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What's a Super Duper Mini Review? Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I review and put down some notes and fun facts as well. For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia, and of course our wiki here on Anime Vice.

 

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 Hazuki
 Hazuki
Moon Phase (aka Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase) is an anime show based on the manga of the same name, created by Keitaro Arima.  There are 25 episodes and one OVA produced by Shaft and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo.  The show originally aired from late 2004 to early 2005.

Genres: action, comedy, drama, romance, supernatural
Themes: catgirls, lolicon, miko, priests and priestesses, spellcasters, spirits, vampires
 
 
Plot Summary

Photographer Kohei Morioka, while on assignment for a magazine devoted to the occult, enters a dark castle in Germany where he encounters a young vampire girl named Hazuki who tries to turn him into her servant. While Kohei doesn't succumb to Hazuki's will, he does set her free from the barrier keeping her in the castle. He is surprised to find her living with him in Japan.


Pros:
  • An enjoyable cast of characters.
  • A really goofy mix of genres the blend well together.  At times Moon Phase feels like a light-hearted and goofy romcom and at times it feels like a serious supernatural action show.
  • The comedy is affective.
  • The opening that is used through out most of the show is really strange, cute, and unique.  You just have to see if for yourself.  YouTube Link
  • Shaft has done a very good job of making the show stylish and colorful.
 
 
Cons:
  • Like a lot of shows based on manga that were going on at the time, some looses ends aren't resolved.
  • The final episode really wasn't necessary, they could have just ended it in episode 24.  Episode 25 may be cannon, but it's just a goofy way to end the show.
 
 
 Fun Facts and Notes:
 
 
If you are a fan of romantic comedies with a splash of supernatural action, I say check the show out!  If you are in the proper region, the show is available to watch on Hulu.

 
 VAMPIRES WITH CAT EARS LIKE OMG SO CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE
 VAMPIRES WITH CAT EARS LIKE OMG SO CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE


Sources:
ANN's Moon Phase Page
Wikipedia's Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase page
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What's a Super Duper Mini Review? Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I review and put down some notes and fun facts as well. For a little info about the show, I copy the Plot Summary from the Anime News Network pages and throw them in the review so the reader can be a little bit informed on what the bases of the show is about. I also borrow some info from Wikipedia as well.

 

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Karin
Karin
Karin is an anime show based on the manga Chibi Vampire (aka Karin) created by Yuna Kagesaki.  There are 24 episodes produced by J.C. Staff and directed by Shinichiro Kimura.  The show originally aired  in late 2005 and early 2006 in Japan.
 
Karin is a high school romantic comedy with a vampire theme.
 
 
 
 
Plot Summary:
 

In the 21st century, a family of vampires settled down on the grounds of Japan and lived a modest life whilst sucking on the blood of humans discreetly. However, the eldest daughter of the family, Karin Maaka, has an embarassing secret which cannot be revealed to anyone. Even though she is a vampire, she does not lack blood like her family members. Instead, she overproduces blood to the extent that she transfuses the excess into her victims, hence increasing their blood levels. Despite her troubling body characteristic, she attends school like any other high school student, that is until a new transfer student, Kenta Usui, enters her life. 


 ---  Anime News Network
 
 
Pros:
  • A fun twist on the romcom genre.
  • A unique cast of characters to the show that makes it entertaining.  From blood sucking vampires to cheerful moms, they make the show fun.
  • A fun and cheery tone to the show, despite all the blood and blood sucking the show has.
  • The show gets dark from time to time and it's a nice change of pace for the show.
  • I don't know why, but I really liked the ending theme for some reason.  It's nice, calm, and relaxing.
 
Cons:
  • A slow start.
  • The animation can be a little iffy from time to time.
  • The ending is really cheesy.

 "No!"
 "No!"
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What's a Super Duper Mini Review?  Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I review and put down some notes and fun facts as well.  For a little info about the show, I copy the Plot Summary from the Anime News Network pages and throw them in the review so the reader can be a little bit informed on what the bases of the show is about.  I also borrow some info from Wikipedia as well. 


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  Natsu no Arashi is an anime based on the manga of the same name, which is created by Jin Kobayashi, the man behind School Rumble.  There are two seasons, both created by Shaft and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo.  Both seasons aired in 2009.
 
Natsu no Arashi is a supernatural romantic comedy with a time travel theme.
 
 
 
Plot Summary:
 
Season 1

Yasaka Hajime meets a strange girl Arashiyama Sayako who turns out to be a ghost from WWII. They can "connect" and together travel back in time. Along their adventures they meet Kamigamo Jun and Kaya (also a ghost) whom can also connect and do time travel. 2 other ghosts from the same time, Yayoi and Kanako, drains Arashis existance so they can live. Hajime fights to save Arashi, but ends up connecting with Yayoi and traveling back in time with her as well.

---  Anime News Network
 
 
Season 2
 

The summer of a man's boyhood memories continue. Still on the cusp between childhood and being a man, he has linked with the ghost of a young woman from the World War 2 era. She, and the ghosts of other young ladies from that time, continue adventures alongside their linked partners, learning more about each other and travelling through time via their supernatural connection. While he struggles to see his crush on her come to fruition, meanwhile his friend- a girl his age, pretending to be a boy- seeks his attention as well.


---  Anime News Network
 

Pros
  • Just like School Rumble, the show has a goofy and enjoyable cast.
  • Also like School Rumble, it has a goofy tone to it as well, not as crazy and over the top as School Rumble though.
  • Dark toned at times which makes story have some depth and it makes a nice change of pace.
  • Loved it when they showed real life models and they blow them up.
  • Other Shaft references/cameos like Pani Poni Dash, Hidamari Sketch, and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei which was a nice piece of fan service.  Also in some episode you see some of the cast from School Rumble.
  • Really cool and stylish openings and endings, except for the first opening, which wasn't anything special.
  • Those weird black and white scenes where Yayoi, and some other cast member as well, try to describe something simple, but they describe it with such depth.  It's really goofy and out of place, but they are really enjoyable and it gives the show some style.
 
Cons
  •  Like most animes based on on-going mangas, the show doesn't have any real closer.
 
 
If you are a fan of the genre or a fan of School Rumble, this is a must see.  Thanks to CrunchyRoll, they have both seasons up for our pleasure.  LINK

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What's a Super Duper Mini Review?  Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I review and put down some notes and fun facts as well.  For a little info about the show, I copy the Plot Summary from the Anime News Network pages and throw them in the review so the reader can be a little bit informed on what the bases of the show is about.  I also borrow some info from Wikipedia as well.

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 Pani Poni Dash!
 Pani Poni Dash!
  Pani Poni Dash! is an anime series based on the manga of the same name, Pani Poni.  The show was produced by GANSIS and Shaft and it was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo.  The show was aired in Japan in 2005.
 
Pani Poni Dash! is a comedy, parody show.
 
 
 
 
Plot Summary
 

The 11 year old Miyamoto Rebecca becomes the new teacher of a classroom which is full of weirdos. Despite her cute looks she's a little beast and can be pretty sarcastic and offensive. The school is not safe anymore now that she's in charge of a class and her students, Himeko, Ichijou, Rei and a white rabbit who took a liking to Rebecca help her to rough up the school and the neighbour-class with its teacher "ojiichan." 


---  Anime News Network
 

Pros:
  • A wacky cast of enjoyable characters that makes this show fun.  From Rebecca to Ichijou, they are all unique.
  • Very goofy and insane show.  Reminds me of Hayate the Combat Butler , Lucky Star, and My Bride is a Mermaid, and a little bit of Azumanga Daioh.
  • Super cute and colorful art style.
  • Tons, and tons or references to movies like Planet of the Apes, The Exorcist, to other things like Super Mario Bros. and Dragon Ball.
  • Really cool openings and endings.
  • Like other Shaft shows, the art style can be very stylish and unique.

 
Cons:
  • While the show does have a lot of references that are awesome, it's less enjoyable when you don't know them.  There were many that I didn't get and I was like "Ok?" and "I don't get it."  The fansubs I watched helped explain them, but it still would have been more enjoyable if I didn't have to read the little blurb for every reference they make.
  • Like a lot of comedy shows, there is no ongoing plot.  Most of the show is episodic.
 
 

While I didn't get many of the reference in the show, which is many, I still had a blast with Pani Poni Dash.
 
If you enjoyed shows like Lucky Star, Hayate the Combat Butler, My Bride is a Mermaid, or Azumanga Daioh, you will definitely get a kick out of this show.  Be prepared for all the references in the show, there are maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaany.
 

 "I&squot;ll be back."
 "I'll be back."
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What's a Super Duper Mini Review?  Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I review and put down some notes and fun facts as well.  For a little info about the show, I copy the Plot Summary from the Anime News Network pages and throw them in the review so the reader can be a little bit informed on what the bases of the show is about.  I also borrow some info from Wikipedia as well.


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 Vandread
 Vandread
Vandread is an original anime series directed by Takeshi Mori.  Both seasons were produced by Gonzo and Media Factory Season 1 was released in 2000 and season 2 was released in 2001.
 
 
Vandread is a sci-fi action comedy series with themes of mecha, space, robots, adventure, harem, and yuri.


 
 
Plot Summary
 

In a universe where men and women are mortal enemies, Hibiki is captured by a band of female pirates. The group find themselves stranded with a super ship they dub the Nirvana and set out for the female home planet. Along the way, they discover the existence of the "The Harvest" and the possible destruction of both men and women.


--- Anime News Network

 
Pros:
  • Love the concepts they used.  The whole Men vs Women thing is entertaining and it works.  Men in love with men.  Women in love with women.  Speaking of that, how do the men have children?  Creepy...
  • We my have seen some of these cliched characters before, they many, many cast of characters were still enjoyable for me.
  • Great action scenes.
  • While the 3D models used through out the show might look a little outdated by today's standards, it gives the show some charm.
  • Fan service was good and wasn't overused, despite a lot of the girls being scantly dressed.
 
 
Cons:
  • The characters were enjoyable, but like I've said, we have seen these character types before.  It might turn some people off.
  • Like typical harem shows, the romance doesn't go super deep.
  

Notes and Fun Facts:
  • There is a new season coming.  When?  I'm not sure, but it's supposed to star Dita's and Meia's daughters.

 
 
If you are looking for a new sci-fi comedy or just a new sci-fi show, I say give this a shot and see how you like it.  If you are looking for a new sci-fi romantic show, you might want to stay away.  The romance is there, but it's nothing to deep, just like other harems.
 
If you live in the US, Vandread is available on Hulu as of this posting.


 The many, many girls on the Nirvana.
 The many, many girls on the Nirvana.
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