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  1. My review for "Highschool of the dead". It is very rare for me to give a 10/10 to any movie or game, but Highschool of the Dead defiantly deserves the 10/10 because it's one of the top best anime I have ever seen, and I'm not just saying that because I like it, and it is better than all the other teen high school anime like Gantz, Persona, and NGE. Highschool of the Dead is a perfect flawless anime that has well exceeded my high expectations in terms of story, characters, music, action and production values, based on the ongoing manga series of the same name Highschool of the Dead follows a group of Japanese high school students who witness the violent global zombie apocalypse during class time at their school, similar to the opening of Red Dawn except the Russians are replaced by flesh eating zombies from the George A Romero's of the Dead films. As the story progresses the students witness World War Z first hand and are forced to fight and evade their way through the thousands of the ever growing undead as well as rescue other survivors and deal with the ones who have gone insane or crazy by the chaos of the zombie apocalypse. The characters are all very well developed and the story is very well written and keep's you wanting to see more, the music plays on the right mood and for those who have seen 28 Weeks Later might recognize the background music that plays near the end of the first episode ;-) Highschool of the Dead is definitely an anime that is worthy of your time and I will be investing my money into the English dub when it gets released. Watch it ASAP; zombie fans will not be disappointed! Thanks for reading, Hope you enjoyed it.
  2. Hey guys...I was going to write something like "porn" or "sex" in the title..figured I'd get more views that way but then I thought it would just be removed or something Anyway, I'm looking for some new series that are more mature..something that has a good story and is aimed at an older audience. Something with action is preferred but I'm generally an all-round kinda guy so I'll watch most things. Shows like Claymore, Cannan, Deadman Wonderland, Deathnote, FMA Brotherhood, etc... Cheers guys
  3. BlackWater

    Shiki Review

    Shiki is an anime based off of Fuyumi Ono's novel of the same name. I've never read those novels and quite frankly, if they're anything like the anime I never want to. The concept of Shiki is this: In a boring country village named Sotoba during a sweltering summer, people start dying from some unkown epidemic. They become tired, pale, anaemic and finally they expire. This coincides with a new family moving into the Kanemasa Mansion, a place some villagers are suspicious of. Natsuno Yuuki (a highschooler), Toshio Ozaki (chief of the local clinic), Seishin Muroi (the local Buddhist priest), Kaoru and Akira (the siblings of Tohru, who dies of this epidemic and is also yuuki's best friend) soon find out the cause of these deaths and it is up to them to save Sotoba. Story: Despite the great start, this story did not live up to its potential. A bunch of Shiki (vampires) invade Sotoba, stay in the weirdly-out-of-place, Western-style castle at the edge of town and then end up eating pretty much every villager. The only people who notice are Yuuki, Ozaki, Seishin and Tohru's siblings. After several investigations into the causes of illness, Doctor Ozaki finds the answer: Shiki. This is only after they attack the hospital to try and kidnap and feed on one of the dying patients. The doctor's best friend Seishin is also witness to this. He goes one step further and is able to see that Sunako, the creepy little girl who comes to the town's ruined church to talk to him at night, is in fact a Shiki herself. Yuuki and Tohru's siblings go another route and dig up the coffin of a girl who has been stalking Yuuki, even after she died. Their conclusion: the empty coffin proves that there are Shiki attacking the village. That same girl caused Tohru's death and he, along with several other villagers must now be members of the undead. The crazy village shaman gets close and nearly outs the Kanemasa's as the Shiki but fails when the family head comes out and makes an excuse. The only conclusion I can draw from this is that if the rest of the villagers are so stupid and blind as to not be worried about strange deaths and people suddenly moving away - they deserve to end up as fodder for the Shiki. In fact, they do. The rest of the story dwindles around after episode 13 showing us nothing in particular. It takes 5 episodes for the siblings, Ozaki and Yuuki to come up with some way of defeating the Shiki. They could have done this in half that time. Instead of giving any useful insight to the viewer about the way the newer Shiki deal with killing people they once cherised, we have some bordeling-yaoi moments between Yuuki and his best friend Tohru. It does show us that Tohru feels devastated by using Yuuki as food, but that he has no choice if he wants to live. In the end, Yuuki also becomes a Shiki, but he is determined to wipe them all out, including himself. The last few episodes, starting from episode 19 onwards, mark the point where the main cast decide to actually do something about the problem the village is facing. By this point, some of the secondary characters and their families, such as the nurses and residents of the villages are Shiki. Akira has gone missing and is probably dead. Kaoru cowers in her house with the family dog, Love, terrified that she will be forced to kill her undead family. She has already dug her own grave in preparation. Ozaki's wife has turned into a Shiki and Ozaki tortures and kills her. Ozaki gets bitten by another Shiki from the Kanemasa Mansion, Chizuru. Chizuru likes hot men and dresses scantily so Ozaki uses this to his advantage and manages to convince her to go the local shrine festival as a "date". Chizuru is reluctant, as Shiki (just like vampires) are rendered weak by sacred symbols and spaces, but she goes with him in the end. Putting his plans into action, he lets all the villagers know that Chizuru is a Shiki. At first, they wonder what the hell he's talking about. But then he convinces them by telling Megumi's father that Chizuru's perfume is the same one that he smelled in Megumi's room before she died, and therefore Chizuru killed her. This angers the remaining villagers beyong all else and they drag Chizuru and rip her apart. They then gather their pitchforks and tractors and go about warning other villagers and ripping, staking and driving their tractors over the Shiki. The head of the Kanemasa family tries to save his wife but to no avail. In the end, the angry mob goes and destroys Kanemasa mansion and everything in it. Seishin and Sunako manage to escape, having hidden in the cellar. Seishin shows signs of become a werewolf-creature and it is up to him to take care of Sunako. The end. The ending is so rushed through, I wonder if the show's creators found out that they ran out of time for a proper ending because they were to busy dragging out discoveries and pointless feely-feelings that did nothing during the show. The story could have been improved by actually showing how the Shiki feel about being what they are, how they're forced to survive. The villagers could have shown more common sense and been able to avoid the problem altogether if they actually listened and did something for a change. The author would not have had to resort to strawmen like the ugly, whiny Masao so the audience can have somethin to hate. NOPE. Instead, everything takes too long to get done and the viewer is left feeling impatient and frustrated, not to mention confused by the main characters and their strange actions. Characters: Another problem is the way the characters deal with things. Ozaki's wife becomes a Shiki, and instead of feeling any sorrow or grief he decides that she's the perfect specimen to use to find a way of killing the Shiki. An entire episode is devoted to the doctor torturing his undead, tied-up wife so he can fin a method of killing her. He cuts her open, he cuts her veins and steries in two, he burns her, he terrifies her with a statue of the Buddha. All the while, he ignores her screams of terror and pain. In the end, he kills her by driving a stake through her heart. I don't know what justified the author or the director in deciding to depict this the way they did. They did nothing to alienate Ozaki's wife or make her look like something inhuman in the eyes of the audience. They gave Ozaki almost no justification for going from husband to torturer-with-no-conscience. But Ozaki is still a hero in the end, so that makes it fine? Aside from being horrifying (which is this show's promise) it did little else but confuse me. No wonder Seishin just turns around and walks away when he witnesses the wife's corpse, tied to a surgery table with a stake through its heart and everything else is covered in blood. However, Seishin's character is no better. He ultimately decided to join the Shiki by visiting Sunako at the Mansion and letting her bite him. What makes no sense is how he got to this conclusion. We're given a few flashes of his latest novel, a retelling of the story of Cain and Abel. Sunako tells him things like "Killing without intention is accident." and that death is horrible for everyone. She specifically does not tell him her background story - that she became a Shiki and was forced to kill people not out of her own choice but because she needs to survive. She saves that for Tohru when he feels bad about killing humans who were once his friends. Seishin basically had no evidence that the Shiki have some kind of crisis of conscience, but he decided to be one of them nevertheless. Yuuki too is inexplicable. His Tough Guy exterior and inner investigative monolagues make him less of an actual character but more of a cut out Hero™. He shows some momentary horror when his undead stalker appears to be biting Tohru's neck, or the first few times she approches his house at night. But he soon calms down, thinking these were all nightmares. The only time he shows and real emotion is at Tohru's death. He shows pity for his friend's tears once Tohru comes to turn yuuki into his snack. These "feeding" moments border on yaoi, which is fine if that's what the show is about. But in this story it just adds to the general confusion. Kaoru and Akira are at least played straight. They are horrified to learn their precious brother is now a walking corpse with a thirst for blood. Their father becomes ill and dies too. They watch while their mother becomes ill with the symptoms of a Shiki's food supply and then eventually disappears. The two are left on their own, afraid and with no-one to depend upon once Yuuki becomes a Shiki. That's all I have to say about the main cast. As for the rest of the characters? In my opinion they are nothing but strawmen, designed to give the main cast something to do, but never fleshed out so we feel any terror of them. The ones that catch on to the strange happenings all end up being killed and becoming Shiki, and then killed at the end of the show. The one that annoys me to no end is Masao. He is nothing but a character the audience is supposed to hate. Does he have no purpose in the story? Check. Does he have an unbearable voice actor, and sounds disgusting to boot? Check Does he whine? Does he think he's a victim and no one pays any attention to him? Does he have one of the ugliest, most putrid character designs for a human in any anime, ever? OH, HELL YES! CHECK! CHECK! CHECK! He's not even funny! He just wastes precious minutes with his ugly face instead of letting the author, directors, adapters and writers do their job and write a convincing story. Character Deisgn: The character design is definitely unique. However, it does not, in any way fit in with the atmosphere of the show. One thing to mention is that by unique character design I mean hair. That is the only thing that makes these characters identifiable. It is also slightly insane, with some character's hair resembling weeds and plant growth in shape. Here's an explanation: Also, the character we're all supposed to hate seems to have consulted Micheal Jackson's plastic surgeon: EW. Actually, his design is an offense to Michael Jackson and his surgeon. Graphics/ visuals: "Meh" is the one word I would use to describe the visuals of this anime. Aside from the hair, the character designs are bland and the animation is standard. The OP and ED animation is much better, using some interesting "overlays" during the first OP and the last ED. The other two feature rather standard animation and gimmicks and are not really noteworthy at all. The show however only uses "negative film" black and white when the Shiki appear in Yuuki's nightmares. Music: Finally, this show has done something right! The bgm is composed by Yasuharu Takanashi and makes the atmosphere what it is with its use of haunting vocals, glockenspiel and violins. In fact, had they used any other composer's music, the total value of this show would have diminished by half and it's already at a low. The first and second OPs are great songs. "Kiss" by Buck-Tick and "Calendula Raquiem" by KanonxKanon and they are both wonderful. The first Ed is somewhat lacking, "Walk no Yakusoku" by nangi whilst the second "Gekka Reijin" by Buck-Tick brings back some of the charm and power of the OPs. However, all the songs are wasted as they build a premise that never really occurs in the show. Overall, I give this show 6/10, and that is only because of the cool music and interesting OP and ED. The story could have evolved into something more interesting but the show's creators seem to be afraid of innovation (much like Yuuki's dislike of his parent's choices) and the show goes no further than the excitement of the first 6-7 episode and then stagnates and rots until the end. I would only recommend this to people who feel that Twilight has made too much of an encroachment on vampire fiction and would watch anything, anything but a Twilight marathon.
  4. DrumRoll

    Gintanama

    Hi folks I was just wondering about what order to start watching Gintanama? There seems to be several different series.. But most importantly where can I find HQ downloads for this anime? thanks:D
  5. Hiya! I'm newbie in the anime world and it is becoming very, very addicting. Would love to some recommendations as I am not to familiar with some of titles. So far I've watched: Samurai Champloo Fruits Baskets Ouran Highschool Host Club Aquarion (currently watching and liking it!) That's it....haha So, cha! Thanks in advance peeps! <3
  6. One type of anime I have always loved are those Big Adventure Types (Hunter x Hunter, Monster Rancher, Sword Art Online, etc) However I have found not too many of them, if anyone has any recommendations that would be great. On a side note, I also love Samurai (post war) shows like Rurouni Kenshin, or Samurai Champloo. Anything good in this category would be nice too. Thanks in Advance.
  7. I’ve been reading a lot of reviews lately and I decided to write one of my own! Unfortunately I can’t boast of much knowledge for recent anime so I just picked out one of my favorites; Cross Game. Anime: Cross Game Company: SynergySP Release Date: 5 April 2009 Episodes: 50 Genre: Sports / Slice of life / Romance / Drama Original Mangaka: Mitsuru Adachi I’m not particularly picky about the anime I watch, nor am I too lenient. So when I rate anime most of my scores idle around the middle of the spectrum. Cross Game, however, sits right at the top of my anime list! It starts off following the 11 year old Kitamura Koh on one of his ordinary days. I had a smile throughout the whole episode, watching him prank his friends into playing baseball and trying to avoid bullies. Smiles for all, right? Wrong! The story quickly takes a turn for the worse as tragedy hits kitamura and his friends. All though Cross Game is a sports genre, don’t expect it to be anything like Eyeshield 21 or Prince of Tennis. There’s no secret technique nor is any super powers. Nope, this is just plain old baseball, done perfectly. The story is split up between a few genres, Sports, Slice of life, Romance, Drama. It doesn’t dwell on any one aspect but rather combines them all relatively equally. Now, a big problem that I originally had with most of Adachi-Sensei’s works is the art. The characters may not be stunning but after a while you get used to it. Personally, I’ve had previous experience with his works so I was already desensitized to the art when I started Cross Game; in fact I think I have a crush on Tsukishima Aoba and of course the lovable Wakaba! Which brings me to my next point, as far as the characters go you will immediately know who’s a main player in the story and who’s not. I wouldn’t exactly call the others ‘extras’ but you’ll know who you’re meant to be paying attention to. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and like the art it’s just a stylistics thing so I had no real problem with it. The characters are ridiculously likeable for the most part, though somewhat stubborn but you’ll sympathize with them none the less. They all have their fair share of troubles that they have to deal while balancing it with their life. The deeper you get into the anime, the more attached you get to the characters and the harder it is to turn away from it. And in that aspect the anime is done perfectly! As for Voice acting there wasn’t anyone who I particularly hated, but just the opposite is true as well. And in terms of music / sound tracks the same could be said so in that department it was quite mediocre to above average. To sum it up while it may not show much fan service with the panty flashes or outrageous bust sizes it does everything else just right to keep your eyes on the screen! The most impressive part of the anime is the flow is at a constant rate, not dragging on anything unnecessary and flying through the good bits either. Though it may leave something to be desired for in the romance section I felt it was well done and achieved exactly what it aimed to do. Characters: 9/10 Art: 6/10 Audio: 7/10 Overall: 9/10 Notes: I didn’t place a number on plot like I originally wanted to do because I feel that in comparison to other anime it doesn’t have much of one, but if you are to look at it as a sports anime (which it is) it has more than enough!Also the overall score is quite high even though the average of the others are not-so because there were a lot of things that were done well but can’t exactly have a number put on it.Please post your thoughts and feedback as I had fun writing this and would like to improve!Thanks for reading that wall of text!
  8. So i am looking for a good romance anime that a guy would potnetialy like, as well as one that would be accessible to a guy. A little more about what i want, well for starters i don't want the romance to be a corny or cheesy one, and i don't want the leads to be idiots Other then that if you could please send some suggestions that would be awesome. Also if there are any sub-genre ones like it i also fantasy and such like that, that would be a plus but i want it to follow the above guidelines as well as not just be more one then the other.
  9. ok peeps its all in the title. Just speak up if you know of any anime like these ones. Neon genesis rebuild movies Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Hellsing Ultimate Fate Zero Redline Sword of the stranger thank you
  10. GuyWithTheGhost

    Horror and gore

    The dirtiest ones you got >
  11. Hello! I'm a fan of "Bakemonogatari"(series) and until recently didn't find anything with remotely similar style nor story, well not until watching "Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko". Story aside (which scores somewhere mid-rage) art and to be more precise art style of focusing on faces, expressions and "untold" words and thoughts and looks(eye contact) really picks my interest! And as such here is the question are there any other anime that has similar style and art to "Bakemonogatari"(series) and "Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko" ??? Also are there any similar story plots to any of those two titles? Thanks in advance! p.s. Any title would be appreciated and if needed my MAL list is here<<
  12. i've been recently intrested in Gods and other deities so I wonder if I could find some anime that has them in central role. What i have watched/read resently are Spice and wolf and Deathnote. So i'm looking something that is sirius but why not some comical also.
  13. Ghost in the shell. Appleseed. Dante's Inferno. Which one of these three should I buy on iTunes and why?
  14. What what i mean in the title is I am looking for more Anime's that are boylove based. In both you have 2 guys that become friends but their's just a little be more their.... A Connection... And it grows stronger. That's what i am looking for. Any recommendations?
  15. I'm a fan of Naruto Shippuden and Bleach but want a break, what other Anime world you guys recommend.
  16. Hello! I searing for some titles with bad girls or powerful and almighty protagonists I watched all of Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru almost for the sake of one character and her lines - Masuzu Natsukawa. In particular what made it all worth it, was one sentence she said in last 5 minutes on the last episode! Any "bad" girls even if they are secondary cast with some time would do. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On the other note I'm looking for some powerful and almighty protagonists Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (Yuusha) Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero (Ousawa Akatsuki) Chrome Shelled Regios(Layfon Alseif) Demon King Daimao(Sai Akuto) The Legend of the Legendary Heroes (Ryner Lute) Gurren Lagann Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They? Well you get the idea... I enjoy watching people with power separated from the rest (or something like that) and and the rest of antagonists being kicked around a place or something Thanks for the help in advance!
  17. Excretum Necris

    Lone Wolf and Cub

    Hi to you all, I have a recommandation for those of you who are interested in an old-fashioned Samurai Manga that was also made into a TV series (with actors) back in the 1970s: It's called "Lone Wolf and Cub" The setting is Japan, in the Edo period, the genre is definitely chanbara, but with a heavy dose of cultural and philosophical themes. Allow me to be lazy and quote from Wikipedia. I always felt this series was less anticipated than it deserved to be, nowadays. The production standards are low or average at best, but you never feel like watching a trash production, because the overall presentation is kind of realistic and imparts basic to advanced understanding of Bushido. The story lacks no tragic and no suspense, if you ask me. What I can recommend is the version from the 1970s, although I do not know if this series was released in English. I am from Germany and watched it in German, but my guess is that the English audience will not have missed out on it. However: The Manga was translated for sure. I hope I'll be able to please someone with this recommendation.
  18. can anyone recommend me some good english dubs? i just started watching dubbed anime and i love it. my favorites so far are code geass,bleach,inuyasha,naruto shippuden and fairy tale and my favorite voice actors/actresses are cherami leigh‚Johnny Yong Bosch and Yuri Lowenthal
  19. Has anyone got a good suggestion for anime that contains: swords, action and optional: romance and school. Cheers.
  20. Just need something new to watch I have seen sub or dub doesn't matter to me Darker Then Black Hellsing (All) Monster Elfen Lied Higurashi Witchblade Black Lagoon Claymore Full metal Alchemist (All) Ghost in the Shell (All) Guilty Crown Deadman Wonderland Ergo Proxy Wolf's Rain Trigun and a alot more I can't remember right now thanks
  21. Well i really like romances and of course i just want to see more and more, so gimme some recommendations!!! Romances I've already enjoyed Clannad Kannon 2006 Kaichou wa maid-sama mayo chiki! the globe only god knows Also....these animes were also really REALLY excellent, so examine em out if your interrested
  22. Hi everyone. I'm back again! I really enjoyed some of the anime that was recommended to me last time so I'm back for more! I'll put a list down below for what I've seen. I may be missing some but oh well. (I'll put it in a spoiler below) Clannad Kanon Yuru Yuri (S1-S2) Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (all of them) Puella Magi Madoka Magica Deadman Wonderland Hellsing Berserk FMA / FMA Brootherhood Mirrai NikkiSekirei Baccano Chrome Shelled Regios Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (+NEXT) Toradora Air Angel Beats Fractale BTOOOM! Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Code Geass (R1+R2) (+ Nunnally in Wonderland) Cross Game Dog Days (1+2) Fate Zero (1+2) Fate/Stay Night Girls Und Panzer Hidan no Aria IDOL M@STER Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita Koi to senkyo to Chocolate K-On! (all of them) Maoyuu Minami-Ke (all of them) Nodame Cantabile (all of them) Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo Sasami-san@Ganbaranai Shinsekai Yori Strike Witches (all of them) Sword Art Online (S1+S2) Tari Tari To Love Ru Tsaogare Otome x Amnesia Working!! (S1+S2) Zetsuen no Tempest I'm also planning on watching Love Live already - so no need to recommend me that. I'm more or less into everything so you don't have to be shy. If you think it's good, go ahead and name it! After all, you guys gave me some really good anime last time! ^^
  23. spinelli39

    Romance Anime

    With Valentines right around the corner I've been been in the romance watching mood. I however, am running out of good ones (that I know of, of course) to watch! I'm just about finished with Love Hina and I just watched Please Teacher and Maid Sama. I really liked the latter two and thought the first was alright. I don't normally watch school shows I normally like more story line to it. Examples my favourite anime being Kekkaishi, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Sailor Moon, Full Metal Alchemist, Code Geass etc. Anime that I have watched off the top of my head that are not listed above are: Maburaho Ookami San My bride is a mermaid Girls Bravo OHSHC Fruits Basket Zero no tsukaima pretear kaze no stigma Crescent Love Buso Renkin Inuyasha Dragonball I do not like tear jerkers though so please none of that Any recommendations would be awesome thanks guys
  24. Here is my Anime List, http://myanimelist.net/animelist/ZeroGG I LOVE Steins;Gate, Berserk, Death Note, Code Geass.. These are all diff types of anime, but the story and characters stick with you forever, I'm looking for something similar to this but also 'Action-E' like the ones mentioned.
  25. This is my review for Naruto Shippuden The first of Naruo Shippuden three seasons were alright they weren't bad but also they weren't that good They dragged the story too much the pacing was slow and by slow I mean really slow ,the battle scenes took several episodes where they can be done with one or two and that almost killed the show ,it's too bad because the story and the characters and very interesting. But after season 3 the anime improve in every aspect the no more slow paced story, spaced battles everything gets better animation, action scenes, sound track and especially the story , I mean it's like it's a totally different anime from what it's started(in a good way of curse) and up till now it keeps getting better and better. Story: The story have humor, action ,tragedy , romance and twists in it and the anime present it so well it makes it worth your while to bear with the first three seasons and some fillers here and there(which are not that bad). In case of characters: most of characters are well designed and easy to relate to ,even some of the Villains ,every characters is unique in his/her own way and have depth. The animations are good...not the best out there but pretty decent for a TV series. Sound track is amazing and fits well in the scenes especially the fighting scenes. So eventually if you are a Naruto fan, you can't miss this anime, it started not that good but it became one of the best anime I've watched. I gave it 9/10 despite the disappointing slow paced first three seasons (~70 episodes)because afterward it gets so good that it covers it up the mess in the first 3 seasons. Thanks for reading and i hope you enjoyed it
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