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10: Dragon Ball Kai (2014)
English: Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters
MAL Score: 7.66
Remastered version of the Majin Buu saga that adheres more to the manga’s story.
After the end of DBZ Kai with its lower than expected ratings, Toei did not plan to make a Kai for the Majin Boo arc of the series. Investors wanted it for the overseas audience, thus they went ahead with it after all. But since this was never planned to air in Japan and the first Kai got low ratings, Toei half-assed this as much as they possibly could. The filler removal is less than I would have hoped for. If I remember correctly, Kanzenshuu said that the international cut only removed 25% of the filler from the series while the cut that actually did air in Japan removed only 33% (it got 9 less episodes than the rest of the world did). Right off that bat, the biggest point of a Kai version for the Boo arc is mostly gone. For reference, the Majin Boo arc for DBZ began at episode 200 and lasted to 291–91 episodes total. Here, the arc begins at episode 99 and goes to 167–69 episodes total (international version, not Japan version that aired on Fuji TV). The first Kai took episodes 001 to 194 of Z and turned it into 98 episodes. This arc could’ve had much much much more filler removed than it did.
The remastering process was gimped as well. Whereas Toei paid QTEC to remaster the footage for the first 98 episodes of DBZ Kai, this version’s remastering was done internally at Toei. The quality has a HUGE drop with a crop to 16:9, haloing, poor framing in certain scenes, bad DNR that removes detail, and for reasons unknown to this day a green tint over the video excluding the OP, ED, and eyecatches. So now the two biggest points of a Kai version for the Boo arc are gone: less filler removal and a remaster that hurts the eyes and dishonors the vision originally intended by the people who worked on the original version of the show.
While the audio for the characters was re-recorded and a new score composed by Norihito Sumitomo (who scored Battle of Gods, Resurrection ‘F’, and now Super) was done, this version of the show isn’t something you truly need to watch. The Funimation dub is VERY similar to the original dub they did for Z, as by the time they reached the Majin Boo arc originally they had gotten more accurate in their translations. If you liked Kikuchi or Faulconer’s scores, you could simply save money by buying the Blu-ray remasters and skipping filler content to save some money.
In the end, this is a negligible version of the series and you are better off watching it either with Kikuchi or Faulconer and skipping the filler scenes in Z. Most of them were not removed for this release anyway. All in all, I think everyone would’ve been better off had this not been made the way it was. It’s simply not worth it in any form.
After finally finishing the first season of Kai I of course had to watch its second season which retells the Buu Saga. Normally I’d just write one review for a series that has multiple seasons but sometimes the quality of a season can be slightly or even notably different whether thats for the better or for worse, and unfortunately this is the latter. Obviously this is a review for Kai 2014/Buu Saga/Season 2, or however you want to call it, but for simplicity I’m going to refer to Frieza and Cell as Season 1 of Kai and this, the Buu Saga, as Season 2 of Kai. Also I highly recommend reading my previous review of Kai Season 1 since I’ll be referring to it in this review which you can find here.
Finally this is spoilers for all of Kai so if you’ve somehow not seen Z or Kai or any Dragon Ball then go watch them first.
DBZ Kai 2 is supposed to be exactly how the first season of Kai was: a condensed and edited version of the original Z anime which trims a lot of the fat and removes a heavy chunk of filler in order to speed up the pace and adhere more to the manga. Season 1 did a pretty damn good job of completing this task even if there were still some scenes that could’ve been removed and lowered the episode count down to a few episodes. Still, season 1 cut out 96 episodes worth of content which basically cut the run time to half of what Z was to get to the end of Cell. Since the Other World Tournament was filler that was cut of course which left a remaining 92 episodes of Z to be re-edited and trimmed down for season 2. Here we get a total of 69, yes 69 episodes, not 61 which is listed here on MAL. I honestly have no idea why this is so confusing and why the number of episodes is different. On the Wikipedia episode list page apparently some episodes are cut from original Japanese airing which doesn’t really make sense but now that its technically complete it’s a total of 69 episodes and not 61 which is all you need to know. By the number of total episodes its clear that something feels off. This makes for a total of 33 episodes less than the total of what it was in Z which is a notable difference, however it’s clear that they could have cut another 10 or probably even 20 episodes out and speed up the pace in some areas.
This is probably due to the fact Toei themselves produced and edited Season 2 of Kai and it sadly shows. For Season 1, Toei paid a company called QTEC to re-edit Z and turn them into Kai episodes and like I mentioned, they did a pretty damn good job at it. With Toei doing the work themselves, Season 2 has an episode count that should be significantly lowered from 69 to about 50 or even 55 episodes, footage that is cropped and now a slight green tint during its entirety (which I’ll get to in the art section later on). Toei has always gotten a lot of slack and hate over the years and I’m not sure if they deserve it or not. It’s either Toei Animation themselves to blame for this or Fuji TV which airs their episodes on their network. Either way one of them is extremely greedy and wants to milk and get as money out of their series as they can possibly get which is why there’s more episodes than needed. I will say this though, there is clearly talent, love, and care at Toei. The directors managed to include decent and well thought out filler sections in Z’s original run, character stills are usually good, and its clear that their animators can do great things when they have enough time. Look at Dragon Ball Super during the Tournament of Power, a ton of the arc looks great which is because Toei gave their workers much needed time to complete episodes while also adding more staff and teams to assist. What I’m trying to say is that Toei has talented and respected workers but either the higher ups or/and Fuji TV’s owners are greedy bastards who prevent their workers from creating even better works.
After all of that blabbering I think its time to talk about the pacing and why its very bittersweet here in season 2. Clearly a cut of 33 episodes means the pacing is quicker, certain filler is removed, and the runtime is a fraction of what it once was. At the same time, there are still certain scenes that definitely could have been cut, fights and scenes that could have been speed up, and I can’t believe this but even EPISODES that are filler. Yes, I was shocked that Kai: the series that is supposed to cut filler, has some filler episodes. It’s only 2 out of 69 but there’s no real reason for them to be here. The first one is of Gohan and Videl saving a dinosaur who’s been kidnapped, and the second one being a celebration party after Kid Buu’s defeat. They aren’t bad episodes but there’s no excuse for them being here considering all of the runtime for them is filler and shouldn’t be included. I mentioned in my review of Season 1 that I was usually fine with Z’s pacing and that the only real time I thought it was going too far was on my rewatch of the Frieza fight which is notorious for being way too long and dragged out. I don’t mind if certain scenes and fights are a bit of the slow side but still including filler moments like characters monologuing on the sidelines explaining what’s going on in the fights could have been removed especially considering this is what Kai is supposed to be after all. Overall however, watching the Buu Saga is about the same compared to how it was in Z, maybe a bit better here since the runtime is less. In my S1 review I touched on how the big moments in the series were overall better in Z and the payoffs were too such as Frieza and Cell’s defeat, Goku turning Super Saiyan, power ups and transformations, etc. Here, due to the slower pace this really isn’t an issue. The only scenes I’d say for sure that’s better in Z is Vegeta’s Sacrifice and Goku turning Super Saiyan 3 which is like 5 minutes of just nonstop screaming and its awesome. Here in Kai its MUCH shorter and isnt nearly as cool. Thankfully other moments such as Gotenks introduction, charging the Spirit Bomb, and Kid Buu’s defeat are pretty much the same in terms of impact and payoff. But all in all, the upgraded pacing isn’t what it could have been but its still faster paced than Z which is to be expected. It’s basically just receiving the bare minimum of what’d you’d expect from a re-edit and nothing more if that makes sense.
Now onto the story which there’s a good amount to talk about. The Buu Saga can be divided into four sections or arcs which I’ll refer to as
1. The Great Saiyaman/World Martial Arts Tournament
2. Majin Buu
3. Super Buu
4. Kid Buu
The season starts off which the Great Saiyaman which leads into the World Martial Arts Tournament. After seven years since Cell’s defeat, Gohan is now 17 (or 18 if you count the year in the Chamber, Toriyama kind of messed this up), and he begins to commute to his new life as a high school student. At the same time, Gohan wants to dress up as a Superhero and be known as the Great Saiyaman in order to not get his identity revealed. While doing so, we also get introduced to Hercule’s (or Mr. Satan’s) daughter, Videl, who befriends Gohan but also believes that he’s the Great Saiyaman and wants to find out the truth. This whole arc is much more slice of life and laid back than everything we’ve seen since the beginning of the series which is been long overdue. It’s great to just see Gohan and Videl live a somewhat normal life while saving the day by doing superhero deeds. Shortly after is the Worlds Martial Arts Tournament which is pretty good too. It’s nothing special but again, its a much needed tone of being very low stakes while just seeing the cast enjoy themselves. This is until towards the end of the arc where Spopovich beats the crap out of Videl, which is one of the better fights in the series honestly, and then ends off with Gohan getting his energy drained by Spopvich and Yamu. Overall this arc is pretty solid and is probably the second best arc of the saga.
Next is the Majin Buu which which is technically where the saga starts. It’s sort of like the Saiyan arc in the Frieza saga; some refer to it as a saga where others refer to it as an arc since it heavily leads to the Namek and Frieza saga. But anyway I could say for sure that this is where the saga and Buu aspect ultimately begins. Unfortunately this arc is easily the weakest of the four which I’ll be going over. The arc’s hook is nothing compared to Frieza and Cell’s openings. In Frieza we get our minds blown learning that Goku is a being of an extinct race since his brother comes to Earth in order to destroy. This causes the evil Piccolo and Goku to team up to defeat Raditz which results in Goku dying at the beginning of the series which was insane. In Cell we start with Frieza and his father, King Cold, coming to Earth in order to get revenge on Goku which had me shit myself the first time I saw it. This unease ends abruptly since a new mysterious Saiyan comes, turns Super Saiyan which was cool for the time, and defeats Frieza and his father without breaking a sweat. This set the bar for how much more powerful the next villains would be from then on out. Here, the arc starts with the Z fighters finding and entering Babidi’s lair, but beforehand are left with Kibito getting killed, and Krillin and Piccolo turning into stone from one of Babidi’s minions Dabura. This leaves us off with Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, and the Supreme Kai left to deal with Babidi and his minions. This whole segment is probably the worst part of the original series. It is better here in Kai but not by a whole lot due to the pacing not being as fast as it should be. Goku and Vegeta kick Babidi’s mionion’s asses easily and Gohan is seen struggling with Dabura because he’s out of practice. The fights aren’t that interesting and Babidi’s minions aren’t really interesting to begin with either.
Shortly after there’s the fight between Vegeta and Goku which is really damn good and exciting which then brings us to Majin Buu being resurrected. Vegeta fights Buu but then realizes he can’t win normally so he decides to sacrifice himself in order to save the entire world which is a fantastic moment in the entire series. Of course Buu survives because the arc can’t just end as soon as it starts and Babidi and Buu start to destroy everyone on the planet which is where the problems start to show. I’ll go into more detail later but one of the main downsides of the arc is its cast and Babidi is probably my least favorite mainline or B tier character in the original series. I enjoy Buu but he’s one of the biggest problems with the arc too. A decent amount of time is spent with Babidi and Buu destroying cities and people and it isn’t anything special. This is the sort of violence and terror that Vegeta and Nappa could’ve done in the Saiyan arc. Sure, Buu probably managed to destroy more cities and kill more people in a much quicker time but that’s really the only thing he has going for him. Babidi even says it should take around 5 days before everyone on Earth is dead. The stakes don’t feel nearly as high as it was with Frieza or Cell and tonally it’s not easy to take seriously when you’re main villain is a fat pink blob who turns people into candy. It’s just difficult to take seriously but then again it is something different and I think having another Frieza or Cell would feel a bit recycled but we’ll get to that soon. While this is going on, Goku soons goes Super Saiyan 3 against Buu which I already mentioned was one of the best moments of the saga, and then leads into Goten and Trunks learning fusion. This is where the pacing slows down by a ton for a decent amount of episodes. During this time Majin Buu kills Babidi and then spends more time destroying cities and people but then ends up building himself a house. Goten and Trunks send a few episodes learning fusion and then Hercule soon meets up with Buu. This whole section is just very slow and it doesn’t feel like much is happening during these episodes. Once Hercule and Buu become friends it gets better and is honestly a really well written idea having Buu become nice while also giving Herucle a nice side as well, showing that he isn’t just a loudmouth coward. This whole arc overall is decent and kind of sums up the arc as a whole. It has some great moments and ideas such as Super Saiyan 3, Vegeta’s sacrifice, and fusion, but when you actually sit down and watch it, it’s not the best. This is mainly due to pacing issues and a lack of great characters.
Next is the Super Buu arc which is just a fight with the new evil Buu who swallows and absorbs fat Majin Buu. I’d say this arc is mainly just Toriyama being told that he needs another villain that is more on the line of Cell and Frieza and that the arc is more similar to what we’ve seen before whether that was for better or for worse. Here we get to see Super Buu fight Gotenks, Gohan, Goku, and Vegito. Most of these fights are good although the Gohan fight is very frustrating. Gohan has been spending this entire arc on the land of the Kais after his defeat with Buu earlier ago. Here he has been messing around with the Z Sword which is said to grant any warrior a huge amount of power but ends up with him just sitting around for 25 hours standing and sitting doing absolutely nothing but gaining power without having to doing anything at all. And after all of that time spent gaining power, he fights Super Buu for a few minutes kicking his ass, but then gets overpowered after Buu absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo. First, having Buu gain the upper hand is fine but Gohan can’t do anything after this happens. It would’ve been a lot more interesting if they were at least equal now with Buu maybe having the advantage but instead its a complete 180 in the span of only a few minutes and its really annoying and disappointing to see this. Second, Buu absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo, and eventually Gohan too and gains some of their appearance, knowledge, intelligence, and of course power. This is literally just a carbon copy of Cell at this point. I’m fine with Buu surviving Vegeta’s blast by having some of his body remain intact even if its exactly how Goku died for nothing against Cell but I can let it pass since Buu is a very unique fighter. I could even let it slide with Evil skinny Buu absorbing fat Buu since they’re both Buus sort of like how Namekians can merge to become a stronger being. But this is basically just Cell without the cool terrifying transformations, and of course without Cell’s personality. After absorbing Piccolo Buu feels and acts like a bootleg Cell until after his fight with Vegito which is another one of the best fights in the saga. Finally, the arc ends with Goku and Vegeta entering Buu and removing the fighters he’s absorbed including Majin Buu which leads to him transforming back into his original form which is known as Kid Buu.
Finally we get to the end of the saga where Kid Buu destroys the entire Earth with everyone on it. First off its great to finally see an attack actually destroy the planet. Ever since Goku vs. Vegeta we’ve heard nonstop of how everyone’s power or attacks shook the planet and how their number 1 move was too powerful and would destroy the planet. Here we finally see it and now the stakes are risen to a new level that we haven’t seen before which is kind of ironic to say since that’s what every new villain is suppose to represent. But here just having everyone die and the planet destroyed just feels fresh since its never happened before. Second, it doesn’t make any sense why Buu is more powerful after Majin Buu gets disconnected from his body in his brain. If I have this right, two of the Kais got absorbed by Buu which weakened him and made him more childish and less destructive. However, wouldn’t that mean that by absorbing Piccolo, Gohan, and Gotenks, he would become more restrained and less powerful? It’s very confusing and I think its just a massive oversight and flaw that isn’t explained well or even at all. Besides that, Kid Buu ends up fighting with the last remaining fighters on the land of the Kais which is against Goku, Vegeta, Majin Buu, and even Hercule. This entire arc is just a fight too but its probably the best in the entire saga just because we get to see Goku, Vegeta, and Buu switch places and take their shot and holding off Buu. The finale is great and is one of my favorite moments in the entire series. Goku charges up the Spirit Bomb and needs to energy of everyone on Earth and even characters from other planets and worlds such as Namek and Other World. During this we get some nice call backs to early Dragon Ball such as Nam, Suno, Upa, and even Launch. The idea of having literally everyone on Earth and everyone else in the series giving all of their energy into one giant attack just shows how grand and epic this finale is and its great. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not but it sort of reminds me of Goku winning the Martial Arts Tournament for the first time at the very end of Dragon Ball. There is took him two times of failing but finally winning in the end on his third attempt. The Spirit Bomb has failed him against Vegeta and Frieza so its a nice touch that it finally ends up working here since the saying is third time’s the charm. Overall its a great finale to the arc and having callbacks to a lot of previous characters makes it so much better as a sendoff to the series. This is pretty much the end but there’s two more episodes that take place ten years after the defeat of Buu which is held at the Martial Arts Tournament again. It’s extremely short but is still a nice way to se these characters one last time even if its a bit depressing seeing them all old. I’m still mixed on the decision to have Goku leave his friends and family at the very end though. It’s a very Goku thing to do and it fits his character, especially having him become a teacher now, but it just doesn’t sit right knowing that the series ends with Goku not being with his friends and family.
To sum up the Buu Saga, all in all its probably the weakest in the entire original series but its still a good and solid arc despite some of its glaring flaws. It’s still an above average and enjoying arc, although it’s very clear that Toriyama was already worn out while writing it.
Just like with Season 1, Kai is just a re-edit and sort of remaster of the original footage from Z. There are a few key differences here though. For starters, the big change is that Kai is cropped in order to fit new widescreen TVs. I’m not too big a fan of this decision but I also don’t necessarily mind it. When I rewatched all of Z a few years back I watched it all on the Blu Rays which are cropped in order to fit the entire screen so I’m fine with watching it cropped. I still believe it should be in its original format since we a re technically missing parts of the screen but most of the time I don’t notice it too much. Second, there’s the weird new green tint thats on screen which I don’t understand at all. It makes the show just look worse but its not a huge probably, its just very confusing why its there in the first place. There’s also some minor censorship that was done by Toei themselves and not licensors such as Funimation. It’s not a whole lot but basically middle fingers are removed, the one dude at the Tournament who gets his head blown up by Babidi is covered up, and Babidi’s blood is now changed to be purple. These are all minor changes and complaints. I’m fine with Babidi’s blood being purple since that is his blood color after all so its more of a color correction but removing the dude’s heads getting blown up and removing middle fingers is a bit of a letdown.
As for the art itself, Dragon Ball has always struggled with its animation. I went into detail defending the art to an extent in my season 1 review so I’m quickly recap my thoughts. In terms of animation, Z or Kai is kind of shit. There are some well animated fights but a majority of the fights don’t look good and feel lazy. Fortunately, some ground is made up to compensate for this. Toriyama’s character designs are fantastic in original Dragon Ball and especially in Z and for the most part characters were on model and were well drawn in Z and Kai before. Here in the Buu saga however, characters look even better than ever. The art is more consistent and the still shots look amongst the best they ever had. Despite the series lacking in the animation department, this is still the best looking Dragon Ball has been during its original run for sure.
I was very astonished and confused during my view of season 2. I’m no music expert but if I can call out big flaws in the sound area then its clearly a problem. Let me just say this, I don’t hate or even dislike the OST for season 2. Here we get an entirely original new track which ended up being used for Super too but unfortunately we don’t get any returning tracks either. The original Japanese track was pretty good, I didn’t love it while I wrote my season 1 review but its slowly starting to grow on me, especially since its league better than these new tracks. The new songs we get are fine, I will say that. There are some solid tracks here but overall its nothing special. The main issues are that they aren’t too great in general, they’re repeated quite a lot and are very noticeably, and worst of all they don’t even fit half the time. This was by far its worst during the Majin Buu arc. You’d think I’m joking, but during the filler where Yamcha, Chi Chi, Bulma, and everyone else are collecting the dragon balls, one of them being from a giant fish, we hear the same epic music that plays when a villain shows up. Its ridiculous with how unfitting these songs can be placed in and just shows how little they made. The question is why not just reuse some, if not then a good chunk of the original tracks. That’s what Kai did and it worked out pretty well. But there isn’t a single reused track besides the Battle of Gods mix of Cha La. After the Majin Buu arc, tracks get repeated still but it’s the tracks tonally fit when used most of the time. It’s really just during the Majin Buu section where the sound design when down the shitter.
Voice Acting/Dub: 9
I’ve always loved the English dub of Dragon Ball and season 2 is a bit better than season 1. All the voices return from Kai which I have no problem with. Kid Gohan and Frieza were the only voices I highly preferred the original Z voices for and since they aren’t here, besides Frieza with literally a few lines of dialogue, I don’t really have any complaints. I failed to mention in my season 1 review but Bulma’s voice also changed going from Z to Kai and I’m fine with Monica Rial as Bulma. I still prefer the original VA for her in Z but I’ve gotten use to Monica and she does a good job as her. They also got Oolong back who had a really shitty voice in Kai so thats something even if he also only has a few lines. But yeah no real complaints, Dragon Ball dub is great as always.
Dragon Ball has always been known for having a great cast of characters but unfortunately the Buu saga’s cast adds some of the weaker and less likable characters to the series. Let’s start off with the good additions. Videl is great and giving Gohan a sweetheart works, and then there’s the new Kais which are pretty fun to watch even if they’re basically a replacement for King Kai. As for the returning cast they’re for the most part good. Vegeta is fantastic in this saga and he gets a ton of development here from him sacrificing himself, fusing with Goku, and even coming up with the idea for the people of Earth to save it themselves. Piccolo works as a mentor figure which gives him some good moments, and Goku is still Goku. I especially like how he purposely doesn’t defeat Majin Buu while up against him because he really wants to push his belief for having the new generation fight off the coming dangers and villains, but I’ll get to that soon. There’s also Hercule who gets some great development with Buu for awhile.
As for other returning characters, they’re sort of mixed. Krillin does nothing in the entire saga which sucks after seeing him on Namek and even having him fall in love with 18 in Cell. Tien makes a decent entrance against Super Buu but then gets one shot and serves no purpose whatsoever so it defeats the purpose of him even being there to begin with. Other characters have no real roles anymore but it would’ve been nice to see 18 at least try and fight Super Buu since she has unlimited energy after all. Finally, there’s of course Gohan who can get a lot of hate here and I’m mixed on him. Let me just start by saying I’m not one of those people who are upset that he isn’t a badass like he was against Cell while being Super Saiyan 2. Gohan’s character is all about how he doesn’t want to be a fighter and how he just wants to live a normal life being a regular everyday working man. This along with Goku’s perspective of having the next generation fight for themselves could have worked out really well together and could have given the arc a lot more potential. Throughout Dragon Ball we’ve seen characters such as Krillin, Yamcha, and Tien who picked up fighting and martial arts as a hobby. We then have characters like Goku and Vegeta who fight mainly to become stronger since they strive to a good fight. Some of Goku’s motive is to protect and now the same applies to Vegeta but having a character train and fight sorely to protect others while also not enjoying fighting could have been fresh and interesting. We could have seen Gohan train not out of enjoyment of fighting but as a duty in order to protect people like Videl. But instead we get most of the arc with him sitting around for an entire day, getting more powerful, and then getting his assed kicked after a couple of minutes of winning. The whole idea of the next generation moving forward also gets forgotten since the arc ends up with Goku saving the day which sort of ruins what the entire Cell fight represents.
When you take a glance and the Cell fight it’s very simple in terms of structure and may not be one of the best fights in the series; Goku fights Cell, Gohan fights Cell and gets his ass kicked, they reuse the concept of the Saibamen, Gohan kicks Cell’s ass, Cell kills Goku, and Gohan kills Cell with everything he has. Its a very one sided fight most of the time but the meaning behind the fight is what makes it so good, also Gohan being a complete badass but that not the point I’m trying to make. The fight represents Goku passing the torch onto Gohan and leaving the fate of the world into the hands of the next generation. It was also really ballsy of Toriyama to replace Goku with Gohan and have him take the spotlight which is why its so disappointing to see how he was handled in this saga. You see, Toriyama planned for Goku to become a side character sort of like how he was against Buu as Super Saiyan 3 but got a lot of hate from fans early on in the saga which is why Gohan just stops being in the spotlight after the Tournament.
I know I got a bit side tracked but now I’ll get to some of the new characters that aren’t bad but are kind of mixed. First is Trunks and Goten. They’re kids obviously so they’re going to act like kids and can be a bit on the annoying side sometimes. They’re fine but the main issue with them is that they can overstay their welcome which I’m thankful for in Super by the way, where they are mostly just side characters and don’t really do much. Gotenks is where the bigger probably arise. Since Gotenks is the fusion of Trunks and Goten he’s of course going to be two kids into one which doesn’t sound very good. Again, I can tolerate Gotenks but the main issue is again, he overstays his welcome a decent amount of the time and can get on the annoying side. It’s also really frustrating seeing him not take his fight against Buu seriously especially after Goten just watched his mother die in front of him and turned proceeded to take his training seriously for once.
Next is Majin Buu who I actually quite like as a character but from a story view he brings in problems that I mentioned. Yes, I do enjoy an appreciate that he’s one of the more unique characters in the series, especially coming as the main villain for a decent amount of the saga but its difficult to take him seriously when he’s a fat pink blob who usually kills people by turning them into candy and eating them. Buu is a good character but not a great antagonist. Super Buu on the other hand is a worse character but a better antagonist. Super Buu doesn’t have much of a personality besides being a bit stupid and evil. I can enjoy him up until he starts absorbing people since at that point he basically just becomes worse Cell without having what made Cell so great of a character. Lastly there’s Kid Buu who’s the best antagonist in the saga since he’s the most threatening but as a character he’s just evil and a bit stupid, basically just a more extreme version of Super Buu except that he talk, only screams. I can let this pass somewhat since he is Bibidi’s creation and his sole purpose was to destroy everything so having the mindset of being purely chaotic does make sense, it’s just not very unique or interesting.
Lastly there’s Babidi and I really don’t like him. He represents everything wrong with the characters in this saga that I have fixed feelings with. At first I’m fine with Babidi as a character; he’s a short, loud, and powerful wizard that relies on magic to achieve what he wants. The problem is just like with Gotenks, he overstays his welcome way too much and can get annoying very fast. This is mostly due to him shouting all the time and its just frustrating hearing him boss Buu around when we know Buu could easily kill him. When Babidi finally dies its not great, its more of a finally moment. He’s probably my least favorite character in the original series but I’ve seen worse in other shounen so I don’t HATE him per say. I’ll take him over half of Fairy Tail’s cast any day.
The characters in the Buu Saga aren’t the best the series has to offer but at the same time there still are a good amount of likable characters that sort of make up for it.
I love shounen, its one of my favorite genres and of course I love Dragon Ball. I can watch a lot of shounen episodes in one sitting such as over 10 episodes so it makes it easy to binge some of these longer shows. I still have a very time watching Dragon Ball and I do enjoy this saga. It might have some pacing issues, story flaws, some mixed characters, and a confusing soundtrack at times, but overall I still unsurprisingly had a pretty solid time watching the series again. Even if some moments are repetitive, and some episodes aren’t the great, I still love this series which is why even with its weakest arc, I’m still able to have fun watching it despite its short comings.
DBZ Kai Season 2 is a disappointment. This is due to the “Kai” aspect being not as well done as the first season which extends the runtime longer than it needs to. The other problem is of the saga itself which couldn’t really be helped considering a lot of problems here are canon issues. Besides that, season 2 of Kai is still good. It may not be as well made as the last season, and the arc itself may be notably worse in comparison, but at the end of the day its still the final saga of the original Dragon Ball, so even at its worst, this is still a solid season despite some of its glaring problems.
9: Arslan Senki (TV)
English: The Heroic Legend of Arslan
MAL Score: 7.69
The year is 320. Under the rule of the belligerent King Andragoras III, the Kingdom of Pars is at war with the neighboring empire, Lusitania. Though different from his father in many aspects, Arslan, the young prince, sets out to prove his valor on the battlefield for the very first time. However, when the king is betrayed by one of his most trusted officials, the Parsian army is decimated and the capital city of Ecbatana is sieged. With the army in shambles and the Lusitanians out for his head, Arslan is forced to go on the run. With a respected general by his side, Daryun, Arslan soon sets off on a journey in search of allies that will help him take back his home.
However, the enemies that the prince faces are far from limited to just those occupying his kingdom. Armies of other kingdoms stand ready to conquer Ecbatana. Moreover, the mastermind behind Lusitania’s victory, an enigmatic man hiding behind a silver mask, poses a dangerous threat to Arslan and his company as he possesses a secret that could jeopardize Arslan’s right to succession.
With the odds stacked against him, Arslan must find the strength and courage to overcome these obstacles, and allies who will help him fight in the journey that will help prepare him for the day he becomes king.
Yoshiki Tanaka, you may not recognize his name but you’ve undoubtedly heard of his highly acclaimed behemoth Legend of the Galactic Heroes; a seminal war epic that influenced many series in its wake, with a legacy that still ripples through the world of anime and manga to this very day. When I heard that another one of his creations were going to get the anime treatment with Arslan Senki, my interest was immediately piqued. I was expecting another grand series with rich themes of political warfare, larger-than-life moments littered throughout and a far-reaching cast of developed personalities to carry it through. I was expecting a show that handled its content with a sense of gravitas, leaving no room for shortcuts. I was expecting something with a discipline, where proper writing and coordinated planning wasn’t just an afterthought. And as if to solidify the deal even further, I found out that the character design work and manga adaptation of Tanaka’s work was done by Arakawa Hiromu of Fullmetal Alchemist fame. The person behind one of the greatest war epics of all time partnered up with the person responsible for what’s arguably one of, if not, the best shounen of all time. With such promising creators taking the helm, what could possibly go wrong?… Well, as it turns out, everything can.
Arslan Senki was an anime that attempted all of the qualities expected from a Yoshiki Tanaka work but done so with none of the nuance or tact. It’s juvenile in presentation but takes things seriously, it relies on implausible scenarios but pretends to be strategic, and it reeks of abused literacy devices in substitution for proper storytelling. Arslan Senki was simply a war epic that wanted to wear big boy pants while still not knowing how to tie its own shoelaces.
The primary focus of Arslan Senki was a common tale that has been told many times over. A timid prince turned gallant leader slowly building his support and will to reclaim the throne that was stripped away from him. For all intents and purposes, the story itself was a coming-of-age just seen through the eyes of a more privileged individual. This isn’t exactly a bad thing as long as the writing is solid. After being betrayed by factions within his own kingdom, Arslan, the crown prince of Pars, found himself fending for his life with everything around him being thrown into turmoil. This 1st season follows Arslan as he finds himself befriending new allies and growing out of his naivety with each new obstacle he’s forced to encounter.
The story itself was fine but the way it was handled was anything but. Writers often use characters within a story as plot devices to either move or manipulate the narrative to their liking. In order to make such an underhanded, yet necessary ploy less noticeable, the writers would evenly distribute the abilities or relevance among several characters, as a means to avoid turning any given individual into a Mary Sue/Gary Stu. So you can have a character who excels at X but not Y and vice versa. And while the set abilities and roles of the characters involved in Arslan were indeed separated, they only manage to avoid being Mary Sues/Gary Stus to only become HAX beyond probability instead.
Narsus was a HAX tactician to the point where no matter how unfathomable or detrimental the circumstances, he would asspull a strategy just in the nick of time to save everyone’s asses. Daryun was a HAX warrior that made mincemeat out of hundreds of men with no visible signs of fatigue or any human tenancies to speak of. Gieve was simply HAX at life, as he seemingly found a way out of death flag territory time after time again with little in the way of proper explanation as to why. Falangies, for no God-given reason, turned into Trinity and walked through a barrage of arrows like she was auditioning for The Matrix. And finally, there was Arslan himself, a character that’s so much of a goody-two-shoes, that if he was tossed into the Game of Thrones universe, he would have been dead in 5 minutes tops. There’s being nice and then there’s being unrealistically lenient, Arslan was the latter. He might as well be a Care Bear.
The implausibility of the characters wasn’t the only problem that made itself apparent, the scenarios were equally as mentally challenging in that regard. To just name one example, we had a horse jump 20 feet into the air and landed a perfect mount onto a rampaging elephant to rescue someone at mid-gallop. And remember, this occurrence took place in a world that tried to be as realistic as possible. Something that felt inherently contradictory when the audience is shown actions akin to a Looney Tunes cartoon.
The show required a high suspension of disbelief to buy into it. It placed the characters up against impossible odds only for the outcome to always be the same. There’s no struggle to become better. There’s no uphill battle to the top. There’s no fight that posed a challenge, despite the handicap they’re constantly placed in. All that we ended up with was a HAX team of misfits that plowed through obstacles like they’re the Justice League. When the outcome always manage to be the same, why bother to get invested? Trying my best to avoid comparisons here but this is why Legend of the Galactic Heroes is constantly held in such high regards. The outcome wasn’t determined, both sides took causalities, suffered losses and had no jarring plot armor to speak of. It was relentless, it had tension, and it wasn’t a one-sided victory. Arslan Senki never demonstrated any of these attributes and just ended up being too idealistic for its own good.
Another left-field issue that reared its ugly head was the random inclusion of magic midway through the series, which was up to that point, a “realistic” depiction of war. The show spent most of its duration trying to build a war drama where everything was grounded in reality but out of nowhere tossed in a new genre that was previously nonexistent. It single-handedly sabotaged its own foundation. This isn’t like other medieval titles similar to Berserk, where there were foretelling signs of supernatural occurrences scattered throughout its runtime. No, Arslan never gave any indication whatsoever that magic would have worked its way into the narrative. The supernatural elements of Arslan just hits you like a Mack truck and if unprepared, can break any semblance of immersion that was established beforehand (that is, if you even had any immersion, to begin with).
The art and animation for the show were appalling, not only by modern standards but in general. There are titles in the mid-80s that show better fluidity and attention to detail than this. It doesn’t even rise to mediocre status. Not even the inclusion of Arakawa Hiromu’s character designs could save the numerous times the animators had inconsistent models. This was derp central folks! Picasso face pandemonium! Every time a character was presented at a different angle, the act of looking disturbingly off-putting was guaranteed. This was made even worse by the deplorable usage of CGI. It was breathtakingly bad, seeing hoards of CGI fodder soldiers, animals and other objects just plastered across landscapes with no effort to conceal them. I’m talking PS1 level graphics here. The kind of mismanagement expected from the early 2000s when CGI integration was still being played around with. It was truly a messy patch job, apathetically slapped together in a way that’s too obvious to give it a pass.
If this anime had any saving graces, it would be in the music department. The show had grand sound to it that really helped in placing you in the middle of the action (even if the “action” was hoards of CGI dummies). The Iron Age vibe was captured quite well. The opening and ending themes were all pretty decent as well, and while not as important, even the cut-scene tapestries was a nice tough. None much of an auditory standout in its respective season but still serviceable nonetheless. And really, that’s the bottom line with Arslan Senki as a whole, it’s just serviceable but never becomes anything more.
All in all, Arslan Senki proved to be a challenging watch. It wasn’t eye-candy, it wasn’t smart and it was far from enthralling. What little it attempted to accomplish has been done better elsewhere to a much more successful degree — hell, almost everyone staffed to create this thing has a better version of this lying around. It barely managed to scrape by and when you take into consideration the creative minds behind the project, it’s quite disheartening.
The show had a somewhat decent start but after a few episodes, what seemed like a sturdy foundation turned out to be a house of cards. I wanted to like this show but it kept on giving me reasons not to.
Arslan Senki was an overlooked title that has little to no hype behind it… and you know what? I hope it stays that way. Unrealistic to anyone paying attention to it and insulting to the eyes of anyone who watches it, Senki was an anime that had the backing of proven creators to become something great but spewed out a mishmash of bad ideas instead. It may have had good intentions but good intentions aren’t enough to make a good anime.
Based loosely on the novels and adapting the plot of the manga written by Yoshiki Tanaka, Arslan Senki is essentially a war story. In a role that requires more than larger than life dimensions, it is epic in an old-fashioned sense. And how does it achieve that? By its sheer ability to show its rich story.
The setting takes place in an alternative version of the Middle East. And from the beginning, we learn of a warring conflict that erupts between two factions – Pars and Lusitania. At a young age, we meet Arslan and he witnesses the reality of war; bloodshed, chaos, and death by the Lusitanian forces. The premise also establishes that Daryun, a former high ranking military officer gets acquainted with Arslan. The story then goes on to show the adventures of Arslan, Daryun, and others as they struggle to regain Pars. As with the way the premise sets up, there’s a whole load of potential with its direction. In particular, there’s character growth that really becomes evident for Arslan. In addition, we see character relationships that expands beyond just military acquaintances such as the relationship between Arslan and Daryun.
In the beginning though, we must first learn to understand who Arslan is. Thankfully, the pilot episode does just that as we see a young Arslan from the Kingdom of Pars deal with an escaped young kid. Turns out, the kid is a prisoner that escaped and is from the nation of Lusitania. The most important part however is his reasoning for hating slavery. In essence, the show prints an image into the audience’s mind that conflicting ideologies can break out conflicts that leads to bloodshed, war, and death. It’s also clearly evident that Pars and Lusitania have different views on social equality. In particular, religion and slavery become prominent aspects of inspiration for characters’ motivations. I also have to give some praise for the show’s ability to show its reality of war. It isn’t shy to deliver violence when it comes to content. And by doing so, we can see how far some nations can go to get their message across.
While essentially showing that Arslan is a naïve young man, he is also known as the prince of Arslan. By holding such title, the people of Pars seems to hold a respect for him. In particular, we meet others that join him and Daryun along the way helps him in his quest to restore Pars. The journey they take involves obstacles while Arslan himself learns about different views of various countries and factions. For Arslan himself, the young man becomes more confident and even seems to be able to influence some others. His relationship with the people traveling with him demonstrates his loyalty and selflessness. In particular, Arslan and Daryun has a dynamic relationship as the two are nearly inseparable. There’s a mutual feeling of respect the two holds for one another and Arslan treats him like a friend rather than a soldier. In his group, Arslan has a diverse range of characters. There’s Narsus who plays the role of a tactical genius as well as Elam who serves him while developing a respect for Arslan himself. Joining them is Farangis, a priestess archer with a cold yet courageous attitude. We also meet Gieve, a traveling musician and curious adventurer with an infatuation towards Farangis. All these characters come from different backgrounds but forms a group to fulfill Arslan’s ambitions. Throughout their journey, we learn more about each of them individually while characterizing their roles to define their finest moments. In retrospect, they also bring out the best of Arslan’s character as he leads them with a solid ambition.
One thing that stands out about the writing of the story is that each episode adds more and more to the bigger plot. While there is some pacing issues at times, it never derides from the premise. We see the journey that Arslan undertakes towards Pars while also witnessing the political and wartime affairs that they face. The obstacles Arslan encounters are met with various results almost each time but we always learn something new about their world. While the show isn’t always able to capture the interest of the audience, it does present it in a way that is clever in terms of story development. Along the way, we also meet Silver Mask, a character that serves as the antithesis of Arslan. He is cruel, bloodthirsty, and prideful with an intent to capture the throne of Pars himself. As leader of the Luistania army, there’s a sharp contrast between him and Arslan’s personality. Almost each time he is shown on screen, there’s ruthlessness that is enforced as Silver Mask stops at nothing to achieve his goal. What does this tell about such an antagonist? It means that Arslan has a huge obstacle that he must overcome in order to prove himself as a worthy prince.
The world fiction of Arslan Senki is fantastic. Although labeled as a fantasy adventure, there’s little actual fantasy elements that is adapted with the story. It exists though. There are a few instances when magic is presented but the war story elements of the series is what stands out the most. The Kingdom of Arslan is also well structured with impressive architectural design to give off its resourceful feeling. Similarly, Luisitania is a place of prosperity that can easily be seen with their welfare. Later on in the show, we are also introduced to the kingdom of Sindra with interesting aspects of its own alongside its cast of prominent characters.
For everything that Arslan Senki does right, there are also some parts that can be forgettable. In particular, the comedy sometimes feels a bit oddly timed. While it’s mostly tolerable, there’s a bit of repetitiveness going on. Some of the supporting characters are also easily forgettable with what they have to offer. Not to mention, a few of them are stereotypical with their ideologies; in particular the antagonists. The romance aspect of the show is also quite stale as Gieve tries to hopelessly win the heart of Faraganis while being rejected every time. Later on, Narsus attracts the attention of a young girl that becomes a bit of an annoyance for him and the audience. Finally, the plot of Arslan Senki may not be for everyone. While I personally enjoy the direction of the story, patience may be tested for some viewers as the pacing isn’t entirely stellar. In addition, Arslan is a character that people may or may not like depending on personal preferences. If you don’t believe me, just ask Silver Mask himself.
Unquestionably, there’s a familiarity with the character designs. Anyone who has seen Full Metal Alchemist would know this from first glance as Arslan looks like Edward Elric in terms of physical resemblance. After all, the character designs are based on the Hiromu Arakawa’s version of the manga for its adaptation. In essence, the character designs are fitting for someone like Arslan. He is young with his signature silver hair, compassionate personality, and resilient youth. On the other hand, there’s Daryun who stands out as a warrior with his iron clad-like armor and signature spear. In fact, almost everyone in Arslan’s group stands out in some way whether it’s Narsus’ shoulder-length hair or Faraganis’ fierce nature. While I’m not a big fan of all the character designs, I do believe that Studio Lerche captured the intention of the manga when it comes to artwork. Additionally, we have cruel weapons the historical ages, war elephants, and other instruments of war with a decent degree of realism. Violence is no stranger to this show so expect some uncensored violence and blood to be spilled. However, what I give praise for is that Arslan Senki never goes overboard with its violent nature. It’s just enough. And finally, the action is blockbuster hit that is hard to ignore and qualifies with classic moments.
Arslan Senki is also known for its breathtaking soundtrack. The war-like drama orchestra combined with the riveting nature of the show brings out each episode to life. The OP and ED theme songs are also memorable for its ability to tell a story just by its scenario of important scenes. However, the real strength comes from the voice actors and actresses. Each character demonstrates a personality that we can find fitting for their role. Whether it’s Daryun’s undying loyalty or Silver Mask ’s ruthlessness, it’s very believable. Speaking of which, I had some doubts at first with Yuki Kaji playing the role of a main antagonist. However upon seeing Silver Mask’s voice and role on screen, it’s actually quite fitting.
Why should you watch Arslan Senki? In the end, it’s up to perspective. If you’re interested in a war story with interesting storytelling, strong characterization, and the journey of a prince, then you’re in for a treat. Each episode expands on the story that keeps the audience wanting for more. Each episode shows us more about the characters that we want to know. And each episode captures the reality of war really is like in their world. Despite some concern with the comedy and pacing of the story, there is a lot of fun watching the show in the end. It’s not just about fighting to win a war but also making a difference for the young prince known to the world as Arslan.
Story (7/10) Good
More Specifically (7.5/10)
The story for Arslan Senki isn’t anything amazing but it’s not bad what so ever. My expectations for the story weren’t really high especially have reading some of Kingdom (sorry low blow yeah I really should even mention Kingdom this is about Arslan Senki…) Anyway like said before the story is good but I did feel the pacing for episodes 17-23 could have been a bit better because I did indeed loose quite a lot of interesting in the semi-slice of life in a army they had going on during those episodes. Which is why I personally can’t give this an 8 so a 7.5 will do.
Art and Animation (8/10) Very Good
The art is very good and the animation (at least for episode 24 that is was amazing) everything else as far as animation was either just good or sub par. It definitely wasn’t really consistent when it came to animation and art style it would go from looking good to looking mediocre quite a few art style derps here and there but not on a Toei level. With that being said if the anime actually looked like what those still pictures looked like at the end of the first outro man it would have been amazing. The CG didn’t bother me as is wasn’t used too much.
Sound (10/10) Masterpiece/Outstanding
Nothing wrong in the sound department as the Openings and Endings are amazing well chosen for such a series, the voice actors were outstanding (JP VA) and the sound effects on weapons clashing sound real authentic.
Characters (8/10) Very Good
The characters in Arslan Senki are very good also. With 25 episodes they did a good job fleshing out the cast and making everyone in the protagonist’s group feel relevant and that’s what you are suppose to do. Obviously Daryun stole the anime the dude is a best and he reminds me so much of Zhao Yun even their names kind of sound alike.. come to think of it Arslan reminds me of Liu Bei and Narsus of Zhuge Liang… hmmm maybe that’s why I like them so much because I’m a giant ROTK fan.. anyway if those characters are inspired by those people it doesn’t bother be because I loved them all.
Enjoyment (8/10) Very Good
My enjoyment for this season of Arslan Senki was a roller coaster if I do say so myself. I’m not going to lie I wasn’t excited every Sunday to quickly watch this anime because like I said around episodes 17-23 my interest was at an all time low to the point were I had to put it on semi-hold and let episodes pile up, because it just felt like when I watched 1 episode a week (as far as episodes 17-23 are concern) it kind of felt like i wasted my time. But episode 24 was amazing! BUT 17-23 at least to me was the least enjoyable…
Overall (8/10) Very Good
More Specifically (8.30/10)
There are multiple reasons why I chose to watch Arslan Senki when I first heard about an anime adaptation of this series was coming.
1) It’s a war series and I apparently like those
2) The manga was drawn but the artist and mangaka of FMA so that stood out
3) The picture and character first shown when announced looked cool to me (yes that counts for something)
And just going off of those 3 things alone I wasn’t disappointed by Arslan Senki I’m glad I chose this series and the end of this Season definitely left it inconclusive and a lot of openings for a second season. Hopefully it gets one because it deserves one.
8: Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
Japanese: GATE（ゲート）自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり
MAL Score: 7.71
Off-duty Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) officer and otaku, Youji Itami, is on his way to attend a doujin convention in Ginza, Tokyo when a mysterious portal in the shape of a large gate suddenly appears. From this gate, supernatural creatures and warriors clad in medieval armor emerge, charging through the city, killing and destroying everything in their path. With swift actions, Youji saves as many lives as he can while the rest of the JSDF direct their efforts towards stopping the invasion.
Three months after the attack, Youji has been tasked with leading a special recon team, as part of a JSDF task force, that will be sent to the world beyond the gate—now being referred to as the “Special Region.” They must travel into this unknown world in order to learn more about what they are dealing with and attempt to befriend the locals in hopes of creating peaceful ties with the ruling empire. But if they fail, they face the consequence of participating in a devastating war that will engulf both sides of the gate.
Gate: jieitai kanochi nite kaku tatakaeri, also known as Gate, starts the show with a unique performance and leaves the viewers speechless while trying to grasp the situation. On the surface, this series doesn’t sound like it would make a good series. Sum up with the main lead, Youji Itami, who’s already aged 33 years old. Perhaps this is one of the most courageous steps I’ve ever seen. It’s nothing personal, but the anime industry has always had teenagers as the main characters for a reason. Gate, on the other hand, put a mature and adult man as their main lead, which is rather impressive and daring. As they risk losing their current viewers, Gate manages to show that it can outdo the whole situation. I must commend this series because the producers have been doing a good job of developing the characters in the series well, along with communicating a larger theme about humanity in general.
Gate: jieitai kanochi nite kaku tatakaeri will be one of the most popular anime soon enough, and definitely for a good reason. The series starts its pace rather slowly at first but is very effective and refreshing for a better outcome.
The technical aspects of the show are really good. Though Gate never loses its character focus, the idea of spending a lot of time exploring political, economics, philosophical and a wide variety of subjects in the fantasy world can be very boring. But Gate manages to show how it is important for us to understand the motivations of characters. As well, it is necessary to understand the series better. In terms, the series tries its best to describe the best path for humanity in this fictional world. It has its merits and its flaws, but above all, it is not simple. This issue is rather complex to be discussed or used in an anime series, and yet Gate does a nice job of playing out the controversial themes.
Despite what I’ve said, the realistic way the Gate tries to show sometimes can be frustrating with its lack of deeper themes. The plot is quite smart, but also a little more complex than it seems. Still, the developments in the series just make you want to dive deeper and deeper into the series. The interaction between all the characters is well managed to make the show feel alive.
The art and animation of this series are very nice indeed. The Gate background has been designed with the best effort, vivid colors, and lines to stylize the characters in a way. The art has been nicely drawn with a little bit of a different style to make it more realistic. Either way, both the art and animation are incredible, created for the Gate series. The high-end action is carefully placed and top-notch. The value of the background is valued by the Gate series.
The soundtrack is quite cool, with the outstanding Op and Eds, capturing the viewer’s eye within the series. This is a stunning aspect. Not to mention the sound effects. Added to the previous two, this takes the series to a new stage of fantasy and admiration.
In a sense, Gate appears to be one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while. I’m not particularly boasting about this series. Because Gate is an excellent and enraging work that doesn’t lose its main theme focus, the characters never lose their character development as well. While, on the other hand, Gate also focused on several high-class issues and problems that have plagued this world for a long time. This is a brilliant piece of surreal fantasy fiction that works on nearly every level. If you are against the idea of political or philosophical exploration, just pay it no mind, but it will be a great loss and affect your view of the series. Honestly, I can’t complain about this series at all. On a pure level, this show is truly impressive.
Why, you ask? Because Japan needs more technology and minerals and such because nationalism says so. Oh, and some humanitarian reasons, but those aren’t as important.
The plot kicks off when out of nowhere a gate appears and from it come a bunch of orcs and medieval troops that indiscriminately kill civilians, wreck the place and interrupt the otaku event the protagonist was planning to visit. As so it happens, the protagonist is not only an otaku but also a member of the SDF (Japanese military), and once the initial attack has been dealt with, he joins the force sent through the gate.
This fantasy land is declared a part of Japan, named the Special Region, because why not? (Nice name, by the way; that’s what I’d call a fantasy land too if I ever occupied one.) The Japanese constitution forbids (at the moment, anyway) deploying the SDF abroad, but I guess that’s one way around it: just annex territory arbitrarily and suddenly it’s all Japanese soil. Some fighting ensues, but no worries: their enemies are so outgunned they might as well be throwing rocks at them. Aside from the technology gap, these feudal lords also come from the Zapp Brannigan school of tactics with plans like:
1. Suicidal charge,
2. Suicidal charge, and
3. Suicidal charge under the cover of night (worth a shot, I guess?)
Actually, that was kind of the idea behind the original invasion into Japan: go to an unknown land without any intel or recon and slaughter everything for fun and profit. …Yeah.
Soon enough our merry band can venture further into this land while talking about their waifus and singing magical girl theme songs, eager to meet the local catgirls. In the process they recruit mages, elves and goth lolis. The writers thought the SDF wasn’t overpowered enough, so the goth loli happens to be an invincible demigod priestess who effortlessly crushes everything in her path. The tone of the show is what you might expect, with slaughter and fanservice taking turns. What is a hot bath scene without people’s arms flying off afterwards?
There is also a cultural clash going on, which is used for dialogue like:
“I had no idea our world had [insert everyday thing here].”
“Princess, this is another world!”
Repeat it a few times and you have comedy gold.
Some of the cultural misunderstandings actually make sense, such as the different interests of a feudal society and a modern country, the treatment of prisoners or the idea of throwing a half-naked woman at the protagonist to earn his favor. Actually, the last one just might have worked if he hadn’t been distracted by all the animal girl maids already. And who can blame him for being distracted? Barely dressed girls keep throwing themselves at him out of coincidence or because he’s just that awesome.
If it isn’t obvious by now, the operation beyond the Gate is a one-country effort. Sharing resources with others? Don’t be ridiculous. The US, Russia and China (the rest of the world doesn’t exist) don’t deserve their slice of the cake. Especially America. “A sky with no civilian or US planes in it is a dream come true” for Japanese fighters.
Of course, this is all run by the SDF. Civilian personnel? Media presence? Dream on. All we need is the SDF. Who else would defend Japanese interests? The Japanese government is corrupt and easily swayed. The parliament is a bunch of idiots who want to mess with the SDF’s business for no reason. How dare they ask questions about civilian casualties under a media blackout? Eventually there is an entire town for the locals, with shops and everything. Would now be a time to bring in civilians? No, that could get in the way of the runaway militarism we have going on. To maintain order, some of the locals are actually given armbands with “Military Police” on them.
The visuals include machine guns, missiles, tanks, artillery, copters and fighters, which is nice. Sadly most of the soundtrack is not Wagner, which is a shame because that would be poetic justice.
By the way, it is never explained how the Gate was built. Did the Empire build it (which I kind of doubt) or just find it? Are there more of them? If you are after fantasy tech, shouldn’t this be near the top of your list? Think about it: you could discover a Stargate network and explore even more worlds for even more glorious nationalism! But nope, never mentioned.
Now let’s all take a moment and salute the Japanese flag flying in the distance.
Gate – Jieitai Kare no Chi nite Kaku Tatakaeri (Gate – Thus the JSDF Fought There) or simply known as GATE is a television series that adapts the light novel of the same name. It was originally serialized online on a novel website called “Arcadia” but later got published as a book in 2010. The series also has a manga that is based on the story with the same main characters. Speaking of which, Itami is the main male protagonist of the show and it’s easy for us to get familiarized with him. Despite being a soldier, he’s actually quite more like an otaku with his fascination for fantasy. This lands him in a position where he happily investigates the fantasy world beyond the GATE. Little does he know that is more than what he can bite off.
The show itself adapts many elements that blurs between lines of fiction and reality. The fiction part obviously comes with the fantasy creatures like elves, dragons, and even a demi-god. JSDF (Japan Self-Defense Forces) has more of the reality role. Their military is equipped with high level technology and hence were able to fight against the fantasy world in the beginning. There was even an infamous event known as the “Ginza Incident” when monsters appeared in the Ginza, a real world location and made a memorable massacre. Of course, JSDF responded fiercely and showed that humanity is a doorknob to absolutely nobody. By establishing such a premise, it’s no wonder that the show has a lot of potential. Think about it really, when you have a war that is more than just about imperialism, it shows how much it can evolve. Throughout the story of GATE, we see much of that with cultural, political, and military themes.
GATE’s characters are highly diverse not just because of personalities but by races. No, I’m not just talking about nationalities but also non-humans. The main core consists of three girls – Tuka Luna Mareau (a 165 year old elf), Lelei La Rellena (a 15 year old human from the fantasy world), and Rory Mercury (a demi-goddess who is apparently over 900 years old). These characters have different personalities but also creates fascination as they enter the real world. What we witness throughout the story is how they adapt with real world concepts such as modern life technology and politics. Additionally, a plus side about the show is that the human characters are fairly mature. Itami is an older male (as opposed to the high school teenagers you’d commonly see these days) and has a strong interest in otaku. His military experience also gives him an edge when negotiating with certain parties and we see a lot of what he is capable of throughout the story. His relationship with co-workers from the Third Recon unit also gives us a firm idea of his personality – a casual guy who is kind at heart and easily able to make friends with others.
From the fantasy world, there are also other regions that establishes the clever creativity of this how. For instance, there’s the special region that is composed of an empire with a diverse cast of characters. Pina, the princess of that empire, hopes to establish peace with Japan. There are obvious reasons for this but the show also affirms her personality as a proud princess who is caring towards her people. Furthermore, the show has a strong emphasis of its world fiction. Landscapes and towns are built with resourceful elements of fantasy to make the other world look legitimate. Similarly, there’s a creatures that show their menacing presence while establishing dominance in their world.
An interesting idea about the show also comes from the political affairs of the story. In the second half of GATE, we get politics as there’s some strong indication that not everyone is in favor of the “special region” idea. So in essence, the show plays its part with conflicting affairs that argues about political principles. The show also has some sense of nationalism although is vaguely portrayed and restrained to Japan, as other countries are pursuing their own interest. To say the least, GATE knows its principles and invests time to show ideologies from various parties.
On a more military aspect, I think the show is also aware of its modern technological capabilities. The military reveals a strong degree of realism with its arsenal of weapons throughout the show. We have aircraft such as the Kawasaki OH-1, AH-1 Cobra, and other artillery that makes its presence well known. Soldiers (known to some in the fantasy world as “Green Men”) also demonstrate their degree of professionalism and ethnics. While the series isn’t entirely built about military, it certainly has an appeal to this side. I will also say that GATE’s author did a fairly decent job at demonstrating the firepower and capabilities of the JSDF’s military. The battles have cinematic sequences and is well animated on most parts especially during mid-season.
While the show has lighthearted comedy from all sorts of angles, it also should be realized that its intentions isn’t a parody. Sure, the series makes a bit of fun at otaku culture such as Itami’s knowledge or the character designs of the main girls. However, there’s legitimacy with the war. The first episode easily establishes that JSDF is serious about their counterattack. Furthermore, Itami knows the stakes of war as lives are lost. Unfortunately, it doesn’t capture all the violence and more mature content of the original story. Certain contents are omitted from TV that are deemed controversial and violent. Fan service is also shortened although still exists in a few forms such as with Rory’s teasing and the bath scenes. However, the adaptation does expand on certain parts of the story, especially with events from the manga.
Impressively, A-1 Pictures actually manages to capture the art style of the story. Their work can be a bit of hit or miss in terms of fantasy shows but I do give them some praise for adapting GATE. The character designs of characters from both the real world and fantasy world evokes interest. Military technology looks and feels real with their modern looks. Japan also has a good degree of realism with its modern cities and technology. From the fantasy world, the main female characters are distinctive with their design ranging from Rory’s goth dress to Pina’s medieval style battle gear. And like I mentioned before, the world fiction of GATE stands out as a fantastic feature with what is shown. To further enhance the experience, we get epic battles that almost always reveal the potential of certain characters and weapons.
Soundtrack is powerful but not the type of mind-blowing you may expect. The OP and ED theme song has a catchy tone to it with a modest style of storytelling. What makes GATE perhaps more noticeable is the dialogues that are spoken with sharp tones. And by sharp, I mean the type that clearly defines what kind of characters’ personalities are capable of. Rory’s sarcastic and curious voice is perhaps one of the most noticeable while Pina’s voice shows a sense of her patriotism. On most parts, the OST works well enough to match the intense atmosphere of the action and lighthearted moments.
When it comes down to it, GATE is a show that opens a gate with wealth of interests. There’s the certain “it” factor that makes this show stand out with both sides of the world. It blurs between the lines of fiction and reality with what it has to offer. And to be quite honest, GATE does it quite well on most parts with its creativity. This show is definitely not one that matches anyone’s tastes though. Certain audiences such as those interested in political or military affairs may find this more enjoyable than others. For action junkies, GATE can appeal to that side as well although it’s not a main investment of the story. When it comes to characters, there’s a colorful range of them and by the end of the season, there’s likely one or more that you may like to find out more. The first season is set as 12 episodes but many of the ideas and concepts opens up potentially for more.
7: Nanatsu no Taizai
English: The Seven Deadly Sins
MAL Score: 7.77
In a world similar to the European Middle Ages, the feared yet revered Holy Knights of Britannia use immensely powerful magic to protect the region of Britannia and its kingdoms. However, a small subset of the Knights supposedly betrayed their homeland and turned their blades against their comrades in an attempt to overthrow the ruler of Liones. They were defeated by the Holy Knights, but rumors continued to persist that these legendary knights, called the “Seven Deadly Sins,” were still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights themselves staged a coup d’état, and thus became the new, tyrannical rulers of the Kingdom of Liones.
Based on the best-selling manga series of the same name, Nanatsu no Taizai follows the adventures of Elizabeth, the third princess of the Kingdom of Liones, and her search for the Seven Deadly Sins. With their help, she endeavors to not only take back her kingdom from the Holy Knights, but to also seek justice in an unjust world.
My experience of this anime can be summed up by the word “meh”. I went into it hoping for a nice twist on the seven deadly sins being the good guys, and some awesome fight scenes, and ended up sorely disappointed. Sure, the characters are known by their sins, but rather than be actual embodiments of said sins, they were simply granted them as derogatory titles, so they fail to stand out as shounen manga characters in that department.
The characters don’t undergo any sort of development across the series, and for the most part are bland and boring. Ban is pretty fun because of his aloof yet silly attitude, and the rest have some decent humor, but this is definitely not a high point of the series.
The combat was especially mediocre. The fights only ever focus on Meliodas and Ban 99% of the time, with the rest of the sins just acting as accessories. This is especially frustrating after so many of them are hyped up as ‘the strongest of the deadly sins’, or ‘the prince of fairies’. I particularly was looking forward to Diane kicking ass, but we only ever really get one awesome moment out of her when she punches through a supposedly unbreakable barrier. The rest of the time she’s either sleeping, 40 miles away, or has a hole punched through her chest and has to act as a damsel in distress. Ugh.
We do get a couple of good battles in, but the majority only last a couple of seconds, due to the characters’ (see: Meliodas and Ban’s) overpoweredness. Only two or three fights really give any true sense of danger, and one of them was ruined for me by how easily Diane went down. But that’s just me.
I kept watching because I expected a more even playing field eventually, with all of the sins being equally capable, but that unfortunately never happens. Meliodas and Ban are, throughout the anime, just complete male power fantasies, while the rest of the crew just gets swept under the rug.
I don’t hate this anime, but I don’t recommend it. It’s not bad, just decent, and really not worth your time. It lacks any aspect that really stands out, and ultimately just falls flat, lost amidst a sea of better, more entertaining shounen anime.
Let’s get something over with first. This series has the infamous studio known as A-1 Pictures in charge which spells out for some controversy. Known for their other adaptations such as Sword Art Online, Magi, Blue Exorcist, and other related works, they have created some controversy when adapting shounen titles. If you’re thinking adequacy, then you may be right. They are known for butchering up manga material with adaptations such as the latter half of Blue Exorcist and first season of Magi. For Nanatsu no Taizai, the series runs for over 100+ chapters and is still ongoing. The worry may be that the series will be butchered to an extent that will be unsalvageable. While it does suffer a bit of that, the show does shine in its own ways. It’s by no means an earth breaking adaptation yet still has its compelling ideas bought into light.
Taking on account of premise, the show should be fairly straightforward. We have a young girl named Elizabeth, who also happens to be the princess of a kingdom. From the first episode, she meets a young boy named Meliodas happily serving to customers at a tavern. It heads into an outlandish route once we learn his true identity as the captain of the Seven Deadly Sins. From here on and out, the duo remarks on a journey to find the remaining Sins. There’s also some explanations regarding the origins of the series in the beginning so all should be made clearly to the audience. Taking for granted, the show is generic from first glance. The world setting the series takes place in is decorated with fantasy gimmicks. Whether it’s one of those ancient fortresses, dungeons, enchanted forests, or even land of the dead, the series doesn’t try to pull anything new from its hat. However, it’s also important to take notice how much they have influence with the events of the series. The show puts on emphasis on some of the settings such as the enchanted forest and its significance. Even past events connected to some of the setting becomes significant in the overall story development. Similarly, most major characters in the series has holds some significance in their roles. The seven deadly sins are perhaps the most infamous examples as the Holy Knights hunts them in an almost cat-and-mouse like story on occasions.
But when it comes to performance, it’s hard to not take off eyes on our adventurers. Starting with Elizabeth, we can see how gentle she is as a princess yet also brave at heart. Her relationship with the other Sins develops gradually over the course of this show starting with Meliodas. While the two are hardly compatible, there is an innate connection between the two. It also makes us wonder more about them individually as characters. The show makes clever usage of flashbacks to give the Sins some character backgrounds such as with Meliodas, Ban, and King. Unfortunately, the show doesn’t capitalize on all of them and skips some material that are necessary. Still, the characterization is what’s important there and it adapts most of that in its right path except for perhaps Elizabeth. Her character hardly gets any character development and is frustrating to watch. That same also goes for Hawk; the pig who for some reason has the name of a bird despite being incapable of flight. During their journey, they do influence certain outcome of events but the focus on their characters on an individual level is moderate at best. There’s also a decent chemistry between certain characters including the Sins and Holy Knights. Nanatsu no Taizai is about a journey after all and events connecting with characters of the past can influence those in the present and even the future.
Relationships can also be something to keep an eye on. From strong friendship to romance, the series undertakes ways to flesh them out. However, do not expect top tier adaptation coming from A-1 Pictures. Certain parts are left out that could of made specific relationship seem more realistic. At the same time, we can also see how human some of the characters are. This is demonstrated by the emotions characters show ranging from sorrow, to anger, to regret. It extends to not only the Sins but also the Holy Knights. While not as clearly focused as the Sins, some of them do get character background with examples like Gilthunder. The show makes it clear that some of them are antagonists although there are also changes down the road. Despite all this, the show still has a trend for what shounen series does which usually leads up with predictable outcomes.
Standing on its feet, the show marks its spot for a fantasy series clearly evidenced by its colorful background. The artwork is well adapted from the manga to illustrate a diverse range of characteristics you would find in any shounen series. Mountain ranges, enchanted forests, and crude dungeons are all fantastically illustrated. The character designs also has variety to give each of them a unique look. Whether it’s Diane’s titanic figure, Ban’s delinquent face, or Gilthunder’s cold expressions, the show is able to create a concrete degree with the variety. I also give praise to the battle scenes as effort can be seen with most of the fights. A few parts will be expected to be left out while the pacing can feel oddball at times. Nonetheless, the show has a good way to balance out its action. Finally, you may be raising your eyebrows on occasions with the fan service. While the show isn’t in the ecchi territory, it does have parts when Meliodas plays with Elizabeth’s skirt like some kid at the candy store or when she is almost completely naked (for legitimate reasons) on more than one occasion.
Get ready to put on your headphones. Anyone familiar with Hiroyuki Sawano’s work will easily recognize his music style. While it seems generic at first, the soundtrack is clearly and impeccably crafted with strong precision. It coordinates with action scenes well that some of the battles feel like miniature movies. OST also has a decent balance when it comes to comedy and drama. However when it comes to voice adaptations, there are mixed thoughts. Characters such as Meliodas and Elizabeth sound dull and stereotypical. On the other hand, characters like Diane and Ban has a better fit to their personalities. When it comes to voice mannerisms, it’s important to see how their roles fit with the story. Some clearly has what it takes while others falls off short. Similarly, the OP and ED theme songs fits with the show’s gimmicks but is generic to the core when it comes to rhythm.
As a 2 cour show, it’s easy to say that adapting this series to perfection is an impossible mission. What this show did accomplish though is drawing out the shounen gimmicks to its core. The colorful cast of characters unites a variety of personalities in a classic adventurous journey. And during that journey, we see the challenges our adventurers endears and the obstacles they face. It’s not a complex show really when it comes to the story in the end. Also be aware that this season apparently leaves off some hints for adaptations in the future. With the artwork and soundtrack clearly made to the point and a reasonable premise, it’s all part of this said machine.
In late 2013, I read about 23 chapters of the manga and I wasn’t impress, don’t know if I was not in a good mood or not. fast forward in 2015, and the anime came, I wasn’t excited at all, until….. lets start with the review. 😉
Story:7/10. The story revolves around Meliodas and Elizabeth who both goal is to gather the seven deadly sins, although initially there goal for gathering the seven deadly sins is different, in the end their reason for wanting to gather them intertwined with each other. The story follows them as they gather the sins and also clearing their names on false lies about them. while also in combat with the holy nights. The story follows the normal shounen formula but it does tweak it up a little to make this series not be named as just another generic shounen anime.
Art:8/10.Art looks good, I didn’t really have any problem.
Sound:8/10. Sawano is the one that compose this, should I say anything else?
Characters:8/10. The characters are the strongest aspect of this series, The author did a great job in giving flash backs to the characters, each characters have different personality, which makes the series have interesting drama. the characters have depth imo. The author took his time to develop the characters and to give them good flashback stories. we get to know who they were and what were there reason. these characters are the type that would make any series enjoyable even if the story is complete rubbish, that’s how much I enjoy these characters.
Enjoyment:8/10. I enjoy this series a lot. great action, drama, romance and suspense. it had everything.
overall:8/10. Overall this series is very good. the anime has completely change my opinion on this series. I think its time to go back to the manga now. 😉 anyways thank for reading! sorry if my review felt kinda lacking, I put so much effort in writing the previous one, and to see it go to waste really demoralized me.
6: Magic Kaito 1412
MAL Score: 7.86
Eight years after the mysterious death of his father, Kaito Kuroba, a slightly mischievous but otherwise ordinary teenager, discovers a shocking secret: the Phantom Thief Kaito Kid—also known as “The Magician Under the Moonlight”—was none other than his own father. The former thief was murdered by a criminal organization seeking a mythical stone called the Pandora Gem, said to shed a tear with the passing of the Valley Comet that comes every ten thousand years. When the tear is consumed, the gem supposedly grants immortality.
Vowing to bring those responsible for his father’s death to justice, Kaito dons the Phantom Thief’s disguise, stealing priceless jewels night after night to find the Pandora Gem before his enemies can use the power for themselves.
As we know, an episodic series is like a gamble of life and death, some success while the others are not. The main concept of Magic Kaito 1412 is very simplistic, they do the same things from episode to episode just like an endless cycle. Almost all episodes do this endless cycle, except for the early episodes and some others.
New diamond introduced – Kaito steals the diamond – The police failed – It’s not the diamond
that he was looking for – Kaito returned the diamond to the police
Although the concept is rather too simplistic, but the anime fully appealed the individual element of the story itself, especially the comedy and adventure parts.
If we talk about the animation, Magic Kaito 1412 may not be as good as the other, but the animation is completely different from the others which make it more memorable and unique, like an “icon”. For the sound settings, the background music is wonderful & quite catchy while the seiyuu done their job decently. I personally adore the 2nd opening of the series “Ai no Scenario” sung by Chico with HoneyWorks, it is really good indeed.
The characters of an episodic anime sometimes criticized by people because of lack of development. Thankfully Magic Kaito managed to run away from the tiger’s cage. What we have here is not a character growth but it’s ability to refine the story. The main character, Kaito Kuroba himself it’s described as an omniscient thief, sometimes he interacts with Aoko in a confusing but unique romance setting. Although the main character often referred as a “stereotypical”, but the good thing is each single characters plays their roles pretty well. The villains actually appear randomly but the good thing is the villains have their own motive, which is good.
The elegant & magnificent Kaito Kid really did well in entertaining his audience this night. It is recommended for those who seeks for light anime that simply just entertains the audience with its magic. It is really a magical experience indeed.
Magic Kaito 1412 is a rather simplistic show, despite magic being its core element. It’s an episodic series and, as such, doesn’t require much of an obligation to follow intently. Like all episodic series, some episodes will also be better than others. However, this layout works impeccably well for this particular show; I couldn’t imagine it being done differently. For the most part, Magic Kaito is broken down into heists that usually span one episode, with the occasional part-two. In each episode Kaito dons the persona of the Kaito Kid, an unconventional, gentlemanly thief, who steals rare jewelry and returns it shortly afterwards. He often performs his heists in a flashy manner, which often becomes something like a free, public magic show. Periodically, characters from Detective Conan make appearances (Shinichi/Conan really being the only relevant figure, of course), which is entertaining in its own right.
Due to the episodic nature of the series, many of the characters who appear in Magic Kaito are not recurring. The only characters who appear in every episode are Kaito and Aoko, who have been friends, and neighbors, since childhood. The dynamic between Kaito and Aoko is very light-hearted and exactly what you would expect from close friends. Their relationship, for the most part, seems fun and realistic, yet also quite childish and pure. They tease one another, but also know when to support each other as well. They share quite a few sweet, romantic moments in the series, which was a more refreshing type of intimacy that you rarely see in many shows nowadays. It’s not overbearing, nor is it the main focus, but it offers a warm, cozy feeling nonetheless. Unfortunately, character development is not a strong point of Magic Kaito. There isn’t much growth or change in any of the characters, so what you see is what you’re going to get from episode one onwards. In addition, many of the characters in the series give off the impression of being fairly dumb, to be quite frank. But, I suppose there’s a certain pitiful charm to their stupidity that slowly becomes endearing.
The art, animation, and sound are easily the weakest points of Magic Kaito, though that is something that’s to be completely expected. This is not a show with high production values and it never gave off any impressions of being one. It doesn’t have the best visual appeal, nor is the soundtrack anything special. However, production values don’t mean everything. Magic Kaito takes a more humble approach to a very pleasant series and it works well enough.
In spite of its exceedingly lacking popularity, Magic Kaito 1412 was a very delightful, lively watch. The heart of all magic tricks and illusions lies within the enjoyment of the people watching, a point that is well pointed out in this series. In that regard, Magic Kaito 1412 succeeds.
If you are already a fan of Kid the Phantom Thief or Detective Conan, you should enjoy this series. If you are unfamiliar with either of those names, you can still watch this series and enjoy it. Having information about the characters will definitely inform your viewing experience, but it is not needed.
This series is episodic in nature, which each story focusing on Kid the Phantom Thief attempting to steal some jewel or valuable object, which brings him into conflict with the police, other thieves, royalty, teen detectives, and a certain child detective. The engaging part of the story is learning the explanation behind the magic tricks performed in the series (most of which are pretty clever). Many scenarios require a great suspension of disbelief, and the stories can be formulaic at times, but still very enjoyable.
The animation quality is great, recreating the unique art-style from the manga. There are plenty of night shots with beautiful lighting and lots of flowing capes.
The background music is great, there are a couple really great tracks that range from jazz to techno beats. The OPs and EPs are great tunes and get you excited for the series. The Japanese dub has great voice acting, especially from the main character.
I’ve heard complaints the characters are stereotypical. I can see how characters fit into typical shonen character roles, but they are enjoyable nonetheless. Kaito is a stubborn and prideful guy who has a good heart and Aoko is a sweet girl who just can’t seem to be honest with him about her feelings, but she can give him the what for when needed!
The idea of having a secret identity is a story-line I enjoy watching and the mission Kaito gives himself at the start of the series provides strong motivation to his actions. Having not watched any Detective Conan prior to viewing this, I was apprehensive about watching a spin off series from a long running show . Magic Kaito proved to be very entertaining and a good adventure series, and the episodes with Conan are some of the best ones! Seeing the magic tricks explained and seeing mysteries solved kept me interested in watching more. Kid the Phantom Thief is so charismatic that you can’t help but cheer for him!
5: Lupin III (2015)
English: Lupin the Third
MAL Score: 7.92
Lupin is the main character in this series which takes place in Italy and San Marino.
Reflecting its setting, the anime debuted in Italy before it aired in Japan. Lupin III fans will note that the titular thief now dons a blue coat, following his earlier appearances in green (first series and some OVAs), red (the second series as well as most films and television specials) and pink (third series).
The anime jumps from its one episode driven story to its overarching italian dream story. I enjoyed every single solo episode, thrilling, exciting, and overall masterpieces for style and the audacity Lupin brings to the table. When Lupin wasn’t present, the characters still shined with their own unique personalities. Each episode had a small storyline or mystery to solve, and Lupin pretty much owned the stage every episode he was in. The dream story was rather confusing, and takes away from the other episodes, but it still allowed Lupin to shine through with his character so it only brought the score down to a 9.
The womens’ hair, oh my god, the colors are amazing. The animation was smooth. Every character had their own distinct art and distinct identity with the art.
Everything was on point. The soundtrack was classy and reminiscent of Italy. This 4th blue jacket nailed it.
Although sometimes the characters were bound to a certain emotion. Jigen with fear/nervousness, Goemon for his honor, etc… Those emotions were done spectacularly and when they had episodes centered around them. And Lupin himself brought the whole show together, his entire aura was great for the series as a whole.
You will be laughing or thinking deeply every moment. I loved probably every second of the anime, and sometimes the clever plot twists made you smile at the end of the day.
Even if you have not watched the previous 100+ Lupin episodes, this Italian arc is a masterpiece on its own.
It’s truly like a miracle. The show takes place in the refreshing country of Italy and San Marino. Behind the beautiful mountainous landscapes lies a deeply cultured world ready to be explored. The main protagonist is the titular character, Lupin. Anyone who is familiar with the franchise will recognize him easily although Lupin now has a blue coat to make him look him even more fabulous. Known for his mischievous and lascivious personality, viewers will easily be able to see some of his intentions throughout the show. Of course, there are others that joins him on his adventures such Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko, and the new girl Rebecca. While some of these characters will be like a walk down memory lane, Rebecca is a new character that is a tricky pony to get used to.
The first episode establishes a bizarre relationship as Lupin and Rebecca is bounded by marriage. This may come as a bit peculiar as we hardly know anything about Rebecca. Until of course, we learn some of her true intentions. From there, we can dive into Lupin III like an episodic adventure. The structure of the show chronicles Lupin’s life style as he attempts to make daring getaways with his usual thieving habits, attempts to woo Fujiko, or otherwise occasionally helping out others. The show also establishes Lupin as a very crafty individual. What makes him fun to watch is that even though he is a mastermind of innovative stealth tactics, he sometimes lets his own personal agendas and weakness (such as women) get in the way of his goals. This often translates into a twisty scenario that gets much more complicated than it should be. But hey, that’s just the nature of Lupin and what makes him such a fun character to watch.
Despite Lupin’s thieving habits, he is a humble person and does not tolerate injustice. During his adventures, we see that he seeks to punish violent criminals or individuals who truly wishes to inflict harm to society. This makes him somewhat more of a hero but most people in the world sees him as the reputable #1 thief. His relationship with others has a wide range of diversity. The most complicated may be Fujiko as Lupin often finds himself trying to woo her yet she puts him into undesirable circumstances. On the other hand, we got Daisuke Jigen, a man who is loyal to Lupin. Unlike Fujiko, he helps Lupin and often times when he needs it the most. The two shares a bonding relationship while on the road and his skills of driving is invaluable to their missions. Goemen is also an interesting character with his silent presence yet packs a deadly arsenal of techniques with his sword.
Obviously, a show about a thief also has people hunting for them. The most significant character is Zenigata. His obsession to capture Lupin is very entertaining as the two are sometimes locked in a cat-and-mouse game. Think of it like Tom and Jerry but with a lot of more twists. The adventurous structure of the show sometimes pits them together in unlikely circumstances as well that really shows their relationship. I have to admit though, Rebecca is a character that I find hard to adapt with at first. Most people are probably more familiar with Fujiko so introducing Rebecca is somewhat of a risk. Plus, she has a spoiled personality and often hard to please. As time went on, I find more appreciation for Rebecca especially in the later episodes when we see a deeper side of her character. In a way, she is also like Fujiko with her crafty mind and ability to manipulate events in her favor.
A frequent question for fans is whether you can watch this show without any experience of the predecessors. It’s sort of a two-way sort of scenario. On one hand, you can watch it to enjoy this series as a standalone with the Italian adventures. Most episodes are standalone and easy to understand even with some of the background storytelling. On the other hand, you’ll probably get a better experience if you understand the characters better from the previous series. Honestly though, this show can sometimes be so entertaining that you’ll often forget about the story. It’s just that damn fun.
In terms of technical visuals, the show may seem lackluster at first. Don’t let it fool you. The show isn’t designed to look like a Makoto Shinkai-level type of blockbuster. Rather, it retains the classic feel and that’s what Lupin is about. It’s stylistic and very well done. Plus, the characters are designed in ways that feels nostalgic. They still retain what fans may be used to such as Fujiko’s seductive fashion, Goemon’s trademark samurai clothes, or Zenigata’s professionalism. The background and design of Italy is also filled with culture that really gives the adventurous feel. It’s spellbinding just seeing some of the architectural designs that almost makes you feel like you’re there yourself. Add that with the neat action and this show really is something to take home.
Did I mention classic already in this review? Let me mention it again then. The soundtrack is classic. No, not the type of classic like it’s remixed. Rather, it’s refreshing with how this show is done. From the theme songs to the jazz-beat music, this show can easily be put on repeat every episode with the music. Character voice mannerism is also stellar that matches with their performances. I’d often find myself laughing at the humor just because of Lupin’s role and his voice matches perfectly as a thief. That same goes for Fujiko, a woman that defines what manipulation is all about.
The waiting is definitely worth it. Even though the original series debuted many years ago, Lupin III still reminds us why adventure can be so much fun. From the thrilling action to the marvelous character performances, it’s a show that anyone can easily dive into. Rebecca can be a character that some may find irritating at first. However, I’d give it more time as she does get a decent amount of characterization later. While on the way, you’ll see just how bizarre Lupin’s adventure can really get in a world like no other.
Honestly just give this show a try. It grows on you and you’ll love all the characters and their unique personalities.
MAL Score: 7.93
The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has come. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his last few moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. To his surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight, Momonga is still fully conscious as his character and, moreover, the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own!
Confronted with this abnormal situation, Momonga commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, with the hopes of figuring out what has caused this development and if there may be others in the same predicament.
The original LN has some pretty nice art and cool character designs. That’s about the only good thing about the series as a whole- Everything else, including the writing, ranges from mediocre to genuinely awful. Apparently when Madhouse realized that they were going to be animating One Punch Man, they saw Overlord’s amazing budget saving potential- Most notably, zooming in the unmoving skeleton man’s face so they don’t have to animate anything at all while he’s talking. The animation is really subpar, and there’s a lot of terrible looking CGI in the show while it’s not focusing on Momonga’s face. It only truly picks up in quality at the very end of the series, and even then, it doesn’t manage to be very impressive. The OST is very forgettable to the point that I might even consider it one of the worst in the shows I’ve seen- Basically take whatever Yasuharu Takanashi does and make it even more generic than some of his worst works. That about describes it. Visually and aurally, it’s definitely below average.
But surely despite all that mediocrity, the writing must be amazing. After all, the main character is a skeleton wizard and leads an army of Saturday morning cartoon villains. Despite the series attempting to present the protagonist and his group as evil, the best it does is having them kill completely unlikable characters that barely get more than a minute of screen time. That’s some evil right there.
Momonga is an incredibly boring character. Aside from providing exposition after exposition through his internal monologues from his experience with the MMO when describing what’s happening on the screen, he really does not have much personality. His entire character motivation is to find out about the world he’s trapped in, just like the viewers- Basically, it can be summed up that his motivation pretty much does not exist because it simply exists as a parallel to the plot itself. Furthermore, he’s very powerful- Apparently overpowered MCs are acceptable as long as they’re not designed like teenage boys, which makes it admitedly harder for neckbeards to relate to. But Momonga’s degree of power exceeds even that- He’s powerful to the point that nearly nothing poses a serious threat to him. This is a problem in storytelling because no conflict is ever relevant- Momonga’s powerful enough to just solve it easily without any effort. One could say that it was the writer’s intent to make Momonga seem powerful and impressive, but it doesn’t even do that correctly. Power is relative, so when Momonga just one-shots random fodders that spend more time boasting about themselves than actually showing what they’re capable of, it’s not impressive in the slightest. A key example of this happens in the fourth episode, where the bad guy summons what is supposedly a super-powerful monster, and when Momonga kills it, it’s supposed to look impressive. But the audience doesn’t know what this monster was even capable of, outside of the bad guy boasting about its supposed strength, so it just feels completely flat.
While he makes all these unnecessary convoluted plans about how he would spread his name around the world to catch the attention of those who might have been trapped in the world like him, he essentially just solves all his problems through his raw power. His problems are more self-imposed than anything due to his tendency to be incredibly paranoid due to his fear of something that “might” be more powerful than him. And to make it worse, he just outright contradicts himself near the end of the show by risking his life in an unnecessary one-on-one combat due to his ego. Brilliant.
And to make it more brilliant, there really was no reason for the MMO backdrop at all- It’s a completely unnecessary addition. The series could have worked just as well with Momonga being a genuine evil skeleton lich in a genuine fantasy world instead of “some guy trapped in a MMO world that became REAL.” All this does, essentially, is to give an excuse for some parts of poor storytelling to exist, such as exposition dumps from Momonga based on his experience with the MMO, and floor guardians being completely, unquestionably loyal to him for no reason. The series never references back to the real world, so it might as well not exist- And since the audience has no idea about the said MMO, it only emphasizes the point about this just being a pointless hook, and a justification for awful storytelling that relies on the backwards idea of “Tell, don’t show.”
All the floor guardians and Momonga’s lackies are uninteresting and flat- They have some interesting designs, especially the maids, but all their personality is about as interesting as a rock. First few episodes make it clear that they absolutely adore Momonga, and they spend their entire screen time thinking and/or talking about how great Momonga is. One of the worst examples is Albedo, who spends every moment of her screen time doing just all that. She never does anything outside of praising Momonga, whether he’s in the same scene as her or not- Comparing this to Mahouka, she’s basically this series’ equivalent of Miyuki if Miyuki did absolutely nothing outside of praising Tatsuya, which makes Albedo far, far more annoying. Remember how people absolutely despised Miyuki because she wouldn’t shut up about her onii-sama? There’s an exact same character here, if arguably worse, but Albedo gets a free pass because her target of affection looks like a skeleton wizard and has a fanservice design.
There’s also nothing interesting about floor guardians’ interaction with one another, as all they talk about is how great Momonga is and how they should do their job and serve him. I guess the assumption the author made was that his target audience was so stupid that they needed to be reminded of the obvious every scene, every line.
Another awful aspect of this series is the pacing- It’s always painfully slow. A lot of people seem to defend slow pacing by claiming that it’s character development, but there’s no development. I’m not sure where people got the idea that character interaction equate to character development, but I guess just listening to pointless filler dialogue gives some people a false impression that something must be going on even though nothing is really going on. This is especially noticeable in the episodes where Momonga teams up with a lower class group of adventurers to complete a quest- The show spends several episodes attempting to develop this group of nobodies by giving them cardboard personalities, but in the end it’s completely pointless. They’re not likable because they haven’t really done anything, their interaction with Momonga is pretty bland, and the series makes it clear that they’re not important to begin with. And surprise, it turns out they were completely irrelevant. Amazing character development for characters that never mattered with pointless, drawn-out character interaction that did nothing for everyone in the cast.
If all that wasn’t enough, the series doesn’t even tie itself up properly- The last part of the show involves one of Momonga’s minions, who is just as powerful as he is, suddenly being brainwashed through the power of plot convenience because the author thought an actually threatening conflict was needed around this time in the series. Despite taking all the safety precautions with all his power previously, Momonga decides that he needs to make a point about how he’s the leader, even though there was absolutely no need for him to do so when all the floor guardians already adore him unquestionably. Basically, Momonga is not very intelligent- Everything goes as he plans because of his raw power and having so many tools to work with- Not because he’s actually skilled at strategizing. It also should be noted that this last part of the show was incredibly grating, because the brainwashed minion still sucks up to Momonga while still opposing him. Really, Overlord?
So to summarize what happened in this entire cour: First quarter spends its time on just introductions on characters that have no personality whatsoever outside of all sucking up to Momonga in perfect unison. Second quarter is about Momonga effortlessly beating an army of literal nobodies that won’t matter for the rest of the season. Third quarter is about Momonga effortlessly beating an army of zombies and two bad guys that won’t matter for the rest of the season. And finally, the last quarter is about Momonga beating a brainwashed minion only because he handicapped himself even though it would’ve been just as effortless because he’s a poorly written character. I can’t even really claim that this is a pacing issue with the show itself- This is more like a pacing issue of the novels because the show covers fair amount of the novels. Remember that statement about how MMO setting is used as nothing more than an exposition tool? Yeah, it’s apparently being used as a filler as well in the novels, explaining things that nobody gives a shit about to pad out the content.
I really don’t understand the praise for this series- Aside from simple aesthetic differences, this series has all the flaws that all generic light novels have. The MC is just yet another generic Stu protagonist that has next to no character motivation, the side characters are cardboard cutouts that constantly suck up to Momonga only because they were quite literally made to do so, and the storytelling is a complete mess where the MMO backdrop is only used as a convenient excuse to make way for exposition through Momonga’s inner monologues. Instead of being from a perspective of a genuine evil villain, it’s from a perspective of a generic MC that only looks like a villain with underlings who are about as laughably as evil as Akame ga Kill’s antagonists. As an adaptation, it fails- And as for the series as a whole, it’s just another generic fantasy novel with a gimmick element as a hook. There’s literally nothing positive about the series, aside from the LN’s art and character designs, which all just seem like a waste of talent and effort. Both of which are not present in the adaptation or the writer.
The spin-off series, Ple Ple Pleiades is actually far more entertaining. Go watch that instead.
First, I would like to point out that there’s just so much unreasonable hate in Overlord, and I think people need to learn to emphasize the ‘preferences & tastes of one user’. Of course, you’re free to dislike it, but it doesn’t give you any right to deem anyone else who likes it as trash. Please, stop the petty hate. It doesn’t even make you look ‘cool’ instead of a fool.
The concept of the Overlord itself is pretty unique, as it was among the first in the early generation that popularized the skeleton MC as its mascot. Coupled with the heavy fantasy setting, a pool of interesting characters, and its slightly darker story, Overlord has successfully hooked fans both from inside and outside of Japan in general. Its storyline may be a bit slow most of the time, but it is usually worth it as the fight scenes take place. The series mainly focuses on the change of Momonga himself, from being a mere player to having Godhood status inside the fantasy game. Furthermore, Momonga itself is such a unique character to be explored. His loyalty and desire simply can not be questioned as he stands firm to protect everything that had been long abandoned by his friends. By doing whatever is needed, we can see the fall or perhaps the rise of someone who was more innocent than whatnot, but turned out to be more ruthless and cold as time goes on. The Overlord novel, for instance, is a lot darker than its counterpart in manga & anime. Unexpectedly, I’d say it is one of the best characteristics that Overlord managed to hold until the very end. Let’s be real, more often than not, most anime tend to stay away or avoid the gory scenes completely just to stay on a safe ride. But Overlord, on the other hand, stays true to its path of bloody & world conquest regardless of the cost. You might miss a few plot elements, but the overall story is still enjoyable to watch, and albeit it can be a little bit buffoonery at times, the Overlord still managed to stay on the side of victorious in the end.
Out of all the anime that I’ve watched, a select few of the Overlord characters are much more interesting to see than all of the others combined. Although the development of its characters is a bit slower, it is still quite fun to see. Not to mention the special side view of each and every single one of the Overlord characters, which possesses such a variety of unique kinks and fetish that has transcended the limit of ‘nutting’. It’s such a sight to behold. And I truly like Momonga as a character. His gentle and yet ruthless personality is already charming enough and much less to be hated. He’s such a manly man who will stand firm till the very end, even at the cost of his humanity. He can also be cunning at times, often to gain a better upper hand when fighting someone who could pose a threat to the Tomb of Nazarick. With Momonga’s abilities, knowledge, and experience that he has accumulated so far, the series allows one’s imagination to run wild about how superior it is to the very existence of Momonga.
The animation for this series can be deemed top tier if not flawless. The artwork is so colorful, and each of the character designs is great. If you’ve read the Overlord manga, then you know it is a miss, but the anime managed to outdo it in every sense. For example, The Great Tomb of Nazarick is being carefully designed as each floor has a different design together with the keepers. This is very different from manga, as it is more likely to be a roughly drawn sketch. Heck, the animation of Momonga’s character, especially when he’s casting a simple spell, already looks like a god-tier animation. A simple magic trick or a powerful magic attack will always make his presence look overwhelmingly powerful.
The opening series is very catchy with rather loveable lyrics. To boot, the Eds are to symbolize the purity of Albedo. Holy moly, these two Op and Eds are so lovely! How can you even hate that?! And for good squirrel, we can even see the soundtrack itself slowly embracing us gently to the Hent-paradise, and I am also impressed by the incredible sound effects in this series. What can I say? It was such a good performance when everything was meshed together by the voice actors, Op and Ed’s singers to keep up the best performance up to date. Hence, the music section deems another extra point.
Enjoyment and Overall
But what makes it so great is how Overlord spices up things with the story of the villain route. Since almost, if not all, the characters from the Great Tomb of Nazarick are wicked and beyond insanity. It’s not an everyday thing that you can see some bloody sauce on the watcher’s side. Although the Overlord premise is nothing new in the face of SAO & LH, it still managed to arise and ascend a spot amongst them. Perhaps, the only downfall of the Overlord is that it comes out simply a bit later than those anime. And although the pace of the Overlord plot and story may be slow at times, it is still rewarding if you stay with it till the very end. Honestly, everything that has been mashed together was already nearly a masterpiece level. I had my share of fun, and I’ll always recommend this series as it was highly entertaining and gave you quite a ride up to the finish line. Also, a friendly reminder that as long as you can enjoy one particular anime, that’s good enough.
“A popular MMORPG game traps its players inside and the players now have to play the game where the consequences are quite real”.
Well, that’s exactly what happens in Overlord, however, the advantage with me is that I haven’t seen shows like Sword Art Online, so while the plot was known to me the inherent flaws and stereotypes were not. The show quickly sets itself apart from its contemporaries by giving us a protagonist who plays the role of an antagonist and loves it.
After a brief period of confusion, the ease with which Ainz/Momon takes charge of his servants and powers is refreshing to see. Every move he makes defines his character as a person who is a veteran of MMORPG games. And while he uses his tactics as he would in a game, he knows the consequences of his actions and accepts them without hesitation.
The Art and Music of the show compliment each other brilliantly, and the characters are a good mix of perverse, lovable and obedient. If you’ve ever had a dream of ruling your own world, then this show will make an excellent guide.
3: Akatsuki no Yona
English: Yona of the Dawn
MAL Score: 8.04
Princess Yona lives a life of luxury and ease, completely sheltered from the problems of the seemingly peaceful Kingdom of Kouka; however, the sudden murder of the king and betrayal of her beloved cousin Su-won places Yona’s life in mortal peril. Forced to escape only with Son Hak, who is both her childhood friend and bodyguard, the na?ve princess soon discovers that Kouka is not the idyllic place she envisioned it to be. Poverty, strife, and corruption run rampant, making reclaiming the throne nothing more than a wishful fantasy given the kingdom’s current state.
Based on the popular manga of the same name by Mizuho Kusanagi, Akatsuki no Yona follows Princess Yona on a coming-of-age adventure as she faces the harsh realities of her kingdom. With only a mysterious legend to guide her, Yona must discover a way to restore Kouka to its former glory while being pursued relentlessly by the forces of the new King of Kouka.
First of all , Akatsuki no yona where have you been all this time? Where have you been HIDING dammit!
Sound : Im specifically starting with this , because lets face it , the soundtrack is absolutely amazing in this anime. Starting with the opening , Its only instrumental! ( How much time has it been since we got AN INSTRUMENTAL OPENING?)and yet you don’t skip it and listen to it every damn time. The second opening isnt as great but is still awesome!
( seriously it gives you chills everytime there’s a fight/emotional moment and the traditional music goes in).
Story : Princess Yona leads a peaceful life. Her only “worries” is whether or not her hair colour suits her and if she’s gonna be able to marry her beloved childhood friend Soo-won. Well lucky for her ! He stops by the castle for a week. However her father forbids their marriage for reasons beyond her understanding. THEN BAM! beloved Soo-Won drives a blade through the chest of the king while she runs into the room to talk to him about her marriage. Heartbroken and stripped of her status as royalty, Yona lives as a fugitive on the run, accompanied only by one of the king’s trusted shogun : Haku!.
Art : The animation is freaking good , yona hime face expressions are really well detailed ( I mean look at those fierce gorgeous eyes man) , and the art may seem typical but its beautiful! And hey for once the main dude isnt a 100% bishounen shining armored prince like dude his eyes are more like ”dont mess with me” type.
Characters: The side characters ( Yona companions) are amazingly well developped ( better than any shojo I watched) , you get to see a very detailed past of some of them. ALSO CAN WE PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT for the first non-cry baby female lead since those 5 last years? Yes Yona hime is a typical princess , fragile , who only cares for nobles things and dont know how to cook her own food. HOWEVER she blooms into a strong female lead , who is aware of her weakness and wants to learn how to protect herself and save her country!.
Enjoyment: You know it’s a good anime when you know the release date of the next episode and wait for it the whole week. You know its a good anime when you prepare food for it and set all yourself up. Akatsuki no yona combines Humour , serious-badass-moments , Mother of typical shojo moments ( which means even if its typical they are still better introduced than other animes of the same type).It’s the type of anime that will give you chills in every single episode. Honestly if you are the kind of person who was desperate to find an amazing shojo with Strong female lead (like me) or just a passing-by person who never seen a shojo in her/his life , or just a curious person ! THEN DONT MISS AKATSUKI NO YONA.
Beware of spoilers used as discussion points
Featuring a middle ages Korea kingdom apparently in turmoil; Yona stars as a completely clueless princess with already 2 incredibly hot young men who can’t resist to “protect” her. A coup occurred, for reasons still unclear after 24 episodes, killing the king and forcing Yona to take flight with her Boyfriend #1 (Hak) after finding out the identity of the perpetrator being Boyfriend #2.Thus ensues a long winded journey as Yona travels and develops as a person and a benevolent, charismatic ruler, reaching for that ultimate goal with also a lot opportunities for romantic development, or so you’d think.
The premise of this series is definitely very promising and allows room for political intrigues, epic battles exploring the qualities of an ideal ruler, discussing the problems with a lenient ruler and how discipline is integral to order. Unfortunately a meager 2 episodes is spent on these issues, making it a huge waste of potential. It’s mentioned many times that the previous reign wasn’t effective, but it’s hardly shown through the show; in fact the blame is all placed onto generic one-dimensional bad guys for doing bad things. The people perspective is nowhere to be found, their “suffering” is hardly discussed, there are no exact problems to be fixed; this makes the show’s whole foundation completely empty and so does Yona’s claim on learning about suffering. In comparison, Rose of Versailles beautifully portrays an oppressed society with plenty of civilian perspectives to display the problems with incompetent governance. On a wider scale, it’s also mentioned that the kingdom is at risk of impending attack in an attempt to give the show some kind of direction; but it’s so diluted and underpresented it’s difficult to appreciate as world building. Furthermore, it doesn’t really help that the show utilizes silly slapstick comedy; much like Shitgatsu Kimi ga Uso, these kills off any tension and make the show somehow even more bubbly than it already is.
On an episode to episode basis, the show doesn’t fare too well either. Most episodes focus on Yona’s journey to find the “4 dragons” based on a prophecy told by a random drunk priest lying half dead on the side of the road. As if that isn’t silly fantasy enough, these dragons are bound to her by DESTINY, meaning the moment she caught their eyesight, they become a harem member. Yep, she doesn’t even need to convince them. Most of the arcs dont have much depth and doesn’t contribute to the big picture. Additionally, they also try to get the audience to sympathise to the autistic, utterly stereotypical and forgettable dragons that become irrelevant the moment they join the harem.Boyfriend #5 (Blue dragon) arc in particular had a lot of issues that should really have been touched on like why are soldiers attacking the villagers? Why do the little kids keep dying? Why do they fear something that saves them? Instead it focused on the superficial “suffering” of the hot boy. And of course, Yona saves the day in the most stupid way possible “because his hands are gentle, so I’ll trust him”, right. The Boyfriend #6 (green dragon) arc got a bit closer to what the show should have been but collapsed when it became yet another generic beat the big fat evil guy who oppress people out of his greedy desires (and really want to put his hands on Yona), joining awkwardly righteous pirates too nonetheless.
It’s funny how the show realizes the complete lack of purpose in trying to gather up these bishounen on the last episode due to Yona still being completely clueless and a failure in story writing discussed earlier. In attempt to correct this she is given a “purpose” but it’s clear the author still have no idea how to advance the plot and neither does the show become any less superficial.
Character wise, the show features a very generic cast of forgettable characters to poorly developed ones. Yona is often said to have developed greatly, which is nothing short of phony. Physical strength is not the equivalent of mental fortitude; and her excessive plot armor only further depreciates any signs of growth she has. There was only one instance in which she actually realizes she did not want to lose anything else, which was real development. All other instances are just the plot forcing her to take action in an attempt to fool the audience of any real substantial development. For example, when she shot said big fat evil guy, there was hardly any real change in her character or way of thinking, in fact she did it just to get patted on the head. The show tries to make it sounds fancy it but in reality it is exactly just that. And with this much “growth” as a human she has gathered in 24 long episodes, her development as a ruler is completely pointless to discuss.
Boyfriends #1-7 suffers heavily from being bogged down to tropes, wish fulfillment and shoujo pandering. They aren’t really allowed to have any thoughts other than about Yona (and protect her because DESTINY). Boyfriend #2 (Su-won) is a potentially interesting character as a young mastermind of a coup but completely butchered by facetious “naïve boy” behavior towards important head figures for reasons I can’t think of besides pandering. His lack of screentime completely denies any chance of development, adding to long list of disappointment in this show.
On the positive side, the production value of the show doesn’t suffer very badly from being animated by Studio Pierrot infamous for low budget and conservative animation. Art is generally acceptable without noticeable problems. The chibi slapstick art hurts my eyes but other than that it’s pretty average. The instrumental first opening sounds like something from a cheap Chinese MMO and the second is an okay jpop.
In conclusion, Akatsuki no Yona is yet another generic shoujo story masked by a deceptive exterior. Potential interesting plot development and political discussion are replaced by a pointless journey to find hot boys. Every character is inexplicably obsessed about Yona because she’s the designated main character and tropes take up more time than character development. It’s not necessarily the worst thing; in fact it’s just overly mediocre rather than outright horrible. However, it is highly disappointing considering what it could possibly have been, making it excruciating to watch. If you had to watch this series it’s best to keep your expectations low.
At first, this show seems like your average run of the mill shoujo reverse harem, but by the end of the first episode as the story goes on, it seems to be more than that, its really a well written story which focuses on vengence and betrayal, it blow other shoujos away. The pacing at times when getting dragons to join may seem a little slow and does drag on here and there. Sure it does focus on finding the dragons but get to the point already, sure there may be a sidestory but can we just get these people coming in?
The characters are done well and are beautifully developed, Yona is pretty much one of my faviroute female characters of all time, she starts off weak and fragile like a little kitten and develops on to be something big, a brave independent creature awaiting its prey, its done in a way that developing her is spot on. If I’d rate Yona alone it would be an easy 10. Hak is Yona’s first protector, being known since childhood, Hak is goddamn badass, he helps Yona and keeps her safe from danger, he’ll use himself as a tool to protect her. The other dragons are pretty good characters each with their own backstories and being well developed to Yona. The problem i have here is that some of these characters might say a serious speech and then revert to comedy, at first its a good ol’joke but it keeps getting used so much that its just a pain in the ass at times.
The Art is pretty good for the most part, it has some well done character designs and sometimes has some well detailed characters. Same goes for sound, its great to listen, both OPs and EDs are goddamn beautiful and the OSTs fit the shows theme.
The show is a blast to watch, it leaves no plotholes (from my point of view) and has dialouge that seems useful. The problem is that sometimes this show is a serious adventure fantasy and then converts to a shoujo comedy and usually this transition feels unatural and ruin the tense moments. At times its pretty funny but at times, I can’t even.
Akatsuki no Yona is a goddamn pleasure to watch and I’m glad I didn’t ignore it. At first the plot sounds generic, but give the show a chance and you’ll experience some of the most well done developements in anime in years. This show deserves a Season 2, hell it needs ne. And this all comes from Studio Pierret… how about putting this effort in Tokyo Ghoul? But besides jokes, you should seriously start watching Akatsuki no Yona right now.
2: Noragami Aragoto
English: Noragami Aragoto
Japanese: ノラガミ ARAGOTO
MAL Score: 8.18
Yato and Yukine have finally mended their relationship as god and Regalia, and everyone has returned to their daily life. Yato remains a minor and unknown deity who continues taking odd jobs for five yen apiece in the hopes of one day having millions of worshippers and his own grand shrine. Hiyori Iki has yet to have her loose soul fixed by Yato, but she enjoys life and prepares to attend high school nonetheless.
Taking place immediately after the first season, Noragami Aragoto delves into the complicated past between Yato and the god of war Bishamon. The female god holds a mysterious grudge against Yato, which often results in violent clashes between them. It doesn’t help that Bishamon’s most trusted and beloved Regalia, Kazuma, appears to be indebted to Yato. When lives are on the line, unraveling these mysteries and others may be the only way to correct past mistakes.
Noragami Aragoto is probably the best 2nd season anime this year. There is a big deal of change since the first season, for good. To be honest, the first season’s second half was slightly off the entertainment level. I wasn’t able to dive into the seriousness of the final arcs in the first season. But I am surprised how second season made a remarkable progress in making the plot more interesting.
We all have seen Noragami first season and were left with many doubts, mostly related to Yato and Bishamon. In the first half. the second season tackles the back story of Yato and Bishamon and reveals the secrets of Yato, Bishamon, Kazuma, Other Gods etc little by little. The second half deals with the mystery of masked phantoms and also focuses of the relations between Yato, Yukine and Hiyori. Still there are plenty of things which are left untold which we can expect them to be shown in the 3rd season, when it comes out.
Noragami and Noragami Aragoto has been animated by the studio ‘Bones’ which is very well known for it’s remarkable art in the anime ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’, ‘Soul Eater’, ‘Space☆Dandy’, ‘Tokyo Magnitude 8.0’ etc. As expected of Bones, it’s art in Noragami is also smooth, colorful and remarkable. The character designs are another plus point of Noragami series. The characters are drawn so well, I can’t even imagine anyone else replacing them in any way. Their designs are the perfect match for their personality which makes them so much likable.
Noragami’s opening song ‘Hey Kids’ by ‘THE ORAL CIGARETTES’ is a BLAST! There’s no way anyone can deny me with this point. While everyone may not agree with me, the ending song ‘Nirvana’ by ‘Tia’ is another great song and the visuals and the lyrics adds more to it. While Noragami 1st season’s soundtracks were already good, there has been a great improvement in the soundtracks in the 2nd season. The number of soundtracks under different situations have been changed, increased in number, and has become more suited to it than before. The soundtracks played during battles, sad scenes, happy scenes etc. makes them even more interesting and fun to watch. Coming to the voice actors, many famous and insanely talented actors like Kamiya Hiroshi, Kugimiya Rie, Fukuyama Jun, Sawashiro Miyuki, Ono Daisuke, Kaji Yuki, Hayami Saori, Toyosaki Aki etc. gave an amazing performance which makes Noragami deserve a 10/10 in terms of Sound.
The male protagonist of the show, Yato, is my most favorite of all the characters. Not just from Noragami, but Yato has become one of my favorite character of all the anime and that’s because of his cool attitude, wicked sense of humor and his seriousness when it is needed. Other characters like Bishamon, Kazuma, Yukine are also pretty likeable for their own unique personality. While most of you will disagree with me, I feel that Iki Hiyori is also an important character which adds some spice to the story. Due to her caring and loving nature, she is also pretty likable. And the fact that there is almost zero percent chance of her of being in relationship with a god, Yato, makes us want to know more about their relation progression.
For me, the first season of Noragami was like 10/10 in terms of enjoyment but the second half was like 7/10. With more interesting plot, Noragami Aragoto has exploited the curiosity of the viewers and made this season worth a watch. Definitely 10/10 in terms of enjoyment.
If you really liked Noragami first season, then Noragami Aragoto is undoubtedly a must watch for you! If you are like me who liked half of the season and the other half of the season was meh, then you must give the second season a shot and you will undoubtedly be satisfied with it. And if you didn’t like Noragami first season at all, then there’s not much helping it, better skip this season.
I hope my review helped. Comments appreciated. 🙂
Overall I think Noragami is a very overrated series. I really didn’t enjoy the first season and didn’t realize what all the hype was about. It had a lot of problems – I felt the writing was poor, characters did stupid things that made no sense a lot of the time and the constant abuse of Yato is overused for comedic value but at a certain point it runs dry, and most of all – Yukine.
Yukine is one of the most annoying and whiny characters I have ever witnessed. If nothing else, I applaud this season for reducing this fact to a minimum.
The story of Noragami Aragoto has the same initial premise as the first season but this time is divided into 2 major arcs. The first arc focuses on the character of Bishamon, the strongest god of war who also has a deep hatred for Yato as he slaughtered her entire clan once before. By doing this though he saved her life, as requested by Kazuma, the only survivor of the clan. Everything begins when one of Bishamon’s regalia is suddenly killed. No one however knows who killed the regalia and panic ensues. Also coincidentally before his death he befriends Yukine and when Yukine hears the news he turns into Emo Kid once more and goes to seek vengeance for his friend.
The last season also gave a lot of hints that Kazuma knew Yato and their past is now unraveled.
The second arc starts off by Yato receiving a shrine from Hiyori. In the Noragami universe gods who have shrines get special perks sorta say. Yato moves into the Heavenly Neighborhood or whatever other lame name you can think off and is now a proper god, being friends with everyone! After 1 episode of sunshine and rainbows Yato gets captured by Nora and a person she calls “father”, who knew Yato for a long time as well as seen in the flashbacks of them holding hands. So this is where the series went downhill for me. This arc just felt so unnecessarily rushed (I’ve heard so from people who read the manga as well so it isn’t just me). So much content is just bundled together in this single arc and sadly, 7 episodes isn’t nearly enough time to cover it well.
Produced by Studio Bones, all I can say is how fluid and nice it is. To be honest, the fight scenes can be lackluster sometimes but I really enjoy the character designs. I may be giving it too much credit because I just find it better than most of the animation this season though. Shame pretty colors can’t save a show :^)
Noragami Aragoto like the first season has a variety of music throughout the series and I’d like to say how much I like it like most people do but I really don’t think it’s anything that special. Sure it’s better than the norm nowadays but it’s not setting out to break any records. That being said, the opening theme is one of my favorites from this season.
I’ll be honest, for the most part I don’t like the characters in this series. Let’s briefly go over the main characters of the first season: Yato is a god that will obey your every request (( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)) for 5 yen but there’s a twist to it – He has a dark past. This was revealed a bit in the end of the last season and now plays a big role in the plot. Hiyori is annoying at times but is generally okay and then there is Emo Kid. So now in this season we get more development for Bishamon and suprisingly, Kazuma. Bishamon has too much trust in all of her regalias and you could say that is her downfall. She is shown to be very stubborn when dealing with Yato, seemingly ignoring the fact that he saved her life.
Right off the bat I wanna say that I feel like they handled the development of Suzuha alright but it may of been better to give him more screen time first since he is the plot device in this situation. The main antagonist of this season is also one of Bishamon’s regalia by the name of Kugaha. He really isn’t interesting much like the villain of the first season but hey at least he has a goal. We are then introduced to Ebisu who is one of the seven gods of luck, the god of fishing. He could of been a cool character if the series didn’t decide to rush it so badly. Needless to say, he doesn’t get nearly as much character development as needed for us to actually care about him. We also don’t know a single thing about Nora or father, yay.
Norgami Aragoto is a pretty enjoyable series really. As I said in the beginning, they made Yukine a lot more likable which I’m very happy about. The enjoyment does go down after the 2nd arc tags along but it was never to the point where I was forcing myself to watch.
It’s somewhat of an improvement from the first season and is an enjoyable series with cool fights and quirky characters (that get on my nerves sometimes but that’s besides the point). It still struggles with the issues it had in the past like the plot and the character development in a lot of instances. The 1st arc is the pinnacle of the season (and I’d argue the series but I’m just a dirty hater of the first season), however the 2nd is inferior by a longshot due to how rushed it is. So all in all, while I enjoyed it more than the first season and you’ll probably do too, Noragami Aragoto really isn’t anything special.
Originally uploaded on October 30th, 2015.
The second season takes directly after the first season and we get a full on course of the story from the beginning. Unlike some supernatural or shoujo stories that concentrates on romance and relationships, Noragami Aragato crafts human emotions out of fantasy. The previous season already build a lot about personal conflicts such as Bishamonten’s troubled past. And in this sequel, it greatly expands on that as she takes vengeance against Yato. It’s simple to say really though. This season is more of an emotional roller coaster ride. From the first few episodes, it’s clearly shown that there’s darker background building through its various flashbacks. Demonstrated by the appeal of character trauma and PTSD-like scenarios, each episode builds up to a grand climax of this season. At the center of it, we have Yato who struggles with his own problems. Although luckily, he still has trustworthy friends like Hiyori and Yukine at his side.
A good portion of the season takes a look at characters from a personal approach. A key character and enemy to Yato is Bishamonten. Her troubled past links with Yato as viewers see how regalias (weapons made from the deceased) were killed by him. So in return, she wishes to gain revenge. Sounds plausible right? There’s actually a lot more story to that and thankfully, this season nails revelations through its precise buildups. From the present viewpoint, the storyline also follows Bishamonten’s followers as they are now. Some of her prominent regalias such as Kazuma and Aiha get their own roles with discrete purpose. At the same time, it creates some tension among her own group as tense feelings are expressed. Similarly, Yukine experiences grief as he loses a friend and learns about the destiny of being a shiki. Furthermore, Yato and Hiyori builds more of their relationship with trust that becomes stronger each episode. This can also be applied to Yato and Yukine as the latter even puts his own life at risk in battle. It goes to show how far these three’s friendship has led to their strong loyalty. Unfortunately, there’s also betrayal as viewers will learn the real mastermind who engineers suffering and despair throughout season. That’s just the first half though, there’s even bigger things that awaits those who is patient and eager to see how far the story develops. These include the origins of masked phantoms, how Gods exists, and what awaits for Yato’s future.
As Bishamonten is upgraded to a much more prominent role this season, it’s also important to realize her character. I think it goes beyond her vengeance against Yato as she is also a character with a compassionate nature. She clearly cares about her regalia both past in the present. And furthermore, she often tries to give those who have no place to go a home that they can appreciate. So no wonder, when her regalias were annihilated in the past, Bishamonten would go into a vengeful frenzy. In addition, Bishamonten is a strong willed woman, the type that doesn’t give up easily. Although her reasoning may have flaws, she is merciless towards her enemies and guards her own personal feelings closely. This sometimes leads to backfire as well when she lets those personal feelings get the best of her that leads to reckless decisions. In retrospect though, I think Bishamonten is definitely a character that is important to the core of this season; whether it’s her personality, morals, or actions.
Although there’s a darker nature of the second season, comedy still retains its comedic nature. So yes, there will be plenty of time to laugh such as with Yato’s childish moments. Anyone familiar with the first season will get to see how Yato’s lack of common sense places him in ridiculous positions. While it may be a bit of or hit or miss at times, Noragami always retains its ability to entertain the audience through clever dialogues. It also shows that Gods can be like humans with their behavior and even relatable through what they do.
Similarly the previous season, studio Bones does a terrific job at working with its animation. The character designs looks clear with Yato as he maintains both a humorous and cool side. Bishamon also returns with her battle gear and tough attitude that is translated by her facial expressions. And that’s a fun thing to look at. Noragami often has fun with itself and this season is no different. Almost every comedic moment is demonstrated with effective expression of character reactions. Whether it’s Yato or some other character, it’s very amusing and feels natural. Hiyori, Yukine, and some of the returning cast also looks good as well while the Phantoms are designed with credibility with their malevolence.
And lastly, we can’t forget about the soundtrack. On a personal level, the first season’s OP song has a catchier song with more stylistic choreography. But after examining at the sequel, I can say with confidence that the new OP song works quite well too. It has a similar style with fast paced action sequences and montage of the main and supporting characters. While there’s some foreshadowing too, the show does a great job with its themes. The OST is also quite noticeable between scenes of sadness, anger, and humor. It’s surprising at how the show can maintain it throughout the entire season.
Noragami Aragato is definitely a sequel that can appeal to just about anyone. Whether you’re looking for some drama, action, or comedy, it has a little bit to offer from all angles. Our main characters return and it’s fun to see where they are now. Bishamonten’s personal rivalry with Yato is a pivotal part of this season so a fan of her character will be in for a treat. And even if you’re not a fan of hers, the season is still entertaining with its concrete storytelling. It’s really a show that’s hard to pass by so what are you waiting for?
1: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season
English: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders – Battle in Egypt
Japanese: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 スターダストクルセイダース
MAL Score: 8.43
Joutarou Kuujou and his allies have finally made it to Egypt, where the immortal Dio awaits. Upon their arrival, the group gains a new comrade: Iggy, a mutt who wields the Stand “The Fool.” It’s not all good news however, as standing in their path is a new group of Stand users who serve Dio, each with a Stand representative of an ancient Egyptian god. As their final battle approaches, it is a race against time to break Joutarou’s mother free from her curse and end Dio’s reign of terror over the Joestar family once and for all.
The story became very repetitive at this point. Most of the episodes were: Go from current point to next point, encounter enemy Stand user, defeat stand user, repeat until we reach Dio. It became a monster-of-the-week series and it just felt really bland. The fights varied somewhat but in the end I was expecting a little more than what was essentially an RPG grind until you hit max level and go do an end game boss.
The art style definitely made everything feel more dramatic and dark, while the backgrounds gave a really good view of what Egypt looks like (at least from someone who hasn’t been there). The characters themselves are very detailed with proper shadings of clothing which makes them look ‘realistic’.
The op of the first season was really good and it got you pumped up and it made you feel manlier just by listening to it. But this second season’s op just reminded me of Rozen Maiden, it doesn’t fit. The voice acting is the same as the first season so if you liked it there, you’ll like it here, especially hearing Jonathan yell “AWEEE MAIII GAWDDDDD” or “SHIIIIITTTT”.
The villains felt very cliched in that they’re always over the top sadistic with no redeeming qualities. Each one was basically just ‘bad guy with certain bad trait’ repeated over and over every episode until we got to Dio.
Dio – Dio maintains his arrogance and threatening nature which definitely made him feel like an end raid boss and reinforces his antagonistic role.
Joutarou – If you can call standing around, posing ‘cool’ and saying “Yare Yare Daze” as being a character… well… he’s a character for you then. Initially, this was kind of cool, the nonchalant, tough without overtness attitude, but after two seasons of this composure, it starts to become dull and repetitive. Any encounters that involve Joutarou is basically resolved before it even begins and all you’re left doing is thinking how far his legs are going to be apart this time and how angled is his body going to face.
Jonathan – Not as cool as when he was younger with all his predictions but still a staple character that is hilarious when he swears/yells in Engrish.
Polnareff – Basically the comic relief of the show but his character really shines during his emotional moments with his comrades, especially Iggy.
Iggy – I initially didn’t like him as his existence felt out of place most of the time as he didn’t do very much, but in later episodes his character really develops and I liked him near the end.
Avdol – A firm, stable character that really cares for his friends and even sacrifices himself. Things actually happen to him which makes him feel mortal and human.
Kakyouin – Really stayed the same from the first season though his bonds with his comrades grows stronger.
Definitely wasn’t as enjoyable as the first season as the encounters with the other Stand users felt very repetitive and monster-of-the-week.
At this point, it just became repetitive until we came to the final showdown between Dio and JoJo.
As a direct continuation of the first season, it’s imperative to watch it before venturing into the Egypt Arc. Otherwise, you’ll be wondering around like a goat in a desert. Propelled by the series’ vision to craft a dynamic adventure, we are introduced to new allies and enemies. Of course, the main cast returns as well including Jotaro, Joseph, Avdol, Kakyoin, and Polnareff. Joining them is a new ally in the form a dog named Iggy. Bringing in non-human characters into a series always presents a challenge but Iggy isn’t just an ordinary house common animal. He has a Stand and there’s even an episode that really brings out his abilities for the audience to see.
Because the first season has exhausted Dio’s resources and servants, we are introduced to new and more dangerous enemies for the crusaders. Adapting well with its Egyptian theme, these new enemies presents a challenge like never before. We have Big Bads that do all sort of otherworldly things that people can’t even begin to imagine. It really brings a focus to Jotaro and his friends as they struggle to survive. A good measure of the fights not just test them on a physical level either but mentally as well. The D’arby siblings are a good example of this as they rely on trickery and deception to get what they want by pitting their enemies in twisted mind games. Then, there’s also the creativity coming from the brainchild of the series, Hirohiko Araki. The characters he makes not just possess a diverse range of personalities but also has Stands that bring out their sheer tenderness. As daring as some of his ideas are, they work well when it comes to bringing a mixture of thrilling excitement, mystery, and humor.
Indeed, the comedy for the series is like no other. From the artistic style of Boingo’s Tohth to Sethan’s power of age manipulation, there’s almost something in it for everyone to witness. Furthermore, the gimmicks of the show return in full with our main characters’ personalities. They may all have different personalities but their goal in hand is the same – to save Holly from death. As such, expect the mood of the story to get more and tenser as the journey takes them closer and closer into Dio’s palace. However, there will still be times when the story feels like a ‘monster of the week’ style. Certain characters also makes reappearances that gives them another chance to shine. For what’ worth, this second season behaves in a similar way with the first half in conjunction with their journey. Then, the latter half really picks up the pace as we get to the grand stage. Patience is a key to understand and enjoy the show as David Productions is willing to adapt the most important element of the story. To capture that style of Jojo is never easy but adapting with a steady pacing with weekly doses of adventure is something to take granted for. As such, I recommend watching this show in a weekly style rather than a whole marathon. It will leave you wanting for more as each episode brings something new to the table. And when the battle against Dio draws to its climax, you’ll realize that the patience was well worth waiting for.
The artwork of the second season along with its soundtrack remains generally the same but still retains the sense of exhilarating fun. Taking place in Egypt, we get more of the classic Egyptian-like atmosphere with more desert themes involved. As such, expect the soundtrack to reflect a bit of that culture. Opening theme songs are also clear with its choice by orchestrating the classic Jojo style that we should all be familiar with by this point. Surprisingly though, the ED theme songs has a more vibrant and melancholic tune. While seemingly off balance in some sense, I find it to be captivating as it creates a sense of serenity. Finally, there’s also the character voices that each reflect dynamically at how the characters behave. The villains’ textural motives also has a good amount of credible voice mannerisms to make the audience feel what their roles are. Then, there’s the artwork that continuously dedicates itself to capture what this journey been – crude, dangerous, and insane. However, that’s all in a good way. (minus some editing of the censors) David Productions’ visual standards impresses with their work by delivering stellar landscapes, well-made architectures, and a wealth of character designs to make the audiences awe. Similarly, expect the action to blow you out of the seats with its extensive prowess.
In a nutshell, the second season is what you will expect and get. And that would be thrilling action packed adventure of non-stop pandemonium. It’s a show that unites all sorts of strange gimmicks to deliver what the audience wants. Assuming that you like stunts, unpredictable characters, mind games, or dynamic comedy, then this season will be quite a looker. Now, this might not be a show for anyone though. There are at times problems when people feel like pacing becomes sour and certain parts from the original source omitted. Or there may be certain characters that get lesser screen time than others. However, the adventure never stop at its mark and packs its bag. Instead, it shows why the series is called Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. And that is freaking awesome.
JoJo was one of these trending things, and I tried real hard to ignore it, because getting myself in the JoJo world would only fatten up my backlog. However, then back in 2012, I heard JoJo manga (which is quite old) is getting animated, and thought this was a good chance for me to get myself into the series.
May be I was crazy or something, but I thought at that time, it would be better for me to finish the manga before I watch the anime. This doesn’t mean you have to do the same thing and read the entire manga before watching the show! I mean, I loved the manga, but it’s really your choice, because the anime has done an excellent job faithfully adapting the source material.
The entire JoJo show is 26+48 episodes. I know it is a daunting task to watch all that, but the show is a fun-ride that is fast and satisfying.
My point it that JoJo is quite an old franchise, which is still very popular in modern times, so if you want to stop wondering what all the JoJo hype is all about, this fun show is an excellent starting point. I recommend you start watching this now if you are interested, because sequels might come flying in soon in the future (meaning your backlog will only get greater….yuck)
So, if you are looking for:
Meticulously animated fun, swift, merciless, cathartic actions
Silly, over-the-top but clever thrills
Character interactions grotesquely fun
Ridiculously Faithful adaptation of the source material
Shows without silly unnecessary soap opera-esque romances and fillers
Manly Men full of manliness
and/or if you are just curious what all this JoJo is about…
This show is for you.
(so if you decide to watch this, be sure to start from Parts 1 and 2 from 2012~)
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season
2. Noragami Aragoto
3. Akatsuki no Yona
5. Lupin III (2015)
6. Magic Kaito 1412
7. Nanatsu no Taizai
8. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
9. Arslan Senki (TV)
10. Dragon Ball Kai (2014)