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I'm still alive people! June 25, 2014.
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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.

Super Duper Mini Review

 Happy Lesson
 Happy Lesson
Happy Lesson is an anime adaption of the manga of the same name.  Both seasons and the OVA Final series were produced by Media Works and KSS.  Both seasons were directed by Akira Suzuki and Takeshi Yamaguchi and Akira Suzuki directed the OVA Final series.  Season 1 was released in 2002, season 2 in 2003, and the OVA Final series in 2004.
Happy Lesson is a harem comedy with a school setting.

Plot Summary

Hitotose Chitose was always alone and untrusting of people but when 5 female teachers appear and started living together with him in his family's house as his mothers, things started to change and pick up, together with Hazuki-nee and Minazuki (his 2 sisters) everyday is a lesson

-- Anime News Network
  • A good cast of characters to fit the harem formula.
  • A fun and silly tone of the show.
  • Instead of a bunch of school girls as part of the harem, we have 5 teachers which makes it different from other harems.
  • Doesn't do anything new for the genre except the 5 teacher thing.
Notes and Fun Facts:
  • The manga has a different lead character, but the premise is the same.
 If you are looking for a new harem or comedy show, I say give this a shot and see what you think.

 From Left to Right:        Yayoi,      Kisaragi,     Uzuki,    Satsuki,   Mutsuki.  I should note that they aren't dress like this during the show, but it would have been nice.      :P
 From Left to Right:  Yayoi, Kisaragi, Uzuki, Satsuki, Mutsuki.  I should note that they aren't dress like this during the show, but it would have been nice.      :P


What's Next?

Since I skipped Vandread to watch this show, I'm going to go back and watch Vandred next.
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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.

Super Duper Mini Review

 Ah!  My Goddess
 Ah!  My Goddess
Ah! My Goddess! (aka Oh My Goddess!) is an anime series based on the long running seinen manga of the same name.  Both seasons were produced by AIC and directed by Hiroaki Goda.
Ah! My Goddess! is an romantic comedy with fantasy elements such as gods and goddesses.
Plot Summary

Keiichi Morisato is looking forward to university life. But in reality, he has no luck in anything, and he has trouble with clubs, love, etc. The truth is that he has an unlucky star above his head. One day, Keiichi is stuck watching the dorm while his sempai are away, and has a mountain of chores to do to boot. But Keiichi is a good-natured person, and is set about doing his duties. As he is about to finish his final chore, he makes a phone call to his sempai. But the words that came through the receiver are, 'Goddess Help Line.' Shortly afterwards, a beautiful goddess named Belldandy appears in front of him from the mirror of his room. 

-- Anime News Network
  • A great cast of characters.
  • Always put me in a good mood when I watched it.  A happy tone through out most the show.
  • Nice and pleasant soundtrack.
  • When there are some action scenes, they aren't to shabby.
  • One of those shows where relationship doesn't go that far.
 Notes and Fun Facts:
  • The creator of the manga, Kosuke Fujishima, also did character design for the Tales RPG series.
  • That manga started in 1988 and it's still going to this day.
  • Has some elements of Norse mythology.
If you are into romantic comedies, I will easily recommend this to you.  Despite some suggestive content, it's just one of the shows that's just plain fun to watch, regardless of age.  Easily one of my favorite romcoms I have seen so far.

Blog Sauce

Wow, I've been watching this show for almost 3 weeks now.  It seems like shows go one for a life time when you are busy and having fun as well.  Next up on my plate is Vandred.  Going to get my harem on again!
 Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiidge  Raaaaaaaaaaaaacer.
 Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiidge Raaaaaaaaaaaaacer.
On the manga front I'm pretty much keeping up with the latest chapers of Naruto and Negima!  I was kinda thinking about checking out the Ah! My Goddess manga, but god, that thing wont be ending anytime soon and I will be stuck reading that for eternity.  Maybe I will check it out though.  If you currently reading the mange for Ah! My Goddess or have read some of it, how is it?  I would love to know.
For games I currently playing are Ridge Racer on my PSP and Super Street Fighter IV as always.
Until next time.  See ya!
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Mini Review - Rosario + Vampire (Anime)

 From Left to Right:  Kurumu, Moka, Yukari, Mizore
 From Left to Right:  Kurumu, Moka, Yukari, Mizore
Rosario + Vampire is an anime series based on the manga of the same name, Rosario + Vampire.  Both seasons of the anime were produced by Gonzo and directed by Takayuki Inagaki.
Rosario + Vampire is an action, supernatural, romance, harem comedy show with themes of harem and fanservice.
Plot Summary for Season 1 ( Rosario + Vampire):

Due to poor grades, Tsukune Aono, an average high school student, has been unable to get accepted into any private academy of his choice. By exceptional accident, the only school to accept him turns out to be anything but ordinary; the school is attended by youkai disguised as humans. Fearing for his life, he attempts to escape only to meet Moka Akashiya, a beautiful girl who just happens to be a vampire. Despite this, Tsukune decides to stay at the academy, hiding his human nature from students and teachers. Tsukune also discovers that when the rosary around Moka's neck is removed, her true nature emerges. 

-- Anime News Network

Plot Summary for Season 2 ( Rosario + Vampire Capu2):

A new semester has arrived for Tsukune and the gang featuring a handfull of girl obsessed female first years and it seems like among these first years emerges another vampire who holds a grudge against her sister Moka. What shall this grudge lead to in the future and shall Tsukune suceed in taming this new problem child into his friend, no one knows what the future holds.

The new season is set to continue to follow the manga, introduce new characters from the manga and characters created strictly for the anime.

-- Anime News Network

  • A goofy cast of characters, very fitting for a harem.
  • While a high school setting, the supernatural/fantasy setting made it more enjoyable.
  • Episode 5 of season 2 is one of the strangest, yet entertaining episodes I have seen in a show in a while.
  • Most episodes in the first season follow the same formula.  Everything starts fine, we meet a new monster, everything goes bad, Tsukune accidentally removes Moka's rosario, the other Moka comes and saves the day.  Rinse and repeat.
  • While the monster of the week thing is cool at first, it gets irritating over time.  The second season did it as well, but they change it up a little more so it's not as bad.
  • The first season was kinda slow and it kinda dragged on.  The second season was much more enjoyable to me and got me liking the series a lot more.
  • The show has toooooooooooooons of fanservice.  Panty shots in every episode.
  • I found it kinda funny that there was more censoring in season 2.  Sure it's common in ecchi shows, but I just thought it was weird because the first season didn't censor a lot of things while the 2nd season kinda went a little overboard.
If you are looking for a new harem romantic comedy, you could give this a shot.  While it's kinda slow during the first season, the second season was far more enjoyable.
 Ice cream.  Yummy...     :)
 Ice cream.  Yummy...     :)

What's Next:

This is the part where I talk about what I'm going to watch next.  Well, I can't think of anything to watch.  I'm not sure what I really want to watch next.  I was maybe thinking of watching something that's similar to Shakugan no Shana, but I haven't found anything yet.  What I will do though is check out the manga of Rosario + Vampire.  While the first season of the anime got me a little interested, the second season got me even more interested so I deiced to read the manga.  Also, I haven't read any manga since the beginning of the year so I thought I would check a new manga out.
EDIT:  Found a show to watch that I completely forgot about!  Next I'm going to check out Ah! My Goddess.  Earlier in the year I was going to check it out, but at the time I wanted something shorter.  Now I finally check it out.  I will still check out the manga for Rosario + Vampire.
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I've been thinking for a while now and I have finally decided, I'm going to take a break from my anime/manga reviews.  What I've decided to do is to do mini reviews and list some things I liked, didn't like, and a few notes about the show.  Just making it really plain and simple.  Why am I doing this?  I just don't have the dedication to do long written reviews right now.  Maybe at some point I will do them again, but for now I'm going to take it easy and do these mini reviews.  I should note with these reviews I will NOT be attaching scores to them, so these will not be in the reviews section of the site, only the forum and my blog.  So I hope you find these new mini reviews enjoyable.    :)


Mini Review - Mai-Otome

Mai-Otome (aka My-Otome) is an anime series produced by Sunrise.   Directed by Masakazu Obara and written by Hiroyuki Yoshino.  It is a spin-off show of Mai-HiME with a new setting, but with some of the original characters from the first series, some with different personalities, as well as new characters.  Negima! and Negima!? comes to mind with a series that has done something similar to this.
There is the main show, Mai-Otome, a sequel, Mai-Otome Zwei, and a prequel, Mai-Otome 0~S.ifr~
Mai-Otome is an action, fantasy, drama, romance show with themes of magical school girls and yuri.


Plot Summary:

Arika Yumemiya has traveled far in search of her goal: the prestigious Gualderobe Academy. This is the school where young girls are trained to become Otomes, protectors of royal leaders throughout the lands. Here, Arika makes plenty of friends, but some enemies know something about her past that she does not. Nevertheless, her spirit and determination will keep pushing her forward. --- Adapted from its predecessor, Mai-HiME, this series is not a direct sequel, but an alternate universe setting featuring some of the Mai-HiME cast (though with different personalities).

 -- Anime News Network

  • Like Mai-HiME, the music is fantastic.
  • Good fight scenes.
  • Interesting concepts used in the Mai-Otome world.  Otome, slaves, etc.
  • It was fun seeing the Mai-HiME characters with different personalities.
  • While it is a school setting (the main series), the world of Mai-Otome makes it enjoyable.
  • The ending is not as cheesy and bad as Mai-HiME.
  • When compared to Mai-HiME, some of the new characters aren't as memorable as the ones from Mai-HiME.
  • A slow start before it starts getting enjoyable.
  • I recommend watching the prequel LAST as it will make more sense.  I started out with the prequel first and I was kinda lost.  Then I started the main series and thought "Wait, what happened to the girl in the prequel?"  After I finished the main series and the sequel, it made more sense.
If you are looking for a new action, fantasy show with a school theme and you don't mind magical girls, I say check this out and see what you think.  You don't need to watch Mai-HiME before you watch this though.  If you do, then you will get a little fanservice (not the ecchi kind) with the characters from the first show as some of them have the same personalities and some of their moves are similar to the first show.
For more info, check out the Wikipedia page.  Watch out for spoilers.

What's next?

I decided to check out Rosario + Vampire next.  It seemed like a fun harem show with the supernatural twist it has.  I know it's one of Kelleth's favorite mangas/anime so hopefully he wont hate me if I talk shit about it.         :P
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Mai-HiME (aka My-HiME) is an anime original created by Sunrise.  It was directed by Masakazu Obara and written by Hiroyuki Yoshino.  Mai-HiME is an fantasy- action, comedy-romance, drama show with themes of yuri, mecha, magical girls, and high school.

 I'm just going to insert this picture and walk away.
 I'm just going to insert this picture and walk away.

Plot Summary

Mai Tokiha and her sick brother Takumi are transferring to Fuka Academy.  While on their way to the Academy by a large ship, they stumble across a girl in the water ( Mikoto Minagi) a bring her aboard.  Later that night they are attacked by a girl with supernatural powers ( Natsuki Kuga) and ends up battle with Mikoto, which ends up breaking the ship in half.  Later Mai learns she is a HiME and must fight against supernatural enemies called Oufans and fight against the Searrs Foundation.
Here is a little explanation on HiMEs.

HiME refers to the ability to create solid objects from photons, as well as the females who wield this ability. It stands for Highly-advanced Materializing Equipment. It is a backronym of hime, the Japanese word for princess. All HiMEs have an identical birthmark shaped like the HiME symbol on various points of their bodies, usually the part of their bodies governed by their astrological sign. HiMEs typically are associated with a classical element or some other theme.

 -- Wikipedia
For more info on the terminology used in the show (there is tons of it), check out the Wikipedia page, it's really interesting.  If you don't want to be spoiled, you may not want to look at it.


Like most shows that I dive into head first without know a lot about except the basics, I'm and glad I checked this out.

 Natsuki (blue hair), Mai (orange hair) and Mikoto (black hair).
 Natsuki (blue hair), Mai (orange hair) and Mikoto (black hair).

First of the characters.  There were a lot of characters I actually liked.  Of course the most memorable ones for me are the main cast; Mai, Mikoto, and. Natsuki.  I thought Mai was a good lead character for the show.  She is a fun and loving character who has tons or memorable moments during the show.  As the show goes it gets very sad and depressing for her and you just fell her pain.  Mikoto was a goofy kid who acts like an animal, often running like a dog and jumping around.  When she is pissed you don't want to be in the way of her sword.  The thing is as big as Cloud's from Final Fantasy VII.  What made me like her was her lighthearted/childish personality.  Natsuki is one of the cold people and the start, but ends up being likable as the show goes on.  There were some other great characters as well.  Tate Yuuichi is a first year at high school, just like Mai and Natsuki.  Another one that stood out of Shizuru Fujino who plays are bigger role near the end of the series.  There are lot more as well.
Let's talk about production values.  The music was fantastic.  It flowed perfectly with all the awesome fight scenes the show had.  From time to time there was some cheesy rock and roll music, but it didn't ruin the show.  The overall animation was excellent and you can see it during the awesome fight scenes the show has to offer.  The character models weren't ground breaking (typical big breasted school girls)
One of the most noteworthy things for me was the flow of the show.  At first it starts like a normal high school fantasy action show.  It gets better and better, then they throw a curve ball at you and the show gets dark and at times, sad and depressing.
Yes, this show actually has male characters.  This is Yuuichi.
Yes, this show actually has male characters.  This is Yuuichi.
   It kinda took me by surprise a little.  Make the show darker isn't bad though.  We get to see the other sides of the main characters and side characters and see them evolve.
Other noteworthy things are the yuri themes.  At first you kinda get the feeling that it's kinda going on, then later you are "Oh wow" and you can clearly tell.  The comedy used in the show was pretty good as well.  It seems like they used it at the right spots and they worked.  Other things were the concepts in the show, the HiMEs and all other stuff the show introduces.  (I don't want to get to deep because it's kinda spoiler.)  The concepts got me hocked into the world of Mai-HiME.  It first it was kinda scary, but I got a grasp  of all the terminology fairly quickly.  Another thing I also liked is that the episodes leave good cliff hangers and it makes me want to keep watching to see what happens next.  I kept doing "OK, just one more and I'm done for the night" and I kept watching and watching.
There wasn't a whole lot of things I didn't like.  The only thing that comes to mind is the ending, it's kinda cheesy.
I don't know why, but I just loved this show.  Great characters, awesome music, awesome fight scenes, characters you care about, interesting concepts, and the  show just kept sucking me in and I wanted to keep watching more and more till I finished it.

Review Overview

  • Great cast of characters
  • Fantastic Music
  • Fantastic Fight Scenes
  • Interesting Concepts
  • The show made me want to keep watching to see what happens next.

  • The ending was kinda cheesy.
If you are looking for a new action-fantasy show and you don't mind magical girls and yuri themes, you should check this show out.
My Score - 5 out of 5.

Blog Sauce

Wow, it took me forever to do this thing, but I finally finished.  The next show on my agenda is Mai-Otome, a spin-off show of Mai-HiME.  I've heard it doesn't compare to the first show at all, but I'll give it a chance.  From what I know, it's an alternate universe with the same characters and stuff, but it's completely different from HiME.
 Best      Zelda Game Ever
 Best Zelda Game Ever
On the video game front I've actually been playing The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.  I don't know why, but I just had a sudden urge to play through the game again and so far I've been having a blast.  Also, still playing Super Street Fighter IV as always.  If anyone would like to play on 360, send a friend request to JJOR64 and say you are from Anime Vice.
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