Posts tagged with “Review”

Basquash!

Thursday, 27 September, 2012

Long time ago in a galaxy far away, giants played basketball…
Ah! Screw this!

Have you ever seen a basketball game? If you didn’t, go and watch!

Do you think that it can escalate to something bigger than just a game?

No? Well according to the Japanese it can!

Basquash! Welcome to planet Earthdash inhabited by humans and some weird intelligent animals, orbited by a huge inhabited moon that lights the surface during the night, and is a dump. Yep. The elite actually live on the moon.

So the main character, Dan JD, lives in this dump desperately trying to get his passage to the moon, so he can get top class medical treatment for his sister, who lost her ability to walk because giant robot stepped on her when they played basketball. Phew! That was a long sentence.

Ok, apparently those giant robots, or bigfoots as they call them, are the main dish on this planet, metaphorically speaking of course, most of the labor work, transportation, and even the most popular sport (Big Foot Basket or BFB for shorter version) is done using them.

Dan goes to BFB game and finds out that there is no excitement there and all of the heat he saw on TV was fabricated by computer graphics. Being a dumb idiot he is, Dan breaks in the game and wrecks the place.

And that is where it all starts! The ridiculous escalation of something that cannot escalate!

I have no idea what kind of basketball junckie you have to be to think of something like this.

But I have to admit it, after tearing through a few of the first episodes of wanting to strangle each and everyone of the characters there, I found myself interested in what’s there to come next and not giving a damn about their personalities at all. And then the last parts come and I sit staring in the monitor, not even blinking, murmuring to myself: “Show me, show me, show me, show me! There is something great coming!”.

Yep, like that.

The graphics there are pretty average, so don’t expect to see a lot of beautiful sceneries. The soundtrack on the other hand is pretty driving. So all and all the combination is quite good, there is a room to enjoy.

Kokoro connect

Monday, 17 September, 2012

Alright! Well here it goes.

This time it’s about an anime that is still airing.

Kokoro connect. One might think that it’s a love drama of some sort, if judging only by the name. But it’s not. Well, I would be lying if I said that there is completely none of this stuff,  but I’ll talk about it in a bit. Just hold your pants for a while.

Ok so the story revolves around five high school kids who form a cultural club. Now, they have no superpowers, no hidden abilities, and yet they manage to draw attention of some godlike being that calls itself Heartseed. A plant… Cardiospermum in latin… Really Japan?

Well in any case, that thing starts to play games with those five, or more like plays pranks on them, to lift its own boredom. Now! Can you imagine what kind of prank such an entity can pull on you? And I didn’t mention it, but that thing has got some really twisted sense of humor.

So the kids face ridiculous situations on the god level, one after another. Basically the dude plays with their minds at his own whim. And in the midst of it… Yep… Boyfriend/girlfriend Crysis!  Shut up gamers!

Really? Love affairs in the midst of this? Now who’s got the twisted mind, you or the Heartseed? Facing something like that I wouldn’t be able to think of getting a girl! I’d be closer to go all-Kratos on the guy! I said shut up gamers!

Well anyways, I find myself watching all eleven episodes in one go, and enjoying this kind of dark humor.

Very solid self sustained arcs, five episodes each, so you can watch them each like a full season, and even have moments like: “I see what you did there!” in the end of one and then “Woohoo! Action! Wait what?!” in the beginning of the next. Very pleasant graphics too.

One word of advice. Watch it closely or the story will begin and end even before you know it.

Enjoy.

Saki

Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

Ok, Saki. For those of you who don’t know, this word means blossom in Japanese and piss in Russian. And it’s closer to the Russian than to Japanese.
Seriously! You all know the sports and battle genres, right. And shoujo to boot. Right? I always said that it would be an extremely bad idea to combine those.

Well it seems that someone thought otherwise. And he or she was wrong! Damn! They even made an anime of that! And that means that some considerable percentage of manga readers actually liked it!

Ok I watched it, so here is my humble review.


Well the story revolves around a girl named Saki, who is a mahjong player. She enrolls into some high school, name irrelevant, and gets dragged into a mahjong club full of freak members. Yep, freaks, all of them.
So they play mahjong, in a way that battle genre anime goes. Well you know… Flashes, killing intent… Stuff like that. And it looks ridiculous!

I mean really? Killing intent in a table game?! People, are you nuts?! And that kind of thing goes all the way to the nationals!
Well I’m not saying that it is completely boring or something. In fact it’s quite amusing.

For example how they all get fired up about the game. Passion is something worthy of notice, wherever you see it. The graphics are pleasant to the eye too. And those girls teasing affection for each other…

Leaves you in anticipation.
Well in the end you won’t see it. But the thrill. Kinda nice. I say, a cocktease.

Anyways, when I watched it, through all the anime I had this urge to violently murder every single one of the characters. But in the end I watched it to the end.

Frankly I have no idea what held me through all of it, but anyone might give it a try. As I said it already, someone might actually like it.
And still, the combination of sports, battle and shojo is baaaaaaaad. Don’t do that Japan! Just don’t do that!

Shigofumi

Monday, 19 March, 2012

Dead people don’t talk for a reason. If you ever get to know what a dead person had to say, just forget it – it will be easier. Cause whatever is there he had to say, it won’t be pretty. Got that?
The main character of this one is called Fumika, and she is a postwoman. A postwoman that delivers letters from the dead people to the living. Letters with the last words that the dead failed to say. Creepy.


I say if they did fail to say those words, it’s better they stay that way. Really.
Anyways, this girl delivers the letters with her friend – a staff named Kanaka, which is apparently a girl, regardless of the recipient want it or not. And you can imagine what that causes.  I mean what would you think if you suddenly received a letter from your best friend whom you KILLED. Or your victim (that is if you are some sort of maniac).

Nothing good right? And that’s what goes on here. Suicides, more murders, insanity. And there is more to it! Fumika herself is supposed to be dead, and figures out she is not really dead. How screwed up is that? No really! A living person is going in and out from the world of the dead, delivers messages that causes more deaths and have nothing  to say about it. She actually likes this job! That’s out of chart! Makes you think that she herself is some sort of maniac or have some psychological disorder, which is basically the same.

Well it turns out that she is not really that crazy, or stone hearted, or big of a maniac, you choose. Yep, she is suffering. From the fact she have no idea why isn’t she really dead, from the fact she cannot remember what or who she was before she got that ridiculous job ect. Yep it’s a drama, didn’t you get it?

Well anyways, the story line revolves around those ridiculous delivery tasks and her trying to figure out what or who in the world is she. And in the end she succeeds. In a way that might get you to facepalm yourself to bleed.

Well, you like dramas? Then go watch this one, cause it is good. And it can actually make you rethink some aspects of your life. None of the dozens of aired “Titanics” could do that, so… You got the point… I hope.
Enjoy.

Busou Renkin

Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

Well now! That would be the first summary/review I write.
And I’ll start with an oldie.
Do you like heroes? I mean the type of those heroes that, ride a white horse, wear a shiny armor and wield a big sword. Cause I don’t. Actually I hate them! For one particular reason, which would be their enormous stupidity!
Well if a hero is not stupid he won’t get in some trouble and thus won’t get to do heroic stuff so he won’t be named a hero. And that brings out the only trait I like about those heroes – they have a full cargo ship worth of luck. Why do I think so? Well you get into a life-threatening situation and you get out alive. If you are only stupid and don’t have that kind of luck, you’ll simply die. Not really a heroic thing to do.


Busou Renking aka Alchemic Weapon, the main character is named Mutou Kazuki. A hero! First episode of the anime he goes to an abandoned factory to check out some strange lights that he saw there. Finds there a cute girl that is about to be killed by some sort of unknown monster. What does he do? Right! A heroic thing to do – jumps in to save the girl. But instead of pushing the girl away from the attack line he covers her with his own body, gets a hole in his chest and his heart torn to shreds. He dies – end of story.

Oh wait! He is a hero! How could I forget about his monstrous luck!? The monster for some strange reason runs away. They girl turns out to be a warrior alchemist, carries Mutou away, covers a hole in his chest and puts a heart substitute in there. Wow! You don’t get luckier than that! But you certainly can get even more stupid than before. And Mutou proves it episode after episode, showing another thing about heroes, which is – they need helpers. I mean who else is going to cover for a hero when he screws up so badly that even his luck can’t handle it? With his heart substitute he gets a huge lance. It’s not a sword, but it is big so who cares? Somewhere along the story line he gets the shiny armor too, but no horse. What a shame. But he becomes a monster, or something like that, so I guess it covers up for a horse. Plus it turns out he is a hypocrite. You know someone like that when that someone says or does something along the lines like: “I’ll kill all of your family, friends and subordinates, but I won’t kill you cause you’re miserable and I pity you.”
Anyways if you like fairy tales and want to spend some time resting without getting bored to death, you might as well check this one out. Cause I enjoyed almost every moment watching it and, along the way, mocking the characters.
Have fun.