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Umi Monogatari: Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto ;; Sora no Manimani

Umi Monogatari: Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto

The story centers on Marin and Urin, two “pure” sisters who live alongside the fish in the sea, but yearn to be in the world beyond the water and above ground. One day, a beautiful ring falls in the middle of the sea, and Marin and Urin retrieve it. The two decide to leave their waterbound world for the first time to deliver the ring. After an arduous journey, they come across an isolated island where a high school girl named Kanon lives. The encounter between Marin and Kanon — the maiden of the sea and the maiden of the skies — awakens a hidden power as the world is threatened by an enveloping darkness.
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Recommend? No. Anime seemed cute, but the fact that Marin was so whiney when things between her and Urin went bed was really annoying. It felt like 10 out of the 12 episodes was Marin crying and yelling at others for something she didn’t really have much control over. Actually, all of the characters became whiney. Urin because she wouldn’t share Marin with anyone. Kanon because she didn’t like people saying she possesses an evil aura even though she’s the one purposely emitting it and how she won’t let anyone in and snap at them if they try.


Sora no Manimani

Sakura Ooyagi returns to his old hometown in order to start school at Sōei High School. On the first day, he runs into an old childhood friend: a junior named Mihoshi Akeno. As children, the two used to play together, with Mihoshi, or Mii-chan, being extremely fond of astronomy. After convincing Sakura to join the school's astronomy club, another girl, Hime Makita, joins the club in hopes of winning over Sakura. The anime tells the story of the 6 club members as they soar through their lives, each maturing and changing their outlooks on life.
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Recommend? Maybe. It’s not a bad anime, but it may be a bit forgettable for some. It’s a bit weird how Ooyagi was practically forced into the astronomy club and he stayed in it all the while complaining about being in it. Mihoshi is one of those characters that don’t really care about other people’s feelings because she’s too obsessed with whatever she wants instead. Despite those things, I think it always gets a bit heartwarming when we see the characters experiencing stargazing in full effect. When do we ever get the chance to see the starlit sky without all the light pollution going on in cities, right?

Valkyria Chronicles ;; The Book of Bantorra

Senjou no Valkyria: Gallian Chronicles

When Imperial forces attack the small border town of Bruhl, Welkin Gunther, son of late General Belgen Gunther, is forced to fight for his life alongside Town Watch captain Alicia Melchiott. Along with Welkin's adopted sister Isara, the three escape to Gallia's capitol and subsequently join the country's militia forces. As members of the newly-formed Squad 7, they must work to repel the invading Imperial forces and discover the true purpose of the invasion itself.

The story revolves around Alicia Melchiott and Welkin Gunther. Alicia is an orphan who aimed to be a baker, but also volunteers to be town watch. Even though her past might seem sad, Alicia is a very optimistic girl and believes that she shouldn’t dwell on the past. The townspeople seem to really love her and depend on her a lot.

Welkin and Alicia first stumble upon each other when boys from the town watch mistook Welkin for a spy. At first Alicia wouldn’t believe that he was telling the truth when he told her he was Belgen Gunther’s son as Welkin is a person who would actually study bugs while the town was getting attack. Belgen Gunther is a town hero for gosh sake! She thought for sure he was using a fake name and really blew it by using the name of such a well known person.

She finds out soon enough that he really is the son of the celebrated war hero. In fact, he has an adopted sister too, but what surprised her was that his sister, Isara, is a Darcsen. The race that was supposedly responsible for almost ending the world if it wasn’t for the Valkyrians saving the day. The 3 of them ended up in the same squad after joining the militia to fend off the Imperial army with Welkin leading their squad.

The anime is actually based off of a game which doesn’t happen as often as they’re usually based off of manga. I looked through some sites that mentioned the anime kept the drawing style the same as the game, which people enjoy. I didn’t know what they were talking about at first but then I noticed how it has the look of someone colouring the images in with pencil crayons or something haha @.@..

Alicia ends up catching the eye of other men in the anime and we get to watch Welkin be dumb and not notice any of his own feelings, of course. Welkin doesn’t pay attention to much aside from wildlife so it was interesting to see how he does as a leader of a military group.

Despite it being a war drama it’s not too depressing. Might be because there’s a fantasy aspect to the anime that I didn’t expect. I don’t recall seeing that in the tags and the description of the anime doesn’t give anything away.

Again like most animes I’ve watched I feel like the ending seemed a bit dull. I suppose it should tie up everything sufficiently enough but it lacked something for me. Maybe it had to do with the supporting characters..it didn’t tie things up enough for them?

7/10


Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra

In a world where dead people turn into books and are stored in the Bantorra Library where anyone who reads a book can learn their past. Bantorra Library is maintained by Armed Librarians who wield psychic powers and their enemy is a religious society known as Sindeki Kyōdan.

This anime is one of the most confusing ones I’ve watched. Let me just give you a summary first. When people die their soul, I guess you can say, turns into a stone book. They are taken to the Bantorra Library to be stored, but you’re allowed to borrow it and ‘read’ it at the library. Although there’s also a black market for them. When a person touches the book, they get to actually see the person’s life story.

The Armed Librarians guard the books and travel around collecting them and bringing special ones back to the library. They all have powers and are trained to fight against any threats. For unknown reasons the Church of Drowning in God’s Grace (who are the direct enemies of Bantorra’s Armed Librarians) tries to steal them and try to kill off the librarians at the same time.

The anime starts off with some of the highest ranked librarians on a mission after getting intel about the location of some of the members of the enemy church. They board a ship to find it filled with “meats” (humans that are brainwashed into..non-humans). The meats are have bombs on their hearts in hopes of killing Hamyuts – the current assistant director of the Bantorra Library.

We’re taken on this journey where we get to see what the librarians do on their missions, the past of some of the librarians, and the lives of the people that have turned into books. Most importantly who Hamyuts is and why the opposing church wants to rid the world of the Bantorra Library so badly.

From the first episode I had expected the anime to follow a story more closely. However it ended up being almost like a slice of life thing. With the present and the past all mashing together constantly to make up an episode it gets confusing quite fast.

The problem started getting worse as the anime progressed. Sometimes I felt like I couldn’t tell where in the timeline I was. And any time you grew closer to a character they don’t let you. You’ll see what I mean if you watch it.

When the ‘truth’ gets revealed you’ll end up sitting there thinking.. What sort of mind eff is this?? What just happened?? …What?? LOL.

5/10

Pandora Hearts ;; Higashi no Eden

Pandora Hearts

Oz Vessalius, heir to one of the duke houses, has just turned fifteen. His life is rich and carefree, darkened only by the constant absence of his father. At his coming-of-age ceremony, however, everything changes. For no reason that he can discern, he's cast into the prison known as the "Abyss", only to be saved by a "chain" known as Alice, the bloodstained black rabbit. It is unknown why was he cast into Abyss, how does Alice factor into it all, and what does the organization known as "Pandora" want with him.

At what was supposed to be his coming of age ceremony, Oz unknowingly sets off a chain of events starting with being thrown into the Abyss. He was accused of a peculiar sin: the sin of existing. In the Abyss, he met a girl named Alice who promised she could save him if he agrees to form a contract with her. Alice had a mission, she has no memories and wants to find them again. Oz wants to aid her but realizes they only have a limited amount of time. The two of them didn’t know what they had was an illegal contract Now a ticking clock appears over his heart counting down the time until they would be, once again, pulled back into the Abyss.

Oz seems like a very carefree character. He accepts whatever happens in his life no matter how weird it is. Often he throws himself in harms way to safe those precious to him, even if it means giving away his life. The only thing that really shakes him up is when his father is involved. He’s forced to face his problems though through his adventures with Alice. Sometimes I’m a bit annoyed with his character. I think usually even though the male lead is weak, he proves himself in other ways, but for Oz I find that he’s pretty useless. Without others around him he doesn’t seem to be able to do much. The second half of the anime seems to always show him sulking and talk about exactly how useless he is LOL.

The anime itself seems kind of slow. It seems to drag a bit and tries to fill it up with random missions that Pandora puts them on. Perhaps it’s because the manga is not finished. Which also means this anime has no true ending. I’ll probably read the manga to see what happens, but it’s not one I’m dying to jump on since the anime sort of bored me halfway through. Disappointed that it’s a bit of a let down since I love animes set in a Victorian setting.

3.5/5

Higashi no Eden

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later... Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory. and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he's holding with the other hand. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.

The idea of this anime is interesting. Akira finds himself with a phone that has billions of dollars on it to change the world. He doesn’t understand how he got such a big about or what to do with it. How would you use that amount of money to change Japan into what you believe is a perfect world? On top of that, a woman supposedly named Juiz, can fulfill any order he gave her on that phone simply answering, “Understood. Noblesse Oblige. I pray for your continuing service as a savior.”

The premises of the story seems interesting, but the anime was pretty boring for me. The audience doesn’t get a full sense of what’s going on because we’re taken along on Akira’s journey to find out what’s going on. He had his memory wiped out, he doesn’t remember why he did it, he doesn’t remember why he has the phone loaded with crazy amounts of money, he doesn’t know what he was supposed to do with the money. So basically throughout the anime he doesn’t actually use any of the cash to better Japan. It isn’t until the last two episodes where he understands everything and tries to win the game.

I feel like anime could’ve been much more than what it was. Seems as if it was wasted. Not something I would recommend especially the way he chose to win the game.. what the hell?? LOL.. The last two episodes or so things started hitting the fan and you wonder how it was going to be solved. I felt like they just threw in dumb solution to solve the problem. There are a couple movies after the anime though so I’m guessing maybe it continues on and actually gives it a better ending?

3/5

Eve no Jikan ;; 07-Ghost

Eve no Jikan

In the not too distant future androids have come into common usage. Taking the androids for granted, humans treat them as if they were common everyday tools, while on the other hand, some people empathize with androids due to their human-like appearance (save for a digital ring floating above their heads). This has become a social problem and these people are frowned upon as a result. Rikuo, one who has taken androids for granted for his entire life, one day discovers that Sammy, his home android, has been acting strangely and finds a strange phrase recorded in her activity log. He, along with his friend Masaki, traces Sammy's footsteps and come upon an unusual cafe. This cafe's main rule is to not discriminate between humans and androids.

Eve no Jikan reminds me a bit of Chobits. Both talk about how androids are not supposed to have feelings, yet the main character chances upon one that does. They both also talk about how the owner gets attached to the androids. Although Rikuo does not do so to the same effect. The way that the two distinguishes between androids and humans are also different. In Eve no Jikan the androids are supposed to have a ring above their heads.

The episodes are all around 15 minutes each so it’s really short. I thought that it would have more of a plot to it, but it doesn’t. It’s kind of a day to day life thing where Rikuo explores the cafe and meets its members one by one. He gets to understand the androids a bit more and grows closer to them so his views on androids change slowly. We also get to see why his friend Misaki dislikes androids so much.

I think there’s a movie out for it now that kind of wraps everything up a bit more. I think it’s only 6 episodes so there wasn’t really a closure for this anime. Was kind of let down @_@.. but it’s still kind of interesting in a way because these topics usually interest me LOL. I like animes that explore the android category.

3/5

07-Ghost

Teito Klein is a former slave who attends the Barsburg Empire's military academy. Having no memory of his past and the power to wield a rare ability called Zaiphon, Teito is constantly under the scrutiny of his peers - except for his best friend Mikage, the only person he connects with. After seeing and remembering the man who killed his father, Teito tries to kill him and finds himself on the run from Barsburg's military might. Now, with the evil beings known as Kor after his soul, the Barsburg Empire after his blood and only the legendary Seven Ghosts to protect him, Teito must unlock the memories of his past before he ends up as a sacrifice for Verloren, the sealed God of Death.

07-Ghost follows Teito Klein who holds the Eye of Mikhail. After trying to avenge his father he gets into a big mess, but luckily escaped to the Church. There he meets the three bishops Frau, Castor, and Labrador who would help him shape his fate. But can he trust them or are they just like the Barsburg Empire who want to take control of the Eye of Mikhail? Why was he entrusted with it? What was he meant to do with it?

This anime has 25 episodes, the plot develops a bit slow for me. It still keeps me watching each episode because I can see the relationships start to develop before my eyes instead of just telling me to believe it.

I feel for Teito because the boy really has it rough. He cannot remember anything about his past and just knows that he’s a sklave (slave) and because of that he’s constantly ridiculed by his peers. He’s only dealing well with it because of his friend Mikage who is the constant light to his darkness. Even so, he slowly starts losing the most important things to him and is tossed into a sea of confusion and rage. However, despite all the bad things that have happened to him, he is still very pure. He has a sense of righteousness and the hardest thing for him is to let someone suffer. That’s been a constant reoccurring theme for the animes I’ve been watching apparently LOL. Where’s my sinister characters?!

Oh right, that’s where Ayanami comes in. Nothing much is known about him. What we do know is that he will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Many seem to be under his influence and are willing to throw their own lives on the line to help him. They never revealed what exactly Ayanami has done for them personally to make them so loyal to him. Ayanami seems to know about Teito’s Eye of Mikhail and now that Teito has thrown himself at him things are bound to get messy.

The pace of the anime might be slow for some, but I didn’t mind too much. However towards the last couple episodes it became clear that the anime was not going to have a tidy ending. I understand that an anime might not want to create their own ending since the manga itself is still publishing but I don’t really like having a major cliffhanger.. unless I know there’s going to be a second season or something. This is just like Skip Beat where it gets really good and they decide to cut you off! What if I’m not a manga reader ::tear::?

I’ll definitely be checking out the manga now though because there’s just so many questions and I want to know what happens to everyone!

4.5/5