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Nichijou Anime Review

A series requested by you guys… 2 years ago… (this is the last one)

Synopsis: Nichijou is a story about the ordinary yet not-so-ordinary lives of multiple characters, specifically three high school students, Yuko, Mio and Mai and a 5-year-old professor, her robot, Nano and their talking cat, Sakamoto. So pretty much, it’s another slice of life anime.

My Thoughts

Nichijou’s goal for each episode revolves around humour, nothing more and nothing3.gif less. This is most often easily achieved as Nichijou is honestly one of the funniest animes out there, and the humour is either clever or stupid which I find enjoyable. However where the comedy falls short is some jokes easily drag on for too long to the extent of it no longer becoming funny. Regardless though, a lot of the scenes are over-the-top and absolutely epic, Nichijou is not afraid to approach the most outrageous borders and I love it for that.

1The anime doesn’t have much of a story being a slice-of-life anime so it’s nothing significant. I do believe Nichijou was given more episodes then it needed considering this anime is solely revolved around comedy, but that’s not to say I got bored of the series, it never felt tedious to watch. The animations were mostly great especially the more epic scenes. Though the character designs were far too similar to each other having each character share the same face. The first opening is amazing and watching it again made me so happy, it’s unfortunate it got replaced.

The best part of Nichijou though was its characters, all of them were so unique, 2memorable and extremely enjoyable. Our lead characters were all fun and the bonds they share with one another is so genuine and enjoyable, particularly the bond between Hakase (professor) and Nano. The supporting cast stood out just as much and I honestly may of liked them a little bit more than our leads.

Do I like it?: Nearly three years ago I put this anime on my top 10 best animes of 2014, so yes, I do like it. However I won’t deny that although at the time Nichijou was more remarkable considering it was something I recently watch, now it doesn’t have the same impact especially compared to the animes I’ve seen afterwards.

Recommended?: DEFINITELY! I think most people can enjoy the humor in Nichijou. Key words are MOST PEOPLE. Like all anime, there’s always gonna be that group that don’t like the shows I recommend, which is completely fine. If you want to watch a comedy/slice-of-life I highly recommend you give Nichijou a go.

Thank you for reading my review and being patient with me! Till next time 🙂

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Natsu no Arashi (Season 1) Anime Review

Synopsis: So Natsu no Arashi follows a thirteen year old boy named Hajime Yasaka who is staying at his grandfather’s house over the summer. He one day goes into this cafe and meets this girl named Sayako Arashiyama (a.k.a Arashi). A man comes into the cafe to take Arashi back to her relatives by force but Hajime saves her and runs off. He eventually discovers Arashi is a ghost who died during World War II in 1945 and he can connect with Arashi to travel through time.

My Thoughts

The anime caught my attention since its made by Jin Kobayashi who created the manga to 2.gifSchool Rumble which I have talked about time and time again, being my favorite anime. Natsu no Arashi is a fun and entertaining series and it is funny even though sometimes the jokes drag on particularly the “pass me the salt” one which got annoying, like can someone give the man some salt! Anyway, there’s also plenty of drama and honestly I loved it, it’s intense and surprisingly although it’s not really accurate it’s still confronting when it comes to the topic of World War II which I find to be the most fascinating yet terrifying part of our history. However with the drama during the last few episodes it only felt out of place.

1.gifThe characters were all a lot of fun and were each entertaining, likable and well-developed. However I wish they involved the character, who is nicknamed “Shades” more into into the story since he’s a funny and interesting character. I also do appreciate the way they treat Jun’s character rather than taking an overly cliche route with them. I do like the bond between all of the characters, particularly the one between Kanako and Yayoi, Hajime and Arashi and Kaya and Jun.

I absolutely love the opening theme and its already stuck in my head. The ending song is3.gif also really good which says a lot because a lot of ending songs are not that appealing unlike this one. The OST is pretty good they have some similar ones to School Rumble but one OST that stood out was the one that plays in the intro to almost all episodes. The anime is only in Japanese, but the voice actors all did a great job however my only problem is Yayoi’s cry in the one episode that bugged me. I love all the character designs which is great cause most of the characters in some way resemble a character from School Rumble. My favorite character design was for Arashi and Kaya since they both look stunning. The animation is either average or really good however it stood out to me when they copy the anime, Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei’s style which makes sense since their both made by Studio Shaft but they ESPECIALLY imitated Zetsubou-sensei’s “I’m in despair” thing.

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Do I like it?: Yes, definitely. The anime though not as good as School Rumble, was still entertaining and most of its drama was fantastic. I will watch Season 2 and potentially discuss or review it but don’t expect that any time soon.

Recommended?: It is not the greatest comedy but its enough to keep you entertained and interested. If you like School Rumble or other comedy animes you’ll most likely enjoy Natsu no Arashi, so I recommend it.

Thanks for reading my review? Do you like this anime, will gladly hear your thoughts? Also be posting something for tomorrow and Thursday. Till next time 🙂

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Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei Anime Review

Before I go on, this is ONLY a review to the first season. When I watch the other seasons, I’ll most likely discuss it rather than review it.

Introduction

This anime is different to any other slice-of-life comedy. I have never seen or heard of an anime like Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei. I discovered this anime from a Youtube reviewer, Glass Reflection, who I’ve mentioned in the past. He has recommended his viewers to some pretty fantastic anime. After checking out this anime’s fourth opening (I think), I was immediately hooked and shortly afterwards decided to check out the anime, leading us to my review.

Story & Characters

Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei is a slice-of-life anime so obviously it has no real plot butsayonara-zetsubou-sensei-story basically, our main character is a teacher named Nozomu Itoshiki who’s incredibly negative and suicidal. In the first scene we see Itoshiki trying to hang himself only to be saved by his student Kafuka Fuura who is overly positive and cheerful. At that point we follow the adventures of Itoshiki, Kafuka and the rest of his unusual students.

sayonara-zetsubou-sensei-charactersZetsubou-Sensei (That’s what I call the anime for short) has a very dark sense of humor and often discusses the concept of death making this anime stand-out but also limiting its audience considering it relies on a different type of comedy compared to most animes in the same genre. Needless to say, I really did enjoy the humor, for the most part at least. The flaw this anime had was at some points in the anime it felt a little boring, not to mention the jokes did go on for a bit too long. When it came down to the characters, I loved each and every one of them. Each character gets an episode (or half an episode) dedicated to them allowing us to get to know them and fall in love with them. I especially really like the characters of both Itoshiki-sensei and Kafuka, Itoshiki-sensei’s pessimistic personality perfectly complimented Kafuka’s overly optimistic personality, providing some amazing humor to the anime that involve their interactions. Also I adore Chiri… there’s no reason to it, I just love her.

Grade (Story): B-
Grade (Characters): B+

Animations & Sound

The animations by Shaft is all very well done. The anime is always so dark and it’s tone issayonara-zetsubou-sensei-animations usually quite dull which is a good thing because it matches the anime perfectly. When it comes to character designs, my biggest problem was distinguishing the girls, considering most of them had similar hair styles, hair colors and looks, with the exception of a few like Komori, Maria and Kaere. Despite that, I do like the character designs, especially for Itoshiki-sensei, Chiri and Komori. I also need to discuss the anime’s art which is also incredibly weird, somewhat symbolic but overall fantastic. This anime has some of the best art I’ve seen in any anime.

sayonara-zetsubou-sensei-soundThe music is mostly great, the anime has some good OST, the ending is creepy but catchy and fitting to the anime and the first opening is really good though honestly it took some time for me to like it. Keep in mind this is limited to Season One, I will talk about Season Four’s opening (I think it’s Season 4). The anime is only in Japanese and the voice acting is great, Hiroshi Kamiya did an amazing job as Itoshiki and I also adore Ai Nonaka who performed the voice of Kafuka. Everyone else also did a great job so the voice acting is overall fantastic.

Grade (Animations): B-
Grade (Music): B
Grade (Voice Acting):
B

Conclusion

I’m kind of looking back at this review and regretting not adding this to my previous topsayonara-zetsubou-sensei-conclusion 10 list. Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei is not for everyone. The anime is quite dark with it’s comedy and once again discusses death very often. Also it is a slice-of-life series so it clearly has no plot whatsoever. However I personally enjoyed it, the anime’s funny, entertaining and memorable. From a personal perspective though I would give it a B- but from my critical perspective, this anime is for anybody who loves dark comedy and slice-of-life anime.

What are your thoughts of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, as always, let me know? If you want me to review any anime, I’ll gladly do so. Hope you liked this review, I’ll be making another one or two for tomorrow. Till next time 🙂

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School Rumble Anime Review

Introduction

I’ve spoken a lot about School Rumble. I have praised it so much that this review seems nearly pointless. But I think talking about this anime in both a critical and personal perspective would be great for my New Years Eve anime review.

Story & Characters

School Rumbles follows a love-triangle (kind of…) between Tenma Tsukamoto, Kenjischool-rumble-story Harima and Oji Karasuma. Tenma Tsukamoto is a clumsy, ditzy girl who is infatuated with her straight-faced classmate, Oji Karasuma but he is completely oblivious to her feelings so she makes it her goal to confess her love to him. Much like Tenma, her delinquent classmate, Kenji Harima is madly in love with her but she is COMPLETELY oblivious to his feelings towards her so Harima makes it his goal to confess his love to Tenma. This in result leads to a ton of fails.

school-rumble-charactersSchool Rumble’s story is a little bit shaky. In the first few episodes it is heavily based on comedy and it’s only till a certain episode the show takes itself seriously, so never get a first impression of the anime from episodes 1-8, after episode 8 ends, the show drastically but beautifully balances out it’s more dramatic side and comedic side. Reality about School Rumble though is you can’t take it TOO seriously, not even the characters can be taken seriously. All the characters are unique, entertaining and interesting, personal favorites being our two leads, Harima and Tenma. Even our supporting casts (including very minor characters) provided entertainment and managed to be memorable, making you invest into the series and really wish Class 2-C was your class. Also prepare for School Rumble shipping wars, the anime has a ton of ships. However I must warn you, the ending to the series is a disaster.

Grade (Story): B
Grade (Characters): B+

Animations & Sound

School Rumble’s animations are actually quite standard. They look amazing at someschool-rumble-animations points while other moments it’s quite generic. The character designs are usually detailed and all very well done. Every character is easily distinguished merely by their appearance alone.

school-rumble-soundAll the music in School Rumble stands out and is quite catchy. Most of its soundtrack is easy to notice, makes the scene better and is overall great. The first ending and second opening is quite standard (but good) while it’s second opening both in Japanese and English is fantastic. None compares to School Rumble’s opening song though, my goodness is it catchy! The Japanese voice acting is… very average, most of the voice actors were fine but didn’t stand out as much as I hoped, I mean Ami Koshimizu did well as Tenma, as expected Mamiko Noto pulled off Yakumo beautifully, Yui Horie did a great job as Eri. However it isn’t as good as the dub in my opinion. Sure some of the script in the dub is a little awkward but the voice acting is very good, Brandon Potter pulled off Harima, Luci Christian did an annoying (in a good way though) but adorable Tenma, Caitlin Glass pulled off Yakumo, everyone did a good job!

Grade (Animations): C+
Grade (Music): B
Grade (Voice Acting): B

Conclusion

Now I could easily just give School Rumble an A+ merely because it’s my favorite animeschool-rumble-conclusion and just call it a day, BUT I’m not going to recommend you to an anime out of personal feelings alone. School Rumble is a very funny anime, it has a great love story tackling issues of unrequited love beautifully but making it funny, it knows how to be intense, it has a fantastic dub, it’s music is great, there’s a lot to love! But School Rumble has clear flaws, it has a bad ending, it relies heavily on the stupidity of its characters and it can get frustrating. So judging the series from a critical and emotional perspective, I grade School Rumble with a B+. Definitely watch it if you want a good comedy anime.

Thank you for reading my review. Do you like School Rumble? Who were you shipping (if you’ve seen the anime)? Recommend me to any anime to review. Till next time 🙂

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