Category Archives: Anime

This category is for Anime we’ve watched and reviewed or Animethat we have written about and reviewed and is now archived here. The titles we’ve reviewed are also listed in chronological order, and can be found using the search bar at the top of the screen.

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It should also be pointed out that this area doubles as an archive, so reviews may go back quite a bit.

Otaku Review: Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers

First up is our disclaimer. We watched this anime for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.maxresdefaulthd

This anime has left me with an irritation that no ointment can clear or calm. The animation style is great overall, as are the opening and ending songs for this twelve-episode series. From the moment the series starts, you are given no back story for the characters, and the main character…Adlet Mayer…keeps prattling on about how “I’m the strongest man in the world!” I kid you not, this goes on for about four episodes; kinda like how they paid Dan Green once to say “It’s time to Duel!” and repeated it throughout the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

At times you feel like you can grow attached to certain characters. But honestly, considering how short the anime version is, compared to the manga, it feels forced and sped up hoping you will grow to like them. Now I am not saying the entire anime is bad, but for twelve episodes I was hoping for something more tantalizing. Yes it is a mystery action series and the main plot point is that there are six heroes, hence the title: Braves of the Six Flowers.
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When these heroes meet up to stop a Demon from reviving, there are actually seven of them. They all end up trapped in a fog barrier that won’t let up until they discover who trapped them. They must either kill their captors or get them to lift the barrier. That is when things take a turn for the worst; they all begin to suspect each other. As luck would have it, Adlet Mayer, being the main character that he is, becomes the prime suspect; believed to be an impostor working toward the Demon’s revival.

Now here is where I was actually drawn in, as the series started making me pit characters against each other. I enjoy a good mystery. However unlike a mystery series with Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes, we aren’t given all the facts at the start and thus you cannot guess who it is as you go. So you try your best to break down all the facts, only to be disappointed; unless you just get a lucky guess or you read the manga.screen-shot-2015-09-12-at-4-23-52-pm

Truth be told, after the series was over I was kind of happy. It leaves off with another cliff-hanger, which forced me into reading as many Wikipedia sites as I could find. I discovered that the manga isn’t even over, and that there is a traitor among them!

Overall the series was a nice watch. I binge-watched it, however I hated the premise of it not giving out all the crucial details. After all, it is a mystery style anime. However if you enjoy action and a bit of mystery, then this is definitely an anime worth checking out.

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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Otaku Review: Himouto! Umaru-chan

Now I normally don’t watch a lot of anime online; I prefer to download soft fan-subs from websites. But I kept hearing about Himouto! Umaru-chan, so I had to look into it. Luckily Crunchyroll is streaming the subtitled version completely free, so I took a look at it.

Himouto_umaru_chan_umaru_happy_stitch_by_jonesy974-d921nroThe series is based around an incredibly popular high school girl named Umaru Doma. She is referred to as super attractive and a perfect “straight-A” student whom everyone simply loves. But that’s only how she is outside of her house.

When she returns home, Umaru turns into a super hardcore gamer who bothers her brother constantly, and whines to get her way (much like a few people I know in real life). Besides all this, she lives on a diet comprised almost solely of soda and chips.

Each day she lazily sits around reading Jumpu, her manga of choice and playing video games. But as the story progresses, you get to meet her current friends, watch her make new ones and explore her relationship with her brother, Taichi Doma.

Now the series for me raised a lot of questions; namely, why is Umaru living with her elder brother and what happened to Taichi‘s mother. I’m aware there is a manga adaption to the show as well, and I tried looking into it on Wikia. But I haven’t come across much, so the series leaves a lot of blank spots that make me wonder a lot of things.UmaruChibi

At first I hated the series and really disliked Umaru as a character, with her whining, begging, and demanding her brother get her everything she wants. Taichi is constantly being used as a punching bag or “door mat”, to which his name loosely translates.

There is no real plot to the entire series, and it just goes along with random daily stories of the brother-sister relationship, as well as Umaru‘s interaction with her friends. The story barely explores her formative years or how she was raised.Vlcsnap-2015-08-06-14h43m21s205

But the series is enjoyable, and after a while you get used to Umaru and her antics. Eventually she begins to mellow out a bit, as her brother tries to help her grow into a person who will be able to fend for herself one day. The animation style is really superb as well, not to mention the constant barrage of easter eggs and jokes they make throughout the series. The story tries to give as many references as it can to what it’s drawing inspiration from.

Vlcsnap-2015-08-11-23h20m52s114Overall, Himouto! Umaru-chan is a short series and very enjoyable. The first episode is quite rough, but the more you watch the better the show becomes and I suggest checking it out when you get a chance. Again, you can watch for free on Crunchyroll.

-Daniel Clatworthy-