Archive for the ‘Life on Anime’ Category

Don’t let the “2” at the end of the title mislead you into thinking that it’s a sequel.  This is an anime based on the second installment of the Devil Survivor video game franchise.  Since the first Devil Survivor had different characters, Atlus and Bridge made the distinction that this anime series was about the characters from Devil Survivor 2, the game.
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But how did Devil Survivor 2 stack up as an anime? Read on to find out!!

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A few years ago, I was searching for the next Card Captor Sakura.  CCS is my personal favorite anime series because of nostalgia.  It wasn’t just one of the first anime I watched, it was the show my future husband shared with me that really sparked my love for anime.  It was my first subtitled Japanese animation and definitely the first I had seen with a legit romance subplot.  Card Captor Sakura captured my heart in the early 2000’s.

Needless to say, I’ve always been searching for other shows that can give me that nice balance of fantasy, action, romance, and fun.  But they’re so hard to find!  When my friends don’t know where to look, I look on the internet.

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For Card Captor Sakura, one of the most recommended series is Gakuen Alice.

I’m here to dispel that.

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This week, I’m going old school with Excel Saga, the wacky, over-the-top-never-knows-when-to-quit action-adventure-parody series from J.C. Staff!

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Nothing is too sacred or safe from Excel Saga.  The 26-episode comedy series parodies everything from popular anime titles of the 80’s and 90’s to Jaws.  That’s right, Jaws.  If you’re familiar with anime and pop culture from those eras you won’t be too left behind.  Though it references older anime and movie titles, it’s still enjoyable to a new audience because of the wide net it casts by parodying entire genres.

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I’m still working my way through a ridiculously long backlog and I’ve fallen sick amidst doing tons of conventions and art over the past couple of months. Thankfully, there’s no better pick-me-up than Cromartie High School.

230px-Cromartie_coverGorillas, a robot student, and Freddie Mercury in a school full of chipped-shoulder delinquents.   Simply put, it’s about their everyday lives which are far from commonplace. It’s like The Daily Lives of High School Boys without the homoerotic undertones, dainty art, and pastel color pallet. Cromartie is bright, loud, and heavy. Each episode is about 12 minutes long and it clocks in at 26 episodes. It reminds me a lot of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, but without any action. It’s a gag comedy series that pokes fun at shonen tropes and themes while also parodying the slice-of-life genre.

Cromartie High School is that anomaly of an anime that you might have found in the bargain bin of a Movie Stop or FYE that closed years ago. If you own it, congrats! It’s out of print and very hard to find. ADV released the title but has since left the North American market, leaving many popular and fringe anime titles stuck in licensing limbo. FUNimation and Sentai Filmworks picked up some of the popular shows, but, unfortunately Cromartie wasn’t big enough to justify rescuing it from falling out of print. I own the Thinpack Collection released by ADV back in the early 2000’s. I’m still bummed that I missed out on the limited edition starter pack which was released about a year prior to my set. If you have one, email me at jade@bentostudios.com – I have cash.

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One of the first roles of Tsundere-type cast Rie Kugumiya with brilliant animation for the time launched itself from Light Novel to Manga to a 3-season anime plus multiple OVAs and movies. Shakugan no Shana wasn’t anything especially new, but it was flashy, well written, well told, and exciting. Unfortunately, its releases were spread out, the U.S. releases were even more delayed as a result of Geneon leaving the U.S. market, and were eventually met with a lukewarm reception on the FUNimation Network in 2012 and Blu-Ray/DVD release shortly thereafter.

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Even the English Dub was redone for later seasons after FUNimation acquired the license from Geneon when they were rescuing anime titles that would have, otherwise, been lost to the western marketplace.

Shakugan no Shana’s pacing may as well have been a perfect reflection of the rocky release schedule.

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It’s popular, it’s edgy, it’s dark and brooding, and it’s been in your face for the past year. Whether it’s FUNimation‘s advertisements, semi-A-List English casting, A-List Japanese actors, and A-List musical acts or just the number of people dressed like a barista wearing an eye patch at conventions, you’ve seen traces of this series everywhere. The manga was insanely popular even when it kicked off in 2011 and was even ranked fourth in sales for 2014, selling nearly seven million copies the year the anime came out. To top it off, 2014’s manga arc featured all new characters and was set several years after the original series. It’s practically a spinoff and it managed to get the fourth highest sales. Impressive!
That’s right – today, I’m reviewing Tokyo Ghoul.

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Welcome to another edition of “Life on Anime”… this time we’ll be taking a look at Hyouka – a 22 episode (23 if you count the OVA) mystery anime series produced by Kyoto Animation, best known for making the anime Free!.  Sentai Filmworks licensed the 2012 animation and released it on blu-ray in February 2014.

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Here’s the premise:
Houtarou Oreki lives by the motto “If I don’t have to do it, I won’t. If I do have to do it, make it quick.” He’s all about conserving his energy and putting forth minimal effort. His travelling sister convinces him to join the Classics Club in order to save it from shutting down. Given that the club has no members, to his knowledge, he decides to save it so that he has a private place to slack off. But his life is quickly turned upside down by Chitanda who joined the Classics Club before him. She’s easy-going and her curiosity is easily piqued. Chitanda doesn’t hesitate to pester the highly analytical Houtarou into satisfying her curiosity, no matter how trivial the problem. Houtarou’s long time friends Satoshi and Ibara join the Classics Club as well, helping him and Chitanda tackle locked room mysteries and delving into the shadowy history of their club, school, and festival.

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Welcome to another edition of “Life on Anime”… this time we’ll be taking a look at Servant x Service a short ‘slice-of-life’ series capping out at 13 episodes and based on a manga written and illustrated by Karino Takatsu and currently available on Crunchyroll.

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Welcome to another edition of “Life on Anime”… this time we’ll be taking a look at Wolf Children is an animated Japanese PG Rated movie released in the US by FUNimation.

wallpaper1_1440x900 Here’s the premise:
Hana is a student who falls in love with an oddball guy who frequently attends her college classes, but isn’t a student himself. As they grow closer, the man decides to tell her a secret: he’s an Ookami (Japanese wolf). Instead of being repulsed, they move in together and their relationship blossoms and they start a family. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Hana is forced to raise her wolf children on her own. But how did it stack up? Read on to find out!

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Welcome to another edition of “Life on Anime”… this time we’ll be taking a look at Akame Ga Kill is a 24 episode shonen action anime series based on a manga series by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro that ran in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker. The manga is still running and the anime started and ended in 2014 and is available on Crunchyroll.

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But how does Akame Ga Kill stack up? Read on to find out more!
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