F: You know maybe it’s because its following my viewing of Code Geass, maybe because I’m a sick as this girl has ever been, maybe it’s cause I didn’t really know what I was getting into , but it doesn’t matter what does is the fact that blue drop is quite possibly the most disappointing anime I have ever watched. Not the worsest mind you just that one that made me the most disapionted. Why? Because it could have been good really the plot the look everything on paper if they just tried hard or had more ambition could have been marvelous. I mean the characters the plot and back story all make the pieces of a 3-4.5 star maybe even a 5 if they truly had that soul, but it’s like they realized after coming up with a great idea that it was a Yuri they were making so the audience that was there was small and dedicated enough to watch it regardless of the crap they made. The sad thing is they are kind of right people like me will end up watching crappy Yuri ha moan…anyways the
ending is actually really good but the ten episodes before are just so…boring. Really I wanted to bad to like do something else that I was practically skimming through it. It wasn’t funny at all nor intriguing enough to deserve the seriousness they went for. A lot of just sitting around saying boring stuff whining about how someone was never close to her father or so in so can’t seem to come up with a story. It’s just boring and there isn’t even any real romance till the very end. The combat isn’t oncurrent enough to be a big selling point and it doesn’t shy away from death so I don’t understand why they couldn’t go for better human drama. Seriously if Blue drop has one major problem it’s that it has zero ambition. It aspires to be mediocre and thus because lesser then that. The weird thing is it seems like it lying to you about it the entire time. The opening even how it was shown and viewed seemed like they were selling the ending like that was the only part of the show, however it’s not and the actually product shows no effort or soul and is boring because of it.
F:it’s not however the seed of evil even if it’s boring it’s not inherently bad. At no point did I just go Oh god this is terrible, just man if only they did this this and this. The art for one is actually really nice and clean and some of the water effect show hints of a big budget. The main to characters as well are very fun and likeable specifically the alien of which truly seemed to love the main character early on even if Mari (main character) seemed only “a friend” till like episode 11. I won’t stretch enough how good it is to
have a romance where the love feels very real even if it is boring and for the most part the last three episodes are rather engaging and well but It bluntly good. Specifically the ending. It left me with this strange feel that if they had edited the ending a little bit and really added like 12 more episodes to it following the events of the ending it could have been like great and maybe I would be sitting here telling you how you should sit through it till the good part, but no not when its more than 75% shit. Really it does feel like where the anime ended it was really just beginning, but that’s not how it is no matter how much I feel like the plot was wasted on such a bad show
F: I feel a little cheated and disappointed maybe a little more then Blue drop deserves I mean it’s not really bad, just not good at all really. Well this girl is unhappy about it, but she’s giving the lowest score I (not including M’s stuff) have ever given. A 2 Stalking mecha-seagulls out of 5
F: oh and this is F reminding you when enjoying S&M always have a safety word.
F: Well I’m left surprised at the answer to the simple question of how much time is required to watch 25 episodes of an anime if you really try; the answer seems to be about a day. Yep in record time I watched Code Geass r2 possibly the most terrible subtitle ever and I’ve brought M here to help me review it even if he wasn’t here to finish it with me. M:sup F: anyways I hope you enjoy my review of Code Geass R2 even if will be a bit shorter than the first season because we already covered all that.
F: set up basically the season starts off really really confusingly, but what you need to know is this black rebellion failed and zero was captured and Lelouch is back a school chilling? M: ya and C.C. (C2) and Kallen or going to win him back with vengeance…and bullets. Especially that’s the first episode in a nut shell for you as for the setting and beginning plot stuff go watch season one really to watch this you need too, but lets move on to the good stuff. M: fine then miss formal. Though to sum it up settings wise season one Japan was a chess board, season two the world is the chess board. Best way I can sum it up.
M:Okay bad what is bad about the second season hmm more unusual plot holes and a free fall drop of the plausibility of nearly everything Lelouch, Schnizel (didn’t spell that right) and Charles does. F: ya they are way out of their mind in this and some of the stuff they pull is straight up bull if you think about it too much, but the neat thing is the show moves really fast and keeps bulling off weirder and weirder stuff to the point you no longer care that it’s kind of bull you to swept up in the moment to care much at all. M:definitely true, but something else that bugs me about R2 is that death kind of no longer has much meaning when they seem
especially late in the to bring back characters that were very clearly dead with little to sometimes no explanation. F: I know exactly who you’re talking about it, but whenever they made a big deal with a characters death you knew they were dead and not coming back. Like some of the deaths in R2 like carried more weight then deaths in almost any other anime plenty of tearjerkers. M: true but still some characters didn’t need to be brought back and shouldn’t have been, but I guess a few needed to come back any way. F: Skipping that we mentioned plausibility the way this show doesn’t have a lot of that, it kind of trades realism (especially when dealing with Geass and C’s world it gets a little meda and a tad strange and off tone) for epic qualities which I think serve it very well like you get edge of your seat with a few battles code Geass is not afraid of having the good guys lose sometimes. M: Wait we are supposed to be talking about what’s bad with this series not flaunting over it. F: fine bad things about code Geass… aside from plausibility and the stuff we motioned in our last review nothing still sticks out. Code Geass isn’t perfect, but it sure is good at pretending to be. M: you forgot one thing. F: what now? M: Nina is still in it that’s a problem. F: were moving on.
F: well then what’s good about it aside from it being fantastic? M: like a said last time freaking great just moments in code Geass where you’re about to fall out of your seat from how just strikingly mad or crazy awesome something like the thing that happens at the end of episode twenty, I think, that made me like lose my mind. F: oh you mean when he yeah I know what you’re talking about that nearly toped my favorite anime “moment”, but totally the just big turning points are amazing and like super meaningful that it’s great. I would also like to bring up the ending which is just amazing, full of awe one might go as far as to say. I think this might be my favorite anime ending. M: It is my favorite anime ending like that final battle is great too like I love that everyone is like beat to shit and fighting with like one arm barely still in the sky. They’re not even like shooting each other there just throwing shit in the hopes to kill one another great john miclane (didn’t spell that right) factor all over that. F: oh another good thing is the music is still really great in context maybe not as stand along songs but just the musical tones truly give it a lot of life and flare. M: also Lloyd continues to be in it. F: ha yes you will not find group of bigger Lloyd enthusiasts then us truly, but more realistically shall we move on to what’s really important stuff? M: Sure that makes sense. Well as a mentioned before I really enjoyed that they mention the tactics and strategy and show it to you not just march random enemies at people. The political stuff also makes everything seem like a big deal even if it isn’t. F: that’s a big key to just make everything a big deal or feel like you had some stake in the proceedings. Makes you super invested and intensifies all its good points tenfold. M: something I’ve brought up before is the production quality is astounding everything from art to movement and music seem just great and integral to it all. As weirdly cold as it sounds having high production value along with great ideas and spirit really bolster the effects of things. F: you may favor production value, but I rather have unique spirit and there is a lot of soul to this piece of work. A lot of sleepless nights I bet in its production. I think the writer and chief of staff put a lot of their heart and soul into what they made and it shows. M: maybe maybe plus the philosophy stuff is great that they go into like where they discuss the 3 ways to truly end war it was good. F: the openings are a lot better to I will say
I rather liked the last one. M: really I thought they were terrible. F: Sir shall we take this outside! M: I’m good so before we close this up any last words. F: I guess he best part is by the end it gives a lot of closure and it truly feels like it’s the ending it should be and the ending it is. M: nicely put lets do our closing statement and move on.
M: Code Geass my number two on my list of favorite anime and one I’ve often come back to. F: its brand new to me and earns my number 3 (Elfen lied being 1 and girlfriends for more personal reasons being number 2) something that is hard to accomplish. M: Both of us have seen many animes, read many manga, but few have that level of quality that lets us give them a 5 giant steel cans of whup ass out of 5. F: For my closing note I feel I must say this, I feel this second season was great and exactly what it needed and what I wanted it to be a great way to end a great story. One of the few endings I remember that gave me a feeling of completeness. Well until next time anime vice it’s the duel users of Elfenlied1012 M and F here wishing you goodnight.
M:ive got to ask I watched this three times when the hell did this happen?
(edit: to anyone reading and want to know why like weird jokes are in it. I typed down everything we said and it was all spoken first. I wish we could to audio reviews or video reviews.)
Warning does include much bad language and some stupid jokes that could be mildly offensive to some.
M: Well it’s been a long long time since I’ve done much of anything on this site and even longer since a review went up oh and F’s here too we tag teamed this one. F: it was spring break and while most people are out of town including both our girlfriends we’ve been mostly spending our hours chilling together however in all of this we watched Code Geass Lelouch of the rebellion (AKA Code Geass season one) a, at least within the anime favoring community, pretty well known and well rated anime. It was my first time seeing it and M’s well how many times? M: third yes let that soak for a moment, but as their doing that lets focus on the review which seems like more of an idiotic rant about how awesome it is. F: do you hear that sound? M: no F: That’s the sound of the anime vice denizens realizing I watch more than just Yuri. M: God you’re stupid. Actually there was that one crazy lesbian in it that loved Euphennia (if I spelt that right) F: why do you have to ruin everything.
M: Alright first review paragraph is the same as a first episode set up. The story is set in an alternate future where the British empire moved to Canada/retaken America after being forced out of Britain by I think they said it was Napoleon (their worlds history is explained in small little references when they are in school. ) where they spread over the entire western hemisphere. F: wait so the Britannia Empire is…America? M: Yep F:….having just realized this some things about this show are kind of apparent to me. M:
yeah we will get to its political message latter, well Britannia as it’s called has spread everywhere taking Russia, parts of Africa, south East Asia and most recently Japan. Japan surrendered no match to the Britannian forces vastly superior forces including the nightmare frame (giant mechs) F: that are awesome. M: yes indeed awesome. The story itself surrounds Lelouch a disowned prince from Britannia that to get revenge and to build a new world order. He can do this using his unmatched intellect, charisma, and a power called Geass that makes him able to give commands to people they cannot refuse. F: probably like my second favorite power idea ever next to telekinesis of course ;D thank you those who got that joke, if you didn’t don’t feel bad. Anyway the story fallows his military exploits and emotional troubles switching between his home life and his secret life as a terrorist/revolutionary depending on if your camp Lelouch or camp Suzaku definitely didn’t spell that right.
F: the negatives well umm this is a bit harder than most aside from a few plot holes that appear if you think about things too much nothing really bad about code Geass sticks out to me. Maybe things that could be better, but nothing inherently bad. M: Well one could defiantly not like this show, but mostly out of personal taste. It prides itself in style and format that it goes for very European opera and literature I think you were saying early F. F: ya its very much European 1700-1800 with its story focusing on like a disowned prince returning to eliminate the ones that wronged him very much in vain of Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (count of monte-cristo) circa 1800s. Other than that like the character movements being all dramatic, wild exposition and the just crazy outfits seem very much Italian opera, but then again I’m not a theater major so I can’t say for sure. M:I could see the over dramatization and just the heavy story really dishearten someone looking for something light and funny. F: ya I get what you’re saying it’s kind of very styled
in a way that may no please everyone. But as I have said in my reviews before anime with a lot of its own unique way of doing things give it a lot of soul I feel, but I see what you’re saying it could definitely turn away some people as well as people being driven away by it thinly veiled political commentary. Something I noticed is the story seems really kind of realistic in their world but it’s actually totally not at all everything is explained but even then it lacks any real sense of plausibility. I’m not talking about the crazy mechs being crazy or the super powers I’m willing to just accept that in their world but just some of the stuff that happens, mostly the minor stuff or the crazy tricks Lelouch pulls, just seem to far from reason, but usually your too swept up in the moment to notice them. M: Another issue I noticed is that they tend to through ever lose end they can on the table and mostly questions are left not answers for the viewer in the first season that even if the second does answer them all doesn’t excuse the massive number of story threads it seems unwilling to do anything with. Really the shows probably best ability is to make all its faults invisible until you sit down and really try to think about them. Oh and big fult of this show…the fact that Nina is in it. F: she’s not that bad. M: let me guess. Protect your own thing going on cause she’s a lesbian? F: that is possibly the most offensive statement you’ve ever said to me M: I know right? I didn’t even feel good about that one. Lets move on before I feel like a bigot.
M: oh god the positives can I just sum this up by saying it’s my second favorite series ever for a reason? F: nope that’s cheating and come on; how are we ever going to catch up to dream and psychogamer on the reviewers’ board with you mucking about like that get up and be a man. M: please your more of a man then my and you’re a girl. F: I am very femininely thank you very much I digress. Code Geass. It’s awesome and here is where we tell you why. First off the big thing with me so far is just moments in this show that make me jump up with excitement like right out of my chair as something amazing just happens weather just a plan goes well or someone just screws up that bad or just some other form of crazy awesomeness happens. M: moments are really key in the show like having watched both seasons my list of best anime moments is almost completely dominated by Code Geass, and though we can’t go into them one by one for spoiler reasons we can say they are damn good. F: Something else I really appreciate that is a qualitative thing is that everything has a real weight to it you know like that if someone dies they are dead for the most part
and when big events happen this really do change. M: Ya I know what you mean like when events happen they change people in the show. Like the character development is awesome. F: Oh hell yes you compare Lelouch from the beginning to the middle and the end he is a totally different person, not so much in ability, but like what he is willing to do, how he views things and what motivates him. And since we are talking about Lelouch I feel I got to say he is a really likeable character like I watched death note and while you can make a lot of comparisons between Kira and Lelouch like I have a unfaltering just hatred for kira, but Lelouch I really sympathize and truly like as a person even if he has more character flaws then a schizophrenic on crack. M: Suzaku too feels a lot more justified even if people commonly insult him all the time, but he serves a purpose and in the sense of his morals he also is really likeable (at least in this season) F: Oh and we can’t forget even with my girly girl tendencies I do like to watch shit blow up and the mech fights are great fast paced and a flurry of awesomeness. There is something to b said for so good old Gundom style of giant robots fucking shit up shall we say in a grand manner. M: wow I thought I would be the first to say robots fucking shit up. F: well get faster on the draw. M: enough of my stupid comments but I wanted to bring back up your comment about an anime having a lot of soul to it and I would agree. The style gives it a lot of life and the super expressiveness of absolutely everyone adds to the flare for the dramatic that really adds to the presentation. And something I really enjoy that most war shows really never get into and that’s the tactics of it all. F: I knew you would bring that up you napoleon wana be. M: nah but seriously its really really cool like when they switch to the tactical maps and show the troop movements and whose controlling who it’s actually really good. Yo if you like total war games and you like anime drop what you’re doing and watch this you will love it fool. F: ANYWAYS another thing I loved is the music it’s not like a huge amazing soundtrack that takes your breath away but it’s really good and fits so well in the context they are shown in. Like the booming male course for the empire or the mellow light build for the pre battle stuff is just great just great. Though I will say the openings are kind
of bad the endings are good but the opening music is kind of terrible. M: and they will continue to be in the next season. F: really? M: yep they will be. Oh something else that is excellent if you want to spend the time Is the political and philosophical parts of the show. Not only do they go into like the differences of fascism and communism and democracy, but The pros and cons of a society based on competition, Whether contemptible means lead to good ends and all that fun stuff. F: I’m a bit slower, but I can definitely appreciate that it’s there clearly code Geass can be a thinking man’s piece if you want it to be. I may of not been into that but I was into something. M: what? F: Lloyd. M: oh yeah he is awesome I will admit that guy is funny and says some meaningful shit if you read into it. F: hell yeah that guys awesome, watch it in English if only to hear Lloyd and all his British awesomeness. M: yeah I’m not a big dub guy but there is some great voices in the English version it’s worth it.
M: Wow this review ended up long. F: you think? M:yep so for the ending bit it’s a great show way worth its weirdness and clearly deserved its spot and recognition as one of the best amines out there earning it our second 5 excellent uses of product placement out of 5 now it’s time to sleep for once. F: “A gentlemen would sleep on the floor.” M: screw you.
Oh I forgot to mention our challenge of the day see if you can listen to this speech and not feel immense hatred for the man speaking. If you don’t feel he’s a dick you win, but then your also soulless.
F: Me again so soon after a review! Why? You might ask well why is because Utena has a very interesting little movie by the name of Revolutionary Girl Utena: Adolescence Apocalypse that had previously escaped my reviewing madness on my last Utena review and well I enjoy posting reviews and it has its own page so why not?
Anyways I’m going to be straight up with this if you want to watch this movie or even read my review you must I repeat must watch the actual show. Thought the show is technically unrelated then if you want it to really make sense or anything to feel emotionally meaningful you need to watch it.
Setting wise think of it as more future and more Harry pottery like if that’s a far reference then the original but the basic premise is still the same duel winner gets rose bride and whoever has the rose bride has the power of revolution and all that jazz basic stuff right? Well lets see as I get to whether or not you should watch this when you could be playing FF13 ((tip Utena can wait a few days))
The negatives are kind of strange to mention, but honestly it’s mostly the heavy
dependency of the viewer having watched the anime. Almost nothing in the movie can really stand on its own two feet literally making it something that can only please the fans even before we find out its good or bad. All the pros I’m about to mention are only possible because the anime will make you invested into the mind of the characters and their struggle. The faults also are a bit just lacking in the emotional reverence of the original no total want to strangle someone anger or deep sorrow so and so event happens, this is mostly due to its length which kills a lot of the subtleties that are what the original completely depends on for meaningful content. Not that everything’s gone sure theirs a philosophy reference here or their, but it still feels a bit rushed. The heart and soul that made Utena a revolutionary show (sorry for the pun) is still there just not as much or as strong in the movie. Oh and to beat the horse it still looks old even for having been clearly given a better quality job over the original.
As some of you may recall from my Utena review I liked it a lot, but it had some flaws well for the most part the movie completely does the opposite. It makes for a great top off for someone who just finished Utena because it is completely different from its predecessor at least in how it does things. The movie moves fasted where as the show movies slow, the Show loves doing crazy duels being redone over and over again the movie only has two duels in it both taking place in different locals. The show loves horrible repetition (Guess what to all the people that loved that two wrongs don’t make a right and neither does a hundred wrongs) the movie doesn’t do one thing twice. The anime made a few Yuri moments as possible, but the movie has one of the most ridiculously awesome Yuri scenes involving a flipping motorcycle. I’m not saying one is better then the other it’s just they are way different making it super refreshing even if it is a bit soulless it just feels kind of nice a breather per say from some of the more gloomy things the anime does to be good in a different way. Oh the craziness in this is far more extreme which is nice for just something quick to blow you mind up and the ending just makes me giggle like a school girl…wait that’s because I am one never mind.
The movie is a just a little something extra to make the super fans that wanted some yrui fu and craziness on the top. It can’t please anyone that’s not a fan, but guess what I am so 4 is that safe to do on a motorcycle? Out of 5
|Nothing I wanted but everything I didn’t know I wanted Reviewed by Elfenlied1012 on March 5, 2010. Elfenlied1012 has written 14 reviews. His/her last review was for Revolutionary Girl Utena. 13 out of 14 users recommend his reviews.|
F: Well it’s a school night its 1:33 A.M. I haven’t gotten up from this chair in at least like four hours my eyes are blood shot red I look like I’m on drugs probably and have in my last mad attempt to lower my rising body temp has left me striped down to a par of men’s boxers and a bra purely because I feel like I’m going to burst from the pure intensity of it all! Anyway that hug run on sentence is hopefully indicative of what the last few episodes of Revolutionary girl Utena feels like. I‘m making good on my promise to john that I would review Utena after I finished heavy rain which is not at all help by the fact that my girlfriend out of town and my best friend M’s too busy playing total war and relieving his mad fantasies of world domination while leaving me to sit around a twiddle my thumbs. Well at least my copy of final fantasy will be coming in Saturday so I’ll have something else to distract me from the fact I need to get a life.
Onto the actual purpose of this review Utena yes an interesting piece of work at very least. The story is set in a weird version of Japan where everyone dresses like napoleon just got into power and sword fighting is so popular its almost in this as much as sex, but like the real world there’s more sex in it then you really want…or maybe that’s just me Moving on! The story revolves around Utena a young tomboyish girl whose dream was to become a prince so she dress in a boys uniform kick ass and makes me want to go after her like a mad women. Anyway she wants to be a prince because a long time ago when she was a little kid her parents died and a “prince” came and gave her hope this impressed her to the point of making her copy the idealistic interpretation of a prince. As for what the story more focuses on is a rose bride a women that if you are the top duelist will be you half girlfriend half wife
. Utena accidentally wins her by dueling a pretty boy samurai who just happened to be the top duelist at the time and now has to duel a bunch of people to insure no one abuses the rose bride. Now I want to save any of you potential watchers out there not to have misconceptions this show, it’s not a Yuri in any conventional terms I mean they are what you would call a Yuri pair if your willing to interpret that way, but lets but it this way its so subtext that it makes Code Geass: nightmare of Nunnally subtext between Alice and Nunnally look like Strawberry Panic. Before you touch that dial read the rest of the review not being yuri doesn’t mean its not good.
Utena has a bunch of problems most being its 2010 not 1997. the two mediums I don’t think age well at all are probably any sort of cartoon (anime sadly is a cartoon no matter how much better then the rest) and games and guess what Utena is an anime and compared to the very sharp imagery were all use to it looks kind of bad, kind of really bad like worse then most shows out of the late 1990s. The music quality is bad because well it’s old the art quality bad because it’s kind of old. You get use to it, but it’s defiantly an awkward transition. Even some of the production choices scream of the 90’s pretty hard. I tried to ignore it and hay if I can get past the bad art in the beginning of Elfen lied the manga I can get past it here, but its still kind of bad. The pacing is not so great too. I mentioned earlier that I got really sucked in at the end, but up until around episode 26-27 I was kind of board. Not because the story wasn’t good it was just way to patterned like everything was methodically paced the slow walk upstairs that you see in ever single episode the fact that until like the last season ever fight is won the exact same way and how they get to each fight is exactly the same. Even the few comedic episodes follow the exact same
formula of girl A finds idem B has misconception C and effect D happens. This makes thing feel like the episode was built out of a computer program that required only the character names and the philosophical tone you wanted for that episode and they were done. The fights are all rehashed versions of the olds fight the kind of “final boss” for each session being the only real exception. Also I hate to go all tangical, but I’m getting pissed at the continued anime stereo type that girls are all idiots that can be fooled as long as a man unbuttons his shirt a little. If they tired it on me I would punch them in the nose.
I know I made Utena sound really bad but its not its actually really good but for a lot of very kind of weird ways that one might of never noticed. A great thing that helps reduce the very aged appearance is the fact that its super stylized because interesting ugly is way better then just ugly. Something that I totally didn’t expect is the philosophical stuff in the show a very clear undercurrent that if you don’t really pay attention can completely pass you by. I’m not the most philosophically inclined, but it is kind of interesting if your willing to over think things to a good level. This can range to simple things lie is normal defined as what is socially acceptable or what is what feel the most natural to the individual to the more undercurrent of whether anything eternal is even good. It’s also got a nice bit of referencal stuff like the giant tower that almost hits the floating castle holding eternity being a reference to the tower man built to try and reach god in the bible. If you have a hard time catching these here a pro tip when you see the weird shadow puppet show that is done in
ever episode realize that most of the time it’s spelling out for you what the concept of that episode is….okay well sometimes its just strange ramblings of what I can only imagine is a mad psychopath, but sometimes its filed with some reveling clues. (That of course is another nice touch.) The last couple of episodes are really good to story wise completely holding you on the edge I mean episode 33 which is by all accounts filler made me want to flip out and seriously cry about what happened. The ending is a combo of just great and terrible I wanted to scream if you now it wasn’t one in the morning. Also there is something they do with the arena in the final fight that I thought was just great for a final match and anyone that played the end of metal gear solid 4 will know what I’m talking about. Utena also does something really great that I wanted to mention, they pull off a trick of being super graphic and mature about almost everything without showing anything explicit. The lost art of subtlety is really good here which makes everything oddly less ridicules then being super in your face explicit. The characters are all really good like I practically fell in love with Utena and I haven’t hated a villain quite like the main villain here since fricken Schizel in Code Geass.
I may be so sleep I forgot a few things but I feel really good being very surprised and being able to just frigging lay back down in bed finally before FF13 steals away what hopes for sleep I had left oh god. Revolutionary girl Utena you pink haired wonder you get a 4.5 homoerotic men without shirts out of 5 truly earning its position as a classic.