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Super Duper Mini Review


 Shikabne Hime
 Shikabne Hime


Makina Hoshimura
Makina Hoshimura
Corpse Princess, aka Shikabane Hime, is an anime based on the on going manga of the same name, which is written by Yoshiichi Akahito.  There are two seasons which consist of 25 episodes total.  The show is produced by Feel and Gainax and it was directed by Masahiko Murata and written by Sho Aikawa.
 

Genres: action, supernatural
Themes: girls with guns, priests and priestesses, troublesome teens
 
 
 
Plot Summary
 

The title "Corpse Princess" belongs to Makina Hoshimura, an undead girl who seeks to hunt down 108 corpses in order to go to heaven.


 
Pros:
  • A great cast of characters.
  • A fantastic griddy atmosphere established.
  • Tons a great action packed/gun shooting/over the top/gruesome battles.
  • Lots of interesting concepts that kept me hooked.
  • A nice twist on the whole partner system that many shows have.
  • Really goofy, yet enjoyable humor when used.

 
Cons: 
  • The ending is kinda erupt.


If you are looking for a new action/supernatural show with some gore, definitely check this show out.  If you like shows like Shakugan no Shana, Fate/Stay Night, or Kurokami (Black God), then you will dig this show.


Shikabane Hime from left to right: Kamika, Akira, Itsuki, Makina, Saki, Minai
Shikabane Hime from left to right: Kamika, Akira, Itsuki, Makina, Saki, Minai


Sources: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shikabane_him e
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10053
 
Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :)
 

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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Super Duper Mini Review

 



 
 Kuro
 Kuro
Kurokami, aka Black God and aka Kurokami: The Animation, is an anime based on the ongoing manga of the same name, which is written by Dall-Young Lim and illustrated by Sung-Woo Park.  There are 23 episodes and one OVA created by Sunrise.  The show was directed by Tsuneo Koboyashi and written by Reiko Yoshida.
 
 
Genres: action, drama, fantasy
 
 
Plot Summary
 

In this world, there are three identical looking people in existence who split between them an energy-like force called “Terra.” This energy can be attributed to the amount of “Luck” or “Life Energy” that an individual possesses. There also exists beings who observe the human world, maintaining the balance of Terra, known as the “Coexistence Equilibrium.” These beings possess ability that surpass that of a normal human being and reside in hiding in places known as the “Pure Place” in tribes. They are called the Terra Guardians. This is a tale of battle that begins with a chance meeting between a human boy named Keita and a young Tera Guardian girl named Kuro.


 
Pros:
  • A solid cast of characters.
  • The art style kinda has a dark/griddy feeling in some spots and light/happy in some spots.  It was a nice blend of the two.
  • Really interesting concepts used in the show like the Doppeliner System and the whole contract thing was neat.
  • Tons of fight scenes through out the show which aren't to shabby.
  • Some nice twists as the show progresses.

Cons:
  • A slow start.
  • While some of the twists were nice, some of them have been done before.
  • Some events in the show were predictable.
 
Fun Facts & Notes:
  • In the manga Keita is a 19 year old freelance computer programmer.
  •  The manga is created entirely by a Korean manhwa team led by both Lim and Park. They would occasionally make fun of the fact that none of them were fluent in Japanese in omake segments drawn at the end of each manga volume.
 
 
If you are into modern day action/fantasy shows like Shakugan no Shana or Fate/Stay Night, I say give this show a try and see how you like it.


 IT'S MORPHING TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111111111
 IT'S MORPHING TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111111111


 
Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurokami  
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10262
 
 
Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :)
 

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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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.
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The following review is for both seasons of the anime.  This includes Shakugan no Shana and Shakugan no Shana Second.
 
Shakugan no Shana (aka Shana) is an anime adaption of the light novel series of the same name ( Shakugan no Shana).  Both seasons were produced by J.C. Staff and directed by Takashi Watanabe.  Shakugan no Shana is an Action, Fantasy, Romance show.
 

Plot Summary

 Kazumi, Yuji, and Shana.
 Kazumi, Yuji, and Shana.

Yuji Sakai, an ordinary high school student, is expecting to live a long and normal life forever.  On his way home he sees a kid trip and fall over.  Right when he is about to catch him, everything suddenly freezes.  As he looks around he notices people are engulfed by blue flames.  Soon after, a large monster that looks like a doll starts sucking the blue flames into its mouth.  After sucking the blue flames the doll notices that Yuji can move around in the frozen area (called a "fuzetsu") and becomes very happy.  Just as the doll prepares to eat Yuji, a girl in a black outfit with red eyes and red hair appears.  She swiftly destroys the monster, before noticing Yuji moving freely in the fuzetsu.
 
After the fight, the girl calls herself a "Flame Haze" who hunts "Guze no Tomogara", monsters from a different world.  Soon after her introduction Yuji notices a blue flame in his chest.  The Flame Haze tells Yuji that the "real" Yuji died some time ago, and that he is a "Torch", a temporary replacement for humans who have dead. Torches take on the forms of the dead people,but after a period of time, they will vanish from existence and from the memories of the living. Not being afraid of his death, Yuji becomes friends with the Flame Haze and names her " Shana" after her sword.
 
 Shana, the Flame Haze.
 Shana, the Flame Haze.
Later Yuji learns why he was able to move inside the fuzetsu.  He is told that he is not a normal Torch, but instead a special kind called a "Mystes".  Mystes' have a special treasure inside them called a "Hougu".  A Hougu is a special device having special abilities and they extremely powerful and valuable. The Hougu within Yuji allows him to remain in existence rather than fading away like other torches. Shana decides to protect Yuji from the Guze no Tomogara, who would Yuji's Hougu to disrupt the balance of the world, and Yuji decides to join Shana in her fight to protect the balance of the world.
 

Review

I went into Shakugan no Shana expecting some solid action stuff with a decent story, but what I found was even better.
 Margery Daw
 Margery Daw

 
The story was good.  As the show starts off it's simple:  Shana is a Flame Haze and she tries to stop the Guze no Tomogara.  Meanwhile she ends up meeting Yuji and must protect him from the Tomogara.  Plain and simple.  As the show goes on the story starts branching out.  We get to know more about Shana and her past, what Yuji actually is, and some of things about other characters as well like Margery Daw, another Flame Haze we meet early in the first season.  One thing that caught me off guard was all the strange concepts.  It seems like every fantasy show likes to make up their own concepts with goofy names.  At first I was like "OK..." then I was like "OK, I get it now."  As I went along with the show, I  got used to all of it.  It was kinda mind blowing at first, but all the concepts is what made the story more entertaining to me.
 
To go along with the story, we have a solid cast of characters.  While not mind blowing, Yuji ended up being a solid character.  Shana was a great character and my favorite of the female characters.  I ended up like Margery Daw a lot as well.  She is one of those characters who is bad at first then ends up being very helpful to Yuji and Shana.
 
 Inserts sexy picture here.   :)
 Inserts sexy picture here.   :)
Some of the other things I liked was the art style.  The world looked really good and colorful.  Looking at it at a character standpoint, the over all designs were solid.  It seems like every at big huge eyes, but that didn't bother me.  The music was solid as well.  While it wasn't to special, it was solid overall and it fit the show.  The action scenes weren't to shabby as well.  It seemed like we had more of it in the first season, but they are good overall.  There is a really good battle near the end of the second season I liked.
 
There were a few things that could have been better.  The romance stuff wasn't anything to special.  It's your typical love triangle shenanigans with girl A (Shana) and girl B ( Kazumi Yoshida) who are friends at first, then get in a fight because they find out that their friend likes the guy they like (Yuji), and end up being a friends again with some friendly competition.  Another thing I noticed was some of the events where kinda predictable.  There were times during the show when I was like "I bet this is totally going to happen" and it did.
 

Review in a Nutshell

Pros:
  • Solid cast of characters.
  • A solid story that keeps you intrigued.
  • Interesting concepts (makes the story a lot better and deeper)
  • Colorful backgrounds.
  • Good action scenes.
 
Cons:
  • The romance stuff wasn't mind blowing.  It was your typical love triangle stuff.  Maybe it fleshes out more in the later volumes of the light novels.
  • Some things in the show were predictable.
 
If you are looking for a new action fantasy show, I say check this one out!  If you are going into this show looking for some good romance stuff, you might want to try somewhere else.  I will defiantly be looking forward to the next season whenever it comes out.    :)
 
My Score - 4.5/5
 

Super Small Blog Thingamajig

With Shakugan no Shana finally finished up, I'm going to check out My-HiME next.  After that I will most likely check out the spin off/alternate retelling My-Otome.  It looks like I'll have my anime fix for a while now since I have been taking my time with the things I watch recently.
 
As some of you may know, I'm a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge Street Fighter fan.  Next week Super Street Fighter IV is coming out and I'm very excited.  If there is anyone here on Anime Vice that is getting the 360 version of the game, hit me up and we can rumble.   :)
 

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 The following review is for the entire anime series.  This includes Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden, Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful, Mahoromatic: Summer Special, and Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri.
 
Mahoromatic an anime adaptation of the manga of the same name.  There are two seasons, one special, and two OVAs.  Both seasons where produced by Gainax and Shaft and directed by Hiroyuki Yamaga.
 

Brief Overview

 Mahoromatic
 Mahoromatic
Mahoromatic a sci-fi romantic comedy with elements of harem, ecchi, and drama.  Could be considered a ecchi comedy as well.  The show is about a female combat android name Mahoro.  Mahoro was built by Vesper to fight an alien invasion by Saint.  Mahoro is a very strong, fast android and considered a formidable opponent by her enemies.  Due to being an android, she has a limit on her lifespan.  She doesn't have much time to live, so Vesper gives her the choice of how she wants to spend the rest of her life.  She decides to become a maid for Suguru Misato, the son of her former commander.  As the show goes by, at the end of every episode it counts down how many days Mahoro has left, which the countdown starts at 398 days.
 
Through out the show, we meet many characters.  From guys like Suguru to a teacher who wants Suguru all to her self.  Here some of the important characters.

  • Mahoro, the andriod, is a very nice and friendly to about everyone she meets.  She becomes a regular at the market with everyone greeting her in a very nice fashion.  She becomes popular at Suguru's school as well for being Suguru's maid.  While lovable, she does not like ecchi things at all.  During the show she constantly goes after Suguru's secret stash of porn magazines and becomes an expert at finding them.  She doesn't like ecchi things, but she is always concerned about her appearance and is sometimes troubled by her small breasts.
     Mahoro
     Mahoro
 
  • Suguru Misato is a junior high school student living in Tokyo. He lost both his parents and lived alone before Mahoro came. While he believed his father was killed in an accident during a business trip, he was actually a commander (and Mahoro's commanding officer) in Vesper and was KIA during the alien war.  Suguru is a very smart boy for his age and girls of his class like that.  He also has an affection for dirty magazines which end up being confiscated by Mahoro.  Suguru is noted to be a very fast runner when he is being chased by someone.
 
  • Minawa, introduced in the second season, is an android created by The Management.  She is a very clumsy and shy, but she is also kind at heart.  Suguru's friend Toshiya develops a crush on her and tries to get her to like her during the second season.  So there isn't any confusion, Suguru tells his classmates that she is Mahoro's younger sister.
 
  • Slash, "support mech" assists Mahoro during combat. He has the form of a panther and can be summoned at any time by Mahoro.  Although used for combat in the past, he often now acts as a guard dog around the Misato residence.
     "I think that dirty thoughts are bad!"
     "I think that dirty thoughts are bad!"
 
  • Saori Shikijo is Suguru's teacher and a shotacon.  She tries to seduce Suguru during the course of the show, buy Mahoro always stops it.  She is a heavy drinker and she is usually poor.  She often invites herself over to Suguru's house to have dinner with them which Mahoro does not like.  She is a rival towards Mahoro and often competes with her, but Mahoro wins most of the time.
 
  • Miyuki Sakura is a classmate of Suguru and a childhood friend.She is a tomboyish girl.  She has a crush on Suguru.
 
  • Rin Todoriki is a classmate of Suguru.  She is very ladylike, but a very skilled martial artist.  Like Miyuki, she has a crush on Suguru.  Of the three girls, she has the biggest breats and Miyuki and Chizuko always complain, but she becomes more comfortable with her breasts.
 
  • Chizuko Oe is classmate of Suguru.  She is a bright and cheerful girl who is very innocent.  She loves food and goes ballistic when she tries something that's very good.  Like the other girls, she loves Suguru as well.
 
  • Toshiya Hamaguchi, a class mate of Suguru.  Like Suguru, he loves dirty magazines as well.  She develops a crush for Minawa and tries to get her to go out with him.
 
  • Kiyomi Kawahara, another classmate of Suguru.  Like the other two boys, he likes dirty magazines as well.  He is a very good at kendo and is usually with Toshiya.
     Mahoro, Miyuki (blue hair), Rin (brown hair), and Chizuko (blonde)
     Mahoro, Miyuki (blue hair), Rin (brown hair), and Chizuko (blonde)
 
  • Toh Ryuga, and android made by Saint.  He has fought Mahoro many times on the field, but he usually lost or it was a draw.
 

My Thoughts


As a fan of the genre (romcom harem) I had to check this one out.  Surprisingly, I liked it more then I thought I would.
 
I first glance I thought this may have been the same-oh same-oh romantic comedy.  Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, etc.  Well, I guess you could say it's like that, but with the sci-fi elements, it makes the show stand out.  Well, that and all the ecchi stuff the show has.
 
The story starts out simple.  Mahoro moves into Suguru's house.  You see days of their life go by while Mahoro days of her lifespan go down.  During the show you get some back story to Mahoro, which is great.  Besides her, you get some background on Vesper, Saint, and Management and their roles.  With out getting to deep into spoiler territory, I will say it was interesting.
 
 Yep, this show is ecchi.
 Yep, this show is ecchi.
The cast of characters were great as well.  You go Mahoro who is a former combat android who ends up being a made, Shikijo sensei who is madly in love with Suguru, Chizuko who goes balls to the walls end she eats something delicious.  In the end, you just end up with a goofy cast of lovable characters.
 
For the other things, I liked the music.  Nothing groundbreaking, but It was solid overall.  The animation as solid as well for being an early 2000 show.  The animation was iffy and times, but for the most part, it was good.  I really enjoyed the art.  It was colorful,vibrant, and it felt like each character stood out.  I guess point out the ecchi stuff  There is tons of it and it's all uncensored.  HELL YEAH!   :P    It may be a turn off for some, but with my perverted mind, I enjoyed it.  With out going into to much detail, you do see all the girls naked.
 
For the things I didn't like, there isn't much.  I will say how the show ends is a little disappointing.  Of course this is a show, like many, that ends before the actual manga ends, so the ending just lets you hang with no clear conclusion to the story.  The other thing was the animation.  For the most part, it was great, but some small things here and there could have been touched up.
 
With the two things I didn't like, I loved everything else.  I ended up loving this show more then I thought I would.  A great cast of characters, simple but deep story as the show goes, good music, great animation, and uncensored boobs, it was hard for me to hate this show.
 

Review in a Nutshell

I liked:
  • Great characters
  • Simple story that gets deeper as it goes
  • Great production values for when it was released.  (2001)
  • Uncensored Nudity       (I'm a pervert, I know.   :P )
  • Colorful and vibrant characters and backgrounds
 
I didn't like:
  • The ending was disappointing, leaves yo you hanging.
  • Small production bugs here and there.
 
If you are fan of the romcom/harem genre and don't mind lots of nudity and fan service, check it out.  If you are a fan of ecchi comedies, this is a must watch.  If you don't like nudity/fan service, try it out and see what you think before venturing further into the show.  If you are a fan of deep romance shows, this may not be for you.
 
My Score - 5/5
 

Blog Thing

With all great anime, it comes to an end and you have to move on.  Next I decided to watch Shakugan no Shana, a familiar show to some.  It's been on my radar for a while and thought I would check it out now.  I do have a quick question about the series, is the movie canon?  I was looking up some info about it and seen there is a movie for the show.  I'm not sure if it's canon, so if my fellow Vicers could help me, that would be great.
 
As the days go by, the release of Super Street Fighter IV is getting closer.  I'm nerding out a little bit more each day and want it NOW!
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 As starkly as it contrasted with all endings and openings from there forth, the original Shakugan no Shana ending was pretty awesome and definitely made you feel like you just finished watching an episode of ass-kicking awesome:
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