Scoring!

•October 24, 2011 • 1 Comment

Rakdos here! Figured I should probably explain how Alarisia and I intend to score the anime we review. I mean, whats the point of reading a review if you don’t actually know what the reviewer is actually saying? Well, lets start with the basics. All of our scores are on a scale of 1 – 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. When reading a score heres what you should keep in mind:

A score of 1 – 2 is Terrible.
A score of 3 – 4 is a Poor.
A score of 5 – 6 is an Average.
A score of 7 – 8 is a Great.
A score of 9 – 10 is an Exceptional.

Now onto the second part of scoring! We intend to grade the anime we review on several categories. I’m going to take the time to explain what each category is and what we are looking at when we grade an anime in that category.

Story: This one is sorta a no-brainer. We intend to score anime based on how interesting and unique its story is. In addition, we will evalute how well the story progresses throughout the show. This score should represent how good of a story the anime is and whether or not it proceeds at an appropriate pace.

Characters: The characters are a key part to every anime. We intend to judge an anime on how well-crafted its characters are. This includes their backgrounds, personalities, relationships, issues, and (if applicable) strength. This score should reflect how engaging an anime’s characters are and whether or not they fit the story appropriately.

Art: An anime’s art should reflect the overall feel of an anime. The art score should demonstrate whether the characters look, the animation, and the backgrounds accurately represented the feeling that the anime is trying to express to its veiwers.

Sound: The sound score is meant to display how accomplished the voices and music were in the anime. It should represent whether or not we enjoyed the various openings, endings, OST’s, and voice actors featured in the show.

Enjoyment: This score is meant to show how much we were entertained by the anime. This is a purely opinionated scoring that is our own personal index for how much we loved/hated the show.

Overall: Taking into account all the various sides to an anime, the overall score is how we rate the anime in general. It should reflect how we veiwed the anime after taking into account its plot, its characters, its art, its sound, and our own personal enjoyment.

Well thats all for now! There should be some more review incoming within the next few days including our very first tag-team review! Look forward to it and hope this helps those who had questions regarding our scoring! If you have any more questions feel free to send an email to rakalar@gmail.com and either me or Alarisia will answer it as soon as we can.

Rakdos
“Do you know what snow is white? Because it forgot what color it was.”
www.myanimelist.net/animelist/Rakdos300002

Hanasaku Iroha

•October 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hanasaku Iroha follows the life of Ohana Matsumae who is a very outgoing and responsible 16 year old girl. Throughout the story she just runs into all kinds of hardships and drama that turns her life around. The anime starts out with her living a normal high school girl in Tokyo with her mother. This changes very fast when her mother suddenly decides to run off with a boyfriend to dodge debt collectors… She is then sent off to live with her grandmother who is an owner of a hots springs inn called Kissuiso. She is expecting a warm welcome from a “candy giving” grandmother but instead gets told very bluntly that she has to work at the inn to pay for her living expenses by a very strict grandmother. At first Ohana is quite unhappy about this but she soon decides to make the best of the situation and works very hard.

I really came to love everything about this show because it was just so engaging to watch. I felt like I could really relate to the characters and it really tells an amazing story that just brings out an amazing array of emotions. The art also is absolutely amazing, I loved the art and art is always a huge thing for me. The characters are all so unique and half the time they don’t do what you are expecting but in the end it always makes sense.

Hanasaku Iroha is just a warm and relaxing drama that is just a pleasure to watch in my opinion. I really enjoyed the relaxing feel of the show, it’s nice every once in a while to get an anime that has a realistic setting and this is one of them. If you like slice of life, comedy, and drama, this anime is for you. It delivers all that and more in a very smooth manner.

Scoring

Story: 7
Characters: 8
Music: 8
Animation: 9
Overall: 8

-Alarisia
http://myanimelist.net/profile/Alarisia

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi

•October 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Ookami Ryouko is not what one would call a typical high school girl. She is rather tall, speaks in a traditionally male manner (you could say “tough”), and is proficient at fighting. Not what one expects when they think of a 1st year high school isn’t it? Along with her best friend, Akai Ringo, they are both 1st year members of the Otogi Bank, a rather interesting club at Otogi High School that operates on loaning favors to students. Essentially, Otogi Bank accepts requests for help from students in return for assistance on a different problem at a later date. Quite an intriguing idea for a club isn’t it? Since the Otogi Bank prides itself on solving any problem and will go to great length to do so, the members will often find themselves in very dangerous situations. It just so happens that the Otogi Bank finds that this year there primarily females in the club and has decided that a new male member should be recruited. It also happens that Morino Ryoushi, a 1st year with a case of scopophobia (fear of being looked at), who had just confessed his love for and to Ryouko is recruited into the club. And thus hilarity ensues.

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi is a comedy, and a delightful one at that. The story revolves around Ryouko and Ryoushi as they engage in hilarious hi-jinks for Otogi Bank’s clients and gradually get to know each other more and become closer. As you follow the steady growth in trust and feelings for each other from episode to episode you also find yourself on the edge of your seat awaiting the next comical course of action the members of Otogi Bank decide to take to fulfill their client’s requests.

All in all, I was exceedingly entertained by this anime. Its not a particularly well-known show but I feel like every anime-lover should definately try it. If you’re looking for a casual romantic comedy to fill some time with smiles then you should consider Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi.

And lets all hope they end up making a 2nd season of it!

Scoring

Story: 7
Characters: 7
Sound: 6
Art: 7
Enjoyment: 9
Overall: 7

Rakdos
“I am a hunter. And I will be the one to catch her!”
www.myanimelist.net/animelist/Rakdos300002

Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) Review

•October 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

In the world of Blue Exorcist there are two dimensions joined as one, almost like two sides of a mirror. On one side there is Assiah where humans live and on the other side there is Gehenna where demons live. In most cases demons can’t travel to Assiah and humans can’t travel to Gehenna. There are of course exceptions and it seems to only work one way and that is demons can come into the world of Assiah by possessing something or being sent by Satan through what is called the “Gehenna Gate”. Blue Exorcist covers the life of a half demon/half human boy named Rin Okumura. Rin also has a twin brother named Yukio but it seems he didn’t inherit any of Satans demonic powers. Most humans in Assiah never come to learn about Gehenna or the demons that live there and they can’t even see them if they come to Assiah. There however are people that fight the demons that make it into Assiah and they are called Exorcists. Through crazy events Rin Okumura comes to the conclusion that he wants to become an Exorcist and defeat his father (Satan), hence the name Blue Exorcist because one of his demonic powers are blue flames that he inherited from Satan. There is however one problem how can he convince Exorcists, people who live to kill demons, that he isn’t also a demon himself?

Everyone may look at this show at first and say it’s just your typical shounen but in my personal opinion it’s not. It creates an epic story based off of religion and what is perceived as good and evil. Just because someone is born from a bad person (Satan in this case) does that make them bad by nature? That is just one of the few things this anime makes you think about.

Blue Exorcist is a 25 episode anime and an amazing watch, every episode is filled with new and interesting developments it feels like. The show moves so fast sometimes you feel like you understand the show perfectly then everything completely changes. It keeps your attention extremely well. I won’t lie and say I don’t usually like shounen, supenatural, and fantasy themed shows but this one felt very unique compared to what I have seen so far. For that reason I would very much recommend watching this anime.

Scoring

Story: 8
Characters: 8
Music: 9 (loved the openings and endings)
Animation: 7
Overall: 8

-Alarisia
http://myanimelist.net/profile/Alarisia

Kamisama no Memo-chou

•October 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Alarisia recently recommended this show to me about a week or two ago when I was really craving a mystery and within the first episode Kamisama no Memo-chou totally hooked me. The show is centered around high school student, Narumi Fujushima, who, after transferring to a new school, is invited to join the Gardening Club by fellow classmate,  Ayaka Shinozaki, and is then introduced to the NEET detective Alice. Narumi ends up following Alice through various adventures involving three other NEETs (a gigolo, a military nut, and a street tough) and even a local gang.

While this show is technically a mystery/detective anime I really felt it was more of a drama show.  Therefore, the part of this anime that really shined was the steady progression of character development. I loved each and every character in this anime and thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow and evolve as they worked their way through the various story arcs.

Kamisama no Memo-chou is only 12 episodes, so its a very quick watch. It probably won’t end up being one of my all-time favorites but it is easy to watch with no deep plot lines or complex underlying themes. I recommend that those of you who are looking for something fun to watch, with a little mystery thrown in then you should definately check it out! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Alice~~<33
Ayaka~~<33

Scoring

Story: 8
Characters: 10
Sound: 7
Art: 7
Enjoyment: 9
Overall: 8

Rakdos
“Its the only NEET thing to do”
www.myanimelist.net/animelist/Rakdos300002

Soooooo…We Shall Blog Regularly Now, We Promise!

•October 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Rakdos here! For the first time in months! To be honest, both me and Alarisia almost completely forgot about this blog we started…BUT THAT IS ALL OVER NOW. We are back, and ready to post it up!

Our sincerest apologies for any possible readers we have out there 😦

Rakdos
“I’m going to evaporate every molecule this scumbag is made of!”
www.myanimelist.net/animelist/Rakdos300002

Alarisia’s Introduction + Top 5 Favorite Anime’s

•May 26, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hello everyone! I’m Alarisia and unlike Rakdos I have only been watching Anime for about 2 years at the most now. I have also just recently started reading a little manga here and there. The first anime I watched was technically Naruto on Cartoon Network, though I had no clue that’s what it was at the time (I was only around 13). A couple years after that I had a friend introduce me into anime, or try too, I watched a little then went back to playing my video games and such. About a year after that I got pretty bored during the summer and decided I would start up Naruto again. I then went on a Naruto marathon watching all of the original 220 episodes of the Naruto series. Once I finished that I just kinda just kept going, watching anime off and on. I went from Naruto to Spice and Wolf, in which was what my friend had first recommended to me, then I watched Vampire Knight, Clannad, Hayate no Gotoku!, and well after that it’s kind of all a blur… I slowly came to love anime, watching it more and more frequently, and becoming slightly obsessed I suppose. Well as of now I have watched and finished around 45 anime’s I think, possibly more. It seems like a lot to me but Rakdos still just laughs at me, like I’m still a complete amateur. I’m pretty open minded, I have watched some of pretty much everything I think. Feel free to recommend something to me, I will most likely give it a try!

OK so now I guess I will do my Top 5 Favorite Anime’s sense Rakdos insisted that I do so –

1. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica – Well I know Rakdos is going to really make fun of me about this one, but I just recently watched this, and I thought it was amazing. The twist in the story that happens around the middle of the anime is probably the main reason this is number one for me. I really love twists and this one was done extremely well. Plus the story is just plain touching in the end, it just makes you want to love it.

2. Death Note – I absolutely loved this anime. Probably the main reason was because the main character’s personality reminded me of me. I know it’s sad but it felt like we thought so much alike. The only reason this is number 2 for me would be because he loses in the end… Plus it really ticked me off that it was a kid that beat him.

3. Angel Beats – This anime just really seemed to have it all. It had good action scenes, great comedy, and some great drama scenes that just cut you to pieces. The way they slowly filled in the puzzle pieces in this anime was really amazing. All the characters had back story’s that are slowly revealed. The ending of this anime, is probably my favorite out of all the anime’s I have ever watched. When they unveil the ending everything just makes sense.

4. Code Geass – When I first started watching Code Geass I didn’t really think I would like it because of the whole futuristic theme it had, I quickly came to love it though. It really reminded me of Death Note, because the main character was trying to change the world with the new power he had obtained. The twists in this anime were really good also you were always thinking, it made you question your morality also, very much like Death Note.

5. Darker Than Black – This anime seems to be less known to the general public, but I really came to enjoy it. I thought the entire story was just thought out extremely well. It’s plot seemed so original to me I guess, maybe it isn’t but the way they did it was really cool in my opinion. They kept you guessing the entire time and the main character was just impossible not to like. It also had a ton of action which I absolutely loved, it was a very exciting show to watch.

Well those are my top 5, I think at least, that was much harder to do than I had expected. I spent half the time swapping them all around. There are a lot of others that almost made the list such as Bakemonogatari, Eden of the East, Clannad, Shakugan no Shana, Vampire Knight, and Elfen Lied.

PS – Oh and if you couldn’t tell by my top 5, I’ll mention that most of the anime’s I watch tend to be more recent. I haven’t attempted yet to delve to far into the past of Anime yet. When I do I’ll be sure to do a review on what I think of them as well, because I know a lot of them are supposed to be very good!

MAL – http://myanimelist.net/profile/Alarisia

-Alarisia