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I'm still alive people! June 25, 2014.
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Bakemonogatari
was aired this past summer in Japan.  The series includes 15 episodes but, only 12 of them were broadcast.  The remaining 3 will be shown on there website starting at the end of October.  I should also mention that this series is based on a light novel series written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Vofan. I had just finished up watching Bakemonogatari (well, the first 12 episodes) and, I loved it.  Here is the plot and the basic structure of the show taken from Wikipedia.

 
Bakemonogatari centers on Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who is almost human again after briefly becoming a vampire. One day, a classmate named Hitagi Senjōgahara, who infamously never talks to anyone, falls down the stairs into Koyomi's arms. He discovers that Hitagi weighs next to nothing, in defiance of physics. After being threatened by her, Koyomi offers his help, and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a strange middle-aged man living in an entire abandoned building, who helped him stop being a vampire.

The series tends to introduce only one new heroine per chapter, each involved with a different "apparition". Most of them have an item which symbolizes their specters,

 Hitagi Senjogahara
 Hitagi Senjogahara

such as Hitagi's staple - the claw of crab, Mayoi's back pack - the shell of snail, Suruga's leggings - SARUMATA(猿股, the Japanese traditional underclothing. 'SARU' means monkey.), and Nadeko's big hat and baggy jacket - the head and skin of snake. The events of the previous chapters play an important role in the subsequent ones. The series primarily focuses on conversations between characters; it contains a fair number of parodies of other series, as well as Nisio Isin's trademark word play and metahumor.
 
There, that was much easier then my explaining it.  I love copy and paste.  :)

Now that I got that out of the way, let me share my thoughts.  I loved the art style.  It really suited this kind of creepy yet, calm atmosphere the show had.  I thought the overall story was good (might be confusing for some) and was very enjoyable.  As mentioned above, the show mainly focuses on conversations between the characters but, that's what makes Bakemonogatari very enjoyable.  While this may be a turn off for some, I thought all the dialog was excellent and a lot of the time, it was funny.  Ever once an a while you can some action (violent I should mention), which is good as well.  All the characters were very good, especially Koyomi and Hitagi.  Hitagi (a tsundere) was a very enjoyable character.  During the first episode you get a glance at here violent side while she sticks and pencil and stapler into Koyomi's mouth to make him not say anything about her.  While in the later episodes, you see her good side.  Koyomi kinda seems like your average guy (except he used to be a Vampire).  He always cares about anyone and helps them when they are in need (how he ended up getting to know Hitagi more and eventually dating her).
 
All and all, I really loved the show.  The only thing I didn't like was the length, only 15 episodes in all.  I guess I'm the kind of guy who always wants anime shows to be longer, not Shin Chan or DBZ length but, more would be nice.  Well, this is my first time doing this:
 
My score - 5/5.
 
I highly recommend this anime to anyone.  If you are looking for something new, try this one out. 

P.S.  The song playing during the credits was awesome.  Awesome song and I love the art style.
 
Check out my other reviews over at my blog.
 
 
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The latest anime I have completed is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (both seasons).  I went into this anime not knowing anything but the basics about it.  Like some people have, I watched the episodes in chronological order so I didn't have to think (because thinking sucks).  The anime had a slow start but, the story was interesting.  It would have helped if there were more episodes of the anime to tell the story of all the crazy stuff going on.  I would probably get more out of the story if I read the light novels or the manga for it.
 
Aside from the story, the characters were very enjoyable which was the highlight for me.  Haruhi was up beat and bossy.  Mikuru was such a sweet girl who would always get ordered to do Haruhi's demands (poor Mikuru :-(  ).  Yuki was really quiet but, she was entertaining for what she did. Itsuki was just always smiling, which was kinda creepy yet, goofy at the same time.  And Kyon, the poor guy who is just a normal human trying to get by.
 
There where lots a little moments that made me chuckle, like during the Remote Island Episode 2 where it turned in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.  At first I thought it was being all serious then I noticed it was being like PW.  Haruhi was slaming her hands on the table while Itsuki was shaking his head like Miles Edgeworth.  It made laugh pretty hard when I seen it.
 
All and all, I loved the characters a lot and the story but, I wish there was more.  While the story had lots of promise, it could have been told better if there were more episodes of the anime.  Maybe I should check out the light novels/manga so I can get more of the story.
 
My Score - 4/5
 
I'm not really sure what to watch next.  I thought about Lucky Star since it's short and I can think of another anime to watch while watching it.
 
(P.S.  I don't even want to talk about Endless Eight.)
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On my urge to watch anime lately, I just finished up K-On!  For those of you who might not know what K-On! is (from Wikipedia) "K-On!'s story revolves around four Japanese high school girls who join their school's light music club to try to save it from being abolished. However, they are the only members of the club, and at first Yui Hirasawa has no experience playing musical instruments or reading sheet music.  Eventually, she learns how to be an excellent guitar player. The rest of the club helps her to buy a guitar, and they perform at the school festival."
 
I thought the anime was fun, goofy, and entertaining.  My one grip with it, like many people, is that there aren't many episodes in the series.  I was questioning myself if I really should watch it but in the end, I'm glad I did.
 
My Score: 4/5
 
Next stop Haruhi Suzumiya!
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I just finished watching Kanon (2006) and I enjoyed it.  For those of you don't know, this anime is based on an adult visual novel made by Key.  Since this is an anime adaptation, there is no adult stuff what so ever, which actually happens to be a good thing.  Kanon kinda starts of slow but, it gets better as it goes along.
 
I went into this thinking there might be a love story like Clannad  (Key made both Kanon and Clannad but, Kanon was released first) but, there really isn't any romance stuff till the end with the main character, Yuuichi.  You could say this is kind of a harem show since there are multiple girls who do like Yuuichi but, nothing serious happens besides with Ayu near the end which really isn't to serious either.  One thing that I enjoyed more in Kanon then Clannad was the comedy.  There were a lot of times where I laughed unlike Clannad.
 
The ending of the show kinda reminded me of Clannad.  It seems like Clannad borrowed some of the supernatural stuff from Kanon.  Anyways near the end you find out that Ayu is actually in the hospital for seven years since the accident she had and the Ayu hanging with Yuuichi was just an illusion (ghost, angel, whatever).  In the end though, Ayu finally wakes up and everything is good as new.  Everyone is doing well and we get a happy ending.
 
At it's heart, this is a very light hearted (and short) anime that I think people who like Clannad, while enjoy.  I have not watched the f irst anime adaptation of Kanon so I can't say if the 2006 adaptation was any better.
 
My Score - 4/5
 
I think the next anime I'm going to check it is K-ON! since I heard it was a fun and short anime to watch.
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I just finished watching the Clannad anime series (both of them) and well, I'm glad that I did.  I really haven't watched much romance stuff but, I'm starting to get into it now.  I enjoyed the characters, story, the comedy, the sadness, and all the wackiness of the show.  The show started off basic in the first series but, it was very enjoyable.  What I really liked was the second series, Clannad After Story.  There was one part that made me cry when Tomoya started talking about his mother to his daughter, Ushio.  I wasn't balling or anything but, it brought a tear to my eye.
 
The only thing that is on my mind at the moment is the ending.  I'm not sure if I should be pissed or if I should be happy.  While Nagisa gave birth to Ushio, she dies and Tomoya's life just goes down from there.  Five years later Tomoya starts being with Ushio and they do just fine but, Ushio gets sick.  Ushio ends up have the same mysterious illness that her mother had.  One day Ushio wants to go on a trip with her father and he finally agrees to it.  While the two of them are walking outside, slowly taking there time due to Ushio being weak, Ushio losses all of her energy and ends up dieing in Tomoya's arms.  After all this, it shows the other world with the girl and robot but soon after that, you learn that the girl is actually Ushio and the robot is Tomoya.  I big giant blast happens then all of a sudden, Tomoya wakes up at Ushio's birth and this time Nagisa doesn't die.   When all that stuff happen I just couldn't help myself by saying "Really?  REALLY?"  I was just so confused yet, happy that the show actually ends on a happy ending.
 
My Score for the series: 4.5/5
 
Anyways, I'm very glad that I ended up watching the Clannad anime series.  I'm not really sure what I should watch next.  I want to watch another romantic comedy but, not sure which one I should watch next.  Before I watched Clannad I watched Toradora, which I also loved.
 
Well, thanks for reading my blog.  I'm not very good a describing stuff that well.  I can think of how to describe it in my head but, it's sometimes hard to put it into words.  I guess I should mention that this is my first blog post for AnimeVice.  I kinda blog over at Giant Bomb but, not very often.  I thinking of doing a blog post after I finished watching an anime/read a manga and tell my thoughts about it.
 
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