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New Anime Series: Youjo Senki

First Episode(s) Review for: Youjo Senki

I only do these reviews for new anime I like now so take this as a recommendation

Summary:

Set in an alternative world war I that includes magic and told from the German point of view, a young very Arian blond girl is the commander of an airborne mage platoon, it soon turns out she is a cut above the rest in both ability and viciousness, a cruel calculating horror in the body of a little girl.

Animation:

Nicely detailed, with a lot of research on what WWI battlefields looked like based on my somewhat limited knowledge ( the reading of Good-Bye to all That and such ) looks a bit like Fullmetal Alchemist

Plot Potential:

This will be the kicker, they could be boring with this or they could go anywhere, to have such an obviously evil hero character is a fairly unique starting point, but as they have already included political bits, the war being at a tipping point and a young soldier who does not know what to make of her Commander which has shades of Platoon in it we might be going somewhere interesting.

Music:

Grim powerful music and great war noises

Reminds me of:

If the hero of Strike Witches had been an evil military minded psycho…..

Overall:

It’s been 2 seasons since I have been surprised at a new anime, they have been very manufactured recently, but this one took me back, its quite obvious that the hero is an utter ba****d and a nut job and should be the bad guy, but I like her, want to see what she is up to and what her ultimate goal is.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Thunderbolt Fantasy

I don’t tend to do my anime reviews any more, mainly due to lack of time but also that they don’t really add much to the internet, however this one I just felt I had to flag up, it’s called Thunderbolt Fantasy and it’s a puppet show done in the style of an anime, I am aware of the long history of puppet shows in many cultures, but the action puppet show as a TV format was first really introduced with Thunderbirds by Gery Anderson and culminated as far as I was concerned with the creation of Star Fleet X-bomber (a Japanese show by Go Nagai) which I ADORED!!

Now Thunderbolt Fantasy is an updated form of that kind of Series, It is a mix of puppets and CGI special effects feeling more like a movie or a classic epic tale than an anime. it is fascinating to watch, the plot line is totally feudal power rangers with an epic music score 1, the puppets them selves and the sets are works of art so much so that I have had to watch each episode more than once as the first time I’m too busy staring to read the subtitles.

Obviously effects have come on a lot since the 80s and it still has that charming puppet feel, but you don’t just see the top half of the puppets, full body shots and foot shots are common and mixed flawlessly with things like fire and magic.

I’m just praying its going to be at least a 24 episode series.








  1. I’m not sure it will beat Brian May’s opening theme music but its going to give it a run for its money 

New Anime Series: Soul Eater Not!

First Episode(s) Review for: Soul Eater Not!
Summary:

A young and apparently ordinary girl discovers that she can turn into a weapon, this is not as strange as it would seem as this is the world of the soul eaters where living weapons and their welders keep the mortal world safe from the forces of evil.

Animation:

A slightly faded out version of the bright over the top colours you get with hyper anime like Naruto and Soul eater (the original) which suits this series perfectly.

Plot Potential:

So this is an off shoot of the original Soul Eater series and I love the idea of merging its crazy over the top world where everyone is class A personalities with a normal school anime allowing for the mix of both plot lines and styles

Music:

Bouncy pop tunes for both the opening and closing credits, I recon I will start skipping them from episode 5 onwards.

Reminds me of:

Well Soul Eater for a start but the plot line is very different so I would add in Daphne in the Brilliant Blue as the main character reminds me of her and just a smidgen of Working!!

Overall:

This is quite a captivating little anime, its mix of normal in an over the top world has me eager for each episode, well done cameos from the original cast members sets it off nicely, top job to who ever came up with it


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Brynhildr in the Darkness

First Episode(s) Review for: Brynhildr in the Darkness
Summary:

A thoughtful teenager thinking back on mistakes he thinks he has made in his life (though I think he is being really hard on him self) has to deal with all sorts of strangeness when those mistakes come back to haunt him in the shape of a girl he KNOWS is dead

Animation:

Most of it is plain if not drab cell animation, but its given a lot of effects to highlight the plot such as greying everything out apart from a point of interest or oil paint rendering of stop scenes.

Plot Potential:

The plot is a good serious one and for once I don’t seem to be able to tell where it is going, there are a lot of mysterious hints but by the end first episode you just don’t know for sure what the crux of the plot is going to be, the oily irritant is the opening credits which while awesome are at this stage a huge spoiler (skip if you can bare it)

Music:

“Good guys walking into spooky alien s**t” type music for a good opening tune, as if daft punk did the x-files theme. closing theme is nothing much.

Reminds me of:

A bit of Elfen Lied a bit of Occult Academy

Overall:

The opening credits for this Anime are fecking awesome, sent tingles down my spine with anticipation, and I am pleased with a slow moving plot for a change (its always such a shame when they have to put ‘hooks’ in early episodes rather than letting it develop normally) , but there is enough meat for me to hope for a gripping series.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Black Bullet

First Episode(s) Review for: Black Bullet
Summary:

After a terrible infestation / invasion from really nasty infecting monsters, mankind has retreated behind huge monoliths that keep the beasties at bay, any of them that get past are hunted down by red eyed young girls and their controllers, this is the story of one such pair.

Animation:

A lot of the early 2014 seasons seems to be filled with the slightly washed out cell style of animation, I have no complaints as it is one of the most distinctive things about anime, the only down side of this series is they seem to have done the cars in CGI which does not match quite right.

Plot Potential:

In the first 15 mins I did not think I would be going to pay more that cursory attention to the whole series as it seemed very much a stamped out of a template job, then they added a serious and deeper angle when it turns out that the very girls that are keeping humanity alive are treated like cattle and ostracised at every point (hell they even live in the sewers when they are not being used)

Music:

Opening is what other members of the household call “Aweseome”, not quite MP3 player quality as it needs a lot of context but still very rousing

Reminds me of:

Another one that is a lot like Aria the Scarlet Ammo but in a company setting a lot like Heat Guy J and monsters more like the D Gray-man

Overall:

I was initially unimpressed with this series particularly because it was using very young girls in quite an adult (violence wise) situation, but they have really stuck the knife in on the refugee and discrimination angle, this has given this series a lot more that its basic “remnants of humanity against the insect hordes” setting would indicate. a somewhat grim thumbs up.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Akuma no riddle

First Episode(s) Review for: Akuma no Riddle
Summary:

A gifted and stone cold young female assassin is sent to a new class at school filled with other killers and one as yet unknown but seemingly obvious victim, all the killers imediatly start to size each other up, but the victom takes a shine to our little stone cold killer :)

Animation:

Clear cell animation with a slight hazy over tone, Very good human movements, lots of nice details and subtleties including blinking at times when it not needed, which added a lot of depth to the visualisation.

Plot Potential:

Well I don’t know, on the surface this seems to be a dead simple plot with the hardened heroine falling for the Innocent girl with the hard history, but there are so many lead characters and so many plot twist hints that I have no idea whats going to happen next for example Haru’s “dusty smell”: is that a “sunny smell” as one characters thinks or is the the smells of crypts and things brought back to life

Music:

Hard Rock for both beginning and end, good tunes, the opening will I suspect be listened to about 4 times before I start to skip, the ending maybe twice.

Reminds me of:

Aria the Scarlet Ammo with characters from Deadman Wonderland

Overall:

Riveting if slightly dark watching trying to figure out where this is going as well as the shear enjoyment of them trying to pack so many primary characters in to one anime, it is a bit overwhelming in places and I had a couple of WTF! moments and had to flip back the timeline and watch again, but it has the making of a fun anime, let us hope it lives up to its promise.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Kamigami no Asobi

First Episode(s) Review for: Kamigami no Asobi
Summary:

A young shrine maiden who is following the path of the sword rather than getting ready for her entrance exams, is transported by an ancient sword to some form of Hogwarts’s cross with the playboy mansion but for young girls, in this case she is alone with a wide variety of very hot young men and the odd flying horse, it turns out that they are all young gods here to be taught about humans BY humans what could go wrong

Animation:

This series is filled with the clear bright animation that makes me wish I lived in an anime world, not too shinny but just enough so that you think every day will be a bright new future, detail where it needed but not over done or seemingly trying too hard, A very nice middle ground with good use of light.

Plot Potential:

If it’s got a plot I have not yet found one, that might be because I’m rolling around on the floor at the sheer “teenage girls fantasy” nature of the environment, of particular note was the stunned “it’s so big” line when the flying stallion is standing next to the girl..

Music:

Lots of slow piano tinkles going on in the background (I honestly was expecting to hear Barry White a couple of times)

Reminds me of:

Mostly The Wallflower but with the humour and situations of El-Hazard

Overall:

Anime often makes me chuckle in that it is seen to cater only to a male hetero audience but the number of truly beautiful young males is nearly equal to the number of imposable women, and this is a fun example of the former. easy watching


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Captain Earth

First Episode(s) Review for: Captain Earth
Summary:

The death of his astronaut farther has a detrimental effect on a teenagers life, meaning he is withdrawn despite being quite skilled and popular, when a huge floating rainbow ring appears in the sky he is drawn back to the place in his childhood where he first saw it, oh and chuck in a space princess in a giant pink mecha.

Animation:

Slightly toned down cell animation (the sort they use when try to achieve realism without putting a lot of effort into detail) totally watchable.

Plot Potential:

So what looks at first to be a simple “boy finds secret life in space” starts to look a lot deeper than you would expect, with a lot more threads already coming into play, defiantly not a background series (some people who I thought were good guys already turned into bad guys within 15 mins)

Music:

Moving but not catchy, sounds like they have plundered NASA’s dramatic music store

Reminds me of:

Hard to say really, but you know those series that have a group of children going into an old temple when they are young and it going back to bite them then they are older? That but in space, I suppose like a slow moving and serious Tenchi Muyo!

Overall:

Even though this is a standard plot line, I really enjoyed the variants in it, the hero is not a d**k which always helps and one wonderful old school bonus, the giant machine transformations are truly ridiculous, there is more “clunk clinking” than talking in the first episode, this is a series to watch (and pull the odd Dragon ball Z pose too)


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Dragon Collection

First Episode(s) Review for: Dragon Collection
Summary:

Young and gutsy boy is pulled into a new video game only to find him self in the real world of said video game, there he saves a defenceless animal who turns out to have great power that comes out when the lad gets drawn into a card duel (dear lord I could just copy and paste this summery is been used so many times)

Animation:

Saturday morning bright and shiny animation, well nicely done, very obviously drawn straight over static back grounds (yes I know nearly all animation is like that but this is quite blatant), its the kind of animation that the other members of the household love.

Plot Potential:

Well its another card game anime, with exactly the plot flow you would expect, as long as you are happy with that you can sit back and enjoy it.

Music:

bouncy bouncy, fun fun fun fun

Reminds me of:

More Monster Rancher than Pokemon and looks more like a version of Magic Knight Rayearth aimed at boys than either of them

Overall:

You never know with these merchandise based anime if they will go the the distance as they are so closely tired to the success of the product they are selling, but while not want I would call gripping , this is the kind of thing I would have loved as a 12 year old lad on Saturday morning and to be fair its still lots of fun and a stress free way to spend 24 mins.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Blade and Soul

First Episode(s) Review for: Blade and Soul
Summary:

A silent killer on the run from an empire is hired to defend a village under threat from same said empire, she performs her duty perfectly but will her presence bring down the wrath of the empires own army of Killers? (the answer is Yes)

Animation:

Slightly odd animation, excellent detail and glorious fight scenes, with sharp character design against near watercolour backgrounds and for some reason CGI flags.

Plot Potential:

I have not played the game that the anime is based off but it seems to be giving them plenty of plot to go with and it is moving along fast even on the first episode, it’s rare that I cant treat a game based anime as background but there is simply too much plot (a good thing)

Music:

Tribal fight music, nothing notable and I cant remember any lyrics, suitable but not outstanding

Reminds me of:

Ninja Scroll the series with shades of Fairy Tail and a bit of the story of Scrapped Princess

Overall:

Even before the opening credits it was obvious that this came from either an RPG or a computer game (just too many huge pairs of boobs), but it flows well and if it was not for the slightly suspect number of scantly clad ladies with swords there is nothing that stops it being a full blown plot filled series, I will be watching with interest.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

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