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 Spice and Wolf
 Spice and Wolf
Plot Summary: Kraft Lawrence, a 25 year old peddler travelling from town to town selling and buying various things to make a living during a period much like Europe in the Middle Ages. One night when stopped at the town of Pasroe, he finds in his wagon a 250 year old pagan wolf deity girl named Holo. She appears to be that of a 15 year old girl, except for a wolf tail and ears. She introduces herself as the town's goddess of harvest who has kept it blessed with good harvests of wheat for many years. Despite having the responsibility to watch over the town, she wants to go back to her homeland in the north called Yoitsu, she believes the people have already forsaken her anyway and that she has kept her promise to maintain the good harvests. She manages to bargain her way out of the village by making a deal with Lawrence to take her with him. As they travel, her wisdom helps increase his profits, but at the same time, her true nature draws unwanted attention from the church. ( ANN)
 
The next anime I chose to watch from my list was Spice and Wolf.  At first I really didn't have much expectations for this show.  I figured it was going to be a fun and
 Sexy Holo make me a happy panda.
 Sexy Holo make me a happy panda.
enjoyable fantasy anime but, I was wrong.  Spice and Wolf was a fantastic show (both seasons).  The show resolves around Kraft Lawrence and Holo.  During the course of the show Lawrence just wants to make money since he is a merchant.  While trying to make a profit, Lawrence is trying to get Holo to her homeland, which she hasn't seen in years.   The story twists and turn.  At a moment everything is fine and then everything goes bad but, this is what makes the show great.  Another great thing about this show is Lawrence and Holo themselves.  Both of them are great characters and give to the atmosphere and mood of the show (plus Holo is sexy :P).
 
Sadly with both seasons combined and both OVAs, there are only 25 episodes.  The light novel and manga are still going on so hopefully there will be a another season next year.  I would love to read the manga but, it's not far at all.  I was going to check it out online but, there are only 12 chapters out right now and I beat what is covered in the manga is already covered in the anime but, I could be wrong.  If you are looking for a new fantasy anime, give this a shot.
 
My Score - 4.5/5
 
If you would like, check out my blog for my other reviews.
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I never thought I was going to right something about breasts here on this site.   :P   Might as well have some fun with this even though I've never had a girlfriend before.
 
 
I guess I would have to say "healthy" girls because, to me, it makes a woman more attractive and sexier.  :P  Don't get me wrong, DFC's (I guess that's what we are calling them) can be sexy as well but, I like me some boobies.  (I'm such a perv.)
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 Welcome to the NHK
 Welcome to the NHK
Plot Summary: Satou Tatsuhiro, a 22 year old young man, is a NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) and a hikikomori (meaning acute social withdrawal). He believes everything around him is a conspiracy, including the reason why many people, himself included, become hikikomori. Due to this, Satou creates a strange conspiracy theory which includes the Nihon Hikikomori Kyōkai (NHK), a secret organization with the intention of producing a hikikomori filled world. Satou intends to break free from the NHK's clutches, but cannot, since he finds it too frightening to go outdoors by himself; that is, until he meets Misaki Nakahara, who selects Satou for her "project" that she claims will cure him of his hikikomori ways.   ( ANN)
 
The next anime that was on my "to check out" was Welcome to the NHK.  At its heart, Welcome to the NHK is a dark comedy show.  What's a dark comedy?  Well, the show has a dark tone to it but, it also has comedy elements to it.
 
The story resolves around Tatsuhiro Satou, a NEET and a hikkomori.  Tatsuhiro just sits in his room and does absolutely nothing and blames it on the NHK.   One day
 This is our main dude, Tatsuhiro.
 This is our main dude, Tatsuhiro.
Tatsuhiro meets Nakahara while with her Aunt handing out magazines about people being hikkomori.  While talking to them, Tatsuhiro starts filliping out and then shuts the door them.  Later he sees a note from Nakahara to meet her at the park that night.  Once at Taksuhiro goes to the park Nakahara proposes a project for Tatsuhiro to make rid of his hikkomori ways.  During this time Tatsuhiro takes the contract but doesn't sign it right a way.  The following night he goes to meet her again but, doesn't bring back the contract for the project because he tells he is busy with is stay at home job so she asks him to bring the contract the following night.  During the next day Tatsuhiro finally goes and stops his next door neighbor from play his anime music very loud.  Once he barges in he finds out that he is actually Kaoru Yamazaki, an otaku and an old high school friend.  This is when Tatsuhiro finds out that Kaoru is actually a game creator and asks to borrow his game design book.  During that night he shows the book to Nakahara and she asks to see some of his work.  Once she does, he says that he doesn't have anything done at the moment but, promises to show her the game in a month.  Once Nakahara leaves Tatsuhiro finds out that Kaoru was actually there and he was just ling to her.
 
 Nakahara.
 Nakahara.
And so this is how the shows starts out.  Along the way Tatsuhiro's life goes up and down.  He tries to make an eroge game to show to Kaoru (which ends up being really bad and not selling at all), joins a group of people who want to commit suicide (but end up not actually doing it), trying to make real money of an MMO (and fails), gets suckered to buy stuff from a multi-level marketing company, and other stuff was well.
 
After finishing up this show I thought to myself, this was one of the best anime shows that I have watched yet.  While the story is dark, it's very interesting and keeps you hocked.  All they characters are very enjoyable in their own has.  Tatsuhiro being a total nut-job, Kaoru who is the otaku nut-job, and Nakahara being a sweet girl trying to help Tatsuhiro.  The music was very good and set the atmosphere of the show perfectly.  The animation of the show was very well done.  At some moments it looks a little bad but, it was great.
 
Welcome to the NHK is an anime that everyone should watch.  The main draw to the show is the story.  If you are looking for something new to watch, watch this.  This is my second time doing this.
 
My Score - 5/5
 
Make sure to check out my blog for my other reviews.
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 Saki
 Saki
Plot Summary: Miyanaga Saki is a first year high school girl whose family would get angry if she won the family mahjong games. But losing would also have its consequences. Because of this she develops a new way of playing that allows her to stay on the thin line between winning and losing, the +/- zero score, an almost impossible score. In a game that relies mainly on luck, the +/- zero score is harder than winning, but Saki can achieve this every time. Having always hated the game, her friend from middle school, Suga Kyotoro, forces her to play in the schools mahjong club. Her developed skill and superhuman luck has made her a worthy mahjong opponent, even to the middle schools national mahjong champion.  ( ANN)
 
As most people know, Saki heavily focuses around mahjong but, that can't stop you from enjoying the show.  Gia started posting an episode a day for the show but, I decided to skip ahead and finish the series.  I'm no mahjong expert at all.  Heck, I even tried learning the game but, it's still confusing.  But hey, not knowing anything about mahjong, I still enjoyed the show.
 
The show resolves around Saki Miyanaga.  While she is very good at mahjong, she hates playing it due to upsetting people.  Because of this, whenever she plays, she
 The main character, Saki Miyanaga.
 The main character, Saki Miyanaga.
always tries to go for +/- so she wont win or lose.  One day her friend Kyotaro Suga makes brings her to their school's mahjong club.  When she arrives she finds out that Nodoka Haramura is actually in the club (Saki seen her walk by earlier in the day).  Nodoka is the winner of the middle school nationals mahjong tournement.  Back to the story, Saki agrees to play a game with Kyotaro, Nodoka, and another club member, Yuki Kataoka.  They play a couple of games before Saki decides to leave.  When Saki ends up leaving, the club president ( Hisa Takei) wakes up.  When Saki leaves, Hisa notices that Saki's score is +/- zero.
 
Hisa brings back Saki the next day to play some more.  This is when we meet Mako Someya, a second year in the club.  They play one game and Saki gets a +/- zero again and Nodoka gets a upset, finally meeting someone as good as her.
 
 Yuki loves tacos, a lot.
 Yuki loves tacos, a lot.
Lets skip ahead a little bit.  Next thing we know, Kiyosumi High School (Saki's school) has entered the national qualifying tournament which is probably the best part of the anime series.  Most of the show takes place here while we see Kiyosumi High School go through the tournament.  During the course of the tournament we meet many new characters (to many to list here) and we also meet the opposing schools.
 
That's the show in a nutshell, well, a half-assed nutshell I guess.

I can go on and on about the story but, this should just be my thoughts on the show.  :P  The show is 25 episodes in all.  During every episode you see mahjong going on, especially during the tournament.  While the tournament is probably the best part of the show, it seems like it lasted to many episodes and the individuals national qualifying tournament only lasted like 3 episodes.  During the last episode it easily leaves off with a cliffhanger and they will probably make a second season of the show.
 
Like I said before, I'm not mahjong expert but, that didn't stop me from enjoying the show.   The characters were very enjoyable but, I think Nodoka's breasts were a little to big.  Flopping around all the time (me likey :P).  The art style looked very nice and colorful.  The music was appropriate for when it needed to be there.  I hope that their will be a second season of the show.  Hell, it even tells you at the very end of the last episode "We're just getting started, yay~."  I guess the manga is still going one so maybe that's why there isn't a second season of the show yet.  For some reason, I just got a Yugioh vibe from this.  I used to be a huge Yugioh nut job.  Maybe that's why I really enjoyed the show.  :P  If you want to watch a new anime, give this show a shot.
 
My Score - 4/5
 
Well, I'm not really sure what to watch next.  I'm thinking about Lucky Star and Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho at the moment and reading the Love Hina manga while watching new stuff.  I guess I will use the power of the tacos to decide.
 
P.S.  Don't forget to check out my other blog posts.  :P
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 The girls of Love Hina.
 The girls of Love Hina.
Plot Summary: Keitaro Urashima is determined to be accepted into Tokyo University, the hardest Japanese University of all to get into, because of a promise he made to a girl when he was young... a girl whose name he can't even remember. After failing to get into Tokyo U twice, he is kicked out by his parents and goes to live with his Grandmother at her hotel, but it seems it has been turned into an all girls boarding house. What's more, much to his surprise and to the tenants disgust, Keitaro is made manager of the boarding house.       (From ANN)
 
EDITED ON OCTOBER 28, 2009.  Added manga review at the bottom.
 
Love Hina is the kind of show that I needed to watch.  While it's a harem show, it's very goofy and entertaining all at the same
 Keitaro Urashima
 Keitaro Urashima
time.  During the course of the show, Keitaro is trying to get into Tokyo U, the hardest college to get into to.  While trying to get in, he becomes the manager of a girls dormitory.  While there, he finds out that Naru Narusegawa (a girl at the dorm) is also trying to get in to Tokyo U as well.  While Keitaro is trying to get in to keep his promise to the girl he met 15 years ago, he starts falling in love with Naru and wants to go to Tokyo U with here.  While that happens, you meet the cast of the show.  Mitsune Konno, a free lance writer and a close friend to Naru.  Kaolla Su, a foriegn exchange student who is really energetic and makes lots of crazy inventions.  Motoko Aoyama, a swordsman who doesn't like men what so ever (at first).  And not to forget Shinobu Maehara, a very shy girl who has a crush on Keitaro.
 
Overall, the show was very entertaining.  It has many goofy moments like when Naru punches Keitaro 1,000 feet away (reminds me of Team Rocket blasting off).  The story isn't to hard to follow either, which is a good thing but, it does have some plot holes.  I didn't know that Mitsune was a freelance writer until I like up her page here on Anime Vice.  It would probably help if I read the manga to get to know the characters a bit more.
 
 Naru Narusegawa
 Naru Narusegawa
The star of the show for me was Keitaro easily.  While he isn't the brightest guy in the world, he sure is one goofy dude.  He is always making goofy faces, being clumsy, walking into the girls bath and getting punched by Naru.  Plus, he is the manager of a girls dorm.  What a lucky bastard.  :P  If it wasn't for him, I don't think I would have gotten into this show at all.
 
Love Hina was a very funny and goofy harem show.  While the goofiness might be a bit much for some, I really like the show.  All the characters were enjoyable, the story was easy to understand, and it had just the right amount of the episodes to the series.  It had 24 episodes. 1 DVD extra episode, 2 TV specials, and 3 OVAs.  If you are into harem shows (like I am), this is a must see.
 
My Score - 4/5       (I always give out 4s.  :P  )
 

EDITED ON OCTOBER 28, 2009


Love Hina Manga Review:
 
After I finished up watching the anime of Love Hina, I decided to read the manga for it since I wanted more and, I'm glad that I did.  I was really surprised how much the anime actually covered about the manga.  A lot of the key points were in the anime but, a lot of missed as well.  Anyways, the manga was a lot better then I thought it was going to be.  I haven't read that much manga in my life: Ai Yori Aoshi, School Days, Naruto (just Part 2 aka Shippuden), and this, that's it.  Mainly the goofy stuff you seen in the anime is in the manga as well.  Keitaro always get punched 50 feet away, goofy dialog, some battles (Keitaro actually beats Motoko once), and other goofy stuff as well.  I also like that the manga had closure.  Keitaro and Naru end up getting married in the final chapter of the manga.
 
Now for some complaints.  While Keitaro getting punched 50 feet in the air is funny, it happens a bunch.  When Keitaro does something perverted and/or wrong, he gets attacked and you kinda predict it.  Same goes the last chapter.  Keitaro and Naru are going to go on their honey moon and while they are going to Keitaro's van, he steps on Naru's wedding dress and guess wait, he gets punched, well it doesn't show him getting punched but you see it coming.  Another complaint is that it seems like a lot of the time Keitaro (and Naru as well) runs away because something bad happened and everyone ends up trying to look for him.  I believe it happened about 4 to 6 times I think (or maybe less).  But, at least some good stuff happens during those moments.
 
All I can say is, if you loved the anime (like I did), you have to check out the manga.  I recommend this manga to anyone who is looking for a fun, goofy harem story.
 
My Score for the Manga - 4.5/5
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