They’re the best Anime that 2010 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Himekishi Lilia, Fate/stay night TV Reproduction, Makai Kishi Ingrid, and more!
10: Himekishi Lilia
English: Himekishi Lilia
MAL Score: 6.76
The princess knight Lilia Evelvine is set to succeed her father as the ruler of the Leuven kingdom, but her jealous brother, Dirk, will do anything to halt her ascension to the throne. With the aid of Kiriko, his court enchantress, and Sand, the servant of the King of Demons, the dastardly prince enacts a coup to gain control of the castle and become the next king. He succeeds, but not before being reminded of his agreement with Sand: to extract the holy energy within Lilia as a tribute to the King of Demons. Dirk then proceeds to corrupt his mother and Lilia with all sorts of perversions, hoping to fulfill his task on time while turning the two into his loyal slaves.
[Potential Spoilers Ahead]
Story and Characters? Nothing complex. A Princess and a Queen, both beautiful and well-endowed, are put through almost every fantastic sexual torment ever by none other than their brother/son and his demoness accomplice to gather the Princess’ Holy Energy, and the ladies, as well as anyone who could help them, is suddenly as stupid or incompetent as heck, even though Lilia, at the very beginning, proves to be one of the ultimate badasses ever. I guess that hand-to-hand combat training is inexistent in their world. I guess that being in a Hentai world causes instant debuffs.
Story has few twists and surprises. The ladies eventually start to give in to forbidden passions, until they lose any dignity and pride they had and cannot think of anything else besides being ravaged. The female villain, believe it or not, eventually becomes another slave of the male lead, who in the end makes Caligula look like a sane, reasonable guy.
Most characters are good-looking, ladies are lovely and voluptuous, save for the lolita-like Catgirl, and males are passable, save for the occasional middle-aged guy, who fortunately show up just for a few scenes through the six episodes, and of course, even during those scenes, the action mostly focuses on Lilia. Heck, there are even different kinds of Tentacle monsters! Despite being a creepy as heck scene, the change in Lillia’s facial expression, when the aforementioned transformation-during-sex takes place, was amazingly done.
Background themes are appropiate to the situations at hand, and the theme “Stand Up, Princess Knight” is quite good. I watched the Japanese dub, none of the characters’ voices sound out-of-place. Sound Effects were spot-on.
Sex scenes involve almost every possible crazy fetish that can be imagined: Incest, public degradation, blindfolded, voulots of tentacle sex, gangbang, blowjobs and handjobs, drinking sperm, monster and demon penetration, peeing, (The nastiest case is just in Ep. 3, fortunately. Subsequent urinations are much more subdued), demonic transformation during sex, death by sex (Which is mostly without blood, and even covered in shadows in one case), threesomes and foursomes, and one of the biggest, craziest gangbangs in the story of Hentai. Fortunately, this doesn’t reach the extreme insanity of Bondage Game.
I won’t spoil the ending, but I have to tell you all this: If you’re like me, and can’t stand sad, tragic and bad endings… well, I’ll just say that, when Karma bites back, it bites hard! Best credits ever! Stand Up, Princess Knight!
I didn’t like Story in this Hentai you know because it’s hentai but you gonna love sex.
Princess Lilia became one of my favorite Hentai character and Kiriko & Lelia are great too.
These 6 Episodes Art are great like Boobs and Such so i don’t have complain about it.
Lilith Soft Thank You guys for making these amazing series and overall i give (10/10) but in the end I thought they gonna make sequel but that didn’t happen I mean come you made 3 Taimanin Asagi Parts.
9: Fate/stay night TV Reproduction
Japanese: Fate/stay night
MAL Score: 6.85
An edited and condensed version of the TV series.
Story : Not good. While it does somewhat convey the overall storyline, it still leaves many things unanswered. So many plot points have been removed that it just doesn’t feel like the story was really engaging at any point. Scenes will just jump around and you will be left wondering how this or that happened. For example, Shirou and Saber are recovering from a battle and then in the next scene, they’re fully healed and already in a completely different location fighting another battle. What happened in between? How did they get there? Why are they suddenly healed so quickly? These are questions viewers who has not seen FSN yet would ask.
All the fight scenes have been shortened as well. Fights that were suppose to be at least half an episode’s length has been reduced to nothing but a few short minutes. This is truly an extremely condensed version of the story.
Art : The animation is pretty much remastered footage from the anime. It’s still crisp and clear and it conveys the what is supposed to be colorful characters in the anime. The various noble phantasms are still excellent quality but unfortunately, cut short so many times.
Sound : The OP to this work features a new version of the original anime’s “disillusion” by Tainaka Sachi. The music from the VN and the anime are still here. A nice blend of mellow tunes that kind of fits into the shortened disjointed scenes but lacks to really draw us back in to the world of Fate/Stay Night.
Character : This is where this two part summary really falls. So much of the dialogue between the characters and their developments were removed for the sake of time. Barely any characters had any development whatsoever. The only characters to even get a sliver of development were Shirou and Saber but even that was just nearly non-existant. The dialogue between all of the characters was what made them great but alas, without it, we don’t really care much about them at all.
Enjoyment/Overall [7/6]: While I enjoyed immersing myself into the world of FSN once again, the disjointed and heavily cut direction really distracted me from keeping up with the story. The scenes were just jumping around so fast that they don’t let you absorb what had actually transpired then. This is a poorly made summary recap of the original FSN. While it will remind you of most of the important things that happen, it doesn’t really pull you back in the world of FSN. If they really wanted to do a summary, DEEN should’ve at least made an effort to reedit the script and change the animation enough to have it flow better instead of just cutting and pasting a bunch of the same footage together. This is definitely not made to be a standalone work. You’ll need prior knowledge of FSN to really understand what actually transpired in the recap.
And where the fuck was my “People die when they are killed” line? Terrible. Just terrible.
If you haven’t read Fate/stay night or seen DEEN’s first anime adaptation, don’t bother watching this; it will make absolutely no sense to you. Read the novel instead. It’s significantly better than either of these anime.
If you have seen the Fate/stay night anime, don’t bother watching this, either; the only new material is the OP+ED, and although I’m a fan of Tainaka Sachi, this new remix of disillusion wasn’t great.
I watched this because I spotted [Doki]’s fansubs and thought it might be worth a re-watch. I guess I was hoping in vain that these OVAs would be an improvement on the original anime. They’re not. If I weren’t nerdy enough to remember the plot of F/sn in its entirety two years after reading it, I’m sure I would not have been able to follow the story of TV Reproduction. Many scenes are skipped entirely. Others appear as minute-long clips with one or two lines, thrown in with absolutely no transitions or explanations or anything. DEEN didn’t do such a bad job the first time around when it came to keeping crucial plot points (aside from Bondage Sakura and some other tidbits), but in TV Reproduction they’re waved aside under the assumption that the viewer already knows what’s going on and doesn’t really care.
TV Reproduction follows the same story as the anime it’s based on. There are no new scenes. There are, however, so many cuts that if you didn’t know the story to begin with, there’s no chance you’d figure out what was going on.
Fate/stay night does have an excellent story, though. Go read it.
Better quality than the original anime’s, but far from beautiful. I watched in 720p. 1080p upscales aren’t really my cup of tea.
A lot of the animation seems to be very lazy. Standard DEEN fare, I suppose. Fate/stay night is something you read/watch for the story, so this isn’t that important.
The highlights of TV Reproduction are the all-new OP and ED themes sung by Tainaka Sachi. The soundtrack has otherwise been copied directly from the original anime, which sounds great in theory but ends up being quite disappointing in practice. You’ll hear a momentary snatch of a track from the TV series’ OST at a dramatic point, but it will play for a minute and fade away as the next character’s theme turns on due to the extremely rushed nature of the OVAs.
There is little to no characterization in TV Reproduction. Given the amount of material that DEEN had to cram into two hours, this makes a lot of sense: we never have time to look into the characters’ heads or watch them chat with one another. It’s still disappointing, though.
Overall, I scored this 6 out of 10, which is probably more than it deserves. The Nasu fan in me won’t let me do otherwise.
Would not recommend.
From my point of view, Fate/Stay Night TV Reproduction was meant to be only a brief nostalgia material to millions of Fate/Stay Night fans out there. The whole 24 episodes worth of a story compacted into only a pair of 1 hour episodes? Of course it seems like a forced attempt on a series re-animation to make money.
The truth is, there was so many scene deletions in this reproduction that the storyline itself lost its charm and plot development. Sometimes, the scene loops far away out of the blue, leaving us in a state of confusion on what happened a moment before. For a moment the setting takes place in a house, but after a few seconds everything changed into the end of a supposed-to-be-good fight with another powerful servant. These kinds of loops really wasn’t a pleasant experience, even to fans.
Putting the plot aside, the animation has improved so much than before (of course), and the musics are as good as ever. The characters suffered from lack of development (probably because of the loops), but they’re still amazing and fun to watch. At least for me, it was very nostalgic to see those characters in action, although within a whole different kind of animation and angles.
In short, Fate/Stay Night TV reproduction could be a relieve for those who missed to re-watch the original series, but didn’t have the time to. But really, this one is not suitable for those who never watch the original one. Too much details missing.
8: Makai Kishi Ingrid
MAL Score: 6.94
Dark existences were secretly invading Tokyo, the diabolic city. Behind the success of ninjas of justice called Taimanin, the darkness starts the action… Hell knight Ingrid revealed the betrayal of a diabolic doctor, Sabato Kiryuu, who has belonged to a group of darkness, Kanomado. She follows after him who managed to escape from the spot. However, she gets the counterattack from Kiryuu in a certain hideous church and becomes captive. With vengeance, Kiryuu tries to destroy Ingrid’s noble soul and decoy her boss, Edwin Black the vampire, into coming to save her. He encourages a group of monsters who have the desire for revenge against Ingrid to disgrace her body…
You like seeing women humiliated?
You like pixelated vaginas and penises?
How about seeing women tortured for 4 episodes?
Well Sicko, this hentai is for you.
Unlike many hentai that has either no story or a terrible story, this one is quite good. Although the story mainly consists of torturing these girls for 4 episodes.
Just like Space Pirate Sara, it starts off with a pretty good story, then focuses on torturing the girls and then the story resumes in the last episode.
It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where humans have fallen, the city is in ruins, and raping demons run the streets. The only way to live is to have some kind of magical powers.
Our heroine Ingrid has magic powers and she’s a very good warrior. Except for one problem, she shares the same weaknesses that many warrior/magic girl faces in hentai: La Blue Girl, Space Pirate Sara, Sexy Sailor Soldiers, Angel Blade, etc…
THESE WOMEN DON’T WEAR ARMOR, they’re always half naked. Her battle suite is basically a thin thong and the top hardly covers her chest. And the fact that her tits are huge doesn’t help. So yes she’s gonna end up getting raped at some point. In fact when you see the way she gets capture in the hentai you’ll reach to the same conclusion as me: ‘if she was wearing armor that wouldn’t have happened’.
A pretty good villain. Manipulative, clever, smart,…Kind-of like Loki from Thor and The Avengers.
This rarely happens to me, but I found myself actually siding with the villain for a while. He’s just a very cool villain.
Heroine/Main Protagonist: Ingrid the Dark Knight (no relations to batman). She is very similar to Sara from Uchuu Kaizoku Sara (aka Space Pirate Sara), which is not surprising considering they share the same producer Pixy.
Secondary Protagonist: Anti-Demon Ninja Murasaki. Also a great fighter but she has the same weaknesses as Ingrid.
Other protagonist, the badass who saves the day: Black Edwin
First of all its censored.
But the animation does get creative; expect to see Evil Faces, with evil grins etc. Characters are well drawn.
There are also some good camera angles during the sex scenes.
Some people might not enjoy this hentai since its 4 episode of two women being tortured. Might have been better if they made the sex scenes shorter and had less episodes.
Story: 9/10. Ingrid was with Black and then Kiryuu uses the orcs to f**k Ingrid. Good Story.
Art: Full 10/10. AMAZING!!! Ingrid and Murasaki look so sexy when tied up together on the DVD boxes. and the other characters look good too.
Sound: 8/10. Ingrid’s moan is so cute. Even Murasaki’s too. The sound is very, very good.
Characters: 10/10. Kiryuu = the villain
Ingrid = the main character heroline
Black-sama = the second hero
Murasaki = the sexy anti-demon ninja
All characters have a great personality.
Enjoyment: The moaning was my enjoyment.
Overall: 9/10. REALLY AWESOME. watch it. This will make your eyes sparkle.
Unfortunately, this OVA is extremely excessive in its graphic depictions of rape and becomes nothing more than a 4-episode shame fest for Ingrid and Murasaki, who is equally as hot yet hundreds of times more naive than Ingrid.
They had a good idea going into this with episode one but pretty quickly it gets tiring. A better idea, in my opinion, would’ve been for them to bring in different girls and focus on them instead.
This OVA could’ve easily been reduced to one episode. If you do decide to watch this, I’d suggest you skip episodes 2 and 3 as they’re nothing more than endless rape sequences.
7: One Piece Recap
English: One Piece Recap
MAL Score: 7.17
A recap OVA summarizing the ten-year TV series up to the Impel Down arc.
6: Utawarerumono OVA
English: Utawarerumono OVA
Japanese: OVA うたわれるもの
MAL Score: 7.21
A three part OVA of Utawarerumono. The animation work will be done by the same staff that did the opening of the game the show was based on. The story will cover parts that weren’t shown in the anime series.
(Source: Moon Phase)
The animation actually sometimes looks a like it was done a bit better then the TV show but yet it doesn’t feel disconnected from it. It’s just enough to show this wasn’t done with the rest of it. The opening seems to be a bit confusing if you didn’t finish the TV show. There is a part that will give you a small clue as to what happened at the end that could end up spoiling the show.
The music is one of the best parts because it has the really nice feel just like the TV show. The Japanese dub is rather good as well with the right feeling expressed. I wish they had also tried to do an English dubing of it but sadly I have not found anything about that.
5: Mahou Sensei Negima!: Mou Hitotsu no Sekai Extra – Mahou Shoujo Yue
Japanese: 魔法先生ネギま! もうひとつの世界Extra 魔法少女ユエ
MAL Score: 7.25
Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai extra episode featuring Yue.
At the time of this writing, this is (sadly) the latest animated incarnation that integrally adapts the Mahou Sensei Negima manga. As you can infer from the title, this OVA is about Yue and what happened to her after separating from the rest of the members of Ala Alba. Just like Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba and Mou Hitotsu no Sekai, this was created for the people who read the manga. Still, from the three OVAs sagas, this is definitely the more self conclusive, and if you are willing to take it as an elseworld, fans of the first two animes can watch it without much trouble.
Story: After the incident in the Mundus Magicus’s portal, Yue is transported and instantly broom-hit by Collet Farandole, a student at the Ariadne academy of magic. Yue ends losing her memory, and to keep an eye on her, she’s accepted in the academy, where, with Collet help, she’ll study to become a magic knight. During one class, the name Nagi Springfield is invoked, and Yue feels it have something to do with her past. But Nagi is not only a historical hero: right now, a young gladiator with the same name (and same appearance) is causing a great commotion in the annual Mundus Magicus’s fighting tournament , whose final will be held in Ostia. And this last thing is important, cause the academy has a contest where the winners will travel as guardians of that event…
Animation: Outstanding, like the other OVAs, though here the computer effects/drawing are a bit overused, especially in landscapes… They’re well done, and maybe it’s just a personal preference, but the two-dimensional drawings seem more beautiful.
It sometimes happened with magic, too.
And just a little detail, when a pactio card is activated, the transformation is similar to that of Sailor Moon xD.
Sound: Both the opening (Magical Twinkle Sky, which has the most comical animation of all the adaptations) and the ending (Good vibration!) are interpreted by the four Ariadne knights: Yue, Collet, Emily, and Beatrix. Both songs are very good, and the work of the seiyuus is impeccable, as we are used to these OVAs (and that’s admirable, since the entire cast, with the exception of Yue’s voice actor, are new to the series).
Verdict: Yue fans, rejoice! This is more than you could have ever imagined, a special devoted entirely to the Blue Baka Ranger. Despite being just one chapter, I have to say it did the best job in this whole manga adaptation project: the story makes sense all the time, no sudden jumps between scenes, and although the end is open, the story itself (of this special) is completed (as opposed to Mou Hitotsu no Sekai, which sadly ends up in one of the very best moments of the manga). This is the only Negima OVA that i could recommend to fans of the first two animes, and not only to the manga readers. As I said at the beginning of this review, if you take it as an elseworld (which it isn’t, since is part of the main story, but it could have been one), you can actually see it without much confusion (obviously there will be details that aren’t gonna be understood, but the action in general can be appreciate).
And the usual recommendation: If you didn’t read the manga, then read it! It’s one of the best things going on right now, if you don’t mind the obscene amount of fan service in its early chapters (later… I wouldn’t exactly say is attenuated, but certainly the focus of the series changes to the fights).
Al momento en que escribo esto, esta es (tristemente) la ultima encarnación animada que adapta de forma integra el manga de Mahou Sensei Negima. Como podrán deducir del título, este OVA trata sobre Yue y que fue lo que le paso después de separarse del resto de los miembros de Ala Alba. Al igual que con Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba y Mou Hitotsu no Sekai, esto está pensado para que lo vean las personas que leyeron el manga. Así y todo, de las tres sagas de OVAs, esta es decididamente la mas auto conclusiva, y si están dispuestos a tomarlo como un elseworld, los fans de los primeros animes pueden verlo sin muchos problemas.
Historia: Luego del incidente en el portal de Mundus Magicus, Yue es transportada e instantáneamente atropellada por Collet Farandole, una estudiante de la academia de magia de Ariadne. Yue termina perdiendo la memoria, y para cuidarla, es aceptada en la academia, donde Collet la ayudara a estudiar y a convertirse en uno de los caballeros mágicos. Durante una clase, el nombre Nagi Springfield es invocado, y Yue siente que tiene algo que ver con su pasado. Pero Nagi no solo es un héroe histórico: en la actualidad, un joven gladiador con el mismo nombre (y misma apariencia) está causando estragos en el torneo de lucha anual de Mundus Magicus, cuya final se celebrara en Ostia. Y esto último es importante, porque la academia tiene un concurso en el que las ganadoras viajaran como guardianas de ese evento…
Animación: Soberbia, al igual que las otras OVAs, aunque acá se abusa un poco de los paisajes hechos con computadora… Están bien hechos, y tal vez solo sea una preferencia personal, pero los dibujos en dos dimensiones me parecen más bonitos. En la magia también pasa esto.
A modo de detalle, cuando se activa una carta pactio, la transformación es similar a la de Sailor Moon xD.
Sonido: Tanto el opening (Magical Twinkle Sky, que tiene la animación mas cómica de todas las adaptaciones) como el ending (Good vibration!!) son interpretados por las cuatro Ariadne knights: Yue, Collet, Emily y Beatrix. Las dos canciones son muy buenas, y el trabajo de las seiyuus es impecable, como estos OVAs nos tienen acostumbrados (y eso es admirable, dado que todo el cast, con la excepción de la vos de Yue, es nuevo en la serie).
Veredicto: Fanáticos de Yue, regocíjense! Esto es más de lo que podrían haber podido imaginar, un especial dedicado íntegramente a la Baka Ranger azul. A pesar de ser un solo capitulo, tengo que decir que es el que mejor adapta el manga: la historia tiene sentido en todo momento, no hay saltos bruscos entre escena y escena, y aunque el final queda abierto, la historia en si misma de este especial, es concluida (a diferencia de Mou Hitotsu no Sekai, que tristemente termina muy cerca del momento máximo del manga). Esto es tan así que es la única OVA de todas las lanzadas que podría recomendar a un fan de Negima que vio los primeros animes, pero no leyó el manga. Como dije al principio de esta review, si se lo toma como un elseworld, realmente puede verse sin mucha confusión (obvio que va a haber detalles que no se entienden, pero la acción en general puede apreciarse).
Y la recomendación de siempre: si no leyeron el manga, léanlo. Es de lo mejor que hay dando vueltas en estos momentos, si no les molesta la cantidad obscena de fan service que hay en sus primeros capítulos (esto después… no voy a decir que se atenúa, pero decididamente el enfoque de la serie cambia hacia los combates).
4: Shakugan no Shana S
English: Shakugan no Shana S: OVA Series
MAL Score: 7.35
Find out what happens when Yuji accidentally triggers a found Treasure Tool while it’s pointed at Shana! Then, Yuji teams up with Wilhelmina to stalk their fiery friend—whose secrecy has become unsettling. Finally, in a two-part special, Shana tracks a Denizen’s trail by sorting through a Torch’s memories for clues. Her sleuth skills reveal a teenage girl’s heartwarming last days and a predator with a serious identity crisis!
This was made to give us Shana fans a nibble before we get thirds not to piss us off. It gives us alot of the humor that this story mold of body-swapping use (Yuji reaching towards his chest when he is in shana’s body was an inevitable moment the second they swapped bodies) and I think the “shana” feel behind it adds new life to the cliche plot.
Overall it was a great OVA in part 1 and am highly looking forward to the next 3 followed by the long awaited Shakugan no Shana III
Shakugan no Shana (Burning-Eyed Shana) also known simply as Shana are a Japanese light novel series written by Yashichiro Takahashi with illustrations by Noizi Ito. ASCII Media Works published 26 novels from November 2002 too November 2012 under there Dengeki Bunko imprint.
In fall of 2005 Shakguan No Shana received an anime adaptation and it spawning 3 seasons that aired in different years, 1 movie and a OVA called Shakugan no Shana S. It was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Takashi Watanabe whom are also directed one of my favourite series called Slayers.
Now what do I think about Shakugan no Shana?
Well I first I hated the series but after a short while I decided too re-watch S1 as well as watching S2 and S3 for the first time and well.
Shakguan No Shana went from being one of most overrated anime series too one of my favourite series in a blink of a eye because it contains great action, a good love triangle a story that gets better as the series progresses, wonderful art/animation and the main theme that Shana presents.
So why are Shakugan No Shana so good you may ask? Well we are going too find out in the course of this review.
Hello Everyone Shawn/TheCodeTrigger and today I will be reviewing all three seasons of Shakugan no Shana and with out of the way lets us begin.
The story begins with Yuji whom are youre average boy whom just graduated into high school. One day as he was going home he comes across a scarlet sealed area where everyone except him are frozen in time and on top of that theyre’s monsters named Tomogara. On top of that the Tomogara are stealing souls from human body and now they are after Yuji soul. Hope are almost lost until a female flame haze comes in and save Yuji as well as defeating the Toomgara. After that the flame haze tells Yuki that he now a torch. A leftover of someone whom has already been eaten by the Tomogara. Usually that you will only have a few days too live at most before disappearing completely but inside Yuki he has a mysterious and unique item that are called Reiji Maigo which every day at midnight he gets his existence replenished. So together with the flame haze which Yuji named Shana they set off too fight Tomogara together too protect the city.
The first 2 seasons of Shakugan no Shana features a lot action, slice of life and a bit of romance which manages too blend well for the most part. I liked too romance and slice bits of the show because they are well in my opinion and they give character development too most characters in like before Shana was just cold hearted tsundere but thanks too slice of life elements she becomes more humane character instead of being that rough main character. The action was just wonderful of J.C staff because theyre were well directed and the fights can get really intents at times.
Now I have too admit the first half of S2 are easily the weakest of the trilogy. It’s not bad by any means but compare too everything else in the trilogy it stick out like a sour thumb of being meh. Unlike most people I actually like the first half because I got too see the great character interactions with each other while they do bunch of slice of life stuff. Then again we have the love triangle hat shouldn’t really happen at all and the one whom brought this love triangle are the character that I hate the most. We get too her later.
The second half of S2 in my opinion are the best of the trilogy because J.C staff managed too show the potenal of series perfectly by giving us great villains, Yuji finally becomes a great male lead and he finally got real character development.
The only problems that I had with the first two seasons are the second villains of S1 which had some messed up insets with each other and the one girl which I will mention in the character section.
Shana S are just more Shana fun for the most part.
The first 2 episode are filler but highly enjoyable filler because of the character interactions were spot on.
The last two episodes are heavily character driven because they explore Shana as a character before she met Yuji. Plus those 2 episodes don’t have any action.
Finally we have Shana final.
This was the season where Shana fans were heavily divided.
I seen people whom Shana final was the shit or people whom thought Shana Final was the worst thing that J.C staff has ever done.
Where do I stand on this? I liked but at the same time I thought it was kinda rushed.
I can see why people hate this because that made that set character into a villain ruining the character development that they had with that set character but for me I found set character becoming a villain was a good move because in my opinion its adds more too the show.
Compare too Shana S1 and S2 Shana final are more action pack and very emotional too the eyes.
The ending of Shana final was good in my opinion because it closes the series in a great way.
The only real complaints that I had with Shana final are not Yuji becoming a different person but are almost all of the new characters that appear in Shana final hardly get any character development whatsoever and it’s really a shame because I liked some of this new characters but they hardly get any back-story or mutations’ of why they taking part of the war.
Besides that I liked Shana Final.
One more that I like too mention are the theme of Shana. You see Shakguan No Shana deals with the theme evolution and the show manages too portray that theme properly because throughout the series you will see characters constantly evolving too become better people.
Overall I really like the story of all seasons of Shakugan no Shana.
The characters of Shakgan no Shana start off generic but as the series progresses they all evolve too great characters.
I first hated Yuji because he stared off a generic protagonist but over the course the series I found him too a well written male lead because he well developed and actually has a personally unlike most generic male leads.
One more thing I will mention Yuji becomes a different person on Shana III and the things he does in Shana are just mind blowing.
Overall Yuji was a good character in my eyes.
Shana are a really good character in my opinion.
Sure she starts off as a rough tsundere but as the series progresses she becomes more of a humane character that can fit with her peers really well. Also by the time you get too Shana final her signs of her Tsunderism are completely gone and she finally evolve too become a light hearted badass whom loves Yuji.
This are how you write a tsundere guys.
Overall I adore Shana.
The rest of the characters are also good for the most part for example I really like the other characters ranging from the badass and mother figure too Shana Wilhelmina, the comic relief and also badass Margery, the rough but chilled Keisaku too the emotionless villain Hecate. In almost any show that I liked theyre are always that one or two character that I don’t like. In Shana case that character are Yoshida. She are a definition of a bad character because not only she’s annoying but she messes up the relationship of Shana and Yuji by adding a unnecessarily love triangle in the first half of S2. I don’t fully hate her as much as other people do but I she was that character that I heavily dislike.
Also I like too mention that some of the villains in S1 were not great they are .Not offensively bad like Yoshida but compare too the villains in the second season and final they are rather forgettable.
Overall besides from Yoshida this character cast was great.
Like with the characters the art/animation continuously evolves as the series progress.
The art style of the first half of S1 feels kinda generic and outdated in a lot of areas but the second half of S1 the art/animation general improves for the better. Shana Final has some of the best art/animation I seen from a J.C Staff because you can clearly tell that they really effort on the characters designs too the backgrounds of the locations.
Not too mention Shana hair on S3 are beautifully animated.
Overall the art/animation are really good.
The OST of Shana are just wonderful listen because it has both the action and romance music that are very memorable plus the show knows too use appropriate songs on each scene.
By the time of this review the Shakugan no Shana OST are one of my favourite OSTs in anime.
All of the openings were good but noting can top Shana III Final opening 1 Light My Fire” by KOTOKO because it’s sounds legendary and it’s more hype for the show. Not too mention it’s one of my favourite anime openings of all time.
The endings are good but nowhere near as good as the openings in my opinion. The only endings themes that I adore are Shana 2 Ending 2 Sociometry” by KOTOKO and Shana 3 Final Ending 1 I’ll believe” by ALTIMA.
Now I only have seen Shakugan no Shana dubbed and I thought it was great dub.
Unlike Familiar of Zero you can tell they put effort of the dub because the voice acting for almost all of the characters were great. Unlike Slayers where two voice actors have too be changed as that series progresses everyone character a new voice actor in by the beginning of Shana Second. I personally enjoyed the new voice actors because I think they did a good job with the roles.
Overall the OST was just masterpiece. The openings, endings and the dub was great.
I really enjoyed the story from the action pack S1, the clam slice of life first half of S2, the more interesting second half of S2 too the wonderful war setting that are Shana 3 final because each season are very different from each other’s and its works really well in my opinion.
I personally enjoyed all of the seasons because of the character cast evolving every season too become better like for example I use too wrote off Yuji are a generic MC but after seeing Final he became a better and more interesting character.
Same goes with Shana because I was worried that Shana will became a another Lousie from The Familiar of Zero but in the end not only she’s a well written tsundere with amazing character development she’s one of the best female leads I have ever seen in a long while.
Shakguan no Shana has been a wonderful ride for me.
It’s a great story that gets better written as the series progresses, the charterers are great and fun too watch, the art/animation just wonderful especially in S3 the ost are amazing and easily one of my favourite anime OST and the dub are great.
Shakugan no Shana has currently maintain a spot in my top 20 favorite anime series.
It’s a much watch anyone whom are looking for a fast pace action anime with some good slice of life bits.
I give Shakugan No Shana this presenting scores for each season below.
Shana S 9/10
My overall score a 9/10 (This series has been one hell of a fun and romantic ride)
My Anime Recommendations
Slayers (for more Takashi Watanabe greatness)
Kaze no Stigma
Anyway this was TheCodeTrigger and I will see you guys next time.
Summary: The 1st and 2nd episodes of the OVA are mildly interesting filler that you could skip without missing much. The 3rd and 4th episodes, on the other hand, are VERY powerful. They give some back story to Shana right before she meets Yuuji and serves as a great and emotional reminder about what it means to become a torch and disappear. These 2 episodes are mostly emotional and character driven and have little to no action. I highly suggest watching it!
I found these to be quite enjoyable and a bit more than filler because they taught Shana a valuable lesson about the relationship between mother and daughter, about family in general, and especially about adolescent romance. I really like how the first episode starts with Shana killing the torch (typical to a standard episode) and then going back through her past and figuring out what happened to her. This approach allowed for a build up of emotion as she got to know the torch and ended with the touching scene between Shana and the torches mother. I also liked how the second episode went into the details of the torches’ relationship with her new boyfriend. The approach of slowly building up her final few days after she is already dead again proves to be very effective (for example finding out the bracelet she likes so much was a gift from her new boyfriend and that the reason she fought with her mother is she caught them kissing in the park.)
One thing that isn’t completely clear until the end of the second episode is that this is a flashback and that Shana is basically just about to approach the town where Yuuji lives. It is ironic how Alastor wonders if she will one day find a human who can interact with her and she replies that it would be troublesome… if only she knew, haha. This episode (similar to the 1st few episodes in season 1) deals with the loss of human life, becoming a torch and disappearing. It is interesting how the show basically drops this concept, instead worrying about the relationships between the main characters. It is refreshing to get a reminder than all of the people who are devoured cease to exist and their loved ones and families will forget them… it really brings home what everyone is fighting for.
3: Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Tethe’alla-hen
Japanese: テイルズ オブ シンフォニア THE ANIMATION テセアラ編
MAL Score: 7.48
The second arc of Tales of Symphonia that takes place in the flourishing world of Tethe’alla. This OVA takes place up to two-thirds of the game, prior to the Derris-Kharlan arc.
If you’ve played the game for this anime, you might be more familiar with the characters, plot, and overall universe, but as for me I had played it only briefly several years ago and didn’t remember much when I started watching this. So don’t think you need any background knowledge: I certainly didn’t need it.
Tethe’alla is an amazing world, bespeckled with grand castles, interesting people, highly advanced technology and something that made me rather excited to see: dragons. I loved the storyline in this world. Lloyd’s adventures to save Colette caused him to come across new enemies and allies, and everyone has their own unique story to tell. At some points the plot took real twists -I would blink in a surprised fashion as I stared at the screen and wonder why someone had done something, or how something had happened. In this way, it became so that I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next, and for me watching something with unexpected turns is a real treat.
Because Tethe’alla is a chapter only four episodes long, like the first chapter, things are going to be moving at a good speed to keep the plot rolling. There aren’t any unnecessarily long scenes of reflection, and flashbacks are kept concise. Background information on characters is given to us, but we are shown only what we need to know to understand character motivation, so if you like seeing scenes that show more about the character’s life I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. What I really liked was how there could be great action in one moment, and then, only a scene or two later, everything would slow down to give viewers some time to process what had happened while the characters recovered and figured out what to do next.
Lloyd is a fantastic main character. He’s charismatic, determined, strong-willed, and he keeps everyone focussed towards the goal of freeing Colette. I feel like the other characters fill in all the standard group holes: Genis, the cheerful companion who still seems a bit too innocent. Rain, the instructor and sister to Genis, ready to help out where she can. Sheena, the woman who is at first a bit of a mystery, and seems cold and distant, but later she shows that she’s got an amazing heart. All of these guys, and a few more, really come together and make the perfect team.
The music in this anime was definitely not what I was used to. It’s got depth, layers, and it fits the scenes brilliantly, raising tension and setting the tone. If you’re expecting to hear something catchy and memorable, no, it isn’t. To be honest I can’t remember one tune from the show. But that’s what’s different about it: it’s wind instruments, drums, and so on, building up on emotion and just creating a great feel for the story. It didn’t have to be catchy or memorable. The opening and ending themes were fantastic. They aren’t the usual norm, either. If you’re expecting classic J-Pop or J-Rock, no, you’re not going to receive it. The songs are just beautiful. Entrancing. Delicate. …And rather unprounceable. However, I enjoyed them, sincerely.
I don’t know what to tell you that won’t get into the finer details of what you’re considering you might watch. I won’t tell you about the twists, or the ending (although I will say that it ended on a note that left too many loose ends, I believe we’re in for a third OVA to tie everything up). However, I will tell you that in my honest opinion it’s definitely an anime to set aside time for. If it doesn’t captivate you by the opening sequence or by the end of the opening theme, then this probably is not the genre or anime you’re looking for, though I assume you watched through the first four episodes to get here, so why even consider whether you want to see the Tethe’alla chapter? If you enjoyed the first chapter, you’ll enjoy this one, and though it’s an often repeated line it’s completely true.
I have been a die hard fan of this game for a long time, and when i first saw the original series i felt rather, well disappointed, it skimmed through half the game in a an instant, then came along this second season and it put my skepticism to a rest, the Tethe’alla arc ended up not only meeting the quota of the game but it actually topped it by a longshot,
The 2 big changes that the anime did better in the anime appossed to the game for this were the big twist and actually making the romance between lloyd and collete a real romance, i wont spoil the twist but there is a big one concerning lloyd in the final epiosde, in the game it was pretty mindblowing at the time but it wasn’t really placed right and it didnt feel very climactic, the way they do it in the anime was holy shit worthy for anyone who hasn’t played the game, its climactic, makes sense, ad has a very badass fight because of it
and back to the romance thing, in the original game the romance was kinda just there and it had no conclusion it alowed you to pick another girl named sheena aswell but it wasn’t really that good and doesn’t make any sense whatsoever for him to do it, the game just felt like it hacked it on there just because but the anime kinda made it a huge driving force for lloyd and it made a few scenes very emotional, and heres the real kicker thta made me go 100% fangirl, they actually give a conclusion to the romance, keep in mind ive been supporting that ship or 9 years and i finally got something from it, im gonna fangirl like crazy, i honestly think when it happened my penis went back inside me and turned into a vagina, that’s how fan-girl i got when it happened,
but thats not the full reason why i mentioned this, im mentioning it cause it all makes the show overall better, the romance while not HUGE it does take up a bit and really built lloyd and collete as characters, and we also in the anime get to finally meet up with the entire cast fully and they handle them very well, specifically zelos was handled perfectly in the anime version, hes stuck up, jokes around, got kinda of a ego but hes also someone you dont want to fuck with and is hiding something that may screw everyone over, he reacts great with the entire cats though the most entertaining are the ones between him and lloyd and him and sheena, they just work kinda well off each other
One thing that’s just a nice little plus for this, these episodes include small little skits making fun of the anime with he characters themselves and they are very funny, they make fun of things like kratos not getting enough screen time, genis being useless, lloyd being a idiot ext. they are quite funny and a treat to TOS fans out there
if you have not played the game i do suggest watching the anime instead, though the final part is still to come out(will come out this fall)
the show has everything you might want
-and by god even Psychological at points
and do not be dissuaded by the length, even if these are only 10 episodes for both seasons keep in mind they are all longer than a normal show, the original season was 30 min per episode so it kinda ended up being a 10 episode length and this is only 4 episodes but it is the length of 2 normal shows episodes(20 min is normal length) of 40 min, so overall just these 2 season equal the length of a 18 episode series and with the finale on the way it may end up being a 24 episode length,
to summarize this if you’v played the game this will be a treat to watch and if you haven’t its something that anyone can enjoy cause its got borderline something for everyone
The Short Version:
(+)Returning characters feel much more fleshed out.
(+)When the new characters are introduced with more or less the same level as with the returning cast.
(-)Core character downgraded to a plot device.
(-)There’s more Houdini characters. (I.E. characters that appear then disappear)
The Story (8/10): With the carry on from part one, the story having layers stacked upon it now, the connections between the characters and the events surrounding them are becoming easier to tie lines between. The overall feel of the anime has improved as well, where as the first part felt like it was more about saving the world, this one is on a much more personal level, which is why I think that this story is better that part one; it’s a lot more focused. For instance, in part one the show put emphasis on focusing how important the journey is to restore the diminishing world. Part two on the other hand is focused solely on restoring Colette, making the entire show all the more effective when aiming for the feels and there’s a few of those moments spread throughout this part. The show does this while managing to keep the over-arching plot present, which is also another plus.
The Characters (7/10): With the majority of the cast returning from part one, they feel a lot more whole and more like proper characters, with the exception being Lloyd and Colette. I feel like he’s falling into what I call the ‘Classic angry protagonist’ abyss, where the character is trying to do their best with the given situation, but they can’t help but get angry every time they feeling like, “I can’t do anything and that makes me angry and sad. (like for example, Eren from Shingeki no Kyojin.) It was annoying in part one, and it’s still annoying now. Thankfully though, that does change after a while. On the side of Colette she has been demoted from Core Character that actually has a presence, to a plot device that is more of a background prop, bad move series. Bad move.
Aside from the returning cast we have several new characters, again I’m just going to stick with the main cast.
Sheena Fujibayashi: Enemy turned friend and is more vulnerable than she seems.
Zelos Wilder: The Child of Regeneration for Tethe’alla and the red head.
Presea Combatir: A failed by-product of the Exsphere experiments and female lumberjack.
Regal Bryant: The new character who gets the most development and a lolicon.
One thing they did well while developing the new characters is that, while they were developing one character, they were also detailing some of the other ones, going to the extent of even giving one of them an episode long backstory. Of the new characters it’s definitely Zelos that’s the most underdeveloped, all I know about his is that he’s the Child of Regeneration and that’s it, and he stands out like a sore thumb for that very reason.
The Art and Sound (7/10 & 6/10): The art hasn’t really changed between the two entries, although you can start to see more of the famous animation quality from ufotable starting to seep it’s way through, the 3D movement is again improved and the fight scenes feel like a much more basic version of the ones we saw in Unlimited Blade Works. Not exactly the kind of quality I expected from a company at the peak of their game.
The Sound on the other hand has taken a slight dip in my opinion. The OP and ED aren’t as enjoyable as part one’s and they put in what I call ‘Jump-scare queues’ When they suddenly just put in a very loud sound for dramatic effect. Then again, the show’s quiet when it needs to be for the emotional weight of certain situations, and the rest of the musical section is about as good as part one.
What do you think of this anime?
I think that this second part, as a whole, is a vast improvement from the first. The characters are more fleshed out, the art is finding it’s feet, and the story is getting better. I wouldn’t say I’d buy this anime though still after all of its obvious flaws.
Would I recommend this anime?
If you’ve seen part one? Yes definitely. If you’re just jumping in at part two for some reason? No, because you won’t have the same experience as someone who has seen part one. (Thus I highly recommend you go watch part one, then come back to this entry.)
Goodbye my brethren, see you in the next one.
2: Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari
English: Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar
MAL Score: 7.80
Kenshi Masaki has been kidnapped and brought to the world of Geminar by a mysterious group. To get back home, he agrees to help them assassinate the newly crowned empress of the Shtrayu Empire, Lashara Aasu XXVIII, using a giant robot called a Sacred Mechanoid.
As her army fights them off, Lashara takes note of Kenshi’s abilities and demands that her attacker be captured alive, only to find out that the pilot is male which is extremely rare on Geminar. Believing it to be a waste to kill him, she makes Kenshi her attendant.
As the empress’ new servant, Kenshi is required to accompany Lashara to the Holy Land, an academy where Sacred Mechanoid pilots hone their skills. His arrival attracts attention, but Kenshi is unaware that something sinister is brewing within the academy and it could plunge the entire world into war.
The overall story line of this anime starts a bit stereotypical, but the development is excellent.
Not to mention that the main character is an overall bad ass with a kind, although a little too innocent, heart.
Although sometimes a little cliche, this anime is found very enjoyable and one is left with other regret there is not more of it!
As a personal bit: WAHANLY IS THE BEST! 😛
Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari was my first time watching an OVA series that comes out every month rather than every week. As such, I was not prepared for the gnawing impatience I felt at the end of every episode.
At first I wasn’t really absorbed with this series and just started watching it while waiting for one of my downloads to finish. However as the1st episode progressed, I slowly found myself getting drawn into the story. The basic storyline wasn’t anything new. It had the same premises as some other fantasy series with the main character getting thrown into an unknown world in order to fight the villain. However the other elements of the series helped bring the story to life.
I thought that the art was very well done and really brought out the attractive aspects of nature and the wild. While watching Kenshi out in the open, I found myself wishing to be in his shoes in order to feel the wind in my face and the grass beneath my feet.
The op and ed for this series wasn’t anything too special. Both pieces of music fit the series and was enjoyable to listen to. However they weren’t anything people would go nuts about. The voice acting for this series was well done. All the voice actors brought their characters to life and carried the characters’ feeling across to the viewer.
Being of the harem genre, the female characters were very diverse in terms of personality and looks. However unlike other harem series, I actually found myself liking all of the main female cast. Many series have at least one female lead who I just can’t stand, whether it’s because they’re all whiny because they can’t get their feelings across or because they’re insecure about themselves. In this series I found myself laughing at all the comedic situations between the female characters and Kenshi and didn’t find myself displeased one bit.
Kenshi was also another reason why I enjoyed this series. (Maybe it’s because I recently started watching School Days and quickly got tired of Makoto’s unappealing character.) Anyhow I really enjoyed Kenshi’s confident and bright personality. He started out in the story as a strong protagonist and ended the story as a strong protagonist. He didn’t really have to grow in character because he was already a likable character from the beginning.
With many harem series, I usually find myself cursing at the last episode if it ends in an open ending. However with this series I thought that the ending actually fit and didn’t resent the producers for not choosing a concrete female lead for Kenshi to end up with. This is probably because romance was not the main point of the series. You could tell that many of the female cast had feelings for Kenshi but the way the story unfolded, you never really expected for Kenshi to become lovey doey. This series was mainly focused on the comedic situations between Kenshi and the other characters with the mecha fighting thrown in as a bonus.
This series was very enjoyable for me to watch and I never felt like skipping ahead in any of the episodes. Rather, I felt that the episodes were too short as I wanted to see more of Kenshi. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari was a great series for me and I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to watch it
This does contain some spoilers, but it will not impact the series in any way. Anyone who has not watched this should not have a problem with the spoilers as it does not reveal any plot twists, etc(except episode 1, but what the hell, it’s episode one haha).
The graphics and battles were top notch. However, the entire series was literally a land fill of fillers all the way until at least episode 9. Episodes 2-9 were just Kenshi meeting girls and getting into harem themed situations. Granted the situations were funny at times, it got repetitive, dragged out and ultimately ruined the entire series for me.
All the plot holes also tested my patience with this anime. I never drop animes but this one seriously had me contemplating on it. An example would be why? Why is the Holy Island getting attacked? Because of your ‘ideologies’? Would you at least take some time to tell us instead of bombarding us with panties and breasts? Also, as would be expected, no one dies in this anime. They just keep on coming back and back and back and back.
Another one would be that the timing on the music is horrible. Though the music (BG music) itself is not bad, the timing is horrible. Did I just say that twice? Well let me say it again. The timing is absolutely horrible in this. I could tell when they tried to make a ‘situation’ seem serious or dire only to be ruined by the music. An example of this would be on episode 13 when the students of the Holy Island are trying to take back the land. There’s some fluffly music playing that could easily be used during one of Kenshi’s Harem situations. Everyone is laughing and having a good time even though it’s the last episode. Instead of laughing and smilling, at least try and keep a serious face.
I can say after finishing this OVA series that there was literally no character development. The only ‘development’ I saw throughout were characters becoming tsundere and just becoming an outright harem.
For me, the only time this anime for me gave off a sense of seriousness was when Kenshi’s seikijin went black and white and went berserk. That and in the beginning of episode 1 when Kenshi was on the swan trying to kill that princess. Not even the climax could be taken seriously. Kenshi wasn’t even breathing hard during the final battle even though Gaia was many times stronger then him and he wasn’t even trying his hardest until Chiaia threatens to take away his gems??? What the hell? He had a harder time compressing his sword then fighting Gaia. Mediocre until the very end.
After the Holy island is taken over, for some reason NO ONE cares that all their material possessions, everything they’ve owned is being pillaged by the thieves and all they care about is catching Kenshi’s attention and being infatuated with him. Completely ridiculous. I know this is an anime, but can you at least make an attempt in trying to make the situations they’re in at least seem realistic, having some type of impact on the characters?
This anime, barely being able to keep my attention I may have skipped on some points but I’m pretty sure I nailed the major flaws in this anime. Giving this anime even a 5 would be too much. I rated this a 2, which seems just about right when the plot is a complete mess, riddled with plot holes and too many fillers. I seriously can not recommend this to anyone. However, if you’re into harems and don’t give a damn about plots or character development, then go ahead and watch this train wreck of an anime.
1: One Piece Film: Strong World Episode 0
Japanese: ワンピース フィルム ストロングワールド エピソードゼロ
MAL Score: 7.98
Set over 20 years prior to the main One Piece story, this limited release OVA chronicles the confrontation between Gold Lion Shiki and Gold Roger as well as other events around the world around the time of the Pirate King’s execution.
What it covers are confrontations between Roger and Shiki. Shiki’s capture and escape. Glimpses of nearly most of the characters big or small whether it be one of luffy’s crew or a side character and ended with the start of the movie that follows.
This episode to me felt like it showed the starting point of what is to be and what has become. I fell like I may have said too much so i’ll leave it at that.
Enjoy the episode.
other than that we get a quick great recap of who Shiki is and what he really is. we see a lot of characters as young that is quite cool as well.
Overall great OVA with a rather great ending that opens up your curiosity.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. One Piece Film: Strong World Episode 0
2. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari
3. Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Tethe’alla-hen
4. Shakugan no Shana S
5. Mahou Sensei Negima!: Mou Hitotsu no Sekai Extra – Mahou Shoujo Yue
6. Utawarerumono OVA
7. One Piece Recap
8. Makai Kishi Ingrid
9. Fate/stay night TV Reproduction
10. Himekishi Lilia