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Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu

Genre Tags: Action, Samurai, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 13

Synopsis: The year is 1863 as the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. The fate of the world is threatened as an army of historical revisionists are sent from the future to alter the course of history. In order to bring these forces down and protect the real history, two sword warriors, spirits who are swords brought to life by Saniwa (sage), rush to Edo. The polite and thoughtful Horikawa Kunihiro and the short tempered yet skillful Izuminokami Kanesada, who served the same master, confront the invading army along with a lively gang of other warriors including Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tombokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga. As the fate of history lies in these hero’s hands, what meets the blade is yet to be uncovered…

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 10/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like slow-paced action and fantasy or watched Hanamuru, yes.

General Comments: So, this show was the action counterpart of Touken Ranbu: Hanamuru Days. It featured new characters mostly, with an addition appearance of one or two characters we saw in the previous series. This series was certainly more action than it’s predecessor, but it was slow-moving. I found it hard to remain attentive at times because things seemed to move so slowly, but towards the later half of the series, things picked up and got more interesting as well as more feelsy. Undeniable however, is that the animation was amazing as only Ufotable can be and the sword boys were a fujoshi’s paradise. The Bishounen characters and implicit BL between certain characters were still the biggest draw, at least for me. I’m not sure if I’d have enjoyed it quite as much without those aspects, but it was definitely an enjoyable series overall.

 

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Little Witch Academia (TV)

Genre Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, School

Seasons/Episodes: 25

Synopsis: Atsuko Kagari is an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Festa, a magic show hosted by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Atsuko was so mesmerized and inspired by Shiny Chariot’s performance that she dreamed to someday be a “cool” witch like her. This young and impressionable Atsuko takes Shiny Chariot’s words as her own motto: “Never forget, a believing heart is your magic.” As part of a class, Atsuko and her classmates go into a labyrinth under the Tower of Luna Nova. There, a sealed ancient dragon was unleashed by one of her classmates. Atsuko tries to stop the dragon, but…

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 10/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 9/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 11/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: Yes, yes and more yes! Trigger saves anime again!

General Comments: I honestly don’t know how much I can say on this other than, if you haven’t watched this yet, do it right away. That’s a lie though, because I have so much I could talk about on this series, but that would require much more space and time than anyone would like. With that said then, let me just cover the big points. LWA has been stealing hearts since the OVAs and Movie (which I’ve yet to see), so I’m late to the party, but having now seen this tv series, I can understand why. LWA seems simple at the start, but it’s actually got a rich and engaging story-line that slowly descends into a dark and suspenseful one. This is best seen by the contrast between the first half’s magical and pleasant slice of life theme and the second half’s deep and depressing theme. However Akko is the mass of “Yay” that the series needs to retain it’s lighthearted nature. Akko and her friendship with several of the other witches makes the show a joy and even when things do get dire or grim, it’s her never give in attitude that keeps everyone together.

To be honest, the entire cast makes the show a joy in their own right as they each have a unique and interesting personality and their interactions with Akko are unlike any other so it keeps things fun. Just about every one of these main girls got their chance to shine in at least one episode and with every passing one, their friendship with Akko and each other as a whole only got stronger. The character development for a few characters in particular was something special. I especially loved the humanization of certain characters, which doesn’t allow anyone to be wholly “good” or “bad” and everyone loses their way at one point or another, but it’s most often Akko that pulls them back up, earning her the rightful title of main protagonist. Amanda is my best girl, especially after her exclusive episode. *swoon* A certain baddie int he second half is right there with her though in terms of attractiveness.  That’s all I’ll say on that.

Finally, as with most popular shows, there are ship wars going on and I’m not fueling into them with this post, but what I will say is that there is undeniable evidence for the credibility of certain ships, including statements from the creators themselves and so I don’t think these wars are necessary at this point. I personally have two ships that I’m in love with and yes, they are both yuri ships. However, I respect the alternative ships and ultimately in the end, nothing is officially canon. The main point of it all is this; shipping is a subjective act and so it should not be judged or ridiculed by anyone. If everyone remembered that, there will always be peace in all fandoms with these situations.

Overall, LWA got everything right in my book and Trigger continues to become a favorite studio of mine. I implore everyone to check it out and do so legally through netflix, and buy merchandise if you can, so that we can get more season and spin-offs, which the creators have been very vocal about wanting. It’s up to us to make it happen though. LWA truly is magical and so was an easy pick for my #1 anime of the Spring 2017 season.

 

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Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭

Genre Tags: Harem, Comedy, Romance, Ecchi, School

Seasons/Episodes: 11

Synopsis: Second Season of Saekano.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 9/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: Definitely if you watched the 1st season and liked it.

General Comments: So, this will probably be the surprising one for readers, who may find it strange I’d put such an anime as my #2 of the season, but those who know me and follow me regularly, are likely not shocked in the slightest. No denying I’m a total Saekano fangirl since the 1st season and I’ve only become a bigger fan after the second. Saekano is kind of like High School DxD’s more wholesome cousin. I love the previous series, despite the ecchiness and harem theme, which I usually dislike, and with Saekano, it’s the same but even more so, for a similar reason. Both High School DxD and Saekano have a common aspect, it’s a romance disguised as a harem. It’s less noticeable in the prior, but even in the later, it’s not easily noticed unless you’re really paying attention. An avid romantic like myself is always paying attention to even the most obscure of romantic cues and so I have no doubt in my mind when I say there will only ever be one winner in both these series. However, out of respect to other’s personal preferences, I’ll refrain from stating them in this post.

Back to the main review now, Saekano 2 has managed to not only retain it’s charm and enjoyment from the 1st season, but surpass it. Season 1 was all about getting the team together to make a game, as the friendships were growing. This season put the game making on the back burner a bit and focused almost exclusively on the interpersonal relationships between the team members and even when it returned focus to the game making, it only served to further develop or interfere with these relationships. In simple terms, the romance and drama were vamped up to maximum velocity this season and I for one loved it. We also got better development of each of the girls, most importantly Kato, who had not been as present in season 1 and even when she was, she was difficult to read. This season allowed us to see who she really was and I am living for it, as she is my best girl of the series. As a whole, Saekano continues to be a RomCom “Harem” a cut above the rest and I really hope we’ll be getting a third season sometime soon or at least that the novels will be localized so that I may continue the story there. I really do love it that much.

 

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Alice to Zouroku

Genre Tags: Adventure, Mystery, Seinen

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: The story centers on a little girl called Sana, who is one of the children that holds the power of “Alice’s Dream,” an ability that enables her to materialize anything she imagines. After escaping a lab where she was a test subject, Sana ends up in a normal world where she encounters an old man named Zouroku, but will he help her?

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.2/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: Absolutely! Easy recommendation for everyone.

General Comments: Alice to Zoroku was definitely the unexpected gem of the season. From the very first episode, the story gave a dark and suspenseful aura, the action picking up from the very first scene. It’s here that we were introduced to a strange girl with powers to create anything she wished as she tried to escape captivity. We meet a few other characters as well, with similar powers, leading to an unexpected meeting. When Alice met Zoroku, both their lives would never be the same. This series is presented in segments or arcs and the first was by far the darkest and grittiest. The villains were crude and shameless and age didn’t matter in the game of survival they found themselves in. However, the second half/arc shifted it’s tone tremendously, almost to the point of changing genres. What started as a dark, fantasy anime, became primarily  slice of life with familial bonds and friendships as the girl named Sana looks to find her identity. I thought the way the show shifted in response to Sana’s experiences and values very well executed and genius for being able to retain a cohesive story-line despite the shift in tone. It kept me engaged.

Also of note, were the characters themselves. Zoroku is the coolest old man I’ve seen in anime and is the perfect balance of strict and loving. Sanae is the sweetest big sister figure anyone could ask for and Sana of course is a feisty ball of sweetness who makes mistakes, but is genuinely kind and caring. Her fellow “Super Friends” are equally charming, but my absolute favorite is Ichijou. She’s extremely cool with her powers and is the only adult of the lot, where the others are all children. Her most devoted protegee is fun and I love the bond they share. I also really loved the deep friendship between two friends we meet in the last few episodes and of all the relationships in the show, it’s the only one I feel is able to be officially classified as romantic, though it is of course subjective to the viewer. All in all, this was the dark horse of the season and my #3 pick for top anime of Spring 2017. Although the ending can be seen as conclusive, I really would love at least an OVA to show us some final developments, but either way, it was great.

 

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Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2

Genre Tags: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: Second Season of SnK.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 9/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 9/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.6/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 9/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you’ve seen the 1st season and have been waiting as long as the rest of us, I’m sure you already have.

General Comments: At last, we got the much desired 2nd season of SnK and I might even agree it was worth the wait. Four years is  a long time to wait and I had honestly lost my hype, but after the first few episodes, the series returned to it’s interesting and engaging nature that had me on the edge of my seat. However, this largely occurred due to the significant shift from the main trio of characters vs. titian, to the supporting characters vs. themselves. The lesser developed side characters finally got their time to shine and it was very welcome and needed. Sasha, Christa and Ymir were the three of note that really got some good development after being vastly underused in the first season. I was able to finally care about them personally in this season and understand their actions more. I also felt empathetic to many other support characters, even if they may not be on the same page as the majority of the cast. There were a lot of revelations and unexpected twists in this season, as well as some very great shipping moments that revitalized my enjoyment of the show and has me hyped once again for the next season, which luckily is only a year away, rather than 4. If you were a fan before, you definitely won’t want to miss this next installment in the series.

 

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Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?

Genre Tags: Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: Five hundred years have passed since the humans went extinct at the hands of the fearsome and mysterious ‘Beasts.’ The surviving races now make their homes up on floating islands in the sky, out of reach of all but the most mobile of Beasts.
Only a small group of young girls, the Leprechauns, can wield the ancient weapons needed to fend off invasions from these creatures. Into the girls’ unstable and fleeting lives, where a call to certain death could come at any moment, enters an unlikely character: a young man who lost everything in his final battle five hundred years ago, the last living human awakened from a long, icy slumber.
Unable to fight any longer, Willem becomes the father that the girls never had, caring for and nurturing them even as he struggles to come to terms with his new life, in which he feels the pain of helplessly waiting for his loved ones to return home from battle that his ‘Daughter’ once felt for him so long ago. Together, Willem and the girls gradually come to understand what family means and what is truly worth protecting.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 9/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings):8.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 9/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like a blend of romance and tragedy in your fantasy anime, for sure!

General Comments: SukaSuka was one of the more talked about shows of the season and if you watch the first episode, it isn’t hard to understand why. It’s certainly got a interesting plot that grabs you from the start, but then it mellows out to a more SoL theme, all while secretly plotting to destroy you by it’s conclusion. The plot may not be action-packed every episode, but there are serious moments and when the action really kicks in, it hit you hard. The romance between the two main leads is a gradual, but certain journey and it becomes something really special, even with the heartwrenching back drop of the last half of the series. I can definitely say it’s one of the better ones of the lacking Spring 2017 season, but for me, not the best of the season. My top three are probably more obscure, but that’s how things tend to go for me. I definitely can recommend everyone give this one a go, as I don’t think you’ll find yourself dissatisfied.

 

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Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho

Genre Tags: Action, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: In a world of constant war between humans and witches, there exist the “beastfallen”—cursed humans born with the appearance and strength of an animal. Their physical prowess and bestial nature cause them to be feared and shunned by both humans and witches. As a result, many beastfallen become sellswords, making their living through hunting witches.
Despite the enmity between the races, a lighthearted witch named Zero enlists a beastfallen whom she refers to as “Mercenary” to act as her protector. He travels with Zero and Albus, a young magician, on their search for the Grimoire of Zero: a powerful spell book that could be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands. During their journey, his inner kindness is revealed as he starts to show compassion and sympathy towards humans and witches alike, and the unlikely companions grow together.

Plot Rating: 7-8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7-8/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 8-9/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.4-8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 9/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like action fantasy adventures with furry characters and touch of romance, yes!

General Comments: OK, so this one was a bit tricky to rate if I’m being honest, because my bias is probably making it difficult to rate it harshly, even in my technical section. I will say off the bat that this definitely had a bit of wasted potential in terms of plot and the story suffered a bit from that, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. This anime isn’t anything exceptional, but for what it does, it does well. Most enjoyable of all for me, was the budding friendship and probably romance between Zero and Mercenary. To me, they are the show and are the core that keeps it afloat. I’m not afraid to say I only enjoyed it as much as I did because I loved their relationship. They were the best characters in the show and they had amazing chemistry. It was more exciting due to the fact that Mercenary is a beast man, which you don’t see as main protagonists often. Also, I can’t believe I’m saying it, but Zero came scarily close to being my new #1 waifu, but in the end, Shana continues to reign supreme as my #1, probably forever. Zero is an easy second though, as she’s got a shameless charm to her. As for the rest of the show, it was interesting and I’m curious to see where the story will go next. I don’t have much more to say on this to be honest, so I will conclude by saying it’s worth a watch if you like such themes with a few twists sprinkled in along the way.

 

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Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria

Genre Tags: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: Sword princess Aiz Wallenstein. Today, once again, the strongest female swordsman heads to the giant labyrinth known as the “Dungeon” along with her allies. On the 50th floor where mysteries and threats such as a decayed dragon’s corpse that crumbles to ash and an irregularity that creeps ever closer to the party loom, Aiz calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. Eventually, she finds herself meeting a boy for the first time. “Um, are you OK?” In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect!

Plot Rating: 7/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 7.5/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you enjoyed DanMachi and want alternative views to key events, probably.

General Comments: So, this is a spin-off of DanMachi, focusing on Ais, the Sword Princess of the Loki Familia who we all know Bell fawned over in the main series. We see more on her familia and their adventures and how they intersect with Bell’s. The characters were fun and interesting, though the my personal favorite was Riveria. It was an entertaining plot and had decent action, but the depth of the plot seemed lacking. It’s strange that the main series had more ecchi to it than this and probably shouldn’t have been taken seriously, but it’s actually much deeper, more developed and more enjoyable than this spin-off was. It was nice to see Ais’ view for a change in things, but because her character isn’t very expressive as it is, I had a harder time keeping attention. Needless to say, although it was a nice addition to the series and I don’t regret watching it, I prefer DanMachi more. However, based on the ending, it seems likely we will be getting more of it as well as more DanMachi in the future, which is fine with me.

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Super Lovers 2

Genre Tags: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shounen Ai, Yaoi

Seasons/Episodes: 10

Synopsis: Second season of Super Lovers.

Plot Rating: 7/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8.5/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you enjoyed the 1st season, of course.

General Comments: So, this got swept under the rug a bit from the Winter season, so it is part of the Spring 2017 review lineup. Super Lovers 2 continues right where the 1st season left off and goes from there. It’s more or less the same plot-line as the 1st, but a bit more static in it’s progression. Although the development continues between Haru and Rin, it sometimes feels like it’s more of the same. I think that’s why it was an urgency for me to watch the episodes each week and hence why it got pushed. However, I didn’t dislike this season at all, I actually enjoyed it, but I can’t say I was quite as excited as I was for the 1st season. In some ways this season was better, but in others it fell a bit short. I think it’s a similar case as with Junjou Romantica, where Season 3 for me was a bit mediocre in retrospect of the 1st two seasons, despite me still enjoying it. I’m not sure why, but I’m finding that I enjoy the sweet and sentimental BL relationships more than the aggressive, overly-physical relationships now a days. This of course is a decent balance between the two, but I found myself wanting more sweet moments. I think it also doesn’t help that Haru is becoming a frustrating character with his lack of development compared to Rin. All in all, Super Lovers 2 was still enjoyable and I’m looking forward to another season, but overall was not as good as the 1st.

 

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Michiko to Hatchin

Genre Tags: Action, Adventure

Seasons/Episodes: 22

Synopsis: Under the unrelenting heat of the South American sun, hardened criminal Michiko Malandro breaks out of a high security prison for the fourth time in search of a man from her past. Michiko finds a clue in the form of Hana Morenos, a young girl trapped under the fists of her abusive foster family. In her powerlessness, Hana fantasizes about the day when she is finally whisked away from her captors by her very own Prince Charming. Little does she know that her fated prince would turn out to be the buxom and husky convict who charges in atop a stolen motorbike, claiming to be her mother.
The unlikely duo chase down their dreams in the sun-drenched land of Diamandra, navigating through the cacophony of betrayal, poverty, and child exploitation rings hiding in plain sight. However, wind of Michiko’s manhunt soon reaches the ears of criminal syndicate Monstro Preto, and a storm of gang warfare begins brewing over the horizon…

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 9/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 9/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you want an anime with diverse characters, strong colored women and a bittersweet, crazy plot, then absolutely.

General Comments: So, this anime was completely off my radar, hence why I’m just seeing it now despite it airing in 2008. I picked it up by chance from a gif on twitter depicting a bad@ss woman of color in an anime. I immediately decided to watch it and instantly fell in love. The two leads were wonderful, having very strong and independent personalities that really shown through. However, the supporting vast was equally as unique and interesting, to the point I found myself liking the bad guys just the same. Then again, this show makes you wonder if there are any “good guys” at all. I’d rather just say everyone is appropriately human. Despite the superb character development, I was very impressed with the setting and how they were able to portray the Brazilian culture really well, while not being shaming. It was simply the harsh reality.

The true selling point of this anime though, was certainly the bond between Hana and her “kidnapper”. Things get off to a rocky start, and the two leads certainly don’t take to each other right away, but watching them bond and come to care for each other like family while on a shared mission to find the ghost in their pasts, that was beautiful. However, considering the gritty nature of the show, it wasn’t all sunshine and butterflies, with some scenes getting downright tragic, dark and utterly heartbreaking. I experienced a wide range of emotions throughout the series, which isn’t easy to pull off. The ending was the most bitter bit, but the final minute was the sweet. They may have had a shared goal at the start, but by the end that goal was gone with the wind like the insignificant thought it was and it no longer mattered. What this story was actually about was the journey shared by Mitchiko and Hana and how they were changed by their interactions with many others and each other and how they found an eternal bond of love and devotion of the purest kind. So, I absolutely recommend this anime for mature audiences who enjoy gritty, heartwarming stories.

 

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