The Second Time Around Syndrome

December 31st, 2012 in Anime, General Reviews, Manga Reviews by

If Kyo is the cat who is Tohru holding? 0__0

If Kyo is the cat who is Tohru holding? 0__0

I hate this…no wait, actually this is the greatest thing ever.

Seriously why couldn’t I stand this the first time around?

Ever go from hating to loving something? It happens to me a lot when I hear a song I dislike too many times and it grows on me, but rarely do I find this happening with television. However, Fruits Basket is an exception to this rule. It was one of the first anime I watched after my initial induction into anime. I’d decided that I wanted to watch something light hearted after watching a lot of shows with dark storylines. So I did a little research and Fruits Basket was a good choice. It was comedic and had romance, but there was also a really unique and fascinating story I could get into. People turning into animals when they hug the opposite sex? That’s so interesting!
So I started up good ol’ Netflix…and was really turned off by the show by the time I’d hit episode 3 or 4. By the end I was hating it. It was just THAT bad. Initially I gave the show a 3/10.

Now I give the show a 7/10.

In case you don’t know, recently orphaned Tohru Honda is living on her own in the woods until she finds herself in the house of the Sohma family. This family possesses an ancient curse- whenever they hug a member of the opposite sex they turn into a member of the Chinese zodiac. Tohru is given the opportunity to live with the Sohma family as their housekeeper. Soon she befriends the two handsome students who live there. (more…)

Should I drop this anime? (part 1)

December 29th, 2012 in Anime, General Reviews, Rants by

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays!!

Have you ever found yourself  stuck between and rock and a hard place wondering…. ‘should I drop this show’? Well as you can see from my anime list, while I always try to stick with it to the end sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. There are many reasons why viewers decide to stop watching particular shows but I’ve compiled them all into 5 main areas.

  1. Gotten too repetitive
  2. Plot is dragging on and gets boring
  3. It was never interesting to begin with
  4. Not your cup of tea.
  5. You woke up one morning to have found that you had grown old, your back hurts, you’ve spent all your cash on bingo, you’ve  grown a massive beard as well as a beer belly and suddenly the show seems too ‘kiddy’ for your mature taste.

While #5 is a bit of a stretch lets dive into the others and see the best course of action in any of those aforementioned situations.

Número uno, Gotten too repetitive. This is by far the most common factor in the downfall of what began as good shows, it’s extremely common in most multi-season series and to be honest it’s sort of comparable to being friendzoned… ‘The Pit of No Return’. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, InuYasha, Pokemon and Rosario + Vampire are some of the most popular culprits of this. But should you drop it? Definitely not. Its true that at the peak of its ‘repetitiveness’ you may find yourself bashing your head against your monitor but more often that not the producers catch themselves and rectify the problem. A rule of thumb is that ‘if the show is long, it can’t be that bad’. Why? Because bad shows don’t make money, therefore they get cancelled pretty quickly, so stick with it, don’t damage your forehead too badly and have some patience… it’ll get better. (unless its pokemon… but is that even anime?) (more…)

“Art” Isn’t Easy

December 19th, 2012 in Anime, General Reviews, Sword Art Online by


What one finds so interesting about this show is that it could tie into “Accel World”, so it may be recommended to see “Accel” first or at least the two of them together.

It is the future (it’s ALWAYS the future, don’t let the garb fool you). Now, it is the year 2022 and the Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPGLSMFTOMGTTYL), “Sword Art Online” (SAO), is released. With the Nerve Gear, a virtual reality Helmet that stimulates the user’s five senses via their brain, players can experience and control their in-game characters with their minds.

On November 6, 2022, all the players log in for the first time, but since only 10,000 copies of the game were distributed, this is all who can join on, and it’s one game per console (damn that Nintendo!) Our hero, Kirigaya Kazuto (known by his handle of Kirito) is not only a beta tester for the game, but is also known as a beater (beta tester and cheater). He shows the ropes to some of the newbies, but when it’s time for dinner, he, and others, subsequently discovers that they are unable to log out. They are then informed by Kayaba Akihiko, the creator of SAO, that if they wish to be free and log out of the game, they must reach the top floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss, a mere 100 levels away.

Some players are against this and try to forcibly eject. This causes microwaves in the helmet to cook the brain and they die. And if their avatars die in the game, their bodies will also die in the real world. You want out? Beat the game. (more…)

A Different “World”

December 16th, 2012 in Accel World, Anime, General Reviews by

It is the future. (Well, it’s always the future, isn’t it?)  In the year 2046, Neuro-synchronization, a technology system that allows humans to manipulate their five senses, has become widespread to the point where people can access the Internet and enter virtual worlds through a device known as a Neuro-Linker (you can’t see it in the picture, but it looks like a neck collar, but it only spans around the back from jugular to jugular). Haruyuki “Haru” Arita (that short, fat boy, right in the center) has low-self-esteem due to constant bullying. To escape the torment of real life, he logs in to the school’s virtual world network where he plays squash alone and always gets the highest score.

One day, he logs on to find his high score has been topped (and by a huge margin). He is then asked to meet the person who did this. It is the Student Council Vice-President “Kuroyukihime” (just behind Haru), who is smart, beautiful, popular and elegant, everything he is not. She offers him access to a very secret program, Brain Burst, which is a virtual reality massive multi-player online game. You have a character that you make better by winning one-on-one battles. This Brain Burst program slows time (although it appears frozen in the real world) to play this game and to potentially manipulate your real time surroundings.

Brain Burst also carries with it a painful price to pay: lose all your points and not only do you lose the Brain Burst program, you lose all memory of it plus you can never install it again. Kuroyukihime wants Haru’s help as she wishes to reach the highest achievable level, which is level 10, and meet the creator of Brain Burst in order to learn its true purpose, but in order to do that, she must defeat the other level 9 users who are known as “The Six Kings of Pure Color,” the leaders of the six most powerful factions in the Brain Burst world. Haru agrees to help Kuroyukihime to repay her as well as overcome his own weaknesses. (more…)