provides a great deal of enjoyment if you go into the show without any bias or superstition. Yes, the animation is crappy and the story lacked in more than one way, but when it’s all said and done, you realize you’ve actually enjoyed it. And that’s what matters, right? Right? Yeah..well, I’d recommend it to anyone who likes to see people die and suffer. This will be sure to deliver on that front, and few others that may surprise you!

Black Lagoon Review

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Table of Contents

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

TAGS : Action, Seinen

STORY – 8.5/10

Okajima Rokuro – a Japanese businessman gets a break from his job, as he’s sent by his company to tropical seas of Eastern China to deliver a disc. However, his boat gets hijacked by a band of mercenaries known as Lagoon Company from the city of Roanapur to retrieve the disc. Abandoned by his boss he joins the very same group that captured him. Now, Rokuro – now exclusively known as Rock tries to survive amongst the shifting politics of the criminal underworld and his co-worker Revy.

Welcome to Black Lagoon – a series considered by many to be one of the very best that’s been ever made. With such a simple premise, you would think it’s one of the many. The catch comes right after first few seconds of the show.

The story of this series is, while simply, refreshing and somewhat unique. Now, the mercenaries hijacking ships and taking hostages isn’t uncommon. What makes this one in particular stand out is the execution. It has somewhat of an episodic nature at first, then is divided by what you could call arcs. While they contain closed stories, they are connected one way or another, and each is very interesting, as it deals with different scenario. From a “simple human cargo delivery” to retrieving paintings from lost submarines. It’s also very coherent and knows how to build up the tension, and keep it very stable.

The story is very much mature. Before you jump on me saying it’s not, think about the topics it deals with. Human trade, mafia, guerilla rebellions, neo nazi..It’s not something you’d show to your everyday teenanger and expect him to understand how all of that is neglected in mass media. But, we’re a little bit off topic. Basically, the show is mature, deals with mature content, and as such, it doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to killing. And let me tell you something, people die in this series. A lot of them. In many, many ways. It’s very graphic and violent, thus making it much more believable. And just when you think “It’s actually very realistic!” there comes Revy with her over-the-top killing sprees and inhuman reflexes. Her fighting prowess is much less believable, but it’s supposed to entertain, and ocassionaly you’ll see Revy manhandling tons of people with her superior skills in gun fights.

The setting is really good, and elevates the show in the upper echelons of the anime. Why? Let me quickly explain! It’s a series about Lagoon Company – mercenaries who will do anything as long as you pay them the money, be it cargo delivery to retrieval of goods. The crew travels in a torpedo boat, so for the most part you’ll be seeing the crime city of Roanapur and other tropical islands, culminating to events in Japan at the very end of the series. The time span is quite huge, it doesn’t happen over two-three weeks, it’s more than few months. It creates the atmosphere that fits the show perfectly, fueling the overall reception of it. Throughout the show you’ll meet various organisations – Yakuza, Russian, Chinese, Columbian Mafia’s, hell, even a Rip-Off Church, further adding to the setting you’re presented with.

Black Lagoon’s story and execution are really good, however, it suffers from the surrealistic gun fights and stuff, but it makes it more enjoyable, nonetheless, it may be one of those things you weren’t looking for.

CHARACTERS – 9/10

Characters

The cast of Black Lagoon is rather big. A lot of side characters that add to the story get mixed up with our Lagoon Company crew pretty much all the time. The characters are very unique, and set the tone of the story with their dialogue, which more often than not includes various curses to make a point. That doesn’t mean the only thing dialogue does well is cursing. It’s very enjoyable and isn’t cringe worthy. While watching the show for the second time, I thought to myself that there’s no way this series would’ve been that good if not for it’s side characters. Balalaika, Chang, Eda, they all contribute to that fact. The characters are overall well developed, and their personalities change throughout the series. Personalities, or rather their approach to certain things. It’s really well visible especially when it comes to Revy.

There is no said villain in the series – but whoever we encounter that stands in the way of the main cast is relatively well designed. Also, their overall designs are particularly amusing – if you see a Columbian drug dealer, you’ll be able to tell he’s Columbian. Subtle, yet amazing touch that makes it amazing.

Rock

Rokuro “Rock” Okajima : Former Japanese Businessman, now part of Lagoon Company. He is well mannered, and knows his way in business. He does most of the talking and negotiations, as his background provides him with the required experience. He isn’t fond of guns, and usually questions the actions of Revy. He is very humble and good-hearted,

Revy

Revy : Chinese-american girl, also known as “Two Hand”. She is one of the best gunslingers and loves to kill and drink. She usually quarells with Rock because they come from different worlds, and as such, she isn’t very willing to accept him. She is very caring about her friends, and doesn’t hesitate to kill, usually doing so with a smile on her face. Revy is very competetive, psychotic, and she uses the most foul language out of all the characters in the series.

Benny

Benny : The brain of Lagoon Company. He is the mechanic and computer specialist. He is very similar to Rock in a sense, both don’t participate in gunfights and are rather good-hearted, He is very easy-going, but serious when it comes to his job or protecting the Lagoon Company. He is willing to put a blind eye to Dutch’s and Revy’s morally questionable methods, as he is a realist and knows how the world around him works.

Dutch

Dutch : The Leader of Lagoon Company. He is very capable in combat, however, he prefers to give orders and doesn’t join gun fights unless necessary. Dutch is the most level-headed character, always commited to completing mission, even if they are against his morals. He is able to keep Revy in check, and stays calm, whereas Revy would go violent, and Rock and Benny would freak out. He has the respect of the whole Lagoon Company.

ART – 8.5/10

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Black Lagoon is an old show, it dates back to 2006. With that in mind, even going against “modern” standards, it still looks amazing. It uses big colour palette and a lot of flashy effects. It uses some CGI, however much to my surprise, it looks really well done, and doesn’t hurt your eyes. The designs of the characters also deserve a praise, as the studio managed to captivate the general style and such, making it easier to associate them with their respective countries.

You may find this show hard to look at because the character models don’t really look like what you’re most likely familiar with (2010+ shows). However, it’s not a major set back, as you get easily accustomed to them.

The animation is really good. It looks amazing considering the air date, and in BD version even more so. It’s good for the most part, and steps up big time in fights. Explosions and gun shots deserve a mention, as they looked as good as ever, so do lighting effects. Not much more to say about the animation to be honest.

The show is violent and gory. Especially in BD version. You’ll be looking at flying limbs, head shots and stuff like that all the time, so if you’re bad with this content, or can’t really deal with blood, even if animated, you may want to stay away from the show, or try to find the censored version.

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SOUNDTRACK – 10/10

The soundtrack of the series is fantastic. It fits the show really well, adding a lot to the atmosphere. It has few sad tunes, but is usually kept in more action-hyping style, pumping you for the events to come. For the last week since my rewatch of the show ended, I found myself listening to it’s soundtrack all the time. It pumps you up for the action, throws you off guard when you’re least expecting it to, and generally makes you wonder what track will be played next basing on the events at hand.

The opening is fantastic. Mell did a great job with the intro song for the show. Even the name fits the setting : Red Fraction. It’s very action-oriented when it comes to music, while the visuals are focused on the Revy, her guns, money and stuff like that. The ending is the total opposite – It’s very calm, and starts when the “proper episode” hasn’t ended yet. It’s amazing on it’s own, and just adds to the drama of the show, if you could say it like that.

The show has been licensed for dubbing by Funimation, and I think I am not alone on this one, it’s one of their best, if not the best, dub in their company’s history. The voices actors performed magnificently. The dubbing doesn’t change personalities of the characters, and even side characters speak like they’re actually from the countries they represent. It’s best heard when Columbian or Russian people are speaking. The Japanese Seiyuu aren’t too shabby either. I prefer the dub, as I feel it’s more fitting, given the different kinds of people, but that’s not to say they didn’t perform. Both are amazing, and it’s up to you which you prefer. Regardless of the voice over you choose, you won’t miss anything.

FINAL VERDICT – 9/10

Black Lagoon – series about mercenary group that is hired by various clients to perform different missions for the money. It features a lot of organisations and fractions, as well as many other hard to touch upon subjects. It portrays the criminal underworld really well, and if that’s what you’re looking for you can’t choose better. It’s really well animated, given it’s almost 10 years old, has amazing characters and interesting story that is sure to keep you entertained.

Even if it’s not necessarily your type of show, I mean, not everyone likes series without any fantasy or supernatural elements in it, I’d still give it a shot, as it definitely deserves the praises it receives. Even if you think the story is bad, the characters will make you rethink your decision.

My friends have a band called Roanapura, somewhat of a tribute towards the crime city Roanapur from the series, if you’re interested you might as well check them out! They’ll be releasing their new EP soon! Click!

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part IV : Diamond wa Kudakenai Manga Review

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Table of Contents

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

TAGS : Adventure, Shounen, Supernatural, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Action

STORY – 9/10

In 1999, the Arrow, manifesting latent Stand abilities, travels throughout Morioh, Japan; as high schooler Josuke Higashikata (illegitimate son of Joseph) and his friends seek out the culprits of a series of homicides.

Welcome to Part IV of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Diamond is Unbreakable/ Diamond is Not Crash! The synopsis isn’t very long this time, had to use wiki, as it’s more hectic than in the previous parts. We focus on Josuke and his friends, as they unravel the mysteries of Morioh, and try to find the culprits of homicides that happen in vicinity. The fact that Stand Users start to appear in the city doesn’t help either. With all that in mind, is the story worth reading? Let’s find out, shall we?

Part IV is set after the events of Part III : Stardust Crusaders, as such, knowledge of the previous parts is strongly advised. We start off with returning character from Part III : Jotaro arriving at Morioh in search for a certain individual – the current main JoJo – Josuke Higashikata. Their meeting quickly goes nuts and they start fighting. Jotaro explains to Josuke that he is the son of his grandfather, Joseph Joestar, and he needs his help to stop the culprit of homicides, as something grim is in the city. From that point, Josuke, Jotaro and Koichi try to solve those mysteries and save the town.

It’s relatively simple at first glance, but, like always with Hirohiko Araki’s work, it gets complicated really quickly. The more we dive into the story, the more..well..”fucked up” it becomes. Not in the negative way, what I mean by that is some arcs are clearly displaying the authors’ side which you’d never show to public otherwise.

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Part IV also includes Stands as the power of choice. Also, the whole Stand concept is explained in this part really well. It may have left you confused in Part III, as to why and how it came to be. Diamond is Unbreakable provides the explanation for it very early, and elaborates on that later in slightly more detail. Speaking of Stands, they are very creative. As usual, more often than not they reference western bands or people. Their design is also over the top. Some are so creepy and weird I thought I was reading some creepypasta doujin. However, behind that was the story that kept me coming for more. The Stands in this part are well thought-out and definitely add a lot to the mysteries. Figuring out their powers and how to deal with them is also part of solving the problems at hand.

The story itself is very coherent, leaving little to none behind. It definitely doesn’t have any visible plot holes, and even seemingly stupid plot point can become something very big in the making. Good thing about this part, or JoJo series in general, is that no enemy is defeated the same way. While it may seem simple like “Yeah, well they have different powers so that’s not possible anyway” but if you look at other long-running series, take Naruto for example, where enemies are defeated more often than not by a Rasengan to the face, then it’s kind of a big deal.

Bad things about the story overall..well, maybe no set end-goal for the most of the series. It follows the same formula as Stardust Crusaders did, though slightly better – monster of the week per say. It works here taht much better mostly because they are trying to solve the mysteries, in turn leading them to one villain after another in a sense. However, no clear end goal may irritate you to no end. However, once it’s set, it delivers. The main villain is amazing..and speaking of characters overall, let’s move on to the next part.

CHARACTERS – 10/10

Characters

Welcome once again to one of the best cast of characters manga’s ever seen. I may be exaggarating, sure, but truth be told, they are so damn well written you can’t just dislike them. Hell, sometimes the villain is so likable you don’t want him to lose. Their dialogue feels very natural, so do their interactions. I honestly can’t recall a point where the conversation was dull. Writing is simply amazing. Diamond is Unbreakable also focus very heavily on the main cast early on to give them some background, instead of forcing them to grow in battles. It’s a subtle touch, but that makes their development that much more believable and enjoyable.

This part has one of the best set of side characters you’ll see. Trust me. They are amazing, and exceptionally well developed. I wouldn’t go as far as to say they carry it, as the main cast is simply great, but they don’t slack off and help with the burden. Also, they bring a lot to that particular part.

Villains are also fantastic, with special mentioned to the final one. I won’t spoil him for you, but this guy is just a badass incarnate, given his ideals were almost flawless, just a minor quirk to them – and that particular quirk made him so god damn amazing. The rest is also really well done. It follows the monster of the week formula, sure, but that doesn’t stop them from being entertaining and the tension is there.

If there was a bad thing about characters, it’d be that few of them are..annoying as hell. Their personalities are just so god damn awful you want to kill them the moment you see their faces on the panel. (Yeah, I’m talking to you greedy bastard) Besides that..nothing really stood out as bad about them. They are developed enough to care even if for the duration of their arc.

Josuke Higashikata

Josuke Higashikata : High school student living in Morioh. He is the “bastard” son of Joseph Joestar. He is fairly tall, muscular and is overly obsessive about his hair – whenever someone trash talks about it, he gets pissed off past a point of return. He is very kind, easy-going and royal to his friends.

Jotaro Kujo

Jotaro Kujo : Much like in Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro is very stoic and calm person. He is less cold than he used to be, and acts as a teacher or role model for Josuke and co. He is tall with a cap and white outfit. He is the nephew of Josuke, although older than him, and is a very intelligent person.

Koichi Hirose

Koichi Hirose : A high school student and a friend of Josuke. Koichi is intelligent, diligent and amicable. He is also very humble. He cares a lot about his friends, and while initially shy, he grows into a courageous person. He always looks for good in people, even if they are evil. He is very short for his age. There is also a running gag in the series, where enemies defeated by Koichi become his size.

Okuyasu

Okuyasu Nijimura : Fairly tall, muscular high school student. He describes himself as stupid, and isn’t very good at making any decisions on his own. He is however very cheerful, kind and caring despite his deliquent-like appearance. After certain events that happen very early on, he is driven by revenge against one particular person.

ART – 9/10

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The art very early on resembles the one from Stardust Crusaders. However, as we progress further into the story, it changes towards less muscular man. It’s the art that the anime of previous parts adapted almost flawlessly so nothing too major. It’s detailed, very crisp and vivid. Everything is drawn really well, although the backgrounds during some fights are..well..nonexistant – could be due to it’s shounenish nature, but I think it’s worth mentioning. It doesn’t hinder the overall art to be fair.

The characters’ and Stands’ designs are particularly amazing. They all feel and look unique, and are drawn with distinct care. You won’t mistake a character or a Stand for someone else, that’s for sure, and considering quite a big cast that’s something to praise.

Then..there’s also the fact that the scans are in full colour. It’s such a great read with the colours, I kinda wish all of manga was printed like that. The group behind those scans actually provide very good translation as well. But that’s not the point, the art is what matters, and it’s good in black and white – outstanding in colour.

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ENJOYMENT – 9.5/10

I personally enjoyed Diamond is Unbreakable a lot. Well, that’s a bit of an understatement, but it definitely lived up to the hype I’ve been hearing about. It was entertaining, keeping a bit more of a slice of life start to flesh out characters, and then hitting hard with mystery and horror elements. It made me come back for more even if I was tired – I kept reading, because I wanted to see how will our characters solve the mystery at hand, or how will they deal with a villain who’s power was very tricky and hard to deal with at first glance. Combined with amazing art and characters, as well as the nature of the story, It’s safe to say that Part IV is worth deserving of the fan-favorite title, and Josuke does indeed grow to be one hell of a JoJo.

Also, DORARARARARARA!!!!!

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FINAL VERDICT – 9/10

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part IV : Diamond wa Kudakenai or JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part IV : Diamond is Unbreakable is a worthy sequel to Stardust Crusaders. It picks up where the other one left off, and carries the plot to great lengths. The main cast is fantastic and the side characters aren’t too shabby either, combining that with the amazing villains – especially the final villain – and great art and what you’re getting is amazing part of amazing series. The fact that it’s more mystery-horror related than it’s predecessors helps elevate it on it’s own.

If you were ever unsure if it’s wise to pick up the JoJo’s manga after you’ve watched the anime – think no more. Go ahead and dive deep into Part IV and you’ll not regret a single page you’ve read.

Freezing Manga Review

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Table of Contents

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

TAGS : Action, Drama, Ecchi, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Seinen

STORY – 8/10

In a slightly futuristic world, Earth has been invaded by beings from another dimension called Nova. Kazuya Aoi – brother of the so-called Hero Pandora – enrolls into a school for genetically modified girls called Pandoras and their male partners – Limiters who use special power called “Freezing” to limit their opponent’s mobility. Kazuya quickly makes the acquaintance of Satellizer L. Bridgette – the Untouchable Queen – and despite the warnings of all the class, school even, he decides to be her limiter, as she resembled his sister in a way he can’t describe.

With such a simple intro, welcome to Freezing a Japanese-Korean on-going manga by Lim Dall-young and Kim Kwang Hyun. Don’t get misleaded by the tags, the story is actually really good and doesn’t rely on it’s ecchi tag to entertain the reader.

So, what exactly is Freezing all about? As you have read in the synopsis, it’s a story of Kazuya Aoi and Satellizer L. Bridgette and how they change themselves and their relationship throughout the series, while fighting off various threats. It’s seems stereotypical, and you are right. I for one saw various similarities to a series called Claymore – The girls are the main fighting force, they are genetically modified and fighting against unknown beings (Nova – Youma). The only difference that is visible from the start is portrayal of the male characters. In Claymore males are neglected, they possess almost no power, with the exception of those with Abyssal Ones, while in Freezing Limiters have quite a lot of importance. Similarities continue when we look at Pandoras and Claymores – Both have something inhuman within them, both can regenerate given time, both have superhuman abilities and both fight something of unknown origin. I’ve got to say, I was surprised, and happy.

The story itself is fairly simple while being rather coherent. It suffers from “last second power-up” and while this may seem like an issue, for the most part it’s being explained relatively well. It’s still on-going so there’s so much we don’t know yet, but many things that are confusing early on get explained later. It has quite a few of plot twists, some expected, some not, and the latter are more often than not really good. They create the tension, not the same one like in your typical seinen (See : Monster, Berserk) but good enough to make you go “what…?!” from time to time.
Good thing about the series is the fanservice. Now, I don’t mean it that “omg omg boobs everywhere it’s sooo goood 420 blaze it”..What I mean by that is the use of it. It gets used fairly often early on but isn’t thrown in our faces very blatantly. The way it’s portrayed is more to emphasize the point, usually torture (trust me, it gets pretty drastic sometimes).

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The series also doesn’t fool around when it comes to gore. Decapitations, flying limbs, blood – it’s all there displayed in great detail. Think something similar, once again, to Claymore, where those kinds of things are daily life event.

Now, let’s get on to the downsides of the series. As aforementioned, the power-ups. They happen almost everytime the main cast is in danger, after which they proceed to completely obliterate the opponent. Also, the main character, while kinda mysterious, doesn’t carry the series enough..at least at the start.

Speaking of characters..

CHARACTERS – 8/10

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The cast of Freezing is huge. At the start, you may think that Kazuya will travel only with Satellizer and Rana, but it becomes pretty clear after first arcs that this is not going to be the case. What surprised me more than that, is the development those characters get. While they cannot be classified as the main characters, they are developed just as much, if not even more sometimes, as the main cast. That’s quite a big deal when it comes to dealing with big cast. Fortunately, Freezing delivers on that front.

The main cast is rather good, and the changes they undergo are clearly visible. I am not talking about sizes here, but the mental changes. Once rivals become comrades, various traumas get resolved which in turn change some characters for better or worse. It’s something to appreciate, as many series tend to forget that part, putting some grim pasts on the cast without ever coming back to it.

Now, here’s the thing. Kazuya – the main dude, a Limiter. For quite some time he just isn’t able to carry the series along with Satellizer and Rana. He isn’t bad, he is just stereotypical to the very core. Also, his personality is so overused it’s hard to actually like him at first. He changes, not so much, but he does, and that helps when it comes to his character, as otherwise he’d be really hollow. But, after all is said and done, at the point of writing the review, his past isn’t fully explained, nor anything about him really, so he just doesn’t carry the series as much as side characters do.

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Kazuya Aoi : Younger brother of the Hero of 8th Nova Clash. Kazuya is average height boy with black hair and brown eyes. He is in love with Satellizer, willing to become her partner without performing a Baptism. He is rather special, as he can use Freezing ability without being baptised with any Pandora. He is very kind and hates unnecessary fighting, especially among allies. Kazuya cares a lot about his friends, especially Satellizer.

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Satellizer L. Bridgette : Pandora. Satellizer’s nickname is The Untouchable Queen, as she doesn’t allow anyone to touch her.She is a very skilled Pandora who is hard to socialize with, and is usually avoided. She warms up to Kazuya because of his personality, and is his unofficial partner. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes. She is shown to be cold, ruthless and outright rude, but it gradually changes throughout the series after meeting Kazuya.

Rana Linchen

Rana Linchen : A Pandora with long blue hair and eyes. She is very skilled and comes from Tibet. She came to West Genetics in search for her soulmate, who turned out to be Kazuya, as such she is a rival to Satellizer. She fights with fists and legs for the most part. She is a carefree girl who enjoys being with Kazuya. She has litlte modesty, and isn’t shy, as such, she isn’t afraid of approaching him in many ways. She has very strong will and determination, and never backs down on her words.

ART – 8/10

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Freezing is a really pretty manga. Everything is drawn in great detail, and you never get lost in fights as to what is happening on the panels. Sure, the girls sometimes tend to get oversexualized but that’s not the issue in the series itself, as strange as it may sound. It only adds to the first surprise it’s got to offer – gore. Throughout the series you’ll witness various things, starting from “simple” slashes at chest, to decapitations and even later on only half a body will remain. It’s really good, and everything is, as aforementioned, really detailed.

The series has backgrounds. They are relatively good for the most part, but forgotten when it comes to fights or, like in the picture above, to display that “the shit’s about to go down”.  Since mostly girls are doing the fighting, they are drawn much..much better than the males. At the same time, they don’t look the same..or at least, for the most part. Sometimes, which happens very rarely, you’ll see a character and mistake it for another. It usually’s got something to do with the art style itself – not because the artist forgot how certain character looked.

The novas are really well drawn. Well, I guess I could end it on that, but that wouldn’t cut it, would it? Alright, so, the Novas – being from another dimension – are classified into different types. For example, Type-S, the most common, looks the same no matter when he appears in the story. But, Type-S is different than other types. They look somewhat like robots that were created in the image of the aliens really. Definitely good.

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ENJOYMENT – 8/10

I greatly enjoy Freezing. I didn’t expect what I got from it really. Going in expecting blatant fanservice will only surprise you that much more. I guess I shouldn’t be saying that to avoid the surprised looks on your faces, but that’s the reality. It has it, of course, but doesn’t force it as much as other ecchi series do. It keeps a really good balance, which made me enjoy it way more than I initially anticipated. What surprised me the most was the gore. Reading and watching series like Highschool D×D or Familiar of Zero you don’t really expect gore, and I didn’t expect it either. I got it, and I was so happy. It definitely made the story more serious than it potentially could’ve been, and I’m glad the author decided to include it.

FINAL VERDICT – 8/10 

Freezing – Action seinen manga about Pandoras and Limiters trying to save humanity from the threat of Novas. It’s not complicated, making it a great choice for people who want to relax and enjoy the spectacle before their eyes. It’s somewhat gory, appealing to more mature audiences. It also has a bit of fanservice, which makes it better in the eyes of a little bit younger people. It’s got what every longer running series has, takes it, makes great use of it, and doesn’t try become something it’s not. It generally stays within it’s own set of rules that aren’t visible at first. I recommend the series to anyone who wants to read something like Claymore, as the similarities are so clear and vivid you can’t overlook them. If you liked that, this is bound to appeal to you.