They’re the best Anime that 2012 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Elf Hime Nina, Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch – Nunnally in Wonderland, Ikusa Otome Valkyrie G, and more!
10: Elf Hime Nina
MAL Score: 6.39
Kyle, the protagonist of this story, is one of the 7 heroes who defeated the evil overlord. After that battle he starts a conquest of the continent in order to unite the humans who live on it.
Standing against Kyle is only his younger brother Syll, who is also one of the seven heroes. Kyle stole his throne, but failed to kill him.
One day, another of the 7 heroes appears before Kyle. She is Nina, an elven princess. Kyle knows that Nina and Syll are lovers, and a dark desire begins to burn inside of him…
When i first saw the Covers of this H-Anime i liked the Characters Design and how they look like. The Animation wasn’t really bad but the thing this H-Anime lacked of was a “soul”. It seemed like it had to be done another average rape Hentai which was seen as work and not to entertain people.
Those Sex scenes were all so common and kind of boring. Besides that i have to say i enjoyed some scenes a bit, like when those tiny monsters raped the princess on a bed or even when the dark elf got taken by some “filthy orc monsters” in the basement. But it all didn’t seem to be too original. For watching it once it could be acceptable, but thats it, the love is missing.
tentacles/monsters – check, futanari – check, rape – check, abuse/violence-check and also elves. Nothing too surprising. If you don’t like violent sex there’s absolutely nothing for you to see here.
Now for the sex scenes themselves: they suck, barely anything is happening and with a cheap 6-frame animation is just uh..
Sound and voice acting: 5
Standard I guess, nothing noticeable.
Romance/Cuteness level: 0
In this title it’s simply not present.
Violence level: 6
I give it a 6 because it has rape, hmm, actually that’s the only thing it has.
Artwork level: 8
One good thing about this one is the artwork, it’s pretty good, IMHO. Nothing too impressive for background but characters are well drawn.
Story? in porn?! you can’t be serious…
9: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch – Nunnally in Wonderland
English: Code Geass: Nunnally in Wonderland
Japanese: コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ ナナリーinワンダーランド
MAL Score: 6.45
On a bright, peaceful day, siblings Nunnally and Lelouch Lamperouge take a moment to relax under a tree. When Nunnally asks him to tell her a story, Lelouch, who is unflinchingly resolute in doing his utmost for his sister, makes unique use of his Geass ability, breaking barriers to tell the most entertaining story he can.
Awakening alone under the tree, the previously blind Nunnally finds that she can see again and immediately spots a strange rabbit that resembles Anya Alstreim, the Knight of Six. The sight of this rabbit sends Nunnally falling down a hole, leading her to a colorful wonderland. Narrated by Lelouch himself, Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch – Nunnally in Wonderland follows the lost Nunnally as she searches for a way back home, meeting a slew of colorful, familiar characters along the way.
The comedy is well thought out and very funny. With so much references to the plot, fans of Code Geass are rewarded with not only comedy. By using nearly all the major characters, in roles that fit their personalities, one can tell the writers care for their fans. The very last scene is heartwarming and funny, ending the special in a fulfilling manner.
If this ain’t milk then I ain’t tired. And I haven’t slept in 36 hours.
Every Code Geass fan will be disappointed, sorry to tell this. I still can’t believe how big of a letdown this was. I would have been completely happy with mindless comedy, C.C. eating pizza and unlimited fanservice, but this is just wrong. This is disgrace towards Code Geass and offends the fans, you shouldn’t waste your time with it.
Now, onto the review.
The main premise of the special is that Lelouch tries to tell an interesting story to Nunnally, like he used to when he was younger. He envisions his sister in his own version of Wonderland, with most of the other characters from the original series make brief appearances. Crazy things ensue, and many people will find this method of storytelling off-putting. After all, Nunnally in Wonderland is essentially Lelouch’s (rather siscon) twisted fantasy. Everything that happens in his Wonderland parallels the “real world” of Code Geass in some way, and this special cleverly lampoons many elements of the series. Although many people found this to be insipid and devoid of the intelligence that was in the main series, I found the gags to be quite entertaining. It definitely lacks the drama and coherent plot lines of the original though, so if that’s what you’re looking for then you are sure to be disappointed.
This special was clearly low-budget, as the artwork was mediocre at best and the animation was virtually non-existent. As this was meant to be more of a picture drama than an actual anime episode, the lack of art quality isn’t much I can complain about. CLAMP’s noodle-arm character design is still there, and overall the art was pretty consistent–as in a consistent level of bad.
From what I know, all of the original voice actors from the series with roles in this special were able to reprise their respective roles. Thus, I have no complaints in the voice acting department. Lelouch sounds as he always does, and Norio Wakamoto, a fan favorite, really had a chance to ham it up in this. The king’s booming, regal voice is always entertaining to hear, and his silly scenes in this special were no different. Much of the music from the original series was used here as well, though much of it featured that light-hearted school setting/student council tune. Overall, the sound was fine, though nothing special, unless you were a big fan of the original OST. If you’re also a big fan of any of these seiyuu, then at least check this out for their roles.
Surprisingly, despite all the crazy gags and antics in this special, the characters actually stayed…well…in-character. Though the situations were changed, Lelouch was still Lelouch, Suzaku was still Suzaku, etc. If you liked their original characterizations, then you should not be too disappointed by how they are portrayed in this. Though, if you’re looking for any character development or major backstories, you won’t find it here. In this special, the purpose of the characters was to create humorous situations, and in that it succeeded reasonably well.
Overall, I personally enjoyed Nunnally in Wonderland. It might turn some viewers off because it lacks the drama, intelligence, and seriousness of the main series, but as a cheeky, ironic little piece of comedy that pokes fun at its parent series, it really is quite enjoyable to watch. I would recommend this to anyone who wouldn’t mind a sillier, stranger side-story from Code Geass.
8: Ikusa Otome Valkyrie G
MAL Score: 6.45
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7: Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki The Animation
English: Legend of the Heroes: Trails in the Sky
Japanese: 英雄伝説 空の軌跡 THE ANIMATION
MAL Score: 6.52
Ten years ago, a massive invasion by the Erebonian Empire almost shattered the Kingdom of Liberl, piercing to the heart of Capital City before being driven back by a determined counteroffensive led by Cassius Bright. Now, as the invaders pace behind the northern borders, coveting the small kingdom’s magic and high technology, Liberl slowly rebuilds with the aid of the Bracer’s Guild, whose mystical use of “Craft” is even more intrinsic to the nation’s defense than its own army. For young Estelle Bright, daughter of Cassius, this is all just ancient history that she and her adopted brother Joshua learned as kids. But history has a way of repeating itself, and as they prepare to join the Bracers Guild themselves, sinister forces are preparing to thrust them into the familiar family situation of being in the worst possible place when mayhem breaks out. Because when their father’s airship goes suddenly missing, of course it only makes sense to two green, but extraordinarily capable, young teenagers to strike out on a rescue mission of their own!
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
1)- There’s the interactive elements which simply have to be removed or done in a way that doesn’t feel forced (if you’ve seen many video game or visual novel adaptations, you know what I’m talking about). Say, people randomly stumbling across the main character and talking one by one, or it being too easy to tell the important characters from the irrelevant ones.
2)- The world-building that is so intriguing and interesting may come off as boring and irritating in anime form, because since you’re watching people infodump information rather than reading it at your own pace, it comes off as slow and dragging the show down.
3)- The show may end up butchering all sorts of extra content, like side quests which may have added layers to certain characters, added to the feeling of adventure, fleshing out the setting or even simply being a fun scene where we see the characters messing around.
With all this in mind, this adaptation of Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky manages to walk out not only as one of the very worst adaptations I’ve ever seen, but also as among the worst anime I’ve ever seen.
The story is atrociously handled, with absolutely no set up towards any of the events in the story or any context as to why things are happening. You see, this technically isn’t an adaptation of the first Legend of Heroes game, but rather its direct sequel which continues off the first game. Because of this, nothing makes sense if you haven’t played the first game, and as such, it completely fails as a stand alone before it even starts.
Secondly, the games’ world is among the most well-written and complicated worlds I’ve ever seen in a fantasy work period. This adaptation fails miserably at providing us with a feeling for how the setting works, no reason about the majority of the conflicts happening and doesn’t bother doing much of anything to make viewers acquainted.
Last but not least, the games at their core are incredibly character-driven, with character motivations clearly built up and foreshadowed with a great deal of care and subtlety. None of that exists here, everything is in your face and over the top, and above all, the audience is disconnected from everything that is happening since there’s no real reason to care.
The animation is generally extremely fluid and nice to look at, with backgrounds looking pleasant and interesting. What isn’t pleasant to look at, however, is the artwork. The games generally have an incredibly old-school feeling to them, and one major influence for the game’s setting is the Miyazaki movie Castle in the Sky, which the character designs and backgrounds for both the original release as well as the Evolution remakes clearly reflect. This is thrown out the window, as none of the characters are clearly identifiable for most of the show, and especially the long distance shots look atrocious. The close-ups look pleasant, but the OVAs have a habit of rarely ever focusing on facial features, which ruins the almost non-existent immersion the viewer may have even further.
The soundtrack is a treat for the ears, and I can confidently say that it is easily the best thing out of this entire mess. Many tracks which are already great in the games are remixed, and a special mention needs to go to the absolutely phenomenal remix of Silver Will. Seriously, here you go. You’re welcome.
What you will regret, however? The voice acting. It’s atrociously handled, the characters voice actors are constantly yelling for no real reason, everything is over the top and lacks any degree of passion or care and honestly feels incredibly ill-fitting (which is strange, considering that the same voice actors voice the characters in the Evolution version and they sound perfectly fine there). I blame whoever directed this travesty, it’s clear they just wanted to cash in on some cheap money and didn’t care about anything else.
The worst thing about everything here are the characters, however. They feel like running cliches saying cliche things, and not a single piece of dialogue sounds like something humans would actually say. Why is this a problem? Because the game has among the most human characters I’ve ever seen in a work of fiction, almost every line they said to each other sounds natural and consistent, their traits came off as the results of their experiences and upbringing rather than being there simply because they have to be, and you know what? They grow up over the course of the games, practically each and every single one of them.
You know, I can rant on about other things. I can rant on about how it doesn’t follow the game properly, how it ruins the power levels (which are given an incredible amount of detail in the games), how literally half the story arcs within the games aren’t there, how they ruined the beginning and the ending of the game, about how characters who should have died didn’t, how they cut out entire characters out of the OVAs and so on.
But you know what? Don’t watch this. Play the games; they’re immersive, rewarding, fun, interesting and above all, don’t insult your intelligence the way this sack of crap does.
I can confidently say that this is easily the very worst adaptation I’ve ever seen, and I recommend you avoid it. There are almost no redeeming qualities within this abomination, and as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t exist.
Still, maybe one day we’ll get a proper adaptation of these games. I cling to that hope and certainly believe that with the right presentation and effort, they can be amazing.
Getting straight to the point – Overall, Eiyuu Densetsu is just so-so. Story is so very rushed (and very difficult to understand) and with the amount of episodes(only 2 with approx.40 mins each, since its an OVA) is just not enough for all to fit everything into that time span. It starts of with a very brief introduction of “orbments”, goes straight into the OP then followed by a sudden “kissing” scene. Most characters don’t get much (ANY, to be more exact) introduction themselves, so you might end up having a hard time knowing the characters.
So the only two redeeming qualities for Eiyuu Densetsu lies in the action-scenes and the animation of the whole OVA. One word for the action – Incredibly satisfying. I’m not kidding, the battles are fast, fluid and its pretty much the most you’ll get of out Eiyuu Densetsu. How about the animation/visuals? Character visuals are very detailed and “amazing” is the easiest way to describe Eiyuu Densetsu’s animation quality.
Anyway, moving into more detail on the characters, you’ll either love or hate them. Main character Estelle Bright is the typical tomboy who isn’t so bright and is more to brawn over brains. Her past is later revealed in the OVA but only lasting for a couple of minutes. Joshua, is the typical cool and strong guy cliche. Like Estelle, his past is revealed, but again, very briefly. He is called the “Enforcer No.13,” but nothing is mentioned whatsoever about these so called “Enforcers” and his objective is to destroy “Society”; again, nothing much is explained. Estelle and Joshua are the only two characters who gets most of the spotlight in the OVA, later on in the second episode of the OVA, majority of the “other” main characters get tossed out. Frankly, I don’t even remember the names of characters (nor do I particularly cared for any of them) in the anime except the two main MCs.
Ending was also very disappointing, it was clearly unfinished and much is left to be explained. But what much can I say? That was rather expected for a 2-episode OVA; introductions and explanations are simply non-existent. Perhaps if you’re a fan of the video game, then just maybe you’ll enjoy this OVA a lot more. Anyway, one thing’s for sure, after watching that OVA, I’m now very interested in trying out the video game. In conclusion, Eiyuu Densetsu : Sora no Kiseki feels like a very plain action(but with very solid action scenes) anime throwing out most of the story.
First of all short anime equals short story and here you can see one of strange way of telling it: they cut beginning and ending of it (full story can be found while playing the game) and i think it makes more time for pure action. Other than what is good beside few unexplained things that you have to figure on your own or wait till they slowly and partially reveal to you.
Sound was good nothing too fancy but i loved opening and ending melodies. Art and animation was exceptional especially outstanding action scenes. As rpg game adaptation they truly focused on combat animation and kind of showing character difference in their fighting style and weapons. Similarly all character personalities can be seen just from the look at them (clothes + weapons + face and eyes (“we both have same killer eyes”) : hot head tomboy girl, closed inside assassin, lone wolf manly fighter, hard outside little robo girl, older evil friend, other evil sister and THE Leader. It is shame you cant learn almost nothing about them. I adored Estelle (till she started doing stupid things) and i like cool “I can win alone” chars like Joshua, so this show became wonderful journey.
This OVA was just perfect for me I loved instant action and super good fighting scenes, I let lack of the story to get trough and just enjoyed the show.
“From kiss to the kiss”
MAL Score: 7.03
DVD bundled with the limited edition of the 10th volume of the manga, previewing the upcoming TV anime and including footage that will not be used in the series.
5: Kuroinu: Kedakaki Seijo wa Hakudaku ni Somaru
Japanese: 黒獣 [クロイヌ] ～気高き聖女は白濁に染まる～
MAL Score: 7.36
In the land of Eostia, humans and dark elves have fought for supremacy for over a century. The dark elves rule over a race of monsters that has raided human lands for generations, capturing and defiling their women. Aided by powerful bands of mercenaries, the human kingdoms have gradually pushed back their old rivals.
But the mercenaries would not settle for these victories. Led by the cruel general Volt, the sellswords declare independence. With the support of the savage orcs, their new nation attacks human and dark elf alike, carving out a kingdom where men reign supreme and women are little more than slaves. Even the dark elves’ castle is conquered and their queen taken prisoner.
The sole hope for peace in these lands rests with a fellowship of seven princess knights, handpicked by the goddess of the high elves. But is their power enough to cleanse the evil from their world?
What kind of fantasy tie husband and rape his wife in front of him? This is disgusting.
Vault is one of the most shitty, irritating characters. Same as that shit father and minister.
Story; 2-3 dialogues and rape. Nothing more.
Art; Only good thing but just for 2 dark elves female.
Characters; A specially Vault, father, minister and that shit comrade Pathetic, irritating, fulsome.
Enjoyment; There is nothing such a thing.
Overall; If you love rape then watch it this shit. Otherways go and watch something else.
But the series never goes in depth with this plot, making it cursory to the sex scenes. It’s not like you’re going to give a much of a shit about it anyway. Pretty much all of it is there just to set up the sex. The whole series is one scene after another of the mercenaries taking on, conquering, and capturing each of the princess knights, resulting in rape in some form or another. If you don’t like rape, mind break, giant monsters, a loli character, or cum shooting out of cocks like water out of a firefighters hose, you’d probably should avoid this.
Anyways, we all know why you’re here. Is the sex any good? And the answer is a definite yes. Every character has their own unique design and situation in which they get fucked. Undoubtedly, you will have a favorite character and sex scene by the end of watching this series. From your standard humans getting fucked by the men they once worked with to tanned elves getting gangbang until they ahegao and even a loli character (this is not for me, sorry) getting railed by a monster a hundred times her size, you’re bound to find something to like.
The art is fantastic and the animation is really good, making each scene actually worth checking out. Although it does wear it’s Berserk influences on its sleeve, with Vault, leader of the mercenaries, looking almost exactly like Guts. The one thing I will say is that it’s certainly better than the 2016 adaptation of Berserk.
Kuroinu: Kedakaki Seijo wa Hakudaku ni Somaru is one of the best hentai out there, and I highly recommend giving it a watch if any of the stuff that I mentioned in this review gets you hot and heavy.
4: Kyonyuu Fantasy
MAL Score: 7.36
An OVA based on the WAFFLE game. The story follows Ryuuto Hende, a soldier with unbelievable luck who was assigned to the province where a succubus is drying out men to death, and the local “first lady”, who happens to be sexually frustrated. The H-parts show mostly a big-breasts theme and mutual love/appreciation.
Story 8/10 :
The story begins in a medieval-themed and fantasy world. The kingdom itself is in a problem of having too many corruptions and wars is looming around the kingdom on where the protagonist live. The protagonist, just graduated from the Knight Academy was assigned to solve a problem against a succubus in a certain area. His misfortune or maybe luck begans…
Art 8/10 :
The drawing and art of the anime itself is very good, especially if you like these kind of Art. Well, you do know what I meant.
Sound 9/10 :
Well, who wouldn’t like this. It has a very good seiyuu to voice over most of the characters inside but well, it lacks some background music (BUT IT DO HAVE SOME BACKGROUND MUSIC) unlike some other anime that I have watched in this genre, but who cares as long as the voice is very good. The ED song is very good too.
Character 8/10 :
Most of the characters inside this anime are enjoyable, their design, their characteristics and their own personality, everyone have a lot of different personality and the anime portrays it well.
Enjoyment 9/10 :
In my case, I do enjoy watching this, I would say it’s the best hentai I have ever watched but considering some other good one too, I would put it as one of the best.
Overall 9/10 :
I enjoyed it from the first to second episode, well, Although I haven’t watched this until the end, I would put this as one of my favourite hentai.
Kyonyuu Fantasy actually has me in a quandary. But before I get into the confusions, we’ll get into where I sit; and where the video series stands. Or maybe I’ll just dive in and speak the truth.
If I had to rate Kyonyuu Fantasy as strictly for its Hentai value, I’d have to be mildly displeased. Don’t get mad, I will get better. I promise. The girls are pretty as hell (albeit, tending towards the “can’t see their feet” variety). The fellows are mainly generic and lackluster. The sex-scenes tend towards the humorous or unlikely, or that other thing that comes to mind “… why are they doing that again? …”. In fact, most of the sex-scenes are pretty much meat and potatoes, nothing wrong with that. But charm, romance and innovation; plus a bit of surprise might be nice.
The voice acting, what there is of it, is quite good. In fact, the voice that really stands out is Shamsiel Shahar. I will call her an energy vampire, succubus is inappropriate (if we want to go to the dictionary and look it up, and I think readers should). She is not only the best drawn for action scenes, but the voice actor makes her so cute, all you want to do is give her a child’s hug and kiss (she certainly wants to do that with almost everybody, that is, when she’s not eating them ). The other great voice is Gladis von Wakenhaim. Wow, aside from being drawn quite lovely, the voice is; deep, warm, sensual. A fellow could drown in that lovely voice. The other voicings, while pleasant enough, are not standouts.
Now I get to the quandary.
Once in a great while, we get a Hentai video, with such a strong story that if we remove the mandatory excessive sexual moments from the anime, we get a first rate story. Magin Label blew this thing so badly, that they utterly missed the meaning of what they created.
This anime’s story has everything. The number of great stories created and placed in the middle ages, even in novels, movies, or comics; can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The unfinished plot contained in Kyonyuu Fantasy ranks with Ivanhoe and King Arthur. Let’s look at this thing in detail.
Oto is a fine and prosperous kingdom, ruled by a strict but fair king. His incompetent son has sided with neighboring nations, to depose Oto’s king, and the son become the new puppet king; an act of extreme treason.
Meanwhile, in the province of Boan, a monster (a very pretty and vivacious female monster) is running loose and murdering innocent farmers. A newly minted knight, arrives, just in time to be appointed the task of destroying the monster. The monster arrives to confront and destroy the knight, only to find that a). he refuses to die; and b). he seems to be able to charge/feed the monster and extend her life. Monster is grateful, and agrees to become the knights’ permanent companion. Blossoming eventually to outright friendship!
Following these events, our hapless pair is ordered to return the wife of the Governor of Boan (a loveless marriage) to her family in the City of Oto. While traveling, several things transpire. Governor uses this excuse to entrap his own wife in what looks like infidelity, in order to bring about a divorce, so that he can return to City of Oto himself, so unencumbered.
Within that time frame, Shemsiel discovers a written plan to side with the Kings’ Son and foment revolution, written in the Governor’s own hand. In the ensuing events, the Governor of Boan is struck dead by Shemsiel; saving everyone from embarrassment and awkwardness. Treason is afoot, and upon return to Boan, the knight disguises himself as the Governor and confronts the King’s Son. Bringing about his arrest.
Eventually the knight and the widow end up back in City of Oto, where the chief of the School of Knights is attempting to start up his own conspiracy, in order to ruin the School of Knights, and bring down the King, in his own favor.
In the middle of all of this, is the continuing pressure applied by the General of a Rebel Army, existing within the borders of Oto itself; Gladis von Wakenhaim! Eventually, after being promoted to General by the King, the knight confronts and defeats Gladis; via the instrument of the outcome of a chess game! She becomes another of the knights’ friends, and thereby returning her to honorable service within the Armies of Oto.
Wow! And this is just the beginning of a tale somebody should finish. Lot’s of questions abound.
1). Why is the Knight, known to be a buffoon, so able to see outside of the box; and defeat everything thrown at him?
2). What is the origin of Shemsiel Shazar?
3). Can Isis really stand up straight with a sword that big on her hip?
4). Can the King of Oto throw out his misgivings, side with the right Army Officers, and find a way to protect Oto from what will obviously bring about War with Ringobalt?
These and many other questions remain, with 90% of the plot unwritten. This story can lead to one of the best Swords and Sorcery franchises ever made. But alas, it will never happen. Magin Label is known to never finish anything they’ve ever started; and probably never will. And we can assume that Waffle (creators of the scenario) won’t either, as they are too geared to the creation of pornographic video games.
With that I finish this review, of a rare piece of literary excellence, struggling to operate as a Hentai anime (I am struck dumb by the strength of this incongruity). I give this an overall score of 7.
Kyonyuu Fantasy is one of those “Dungeons & Dragons” genre adult anime. I’m surprised that Dark Schneider and Rance didn’t come around and turned h-anime like these upside down, but hey.
The SUCCUBUS herein happens upon some “luckless, eyeless self-insert male lead of the show who has an incredible sex drive.” Now, “luckless eyeless male leads” are annoying IMMHO. And it would be nice if they had more personality. (An “eternally saluting soldier” is a dime a dozen.)
This show’s also got a decent plot holding it together. Ryuuto, gaining help from said SUCCUBUS Shamsiel, deals with attempted blackmailing and assassinations, internal family feuding, a rebelling army, and is still able to get some “breastyscrew love.”
The logo for “Kyonyuu Fantasy” looks nightmarishly HORRIBLE, btw.
3: Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita.
English: This Boy Caught A Merman
MAL Score: 7.36
*The Second OVA of Kono Dan series.
They say look before you leap and make sure you can swim before you go in the deep water, but when a picture of his late grandfather falls into the ocean, Shima jumps in after it without thinking. Nearly drowning as a result, he is instead saved by a very perfect stranger… one whose strangeness extends to only being human from the waist up!
For Shima, who’s always felt like a fish out of water himself, it’s more than just a revelation, and the young man and merman quickly begin to bond in ways neither anticipated. And yet, it’s going to be far from easy sailing. After all, Shima and Isaki aren’t just from opposite sides of the tracks, they’re from entirely divergent species, and swimming in separate gene pools may make maintaining a long term relationship a whole different kettle of fish!
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
The art style is really unique, pretty, and overall memorable
It’s pretty cliche and corny.
Their relationship progresses at an unrealistic rate. And sometimes you want to face palm. But hey, the character interaction is pretty amusing
How does a 10 + 6.5 + 6.5 + 9= a 9 you ask? WELLLLLLLLLLLLLL. Alright, to be honest it’s probably like a 7.5-8, BUT YOU KNOW WHY I’M RATING IT A 9?
a) Because in the yaoi world, its pretty damn good. There aren’t that many yaoi anime, and the quality isn’t great (Boku no pico, okane ga nai, Enzai)
yeah…..basically, if you like yaoi, it’ll be a pretty enjoyable 30mins, though you will cringe a bit at the corniness
If you don’t like yaoi.
Watch it with a friend who likes yaoi, so that every time you facepalm, she/he will giggle/squeal.
In the first two minutes i fell in love. I think the concept of this show was cute, and clever. The characters were really well expressed, being brought to life in front of me.
It made me laugh and giggle, with the subtle little jokes, and had me crying at the sadness that Shima held. I just loved the way their love was portrayed in the show. It wasn’t instantaneous love, but one that grew.
It filled my heart as the plot progressed and Shima grew, and Isaki and him became closer. All in all this story was great. Even if it left me begging for more. You should defiantly watch it.
At first I wasn’t too sure if I would really watch this to the end or if I would rather stop halfway because the plot would just be too boring and annoying, but to my surprise Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita turned out to be one of the best shounen ai series that I watched up until now!
Ok the plot of this fictional work isn’t that great, it’s not some really original story that you have never seen before but it is enough to keep you entertained and to make you eager to watch more.
It’s a typical teenage drama about who you really are and who really understands you that kind of story, so despite the merman in this series there is nothing supernatural to find here. It’s a really slow paced romance setting where Person A meets Person B and must realize that there are feelings for the other person that are more important and stronger than friendship.
The art style is surprisingly well.I can’t really compare it to other art styles but it looks really glossy and shiny and full of vibrant colours.
On top of that everything has patterns in it, so it looks a bit like overdone fanart but I like it 😉
The sounds not bad nor is it that memorable but it fits the atmosphere quite well.
The main character reminds me a bit of Haruka Nanase from Free!, because of his similar attitude and looks.
He gets a bit of character development and most of the screentime whereas the merman doesn’t really has a well written character but nonetheless his character is likeable and fits in the plot well.
Yeah some of you will say that it’s exaggerated to give a 10 here but it’s how I feel about this anime.
The story is told in a perfect pace with nice art and loveable characters, there is a dramatic climax and a cute ending.
So overall I’ll it’s a 9.0 score for me 🙂
2: Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sekai Tougou-hen
Japanese: テイルズ オブ シンフォニア THE ANIMATION 世界統合編
MAL Score: 7.46
The third and final OVA series concluding the story of Tales of Symphonia: The Animation.
The Short Version:
(+)A satisfying end to the series.
(+)The characters come full circle
(+)Sound is again back to form
(-)Yet more Houdini characters (They appear then disappear)
The Story (8/10): This is the point were the overarching story that begun in part one and was in the background for the entirety of part two, reaches it’s ultimate climax and my god is it good. Having more modified than change the original objective, the span of the story has increased while somehow feeling as focused as it was in part two. Surprisingly, there is a theme within the story, and it’s a problem that still exists in our actual world. Prejudice. This question makes think for a little bit in-between all the drama and such, and it’s refreshing for this series, that previously didn’t really have a question or meaning at all, tackling a concept that is so prevalent and obvious in today’s society. (Although I have a problem with one scene that has really out of place humor)
The Characters (8/10): With the entire cast already having plenty of previous screen time, each of them individually feel like proper characters (In my review for part one I said, “None of these characters can hold the show by themselves.” I take that back for this part.) As for what comes with the conclusion of any given anime, revelations between characters are made, every secret is revealed, and the villains motives are brought to light, which in the case of this anime are actually rather grounded compared to other extreme examples (I’d compare the final goal to Lelouch’s from Code Geass). The villain himself though believes in ‘the ends justify the means’ approach to things.
The Art and Sound (8/10 & 7/10): The art just keeps getting better as this series wears on, it is much more standard for ufotable if still a bit downgraded, but it is an improvement from the previous entry. (I’m pretty sure this is because the upped their game with their lighting and shadows).
The sound is also an improvement from the last entry, the OP has again to the level of part ones but it’s more akin to modern day OP’s with the momentary rapid score then slowly down to a more steady pace before picking back up as the episode name pops up, the ED is still on the same level as the previous two though, just with up-tempo vocals this time. Everything else when it comes to sound is good enough to be considered standard but nothing really jumped out at me and made me say, “That one part was great.”
What do I think of this anime?
This was a fitting ending to the series, it’s just a shame that you have to go through two lackluster entries to get here. I can not suggest buying this series, it would be preferable to stream the entire show.
Would I recommend this anime?
Yes, without a doubt. I still highly recommend that you go back to the start and work your way back up to this point, but yes. Please watch this show. Just remember, since this is a threequel, you’ll have to watch the first two parts of it in order to get here, and they’re not really the best material to watch.
Goodbye my brethren, see you in the next one.
So, the story of Tales of Symphony focuses on a young man and a girl, who have been friends since childhood. The girl, Colette, needs to perform sacred rituals, for her world to be saved from the destruction. Her closest friends embark on a journey with her to help her complete the ritual and, of course, there will be people that will do everything to kidnap, kill, or even to somehow influence the restoration of the world. And that is the whole story and it will probably sound boring, also it might also look boring for you, when watching the first episodes. However, as the story continues, it becomes much more interesting, there are so many things going on and the most important part about it is that it all makes sense and is quite catchy overall.
Animation wise, the animation was done by Ufotable and whatever they do is always amazing. Action scenes and attacks are splendidly animated and the way the animators paid attention to so many details does make the TV series that enjoyable. OST and music wise, it is amazing how many great tracks this series has. The whole OST fits the series’ tone well and helps you to appreciate the series even more. And not only that! The Japanese voice actors also did one hell of a job voicing their characters, helping the viewer appreciate the series even more, because thanks to their work, the characters they voiced all looked real and quite enjoyable to follow.
As for the characters, they all have intriguing pasts and quite a development. There are so many characters, they are all different, they all have a story to tell and this is amazing. I did not quite appreciate one of the main characters, he is caring, but annoying at the same time. He is the only exception to the stereotype list, but you might even understand him and find him not as annoying as I did. Other than that, all heroes constantly discuss something, make fun of each other and find themselves in awkward situations. The viewer sees not only comedy scenes, but also some well-made melodrama that is not forced and is very enjoyable.
Overall, too bad the TV series did not get enough episodes to show enough development. If you played the game, you should know what I am trying to say. If you, however, know nothing about the game and like great adventures, I am more than sure you will find the anime quite enjoyable. Do give it a try, it is not that long.
Also: I’ll be posting the same review for all three seasons, since I made a general review for the series, not the seasons in separate.
Ok, so if you guys don’t know, Tales of Symphonia is one of my FAVORITE animes, along with the rest of the Tales of Series. After i finished ToS, me and a friend had found other animes in the series as well, which we both love to death.
So my friend said she found an old Gamecube game that her father owned called “Tales of Symphonia.” It was an anime RPG about a girl, Colette, was chosen to be an angel, and the Chosen to regenerate the world. A few days later, I saw she was an anime on YouTube, and it was a good thing a stopped her there, because that was when things got really sad and intense, and she probably wouldn’t have looked that happy in first period that day. But anyways, we started watching the series from episode 1, and we finished the series in a few weeks time. For a short anime, Tales of Symphonia is a very good anime, that is really worth watching and re-watching over and over again. I’ve only watched the series 3 or 4 times, but my friend said she’s seen it around 30, maybe 40 times.
Anyways, let’s get started on the review! Hope you all like it!
WARNING! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
Ok, so I’m sorry if I’m taking this not hard enough, but like I said before, I LOVED this series. It’s one of those short stories where you rewatch them over and over again. And only for 11 episodes, it surely brings out its potential.
Tales of Symphonia takes place in the kingdoms of Sylvarant and Tethe’alla. where three races of people lived; humans, elves, and half-elves. The half-elves believed that their race was treated unfairly, and formed a pact, called the Desians. The Desians were defeated long ago by the hero, Mithos, and the goddess Martel, but, over time, their power had weakened, and the Desians has risen once more. Meanwhile, Colette Brunel, a 16-year old high-school girl, has been chosen to become the Chosen Angel of Regeneration. Her friends, Lloyd Irving, Genis and Raine Sage, accompany on her journey of regeneration, only to find that out that her journey was more like a sacrifice, if you know what I mean. Now, the gang must try to get her back, while saving the world from hatred. Recruiting a new team of allys, Lloyd and his friends set off to save Colette. and the rest of the world.
Like I said before, this is a beautiful story. I’m not going to go much into detail, due to some really big and sad spoilers, but it’s a really good story to the anime, and I definitley give it a 10/10.
Again, I really feel like I’m being to easy on this anime, it’s just I love this anime a LOT. The art style is beautiful in this anime. The special effects, the battle scenes, the designs, EVERYTHING. And I gave it a 10 for art, because everything was beautiful. I’m sorry I’m giving everything on this a ten, I just really fell in love with this series as a whole, art, characters, everything.
Another thing I really like about the art is the character designs. My favorites are paticualry Sheena’s, Colette’s, and Presea’s. They’re very unique, compared to your typical combat skirt, or suit of armor. Like I said, maybe I’m being to easy on this anime, maybe I’m not. But anyways, another 10/10 for the art.
Ok, I really love the soundtrack to Tales of Symphonia. I have all three theme songs on my iPod and I listen to them ALL the time. It’s just you don’t want to listen to some of them too much, especially right after you finished the series. It kinda stirs up some of the sad scenes from the series (*cough cough* DEATHS *cough cough*) My friend says she hardly ever cries, but this was the first anime that was really hard to watch in public. Even so, there are some themes in the ToS soundtrack that make me smile, while others get me teary-eyed. Whether you see that as a good thing or not, I really enjoyed the soundtrack, even though it gets you in tears at times. So basically, I’m giving it a 9/10, not another 10 suprisingly.
Okay, so like I said before, I LOVED everything about this anime. The cast is AMAZING. Like, theyre the kind of cast that you grow attached to, no matter what kind of character they are. And by that, I mean your characters can range from the pervy and outgoing Zelos, to the quiet and strong Presea. And I’m going to admit, I love each and every one of them. It’s just one of those animes where I can’t choose just ONE favorite character. Like, this is one of those animes where you love ALL of the characters. So yeah, basically another 10 for Symphonia.
Yeah, I know, not really a big surprise here. I said this many a time before in this review, I LOVED this anime a lot, and there’s really no flaws that I saw in it, unlike the past couple of animes I had just given reviews on. And if you’re like me, and loved the series just as much as me, I’d reccomend trying the game if you can afford it, as well as others in the series, like Tales of the Abyss, Zestiria, and Vesperia. Yeah, what I’m trying to get at is that it’s a really good series, and I think at least everyone should at least try it before they bite it. It has a little of everything for everyone; drama, action, adventure, a little comedy and romance… Yeah. Anyways, yeah, a big One-O goes to this anime, its a great anime, and I highly reccomend it for anyone.
1: Hakuouki Sekkaroku
English: Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ A Memory of Snow Flowers
Japanese: 薄桜鬼 雪華録
MAL Score: 7.62
This OVA takes place in between episodes 8 and 9 of the first season of Hakuouki.
Yukimura Chizuru goes on a reconnaissance mission in Shimabara as a geiko for the Shinsengumi. Each episode unfolds the events of the days leading up to, during, and after the operation. It intermittently reveals each captain’s involvement as well as that of a few demons in the affair. Each individual episode primarily focuses from the third person perspectives of: Okita Souji, Saito Hajime, Harada Sanosuke, Toudou Heisuke, Hijikata Toshizo, and Kazama Chikage.
This is the 6 piece OVA of the franchise Hakuouki which is mainly comprised of tragedy. And this could be the only episodes which clings to the emotional side of the characters since in the main season focuses solely on battle and sadness.
Story:Well as you all might know Hijikata Toshizo the Oni Lieutenant and Okita Souji as simply saying the “Shinsengumi” it revolves around them, and a girl is thrown at the lions den to see how it would go. Well as much as i want to put it bluntly, these lions are very much dignified and refined men than well most of the “Lions” i have ever seen.
Art: Superb. No flaws.
Sound: Average Opening and Ending- since it’s an OVA it’s al right i guess.
The voice dubbing is admirable. Same soundtracks used in the anime is present here.
Characters: This is the highlight. Whilst the main season went like a pistol-very fast not giving many characters their screen time) This gave a lot of consideration to acknowledge their feelings to the “Otome” It also shows most of the sides we should have seen in characters- which they could have thrown in the first season- but who am i to question the budget of the directors for that?
Enjoyment: Thoroughly enjoyed- pasted a smile on my face- this was light hearted/deep and slow but there could be sadness whisked in their that you’d see if you dwell deep into the episode.
Overall: Remember it’s fan service – no questions asked. But for a fan it was extremely enjoyable to see their favourite characters once emotionally unleashed. I gave it an 8- because the creators did a sound job focusing on one scene of the anime and then creating various scenarios out of it.
If you haven’t watched Hakuouki & Hakuouki Hekketsuroku than it’s important to watch them first in order to understand the more intricate details about the overall story.
I love this because it shows us the boys a bit more and how their relationship with Chizuru is, and why she’s important to them (the game that the anime is based on is an otome one, afterall!) and it also gives us more light-hearteded enjoyment as well, since the main series is a bit heavy.
Plus, we get to see how these characters are not flat copies of one another, or just trope-y otome love interests, they are interesting, well rounded individuals that all have their own flaws and strengths. I think it’s a very good addition to the collection of already great works for this series.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Hakuouki Sekkaroku
2. Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sekai Tougou-hen
3. Kuroinu: Kedakaki Seijo wa Hakudaku ni Somaru
4. Kyonyuu Fantasy
5. Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita.
7. Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki The Animation
8. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch – Nunnally in Wonderland
9. Ikusa Otome Valkyrie G
10. Elf Hime Nina