Mini Review - Rosario + Vampire (Anime)

Topic started by JJOR64 on June 4, 2010. Last post by SamJaz 4 years, 1 month ago.
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16

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

 
Pros:
  • 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.
 
Cons:
  • 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.
 
Notes:
  • 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.
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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Wow this review is on the short side lol
 
The manga is way better then the anime 
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@Kelleth:   It is called a mini review for a reason.    :P
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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@Kelleth: Agreed...at least the Rosario + Vampire manga does a better job of moving the story/plot along better than the anime.
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@ShadowKnight508:  The problem with both series is that they use the villain of the week concept which is fine for Tokusatsu but not for Anime IMO and that pared with the constant fanservice makes this series lame lol. Also i see your finished with Volume 1? better start on Season 2 because the other problem i have with the anime is how they treat Koko(a), she's just another comedy relief whilst in the manga she's way more likeable :P
@JJOR64 said:

" @Kelleth:   It is called a mini review for a reason.    :P "

I meant even for a mini review :P
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@Kelleth:   Maybe I should call them "Super Duper Short Reviews."       :P
Post by rein (5,465 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@Kelleth:
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Edited my first post.
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@JJOR64 said:
" @Kelleth:   Maybe I should call them "Super Duper Short Reviews."       :P "
lol Go right ahead :P seriously though after you watche Ah! My Goddes i suggest you watch Munto i'm curious what you think of it :)
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@Kelleth:   I'll keep an eye on that one.
Post by Eelcire (74 posts) See mini bio Level 14
A month late, but wanted to interject with my thoughts on the series (just read/watched it this weekend). As stated in the comments, the manga is much better than the anime; the anime was hard to watch for me after just finishing the manga. My main problem with the anime was that it changed several story elements which really didn't need to be changed. As noted be previous comments was the fact that Tsukune grew much more in the manga (though it should be noted that the first season of the anime didn't cover a major story arc that was in the manga.
 
The review while short was nice. Though it'd be nice to see a paragraph instead of a sentence for final thoughts. Overall I'd recommend the series, though may just stick with the manga.
Post by rein (5,465 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@Eelcire: Finished the manga? it's not done yet. Gotta agree that the anime is nowhere near as good as the manga.
Post by SamJaz (12,751 posts) See mini bio Level 20
How does the second series follow the manga at all?
 
To clarify. The first anime season follows part one of the manga perfectly, until right at the end of the anime/half way through the first section of the manga. In the second half, not covered by the anime, plot kicks in. Of course, the second season of the anime completely ignores all this character development and the genre shift, and makes season II of the anime into more harem fanservice, wheras season II of the manga is much, much darker than Season I, even after plot kicked in.
 
@rein: Damn right he deserves it, though I'm rooting for a Tsukune/Inner Moka pairing at the end.

Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@rein: Yep and right now its picking up on the scanlated chapters with Alucard in the basement and all ^^ (buying Season ll Vol 2 tomorrow, yay loli's kicking ass!!)
Post by Eelcire (74 posts) See mini bio Level 14
@rein: I read the first "season" of the manga (volumes 1-10) and watched the first season of the anime. I quite enjoyed the manga and will buy season 2 now.
 
@SamJaz: I'd have to disagree on that. While the overall plots between the manga and anime were primarily the same, many changes were made in the anime that weren't really necessary, or parts were removed (budget/time restraints?).

You're right though in plot development being lost in the anime; the anime stopped right where the manga was picking up with a lot of character/plot development.
Post by SamJaz (12,751 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Eelcire: Hm, must've missed a bit.
And damn, I forgot to mention the character development. How did I forget the character development?
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