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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Anime Review: Bakuman

Hello Mina and welcome to a review of : Bakuman

I break my reviews into 4 main categories (Storyline, Art logic, and conclusion) each with its own array of subcategories. Anything considered as a spoiler will be replace by a 1* (1 being any number) and added to the notes section at the end of the review. Enjoy!!!



    The story start with Moritaka "Saiko" Mashiro introducing himself as a shy middle-schooler who has only one thing special about him: he's a good drawer. He loved to draw from when he was a little kid and he was always inspired by his uncle (a manga artist who got a hit manga a long time ago) to become even better (although his uncle kinda sucks at drawing :S). He also has a crush on his classmate Azuki Miho from the time they were kids and like to sketch her in his notebook. One day, he forgot his notebook in class and went to get it. When he got there, he found Akito "Shujin" Takagi (shujin meaning prisoner)

    waiting for him, notebook in hand. When Saiko asked Takagi for his silence about his crush, the latter told him he has one condition: "join me in creating a manga." Saiko was reluctent and accepted just to shut him up. After some time Shujin tricked him into meeting at Azuki's house to support her in her secret dream of becoming a voice actress. He then went and told her that he and Saiko will create a manga together. In the shock of actually talking with his love, Saiko shouted out:

    Embarrassed, she runs back inside her house and replies through the intercom: “Yes, but we must not see each other until our dreams come true.”  his is how the manga author duo Ashirogi Muto was born.


    In my opinion, the story is broken down into 3 main Arcs, each representing a season or so:

    Beginning arc
     This talks about the start of Ashirogi Muto, the trials that every manga artist has to go through, and how they pass them.
    Rivals arc
    this extends from the end of the first season to the middle of the last. It talks about Ashirogi Muto’s friends and rivals and the more advanced editor related problems that they face.
    Dream-come-true arc
    I guess this one is self explanatory.

    The story went smoothly except when moving from one chapter to the next. It sometimes felt forced, but nothing that serious. The sheer number of characters and the different mix between them was an excellent source for ideas and plot twists.


    Since the cast is soooo big and I don’t want to spoil it for you, I will only introduce 3 main characters.

    Moritaka "Saiko" Mashiro:

    Ooooops. Wrong Saiko. Ah Here he is:

    Saiko is one of the Ahirogi Muto duo. He is shy and has a kind heart. One thing that everyone agrees on and is constantly reminded of is that he is as stubborn as a mule. He is the kind of person that does the best work possible, even if he has to pay for it with his health.

    Akito "Shujin" Takagi:

    Here we have the second member of the duo. This guy is an academic genius. He gets The highest grades in his class without the predicted effort and manages to write manga at the same time. On the other hand he is a “genius” when it comes to female relations. Boy does this guy get it in the first season. He shares the same mentality of Saiko when it comes to their work ethics and are always “on the same wavelength”.

     Azuki Miho:

    She is the main female character in this series. Although the whole plot relies on her and Saiko’s dream, she gets little air time. She is, as most of the characters, kind and understanding. In addition Azuki is shy and not open. She is also as stubborn as Saiko or even more.


     I didn't feel there was any notable character development per-SAE. Sure that there are some changes but it is a shame that the main character that developed and changed the most was Azuki with the lowest screen time, and neglect in season 3. The characters were build to embody different emotions: Eiji Nizuma is the unreachable perfection. Fukuda is the Kimpatchi Zaraki of the show. Hiramaru as the lazy genius. Iwase as the too prideful hard-worker. And the list goes on. Come to think of it, Aoki did have some development, but that’s basically it. (5/10)


    Bakuman is straight forward. It’s drama is seen in the drive of the protagonists to overcome anything that stands in their path. It’s comedy is also seen throughout it. In the end, though, it is a great slice of life.


    This is a story well fit for college students and new employees more then the rest. Kids don't really feel the pressure of society and family on their future. The ideal love that was scene in here looks too normal to them and they don't know how rare and unorthodox it is. It also has no battles or one-liners to compete with mainstream anime.



    The art in Bakuman is not stable. Sometimes it's acceptable and others it is horrible.
    You can see the time they spent on the art is low but they really wanted quality. This ended up blowing in their face. They ended up with few good pictures that they used again and again and again and again. There is a picture that represents Azuki's house that they used 4+ times and another 2 or 3 using different colours (time of day)

    They also try to put too many things in the same picture thus impacting it’s realism.

    To their defense, they got some great scenes here and there. For instance when Mashiro went to see his uncle's tomb,

    or when he was in the hospital

    or even here

     the real shock I saw was when I saw this:

     It's like there is a spotlight on the car AT NIGHT. Now look at the scenery behind the car, look at the characters, and finally at the front-ground. The quality difference is so over the place that it should get it's own name. "Horrishit" maybe. Finally, art-wise, I didn't feel a hint of difference between, 15 year-old Saiko and a much older Saiko (3.5/10)


    STORY LEVEL LOGIC (The integrity of the story):

    Story level logic was great, this is quite expected when looking at the theme of this anime and how it is purely event driven. This is probably why it is such a well known production(4/4)

    EVENT LOGIC (The side-effects of previous events):

    There is the first time I see this kind of Event Logic. This is a rare error, but I see some situations that have been over-analysed. This is probably done to increase the impact of a single event and make it worth more then it actually is. This gives some drive to the story but decreases the quality they worked so hard to produce story-wise (3/4)

    INSTANTANEOUS LOGIC (at the moment):

    It had no flaws here that I can think of. If anything, they took their time thinking about the atmosphere and how get the best out of it, and even, in some cases, add a twist of unexpected humour.(3/3)


    The logic in Bakuman is near perfect and should be held as an example for other productions. Be sure not to mix it with the story itself, because, as mentioned before, it has quite a few flaws. (9/10)


    Although Bakuman has quite the list of problems it is still well known and loved. It has a unique main idea, and teaches a lot about manga, the source of our beloved anime. It has superb moments with its insane comedy that knocks you off your chair. It is a recommendation to anyone just for the sake of its popularity and informativeness.

    Notes (spoilers):

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

    Anime Review: The World God Only Knows (Kami Nomi Zo Shiru Sekai)

    Aaaaaaaaah The world God Only Knows is truly one of the greatest and most entertaining anime I've watched these days.
    First things first I will review it as a whole show not season by season but don't worry I won't spoil!

    Before I start properly here's some general knowledge needed to understand the concept that is the heart of this anime: Dating Sims (aka Galgae)
    As the name says a dating sims is a game were you play as the protagonist who meets lots of girls and interact with them. Through a serie of choices the player pick one route and end up dating the girl which is on this route. Of course the player has to make the right choice to conquer the girl.
    That's it for dating sims, lets proceed with the review!


    The story start with Katsuragi Keima, a young popular high school boy who conquered more than 10000 girls. One could say he is a player and yes in fact he IS a player because...

    ... the girls he conquered are all in GAMES. Keima is an intelligent boy, straight A student, who is playing Galgae since he is young and wherever he want; whether it is while eating or in class. He calls himself the capturing God/the conquering God (depends on the guy who translated it)

    He one day received an email from someone telling him to conquer a certain girl.

    Thinking that it was a challenge Keima accepts without second thoughts and suddenly a girl appears before him in a flash!

    This girl is actually a devil from hell who came to help Keima in his conquest.... of REAL GIRLS (Rearu On'na)

    Keima at first doesn't believe because

    Why does he have to capture them? To chase out the loose soul inside their heart. Loose soul are evil spirits from hell that fled to earth and want to destroy it. So they hide in gap of young girl's heart!
    Of course Keima is trying to reject this:

    But he has no choice because if he doesn't chase out the loose soul:

    A harsh and cruel contract if you ask me.
    Also conquering the girl means making them fall in love. You may ask: "Why should he make them fall in love?". Because if they fall in love, then Keima will fill the gap in the girl's heart and then chase out the loose soul.

    And so begin the the story of the gaming conquering God who is forced now to conquer "3D girls" as he likes to call them. And this is pretty much the pace of season 1 and 2.
    As the story progress we learn more about the loose souls, the Weiss, new hell and the threat upon the world

    Season 3 is a complete change. Season 3 aka Goddess Arc (Megami-hen) is a whole new concept. The thing is that Keima still has to conquer girls but this time the fate of the whole world is at stake. I would love to tell you more about the Goddess Arc but I shall leave it to you to watch it because it is perfect. Everything was perfectly done and the ending was also perfect. A true conclusion to the show (note that the manga is still ongoing and I will talk about it later)
    About the anime in general it is really funny, serious sometimes and hilarious some other times. Some episodes where he is not conquering girls he is playing games.


    First is Katsuragi Keima. At the start of the series, Keima is completely detached from reality (although in a very friendly manner), showing absolutely no interest in any real girl, even pointing out that they are flawed and claims he is in no way sexually attracted to "3D girls" and sees such thoughts as below him. He hates virtually everything from reality, even himself. As a result, he takes refuge in his 2D world.

    When talking to people normally without altering his personality, he is generally cold and distant. If he is paying attention to his PFP (their version of the PSP) or any other kind of game, he will even take no notice of other people around him unless called vigorously, physically abused or appealed to.
    Though at the beginning of season 3 he shows some signs that he is finally starting to change. At the end we can see that he really changed! Because he (...)

    Next is Elucia De Lute Ima aka. Elsie. Elsie is an overly optimistic individual with a playful personality. Despite claiming to be over 300 years old, she has the mentality of an incompetent teenager, and is in many aspects conspicuously immature and an airhead. Although earnest and hard-working, Elsie has become infamously inept at virtually everything save cooking (ingredients from hell) and cleaning, but she only owes her skills during her post as a custodian.
    Yet, with all the insults and derision Elsie receives from Keima, she usually does not dwell on them for very long and continues to make mistakes anyway.
    Furthermore, Elsie has the tendency to stay positive and persevere regardless of her flaws, demonstrating that she is at least the type of person who is determined to succeed while she still has chances.

    Elsie also possesses a comedic obsession with fire trucks as well as with the popular idol, Kanon.

    Finally is Haqua Du Lot Herminium. She is kind of tsunderish and Elsie's best friend. They graduated at the same time. Haqua is shown to be very harsh on herself. She is aggressive, but has a soft spot for close friends. She grew up as independent person and is reluctant to accept help from others. She also goes to great lengths to conceal faults in order to maintain her reputation. For example, in the beginning she lied to Elsie about capturing 10 spirits even though she had yet to capture any. Nora (another devil) has also stated more than one time that Haqua is too honest and trusts others too easily.
    She also has feelings for Katsuragi. She makes her first appearance in season 2. She is voiced by Saori Hayami (Sachi in SAO).


    The music is simply perfect! The 3 opening are in English (Engurishu) interpreted by Elisa (The 2nd opening featuring LiA)
    I just can't describe it enough. The right soundtrack at the right moment. Full of small orchestral numbers and piano pieces; even a few j-pop songs thrown into the mix courtesy of one of Keima's targets being an idol. The music is simply heavenly. That's the only way to describe it.
    Opening 1 - God Only Knows

    Opening 2 - A Whole New World God Only Knows - Elisa and Lia

    Opening 3 - Secret of the Goddess God Onlny Knows

    And here's the orchestra OST that I like the most that should convince you 

     OST 1- Koi ~ Kuchizuke Made no Kyori

    And finally the J-Pop part sang by the idol Nakagawa Kanon

    Happy crescent - Nakagawa Kanon

    Art and Animation:

    The animation is good. We are within the norm of what we should expect these days. Nothing really outstanding except for ONE thing: The clothes. As a matter of facts the uniform designs are unique - I seriously haven't seen anything like those before and it makes me want to wear them as well

    Difference with the Manga:

    The anime doesn't diverge from the manga except some minor details. Also between season 2 and 3 there are some conquest that doesn't appear. It is not of big importance since they review them quickly in the first episode of season 3 but it is still fun to read, especially the body switch arc!
    I should add that the manga is filled with reference to other anime like for example Evangelion. 
    Also the manga is still ongoing


    The World God Only Knows is truly an awesome show and I loved every episode of it. Keima is a perfect protagonist also, he is calm, composed and always knows how to act! This anime could be called a harem but I won't call it a harem because actually Keima doesn't care about real girls! He only cares about games! Games! GAMES!
    So to watch it it would be in this order: Season 1, 2, 4 plus one (OVA), Tenri-Hen (OVA) and then season 3 Goddess Arc!
    Finally the grade. If we take everything into consideration and my personal enjoyment I would put to this serie a solid 9.7/10
    With this the review ends! I hope you enjoyed it! Also I soon am going to be the proud owner of the whole manga serie!
    Bye-Bye ^^

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    Anime Review: Date A Live

    I have really mixed feelings about this anime... So I'll proceed with this review

    A little word before I begin. Date A Live (デート・ア・ライブ Dēto A Raibu) is the anime adaption of the Japanese light novel series, Date A Live. It is directed by Keitaro Motonaga and produced by AIC PLUS+.

    Well let the dating game BEGIN!


    Spacequakes, a mysterious phenomenon that destroys everything at the point of impact within a given radius. They are unpredictable and appear randomly. Itsuka Shido lives with his sister Kotori in a town that experiences lots of Spacequakes but has proper countermeasure to warn the population and limit the casualties. 
    Here's an example of a spacequake

    Oh wait wrong picture

    One day Shido is (through some complicated circumstances) running to find his sister who is not in a shelter and a spacequake warning has been issued.
    He doesn't find his sister but discover that those spacequakes are caused by a girl.

    This girl called Princess (Hime) is standing in the middle of the spacequake impact. She is attacked by a squad called the AST who's objective is to kill these creatures called spirits.
    Of course he is shocked. But he is more shocked when he discovers that his little sister Kirino.... euh I mean Kotori is actually the boss of a secret organization aiming to stop these spacequakes.
    The more shocking fact is that to stop these spirits from wreaking havoc on earth the solution is actually to date them, show them that there are people who actual want her and won't deny her existence.
    So yeah in the end Shido will have a harem. This gets a whole lot more interesting when the number of girls slowly grows and the attempts to sway Shidou’s heart commence.


    The characters all have some pretty unique personality to them that makes them pretty special. The main girls are all pretty interesting even though they aren’t really fleshed out that well. We have a kuudere, a yandere, a tsundere, a loli and the childish one.

    Itsuka Shido, the good looking character who gets all the girls etc etc etc.... Your typical protagonist in a harem anime, very generic. Shallow, bland at best, he only serve to advance the harem. An interesting personality Shido has as described by Kotori: "onii-chan had become strangely sensitive to the despair inside people.—Mm. Something like everyone rejecting oneself—thinking that one will never be loved by anyone else. Well, basically what he had been like back then. If there was someone with such a melancholic expression, even if it was a complete stranger, he would probably go help them without a second thought."

    The character that caught my interest the most is Tohka Yatogami. It’s still not quite clear how she gains the last name Yatogami. On my first impression, she resembles Saber from the Fate Series. The usage of armor, the aura she gives off and her nickname “Princess” are all very similar to Saber. She even shares the same hobby as Saber (specifically eating). It is hard to tell whether or not the author did this on purpose. Tohka is voiced by Marina Inoue (Mikazuki Yozora in Boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai)

    Next is a..... uh.... how should I say it... Oh yeah a Yuno rip-off (Mirai Nikki). Kurumi Tokisaki, who is was the second character that caught my interest. She dresses like a gothic lolita which is not very common these days in the anime industry. She is depicted with a very sadist/masochist yandere tone and I must admit I kinda like it

    Next is Kotori Itsuka serves as the protagonist’s beloved imouto (little sister). Technically, Kotori is Shido’s foster sister. Like any other kawaii imouto, Kotori was doomed from the beginning to become lolicon material, much like Yoshino who is also essentially a loli spirit. Other than her loli physique and her tsundere personality, there is nothing moe about her. Well there isn’t much to fit the criteria of moe anyways... Also I should mention that she is voiced by Taketatsu Ayana, some might know her other no...


    I don't have anything to say, the music is good, the opening is good but I have to talk about ending #1 and #2 Save The World and Save My Heart. They are pretty addictive and I kept listening to them for a while
    Edit: The second opening was also a really good surprise and I enjoyed it a lot!

    Animation and Art:

    The animation and the art were really good, it is always a pleasure for the eye to watch anime with such a good quality. The level of details is really high but still not the best we can get (KyoAni does that). The animation during the combats is smooth and the quality never dropped which is very good point. Here's some image to let you judge.

    Difference with the light novel:

    Didn't read the novel can't say


    It's pretty complicated to say what I feel about this anime, it is your typical harem anime with some new stuff added that actually doesn't make it like all the other harem. I personally enjoyed watching it because I like Tohka and I would recommend that you watch it
    My original score would be 8/10 but the fact that season 2 should be airing around Spring 2014 I shall rate Date A Live : 8.5/10
    EDIT: Dropped the rating to 8 because season 2 was... not that good, and the animation quality was awful... 8 because The movie: Mayuri Judgement has been announced and confirmed for 2015.