Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 28, 2015 19:13:23 GMT
Ani-Crap Review #42: Dog and Scissors
Dog and Scissors was a 12-episode comedy TV anime series animated by Gonzo and aired on Japanese TV from July 1 to September 16 of 2013. The series is based on the ongoing light novel series that has been written by Shunsuke Sarai since February 28, 2011. The anime is licensed for American video distribution by Sentai Filmworks.
Kazuhito Harumi is a high school student with a strong love for reading books who is killed while trying to protect a girl at a restaurant. Reincarnated as a dachshund dog, Harumi is adopted by the girl he tried to save in the form of Kirihime Natsuno, a popular novelist whom Harumi is a fan of. Unfortunately, Kirihime turns out to have a rather sadistic personality who lashes out at others with a pair of scissors.
Kazuhito Harumi- A high school bookworm killed while trying to protect Kirihime from a burglar and reincarnated into the body of a dachshund. He winds up under ownership to Kirihime as he regularly puts up with her sadistic personality.
Kirihime Natsuno- A popular novelist with a sadistic personality who is known to lash out at others with her thick pair of scissors known as Hasajiro. She is one of a few people capable of listening to Kazuhito's thoughts and has feelings for him.
Madoka Harumi- Kazuhito's little sister who is a bad cook and known to wield a technologically-advanced knife that can turn into a chainsaw and cannon.
Suzuna Hiiragi- Kirihime's editor sporting an unstable and masochistic personality who enjoys suffering abuse from Kirihime.
Hami Ohsawa- Kazuhito's female underclassman who is very shy and apologetic. The two met while he was still alive where he promised to read the completed novel she would write after he came across an unfinished script for it. She is capable of utilizing several mind control methods such as suggestion and hypnosis on others through her writing.
Maxi Akizuki- A popular idol and writer who fancies herself as a rival to Kirihime. As a running gag throughout the series, she attempts stealing the spotlight in an episode only to be dragged away by her bodyguards.
The Review By the looks of it, Dog and Scissors' comedy stems from milking Kazuhito's unique predicament, his chemistry with Kirihime and his encounters with the several eccentric characters that cross paths with him and Kirihime. Kirihime and Kazuhito's chemistry consists of her milking the “tsun tsun” variant of the tsundere character in her abuse of Kazuhito and the latter serving as doormat to the antics of Kirihime and others that he encounters. The antics of these characters unfold either through self-contained episodes or episode arcs running for two to three episodes when Kazuhito encounters a new character.
This looks to be a case where Dog and Scissors is attempting to make itself unique as a comedy, which I will compliment it for as it doesn't fall under any conventional premise that is peppered in recent titles like harem comedies or slice-of-life comedies involving high school girls. Yet at the same time, it suffers from the shortcoming of any pure comedy title in that the title's enjoyment from audiences stems from how receptive one is to the show's style of comedy. This is a case where I'm not really into the show's style of comedy as Kirihime's yet another variant of the tsundere archetype and the comedy of the series mostly relies on the eccentricities of its cast to carry it along. Several of the characters in the series are notable for their violent tendencies with certain weapons and abilities that the show milked for much of its run for comedy, which killed my interest in the comedy as the show progressed when I realized that it was the dominant comedic element of the series and lacked much else to offer.
This isn't to say that Dog and Scissors is a horrible title as it does have a style of comedy that is a little different from the norm. But like any pure comedy title, your mileage will vary with how well you enjoy it.
Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 28, 2015 19:14:07 GMT
Ani-Crap Review #43- Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned
Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned was a 94-minute TV special that originally aired on Japanese TV on August 19, 1980. The TV special was adapted from Marvel Comics' “Tomb of Dracula” comic book series and was part of a business dealing between Toei and Marvel in the late 1970s where the former gained the rights to make several animated and live-action spins on Marvel Comics characters. The TV special was released on VHS in America in 1983 through Vestron Video and was dubbed by Harmony Gold, whom some older anime fans may know as the company who dubbed the popular 1980s animated mecha series Robotech. The VHS release for Dracula has been long out of print with the tape being very difficult to obtain through legal means.
During a ritual by a Satanic cult to summon the devil, the vampire Dracula steals away their sacrifice in the form of a young woman named Dolores and makes her his wife. Wanting to live his life peacefully with his bride and their child Janus, Dracula finds himself hunted by vampire hunters seeking revenge on him and members of the Satanic cult wanting him killed as punishment for deceiving them in taking Dolores. Notable Characters
Dracula- The vampire of legend who gained his undead form from Satan centuries earlier due to the violent and depraved acts he committed in protecting his land from other empires. He tricks a Satanic cult in thinking he is Satan and steals away their sacrifice Dolores, whom he makes his wife.
Dolores- A female member of a Satanic cult whom Dracula steals away to become his wife and give birth to a baby son named Janus.
Janus- The baby son of Dracula and Dolores. He is killed during an attack by the leader of the Satanic cult and is resurrected into an adult body to serve God's will in slaying the creations of Satan that cause suffering on Earth, which include his father Dracula.
Satan- The living personification of evil dwelling in the underworld who is responsible for turning Dracula into a vampire.
Frank Drake- A human descendant of Dracula's who is a skilled martial artist who joins a pair of vampire hunters in slaying Dracula.
Why It Sucks Dracula: Sovereign of the Dracula appears to be an attempt at compressing the events of its source material into a 90-minute film, resulting in really sloppy storytelling and rushed pacing of its events.
The major element of the film that was rather confusing was how the title attempted to depict Dracula. Sovereign of the Damned tries making efforts at depicting him as a tragic figure who wanted to live happily with his family, wanted to be left alone and experience life as a mortal man. Yet at the same time, he had no qualms with sucking on the blood of humans or killing others who threaten him and he tries regaining his immortality later in the film when he loses his vampire power.
Other sloppy elements to the film have to do with the implementation of its storytelling. The title's logic with elements to its world get messy, deus ex machina is employed quite often, questionable plot directions take place, certain characters who seem relevant in the film are actually mostly worthless, plot twists occur without any prior foreshadowing and an anti-climactic ending takes place with Dracula's fate. Adding more to this fun mess is that Toei attempts rendering a Western animation style with its character designs, yet this makes them appear more stiff and lifeless in appearance compared to conventional anime designs of the time period.
The English dub for Sovereign of the Damned is also a nice example of the rather low standards of anime voice acting in many 1980s dubs with two different types of acting from the voice cast: either bored and flat acting or over-the-top in an attempt at being dramatic, such as the case with Dracula's dub actor in many of the film's moments. Scenes in the film are also usually accompanied by a narrator who acts just as over-the-top as Dracula in attempting to give Sovereign of the Damned's events any sort of meaning or emotion.
Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 28, 2015 19:14:53 GMT
Ani-Crap Review #44: Wanna be the Strongest in the World
Wanna be the Strongest in the World was a 12-episode ecchi sports series that aired from October 6 to December 22 of last year and was animated by Studio Arms. It is based on the ongoing shounen manga series written by ESE and illustrated by Kiyohito Natsuki for Comic Earth Star magazine since December 2010. The series is licensed for American home video release by Funimation.
Sakura Hagiwara is a 17-year old pop idol who is the lead vocalist of the idol group Sweet Diva. She impulsively decides to enter the world of women's professional wrestling to avenge the beating that one of her members took at the hands of a wrestler.
Sakura Hagiwara- The lead vocalist of Sweet Diva who decides to enter the world of pro wrestling who maintains a cheerful and bright persona through any ordeals she presses through.
Rio Kazama- A mid-class wrestler part of Berserk Wrestlers who is responsible for attacking one of the Sweet Diva members.
Misaki Toyoda- The top pro wrestler among Berserk Wrestlers and a former pop idol who trains Sakura in improving her skills as a wrestler.
Moe Fukuoka- A karate prodigy who joins up with Berserk later in the series to train in professional wrestling.
Why It Sucks Like you would expect out of many Studio Arms titles, Wanna be the Strongest in the World's sole purpose of existence is to pander to otaku and ecchi fans with its desperate attempts to get gratuitous shots of T&A out of much of its female cast. A good amount of these shots come from submission holds that get applied to female wrestlers during their matches and the camera offering up-close shots of boobs, crotch and butt, as well as the occasional shower scenes and random service shots.
Outside of its desperate attempts to milk T&A, there's little else to get hooked into with this series. The pro wrestling element of its premise is lazily implemented as the first half to the series is quite painful to press through with Sakura's ridiculous losing streak she racks up and losing to the same submission hold in each match. The second half gets slightly better with Sakura being more competent in her in-ring ability, though the in-ring action still borders on ridiculous with a good chunk of action reserved to submission holds for the mentioned T&A shots and some wrestling maneuvers shown at camera-angles that are supposedly painful to look at (with moves like piledrivers and powerbombs that cause harm to the head, neck and back). However with the latter, the wrestlers are conveniently able to get back up to their feet like a shounen action hero refusing to stay down when just about crippled or near-death.
Don't go expecting to connect with the characters in this series either as they are mostly paper-thin archetypes and have little in the way of depth or dimension to make them relateable to more than just otaku and ecchi fans.
Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 28, 2015 19:15:39 GMT
Ani-Crap Review #45: Blade
Blade was a 12-episode TV anime animated by Madhouse Studios that aired from July 1 to September 16 of 2011. It is the last of four TV anime titles adapting one of Marvel Comics' superheroes in a deal between Marvel and Madhouse. The series was later licensed for American video release by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and the series would air on American TV via G4.
Blade is a dhampir (half-vampire, half-human) born under unique circumstances when his mother was attacked by a vampire and the strain became inherited by him while still in his mother's body. Due to his unique origins, Blade is blessed with the strengths of a vampire without many of their weaknesses. Growing up to become a vampire hunter, Blade's latest hunt brings him to Japan where he seeks out the vampire Deacon Frost and his organization of vampires known as Existence.
Blade - Born Eric Brooks, he is a man born with both human and vampire blood due to his pregnaut woman being attacked by a vampire as he inherits their abilities without their weaknesses. Dedicating himself to slain other vampires as a vampire hunter, Blade comes to Japan to seek out the whereabouts of Deacon Frost.
Deacon Frost - A man who turned himself into a vampire via artificial means, Deacon was formerly a scientist who sought to use his knowledge in the field to expose and kill vampires to avenge his son being slain by one. However, his mind became warped from the trauma of his son's loss as the months wore on and led him to use his knowledge of vampire physiology to produce his own strain of vampires to rule the world with. He is responsible for the attack on Blade's mother that resulted in Blade's unique origins as a “daywalker” vampire.
Makoto- A teenage vampire hunter in Japan who seeks to kill Blade when he killed her father to save her life when he was turned into a vampire. She wields a pair of spiked knuckles and hidden blades concealed in her boots that are laced in silver to slay vampires.
Noah Van Hellsing- A descendant of a long line of vampire hunters who trained Blade in the ways of vampire hunting and gave him the means he needed to rein in his bloodlust as a vampire.
Tara Brooks- Blade's human mother who worked as a prostitute in the streets of London before being slain by Deacon Frost.
Kikyo Mikage- A returning character from Wolverine, Mikage is hired by Deacon to hinder Blade's efforts to stop his plans. The swordsman is shown to have past ties to Blade as the two were taught together in the use of a sword-fighting style taught to them from the same master.
The Review Like prior Marvel anime adaptations, Blade mostly revolves around the hero of the series being regularly entangled in fights as they try learning more of the enemy threat they are up against and their motives. In this case, Blade has to go up against the vampire mooks created through the experiments of Deacon Frost and Existence. Blade's journey to slay Frost leads him to travel through a number of Asian countries where Existence have their lairs located, while encountering allies and locals affected by Deacon's plans to some extent. Some anime-only characters like Makoto are made for the series, with the mentioned character being another case where a Japanese character is created to aid the hero of the series in stopping the enemy threat he is up against.
In terms of its source material, Blade adopts elements of its live-action movie trilogy adaptation and the comic version of the character to create Blade's character and several major allies and villains within his title that retain some sense of faithfulness to its source material's story and character elements. Blade's character is a composite take on his movie and comic adaptations where he has the attire, personality and weapons of his movie counterpart, while having the back story of his comic book version. Deacon's character is also a composite take of his movie and comic takes on his character with some aspects to his origins being altered for the anime, having the scientific background and appearance of his comic persona combined with the desire to overthrow pure-blood vampires as his movie persona. The series does devote parts of episodes to explore Blade and Deacon's origins and past history together, as well as providing fleshing out on Kikyo's character when he makes his presence felt in the second half of the series.
In terms of presentation, Blade is similar to Wolverine in terms of its visual quality. Scenery shots and character designs sport plenty of detail with characters shown to be Western-influenced in terms of their design that make them look more realistic. However, the series still resorts to animation shortcuts like those Wolverine pulls during its action scenes. The soundtrack to the series is no different from prior Marvel anime titles in that it consists of mostly high-energy tracks that regularly play throughout many scenes in the series, with no regard for mood or tension played out during key scenes.
Overall, I'd put Blade on a level of quality on par with Iron Man. The series is faithful to elements of Blade's comic book and movie origins, while creating some original elements to expand on aspects to their characters during the show's focus on Blade and Deacon's origins. However like many prior Marvel anime titles, the series is more heavily focused on its battle scenes and its plot layout is not much different from prior Marvel anime titles. Marvel Comic and action anime fans would get enjoyment out of the series. But beyond that, the series is rather forgettable thanks to its straight-forward storytelling formula.
Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 28, 2015 19:16:28 GMT
Ani-Crap Halloween Review: High School of the Dead
High School of the Dead was a 12-episode horror/ ecchi/ action title that was animated by Madhouse and aired from July 5 to September 20 of 2010. The series is based on the manga series created by Daisuke and Shoji Sato for Monthly Dragon Age magazine since September 2006, with the series currently on hiatus. The anime is licensed for American streaming and video release by Sentai Filmworks.
A zombie pandemic is affecting the human populace at large with affected humans turned into zombies. A group of high school students and their nurse find themselves on the run as they struggle to survive and encounter the changing world order with societal collapse and the decay of moral codes.
Takashi Komuro- The male lead and unofficial leader among the group of high schoolers as they fight to survive against zombie hordes. He fights at first with a baseball bat, yet later gains a pistol and riot shotgun.
Rei Miyamoto- Takashi's childhood friend and possible love interest. Being in her school's sojutsu (spear-wielding) club, she is skilled in wielding a spear as she first fights with a broom having a shattered, sharp end and later upgrades to a semi-automatic rifle with a bayonet attachment.
Saeko Busujima- A third-year high school student with a calm and composed personality who is part of her school's kendo club. She fights with a bokken at first and later gains a katana.
Saya Takagi- A bespectacled second-year student and friend of Takashi who is also the daughter of an influential right-wing politician. She is unarmed at first, but later makes use of a rifle and pistol throughout her journey with the group.
Kohta Hirano- A gun otaku who makes use of a number of firearms throughout the group's journey such as a custom-made nail gun and a sniper rifle.
Shizuka Marikawa- The ditzy school nurse who accompanies the group of high school students and serves as their driver while they make use of a school bus and Humvee to trek through zombie-infested areas.
Alice Maresato- A 7-year old girl rescued by the group after her father is killed by members of a household not giving them shelter from a horde of zombies.
Koichi Shido- A sadistic teacher hated among many of his students due to his twisted and manipulative personality, with no regard for the lives of those he considers weak. He manipulates a number of surviving students into becoming mindless followers of his own personal cult.
The Review High School of the Dead is more or less something of a parody of zombie movies as a group of high schoolers fight for their lives with the zombie apocalypse hitting the Japanese populace. The anime mostly relishes in the spectacle of seeing zombie hordes getting slain in various ways, the populace struggling with moral inhibitions to ensure self-preservation and plenty of T&A going around thanks to the anime's copious amounts of fan service and ecchi content it shows off. Visually, the anime is one of the better animated 2010 anime titles to be made making creative use of camera positions and effects such as bullet time, zoom shots and swooshing angles to depict the intense zombie-killing action that unfolds, with scenery shots looking vast and well-detailed when the camera pans out to show them off.
While the series is a rarity for anime in being a zombie survival title, it doesn't have much to offer in terms of depth with the plot and characters to High School of the Dead are rather paper-thin. The plot is mostly repetitive as our group of high schoolers have to regularly fight through zombie hordes, find shelter for a period of time, wind up fleeing when their shelter is breached and repeat. It also often disregards proper logic for the sake of its spectacle as characters are known to not make smart decisions regularly in this series and details such as proper government action and ammo supply are often disregarded.
The characters are not much better as they are mostly archetypal and get little in the way of development, most notable of these characters being an otaku who is seemingly a representation of a stereotypical otaku with his enjoyment of shooting his way through zombies and usually relishing in the women that are within his group. Speaking of the women, High School of the Dead has them purposely designed to be well-endowed and sporting a good number of fan service/ ecchi moments with panty shots, breast jiggling, revealing attire, clothes changing scenes, a bath scene and an orgy. The mentioned fan service is mixed in at many points during the zombie battle scenes, with the series clearly aimed at fans of gory action and ecchi titles.
Overall, High School of the Dead mostly gets by with the style it emphasizes with its presentation and premise, while lacking quite a bit on the end of substance. If you don't mind some mindless entertainment, this would make for a decent rental. But if you are looking for more substance or are not a big fan of gore and ecchi content, then this isn't a title worth picking up.
Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 28, 2015 19:17:08 GMT
Ani-Crap Review #47: Green Green
Green Green was a 12-episode ecchi/ comedy TV anime that aired from July 12 to September 29 of 2003, being animated by Studio Matrix. The series was based on an eroge dating sim game created by Groover in 2001 and also had a light novel series created for it that was printed in Japan from November 2002 to January 2004. There was a “thirteenth episode” of the series animated in OVA format in 2004 that bumps the content of the series up to hentai levels due to scenes of intercourse being present in the episode. The TV episodes of the anime were licensed by Media Blasters for American video release in 2006 and are now out of print.
The all-male boarding school of Kanenone Gakuen is in the process of merging with an all-girl's school to become co-ed and the female student body of said school are staying at Kanenone for a month to test out the merging. Unfortunately, much of the hormone-driven male student body becomes thrilled with this prospect and has led students such as those among the perverted trio known as the Baka Trio to lust for the female students. Besides dealing with the perverted antics of the Baka Trio, male lead Yusuke Takazaki comes upon a girl named Midori Chitose who excitedly proclaims that they were childhood friends promising to fall in love when they were younger.
Yusuke Takasaki- The male lead and most normal of the male student body at Kanenone, Yusuke often finds himself dragged into the perverted antics of the Baka Trio and is befuddled with the attention that Midori gives him.
Baka Trio- Consisting of Tadatomo Ijuuin, Hikaru Ichiban-Boshi and Taizo Tenjin, this trio of perverted students contribute much of the show's comedic reliefs with their lusting of the female students and attempts to peep on them. They often drag Yusuke into getting involved with their schemes.
Midori Chitose- A cheerful and energetic girl who appears to know Yusuke and has a seemingly one-sided crush on him, as she claims to know him from childhood.
Futaba Kutsuki- The boy-hating tsundere among the female student body who is the self-appointed protector of the female student body. She is known to physically lash out at the Baka Trio for their perverted antics and seemingly develops feelings for Yusuke throughout the course of the series.
Why It Sucks Green Green is about as bottom of the barrel as you can get for an ecchi title with its entire premise being a very flimsy excuse to show off male perversion and a good helping of fan service involving its female cast. This isn't too surprising considering the title's eroge game origins.
The show has little in the way of plot as many episodes in the series are devoted to typical predicaments in romantic comedies and ecchi titles to get as much perverted content out of the series as possible. This is most notable with the Baka Trio as every episode in the series feature them lusting for the female cast, making attempts to molest or peep on them and often dragging Yusuke into their antics. Its ecchi content tends to vary at points with female cast members often flashing panty shots, being in undressed states or showing off frontal nudity for bath scenes. The content usually gets disturbing at points thanks to the lewd fantasies and antics of the Baka Trio.
Beyond the perverted content, there isn't really much in the way of substance for the series. Many characters in the series are flat, one-dimensional archetypes with little depth and not too memorable. Also, the series makes a half-assed attempt at a plot involving two major characters being reincarnations of forbidden lovers yet this gets little focus and buildup until the final two episodes of the series as Green Green was more fixated on showing off its ecchi content for many episodes. Even when it does finally get focused on, the plot isn't too effective at creating anything compelling thanks to its poor buildup and the characters being too archetypal to really care about, much less caring about any possible relationship developments that take place.
Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 28, 2015 19:17:55 GMT
Ani-Crap Review #48: Senran Kagura
Senran Kagura was a 12-episode ecchi-action TV anime that was animated by Artland and aired in Japan from January 6 to March 23 of 2013. The anime is based on a series of Japan-only action video games created by Tamsoft since 2011 and have had a number of manga adaptations published since that time, one of which currently licensed in America by Seven Seas Entertainment called Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows. The anime is currently licensed by Funimation, who had released the series to home video formats earlier this year.
A group of five girls attend Hanzo Academy, a secret school that teaches its students the art of ninjutsu. However, the girls find their skills challenged when confronted by the students of their rival academy, Hibi Girls Academy, who seek to steal two secret scrolls containing knowledge of Hanzo Academy's most secret techniques.
Katsuragi- A third-year Hanzo Academy student who is a bit of a tomboy, shown to wear nothing underneath her school uniform and known to sexually harass her friends at the academy.
Asuka- A second-year Hanzo student known for her grandfather's status as a legendary ninja. She is a hard-working and energetic girl.
Ikaruga- A third-year Hanzo student descended from a famous ninja clan. She has a formal and collected personality.
Hibari- A cheerful, energetic first-year Hanzo student who is the weakest fighter among the group.
Yagyu- A first-year Hanzo student with a quiet and stoic personality, who is known to look out for Hibari's well-being.
Yomi- A second-year Hibi Girls Academy student who dons maid attire while in battle and targets Ikaruga during the clash between Hanzo and Hibi.
Homura- A second-year Hibi student known for her intense personality and rivalry with Asuka.
Haruka- A third-year Hibi student with a queen-type personality who targets those weaker than her, notably Hibari. She is shown to be something of a motherly figure for the Hibi underclassmen.
Hikage- A third-year Hibi student with a strong and emotionless personality with little motivation for her actions who targets Katsuragi throughout the series.
Mirai- A first-year Hibi student dressed in gothic lolita attire who targets Yagyu throughout the series.
Kiriya- The teacher of Asuka and the girls at Hanzo.
Why It Sucks Outside of the anime's existence being to promote its video game source material, Senran Kagura is also not much different from prior ecchi-action titles like Ikki Tousen and Master of Martial Hearts in that its entire premise exists only to milk fan service shots and clothes-tearing action coming from the fights between female characters. The typical service shots are employed in this title which consist of panty shots, breast groping, characters in undressed states, a majority of the female cast having large bust sizes and some characters being in revealing or fetish-themed attire.
Beyond the title's emphasis on clothes-tearing action and ecchi antics, Senran Kagura is as shallow as many earlier entries in the ecchi-action genre when it comes to depth. Characters are paper-thin archetypes with attempts at giving them back story bordering on the ridiculous with overly tragic developments and their personalities not being much better off. The plot is just as shallow being a “good vs evil” style plot involving the ninja academies which build up to a rather ridiculous climax when it is revealed why one character desires the secret ninja scrolls. Episodes not focused on the academy conflict are instead focused on the training of the Hanzo students, but these don't offer much substance either.
Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 28, 2015 19:18:33 GMT
Ani-Crap Year End Garbage Review II: Pupa
Pupa was a 12-episode TV horror anime series that aired from January 9 to March 28 of 2014. The series was animated by Studio Deen and is notable for each episode of its run running for 4 minutes a piece. Pupa was based on the manga series written by Sayaka Mogi for Comic Earth Star magazine from March 2011 to December 2013. The Plot
Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa are siblings who were abused and abandoned by their parents and left to fend for themselves. Both become infected by a mysterious virus called Pupa that mutates those who become exposed to it into monsters. Under the virus' effects, Yume develops an uncontrollable hunger for human flesh and Utsutsu gains the ability to rapidly regenerate himself. Utsutsu finds himself having to have his body eaten by his sister regularly to keep her from feeding upon other people. Notable Characters
Utsutsu Hasegawa- The older brother of the siblings who has a sister complex towards Yume and found himself subjected to the abuse of his father regularly as a child. Having gained the ability to regenerate his body from the Pupa virus, Utsutsu subjects himself to being eaten by his sister to keep her hunger for flesh in check.
Yume Hasegawa- Utsutsu's younger sister whose exposure to the Pupa virus left her with an uncontrollable hunger for human flesh.
Ai Imari- A mysterious researcher who gathers information on the Pupa virus with little regard for the lives lost from it. She uses the Hasegawa siblings as her research subjects to learn more about the virus' effects.
Shiro Onijima- Utsutsu and Yume's abusive father.
Sachiko Hasegawa- The mother of Utsutsu and Yume who was subjected to Shiro's abuse at first before he turned it towards Utsutsu. She cares greatly for her son, yet fears Yume due to knowing she was born a monster.
Why It Sucks Laziness is the best word to describe the mess that is Pupa. While its premise seems like a unique one on paper for a horror anime, Studio Deen's choice of structuring Pupa into 12 four-minute shorts lead to really sloppy storytelling throughout the show's run.
Plot and character development is mostly nonexistent in this baby as Pupa is mostly focused on relishing in its gory content. Whatever little story it has is completely rushed through, has little time to build up and the characters in this are flat, cutout archetypes with little in the way of personality and depth. A good chunk of the violence in Pupa comes from Yume's gory slaughter and feeding on human victims, with her feeding on Utsutsu in particular carrying some rather creepy incest undertones.
Adding on to how lazy this is, the animation for Pupa is quite low quality with washed-out backgrounds, subpar character designs and animation shortcuts milked to death throughout its entire run.
Post by Old Man Dream on Mar 28, 2015 19:19:22 GMT
Ani-Crap Review #50: Macross 7
Macross 7 was a 49-episode mecha-action TV anime series animated by Ashi Productions and aired from October 16, 1994 to September 24, 1995. The series is a continuation of the popular Macross mecha anime franchise, with this series taking place 35 years after the events of the original 1983 mecha anime classic.
The Macross 7 spacecraft leads a colonial fleet on a mission to journey into deep space and would come into conflict with a mysterious alien race called the Protodevlin who have the ability to drain a form of energy called Spiritia from human and Zentradi targets. Aboard Macross 7 is a rock band named Fire Bomber, whose lead guitarist and singer named Basara Nekki will fly into battle with his personal Valkyrie unit to attempt playing his songs to the enemy for seemingly unknown reasons. Notable Characters
Basara Nekki- The lead guitarist and singer of Fire Bomber who has a free-spirited and impulsive personality. Owning a customized VF-19 Valkyrie unit, Basara is known to fly into heated battles between military and Protodevlin forces to attempt singing his songs to the latter.
Mylene Flare Jenius- Fire Bomber's 14-year old backup singer and guitarist. She is the seventh daughter of Maximilian Jenius and Milia Fallyna Jenius known to rebel against the wishes of her parents. Due to her parents' heritage, Mylene is part-human and part-Zentradi.
Ray Lovelock- A former Valkyrie pilot for the military who would become the keyboardist for Fire Bomber, often being the voice of reason to rein in Basara's impulsive habits.
Veffidas Feaze- A Zentradi woman serving as drummer for Fire Bomber and known for rarely talking.
Gamlin Kizaki- A military Valkyrie fighter who is appointed as a fiancee for Mylene by Milia. The two strike up a close friendship with one another throughout the show's run and Gamlin is shown to bare hostile feelings toward Basara for his perceived interference with military operations.
Maximillian Jenius- One of three characters returning from the original Macross, Max now serves as the leader of Macross 7's military branch known as Battle 7. His relationship with Milia has deteriorated as such where the two are estranged from one another since the start of the series.
Milia Fallyna Jenius- The second of three returning Macross characters, Milia now serves as the mayor of the civilian environment for Macross 7 known as City 7.
Exsedol Folmo- The third of three returning Macross characters, Exsedol now serves as a record keeper for Battle 7. To prevent his intellect from being reduced during the micloning process to become human sized, Exsedol underwent genetic engineering to increase the size of his brain.
The Review Macross 7 was one of the first sequels to the Macross franchise made around the same time that Macross Plus came about. This chapter of the franchise focuses on the human and Zentradi members aboard the spacecraft Macross 7 dealing with a new enemy alien threat called the Protodevlin and a guitarist named Basara Nekki cutting in during heated fights in a Valkyrie unit between the forces to try singing to the enemy for seemingly unknown reasons. Continuity wise, the series takes place 35 years after the events of the original Macross series, clearly evident with the appearances of Maximillian and Milia, the first human-Zentradi coupling to come about from the original series.
This particular entry in the Macross franchise has a good deal of infamy among its fans as such where many consider it the franchise's black sheep. In part, I can kind of see where these thoughts would come from. The first dozen or so episodes to the series are a bit on the repetitive side as Fire Bomber are doing a performance, Mylene and Basara get in some sort of argument, a Protodevlin attack occurs, Basara flies in on the scene in his Valkyrie to sing to the enemy, the enemy retreats after getting what they need and the cycle repeats. Basara is a bit of a shallow and difficult character to connect with as we have no clue why he is behaving as he does and he doesn't seem to have much dimension to his character either as he mostly comes off as a free-spirited and impulsive pacifist. Even throughout the entirety of the series, Macross 7 offers little exploration to Basara's character and the viewer has no clue what drives him to do what he wants. The majority of the Protodevlin are also rather shallow as villains and the quirks with some of them can border on obnoxious. Plus unlike the original series that had a "real robot" approach to the mecha genre with plenty of drama to milk, Macross 7 crosses into "super robot" territory with its more light-hearted mood and absurd "power of song" plot devices milked to combat alien threats capable of wiping out planets.
In spite of the mentioned issues though, I would not necessarily consider this the worst offering in the Macross franchise in the same vain as forgettable entries in the franchise like Macross II or compressed film adaptations like Macross: Do You Remember Love? and the two Macross Frontier movies. The supporting cast in the series do rather well for the most part to carry along things in spite of how subpar things are with the series lead and the main conflict of the series. The series offers some nice exploration of Milia and Max's relationship as it has clearly been shown to degrade over the years in spite of the two gaining influential positions on the Macross 7 spacecraft and trying to raise their young teenage daughter, Mylene. Mylene's character also gets a good deal of development in the series as she tries handling the strain in her parents' relationship, comes to grips with the hostilities of war when events in the series escalate and get in an implied love triangle with Basara and Gamlin. The majority of the side characters in the series involve those connected to Fire Bomber's performances or involved with the military yet relevant characters still get enough focus to show there are more to them than a simple archetype.
The series also subverts some of the typical plot formulas you would expect from a Macross title. Outside of the "super robot" approach being milked, the love triangle dynamic that most titles in the franchise implement has a minimal presence despite the implications played up involving Mylene, Basara and Gamlin. The series is instead more focused on expressing its main themes of understanding and acceptance of others, the implied reasoning behind Basara's refusal to attack enemy forces when he rocks out in front of enemy forces. This message does lead to gradual developments with a number of the characters in the series as they come to understand why Basara had been behaving as he was during early episodes in the series and even leading some among the Protodevlin to switch sides when they come to understand Basara's intentions. As simple as the message may seem, Macross 7 still does well for the most part in expressing it through developments taking place throughout its run.
Presentation wise, Macross 7 is a mixed bag. The visuals were obviously done with a cheap budget in mind as scenery shots and character designs are on the plain side and plenty of corners get cut with animation as shortcuts like reused frames and still shots are a regular occurrence here. The soundtrack milked by Fire Bomber is a nice change for the series as unlike the original Macross' use of pop music, this series makes use of rock music. The energetic rock beats are fitting for the light-hearted mood given off by the series and the lyrics accompanying them fit in with the title's theme of understanding and acceptance. Only low point with the soundtrack is that there are points in the series where it gets repetitive as some of the same songs get recycled until new ones are composed for later episodes in the title's run.
Overall, I guess I could say my thoughts of Macross 7 as a whole are somewhat mixed and I think it's infamy among Macross fans may be overblown. While rather generic and repetitive in aspects of its premise and characters, the series still offered up some fresh aspects to the typical Macross plot formula, an engaging supporting cast, an energetic rock soundtrack and a simple yet well executed exploration of its main themes. Your mileage may vary on how you perceive the series with how different it is from other installments in the Macross franchise. But I would advise that one should check out the full series to properly judge it instead of ditching it in early episodes due to their repetitive setup for plot.
Well Queen Blade is here so I stop reading ani-crap after that, but is fun to read you misery time to time. Also Senran Kagura, while a sub par fan service show, actually work as a comedy first the first half, until it try to get serious, when the concept is GOOD NINJA VS EVIL NINJA XD WTF. How in the hell did they thought that would had been taken seriously, along with their supposed tragic back story.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT