Overall Rating: 5/10 I only watched this because of N
...well, he looks like N. Amnesia is an Otome-game based anime, where the heroine interacts with each of the boys who are potential love interests. My issue was, that they didn't feature Ukyo (N-lookalike) more prominently throughout the episodes when he was obviously more or less the main hero, and had more interaction than the other 4 guys.
The plot was familiar to PMMM, where Homura rewound the clock millions of times to save Madoka. Just like that, Ukyo rewound the clock (or rather, kept traveling to different parallel worlds) to save the heroine, who was destined to die for some reason. Similar plot, different outcome. But Madoka was a million times better. Amnesia was interesting in concept, but the anime doesn't really live up to the game's fame. The story should flow naturally, but it's like each episode cuts itself from the other, as if different people had been writing for each episode. It's not a disgrace though. It could have been done better if the story was more organized.
2. Diabolik Lovers
Overall Rating: 2/10 Now this is what you call a disgrace
Seriously. SERIOUSLY. Plot? Discarded. Story flow? Horribly rushed and mashed. Romance? Not even a single hint. Character development? NOPE. The game had a lot of interesting episodes regarding each character, but the anime didn't even bother with that. What could have been a thrilling, horror genre fit for Halloween ended up becoming an anime full of a girl getting her blood-sucked by a bunch of vampire boys and more or less abused. Yes, they did offer us some flashbacks of the boys, but that's about it. Nothing develops from there. Unlike the games, the girl doesn't influence the boys
, which is very important in Otome-games. And Diabolik Lovers being an Otome-game based anime, this was pretty much epic fail. If they were intending to advertise the games through the anime, I'd say they probably lost a lot of potential consumers. A real disgrace to the original games. Reason I gave it a 2 out of 10 was because 1 point for the vibrant colors, and 1 point for Subaru being in-character (the white haired guy).
3. Silver Spoon (Season 1)
Overall Rating: 10/10 Living the farm life
With all the crazy, fast-paced anime going around (a.k.a., Kill-la-Kill), Silver Spoon offers a nice change of air. An anime that you can just sit and watch and relax. They also include a lot of information regarding farm animals, and events regarding agriculture. It's everyday life - a different kind of everyday life that city people don't get to explore often. The animation itself spells healing
everywhere, and the light-hearted jokes to serious problems tucked inside are all reflected well through the characters. The main character Hachiken may or may not be a representative of 'us' viewers, depending on how you can relate to his inner conflicts. Since Season 2 just started airing this month, I'd recommend you watch both Season 1 and Season 2.
4. Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen
Overall Rating: 4/10 Kirakishou probably saved this show
I had been looking forward to the new Rozen Maiden anime because it was going to feature the 7th doll Kirakishou, who had only appeared in the manga. However, the anime was slow-paced for over half of the episodes, and the battles were mostly focused around the last three. Meaning, Kirakishou spend over half the episodes simply giggling in a dark space, bidding her time. Still, I was impressed by the voice actress of Kirakishou because her madness was very well presented. If only the battle of the dolls had taken place earlier, with more action going on, then maybe it wouldn't have been 'dragging us'. They hinted at another season of Rozen Maiden in the last episode, so hopefully, the next series would be more about the Alice Game.
5. Dangan Ronpa
Overall Rating: 7/10 Despair to the extreme, but high hopes fulfilled
I must say I was very satisfied with the anime. Before I was spoiled with the game contents, I was impressed with how they managed to make the story fast-paced, yet putting in all the necessary elements for the viewers to solve the case along with the characters. Even after I was spoiled with the game contents, the anime still made powerful impacts here and there. Maybe it was because the characters themselves were 'Super' high school students, but their clashes, conflicts, and cooperation were all very amusing and interesting. It was nice to see them include game scenes as part of the animation as well. The last episode had Monomi waving her hand at us - so it seems we'll get a second season sometime soon. And I'm going to watch it.
Overall Rating: 8/10 You knew I was going to include this 100%
Because it's worth mentioning 100%. Is this show eye-candy for the women? I admit, yes. 5 bishies swimming in the pool and stretching their muscles - I'd be lying if I said this wasn't fanservice. But there's more to Free! than fanservice. It has story about friendship and rivalry, an actual plot centered around swimming. Also, the animation is very beautiful - especially the water
. The way the anime ended was somewhat awkward, but it was still very good (besides, I can't really think of any other options they could have concluded the story anyways). I'm looking forward to reading the novel this is based on (High Speed!
) and hopefully they release a second season with more action and passion :D
7. Uta no Prince-Sama 2000%
Overall Rating: 5/10 Pack your bags, Cecil. I'm sending you home.
This wasn't bad. Just cheesy. Cheesy beyond cheesy, and it's all because of Cecil (the guy in green). In my opinion, Uta no Prince-sama differs from other similar genres because the heroine actually has talent, a legit reason the boys are drawn to her. Since the boys are aiming to be professional idols, the girl is essential to them as she is their composer. This was more prominent in the first season (1000%), and that was the central plot which also included a drop of romance for everybody. However, while 2000% took the romantic feelings up another level, all the 'becoming a professional idol' thing has become rather a hindrance to the show than bringing out the best. You'd know what I'm saying if you watched the last episode of Uta-Pri 2000%. The songs were what saved this show - and Natsuki (glasses)
Overall Rating: 5/10
No glasses, no life!
If you're looking for an anime to watch lightly, Meganebu is right here. The concept was interesting, the animation was unique (manga-ish panels and pop arts), and the way they featured glasses/obsession on glasses was funny. But that's about it. The rivalry between the glasses club and the student council wasn't as strongly presented, and while there was a friendly air among the club members, I wish they had featured more personal history, or special interactions - maybe even a fight between people. There wasn't anything special going on - no plot
. Maybe the culture festival arc could be called a plot, but idk, maybe not. It's still a light, fluffy anime to watch just for the lolz.
Overall Rating: 4/10 Karneval, not Carnival
A circus is a secret organization, and a boy is actually an animal. From a step back, it looks like a beautiful dark fantasy. However, upon closer look, there are some missing points. I had to rewatch several episodes because I couldn't understand the plot - why the characters were doing such actions, and what on earth they were doing. I thought I had missed important dialogues, but that wasn't the reason. The story was confusing and difficult, and while the pacing is just right, it's not detailed enough. The clash between the heroes and the main villain wasn't enough - there wasn't enough interaction. Also, it would have been better if the characters had more backstory included than just the main duo.
10. Pokemon Origins
Overall Rating: 8/10 We waited for more than 15 years
The long awaited anime that everyone had been anticipating. Everything about Pokemon Origins screams nostalgia, and retells the story from Red's view on his adventures in Kanto. There were only four episodes, each focusing on the big story plots in the Gen 1 games. The final episode included a Mega evolution, which stirred up a debate among fans. Some said it ruined the nostalgia by including a new element from the new generation, and others said it was a nice addition to see an actual Mega evolved pokemon in action. I'm with the latter, and was excited with the Mega evolution featured on screen. The only issue I have with Pokemon Origins was that it only had 4 episodes. But maybe, maybe 4 episodes was just enough. Part of me fears that if it had been 12 episodes or such, it would have been no different than the current Pokemon anime, with Red ending up becoming more or less Ash.
11. Beyond the Boundary
Overall Rating: 7/10 Will someone explain to me what this was about
Sure - a dark fantasy on a girl who can control her blood and a boy that's half-yokai (or half-monster). The pacing was good, the animation was beautiful, and the characters were all likable. The problem was how the plot turned out in the end. I still don't understand the last few episodes. It was all confusing, and it felt like they were covering up unexplainable parts with flashy action. If that was really what they were doing, then I guess that was a job well-done since I did spend most of the episodes watching the movement of the characters. Even with the confusion, overall, this was a rather impressive anime. Also, megane-lover Kanbara was so cute <3
12. Attack on Titan
Overall Rating: 10/10 This is what you call living up to the hype
I really don't know what to say about this. There wasn't anything disappointing about the anime except that it only lasted for 25 episodes or so when we wanted more from it. Of course there's probably going to be more (I think they hinted at a second season in a magazine somewhere - besides, with the insane popularity, I would be surprised if they didn't
get another). The graphics were very detailed and showed every single brutal, desperate, despairing moments that the battle actually felt
like a battle. Maybe it was because the characters were drawn as realistically as possible, or maybe it was because of the camera angles following the characters zooming through the air, showing the viewers what the characters were actually seeing when they moved. Whatever it was, this was the second anime that left my palms sweaty, me eagerly awaiting the next episode and willing to stay up all night watching it (the first being Death Note).
Overall Rating: N/A
I'm going to go ahead and say that I want to pretend I never saw this. The last episode kinda ruined it for me with a WTF moment. But otherwise, this was a very cynical anime about an otaku girl and her less-than-funny-but-hilarious attempts at trying to make friends.